Modern Family wins trot feature, Tetrick returns

11:42 AM 06 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Modern Family and driver Daryl Beir win $20,000 trot
DOVER, Del.---- Modern Family disposed of five rivals en route to a 1:54.1 triumph in the $20,000 over a "good" track on Wednesday, Feb. 5 feature at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan had a driving four-bagger but the spotlight belonged to the USHWA 2013 Driver of the Year, Tim Tetrick, who returned to racing following his recent hip surgery and won two races on the program.

Daryl Bier guided Modern Family into the lead at the quarter and led throughout the mile posting his 14 career victory in 39 starts and $283,822 in purses. Bier, Charles Dombeck and Rich Poillucci own the five-year-old Cantab Hall-Domestic Diva horse. Allan Davis driving Enrico AS closed quickly on the outside to take second while veteran Green Day and Vic Kirby hustled along the passing lane for a close-up third.

Trace Tetrick drove two winners and his second came in the $15,000 Winners-Over trot behind Jersey Boy, a Yankee Glide-Atlanta Games gelding, a 1:56.2 winner. Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) came within a head of the winner to finish second. Baximum (Bier) closed for third. Powerful Charger (Tim Tetrick) was fourth. Jersey Boy is trained by Ed Gannon for Dom Costanzo, Yannick Gingras and Dawn Gannon. It was his first win of 2014 in four starts.

11-1 Amiga Valley got up for Montrell Teague's second winning drive. Trained by Brian Wessells for Mike Mammes, the Amigo Hall-Crysta's Chip mare closed along the passing lane to edge Royal Malinda (Ross Wolfenden) in 1:56 to win a $12,500 conditioned trot. Looking Hanover (Ron Pierce) was the show horses.

After driving Haulin Laser to third-place in a $9,000 trot won by brother Trace, after Tim Tetrick reined Powerful Charger to a fourth, Tetrick said, "I was a little rusty, but it won't take long to get back. Tim last raced in December before hip surgery.

$30,000 feature Thursday

A pair of Josh Green-trained pacers, Dancin Yankee and All Stienam. lead the $30,000 Preferred/Handicap and $27,500 Delaware Special headline events on another strong program, Feb. 6 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.

Last Thursday, Dancin Yankee and Chris Page stepped up to win the week’s top pace, his third winner in a row for Baron Racing. Starting from post 8, William Robinson, Mike Mallett and Country Club Enterprises’ Special Forces became the first sub 1:50 winner of the year a week in January will be driven by the sport and meet’s leading driver Corey Callahan. Harry von Knoblauch’s Texican N finished second for Ross Wolfenden while Special Forces had to settle for third after a long overland journey.

Adventure Bound, driven by Ron Pierce for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, has been close all meet long but hasn’t registered a feature-race win since early December. Howard Taylor’s recently acquired GD Airliner has a win, second and a third in his last three outings. Jonathan Roberts will drive him from the rail with JLRL’s Rock On Moe, handled by George Dennis, alongside. Completing the lineup are Ken Duffy, Mystical Marker Farms, Shim and Paymaq racing’s A Cool Card with Trace Tetrick and Trevor Stafford’s Bigtown Hero and Art Stafford Jr.

A pair of recent $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap winners, Heavenly Way’s Jeremy’s Successor (Daryl Bier) and Sunshine Superman, owned, trained and driven by Toby Lynch, leave from outside posts in the co-feature. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo’s Mustang Art (Ron Pierce) gets a better post this week.

The program favorite is J,J&M Stable and Green Racing’s All Stienam (Chris Page), a second-place finisher last week after two consecutive Open wins. The rest of the competitive field is made up by Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool (George Dennis), Robin and Jay Breasure’s People Are Crazy (Vic Kirby), and Ed Gannon’s Artists Rally (Trace Tetrick).

Ken Wood and Minisink Farms’ Just Bettor, last week’s winner, lead nine to post in the $18,000 Open, four $15,000

Winners-Over and two $25,000 Claiming paces are also on the 15-race program.

 by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs


 

 

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