Both of last week’s $25,000 Open winners at Dover Downs, Cajon Lightning and Sicily, who finished in a dead-heat win, returned in the feature race on Thursday (Dec. 14). This time 7-1 Cajon Lightning closed with a rush to score a 1:51 victory with Sicily (Montrell Teague) finishing second. Tim Tetrick had another big day with five winners.
Art Stafford Jr. drove Cajon Lighting, a Mach Three-Tex In The City gelding, to his ninth win of the season and entered six figures in the win column for the season in earning $102,655 for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms.
The win was the third Open of the meet for the Eric Ell trainee. Arque Hanover (Corey Callahan) was third.
George Teague’s Daiymir and Teague came three-wide at the top of the final turn to take over and then hold off Hypothetical (Tony Morgan) in a stretch battle to win by a head in 1:51.2 in a $18,000 contest.
The Mr. Wiggles-Cookie Money colt won for the eighth time in 14 races and now has won $102,350 in purses in this his first year of racing. Drunkonaplane (Callahan) finished third.
Tetrick drove the winners of both claiming paces. First, Bamond Racing’s Cyclone Kiwi N notched a 1:50.4 conquest from post eight with Jet Airway (Callahan) finishing second. Hi Sir (Russell Foster) was third.
Later, Tetrick posted a 1:51.3 victory behind Bill Emmond’s I Am The Cowboy. Western Young Gun (Eddie Davis Jr.) was runner-up with Whirl Monroe (Vic Kirby), the show finisher.
Tetrick also guided Jack Roger to a 1:52.2 triumph for trainer Jason Skinner and owner Alan Welch. It was the sixth win in 10 starts for the Rock N Roll Heaven-Stonebridge Prima sophomore gelding. American Sportsman (Davis Jr.) and Sir Will’s Wish (Vic Kirby) were second and third, respectively.
Sawbuck Hanover stepped up the class ladder for a 1:50.4 success. Mckenry (Bret Brittingham) was second in front of Regalanthropost (Tetrick) third.
The Bettor’s Delight-Shesaporche gelding is owned and trained by Josh Parker.
In addition to Tetrick’s five wins, Tony Morgan and trainer Jim King Jr. recorded doubles.(Dover)