DOVER, DE - Country Romance, a 1st legs winner, and Luscious Leight, are favorites in two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd leg preliminary legs for sophomore filly trotters on Tuesday, April 2 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.
In a $20,000 DSBF section, William Moffett Inc.'s Country Romance, reined by Allan Davis, scored an impressive 1:58.2 victory last week and starts from outside post 6 in this one. Onery Inc.'s Podium, trained and driven by Dylan Davis, who won the other division a week ago, heads her toughest opposition. Tricia's Banner conditioned and driven by Nick Callahan was a third-place finisher for owners John and Asa Swart and Bernard Jennings. Sal Scarmino's Gltter Galore, piloted by Tony Morgan, Dave Bellantonio's Ella's Command with Vince Copeland and Serendipity Stable's homebred Sugartime, handled by Jim Morand, complete the lineup.
In the other DSBF prelim, Vic Kirby will drive Luscious Leigh, bred, owned and trained by John Wagner, in the first of the DSBF divisions .The chestnut filly who has won four of her nine lifetime starts including a sweep of her two prelims and last November's $100,000 final, led her division to the half and then broke stride finishing fourth. Starlit Eyes, owned by Jeff Franklin, Winbak Farm and LeBlanc Racing, second last week, drew the inside with Ross Wolfenden in the bike. Embrace Peace, owned by Marvin Meyer and driven by Roger Plante, finished second beaten by a nose in her prelim last Tuesday.
George Dennis will pilot Bosston Chevel Don Marine and trainer Bob Shahan. Circle M Dawn owned by Bob Truitt and Myers Racing Stable will be reined by Eddie Davis Jr. while Irish Sport with Allan Davis made her debut for Florence Nitkowski and trainer Bill Wyatt.
The 10th race on the card is named for the Red Hat Society, a large group of cheering ladies wearing red hats, annual attend the races at Dover Downs.
Sand Top Gun, last week's winner, takes on Anders Bluestone, He's Spooky and Major Herbie among a nine-horse talented field in the $23,000 Open trot, the Wednesday's feature race.
Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. There is no racing on Friday and Saturdays. This Sunday is the final Sunday card of the season, with a 1 p.m. post time. Closing day for the Dover Downs meet is April 11.There is no charge for parking or admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant. Call 302-674-4600.