Day At The Track

Pierce wins four again; Wahine in 1:52.1

03:14 PM 10 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Wahine wins in the snow at Dover Downs
DOVER, Del.---- It took Wahine until racing in front of the tote board to get the lead and from there on it was a 1:52.1 victory in the feature race at Dover Downs on Sunday, Feb. 9 amid snow flurries. Ron Pierce continues red hot with four driving wins.

Jim Morand was at the controls for Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing's Wahine, who dropped down in class from the Open ranks to overcome eight foes, in the $9,500 Male pace. Les Givens conditions the I Am A Fool-Armbro Wahine gelding who won for the 10th time in his career annexing 184,441lifetime. Cams Art (Bret Brittingham) sat in Wahine's back and finished second edging fast finishing Woodstock Hanover.

Ron Pierce led all drivers with four wins, Corey Callahan, Morand and trainer Josh Greene had doubles.

Return winners head Monday F/M Open Pace

Jeremes Sweetheart, last week’s winner, and On The Cusp, a winner of two straight head the field in the $20,000 Mares Open pace on Monday, Feb. 10 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.

After four second-place finishes, Ron Pierce drove Ken Wood, Bill and Steve Iaquinta’s Jeremes Sweetheart to victory in last week’s feature catching the Allan Davis-driven Cooking The Books, owned by Rich Lombardo, Dave Kryway and Seafood Delight Stable, in the last stride. Kim and trainer Johnny Waite’s Alexachase and Bret Brittingham appear to have returned to top form after her second win in the last three races.

The rest of the field is led by Bob Winkleman’s consistent Paradise Lost teamed with Ross Wolfenden, Jim Carr’s Narancia Hanover reined by Trace Tetrick. Gottaseeaboutagirl, owned by Alexander Rice and Mike Horn, will have the services of meet leading driver Corey Callahan from the rail in her first 2014 start.

There are two $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Mares Winners-Over paces. In one, Tom Kemp’s Make Magic (Trace Tetrick), fresh from victory last week, and Brit Evans and Foulk Stables’ Caviart Cara (Callahan), winner of her last two; meet Rich Ashley and Mike Cain’s steady Beechwood Diana (Ross Wolfenden); Katherine Bardis and George Teague’s Lloyd’s Lady (Montrell Teague); Crawford Partners’ Air Miles Hanover (Vic Kirby); Bay Pond Racing’s Winbak Speedi (Allan Davis); All Terror (Pierce) and Joel and Dianne Halpern’s Mindale's Smile (Ben Stafford Jr.)

The other $14,500 section features two who start at opposite ends of an eight horse lineup, both winners last time out. Carol and driver Jack Parker Jr.’s CG’s Serious has won two straight and leaves from the rail while Foulk Stables’ Pacific Wine (Callahan) leaves from the outside and has won four of her last five races. Ed Gold and Ben Stafford’s Matinee Dragon (Stafford Jr.) has two wins in her last four. Among their foes is Rachelle’s Beat (Pierce), who steps out of the claiming ranks now racing for Fred Hertrich and Bob Tribbett and Howard and Josh Kaufman’s Derek Delight (Tetrick) making her 2014 season debut.

by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

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