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Dontpokethedragon goes three-wide to win

10:30 AM 25 Mar 2021 NZDT
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Brandon Campbell, harness racing
Feature-winning driver Brandon Campbell
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Dontpokethedragon turned in a quality harness racing performance to take the feature claiming dash at Fraser Downs on Wednesday, Mar. 24.
Driver Brandon Campbell refrained from an early speed duel and dropped his pacing gelding into fourth going towards the first turn. He held position through the quarter in 28.1 and 57.4 before swinging three-wide around stalled first-over horse Pureform Mr Toffee (John Vukelich) and vaulting to the lead.
Dontpokethedragon cleared to the lead just past three-quarters in 1:26.1 and opened up a three-length advantage turning for home. He glided to the line from there, winning by a length and three quarters in 1:55.4. Redneck Jim (Dennis Johnston) recovered after a shuffle to take the place spot, and Sporty Dragon (Scott Knight) was third.
Dontpokethedragon is now seven-for-29 with more than $90,000 in earnings lifetime. Jim Marino co-owns and trains the four-year-old by Custard The Dragon for partners Paul Sanders of Surrey and J J J Stables of Prince George.
Fraser Downs' next race card is scheduled for Friday, Mar. 26 with nine races starting at 8:00 p.m. PDT.
For full race results, click here.
by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink
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