Overlooked at 15-1 after winning at Yonkers from post eight last week, Gurf stormed from last to first in the stretch to win the $23,000 Open Handicap Trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday.
With Allan Davis at the controls, Gurf sat seventh when the field began to bunch as Magic Wheel (Brad Hanners), who led from the start, tried to hold on when the entire field came at the leader. Gurf, however, sailed past to win in 1:54.3.
Tagyoureit Hanover (Ross Wolfenden) finished second, Magic Wheel third and Sun Of A Victory (Daryl Bier), fourth, were tight at the wire. Rosemary Smutz trains Gurf for Dave Neilson. It was the fifth win of the year for the well-bred, altered son of Self Possessed--Tasty Chip. The win put him into six figures for 2012, now having earning $106,157, and $351,217 in his career.
Driver Corey Callahan had three wins as did trainer Mike Hall. (Dover Downs)