Morgan still trying for 14,000th driving win
February 20, 2012
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In the last race on Monday at Dover Downs, Tony Morgan finished one length shy of driving his 14,000 winner. Morgan was driving the betting favorite, the Josh Green-trained Moisee Terror, and took the lead at the top of the homestretch, but then was passed by Elijah Hanover.
In other Dover action, Ise The By Boy and Nova Artist repeated their victories from last week in the Monday twin features.
Ron Pierce executed a perfect drive, guiding Ise The By Boy to his fourth consectuve victory and second straight in the $30,000 Preferred Pace. The 5-year-old gelding by Mach Three took the lead before the clubhouse turn, and after being under pressure from Mainland Key N, had just enough to outlast four rivals in deep stretch for a 1:51.3 triumph. Lou’s Bad Yankee and Jon Roberts finished second in the tight photo with Southwestern Dream, handled by Ross Wolfenden, third.
Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta claimed Isle The By Boy last summer and after clearing a physical problem, the Eric Ell trainee has enjoyed a perfect winning month of February.
Nova Artist took the lead early for Allan Davis in the $30,000 Delaware Special. After taking the front at the quarter the 5-year-old son of Real Artist was never headed in a 1:51.2 performance, scoring his second straight and third win of the year. Eddie and Kathy Davis own Nova Artist, who is conditioned by their son, Martin. (Dover)