Dover, Del--- Bad Man Sam made it three wins-in-a row fighting off a determined bid from Stubbs Hanover from mid backstretch to post a 1:55.3 victory in the $20,000 Male Claiming pace feature over a sloppy track when live racing returned from a Christmas Break Week on Sunday, Dec. 29 at Dover Downs.
Trainer-driverclaimed Bad Man Sam for owner Jim Jacobs in late November and now has won three of his four starts since. This time the five-year-old altered son of -Greenspring took the lead at the start and led until raced up with Stubbs Hanover as the field proceeded toward the three quarters. The duo raced head-to-head around the final turn with Stubbs Hanover poking his nose in front turning down the lane. Lynch urged Bad Man Sam into a slight lead as the rest of the field began to converge but Bad Man Sam held on for his eighth success of the year. Bad Rusty ( ) closed along the passing lane to edge Stubbs Hanover for second with Lord Terror (Vic Kirby), a close-up fourth.
After the race, Bad Man Sam had a new home as he was claimed by Gary Ewing, one of five claims entered on the winner.
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Racing resumes on Monday, with Mystra heading one of two $15,000 Filly and Mare Winners-Over feature paces. There will be no live racing on Tuesday, Dec. 31, New Year's Eve day, but full scale racing returns on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Weekday racing post time is 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are dark days. Sunday racing begins at 5:30 p.m.
There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. To dine in the Winner's Circle restaurant, call 302-674-4600 for reservations.