EMO Stables' Racey Dreamer remained undefeated over hurdles with a late charge to win in the $50,000 David L. "Zeke" Ferguson Memorial Steeplechase (NSA-III) at Colonial Downs on Sunday.
Jockey Matthew McCarron took the 1-2 favorite, Racey Dreamer well off the early pace. Shady Valley immediately opened up a big early lead as Racey Dreamer tracked in fourth, ten lengths back after the first mile.
Shady Valley continued to extend his lead as they raced down the backside the second time around while Racey Dreamer moved up to second.
McCarron sent Racey Dreamer after Shady Valley leaving the penultimate jump. Racey Dreamer got to within 2 1/2 lengths of the leader as they neared the final jump. Both Racey Dreamer and Shady Valley cleared the final hurdle with little trouble.
McCarron pulled Racey Dreamer to the inside of Shady Valley to commence the winning move, collaring the pacesetter and drawing off to win by more than three lengths. Saitensohn finished third, another 18 lengths back.
The race lost some of its luster when Moneytrain, Major Hero and Trebizond were scratched in the morning.
Racey Dreamer covered the 2 1/4 miles in 4:10.34. The 5-year-old A.P. Indy
gelding is now unbeaten in four starts over fences. Paul Fout trains Racey Dreamer.
"I worried about him rating, and I wasn't sure he would unless they really ran out of there," said Fout. "(Shady Valley) went for the lead and Matt was able to get our horse to relax. That's a great sign because if he's going to go on and be a good horse he needs to do that."
Bred by Jayeff B Stable, Racey Dreamer competed on the flat with trainer Alan Goldberg through last fall before being purchased by EMO and Fout. He has won six in a row counting two flat wins last year and now boasts career earnings of $180,400 ($110,500 over jumps).