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HARRINGTON, Del. - Harness racing's Artrageous ($14.20, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:53.1 winner Tuesday in the featured $20,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. The 5-year-old Art Major mare had little trouble making the lead from post position seven where she would stay for the mile's duration in achieving her sixth win of the season over Cruzinforavictory and Shesarocker. Trained by Andrew Stafford, it was her sixth win of the season for owners Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen, Andrew Stafford and Holly Case. Artrageous surpassed $400,000 in career earnings with her 19th career win. The night started in familiar fashion as current meet leading driver Art Stafford Jr. won both halves of the daily double with Dash To Freedom ($8.80) and Humble N Kind ($2.80). He won four races on the card. Mike Cole and Jonathan Roberts each had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, Del. - George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership;s Daiymir ($4.20, Montrell Teague) was a 1:53.2 winner in the $12,500 featured harness racing conditioned pace Monday at Harrington Raceway. The 5-year-old Mr. Wiggles stallion never looked back in his front end score where he would lead throughout over Q's Cruise and Late Mail N. It was the 7th win of the year for the Clyde Francis-trainee. Later on the card, driver Art Stafford Jr. was recognized in a winner's circle presentation commemorating his 2,000th career win. Stafford earned the milestone at Harrah's Philadelphia on August 18 with Happy That. Stafford Jr. didn't waste much time getting closer to his next milestone, by winning the next race with John Barth and Justin Brenneman's Meadowbrook Flash ($6) in 1:58.3. Stafford Jr., is the current leading driver at the meet. Allan Davis had four wins on the card and has been hot since the return of Delaware racing on August 19. Davis won 5 races on that program and is currently third in the driver standings behind Stafford and Ross Wolfenden. Joe Columbo, Mike Hall and Wayne Givens are the current top three in the trainer standings. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway        

Chester, PA -- Driver Art Stafford Jr. notched the 2,000th win of his harness racing career when he piloted Happy That ($7.20) to a 1:56.3 victory in Sunday afternoon's (Aug. 18) ninth race at Harrah's Philadelphia. Happy That, a 4-year-old son of Muscle Hill trained by Martin Davis for owner Jeffrey Startt, made a first-over push from third up the backstretch to reel in and overpower early pacesetter Sleek N Majestic on the far turn. Happy That won the $14,000 conditioned trotting event by 1-1/2 lengths over the late-rallying E Ell Cruze. Stafford, who began driving in 1984 and competes primarily on the Delaware circuit, is in the midst of his fourth consecutive season in which he has surpassed $1 million in purse earnings. He drove a career-high 232 winners and amassed over $2.4 million in purses in 2017. In the $18,000 pacing feature, Alluneedisfaith N ($3.60) converted at odds-on, brushing out of midfield at the half-mile pole to claim the pocket from a gapping Blake North before grinding down pacesetter Lets Roll by 2-1/4 lengths in a lifetime best 1:49.4. Corey Callahan drove the 5-year-old Art Major gelding for trainer Ross Croghan and the Robert Cooper Stables. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia with a 14-race card on Wednesday (Aug. 21), featuring four Pennsylvania Stallion Series events for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Post time is 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

HARRINGTON, Del. - Nanticoke Racing Inc, Barry Spedden and Joshua Parker's Almighty Johnson N ($16, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:56.1 harness racing winner in the $17,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The New Zealand-import had a slow start to his domestic career, after finishing off the board in his first three starts. The 8-year-old Majestic Son gelding has quickly turned it around however, with three straight victories for co-owner/trainer Parker. He left the gate quickly from post position two and assumed command where he would set fractions of 28.1, 57.3 and 1:27.1. Jammin Jack challenged first over and battled gamely through the stretch, but would come up a head short to Almighty Johnson. Theresademoninme finished third. Allan Davis had three winners on the card. Mike Cole and Tony Morgan each had a driving double. Live racing on the Delaware circuit now goes on a hiatus until the traditional Governor's Day program (special 7 p.m. post time) during the Delaware State Fair on July 25.   Matthew Sparacino

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

CHESTER PA - The Rocknroll Hanover mare Rock N Shard N seems headed for Open company as she won for the third time in her four-race United States career, a 1:51.3 mile over a "sloppy +1" surface in the $17,000 distaff pacing feature during a Friday evening harness racing card at Harrah's Philadelphia. Driver Art Stafford Jr. patiently guided Rock N Shard N on her uncovered grind from sixth while Newsday went to the front and set fractions of :27, :55.4, and 1:23.1. These two were close to being on even terms as they turned for home, but despite the overland journey Rock N Shard N proved the stronger late, two lengths to the good of Newsday, with pocketsitting Ghosttothepost third. The Kiwi mare is another of a long line of successes for trainer Joshua Parker over the last couple of seasons; Parker also owns Rock N Shard N with Nanticoke Racing Inc. and Barry Spedden. There were a pair of $16,000 co-features on the card, one for the distaff sidewheeling set on the "Filly And Mare Friday" card. In that contest, the Captaintreacherous sophomore filly Treacherous Reign proved ready to go from the word "go," taking her 2019 bow in 1:52.2. Driver George Napolitano Jr., a five-time winner on the night, surrendered early control to Stonebridge Soul, but was on the move with the winner past the quarter to reassert command, and Treacherous Reign rocketed home in :54.4 - :27.12 over the off going to be well-clear of Stonebridge Soul at the line for trainer Tony Alagna and the ownership of Alagna Racing LLC, Big Als Stables, Let It Ride Stables Inc., and Mr. Dana Parham. In the co-feature for trotters, the Lucky Chucky mare Lucky Sheila swung wide off of cover late on the far turn, then just had enough to catch pacesetter Spee Club by a neck in a lifetime best 1:56.2. Pat Berry did the driving for trainer Chris Marino and Robert Weinstein. The World's Fastest Trotter, Homicide Hunter (1:48.4 at Lexington last year), drew post one for a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series contest for trotters on Sunday. He has to have better luck than he did last week in his 2019 bow at Pocono, where he drew the outside post eight, tucked in, then got shuffled back and could not enter contention. A better trip seems likely for Homicide Hunter and driver Yannick Gingras in the horse' second trip for trainer Ron Burke, though first leg winner Melady's Money may have something to say about that.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

HARRINGTON, Del. - Legacy Racing of Delaware's Delishka N ($6, Art Stafford Jr.) was a repeat harness racing winner in the $16,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:54.1. A field of seven went post ward in the top weekly event for distaff pacers. Delishka N was sent off as the second choice at odds of 2-to-1 in her bid for a fifth win on the season. The 6-year-old Bettors Delight mare left alertly from post position six and never relented in her wire-to-wire score over She's A Billionair and Sayulita. Trained by Wayne Givens, Delishka notched her 20th career win. It was the third win on the card for Stafford Jr. Donnie Long and Ross Wolfenden each had a double.   Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Delishka N ($3.80, Art Stafford Jr.) continued her stellar 2019 harness racing campaign with a 1:54.2 victory in the $18,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway Tuesday. Owned by Legacy Racing, Nanticoke Racing, Reginald Hazzard and Gary Calloway, the 6-year-old Bettors Delight pulled the pocket on pacesetter Nerida Franco N shortly after the half-mile and battled on the outside before edging clear of the latter in deep stretch for a narrow win. Shes A Billionair was third. Trained by Wayne Givens, Delishka notched her fourth win of the year. She was recently named Horse of the Meet by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. It was one of three wins on the card for Stafford. Mike Cole, Victor Kirby, Montrell Teague and Tony Morgan each had a pair of wins. Matthew Sparacino

Winter weather was threatening in the evening sky but the young harness racing trotters didn’t seem to care at Dover Downs on Wednesday. The first filly event was non-wagering. BELLA’S PARTY PUNK (Super Punk-Nubella) driven by Art Stafford, Jr and trained by a jubilant Shae Vandervort ,won by half a length over STAR TIME (bred by Marv Bachrad) in 2:04.2.   Race 1 (2nd division) saw the Harrington winner DISCO SOLIEL (CR Commando-CR Penny Lane) dance from gate to wire for driver Carlo Poliseno and owner Rod Allen. DARK DUTCHESS was a half-length back for the place in 2:03.4. Race 2 was the first division of the colts and geldings and it was RICH N ROYAL (Yankee Royalty-Adore Eleanor) for trainer/driver, Kim Vincent and owner Bart Cavanagh’s Providence West of Media, PA. The time was 2:01.2 and it was the Maiden win for Rich N Royal. A neck back in 2nd was DR GRINCH. Second division of the boys was EMBRACE THE GRIND (Keystone Activator-My Embrace) in 2:03 for driver Jonathan Roberts and owner/trainer Bobby Glassmeyer. It was his 4th victory in five starts. Five lengths back was SAY GESUNDHEIT.    Round 2 will be next Wednesday, November 21th, the night before the Thanksgiving holiday. The final will be contested on Thursday, November 29th in conjunction with Dover Downs Signature event, the “Hap Hansen Progress Pace” named for the late Brandywine Raceway President. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders’ Fund

Dover, DE — Amid cool and gusty winds, 2-year old harness racing pacing fillies contested the first leg of their Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund series on Tuesday (Nov. 12) at Dover Downs. The first division was all Roddy’s At It Again (Roddy’s Bags Again-Terro Franco N) despite being parked to the quarter in :28.3. After taking command, she never looked back and won by 11 lengths for driver Art Stafford Jr. and trainer Tim Torbert in 1:56.1. It was the first DSBF win for first-time horse owner Katie Killen of Felton. The second division saw the Harrington series winner The Lady Sheriff (Southwind Lynx-Sheriff Sale) get nosed out in 1:55.1 by Legacy Racing of DE Inc. and Sharon White’s homebred Vistamista (Powerful Mist-Yankee Vista). She is trained by Wayne Givens of Seaford and was driven by Milford native Victor Kirby. Round two will take place next Tuesday (Nov. 20). The final will be contested on Nov. 29 in conjunction with Dover’s signature event, the Hap Hansen Progress Pace, named for the late president of Brandywine Raceway. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund

HARRINGTON, DE - Nanticoke Racing, Josh Parker and Barry Spedden's Kaitlyn N ($5.20) notched her fourth straight win Tuesday in the $17,500 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. Driven by Art Stafford Jr., the 5-year-old American Ideal mare overcame post position eight with a fierce late rally to surge to the lead in deep stretch for her 11th win of the year. Trained by co-owner Parker, the mare has won 13 of 42 starts lifetime. Blacknsweet Adda A was second with Miss Choptank third. Michael Hill's Shesarocker ($4.20, Victor Kirby) won the sub-featured $11,000 Open II in 1:54.3. With just one night of racing remaining at the meet, Victor Kirby and Mike Cole are tied in the driver standings, while Joe Columbo has clinched the training title over Joe Hunderptfund. Post time is 5 p.m. for the closing night program Wednesday. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE -  Offspring of sire He's Spooky won three of the four $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) divisions for 2-year-old harness racing trotters Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. Mist Stable's Go Jetem ($10, Art Stafford Jr.) took the first division for colts and geldings in 2:05.3. The He's Spooky gelding collared pacesetter Dr Grinch late for a narrow win. Sherman's Way was third. Go Jetem notched his first career win for trainer Jim Thompson. The fastest division went to unbeaten Embrace The Grind ($2.20, Jon Roberts) for Andrew Glassmeyer, who was a 2:02.4 winner over Rich N Royal and Just As Striking. The Keystone Activator gelding improved to 3-for-3 in his career. Glassmeyer and Roberts teamed up for two wins in stakes action. Roberts had three wins on the card. The first of two filly divisions went to Mark Groce's She's Spooky ($3.80, Ross Wolfenden) over Star Time and Bella's Party Punk in 2:04.1. Trained by Groce, it was the first career win for the home bred daughter of He's Spooky. In the second division, Glassmeyer's Dark Dutchess ($9.20, Jon Roberts) was a wire-to-wire winner in 2:04.4 in a tight finish over Command The Day and Disco Soleil. A daughter of He's Spooky, it was her first career win for her owner/trainer. The $100,000 final events for all DSBF 2-year-olds is Wednesday October 3. The meet's leading driver, Victor Kirby, fresh off a five win night Tuesday, scored his third win of four on the card aboard Zippett Racing Stable's Murmur Hanover ($3, Kirby) in the $15,000 Open Trot in 1:56.3 for trainer Jay Gannon. The 8-year-old Majestic Son gelding recorded his 32nd career win via a front end performance, where he held off runner-up Theresademoninme and third place Gillie The Kid. Mike Cole, Wolfenden and Stafford Jr. each had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE - Artrageous ($4.80, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:52.2 winner Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in the featured $15,000 Mares Open. Owned by Bonnie Benson, J Johannsen, Art Stafford, and H Case, it was the 4-year-old Art Major mare's 11th win of her career. Artrageous set all the fractions and held off Shesarocker and On Your Six for the win. Artrageous was a top filly at 3 and banked more than $112,000 as a sophomore competing on the New York Sires Stakes circuit. Victor Kirby, the meet's leading driver, had four wins on the card. Stafford Jr. and Russell Foster each had three. DSBF 2-year-old trotters will complete their first leg to headline the Wednesday program. Post time is 5 p.m. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

HARRINGTON, DE. - Nanticoke Racing, Josh Parker and Barry Spedden's Kaitlyn N ($4.40, Art Stafford Jr.) captured the $16,000 Mares Open Tuesday in 1:53.3 at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Parker, it was the 8th win of the year for the 5-year-old American Ideal mare, who was an aggressive pocket sitter from post seven behind pacesetter Artrageous was who was second. Purrfect Bags was third. Kaitlyn had been racing against some of the top mares on the east coast in Pennsylvania and New York over the summer before returning to her homestate. She has won 10 of 39 career starts. Racing continues on a Monday through Wednesday schedule with a 5 p.m. post time. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

Ocean City, MD - On an extremely hot night Sunday night (july1) at Ocean Downs, HS Shauna (Up Front Charlie), with Art Stafford Jr. in the bike, took control of the fractions in the preliminary for three year old pacing fillies. HS Shauna was able to hold off several challenges from both Cool Toy and Miss Choptank, stopping the clock in a record setting 1:54.2. Joseph Carroll trains the filly for owner-breeder Cary Grady. In the preliminary for three year old trotting colts and geldings, driver Brian Burton sent What That is (Cam's Rocket) to his favorite spot on the front end. Uncle Ike tried to take over past the quarter but made a break in the turn, quickly recovering to maintain the place position the rest of the mile as What That Is crossed the wire 9 ½ lengths ahead of the field. Judy Welty trains for owner Brian Emerson, the breeders was Richard Hans. Time for the mile was 1:59. The Maryland Sire Stake preliminaries continue on Monday July 2 with the trotting fillies and pacing colts and geldings stepping onto the track at 7:05 pm. by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Development Fund

HARRINGTON, DE - Round two of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) eliminations for 3-year-old harness racing trotters wrapped up Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with one $20,000 division per sex. In the colts and geldings division, Leigh Raymer, Stephen Moss and Stacy Johnson-Stafford's Super Fly ($2.10, Art Stafford Jr.) continued his dominance in the DSBF ranks with a 1:59.2 victory over Sky Marshal and Bosston Cruiser. It was the 8th career win for the Super Punk gelding. In the filly division, Shirley Shand and Serendipity Stable's Star Sapphire ($13, Russell Foster) prevailed in 1:59.2 over Deja Vu Blue and Ms. Smash. The Anders Bluestone filly surged by the leader off a pocket trip for her sixth career win for trainer Tui Stone. In the $15,000 Open Trot, Bob Shahan, Jimmy Parsons Jr. and Ashley Parsons' I Like My Boss ($10, Allan Davis) prevailed over Theresademoninme and Murmur Hanover in 1:56.3. The Don Boss Vita 7-year-old gelding registered his 37th career victory for co-owner/trainer Bob Shahan. In the $10,000 Open II Handicap, Midsize Construction's Blownoutofthewater ($3.00, Tony Morgan) was a 1:55.4 winner over All Shoes On Deck and Royal Becca J. The Jenny Bier-trainee notched back-to-back wins. Driver Ross Wolfenden took both halves of the daily double with Bryan Truitt's Bobbies Powerplay ($12.60) and Rich Ashley, Mark Salerno and Brent Ashley's Scotch Sour ($2.20) who improved to 2-for-2 locally for trainer Joe Hunderptfund Jr. with a 1:56.2 triumph. Wolfenden and Art Stafford Jr. each had three wins on the program. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

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