LEBANON, OH. – Checks On The Way (Trace Tetrick) destroyed a field of classy distaffers in the $24,000 Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (Feb. 7). Her 1:51.2 clocking, in her first start back after a two month break, was two full seconds faster than any of the previous five Friday night features thus far in the meet.
Tetrick, confident the 5-year-old daughter of Believeinbruiser was ready after a winning 1:55 qualifier eight days earlier, fired the winner from the starting gate and enjoyed a two length advantage when the quarter mile marker was reached in :27 flat. Checks On The Way extended the lead throughout the remainder of the mile, posting middle fractions of :55.4 and 1:23.2. A :28 final quarter netted a comfortable 5-1/2 length victory for the 9-5 favorite who returned $5.60 to her win backers.
Colorful Sky (Sam Widger), who was last week’s Mares Open winner, closed well for runnerup honors but was no match for razor sharp Checks On The Way. Allbeastnobeauty (Tyler Smith) grabbed the show dough; while Sandy Sue (Chris Page) and Eliza Dushku N (LeWayne Miller) secured the minor spoils.
Trainer Tyler George co-owns Checks On The Way with Scott Tyler. With 23 triumphs in 77 career tries, she now boasts earnings of $179,779, almost half of which was banked in 2019 during her four-year-old season.

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