Vegas Dream a stayer in 1 1/4-mile race at Dayton
November 12, 2019
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Hollywood Dayton Raceway continued its experiment with odd-distance races on Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 12), carding a mile-and-a-quarter contest for mid-range condition and claiming pacers. Even-money favorite Vegas Dream (Jeremy Smith) hit the jackpot, scoring in 2:28.3 on a frigid afternoon over JDS Chancey Design (Austin Hanners) and Time To Casper (Trevor Smith).
JD’s Profiteer (Cam McCown) led the field to the first quarter in :28.3, at which time Skyway Ballistic (Josh Sutton) quarter-moved to the front and stayed there through the :58.3 half and 1:29.1 third stanza. Slightly less than a mile into the endurance test, Jeremy Smith unleashed Vegas Dream from second-over position and was on even terms with Skyway Ballistic as they reached the 1:59 mile mark. Pacing a fifth and final quarter mile interval in :29.3, the winner was able to hold off the late charges of the runner-up and show finisher to cop Hollywood Dayton’s first ever added distance event.
Trainer Jessica Smith also owns Vegas Dream, a six-year-old Bettor’s Delight gelding, who now sports four 2019 wins and 19 in a career that has netted $220,872 in purses. (Hollywood Dayton)