Great Seats Scores Redemption in Oak Grove Feature

After having wins snatched from him in his last two tries at the class, Great Seats returned from a stint in the Kentucky Sire Stakes to go a no-holds-barred 1:51.4 mile in the featured $15,000 conditioned pace at Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel on Tuesday (May 14). 

Starting from post 1, Great Seats (driven by Wyatt Avenatti) pushed to protect position but yielded through the first turn to 4-5 Mistertenahkey (Marvin Luna) and then Mister Hercules (Chad Bell) moving to a :26.1 first quarter. Mister Hercules took over the lead into the stretch first time, where Avenatti decided to bolt Great Seats out of third and to the top before clicking by a :55.2 half. 

Great Seats’s brush to the lead forced Luna into a disadvantageous spot with Mistertenahkey. Luna had to move first over into the backstretch and march up towards Great Seats, and in his pursuit drew to near equal terms by three-quarters in 1:23.3. But the overland route took its toll on Mistertenahkey spinning for home just as Great Seats flipped to another gear. Great Seats spurted upon straightening for the beam to a widening four-length victory over JD Camden GB (Devon Tharps), who gave chase in second. Mistertenahkey settled for third and Foalovit (Atlee Bender) closed for fourth. 

A 4-year-old gelding by Sweet Lou, Great Seats won his seventh race from 40 starts and has now banked $64,082 for Wyatt and Lane Avenatti. David Avenatti trains the $7.72 winner.

Live racing resumes at Oak Grove on Monday (May 20) at 3 p.m. (CDT). Free program pages for every race day, courtesy of TrackMaster, are available on the Oak Grove Racing website (

Great Seats with Wyatt Avenatti winning the $15,000 featured pace