Longshots were in vogue for feature trots on New Year's Day at Dover Downs as Spunky Jack used the passing lane to win the $20,000 Open in a four-horse photo while Ideal Revenue stormed the outside to win a $14,500 trot.
While Awsome Valley cut out the fractions from the start until the final step fighting off competition from mid backstretch until Roger Plante scooted Spunky Jack along the passing lane to get up for a 1:56.2 victory.
Owned by Walt Callam, Spunky Jack, trained by Steve LeBlanc, was overlooked at 13-1 despite winning his previous start. It was the 13th career win for the now 5-year-old altered son of Super Pink-My Embrace. Awsome Valley (Tony Morgan) finished a valiant second with Mandabra (Corey Callahan), making his first start since last July, edging good closing Enrico AS (Allan Davis) for third.
One race later, Mike Rossi pulled Ideal Revenue off the rail in midstretch and flew past the early leaders to score an easy 1:55 triumph, a lifetime best, in the sub-feature trot. The Revenue D-New Ideal gelding, owned by Carol and trainer Jim Atkinson, was followed by Jailhouse Juice (Toby Lynch) and early leader Lock Tight (Callahan). Dnieper (Daryl Bier) was a strong finishing fourth.
Meet leading driver Callahan got off to another fast start driving four winners. In addition to a 53-1 winning drive, Rossi also brought in a 27-1 shot, Check Dons Pulse in the 15th race for his second win. (Dover Downs)