Just for Us has been a consecutive performer for Bonnie and Bobby Mattingly. The Indiana sired mare just added another win to her tally Thursday, March 30 in the $12,000 conditioned trot at Miami Valley.
Starting from post six, Just for Us got away in mid pack for driver Kayne Kauffman as Workinitonbroadway and Brett Miller went straight to the lead and passed the quarter in :27.1. He was still in command at the half in :57.0 as Penance and Dan Noble moved first over to challenge at the three-quarters in 1:25.2. Just for Us picked up that cover and was sitting second over around the final turn before tipping out and ready to challenge at the head of the lane.
In the stretch, Just For Us powered home to catch up with Penance and score the win by a head in 1:55.3. Workinitonbroadway finished a length and a half back in third.
Just for Us was a mild upset winner, paying $13.20. The six-year-old Guccio mare is owned and trained by Bonnie Mattingly and has spent her whole career in the Mattingly barn. Marlin Eash bred the mare, who was purchased for $7,000 from the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale. The Mattinglys liked what they saw in the sale book but could not attend the event and relied on Charlie Conrad to inspect the yearling for them and get her bought. She sold under the name PM Acres Balistics.
Since starting her career on the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit at two, Just For Us was an immediate racehorse, winning eight races as a two-year-old followed by seven wins as a three-year-old. She then moved to the pari-mutuel ranks where she has continued to win races. To date, she has 24 wins in 105 starts with more than $150,000 on her card. Her career best time of 1:53.4 was taken last year as a five-year-old at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.
There were several other Indiana sired winners on the Thursday card at Miami Valley including Lady Angel and Ricky Macomber in the $16,000 conditioned pace. Lady Angel went straight to the lead for Macomber and never looked back, scoring the win in 1:52.2. Sectionline Dragon and Brett Miller finished three-quarters of a length back in second followed by Gone Girl and Tyler Smith for third.
Lady Angel paid $6.00 for the win. The four-year-old JK Endofanera mare is owned by Greenhorn Racing and trained by Jamie Macomber. Tyler Miller bred the mare, who earned her first win of the season and established a new lifetime mark in the process. Overall, she has nine wins and more than $64,000 in earnings.