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
Dover, Del--- Longshots were in vogue for feature trots on New Year's Day at Dover Downs as Spunky Jack used the passing lane to win the $20,000 Open in a four-horse photo while Ideal Revenue stormed the outside to win a $14,500 trot on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Corey Callahan drove four winners. While Awsome Valley cut out the fractions from the start until the final step fighting off competition from mid backstretch until Roger Plante scooted Spunky Jack along the passing lane to get up for a 1:56.2 victory. Owned by Walt Callam, Spunky Jack, trained by Steve LeBlanc, was overlooked at 13-1 despite winning his previous start. It was the 13th career win for the now five-year-old altered son of Super Pink-My Embrace. Awsome Valley (Tony Morgan) finished a valiant second with Mandabra (Corey Callahan), making his first start since last July, edging good closing Enrico AS (Allan Davis) for third. One race later, Mike Rossi pulled Ideal Revenue off the rail in mid-stretch and flew past the early leaders to score an easy 1:55 triumph, a lifetime best, in the sub-feature trot. The Revenue D-New Ideal gelding, owned by Carol and trainer Jim Atkinson, was followed by Jailhouse Juice (Toby Lynch) and early leader Lock Tight (Corey Callahan). Dnieper (Daryl Bier) was a strong finishing fourth. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan got off to another fast start driving four winners. In addition to a 53-1 winning drive, Mike Rossi also brought in a 27-1 shot, Check Dons Pulse in the 15th race for his second win. First post on weekdays, Monday through Thursday, is 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are dark days. Sunday racing begins at 5:30 p.m. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. To dine in the Winner's Circle restaurant, call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Marv Bachrad
Dover, Del--- For the second straight week, Jersey Boy turned back seven rivals to score a 1:54.3 victory in the $20,000 Open trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Dec. 18.. Trace Tetrick driving for trainer Ed Gannon Jr. and owners Dom Costanzo, Dawn Gannon and Yannick Gingras became the fourth and last horse to take the lead, matched his lifetime best of last Wednesday, a 1:54.3 triumph. The four-year-old altered son of Yankee Glide-Atlanta Games notched his eighth win of the season and now has won $78,745 in 2013. Again, Baximum(Daryl Bier) finished second ahead of Enrico AS (Allan Davis), third. Walter Callam's Spunky Jack, driven by Roger Plante recorded a 1:55.4 score in the $15,000 Winners-Over trot. Steve LeBlanc conditions the Super Punk-My Embrace four-year-old gelding who racked up his ninth win of the year helping to build his seasonal total to $84,036. Dalglish (Vic Kirby) closed strongly along the passing lane to finish second. I'm So Striking (Eddie Dennis) took show money. Vic Kirby led all drivers with four wins, Tony Morgan had three, Corey Callahan and Trace Tetrick added two wins each. Dynamic Boy seeks a second straight victory in the Thursday feature $30,000 Preferred pace. Thursday, racing begins at 4:30 p.m. It's the last day of live racing before the annual Dover Downs' "Christmas Holiday Break," which begins on Dec. 20 through Dec. 28. Live Racing resumes on Sunday, Dec. 29 with post time at 5:30 p.m. Horsemen's Christmas Drive at Dover The “Fourth Annual Horsemen’s Christmas Drive” is drawing to a close. Again this season, the fund raiser enable local families and children to have a Merry Christmas through contributions from the harness racing and local community. Last year, under the direction of the Drive’s founder, trainer Jane Davis, 77 local families and more than 220 children were able to have a Christmas to remember. Already, this year, $1,000.00 has been given to the Food Bank of Delaware. All donations are Tax Deductible. For those who would like to contribute to this effort, make checks out to ‘Horsemen’s Welfare Trust Fund.’ Horsemen can make their donations at the DSOA Paddock Office at Dover Downs or mail to DSOA Office, 830 Walker Square, Dover DE 19904. For additional information, contact Janet Davis at 302-632-7915. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs
Starlit Eyes, fresh from a wire-to-wire victory in last week's $20,000 preliminary, and overlooked at 18-1, completed the same mission from post 8 in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly Trot Final for a 1:58.3 victory on Tuesday, April 9 at Dover Downs.
Commitment To Win pulled a stunning 12-1 harness racing upset while No Picnic scored a courageous victory in the two Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $100,000 finals for trotters and pacers respectively. Dover Downs on Saturday, Dec. 3. Driver Jon Roberts joined the 2,000 win club.