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Nova Artist wins top pace again at Dover

04:30 PM 17 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Nova Artist wins $30,000 Preferred Pace at Dover

DOVER, Del.--- For the second straight week, Nova Artist recreated a 1:50.4 victory to win the $30,000 Preferred pace while Jeremy's Successor step up for a second consecutive victory taking the $27,500 Delaware Special, the top two races on a powerful Thursday, Jan. 16 program.

Allan Davis put Nova Artist into high gear in the stretch and the Real Artist-Avon Lady overwhelmed five foes for a 1:50.2 triumph in the week's top pace. The Delaware Valley's all-time leading driver, Eddie Davis, now retired from driving for the most part, trains and owns Nova Artist with his wife Kathy. The win was the 32nd in his career for the 7-year-old who now has banked $798,167 lifetime. Ultra consistent Adventure Bound closed with Ron Pierce to finish second. Texican N and Ross Wolfenden closed with a rush for third. The win was the fifth top-class event won by Nova Artist, a former Dover Downs Horse of the Meet.

Jeremy's Successor made good use of starting from post 1, as Trace Tetrick was content to sit behind front-pacing Sunshine Superman (Toby Lynch) and race -favorite Mustang Art (Ron Pierce) battling head-to-head for much of the race. Tetrick then pulled out in the stretch to overtake the leaders en route to a 1:51.4 victory in the $27,500 Del. Special. It was the 10-year-old Mach Three-Gentle Audrey gelding's third win in his last four outings. Jeremy's Successor is trained by Crissy Bier for Heavenly Ways stable. Sunshine Superman put in a gritty showing to finish second in front of fast finishing Papa Ray (Ross Wolfenden), third.

GD Airliner, a recent addition for owner Howard Taylor, moved strongly after the half to challenge leader Summer Camp (Chris Page) and go on for a 1:51.2 score in the $20,000 Male Winners-Over pace. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan was in the bike behind the Dylan Davis-conditioned Panspaciflight-MacKenzie Beth gelding. Believe This Bob (Montrell Teague) closed to take second in front of Summer Camp.

Baron Racing and VIP Internet stable's All Stienam also won for the second-straight time scoring a 1:51.4 win in a $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open pace to give trainer his second win of the day. Chris Page drove the Tell Me-Odds On Stienam gelding to his third victory in his last five starts. Lindwood Player (Corey Callahan) and Just Bettor (Trace Tetrick) were second and third respectively.

Bobby Glassmeyer's Partner won a $15,000 Male 4&5-Year Old Winners-Over pace in 1:54.3 with Jonathan Roberts handling the controls.

CC Heet Seeker closed out the card with a 1:51.3 decision for trainer-driver Daryl Bier who owns the Nuclear Breeze Sunrise Ridge gelding with Charley Dombeck, Rich Pollucci and Mc Trade Entertainment.

Corey Callahan drove Gary Ewing's ad Man Sam to a 1:52.1 victory in a $25,000-$30,000 Claiming Handicap.

Callahan had a four-bagger for the second consecutive night. Allan Davis collected three winners while Trace Tetrick won two.

by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs


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