Nat A Virgin upsets in Dover feature
December 14, 2017
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Corey Callahan pull Nat A Virgin three wide on the final turn and zipped past battling leaders Divas Image (Tim Tetrick and Enhance Our Mind (Vic Kirby) to score a 1:51 victory in the $25,000 Mares Open Pace on a chilly Wednesday at Dover Downs.
Divas Image in her first start at the track took the early lead and fought off challengers on the backstretch with the field fanning out in the lane. There was plenty of action in the stretch with the Dylan Davis-trained Nat A Virgin, a 19-1 shot, exploding on the outside. Enhance Your Mind took the inside track to finish second in front of Divas Image. Empress Deo (Ross Wolfenden), who had won two straight, was third, her first non-one-two finish in her last seven starts.
Nat A Virgin, a 5-year-old Always A Virgin-Nat-A-Tat-Tat, notched her sixth win in her 31st outing this year while earning $85,300 for owner Mike Casalino.
Eddie Davis Jr. guided Frank Chick's Rockin BB to victory, rolling down the passing lane in 1:52.2 to win the $18,000 Filly and Mares sub-feature. A sophomore by Rockin Image-Yankee Pankee BB, it was her sixth success this season. The Ken Lare trainee has won $118,955 in 2017. OK Jasmine (Kirby) finished second with Bad Lightning (Art Stafford Jr.) the third horse.
Roselily recorded her second win in her last three starts, a 1:51.3 lifetime best, to win a $16,000 female pace. Art Stafford Jr. was in the bike for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms. The brown 3 year old is by Big Jim-Emmas Lily and now has won six times earning $78,109. Race favorite Take Em (Callahan) took a four-race win streak into the contest but had to settle for second. All About The Pace (Tetrick) was third.
Westsluckycam gave Callahan his first of two wins steering CTC Stable's 4-year-old daughter of Camluck-Terror Of The West conditioned by Mike Hall, to her 10th conquest of the campaign in 1:52.1 in a $13,000 distaff pace. BJ's Sweetheart (Foster) was runner-up. Fashion Showdown (Tony Morgan) took show honors. (Dover Downs)