Believe This Bob stormed past Nova Artist in deep stretch to win this week's $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap in a lifetime best 1:50.1 clocking on a beautiful first day of spring on Thursday at Dover Downs.
Tim Tetrick took Jeremy's Successor into an early lead only to succumb to a strong challenge from the Allan Davis-driven Nova Artist at the three quarters. Believe This Bob had followed Nova Artist on the outside and was able to find room second as Jeremey's Successor faltered. On the turn for home Montrell Teague urged Believe This Bob alongside and then on to a 1:50.1 victory in the week's top pace. Mary Ann Larrimore owns Believe This Bob, now trained by Joe Skowyra, It was the first win of the year in three starts for the Beach Romeo-Believe That Gal gelding who won for the 17th time raising his career earnings to $166,236. All Stienam, driven by Ross Wolfenden finished third.
Tetrick, who combined with track leading trainer Dylan Davis for a perfect three-for-three, won the sub-feature $17,500 Open Handicap with Lindwood Player in another career best clocking of 1:50.3. Mike Casalino, who had two of those winners, and trainer Davis, own The Panderosa-Driect Player 5 year old, now a four-time winner this meet. His earnings stand at $48,855 this year and 237,024 lifetime. Wahine (Jim Morand) was runner-up with Mr. Dennis (Wolfenden) the show horse.
Summer Camp got up in 1:50.2 to win the $15,500 winners-over pace with Ron Pierce at the controls. Baron Racing owns the Rocknroll Hanover-Roman Art gelding who posted his third win of the year in six starts for $31,900 in 2014 and 513,610 lifetime.
In a $10,000 DSBF Three-Year-Old Colt pace prelim, Elite Awards warmed up for the $20,000 first leg next week disposing of six foes easily in 1:54.3. George Dennis drove the Karen Walls Powerful Toy-Silk Slip gelding trained by Dave Rearic. It was Elite Awards' first start of the year. His record is now seven wins in eight races winning $104,225. Bobbies Power Play (Bryan Truitt) was second in front of Powerful Fella (Wolfenden).
The race local fans were waiting for came in the 15th when Ideal American, a winner of five in a row, met heralded Fire In The Belly in s $13,500 pace. As might be expected, Fire In The Belly, handled by Trace Tetrick, and Ideal American, with George Dennis, raced side by side approaching the finish line, Ideal American broke stride, and had to accept second place. In the 1:51.2 mile. Tom Kemp owns Fire In The Belly trained by Jim King. There was no show wagering. (Dover Downs)