Thursday’s (Oct. 24) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Harrington Raceway, Colonial Downs and Vernon Downs.
Dennis, Wolfenden deadlock for driving title on Harrington closing night
Harrington, DE --- Going into the final night of the 2013 live racing meet at Harrington Raceway, drivers Ross Wolfenden, George Dennis and Allan Davis were separated by just two wins in the race for the driving championship.
Fotowon photo Driver George Dennis on the right in photo with wife Tina. Ross Wolfenden on the left with Taylor Dennis.
Dennis entered the night trailing Wolfenden by one but quickly won the second with Grandview Hanover ($3) and third with Bareboat ($10) to forge ahead by one. Wolfenden captured the eighth with Yagot Class ($2.40) to knot the race at 144 wins apiece. Allan Davis won the sixth with Six Gun Hall ($22.80) and finished the season with 142 wins and secured a third place finish.
Earlier in the program, Elizabeth and Bret Brittingham’s Raritan Bay was honored with the annual Horse of the Meet award by the Delaware Valley chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. Raritan Bay amassed 10 wins in 13 starts and was never off the board, banking nearly $40,000 at the current meet for trainer Don Brittingham. He currently has a nine race winning streak and a seasonal mark at Harrington of 1:52.3.
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Omaha Survivor shook off three straight runner-up finishes and returned to the winners circle for the first time since opening weekend by capturing Thursday’s $3,500 co-featured conditioned pace at Colonial Downs. An extremely competitive field of eight lined up behind the gate including six pacers who had a winning mile of 1:51.2 or faster at the New Kent fall meet. Jeff Nisonger, driving Omaha Survivor for the first time, positioned the 8-year-old Ideal Towne gelding in the pocket initially and stayed there until mid-stretch when he calmly came out and overtook front stepping Vertigo Hanover. Henry Lewis’ Vertigo Hanover, who was going for his sixth win of the season, led from the outset and cut panels of :27.0, :55.4 and 1:24.1. Omaha Survivor got to the finish first though by a 2-1/2 length margin in 1:51.4. The win was driver Nisonger’s middle leg triumph of a natural driving hat trick. The 32-year-old connected in the race prior with John Ingram’s Diesel Fuel and in the race after with Gerald Russell’s Ashley Force. He is currently the fifth leading reinsman with 21 wins.
Ocean’s Motion obtained her first win of the season with an impressive 1:55.1 performance in Thursday night’s $12,000 Open feature for female pacers at Vernon Downs. Competing for only the 12th time this season, Ocean’s Motion had veteran Chuck Connor, Jr. at the controls as she left from the outside five post position in Thursday’s 11th event. Racing over a rain-soaked, sloppy track, the 6-year-old mare took her time building up speed. She rallied from fifth at the quarter to fourth at the half, shot to the front around the final bend and then showed her heels to the small but select field in the stretch, winning by an eased up 4-1/4 lengths. The stout effort resulted in the 22nd lifetime victory for the daughter of Camotion-Cr Charisma, who raised her career bankroll to more than $335,700. Janice Connor (Chuck’s wife) conditions the bay battler for owner Robert J. Lovett.