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Givens sweeps DSBF trotting finals

Monday, October 24, 2011  By: Matt Sparacino

Givens sweeps DSBF trotting finals

Harrington, DE --- Delaware’s top 2-year-olds were showcased Monday (Oct. 24) in four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final events at Harrington Raceway. Trainer Les Givens continued his dominance with the young trotters by sweeping both the filly and colt finals. Both winners were driven by Ross Wolfenden.

Givens-trained Alleigh Girl ($2.40, Wolfenden) cruised to a five length win over Jodi Lin and Ja’s Charmer in 2:01.3 in the filly trotting final. The Don Boss Vita-Armbro Odalisk filly completed a sweep of her three DSBF races.

“I thought this filly may be able to trot in 2:02 so she beat that tonight,” said Givens. “We were able to get a good trip and she responded.”

Alleigh Girls’s stablemate, Windshield ($3.00, Wolfenden) was not to be outdone, as the Political Briefing-Cr Mimosa colt set a new track record for 2-year-old trotting colts in his 1:59.3 victory in the colt final.

Windshield overcame some anxious moments at the start when he was caught four-wide into the first turn while pacesetter Spunky Jack (Vince Copeland) rolled to early fractions of :28.3 and :58.3.

Spunky Jack’s once big lead quickly evaporated as Windshield mounted his attack approaching three-quarters and went by the leader and drew clear for a commanding win. Spunky Jack held second while Left Alone Ranger finished third.

Windshield is owned by Wolfenden and Nanticoke Racing.

“Only anxious moment was how far Vince was out in front, but he made it up good,” said Wolfenden. “Whether or not he had much left I don’t know but he was quite comfortable.”

On the pacing side, Gary and Barbara Iles’ Shaving Mug ($2.60, Montrell Teague) notched a decisive 1:55 win in the colt final. The Badlands Hanover-Pocket Comb colt set all the fractions and was well clear of second place Lady’s Bag Man and Flying Instructor, who was third. Trained by George Teague, Jr., Shaving Mug has won three straight.

“He was really good again tonight,” said Montrell Teague. “He’s done everything really easy so far.”

Ed Walls’ Designer Bags ($9.40, Allan Davis) was the only non-favorite to win a final, with a 1:56.1 triumph. The Roddy’s Bags Again-Alyshima filly assumed command from early leader No Picnic and cruised to a two length win over that rival and Mama Said.

The winner has won five of seven starts in her career for trainer David Rearic.

“She’s a nice filly to drive and I appreciate the opportunity,” said Davis. “She’s a nice filly.”

It was the first win in a $100,000 event for both Davis and Rearic.

“We’re excited,” said Rearic. “We owe a little bit to Gordon Corey because he prepped her for us and did a great job.”

“It feels great, she’s a special horse to me,” said owner Walls, who bred Designer Bags. “We just got lucky.”

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