10/06/2011 12:16PM

Delaware Park: Mr. Bowling tries two turns in Dover Stakes


Without any solid evidence as proof, trainer Larry Jones must rely on his horseman’s instincts to determine whether his 2-year-old colt Mr. Bowling will relish the extra distance and two turns he will negotiate in Saturday’s $75,000 Dover Stakes at Delaware Park. Call it a hunch, but Jones said he believes Mr. Bowling will adapt well to the mile and 70 yards of the Dover.

“He acts like a horse that wants to go on a little bit,” Jones said of Mr. Bowling, who scored by 2 3/4 lengths under Jose Caraballo in a six-furlong maiden special weight race Aug. 22. “He acts like he wants to go longer. Although, he did his break his maiden in his second start going six furlongs and laying close, but Jose had to really ride him to keep him close.”

Pedigree offers few clues as to whether Mr. Bowling is bred for distance. His dam, Goldlilock’s Bear, was strictly a sprinter, and none of her offspring ever won a dirt route. His sire, Istan, was a five-time stakes winner, including a pair of Grade 3 races going a mile and an ungraded stakes at 1 1/16 miles.

“He is from the first crop of Istan, so I really do not know a lot about them right now and I am still trying to get a line on him as a sire,” Jones admitted. “There are several unknowns, but the horse acts like he wants to go long, so there is only one way to find out for sure.”

The 70 Beyer Speed Figure that Mr. Bowling earned for his maiden victory matches the number Dover favorite Lemon Juice received for his victory going two turns on a bullring in the seven-furlong, $100,000 Charles Town Juvenile last time out.

Lemon Juice is part of a three-horse entry for trainer Dane Kobiskie that is listed at 7-5 on the track’s morning line, but is expected to scratch in favor of the $75,000 Laurel Futurity on turf. Kobiskie still has Educator, winner of a $25,000 maiden claimer going the same distance as the Dover on Aug. 24, and the filly Doe, who comes back seven days after finishing last of five in the Blue Hen. Doe finished just a length behind Lemon Juice in the Charles Town Juvenile.

Runnin Bull is eligible to improve after enduring a wide trip to finish fourth in the Charles Town Juvenile.