Slave Dream wins Riedel Memorial Trot
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The feature saw some early hardball as Diva Diva (Andy Santeramo), the lone mare in the field, parked out race favorite Blessed Victory (Dan Clements) past the opening quarter mile in :27.1. Once settled in on the lead, Blessed Victory would see little relief as after the half mile marker in :56.4, Farmer Jones (Kevin Wallis) would take up the chase coming first-over.
Down the backstretch Farmer Jones gained ground on the leaders and was able to collar and then pass Blessed Victory at the three-quarter mile pole in 1:25.2 as driver David Ingraham moved Slave Dream three wide to loop the field and start to mount their challenge.
Drawing away with the lead starting down the stretch, Farmer Jones looked to be home free but Ingraham had Slave Dream trotting up a storm and they were able to catch Farmer Jones before the wire to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:55. Farmer Jones held for second with
It was the first win in four starts this year and a lifetime record for Slave Dream, a 4-year-old gelded son of Pearsall Hanover, who is trained by Jean Beaulieu and is owned by Franco Cianci, Isidoro Russo and Vincenzo Monticciolo of
The race was named in memory of long time horse owner and