Three hard-hitting new faces drew outside posts in this week’s top event, the $30,000 Preferred Handicap pace tomorrow at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m.
Weaver Bruscemi, Karr, Collura and Burke Racing stable’s Always At My Place, driven by Yannick Gingras, makes his first Eastern appearance after competing in Midwestern features. The six-year-old gelding by Always A Virgin who has $567,000 earned lifetime, is making his first 2017 appearance.
Robert Mondillo and Oompa’s Farms Rodeo Romeo also makes his first 2017 start at Dover, and second overall, with Corey Callahan. The Rocknroll Hanover five-year-old is a half-brother to $1.1 million winner Check Six.
After a pair of qualifiers at the Meadowlands the fast Art History, owned by Ken Klein and Old Block Stables will make his 2017 debut from post six. The six-year-old Western Ideal gelding has $219,000 earned to date in his career.
Dancin Yankee, a $1.5-million winner owned by Rich Lombardo and L&J Racing will be driven by Allan Davis, this week. Niss Allen’s Ima Rebel and Tony Morgan, finished a strong closing third, beaten a length last Thursday.
Art Stafford Jr. drives Cajon Lightning for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, who has three straight second-place finishes. Fearless Diablo, a recent addition from Indiana feature races, piloted by Jonathan Roberts,
starts for owners Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis. The rail belongs to JCraparolla & PBerry Racing’s Vapour N, who raced in the Preferred early in the meet.
The co-feature is the $27,500 Delaware Special featuring two horses on win streaks, Blazing Bobby Sox (Stafford Jr.) is fresh from a pair of impressive victory for the Staffords in his last two outings and Don Marine and Brent Hall’s Emeritus Maximus (Gingras) stepping up after two wins straight.
For the second week in a row Little Ben (Kirby), owned by Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney King, starts from post one. The steady Mustang Art (Sean Bier) owned by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo and George&Tina Dennis’ upset minded Seventh Secret, cannot be overlooked.
Other contenders are Al Carter and trainer Doug Lewis’ Captive Audience (Callahan), Bill Sartin and Mark Salerno’s Special T Rocks (Jim Morand), and the strong finishing Sweet Rock (Allan Davis) owned by G.P. Calloway, Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing,
A powerful undercard is included in the 15 race program.