09/24/2016 9:21PM

Hoosier Park: Fear The Dragon finishes first in Elevation

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Fear The Dragon (inside) fought off Ocean Colony to take the Elevation

Even-money favorite Fear The Dragon came up the passing lane to take the lead, then held off a determined late charge by Ocean Colony to claim a 1:50 4/5 victory in the $140,000 Elevation for 2-year-old pacing colts on Saturday night at Hoosier Park.

Fear The Dragon, driven by David Miller, worked his way around Every Way Out (Corey Callahan) for the top spot at the 25 4/5 opening quarter, but Every Way Out was moved back to the lead, and he would go on to click off a half in 55 1/5.  Every Way Out continued to lead at the 1:23 4/5 three-quarters, but a first-over Rock N Tony (Trace Tetrick) was only three-quarters of a length behind at that point, and then he would overtake the previously-unbeaten Every Way Out as they turned into the stretch.

Rock N Tony opened up a gap on his foes at the eighth pole, but Fear The Dragon had moved to the inside and took over the lead.  He had one late challenge to deal with from Ocean Colony (Yannick Gingras), which was able to keep at bay by a quarter of a length at the wire.  Odds On Delray (John De Long) took third, ahead of Filibuster Hanover (Ricky Macomber Jr.) and Blood Line (Tyler Smith).

"It worked out great.  I just wanted to stay close to Every Way Out and Ocean Colony," Miller said.  "He did get used hard, but we got a nice breather in the middle-half, and he finished it off good.

"He did come back.  He started off the year great, but a few starts there he did flatten out for whatever reason.  I don't think it was anything too serious, maybe just a little something here and there.  His last start he was better, and tonight he was right back on his game."

Brian Brown trains Fear The Dragon, a Dragon Again colt, for owner Emerald Highlands Farm.  Fear The Dragon has now won five of his nine starts, and he has now banked $212,016.  He's the fifth foal out of the Western Ideal mare Armbro Cinnamon, making him a half-brother to the likes of Cinamony (Art Official, $501,394).  He returned $4.20 to win.