A special “Help Janet Davis Fund”

03:28 PM 22 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Janet Davis seen here been interview by Marv Bachrad
Janet Davis seen here been interview by Marv Bachrad

A special "Help Janet Davis Fund" is now underway. Mrs. Davis, one of the most giving people in harness racing, has championed numerous charity causes in recent years and recently has run into some bad luck. A week ago, the Davis' van transporting two of their horses back from training at Dover Downs crashed when the van driver blacked out at the wheel, but 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 Davises. The horse that survived, pacer Devil's Embrace N, shattered his jaw and was treated at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, with the bills adding up to around $6,000. In addition, Janet and husband, Eddie Davis Jr., must now buy a new truck. Last month, Janet Davis received the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's (HHYF) Service to Youth Award. Mrs.Davis founded an annual Christmas Holiday Fundraiser for kids who would not have a holiday, otherwise. 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.

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A race local fans were waiting for came in the 15th race, Thursday (3/20) when Ideal American, a winner of five races in a row, met heralded three-year-old Fire In The Belly. In the homestretch, Fire In The Belly, driven by Trace Tetrick, and Ideal American, with George Dennis, raced side by side approaching the finish line, Ideal American broke stride, and had to accept finishing in second-place. In the fast 1:51.2 mile. Tom Kemp owns the unbeaten horse in five 2014 races, Fire In The Belly trained by Jim King.

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Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is seeking a Summer Programs Intern for this season. It is a paid position starting around June 15-August 15.The successful applicant must love Horses, hard work and travel. Lodging and meals (per diem) are included. For an application: go to www.hhyf.org/employment.asp

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The Harness Track of America 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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Corey Callahan is spending this week in Australia where he will compete in an international event - 'The Great Southern Star" at Tabcorp Park, Melton, Victoria, Australia. Callahan, the sports leading win-driver in 2014, who finished second in the 2011 World Driving Championship, was one of three persons invited to visit Australia for this event. The others are trainer Jonas Czernyson and female jockey, Chantal Suthrland. In addition to racing, they were treated to a range of activities.

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Callahan currently leads all drivers in the sport with 2014 winning drives. He already has wrapped up his fifth Dover Downs Leading Driver championship. Callahan has 203 wins since meet opening day, Nov. 3, 2013. Ross Wolfenden is next, 112 wins. Ron Pierce has moved ahead on Allan Davis in the battle for third place, 110-193 winners. Vic Kirby is fifth, with 96 wins.

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After being close in recent meets won by Josh Green, Dylan Davis has all but clinched Dover Downs Leading Trainer title. Davis has haltered with 64 wins. Joe Hundertpfund has moved into second place with 49 wins. Wayne Givens is third with 44 winners, one more than Trish Foulk and defending champion, Josh Green, tied for fourth, with 43 wins.

Marv Bachrad

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