Racing resumed after Christmas with a handful of tracks offering action Tuesday, Dec. 26. Hollywood Gaming Dayton was one of those tracks with Indiana sired Wattatory and Brett Miller pulling in a mild upset in the $11,000 conditioned pace.
Wattastory began from post seven and strolled over to the inside near the center of the pack as Medoland Uncle B and Jeremy Smith set the early pace at :27.1. Heading to the half, Racing Party and Jason Beattie were able to cross over and get the lead, posting fractions of :55.4 and 1:24.0. Wattastory was able to pick up cover heading to the three-quarters behind fellow Indiana sired contender Always a Miller and Kayne Kauffman. Always a Miller then flushed Stymee Winslow and Tyler Smith to the outside heading into the final turn. Wattastory waited until mid turn before tipping three wide off of Always a Miller’s back to get into position for the stretch drive.
Wattastory was widest of all as the field turned for home. The sophomore paced home in :29.0 to score the win by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.3. Always a Miller finished second over Stymee Winslow.
Wattastory paid $16.60 for the win. The gelded son of Tellitlikeitis is owned by Alvin Miller and also trained by the Amboy native. Chapel Ridge Farm bred the gelding, who is out of their mare Wattaqueen, former Indiana Sires Stakes contender by Kilowatt who earned $144,000 during her racing career with a mark of 1:51.1.
Wattastory now has more than $54,000 on his card. His career best time of1:53.0 remains on his card, taken last year at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.
Earlier in the card, Ollies Rockin and Jeremy Smith were gate to wire winners in the $6,000 conditioned pace. The Indiana sired gelding held off challengers in the lane for the win by one and one-half lengths in 1:54.4. Call Me Mr Flash, a son of Shadyshark Hanover, finished second for Luke Hanners while Cousin Louie and Austin Hanners were third.
Ollies Rockin paid $20.00 for the win. The five=year-old son of Rockin Image is owned and trained by Kenneth Hurst of Ohio. Rebekah Yoder and Kelsey Wagner bred the gelding.