Trainer Tim Hamm, best known for developing the Grade II stakes winning sprinter Too Much Bling, hit a personal milestone saddling his 1,000th career winner, when Blingitonagain captured the seventh race Wednesday afternoon at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course.
Sent right to the front by jockey Irwin Rosendo, Blingitonagain set fractions of 23.02 & 46.85, he then responded when challenged at the top of the stretch by the 1.90 to 1 betting favorite True all Along, eventually outfinishing that foe to win the $25,300 allowance race by one length. The Ohio bred three-year-old colt by Too Much Bling rewarded his backers with a $15.40 win payoff.
The running time for the six furlongs on a track labeled fast was 1:14.02 after fractions of 23.02 & 46.85.
Hamm, a 50-year-old Warren, Ohio, resident has primarily competed in Ohio & Pennsylvania with consistent success. The conditioner, who began his career more than two decades ago, has seen his runners earn more than $1 million in each of the past ten years, including 2016 in which he has 57 victories and $1.4 million in purse earnings.
Hamm, who was joined by friends and family members for a special Winner's Circle gathering said “My team, including understanding owners and dedicated staff are the keys to my success.” Mark Loewe, Vice-President of Ohio Racing for Penn Gaming & Ed Vomacka, Mahoning Valley Race Course Racing Secretary made the presentation.
Park Ave and Cambric checked in third and fourth, respectively in the ten-horse field.
Blacktieandtux and Hostile Cruz were program scratches.
Owned in partnership by the Trainer's Blazing Meadows Farm & Michael Friedman, Blingitonagain recorded his first win of the year and second overall from sixteen career starts. The winner's share of $15,180 boosted his lifetime bankroll past the $87,000 mark.
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