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Celebrity Pegasus wins $25,000 Open trot

07:26 PM 20 Dec 2017 NZDT
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DOVER, Del --- Celebrity Pegasus rang up his third win of the harness racing meet with a 1:53.2 victory in the $25,000 Open trot on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at Dover Downs. Tony Morgan drove two winners and now is only four wins from reaching 16,000 winning drives.

Art Stafford Jr. drove Celebrity Pegasus, a brown five-year-old son of Andover Hall-Celebrity Athena, who drew-off in the lane and then was greeted in the winner's circle by Kris Kringle on his annual visit to Dover Downs harness. Eric Ell conditions the winner for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms. Kanthaka (Tim Tetrick) finished second with Theresademoninme (Jonathan Roberts), the show horse.

It was the second win for the owners, trainer and driver who notched a 1:55.1 victory with Perseverance, his third straight, in a $13,500 Winners trot. Photo Message (Eddie Davis Jr.) was runner-up. Torkill (Montrell Teague) took third. The win was the sixth of the year for the three-year-old Cantab Hall-Caviar For the Lady gelding who now has won $87,102 this season.

Tough Mac, a local favorite who returned to the races recently for the first time since last May got back in the win column as Corey Callahan guided the veteran geding to a 1:53.2 success by a nose in a $13,000 trot. Mike Casalino owns the Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady eight-year-old trained by Dylan Davis. It as is 31st career victory and raises his lifetime bankroll to $379.539.

Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.) was second in the photo preventing a two-win afternoon. Earlier in a $12,000 Winners trot, Parker piloted seven-year-old NF Happenstance, a daughter of SJ's Caviar-Moira Hall- from post 8 to a near wire-to-wire triumph in 1:54.1, her first win back since her four-year-old campaign Marley's Guy (Tetrick) and Nothing But Nice (Callahan) were second and third respectively.

Tony Morgan moved to within four winning drives of his 16,000th career win, the second-most in the harness racing world.

For the second consecutive day, Corey Callahan led all drivers with three wins. Tony Morgan and Art Stafford Jr. had two each. Trainers Dylan Davis and Eric Ell and owners Wood, Dittmar, Iaquinta and Minisink Farms had two wins also.

$25,000 Mares Open

Last week, Nat A Virgin and Corey Callahan came from far back to beat Enhance Your Mind, last season's Horse of the Meet in the $25,000 Mares Open pace. They renew their rivalry in the Wednesday, Dec. 20 feature race at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.

This time, Mike Casalino's Nat A Virgin drew outside post 8 to the right of owner-trainer Bryan Truitt's Enhance Your Mind, who has two wins and a second in her last four outings with regular driver Vic Kirby. Divas Image put in a strong performance a week ago for Tim Tetrick cutting the mile before tiring to finish third for trainer Jen Bonjiorno and owners Our Hrs Cents, Stable 45 and J&T Silva stables.

Jag Out, a former winner of this event will get driver Tony Morgan racing for owners Hochsprung, JL Benson and Nick Surick stables. The rest of the talented eight female field includes Legacy Racing's Empress Deo with Ross Wolfenden; owner-trainer Gary Ewing's hard-hitting Sweet Bobbie and Art Stafford Jr.; Joe Davino, Pat O'Brian and Brad Shackman's Keystone Riptide, guided by Ross Wolfenden. And completing the field is Legacy Racing's Empress Deo steered by Ross Wolfenden, and Mike Hall leased Rocknroll Vision and Jonathan Roberts leaving from the rail.

The strong Wednesday card will be followed on Thursday with a powerful 13-race program headed by a wide-open $25,000 Open pace.

Thursday (12/21) is the final program of the 2017 potion of the season. Dover Downs observes a traditional Christmas Holiday Break next week. Live racing will resume on New Year's day, Monday, Jan. 1 and continue four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m.

Dover Downs now features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races.

Watch the live racing and enjoy fine food at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations.

Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book.

Marv Bachrad


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