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Don't Know Chip repeat winner at Dover

March 14, 2012

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Don’t Know Chip repeated his win of last week, taking the $27,500 Open Handicap Trot at Dover Downs on a  summer-like Wednesday, March 14.

Again, Tagyoureit Hanover was race favorite and enjoyed a perfect two-hole trip behind pacesetting Mandabra. Completing the final turn, the entire field was converging on the leader with Don’t Know Chip, driven by Vince Copeland, coming the fastest of all to get up in 1:54.4.

Allmar Surprise made an uncustomary break just before the start. Driver Vic Kirby quickly got her back trotting at the rear of the six-horse field. Allmar Surprise then moved up racing on the backstretch and streaked home to finish second. Tagyoureit Hanover had to wait until reaching the passing lane and could do no better than finish third along the inside for Matt Kakaley.

Don’t Know Chip scored his second win of the year in four starts for Kathy Ratcliff and Jerry Zosel. The Chip Chip Hooray-Ceremonial gelding has now won $33,600 this season and $348,671 lifetime.

Photo Maxx used the passing lane to hustle home first in the $19,500 sub-feature winners-over trot. Vic Kirby drove the Lauren Allen owned and trained altered son of SJ’s Photo-Affinity to his second consecutive victory scoring a 1:54.4 decision. Idol Kemp (George Dennis) finished second with Sea Raven (Tony Morgan) the show finisher. The former stakes-seasoned Photo Maxx, a career winner of $495,272, lifted his seasonal earnings to $37,160. (Dover)
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