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09:12 AM 18 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Major awards time for the recently completed 2013 season continues. The Delaware Standardbred Owners (DSOA) led off the local awards program (Friday Jan. 10) with Allan Davis winner of its prestigious James Case "Horizon" award for his upward accent in wins and money won by horses he had driven during the season. Coming up on Feb. 9, Canada hands out its top seasonal awards at The O'Brien Awards, 'Black Tie," awards-dinner.


The prestigious "Dan Patch Awards," featuring the top horse and human awards for the just completed 2013 season will be presented at the annual U.S. Harness Writers Association awards-dinner. This year, for the third time in less than two decades, the event is being held at Dover Downs on Sunday, Feb. 23. The gala night headlines the naming of the 2013 Horse of the Year, Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year, and all award-winning divisional champion horses and individual standouts of the recent season. A pair of locals are among the award winners, Dover Downs leading driver for the past four seasons, Corey Callahan, winner of the "Rising Star" award and for USHWA president and current treasurer, Judy Davis-Wilson, is the USHWAn of the Year winner. For ticket information and the roster of honorees, visit the website.


At age 72, driver Walter Layfield Jr. is on a renaissance. For more than five decades, Layfield has driven horses. He has been virtually inactive for several years, but recently, he has hooked up with trainer Richard Lewis and its been a successful combination. Layfield has driven more than a dozen Lewis trained horses and has posted four winners, several in sparkling wire-to-wire performances.


While Layfield has shown what a 'senior citizen' can do at 72, Youthful Tyler Davis is winning races at age 21. His dad is Allan Davis, second in the current driver standings, and his grandfather is Eddie Davis, the all-time leading race winning driver in the Middle Atlantic region. The third generation driver, Davis, won his third race of the season last Wednesday (1/8) piloting a 32-1 longshot Color Me Royal in a $9,000 trot,


Again this season, Corey Callahan is off to another big start winning races in 2014. Callahan finished fourth in the sport last year is currently the leader of all drivers in the sport.. Callahan who led the Dover Downs 2013-14 standings for the fourth consecutive meet, currently has a meet-leading total to 118 wins. Allan Davis is runner-up with 62 wins. Ross Wolfenden is third in the standings with 59 wins. Vic Kirby is fourth winning 53 and Tony Morgan completes the top five with 46 winners.


There is a dead-heat at the top of the leading trainer standings. Wayne Givens and Dylan Davis both have haltered 31 winners. Trish Foulk is third with 26 while Joe Hundertpfund and Les Givens have 22 winners each to tie for fourth place.


On the national scene, Dave Palone, was named winner of the HTA Driver of the Year award. It's the seventh time Palone has won or shared the honor based on wins, money won and UDR (similar to a battling average) percentage, On the point tabulation, Palone had a rating of 85.5, Yannick Gingras is runner-up at 83.5; Tim Tetrick is third - 83.5. Brian Sears, fourth, - 80.5 and George Napolitano, fifth - 64 points. Other local favorites include Corey Callahan, seventh - 42, Ron Pierce 10th-38.5 and Chris Page #25 in the standings with 14 points.


by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs


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