Hes Spooky rushed along the passing lane to catch front-trotting Green Day in the last two strides in track record time for an older male trotter of 1:53.2 at Dover Downs tonight.
For the second straight week, driver Eric Carlson enjoyed a perfect two-hole trip and then stormed past the leader to record victory in the week’s feature trot. Corey Callahan had Green Day away quickly and led until the final stages.
E L Rock and Tim Tetrick took an unsuccessful shot at Green Day on the backstretch to no avail. Green Day was second, with E L Rock, third. Anders Bluestone was a late scratch from the feature.
Hes Spooky (4) sets a new track standard in this narrow win over Green Day (3).
The win was the third in a row for Hes Spooky owned by Howard Taylor, Alan Kaplan, LA Express and Rojan stables and trained by meet leader Mike Hall of the Doug Lewis Stable. The Cantab Hall - Yankee Topaz six-year-old won for the third time in five starts in 2013. He has now won $298,474 in his career.
Mandabra, driven by North American and meet-leading driver Corey Callahan, scored an impressive 1:53.2 victory in the $16,000 Winners-Over trot secondary feature. The seven-year-old Kadabra - Beautiful Mind gelding equaled his lifetime mark turning back Windsun Galaxie (Tony Morgan) and Baximum (Tim Tetrick) for owners Charles Bonucceli, Shaun and trainer Nick Callahan.
Eddie Dennis, who has returned to driving full time, guided Im So Striking to a 1:57.1 triumph in a $14,000 conditioned trot. Trained by Dennis, the So Striking - Ringside Katie gelding is owned by Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stable. Awsome Valley (Carlo Poliseno) was runner-up. Uwantapieceofme (George Dennis) finished third.
In a $13,000 4&5-Year-Old trot, Walter Callam’s Spunky Jack was an 18-1 winner with Roger Plante driving the Super Punk - My Embrace gelding. Devoutly Hanover (Jim Morand) and Astarsborn Hanover (Eric Carlson) were second and third respectively.
Jim Morand had a driving triple. Corey Callahan, Jim Morand, Brad Hanners had two wins apiece while Jon Roberts with owner-trainer Bobby Glassmeyer collaborated on a double.
Thursday is top pacer day with Versado, back from last week’s Presidential Final, and Dancin Yankee, event winner two weeks ago, headlining the $35,000 Preferred pace and Nova Artist and Mustang Art squaring off again in the $30,000 Delaware Special.