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07:04 PM 04 Mar 2016 NZDT
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Bushwacker
Preferred pacer standout, Bushwacker, continues to be the richest horse in the sport earning $74,700 with five wins in nine races
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Delaware harness racing is in the spotlight at the U.S.Harness Writers Association’s (USHWA) annual  “Night of Champions’ Awards-Dinner in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.,saluting the outstanding individual and horse standouts,  the Dan Patch Award winners, of the 2015 season. First state horses and horsemen walk off with many of the major honors. World champion Wiggle It Jiggleit is top award winner, named Horse of the Year, as well as Pacer of the Year and 3-Year-Old Pacer of 2015. George Teague is Owner of the Year, his driver Montrell Teague is “Rising Star’ Award winner. JoAnn Looney-King is winner of USHW‘s ‘Good Guy’ Award. World champion JL Cruze is Trotter of the Year. 

Last Wednesday, Wiggle It Jiggleit  make his 4-year-old debut in a qualifying race at Dover Downs. He finished third but is set to return this Wednesday at 10 a.m. for a second qualifying race. Qualifying races are just that, it only shows speed, it doesn’t count on its record. This week regular driver Montrell Teague will be back to drive.

Early 2016 season Preferred pacer standout, Bushwacker, continues to be the richest horse in the sport earning $74,700 with five wins in nine races. Bushwacker takes off  from this Monday’ $36,000 Preferred pace. Mustang Art, second  in money won with $64,050, leads a select field of six including Doctor Butch, returning Phil Your Boots and fast Atta Boy Dan, in the week’s top pace of the week.   

Rocknroll Jewell’s longest win streak at the track ended at six straight on Monday (2/22) finishing second. Filly pacer Westluckycam won her fifth in-a-row on Tuesday (2/16), a win that ended a three-win streak for Mystery Writer. Meanwhile, Northern Rocknroll, recorded her fifth consecutive victory and sixth in her last seven races. The 3-race win streaks by True Blue Hall and Lew’s Maverick, both came to an end on the 2/22 program.  

Blazing Bobby Sox racked up his seventh win of the meet (2/29). On Monday he will be tested in the 8th race.

Doctor McSwing is still the track’s richest maiden pacers.  the money-making five-year-old is still looking for his first lifetime win  after finished third for the fourth straight race. The well-bred pacer races in a $9,500 Delaware pace on Monday in the 3rd race. While winning $61,936 in his career, Doctor McSwing has yet to win a race in 68 starts. Hi lifetime record shows  68 races,15-times finishing second and 12- times third. Doctor McSwing races again  Monday from post 8 in the 3rd race.

Driver Corey Callahan continues en route to his seventh-straight track’s dash win crown; Callahan with 146  wins has a big lead over second-place, Allan Davis with 104 wins. Tony Morgan ranks third with 97 winners, Ross Wolfenden, is fourth with 91 winners. George Dennis completes the Top 5 with 87 wins.

Dylan Davis is also nearing a three-peat as the track’s Leading Trainer . Davis has trained 59 winners.  Jim King is second with 41 wins. Wayne Givens is in third place with 35, while Kevin Lare has moved into a fourth place haltering 29 winners with Josh Green and Kevin Lare tied for fifth with 29 wins.

PHIL YOUR BOOTS RETURNS IN 36,000 PREFERRED MONDAY

Phil Your Boots, a 1.49.1 winner in his last local appearance in mid-December, returns in this week's $36,000 Preferred/Handicap pace on Monday, March 7 at Dover Downs., Mustang Art, Doctor Butch and another returnee, Atta Boy Dan are among the select six starters in the feature race. The program features a standout undercard. Post time is 4:30 p.m.

Trainer Andrew Harris has replaced last week's 1:49.2 winner Lucan Hanover, with another stable standout, Lou Frascella's Phil Your Boots teamed with Tim Tetrick, Atta Boy Dan, driven by Andrew McCarthy, also posted a late 2015 sub-1:50 victory for owners Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing, at Dover Downs, negotiating the five-eighth mile oval in 1:49.4. Among the regulars in the week's top race is the fast Max Walton and Greg Papaleo owned Mustang Art handled by Sean Bier. He has three wins already this year good for the second highest purse-earnings thus far in 2016. .

Stepping up to the top pace is Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta's had-hitting Adventure Bound reined by Art Stafford Jr. starting from the rail after a big win last week. G.P.Calloway, Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing's Sweet Rock and Allan Davis leave from post 2. Not to be overlooked in this field is Ken Jacobs'$1-million winner, Doctor Butch, steered by Tony Morgan.

On the undercard is an $18,500 Male pace. In one of two $17,000 paces, Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt (Tetrick) and Wood, Dittmar, Iaquinta's Soto (Ross Wolfenden square off. Also there are two $16,000 4&5-Year-Old Male paces, three $14,500 paces.

Doctor McSwing makes his 69th career start in the 3rd race. The five-year-old pacer owned by Allan Pullman, Barry Glickstein and Eddie Davis, is still looking for his first win ever. He has been second 15 times and third 12 times including his last four races. A winner of nearly $62,000 lifetime, he's a longshot from post 8 this time.

Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark days.

At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts, daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600.

Marv Bachrad

 

 

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