DARE ME DEVIL WINS THE OREGON H.B.P.A. SPRINT
After the first half furlong, Dare Me Devil and Rocco Bowen found themselves last in the field of nine for the $16,300 Oregon H.B.P.A. Sprint. However Bowen was never concerned as they were still close up. As the field went into the far turn, Ultimate Question and Sought For Speed had already done battle through an opening quarter in 22.52 seconds. Dare Me Devil inhaled those rivals nearing the quarter pole and edged away down the stretch to win by a length and a quarter in the end.
“I was pretty happy with where I was early on,” said Bowen after the race. “I noticed as we started going into the turn that Tapadero was having some traffic trouble, so I kicked my horse to the far outside to get first run. I wanted to get the jump on Tapadero.”
Well get the jump he did, as Dare Me Devil blew past all of his rivals on the turn and in mid-stretch had opened up nearly a three length lead.
“He seems to wait for horses a bit when he gets the lead,” Bowen said. “But I think if anyone would have come to him, he had plenty left and would have re-broke.”
But he had plenty of room to work with once Tapadero finally got clear as he won by a length and a quarter. Tapadero was second and Ultimate Question held on for third. Dare Me Devil returned $4.40 to win as the favorite.
The win was the 8th career victory for the 5 year old Dare Me Devil who is trained by Rigoberto Velasquez for owners Rancho Viejo and Jerry Carmody. Dare Me Devil now has over $68,000 in career earnings.
News and Notes…..All-sources handle for the 10 race card was $517,790 which was up 77.80% from last year’s 9 race card that did $291,223…..The new $0.25 Pick 5 debuted on Wednesday with $3,076 bet on the wager, with the winning payout for the first day of the wager was $653.80. The wager features only a 15% take out rate.....78 runners competed on the Wednesday card for an average of 7.80 horses per race, up from 6.00 horses per race on the same day last season.