Wednesday’s (Jan. 8) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Dover Downs and Monticello Raceway.
Awsome Valley wires $20,000 Open Trot at Dover
Dover, DE --- Awsome Valley dictated the fractions on the way to a wire-to-wire, 1:56.2 victory in the $20,000 Open Handicap Trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday.
|Awsome Valley was a narrow winner in the Open Trot at Dover.|
Tony Morgan took Awsome Valley into the early lead and strolled to the half in a pedestrian :59.1 before turning on the burners en route to a 1:56.2 success, holding off Enrico AS and Allan Davis who challenged the winner on the backstretch to the finish line. For the second straight Wednesday, Mandabra and Corey Callahan raced strongly, only to finish third again.
The win was the first in 2014 for Awsome Valley. The Barbara Boese Revocable Trust owns the Valley Victor-Nannina Ambrosio gelding trained by Ryan McInnis. The victory put Awsome Valley into $206,583 territory with 19 wins.
I’m So Striking, a Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stable homebred, usually races from behind, but this time trainer-driver Eddie Dennis put the So Striking-Ringside Kate gelding on the front end and he stayed there for a 1:55.3 score in the $15,000 Winners Over Trot sub-feature. Can Do (Vic Kirby) rushed down the lane to take second in front of Musclelanious (Corey Callahan).
After a win last time, Picard was overlooked at 6-1 and came through with a 1:55.1 decision in a $14,500 Winners Over Trot. Corey Callahan was in the bike for Bonuccelli Racing and his dad, trainer Nick Callahan. Picard is an altered son of SJ’s Caviar-Tasha Yar. Six Gun Hall (Allan Davis) had the lead until a few steps to the finish line and had to take second. Amiga Valley (Montrell Teague) was the show horse.
On a card with several longshots, Color Me Royal was the biggest. Tyler Davis, a 21-year-old son of Allan and grandson of Eddie Davis, scored his third win of the meet by guiding Alesha Carrow’s 32-1 shot Color Me Royal home in 1:58.2 to win a $9,000 trot. The RC Royalty-Watsu 4-year-old held off Bold Strike (Art Stafford, Jr.) at the wire. Cash The Check (Vic Kirby) was third.
Meet leading driver Corey Callahan had a grand slam. Ross Wolfenden had two wins, both ends of the daily double, and Vic Kirby also had two winners.
-- Marv Bachrad
The temperature at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday barely rose above 13 degrees but it certainly was more conducive to winter racing than the previous day when it never got above 2 degrees. Wagering that day was good and after racing fans were greeted by chalk in the first 11 races, led by three winners driven by Bruce Aldrich, Jr., it was bombs away in the final two events on the afternoon card. Low payoffs -- save a $10.20 mutuel in race eight -- prevailed early to the delight of the chalk players but when Austin Siegelman snuck up the passing lane to score a a head victory in the 12th race with Samsawinner, hunch bettors were rewarded with a $46.20 mutuel. But that payoff paled after the results of the 13th race were posted. When the judges declared that And We Danced got up for a triumph in the final strides, the 53-1 shot driven by Jason Ryan, the faithful pocketed $108.50 for every two dollar ticket they held. At days end Mighty M bettors, both on and off track, wagered a total of $700,111 on the Wednesday card.