Day At The Track

Preferred at Dover won from off the pace

01:08 PM 14 Feb 2020 NZDT
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Bettor Memories, harness racing
Bettor Memories and driver Dexter Dunn in prior win
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Bettor Memories wins from off the pace and captured the $32,500 Preferred Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night.

Bo Mach (Corey Callahan) and Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague) sprinted for early race position going to the quarter.

Wiggle It Jiggleit became anxious in the pocket and took the lead away from Bo Mach. The opening quarter was paced in 27.4 over a sloppy track.

Wiggle It Jiggleit was allowed to cut the mile and reached the half in 55.4, a 28 flat quarter.

Down the backstretch Closing Statement marched 1st up.  Kimani N followed 2nd over and Bettor Memories was carried 3rd over as the backfield was in motion and threatening the leader.

Wiggle It Jiggleit continued to lead the field to the three quarters in 1:23.3.

Driver Montrell Teague was asking for more but the champ surrendered the lead at the head of the stretch.

Closing Statement and Yannick Gingras sprinted clear to take a short lead into the stretch.  However, Bettor Memories and Dexter Dunn launched a three wide blast and drew clear of the field to win by a measured  1 ¾ lengths as the favorite at odds of 3/2.

 

Bettor Memories is owned by Gus Dovi and trained by Nifty Norman. Q’s Cruise was a fast closing 2nd for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr. Closing Statement was third. Yannick Gingras was the driver for trainer Mark Harder. Wiggle It Jiggleit finished last.

Proper One was able to repeat and win the $30,000 Blue Hen Open pace.  

It was  Sicily and Proper One  wholeft alertly establishing early race position.

Andrew McCarthy retook the lead with Proper One and paced the quarter in 26.1 over a sloppy track.

Slick Tony rushed up from third and took the lead away from Proper One, who already had been used twice  The half was paced in 54.1. Slick Tony continued to lead down the backstretch.

Late Mail N pulled first over and pressured Slick Tony to the three quarters in 1:22.3 The tandem paced a third quarter in 28.2

Little Ben was in perfect position to pounce as he was 2nd over on the outside.  Sicily was caught inside and was raging with pace as the field turned for home. 

Driver George Napolitano Jr. asked Slick Tony for every ounce of courage in the deep stretch. Proper One showed his toughness after being used a 3rd time in the race. 

Andrew McCarthy found a seam on the inside with Proper One and won by a nose.

 

Proper One won in 1:51.1 and was sent off at odds of 10-1. Proper One, who won back to back weeks, is owned by Louis Tomzak Jr. and trained by Carlo Poliseno.

Slick Tony picked up the place spot, for trainer George Leager. Sicily was loaded with pace but had nowhere to go and finished 3rd.  Victor Kirby drove for trainer Wayne Givens.

Racing resumes at Dover Downs on Monday. Post Time is 4:30 pm.
 
by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs
 
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