Wednesday's (Feb. 27) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Dover Downs and Pompano Park.
Anders Bluestone joins $1 million club
Dover, DE --- After a nearly two month absence from the winner’s circle Anders Bluestone returned in full force to win the $23,000 feature trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The win elevated Anders Bluestone into the $1 million club.
The 7-year-old son of Yankee Glide-Annette Hanover went right to the front and driver Ross Wolfenden never looked back en route to a 1:54 victory. Allmar Surprise spent the race in the pocket and finished second for driver Vic Kirby. Track older trot record holder, He’s Spooky and Eric Carlson, the race favorite, spent the entire mile racing on the outside and still finished third. Mandabra (Corey Callahan) broke stride heading to the first turn yet recovered to finish fourth.
Anders Bluestone won the first Open trot of the New Year on Jan. 2, and then was sidelined for the next three weeks with a foot ailment and poor training conditions before getting back to the track. After a pair of lack luster performances, the trotter began to look like his old self last week finishing third. Eric Ell trains Anders Bluestone for Ken Wood and Bill Dittmar. The trotter has now won $25,760 this year and $1,000,285 lifetime.
On Thursday, Delaware champion Powerful Mist returns in the $35,000 Preferred to take on a Versado-led field while Rusty’s All In is the one to beat in the $30,000 Delaware Special.
-- Marv Bachrad
Pure Barre, part of a powerful Tom Gonsalves entry, conquered five rivals, including her stablemate, and a sloppy racing surface to win the $10,500 Open 1 Handicap Trot on Wednesday night at Pompano Park. The 5-year-old Classic Photo mare, owned by Gonsalves and driven by Kevin Wallis, used her usual stout closing kick to edge past I’ll Tell You What (Dave Ingraham) to win by three parts of a length in 1:56.1. She’s All In (Rick Plano) was a fast-closing third and a length away from the winner on the wire with Blushing Hanover, the other half of the Gonsalves entry, fourth. Dream Lake picked up the final check while the pacesetting Lady Deda D finished last after cutting fractions of :28, :58.2 and 1:27.1. Pure Barre (pronounced Bar-Ray) trailed her rivals for the first half-mile before tilting out on the backstretch and following the live cover of I’ll Tell You What heading into the final turn. Straightening away for home, I’ll Tell You What took a clear lead but was no match for Pure Barre’s knockout punch of :28.2. After the race, driver Wallis said, “This mare loves to race off the pace. I was a little concerned when the half was so slow but she handled the track very well and was able to get by them late. The only thing wrong with her is that I don’t own her!” The win pushed her lifetime earnings over the $100,000 mark--$103,675 to be exact—and proved to be her ninth lifetime success in 63 starts.