Longshot prevails on a rainy Sunday at Dover Downs

by Marv Bachrad, publicity director, Dover Downs

Dover, DE — It was a rainy and longshot filled Sunday, Jan. 13, at Dover Downs with the longest price coming in the feature race when Nono Yezz Rusty won at 36-1 odds. Tony Morgan and Corey Callahan each drove three winners.

Carter Racing Stable’s unheralded Nono Yezz Rusty zipped down the passing lane with Eddie Davis, Jr. driving to score a lifetime best 1:56.3 victory in a $14,500 4- and 5-year-old mares pace. Keystone Demi (Corey Callahan) beat front-pacing Lucky Lady L (Roger Plante) for second money.

In a $14,000 pace for younger male horses, one of the few favorites to win, Big League Yankee, owned by the Kellers and Bittles, raced outside for much of the last half before persevering in 1:55.1 with Tony Morgan at the controls. Cathedral Grove (Corey Callahan) was a close second. Tufsun Beach (Eddie Davis, Jr.) was the third horse.

Kevin Sizer piloted Robert DeBolt’s 19-1 shot Ain’t Gonna Happen to a 1:54.4 decision in a $10,500 male pace, giving trainer Bobby Myers his second win on the card. Backintheday (Roger Plante) was second with Hincapie Hanover (Wayne Truitt) next.

$35,000 Preferred Pace headlines outstanding Monday card

Art Director moves up to the $35,000 Preferred Pace, Klondike Kid makes his $32,500 Delaware Special Invitational debut, while Hot Lather returns to defend last week’s Open Pace win on a power packed Monday, Jan. 14, program at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m.

Kovach Stables’ Art Director, a winner of three of his last four starts, is joined by two fast newcomers — Summersby Stable’s Lucky NZ, reined by Tim Tetrick, and 3 Brothers Stables’ JK CU Later, with Yannick Gingras.

Returnees to the week’s top pace are the razor-sharp Sharky Osborne and Tim Tetrick; Prince Of Luck, driven by Brandon Givens for Bonnie Allen and Brenda Harper; and Boy Oh Boy Stable’s Dream Rocket with Tony Morgan.

Irv Bork and trainer Erika Paradee’s Bullion Bill A and Eric Goodell, and Glass Pack, racing for Lou Schaefer and Peter Heffering with Ross Wolfenden in the bike, have outside posts.

Klondike Kid, a 1:52.1 winner last week for Fred Hertrich, Brooks Stables and Green Racing, drew outside post seven with Eric Goodell driving in the $32,500 Delaware Special.

Ron Pierce will pilot Beware Beret from the rail for Mike Zimmerman, Trey Paradee and trainer Erika Paradee. Johnny Waite’s Noble Tess brings a glowing record of two seconds and a win in his last three starts with Brandon Givens at the helm. Arty Foster, Jr.’s Village Blitz and Tony Morgan have been regulars in this event.

The other starters are recently-turned 4-year-olds, Teague Inc.’s Mr Apples with Jim Morand and Tim Tetrick driving Carter Racing’s Rusty’s For Real.

Nine lineup for the $27,000 Open Pace. Jack Davis’ Hot Lather, driven by Corey Callahan, was a 1:50.4 winner last Monday. Bill Emmons’ Mattazuma and Tim Tetrick also won his last race for three wins in four starts. Patchel Family Stable’s Home Run Hudson, second last week, gets Eric Goodell to drive.

The other starters are newcomer Fox Valley Armor with Yannick Gingras driving for Sylvia Burke and Weaver Bruscemi; Ken Wood’s Ross The Boss N and Roger Plante will be the one to catch leaving from post one; WJ McDougall Racing’s Richard Henry N and Ross Wolfenden are alongside; Brian Sears drives Quality Western for Carmen Iannacone, George Giamarino, T L P Stable and D’Elegance Stable IX; Albert Hanna’s Jordan’s Planet will be driven by Ron Pierce; and Carter Racing and trainer Bobby Myers’ Immortal Quest N is teamed with Eddie Davis, Jr.

Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs live racing is dark Fridays. Saturday and Sunday post time is 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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