Day At The Track

Janet Stevenson Davis Fund underway at Dover

08:00 PM 17 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Dover has set up a Janet Stevenson Davis Fund
Bestofthebunch and Ron Pierce win in the snow at Dover Downs
DOVER, Del. ---- One of the most giving people in harness racing, Janet Davis, who has championed numerous charity causes in recent years and was winner of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's Service to Youth award last month at the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) 'Night of Champions' dinner, has run into some bad luck and now needs help herself.

Last week, the Davis' van transporting two of their horses back from training at Dover Downs crashed when the van driver blacked out at the wheel. Although the driver was not seriously hurt, one of the horses died and the other was seriously hurt. The truck and trailer were seriously damaged, creating a devastating financial setback for the Davises. The horse that died- Kamwood Warrior N- owned by Janet's father, horseman Bob Stevenson, was lost in the accident. The other horse, pacer Devil's Embrace N, shattered his jaw and is being treated at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center.

Thus far, the bills have added up to around $6,000. In addition, Janet and husband, Eddie Davis Jr., must now buy a new truck. The insurance money will not come close to covering the costs.

Mrs. Davis founded a Christmas Holiday Fundraiser in Delaware annually for kids who would not have a holiday otherwise.

A fund has been set up to help Janet Davis. Donations can be sent to: Horseman's Welfare Trust Fund - DSOA - 830 Walker Square, Suite 11-2, Dover, DE 19904

Bestofthebunch is much the best at Dover

Bestofthebunch and Leyden, both three-year-olds, scored lifetime-fastest victories in co-feature events for young horses amid a light snow- shower on Sunday, March 16 at Dover Downs.

Veteran Ron Pierce rushed Bestofthebunch out from post 8 to get the lead and lead eight followers on the way to a lifetime record 1:53.3 victory in the first of the Delaware $9,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Male paces. Trish Foulk trains the Artistic Fella-Terina’s Best gelding that has now won three races with two seconds in five 2014 starts for owner Foulk Stables. Public Enemy (Ross Wolfenden) closed from the back to finish second edging Sounds Like Sam (Trace Tetrick).

Leyden, an altered son of Quik Pulse Mindale-Staying Power, bred, owned and trained by William Moffett, also lowered his personal record, scoring a come-from-behind 1:54.2 success in the other dash for young pacers. Thetruthaboutdavid (Montrell Teague) led until the closing strides and finished second. Martz Creek Perry (Pierce) came on for show money.    

A pair of sophomores sired by Total Truth gave trainer Ben Stafford and Ben Stafford Jr. an early double. Ucanthandlethetruth, bred and co-owned by Only Money Inc. and partner Joel and Diane Halpern, led off the card. Joel Halpern bred and owns the other winner, A True Smerk, who won her seasonal debut in 1:58.3.

Joan Hamstead’s homebred Fast Back Eddie was the longshot of the day. Off at 21-1, Jim Morand drove the John Wilkerson trainee to a new record, 1:55.3 win.  

Three drivers had two wins apiece, Ron Pierce, Ben Stafford Jr., and Ross Wolfenden who drove two winners for trainer Joe Hundertpfund. 

Spend It All mades 2014 debut at Dover Monday

Spend It All, who dominated the filly and mare ranks early in the meet winning five of six starts, returns for her four-year-old debut on the St. Patrick’s Day card, Monday, in the $20,000 Mares Open pace, March 17 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.

A late developing filly, Spend It All and driver Jim Morand quickly stepped up through the ranks for trainer Les Givens and owners Steve Head and Brooke Givens. She finished her sophomore season winning 16 earning $134,290. Her rivals include the fast front-pacing Jeremes Sweetheart, piloted by Hall of Famer Ron Pierce for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. Fast-finishing Alexachase, owned by Kimberley and trainer Johnny Waite with Brett Brittingham in the bike; Ross Wolfenden will drive Paradise Lost for owner-trainer Bob Winkelman.

Last week, Rich Lombardo, Dave Kryway and Seafood Delight Stable’s Cooking The Books, cut out the early pace for Allan Davis before tiring in deep stretch. Ash LaRue, and George Dennis, leaves from the rail. Vic Kirby reins Mike Horn and Alexander Rice Sr. highly competitive Gottaseeaboutagirl and Jeff Gesik and 

Alvin Stafford’s Thundernlightning with Ben Stafford Jr. completes the field

A pair of $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Mares Winners-Over paces top the undercard. In the first section, race 7, Don Reed and trainer George Wagner’s tough Grandview Hanover (George Dennis), Tim Hundertpfund’s JK Cheerleader (Wolfenden), a winner of two of her last three, and Keith Pippi’s All Terror (Pierce) from post 8 head  eight contenders.

In the second $134,500 edition, McArma, a winner of five of her last six outings, makes her first start in nearly a month for owner, trainer, driver Ross Wolfenden..

Another multiple winner is Foulk Stables’ Pacific Wine (Pierce) and program choice owner, trainer Dylan Davis’ Caviart Cara (Jonathan Roberts), an impressive winner last week.

by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

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