Dover Downs extra news for week March 9

04:15 AM 09 Mar 2012 NZDT
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Heather Moffett
Heather Moffett

Friday, March 9 is the day when Heather Moffett and her good friend Susan Ehlers, 'jump into the pond.' This is Heather's latest harness racing money-making charity,'"Polar Mare Plunge,," to benefit horseman Ken Wood's "Wells For Ghana," project.

The two young ladies 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. Ken Wood digs wells to bring fresh water to Ghana, and now Tanzania, in West Africa. To make a pledge, visit her website at heathermoffettonline.com Click on her ‘Charity’ page for more information.

Moffett stresses, ‘no donation is too small and every donation is appreciated.’ The “Polar Mare Plunge” will be videotaped and posted on Moffett’s website which also features an exceptional video of Ken Wood being interviewed by Jane Pauley for ‘The Today Show.’ The video shows how Wood’s harness horses 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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Several horses racing at Dover Downs this meet are current North American season champions over a five-eighths mile track for 2012. Trainer George Teague and son, Montrell Teague have coupled for a trio of current season leaders. Racing Rocky, recorded a 1:53.2 victory on Jan. 15 to become the fastest sophomore colt pacer, and Teague’s filly pacer, Yagonnakissmeornot, registered a 1:53.3 win on Feb. 19. A third Teague trainee, Breaking The Law is the fastest three-year-old gelding pacer after a 1:52.3 win on Feb. 9. A pair of gelding pacers have set early season records. In the four-year-old division, Shark Ingested, driven by Jim Morand, posted a 1:51 victory on Feb. 22 while Broadies Song, with Tony Morgan, is the fastest older gelding pacer notching a 1:50 win on Jan. 30.

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The George Teague barn was busy at Wednesday morning (March 7) qualifying races at Dover Downs. Teague sent out nine of his promising campaigners for their 2012 debut. Montrell Teague drove seven of them to victories. Last season’s standouts, Custard The Dragon scored in 1:54.3, Both Feel Like A Fool om 1:54.2 and Wink N Atcha, 1:56.3, won wire-to-wire. The other Teague winners were Wind Me Up (1:55.1), Whirl Monroe (1:57.2), Four Starzzz Girl (1:58) and trotter Sing Out (1:59.2). Other fast qualifying wins were turned in by Alexachase (Brad Hanners-1:54.3), Western Number (Jim Morand-1:55.1), Diggers Rest N (Ross Wolfenden-1:57.1) beat Divulge (Daryl Bier) and trotters Second Hand News (Corey Callahan-1:57.1) and Looking Hanover (Matt Kakaley-1:57.3).

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The breeding season in Delaware is now underway. The Delaware Valley chapter, U.S. Harness Writers Association is offering a 2012-season breeding to the fast $1.3-million winning pacing stallion, a former Grand Circuit and Progress Pace champion, Dream Away. Already, Dream Away is a proven stallion. Last Tuesday, Monochromatic, a daughter of Dream Away won the $27,500 Mares Open pace. Dream Away has moved to Delaware, and now is standing his first season at Winbak of Delaware. Contact Marv Bachrad for details at mbachrad@doverdowns.com

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Corey Callahan is nearing a third-straight track title with 208 winning drives. Callahan’s big start in 2012 puts him among the North American leaders in wins and money-won. Ross Wolfenden is safely second in the standings with 143 victories. Matt Kakaley is the third driver to reach three-digits in wins with 103. Brad Hanners is fourth with 83 wins. Jon Roberts holds fifth with 72 wins.

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Josh Green has all but sewn up a seventh consecutive track Leading Trainer title. Green has haltered 81 winners. Dylan Davis is runner-up with 62 wins. Joe Hundertpfund is in third place with 52 wins. Wayne Givens with 42 wins is fourth. Nick Callahan completes the meet’s top five with 34 winners.

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

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Now during mid-week, the Winners Circle Restaurant boasts several enticing specials. On Tuesdays, it’s ‘two-for-the price of one.’ Choose from a wide list of delicious entrees. On Wednesdays, the Dinner Special is also a ‘two-for-one’ deal. Then on Thursday, a Ladies Special. Ladies can order an entrée for half-price. Early Sunday afternoon racing has quickly become a popular event. The Winners Circle restaurant presents a special ‘brunch’ menu featuring omelets, waffles and pancakes or choose from the regular menu. Call 302-674-4600 for Winners Circle dinning reservations.

Marv BACHRAD

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