07/07/2010 11:00PM

No Garlic eyes repeat


No Garlic will try to replicate his last-out performance when facing nine others in the $50,000 Hoover Stakes at River Downs. Six of the 10 Ohio-bred 2-year-olds entered in the 5 1/2-furlong Hoover faced each other June 26 in a five-furlong Ohio-bred maiden race. No Garlic led from start to finish under Dean Sarvis, drawing off late to win by 1 1/2 lengths.

No Garlic's trainer, Doug Cowans, and Sarvis have won at an amazing 55 percent at River Downs when teamed up the past two seasons.

Although No Garlic has beaten five of his rivals, a Hoover victory is far from guaranteed as a case can be made for any of those he has yet to face.

Trainer Tim Hamm has three entrants, two of which are fillies. Hamm has dominated the Ohio-bred 2-year-old ranks for several years.

One of Hamm's fillies, Blingin It, ran at Presque Isle on June 25. After being reluctant to load, she ran an even race and finished fourth. Hamm also sends out first-time starter Wild Bling and the filly Startin Somethin, who finished second to No Garlic in her last out. Because of the small number of 2-year-olds nominated to the Hoover, racing secretary Ed Vomacka received permission from the Ohio Racing Commission to uncouple entries with common ownership.

Trainer Mark Shuman ships in McSuave after a seventh-place finish against $40,000 maiden claimers at Delaware Park. The change to Ohio-bred company can only help.

Finally, trainer Joe Woodard sends out first-time starter Jump Boots with Perry Ouzts aboard. That combo has won at a 37 percent clip since Jan. 1, 2009.