An early Easter Egg Hunt in Mares Open at Dover

by Marv Bachrad, publicity director, Dover Downs

Dover, DE — It may have been a rainy January 22 night at Dover Downs, but Easter Egg Hunt time came early in the $26,000 Mares Open Pace.

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Easter Egg Hunt splashed home in 1:54.4 in the Mares Open.

Easter Egg Hunt was five wide at the top of the lane, but as the field bunched during the stretch drive Roger Plante unleashed the 5-year-old daughter of Misfit. The 28-1 longshot stormed past the leaders to get up in the final stride for a 1:54.4 victory over an “off track.” Leanback Coco and Jonathan Roberts also finished fast to take second while Fionavar Hanover and Tony Morgan, after an arduous trip on the outside battling for the lead, finished third. Eric Ell trained Easter Egg Hunt to her fourth win of the meet for Jim Sita and Karen Feeney.

Delco Stables and trainer-driver Art Stafford, Jr.’s Dream-A-While proved best in the $21,000 Mares Winners Over Pace, scoring a 1:54.3 triumph. The Dream Away veteran won for the second time in her last five starts to go along with three seconds. Mr Deli’s Filly finished second for Corey Callahan with Millwood Ashley N and Brandon Givens taking the show money.

$26,000 Open Trot on Wednesday at Dover

A $26,000 Open Handicap Trot and a $23,000 Jr. Open top a solid Wednesday, Jan. 23 card at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m.

Self Professed looks for a third win in a row while Jake’s Nordic steps up after an impressive victory last week to head a field of eight in the $26,000 Open Handicap feature.

Tony Morgan has driven Martin Scharf’s Self Professed in each of his previous wins but this time must leave from outside post eight. Dan and Tom Courtemanche’s classy veteran Jake’s Nordic and Tim Curtin were in fine form last week in a never-look-back victory in the Jr. Open.

Mighty Moses raced well last time for Jim Morand, driving for Ken and Betsy Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, finishing a strong second. Parker Callahan and trainer Nick Callahan’s Elvis Cole was a close third for Corey Callahan.

M&M Harness Racing’s Saint Johns Boy and Ross Wolfenden should profit from a post change to the rail with newcomer Jabez alongside, trained and driven by Matt Butcher and owned by Crossing Paths Farm. Not to be overlooked are Rose Run Flash, owned by Lauren Allen and Foulk Stables with Mike Cole in the bike, and LA Express’ Striking Mystery with Kevin Sizer.

In the $23,000 Jr. Open Trot, three of the starters were a close-up second in their previous outings. Carlo Poliseno owns, trains and drives Sugar Valley Alley; youthful Jason Lynch is behind Toby Lynch’s Put Them On Hold; while Corey Callahan will steer Howard Kaufman’s Jessie Hall.

Arty Foster’s Spunky Vic finished third last time with Tony Morgan. PT Stable’s White Hollow Bob and George Dennis; Winbak Red, owned by Patrick Lachance and M&M Harness Racing, to be driven by Jim King; and J&E Stable’s Go Nano Go have been racing well.

Preston Walls and Nanticoke Racing’s Brite Speed N with Vic Kirby, and Grand Photo, with Bob Shahan for owners Jeff and Jewell Mash and Cindy Issel, complete the lineup.

Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing at Dover Downs on Fridays. Saturday and Sunday post times are 5:30 p.m. There is no charge for parking or admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner’s Circle Restaurant. Call (302) 674-4600.

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