In the top two trots on the cards, all you had to know - driver Jack Parker Jr., trainer Carol Parker, and owner Jim Moore II - the winning connections for both Royal Becca J, winner of the $25,000 Open/Handicap Trot, and NF Happenstance in a $13,000 sub-feature on Tuesday (Jan. 9) at balmy Dover Downs.
In both instances, Parker took the lead early and never looked back en-route to victories. Royal Becca J, an altered son of RC Royalty - Becca J, had no trouble turning back even rivals on the way to a new personal record of 1:53. It was his 17th career victory, good for a lifetime $239,045 bankroll.
Thereisademoninme (Jonathan Roberts) sat second the mile with Rock Of Cashel (Vic Kirby), third.
One race earlier, NF Happenstance, after giving birth to a filly last spring, returned to the races in the fall, and now has won three-in-row. One of three females in the $13,000 Winners-Over trot, the 8-year-old daughter of SJ’s Caviar - Moira Hall, recorded her 22nd victory and now has won $313,256 in purses. Awsome Valley (Eddie Davis Jr.) and Tough Mac (Tetrick) were second and third.
Vic Kirby guided Ron Sabatini and Frank Canzone’s Murmur Hanover, trained by Ed Gannon Jr., home in 1:55.2 to win the other $13,000 trot. Gillie The Kid (Wolfenden) closed sharply to finish second. Don Dorado (Russell Foster) was the show horse.
Frank Canzone’s Miami, one of Vic Kirby’s four wins and the first of two for trainer Ed Gannon Jr. posted a 1:54.4 success in a $16,000 Winners trot. Amber Ella (Tetrick) was next in front of Splashed (Davis Jr.).
Pass Line Bluechip notched his third straight triumph soring a 1:53.4 lifetime best clocking. The 3-year-old Bettor’s Delight - Run On Luck filly beat another filly Sassa's Sister (Davis Jr.) with Angie Hanover (Wolfenden) the show horse in the $13,000 Filly and Mare pace.
Vic Kirby drove four winners, Art Stafford Jr., Tim Tetrick, Jack Parker and trainers Ed Gannon Jr., and Carol Parker and owners Jim Moore II and Frank Canzone had two wins each.
Divas Image, looks for a third consecutive $25,000 Mares Open on the Wednesday 13-race program. (Dover)