Winner's circle 'photo' at Dover
January 05, 2011
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Photo Maxx stormed down the lane to overtake a wall of challengers in deep stretch to win the $26,000 Open Trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday.
As in his previous win two starts back, driver Mike Cole put Photo Maxx into high gear entering the stretch and the SJâ€™s Photo-Affinity gelding zoomed past a foursome of challengers to front-trotting Starsel and rolled on for an impressive 1:55.1 conquest. Libra Vita (Corey Callahan), burdened with post eight, also closed strongly to finish second. Cold Winner (Yannick Gingras) finished third while Starsel, fifth, finished out of first or second for the first time in more than seven starts. Photo Maxx has now won $377,294 in his career.
Vince Copeland made good use of dropping down from the Open ranks and a post position change from the outside to registered a 1:56.4 victory in an $18,000 winners-over trot. Amy and Stew Oldford own the altered son of Keystone Nordic-Allegheny Moon. The $239,578 lifetime winner was chased home by veteran Batalj Launcher (Ron Pierce) and Good Feeling (Ross Wolfenden), second and third, respectively.
Anders Bluestone, piloted by Wolfenden, took on favorite LTâ€™s Best (Copeland) on the turn for home and then pulled away for a 1:55.4 score in his first start for new owners Ken Wood and Bill Dittmar. LTâ€™s Best was second.
Glenda Fulcherâ€™s Counsel, driven by Pierce, was placed first in a $13,000 trot when Jabez (Matt Kakaley), the apparent 1:56.2 winner, was disqualified and placed fifth for several pylon violations and interference in the stretch. Man O Matic (Tony Morgan) was moved up to second with Matrix Hall (Wolfenden) placed third. (Dover Downs)