Apple Bottom Jeans wins $100K DSBF Final
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It was a special occasion for owner-trainer Kevin Switzer standing in the winner’s circle with his homebred Apple Blossom Jeans, winner of the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, ironically on his 1,000th career training win on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at Dover Downs.
Apple Bottom Jeans, who last month impressively won the Harrington $100,000 frosh filly final, recorded her fourth consecutive victory in five starts with a second for KDK Standardbreds as Montrell Teague took the Mr. Apples-Scyilla Hanover black filly right to the lead and never looked back enroute to a lifetime fastest 1:53.3 triumph in the final 2015 $100,000 DSBF test. Eternal Ring who has a win and a second in DSBF prelims was second best. Use Your Noodle, also first and second in prelims, was third for driver Jim Morand. Apple Bottom Jeans has now banked $135,000 in her six Delaware Starts.
"She’s a pleasure to drive,” said driver Montrell Teague, "she has been getting better in each of her starts.” Trainer Switzer has been a leading horseman at Northeast racetracks is planning to retire and race horses in the First State. "I think [Apple Bottom Jeans] has a lot more to show," added Switzer. "In addition to the Delaware program at three, I’ll race her in other stakes.”
In the $100,000 DSBF consolation, Vic Kirby whirled Cougar Creek away from post 8 and moved into the lead early and then set the tempo for a 1:55.1 career best for trainer Jim King and wife JoAnn Looney King. It was the second win for the Dream Away-Fire One Up first-year performer who boasts earnings of $27,425. Fiftyshadesofrusty (George Dennis), the race favorite, had to settle for second. Dance My Way (Corey Callahan) was third.
Tirade Hanover, reined by meet leading driver Corey Callahan, held off a passing lane charge from Hemi Seelster (Ross Wolfenden) to win the $21,000 Open Handicap trot in 1:54. Cashontherocs (Allan Davis) was the show horse.
Callahan, Tony Morgan, Allan Davis, owner Tina Clark, trainers Bobby Clark and Bob Shahan, all won two races each.
There is no live racing on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. Live racing resumes at Dover Downs Monday through Thursday, with a post time of 4:30 p.m.