A trio of Indiana horses led the field to the wire in the $30,000 claiming event Thursday, Dec. 14 at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Vel Charlie led the charge to score the win in 1:51.1.
Vel Charlie had the inside post with Chris Page in the bike but only left with a little speed when the gate folded. Kiss of Terror and Brett Miller rallied out to the lead with Intrepid Ivy and Kayne Kauffman sliding in behind him in second.
Kiss of Terror continued to lead the way through fractions of :26.1 and :54.3 before seeing any type of challenge from the outside. Vel Charlie was flushed to the outside heading to the three-quarters in 1:21.4 and grinded his way toward the lead around the final turn.
At the head of the lane, the red hood of Vel Charlie was in front. The Indiana sired gelding continued to grind his way to the wire for the win by one length over Intrepid Ivy, an Indiana sired son of Always a Virgin who dipped inside to the passing lane. The Candymay Can, a son of Rockin Image, rallied from the back of the pack to close in for third for driver Tyler Smith.
Vel Charlie paid $6.60 for the win. The six-year-old son of Straight Shooting is owned by Golden Gaits USO of Ohio. Alvin Schwartz bred the gelding, who earned his fifth win of the year and his 26th overall. Roy Murphy Jr. trains the gelding.
Another Indiana claiming winner on the card was Beau’s Best, a three-year-old son of Always a Virgin. Driven by Jeremy Smith, the gelding was parked from the half on before fighting his way to the wire for the win in 1:52.3, a final quarter in :28.2. Pacer Racer and Josh Sutton finished second over Ory and Dan Noble for third.
Beau’s Best paid $2.80 for the win. He was owned by Rodney Long and bred by Newfound Stables. Tessa Perrin trains the sophomore, who was claimed by Lucky Label Stable out of the race.