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Nova Artist earns speed-badge honors at Dover

November 15, 2013
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Nova Artist won the $27,500 Delaware Special with a convincing 1:49.2 triumph, the fastest clocking, on a fast Thursday card at Dover Downs.
 
On the heels of a come-from-behind 1:51.2 victory last week, Nova Artist, reined by Allan Davis, took the lead after a:26.2 opening quarter and then was never challenged winning for the eighth time this year. Mustang Art, with Ron Pierce, finished second with Eagle All and Ross Wolfenden third. Nova Artist brings his seasonal earnings to $149,850 for owners Eddie and Kathy Davis. The Real Artist-Avon Lady 6 year old has won 30 times and banked $752,167 lifetime.
 
In the first of three $15,000 winners-over paces, driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Nick Surick teamed up for a 1:49.4 victory as KDM Stable's Valantino, a brown 6 year old by Rocknroll Hanover-Schoolofcardknocks horse won for the third time in eight races this season. Adventure Bound (Pierce) raced gamely and finished second. Once escaping from being locked in, Rock On Moe (Allan Davis) closed to be third.
 
Harry von Knoblaugh's Texican N made his first local start a success as Tim Tetrick drove the recent Bettor's Delight-Bury My Heart import trained by Pete Tritton to an impressive 1:50.4 win in another $15,000 winners-over pace. Wahine (Jim Morand) saw a two-race win streak end in a second place finish. Jeremes General (Davis) was third.
 
The third $15,000 event went to Stacie Billings' SB Mikes Hot Beach teamed with driver Mike Rossi. The Magical Mike-One Hot Beach 5 year old registered a new lifetime mark of 1:52.2. Sir Globalop Z Tam (Eddie Davis Jr.) was second. Rock N' Roll Jet (Bret Brittingham) and Lollipop Kid (George Dennis) dead-heated for third.
 
Tetrick also drove Panfully Cool to victory in 1:52 to win a $25,000-$30,000 claimer. JoAnn King and Tom Kemp own The Panderosa-Bell Bottom Pans gelding conditioned by Jim King. Esprit De Kaky Jay A (Matt Kakaley) and Grab The Fortune (Vic Kirby) were second and third, respectively. (Dover Downs)
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