Day At The Track

Special Forces takes command in 1:49.3

01:48 PM 24 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Special Forces scores in 1:49.3 Thursday
Sunshine Superman (#1) holds on to win by a nose
DOVER, Del.--- Cold and wind could not deter Special Forces from posting a 1:49.3 victory in the $30,000 Open/Preferred Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday, Jan.23. Two races later Sunshine Superman cut out a 1:51 triumph in the $27,500 Delaware Special, the highlight races on a strong 15-race program on which Corey Callahan bagged five winning drives.

Callahan drove Special Forces into the lead and then fought off strong challenges from Adventure Bound with Ron Pierce and a stretch battle holding Rock On Moe and George Dennis teaming along the passing lane to finish a head back at the wire. The win was one of six successful drives for the sports leading reinsman Callahan. The sports leading trainer Ron Burke conditions Special Forces, a Real Desire-Special Magic six-year-old for William Robinson, Mike Mallett and Country Club Aces. It was his 14th lifetime win in 33 starts and upped his bankroll to $159,871.

Sunshine Superman took full advantage of starting from post 1. Owner, trainer, driver Toby Lynch took no prisoners on the way to his second win in three 2014 races, with a second, by a nose, last week. The Rocknroll Hanover-Carolina Sunshine gelding notched his 21st career win and moved to $303,913 in earnings with the win. Full Of Sand (Callahan) enjoyed a perfect 2-hole trip and came at the winner in the lane but could not get past. Papa Ray (Ross Wolfenden) came on to finish third. Two horses were scratched, Feel Like A Fool and Believe This Bob.

Starting from the second tier did not deter Just Bettor. Trace Tetrick drove the 7-1 shot, an altered son of Bettor's Delight-Just Great, owned by Ken Wood and Minisink Farms, to a 1:51.1 lifetime mark winning the $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Open. People Are Crazy (Ron Pierce) closed strongly for second in front of Rage N Ryan (Jim Morand) the favorite, who was third.

There were a pair of $15,000 Male Winners-Over paces. Dancin Yankee, driven by Callahan, overpowered his division scoring a 1:51.2 decision for his second win in-a-row for trainer Josh Green, who had a double, and owners Bob Briley, Rich Lombardo and Baron Racing. Beavercreek Artist (Pierce) was best of the rest with GD Airliner (Tetrick) third. It's That Time did not start.

The other $15,000 section was Callahan's sixth victory of the day. Breakaway Racing's Encoding Z Tam made it four wins and a second in his most recent five starts, chalking up a 1:53.2 victory for trainer Nick Callahan. Drunk On You (Allan Davis) was runner-up. Wilbur's Z Tam (Ross Wolfenden) was the show horse.

Callahan, who won both ends of the daily double, won six races for the third time this meet. Trainer Josh Green had a double.

by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs


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