06/23/2010 12:00AM

Ollier's one-horse stable all he needs


He's Dangerous ($15.20) very quietly set a mile-and-a-sixteenth track record at Indiana Downs last Wednesday in a $15,000 claiming race originally carded for the turf. A wet course forced the race to the main track, and the record was at first overlooked.

"We had no idea that evening, somebody called the next morning and told me, the program had the turf time listed." said Dana Ollier, trainer of He's Dangerous. The 3-year-old gelding set the new track record of 1.42.18, eclipsing the old record of 1.42.60.

Ollier, who took out his trainer's license this year, has an enviable record as a trainer, having won 2 of 3 starts with He's Dangerous, his only horse.

Ollier, 48, grew up around the track with his uncle, the late George "Shorty" Davis, who was a trainer. Ollier credits the track with getting him through college at Northern Kentucky University.

"It was the regimen of getting up early every day that got me through," he said. "The school is in between River Downs and Turfway Park, so no matter where my uncle was racing, I could groom in the early morning and then go to class."

Ollier went on to become a certified public accountant but kept up with the races.

"I still do taxes for most the people on the backsides and try to coach some of the younger kids as to how to balance school and horses and let them know there is a future outside of racing."

According to Ollier, the success of He's Dangerous has an easy explanation.

"They gelded him after his 2-year-old season," he said.

In addition to being a CPA, Ollier is also the general manager of Airport Ford, near Turfway Park. He doesn't plan on training any other horses.

"My day job just pays too well," he said. "Several people have asked me to train their horses, but the first day the help didn't show up, I would be in trouble."