Dover, DE --- Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce drove seven winners, while Dancin Yankee and Mustang Art were the winners of the $35,000 Preferred and $30,000 Delaware Special features on an overcast night at Dover Downs on Thursday (Jan. 17).
Trainer Josh Green conditioned four winners after three wins the previous night. Owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta and trainer Eric Ell had three wins.
|Dancin Yankee was a head winner over Stolen Car in the Preferred.|
After two qualifying wins and his first start in nearly three months, Josh Green-trained Dancin Yankee affirmed that he was ready to return to fast-class racing as Corey Callahan piloted the 5-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest to a 1:50.1 victory in the $35,000 Preferred.
Owned by Bob Briley and Baron Racing Stable, Dancin Yankee, who won nearly a quarter-million dollars last season, fought off gritty Stolen Car and Pierce in a tenacious stretch battle to win by a head. Mainland Key N came on to finish third for Ross Wolfenden. Dancin Yankee has now won $424,462 in his career.
|Mustang Art held off Nova Artist by a nose in the Delaware Special.|
The Delaware Special was also decided by the photo finish camera as Mustang Art, reined by Pierce, had just enough to outlast Nova Artist and Allan Davis in a 1:51 mile. Toby Lynch left hard with Sunshine Superman to exhaust Rusty’s All In (Callahan) after a :26.4 opening panel. Sunshine Superman had enough left to finish third.
Adventure Bound became the fourth of seven winners for Pierce. Trained by Ell for owners Wood, Dittmar and Iaquinta, the altered son of Camluck-Unchained Speed stormed home in 1:51.2 to win the $23,000 Open Pace. Im Fulla Luck N (Callahan) was runner-up with All Week (Wolfenden) the show finisher.
Friday is a dark day at Dover. Saturday and Sunday post time is now 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday starting time is 4:30 p.m.