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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 8, 2017) - Alberto Contador took the worst of it with a parked out journey, but the classy harness racing 9-year-old survived to win Saturday's $20,000 featured pace at the Meadowlands over the razor-sharp City Hall. Bullet Bob left the gate fastest and led the field of eight through an opening quarter in :27.1 before City Hall moved to the lead. Down the backstretch, Corey Callahan sent Alberto Contador on a brush towards the lead, but could not clear City Hall, who had won three of his last four starts. The duo continued their cutthroat battle through a half mile in :55 and three-quarters in 1:23. Just when it appeared that Alberto Contador would wilt from the long journey, he found more and gutted out a head victory over City Hall in 1:50.4. 2/1 favorite Rodeo Romeo rallied to be third by a neck. The win was Alberto Contador's fourth of the year and 35th lifetime for trainer Darran Cassar and Windermere Stable. Corey Callahan won three races including the feature and David Miller also added a driving hat trick. Favorites won nine of the 11 races on the program. Total handle was $2,419,537. Racing resumes Friday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

DOVER, Del.--- After finishing second by a neck and a head in her previous two starts, Dismissal finally bested Barbara's Shadow to score a 1:52 victory in the $15,000 4 & 5-Year-Old Mares harness racing feature on Tuesday, March 21 at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan took control after the opening quarter and was never headed on the way to her fifth victory this year. The four-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Her Mattjesty shook off a backstretch challenge from Barefoot Julie (Tim Tetrick) after the three-quarters then pulled away averting any conflict from Barbara's Shadow (Vic Kirby) who was three lengths back in second turning for home. In The Shadows (Tony Morgan) closed fast to miss second by a neck. Dismissal began 2017 running off four consecutive convincing wins before her two close losses. It was her 12th career victory upping her lifetime earnings to $94,890 for owner CTC Stable. Shesagamemajor, owned by Craig Birchard, a U.S. citizen who resides in Germany, made it two win in three starts in a $13,500 Mares pace. Bret Brittingham drove the Art Major-Ru In The Game five-year-old trained by his dad, Don Brittingham, to a lifetime best 1:54.1 decision. Specialcelebration (Callahan) was runner-up. The Big Bankroll (Kirby) was third. Logan's Girl, 2016 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund champion, prepped for her three-year-old DSBF stakes by overcoming post 9 in the second tier, to notch a 1:53.1 victory in an $11,500 Mares pace with Vic Kirby holding the reins for trainer Jim King and owner JoAnn Looney-King. Aunt Babe (Pat Berry) closed well to finish second. Rocknroll Fan (Vince Copeland) was the show horse. Tony Morgan, the second-leading dash win driver in North America, made the winner's circle four times. Trainer Brian Malone haltered three winners, two for owner Carrie Malone. Corey Callahan, Allan Davis and Bret Brittingham had doubles. Wind Of The North returns to meet Tough Mac, Gural Hanover and Market Share in a nine horse field in the $21,000 Open Handicap Tuesday feature race. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant and its acclaimed Buffet. . For reservations, call 302-674-4600. The Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book features simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight daily. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- It took his ninth start of the year to get $1,1-million harness racing winner Fool Like A Fool to make his seasonal winning debut with meet leading driver Corey Callahan in the bike posting a1:52.1 victory on Monday, March 13 at Dover Downs. Feel Like A Fool was strongest in the stretch outdueling Major Starlight (Sean Bier) to score his 31st career triumph raising his lifetime earnings to $1,173,968. Bobby Clark conditions the Art Major-Fool That I Am gelding owned by Kovach Stables. Black Aquila A. (Frank Milby finished third. The victory was the third of the day for Callahan who drove L&J Racing's Lyons Johnny, trained by Josh Green, to victory in 1:53 after leading off the program stering Breakaway Stable's Nantucket Red home in 1:54.1 in the first race for trainer Nick Callahan. Tony Morgan also had a driving double. DISMISSAL LOOKS TO RETURN TO WINNING FOR IN TUESDAY FEATURE Following near misses in her last two outings, Dismissal, second by a neck after being second by a head, seeks to return to four consecutive winning form earlier this year, in the $ $15,000 4&5-Year-Old distaff feature at Dover Downs on Tuesday, March 14 at Dover Downs. Post Time is 4:30 p.m. Owned by CTC Stable, Dismissal will return to driver Corey Callahan who was in the bike for all of her four earlier wins. This time though, Dismissal will have to start from outside post 8. To her inside is Forrest Bartlett’s sharp Barefoot Julie who been afflicted with secondites. In February all four of her starts resulted in second-place finishes. Tim Tetrick will drive her in this one. Last week, Gerard McDonald’s American Filly came on in the stretch to score a 1:53 win. She will be driven by Vic Kirby. On Your Six, racing for David Banks and Layfield Horses with Allan Davis steering, spent much of her last start racing second on the outside then held on to finish third beaten only by two-lengths. Bad Lightning, with Art Stafford Jr. drew the rail for owners Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing with Pandaman Sea and Sean Bier alongside. Completing the lineup are Lou Catana and Vince Bradley’s In The Shadows and Benda Teague’s homebred Wiggle It J with Jim Morand, finally getting an inside post.    The is a competitive group of female paces on the Tuesday program. Monday through Thursday live racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are ‘dark days’ at the track. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad    

DOVER, Del.--- Corey Callahan zipped Mike Casalino's Tough Mac quickly to the front from the outside and then never-looked-back en route to a 1:53.1 harness racing victory in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap on Wednesday, March 8 at Dover Downs. Tough Mac has been super-sharp of late winning for the second straight time making it four wins in his last five outings. The Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady gelding won for the fourth time this year. Tough Mac registered his 29th lifetime victory bringing his bankroll to $359,399. Frost Free Hanover, his major competition for the meet's top trotter, closed strongly to finish second with Vic Kirby in the bike while 2012 Hambletonian winner Market Square and Tim Tetrick came on in the lane to take third money. Celebrity Pegasus got back on the winning trail breezing to a 1:55.1 triumph in the $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot with Art Stafford Jr. guiding the victory. Last heading to the half mile, Celebrity Pegasus pulled out followed cover from 75-1 shot Lucky Ten K (Ross Wolfenden) until the final turn then rolled past the early leader Uncle Mack (Yannick Gingras) on the way to his third win of 2017 and 15th lifetime. United Bi (George Dennis) closed well to take second in front of Lucky Ten K (Ross Wolfenden). Eric Ell conditions the Andover Hall-Celebrity Athena five-year-old for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms. Last year at this time, Jingle Bell Rocker was a tough-to-beat campaigner on a long six-race win streak. It has taken the Rocknroll Hanover-Blissard Of Oz gelding until his seventh start to make the winner's circle this year winning a $7,500 claimer in 1:54.3. Ross Wolfenden drove the win for trainer Les Givens and owner Tina Clark, his 33rd career triumph.. Ross Wolfenden led with three driving wins; Corey Callahan, Vic Kirby and Tim Tetrick had a pair of wins each. EMERITUS MAXIMUS SEEKS THIRD STRAIGHT $27,500 DEL SPECIAL Emeritus Maximus, a riches-to-rags-back to riches, performer seeks to win the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap for the third consecutive time this Thursday, March 9 at Dover Downs, the top event on a stellar program. First Post is 4:30 p.m. Yannick Gingras drove Emeritus Maximus, to a 1:50.3 victory last week following a 1:50 decision the previous Thursday, to win $27,500 Delaware Special Handicaps. Again this week the re-emerging seven-year-old will start from the outside in a strong eight-horse field. Since being claimed on January 19 by Don Marine and Brent Hall, the former juvenile star, who had been shuffled off to claiming events, is a winner of six of nine 2017 races and $51,895 in puses. Among his potent challengers now is fast finishing Blazing Bobby Sox, reined and co-owned by Art Stafford Jr. with father, Art Stafford, has been in peak form in recent weeks. Sweet Rock, racing for Reg Hazzard, G.P.Calloway and Legacy Racing, is also in prime form, and leaves from the rail with Allan Davis. Remember Me VK pulled a 13-1 upset for Montrell Teague winning the last Open and steps up. Vic Kirby will pilot Max Walton and Greg Papaleo's seasoned veteran Mustang Art, usually a factor each week. Al Carter and Doug Lewis' Captive Audience handled by Tim Tetrick is racing at the top of his game. Driver George &Tina Dennis' Seventh Secret has been smitten by tough racing luck in recent efforts. Sean Bier will drive Jenny Bier's Im Supersonic A , to round out the field. in the $20,000 Open Handicap pace, Mildred Ventriglio's Major Uptrend (Tony Morgan) has been super-sharp winning his last two races. Two other starters are also fresh from wins at Yonkers, J.L. Sadowsky's Te Kawau N (Pat Berry) and Caviart Skyler (Gingras), owned by Weaver Bruscemi, Peter Collura and Burke Racing Stable. There is a hard-hitting undercard on the 15-race card. Monday through Thursday live racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are 'dark days' at the track. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad  

DOVER, Del.--- It was a five-win harness racing card for Corey Callahan topped by a 1:52.2 victory equaling lifetime record in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Dover Downs. Trainer Dylan Davis had four wins while owner Mike Casalino tripled. Callahan drove Mike Casalino's Tough Mac, who was bet down to a 3-5 favorite, into the early lead and never looked back en route to his third win of the year in the week's top trotting event. The Dylan Davis conditioned Tough Mac extended his lead at the three-quarters and breezed home in a :28.3 final panel. Wind Of The North (Sean Bier) took to the outside as the field turner for home and zoomed from sixth to within two strides of catching Tough Mac at the wire. Uva Hanover (Tony Morgan) was the third-place finisher. The Tough Mac victory was the third in his last four for the black gelding by Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady and his 22nd lifetime. He has earned $349,399 in purses. Callahan had just enough to steer Canadiab-bred Earl's Speeder past leader Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.) in the final step for a lifetime best 1:52.3 in the $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners Over trot. The Earl Of Stormont-Trapazius gelding is also trained by Dylan Davis for owner Mike Casalino. Steel Reserve (Vic Kirby) was third. In a $13,500 4&5-Year-Old trot, Barbara Kirby's 19-1 shot Myclaimtovictory closed along the passing lane for Kim Vincent to catch and nip heavy favorite Markley's Guy (Kirby) in the last step for a 1:53.2 personal fastest mile. Streamsong (Jonathan Roberts) was the show horse. Bret Brittingham posted his second winner guiding RBH Ventures and Spagnola Racing's Guiltywithanexcuse to his third consecutive victory overtaking former Hambletonian champion Market Share (Morgan) in deep stretch for a 1:53.3 triumph. Gillie The Kid (Kirby) took third. The $30,000 Preferred pace features four newcomers this week-Take It Back Terry, McArdles Lightning, Katies Rocker and the sharp Star Messenger. The co-feature is the $27,500 Delaware Special led by Blazing Bobby Sox, Little Ben and Mustang Art. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant and its acclaimed Buffet. . For reservations, call 302-674-4600. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing is available in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book, from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight daily. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, DE--- Corey Callahan rushed Go Collect N into the early lead and then led the rest of a 1:51.2 mile to win the Monday feature at Dover Downs on Feb. 20. The Go Collect N win was the first of the year for the Gotta Go Collect-No Parking N gelding owned by Robert Cooper and J&T Silva stables who won for the 13th time in his career bringing lifetime earnings to $$124,944. Western Young Gun (Jonathan Roberts) was a game second. Casey At Bat (Allan Davis) was the show finisher. Sentencing Memo, a 10-time winner last season, also made the winner's circle for the first time in 2017 when Russ Foster piloted the Wester Terror-Lady Annie gelding to a front-end 1:51 victory in an $8,500 Male pace. Arty Foster owns ad trains the four-year-old who made his sixth start of the year. Piece Of The Rock (Davis) pushed the pace on the outside and continued on to finish second. Beaches De Vie (George Dennis) took third. The longshot of the day was by 50-1 Ascaryone Hanover owned by trainer-driver Eddie Davis who owns the sophomore gelding with Gary Simpson and Eric Good.The 1:54.2 victory was the career first for the Yankee Cruiser-A Filly To Fear in his initial start of the year. Mad Mad World (Callahan) and Stonebridge Rocks (Davis) were second and third. Drivers Russ Foster, Corey Callahan, Allan Davis, Montrell Teague and trainer Clyde Francis had two wins each. Stakes winning Delaware-bred Purrfect Bags returns to the races for her first start of the season joining last week’s winner Enhance Your Mind in a field of eight in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap, the Tuesday, Feb.12 feature race at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Owner-trainer Brian Truitt’s Enhance Your Mind, with Vic Kirby driving again has the outside post. She has won four of her six starts this year. Purrfect Bags, already a winner of more than half-a-million dollars, won a wire-to-wire qualifying race for owner JoAnn Looney King. Scott Woogen’s KJ’s Caroline with Yannick Gingras in the bike finished third in last week’s feature. Sweet Bobbie with Art Stafford Jr. seeks to rebound this time after finished out of the money last start for owner-trainer Gary Ewing. Dublin Rose was a winner last week with Jonathan Roberts piloting for CTC Stable. Leaving from the rail is Killean Finale with Jonathan Roberts driving for trainer Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing. Springforth, a recent addition to the George&Tina Dennis Racing Stable, has post 2. Bob Bailey’s Duneside Chella reined by Tony Morgan completes the octet of starters. Dismissal (Montrell Teague) puts a four-race win streak on the line in the$15,000 4&5-Year-Old Mares sub-feature race. Owned by CTC Stable, all of her wins have come in 2017. Trainer Josh Parker and Nanticoke Stable’s Bad Lightning (Stafford Jr.) had a tough trip on the way to victory last start. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.-- Bushwacker rolled out of post 7 to take the lead and fought off a slew of harness racing challengers nearing the finish line to score a 1:51.2 victory , the third in his last four starts to win the $30,000 Preferred pace while Art Stafford Jr. notched his third win of the day in the $27,500 Delaware Special highlighting a big Thursday, Feb. 2 Dover Downs program. Defending driver champion Corey Callahan, who scored his second of a three win night, driving Henderson Farms' Bushwacker for trainer Chris Ryder, Cajon Lightning (Art Stafford Jr.), who finished second for the third straight time, with Dancin Yankee (Ross Wolfenden), a winner of $1.5-million, third. In the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap, Art Stafford Jr., who drove the winners of both halves of the daily double, completed a three-win night coming from off-the-pace with Blazing Bobby Sox to catch front-pacing Remember VK (Yannick Gingrass) in deep stretch with Captive Audience (Callahan) second and Mustang Art (Vic Kirby), the third-place horse. Engel and JL Benson stables' Toatsmygoats was at his best in a $15,500 Male pace turning back eight rivals with Golden Gun being scratched with a 1:51.3 triumph equaling his lifetime best clocking. Pat Berry was in the bike for trainer Nick Surick for Relentless Yankee-This Much Is True gelding's 17th career win. Don't Ya Know (Callahan) was runner-up in front of Ballinrobe (Allan Davis). Tony Morgan steered Niss Allen's Ima Rebel to his first win of the new year scoring a lifetime record 1:52.1 victory in a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old pace. Willard Reynolds conditions the Skydancer Hanover-Ali Cat gelding. Suchasenseofhumor (Jim Morand) was the second-place finisher. Sonny At The Beach (Kirby) an early leader, held on for third. The husband and wife team of driver Sean and Crissy Bier combined for back-to-back wins. Sean Bier's Brody won a 1:51.2 decision racing in a $20,000 Male pace. R.J.Thomas' Jet Blue Miracle came right back, also from post 1, to win a $15,000 Male Claimer. After a long climb from far back, Corey Callahan, the defending champion, jumped into first place in the meet's dash win column with three wins to now lead second-place Vic Kirby by three victories. Art Stafford Jr. and Corey Callahan had three winners. Sean Bier and Yannick Gingras had two winners each. Trainers Crissy Bier and Dylan Davis, who also had two owner wins, had doubles. The biggest win-payoff on the card was $98.80 when Arty Foster's 48-1 shot Rock Me Henry with Russell Foster driving, closed along the passing lane to beat Officer Blue Chip (Jason Lynch) ending that horses five-race win streak. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant and its acclaimed Buffet. . For reservation ns, call 302-674-4600. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing is available in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book, from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight daily. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Tough Mac who stopped nearing the wire to finish third last week, did not stop this time when Corey Callahan drove the veteran to a 1:52.4 harness racing victory in the $20,000 Open Handicap trot on Wednesday, Jan.18 at Dover Downs. Unlike last week when he had trouble getting to the front, Tough Mac took over early and sped to a powerful finish winning the feature. Il Mago (Pat Berry) set second most of the way for the place position while longshot Winbak Charles M (Yannick Gingras) took third. Mike Casalino owns the Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady black gelding who won for the 25th time in his career. He now is a winner of $328,399. In the $15,500 sub-feature trot, overlooked at 20-1 after several outside posts, Tymal Signature with Jonathan Roberts driving came on in the lane to score his first win of 2017 in 1:54.2, equaling his lifetime fastest clocking for owner-trainer Bobby Glassmeyer. A black Deweycheatumnhowe-Blossom Seelster mare, she was followed by Steel Reserve (Kirby) and Earl's Speeder (Callahan). Moonlight Cocktail chalked up her second win in-a-row with Tony Morgan at the controls to win the $13,500 4&5-Year-Old trot, One of two mares in the race, Moonlight Coctain, trained by Linda Toscano for Richard Gutnick and TLP Stable, won easily defeating Uncle Mack (Gingras) and Myclaimtovictory (Kim Vincent), second and third respectively. Corey Callahan won four races, Montrell Teague and Tony Morgan had doubles. SEVENTH SECRET,LITTLE BEN, BUSHWACKER  MEET IN $30,000 PACE Secret Seven, Little Ben and Bushwacker meet in a strong field in this week’s $30,000 Preferred pace the $20,000 Open on another outstanding Thursday program Jan. 19 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. George&Tina Dennis’ sharp Seventh Secret goes from post 8 to 2 in this week’s feature race with George Dennis in the bike.  Little Ben, owned by Janel Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King has been a factor all meet-long with Vic Kirby driving while Henderson Farms’ Bushwacker won for Corey Callahan) in last Thursday’s $20,000 Open. Bamon Racing and J&T Stables’ Ideal Cowboy, with Tony Morgan .and Clear Vision, owned by Weaver Bruscemi, Panhellenic and Burke Racing head a list of competent rivals that include Soto and Art Stafford Jr. for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquita. Sweet Rock and Allan Davis, starts from the rail for  G.P.Calloway and Legacy Racing and Arsenic, driven by Montrell Teague, is in from Canada. The sub-feature is the $21,000 Irish Society of Delmarva Open pace featuring Al Carter and trainer Doug Lewis’ Captive Audience (Jonathan Roberts), J.L. Sadowsky’s Te Kawau N (Daryl Bier), Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s Sicily (Allan Davis) and Cliff Grundy’s Screaman Seaman A (Kirby) and the sports all-timer richest horse $7.5-million winner Foiled Again (Gingras) who starts from post 9 in the  second tier for must start from outside post 8. The now 13-year-old is owners Weaver Bruscemi, JJK and Burke Racing stables. When at the track enjoy racing and tasty food in the Winners Circle Restaurant acclaimed buffet. Call for reservations at 302-674-4600. Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting daily 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark days for live racing at Dover Downs. Weekdays - Monday through Thursday – racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, DE --- Arque Hanover enjoyed a 2-hole trip on the way to winning the 30,000 Preferred pace in 1:50.1 while Bushwacker won the $20,000 Open pace wire-to-wire in 1:51 on a balmy Thursday, Jan. 12 at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan sat second with Arque Hanover as Dancin Yankee (Tony Morgan) cut out the fast fractions until mid-stretch when a cavalcade of challengers came on. Arque Hanover, trained by Dylan Davis, just got up to edge Dancin Yankee with Clear Vision (Yannick Gingras) next, third, in front of Ideal Cowboy (Ross Wolfenden). Abe Basen, Tom Lazzaro and Robert Cooper Stables own Arque Hanover, a five-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven-A Pippin Hanover, who won for the 14th time raising his career bankroll to $323,461. After his last two starts from the outside, Corey Callahan made good use of post 1 driving Bushwacker right to the top and the veteran pacer led the rest of a 1:51 mile to post his 24th lifetime success for trainer Chris Ryder and owner Henderson Farms. Bushwacker fought off a determined bid from Screaman Seaman A (Vic Kirby) on the backstretch before pulling away to victory. The six-year-old Rocknroll Hanover-Dolphins Can Talk gelding has now won $549,337 lifetime. Te Kawau N (Daryl Bier) closed strongly to beat Sicily (Allan Davis) for second. Owner-trainer Gary Ewing's Star Messenger made it two wins in-a-row when Tony Morgan sent the Jereme's Jet-Manhattan Killean gelding past Swapportunity (Jim Morand) after dueling down the lane for a 1:51.1 win in a $15,500 Male pace. Feel Like A Fool (Gingras) took third money. Driver Callahan and trainer Davis came back to the winner's circle when Jet Airway chalked up a 1:50.2 triumph in a $15,000 pace. Owned by Mike Casalino and trainer Davis, the six-year-old Jereme's Jet-Aromatic horse held off Mustang Art (Sean Bier) and Silver Fox J (George Dennis), second and third respectively. In another $15,000 division, Yannick Gingras drove Bad Gamer to a 1:51.3 victory in a 4&5-Year-Old Male pace. Trainer Ed Gannon, Gingras, Frank Canzone and Bob Sabatini own the Badlands Hanover-Kattimon horse who has won four of his last seven races. Ima Rebel (Morgan) finished second in front of Caviart Skyler (Wolfenden). Bill Sartin and Mark Salerno's Sporty Mercedes notched a 1:52.3 win in a third $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Male pace. Ross Wolfenden was at the controls for the Sportswriter-Scootin Mercedes gelding's victory for trainer Joe Hundertfund. Denslow Hanover (Allan Davis) was runner-up. Postmaster (Kirby) was the show horse. Corey Callahan recorded four winning drives, Yannick Gingras, Tony Morgan and owner- trainer Dylan Davis had two winners. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant and its acclaimed Buffet. . For reservations, call 302-674-4600. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing plus 3-game parleys of NFL playoff games is available in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book, from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight daily. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.--- Cold weather could not deter Jen Bongiorno's Gratian Hanover from scoring a 1:50.2 triumph in the Monday, Jan. 9 harness racing feature at Dover Downs. With the sport's second leading dash-win leader Tony Morgan in the bike, Gratian Hanover made the winner's circle for the first time in 2017 scoring a convincing 1:50.2 conquest. The Willard Reynold's trainee won for the 10th time in the career of the Western Ideal-Gray Major gelding. Trading Up and Corey Callahan finished second. Callahan, the track's defending champion, won four races in-a-row, the 2nd through 5th, then added a fifth in the 11th race driving Howard Taylor's Emeritus Maximum to victory in a $10,000 Claiming Allowance pace. Corey Callahan had six winners, Tony Morgan, Ross Wolfenden and George Dennis, plus trainers Joe Columbo, Joe Holloway, Les Givens and owners George&Tina Dennis recorded two wins each. Marv Bachrad  

DOVER, Del.--- Four Staces atoned for a upset loss in his last start to take the early lead and score a 1:53 harness racing victory in the $20,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming Allowance on Monday, Dec. 26 at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan drove Four Staces into the early lead and the pair were never headed in a 1:53 triumph as Dover Downs returned to racing after the traditional one-week Holiday Break. Dylan Davis trains and co-owns the five-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover-Miss Stacey co-owned by Mike Casalino. Four Staces won for the fifth time this year. He has won $$57,720 in 2016 and $185,959 lifetime. Too Darn Hot (Jason Lynch) was runner-up with Nuclear Dragon (Allan Davis) third. One race earlier, Tony Morgan and Fancy Colt started from post 9 in the second tier and came on to post a decisive 1:51.1 success in the $9,000 Male pace to giver Morgan the second of three wins with Crissman Inc. and trainer Tim Crissman winning for the second time. The Always A Virgin-Fanciful Hanover gelding notched his seventh win of the season winning $58,166 of his career $206,468 bankroll this year. Brody (Sean Bier) the early leader finished second for the second straight time with Maximum Terror (Art Stafford Jr.) third. In addition to Tony Morgan's three wins, George Dennis and Corey Callahan also had a triple while Vic Kirby won two races as did Bret Brittingham who drove both ends of the daily double. Trainers Don Brittingham, Jim King, Tim Crissman and owner Crissman Inc. also had two winners. EMPRESS DEO SEEKS THIRD STRAIGHT IN $20,000 MARES OPEN PACE Empress Deo, a last to first winner last time, looks to continue a two race win streak in the $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap pace on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at Dover Downs. Legacy Racing’s Empress Deo has shown she can win on the front end or coming-from-behind, has won the week’s top female event for the second straight time and in three of her last four outings. Her only loss came second by a nose, all with Allan Davis driving. Making her first start at this level, Lightning Mach N, with Tim Tetrick, puts a perfect three straight victories on the line since arriving from New Zealand for owners Rich Lombardo and trainer Josh Green. Purrfect Bags and Vic Kirby raced strongly last time finishing third beaten only a neck. A strong contender group complete a tough field among the seven distaff starters. Josh Parker, B Spedden, K Evans and Nanticoke Racing’s Elliesjet N handled by Jonathan Roberts has been sharp all meet. Howard Taylor’s Shine N Shimmer with George Dennis drew the rail and cannot be overlooked. The only three-year-old in the lineup, Sayulita with Corey Callahan has already posted a win at this level. There is also a talented newcomer in this one. Scott Woogen’s homebred KJ’s Caroline has been a standout in Western New York before returning to this area.     A $15,000 distaff pace heads a strong undercard, . Monday through Thursday live racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are ‘dark days’ at the track. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

Buddy Hally ($33.20) unleashed a vicious first-over push through the last three-eighths of a mile in Friday (December 9) evening's co-featured $13,000 fourth-level trotting event at The Meadowlands, putting away Opulent Yankee with ease and evading 2012 Hambletonian winner Market Share for a 1:52.3 harness racing triumph. The 6-year-old Angus Hall gelding floated forward in the initial stages, securing a clear tracking spot behind the top pair of Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller) and Waiting On a Woman (Joe Bongiorno) through initial splits of :27.2 and :56.2. With seven-sixteenths to go and a gradually advancing Market Share (Tim Tetrick) improving into the mid-division, Corey Callahan angled Buddy Hally first-over, and they accelerated to press immediately, dueling into a joint lead with Opulent Yankee a quarter from home. Buddy Hally edged clear upon cornering for home, easily powering past Opulent Yankee and holding clear of the chasing Market Share with similar facility, only receiving a few taps of the whip to stay on task for a two-length win. Fashion Creditor (Brett Miller) rallied belatedly down the grandstand side to take third, another 2-1/4 lengths detached. Dylan Davis trains Buddy Hally--now a 16-time winner--for Howard Taylor and NR Holdings, LLC. In the evening's other fourth-level trotting event, I C Caviar ($14.40) used similar tactics en route to a 1:53.3 score, angling first-over from just off the front flight up the far side and wearing down 3-2 favorite Wing Flash (Andy Miller) before edging away to evade the second-over Promise Delivered (David Miller) by 2-1/2 lengths. Brett Miller, who led all drivers with four wins on the evening's 12-race program, drove the 5-year-old Malabar Millennium gelding for trainer Joe Hanney. $39k Pick 4 carryover to Saturday Double-digit upsets from Blush Hanover (31-1) and Jacks to Open (25-1) stymied players in the evening's Late Pick 4 sequence which saw no favorites prevail. As a result, Saturday (December 10) evening's card will feature a Late Pick 4 carryover of $39,173.27, with the sequence beginning in race seven. The closing-race 20¢ Jackpot High Five sports a hefty carryover as well, now standing at $57,161.17. Players combined to wager $2,167,514 on the Friday card. Post time for the first of 13 Saturday events is set for 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

Ast Rutherford, N.J. - Fox Hollow Farm's Bullet Bob ($21.40) dug deep to withstand a barrage of late pressure and prevail over a powerful odds-on entry of Dream Out Loud N and In the Arsenal in Saturday (December 3) night's harness racing featured $17,500 top-level pacing event at The Meadowlands. Corey Callahan wasted no time with the red-hot 7-year-old Tell All gelding, sprinting to the fore just upon entering the first turn. The pair controlled solid early sectionals of :27.4 and :54.4 before facing a first-over challenge from Dream Out Loud N (David Miller) in the final five-sixteenths of the mile. Bullet Bob dug in at once, not only working to stave off Dream Out Loud N for the length of the home straight, but also a late bid from the second-over In the Arsenal (Brett Miller), who fanned off cover upon cornering for home. Ultimately, Bullet Bob prevailed by half a length in 1:51 for his second win of the meeting and the 33rd of his career. Dream Out Loud N and In the Arsenal took second and third respectively, while the late-emerging Ashley's Husband (Vinny Ginsburg) made a belated stand-side push to claim fourth. Mark Harder trains Bullet Bob, whose 1:51 mile earned him a new seasonal mark. Full fields and healthy dividends spurred a strong total handle for Saturday night's 13-race card, as players combined to wager $2,924,959. Noteworthy dividends included the $20,020.22 takedown of the 20¢ Jackpot Super High Five in the night's fifth race, and a $9,539.35 Pick 5 payoff over a sequence which saw four of five favorites vanquished to begin the program. Live racing returns to the Big M on Friday (December 9) evening; post time is slated for 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

East Rutherford, N.J. - Inittowinafortune ($5.00) seized command early and never looked back in Friday (November 25) evening's top distaff pace at The Meadowlands, using a powerful :54.2 back half to evade her eight harness racing rivals in the $17,500 feature by 2-3/4 lengths. Corey Callahan wasted no time with the 6-year-old daughter of Cam's Fortune, putting her in play and clearing the lead just upon entering the first turn. Inittowinafortune made every call a winning one, facing no pressure at all through sectionals of :27 and :55.3 before edging away from a mild first-over challenge from Windsun Glory (Joe Bongiorno) in the final five-sixteenths of the mile. Inittowinafortune sprinted off at first asking, and she maintained clearance on the field while taken in hand for the last sixteenth of her 1:50 triumph. Windsun Glory dueled down pocket rival Better Said (Brett Miller) in upper stretch to secure a clear runner-up spot, while Shutthefrontdoor (Scott Zeron) charged down the grandstand side from the tail of the field to just nab Delightful Dragon (David Miller) for third. Michael Russo trains 34-time winner Inittowinafortune for Michael Pagonas. The win was her second of the season, and just two-fifths of a second shy of her lifetime best. Pick 5 yields hefty payday While two of five favorites prevailed in the night's 50¢ Pick 5 sequence, mid-price winners Big Expense ($25.80, Kyle Husted) and Young American ($15.00, Kyle DiBenedetto) in the third and fourth races respectively set up for a carryover situation should any horse save odds-on favorite Opulent Yankee prevail in the closing leg. As Opulent Yankee ($3.40, Andy Miller) indeed converted in a dominant 1:54 performance, successful players ultimately earned $8,870.20 on the wager which attracted a total pool of $41,754. Total handle for the 12-race card was $2,179,769. First post for Saturday (November 26) evening's 13-race program at the Big M is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Eastern, and the closing race 20¢ Jackpot Super High Five carryover mounts to $44,213.23. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

On consecutive days early in the week, both Corey Callahan and Vince Copeland reached important harness racing milestones, notching their 5,000th wins respectively. Callahan's win came driving Mel Mara in 1:49.1 to win the $30,000 Preferred pace, Monday (11/14). Copeland guided Spirit Light in 1:55.2 to win a four-horse photo on Tuesday (11/15) at Dover Downs. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Monday begins the shortest week of racing this season. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no racing on Thursday, Nov. 24. But there will be live action Monday through Wednesday with $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund DSBF) Two-Year-old Finals daily. Monday features colt trotters; Tuesday, filly pacers and on Wednesday, filly trotters. -------------------------------------------------- Winning the $100,000 Colt and Gelding Pace Final has put Bags To Riches into the DSBF record book. When Bags To Riches upset previously unbeaten Henry The Dragon, the winning time of 1:51.1 is the fastest clocking for a freshman pacer in the programs history. -------------------------------------------- To show the diversity of the George Teague all-star list of major stakes winning horses who now have become winning stallions. Of course, at the top of the list is Mr. Wiggles, sire of the sensational world champion Wiggle It Jiggleit, the2015 Harness Horse of the Year. Three of Teague's former stars now standing made the 2016 DSBF $200,000 finals. Henry The Dragon is a son of Custer The Dragon. Stay On Your Place is by Mr. Wiggles while Daylen is a Mr. Apples colt. All three of the starters were bred by Teague from mares he trained. ------------------------------------------------------ On Monday, two sharp late season winning three-year-olds have been supplemented to the 20th Hap Hansen-Progress Pace with two $35,000 eliminations. After the elims, the top eight point-getters racing in the $300,000 final on Nov. 28. Boston Red Socks, winner of the Matron last week and Canadian Easy Lover Hanover, who first made news last January, as one of the horses that owner Brad Grant bought at the January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands to help restock trainer Ben Wallace's Stable. Wallace's operation had been wiped out by the tragic barn fire at the Classy Lane Training Centre in Puslinch, Ont. Grant paid $70,000 to bring pacer Easy Lover Hanover into Wallace's care. Since, Easy Lover Hanover has banked $190,672 for Grant while winning 14 of the 27 races while trained by Wallace including a current five-race win streak. -------------------------------------------- Tony Morgan, the second leading dash-winning driver in North America with more than 15,500 wins, will be back racing on Monday. Morgan sat out the last few days last week due to illness. ----------------------------------------------- Starting with the Nov. 28 program, Race Secretary Rod Newhart will altered the weekly feature race schedule. The $30,000 Preferred and $27,500 Delaware Special will be the regular Thursday feature races. Tuesday remains for $20,000 Open Mares pace and Wednesday continues as trot day with the $20,000 Open remaining the feature. ------------------------------------------ Vic Kirby is atop the Dover Downs early season leading driver's standings with 25 wins during the meet's first 12 race dates. Tim Tetrick is second with 22 wins, Allan Davis and Yannick Gingras are tied for third in the standings with 17 wins each. Jim Morand completes the top 5 with 15 winning drives. ---------------------------------------------------- Jim King is in first place among leading trainers this meet. He has haltered 20 winners and enjoys a nine win lead over runner-up Josh Green who has 11 winners. Leigh Raymer and Joe Hundertfund are in a 10-win deadlock for third place while Wayne and Les Givens are tied for fifth place with six-wins each. Marv Bachrad    

DOVER. Del.--- Mel Mara led off the 2016-17 harness racing meet at Dover Downs recording a 1:49.1 triumph in the $30,000 Preferred Open Handicap. Drivers Art Stafford Jr., Bret Brittingham, trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta made the winner's circle three times each to highlight the opener of its 48th season on Monday, Oct. 31. Corey Callahan and Dylan Davis, the meet's defending leading driver and trainer combined as Mel Mara led from early and never looked back posting his seventh win of the season for owners Robert Cooper and J&T Silva stables finishing his mile with a :26.4 final panel. The victory lifted the Lis Mara-ML Revrac horse to $233,540 earnings this season and $$691,464 lifetime. Dancin Yankee and Tim Tetrick raced second throughout with Mustang Art, piloted by Sean Bier, third. Meanwhile. In the $18,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Open, Soto closed strongly for Art Stafford Jr. to notch a 1:50.4 score for the Wood, Dittman and Iaquinta ownership and trainer Eric Ell. The game Remember Me VK (Montrell Teague) cut the mile and finished a strong second. Trading Up (Pat Berry) took third. In another $15,000 event, Cajon Lightning, a four-year-old altered son of Mach Three-Tex In The City, with the same driver, trainer and owners along with Minisink Farms came through with a 1:51 verdict in a $15,000 Male pace. Lew's Maverick (Kevin Switzer Jr.) and Rock On Precious (Russ Foster) finished second and third. The other $15,000 pace, went to Swapportunity, another gelded son of Mach Three from Swap Blue Chip, driven by Jim Morand for trainer Les Givens and owners Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing, overcame post 8 to best Poisonous (Tim Tetrick) in a 1:52.4 victory. The win in the 3,4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over pace, gives the owners a $54,023 reward thus far this season. Fashion Bythebeach (Vince Copeland) was third. Driver Bret Brittingham and trainer Ben Stafford combined for two of Brittingham's three wins. Cloud Speed, A three-year-old Dragon Again-Cams Extic gelding scored a lifetime best 1:53 to win an $11,000 pace for young horses. Machine Team won in a lifetime fastest 1:54 in another $11,000 race. All Music, owned by Benton, West and the Wyatts, was his third wi in 1:55.1 in a $9,000 pace. Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt and Star Messenger, who she owns with Joanne Looney King gave driver Vic Kirby and trainer Jim King a double. Just A Jolt, by Village Jolt-Just Wait Kate, scored in 1:51.2 in a $12,500 Male pace beating Sicily (Allan Davis) and Golden Gun (Pat Berry) while Star Messenger, a Jereme's Jet-Manhattan Killean gelding romped in 1:51.4. Allan Davis, also added a pair of wins. Trainer Gary Simpson and Eric Good's Ideal Kiss won a $13,500 pace for younger horses in 1:54, the American Ideal-Ruffle's Kiss sophomore gelding's eighth win of the year. Earlier, he drove Allan Pullman and Barry Glickstein's Doctor McSwing to his third lifetime win, all this year, wnning an $8,000 pace in 1:56. In Tuesday feature race, a $20,000 Filly and Mares Open Pace, Nike Franco N and Scandalicious head a field of eight topping a female filled 15-ra The week's top female pace leads Tuesday's racing. The top trotters head Wednesday's card while all four rich Matron Stakes for male and female two-year-old trotters and pacers is set for this Thursday, Nov.3. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. No racing on Friday and Saturday. Sunday racing now starts at 5; 30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing and NFL three-game wagering is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Early reservations are suggested for the acclaimed Winner's Circle Buffet Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. ce card. Marv Bachrad          

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