Day At The Track

Newcomers take top spots in top trot

06:48 AM 30 Oct 2020 NZDT
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Fanatic (#5 on the rail) beats Refined
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DAYTON, OH - Fanatic (Josh Sutton) and Refined (Brett Miller), a pair of 4-year-old harness racing newcomers to the open trotting ranks at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, dominated a compact field of six on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 29).
 
Fanatic, who left the gate alertly and cut all the fractions, had a sizeable open lengths advantage at the head of the stretch, but just barely managed to hold off fast-closing Refined in 1:55.3 over a rain-soaked 'sloppy' track.
 
Sutton got Fanatic to the top in a relatively soft :28 opening panel, then advanced unchallenged through a pair of :29 middle quarters. With an approximate five length margin as the field turned for home it looked like the son of Cantab Hall had free sailing to the wire, but Refined had other ideas. With a furious closing rush the daughter of Uncle Peter made it interesting at the finish by falling just a nose short.
 
 
 
Cash Hit (Ricky Macomber Jr.) garnered the show dough.
 
Black Magic Racing LLC of Ohio owns Fanatic, who now sports ten career triumphs and $149,432 in earnings. Todd Luther trains the winner, who paid $7.40 to win. Coupled with Refined, the exacta returned $21.20.
 
From Hollywood Dayton Raceway
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