Day At The Track

Tony Morgan wins 16,000th

11:34 AM 04 Jan 2018 NZDT
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DOVER, Del --- It didn't take Tony Morgan long on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at Dover Downs, to become only the second driver in harness racing history to drive 16,000 winners in a career.

The 59-year-old Morgan drove Pippy Longstocking to victory in 1:56.1 to win the first race on the card. Then he guided Killean Finale home in 1:56.1 in the second race for the memorable 16 thousandth.

Morgan is second in winning drives in the sport, only Dave Palone has more.

Palone passed the 18,000-win mark early in 2017.

German driver Hans Wevering is third on the list with the late Herve Filion fourth.



Weather permitting on Thursday, Jan. 3, a pair of newcomers – Macon Georgia A and Missle J – and six-other stalwarts tangle in the first $25,000 Open pace of the New Year at Dover Downs.

Macon Georgia A with Tim Tetrick drew the rail. Bill and John Emmonds and Bamond Racing recently claimed the gelding for $50,000. He had seven wins banking $130,815 last year. Missle J, no stranger to local fans, returns after a big 2017 season and will be piloted by Ross Wolfenden for owners John McGill and Brian Carsey. 

Niss Allen and Crissman Inc.’s Major Uptrend has been a potent force in track top events last meet and this with Tony Morgan, who won his 16,000 race on Wednesday, his regular driver. Cajon Lightning, owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, has already won four feature races this season with Art Stafford Jr. in the bike. Returning after a pair of seconds in Meadowlands features is the Wayne Givens trained Sweet Rock owned by Reggie Hazzard and Legacy Racing who starts from outside post 8. 

Corey Callahan races hard-hitting Arque Hanover for Abe Basen, Tom Lazzaro, and Robert Cooper Stable. Jo Ann Looney King’s fast Q’s Cruise, with Vic Kirby at the controls and Gerries Sport, a top-class Indiana pacer owned by Rich Lombardo , Carl Atley and Gerrie Tucker driven by Allan Davis complete the strong field of eight.

Another outstanding undercard presents two $25,000-$35,000 Claiming Handicaps, an $18,000, a $16,000 and two $13,000 paces are on the 13-race power-packed program.

Dover Downs now offers a 50-cent Pick 5 wager, starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races.

Racing is set each Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. A fine and varied selection of food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations.

Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races is featured daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book.

Marv Bachrad

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