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Chillaxin Away is the defending champion on Delaware's harness racing circuit for state-bred male pacers, but Goldberg is ready to try to wrestle the title from him. The two horses meet in Thursday's (April 4) $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final for 3-year-old colts and geldings at Dover Downs, with "Chilly" a slight 8-5 favorite on the morning line. Last season, Chillaxin Away won both DSBF championships for 2-year-old male pacers, in October at Harrington Raceway and November at Dover, and was two neck defeats from being unbeaten in six races in the series. Goldberg did not race in Delaware last year as he was instead pointed to the Grand Circuit. The colt was limited to only four starts because of a virus but hit the board three times in open stakes action. Chillaxin Away enters Thursday's final off a half-length win over Goldberg in 1:51.2 in the second preliminary round of the DSBF. Both horses were winners in their first-round races. Chillaxin Away starts the final from post four with Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Jim King Jr. while Goldberg, who is 9-5 on the morning line, leaves from post three with Montrell Teague at the lines for trainer Brenda Teague. "We think we've got a pretty good chance," King said about Chillaxin Away, a gelding known as "Chilly" around the barn. "We have to deal with Goldberg. They were extremely high on him. They had some issues, but now they seem to have him squared away. I'm concerned about him. We were able to handle him last week but he out-drew us and is definitely a concern." Chillaxin Away is by Roddy's Bags Again out of Shake Away, a mare who raced at the top levels of the Delaware circuit for King in the mid-2000s. Chillaxin Away was bred by King's wife, Jo Ann Looney-King, who remains the owner of the horse. For his career, Chillaxin Away has won eight of 15 races and earned $170,600. His past five starts away from the DSBF series have all come against fields with older horses. "All of (Shake Away's) male babies have been pretty good horses and this one is as good as any of them," trainer King said. "He's stepped up pretty good. Like all of them, he's got little quirks and little issues here and there but nothing we haven't been able to correct by the next start and go again. "He's a fun little horse. He's got plenty of ability and I like his determination. His raw speed is really good; he can really sprint. For where he's got to go, I don't think there are any that can pace a quarter faster than him or anything like that. Barring anything really silly, I think he's going to be OK in the final. He gets home in 26 and a piece after being first over, that's pretty good anywhere you go let alone for a Delaware-bred." Chillaxin Away will not be doing a lot of traveling, though. He is not staked outside of Delaware. "I'm a little bit stingy," King said with a laugh. "I still don't think he's one of those. He's just a really nice little horse. He doesn't have the size to him, that was the biggest thing. He just didn't appear to be stout enough. I've been close enough to it to know that it's not very likely we're going to bring one out of our backyard to (compete on the Grand Circuit)." Montrell Teague hopes he can eventually return to the Grand Circuit with Goldberg. Teague bred and owns the colt, who is a son of Mr Wiggles out of Chausettes Blanche. The colt has won two of seven career races and earned $47,070. Last year, Goldberg finished second to eventual Dan Patch Award-winner Captain Crunch in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes and was third behind Captain Ahab and De Los Cielos Deo in his elimination of the Metro Pace. A virus knocked the colt out of the Metro final and sidelined him the remainder of the year. "I just turned him out because I didn't want to ruin him," Teague said. "He showed a lot of promise last year. I was very big on him, but you never know how they're going to come back after catching a virus like that. I'm just happy he came back. "(The timing of the DSBF) is kind of a gift and a curse. I wanted to give him a little more time in the field, but at least I can see what I've got. I staked him up pretty good to give myself options. The main thing is to see how he comes out of Thursday's final." Teague is happy with Goldberg's return so far. "He's a little bigger, stronger," Teague said. "He's a lot smarter, he's quieted down a lot. Last year he was pretty rank and this year I've opened him up a little bit and it's worked pretty good so far. He's letting me drive him; last year he was a little more aggressive and didn't really know what he was doing." The DSBF championship is race 10 on Dover's card. Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). For Thursday's complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com      

New track and national season harness racing records were set in both the 3-year-old colt trotting and pacing divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes on Sunday afternoon, May 6 at Miami Valley Raceway.    A total of 22 trotters and 29 pacers went postward in six $40,000 divisions in Leg One of OSS competition that saw the races held up an hour at one point in the program due to thunderstorms.   Gary & Barbara Iles’ Lather Up, trained by Brenda Teague and driven by her nephew, Montrell Teague, set a new Miami Valley track record and set a national season’s mark for a 3-year-old colt on a five-eighth’s mile oval when he paced to a winning 1:50 mile in the third OSS division for pacing sophomores.    The bay homebred son of I’m Gorgeous used wire-to-wire tactics, leaving smartly from the eight-hole at odds of 8-1 to sail through fractions of :27.1, :56, 1:22.2 before cruising home a full 2½ lengths in front of 6-5 Sectionline Bigry (Tyler Smith) and 3-1 Rockathon (Dan Noble).   Lather Up pushed his career earnings to $102,600 with the triumph, the sixth of his career in nine starts.  He is now two-for-two in 2018.   Mission Accepted was equally impressive among his diagonally-gaited rivals, stopping the timer in a new track record and setting a national season’s mark of 1:53 for 3-year-old trotting colts on a five-eighths mile oval in the second OSS division for trotting sophomores.     Trained and co-owned by Jeff Conger, along with Knox Services of Mt. Vernon, OH (who also bred the colt) and David Wills, Newark, OH, the son of Manofmanymissions was an easy 2-5 winner for Ryan Stahl.  The bay colt finished four lengths ahead of rivals 7-2 Pass The Vape (Derek Watiker) and 7-1 Uncle Buck (Trace Tetrick), who was 8½ lengths back.   The victory gave Mission Accepted his sixth career victory in nine starts, and pushed his seasonal earnings to $45,000 and his career bankroll to $235,800.  He is now two-for-two this season as well, having taken a $50,000 Scarlet & Gray division on April 28 at Miami Valley.   Sultan Of Cash captured the first OSS trotting division, as the 2-1 favorite with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. in the sulky, in a respectable 1:56.   Trained and owned by Roger Hughes, Jr., the Cash Hall son bested rivals 9-2 MVP Luke (Dan Noble) and 16-1 Get The Cash (Greg Grismore).   The victory pushed Sultan Of Cash’s career earnings to $172,765 and his seasonal monies to $46,250.  He now has eight victories in 12 career starts.   The third OSS division for trotters saw Northmedo Mission prevail in a healthy new lifetime mark of  1:56.3 for driver Danny Noble.  Trained by Mike Medors for the Northmedo Stable of Painesville, OH, the altered son of Manofmanymissions raced close up throughout the mile and went on to score a 3¼ length triumph over 8-5 favorite Two O B Wonkenobi (Sammy Widger) after snatching the lead at the 1:27 three-quarter mile marker. Magic MVP, a 23-1 longshot, was third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. From 14 career starts and six wins, the homebred Northmedo Mission now has $35,728 in his coffers.   Rockn Motion and driver Danny Noble took advantage of the rail slot in the first OSS pacing division to score as the public’s 5-2 choice in 1:51.1. Trained by Jim Dailey for breeder-owner Ronald Mersky of Paris, KY, the bay son of Pet Rock made a dramatic, three-wide move at the three-quarter pole to brush home in the stretch and best rivals 10-1 Seeing Eye Single (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and 5-1 Slick Mick (Ryan Stahl).    Unraced as a 2-year-old Rockn Motion now has four wins and a second in eight starts, with $39,625 in his wallet.  The 1:51.1 effort was a new life mark for the rangy colt.   Favorite (4-5) Bounding Dragon notched the second OSS division for pacing colts in 1:53, with a perfect steer by driver Josh Sutton.  Trained by Mike Roth for Alan Keith, Johnstown, OH and Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, OH, the brown Dragon Again colt used a second-over trip until the stretch, when he paced to a 2½ victory over 6-1 Sip And A Bite (Montrell Teague).    Longshot (54-1) Oberline was third with Kyle Ater in the sulky. Bounding Dragon, who was bred by Ohio’s Emerald Highland Farm and New York’s J&T Silva Stables, now has career earnings of $111,159 and seasonal earnings of $39,750, with four wins in 13 lifetime starts.   Leg Two of this series for sophomores will be as follows:  June 2 at Northfield Park for 3-year-old pacing fillies;  June 9 at Scioto Downs for 3-year-old pacing colts;  June 11 at Northfield Park for 3-year-old trotting fillies; and June 15 at Scioto Downs for 3-year-old trotting colts. Kimberly Rinker OSDF Administrato

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jim Morand entered the record books Tuesday at Harrington Raceway becoming just the 15th driver in North American harness racing history to reach 9,000 wins. Morand, who drove three winners on the program, achieved the milestone win aboard Brenda Teague's Remus Blue Chip ($17.80) in the 13th race. Morand, a native of Windsor, Ontario, learned harness racing under the tutelage of his step father Gerry Bookmyer after moving to Ohio at a young age. He's driven such top horses as Little Brown Jug elimination winner Kiev Hanover, Nuclear Breeze, 2004 Horse of the Year Rainbow Blue, Stampede Hanover, among many others through the course of his career. "I've been lucky to drive a lot of good horses over the years for a lot of great people," said Morand humbly in the winner's circle. "We moved to Delaware shortly after the slots came and it's a nice place to live." Before making the move to Delaware, Morand spent most of his career at Rosecroft Raceway where he dominated the Maryland circuit for many years. His wife Melanie, and three children, sons Kyle and James and daughter Olivia were on hand to see their father reach hallowed ground. Prior to Morand, Ron Pierce was the last to reach 9,000 wins in 2013. Another driving milestone was reached on the Harrington program as Bret Brittingham drove his 2,000th winner aboard Fleeting Flirt N ($5.80) in the ninth race. Brittingham has been a regular on the Delaware circuit for years along with his father, trainer Don Brittingham. The Brittingham stable has trained three recent Horse of the Meet winners at Harrington, including As Bad As Thunder, Raritan Bay and Artciano. Driver George Dennis also had a driving triple on the program. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

DOVER, Del. ---- Bestofthebunch and Thetruthaboutdavid, both were beaten favorites last time out, head separate Delaware $9,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Male pace divisions on Sunday, March 16 at Dover Downs. After winning two of three 2014 starts, Bestofthebunch, who was beaten by a neck last week and in both of his recent starts, must overcome starting for post 8 in the nine-horse field of younger horses. Ron Pierce will drive for trainer Trish Foulk and owner Foulk Stables. Two of the gelding's rivals won last time out; Jeff Franklin and LeBlanc Racing's Reindance with Ross Wolfenden, the only other three-year-old in the lineup, and Brenda Teague's Sink The McBismark, handled by Montrell Teague. Trainer Lauren Allen's Public Enemy, reined by Vic Kirby, heads the opposition. In the other 3,4&5-year-old section, George Teague's Thetruthaboutdavid (M.Teague), a two-time winner this year and beaten favorite last start, drew the rail, with his expected stiffest opponents starting alongside; Louis Catana's Pantheon Seelster (Jonathan Roberts), Lauren Allen's On The Horizon (Wolfenden) and William Moffett Inc.'s Leyden (Allan Davis), from posts 2,3 and 4 respectively. Driver Jack Parker and Carol Parker's Suits and Arty Foster Jr.'s Champion's Club (Trace Tetrick) have upset credentials. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

Even after all the numerous awards and big stakes races he's won in America, master harness racing trainer George Teague Jr still puts a lot of his success down to luck. The Delaware horseman is also one of the sport's most humble horsemen and is quick to deflect praise.

The lucrative Matron Stakes Two-Year-Old finals headline the Saturday (Nov. 12) program at Dover Downs. First harness racing post is 5:30 p.m.

Montrell Teague knows he would not have stormed onto the American harness racing scene had it not been for the strong work ethic drummed into him an early age. 'Dad always had me down at the barn early in the mornings, being productive.

Harness racing driver Jack Moseyev gave Bestofbest the perfect drive behind Custard The Dragon until they stretched out in the straight and from there the son of Western Hanover and the great race mare Bunny Lake gave nothing else a chance to win the $100,000 2011 Pepsi North America Cup consolation.

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