Sevruga, after completing his biggest season in 2012, started the New Year with a 1:53.2 victory in the $23,000 Open Trot on Wednesday (Jan. 9) at Dover Downs.
Driven by Pat Berry, Sevruga rolled out of fourth heading to the clubhouse turn and slowly progressed on the outside to reach race-leading Green Day with Corey Callahan by the three quarters. He the took over the lead and sped home in :28.1 to hold off Sun Of A Victory and Daryl Bier, who were closing along the passing lane. Green Day held on for third. Julie Miller conditions Sevruga for KDM Stables. The victory pushes the SJ's Caviar-Stunning Lindsey gelding's lifetime bankroll to $402,991.
Corey Callahan took 7-1 shot Mandabra right to the front and never looked back in a 1:53.3 mile. Can Do (Vic Kirby) closed strongly to finish second, ending a two-race win streak. Major Herbie (Ron Pierce), the race favorite, was the show horse. The win was the first of the meet for Mandabra, a Kadabra-Beautiful Mind gelding owned by C.A. Bonnuccelli, Shaun Callahan and trainer Nick Callahan. Mandabra now has $189,995 in career earnings.
Allmar Surprise also made her first visit to the winner's circle the season with Vic Kirby driving to win a $13,500 trot. Chris Giaccio owns the Angus Hall-Benita Victory mare who won for the 41st time in her career. She has now earned $493,935 in purses. Amen Amen (Ron Pierce) and Yanks (Allan Davis) were second and third, respectively.
Ron Pierce notched a three-bagger. Corey Callahan and Eric Carlson had two wins apiece. (Dover)
Again this week, the Thursday card at Dover Downs is led by a $35,000 Preferred, a $30,000 Delaware Special and a $23,000 Open pace.
Monday through Thursday, starting time, 4:30 p.m. Friday is a dark day. Dover Downs Saturday and Sunday post time is now 1 p.m.