Kodack Black, who won the $110,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders' Fund (DSBF) summer series final for three-year-old male trotters in July at Harrington Raceway, is poised for a second seasonal title in the First State after coasting to an open-length score in his $20,000 second-round DSBF series division on Tuesday (Dec. 5) at Bally's Dover.
Montrell Teague sent Kodack Black to a clear lead over Reddy Fox (Art Stafford Jr.) on approach to the first turn and the pair controlled splits of :30, 1:00 and 1:29.1 before accelerating clear through the far turn. The Kodak Lindy-Love On Broadway gelding capped his 1:58 mile with a :28.4 final quarter, dismissing of Reddy Fox and evading runner-up Hespookshescores (Russell Foster) by 8-1/2 lengths. Royal Mistake (Justin Vincent) finished third.
Kodack Black, whom Clyde Francis trains for George Teague Jr. Inc., David Collins and Lakiyah Teachey, is a 13-time winner with $207,979 in career earnings. He paid $2.10 to win.
The other division, a non-wagering event conducted before the pari-mutuel program, went to Joe Columbo trainee I Got It Made. In line to Ross Wolfenden, the Iron Mine Bucky-Rapsong gelding sat last in the four-horse field before vaulting down the grandstand in mid-stretch to win in 1:58.4, out-kicking the first-over Perfect Twenty (Victor Kirby) by a half length. Longtime pacesetter Paleface (Ross Shand) was a gamely defeated third.
I Got It Made is now a four-time winner with $63,484 earned for owner-breeder George & Tina Dennis Racing.
Second-round winners Kodack Black and I Got It Made will be joined in next Tuesday's (Dec. 12) $110,000 DSBF series final by first-round winner Paleface, Hespookshescores, Reddy Fox, Royal Mistake, Youngbuck and Perfect Twenty.
Thirteen sophomore pacing fillies are slated to square off in a pair of $20,000 second-round DSBF series divisions at the beginning of Wednesday's (Dec. 6) 15-race program at Bally's Dover. First post is 4:30 p.m.
Muscle Dynasty Tops Open Trot
Muscle Dynasty brushed down the backstretch and won confidently in the $25,000 Open Handicap Trot on Tuesday night.
Oh Boy brushed to the top and posted fractions of :27.4 to the quarter and half in :57.4. Victor Kirby was able throttle his speed with a :30 second quarter. Muscle Dynasty moved off the pylons from fourth, in front of the stands and first up on the rim. Embrace The Grind followed second over on the outside and Black Hope grabbed the third over cover. Muscle Dynasty was able to brush past pacesetter Oh Boy down the backside, reaching the three-quarters in 1:25.1, a :27.2 third panel. Muscle Dynasty, the 3-1 betting favourite, led to the wire, winning by a length in 1:54. He paid $8 to win. That Ole Bar Stool charged home late to finish second. Fifty Ways was third.
Muscle Dynasty (Muscle Hill-Miss Liv) is owned by Frank Chick of Harrington, Delaware. Corey Callahan drove and his uncle, Walter Callahan, trains the winner.
Incaseyoudidntknow looks to win her fifth consecutive win and competes in the Fillies/Mares Open Pace on Wednesday night. Boudoir Hanover will attempt to play the spoiler for trainer Tony Alagna.
Bally’s Dover races Monday through Thursday with a post time of 4:30 p.m.
(With files from the Delaware Standardbred Breeders' Fund and Bally's Dover)