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Penn repeats in Hollywood Dayton Trot

04:17 PM 13 Oct 2017 NZDT
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Penn sweeps past Another Breath to win the Open Trot for the second straight week, this time in an impressive 1:53.2 at Hollywood Dayton on Thursday.
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DAYTON, OH. - Penn made it "two straight harness racing wins in the Buckeye state," to quote Hollywood Dayton Raceway announcer Barry Vicroy, closing impressively on Thursday night (Oct. 12) to cop the $18,500 Open Trot in back-to-back weeks.

Utilizing a totally different strategy, driver Josh Sutton dropped in third in the early going after realizing a couple others were intent on the front end in a speedy :26.3 opening panel. Last week's gate-to-wire winner then sat patiently along the pylons as Cantab Lindy (Chris Page) sped to the half in :56 and the three-quarter marker in 1:24.2, with Another Breath (Randy Tharps) pressuring the leader on the outside and Banker Volo (Dan Noble) headstrong in the pocket.

When second-over Dnieper (Brady Galliers) faded as the horses began rounding the final bend, Sutton got room to angle Penn out and swing three-wide midway through the turn. The 7-year-old Master Glide gelding trotted home in :28 and change to pick off the leaders one at a time before prevailing by half a length in 1:53.2. As co-favorite Penn returned $4.80 to win; coupled with runnerup Another Breath the exacta paid $37.20; and 25-1 longshot show finisher Angels Ransom (Ken Holliday) boosted the $2 trifecta payoff to $333.80.

Gregg Keidel

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