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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. ---- Just A Jolt won the $26,000 Delaware Special/Handicap for the first time this meet on Thursday, March 12 at Dover Downs. Harness racing trainer Dylan Davis moved back into first place in the trainer standings with four wins. After being favorite in the week's top pace the of the last five starts, Just A Jolt, a 5-2 favorite again, paid off with an impressive 1:51.1 victory beating a field of nine in the feature race. Vic Kirby blasted Just A Jolt away from post 6 to get the lead and the final result was never in doubt sealed by a :27.1 final panel. It was the five-year-old gelding by Village Jolt-Just Wait Kate fifth seventh start of 2015 and first win to go with three seconds for trainer Jim King and owner Janet Hudson. The 'Pacer of the Season' at Harrington Raceway last year won for the 21st time in his career bringing his lifetime earnings to $$317,607. Full Of Sand with Jonathan Roberts was second. Mustang Art (Art Stafford Jr.) took third. One race later Adventure Bound went even faster. The Camluck - Unchained Speed gelding, overlooked at 6-1, cut out all the fractions in a 1:50.3 mile for Art Stafford Jr. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta own the Eric Ell-conditioned seven-year-old. The win was Adventure Bound's second of year, to go with three seconds and a third in eight starts earning$27,335 this year and $452,174 lifetime after 26 wins. People Are Crazy (Kirby) dash down the passing lane for second money with Nova Artist (Allan Davis) third. Tim Tetrick drove his third winner, Contraband Hanover, to a 1:52 triumph in one of two $16,000 4&5-Year-Old Open paces giving owner Tom Lazzaro a double and trainer Dylan Davis his fourth win on the card. Framed Art (Stafford Jr.) was next while Go Big Spinder (Corey Callahan) was the show finisher. For Contraband Hanover, a Somebeachsomewhere-Castaway Hanover gelding, it was a fourth win in five 2015 starts. He has banked $34,400 this year. The other, an Open/Handicap was an impressive victory, also in 1:52 turned in by Sweet Rock, driven by Allan Davis for Reg Hazzard, G.P.Callahan and Legacy Racing, one of two training wins for Wayne Givens. Sweet Rock, a Rocknroll Hanover-Penny For Nickel gelding, won for the third consecutive start Troy and Todd Tribbett's Ziggy Sky, a Stonebridge Real-Bubeleh gelding, was an 8-1 winner in one of two $14,000 Male 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over races. Allan Davis picked up his third win of the night. In The Clear (Kirby) was a tight second. Little Ben (Trace Tetrick) was third. Tim Tetrick and Allan Davis won three races each. Eddie Davis Jr. had a double while trainer Dylan Davis haltered four winners and won two as an owner and Tom Lazzaro also won two as an owner. 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. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Tough Mac is the winningest horses at the track this meet with six wins, one more than Razor Ramone. Delaware Hanover heads the pacing division with five. Movie Idol, winner of the Delaware Special (2/26) has won four in-a-row. ------------------------------------------------------------- Among trainers,  has startedAmanda Payson 33 horses this meet with 15 winners for a spectacular .552 percentage. Eric Ell, with 106 starters lifted his outstanding UTRS "batting average" to around .450 this meet, Vic Kirby with 15 winners from 55 starters, has a UTRS of .424, Dylan Davis has a .415 rating. Doug Lewis has trained 43 wins from 161 starters. Wayne Givens has started the most horses, 211 and has won 41 races for a .346 percentagel --------------------------------------------- Aaron Merriman leads all drivers in the sport in 2015. He leads Corey Callahan by five wins 139-134, through 2/27, Defending champion Ronnie Wrenn Jr. is third with 132 wins. Ron Pierce ranks fourth, 87, in winning drives. Ron Burke, is again, the leading trainer, in wins, 88, and money won $1.1-million. Dylan Davis have moved up to fourth among the top 5 trainers in North America with 32 wins. ----------------------------------------------------- At Dover Downs, this meet, Corey Callahan has driven winners of 215 races. Allan Davis has reach three-digit wins, second with 110. Vic Kirby has moved into third-place with 97 winners. Ross Wolfenden, currently vacationing until mid-March is fourth, with 92 wins. Ron Pierce is now fifth with 90. ---------------------------------------------- A big week by Dylan Davis results in first place among trainers. Davis, the defending champion, has 47 wins Doug Lewis is second in the standings with 44 wins. Wayne Givens is now third with 42 wins. Jim King is fourth with 40 winners. Nick Surick is in fifth- place with 35 winners. ----------------------------------------- On Monday (2/23), Virginia Louthan made the winner's circle twice with mares she bred from her own stallion No Spin Zone and also owns and trains; Spin Vision, a 1:54.4 winner of three in-a-row and five wins this meet, and Megginspin won her second in five races. ------------------------------------ Harness Horse International (HHI) annual meeting and awards presentation is set for March 1-March 5, in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Sal DeMario, executive director of Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) is representing local horsemen. The HHI Dominic Frini Person of the Year, 'will go to past president, Gene Oldfield. The HHI Appreciation Award to Jerry Knappenberger, recent Ohio Hall of Fame inductee, and former Ohio Harness Horsemen's Assoc. GM, and harness horse editor of the Daily Racing Form, Derek Giwner, receives the Clyde Hirt Media award.\ Marv Bachrad  

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

DOVER, Del.--- After four straight starts in the photo but not a winner, harness racing driver Eddie Davis Jr. got his picture taken with Bettor And Bold after a 1:54.1 victory in the $20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap, Tuesday, Feb. 9 at Dover Downs. In what's become a photo finish special, Bettor And Bold finally made the winner's circle this year nipping his frequent rival Just Bettor (Vic Kirby) at the finish line with UF Dragons Cruiser (Allan Davis) third. A Bettor's Delight - Impertinent four-year-old gelding, Better And Bold made good use of starting from post 1 en route to equaling his career fastest victory for trainer Jim King and owners Tim Tetrick and CC Racing. Again this time, Just Bettor was a nose back finishing second Eddie Davis Jr. and Corey Callahan scored three winners, while Vic Kirby, Montrell Teague, Ross Wolfenden and trainers Jim King and Dylan Davis had two wins each. TIRADE HANOVER, TOUGH MAC VIE IN $18,000 OPEN TROT WEDNESDAY Tirade Hanover ended the four-race win streak of Tough Mac in last week's $18,000 Open/Handicap trot, and the pair square off in this week's top trot on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Vic Kirby returns in the bike for trainer Leigh Raymer who co-owns Tirade Hanover with Steve Ross and the Solomons .Mike Casalino's Tough Mac and Corey Callahan raced on the outside for most of the mile and finished only a neck short of victory last time. . I'm So Striking closed between horses for Eddie Dennis for third money racing for Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stable. This week, Callam Racing's Spunky Jack and Roger Plante drew post 1.Ron Pierce leaves from alongside with Deadliest Catch, an impressive winner of his previous two starts. Steady contender Baximum, owned by Tina Clark and Joe Clark, is driven by Allan Davis. Bob Shahan and Don Marine's Six Gun Hall, and Mystical Dew, owned by trainer-driver Donald Dancer and Niel Gargiulo makes his first local appearance. A strong supporting card is featured on the program. 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. --- Corey Callahan looks for a sixth consecutive leading driver championship while Dylan Davis seeks to repeat his last season training title as Dover Downs re-opens for its 46th campaign this Sunday, Nov. 2.The six-month long 2014-20`15 meet continues through April 9, 2015. Callahan wrapped up his fifth Dover Downs Leading Diver championship early building a huge lead by mid-meet. Even after missing a full week while in Australia, Callahan closed out the season with 222 wins. Ron Pierce finished in second-place with 135 wins. Allan Davis was third with 133 wins, Ross Wolfenden, fourth with 129 wins, and Vic Kirby finished fifth, with 107 wins. George Dennis (104) and Tony Morgan (101) also won in three figures. After being runner-up the previous few seasons, Dylan Davis led all trainers with 69 trips to the winner's circle. Dover Downs opens the meet with an outstanding "Novemberfest of Stakes Races" featuring all eight of the prestigious Matron Stakes for two-and-three-year-old colt and filly trotter and pacers on one card, Thursday, Nov. 6. The track's signature event, $350,000 Progress Pace for three-year-olds, is set for $30,000 elims on Sunday, Nov. 26. The estimated $300,000 final is Nov. 6. Also in late November, the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) freshmen trot and pacing divisions feature two weeks of $20,000 preliminaries setting up a $100,000 final in each two-year-old sections. To enter for racing, check the weekly Condition Sheet on Doverdowns.com and drop horses in-to-go from 10:30 a.m. until 12 Noon sharp on appropriate day. The entry box closes at 12 Noon. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Sunday racing starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are dark days. Parking and admission to Dover Downs racing is free. For those dinning in the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant, reservations are suggested. Call 302-674-4600. In addition, food and drink is available at The Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. For those racing a horse at the track and looking for first-class overnight accommodations, the 4-star 500-room Dover Downs Hotel, is adjacent to the racetrack. It is suggested to make reservations early. Year-round, Dover Downs' Race and Sports Book presents leading thoroughbred and harness tracks for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily as well as three-game NFL parlay wagering. Information is available at 302-674-4600. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

HARRINGTON, Del. - North State Street Stable's Monochromatic ($4.60, Jim Morand) recorded her 53rd career win Tuesday with a 1:53 win in the $18,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. The venerable 9-year-old left from post position five and never relinquished her lead in a wire-to-wire triumph over Embassy Seelster and Springforth, who finished in a dead heat for second. Trained by Dylan Davis, Monochromatic boosted her seasonal earnings to more than $94,000 and career bankroll to an impressive $848,305. Driver Victor Kirby had five wins on the program, including a decisive score in the $13,750 Open II with Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar and Stephen Iaquinta's Jereme's Sweetheart ($3.20) in 1:52. Montrell Teague recorded a driving triple. Allan Davis and George Dennis each won two races.  

HARRINGTON, Del. - North State Street Stable's Monochromatic ($4.20, Jim Morand) registered her 52nd career harness racing win Tuesday in the $17,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.3. The venerable Monochromatic, who has been a top mare on the Delaware circuit for several years, assumed command early and never relented in her one length score over Springforth and Embassy Seelster. The 9-year-old Dream Away mare, Monochromatic, boosted her lifetime bankroll to nearly $840,000. Trained by Dylan Davis, Monochromatic was coming off a narrow loss on 9-2, suffered at the hands of a pocket sitting Springforth. Montrell Teague had four driving wins. George Dennis and Allan Davis each had a double. By Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

On the Cusp ($7.80) seized the lead and never looked back, making every pole a winning one in Friday (September 5) evening's $15,000 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares at Tioga Downs.   Shawn Gray sent the seven-year-old Camluck mare immediately to the fore, tracked throughout by Inittowinafortune (Aaron Byron). With 1-2 favorite Pan Luis Obispo (Jim Meittinis) away just worse than midpack, On the Cusp maintained an honest pace through a :55.2 half mile, far from grueling.   While Pan Luis Obispo never proved a threat, stalling at head-stretch amid her three-wide bid off cover, Inittowinafortune chased stoutly in the final eighth, but On the Cusp had plenty left in reserve to stave her off. On the Cusp prevailed by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:51.1 over Inittowinafortune. Southwind Trini (Jim Marohn, Jr.) rallied late off a stalking trip to hold third.   Dylan Davis trains On the Cusp for owner Kapildeo Singh.   While visiting driver Shawn Gray took the evening's featured event, Phil Fluet won four of the night's nine races to lead all drivers for the evening. Fluet proved victorious with Weekend Getaway ($15.20, 1:54.0), Martha Michelle ($8.50, 1:56.0), Cashamatic ($10.80, 2:00.0), and Princess Bliss ($10.60, 1:54.4).   Blows Me Away nearly gave Fluet a fifth win on the card, but the pair were outkicked by Aint Got a Home and Aaron Byron in the final yards of the evening's eighth event.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 6) evening, with first post at 6:15 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs

HARRINGTON, Del. - The richest day of the year for Delaware horsemen was Thursday at Harrington Raceway as racing fans saw the completion of four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final events as well as signature events for older hoses on the 13-race program. The annual Governor's Day program during the Delaware State Fair was host to a large crowd who was treated to some entertaining racing under perfect weather conditions. While the crowd was treated to an abundance of dazzling performances, perhaps the most noteworthy was that of trotting colt I Like My Boss ($2.10, Jon Roberts) who remained unbeaten in 12 starts with a 1:57.2 triumph for co-owner/trainer Bob Shahan in his $100,000 final. He is co-owned by Jimmy and Ashley Parsons. In an uncharacteristic front-end performance, the 3-year-old Don Boss Vita gelding set all the fractions in his four length win over LG's Pride and Odessa. "It's been a lot of fun," said Shahan. "We had a setback last year which got him to the races a little bit later, but he's been super." In the $40,000 Governor's Cup, John Dayton's Just a Jolt ($6.40, Victor Kirby) overcame post eight to notch his 12th seasonal win in 1:50. Trained by Jim King Jr., the 4-year-old Village Jolt gelding assumed the command early from post eight and held off Malak Uswaad N and Getitoffyourchest for the one length win. Just A Jolt equaled his own track record. The Honorable Governor Jack Markell was on hand to present the trophy to the winning connections, after capping his full slate of activities at the Delaware State Fair's traditional Governor's Day. In the DSBF filly pacing final, a track record performance was set by Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Fool Yah ($2.40, Allan Davis) with a 1:52.1 victory over Jonigold and Megginspin. The Wayne Givens-trainee was a ten-length winner feasting first over after a hot pace. It was her 15th career win in 22 starts. In the DSBF pacing colt final, Karen Walls' Elite Awards ($3.40, George Dennis) was victorious in 1:53.3 over Casino Bags Carlo and West Star Director. The Powerful Toy gelding was a wire-to-wire winner and recorded his 13th career win for trainer David Rearic. Richard Lombardo, JJ&M Stable and Pam Wagner's Kelsey's Commando ($11.20 Victor Kirby) was another post eight winner for Kirby. The Cr Commando filly parlayed a pocket trip to victory over Bella's Spunkin and Overnight Hit. It was one of three wins for Kirby, who also trains the trotting filly. On the undercard, North State Street Stable's Monochromatic ($2.40, Corey Callahan) won her Third Straight Legislator's Cup for trainer Dylan Davis. E&K Stable and Lois and Earl Walters' I'm So Striking ($13.80) scored a minor upset in the $30,000 Charles Murphy Memorial Trot for trainer/driver Eddie Dennis. Live racing resumes on a Monday through Thursday schedule at Harrington on August 18. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - More than $600,000 in total purses will be up for grabs on the 13-race program at Harrington Raceway Thursday during Governor's Day at the Delaware State Fair. For the third consecutive year, the program will be contested at night with a 7 p.m. post time. Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals will be held for 3-year-old pacers and trotters. Signature events for older horses such as the $40,000 Governor's Cup will have local bragging rights on the line on the popular evening of racing that is the focal point for many Delaware horsemen. The filly pacing final is the first of the $100,000 races to be contested as track record holder, Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Fool Yah (2/1, Allan Davis) looks to continue her current winning trend. The Wayne Givens-trainee has won two straight and will start from post four. The Wiz Kids Stable's Jonigold (3/1, Corey Callahan) will fire from mid pack post five for trainer Bart Dalious after sweeping her eliminations. The filly trotting final is slated fifth on the program, with trainer/co-owner Art Stafford Jr. and Wyatt Starkey's Overnight Hit (2/1, Stafford Jr.) starting from the rail after winning both of her eliminations. In the trotting colt final, trainer/co-owner Bob Shahan, Jimmy Parsons Jr., and Ashley Parsons' I Like My Boss (2-1, Jon Roberts) will look to remain undefeated as he bids for his 12th consecutive win from post position five. The final for pacing colts is the 11th race and is as wide open as any of the DSBF final events. Karen Walls' Elite Awards (5/2), and Cavalli Pazzi Stables' Casino Bags Carlo (3-1, Vince Copeland) are among the highly competitive group. The Governor's Cup will complete the daily double as the second race, a field long on depth will fill the starting gate, including John Dayton's Just a Jolt (2-1, Victor Kirby) who must overcome post eight to earn his 12th win of the year for trainer Jim King Jr. The Honorable Governor Jack Markell is expected to present the trophy to the winning connections. The Legislator's Cup, featuring Delaware's top pacing mares, will start the first leg of the pick four (races 3-6). Two-time defending champion, North State Street Stable's Monochromatic (2-1, Corey Callahan) will fire from post six in pursuit of her 51st career win for trainer Dylan Davis. Fresh threat My Ideal Hanover (3/1, Kirby) has won four straight for owner Jason Johnson and drew post two. The Charles Murphy Jr. Memorial Trot will wrap up the pick four sequence. Barbara Boese's Awsome Valley (2/1, Tony Morgan) is back from a stint at Yonkers and drew post six in the full field. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

HARRINGTON, Del. - North State Street Stable's Monochromatic ($4.40, Jim Morand) returned off a three-month layoff with a harness racing victory Tuesday night at Harrington Raceway in the $17,000 Mares Open in 1:53.4. Trained by Dylan Davis, the 9-year-old Dream Away mare found room at the top of the stretch and surged by leader BJ's Sweetheart, who brushed to the front at the half-mile, for the win. Jeremes Sweetheart finished second, while Paradise Lost was third. Monochromatic has 49 career wins and has banked nearly $800,000 lifetime. Allan Davis had three wins on the program. Drivers Montrell Teague, Bret Brittingham and Victor Kirby each had driving doubles.

DOVER, Del. ---- 2013-2014 Dover Downs season horse and horsemen awards were presented and for the fifth consecutive meet, Corey Callahan was presented the Leading Driver award. Callahan completed the meet with 222 wins, and a .333 UDRS while earning $1,995,836 for the horses he drove. Dylan Davis, who had been runner-up the last few season, won the Leading Trainer title. Davis haltered 69 winners during the meet. His stable won $568,325 with a UTRS of.378. Meanwhile Nova Artist, for the second time in three seasons, won Horse of the Meet honors. The pacer had 17 starts with 7 wins- 3 seconds and 3 thirds taking a 1:50.2 mark twice while winning $108,950 in purses Dover Downs' thanks all who helped make the 2013-14 meet another successful season. Live racing will resume next Fall. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.---- Casino Bags Carlo swept to victory in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Male pace, the last of four $100,000 DSBF finals this week on the closing day of the 45th harness racing season at Dover Downs, Thursday, April 10 at Dover Downs. Bandolito romps in 1:48 winning $36,000 Preferred pace and Just A Jolt takes $33,000 Delaware Special. When front-pacing favorite Elite Awards suddenly broke stride on the final turn, Vince Copeland, sitting second with Casino Bags Carlo, shot into the lead and rushed home a 1:52.4 winner of the final DSBF three-year-old championships. The win was the third straight victory of an unbeaten campaign for Cavalli Pazzi Stables,. Copeland has trained and driven the Roddy's Bags Again-Casino Bus gelding now a winner of eight of 12 races and only once farther back that third while winning $70,000 this year and $168,911 lifetime. West Star Director (Ben Stafford Jr.) finished second for the third consecutive start. Forced Passage (Ross Wolfenden) was third. Driver George Dennis said he and Elite Awards saw a lose horseshoe shining brightly on the track along a pylon and the pacer was startled and broke stride, finishing out of the money for the first time in 12 races with 10 of them easy wins. Bandolito, a 1:48 winner last week, currently the fastest time of 2014, won even more impressively this week stepping up to the $36,000 Preferred Handicap. Trainer-driver Daryl Bier, co-owner with Charley Dombeck and David Bier, the Ponder-Sody's Home Brew brown four-year-old was never trouble chalking up his third win in four starts this year while winning $48,977 and $228,815 in his 16 race career. Tarpon Hanover (David Miller) ended a two-race win streak finishing second with Take It Back Terry (Ross Wolfenden) the show horse. When Nova Artist (Allan Davis) became involved in trouble in front of the grandstand when he received a broke race wheel, the $33,000 Delaware Special Handicap became a toss up. Feel Like a Fool (Dennis) took over the lead and led into the stretch when Tim Tetrick steered Just A Jolt to the front nearing the wire for a 1:50.2 triumph. Feel Like A Fool and Full Of Sand (Corey Callahan) were second and third respectively. Nova Artist pulled up before the clubhouse turn. Corey Callahan drove Joan Hamstead's homebred Lewiebyalength scooted to a 1:53.2 success in the $20,000 DSBF consolation. A 13-1 shot Three Day Forecast (Jonathan Roberts) was second with By Noggin (Tony Morgan) third. Callahan also guided Gateway Racing's Lollipop Kid to a 1:49.1 conquest in an $18,000 Male Winners-Over pace. The Dylan Davis-trainee is an altered son of Shady Character-Saly Pansen and won for the third time in 10 outings this year. Manhattan Rusty N (Ron Pierce) finished a strong second with Poker Hat (Tetrick) finishing third. In the $17,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Male Winners-Over pace, Troy and Todd Tribbett's Alittleaintenough notched his fourth win of the season with Ron Pierce driving, a 1:51 lifetime mark. The Artiscape-Mayland Beauty gelding trained by Joe Hunterpfund was followed home by Chesapeake Bay (David Miller) and Totally Kissed (Montrell Teague), the only sophomore in the field, who was third. Bret Brittingham drove the other $17,500 division winner, Leslie Betts' Teresa's Beach. The Somebeachsomewhere-GE's Jen four-year-old is trained by Johnny Waite and won #4 this year in 11 starts. Sea Harrier (Tetrick) accepted his first loss after two wins. Varsity Hanover (Kim Vincent) closed strongly to finish third. In between races ceremonies, Corey Callahan was presented the Leading Driver award. Dylan Davis won the Leading Trainer title, while Nova Artist, for the second time in three seasons, won Horse of the Meet honors. Dover Downs says 'so long' to its 45th season and thanks all who participating in making the 2013-14 meet successful. Thanks for being an important part of the banner season. Racing will resume next Fall. In the meantime, harness racing resumes on Monday, April 21 at Harrington Raceway. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals highlight the final week of Dover Downs' 45th meet. The top eight point-getters after two weeks of preliminaries vie; on Monday (filly pacers), Tuesday (filly trotters), Wednesday (male trotters) and closing day, Thursday, April 10, (male pacers) race for Delaware-sired three-year-old season honors. ------------------------------------------------ Bandolito, driven by Daryl Biers, scored the fastest mile of 2014 on any size track on Thursday (4/4) while equaling the all-track record of 1:48 set in 2012 by Heston Blue Chip. -------------------------------------------- On Thursday (4/10), the 2013-2014 Dover Downs end-of-season awards will be presented to: the Horse of the Meet; Leading Driver and Leading Trainer. -------------------------------------------------------- Harness Track of America (HTA) College Scholarship Fund offers three $5,000 scholarships for post-secondary education to students actively involved in harness racing or to children of harness racing professionals (living or deceased) including licensed drivers, trainer, caretakers or management officials. For applications e-mail: delight@harnesstrack.com or call HTA at 520-529-2525. ----------------------------------------------------- Horseman and humanitarian Ken Wood is readying for his 33rd trip to Africa after Easter. The three-week long 20,000-mie round-trip is an on-going personal crusade to provide water to Ghana, and has expanded to Tanzania. Wood's acclaimed, 'Wells For Ghana' drilling provides water to inhabitants who previously had to walk five miles to find water that was deemed unsafe. Over the years, Wood has built 1,130 wells in Ghana including Tanzania's 266 new wells. The wells built by Wood serve more than 2-million native Africans, who until now never have had fresh water. Purse monies won by horses Wood races, is the main support of his humanitarian effort. He recently retired his top moneymaker, trotter Anders Bluestone, now a stallion at Merrie Medo Farm in Smyrna, Del. -------------------------------------------------------------- Corey Callahan wrapped up his fifth Dover Downs Leading Driver championship early build a huge lead by mid-meet. Even missed a full week while in Australia, Callahan has 210 wins since meet opening day, Nov. 3, 2013. Ron Pierce has moved into second-place with 127 wins. Allan Davis is now third with 126 wins, Ross Wolfenden is next, and Vic Kirby is fifth, with 105 wins. ------------------------------------ Callahan is on top for wins and money earned for horses he has driven, but Ron Pierce has the best UDRS - equivalent to a batting average - this meet at .351.Callahan is second with a .333 average and Tim Tetrick, third, .324. In the money won category, Callahan has won for the horses he has driven $1.9-million in purses. Pierce is second at nearly $1.5-million, Allan Davis, third, ($1.3), Ross Wolfenden, fourth ($1.2) and Vic Kirby is fifth ($1.1). --------------------------------------------------- After being close in recent meets, which were won by Josh Green, Dylan Davis, with a big March total, clinched Dover Downs Leading Trainer title, breaking Josh Green's eight-meet domination . Davis has haltered with 67 winners. Joe Hundertpfund, with a big end-of-meet, has moved into second place with 53 wins. Wayne Givens has 49 wins for third-place; Trish Foulk is fourth with 46 while defending champion, Josh Green, is fifth with 45 wins. ----------------------------------- Even though Dylan Davis has unseated Josh Green for leading trainer this meet, Green has the top win percentage (435) with Trish Foulk second (.396), Eric Ell is third (.391), Davis is fourth (.385) and Leigh Raymer, fifth O(.383)).Davis leads trainers this meet in money won by horses he has trained (542,190). Wayne Givens is second in money won ($517,752), Eric Ell, third (460,260), and Josh Green fifth ($440,303). by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

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