Self Professed takes Dover\'s feature trot
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Self Professed won the $26,000 Open Trot while Mighty Moses and Saint Johns Boy took the $22,000 Jr. Open Trots on Wednesday at Dover Downs. The 2008 season\'s leading driver Tony Morgan won three races to bring his total to 27 this year.
In the $26,000 Open, Self Professed and Rose Run Flash raced as a team from after the half until deep in the stretch before Morgan urged Self Professed in front at the wire in 1:55.4. Rose Run Flash raced gamely for Mike Cole to take second. Veteran White Hollow Bob with George Dennis was the show finisher. The victory marked the second straight day a Martin Scharf-owned, Josh Green-trained horse won the Open feature at the track. On Tuesday, Stonebridge Kisses was winner of the $26,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace.
Mighty Moses rolled three wide at the top of the stretch then out-kicked his seven rivals to breeze to a 1:55.4 victory in the first of two $22,000 Jr. Open Trots. It was the first of three wins for driver Jim Morand and the 29th lifetime decision for the 8-year-old gelding now owned by Ken and Betsy Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. Spunky Vic with Morgan took place honors with Go Nano Go and Eddie Davis Jr. third.
M&M Harness Racing\'s fast finishing Saint Johns Boy made it all the way in the other $22,000 division when Ross Wolfenden steered the Lindy Lane gelding home in 1:55.3. Sugar Valley Alley made a big move on the final turn for Carlo Poliseno to take an abbreviated lead but had to settle for second. Jake\'s Nordic and Tim Curtin started from post eight and was tortured going for the lead before getting it on the clubhouse turn. After leading until the stretch, the veteran gelding held on for third.
Jason Darling\'s Sandys Attitude came from off the pace for Art Stafford Jr. to notch a 1:56.1 win in a $15,000 conditioned trot. Travelin Lite (Wolfenden) closed well to finish second. The third finisher was Altered States (Morgan).
Stacy\'s Character hustled down the lane to overtake Buffalo Have Wings (Wolfenden) in deep stretch for a 1:54 triumph in a $13,700 Delaware male pace. Bryan Truitt trains, drives and co-owns the Shady Character gelding with Richard Esham. Badlands Sammy (Morgan) picked up third. (Dover Downs)