Dover, DE --- Elysium Lindy used the passing lane to end Royal Becca J’s two-race win streak in the $25,000 Open Handicap Trot while Soda Pump made several moves en route to victory in the sub-feature on Tuesday (Feb. 13) at Dover Downs.
Jack Parker Jr. rushed Royal Becca J from the outside into the lead at the quarter in :27.1. The gelding held the lead through a :56.4 half and 1:25.1 three-quarters and continued to lead until deep in the lane when Corey Callahan took the passing lane and got up by a neck in 1:53.3. Theresademoninme (Jonathan Roberts) closed strongly to nab third place in the field of eight.
The previous race, a $13,00 Winners Over Trot, found Soda Pump used several times during a 1:55.1 mile. Tim Tetrick and Soda Pump spent most of the race two-wide and was apparently beaten before rallying in deep stretch for his third win of the year for trainer Scott DiDomenico and owners Tim Tetrick and Triple D Stables.
Horses were two- and three-wide at several points with Perseverance (Art Stafford Jr.) challenging at the half-mile and later Tough Mac (Corey Callahan) three-wide before the three-quarters, snatching the lead and seemingly opening up on his eight opponents until Soda Pump’s late rally. Crazshana (Allan Davis) also came on to edge Tough Mac for place.
Art Stafford Jr. and Filled Donut scored an impressive 1:54.3 triumph in a $13,500 conditioned trot. L Dees Yoyo Ma (Steve Nason) was a fast-finishing second with Torkil (Montrell Teague) the third-place finisher. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Lou Walls own the Andover Hall-Miss Gertrude gelding who now has three wins, a second and a third in five races this year.
Newborn Sassy and Betterhaveanother join Divas Image and Scandalicious in a strong eight-horse lineup in the $25,000 Mares Open Handicap on Wednesday.