Tom Smith Takes the Win: Catch Driver Showdown Week 5 Recap

Thomas Smith put up a win aboard #2 Lucks All Credit at 12-1. That plus a 2nd place finish with Presto Score at 9-1 was enough to score 49 points to take the weekly win, and move into the top 10 for the season.

Tom had 5 drives on the day, putting up a strong UDRS of 0.311 with his win and second place finishes. Pictured is Jayne Walker trainee Lucks All Credit. The 4 year old gelding scored his first lifetime win by a dominating 7 lenghts, finishing the mile in 1:57.4.

Bruce Richardson couldn't find the winners circle today, but did manage to finish 2nd three times, and 3rd once from 7 drives (0.286 UDRS). He scores 40.4 points on the day, putting him in solid 2nd place position in the overall championship.

Ryan Holliday races into the Tim Hortons turn aboard Acefortyfourtalon. Holliday put up his highest point total so far this season with a win, a second, and a third from 5 drives, including a 9-1 upset aboard #2 So Long Sugar in the 9th race. The 40.2 point performance keeps him in 5th place for the season, but begins to close the gap between himself and leader Austin Sorrie.

Doug McNair is the only driver to score more than 30 points 4 times this season. Winning half of his 6 drives for the day (0.500 UDRS), Doug scored 35.8 points, enough to keep him close in the hunt for the overall season long showdown. The leading driver by wins at Hanover Raceway in 2020 is still searching for that ellusive first weekly win in the Catch Driver Showdown.

Jason Ryan had a win and a second from 6 drives (0.259 UDRS). Jason narrowly hangs on to 4th place overall.

Natasha Day put up three 3rd place finishes at odds of 22-1, 9-1, and 6-1 to score 19.5 points and finish in 6th for the day.

Season leader Austin Sorrie had a productive day with a win, 2 seconds, and a third from 7 drives (0.317 UDRS). But it was a quiet day by his points standards, scoring a season low 16.6. His win came aboard 1-9 favourite Deep In The Red, which awarded him the minimum 6.3 points. Sorrie still protects the overall lead with a 30 point buffer between himself and Bruce Richardson.

Daryl Thiessen had a 2nd and a 3rd from only 3 drives on the day (0.333 UDRS). Daryl hangs on to 7th place overall.

Anthony Haughan made his first appearance of the season at Hanover, scoring a win in the first race aboard #6 Letstaketothesky.

Nicholas Steward had a win and a third from 4 drives (0.333 UDRS). Pictured is Steward aboard #3 Red John on route to a wire-to-wire victory in the 10th race.

The weekly winner, Thomas Smith, is awarded a Ritter stopwatch, a $50 Esso gift card, and a Catch Driver T-Shirt. Drivers score points based on the $2 Win, Place, and Show payouts for every horse they drive.

The season champion will receive a sponsorship offer from Catch Driver that includes a brand new custom helmet. Should the winning driver choose to accept the offer, they will represent Catch Driver and The Farm Games, and receive other perks including a product allowance, branding and design from our team, promotion and more.

Week 5 Results:

Season Standings:

Posted by Ryan Clements

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