Dover, DE --- Two starters who were unbeaten in the preliminaries meet in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 2-year-old filly trot final on Tuesday (Nov. 27) at Dover Downs. Also on the card will be three $20,000 freshman filly pace preliminaries. First post is 4:30 p.m.
A pair of unbeaten but uncoupled John Wagner-trained fillies start from each end of the field of eight in the $100,000 final. Wagner bred, owns and drives Luscious Leigh from post one while Vic Kirby, who drove both Wagner fillies in the prelims, will pilot JA Going Alltheway, who is unbeaten in all five of her starts, including the DSBF $100,000 final at Harrington last month. They will leave from the outside post eight for owner Pam Wagner.
Starlit Eyes, a filly that finished second four times in eight races, along with two thirds, leads the opposition. Ross Wolfenden will drive for owners LeBlanc Racing and Winbak Farm. Hall of Famer Ron Pierce will pilot William Moffett Inc.’s Country Romance.
The rest of the contenders include Bosston Chevel, owned by Don Marine and trainer Bob Shahan, with George Dennis driving. Onery Inc.’s Podium has been third in both prelims for driver Wayne Long. Ella’s Command, with Jim Morand driving for Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing and Vince Copeland reining Westgate Amy for Louie Paglerani and Legacy Racing of DE round out the field.
The DSBF filly pace opens its first leg on the program. Daryl Bier and Charles Dombeck’s Inittowinafortune (Tim Tetrick), already a five-time winner, is the one to beat in the first split. Dianne and Joel Halpern’s Bags Of Stars (Ben Stafford, Jr.) has been either first or second in seven of her eight races and along with Scott Woogen’s KJ’s Caroline (Vic Kirby), lead the opposition.
In the second DSBF prelim, Ben Stafford and Winbak Farm’s Blush With Pride (Ben Stafford, Jr.) and Legacy Racing of DE’s Seboomook Pandora (Mike Cole) are the program favorites.
Another Stafford-trainee, By Design (Ben Stafford, Jr.), owned by Ben and Randall Stafford III, Floyd Pratt’s Lookout Stokk Zone (Corey Callahan), Bill Rohrer’s Dream N Ezy (Tony Morgan) and Ron Davis’ Grace Of An Angel (George Dennis) head the final $20,000 section.
The filly pace moves to a second and final preliminary next Tuesday. The top eight point-getters after the two preliminary legs return Dec. 11 for the $100,000 final.