OHUBETTERBELIVEIT SPOILS 'GUNS' RETURN

07:29 AM 28 May 2005 NZST
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Ohubetterbelieveit (Ryan Anderson)
Ohubetterbelieveit (Ryan Anderson) - Took Friday night's Maywood Park feature race in 1:54.1

Ohubetterbelieveit played the role of the spoiler to perfection Friday night (May 27) when came from last to first in Maywood Park’s $10,260 tenth race conditioned pace, putting a damper on the season debut of 10-year-old Illinois champion Taser Gun.

Sent off as the 2-1 second choice from the outside six-slot, driver Ryan Anderson ducked Ohubetterbeliveit ($6.60) at the start when Taser Gun showed his usual exceptional gate speed and dashed to the front with driver Andy Miller from the three-slot.

The 4-5 favorite had himself a comfortable :28.1 first quarter and Miller was able to give the $1 millionaire pacer a :29.1 second quarter breather.

Taser Gun went to a :28.3 third panel to keep the first up False Alarm (Jason Dillander) on his outside but Dashing Dipolmat (Tim Tetrick) made a bold three-wide move and collared the leader going into the last turn while bringing up the hard-charging Ohubetterbelieveit.

In the lane both horses rushed past Taser Gun with Ohubetterbelieveit proving to be best by one and one-half lengths over Dashing Diplomat in a 1:54.1 mile paced over a “good” racing surface pelted earlier by a brief but heavy rain shower.

Taser Gun held on for third, beaten three and one-quarter lengths.

“Ohubetterbelieveit is just extraordinary right now,” said winning driver Ryan Anderson. “He feels very sharp right now. I thought the pace was going slower than I expected and so I was able to get a lot of momentum coming out of that last turn. My horse likes to chase other horses and really wants to get ahead of them.”

The victory was the second in three starts for the Joe Anderson trainee since shipping in from The Meadowlands at the end of April. Owned and bred by Anderson Racing Inc. of Crete, IL, Ohubetterbelieveit earlier set a new track record for a four-year-old gelding with a 1:51.3 victory on May 13.

rom: Mike Paradise, director of publicity

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