Stonebridge Kisses captures feature at Dover

by Marv Bachrad, publicity director, Dover Downs

Dover, DE — On a June in January weather day, Stonebridge Kisses and Badlands Iron Lady put on gusty performances to win the Tuesday, Jan. 8, distaff feature races at Dover Downs.

In the $26,000 Mares Open Handicap, Eric Goodell moved Stonebridge Kisses away from the outside to finally assume the lead entering the clubhouse turn. The Artiscape 8-year-old was then attacked by Yada Yada Yada A, driven by Ross Wolfenden, at the half-mile pole. They raced as a team down the backstretch with Ireneonthemove and Tony Morgan coming on fast. Turning for home, Goodell and Stonebridge Kisses moved away to win easily in 1:51.4 for trainer Josh Green and owner Martin Scharf. Irenenonthemove finished second while early leader Nidya A, with Jim Morand, were the show finishers.

Badlands Iron Lady came from far back turning for home to overtake the battling leaders in deep stretch to post a 1:53.3 victory in the $21,000 secondary feature. Eddie Davis, Jr. drove the Badlands Hanover 5-year-old, trained by Tim Torbert for Only Money Inc. Mr Deli’s Filly split horses for Corey Callahan as the 17-1 shot finished second. Play For Real and Ross Wolfenden edged Sixteen Candles with Bob Kinsey, Jr. for third place.

In the first of two $14,000 distaff paces, Three Point Acres’ Ultimate Bet took the lead early for Sean Bier and never looked back in a 1:53.1 victory. Dream-A-While (Art Stafford, Jr.) closed strongly to finish second. Camturo (Eddie Davis, Jr.) collected third money.

The second $14,000 section was won by 36-1 shot Sweet Lips, driven by Roger Plante for Bonnie Benson and Even Hughes. The Life Sign 4-year-old came from four deep at the top of the lane to overtake the leaders in scoring a 1:54.3 success. Angkor (Brewer Adams) finished second. Love And Truth (Jim Morand) was placed third. Dainty’s Away N (Tony Morgan) finished third, but was disqualified for interference after the start.

Meet leading driver Tony Morgan won three races, giving him a total of 130 wins. Eddie Davis, Jr. and Jim Morand had driving doubles.

$26,000 Open headlines Wednesday card

A $26,000 Open Trot tops an impressive Wednesday, Jan. 9, card at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m.

This week’s feature trot takes on a new look with three regulars returning and White Hollow Bob, winner of a Jr. Open last week, stepping up again as George Dennis drives the 6-year-old Muscles Yankee gelding, now owned by PT Stable, who is looking for a fifth consecutive victory.

Martin Scharf’s Self Professed and Tony Morgan makes his first start in 2008, while Safari Heat, owned by Tom and Gregg Morris, with Roger Plante driving, along with Nick and Parker Callahan’s Elvis Cole, the Trotter of the Meet last season, arriving after last racing at Harrah’s Chester Downs.

Lauren Allen and Foulk Stable’s Rose Run Flash, with Mike Cole piloting, steps up after last week’s win in another Jr. Open, his third in his last four tries at that level. The only mare in the six-horse field, Juliana Edwards’ Khifra Hanover (Frank Milby) has also been super sharp with three wins in her last four outings.

Wednesday and 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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