Day At The Track

Backstreet Shadow does it again

03:12 PM 21 Feb 2020 NZDT
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Slick Tony and driver George Napolitano, Jr.
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Dover, DE - Backstreet Shadow was impressive in winning back to back in the $32,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night.

It was a change of tactic by driver Dexter Dunn as he sent Bettor Memories, normally a closer, on the lead at the quarter in 26.3.

Bo Mach accepted the pocket trip. 

Backstreet Shadow, the 1/2 odds race favorite, left from post six and settled in third, but not for long. Tim Tetrick, allowed an eager Backstreet Shadow to get his way and he responded, pulling at the quarter then leading the field to the half in 54.2 a 27.4 quarter.  

Backstreet Shadow intimidated the field as they remained on the rail.

Closing Statement and driver Andrew McCarthy angled to the outside past the half and raced without cover. They offered little concern for Backstreet Shadow. He confidently took the field to the three quarters in 1:22.4, a 28.2 quarter.

In the stretch, Bettor Memories angled off the rail but was in futile chase and finished 2nd for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Nifty Norman. Backstreet Shadow won by three-quarters of a length in 1:49.4.


Bo Mach saved ground on the rail and finished third for driver Corey Callahan and trainer Dylan Davis.

Wiggle It Jiggleit was a non threatening 4th.

Slick Tony prevailed in the $30,000 Blue Hen Open Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night.

There was a three horse scramble for the early lead as Manverick, Proper One and Sicily played tag. Sicily proved fastest and took the lead at the quarter in a fast 26.1.

Proper One was then launched at the quarter pole by Andrew McCarthy and led the field to the half in 54.1, a 28 flat quarter.

Slick Tony took his cue past the half and surged along side of Proper One. They paced to the three quarters in 1:22.2,. a 28.1 third quarter. Q’s Cruise followed 2nd over and was ready to pounce on the leaders.

In the stretch, Slick Tony cleared for the lead and won by 2½ length in 1:50.2.  He was sent off as the even odds favorite. Slick Tony is owned and trained by George Leager. George Napolitano Jr was the driver.


Q’s Cruise finished 2nd for trainer Jim King Jr. and driver Tim Tetrick. Manverick, finished with energy and closed to be third for driver Corey Callahan and Bruce Saunders.

Racing resumes on Monday at Dover Downs.  Post time is 4:30 pm.
by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs






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