Pedal Power, 'Wiggle' Stun At Dover
Pedal Power and Ibetyoucanwiggle pulled mild surprises to win the second-leg $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) events for two-year-old pacing fillies on Tuesday (November 21) at Dover Downs, while Theresademoninme took the $25,000 Open Trot.
With both first-leg winners–Gracefullyforgiven and Go Sandy Go–virtually tied as race favourites, Tim Tetrick pulled Pedal Power out of third turning for home and zoomed past en route to a 1:53.4 triumph in the first of two $20,000 DSBF preliminaries.
Pedal Pusher won for the fifth time in eight starts with two seconds and a third this season for owner-trainer Darrell and Leah Lewis. The Roddys Bags Again-Calico Moon bay has now won $58,443 in her rookie season. Go Sandy Go finished second in front of Gracefullyforgiven.
In the second $20,000 DSBF prelim, Ibetyoucanwiggle came on to score a 1:56.4 victory, with Montrell Teague driving for trainer Clyde Francis and owner-breeder George Teague, Inc. The win was the second in 2017 for the daughter of Mr Wiggles-Betting Machine. In eight races, she has added two seconds and three thirds while earning $52,768. Studio Session (Jason Thompson) was the runner-up, and Cheyenne Zone (Victor Kirby) took third money.
After the two DSBF preliminary legs are completed on Wednesday, the top eight DSBF point-earners in the four divisions will advance to the $100,000 finals for colt and filly trotters and pacers next Thursday (November 30). That day will be highlighted by the $300,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace for three-year-olds.
In the $25,000 Open Handicap Trot on the regular program, Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis’s Therisademoninme has been spectacularly solid in his last eight outings, and earned a 1:54 victory with regular driver Jonathan Roberts in the bike for his fastest clocking of the year.
Uva Hanover (Tetrick), in his first local appearance after racing most of last winter at Dover, finished second. Celebrity Pegasus (Stafford), after spending much of the race on the outside, was third. Murmur Hanover was scratched.
I Like My Boss, a one-time Delaware-sired champion, is back in a winning groove. The Don Boss Vita-Wild One gelding won his second in a row and fourth in his last five races with driver Allan Davis aboard. Owned by trainer Bob Shahan and Jim and A.M. Parsons, he has banked $83,856 of his career $471,120 earnings this season.
On Wednesday, in addition to two $20,000 DSBF filly and a male trot 2nd leg preliminary, an 11-horse field will contest a single $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination. The first eight finishers return on November 30 for the $300,000 final.
There is no live racing this Thursday (November 23) due to the Thanksgiving holiday.