The third $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) of meet-closing week, featuring eight colt and gelding starters vying in the eighth race. Two races later, there is a $22,500 Jr. Open trot on the penultimate harness racing program of Dover Downs' 43rd season, on Wednesday, April 11.
Post time is 4:30 p.m. A $20,000 DSBF consolation for male trotters is also on the trot-loaded card.
Two of the starters in the $100,000 final have dominated the two preliminary legs with two wins apiece. The duo have opposite ends of the starting lineup.
I’m So Striking with an impressive five wins in seven starts for trainer-driver Eddie Dennis drew the rail for breeder-owners Lois andWalters and E&K Stable while Windshield leaves from outside post 8. Driver Ross Wolfenden and Nanticoke Racing own Windshield, a winner of 10 of his 12 lifetime races and $165,299 in purses.
A pair of starters finished second in their prelim legs, Wyatt Starkey and driver Art Stafford Jr.’s Bold Strike and Edna May Green’s Take Over Payments. The other starters are Tom and Bob Leager’s Boss The Hoss, handled by George Dennis, Westgate Melvin racing for Louie Paglierani, Sharon White and Legacy Racing Of Del., Shaun Callahan and Dawn Amiss’ Left Along Ranger piloted by Corey Callahan and Ollie and Betty Ervin’s Klondike Mike with Justin Vincent.
Bart Cavanagh’s Montchanin (Kim Vincent) and Rod Allen and Art Mergenhagen’s Flash Commando (Carlo Poliseno) lead the $20,000 DSBF consolation.
After a wire-to-wire 1:55.1 win last week, Chris Giaccio’s Allmark Surprise (Vic Kirby) steps up to the $22,500 Jr. Open/Handicap. The strong lineup also boasts Joe Muscara’s Lets Get Serious N (George Dennis) from post 8, Brit Evans and Foulk Stables’ sharp Second Hand News (Brad Hanners), Struttin Conway (Tony Morgan), the only four-year-old in the field.
The other contestants are driver George Dennis and wife, Tina, and ASK W Stable’s Uwantapieceofme, Nick and Shaun Callahan and C.A. Bonuccelli’s Mandabra (Corey Callahan) from the rail with Doug Sipple’s The Shepherd (Roger Plante) alongside, and Don Marine’s Private Marino (Ross Wolfenden). . The sub-feature on the regular card is a $15,500 trot led by Russ Foster’s Jeter Marvel (Ross Wolfenden) and Carol and Jim Atkinson’s Idol Kemp (George Dennis).
Tomorrow is closing day for the Dover Downs 2011-2012 season. The Thursday first post is 4:30 p.m. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant 302-674-4600.