Day At The Track

Smoother Ride beats older rivals at Dover

03:00 AM 22 Nov 2013 NZDT
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Smoother Ride and driver Ross Wolfenden
Awesome Valley and driver Tony Morgan
Jersey Boy and driver Corey Callahan

DOVER, Del.--- Smoother Ride, the only three-year-old in the field, closed strongly to win the $20,000 Open Handicap trot on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Dover Downs.

Green Day (Trace Tetrick) cut out the mile while shaking off opposition, Ross Wolfenden waited until the stretch before gunning Smoother Ride on to catch to leader in the closing strides for a 1:54.3 victory in the week's top trot. Steve Elliott trains and co-owns the Yankee Glide-Mazda Hanover colt with Angelo Frassetto Estate. The victory puts Smoother Ride into six figures this year earning $109,397 with proceeds of his third win of 2013. Green Day held on for second while Spunky Jack (Roger Plante), a winner last week, takes third this time.

Earlier, Barbara Boese's Awsome Valley (Tony Morgan) rolled away from the outside to get the early lead and never was headed in 1:55.1 victory in a $15,000 Winners-Over Handicap trot. I'm So Striking (Eddie Dennis) closed along the inside to take second. Photo Maxx (George Dennis) was third. The win for the Valley Victor-Nannina Ambrosio four-year-old gelding was his eighth of the season good for $88,992 earnings.

In a $15,000 trot for 3,4&5-year-olds, Jersey Boy closed with a rush for Corey Callahan for a 1:55.3 triumph. Ed Gannon Jr. conditions the four-year-old altered son of Yankee Glide-Atlanta Games who responded with his sixth success of the season. Dawn Gannon, Yannick Gingras and Dom Costanzo own the winner. Gwally (Vic Kirby) was runner-up. Lock Tight (George Dennis) was the show finisher.

The $15,000-$20,000 Claiming Handicap trot was all Up Front Ben, who notched his 10th win in 11 tries this year scoring his sixth win in-a-row in 1:54.4 giving Tony Morgan his third win of the night. The brown son of Andover Hall-Sounds Swell horse is owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. Do It For Annie (Vic Kirby) closed to finish second in front of Ringside Muscles (Corey Callahan).

Last week, 72-year-old driver Walt Layfield Jr. was overlooked at 61-1 driving David Banks' All Gold to victory. This time believers made him race favorite as the veteran driver raced parked out the mile and still won in a lifetime best 1:52.2 to win a $9,000 Male pace as the Tell All-Full Of Gold sophomore gelding won for the third time in 10 startsProudly Yours (Eddie Davis Jr.) and On The Horizon (Vic Kirby) were second and third respectively.

Tony Morgan had four winners, Trace Tetrick scored with two to lead all drivers.

Nova Artist shoots for his Third Straight feature win in the $30,000 Preferred/Open, the Thursday feature race.
Dover Downs weekday racing starts at 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. There is no live harness is dark on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m.

There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Reservations are suggested for dining in the 4-Star Winner's Circle restaurant. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations.


by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs

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