While drivers Corey Callahan and Vic Kirby dominated most of the action winning 10 races between them; Raritan Bay chalked up a 1:52.3 victory in the $20,000 Male Claiming Allowance pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
Vic Kirby had his biggest day of the meet, driving his five winners. Corey Callahan, who leads all drivers in the sport in 2014, also had a five-bagger.
After an early speed duel between race favorite Lord Terror (Vic Kirby) and Rojette's Best (Tyler Raymer) which continued until the stretch, Bret Brittingham drove Raritan Bay down the lane to overtake Lord Terror with 22-1 Adams Hanover (Ross Wolfenden) coming on to finish a close-up third.
Raritan Bay, now two for four this year, is a family win for the Brittinghams. Son, Bret, co-owned and drove Raritan Bay owned by his mother, Elizabeth, and trained by his dad, Don Brittingham.
In a $20,000 4&5-Year-Old Claimer, Montrell Teague piloted Here Is The Future to victory in 1:53.4. The Four Starzzz Shark-Future Destiny gelding owned by George Teague and K&R Racing, bested Seerightthruhim (Frank Milby) and Cactus Billy (Allan Davis), second and third, respectively.
Kirby steered both winners of the two $15,000 male claiming allowances sub-features. In one, Ise The By Boy came from off-the-pace in a 1:54.1 triumph. Eric Ell trains the Mach Three-Prince Lee Fiesta gelding for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. Lieutenant Steve (Trace Tetrick) closed fast to finish second. Eyes Only For You (Corey Callahan) was third.
The other $15,000 claimer was won by Kirby driving owner-trainer Leigh Raymer's Doubletrouble, a Richess Hanover-Fox Valley Monka gelding, home in 1:54 overtaking Roman Conqueror N (Callahan) and front-pacing Four Starz Louie (George Dennis), the leader until the last steps.
While Kirby won both sub-feature paces in his five winner performance, Callahan drove both ends of the daily double among his five wins. Nick Callahan had a training double. (Dover)