Anders Bluestone wins 4th straight at Dover
March 28, 2012
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Anders Bluestone won his fourth straight start at Dover Downs this year with a win in the feature $27,500 Open/HandicapTtrot while Windsheild and I'm So Striking scored impressive victories in two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Colt & Gelding trot first leg preliminaries on Wednesday (March 28).
Ross Wolfenden moved Anders Bluestone out of fifth heading to the clubhouse turn and followed the cover of Don't Know Chip (Vince Copeland) after the half before moving three wide on the final turn. In the stretch the Yankee Glide-AnnetteHanover 6-year-old chased after Yannick Gingras-driven Looking Hanover and finally got up at the wire in 1:54.1. Looking Hanover finished second with fast-finishing Lolique, in his first start of the year, third for John Wagner.
Eric Ell trains Anders Bluestone for Ken Wood and Bill Dittmar. Much of Wood's portion of the purse goes to his benevolent "Wells ForGhana” project. The winner has won $686,400 in his career and $67,900 of it in2012.
There were two winners in the $19,500 winners-over trot when the photo finish camera could not separate race favorite Keystone Thomas off at 2-1 and 31-1 Sea Raven. In the race, Arriba Amigo (Brad Hanners) set all the fractions until deep in the homestretch when Keystone Thomas, a Revenue S-Yankee gelding recently acquiredby driver Daryl Bier, Glenn DelRusso and JoAnn Dombeck, came on the outside and Sea Raven, with Tony Morgan driving for Steve Anderson, who was celebrating his 60th birthday, hustled down the passing lane to reach the finish line simultaneously in 1:55.2.
There were no surprises in two $20,000 DSBF Colt trot prelims. The Les Givens-conditioned Windshield, already a winner of the last two $100,000 finals, easily won his seasonal debut in 1:59.2, winning for the ninth time in 11 lifetime starts. The Political Briefing-CR Mimosa colt extended his earnings to $155,299 for owner-driver Ross Wolfenden and Nanticoke Racing. Take Over Payments (Tony Morgan) was next with Left Alone Ranger (Corey Callahan) third.
In the second $20,000 DSBF prelim, I'm So Striking used his usual come-from-behind tactics to score a 1:57.4 victory for trainer-driver Eddie Dennis and owners E&K Stable, Lois and Earl Walters. The win was the second in three starts this year for the SoStriking-Ringside Katie homebred and his fourth win in six lifetime races. Bold Strike (Art Stafford Jr.) was a solid second with Klondike Mike (JustinVincent) third.
The final first leg events are set for Thursday featuring two $20,000 DSBF 3-year-old filly trots.(Dover)