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Vince Copeland wins 5,000th career race

November 16, 2016
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Vince Copeland topped the Tuesday program at Dover Downs by winning his 5,000th career race.
 
A Michigan native, Copeland, 55, reached the milestone in Race 13 with Spirit Light in 1:55.2 in an $11,500 pace for owner Callahan Family Farm and trainer Robin Callahan.
 
Tim Tetrick posted his second win on the card directing Nike Franco N home after starting from outside post 8, she took the lead on the final turn and won easily. The 6-year-old daughter of McCardle-Nearea Franco is trained by Jim King for Richard Polucci. Including her earnings Down Under, she has banked $120,429 this year and $250,243 lifetime. Shine N Shimmer (Montrell Teague) came on to finish second while Scandalicious (Jim Morand) was third.
 
Corey Callahan drove Spinpressive to his second win and her third in a short career scoring a 1:55.2 surprise in the final $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 2-year-old filly pace preliminary. Owned and trained by Lee Louthan, who also owns the sire No Spin Zone bred to her mare Paradusho N, Spinpressive won the photo beating Westwind Roddylee (Tetrick) and Logan's Girl (Vic Kirby) who spend much of the mile racing on the outside and yet closed for third. Logan's Girl entered the event with five consecutive wins in a six-win campaign.
 
Earlier, Magicinthemoonlight and Yannick Gingras began the wagering program racking up a 1:55.4 victory in the first DSBF filly prelim. Kevin Freeman and breeder Linda Condon own the Mr. Apples-Damian Hoss youngster. She's No Spinster (Allan Davis) was runner-up with Rainbow Zen (Callahan) third.
 
In non-wagering $20,000 prelims, Spanish Dream won for the second straight time scoring a 1:55.1 success, the first of three winners for meet leading driver Kirby and second of the day meet leading trainer Jim King and owner JoAnn Looney-King. It was her fourth win of the season with three seconds in eight starts. In the other early race Donna Messick and Nanticoke Racing's homebred Cashmere's Delight score her fifth win of the year in 1:57.4. Jim Morand drove for trainer Les Givens.

A 61-1 shot, trainer-driver Donnie Long's Onery Shark, closed with a rush to win an $8,500 female pace in 1:52.4 for the biggest payoff on the program, paying $125.20 to win. (Dover Downs)

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