Day At The Track

Victory for Gordon Barrett trainee

06:31 PM 06 Apr 2017 NZST
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Willow Mill Anna Spoonful Hollywood Highway
Willow Mill Anna
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Spoonful
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Hollywood Highway
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DOVER, Del.--- Breeder, owner, trainer Gordon Barrett put Donnie Long in the bike to drive Willow Mill Anna and the combination clicked for a 2:02.3 triumph in the first of two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd leg Three-Year-Old Filly Trot preliminaries with Spoonful notching a 2:00.2 victory in the second division. Hollywood Highway won the $15,000 trot on the Wednesday, April 5 harness racing card at Dover Downs. For the second straight card, Tim Tetrick drove four winners.

Long left with Willow Mill Anna and began her front-end journey to the finish line reducing her lifetime speed record to 2:02.3. Faith On The Hill (Tim Tetrick) left from post 1 and sat behind the leader all the way. Black Magic Mist (Art Stafford Jr.) fought off Ohtobetheone (Tony Morgan) to finish third.

Jim Morand took Spoonful right to the lead and never looked back for his second straight $20,000 DSBF prelim win. Owned by Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing and trained by Les Givens, the Political Briefing-Sanctions filly won for the sixth time in her career banking $124,512. Luv Is Blind (Vic Kirby), another prelim winner last week, challenged the winner heading to the final turn but had to settle for a second-place finish. Gogh Cinorita (Ross Wolfenden) was the show finisher.

Next Wednesday the top eight point-getters after the two prelim divisions return for the $100,000 DSBF Championship Final.

Tom Dillon's Hollywood Highway streaked away to get the lead for Corey Callahan and fought off Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.) on the backstretch and pulled away in the lane for a 1:53.2 lifetime record in the $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot winning for the fourth time in seven starts this meet. It was the Muscle Massive-LA Freeway gelding's seventh career win pushing his total to $197,1 44. Marley's Guy (Tetrick) took third.

Tim Tetrick had a second-straight four win day. Corey Callahan, Tony Morgan and Ross Wolfenden won two races each.

FOUR $20,000 DSBF SOPH PRELIMS; $30,000 PREFERRED, $27,500 DEL SPECIAL THURSDAY 

The last four $20,000 1st leg preliminary Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Male Paces plus a $30,000 Preferred Handicap and a $27,500 Delaware Special headline a standout April 6 card  at Dover Downs. First Post is 4:30 p.m.

One of the most sought off DSBF prelims lead off the program. Two top George Teague-owned sophomores will match strides in the first race. Henry The Dragon, driven by Jim Morand, a 1:52 winner in last week’s prelim takes on lightly raced Daiymir with Montrell Teague, who startled with a wire-to-wire 1:52.4 in his first pari-mutuel start. Also in the event are Forrest Bartlett’s Art Of Fire handled by Vic Kirby, from the rail, with Cavalli Pazzi Stable’s Casino Director and Vince Copeland, alongside. Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis’ Unbroken Vision, second last week for Corey Callahan and Brian Wright’s Pop’s Romeo with Jason Green completing the strong line-up.

In the second $20,000 division, Dan Keeler’s James Isaac (Tony Morgan) drew post 1. River’s Crest (Art Stafford Jr.), a prelim winner last week, Brenda Teague’s Kaaya (Morand), George Teague’s Whispering Witch (M.Teague), Leigh Louthan’s Suspinder and Shawn Hanley’s Takeittotheface (Ross Wolfenden) are contenders.

Only Money and Jason Skinner’s Bags To Riches (Tim Tetrick), winner of last November’s  $100,000 DSBF Final, heads to third $20,000 DSBF prelim. Among his opponents are two George Teague-bred geldings, Rat Tail (Tetrick) and Daylen (M.Teague). Speedy Hallie’s Comet (Pat Lachance), KDK Almost Cut My Hair (Kirby), Olivias Grand Slam (Morand) and Tommy N Dakota Stable’s Painter’s Edge (Stafford Jr.) from the rail fill out the field.

A pair of Clyde Francis-trained George Teague-breds head the fourth and final $20,000 DSBF prelim. Stay In Your Place (M.Teague) drew post 2 for Teague and K&R Racing while Ain’t It Fun (Morand) starts from post 6. Automatic Dragon (Kirby), a winner last week for Tina and Brian Clark, Wake Up And Go (Callahan) owned by Charles Winbrow and Jimmy Lunn, leaves from the rail. Ron Davis’ Giddy On Down (Wolfenden) and Sharon White, L.J.Paglierani and Legacy Racing’s B’s Yankee are the other participants. 

Crissman and Niss Allen’s recent purchase, super sharp, Major Uptrend (Morgan) is the one to beat in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap while driver Art Stafford Jr. and his father Art Stafford’s Blazing Bobby Sox, and Dan Marine and Brent Hall’s Emeritus Maximus (Yannick Gingras) drew the outside posts in the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap.

The Dover Downs’ 2016-2017 season comes to a close next week with a $100,000 DSBF final headlining each day.

Monday through Thursday live racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are ‘dark days’ at the track. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600.

Marv Bachrad

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