Barbara Boese’s Awsome Valley ($7.60, Tony Morgan) won his third consecutive race in an abbreviated field Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:56.1 triumph in the $17,000 Open Trot.
Scratched down to a field of five starters, Awsome Valley was sent immediately for the lead from post position three before yielding briefly to Spunky Jack and re-taking the lead at the quarter-mile in 28 seconds. Heavily favored Traverse Seelster got away fourth from the gate and challenged first-over through a half-mile in 57.2 and 1:26.4. With Traverse Seelster continuing to battle on the outside, Awsome Valley dug in through the stretch to hold him off for a half-length win. Limitless finished third.
Trained by Ryan McInnis, it was the fourth win of the season for the winner, whose seasonal earnings ballooned to nearly $60,000.