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The traditional Delaware Horsemen's Christmas Break is now on, from 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.


On Thursday ( Dec. 19), horsemen and friends congregated in the Dover Downs' Winner's Circle to show the success of the "Fourth Annual Horsemen's Christmas Drive Fund." Led by Dover Downs trainer Janet Davis, who founded and has led the humanitarian effort which has grown to cover 130 families in need and 680 children in a three-county drive to provide a Merry Christmas this year. Again, in the holiday spirit, Dover Downs horsemen, alone, have contributed to 60 needy families and 250 youngsters in 'Operation Christmas Wish' Already, $1,000.00 was contributed to the Food Bank of Delaware.

Donations are still accepted, and 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.


Corey Callahan has already come up with several 'big win' days with seven and six wins cards. Callahan's current meet-leading total to 82 wins. Allan Davis is runner-up with 48. Ross Wolfenden and Vic Kirby are tied for third placed with 41 wins, George Dennis completing the top five winning drivers standings with 30 wins.


Wayne Givens holds the top spot in the trainer standings with 25 wins. Dylan Davis is now second with 19 wins. Eric Ell is third with 17, Joe Hundertpfund and Les Givens are tied for fourth with 16 winners.


Dec. 31, is closing date to nominate your choice for the 2013 'Groom of the Year' award, sponsored by Harness Tracks of America (HTA) and Hanover Shoe Farms. Each of the last three winners of this award are caretakers at Dover Downs. In 2010, Tom Cugel was named Groom of the Year; Greg Haverstick won the title in 2011 and last year, Florzell 'Georgie Boy' Daniels won the honor. To nominate a groom, send your nomination to: HTA, 12025 E. Dry Gulch Pl., Tucson AZ 85749; or send 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.


The annual Delaware Standardbred Owners Association ( DSOA) Awards-Dinner, the big night of the year for Delaware men and women horsemen, will be held this year at Modern Maturity, on Route 8, in Dover on Friday, Jan. 10. Heather Vitale is MC of the event which honors horsemen and horse of the 2013 season. Tickets are now available. Contact Sal DiMario, DSOA executive director.


Tim Tetrick has his second hip operation this week and is currently recovering. Five years ago, Tetrick, who suffered with degeneration of his hips since his youth, had one hip replace after winning the Dover Downs driving title in his biggest race winning season. Remarkably, a month later, Tetrick was back driving and winning races. This time Tim Tetrick says he's aiming for early February, after the Super Bowl, before returning to the track.


The Ken Wood-West Africa 'magic' is continuing this meet. When horses Wood owns win races, the winning purse money helps support his humanitarian effort of digging wells in West Africa. Wood's horses have again been winning regularly during the first two months of the current Dover Downs season. Now, Wood is about ready for his 32nd trip across the Atlantic to dig more wells. The three-week long round-trip will be his latest on-going personal crusade to provide water, first to Ghana and now, expanded to Tanzania. Wood's acclaimed humanitarian effort, 'Wells For Ghana' drilling provides water to inhabitants who previously had to walk five miles to find water, deemed unsafe. Over the years, Wood reports 1,000 wells have been built in Ghana and more than 100 in Tanzania. The wells serve more than 2-million native West Africans, who until now, never had fresh water.


From all at Dover Downs, Have a Merry Christmas!

Marb Bachrad


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