Day At The Track

Callahan seeks fifth title at Dover Downs

07:13 AM 01 Nov 2013 NZDT
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Corey Callahan goes for his fifth driving title at Dover Downs

DOVER, Del. --- Corey Callahan seeks a fifth consecutive leading driver crown at Dover Downs as the track opens for its 45th campaign on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. Trace Tetrick added to driver colony.

The opening month is a “Novemberfest of Stakes Races.”  For the first time in track history, all eight Matron Stakes will be featured on the same program on Nov. 10 with eliminations and Nov. 17 with lucrative finals.

The draw declaration for all eight two-and three-year-old Matron Stake divisions is set for Monday, Nov.4. All eight eliminations are set for Sunday, Nov. 10 with rich finals the following Sunday, Nov. 17.

To supplement to Matron events, there is a $1,000 declaration fee for two-year-old and $1500 for three-year-olds.

Matron and raceday entries must be made from 10 a.m. until 12-Noon sharp. There are no exceptions after the box is closed. 

The $400,000-estimated Progress Pace, the track’s signature event is carded for Sunday, Nov. 24 with $35,000 elims and a $350,000-estimated final of Sunday, Dec. 1.

Corey Callahan, who won 263 races last meet will be tested by last meet’s runner-up, Ross Wolfenden, fresh from winning his third straight Harrington Raceway driver crown sharing top honors with George Dennis, The strong driver colony includes Tony Morgan, winner of three of the last seven Dover championships and former driving titlists Tim Tetrick, Jim Morand and Hall of Famer Ron Pierce. Other top competitors are led by Roger Plante, Daryl and Sean Bier, Vince Copeland, Allan Davis and Vic Kirby.

A newcomer on the opening card is driver Trace Tetrick, one of the top drivers in the mid-west. Trace is Tim Tetrick’s younger brother and he will be making his first appearance on an overnight card at the track. 

Again this season on Mondays, a $20,000 Filly and Mare Open pace is the feature race. The top trotters vie on Wednesday in a $20,000 Open while the top pacers tangle each Thursday in a $30,000 Preferred, a $27,500 Delaware Special and a $20,000 Open paces.

Again this season Dover Downs features 15 races daily; Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. while Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m.

There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays.

On Progress Pace Final day, Sunday, Dec. 1, Dover Downs holds its popular, annual Progress Pace Cap Giveaway. Fans must show their Capital Club card in the Race & Sports Book to receive a free black with white trim 2013 cap.

The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) also is part of this season’s Novemberfest. The spotlight will be on the First-State sired two-year-olds with two $20,000 preliminary legs starting on Nov.11 and four $100,000 finals beginning on Nov. 25.

There is no charge for parking and admission at Dover Downs. Early reservations are suggested for the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600.

by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs

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