Casino Bags Carlo swept to victory in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-year-old male pace, the last of four $100,000 DSBF finals this week on the closing day of the 45th season at Dover Downs on Thursday.
When front-pacing favorite Elite Awards suddenly broke stride on the final turn, Vince Copeland, sitting second with Casino Bags Carlo, shot into the lead and rushed home a 1:52.4 winner. The win was the third straight victory of an unbeaten campaign for Cavalli Pazzi Stables. Copeland trains the Roddy's Bags Again-Casino Bus gelding, now a winner of eight of 12 races and only once farther back that third while winning $70,000 this year and $168,911 lifetime. West Star Director (Ben Stafford Jr.) finished second for the third consecutive start. Forced Passage (Ross Wolfenden) was third.
Driver George Dennis said he and Elite Awards saw a loose horseshoe shining brightly on the track along a pylon and the pacer was startled and broke stride, finishing out of the money for the first time in 12 races with 10 of them easy wins.
Bandolito, a 1:48 winner last week, currently the fastest time of 2014, won even more impressively in the same 1:48 this week stepping up to the $36,000 Preferred Handicap. Trainer-driver Daryl Bier, co-owner with Charley Dombeck and David Bier, the Ponder-Sody's Home Brew brown 4 year old was never in trouble chalking up his third win in four starts this year while winning $48,977 and $228,815 in his 16-race career. Tarpon Hanover (David Miller) ended a two-race win streak finishing second with Take It Back Terry (Wolfenden) the show horse.
When Nova Artist (Allan Davis) became involved in trouble in front of the grandstand when he received a broke race wheel, the $33,000 Delaware Special Handicap became a toss-up. Feel Like a Fool (Dennis) took over the lead and led into the stretch when Tim Tetrick steered Just A Jolt to the front nearing the wire for a 1:50.2 triumph. Feel Like A Fool and Full Of Sand (Corey Callahan) were second and third, respectively. Nova Artist pulled up before the clubhouse turn.
Callahan drove Joan Hamstead's homebred Lewiebyalength scooted to a 1:53.2 success in the $20,000 DSBF consolation. A 13-1 shot Three Day Forecast (Jonathan Roberts) was second with By Noggin (Tony Morgan) third. (Dover Downs)