Dover, DE – A field of eight outstanding colt and gelding pacers are set to compete in the $310,000 Progress Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night (Nov. 24).
Heading the field will be Charlie May, who recently eclipsed $1 million in lifetime earnings recently and won the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers at Dover Downs on Nov. 11.
His main threat could come from Ron Burke’s powerful entry of Lou’s Pearlman and Southwind Gendry.
Lou’s Pearlman won the Little Brown Jug in September. Last week, he won the elimination for the Progress Pace thanks to a perfect drive by Yannick Gingras.
Southwind Gendry won the Matron Stakes last year at Dover Downs as a 2-year-old. He too has bankrolled more than $1 million in lifetime earnings and finished a fast-closing second only a neck behind his entry mate in last week’s elimination.
Hellabalou, the Adios winner at The Meadows on July 31, seeks an instant return on investment after his owner Erik Good spent $25,000 to supplement his entry into the race.
The undercard features The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Final for 2-year-old pacing fillies and carries a purse of $100,000. The race is named in honor of former racing official Ramona Hubbard.
Also on the betting card is the $27,500 Blue Hen Open Handicap pace featuring Scuola Hanover, who has 33 career wins and $574,119 in lifetime earnings. She will take on the boys after returning from a second-place finish in a Fillies and Mares Open Handicap at Yonkers Raceway on Nov. 18.
Scuola Hanover upset Lyons Sentinel, who finished third, in a Mares Invitational Handicap on Nov. 10 at Dover Downs.
Post time on Wednesday is 4:30 p.m.
The Progress Pace field is as follows:
1. Abuckabett Hanover 2. Lou’s Pearlman 3. Hellabalou 4. Chase H Hanover 5. Rockyroad Hanover 6. Virgo 7. Charlie May 8. Southwind Gendry