Day At The Track

Fashion Showdown crushes foes

07:34 PM 13 Jan 2016 NZDT
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DOVER, Del. --- Fashion Showdown notched her second straight $20,000 Mares Open crushing seven foes at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Meet leading harness racing driver Corey Callahan post a half dozen wins.

Similar to last week when Ross Wolfenden sent Fashion Showdown from well off-the-pace to victory in 1:51.3, this week instead of 35-1 odds, Chris White's five-year-old daughter of Village Jolt-Catch The Show was one of the favorites. Wolfenden moved to the outside on the backstretch and she quickly shot past the leaders to take over and was by herself in the stretch in 1:50.4 lifetime record time. The win is the fourth of the meet with a second and two thirds in nine starts since early November. Craig McInnis conditions the lifetime winner of 16 races and $175,405. Springforth (George Dennis) rushed home to finish second in front of early leader Scandalicious (Tim Tetrick).

Corey Callahan picked up his fourth of five wins guiding owner-trainer Gary Ewing's Sweet Bobbie to a 1:53 score in a $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Mares pace. The four-year-old Art Major-Odds On Gobye mare won for the 11th time in her career. Playncardswitroddy (G.Dennis) finished second with Mildred's Button (Montrell Teague) and Fashion Rocker (Tetrick), third in a dead heat.

The prior race, in a $14,000 Mares Winners-Over pace, Callahan piloted Cheyenne Robin to victory in 1:52. Robbie Siegelman trains the four-year-old Rocknroll Hanover-Cheyenne Margie distaff eased by The Cheyenne Gang, making her first start at Dover. Hearts And Flowers (A.Davis) raced big to finish second. No Respect (Vic Kirby) was the third horse.

Since arriving from Woodbine, Nice Trip has worked her way up through the ranks with six consecutive victories taking the $13,500 pace for young mares. The latest was also Callahan's sixth of the night, and second for trainer Joe Hundertpfund and owner Bill Sartin, who owns the Jereme's Jet-Nice Package four-year-old with Mark Salerno. Fabulous Frieda (Jonathan Roberts) picked up her third straight second-place finish. Michelle Rocks (Wolfenden) was the show horse.

Callahan's six winning drives gives him a total of 98 during the meet's 38 programs. Ross Wolfenden, Allan Davis, Tony Morgan with two winners each, accounted for 12 of the night's 15 races. Trainers Joe Hundertpfund and Jason Skinner and owner Bill Sartin, collected two wins apiece.


A pair of streaking trotters are Wednesday, Jan. 6 headliners at Dover Downs. I Like My Boss has been outstanding in his last four starts and steps up to the $21,000 Open/Handicap trot feature. Meanwhile Ragazzo Dolce puts a six-race win streak on the line in a $15,000-$20,000 Claiming trot. First post is 4:30 p.m.

I Like My Boss, one of the top trotters in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund history is back in top form for trainer Bob Shahan who owns the five-year-old with Jim and A.M.Parsons. George Dennis has been his regular driver in each of his last four winning starts. Mike Casalino’s Tough Mac, a winner last time with Corey Callahan, who has a recent history of drawing the outside post, reached the winner’s circle 11-times last year.RBH Venture’s War Cry Hall, reined by Ross Wolfenden, raced big last week only to lose by half-a-length.

The rest of the talented field includes newcomer Ted Gewertz’s Panamanian Hanover, with Tony Morgan, who has been racing well at Chester and Yonkers. Moses, the Solomons and trainer Leigh Raymer’s Tirade Hanover and Brett miller returns after racing in Meadowland’s Opens. Indiana stakes winner Bluebird Reverend handled by Montrell Teague, will leave from post 1 for owners Dennis, Johannsen, Case and trainer Bob Reeser.Ed Gannon’s Winbak Charles M, piloted by Jonathan Roberts and Razor Ramone, owned by Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquina, will be driven by Allan Davis.  

In the $15,000 4&5-Year-Old trot, Howard and Josh Kaufman’s Drinkforthehouse (Corey Callahan) has the outside post meeting Gary Simpson and Eric Good’s Adrenalin Junkie (Jim Morand), Bob Shahan’s Machuca (A.Davis), Rich Stansbury’s Toolbox (G.Dennis), The Fighter (Roger Plante) racing for Ed and Jim Hall. Trainer-driver Vic Kirby’s Lighter Hanover, Carol Atkinson and Serendipity Stable’s Made To Trot and Barbary Kinsey’s Myclaimtovictory (Kim Vincent.

Since early meet, the $15,000-$20,000 Claiming Handicap has belonged to Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis’ Ragazzo Dolce (Jim Morand) who has won his last six consecutive starts. His strongest opponents appear to be Howard Taylor and Bill Mullen’s Vimy Ridge (A.Davis), a winner of four of his last six races with two close-up thirds, Beaver Creek Farm’s Brew Master (Teague) and /rich Lombardo’s Aventure (Brett Miller).

Marv Bachrad

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