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Tetrick's fourth win of the day behind Il Mago

07:00 PM 15 Dec 2016 NZDT
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DOVER, Del.--- Harness racing Tim Tetrick grabbed the early lead behind Il Mago and was never headed for the second consecutive week scoring his fourth victory of the day, Wednesday, Dec. 14, to win the $21,000 Open trot Handicap at Dover Downs.

Il Mago won for the eighth time this year for CC Racing bringing his seasonal earnings to $112,296 and $673,268 lifetime. The 7-year-old son of Kadabra-Northern Style is trained by Scott DiDomenico. A 99-1 shot from the rail, Tag Up And Go (Bret Brittingham) enjoyed a 2-hole journey to finish second while Winbak Charles M (Montrell Teague) took show money.

Tony Morgan drove his second winner Uva Hanover to a 1:54.1 triumph in the $15,500 Winners Over trot for young horses. The Cantab Hall-Up Front Laura gelding was in charge from the start but had to hold off a strong closing challage from Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.) late in the stretch. Bluebird Reverend (Montrell Teague) was next. Martin Sternberg and Stake Your Claim Stable own the 5-year-old who has earned $91,500 of his lifetime total of $423,284 this year. Go Byem was scratched.

Mike Casalino's Tough Mac got back on the winning trail turning back seven rivals for a 1:54.1 victory in A $12,000 sub feature trot. The Dylan Davis-trainee dropped down from the Open ranks to notch his fourth win of the campaign. Corey Callahan was in the bike behind the Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady black gelding now a $316,399 career winner. Lou Man (Tetrick) was second with Uwantapieceofme (George Dennis) third.

Tim Tetrick won four races, two owned by trainer Jim King and two by CC Racing. Corey Callahan and Tony Morgan had triples while Yannick Gingras had two winners.

$30,000 PREFERRED; $27,500 DEL. SPECIAL THURSDAY BEFORE HOLIDAY BREAK WEEK

A powerhouse 15-race card led by the $30,000 Preferred Handicap and $27,500 Delaware Special highlight racing  on Thursday, Dec. 15, the last racing day before the usual weeklong Holiday Break at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.

Last week’s winner Bamond Racing and J&T Silva Stables’ Ideal Cowboy reined by Tim Tetrick starts from outside post 8 in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap. Weaver Bruscemi, Burke Racing and M1 stables Bettor’s Edge driven by Yannick Gingras finished second with Tom Cancelliere’s Sweet Beach, third with Montrell Teague in the bike.

There is plenty of speed in the lineup. Rich Lombardo and L&J Racing’s $1.5-million winner Dancin Yankee driven by track defending champion Corey Callahan,  and back after a short turn-out Henderson Farms’ Bushwacker with Ross Wollfenden, who was an early season standout at Dover. Completing the Preferred roster are the sharp Papa Ray, owned by Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing, Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis’ Jet Airway and Jonathan Roberts with Vapour N and Pat Berry leaving from the rail for J Craparolla & P Berry Racing.

In the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap, Little Ben is the one to beat. Owned by Janet Hudson’s and JoAnn Looney-King, Vic Kirby has driven the gelding to victory in four of his last five starts in the track’s top events. The fast Mustang Art gets the rail this week with driver Sean Bier. The veteran, owned by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo, has been in rare form of late. Alongside is the fast Delaware-bred Remember Me VK with Montrell Teague.

Driver George&Tina Dennis Racing’s Seventh Secret was impressive last week in his first local start missing victory by only a nose with George Dennis driving. Hazzard, Calloway and Legacy Racing’s Sweet Rock and Allan Davis and Blazing Bobby Sox racing for trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. and his dad, Art Stafford, cannot be overlooked.    

A strong undercard includes an $18,000 Open, a $15,500 and two $15,000 paces.

Racing takes a full-week-off at Dover Downs, next week. Live Racing returns on Monday, Dec. 26.

From Dover Downs and its horsemen, have a Merry Christmas.   Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting daily 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs.

Marv Bachrad

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