DSBF season gets underway at Dover
March 25, 2013
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The Ben Stafford trained and Ben Stafford driven team won two of the three $20,000 first leg Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) prelims in an elongated Dover Downs race program due to a near hour break while the snowed-on racetrack was being resurfaced on Monday.
The biggest surprise of the 3-year-old pacing filly division came when Blush With Pride outbrushed 2012 champion Inittowinafortune in the closing strides of a 1:55.1 over the track labeled "sloppy." Owned by Ben Stafford and Winbak Farm, Blush With Pride, a daughter of Rustler Hanover-Jenna's Joy, made her first start of the year a winning one. Tim Tetrick drove Inittowinafortune to second place with Ally Wishes, the early leader driven by Tony Morgan, third.
In the second DSBF prelim, Ben Stafford Jr. came right back to complete the daily double by driving Joel and Diane Halpern's homebred Bags Of Stars, sired by Roddy's Bags Again from CB Star, to a 1:56.4 success. Dream N Ezy finished second for Ron Pierce with Lookout Stokk Zone and Corey Callahan, third.
Su-Mar Racing and trainer Crissy Bier's Women Rule, with Tetrick in the bike, overcame starting from the outside and scored a1:56.2 triumph in the third $20,000 section. Grace Of An Angle was a tight second with George Dennis and KJ's Caroline handled by Vic Kirby took third. The win by the Rustler Hanover- The Beastress filly was her fourth of the season in her last five starts. (Dover Downs)