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Bettor Memories takes Preferred-Handicap

12:10 PM 17 Jan 2020 NZDT
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Bettor Memories and driver Dexter Dunn
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Beach Art and driver Russell Foster
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It was a case of deja vu for Bettor Memories.
 
Bettor Memories established a lifetime mark of 1:49.3 in November at Dover Downs and nearly duplicated that effort with a victory on Thursday night at Dover Downs in the $30,000  Preferred-Handicap Pacing feature.
 
Strong winds hindered the chances of Wiggle It Jiggleit and Slick Tony. They were forced to take back to the 7th and 8th positions respectively at the quarter pole. Q’s Cruise reversed race strategy and left quickly. They then allowed,Trump Nation, the 8/5 race favorite to cut the race fractions. The fractions were 26.4 55.2 1:23.3.
 
Quality Bud and Anthony Morgan rushed 1st over and challenged Trump Nation thru 27.1 third quarter. Bettor Memories and driver Dexter Dunn were able to catch a 2nd over trip and took the lead in mid stretch to win by a half length in 1:50.2.
 
 
Bettor Memories is owned by Gus Dovi and trainer R. Nifty Norman. They were sent off at odds of 5-1.
 
Trump Nation and driver Yanick Gingras for trainer Ron Burke finished 2nd. Quality Bud finished 3rd.

Beach Art, who was claimed by Arty Foster Jr. for $17,500 in November, won the $18,000 Blue Hen Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night (Jan. 16).

Wind conditions in excess of 30 miles an hour played a major factor in race strategy.

Late Mail N blasted off the gate from post eight and was parked out by Proper One before clearing in a :26.3 first quarter. Grantmeawish was also parked, but advanced to seize the lead well before a :54 half.

Beach Art and driver Russell Foster pulled first-up nearing the half and battled Grantmeawish through a :27.4 third quarter. Beach Art powered past 8-5 favorite Grantmeawish at the seven-eighths pole and won by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:50.3.

 

Grantmeawish secured the place spot, while Silver Fox J raced second-over and finished third.

by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs
 
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