LEBANON, OH. – Anthony Macdonald, founder and manager of Thestable fractional ownership groups, experienced a slight delay at the Canada-U.S. border crossing on Wednesday (April 6) , but made it to Miami Valley Raceway just in time to accomplish his mission. If the delay gave him time to mull over his driving options in the $30,000 championship leg of the $30,000 Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial trotting series, it was time well spent.
Macdonald made no bones about it when the wings of the starting gate swung open, he was going directly to the front with L Dees Patrick. When the 4-year-old son of Father Patrick grabbed the lead easier than even Macdonald could have expected in a :27.4 first quarter, the pair were able to throttle down during a :29.4 second split. When tepid challenges did come in the payoff half-mile L Dees Patrick was able to pace quarters in :27.4 and :29.3 to seal the deal. Magical Muscle Man (Trace Tetrick) mounted the most serious challenge from the second-over position, but never got past the winner’s wheels while finishing second. Double Down K (Tony Hall) was next best at the end of the 1:55 mile.
The triumph was the seventh in L Dees Patrick’s career with lifetime earnings growing to $68,035. He is conditioned, while in Ohio, by trainer Jason McGinnis.
Dr. Dan Farwick was a most respected southwest Ohio veterinarian for decades, spending much of his time helping horsemen on the backstretch of old Lebanon Raceway.
Miami Valley will be back at it on Thursday (April 7) with a talent-laden 14-race program starting at 4:05 p.m.

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