Nova Artist ground out a lifetime fastest 1:49.3 victory on a speedy Monday harness racing card, March 12 at Dover Downs. On a Spring-like day with fast horses taking advantage of the near-perfect weather conditions on a lightning fast surface, a number of the races flirted with 1:50 clockings with Fancyfreeshark, a 1:49.2 victor and Nova Artist's 1:49.3, the quickest.
Allan Davis guided Nova Artist to a grinding trip outside to overtake Mainland Key N and Tim Tetrick and then held off Ise The By Boy and Ron Pierce, following the winner’s cover, in his first sub-1:50 mile. Jolt, who briefly took the early lead, came on to finish third in the week’s feature pacing event.
Owned by the Delaware Valley’s leading driver, now retired, Eddie Davis and his wife Kathy, Nova Artist is an all-Davis family horse. Sons, Allan are his regular driver, and Martin is trainer. Nova Artist won for the fourth time this year in 10 starts with three thirds banking $77,000 and $510,947 lifetime.
The race before Tim Tetrick drove Fancyfreeshark to a new record of 1:49.2 for owner-trainer Bobby Glassmeyer. It was the second straight score for the five-year-old son of-Fancy Art. With three wins and three thirds in nine races, Fancyfreeshark is off to his best start recording $48,530 earnings in 2012 and $189,990 in his career. Samandar (Ron Pierce) was a close second in front of Catchmecullen A (Tim Curtin).
Among other fast events: Bill DeLodovico and Bib Roberts’ Three Of Spades, a former Horse of the Meet, registered a 1:50.2 victory in a $15,500 Male pace; both Save Me A Place, with Corey Callahan in the bike for Niel Gargiulo and Legacy Racing in a $19,500 Male Winners-Over pace along with Sunshine Superman driven by owner, trainer Toby Lynch in a $12,000 Male pace, stopped the timer at 1:50.4.
Chasing Paper and Josh Green’s Big Bad Eli won a $16,000 Male pace in 1:51.2 while Ron Mersky’s Bubbie Boy with Daryl Bier chalked up a 1:52.3 decision in a $19,500 4&5-Year-Old pace.
Meet leader Tim Tetrick drove three winners, Ron Pierce and Ross Wolfenden had two wins apiece.
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