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HARRINGTON, Del. - Artrageous ($3.60, Art Stafford Jr.) notched her second straight harness racing win Tuesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:53 triumph in the $18,000 Mares Open. Trained by Andrew Stafford for the partnership group of Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen, Andrew Stafford and Holly Case, the 5-year-old Art Major mare left the gate from post position five and authored fractions of 27.2, 56 and 1:24.4 before holding off Valuable Art, who finished a game second, to the wire. Sayulita was third. It was the 16th career win for Artrageous, whose earned $326,915 in her career. It was the second straight win on the card for driver Stafford, who had previously guided Better Decision N to victory in the 5th, a sub-featured $10,000 conditioned pace for co-owner/trainer Josh Parker. Live racing continues on a Monday through Wednesday schedule. Post time is 5 p.m.   Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Artrageous ($3.20, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:53.4 winner in the $11,000 Mares Open II Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. The 5-year-old Art Major mare led every call for trainer Andrew Stafford, who co-owns the mare with partners Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen and Holly Case. Moments of Joy was second with Roselily third. Artrageous notched her 15th career win in 53 lifetime starts for trainer and co-owner Andrew Stafford. Stafford Jr., Victor Kirby, and Mike Cole each won three races on the card.   Matthew Sparacino

CHESTER, PA - Scuola Hanover won her fourth straight race, and took archrival Bettor Trix N from the ranks of the unbeaten on U.S. shores, in taking the $17,000 distaff pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon in 1:52. Big City Betty and Miss Hill got away 1-2 in the featured field of eight, with the former passing the first two poles in 27.3 and 56.2. Bettor Trix N, who had won all four of her east coast starts and was the 6-5 second choice, started uncovered down the backstretch, with the 1-2 favorite Scuola Hanover enjoyed a perfect cover trip past the 1:24.2 3/4s and into the stretch. The A Rocknroll Dance sophomore filly proved the strongest in the latter stages, with a personal last split of 27.4 putting her two lengths clear of Big City Betty at the finish; Miss Hill was another neck back in third and ¾ of a length ahead of Bettor Trix N. Scuola Hanover had passed the $200,000 career earnings marker with her previous win, in a division of the Simpson Stake at Philly, and this victory now boosts her earnings to $215,798 for trainer Andrew Stafford, who is also co-owner with Art Stafford and Thomas Ireland. David Miller recorded his third victory of the afternoon behind the winner. Harrah's Philadelphia had had two cards out of its first 111 this year where two winners paid $50 or more - with Wednesday's racing, it's now added on two more in the last six. First on the longshot brigade Wednesday was Let's Roll, who showed competitiveness in good company but still was allowed to escape at 34-1, whereupon driver Brett Miller got her home off a second-over trip to return $70.80. Brett now has six $50+ winners at the meet, one behind the leader Eric Carlson, with whom he is tied wth two $100+ winners. The other bomber pilot on the Wednesday card was Dexter Dunn, who rallied Lexi Tee from third inside to catch 2-5 favorite Trix Are For Kids while paying back $2 win tickets with $59.40. FINISHING LINES - Harrah's Philadelphia will be dark for live racing this Sunday afternoon, October 28, following the night before where there will be some good racing 100 miles north up the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Art and Andrew Stafford's Framed Art ($4.60, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:51.4 winner in the $15,000 Delaware Special Monday at Harrington Raceway. Framed Art assumed the early lead from Im Supersonic A, last week's winner, to an opening quarter in 27 seconds. He led the field to the half mile in 55.4 seconds and three-quarters in 1:23.2. "Art" opened up four lengths on the field on the final turn and never relented to the wire en route to his fourth win of the year. Im Supersonic was second with Lee Is A Star third. The winner is trained by his co-owner Andrew Stafford and boosted his lifetime earnings to more than $510,000. Driver Allan Davis inched closer to 2,000 career wins after prevailing in the sixth race from post eight with Papa Ray ($21.60) and with Housatonic ($6) in the 11th. Matthew Sparacino    

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