Hollywood Dayton Raceway paid homage to the memory of longtime area horseman Tom Horner Sr. on Saturday (Oct. 26) by naming the weekly Open Pace in his honour.
Fittingly, the longest shot in the race came flying at the end to nail the victory.
Feelnlikearockstar (Trevor Smith) was still sixth and last at the three-quarter station, but ready to swing three-wide around the final bend. The 12-1 shot advanced to fifth by the head of the stretch but still had three lengths to make up on the pacesetters.
Storming down the lane with a furious closing kick, Feelinlikearockstar collared Sports Sinner (Jeremy Smith) by a head and held off Hez A Dude A (Dan Noble) by a length in 1:52.2 over a rain-soaked surface.
Perry Smith owns and trains the seven-year-old winner, who now sports 25 career triumphs and $353,019 in earnings.
Driver Dan Noble had the hottest hands on Saturday, winning five of the first 11 races—two of the victors from his own barn to pull into a tie with Virgil Morgan Jr. for leading trainer at the meet.
(Hollywood Dayton Raceway)