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Five winners Wednesday at Dover for Vic Kirby

06:52 PM 06 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Five winners at Dover for Vic Kirby

DOVER, Del.---- Driver Vic Kirby, who won four races on Tuesday, made it five wins this time, including both $15,000 co-feature trots, with Can Do in 1:54.3 and Pounce Hanover in 1:56, at Dover Downs on Wednesday, March 5.

Not only did Kirby have a five-bagger, but he trained both feature race winners as well as owned them with Chris Giaccio. Previously at Rosecroft Raceway, Kirby once won seven races on a card.

The red-hot Kirby had to use Can Do twice early to get the lead and then held off a strong challenge from Awsome Valley (Tony Morgan) to score the Cantab Hall-Meadowbranch Queen gelding’s second win in three races including finishing second by a head last week. Awsome Valley held on for second with Struttin Conway (Ron Pierce) the show horse. The win was Can Do’s second of the year raising his seasonal earnings to $27,490.

Pounce Hanover rang up his third win of the year with two seconds in seven starts winning a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot in 1:56. Mile Hill is also a co-owner of the Majestic Son-Playwood gelding. Kodak Lindy (Montrell Teague) came on to finish second in front of fast finishing Six Gun Hall (Allan Davis).

In addition, Jim Morand had a driving triple while Corey Callahan, owner-trainer Arty Foster and trainer Josh Green had two winners.

Artists Rally heads Delaware Special Thursday

Artists Rally, last week's wire-to-wire winner, and four-time top class winner All Stienam lead a field of nine in the $28,500 Delaware Special/Handicap on Thursday, March 6 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.

Again this time, Artists Rally, with Trace Tetrick driving, drew the rail after scoring a front-pacing victory in last Thursday's feature race. Heavenly Way's Jeremy's Successor and Sean Bier and Kovach Stable's Feel Like A Fool driven by George Dennis, who finished second and third respectively, are back. All Stienam, owned by J,J&M Stable and Green Racing, attempts to bounce back after finishing out of the money a week ago.

Eddie and Kathy Davis' Nova Artist and Allan Davis, also is looking to return to form. Full Of Sand, with Corey Callahan, won this event three starts back. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo's Mustang Art has been a factor with Ron Pierce driving all meet long. Peter Tritton's Malak Uswaad N, handled by Ross Wolfenden, and Robin and Jay Breasure's People Are Crazy, in the hands of Vic Kirby, cannot be overlooked in this field.

In the $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Open handicap, Jim Berndt's Ice Scraper (Roger Plante) and Baron Racing's EZ Noah (A.Davis) dead-heated in last week's edition. They return to meet Joan Dalphon and Elanor Laws' Don't Ya Know (Kirby), a winner last time stepping back up to the Open this week. Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis' Lindwood Player (Corey Callahan) has won three of his last four. A powerful newcomer is John Cancelliere's Emeritus Maximus (Pierce) who raced in the Progress Pace last November.

The other contenders are Jeremes General (Tetrick) racing for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta along with Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing's Wahine (Jim Morand), a winner of two of three and Irwin Samelman's Delaware Hanover (Frank Milby) and complete the lineup.

There is also a strong supporting card.


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