10/11/2014 7:57PM

Plain Ol' Willard scores upset in Endurance to cap Best of Ohio series


CINCINNATI – Belterra Park showcased Ohio-bred horses Saturday afternoon, when it hosted the Best of Ohio series, five races worth $150,000 each restricted to statebred horses.

In the Best of Ohio Endurance, Plain Ol’ Willard under Noel Virgil weaved his way through traffic to go from 12th early in the field of 14 older horses to win the 1 1/4-mile race by 3 1/2 lengths. Trained by Tony Lowry, Plain Ol’ Willard upset the field when returning $34.00 to win. Jac’s Fact was second, a neck in front of Farmer Steve in third. The running time for the 1 1/4 miles was 2:04.87. All races were run over a muddy, sealed track.

In the Best of Ohio Distaff, Caviar N Champagne won the 1 1/8-mile race by three lengths. Part of a three-horse entry of Loooch Racing Stable, Caviar N Champagne led throughout to run the 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.85. Ridden by Scott Spieth, Caviar N Champagne returned $4.00 to win. Pyrite Blues was a neck in front of Needmore Flattery, who finished third.

The Best of Ohio Sprint was won by the 3-5 favorite Rivers Run Deep by 5 1/4 lengths. Jockey Jareth Loveberry sent the 3-year-old to the front of the 11-horse field of older horses and never looked back. Once again, the race was for place as Diavoletto finished second, a neck in front of Candy Bites in third. The running time for the six furlongs was 1:08.78, and the Cody Autrey trainee returned $3.20 to win.

The Best of Ohio Juvenile for 2-year-old colts and geldings was won by Mound. Ridden by Megan Fadlovich and trained by Ivan Vazquez, Mound won by 1 1/4 lengths. Flip Daddy was second. It was 4 3/4 lengths back to Triple Strike in third. Mound returned $9.00 to win and ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.80.

In The John W. Galbreath, the fillies’ equivalent of the Juvenile, the Best of Ohio had the shortest field and the closest finish. Justalittlesmoke was headed in late stretch but came back to beat Senorita Dominguez by a head, a neck in front of Heat Transfer in third. Jeffrey Skerret rode Justalittlesmoke in the six-horse field for trainer Bob Gorham. The running time was 1:47.30, and Justalittlesmoke returned $3.00 to win.