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01:59 PM 08 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Corey Callahan leading the nation in wins
Corey Callahan and Ron Piece had another big winning week, each driver winning four races three days each. Callahan leads all drivers in the sport in 2014 with 80 wins. 2012 champion Dave Palone is second with 56. Ron Pierce is tied for third with 53 winners. Other Dover Downs reinsmen in the top 50 driver standings are Ross Wolfenden with 34, Allan Davis, 26, Trace Tetrick, 22 and George Dennis 19 since Jan. 1. In trainer standings, Ron Burke, who has won the title the last five seasons is first with 64 win, Josh Green is third with 25, Dylan Davis, fourth with 24.

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Horseman and humanitarian Ken Wood has just returned from his 32nd 20,000-mile round-trip to Africa. The three-week long round-trip was his latest on-going personal crusade to provide water, first to Ghana, and now, expanded to Tanzania. Wood's acclaimed, 'Wells For Ghana' drilling provides water to inhabitants who previously had to walk five miles to find water that was deemed unsafe. Over the years, Wood has built 1,130 wells in Ghana including Tanzania's 266 new wells. The wells built by Wood serve more than 2-million native Africans, who until now, never have had fresh water. What must be noted, is purse monies won by horses Wood races, is the main support of his humanitarian effort.

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Dover Downs will host harness racing's biggest Winter celebration, the U.S. Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) Night of Champions, on Sunday, Feb. 23 in the Rollins Center. Three local horsemen, Corey Callahan, Judy Davis-Wilson and Janet Davis will be honored at USHWA Night of Champions. Callahan receives the "Rising Star Award," Wilson is USHWAn of the Year while Davis gets the Harness Horse Youth Foundations for her voluntary work to make Christmas a happy time for hundreds of youngster in Delaware. The event features the top horse and human awards for the recent 2013 season and the naming of the Horse of the Year. Trotter Bee A Magician, pacer Captaintreacherous and filly I Luv The Nitelife are the leading contenders. All award-winning divisional champion horses and individual standouts of the recent season will be honored. Tickets are $125 per person. Call Judy Davis-Wilson at 302-359-3630 or e-mail; zoe8874@aol.com or Scott Warren at 302-222-1222 or voiceofrcr@aol.com. You can visit the USHWA website: www.ushwa.org .

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Tim Tetrick returned to the track on Wednesday (2/5) driving two horses he co-owns. Both finished in the money, but those two races were won by Tim's brother, Trace Tetrick. Tim will be back in the bike on Monday at Dover Downs. Tim would get his first win back at the Meadowlands on Thursday.

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A big four-win driving show on Thursday (2/6) by Chris Page was his final appearance at Dover Downs. Page now heads back to his native Ohio to race at the brand -new Miami Valley meet. All four of Page's wins came driving Josh Green-trained horses. Corey Callahan and Ron Pierce also had four winning drives on the card.

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Again in the 2014 season, Corey Callahan is off to a fast start winning races in bunches since the current meet began on Nov. 3. Last season, after winning his fourth straight tack leading driver title, Callahan completed the year ranked fourth among more than a thousand drivers who participated during the year. This meet, Callahan leads the Dover Downs 2013-14 standings with 152 wins. Allan Davis is runner-up with 75 wins. Ross Wolfenden is next with 74 wins. Vic Kirby is fourth winning 61. Tony Morgan completes the top five with 550 wins.

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Allan Davis is converging on becoming a 1,000-race winner. Davis now has 9,996 lifetime wins and just under $10-million in purse money won by horses he has driven. Jonathan Roberts, who has 2,426 wins is nearing $20-million in career money won.

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Dylan Davis has taken over undisputed possession of first place in the leading trainer standings with 44 wins. Wayne Givens is second with 37 winners. Trish Foulk is third with 35 wins. Joe Hundertpfund is fourth, 29 wins and Les Givens, 26, is fifth in the standings.

by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs

 

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