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Racing Roundup: Cold weather can't stop Special Forces from posting 1:49.3 win at Dover
Thursday, January 23, 2014 - from harness publicists across North America

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Thursday’s (Jan. 23) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Dover Downs, The Meadows and Buffalo Raceway.

Cold weather can't stop Special Forces from posting 1:49.3 win at Dover

Dover, DE --- Cold and wind could not deter Special Forces from posting a 1:49.3 victory in the $30,000 Open/Preferred Handicap pace at Dover Downs on Thursday, Jan.23. Two races later Sunshine Superman cut out a 1:51 triumph in the $27,500 Delaware Special, the highlight races on a strong 15-race program on which Corey Callahan bagged six winning drives.
 

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Special Forces posted a 1:49.3 victory in the $30,000 Open/Preferred Handicap pace at Dover Downs on Thursday.
Callahan drove Special Forces into the lead and then fought off strong challenges from Adventure Bound with Ron Pierce and a stretch battle with Rock On Moe and George Dennis along the passing lane to finish a head back at the wire. The win was one of six successful drives for the sports leading reinsman Callahan. The sports leading trainer Ron Burke conditions Special Forces, a Real Desire-Special Magic 6-year-old for William Robinson, Mike Mallett and Country Club Aces. It was his 14th lifetime win in 33 starts and upped his bankroll to $159,871.

Sunshine Superman took full advantage of starting from post 1. Owner, trainer, driver Toby Lynch took no prisoners on the way to his second win in three 2014 races, with a second, by a nose, last week. The Rocknroll Hanover-Carolina Sunshine gelding notched his 21st career win and moved to $303,913 in earnings with the win. Full Of Sand (Callahan) enjoyed a perfect 2-hole trip and came at the winner in the lane but could not get past. Papa Ray (Ross Wolfenden) came on to finish third. Two horses were scratched, Feel Like A Fool and Believe This Bob.  
  
-- Marv Bachrad

The Meadows
Out and uncovered from the three-eighths, Daylon Miracle ground out a gutsy victory in Thursday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.
Although Daylon Miracle was racing off an injury scratch, Aaron Merriman didn’t hesitate to send her on her long, first-over journey. She collared the leader, Perfect Chance, near the three-quarters and scored in 1:58.1 on a “slow” surface. Crowdswild Hanover rallied for second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Blueridge Abigail third. Bill Bercury trains and owns Daylon Miracle, a 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel who now boasts $250,393 in career earnings. Merriman and Dave Palone each drove three winners on the 16-race card.

Buffalo Raceway
Fiorentina played 'catch me if you can' with the field in the featured $8,400 Fillies and Mares Trot at Buffalo Raceway on Thursday evening (Jan. 23). She proved to be unstoppable and trotted off like a 3-5 favorite should. Leaving from the outside post in the field of six, Fiorentina (Aaron Byron) got to the front and never looked back in posting a convincing 2-1/4 length victory over Stormont O My (Drew Monti) in 2:00.1 over the good track. Zorgwijk Heavenly (Ray Fisher Jr.) rallied for the show spot on the cold evening. Fiorentina set the fractions of 30.1, 1:00.4 and 1:31 and then ripped off a 29.1 final quarter-mile to put the remainder of the field in surrender mode. It was the second straight victory for Fiorentina ($3.40) in 2014. She had won the $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway on January 17 so the six-day layoff made little difference. Owned by Frank Lamacchia and Guy Polillo, Fiorentina (Angus Hall-Red Hot And Blue) is a 5-year-old mare trained by John Mungillo. It was her 16th career victory and sent her career earnings to $138,275.

 


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