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Callahan wins eight, including featured trot, at Dover
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - by Marv Bachrad, publicity director, Dover Downs

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Dover, DE --- After dominating the Tuesday card with seven wins, Corey Callahan did one better on Wednesday (Feb. 18), making it 15 wins in two nights at Dover Downs.

 
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Classic Belisima was one of eight winners for driver Corey Callahan.

Callahan steered Classic Belisima, who won four in a row on the front end before a third last start, into a two-hole seat and sped down the passing lane for a 1:55.3 victory. It was Callahan’s fifth of eight wins during the chilly night and it came in the $14,500 Winners Over featured trot.

After sweeping the first three races, Callahan piloted Bill Cantrell’s hard-hitting 4-year-old daughter of Crazed-Classic Yankee, trained by John Cabot, to victory. It was Classic Belisima's ninth career win in 25 starts, with seven seconds and three thirds, to go along with $63,315 in purses.

Everyone’s Talkin (Trace Tetrick) led for most of the mile and was a close second at the finish, breaking a two-race win streak. Stirling Charisma (Vic Kirby) closed well to be in the photo finish but had to settle for third.

In the $11,500 sub-featured trot, with Tim Tetrick away in Australia preparing for the World Driving Championship, his brother Trace took the lead with Powerful Charger, a horse Tim and Jim King own, and then fought off a strong assault in the stretch for a 1:54.1 victory, the first of the year for the Powerful Emotion-Fox Valley Poetry gelding. Picard (Callahan) rallied to finish second in front of I Like My Boss (Jonathan Roberts).

Calllahan’s eight-bagger is one fewer than the track record of nine, set Feb. 27, 2011 by Tim Tetrick. The track’s leading driver for the past seven seasons, Callahan has already wrapped up the 2014-15 title. He has won 199 races this meet, almost double the total of runner-up Allan Davis, who drove two wins Wednesday, for a meet total of 101 wins.

A five-race win streak ended for Joyeux Dream, the second-place finisher in the $15,000-$20,000 claiming handicap. Can Do closed well for Vic Kirby, who co-owns the gelding with Chris Giaccio, to win the trot in 1:54.2.

Trainer Dylan Davis moved into a tie for first among trainers. Davis and Doug Lewis have haltered 41 winners, while third place Wayne Givens has conditioned 39 winners.

Tony Morgan won one race to up his career total to 14,968 winning drives.


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