EAST RUTHERFORD, April 24, 2015 - For the past two weeks, Inittowinafortune has chased Radar Contact from the pocket and each time she came up short. That changed Friday night at The Meadowlands as the five year old mare earned a hard-fought harness racing victory by a flared nostril in the featured $27,500 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap. Inittowinafortune was released as the 4-1 third choice behind Radar Contact (3/5) and Rocklamation (2-1). Radar Contact was sent immediately to the lead from her assigned outside post and she would remain on the point through strong fractions of 26.2, 54 and 1:22.1 before turning for home with Inittowinafortune right on her tail. As the open mares straighted away, Corey Callahan guided Inittowinafortune to the outside and mounted their bid for the lead. Callahan's mare put a head in front in mid-stretch, but Radar Contact dug back in and the two talented mares paced all the way to the wire together. Only a nose separated the pair, with Inittowinafortune earning a well-deserved victory over Radar Contact. Rocklamation was three lengths back in third in the 1:50.2 mile. Inittowinafortune is trained by Michael Russo for owner Michael Pagonas. Whom Shall I Fear was the easiest of winners again Friday night at The Meadowlands, as he coasted to a dominant wire to wire performance in his division of the Spring Preview for the three year old trotters. It appeared as though the $475,000 yearling never took a deep breadth as he coasted to a 1:54.4 triumph. The brother of Father Patrick, controlled the tempo through fractions of 28.4, 58 and 1:26.2 while never facing a challenge. Whom Shall I Fear is trained by Jimmy Takter for the Whom Shall I Fear Stable. For the second consecutive week, social media went abuzz as Whom Shall I Fear crossed the finish line Friday night. Many were asking the question as to if this is the three year old colt to watch leading up to The Hambletonian and if this is the horse that can push Mission Brief? The most interesting aspect of that question is that Yannick Gingras drives both horses. Muscle Network, the 2013 Valley Victory made his four year old debut a winning one, by taking a condition trotting event in 1:54.3. The Tony O'Sullivan trainee was last early in the mile and was allowed to find his stride through fractions of 28 and 56.4 before being guided to the outside by Dave Miller. Muscle Network found a live outer flow where he positioned himself third over and followed live cover past three-quarters in 1:25 where he set up his late rally as the field turned for home. From there, the classy four year old closed in on Quick Deal and reeled him in just before the wire to earn the comeback victory. Muscle Network is staked well, including the TVG Trotting Championship, and the upcoming Graduate series which begins one month from now at Tioga Downs. He is owned by Frank Bellino & Sons L.L.C. Stacia Hanover also returned a winner in a condition event for filly and mare pacers. The 2014 New Jersey Sire Stakes champion was relegated to last early in the mile through rather tepid fractions of 28.2 and 57.1. Shortly past the half-mile pole, Stacia Hanover was guided outside and tracked live cover from a third over position where she would remain past three quarters in 1:26.1. From there, Scott Zeron would show his filly racetrack and she responded rallying home well to score in 1:55 over an equally fast-closing Strut My Stuff. American Truth saw her three race win streak come to an end, cutting the mile and finishing third. Stacia Hanover is trained by Steve Elliot for David Van Dusen and Michael Cimaglio. In amateur racing news, Hannah Miller continues to ride her amazing hot streak. Miller won the first race on the evening, the French-American Friendship Amateur event with Jacks To Open. Her record this season now stands at 6 wins from 21 starts with 12 of those 21 races resulting in an in-the-money finish. For her career, Miller has won 15 of 41 starts. The other amateur event went to Mr Ridgetaker and Alan Charles who took the field wire to wire. Both Jackpot Super Hi-5 wagers saw their carryovers continue. The 5th race carryover has grown to $91,918, while the last race carryover now stands at $62,450. Total handle for the 13-race program of $2,649,116 was an eight-percent (8%) increase over the same Friday one year ago. Racing resumes on Saturday, featuring the second round of the Whata Baron series, with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Meadowlands To Open For Two Year Old Training on April 30th Two Year Olds Welcome To Train at The Meadowlands through the end of May Beginning Thursday, April 30th, two year olds will be able to train at The Meadowlands on Thursday mornings throughout the month of May. Horsemen can supply The Meadowlands with $1,000 for an unlimited number of two year olds to train or can pay $50 per horse. All payments made will be added to The Meadowlands purse account, less expenses. Horsemen must submit payment along with a list of horses that will be training to the Meadowlands Race Office on Tuesday of each week, with training hours taking place on Thursday morning. Any horsemen with questions should contact The Meadowlands Race Office. In addition, please note that qualifiers next week will take place on Friday, May 1st at 9:30 A.M. Qualifiers will return to Saturdays the following week. Darin Zoccali
A field of eight harness racing upper-conditioned level filly and mare pacers took the stage for the feature on Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. The wagering public got behind 4-year-old mare Gallie Bythe Beach (Tim Tetrick) installing her as the 4/5 favorite. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere is coming off of a successful 3-year-old campaign, in which she banked just shy of $200,000 in 17 starts. At the start, long shot Star Keeper (Marcus Miller) left best for the lead, with the favorite being urged along to drop in fourth, by an opening quarter in :27.2. That lead was short lived however, as second favorite Twin B Elite (Andy Miller) brushed to the top, by the half in :55.2 (:28). Pressure arrived just beyond 5/8ths, as Chris White's Fashion Showdown (Corey Callahan) muscled her way to the lead by three quarters 1:23 (:27.3). Fashion Showdown went on to an easy four length win, stopping the clock in 1:51.2. Bazooka Terror (Yannick Gingras) closed up the inside for second, while Gallie Bythe Beach was third. It was Fashion Showdown's 10th career win, and 7th of the year. The 1:51.2 clocking was a lifetime best for the trainee of Craig Mc Innis. She returned $16.00 to win, keying a $97.80 exacta and a $433.80 trifecta. Michael Bozich
DOVER, Del---- Unlike the 2011-2012 season which was a meet with good weather from start to finish, the 46th harness racing season was one of chilly and cold weather particularly starting Jan. 1, 2015. Many of the top horses and horsemen again campaigned at Dover Downs during its 46th drsdon. ------------------------------------------------- For the sixth straight meet, Corey Callahan finished with the Leading Driver title winning races. As last meet, Dylan Davis was Leading Trainer coming from behind to beat Doug Lewis and Wayne Givens for first place haltering wins. The Horse of the Meet balloting by Delaware Valley chapter U.S. Harness Writers Association went to the fast Bandolito who edged trotter Tough Mac and Joebswesternshark. ------------------------------------------------ Tony Morgan became the third North American driver and fourth in the world to reach 15,000 wins with a victory on the opening card at Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester, Pa. Morgan was a longtime driving champion in Illinois prior to coming to Dover Downs where he made an immediate impact winning a track one-meet record of 447 in 2005-06 and more than 1-thousand wins in one season. Morgan won his 11,000th and later his 13,000th wins at the track. He also has been a standout at Harrington Raceway as well. Only all-time leader, Dave Palone, approaching 17-thousand wins, German driver Heinz Wevering and Herve Filion, both with more than 15-thousand wins are ahead of Morgan. ------------------------------------------- Bandolito and Jebswesternshark became the first sjub-150 pacers of the meet on the Thursday (3/26) card. Bandolito, who equaled the track record of 1:48 in 2014, first set by Heston Blue Chip in 2012, came within one-fifth of a second duplicating the feat. One race later, Jebswesternshark, who started the meet as a $15,000 Claimer, before ascending to top class pacers, scored wire-to-wire, in 1:49.1. The 10-year-old won two $26,000 Delaware Specials After three consecutive wins in the claiming ranks. ----------------------------------------- A 2014 Matron Stakes resume: heavy rain just before the first raced forced a half-hour delay, but it did not deter a giant night of racing when all eight Matron Stakes were featured on the Nov. 6 card. Yannick Gingras won the night's first three Matrons for the 2-year-old trotters and pacers. Gingras won both ends of the daily double piloting world champion Wild Honey, 1-9, to win the $203,800 frosh filly trot and then Habitat, now 7 for 11, from off the pace, to win the $237,500 2-year-old colt trot. In The Arsenal fired early for Brian Sears and never looked back to win the $193,200 Matron Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51 and Sassa Hanover led a sweep of the top three spots for trainer Ron Burke in the $199,600 Matron Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. Starting from post 8, Sassa Hanover and driver Gingras rushed to the front in :26.2 and then cruised to a ninth victory in 11 starts. Weeper flew to the front in 25.4 and then closed from fourth with Ron Pierce driving for a 1:50 victory in the three-year-old filly pace. In the glamor trots, Nuncio, who won the freshman Matron a year before, pulled a mild surprise in the big trot, leaving from post 8 and waltzing to an easy victory when stablemate $2.2-million winner Father Patrick broke stride after the start. The sensations Shake It Cerry was an easy winner of her 14th in 16 starts in the $179,200 filly trot. And, in the $186,550 three-year-old colt pace, Big Boy Dreams made a three-wide move around the final turn on the way to a 24-1 upset victory. ------------------------------------------------------ Breeders Crown winner McWicked, swept the 2014 Progress Pace, winning the Prevue and Final with similar 1:48.4 victories, two of the fastest clockings at the track. To race in the Progress Pace, McWicked had to be supplemented with a paid fee of $25,000. It was worth it winning the $301,560 Progress Pace Final. ----------------------------------------------- The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) three-year-old stakes dominated meet-closing week festivities. The top eight point-getters after two preliminaries legs in each of the four divisions qualified for $100,000 finals. Callmema (Call-Me- Miz- A) won the $100,000 filly trot after favorite I Love Punk broke stride before the start. Political Foe breezed through the $100,000 male trot. DSBF preliminary two $20,000 legs winners were I Got Spunk, Dancing Shirley and Penny Paratrooper and Callmemza, in a dead-heat, in filly trots. Political Foe and Go Byem were male trot winners. The filly pace winners were Rusty's For Real and Purrfect Bags while Smoking Joey and Sonofa Sizzle won the two colt and gelding paces. ------------------------------------------- The 2014 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) two-year-old program is considered one of the best in its history. With $20,000 preliminaries and $100,000 finals, competition was keen. A gelding, Remember Me VK, 1:51.4, and Totally Rusty, 1:52, turned in the fastest win times taking the male and female paces. Three geldings shared the former record of 1:52.4, Valerin K in 2004, Western Ace and Quick Trim in 2005. The former filly record was 1:53.4 set by Double Flip in 2006. Egosnattitude and Penny Paratrooper won the male and female trotting finals. -------------------------------------------- During the Dover Downs meet, Corey Callahan was in the midst of a battle for first place in North America winning drivers. Callahan and Aaron Merriman battled for most wins in 2015.Twice-defending champion Ronnie Wrenn Jr., was a close third in the standings. Among trainers, Ron Burke, again was the far-away leading trainer, in wins and money won. Dylan Davis was fifth and Jim King, 10th, in early 2015 top trainer standings in North America. ----------------------------------------------------- Corey Callahan upped his meet-leading win total to 284 winning drives. Allan Davis finished second with 143. Vic Kirby moved into third-place with 138 winners. Tony Morgan was fourth with 116 wins. Ross Wolfenden, fifth, with 105 winners. ------------------------------------------------ From Monday-Thursday (2/16-2/19), Corey Callahan won 24 races. The track's leading driver since the 2009-10 meet racked up 204 wins through the first 72 racing days. His UDRS (similar to a batting average) was an outstanding .415. 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, had already wrapped up the 2014-15 title. ---------------------------------------------- Ross Wolfenden had a banner week in early December. Along with driving Penny Paratrooper to victory in the $100,000 DSBF frosh filly final, Wolfenden then became a member of the 6,000-win club on Tuesday, Dec.2, a three-win day. ----------------------------------------------- Callahan reached a milestone (1/6) recording his 4,000th career winning drive. The 36-year-old Callahan, a graduate of the University of Kentucky, became a driver at a rather older age, in his late-20s. He comes from a dual harness family. Both his father's and mother's families have rich standardbred backgrounds. In 2013, Callahan represented the U.S.A. in the World Driver Tournament. During the 2014 North American campaign, he was a top 10 finisher in both wins and money won. ----------------------------------------------- During 2014-2015, Callahan has the highest UDRS (equivalent to a batting average) at .412.Ron Pierce is second at .400. Tim Tetrick is third with a .350 rating, Vic Kirby is fourth at .288 and Ross Wolfenden, fifth, .261. -------------------------------------------------------- Defending champion Dylan Davis continued a late-meet surge in training wins and held on to win the title for the second-straight meet. Davis secured first place with 64 wins. Doug Lewis was second with 60 winners. Jim King with 57 victories finished third place. Wayne Givens completes the top 5 with 54 wins. --------------------------------------------- In trainer statistics, Amanda Payson has the highest 'batting average.' She has started 36 horses this meet with 16 winners in 42 starts for a standout .508 percentage. Vic Kirby has haltered 19 wins from 73 starters, good for a .400 rating and third in the standings. Eric Ell is next with a .419 UTRS winning 34 races form 134 starts. Dylan Davis is the only other conditioned over .408. He has won 64 races in 231 starts for a .404 percentage. ------------------------------------------ Two popular harness drivers, Ross Wolfenden and Tim Tetrick, were among the missing in late February. Wolfenden vacationed 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. There was a changing of the guard in March. Ross Wolfenden returned from a month-long family vacation in New Zealand, Meanwhile, Ron Pierce was sidelined to undergo several laser surgeries on his neck and back. Meanwhile, popular driver Trace Tetrick, who spent most of the last two season racing at Dover Downs, returned to Indiana and Hoosier Park's where he is leading driver. His replacement at Dover, was brother, former track driving champion, Tim Tetrick. ------------------------------------------- Stories of interest: Al "Rusty" Carter has raced horses in Delaware for more than a decade. Along with breeding and owning horses, plus coaching young boy and girl athletes in theWilminton, Del area, and now driving racing cars has become another pastime. In recent years, Carter has competed in a number of popular automobile races and in January, his racing team won at Dayton and finished a close fourth at Sebring in April . His Carter Racing Stable bred and owns Totally Rusty, the only foal of his stallion, Rusty's For Real, from his mare, Rusty's Joy, scored an all-time fastest 1:52 clocking in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) program for two-year-old filly pacers. The former record was 1:53.4 set by Double Flip (Tony Morgan) in 2006. Totally Rusty came back in April to score a 1:52.3 over a 'sloppy' track, one fifth of a second off the track record for a DSBF sophomore filly. ------------------------------------------------------ On Feb. 2, track race-caller Jack Gallagher observed his birthday. In 2015, Gallagher has called races for 37 years with the last 31 seasons (through 2015) at Delaware tracks, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway. Gallagher began his racing career announcing the one-time New Jersey Summer stakes at various farms throughout the Garden State in the 1970s. He later worked at Brandywine Raceway and at Garden State Park when the old burned-out track was rebuilt in the mid-1980s before arriving in Delaware ever since. Only Roger Huston at the Meadows has been behind the microphone longer than Gallagher. ------------------------------ Ken Wood continues his humanitarian effort of bringing fresh water to Western Africa. Wood returned from his 35th trip to Africa on Feb. 1. The Dover Downs horseman is a well-digger by trade and usually four times each year, Wood takes a three-weeks long, 20,000 mile round-trip digging wells for the needy in Ghana and 2,000 miles away, Tanzania. Digging wells in West Africa, has been Wood's on-going personal campaign to provide water first to Ghana, and now expanded to the nation of Tanzania. Wood's acclaimed, 'Wells for Ghana' drilling provides water to inhabitants who previously had to walk five miles to find water deemed unsafe for human conception. Over the years, Wood has built more than 1,300 wells in Ghana including nearly 300 new Tanzania wells. These wells built by Wood serve more than 2-million native Africans, who until now never have had fresh water. Woods' humanitarian undertaking is underwritten by purse monies won by horses Wood races. --------------------------------------- Two longtime contributors to the Delaware Standardbred industry passed away during the Dover Downs season. Ruth Bower Davis, 89, and Harold Snyder, 91. Mrs. Davis, wife of the late well-known horseman Olin Davis, formerly of Harrington, Del. is a University of Delaware graduate. She drove horses as a hobby and was one of the early women to secure a USTA driver's license. She was renown during the mid-20th century for helping to develop the famed stakes winner Quick Lady. Mrs. Davis served as Clerk of Course and Program Director at Harrington, Georgetown, Brandywine, Rosecroft and Laurel on-and-off for 40 years and was a Director of the Delaware Standardbred Development Fund until it ended. ------------------------------------------------------- Snyder was founder of International Sound Co., headquartered in Pikesville, Md. a leading provider of video and sound at many racetrack in America and a company which enjoyed an enviable reputation for integrity, died (1/ 26).For nearly 60 years, he providing video and audio at a large number of harness and Thoroughbred racetracks in America, In addition to Delaware tracks (Dover Downs, Harrington and Delaware Park), the International Sound product was featured at all three Triple Crown tracks plus more than 75 others. ---------------------------- Heather Vitale was a 2014-season double winner at the U.S.Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) Dan Patch Awards-Dinner, in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 22, where the top honors are passed out to top horses and individuals. I n the broadcasting category, Ms. Vitale's feature on top trainer Casey Coleman on CBS Sports Network and the other, a feature on harness racing in Ireland shown on her Post Time show on WBOC-TV were winners. . ----------------------------------------------------- Thomas Hundertpfund, 19, from Magnolia, Del., is one of six Harness Tracks of America (HTA) Scholarship Fund winners. Hundertpfund is a freshman majoring in Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. ------------------------------------------------------------- Trainer Jeanmarie Kurowski likes to keep busy. After rising to feed and train her two horses which include Osceola Gold, a 10-year-old pacer who has won 11 races under her care. In addition, Ms. Kurowski teaches school in the morning and later in the day works as a server at Dover Downs. By the way, she also takes care of her two young grandchildren. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ideal Revue was one of the the longest shot winners of the meet (12/14). George Dennis drove the 70-1 outsider to a 1:56.3 upset in a $14,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot (12/17). The gelding's fifth win of the season paid $143.60 for a $2-dollar ticket. ------------------------------------------------------------ In late 2014, Mustang Art has turned into an iron horse. Thursday (12/18) was his 41st start in 2014 and 82nd including 2013 two seasons. He won eight races in 2014, boosting his seasonal earnings to $127,985 and $533,622 for 191 lifetime starts. ----------------------------------------------------------- Trotter Prayer Session was unbeaten winning his first five races to close out 2014. Pacer Drive By Night won six of his last seven taking a $15,000 Claimer (12/14) and Star Recruit made it five winners in Claiming rank but the streak ended on 1/1/15. -------------------------------------------- The long eight-race win-streak of Willow Mill Faith came to a close on Monday (12/1), in a Delaware $7,500-$10,000 Claiming Handicap. Quick Pulse Daisy moved past on the backstretch on the way to a 1:55 victory. ------------------------------------------------- A trainer 'Bib' Roberts and son, driver Jonathan, Roberts family homebred, Egosnattidues pulled a mild surprise winning the $100,000 DSBF Colt Final. "This is the first time that [Egosnattitudes] ever put it all together," said Jonathan. "Last month (in October) he set a track record at Harrington (in a DSBF prelim) but he came up with some issues after that, so this is a pleasant surprise." -------------------------------------------- For four decades on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, led by 85-year-old former Dover Downs horseman, Moses Asia, and his fellow winners of the prestigious Purple Heart awarded for exceptional bravery in battle, presented an engraved blanket to race winner, Stirling Breeze, trained by Kerry King and driven by Jason Thompson. This year, the Military Order of the Purple Heart honored one of their own, the late Charles Williams, who served with 83rd Infantry division in the European Theater in World War II. He was twice wounded and awarded two Purple Hearts and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star and V Devise and Combat Badge for his military service. Marv Bachrad
DOVER, Del.--- Corey Callahan, Dylan Davis were repeat harness racing winners, while Bandolito was named Horse of the Meet for the 2014-2015 season at Dover Downs. For the sixth consecutive season, Callahan led all drivers at the track in winning drives. He made the winners circle 282 times. Davis came on from mid-pack in early 2015 to win the leading trainer award for the second straight meet He completed the season haltering 65 winners. The fast pacer, Bandolito was presented the Horse of the Meet plaque choses by Delaware Valley Chapter U.S. Harness Writers Association. His 1:48.1 victory last month was the fastest of the meet and one-fifth of-a-second from equaling the track record he shares with Heston Blue Chip. The 2015-2016 Dover Downs meet, its 47th, is expected to begin in early November. Throughout the year, Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting opens daily at 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Marv Bachrad .
DOVER, Del.--- Sonofa Sizzle edged Smoking Joey to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly pace event-record breaking time of 1:50.2 while Just A Jolt put on a wire-to-wire 1:49.2 performance in the $32,500 Preferred/Handicap on closing day of the 46th Dover Downs season, Thursday, April 9. Corey Callahan rushed Smokin Joey away from the starting gate to beat KJ Ben (Art Stafford Jr.) to the front with race favorite Sonofa Sizzle and Vic Kirby getting away third. When the field reached the half in :54.1, Kirby sent Sonofa Sizzle up on the outside and initiated a two-horse battle for the lead. In the lane, Sonofa Sizzle edged to the front and to victory in 1:50.2, the fastest time recorded by a Delaware-sired sophomore in DSBF competition. Smoking Joey was a game second in front of Byby Landon and Tim Tetrick. Floridian Mike White owns the Life Sizzles-JK Lady Like colt who pedigree shows relationship to 2014 Harness Horse of the Year JK She'salady. Josh Green trained the three-year-old who now is undefeated in three starts this year and whose record shows seven wins in 13 races with three seconds and a third. He has now banded $70,000 this year and $185,516 in his short two-season career. Trainer Shawn Hanley's Bobby The Greek, in only his second lifetime start, racked up a 1:52 mile to win the $20,000 DSBF consolation. The Artzina-Anastasia Hanover gelding was followed by Da Chief (Jonathan Roberts) second, and Quick Art (Jim Morand), third. Just A Jolt, an ultra-consistent five-year-old gelding conditioned by Jim King, by Village Jolt-Just Wait Kate. and owned by Janet Hudson, was all front speed in a lifetime best 1:49.2 score in the $32,500 Preferred/Handicap pace. Vic Kirby took Just A Jolt right to the front in a speedy :26 seconds and then was in control the rest of the mile, pacing the last panel in :26.4 to ensure his second win of the year in 11 races with four seconds and two thirds. Bandolito came from last in the six-horse field and came on strongly but could not overcome Just A Jolt's advantage in deep stretch. Jebswesternshark was third for George Dennis. Earlier in the program, Bandolito was presented the Horse Of The Meet plaque choses by Delaware Valley Chapter U.S. Harness Writers Association. Corey Callahan with 284 winners was Leading Driver for the sixth consecutive campaign and Dylan Davis won the Leading Trainer award for the second-straight meet. Elite Awards became the second Delaware sired winner scoring a 1:50.4 victory at 22-1 reined by Eddie Davis Jr., to win an $18,500 4&5 Open. Karen Walls owns the Powerful Toy-Silk Slop four-year-old gelding who won for 17th time in his career. Fire In The Belly (Kirby) closed strongly for second with race-favorite Sir Richard Z Tam (Tetrick) third. In the other $18,500 4&5-Year-Old Open/Handicap, Dan Keeler's Mister Truth, trained by Vic Keeler, won for the third week in-a-row as Tony Morgan got the four-year-old altered son of Total Truth-Miss AJ Ponda. to victory in 1:52. Scalped (Montrell Teague) was runner-up in front of Major Bucks (Toby Lynch) in a tight three- horse photo. Little Ben and Eddie Davis Jr. turned in a lifetime fastest 1:51.2 effort to win the first of two $17,500 Winners-Over paces for young male horses to give trainer Jim King the first of two wins. The Jereme's Jet-Honey's Bud Light gelding held of Getitoffyourchest (Jonathan Roberts) and Flirtnwithdisaster (Ross Wolfenden), second and third respectively. The other $17,500 division went to another longshot, 20-1 Panic Disorder handled by Allan Davis. Steve and trainer Sheila Daugherty own the Western Terror-Jate's Joy gelding. One Stop Deal (Callahan) was next with Star Messenger (Tetrick) third. Believe This Bob closed strongly to insure a 1:51 victory in a $16,500 Male Winners-Over pace. Owned by Mary Ann Larrimore and conditioned by Joe Skowyra, the Beach Romeo-Believe This Gal homebred recorded his third win of the year. Feel Like A Fool (Callahan) was second for the third straight start. Nova Artist (Allan Davis) came on for third. Apollo Seelster, driven and trained by meet leaders Corey Callahan and Dylan Davis, scored another lifetime best 1:51 triumph in another $15,000 event for young male horses. The Camluck-April Three gelding won for the fourth straight time catching New Patrol (George Dennis) in the final strides. Giant Slayer (Tetrick) finished third. The second race of the day, a $20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap resulted in a stunning 1:50.3 victory by J&M Racing's Tauranga (Roberts), a No Pan Intended-Thereal Ideal gelding. Guns An Roses (Allan Davis) was second in front of Arsenal (Kirby). Corey Callahan, Allan Davis, Eddie Davis Jr. and Vic Kirby had doubles. There is no charge for admission or for parking at Dover Downs. Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting opens daily at 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Marv Bachrad
DOVER, Del.--- Totally Rusty was totally awesome winning the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly pace in a near event-record breaking 1:51.3 victory over a sloppy track on Wednesday, April 8 at Dover Downs. The last of four $100,000 harness racing finals this week featuring sophomore male pacers, is set for closing day, Thursday. Totally Rusty was one of three fillies to leave the starting gate and when the field straightened out Corey Callahan took the totally homebred chestnut into the lead with a :27.3 opening panel. Purrfect Bags, burdened by leaving from outside post 8, was able to fire out fast find room fourth. As the field moved in-front-of the grandstand, driver Vic Kirby immediately came out to test the leader. After a :55 opening half, Totally Rusty was in control passing the three-quarters in 1:24.1 and continued to lengthen her lead in the lane with a :27.2 last quarter for a decisive victory. Tim Tetrick got Love Forbidden up for second with Spin Vision, handled by Allan Davis, winning the photo for third-place nipping Gigi Deo (Ross Wolfenden), fourth. Totally Rusty's winning clocking is one-fifth of a second from the DSBF soph filly record of 1:51.2 set by Tug River Princess, driven by John Campbell, in 2008. 'From the first time I sat behind this filly, I knew she was a good one," remarked driver Callahan. "This was a terrific performance (1:51.3) considering the sloppy track." Al "Rusty" Carter racing under the nom de course of Carter Racing Stable owns Totally Rusty, who is bred from a stallion Carter raced and liked so much he bred to his Badlands Hanover-mare, Rusty's Joy, with Totally Rusty the only result. She has now won 11 of 12 lifetime starts with one second earning $199,250 in purses. In the $20,000 DSBF consolation, 66-1 Sugar Spin, a No Spin Zone-Strangely Normal, bred, owned and trained by Leigh Louthan won her first career start as Allan Davis drove her to a 1:58 victory. After a second and two thirds in seven starts, she finally made the winner's circle paying $135.40 for a $2 ticket. With 99-1 Windy Pacific (Eddie Davis Jr.) second, the exacta returned $978.20 and a $1 5-6-7 trifecta payoff returned $5,151,30. Corey Callahan added four winners to his meet's total, now 281. George Dennis and Allan Davis won two races apiece. There is a $100,000 DSBF Final every day through closing day, this Thursday, Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Closing day, Thursday, will offer a 'two-for-one' special in the Winners Circle Restaurant. There is no charge for admission or for parking at Dover Downs. Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting opens daily at 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Marv Bachrad
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.