Next start: WATERSIDE CHAMP on Saturday!
Saturday evening, 12-15-18: WATERSIDE CHAMP, race 7, pp10.
Monday, 12-17-18: VINOVIO, race 5, pp9, at Northfield Park
Thursday, 12-13-18: SHIFT RIGHT, going off 22/1, put in a strong performance and missed the win by just a head, finishing 2nd. Starting from pp2, Trevor timed the gate and blasted out an early 2nd before being shuffled to 3rd along the rail. He saved ground there before pulling out and advancing hard to challenge the leader at the top of the stretch. Those two battled to the line with SHIFT RIGHT coming up short in the photo finish! A good solid performance and finish for him.
Thursday, 12-13-18: BIG GREEN TRACTOR was unable to overcome the far outside post 9 and never got involved enough to challenge for a check. Finished 8th. Will draw better next time.
Tuesday, 12-11-18: VINOVIO gets it done this afternoon at Dayton. He scored his 3rd win for the DCR team this year! Trevor Smith took him from pp6 off the gate and powered forward to be in front by the quarter pole; and in a brisk 26.4 seconds. From there it appeared VINOVIO effortlessly lead the field all the way to the wire. A really nice and well deserved win for him and all his connections. Congrats to all!! Watch his victory here.
Saturday, 12-8-18: WATERSIDE CHAMP raced great! Scored a 2nd place finish; only beaten by a neck! He was ready and eager to get off the gate from pp1 (race 5) taking a seat in the pocket early. WC held tight to the leader getting a “glorious trip” by driver Jeremy Smith. Even with the demanding pace up front: half in 54.4, ¾ in 123.3 on this cold night, he was ready for the stretch drive! It looked like he had it but the winner just got a head by him at the wire. Great race! Very happy with WATERSIDE’s performance and the outcome.
Thursday, 11-29-18: SHIFT RIGHT raced ok and picked up a 5th place check ….. again. A bit of a slow start from his pp3 put him 5th in line early. By the ¾ pole he was shuffled to last. A strong last quarter and a 3 wide move in the final turn enabled him to earn the last check in the 8 horse field.
Tuesday, 11-27-18: VINOVIO raced huge scoring a well-deserved 3rd place finish. Our boy left from pp3 getting in line 6th. He pulled “first up” at the quarter pole going straight to the front to challenge the leader. They duked it out through a hot 27 second 3rd panel. He had a slight lead as they turned for home but VINOVIO’s outside trip without cover took its toll as he was beaten to the wire by just over a length. Happy with his 1:53.0 / 28.4 lq performance on this snowy, 19 degree afternoon.
Saturday, 11-24-18: While DCR did not race tonight, we were happy to be successful in claiming WATERSIDE CHAMP back!
Tuesday, 11-20-18: BIG GREEN TRACTOR was out-classed and finished well out of the money this afternoon. He left alertly from pp4 and showed some effort early racing 3rd along the rail. But by the ¾ pole he started to fade and had no go for the stretch drive. Driver backed off and he crossed the line last. He can drop down in class next start.
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.