Corey Callahan drives 3,000th winner
April 01, 2013
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Corey Callahan drove his 3,000th career victory piloting Angelwithnattitude to victory in the $16,000 overnight feature while Inittowinafortune, the two-year-old champion, Bags Of Stars and KJ’s Caroline came through with victories in $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd leg preliminary divisions for three-year-old filly pacers on Monday, April 1 at Dover Downs.
Callahan has had an outstanding start this year winning more than 200 races already in 2013 as well as leading all drivers in money won by horses he has driven. The 34-year-old who has only driven professionally for six seasons has already clinched his fourth consecutive Dover Downs leading driver title.
There were three DSBF sections, Inittowinafortune arguably won the toughest of the three divisions holding off a strong challenge from race-favorite Ben Stafford Jr.-driven Blush With Pride in a 1:54.3 mile. Daryl Bier, who owns the Cams Fortune-Cuzurinittowinit filly with Charley Dombeck, scored her ninth victory in 14 starts with two seconds and two thirds raising her earnings to $157,177. Women Rule, with Sean Bier, closed well to finish third.
Bags Of Stars, a homebred daughter of Roddy’s Bags Again-CB Star, trained by Ben Stafford, recorded her third-straight victory of the year, easily tuning back six rivals in a 1:55 mile. Ben Stafford Jr. drove the winner to her fifth lifetime victory along with six seconds in 13 races earning $83,025. Miss Emily D (Corey Callahan) off at 25-1, finished second in front of 48-1 Friendsnheartbeat (Eddie Davis Jr.) third.
Scott Woogen’s KJ’s Caroline turned in the fastest DSBF clocking scoring a 1:53.2 lifetime record for the first of two wins by Vic Kirby. Jim Coughlin conditions the Roddy’s Bags Again-Dillgaff homebred who won for the seventh time in her 15-race career. She has been second three times and third twice while earning $53,062 lifetime. Amelia Bluededlia (Ron Pierce) was runner-up with First By A Length (Corey Callahan) the show finisher.
The top eight point-getters after two prelim legs return next Monday for the $100,000 final. (Dover)