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Pair Of Firsts In Dayton Open

Published: October 29, 2017 12:15 am ET

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Both horse and driver earned their first open class victories Saturday night (Oct. 28) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway when Dont Say Goodby scored an upset victory for driver Trevor Smith. The 35-1 winner swept from sixth at the head of the stretch to edge 3-1 Secret Threat (Josh Sutton) in the final stride while fellow 30-1 longshot Dalhousie Dave (Shawn Barker II) survived a parked out trip to garner the show dough. No winning 20-cent High 5 tickets were sold resulting in a $1,080 carryover into the seventh race wager on the next program, a Monday afternoon matinee.

Smith, the younger brother of Tyler, is still classified as a provisional driver, but the 21-year-old son of trainer Jeff Smith is likely to advance to his ‘A’ license soon. Dont Say Goodby’s 1:52 triumph in the $18,500 feature race was Trevor’s 9th win of the Dayton meet and his 27th on-the-board finish in 93 drives.

Charlie Stewart trains the winner for owner Derek Menchhofer. The nine-year-old Dontgetinmyway gelding surpassed the $300,00 career earnings plateau with the unexpected score.

Driver Dan Noble captured five of the first nine races on the program to solidify his second place slot behind Josh Sutton in the current local driver’s dash derby. The 34-year-old former national dash champion scored with Herlin (1:53, $6.00 mutuel), Sand Summerfield (1:52.4, $9.00), Dreamfair Mesa (1:52.1, $3.40), Pumped Up Kicks (1:53, $5.20) and Communicator (1:52, $40.40).

(with files from Dayton)

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