Tuesday's (Feb. 5) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Dover Downs, The Meadows and Monticello Raceway.
Artstanding, 10, sets new life mark
|Artstanding won Dover Downs' ninth race in 1:51.4, one of six winners on the night for Corey Callahan.|
Dover, DE --- Corey Callahan, the sport’s leading dash-win 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 Male Claiming pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
Callahan seeking a fourth consecutive Dover Downs title, has 86 wins since January 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 Male 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 Delaware 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 3&4-Year-Old pace.
-- Marv Bachrad
Away fourth, Run And Tell Pap grabbed the lead with a quarter-pole move and went on to a comfortable victory — his fourth in his last six starts — in Tuesday’s $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Run and Tell Pap easily repelled the first-over challenge of No Doze and scored, under mild urging from Dave Palone, in 1:56 over a “good” surface. The pocket-sitting TSM Photo Bugger was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while No Doze saved show. Ron Burke trains the 6-year-old High Falls-Adele’s Jade gelding, who extended his career bankroll to $321,561, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and M1 Stable. Palone drove four winners on the 16-race card while Tony Hall and Aaron Merriman each enjoyed a triple.
Not to demean any and all accomplishments by harness drivers but it is usually -- and maybe rightly so -- that they get the headlines. But what about the hard working trainers? They toil day-in and day-out readying their stock for the reinsmen, nowadays called catch-drivers although there must be a better moniker than that to describe those who only drive. One trainer who has been earning his salt over the past few seasons at Monticello Raceway is Bob Lounsbury. On Tuesday Lounsbury sent out six horses to the wars and was rewarded with three wins and two seconds. His driver of choice that afternoon -- and usually -- was Bruce Aldrich, Jr., a three-time Mighty M driving champ and a driver who won more races here than anyone else in the first decade of the 21st century. On Tuesday, after a second place finish with the Lounsbury-trained and Standardbred Ventures-owned Timewell in race five, Aldrich visited the winner's circle in the sixth with Philip Shultz’s No Gin ($3.20) in 1:56.3. Aldrich’s next drive for Lounsbury was a 1:57.2 triumph behind Cory Greenberg’s DVC Gifted Indeed ($3.70) in race eight and Aldrich and Lounsbury connected again with Will Damberg’s See You Smile ($3.90) in the ninth race in a 1:57.1 clocking which gave the prolific trainer three wins on the 12-race card. Lounsbury just missed a training four–bagger when Aldrich and Stan Indig’s Rare Display were beaten a neck in 1:58.4 in race 11. However, Aldrich got his driving four-bagger when he copped the 12th and final race with Gary Thorne and Anthony and John Urbanowicz’s Thin Blue Line ($14.20) in 1:59.2. With his three victories on Tuesday, Lounsbury now has 20 for the meet and leads all other trainers in races won. Lounsbury, from Liberty, N.Y., who doubles as a surveyor, got deeply involved in harness racing when Monticello Raceway staged the Battle of the Bosses, races driven by owners who were not drivers or trainers, back in the early 1990s. But it wasn’t until 2002 that Lounsbury dedicated much of his time to training Standardbreds and thus far he has harnessed 695 winners from a limited amount of starters.