10/02/2019 5:30 PM -
The top Delaware sired 2-year-olds were showcased Wednesday in four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals.
American Nitro ($3.40, Victor Kirby) was the first winner of the night in DSBF action as the freshman gelding pacer was an impressive 1:55 winner from post eight over Aidan and White Lands. Trained by Les Givens, it was the third straight win for the son of Badlands Nitro who successfully cleared early leader Leonard's Legacy, who had been pressured heavily, near the three-quarters and never relented in his open length victory.
The filly trotting final was next as Ed Kimmel and Don Wiest's Orabelle ($2.20, Tony Morgan) was an easy 2:00.1 winner over Alert and Stella A. The Keystone Activator filly led in wire-to-wire fashion and remained unbeaten in three career starts for trainer Wiest.
Jane Dunavant's Chauffeur ($8.20, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 2:01 winner in the colt and gelding trotting final over Master Of Mine and Zulu. The Dusty Winner gelding led most of the way for trainer Carlo Poliseno to notch his first career win impressively, after finishing second in both of his elimination races.
The filly pacing final saw Legacy Racing of Delaware's Cinder Rock ($6.20, Allan Davis) score a 1:55.4 victory over race favorite Bag Of Jewels and Spin Sumthin. Trained by Wayne Givens, the Rockabillie filly set all the fractions and rebuffed a game first over challenge from Bag Of Jewels to score her second lifetime win.
In the overnight feature, the $20,000 Open Trot, In Secret ($2.40, Corey Callahan) was an easy winner in 1:55 over Murmur Hanover and Royal Becca J. Owned by Mike Hall, CTC Stable, LA Express Stable and T Williams, it was the 9th win of the year for the 7-year-old Deweycheatumnhowe gelding, who is trained by co-owner Hall.