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Dover Downs offers another solid Thursday card

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Ted Black

March 1st, 2019

While many harness racing tracks offer their best programs on the weekend, Dover Downs has historically found its niche by hosting solid cards during the week as is the case each Thursday evening at the Delaware five-eighths mile oval.

In the feature race on the card, Duplicated N (Tim Tetrick) rebounded from a pair of dull outings to begin his campaign to benefit from a pocket trip through the first three calls then overhauled Bags To Riches (Victor Kirby) and wore that one down late for a two length score in 1:49.4 in the $27,500 Open Handicap for older pacers. A five-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding trained by Jim King, Jr., Duplicated N notched his first win from three starts this year and will likely be assigned an outside slot next week in the top class.

One race earlier in a $15,000 Winners Over class, Sicily (Kirby) lived up to his role as the 4-5 favorite in that event when he gained command before a 26.2 opener, rolled by the half in 54.4 and by three-quarters in 1:22.4 then just outlasted Penzance Hanover (Art Stafford, Jr.) for a neck victory in 1:50.3. A seven-year-old Art Major gelding trained by Wayne Givens, Sicily recorded his first win from six starts this year after finishing second three times in five earlier setbacks and pushed his seasonal earnings toward $30,000.

Then one race earlier in a $14,000 Winners Over class for pacers, Sweet Rock (Allan Davis) benefited from a pocket trip through the first three calls then angled out late to score by two lengths in 1:50.3 as the 1-2 favorite. An eight-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding trained by Givens, Sweet Rock notched his second win from nine starts this year and now owns nearly $30,000 banked along the way.

One race earlier in a non-winners of $11,001 last six starts class for older pacers, Hug The Wind N (Corey Callahan) easily lived up to his role as the 2-5 favorite when he gained command from post five and led through honest fractions of 27, 55.1 and 1:23.4 en route to a two-length score in 1:51.4. An eight-year-old Bettor's Delight stallion trained by Josh Green, Hug The Winds N recorded his first win in eight starts this year and bumped his seasonal earnings to $17,000.

Then one race earlier on a non-winners of nine races lifetime class for younger pacers, California Cruisin (Tetrick) lived up to his role as the 1-2 favorite when he gained command in a 27 opener, maintained an honest tempo to the half in 55.3 and by three-quarters in 1:23.3 then held sway late to score in 1:51. A four-year-old Somebechsomewhere gelding trained by Mike Hall, California Cruisin notched his fourth win from eight starts this year and pushed his seasonal earnings toward $40,000.

Two races earlier in a non-winners of $8,501 last six starts class, Robbie Burns N (Dexter Dunn) lived up to his billing as the 1-2 choice when he benefited from a pocket trip through the first three calls, angled out on the far turn and romped home four lengths clear in 1:50.1. An eight-year-old Live Or Die gelding trained by Joshua Parker, Robbie Burns N posted his first win in seven starts this year and nearly doubled his seasonal earnings to $12,000.

Then two races earlier in another non-winners of nine races lifetime class for younger pacers, All Night Party (Mike Cole) forged a 5-1 upset when he gained command in a 27.2 opener, rolled by the half in 55.3 and by three-quarters in 1:23 then held safe Mystical Wally (Callahan) to score in 1:51. A four-year-old American Ideal gelding trained by Joe Columbo, All Night Party notched his first win from nine tries this year and pushed his seasonal earnings past $17,500 with the score.

One race earlier in the Thursday opener at Dover, Bag Pipe Major (Pat Berry) lived up to his billing as the 1-2 favorite when he overcame an extended first over bid to score in 1:52.3 in a non-winners of six races or $37.501 lifetime class for younger pacers. A five-year-old Art Major gelding trained by Nick Surick, Bag Pipe Major notched his first win from four starts this year and more than doubled his seasonal earnings toward $8,500.
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