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Vic Kirby drives four winners at Dover Downs

11:48 AM 05 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Vic Kirby drove four winners at Dover on Tuesday
DOVER, Del.---- Wildshot Hanover and Idealist turned in impressive victories in split-division $20,000 Claiming co-features on Tuesday, March 4 at Dover Downs. Vic Kirby who drove three winners last Tuesday had a four-race 'grand slam.'

Post position #1 and a drop in claiming price paid off for Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis, in a $20,000 4&5-Year-Old Male Claiming pace, as meet leading driver Corey Callahan took Wildshot Hanover to the front and completed a 1:51.1lifetime fastest mile. The win was the first of 2014 for the Dragon Again-Western Duel gelding. Partner (Jonathan Roberts) was second best and Here Is The Future (Montrell Teague) finished third.

Jim Morand was in the bike behind 6-1 Idealist on the way to a 1:52.3 decision in the straight $20,000 Male Claiming pace. Louise Kinsey conditions the 11-year-old Western Ideal-Carolache gelding for Bill and Barbara Kinsey. Last Shot Leeton (Bret Brittingham) picked up second money with race-favorite Doubletrouble (Callahan) third.

The 15-race program got off to a 52-1 start as Brittingham guided Phantom Rusty to a come-from-behind 1:58 upset in a 3&4-Year-Old trot. Trainer Bobby Myers and Carter Racing Stable owned the Lear Jetta-Rusty Lizzy Luv sophomore in his first three-year-old start. O Narutac Supremo (Callahan) and favorite Zoli (Trace Tetrick) were second and third respectively.

Another longshot, 21-1 A Bettor World, won a $15,000 Male Claiming pace in 1:54.2 coming from last-to-first in the stretch for driver Eddie Davis Jr. Ken Tucci and J&T Silva Stables own the Josh Parker-trained Bettor's Delight-Color Me Beachy gelding, also his first win of the year..

Vic Kirby racked up four wins, Tony Morgan had two.

Feature trots at Dover Wednesday

 A pair of winners last week -Struttin Conway and Jailhouse Juice - lead separate divisions of the $15,000 feature trots on Wednesday, March 5 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m.

In a $15,000 Winners-Over Handicap, Struttin Conway steps up in class after winning last week's fastest trot by annexing a 1:54.2 victory with Ron Pierce, the five-year-old's second straight win. He leaves from post 1 in the eight-horse field of veterans.

Five of the contestants dropped out of the Open ranks -  Mary Raymer's $1.3-million winner, Green Day, with Roger Plante; Chris Giaccio and driver Vic Kirby's Can Do; Corey Callahan pilots Mandabra, for owners C.A. Bonuccelli and Nick and Shaun Callahan; Jersey Boy, owned by Dawn Gannon, Dom Costanzo and Yannick Gingras and driver Trace Tetrick while Barbara Boese's Awsome Valley, starts from the outside post with Tony Morgan, J.L.Benson Stable's Arriba Amigo with driver Allan Davis and Danbry Racing and trainer Rosemary Smutz's Blueridge Tornado in the hands of Eric Carlson complete the competitive field

The co-feature is a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. Two of the nine starters won last time out. Jason Lynch and co-owner, trainer, driver Toby Lynch drives Jailhouse Juice, from post 9 in the second tier While Ellen Warren and trainer Eileen Lineweaver's Ibanez (Tetrick) has post position #4. Chris Giaccio, Mike Hill and trainer driver Vic Kirby's Pounce Hanover just missed last week finishing second. Gwally (Ross Wolfenden) also finished second for John Johannsen, Denise Dennis and trainer Bobby Reeser.

The rest of the combatants are Brenda Teague's Kodak Lindy (Montrell Teague), Picard (Callahan) racing for Bonuccelli Racing and trainer Nick Callahan; Six Gun Hall (A.Davis), owned by Don Marine and trainer Bob Shahan. Mike Mammes' Amiga Valley (Pierce) drew the rail while Iron Mine Branch's Schoolhouse Rock (Corey Braden) starts outside.

by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs


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