Valid returned from a trip to the Breeders' Cup and relished the chance to get back to his favorite track, winning the $100,000 Harlan's Holiday Stakes Dec. 12 at Gulfstream Park over Madefromlucky.
"He breezed awful fast," trainer Marcus Vitali said of the five-furlong move, timed in 1:00.85 Oct. 12 at Palm Meadows Training Center.
Ohio racing still has its supporters, who are finding ways to capitalize on declining purses and a shrinking foal crop in the face of competition from racetracks with gaming in neighboring states.
The Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners held its annual awards banquet honoring the 2008 Ohio Horse of the Year and divisional champions Jan. 17 at the Darby House, Darby Dan Farm near Galloway, Ohio.
Bold Truth, a grade II stakes-placed son of Seattle Slew, was represented by his first winner when his son Bold Captain won by 10 1/4 lengths.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bold Captain||Miguel A. Feliciano||
|Crossed Sabres||Gregory D. Foley||
|Halmi||Jeffrey L. Greenhill||
|Hurley's Way||William D. Cowans||
|Lipstick 'n Lace||Kris Nemann||
|Popular Dude||Richard Estvanko||
|Raise the Reward||Jeffrey A. Radosevich||
|Runningforspeight||Timothy E. Hamm||