Day At The Track

Green gets a Valentine's Day feature double

03:11 AM 15 Feb 2013 NZDT
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Shopping With Art Summer Camp Dancin Yankee
Shopping With Art - remains unbeaten in 2013
Summer Camp - brings up a feature double for Josh Green
Dancin Yankee - winning the $35,000 preffered

A pair of Josh Green-trainees swept the Valentine 's Day double feature paces at the Dover Downs harness racing meeting on Thursday, Feb. 14 when Dancin Yankee won the $35,000 Preferred and Summer Camp was winner of the $23,000 Open.

Dancin Yankee made his first February start a winning one when Corey Callahan reined a 1:51.4 victory holding off a strong stretch challenge from the Allan Davis-driven Stolen Car with a :27.3 final panel. It was only the second start for Dancin Yankee in a month since his last win on Jan. 17.Bob Briley, Richard Lombardo and Baron Racing own the five-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest who has won $43,750 this year and $458,912 lifetime. Stolen Car held second with Adventure Bound and Jim Morand third. Malak Uswaad N was a pre-race scratch.

Trainer Green's Summer Camp required a difference way to win. Jon Roberts ranged Summer Camp alongside race-favorite Mainland Key N (Eric Carlson) at the three-quarters and the duo battled head-to-head around the final turn and through most of the stretch before Sumer Camp could get his head in front for a 1:51 win, his second in his last three starts. Baron Racing and VIP Internet Stable own the Rocknroll Hanover-Roman Art gelding. Beavercreek Artist (Ron Pierce) came on for third. The classy Summer Camp won for the 35th time in his career while earning $429,150.

Shopping With Art continued unbeaten in 2013 ringing up his fifth straight success, a 1:51.4 victory, in one of two $16,500 4&5-Year-Old pace. Its Rock N Roll (Brad Hanners) gave him all he wanted in the stretch but had to settle for second. Perma Grin (Ron Pierce) was the third finisher. Daryl Bier owns, trains and drives Shopping With Art a lightly raced Art Major-Precious Shopper gelding who now has won seven of 11 career races, only once farther back than third.

Frank Milby drove Irwin Samelman's Wild Shot Hanover to victory in 1:52.2 in the other $16,500 section for young horses. An altered son of Dragon Again-Western Duel, Wild Shot Hanover was chased home by Winsmith Syd (Ron Pierce), second and Stonebridge Comet (Tony Morgan, third.

In the first of two $16,500 Male Winners-Over paces, Jim Baucher's Paco Labrook won his first of the meet when trainer-driver Brad Hanners took the Panspacificflight-Presidential Payne gelding right to the front and never-looked-back en route to a 1:51.4 triumph. Swingisthething A (George Dennis) was runner-up. Vegas Rusty (Corey Callahan) took show honors.

The other division witnessed 10-1 shot Shark Ingested score his second straight victory for driver Jim Morand and Nanticoke Racing, a 1:50.3 lifetime best clocking. Polaris N (Vic Kirby) was a game second. Southwestern Dream (Daryl Bier) was third. Shark Ingested is a Cam's Card Shark-Simple Gesture gelding winner of $21,660 this year and $183,012 in his career.

David McCaffrey's Smooth Transition, a Yankee Skyscraper-Miss Bootsy gelding, came through with a victory in a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old pace, one of driver Corey Callahan's wins. Sweet Jon (Vic Kirby) finished second in front of Last Shot Leeton (Eric Carlson).

Two drivers had four wins each, Ron Pierce, who also won both ends of the daily double, and Corey Callahan. Trainer Michelle King haltered two winners.

No live racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday racing begins at 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m.

There is no charge for parking or for admission at Dover Downs. Simulcasting of leading harness and thoroughbred racing from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant, call 302-674-4600.

by Marv BACHRAD

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