Hellabalou Victorious In Dayton Open

Published: October 12, 2023 09:41 pm EDT

After butting heads with some of the best pacers in North America all year long, Hellabalou added the $25,000 Open Pace at Dayton Raceway to his resume after capturing the feature event on Thursday, Oct. 12. 

Leaving from post seven, Hellabalou and driver Chris Page used a quick turn of foot to outstep Chase H Hanover and driver Tony Hall for the front end command. The son of Sweet Lou then led the field through fractions of :27, :56.1 and 1:23.3 to win by a length and a half in 1:50.3 over Chase H Hanover and Jks Champ.

Hellabalou is trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Eric Good, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Larry Karr, and now sports $984,894 in career earnings. Hellabalou paid $4.60. 

The connections of Let It Ride N had an exciting day as the 10-year-old gelding celebrated his 50th career win. Starting from post seven in the Thursday opener at Dayton, Let It Ride N retreated off the car while Later Dudes set a quick early tempo up front through fractions of :27.1, :54.4 and 1:22. Let It Ride N made his first-over attack to nip Later Dudes and Walknaftermidnight at the wire in 1:49.4.

Let It Ride N was driven to victory by Dan Noble for trainer Mike Hitchcock for owners William Hart and Enzed Racing Stable Inc. The 50th career victory now puts the son of Rock N Roll Heaven at $911,279 in career earnings. He paid $4 to win. 

Driver Chris Page rallied once again after a five-win night on Wednesday to score himself a driving hat-trick. In addition to Hellabalou, Page piloted Mike Hitchcock trainee Stonecold Blue Chip and Nick Turley pupil Themysteryisover to victory. 

After winning with Let It Ride, Dan Noble also celebrated a driving hat-trick winning with Stars Align and Natives Filou, both for wife Christi Noble, who celebrated a training double. 

Trainer Mike Hitchcock also celebrated a training double. 

On Friday, Oct. 13, Dayton Raceway will feature a $30,000 guaranteed High 5 offered in the fifth race. First post time is 4 p.m.

(With files from Dayton Raceway)