Paradise Lost upsets at 34-1 at Dover Downs
December 15, 2015
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Paradise Lost, overlooked at 34-1 despite a victory last Tuesday, stormed from far back to win the $21,000 Mares Open Handicap in 1:52.1 on a longshot-filled Tuesday, Dec. 15, card at Dover Downs. Elliesjet N also gained a seventh straight win and red hot Allan Davis had a driving ‘grand slam.'
While Fashion Showdown (Ross Wolfenden) and Double Joy (Jim Morand) were battling on the front, Montrell Teague edged out from the back with Paradise Lost. On the final turn, still far behind, Teague moved the Artsplace-Loving Ideal eight-year-old into high gear and she rolled on to overtake the leaders and beat Montenegro (Brett Miller) to the wire for her fifth victory of the year. So in her return to top form after an injury last Spring, owner, trainer Bob Winkelman has nursed Paradise Lost back for five wins and $48,562 earnings this year and a $331,523 lifetime winner.
Elliesjet N made her first start on this side of the Pacific a winning one on Oct. 13 at Harrington Raceway, and in the six that followed, including a 1:52.4 wire-to-wire victory in one of two $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Filly and Mare paces. Art Stafford Jr. drove the five-year-old black Jereme's Jet-Elle Mary Rose mare, holding off a strong challenge from Girlofyourdreams, second the entire route, with a :27.2 final panel. In all seven of her U.S. starts Elliesjet N had the lead after all quarters. Spedden, Evans, Nanticoke Racing and trainer Josh Parker own the winner of $36,750 since arriving. Who Dat Heather (Allan Davis) finished third.
In the other $15,000 division. George Dennis piloted Fashion Rocker to victory in 1:53.2 For Blake Baker and Leah Messick, it was the sixth win of 2015 for the Rocknroll Hanover-Show Off three-year-old. Mildred's Button was runner-up with Freeding Frenzy (John MacKinnon) third.
Allan Davis led the drivers with four wins. George Dennis has three, Tony Morgan, Corey Callahan, trainer Darrell Lewis and owner Leah Messick had doubles. (Dover)