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DOVER, Del.--- Apple Bottom Jean, Use Your Noodle and Rowdy Patti, winners last week, lead eight to the starting gate in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Filly Pace Final. The week's top overnight trot, the $20,000 Open, shares top billing on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. KDK Standardbred's Apple Bottom Jean and reinsman Montrell Teague, seeks a championship repeat. The black filly won the $100,000 Harrington Final in October, Last Wednesday, Use Your Noodle, owned by Henry Faragalli III, Art Feeney, Trevor Johnson and Nanticoke Racing, scored the fastest prelim win, with Jim Morand in the bike. Two other 20,000 prelim winners are Rowdy Patti, trained and driven by Bryan Truitt, who co-owns the filly with Roland Hall, Bobby Glassmeyer's Eternal Rings and driver Jonathan Roberts and Joe Thomas' Mortgage Bags who was an 86-1 longshot winner. The rest of the competitive field is made up by Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Up-Town with Allan Davis, second in last month's $100,000 DSBF Final at Harrington, Delle Donne, with Ross Wolfenden driving for Brit Evans, Tina Clark and Foulk Stables, and Reuben and trainer Michelle King's Skats Outa The Bags and Vic Kirby. Carter Racing's Fiftyshadesofrusty (Tony Morgan), JoAnn King's Cougar Creek (Kirby) and trainer Bob Wyatt, Bill Kinnamon and Lou Wyatt's Hairway To Heaven (George Denis) lead the $20,000 DSBF Consolation Pace. Barbara Boese and trainer Joe Skowyra's recent claim Prayer Session, from post 8, Callam Racings sharp Spunky Jack (Roger Plante), Powerful Charger (Kirby) racing for trainer Jim King and Tim Tetrick, trainer Leigh Raymer, Moss and the Solomons' Tirade Hanover and highly thought-of Hemi Seelster (Wolfenden) owned by Carl Atley, Bob LeBlanc and Rich Lombardo are among a field of nine in the $20,000 Open trot feature on the regular program. With the exception of this Thursday, when there is no racing on Thanksgiving Day, Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. On behalf of Dover Downs management and horsemen, Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Watch the races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del. --- With a good chance of winning half of the $100,000 purse, owner-trainer Chuck Perry saw Tim Tetrick did not have a drive in the final, gave him the drive and Tetrick and his Dream Away-March On In colt did the rest scoring a 1:52.4 victory Thursday in the first of four racing day's $100,000 DSBF Finals for Delaware-sired freshmen pacers and drivers. "I was happy to get the drive and I thought the colt was the best in the race," said Tetrick. Hail To The Master, driven by Art Stafford Jr., finished second ending a two-race prelim win streak. Power To Perform was third for Tony Morgan. John's Dream has now won five races in a row of his eight races with two seconds and with the win has banked $102,327 this year. "I was looking for a well-bred broodmare in foal at the Chick's Sale in Harrington," explained Perry. "She was 24-years old and carrying a Dream Away and when she dropped back home, he would be eligible for the Virginia stakes. I named for my young son, that's where John's Dream comes from. I knew he was well bred and because of her age, only had to pay $300 to buy her." Carter Racing Stable's namesake Rusty Carter, winner of last month's DSBF $100,000 Final at Harrington, had to settle for a win in the $20,000 DSBF consolation this time. Corey Callahan guided the altered son of Art Director-Rusty's Joy to his third win in seven starts for trainer Doug Lewis. JW Renegade (John MacKinnon) was a fast closing second in front of Double Miles (Vince Copeland), third. Corey Callahan and Tim Tetrick notched four wins during the card. Trainer Dylan Davis and owner Tom Kemp had doubles. On Monday twin features: the $100,000 DSBF Male Trot Final and Wiggle It Jiggleit leads the $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination. DOVER DOWNS EXTRA                              Everything worked out well for owner-trainer (and usual driver) Chuck Perry in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Male Pace Final. His colt John’s Dream, driven by Tim Tetrick, who did not have a drive in the final, and was winning catch-driver in 1:54.2 over a sloppy track on Thursday (11/19). John’s Dream won his fifth in a row. Including the $44,700 Virginia stakes championship, to up his seasonal bankroll to $102,327. Perry bought March On It, a 24-year-old mare from a Winbak Farm dispersal, at Chick’s Sale in Harrington, for only $300. When John’s Perry was born back home in Virginia, he would be eligible for the Virginia stakes. I named him for my young son,” smiled Perry ----------------------------------------------- Cicada’s Song leaves from outside post 8 in Monday’s $100,000 DSBF Filly Trot Final starting a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday DSBF Finals. Epic Smash will be tough from the rail. Miss Baltimore, Chestnut Chic and Triple Bottom Line lead the contenders.  -------------------------------------- Chipoffthewall, who was disqualified for interference in the $100,000 DSBF Final at Harrington last month, is the one to beat in Tuesday’s $100,000 Male Trot Final. Elton J and Popcorn Machine won their prelims. Mondello finished second in both of his prelims.   -------------------------------- The Wednesday DSBF headliner features two-year-old filly pacers winds up the freshman Delaware stakes. Apple Bottom Jeans, who won the $100,000 Harrington Final and both of her Dover Downs prelims carries a three race win streak. Eternal Rings and Rowdy Patti won one prelim each. -------------------------------------- After an overwhelming 1:49.4 victory in his $201,900 Matron Stake, Wiggle It Jiggleit is back for his next to last start of a brilliant three-year-old season. The 2.1-million dollar winner is the one to beat in a $35,000 elimination on Monday a preview for the Nov. 30 $300,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace. Nine will start with the ninth-place finisher eliminated from the final.   ------------------------------------------------------------ With four wins Thursday (11/19) Corey Callahan lifts his first-place lead to 33 wins. Tim Tetrick is second with 22 wins. Ross Wolfenden is third with 18 while Tony Morgan has 13, George Dennis 11 and Vic Kirby 10 winners. ----------------------------- Dylan Davis leads the trainer standings haltering 12 winners. Jim King is second with 10. Kevin Lare has five, and Bobby Clark and Doug Lewis four winners each through the first 12 days of the current meet. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del. --- First leg prelims ended with 86-1 Mortgage Bags, Apple Bottoms Jeans and Eternal Rings chalking up wins before heading to next week's 2nd leg events in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Two-Year-Old divisions. Spunky Jack took the $20,000 Open trot on the Veteran's day, Wednesday, Nov. 11 program at Dover Downs. In one of three $20,000 DSBF Two-Year-Old Filly Pace divisions, a stunner, Eddie Dennis and Joe Thomas' Mortgage Bags moved three wide around two breaking horses heading to the final turn and wore down race favorite and leader Use Your Noodle (Jim Morand) to score his first career win in 1:56.3 paying $175.80 for a $2 ticket. Another longshot, Circle M Georgia (Tony Morgan) finished fourth and was placed third. It was all Apple Bottom Jean in the lead-off $20,000 DSBF section; The daughter of Mr. Apples-Scylla Hanover owned by KDK Standardbreds and trained by Kevin Sizer went right to the front for driver Montrell Teague and led at every timing positions in s 1:54.4 romp lifting her record to three wins in four starts with a second. Rowdy Patti (Bryan Truitt) was second in front of Delle Donne (Ross Wolfenden). Jonathan Roberts steered Eternal Ring to her second win in a row and fourth in six efforts posting a 1:56.2 success in the third DSBF prelim. The Artzina-Turn For The Best filly is owned and trained by Bobby Glassmeyer. Skats Outa The Bag (Wolfenden) was next. Seboomook Up-Town (Allan Davis) was the show finisher. Callam Racing's Spunky Jack left quickly and stung race favorite Tough Mac to the quarter in; 26.3 in the $20,000 Open/Handicap trot. Tough Mac (Corey Callahan) then took over and led until deep stretch when Roger Plante pulled from second and overtook the leader to the wire in 1:54. Fast finishing Stirling Charisma (Morgan) also came on to edge Tough Mac for second place. Keystone Ace won the $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old sub feature trot with George Dennis driving the Yankee Glide-Balanced Image five-year-old gelding.George and Tina Dennis and E&K Stables own the winner giving Eddie Dennis his second training win of the day. Eskimo Joe (Morgan) finished a game second with Made To Trot (Teague) third. After seven wins Tuesday, Callahan now has 11 wins in consecutive days. Vick Kirby had three wins an and Ross Wolfenden had a driving double. The top horses, drivers and stables are at Dover Downs on Thursday, Nov. 12 in the four rich Matron Stakes events. Wiggle It Jiggleit and Wakizashi Hanover renewal their rivalry in the 10th race, the $201,900 Three-Year-Old championship. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark live racing days at Dover Downs Two $20,000 DSBF freshman colt 2nd leg pace prelims and an $18,000 Open trot tops the Wednesday card. A $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool is now featured daily. By popular request, the Winner's Circle Buffet is back for those dinning in the Winner's Circle Restaurant. At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del. --- Chippoffthewall won the first of two Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 1st leg Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace prelims while Sweet Bobbie, one of harness racing driver Corey Callahan's seven winners, scored in the $15,500 3,4 & 5-Year-Old Filly and Mare pace during a rainy Tuesday, Nov. 10 over a sloppy track at Dover Downs. Tony Morgan drove Chipoffthewall, leased and trained by veteran trotting expert Syl King, to easily win the $20,000 DSBF 1st leg prelim in 1:59.2. It was the first start for the altered son of Master Lavec-Off The Wall, who was taken down and out-of-the-money, for interference in his previous race, the $100,000 DSBF Final at Harrington. Currently Chipoffthewall has four wins in nine starts and $41,440 in purses. Mondello (Art Stafford Jr.) challenged for the lead on the final turn but yielded and finished second. Politized (Brett Miller) closed strongly to take third. Popcorn Machine, piloted by Jim Morand, won the second $20,000 DSBF Male trot in 2:04.1 outdueling front pacing Bosston Malibu (Allan Davis) in the drive for the finish line. Scott Warnick trains the Giant Hit-Blackdenimtrousers gelding for owner Deborah Warnick. Seafood Scrappy (Brett Miller) took third money. In the $15,500 3,4 & 5-Year-Old Distaff pace, Sweet Bobbie, the only three-year-old in the field of nine females- gave Callahan his third of six winners notching a 1:53.4 triumph for owner, trainer Gary Ewing. The Art Major-Odds On Goodbye sophomore won for the ninth time and has been in the first three finishers in 16 of 21 outings. Annabeth (George Dennis) was runner-up with Embry Seelster (Allan Davis) third. Callahan then drove Howard Taylor's Shine N Shimmer to a 1:51.1 success in a $14,000 3,4 & 5-Year-Old Winners-Over pace. Paradise Lost (Vic Kirby) was a game second ending a two-straight win streak. Fashion Showdown (Ross Wolfenden) was third. Callahan finished the night driving Breakaway Racing's Robinthe atm to a 2:00.1 win, his seventh on the card. New Zealand import Ellies Jet N remained unbeaten on this side of the Pacific winning for the third consecutive time. Art Stafford Jr. was at the controls of the five-year-old black Jereme's Jet-Elle Mary Rose mare. Evans, Spedden, Nanticoke Racing and trainer Josh Parker own the winner who took a new mark of 1:53.2 in the $14,000 event for 3,4&5-Year-Olds. On the undercard, stakes-seasoned Jerseylicious returned to the winner's circle following a 1:52.3 victory in a $12,000 Mares pace. Pam Curran, Niel Gargiulo and Legacy Racing own the five-year-old Western Ideal-Jet Lag N daughter. . Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark live racing days at Dover Downs Two $20,000 DSBF freshman colt 2nd leg pace prelims and an $18,000 Open trot tops the Wednesday card. A $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool is now featured daily. By popular request, the Winner's Circle Buffet is back for those dinning in the Winner's Circle Restaurant. At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. ---- Dover Downs "Novemberfest of Stakes' spotlights the prestigious Matron Stakes with four lucrative freshman events and two consolations plus three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Male Paces on Thursday, Nov. 5. Dog Gone Lucky, fresh from winning the $191,500 Kindergarten final at Vernon Downs last Sunday, drew the rail in the $216,300 Matron Two-Year-Old Colt Stake. Corey Callahan will again drive the Chuck Sylvester trained youngster for Amy Lynn Stoltzfus and Charles Stansley, Love Matters, a six-time winner in eight starts this year, driven by Yanick Gingras owned by Liverman, Fielding, Brixton Medical and Christine Takter along with Julie Miller-trained stakes winner Milligan's School and Andy Miller lead the contenders. Synerco Ventures, Leo Fleming and trainer Chris Beaver's Deweylovernleaver handled by Aaron Merriman; Two Bob Key-owned starters are driven by Hall of Famers, David Miller guiding Waitlifter K and John Campbell steering Treasure Keys K. Taco Tuesday leaves from the outside with Tim Tetrick for owners Rudolph, Baldassare and Lindy Farms and the lone local starter Don Marine and trainer Bob Shana's Kent County reined by George Dennis. Kathy Parker (Gingras), owned by Takter, McClelland, Brixton Medical and RAW Equine, is top money earner at $293,348 in the $185,400 Matron frosh trot. Katz and Libfeld's Womans Will (A.Miler) finished fourth in the Breeders Crown while the only locally owned filly M&L Of Delaware and Bill Wiswell's Lookin Sharp (Corey Callahan) drew post 8. Windowshopper, co-owned by driver Ray Schnittker and Charles Iannazaro, has the rail with Arrhythmic's Radiant Beam (D.Miller) alongside. Melby Gard's Keep It Classy (jimmy Takter), Bob Key's Encore Gold (Campbell) and Charles Iannazzo's Casino Cutie It (Tetrick) complete the lineup. In pacing Matrons, razor-sharp Newborn Sassy (Tetrick) has won six-in-a-row and seven of nine races for CC Racing and trainer Jim King in the $183,400 filly division. Shezarealdeal (Campbell), already a $308,031 winner at two, starts from post 1. Takter, Fielding and Sbrocco's Albany Girl (Brett Miler) and KDM Stable's Major Millie (Matt Kakaley) head eight starters. Trainer-driver Pat Lachance and M&M Harness Racing's Penpal, Let It Ride Stable's Skinny Dipper (Andrew McCarthy) and Brittany Farms' Sonoma Valley (D.Miller) round out the starters. Big Top Hanover (Gingras), owned by JT45 and Burke Racing, is the one to beat in the $201,400 Matron Colt Stake. Autotune Hanover (Tetrick) is a New York Sire Stakes standout racing for Phillips, Venturini and Harder, and Fashion Farms' Katies Rocker (D.Miller) won the New Jersey Futurity edging Wiswell, Goehlen and Schick's Ideal Rocky (Callahan) by a nose. The rest of the field consists of 3 Brothers Stable's JK Willpower (Tetrick), Miller and Andray Stable's Sam McSmith, Beach Ogre (McCarthy) has the rail for vSWchnittker, Bordogna, Arnold and Taylor. Alongside is Tom Hill's Pretty Boy Hill (Gingras). Two $20,000 Matron Consolations and three DSBF 1st leg prelims are also on the powerful 15-race program. Tough Mac romps in Open Wednesday Tough Mac, one of last season’s top trotters at Dover Downs romped to an easy 1:54.2 lifetime fastest victory in the first $20,000 Open Handicap of the meet. Trained by last meet’s leader, Dylan Davis, and driven by perennial champion Corey Callahan, the six-year-old altered son of Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady owned by Mike Casalino recorded his ninth win of the season and moved into the six-figure column now earning $107,855 this year and $233,7999 lifetime. Callahan rolled away to a :26.3 first quarter lead and never looked back pulling away to an easy victory with woth a :28.2 final panel. Winbak Charles M (Allan Davis) closed fast to nip Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) by a long nose to finish second. In the $15,000 semi-feature trot, Adrenalin Junkie won the photo finish in 1:57.4 to take the $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old trot. It was the first of two wins for Jim Morand. Gary Simpson trains and co-owns with Eric Good, the Broadway Hall-Pure Adrenalin N three-year-old gelding. Eskimo Joe (Tony Morgan) was a close second. Lighter Hanover (Vic Kirby) finished third. Morand also guided Lou Man to victory in a $12,500 conditioned trot in 1:55.1. The Indiana-bred four-year-old scored his third consecutive victory. Jim King trains the altered son of Lou’s Legacy-Relyea, for owners John McGill and Brian Carsey. The Poliseno family had consecutive trips to the winner’s circle. Cody Poliseno, 21-year-old son of trainer Carlo Poliseno won for the first time a Dover Downs driving Island Jet from way back with a driving finish to victory in 1:55 in a Delaware pace. One race later, Carlo’s brother, Tony Poliseno trained Broadway Delores, owned by his wife, Mary Lou Poliseno, to a 1:59.1 victory in a $9,500 trot. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark days. At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Reservations are suggested for the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

Dog Gone Lucky is proving himself to be doggone good. A harness racing 2-year-old male trotter, Dog Gone Lucky heads to Thursday's $216,300 Matron Stakes at Dover Downs off a win in last weekend's Kindergarten Classic Series championship. He has won his most recent two starts and finished second by a neck to Brooklyn Hill in a stakes race at The Red Mile three races ago. Dog Gone Lucky drew post No. 1 for the Matron. Corey Callahan, Dover Downs' six-time leading driver, will be at the lines for trainer Chuck Sylvester. "He seems like he's getting a little bit better toward the end of the year," said Sylvester, who trains Dog Gone Lucky for owners Amy Lynn Stoltzfus and Charles Stansley. "We prepped him for the sire stakes and took our time with him. He's developed more than we thought he would." Dover Downs also hosts Matron Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters and 2-year-old male and female pacers on Thursday. Post time is 4:30 p.m. for the day's first race. The Matron for female trotters features Kathy Parker and Womans Will, who finished 2-3 in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, and Kindergarten Series championship runner-up Lookin Sharp. Stakes-winners Big Top Hanover, Ideal Rocky, and Autotune Hanover are among the eight horses in the Matron for male pacers while stakes-winner Shezarealdeal leads a field of eight female pacers. Big Top Hanover and Shezarealdeal both finished second in the Breeders Crown. Dog Gone Lucky is a son of former Sylvester star Lucky Chucky out of the mare Ebbtide Hall. He won the Kindergarten from post nine, beating fellow Sylvester-trainee Waitlifter K by two lengths in 1:54.2. Dog Gone Lucky has won four of 11 races and earned $213,343. "He leaves the gate well and he got a nice trip after he went to the front at Vernon," Sylvester said. "Some of the best colts aren't in (the Matron) so he'll be OK I think. Our plans were not to race him so early, but in these late races. If everything goes good he'll be in the Valley Victory." Waitlifter K also is in the Matron and will start from post five with driver David Miller. The colt, who has won two of 11 races and earned $95,379, is owned by Robert Key. Waitlifter K is a son of Muscles Yankee, another former Sylvester standout, out of the mare Treasure Forever. "He's a horse I just couldn't race every week, so we took our time with him," Sylvester said. "Mr. Key said it was OK to do whatever was best and to do it at our own pace. He raced very good last week and he'll be sharper this week. If all goes well, he'll be going to the Valley Victory too." Sylvester is looking forward to seeing how the horses develop over the winter. "I don't think we've over-raced them," he said. "They'll have two more starts and then get a nice rest. We'll keep our fingers crossed for next year." Among the horses joining Dog Gone Lucky and Waitlifter K in the Matron are stakes-winners Milligan's School and Love Matters. For Thursday's full card at Dover Downs, click here. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

Vernon, N.Y. -- In addition to the annual Turn Back the Clock races and the Four One One for grey pacers, Vernon Downs hosted the harness racing finals of the Kindergarten Classic series--worth a combined $366,000--on Saturday (October 31) evening.   The $191,500 Kindergarten final for 2-year-old colts and geldings saw eventual winner Dog Gone Lucky ($4.80) vault clear from his post 9 dispatch, controlling a :57.2 half mile before yielding briefly to a rapidly-advancing Celebrity Express (John Campbell) before exiting the back straight. As Celebrity Express started to struggling upon exiting the far turn, Corey Callahan edged off the pegs with Dog Gone Lucky, pressing to the lead just past reaching the three-quarter mark in 1:25.3. Dog Gone Lucky, narrowly in front on his own accord, inherited two lengths clearance over the others when Celebrity Express broke stride off the far turn. The son of Lucky Chucky and Ebbtide Hall would hold that lead intact over a late-rallying Waitlifter K (David Miller) and Mavens Way (Ã…ke Svanstedt), prevailing in 1:54.2.   Chuck Sylvester trains Dog Gone Lucky for owners Amy Stoltzfus and Charles Stansley.   In the $174,500 Kindergarten final for 2-year-old fillies, the complexion of the race changed when both halves of the Jimmy Takter-trained 1-10 entry--Haughty and Hollywood Hill--broke stride on approach to the far turn. An extended duel between Sweet Ashley T (Homer Hochstetler) and Radiant Beam (David Miller), joined at the quarter pole by Lookin Sharp (Callahan), ultimately dissolved as 91-1 outsider Wildflower ($185.50) split foes in the final sixteenth to just prevail in 1:55.4. Trainer-driver Ã…ke Svanstedt shares ownership of the daughter of Muscle Hill and Lightning Flower with Douglas Sipple along with Mal and Janet Burroughs.   Earlier in the program, Artic Byrd ($22.40) took advantage of a ground-saving trip to take the Four One One for grey pacers, taking over late in 1:54.2 under trainer-driver Truman Gale. The pair of Turn Back The Clock races, contested clockwise at seven furlogns, went to trotter Mystical Con ($29.40, Claude Huckabone, III, 1:43.1), and pacer Sucrose Hanover ($17.40, Chris Lems, 1:39.3).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (November 6) evening, with post time slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern standard time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs   Attached: Dog Gone Lucky (Corey Callahan up) and Wildflower (#7, Ã…ke Svanstedt in white cap) take their respective Kindergarten Classic finals. Fotowon photos.

DOVER, Del. ---Harness racing Corey Callahan seeks a seventh consecutive leading driver crown at Dover Downs as the track opens for its 47th campaign on Monday, Nov. 2 at 4:30 p.m. Dylan Davis looks for a second straight leading trainer title during the 2015-2016 meet. Callahan drove 284 winners at the track last meet while regulars Allan Davis and Vic Kirby enjoyed their finest seasons. 15,000-race winner Tony Morgan, Ross Wolfenden, George Dennis, Montrell Teague, Roger Plante, Vince Copeland, Art Stafford Jr. and Jim Morand are among the regulars in the driver colony. On Opening day, newcomers Andrew McCarthy, Dan Rawlings along with Marcus Miller, Pat Berry, Eric Goodell and former track champion Tim Tetrick are listed to drive. The opening month features a "Novemberfest of Stakes Races." Opening week, all four lucrative Matron Stakes for two-year-old trotters and pacers will be featured on the Thursday, Nov. 5 card along with the start of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF), with the opening pre-elimination for freshman male pacers. The draw declaration for all two-year-old Matron Stake divisions is set for Monday, Nov.2. The four Matron three-year-old division prelims will be drawn on Monday, Nov. 9 to be raced on Thursday, Nov. 12. To supplement to Matron Events, there is a $20,000 declaration fee for two-year-old and a $25,000 fee for three-year-olds. Matron and raceday entries must be made from 10:30 a.m. until 12-Noon sharp. There are no exceptions after the box is closed. Again this season on Mondays, a $30,000 Preferred Pace, $27,500 Delaware Special and $20,000 Open paces are the feature races. Tuesdays, a $20,000 Filly and Mare Open pace and top trotters vie on Wednesday in an $18,000 Open. Top- priced claiming pacers tangle each Thursday. Dover Downs features 15 races daily; In January and February, Sunday racing is added, with post time at 5:30 p.m. becomes the fifth racing day of these months. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) is part of the Novemberfest. The spotlight will be on the First-State sired two-year-olds with two $20,000 preliminary legs and four $100,000 finals. There is no charge for parking and admission at Dover Downs. Early reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planni ng to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

Freehold, NJ --- Bettor Be Steppin, the richest 3-year-old female pacer in North America this season, will step out for the first time since winning last month’s Valley Forge Stakes when she faces eight harness racing rivals in Wednesday’s (Sept. 16) $170,000 Nadia Lobell at The Meadows in western Pennsylvania. The Joe Holloway-trained filly leaves from post No. 2 with driver Corey Callahan and is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the event for 3-year-old filly pacers. Bettor Be Steppin has won five of 11 races this year, finished second on three occasions, and earned $419,150 for owners Val D’Or Farms, Rojan Stables, and Ted Gewertz. In addition to winning the Valley Forge on Aug. 22 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Bettor Be Steppin’s victories include the Lynch Memorial and two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes. She also finished in a dead-heat second with stablemate Divine Caroline in the Shady Daisy and was second in a division of the Adioo Volo. Post time is 12:55 p.m. for Wednesday’s first race at The Meadows. The Nadia Lobell is race No. 6, with a post time of 2:35 p.m. approximately. “I look forward to driving her every time she gets in (to race),” said Callahan, who has sat behind Bettor Be Steppin in her last 20 starts dating back to last season, posting eight wins and a total of 15 on-the-board finishes. “She’s an exceptional filly. Joe has done an excellent job managing her; she’s always on her toes. It’s nice to know you’ve got a good live horse that’s ready to race every week. It’s been a lot of fun this year, that’s for sure.” The Nadia Lobell field also includes Divine Caroline, Adioo Volo division winners Sassa Hanover and Storm Point, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Safe From Terror, New Jersey Sire Stakes champion The Show Returns, and Lynch Memorial runner-up Single Me. Sassa Hanover, the 3-1 second choice on the morning line, Safe From Terror, and Storm Point are from the stable of trainer Ron Burke. Sassa Hanover, who has won 13 of 25 lifetime races and earned $704,002, enters the event off a 1:52.1 win in a division of the New York Sire Stakes at Yonkers Raceway on Aug. 31. She will be driven by Yannick Gingras. “Sassa Hanover has kind of turned it around here the last few weeks and has gone some pretty good miles,” Callahan said. “She drew the rail and Yannick and Burke are ultra-aggressive with everything, so that might make it a little tricky. But over the year, (Bettor Be Steppin) has been the most consistent and the best filly in her group. “She’s professional in every sense of the word, one of those push-button horses. She doesn’t have any quirks, she doesn’t do anything crazy. She does everything you ask her to do. It makes my job a lot easier, that’s for sure. She’s handy. She’s quick off the gate, but she also can race from behind. Most of your horses nowadays, it’s such a speed game, if you have one that is handy enough and can handle the pressure on the lead you can make a lot of money with them. Most of these horses now, that’s where you see them. You love to work out trips, but it’s tough sometimes.” Callahan, who earlier this year won his sixth consecutive driving title at Dover Downs and is one win behind Tim Tetrick for second place at Harrah’s Philadelphia, is on the verge of surpassing 500 wins for the sixth consecutive season and could reach $10 million in purses for the first time. Callahan set a career high in purses with $9.70 million in 2013 and hit $9.08 million last year. He entered Tuesday with 479 wins and $7.11 million in earnings. “I hope so, that’s been my goal the last couple years,” Callahan said about reaching $10 million. “A lot of that has to do with getting better horses to drive. I’m getting live drives and when you get those, it makes it a lot easier to get them in the race and pick up those top three finishes. I’m very fortunate that way.” Following is the field in post order for the Nadia Lobell with drivers, trainers and morning line odds: 1. Sassa Hanover by Rock N Roll Heaven, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 3-1 2. Bettor Be Steppin by Bettor's Delight, Corey Callahan, Joe Holloway, 5-2 3. The Show Returns by Rocknroll Hanover, John Campbell, Chris Ryder, 15-1 4. Totally Rusty by Ruty For Real, Andrew McCarthy, Ross Croghan, 6-1 5. Safe From Terror by Western Terror, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 6-1 6. Imagine Dragon by Dragon Again, Scott Zeron, Frank Antonacci, 15-1 7. Single Me by Bettor' Delight, Eric Goodell, Ross Croghan, 12-1 8. Divine Caroline by Rock N Roll Heaven, David Miller, Joe Holloway, 5-1 9. Storm Point by Somebeachsomewhere, Dave Palone, Ron Burke, 12-1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- The test is coming soon. Harness racing trainer John Butenschoen hopes his young student Ideal Rocky is ready to excel. Ideal Rocky is among 23 horses preparing for Saturday’s (Aug. 29) three eliminations for the Metro Pace for 2-year-old male pacers at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. The top three finishers from each division plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot will advance to the C$685,000 final on Sept. 5. The Mohawk card also includes eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby for older male pacers and the She’s A Great Lady Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. Ideal Rocky, the New Jersey Sire Stakes champion, is in the second of the three Metro eliminations. He is 6-1 on the morning line, with Corey Callahan driving for trainer Butenschoen. Brad Maxwell’s Control The Moment, undefeated in five lifetime starts, is the 7-5 choice. Eight of the last nine editions of the Metro Pace on a fast track have been won with times faster than 1:51, with four triumphs in less than 1:50. None of this year’s 23 Metro hopefuls have been quicker than 1:51.1 so far, and only four have won with times faster than 1:52. Ideal Rocky’s mark is 1:52.4, set in a non-stakes start Aug. 7 at the Meadowlands. “It looks like it’s a real evenly matched group of colts up there,” Butenschoen said. “A lot of these horses are pacing big last halves and quarters. We know they have speed, but when they stretch them out and get to the three-quarters in 1:21 or 1:22 we’ll see which ones get tired and which ones have fight to them. We don’t know. “It will be interesting to see which ones are going to step up. Time will tell. We’ll know in another week for sure. Hopefully when they push them a little harder (Ideal Rocky) will have enough fight left in him to push on and be a good colt.” With a name like “Rocky,” he should show some fight. “Hopefully he’ll be on the right side of the way we’re thinking than on the wrong side,” Butenschoen said, laughing. Ideal Rocky is a son of stallion Rocknroll Hanover, who won the 2004 Metro Pace in 1:49.4, out of the mare Eternity’s Delight, who won the 2006 Jugette. He was purchased for $47,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Bill Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick. His family also includes previous New Jersey Sire Stakes champion colt I Fought Dalaw as well as stakes-winners Emeritus Maximus, Racing Star, and Western Glory. “We spend as much time at the farms as we can,” Butenschoen said. “We probably look at two-thirds of all the horses that are in the sale. He was on Bill’s list of pedigree and my list of conformation, so we went after him. He’s a real well-bred colt. He looked the part. “If he had been New York-eligible or Pennsylvania-eligible, I think he would have been well over a six-figure horse. We got a discount for the New Jersey program. It’s hard to make money there. Hopefully things will get changed around; some legislation (in New Jersey) will prove fruitful. My Pennsylvania colts aren’t eligible to the Metro because they can race for enough money without having to go. But this colt has to go somewhere to get a shot at better money.” Ideal Rocky has won three of six races and earned $82,144. He heads to his Metro Pace elimination off a third-place finish in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes on Aug. 22 at Mohawk. The Catamount Kid won the race, with Sossy’s King Kong finishing second. “We made a couple little equipment changes on him after his start up there,” Butenschoen said. “He had the rail and was looking at stuff down on the inside. We kind of gave up the race a little bit last week when he wasn’t able to get out of there how we wanted to. Then coming first up into soft fractions wasn’t quite his trip. “But it was a good race for him and a learning lesson for us. We trained him yesterday and he trained good. Hopefully with a start up there over the track he should be ready to roll. We’ll see what we’ve got.” Below are the fields for the Metro eliminations, with drivers, trainers and morning line. Elimination One 1. Bank Shot Hanover by The Panderosa, Corey Callahan, Daniel Renaud, 12-1 2. Blayde Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere, Sylvain Filion, Tony O’Sullivan, 15-1 3. Stonebridge Beach by Mach Three, Stephane Pouliot, Stephane Larocque, 12-1 4. Check Six by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 5-2 5. Voracity by Sportswriter, Randy Waples, Tony Alagna, 2-1 6. American Passport by American Ideal, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 4-1 7. Cruise Patrol by Bettor's Delight, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 6-1 8. Nvestment Bluechip by Shadow Play, Jody Jamieson, Dave Menary, 8-1 Elimination Two 1. Carter Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 10-1 2. Highlandbeachycove by Somebeachsomewhere, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 12-1 3. Sossy’s King Kong by Dragon Again, Doug McNair, R. Nifty Norman, 8-1 4. Ideal Rocky by Rocknroll Hanover, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen, 6-1 5. Manny by American Ideal, David Miller, Howard Okusko Jr., 10-1 6. Control The Moment by Well Said, Randy Waples, Brad Maxwell, 7-5 7. Racing Hill by Roll With Joe, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 5-1 8. Manhattan Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 7-2 Elimination Three 1. Mind Trip by American Ideal, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 5-1 2. Talk Show by Art Major, John Campbell, Steve Elliott, 2-1 3. Betting Line by Bettor's Delight, Steve Condren, Casie Coleman, 3-1 4. Pretty Boy Hill by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 6-1 5. Rodeo Rock by Rock N Roll Heaven, Randy Waples, Don Swick, 12-1 6. The Catamount Kid by Well Said, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 5-2 7. Real Kid by Real Desire, Doug McNair, Larry Ainsworth, 15-1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Bettor Be Steppin earned her second stakes win of the season at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, capturing Saturday's (Aug. 22) $350,000 Valley Forge for 3-year-old female pacers in a lifetime-best 1:50. Momas Got A Gun was second, beaten by three-quarters of a length, while Sassa Hanover finished third and Totally Rusty was fourth. In July, Bettor Be Steppin and driver Corey Callahan won the Lynch Memorial at Pocono. She won that night at odds of 15-1, but was the even-money favorite Saturday in the Valley Forge. Bettor Be Steppin, who started from post four, went to the front at the start and never looked back. She led the field through fractions of :26.3, :55.4, and 1:22.4. She held off a first-over attack from Sassa Hanover on the backstretch and Momas Got A Gun in the stretch. Morning line favorite Moonlit Dance was scratched. "I drew in a good spot and with Moonlit Dance not being in the race I was hoping I would be able to control it," Callahan said. "She likes to leave and everything worked out perfectly. "I figured if I could get a little breather in there anywhere she would be ready to take on all challengers." "So it worked out. She's been battling it out with Sassa (Hanover) for the last two years." "I figured I had her put away up the backside so the only horse I was worried about at that point was the horse on my back (Momas Got A Gun)." Bettor Be Steppin, trained by Joe Holloway, has won five of 11 races this year and earned $419,150. She has won nine of 23 races lifetime for owners Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables, and Ted Gewertz. She pushed her career earnings to $717,793. Valley Forge Consolations Single Me, who missed just a nose in the Lynch final here earlier this year, came out of the pocket at headstretch and drew off in the lane for a 1-3/4 length victory in the $150,000 Consolation I in 1:51, a career mark. But it was a move that driver Andy Miller didn't make -- a threatened quarter-move -- that caused Ideal Nuggets to park Seeking Nirvana in a brutal fight through fast numbers, easing the way for the late winning move of the Bettor's Delight filly, trained by Ross Croghan for Dana Parham and the Let It Ride Stables Inc. The Art Major filly Invest In Art was the fourth -- and final -- lead change in the $75,000 Consolation II, and despite the hard usage in the furious :53.4 first half, driver Tim Tetrick kept her alive in the lane to withstand Strut My Stuff (leader one) and Southwind Roulette (leader three) while taking a 1:49.3 new speed badge, which also rewrote the national season's mark. The Ontario-based team of trainer Mark Steacy and owners Stan Klemencic, David Reid, David McDonald, and Landmark 7 Racing Stable saw their filly win her stateside debut. Ken Weingartner

Sixteen stakes events comprised Sunday (August 16) afternoon's harness racing card at Tioga Downs, and while In the Arsenal ($3.50) and Divine Caroline ($6.90) punched their tickets for next week's Empire Breeders Classic finals by way of sub-1:50 miles, it was 2-year-old trotter Jack Vernon ($3.40) who stole the show with a 1:53.3 effort in his Arthur Tompkins Memorial division.   Jack Vernon, a freshman son of Muscle Hill and Vernon Blue Chip, drafted behind Staying Focused (Andy Miller) through the intermediate stages of the $18,788 stakes split, edging off the pegs midway on the backstretch to avoid being locked in by the then-uncovered Heightend Scrutiny (David Miller).   As soon as Corey Callahan pulled the pocket with Jack Vernon, the pair accelerated to the lead, drawing off from Staying Focused through a :57 final half.   Jack Vernon amassed an 8-3/4 length lead in the end, soundly defeating Treasure Keys K (Charlie Norris) and Staying Focused in a track record 1:53.3.   Randy Beeckman trains Jack Vernon for Miller's Stable, Inc.   Other notable Tompkins Memorial winners on the afternoon were 3-year-old Conway Hall colt Habitat ($2.30, Yannick Gingras), who pulled clear at will for a decisive 1:53 triumph in a lone $58,662 division, and 3-year-old Donato Hanover filly I'm So Fancy ($4.00, Gingras), a 1:54.1 pillar-to-post winner in her $33,832 event.   Sixteen New York-sired 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings contested two $12,500 eliminations for the Empire Breeders Classic, and Brian Sears swept both splits. In addition to his 1:49.3 win with Kelvin Harrison trainee In the Arsenal, he sustained a first-over trip with the Casie Coleman-trained Arque Hanover ($7.50) to just stave off Americanprimetime (Jason Bartlett) in 1:50.   The connections of In the Arsenal selected post 2 for next week's final, while the connections of Arque Hanover selected post 1. They will be joined by Artistic Major, A Bettor Hat, Rockin in Heaven, Americanprimetime, National Seelster, and Betting Exchange. Completing the field will be fifth-place finisher Sicily, who was drawn in by lot. Oneisalonelynumber--the other fifth-place finisher--is the lone also-eligible.   Of the 21 New York-sired 3-year-old pacing fillies split into three $12,500 Classic eliminations, Moremercy Bluechip ($7.20, Andy Miller) and Band of Angels ($2.50, Gingras) controlled the terms for at least the closing circuit of their victories, while Divine Caroline ($6.90, David Miller) pushed clear off a pocket trip in the final quarter-mile of her 1:49.4 triumph.   For next week's distaff final, Band of Angels will start from post 3, Divine Caroline from post 2, and Moremercy Bluechip from post 4, as selected by their connections. The trio of elimination winners will be joined by Devil Child, She's Heavenly, Rock Me Gently, Hipnumberone, Mosquito Blue Chip, and Beyonces Rockn. Heart Major and Single Me have been drawn as the two also-eligibles.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Monday (August 17) evening, with the first of 12 races due off at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

There were two divisions of a non-winners of $15,000 in the last five starts for trotters contested at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philly on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 6). They each went for a purse of $18,000. The first division was taken by Jill Roland's Andover The Cash (David Miller). The 4-year-old son of Andover Hall waited patiently behind the speed, making his move from mid-pack after the half. He was able to circle off cover in the stretch to win by 2 lengths, stopping the clock in 1:56.2. Longshot Holiday Spirit (Pat Berry) finished second, while Westside Lindy finished third. It was the 6th career win for Brian Roland trainee, who paid $8.00 to win, keying $424.80 exacta, and a trifecta that paid $13,707.60. L A Express Stable's Pocket Trip (Corey Callahan) was victorious in the second division. The 5-year-old son of Angus Hall moved quickly after the quarter to clear the lead. He was able to maintain the lead until the finish, winning by a length, stopping the clock in 1:54.4. Raise The Curtain (Brett Miller ) finished a game second, while Modest Prince (Tim Tetrick) was third. Pocket Trip (trained by Doug Lewis) now has 19 wins out of 55 starts in his career, with 6 of those this season. He returned $6.00. Michael Bozich

More than a handful of horses with strong Delaware connections, headed by the sensational Wiggle It Jiggleit, are prominent on a powerful closing day card headlined by the prestigious Hambletonian trot, this Saturday afternoon at the harness racing meeting at The Meadowlands. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the No. 1-rated horse in harness racing's weekly rankings this seaon, is back in action. He last raced winning the Meadowlands Pace on July 18. He meets eight rivals in the $319,400 Cane Pace for three-year-old pacers . The Cane Pace is the first jewel in harness racing's Pacing Triple Crown, followed this Fall by the Messenger Stakes and Little Brown Jug. Originally, Wiggle It Jiggleit was not eligible to the Cane Pace, but owner George Teague of Harrington, who won the event several years ago with Total Truth, paid $35,000 to supplement to the event. Wiggle It Jiggleit is also not eligible to the next two legs of the Pacing Triple Crown, but can supplement to the Messenger for $30,000 and, thanks to his victory in the Meadowlands Pace, to the Little Brown Jug for $45,000. Trained by Clyde Francis and driven by 24-year-old Montrell Teague, Wiggle It Jiggleit, a winner of 15 of 16 career races and $961,052 in purses, will start the Cane from post. 2 and is listed as the 2-5 morning line favorite. Wiggle It Jigglit's only loss was finishing second in the North America Cup, in Canada in mid-June. Two other sophomores with Delaware connections are among Wiggle It Jiggleit's rivals in the Cane. Dude's The Man, owed by M&L Of Delaware, the nom-de-course of Ralph, Roz and Doug Paul along with Victoria Dickinson of Greenville, near Wilmington, Del. , finished second behind Wiggle It Jiggleit is the recent Meadowland Pace and is fresh from victory last week in the Delvin Miller Adios Pace at the Meadows, near Pittsburgh. Perennial Dover Downs leading driver Cory Callahan reins Dude's The Man. The third Delaware connection, Frank Chick of Harrington is part owner of Yankee Bounty, who drew an outside post position. The Cane Pace is the 11th race on a jammed-packed stakes card, headlined by the $1.2 million Hambletonian Stakes for three-year-old trotters after two $100,000 Hambletonian eliminations and the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for three-year-old filly trotters. Bandolito, reining Dover Downs Horse of the Meet last season, is one of a two-horse stable owned and conditioned by Daryl Bier, of Smyrna, Del. He opens up the only afternoon card in the track's season, in the 1st race, a $40,000 Open Pace at 12 Noon. Bier's other horse, Wind Of The North, a winner of $114,467, recently returned from racing in Europe. He will race in the $301,500 John Cashman Memorial Trot over a distance of 1-1/8 miles. Dover's Frank Deliberti's The Wiz Kids Stable's Table Talk, trained by Bart Dalious of Harrington, also races a 1-1/8 mile distance, going for $251,250, in the Lady Liberty Free-For-All pace. She meets another First State contender, Empress Deo, from the Wayne Givens Stable of Seaford. The fast Dancin Yankee, conditioned in the Josh Green Stable, of Harrington, competes in the $215,400 U.S. Pacing Championship. Better Be Steppin, driven by Cory Callahan for trainer Joe Holloway, a longtime Delaware resident, is another starter with a Delaware connection on the biggest day of the harness racing season, this Saturday. Post time for the first race is 12-Noon. Cable channel CBS Sports Network will televise the Cane Pace, Hambletonian Oaks and Hambletonian from 4 to 5:30 p.m. (EDT). Marv Bachrad

WASHINGTON, PA, August 1, 2015 — He was forced into a first-over challenge and skipped shadows for much of the mile, but when all was said and done, Dude’s The Man captured Saturday’s $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light at The Meadows in 1:48.4, fourth-fastest in the 49-year history of the event. Yankee Bounty rallied for second, 2 lengths back, while Lost For Words, who threatened briefly in the lane, was third. Winning trainer Jessica Okusko won the Adios orchids in her first try while winning driver Corey Callahan, who had 13 previous Adios starts including eliminations, took his first Adios title. M&L of Delaware and Victoria Dickinson own Dude’s The Man, a son of American Ideal-Art’s Risk who finished second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Meadowlands Pace final but has been hampered at times by lack of early speed. Callahan said he wanted to get the colt into the race early from post 2. “On these speed-favoring tracks, you can’t circle them from last,” Callahan said. “You can’t get away seventh, be third over and have a shot. I wanted to get away as close as possible, and fourth is where I ended up.” Although Dude’s The Man was first up from fourth, he had little trouble clearing My Hero Ron, winner of an Adios elimination last week. “I thought My Hero Ron was just okay last week,” Callahan said. “I came at him last week with Yankee Bounty and almost got him, so I was pretty confident being first up with that horse on the lead.” Of greater concern was the winner’s persistent battle with shadows. Okusko said she added a Daisy roll and a Pelling pacifier during the week to keep the colt more focused, but their impact was limited. “I was trying to talk him over the shadows and hold onto him,” Callahan said. “Around the last turn, clouds came over. Someone was looking out for me in the last turn. The clouds covered the sun, and he paced right home.” Another potential problem for Dude’s The Man vanished in the lane when Lost For Words, right on the winner’s bumper, didn’t finish strongly. “At the top of the stretch I thought I had a shot,” said Brian Brown, who trains Lost For Words. “He scoped with blood, so he may need more Lasix. Any time a horse bleeds, he’s in trouble.” Okusko said Dude’s The Man may be pointed to the Cane Pace and also remains eligible to the Battle of the Brandywine, the Little Brown Jug and several stakes at the Red Mile. “He’s from a great family, and he has great conformation,” she said. “He’s really come into himself. This was the first time he raced on a five-eighths, and he got around it great.” ADIOS NOTES. Elimination winners National Seelster, Cooperstown and My Hero Ron finished 8th, 4th and 5th, respectively . . . Rock N’ Roll World took the $50,000 Adios Consolation for David Miller, trainer Kelly Stackowicz and owners Jeffrey Snyder and Three Decades Racing . . . Lyonssomewhere collected a front-end victory in 1:49.2 in the $50,000 Roy D. Davis Memorial Pace. Andy Miller drove for trainer Julie Miller and owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound . . . Last Saturday, the Ron Burke stable set a PR with 24 horses entered (22 actually raced), most ever for a single program at a single track. The stable shattered that mark Saturday when they raced 29. Although Burke had to settle for second and fourth in the Adios, he notched seven wins on the 17-race program. Evan Pattak

Caroline "Kitty" Gerry remembers the thrills she enjoyed watching Bruschette compete on the racetrack and she hopes to rekindle those feelings with a daughter of the stakes-winning trotting mare. Legal Lady, a daughter of Bruschette who Gerry bred and owns, is entered in Friday's second of three eliminations for the Jim Doherty Memorial Stakes (formerly Merrie Annabelle) for 2-year-old female trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack. The top three finishers from each elimination plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot will advance to the $389,450 final on Hambletonian Day, Aug. 8, at the Big M. Trained by Jan Johnson, who also conditioned Bruschette, Legal Lady will start her elimination from post two with Corey Callahan in the sulky. She is 15-1 on the morning line. Julie Miller-trained Womans Will, who will leave from post three with driver Andy Miller, is the 2-1 choice. Broadway Donna, from the stable of trainer Jim Campbell, is undefeated in four career races and the 4-5 favorite in the first elimination. Jimmy Takter's Kathy Parker, named in honor of the longtime editor and general manager of The Horseman And Fair World magazine, is the 5-2 favorite in the third division. Friday's card also features two eliminations for the Peter Haughton Memorial Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters. Ron Burke's Southwind Frank is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the first division and Takter-trained Bar Hopping is the 3-1 pick in the second. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the $349,850 final on Hambletonian Day. Legal Lady, by stallion Deweycheatumnhowe, heads to the Doherty Memorial off a second-place finish in her career debut in a maiden race on July 17 at the Meadowlands. Legal Lady, who qualified four times prior to making her first purse start, finished a neck behind Jazebel De Vie in 1:58.3. "We haven't rushed her," said Gerry, a New York resident who is the wife of Harness Racing Hall of Fame member Ebby Gerry Jr. "I'm against that and Jan is more that way also. He doesn't like to rush them, especially at (age) 2. "She keeps bringing down her times, which is good. (Success) just depends on a lot of things. We'll hope. I'm not going to be disappointed as long as she races well." Gerry owned Bruschette during her racing career, which ended with nine wins in 48 races and earnings of $302,383. Her top victory came in the 2008 Allerage Farms Mare Trot at Lexington's Red Mile. Bruschette rallied from seventh place in the final quarter-mile to win by 1-1/2 lengths over Brigham Dream in a career-best 1:53.1. "She was great," Gerry said. "I went down to the winner's circle and there was a mother and child there. The child gave me the flowers and I was crying. The little girl said to her mother, why is she crying? I got so emotional. That was a big day for me. That was the most thrilling moment." Gerry hopes for more thrills with Legal Lady, who is all lady in the barn and all business on the track. "I can pet her, I can rub her nose, I can give her carrots, and the minute she comes out of the stall and you start putting the harness on her she is ready to go," Gerry said, adding with a laugh, "Then you don't want to be petting her or anywhere near her. "I'm excited," she added. "My husband keeps saying that you can't get attached. Well, I'm already attached. I can't help it. I rode as a kid all the time and I love animals." Gerry, who is an accomplished artist, hopes Legal Lady can paint a winning picture on Friday night, but knows it is a difficult assignment. She also knows the filly could have a lengthy career ahead of her. "If she qualifies for the final it would be very exciting," Gerry said. "I don't want to get my hopes too high and get disappointed. But even if she doesn't qualify, there will be other races. She's only 2. I just hope she stays trotting and stays healthy and we'll see what happens." Following are the elimination fields in post order for the Doherty Memorial with drivers, trainers and morning line: Elimination 1 1. Broadway Donna, David Miller, Jim Campbell, 4-5 2. I'm Outstanding, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 8-1 3. Worldclass Hanover, Pat Lachance, Pat Lachance, 12-1 4. Hollywood Hill, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 7-2 5. Celebrity Eventsy, Brett Miller, Staffan Lind, 8-1 6. Southwind Adele, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 10-1 7. Everything N More, Tim Tetrick, Nancy Johansson, 20-1 8. Do I, Corey Callahan, Ron Burke, 20-1 Elimination 2 1. Candle In The Wind, Jim Marohn Jr., Janice Connor, 20-1 2. Legal Lady, Corey Callahan, Jan Johnson, 15-1 3. Womans Will, Andy Miller, Julie Miller, 2-1 4. Sharon's Luck, Brett Miller, Staffan Lind, 30-1 5. Gifted Lady, John Campbell, Jimmy Takter, 9-2 6. Miss Tezsla, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 6-1 7. Twice Is Right, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 5-2 8. Hot Curry, David Miller, Ron Burke, 8-1 9. Silent Blessings, Tim Tetrick, Nancy Johansson, 8-1 Elimination 3 1. New Leaf, Jim Marohn Jr., Tom Haughton, 20-1 2. Thankful Reward, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna, 5-1 3. Unau S, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson, 20-1 4. Kathy Parker, Johnny Takter, Jimmy Takter, 5-2 5. Jazebel De Vie, Scott Zeron, Chris Ryder, 12-1 6. Silvia, David Miller, Ron Burke, 6-1 7. Sunset Glider, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 3-1 8. Encore Gold, John Campbell, Charlie Norris, 4-1 9. Lindy's On Fire, Marcus Melander, Marcus Melander, 20-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA      

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