EXTRA EXTRA - Dover Downs Doings

12:40 PM 01 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Thunder, the team mascot for the Denver Broncos, has been staying at Golden Gait Farm in Millstone, NJ.

When the Denver Broncos race out onto the field on Super Bowl Sunday, first out and leading is their great white Arabian stallion named Thunder.UPDATED: It has now been correctly reported that Thunder is staying at Jackie Hundertpfund's Golden Gait Farm in Millstone, NJ.

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A bitter cold wave continued to sweep the country, with low temperatures during mid-week, but fast miles continue at the track. Corey Callahan and Ron Piece had big win weeks, each driver winning four races two times each.

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Corey Callahan, Judy Davis-Wilson and Janet Davis will be honored on Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Rollins Center at Dover Downs during the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) Night of Champions. The prestigious "Dan Patch Awards," are the highlight of the gala annual awards-dinner. Driver Corey Callahan is recipient of "Rising Star" award. Judy Davis-Wilson will receive The USHWAn award for her contribution to the sport, and Janet Davis, who has done so much to make Christmas a happy time for hundreds of Delaware youngsters who would be forgotten at the holiday. She will be honored by Harness Horse Youth Foundation with its annual award. The event features the top horse and human awards for the 2013 season. A highlight of the event will be the naming of the 2013 Horse of the Year. Trotter Bee A Magician, pacer Captaintreacherous and filly I Luv The Nitelife are the leading contenders. All award-winning divisional champion horses and individual standouts of the recent season will be honored. Tickets are $125 per person. Call Judy Davis-Wilson at 302-359-3630 or e-mail; zoe8874@aol.com or Scott Warren at 302-222-1222 or voiceofrcr@aol.com. You can visit the USHWA website: www.ushwa.org .

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Sambad was claimed for the fourth consecutive start on Monday (1/24). In the race, the pacer finally broke a string of four consecutive second-place finish scoring a 1:54.4 victory in a Delaware $10,000 Male Claiming pace.

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On Wednesday, former Dover Downs champion Tim Tetrick celebrated getting an OK from his doctor to return to driving, after a December hip replacement. He was a spectator on Tuesday and Wednesday to watch two horses he has an ownership interest in race. One of them, Line Item, a trotter he owns with trainer Jim King, make the winner's circle in an $11,500 4&5-Year-Old trot with a 1:56 victory.

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Again in 2014, Corey Callahan is off to a fast start winning races in bunches. As early last year, Callahan leads the sport in winning drives, Callahan completed the 2013 season in fourth-place among the thousands of drivers who participated. Callahan is currently the early leader among drivers in the sport. With four wins on Wednesday and Thursday (1/29 and 1/30) Callahan leads the Dover Downs 2013-14 standings seeking a fifth consecutive meet title. He has 141 wins this meet and an overwhelming meet-lead. Allan Davis is runner-up with 69 wins. Ross Wolfenden is third in the standings with 70 wins. Vic Kirby is fourth winning 59. Tony Morgan completes the top five with 53 wins.

Allan Davis is converging on becoming a 1,000-race winner. Davis now has 9995 wins.

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There is an on-going battle for first-place in the leading trainer standings. With three wins Thursday, Dylan Davis has moved into undisputed possession of first place with 39 wins. Wayne Givens is second with 37 winners. Trish Foulk is third with 34 wins. Joe Hundertpfund is fourth, 28 wins and Les Givens with 25 is fifth in the standings.

By Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs

 

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