Open round DSBF prelims at Dover Downs

12:57 PM 27 Mar 2014 NZDT
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I Like My Boss, harness racing Briefs Or Boxers, harness racing Bosston BNZ, harness racing
Undefeated I Like My Boss and driver Jonathan Roberts
Owner/trainer/driver Carlo Poliseno wins with Briefs Or Boxers (#4)
Bosston BNZ and owner/trainer/driver Art Stafford Jr.
DOVER, Del.---- I Like My Boss, Briefs Or Boxers and Bosston BNZ won their 1st leg $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 Three-Year-Old Male Trot preliminaries on Wednesday, March 27 at Dover Downs.

Unbeaten I Like My Boss extended his win streak to five as Jonathan Roberts steered the altered son of Don Boss Vita-Wild One to an easy 2:01.1 victory in the first $20,000 prelim. Jimmy and A.M. Parsons and Bobby Shahan bred and own the winner of two races this year and $85,000 lifetime earnings. Call Me Hal (Vic Kirby) finished second in front of Boo's The Boss (Allan Davis) third.

Owner, trainer, driver Carlo Poliseno and Briefs And Boxers got up in the last step to win the second DSBF prelim edging Winmando (Frank Milby) in 2:01/ LG's Pride (Jim Morand) had the lead in the stretch and held on for third. The victory was the second in nine starts with a second and two thirds for the Political Briefing-Prestigious Roz gelding.

Bosston BNZ made his first start of the year a successful one scoring a 2:00 triumph in the third $20,000 prelim. Art Stafford Jr., who trains, drives and owns the winner with Eli Beiler, now has two wins, three seconds and two thirds in seven lifetime races. Odessa (Kim Vincent) was runner-up with My Boy Charlie (Roger Plante) the show finisher.

DSBF 2nd leg events will be held all next week, with the trotting colts and geldings back next Wednesday. The top eight point-getters after two weeks return for a $100,000 final on April 9.

On the regular program, Enrico AS won for the second time in three weeks coming from behind to notch a career fastest 1:55.1 victory in the $15,500 Winners-Over trot. Hall of Famer Ron Pierce was in the bike for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. Race leader Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) held on for second. Awsome Valley (Tony Morgan) was a close third. A chestnut gelding son of Allstar Hall-Caspian, Enrico AS has earned $34,460 this year and $205,988 lifetime.

Mach Lady, the winningest horse at the meet this year, and Jim Morand, won for the sixth time in seven starts, rolling to a 1:54 victory in a $6,500 Mares pace.

George Dennis led all drivers with three winners. Pierce, with two wins, is currently in third place in the driver standings (115). Allan Davis, fourth in the standings, and Tony Morgan, had doubles.

Emeritus Maximus steps up to the $30,000 Preferred pace meeting Nova Artist and Believe This Bob in the Thursday feature.

Three DSBF pace divisions on Thursday

Three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Male Paces conclude the first of two weeks of preliminaries. Karen Walls’ Elite Awards, with George Dennis, winner of the $100,000 freshman final last November at Harrington, leads the first $20,000 division, Cavalli Pazzi Stables’ Casino Bags Carlo and Vince Copeland, the second, while Virginia Louthan’s Go Big Spender, with Ron Pierce in the third section.

Emeritus Maximus, a high-priced purchase last Winter, brings three wins including his last two straight to the $30,000 Preferred/Handicap on  Thursday, March 20 meeting Nova Artist and Believe This Bob in the feature race at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.

Ron Pierce will drive John Cancelliere’s Emeritus Maximus, a career winner of $315,155 for trainer Tom Cancellieri. Two of the other contenders also won their last starts. Mary Ann Larrimore’s Believe This Bob, driven by Montrell Teague, won last week’s $27,500 Delaware Special while Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis’ Lindwood Player piloted by returnee Corey Callahan, an impressive Open winner. Eddie and Kathy Davis’ Nova Artist and Allan Davis finished second last week. JJ&M Stable and Green Racing’s All Stienam, a four-time feature winner earlier in the meet, will be reined by Ross Wolfenden. The competitive Feel Like A Fool with George Dennis driving for Kovach leaves from the rail.

by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs
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