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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

HARRINGTON, DE - Louis Tomczak Jr.'s Proper One ($8.60, Carlo Poliseno) won his fourth straight race Monday at Harrington Raceway in a $11,000 conditioned pace in 1:54.3. The 4-year-old Proper Respect gelding seized the lead immediately after starting gate left and never looked back in his wire-to-wire score for trainer/driver Poliseno, who had a driving triple and training double on the card. Proper One achieved his 8th win of the season, none bigger than his win in the $20,000 President's Cup on Governor's Day during the Delaware State Fair on July 26 in a lifetime best of 1:52.3. Drivers Mike Cole and Art Stafford Jr. each also won three races on the program. One of Stafford's wins came in the $10,000 sub-feature, with venerable pacer Special T Rocks ($6.60.), who notched his 53rd career win with a 1:51.3 score. The 10-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding put in a dominant performance in his 189th career start for trainer Joe Hundertpfund Jr and owner William Sartin and Mark Salerno. by Matt Sparacino, harness racing

DOVER, Del.--- Sky Marshal, who upset Super Fly to win last November’s $100,000 two-year-old male trot title, did it again scoring a 1:59.3 surprising in the 20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd  leg three-year-old Filly pace preliminary on a rainy and chilly Tuesday (March 20) over an off-track at Dover Downs. In addition to winning the first race on the card, driver Carlo Poliseno won both ends of the daily double steering Cicada’s Song, a former DSBF champion to victory in the second race in 1:57.3. Veteran horseman Poliseno got away third with Sky Marshal as Super Fly ad Art Stafford Jr. cutting out the leading fractions. On the final turn, Poliseno pulled Sky Marshal out and quickly engaged the leader and blew past en route to his first win of the year in two starts. Poliseno and Jane Dunavant own the CR Commando-CR Penny Lane colt who now as won $86,000 for his eight starts. Super Fly finished second with Bother Kenny and Tim Tetrick third. Theresademoninme won the $30,000 Open Handicap trot with a powerful display. Jonathan Roberts, handicapped with outside post 7 in the week’s top trot, moved the Kadabra-Tortoni gelding out of third heading to half- mile and mid-backstretch took the lead from race favorite Melady’s Monet and steadily moved away from the field. Theresademoninme won easily by open lengths in 1:54.2 for trainer Dylan Davis who owns the seven-year-old with Mike Casalino Jr. I Like My Boss (Allan Davis) edged Celebrity Pegasus (Stafford Jr.) for place. Melady’s Monet was fourth. Theresademoninme                  -Foto Won photo Holiday Promise guided by Tony Morgan held off Torkil in 1:56 to win a $16,000 Winners trots. Euro Gap (Corey Callahan) was the show horse. Howard Taylor and Rich Lombardo own Holiday Promise, a brown four-year-old daughter of Holiday Road-Promisemespring, one of two winners trained by Corey Callahan. Tim Tetrick drove Go Byem to his second straight victory in a $15,000 Winners-Over trot. Blownoutofthewater (Tony Morgan) was runner-up with Filled Donut (Stafford Jr.) third. The Go Byem win was the 21st for the Delaware-bred Impel Hanover-Go Sassy Go gelding who now has banked $226,284 for owners Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing. Tim Tetrick, trainer-driver Carlo Poliseno, trainer Josh Green and owner Jan Dunavant scored doubles on the card. Happy Giggles was place first in the $16,000 Mares pace. Foolish Heart was first but was disqualified was interference at the quarter. George&Tina Dennis own Happy Giggles, a Rock N Roll Heaven-Sweethearts Dance filly. Miss Apples (Ross Wolfenden) was third, placed second with Keystone Izzy (Russell Foster)  fourth, placed third. A field of nine vie in the $31,000 Mares  Open Handicap pace led by Bettorhaveanother, Sweet Bobbie, Divas Image and Nerida Fanco N, topping the Wednesday program which also features two DSBF prelims. Next Thursday (March 29) the 2017-2018 Dover Downs meet comes a close with all four  DSBF $100,000 finals, featuring the top eight point-getters in each of the four divisions, on the program. A changing menu of fine foods is available to diners watching the races from the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races continue each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book.   Marv Bachrad

HARRINGTON, Del. - Bob Shahan and Don Marine's Six Gun Hall ($7.20, Allan Davis) notched his third win of the year in the harness racing featured $12,500 Open II trot at Harrington Raceway Wednesday in 1:57.2. The 6-year-old Deweycheatumnhowe stallion assumed the early lead from Prayer Session and never relented. Prayer Session was second with Odessa third. Six Gun Hall boosted his lifetime bankroll to more than $230,000. Carlo Poliseno had a trainer/driver triple. Owner Jane Dunavant had a double. Anthony Morgan also had a driving double. Matthew Sparacino  

(ARRINGTON, VA --- 10/19/2015) ---- Harness racing trainer Charlie Dunavant collected a trio of big wins Sunday as Cicada's Song, Ah Me and Elton J I all scored divisional titles in the $363,000 Virginia-bred "Champions Day" card at Nelson County's Oak Ridge Estate. A total of eight championship races were contested that featured 2 and 3 year old pacers and trotters of both sexes. Cicada's Song continued a torrid month of October by scoring an easy wire-to-wire victory in the $43,075 freshman filly trot over two others. Never threatened, she crossed in a leisurely 2:07 3/5 under the guidance of driver Carlo Poliseno. The Dusty Winner filly was able to squeeze in a track record performance at Harrington Wednesday in between her Oak Ridge prep a week ago and Sunday's triumph. Cicada's Song covered that $20,000 Delaware state-bred prep in 1:59 2/5 October 14th, and headlines this week's $100,000 final. She had a pair of prep wins earlier this month at the same two tracks and is now 6-for-6 in her young career. Ah Me and Elton J both wired the field in their respective finals. The former breezed to a 2:04.0 triumph in the $45,600 3 year old filly trot while the latter had to rebound quickly after breaking stride before the start in the $46,150 freshman colt/gelding trot. Elton J regained the trotting gait and fended off a pesky Speedy Taxi by a length in 2:03 1/5. Poliseno completed a driving triple by directing both to victory. Mark Gray's stable also had a stellar day, earning a pair of wins and three runner-ups in Virginia-bred action. Motel Molly, who got nosed out a week ago by stablemate Hot Hot Jenna in an "All-Gray" three horse photo finish, turned the tables and beat her nemesis by a half length in the $49,500 2 year old filly pace. Hot Hot Jenna led from the start but at the top of the stretch, the eventual winner maneuvered from fourth to second and was just one length back. Gray, who drove Motel Molly, caught the leader just before the wire and crossed in 2:00 3/5, the identical time of a week ago. I Am Delightful rebounded from two separate breaks in his prep race to eek out a neck victory over Flaming Caviar in the $43,000 3 year colt/gelding championship trot. Gray conditions both and he piloted the winner, a Bettor's Delight gelding who crossed in 2:03 3/5. Anne McDonald, LLC of Alexandria owns the duo. The McDonald-Gray tandem got another runner up finish with Elma Lou earlier in the card, who finished 5 3/4 lengths behind Dunavant's Ah Me in the sophomore filly trot. Trainer Chuck Perry, who was in the bike for Hot Hot Jenna, scored a pair of training wins with John's Dream in the $44,700 2 year old colt/gelding pace and with Majestos in the $46,200 3 year old male pace. While John's Dream coasted easily against two other opponents for the second straight week (1:59 2/5), Majestos came from behind and was a neck better in a close three horse photo. The Three Olives gelding beat Riggy, last year's 2 year old male pacing champ, by that slim margin in 1:57 4/5. Andy's Lil Buddy, a Leon Harris trainee, was third in the tight finish. Perry, who owns Hot Hot Jenna outright and is partners with Katie Cobb in the latter, drove both pacers. 2014's 2 year old pacing champion Blueridge Pushy returned as a 3 year old and defended her title in grand fashion. The Badlands Hanover filly wired the field in the October 10th prep and again in Sunday's $45,600 finale. J.D. Wengerd, who drove for owner/trainer Herman Hagerman, carried a two length advantage into the stretch then opened up to win by 5 3/4 lengths in 1:58 4/5. The same runner ups in 2014's freshman edition finished in the same order as sophomores --- Loves You Baby was second and Here Comes Lucy was third. The Champions card completed a four day stand at Oak Ridge for the first time since 2001. The Virginia Equine Alliance put on the ambitious venture in the heart of scenic Nelson County on back-to-back weekends. Darrell Wood

HARRINGTON, Del. - Four $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) divisions for 2-year-old trotters completed their second round of eliminations Wednesday at Harrington Raceway as owner Jane Dunavant and harness racing trainer Carlo Poliseno dominated with three wins, including a track record performance. The $100,000 final events for 2-year-old pacers and trotters of all sexes will be showcased on October 21, along with $20,000 consolations. There were two divisions each for fillies and colts and geldings Wednesday with Dunavant's Cicada's Song ($3.40, Ross Wolfenden) turning in a dazzling 1:59.2 track record performance in the first split of the night for fillies, kicking off what was a huge night for owner Dunavant and trainer Poliseno. The mile time shattered the mark for 2-year-old fillies (2:00.2) and 2-year-old colts and geldings (1:59.3.). The Dusty Winner filly sat in the pocket throughout before surging by on the final turn and holding off Triple Bottom Line to the wire. Epic Smash set the fractions and faded to third. Cicada's Song improved to 4-for-4 lifetime. The second filly division went much slower, but in the end it was another filly with Dunavant/Poliseno connections who would prevail. Jane Dunavant's Devlin ($38, Poliseno) prevailed in 2:04.4. The daughter of Dusty Winner led throughout in her wire-to-wire victory over Unique Rosa Lene and Unshakeable Peace. Devlin achieved her first career win for trainer/driver Poliseno. The first division for male trotters went to Syl King Jr.'s Chipoffthewall ($2.20, Tony Morgan) who was a front-stepping 2:00.2 victor over Mondello and Mr. Paul. Trained by his owner, Chipoffthewall completed a sweep of his DSBF eliminations. Sired by Master Lavec, Chipoffthewall has three wins in seven lifetime starts. In the final DSBF split, another Dusty Winner offspring prevailed for familiar connections, as owner Dunavant and trainer/driver Poliseno notched another win with Elton J ($3.60, Poliseno), who hit the wire first in 2:04 over Chrome Master and Bosston Malibu. All three of Poliseno and Dunavant's winners came with Dusty Winner-sired horses. Following the conclusion of the sixth race, Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger was awarded a blanket as the United States Harness Writers Association's Delaware Valley Chapter's Horse of the Meet. In 18 starts, Powerful Charger had nine wins and made nearly $100,000 at the meet for trainer Jim King Jr. Wingus ($40.60, George Dennis) won the $16,000 overnight feature, the Open Trot, in a new lifetime best of 1:55 for owners Bill and Joan Venables. George Dennis and Poliseno each had a driving double. Poliseno also had a training triple. Matthew Sparacino    

(ARRINGTRON, VA.--- 10/11/2015) ---- Harness racing trainer Charlie Dunavant swept both Virginia-bred two year trotting prep races Sunday afternoon at Nelson County's Oak Ridge Estate as opening weekend festivities continued in advance of next Sunday's $320,000 "Champions Day" card. Cicada's Song captured the $5,000 filly division warm-up in 2:14 1/5 while Elton J won the male counterpart in 2:06 2/5. Driver Carlo Poliseno was the common factor in both, though they came in completely different fashion. The first was a blowout win against two other foes who both broke stride in the non-betting race, while the latter one capped off a thrilling stretch duel with Speedy Taxi, winning by a neck. Cicada's Song, who is now 3-for-3, got her first two wins at Harrington in identical 2:01 1/5 times, the most recent of which came in a $20,000 Delaware state-bred event. Elton J, a Dusty Winner gelding, came to the Commonwealth fresh off a runner-up in the same series at Delaware. Jane Dunavant of Kenbridge, Virginia, owns the pair. John's Dream took advantage of an extended early pocket trip in the colt/gelding pace, cruised past front stepping Patrick's Day in deep stretch and earned a one length triumph in 2:04 4/5. The Dream Away colt, who only faced a pair of competitors in the prep, is owned and trained by Chuck Perry, who also guided Hot Jenna to victory in the Virginia-bred filly pace for trainer Mark Gray. Gray's pacer was one of three he had in the race, and that trio provided the most exciting finish of the weekend in a very tight three horse photo. Starting among a field of seven, just a nose separated Gray's group at the wire. He guided Motel Molly to a second place finish and Frank Milby directed his other charge, Flying Pirate, to third. Only two of the entrants, including runner-up Motel Molly, had made a start prior to Sunday. Cody Poliseno, the 21-year-old son of Carlo Poliseno, earned his second driving win ever and third sulky victory Sunday for the family. He guided Carlo's Collect The Brass to victory over several other high earners in wire-to-wire fashion in a $5,000 "winners over" trot. "I thought we had a real shot with him," said Cody. "The focus seemed to be on Sam Hayes but coming to the gate, my horse had so much energy I took him right to the front and he held strong the whole mile.". The 9 year old CR Commando gelding crossed in 1:56 3/5, just two-fifths of a second off hi lifetime best mark. The Oak Ridge meet continues next weekend with cards Saturday at 12:30 PM and closing day on Sunday at 1:00 PM.   Darrell Wood  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Opening week for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes eliminations for 2-year-olds continued Wednesday as six divisions of trotters were contested. The most noteworthy division was the latter of three colt and gelding divisions, in which Bib Roberts, Graham Grace Stables and M&W Stables, LLC's Egosnattitudes ($10.60, Jon Roberts) reset the track record for freshman trotting geldings, with a 2:00.3 victory. The Great George Two-Aerobic Linda gelding reeled in pacesetting favorite Save The Night in deep stretch for the upset win. Trained by Bib Roberts, it was the first career win for Egosnattitudes. The remaining colt divisions were contested off the wagering program, with Stephane and Brian Cassell's Political Foe (Eddie Dennis, 2:02.4) and Bob Shahan and Don Marine's Political Cash (Allan Davis, 2:01.4) prevailing. The fastest filly division went to another Bib Roberts-trainee, Callmemza ($40, Jon Roberts), who overcame post eight for a wire-to-wire win in 2:02.1. The Great George Two-Endorphan Annie filly notched her second win in three career starts. Driver Victor Kirby piloted six winners, including a win in an elimination for the trotting fillies with Sign N Drive ($4.60, Victor Kirby. 2:02.3). Carlo Poliseno and Foulk Stable's Penny Paratrooper ($3, Ross Wolfenden, 2:04.2) won the remaining filly division.. It was a banner night for Kirby, who reached at a new personal best at Harrington. He picked up a trio of his wins quickly by winning three in a row from races two through four with Windsong Ingenius ($3), Bettor and Bold ($3) and Master Bedroom ($8.60), with the latter two being trained by Jim King Jr. Ross Wolfenden and Jon Roberts each had three wins, while Eddie Dennis had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

DOVER, Del.---- I Like My Boss continued his domination in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Male Trot final keeping his record perfect by winning the third of four $100,000 DSBF finals this week on the penultimate day of Dover Downs season, Wednesday, April 9 at Dover Downs. Driver Jonathan Roberts was content to sit back sixth until reaching the backstretch then he uncorked I Like My Boss and the altered son of Don Boss Vita-Wild One roared to the front and then pulled off for his fourth win of the year. It was his career seventh straight, winning his second $100,000 DSBF final at Dover Downs in five months with an easy 1:57.4 effort. One-time Brandywine driving-champion Bob Shahan trains, co-bred and co-owns I Like My Boss with Jimmy and Ashley Parsons. I Like My Boss has now won $75,000 this year and $145,000 lifetime. Briefs Or Boxers (Carlo Poliseno) was a game second with Toolbox (Bill Long) coming along for third. A 20-1 shot, Winbak Farm bred and owned Call Me Hall with Vic Kirby in the bike came on strong in the closing strides to win the $20,000 DSBF consolation in 1:58.4. LG's Pride (Jim Morand) led from the start until the closing steps, was second with Winmando (Frank Milby) third. Barbara Boese's Awsome Valley, a wire-to-wire winner last week, sat second this time and came on in the lane for a 1:54.1 victory in the $24,000 Open Handicap trot. Tony Morgan drove the Valley Victor-Nannina Ambrosio gelding trained by Ryan McInnis, to his third win of the year good for $50,260 earnings. In his career Awsome Valley has won 21 times and $242,843 lifetime. Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) led until late and settled for second with I'm So Striking (Eddie Dennis) closing for third honors. Ross Wolfenden drove three winners, Corey Callahan, Ron Pierce, George Dennis and Vic Kirby had two wins each. Classic battle in $100,000 DSBF final Thursday Elite Awards, Casino Bags Carlo, both unbeaten three-year-olds pacers after two $20,000 preliminaries, head a strong field of sophomores in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Male Pace final. In addition to a powerful $36,000 Preferred and a $33,000 Delaware Special on the final card of Dover Downs 45th season on Thursday, April 10. Post time is 4:30 p.m. George Dennis will drive Karen Walls’ Elite Awards, winner of last October’s $100,000 freshman final at Harrington, was an easy winner of both DSBF prelim legs. Cavalli Pazzi Stables’ Casino Bags Carlo and Vince Copeland was also impressive in both his winning prelims. Tim Tetrick drove Art Retreat to victory and Virginia Louthan’s homebred Go Big Spinder, handled by Ron Pierce, both won one prelim each. The rest of the fast field of Delaware-sired male pacers is led by Diane and Joel Halpern’s West Star Director and Ben Stafford Jr. with two second-place finishes, Winbak Farm’s Hawker and Jeff Fout, Tom Ireland and trainer Andrew Stafford’s Forced Passage, piloted by Ross Wolfenden and Jim and Phil Mango and driver Bryan Truitt’s Bobbie Power Play, who must leave from post 8.  Joan  Hamstead’s Lewiebyalength (Corey Callahan) and Mike Gannon’s By A Noggin (Vic Kirby) are the program favorites in the $20,000 DSBF consolation. New track record holder, Bandolito, co-owned by trainer-driver Daryl Bier, Charles Dombeck and David Bier, the fastest pacer in the world this year after last week’s 1:48 performance meets KDM Stable’s Tarpon Hanover (David Miller), a 1:49 winner two weeks ago and John Cancelliere’s Emeritus Maximus (Pierce) who has won three straight features at the track, are among the select field in the $36,000 Preferred pace. The Burke Racing, Weaver-Bruscemi, Karr and Collura-owned Take It Back Terry (Wolfenden) and Baron Racing’s Summer Camp (Tetrick), from the rail, complete the fast lineup. Eddie and Kathy Davis’ Nova Artist (Allan Davis), Mary Ann Larrimore’s Believe This Bob (Pierce) and John Dayton’s Just A Jolt (Tetrick) hook up again this week in. Included in the $33,000 Delaware Special. Green Racing and JJ&M Stable All Stienam (Jim Morand). Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool (Dennis), Mike Horn and Bobby Rice Sr.’s Dirty Devil (David Miller) and Brit Evans and Foulk Stable’s Full Of Sand, from the rail are the upset contenders. In addition, a strong undercard is on the program. Dover Downs thanks its many followers at the track and via simulcasting for your patronage during the 2013-2014 meet. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.---- I Like My Boss, Briefs Or Boxers and Bosston BNZ won their 1st leg $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 Three-Year-Old Male Trot preliminaries on Wednesday, March 27 at Dover Downs. Unbeaten I Like My Boss extended his win streak to five as Jonathan Roberts steered the altered son of Don Boss Vita-Wild One to an easy 2:01.1 victory in the first $20,000 prelim. Jimmy and A.M. Parsons and Bobby Shahan bred and own the winner of two races this year and $85,000 lifetime earnings. Call Me Hal (Vic Kirby) finished second in front of Boo's The Boss (Allan Davis) third. Owner, trainer, driver Carlo Poliseno and Briefs And Boxers got up in the last step to win the second DSBF prelim edging Winmando (Frank Milby) in 2:01/ LG's Pride (Jim Morand) had the lead in the stretch and held on for third. The victory was the second in nine starts with a second and two thirds for the Political Briefing-Prestigious Roz gelding. Bosston BNZ made his first start of the year a successful one scoring a 2:00 triumph in the third $20,000 prelim. Art Stafford Jr., who trains, drives and owns the winner with Eli Beiler, now has two wins, three seconds and two thirds in seven lifetime races. Odessa (Kim Vincent) was runner-up with My Boy Charlie (Roger Plante) the show finisher. DSBF 2nd leg events will be held all next week, with the trotting colts and geldings back next Wednesday. The top eight point-getters after two weeks return for a $100,000 final on April 9. On the regular program, Enrico AS won for the second time in three weeks coming from behind to notch a career fastest 1:55.1 victory in the $15,500 Winners-Over trot. Hall of Famer Ron Pierce was in the bike for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. Race leader Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) held on for second. Awsome Valley (Tony Morgan) was a close third. A chestnut gelding son of Allstar Hall-Caspian, Enrico AS has earned $34,460 this year and $205,988 lifetime. Mach Lady, the winningest horse at the meet this year, and Jim Morand, won for the sixth time in seven starts, rolling to a 1:54 victory in a $6,500 Mares pace. George Dennis led all drivers with three winners. Pierce, with two wins, is currently in third place in the driver standings (115). Allan Davis, fourth in the standings, and Tony Morgan, had doubles. Emeritus Maximus steps up to the $30,000 Preferred pace meeting Nova Artist and Believe This Bob in the Thursday feature. Three DSBF pace divisions on Thursday Three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Male Paces conclude the first of two weeks of preliminaries. Karen Walls’ Elite Awards, with George Dennis, winner of the $100,000 freshman final last November at Harrington, leads the first $20,000 division, Cavalli Pazzi Stables’ Casino Bags Carlo and Vince Copeland, the second, while Virginia Louthan’s Go Big Spender, with Ron Pierce in the third section. Emeritus Maximus, a high-priced purchase last Winter, brings three wins including his last two straight to the $30,000 Preferred/Handicap on  Thursday, March 20 meeting Nova Artist and Believe This Bob in the feature race at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Ron Pierce will drive John Cancelliere’s Emeritus Maximus, a career winner of $315,155 for trainer Tom Cancellieri. Two of the other contenders also won their last starts. Mary Ann Larrimore’s Believe This Bob, driven by Montrell Teague, won last week’s $27,500 Delaware Special while Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis’ Lindwood Player piloted by returnee Corey Callahan, an impressive Open winner. Eddie and Kathy Davis’ Nova Artist and Allan Davis finished second last week. JJ&M Stable and Green Racing’s All Stienam, a four-time feature winner earlier in the meet, will be reined by Ross Wolfenden. The competitive Feel Like A Fool with George Dennis driving for Kovach leaves from the rail. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.---- A trio of $20,000 DSBF Three-Year-Old Colt trots and a $15,500 Winners-Over trot share Wednesday, March 26 headlines with three winners last time out - Spunky Jack, Boffin and Jailhouse Juice - tangle in this week's $15,500 Winners-Over feature trot at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. In the first Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $20,000 event, Jonathan Roberts' drives I Like My Boss, undefeated in four career races, The $100,000 DSBF Final winner last November is bred and owned by trainer Bob Shahan and Jimmy and A.M. Parsons. Boo's The Boss, with Allan Davis driving for Howard Taylor, Rich Lombardo and JJ&M Stable and Winbak Farm's Call Me Hal, driven by Vic Kirby head the opposition. Syl King's Whichwayrightrleft (Ross Wolfenden) is the one to beat in the second $20,000 prelim. Trainer-driver Carlo Poliseno's Briefs Or Boxers, Faragalli, Johnson and Nanticoke Racing's LG's Pride (Jim Morand) and John and Sarah Swart's Winmando (Frank Milby) head the challengers. Bosston BNZ, trained and driven by Art Stafford Jr, co-owned with Eli Beiler and Providence West's Odessa (Kim Vincent) drew posts 1 and 2 in the third $20,000 prelim. In the $15,500 Winners-Over trot, Angela Coombs' Boffin (G.Dennis) scored the fastest win, a 1:54.3 decision, the third win in four races this year for trainer Kevin Lare. Jailhouse Juice was a wire-to-wire 1:54.4 winner. Toby Lynch owns the gelding with his son Jason Lynch. Walt Callam's Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) was never headed in 1:56 in his previous outing. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta's Enrico AS (Ron Pierce) had considerable road-trouble in last week's feature. Several are dropping down from the Open ranks: Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stables' fast finishing I'm So Striking (Eddie Dennis); JL Benson Stable's Arriba Amigo (Allan Davis); and Struttin Conway (Ross Wolfenden) leaves from post 9 in the second tier. Upset winners in DSBF second leg Tuesday Even Brighter and Bella’s Spunkin were upset winner in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 Three-Year-Old Filly Pace 1st leg preliminaries on a day of longshots over a snowflake-showed “good’ track, Tuesday, March 18 at Dover Downs. Even Brighter pulled a 30-1 surprise in the first DSBF prelim when Bret Brittingham guided the three-year-old daughter of Giant Hit-Even Bolder to a come-from-behind first career win in 2:01.4 for Onery Inc.  Gogh Gogh (Tony Morgan) finished second with Oso Grateful (George Dennis) third. Race favorite Way Over Paid (Bryan Truitt) was out-of-the money.  Bella’s Spunkin, off at 5-1, was the up-setter in the second $20,000 DSBF trot winning a three-horse photo on the inside in 2:00.1.  Allan Davis drove the Stop The Jade Farm-owned sophomore to the win edging race-favorite Kelsey’s Commando (Vic Kirby) second and Overnight Hit (Art Stafford Jr.) at the wire. Each day next week, the second legs of the four DSBF preliminaries will be raced. The top eight point getters after two legs in the soph filly pace return for a $100,000 final on April 7. Four drivers dominated the snow filled program winning 12 of 15 races. Tim Tetrick won four races while Tony Morgan and Allan Davis had three wins each and George Dennis, a double. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER. Del.--- An on-line auction of 2014-season stallion breedings is being held this week to benefit the "Janet Davis Fundraiser." Eight quality stallion breedings - five of which are for stallions standing in Delaware - one in Maryland, one in Indiana and one in Ontario, will be available to bid on beginning this Tuesday, March 25 at 12 Noon and continue until 12 Noon on Friday, March 28. The Delaware stallions are, in alphabetical order and (donor):pacer, Badlands Nitro (George Teague); pacer, Dream Away (Winbak Farm of Delaware); trotter, Keystone Activator ( Leigh and Tyler Raymer);and pacer, Roddy's Bags Again (Norma Messick and Tim Torbert). Now standing in Maryland are pacing stallions; Rusty's All In (Fox Den Farm) and Total Truth (by Only Money Inc.), standing in Indiana is pacer, Proper Respect (Carlo Poliseno) and standing in Ontario is Badlands Hanover (Joe Holloway). For those bidding, contact: website. DSBF opening round at Dover on Monday The 2014 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 1st leg $20,000 preliminaries gets underway for three-year-old filly pacers on Monday, March 24 while in the $20,000 Mares Open pace, Alexachase takes on five foes in the overnight feature at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. In the first $20,000 DSBF prelim, seven time freshman winner Seboomook Fool Yah, bred and owned by Garnet O’Marrow, seeks to continue his efforts following a $100,000 winning final last November. Allan Davis will be in the bike for trainer Wayne Givens. Winbak Farm’s Fashion Guru has been racing this year and is a winner of three with two seconds in six starts with Ben Stafford Jr. in the bike. Vic Kirby will drive Jeff Bartels’ Crushed Again, a winner of three with four seconds in seven races in 2013. The Wiz Kids Stable’s Jonigold (Bart Dalious), second in the two-year-old $100,000 final, leads the second DSBF division. Virginia Louthan bred, owned and trained Megginspin (Ron Pierce) has shown great improvement in her recent starts prepping for this event. Santa Baby (Montrell Teague), owned by Paul and trainer Lorie Davos. Burris and Chaney is well qualified. I’m Won Rum Wiser, a five-time winner at two, leads the third $20,000 prelim for The Wiz Kids Stable and Tina and driver George Dennis. Ed Walls’ Mommom’s Little C (Jonathan Roberts) and Henry Faragalli III, T.P. Johnson and Joe Thomson’s Treasure Valley (Jim Morand) head the challengers. On the regular card, Bret Brittingham, who is enjoyed one of his best winning seasons, drives Alexachase for owners Kimberley and trainer Johnny Waite. Not to be overlooked is Spend It All, driven by Jim Morand for owners Steve Head and Brooke Givens, i0n only her second start of her four-year-old season. The one to catch in the select field is Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta’s Jeremes Sweetheart, with Ron Pierce. Owner-trainer Bob Winkelman’s Paradise Lost is racing at the top of his game for Ross Wolfenden. Ash LaRue, and George Dennis, drew post 1 while Mike Horn and Bobby Rice Sr.’s Gottaseeaboutagirl, handled by Vic Kirby, closed strongly in last week’s feature test.  Colt beats older rivals at Dover Sunday Thetruthaboutdavid, the only sophomore in the field, recorded his third win of the year and reduced his lifetime record to 1:54.4 winning the $9,500 3,4&5-Year-Old pace on Sunday, to start the third from last week of the Dover Downs 2013-2014 meet began on March 23. A George Teague homebred, Thetruthaboutdavid closed strongly for driver Montrell Teague in only his eighth career race. The Total Truth-Start The Game gelding has been either first or second in seven starts. Pantheon Seelster (Jonathan Roberts) too second money with White Sportscoat (Ross Wolfenden) the third-place finisher. Tony Morgan, the all-time fifth leading driver in the sport, chalked up a four-bagger, with two for trainer Tim Crissman. Jim Morand, Montrell Teague and trainer George Teague had doubles. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.---- Cash Cab paid off after a strong stretch drive to win the $20,000 Male Claiming pace while a pair of three-year-olds - trotter I Like My Boss and filly pacer Evil Fight - scored impressively on Tuesday, March 18 at Dover Downs. Vic Kirby steered 5-1 Cash Cab down the passing lane to win a blanket photo in 1:51.1. Trained by meet leader Dylan Davis, the Western Ideal-Tricky Tooshie horse recorded his third win of the year to go with two seconds and a third in eight races for Mo Coo Inc and Jonatha Klee Racing. The nine-year-old has won $520,580 in his career. Stubbs Hanover (Trace Tetrick) was second and Andy Roo (Allan Davis) edged program choice Raritan Bay (Bret Brittingham) for third. With the start of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund sophomore events beginning Monday, March 24, some of the promising three-year-olds are tuning up. I Like My Boss, winner of the $100,000 Two-Year-Old Colt Trot Final last Fall showed he was ready. Jonathan Roberts piloted the Don Boss Vita-Wild On gelding to an easy come-from-behind 1:57.4 victory in his first start of his sophomore season in a $10,000 DSBF-Eligible trot. Bob Shahan trains, co-bred and owns the winner with Jimmy and A.M. Parsons. His perfect racing record is now four wins and $75,000 earnings. With Tom Deere (Tony Morgan) cutting out the fractions, Briefs Or Boxers (Carlo Poliseno) made a big move to temporarily take the lead after the three quarters, I Like My Boss was moving up and went three-wide entering the lane and quickly took over reaching the finish line in a career best 1:57.4. Christina Talley's impressive three-year-old filly Evil Fight, in only her second pari-mutuel start, scored her second straight win turning back eight rivals for a 1:55.4 success in a $6,500 3&4-Year-Old Filly and Mare pace. Trained by Curtis Daniels, the Western Ideal-Maytime Hall filly was driven by Ross Wolfenden. Surreal Hanover (Roger Plante) was runner-up with Megginspin (Kirby) placed third. Tony Morgan made the winner's circle three-times. Ross Wolfenden and Trace Tetrick had doubles.. Enrico AS, a winner last week, leads a wide-open field of nine in the $15,500 Winners-Over feature trot on Wednesday, March 19 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. The lone winner last time out, Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta’s Enrico AS, scored wire-to-wire for driver Ron Pierce.  Several of the starters are dropping down from the Open ranks: Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stables’ fast finishing I’m So Striking with Eddie Dennis; Walter Callam’s steady Spunky Jack piloted by Roger Plante; JL Benson Stable’s Arriba Amigo with Allan Davis; while Struttin Conway, driven by Ross Wolfenden, leaves from post 9 in the second tier. Other contenders are David Miller’s Cash On Delivery; Blueridge Tornado, driven by George Dennis for Darby Racing and trainer Rosemary Smutz; Benbar Stables’ Cadillac Cruiser with Eddie Davis Jr. and a newcomer from Pompano Park, Rich Pollucci’s classy Guiltywithanexcuse with trainer-driver Daryl Bier. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.--- I Like My Boss remained unbeaten when Jonathan Roberts drove the winner of the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) two-year-old final on a rainy, damp Tuesday, Nov. 26 at Dover Downs. Meet leader Corey Callahan won seven races on the program. . After sweeping both his $20,000 preliminaries, his first two lifetime starts, the altered son of Don Boss Vita-Rompaway Ruth lowered his lifetime mark to 1:59.1 over an 'off' track for his breeders and owners, trainer Bob Shahan, and Jimmy and A.M. Parsons. Roberts moved I Like My Boss into the lead at the half and had no trouble the rest of the mile. Boston BNZ, handled by trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. took second money with Whichwayrightrleft and Ross Wolfenden, third. I Like My Boss has now banked $70,000 with his three DSBF wins. In a $20,000 DSBF consolation trot, Odessa, owned by Bart Cavanagh, splashed into the lead when leader front-trotting Briefs Or Boxers (Carlo Poliseno) broke stride at the three quarters. The Crown Price Gar-Current Yield gelding was driven by Kim Vincent for trainer Melissa Olsen. The 2:05.2 win was his first after a second and three thirds. He has now won $24,096 this year. Streets Of Gold (Eddie Davis Jr.) was second. Whiteville Prince (Dave Hill) took third. Corey Callahan, who has won the track driving title the last four seasons, won seven races, the most so far this season at Dover Downs, to lift his season's total to 49 winners. Wednesday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing this Thursday in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del. --- Two of last week's opening round winners, Whichwayrightrleft and I Like My Boss, meet in one of three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd leg preliminaries for two-year-old Delaware-sired trotting fillies on the Tuesday, Nov. 19 program at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Both Syl King's Whichwayrightrleft with Ross Wolfenden and I Like My Boss owned by Bob Shahan and Jimmy and A.M. Parson, driven by Jonathan Roberts, were clocked in 2:01.3 in their wins and will match strides in the 4th race. Marvin Meyer's My Bob Charlie, led through the early stages of his race only to finish second for Corey Callahan. Eli Beiler and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. also was a strong second. Briefs Or Boxers, owned, trainer and driven by Carlo Poliseno leaves from the rail. Winbak Farm's Call Me Hal (Vic Kirby) won the other 1st leg prelim with a 2:02.1 effort with Nanticoke Racing's LG's Command (Les Givens) and Bart Cavanagh's Odessa (Kim Vincent) leading the opposition. . In the first division, T.P. Johnson, Henry Faragalli III and Nanticoke Racing (Jim Morand), Winbak Farm's Winbak Charles M (Jeff Fout) and Bobby Myers' Boo'sThe Boss (Allan Davis) head a six-horse field. Wednesday's DSBF prelims feature $20,000 2nd leg filly pacers. After two prelim legs, the top eight point-getters in each of the four divisions return for $100,000 finals. DOVER DOWNS THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY DRAW SCHEDULE DOVER, Del.--- With Dover Downs 'dark' on Thursday, Nov. 28, there is a special Holiday draw schedule. DRAW TO RACE ON Wednesday, Nov. 20 Tuesday, Nov. 26 Thursday, Nov. 21 NO DRAW Sunday, Nov. 24 Wednesday, Nov. 27 Monday, Nov. 25 Sunday, Dec. 1 Tuesday, Nov. 26 Monday, Dec. 2 Wednesday, Nov. 27 Tuesday, Dec. 3 Sunday, Dec. 1 BOX CLOSES AT 10 A.M. DOUBLE DRAW For Wed., Dec. 4 and Thursday, Dec. 6 Monday, Dec. 2 Sunday, Dec. 8 Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- LG's Pride, Whichwayrightrleft and Call Me Hal are program picks in the three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) preliminary 1st legs for two-year-old Delaware-sired trotting fillies, the tri-features on the Tuesday, Nov. 12 card at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. In the first event, LG's Pride, owned by T.P. Johnson, Henry Faragalli III and Nanticoke Racing, with Jim Morand driving for trainer Les Givens brings a sparkling never out-of-the-money four race record into the fray. Bosston BNZ leaves from the rail for breeder Eli Beiler and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. Jimmy and A.M. Parsons and trainer Bob Shahan's I Like My Boss with driver Jonathan Roberts, starts alongside. The other contenders are Bart Cavanagh's Odessa with Kim Vincent, Gary White's Whitesville Prince teamed with David Hill and John and Sarah Swart's Winmando with Corey Callahan in the bike. Whichwayrightrleft (Ross Wolfenden), winner of the recent $100,000 DSBF Final at Harrington is the one to beat in the second $20,000 prelim. Delbert Cain's What A Hit (George Dennis) heads the challengers. Winbak Farm's Winbak Charles M (Jeff Fout), Bobby Myers homebred Boo's The Boss (Allan Davis), Gary White's Whitesville Emory (David Hill) and Sharon Robert's George Junior (Bib Roberts) complete the lineup. Winbak Farm's Call Me Hal (Vic Kirby) brings an impressive record into the third $20,000 leg. Marvin Meyer's My Boy Charlie (Ross Wolfenden) is fresh from winning the DSBF consolation last month at Harrington. Owner-trainer-driver Carlo Poliseno's Briefs Or Boxers has upset credentials. AJ Commander (Roger Plante) has post 1 with Nanticoke Racing's LG's Command (Les Givens) alongside. Gateway Stable's Streets Of Gold (Eddie Davis Jr.) and Gary White's Whitesville Bo (David Hill) are the other starters. The DSBF prelims move to Wednesday racing with the accent on filly pacers. Second leg action begins next week. The top eight point-getters in each of the four divisions return for $100,000 finals. Monday through Thoroughbred racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. No live racing on Friday and Saturday. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Early reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

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