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Michael Casalino and harness racing trainer Dylan Davis' Theresademoninme ($6, Jim Morand was victorious in the $17,500 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:54.2. The 5-year-old Kadabra gelding emerged with the lead at the top of the stretch after clearing pacesetter Somebody As, who was third. Take My Picture closed ground late to acquire second. The win established a new lifetime mark for the winner and arrived at an opportune time as trainer and co-owner Davis was celebrating his birthday. Callam Racing's Spunky Jack ($3, Roger Plante Jr.) was a 1:55 winner in the $12,500 Open II sub-featured event on the program. Trained by Steve Leblanc, it was the 21st career win for the 7-year-old Super Punk gelding, who also notched his first win of the season. Victor Kirby had three wins, while Plante Jr. had a driving double. Matthew Sparacino  

With many of the regulars racing at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, driver Corey Callahan took full advantage and won six races on the 12-race harness racing program at the Meadowlands Saturday night. A win behind Mel Mara in the featured $17,500 conditioned pace were among Callahan's half-dozen. Callahan urged the 4-5 favorite right to the top, cut fast fractions and never had an anxious moment, scoring by 5 lengths in a lifetime-best 1:48.2 for trainer Dylan Davis and owners Robert Cooper Stables (Boca Raton, FL) and J&T Silva Stables (Long Beach, NY). National Seelster and My Hero Ron finished second and third, respectively. Callahan's six pack came with Amped Up ($3.60 to win) in the second race, Backdraft Hanover ($3.20) in the fourth, Mel Mara ($3.80) in the seventh, Alexie Mattosie ($4) in the ninth, Calvin B ($13.20) in the 10th and Ourea Nourrir ($13.80) in the 11th. SUPER JACKPOT: The 12th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five did not get hit again, upping the carryover for the next program to $204,233.16. Total wagering on the card was $2,887,281. Next week, the Meadowlands will alter its schedule. The track will go dark for live racing Friday and then race Saturday (May 7) at the usual 7:15 p.m. before a special Mother's Day program on Sunday, May 8, which has a special early post time of 12:40 p.m. Stanley Koper of Chicago, IL was the winner of the World Harness Handicapping Championship Final Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Koper qualified via and finished the competition with a total of $1,100 to top the standings, and took home the grand prize of $16,600. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations      

Dover Downs 47th will go down as one of the finest in track history. From opening day, Nov. 2 through Mid-April, the track featured many of the top events, horses and horsemen in the sport. For the first time all eight Matron Finals were featured on one card, Nov. 12. The 2015 Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit raced early and late in the meet, He won four times led by the $300,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace and Matron Stakes, and Older Trotter of the Year JL Cruse were major attractions. During its annual Winter meet, the track offered the best programs in the sport. The Preferred, Delaware Special and Open paces were featured on giant Monday cards, top female features, and excellent trotting headliners during each week, highlighted by the top horses, stables and horsemen. There were four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund two-year-old finals in 2015 and four three-year-old $100,000 finals in April. ------------------------------ The 2015-2016 Dover Downs season came to a close with a full week of $100,000 DSBF Three-Year-Old Championship 2016 finals. The top 8 point-getters in each of four divisions after two prelims closed out Dover Downs' 47th season. Chipoffthewall, the freshman champ trotter and odds-on favorite was victim of an interference break and 14-1 Seafood Scrappy, also victim of an early break, came back to win the soph trot for Ross Wolfenden. Use Your Noodle won the filly pace, the first of two for Jim Morand, trainer Les Givens and part-owners Henry Faragalli III and Nanticoke Racing who also won the male pace with Next Success. Cicada's Song and Carlo Poliseno caught Epic Smash to win the filly trot final. ------------------------------- During November 2015, the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) showcased its two-year-olds in its program. The winners of $100,000 DSBF Freshman Finals were: John's Dream reined by Tim Tetrick in the Colt Pace. Chipoffthewall handled by Tony Morgan, was an easy winner of the Male Trot in 1:58.4, track record time. The DSBF Filly Trot was a surprise win for Triple Bottom Line and Jeff Fout. Apple Bottom Jeans and driver Montrell Teague won the DSBF Filly Final easily, after she won the Harrington Final in October. ----------------------------- Everything worked out well for owner-trainer (and usual driver) Chuck Perry in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Male Pace 2015 Final. His colt John's Dream, driven by Tim Tetrick, who did not have a drive in the final, and was winning catch-driver in 1:54.2 over a sloppy track on Thursday (11/19). John's Dream won his fifth in a row. Including the $44,700 Virginia stakes championship, to up his seasonal bankroll to $102,327. Perry bought March On It, a 24-year-old Winbak Farm dispersal, at Chick's Sale in Harrington for only $300. When she dropped the foal back home, he would be eligible for the Virginia stakes. -------------------------------- In November 2015, the Dover Downs' signature event was renamed the Hap Hansen Progress Pace to honor the former Brandywine Raceway and Dover Downs administrator W.E. Hap Hansen. On the initial occasion of the re-naming, Karen Schultze, Hap Hansen's daughter, and Denis McGlynn, Dover Downs Hotel and Casino Chairman, led the winner's circle presentation to Wiggle It Jiggleit, the winner of the 20th edition of the event. They were joined by several from Hap Hansen's career including former Brandywine Raceway employees, Joe Asher, now CEO of William Hill, US, Judy Davis-Wilson, Executive Director Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund, Chris McErlean, VP- Racing at Penn National Gaming and Charles Lockhart VP-Horse Racing, Dover Downs Inc. who was Cloverleaf SOA executive director during Hansen's administration. --------------------------------- World champion trotter JL Cruze, who made his second 2016 start a winning one in a $36,000 Open Preferred trot, a week before meet closing .Dave Briggs in Harness Racing Update wrote an outstanding story on the internet on JL Cruze and owner Ken Wood's project, digging wells in Ghana and Tanzania. ---------------------------------- There was no change in season-ending awards this meet. Corey Callahan won the leading dash-win title for the seventh straight year. Dylan Davis was again the Leading Trainer crown for the third consecutive season. ------------------------------------- In driver standings, Corey Callahan won 182 race., Tony Morgan was strong in late season. The second-leading driver in North American history finished in second place with 145. George Dennis moved into third place with 134 wins. Allan Davis ,fourth at 131 winners while Ross Wolfenden was fifth, 115 wins. Tim Tetrick was the only other in three digits with 114. ------------------------------------ Trailing Dylan Davis' leading 75 wins among trainers, was Jim King, second, with 57 wins. A late season burst moved Kevin Lare into third place with 49 winners. Wayne Givens is fourth with 41, while Josh Green, fifth with 40 wins, one more win than Les Givens, 39. ----------------------------------- Yannick Gingras, who had 39 winning drives, had the highest Universal Driver Rating (UDR), similar to a batting average, during the meet at .438. Bret Brittingham, who missed several months due to an arm injury, was second at .422. Tim Tetrick, third, batted .359. Corey Callahan had a .333 average with Tony Morgan fifth, with .303. ----------------------------------- Don Brittingham, 25 wins, had the top average for a trainer with a .467 ranking. Ron Burke, a 17 race winner, was second .432. Les Givens .410 was third. Dylan Davis .401 and Scott DiDomenico .361 were fourth and fifth respectively. ----------------------------------- One of the largest live crowds of the year saw a world record and two track records in three of four Matron Three-Year-Old Finals Thursday (11/12). the eight 2015 Matron Stakes became history on Thursday (11/12) . While Hambletonian Society /Breeders Crown poll top-rated Wiggle It Jiggleit impressed with a 1:49.4 triumph in the $201,900 Male pace, Mission Brief set a world record 1:50.2 in the $187,400 Filly trot. Crazy Wow romped by 7-lengths in track record time 1:52 to win the $243,550 Male Trot and Mosquito Blue Chip, a track record 1:49.2 winning the $205,150 Filly Pace. --------------------------------- In March, a large contingent of Delaware harness fans had a big night is in the spotlight at the U.S. Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) annual "Night of Champions' Awards-Dinner in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. where the 2015 outstanding individual and horse standouts were saluted., The Dan Patch Award winners include an abundant number of first state horses and horsemen were honored with many of the major honors. The incomparable, world champion Wiggle It Jiggleit was named Horse of the Year, Pacer of the Year and 3-Year-Old Pacer of 2015. George Teague was Owner of the Year, driver Montrell Teague, the "Rising Star' Award winner. JoAnn Looney-King was named USHWA's 'Good Guy' Award winner and World champion JL Cruze, Trotter of the Year honors. ------------------------------ The month of November 2015 belonged to Wiggle It Jiggleit. Three starts-three wins; The $200,900 Matron and Hap Hansen Progress Pace $35,000 elim and $300,000 final, all supported by the biggest crowds in years at Dover Downs. During the year, the three-year-old gelding pacer set age/gender/gait world records over a mile track and a five-eighths-mile track, and closed out his sophomore season with a dominating 1:48.2 track record. The clocking shaved one-fifth of a second off the former track record for three-year-old pacing geldings set in 2013 by Vegas Vacation, also a former Little Brown Jug winner. ----------------------------------- Wiggle It Jiggleit started his sophomore season with a January 2016 win at Dover Downs and ended in similar fashion in late November. He was race favorite in all but one of his 26 races resulting in 22 wins and three seconds earning $2,314,493 in purses for George Teague Inc. The dark bay pacer also made driver Montrell Teague and trainer Clyde Francis, easily recognized around the sport. A double millionaire pacer and 23-time lifetime winner, 16 in sub-1:50. -------------------------------------- Commenting in the winner's circle, Montrell Teague said, "He went 1:48 from January until November; pretty much a whole year." Owner, Montrell's dad, George Teague said, "It's been a heck of a ride, we didn't duck anything, I wanted to play with everybody and everybody wanted to play with us. You have to pick your spots. We just managed him the best we could, picked our major spots where the money was, the competition didn't matter." -------------------------------------- Then at Dover Downs in late March, Wiggle It Jiggleit won the biggest race of the early 2016 season, the $60,000 Invitational/Handicap. The 2015 Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, makes his first start as a four-year-old and breezed to an easy 1:51.4 victory. in the $60,000 Invitational/Handicap pace. The $2.2-million winner who won four races at Dover Downs during the meet: the Matron Stake and the rich Hap Hansen Progress Pace elim and final. -------------------------------------- Late January was a big time for 'Team Teague.' George and Montrell Teague, trainer Clyde Francis and caretaker, Mike Taylor, made the news when the Delaware legislature and Gov. Markell saluted Wiggle It Jiggleit- 2015 Horse of the Year. Taylor later was the sport's Groom of the Year. ------------------------------------- Delaware harness racing was prominent in the March 2016 issue of Hoof Beats magazine. The issue contained an outstanding biography with photos of world champion and 2015 Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jigglit, authored by Charlene Sharp. There also is an excellent profile on 18-year-old Logan Powell of Felton, Del., by Eileen McClory, in its 'harness heroes' section. Currently, Powell is a high school senior who plans to go to Delaware State University, Powell also has driven horses for two years, winning 27 times. ------------------------------------ Wakazashi Hanover, trained by Jo Ann King of Harrington was winner of the 2015 $1-million North America Cup. The $1-million winner was named Canadian 3-year-old Pacer of the Year at the 27th annual Standardbred Canada's O'Brien Awards Black Tie Banquet in Mississauga, Ont. --------------------------------- Veteran Dover Downs' horseman and humanitarian Ken Wood returned from Western Africa after his 40th roundtrip in February. Wood is continuing his personal contribution to bring drinking water to the nations of Ghana and Tanzania. For the past six years, Wood has dug and installed almost 1,500 wells for drinking water for the many thousands of native residents. Prior to Wood's personal challenge to get safe drinking water to the natives, they had to walk approximately five mile to reach often contaminated water. More recently Wood has expanded his drilling to a second African nation, Tanzania. Wood, a longtime resident of Denton, Md., has been a popular and successful horseman racing for around four decades at Middle Atlantic region and Meadowlands harness racetracks. Wood and son, Ben, operate a highly respected well-drilling company located on Maryland's Eastern Shore, not far from Delaware. The deeply religious Wood became aware of an urgent need for good drinking water in the poor West African nation of Ghana and Tanzania. At his own expense, Wood sent his drilling equipment by boat and flew to West Africa to see in person the need for fresh water. Wood donated his digging equipment and personally purchased other necessities estimated at many hundreds of thousands of dollars, to his on-going project. Wood's crusade has only been aided by a number of Rotary clubs and has been recognized by AARP. --------------------------------- On Feb. 9, Tim Tetrick won four races including his #9,000 and 9,001 to become the youngest to reach this platy. Ironically on the same program, three drivers accounted for four wins each -12 of the 15 races. Tetrick's four bagger, joined Tony Morgan and George Dennis, with four wins apiece. Tetrick then won four races again, the next night. --------------------------------- Winning Mondays in January and Yannick Gingras were virtually synonymous during the New Year. During the last four Mondays of the month, Gingras won 20 races; First week, five races, then another five, followed by four and then six races, all on Dover's Monday cards. Tim Tetrick then recorded six wins (1/20). ----------------------------------- The 19th Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) Awards-Dinner was held on Friday, Jan. 15 in Dover. Popular TV hostess Heather Vitale emceed the well-attended annual event. The DSOA honored the 2015 leading horses at Dover Downs and Harrington and Art Stafford Jr., Horizon Award winner. --------------------------------------- The saga of pacer Doctor McSwing continued through the season. The 5-year-old is the track's richest maiden pacer in 2015-2016. DurIng his winless career, now at 71 races, Doctor McSwing has won $63,800 in purses. Since racing as a 2-year-old, he has finished second 16-times with 13 thirds. -------------------------------------- Bullitt Blue, a homebred, owned and trained by veteran Howard Birney, became the biggest-price payoff of the meet, scoring a 90-1 victory in 1:54.2. It was his second career win. The next biggest price of the meet was registered when 89-1 shot Hillbillysweetshrk, driven by trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. made the winner's circle on 3/2/16 in 1:51 for a lifetime record,PT Stable's Jetomatt and George Dennis stormed home first via the passing lane at 63-1 odds to become the second highest longshot of 2016 at the track. Eddie Dennis drove the longest shot winner of the 2015 portion of the meet, Mortgage Bags, who paid $175.80 for a $2 win ticket in a $20,000 DSBF pace, on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11. ------------------------------------- Matinee Dragon, overlooked at 56-1 odds in the $20,000 Mares Open (2/16) driven by Jonathan Roberts became the feature race longshot of the meet. Matinee Dragon paid $114.40 for a $2 win ticket setting a $462.20 exacta and a $1,766.60 trifecta payoff. ------------------------------------ For years, Delaware has been a launching site for many young drivers. While Dover Downs has one of the most respected corps of well-known veteran drivers, several newcomers are showing their driving skills. Montrell Teague, 24, has made a national presence, thanks to Wiggle It Jiggleit. Tyler Davis, 23, has quickly become one to watch. Russell Foster, 26, drove three winners on the 12/17/15 card. Jason Lynch, 26, is following in the footsteps of his dad, Toby Lynch. Justin Vincent and Jason Thompson are showing talent at Delmarva tracks. The youngest of the "new breed' is Logan Powell, 18, still in high school. ----------------------------- Casino Bags Anso is a so-called 'miracle' horse. The 3-year-old pacer made a remarkable return to the races after battling Lyme's disease at two. The gelding scored his first win in a DSBF Male pace prelim driven by trainer-driver Vince Copeland, a surprising 1:53.3 triumph. Owner Cavalli Pazzi Stable was on the verge of giving up on the young horse and considered giving him away but Copeland wanted to give him one more chance, and it worked out. ----------------------------------- The 2015 portion of the track's 47th season ended with three horses scoring long win streaks. Elliesjet N was unbeaten in eight starts in the U.S. while Ragazzo Dolce continues to dominate the trotting claiming ranks. The well-bred gelding, won five in a row and won 11 races in 2015.while pacer, Jingle Bell Rocker, continued in the holiday spirit, winning his only start in December to increase his win streak to four, and 16 wins in 27 starts during 2015. --------------------------------------- The oldest racehorse at the track in 2015, 14-year-old Albert Chief, became 15, on Jan. 1, 2016 when all harness horses celebrate a birthday, His last victory came on (12/10), wire-to-wire, in 1:53.3. It was his 20th win of the year, 68th lifetime, with career earnings of $615,141. --------------------------------------- DOVER DOWNS 47TH SEASON MAJOR RACES 2015 Hap Hansen Progress Pace 3YO-Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague) 1:48.2*TR 2015 Matron 3-Year-Old Champions; 3YO Colt Pace: Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague) 1:49.4 3YO Filly Pace: Mosquito Blue Chip (Daniel Dube) 1:49.2 3YO Colt Trot: Crazy Wow (Tim Tetrick) 1:52 TR 3YO Filly Trot: Mission Brief (Yannick Gingras) 1:50.2 WR -------------------------------------- 2015 Matron 2-Year-Old Champions 2YO Colt Pace; Big Boy Hanover (Yannick Gingras) 1:51.4 2YO Filly Pace; Newborn Sassy (Tim Tetrick) 1:52 2YO Colt Trot: Dog Gone Lucky (Corey Callahan) 1:55 2YO Filly Trot: Womans Will (David Miller) 1:54.2 by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del--- For the second time in three days, driver Jim Morand and trainer Les Givens collaborated to win a $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-Year-Old Final with a Henry Faragalli III and Nanticoke Racing-owned pacer. This time, it was with Next Success, a 1:52.4 winner of the colt and gelding final after the foursome had combined on Tuesday, for Use Your Noodle's filly pace winner, at Dover Downs. It was closing day of the track's 47th season and the annual meet ending awards were also handed out on Thursday, April 14. For the seventh consecutive season, Corey Callahan was leading driver. Dylan Davis won the leading trainer title for the third straight season. Wiggle It Jiggleit won the Delaware Valley U.S.Harness Writer's Association's Horse of the Meet award. Next Success began his charge to catch race-favorite John's Dream and Tim Tetrick in mid-backstretch. Morand pulled the altered son of Veeza-Quick Question out of fourth and hastily reached the leader on the final turn. After a short stretch racing together Next Success took over and sped to his second straight victory lowering his lifetime mark to 1:52.4. John's Dream held second in front of Power To Perform and Tony Morgan, third. Stellar City, owned by Howard Taylor and Rich Lombardo, won the $20,000 DSBF consolation. The Rustler Hanover-Armbro Summer gelding trained by Dylan Davis with Tim Tetrick in the bike notched a 1:53.4 lifetime record beating Seboomook Dreamer (Allan Davis) and Canthelpbutwin (Ross Wolfenden), second and third respectively, to the finish line. On the regular program, driver, Callahan, trainer, Davis, and owner Howard Taylor joined forces for another win when Secretsoftheknight won his second in-a-row taking the $11,000 Male pace in 1:51.2. The Mach Three-Doc's Reward seven-year-old was followed home by Feel Like a Fool (Tetrick), second, and Movie Sequel (Vince Copeland), third. . Jim Morand, Corey Callahan and Vic Kirby had two winning drives each. Trainer Dylan Davis and owner Howard Taylor had doubles. Dover Downs would like to thank all its horsemen, the harness media and its fans throughout North America for their support. Live Racing in Delaware continues a week from Monday, April 25 at Harrington Raceway. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the acclaimed Dover Downs Restaurants and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Phone 302-674-4600. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 2, 2016 - Fearless Diablo and driver Trace Tetrick found the winner's circle for the second consecutive time after turning in a sharp, front-running effort to capture the featured event, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 9. In just his second start of the season, The Dylan Davis trainee switched up his tactics from the previous week and was a decisive winner in 1:51.3 over seven other rivals. Tetrick wasted no time as he sent Fearless Diablo away from the gate firing from post eight and they reached the front through an opening panel in :27.2. Nitro and Ricky Macomber Jr. benefitted from a pocket trip while TG's Divine Scene and Sam Widger were next in line third. Fearless Diablo went uncontested down the backside and cruised through middle fractions of :56.0 and 1:24.0 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, Nitro looked poised to strike from the pocket but Fearless Diablo wasn't finished. Saving his best for last, Fearless Diablo kicked home in :27.3 to win by two lengths over Nitro. TG's Divine Scene rounded out the trifecta. Sent off as the publics' choice, Fearless Diablo returned $5.00 to his backers at the betting window. "Trace (Tetrick) said he was going to switch it up tonight, he raced off the back last week so we decided to give the front a try tonight," noted Julian Williams, the Dylan Davis Stable's second trainer. "All you have to do is ask him (Fearless Diablo). He's so versatile, he can go either way, he gives 110% every week and if a horse looks him in the eye, that's when he really digs in. He's an amazing animal." Owned by Michael Casalino and Dylan Davis, the eight-year-old horse has now amassed $269,895 lifetime. The victory marked his 25th lifetime victory and one of four winners on the 14-race card for driver Trace Tetrick. It was the second consecutive night Tetrick scored a grand slam at Hoosier Park. On Friday, Tetrick had four wins and with it, surpassed Ricky Macomber Jr. on the all-time leading driver standings at Hoosier Park. Tetrick currently leads all drivers in 2016 with 17 wins on the season. Live racing returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, April 12 with a 12-race card that will kick-off at 5:45 p.m. Live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and continue through November 12. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park           Emily Gaskin   Race Marketing Manager, Commentator & Publicist   Hoosier Park Racing & Casino   (765)609-4620              

Fearless Diablo and Trace Tetrick made their seasonal debut a winning one as they captured the first featured event of the harness racing season, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 2. On a chilly night in Indiana, the Dylan Davis trainee bested seven other rivals in 1:53.3 over a track rated good. Leaving from post four, Fearless Diablo was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in seventh while the rest of the field battled for early position. Sam Widger had TG's Divine Scene out and firing early to reach the front through an opening panel in a snappy :26.3. Thisjetsabookin and LeWayne Miller benefitted from a pocket trip while Vague Traces and Lavern Hostetler were next in line in third. TG's Divine Scene was able to rate the pace and continued to call the shots through middle fractions of :56.2 and 1:26.2. Don Eash and Astreo's Love headed the cavalry charge of horses closing in on the leader as the field for turned for home. Utilizing his customary late surging tactics and the long Hoosier Park stretch to his advantage, Fearless Diablo found a :26.1 closing quarter to secure the win by a length over Astreo's Love. Nitro and Ricky Macomber Jr. rounded out the trifecta. Fearless Diablo paid $4.00 for the victory. Owned by Michael Casalino and Dylan Davis, the eight-year-old horse has now amassed $259,395 lifetime. The victory marked his 24th lifetime victory and one of four winners on the 14-race card for driver Trace Tetrick. Davis and Tetrick also teamed up to get Star Guitar to the winner's earlier in the card. Trainer Walter Haynes Jr. also had a training double on the evening as Tetrick scored with Tyber Tyke and Sombaro Montae. Earlier in the day Tetrick guided Breeders Crown champion Freaky Feet Pete to a win in his four-year-old qualifying debut on at Hoosier Park. Freaky Feet Pete cruised through fractions of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:24.3 before kicking home in :27.4 to win by nine and a quarter lengths in 1:52.2 in less than favorable weather conditions. "He was strong," Tetrick noted after the qualifier. "He felt like Larry (Rheinheimer) could drop him in the box tomorrow. He was maybe a little aggressive but I think that's to be expected when he's been away from work for a few months. The weather wasn't perfect, the wind was definitely a factor but he felt great." The son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori will likely make his first pari-mutuel start at Hoosier Park before shipping to Northfield Park for his first major stakes race of the year, the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie on May 21. Live racing will return to Hoosier Park on Thursday, April 7 and continue through Saturday, April 9 with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. The following week live racing will resume a Tuesday through Saturday schedule through the end of the meet on Nov. 12, 2016. Emily Gaskin

Lucan Hanover made it two-in-row in the $30,000 Preferred pace on a balmy Monday, Feb. 29, on the Leap Year edition of Dover Downs harness racing. Unlike last week when Lucan Hanover enjoyed a 2-hole trip to score a nose victory, this week after overtaking Mustang Art with Sean Bier after a :26 opening quarter, Corey Callahan took over guiding Lucan Hanover, a six-year-old Western Ideal-Lauren Order gelding, the rest of the way in front and then pulling away with a: 27.1 final panel to a decisive 1:49 conquest over some of the sport's top-class pacers now racing. Tony Morgan and Doctor Butch closed along the passing lane to nip Mustang Art for second. The win was the 20th of his career for the $825,626 lifetime winner. Blazing Bobby Sox, owned by Art Stafford and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr., won for the fourth time this year notching a career fastest 1:50.2 triumph in a $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over Male pace. Sectionline Rock (Tim Tetrick) closed well to pick up second money. Apollo Seelster (Yannick Gingras) was the show finisher. It was the 12 lifetime win for Blazing Bobby Sox, a The Panderosa-Liamatters five-year-old gelding. Robert Cooper Stables' Go Collect N was an impressive 1:51.2 winner in another pace for young horses winning the $13,500 event for his third win in five races since arriving from New Zealand. Corey Callahan steered the winner for trainer Dylan Davis. Since arriving in North America, the Gotta Go Collect-No Parking N gelding has in addition to three wins, three seconds in his seven starts. Swappertunity (Jim Morand) finished second for the second straight time. Rednickyachtclub (Allan Davis) was third. In another $13,500 division Yannick Gingras drove JT to a 1:52.2 score for trainer Ron Burke and owners Weaver Brucsemi and Burke Racing Stable. An altered son of Badlands Hanover-Snowhite Beach, it was his second straight win in five races. Ima Rebel (Morgan) closed swiftly along the passing lane for second. Roll Big (Callahan) was the third finisher. Local favorite Just A Jolt made it to the winner's circle for the first time in 2016 in his seventh start as Tim Tetrick got the Village Jolt-Just Wait Kate gelding away quickly and never looked back for a 1:50.3 victory to win a $12,500 Mile pace. Four Staces (Callahan) finished second with Papa Ray (Allan Davis) going a tough trip for third. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan and leading trainer Dylan Davis had three wins each, Tim Tetrick, Art Stafford Jr. and trainer Eric Ell had two wins apiece. FASHION SHOWDOWN VERSUS SEVEN IN $20,000 MARES OPEN Fashion Showdown, an impressive 1:51.1 winner in last week’s $20,000 Mares Open Handicap faces seven rivals on Tuesday, March 1 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p m. Corey Callahan will drive Chris White’s Fashion Showdown, a winner of three Opens already in 2016. Among her opponents, Jeff Clark’s Springforth, with George Dennis driving, has been right there in recent starts with a win, three seconds and a third in her last six starts. Another competitor in top form is Lou Catana and Vince Bradley’s Matinee Dragon handled by Jonathan Roberts. Not to be overlooked are Sage N, a two-time winner in her last three races, and Tim Tetrick piloting from the outside for C.V Iannazzo, JFE Enterprises and Triple D Stables, Bob Bailey’s sharp Duneside Chella with Tony Morgan, John McGill’s hard-hitting No Respect, and from the rail, B Stern and Vic Kirby stepping up in class for owners Steve Moss, Hal and Helene Solomon and trainer Leigh Raymer. A $15,500, a $15,000, a $14,000 and $12,000 distaff paces for 4&5-year-olds, top a strong undercard. Dover Downs races Monday through Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m. No Live racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Watch the races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where 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

Rockin The House, recently acquired by Howard and Judy Taylor and Dandy Farms won the Thursday, Feb. 25 feature race in 1:51.4 at Dover Downs with meet leading harness racing driver Corey Callahan in the bike. Callahan finished the card with five winners. In the stretch battle, Race Me Villa (Montrell Teague) was leading a charge to the finish line when the gelding broke stride nearing the wire. Callahan and Rockin The House inherited the front and the easy win for trainer Dylan Davis. Feel Like A Fool (Vic Kirby), finished third and was placed second with Allstar Preview (George Dennis) fourth placed third. Race Me Villa, who finished second, was disqualified due to his lapped-on break, and was placed fourth. Previously, a successful Chicago campaigner, Rockin The House, a nine-year-old altered son of Rocknroll Hanover-Donkeys Can Win, chalked up his 38th career victory while earning $589,233 lifetime. In addition to Callahan's five winners, giving the six-time track dash-win champion 137 for the meet. Vic Kirby and Jim Morand had two wins each. Marv Bachrad

Four Staces made it two wins-in-a-row recording a1:52.2 victory on a bitter cold, windy Thursday, Feb. 11 at Dover Downs, harness racing driver Corey Callahan added three more wins to his leading dash win total at the track. Callahan got Four Staces going in the stretch rolling to victory from off the pace. Jeremes General (Allan Davis) and Feel Like A Fool (Montrell Teague) were battling it out as the field turned for home. Last year at this time, Four Staces was coming into his own at the meet. Mike Casalino and meet-leading trainer Dylan Davis own the Rocknroll Hanover-Miss Stacee gelding giving Callahan his third win. Jeremes General won the battle for second-place. One race earlier, Ron Short's 11-year-old veteran Charger also won his second straight, in 1:52.2. Ross Wolfenden steered the Stampede Hanover-Star Light gelding to his 50th career victory and $439,602 earnings. The grey gelding Alligator Falls (A.Davis) cut out the early pace and finished second. Black Aquila A (Callahan) was the show horse. Rock N' Roll Jet won the other sub-feature pace. Jonathan Roberts roared down the outside to score a 1:52.3 decision. Buddy Bright and Dawn Webb own the seven-year-old altered son of Rocknroll Hanover-Ohyouprettything who won for the first time in five starts this year. Rockin Rambaran (A.Davis) was second. Portrait (Art Stafford Jr.) was third. Corey Callahan with his triple now has won 116 races this meet. Vic Kirby also won three races while Ross Wolfenden collected a double. Dover Downs is dark on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. When at the track, watch live races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Harness Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where 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                  

DOVER, Del. --- Shellysblockbuster, a 7-1 shot, and Four Staces won the two-halves of the Thursday, Feb. 4 harness racing feature over a 'good' track at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan drives three winners. Both winners left from post 2 and won in similar style in a driving finish. Vince Copeland steered Shellysblockbuster in a 2-hole trip to catch Summer Camp (Corey Callahan) at the wire in 1:52 with Star Messenger (Vic Kirby) taking third. Don Reed and trainer George Wagner own Shellyblockbuster, a nine-year-old Bettor's Delight-Love's Talk gelding who racked up his 20th win of his career. Two races later, Callahan picked up his third win of the day piloting Four Staces home in 1:53.3 with most of the field in the win photo. The Rocknroll Hanover-Miss Stacee gelding won his first of 2016. Mike Casalino owns the winner with trainer Dylan Davis. Pinerosa (Tony Morgan) was runner-up with Allstar Preview (George Dennis) third after being parked-out the entire mile. Corey Callahan and Montrell Teague, who won the first three of four races, had driving triples. Vince Copeland and owner-trainer Dylan Davis had a double. Dover Downs is dark on Friday, Saturday and this week only, on Super Bowl Sunday. Monday through Thursday racing begins at p.m. 4:30 p.m. When at the track, watch the live races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Harness Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where 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    

January Mondays and harness racing driver Yannick Gingras at the track are virtually synonymous. During the last four Mondays, Gingras has won 20 races. First week, five races, then another five, followed by four and last Monday, six races, all on Monday programs at Dover Downs. On Wednesday (1/20) Tim Tetrick recorded six wins. ----------------------------------------------------------------- The six-race win streak by Nice Trip came to an end on Tuesday (1/19) when the female pacer finished out-of-the-money. The race was won by Electric Z Tam. The current longest win streak at the track, eight straight, belongs to Ragazzo Dolce, who has dominated in the $20,000-$25,000 claiming trot. Rocknroll Jewel and Drinksforthehouse have three-win streaks. ---------------------------------------------------------- The longshot of the week came Wednesday (1/20) when Man Of Muscles scored a 51-1 longshot victory. Ironically, the trotter had finished second in his previous start. -------------------------------------------------------- Driver Corey Callahan, who has not raced for more than a week, continues to hold onto first place in the Leading Driver category. Seeking a seventh-straight title, Callahan has already won 98 races. Allan Davis is second with 72 wins. Ross Wolfenden, holds third-place with 63 winners. George Dennis is in fourth place with 55 winners and Tony Morgan completes the Top 5 with 54 wins. ----------------------------------------- Dylan Davis keeps the lead among trainers. The two-time track defending champ has 42 winners. Jim King is second with 25. Wayne Givens, in third place, with 24, Doug Lewis is fourth, 19 wins and Josh Green is fifth with 18 winners. ----------------------------- For those who enjoy dining while watching the races, the popular Winners Circle Harness Buffet is a treat. Reservations are suggested; call 302-674-4000. -------------------------------------------------- Sunday racing is now featured during January and February. Sunday racing begins at 5:30 p.m. On Monday through Thursday regular weekday post time is 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are 'dark' days. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- Man Of Muscles, piloted by Pat Berry, came out of the pack on the final turn and overtook front-trotting favorite Lou Man (Tim Tetrick) nearing the finish line for a 1:56 triumph in a $12,000 harness racing sub-feature. In the week's top trot, Tim Tetrick had to use Tough Mac hard leaving from the outside before getting the lead at the quarter then led the way to a 1:54.1 victory in the $20,000 Open Handicap trot at Dover Downs, Wednesday Jan. 19. Tetrick completed the day with six wins. Trainer Dylan Davis picked up his second win on the card when Mike Casalino's Tough Mac returned to winning form in his second start of 2016. Tough Mac is an altered son of Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady who won for the 22nd time baking $272,449 lifetime. War Cry Hall (Ross Wolfenden) challenged strongly on the backstretch and held on for second. Panamanian Hanover (Tony Morgan) got up for third. In the $15,000 4&5-Year-Old sub-feature trot, Machuca, with Allan Davis driving the Yankee Glide-Tail Of Night gelding, shot down the passing lane to score a 1:56.3 win for owner-trainer Bob Shahan. Royal Becca J (Jack Parker) left from the outside to get the early lead and held on to finish second. Adrenalin Junkie (Jim Morand) rallied from far back for third. In one of two $12,000 trots, Rosemary Smutz owns and trains the 51-1 longshot, Man Of Muscle, a Muscle Mass-Jim's Girl gelding, who ironically finished second in his previous start. Five Towns (Jonathan Roberts) closed along the passing lane for second while Lou Man, after leading from the start, had to accept a third-place finish. In another $12,000 trot, Winemaster Hanover, an altered son of Donato Hanover-Wishful Me, with Tony Morgan at the controls, blew past Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) in deep stretch to post a 1:54.3 conquest for Jay Spector, Dan Kiwak and Triple D Stables and trainer Scott DiDomenico. Enrico AS (Allan Davis) was the show horse. DEDI’S DRAGON LEADS EIGHT IN THURSDAY DOVER FEATURE Dedi’s Dragon, heads an eight-horse field in the Thursday, Jan. 21 feature race at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Victor Kirby will drive Dedi’s Dragon for trainer Jim King and owners J.E. McGill, B.K. Carsey and JL Benson Stables in the wide-open affair. Engel and Nick Surick stables’ Pierce and Marcus Miller get a good post position alongside Ringler Stable’s Simon’s Artist, who starts from the rail with Jim Morand in the bike. Driver George Dennis who owns Allstar Preview with his wife, Tina, has been second in his last two outings. Max Walton’s Letsmakeawish and Sean Bier has upset credentials. Owner-trainer Ron Dixon’s Ken Kam, owner-trainer-driver John MacKinnon’s Celtic Thunder and from outside post 8, trainer Richard Robertson’s Rocnrolwilneverdie (Brett Miller) complete the lineup. Onery Shark is the lone horse on the 15-race card carrying a two-race win streak. Donny Long owns and drives the seven-year-old from post 8 in a Filly and Mare pace in race 11. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- Despite starting from post 8, Tough Mac responded after an 'off' performance in his last start with a 1:54 victory in the week's top trot on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at Dover Downs. Meet leading harness racing driver Corey Callahan steered the winner in the $20,000 Open/Handicap trot, George Dennis wins three. Owned by Mike Casalino, Tough Mac, trained by meet leader, Dylan Davis, moved up on the backstretch to challenge front-trotting War Cry Hall (Ross Wolfenden) at the three-quarters and the pair dueled-it out the rest of the mile with Tough Mac taking over in the closing strides. The triumph was the 11th of the campaign for the Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady black gelding who has been 1-2-3 in 19 of 27 starts while adding $131,255 to his seasonal bankroll. Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) finished third. The 8-post didn't bother I Like My Boss in the next race, a $12,000 conditioned trot. After two straight wins, the betting public allowed the all-Delaware homebred of trainer Bob Shahan and the Parsons to go off at 12-1. The Don Boss Vita-Wild One four-year-old gelding took the lead from Wingus (Vince Copeland) turning for home and held on for a 1:54.3 victory with driver George Dennis picking up his third win on the card. Powerful Charger (Vic Kirby) was third. Corey Callahan's first of a two-win night, came driving Howard and Josh Kaufman's recent acquisition Drinksforthehouse held off fast-finishing Adrenalin Junkie (Jim Morand) to win a $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old trot in 1:55.4. It was the second local start for the Conway Hall-Pacific Photo sophomore gelding trained by John Cabot. Machuca (Allan Davis) the early leader was the show finisher. Streaking Ragazzo Dolce, reined by Jim Morand, extended his win streak to five romping to a 1:54.3 score in a $15,000 Claiming Allowance trot. The win was the first of two for owner Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis. Dribble Drive (Dennis) and Brew Master (Montrell Teague) were second and third respectively. George Dennis had three winners. Corey Callahan, Allan Davis, Brett Miller, trainer Dylan Davis and owner Mike Casalino, all collected a double. PL HOOFHEARTED, LAUGHING MATTERS LEAD $20,000-$25,000 CLAIMER PL Hoofhearted is the lone winner last time as a field of eight meet in a $20,000-$25,000 Claiming pace for 4&5-year-olds on Thursday, Dec. 10 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Marcus Miller put Curran Racing’s PL Hoofhearted right on the lead and sped to a 1:53.2 victory in last Thursday’s feature. PT Stable claimed Laughing Matters two starts back and makes his second start for its new owner with Art Stafford Jr. driving. Movie Sequel was overmatched last time starting from the rail, but now gets a better post position and driver Corey Callahan. Toby Lynch owned, trained and driven Major Bucks makes his career debut in a claiming race but must overcome starting from post 8. The other starters are Troy Tribbet’s Big Secret with Jonathan Roberts driving, Mike West and Danny Walsh’s Militia Man drew post 1 with Allan Davis driving. Angela Coombs’ Regal Hope with Vic Kirby and Kathleen Brewer’s Jackson Brady handled by Ross Wolfenden return to the claiming ranks. Marv Bachrad

Harness racing fans with an affinity for the trotting gait were in heaven on Wednesday as Harrington Raceway carded a 12-race program exclusively for trotters. In the featured $16,000 Open Trot, 4-to-5 favorite Tough Mac (Jon Roberts) set fractions of 27.1, 57.1 and 1:26.3 while Chinese Cuisine sat in the pocket and Five Towns mounted his attack first over with last week's winner, Powerful Charger perched second-over. In deep stretch Tough Mac held his rivals safe with a one length win over a late closing Enrico As and Powerful Charger in 1:55.4. Tough Mac notched his eighth win of the year for owner Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis. Traverse Seelster (Ross Wolfenden) took the sub-featured Open II Trot in 1:55.2 over Spunky Jack and Sweet Ben. George Dennis had four driving wins, while Vince Copeland had a double.. Matt Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Michael Casalino's Tough Mac ($3.80, Jon Roberts) was victorious in the $16,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:55.3. Tough Mac was returning to his home state after a two start stint at Pocono Downs (Pa.), yielded him a third and fourth place finish. The Dylan Davis-trainee was sent immediately for the lead from post position three and assumed command from rail-riding Pocket Trip approaching the opening quarter-mile. Pocket trip soon faltered and went off stride, giving Six Gun Hall a pocket journey as Tough Mac strolled through the mile on top and held off a late charge from Powerful Charger for the win. Six Gun Hall finished third. It was the seventh win of the year for Tough Mac, whose seasonal earnings surpassed $84,000. Roberts and Ross Wolfenden each had a driving double. Matthew Sparacino  

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

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