Heres My Ticket was the winning ticket in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final and Monochromatic won her third in four starts to take the $27,500 Mares Open/Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday (April 10).
Starting from outside post 8, driver Ross Wolfenden quickly got Heres My Ticket into good racing position and took the lead. After the three quarters Ben Stafford Jr. pulled Joyanna to the outside to challenge the pacesetter on the final turn. In the lane, Heres My Ticket was too much as she rolled to a 1:53.2 victory for breeder-owner-trainer Eli Scott.
It was the third win in five career races for the sophomore daughter of Three Olives-Real Elegance. Joyanna, a Badlands Hanover filly, was second best with Powerful Honey, by Powerful Toy, and Roger Plante, finished third.
"She wasn't as sharp as last week (when Heres My Ticket set a season's record over a five-eighths mile track of 1:52.3),” said Wolfenden. "But she had more than enough in the stretch when it counted.”
In the winner's circle, Scott revealed, "[The late] Lloyd Arnold gave me the mare [Real Elegance] as a bonus because I was second-trainer for his great mare Sannabel Island. Heres My Ticket raced only once last year because of sickness, but she really has come around.”
The DSBF victory boosts her earnings to $69,524.
Designer Bags, second in the $100,000 DSBF final last November, had to settle for a 1:55.3 win in the $20,000 DSBF 3-Year-Old Filly consolation pace. Allan Davis drove the winning Roddy's Bags Again-Alyshima distaff for breeder-owner Ed Walls and trainer David Rearic. Grix Gadoo (Vic Kirby), another Roddy's Bags Again offspring, closed from far back to finish second in front of Proud Maryet (Dave Hill). The victory was the seventh in 12 lifetime starts with two seconds and two thirds for the $126,127 career winner.
Monochromatic enjoyed an enviable two-hole trip behind the Montrell Teague-driven No Bad Luck In the $27,500 distaff pace before pulling out on the final turn and pacing on to a new lifetime record of 1:51.4. Corey Callahan, who drove the winner, picked up his second win of the day for trainer Dylan Davis. Freedom Crossing closed with a rush for Ron Pierce to take show money.
A 7-year-old by Dream Away-Miss Ty, Monchromatic won for the third time in four outings and her fourth in six starts for North State Street Stable. Of her total $455,610 earnings, $62,125 have come in 2012.
Roger Plante drove Ed and Jim Hall's Rock N Load to an off-the-pace 1:53.1 score to win a $19,000 Mares Winners-Over Pace. I'm Won Wine Wiser (George Dennis) led until midstretch and finished second in front of In Deep Thought (Montrell Teague) was third.
A 19-1 shot, Don Marine's Allisa Page got up for Tony Morgan to win an $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Pace. It was the second straight win for the Metropolitan-Donk N Doni mare. Rolltideroll (Ron Pierce) was runner-up with Peruvian Banner N (Vince Copeland) third. (Dover)