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Art Director makes a late rush at Dover
Sunday, February 6, 2005 - by Marv Bachrad, publicity director, Dover Downs

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Dover, DE --- Art Director came from fourth at the three-quarter pole and overtook Allamerican Knight in deep stretch in a 1:53 mile in a $22,000 four-year-old Open pacing feature on Saturday, February 5 at Dover Downs.

Art Director (Dover Downs photo)
Art Director closed with a rush in Saturday's feature at Dover
Victor Kirby was in the sulky behind Art Director, substituting for the meet’s leading driver, Brad Hanners, who took off all of his assignments, due to the flu.

While Allamerican Knight, with Kevin Sizer driving, cut the early fractions, Kirby waited until the field reached the backstretch before he made his move. The son of Artiscape ranged up, fourth on the outside, then went three-wide on the final turn.

The pair finally caught the leader with 1-16 of the mile remaining, and then pulled away for the victory. Allamerican Knight finished second best, and Eddie Dennis hustled Just Wave Hello up and they finished third.

The triumph was Art Director’s first win of the New Year, along with a second and a third in five starts, for the Kovach Stables of Milford, Del., who purchased Art Director at the Standardbred Horse Sale this past November.

Gustavo N (Dover Downs photo)

Dover Downs photos

Gustavo N won for the third straight time on Saturday
Mike Dolan’s Gustavo N recorded his third consecutive win, and fourth at the meet, when Ross Wolfenden guided the 5-year-old In The Pocket gelding to a 1:531 victory in a $16,500 4- and 5-year-old pace. ANZAC (Kevin Lare) came on late and finished second, and Little Rock Spur (Tim Curtin) finished third.

In a $13,200 Delaware pace, Bramalea Road, recently acquired by MJ Racing, Tina Dennis, and trainer-driver George Dennis, won for the second straight time, this time in 1:531. Rocky Spur (Travis Bowman) was the place horse, and Lookout Bert A (Sean Bier) won the show money.

Eddie Dennis, driving Benedict Hanover for Ed and George Hobbs, sped between horses, and to a 1:534 decision in the first $11,400 Delaware pace. Tiger Mica A (Eddie Davis, Jr.) finished as the runner-up, and Blindsight (Jim King) finished third.

Nobody was able to catch Stagedoor Left and driver Kevin Sizer in the second $11,400 Delaware pace, and the led gate-to-wire and won in 1:53. El Gees Mr. Q (Hal Belote) closed strongly and finished second, and LuLu’s Pocket (Ross Wolfenden) finished third.

Just a reminder that there will be no live racing on Sunday, February 6. Dover Downs has added a Pick 4 to its wagering format, and it will be featured on the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh races each day, and a fifth Superfecta has been added to the track’s daily, six-day-a-week, 15 race schedule. Superfectas will be offered on the third, fifth, ninth, 13th, and 15th races. Simulcasting from major harness and Thoroughbred tracks is featured daily, from noon until midnight (EST).

Again this year, Dover Downs will race on Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 5:30 p.m., and on Monday through Thursday, post time will be at 4:30 p.m. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner’s Circle Restaurant. Call (302) 674-4600.

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