Day At The Track

Open Trot to Pine Dream

06:06 AM 18 Oct 2019 NZDT
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Pine Dream, harness racing
Pine Dream (on the inside) beats Elmo Blatch to the wire
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DAYTON, OH. - A perfect drive by Josh Sutton and a tiring leader, who opened a lane up the inside in the stretch, allowed Pine Dream to win the Thursday $17,500 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. It was the 7-year-olds ninth 2019 score and increased his harnes racing seasonal earnings to $140,000.

Sutton urged Pine Dream to leave the gate alertly from his outermost post position. Elmo Blatch (Jason Beattie), the eventual runner up, also sped away from the starting car quickly forcing Pine Dream to squeeze into the two hole nearing the :28 first quarter station.
A pocket ride continued for the winner through :57.1 and 1:25.3 middle intervals as favored Voyage To Paris (Dan Noble) pressured the leader on the outside, before settling for third in the end.
When Elmo Blatch tired and drifted slightly in mid-stretch Sutton took full advantage guiding Pine Dream up the inside opening for a neck decision in 1:55.2.
Merv Chupp trains Pine Dream for the Chupp Racing Stable Inc. He returned $13.40 to win and topped a $134.80 exacta.
From the Dayton Raceway Media Department

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