Lucan Hanover made it two-in-row in the $30,000 Preferred Pace at Dover Downs on a balmy Monday, Feb. 29.
Unlike last week, when Lucan Hanover enjoyed a two-hole trip to score a nose victory, this week after overtaking Mustang Art with Sean Bier after a :26 opening quarter, Corey Callahan put Lucan Hanover on the point. They pulled away to a victory with a: 27.1 final panel, scoring a decisive 1:49 conquest over some of the sport's top-class pacers now racing. Tony Morgan and Doctor Butch closed along the passing lane to nip Mustang Art for second. The win was the 20th of Lucan Hanover's career, which includes $825,626 in earnings.
Blazing Bobby Sox, owned by Art Stafford and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr., won for the fourth time this year, notching a career fastest 1:50.2 triumph in a $15,500 4&5-year-old winners-over male pace. Sectionline Rock (Tim Tetrick) closed well to pick up second money. Apollo Seelster (Yannick Gingras) was the show finisher. It was the 12 lifetime win for Blazing Bobby Sox, a The Panderosa-Liamatters five-year-old gelding.
Robert Cooper Stables' Go Collect N was an impressive 1:51.2 winner in another pace for young horses, taking the $13,500 event for his third win in five races since arriving from New Zealand. Corey Callahan steered the winner for trainer Dylan Davis. Since arriving in North America, the Gotta Go Collect-No Parking N gelding has three wins and three seconds in his seven starts. Swappertunity (Jim Morand) finished second for the second straight time. Rednickyachtclub (Allan Davis) was third.
In another $13,500 division Yannick Gingras drove JT to a 1:52.2 score for trainer Ron Burke and owners Weaver Brucsemi and Burke Racing Stable. An altered son of Badlands Hanover-Snowhite Beach, it was his second straight win in five races. Ima Rebel (Morgan) closed swiftly along the passing lane for second. Roll Big (Callahan) was the third finisher.
Local favorite Just A Jolt made it to the winner's circle for the first time in 2016 in his seventh start as Tim Tetrick got the Village Jolt-Just Wait Kate gelding away quickly and never looked back for a 1:50.3 victory to win a $12,500 Mile pace. Four Staces (Callahan) finished second with Papa Ray (Allan Davis) going a tough trip for third.
Meet leading driver Corey Callahan and leading trainer Dylan Davis had three wins each; Tim Tetrick, Art Stafford Jr. and trainer Eric Ell had two wins apiece. (Dover)