Vel Gorgeous Sammy scored his second win at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Tuesday, Nov. 30. Since joining the Kevin High Stable, he has only missed two checks in seven starts and now has a new career best time of 1:56.2.
Driven by Clint Coy, Vel Gorgeous Sammy had post eight to deal with early and floated over behind the field of nine to trail early on. And I Quote and Brett Miller set the tempo with fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:25.3. Vel Gorgeous Sammy had to move early and was third over heading past the half, slowly making his way toward the front.
In the stretch, Vel Gorgeous Sammy was still sitting sixth but hit another gear and rallied late to get the win by a half-length over And I Quote. Dustup Hanover and Tyler Smith finished third.
Vel Gorgeous Sammy was the next to highest priced horse on the board, paying $93.20 for the win. The three-year-old He’s Gorgeous gelding is now owned by Clint Coy, who purchased him following his final race for his previous connections at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in late September on the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit. Bred by Alvin Schwartz, Vel Gorgeous Sammy now has in excess of $22,000 in earnings.
For Coy, it was his 14th career win and his second trip to the winner’s circle in pari-mutuel action. He earned his first pari-mutuel victory earlier in November with Vel Gorgeous Sammy at Dayton. This is the fifth year of driving for Coy, who was born in Decatur, Ind. and now calls Portland, Ind. home.