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DOVER, Del--- Lunar Phase, last week a 40-1 longshot winner, now the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly Pace harness racing champion winning the $100,000 Delaware-sired title at Dover Downs. Art Stafford Jr., trains, drives and co-owns Lunar Phase with Wyatt Starkey, enjoyed a 2-hole trip behind race favorite Vic Kirby-driven Logan's Girl, who had a three-race win streak at race time. In the stretch, Stafford pulled out and overtook the leader to score a lifetime fastest 1:52.1 victory. "She was underdeveloped last year and only raced five times with one win, but she came back stronger this year." said Stafford, The daughter of Roddy's Bags Again-Blue Moon Artist was bred by Dr. Bill Moffett. Logan's Girl went the biggest mile of her career and finished second. Diva Demands (Corey Callahan) edged Free Flight Fran (Ross Wolfenden) for third place. Spanish Dream was scratched. The $20,000 DSBF consolation was all Westwood Roddylee driven by Tim Tetrick, a wire-to-wire 1:54.1 winner or trainer Jason Skinner and breeder-owner Joel and Dianne Halpern. The win was the first of 2017 for the Roddy's Bags Again-Lee's Best homebred. It was her fifth win lifetime bringing her bankroll to $60,460. In the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap, Montrell Teague who won four races sent Apple Bottom Jeans right to the front from post 7 and was in charge the rest of a 1:51 mile to score her fourth win of the year and 12th lifetime in 29 starts with 10 seconds, extending her total purse earnings to $365,824 for KDK Standardbreds. Shine N Simmer (Callahan) was a strong second with 23-1 In The Shadows (Tony Morgan) third. The third of four $100,000 DSBF Finals is set for Wednesday headed by Spoonful, Love Is Blind and Willow Mill Anna in an eight horse field. Tough Mac leaves from the outside meeting Gural Hanover, Wind Of The North, Celebrity Pegasus, Market Share and Streamsong, in a powerhouse field of sic in the $20,000 Open Handicap trot. Montrell Teague led the driver totals with four winners, Corey Callahan, Tony Morgan, trainer Clyde Francis and owner George Teague had two wins each.   $100,000 DSBF FILLY TROTS; TOUGH MAC IN TOP TROT WEDNESDAY DOVER, Del. ---Spoonful and Luv Is Blind lead a field of eight filly trotters in the $100,000 Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Final on Wednesday, April 12 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Spoonful, completed her freshman season winning the DSBF $100,000 final at Dover last November and has won both her $20,000 preliminaries for owners Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing with Jim Morand driving. Luv Is Blind won a $20,000 prelim in 2:00 with Vic Kirby piloting a wire-to-wire victory for Steve Moss and Hal and Helene Solomon. She finished second behind Spoonful last week. and Willow Mill Stable’s Willow Mill Anna was a 33-1 upset winner last week with Donnie Long driving. The other starters are: Cinbrew Ent., Chambers, and LBL Hrs Racing’s Gogh Cinorita, who has raced well, with a second and a third for Ross Wolfenden. Bob Shahan’s Ohtobetheone piloted by Tony Morgan, has raced well. The rest of the field includes Faith On The Hill, owned by Emerson, Zack and Dawn Amiss, from the rail with Mist Stable’s Black Magic Mist  and Art Stafford Jr., alongside. Don Marine’s Political Energy steered by Corey Callahan, had inside posts in prelims now is post 7. There is also a $20,000 DSBF consolation Mike Casalino’s Tough Mac (Callahan) drew the outside in the final $20,000 Open Handicap trot. The Dylan Davis-trainee has won five features already this year. Little E, Panhalenic Stables, Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing’s Gural Hanover (Tony Morgan), Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck’s Wind Of The North (Kirby), Celebrity Pegasus (Stafford Jr.) racing for ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta an Minisink Farms will be tough contenders. Not to be excluded is 2012 Hanmbletonian winner Market Share (Tetrick), owned by Richard Gutnick, Bill Blueberry Augustine and TLP Stable and Streamsong (Jonathan Roberts), a winner of two of his last three from the rail. Wednesday and Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. The 2016-2017 meet comes to an end Thursday, April 13. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant’s acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, DE - 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach won a $30,000 Preferred photo, Blazing Bobby Sox pulled away in the stretch in the $27,500 Delaware Special in top class wins on a chilly and windy Thursday, March 16 at Dover Downs. Yannick Gingras left in a hurry from post 8 to get the early lead and then sat second behind the sharp Major Uptrend until the homestretch when the Somebeachsomewhere-Benear gelding used the passing lane to just get up in 1:52.1 by a long nose in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap pace. Major Uptrend (Montrell Teague) was second ending a three straight win streak while Jet Airway (Corey Callahan) took third money. Ron Burke, the sports leading trainer during the last decade, conditions Limelight Beach, who won for the second time this year and 21st lifetime raising his total earnings to $1,270,279. One race later, Blazing Bobby Sox showcased his usually powerful closing brush to overpower six rivals in the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap. With Sweet Rock (Allan Davis) cutting out the pace, Art Stafford Jr. moved Blazing Bobby Sox up on the outside at the three quarters and sped into the lead reaching the final turn and then was all alone in the lane for a 1:52 triumph. Stafford and his dad, Art Stafford own The Panderosa-Liamatters gelding who won his fourth of the season and 18th lifetime, now a $199,478 career winner. Sweet Rock was second with Poisonous (Ross Wolfenden) closing fast for third. Star Messenger scored his fourth win of 2017 with Tony Morgan driving a 1:52.1 victory in one of two $15,500 Male paces. Claimed early this meet, Star Messenger lifted his seasonal earning to $35,250 for owner-trainer Gary Ewing. Star Messenger, a Jereme's Jet-Manhattan Killean gelding, has now posted 22 lifetime wins and $171,146 in purse monies. A 42-1 hot Framed Art (Stafford Jr.) rolled down the stretch to finish second. Quick Shot (Jonathan Roberts) was third. The second $15,500 division went to Richard Stansbury's All The Cookies and Yannick Gingras in an impressive 1:52.3 performance. The Rocknroll Hanover-Queen Otra four-year-old gelding won his second straight and third in his last four outings for trainer Kenny Mitchell. Tip It On Back (Bret Brittingham) came on strongly to finish second. Denslow Hanover (Davis) was the show horse. Gingras and Time Out I'm Tired came out of the pack nearing the finish line for a 1:53.2 victory in the third $15,500 event. Chris White conditions the Artiscape-Badlands Laura five-year-old for Bill Mears and Janine McIlvain. Wichita Lineman (Davis) and Black Is Back (Callahan) were second and third respectively. Corey Callahan and Yannick Gingras each tasted victory four times, Tony Morgan, Art Stafford Jr. and trainer Dylan Davis had two wins each. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:t30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant and its acclaimed Buffet. . For reservations, call 302-674-4600. The Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book features simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight daily. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

DOVER, DE -- Art Stafford Jr. took Celebrity Pegasus to the outside in mid backstretch and came on to notch a 1:56.1 triumph on a windy and cold Ides of March feature race, Wednesday, March 15 at Dover Downs. Celebrity Pegasus and leader Bluebird Reverend races as a team from the three-quarters until turning for home before Celebrity Pegasus pulled away for his second straight and fourth victory of the meet for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farm. Bluebird Reverend (Montrell Teague) was second in front of Hollywood Highway (Ross Wolfenden) third. The victory for Celebrity Pegasus, a five-year-old son of Andover Hall-Celebrity Athena, was his 16th lifetime making his career earnings $178,610. After two straight seconds, Bobby Glassmeyer's Streamsong got back in the winner's circle In a $13,000 sub feature for 4&5-Year-Old trotters, when Jonathan Roberts piloted a 1:57.4 wire-to-wire decision, his third of the year. United B (Russ Forster) closed for second. Myclaimtovictory (Kin Vincent) was third. A 31-1 longshot Five Towns, claimed after consecutive second-place finishes last week by Tate Lewis, moved three wide around the final turn by Frank Milby to get the lead at the top of the stretch then held off fast charging Il Mago (Tim Tetrick) to score a 1:57.1, victory by a neck in a $12,000 trot. War Cry Hall (Wolfenden) who led briefly after the three quarters, held on for third. Five Towns, who has been claimed twice since early February, won for the third time this year. The gelding by Andover Hall-Southwind Maywood, won for the 29th time in his career and upped his lifetime earnings to $306,772. Razor sharp Guiltywithanexcuse was at the top of his game putting away Deacons Valley (Stafford Jr.) after a head-to-head 1:56 battle heading to the last turn. Tim Tetrick drove the Classic Photo-Gold Medalist gelding to his fifth victory this meet for trainer Jim King and owners RBH Ventures and Spagnola Racing. Gillie The Kid (Vic Kirby) was the show horse. Art Stafford, trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, along with Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King, had doubles. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:t30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant and its acclaimed Buffet. . For reservations, call 302-674-4600. The Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book features simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight daily. By Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.-- Bushwacker rolled out of post 7 to take the lead and fought off a slew of harness racing challengers nearing the finish line to score a 1:51.2 victory , the third in his last four starts to win the $30,000 Preferred pace while Art Stafford Jr. notched his third win of the day in the $27,500 Delaware Special highlighting a big Thursday, Feb. 2 Dover Downs program. Defending driver champion Corey Callahan, who scored his second of a three win night, driving Henderson Farms' Bushwacker for trainer Chris Ryder, Cajon Lightning (Art Stafford Jr.), who finished second for the third straight time, with Dancin Yankee (Ross Wolfenden), a winner of $1.5-million, third. In the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap, Art Stafford Jr., who drove the winners of both halves of the daily double, completed a three-win night coming from off-the-pace with Blazing Bobby Sox to catch front-pacing Remember VK (Yannick Gingrass) in deep stretch with Captive Audience (Callahan) second and Mustang Art (Vic Kirby), the third-place horse. Engel and JL Benson stables' Toatsmygoats was at his best in a $15,500 Male pace turning back eight rivals with Golden Gun being scratched with a 1:51.3 triumph equaling his lifetime best clocking. Pat Berry was in the bike for trainer Nick Surick for Relentless Yankee-This Much Is True gelding's 17th career win. Don't Ya Know (Callahan) was runner-up in front of Ballinrobe (Allan Davis). Tony Morgan steered Niss Allen's Ima Rebel to his first win of the new year scoring a lifetime record 1:52.1 victory in a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old pace. Willard Reynolds conditions the Skydancer Hanover-Ali Cat gelding. Suchasenseofhumor (Jim Morand) was the second-place finisher. Sonny At The Beach (Kirby) an early leader, held on for third. The husband and wife team of driver Sean and Crissy Bier combined for back-to-back wins. Sean Bier's Brody won a 1:51.2 decision racing in a $20,000 Male pace. R.J.Thomas' Jet Blue Miracle came right back, also from post 1, to win a $15,000 Male Claimer. After a long climb from far back, Corey Callahan, the defending champion, jumped into first place in the meet's dash win column with three wins to now lead second-place Vic Kirby by three victories. Art Stafford Jr. and Corey Callahan had three winners. Sean Bier and Yannick Gingras had two winners each. Trainers Crissy Bier and Dylan Davis, who also had two owner wins, had doubles. The biggest win-payoff on the card was $98.80 when Arty Foster's 48-1 shot Rock Me Henry with Russell Foster driving, closed along the passing lane to beat Officer Blue Chip (Jason Lynch) ending that horses five-race win streak. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant and its acclaimed Buffet. . For reservation ns, call 302-674-4600. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing is available in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book, from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight daily. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, DE---- Soto won the $30,000 Preferred Handicap, Rockinonby took the $21,000 Open while Mustang Art won his second in-a-row in the top three races on the Thursday, Jan.26 at Dover Downs. For the second straight day, Art Stafford Jr. drove the winner of the feature race on the card. This time, Soto, who drew the rail, took command at the start and never looked back in a decisive victory. For the second time, Sweet Rock and Allan Davis, were runner-up with veteran Clear Vision driven by Yannick Gingras third. The Soto win for the brown son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Incredible Beauty, was his second in three races for trainer Eric Ell and Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, who also owned Wednesday feature winner Celebrity Pegasus. Tony Morgan used the passing lane driving Rockinonby to a 1:51.2 triumph in the $21,000 Open pace. Niss Allen Inc. owns the Rockin Image-Stan's Ann gelding. Cajon Lightning (Jonathan Roberts) was second with Screaman Seaman (Kirby) third. Mustang Art made it two in-a-row posting a 1:52 victory in one of two $15,500 Male paces. Vic Kirby guided the 10-year-old Artiscape-Paula Seelster gelding to his 46th lifetime win while earning $08,872. The sport's richest Standardbred Foiled Again (Gingras) finished second in front of Star Messenger (Morgan). Gingras came right back to pick up his third win guiding Bad Gamer, four-year-old son of Badlands Hanover-Kattimon whom he owns with trainer Ed Gannon and Frank Canzone and Bob Sabatini, to a 1:52 triumph in another $15,500 Male pace for 4&5-Year-Olds. Caviart Skyler (Montrell Teague) and All The Cookies (Tyler Davis) were second and third respectively. In a third $15,500 event for Young male pacers, 13-1 shot JW Renegade got up at the wire to catch Fashionbythebeach in the last step in 1: 52.4. John MacKinnon drove the win for his father Russ MacKinnon. JW Renegade is a four-year-old by Pacific Renegade-Honey winning for the first time in 2017. Suchasensenceofhumor (Jim Morand) was the show horse. Sharon Wyatt, and breeders Robin West and Ron Benton's Remember Me VK made it two straight trips to the winner's circle for drover Montrell Teague. The Art Director-All Memory gelding was never challenged en route to a 1:51.3 clocking in a $12,500 Male pace. The former Delaware-sired champion ow has won $260,576 lifetime. Smart Rocker (Gingras) was second in front of Quick Shot (Roberts). Yannick Gingras won three races, Corey Callahan, Art Stafford Jr., trainer Eric Ell and owner-trainer Dylan Davis had two wins. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant and its acclaimed Buffet. . For reservations, call 302-674-4600. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing is available in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book, from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight daily. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

AT DOVER, Del---- Art Stafford Jr. took Celebrity Pegasus to the front and then took no prisoners along the way to a lifetime best equaling 1:53.3 harness racing conquest in the Wednesday, Jan. 25 $15,000 Mares 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot at Dover Downs on Jan. 25. A five-year-old by Andover Hall-Celebrity Athena, Celebrity Pegasus had been racing well since her last win in late November three consecutive seconds, a third and a fifth last week, but a change in post positions, from the outside to post 2 did the trick for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms. A 15-1 shot Machuca (Tony Morgan) finished second in front of fast closing Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.). The brown trotter won for the13th time and now has won $154,010 lifetime. Tony Morgan won his third of four wins during the day guiding Richard Gutnick and TLP Stable's Moonlight Cocktail, trained by Linda Toscano, to a career fastest 1:54.4 triumph from post 8 in the $13,500 semi feature. A Canadian stakes seasoned daughter of Kadabra-Angustura, it marked the four-year-old's third straight victory. Streamsong (Jonathan Roberts) led for most of the mile holding on for second-place. Myclaimtovictory (Kim Vincent) was third. Morgan, who is the second-leading dash winning driver in North America, finished the program with four trips to the winner's circle. Ross Wolfenden, Yannick Gingras and Art Stafford Jr. had two wins each. BUSHWACKER, ARQUE HANOVER STREAKS ON LINE IN $30,000 PACE Bushwacker and Arque Hanover, winners of the last two $30,000 Preferred paces drew outside posts this week while Jet Airway seeks a third straight win in  the $21,000 Open on another outstand out Thursday program, Jan. 26 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Post 8 could not deny Corey Callahan from driving Henderson Farms’ Bushwacker from scoring a 1:49.3 victory in the Preferred. It was the first sub 1:50 clocking of 2017, and the Chris Ryder-trainee’s second consecutive victory. The week before, the six-year-old won the $20,000 Open in 1:51 wire-to-wire. To his inside, Abe Basen, Tom Lazzaro and Robert Cooper Stable’s Arque Hanover has been equally as sharp winning three of his last four outings. Yannick Gingras is his pilot in this one. After a week off, Rich Lombard and L&J Racing’s $1.5-million winner Dancin Yankee with Tony Morgan has a second and a win in his last two races. The power-packed feature field also has another all-time rich campaigner $2.5-million winner, Clear Vision, racing for Weaver Bruscemi, Jay Koran, Panhellenic and Burke Racing stables. George&Tina Dennis’ stalwart Seventh Secret is in rare form. Sweet Rock and Allan Davis finished a game second last time for G.P. Calloway, Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing. Not to be overlooked, Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney King’s Little Ben has been one of the meet’s top horses. Though Soto ay be overlooked, the five-year-old owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta has drawn outside in his last two but gets the rail this week and will be a tough one to catch while on the lead.  There’s plenty of speed and talent in the $21,000 Open Handicap. Jet Airway Callahan) has won his last two races, and starts from post 8 in the nine-horse lineup. Al Carter and trainer Doug Lewis’ Captive Audience (Gingras), J.L. Sadowsky’s Te Kawau N (Daryl Bier), Bill Sartin and Mark Salerno’s Special T Rocks (Jim Morand), drew post 4 this time after post 8 last start.   Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s Sicily (Allan Davis) and Cliff Grundy’s Screaman Seaman A (Kirby) leaving from post 9 in the second tier, plus two newcomers to the Open ranks, Niss Allen inc.’s Rockinonby (Tony Morgan) from the rail and Angela Coombs’ recent claim Skyful Of Lighters (Jason Thompson). When at the track enjoy racing and tasty food in the Winners Circle Restaurant acclaimed buffet. Call for reservations at 302-674-4600. Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting daily 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark days for live racing at Dover Downs. Weekdays - Monday through Thursday – racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Marv Bachrad

HARRINGTON, Del. - In an upset laden harness racing program, Gary Ewing's Sweet Bobbie ($40, Art Stafford Jr.) prevailed in the $16,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. The 4-year-old Art Major mare received a pocket trip for the second straight week and again she responded with a win for her owner/trainer Ewing. Sweet Bobbie surged in mid-stretch to grab the lead and held off a late charging Shine N Shimmer, and third place pacesetter Elliesjet N. It was the fifth win of the year for the winner. Long shot winners were a common theme on a program that also produced bombs away winners such as Northern Rocknroll ($49.40, Tony Morgan) and Allisa Page ($30.60 , Russell Foster). Harrington's leading driver, Tony Morgan, had five wins on the program. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, DE - Nanticoke Racing, Josh Parker and Barry Spedden's Kaitlyn N ($5, Art Stafford Jr.) was a repeat winner Tuesday in 1:54 at Harrington Raceway in the featured $17,500 Mares Open. Kaitlyn N, the 3-to-2 favorite, led most of the way from post position eight and held off pocket sitter Artrageous for a narrow win. Purrfect Bags was third. Trained by Parker, it was the 9th win of the year for the 5-year-old American Ideal mare. On the undercard, Victor Kirby notched his third win on the program aboard sophomore filly Miss Choptank ($12.20) who recorded her third straight win for trainer/co-owner Wayne Givens and Stephen Townsend. The Total Truth filly sprung a mild upset over 1-to-9 favorite On Your Six off a first over trip in 1:53.2 for her 12th career win. Givens and Josh Green each had a training double on the card. Allan Davis, Mike Cole and Russell Foster each had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

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