HARRINGTON, Del. - Callam Racing's Spunky Jack ($4.20, Roger Plante Jr.) recorded his 16th career win Wednesday with a 1:55.4 victory in the featured $17,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway. The 5-year-old Super Punk gelding was sent promptly to the lead from post position six and never relented in his three length win over Powerful Charger and Six Gun Hall. Trained by Steve LeBlanc, it was his fourth win of the year as his earnings ballooned to nearly $90,000 in 2014. The 10th race gave first state racing fans their first dose of pacing sire Riggins, who campaigned on the Delaware circuit for a portion of his career, with his offspring 2-year-old pacer Smoking Joey. Driven by George Dennis, the gelding prevailed in wire-to-wire fashion in 1:56.2 for an auspicious start to his career. Ross Wolfenden had three winners on the program. Victor Kirby, who is closing in on 3,000 career wins had a double, as did Bret Brittingham. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - The second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters is now complete after 10 fillies went to post over two divisions Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Art Stafford Jr. and Wyatt Starkey's Overnight Hit ($3.80, Stafford Jr.) was the fastest elimination winner with a three length score over Kelsey's Commando and Linbo Love in 1:59.4. The Giant Hit-sired filly charged by pacesetter Kelsey's Commando at the top of the stretch and drew clear impressively. It was the fourth win of the season for Overnight Hit, who is trained by her driver and co-owner Stafford Jr. Stop the Jade Farm's Bella's Spunkin ($3, Allan Davis) took the earlier division in 2:01.2 over Oso Grateful and Some Sweet Lady. The Super Punk-sired filly surged by pacesetter Oso Grateful in mid-stretch for a narrow win. Trained by Joe King, "Bella" notched her third win of the year. In the overnight feature, Jason Johnson's My Ideal Hanover ($8, Victor Kirby) recorded her Third Straight win in the $17,000 Mares Open in 1:53 for trainer Jay Gannon. The 5-year-old Western Ideal mare was a front end winner over Mach Lady and Sucha Bad Girl. Allan Davis had four winners on the program. Bret Brittingham had a driving triple. The $100,000 DSBF finals will be held on Governor's Day during the Delaware State Fair, July 24, with a special 7 p.m. post time. The Wednesday program features undefeated 3-year-old trotting gelding I Like My Boss (9/5, Jon Roberts) who has won all 10 of his lifetime starts. He will head the first of two divisions of the DSBF stakes for trotting colts. The Bob Shahan-trainee drew post five in the seven horse field, slated as the first race on the 14-race program. The second division is carded as the eighth race. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-olds officially resumed Sunday with a pair of $20,000 divisions on the 13-race program at Harrington Raceway Sunday. Legacy Racing of DE, Pam Curran and Niel Gargiulo's Motorino ($4.20, Allan Davis) won the first split in 1:56. The even-money choice set all the fractions in his narrow win over Hawker and Go Big Spinder. Trained by Wayne Givens, it was the Third Straight win for the son of Brian P. The second division was the faster as Karen Walls' Elite Awards ($2.80, George Dennis) was a wire-to-wire winner over Dover Downs' final winner Casino Bags Carlo and Lewiebyalength for trainer David Rearic in 1:54.3. A Powerful Toy gelding, Elite Awards, notched his 11th win in 18 lifetime starts. Dennis, Davis and Bret Brittingham each notched driving triples on the program. Jon Roberts had a double. The DSBF stakes will continue Monday with the filly pacers in action with three divisions. On Tuesday, the trotting fillies will go postward in two divisions, while the trotting colts will cap off the week with two divisions on Wednesday. After two rounds of eliminations, the $100,000 finals are slated for July 24, Governor's Day at the Delaware State Fair. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
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
HARRINGTON, Del. - Jlrl LLC's Rock On Moe ($4.40, George Dennis) notched his second win in the last three starts at Harrington Raceway Monday in the $17,000 Open Pace in 1:51.3. The Rose Smutz-trainee was sent for the lead as the 6-to-5 post time favorite from post four to fractions of 27.2, 55.4 and 1:23.4. Meanwhile last week's winner, Just A Jolt mounted his attack second over behind a stalling first-over Adventure Bound. Just A Jolt tipped three-wide on the final turn and gobbled up ground late but was unable to reel in pacesetter Rock On Moe who held on by a long neck. The 6-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding has banked more than $53,000 thus far in 2014 after a banner 2013 season when he earned $136,302. Poker Hall followed in close behind Just A Jolt for third. Meanwhile, two Harrington regular drivers are approaching win milestones. Jim Morand, who won the third race with Dreamfair Kovu and 13th race with Chang Dynasty, is closing in on 9,000 wins with 8,997. Morand will become just the 15th driver in North America to reach 9,000 wins. Bret Brittingham, who won the first race with People Are Crazy and fourth with As Bad As Thunder, has 1,996 victories in his pursuit of 2,000. Allan Davis had four winners on the program. Trainer Wayne Givens and Legacy Racing of Delaware had three wins. Dennis and Montrell Teague also had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - David Miller's Cash On Delivery ($7.60, Vince Copeland) capitalized on a drop in class Wednesday to capture the $7,600 featured conditioned trot in 1:56.1 at Harrington Raceway. The 6-year-old Cash Hall gelding followed Six Gun Hall, who was parked the entire mile, into the race and charged home off cover late to score a one-length win. Six Gun Hall held second while Pounce Hanover, who was a pocket sitter behind pacesetter Mandabra, finished third. Cash On Delivery notched his 17th career win for trainer/driver Copeland and is coming off a 2013 season where he banked more than $116,000. Drivers Allan Davis and Bret Brittingham had three wins on the program. Ross Wolfenden, Mike Rossi and George Dennis each had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harnesslink.com
HARRINGTON, Del. - John Dayton's Just A Jolt ($3.80, Victor Kirby) reset the track record for 4-year-old pacing geldings Monday with a 1:50.3 triumph in the $17,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway. The 4-year-old Village Jolt gelding was sent for the lead approaching the quarter-mile after being released by last week's winner Rock On Moe to an opening quarter of 27. With a parked Delaware Hanover on the outside for the entire mile, Just A Jolt marched on to the half mile in 55.1 and three-quarters in 1:23.3. Rock On Moe was unable to reel in Just A Jolt through a 27-second final panel with the latter prevailing by a length. Ez Noah, who was there-wide after the half-mile was a game third. Trained by Jim King Jr., it was the eighth win of the year for Just A Jolt, and fourth already in five starts this year at Harrington. Just A Jolt broke his own 4-year-old track record, which was co-held by Western Ace (1:51.1). Ross Wolfenden recorded a driving triple. A host of drivers had driving doubles including Kirby, Bret Brittingham, Montrell Teague, Allan Davis and Anthony Morgan. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - North State Street Stable's Monochromatic ($4.40, Jim Morand) returned off a three-month layoff with a harness racing victory Tuesday night at Harrington Raceway in the $17,000 Mares Open in 1:53.4. Trained by Dylan Davis, the 9-year-old Dream Away mare found room at the top of the stretch and surged by leader BJ's Sweetheart, who brushed to the front at the half-mile, for the win. Jeremes Sweetheart finished second, while Paradise Lost was third. Monochromatic has 49 career wins and has banked nearly $800,000 lifetime. Allan Davis had three wins on the program. Drivers Montrell Teague, Bret Brittingham and Victor Kirby each had driving doubles.
HARRINGTON, Del. - Harry Von Knoblauch's Scootin For Joy ($3.60, Ross Wolfenden) notched a repeat victory in the $17,000 Mares Open Pace Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:53. Trained by Peter Tritton, the 4-year-old Western Paradise mare sat behind 7-to-5 second choice Jeremes Sweetheart throughout, who set fractions of 27.1, 56.1 and 1:25. Meanwhile, the 4-to-5 Scootin For Joy sat loaded with pace and waited her turn down the passing lane for a one-length win. Jeremes Sweetheart held second, while Paradise Lost closed ground late for third. Driver Jim Morand continued his pursuit of 9,000 wins with four wins on the program. Morand has 8,984 career victories. All four of his driving wins were aboard trainer Les Givens' horses. Allan Davis had three victories. Montrell Teague, Ross Wolfenden and Bret Brittingham each had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - Harry Von Knoblauch's Scootin For Joy ($4, Ross Wolfenden) notched her fifth win of the year Tuesday in 1:55.1 over a sloppy racetrack in the $17,000 featured Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. The 4-year-old Western Paradise mare utilized her rail post draw to dictate the fractions and cruised to a four-length score over last week's winner Paradise Lost and My Ideal Hanover. Trained by Peter Tritton, it was the fifth win in seven starts for the winner. Bret Brittingham had five driving wins and is closing in on 2,000 in his career. Jim Morand, who is closing in on 9,000 lifetime wins, had four winners. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - Robert Winkelman's Paradise Lost ($4.20) benefited from a pocket trip to earn a narrow win in 1:54.2 in the featured $17,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway as one of five driving winners for Allan Davis. The 7-year-old Artsplace mare sat behind pacesetter Lloyd's Lady who left from her rail post position and set fractions of 28.4, 57.2 and 1:26.1 before Davis urged Paradise Lost to the outside to edge clear in deep stretch. Scootin For Joy closed ground late for third. With just two nights of racing in the books in Harrington's 2014 season, Davis has ten winners. Four-time defending driving champion Ross Wolfenden had two winners as did Eric Goodell, who won the daily doubl, Bret Brittingham and Mike Rossi. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
DOVER, Del.---- Casino Bags Carlo swept to victory in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Male pace, the last of four $100,000 DSBF finals this week on the closing day of the 45th harness racing season at Dover Downs, Thursday, April 10 at Dover Downs. Bandolito romps in 1:48 winning $36,000 Preferred pace and Just A Jolt takes $33,000 Delaware Special. When front-pacing favorite Elite Awards suddenly broke stride on the final turn, Vince Copeland, sitting second with Casino Bags Carlo, shot into the lead and rushed home a 1:52.4 winner of the final DSBF three-year-old championships. The win was the third straight victory of an unbeaten campaign for Cavalli Pazzi Stables,. Copeland has trained and driven the Roddy's Bags Again-Casino Bus gelding now a winner of eight of 12 races and only once farther back that third while winning $70,000 this year and $168,911 lifetime. West Star Director (Ben Stafford Jr.) finished second for the third consecutive start. Forced Passage (Ross Wolfenden) was third. Driver George Dennis said he and Elite Awards saw a lose horseshoe shining brightly on the track along a pylon and the pacer was startled and broke stride, finishing out of the money for the first time in 12 races with 10 of them easy wins. Bandolito, a 1:48 winner last week, currently the fastest time of 2014, won even more impressively this week stepping up to the $36,000 Preferred Handicap. Trainer-driver Daryl Bier, co-owner with Charley Dombeck and David Bier, the Ponder-Sody's Home Brew brown four-year-old was never trouble chalking up his third win in four starts this year while winning $48,977 and $228,815 in his 16 race career. Tarpon Hanover (David Miller) ended a two-race win streak finishing second with Take It Back Terry (Ross Wolfenden) the show horse. When Nova Artist (Allan Davis) became involved in trouble in front of the grandstand when he received a broke race wheel, the $33,000 Delaware Special Handicap became a toss up. Feel Like a Fool (Dennis) took over the lead and led into the stretch when Tim Tetrick steered Just A Jolt to the front nearing the wire for a 1:50.2 triumph. Feel Like A Fool and Full Of Sand (Corey Callahan) were second and third respectively. Nova Artist pulled up before the clubhouse turn. Corey Callahan drove Joan Hamstead's homebred Lewiebyalength scooted to a 1:53.2 success in the $20,000 DSBF consolation. A 13-1 shot Three Day Forecast (Jonathan Roberts) was second with By Noggin (Tony Morgan) third. Callahan also guided Gateway Racing's Lollipop Kid to a 1:49.1 conquest in an $18,000 Male Winners-Over pace. The Dylan Davis-trainee is an altered son of Shady Character-Saly Pansen and won for the third time in 10 outings this year. Manhattan Rusty N (Ron Pierce) finished a strong second with Poker Hat (Tetrick) finishing third. In the $17,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Male Winners-Over pace, Troy and Todd Tribbett's Alittleaintenough notched his fourth win of the season with Ron Pierce driving, a 1:51 lifetime mark. The Artiscape-Mayland Beauty gelding trained by Joe Hunterpfund was followed home by Chesapeake Bay (David Miller) and Totally Kissed (Montrell Teague), the only sophomore in the field, who was third. Bret Brittingham drove the other $17,500 division winner, Leslie Betts' Teresa's Beach. The Somebeachsomewhere-GE's Jen four-year-old is trained by Johnny Waite and won #4 this year in 11 starts. Sea Harrier (Tetrick) accepted his first loss after two wins. Varsity Hanover (Kim Vincent) closed strongly to finish third. In between races ceremonies, Corey Callahan was presented the Leading Driver award. Dylan Davis won the Leading Trainer title, while Nova Artist, for the second time in three seasons, won Horse of the Meet honors. Dover Downs says 'so long' to its 45th season and thanks all who participating in making the 2013-14 meet successful. Thanks for being an important part of the banner season. Racing will resume next Fall. In the meantime, harness racing resumes on Monday, April 21 at Harrington Raceway. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs
DOVER, Del.---- Overnight Hit overtook front trotting Kelsey's Commando on the final turn and then sped to a 1:59 victory in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly Trot final, the second of four $100,000 DSBF finals this week at Dover Downs on Tuesday, April 8 at Dover Downs. Art Stafford Jr., trains, drives and co-owns Overnight Hit with Wyatt Starkey. The Giant Hit-Overnight Rail bay won for the second straight time in three starts this season. Kelsey's Commando (Vic Kirby), winner of both $100,000 frosh filly finals had the early lead before Stafford moved his filly up on the outside and quickly overtook the leader. Overnight Hit was all alone at the finish line with Even Brighter (Bret Brittingham) getting past Kelsey's Commando nearing the wire for second money. Overnight Hit has now won four of nine lifetime races with two second and two thirds. She has banked $189,210 in her short career. In the $20,000 DSBF consolation, After stalking Canterbury Girl (Wayde Marsh) for three quarters, Jim Morand moved Linbo Love out of second and soon took over and opened up a big lead on the way to a 2:03.3 victory, It was the first win in 10 starts for Linbo Love, a chestnut daughter of Linbo-Just Lips trained by Les Givens for Nanticoke Racing and its breeders Charles and Diane Coursey. Canterbury Girl finished second. Some Sweet Lady (Les Givens) finished third. Ross Wolfenden, Allan Davis, trainer JohWagonhoffer and Beaver Creek Farms scored two wins each.. Unbeaten I Like My Boss heads $100,000 final Wednesday Unbeaten I Like My Boss leads a field of eight in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Male Trot Final while Enrico AS seeks a third consecutive win in the $24,000 Open Trot Handicap on the regular card on Wednesday, March 9 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. In the first DSBF $20,000 trot, Briefs Or Boxers, owned, trained and driven by Carlo Poliseno, is program favorite after winning a 1st leg last week. Gateway Stable's Streets Of Gold with Eddie Davis Jr. and Charles Winbrow and Jimmy Lunn's AJ Commander and Ross Wolflenden lead the opposition. I Like My Boss teamed with Jonathan Roberts has won all six of his lifetime starts for breeders- owners trainer Bob Shahan and Jimmy and Angela Parsons and is the race favorite. Last week a pair of up setters made the winner's circle in their $20,000 preliminary divisions; Crawford Rayne's Toolbox and Bill Long, in only the gelding's second career start and Gateway Stable's Street Of Gold, with Eddie Davis Jr. driving. Eli Beiler and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr.'s Bosston BNZ and Briefs And Boxers, owned, trained and driven by Carlo Poliseno are the other prelim leg winners. The other starters are Providence West Inc.'s Odessa piloted by Kim Vincent and Marvin Meyer's My Boy Charlie and driver Roger Plante. Syl King's Whichwayrightrleft (Ross Wolfenden) is the one to beat in a $20,000 DSBF trot consolation. on meet closing day, Thursday, April 10, male pacers. Enrico AS (Ron Pierce) has won his last two races in-a-row and three of his last four starts for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, The five-year-old leaves from post 6 in the $24,000Open/Handicap trot, Barbara Boese's Awsome Valley (Tony Morgan) is fresh from a front-end win last start. Walt Callam's Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) has been sharp all meet and a three-time winner. Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stables' I'm So Striking (Eddie Dennis) is a strong closer. Rich Poillucci's Guiltywithanexcuse (Daryl Bier) just missed finishing second by a neck last week and Benbar Stable's Cadillac Cruiser (Davis Jr.) completes the starting lineup. On Friday, the meet comes to a close with a $100,000 DSBF sophomore male pace, the headline event of Dover Downs' closing program this meet. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs
DOVER, Del.---- There was a mild surprise in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly pace final, Fashion Guru went right to the front for Tim Tetrick and never looked back fashioning a 1:54.3 triumph in the first of four $100,000 DSBF finals this week. On the regular card, Spend It All won the $24,000 Mares Open pace on a drizzling Monday, April 7 at Dover Downs. Driver Ron Pierce won four races. Second in both her $20,000 preliminaries, this time the Ben Stafford trained filly for Winbak Farm, took control early with a :26.3 opening panel and continued on for her fourth win with four seconds in nine lifetime starts. The Rustler Hanover-Natural Luck homebred now has boosted her career earnings to $75,925. Jonigold (Corey Callahan), who left from the outside but relinquished the lead to Fashion Guru, was second. Megginspin (Ron Pierce) closed for third money. Fashion Guru went off at odds of 4-1 and paid $10.00 to win. The public-choice, Seboomook Fool Yah (Allan Davis), had won both her prelims impressively, but after making an unsuccessful bid on the backstretch flattened out finished off the board for the first time in her 13 race career. In the $20,000 DSBF consolation, Corey Callahan took Treasure Valley to the front and then had to ward off a challenge from Juliana's Director on the backstretch before pulling away to a 1:57.2 victory. The Roddy's Bags Again-Fox Valley Hooker filly is trained by Del Cote for owners Henry Faragalli III, Trevor Johnson and Joe Thomson. Hen's Playmate (Eddie Davis Jr.) came on to finish second in front of Crushed Again (Vic Kirby). Reversing racing positions from the previous two weeks, Jeremes Sweetheart and Ron Pierce cut out the fractions with Spend It All getting a 2-hole trip in the $24,000 Mares Open pace. This week, it was Spend It All, and driver Jim Morand, that took the passing lane route and came away with a 1:54 victory. Les Givens conditions the Tell All-Dream Card four-year-old to her first win of the year and 17th of a two-year career. Spend It All, owned by Brooke Givens and Steve Head, has earned $163,290 lifetime. Alexachase (Bret Brittingham) was first over again and had to settle for third. Scootin For Joy came out of third half way down the stretch then won the foot race to the finish line in 1:53.1 to win the $17,500 Mares Winners-Over pace. Ron Pierce picked up his third win of the day guiding the four-year-old Western Paradise-Scooting Annie daughter to her fourth win of the year for trainer Pete Tritton and owner Harry von Knoblauch. Lloyd's Lady (Montrell Teague) sat second from the start and finished second with front-pacing Pacific Wine (Corey Callahan) having to finish third. Pierce led all drivers with four trips to the winner's circle; meet leader Callahan had a triple. 100,000 DSBF 3YO Filly Trot final Tuesday Eight start in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly Trot Final, the Tuesday, April 8 feature race during Dover Downs final week of racing this meet. Last week - trainer, driver and co-owner Art Stafford Jr. with Wyatt Starkey - guided Overnight Hit to a mild upset overtaking favorite JJ&M Stable, Richard Lombardo and breeder Pam Wagner’s Kelsey’s Commando and Vic Kirby, for the 1:58 victory. Meanwhile, Stop The Jade Farm’s Bella’s Spunkin, driven by Allan Davis, scored his second straight prelim victory. The other $20,000 DSBF prelim was won by 30-1 longshot Onery Inc.’s Even Brighter piloted by Bret Brittingham. The rest of the contenders are; Lowe Walker and ONB’s Gogh Gogh teamed with Tony Morgan; Ed and Karen Wells’ Oso Grateful and George Dennis, Way Over Paid, owned, trained and driven by Bryan Truitt burdened by outside post 8 and Limborghini with Eddie Davis Jr. bred and trained by Andy Markano and co-owners E.L. Goans and V.P. Schoeffel. The final week of Dover Downs’ 45th season presents a $100,000 DSBF Final for sophomore male trotters on Wednesday. The $100,000 colt and gelding final is the closing day headliner on Thursday. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs
DOVER, Del. ---- Andy Roo and Raritan Bay drew inside posts while Cash Cab must come from post 8 in the $20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap on Sunday, April 6, the last Sunday racing this meet, at Dover Downs. Post time is 5:30 p.m. Last start Baron Racing's Andy Roo, and Tony Morgan, was favorite but finished a half-length back in fourth while Raritan Bay owned by /Elizabeth Brittingham and driver Bret Brittingam, second favorite, was second beaten a nose. The race was won by Jenifer Kolessar's Lord Terror who came from sixth at three-quarters and five wide at the top of the stretch to record a 1:54.4 victory for driver Sean Bier. Lou Catana's Cash Cab and Jonathan Roberts must again start from outside. Last week, he left from post 7 and led until the final strides still finished third a half-length behind. The rest of the field includes Jane Ann Bell's Winbak Carl, driven by George Dennis; Arty Foster Jr.'s Bettor's Arena and Vic Kirby; Hasty Western driven by Allan Davis for Legacy Racing and Mark Givens; and Bill and Barbara Kinsey's Idealist leaving from the rail with Jim Morand. The 2013-2014 meet comes to a closes next week, with four $100,000 DSBF finals, one each day. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; post time is 4:30 p.m. After consecutive wins, Andy Roos finished third and fourth in his last two starts. Tony Morgan will attempt to get Baron Racing Stable's nine-year-old winner of $742,413 lifetime back in the winner's circle. Betty and driver Bret Brittingham's Raritan Bay has a similar record in his last four outings and leads the opposition Lou Catana's Cash Cab, handled by Jonathan Roberts, won his previous start, but leaves from outside post 7. Bill and Barbara Kinsey, driven by Jim Morand, drew the rail. Mark Givens and Legacy Racing's Hasty Western with Allan Davis, Jennifer Kolessar' s Lord Terror and Sean Bier along with complete the lineup. A Delaware $15,000 Male Claiming Allowance heads the undercard. For those planning to watch racing and dine in the Winner's Circle Restaurant, reservations are suggested. Call 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Daily simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing daily begins 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. By Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs
DOVER, Del.---- Bandolito scored the fastest mile of the year on any size track while equaling the all-track record of 1:48 set in 2012 by Heston Blue Chip, while Casino Bags Carlo was the fastest of three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 2nd leg Pace preliminaries and in the $33,000 Delaware Special, Nova Artist won again on a strong Thursday, April 3 program at Dover Downs. Daryl Bier moved Bandolito up on the outside as Lollipop Kid (Corey Callahan) and Fancyfreeshark (Jonathan Roberts) continued to battle on the front end. Bandolito took the lead on the final turn and breezed home in track record equaling and track four-year-old record time of 1:48. Bier trains and co-owns the Ponder-Sody's Home Brew brown horse with Charles Dombeck and David Bier. It was his second win of the year and 11th lifetime and now has won purses of 210,815. Manhattan Rusty N (Ron Pierce) showed late speed to finish second in front of Lollipop Kid, third. . Casino Bags Carlo turned in the fastest of the three DSBF prelims, a 1:53.4 wire-to-wire performance for trainer, driver Vince Copeland and owner Cavalli Pazzi Stables. The Roddy's Bags Again-Casino Bus gelding won his second in two starts in 2014 and seventh, with two second and a third in his 11 career races banking $118,911. Forced Passage (Ross Wolfenden) was runner-up with Lewiebyalength (Corey Callahan) the show horse. In the second $20,000 DSBF pace, Elite Awards came from off-the-pace for driver George Dennis to take the lead from West Star Director (Ben Stafford Jr.) and then led his six rivals home for a 1:54.3 victory, his Third Straight this years and 10th in 11 starts lifetime earning $124,225. David Rearic conditions the Powerful Toy-Silk Slip gelding for owner Karen Walls. The third DSBF division was even more competitive. Tim Tetrick drove Art Retreat to a come-from-behind 1:54 decision. Go Big Spinder (Ron Pierce) closed well to take second while Hawker (David Miller), who vied for the early lead was the show finisher. Vern Cannon and trainer Jeff Clark owned the Artzina-Wild Retreat gelding who won for the first time in 13 starts which include five seconds and two thirds. Nova Artist in his customary style closed from fifth at the half to notch a 1:50.2 triumph in the $33,000 Delaware Special. Allan Davis was at the controls of the seven-year-old son of Real Artist-Avon Lady who recorded his fourth win of the year to go with two seconds and two thirds for owners trainer Eddy and Kathy Davis. The almost black pacer, who was the track's Horse of The Meet two seasons back, has won $85.350 this year and $849,917 in his career. Just A Jolt (Tim Tetrick) also rallied from off-the-pace to finish second in front of Feel Like A Fool (Dennis). Jet Blue Miracle came on strong in one of two $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over paces to rack up a 1:52.1 win. Ross Wolfenden teamed with trainer Les Givens to make owners Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing happy with their fourth win of the year. Major Bucks (Toby Lynch) finished second with Shiretown Pitbull (Sean Bier) third. In the other $18,000 event, Tim Tetrick roared down the lane driving Sea Harrier, a Jereme's Jet-Ingrid Bergrin gelding, to his sixth win of the meet in nine races for Paton Racing and trainer Jim King. Jolt Of Fire (Dennis) and Spinfiniti (Pierce) were second and third respectively. Frank Chick's So Much To Say, driven by Dennis for trainer Kevin Lare, posted a 1:52 victory in a $15,500 4&5-Year-Old pace. Art Of Escape (Pierce) was second followed by Heart Breaking (Davis), third. Morgan and Jeanne McInnis rejuvenated Cams Art in 1:51.2 won a close 1:51.2 decision at 12-1 odds in a $15,000 Male pace with Bret Brittingham driving. SB Mike's Hot Beach (Mike Rossi), off at 71-1, cut out the mile and finished second. Just Bettor (Pierce) came on from far back for third money. George Dennis had three wins while Allan Davis, Tim Tetrick and Bret Brittingham had doubles. A $20,000-$25,000 Claiming pace is the top race on Sunday when racing resumes. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book.