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Scuola Hanover secures her third consecutive harness racing win in takes the Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Heavy rains did not deter Scuola Hanover from finding the winners’ circle for driver Art Stafford, Jr.  Moments of Joy, the 4/5 race favorite, and her driver Victor Kirby, blasted off the wings and cleared for the early lead. She set uncontested fractions of 27.2 to the quarter, and the half in 56.3.  The field remained in single file until Scuola Hanover moved off the rail from 3rd.  Art Stafford Jr. and Scuola Hanover were in full throttle as they aggressively challenged the pacesetter Moments Of Joy and Victor Kirby before the three quarter station. The dueling mares unleashed a :27.3 quarter, as they reached the three quarters in 1:24.1. In the deep stretch,  Scuola Hanover was able to maneuver past a game, Moments Of Joy, to the wire. Scuola Hanover (Rocknroll Dance) won by one and a quarter lengths in 1:51.1 and paid $5.80.  She paced a last half in 54 seconds and a last quarter in 27 seconds flat, over a rain soaked, sloppy track.  SCUOLA HANOVER REPLAY   It was her third consecutive victory for owners, Arthur and Andrew  Stafford as well as Thomas Ireland. In the paddock  after the race,  trainer Andrew Stafford cited  “She is a worker and wants to race. “She has a great attitude and has never been better.” Her driver, Art Stafford Jr. agreed with his brother Andrew Stafford. Moments Of Joy raced hard, but  finished 2nd for trainer Bryan Truitt. Victor Kirby drove.   Infinite Symbol A sat the pocket and finished third for trainer Dylan Davis. Tim Tetrick was in the bike. Racing resumes on Thursday night with a post time of 4:30 pm. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Scuola Hanover captured the Mares Winners Over/ Select Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday. At the start of the race,  harness racing driver Ross Wolfenden catapulted My Kiwi Lady N to the front.  She set fractions of 28.2 to the quarter. Wolfenden backed the half off in 57.2.  It was a pedestrian 29.2 for this class. Scuola Hanover,  the 4/5 race favorite, and driver Art Stafford Jr. moved off the rail from fourth and accelerated the pace.  They attacked 1st over and pressured My Kiwi Lady N to the three quarters in 1:24.2.  The ladies paced the third quarter in 27.2. At the top of the lane, Scuola Hanover wore down the leader My Kiwi Lady N and won by a length and three quarters in 1:51.1.  She was sent off as the 4/5 race favorite. SCUOLA HANOVER REPLAY   Scuola Hanover (Rocknroll Dance)  is owned by Art Stafford, Andrew Stafford and Thomas Ireland.  Players only had to identify owner Tom Ireland as a great hunch play on St. Patrick’s Day.  Scuola Hanover paced a last half in 53.4. Trainer Andrew Stafford, when asked about Scuola Hanover’s trip, stated “  She loves to work and is real sharp right now”.  Andrew Stafford’s brother Art Stafford Jr. drove., Sassa’s Sister finished a fast closing second for 87 year old trainer Jim Porter.  My Kiwi Lady N, the pacesetter finished third for trainer Chris Scicluna. Racing continues on Thursday at Dover Downs.  Post Time is 4:30 pm. For full race results, click here. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

HARRINGTON, Del. - Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen, Andrew Stafford and Holly Case's Artrageous ($9.60, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:53.1 winner in the $18,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. The Andrew Stafford-trainee notched her third consecutive harness racing win after holding off a fast closing Goin Again, who was second, and third place finisher Sayulita, whom Artrageous passed late for her 4th win of the season. It was one of four wins on the card for driver Art Stafford Jr., who has the early lead in the driver standings over Mike Cole and Victor Kirby. Last year's top trainer, Joe Columbo is the current leading conditioner over former track training champs Josh Green and Joe Hundertpfund Jr. Tony Morgan, Roger Plante Jr. and Ross Wolfenden each had a driving double.   Matthew Sparacino

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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