DOVER, Del. — With a good chance of winning half of the $100,000 purse, owner-trainer Chuck Perry saw Tim Tetrick did not have a drive in the final, gave him the drive and Tetrick and his Dream Away-March On In colt did the rest scoring a 1:52.4 victory Thursday in the first of four racing day's $100,000 DSBF Finals for Delaware-sired freshmen pacers and drivers.
"I was happy to get the drive and I thought the colt was the best in the race," said Tetrick. Hail To The Master, driven by Art Stafford Jr., finished second ending a two-race prelim win streak. Power To Perform was third for Tony Morgan.
John's Dream has now won five races in a row of his eight races with two seconds and with the win has banked $102,327 this year.
"I was looking for a well-bred broodmare in foal at the Chick's Sale in Harrington," explained Perry. "She was 24-years old and carrying a Dream Away and when she dropped back home, he would be eligible for the Virginia stakes. I named for my young son, that's where John's Dream comes from. I knew he was well bred and because of her age, only had to pay $300 to buy her."
Carter Racing Stable's namesake Rusty Carter, winner of last month's DSBF $100,000 Final at Harrington, had to settle for a win in the $20,000 DSBF consolation this time. Corey Callahan guided the altered son of Art Director-Rusty's Joy to his third win in seven starts for trainer Doug Lewis. JW Renegade (John MacKinnon) was a fast closing second in front of Double Miles (Vince Copeland), third.
Corey Callahan and Tim Tetrick notched four wins during the card. Trainer Dylan Davis and owner Tom Kemp had doubles.
On Monday twin features: the $100,000 DSBF Male Trot Final and Wiggle It Jiggleit leads the $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination.
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Everything worked out well for owner-trainer (and usual driver) Chuck Perry in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Male Pace Final. His colt John’s Dream, driven by Tim Tetrick, who did not have a drive in the final, and was winning catch-driver in 1:54.2 over a sloppy track on Thursday (11/19). John’s Dream won his fifth in a row. Including the $44,700 Virginia stakes championship, to up his seasonal bankroll to $102,327. Perry bought March On It, a 24-year-old mare from a Winbak Farm dispersal, at Chick’s Sale in Harrington, for only $300. When John’s Perry was born back home in Virginia, he would be eligible for the Virginia stakes. I named him for my young son,” smiled Perry
Cicada’s Song leaves from outside post 8 in Monday’s $100,000 DSBF Filly Trot Final starting a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday DSBF Finals. Epic Smash will be tough from the rail. Miss Baltimore, Chestnut Chic and Triple Bottom Line lead the contenders.
Chipoffthewall, who was disqualified for interference in the $100,000 DSBF Final at Harrington last month, is the one to beat in Tuesday’s $100,000 Male Trot Final. Elton J and Popcorn Machine won their prelims. Mondello finished second in both of his prelims.
The Wednesday DSBF headliner features two-year-old filly pacers winds up the freshman Delaware stakes. Apple Bottom Jeans, who won the $100,000 Harrington Final and both of her Dover Downs prelims carries a three race win streak. Eternal Rings and Rowdy Patti won one prelim each.
After an overwhelming 1:49.4 victory in his $201,900 Matron Stake, Wiggle It Jiggleit is back for his next to last start of a brilliant three-year-old season. The 2.1-million dollar winner is the one to beat in a $35,000 elimination on Monday a preview for the Nov. 30 $300,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace. Nine will start with the ninth-place finisher eliminated from the final.
With four wins Thursday (11/19) Corey Callahan lifts his first-place lead to 33 wins. Tim Tetrick is second with 22 wins. Ross Wolfenden is third with 18 while Tony Morgan has 13, George Dennis 11 and Vic Kirby 10 winners.
Dylan Davis leads the trainer standings haltering 12 winners. Jim King is second with 10. Kevin Lare has five, and Bobby Clark and Doug Lewis four winners each through the first 12 days of the current meet.
by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs