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JM VANGOGH w/ COREY CALLAHAN

JM VANGOGH, GO NANO GO WIN DOVER FEATURE TROTS

Courtesy of Dover Downs and Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.— $1.7-million winner JM Vangogh rallied to win the $32,000 Open trot, Go Nano Go led from the start to win the $17,500 sub-feature trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, March 11. Corey Callahan had a driving quadruple.

After a torrid head-to-head duel that consummated more than the last quarter mile, JM Vangogh came back after being head in mid stretch by Joey The Jet JT to notch a 1:55.2 victory in the top trot of the week. Corey Callahan drove the nine-year-old son of ill-fated Earl-Queen’s Tut to his first win of the year for owners Paul Chambers, his trainer, and Laurieta Mello. Tom Jackson guided Joey The Jet JT to a second with Twelve Seventeen and Jack Parker finishing third in the eight-horse field. JM Vangogh has now banked $1,794,327 in his career. The win was the fourth on the card for Callahan.

Eddie Davis Jr. drove J&E Stable’s Go Nano Go into the lead on the first turn and led the rest of a 1:56 mile to win the $17,500 sub-feature trot. Jon Win (Vic Kirby) shadowed the lead the rest of the way to finish second. Letmetellusumthin (Callahan) took a shot at the leader after the three quarters then held on to finish third. The win was the first of the year for the Janet Davis-conditioned Balanced Image-Cool Reins gelding now a career winner of $313,170.

There were 16 winners on the card. In the 15th race when Deborah And Barak (Tony Morgan) and Fire The Dragon (Roger Plante) could not be separated in the 1:56.3 photo finish. In a $15,500 Delaware 3,4&5-Year-Old pace, Deborah And Barak and Playland Place (Ross Wolfenden) dueled down the lane until the closing strides when Onery Inc’s Fire The Dragon culminated a strong stretch drive to fly up on the outside and deadheat with Michael Mammes’ Deborah And Barak for first place. Playland Place, a head back, had to settle for third.

Red Skull, a recent acquisition by owner Larry Baron, won for the second time for leading trainer Josh Green fashioning a 1:54.2 victory in a $13,000 3,4&5-Year-Old pace.  Sudden Interest (Vic Kirby) third under the wire, was placed second when Dream Job (Jon Roberts), second, was disqualified and placed out of the money, for interference entering the backstretch.  CJ Striker (Frank Milby) was placed third. .

Dirty Devil opened the card with a 1:53 victory in a $10,500 3,4&5-Year-Old pace. Owned by Dave Moffett, Dave Toomey and trainer Billy Moffett, the Real Artist-Ms. Eyes And Thighs sophomore gelding was driven to victory by George Dennis. Freedom Soldier (Jim Morand) came down the passing lane to finish second. Denim Hanover (Jon Roberts) cut out most of the mile held on for third.

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