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Callahan Nabs 5,000th Victory

Published: November 15, 2016 1:03 am ET

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Driver Corey Callahan went into Monday’s card of racing at Dover Downs needing just two wins to join an elite club, and the reinsman delivered with a two-win performance.

Callahan became a card-carrying member of the 6,000-win club thanks to wins with Inforce (1:53) and then Mel Mara in the $30,000 Open Preferred Handicap for pacers.

Callahan was parked and driving with Mel Mara, who was third at the quarter in :25.4. The first panel was supplied by Dancin Yankee, but her then took a seat behind the freakishly fast Mel Mara when he brushed to the top. Once in charge, the Dylan Davis pupil charged through middle splits of :54 and 1:22.2 before using a :27.2 kicker to win by three-quarters of a length over Dancin Yankee in 1:49.4. Te Kawau N took home the show dough.

It was the 18th lifetime win for Mel Mara, who surpassed $700,000 in earnings with the win.

As for Callahan, his yearly win total climbed to 374 while his seasonal earnings soared closer to $7 million. He recently surpassed the $70 million in career earnings.

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