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Carpenter Happy Our Dragon King is Back (07/13/13)
Posted Saturday July 13, 2013
By Mike Paradise
After taking a look at the fields for Saturday’s Hanover Night I decided to call driver Brian Carpenter and asked him if he had seen the draw yet.
“Yes, I did,” Brian replied.
I then inquired if Brian had a big smile on his face after he saw he was listed on Our Dragon King in one of the Hanover colt divisions and the horse drew the rail?
“You got that right,” he answering laughing.
If I was Brian I would have been grinning, too.
After all, it was one year ago tomorrow that Carpenter drove the Dirk Simpson trainee Our Dragon King for the first of three times in Illinois, all in open stakes, and Our Dragon King won them all, putting over $4,500 in driver fee into Carpenter’s pocket.
“With the success I had with him in his two-year-old season I guess it would be fair to say that he’s one of my favorites horse to drive.”
Our Dragon King won a $28,300 Hanover division a year ago with Brian before he headed out east. After also chalking up victories in a $65,393 PASS stake, a $22,019 division of the Arden and a $46,466 Keystone Classic at The Meadows, the son of Dragon Again came back to the Chicago circuit last November and was reunited with Carpenter.
Our Dragon King then proceeded to win the $157,000 American National at Balmoral with Brian in a season best time of 1:52.2 and six days later ended his freshman season by taking the $100,00 Abe Lincoln at Maywood Park.
Our Dragon King finished his first season going 7-for-15 and earning $279,148 in his initial season for Illinois owners Desylias Racing (Alexander), William Beck (Edinburg) and Carol Rieken (Ashland).
Our Dragon King lowered his lifetime mark to 1:50.2 on the five-eights oval at The Meadows at the end of May.
“I believe the horse finished in the top 10 last year among two year olds as far as money won,” said Carpenter. “He’s a horse that can race on any size track. He showed that here in Illinois winning on the big track at Balmoral and on the half at Maywood.
“Plus he’s very, very versatile. You can race him anyway you want. You can duck the horse or you can send him. It doesn’t matter to him. If things develop so that I end up I on the front end Saturday, that’s okay, too.
“I know this year he’s developed a little bit of a breathing problem that they’ve been working on but I’m sure Dirk (trainer Simpson) will have him ready for Saturday,”
“I probably would have preferred to be in the other division because it looks a little easier but with the rail, I still like my chances in this one,” added the Indiana native,
Our Dragon King opens as the 5-2 program favorite. Fancy Creek Elusiv (Dave Magee) and Mystical Walter (Casey Leonard), the 1-2 finishers in the recent $115,000 Maywood Pace Final, are next at 7-2 and 3-1 odds, respectively.
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