Karen Walls' Elite Awards, winner of the $100,000 freshman final last November at Harrington, will be driven byin the first $20,000 division, Diane and Joel Halpern's West Star Director and Jr. and Mike Gannon's By A Noggin, handled by Vic Kirby, head the opposition.
drives Cavalli Pazzi Stables' Casino Bags Carlo, in the second DSBF event against Joan Hamstead's fast homebred Lewiebyalength and . Virginia Louthan bred, owns and trains Go Big Spender, with at the controls takes on Winbak Farm's Hawker and along with Vernon Cannon and trainer 's Art Retreat ( ) in the third $20,000 section.
The top eight point-getters after the two prelim rounds return for the $100,000 finals all next weekdays.
In the $33,000 Delaware Special, Eddie and Kathy Davis' Nova Artist () and Mary Ann Larrimore's Believe This Bob (Pierce) renew their rivalry in a hard-hitting field of six starters. Included in the cast are John Dayton's impressive Just A Jolt ( ), four-time winner this meet, All Stienam (Callahan) racing for Green Racing and JJ&M Stable. Kovach Stable's Feel Like A Fool (G. Dennis) and Mike Horn and Bobby Rice Sr.'s Dirty Devil ( ) complete the line-up.
A top group of pacing events highlight a strong undercard on the next-to-last Thursday program of the meet.
Undefeated I Like My Boss wins again
I Like My Boss made it six wins in six career starts all in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) events, Toolbox and a 15-1 shot Streets Of Gold won $20,000 2nd leg Filly Trot preliminaries on Wednesday, April 2 at Dover Downs.
Unlike in last week’s prelim, I Love My Boss came from behind to keep his all-win record in tack scoring a 1:56 triumph in his $20,000 division. Jonathan Roberts was content to race fourth at the half and then moved out slowly to finally catch front-trotting Bosston BNZ on the final turn. The duo raced side-by-side halfway down the lane before the Don Boss Vita-Wild One gelding pulled away to the win. Trainer Bobby Shahan, Jimmy and Angela Parsons owned the lifetime winner of $95,000. Whichwayrightrleft (Ross Wolfenden) made up for an unexpected misstep last week, to finish third.
Gateway Stable’s unheralded Streets Of Gold picked up his best paycheck of a nine-race career taking a 2:01.2 upset in the other $20,000 DSBF soph trot. Eddie Davis Jr. piloted the longshot Linbo-Royalty Rates brown gelding to his first win besting AJ Commander (Wolfenden), finishing second. Goodtwogreat (Corey Callahan) took third. Race Favorite Briefs Or Boxers (Carlo Poliseno) broke stride at the start and then again after catching the field on the backstretch and finished out-of-the-money.
Toolbox, driven by Bill Long-longtime Ocean Downs leading driver-escaped from being locked in fourth on the backstretch, finding room on the last turn and then roared four-wide down the lane to notch a 1:58.3 victory in his second start of the year for owner Crawford Rayne. An alter son of Giant Hit –NV Gemma, Toolbox was followed by My Boy Charlie (Roger Plante) and early leader Winbak Charles M (Jeff Fout).
The top eight-pointers in each of the four sophomore sections return next week for $100,000 finals, Monday through meet closing day Thursday, April 10.
On the non-stakes card, for the second straight week Enrico AS disposed of seven rival coming from off the pace to win the $18,000 Winners-Over trot in 1:54.1. Ron Pierce drove the Eric Ell-trained Allstar Hall-Caspian chestnut gelding to her third win of 2014 for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. Guiltywithanexcuse (Daryl Bier) closed along the inside for second. I’m So Striking (Eddie Dennis) edged early leader Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) for show honors.
Barbara Boese’s Awsome Valley equaled the fastest trotting time of the meet in one of two $14,500 sub-features. Tony Morgan steered the Valley Victor-Nannina Ambrosio gelding home wire-to-wire in 1:53. Earlier in the meet, Traverse Seelster won in that time. Looking Hanover (Kirby) and Royal Malinda (Wolfenden) were second and third.
Beaver Creek Farm’s He Belongs Here, an Angus Hall-Flying Dove gelding, with Ron Pierce driving won the other $14,500 trot for 4&5-Year-Olds in 1:55.2. Dribble Drive (G.Dennis) was second in front of Zoli (Kirby).
Ross Wolfenden, Vic Kirby and Tony Morgan drove two winners each.by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs