Trace Tetrick topped a five-win day guiding Artists Rally to a 1:52.1 victory on a windy and chilly Thursday at Dover Downs in the $27,500 Delaware Special/Handicap.
Artists Rally left from post 1 and controlled all quarters en route to victory in the week's top pace. Ed Gannon Jr. owns and trains the Real Artist-Spunky Gal black gelding who won for the second time this year. Jeremy's Successor (Sean) Bier) finished second in front of Feel Like A Fool (George Dennis).
Ice Scraper, driven by Roger Plante, and EZ Noah with Allan Davis, finished in a 1:52.3 dead heat for win in the $17,500 Open Handicap. Phyllis Copeland conditions Ice Scraper, a Yankee Skyscaper-Chilli Breezes gelding owned by Jim Behrendt. EZ Noah is a Western Terror-Her Majesty gelding trained by Josh Green for owner Baron Racing.
Harry von Knoblauch's Ohoka Texas N streaked along the passing lane to get up in 1:52 to win the $15,000 winners-over pace. The win was one of two for Ross Wolfenden. Peter Tritton trains the Christian Cullen-Millwood Touche 7 year old. Dreamfair Kovu (Jim Morand) was the place horse with Bad Man Sam (Kirby) the early leader finishing a close third.
Ron Pierce was aboard Manhattan Rusty N, a 1:53.3 winner of the $25,000-$30,000 claiming handicap. Wade Wyatt owns the Artsplace-Miss Matao N gelding trained by Joe Skowyra. The victory was the fourth in a row for Manhattan Rusty N, with three different owners due to being claimed three straight weeks. Adams Hanover was second with Hasty Western the show horse.
There were several $14,500 winners-over paces. In one, Patron Racing and trainer Jim King's Sea Harrier was one of Tetrick's early wins. The Jereme's Jet-Ingrid Ingrid Bergrin gelding won for the fourth time in his last five outings recording a 1:53.4 triumph. (Dover Downs)