HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway will race a total of 84 days in 2014, beginning its 68th year of live harness racing on April 21. Starting one day after Easter Sunday, the half-mile racetrack will race primarily on a Sunday through Wednesday schedule until July 3. The final night of the spring season (July 3) will take place on a Thursday. There will be no racing on Sunday June 29. The track's annual Governor's Day program, showcasing Delaware's top owned and bred horses in a battle for local bragging rights, will take place during the Delaware State Fair on July 24 (special 7 p.m. post time). Racing will resume on a Monday through Thursday schedule on August 18 until October 23. Contrary to previous years, qualifying races will be conducted on Wednesdays throughout the meet and will be drawn on Tuesdays. Harrington's signature race, the Bobby Quillen Memorial, will go postward with eliminations (if necessary) on September 8 and final on September 15. Last year's event featured a stirring stretch duel between aged pacing stalwarts Foiled Again and Clear Vision with the latter prevailing in a track record equaling 1:49.2. Dates for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-year-old races have been changed to begin on Sunday June 15 with the colt and gelding pacers heading the charge, followed by the filly pacers on June 16. The sophomore trotters will begin on June 17 as the fillies will be the first to hit the track, while the colt trotters will complete their first leg of stakes on June 18. For a detailed look at the stakes schedule, please click here. The first draw of the 2014 season is slated for Tuesday April 15. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - Foiled Again's bid for a third Bobby Quillen Memorial title at Harrington Raceway just got a little tougher. The 9-year-old champion pacer drew post eight Tuesday afternoon in the 7th Annual $223,500 Bobby Quillen Memorial Final to be held Monday September 16. The Dragon Again gelding had an auspicious return to Delaware and registered his 71st career win in his elimination with a 1:49.4 score. Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras), the richest pacer of all-time with winnings in excess of $5.3 million, had his elimination win trumped only by his stablemate Clear Vision, who left flames over the Harrington half-mile with a track record-equaling 1:49.2 victory in his division. Clear Vision (Brett Miller) will start from post three. Clear Vision and Foiled Again will be joined by another Ron Burke-trainee, Escape the News (pp 7) in the final. The Quillen will go postward as the 10th race on a 13-race program that will feature a $7,500 guaranteed pick four pool beginning in race three. Here's a look at the draw for the Quillen field with final driver changes still pending until noon on Wednesday. $223,500 Bobby Quillen Memorial Final 1 - Mel Mara (Corey Callahan) 5/1 2 - Sapphire City (Ross Wolfenden) 6/1 3 - Clear Vision (Brett Miller) 2/1 4 - Mcerlean (Jim Morand) 8/1 5 - Dynamic Youth (Corey Callahan) 10/1 6 - Heston Blue Chip (Tim Tetrick) 4/1 7 - Escape the News (Matt Kakaley) 12/1 8 - Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) 5/2 by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - Two divisions of eliminations were held in the 7th Annual Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway Monday. The fastest of the two splits went to Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Panhellenic Stable and James Koran's Clear Vision ($3.60, Brett Miller), who took the second division in a track record equaling time of 1:49.2. Trained by Ron Burke, the 7-year-old Western Hanover gelding cleared pacesetter Michael's Power approaching three-quarters and drew away on the field for a dominant performance. Heston Blue Chip finished second, while Escape the News was third. Dynamic Youth finished fourth to secure his place in next week's final. Clear Vision recorded his 22nd career win and surpassed $1.55 million in career earnings. The mark equaled the track record set by 2012 Quillen champion Betterthancheddar. "The Burkes' have done a great job with this horse," said an elated Miller. "I think he's as sharp as he's ever been." Clear Vision's stablemate, Foiled Again ($2.80, Yannick Gingras), in pursuit of his 3rd Quillen victory, took the 2nd division with a 1:49.4 triumph. The 9-year-old Dragon Again gelding made the lead quickly from post five and strolled through fractions of 27.2, 55.3, 1:23.1 before scorching home in 26.3 for an easy win over Sapphire City, Mcerlean and Mel Mara. Foiled Again notched his 71st lifetime win and boosted his career earnings to more than $5.3 million, further eclipsing his status as the sport's richest pacer of all-time. The top four finishers from each division will return to compete in the $223,500 Final on Monday September 16. In the overnight feature, Doug Lewis-trained Mojo Terror ($3.60, Tim Tetrick) registered his fourth consecutive win in the $19,000 Open. Victor Kirby had a driving triple.
Clear Vision might be just now catching the eyes of harness racing fans after his dramatic stretch duel with A Rocknroll Dance in last weekend's Canadian Pacing Derby, but trainer Ron Burke said the 7-year-old gelding's recent good form is not a surprise to him. Although he has only two wins in 19 starts, Clear Vision has four second-place finishes in his last five races. He missed by a nose against A Rocknroll Dance in the Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk, timed in a track- and Canadian-record-equaling 1:47.2, one week after losing by a neck to A Rocknroll Dance in their CPD elimination. On Aug. 17, Clear Vision was second by a half-length to Bolt The Duer in the Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial at Saratoga in a world-record-equaling 1:49 mile. Clear Vision's next start is Monday in the second of two eliminations for the Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington. Clear Vision, who won last year's Bettor's Delight and was second in the Molson Pace, was sidelined in July 2012 because of a suspensory injury and didn't return to the races until March. "People think he just got good, but he was good last year just before we had to quit with him," Burke said. "It just took longer than we thought it would to get him back rolling this year." Clear Vision has won 21 of 131 career races and earned $1.54 million, including $390,603 this season. The son of Western Hanover-Artistic Vision is a half-brother to 2010 Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven. He will be driven in the Quillen elim by Brett Miller, who has been behind the horse in his last three starts. Clear Vision will start from post two in the six-horse field and is the 8-5 morning line favorite. "Brett has done a wonderful job with him," Burke said. "It's funny, the only driver who doesn't get along with him is Yannick (Gingras), and Yannick will admit to it. Yannick can't understand it. He's tried to do it different ways with him and he just doesn't seem to fire with Yannick." Gingras will drive Burke's Escape The News in the second Quillen elim, two races after driving 7-5 favorite Foiled Again in the first elim. Foiled Again, the richest pacer in harness racing history with $5.29 million in career earnings, was third in the Canadian Pacing Derby. Foiled Again, who this year at age 9 has won five of 20 and hit the board a total of 15 times, captured the Quillen in 2010 and 2011. He was the Pacer of the Year in 2011 and voted the best older male pacer in 2012. "He's been really good," Burke said. "In his last start he went in 1:47.3, which is the fastest he's ever paced in his life. Foiled has been racing as good or better than he ever has, there are just better horses right now. It's just that the 4-year-olds, which is what I said at the beginning of the year, have been so good. "It's hard to win. Last year, (1):47.3 with a 26-second final quarter wins the Canadian Pacing Derby. This year, it's third. The horses have just gotten better." Burke's Atochia also is in the first Quillen elimination, along with Sapphire City, McErlean and Dynamic Youth. In the second elim, Clear Vision and Escape The News are joined by Heston Blue Chip, Malak Uswaad N, Mel Mara and Michael's Power. The top four finishers from each elimination advance to the $223,500 final on Sept. 16. "They're short fields, but they're very equal fields," Burke said. "I don't think it looks to be a problem for Clear Vision or Foiled; they both should easily make the finals I think. Hopefully, we can get in all four." by Ken Weingartner
HARRINGTON, Del. - The 7th Annual Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway will get underway with two divisions in the elimination round on Monday September 9. A total of 11 horses enters this year's event, which was won by Betterthancheddar in a track record time of 1:49.2 in 2013. The top four finishers from the two divisions, will return to compete in the $223,500 Final on September 16. Two-time Quillen champion Foiled Again heads the first division, which is scheduled as the seventh race on the program. Harness racing's richest pacer of all-time, Foiled Again will start from post five in a five horse field and will be challenged by stablemate Atochia, Sapphire City, Mcerlean and Dynamic Youth. The second division (ninth race) features three millionaires, Linda Toscano-trained Heston Blue Chip, Ron Burke-trained Clear Vision, and Casie Coleman-conditioned Michael's Power. Hometown favorite Malak Uswaad N is the only horse in the field with a win over the track, after a sharp 1:52.3 triumph on Governor's Day during the Delaware State Fair. Ron Burke-trained Escape the News, and Tony Alagna-trained Mel Mara complete the second division. Final driver changes and morning line odds will be available at scratch time Wednesday at noon. The race is named in honor of the late long time Delaware legislator Bobby Quillen, who was a racetrack regular and always looked out for the best interest of horsemen. He was also a member of the Board of Directors at various organizations, including Harrington Raceway and the Delaware State Fair. by Matt Sparacino
HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway's 67th year of live racing will resume Monday August 12 with a 13-race program. Patrons will be welcomed back with a hat giveaway in the lower grandstand beginning at 5 p.m. (while supplies last). Driver George Dennis maintains a slim lead (82 wins) over Ross Wolfenden (79) in the driver standings. Joe Hundertpfund Jr. (24) sits atop the trainer standings as brothers Wayne Givens (21) and Les Givens (20) are close behind. All of the aforementioned horsemen will be in action on Monday. Live racing will be conducted on a Monday through Thursday schedule through October 24. The track's signature event, the Bobby Quillen Memorial, will be held September 9 (eliminations) and September 16 (final). Horsemen are reminded that the entry box will close at 1 p.m. for the remainder of the meet. The popular "2-for-1" buffet in the clubhouse dining room will be back on Tuesdays during the meet. For clubhouse dining reservations, please contact 302-398-5920. Matt Sparacino
Harrington Raceway has lowered the amount of its sole nominating payment for the harness racing track's signature race, the Bobby Quillen Memorial.
Just two days after four-year-old New York-bred superstar Betterthancheddar set a world record for four-year-old pacers on a half-mile track winning the $216,500 Bobby Quillen Memorial in 1:49.2 at Harrington Raceway, Robert McIntosh Stables, C.S.X. Stables and DM Stables' Shelliscape set a world record for three-year-old filly pacers on a half-mile track of 1:50.3 at Delaware, Ohio, in the second harness racing division of the first heat of the Jugette Wednesday afternoon.
Some of harness racing's heavyweights among the aged pacing ranks will do battle in tonight's $216,500 6th Annual Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway.
Cue singer Andy Williams. When the calendar turns to September, it's the most wonderful time of the year for Foiled Again. The richest pacer in North American harness racing history, with $4.37 million in career purses, Foiled Again is 2-for-2 in September as he gets ready for next Monday's $216,500 Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway.
The final for the 6th Annual Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway on September 17 was drawn Tuesday afternoon (September 4). Since the prescribed amount of harness racing entries to require eliminations was not met, there will be no eliminations and one dash for the cash for the $216,500 purse will be held with a highly competitive group of five horses which boast a staggering lifetime earnings total of nearly $10 million.
As a final reminder to harness racing horsemen that made the April 15 nominating payment into the Bobby Quillen Memorial, the purse structure for the 7th Annual Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway has been adjusted.
The harness racing purse structure for the seventh annual Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway has been adjusted.
Five-year-old pacer Hypnotic Blue Chip, who won $1.53 million in his career, has been retired, harness racing trainer Kevin McDermott announced today.
Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables' Foiled Again and harness racing driver Yannick Gingras made history Monday by becoming the oldest horse ever to win $1 milllion in a season, by capturing the $335,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway in 1:51.3.
Free program pages are available, courtesy of TrackMaster, for Monday's guaranteed $5,000 harness racing Pick-4 for the Quillen Memorial Night at Harrington Raceway.