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DOVER, Del. --- Deacons Valley made it two-in-a-row winning the $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot giving harness racing meet leading driver Corey Callahan his fourth win on Wednesday, March 18 at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick did Callahan one better steering five winners. Tony Morgan had two for 14,992. Consistent Deacons Valley won for the second time this year, along with three seconds and a third in his last seven starts, in the feature race. John Cabot, who has had an excellent meet with trotters trained for owner Bill Cantrell, conditions the five-year-old son of Valley Victor-Deaconess Hanover. He now has won $27,630 this campaign and $98,376 lifetime. Derby (Allan Davis) closed strongly to finish second with Stirling Charisma (Vic Kirby) holding on for third. Callahan also drove the first of three sub-feature $12,000 3,4&5-Year-Old trots, Power Wheel, a 1:58 success for trainer Nick Callahan and owners. John and Sarah Swart. The victory was the first this year for the Muscle Yankee-Sprocket Hanover gelding to go with three seconds. Warrawee Onyx (George Dennis) and Jesse's Dakota (Tony Morgan) were second and third respectively. Tim Tetrick notched a 1:58.2 decision with owner-trainer Chris Allen's Red Dress Baby, a four-year-old daughter of Hard Rock N Roll-Really Elegant, one of two mares in the $12,000 event. Dionysus Lindy (Dennis) came on for second. Schoolhouse Rock (Corey Braden) was the show horse. The fastest of the sub-features was another Callahan driven starter, Brit Evans and Foulk Stables' Prayer Session, a 1:55.2 winner of the $12,500 trot. The Like A Prayer-ENS Tag Session gelding won for the second straight time and fourth this year. The Trish Foulk trainee posted his 21st career victory and upped earnings to $600,261 lifetime. I Like My Boss (Bob Shahan) came on in the lane to finish second in front of Spunky Jack (Roger Plante). Tim Tetrick had five wins, Corey Callahan, four, and Tony Morgan won the last two races to bring his career record to within eight wins of 15,000. Just A Jolt Sweet Rock and Full Of Sand head a $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap on a power-packed Thursday card. Monday through Thursday starting time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Now on Thursdays, only, there is a two-for-one entre special the Winner's Circle Restaurant. Each race day, reservations are suggested for those choosing to dine while watching live racing. Call 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking or for admission at Dover Downs. Simulcasting of leading harness and thoroughbred racing from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- King Royalty exploded at 14-1 from the rail to win the St. Patrick's Day $20,000-$25,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming pace on Tuesday, March 15 at Dover Downs. Harness racing driver Corey Callahan added four more wins to his total. With Jim Morand in the bike, King Royalty, who had been plagued by rough trips on the outside in his previous three races, took full advantage of leaving from the rail and posted his first win in a month recording a 1:52.4 victory in the feature race. It was the first of two straight wins for Morand, a long-time leading driver in Maryland and at Dover Downs, who drove three wins. Les Givens trains the Classic Card Shark - Royal Lady Les gelding who won for the second time in eight races this year. Middle Aged Crazy (Tony Morgan) was runner-up. Bettor And Bold (Eddie Davis Jr.) took third money. Corey Callahan, Vic Kirby and Jim Morand won more than half of the day's 15 races. Callahan had four, Kirby and Morand three each. Deacons Valley and Ragazzo Dolce head the $15,000 feature trot on Wednesday trot day. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are now 'dark days' at the track. There is no charge for parking or admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant where on Thursdays only, entrees are now 'two-for-one.' Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad    

FREEHOLD, NJ – Harness driver George Brennan didn’t need the luck of the Irish in capturing the St. Patrick’s Day Pace at Freehold Raceway Saturday. “It was like shooting fish in a barrel,” Brennan said. “It was that easy. My horse got a dream trip in the outside flow and we were mailed home.” Brennan was driving Absolutely Michael, a 6 to 1 mild long shot and they paid $14.40 to win. Andwin Hanover (Corey Callahan) finished second as the betting favorite and Superbo Hanover (Jim Marohn, Jr.) was third. The race featured only drivers of Irish heritage, include two drivers who were born and raised in Ireland, last year’s winner, Irish Joe Hanney and Jonathon Dunne. “What a great race for me to win,” Brennan added. “It was special this year because fellow horseman Derek Delaney and his family came over from Ireland and brought with them a special blanket for the race presentation. They also sponsor the richest race in all of Ireland and the UK, the Vincent Delaney Memorial, and I think it’s wonderful that they have come here to promote their special race. I am seriously considering heading over there this year.” The race got away over a sloppy, rain-soaked track with Csardas and driver John Sheehan getting parked out from the rail by Andwin Hanover in :28.2 to the opening quarter. Then after the half in :58.3, Callahan came back first-up against Csardas with Andwin Hanover but could not clear until the three-quarter mile marker in 1:28.2. Meanwhile Superbo Hanover and Marohn, Jr.) grabbed second-over cover and sitting third over getting the dream trip was Brennan and Absolutely Michael. Andwin Hanover cleared to the lead and kept Superbo Hanover at bay, but Brennan had saved plenty of steam with Absolutely Michael and blew by at the wire to win with ease by one and one-half lengths. It was the first win in ten starts for Absolutely Michael. The nine-year-old gelded son of Western Hanover is trained by Troyce Thomas and is owned by Kubi Michael Erzene of Bordentown, NJ. “What a grand race it was today,” said sponsor Derek Delaney. “The rain didn’t help but what a masterful drive by George Brennan. Everyone was so friendly and outgoing, a real pleasure to be here and I have to think I want to do it again next year! Derek Delaney and his family are touring the USA over the next week, making appearances at the Meadowlands, Yonkers Raceway and the Meadows in addition to Freehold. He will also be promoting race fans to come over to Ireland for the Delaney Memorial. “We have developed this race weekend into something unique,” Delaney explains. “It’s sort of the Little Brown Jug, Hambletonian and Gold Cup & Saucer all rolled into one with an Irish twist to it! “We want to invite everyone to check out our website  at www.vincentdelaneymemorial.com and see what we are talking about.” Recently Derek and James Delaney were honored world-wide as a story on their late brothers race won the 2015 World Trotting Conference International Media Award as the best news story in harness racing. By Steve Wolf

Freehold, NJ – The winning horse and owner in Saturday’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Pace will be in for a special treat at Freehold Raceway. The winning connections will receive a unique blanket that has been hand-delivered right from Ireland. Owner/breeder Derek Delaney from Dublin has come over from Ireland and is donating the specially designed blanket in honor of his big stakes race on the weekend of August 8 & 9, the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial at Portmarnock Raceway. “We have come over from Ireland just to root home fellow countrymen “Irish” Joe Hanney, who won this race last year and Jonathon Dunne too,” said Derek Delaney upon arriving in New Jersey Wednesday. “And we’ve brought over a special St. Patrick’s Day rug (blanket) to give to the winner of the race. It’s great that our St. Patrick’s Day holiday is so well celebrated around the world.” Derek Delaney and his brother James developed the Ladbroke’s Vincent Delaney Memorial after their younger brother tragically passed away in 2011. The race is for two-year-old pacers and is the richest harness horse race in all of Ireland and the United Kingdom. “We are also here to invite everyone to come to Ireland for my brother memorial race weekend,” Derek explained, “It’s a three day festival the likes you have never seen before. Great racing, wonderful food, bet with the bookies, classic Irish music and dancing, tours and super sightseeing of the Irish Sea and the beautiful Irish countryside and all with people with a passion for harness racing that you will never forgot.” The St. Patrick’s Day Pace is set as the fifth race at Freehold Raceway Saturday. The eight starting Irish drivers in post-position order are: Csarda (John Sheehan) Superbo Hanover (Jim Marohn, Jr.) Absolutely Michael (George Brennan) Andwin Hanover (Corey Callan) Getontheway (Joe “Irish” Hanney) Waywatcher (Jonathon Dunne) GW Gizmo (John McDermott) Air Force Grad (Robert Bresnahan, Jr.) Irish Joe Hanney was a big upset winner last year at Freehold Raceway in the St. Patrick’s Day race. He drove 60-1 long shot Real Mystical from post eight and paid $122.00 to win. “I think the race this year will be pretty close,” said Hanney. “John Sheehan is going to leave pretty good to protect position. Jimmy Marohn’s horse I've been driving recently and he does not finish well but can get off the wings ok. “My horse has been in the money lately,” Hanney said. “I hope he can step up for me. Corey Calahan is driving the best horse in the race and he done have a lot of gate speed but when he gets into the outside flow he can be dangerous. He had an off start last time out. I think he may have tied up a little.  We need an early speed duel to get a chance to win. “Winning last year's race was a very special thing for me,” Hanney added, “People might look at the race and say it's just a $6,000 claimer with a $4,000 purse and what's so special about winning that, well for me the Irish people are the most patriotic people in the world and our history and impact on America we could talk about for years. “Then to win a race in America named after our patron saint, St. Patrick, was a great American feat for me. I was very proud. I had the outside post 8. The trip worked out perfect, I was 60/1, and racing at my home track. Everyone in the paddock was cheering for me. “Now I want to win again this year as much as last year and next year's race too, but I will be very happy for whomever wins it. It’s an honor to win it. Last year’s sponsors where Peter and Mary Grandich who I trained for at the time so it was good to see them in the winner’s circle. This year’s sponsors are the brothers Derek and James Delaney from Oakwood Stud Farm in Offaly and the Vincent Delaney Memorial held at Portmarnock. I really want to win for my Irish brothers!” Derek Delaney and his family will be touring the USA over the next week, making apearances at Freehold, the Meadowlands, Yonkers Raceway and the Meadows. He will also be promoting race fans to come over to Ireland for the Delaney Memorial. “We have developed this race weekend into something unique,” Delaney explains. “It’s sort of the Little Brown Jug, Hambletonian and Gold Cup & Saucer all rolled into one with an Irish twist to it! “We will also have Hall of Famer Roger Huston coming back this year to call the races,” Delaney added, “Also returning is New Zealand Hall of Fame driver Anthony Butt and his brother, NZ’s leading trainer Tim Butt is also coming over. And a surprise Irish-America world-class driver is coming to compete too! We want to invite everyone to check out our website at www.vincentdelaneymemorial.com and see what we are talking about.” Recently Derek and James Delaney were honored world-wide as a story on their late brothers race won the 2015 World Trotting Conference International Media Award as the best news story in harness racing. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com  

DOVER, Del. ---- Powerful Charger, piloted by Tim Tetrick, pulled a 10-1 upset in the $18,000 Open/Handicap trot, the Wednesday feature at Dover Downs on March 11. Tetrick finished with four wins. Wagering favorites, Tough Mac (Corey Callahan) and newcomer Sevruga (Andy Miller) finished off the board after Powerful Charger roared down the lane for his third win of the year in his last four starts. Tim Tetrick and Jim King own the seven-year-old altered son of Powerful Emotion - Fox Valley Poetry who set a lifetime best clocking of 1:53.4 winning for the 25th time upping his career earnings to $05,840. Baximum, in now usual style, closed well to take second-place honors with Allan Davis driving. Tirade Hanover and Vic Kirby, after pushing the early fractions on the lead, held on for third. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan took the classy four-year-old mare Classic Belisima into the lead and never was headed in a 1:55.3 triumph in a $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. John Cabot conditions the daughter of Crazed - Classic Yankee who won for sixth time this meet for owner Bill Cantrell. Derby (Allan Davis) raced well finishing second in front of Striking Charisma (Trace Tetrick). Prayer Session dropped down from the Open Class and overpowered six foes in a 1:54.1 score in an $11,500 Conditioned trot. Corey Callahan was at the controls for the Like A Prayer - ENS Tag Session geldings third win of 2015 and 20th lifetime good for $594,011 in purses. Enrico AS (A. Davis) led early and held on for second for the third consecutive time. Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) finished third. Carlo Poliseno steered 10-1 shot Oh Sweet Penelope, a four-year-old CR Excalibur - Oh Sweet Pea mare he owns and trains to a 1:57 win in an $11,000 4&5-Year-Old trot. It was her first win of the year. Overnight Hit (Art Stafford Jr.) closed well for second with Red Dress Baby (Vince Copeland) third. Tim Tetrick drove four winners, Corey Callahan, three, Trace Tetrick had two as did Tony Morgan and trainers Jim King and john Cabot and owner Bill Cantrell. Thursday at Dover Downs Mustang Art and Movie Idol, winners of the last two Delaware Special/Handicap paces are among the nine starters this week going for a $26,000 purse on Thursday, March 12 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Mustang Art, owned by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo's Mustang Art won last week's pacing feature while Movie Idol, after chalking up a 1:50 lifetime best two weeks ago. The sharp Just A Jolt has finished second in three of the last four Del. Specials. Vic Kirby will drive for owner Janet Hudson. The surprise horse of the top class this meet, Jebswesternshake, after stepping up from the claiming ranks won five races including two Specials for driver George Dennis and owner Frank Chick. Another local favorite, Mary Ann Larrimore's Believe This Bob has won this event twice and will be piloted by Trace Tetrick. The rest of the field is led Doug Lewis' Mojo Terror who made his first local start last week and has the services of Corey Callahan. Brit Evans and Foulk Stable's Full Of Sand leaves from the rail with Jonathan Roberts. Sunshine Superman, owned, trained and driven by Toby Lynch, is alongside. Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing's Papa Ray, an early meet standout, is reined by Eddie Davis Jr. An $18,000 and three $16.000 Opens head a strong undercard. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. This Sunday, March 15 is the last Sunday card of the season with post time at 5:30 p.m. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- It was another big Monday for Corey Callahan. The six consecutive meet leading-driver at Dover Downs made the winners-circle seven-times on March 9. One of the wins came guiding Spin Vision to her fifth straight win in the $14,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over Filly and Mare pace. Spin Vision enjoyed a perfect 2-hole trip behind McArma and Vic Kirby cutting out the early fractions. Callahan. McArma held on for second with Yanklet Hanover (Tony Morgan) closing fast for third. Spin Vision, the only three-year-old in the race, is a complete Louthan product. No Spin Zone is the stallion. David's Art is the dam. She has now won eight of 16 races with four seconds and earnings of $72,345. Callahan also drove public-choice Chris White's Fashion Showdown to victory in 1:54.2 in another $14,000 female co-feature. It was the Village Jolt - Catch The Show mare's third win in her last five starts. Megginspin (Allan Davis) was second with Hit By Lightning (Trace Tetrick) third. Valerya, who had traffic trouble last start, uncorked a 1:52.3 front-pacing victory in a $13,000 Mares Winners-Over edition. Jonathan Roberts was at the controls for trainer Trish Foulk and Foulk Stables giving the Dream Away-Veneer seven-year-old her fifth win of the season in seven starts with two seconds. She won for the 18th time in her career banking $126,537 lifetime. Jeremes Sweetheart (Kirby) was a game second in front of Springforth (George Dennis). In addition to Callahan's seven winning drives, Jim Morand, Jonathan Roberts and trainer Trish Foulk and Foulk Stables also had doubles. Bettor And Bold, last week's winner, takes on Just Bettor and PL Hoofhearted in the Tuesday $20,000-$25,000 Claiming/Handicap feature race. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

Harness racing trainer Shaun Vallee hopes Midnight Lightning is ready to strike in Saturday's second leg of the Buddy Gilmour Series for 3-year-old male pacers at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Midnight Lightning, trained and co-owned by Vallee, finished third in his opening-round division last weekend, beaten 3-3/4 lengths by undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit in 1:51.2. This week, Midnight Lightning and driver Corey Callahan start from post one in the second of two $20,000 divisions. George Teague Jr.'s Wiggle It Jiggleit and Chris Ryder's National Seelster, who are both 3-for-3 this season, are in the first division. The estimated $75,000 Gilmour final is March 14. A son of Camluck out of the mare Twin B Intimate, Midnight Lightning has won one of six races this year and earned $10,920. He picked up his victory in a conditioned race at the Big M in his start prior to the Gilmour, coming home with a :26.1 final quarter in a 1:52 mile. "Other than the weather, he's been good," said Vallee, who owns Midnight Lightning with DPV Racing Stable. "If I could have him a little fitter I'd be happier about it. He's about 85 percent. He's got a good brush and he can sustain it a long way, but I think he'll be able to sustain it even further once he gets a little fitter." Midnight Lightning often has shown a burst of speed at some point in his races, but Vallee was unhappy with several of his starts earlier this season. After scoping the colt, he put Midnight Lightning on Lasix following his fourth race of the year. "After he raced his first start, he was very good, but the next couple starts he was flat and I was a little disappointed," Vallee said. "I put him on Lasix and he's been a completely different horse." Vallee purchased Midnight Lightning for $20,000 under the name Twin B Incentive at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale. He is a half-brother to Twin B Tenacious, who won on the New York Sire Stakes circuit last year. "He stood good, had a good demeanor, had a good head and neck to him," Vallee said. "And I didn't mind Camluck as a sire; they're very tough." Midnight Lightning raced only once at age 2, which was by design. "That's what I do with all my young horses," Vallee said. "I bring them to the races, let them see what they're supposed to do, and then turn them out. I give them time to mature. I never really race them as a 2-year-old." Dan Vlahakis, who races as DPV Racing Stable, has been an owner with Vallee and his wife Anita for nearly 25 years. "They're such great people," Vlahakis said. "You couldn't ask for a better team." Following the Gilmour Series, Vallee will look for other series opportunities for Midnight Lightning. "All the way training down I believed he had it," Vallee said. "He showed signs of being a nice horse. How nice, I wasn't sure at the time. But I think he'll be competitive in most of the series that he races in. He's a very nice horse." by Ken Weingartner / Harness Racing Communications / USTA  

DOVER, Del.--- After breaking stride while on the move last week, Bettor And Bold was at his best on Tuesday, March 3, closing with a big rush to win the $20,000-$25,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming / Handicap over a 'sloppy' track at Dover Downs. Harness racing driver Corey Callahan racked up a four-win day to give him 220 on the 79th day of the meet. Race favorite Just Bettor (Vic Kirby) left from post 8 but could not get past Button Fly (Toby Lynch) until finding room nearing the half mile. Bettor And Bold raced in mid-pack, and then with a blanket of horses turned down the lane. Trace Tetrick took Bettor And Bold to the outside and blew past his rivals for a 1:54.1 victory, equaling his lifetime best clocking The win was the second in his last four starts for the Bettor's Delight - Impertinent gelding, trained by Jim King for owners Tim Tetrick and CC Racing. UF Dragons Cruiser (Allan Davis), the leader in mid-stretch, finished second. PL Hoofhearted (Corey Callahan) was the show horse. Just Bettor, who has earned a check in all eight of his 2015 races, was fourth. Corey Callahan had a four win day while Trace Tetrick and Allan Davis had three winners. Jonathan Roberts, Tony Morgan and trainer Kathleen Brewer made two trips to the winners circle. For Morgan, his pair of wins gives him 14,977 in his career. Tough Mac, Tirade Hanover and Wind of The North tangle in the Wednesday $18,000 Open trot feature.] Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Movie Idol stepped up in class to win the $25,000 Delaware Special, his fourth straight harness racing victory, on Thursday, Feb. 26. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan notched four wins. With Nova Artist (Allan Davis), Just A Jolt (Vic Kirby) and Jebswestershake (George Dennis) battling on the front end, Callahan pulled Movie Idol to the outside four-wide and rolled on for a lifetime best 1:50 victory in the week's top pacing event. Owned by Breakaway Racing, the I Am A Fool - Movie Star Legs seven-year-old won for the 12th time in his career banking $271,360. Just A Jolt finished second for the second straight time and fifth time this meet in the top class. Jebswesternshake did not win ending a five-straight winning streak. Sunshine Superman was scratched. Delaware Hanover made it three wins in-a-row as Corey Callahan drove the Dragon Again -Dashaway Hanover gelding to record a 1:51.1 score, his third straight victory and fourth in his last five, for owner Howard Taylor and trainer Doug Lewis. Bandolito (Daryl Bier) was second best. Don't Ya Know (Davis) finished third. Ron Pierce and Mustang Art collaborated on a 1:50.4 success in an $18,000 Open Handicap. Lindwood Player (Allan Davis) was a tough second, leading for a few steps nearing the finish line, but the class Mustang Art came back at the wire for the win. The Artiscape-Paula Seelster gelding is owned by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo. It was his second win of 2015, and 36th in his career while earning $569.992 in his career .Adventure Bound (Art Stafford Jr.) picked up third money. The sharp Four Staces gave Corey Callahan his fifth win and the four-year-old's fifth win of the meet, with a 1:51.2 triumph equaling his lifetime best. Co-owner Dylan Davis conditions the Rocknroll Hanover-Miss Stacee gelding for Mike Casalino. Scalped (Montrell Teague) was next in front of Workandplayhard (Eddie Davis Jr.) Sweet Rock carried Allan Davis to his second consecutive winner's circle visit scoring a 1:51.2 triumph in a $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Open pace. Fire In The Belly (Kirby) was runner-up with Jeremes General (Ron Pierce) the third horse. Reg Hazzrd, G.P. Calloway and Legacy Racing own the Rocknroll Hanover-Penny For Nickel gelding who won for the second time in five races. Fire In The Belly (KIrby) and Jeremes General (Ron Pierce) were second and third respectively. Jet Blue Miracle was the long shot of the night. Sean Bier drove R.J.Thomas' Jereme's Jet-Blue Spock gelding to a new record of 1:51.4 to win a $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Male Winners-Over pace. Eddie Davis Jr. got Bill Fisher's Wheelaway home in 1:53.3 to win another $14,000 pace for young male horses. So Much To Say (Dennis) was second best. MG Kid (Jonathan Roberts) was third. Wheelaway is a Village Jove-Winbak Honey gelding now three for five this year. In another $14,000 division Montrell Teague guided Preparty, an altered son of Somebeachsomewhere - Speed Date, to a 1:52.1 victory, his second of the year for trainer Kevin Lare and owner Frank Chick. One Stop Deal (Calllahan) was next with Mister Truth (Tony Morgan) getting third money. Callahan with five win, now has won 213 races this meet. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

HHYF introduces Jody Morone as Summer Programs Supervisor; Julie Miller as new Trustee The Harness Horse Youth Foundation has named Jody Morone as its Summer Programs Supervisor. The HHYF has also announced the unanimous election of Julie Miller to its board of Trustees. Miller, an Iowa native, joins Corey Callahan on the board as a backstretch voice. She has nearly 1,300 training wins and has posted a UTRS "batting average" over .315 for each of the past ten years. "I saw HHYF when I was in Illinois," she says. "I saw how they reached the kids. When we made the move out East and we saw HHYF was at Gaitway Farms, I wanted to get involved. I am especially excited to be joining HHYF as we begin preparing for the 40th anniversary." Morone, has been around Standardbreds her entire life and has worked in a number of capacities in the business. is looking forward to the challenge. "I was in 4-H and became a 4-H leader at age 19. It helped me realize that hands-om is the best way to learn. When you give kids the opportunity perhaps you awaken something, then anything is possible." HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor is excited about both additions. "I believe HHYF is ready for the dynamic energy of both Jody as summer programs supervisor, and Julie as trustee. Each of them understands the importance of our work and believes wholeheartedly in our mission. We are definitely looking forward to incorporating their ideas as we move HHYF forward in the upcoming busy summer season and in a couple of new areas, too!" she said. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to fostethe next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org.    

DOVER, Del.--- Jebswesternshark, last week's 10-1 up setter, made believers of doubters by not only winning the week's top pace, the $26,000 Delaware Special, but did it from outside post 8 racing without cover to score a 1:52.4 on a windy and raw Thursday, Feb. 19 at Dover Downs. Harness racing driver Corey Callahan continues his strong driving with five winners. George Dennis drove the 8-1 Western Hanover - Shake Away 10-year-old gelding, trained by Kevin Lare for owner Frank Chick, to his fifth consecutive victory. The streak began at the $15,000 claiming level through a $25,000 tag prior to last week's come-from-behind win. Just A Jolt with Vic Kirby came on in the stretch to finish second in front of Mustang Art and Art Stafford Jr. Jebswesternshark is now fived for six this year earning $40,350 with his 43rd lifetime win while banking $256,279 in his career. Delaware Special made it two-in-a-row winning one of two Open/Handicap paces for young horses. Corey Callahan chalked up his fifth of six winning drives taking the Dragon Again-Dashaway Hanover gelding to the top en route to a 1:54.4 triumph in the $15,500 event. Doug Lewis trains the winner for owner Howard Taylor. It was his second win in three starts while accruing second-place finishes in four other starts this meet. Major Bucks (Toby Lynch) was runner-up with Elite Awards (Eddie Davis Jr.) the third horse. In a $16,000 edition, Invictus Hanover, a Yankee Cruiser - I Sparkle gelding handled by Trace Tetrick, recorded his first win of the year notching a 1:54.4 decision in the second race for 4&5-Year-Olds. Scalped (Montrell Teague) was a close second. Four Staces (Callahan) never saw the rail and still finished third. Callahan got One Stop Deal up in to win one of two $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Male paces for Kapildeo Singh and Yves Sarrazin. Dylan Davis conditions the Western Ideal - Artstopper gelding who posted his second straight win. Fancy Colt (Tony Morgan) and Fire In The Belly (Kirby) were second and third respectively. The photo finish camera was necessary to determine the winner of the other $14,000 section. Maximum Terror had his nose on the line from among a blanket four-horse finish in 1:55.4. Owned and trained by Ben Stafford, the gelding was driven by Ben Stafford Jr. to his second win in his last three races. The Western Terror-HTF Cocoa four-year-old bested 40-1 Alexis Style (Russ Foster), second, and Mister Truth (Tony Morgan), third, with Panic Disorder (Callahan) accepting fourth. Callahan, with five winners, now has won 20 races in the last three days. Allan Davis, George Dennis and Trace Tetrick won two races each. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.---- From Monday-Thursday, Corey Callahan won 24 race. Dover Down's leading driver since the 2009-10 meet, has racked up 204 wins through 72 racing days. His UDRS (similar to a batting average) is an outstanding .415. His drives this meet have earned nearly $1.7-million in purse for the horses he has driven. After winning seven races on Tuesday (2/17), Callahan followed with an eight-win night, one fewer than the track record of nine wins (2/ 27/11) by Tim Tetrick. Callahan, the track's leading driver for the past seven seasons, has already wrapped up the 2014-15 title. ---------------------------------------------- The latest long win-streak ended at five when trotter Joyeux Dream finished second on the Wednesday (2/18) card. The current leader is trotter Razor Ramone, winner of five wins in-a-row. JS McFlash has won three in succession -------------------------------------------------- Two popular area harness favorite drivers, Ross Wolfenden and Tim Tetrick, are among the missing these days. Wolfenden is vacationing until mid -March with his family in New Zealand. Tetrick is also Down Under, competing in the World Driver Championship in Australia starting this weekend, Tetrick represents the U.S.A. against the best in Europe and Australasia in the week's competition. --------------------------------------------------------------- While Tim Tetrick is away in Australia preparing for the World Driver competition, his brother Trace Tetrick, drove Powerful Charger, a horse Tim and Jim King own, for the geldings first victory of the year in the sub-feature trot on Wednesday. ------------------------------------------------------------- Eric Ell lifted his outstanding UTRS "batting average" to around .450 this meet, buoyed by with third training wins Wednesday (2/10); by Razor Ramone, Enrico AS and Go Go Red Marty. Owners Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta own all three, with Ken Wood, a partner, on two. --------------------------------------------- The biggest social night in harness racing takes place on Sunday, in Orlando, Fla., at the annual U.S.Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) Dan Patch Awards-Dinner. The top horses and individuals during the 2014 season will be saluted. JR She'salady won the writers balloting for "Horse of the Year," the first two-year-old in years to win the coveted title. --------------------------------------------------- Among the honorees at the USHWA Night of Champions is Heather Vitale. She a double 2014-season winner in the broadcasting category. for her TV feature on Canada's top trainer Casey Coleman on CBS Sports Network and for a feature on harness racing in Ireland shown on her Post Time show on Delmarva station WBOC-TV. ------------------------------------ Aaron Merriman is the leader, with Corey Callahan, second, in wins among leading drivers during 2015 in North America. Ron Pierce is presently fourth in winning drives. Ron Burke, is again, the leading trainer, in wins and money won. Wayne Givens and Dylan Davis, have moved up to the top 5 trainers in North America. ----------------------------------------------------- At Dover Downs, this meet, Corey Callahan has driven winners of 203 races. Allan Davis has reach three-digit wins, second with 100. Ross Wolfenden is third, with 91 wins. Vic Kirby is fourth, 86, and Tony Morgan, 72 , completes the top five. ---------------------------------------------- There is a two way tie for first-place among trainers. Doug Lewis and Dylan Davis, the meet's defending champion has tied with each haltering 42 winners. Wayne Givens is a close third with 40 wins. Jim King is fourth with 35 winners. Nick Surick is in fifth- place with 34 winners. ----------------------------------------- Harness Horse International (HHI) annual meeting and awards presentation is set for March 1-March 5 in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Sal DeMario, executive director of Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) is representing local horsemen. The HHI Dominic Frini Person of the Year,'will go to past president, Gene Oldfield. The HHI Appreciation Award to Jerry Knppenberger, recent Ohio Hall of Fame inductee, and former Ohio Harness Horsemen's Assoc. GM, and harness horse editor of the Daily Racing Form, Derek Giwner, receives the Clyde Hirt Media award. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Marv Bachrad    

DOVER, Del.--- After dominating the Tuesday harness racing card with seven wins, Corey Callahan did one better on Wednesday, Feb. 18 , making it 15 wins in two nights at Dover Downs. Callahan steered Classic Belisima, who won four in-a-row on the front end before a third last start, took a 2-hole seat and sped down the passing lane for a 1:55.3 victory, It was Callahan's fifth of eight wins during the chilly night. It came in the $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over feature trot. After sweeping the first three races, Callahan piloted Bill Cantrell's hard-hitting four-year-old daughter of Crazed - Classic Yankee, trained by John Cabot to victory. It was her ninth career win in 25 starts with seven seconds and three thirds banking $63,315 in purses. Everyone's Talkin (Trace Tetrick) led for most of the mile and was a close second at the finish breaking a two-win streak. Stirling Charisma (Vic Kirby) closed well to be in the photo finish but had to settle for third. In the $11,5000 sub-feature trot, while Tim Tetrick is away in Australia preparing for the World Driver Championship, his brother Trace took the lead with Powerful Charger, a horse Tim and Jim King own, and then fought off a strong assault in the stretch, for a 1:54.1 victory, the first of the year for the Powerful Emotion - Fox Valley Poetry gelding. Picard (Callahan) rallied to finish second in front of I Like My Boss (Jonathan Roberts). Calllahan's eight-bagger is one fewer than the track record of nine, set Feb. 27, 2011 by Tim Tetrick. The track's leading driver for the past seven seasons, Callahan has already wrapped up the 2014-15 title. He has won 199 races this meet, almost double runner-up Allan Davis, who drove two wins, for a meet total of 101 wins. A five-race win streak ended for Joyeux Dream the second-place finisher in the $15,000-$20,000 Claiming/Handicap. Can Do closed well for Vic Kirby, who co-owns the gelding with Chris Giaccio, to win the trot in 1:54.2. Trainer Dylan Davis moved into a tie for first among trainers. Davis and Doug Lewis have haltered 41 winners, third-place Wayne Givens has conditioned 39 wins. Tony Morgan won one race to up his career total to 14,968 winning drives. Jebswesternshark, last week's 10-1 up setter, meets Bandolito, Nova Artist and Believe This Bob, among nine starters in the $26,000 Delaware Special headliner on Thursday, Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad      

DOVER, Del.--- Touchdown Mindale won the Tuesday harness racing feature and was claimed in the $20,000-$25,000 Claiming/Handicap, one of seven winning drives for Corey Callahan over a 'good' track at Dover Downs on Feb. 17. The Always A Virgin - Happy To Be Best gelding held off a strong challenge from Just Bettor (Vic Kirby) in !:53.3 to score his fourth win of the meet. The week before, the Harvey Eisman-owned five-year-old had raced for a $25,000 tag, this week he entered for $20,000 and drew the rail with the meet's top driver Corey Callahan in the bike. Touchdown Mindale took the lead from Just Bettor, who left from post 8, as the field raced in front of the grandstand and never yielded. Button Fly (Jason Lynch) finished third. After the race, ownership changed hands as Touchdown Mindale was claimed. Callahan, the track's leading driver since the 2009-10 meet, has 191 wins through 70 racing days. His UDRS (similar to a batting average) is an outstanding .411. His drives this meet have earned nearly $1.7-million in purse for the horses he has driven. Four of his wins came reining trotters; Muscerne, was his first win in the 2nd race; another trotter, Nova Empress from post 8 was next in the 4th. Then Callahan was in high gear winning the next five races in-a-row. Pacer Touchdown Mindale was his third winner in the 10th; a third-trotter, Jailhouse Juice took the 11th. Right back in the 12th race driving Nine Twenty Two; Windsong Ingenius, another trotter in the 13th; Art Of Escape made it seven wins. Trace Tetrick had two early wins. Trainer Doug Lewis had one winner, his 41st of the meet, to take a two-win lead among leading trainers. Wayne Givens and Dylan Davis are tied for second with 39 each. Classic Belisma, whose four-race win streak ended with a third-place finish in her last start, leads a field of nine in the $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot on the Wednesday card. CLASSIC BELISIMA, DERBY HEAD WEDNESDAY FEATURE TROT DOVER, Del. ---- Classical Belisima, a four-straight winner before finishing third last time, leads nine trotters to post in the Wednesday, Feb. 18 $14,500 feature at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Corey Callahan will drive Classic Belisima, one of two females in the competitive field. Bill Cantrell owns the four-year-old program pick. Arty Foster Jr. sends out Everyone’s Talkin, a winner of his last two starts, with Trace Tetrick in the bike since arriving from the Meadowlands. Tina and Joe Clark’s Derby has been sharp with three-straight second place finishers. Allan Davis will drive from post 9 in the second tier. The second distaff in the event is Eric Foster’s Stirling Charisma with Vic Kirby driving. He Belongs Here, and Daryl Bier, should benefit from starting from the rail.  Ed Hall’s Up Front N Crazy handled by Roger Plante must overcome leaving from post 8. Niss Allen’s Themida, piloted by Brandon Henley, HS Merlin with Eddie Davis Jr., and Accokeek Mercury with Sean Bier complete the line-up.   A strong supporting card featuring several wide-open trotting events are on the Wednesday card. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad        

Coming off his first loss since December 13th, Rockeyed Optimist returned to the Meadowlands with a vengeance, winning his division of The Sonsam harness racing pacing series in 1:50.3. The first $17,500 division went post-ward as race two on the Saturday program with a field of six and Rockeyed Optimist was sent off as the 3/5 betting choice from post position one. The early speed came from Bettorever, fresh off his runner-up effort in round one with Corey Callahan. In fact, Bettorever would proceed to cut the mile, establishing fractions of 26.3, 55.4 and 1:24.4, stealing a 58.1 middle-half under no pressure, that is until Rockeyed Optimist and Brett Miller made their move. The favorite, a son of Rocknroll Hanover, sat back in fourth position early on and was guided to the outside approaching the half-mile pole where he would proceed first over, eventually racing on even terms with the pace-setter. Turning for home, Rockeyed Optimist exploded and powered away from the field winning in a sparkling 1:50.3, pacing the final quarter in an absurdly-fast 25.4. The win was one of four on the card for Brett Miller on the heels of his four-win performance Friday night. Rockeyed Optimist is trained by Steve Elliot for Anthony Perretti, Virginia Berkner, A and B Srable and Joseph Battaglia. With the win, Rockeyed Optimist has surged past $100,000 in lifetime earnings while earning his ninth win of his career from 23 starts. Major Uptrend will be shooting for the series sweep, following his win in the second division of The Sonsam on Saturday night. After briefly allowing JK Patriot to claim the early lead, Yannick Gingras quickly guided Major Uptrend to the lead before the opening quarter and would click off fractions of 28, 55.4 and 1:23.4 before facing just mild pressure from Company Man who moved first over. In the stretch, Gingras called to the Somebeachsomewhere gelding and the response was evident as there was never an anxious moment through the stretch. Major Uptrend won while racing well within himself equaling the mark of 1:50.3, identical to the winning time of Rockeyed Optimist in the first division of The Sonsam. Major Uptrend is trained by Ron Burke for Howard Taylor. In other racing action, National Seelster, the three year old colt that opened eyes winning upon debut two weeks ago returned to the races on Saturday night and returned with another win. Allowed to sit the pocket throughout the mile, National Seelster found room late in the stretch up the pylons and accelerated rapidly to win again, in 1:53.1. National Seelster, a son of Bettor's Delight is now two for two to start the career. An intriguing match-up could be on the horizon between a pair of undefeated and lightly raced three olds in the William "Buddy" Gilmour series between National Seelster and Wiggle It Jiggle It. The latter won a division of the first round of the Sonsam series and will square off with Rockeyed Optimist and Major Uptrend in the final of that series before tackling National Seelster in the Gilmour. The fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5 went unclaimed, but there were only two winning tickets which were paid a dividend of $4,257. The last race jackpot also carried over to the tune of $123,827 into the last race on the Thursday program, which will begin at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

DOVER, Del.---, Tough Mac made up for a neck loss last week to win his fifth feature feature trot this meet and Razor Ramone won his fifth straight on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at Dover Downs. Two other win streaks came to an end during the 15-race card. Corey Callahan and Tough Mac quick stepped away from the starting gate and then kept his seven rivals at bay on the way to a 1:54 victory in the week's top trot, the $18,000 Open/Handicap. Tirade Hanover , driven by Vic Kirby, made him work hard battling alongside the winner for much of the last half but could fare no better than second. I'm So Striking with Eddie Dennis closed well to finish third. The victory boosted Tough Mac's seasonal earnings to $35,000. Dylan Davis conditions the Lockkeeper - Traditional Lady black gelding for owner Mike Casalino. The eight-year-old won for the 14th time in his career with a $160,944 lifetime bankroll. One race later, Razor Ramone and Ron Pierce continued their winning ways notching their fifth consecutive triumph in a $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. Trained by Eric Ell for Steve Iaquinta and Dittmar, Razor Ramone cut out a 1:56 success holding off fast finishing Derby (Allan Davis) by a neck with Deacons Valley (Callahan) coming on for third. Razor Ramone, a four-year-old by Kadabra - Oaklea Rae, is a perfect four-for-four in 2015. He has eight career wins and $85,129 earnings lifetime. Derby (Allan Davis) captured second-place honors with Deacons Valley (Roger Plante) third. Eric Ell lifted his UTRS "batting average" to around .450 this season with his third training win of the meet, Enrico AS, who fashioned a near-wire-to-wire victory in an $8,500 Non-Winners trot. The win was the third for owners Dittmar, Iaquinta and second for partner Ken Wood, the same ownership of Go Go Red Marty, a 1:54.3 winner of a $15,000 Claiming trot. Trish Foulk - trained Prayer Session registered his third win of the meet scoring a 1:54.4 front-end performance in a $12,000 Conditioned trot with Corey Callahan at the controls for Brit Evan and Foulk Stables. Power Charger (Trace Tetrick) came on for second. I Like My Boss (Jonathan Roberts) was the show horse. Payson Racing's Joyeux Dream (Ron Pierce) from post 8, won for the fifth consecutive time in a 1:55.1 victory in a $15,000-$20,000 Claiming Handicap trot while several streaks came to an end including Ringside Muscle (Jonathan Roberts, finishing third. When Payson Racing's JS McFlash, with Pierce driving, won his third in succession, the meet's longest win streak ended after seven straight for Jingle Bell Rocker. Other streaks that came to an end included Hey Pancho, who had won four-in-a-row, and two straight by Captain Fairfax, who finished second in another trot. Owners Dittmar and Iaquinta, drivers Callahan and Pierce, joined trainer Ell with three wins while Wolfenden, Roger Plante, Eddie Davis Jr., Allan Davis and owner Ken Wood had two wins apiece. Trainer Amanda Payson and Payson Racing also won twice. MUSTANG ART IS FAVORITE IN $25,000 DELAWARE SPECIAL THURSDAY Four of the eight starters, led by Mustang Art, tangle in the $25,000 Lincoln Day Delaware Special, Thursday, Feb 12 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Ron Pierce put Mustang Art on the lead in last week’s $27,500 Preferred pace and never looked back in a 1:51.3 victory over an ‘off’ track for owners Max Walton and Greg Papaleo. Eddie Davis Jr. and Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s Papa Ray raced outside for most of the mile and was a length back at the wire. Meet leading driver, Corey Callahan will be behind, Joan Dalphon and Elanor Laws’ Don’t Ya Know, who closed smartly to pick up third money last time.  Razor sharp Believe This Bob with Ross Wolfenden, won the last Del. Special, two weeks ago, for the second time in four weeks. The ultra-consistent Just A Jolt, racing for Janet Hudson, returns following a two-week respite and drew the rail. Kovach Stables’ Feel Like A Fool, and Trace Tetrick, has an advantageous post 2 start. Jebswestershake, with George Dennis piloting, steps up from the claiming ranks, sporting three consecutive wins while Nova Artist, winner of the last two Horse of the Meet honors, took last week off, and is driven by Allan Davis for his parent’s Eddie and Kathy Davis.    Tom Lazzaro’s Contraband Hanover (Pierce), Tina Clark and Kovach Stable’s Artistic Director (Tetrick) and Howard Taylor’s Delaware Hanover (Callahan) lead one of two $15,500 Open pace sub-feature on the tough undercard. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

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