The $17,500 Open Distaff Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night proved to be a buzz-kill for those who say young horses can’t compete with seasoned veterans. Two of the three 3-year-old fillies in the full 10-horse field of southwest Ohio’s finest mares finished 1-2 in the 1:53 mile on a cool (26 degree) evening. The betting public apparently didn’t like the youngsters chances either as the 6-1 winner Juslikeaqueen (Jeremy Smith) paid $14 and coupled with 17-1 runner-up Firstup (Kyle Ater) the exacta kicked back $151. Favored American Girl (Trace Tetrick) rallied for third to round out a $674.80 $2 trifecta.
Ellies Jet N (Chris Page) worked hard to get the first call at the :26.4 quarter-mile mark, followed by Rock Me Baby (Josh Sutton) and Firstup. Addy’s Way (Dan Noble) launched a first-over bid before the :56.2 half-mile station with Juslikeaqueen in tow in the outer flow.
Ellies Jet N stayed game through the 1:24.1 three-quarters, but the :27.4 third panel left her helpless in the stretch. Addys Way did get a brief moment in front but was swallowed up by the first three finishers through the lane.
Juslikeaqueen now sports 10 wins in her sophomore season, including three in the open ranks from her last five tries. The daughter of Palone Ranger earned just $4,200 in three winless starts in her first season at the races, but has banked $84,245 thus far in 2017. She is owned by Antonia Storer and trained by Dan Maier.