Blueridge Tornado a 10-1 shot notched up his fifth straight harness racing victory recording a lifetime best 1:55.4 in the $23,000 Open trot on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at Dover Downs. Shortly after the start of the feature race, prohibitive favorite Anders Bluestone (Ross Wolfenden) and Lets Get Serious N (George Dennis) went off stride and were never factors.
Matt Kakaley got Blueridge Tornado away fourth and then waited until just before the three-quarter pole to move out and quickly zoomed past Tiger’s Too Good (Dave Miller) on the final turn.
The rest was easy as the Trish Foulk trained Softys Smarty-Anticyclone-bred gelding rolled down the lane to score his fifth consecutive victory and second for owners Gary Evans and Foulk Stables since being acquired after racing at Northfield Park.
Tiger’s Too Good was second with Gurf (Allan Davis) taking third in the week’s top trot
In the secondary feature, a $16,000 Winners Over event, another streaking trotter, Chris Giaccio’s Allmar Surprise notched her third win in-a-row in her patented style of leaving fast to get to the front and then play follow the leader in a 1:55.3 triumph.
Victor Kirby trains and reins the seven-year-old-Benita Victory mare, the only distaff in the field which was reduced to six starters following the scratching of Spunky Vic and Kristal Dream. Maravich (Corey Callahan) made a belated charge and finished second. Pretty Hanover (Allan Davis) was third.
Trainer Bob Mitchell and owner Pat Mitchell won back-to-back wins. B A Lady with Vic Kirby scored a 1:56.3 victory in the 4th. Cruisen’ Chick, driven by Allan Davis took the next race in 1:56.4. Both races were $7,500 Delaware Claiming races.
Owner-trainer William F. Moffett also collected consecutive wins when Good Feeling with Vince Copeland won a $20,000-$25,000 Claiming trot and then Corey Callahan steered Hello Camie to victory in a $10,000 4&5-Year-Old Mares pace. Drivers Mike Kakaley and Ross Wolfenden and trainer Josh Green had two wins.
Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. There is now no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays at Dover Downs. Starting Jan. 8, Sunday racing will begin at 1 p.m.
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