LEBANON, OH. – The $30,000 championship final of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Trotting Series, to be contested next Wednesday (April 6), shapes up to be quite a competitive fray based on results of the final two preliminary heats on Wednesday (March 30) at Miami Valley.
Fox Valley Britzka (Trace Tetrick) managed his second straight upset victory in the first division, beating Double Down K (Tony Hall) and favored Justa Hintof Spice (Brett Miller) in 1:57. The 4-year-old Ross Leonard trainee paid over $30 winning one of three first leg divisions, then repeated with a furious stretch rally in leg two—paying $27.40 to those that bought $2 win tickets on him.
Two races later (Race 12), Donato Patriot K (Hall) notched his first series win in 1:55.3, topping Stay Close (Anthony Macdonald) and Sly Little Fox (Chris Page). Marion Chupp trains the 4-year-old son of Donato Hanover, who paid $9 to win, for the Ely Stable.
The top three horses in each of the second leg splits qualified for the lucrative final, in addition to Royson’s Punch, Magical Muscle Man and Wixx Hanover. Should any of the top nine fail to enter, SM Count On Me would be the next eligible.
Tony Hall’s win with Donato Patriot K was one of four scores on the day. Hall’s Grand Slam began with Letsmakithapncapn (1:55, $5) in the first race; followed by Worthabuck (1:52.3, $17.40) in the fifth and Mr D’s Dragon (1:55, $43.60 in the eleventh.
Racing resumes on Thursday (May 31) with a 4:05 p.m. post time at Miami Valley.

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