When front-pacing favorite Elite Awards suddenly broke stride on the final turn,, sitting second with Casino Bags Carlo, shot into the lead and rushed home a 1:52.4 winner of the final DSBF three-year-old championships. The win was the third straight victory of an unbeaten campaign for Cavalli Pazzi Stables,. Copeland has trained and driven the -Casino Bus gelding now a winner of eight of 12 races and only once farther back that third while winning $70,000 this year and $168,911 lifetime. West Star Director ( Jr.) finished second for the third consecutive start. Forced Passage ( ) was third.
Driversaid he and Elite Awards saw a lose horseshoe shining brightly on the track along a pylon and the pacer was startled and broke stride, finishing out of the money for the first time in 12 races with 10 of them easy wins.
Bandolito, a 1:48 winner last week, currently the fastest time of 2014, won even more impressively this week stepping up to the $36,000 Preferred Handicap. Trainer-driver, co-owner with Charley Dombeck and David Bier, the -Sody's Home Brew brown four-year-old was never trouble chalking up his third win in four starts this year while winning $48,977 and $228,815 in his 16 race career. Tarpon Hanover ( ) ended a two-race win streak finishing second with Take It Back Terry ( ) the show horse.
When Nova Artist () became involved in trouble in front of the grandstand when he received a broke race wheel, the $33,000 Delaware Special Handicap became a toss up. Feel Like a Fool (Dennis) took over the lead and led into the stretch when steered Just A Jolt to the front nearing the wire for a 1:50.2 triumph. Feel Like A Fool and Full Of Sand ( ) were second and third respectively. Nova Artist pulled up before the clubhouse turn.
drove Joan Hamstead's homebred Lewiebyalength scooted to a 1:53.2 success in the $20,000 DSBF consolation. A 13-1 shot Three Day Forecast ( ) was second with By Noggin ( ) third.
Callahan also guided Gateway Racing's Lollipop Kid to a 1:49.1 conquest in an $18,000 Male Winners-Over pace. The-trainee is an altered son of -Saly Pansen and won for the third time in 10 outings this year. Manhattan Rusty N ( ) finished a strong second with Poker Hat (Tetrick) finishing third.
In the $17,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Male Winners-Over pace, Troy and Todd Tribbett's Alittleaintenough notched his fourth win of the season withdriving, a 1:51 lifetime mark. The -Mayland Beauty gelding trained by Joe Hunterpfund was followed home by Chesapeake Bay ( ) and Totally Kissed ( ), the only sophomore in the field, who was third.
drove the other $17,500 division winner, Leslie Betts' Teresa's Beach. The -GE's Jen four-year-old is trained by Johnny Waite and won #4 this year in 11 starts. Sea Harrier (Tetrick) accepted his first loss after two wins. Varsity Hanover (Kim Vincent) closed strongly to finish third.
In between races ceremonies,was presented the Leading Driver award. won the Leading Trainer title, while Nova Artist, for the second time in three seasons, won Horse of the Meet honors.
Dover Downs says 'so long' to its 45th season and thanks all who participating in making the 2013-14 meet successful. Thanks for being an important part of the banner season. Racing will resume next Fall. In the meantime, harness racing resumes on Monday, April 21 at Harrington Raceway.
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by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs