10/06/2012 4:26PM

Delaware: Vegas No Show noses out Keep the Canoli in Dover

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Keep the Canoli (3) just misses against Vegas No Show in the Dover Stakes for 2-year-olds.

Vegas No Show outfought Keep the Canoli in a stretch duel to win the $75,250 Dover Stakes for 2-year-olds by a nose at Delaware Park.

Inheriting the favorite’s role  following the scratch of morning-line choice Micromanage, who ran instead in the Grade 1, $400,000 Champagne at Belmont Park, Vegas No Show ($5) tracked in second through fractions of 46.15 and 1:11.51. Keep the Canoli, under Jose Ferrer, stuck a head in front at the eighth pole, but Vegas No Show, ridden by for the first time by Ricardo Feliciano, battled back and barely reached the wire first. The winning time for a mile and 70 yards was 1:43.71.

It was the second win in four starts for Vegas No Show, a son of Hard Spun trained by Kelly Breen and owned by George and Lori Hall. He had won his two-turn debut against maidens at Delaware in his second lifetime start, then finished sixth cutting back to one turn in the Grade 2 Hopeful at Saratoga.

Keep the Canoli, the only two-time winner in the field of seven coming into the Dover, finished second by 2 3/4 lengths in front of Outhaul.