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Gravitator wins first of ‘18 at Dover Downs

January 29, 2018
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Both trotter Gravitator and pacer JJ Flynn made their first 2018 appearances in the winner’s circle after impressive victories in the Monday feature races at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick had three winners.

Gravitator was all alone in the stretch on the way to a convincing 1:55 lifetimes best clocking with Eddie Davis Jr. Mike Hall trains the Kadabra -She’sa priority 4-year-old mare racing for owner Fred Hertrich since being acquired in November. Gravitator grabbed the lead early and then opened up on the backstretch en-route to an open lengths conquest. A well-known performer in Ontario before coming south-of-the-border, she has now banked $204,619 lifetime. Hannah’s Charm (Corey Callahan) come on to be second with My Big Kadillac (Vince Copeland) third. 

In the top pace, JJ Flynn and Ross Wolfenden was an easy 1:52.2 winner for trainer Josh Green who owns the Western Ideal - All-American Cognac gelding with Rich Lombardo, Chas Atley and Carl Cochran III. The win came in his third start of the season bringing his lifetime earnings to $266,083. See You Tuesday (Jonathan Roberts) was runner-up with Happy Andyversary (Tetrick) the show horse.

Wolfenden also drove the longshot of the day, Frank Chick’s Very Dark, a 4-year-old daughter of Glidemaster-Leila conditioned by Ceba Horsey, recorded a new lifetime mark of 1:56.4 at 32-1, beating Broadway Fantasy (Callahan) and Muscle Ville (Morgan) for her second career win. 

Mike Cole returned to driving for the first time in five years and registered a double. 

Tim Tetrick won three race, Tony Morgan, Ross Wolfenden, Vic Kirby and Mike Cole had doubles. Trainers Tim Crissman and Joe Columbo and owners George&Tina Dennis Racing had two winners. 

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