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Dover Downs stakes action continues

05:15 AM 18 Mar 2018 NZDT
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DOVER, Del--- The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd leg preliminaries featuring harness racing three-year-old filly trotters vying in two $20,000 divisions at Dover Downs on Monday, (March 19). Post time is 4:30 p.m.

Déjà Vu Blue and Vandalous won 1st leg tests and will be in separate divisions this week. Tim Tetrick drove Déjà Vu Blue to a front-end 1:58.2 victory last week for Dylan Davis who trains and co-owns the filly with Howard Taylor, Tom Lazzaro and Mike Casalino Jr. Uptown Spunk made a big move with Roger Plante, out of fourth heading to the three-quarters, and then closed strongly to finish second for Callam and LeBlanc racings. Alpine Chic sat second the entire mile in his 1st leg start and was a half-length away from Vandalous at the wire. Driver Allan Davis, trainer Les Givens, Delbert Cain, and Nanticoke Racing own the filly.

Chris Yochim, and trainer Daryl Glazer's Earlyshirley Three with Ross Wolfenden drew the rail. Whoa Winna Now bred and owned by trainer Bob Shahan and Jimmy and A.M. Parsons and Charlie Groce's Miss U Jeannie and Eddie Dennis round out the starters.

In the other $20,000 prelim, Chambers Racing, Cinbrew Enterprise, Fuquay and BCJM Inc.'s Vandalous (Corey Callahan) was untroubled in a wire-to-wire 2:01.1 victory. Serendipity Stables' Star Sapphire (Russell Foster), the 2017 division champion, finished third in her 1st prelim. Bobby Glassmeyer's Bosston Ruth (Jonathan Roberts) was a third-place finisher last week and again drew the rail.

in the bike. Also starting are Clifton Green's Barn Yard Judy (Jason Green), Stacy Johnson- Stafford and Wyatt Starkey's Press Pass (Art Stafford Jr.) and Stop The Jade Farm's AB's Royal Punkin Pat Berry) from outside post 6.

After two $20,000 legs this week, the top eight point-getters in each of the four DSBF soph divisions return for $100,000 finals on meet closing day next Thursday (3/29).

Dover Downs now offers a 50-cent Pick 5 wager which starts with the 2nd race through the 6th. There is also a late daily double on the 12th and 13th races.

Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for general parking and admission at Dover Downs. Reservations are suggested for the acclaimed Winner's Circle Buffet Restaurant and those planning a stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600.

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The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) kicked off its 3-year-old trotting and pacing stakes program during the week with $20,000 1st leg preliminaries, the.2nd and final legs next week- trotting fillies are featured Monday with colt and gelding trotters, Tuesday. Wednesday is filly pacer day with male pacers complete $20,000 prelims on Thursday.---The top eight-point getters in each of the four sophomore divisions return on March 29 for $100,000 championship finals

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On Thursday (March 15), the combination of driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Jim King and owner JoAnn Looney-King, and both sophomores are by Roddy’s Bags Again, ruled both ends of the daily double, each $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 1st leg three-year-old Filly pace preliminaries while Major Uptrend was at the top of his game winning the $35,000 Preferred pace.----Burn Brighter  held off Mingo to score a 1:56.1 triumph in the opening leg of the DSBF prelims with Sea Bags third.----Lightning struck again in the second $20,000 division when the driver, trainer, owner trio made the winner’s circle with a 1:52.4 performance in the gelding’s first appearance at three. it was the fifth win of his career with four seconds in nine lifetime starts and banked $101,550 in purses. Race favorite Slick Tony was second in front of Transitioning Joy.----Major Uptrend (Tony Morgan) overpowered six rivals in the $35,000 Proffered Ides of March feature. Tony Morgan grabbed the racetrack early and widened his margin of victory to five-lengths in a dominating 1:49.2 conquest, his third sub-1:50 win of the meet. Little Be enjoyed a 2-hole trip behind the winner but could not close on the :27.4 final panel. Sicily, who did not leave from the outside this week, closed strongly for third place.----  Forty Five Red (Mike Cole) pulled a 7-1 surprise in a $17,000 Winners-Over pace. Mike Cole left fast for the early lead, then came on along the passing lane for a 1:51.3 victory.---- Never Say Never N came on in the stretch for a 1:50.4 lifetime best, to win the another $17,000 pace. It was the second win for driver Corey Callahan and leading trainer Dylan Davis. The third $17,000 pace went to Cash Is King (Callahan) In the first of two top claiming event and Dylan Davis’ Jet Airway in 1:51 took the first, and Sawbuck Hanover (Sean Bier) won the second $25,000-$30,000-$35,000 claiming paces.----Tetrick had four wins, Callahan two and Dylan Davis two training wins.

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DURING THE WEEK: Déjà vu Blue and Vandalous scored impressive victories in $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 1st leg three-year-old filly trot preliminaries  Monday (March 12).---Tim Tetrick drove Déjà vu Blue into the lead after the opening quarter and led the rest of  the way for a 1:58.2 lifetime best in the first $20,000 prelim. Uptown Spunk, who made a big move on the backstretch for Roger Plante finished second edging Star Sapphire and Russell Foster third.----Vandalous and Corey Callahan also got the early lead and then hold off Alpin Chic (Allan Davis) to notch a 2:01.1 triumph in the second $20,000 prelim, Bosston Ruth (Jonathan Roberts) was the show finisher.---Ross Wolfenden, Allan Davis, Jonathan Roberts, Russell Foster and owner Howard Taylor had two wins each.

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Super Fly romped to a 1:57.3 conquest in the lone $20,000 DSBF 1st leg three-year-old male trot preliminary on trot day, Tuesday (March 13). She’s On A Cruze won her fourth straight while Tim Tetrick posted five winners and Montrell Teague four.---- Art Stafford Jr. drove Super Fly right to the front and had no trouble romping to victory in his $20,000 prelim winning his first 2018 start, his four win in eight races with three second. Super Fly was followed by Bosston Cruiser (Jonathan Roberts) second and Seafood Suzie Blue (Jason Green).

In one of two $16,000 Winners trots, Brenda Teague’s Sheez On A Cruze won her fourth straight victory with her nephew Montrell Teague chalking up one of his four winning drives---Dynamic Edge (Vic Kirby) came through with a 1:56 triumph in the other $16,000 division.---- Tough Mac got back on the winner’s ledger overpowering six others in a wire-to-wire 1:53.3 performance in a $15,000  Winners-Over trot.----Big Walls fashioned a !:54.3 victory in a $15,000 Mares pace., the first of Montrell Teague’s four bagger.----Tetrick drove five wins, defending champion Corey Callahan with two wins. Montrell Teague made the winner’s circle four times. Owner-trainer Brenda Teague had a double.

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Ibetyoucanwiggle caught favorite Go Sandy Go in the final strides in one of two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 1st leg three-year-old Filly pace preliminary while Pedal Power won her division easily on a windy Wednesday (March 14). Corey Callahan had a four bagger.---- Montrell Teague moved Ibetyoucanwiggle from the outside into second behind Go Sandy Go after the start of her DSBF $20,000 prelim and stalked the favorite until coming out on the final turn. Following a stretch long battle, Ibetyoucanwiggle reached the finish line first with a head to spare in 1:57.1. Cold N Chilly  (Vic Kirby) was third.---- In the second $20,000 prelim, Pedal Power and Tim Tetrick notched a 1:55.4 decision. The filly has never been out of the money in 10 races- six wins, three seconds and a third while banking $93,443.Lydia was runner-up with Studio Session the show finisher.---In the $16,000 Mare Winners-Over pace, Sweet Robbie (Art Stafford Jr.) raced the six-year-old on the outside moving up to challenge leader Empress Deo at the three-quarters and then got-p in the closing strides for a 1:53 victory.---Berazzled won the richest purse event on the card when Corey Callahan steered a 1:52.4 triumph in a $22,000 Mares Winners pace---She’s My Rock scored a 1:55.1 triumph in the $15,000 Mares pace overtaking favorite Snappy Dresser late in the stretch.----Corey Callahan had four winners,  Montrell Teague, trainer Clyde Francis, breeder and owner George Teague had two wins.

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Former Leading Driver champion Tim Tetrick continues to hold the lead over seven-time defending champion Corey Callahan in winning drives with only two weeks remaining this meet, with four wins Thursday, Tetrick now has 137 wins. Callahan had three on Thursday and now totals 132 wins Tony Morgan is third with 112 wins. Vic Kirby is fourth with 76 and Art Stafford Jr., fifth, with 74  wins.

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Defending champion Dylan Davis is back in first-place, among trainers with 40 wins, Wayne Givens and Josh Green are in a second-place tie with 32 winners each. Jim King is now fourth with 31 wins. Mike Hall rounds out the top five with 26 trips to the winner’s circle.

Marv Bachrad

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