For the third time in four $100,000 finals, driver Ross Wolfenden and Les Givens’ Nanticoke Racing made the winner’s circle, this time with co-owner Delbert Cain, reining in the Filly final notching her third straight win of the early season and 10th in 13 lifetime starts earning $196,440 in her career. Alleigh Girl waited in third as entrymate Da Boss Lady cut out the early fractions until mid-backstretch.
Wolfenden quickly moved out and took the lead before the three-quarters and pulled away to an uncontest race to the finish line in a lifetime best 1:57.4. Commitment To Win rallied from far back with Roger Plante to take second money with La Vita Loca Rusty and Brad Hanners was third. It was the third winner in which Nanticoke Racing was a co-owner. In addition to Alleigh Girl, Wolfenden drove two other DSBF sophomore champions, and was co-owner of two of the winners with Nanticoke Racing of pacer Flight Instructor and trotter Windshield.
Believe This Bob capped off a strong finish this meet by winning the $18,500 3,4&5-Year-Old pace in 1:54.1. Allan Davis drove the Mary Larrimore owned and trained altered son of Beach Romeo-Believe This Gal to his fourth win in his last five races to go with three seconds in nine starts and earnings of $54,815 this year. Matt’s Jack (Corey Callahan) was second. We The People (Jim Morand) finished third.
Ross Wolfenden led all drivers with six wins, while meet leading driver Corey Callahan collected four. Allan Davis and George Dennis had two winners apiece.
During the program, Corey Callahan was presented his third straight Leading Driver award. Josh Green took his eight Leading Trainer title in the 21st century including the last seven in a row and Nova Artist was winner Horse of the Meet chosen by the DelVal chapter U.S. Harness Writers Association.
With completion of Dover Downs 2011-2012 season, Delaware harness racing resumes on April 20 at Harrington Raceway.
Dover Downs 44th season will return in November. Throughout the year, harness and thoroughbred Simulcasting is featured in the Race and Sports Book from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. (Marv Bachrad, Dover Downs)