Day At The Track

Ross Wolfenden wins five at Dover

05:10 PM 15 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Here Is The Future
Here Is The Future scores a 10-1 victory

DOVER, Del.--- The "future" was now at Dover Downs when Here Is The Future scored a 10-1 victory in the first of two $20,000 Claiming Allowance pace, while Jake's Spur won the other, at Dover Downs over a "sloppy" track on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Ross Wolfenden had five wins.

Starting from the second tier, Here Is The Future came on for Montrell Teague, to beat race favorite Hot Roddy (Chris Page) in the claiming day feature race. Bred and owned by K&R Racing and trainer George Teague, the four-year-old altered son of Four Stazzz Shark-Future Destiny recorded hi fifth lifetime win and upped his career earnings to $34,480. Hot Roddy was second while Jingle Bell Rocker (Corey Callahan) was the show horse.

Jake's Spur closed strongly between horses in deep stretch to get up in the last stride for a nose victory in 1:54.4 in the co-feature. The winning drive by Ross Wolfenden was his fifth trip to the winner's circle. The victory, one of two on the card, returned Wayne Givens to first place among trainers at the meet with his 30th and 31st wins. Legacy Racing own the 10-year-old Sharky Spur-Riannon Rose gelding.

Along with Wolfenden's quintuple of wins, Driver Eddie Davis Jr., trainer Wayne Givens and owners Legacy Racing and Nanticoke Racing had doubles.

Last week's winner Awsome Valley and newcomers Modern Family and Traverse Seelster lead an eight-horse field in the $20,000 Open trot, the Wednesday headliner.


DOVER, Del.---- Awsome Valley, last week’s winner, takes on hard-hitting Modern Family and Traverse Seelster, both making their first start of the New Year, in the Wednesday, Jan. 15 feature, $20,000 Open Handicap trot  at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m.

Tony Morgan drove Barbara Boese’s Awsome Valley to a wire-to-wire 1:56.2 winner over an off-track holding off Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Ianquinta Enrico AS and Allan Davis by a head with Nick and Shaun Callahan and C.A. Bonuccelli’s Mandarbra, driven by Corey Callahan, three-quarters of a length back in third.

New to the field are a pair of former track regulars, Modern Family, co-owned, trained and driven by Daryl Bier with Charley Dombeck and Rich Pollucci, a nine race winner last year, and Keith Pippi’s Traverse Seelster, who set a track record for a gelding last season, with Ron Pierce in the bike.

The other contenders are Mary Raymer’s $1-million winning veteran Green Day teamed with Vic Kirby,  Walt Callam’s sharp Spunky Jack, handled by Roger Plante and Jersey Boy, a winner of two of the last three Opens, piloted by Trace Tetrick.

The sub-feature is a $15,000 Winners-Over Handicap trot. Tina Clark and Joe Clark’s Baximum (Daryl Bier) drew the outside with E&K Stable and Lois & Earl Walters’ I’m So Striking (Eddie Dennis), seeking a third straight win, Chris Giaccio and driver Vic Kirby’s Can Do. Diane Guliano’s Lovely Vacation (Ron Pierce) and Jeff Bartels’ The Budster (Trace Tetrick) among the challengers.

Monday through Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. No live racing on Friday and Saturday. Sunday racing begins at 5:30 p.m.

Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600.

Marv Bachrad

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