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A special "Help Janet Davis Fund" is now underway. Mrs. Davis, one of the most giving people in harness racing, has championed numerous charity causes in recent years and recently has run into some bad luck. A week ago, the Davis' van transporting two of their horses back from training at Dover Downs crashed when the van driver blacked out at the wheel, but not seriously hurt. One of the horses died and the other was seriously hurt. The truck and trailer were seriously damaged, creating a devastating financial setback for the Davises. The horse that survived, pacer Devil's Embrace N, shattered his jaw and was treated at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, with the bills adding up to around $6,000. In addition, Janet and husband, Eddie Davis Jr., must now buy a new truck. Last month, Janet Davis received the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's (HHYF) Service to Youth Award. Mrs.Davis founded an annual Christmas Holiday Fundraiser for kids who would not have a holiday, otherwise. A fund has been set up to help her. Donations can be sent to: Horseman's Welfare Trust Fund - DSOA - 830 Walker Square, Suite 11-2, Dover, DE 19904. -------------------------------------------------------- A race local fans were waiting for came in the 15th race, Thursday (3/20) when Ideal American, a winner of five races in a row, met heralded three-year-old Fire In The Belly. In the homestretch, Fire In The Belly, driven by Trace Tetrick, and Ideal American, with George Dennis, raced side by side approaching the finish line, Ideal American broke stride, and had to accept finishing in second-place. In the fast 1:51.2 mile. Tom Kemp owns the unbeaten horse in five 2014 races, Fire In The Belly trained by Jim King. -------------------------------------------- Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is seeking a Summer Programs Intern for this season. It is a paid position starting around June 15-August 15.The successful applicant must love Horses, hard work and travel. Lodging and meals (per diem) are included. For an application: go to www.hhyf.org/employment.asp ------------------------------------------------------- The Harness Track of America 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. ----------------------------------------------------- Corey Callahan is spending this week in Australia where he will compete in an international event - 'The Great Southern Star" at Tabcorp Park, Melton, Victoria, Australia. Callahan, the sports leading win-driver in 2014, who finished second in the 2011 World Driving Championship, was one of three persons invited to visit Australia for this event. The others are trainer Jonas Czernyson and female jockey, Chantal Suthrland. In addition to racing, they were treated to a range of activities. ---------------------------------------- Callahan currently leads all drivers in the sport with 2014 winning drives. He already has wrapped up his fifth Dover Downs Leading Driver championship. Callahan has 203 wins since meet opening day, Nov. 3, 2013. Ross Wolfenden is next, 112 wins. Ron Pierce has moved ahead on Allan Davis in the battle for third place, 110-193 winners. Vic Kirby is fifth, with 96 wins. ------------------------------------ After being close in recent meets won by Josh Green, Dylan Davis has all but clinched Dover Downs Leading Trainer title. Davis has haltered with 64 wins. Joe Hundertpfund has moved into second place with 49 wins. Wayne Givens is third with 44 winners, one more than Trish Foulk and defending champion, Josh Green, tied for fourth, with 43 wins. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.----, Believe This Bob stormed past Nova Artist in deep stretch to win this week's $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap in a lifetime best 1:50.1 clocking on a beautiful first day of Spring, Thursday, March 20 at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick took Jeremy's Successor into an early lead only to succumb to a strong challenge from Allan Davis-driven Nova Artist at the three quarters. Believe This Bob had followed Nova Artist on the outside and was able to find room in second place as Jeremey's Successor faltered. On the turn for home Montrell Teague urged Believe This Bob alongside Nova Artist and then on to a 1:50.1 victory in the week's top pace. Mary Ann Larrimore owns Believe This Bob, now trained by Joe Skowyra, It was the first win of the year in three starts for the Beach Romeo-Believe That Gal gelding who won for the 17th time raising his career earnings to $166,236. All Stienam, driven by Ross Wolfenden finished third. At odds of nearly 6-1, Believe This Bob paid $13.60 to win. Tim Tetrick, who combined with track leading trainer Dylan Davis for a perfect three-for-three, won the sub-feature $17,500 Open Handicap with Lindwood Player in a career best clocking of 1:50.3. Mike Casalino, who had two of those winners, and trainer Davis, own The Panderosa-Driect Player five-year-old, now a four-time winner this meet. His earnings stand at $48,855 this year and 237,024 lifetime. Wahine (Jim Morand) was runner-up with Mr. Dennis (Wolfenden) the show horse. Summer Camp got up in 1:50.2 to win the $15,500 Male Winners-Over pace with Ron Pierce at the controls. Baron Racing owns the Rocknroll-Roman Art gelding who posted his third win of the year in six starts for $31,900 in 2014 and 513,610 lifetime In a $10,000 DSBF Three-Year-Old Colt pace prelim, Elite Awards warmed up for the $20,000 1st leg next week disposing of six foes easily in 1:54.3. George Dennis drove the Karen Walls Powerful Toy-Silk Slip gelding trained by Dave Rearic. It was Elite Awards' first start of the year. His record is now seven wins in eight races winning $104,225. Bobbies Power Play (Bryan Truitt) was second in front of Powerful Fella (Wolfenden). The race local fans were waiting for came in the 15th when Ideal American, a winner of five in a row, met heralded Fire In The Belly in s $13,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Male pace. As might be expected, Fire In The Belly, handled by Trace Tetrick, and Ideal American, with George Dennis, raced side by side approaching the finish line, Ideal American broke stride, and had to accept second-place. In the 1:51.2 mile. Tom Kemp owns Fire In The Belly trained by Jim King. There was no show wagering. Tim Tetrick and meet-leading trainer Dylan Davis had triples. Trace Tetrick, Allan Davis, George Dennis and trainer Josh Green won two races each. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs    

DOVER, Del.---- Cash Cab paid off after a strong stretch drive to win the $20,000 Male Claiming pace while a pair of three-year-olds - trotter I Like My Boss and filly pacer Evil Fight - scored impressively on Tuesday, March 18 at Dover Downs. Vic Kirby steered 5-1 Cash Cab down the passing lane to win a blanket photo in 1:51.1. Trained by meet leader Dylan Davis, the Western Ideal-Tricky Tooshie horse recorded his third win of the year to go with two seconds and a third in eight races for Mo Coo Inc and Jonatha Klee Racing. The nine-year-old has won $520,580 in his career. Stubbs Hanover (Trace Tetrick) was second and Andy Roo (Allan Davis) edged program choice Raritan Bay (Bret Brittingham) for third. With the start of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund sophomore events beginning Monday, March 24, some of the promising three-year-olds are tuning up. I Like My Boss, winner of the $100,000 Two-Year-Old Colt Trot Final last Fall showed he was ready. Jonathan Roberts piloted the Don Boss Vita-Wild On gelding to an easy come-from-behind 1:57.4 victory in his first start of his sophomore season in a $10,000 DSBF-Eligible trot. Bob Shahan trains, co-bred and owns the winner with Jimmy and A.M. Parsons. His perfect racing record is now four wins and $75,000 earnings. With Tom Deere (Tony Morgan) cutting out the fractions, Briefs Or Boxers (Carlo Poliseno) made a big move to temporarily take the lead after the three quarters, I Like My Boss was moving up and went three-wide entering the lane and quickly took over reaching the finish line in a career best 1:57.4. Christina Talley's impressive three-year-old filly Evil Fight, in only her second pari-mutuel start, scored her second straight win turning back eight rivals for a 1:55.4 success in a $6,500 3&4-Year-Old Filly and Mare pace. Trained by Curtis Daniels, the Western Ideal-Maytime Hall filly was driven by Ross Wolfenden. Surreal Hanover (Roger Plante) was runner-up with Megginspin (Kirby) placed third. Tony Morgan made the winner's circle three-times. Ross Wolfenden and Trace Tetrick had doubles.. Enrico AS, a winner last week, leads a wide-open field of nine in the $15,500 Winners-Over feature trot on Wednesday, March 19 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. The lone winner last time out, Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta’s Enrico AS, scored wire-to-wire for driver Ron Pierce.  Several of the starters are dropping down from the Open ranks: Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stables’ fast finishing I’m So Striking with Eddie Dennis; Walter Callam’s steady Spunky Jack piloted by Roger Plante; JL Benson Stable’s Arriba Amigo with Allan Davis; while Struttin Conway, driven by Ross Wolfenden, leaves from post 9 in the second tier. Other contenders are David Miller’s Cash On Delivery; Blueridge Tornado, driven by George Dennis for Darby Racing and trainer Rosemary Smutz; Benbar Stables’ Cadillac Cruiser with Eddie Davis Jr. and a newcomer from Pompano Park, Rich Pollucci’s classy Guiltywithanexcuse with trainer-driver Daryl Bier. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

One of the most giving people in harness racing, Janet Stevenson Davis, who has championed numerous charity causes in recent years, has run into some bad luck and now needs help herself. Last week, the Davis' van transporting two of their horses back from training at Dover Downs crashed when the van driver blacked out at the wheel. Although the driver was not seriously hurt, one of the horses died and the other was seriously hurt. The truck and trailer were seriously damaged, creating a devastating financial setback for the Davis's. The horse that died in the accident, Kamwood Warrior N, is owned by Janet's father, horseman Bob Stevenson.. The other horse, pacer Devil's Embrace N, shattered his jaw and is being treated at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. Thus far, the bills have added up to around $6,000. In addition, Janet and her husband, Eddie Davis Jr., must now buy a new truck. The insurance money will not come close to covering the costs. Only last month, Janet  received the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's (HHYF) Service to Youth Award. Mrs. Davis founded a Christmas Holiday Fundraiser annually for kids who would not have a holiday otherwise. Now a fund has been set up to help her. Donations can be sent to: Horseman's Welfare Trust Fund - DSOA - 830 Walker Square, Suite 11-2, Dover, DE 19904. ---------------------------------------------- A pair of early week feature winners continued streaking. JK Letitgo won her fifth race in-a-row stepping up to the $20,000 Mares Open/Handicap on Monday, (3/10), a day that trainer Joe Hundertpfund conditioned four winners. For the third straight start, Baximum won the top trot of the week on Wednesday (3/12) -------------------------------------- The fast three-year-old pacer Fire In The Belly won his fourth straight, on Thursday, in a still unbeaten 2014 season. He's now won six of eight lifetime races with two seconds. Owner Tom Kemp is said to have turned down a six-figure off to sell the gelding. -------------------------------------------------------- Accolades continue for Corey Callahan, who has been invited to race next week in Australia. He is en route 'Down Under' to compete in an international event, 'The Great Southern Star" at Tabcorp Park, Melton, Victoria, Australia. Callahan, who finished second in the 2011 World Driving Championship, will wear his patriotic U.S.A colors, when he drives in races. Callahan, who leads all drivers in the sport in winning drives in 2014, has already, wrapped up his fifth Dover Downs Leading Driver championship. Callahan has 203 wins since meet opening day, Nov. 3, 2013. Ross Wolfenden has moved into second place with 105 wins. Ron Pierce has moved ahead on Allan Davis in the battle for third place, 98-97 winners. Vic Kirby is fifth, with 91 wins. ------------------------------------ Dylan Davis has all-but-clinched the Leading Trainer title with 60 wins. Joe Hundertpfund has moved into second place with 45 wins. Wayne Givens is third with 42 winners. Trish Foulk is fourth with 40 wins. Defending champion, Josh Green, is fifth in the standings with 38 wins. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs -  

Horses with long winning streaks dot the daily harness racing programs and Manhattan Rusty N, currently, is king of the claimers . The pacer won his fifth straight Thursday (3/6) and was claimed for the third time in four races, this time for $30,000. Ideal American stretch his win streak to four in-a-row, Fire In The Belly also is on a four-win tear, and five of six and six of his last eight races. Spinfiniti has a three win-streak, and with seven wins in his eight races this year. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Win-streaks recently terminated: Sea Harrier's streak came to an end; he now has won five of his previous seven. Lindwood Player recently saw a three straight streak end. Earlier, Jeremes General won three straight. Another streak that went down was Just A Jolt's three straight, Thursday (3/6). Three Ten also finished second last week after three wins in-a-row. Sound The Belle saw her three-win streak end on Wednesday. ------------------------------------------------------------- During this season, Corey Callahan has won 133 races, tops in the sport in 2014. He leads runner-up Aaron Merriman, second with 109. Dave Palone is third, 99 wins, and Ron Pierce is fourth with 89 winners. Other Dover Downs drivers in the top 30 are Ross Wolfenden, 58, Trace Tetrick and Vic Kirby, 47, Allan Davis, 43 and Tony Morgan 35. ------------------------------------------------ The Ron Burke Stable has 114 wins already. Rene Allard is a distant second with 47 wins, Josh Green, fourth in the sport's standings, has 37 wins and Dylan Davis, fifth, with 36 so far in 2014. ------------------------------------- In Dover Downs standings, Corey Callahan is nearing the 200 mark in winning drives, since meet opening day, Nov. 3, he has all but clinched his fifth consecutive track title. Callahan has won 194 races. Ross Wolfenden has moved into second place with 98 wins. Allan Davis is third with 94 winners. A big win-week by Vic Kirby, winning four races Tuesday and five on Wednesday, put him in fourth place with 90 winners while Ron Pierce is now fifth, with 87 wins. ------------------------------------ Dylan Davis has extended his first place lead in the trainer standings with 57 wins. Wayne Givens is second with 41 winners. Trish Foulk is third with 40 wins. Joe Hundertpfund is fourth win 39 wins and Josh Green with 37 wins, is fifth in the standings. Marv Bachrad  

DOVER, Del.---- Driver Vic Kirby, who won four races on Tuesday, made it five wins this time, including both $15,000 co-feature trots, with Can Do in 1:54.3 and Pounce Hanover in 1:56, at Dover Downs on Wednesday, March 5. Not only did Kirby have a five-bagger, but he trained both feature race winners as well as owned them with Chris Giaccio. Previously at Rosecroft Raceway, Kirby once won seven races on a card. The red-hot Kirby had to use Can Do twice early to get the lead and then held off a strong challenge from Awsome Valley (Tony Morgan) to score the Cantab Hall-Meadowbranch Queen gelding’s second win in three races including finishing second by a head last week. Awsome Valley held on for second with Struttin Conway (Ron Pierce) the show horse. The win was Can Do’s second of the year raising his seasonal earnings to $27,490. Pounce Hanover rang up his third win of the year with two seconds in seven starts winning a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot in 1:56. Mile Hill is also a co-owner of the Majestic Son-Playwood gelding. Kodak Lindy (Montrell Teague) came on to finish second in front of fast finishing Six Gun Hall (Allan Davis). In addition, Jim Morand had a driving triple while Corey Callahan, owner-trainer Arty Foster and trainer Josh Green had two winners. Artists Rally heads Delaware Special Thursday Artists Rally, last week's wire-to-wire winner, and four-time top class winner All Stienam lead a field of nine in the $28,500 Delaware Special/Handicap on Thursday, March 6 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Again this time, Artists Rally, with Trace Tetrick driving, drew the rail after scoring a front-pacing victory in last Thursday's feature race. Heavenly Way's Jeremy's Successor and Sean Bier and Kovach Stable's Feel Like A Fool driven by George Dennis, who finished second and third respectively, are back. All Stienam, owned by J,J&M Stable and Green Racing, attempts to bounce back after finishing out of the money a week ago. Eddie and Kathy Davis' Nova Artist and Allan Davis, also is looking to return to form. Full Of Sand, with Corey Callahan, won this event three starts back. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo's Mustang Art has been a factor with Ron Pierce driving all meet long. Peter Tritton's Malak Uswaad N, handled by Ross Wolfenden, and Robin and Jay Breasure's People Are Crazy, in the hands of Vic Kirby, cannot be overlooked in this field. In the $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Open handicap, Jim Berndt's Ice Scraper (Roger Plante) and Baron Racing's EZ Noah (A.Davis) dead-heated in last week's edition. They return to meet Joan Dalphon and Elanor Laws' Don't Ya Know (Kirby), a winner last time stepping back up to the Open this week. Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis' Lindwood Player (Corey Callahan) has won three of his last four. A powerful newcomer is John Cancelliere's Emeritus Maximus (Pierce) who raced in the Progress Pace last November. The other contenders are Jeremes General (Tetrick) racing for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta along with Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing's Wahine (Jim Morand), a winner of two of three and Irwin Samelman's Delaware Hanover (Frank Milby) and complete the lineup. There is also a strong supporting card.  

DOVER, Del.---- Wildshot Hanover and Idealist turned in impressive victories in split-division $20,000 Claiming co-features on Tuesday, March 4 at Dover Downs. Vic Kirby who drove three winners last Tuesday had a four-race 'grand slam.' Post position #1 and a drop in claiming price paid off for Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis, in a $20,000 4&5-Year-Old Male Claiming pace, as meet leading driver Corey Callahan took Wildshot Hanover to the front and completed a 1:51.1lifetime fastest mile. The win was the first of 2014 for the Dragon Again-Western Duel gelding. Partner (Jonathan Roberts) was second best and Here Is The Future (Montrell Teague) finished third. Jim Morand was in the bike behind 6-1 Idealist on the way to a 1:52.3 decision in the straight $20,000 Male Claiming pace. Louise Kinsey conditions the 11-year-old Western Ideal-Carolache gelding for Bill and Barbara Kinsey. Last Shot Leeton (Bret Brittingham) picked up second money with race-favorite Doubletrouble (Callahan) third. The 15-race program got off to a 52-1 start as Brittingham guided Phantom Rusty to a come-from-behind 1:58 upset in a 3&4-Year-Old trot. Trainer Bobby Myers and Carter Racing Stable owned the Lear Jetta-Rusty Lizzy Luv sophomore in his first three-year-old start. O Narutac Supremo (Callahan) and favorite Zoli (Trace Tetrick) were second and third respectively. Another longshot, 21-1 A Bettor World, won a $15,000 Male Claiming pace in 1:54.2 coming from last-to-first in the stretch for driver Eddie Davis Jr. Ken Tucci and J&T Silva Stables own the Josh Parker-trained Bettor's Delight-Color Me Beachy gelding, also his first win of the year.. Vic Kirby racked up four wins, Tony Morgan had two. Feature trots at Dover Wednesday  A pair of winners last week -Struttin Conway and Jailhouse Juice - lead separate divisions of the $15,000 feature trots on Wednesday, March 5 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. In a $15,000 Winners-Over Handicap, Struttin Conway steps up in class after winning last week's fastest trot by annexing a 1:54.2 victory with Ron Pierce, the five-year-old's second straight win. He leaves from post 1 in the eight-horse field of veterans. Five of the contestants dropped out of the Open ranks -  Mary Raymer's $1.3-million winner, Green Day, with Roger Plante; Chris Giaccio and driver Vic Kirby's Can Do; Corey Callahan pilots Mandabra, for owners C.A. Bonuccelli and Nick and Shaun Callahan; Jersey Boy, owned by Dawn Gannon, Dom Costanzo and Yannick Gingras and driver Trace Tetrick while Barbara Boese's Awsome Valley, starts from the outside post with Tony Morgan, J.L.Benson Stable's Arriba Amigo with driver Allan Davis and Danbry Racing and trainer Rosemary Smutz's Blueridge Tornado in the hands of Eric Carlson complete the competitive field The co-feature is a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. Two of the nine starters won last time out. Jason Lynch and co-owner, trainer, driver Toby Lynch drives Jailhouse Juice, from post 9 in the second tier While Ellen Warren and trainer Eileen Lineweaver's Ibanez (Tetrick) has post position #4. Chris Giaccio, Mike Hill and trainer driver Vic Kirby's Pounce Hanover just missed last week finishing second. Gwally (Ross Wolfenden) also finished second for John Johannsen, Denise Dennis and trainer Bobby Reeser. The rest of the combatants are Brenda Teague's Kodak Lindy (Montrell Teague), Picard (Callahan) racing for Bonuccelli Racing and trainer Nick Callahan; Six Gun Hall (A.Davis), owned by Don Marine and trainer Bob Shahan. Mike Mammes' Amiga Valley (Pierce) drew the rail while Iron Mine Branch's Schoolhouse Rock (Corey Braden) starts outside. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del.---- A stretch-dash from Baximum proved successful again in a 1:54.2 victory in the $20,000 Open trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Feb. 25. In his usual style, driver Daryl Bier waited in the back of the field before putting Baximum into full flight turning for home. It was no contest in the lane as the Cantab Hall-Bax Machine gelding rushed past dueling Green Day (Vic Kirby) and Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) to win by 2-lengths. The win was the second-straight for the seven-year-old trained by Bobby Clark and owned by Tina Clark and Joe Clark. It was his 22nd career win and brought his lifetime earnings to $447,014. Earlier, Eddie Dennis steered I'm So Striking along the passing lane to roll past Can Do (Kirby) and Looking Hanover (Ron Pierce) for a 1:55.4 score. Dennis also conditions the So Striking-Ringside Katie gelding owned by Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stable. It was I'm So Striking's third win of the year and 11th lifetime good for $178,088 earnings. Can Do got up for second with Looking Hanover settling for third. Vic Kirby had a three-win day. Corey Callahan and Ron Pierce each won two as did meet-leading trainer Dylan Davis. Upset brewing in Dover feature Thursday All Stienam returns to this week's $27,500 Delaware Special meeting Nova Artist and Feel Like A Fool, last week's winner in an eight-horse field. After a week off, All Stienam takes on last week’s upset winner Feel Like A Fool in the $27,500 Delaware Special/Handicap on a strong Thursday, Feb. 27 program at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. All Stienam, a winner of his last two , four out of five and five of his most recent seven starts, returns in the feature with Ross Wolfenden driving for JJ&M Stable and Green Racing. Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool came from fifth around the final turn for George Dennis to score a 1:51 win last Thursday. Trainer Ed Gannon’s Artists Rally, fresh from a win last time with Trace Tetrick, steps up and starts from the rail with Heavenly Way’s Jeremy’s Successor and Sean Bier, alongside. Also returning after a week off, Eddie and Kathy Davis’ local favorite Nova Artist with driver Allan Davis, leaves from post 8. Another regular, Max Walton and Greg Papaleo’s Mustang Art and driver Ron Pierce is always a factor. Robin and Jay Breasure’s People Are Crazy, teamed with Vic Kirby; Owner, trainer, driver Toby Lynch’s Sunshine Superman will be the one to catch in this field. Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis’ Lindwood Player (Callahan) seeks his fourth consecutive victory 0leaving from post 8 in the $17,500 4&&5-Year-Old Open/Handicap pace. JL Benson’s Mr. Dennis (Ron Pierce) finished second last time with Just Bettor (Tetrick), racing for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, third last week. Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing’s Wahine (Jim Morand) has a two-race win streak going. Not to be overlooked are Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi’s Rage M Ryan, (Ross Wolfenden), from the rail; Jim Behrendt’s Ice Scraper (Roger Plante); Irwin Samelman’s Delaware Hanover (Frank Milby) and Baron Racing’s EZ Noah (A.Davis) complete the lineup. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del. ---- Jeremes Sweetheart is the one to beat in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap pace on Monday, Feb. 24 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. With Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce, Jeremes Sweetheart has been impressive in each of her last two Open victories. With her quick early speed, she scored a wire-to-wire win last time after coming along the passing lane the race before. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta own the five-year-old fast female. Another 'Sweetheart' was a winner last time out, Jason and Susan Skinner's BJ's Sweetheart, won her most recent start and now steps up a notch in class. Kimberley and trainer Johnny Waite's family homebred, Alexachase, appears to be back in top form. Brett Brittingham will drive her from the rail. Rich Lombardo, Dave Kryway and Seafood Delight Stable's Cooking The Books with Allan Davis leaves from alongside. Ross Wolfenden will steer greatly improved Paradise Lost for owner-trainer Bob Winkleman. Melissa's Fancy, owned by the stable of the same name, handled by George Dennis completes the field. McArma, owned, trained and driven by Ross Wolfenden, a winner of her last three straight, goes for win #7 in the $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Mares Winners-Over pace. JK Letitgo (Corey Callahan) also is streaking, The Parker, Spedden, Evans and Nanticoke Racing distaff has won her last three in a row. Bay Pond Racing's Winbak Speedi (Davis) was a winner last start, too. Don Reed and trainer George Wagner (Dennis) leads strong opposition. Dylan Davis' Caviart Cara (Jonathan Roberts) has won two of her last three. Tom Kemp's fast finishing Make Magic (Trace Tetrick) and Crawford Partner's Air Miles Hanover (Kirby) have upset credentials. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. No racing on Friday and Saturday. 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. By Marv Bachrad    

Dover Downs is capital of the sport this Sunday (Feb. 23). The U.S. Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) Night of Champions comes to Dover Downs for its 67th annual awards-dinner in the Rollins Center. The highlight of the evening will be announcement of the 2013 Horse of the Year. Among champion division winning horses and individuals being honored are three local horsepersons, Corey Callahan receives the "Rising Star Award," Judy Davis -Wilson is USHWAn of the Year while Janet Davis receives the Harness Horse Youth Foundations 'Service to Youth' award for her charitable voluntary work to make the Christmas season a happy time for hundreds of youngster in Delaware. Complete information on the awards-dinner visit the USHWA website: www.ushwa.org. ----------------------------------- For those not at the USHWA 'Night of Champions' at Dover Downs, check the USTA website: ustrotting.com  for video streaming of the sports biggest night of the year starting at approximately 6 p.m. ---------------------------------------- Also on Sunday, a Dan Patch dinner auction will take place with items such as: Yannick Gingras colors and helmet, personally autographed; an original Mary Lou Dondarski acrylic painting of Bee A Magician and another acrylic painting of Captaintreacherous; Bill Haught's winning engraved clock trophy training Nihilator in the $2-million Woodrow Wilson Pace.; Now River bracelets, LV Harkness-etched clock; a breeding to Dream Away amony many more items. Those not at the banquet can bid on any or all of the items by calling 954-654-3757 or 732-306-6713 or 732-547-9459 until 7 p.m. ------------------------------------------ Statistics for the early 2014 season show Dover Downs regulars Corey Callahan and Ron Piece off to fast starts. Currently, Callahan leads all drivers in the sport with more than 100 wins. Ron Pierce is now second in the standing some 25 behind. Ross Wolfenden is 11th with 48 wins, ------------------------------------------------------------- Corey Callahan is alone at the top of the track leading driver category in quest of a fifth consecutive track title.  This meet, Callahan has won 178 races. Ross Wolfenden has moved into second place with 887 wins.  Allan Davis is third with 61 winners. Ron Pierce has moved into third with 75 wins and Vic Kirby, fifth, with 74 wins. ------------------------------------ Callahan's second win on Thursday (2/20), came with #8 Chrusher Man in the 5th race. The 8-1 official odds turned out 55-1 and Callahan drove the four-year-old pacer to one of his four wins that night, a lifetime mark of 153. By the way, the horse went off at 55-1 and paid $113.40 for a $2-dollar win ticket ------------------------------------------ Dylan Davis has extended his first place lead in the trainer standings with 50 wins. Wayne Givens is second with 39 winners. Trish Foulk is third with 37 wins. Joe Hundertpfund is fourth, 36 wins and Les Givens, 33, is fifth in the standings.   by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.----. Feel Like A Fool closed strongly for a 1:51 victory in the $27,500 Delaware Special on Thursday, Feb. 19 at Dover Downs. George Dennis piloted Kovach Stables' Feel Like A Fool to his first win of 2014 coming from off-the-pace to score a 1:51 triumph in this week's feature pace. Mustang Art (Ron Pierce) rolled away to take a fast early lead in :26 and continued to lead until deep stretch when the Bobby Clark-trainee, Feel Like A Fool, an Art Major-Fool That I am gelding, came on to edged People Are Crazy (Vic Kirby) for the win. Mustang Art held on for third. The $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open went even faster Lindwood Player and Corey Callahan streaked home in a lifetime best 1:50.4 for Mike Casalino and meet-leading trainer Dylan Davis. The win was the third in-a-row for The Panderosa-Direct Player five-year-old who now has banked $224,799 in his career. Mr Dennis (Pierce) finished second nosing out Jeremes General (Allan Davis), third. Owner-trainer Ed Gannon's Artists Rally with Trace Tetrick finished even faster posting a 1:50.3 lifetime best. The Real Artist-Spunky Gal gelding nipped Dirty Devil (Callahan), who had won two straight. Bad Man Sam (Kirby) was third in the $15,000 Male Winners-Over pace. In the first of three $14,500 paces, Just A Jolt, a Village Jolt-Just Wait Kate gelding, driven by Trace Tetrick, trained by Jim King for owner John Dayton recorded a lifetime record 1:52.1 in a $&5-year-old pace. Chesapeake Bay (Pierce) was runner-up. Shark On Board (Frank Milby) was the show finisher. Crissman Inc.'s Fancy Colt, reined by Tony Morgan, made it three in-a-row and five in his last seven, notching a 1:52.2, for trainer Tim Crissman, in another winners-over pace. Encoding Z Tam (Callahan) took second with Coopers Beach (Jonathan Roberts) third. Fancy Colt is an Always A Virgin from Fanciful Hanover gelding. Howard Taylor's Spinfiniti was the first of four Corey Callahan wins. The No Spin Zone-Hurricane Jenny four-year-old trained by Josh Green won his fifth in six starts taking a $12,000 4&5-Year-Old Male pace. Two races later Callahan steered Crusher Man at 55-1 to a 1:53 win in another $12,000 pace. Trainer Trish Foulk co-owns the gelding with Nanticoke Racing. Corey Callahan won his fourth race of the day, another $14,000 pace, driving Z Tam Stables' Wilbur's Z Tam, trained by Dave McCaffrey, to a personal record equaling 1:52 win. The Charley Barley-Artha Ray gelding won by a nostril beating race favorite Sea Harrier (Tetrick) who had a three-race win streak ended. Teresa's Beach (Bret Brittingham) was the show horse. Jonathan Roberts and trainer Dylan Davis had two wins apiece. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del.---- Two return winners from last week - Spunky Jack and Ashes Cash - move up to the $20,000 Open Handicap trot on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Both Walt Callam's Spunky Jack with Roger Plante and Vito Cucci's Ashes Cash and Ross Wolfenden were wire-to-wire winners. Spunky Jack has three wins already this meet while Ashes Cash has two win in his last three outings. Allan Davis will drive Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta Enrico AS; David Miller's Cash On Delivery, driven by Vince Copeland and two starters back from last week's Open, Mandabra, racing for C.A. Bonuccelli and Nick and Shaun Callahan with Corey Callahan driving, and Jersey Boy, Trace Tetrick driving for owners Dawn Gannon, Yannick Gingras and Dom Costanzo's Jersey Boy, complete the field. In a $15,000 Winners-Over trot, Steve Moss' Sand Top Gun (Vic Kirby) and Benbar Stables' Cadillac Cruiser (Eddie Davis Jr.) drew posts 1 and 2. Each won their previous starts in the seven-horse field. Meanwhile Warren Racing and Dylan Davis' Striking Wave is the one to beat in a $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

Following six-inches of snowfall overnight, Dover Downs horsemen on Thursday (2/13) had high praise for Track Superintendent Jerry Clifton for his preparation of the track for racing.. On the program, Dancin Yankee and All Stienam, both trained by Josh Green, won the $30,000 Preferred pace and $27,500 Delaware Special for the second straight week. The feat is unprecedented in track history. ------------------------------------ The longest win streak currently at the track belongs to Mach Lady, who scored her sixth-straight win of the meet on Monday (2/10) posting a 1:54.1 victory in a Delaware $10,000 Mares Claiming pace. ------------------------------------------------- The big-winning drivers during the week were Corey Callahan and Ron Pierce. Callahan won 15 races while Pierce made the winner's circle 10 times. Ross Wolfenden won nine races. Allan Davis is on the threshold of becoming a 1,000 race winner. When racing resumes on Sunday, Davis is just two wins away at 998 career wins. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Corey Callahan and Ron Piece are off to great starts in 2014. At present, Callahan leads all drivers in the sport with 90 wins. Ron Pierce is now second in the standing with 73 winners. Ross Wolfenden is 11th with 46 wins, ------------------------------------------------------------- The U.S. Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) Night of Champions comes to Dover Downs, next week. The 67th annual event takes place on Sunday, Feb. 23 in the Rollins Center. Among the champion horses and individuals being honored are three local horsepersons, Corey Callahan, Judy Davis-Wilson and Janet Davis will be honored. Callahan receives the "Rising Star Award," Wilson is USHWAn of the Year while Davis gets the Harness Horse Youth Foundations for her charitable voluntary work to make the Christmas season a happy time for hundreds of youngster in Delaware. The USHWA banquet features the top horse and human awards for the recently completed 2013 season plus the naming of the Horse of the Year. For complete information on the awards-dinner visit the USHWA website: www.ushwa.org. ----------------------------------- Corey Callahan has built an overwhelming lead in quest of his fifth consecutive track leading driver title. This meet, Callahan has won 163 races. Ross Wolfenden has moved into second place with 83 wins. Allan Davis is third with 77 winners. Vic Kirby and. Ron Pierce are tied for fourth with 69 wins. ------------------------------------------ Dylan Davis has extended his first place lead in the trainer standings with 47 wins. Wayne Givens is second with 38 winners. Trish Foulk is third with 36 wins. Joe Hundertpfund is fourth, 34 wins and Les Givens, 30, is fifth in the standings. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del.---- For the third consecutive week, Dancin Yankee won the $30,000 Preferred pace and as last week, All Stienam took the $27,500 Delaware Special, both conditioned by Josh Green, at Dover Downs on Thursday, Feb. 13. Ron Pierce made a strong move from fourth to first on the backstretch and then romped to his fifth straight win of the 2014 season, a 1:50 mile on a sloppy track, for owners Rich Lombardo and Baron Racing. The Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest six-year-old has been a convincing winner in each race during the streak. For the Third Straight time Texican N (Ross Wolfenden) had to settle for second-place honors. Adventure Bound (Vic Kirby) finished third in the field reduced to five starters after Special Forces was scratched. As last Thursday, All Stienam came from off-the-pace to win the $27,500 Delaware Special, this time in 1:52.4 with Ross Wolfenden driving the Tell All-Odds On Stienam gelding for JJ&M Stable and Green Racing. Sunshine Superman (Toby Lynch), the leader, and Fool Like A Fool (George Dennis), alongside, cut out the fraction until turning down the land. All Stienam, as he did a week ago, flashed down the lane for his fourth win with a second this season. Feel Like A Fool finished a game second while Full Of Sand (Corey Callahan) edging Sunshine Superman for third. Program favorite Mustang Art was scratched. Lindwood Player and Corey Callahan came on strong to win the $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open in 1:52. The five-year-old The Panderosa-Direct Player is owned by Mike Casilino and trainer Dylan Davis. Ice Scraper (Roger Plante) was second in front of Just Bettor (Trace Tetrick). A Sweet Ride and Rage N Ryan did not start. A Cool Card closed strongly to score a 1:51.2 victory in a $15,500 Male Winners-Over pace. It marked Callahan's second win on the card. Nick Surick trains the Cole Muffler-Annie You're A Card gelding for Duffy, Paymag and Shim Racing and Mystical Marker Farms. Artists Rally (Trace Tetrick) and Beavercreek Artist (Pierce) was second and third respectively. Dirty Devil was scratched. In $15,000 races, Jim Whalen's 8-1 Varsity Hanover (Kim Vincent) in 1:53.4 and Crissman Inc.'s Fancy Colt (Tony Morgan) in 1:52.4 were winners. Ross Wolfenden and Ron Pierce drove three wins; Trace Tetrick, Corey Callahan, trainers Josh Green and Les Givens and owner Nanticoke Racing had doubles Horsemen acclaimed Track Superintendent Jerry Clifton for his preparation of the track for racing following a six-inch snowfall. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del.---- Traverse Seelster continued his reputations at top trotter at the track chalking up his third $20,000 Open Trot/Handicap win in a row at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Corey Callahan had another four-win 'slam. With Callahan in the bike, Traverse Seelster took the lead at the opening quarter and led the rest of a 1:53.2 mile to keep his 2014 winning record, now at three straight. Trained by Josh Green for owner Keith Pippi, the Angus Hall-Tavelin Lavec six-year-old gelding fought off a mild attack from Jersey Boy (Trace Tetrick) on the backstretch on the way to his 24th career victory upping his lifetime earnings to $445,009. Green Day (Vic Kirby), a $1.3-million winner, was a strong second this week. Cash On Delivery (Vince Copeland), in only his second start of the New Year, came on to finish third. In one of two $15,000 Winners-Over trots, Walt Callam's Spunky Jack, reined by Roger Plante, ground-out a 1:55.1 victory for trainer Steve LeBlanc. It was his third triumph of the meet after finishing second in his previous two starts. Baximum (Daryl Bier) was a fast finishing second in front of Amiga Valley (Montrell Teague). A $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot went to Vito Cuccii's Ashes Cash, driven by Ross Wolfenden for trainer Leigh Raymer. The Cash Hall-Asameg gelding won easily besting Ideal Revenue (George Dennis) and Six Gun Hall (Allan Davis), second and third respectively. In the day's longest shot, Eddie Davis Jr. piloted 35-1 Benbar Stables' Cadillac Cruiser to a come-from-behind 1:55.1 lifetime best, for trainer Jon Nikodemski, to win the $12,000 conditioned trot. Musclelaneous (Callahan) came on for second in front of Can Do (Kirby). Driver Allan Davis picked up a win, his 998th of his career. Callahan drove four winners, Pierce had a driving triple while Leigh Raymer trained three wins. Ross Wolfenden won two races. Callahan and owner-trainer Dylan Davis teaming for two wins while Pierce and trainer Joe Skowyra hooked up for a double. Trainer Josh Green looks for an unprecedented Third Straight week sweep of the $30,000 Preferred, with Dancin Yankee, and $27,500 Delaware Special by All Stienam in the Wednesday co-feature paces. $30,000 Preferred Pace Thursday Back this week, a pair of Josh Green-trained pacers, Dancin Yankee and All Stienam, are the horses to beat in the $30,000 Preferred and $27,500 Delaware Special respectively on another top pacing program, Feb. 13 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Baron Racing’s Dancin Yankee won his fourth in a row and this week will be in the hands of Vic Kirby. Harry von Knoblauch’s Texican N and Ross Wolfenden finished second for the second-straight time. Special Forces, driven by Corey Callahan, had a tough overland trip but gets an inside post this week for owners William Robinson, Mike Mallett and Country Club Enterprises. The other contenders are Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta’s Adventure Bound handled by Ron Pierce, Trevor Stafford’s Bigtown Hero leaving from the rail with Art Stafford Jr. JJ&M Stable and Green Racing’s All Stienam (Trace Tetrick) seeks a second-straight $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo’s Mustang Art (Pierce) and Robin and Jay Breasure’s People Are Crazy (Kirby) finished second and third respectively. Brit Evans and Foulk Stable’s Full Of Sand (Corey Callahan) returns after sitting out a week after a win, Sunshine Superman, owned, trained and driven by Toby Lynch, should enjoy an inside post starting position as will Heavenly Way’s Jeremy’s Successor (Sean Bier). Completing the lineup are Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool (George Dennis) and Its That Time (Eddie Davis Jr.) from post 1. Three winners last time out – Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis’ Lindwood Player (Callahan), Reg Hazzard and Niel Gargiulo’s Peachys Pistol (Davis) and Jim Behrendt’s Ice Scraper (Roger Plante) – head the $18,000 Open pace, four $15,000 Winners-Over and two $25,000 Claiming paces are also on the card.   by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

Corey Callahan and Ron Piece had another big winning week, each driver winning four races three days each. Callahan leads all drivers in the sport in 2014 with 80 wins. 2012 champion Dave Palone is second with 56. Ron Pierce is tied for third with 53 winners. Other Dover Downs reinsmen in the top 50 driver standings are Ross Wolfenden with 34, Allan Davis, 26, Trace Tetrick, 22 and George Dennis 19 since Jan. 1. In trainer standings, Ron Burke, who has won the title the last five seasons is first with 64 win, Josh Green is third with 25, Dylan Davis, fourth with 24. ------------------------------------------------------------- Horseman and humanitarian Ken Wood has just returned from his 32nd 20,000-mile round-trip to Africa. The three-week long round-trip was his latest on-going personal crusade to provide water, first to Ghana, and now, 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. What must be noted, is purse monies won by horses Wood races, is the main support of his humanitarian effort. -------------------------------------------------------------- Dover Downs will host harness racing's biggest Winter celebration, the U.S. Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) Night of Champions, on Sunday, Feb. 23 in the Rollins Center. Three local horsemen, Corey Callahan, Judy Davis-Wilson and Janet Davis will be honored at USHWA Night of Champions. Callahan receives the "Rising Star Award," Wilson is USHWAn of the Year while Davis gets the Harness Horse Youth Foundations for her voluntary work to make Christmas a happy time for hundreds of youngster in Delaware. The event features the top horse and human awards for the recent 2013 season and the naming of the Horse of the Year. Trotter Bee A Magician, pacer Captaintreacherous and filly I Luv The Nitelife are the leading contenders. All award-winning divisional champion horses and individual standouts of the recent season will be honored. Tickets are $125 per person. Call Judy Davis-Wilson at 302-359-3630 or e-mail; zoe8874@aol.com or Scott Warren at 302-222-1222 or voiceofrcr@aol.com. You can visit the USHWA website: www.ushwa.org . ----------------------------------- Tim Tetrick returned to the track on Wednesday (2/5) driving two horses he co-owns. Both finished in the money, but those two races were won by Tim's brother, Trace Tetrick. Tim will be back in the bike on Monday at Dover Downs. Tim would get his first win back at the Meadowlands on Thursday. ---------------------------- A big four-win driving show on Thursday (2/6) by Chris Page was his final appearance at Dover Downs. Page now heads back to his native Ohio to race at the brand -new Miami Valley meet. All four of Page's wins came driving Josh Green-trained horses. Corey Callahan and Ron Pierce also had four winning drives on the card. ----------------------------------------------------------- Again in the 2014 season, Corey Callahan is off to a fast start winning races in bunches since the current meet began on Nov. 3. Last season, after winning his fourth straight tack leading driver title, Callahan completed the year ranked fourth among more than a thousand drivers who participated during the year. This meet, Callahan leads the Dover Downs 2013-14 standings with 152 wins. Allan Davis is runner-up with 75 wins. Ross Wolfenden is next with 74 wins. Vic Kirby is fourth winning 61. Tony Morgan completes the top five with 550 wins. ------------------------------------------------ Allan Davis is converging on becoming a 1,000-race winner. Davis now has 9,996 lifetime wins and just under $10-million in purse money won by horses he has driven. Jonathan Roberts, who has 2,426 wins is nearing $20-million in career money won. ------------------------------------ Dylan Davis has taken over undisputed possession of first place in the leading trainer standings with 44 wins. Wayne Givens is second with 37 winners. Trish Foulk is third with 35 wins. Joe Hundertpfund is fourth, 29 wins and Les Givens, 26, is fifth in the standings. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

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