LEBANON, OH. – Saulsbrook Genesis got off to a slow start to his career, but is making up for lost time now!  The 5-year-old son of Sunshine Beach made just eight starts earning under $10,000 as a two and three year old, but has blossomed since winning 10 times in 32 starts and increasing his career earnings to $142,068.

   On Sunday (Feb. 19) Saulsbrook Genesis’s latest accomplishment was winning the $30,000 Open Handicap Pace at Miami Valley for driver Chris Page, upsetting Let It Ride (Dan Noble) and Mac’s Big Boy (Trace Tetrick) in 1:51.2.   Page went directly to the pylons during the :26.3 opening panel and was content to stay pinned in until past the half in :55.1.  Approaching the three quarter station Page moved into second over position as the timer flashed 1:22.3.  With a :28.2 final panel Saulsbrook Genesis was able to collar the leaders and gain a neck advantage in deep stretch.  Let It Ride N was assigned the outside post and saved ground along the inside after ducking off the gate, ultimately finding a seam in deep stretch to finish second.  Mac’s Big Boy and Big Gulp (San Widger) were also lapped on to the winner at the finish line.

   The winner paid $14.20.  Despite the fact the first two finishers were first and second in last week’s Open (in the opposite order) the exacta returned an appealing $76.60.

   Saulsbrook Genesis is trained by Ron Burke and owned by the No Recall Stable of Strongsville, Ohio.

   A $25,000 Open II was captured by Yourwishisgranted in 1:50.1, held four races earlier on the card with the sun still out.  The 4-year-old son of JK Endofanera (Tetrick) beat Big Fritz (Brett Miller) and Alwaystellthetruth (Widger).  Ruby Huggins owns the Matt Rheinheimer trainee whose earnings have now reached $184,160.

   Miami Valley currently races on a Sunday through Thursday schedule with post time at 4 p.m.  Free programs are available online at: www.miamivalleygaming.comby clicking on “Racing” and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

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