Arriba Amigo and The Budster to meet at Dover

02:57 AM 04 Apr 2012 NZST
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Arriba Amigo and Ron Pierce Maravich
Arriba Amigo and Ron Pierce - win the $26,000 Open Handicap trot in 1:55.4
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The Budster and Lets Get Serious N drop down from the Open and vie in this week's $22,500 Jr. Open trot on Wednesday, April 4 at Dover Downs. Harness racing post time is 4:30 p.m.

Two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Colt & Gelding Trot 2nd of two preliminary legs share feature race honors on the 15-race card.

Both Jeff Bartels’ The Budster, driven by Vic Kirby, and Joe Muscara’s Lets Get Serious N, with Ross Wolfenden in the bike, have been factors in almost all of their starts against top class opponents this season. Meanwhile VIP Internet and David Rovine stable’s Arriba Amigo is rounding into form after his first two starts of the season with Brad Hanners at the controls.

Doug Sipple’s The Shepherd teamed with Roger Plante drew the rail with Don Marine’s Private Marino alongside with Corey Callahan driving. Driver George Dennis and wife, Tina and ASK W Stable’s Uwantapieceofme, was a winner last time out. Making his first start of the season, is driver Jim Morand and Nanticoke Racing’s Tough Challenger.

The sub-feature on the regular card is a $15,500 trot led by Chris Giaccio’s Allmar Surprise (Vic Kirby), Carol and Jim Atkinson’s Idol Kemp, Maravich (Corey Callahan) racing for Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis.

Heading the rest of the field are Robbins Nest Farm’s CC’s Fred (Sean Bier), a winner last week, Morgan McInnis’s Pennant Winner (Jim Morand), second last time Russ Foster’s steady Jeter Marvel (Ross Wolfenden), Mike Gannon’s Par Don My Putt (Brad Hanners) and Doris Marine’s JL Rockin Lake (Allan Davis) from post 1.

In the first of two $20,000 DSBF 2nd leg sophomore trot prelims, Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stable’s I’m So Striking (Eddie Davis) is the one to beat. Wyatt Starkey and driver Art Stafford Jr.’s Bold Strike finished second last time. Bart Cavanagh’s Monchanin (Kim Vincent) has the rail with Allan Pullman and Eddie Davis’ Manchester Boss (Allan Davis) alongside.

The other starters are Tom and Bob Leager’s Boss The Hoss (George Dennis), Susan Durham and Linda MacDonald’s This Is It Sam (Roger Plante) and Hit Man Lauxmont (Corey Callahan) owned by Jim Atkinson and Eli Beiler.

In the other $20,000 prelim, Nanticoke Racing and driver Ross Wolfenden’s Windshield, winner of two $100,000 Finals boast an outstanding record of nine wins in 11 lifetime races. His chief opposition includes Shaun Callahan and Dawn Amiss’ Left Along Ranger (Corey Callahan) Edna Mae Green’s Take Over Payments (Tony Morgan) and Ollie and Betty Ervin’s Klondike Mike (Justin Vincent).

The top eight point-getters after the two legs will return for $100,000 finals next week.

Monday through Thursday, first post is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday racing now starts at 1 p.m. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant 302-674-4600.

Marv BACHRAD

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