Callahan heading to AUS for Great Southern Star

12:25 PM 27 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Corey Callahan
Corey Callahan - will travel to Auatralia for the Great Southern Star

In an exciting announcement for the Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star, it has been revealed that star US reinsman Corey Callahan will be in Australia for the International extravaganza on March 22.

In just its second year, the $400,000 Pryde's EasiFeed Great Southern Star trotting series held across one sensational night at Tabcorp Park Melton has attracted some massive names and it continues with Callahan adding his name to the list of visitors for the richest squaregaiting event in the southern hemisphere.

Having only started his career at the age of 27, eight years later he has quickly become one of the leading drivers in North America.

Growing up under the tutelage of his father Nick, Corey decided to turn his hand to college ambitions before returning to harness racing where he has driven thousands of winners.

In fact since 2010 he has never driven less than 500 winners in a season, an extraordinary statistic that proves just how prolific the talented driver has been.

He is also currently leads the United States Trotting Association Drivers' Premiership, 29 ahead of Ron Pierce .

And it's not just his consistency that has him on top, he has also mixed it at the top level, taking out the $500,000 Hoosier Cup with Mr Wiggles in 2009 and competed in the World Driving Championship, representing the US.

But it was 2013 which was the year that put the 35-year-old on the world stage as he raked in over $9.7 million in stakes earnings, placing him in the upper-Echelon in North America.

He drove standout winners like Golden Receiver, D'Orsay and Drop The Ball.

But, Australian trots fans will know him for his association with Ma Chere Hall, owned by Australian interests, however his win with Allstar Partner in the $260,000 PA Sires Stakes Championship was the highlight of his season.

Callahan has been a fixture of some of the best tracks in America, racking up over 100 wins at The Meadowlands last season.

Callahan will be involved during the week of the Great Southern Star and will compete in the Drivers Invitational on the all-squaregaiting night.

Callahan arrives in Australia on March 18 and is available for drives.

Interested trainers should call the Racing Office on (03) 8378 0200. For media enquiries contact Brett Boyd on (03) 8378 0250.

BLAKE REDDEN COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

[Harness Racing Victoria]

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