Saturday, 3-23-19: ADIOS MAN, race 7, pp4, at MVG - First start for DCR!
Saturday, 3-23-19: WATERSIDE CHAMP, race 13, pp9, at MVG
Monday, 3-25-19: VINOVIO, race 12, pp4, at Nfld
Monday, 3-25-19: JJ TANNER, race 14, pp6, at Nfld
Monday, 3-18-19: A disappointing outcome with JJ TANNER. He left alertly from pp6 taking the outside around the first turn to settle in 4th. Staying in on the rail the outside flow left him little racing room. So no check again in his second start for the DCR squad; satisfied with his performance but not the outcome. May be able to drop down in class for his next start at Northfield.
Monday, 3-18-19: VINOVIO raced really well in the Open II at Northfield finishing a very tight 3rd. Going off at 4/1 he left pp5 hard and powered around the outside of turn 1 to take the lead in a hot :26.2 opening panel. Yielding to the pocket behind the favorite, VINOVIO stayed there until the last turn where driver Dan Rawlings rolled him to the outside for the stretch drive. He battled hard and was still closing at the wire; beaten by only a head. Pleased with the third place finish and his time of 1:52.2 with a 29.1 last quarter. https://youtu.be/xvRHbKPxK-Y
Monday, 3-18-19: WATERSIDE CHAMP couldn’t overcome the outside pp8 tonight and finished at the back of the pack. He was right there and can't fault his performance with a last quarter of 28.0. Will hope for a better post position next week. (Moved him back to MVG in the 15 claimer for Saturday and drew the 9 hole! CHAMP cant catch a break!)
Monday, 3-11-19: VINOVIO toughed out a rough trip finishing 5th tonight. Racing in the top class on the card at Northfield, the race 12 Open HCP, he hardly saw a pylon getting an early 4th over trip but hanging strong. He was still digging coming to the line, showing his usual grit. Happy with his performance. https://youtu.be/lkUleDcSU2o
Monday, 3-11-19: WATERSIDE CHAMP cruises to victory tonight to redeem himself after a 4 week drought. Driver Simon Allard got a nice pocket trip with CHAMP from pp5 in race 3 at Northfield. He was 4/1 and when the favorite failed to fire in the back stretch, Simon kept him on the leaders helmet until the final turn. He powered on by the leader and coasted across the line for the 2 length win. Check out the race video here: https://youtu.be/xUOo-fHfPV4
Monday, 3-4-19: VINOVIO raced well in the Open HCP class at Northfield, finishing a respectable 4th in 1:53.3. He worked hard off the gate from pp2 to secure the lead in a brisk 26.4 first panel. The favorite caught him by the ¾ pole, but he hung in there to be fourth by the wire earning a decent check for his connections. The mile went in 1:52.2 on a cold windy night at the Flying Turns. Here is the video: https://youtu.be/fPRouLvKX5M
Monday, 2-25-19: VINOVIO bottoms out the field on the Flying Turns of Northfield Park and wins in a new lifetime best of 1:50.4! Not much else to say except here's the video https://youtu.be/JSWaHAzrLbE
Saturday, 2-16-19: WATERSIDE CHAMP got a bad trip, through no fault of his, and for the 2nd week in a row. Frustrating when he has the talent and speed to be more competitive. Will make the necessary change for his next start.
Saturday, 2-16-19: VINOVIO finished out of the money. Leaving sluggishly from pp3 he was 5th into the first turn then went 2nd up in 4th place for much of the trip. He began to fade before the last turn and didn’t have enough to gain ground down the stretch. Clearly he was off so we had him scoped; determined he was a bit sick tonight which explains the way he raced. Will get him healthy and be back next week.
Saturday, 2-9-19: WATERSIDE CHAMP put in a great effort but didn't earn a check. He left hard from the outside post but couldn't overcome being 4 or 5 wide in the first turn and was parked out early. WC did get in to the pylons before the half but never found racing room. Good effort, bad trip, get 'em next week!
Friday, 2-8-19: ROCK OF THE AGES left from pp6 and was parked early; never saw a pylon and couldn't get to the front to challenge the leaders; finished 6th in this tough trip. He was claimed away.
Tuesday, 2-5-19: VINOVIO scores another victory for the DCR team! Congratulations to all connections and driver Trevor Smith!
Tuesday, 1-29-19: WATERSIDE CHAMP looked really good leading the field after firing off the gate from pp7. On the front all the way to the last turn he was impressive; but he clearly tired and had nothing for his challengers down the stretch. He finished well out of the money but only 4 lengths back against a field of quality condition pacers. ……next week….
Saturday, 1-26-19: VINOVIO got a bad trip from pp8 and finished 9th. Trevor left hard from the outside post with him but as the field rounded the first turn he couldn't find a seat at the rail. Left “hung out” until almost the half he was shuffled even further back. He still had decent pace to the end charting a 29.1 last quarter. Horse was good; trip was crappy. Next week will turn the corner.
Tuesday, 1-22-19: BIG GREEN TRACTOR had the 9 hole against some good claimers; he pretty much stayed there. Another disappointing week for the TRACTOR.
Monday, 1-21-19: WATERSIDE CHAMP was 2nd this cold afternoon! Driven by Trace Tetrick and leaving from pp3, WC took the lead off the gate and kept it, setting very respectable fractions on the off track; 27.3, 56.3, 124.3. He was challenged in the final turn by the favorite who out-paced WATERSIDE down the stretch in the 1:53.1 mile. Happy with his performance. The race video is up on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/WuUF-SyRSCk
Tuesday, 1-15-19; BIG GREEN TRACTOR failed to earn a check again. He did draw better than last race leaving from post 4; he raced fine and steered better this race but at the end of the backstretch he just decided to shut down and retreated to the back of the field.. Can't figure this one out right now. A disappointing shade of GREEN.......
Saturday, 1-12-19: WATERSIDE CHAMP scored a 4th place finish. He got off the gate strong giving up the lead at the quarter to sit in the pocket thru the middle panels. The lead horse going into the last turn held WC up while much of the field went wide. CHAMP had to wait til deep stretch to get racing room and crossed the line 4th. Happy with his effort; just ok with the result.
Saturday, 1-12-19: VINOVIO put in a real respectable effort tonight in the Open, but tired a little late to finish 6th. He left alertly taking a seat at the rail 3rd; VINOVIO held that place to the last turn when he started to fade slightly. He tried hard early in the stretch but just couldn’t quite hold on for a check. VINOVIO will get to drop in class for his next start.
Saturday 1-5-19: VINOVIO raced very well against Open HC pacers finishing a respectable 5th. He was still digging at the wire which was good to see. Will be back to MVR next Sat in this same tough class of top overnight horses.
1-2-19: First two races of the year were at Northfield and did not produce good results:
BIG GREEN TRACTOR raced ok but wasn’t at his best; finished 7th.
WATERSIDE CHAMP left alertly from pp6 but went way wide in the first turn and wasn’t able to recover; finished a disappointing 8th.
2018 Year-end recap: Just some quick stats for the Dream Catcher Racing stable. We made 116 starts this year (compares to 72 starts last year) with 9 different horses. Total purse earnings were nearly $113,000; the team “hit the board” 39 times with 11 wins, 15 seconds, and 13 third place finishes. Looking forward to an even better 2019 and the opening of the Miami Valley Gaming meet next weekend!