Day At The Track

Slick Tony takes Preferred Pace

12:44 PM 10 Jan 2020 NZDT
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Slick Tony, harness racing Little Ben, harness racing
Slick Tony (#2) splits horses to win at Dover Downs
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Little Ben (#4) wins the Blue Hen Special
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Slick Tony avenged his earlier defeat by Wiggle It Jiggleit last week and won the Preferred Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night.

Rockin M protected the rail and cut all the fractions of :26.2, :55.1 and 1:22.3 to the three-quarters.

Slick Tony and driver Ross Wolfenden was first to pull, expecting to find cover from Wiggle It Jiggleit and Montrell Teague. Teague chose to remain on the rail. 

Slick Tony, was then forced to continue his journey first up and coverless. Slick Tony seems to live on the outside. Last week he was parked the entire mile in finishing second.

Slick Tony continued to launch his bid, attacking the pacesetter Rockin M through a 27.2 third quarter.

Quality Bud became the benefactor, as he paced second over behind Slick Tony.

 At the ⅞ pole, Wiggle It Jiggleit shook loose and Quality Bud mounted his charge.  However, they were both outfought by Slick Tony.

Slick Tony won by a neck as the second choice  in 1:50.2 for trainer and owner George Leager.  

 

Wiggle It Jiggleit,  the race favorite, finished a fast closing 2nd for trainer Clyde Francis and driver Montrell Teague.

Quality Bud finished a game 3rd for trainer Andrew Harris and driver Victor Kirby.

Trainer Jim King Jr. and driver Tim Tetrick each captured 4 wins on the race card.

Little Ben got up in the final strides and captured the Blue Hen Open Pace.

Sicily and driver Victor Kirby, left quickly but allowed Blazing Bobby Sox and driver Art Stafford Jr. to settle on the lead at the quarter in 26.4.  Victor Kirby retook the lead in front of the stands and was joined by Little Ben nearing the half in 55.2.  At that point, both horses paced as a team and drew away from the field reaching the ¾ station in 121.4.  They paced a 27.2 third.  Little Ben raced on the outside and had the lead but not the rail as Sicily continued to dig in.

Little Ben was able to finally wear down Sicily,  the 6/5  race favorite, in the deep stretch.

Little Ben won by a neck in 1:50.4 for owner Joanne Looney- King and her husband trainer Jim King Jr.  Tim Tetrick was in the bike. Little Ben paid $8.60 to win.

 

Sicly and driver Victor Kirby for trainer Wayne Givens gained the place spot.

Silver Fox J driven by Mike Cole sat 5th on the rail and finished third for trainer Joe Columbo.

 
by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

 

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