Saturday, 8-8-20: LIFEWITHJOHN, race 1, pp 5.
Saturday, 8-8-20: BEST TRICK EVER, race 10, pp 6.
Tuesday, 8-11-20: A TRUE ROCK STAR, race 4, pp 10.
Friday, 8-7-20: ADIOS MAN finished 5th this evening. From pp 6, he was strong off the gate but when the dust settled and he got down to the rail he was still sixth. In the front stretch, driver Cam Mccown pulled him 2nd up where he gained on the leaders, then tucked back at the rail for the final turn and the stretch drive. Will have to settle for 5th in the 1:52.3 mile. He was better than the last two weeks so maybe we are on the right track with this guy; we’ll see. https://youtu.be/25uUAOkeZcI
Thursday, 8-6-20: TWO OCLOCK JOHNNY (2/1) went behind the gate from pp 3 in race 12 tonight and scored a 4TH place finish. With driver Brett Miller this time, he got away fourth, was first up by the stands; and by the back stretch was up to the leader. JOHNNY turned for home right there third and gave up one spot down the stretch. He raced pretty well against this strong field in a 1:52.4 mile; will be happy with the improvement over last week and this 4th place finish. https://youtu.be/ZndxelGNKIU
Tuesday, 8-4-20: A TRUE ROCK STAR (5/1) finished 4th tonight. Starting from pp 2 in race 9 with Josh Sutton on the lines, ATRS got away well and raced at the rail in second until the last quarter. Pinned in going around the final turn had didn’t get the outside momentum benefit, like last week, and couldn’t hold off the charging #8 horse. Raced ok but was hoping for a better finish. Will get them next week. https://youtu.be/gFCNvHTuAKg
Monday, 8-3-20: ADIOS MAN was back on the Flying Turns of Northfield again this evening and could only muster a 6th place finish. He got away fourth, raced at the rail mid-pack; and while he had a little pace in the stretch it wasn’t good enough to get even a small check this time. Something has to change with this guy. https://youtu.be/XU6pDFTFt5A
Saturday, 8-1-20: BEST TRICK EVER made his second start for us tonight and finished a very respectable 5th. He was up against some very good $15K claimers; after starting from outside post 8 and racing at the back until nearly the ¾ pole, he finished strong and missed being 4th by just a few inches. Satisfied with his performance and result given the circumstances and the quick 1:51.3 mile. BTE has some good potential. https://youtu.be/dODc0uzjq_0
Saturday, 8-1-20: LIFEWITHJOHN was up in class after last week’s win; he finished 5th tonight. JOHN got away mid-pack as normal from pp 2. On the front stretch, driver Chris Presley was able to secure the 2nd over spot and move up on the leader down the back stretch. A little traffic trouble in the final turn and some sharp closers had LWJ crossing the wire 5th. He’ll stay in this class for next week and hope for a better finish. https://youtu.be/5zV9oE_QAXI
Thursday, 7-30-20: TWO OCLOCK JOHNNY finished 6th tonight. He was in a slightly easier class, drew post 7 and had driver Brady Galliers; and went off the favorite. JOHNNY got away well on the sloppy track and secured the pocket. But by the ¾ pole he was fading. A bit disappointing. https://youtu.be/xzGvrwHbzXQ
Tuesday, 7-28-20: A TRUE ROCK STAR (4/1) raced great tonight finishing 2nd! From the 2 hole and with driver Josh Sutton, ATRS got away 3rd and stayed there at the rail til late in the back stretch where Josh started moving him out from mid-pack. Fanning 4 wide in the final turn, A TRUE ROCK STAR showed a burst of speed and almost caught the winner. Very happy with his performance, the drive, and the 2nd place result. https://youtu.be/Lo8gqkwlecQ
Saturday, 7-25-20: LIFEWITHJOHN scored his 2nd win of the month tonight and set a new lifetime mark of 1:51.0! Starting from the inside pp 1, he protected position off the gate and held the pocket spot for most of the race. Turning for home fourth, but on the inside, he used his late speed and the passing lane to get up for the win. Great drive by Chris Presley; proud of JOHN’S performance. https://youtu.be/lbZ8dFm8m_w
Saturday, 7-25-20: BEST TRICK EVER disappointed tonight in his first start for us; finished 7th. With pp 6 driver Chris Presley chose to ease him off the gate so he got away at the back 8th. He never got involved. Going into the final turn he had pace but a wall of horses ahead of him forced him to the far outside and too late to catch the field and earn a check. https://youtu.be/9HK-jA0D244
Thursday, 7-23-20: TWO OCLOCK JOHNNY finished 5th tonight in race 14 at Eldorado Scioto Downs. No respect from the public he went off 59/1! Getting away third, JOHNNY got a good trip at the rail and held his own to be in a 3-horse photo for “show”. Respectable race for him; despite his 27.4 lq he needed just a little more pace at the end to get on the board in this snappy 1:50.4 mile. https://youtu.be/mtutOQc50aw
Wednesday, 7-22-20: ADIOS MAN was in race 14 at Northfield. He went off 13/1 and finished 5th.Another small check. The MAN raced ok; he didn’t get away as well as I’d hoped and had to be in the outer flow taking the long way around for most of the mile. The winner ran away from the field; ADIOS MAN battled for the 4thplace finish but came up just a little short. Will get ‘em next week! https://youtu.be/l9Njf8vsWn0
Tuesday, 7-21-20: A TRUE ROCK STAR finished 5th. He got away well landing 2nd and got the pocket trip. He was a loose 2nd most of the race: as the field turned for home he needed to “rev it up” but seemed a bit flat. He clocked a 1:54.0 mile with the winner checking in at 1:53.2. Will take the small check but he is better than that. Next week! https://youtu.be/hgblgcs9yTw
Saturday, 7-18-20: LIFEWITHJOHN wasn’t able to earn a check this week after his win 10 days ago. He was up in class, but had post #2 and driver Dan Noble. JOHN fired off the gate well and secured a seat at the rail 4th. The leaders set a quick tempo clocking a 1:22.1 3rd panel. LWJ swung out off the rail in the final turn but wasn’t able to get to the leaders in the stretch drive. He finished 7th, only 3 length behind the winner in this 1:52.1 mile. Not a bad performance, but not good enough. https://youtu.be/CZwFSRvU-rU
Thursday, 7-9-20: TWO OCLOCK JOHNNY finished 7th tonight at Eldorado Scioto Downs in race 5 against some very strong competition. The opening panel went up in 25.4 while he took a seat 6th then pulled first up in front of the stands. By the back stretch the blistering pace was taking it’s toll on JOHNNY. He raced ok but the field, and this 1:50.3 mile, was a bit much for him on this 92 degree evening. Will be back next week. https://youtu.be/3UqO_mjUSr0
Wednesday, 7-8-20: ADIOS MAN (4/1) drew post 1 in race 12 at Northfield tonight. He raced really well but finished 3rd just inches behind the winner (favorite) in a very close photo finish. A little disappointed in the result but not in his performance. https://youtu.be/4L7uRdTfHfo
Wednesday, 7-8-20: LIFEWITHJOHN was the winner by a nose tonight at SCD. He started from pp 9 tonight with Dan Noble on the lines, and went off 3/1 in race 8. Dan took him off the gate sharply and to the lead early in the :26.3 first panel. He was shuffled to 3rd at the rail for a good trip but needed some room as they rounded the last turn. JOHN was able to thread the needle down the passing lane and get up for the win in 1:52.3. https://youtu.be/k-KF10StghM
Thursday, 7-2-20: TWO OCLOCK JOHNNY went to the race 11 gate in pp 5 with Chris Presley on the lines. He finished 5th against a strong field; the mile went in 1:51.3. JOHNNY raced pretty well getting away 4th and staying on the rail for the short way around. He got shuffled back by the final turn but had decent pace for the stretch and gained a couple spots to be scored 5th. https://youtu.be/E5exaY_DwZc
Tuesday, 6-30-20: A TRUE ROCK STAR finished 7th tonight after leading the field from the gate (pp 6) to nearly the ¾ mile mark. He was fading from the quick tempo rounding the final turn; then half way down the stretch he made an uncharacteristic break dropping him back to cross the line 7th. Will find out what happened. Not a great night. https://youtu.be/9z82mDXFVDU
Tuesday, 6-30-20: Took ADIOS MAN to Northfield for a change in scenery and perhaps luck. Drew the outside pp 8 in race 5; finished6th. Driver Greg Grismore raced him from the back; he had a chance coming out of the last turn but wasn’t able to get a check. Not sure luck had much to do with it. Will try again next week. https://youtu.be/qHBdZtxyG5o
Saturday, 6-27-20: LIFEWITHJOHN finished 5th tonight from pp 8. With driver Dan Noble on the lines, they eased off the gate taking up the trailer spot for the first half of the race. JOHN made his move in the 2nd turn to be 4th in the outer flow. But a breaker forced him 3 wide early making for an extra long route around the final turn. He charged hard down the stretch just getting up in time to capture the last check. Mile went in 1:51.2. Little disappointed in the outcome but LWJ performed fine; will look for a better finish next week. https://youtu.be/ANKJO-RAuVU
Thursday, 6-25-20: TWO OCLOCK JOHNNY drew the 9 hole so he had to race from the back this week. He finished a game 6th just missing a check by inches. He had plenty of late pace but was too far back when he finally got room to go forward to catch this bunch of good racehorses. First missed check in 6 starts; will be back next week. https://youtu.be/_CrO0VT-VfQ
Saturday, 6/20/20: A TRUE ROCK STAR was in the finale tonight racing really well from pp5 for Chris Presley; he finished 5th again. But this week he came on really strong down the stretch, after a nearly perfect pocket trip; they needed a photo to sort out the 3-way show spot with ATRS coming up just inches short to place him 5th in this 1:52.0 mile. Proud of how he raced. https://youtu.be/sytLEcteXzQ
Wednesday, 6/17/20: ADIOS MAN drew post 7 again this week and finished 8th.
Sunday, 6/14/20: A TRUE ROCK STAR raced well tonight finishing 5th in his first start back since the long layoff. He had pp5 and got a good drive from Chris Presley. ATRS had plenty of kick in the stretch in this 1:52.3 mile. Satisfied with his performance and outcome. https://youtu.be/O1bTAW2hLTU
Sunday, 6/14/20: Another disappointing outcome for LIFEWITHJOHN as he finished 9th and well out of the money. Driver change this week to Ricky Macomber. JOHN got away at the back and pulled to be 4th up in the outside flow. Looked to be a bit of a tough trip but he didn’t seem to have his usual late kick either. Will be back next week. https://youtu.be/R04wmt6WYfo
Thursday, 6/11/20: TWO OCLOCK JOHNNY started from pp2 with Mr. Tetrick on the reins again. He finished 3rd after a nice effort. JOHNNY got away 4th and was able to flush cover in the front stretch to be 2nd up in the outer flow. He looked good at 2nd off the final turn but the 8 horse came on really strong to get by and put JOHNNY crossing the wire 3rd. Good outcome; on the board 3 times in a row since the layoff. https://youtu.be/pNh7eMkZqsA
Sunday, 6/7/20: LIFEWITHJOHN gets a little class relief, post 3, and driver Trace Tetrick tonight. But disappointed by his 8th place finish. He got away 4th at the rail and when the outer flow developed he was trapped in and shuffled back. The outside horses had the momentum off the final turn and with little room to progress he faded out of contention for a check. Will get ‘em next week. https://youtu.be/NYYUi51ywxg
Thursday, 6/4/20: TWO OCLOCK JOHNNY drew pp4 with driver Trace Tetrick in the opener at Scioto tonight. And wow what a nice race for him as he finished a very close 2nd! He left the gate alertly and settled in for the pocket trip. Had some steam left for the stretch and was only beaten by a head. Happy with his performance in the 1:52.2 mile! https://youtu.be/Lqn557qLiQM Also check out the finish here: https://youtu.be/zvQLZ8fKFr4
Wednesday, 6/3/20: ADIOS MAN was a little better this week but got a tough trip from pp7 and finished 7th. Off the gate slow, and only making a move after the half, he had to go 3 wide going into the final turn from too far back. Not real pleased tonight; will be back next week and try again. https://youtu.be/c6fndkR1dFk
Saturday, 5/30/20: LIFEWITHJOHN was back in the Open again this week and finished 6th. LWJ left from pp3 and settled back to be 7th at the rail. On the front stretch driver Jeremy Smith took him out third up and was able to advance only slightly on this tough field. So entering the last turn Jeremy moved him 3 wide for the long way around that sweeping turn. JOHN dug in down the stretch but was outpaced. Mile went in 151.2; LIFEWITHJOHN was 3 ½ lengths back in 1:52.0. https://youtu.be/aXh9ZUNo9MA
Thursday, 5-28-20: TWO OCLOCK JOHNNY finished 2nd in a great race tonight. He went behind the gate in R13 from pp 5 with driver Tyler Smith and at 14/1 odds. Tyler took him off the gate alertly for the lead; the favorite #2, stepped by him in the first turn leaving JOHNNY with an ideal pocket trip. Still 2nd rounding the final turn he pulled out to pounce on the leader but couldn’t catch him. Very happy with TWO OCLOCK JOHNNY’S performance and result tonight in this 1:53.4 mile. https://youtu.be/M0zCCwSqrPI
Wednesday, 5-27-20: ADIOS MAN drew outside post 8 in race 5 tonight; he went off the long shot as expected and finished 9th. Driver Tyler Smith put him down at the rail at the back as the field clocked a 27.3 first quarter. Our MAN made a move at the 3 quarter mark and moved up to within 3 of the leader at top of the stretch. But the tight field was too much. ADIOS MAN needed this race to help him get back in form. Will be back next week.
Saturday, 5-23-20: LIFEWITHJOHN finished a very satisfying 4th tonight, at 24/1, against a strong set of pacers in the race 5 Open class at Eldorado Scioto Downs. Driver Jeremy Smith guided him to be 3rd off the gate from pp2 in the crisp 26 sec opening panel. JOHN held strong thru the snappy 1:22 third panel. He made his way out from the rail in the last turn and gained 2 spots in deep stretch with a strong finish. Happy with his performance and result in this 1:50 flat mile; JOHN was charted at 1:50.3. https://youtu.be/qgt8QEsTDxQ
Tuesday, 3-17-20: ADIOS MAN was slow off the gate, found his way to the back and stayed there finishing 10th.
Tuesday, 3-17-20: TWO OCLOCK JOHNNY finished 3rd in the opening race at MVG this afternoon. He was down in class but had to start from the far outside pp 9. Driver Tyler Smith took him off the gate sharply securing a seat at the rail 6th. JOHNNY had plenty of “late pace” and had to serve out for room in the stretch but got up for 3rd (missed 2nd by a nose). Seems to be improving. He is in-to-go this Saturday; he drew pp7 in the challenging Tom Tharps Memorial Late Closer (race 6). https://youtu.be/5DAQYFUKg2w
Saturday, 3-14-20: LIFEWITHJOHN raced very good again tonight finishing 2nd from pp5 in the Open II class. Ricky MacComber Jr guided him away to be 6th at mid-pack. By the half he found good cover on the outside making up ground down the backstretch. JOHN did his usual 3-wide move in the last turn getting the attention on announcer Roger Houston and blasting to the wire almost catching the winner. Happy with the 2nd place result which was only a half length off the win in this 1:51.2 mile. https://youtu.be/YP9zVhJwSs8
Saturday, 3-14-20: A TRUE ROCK STAR drew the 9 hole again this week and was up in class. So driver Tyler Smith let him cruise at the back the whole race finishing 10th.
Saturday, 3-7-20: SOUTHER SWAGGER drew pp3 in this 10 claimer with driver Brett Miller. He made a break going into the first turn; he recovered but too late to have a chance to get back up to the front. Finished 9th. SOUTHERN SWAGGER was claimed away; good luck to his new connections.
Saturday, 3-7-20: LIFEWITHJOHN (35/1) was a bit over his head but put in another great performance and finished 5thin the Open HCP class tonight! Leaving from pp1 and driven by Ricky M as usual, he was strong off the gate and held third until the outer flow placed him 5that the rail by the half. JOHN stayed strong and looked like he might have gained a spot in the stretch had he a little more room. The mile went in 1:50 flat! He timed in 1:51 flat; last panel in 28 seconds. So, quite satisfied with his performance against these top horses. https://youtu.be/UNUrR8yX80A
Saturday, 3-7-20: TWO OCLOCK JOHNNY (32/1) raced much better tonight; he finished 4th , and only a length off the winner. Driver Tyler Smith guided him away fifth from pp4; he was shuffled to the back (7th) by the half. Going into the final turn he made his move and seemed to have lots of pace left for the stretch drive as he was still gaining on the leaders at the wire. He charted his mile in 1:53.4 with the fasted last quarter of the field in 27.1! Much happier with this guy this week. https://youtu.be/wxFDiuxqi44
Friday, 3-6-20: A TRUE ROCK STAR drew the far outside 9 hole for tonight, but still garnered a 4th place check despite going off 39/1! Driver Brett Miller let him cruise at the back for the first half then moved him out for the march forward. Still 8th at the three quarter mark, ATRS put in a blazing last quarter to get up for the 4th place finish. Happy with his performance and the outcome. https://youtu.be/UrGDXZkCHFQ
Saturday, 2-29-20: LIFEWITHJOHN (4/1) scored a nice 2nd place finish tonight in the Open II class. With Ricky in the bike as usual, he looked strong off the gate from pp 1. JOHN got the pocket trip but the favorite (#8) was too much to catch in the stretch winning by open lengths. LIFEWITHJOHN showed good effort to hold on to finish 2nd. Happy with his performance and outcome; hope to be back in this same class next Saturday. https://youtu.be/lZCZ73tZvSw
Saturday, 2-29-20: TWO OCLOCK JOHNNY (29/1) finished 7th tonight against a pretty strong field in the George Williams Memorial Late Closer for N/W 4. Tyler raced him from the back and came 3rd over early. He had to go 3-wide around the final turn only to be 5 back at the top of the stretch. The mile went in a snappy 1:52.3. Not the performance we were looking for from JOHNNY. https://youtu.be/Hsb4reirSQc
Friday, 2-28-20: A TRUE ROCK STAR looked good again tonight; went off at 4/1 and finished 3rd. He was in the same condition class as last week, with another driver change to Brett Miller and had post 5. ATRS got away deep in the field but Brett took him to the outside early following cover in a brisk 2nd quarter. He made good progress on the backstretch to be 4th at the top of the stretch and getting up to finish 3rd about two lengths back at the line. Happy with his performance and that he can stay in this same class for next week. https://youtu.be/NxhnG8nDO4g
Friday, 2-28-20: SOUTHERN SWAGGER got a sluggish start from pp4 and was 8th around the first turn. He was never able to get involved from the back and finished 7th. https://youtu.be/XCEFDqZdNAM
Saturday, 2-22-20: LIFEWITHJOHN (24/1) finished 7th tonight. He had his work cut out for him having drawn the 8 hole and up in class all the way to the $25,000 Open! He raced well and showed his usual last turn, 4-wide move from the back; but this group was just too fast for him to catch in the stretch. The mile went in 1:50.2; JOHN posted a 1:51.4 mile with a 28.1 last quarter. Satisfied with his performance tonight; will be back next week! https://youtu.be/sECosGkiJB0
Friday. 2-21-20: A TRUE ROCK STAR (5/1) delivers a mammoth trip to secure a 2nd place finish tonight. He got away mid-pack and was out and moving 1st up as they passed the grandstands. In a quick 3rd panel he closed up to be a close second on the outside and held on through the final turn and down the stretch. No chance of catching the heavy favorite. Proud of ROCK STAR for his 1:52.1 performance and 2nd place score! https://youtu.be/aHlI7yuwTWQ
Monday, 2-17-20: A 10th place finish for TWO OCLOCK JOHNNY. Luck of the draw put him starting from outside post 8, on a sloppy track this afternoon. Driver Ricky McComber raced him from the back and moved JOHNNY to the outer flow where he made it up to within 5 length of the leader; his cover stalled out and so did he. Another disappointing result but will keep at it.
Saturday, 2-15-20: A TRUE ROCK STAR drew the 2nd tier 10 hole tonight and wasn’t able to pick up a check; finished 9th. He got away 6th, eventually picked up cover in the outer flow to close to a length and a half from the leader by the ¾ pole. But the third panel pace may have been too much as he suddenly slipped “out of gear” and retreated back thru the field. Not his night. https://youtu.be/Xo-IBUouLfY
Saturday, 2-15-20: LIFEWITHJOHN went off the favorite and scored the win tonight! Down in class, and steered by Ricky McComber from post 5 he was 6th at the rail early then went 3rd over “behind a couple long shots”. No concern though because he easily went 4-wide around the final turn “flying” down the stretch to post a :27.4 last quarter and secure the win by a full length. Really happy with this little guy as he takes his first win of the year in 1:52.2. https://youtu.be/44mjuYDxLws
Saturday, 2-15-20: SOUTHERN SWAGGER was outclassed as he ended up in a field of mostly 20 claimers. He put in a decent effort and paced strong to record a 1:53.2 mile; but isn’t really competitive against this group. Finished 9th; will drop him down for next week. https://youtu.be/sE3fOr4bxv0
Tuesday, 2-11-20: ADIOS MAN (32/1) disappointed again. With pp 7 and driver change to Trace Tetrick, expectations were a little higher this week. He raced from the back and never got involved; finished 10th.
Monday, 2-10-20: TWO OCLOCK JOHNNY got a horrendous trip…. finished 7th. He fired off the gate well from pp 2, should have been at the rail 3rd ahead of the #1 horse but backed into the fourth spot. So was jammed in on the back stretch with no room to race. Will be back next week. https://youtu.be/BsZnMrDWuhA
SATURDAY, 2-8-20: LIFEWITHJOHN (9/1) didn’t earn a check tonight running out of steam and finishing 9th. Off the gate from pp3 he won the 4-wide duel and took the lead in a brisk :26.4 first panel. JOHN held the lead thru a stiff 2nd qtr then showed signs of tiring as the field caught and passed him around the final turn. He will get some class relief next week. https://youtu.be/LyjHoAshM6g
Saturday, 2-8-20: SOUTHERN SWAGGER (9/2) finished 7th tonight. He got a bit of a slow start from pp 5 and landed seventh. Third over past the stands he ran into traffic trouble on the back stretch and rounded the final turn clear at the back tenth. SWAGGER dug in down the stretch for a strong finish but only good enough for 7thplace this week. https://youtu.be/3BvIqqtnJE8
Tuesday, 2-4-20: ADIOS MAN did earn a small check finishing 6th on this rainy and sloppy afternoon at MVG. With the 8 hole in a 10 horse field and going off 50/1, we were mildly pleased. He sat in at the rail ninth until the outside cover developed and Tyler was able to scoot him up the inside to be fifth at the top of the stretch. The MAN held on to be 6th; okay given today’s expectations. https://youtu.be/32farQcxk60
Monday, 2-3-20: A TRUE ROCK STAR gave it a shot in the Open at Northfield tonight but finished 7th. With post 6 and driver Greg Grismore, ATRS left the gate hard trying for the front. He was hung out second with no hole to get down to the rail in the hot :26.1 first quarter. The brutal trip saw him shuffled to the back by the wicked 1:22.3 three quarter pole. From there it was over for ATRS. That’s racing! Will likely see him back at MVG this Saturday. https://youtu.be/moOecx2FBac
Monday, 2-3-20: TWO OCLOCK JOHNNY (3/1) raced strong and finished 4th after leading most of the race. Tyler Smith got him off the gate quickly from pp 5 and into the lead. He did all the work up front until the last turn where JOHNNY faced a challenge from the outside that he could not hold off. Finishing 4th in the 1:53.3 mile for his first start is respectable; but it wasn’t the trip we wanted for him. Watch out next week! https://youtu.be/iQrs5oY-9sg
Saturday, 2-1-20: LIFEWITHJOHN put in an excellent showing to finish 3rd against the best pacers tonight. Driver Ricky MacComber Jr guided him off the gate from pp5 to well back in the pack letting the big boys duel it out up front. Going third-up with good live cover JOHN rolled up around the final turn to go 4 wide and blast down the stretch for a 29.0 second last quarter that put him 3rd at the wire. Really proud of this little guy’s effort and outcome in this OpenHcp class. Doubt he will go off 23/1 next week! https://youtu.be/nfIIvEjvOUw
Saturday, 2-1-20: SOUTHERN SWAGGER raced really well tonight garnering a well-deserved 3rd place finish for his owners. With post #4 and driver Bret Miller he got away well and landed in the pocket for a pretty nice trip. Rounding the final turn three lengths behind the leader he couldn’t catch him nor could he hold off the hard charging #1 horse. Happy with SWAGGER’S 3rd place result while up in class and only his 2nd start for the DCR team. https://youtu.be/-TiM1bZwpFk
Tuesday, 1-21-20: ADIOS MAN had a disappointing result this afternoon. He fired off the gate and went for the lead but couldn't clear. Too late to get back to the rail so he fought out the grinding outside trip thru the half. Then he threw in the towel rolling back to finish 10th. Not much else to say.
Saturday, 1-18-20: A TRUE ROCK STAR was in the Open II again this week and had pp5 with driver Chris Page; he went off at odds of 5/1 and finished 5th. He was an early fifth at the rail and pulled out with cover about the half and marched forward to within 2 lengths of the leader by the final turn. ATRS looked for room at the top of the stretch but seemed a bit dull tonight. Had expected a better finish but A TRUE ROCK STAR did earn a check tonight. https://youtu.be/xGa4xUhxQDk
Saturday, 1-18-20: LIFEWITHJOHN put in a really valiant effort but finished 6th. Facing a particularly strong field of Open HCP pacers in race 10, “JOHN” fired off the gate into the wind to set up a 3 way battle for the lead. He settled in third at the rail. Then in the second turn he pulled out charging up for the lead; but he couldn’t hold off the favorite and eventual winner. That backstretch charge may have taken a toll as LIFEWITHJOHN faded quickly in the stretch. Can’t be too disappointed; he showed again that he belongs in this class. Will go at ‘em again next week! https://youtu.be/4hEjUr2WVwA
Friday, 1-17-20: SOUTHERN SWAGGER finished 4th tonight in the 2nd leg of his Claim-to-Fame series. With post 1 and driver Brett Miller, he went off the favorite at 3/5. A decent start placed him 3rd at the rail early but he was flushed out and had to be first up on the outside making for a challenging trip. He faded some in the stretch ending 4 lengths off the winner to barely hold on for 4th. Won’t make the final of the CTF series. https://youtu.be/vw3h2q0ERw4
Tuesday, 1-14-20: ADIOS MAN (28/1) scored a 4th place finish this afternoon from the 2nd tier pp10. He got a good start and was 3rd at the rail early. He and driver Tyler Smith held that inside position as they approached the top of the stretch in 4th. This week the “MAN” looked a lot more game in the stretch and was able to keep advancing to secure that fourth place result and earn his first check since the long layoff. https://youtu.be/uhpsBEOWa_Q
LIFEWITHJOHN finished 4th tonight against the top Open horses. It was a sloppy track with a headwind on the backstretch. With driver Ricky MacComber Jr, “JOHN” (at 9/1) pushed the gate away from pp5 then settled in 3rd at the rail. He raced sharp and as they headed for home in the stretch he seemed to have plenty of steam left but little room to move forward. When he finally found daylight it was a little late but he was still gaining on the others at the wire. Happy with the 4th place finish and proud of this little guy! https://youtu.be/aiFi5G12WgY
A TRUE ROCK STAR didn’t earn a check tonight finishing 7th. ATRS (at 9/1) drew the far outside pp 9 in a field of 10 for tonight’s Open II pace. Coming off 3 wins in a row and up in class again, it was hard not to be hopeful he’d overcome the outside post. Not to be. He raced fine at the back and was still there as the field rounded the last turn. ATRS did find room to weave thru and get past 3 horses to be 7th. OK with this outcome considering the post and the strong field. https://youtu.be/9t23llqPoPI
Tuesday, 1/7/20: ADIOS MAN finished just outside the money in 6th this afternoon. Leaving alertly from post 5 with driver Tyler Smith, ADIOS MAN grabbed the lead early and held it thru the half. He was second by a nose as they turned for home. AM seemed a bit “lazy” in the stretch backing up to be 6th across the line. Better than last start but haven’t found the key yet; will keep at it!
ATRS - “Three straight in the Buckeye state”! What a way to kick off the new year: first start = first win! So proud of A TRUE ROCK STAR! It was opening weekend for the lucrative Miami Valley meet. The ROCK STAR was up in class again, drew the 7 hole, and went off 16/1 on an off track. Nevertheless, driver Jeremy Smith pulled him out early and had him ready for the 3 wide charge to a convincing win! What a wonderful group of members and supporters in the win picture! Congratulations to all! https://youtu.be/eWbcKzkwTZA
Winner’s Circle: https://youtu.be/3qmSImDNaVk
LIFEWITHJOHN: Amazing race by this talented and tough 6 year old. LIFEWITHJOHN finished 2nd in race #11, the Open Hcp class, tonight. And he did it from the trailing post 10! Driver, Ricky MacComber Jr secured a seat 6th at the rail as they entered turn 1. He went 3rd up in front of the grandstands and put on a powerful late outside charge to post a 28 sec last quarter and nearly upset at 15/1. Beaten by just half a length in this field of top pacers, we couldn’t be happier with “JOHN” and his performance! https://youtu.be/q4Ojy7X5ols
Saturday, 12-28-19: LIFEWITHJOHN scores a very convincing win by open lengths! Driven by Ricky MacComber from pp 4 is race 10 tonight, LIFEWITHJOHN really showed his talent. He grabbed the lead off the gate then was shuffled back to 3rd by the half. In the backstretch Ricky pulled him out and began marching forward. Rolling up 3 wide off the final turn he easily opened up a 6 length lead by the wire. Proud of this little guy who charted a 1:51.2 mile with a :27.4 last quarter.
Full race: https://youtu.be/4kdvWLUknsw
Winner’s circle: https://youtu.be/FnNtKQZ95LY
Friday, 12-27-19: Wow!! A TRUE ROCK STAR makes it “two straight in the Buckeye state” with another great win. Great drive by the Rocket Man, Jeremy Smith! ATRS was 6/1 from pp6 in race 10; he left in the middle of a pack of leavers settling in 5th thru the first turn. ATRS followed cover to be 2nd up on the outside; by the last turn he was well placed to make a 3-wide move at the head of the stretch. An awesome charge down the stretch secured ROCK STAR the victory by a neck in this hot 1:51.4 mile. Congratulation to all his connections and especially to all the members and supporters in the winner’s circle!
Full race: https://youtu.be/soCV_HBoaf8
Stretch drive: https://youtu.be/72G1AhqhTCw
Winner’s circle celebration: https://youtu.be/5fiViMv9qH0
Thursday, 12-19-19: A TRUE ROCK STAR scores a big win tonight! Starting from post 7 at 8/1 odds, driver Jeremy Smith raced him from the back early. He moved out to the outer flow 4th up at the half then followed cover 3-wide in the backstretch. With plenty of pace, the ROCK STAR rolled out 4 wide in the final turn and powered down the stretch to win at the wire by a head! This 1:52.4 mile was A TRUE ROCK STAR’S 6th win of the year! Congratulations to all his connections!! https://youtu.be/M3FhVzWA_6w
Monday, 12-15-19: ADIOS MAN had issues and finished at the back again. He pushed off the gate and went first up from 3rd at the rail at the half to challenge the leader. But by the ¾ mark he threw in the towel and backed thru the field. Had him scoped after the race: he was a bit sick which explains why he gave up when he did. Will be back stronger next week. https://youtu.be/NL81y7QH6v4
Saturday, 12-14-19: While none of the DCR horses raced tonight, barn mate STORMY WEST did and was a respectable 4th. The other news is that we claimed LIFEWITHJOHN back tonight. So he is back on the DCR squad!
Friday, 12-13-19: Friday the 13th was not lucky for A TRUE ROCK STAR. He finished 5th but was placed 7th for a pylon violation. Josh Sutton took him from pp3 and fired off the gate for the lead. He held command until late in the third panel when the 8 horse challenged; ROCK STAR wasn’t able to hold him off. A “wild finish” saw a tight field cross the wire with our boy 5th. The pylon violation in the last turn looked to be an appropriate call; one of those things. Will be back next week. https://youtu.be/84S-W8v3fx0
Monday, 12-9-19: ADIOS MAN (9/1) put in a good solid trip this afternoon in his first start back after his injury in June. He left from pp3 and took a seat at the rail 3rd In a quick opening panel of 27.1. While he didn’t earn a check (coasted home 9th) he looked fine. This field of 10, NW4 condition claimers, put up a strong tempo on a sloppy and windy track charting a 1:53.2 mile. It was a good “tightener” for “ADDY”. https://youtu.be/47TI7pt70u8
Saturday, 12-7-19: LIFEWITHJOHN (6/1) had post 7 in race 8 tonight. He got a really tough grind of a trip and finished 8th. Getting away 4th he finally got down to the rail just before the half but then went first up right away. Unable to make much progress on the outside, he began to fade at the ¾ pole; he stayed with the tight field in the stretch but had little room and not enough pace. LIFEWITHJOHN was claimed away. https://youtu.be/9d4cOMTX42A
Had mixed results tonight.......
Saturday, 11-30-19: A TRUE ROCK STAR (14/1) had a bad night finishing 9th. Driver Shawn Barker II took him off the gate, from pp 4, to battle for the early lead in a blistering :25.4 opening panel. He yielded into the pocket at the half. By the ¾ mark ROCK STAR was in “full retreat” and coasting back through the field. That hot opening fraction may have done him in. Will be back next week.
Saturday, 11-30-19: LIFEWITHJOHN (10/1) scores an exciting 2nd place finish in his first start for the DCR stable! With Jeremy Smith in the sulky “JOHN” started from pp1 and got away second for a good trip behind the favorite who set some hot middle fractions. He popped the pocket around the last turn and battled the winner all the way to the wire to be 2nd by inches in the photo finish. It was a 1:52.4 mile and :28.4 last quarter for LIFEWITHJOHN. Very proud of our boy in his debut.
Replaced two racehorses: We were down 2 horses following the claim of BEST TRICK EVER on Nov 8th; SOUTHERN FLIGHT was claimed Oct 26th. Rather than take our chances in the claiming box, we opted to search thru the Fall Speed Sale at Springfield earlier this week. We had some luck: we were the successful bidder on two racehorses. First is a 5 year old pacing gelding named LIFEWITHJOHN; he replaces BEST TRICK EVER and will likely make his first start for us next Saturday, Nov 30th. The second is named TWO OCLOCK JOHNNY; he replaces SOUTHERN FLIGHT. TWO OCLOCK JOHNNY is a 3 year old pacing gelding who is coming off a short rest and will be fresh and ready to go before the lucrative Miami Valley meet begins in January.
Saturday, 11-23-19: A TRUE ROCK STAR (23/1) didn’t earn a check tonight; he finished 6th. With post 7 and up in class against some tough condition horses, he had his work cut out for him. Nonetheless he looked pretty decent; driver Josh Sutton had to take him 3 wide on the backstretch to get in position for the stretch. The 1:51.4 mile on an “off track” was just too much for ROCK STAR tonight. He can drop down in class for next week.
Saturday, 11-16-19: A TRUE ROCK STAR was awesome tonight; finished an impressive 2nd at 25/1. Driven by Jeremy Smith from post 8, ATRS left the gate hard and took the lead. From there he “showed the way” while the eventual winner, the #7, sat the pocket. After a 27.4 3rd panel, Jeremy ask for more as they topped the stretch. ROCK STAR responded and was strong holding off the #7 until just before the wire. Really happy with his performance; he was up in class and on the outside but he showed true grit doing all the front end work in this 1:52.3 photo finish mile. https://youtu.be/QtfHcqHPyRI
Friday, 11-8-19: BEST TRICK EVER finished a very respectable 3rd tonight and was claimed away as was expected. Leaving the gate from pp1, he found a seat at the rail 5th. About the half he was able to flush cover and be second up; the cover was flat and driver Dan Noble pulled BEST TRICK out 3-wide around the final turn. He advanced well in the stretch but only enough for 3rd. OK performance and result. Will be shopping again. https://youtu.be/CpKZN_6EeUE
Thursday, 11-7-19: Drawing pp 1 this week, A TRUE ROCK STAR (3/1), with driver Tyler Smith, scored another fine 2nd place finish tonight at Dayton Raceway! He got off to a good start taking the lead early and showing the way in a 26.4 opening panel. Challenged by the favorite (#3 HOT ROD DYLAN) at the half, ROCK STAR battled gamely not letting him by. However by the middle of the stretch drive, ROCK STAR couldn’t quite hold him off and was beaten by a length in this 1:52.1 mile. Happy with his performance and his finish. https://youtu.be/o9H-KG0yprs
Saturday, 11-2-19: Our latest claim, BEST TRICK EVER, scored a huge win for the DCR team tonight. Driven by Dan Noble and starting from pp2, he found a seat at the rail early and raced from mid-pack until the last turn. Dan somehow worked BTE to the outside to go 5-wide at the top of the stretch. He rocketed to the wire to win by open lengths! And he was not claimed away! Can’t wait to race this guy again next week. https://youtu.be/19rfBB5_cV4
Thursday, 10-31-19: A TRUE ROCK STAR missed the win by a head, finishing 2nd tonight. Driver Shawn Barker II took ATRS off the gate from pp6 grabbing the lead early. From there he did all the work up front and wasn’t challenged until the stretch drive. It looked like A TRUE ROCK STAR might hold on but the 4 horse just go to him to score the win. Good race and good performance for our boy on this cold, windy, and wet evening at Dayton Raceway. https://youtu.be/FBNszQzBaXA
Saturday, 10-26-19: SOUTHERN FLIGHT finished 6th on a bit of a wet and disappointing evening. He started from pp4 in race 13; despite the sloppy track the opening panel went in 26.1 putting SOUTHERN FLIGHT 3 back along the rail. An active outside flow found him blocked in with little room to advance in the last quarter. He was 7th but only 2 back at the top of the stretch and was able to advance 1 place to finish 6th. A decent performance but an unlucky trip. SOUTHERN FLIGHT was claimed away….. so back in the claim box next week. https://youtu.be/7rGHz4fN9WM
Thursday, 10-24-19: A TRUE ROCK STAR scored a 3rd tonight with an amazing last quarter! Driver Aaron Merriman guided our boy from post 8 and patiently sat at the back for the first 3 panels. He made his move from 9th place at the ¾ pole and had to be “5 wide” around the last turn. He picked off 5 horses to get up for 3rd in a blazing 27.4 last quarter. Proud of A TRUE ROCK STAR as he records his best finish in his 4th start for us. Can’t wait for next week and an inside draw. https://youtu.be/6ggUZOaO7Jk
Saturday, 10-19-19: INNIT HANOVER made his first start for us and finished 2nd. Leaving from pp 5 with driver Brett Miller, he raced from off the pace well back in the field until the ¾ pole where INNIT HANOVER made rapid forward progress going 3 wide in the final turn. He nearly chased down the winner and was beaten by less than a length in the 1:52.4 mile. As was expected, he was claimed away but earned us a nice 2nd place check.
Thursday, 10-17-19: A TRUE ROCK STAR (5/1) finished 4th tonight. He got the first call off the gate from pp3. Driver Tyler Smith secured a good pocket trip after the give & go by the favorite at the 27.0 quarter. Riding the rail and following the favorite to be second at the top of the stretch, he tired some coming home and had to settle for 4th against this class of quality condition pacers. ROCK STAR clocked a 1:52 flat mile with a :28.4 last panel. https://youtu.be/9-wiKFKt2ug
Saturday, 10-12-19: Well we did not race today but we were able to replace JJ TANNER by claiming INNIT HANOVER. So welcome INNIT HANOVER to the DCR squad. We attempted to replace JIGTIME JONES but didn’t have any luck. Will keep at it.
Saturday, 10-5-19 was a wild and busy evening highlighted by a win by JIGTIME JONES! Also got to visit with some old, new, and potential DCR members.
- JJ TANNER (7/1) was in a lower class this week and raced pretty well from the unfamiliar inside pp 1. Tyler pulled him out before the half to take the lead. The favorite caught him at the top of the stretch and blew by. TANNER finished in a 4-horse pack and was scored 5th. He was claimed. https://youtu.be/LIc1AKWC0qI
- A TRUE ROCK STAR went off 9/2 in race 9 from pp4, got a terrible trip and finished at the back, 9th. He left alertly, 2nd at the qtr pole, but pulled out 1st up for a grinding outside trip against these top claimers. The overland route proved too much and he was done by the last panel. The good news is that he wasn’t claimed. This is a talented horse who will get ‘em next time! https://youtu.be/i5dys8tmf8s
- JIGTIME JONES found the winner’s circle tonight and set a new lifetime mark of 1:51.1! Driver Tyler Smith garnered a pocket trip from pp4 following the favorite off the gate. After a hot 1:21.3 3rd qtr, he popped the pocket and easily out-paced the field down the stretch for the win. As expected he was claimed. https://youtu.be/vAth0HoUV9g
The last week of September saw some changes: As much as we wanted to find the key to GET ROCKIN, it never happened. So we cut him loose and wish his new owner the best. On Saturday, 9-28-19, we finally had some luck in the claiming box and were able to get JIGTIME JONES back in the DCR stable! Excited about that. For this coming Saturday, all 3 racehorses we entered got in and drew well; grateful for that!. Note: we've moved JJ TANNER down in class; talented but not consistent. "See ya at the track!"
Monday, 9-23-19: GET ROCKIN (5/1) had a tough trip but garnered a 4th place check in this low level claiming race. Brett Miller guided him off the gate cautiously from pp7 and managed to a 3rd up spot in the outside flow. While a tight 3rd at the top of the stretch he could only hang on for 4th. https://youtu.be/Hnjn4M9EHZ8
Saturday, 9-21-19 at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway was a pretty good night overall. Racing wise the DCR competitors scored a 6th, a 5th, and a 2nd. But to make the evening even better we renewed some acquaintances with local members and even signed up a new member. A good time was had by all.
Race 6 saw JJ TANNER perform a little better and garnish a 6th place finish. He made a 3-wide move on the back stretch and still gaining at the wire and pacing the mile in a very respectable 1:52.4. Will try him again in this same class this Friday and hope for an inside post. https://youtu.be/EFq8YnF2o0I
Our latest addition, A TRUE ROCK STAR raced strong against a very tough field (race 11) finishing 5th in 1:51.3; the race went in 1:50.3! This horse is a quality competitor that we like a lot. https://youtu.be/X-qkO_uwhv8
And finally, race 12 provided the 2nd place finish for the team as JIGTIME JONES took it to them in 1:51.4 just 1 length behind the winner. Very happy with his performance from pp 6. Of course the downside is that he was claimed away; but that’s ok because he earned a nice check and our confidence in him. https://youtu.be/zxZLdtHW5-8
Saturday, 9-14-19: JIGTIME JONES put in a good performance from the 9 hole finishing 6th against top claimers in race #11. Satisfied with his effort and the race in his first start for us. He paced in 1:53.0 and, despite the trip, had good kick at the end just missing the 5th place check. https://youtu.be/IiuX48Xy1Mk
To top off the evening, we were successful in claiming A TRUE ROCK STAR. Both of these guys are racing next Saturday, 21st.
LIFEWITHJOHN scores his 1st win of 2020. Driver:Ricky MacComber Jr.
Photo by Conrad Photos
Saturday, 8-31-19: A much better showing for these two this weekend. We had dropped both down a class and both were claimed away as expected.
· SUPER PAC HANOVER raced well and finished 4th. Slow off the gate as usual, he was 6th at the quarter. SUPER PAC was 2nd up on the outside drawing to within 2 lengths of the leader as he was forced to go 3 wide in the final turn. He powered home to be a tight 4th only 3 lengths back at the line. His mile was in 1:53.2 with a :28.3 last qtr. Nice performance. OK that SUPER PAC was claimed away. He earned 9 checks in his 12 starts for us; only 1 win and 2-3rd’s. Best of luck to his new connections. https://youtu.be/NjJRqCt5zZ8
· VINOVIO put in a heck a race finishing 2nd; missed the win by just a neck in a 3 horse photo finish. VINOVIO got off the gate quickly from pp7 to grab the lead early. He settled back into the pocket for the trip. It was a 3-way dual down the stretch to the wire where the photo showed him inches behind the winner. All 3 horses posted a 1:52.4 mile. Happy with his results. VINOVIO has been very productive for us; best of luck to his new connections. https://youtu.be/xJrN_amAd2A
Thursday 8-29-19: GET ROCKIN finished 5th from the 7 hole. Pretty much the same story as last week. No road trouble this time; just a tough trip from the back.
Monday, 8-26-19: JJ TANNER earned a 5th place finish from pp 7 at Northfield tonight. He got away 5th on the outside after a wide turn one. Marching forward well without cover he made it up to 3rd for the middle half of the race. As they entered the last turn he began to tire from the tough trip and was outpaced in the stretch. Will take the small check.
Saturday, 8-24-19: Well the evening did not turn out the way we wanted or needed.
- WONDER BULL made his first start for us from the 9 hole in race 1. Apparently we didn’t have his hobbles to his liking and he spent the first part of the race as if “out for a Saturday night gallop”. Finished 9th. Of the 9 horses in the race, 5 of them were claimed; including WONDER BULL! Back to the drawing board.
· VINOVIO put in a valiant effort in race 6 but finished 7th against a very tough field of top claimers. He was up front early and held up well to the top of the stretch where he was 3rd only 2 lengths off the leader. He was out-powered in the stretch but beaten by only 4-1/2 lengths. He put in a very respectable mile of 1:52.0. Strong effort but no check.
-SUPER PAC HANOVER earned the only check of the night, albeit a 5thplace. With the 6 hole in this 8 horse field, he took a seat at the back. At the half he started a forward march that required a 3-wide route around the last turn. He delivered his usual strong last quarter but only good enough for 5th tonight. https://youtu.be/AUogG4Sz-GA
Thursday, 8-22-19: GET ROCKIN finished 6th. He had pp7 and driver Aaron Merriman tonight at Scioto. He raced pretty well with plenty of pace and steered well. However, in the middle of the second turn the horse right in front of ROCKIN made a break; quick reaction and experienced hands of the driver avoided a wreck. ROCKIN almost went down and of course lost all momentum. He did recover and was strong in the stretch; just too far back to get up for a check. He came off the track a bit sore. No racing luck this week. Drew the 7 hole again for next week.
Saturday, 8-10-19: SUPER PAC HANOVER didn’t earn a check tonight; finished a disappointing 7th. He was 6th off the gate from pp 4 with driver Trevor Smith. First quarter was a quick 26.1; SUPER PAC is not quick off the gate. So he had to go to the outside early making for a tough trip. He closed to within 3 by the ¾ mark but didn’t have his usual last quarter speed. Tough one. https://youtu.be/nCRiOBh4YkE
Thursday, 8-8-19: VINOVIO (9/5) raced awesome finishing 2nd to the 4/5 favorite by less than a length. He flashed early speed for driver Brett Miller who managed a good pocket trip. Helped by some soft fractions, VINOVIO was still strong in the stretch battle but just couldn’t quite catch the leader. Pretty happy with his effort and performance in his 1:54.1 mile and 28.0 second last quarter. https://youtu.be/aIf9puPpO3Q
Thursday, 8-8-19: GET ROCKIN drew one of the amateur drivers (Pro-Am night for charity). He didn’t get along too with his unfamiliar driver; he broke a head-pole before the race; and he finished 8th. Will be back next Thursday…..and have the 8 hole. Need some old fashion “racing luck”!
Tuesday, 8-6-19: JJ TANNER earned a 4th place check this afternoon at 85/1. He had pp3 in race 8 at SCD and with a driver change to Cam McCown. TANNER left the gate alertly and took a seat at the rail 4th in the quick 26.3 first quarter. He went first up at the half and made it up to the leader’s wheel at the ¾ pole. His stretch drive was good (for him); he was beaten by just under 3 lengths in this 1:55.1 mile. Definitely an improved performance.
Saturday, 8-3-19: SUPER PAC HANOVER finished 5th tonight against a strong field of 20 claimers. He had pp 3 and driver Tyler Smith who raced him from the back as usual. He had to go 3 wide going into the final turn but made up a lot of ground turning for home only 3 back. He was strong in the stretch again and got up to be in the Show photo but missed out by a head. He went in 1:53.1 with a 28.2 lq. Would have liked to have been on the board but will settle for the 5th place check. https://youtu.be/37JLSsqBzlk
Thursday, 8-1-19: A great effort from VINOVIO and drive by Aaron Merriman this week netted a 4th place finish from outside pp8. He went off 7/2 again; left quickly from the outside post gaining a seat in the pocket in a “quick” 26.1 opening panel. He went the trip nose-to-helmet with the leader; the outside flow caught them as they turned for the stretch. VINOVIO used the passing lane to get by the leader but the outside horses had enough momentum to pull ahead by the wire. Beaten by 2 lengths; but happy with his 1:53.0 performance from that outside post. VINOVIO is getting back on his game! https://youtu.be/lgW1U4PCbb0
Thursday, 7-25-19: VINOVIO (7/2) scored just a small 6th place check this evening. He was up against a pretty strong field and got a pretty tough trip. Getting away 4th from pp3, driver Aaron Merriman had to take him 1st up at the half to avoid being shuffled all the way to the back. The grueling outside trip wore him down; didn’t have it for the blistering last quarter this group posted. A respectable showing but still disappointed. https://youtu.be/5CXN_T0Eycc (He is in same class next Thursday but drew the 8 hole.)
Thursday, 7-25-19: GET ROCKIN (5/2) put in his best performance yet for us, finishing 2nd despite being up in class. Driven by Dan Noble from pp2 he got an early seat at the rail 4th. By the half ROCKIN was out and rolling, got to the front and crossed over to take the lead. He was challenged in the final turn and beaten down the stretch by the favorite who had the passing lane. Pretty happy with GET ROCKIN’s performance and effort today. https://youtu.be/mKO4hj8Ku3U (Entered in same class for next week but he drew AE.)
Thursday, 7-18-19: JJ TANNER (3/1) didn’t earn a check. He got away well from pp2 and “took command” with the lead at the quarter in 26.3. By the ¾ mark he had slipped out of gear and was going backwards like he had run out of air. Had him scoped: found he had bled which explains this trip and maybe last week’s.
Tuesday, 7-16-19: GET ROCKIN managed to scrape out a 5th place check this afternoon. Leaving from pp1 he got away 3rd and was pretty much boxed in there for the whole trip. He held his own in the stretch drive; very tight at the wire between 3rd, 4th, and 5th place. Was hoping for a better finish but we’ll take the 5th.
Saturday, 7-13-19: SUPER PAC HANOVER (44/1) - despite being up in class and getting no respect from the public, SUPER PAC HANOVER was strong at the end again and finished a very respectable 3rd. Driver Josh Sutton guided him from pp 6 and raced from the back as is his liking. He went 3rd up and had to follow 3-wide cover but continued to advance steadily. Fourth in the final turn SUPER PAC HANOVER paced home in a quick 28.4 for a 1:52.2 mile. Happy with the 3rd place finish. https://youtu.be/hyOh9WL0IFI
Thursday, 7-11-19: VINOVIO finished 2nd in a dead heat. With driver Chris Page, VINOVIO did all the work up front leading the whole race. He was outpaced by the favorite in the stretch and beaten by just over a length. Satisfied with his performance in this 1:52.0 mile.
Tuesday, 7-9-19: GET ROCKIN (9/2) raced in a lower claiming class this afternoon and scored a 4th place finish. Starting from the second tier (pp10) again, he got off to a slow start and went to the outside early but still had traffic problems. ROCKIN had to go 3 wide before the last turn and was able to get up for fourth. Back in same class next week.
Tuesday, 7-9-19: JJ TANNER (9/1) did not want to race in the stretch and finished 8th in an otherwise promising trip. Even with pp 7 he got away well in 4th and flushed cover before the half to be 2nd up. TANNER was within a nose of the leader at the top of the stretch but as soon as he was challenged on the outside he seemed to drop anchor. Yet another frustrating performance.
Saturday, 7-6-19: SUPER PAC HANOVER’S race looked almost like a repeat from last week. He finished 4th again, but this week he had the 8 hole and driver Brett Miller wisely raced him from the back. Over 8 lengths back at the ¾ pole he made a 3 wide move off the final turn and really had the afterburners glowing to garner a 27.3 second last quarter! Missed being third by just a nose; it’s a game of inches and luck sometimes. He was better this week; mile went in 1:51.3, his time was 1:52.3 with that awesome close down the stretch. We’ll take the 4th and hope to draw better next week.
Monday, 7-1-19: Not sure what to think about VINOVIO’S 6th place finish at Northfield tonight. Yes he had the 2nd tier 9 hole but I would have liked to see him get away better than 5th. He road the rail to the half then went 2nd up and had to look 3 wide in the final turn. Tough trip. Racing luck I guess. Can drop down in class now. Mile went in 1:52.4; VINOVIO in 1:53.2.
Saturday, 6-29-19: JJ TANNER had post 7 again and squeezed out a tiny check for his 6th place finish. Driver Shawn Barker II took it safe off the gate and was able to come 2nd up making decent progress despite the quick fractions. Going 3 wide on the final turn he got to within striking distance at the top of the stretch; but the outside trip took its toll. Happy that he hung on for 6th, I guess.
Saturday, 6-29-19: SUPER PAC HANOVER was 4th at Scioto tonight. Starting from pp4 with driver Trevor Smith, SUPER PAC seemed to actually back away from the gate at the start; he settled in next to last at the quarter. From there a tough trip on the outside resulted in slow progress toward the front getting to within 3 lengths of the leader at the top of the stretch. He powered home hard posting a 28.2 last quarter to be just 2 lengths behind the winner at the wire to finish 4th. A better start could have made a world of difference in his result.
Saturday, 6-29-19: JJ TANNER had post 7 again and squeezed out a tiny check for his 6thplace finish. Driver Shawn Barker II took it safe off the gate and was able to come 2nd up making decent progress despite the quick fractions. Going 3 wide on the final turn he got to within striking distance at the top of the stretch; but the outside trip took its toll. Happy that he hung on for 6th, I guess.
Saturday, 6-29-19: SUPER PAC HANOVER was 4th at Scioto tonight. Starting from pp4 with driver Trevor Smith, SUPER PAC seemed to actually back away from the gate at the start; he settled in next to last at the quarter. From there a tough trip on the outside resulted in slow progress toward the front getting to within 3 lengths of the leader at the top of the stretch. He powered home hard posting a 28.2 last quarter to be just 2 lengths behind the winner at the wire to finish 4th. A better start could have made a world of difference in his result.
Monday, 6-24-19: JJ TANNER (7/1) had another difficult Northfield trip from pp7 and finished outside the money. He got off the gate quickly but went wide in the turn and was hung out. He powered up on the outside to nearly catch the leader. But by the ¾ mark he tired and drifted back quickly to finish 7th. The mile went in 1:53.4 on a sloppy track. https://youtu.be/AYhV6PQUNz4
Saturday, 6-22-19 at Scioto didn’t produce the results we needed:
· VINOVIO raced really well. Was beaten by just over a length but that was only good enough for 6th. Amazing finish; you could throw a blanket over half the field at the wire! Happy with his performance; not so much the tiny check.
· SUPER PAC HANOVER raced much better this week but still ended up 6th. He got a good trip with driver Jeremy Smith and was third at the top of the stretch where he was just outpaced to the line in this 1:52.3 mile. Will get them next week.
-GET ROCKIN finished 8th again. Starting from the second tier, pp 10, the horse in front of him made a break at the gate forcing a very slow start for GET ROCKIN. He never really recovered and looked a bit rough in the turns. Think we need to write this one off and keep working on this guy.
Tuesday, 6-18-19: JJ TANNER got a great trip and put in an excellent effort to finish 2nd this afternoon at Scioto. Alert off the gate and with a good move by driver Josh Sutton to secure the pocket at the 26.4 quarter, he stayed with the leader and went by him down the passing lane. He was overtaken in the stretch by the favorite who had the outside momentum. Happy with TANNER’S performance and result. Pointing toward Northfield for his next start next Monday.
Saturday, 6-15-19: GET ROCKIN finished 8th after a lack luster effort from pp 6 in this 1:53.3 claiming race. Working on some minor issues and back in at Scioto next Saturday. Will get him figured out.
Saturday, 6-15-19: SUPER PAC HANOVER (22/1) looked good the first half but failed to deliver at the end and finished 6th. He left the gate strong from pp 6 and secured the pocket by the quick 26.2 first quarter. By the ¾ mark he was beginning to fade. Driver Tyler Smith said “when it was time to go, he just pinned his ears and quit”. It was another fast mile, 1:51.1; SPC will have to get his head in the game to compete at this level. He is in-to-go this coming Saturday with a slight drop in class.
Tuesday, 6-11-19: ADIOS MAN had to settle for a 5th place finish this afternoon at Scioto. He got away 4th then went “first-up” on the outside at the half to challenge the leader. They battled to the top of the stretch and on to the wire. The MAN was passed just before the line and beaten in a tight pack for 3rd & 4th. He raced fine; will be back in this same class next week. https://youtu.be/w5ZU4Tz_Zrc
Monday, 6-10-19: VINOVIO finishes a close 3rd tonight at Northfield. With pp2 and driver Hunter Myers, VINOVIO (3/1) fired off the gate for the early lead and set some hot fractions: 26.4, 28.0, 28.2. He staved off a challenge from the favorite and turned first at the top of the stretch. The #3 horse had the outside momentum and beat him to the wire by less than a length. A photo for place showed he just missed being 2nd by a head. VINOVIO raced great in this 1:53.2 mile; happy with his performance. https://youtu.be/c38DPu_Sgkc
Saturday, 6-8-19: GET ROCKIN netted a 6th place result in race 12 at Scioto tonight. Up in class in his first start off the claim and his win last week, he went off the favorite; GET ROCKIN was slow off the gate but powered toward the front on the outside as they passed the half. He made a 3-wide move at the ¾ mark but suddenly faded. His recover was too late finishing well back in 1:54.1. Need to figure this guy out; will be back next Saturday.
Saturday, 6-8-19: SUPER PAC HANOVER, finished 5th tonight. SPC was off his game; he got away poorly and had a tough “rambling” trip. By the last turn he seemed to get his act together and clocked a 29.2 lq for his 1:52.4 mile. This $20,000 claiming class had some pretty good horses and went in 1:51.3. So we’ll take the small check, re-group and be back.
Thurdsay, 6-6-19: JJ TANNER finished 7th. He had post 8 and seemed to get away poorly. He made a bold 3rd-over move at the half but still never got involved. Can't say he had a respectable performance this week; pretty disappointed.
Tuesday, 6-4-19: ADIOS MAN, fresh off his win last Monday, raced really well again and finished 2nd. He missed another win by literally inches at the wire! Going off the 8/5 favorite from pp1 in race 6, he was clearly the “one to beat”. He and driver Josh Sutton had the race their way; but the 5 horse came from the far outside down the stretch and got up to take the wire in the photo finish by just barely a nose. Strong performance by the MAN in his 10th start for us; will be moving up in class. https://youtu.be/yYytNJCWRj8
Monday, 6-3-19: VINOVIO finished 6th tonight at Northfield. Going off the favorite, from pp3, and a week off, we were expecting a different result. VINOVIO fired off the gate taking the lead and then yielding to the pocket in the :27.2 opening panel. He had a good pocket trip but begun to gap a little at the ¾ mile mark. Fourth thru the final turn he didn’t have that extra kick needed to battle the leaders in the stretch tonight. So he raced ok but not good enough for a check. https://youtu.be/llWB69qI7F4
Monday, 5-27-19: After winning just 4 days ago, SUPER PAC HANOVER (7/5 favorite) brought home his 2nd check in less than a week with a strong 3rd place finish. With pp2 and driver Tyler Smith, he eased away from the gate getting away with a 5th place seat at the rail in the hot opening panel (26.2). He went first over in front of the grandstands and marched on to the front. A fast 27.2 3rd quarter (1:22.3) meant he had to “re-rally” in the final turn. He was coming hard at the wire but it was only good enough for third. The mile went in 1:51.3; SUPER PAC HANOVER’S time was 1:52.0 compared to his 1:53.0 win the other day. Happy with his performance. https://youtu.be/cdLEHERTaV4
Monday, 5-27-19: JJ TANNER was in race 5 with pp7 at Scioto this afternoon and turned in a respectable 3rdplace finish. He got away 6ththen was 2nd up using his cover to make up ground and set up for a 3-wide move in the final turn. Two lengths back at the top of the stretch, he could not catch our old buddy WATERSIDE CHAMP (winner) and lost the call in the photo for 2nd. OK with this 3rd place finish; he can come back next week in this same class. https://youtu.be/hecVd0kO4mo
Monday, 5-27-19: ADIOS MAN scores his first win for the DCR team! Leaving the gate in the center of the track, ADIOS MAN (9/5 favorite) challenged early for the lead and secured it in the 27.3 first panel. From there he and driver Josh Sutton were in command and gradually stretched out their lead to winby nearly 4 lengths in 1:53.4. Not an exciting race, but we’ll take it. AMhas been better each outing and clearly showed it today. https://youtu.be/hm6QosqOK7s