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Divas Image Rallies, Reaches At Dover

Published: December 20, 2017 9:50 pm ET

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Divas Image used the passing lane to catch Enhance Your Mind nearing the finish line for a 1:51.3 victory in this week’s $25,000 Mares Open pace on Wednesday (Dec. 20) at Dover Downs.

Tim Tetrick reversed strategy from the previous week when Divas Image led from the start, only to be caught deep in the lane and beaten by a length while finishing third. This time, the four-year-old Bettors Delight-Rocknroll Diva mare came away with her fourth win of the year for trainer Jenn Bongiorno and owners Our Horse Cents, Stable 45, and J&T Silva stables. She now has won $142,672 in 2017 and $300,582 lifetime. Enhance Your Mind (Vic Kirby) was second with Sweet Bobbie (Art Stafford, Jr.), who prompted the pace on the backstretch, taking third.

Frank Chick’s Rockin BB and driver Eddie Davis, Jr. made it two in a row, notching a 1:52.3 victory in an $18,000 pace. Topville Camaro (Kirby) was next with World Apart (Tetrick) the show horse. Rockin BB is a Rockin Image-Yankee Pankee BB filly trained by Kevin Lare who won for the seventh time this campaign, good for $129,755 in purses.

Cocktail Time won for the third time in her last four outings as Art Stafford, Jr. guided the three-year-old daughter of Bettors Delight-Panevolence to a new record 1:52 clocking in a $16,000 pace. Magicinthemoonlite (Ross Wolfenden) got up for second edging early leader Absolutely Best (Davis), third.

Use Your Noodle put on a gallant effort in the stretch to score a 1:52.1 triumph in a $13,000 distaff pace. Vic Kirby kept Use Your Noodle going under major pressure in the stretch to win for the fifth time this season. The Artzina-Lo Gophobia four-year-old now has won $41,399 this year. BJs Sweetheart (Russell Foster) got second in front of Hold It Hanover (Callahan).

Corey Callahan, his dad Nick Callahan, and Breakaway Racing recorded their second win of the day when Valuable Art won her second straight and posted the fastest time on the program, a 1:51.2 triumph in a $12,000 female pace. Fashion Showdown (Tony Morgan) closed rapidly for second in front of Roselily (Stafford). The Art Official-Race Me Valerie four-year-old lifted her seasonal earnings to 115,394.

Tim Tetrick drove four winners. For the third consecutive day, Corey Callahan had three wins. Vic Kirby, trainer Nick Callahan, and Breakaway Stable had doubles.

Cajon Lightning, Arque Hanover Head Thursday Open

A wide-open $25,000 Open pace is the headline attraction on the final race program of 2017 on Thursday (Dec. 21) at Dover Downs.

Razor-sharp Cajon Lightning, winner of the last two feature races was assigned post 8 in this week’s top race. Art Stafford, Jr. will drive for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms. Among his seven rivals is Sicily, who dead-heated Cajon Lightning in 1;49.3 two starts back, with driver Montrell Teague. Wayne Gives trains the top contender for Reggie Hazzard and Legacy Racing.

Not to be overlooked are Niss Allen and Crissman, Inc.’s Major Uptrend with Tony Morgan; the fast Arque Hanover and Corey Callahan racing for Abe Basen, Tom Lazzaro, and the Robert Cooper Stable; and a pair of three-year-olds—JoAnn Looney-King’s Qs Cruise, piloted by Vic Kirby, and Only Money, Inc. and trainer Jason Skinner’s Bags To Riches, with Tim Tetrick in the bike.

Gerries Sport, a top performer in Indiana, is a newcomer to the lineup. Allan Davis will drive for trainer Josh Green and owners Rich Lombardo, Carl Atley, and Gerrie Tucker.

(Dover Downs)

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