Tuesday's edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from The Meadows and Dover Downs.
CHF Elias zigzags to 20-1 Meadows win
Washington, PA--CHF Elias proved that a straight line isn’t always the path to glory Tuesday at The Meadows as he zigged and zagged his way to a 20-1 upset victory in the Walter Russell Memorial Pace.
The opening leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts and geldings was conducted over three divisions, with Incredible Dragon and Really Lucky taking the other $11,250 splits. The series honors the memory of the late Walter S. Russell Jr., who was inducted into the Harness Hall of Fame in 2011 for his years of service as a judge.
CHF Elias’ odyssey began down the backside, when he rushed up inside for Dick Stillings, only to find his way blocked. The 3-year-old Sharky Spur-Summer Smoke gelding found clearance in the two path but was stymied again in the final turn. Stillings guided him between horses in the stretch, and he broke his maiden in 1:56.2. Elusive Rainbow was second by a length, with Whyamigray third. Richard Perfido trains CHF Elias for Feetdontfailmenow Stable.
In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Hava Kadabra made it three straight by converting a pocket trip to victory in 1:54.3 for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Yannick Gingras. Austin’s Jon Jon rallied for place, a half-length back, while early leader TSM Photo Bugger saved show. The 6-year-old Kadabra-Armbro Vixen gelding now boasts $410,920 in career earnings.
Palone drove four winners — including three for Burke — on the 15-race card, while Mike Wilder enjoyed a driving triple.
Veterans Tivoli Hanover and Gritty Millie Boy turned in victories in the twin feature $15,000 Claiming paces on Tuesday, March 5, at Dover Downs. A couple of seasons ago, Tivoli Hanover was a feature race performer. Now the Western Hanover-Tap Hanover 9-year-old gelding is plying his trade in the claiming ranks. George Dennis drove Tivoli Hanover to his first win of 2013, besting seven rivals with a 1:52.1 victory drawing off in the stretch. Doris Marine owns and drives the veteran that won for the 36th time in his career and upped his lifetime earnings to $800,706. Zepplin Blue Chip (Eddie Davis Jr.) took second-place. Apache Renegade (Allan Davis) was third. In the second division, Jim Morand guided Gritty Mille Boy to paydirt scoring a 1:52.3 triumph for trainer Les Givens and owners Gary Calloway and Nanticoke Racing. It was also the first win of the year for the Cam’s Card Shark-Millie Blue gelding. Ashes N Dust (Tony Morgan) was next in front of Up Town Watts (Eddie Davis Jr.). Ross Wolfenden had three winners, George Dennis and Victor Kirby made the winner’s circle twice.