Trotters highlight Wednesday card at Dover Downs

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Ted Black

January 5th, 2016

Standardbred tracks often offer a pair of trotting events on an average program, but the Wednesday card at Dover Downs will feature 11 trotting events among the 15 events contested.

Harness racing fans are sometimes reluctant to play trotting races since that gait has a tendency to go off stride far more frequently than their pacing counterparts. But the Wednesday card at Dover offers several solid plays among trotters who have been in good form through the early stages of winter.

The third race is a non-winners of three races of $17,500 lifetime class for trotters and one of the contenders appears to be a standout. Keep'n It A Secret (Eddie Dennis) was a sharp second to Jailhouse Diva in this class last week and should be the biggest beneficiary of that one's promotion to the next level.

In fact, in the sixth, a non-winners of four races or $25,000 lifetime class, Jailhouse Diva (Montrell Teague) looks poised to step up and score despite drawing post eight. Last week the Robert Reeser-trained sophomore filly scored by two lengths in 1:56.2 against non-winners of three foes, which was nearly a second faster than the non-winners of four.

Then two races later in the eighth, a non-winners of $12,001 last six starts/optional $25,000 claiming event, both Keystone Ace (George Dennis) and Lou Man (Victor Kirby) arrive off sharp efforts. Keystone Ace won the non-winners of five race or $80,001 lifetime class by five lengths in 1:55.1, while Lou Man was second at this level last week in a very good try.

Then one race later in the featured ninth, all eyes will again be on I Like My Boss (George Dennis), who has won four straight including last week's 1:53.4 score. The four-year-old Don Boss Vita gelding was the darling of the Delaware circuit at ages two and three for trainer Robert Shahan and has since regained his winning ways. Spunky Jack merits respect from post nine.

Although he is not competing on the Wednesday card, keep tabs on Go Byem (Jim Morand) who crushed non-winners of four foes last week by four lengths in 1:56. Go Byem has displayed a ton of ability and potential for trainer Les Givens and could be headed for the Open ranks before the meet ends in April.