Matt Kakaley became the youngest harness racing driver to win 2,000 races, while Ise The By Boy made it three in a row while Nova Artist got back into the winner's circle in two $30,000 feature paces at Dover Downs today (Monday, Feb. 13).
It did not take Matt Kakaley long to become, at age 23, the youngest driver in harness history to win 2,000 races. Kakaley handling Howard Taylor’s We The People won the 1st race of the day. The former record-holder, Tim Tetrick, was 24 at the time.
Ron Pierce drove Ise The Boy Boy to his first victory in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap. After scoring in a Winners-Over two weeks ago and an Open last Monday, Ise The By Boy picked up a lifetime record 1:50.3 besting Mainland Key N, driven by Tim Tetrick and fast finishing Delivered From Zin with Corey Callahan. Eric Ell conditions the-Price Lee Fiesta gelding for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta.
After racing on the outside from after the half, Nova Artist chopped down front-pacing Cams Art (Tim Tetrick) in the closing strides en route to a 1:50.1 triumph in the $30,000 Delaware Special Handicap. Nova Artist is an all Davis family five-year-old by-Avon Elegant Osborne, owned by Eddie and Kathy Davis, trained and driven by their sons Martin and Allan Davis. The 1:50.1 clocking equals Nova Artist’s career best. Catchmecullen A (Tim Curtin) finished third.
In the $23,000 Open pace. ,meet leading driver Corey Callahan steered Louie Paglierani’s Lou’s Bad Yankee to victory in 1:51.1, win number three in his last four and five of his last seven outings. The-Yankee Vista gelding was chased home by Samandar (Tim Tetrick) and Fancyfreeshark (Jon Roberts), second and third respectively.
There were two $16,500 Winners-Over Male paces. In one, Vic Kirby whipped Winsmith Art out of fifth and outsprinted the leaders to the finish line in 1:50.3. John Wagner trains the-Winsmith Karen gelding owned by Scott Woogen to his second win of the season to go with three seconds in seven outings. Eagle All (Ross Wolfenden) also came home fast for second in front of Rusty’s All In (Ron Pierce).
The other division was won by Joe Colosi’s Village Blast with Ron Pierce at the controls in 1:51.2. The-Black Ice gelding trained by Joe Hunterpfund won for the second time in 2012 with a second and two thirds in his six races. Rusty Skipp (David Miller) took second in front of Dr. Dreamy (Montrell Teague).
The first of two 4&5-Year-Old paces, Jim Morand wins came behind trainer Ed Gannon Jr.’s Don’t Fool With Me in 1:53. Rockin Robert (Ross Wolfenden) closed well for second with Zampano (John MacKinnon) third.
And then in the last race, Big Bad Eli, a-Scarletas Dream gelding, gave meet leading trainer Josh Green his third winner on the program as Ross Wolfenden guided a 1:51.3 win. The Pan Flamingo (Matt Kakaley) was runner-up. Putnams Art (Corey Callahan) was the show horse.
Monday through Thursday, racing begins at 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday post time is now 1 p.m. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant 302-674-4600.