Sweet Bobbie stepped up in the $25,000 Mares Open and repeated last week’s 7-1 victory while Seboomook Copper and Lotsa Luck won the DSBF colt and filly pace consolations on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at Dover Downs.
Overlooked after last Wednesday’s seven-length 1:52.1 win, the 5-year-old Art Major-Odds On Gobye mare owned by trainer Gary Ewing came on strong in the lane for Art Stafford Jr. to notch a 1:51.1 triumph in the week’s top female event. The win was the third of four for hot-driver Stafford, putting him in a tie for second-place in the driver standings with Corey Callahan at 27.Tim Tetrick leads with 36.
Keystone Riptime, a 40-1 longshot piloted by Ross Wolfenden, stormed home to finish second for a $306.80 exacta while Purrfect Bags and Montrell Teague, third, commanded a $3,389.40 trifecta.
Garnet O’Marrow’s homebred Seboomook Copper, an altered son of Gamblers Dream-Seboomook Mao, held off favorite Fulla Nitro (Jonathan Roberts) for a 1:56.2 victory in the first $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) consolation. Trend Spin (Russell Foster) was third.
Art Stafford’s first win of a big day came directing Lotsa Luck to a 1:57 win in the second $20,000 DSBF consolation, this one in the freshman filly pace. Kissthatonegoodbye (Callahan) was runner-up with Diabolical Spin (Foster) the show horse.
In addition to Art Stafford Jr.’s four-bagger, owner-trainer Josh Parker had a double.
Thursday is the biggest day in 2017 Delaware harness racing. Both millionaires, Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon, the two highest-rated pacers in this year’s Hambletonian Society-Breeders Crown weekly poll, meet among eight starters in Dover Downs’ signature event, the $308,060 Hap Hansen Progress Pace. On the same outstanding program of 13-races are four $100,000 DSBF finals and a $25,000 Open pace heads the undercard. (Dover)