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Racing Roundup: Starsel dominates at Dover
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - from harness publicists around North America

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Wednesday’s (Dec. 1) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Dover Downs, The Meadows and Harrah's Chester.

Starsel dominates at Dover

Dover, DE --- Starsel was in command from the start in a 1:55.3 victory in the $27,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday at Dover Downs.

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Starsel went wire-to-wire in Wednesday's feature at the Speedway
Daryl Bier got Starsel away quickly to take the front and the others played Follow the Leader the rest of the mile as Starsel recorded his third win of the year in the week’s feature trot. Glen DelRusso, Charles Dombeck and trainer-driver Bier own the 7-year-old Angus Hall--Super Sally gelding who has earned $47,645 this year and $631,697 in his career.

Lira Vita, driven by Corey Callahan, went a tough trip challenging the winner for much of the last half-mile and finished second, ending a three-race win streak. Nordic Venture closed well for Vince Copeland for third money.

-- Marv Bachrad

The Meadows
Enjoying his seat behind the dueling leaders, Rembrandt Spur charged through snow showers and the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Sir Caviar controlled the early fractions but was challenged down the backside by Triumphant Caviar. Rembrandt Spur saved ground and energy along the pylons, then brushed inside for trainer/driver Dick Stillings to score in 1:56 over a track rated “good.” Triumphant Caviar was second, a head back, while Sir Caviar saved show despite a late break. Roy Davis owns Rembrandt Spur, a 4-year-old Pegasus Spur-Marty E gelding who holds or shares four Meadows’ track records and extended his career bankroll to $334,528. Dave Palone drove five winners on the 15-race card.

Harrah's Chester
While Tim Tetrick dominated Monday and Tuesday afternoon at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack, the Wednesday afternoon program saw Andy Miller crush his fellow drivers, scoring four wins on the afternoon.
One of them came aboard his own The Chancellor ($4.20), a trotter he co-owns with the Arden Homestead Stable. The 4-year-old son of Yankee Glide was a 2-1/2 length winner in his first round division of the Harrah's Boulevard Late Closing series for older trotters, braving a first-over trip to win in 1:55.1 over a "good" track. Andy's wife Julie handles the training duties of The Chancellor, who wore down Dink Adoo (George Napolitano) on the last turn before holding off a belated rally from And Heez Perfect (Tetrick). The fastest of the trotters, however, was Winning Mister, who dominated in a pillar-to-post 1:53 effort under Matt Kakaley despite a "sloppy" track caused by heavy rains earlier in the day. Salutation Hanover ($9.60, Yannick Gingras, 1:56), A Gentleman ($6.80, Napolitano, 1:55.4), and A Crown For Lindy ($10.80, Tetrick, 1:56.4) also won their respective $25,000 divisions of the Harrah's Boulevard. Miller also took two $20,000 divisions of the Northeast Extension series for pacing fillies and mares, aboard Star Keeper ($13.20) for a 1:54.3 win and Four Starz Skate ($34.00) who was victorious in 1:55.4. I-Lady ($5.60, Jim Meittinis, 1:54.3) and Fortunes Smile ($47.00, Napolitano, 1:54.3) rounded out the winners of the Northeast Extension series.

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