Thedayofthegrey, Niceasakittenseyes Win OTRF Stakes At Mahoning Valley - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Thedayofthegrey, Niceasakittenseyes Win OTRF Stakes At Mahoning Valley

Jockey Sonny Leon piloted the 1-2 favorite Thedayofthegrey to an easy victory in the $75,000 Joshua Radosevich Memorial over a very sloppy track at Mahoning Valley in Youngstown, Ohio, on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 18, the first of two Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund (OTRF) stakes.

The son of Twinspired-Sharon's Way, by Proud Citizen, romped to his fourth lifetime triumph against seven rivals in the six-furlong sprint for Accredited Ohio-bred freshmen. Thedayofthegrey is trained and co-owned by Robert C. Cline, along with co-owner Richard M. Wilkinson, who bred the gelding, and upped his career earnings to $175,500 with this latest win.

This outstanding youngster finished four lengths ahead of 10-1 Relish the Ride (Luis Rivera), with 5-1 Out for Fun (Christian Pilares) third, and 22-1 Powerful Phil (Alex Gonzalez) fourth. The winner was clocked in a modest 1:13.54.

Niceasakittenseyes, an 80-1 longshot, surprised everyone with a late stretch rally that saw her capture the $75,000 Bobby Bricker Memorial Handicap, a one-mile and 70-yard contest for Ohio Accredited fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up. This 3-year-old daughter by William's Kitten-Shestwiceasnice, by Parents' Reward, is trained by Craig Sweeting for owner Melissa Edgington and picked up her first stakes victory with jockey Fernando Salazar Becerra in the irons.

Niceasakittenseyes was clocked in 1:45.93, finishing a length in front of 9-2 Mobil Lady (Sonny Leon), with 7-1 Edge Of Night (Christian Pilares) third, and 9-5 favorite Star Rules (Jose Sanchez) fourth. The winner notched her third career win in 15 starts with the Bricker triumph and upper her career bankroll to $104,598.

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