Stolen Car got up in deep stretch to win the $35,000 Preferred/Handicap pace in 1:50.4 while Woodstock Hanover came from far back and to win the sub-features on a windy Thursday at Dover Downs.
While Mustang Art (Daryl Bier), then Dancin Yankee (Corey Callahan) and Versado (Pat Berry) cut out the early fractions, George Dennis and Joe Muscara's Stolen Car, a son of Mach Tree-Ashlee's Luck, followed cover before unleashing a strong stretch drive to score a lifetime equaling 1:50.4 victory in the week's top pacing event. Annieswesterncard came on for Eric Carlson for second with Adventure Bound four wide around the final turn with Jim Morand picked up third-place money.
The win was the second of 2013 for Stolen Car, trained by Jeff Clark, who also has three seconds and $64,050 in purse earnings this year. He is a $277,649 winner lifetime.
Ken Tucci's Woodstock Hanover, trained by Aaron Lambert, closed with a rush to win the $23,000 Open Handicap to catch Im Fulla Luck N (Callahan) with a 1:51.3 performance. The win was the fourth of the day for Ross Wolfenden. Paco Labrook (Brad Hanners) was the show finisher.
In a $16,500 pace, Shopping With Art made it eight wins in a row disposing of eight rivals in a wire-to-wire 1:51.3 conquest. A late 2012 acquisition by trainer-driver Daryl Bier, the Art Major-Precious Shopper gelding pulled away from the opposition at the three quarters and waltzed home in :27.4 to equal his lifetime best. The even-money favorite won for the sixth time this year, eight times in only 12 starts with two seconds and a third. The 5 year old has now won $40,800 this year and $68,269 in his brief career. Perma Grin (Wolfenden) was second best. Silent Partner (Tony Morgan) was a far back third. (Dover)