Day At The Track

$40,000 James K. Hackett Memorial

01:59 PM 21 Apr 2019 NZST
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GD Western Joe, harness racing
GD Western Joe scored the nation's fastest win by a four-year-old on a five-eighths mile track thus far this year
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LEBANON, OH - The betting public got it right on Saturday night at Miami Valley as Dislocator (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.), dispatched as the 3-5 harness racing favorite, captured the $40,000 James K. Hackett Memorial for Ohio-sired three-year-old pacing colts.

Wrenn floated Dislocator from the gate, allowing stablemate High On Paydaze (Brett Miller) to trip the first timing beam in :27. Rushing to the top immediately thereafter, the winning son of Big Bad John had control at the :55.1 halfway point. Although Dislocator still had the inside advantage at the 1:23 third quarter station, Ohio Vintage (Kayne Kauffman) had ranged up on the outside and stuck a neck in front. Shortly thereafter another challenger, Seattle Hanover (Chris Page), came calling three wide off the final bend and Dashing To Da Wire (Tyler Smith) entered the championship fray. In the end, Dislocator was able to hold the others at bay for a 1:52.1 triumph. Dashing To Da Wire, Seattle Hanover and Ohio Vintage were next across the finish line to also earn automatic bids to next Saturday's $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitational at Miami Valley.

Dislocator, trained by Brian Brown, earned $113,116 at age two and finished third in the $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes final to stablemates High On Paydaze and Rock Candy. He is owned by Jolynn Ridder, Scott Davis, Sharon Sopronyi and the VIP Internet Stable.

Dislocator

A race earlier, GD Western Joe (Page) scored the nation's fastest win by a four-year-old on a five-eighths mile track thus far this year. His 1:49.3 triumph in the $24,000 Open I Pace was his first in three tries at the top level, following a pair of runnerup efforts. My Hero Ron (Dan Noble) got a garden trip behind the winner the entire way to earn the place finish, while Granite (Wrenn Jr.), assigned the outside after winning the last two Opens, was forced to do some heavy lifting to pick up the show dough.

There will be no racing at Miami Valley on Easter Sunday, but the final two weeks of the 2019 meet will commence on Monday with a 2:05 p.m. matinee.

Gregg Keidel

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