Progess Pace headlines Sunday at Dover
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The Progress Pace, the signature event of Dover Downs’ impressive month-long "Novemberfest” of stakes racing, is the $284,164 feature of more than $500,000 in events on a big Sunday, December 1 program.
Last Sunday, in the Progress Pace elimination and with race favorite Vegas Vacation scratched, Twilight Bonfire, owned by Bob Key, pulled a stunning upset at 20-1 odds on a cold and windy night. Tim Tetrick urged the three-year-old from off the pace to nip Sunshine Beach in the last step. Hall of Famer John Campbell drives Sunshine Beach, a Matron elim winner and second in the final, for trainer Mark Steacy and owners Conrad Leber, Diane Bertrand and Hudson Standardbred.
Dedi’s Dragon, who owns a victory over Captaintreacherous this season, finished third in the elim but makes a big change in post positions leaving from the rail this time with Yannick Gingras driving for P. Collura, T Hendler, Mark Weaver, Mike Bruscemi and Burke Racing. Another rival, Wake Up Eagles Soar and Wake Up Peter Partners, L.Willinger and Brittany Farms’ Wake Up Peter is teamed with Scott Zeron. They were a fourth-place finisher last week. Emeritus Maximus reined by Simon Allard got a fifth-place check in the elim for owners Alan Alber, Eagle Soar Partners and Cheap Speed Stable.
The other contenders in the $100,000 test are Messenger Stake-winner Ronny Bugatti, owned by E.A. Prevost, B.T. McNeese and T.L.Houghton, who cut out most of the early pace for driver Jason Bartlett a week ago, Clint Westwood, owned by Weaver-Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, Ed Smith and Burke Racing with meet leading driver Corey Callahan and Good Day Mate, with Matt Kakaley in the bike for Good Day Mate Partnership,
Also on the strong Sunday card are two $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finales for two-year-old pacers. In the DSBF Filly Final, the program favorite is Garnet O’Mara’s homebred Seboomook Fool Yah. Her competitors are The Wiz Kids Stable’s Jonigold (Bart Dalious), Treasure Valley (Corey Callahan), George & Tina Dennis and The Wiz Kids Stable’s I’m Won Rum Wiser, and Jeff Bartels’ Crushed Again (Vic Kirby), all winners in previous prelim divisions among the eight starters.
Karen Walls’ Elite Awards (George Dennis) a winner of seven straight races in eight lifetime outings is the one to beat in the $100,000 colt and gelding pace. Cavalli Pazzi Stables’ Casino Bags Carlo (Vince Copeland) and Joan Hamstead’s Lewiebyalength (Corey Callahan), from post 8, won both their prelims and Winbak Farms’ Hawker (Jeff Fout), has post 1.
There is a Dover Downs Progress Pace cap giveaway in the track’s Simulcasting. Show your Capital Club card, or get one free, to pick up your all blue 2013 Progress Pace cap.