Nob Hill High repeats $35,000 Preferred win
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Nob Hill High made it two-straight $35,000 Preferred pace wins while Mustang Art, second last week, was not denied in the $30,000 Delaware Special on Thursday, Dec. 13 at Dover Downs. Allan Davis notched five wins.
David Miller pulled Nob Hill High to the outside on the backstretch and the passed front-pacing Paco Labrook and Brad Hanners on the final turn and then rolled home with a new lifetime mark of 1:50.1 to take the week’s top pace again. Versado couldn’t get into high gear until the stretch and Yannick Gingras directed the gelding to a second-place finish ending a three-race winning streak. This Is Wyatt closed along the passing lane with Ron Pierce to edge Paco Labrook for third.
Bruce Saunders conditions Nob Hill High for Bob Mondillo and Don Robertson. The altered son of McArdle-Annicrombie won for the seventh time this season. He has finished second eight times and 10-times third earning $294,690 in 2012 and $813,653 lifetime.
Ron Pierce took no prisoners en route to a wire-to-wire 1:50.3 triumph in the $30,000 Delaware Special, the second of two handicap feature events. Leaving from post 1, Pierce shook off Sunshine Superman (Jason Lynch) on the way to a :26 opening panel and then fought off Big Bad Eli (Ross Wolfenden) on the way to the top of the stretch and completed his mile with a :28.3 final quarter to secure his ninth win of the season extending his seasonal earing to $143,445 for owners Max Walton and Greg Papaleo.
Jim MacGuire trains the Artiscape-Paula Seelster gelding now a career winner of $237,042. Second-finishing Fancyfreeshark’s (Jon Roberts) two-race win streak ended while Restless Native (Mike Cole) was third.
On the undercard, in a $16,500 3,4&5-Year-Old pace, Irwin Samelman’a Wild Shot Hanover, a three-year-old Dragon Again –Western Duel gelding, teamed with Frank Milby to score a 1:52.2 victory.
Jos Davis and Nanticoke Racing’ Catchmecullen A, trained by John Parker and driver Allan Davis’ fourth win of the day, came on in deep stretch for a 1:51 win in one of three $16,000 Winners-Over Male paces.
In another, Dirty Devil also corralled a 1:51 score with Ron Pierce driving for trainer Bob Rice and owners Mike Horn and Bob Rice Sr.
The third $16,000 event was taken by Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar and Steve Iaquinta’s Beavercreek Artist in 1:50.3. Jim Morand drove for trainer Eric Ell chalking up his second win in his last three starts.
Allan Davis enjoyed his biggest win day at the track making the winner’s circle on five occasions. Ron Pierce,Corey Callahan, trainer Wayne Givens and Legacy Racing of Del. had two wins apiece.
When racing resumes on Sunday, Bondy N, Cracker Pullet and Four Starz Louie head an eight horse field in the $11,000 Male pace feature race.