Dover, DE --- Nova Artist held off fast-closing Malak Uswaad N by a nose to win the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap in 1:51.4 while Emeritus Maximus came from far back to take the $17,500 Open Handicap sub-feature in 1:51.1 on a windy Thursday, March 13 at Dover Downs.
Allan Davis put Nova Artist in motion heading around the clubhouse turn and moved up on the backstretch to finally take the lead in the stretch. The 7-year-old son of Real Artist-Avon Lady then had just enough to hold off fast-finishing Malak Uswaad N (Tony Morgan) at the wire. Jeremey’s Successor (Sean Bier) was a solid third. Kathy and trainer Eddie Davis own the 33-time race winner of $825,142. It was his third winner of the year good for $60,575 in 2014.
Emeritus Maximus tuned up for the rest of his 4-year-old season by rolling from next to last in the $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open Handicap to his third victory of the year in five starts with Ron Pierce in the bike. A 4-year-old by Rocknroll Hanover-Eternity’s Delight purchased after his sophomore-stakes season by John Cancelliere and trained by his brother Tom Cancelliere, Emeritus Maximus has won $315,155 lifetime. Lindwood Player (Corey Callahan) raced gamely finishing second. Mr. Dennis (Jim Morand) was the show horse.