Day At The Track

Two straight for Traverse Seelster at Dover

02:28 PM 30 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Traverse Seelster takes Open Trot
Backstreet Hanover and driver Eric Carlson
DOVER, Del.----Traverse Seelster had to take the long route on the way to his second straight $20,000 Open/Handicap trot win on a chilly Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Dover Downs.

Corey Callahan pulled Traverse Seelster to the outside in front of the grandstand and steadily moved on the outside chasing the leader, Modern Family and Daryl Bier, who had a big lead heading to the final turn. Callahan was able to duck in second for a short stretch before coming out to challenge Modern Family in a stretch duel which resulted in Traverse Seelster getting up to win by half-a-length in 1:53.

Keith Pippi owns the Ontario-bred Angus Hall-Tavelin Lavec gelding who won for the 23rd time in his career while building up $435,009 bankroll. Modern Family held on for second. Awsome Valley and Tony Morgan closed well to finish third.

In a $15,500 Winners-Over trot, Backstreet Hanover made his first appearance at the track a winning one. Eric Carlson drove the Allan Johnson-trained six-year-old Andover Hall-Bye Bye Kerry mare to an impressive 1:54.1 triumph. The win for the David Hamm-owned lass was her third in the last four trips and fourth in her last six starts. A 16-race winner, Backstreet Hanover has now won $290,950 lifetime. Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) was the show finisher.

Pounce Hanover game driver Vic Kirby his fourth victory scoring a 1:54 victory in a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. Kirby also trains the winner for ownership partners Mike Hill and Chris Giaccio. Ideal Revenue (Mike Rossi) closed strongly for second in front of Ashes Cash (Wolfenden). Since the four-year-old altered son of Majestic Son-Playwood Donerail, Pouncer Hanover has come into the Kirby Stable; he has three wins and three seconds in six races.

Former Dover Downs champion Tim Tetrick celebrated getting an OK from his doctor to return driving by watching Line Item, a trotter he owns with trainer Jim King, make the winner's circle in an $11,500 4&5-Year-Old trot after a 1:56 victory.

Vic Kirby led all drivers with four wins, Corey Callahan, Ross Wolfenden, owner-trainer Joe Hundertfund had three winners. Trainer Leigh Raymer had a double.

Special Forces returns in $30,000 Pace

Special Forces beat Rock On Moe by a nose to win last week’s $30,000 Preferred/Handicap pace. They return Thursday along with Nova Artist and Dancin Yankee in the feature. Sunshine Superman and All Stienam are fresh from wins last time and meet in the $27,500 Delaware Special on another top card, on Jan 30 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.

The sport’s 2014 leading driver Corey Callahan will again drive Special Forces for William Robinson, Mike Mallett and Country Club Enterprises who became the first sub 1:50 winner of the year a week ago. JLRL’s Rock On Moe, with George Dennis, overlooked at 17-1 closed to within a nose of victory, while local favorite Nova Artist, is a five-time winner this meet driven by Allan Davis for owners Eddie and Kathy Davis.

The rest of the highly competitive field is made up of Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta’s Adventure Bound and driver Ron Pierce, who must overcome starting from outside post 8, Harry von Knoblauch’s Texican N teamed with Ross Wolfenden. A Cool Card, handled by Trace Tetrick, leaves from the rail for owners Ken Duffy, Shim Racing, Paymaq Racing and Mystical Marker Farms with Trevor Stafford’s Bigtown Hero and Art Stafford, alongside.

Sunshine Superman, owned, trained and driven by Toby Lynch returns after a powerful wire-to-wire win last week in the $28,500 Delaware Special. J,J&M Stable and Green Racing’s All Stienam (Chris Page) steps up after consecutive Open pace wins, while Full Of Sand (Callahan) racing for Brit Evans and Foulk Stables, from post 1 and Robin and Jay Breasure’s People  Are Crazy (Pierce), directly behind in post 9, second tier, were both second-place finishers in their last outings.

The rest of the field is: Heavenly Way’s Jeremy’s Successor (Trace Tetrick), Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool (George Dennis), Max Walton and Greg Papaleo’s Mustang Art (Ron Pierce) and Legacy Racing and Reg Hazzard’s Papa Ray (Ross Wolfenden).

A strong undercard features an $18,000 Open, three $15,000 Winners-Over and a $25,000-$30,000 Claiming Handicap pace on the 15-race program.

by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs


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