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Ashes Cash pays off as favorite in Dover trot

11:59 AM 20 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Ashes Cash and driver Ross Wolfenden
Baximum and driver Daryl Bier
George Dennis drives Ideal Revenue to victory
DOVER, Del.----. Ashes Cash won the $20,000 Open trot over a track labeled "good' on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at Dover Downs.

Ross Wolfenden drove Ashes Cash for trainer Leigh Raymer of the Tyler Raymer Stable to his second win in a row and third in his last three races chalking up a 1:55 score in the week's top trot. A career winner of 17 races in 32 starts, the Vito Cucci-owned Cash Hall-Ashameg four-year-old gelding won easily. Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) closed well and made a misstep in his final steps and finished second. Mandabra (Corey Callahan) took third money.

Baximum finally made the winner's circle in his sixth 2014 start. The Cantab Hall-Bax Machine gelding, trained by Bobby Clark, had been close in recent races. After starting from the outside, Daryl Bier worked his way into challenging position and closed strongly to overtake front-trotting Looking Hanover (Ron Pierce) in the late going to notch a 1:54.4 triumph. Amiga Valley (Montrell Teague) finished third for the second straight start.

After consecutive second-place finishes, Ideal Revenue made the winner's circle with a 1:56.4 victory with George Dennis in the bike. Trainer Jim Atkinson owns the Revenue S-New Ideal gelding with his wife Carol. Six Gun Hall (Allan Davis) was placed second and Jailhouse Juice (Toby Lynch) placed third after Picard (Callahan), who was second to the finish line, made a lapped-on break nearing the wire.

The win was one of two for the Atkinsons. Their Brite Jet scored a 39-1 surprise with Allan Davis driving, to win a $6,000 Mares pace. .

Trace Tetrick, Ron Pierce, Allan Davis, George Dennis, Corey Callahan and trainers Josh Green and Leigh Raymer of the Tyler Raymer Stable had two wins each.

$27,000 Delaware Special at Dover Thursday

Mustang Art and Feel Like A Fool, both second in last week starts, head the $27,500 Delaware Special on a strong program on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.

Since acquiring in 2012, Max Walton and Greg Papaleo’s Mustang Art and driver Ron Pierce has been successful racing in Delaware and Pennsylvania including two wins this season twice was second in this event in his last start.  Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool, a purchase last November at Harrisburg has been racing well for George Dennis and was second in last week’s edition.

Jim Morand drove Dreamfair Kovu to a 17-1 upset last week while Brit Evans and Foulk Stable’s Full Of Sand, third last time leaves from the rail with Corey Callahan. Heavenly Way’s Jeremy’s Successor teamed with Sean Bier and Robin and Jay Breasure’s People Are Crazy, handled by Vic Kirby, complete the starting lineup.

Lindwood Player (Callahan), owned by Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis, carries a two-straight win streak into the $17,500 4&&5-Year-Old Open pace. Jim Behrendt’s Ice Scraper (Roger Plante) has been impressive in his starts since arriving from Balmoral Park. Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi’s Rage M Ryan, (Ross Wolfenden) is program favorite. JL Benson’s Mr. Dennis (Ron Pierce) drew the rail. Irwin Samelman’s Delaware Hanover (Frank Milby) has won twice already this year, and Jeremes General (Allan Davis) racing for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta should benefit from a better starting post.

by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

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