Zizi’s Comet puts streak on the line in Open Trot

by Marv Bachrad, publicity director, Dover Downs

Dover, DE — Zizi’s Comet seeks a sixth win in a row in the $20,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday, January 7 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.

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Zizi’s Comet will seek to continue his winning ways on Wednesday at Dover.

Frank Ambrose’s Zizi’s Comet and driver Steve Warrington start from the outside in a field of seven after chalking up a now typical wire-to-wire victory to finish the 2003 season. Zizi’s Comet had nine wins and earnings of $90,530 for the recently concluded year.

Other starters are Black Horse Racing’s Under My Thumb, a stakes winning filly making her first four-year-old start after closing out last year with two wins with Brad Hanners driving. Rich Crammer and driver Bobby Reeser’s So Striking draws the rail after scoring a 1:581 nose victory for Tim Curtin last time out. Crystal Ball Stable’s Notorious Buck raced gamely to finish second in his last start with Travis Bowman driving.

The rest of the lineup includes Ringside Leah, piloted by Jim King, Jr., the only other female in the race, the fast Frisky Fella, owned, trained and driven by Sam Beegle, and Double Down Stable’s Rattlesnake Jake, handled by Herve Filion.

Rose Run Casanova (Hal Belote), owned by Kevin Sizer and Brooks Stables, brings a three race win streak into the sub-featured $15,500 Winners Over Trot. A pair of second place finishers last time, Green Racing and driver Jim Morand’s Put Them On Hold, and Tom Crouch’s Prank Player (Jim King, Jr.) head the challengers.

Starting from the rail is R Little Am Lo (Eddie Davis, Jr.), owned by Ken Wood and Howard Perlmutter. Altman, Hesslein, Adams and Ginger Tree Farm’s Astro Hall (Sam Beegle), My Royal Aim, owned, trained and driven by Toby Lynch, Jr., and Tamara Williams’ Nonna’s Treasure (Eddie Davis, Jr.) have upset credentials. The lone filly is Play Chip, owned by driver Mark Lancaster and Massina Stables, while Murray and Peter Goldberg’s classy gelding Always On Guard (Jim Marshall III) leaves from the second tier.

Nine take part in the top pace on the program, a $10,500 event. Keith Richardson’s Stagedoor Left (Ross Wolfenden) is the only winner last time facing Ron MacArthur’s Cocky Cam Shark (Vic Kirby), William Moffett’s Wailea and Teague Inc. and Kovach Stables’ Potomac Affair (George Dennis) among others.

Monday through Thursday post time at Dover Downs is 4:30 p.m. No racing on Fridays with Saturday and Sunday starting times at 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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