DOVER, Del --- Nova Artist won the $30,000 Preferred, 6-1 Sunshine Superman, the $27,500 Delaware Special and another 6-1 shot, All Steinam, in the $17,500 Open pace score at Dover Downs on Thursday, Jan. 9.
For the fourth time this meet, Nova Artist reigned supreme in a top Thursday feature race. The pride of former Delaware champion Eddie Davis, now a trainer, and his wife, Kathy, was strongest in a :27.3 stretch charge to score a 1:50.2 victory in the $30,000 Preferred/Open Handicap pace.drove the -Avon Lady horse to his 31st career victory earning $788,167. EZ Noah, racing third from the start, scooted down the passing lane for Vic Kirby, to edge front-pacing Adventure Bound and for third.
Sunshine Superman zipped away from the starting gate to assume the lead and despite a challenge from Papa Ray (Pierce) on the backstretch, collected a 1:51.1 victory in the $27,500 Del. Special. Owned, trained and driven by Toby Lynch, the-Carolina Sunshine gelding won for the first time this meet but 19th lifetime and the 7-year-old has won $281,388. Feel Like A Fool ( ) streaked down the passing lane to finish second. Simon's Artist (Vic Kirby), an early leader, was the show horse.
All Steinam, fifth in mid-stretch, got out and flew past the leaders for a 1:51.1 triumph in the $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open. Vic Kirby steered the-Odds On Stienam gelding to victory in his first local appearance for trainer and owners Baron Racing and VIP Internet Stable. Mr. Dennis (Pierce) was also in the tight finish for second place nipping Bandolito ( ).
piloted Beavercreek Artist to victory in 1:52.4 to win a $15,000 Male Winners-Over pace. It was the second win in-a-row for the -Spring Chick gelding, trained by for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. Summer Camp ( ) stormed down the stretch to finish second. Valentino ( ) was third.
A co-fastest race on the card was a 1:50.2 success for classy Jeremy's Successor, in a $12,500 Male pace. Handled by, the -Gentle Audrey 10-year-old, conditioned by Crissy Bier, held off Dreamfair Kovu ( ) and Main A Dieu Too ( ).
and racked up three driving wins each, Vic Kirby doubled.
by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs