Raritan Bay, Foxland take Dover features

01:48 AM 13 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Raritan Bay takes co-feature at Dover Downs
Foxland and Daryl Bier wins at Dover Downs
DOVER, Del.---- Raritan Bay closed to win the $20,000 Male Claiming pace while 23-1 longshot Foxland surprised in the $15,000 claimer on "Spring like' Tuesday, March 11 at Dover Downs.

Bret Brittingham came home through a wing of horses en route to a 1:52.1 victory in the top claiming race on the card. The win was the second in his last three starts for the Red River Hanover-Jackie Who gelding trained by his dad Don, and owned by his mother, Betty Brittingham. Cash Cab (Corey Callahan) won the photo for second with Polaris N (Ross Wolfenden) third.

One race later, Daryl Bier and 23-1 shot Foxland were seventh, on the move outside, as the field passed the three quarters. Foxland then raced three, then four wide entering the stretch and bypassed seven rivals on the way to a 1:53 success in a $15,000 Male Claiming Allowance. Overlooked in the field after winning two starts back and being in-the-money in four of his first four starts this year, the Badlands Hanover-Fox Valley Hooker gelding paid $48.60 to win. Ideal Vintage (Callahan) was runner-up with A Bettor World (Eddie Davis Jr.) the show horse.

George Dennis and Allan Davis led all drivers with three wins; Bret Brittingham, and Ross Wolfenden added two winners each.

Baximum heads Open Trot Wednesday

Baximum, fresh from two wins-in-a-row, takes on seven rivals including three other winners last time out in the $20,000 Open/Handicap trot on Wednesday, March 12 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m.

Daryl Bier has driven Baximum from far back to overtake the leaders on the way to consecutive wins including an Open trot last start. Benbar Stables' Cadillac Cruiser with Eddie Davis Jr., Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stables' I'm So Striking with Eddie Dennis, and Chris Giaccio and trainer-driver Vic Kirby's Can Do look to continue their winning ways.

Struttin Conway steps up in class again with Ron Pierce driving. The five-year-old leaves from the rail. For the second-straight time, Barbara Boese's Awsome Valley, starts from the outside post in the hands of Tony Morgan. Walter Callam's Spunky Jack has finished second in four of his last five starts. JL Benson Stable's Arriba Amigo and Allan Davis completes the competitive field.

by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

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