Brookview Bullet shot right to the lead and never looked back Thursday, Jan. 11, winning the featured $32,000 Open Handicap at Miami Valley. Guided by Josh Sutton, Brookview Bullet earned the victory in a swift 1:49.1 during the event.
Brookview Bullet began his journey from post five and rallied out to secure the top spot, setting the first fraction of :26.3 before getting a breather to the half in :28.1. The pace picked back up the third quarter as Barry’s Berries and Luke Hanners were lurking on the outside to lead the outside flow of traffic. A third quarter sprint of :26.3 led the field past the three-quarters in 1:21.1. Later Dudes and Chris Page sat right at Brookview Bullet’s back the entire way, so he was a major threat to overtake the leader when the stretch arrived.
Later Dudes tipped out and gave it his best shot, but Brookview Bullet was able to fend him off, winning by a neck with a final quarter in :27.4. Nashing Hill and Brett Miller maintained ground for third.
Brookview Bullet was a small surprise for the win, paying $11.80. The six-year-old veteran son of Always a Virgin is owned by Eleven Star Stables and trained by Henry Graber Jr. The one-time Indiana Sires Stakes standout was bred by Brookview Farms and now has more than $420,000 on his card. His win Thursday also marked a career best record for the gelding.
Later in the card, Mystical Charger and Trevor Smith earned a win in the $15,000 claiming event. Coming from off the pace, the Indiana sired son of Jereme’s Jet followed cover all the way to the top of the stretch before sprinting by his opponents and winning by two and one-half lengths in 1:53.2. Northern Angle, an Indiana sired son of Always a Virgin, finished second for driver Luke Hanners while Carlos Mittanna and Jeremy Smith rounded out the top three.
Mystical Charger paid $6.00 for the win. He was owned by Kathy Smith and trained by her husband Jeff for the win, but was claimed from the race by John Oliverio and Christian Klotz. The eight-year-old gelding leaves the Smith barn two for two in 2024. Overall, he has earned more than $188,000, a majority of that for the Smiths, who have owned him since his four-year-old season. His career best time of 1:51.0 was taken as a four-year-old at Scioto Downs.