Only the photo-finish camera could separate the first three finishers in the $30,000 Preferred/Open Handicap pace, with Summer Camp holding on for a 1:51.2 victory on Monday, Feb. 6 at Dover Downs.
Matt Kakaley with two wins now two away from 2,000 lifetime.
Summer Camp took the lead on the final turn then had to hold on for ‘dear life’ as Southwestern Dream and Tim Tetrick made up a ton of ground in the stretch and Delivered From Zin and Corey Callahan stormed down the lane in a :28 final panel. David Miller drove Summer Camp, a-Roman Art gelding, to his second ‘Preferred’ win in four weeks for Baron Racing and VIP Internet Stable. The post change from #8 to #2 helped Southwestern Dream while Delivered From Zin continues to show his ability.
Ise The By Boy has come back to top form in the $23,000 Open pace. Ron Pierce guided the-Prince Lee Fiesta gelding trained by Eric Ell for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta to his second straight victory annexing a 1:51.1 decision. Arctic Warrior (David Miller) was a strong second. Fancyfreeshark (Jon Roberts) led early and held on for third.
Six-year-old Jolt remains unbeaten since being claimed early this year by trainer Johnny Waite. The altered son of-Merciful Maddie made it four straight turning back seven rivals in a field of eight starters in a $16,500 Male Winners-Over pace. McMurray Hanover (Corey Callahan) was next in front of Rusty’s All In (Ron Pierce). Beignet was scratched.
Meet leader Corey Callahan drove Putnams Art to a 1:53.3 decision in a $16,500 4&5-Year-Old pace. Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis own the four-year-old gelding by Southwind Balsam-Raisin Ruckus to his first win of the year. The Pan Flamingo (Matt Kakaley) was runner-up with McElodian (George Dennis) the show finisher.
In another $16,500 event for younger male horses, after two near-miss second –place finishes, High Joltage turned it on in deep stretch to score a 1:53 triumph for trainer Ben Stafford and former Phila. Flyers’ stalwart Rick MacLeish. A four-year-old sired by-Mattdonna, it was the pacers first win of 2012. Bestinthebussiness (Tim Tetrick) and Colossal Cruiser (Ron Pierce) were second and third respectively.
Joe Colosi’s Funny Deacon gave trainer Joe Hundertrpfund a second win in 1:52.3 to win a second $16,500 Male Pace win. The Full Of Fun-Precious Sarah gelding outlasted strong closer Eagle All (Ross Wolfenden) in the final strides. Art Off Illusion (Art Stafford Jr.) was a game third.
In a $30,000-$40,000 Claiming/Handicap pace, Segundo Hanover gave trainer Josh Green and driver David Miller three wins each as the-Sparkling Hanover gelding received a front-end drive to victory. Fissato (Art Brennan) was second with Ooh Dear Sam (Tony Morgan) the third-place finisher.
Matt Kakaley had a pair of wins, needing two more, to become the youngest driver to reach 2,000 wins. Ross Wolfenden and trainer Joe Hunterpfund also collaborated for two wins.
I’m Won Wine Wiser looks for a fifth straight victory in the $23,000 Mare Open/Handicap pace, the Tuesday feature race.
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