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DOVER, Del. --- Schoolkids went right to the front to win the $31,000 Preferred/Open pace while Fancyfreeshark came from off the pace to take the $30,000 Delaware Special in the twin-feature races on Monday, Jan. 2 at Dover Downs.
The 2009 Matron winner Schoolkids took the lead early for Pat Berry and the brown son of I Am A Fool-Game Bunny disposed of seven rivals on the way to win the first feature race of the New Year recording a 1:52.3 triumph. Nick Surick conditions Schoolkids for owner New Jennaration. The now six-year-old has won $790,380 in his career. Catchmecullen A closed sharply for Tim Curtin to finish second in front of Harlingen Hanover and Roger Plante. Jeremy’s Successor was scratched.
In the next race, Jon Roberts enjoyed a perfect 2-hole trip following leader Highbeam Rusty N until deep stretch before poking his head in front at the wire in 1:52.3  to win the $30,000 Delaware Special. Bobby Glassmeyer owns and trains the five-year-old Four Starzzz Shark-Fancy Art horse. Highbeam Rusty N (Matt Kakaley) and Nova Artist (Allan Davis) were second and third respectively.
Village Beat with Dave Miller in the bike notched a 1:52.4 score in the first of two $16,500 Male Winners-Over paces. Josh Green trains the Rocknroll-Hanover-Village Baroque gelding for Murray Bethour. Winsmith Art (John Wagner) was second with Windfall Blue Chip (Montrell Teague) third.
Delivered From Zin made his first local appearance in three years in the other $16,500 divisions and the recently claimed nine-year-old altered son of Sealed N Delivered-Zinful displayed his more recently found front-pacing ability for trainer Dylan Davis and new owner Howard Taylor as Corey Callahan piloted a 1:52.3 victory, his seventh win in a row. Dr. Dreamy (Montrell Teague) finished a game second. Bad Rusty (Ross Wolfenden) closed to finish third.
In one of a pair of $16,000 4&5-Year-Old paces, Daryl Bier guided a gelding he owns with Forrest Bartlett and Joann Dombeck, Special T Rocks, a four-year-old by Rocknroll Hanover-Ladys Special Girl, to his third straight win, a 1:51.1 decision. Big Bad Eli (Ross Wolfenden) was runner-up. Four Corners (Montrell Teague) was the show horse.   
The other $16,000 event for young pacers went to Joe and JoAnn Thomson’s homebred Stagecoach Holdup teamed with Sean Bier. The JK Outlaw-Jenny Money gelding held off Win A New Day (Corey Callahan) and Bad Man Sam (Frank Milby) in a 1:54.1 mile.
Driver Jon Roberts visited the winner’s circle three times, Corey Callahan and owner, trainer, driver Daryl Bier had doubles. Trainers Bobby Glassmeyer and Amada Payson and owners Howard Taylor and Art Brewer had two winners each.
Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. There is now no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays at Dover Downs. Starting Jan. 8, Sunday racing will begin at 1 p.m.
Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing and NFL three-game parley wagering daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Racing and Sport Book in the Colonnade. Admission and parking is free at Dover Downs. Reservations are suggested for those wishing to dine in the Winner’s Circle Restaurant. Dial 302-674-4600.