Overnight Hit get big score in $100,000 final

12:37 PM 09 Apr 2014 NZST
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Overnight Hit wins $100,000 DSBF final for trainer/driver Art Stafford, Jr.
DOVER, Del.---- Overnight Hit overtook front trotting Kelsey's Commando on the final turn and then sped to a 1:59 victory in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly Trot final, the second of four $100,000 DSBF finals this week at Dover Downs on Tuesday, April 8 at Dover Downs.

Art Stafford Jr., trains, drives and co-owns Overnight Hit with Wyatt Starkey. The Giant Hit-Overnight Rail bay won for the second straight time in three starts this season. Kelsey's Commando (Vic Kirby), winner of both $100,000 frosh filly finals had the early lead before Stafford moved his filly up on the outside and quickly overtook the leader. Overnight Hit was all alone at the finish line with Even Brighter (Bret Brittingham) getting past Kelsey's Commando nearing the wire for second money.

Overnight Hit has now won four of nine lifetime races with two second and two thirds. She has banked $189,210 in her short career.

In the $20,000 DSBF consolation, After stalking Canterbury Girl (Wayde Marsh) for three quarters, Jim Morand moved Linbo Love out of second and soon took over and opened up a big lead on the way to a 2:03.3 victory, It was the first win in 10 starts for Linbo Love, a chestnut daughter of Linbo-Just Lips trained by Les Givens for Nanticoke Racing and its breeders Charles and Diane Coursey. Canterbury Girl finished second. Some Sweet Lady (Les Givens) finished third.

Ross Wolfenden, Allan Davis, trainer JohWagonhoffer and Beaver Creek Farms scored two wins each..

Unbeaten I Like My Boss heads $100,000 final Wednesday

Unbeaten I Like My Boss leads a field of eight in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Male Trot Final while Enrico AS seeks a third consecutive win in the $24,000 Open Trot Handicap on the regular card on Wednesday, March 9 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m.

In the first DSBF $20,000 trot, Briefs Or Boxers, owned, trained and driven by Carlo Poliseno, is program favorite after winning a 1st leg last week. Gateway Stable's Streets Of Gold with Eddie Davis Jr. and Charles Winbrow and Jimmy Lunn's AJ Commander and Ross Wolflenden lead the opposition.

I Like My Boss teamed with Jonathan Roberts has won all six of his lifetime starts for breeders- owners trainer Bob Shahan and Jimmy and Angela Parsons and is the race favorite. Last week a pair of up setters made the winner's circle in their $20,000 preliminary divisions; Crawford Rayne's Toolbox and Bill Long, in only the gelding's second career start and Gateway Stable's Street Of Gold, with Eddie Davis Jr. driving. Eli Beiler and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr.'s Bosston BNZ and Briefs And Boxers, owned, trained and driven by Carlo Poliseno are the other prelim leg winners. The other starters are Providence West Inc.'s Odessa piloted by Kim Vincent and Marvin Meyer's My Boy Charlie and driver Roger Plante.

Syl King's Whichwayrightrleft (Ross Wolfenden) is the one to beat in a $20,000 DSBF trot consolation.
on meet closing day, Thursday, April 10, male pacers.

Enrico AS (Ron Pierce) has won his last two races in-a-row and three of his last four starts for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, The five-year-old leaves from post 6 in the $24,000Open/Handicap trot, Barbara Boese's Awsome Valley (Tony Morgan) is fresh from a front-end win last start. Walt Callam's Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) has been sharp all meet and a three-time winner. Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stables' I'm So Striking (Eddie Dennis) is a strong closer. Rich Poillucci's Guiltywithanexcuse (Daryl Bier) just missed finishing second by a neck last week and Benbar Stable's Cadillac Cruiser (Davis Jr.) completes the starting lineup.

On Friday, the meet comes to a close with a $100,000 DSBF sophomore male pace, the headline event of Dover Downs' closing program this meet.

by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

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