LEBANON, OH. – Angel Nation sped to the quickest trotting mile of the year at Miami Valley on Monday (Feb. 15) winning the $30,000 Open Trot. With leading driver Trace Tetrick in his bike, the 6-year-old son of Archangel lead from start to finish, posting fractions of :27.1, :56.2, and 1:24.1 before stopping the timer in 1:52.4. A strong front end bias seemed evident long before the tenth and featured race, making Tetrick’s quick move off the gate seem like the obvious move with the 6-5 favorite.
Mike Hitchcock trains Angel Nation for owner William Hartt who enjoyed watching his outstanding trotter win his second Open in seven tries this season at Miami Valley, to go with three seconds and a show finish. A 9-time winner in 2022, the gelding banked $133,570 in Ohio as one of Ohio’s top squaregaiters.
Rose Run Valor (Kayne Kauffman) tried valiantly to catch Angel Nation in the stretch. Bentley Blu (Brett Miller) garnered the show dough.
Racing resumes Thursday (Feb. 16) afternoon with a 4:00 post time. Programs can be downloaded from the Miami Valley Gaming website, by clicking “Racing” and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

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