Dover in Motion solidified his heavy race favorite status Monday, Jan. 29 in the featured $34,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley. The standout Indiana trotting gelding was a dominant winner for driver John DeLong in 1:52.3 through chilly weather conditions.
Dover in Motion was relegated to post eight as the gates closed, giving I Know My Chip and Trace Tetrick the best shot to move out to the lead. Adamsville Road and Austin Hanners settled in second while Dover in Motion was in mid pack through the quarter in :27.2. At the half, Dover in Motion was out and rolling toward the leaders, passing by the pole in :56.4 on the outside before taking over headed to the three-quarters in 1:24.2. DeLong had a big hold of Dover in Motion and his best stride was yet to come. In the final turn he began opening up on the field and as he entered the stretch, he was in full command of the race. Although he drifted out in the lane, he was strong all the way to the wire for the win by four and one-half lengths, a final quarter in :28.1. Renegade Gypsy and Chris Page moved up the inside to finish second while Predator and Prey and Brett Miller was the best of a photo for third.
Dover in Motion paid $2.20 for the win. The gelding, now five, is a son of Dover Dan and is owned by M & M Racing and Macomber Racing. Lyle Slabach bred the former Indiana trotting champion who has been trained his entire career by Jamie Macomber.
Dover in Motion is now a perfect “five in a row in Ohio” as fill in track announcer Roger Huston said. Overall, he has 18 wins in 37 starts. His career best time actually came near the end of the season last year with a win in 1:52.1 at Dayton. He is now on a seven-race win streak as he left Harrah’s Hoosier Park at the end of the season on a two-race win streak.
Dover in Motion was initially named Kwik Kramer and was consigned by Integrity Stables in the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale. He brought $50,000 through the sales ring as a half brother to another Indiana trotting standout Swan in Motion.
Later in the card, another Indiana sired trotter scored a win in the upper conditioned event vying for a purse of $18,500. DC Anna, driven by Trace Tetrick, made a move to the lead at the half and was parked the second half of the race before battling her way to the wire for the win by one-half length in 1:55.0. Sandis Commando L and Hank LeVan finished second over Rose Run Valor and Kayne Kauffman.
DC Anna paid $9.60 for the win. The now seven-year-old daughter of Guccio has 23 career wins and more than $235,000 in earnings. Her career best time of 1:54.2 was taken last year at Harrah’s Philadelphia. She began her career on the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit before coming into her own as a three-year-old. She has been owned by her current connections, Triple D Stables and Joe Faraldo since she was five. Leroy Kemp bred the mare, who started off her career under the direction of Lester Raber. Clarence Foulk now handles the training duties of DC Anna.