11-20-18: The famous BIG GREEN TRACTOR drew post 4 in race 7 Tuesday afternoon, about 4:15 at Dayton. He is in the NW4250L4 class racing for $8,500. Driver will be Trevor Smith. Go TRACTOR!!
Saturday, 11-17-18: WATERSIDE CHAMP scored a solid 3rd place finish in his first start with DCR. WC left the gate from pp5 to take the early lead of race #7. He held the tight pocket thru quick middle fractions, then pulled out from the pocket to begin the stretch drive battle. He was nearly second but was scored a tight 3rd. Good solid performance. WATERSIDE CHAMP was claimed away.
Friday, 11-16-18: VINOVIO battled hard from the 9 hole finishing a tight 6th. With the outside post in race 13, VINOVIO sat at the back all the way to the ¾ pole. He got in gear going 3 wide but was still 8th and 5 back at the top of the stretch. He showed his quickness down the stretch on the far outside gaining to within 2 lengths at the line. But his strong effort of a 28.2 last qtr in his 1:53.1 mile wasn’t quite good enough for a check. Will draw better next time.
Thursday, 11-15-18: SHIFT RIGHT looked like he could be a winner but finished 5th! Leaving from pp1 in race 5, he led the field to the last turn but was passed by the eventual winner; in deep stretch he tired and let 3 other horses out sprint him. Not so happy with this effort.
Friday, 11-9-18: VINOVIO recorded the DCR stable’s 100th start of the year last night! He earned a quite respectable 4th place check, his 11th in 12 starts for the team. He went off at 4/1 and left the gate alertly and settled in 2nd after a quick first quarter. VINOVIO challenged going outside into the last turn but topped the stretch in 3rd and 2 back; seemed to not have his usual quickness at the end and finished 4th.
Thursday, 11-8-18: BIG GREEN TRACTOR had the race his way but ended up 5th. TRACTOR, at 7/1, got away first and led most of the race unchallenged and with the soft fractions in his favor. But when the favorite pounced from the pocket, BGT couldn’t respond.
Saturday, 11-3-18: We did not race on Saturday night but we did show up and claim a new horse for the DCR stable: WATERSIDE CHAMP! He is a well-known, veteran “claimer”. He is a solid and sound, 10 year old gelding, who took his life-time mark of 1:51.2 just a month ago! We are excited to have the chance to race this guy.
VINOVIO put in a really strong front-end performance but had to settle for a 5th place finish. Going off as the favorite and from the rail pp, VINOVIO got away well, 2nd at the quarter. He retook the lead in front of the stands the first time by and put up a demanding 27.4 second fraction and began opening up on the field at the ¾ pole. As they turned for home, the field chased him down and he ended up the last one in a “4-horse photo for show”. So on to next week and likely in the same class.
SHIFT RIGHT had the 7 hole in race 11. He finished a tight 6th after racing in the back early. He pulled out at the ¾ pole and began moving up on the field to post a quick 29.3 last quarter but didn’t pass enough horses to garner a check tonight.
Monday, 10-29-18: BIG GREEN TRACTOR, at 21/1, hit the board this afternoon to record a very respectable 3rd place finish in this 1:53.2 mile. Driver Jeremy Smith got him away well from pp1 but by the half, BGT had been shuffled to 5th. He made up good ground in his 28.4 last qtr to cinch the last spot on the board. TRACTOR performed well today.
BROOKLYNITE raced really well and finished 3rd. Starting from his pp4 in race #5, and driven by Trevor Smith, BROOKLYNITE got away sharply and slid into the pocket for a good trip. Just past the 1:23.2 3qtr mark, Trevor “popped the pocket” and pulled up alongside the leader for the drag race down the stretch. He came up just a little short getting beat by less than a length and in third place at the line; happy with his performance. BROOKLYNITE (and 3 other horses in that race) did get claimed. Best of luck to his new connections.
AMERICAN SCHNAPPS was 5th tonight but put on a good show. AS left alertly from pp6 in race #12 he grabbed the lead and kept it setting a “solid tempo” for this class. Having done all the work up front, AS led the field out of the final turn but couldn’t respond to driver Tyler Smith’s urgings and was overwhelmed in deep stretch to end up 5th in the 4th place photo. AMERICAN SCHNAPPS was also claimed from his race; good luck to his new connections.
VINOVIO, race 10, pp3 - Canceled due to track conditions.
SHIFT RIGHT, race 13, pp7 - Canceled due to track conditions.
Monday, 10-22-18: BIG GREEN TRACTOR wasn’t able to cash in today; finished 9th. Leaving from pp8 he made a valiant effort to gain the front off the gate but was unable to get there in the fast 26.0 first quarter. Parked out, TRACTOR had to go the “scenic route” and was used up by the ¾ pole. Will hope for a better post draw next time.
Saturday, 10-20-18: With two 6th and an 8th, last night at Dayton and coupled with Friday’s 5th…….. it was not a stellar weekend to say the least. Saturday was also brutal for all the horseman and horses due to the severe winds that persisted all evening. Here’s the rundown such as it is:
AMERICAN SCHNAPPS finished 6th, out of the money for the first time in 8 starts. With driver Trevor Smith, AS left alertly for pp6 getting away 3rd. Staying on the rail ‘til the half he seemed well positioned in 3rd and just 2 back as the field turned for home. But, he was just outpaced down the stretch posting a soft 30.3 last qtr and finishing just out of the money.
BROOKLYNITE finished a very disappointing 8th. In his 3rd start for us we put him back down in the $20K CLM class. Driven again by Kyle Ater, he was dull off the gate from pp5 and got away eighth. Going 3rd up early he showed good pace as he went 3 wide at the ¾ pole getting to within 2 lengths at the top of the stretch; but then he threw in the towel. It may be back to the drawing board with this one.
VINOVIO finished 6th in the Open I HCP class (top class of the night). This was VINOVIO’s 10th start for us and the first time he didn’t earn a check. He was slow off the gate and settled at the back of the 7 horse field and pretty much stayed there. He showed mild effort in the last turn…. But too little too late. Silver lining: we can drop VINOVIO in class next week.
SHIFT RIGHT finished a well contested 5th tonight. Going off 8/1 from pp1, SHIFT RIGHT worked hard to get away at the front of the field behind the favorite; driver Trevor Smith set him in the pocket early in a 27.2 first panel. After a 2nd qtr breather the tempo really picked up on the back side, 27.2! Trevor went 3 wide in the final turn but struggled to gain on the leaders and faded a little in deep stretch to finish 3 lengths behind the winner and in 5th place.
BROOKLYNITE finished 7th after what looked to be a promising trip. He had pp2 in race 8; up in class to the top claiming level. Driver Kyle Ater got him off the gate 4th and flushed cover before the half giving him a good “second up” trip. Then at the last turn he lost his go and the rest of the field went by him.
VINOVIO earned his 9th check in a row by finishing 5th. Driven again by Trevor Smith, he performed very well against a strong 7 horse field in the Open I class. VINOVIO left from pp6 and settled in at the rail 5th for the hot fractions. Trevor kept him in, saving ground; he made the final turn less than 2 lengths off the leader. Even though he finished strong with a 28.1 final quarter he couldn’t gain much on the leaders. He finished only a fifth of second back and clocked a 1:51.0 mile scoring a very respectable 5th place result.
AMERICAN SCHNAPPS was entered for Saturday but didn't get in.
BIG GREEN TRACTOR wins! Having not been in the winner’s circle since early May at Northfield, TRACTOR redeemed himself Friday night at Dayton. Driver Trevor Smith took him forward early only to get shuffled to 5th and covered up by the ¾ pole. In the home stretch he found the racing room he needed and powered up to easily score the win. Great drive by Trevor. Link to replay.
SHIFT RIGHT finished 6th again the week. His start from pp5 was a little disappointing as he got away 7th. Racing from the back he never really got involved.
10-6-18: Another Saturday at Dayton Raceway and another strong showing by the DCR team! A 2nd for VINOVIO in the Open; a 3rd for AMERICAN SCHNAPPs; a win for BROOKLYNITE in his debut for the team; and lastly a 6th for SHIFT RIGHT.
VINOVIO’s 2nd place finish got the night off to a great start in race 7. Trevor Smith took him off the gate hard using his quickness to force a very hot 25.3 opening quarter and gaining an early seat at the rail in 2nd. The race unfolded at “grand circuit tempo” 53.2 at the half and 1:20.4 at the ¾ mile mark. Trevor moved VINOVIO off the rail at the top of the stretch gaining on but not quite catching the leader. Beaten by just a head and turning in a 1:50.2 mile, we continue to be impressed by this racehorse. VINOVIO now has earned 8 checks in 8 starts!!
AMERICAN SCHNAPPS put in another strong performance with a good trip and a very strong finish (28.4 last quarter) nearly getting up for 2nd but finishing 3rd this week. Very happy with his performance and the drive by Jeremy Smith.
BROOKLYNITE’s performance was outstanding as he won in his first start for us! Up in class and driven by the talented Kyle Ater, he got a good pocket trip. With room to get out, he “popped the pocket” at the top of the stretch and almost effortlessly went by the leader to record his 8th win this year! The mile went in 1:52.4. It appears our expectations regarding BROOKLYNITE’s potential were well founded; he is certainly the right addition to the team. Here's a replay of the race.
SHIFT RIGHT was a little shy off the gate and near the back of the pack early in the nite-cap race 14; going 4th up made for a tough trip. Combining the trip with a bit of a lackluster performance made for a somewhat disappointing 6th place finish; especially after being on the board his last 3 starts. Look forward to next week.