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Stratton and Dobson closing in on 1,000 wins

February 11, 2009

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A pair of  rising stars, Jordan Stratton (21) and Billy Dobson (24),  are each approaching  1000 career victories and both added to their  win-totals  yesterday at Monticello Raceway.

Stratton won five races and now needs just 14 more victories to join Walter Case Jr. as only the second driver in the sports history to reach 1000 wins before his 22nd birthday. Stratton will be 22 on June 30. Case accomplished his feat in 1982.

Stratton  won  the second race with Charles Strukel’s  Jomega  ($9.70) in 1:59:2 and then scored with Colin Johnson’s Mae’s Blue Boy  ($70.50) in 1:58:2 in the fifth race.

Stratton’s next victory came in race number seven  when he reined Michele Nelson”s Last Orders ($13.20) to a 1:56:2 triumph. He finished the afternoon card with two consecutive victories in races  nine and 10. He won with Neil Swingruber’s Soldier Of Music ($7.30)  in 2:02 in the ninth and then scored behind  Vincent Buttafuoco, Jr. and John  Trincilla”s Cheyenne Ryan  ($5.90) in 1:57:2  in the 10th.
Last year when Stratton reined 362 winners here he  became the youngest driver to ever win a dash-win title at Monticello Raceway in the tracks 50 years of existence. During the 2008 season his total output of 630 winners ranked him fifth best in North America.

Dobson, another the many talented youngsters at the Mighty M, reined two winners and is just nine victories from the 1000 win plateau. Dobson scored with Gary Haase’s Dream Big ED ($4.40) in 1:59:3 in the third race and then won the 12th with Barry Charles’s Noble Wabbit ($4.80) in 1:58 in the 12th. (Monticello)


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