Big day at Dover for Stafford family
December 29, 2014
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Following a holiday respite, the Stafford family had a big return day at Dover Downs on Sunday, led by Art Stafford Jr. driving three winners and his cousin, Ben Stafford Jr., driving the longshot winner on the card.
Art Stafford Jr.'s brother Andrew and their dad, veteran horseman Art Stafford, own Atta Boy Bones, winner of the feature race, a Delaware $10,200 pace. The McArdle-Santino's Rosa sophomore gelding set a lifetime record of 1:55.2 to win for the fourth time in 10 career starts. Celtic Thunder, with John MacKinnon, sat second the mile with Heza Hot Cookie and Vic Kirby finishing quickly to take third.
Another Art Stafford Jr. 3-year-old gelding, Blazing Bobby Sox, which he owns with his father, won for the second straight outing and third time in six races, a 1:55.4 score in another races for young male pacers. Blazing Bobby Sox is an altered son of The Panderosa-Liamatters. His other win came giving Daiquiri Don, yet another 3 year old his first victory in 1:57.4. Wyatt Starkey owns and trains the black gelding by By A Length-Temptress Tracey.
Ben Stafford Jr. got the 26-1 longshot of the card home in a career best 1:54.4 driving Matinee Dragon owned by Ed Gold and trainer Ben Stafford to her second win of the season in a distaff pace. Ironically, Ben Jr.'s previous win on Dec. 18 came piloting a 37-1 shot, Maximum Terror, to victory in a $14,000 pace at Dover Downs. Montrell Teague also drove a longshot to victory at 15-1, trainer Bob Short's Stonebridge Flair to a 1:55.1 triumph in a Delaware $7,500 claimer. (Dover Downs)