Dover, DE --- Spoonful and Luv Is Blind used different methods to first leg victories in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-year-old $20,000 preliminaries on Wednesday (March 29) at Dover Downs.
Jim Morand and Spoonful came on strong at the three-quarters on the way to a 2:00.1 win in the first $20,000 division. The winner of last November’s $100,000 final bided her time in fourth place until pulling out to race alongside leader Political Energy (Corey Callahan) around the final turn then rolled on for his first win of the season.
The Political Briefing-Sanctions filly now has won $114,512 lifetime for Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing. A Chorus Line (Jason Thompson) finished third.
Vic Kirby put Luv Is Blind right on the lead and never faltered en route to a 2:00 triumph in the second of two DSBF filly trots. Leigh Raymer conditions the Keystone Activator-Iluvulikealuvsong bay making her first start of the year, a first career win. Gogh Cinorita (Ross Wolfenden) was second in front of Ohtobetheone (Tony Morgan).
The DSBF spotlight is on a fast group of freshman colt and gelding pacers next week with $20,000 male trots Monday, female pacers Tuesday, filly trotters Wednesday and male pacers on Thursday. The top eight point-getters qualify for $100,000 DSBF finals during the final week of the meet, April 10-13.
In the featured $20,000 Open trot, Corey Callahan got Tough Mac, the Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady gelding going but when Gural Hanover (Morgan) took over, Tough Mac was content to sit behind the leader and then closed quickly in the lane to score a 1:52.2 victory equaling his lifetime mark. Wind Of The North (Sean Bier) was third ahead of $3.7-million winner Market Share (Tim Tetrick).
Tim Tetrick duplicated his number of wins from Tuesday with five, two of those for trainer Scott DiDomenico. Corey Callahan had three wins; Tony Morgan and Ross Wolfenden had two winning drives.