Brandon Henley, the youngest harness racing driver at the track age 19, drove 'When Two Fools Met' to victory in 1:55.4 to win the Saturday afternoon $13,500 3,4 & 5-Year-Old Filly and Mare pace on a light rainy, Feb. 23 at Dover Downs.
Racing in the middle of the nine-horse field, Henley pulled his four-year-old-Heather's Halo mare up to challenge then sped past the leaders and opened up an un-catchable lead in the stretch on the way to his second straight victory. Henley also owns When Two Fools Met, trained by Garey Jump.
It was Henley's second win at Dover Downs this meet. Race favorite American Ginger (Vic Kirby) had road trouble and finally was able to close for second. OK Destiny (Allan Davis) was the show finisher.
A 14-1 shot, trainer Jim and Cynthia McGuire's He's Unbelievable won the secondary feature, a $10,500 Male 3,4&5-Year-Old pace with a 1:55.1 performance. A homebred altered son of-Blazin Bayou, the five-year-old scored his second win in his last four outings. Intervention (Jeff Fout) finished second with Terror On My Side (Vic Kirby) third. Tony Morgan drove four winners, Ross Wolfenden had a triple and trainer Tim Crissman and Crissman Inc. had two winners.
Jeremy's Successor heads the Sunday co-feature $11,000 Male pace while Ashes N Dust and Braden tangle in a $20,000 Male Claiming pace on the afternoon card.
Saturday and Sunday post time is 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Simulcasting of leading harness and thoroughbred racing is featured daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Reservations are suggested for those wishing to dine in the Winner's Circle Restaurant. Call 302/674-4600.
by Marv BACHRAD