Day At The Track

McArdles Lightning comes up big

11:59 PM 03 Mar 2017 NZDT
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DOVER, Del.--- McArdles Lightning came up big in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap as John Campbell reined a 1:50.2 harness racing triumph at Dover Downs on Thursday, March 2.

With six of the seven starters in the week's top pace owning career records lower than 1:50 and three of his rivals fresh from victories in their most recent outings, McArdles Lightning came to the outside and rushed up the backstretch to challenge front-pacing Always At My Place (Yannick Gingras) around the final turn and then pull away with Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick) and Missle J (Jonathan Roberts) right behind and closing fast, but not quick enough to catch McArdles Lightning and Campbell in 1:50.3. The feature-race win was the first in two starts this year for McArdles Lightning, a five-year-old trained by Steve Elliott for owner Lightning Stable. It was the McArdle-Winning Venture ridgling's 17th career win and $374,426 bankroll. Wakizashi Hanover edged Missile J for second money ending a four-race win streak by Missile J.

In the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap, Emeritus Maximus has emerged as the biggest surprise of the meet. Yannick Gingras took to the outside after the half and rolled from mid-pack to overtake leader Seventh Secret (George Dennis) reaching the final turn and then pulled away to an impressive 1:50.3 victory. Captive Audience (Tetrick) was runner-up with Mustang Art (Campbell) the show horse.

Emeritus Maximus, a son of Rocknroll Hanover-Eternity's Delight, was claimed in mid-January for $15,000 and since has won four times stepping up the ladder to the Delaware Special ranks. He has won for his new owners $46,895 in purses including a 1:50 win last week. This was his 20th in his career and brings the seven-year-old to $456,375 lifetime.

Delaware-bred Remember Me VK was the longshot in the $20,000 Open pace. The Art Director-All Memory gelding owned by Sharon Wyatt, breeders Robin West and Ron Barton was a 13-1 shot but moving from an outside post to post 2 was helpful. Montrell Teague zoomed Remember Me VK three wide after the three-quarters to snatch the lead and then had just enough to nip fast-finishing Nike Franco N (Tetrick) by a nose in 1:51.3. The loss was the first in the U.S. for the New Zealand standout who had won all four of her starts on this side of the Pacific. Star Messenger (Art Stafford Jr.) continues to impress. Claimed in late December for $20,000 by trainer Gary Ewing, the three-time 2017 wining gelding was a strong third.

In other undercard happening, Mildred Ventriglio's Major Uptrend made it two wins-in-a-row scoring a 1:50.1 decision for Tony Morgan, racing for $15,500. --- Brit Evans' Denslow Hanover gave Allan Davis a double in 1:52 in another $15,500 event --- Bret Brittingham drove Betty Brittingham's Tip It On Back to his third victory in his last four starts in a $15,000 pace.

A tote delay in mid program took more than a half-hour before being rectified.

Corey Callahan, Vic Kirby, Allan Davis and trainer Dylan Davis had two wins apiece.

Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant and its acclaimed Buffet. . For reservations, call 302-674-4600.

Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing is available in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book, from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight daily.

Marv Bachrad


 

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