By Jay Wolf
For the Gazette
Mickey Moose and Kurt Sugg captured the third and final division of the $105,183 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old trotting colts in Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.
As the gate’s wings folded, Sugg hurried the gelded son of Triumphant Caviar after the early lead and controlled the fractions. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. sent Fantasy League first up to challenge the leader, but could never stick a nose in front. Mickey Moose rebuffed the challenge and won by 1 ¼ lengths over a closing Chips So Fast (Yannick Gingras) in 1:59 1/5. Fantasy League held on for third and the heavy favorite Kanthaka (Dave Palone) rallied for fourth after a break in stride at the start.
The first division was won by The Next Triumph and Yannick Gingras going gate-to-wire in a lifetime best 1:59 1/5. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar scored by 3 1/2 lengths over Speedy Translation (Kurt Sugg) and Dusty Road (Kayne Kauffman).
Ron Steck owns and trains the filly with Robert Smolko and Rene Allard.
The second $35,061 division as won by Heza Home Run (Hugh Beatty) over Emerald Chip (Josh Sutton) in 1:59 1/5.
Heza Home Run is conditioned by Danny Collins for owners Michael Lewis, Joe Sbrocco and Mary McLoughlin.
Just Jess and driver/trainer Doug Rideout got up in the shadow of the finish line to edge the pacesetting Serena’s Serenade (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a neck in the $37,200 Standardbred trot for two-year-old fillies.
The heavy favorite Miss Tezla (Yannick Gingras) broke stride at the onset but rebounded to finish in the show spot.
Just Jess has won $134,443 for her owners Alan White and Julie Rideout.
Post time for today’s Jugette card will start at 12:00 noon.