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Triple Bottom Line pulled a 7-1 upset to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Filly Trot while Wiggle It Jiggleit downed eight rivals for his 21st victory of the season in the Hap Hansen Progress Pace at Dover Downs on Monday, Nov. 23. Veteran trainer-driver Jeff Fout found the passing lane to his liking overtaking dueling leaders Cicada's Song, who cut the mile for Carlo Poliseno from outside post 8, and challenger Epic Smash and Pat Berry who battled on the outside from the backstretch on until the final strides when Triple Bottom Line flew down the lane to post a 2:00.4 victory. It was the second trip to the winner's circle in eight starts for the three-time second -place finisher bred and owned by Winbak Farm. The CR Commando-Current Yield freshman now has won $75,800 this campaign. Cicada's Song and Epic Smash were second and third respectively. While the DSBF $100,000 final was the biggest purse event on the card, one of the biggest crowds of the early meet came to see George Teague Inc.'s Wiggle It Jiggleit. And they were not disappointed. The dark-bay world champion conditioned by Clyde Francis, rolled away from the starting gate to take the lead. Twenty-four-year-old driver Montrell Teague never looked back negotiating a :26 opening quarter, :54.4 half and took his eight foes to the three-quarters in 1:22.1. A :26.4 final panel gave the Mr. Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover offspring a decisive victory. A Delaware-sired 58-1 shot, Remember Me VK sat second the mile and stayed there for driver Eric Goodell with Dealt A Winner and David Miller, who took a shot at the leader on the backstretch holding on for third. Montrell Teague also drove the winner of the $20,000 DSBF Consolation trot steering owner-trainer Kevin Switzer's Jasmine K, a Master Lavec-Visioness K filly home in 2:04.4. Rhythm N Blues (Ross Wolfenden) was second in front of Devlin (Poliseno), third. Marchs Miller piloted Swing City, the only three-year-old in the $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Male pace on the undercard. Nick Surick, trains and co-owns the United Ace-Cyber Cities gelding with R.S.Ruffolo and Ervin Miller Stables. Brody (Sean Bier) and B's Weddie (Ross Wolfenden were second and third. Corey Callahan had a triple while Montrell Teague, Tim Ettrick and Allan Davis, each won two races during the card. Trainer Dylan Davis and owner Tom Lazzaro had triples while trainer Wayne Givens had a double. On Tuesday, another $100,000 DSBF title is on the line for colt and gelding trotters. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark live racing days at Dover Downs. There is no live racing on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. A $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool is now featured daily. The Winner's Circle Buffet is back for those watching races and 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

Harness racing can be a frustrating business at times when a horse for a variety of reasons struggles to show their true worth. Commander Paris fits the bill perfectly with a terrible formline for a horse with above average ability but last night at Alexandra Park he gave a glimpse of why he is held in such high regard. Away well from the unruly mark, driver John Dunn quickly worked the son of CR Commando to the front and John kept up a steady tempo which meant no mid-race attackers. Given a bit more reign at the 800 metres, Commander Paris had them in trouble passing the 400 metres and comfortably had them covered in the home straight, holding a length advantage at the finishing line. Commander Paris trotted the 2200 metres from a stand in 2:54 even with closing sectionals of 59.4 and 29.4 Even though Commander Paris had a shocking formline, he was sent out 1/5 in the betting so someone got a bag full. John Dunn was full of praise for Commander Paris post race. " Bernie and Michelle changed a bit of gear on him after his first start up here and it made all the difference." " He has always had plenty of ability and showed that down south but he couldn't get around the bends left handed so Kevin Fairbairn convinced the owners to send him up north for the right handed way of racing." " He has still got a fair bit to learn as he is not very experienced but I think he will go a fair way before he is finished, " John said. Commander Paris showed last night that given his own rules in front, he is a very hard horse to run down. Harnesslink Media  

The second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-old trotters was completed Wednesday at the harness racing meeting at  Harrington Raceway with four divisions heading to post. Nanticoke Racing and Delbert Cain's Go Byem (Les Givens) completed a sweep of his eliminations with a dominant 1:56.3 triumph over Perfect Vangogh and Political Foe. The Impel Hanover gelding recorded his fifth win of the year for trainer Givens, who has three straight wins with his trotter. The first filly division went to Charles Wimbrow and Jimmy Lunn's Silence Is Bliss ($3.80, Allan Davis) who was a repeat winner in 1:57.4, over Callmemza and I Got Spunk. Trained by Robert White, Silence Is Bliss is a daughter of Cr Commando. The second filly division went to Marvin Meyer's Cuddle Punk ($2.80, Allan Davis) who was a decisive winner over Bella's Punkett and Sign N Drive. A daughter of Super Punk, Cuddle Punk became the third horse on the card to complete a sweep of their DSBF divisions. Cuddle Punk is trained by Joe King. Egosnattitudes ($2.80, Jon Roberts) prevailed in the remaining colt and gelding division with a 2:00.2 victory for trainer and co-owner Bib Roberts. The Great George Two gelding was under careful handling early before overpowering the field late for a convincing win over Luck Dynasty and Win Power. In the overnight feature on the program, Mike Casalino's Tough Mac ($2.80, Roberts) dominated a field of seven in the $16,000 Open Trot as he was a wire-to-wire winner over Six Gun Hall and Powerful Charger. Trained by Dylan Davis, it was the sixth win of the season for Tough Mac, a 6-year-old gelded son of Lockkeeper. The $100,000 DSBF finals will take place on Governor's Day during the Delaware State Fair July 30 with a special 7 p.m. post time as part of a stakes-laden program with total purses in excess of $600,000. Victor Kirby had three winners on the program. Matt Sparacino  

Wednesday marked the commencement of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-old trotters at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway with five $20,000 divisions. Three filly divisions were contested as well as two for colts and geldings, both held as non-wagering events. Nanticoke Racing and Delbert Cain's Go Byem (Les Givens) took the first of the non wagering races with a dazzling 1:56, 13-length margin of victory over Political Foe and Political Cash. Trained by his driver, Go Byem recorded his fourth career win in 10 starts. Sired by Impel Hanover, Go Byem took his lifetime mark of 1:53 on June 19 at the Meadowlands as one of the few Delaware-sired trotters to win a race in recent history at the New Jersey racetrack, a venue he's won at on two occasions. Wednesday's win was just a tick off the track record of 1:55.4, held by I Like My Boss. Ed Kimmel and Don and David Wiest's Perfect Vangogh (Tony Morgan) captured the remaining colt and gelding division with a 1:59.3 triumph over Luck Dynasty and Win Power. A son of JM Vangogh, Perfect Vangogh was trained by Donald Wiest. Callmemza ($4.40, Jon Roberts) won the first filly division in 2:00.2 for co-owner/trainer Bib Roberts and co-owners Graham Grace Stables and M&W Stables. Callmemza, a daughter of Great George Two followed pacesetter My Fire Cloud Too throughout before surging clear of that rival in the final strides for a narrow win. Collen In Command was third. Marvin Meyer's Cuddle Punk ($5, Allan Davis) took the second division with a 1:58.3 blowout win over Bella's Punkett and Laurie Lin. The complexion of the race changed when 3-to-5 favorite Penny Paratrooper went off stride behind the gate. For Cuddle Punk, the Joe King-trainee and daughter of Super Punk scored her third career win. Another daughter of Super Punk, I Got Spunk, went post ward as the 1-to-5 favorite in the final DSBF division, but was second best to 4-to-1 Silence is Bliss ($10.60, Allan Davis), sired by CR Commando, who emerged a 1:59.2 winner with a burst of speed near the wire for trainer Robert White and owners Charles Wimbrow and James Lunn. I Got Spunk was second and Sparkling Rosie was third. Round two of the DSBF stakes for trotters takes place Wednesday July 8 before the $100,000 final on July 30 (special 7 p.m. post time). In the overnight feature, the $16,000 Open Trot, Six Gun Hall assumed early command from Pittstop Kip through fractions of 27.4 and 56.4 while seven-time 2015 winner Powerful Charger mounted his attack first over with favorite Tough Mac following second over through three-quarters in 1:25.4. Powerful Charger began to edge clear at top of the stretch and held off a late charge by Tough Mac for a 1:55.3 win. Six Gun Hall was third. Owned by Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick, it was the 30th career win for Powerful Charger ($5.40, Victor Kirby), who is trained by co-owner King Jr. Matt Sparacino

DOVER, Del.--- Favorites - I Got Spunk, My Fire Cloud Too and Penny Paratrooper - coasted to a harness racing victory in three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly trot 2nd leg preliminaries on Monday, March 30 at Dover Downs. Eddie Davis Jr. and Foulk Stables had three wins each. I Got Spunk, piloted by Brett Miller, scored the fastest win of the three divisions. The Super Punk-Gogetitdun bay owned and trained by Leigh Raymer of the Tyler Raymer Stable was never in doubt notching a 1:57.2 lifetime best clocking. She has won three of five this year and five of 11 lifetime, with only twice being off the board. For the second-straight prelim, Silence Is Bliss (Eddie Davis Jr.) finished second, Princess EB (Vic Kirby) made up for breaking stride last time, by finishing third. Rich Lombardo and JJ&M Stable's My Fire Cloud Too won for the first time as Eddie Davis Jr. piloted a 2:00 front-end victory in the second $20,000 DSBF prelim. The daughter of CR Commando-Winbak Flame outlasted Dancing Shirley (George Dennis), second, and Mila Bella (Allan Davis) third. Penny Paratrooper extended her win streak to five in-a-row and seven wins and a third in eight races holding off Callmemza (Jonathan Roberts) in the most contentious prelim. Ross Wolfenden drove the CR Commando-CR Penny Lane filly owned and trained by Carlo Poliseno. She has now banked $119,500 in DSBF events. Cuddle Punk (Allan Davis) made a misstep at the start and quickly rallied to race most of the rest of the mile on the outside and still finish third. The top eight-point getters in filly trot prelims return next Monday for $100,000 DSBF Final On the regular card, in a $15,500 4&5-year-Old mares Winners-Over pace, Legacy Racing's Empress Deo, driven by Jim Morand, revenged a second-place finish last time to Fashion Showdown (Brett Miller) who rallied from last in mid-backstretch to take second in the 1:52 mile. Quotable Quotes (Ben Stafford Jr.) was the show horse. Empress Deo is a Rocknroll Hanover-Little Miss K four-year-old who won for the fourth time this year in nine starts with two seconds and two thirds winning $53,363. Valery, driven by Jonathan Roberts, won for the sixth time this year in nine starts, reducing her lifetime record to 1:51.4 taking a $14,000 Mares Winners-Over pace. The win by the Dream Away-Veneer mare, was Foulk Stables' second victory of the day. Hearts N Flowers (Allan Davis) was a strong second in front of the late closing Star Keeper (Wolfenden). Foulk Stables' also made the winners circle with Mystra and Marcus Miller driving. The 10-year-old Art Major-Pastrami Hanover mare won for the third straight time. It was her 48th career victory in 203 starts and raised her earnings to $595,971. Together Again N (Tony Morgan) was runner-up. San Fran Lady N (Wolfenden) was third. Eddie Davis Jr. had a driving triple and Foulk Stables had three training wins. Trainer Trish Foulk had a double. Trainer-owner Tim Torbert, drivers Brett Miller and Jim Morand had two wins each while Tony Morgan, who had two winners, was belatedly presented with a 15,000-wins plaque, during the card. GO BYEM, POLITICAL FOE LEAD $20,000 DSBF COLT TROTPRELIMS Go Byem and Political Foe, impressive winners last week of $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) preliminaries meet in 2nd leg divisions for colt and gelding trotters. A $20,000-$25,000 Claiming pace heads the regular card on Tuesday March 31 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. The DSBF events race as the daily double. Go Byem raced big in his first official start last week and came through with an impressive 1:57.4 victory with trainer-driver Les Givens teaming with Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing for the win. Egosnattitudes, owned by trainer Bib Roberts, Graham Grace and M&W stables, cannot be overlooked. Jonathan Roberts spent the middle fractions on the outside and still finished a strong second, beaten only a half-length. Don Marine and trainer Bob Shahan’s Political Cash led through most of his DSBF race with Allan Davis but was caught in the stretch, finishing third. Tom O. Lail’s homebred Audie Mo made a good maiden start and closed for a third. Ed Kimmel and Don and David West’s Perfect Vangogh (Tony Morgan) trotted in 1:58 but could only garner a fourth. Lucky Dynasty, owned by Pam Wagner and Scott Woogen, with Vic Kirby in the bike, completes the starters.   Political Foe (Eddie Dennis), after a strong 1:57.4 win last Tuesday, is the one to beat in the second $20,000 prelim. The soph gelding has won $122,625 for owners Stephanie and Brian Cassell. The second-place finisher last week, George Brem and trainer Bob Shahan’s Save The Night (George Dennis) drew outside post 6. The other contenders are Carol Atkinson and Bill Masterson’s Circle M RJ (Montrell Teague) Winbak Farms’ Win Power (Jeff Fout) winner of last November’s DSBF consolation, Lesa Peters’ Goin Commando (Bret Brittingham) and Gogh Mini Van (Eddie Davis Jr.) racing for Susan Dunham and trainer Linda MacDonald, complete the field. Brees Creek (Corey Callahan), a winner last week and with three wins in his last four starts, leads eight in the $20,000-$25,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming Handicap pace.For the second straight week, Curran Racing’s PL Hoofhearted (Vic Kirby) drew the rail. Tina Clark and Kovach Stables’ Artistic Director (Daryl Bier) raced second the mile last time. Frank Chick’s Touchdown Mindale (Dennis) has returned to the claiming ranks. The rest of the lineup includes Tim Mumford’s Middle Aged Crazy (Tony Morgan) CC Racing and Tim Tetrick’s Bettor And Bold (Eddie Davis Jr.), Wayne Long’s Militia Man (Allan Davis), a winner of two of his last three, and Just Bettor (Kirby), owned by Ken Wood and Minisink Farms, from his now customary outside post. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are “dark days. The 2014-2015 meet comes to a close April 9. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

Overport Lodge trainer Mark Jones kept the wins ticking over for owner Kypros Kotzikas with a winning double earlier this week to end the 2014 racing year. He scored narrow wins behind close relatives, Charming Lavra, at Motukarara on Monday, December 29, and with Astrapi, at Rangiora on New Year’s Eve. Charming Lavra, first-up since last racing in June, stepped well from the outside of the front row and trailed up three back on the outer in the Phil Murfitt Orthodontist Trot. Mark switched her three wide with cover behind Native’s Brite Gem at the 600m and she unwound well wide out to just head off Tehoro Ruby (trail) and front-runner Need Success. She trotted the 2180m from a stand in 2:57.6, a mile rate of 2:11.6, with the leaders last 800m in 62.8s. Charming Lavra, a 3YO daughter of CR Commando, is the first foal from Lavra Miriam (1:57.4, four wins), an Earl half-sister to 2006 Melbourne Interdominion Trot Final winner Delft (1:53, US), Top Notch Lavros (five wins), Lavros The Great (one), Honky Tonk Hero (one) and Astrapi (now four wins from 27 starts). She only raced four times at two, picking up a third and a fourth against the older maiden trotters, before being spelled. Charming Lavra is raced by Kypros Kotzikas with partner Jane Campbell. Mr Kotzikas’s white and blue Lavros Lodge colours were to the fore again a couple of days later at Rangiora when Astrapi held Kowhai Whiz by a nose in the Bob Butt Sponsored by ‘The Yaldy’ Mobile Trot. Mark found a good trailing spot on the outer for Astrapi, with Kowhai Whiz (Glenys Chmiel) tracking their every move. The pair knuckled down to it over the final 30m with Astrapi, the 5YO gelded son of Sundon and Miriam, just lasting in a useful 2:32.3 for the mobile 2000m. His time, however, didn’t threaten Just A Cracker’s Rangiora track mark for trotters over the trip of 2:29.2, set four years ago. Courtesy of Jeff Scott - Mark Jones Racing Stables  -  Check site here  

The ever decreasing numbers of harness racing  mares being bred makes it essential that we get the best use of those horses we do have racing and there can be little doubt that the drop back system is helping in that regard. Available to all horses 4 years + older who have not won in their last ten starts, the drop back provision has meant a new lease of life for a lot of horses and kept a lot of horses racing when otherwise they would have been retired or sold. One of the latest examples to take advantage of the system is Friday nights winner at Addington Raceway in Dixie Commando.  A six win mare, Dixie Commando last raced before Friday night in May against the likes of Kincaslough, Jaccka Justy and Dr Hook and she finished a tidy fourth on that occasion. With the drop back to a nine rating Dixie Commando sneaked into the C2-C4 trot over 1950 metres and co - trainer and driver James Geddes thought she would be hard to beat. " It was a big drop back in class to what she had been racing and even though she drew barrier nine I thought she would be very hard to beat." " She has always gone good fresh in the past so she had a lot in her favour on Friday night," James told Harnesslink yesterday. James has always had a lot of time for the daughter of CR Commando. " She is such a beautifully gaited mare and lovely to do anything with." "High speed is her other biggest attribute so the mobile sprints suit her," James said. Badly injured as a 5 year old, Dixie Commando had a pastern screwed together but the injury has had no long term affects on the mare. " She doesn't do much at home at all to be honest" "She is quite an athletic type and we just keep her ticking over," James said. On Friday night James and Dixie Commando made a flyer from barrier 9 and were able to slip into the trail behind the tearaway early leader The Bog. With The Bog setting a quick tempo in front, James never had to leave the trail until 150 metres from the finish and quickly claimed The Bog for a comfortable victory with the best of the rest being Astrapi who was 2 3/4 lengths away in third. Dixie Commando trotted the 1950 metres in 2:25.7, a mile rate of 2:00.2 It was Dixie Commando's 7th career victory and along with 22 placings she has now earned $76,139. James said serious consideration was given to sending Dixie Commando to the breeding barn earlier in the season. " We did give it serious consideration but with the drop back system in play we thought their might be a win or two in her yet," James said. When Dixie Commando does retire to the breeding barn, she has plenty to recommend her for that role. Dixie Commando is a daughter of the Sundon mare Galleons Tribute who is a half sister to the outstanding broodmare Rob The Nest who has left such standouts as Galleons Assassin 1:55.4 ($327,286) and King Of Strathfield 1:56.8 ($253,950) amongst a plethora of talented trotters. The way Dixie Commando won on Friday night however means that may not happen any time soon. Harnesslink Media  

DOVER, Del. --- Penny Paratrooper won the first of four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) two-year-old harness racing finals to highlight the Monday, Nov. 24 program at Dover Downs. Paradise Lost took the $18,000 Mares Open trot on the regular card. Ross Wolfenden drove four feature race winners. Ross Wolfenden was at the controls as the bay filly took command on the backstretch and opened up romping to a 1:58.2 victory her fifth in six races. A smiling Wolfenden extoled the winning filly in the winner's circle, recalling, " the only time she didn't win was after breaking stride early in the $100,000 final last month at Harrington." I Got Spunk (Corey Callahan) finished second with fast finishing Silence Is Bliss (Robert White) third. Callmemza (pronounced Call-me-miz-a) was fourth and Cuddle Punk (Allan Davis) fifth. Carl and Rod Allen bred and raced both world champion Cr Commando and the CR Penny Lane. Rod Allen broke and then sold the Penny Paratrooper to present owners trainer Carlo Poliseno and Foulk Racing Stable. Driver Wolfenden behind another daughter of Cr Commando, Sign N Drive, whose dam is Tybridge, won the $20,000 DSBF Consolation. Star Hit (Tony Morgan) nipped Mila Bella (George Dennis) for second-place. The win was the fourth in eight starts for Sign N Drive trained by Duane Wagner for owner Scott Woogen. In $20,000 DSBF Filly Pace 1st leg prelims, Breeder-trainer Virginia Louthan scored a lifetime best 1:54.4 triumph with Wolfenden driving. The No Pin Zone-David's Art brown filly won for the third time in eight outings. Riggins Route (Callahan) was second in front of early leader and race favorite Love Forbidden (Morgan). In the other $20,000 prelim, Purrfect Bags won for the sixth straight time via a 1:55.2 mile. Vic Kirby piloted the unbeaten Roddy's Bags Again-Purrfectly Bad daughter for trainer Jim King and owner Joann King. Brian's Thunder (Jim Morand) was next with Ohbytheway (Eddie Davis Jr.) the third-place finisher. The second $20,000 DSBF leg for freshman male pacers is set for next Sunday. After two legs, the top eight point-getters meet in a $100,000 final on Dec. 7. The long eight-race win-streak of Willow Mill Faith came to a close in a Delaware $7,500-$10,000 Claiming Handicap. After taking the early lead, Trace Tetrick sent Quick Pulse Daisy past on the backstretch on the way to a 1:55 victory. MA Jackie (Kirby) was runner-up. Great Vodka (John McKinnon), third. The DSBF male pacers begin their two weeks of $20,000 preliminaries Tuesday with four divisions. This week, racing continues through Wednesday with a 4:30 p.m. post. There is no racing this Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, and as usual no live racing Friday and Saturday. Sunday racing resumes at 5:30 p.m. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

The dropback provisions in the handicapping system in New Zealand are designed to prolong a horses race career and help them to remain competitive and the win by The Fiery Ginga on Friday night at Addington is proof that the system does work. Reassessed from a C7 to a C6 after Ashburton last Monday meant that The Fiery Ginga was only off 30 metres on Friday night and not 40 metres as he would have been previously and that made a big difference to the end result. Away well from the stand, The Fiery Ginga settled fifth early as first Barry and then Living The Dream set a strong tempo up front. Trainer/driver Alan Clark worked The Fiery Ginga forward the whole of the first lap and he eventually made the lead with a lap to go. From there Alan applied the pressure and it was clear off the back straight that The Fiery Ginga had them in trouble. So it proved with the veteran outstaying the 40 metre backmarker Dr Hook and Living The Dream to record his 28th win at start 132 The son of CR Commando has run 25 seconds and 17 thirds as well and Friday nights win took his stakes earnings to $410,160. The Fiery Ginga trotted the 2600 metres from a stand in 3:17.6, a mile rate of 2:02.2 with closing sectionals of 59.4 and 29.8. Part owner Fiona Clark was not surprised by the return to form for the old warrior. "The ten metres relief was helpful without a doubt but we have also been having an issue with his blood which hasn't been right for a couple of weeks. "That run would suggest he is over that problem " she said. Fiona was also pleased to see The Fiery Ginga in front. "Since his accident he doesn't like being in the field and so being in front on Friday night was a help as well. "Considering the vets reckoned he wouldn't race again we were rapt to win on Friday night." "We are heading to Cup week with a bit of confidence" she said Whatever Cup week brings it was really good on Friday night to see such a warrior back in the winners circle. Harnesslink Media  

One of the more promising trotters recently on the harness racing scene in Canterbury is the Kevin Fairbairn trained Commander Paris. After breaking at his debut, Commander Paris had strung together three second placings which suggested a maiden win was at hand when he lined up in the Robbies Bar and Bistro trot at Addington Raceway tonight. (August 22nd) Away well from barrier 12 in the 2600 meters standing start race, driver John Dunn worked Commander Paris forward towards the lead but took nearly 800 meters to find the front. No sooner had Commander Paris reached the lead with 1800 meters to go than Diedrez Pearl and Sam Smolenski who had followed him through applied the blow torch to the leader. The two of them eyeballed each other for the next round with each quarter being covered in 30 and change and neither driver yielding an inch. As they reached the home corner Commander Paris finally shook off Diedrez Pearl but was instantly challenged by Davey's Gift on his outside and Ethelsville on his inner and just when you thought he would yield, he dug in like a smart horse and held on for a head victory over Davey's Gift with Ethelsville a further head away in third. It was an outstanding win in the circumstances and suggested Commander Paris has a big future in front of him. Commander Paris trotted the 2600 meters from a stand in 3:23.6 with closing sectionals of 60.3 and 29.8  By The Royal Troubador sire CR Commando, Commander In Paris is the fourth foal and the fourth winner from the Safely Kept mare in Paris Metro. The Pearl of Paris ($56,887)  Palais Royale ($30,864) and Sundown In Paris ($25,087) have all done a good job to date for Paris Metro and Commander Paris looks capable of adding to that this season They really should show ability at the trotting game as their dam Paris Metro was a quality trotting mare in the early 2000s winning $120,606 on the track. Harnesslink Media  

The 3 YO Maryland Standardbred Fund stakes started the evening with the non wagering filly trotters going for a purse of $28,900.    Explosive Attitude(Explosive Matter) and Kelsey's Commando(Cr Commando) renewed their rivalry from July only this time Kelsey's Commando was able to catch Explosive Attitude coming down the stretch, stopping the clock in 2:00.2 last quarter in :29.2. Victor Kirby drove and trained the filly for new owners George and Rose Bonomo.   The wagering card started with the 3 YO filly pacers. Driver Tony Morgan sent Ain't No Maybe So(Nuclear Breeze) charging right to the front with a first quarter of:27.1. The Lundell entry of Valentina De Vie and Rosie De Vie sat second and third just waiting for the right moment. Jonathan Roberts pulled Valentina De Vie(Bettor's Delight) in the last turn quickly overtaking the leader winning in 1:55.3. Ain't No Maybe So held on for second and Rosie De Vie finished third. Valentina De Vie is owned by the Joie de Vie Farm.   After race 3 the Maryland Horse Industry Board presented Ocean Downs Racetrack with a Secretary's Citation from the State of Maryland in honor of the track's 65th Anniversary. MHIB also presented track owner William Rickman with a Secretary's Citation in honor of his many contributions to the harness racing industry over the year.   In the colt/gelding trot Kandy Korn(Cantab Hall) got away 6th but driver Frank Milby pulled before the half, working his way up to the leader Whichwayrightorleft near the ¾ pole. These two battled down the stretch with Kandy Korn crossing the wire in 1:59.4 for owners Bruce and Tanya Schadel.   The most exciting race of the night was the 3 YO colt/gelding pace. In usual fashion driver Corey Callahan sent Tom's Titan(Cam's Rocket) to the lead with new comer Kingofthejungle(Well Said) getting the pocket trip. At the head of the stretch Tony Morgan pulled Kingofthejungle and the two charged down the stretch head and head with Kingofthejungle winning by a head in 1:53.4 last quarter in :27.4. Desyllas Racing LLC , William Beck and Carol Rieken own and Brandon Simpson trains.   By Cheri Stambaugh  

The two year olds were back at Ocean Downs for the Maryland Standardbred Fund races on a beautiful Sunday night with the super moon coming up over the backstreatch. The first of 7 stakes races on the card produced a new stakes and track record for 2 YO trotting fillies when Stories To Tell(RC Royalty) charged out of the gate and never looked back stopping the timer in 2:00.2 for driver and trainer Truman Gale. George Ducharme, Robert Guerrini and Paul Fontaine are the owners. Sign And Drive(Cr Commando) driven by Vic Kirby got up for place.   The first division of 2 YO pacing fillies was up next. Corey Callahan picked up the drive on Smart Zone (Rocknroll Hanover) an Erv Miller trainee and he did not disappoint the crowd. Smart Zone left quickly from post six getting to the top and let everyone else eat her dust stopping the clock in 1:57.1 for owners Paymaq Racing and D & M Trading. Hillbillysweetshrk(Cam's Card Shark) finished second for Hillbilly Haven Farm.   Maryland sired Toms Tornado (Cam's Rocket) and KJ Ben (Riggins) had a rematch in the first division of colt/gelding pacers and this time Toms Tornado came away the winner in 1:56, with Quick Art (Artzina) hanging on for second and KJ Ben crossing the wire in third. Roger Hans trains for owner Thomas Cooke and Jonathan Roberts was the reinsman.   Broken Record(Muscles Yankee) a half brother to the great Vivid Photo remains undefeated in his two starts in the Maryland Standardbred Fund stakes for 2 YO trotting colts and geldings. With regular driver Ray Schnittker unable to be here, Corey Callahan picked up the drive and the win with a mile in 2:00.1. Ray Schnittker co-owns the colt with Theodore Gewertz. Maryland sired Doggone Slots (Doggone Yankee) was second.   Driver Vic Kirby pulled Rumor Mill (The Panderosa) just passed the half, catching the leader Ideal Wedding (American Ideal) at the head of the stretch in the second division of 2 YO pacing fillies. Time for the mile was 1:59.2, Andi's Peanut (Bettor's Delight) got up for second. Jim King Jr. is the trainer for CC Racing and Joann Looney-King.   In second division of 2 YO trotting fillies driver Tyler Raymer took Sherbert (Lucky Chucky) to the front when several of the young ladies misbehaved early in the race. Miss Jocelyn (Impel Hanover) also cleared the breakers getting away second but she was never able to catch the leader. Leigh Raymer owns and trains Sherbert. Time for the mile was 2:03.   The final stake race of the night was the second division of 2 YO colt/gelding pacers. Toms Typhoon by Maryland sire Cam's Rocket remained undefeated winning his 4th start in 1:56 for owner Thomas Cooke, trainer Roger Hans and driver Jim Morand. Nuclear Dragon (Nuclear Breeze) finished second.   By Cheri Stambaugh

Solar Fire was an outstanding two and three year old trotter in the late 1990s, and a harness racing star on both sides of the Tasman. By the time the daughter of Yankee Reb went to stud she had won 14 races and amassed $213,205 in stakes. There was an expectation that her foals would carry on in the footsteps of their dam but in the early days it wasn't to be. From her first seven foals, Solar Fire produced just two winners with Hot Vacation (2 wins) her best performer. And then Sheemon appeared and all her previous foals were forgotten. To date Sheemon has had 36 starts for 12 wins and 19 placings for $249,273 in stakes and looks set to be a major player in all the elite trotting races as a five year old. The next foal from Solar Fire after Sheemon was a filly by CR Commando named Shell Seeker.  Raced extensively at three, she showed glimpses of real ability coupled with a lack of ringcraft. Slowly but surely her trainer Kevin Townley who is a renowned conditioner of trotters, has moulded Shell Seeker into a racehorse. A couple of good thirds in strong fields recently pointed to her being a big chance in the Alabar Super Series Consolation at Addington tonight. ( August 8th) Sent to the lead early by driver Dexter Dunn in the artic like conditions, Shell Seeker was attacked by Innes Boyz and took a trail after 800 meters. Fifty meters later Dexter whipped her out of the trail and back to the front with 1500 meters to run. From their she kept up a steady clip and turning for home it was obvious Shell Seeker had the field in trouble. Dexter just kept her up to the mark in the straight as she held on for a comfortable win.  She trotted the 2600 meters from a stand in terrible conditions in 3:23.8, a mile rate of 2:06.1 with closing sectionals of 62 and 29.5. While there are obviously more wins in store for Shell Seeker before she retires to the broodmare barn, it is there that her real value lies. Not only is Shell Seeker a half sister to Sheemon from a champion racemare in Solar Fire, but her grand dam is a half sister to none other than the champion racehorse and sire in Sundon ( 27 wins) ($264,085). It is a family thats continues to excell and is keenly sought after by breeders in New Zealand. Harnesslink Media  

HARRINGTON, Del. - The richest day of the year for Delaware horsemen was Thursday at Harrington Raceway as racing fans saw the completion of four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final events as well as signature events for older hoses on the 13-race program. The annual Governor's Day program during the Delaware State Fair was host to a large crowd who was treated to some entertaining racing under perfect weather conditions. While the crowd was treated to an abundance of dazzling performances, perhaps the most noteworthy was that of trotting colt I Like My Boss ($2.10, Jon Roberts) who remained unbeaten in 12 starts with a 1:57.2 triumph for co-owner/trainer Bob Shahan in his $100,000 final. He is co-owned by Jimmy and Ashley Parsons. In an uncharacteristic front-end performance, the 3-year-old Don Boss Vita gelding set all the fractions in his four length win over LG's Pride and Odessa. "It's been a lot of fun," said Shahan. "We had a setback last year which got him to the races a little bit later, but he's been super." In the $40,000 Governor's Cup, John Dayton's Just a Jolt ($6.40, Victor Kirby) overcame post eight to notch his 12th seasonal win in 1:50. Trained by Jim King Jr., the 4-year-old Village Jolt gelding assumed the command early from post eight and held off Malak Uswaad N and Getitoffyourchest for the one length win. Just A Jolt equaled his own track record. The Honorable Governor Jack Markell was on hand to present the trophy to the winning connections, after capping his full slate of activities at the Delaware State Fair's traditional Governor's Day. In the DSBF filly pacing final, a track record performance was set by Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Fool Yah ($2.40, Allan Davis) with a 1:52.1 victory over Jonigold and Megginspin. The Wayne Givens-trainee was a ten-length winner feasting first over after a hot pace. It was her 15th career win in 22 starts. In the DSBF pacing colt final, Karen Walls' Elite Awards ($3.40, George Dennis) was victorious in 1:53.3 over Casino Bags Carlo and West Star Director. The Powerful Toy gelding was a wire-to-wire winner and recorded his 13th career win for trainer David Rearic. Richard Lombardo, JJ&M Stable and Pam Wagner's Kelsey's Commando ($11.20 Victor Kirby) was another post eight winner for Kirby. The Cr Commando filly parlayed a pocket trip to victory over Bella's Spunkin and Overnight Hit. It was one of three wins for Kirby, who also trains the trotting filly. On the undercard, North State Street Stable's Monochromatic ($2.40, Corey Callahan) won her Third Straight Legislator's Cup for trainer Dylan Davis. E&K Stable and Lois and Earl Walters' I'm So Striking ($13.80) scored a minor upset in the $30,000 Charles Murphy Memorial Trot for trainer/driver Eddie Dennis. Live racing resumes on a Monday through Thursday schedule at Harrington on August 18. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

The Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes headlined the Sunday race card at Ocean Downs.   The stakes kicked off with two-year-old filly trotters opening the card as early non-wagering events. Driver Vic Kirby took Sign N Drive (Cr Commando) to the front out of the gate, holding off a three-quarter pole challenge by Miss Jocelyn, stopping the timer in 2:06.1 for owner Scott Woogen of Mechanicsville, VA, Duane Wagner was the trainer.   In the second division Callmemza (Great George Two) left the gate from post four and never looked back. Collen In Command got the pocket trip but was never able to challenge Callmemza. W. Bib Roberts trains and co-owns the filly along with Graham Grace Stables and M & W Stables. Time for the mile was 2:07.1 with Jonathan Roberts in the bike.   In the first race on the card, K J Ben (Riggins) gave owner Scott Woogen his second stakes win of the night in the first division of colt/gelding pacers. Reins men Art Stafford Jr picked up his first stakes win of the night with the Duane Wagner trainee in 1:59.2.   A single division of colt/gelding trotters went to post as race 3. Co-owner/trainer/driver Ray Schnittker made his first trip to Ocean Downs a winning one with Broken Record(Muscles Yankee) over Save The Night in 2:00.1. Theodore Gewertz co-owns.   Driver Corey Callahan made a rare appearance at the ocean up behind Toms Typhoon (Cam's Rocket) in the second division for colt/gelding pacers. Corey settled In The Pocket, waiting till the head of the stretch to challenge Quick Art, winning by ¾ length in 1:57.2 for owner Thomas Cooke. Roger Hans is the trainer.   The final two stakes of the night were for filly pacers, with Ringler Stables Ideal Wedding(American Ideal) cutting a mile in 2:00.4 for driver Allan Davis and trainer Richard Ringler. Fancy Sound was second.   The final stake of the night gave owner Scott Woogen his third stakes win of the night when Bag Lady Blue(Roddy's Bags Again) stopped the clock in 2:00.1 over Andi's Peanut. This also gave trainer Duane Wagner his third training win and driver Art Stafford Jr. his second Maryland stakes win.   By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Stakes Fund  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Local standout 3-year-old trotter I Like My Boss ($2.10, Jon Roberts) kept his unblemished record intact Wednesday, prevailing in one of two $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund first leg in 2:00.2. Owned by trainer Bob Shahan, Jimmy Parsons Jr. and Ashley Parsons, the Don Boss Vita gelding improved to 10-for-10 in his career. 'Boss' followed pacesetter LG's Pride throughout the mile before tipping to the outside near the top of the stretch and edging clear late for a half-length win. Lg's Pride held second while George Junior finished third. Winbak Farm's Call Me Hal ($3.80, Jeff Fout) won the other division with a wire-to-wire score in 1:58 over Whichwayrightrleft and Odessa. Trained by Fout, the Cr Commando gelding notched his fifth career win in 14 starts. It was a new lifetime best for Call Me Hal. Drivers Ross Wolfenden and George Dennis each won three races on the program. Jon Roberts had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

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