Missile J returned to the winner’s circle after a powerful stretch burst to score a 1:50 victory in the $30,000 Preferred Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday (March 8). Missile J's victory also gave Tim Tetrick his fourth win on the evening.
Last week’s feature winner, Sicily, took the lead at the start for Montrell Teague and led thoughout approaching the finish line. Tetrick, however, made a move four-wide on the final turn and zoomed past in the closing strides to win by three-quarters of a length. Sicily was second with Major Uptrend and Tony Morgan third.
Trained by Scott DiDomenico for John McGill and Brian Carsey, the 5-year-old American Ideal-Cantor’s Daughter gelding notched his third win of 2018 in six starts. He now has 19 lifetime successes while earning $683,827 in his career.
The biggest upset came in the last race when 29-1 Ponderingjacksfame roared home for a 1:51.3 lifetime best to win for the second straight start in a $18,000 Winners pace. A 76-1 shot Ain’t It Fun (Art Stafford Jr.) came on for second to set up a $718.80 exacta with another longshot 35-1 Cash Is King (Jonathan Roberts) third.
Tom Lazzaro’s Never Say Never N, trained by Dylan Davis, closed with a rush to win the $14,000 Winners-Over pace in 1:50. Downthehighway (Vic Kirby) was runner-up. Race favorite JJ Flynn (Tetrick) had to accept third, ending a two-race win streak. The winner is a 5-year-old Bettor’s Delight –Maid In Splendor horse who won for the third time this year. He has won $153,928 in his career.
In another $14,000 division, Sweet Rock took control the start with Vic Kirby in the bike and was in front the rest of the way in 1;50.4 for his second win of the year, 22nd lifetime while banking $598,742. Wayne Givens trains the Rocknroll Hanover-Penn For Nickel gelding for owners Gary Calloway, Reggie Hazzard and Legacy Racing.
Highalator (Roger Plante), one of the 4-year-olds in the field along with Hypothetical (Jonathan Roberts), was second by a neck in the nine-horse field with Hypothetical in third.
Howard Taylor’s Ideal Son, piloted by Coey Callahan, came on strong to take a $12,500 Winners pace in 1:53.1. The Tom Fanning-conditioned American Ideal-Sunduel A gelding won for the first in this campaign. American Sportsman (Mike Cole) and Commondiscourtesy (Eddie Davis Jr.) were second and third, respectively.
Dialamara came from off the pace to track down the leaders for a 1:51.3 victory in one of two $25,000-$30,000-$35,000 claiming paces. An altered son of Lis Mara-Lady Sai, the 6-year-old won for the third time in his last four. Letmakeawish (Wolfenden) closed sharply for second with Sawbuck Hanover (Roberts) third.
In the other top claiming division, Mike Casalino Jr. and trainer Dylan Davis’ Jet Airway, a 7-year-old Jereme’s Jet-Aromatic horse, was too much for seven foes drawing off for a 1:50.1 conquest. Captive Audience ( Mike Cole) was second with Coach Cal (Wolfenden) third.
Tetrick led all drivers with his victory total; Callahan was next with three. Trainers Josh Green and Dylan Davis haltered two winners.
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