For the second straight time, Royal Becca J overpowered the $25,000 Open/Handicap field, this time in 1:54.2 in a wire-to-wire performance Tuesday (Jan. 30) at Dover Downs.
It’s been an exceptional week for driver Jack Parker Jr.’s two top trotters stable. Last Sunday, Parker guided NF Happenstance to victory over an off track at Yonkers in a $50,000 trot and now Royal Becca J chalked up a third victory in her last five outings with two seconds.
With I Like My Boss scratched, Parker rushed Jim Moore III’s altered son of RC Royalty - Becca J out of post 5 to take the lead in :27.4. They led the rest of the mile, closing on the chilly and windy early evening in :28.1 for Royal Becca J's 18th lifetime win, and making his lifetime earnings reach $250,545. Lazurus (Tim Tetrick) finished second with Moonlight Cocktail (Tony Morgan) closing for third.
In the $13,500 sub-feature trot, Tetrick enjoyed a two-hole trip behind Miami (Vic Kirby) until turning for home when Pure Kemp pulled out and quickly took over in the staightaway scoring 1:55.1 triumph for trainer Josh Green and partner Rich Lombardo. Filled Donut (Eddie Davis Jr.) as the show finisher. The victory as the second straight for the 4-year-old Muscle Hill - Ally Hall mare who has won four of last seven races.
Tetrick also steered Soda Pump home in 1:55.1 to take a $12,000 Winners-Over trot who he co-owns with Triple D Stables. Scott DiDomenico conditions the Cantab Hall- Alot Of Pump gelding. Gillie The Kid (Ross Wolfenden) led for most of the mile until being overtaken in deep stretch. Perseverance (Davis Jr.) was third.
Big Valley Speed, driven by Pat Berry, notched his third win in his last four to win the $15,000-$17,500 Claiming/Handicap. The Valley Speed - Biggirlsurbeautyful gelding is trained by Traci Berry for J Craparotta & P Berry Racing. Donnie Darko (Wolfenden) was a game second with Entranced (Bret Brittingham) next.
Moments Of Joy became Vic Kirby’s third winner on the card for the third time in his last five races to win the $13,000 Mares pace in 1:54.2. It also marked a double for owner-trainer Bryan Truitt. Peekaboo Love (Jonathan Roberts) and Odysseus (Corey Callahan) were second and third, respectively.
Vic Kirby won both ends of the daily double. Kirby and Tim Tetrick won three races. (Dover)