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Corey Callahan drives 5,000th career winner

November 15, 2016
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Mel Mara won the $30,000 Preferred in 1:49.4 to give Corey Callahan his 5,000th career victory in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap Pace on Monday at Dover Downs.
 
Callahan left from post eight with Mel Mara, a 7-year-old son of Lis Mara. Mel Mara took the lead early and was never headed winning for the eighth time this season advancing his bankroll to the tune of $248,540 this year and $706,464 lifetime. Robert Cooper and K&T stables own the Dylan Davis trainee. Veteran Dancin Yankee and Tim Tetrick were runners-up with the Pat Berry-driven Te Kawau N third.
 
Little Ben and Vic Kirby made it two in a row using a front-pacing strategy to score a 1:50 conquest in the secondary-feature $27,500 Delaware Special. Jane Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King own the Jereme's Jet-Honey Bud Life 5-year-old gelding trained by current meet leader Jim King. Remember Me VK (Montrell Teague) finished second with Mustang Art (Sean Bier) coming on for third.
 
The fastest clocking on the card came when $1.1-million winning Wakizashi Hanover stormed down the stretch in a :27.2 panel to score his first win of 2016 in seven starts 1:49.2 with Tim Tetrick at the controls in an $18,000 Open Handicap. Arque Hanover (Callahan) was second. 
 
Wakizashi Hanover, an altered son of Dragon Again, owned by Nova Scotians, Bruce Kennedy and Tri Country, has now won $1,284,309 in hid 14 lifetime races.

In a $15,500 winners-over pace, Swapportunity scored a lifetime best 1:50.2 victory for Jim Morand driving for trainer Les Givens. Then win was the second in his last three starts for the Mach Three-Swap Blue Chip four-year-old ge;ding. Jet Airway (Callahan) was next in front of Lew's Maverick (Kevin Switzer Jr.).

In the other $15,500 division, the photo-finish camera could not separate Pam Plante's Rock N Roll Heaven –Return To Me gelding Suchasenseofhumor (Ross Wolfenden, one of two training wins for Wayne King, and Casey At Bat (Allan Davis)in 1:52.1. The win was the second of three for the driver and trainer Wayne Givens and Legacy Racing, who shares ownership in the Sportscaster-Odds On Casey gelding with Sharon White and Denise Davis.

In early non-wagering Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $20,000 two-year-old colt trots-2nd leg events, Jiggs (Vic Kirby) raced side-by-side witrh Master Clave (Ross Wolfenden) down the lane before pulling off for a 2:01 score. Leigh Raymer trainsc the Giant HNit-Mystic Hill gelding for owner Rodney Mitchell.

Sea n Bier guided Mooshine Lavev to his second straight $20,000 DSBF win in the other division for trainer and co-owner Erika Paradee and partners Francisca Munoz and Chrissy Crissman Bier. Crosby (George Dennis) and Command The Fire (Callahan) were second and third, respectively.
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