Day At The Track

Paradise Lost grinds out big score at Dover

03:00 AM 26 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Paradise Lost was impressive in Dover feature
JK Letitgo and driver Corey Callahan
DOVER, Del.----. It was owner-trainer Bob Wilkelman's biggest win turning Paradise Lost into 'Paradise Found;' by winning the $20,000 Open Mares pace at Dover Downs. Paradise Lost overtook front-pacing Jeremes Sweetheart in deep stretch while holding off fast-finishing Alexachase at the wire in 1:53.1, on Monday, Feb. 24 at Dover Downs.

Winkelman has been training one or two horses for the past three decades, first at the late Brandywine Raceway, and more recently adding another horse or two. He has brought Paradise Lost from a rejected green pacer he bought to a hard-hitting female pacer.

Ron Pierce had to use race favorite Jeremes Sweetheart hard leaving from the outside in a select field of distaff pacers before taking the lead at the quarter. Heading to the half-mile Paradise Lost was first to move and driver Ross Wolfenden drove up to challenge for the lead. The front-pacing duo raced side-by-side the rest of the mile until Wolfenden urged Paradise Lost to the front by a head. Meanwhile Bret Brittingham was hustling Alexachase four-wide around the last turn and closed with a rush to edge Jeremes Sweetheart by a head for second-place.

Paradise Lost is a seven-year-old daughter of Artsplace-Loving Ideal and now has won her first of the year to go with a second and three thirds banking $24,450. In her career, she has 18 wins and $194,661 earnings.

JK Letitgo recorded her fourth consecutive wins dominating the first of two $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Mares Winners-Over paces, as meet leading driver Corey Callahan posted his third win of the day. Evans, Spedden, Nanticoke Racing and trainer Josh Parker own the Western Ideal-Getoutofmyway four-year-old. Air Miles Hanover (Vic Kirby) was runner-up. Make Magic (Trace Tetrick) closed strongly to finish third.

In the other division, Howard and Josh Kaufman's Derek Delight, guided by Trace Tetrick, scored a convincing 1:54.4 victory for trainer John Cabot. The Bettor's Delight-Jen Bo Jenna five-year-old turned back Lloyd's Lady (Montrell Teague), closing along the passing lane, and Susan's Desire (Eddie Davis Jr.) third.

Callahan, who leads all drivers in wins during 2014, finished the card with four wins; Eddie Davis Jr. drove back-to-back winners for owners Norma Messick and trainer Tim Torbert. Allan Davis and Trace Tetrick also had a double.

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by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs


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