Nob Hill High spent the mile on the outside and still prevailed in the $35,000 Preferred/Open Handicap while Nova Artist came three-wide to win the $30,000 DelawareSpecial at Dover Downs on Thursday, Dec. 6.
David Miller raced Nob Hill High on the outside from the start and they continued to wear down their opponents the rest of a 1:50.3 mile. The victory was Nob Hill High's sixth of the season. After finishing a close-up second three times and third three times in his last eight starts, the McArdle-Anniecrombie six-year-old with a strong finish won for the 27th time in his career.
Several contenders had brief leads throughout the contest with Stolen Car and Ron Pierce a strong second. Paco Labrook closed in a hurry for Brad Hanners to finish third.
Bruce Saunders trains Nob Hill High for breeder-owners Bob Mondillo and Don Robinson. The win lifts his seasonal earnings to $276,190 and $792,153 lifetime.
Nova Artist also carved out a 1:50.3 victory in the $30,000 Delaware Special. Driver Allan Davis' patient drive paid off following horses before moving three wide on the last turn. Nova Artist turned on the afterburners, passing horses for his seventh triumph of the year. Martin Davis trains the five-year-old son of Real Artist-Avon Lady for parents Eddie and Kathy Davis. Mustang Art closed from far back to take second with Ron Pierce. Restless Native took third with Mike Cole in the bike.
Nova Artist has moved is career earnings to $602,117 in his career of which $168,117 has come this season.
The 1:50.3 clocking was popular during the card. In one of two $16,500 races, the Winners-Over pace, Cam B Zipper came from off the pace to give driver Corey Callahan his sixth win of the night. Charger (Brad Hanners) was the runner-up. Catchmecullen A (Allan Davis) was the show finisher. It was also the third victory for trainer Mike Hall of the Doug Lewis Stable.Howard Taylor, Alan Kaplan, Ronan and LA Express stables own the Camibest-Kellycrombie gelding.
Joe Muscara's Im Fulla Luck N scored his second consecutive victory as Tim Tetrick guided the Northern Luck-Fellamore N gelding to victory in 1:52.1. Jeff Clark trains the recent import now a winner of more than $100,000 this year in combined earnings. Brave Alex Semalu (Core yCallahan) was next. Polaris N (Ross Wolfenden) was the show horse.
Vic Kirby drove Showdown At Sun Up to his second straight victory in 1:52.3 in a $16,500 3,4&5-Year-Old pace for trainer Leigh Nichol of the Tyler Raymer Stable. Wild Shot Hanover (Frank Milby) got up for second in front of Beavercreek Artist (Matt Kakaley).
Callahan's six wins give him 18 winners in the last four programs this week. Mike Hall of the Doug Lewis Stable has conditioned three more wins and five winners the last two days.
When racing resumes on Sunday at 5:30 p.m., the top DSBF two-year-old pacers meet in the $100,000 final. (Dover)