Rose Run Uriah, who had beaten the $30,000 to $35,000 claimers in his previous starts, toppled the field in the $27,500 Blue Hen/Open Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night (Jan. 6).
Rose Run Uriah left alertly and led the field to the quarter in a blistering :25.4. The 7-5 race favourite, Island Of The Sea, attacked early as he sprinted to the lead past the quarter with Rose Run Uriah yielding and accepting the pocket.
Island Of The Sea continued to lead the field to the half in :54 and three-quarters in 1:21.4. Mack moved to the outside past the half from fourth and raced first-over, but his bid stalled nearing the three-quarter pole as did the outer flow.
Rose Run Uriah and driver Pat Berry angled off the rail and, with an eighth of a mile remaining, powered by the pacesetter Island Of The Sea to win by a neck in 1:50. He returned $19.20 to his backers.
Rose Run Uriah (Jeremes Jet-A And Gs Finest) is owned and trained by A. Bobby Glassmeyer of Dover, Delaware.
Pacesetter Island Of The Sea finished second for trainer Eric Ell with Tim Tetrick driving. Major Crocker A and Montrell Teague closed from dead last and finished third for trainer Tahnee Camilleri.
Allan Davis drove four winners on the betting card while Montrell Teague and George
Napolitano Jr. each won two races. Trainer Chuck Crissman Jr. won two races. Owner Rodney Long also had two winners.
Racing resumes on Monday at Dover Downs with a post time of 4:30 p.m.
(With files from Dover Downs)