LEBANON, OH. – Let It Ride N won his fourth straight Open Handicap at Miami Valley on Monday (April 10). With his 1:48.4 mile the New Zealand bred 10-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven became the fastest horse in the ten year history of Miami Valley.
Assigned the nine hold in the $30,000 feature race, driver Dan Noble dropped into the three hole during the :26.4 first quarter following Later Dudes (Chris Page) and Incredible Man (Jeremy Smith). Just after the halfway point was reached in :54.1, Noble launched a first-over attack with Let It Ride N that allowed him to reach Later Dudes on even terms in 1:21 with a quarter mile still to go. With a final :27.4 stanza the winner got by Later Dudes. Incredible Man benefitted from his pocket ride throughout to also nudge past the pacesetter.
Michael Hitchcock trains the razor sharp Let It Ride N, who has won half of his dozen seasonal starts and banked $115,210 at Miami Valley already in 2023. William Hartt and the Enzed Racing Stable own the incredible gelding who won 13 times and earned $256,576 last year as well.
The new track record shaved one-fifth of a second off the old standard first set by Nuclear Dragon in 2018 and equaled by both Saulsbrook Genesis and Let It Ride earlier this season.
Co-featured on the Monday card at Miami Valley was the $25,000 championship leg of the Omar Hiteman Memorial late closer for non-winners of two male pacers.
Low Rider (Trace Tetrick) pulled a mild upset over longshot EA Buttermilk Bill (Tony Hall) and favored Chronicle (Austin Hanners) in 1:50.3. A furious stretch long rally netted the 3-year-old son of Downbytheseaside the 1-3/4 length victory for owners James Stambaugh, Alan Keith and Milton Leeman. Tim Lane conditions Low Rider, who was winning for the third time in 11 lifetime starts.

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