Dover Downs extra news for week 2/27/12

04:42 AM 24 Feb 2012 NZDT
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TimmyLynn with Tony Morgan not long
TimmyLynn with Tony Morgan not long - after the brilliant reinsman racked up career win 14,000.

Tony Morgan became only the fourth driver in harness racing history on Tuesday, Feb. 21 driving Timmylynn to victory in the 15th race.

In the winner’s circle photo Dover Downs leading driver Corey Callahan and former champion Tim Tetrick hold the milestone sign. During the 2005-06 meet when Morgan set a Dover Downs meet record of 447 wins, he went on in 2006 to become the second driver to reach four digits in one-season wins with 1,004. (The following year, Tim Tetrick set the current record of 1,189 wins.) Only Herve Filion, Dave Palone and Cat Manzi have more career wins than Morgan. In 2006 and 2007, Morgan driven horses had $10-million winning seasons. During his career, Morgan has banked more than $108.1 million in purse earnings lifetime.

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During the last two weeks, In addition to Morgan’s 14,000th win, two other Dover Downs drivers recorded milestones. John Wagner became the 80th driver in the sport to reach 5,000 wins and Matt Kakaley, 23, became the youngest driver in the sport to win 2,000 races. The ‘old’ record was set in 2006 by Tim Tetrick, then 24.

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This week, La Gloria Cubana, a mare raced by George and Tina Dennis, had two of her progeny win on consecutive nights. Pacer, I’m Won Bud Wiser won a claiming race on Tuesday. His sister, I’m Won Wine Wiser then won the Mares Open pace on Wednesday. Both horses were sired by Modern Art.

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Frank Deliberti, manager of Wiz Kids Stable and DSOA treasurer, made a return to the track, after hip surgery and rehabbing, on Tuesday. Trainer Tom Kirby is recovering from a recent heart attack . Meanwhile his doctor says, Eddie Davis Jr. is at least six more weeks from racing. Davis was sidelined with a serious left arm injury.

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Heather Moffett new money-making charity is ‘Polar Mare Plunge,’ to benefit Ken Wood’s ‘Wells For Ghana,’ project. From among many ‘off beat’ efforts to raise money for charities, she describes this as her “craziest yet,” calling it, “The Polar Mare Plunge.” On March 9, Moffett and her good friend Susan Ehlers, will jump into a freezing horse pond on her family farm in Harrington, Del. The goal is to raise $5,000 for Wells For Ghana headed by horseman Kenny Wood, which digs wells to bring fresh water, in West Africa. To make a pledge, visit Moffett’s website at heathermoffettonline.com Click on her ‘Charity’ page for more information. Moffett stresses that no donation is too small and every donation is appreciated. The “Polar Mare Plunge” will be videotaped and posted on Moffett’s website. There also is an exceptional video of Kenny Wood interviewed by Jane Pauley for ‘The Today Show.’ His story is amazing. Tthe video shows how Wood’s racehorses are helping to fund his calling. Moffett says,” Kenny is nothing short of a super hero, but even super heroes can use a little help.”

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The 2012 breeding season has just begun and the Delaware Valley chapter, U.S. Harness Writers Association is offering a 2012-season breeding to the fast pacing stallion, former Grand Circuit and Progress Pace champion, Dream Away, already is a proven stallion, and now standing at Winbak of Delaware. Contact Marv Bachrad for details at mbachrad@doverdowns.com

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Corey Callahan is closing in on a third-straight track title, Callahan had 10 wins last week and now totals 188 wins. In North American standings, Callahan is among the top three North American drivers in wins and money-won this season. At the track, Ross Wolfenden is comfortably in second place with 128 winners. Matt Kakaley has leap-frogged from fifth last week to third place with 83 wins. Brad Hanners is fourth with 80 wins. Jon Roberts is in fifth place with 72 wins.

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Josh Green is en route to a seventh consecutive Leading Trainer title. Green has haltered 75 winners. Last Wednesday, Dylan Davis is runner-up with 53 wins. Joe Hundertpfund is in third place with 49 wins. Wayne Givens with 39 wins is fourth while Nick Callahan completes the meet’s top five with 32 wins.

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Every Wednesday fans have a chance to win the weekly guaranteed $5,000 Pick-4. To win, one must pick the winning horse in four consecutive races -- the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th races.

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The Winners Circle Restaurant is offering several mid-week specials. On Tuesdays, its a two-for-the price of one, from a wide list of delicious entrees. Wednesdays, the dinner special is also two-for-one deal. Ladies on Thursdays can order an entrée for half-price. Sunday early afternoon racing has become a popular event. In the Winners Circle restaurant, a special ‘brunch’ menu features omlets, waffles and pancakes as well as from the regular menu. Call 302-674-4600 for Winners Circle dinning reservations.

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Winbak Farm has gone modern, Winbak has become a user of ‘Twitter,’ to announce daily breeding specials and contests during the current breeding season.

Marv BACHRAD

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