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03:56 AM 14 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Heather Vitale will again MC the annual DSOA Awards-Dinner

Saturday (Dec. 14), the "Fourth Annual Horsemen's Christmas Drive" will be at the Dover Mall from 7 a.m. until closing for a fund raiser. People are urged to shop for those in need of items to enable local families and children to have a Merry Christmas. Last year, under the direction of trainer Jane Davis, 77 local families and more than 220 children were able to have a Christmas to remember. Already, $1,000.00 has been given to the Food Bank of Delaware. All donations are Tax Deductible. Make checks out to 'Horsemen's Welfare Trust Fund,' and present at the DSOA Paddock Office or DSOA Office, 830 Walker Square, Dover DE 19904 or contact Janet Davis at 302-632-7915.


Last Thursday (Dec. 5) Dover Downs horsemen contributed around $7,500, "In Support of Anthony Coletta." After a horrendous racing accident at Harrah's Philadelphia on Nov. 10, Colette has been in Hospital University of Pennsylvania where he is still in a coma but breathing on his own. Local horsemen are among the many throughout the country supporting Coletta, A "Stay Strong A. Coletta,"fund set up by his close friend, trainer Anthony DeFrancesco will aid Coletta and his family. To contribute, donations can be sent to: 'Stay Strong A. Coletta', c/o TD Bank, 2653 S. 5th St., Phila. PA 19148. Trainers Janet Davis and Crissy Bier are selling wrist bands and ribbons in the Dover Downs paddock to support the Co0letta fund.


The traditional Delaware Horsemen's Christmas Break begins on Friday, Dec. 20 and continues the holiday week through Dec. 28. Live racing will return on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 5:30 p.m. Dover Downs will also be dark on Tuesday, Dec. 31, New Year's Eve. There will be racing on Jan. 1, New Year's Day.


Corey Callahan has already come up with several 'big win' days with seven and six wins cards. On Wednesday (Dec. 11), Callahan won five races to bring his current meet-leading total to 70 wins. He now has 71 winning drives. Allan Davis is runner-up with 37. Ross Wolfenden ha 33 wins, Vic Kirby has 32 and George Dennis has 27 wins, completing the top five winning drivers standings.


Wayne Givens holds the top spot in the trainer standings with 22 wins. Dylan Davis is now second with 18 wins. Eric Ell is third with 14, Joe Hundertpfund and Les Givens are tied for fourth with 14 winners..


Time is running out for nominations for 2013 'Groom of the Year' award, sponsored by Harness Tracks of America (HTA) and Hanover Shoe Farms. Caretakers at Dover Downs have been the last three Grooms of the Year; Tom Cugel in 2010, Greg Haverstick in 2011 and last year, Florzell 'Georgie Boy' Daniels. Dec. 31 is deadline to nominate a groom. Send a nomination to HTA, 12025 E. Dry Gulch Pl., Tucson AZ 85749; by fax to 520-529-3235; or by email to Information must contain name, address, telephone number and jacket size (S, M, L, XL, XXL) for the nominated groom, along with name and address of the nominator.


Heather Vitale will again MC the annual DSOA Awards-Dinner. The big night for Delaware men and women horsemen will be held at Modern Maturity, on Route 8, in Dover on Friday, Jan. 10. Tickets are now available. Contact Sal DiMario, DSOA executive director. Already, Friday (Dec. 5) was a banner night for Delaware harness horsemen and families attending the 17th annual Delaware Standard bred Owners Association (DSOA) Christmas Party

by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs


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