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01:38 AM 15 Mar 2014 NZDT
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One of the most giving people in harness racing, Janet Stevenson Davis, who has championed numerous charity causes in recent years, has run into some bad luck and now needs help herself. Last week, the Davis' van transporting two of their horses back from training at Dover Downs crashed when the van driver blacked out at the wheel. Although the driver was not seriously hurt, one of the horses died and the other was seriously hurt. The truck and trailer were seriously damaged, creating a devastating financial setback for the Davis's.

The horse that died in the accident, Kamwood Warrior N, is owned by Janet's father, horseman Bob Stevenson.. The other horse, pacer Devil's Embrace N, shattered his jaw and is being treated at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. Thus far, the bills have added up to around $6,000. In addition, Janet and her husband, Eddie Davis Jr., must now buy a new truck. The insurance money will not come close to covering the costs. Only last month, Janet  received the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's (HHYF) Service to Youth Award. Mrs. Davis founded a Christmas Holiday Fundraiser annually for kids who would not have a holiday otherwise. Now a fund has been set up to help her. Donations can be sent to: Horseman's Welfare Trust Fund - DSOA - 830 Walker Square, Suite 11-2, Dover, DE 19904.


A pair of early week feature winners continued streaking. JK Letitgo won her fifth race in-a-row stepping up to the $20,000 Mares Open/Handicap on Monday, (3/10), a day that trainer Joe Hundertpfund conditioned four winners. For the third straight start, Baximum won the top trot of the week on Wednesday (3/12)


The fast three-year-old pacer Fire In The Belly won his fourth straight, on Thursday, in a still unbeaten 2014 season. He's now won six of eight lifetime races with two seconds. Owner Tom Kemp is said to have turned down a six-figure off to sell the gelding.


Accolades continue for Corey Callahan, who has been invited to race next week in Australia. He is en route 'Down Under' to compete in an international event, 'The Great Southern Star" at Tabcorp Park, Melton, Victoria, Australia. Callahan, who finished second in the 2011 World Driving Championship, will wear his patriotic U.S.A colors, when he drives in races.

Callahan, who leads all drivers in the sport in winning drives in 2014, has already, wrapped up his fifth Dover Downs Leading Driver championship. Callahan has 203 wins since meet opening day, Nov. 3, 2013. Ross Wolfenden has moved into second place with 105 wins. Ron Pierce has moved ahead on Allan Davis in the battle for third place, 98-97 winners. Vic Kirby is fifth, with 91 wins.


Dylan Davis has all-but-clinched the Leading Trainer title with 60 wins. Joe Hundertpfund has moved into second place with 45 wins. Wayne Givens is third with 42 winners. Trish Foulk is fourth with 40 wins. Defending champion, Josh Green, is fifth in the standings with 38 wins.

by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs



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