On a day in which Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course posted record single-program pari-mutuel handle of $1,182,223, a record payoff of $415.20 for a $2 wager provided a trainer with her first-ever career victory.
The record win price came in the seventh race when 206-1 longshot R B Wild Promise rallied outside of horses entering the stretch and prevailed late in a calvary charge to win the $5,000 conditional claiming event. It was the first career victory for owner/trainer Gwendolyn Crosser.
Crosser, a 23-year-old native of Gainesville, Fla., who recently passed her trainer’s test after working as an assistant to trainer John Baird, said: “I am on cloud nine. I can’t believe he won. It was so exciting, I was yelling, ‘C’mon boy, get up,’ and he did.”
“I love him so much. I have had R B Wild Promise for more than four months and he is just a cool horse with a great personality,” Crosser said. “You can be sure he will be getting extra carrots and apples tonight.”
The total handle of $1.182 million on the nine-race program bettered the previous mark of $1.104 million set Dec. 30, 2014, and is the third seven-figure handle during the past week at the Austintown, Ohio, track.
“We have been blessed with good weather and pleased that our full fields and competitive racing is proving popular with bettors, both locally and nationwide.” said Mark Loewe, vice president of Ohio Racing for Penn National Gaming Inc.