Refined beats the boys in Dayton Open Trot
November 05, 2020
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Refined, the lone mare in a field of eight talented Open trotters, withstood a challenging first-over trip and pulled away to a one length victory in Thursday afternoon's feature race at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.
Driver Cameron McCown, sitting in for regular pilot Brett Miller, got away from the gate third behind Fanatic (Josh Sutton) and Pass The Vape (Trevor Smith) in a :26.4 first quarter. Before reaching the halfway point in :56, however, McCown had the 4-year-old daughter of Uncle Peter out a moving.
By the time the top trotters reached the three-quarter beam in 1:23.1 Refined was in front but being stalked by race favorite Lady's Dude (Chris Page). The winner actually relinquished the lead momentarily at the head of the stretch, but Refined fought back gamely to reassume command from Lady's Dude and then fend off longshot Milford's Z Tam (Tyler Smith) who rallied sharply in the lane to secure second money. The mile was clocked in 1:52.3, a new lifetime best Refined, whose lifetime bankroll swelled to $181,310.
Carlo Poliseno owns the Ohio-sired winner and sent it to Virgil Morgan Jr., who was making his seventh start since Refined came into his barn. She has four wins, a second and a third in that span. (Hollywood Dayton)