EXTRA EXTRA Dover Downs Doings!

09:36 AM 05 Apr 2014 NZDT
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Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals highlight the final week of Dover Downs' 45th meet. The top eight point-getters after two weeks of preliminaries vie; on Monday (filly pacers), Tuesday (filly trotters), Wednesday (male trotters) and closing day, Thursday, April 10, (male pacers) race for Delaware-sired three-year-old season honors.

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Bandolito, driven by Daryl Biers, scored the fastest mile of 2014 on any size track on Thursday (4/4) while equaling the all-track record of 1:48 set in 2012 by Heston Blue Chip.

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On Thursday (4/10), the 2013-2014 Dover Downs end-of-season awards will be presented to: the Horse of the Meet; Leading Driver and Leading Trainer.

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Harness Track of America (HTA) College Scholarship Fund offers three $5,000 scholarships for post-secondary education to students actively involved in harness racing or to children of harness racing professionals (living or deceased) including licensed drivers, trainer, caretakers or management officials. For applications e-mail: delight@harnesstrack.com or call HTA at 520-529-2525.

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Horseman and humanitarian Ken Wood is readying for his 33rd trip to Africa after Easter. The three-week long 20,000-mie round-trip is an on-going personal crusade to provide water to Ghana, and has expanded to Tanzania. Wood's acclaimed, 'Wells For Ghana' drilling provides water to inhabitants who previously had to walk five miles to find water that was deemed unsafe. Over the years, Wood has built 1,130 wells in Ghana including Tanzania's 266 new wells. The wells built by Wood serve more than 2-million native Africans, who until now never have had fresh water. Purse monies won by horses Wood races, is the main support of his humanitarian effort. He recently retired his top moneymaker, trotter Anders Bluestone, now a stallion at Merrie Medo Farm in Smyrna, Del.

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Corey Callahan wrapped up his fifth Dover Downs Leading Driver championship early build a huge lead by mid-meet. Even missed a full week while in Australia, Callahan has 210 wins since meet opening day, Nov. 3, 2013. Ron Pierce has moved into second-place with 127 wins. Allan Davis is now third with 126 wins, Ross Wolfenden is next, and Vic Kirby is fifth, with 105 wins.

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Callahan is on top for wins and money earned for horses he has driven, but Ron Pierce has the best UDRS - equivalent to a batting average - this meet at .351.Callahan is second with a .333 average and Tim Tetrick, third, .324. In the money won category, Callahan has won for the horses he has driven $1.9-million in purses. Pierce is second at nearly $1.5-million, Allan Davis, third, ($1.3), Ross Wolfenden, fourth ($1.2) and Vic Kirby is fifth ($1.1).

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After being close in recent meets, which were won by Josh Green, Dylan Davis, with a big March total, clinched Dover Downs Leading Trainer title, breaking Josh Green's eight-meet domination . Davis has haltered with 67 winners. Joe Hundertpfund, with a big end-of-meet, has moved into second place with 53 wins. Wayne Givens has 49 wins for third-place; Trish Foulk is fourth with 46 while defending champion, Josh Green, is fifth with 45 wins.

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Even though Dylan Davis has unseated Josh Green for leading trainer this meet, Green has the top win percentage (435) with Trish Foulk second (.396), Eric Ell is third (.391), Davis is fourth (.385) and Leigh Raymer, fifth O(.383)).Davis leads trainers this meet in money won by horses he has trained (542,190). Wayne Givens is second in money won ($517,752), Eric Ell, third (460,260), and Josh Green fifth ($440,303).

by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

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