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Dover DE - The field for the $325,000 Progress Pace at Dover Downs has been drawn.  The race features three year old colt and gelding pacers.  The race is scheduled as the 12th of 15 races off the evening. No Lou Zing and  Cattlewash, who finished first and second in the elimination race, drew post seven and post eight respectively. Trainer Nancy Takter sends out two entries in Fortify and No Lou Zin, who was supplemented to the race. Trainer Tony Alagna sends out Captain’s Barbossa and Kirk.    Also scheduled on the pre Thanksgiving card will be two, $100,000 DSBF Finals and two $15,000 DSBF Consolations. Dover Downs Post Time is 4:30 pm The field is as follows:          Horse                                                Trainer Captain Barbossa                              T. Alagna Manticore                                           Br. Saunders Captain Kirk                                       T. Alagna Fortify                                                 N. Takter Catch The Fire                                   J. Ackley Tattoo Artist                                        I. Moore No Lou Zing                                       N.Takter Cattlewash                                         R.Burke by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Dover, DE - Itsrockandroll A powered past Goldberg to win the $22,000 Blue Hen/Open at Dover Downs on Thursday night. Goldberg, who was assigned the outside post left alertly along with Robbie Burns N.  They paced to the quarter in 26. Goldberg then led the field to the half in 56.2. Shadow Cat and Dexter Dunn moved to the outside and were in attack mode racing first up.  Itsrockandroll A shadowed cover second over on the rim. Goldberg continued on the lead to the three quarters in 1:23.2.  Shadow Cat started to weaken and Itsrockandroll A fanned three wide into the stretch. Itsrockandroll A powered past Goldberg in the deep stretch and won by a neck in 1:51.1 as the nine to five race favorite.   Itsrockandroll A( A Rocknroll Dance)  is owned by Mike Casalino Jr and trainer Dylan Davis. Corey Callahan was the driver. Goldberg fought hard but finished second for driver Montrell Teague and trainer Brenda Teague. Robbie Burns A, who raced in the pocket, was third for trainer Joshua Parker.  Andrew McCarthy was the driver. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Dover, DE - No Lou Zing wins the Progress Pace elimination at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Cattlewash and No Lou Zing left alertly at the start of the race and established early race position. Once Cattlewash cleared the lead,  Dexter Dunn boldly pulled the pocket with No Lou Zing and wrestled the lead away from Cattlewash. The quarter was reached in 26.4.  No Lou Zing continued on the lead and reached the half in 55.2.   Tattoo Artist, who had supplemented to the Progress Pace, pulled first over.  Fortify shadowed second over for race position on the outside.  The three quarter time was reached in 1:22.1, a 26.4 quarter.   Tattoo Artist began to weaken on the rim, past the three quarter pole.  Cattlewash and David Miller, who enjoyed the pocket journey throughout the mile, revved up his charge along the rail but could not gun down a very game No Lou Zing. No Lou Zing (Sweet Lou) won by a half length in 1:49.1 and was sent off at odds of eight to five.  The owners are 3 Brothers Stable, Rojan Stables and Caviart Farms and he is trained by Nancy Takter.   Cattlewash, the race favorite at four to five, finished second for driver David Miller and trainer Ron Burke. Finishing third was Catch the Fire, who forced the early pace, was driven cleverly by Mike Wilder.  John Ackley was the trainer. The top eight race finishers who are headed to the final are: No Lou Zing, Cattlewash, Catch The Fire, Fortify, Captain Kirk, Captain Barbossa, Manticore, and Tattoo Artist. The Progress Pace Final, worth an estimated $325,000, is scheduled for Wednesday November 25.  Dover Downs post time is 4:30 pm. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Dover, DE - The $163.050 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old harness racing trotting fillies at Dover Downs Thursday was won by Sorella.   Hypnotic AM was a late scratch and race favorite Ramona Hill made a break leaving. Her misfortune changed the entire complexion of the race.   Ab’sattitudexpress and Sorella both left aggressively. Gingras waited, parked out, then sent Sorella to the top. They cut fractions of 26.3, 56.1 and 1:25. Crucial offered only mild pressure parked 1st up down the backstretch to the ¾ pole. Sorella went on and won by one and one half lengths as the second choice in the wagering. The winning time was 1:53.1. The last quarter was trotted in 28.1.       In the winner’s circle, when asked about Ramona Hill’s misfortune Gingras replied “I did not know she (Ramona Hill) broke. All I wanted was the lead. My filly races well on the lead”.   Guinevere Hall closed to be second for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Melanie Wrenn. Ab’sattitudexpress, finished 3rd, from in the pocket. Tim Tetrick drove for trainer Lucas Wallin.   Sorella (Muscle Hill) is owned by Crawford Farms, Elmer and Brent Fanin and is trained by Nancy Takter.   In the $162,350 Matron for 3-year-old colts and geldings, a track record was established as Dexter Dunn put Amigo Volo on the point and down the road.   Dunn parked out Joe Bongiorno and Play Trix On Me the entire mile. The race fractions were 26.3, 54.4 and 1:23 with a final clocking of 1:50.2. Amigo Volo became the fastest male trotter and is tied with Mission Bried (2015) as the two all-age trotting track record holders at Dover Downs.        In the winner’s circle Dexter Dunn remarked “ I didn’t even have to pull his ear plugs out. She had plenty left. Nifty (Norman) has done a tremendous job of keeping her fit all season long”.   Amigo Volo won in a romp by six and a half lengths, and was sent off as the three to five race favorite. Amigo Volo ( Father Patrick) is owned by the Pinske Stables and David J. Miller.   Back Of The Neck trotted a rugged first over trip and finished 2nd for driver and trainer Ake Svandsedt. Coventry Hall was third with Andrew McCarthy in the bike for trainer Ake Svanstedt..   Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Dover, DE — The Matron Stakes for 3-year-old harness racing trotters and pacers are in the spotlight Thursday (Nov. 12) at Dover Downs  There will be $659,450 in purses for the four divisions. Ramona Hill, who beat the boys in capturing the Hambletonian this year, returns to the racing wars and takes on Hypnotic AM and Sorella in the 3-year-old filly trot. Ab’sattitudexpress, who upset Ramona Hill in a Bluegrass division, is also declared in to race. The purse is $163,050 and is scheduled for the fourth race. The sixth race is for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters and will offer a purse of $162,350. Amigo Volo, who won the Breeders Crown, is the race favorite. Back Of The Neck, who upset Amigo Volo in a Bluegrass division at Lexington and Play Trix On Me are the main competitors. The 10th race Matron is for 3-year-old pacing fillies. The purse is $154,450. Party Girl Hill and Lyons Sentinel will renew their rivalry. The final Matron of the night is for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. The purse is $179,600 and will be the 12th race. Cattlewash, fastest in the race with a 1:46.4 clocking for trainer Ron Burke, takes on Tony Alagna’s trio of Captain Barbossa, the Little Brown Jug winner, Capt Midnight and Captain Kirk. For the complete entries for the races, click here. Post time is 4:30 p.m. by Al  Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Dover, DE - Four Matron Stake races were held at Dover Downs on Thursday November, 5 In the $170,700 Matron for two year old pacing fillies, Continualou (Sweet Lou) broke the Dover Downs track record for two year old pacing fillies. At the start of the race, both Paulas Bet Hanover and Darby Hanover left aggressively.  Yannick Gingras won the early battle and sizzled the opening quarter in 26.4.  David Miller and Continualou, who tucked in fifth earlier, rushed to the lead before the half in 55.3.  The pair continued to pace to the three quarter in 1:23,  a 27.2 quarter.  Yannick Gingras pulled the pocket and rustled  Paulas Bet Hanover.  However, Continualou still possessed another gear and won in 1:50.2, breaking the Dover track record for two year old filly pacers.    When Dave Miller was asked if he was concerned with Gingras pulling the pocket on him, His response was “No I wasn’t concerned at all she was strong”. Continualou was sent off as the three to five favorite and is owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi.  Ron Burke is her trainer. Paulas Bet Hanover held second for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke. Finishing third was Darby Hanover and driver Andy Miller for trainer Ron Burke. The opening leg of the Matron was for two year old colt and gelding trotters. The purse was $167, 200 Due to the unfortunate scratch of Magical Muscle Man, there were only four starters in the race. Yannick Gingras took advantage of the shortened field and hustled Type A to the top.  Incommunicado and driver Scott Zeron accepted the pocket.  The fractions were of 28.2 58.2 127. Gingras’s strategy proved the winning move and won the race in 1:55 flat. The last half was trotted in 56.2.  The last quarter was trotted 28 seconds flat. Type A (Southwind Frank) is owned by Nancy and Cristina Takter, as well as Frank Canzone. And paid $4.20 to win. Finishing second, off the pocket trip was Incommunicado driven by Scott Zeron for trainer Ake Svanstedt. Ethan T Hanover was third for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Per Engblom. The second Matron on the card was worth $189,800 for two year old filly trotters. Driver Ake Svanstedt duplicated the strategy from the earlier Matron by sending  IIluminata to the front.  David Miller with Frankly My Dear, found a seat in second. Illuminata set fractions of 27.2 57.3 126.1 and a winning time of 154.4. Miller saved all the ground staying on the rail, but could not reach the leader. Illuminata (Chapter Seven)  owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc. and Little E LLC.  She is trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt and returned an illuminating $47.2 to win. Frankly My Dear finished 2nd. For driver David Miller and trainer Ron Burke. Pub Crawl finished third for driver Andy Miller for trainer Julie Miller. The final Matron was the $193,000 Matron Stake for two year colt and gelding pacers. Southwind Gendry, the heavy favorite, lived up to his billing. Bayfield Beach and Andrew McCarthy posted fractions of 26.1 54.2 121.4 Southwind Gendry left and settled in fourth, then grinded first over. The Always B Miki colt eventually powered to the lead after pacing a 27.2 third quarter in the deep stretch and won by a decisive one and a half lengths. In the winners circle Yannick Gingras noted “ she was tweaking her ears and had plenty left” in amazement. Southwind Gendry is owned by Burke, J & T Silva-Purnell & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi, Wingfield Five.  Yannick Gingras drove for trainer Ron Burke. Southwind Petyr shadowed second over and finished second for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Mark Harder. Bayfield Beach, the pace setter, finished third for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Brian Brown. Goldberg wins the Blue Hen Open   In a race that showed tremendous early speed,  Goldberg was able to leave alertly and find a seat behind perennial speedster, Proper One. Slick Tony dared to leave from post 8 and paid the price.  He was parked the entire mile.  Proper One set fractions of 26.1 54.32 123. Q’s Cruise edged off the rail by driver Tim Tetrick and paced 1st over nearing the three quarter station.  Montrell Teague waited patiently, utilizing  the passing lane to his advantage, and won by one and a quarter lengths in 1:51 flat. Goldberg (Mr. Wiggles) is owned by Montrell’s  Mst Racing Inc. and trained by Brenda Teague.  Goldberg was the race favorite and returned $6.40. Robbie Burns and driver Andrew McCarthy finished second.  There was a dead heat for third between Calvin K and trainer Driver Art Stafford Jr. and pace setter Proper On and driver Yannick Gingras for   trainer Carlo Poliseno. Dover Downs post time is 4:30 pm.  Dover Downs races Monday thru Thursday.    

Dover, DE - Artrageous benefitted from a letter prefect harness racing drive by Art Stafford Jr. and upset the field, at odds of 58-1 at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. My Last Bet and driver Montrell Teague were able to carve out the race fractions of 27.4 56.4 1:24 uncontested. Valuable Art pulled 1st over but could not reach the leader.  Artful Dancer was second over,  but could not gain any ground. At the top of the stretch Art Stafford Jr. pulled the pocket and won by one and three quarter length for his brother trainer Andrew Stafford.   The winning time was 1:52.1.  The last half mile was paced in 55.2 and a last quarter in 28.1 Artrageous (Art Major) is owned by Benson, Johannsen, Stafford and Case and paid $118.60 to win and $39.40 to place The race favorite, Soho Burning Love A, was a victim of poor race positioning but was charging home when clearance was found. Tim Tetrick drove Soho Burning Love A for trainer Jim King Jr. Moments of Joy finished third and was driven by Victor Kirby for trainer Bryan Truitt. Tim Tetrick won 5 races on the card.    by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Dover, DE — The Matron Stakes for 2-year-olds harness racing Standardbreds returns to Dover Downs on Thursday (Nov. 5). The 2-year-old trotting colts compete in the first race. The purse is $167,200. Incommunicado carries a three-race win streak for trainer Ake Svanstedt and ships in from Plainridge Raceway. The 2-year-old filly trotters are in the sixth race. The purse is $189,800. Trainers Julie Miller (Pub Crawl) and Nancy Takter (Material Girl) share the spotlight. In the eighth race, 2-year-old pacing fillies vie for a purse of $170,700. The Ron Burke stable sends out three in Continualou, Uptown Hanover and Paulas Bet Hanover. Trainer Tom Fanning also starts three fillies, Doubleoffthewall, Mackie Hanover and Summer Rae. The 12th race is for 2-year-old pacing colts and offers a purse of $193,000. Southwind Gendry, who finished third in the Breeders Crown, has bankrolled $486,569 for trainer Ron Burke. Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. (EST) Thursday at Dover Downs. For complete entries, click here.  by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Dover, DE - Dover Downs is set to kick-off it’s 51st harness racing season. The 83-day harness race meet opens on Monday November 2 and will conclude on Thursday April 1. Live racing will be dark on Thursday November 26 (Thanksgiving) December 18 thru December 27.  (Christmas break) Horse racing will be conducted Monday thru Thursday. Post time is 4:30 pm. The Delaware Standard Breeders Fund (DSBF) two year old stake eliminations compete from November 9th thru November 18th. The two year old finals will be contested on November 24th and November 25th. DSBF three year old eliminations race on November 30th thru December 10th.  The three year old final is on December 17.  The “Matron” series two year old eligibles will compete on Thursday November 5th.  The ”Matron” series three old eligibles will compete on Thursday November 12th.  The signature race of the season, The “Progress Pace” Final will be raced on Wednesday November 25, 2020. Elimination races will be on Wednesday November 18 if necessary. Opening draw schedule for the first week’s racing is as follows: Tuesday October 27  for Monday November 2 (opening night). Wednesday October 28 for Tuesday November 3. Thursday October 29 for Wednesday November 4 Monday November 2 for Thursday November 5 Box closes at noon. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs      

Dover, DE - Ideal Lifestyle A sets a harness racing lifetime mark in the $27,500 Mares Open at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Moments of Joy and Valuable Art left alertly, as expected and raced to the quarter in 27 flat. Tim Tetrick and Ideal Lifestyle A decided to up the ante and confidently pulled from third.  They seized control of the race past the quarter pole. The half was reached in 55.3, a 28.3 quarter. Dibaba N and Corey rushed up past the half and pressured Ideal Lifestyle A. They reached the three quarters in 1:23.1 and  paced the 3rd quarter in 27.3. Moments of Joy sat in the pocket and Valuable Art remained 3rd on the rail. Shezallapples A was gapping cover nearing the three quarter pole. This allowed Moments Of Joy to ease of the rail and shadow Dibaba N. for the stretch drive.  Ideal Lifestyle A  accelerated in the deep stretch and won by a convincing 1 ½ lengths in 1:50.3.  She was sent off at odds of 5-1.   Ideal Lifestyle A, is an 8 year old mare by Western Ideal.  She established a lifetime mark of 1:50.3 and is owned by Jeffrey Fought, Brian Carsey and Casey Myers.  Jim King Jr. is her trainer and Tim Tetrick was her driver. Dibaba N,  the 7-5 race favorite,  finished 2nd for trainer Dylan Davis and driver Corey Callahan. Valuable Art finished 3rd for trainer Nick Callahan and driver Russell Foster. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Sheez On A Cruze, a confident winner, caps the $22,000 Winners over Select Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Mind Yown Business and Theresademoninme  were the quickest to leave at the start of the race.  Theresademoninme powered to the lead before the quarter and set fractions of 27.3,  :57 and 1:24.2. Filled Donut and driver Art Stafford Jr. trotted 1st up before the half and pressured Theresademoninme to the three quarters.  They trotted a 27.2 third quarter.  Theresademoninme remained stubborn on the rail as Filled Donut took a neck lead but could not clear at the three quarter pole.  Faithfulandtrue was towed into a 2nd over journey on the rim and the 3/5 race favorite Sheeze On A Cruze caught the third over cover. As the field entered the top of the stretch, Filled Donut tired. Faithfulandtrue and Sheez On A Cruz were revved up and sent three and four wide respectively.  They collared Theresademoninme in mid stretch.   Sheez On A Cruze, a six year old mare by Crazed, won by a half length as the ½ race favorite.  She trotted the mile in 1:53.4.   Sheez On A Cruze is owned and trained by Brenda Teague.  Montrell Teague, her nephew, was the winning driver. Theresademoninme was a game second for trainer Dylan Davis and driver Corey Callahan. Faithfulandtrue picked up the show spot for trainer Joe Columbo and driver Mike Cole. Russell Foster and Montrell Teague each won 3 races on the card. Racing resumes on Wednesday at Dover Downs.  Post Time is 4:30 pm. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Dover, DE - Jack Vernon cruised to victory in the Winners Over Select Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Harness racing driver Tim Tetrick confidently sent the 3/5 race favorite Jack Vernon to the front.  Tetrick was able to control the race and set fractions of 27.4, :57 to the half and three-quarters in 1:25. Home’N Dry gladly sat in the pocket. The field remained in single file until Bluebird Jesse pulled at the halfway point.  Allan Davis sent his charge 1st over but his bid stalled on the outside.  Filled Donut was forced to trot three wide at the three quarter station, as time was running out. Sheez On A Cruze remained on the rail. In the stretch, it was all Jack Vernon as he trotted to victory in 1:53.2.   He won by a handy, length and a quarter as the three to five race favorite. Jack Vernon (Muscle Hill -Vernon Blue Chip-Sir Taurus) is owned by Howard Taylor and Michael Casalino Jr.  Dylan Davis was the winning trainer. Home’N Dry finished a non-threatening second for trainer Brian Malone and driver Tyler Davis. Jamin Jack sat on the rail and picked up the show spot for trainer and driver Victor Kirby. Shartin N returns to the races in the $50,000 Mares Invitational on Wednesday night.  It will be the 12th race on the card.  Backstreet Shadow and Jesse Duke N collide in the $50,000 Invitational pace at Dover Downs on Thursday.  Both pacers have won three races in a row.   Backstreet Shadow, trained by Ron Burke, earned his victories at Dover Downs and has been assigned post 8.  In two of his wins he paced in under 1:49.4 Jesse Duke N, who dominated his fields at the Meadowlands, is trained by Chris Ryder and drew post 7. He paced his last quarters in 26 flat in all three victories. Bettor Memories finished 2nd to Backstreet Shadow and took a lifetime mark at Dover Downs.  He must be considered. Franco Totem N and Harambe Deo ship in from the Meadowlands where they raced  against Preferred company. They must be respected. The field assembled is as follows.   Trojan Banner N Bettor Memories Ideal Feeling Shnitzledosomethin Franco Totem N Harambe Deo Jesse Duke N Backstreet Shadow Dover Downs post time is 4:30 pm by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Dover, DE - Backstreet Shadow scored a harness racing hat trick in winning the $32,500 Preferred Pace for the third straight time at Dover Downs on Thursday night. Key Advisor quickly left and forced San Domino A to take a seat in 2nd. Key Advisor cut fractions of 27.1 and 55.4 to the half mile. Then at the half mile marker, San Domino A,confidently pulled the pocket and cleared Key Advisor midway down the back stretch. The 1/2 race favorite, Backstreet Shadow waited patiently from his rail position in third.  As San Domino A cleared, Backstreet Shadow and driver Tim Tetrick were in full attack mode.  They surged past a well fought San Domino A in the stretch and won by one and a quarter lengths in 1:50.3.    Backstreet Shadow is trained by Ron Burke and is co-owned by Burke Racing Stables, Bruscemi, Karr, Silva-Purnel and Libby San Domino A finished a well fought 2nd for trainer Andrew Harris and driver George Napolitano Jr. Wiggle It Jiggleit raced well following a 2nd over trip behind the race winner and picked up the show spot.  Clyde Francis was the trainer and Montrell Teague was the driver. Q’s Cruise cruised to victory in the $30,000 Blue Hen Open Pace Thursday night. Q’s Cruise and Manverick left quickly and established early race position. Manverick and Corey Callahan pulled from the pocket and aggressively  chose to control the race pace. Q’s Control relented and accepted the pocket. Manverick set fractions of 27.3 and :55.2 to the half mile. Midway down the backstretch, Sicily pulled off the rail from third and bravely moved alongside Manverick. They paced to the three quarters in 1:23.2, a 28.1 quarter. At the head of the stretch, Sicily could not clear a stubborn Manverick. Blazing Bobby Sox followed the 2nd over trip and Art Stafford Jr. called upon his charge to swing three-wide into the lane.   However, newly named Hall Of Famer Tim Tetrick stayed patient on the rail with Q’s Cruise. They were able to power past the field in the deep stretch hugging the rail. Q’s Cruise won by a half length in 1:52.1 and odds of 2-1.   Q’s Cruise is owned by Jo Ann Looney-King and trained by her husband Jim King Jr. Sicily, the 8/5 race favorite, finished a game 2nd for trainer Wayne Givens. Dexter Dunn was the driver. Blazing Bobby Sox finished 3rd for driver/ trainer Art Stafford Jr. Two and a half lengths separated the entire field. Tim Tetrick picked up 6 wins on the card. Newley crowned 2019 Dan Patch, Horse Of The Year, Shartin N, will take on five other talented female pacers in the Mares Invitational Pace on Wednesday at Dover Downs.  Post Time is 4:30 pm. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Dover, DE — World champion and recently honored as the 2019 Harness Horse of the Year in North America, Shartin N is slated to take on five quality harness racing mares in a $50,000 Mares Invitational Pace on Wednesday (March 4) at Dover Downs. Shartin N, crowned by the United States Harness Writers Association just this past Sunday in Orlando, Florida as the  2019 Dan Patch Horse of the Year, will make her first start of the year in the 12th race on Wednesday’s card. Her clocking of 1:46.4 last year at the Meadowlands was the fastest race mile ever for a female pacer in harness racing history. She has bankrolled over $2 million in lifetime earnings. The field, in post position order, is as follows: 1. Diababa (Corey Callahan, Dylan Davis) 2. Apple Bottom Jeans (Callahan, Davis) 3. Bettor Joy N (Tim Tetrick, Jim King Jr.) 4. Write Me A Song (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke) 5. Major Occasion A (Andy McCarthy, Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman) 6. Shartin N (Tetrick, King) by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Dover, DE - Major Occasion A was impressive in winning the $27,500 Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Moments of Joy and Bettor Joy N left together for the early lead. Bettor Joy N aggressively pulled on Moments Of Joy at the quarter pole and cut the mile. Major Occasion A, the even odds favorite left and settled into fourth. Bettor Joy N cut the early fractions of 27.1 and :56.1. At the half, Dexter Dunn called upon Major Occasion A, who grinded up on the outside and pressured Bettor Joy N at the three quarter pole. They sprinted to the three quarters in 1:23.1, a 27 flat quarter. In the stretch, Major Occasion, who finished a disappointing 4th as the heavy favorite last week, kicked into another gear.  She wore down Bettor Joy N in the late stages of the race and won by a head in 1:50.2.    It wasn’t the time of the race that was impressive but the way she won.  Major Occasion A paced an individual last half in 53.2 and a last quarter 26.4. Temperatures were a balmy 49 degrees. Bettor Joy N finished 2nd, which proved to be her best performance of the year. Jim King Jr. was her trainer and Tim Tetrick the driver. Moment’s of Joy N. sat the pocket trip but could not gain on the leaders in the stretch. She finished third for trainer Bryan Truitt and driver Montrell Teague.  Major Occasion A, (Art Major -Fake Occasion-Fake Left), is a New Zealand bred. The 6 year old mare is owned by Enzed Racing Stable. Nifty Norman trains Major Occasion A. Tomorrow (Thursday) Dover Downs is seeking entries to compete in a $50,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace, to be raced next Wednesday March 4th.  The entry box closes at noon. Post Time is 4:30 pm. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Dover, DE - Backstreet Shadow was impressive in winning back to back in the $32,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. It was a change of tactic by driver Dexter Dunn as he sent Bettor Memories, normally a closer, on the lead at the quarter in 26.3. Bo Mach accepted the pocket trip.  Backstreet Shadow, the 1/2 odds race favorite, left from post six and settled in third, but not for long. Tim Tetrick, allowed an eager Backstreet Shadow to get his way and he responded, pulling at the quarter then leading the field to the half in 54.2 a 27.4 quarter.   Backstreet Shadow intimidated the field as they remained on the rail. Closing Statement and driver Andrew McCarthy angled to the outside past the half and raced without cover. They offered little concern for Backstreet Shadow. He confidently took the field to the three quarters in 1:22.4, a 28.2 quarter. In the stretch, Bettor Memories angled off the rail but was in futile chase and finished 2nd for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Nifty Norman. Backstreet Shadow won by three-quarters of a length in 1:49.4.   Bo Mach saved ground on the rail and finished third for driver Corey Callahan and trainer Dylan Davis. Wiggle It Jiggleit was a non threatening 4th. Slick Tony prevailed in the $30,000 Blue Hen Open Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. There was a three horse scramble for the early lead as Manverick, Proper One and Sicily played tag. Sicily proved fastest and took the lead at the quarter in a fast 26.1. Proper One was then launched at the quarter pole by Andrew McCarthy and led the field to the half in 54.1, a 28 flat quarter. Slick Tony took his cue past the half and surged along side of Proper One. They paced to the three quarters in 1:22.2,. a 28.1 third quarter. Q’s Cruise followed 2nd over and was ready to pounce on the leaders. In the stretch, Slick Tony cleared for the lead and won by 2½ length in 1:50.2.  He was sent off as the even odds favorite. Slick Tony is owned and trained by George Leager. George Napolitano Jr was the driver.   Q’s Cruise finished 2nd for trainer Jim King Jr. and driver Tim Tetrick. Manverick, finished with energy and closed to be third for driver Corey Callahan and Bruce Saunders. Racing resumes on Monday at Dover Downs.  Post time is 4:30 pm.   by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs            

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