Spoonful best by a nose in DSBF 3FT final
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Spoonful won her second $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final in six months holding on by a nose in the 3-year-Old Filly trot final on Wednesday at Dover Downs.
Trained by Les Givens, who has trained more DSBF winners than any other conditioner, Spoonful won for the third time this year and seventh time in 18 races lifetime, earning $174,512 for owners Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing.
Driver Jim Morand was concerned as Spoonful led turning for home. "I was worried Spoonful was tiring coming down the stretch, but she had just enough to make it," he said.
After winning both her $20,000 DSBF prelims, the Political Briefing-Sanctions sophomore was installed a 4-5 favorite in the field of eight. On the backstretch, leader Willow Mill Anna (Donnie Long) began to tire and back through the field when Morand moved Spoonful quickly into the lead. In the lane, Ross Wolfenden came on strongly driving Gogh Cinorita and missed by a nose catching Spoonful in the 2:00 final. Black Magic Mist (Art Stafford Jr.) took third in front of Political Energy (Cory Callahan) with Luv Is Blind (Vic Kirby) taking fifth place money.
In the $20,000 DSBF consolation, Redneck Red, a CR Commando-Diamonds For Julie chestnut gelding homebred notched his first career win scoring in 2:01.2 for trainer Arlene Cameron and owner Pamela Wagner. A Chorus Line (Jason Thompson) finished second. Hashtag Hope (Stafford Jr.) was third.
Celebrity Pegasus got away third behind Tough Mac (Callahan) and Gural Hanover (Tony Morgan) in the $20,000 Open Trot Handicap. Heading past the three-quarters, Art Stafford Jr. rushed the 5-year-old son of Andover Hall-Celebrity Athena past the leaders on the outside before the final turn to take the lead and opened up with a :27.3 final panel to score a 1:52 triumph, breaking the former track record held by Hes Spooky (Eric Carlson) established in March 2013 of 1:52.3. Wind Of The North (Kirby) came on for second. Gural Hanover (Morgan) was the show finisher.