Star Sapphire and Vandalous won the first legs of the $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) for females while Super Fly took the $20,000 male preliminary. Enhance Your Mind came through for the veterans of the sport with a 1:52.1 triumph in the $25,000 Mares Open Pace.
Vandalous won the fastest of the two Delaware-sired filly trots by a neck in 1:59.4. Corey Callahan moved the daughter of JM Vangogh to the outside after the three-quarter pole from second to take command in mid-stretch while fending off a strong finish from Uptown Spunk (Roger Plante).
Chambers Racing, Cinbrew Enterprises LLC and BCJM own the filly, who now has three victories in six starts with a second and a third, to lift her freshman season earnings to $43,800. Alpine Chic (Allan Davis) led early and held on for third.
Russell Foster left sharply with Serendipity Stable’s homebred Star Sapphire in the first $20,000 DSBF division and led throughout a 2:02.2 mile closing off with a :28.4 final quarter.
Trained by Tui Stone, the Anders Bluestone-Victory Starburst bay won for the second time in six outings and also has a second and third on her resume. Deja Vu Blue (Ross Wolfenden) was second with Barn Yard Judy (Bret Brittingham) in third.
Star Sapphire, who won the $100,000 Harrington DSBF edition, has now banked $65,650 this year.
Super Fly scored the fastest freshman mile of the day with Art Stafford Jr. directing a 1:58.1 victory in the only $20,000 DSBF division for colts and geldings. The Super Punk-MLT Feds gelding is owned by Leigh Raymer, Stephen Moss and Stacy Johnson-Stafford. It was the second win for Super Fly from four outings and he has now won $34,500. Boston Cruiser (Jonathan Roberts) saw a four-race win-streak end by finishing second. Sky Marshall (Carlo Poliseno) was third.
Enhance Your Mind got back on the winning ledger by notching a 1:52.1 win in the $25,000 Mares Open pace. Last season's Horse of the Meet, is a daughter of Riggins-Enhance The Night and with regular driver Vic Kirby in the bike, she collected her eighth win of the year.
Enhance Your Mind has now won $$115,52 for owner/trainer Bryan Truitt. St. Kitts (Roberts) and Purrfect Bags (Tim Tetrick) were second and third, respectively.
Next week, the DSBF 2-year-old preliminaries reach the second and final legs. The top eight DSBF horses with the most points in both trotting and pacing divisions make the $100,000 finals for colt and filly trotters and pacers on Nov. 30, the same day as the $300,000 (est.) Hap Hansen Progress Pace for 3-year-olds.
Tetrick had three wins to add to his current leading driver total of 24, while. Russell Foster, Corey Callahan and Art Stafford Jr. had two driving wins. Nick Callahan had two wins to move into second-place among trainers. Josh Green also had two winners.
Thursday is an outstanding program at Dover Downs headed by four rich Matron Stakes for 3-year-olds, with a $30,000 Preferred and $25,000 Open pace.
Dover Downs now features a 50-cent Pick-5 wager starting with the second race through the sixth. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. (Dover)