Youth took a back seat in the 36,000 Preferred pace when 11-year-old New Zealand-expatriate Bondy N scored a 1:50.4 harness racing victory, meanwhile Higher And Higher set a track record for a female pacer and Ron Pierce struck paydirt with six winning drives to highlight the Monday, April 2 program at Dover Downs.
Bondy N, who crossed the Pacific less than five months ago, posted his fifth victory in 10 races this year out-first out-closing Custard The Dragon, the held on to beat Samadar and Corey Callahan in deep stretch with last week’s winner Special T Rocks, piloted by Daryl Bier, settling for third in the week’s top event.
With all nine of his starts in the money in top class races, Harry von Knoblauch’s Peter Tritton-conditioned Bondy N, in only his 65th start, Down Under and in the U.S.A., posted his 28th lifetime victory. The altered son of-Killarney has won $71,760 of his $658,026 career earnings this meet. Samandar was followed by Special T Rocks at the wire with Nova Artist (Allan Davis) coming on for fourth.
Higher And Higher wasted on time to take the lead and Daryl Bier was passenger the rest of the way in a track record 1:49.1 victory in the $27,500 Open Mare pace. It was the second record this meet for the-Pro Bowl Best mare.
She equaled the 1:49.2 world record at four last November and this time set a new personal and track record for a female pacer. Bier, Glenn DelRusso and Charles Dombeck own the $117,987 winner this year and $875,246 lifetime. Feel Like A Fool (Montrell Teague) stalked the winner from the start and held on for second. High Joltage (Ben Stafford Jr.) was the show finisher.
Dirty Devil was at the top of his game turning in a 1:50.4 win, equaling his lifetime best, winning the $19,500 Male Winners-Over pace, one of Ron Pierce’s multiple wins. Bob Rice trains the-Ms. Eyes And Thighs gelding for Mike Horn, Alexander Rice and Charles Bonham. An 18-1 Chilli NZ (George Dennis) was runner-up with Shakearosa (Tim Tetrick) taking third money.
Owner-trainer Don Leager’s Bad Man Sam chalked up a 1:52.2 success in another $19,500 edition for 4&5-Year-Old pacers. Corey Callahan steered the-Greenspring Jenny gelding to his first win of the year. Colossal Cruiser (Ron Pierce) was a game second. Remus Blue Chip (Montrell Teague) took third.
George Dennis drove The Wiz Kids Stable’s Warrawee Monarch, trained by Bartous, along the passing lane to catch front-pacing Jeremy’s Successor (Sean Bier) in deep stretch to win a $19,000 Male Winners-Over pace. Three Of Spades (Ron Pierce) was parked out for a half mile and held on for third.
Flying Instructor won the fastest $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) sophomore colt pace outdistancing seven rivals in 1:52.3 to win the first of three 2nd leg preliminaries. Tim Tetrick drove the-Daylon Flyer colt to his fourth straight and second consecutive 2012 win and seventh of his career. Niel Gargiulo, Louie Paglierani, Legacy Racing of Del. and Nanticoke Racing own the winner trained by Wayne Givens. Sambad (Brad Hanners) and I’m Luck Again (Ron Pierce) were second and third respectively.
Ron Pierce led off the card driving Al Moor and J&E Stable’s–Coho Salmon gelding, trained by Janet Davis, to an easy 1:54 win in a DSBF prelim. Bail Money (Ben Stafford Jr.) nipped Chizzled In Stone (George Dennis) for second.
A third-sired three-year-old, whose dam is Sprite Flyte, won the third $20,000 DSBF prelim when Tim Tetrick guided Pushintheenvelope, co-owner by trainer John Wagner and Winbak Farm to his first win of the season in 1:54.4. Capers And Lemons (Allan Davis) finished second in front of Celtic Pride (Roger Plante).
In addition to Pierce’s six wins, Tetrick won three and Corey Callahan two combining for 11 of the 15 races.
A $27,500 Mares Open pace, A $19,000 Mares Winners-Over pace, an $18,500 4&5-Year-Old pace and a $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Filly and Mares pace along with three $20,000 DSBF filly paces headline the Tuesday Dover Downs card.
Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on both Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday post time is 1 p.m. For those dining at the track, the Winner’s Circle Restaurant now features an excellent buffet dinner.
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