Awsome Valley dictated the fractions on the way to a wire-to-wire 1:56.2 victory in the $20,000 Open/Handicap Trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday.
Tony Morgan took Awsome Valley into the early lead and strolled to the half in a pedestrian :59.1 before turning on the burners en route to a 1:56.2 success holding off Enrico AS and Allan Davis who challenged the winner on the backstretch to the finish line. The win was the first in 2014 after the mile last week to lose by a head.
The Barbara Boese Revocable Trust owns the Valley Victor-Nannina Ambrosio gelding trained by Ryan McInnis. The victory put Awsome Valley into $206,583 territory with 19 wins. For the second straight Wednesday, Mandabra and Corey Callahan raced strongly only to finish third again.
I'm So Striking, a Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stable homebred, usually races from behind, but this time, trainer-driver Eddie Dennis put the So Striking-Ringside Kate gelding on the front end and he stayed there for a 1:55.3 score in the $15,000 Winners-Over trot sub-feature. Can Do (Vic Kirby) rushed down the lane to take second in front of Musclelanious (Callahan).
After a win last time, Picard was overlooked at 6-1 and came through with a 1:55.1 decision in a $14,500 Winners-Over trot. Callahan was in the bike for Bonuccelli Racing and his dad, trainer Nick Callahan. Picard is an altered son of SJ's Caviar-Tasha Yar. Six Gun Hall (Davis) had the lead until a few steps to the finish line and had to take second. Amiga Valley (Montrell Teague) was the show horse.
On a card with several longshots, Color Me Royal was the biggest. Tyler Davis, a 21-year-old son of Allan and grandson of Eddie Davis, scored his third win of the meet guiding Alesha Carrow's 32-1 shot Color Me Royal home in 1:58.2 to win a $9,000 trot. The RC Royalty-Watsu 4 year old held off Bold Strike (Art Stafford Jr. at the wire. Cash The Check (Vic Kirby) was third. (Dover Downs)