I Like My Boss made it six wins in six career starts, all in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund events, while Toolbox and Streets Of Gold also won $20,000 second leg colt trot preliminaries on Wednesday at Dover Downs.
Unlike last week's prelim, I Like My Boss came from behind to keep his record perfect, scoring a 1:56 triumph in his $20,000 division. Jonathan Roberts was content to race fourth at the half and then moved out slowly to finally catch front-trotting Bosston BNZ on the final turn.
The duo raced side by side halfway down the lane before the Don Boss Vita-Wild One gelding pulled away to the win. Trainer Bobby Shahan, along with Jimmy and Angela Parsons, own the lifetime winner of $95,000. Whichwayrightrleft (Ross Wolfenden) made up for an unexpected misstep last week to finish second, while Bosston BNZ slipped to third.
Gateway Stable's unheralded Streets Of Gold picked up his best paycheck of a nine-race career, taking a 2:01.2 upset in the first $20,000 DSBF split. Eddie Davis Jr. piloted the longshot Linbo-Royalty Rates brown gelding to his first win, besting AJ Commander (Wolfenden). Goodtwogreat (Corey Callahan) took third. Race favorite Briefs Or Boxers (Carlo Poliseno) broke stride at the start and then again after catching the field on the backstretch and finished fourth placed sixth.
Toolbox, driven by Bill Long, escaped from being locked in fourth on the backstretch, found room on the last turn and then roared four wide down the lane to notch a 1:58.3 victory in his second start of the year for owner Crawford Rayne. An altered son of Giant Hit-NV Gemma, Toolbox was followed by My Boy Charlie (Roger Plante) and early leader Winbak Charles M (Jeff Fout).
The top eight in points in each of the four sophomore sections return next week for $100,000 finals, on Monday through the meet closing day on Thursday. (Dover Downs)