Overlooked at 6-1, Sicily executed a 1:48.4 winning mile to take the 25,000 Open pace on Thursday at Dover Downs in the final feature race of the 2017 season, while Tim Tetrick drove five winners.
Montrell Teague piloted Sicily to his third win of the meet, two of which were sub-1:49 conquests. He also has three second place finishes. Q’s Cruise (Tim Tetrick), one of two 3-year-olds in the eight-horse field, finished second with Major Uptrend (Tony Morgan) third.
Wayne Givens trains the 5-year-old Art Major-Capri Hanover gelding for Reggie Hazzard and Legacy Racing of Del., who won for the eighth time this year while earning $115,844 and has career bankroll of $354,667.
Tetrick won both $18,000 paces. Cyclone Kiwi N registered his fourth win of the meet along with a second in rolling to a 1:51.1 score in one of two $25,000-$35,000 claiming handicaps. Reggiano (Morgan) came on for second in front of Whirl Monroe (Vic Kirby) third.
Jeff Bamond Jr. conditions the Jereme’s Jet-Another Kiwi gelding for Bamond Racing and it was his fifth start at Dover Downs.
Claimed last start by Bobby Glassmeyer from the Bamond Stable, the Well Said-Lady Sometimes gelding Sometimes Said, stepped up in price and notched a 1:51 victory with Tetrick holding the lines for his third straight win. Western Young Gun (Eddie Davis Jr.) led until deep stretch and finished second. Happy Anniversary (Tetrick) was third.
Tetrick also made the winner’s circle with in both $14,000 winners paces. Little Ben picked up a 1:50.3 triumph, his second in-a-row for Janet Hudson and Jo Ann Looney-King in one contest. Rangers Sureshot (Morgan) was runner-up to the Jereme’s Jet-Honey’s Bud Lite gelding who won for the fourth time this season.
Bailey’s Rock M completed Tetrick’s winning drives equaling his lifetime fastest 1:50.4 success. Jim King trains the Bettor’s Delight-Bailey’s Pearl 4-year-old owned by Rich Pollucci. The black gelding won for the eighth time this year. McKenry (Bret Brittingham) cut out big early fractions and held on for second. Mustang Art (Sean Bier) was the show finisher.
Eddie Davis Jr. guided Northwest Yankee to his fifth win this year fashioning a 1:52 decision in the $16,000 winners pace for trainer Joe Columbo and owners George and Tina Dennis Racing. Southwind Jenson (Kirby) and Gentlemen’s Bet (Art Stafford Jr.) were second and third respectively.
In addition to Tetrick’s five-bagger, Sean Bier and Russell Foster picked up two wins each.