DAYTON, OH.- The Hollywood Dayton Raceway kicked off its eighth season of harness racing on Friday, September 24, and driver Tyler Smith stole the show.
The talented 28-year-old reinsman has won six straight races in the middle of the map to take the lead in the scorecard standings. Dubbed “The Silver Bullet” by track announcer Barry Vicroy, Smith scored wins for six different coaches in just under two hours.
Livin For A Dream threw Tyler on his winning streak, winning it as the favorite ($ 3.40) for coach Anette Lorentzon in a $ 10,000 tilt for the non-winners of two distaff borer.
Then came a slight upheaval with trotter Sweet Dynamite, who triumphed in a similar $ 10,000 event clocked in 1: 57.2 for coach Paul Woolison. Barn Bill Webb’s DP Spookytooth (1: 53.4, $ 17.80) gave Smith his third score in a total of $ 12,000 non-winners of four scrimmages for fillies and mares.
When Susie D (1: 54.2, $ 8.40, Sherif Cunmulaj) won a conditioning trot at $ 8,000, it extended Smith’s winning streak to four. The Slymar Dragon ($ 9.40) kept pace with a $ 10,000 conditioning mare pace in 1: 52.1 for owner-trainer Mark Evers.
Smith’s completed the rare straight six-pack behind D Gs Elsa ($ 3.40), who won the best conditioned mare pace of $ 14,500 in 1: 53.3 for conditioner Chris McGuire.
Smith’s memorable streak was interrupted in the next race when his favorite Penpaperpaige could only secure a fourth place in the competition’s initial $ 25,000 Mares Open pace.
Maggie Rhee set up a two-hole course for pilot Kayne Kauffman to clinch a triumph of 1: 52.4. It was the ninth victory in 2021 for the four-year-old daughter of JÃ©rÃ©me’s jet, bringing his seasonal bankroll to $ 77,920 for coach Tim Wilson and his partners Norman Neff and Mark Eichberger. Longshot Paperback Thriller (Mitch Cushing) finished second in the full pack, while Talkaboutaqueen (Josh Sutton) got the pulp.
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The drivers scoring double the opening day schedule were Trevor Smith (Tyler’s younger brother) and Kayne Kauffman.
Races will resume Saturday at Hollywood Dayton with a new regular release time of 4:00 p.m. The powerful 14-race card features a $ 25,000 open pace for the region’s top men; and a total of $ 196,000 in scholarships.
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by Gregg Keidel