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Vertical Horizon leads Dover winners

January 18, 2011
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Vertical Horizon was strong in the stretch to win the $35,000 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Preferred pace while Nova Artist and Cams Art racked up their sixth wins in a row on Monday, Jan. 17 at Dover Downs.

A pair of strong Delaware family connections continued lengthening win streaks. Nova Artist, driven by Allan Davis and trained by his brother Martin for owners Eddie and Kathy Davis, their parents, made it six-wins in a row. Last at the half in a nine-horse field, Nova Artist moved up on the outside and at the three-quarters was three-wide going for the lead. After completing the final turn, the Real Artist-Avon Lady four-year-old vaulted four wide down the lane and rolled past the leaders to win easily in 1:52.2. Solano (Corey Callahan), seventh on the backstretch, came on strongly to finish second. Idealic Life (Tim Tetrick) took show honors. Nova Artist now has won $341, 481 in his career.

In a $17,500 4&5-Year-Old pace, he streaking Cams Art also won for the sixth consecutive week. Vic Kirby catch drove the Delaware-sire, bred and owned altered son of Cams Fortune-My Foolish Art for owners Morgan and Jeanne McInnis and for trainer Ryan McInnis. After losing his first start of the meet, finishing second beaten a neck in early November, Cams Art has won each of his last six in easy manner. Main A Dieu Too (George Dennis) was runner-up. Cannae Sonny (Tin Tetrick) was the show horse.

In the $35,000 feature, Vertical Horizon, the beaten favorite last week, made up at 10-1 to win the top pace of the week with Tim Tetrick at the controls. The five-year-old owned by KDM Stables, closed with a rush to beat fast finishing Three Of Spades (Jon Roberts) and Jeremy’s Successor (Sean Bier) to the finish line. Riggins had led from the start but tired in the late going.  The win raised Vertical Horizon, a son of Western Ideal-Summer Mystery trained by Nick Surick, to $674,514 lifetime.

Jeff Bartels’ Yogi Bare overcame starting from post 8 to win one of two $18,500 Male Winners-Over paces. Tim Curtin was in the sulky for the 10-year-old Rambaran-Daretobebare gelding in a 1:51.2 triumph. Pair A Dice (Tim Tetrick) and McCabe Hall (Brad Hanners) were second and third respectively.

Theredandpanlines stepped out of a $25,000 claimer for owner-trainer Bobby Glassmeyer, to notch a third consecutive win in 1:52.2 in the $18,500 Male Winners-Over pace. Art Director (Matt Kakaley) was second in front of Sharky Osborne (Ron Pierce) third. The Artsplace-You Can Fly veteran gelding has won four of his last five races.

Owner-trainer Gary Simpson’s Straighttalkxpress, an altered son of Four Starzzz Shark-Damian Hoss, teamed with Tim Tetrick, to win a division of the $17,500 4&5-Year-old pace in 1:53.2. Hoorayforthegray (Corey Callahan) was a close second with In Treatment (Ben Stafford Jr.) third.  

Arty Foster’s Devil’s Ivy was the longshot of the day. Off at 47-1, Eric Goodell scored his second driving win on the card piloting the Camluck-Idylwood Legend gelding home in 1:52.4 to win a $15,500 Male pace. Rusty’s For Real (Brad Hanners) finished second with Catchmecullen A (Jim Morand) third.

Vic Kirby, Tim Tetrick, Eric Goodell, Ron Pierce, Jon Roberts and trainer Josh Green won two races each.
(Dover Downs)
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