Day At The Track

Morgan wins five, Tetrick four

02:25 PM 05 Apr 2017 NZST
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DOVER, Del.--- Logan's Girl won her second $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old preliminary paces while 40-1 Lunar Phase upset odds-on harness racing  favorite Spanish Dream in the second of four divisions at Dover Downs on Tuesday, April 4. Enhance Your Mind, one of five wins for Tony Morgan, won the $20,000 Mares Open.

JoAnn Looney-King's Logan Girl made it two-in-a-row in DSBF prelims, three straight overall and 10 wins in 12 lifetime starts in her career. Vic Kirby drove the Roddy's Bags Again-All Italian filly to a wire-to-wire 1:54 victory for trainer Jim King. Cashmere Delight (Jim Morand) came out fast for a brief early lead before Logan's Girl took over. The $167,840 lifetime winner was followed by Cashmere Delight and Westwind Roddylee (Tim Tetrick).

Lunar Phase raced from behind with Art Stafford Jr. as Spanish Dream ( Kirby) led from the start with no early challengers. Stafford moved Lunar Phase from off the pace to move into contention on the final turn. It was a two-horse battle down the lane with Lunar Phase getting up at the wire in 1:53.3, a lifetime mark for the Roddy's Bags Again-Blue Moon Artist bay owned by Stafford and Wyatt Starkey. It was her first win this year in her third start. I Won Them Both (Montrell Teague) closed well to finish third.

Tony Morgan won the first of his five-bagger in the third $20,000 DSBF section steering Green Valley Training's A Lady Sizzling home in 1:54.1 to best Renegade Hussie (Allan Davis) and So many Friends (George Dennis).Race favorite Lillisbagsrpacked (Kirby) finished fourth.

Bad Mama was good for Montrell Teague chalking up a 1:55 triumph in the final $20,000 DSBF filly pace. Owned by George Teague, the Clyde Francis conditioned daughter of Badlands Nitro-Mom's Bella won her second straight prelim and third in four races this campaign. Diva Demands (Corey Callahan) was a strong second in front of Giga Spin (Davis).

The top eight point-getters after the two prelim divisions return next Tuesday for a $100,000 DSBF Final.

On the regular program, owner-trainer Bryan Truitt's got back in the winner's column overtaking pace-setting Apple Bottom Jeans (Teague) in a :27.4 final quarter head-to-head 1:51 duel. The victory was the third of five for Tony Morgan. Barbara's Shadow (Kirby) stepped up in class and was third.

Morgan drove In The Shadows to a 1:52.4 lifetime fastest score in the $15,500 4&5-Tear-Old Mares pace. Dismissal (Callahan) the race favorite was second with Barefoot Julie (George Dennis) the show finisher.

Tony Morgan, had five wins, Tim Tetrick, four, trainer Jim King and JoAnn Looney-King had doubles.


Spoonful and Luv Is Blind, winners of the Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 1st leg prelims duel in the first of two 2nd leg three-year-old fillies trotting divisions  in the first of two trotting divisions on Wednesday, April 5 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m.

Jim Morand driving Spoonful, who completed her freshman season winning the DSBF $100,000 final at Dover last November for owners Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing, won last week in 2:00.1. Luv Is Blind was a 2:00 winner of her $20,000 prelim with Vic Kirby piloting the wire-to-wire victory for Steve Moss and Hal and Helene Solomon. Gogh Cinorita, owned by Cinbrew Ent., Chambers, and LBL Hrs Racing, raced well for Ross Wolfenden finishing second in her prelim. After a third last Wednesday, Allen Pullman’s A Chorus Line with Jason Thompson drew the rail with Cliff Green’s Hastag Hope and Art Stafford Jr. alongside. Terry Kibler and trainer Betsy Brown’s Irish Blessing with George Dennis completes the lineup.

The second $20,000 DSBF is more wide-open. Don Marine’s Political Energy (Corey Callahan) missed a win last week, second by a neck. Bob Shahan’s Ohtobetheone (Tony Morgan) was third in his section. The rest of the field includes Emerson, Zack and Dawn Amiss’ Faith On The Hill (Frank Milby) from post 1, Serendipity Stable’s Segway (Dennis), Rodney Mitchell’s Meantrotnjean,(Allan Davis), who last October won the Harrington Raceway $100,000 final, Mist Stable’s Black Magic Mist (Stafford Jr.) and Willow Mill Stable’s Willow Mill Anna with Gordon Barrett.

Starting next Monday, the DSBF Three-Year-Old division reach the $100,000 final stage. After two prelim legs with the top eight point-getters matching strides for the big money. Monday features male trotters, Tuesday Filly pacers, Wednesday, Filly trotters and on closing day, Thursday, Male pacers.

On this Wednesday’s regular mostly trotting card, the $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Handicap trot is the feature race. Celebrity Pegasus (Stafford Jr.), a winner last week and of three of his last four starts, has post 8 with Tom Dillon’s Hollywood Highway (Callahan) second last week, to his inside. Bluebird Reverend (Montrell Teague) has been racing well for Dennis, Johannsen, Case and trainer Bobby Reeder. Earl’s Speeder (Kirby), Bobby Glassmeyer’s Streamalong (Jonathan Roberts) has won his last two. The other challengers are Iron Mine Branch’s By And By Hanover (Morgan), Steve Meltzer and Medinah Racing’s Marley’s Guy (Tetrick) and Don Marie’s Lucky Ten K (Ross Wolfenden).

In the $12,000 Trot, Market Share (Tetrick), the 2012 Hambletonian winner has raced all five of his 2017 starts at Dover for owners Richard Gutnick, Bill Augustine and TLP Stable takes on Tirade Hanover (Kirby), himself a $767-thousand winner, Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stables’ I’m So Striking (Eddie Dennis) in the seven horse field.

Weekday post time for Monday through Thursday racing is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. The 2016-2017 meet comes to an end next Thursday, April 13.

Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant’s acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight.

Marv Bachrad

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