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HARRINGTON, Del. - Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck's Wind Of The North ($3.80, Victor Kirby) was a wire-to-wire harness racing winner at Harrington Raceway Wednesday in the featured $16,000 Open Trot in 1:55.2. The Cantab Hall gelding was a confident winner over Theresademoninme and Wingus for his seventh win of the year for trainer Jenny Bier. The venerable veteran with more than $810,000 earned lifetime, rebounded after finishing fourth as the heavy favorite last week. Andrew Glassmeyer's Bosston Cruiser ($4, Jon Roberts) had an auspicious start to his career. The freshman trotting gelding scorched a 2:01.1 win in his first lifetime start. The Don Boss Vita gelding is prepping for Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes action, which will begin for trotters in a fortnight. Medinah Racing's Marley's Guy ($5, Kirby) won the sub-featured $11,000 Open II Trot in 1:57.1 for trainer Jim King Jr. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck's Wind Of The North ($3.40, Victor Kirby) was a 1:54.4 harness racing winner in the $15,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. It was the 26th career win for the 7-year-old Cantab Hall gelding and trainer Jenny Bier. Tough Mac, the 3-1 third betting choice among the six-horse field, left the gate from post position five and marched to the early lead in an opening quarter mile in 27.1 seconds. The 8-year-old pacesetter reached the half-mile in 56.2 and three-quarters in 1:25.2 while Wind of The North maneuvered three-wide and brushed clear of the field with ease for a powerful score. Maestro Blue Chip rallied for second while I Like My Boss was third. The win pushed Wind Of The North over $756,000 in career earnings. In the second race of 10 on the program, William Moffett's Roman ($3.60, Jim Morand) registered his first career win in his 26th start in 1:57. The 3-year-old Yankee Cruiser gelding had previously been second nine times in his career. Ross Wolfenden had three wins. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck's Wind of the North ($2.20, Victor Kirby) had a successful Harrington Raceway debut with a 1:55.4 win in the harness racing featured $15,000 Open Trot Wednesday. The winner of more than $730,000 lifetime and 25 races scored impressively from post position five for trainer Jenny Bier. Five Towns (14-to-1) was sent for the early lead from post three and marched through fractions of 28.1, 57 and 1:26.3 while Wind of the North mounted a second over attack heading to three-quarters. Wind of the North then maneuvered around poor cover three-wide and hit his best stride in deep stretch to reel in Five Towns for a narrow win at the wire. Awsome Valley overcame an early miscue to get third. Ross Wolfenden, Jon Roberts and defending Harrington driving champ Kirby each had a double. Live racing will continue on a Monday through Thursday schedule until Thursdays are dropped beginning the week of June 12 through June 28. Matthew Sparacino      

Columbus, OH --- When most people possess an exciting 3-year-old pacing colt that could position himself to become a harness racing world champion and a stakes winner they are brimming with pride and joy as the ultimate, yet elusive reward of this business just may be in their grasp. The Dombecks and Biers, however, are well acquainted with the peaks and valleys that are the chief component of this sport and can certainly speak from experience in regards to both sets of circumstances. Although both families are cautiously optimist that Highalator will separate himself as a top competitor in his division, the demoralizing loss of their beloved Modern Family in 2014 remains a shroud cast over their hearts that perpetually inhibits their expectations, hopes and dreams of what will transpire for not only this colt, but all their stock. "I try not to get too excited anymore," said Charles Dombeck, who co-owns this son of Somebeachsomewhere-Higher And Higher. "We have been fortunate to have Wind Of The North and Bandolito and this colt looks like a nice horse, but we just don't know. The top horses from last year have not returned yet, so he could be a top 10 horse, a top 20 horse or a top 50 horse. "Losing Modern Family the way we did is something that will always remain for all of us, so when my friends ask me why I am not really excited, I explain to them if you remain realistic and take things as they come, then enjoy them if they do, it makes it a lot easier to accept the disappointments." Also co-owned by Daryl Bier, Highalator is a homebred conditioned by Jenny Bier and seeks his seventh consecutive victory on Sunday (April 9) when he leaves from post position four with Victor Kirby holding the lines in the fourth and final division of the second leg of the Bobby Weiss Series at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. He is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $15,000 contest but Chillin Matisse (post seven, Corey Callahan, 3-1) and Youcaniknow (post one, Anthony Napolitano, 7-2) are also receiving their fair share of attention. "He received a nice, easy trip in the first leg and we are hoping for the same in the race this weekend," Dombeck said. "We are not sure exactly what we are going to do with him, because the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes begin five days after the Weiss final which is on May 1, so we might end up skipping a leg or the final to take him to the sire stakes. It will be whatever the horse tells us to do with him and whatever is best for him." Highalator, with a resume of 9-7-1-0 and $40,620 in the bank, is the first foal out of his world champion dam Higher And Higher, who Daryl Bier and Dombeck purchased in 2012 from Ongait.com. The daughter of Western Terror-Pro Bowl Best earned just under $1 million before being transferred to the breeding shed. While Bier and Dombeck both agreed to keep Highalator, as well as his yearling half-sister Dancin With Jammy (A Rocknroll Dance), the colt's younger full sister, JK Higher Power, was sold to the 3 Brothers Stables for $110,000 at the 2016 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Demonstrating he had ability as a 2-year-old, Highalator, in rein to Scott Zeron, made a powerful middle move from sixth to sweep the field and reach the wire a half-length over his rivals, several of which were older than him, on July 17, 2016, in a $12,000 non-winners contest upon the very same surface his hooves will grace on Sunday evening. After a fourth place finish on July 31 at the same facility Dombeck and Bier decided the colt had done enough and gave him time to grow for his sophomore season. "When he was training down in Florida he was coming along fine, but had a cough and some allergies," Dombeck said. "As soon as we took him up north they disappeared and he's never had a problem since. His first race, I watched on the computer and he was so far back, then I couldn't even see him until he finished with that rush. The next time I saw him was at the wire and after his next race we just decided to put him away. We don't believe in making 2-year-olds do too much and allowing them some time to mature and fill out." Highalator returned to the racing ranks on Jan. 18 in a $6,000 conditioned event at Dover Downs and was second by a nose. The following week, the colt received the services of Yannick Gingras at the same location and was extremely impressive in a 1:52.2 triumph after a first-over journey from post position seven. "We wanted to know what Yannick thought of him," Dombeck said. "It was around the time we needed to make stakes payments and after he brought him back, he told us we should definitely stake him." Highalator's next engagement was a $10,000 non-winners contest at The Meadowlands on Feb. 4, where he absolutely strode through the lane as much the best, while stopping the clock in 1:52.4 after a :26.2 final panel. Victor Kirby, who will now remain the colt's regular pilot, steered him through the mile, which one again included older horses in the field. The colt started on two more occasions at Dover Downs on Feb. 16 and March 16, again taking on older rivals and collecting two more wins, before returning to The Meadowlands on March 25 with another stellar performance. Competing against older horses in a $12,000 non-winners race, Highalator paced another final quarter-mile split of :26.3 while defeating the 5-year-old Migrate Blue Chip by a neck in 1:52.2. Migrate Blue Chip visited the winner's circle in his next start on April 2 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, the same evening Highalator captured a first leg division of the Weiss Series with a wire-to-wire performance in 1:54.4. "Victor said he can be a bit lazy and you have to get into him for the first part of the race, but once you straighten him away and it's time to come home he is all business," Dombeck said. "He has been racing against older horses and defeating them, but like I said we still don't know what kind of horse he is until he faces stakes competition. "He really looks the part though. I had not seen him for a while and when I saw him at Pocono last week, I was impressed because he has turned into such a gorgeous animal. He also has a terrific attitude, unlike his mother, who only Jenny could get near, and hangs his head right on your shoulder." Although Dombeck insists he is maintaining an even keel when it comes to Highalator's future, there is a mere hint of anticipation and enthusiasm when he discusses plans for the rest of the colt's season. "He is staked to nearly everything except Canada and the Jug," Dombeck said. "I have no desire to return to Canada after what happened with Modern Family and I know Daryl feels the same. We didn't nominate him to the Jug because we don't want to put him on a half-mile track, but he is in everything else including the Meadowlands Pace, Lexington and the Breeders Crown. "I hope I will be in the position to be kicking myself for not staking him to the Jug when the time comes, but we are looking forward to seeing what happens with him. It definitely is more special when the horse is a homebred." For the full Sunday card at Pocono, please click here. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

When a horse establishes track records, is a world champion and competes in the Elitlopp, naturally expectations are going to be sky high for his next year of competition. While Wind Of The North commenced his season in grand style, his performances this summer have not been as stellar as his harness racing connections anticipated. His conditioner, however, feels the 6-year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall is rounding into form and perfectly poised to return to the winner's circle for the second consecutive year in the $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial Trot at Eldorado Scioto Downs on Saturday (Sept. 10). "People were asking me at Pocono what was wrong with him after his last race there (fourth place finish on Aug. 28)," said trainer and co-owner Daryl Bier. "I was kind of disappointed with him too. He did not seem to be finishing his miles like I know he is capable of, but I worked on his feet and we got some confidence back in him with three wins from a bit of a class drop (before that Aug. 28 start). "He's already proved he likes the track at Scioto Downs and I really think he is coming into the race with a very good shot to defend his title. After all, he did win this race last year and I love his post position. It sets up perfectly for him as he has a lot of speed drawn to his inside." Also owned by Joann Dombeck, Wind Of The North will have the services of Chris Page when he leaves from post position four in the fifth race on the evening card. Although the gelding has amassed $555,708 in his career and won this contest in 2015, it does not appear he is meriting a serious shot to repeat from the morning line oddsmakers. Wind Of The North is the second longest shot on the board at 8-1 in the select field of seven and only Bourbon Bay at 10-1 is receiving less respect. While the rest of the contenders certainly possess their own credentials and include Wings Of Royalty (9-2, post one), Maestro Blue Chip (3-1, post two), Muscle Up The Goal (4-1, post five), Homicide Hunter (5-2, post six) and Crazy Wow (5-1, post seven), Wind Of The North most definitely belongs. "It is a strong, well-matched group, but he really is coming into his own and I think the Midwest tracks suit him," Bier said. "The tracks out East are a little harder, except for Pocono, and Dover also has some nice banking, but tracks like Scioto have some cushion to them. It really helps with keeping their feet in good shape. Plus, I have Chris Page in the bike. You can't ever go wrong when Chris is driving for you. I have great faith in him." Despite a 2016 record of 16-5-2-2 and $84,860 in the bank, Wind Of The North's campaign has definitely not been as successful as his connections had hoped, but Bier thinks an adjustment to his shoeing routine and cooler temperatures will improve his horse. "He does like when the temperatures start to go down and I added leather pads with silicone to his feet," he said. "That seemed to help him. Also, it could be my fault for starting him off too early. He was really good in the beginning of the year down in Florida, but after he set the track record at Pompano Park (1:52.2 on March 28) he did not seem to be quite the same. It's possible I should have managed him differently and it's not like he is making breaks, or not sound. He just has not been as strong to the wire as I know he is capable of. "With any horse, you always have to work on their feet and keep them in good shape, plus there is all different kinds of things you have to figure out. It could just be some little thing that they don't like and it might take you some time to put your finger on what it is. He is happy and healthy now, though, and we are looking forward to bringing him out to Ohio for this race." After Wind Of The North trots at Scioto Downs, Bier and Dombeck plan on keeping him in the Midwest during the fall. "He really likes it there," Bier said. "He showed us that last year and I still think he has plenty of trot in him. We are going to race at places like Hoosier and Dayton. Hopefully, will we not have to go up against the big boys every race, but he's capable of it. I think he will give a good account of himself and then we will prepare him for when Dover opens. We know he really likes it there as well. Right now though we are just getting him ready for Saturday night and are excited to see him race." $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial Open trotters Race 5/Post 7:50 p.m. (EDT) PP–Horse–Sire- Driver–Trainer- M/L 1. Wings Of Royalty - RC Royalty - Peter Wrenn - George Ducharme 9/2 2. Maestro Blue Chip - Credit Winner - Trace Tetrick - Jo Ann Looney-King 3/1 3. Bourbon Bay - Sand Vic - Aaron Merriman - Ake Svanstedt  10/1 4. Wind Of The North - Cantab Hall - Chris Page - Daryl Bier  8/1 5. Muscle Up The Goal - Muscle Mass - Aaron Merriman - Christopher Beaver 4/1 6. Homicide Hunter - Mr Cantab - Eric Goodell - Chris Oakes 5/2 7. Crazy Wow - Crazed - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke 5/1   by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor  

Daryl Bier's Bandolito ($3.40, Bier) was a decisive winner in the $16,000 Open Pace Monday at  the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway in 1:50.4. Driven by his owner/trainer, Bandolito immediately went for the lead from post position four and never relented in an open length win over Adventure Bound and Just A Jolt. It was the ninth win of the year for the 6-year-old Ponder stallion, who earned a berth in the $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial Invitational next Monday September 21 at Harrington, featuring some of the top older pacers in harness racing. Bandolito has banked more than $136,000 in 2015 and nearly $420,000 in his career. The draw for this year's Quillen Memorial will take place Tuesday (September 15). Named in honor of the popular late Delaware legislator and Harrington Raceway/Delaware State Fair Board Member, the Quillen has attracted many of racing's top pacers over the years including three-time champion Foiled Again, harness racing's richest horse of all-time. Matt Sparacino    

June 7, 2015 - Today’s starting position draw yielded pp6 for US entrant Wind Of The North in the Oslo Grand Prix, that will be driven by harness racing trainer Daryl Bier.  The well-matched field of ten could have the winner come from anywhere including the three-way group from France (Univers de Pan, Vincennes and Ustinof du Vivier). Norway is represented by three starters and Sweden with two. Spain sends its first starter to a Gr. I event, with the entrant being ultra-consistent Trebol and trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. OSLO GRAND PRIX 2015 Gr. I International UET Masters Series Grand Slam, 2100 meters autostart, First money 1,538.100 kronor 1. Trebol - Gabriel Angel Pou Pou - Spain 2. Vincennes – Ørjan Kihlstrøm -  FR 3. Oasis Bi – Bjørn Goop - SWE 4. B.B.S. Sugarlight – Peter Untersteiner - NO 5. Support Justice – Geir Vegard Gundersen - NO 6. Wind Of The North – Daryl Bier - USA 7. Ustinof du Vivier – Eric Raffin - FR 8. Univers de Pan – Philippe Daugeard - FR 9. Papagayo E. – Vidar Hop - NO 10. Mosaique Face – Adrian Kolgjini - SWE Bjerke Travbane files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

WILKES-BARRE PA - Harness racing drivers George Napolitano Jr., solidifying his leader atop the drivers standings at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, took both $25,000 features this Saturday night, with pacer Bandolito and trotter Frau Blucher justifying their odds-on status by scoring over a track rerated to "sloppy" after midcard rains.   Bandolito was moved to the front by "George Nap" after the 26.4 opener in his contest, put up a midway split of 54.1, and saw first-over Scott Rocks coming to him towards the 1:21.1 3/4s. In the stretch Scott Rocks was gaining throughout, but Bandolito, a son of Ponder, was kept alive to win by a head in 1:49.2 in the off going. Trainer/owner Daryl Bier will be happy to receive the news as he probably did not watch the race live, since post time was at 3:20 a.m. in Sweden, where Bier is preparing Wind Of The North for Sunday's Elitloppet.   Napolitano completed the chalk feature double by guiding the world champion Broadway Hall mare Frau Blucher to a 1:55 win in the off going. Frau Blucher let the field settle, was moved by Napolitano to the lead after the first turn, "stole" a 58 first half, and then powered home in 57 to tally easily for trainer Chris Oakes and the ownership combine of Susan Oakes and Hauser Brothers Racing Enterprises LLC.   Any potential the features had to produce a really fast mile was washed out by the midevening rain, but to show the speed potential the track had at card's start: three of the first six races featured an opening quarter of less than 26 seconds, and one of 26 flat.   PHHA / Pocono Downs

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter knows the thrill of winning the Elitlopp. To this day the trainer still gets goosebumps when retelling the story of Moni Maker’s victory in the 1998 edition of Sweden’s elite invitational for older trotters. He hopes to experience the excitement again with Maven on Sunday. Maven is one of the 16 trotters invited to the Elitlopp, which is held at Solvalla Raceway near Stockholm. The field was divided into two eight-horse eliminations, with Maven drawing post four in the second division. The 6-year-old mare will be driven by Takter’s brother, Johnny, and is the morning line second choice in her race. B B S Sugarlight is the morning line favorite in Maven’s elimination and will start from post one. Mosaique Face is the choice in the first elim, which also includes another U.S. representative, Daryl Bier’s Wind Of The North, as well as former North American star Nuncio, who is owned and trained by Sweden’s Stefan Melander. The top four finishers from each elimination return later in the day for the final. “If you don’t get emotional, you’re not human,” Takter said when recounting Moni Maker’s triumph. “This is what we work for. It’s always exciting when you get in there. You put your game face on and feel the excitement all around you.” It is one of the reasons Takter is looking forward to this year’s race. Takter is starting a horse in the Elitlopp for only the second time since Moni Maker’s victory; he also started Uncle Peter last year. But it is not the only reason Takter is making the trip to Solvalla. He will spend four days in Sweden despite a busy schedule at home and hopes in the future races like the Elitlopp will be made the focal point of the racing calendar, thereby eliminating conflicts for trainers and drivers who want to participate in the event or simply travel to watch. “There are three events in this sport -- the Hambletonian, Elitlopp, and Prix d’Amerique -- and I feel we are obligated to be there,” Takter said. “There aren’t that many fans left in this sport and the Elitlopp is by far the biggest one when it comes to fans and what they’re doing. People that haven’t been there can’t even imagine. “The world is so small now. We have to start thinking about going together instead of going against each other. I spoke to (Meadowlands Racetrack Chairman) Jeff Gural and asked that next year there are no big conflicts, like the (New Jersey) sire stakes finals, the same weekend as the Elitlopp. “If we don’t take care of those three events, they’re going to die out too. You see a lot of Europeans coming over here for the Hambletonian as a spectator, even trainers and people like that. The Elitlopp has unbelievable fan support. I have to be there.” Moni Maker was the last U.S.-owned horse to win the Elitlopp. She also was the last female trotter to win the race. Maven -- who is owned by John Fielding, Herb Liverman, and Joyce McClelland -- will try to end both droughts. She heads to the Elitlopp off a second-place finish in the Copenhagen Cup, which was contested at 1-1/4 miles. Last year, Maven finished third in her Elitlopp elimination and sixth in the final while in the stable of Jonas Czernyson. This year, she prepped for the Elitlopp by racing exclusively in Europe, where despite poor race luck and draws she has a win and three second-place finishes from nine starts. Maven, who was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best older female trotter, has won 29 of 52 North American races in her career, good for $1.74 million in purses. “I think she’s ready,” Takter said. “I really think so. I think we have a heck of a shot. She’s probably much better prepared now than she was last year. She got adapted to the European system a little bit. Now she even handles a mile and a quarter better. I don’t think I could have her better than I have her right now. “She can win it if the race goes her way. But it’s a wide open race. I would say out of 16 horses, 10 or 12 of them could be the winner.” If Maven is unable to win, Takter would enjoy seeing Nuncio take the honor. Takter trained Nuncio last season and saw the horse win the Kentucky Futurity and Yonkers Trot and finish second in the Hambletonian. Nuncio is 2-for-2 this year, but will have to overcome post seven in his elimination. “I’m sure Stefan wishes he had another start in him, but you can never rule that horse out,” Takter said. “The race is going to be high pace and if he’s sitting third over I could see him coming very good in the last quarter (of a mile). He never gives up. I really hope that he’s going to race good. He deserves that, to show he’s a top horse, which he is. “He’s a winner. If I don’t win the race, I would be very happy for him to win. They’re great people that own the horse and I’d have a little part of that Elitlopp too because I developed him as a 3-year-old.” World champion Wind Of The North drew post eight in his elimination. Dave Palone -- the winningest driver in harness racing history -- will drive the 5-year-old gelding for Bier, who owns the horse with Joann Dombeck. Wind Of The North is coming off a second-place finish to Bee A Magician in the Cutler Memorial on May 16 at the Meadowlands. He has won three of 10 races this year and 16 of 61 in his career, earning $322,848. Five horses have odds in single digits to be the overall Elitlopp champion: B B S Sugarlight, Mosaique Face, Nuncio, Timoko, and Maven. Timoko, who drew post seven in the second elimination, is the defending champion. Here are the fields: 1st elimination: 1. Univers de Pan 2. Support Justice 3. Vincennes  4. Mosaique Face 5. Ustinof du Vivier 6. Royal Fighter 7. Nuncio 8. Wind Of The North 2nd elimination: 1. B B S Sugarlight 2. Nahar 3. Brett Boko  4. Maven 5. Magic Tonight 6. On Track Piraten 7. Timoko 8. Voltigeur de Myrt by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

HARRINGTON, Del. - Daryl Bier's Bandolito ($3, Bier) won the opening day feature at Harrington Raceway Monday with a national season's mark on a half-mile track of 1:51. The fastest horse so far in North America in 2015, Bandolito, notched his fifth win of the year. Trainer/driver/owner Bier left alertly from his rail post position and was a decisive winner over Jebswesternshake and Believe This Bob. Bandolito, a 5-year-old Ponder stallion, became the sport's fastest horse this year with a dazzling 1:48.1 win at Dover Downs on March 26. Despite having limited activity over the half-mile racetrack over the past few months, Harrington's track seemed to be in mid-season form as five races were timed in 1:53 or less. Drivers George Dennis and Jon Roberts each had three winners on the card. Allan Davis and Victor Kirby each had a driving double. Live racing continues on a Monday through Thursday schedule. Matthew Sparacino  

EAST RUTHERFORD, (April 17, 2015) - Whom Shall I Fear, the full-brother to Father Patrick and a $475,000 yearling, served notice that he is a three year old trotter to watch in 2015 with a compelling harness racing performance in his 2015 debut at The Meadowlands. Released from the gate as the 1/5 prohibitive favorite, Yannick Gingras guided Whom Shall I Fear towards the rear of the field while following what would turn out to be a live outer flow. Danish Durango would establish the early lead through a 28.2 opening quarter, but quickly felt a challenge from Clifton Beach who he released going past the three-eighths marker. But, Whom Shall I Fear was tracking that trotter every step of the early stages and Gingras guided his three year old to the lead past the half-mile in 57.3. From there, the race was over as Whom Shall I Fear created separation on Clifton Beach and all the rest, gliding past three quarters in 1:26.2. The lead would expand from that point with the final margin listed as 10 lengths in the end. The final time was an impressive 1:53.3, including a 27.1 final quarter under no pressure. Starzinner was a distant second with Madman Hall third. Whom Shall I Fear is trained by Jimmy Takter for Whom Shall I Fear Stable. He is eligible to both The Hambletonian and The Stanley Dancer Memorial at The Meadowlands. There is a new kid on the block when it comes to the open trotters at The Meadowlands and his name is Wind Of The North.  The Daryl Bier trainee has gone back to back at the top trotting level after his win Friday night. Surprisingly dismissed at 5-1, Wind Of The North left for position and sat third on the pylons early in the mile as Lindy’s Tru Grit, the overwhelming 1/5 favorite (coupled with Master Of Law) established a rapid 26.2 opening quarter.  The favorite would continue to dictate the tempo through fractions of 55.4 and 1:24.3 while turning for home with a diminishing lead.  Appomattox mounted a challenge from out of the pocket while Master Of Law ranged up off a live cover trip.  As Lindy’s Tru Grit tired, Wind Of The North quietly began to rally up the pylons and he powered through the stretch to grab the victory in the final strides in 1:52.  Appomattox finished second with Master Of Law third. Wind Of The North was driven to victory again by Dave Miller for Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck. There was no single winner in the fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5, that carryover has grown to $83,210.  The last race Jackpot Hi-5 also went unclaimed and that carryover will be $52,142 into the last race on Saturday. The 13-race Saturday program will feature the opening round of the Whata Baron series.  In addition the Spring Preview debuts for the pacing colts and fillies.  Post time is 7:15 P.M.   Darin Zoccali

DOVER, Del. ---- The highly thought-of Wind Of The North makes his seasonal debut meeting the razor-sharp Tough Mac and Tirade Hanover in the $18,000 Open/Handicap trot on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. After a successful 2014 season, Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck purchased Wind Of The North. Bier has given the Cantab Hall gelding plenty of time and after three qualifying races is ready to go. Mike Casalino's Tough Mac has been near perfect since the start of the New Year, winning four and finishing second following a pared out mile with Corey Callahan at the controls. Hard hitting Tirade Hanover and Vic Kirby have also been right there for owners Steve Moss, the Solomons and trainer Leigh Raymer. Six Gun Hal, a two time winner with two seconds this meet for owners Don marvel and trainer Bob Shahan drew the rail with George Dennis in the bike. Tina and Joe Clark's Baximum handled by Allan Davis has been a fast finishing factor in each of his local starts. Eddie Dennis will drive consistent I'm So Striking owned by E&K Stable and Lois and Earl Walters. Mystical Dew, a new acquisition for Niel Gargiulo and veteran trainer-driver Donald Dancer, has strong Ohio successes to his credit. Hey Pancho (Tim Tetrick), whose four race win streak was marred breaking stride last time out, leaves from the rail in a $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. His biggest threat should come from Rosemary Smutz's Man Of Muscle (Davis) riding a two-straight win streak. In another $14,000 division, Gregg and Tom Morris' Juanna Be The Man (Roger Plante) has a two-race win streak. Everyone's Talkin (Tetrick) has won two of his last three while Tina and Joe Clark's Derby (Davis) cannot be overlooked. A strong supporting card featuring several other wide-open trotting events on the Wednesday card. Just Bettor got better Just Bettor, who had started from the outside in eight straight starts, scored a 1:54 victory in a $20,000-$25,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming/Handicap on a chilly and windy Tuesday, Feb. 24 at Dover Downs. Vic Kirby left fast with Just Bettor to get the early lead before relenting the front. The Bettor's Delight - Just Great five-year-old gelding closed strongly for his second win of the year to go with four seconds and a third in seven races. Ken Wood and Minisink Farms own the winner of $26,625 in 2015 and $178,011 lifetime. UF Dragons Cruiser (Allan Davis) edged fast finishing Swift As A Shadow (George Dennis) for second. Kirby led all drivers with three wins. Corey Callahan drove both ends of the daily double. Allan Davis and George Dennis had two wins each. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Bandolito followed a strong closing Nova Artist and went by in the closing strides for a 1:50.1 harness racing victory in the $25,000 Delaware Special on Thursday, Jan. 22, at Dover Downs. While Don't Ya Know, with Corey Callahan, and Mustang Art, driven by Ron Pierce slugged it out during a :25.4 opening panel and 53.4 half, Daryl Bier was content to race Bandolito far back in fifth before Allan Davis pulled Nova Artist out to challenge the leaders heading into a 1:21.4 three-quarters. Nova Artist moved three wide to take the lead around the final turn. Bandolito was in high gear reaching Nova Artist by mid-stretch and then made it to the finish line by a neck in 1:50.1. Bier is owner, trainer, and driver of the Ponder-Home Brew five-year-old, who won for the second straight time and 16th in his career while piling up earnings of $300,085. Nova Artist is his best showing of the meet was second with Don't Ya Know (Corey Callahan) putting in a gritty effort to finish third. Program favorite Just A Jolt was scratched. Art Stafford Jr. and Framed Art made a winning move on the backstretch to roll past the leaders on the way to a 1:51 triumph in the $16,000 4&5-Year-Old Open pace. Shark Fantasy (Jonathan Roberts) finished well for second in front of early leader Four Staces (Callahan). The five year-old son of Artiscape-LaGophobia is owned by Art and trainer Andrew Stafford and recorded his 12th lifetime win to go with a $382,526 bankroll. Maddysonofagun used the passing lane for Trace Tetrick to edge leader Shanzhai (Callahan) in one of three $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Male paces. Mary Alice and Tom Tetrick own the Modern Art-Maddy Girl grey gelding trained by Jim King. Ballinrobe (Allan Davis) was third. Ross Wolfenden and Rural Art were strongest in the lane to score a 1:53.4 victory in another $14,000 event for young males. Ray and Eva LaBonte own the Major In Art-WC Betina gelding trained by Joe Hundertpfund. Jet Blue Miracle (Sean Bier) was a close second. Maximum Terror (Ben Stafford Jr.), the show horse. Dan Keeler's Mr. Truth extended his win streak to three-in-a-row winning the third $14,000 section with a 1:52.1 triumph handled by Eddie Davis Jr. The Total Truth-Miss AJ Ponda gelding, trained by Vic Keeler II, was chased home by Go Big Spinder (Pierce) and Fancy Colt (Tony Morgan). Ron Pierce, Art Stafford Jr. and trainer Eric Ell had two wins apiece. Friday and Saturday are "dark days.' Racing resumes Sunday with post time 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. 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

DOVER, Del --- Sharp Just A Jolt and Bandolito lead a strong field of eight to post in this week's top harness racing pace, the $25,000 Delaware Special on Jan. 22 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Last week, Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt and Vic Kirby, led until the final strides before a second-place finish in the feature. Bandolito, holder of the track record of 1:48 set last Spring, returned to the winner's circle last week with a 1:51.1 mile with owner, trainer, driver Daryl Bier at the controls Arty Foster Jr.'s Bettor's Arena with Trace Tetrick had to settle for a third for the third straight time. The rest of the well-balanced field is made up by Mary Ann Larrimore's Believe This Bob, handled by Ross Wolfenden, Mustang Art, owned by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo, with Corey Callahan driving, both previous Del. Special winners, the defending Horse of the Meet with Allan Davis driving Nova Artist from the rail for Eddie and Kathy Davis, Joan Dalphon and Elanor Laws' Don't Ya Know reined by Ron Pierce and Ringler Stable's Simon's Artist with Jonathan Roberts. A $16,000 Open pace heads a strong undercard. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting opens daily at 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. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- Tough Mac lived up to his name romping to a 1:53.4 victory in the feature $13,000 Winners-Over trot while Fitness Craze and Classical Belisima picked up third consecutive victories in $14,500 and $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners- Over divisions on Wednesday, Jan.14 at Dover Downs. With Corey Callahan driving from post 1, Tough Mac controlled the fractions on the way to his second straight impressive victory for owner Mike Casalino. The win was the 12 lifetime for the Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady gelding now a $138,144 career winner. Baximum (Allan Davis) was runner-up. Prayer Session (Jonathan Roberts) was the show horse. Fitness Craze turned in his third consecutive success for trainer Bob Bresnahan and owners Howard Taylor and Rich Lombardo cruising to victory for Daryl Bier in a $14,500 Winners-Over for young horses. The altered son of Crazed-Aerobics has won four of his last six races. Deacons Valley (Callahan) closed well for second in front of Please Okay (Vic Kirby). Callahan rang up his fourth win on the card steering Bill Cantrell's Classic Belisima to her third consecutive triump in a $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. Jilted Bride (Ron Pierce) and HS Merlin (Eddie Davis Jr.) finished second and third respectively. John Cabot conditions the Crazed-Classic Yankee four-year-old. Ron Pierce joined Corey Callahan with four winning drives. Trace Tetrick had two wins and Jim King and John Cabot had trainer doubles. Razor sharp Believe This Bob, a three-time winner this meet, is program favorite this week in the $25,000 Delaware Special on Jan. 15 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Ross Wolfenden guided Mary Ann Larrimore’s Believe This Bob from fifth after three-quarters to a driving 1:51 triumph in last week’s feature. Mustang Art, with Corey Callahan racing for Max Walton and Greg Papaleo, also closed strongly to finish second beaten by only one-half length. Meanwhile Reg Hazzard II and Legacy Racing’s Papa Ray, put in a strong effort for Eddie Davis Jr., racing outside from before the half to challenge for the lead but had to settle for third, one-and-a-half lengths back. Nova Artist drew the rail. Eddie and Kathy Davis own last season’s Horse of the Meet who will be handled by Allan Davis. Joan Dalphon and Elanor Laws’ Don’t Ya Know and Ron Pierce steps back up after a near-miss last week in an Open. Ringler Stable’s Simon’s Artist gets a big change in post positions and should be a factor with Trace Tetrick. Not to be overlooked is Janet Hudson’s Just A Jolt and Vic Kirby, last week’s race favorite. Art and Andrew Stafford’s Framed Art (Art Stafford Jr.)  gets a big post change in the sub-feature $16,000 4&5-Year-Old Open pace. Chief challengers should come from among Wilbur Eash’s Bluehorsepower (Allan Davis), Tom Lazzaro’s Contraband Hanover (Trace Tetrick) and Dedi’s Dragon (Corey Callahan) in thr nine-horse line-up. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del. --- Corey Callahan pulled Tirade Hanover out from fourth place at the opening quarter mile and then wore down The Triple Lindy in the stretch for a 1:54.3 victory in the cold and windy Wednesday, Jan. 7, $18,000 Open/Handicap trot at Dover Downs. Once again the race favorite for his third straight outing, Tirade Hanover delivered with his first win of the new season after two consecutive seconds. In a three horse battle down the lane, Tirade Hanover zipped past The Triple Lindy, winner of the last two Open trots with Vic Kirby driving the front trotting leader, and Awsome Valley, handled by Ross Wolfenden, sitting second until the passing lane opened, and then came storming through the stretch to finish a close-up third. Corey Callahan made the win his third on the card. Owned by Steve Moss, the Solomons and trainer Leigh Raymer, Tirade Hanover won for the 20th time and now has won $621,990 lifetime. Howard Taylor and Rich Lombardo's Fitness Craze made it two in-a-row as Daryl Bier piloted the Crazed-Aerobics gelding to victory in 1:56 to win the $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot sub-feature. Sentry (Callahan) was runner-up. Futuristic Bride (Jonathan Roberts) finished second. The win was the second for driver Bier, who drove 70-1 shot Ooh Dear Sam to a 1:54.4 upset in a $15,000 Claiming pace. Owners Tim Mumford and trainer Shane Long collaborated on two longshot winners. Jake Of Hearts and Allan Davis, at 37-1, took the first of two Delaware $5,000 Claiming pace, and later 18-1 Annie's Shooter with Ross Wolfenden in the bike. Christmas season is over but Jingle Bell Rocker is still at it winning for the fifth consecutive time. Trace Tetrick drove the Rocknroll Hanover-Blissard Of Oz gelding conditioned by Les Givens to a 1:54 victory in a Delaware $7,500 claimer. Tina Clark posted her second owner victory on the card. Callahan led all with five winners. Ron Pierce drove three wins, trainer Eric Ell, trainer-owner Shane Long and owners Tim Mumford, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta also won two races. Papa Ray seeks repeat score at Dover Thursday Papa Ray, a winner of two of the last three $25,000 Delaware Special events, seeks a repeat of last week’s come-from-behind victory in this week’s feature pace on Jan. 8 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Reg Hazzard II and Legacy Racing own Papa Ray, a winner of four feature races already this meet. Eddie Davis Jr. is his regular driver. A week ago Mary Ann Larrimore’s Believe This Bob stormed down the lane for Ross Wolfenden to finish second, beaten only three-quarters-of-a-length. Ringler Stable’s hard-hitting Simon’s Artist with Trace Tetrick was third. Not to be overlooked Janet Hudson’s Just A Jolt, handled by Vic Kirby, should improve with an inside post. Another sharp contender is Max Walton and Greg Papaleo’s Mustang Art, reined by meet-leading driver Corey Callahan. Stacie Billings’ SB Mikes Hot Beach and Sean Bier drew the rail with last season’s Horse of the Meet, Eddie and Kathy Davis’ Nova Artist with Allan Davis, is alongside. Nine start in the sub-feature $16,000 Open pace. Bandolito, who set the track record 1:48 late last meet,  qualified last week and returns to the races dropping down from the Del. Special. Daryl Bier, owns, trains and drives the five-year-old. Wade Wyatt’s Flying Cowboy (Ron Pierce) has won his last two and Dedi’s Dragon (Corey Callahan) in from the Meadowlands, head the starting line-up. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are 'dark day.' Racing resumes on Sunday with post time 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  

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