Blueridge Tornado upsets in Dover feature
January 05, 2012
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Blueridge Tornado, a 10-1 shot, won his fifth straight recording a lifetime-best 1:55.4 in the $23,000 Open Trot on Wednesday at Dover Downs.
Shortly after the start of the feature race, prohibitive favorite Anders Bluestone (Ross Wolfenden) and Lets Get Serious N (George Dennis) went off stride and were never factors.
Matt Kakaley got Blueridge Tornado away fourth and then waited until just before the three-quarter pole to move out and quickly zoomed past Tiger’s Too Good (Dave Miller) on the final turn. The rest was easy as the Trish Foulk-trained Softys Smarty-Anticyclone-bred gelding rolled down the lane to score his fifth consecutive victory and second for owners Gary Evans and Foulk Stables since being acquired after racing at Northfield Park.
Tiger’s Too Good was second with Gurf (Allan Davis) taking third in the week’s top trot.
In the secondary feature, a $16,000 winners-over event, another streaking trotter, Chris Giaccio’s Allmar Surprise, notched her third win in a row in her patented style of leaving fast to get to the front and then play follow the leader in a 1:55.3 triumph.
Victor Kirby trains and reins the 7-year-old Angus Hall-Benita Victory mare, the only distaff in the field which was reduced to six starters following the scratching of Spunky Vic and Kristal Dream.
Maravich (Corey Callahan) made a belated charge and finished second. Pretty Hanover (Davis) was third.
Trainer Bob Mitchell and owner Pat Mitchell won back-to-back wins. B A Lady with Vic Kirby scored a 1:56.3 victory in the fourth. Cruisen’ Chick, driven by Davis, took the next race in 1:56.4. Both races were $7,500 Delaware Claiming races.
Owner-trainer William F. Moffett also collected consecutive wins when Good Feeling with Vince Copeland won a $20,000-$25,000 claiming trot and then Callahan steered Hello Camie to victory in a $10,000 mares pace. Drivers Mike Kakaley and Wolfenden and trainer Josh Green had two wins. (Dover Downs)