Monday's (Feb. 10) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Dover Downs and The Meadows.
Jeremes Sweetheart wins Dover Mares Open
Dover, DE---Jeremes Sweetheart won the $20,000 Mares Open pace for the second straight week, notching a 1:52.1 victory in the feature race at Dover Downs on Monday, Feb. 10. Ross Wolfenden drove four winners; Ron Pierce, three.
|Jeremes Sweetheart beat On The Cusp to win the Dover feature|
Last week, Jeremes Sweetheart scored a nose victory, but this time the Jereme’s Jet-Fox Valley Evanna 5-year-old was more impressive. Ron Pierce left fast from the outside and quickly took the lead. From there on she faced only a determined bid from Alexachase (Bret Brittingham) from the half until reaching the stretch, before moving away to a convincing triumph. Tim Tetrick hustled On The Cusp along the passing lane to finish second, ending her two-race win streak. Paradise Lost and Ross Wolfenden came on to finish third. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta own the Eric Ell-conditioned distaff who now has won $29,120 in 2014 and $293,512 lifetime.
The sub-feature, $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Mares Winners-Over pace, ended with five females across at the finish line in a 1:54.3 decision. Richard Ashley and Mike Cain’s Beechwood Diana, one of Ross Wolfenden’s four winners, closed for the win. Winbak Speedi (Allan Davis) was runner-up with Caviart Cara (Corey Callahan) third in front of All Terror (Ron Pierce).
Wolfenden drove McArma, a McArdle-My True Art four-year-old he owns, trains and drives, to victory in a $13,000 4&5-Year-Old Mares pace. It was her fifth win of the meet. Non Pareil (Montrell Teague) and Get Real Rusty (Jonathan Roberts) were second and third.
Wolfenden’s ‘grand slam’ moved him into second place with 78 wins in the track standings, two more than Allan Davis’ 76. Corey Callahan, who leads all winning drivers in 2014, tops the Dover Downs meet with 154 wins.
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Out at the three-eighths, Certified Ideal wore down the leader and drew off to a comfortable victory in Monday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Although she was uncovered, Certified Ideal relentlessly pursued Blissfull Romance, putting her away before the three-quarters. The 4-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba’s Last easily held off the late bid of Phone Terror to defeat her by two lengths in 1:53.4 for Tony Hall. Mystic Karissa was third. Randy Bendis trains Certified Ideal, who extended her career bankroll to $143,142, and owns with Mike Novosel Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton. Brett Miller drove four winners and Dave Palone three on the 15-race card.