Tessa Seelster made her first Dover Downs appearance a winning one in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace on Tuesday, while driver Yannick Gingras had a quartet of winners.
With Gingras in the bike, the 5-year-old Shadow Play-Titania Seelster brown mare made her local debut an impressive one turning back six foes in 1:51.2 in the week's top female pace. Gingras had to hold off a strong two-horse challenge in deep stretch to beat Mischief Maker N (Ross Wolfenden) and Sweet Bobbie (Art Stafford Jr.) in the photo.
Tessa Seelster is owned by Jonathan Newman, Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing Stable and won for the 19th time in her career. A $225,000 winner last season, she now has banked $399,703 in her career.
OTC Stables' Dismissal, reined by Corey Callahan, won her third in a row ending Vintage Babe's six-straight winning streak in the secondary feature, $15,000 mares pace. Fresh from a six-length win last week, Dismissal, a 4-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Her Mattjesty, won easily again with Vintage Babe second best. In The Shadows took third.
Gingras completed the day with four winners. Meet leader Vic Kirby and defending champ Callahan had triples, Wolfenden won two races while trainer Clyde Francis and owner George Teague along with trainer Brain Malone and co-owner Carrie Malone also had two wins. (Dover Downs)