Columbus, OH — After getting the perfect trip, When Dovescry (David Miller) used the passing lane to win the $250,000 Dayton Oaks, Back Of The Neck repeated in the $250,000 Dayton Trotting Derby on Saturday (Oct. 1) at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway.
Atlanta (Yannick Gingras) led through most of the mile setting soft fractions on the lead. Bella Bellini (Dexter Dunn) made her move after a half in :57.1 and was the first foe to challenge Atlanta. Atlanta led the field past three-quarters in 1:25.4, and as Gingras asked her to respond, he dealt with intense pressure from Bella Bellini on the outside.
Through the stretch, When Doescry, Atlanta, and Bella Bellini would throw down, but When Dovescry was able to turn the perfect trip into a victory, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:54 for trainer Brett Pelling.
In the Dayton Trotting Derby, Jujubee (Andrew McCarthy) got to the lead quickly when the gate sprung. As in the Dayton Oaks, McCarthy got a soft half tripping the beam in :56.3. Tim Tetrick sent Back Of The Neck to the outside at the half and dueled with Jujubee past three-quarters in 1:24.2.
Back Of The Neck and Jujubee battled down the stretch, but Back Of The Neck was able to prevail by a half-length in 1:53.1. Rattle My Cage (Ake Svanstedt) finished a strong second after getting a perfect trip.
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