Temperatures in the 70s set the stage for fast races headed by Bettorhaveanother, who scored the fastest clocking for a female pacer this year, 1:50.3, to win the $25,000 Mares Open to notch her third straight victory on Wednesday (Feb. 21). For Tony Morgan, the victory was also one of three winning drives on the evening.
Morgan enjoyed a perfect two-over trip before streaking home to overtake Scandalicious (Jonathan Roberts) in deep stretch to post the 6-year-old's lifetime mark. Ron Burke trains the winner for Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing Stable.
She now has three wins after two seconds in five 2018 appearances while boasting $41,625 seasonal earnings. It was her 24th career win and lifted her lifetime bankroll to $300,952.
Scandalicious and Sweet Bobbie (Art Stafford Jr.) engaged in a head-to-head duel for the lead with Sweet Bobbie leading at the quarter in :25.4 and :54.1 at the half.
After a 1:22 three quarters, Valuable Art (Corey Callahan) began a challenge with Bettorhaveanother right behind. In a four-horse dash down the lane Bettorhaveanother's effort was good enough for a three-quarter length triumph. Scandalicious was second with Valuable Art third.
A 10-1 shot, Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing’s Bad Lightning (Roberts) overtook front-pacing Stormtracker (Tim Tetrick) nearing the wire in 1:51.3 to win the $17,000 mare sub-feature. The Badlands Hanover-Malocchio 5-year-old won for the second time in-a-row and it was the third in her last four outings. Roselily (Stafford Jr.) finished third.
Corner Table was the longshot on the card. Off at 37-1, Stafford drove the Dragon Again-Macks Table mare, now 5-years-old, to her first win of the year in a new lifetime record of 1:52.1.
She is owned by Ed Gold and trainer Ben Stafford. Rollatown (Eddie Davis Jr.) was runner-up with Shesarocker (Vic Kirby) the show horse.
Morgan had three winners, Roberts, Stafford Jr. and Teague had two wins apiece. (Dover)