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HARRINGTON, DE - American Nitro ($2.40, Victor Kirby) and Apple Valley Art ($2.20, Tim Tetrick) scored decisive wins in the 2nd $20,000 leg of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) harness racing stakes action Monday at Harrington Raceway. American Nitro, owned by Nanticoke Racing, Arthur Feeney and Daniel Doane, brushed to the front near three quarters and opened up on the field for a 1:54.1 five-length score in the first division for trainer Les Givens. The Badlands Nitro-Jet America gelding recorded his sixth career win. Bebop On The Beach, who set the pace, was second with Aidan third. The second division saw a front end score for Jo Ann Looney-King's Apple Valley Art, who controlled the tempo en route to an easy 1:55.4 score victory for trainer Jim King Jr. The Artzina-Shake Away gelding never had an anxious moment and completed a sweep of his eliminations. Leonard's Legacy was second with Elite Retreat third. Kirby, Tetrick and Russell Foster each had three wins apiece. George Leager's Slick Tony ($7.20, Foster) won the overnight feature, the $11,000 Open Pace, in 1:52.3. Trained by his owner, the 5-year-old No Spin Zone stallion led most of the way and recorded his 37th career win over Luis Alberto N and Wiggle It Jiggleit. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-year-old pacing fillies completed their second set of $20,000 elimination events Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. The first division pitted familiar rivals in another compelling matchup, Use Your Noodle and Apple Bottom Jeans, who have finished 1-2 on four occasions this year, with Apple Bottom Jeans getting the win most recently on June 14. Another terrific stretch duel ensued with Nanticoke Racing, Henry Farragalli III, Arthur Feeney and Trevor Johnson's Use Your Noodle ($5.20, Jim Morand) narrowly prevailing in a photo finish in 1:53.2. The Artzina-sired filly notched her 7th win in 21 career starts for trainer Les Givens. Joseph Thomas' Mortgage Bags ($9, Eddie Dennis) upset the 1-to-5 favorite Eternal Ring in the second division, via a pocket trip behind the latter with a 1:56.4 triumph. Trained by her driver, the Roddy's Bags Again filly registered her fifth career win. Eternal Ring was second, while She's Brilliant was third. Brian Malone's Hostess Lisa ($4.20, Tony Morgan) recorded her ninth win of the year in the overnight feature, the $15,000 Mares Open with a 1:53 score over Springforth and Purrfect Bags. It was one of three wins on the program for Morgan. Matthew Sparacino    

Del Cote participated in his first harness race 63 years ago, but shows no signs of slowing down. Fast horses help. Cote hopes one of those horses, Cut The Beach, is at the top of his game Thursday when he faces seven rivals in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund championship for 3-year-old male pacers at Dover Downs. Cut The Beach, who will have George Dennis in the sulky, is undefeated in three races this season. "He's been doing good," said the 79-year-old Cote, a native of Maine who now lives and trains in central New Jersey. "He can go along; he can go with a lot of them. He's not a top colt, but we've had good luck in Delaware. Hopefully I can get a decent trip. He should be right there hopefully." Cut The Beach, purchased for $17,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale, is a son of stallion Artzina out of the Shotgun Scott mare I Love The Beach. Cote co-owned and trained I Love The Beach, who found success on the Maryland circuit, as well as her full brother Next Flight (a recently retired two-time DSBF champion and earner of $895,406) and her full sister Winbak Patty (who also was a DSBF champion). "I Love The Beach could be difficult, but she could go," said Cote, who trains Cut The Beach for owners Henry Faragalli III, Joe Thomson, Trevor Johnson, and Jeffrey Ruben. "We said if that mare has a colt we're going to try to buy him. (Cut The Beach) is a big, tall colt; a big gaited horse." Last year, Cut The Beach was winless in 10 races, but finished second on four occasions --- all in preliminary rounds of the DSBF series for 2-year-old male pacers. He finished eighth in the October DSBF final at Harrington Raceway after going off stride and finished seventh in the November DSBF final at Dover Downs after starting from post eight. "We didn't have much luck with him," Cote said about Cut The Beach, a gelding who has earned $44,560 lifetime. "He raced good last year; he just had a couple tough trips. This year he's gotten better gaited and gets over the ground good. He seems to be getting better all the time." Cut The Beach is one of six horses in Cote's stable. Cote grew up in Maine, where his father raced horses on the fair circuit as a hobby. Cote started out by driving his father's horses and later worked several years for Frank Stafford in Pinehurst, N.C., before being hired by the late Joe Parisi to work at White Birch Farm in New Jersey. Cote decided to go on his own as a trainer after a few years, but never left White Birch. "I enjoy it," Cote said. "I enjoy the racing. What am I going to do without it? Sit around? I'm not going to do that. I keep going to the barn every morning and go from there." Cut The Beach is 6-1 on the morning line for Thursday's DSBF championship, starting from post five. Dorothy Ann Connor and Christopher Connor's Hail To The Master, who starts from post eight with driver Art Stafford Jr., is the 5-2 favorite. John's Dream, who won last November's DSBF final at Dover Downs, is 4-1 from post three. by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA      

DOVER, Del. --- Use Your Noodle won the fastest of two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) second-leg two-year-old filly pace prelims after Apple Bottom Jeans opened the program with a victory. Tough Mac returned to the winner's circle romping in the $20,000 Open Handicap trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Jim Morand left quickly with Use Your Noodle for trainer Les Givens and owners Henry Faragalli III, Art Feeney, Trevor Johnson and Nanticoke Racing. After leading the rest of the 1:54.1 mile before holding off a late charge at the wire. Mortgage Bags (Eddie Dennis) closed strongly from the far outside turning down the lane to shade Fiftyshadesofrusty (George Dennis) by a long nose for his first $20,000 DSBF prelim victory. The daughter of Artzina-LoGophobia filly posted her third win of the year with six seconds in 10 stats. She has banked $45,761 in her rookie year. Apple Bottom Jeans, winner of the Harrington $100,000 DSBF Final, won for the third straight time and fourth in five races with Montrell Teague orchestrating a wire-to-wire 1:55.4 triumph in her $20,000 prelim. The black filly by Mr. Apples-Scylla Hanover now has won $85,000 for her owner-trainer Kevin Switzer. Eternal Ring (Jonathan Roberts) saw his two-win streak come to a close with a second-place finish. Cougar Creek (Vic Kirby) closed strongly to take third. The stage is now set for next Wednesday, when the top eight point-getters return for the $100,000 DSBF Final. The $20,000 Open Handicap trot was all Tough Mac driven by Corey Callahan. The altered son of Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady won for the 10th time this campaign for trainer Dylan Davis and owner Mike Casalino. He has now won $120,255 in purse this year and $$246,199 lifetime. Prayer Session (Roberts), in new hands after being claimed for $25,000 a week ago, challenged Tough Mac on the outside heading to the final turn, but had to settle for second. Last week's winner Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) was third. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan had a four-bagger., Trainer Dylan Davis haltered three winners while Jim Morand drove two wins. . The first of the four $100,000 DSBF finals showcases the freshman male pacers in the Thursday feature race. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark live racing days at Dover Downs Two $20,000 DSBF freshman colt 2nd leg pace prelims and an $18,000 Open trot tops the Monday card. A $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool is now featured daily. By popular request, the Winner's Circle Buffet is back for those dinning in the Winner's Circle Restaurant. At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

HARRINGTON, Del. - Just eight days from their $100,000 final event, three $20,000 elimination divisions were held Tuesday at Harrington Raceway for Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) harness racing 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Carter Racing Stable's Rusty Carter ($11.20, Corey Callahan) was the fastest winner with a 1:55.3 victory in his split over round one elimination winners All Artist and Hail To The Master, who rounded out the trifecta. Rusty Carter, a son of Art Director, chipped away first over at the leaders before edging clear in the stretch for his first career win. Pam Wagner's Canthelpbutwin ($7, Victor Kirby) was victorious in the second division with a pocket trip for trainer Josh Green. The gelded son of Artzina surged by a game pacesetter Cut the Beach late for a narrow win. Power to Perform was third. It was a maiden breaking triumph for the winner. The final DSBF division saw Willard Hall and Brian Wright's Sizz Matty ($4, George Dennis) as a handy winner in 1:57.3 over Steller City and All Music. The Life Sizzles colt, Sizz Matty, notched his third straight win, including a sweep of his eliminations for trainer Wright. Kirby and Dennis each had four winners on the program. Callahan had a driving double. There will be a showcase of Delaware's top-bred horses on October 21 with four $100,000 DSBF finals, as well as $20,000 consolation events. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes action for Delaware sired 2-year-olds debuted for the season Monday at Harrington Raceway with four $20,000 divisions completing the first leg for harness racing pacing colts and geldings. Rowdy Patti ($4.60, Bryan Truitt) captured the first division for owners Roland Hall and Bryan Truitt Jr. in 2:00. The Roddy's Bags Again filly set all the fractions in her first lifetime win for driver/trainer Bryan Truitt. Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Up Town ($2.40, Allan Davis) was an impressive winner in the second division in 1:56.1 for trainer Wayne Givens. The Tune Town-sired filly improved to 3-for-3 in her career, remaining unbeaten. Andrew Glassmeyer's Eternal Ring ($2.10, Jon Roberts) held off a hard charging She's Brilliant in the third division in 1:58. Trained by owner Glassmeyer, the Artzina filly improved to for 2-for-2 in her career. The final division was won by Kdk Standardbreds' Apple Bottom Jeans ($3.40, Montrell Teague) who cruised to a front end triumph in 1:57. The Mr. Apples-sired filly was making her first pari-mutuel start for trainer Kevin Switzer. Remember Me VK ($3.60, Teague) captured the overnight feature with a 1:52.3 victory in the $12,500 Open II for owners Sharon Wyatt, Robin West and Ron Benton. Teague had three driving wins on the program. Matthew Sparacino    

The beautiful evening at Ocean Downs opened with four early non-wagering events starting with the harness racing 2 YO filly trotters.   Bold Dresser (Explosive Matter-Pretty In Plaid) made it to the winners circle for the second time this summer in MD Standardbred Fund events for driver-trainer Oyvind Hegdal and owner Glat Kosher Racing trotting her mile in 2:01.1. Frederick Hertrich III is the breeder. Frank Milby driving Tiara (RC Royalty-Panarail) was on the move at the ¾ pole but was unable to catch Bold Dresser in time.   The colt/gelding trot was up next, with most of the freshmen acting up, Kent County (Deweycheatumnhowe-Duchess Of Kent) made a very strong showing on the track winning by almost 24 lengths in 2:01.2. Frank Milby got the driving assignment from trainer and co-owners Robert Shahan and Donald Marine. The breeder was Frederick Hertrich III. After an early break Roger Hammer was able to get High Octane (Donato Hanover-Gaytanes) back on stride to finish second.   In the first division of filly pacers, Breadcrumb Income (Nuclear Breeze-Rose Royce) charged down the stretch for reinsman Roger Plante Jr. to nip Use Your Noodle (Artzina-Lo Gophobia) at the wire in 2:00. Richard Hans is the breeder, owner and trainer of Breadcrumb Income.   The second division of filly pacers produced a stakes and track record when Corey Callahan pulled Freeze Out (American Ideal-Mr Deli's Filly) going up the backside to take the lead and hold off a strong challenge by Miss Read (Shadow Play-Yahoos) with Vic Kirby in the bike. Time for the mile was 1:55.3. Erv Miller trains for owners Paymaq Racing and Leland Mathias, Winbak Farm was the breeder.   The wagering card opened with the first division of colt/gelding pacers. Not content to sit third, driver Corey Callahan shot Power To Perform (Artzina-Shake Rattle Run) to the front before the half and never looked back stopping the clock in 1:57.4 over Canthelpbutwin (Artzina-Native Canadian). Kyle Morre trains for owner Donald Marine. The breeder was Winbak Farm.   The Erv Miller-Corey Callahan connection proved successful once again in the final stake of the night the second division of colt/gelding pacers. Redneck Rally (American Ideal-Ms Harrington) took the lead from Lissilas (Rocknroll Hanover-Lismorebella) at the head of the stretch wining by two and a half lengths in 1:56.2 for owners Anthony Lombardi , Paymaq Racing and Louis Willinger and breeder Winbak Farm. Corey Callahan picked up 4 wins for the night, 3 stakes and one overnight.   Maryland Standardbred Fund stakes continue Thursday night with 8 divisions of 3 year olds starting with non-wagering events at 6 pm. The Maryland Horse Industry Board will be in attendance making some winner circle presentations.   By Cheri Stambaugh

HARRINGTON, Del. - Two $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings highlighted the Monday harness racing program at Harrington Raceway. Mo Coo Inc. and Jonathan Klee Racing's Quick Art ($4, Tony Morgan) took the first division in 1:53.2. Sent off as the even-money favorite from post position seven, the Artzina gelding assumed early command from Smoking Joey and never relented in victory. Byby Landon closed ground late to finish second, narrowly beating Roddy's Hot Again who was third. Trained by Josh Green, Quick Art registered his fifth win of the season, with his previous wins coming on the New York circuit. The second division featured a showdown of two Delaware heavyweights, Michael White's Son of a Sizzle, who won an Art Rooney Memorial elimination and Sharon Wyatt, Robin West and Ron Benton's Remember Me Vk , winner of all four of his 2015 starts. When the dust settled, it was Remember Me Vk prevailing by a length in 1:54 over Son of a Sizzle and Art Season. The Art Director gelding, Remember Me Vk set a modest pace with fractions of 28.1, 58 and 1:26.2. Son Of A Sizzle was unable to make a serious charge in the stretch but held well in second. Remember Me Vk improved to 5-for-5 in 2015 for trainer Bob Wyatt. Green and Morgan struck again in the $16,000 Open, the overnight feature, as L&J Racing's EZ Noah ($3, Morgan) won his fourth consecutive race in 1:52.2 over Island Lexus and Main A Dieu Too. Bobby Clark-trained Jingle Bell Rocker ($2.40, Corey Callahan) notched his fifth straight win in a $7,500 claiming event for owner Tina Clark. Callahan, Allan Davis, Jim Morand, Morgan, Art Stafford Jr. and Jon Roberts each had driving doubles. Matthew Sparacino      

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