by Al Cimaglia
November 29, 2018
Today at Dover Downs the Hap Hanson Progress Pace headlines a 13-race card with the first post at 4:30 EST. Besides the Hanson which rolls in Race 10 and has a $260,000 purse, there will be four Delaware Breeders Fund Finals. The top money earning 3-year-old in 2018, Dorsoduro Hanover, with slightly over $1.25 million in purses looks to add to his bankroll in Race 10. The best of Delaware's two-year-old pacers and trotters will battle in four Finals (races 2-4-6-8), each with a $100,000 purse.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
<b><u>Race 2-Delaware Breeder Fund Final-2-year-old Filly Trot-Purse $100,000</b></u>
<b>4-Command The Day</b>-May get some revenge on ML chalk #1, broke maiden in last and will string along.
<b>1-Disco Soliel</b>-Off-stride at start in last, before then a winner of 2 straight, major player if minds manners.
<b>3-Star Time</b>-Comes off a sharp win to break maiden in last, could be very tough if gets an easy lead.
<b><u>Race 4-Delaware Breeder Fund Final-2-year-old Colt Trot-Purse $100,000</b></u>
<b>1-Just As Striking</b>-Likes to get on the engine, now draws inside and shouldn't have to work hard to get there.
<b>4-Rich N Royal</b>-Jumped off-stride at the start last week, if behaves should be in the hunt at the wire.
<b>5-Embrace The Grind</b>-2nd time on Lasix and ML chalk is winner of 4 of 5. Scratched sick in last, tough if ready.
<b><u>Race 6-Delaware Breeder Fund Final-2-year-old Filly Pace-Purse $100,000-</b></u>
<b>3-The Lady Sheriff</b>-Should be on the lead or in 2-hole behind #1, big shot.
<b>1-Vistamista</b>-Winner of 2 straight should make the most of leaving from the rail in a tough race.
<b>6-Roddys At It Again</b>-Consistent 2-year-old can win this with a top effort and good trip.
<b><u>Race 8-Delaware Breeder Fund Final-2-year-old Colt Pace-Purse $100,000</b></u>
<b>3-Chillaxin Away</b>-Tetrick-King combo rates an edge, has been sharp and gets a post edge over top foes.
<b>4-Keepmywiglegametyt</b>-The other Francis entry should be out and winging, battling for the lead.
<b>7-Dashiki</b>-2nd chalk, also from the Francis barn is the top threat to down #3, start and trip will be key.
<b><u>Race 10-Hap Hansen Progress Pace Final-3-year-old Colts-Purse $260,000</b></u>
<b>3-This Is The Plan (9/2)</b>-Tetrick should have Burke's "B" trainee in striking range and can motor on the 5/8's.
<b>4-Thinkbig Dreambig (8-1)</b>-Looking for a price play, from this post can get a good seat and stay live until the wire.
<b>7-Jimmy Freight (2-1)</b>-Should fly off gate and so will #8. Question is how much gas is used in opening 3/8's??
<b>8-Dorsoduro Hanover (5/2)</b>-Winning from 8-hole at Dover has happened < 5% of time. Great year but can't use on top.
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