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Dover Downs Preferred Pace to Arque Hanover

12:12 PM 13 Jan 2017 NZDT
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Arque Hanover comes on at the wire to win the Preferred Pace
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Bushwacker and driver Corey Callahan
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DOVER, DE --- Arque Hanover enjoyed a 2-hole trip on the way to winning the 30,000 Preferred pace in 1:50.1 while Bushwacker won the $20,000 Open pace wire-to-wire in 1:51 on a balmy Thursday, Jan. 12 at Dover Downs.

Corey Callahan sat second with Arque Hanover as Dancin Yankee (Tony Morgan) cut out the fast fractions until mid-stretch when a cavalcade of challengers came on. Arque Hanover, trained by Dylan Davis, just got up to edge Dancin Yankee with Clear Vision (Yannick Gingras) next, third, in front of Ideal Cowboy (Ross Wolfenden).

Abe Basen, Tom Lazzaro and Robert Cooper Stables own Arque Hanover, a five-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven-A Pippin Hanover, who won for the 14th time raising his career bankroll to $323,461.

After his last two starts from the outside, Corey Callahan made good use of post 1 driving Bushwacker right to the top and the veteran pacer led the rest of a 1:51 mile to post his 24th lifetime success for trainer Chris Ryder and owner Henderson Farms. Bushwacker fought off a determined bid from Screaman Seaman A (Vic Kirby) on the backstretch before pulling away to victory. The six-year-old Rocknroll Hanover-Dolphins Can Talk gelding has now won $549,337 lifetime. Te Kawau N (Daryl Bier) closed strongly to beat Sicily (Allan Davis) for second.

Owner-trainer Gary Ewing's Star Messenger made it two wins in-a-row when Tony Morgan sent the Jereme's Jet-Manhattan Killean gelding past Swapportunity (Jim Morand) after dueling down the lane for a 1:51.1 win in a $15,500 Male pace. Feel Like A Fool (Gingras) took third money.

Driver Callahan and trainer Davis came back to the winner's circle when Jet Airway chalked up a 1:50.2 triumph in a $15,000 pace. Owned by Mike Casalino and trainer Davis, the six-year-old Jereme's Jet-Aromatic horse held off Mustang Art (Sean Bier) and Silver Fox J (George Dennis), second and third respectively.

In another $15,000 division, Yannick Gingras drove Bad Gamer to a 1:51.3 victory in a 4&5-Year-Old Male pace. Trainer Ed Gannon, Gingras, Frank Canzone and Bob Sabatini own the Badlands Hanover-Kattimon horse who has won four of his last seven races. Ima Rebel (Morgan) finished second in front of Caviart Skyler (Wolfenden).

Bill Sartin and Mark Salerno's Sporty Mercedes notched a 1:52.3 win in a third $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Male pace. Ross Wolfenden was at the controls for the Sportswriter-Scootin Mercedes gelding's victory for trainer Joe Hundertfund. Denslow Hanover (Allan Davis) was runner-up. Postmaster (Kirby) was the show horse.

Corey Callahan recorded four winning drives, Yannick Gingras, Tony Morgan and owner- trainer Dylan Davis had two winners.

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by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

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