Southwestern Dream closed with a rush while Highbeam Rusty N was never headed winning the Monday, Dec. 19 $31,000 and $30,000 co-feature races at Dover Downs. Live harness racing racing resumes next Monday, Dec. 26.
In the $31,000 Preferred/Open pace, Corey Callahan drove Southwestern Dream down the lane to catch front-pacing Vlos (Tony Morgan) in the final steps to score a 1:50.3 triumph. It was the-Lady Of Art gelding’s second straight win and eighth on the season for trainer Bruce Saunders and owner Frank Belino. The seven-year-old has now won 157,955 this year and $775,402 lifetime. Vlos held on for second with fast-finishing Dancin Yankee (Dave Miller) third.
Next, Matt Kakaley got Highbeam Rusty N away quickly and then cut every step of a 1:51.2 mile to win the $30,000 Delaware Special. Mike Hall trains the-Nicky Michele gelding for Carter Racing Stable. The win was the seventh of the campaign for the $136,230 winner this year. Kiss My Art (Corey Callahan) flashed down the stretch to finish second with Eagle All (Ross Wolfenden) the show horse.
There were two Winners-Over divisions on the speed-filled program. Ed Edward’s Volo won the first $16,500 edition in a career best 1:51.1. The six-year-old Capital Request-Moonlight Sammy gelding won for the sixth time this season. The Jim Popo-trainee was claimed a year ago and now has banked $74,625 in 2011. Funny Deacon (Brad Hanners) set the fast pace and finished second. Malosi N (Dave Miller) took third.
Jim Behrendt’s Harlingen Hanover capped off the night when trainer-driver Roger Plante steered the-Hermosa Hanover gelding to his seventh win of the year. The $152,795 winner this year was followed home by Charger (Dave Miller) and Bad Rusty (Ross Wolfenden), second and third respectively.
In a pair of $16,000 3,4&5-Year-Old paces, High Joltage got up for driver Ben Stafford and owner Rick MacLeash, the former Philadelphia Flyers all-star. The-Mattdonna soph gelding was chased home by Save Me A Piece (Ross Wolfenden), second, and T Russell Lou (Corey Callahan), third, in a 1:52 lifetime best clocking.
Special T Rocks scored an impressive 1:52.2 victory in another $16,000 pace for young horses. Daryl Bier trains, drives and co-owns the-Ladys Special Girl altered three-year-old with Joann Dombeck and Forrest Bartlett. It was Bier’s second win. Putnams Art (Corey Callahan) stalked the winner and finished second. Tara Micket (Dave Miller) was third.
Meet leading driver Cory Callahan had four winners including Nick Callahan’s 66-1 shot Mastermaker a 1:53 winner in a $20,000 Claiming Allowance. Daryl Bier had a double.
During a break in racing, trainer Janet Davis, organizer of the Horsemen’s Welfare Trust and Dover Downs horsemen presented more than $10,000 in Christmas season gifts to needy in the Dover, Del. area. All the Capital School District schools were represented in the drive.
The traditional One-Week Holiday Break starts Tuesday, Dec. 20 – Dec. 25, Christmas Sunday. Live racing returns next Monday, Dec. 26. Then the weekly schedule is Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. There is now no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays at Dover Downs. There is racing on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. Starting Jan. 8, Sunday racing will begin at 1 p.m.
Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing and NFL three-game parley wagering daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Racing and Sport Book in the Colonnade. Admission and parking is free at Dover Downs. Reservations are suggested for those wishing to dine in the Winner’s Circle Restaurant.