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Dayton's Gray Ghost Pace to Splended Party

11:22 AM 31 Oct 2018 NZDT
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Splended Party and driver Hunter Myers win the Grey Ghost Pace
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Field of grays and roans on the track
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Splended Party has the lead coming down the stretch
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Outsider Jazmin Arnold didn’t scare anyone as she ponied Gray Ghost participant Strawberry Princess to the gate.
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DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway got into the Halloween spirit on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 30) by presenting their second annual Gray Ghost Handicap pace on the matinee program.

Nine gray or roan horses lines up behind the Woebkenberg starting gate to chase a $10,000 purse-and when the dust settled it was heavily-favored Splended Party overcoming the assigned outside post position to win in 1:53.3.

Driver Hunter Myers fed the 7-year-old son of Party At Artsplace plenty of racetrack from the word go, but couldn't clear until past the first quarter, reached first by Raider Gun (Tyler Smith) in :27.

Splended Party was able to race relatively unchallenged the rest of the way, stopping the halfway timer in :56.2 and the three-quarter beam in 1:24 before sprinting to a 3-1/4 length advantage through the stretch. Time To Casper (Trevor Smith), the second choice in the betting, raced near the back of the field in the early going but rallied for a second place in the end. Raider Gun managed to hold on for third.

John Turigliatto of Toledo owns Splended Party, who won for the 27th time in 118 lifetime starts. The roan-colored stud horse, trained by Ray Farmer, increased his career bounty to $134,879 as the best gray horse currently competing in southwest Ohio.

Other participants, in order of finish, were Forever The Gold, Ghosts And Legends, Branded Gun, Strawberry Princess, Empty Gun Ivy and Gris Beau Hanover.

Reinsman Chris Page returned to Dayton following his first appearances in the Breeders Crowns on Saturday night at Pocono and scored five wins.

The 34-year-old won with Toughest Of All (1:53.4, $6.40), Hora Star (1:55.2, $3.80), Big Pink (1:55.2, $69.80), Dumas Walker (1:53.2, $3.80) and Zoe Ellasen (1:52.3, $7.20). Page currently ranks third in the Hollywood Dayton dash standings behind Jeremy Smith and Dan Noble.

From Dayton Raceway Media Department

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