Day At The Track

Dover Downs action this Monday

04:54 PM 01 Apr 2017 NZDT
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Moonshine Lavec Master Clave
Moonshine Lavec
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Master Clave
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DOVER, Del...The second week of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Male preliminary trots top the Monday, April 3 harness racing  card at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.

Master Clave and Moonshine Lavec were impressive winners in their DSBF 1st leg prelims and drew into separate divisions this week. Ben Brooks' Master Clave made a misstep just before the starting gate opened last Monday but driver Ross Wolfenden got the John Wilkerson trainee quickly trotting and had the lead just past the opening quarter pole. He finished the mile with as 29.3 final panel to ensure victory. Master Kingpin closed for owner-trainer Tom O.Lail and Art Stafford Jr. for second with Pam Wagner's Kirby In Command with Jay Moyer third.

This time, Crosby, owned by breeders-owners Linda MacDonald and Susan Durham, upset winner last November of the DSBF sophomore final, joins the first $20,000 foray. George Dennis drove Crosby to a second-place finish in last week's second division. The other contenders are Jane Dunavent's Dusty Fool, with trainer-driver Carlo Poliseno and Top Feature, reined by Corey Callahan for John Swart, leaves from the rail.

Moonshine Lavec, trained by Erika Paradee who owns with Francisca Munoz and Chrissy Bier, with Sean Bier in the bike, are leading contenders in the second $20,000 DSBF prelim. Rodney Mitchell's Jiggs, trained by Leigh Raymer with Vic Kirby finished third last week. Redneck Red, driven by Jay Moyer, did not race last week and starts from post 2.

The balance of the field includes Winbak Farm's Command The Fire with Jeff Fout at the controls, Jane Dunavant's homebred Yagot A Winner and trainer-driver Carlo Poliseno and King In Command gets the rail again, piloted by Jim Morand for owners Pam Wagner and Syl King.

Next Monday, the top eight point-getters after two prelim legs return for the first of four DSBF $100,000 finals during the week. Tuesday, the DSBF 2nd leg $20,000 prelims and the $20,000 Mares Open pace are the spotlight events. On Wednesday, $20,000 DSBF Filly trotters and a $20,000 Open trot head the program, and this Thursday, the DSBF Male pacers and a $30,000 Preferred pace are the headliners.

During the final week of Dover Downs meet, each day will feature a DSBF $100,000 final along with presentation of the Leading Driver, Leading Trainer and Horse of the Meet honors.

Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission at Dover Downs. Reservations are suggested for the acclaimed Winner's Circle Buffet Restaurant and those planning a stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600.

Marv Bachrad

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