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DSBF 3CP preliminaries underway at Dover

March 24, 2009
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Ray\'s Big Bubba, Everlasting Pride, Al Ibad Spider and Three Ten won the four Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-year-old preliminaries Monday at Dover Downs, while longshot Idle Hour won the $40,000 Open Preferred Handicap Trot and Art Director took the $37,500 Delaware Special.
 
Ray\'s Big Bubba scored the most impressive victory in his $20,000 DSBF sophomore first leg pace. Ross Wolfenden took the Badlands Hanover-Miss Rae colt to front early and kept extending the margin in a 1:52.2 score for Rae Sullivan, Jay Leonard and Richards Stables. Scott Gregoire trains the winner of his first 3-year-old start and seventh in 11 lifetime outings. Prince Of Badlands (Eddie Davis Jr.) was runner-up. Get Jazzed (Jeff Fout) was the show finisher.

PT Stable\'s Al Ibad Spider sat second for Eric Goodell until turning for home where the Badlands Hanover-Ali Shyba gelding roared past prohibitive favorite Zee Barber (Jim Morand) for a 1:53.1 victory. Sgt. Charlie (Corey Callahan) was third.

A pair of sons of Three Olives took the other DSBF $20,000 prelims. Barbara Gannon\'s Everlasting Pride notched a decisive 1:54.3 win besting race favorite Mr. Wiggles (Callahan) with Badlands Pete (Morgan) the third horse. The victory keeps the Three Olives-Ladyshooter gelding unbeaten in 2009 with his fourth straight win and seventh win in eight lifetime races.

Joe Eisenhower\'s Three Ten, a Three Olives-Future Forecast-colt, teamed with Ron Pierce for a 1:55.4 victory in the other DSBF prelim. Royal Camelot (Bret Brittingham) was next in front of favorite Bad Boy Named Sue (Davis).

The second leg DSBF colt prelims are set for next Monday.

In the $40,000 feature, Idle Hour stormed down the lane to reach the finish line first in 1:52.4 edging fast finishing George At Bigs with Corey Callahan, second, and Domitian Hanover with Eric Goodell, third in a tight finish. Jim Morand drove the 12-1 shot for Top Notch Racing, Elite Racing and Teague Inc. registering his first win of the year. Race favorite I Ain\'t No Fool (Tim Tetrick) was out of the money. Idle Hour, the only 4 year old in the select field, is a son of Dragon Again-Lady Light and is trained by George Teague.

Kovach Stable\'s Art Director with Tetrick driving took no prisoners winning the $37,500 Delaware Special Handicap. The Artiscape-Silken Satin 8 year old was followed by Caerleon Hanover racing second most of the way for Pierce. Floyd Bromac N and Jon Roberts closed well for third. (Dover Downs)

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