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Dayton Derbies Set For Saturday

Published: September 30, 2020 10:42 am ET

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Hollywood Dayton Raceway will present its marquee program of the 2020 season on Saturday night (Oct. 3). The card will feature 11 stakes races and three Open events with purses totalling $1,131,500. Headlining the evening will be a trio of Dayton Derbies for male pacers, female pacers and trotters, including 11 millionaire horses.

The $176,500 Dayton Pacing Derby includes a full field of nine of the sport's current superstars. Bettors Wish (Dexter Dunn, 5-2) has been given the slightest morning line nod, but a case could be made for every entrant, as all sport 2020 records of 1:49.1 or faster. Trainer Chris Ryder's four-year-old son of Bettors Delight has earned $2,124,783 in purses and two months ago won the Sam McKee Memorial at the Meadowlands Racetrack in 1:47.3.

Second choice Century Farroh (David Miller, 3-1) captured the Dan Patch at Harrah's Hoosier in mid-August. Sectionline Bigry (Tyler Smith, 7-2) will be one of four in the 'Derby' with local ties. The five-year-old son of Ohio stallion Pet Rock is owned by Harold Bauder of Delaware, Ohio and trained by Steve Bauder. He has won 26 of his 62 lifetime starts; and last week lowered his record to 1:48.1 while winning an invitational at Hoosier while going a second faster than the Hoosier Pacing Derby on the same card.

Other Derby hopefuls are Dancin Lou (Brian Sears, 9-2), Backstreet Shadow (Tim Tetrick, 6-1), Ocean Rock (8-1, Dan Noble), This Is The Plan (Yannick Gingras, 10-1), Bllack Hole (Scott Zeron, 12-1) and Our Majordan A (Brett Miller, 15-1).

Ocean Rock is the first three-year-old in the seven-year history of the Dayton Derby to enter the track's marquee event. The sophomore son of Rockin Armadeus has been triumphant in 11 of his 18 races over two seasons, including a 6-2-1 slate in nine starts this year. He won the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship a month ago at Eldorado Scioto Downs for owner Sandra Burnett of nearby Wilmington, Ohio and the driver-trainer team of Dan and Christi Noble.

Bllack Hole is another Ohio-sired combatant, owned by L & L Stables of Springfield, Ohio. He owns a 1:48 speed badge taken at the Meadowlands and would sport a lower morning line designation if not for his Post 8 draw.

Our Majordan A is the oldest Derby hopeful at age eight and will be saddled with Post 9 behind the starting car. The Virgil Morgan Jr. trainee is one of three in the field with sub 1:48 seasonal victories, and he is the winningest horse in the field with 33 triumphs. In addition to being stabled in Ohio, the Australian-bred is co-owned by Ned Hodkinson of Blacklick, Ohio.

The $175,000 Dayton Distaff favourite will be Shartin N (Tim Tetrick, 6-5), who will face a compact field of six that includes four million-dollar winners. With $2,394,049 in her purse coffers, Shartin N is the richest mare in the race, but Kissin In The Sand (Dexter Dunn, 7-2, $1,383,094), Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy, 9-2, $1,870,311) and Warrawee Ubeaut (Yannick Gingras, 6-1, $1,743,523) can't be discounted. Treacherous Reign (TBA, 8-l) and Stonebridge Soul (Brett Miller, 12-1) complete the field.

The $175,000 Dayton Trotting Derby will see four of the finest older mares face off against five male counterparts. The mares Atlanta (Yannick Gingras, 2-1) and Manchego (Dexter Dunn, 7-2) have each won over $2 million and are expected to get heavy mutuel backing.

Majestic Player A (Brett Miller,4-1) has won 13 of 17 races this season and is familiar with the Dayton Raceway surface. Others win the field include Lindy The Great (Andy Miller, 9-2), Guardian Angel AS (Tim Tetrick, 6-1), Crystal Fashion (Jordan Stratton, 8-1), When Dovescry (David Miller, 10-1), Soul Strong (TBA, 12-1) and Pure Chance (Scott Zeron, 15-1).

The outstanding program will also include eight $60,000 Buckeye Stallion Series championship races to reward Ohio-sired two- and three-year-olds who have competed throughout the state all season long.

A $75,000 Dayton Derby consolation, as well as $25,000 Opens for pacing mares and trotters will complete the card.

Post time on Saturday is at 6:15 p.m.

(Dayton Raceway)

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