Operation Christmas Wish at Dover Downs

11:00 AM 20 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Christmas Drive Founder/trainer Janet Davis, alongside Santa Claus in winner’s circle interview with Marv Bachrad
Dover Downs horsemen and friends front four truck-loads of presents destined for needy children for Christmas

During the Thursday, December 19, 2013 card, hanress racing 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, the effort has enlarged 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 the 'Operation Christmas Wish' portion of the drive. Already, $1,000 was contributed to the Food Bank of Delaware.

Donations are still requested, 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.

(first photo- founder, trainer Janet Davis, alongside Santa Claus in winner's circle interview; 2nd photo, Dover Downs horsemen, friends front four truck-loads of presents destined for needy children the Christmas.)

Bettor’s Edge nipped front pacing Dynamic Youth and fast closing Nova Artist in 1:50 to win the $30,000 Preferred pace at Dover Downs on Thursday. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan added four wins to his to his total.

Using a similar effort as in last week’s feature, Dynamic Youth cut out a fast pace and held off a lengthy challenge from Adventure Bound from the half to mid- stretch. In the lane, Corey Callahan driving Bettor’s Edge, stalked the leader from the start, and sped along the passing lane to nip Dynamic Youth and Vic Kirby in the final strides for his sixth victory of the year. Meanwhile Allan Davis and Nova Artist were bulleting on the outside and finished a neck back in third. With the win, Bettor’s Edge, owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and M1 Stable, has reached the six-figure mark this season with $104,800 in purses.

Steve Iaquinta and Bill Dittmar’s Jeremes General fashioned his third consecutive victory scoring a 1:51 triumph in the $18,000 3&4-Year-Old Open. Allan Davis added his second driving win behind the Jereme’s Jet-Major Delight sophomore gelding. Wahine (Jim Morand) led early and held on for second. Allstar Preview (George Dennis) was third.

Handsome Henry, an 8-1 shot, roared down the stretch to win a $15,000 Male Winners-Over pace. Trained and driven by Frank Milby for patron Irwin Samelman, the Western Ideal-Color Me Beachy gelding won for the seventh time in 2013 good for $67,801 earnings, the 1:50.3 clocking equaled his lifetime best. Believe This Bob (Montrell Teague) led from the start and gamely held on for second in front of Beavercreek Artist (Allan Davis).

In another $15,000 pace, for 3,4&5-Year-Olds, Just Bettor, a Bettor’s Delight-Just Great gelding, chalked up an easy 1:52.1 score with Trace Tetrick in the bike. The win was the third for trainer Eric Ell. Middle Aged Crazy (Corey Callahan) was runner-up. Celtic Pride (Bret Brittingham) took show money.

While Corey Callahan had four wins, Tony Morgan and trainer Eric Ell added three winners apiece. Coming in with two wins each were Allan Davis, trainers Wayne Given, Tim Crissman and Trish Foulk and owners Foulk Racing, Brit Evans, Legacy Racing Of Del. and Sharon White     

The annual Dover Downs’ “Christmas Holiday Break,” begins Dec. 20 through Dec. 28. Live Racing resumes on Sunday, Dec. 29 with post time at 5:30 p.m.

Everyone at Dover Downs wishes a Merry Christmas to all.

by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs





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