Traverse Seelster had to take the long route on the way to his second straight $20,000 Open/Handicap Trot win on a chilly Wednesday at Dover Downs.
Corey Callahan pulled Traverse Seelster to the outside in front of the grandstand and steadily moved on the outside chasing the leader, Modern Family and Daryl Bier, who had a big lead heading to the final turn. Callahan was able to duck in second for a short stretch before coming out to challenge Modern Family in a stretch duel which resulted in Traverse Seelster getting up to win by a half length in 1:53.
Keith Pippi owns the Ontario-bred Angus Hall-Tavelin Lavec gelding who won for the 23rd time in his career while building up $435,009 bankroll. Modern Family held on for second. Awsome Valley and Tony Morgan closed well to finish third.
In a $15,500 winners-over trot, Backstreet Hanover made his first appearance at the track a winning one. Eric Carlson drove the Allan Johnson-trained 6-year-old Andover Hall-Bye Bye Kerry mare to an impressive 1:54.1 triumph. The win for the David Hamm-owned lass was her third in the last four trips and fourth in her last six starts. A 16-race winner, Backstreet Hanover has now won $290,950 lifetime. Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) was the show finisher.
Pounce Hanover game driver Vic Kirby his fourth victory scoring a 1:54 victory in a $15,000 winners-over trot. Kirby also trains the winner for ownership partners Mike Hill and Chris Giaccio. Ideal Revenue (Mike Rossi) closed strongly for second in front of Ashes Cash (Wolfenden). Since the four-year-old altered son of Majestic Son-Playwood Donerail, Pouncer Hanover has come into the Kirby Stable; he has three wins and three seconds in six races.
Former Dover Downs champion Tim Tetrick celebrated getting an OK from his doctor to return driving by watching Line Item, a trotter he owns with trainer Jim King, make the winner's circle in an $11,500 trot after a 1:56 victory. (Dover Downs)