Fresh off his win as 2023 Older Stallion/Gelding Trotter of the Year in Indiana, Toy’s For You was back in the winner’s circle Monday, Jan. 22 with a win at Miami Valley. The higher conditioned trotter scored the victory with Trace Tetrick in the bike in 1:55.2.
Toy’s For You started from post five and left for the lead, but so did the other four horses to his inside. Elysium Lindy and AC Beatty got the first advantage around the first turn with Future MVP and Jeremy Smith and Toy’s For You and Tetrick on the outside. Toy’s For You was three wide during part of the turn action before the quarter in :28.3. By the time the field had passed the quarter, Toy’s For You had moved onto the lead with Future MVP under a big hold form Jeremy Smith. Toy’s For You continued to lead the way to the half in :57.1 and was basically untouched before an outer flow of traffic began to form. But Toy’s For You was strong on the front end and led by open lengths heading into the stretch.
Toy’s For You was well in hand for the stretch drive, coasting under the wire by two lengths for the win. Future MVP held his ground for second over Indiana sired ER Nelson and Chris Page, who closed well for third.
Toy’s For You paid $3.20 for the win. The eight-year-old Airzoom Lindy gelding is owned and trained by Rick Plano, who has had him his entire career. Luckiana Farm bred the gelding, who was making his first start of 2024.
Toy’s For You now has 26 career wins and is just shy of $300,000 in career earnings. His career best time was recorded last year at seven at Harrah’s Hoosier Park in 1:52.0 for Plano.
Another Indiana trotter was back in the winner’s circle later on in the card as Dover in Motion and John DeLong scored the win in the featured $32,000 Open Trot. Starting from post eight as an assigned position, Dover in Motion was in no hurry at the start as Flagman and Trace Tetrick went to the lead, posting fractions of :27.1 and :56.0. Dover in Motion got cover behind Renegade Gypsy and Jeremy Smith heading to the three-quarters in 1:24.2. That cover carried him to the stretch.
Dover in Motion was widest of all for the stretch drive and rallied home in :28.2 for the win in 1:53.1. Renegade Gypsy finished two and one-quarter lengths back in second followed by Indiana sired Predator and Prey and Brett Miller for third.
Dover in Motion paid $2.60. The Dover Dan five-year-old is owned by M & M Racing and Macomber Racing. Jamie Macomber trains the gelding, who was bred by Lyle Slabach who has more than $540,000 on his card with a career best time of 1:52.1.
Toy’s For You was honored as older trotting horse/gelding of the year Sat. Jan. 20 during the annual Indiana Standardbred Awards Banquet. Dover in Motion is also a former year-end honoree for the state. Tetrick, who drove Toy’s for You to victory, was also honored with another award as the state’s top pari-mutuel driver.