GD Western Joe rallies to win Dayton Open
November 07, 2020
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GD Western Joe (Chris Page) used come-from-behind tactics on Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway to capture the $14,000 Open Pace in a snappy 1:49.4 clocking.
Odds-on favorite Our Majordan A (Brett Miller) couldn't clear to the lead until well past the :26.4 opening panel, then faced a stern challenge from Grantmeawish (Josh Sutton) from the :54 halfway juncture to past the 1:21.4 three-quarters station and into the stretch. GD Western Joe moved into second-over position in the compact field around the final bend then sprinted to the front halfway down the lane.
The winner, a member of the Burke Brigade, entered the Open off a fifth-place finish in last week's special $100,000 claiming race at Harrah's Hoosier Park and looked worth every penny of that tag. He now sports six 2020 wins and $93,045 in seasonal earnings. Careerwide, a 5-year-old son of Real Desire, has 33 wins in 91 tries and a $533,996 lifetime bounty. (Hollywood Dayton)