Rivals battle in Dayton Open

Dayton, OH — Two dominant competitors, Later Dudes and Let It Ride N, returned to duke it out in the $23,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday (Nov. 26) at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway.

Leaving from post six in a field of seven, driver Chris Page wasted no time in getting 8-5 Later Dudes to the front. While Later Dudes coasted through an opening quarter in :27.2, his foe, even money favorite Let It Ride N, used a different tactic. Assigned the outside post, Let It Ride N and driver Tony Hall ducked off the gate. As Later Dudes headed toward the :55.2 half, Let It Ride N marched first up from the back of the pack.

Reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:22.2, the gap between the rivals quickly closed. The battle was on at the top of the stretch. The pair pulled away from the field together but it was Later Dudes who came out on top in 1:50.3. Reigning open champion Let It Ride N was second with 35-1 Modern Rock As (Tyler Smith) completing the trifecta.

Later Dudes needs no introduction as a major open-level competitor at Dayton Raceway, Scioto Downs, Northfield Park, The Meadows, or Hoosier Park. The Ron Burke trainee has now hit the board in 30 of 38 seasonal starts. With 16 victories, the 5-year-old gelded son of Sweet Lou has banked $246,368 in 2022. Later Dudes is owned in partnership by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi.

Live racing will resume Tuesday (Nov. 29) at Dayton Raceway with first post at 4 p.m. Free programs are always available online. For more information on the facility and live racing season, visit theĀ Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway website.

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