Day At The Track

Dover Downs Extra 2/2/18

06:59 PM 03 Feb 2018 NZDT
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Missle J was never headed in a 1:50 conquest in the Thursday, Feb. 1 $25,000 harness racing headliner. Meanwhile, Sometimes Said was even faster scoring a scintillating 1:49.3 victory to keep his lengthy win streak alive. Corey Callahan drove a quadruple of winners.---Tim Tetrick took no prisoners in the feature race taking the lead in :26.3 at the start on the way to his 18th lifetime victory and second in a row. Cajon Lightning (Russell Foster) sat second the mile with Hypothetical (Tony Morgan) third. The race marked the end of Little Ben’s four-race win streak.

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Back in mid-December, Bobby Glassmeyer picked Something Said, who had a two-race win streak, out of a $12,500 claimer. Since, the gelding step up to win a pair of $25,000 claimers, and two $13,000 Winner-Over paces including this week when Jonathan Roberts piloting a sixth win in-a-row fashioning a 1:49.3 lifetime mark.--Corey Callahan completed the program guiding Cash Is King, to a second straight win in 1:52.2 in a $16,000 Winners pace.---Northwest Yankee started in the second tier before recording a 1:51.4 decision for Mike Cole in a $14,500 Winners test.---In another $14,500 division, Hail To The Master closed with a rush at 11-1 for Kim Vincent to register a 1:52.1 success---Jet Airway overcame starting from outside post 8 to win the $25,000-$30,000 Claiming Handicap in 1:50.4.---Callahan had four winners, Tony Morgan, three..

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DURING THE WEEK; Both trotter Gravitator and pacer JJ Flynn made their first 2018 appearances in the winner's circle after impressive harness racing victories in the Monday, Jan. 29 feature races. Gravitator was all alone in the stretch on the way to a convincing 1:55 lifetimes best clocking with Eddie Davis Jr. In the top pace, JJ Flynn and Ross Wolfenden was an easy 1;52.2 winner. Wolfenden also drove the longshot of the day, Very Dark, conditioned by Ceba Horsey, who recorded a new lifetime mark of 1:56.4 at 32-1---Mike Cole returned to driving for the first time in five years and registered a double.---Tim Tetrick won three race, Tony Morgan, Ross Wolfenden, Vic Kirby and Mike Cole had doubles. Trainers Tim Crissman and Joe Columbo and owners George&Tina Dennis Racing had two winners.

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On Tuesday, Jan. 30; For the second straight time Royal Becca J overpowered the $25,000 Open/Handicap field, this time in 1:54.2 in a wire-to-wire performance. It’s been an exceptional week for driver Jack Parker Jr.’s two top trotters stable. Last Sunday, Parker guided NF Happenstance to victory over an off-track at Yonkers in a $50,000 trot and now Royal Becca J chalked up a third victory in her last five outings with two seconds.---Parker rushed Royal Becca J into the lead in :27.2 and led the rest of the mile closing on the chilly and windy early evening, in :27.4.--- Both Royal Becca J and NF Happenstance are oned by a born and educated Delawarean James “Chip” Moore III, ----In the $13,500 sub-feature trot, Tetrick enjoyed a 2-hole trip behind Miami (Vic Kirby) until turning for home when Pure Kemp pulled out and quickly took over in the straightaway scoring  1:55.1 triumph.---Tetrick also steered Soda Pump home in 1:55.1 to take a $12,000 Winners-Over trot --- Vic Kirby and owner-trainer Bryan Truitt won both ends of the daily double. Kirby and Tim Tetrick won three races,

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Terror At Night stepped up for her third consecutive victory in the $25,000 Open/Handicap in 1:52.1 on Wednesday. Terror At Night, remained unbeaten in January with Corey Callahan driving the Les Givens-trained Terror At Night to her 18th career success. Sweet Bobbie finished second with Newborn Sassy, the show horse.---In the $17,000 Mares sub-feature, Shartin N made his second start in the USA, another winning one, but she had her moments during a 1:52 mile. Tetrick steadied the New Zealand female twice during the races when Shartin N made short breaks. Roselily (Wolfenden) cut out the fraction and led until approaching the finish line when Shartin N closed with a rush to get up for the triumph.--- Owner-trainer-driver Vince Copeland put a new 1:53 race record on Goin Again, a five-year-old, in a $15,000 Mares winners event. The victory ended two lengthy win streaks. Stormtrack (Tetrick) finished second after three straight wins. Pass Line Bluechip (Allan Davis) was third ending her four wins-in-a-row streak.--- Barbara’s Shadow came from off-the-pace to win a $13,000 Mares pace in 1:53.2 for co-owner-trainer-diver Vic Kirby.---Tim Tetrick drove three winners for the third straight night. Kirby and Callahan had doubles.

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Defending champion Corey Callahan and one-time winner Tim Tetrick are deadlocked at the top of the Leading Driver statistics tied with 88 winners. Tony Morgan is third with 74 wins. Art Stafford Jr. is fourth with 57 wins. Vic Kirby completes the top 5 recording 55 wins.

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Jim King Jr. holds a two-win lead in Trainer stats. He has 24 winners. Second-place, defending champion Dylan Davis has 22 wins. There is a three-way tie for third place between Eric Ell, Joe Columbo and Nick Callahan with 21 wins each.

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Cashendash Hanover looks to repeat

When live harness racing returns at Dover Downs on Monday, Feb. 5,Cashendash Hanover fresh from a 1:51.1 front-end victory last week leads an eight-horse field in the $17,500 Claiming pace. Post time is 4:30

Owner-trainer Dylan Davis' Cashendash Hanover drew post 7 with Tim Tetrick in the bike in a $17,500 Claiming pace. Among his opponents are Mr. Dylan racing for trainer Brian Malone leaves from outside post 8 with Russell Foster driving the veteran pacer that shows three wins, two seconds and a third in his last seven outings. Owner-trainer Bobby Glassmeyer with Jonathan Roberts will be heard from after drawing the rail .

Lew's Maverick has been sharp lately. Montrell Teague will be in the sulky for owners John Dickens, Kathleen Mofield and KDK Standardbreds. For FrankandJoanne, it will be an inside post after starting from the outside in three of his last four races. Trainer- driver Steve Nason is co-owner with Tom Bradford. The other starters are Howard Taylor and Tom Lazzaro's Rollin Ring Afire with Ross Wolfenden in the bike; Chris Sharpe and Alex Hawes' Vodka Is Terror and Tony Morgan and Rock On Precious, owned by Jeff Startt with Allan Davis driving.

Owner, trainer, driver Vince Copeland's My Big Kadillac has the rail in the day's top trot. Hannah's Charm (Tetrick); Lou Catana and Vince Bradley's Magic Maddy (Morgan) head the opposition.

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.

 

Marv Bachrad

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