Day At The Track

Callahan & Traverse Seelster take Dover trot

12:03 PM 13 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Traverse Seelster gives Corey Callahan one of his four winners on the day
DOVER, Del.---- Traverse Seelster continued his reputations at top trotter at the track chalking up his third $20,000 Open Trot/Handicap win in a row at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Corey Callahan had another four-win 'slam.

With Callahan in the bike, Traverse Seelster took the lead at the opening quarter and led the rest of a 1:53.2 mile to keep his 2014 winning record, now at three straight. Trained by Josh Green for owner Keith Pippi, the Angus Hall-Tavelin Lavec six-year-old gelding fought off a mild attack from Jersey Boy (Trace Tetrick) on the backstretch on the way to his 24th career victory upping his lifetime earnings to $445,009. Green Day (Vic Kirby), a $1.3-million winner, was a strong second this week. Cash On Delivery (Vince Copeland), in only his second start of the New Year, came on to finish third.

In one of two $15,000 Winners-Over trots, Walt Callam's Spunky Jack, reined by Roger Plante, ground-out a 1:55.1 victory for trainer Steve LeBlanc. It was his third triumph of the meet after finishing second in his previous two starts. Baximum (Daryl Bier) was a fast finishing second in front of Amiga Valley (Montrell Teague).

A $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot went to Vito Cuccii's Ashes Cash, driven by Ross Wolfenden for trainer Leigh Raymer. The Cash Hall-Asameg gelding won easily besting Ideal Revenue (George Dennis) and Six Gun Hall (Allan Davis), second and third respectively.

In the day's longest shot, Eddie Davis Jr. piloted 35-1 Benbar Stables' Cadillac Cruiser to a come-from-behind 1:55.1 lifetime best, for trainer Jon Nikodemski, to win the $12,000 conditioned trot. Musclelaneous (Callahan) came on for second in front of Can Do (Kirby).

Driver Allan Davis picked up a win, his 998th of his career.

Callahan drove four winners, Pierce had a driving triple while Leigh Raymer trained three wins. Ross Wolfenden won two races.

Callahan and owner-trainer Dylan Davis teaming for two wins while Pierce and trainer Joe Skowyra hooked up for a double.

Trainer Josh Green looks for an unprecedented Third Straight week sweep of the $30,000 Preferred, with Dancin Yankee, and $27,500 Delaware Special by All Stienam in the Wednesday co-feature paces.

$30,000 Preferred Pace Thursday

Back this week, a pair of Josh Green-trained pacers, Dancin Yankee and All Stienam, are the horses to beat in the $30,000 Preferred and $27,500 Delaware Special respectively on another top pacing program, Feb. 13 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.

Baron Racing’s Dancin Yankee won his fourth in a row and this week will be in the hands of Vic Kirby. Harry von Knoblauch’s Texican N and Ross Wolfenden finished second for the second-straight time. Special Forces, driven by Corey Callahan, had a tough overland trip but gets an inside post this week for owners William Robinson, Mike Mallett and Country Club Enterprises. The other contenders are Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta’s Adventure Bound handled by Ron Pierce, Trevor Stafford’s Bigtown Hero leaving from the rail with Art Stafford Jr.

JJ&M Stable and Green Racing’s All Stienam (Trace Tetrick) seeks a second-straight $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo’s Mustang Art (Pierce) and Robin and Jay Breasure’s People Are Crazy (Kirby) finished second and third respectively. Brit Evans and Foulk Stable’s Full Of Sand (Corey Callahan) returns after sitting out a week after a win, Sunshine Superman, owned, trained and driven by Toby Lynch, should enjoy an inside post starting position as will Heavenly Way’s Jeremy’s Successor (Sean Bier). Completing the lineup are Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool (George Dennis) and Its That Time (Eddie Davis Jr.) from post 1.

Three winners last time out – Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis’ Lindwood Player (Callahan), Reg Hazzard and Niel Gargiulo’s Peachys Pistol (Davis) and Jim Behrendt’s Ice Scraper (Roger Plante) – head the $18,000 Open pace, four $15,000 Winners-Over and two $25,000 Claiming paces are also on the card.

by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs


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