Dover, DE — Dresden surged late and won the $17,000 mares conditioned pace at Bally’s Dover on Wednesday night *(March 22).
A Delightful Act N left alertly and parked out Shield Maiden and Divine Deo to the quarter. Divine Deo cleared to the lead and Shield Maiden accepted the pocket. The quarter was reached in a rapid :26.1. Divine Deo maintained the lead to the half in :55.3.
A Delightful Act N moved first over past the half and wore down pacesetter Divine Deo midway down the backstretch. Dresden lost that cover but gained momentum on the rim. The 8-5 betting favorite, Best Head West, followed Dresden’s flow but her bid failed. Dresden challenged A Delightful Act N to the three-quarters in 1:23.2.
A Delightful Act N continued to lead by a half-length entering the stretch. Dresden drew closer on the outside. Divine Deo utilized the pocket trip and gained momentum along the pylons. Dresden was able to wear down A Delightful Act N late and won by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:52.1. She paid $7.20 for the win. A Delightful Act N was second for trainer Joshua Parker. Montrell Teague drove. Divine Deo was third for trainer Jason Johnson. Allan Davis drove.
Dresden (Roll With Joe) is owned by Henderson Farms. Robert Cleary trained and Tim Tetrick drove.
Art Stafford Jr. and Allan Davis each won three races on the card.
Racing resumes on Thursday at Bally’s Dover. The feature race is the 12th race Blue Hen/Open Handicap Pace. Penzance Hanover puts his five race win streak on the line. Rose Run Uriah, the world record holder for a five-eighth-mile dash is also entered. Post time on Thursday at Bally’s Dover is 4:30 p.m.