I Like My Boss, Briefs Or Boxers and Bosston BNZ won their 1st leg $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 three-year-old male trot preliminaries on Wednesday at Dover Downs.
Unbeaten I Like My Boss extended his win streak to five as Jonathan Roberts steered the altered son of Don Boss Vita-Wild One to an easy 2:01.1 victory in the first $20,000 prelim. Jimmy and A.M. Parsons and Bobby Shahan bred and own the winner of two races this year and $85,000 lifetime earnings. Call Me Hal (Vic Kirby) finished second in front of Boo's The Boss (Allan Davis) third.
Owner, trainer, driver Carlo Poliseno and Briefs Or Boxers got up in the last step to win the second DSBF prelim edging Winmando (Frank Milby) in 2:01. LG's Pride (Jim Morand) had the lead in the stretch and held on for third. The victory was the second in nine starts with a second and two thirds for the Political Briefing-Prestigious Roz gelding.
Bosston BNZ made his first start of the year a successful one scoring a 2:00 triumph in the third $20,000 prelim. Art Stafford Jr., who trains, drives and owns the winner with Eli Beiler, now has two wins, three seconds and two thirds in seven lifetime races. Odessa (Kim Vincent) was runner-up with My Boy Charlie (Roger Plante) the show finisher.
DSBF 2nd leg events will be held all next week, with the trotting colts and geldings back next Wednesday. The top eight point-getters after two weeks return for a $100,000 final on April 9.
On the regular program, Enrico AS won for the second time in three weeks coming from behind to notch a career fastest 1:55.1 victory in the $15,500 winners-over trot. Hall of Famer Ron Pierce was in the bike for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. Race leader Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) held on for second. Awsome Valley (Tony Morgan) was a close third. A chestnut gelding son of Allstar Hall-Caspian, Enrico AS has earned $34,460 this year and $205,988 lifetime. (Dover Downs)