Dover, Del--- Amid a light snowfall, Texican N won the $30,000 Preferred/Handicap, Mustang Art the $27,500 Delaware Special and Bandolino the $18,000 Open, the three top paces on Thursday, Jan. 2 at Dover Downsand drove three winners each.
Harry von Knoblauch's Texican N put on a gritty front-pacing performance, with, to set a personal speed record on 1:50.3, to win the $30,000 Preferred Handicap. Escape The News and enjoyed a two-hole trip to finish second while Nova Artist, driven by , prompted the fast pace on the outside, held on to finish third. conditions the American-blooded, New Zealand-bred, altered son of -Bury My Heart to his 16th lifetime win and $268,024 in duo-continent earnings.
Mustang Art, trained by Jim McGuire for owners Max Walton and Greg Papaleo, was at his best racing head-to-head against leader Sunshine Superman (Toby Lynch) for most of a 1:52.3 mile and still had enough in a :28.4 final panel to chalk up his 26th career trip to the winner's circle. The victory was one of three for Hall of Fame driver. Pap Ray ( ) closed with a rush for place money. Malak Uswaad N ( ) was third.
Bandolito, a late Summer acquisition by David Bier, Charles Dombeck and trainer-driver, came on strongly in the lane for a 1:52.3 score in the $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Open. The win for the -Dody's Home Brew four-year-old brings his lifetime record to 10 wins in 12 starts and $198,840 earnings. Handsome Henry K ( ) was a close second.
's second of three consecutive wins came steering Beavercreek Artist home in 1:52.2 to win a $15,000 Male Winners-Over pace. Good Bet ( Jr.) came on to finish second in front of pace-setting Valentino ( ). Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta own the ultra-consistent -Spring Chick gelding who has three wins, two seconds and three thirds in his last eight outings.
Earlier a five-race win streak by Logamotion came to an end in a $13,000 4&5-Year-Old pace, when Vic Kirby drove-owned and trained, Rebel Soldier to his fourth win of the meet, a 1:53.2 decision. Bluebird Shooter ( ) and On Eagles Wings ( ) were second and third respectively. Logamotion ( ) the early leader retreated to finish fourth.
and had three wins apiece, drove two winners.
by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs