Six $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeder Fund (DSBF) first-leg preliminaries for 2 year olds highlighted the Saturday card at Dover Downs, with a sureshot and a longshot marking the two $20,000 trotting prelims and a 19-1 shot pulling a surprise in the pacing sections.
In the first trot, as expected, Juanita, a daughter of CR Commando, scored her sixth victory in seven starts--she finished second in an overnighter in her only non-victory--notched a 2:00.2 triumph with Jim Morand at the controls. First Season, a Political Briefing filly, finished second with Jim King. Early Shirley, by Taladega, with Cliff Green driving finished third.
Juanita, winner of the DSBF $110,000 Harrington final in October, is owned by driver Morand and Nanticoke Racing and trained by Les Givens. She has now won $112,700.
In the $20,000 DSBF pacing prelims, Dover Dolly rolled down the passing lane for a 1:56.2 victory as the 19-1 shot driven by Eddie Davis Jr. upset odds-on choice Sheisaknockout and Morand ending a two-race win streak. The Badlands Hanover winner is owned by 91-year-old Jim McAuliffe of Sarasota, Fla. who also owns the top freshman trotter Lear Jetta, also conditioned by Bobby Myers. Nipotina, and Ross Wolfenden, finished third.
Badlands Power, with Art Stafford Jr. driving for his dad, Art Stafford, and brother, trainer Jeff Stafford, had too much for six rivals en route to a 1:56.2 victory. Seboomook Mao, with Roger Plante was second best. B Exotic and Ross Wolfenden was third in the all-Badlands Hanover trifecta.
Royal Fortune was a wire-to-wire 1:56.4 winner for Vic Kirby driving for Ricky Pryor and Erika Paradee. The Cams Fortune homebred won for sixth time in 11 races and now has earned $94,982 in purses. Bags Of Three, a Three Olives daughter, teamed with Eddie Davis Jr. to finish second in front of GB's Li'l Princess. The Badlands Hanover filly was driven by her trainer Bob Colsanti.
Cierraslittleangel took the lead early and driver Jim King never looked back as the Tune Town filly romped to a 1:56 victory in the final first-round prelim. Ed Walls owns the winner trained by John Wilkerson. Pink Sweater was second for Morand with Got To Be Pink, Plante driving, finished third. (Dover Downs)