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07:58 AM 11 Jan 2014 NZDT
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It is major awards time for the recently completed 2013 harness racing season. The Delaware Standardbred Owners (DSOA) led off the local awards programs on Friday, Jan. 10. On Feb. 9, the top seasonal awards will be handed out in Canada. The 'Black Tie," O'Brien Awards banquet will honor the top horses, drivers and trainers racing "North of the Border."

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Harness Racing's top 2013 winners will be honored at the prestigious "Dan Patch Awards" at the annual U.S. Harness Writers Association awards-dinner. This year, the event is being held at Dover Downs on Sunday, Feb. 23. The Horse of the Year, Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year, along with all divisional champion horses and individual standouts of the recent season will receive awards. Dover Downs leading driver for the past four seasons, Corey Callahan is winner of the "Rising Star" award, Judy Davis-Wilson is the USHWAn of the Year winner. For ticket information and the roster of honorees, visit the www.ushwa.org website.

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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.

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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,

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Just as last season, Corey Callahan is off to another big start for the 2014 season. Callahan, who led the 2013-14 standings for the fourth consecutive meet, currently has a meet-leading total to 104 wins. Allan Davis is runner-up with 60 wins. Ross Wolfenden is third in the standings with 52 wins. Vic Kirby is fourth winning 51 and Tony Morgan completes the top five with 42 wins.

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Wayne Givens holds the top spot in the trainer standings with 29 wins. Dylan Davis is now second with 27 wins. Trish Foulk is third with 23. Joe Hundertpfund takes fourth with 22 wins. Les Givens has 20 winners, good for fifth place in the standings.

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Marv Bachrad

 

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