Day At The Track

Mister Virgin one to beat

10:59 AM 24 Feb 2018 NZDT
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DOVER, Del... When live harness racing returns on Monday (2/26) at Dover Downs, Mister Virgin, a winner of six of his last eight races including a 1:50.3 front-end win last week, is again the one to beat in the feature, a $17,500 Claiming pace. Post time is 4:30

Claimed twice during his recent lengthy six-race win streak, Ron Davis claimed the eight-year-old gelding in late January. After finishing out-of-the-money in a step-up to $25,000, he returned to $17,500 ranks last week and won convincingly with Tony Morgan driving for trainer Brooks Gray. Among the challengers in the seven-horse field is owner-trainer Dylan Davis' Cashendash Hanover second last week after two-wins in-a-row with driver Tim Tetrick. John Dickens, Kathleen Mofield and KDK Standardbreds' Lew's Maverick and pilot Montrell Teague steps up in price after a 1:50.4 win last time.

Arty Foster III an Wanda May Saulsbury's Hide Me Away and Russell Foster has been second and third in his last five outings. Corey Callahan drive's trainer Bobby Rice's I Belong With You for owner .Joanna Callahan. Frankandjoanne, owned by trainer- driver Steve Nason and Tom Bradford drew post 1 while Bamond Racing's Midnite Pass and Tim Tetrick leaves from outside post 7.

Brenda Teague's Sheez On A Cruze (M.Teague) is the favorite in the top trot after a 1:56 win from post 8. The sakes seasoned four-year-old battles My Big Kadillac, owned, trained and driven by Vince Copeland's My Big Kadillac,. Hannah's Charm (Tetrick) and Leigh Raymer, Steve Moss and Stacy Stafford's fast Super Fly (Art Stafford Jr.) among the opposition.

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With temperatures dropping to the 40s after two days in the 70s, Super Imposed N won a cavalry charge to the wire in 1:50.1 to win the $27,500 Preferred/Open pace on a chilly, drizzling Thursday (2/2). Sweet Rock got up in 1:50.4 in a $14,000 Winners-Over while Tim Tetrick had a four bagger and Corey Callahan won three.---Callahan drove Super Imposed N, a Jereme’s Jet-Madam Superior gelding to his third win in his last four 2018 races closing strongly to edge Sicily in the photo with Christen Me N  third. Pace-setter Major Uptrend who led turning for home was fourth. For Sicily, it was the third consecutive close second-place finish and fourth time as runner-up this meet along with three fast wins in nine starts.---In the prior race, Vic Kirby drove Sweet Rock between horses to post a 1:50.4 decision in a $14,000 Winners-Over pace. Little Ben, who took the early lead held on for second with Silver Fox J third.---Cyclone Kiwi N, the king of the meet’s top claimers, did it again. With Corey Callahan at the controls, the Jereme’s Jet-Another Kiwi gelding won  for the sixth time for three different owners. Claimed in his previous three outings. Cyclone Kiwi N led the 1:52.2 mile.--- Tetrick won his third of four races taking Dialamara to A !:52 triumph in his first start for new owner-trainer Gary Ewing who claimed him last time out. He won a $25,000-$30,000 Claiming pace.---Tetrick had four wins, Callahan, three, Vic Kirby won two while trainers Wayne Givens, Josh Green and owner-trainer Dylan Davis also had doubles.

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DURING THE WEEK; Mister Virgin got back to his winning ways on Monday (2/19) taking the President’s Day $17,500 feature pace in 1:50.3 with Tony Morgan driving. After running up a half-dozen consecutive wins at the start of the meet, Mister Virgin was claimed in mid-January and then the week after. He was moved up to the $25,000 ranks without success, He then returned to the $17,500 level again. where he returned to the winner’s circle.---For the second time in three starts, Wayne Long driving Nice Stuff came from off the pace from fourth to score another longshot victory, This time he won at 15-1 to after a similar victory at 18-1 on Jan. 22. ---Tony Morgan and Montrell Teague had driving doubles.

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After breaking stride at the start of last week’s $25,000 Open Handicap trot and come back to finish third. This week Theresademoninme rebounded to score an impressive 1:53 wire-to-wire victory in the feature on Tuesday (2/20) to give driver Jonathan Roberts, trainer and co-owner Dylan Davis one of three training wins and an owner double for the day. Theresademoninme notched his second win of 2018 and 25th lifetime raising his bankroll to $381,078 lifetime. Cutting out the fast fractions of :26.2 quarter; :55.2 half; 1:23.4 three quarters pulling away to victory.--- Davis-trained Honor And Serve teamed with Corey Callahan for a 1:53.3 triumph in a $13,000 Winners-Over trot, Davis’ first training win came with LMC Mass Gem who overpowered seven rivals in 1;53.3 with Callahan driving. ---The biggest payoff of the day came when Big Walls, a 36-shot with Montrell Teague in the bike came four-wide from way back to roll home with his first win of the campaign in 1:54.1---.Dylan Davis had three training wins, two owner wins while Corey Callahan had three winning drives;, Jonathan Roberts, Allan Davis, Russell Foster and trainer Kyle Moore had two wins each.

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On Tuesday (2/20), temperatures in the 70s set the stage for fast races headed by Bettorhaveanother scoring the fastest clocking for a female pacer this year, 1:50.3, to win the $25,000 Mares Open notching her third straight victory.----  A 10-1 shot, Bad Lightning (Roberts) overtook front-pacing Stormtracker (Tim Tetrick) nearing the wire in 1:51.3 to win the $17,000 Mares sub-feature.--- Corner Table was  the longshot on the card. Off at 37-1, Art Stafford Jr. drove her first win of the year to a new lifetime record of 1:52.1.--- Tony Morgan had a triple, Roberts, Stafford and Montrell Teague had two wins apiece.

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This meet’s Leading Trainer contest continues full steam with seven-time defending champion Corey Callahan holding a 1-win lead. One-time champ Tim Tetrick is second in the 2017-2018 stats, 111-110. Tony Morgan is third with 100 wins. Vic Kirby is fourth with 67 and Art Stafford Jr., fifth, with 66 wins.

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Defending champion Dylan Davis has taken over first-place, among trainers with 29 wins, Jim King is second with 27. Wayne Givens is third with 26 wins. Mike Hall has 25 winners and Josh Green, 24, are fourth and fifth respectively.

Marv Bachrad

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