Day At The Track

Pacer wins for 18th time

01:40 PM 22 Dec 2019 NZDT
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Fan Of Terror scores for the 18th time this year
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DAYTON, OH. - Talk about incredible seasonal statistics!
 
Fan Of Terror captured his 18th harness racing victory of the 2019 season on Saturday (Dec. 21) winning Hollywood Dayton Raceway's $17,500 Open Pace in 1:50.2. As if 18 wins isn't impressive enough, the seven-year-old gelding's annual earnings swelled to $219,705 racing exclusively in top level claimers to start the year and top condition and Open events the rest of the way.
 
It is believed the $219,705 figure may be the highest yearly total ever for a horse racing exclusively in Ohio and Indiana overnights, without the benefit of a single penny in stakes money.
 
Driver John DeLong rocketed out of the gate to grab early command with Fan Of Terror, but wisely relinquished the lead to heavily favored I'm A Big Deal (Brett Miller) at the :26.3 first quarter beam. Sitting cozy in the pocket through middle half fractions of :55 and 1:22.4, DeLong was content to watch My Hero Ron (Mike Oosting) pressure the frontrunner while awaiting a chance to pounce on the leader.
 
That opportunity presented itself at the head of the home stretch when My Hero Ron, who finished a game third, tired and a battle royale ensued until the winner finally prevailed in the final strides over I'm A Big Deal.
 
Therl Hensley owns the winner and entrusts his stable stalwart's career to trainer Peter Redder.
 
Just one week remains in the Hollywood Dayton meet. Following a 2:15 matinee on Monday (Dec. 23), the southwest Ohio oval will close out the season with 6:15 programs on Thursday (Dec. 26), Friday (Dec. 27) and Saturday (Dec. 28).
 
From Hollywood Dayton Raceway
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