Adventure Bound won the $30,000 Preferred Open Handicap in 1:49.2 on a fast Wednesday card at Dover Downs.
The day's biggest feature race was named, "In Support of Anthony Coletta,” for the driver now hospitalized following a horrendous racing accident three weeks ago.
Ron Pierce barreled away from post 6 with Adventure Bound to take the lead and then fought off several challenges before reaching the winner's circle in a lifetime fastest 1:49.2. It was his second win in last four outings; the preceding two were seconds by a nose. Race favorite Nova Artist closed strongly for Allan Davis after being locked in until the passing lane. Sunshine Superman and Jason Lynch picked up third money.
Following the race, the Dover Downs horsemen fraternity came to the winner's circle to salute Coletta. The banner will be sent to Coletta at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania where the horseman is a patient.
Rage N Ryan, driven by track leading driver Corey Callahan chalked up a personal best 1:50.3 success in a $17,500 pace. Mark Weaver, Mike Bruscemi and Burke Racing own the 4-year-old altered son of Allamerican Native-Southwind Wesley. Lindwood Player (Trace Tetrick) was a close-up second with Framed Art (Art Stafford Jr.) the show horse.
JLRL's Rock On Moe got up in 1:50.4 for Allan Davis to take the $15,500 winners-over pace. The Rocknroll Hanover-Armbro Maureen gelding was followed by Feel Like A Fool (George Dennis). Beavercreek Artist (Pierce) was third.
Pierce, driving Max Walton and Greg Papaleo's Mustang Art, an Artsplace-Paula Seelster gelding, had little trouble romping home in 1:50.3 to take a $12,000 pace. Veteran Three Of Spades (Jonathan Roberts) came home quickly for second in front of Dreamfair Kovu (Jim Morand), third.
Jeremes General gave Davis another win in a $15,000 winners-over pace. It also marked a double for trainer Eric Ell and owners Steve Iaquinta and Bill Dittmar. Bret McFarvelous (Montrell Teague) and SB Mikes Hot Beach (Mike Rossi) were second and third, repectively. (Dover Downs)