Overnight Hit overtook front-stepping Kelsey's Commando on the final turn and then sped to a 1:59 success in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly Trot final, the second of four $100,000 DSBF finals this week at Dover Downs, on Tuesday, April 8.
Art Stafford Jr. trains, drives and co-owns Overnight Hit with Wyatt Starkey. The Giant Hit-Overnight Rail bay won for the second straight time in three starts this season. Kelsey's Commando (Vic Kirby), winner of both $100,000 frosh filly finals, had the early lead before Stafford moved his filly up on the outside and they quickly overtook the leader. Overnight Hit was all alone at the finish line with Even Brighter (Bret Brittingham) getting past Kelsey's Commando nearing the wire for second money.
Overnight Hit has now won four of nine lifetime races with two second and two thirds. She has banked $189,210 in her short career.
In the $20,000 DSBF consolation, after stalking Canterbury Girl (Wayde Marsh) for three quarters, Jim Morand moved Linbo Love out of second and soon took over and opened up a big lead on the way to a 2:03.3 victory, It was the first win in 10 starts for Linbo Love, a chestnut daughter of Linbo-Just Lips trained by Les Givens for Nanticoke Racing and its breeders Charles and Diane Coursey. Canterbury Girl finished second. Some Sweet Lady (Les Givens) finished third.
Two more racing days remain this meet, each of them features a $100,000 DSBF final daily. Wednesday, the $100,000 DSBF Three-Year-Old Filly Trot Final is the feature race. Post time is 4:30 p.m. To watch races and dine in the Winner's Circle restaurant, call 302-674-4600 for reservations. (Dover)