It didn’t exactly look like a one-horse race going in but Million Dollar Bye, with earnings about double the rest of the field combined, certainly looked like the one to beat.
It was, however, Richard Dorsch’s Woody Woodrow who came away with the victory in Hawthorne’s first race, a one-mile Trot Handicap for winners over $10,000 in their last five starts.
Patrick Berry, who later won the second half of the early double, sent the speedy Woody Woodrow right to the lead. With no competition early, they were able to relax a bit, despite quick fractions, and had just enough left to hold off the late move of Million Dollar Bye.
“Bye”, the 4-5 favorite, didn’t appear to have much chance at the three-quarter pole but was relentless in the final quarter and missed by only a neck.
Woody Woodrow, trained by Kimberly Roth, set fractions of :27.4, :56.3, and 1:25.4 on the way to a mile in 1:53.4 and paid $8.60 as co-second choice in the wagering.
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