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When Eric Foster's teenage daughter Emmy christened one of the family's harness racing homebred filly trotters Emmys Mayflower, Foster was not a fan of the name. "I told her I wish she named her something besides that," Foster said with a laugh. "I didn't think that was a very good racehorse name, a winning name. I said, that's not going to be a good horse. "She said, you just wait and see." Emmys Mayflower, by Anders Bluestone out of Stirling Charisma, was born May 1, 2017. Emmy Foster's 15th birthday was a day later. And in the ensuing time, the filly has rewarded Emmy's convictions, almost as if a gift. She heads to Thursday's $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final for 3-year-old female trotters at Dover Downs with eight wins in 13 career starts and $128,224 in earnings. "She's got a mind of her own," Foster said about Emmys Mayflower. "She can be a challenging filly. But once the gate opens, she's a racehorse." Emmys Mayflower, driven regularly by Foster's nephew Russell, finished 2019 with a three-race win streak that included a 1:56.2 victory in the $100,000 DSBF final at Dover. Foster staked the filly to several Grand Circuit events this year, but a bout with sickness following a third-place finish in the Harrington DSBF final on July 8 led to Emmys Mayflower spending four months away from the races. "She really wasn't sharp at Harrington," Foster said. "We pulled her blood, and her blood was way off. She needed to have some time off. I wasn't going to push her. I wanted to get her ready for this part of the season." Emmys Mayflower prepped for her return by winning a qualifier in 1:54.4 at Dover. She followed with victories in a conditioned race and two preliminary rounds of the DSBF. She starts Thursday's final from post eight and is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. "It's going to be a tough race," said Foster, a Maryland resident who trains about a dozen horses and also works as an equine dental technician several days a month. "I'm glad I don't have to drive her. There are good horses in there and they've all got a shot." Dover hosts four DSBF finals for 3-year-olds on Thursday, with racing beginning at 4:30 p.m. (EST). Air Time (with Art Stafford Jr. driving for trainer Carlo Poliseno) is the 5-2 favorite among male trotters while Spinferno (Tim Tetrick-Chuck Crissman Jr.) is the 5-2 choice among female pacers and All About Lynx (Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis) is the 5-2 pick among male pacers. For complete entries, click here. Ken Weingartner

Dover, DE - High winds and dark winter weather ushered in four harness racing divisions of juvenile trotters Tuesday contesting their second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund series at Dover Downs, which will head into the $100K finals next Tuesday, November 24th. First non-wagering race was fillies won by Whitesville Beulah (Anders Bluestone-Whitesville Tara) in 2:01.2, in a new lifetime record and making her two wins in a row. She is owned,trained, and bred by Gary White of Delmar, MD and driven by David Hill. Toni Lee was placed second and Kim’s Command was third. Second non-wagering race was all Big Al M, the Harrington final winner (Anders Bluestone-Bringing Up Lindy) in putting his win streak at four in a time of 1:59.3 for owner and breeder Bobby Myers. Trained by Eric Davis and driven by his father, Eddie Davis, Jr. Second was Malachi’s Test followed by Roll Juan for show. First half of the daily double was the second division of colts and geldings. It was all Rhett (Keystone Activator-Lake Serena) in wire to wire fashion for driver, Tony Morgan in 1:59. Rhett is trained and co-owned by 90 year old Donnie Wiest and is co-owned by his son David. Donnie is also the breeder. Altar Call was the place followed by Blue Devil for show. The final race for fillies was a dash to the first turn four deep and at the wire it was first time Dover leg winner, Designer’s Edge (He’s Spooky-Designate) in 2:02.2, a new lifetime mark with driver Billy Long. She is owned and trained by Harry Marsh, Jr. and was bred by Virginia Louthan. Amy Wil was second and Jazzy Judy was third.   The top 8 point earners for each gender qualified for the finals. In order of points the colts are:Big Al M, Rhett, Altar Call, Blue Devil, Malachi’s Test, Roll Juan,Bluestone Jackson, and Someofmygoodtime. For the fillies: Whitesville Beulah, Jazzy Judy, Designer’s Edge, Kim’s Command, Toni Lee, Amy Wil, Reality, and Annalee. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the DSBF

HARRINGTON, DE - Bobby Myers' Big Al M ($3.40, Eddie Davis Jr.) was the fastest of four Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 2-year-old trotting divisional harness racing winners Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The Anders Bluestone gelding marched to the lead from post seven and never relented over Altar Call and Roll Juan.Big Al M won by six open lengths in 2:01.  Trained by Eric Davis, "Al" redeemed himself after hitting the wire first last week but being placed second due to a pylon disqualification.   The first filly split saw Harry Marsh Jr.'s Designer's Edge ($11, Bill Long) score a 2:04.4 win over Kim's Command and Annalee. A daughter of He's Spooky, Designer's Edge held off a fierce late bid from Kim's Command for her first career win. Rhett ($2.60, Tony Morgan) was heavily favored at 1-to-5 and didn't disappoint in the final male division as the Keystone Activator gelding notched his second straight win in 2:01.4 for owners Don and David Wiest. Trained by 90-year-old Don Wiest, Rhett led all the way and was comfortable six length winner over Someofmygoodtime and Malachi's Test. Providence West's Toni Lee ($45, Kim Vincent) was a 2:07.3 wire-to-wire winner in the final filly division over Amy Wil and Azurine. The He's Spooky filly notched her first lifetime win for trainer/driver Vincent. Tony Morgan, Allan Davis and Eddie Davis Jr. each had driving doubles. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE. - Four $20,000 divisions for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund's (DSBF) 3-year-old trotting stakes were contested on the Wednesday Harrington Raceway program and upsets were abound. The first split for fillies saw a major upset as Shirley Shand's Blue Carats ($86.20, Roger Plante Jr.) notched a win in 2:01 over Orabelle and Stella A. Heavily favored Orabelle, the 2-year-old DSBF champ, led most of the way from post 8 before retreating near the three-quarters. For Blue Carats, it was her first lifetime win for trainer John Rinnier. The Anders Bluestone-Victory Starburst filly is a full sister to former DSBF champ Star Sapphire, who was owned by the late Marv Bachrad, the long-time head of publicity at Dover Downs who is in the Communicators Corner of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Ben Brooks' Master Of Mine ($6.80, Victor Kirby) was a dominant winner in the first division for colts and geldings as he cruised to a 1:58.3 score for trainer John Wilkerson. The Master Lavec-Dilly Dally Delia gelding was an open length winner over Rocky Bomber and Chauffeur. He improved to 2-for-2 on the year and completed a sweep of his eliminations. Race favorite Touch Of White went off stride early in the mile. The 2nd split for colts and geldings saw Jane Dunavant's Riddle Me This ($24.60, Ross Wolfenden) score a 1:58.3 win over Air Time and Zulu. The Dusty Winner-Koala Kat gelding led most of the way in his first career win for trainer Carlo Poliseno. Providence West Inc's Alert ($46.20, Kim Vincent) won the remaining filly division on the front end in 1:59.1 over Dabigspooky Bootah and Emmys Mayflower. Trained by Vincent, the Xactly Hanover-Mitsou Hanover filly was a wire-to-wire winner, collecting her second career win. Emmy's Mayflower, last week's elimination winner and 2-year-old DSBF champ, was the 1-to-9 favorite. The $100,000 DSBF trotting finals will be contested on July 8. In the overnight feature, the $11,000 Open Trot, Brian Carsey, Adam Friedland and Casey Myers Bluebird Jesse ($5.40, Allan Davis) triumphed in 1:55.3 over Photo Bomber and Gillie The Kid. Trained by Jim King Jr., "Jesse" registered his third win of the year and first at Harrington.. Kirby had three wins on the program. Vincent, Davis and Ross Wolfenden each had driving doubles. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

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