When two trotters with a winning resume met at Dover Downs on a chilly Wednesday, Anders Bluestone came out victorious in posting a 1:54 triumph in the week's top trot, the $23,000 Open Handicap.
Green Day put a three-race win streak on the line while Anders Bluestone made his first appearance since consecutive early November wins at the track. Driver Ross Wolfenden took no prisoners on the way to Anders Bluestone's 37th lifetime victory.
Humanitarian Ken Wood, currently in West Africa digging wells in Ghana and Tanzania, and Bill Dittmar, own the now 7-year-old handsome son of Yankee Glide-Annette Hanover conditioned by Eric Ell, now on the verge of becoming a $1-million winner with $986,025 in earnings. Gurf closed strongly from far back to finish second in front of early leader Green Day and Corey Callahan.
In the $16,500 winners-over trot sub-feature, Daryl Bier drove Richard Pollucci's Sun Of A Victory, an altered son of Victory Sam-Well Connected, into an early lead and never was contested on the way to a 1:55.2 victory, his 29th career trip to the winner's circle. Kodak Lindy (Montrell Teague) came on to take second edging Mandabra (Callahan).
Can Do, did it, getting up for Vic Kirby to win a $13,500 trot in a lifetime-best 1:55.1. Chris Giaccio and Kirby own the recently acquired Cantab Hall-Meadowbranch Queen gelding. Joyeux Dream (Callahan) was next with Wonder Buns (Jim Morand) third.
Eric Carlson took the lead with Trojan Horse in another $13,500 trot to win his second straight turning back seven rivals in 1:55.4 for meet-leading trainer Mike Hall of the Doug Lewis Stable. The Muscles Yankee-Shops For Dresses gelding is owned by Dave Sheib, Claim To Fame and the Kaplans. Allmar Surprise (Kirby) was runner-up with Outlaw (Callahan) the show finisher.
Tony Morgan led all drivers with three wins, Vic Kirby, Allan Davis, Vince Copeland and trainers Wayne Givens and Bobby Clark had two wins each. (Dover Downs)