11/18/2009 12:00AM

Nay's Tap clears two new hurdles


Nay's Tap had no problems with either a slightly longer distance or his first road trip in Tuesday night's $75,000 Sophomore Sprint Championship at Mountaineer Racetrack.

Racing beyond 4 1/2 furlongs for the first time and making his first start away from his home base of Charles Town, Nay's Tap ($6) survived an early duel with Petch to post a two-length victory in the six-furlong stakes for 3-year-olds.

Ridden by his regular rider, Matt McGowan, for trainer Debra Ketterman, Nay's Tap took control from Petch in upper stretch and easily prevailed over runner-up Dynamite Bob. It was another length back to Discreet Street.

In winning for the fifth time in six starts, Nay's Tap completed the distance on a fast track in 1:11.41.

Five scratches, including probable favorites Russell Road and Discreet Street, reduced the field to six horses.