Bulldog Hanover Headlines Dayton Pacing Derby

Bulldog Hanover winning at Woodbine Mohawk Park
Published: September 28, 2022 05:21 pm EDT

Ohio's richest harness racing card will take place this Saturday, Oct. 1 at Dayton Raceway featuring world champion Bulldog Hanover in the $250,000 Dayton Pacing Derby.

The race is one of four Dayton Derbies on the $3.4 million card that also includes the Ohio Sires Stakes championships. Post time on Saturday is 6:30 p.m. 

The fields were drawn during Wednesday's race card, with the streaking double millionaire pacer Bulldog Hanover drawing post eight in the nine-horse Dayton Pacing Derby field with Dexter Dunn driving for trainer Jack Darling and co-owner Brad Grant. The complete field is listed below in post position order, followed by the other Derby fields.

 $250,000 Dayton Pacing Derby 
Post - Horse - Driver - Trainer
1. Sandbetweenmytoes - Trevor Smith - Todd Luther
2. Chase H Hanover - Mitchell Cushing - Virgil Morgan Jr.
3. American Courage - Matt Kakaley - Travis Alexander
4. This Is The Plan - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke
5. Workin Ona Mystery - David Miller - Ron Burke
6. Catch The Fire - Andrew McCarthy - Todd Luther
7. Allywag Hanover - Todd McCarthy - Brett Pelling
8. Bulldog Hanover - Dexter Dunn - Jack Darling
9. Charlie May - Brett Miller - Steve Carter

$250,000 Dayton Distaff Derby (Pacing Mares)
Post - Horse - Driver - Trainer
1. Rockin Nola - Joey Putnam - Joe Putnam
2. Kobes Gigi - TBA - Melissa Essig
3. Test Of Faith - David Miller - Brett Pelling 
4. Chase Lounge - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke
5. Amazing Dream N - Yannick Gingras - Linda Toscano
6. No Win No Feed A - Trace Tetrick - Erv Miller
7. Fire Start Hanover - Dexter Dunn - Nifty Norman
8. Gias Surreal - Aaron Merriman - Jim Graham

$250,000 Dayton Trotting Derby
Post - Horse - Driver - Trainer
1. Balenciaga - Mark MacDonald - Paul Kelley
2. Lovedbythemasses - Todd McCarthy - Jeff Cullipher
3. Rattle My Cage - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt
4. Winning Ticket - Brett Miller - Chris Beaver
5. Jujubee - Andrew McCarthy - Greg Wright Jr.
6. Back Of The Neck - Tim Tetrick - Ake Svanstedt
7. Its Academic - David Miller - Ron Burke
8. Amigo Volo - Dexter Dunn - Nifty Norman
9. Kildare King - Aaron Merriman - Chris Beaver
*Please note post positions for the Dayton Trotting Derby were edited in this story Friday, Sept. 30 following a correction to a Dayton program misprint.

$250,000 Dayton Oaks Derby (Trotting Mares)
Post - Horse - Driver - Trainer
1. Refined - Mitchell Cushing - Virgil Morgan Jr.
2. Ghostintheshell S - Ake Svandstedt - Ake Svandstedt
3. When Dovescry - David Miller - Brett Pelling
4. Atlanta - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke
5. Herculisa - Brett Miller - Virgil Morgan Jr.
6. Weslynn Quest - Ronnie Wrenn Jr. - Per Engblom
7. Impulse Buy - Aaron Merriman - Bill Rhoades
8. Sorella - Dexter Dunn - Nancy Takter
9. Bella Bellini - Dexter Dunn - Nifty Norman



If he were to breed a few mares in the off season you could name your price and make another million or two on the track while doing a great service for the industry.
With artificial insemination there should be no reason to retire any horse to the breeding shed. Hasn't he already bred a few?

Unless Bulldog's connections can be talked to bringing him back to race next year after the breeding season, (which would be the greatest thing that has happened to harness racing in ages) it looks like he has 4 races left in his career: The Dayton Derby, on Saturday, The Allerage, at The Red Mile, on 10/9, The Breeder's Crown, (which will be his final race on Canadian soil) on 10/29, and The TVG, at The Meadowlands, on 11/26. It's also possible that he could race on 10/22, if The Breeders Crown requires eliminations, and on 11/10, in The Potomac Pace, at Rosecroft.