Day At The Track

Winning Mister sets older male track record

02:07 AM 10 Feb 2011 NZDT
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Lolique Winning Mister
Lolique - Scores a 1:56.1 victory in the $16,500 trot
Winning Mister - a 6-year-old son of Angus Hall.

Winning Mister became the fastest older male trotter in Dover Downs harness racing history scoring a 1:53.2 victory in the $26,000 Open trot on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at Dover Downs. For the second straight week, Bob Key's homebred Winning Mister notched an impressive victory in the top trot of the week. Matt Kakaley left from the outside and required a :26.4 opening panel to get the lead.

But that was all that was needed as the Angus Hall-Winning Missbrenda five-year-old held off a bid from Anders Bluestone (Ross Wolfenden) from the top of the lane to the finish line to break the former track record for an older male trotter set by Par One driven to a 1:53.4 win in 2003 by Steve Warrington. The overall track trotting record is 1:52.2 established by Enough Talk with George Brennan in 2008.

The 1:53.2 triumph was the second for driver Matt Kakaley and third in four starts for Winning Mister, now a career winner of $513,344. Anders Bluestone, second, was followed by Photo Maxx (Mike Cole).

In the secondary feature, $16,500 trot, Lolique made the winner’s circle for the first time this year with John Wagner driving a 1:56.1 victory. Lolique took the lead from Spunky Vic (Matt Kakaley) at the quarter and led the rest of the mile. Alcarine (Daryl Bier) hustled out of fifth after the half but could not get to the leader. In the stretch Spunky Vic took the passing lane to finish second beaten a half length. With Alcarine third. Pam Wagner and Scott Woogen own the Tagliabue-Crystal Vic gelding whose bankroll is now $790,740.

General Montgomery stepped up again, this time to the $20,000 claiming price and again front-stepped to a victory in 1:53.4. It was the Pro Bono Best-Sky Yankee gelding’s fifth win in-a-row for owner-trainer Josh Green. Eric Goodell has driven “the General” in all of his consecutive victories. Menno Boy (Eddie Davis Jr.) and Al Ibad Spider (Mike Cole) were second and third respectively.

Corey Callahan, with a four-win night, has moved back into first place in the Leading Trainer standings. Callahan has 145, runner-up Ron Pierce has 142 wins. Matt Kakaley also had a driving double. Meet leading trainer Josh Green, who owns two winners, added two wins bringing his to 60.

Monday through Wednesday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays. Saturday and Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. There is no charge for parking or admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant 302-674-4600.

Marv BACHRAD

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