DOVER, Del --- Awsome Valley dictated the fractions on the way to a wire-to-wire 1:56.2 victory in the $20,000 Open/Handicap trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Jan. 8.
took Awsome Valley into the early lead and strolled to the half in a pedestrian :59.1 before turning on the burners en route to a 1:56.2 success holding off Enrico AS and who challenged the winner on the backstretch to the finish line. The win was the first in 2014 after the mile last week to lose by a head. The Barbara Boese Revocable Trust owns the -Nannina Ambrosio gelding trained by Ryan McInnis. The victory put Awsome Valley into $206,583 territory with 19 wins. For the second straight Wednesday, Mandabra and raced strongly only to finish third again.
I'm So Striking, a Lois andWalters and E&K Stable homebred, usually races from behind, but this time, trainer-driver Eddie Dennis put the So Striking-Ringside Kate gelding on the front end and he stayed there for a 1:55.3 score in the $15,000 Winners-Over trot sub-feature. Can Do (Vic Kirby) rushed down the lane to take second in front of Musclelanious ( ).
After a win last time, Picard was overlooked at 6-1 and came through with a 1:55.1 decision in a $14,500 Winners-Over trot.was in the bike for Bonuccelli Racing and his dad, trainer . Picard is an altered son of SJ's Caviar-Tasha Yar. Six Gun Hall ( ) had the lead until a few steps to the finish line and had to take second. Amiga Valley ( ) was the show horse.
On a card with several longshots, Color Me Royal was the biggest. Tyler Davis, a 21-year-old son of Allan and grandson of Eddie Davis, scored his third win of the meet guiding Alesha Carrow's 32-1 shot Color Me Royal home in 1:58.2 to win a $9,000 4&5-year-old trot. The-Watsu four-year-old held off Bold Strike (Art Stafford Jr. at the wire. Cash The Check (Vic Kirby) was third.
Meet leading driverhad a "grand slam" hustling four winners.
had two wins, both ends of the daily double and Vic Kirby had two winners.
by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs