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10YO Artstanding lowers mark to 1:51.4f

February 05, 2013

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Corey Callahan, the sport's leading dash-winning driver in 2013, reached the winner's circle six times, one piloting Artstanding, a 10-year-old winner of $675,727 who reduced his lifetime mark to 1:51.4 in a $20,000 claiming pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday. Callahan, seeking a fourth consecutive Dover Downs title, has 86 wins since Jan. 1.
The win was the fifth in his last six outings for the Artsplace-Jasmine Hanover horse and the first for his new owner Standardbred Ventures after being claimed for $15,000 last week.
For meet-leading driver Callahan, the victory was his third of four during the card, and his 81st of the new year, currently the most for any driver in the sport. Ooh Dear Sam (Tony Morgan) picked up second-money in a tight finish with Idealist (Jim Morand) the third horse.
Callahan's other winners were Nick Callahan's Sound The Belle, her third in last five, taking a Delaware $7,500 claiming trot; Claim To Fame LLC's fast-closing Corky Duke in 1:56.1 to win a $6,500 conditioned trot: Brian Vest's Complete Desire, a 1:52.3 winner of an $8,500 pace; Pegasus Blue Chip in 1:55 for owners Dawn Gannon, Yannick Gingrass and Frank Canzone in a $6,500 conditioned trot. Callahan's sixth winner was Josh Green's Lislea Miles in a $7,500 claiming pace.
The first race of the day became a personal milestone for trainer Billy Moffett, who drove his first winner. Moffett steered Tommy Green, a roan offspring of Artiscape-Big Duchess to the gelding's maiden win in 1:55.2 taking a $5,000 pace. (Dover Downs)
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