10/29/2016 3:26PM

Ohio Gold pulls 10-1 upset in Best of Ohio Distaff

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The 3-year-old filly Ohio Gold, ridden by Christian Pilares, narrowly defeats Star Mabee in the Best of Ohio Distaff.

A 3-year-old filly won the Best of Ohio Distaff, one of five $150,000 stakes for Ohio-breds on Saturday’s program at Mahoning Valley Race Course. But it wasn’t the filly that the betting public expected to see in the winner’s circle.

Ohio Gold, fifth at 62-1 in her only previous stakes appearance in last year’s Best of Ohio Juvenile, stole the spotlight from favored School Board Prez to pull off the biggest surprise of the day.

Lightly regarded at 10-1 in a field of 12 fillies and mares, Ohio Gold ran down 39-1 Star Mabee by a neck in the 1 1/8-mile race. Under jockey Christian Pilares, Ohio Gold ($22.80) won for the third straight time since Sept. 21, completing the nine furlongs in 1:54.59.

Star Mabee, fifth in the 1 1/8-mile Queen City Oaks in her most recent stakes appearance in late July, completed a $2 exacta worth $497.40. Bold Cait, the 7-2 second choice, finished third to round out a 50-cent trifecta that paid $2,055.15. The superfecta, completed by 10-1 shot Tune Up, paid $9,751.26 for a dime.

School Board Prez, who came into the race 6 for 6 in Ohio-bred stakes, was strangely bet. She was as high as 9-1 for most of the 20 minutes before post time until plummeting to 2-1 favoritism late. She was last of 12 for the first six furlongs, 10th at the eighth pole, and a distant eighth at the finish.

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A daughter of Willburn trained by Sandra Adkins for owner Charlie Williams, Ohio Gold is now 5 for 16 with earnings of $208,105.

Mo Dont No narrowly wins Endurance

One race later, there was nearly another shocker, but 3-5 favorite Mo Dont No barely held off fellow 3-year-old Bucket Beat to win the Best of Ohio Endurance.

Bucket Beat, third behind Mo Dont No in the 1 1/4-mile Governor’s Buckeye Cup in early September and the 1 1/8-mile Cleveland Gold Cup on July 4, dueled head to head with Mo Dont No ($3.40) throughout the stretch before losing by a neck under Luis Colon. The narrow loss prevented trainer Tim Hamm from claiming his 1,00th career victory.

“Today he rated nicely for me, and other than being floated wide in the stretch by the runner-up, we had a good trip,” Colon said.

Gone too Soon was third, another 3 1/4 lengths behind the top pair, at 11-1. The winning time for 1 1/4 miles was 2:08.53.

Mo Dont No, a son of Uncle Mo trained by Jeff Radosevich for Looch Racing Stables is now 7 for 11 with earnings of $284,255.

Three-peat for Rivers Run Deep in Sprint

Rivers Run Deep had to work hard to win the Best of Ohio Sprint for the third straight year.

The 5-year-old Rivers Run Deep ($3.40) prevailed in a three-horse photo with the 4-year-old filly Justalittlesmoke and the 6-year-old Candy Bites.

Candy Bites, the pacesetter through fractions of 23.12 and 46.34 seconds; Justalittlesmoke, the 7-2 second choice under T.D. Houghton; and Rivers Run Deep, ridden by Albin Jimenez, were heads apart at the eighth pole. Justalittlesmoke, challenging males for the first time, took a narrow lead approaching the wire, but Rivers Run Deep surged and got up by a nose. Justalittlesmoke got second by a neck over Candy Bites, the runner-up in last year’s Sprint.

Based at Churchill Downs with trainer Chris Hartman, Rivers Run Deep, a son of Ready’s Image owned by James and Ywachetta Driver, completed six furlongs in 1:11.75. He is now 5 for 6 this year and 15 for 30 lifetime with earnings of $860,140.

Tough It Up takes Juvenile

Tough It Up, second to Jocker Justice in a six-furlong allowance four weeks ago, turned the tables on the 2-1 favorite to win the Juvenile by 1 1/2 lengths.

Making his first start beyond six furlongs in the 1 1/16-mile Juvenile, Tough It Up ($11), under John McKee, was 12th of 13 after the first half-mile and eighth after six furlongs in 1:12.26. Steered to rail by McKee midway on the turn for home, Tough It Up surged to get within a length of leader Jocker Justice at the eighth pole, and drew clear late, completing the distance in 1:49 flat.

Mister Peppers rallied to get second at 26-1 with Tough It Up’s uncoupled stablemate, Strike Your Light, outfinishing Jocker Justice by a neck for third.

Trained by Thomas Drury for owner-breeder Maccabee Farm, Tough It Up, a son of Aeneas, is now 2 for 3 with earnings of $108,516.

Someday Soon handles route in John W. Galbreath

Someday Soon, winless in four starts since winning her career debut on July 4, relished the stretch-out to 1 1/16 miles in the John W. Galbreath for 2-year-old fillies.

The even-money favorite breaking from post 13, Someday Soon ($4) was prominent early under Walter De La Cruz. She made a wide move from third to challenge Mizz Quoted for the lead approaching the stretch, put a head in front after six furlongs in 1:14.44, took a one-length lead at the eighth pole, and drew clear to win by five lengths in 1:48.13. Mizz Quoted got second at 20-1– the third consecutive runner-up finish in the day’s stakes for trainer Bob Gorham, jockey Houghton, and owner Mast Thoroughbreds. Ali Blue was a distant third.

A daughter of Proud Citizen owned by Tommy Ligon, Someday Soon is now 2 for 5 with earnings of $134,960.