Day At The Track

Trio of Opens highlight Hollywood Dayton card

07:42 PM 27 Dec 2015 NZDT
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Freddyscooter Somenicebeach
Freddyscooter beats the best pacers at the rapidly-closing Hollywood Dayton meet in 1:51.2
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Somenicebeach made her first start at Hollywood Dayton a memorable one, topping Albanian Era and Sectionline Aqua in the Mares Open in 1:53
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DAYTON, OH. - Penn, Somenicebeach and Freddyscooter won the three featured Open races during the Saturday night (December 26) harness racing program at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.

Track record holder Penn (Josh Sutton) topped the Open trotters in 1:53.3 over a sloppy surface, topping Rehab Mountain (Tyler Smith) and Martz Time (John De Long) in relatively easy fashion. After working hard to get the front from the assigned outside No. 7 post position just before the :26.3 quarter station, the five-year-old son of Master Glide raced evenly throughout the remainder of the mile stopping the subsequent teletimers in :55.4, 1:24.1 and 1:53.3 for his ninth win in 20 starts this season.

His seasonal earnings end at $97,860 with his lifetime bounty increased to $211,294 for owner Barkley Counts.

The weekly top distaff pace went to Somenicebeach, giving meet-leading driver Josh Sutton his second feature win on the program. In her first start at Hollywood Dayton, the four-year-old Somebeachsomewhere lass narrowly edged Albanian Era (Dan Noble) with Sectionline Aqua (LeWayne Miller) also looming large in the stretch. The 1:53 score was the winner's sixth in 2015 and twelfth lifetime. She was claimed at Yonkers Raceway six months ago by Carl Howard and Bruce Soulsby and entrusted to trainer Virgil Morgan Jr., who laid her up for a couple months, put her on lasix and qualified her twice before her winning debut pari-mutuel effort.

Freddyscooter (Tyler Smith) beat the best boys at the meet in 1:51.2, giving the ten-year-old gelding his 49th career visit to the winners circle and upping his earnings to $894,895, all for trainer and co-owner Steve Brannan, who also bred him, and partner Frederick Shiery. Freddyscooter benefitted from a two-hold trip behind eventual runnerup PQ Three (Jeremy Smith), who set early fractions of :26.3, :55 and 1:22.2 before begrudgingly giving way to the winner in deep stretch. E R Oliver (LeWayne Miller) closed well to finish third in the $12,000 race.

Just three nights remain in the Hollywood Dayton Raceway meet with 6:35 post times on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the coming week.

Gregg Keidel

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