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Apache Dame Stays Strong In Dover Open


Published: January 13, 2009 9:15 pm ET

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Apache Dame, after being idle for nearly a year, won her third consecutive $27,000 Mare Open on Tuesday at Dover Downs.

In the feature race, Ross Wolfenden took the lead from Ladyfield (Tony Morgan) early and after shaking off a prolonged challenge from Pacific Philly (Eddie Davis Jr.) along the backstretch asserted herself in the stretch to score a 1:52.3 victory. It was her third win in a row. Pacific Philly held on for second. Faithfully (Vince Copeland) was third.

Sidelined after she finished out of the money in early January 2007, Apache Dame was bred and produced a Badlands Hanover filly. She looked so good after foaling, that owners Paul McDougall and WJ McDougall Racing and trainer Peter Tritton decided to put the Apaches Fame-Amerissa mare back in training. It didn't take her long to return to feature race condition.

Odds of 22-1 and Post 8 did not phase Cantwell Bridge Stable's Lockes Of Love from turning back eight rivals in a 1:53.3 mile in the $23,000 Mares Jr. Open Handicap. Wolfenden drove the Blissfull Hall-Pocket Comb mare into the lead after the half and sped away from Delightful Diva (Morgan) to victory. Cruzin Foralivin N (Mike Cole) was the show horse.

(With files from Dover Downs)

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