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Itsrockandroll A storm's home to harness racing victory and wins the Open Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. US Captain and Tiger Thompson N traded leads going to the quarter pole. Dexter Dunn won that early battle and retained the lead. The quarter was reached in 27.1.  The half was reached uncontested in 55.2. At the five eighths marker,  Itrockandroll A and Corey Callahan pulled off the rail from fifth and inched their way 1st over, down the backside. Tiger Thompson N was challenged to the three quarters in 1:22.4,  pacing a quarter in 27.2 Soho Burning Love A, who  was competing against the boys for the first time, shadowed Itsrockandroll A on the outside.   Corey Callahan was able to keep Soho Burning Love A at bay on the rim and zeroed in on Tiger Thompson N in the deep stretch.  Itsrockandroll A won by a nose in 1:50.2 and paid $7. Itsrockandroll A ( A Rocknroll Dance)  is owned by Michael Casalino Jr. and Dylan Davis.  Dylan Davis trained and Corey Callahan drove a masterful race. Tiger Thompson N finished second and raced gallantly for trainer Joshua Parker.  Dexter Dunn was the chauffier. Soho Burning Love A ,  the three to five race favorite, was a fast closing third, for trainer Jim King Jr. and driver Tim Tetrick. Sadly, Joe Wehausen, the owner of Sandy’s Bolt who finished 6th in the race, passed away suddenly last week.  Our condolences to his family. Racing resumes at Dover Downs on Monday post time is 4:30 pm.   Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs  

Moments of Joy is victorious in the Mares Select Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Moments of Joy benefitted from a textbook, perfect harness racing drive by Victor Kirby, and won the Mares Select Pace at Dover Downs. Moments Of Joy and My Last Bet left alertly for early race position at the quarter. My Last Bet and Montrell Teague Jr. rushed back to the top as Moments Of Joy accepted the pocket. My Last Bet, broke the beam, at the quarter in 26.4.  She continued on the lead to the half in 55.3. Edge Of Eternity moved 1st over, past the half, and pressured My Last Bet through the three quarters in 1:23.4.  They matched strides pacing that quarter in 28.1. In the stretch, Victor Kirby and Moments Of Joy saved every inch of ground on the rail, and won by three quarters of length in 1:52.4  Moments of Joy returned $9 for the win. Moments Of Joy (Western Terror) is owned and trained by Bryan Truitt. Victory Kirby drove. Edge Of Eternity, eventually, wore down pacesetter My Last Bet and finished second for trainer Chuck Crissman Jr. and driver Corey Callahan. Scuola Hanover finished a fast closing third.  Andrew Stafford was the trainer.  Art Stafford Jr. was the driver. Racing continues on Thursday as Soho Burning Love A, takes on the boys, in the 12th race Open Pace.  Post Time at Dover Downs is 4:30 pm.     Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs

Jack Vernon upsets,  in the Open Handicap Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. With the scratches of Eye OfA Tiger As and Scirocco Rob, the open trot was relegated to a harness racing field of six quality trotters. There was a 3 horse scramble for the early lead.  Warrior One, Pat Matters and JL Cruze all left in a line, for the early lead. JL Cruze muscled his way to the top. Pat Matters, the even odds race favorite, accepted the pocket and Warrior One dropped into the three hole at the quarter. JL Cruze led the field to a hard fought quarter in 26.4.  Then raced uncontested on the lead, through a 55.1 half. Jack Vernon and Corey Callahan picked up a second over trip as Warrior One attacked 1st up nearing the three quarter pole.  The three quarters were trotted in 1:24 as JL Cruze,  the leader, became leg weary and started to fade. Midway in the stretch,  Jack Vernon was able to storm past Warrior One and won by three quarters of a length in 1:53.  Jack Vernon was sent off at odds of 5-1   Jack Vernon (Muscle Hill) is owned by Howard Taylor and Michael Casalino Jr.  Dylan Davis trained and Corey Callahan drove. Warrior One, finished second for trainer Ron Burke.  Yanick Gingras drove All Champy was third for trainer Sofia Zingale. Ross Wolfenden was the driver. Pat Matters, the even odds favorite was fourth. JL Cruze finished sixth Corey Callahan won four races on the card. There is a $28,600 pic 5 carry over for tomorrow’s races.   The pic 5 is a fifty cent minimum bet and is wagered on the last five races. Racing continues Wednesday at Dover Downs post time is 4:30 pm..   Alex Kraszewski

Shes Pukka N dominates the Select Fillies and Mares at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Tony Morgan left alertly off the harness racing gate with Shes Pukka N and took no prisoners as he parked VH Princess Brea for half a mile. Shes Pukka N set fractions of 27 54.4 123:3 and a winning time of 1:52 flat. Nearing the three quarter pole, Anytime N and Rockn Philly circled three wide as VH Princess Brea tired.  But their attempts were in vain.. Shes Pukka N remained stubborn in the stretch and won convincingly, by two and a quarter lengths in 1:52 flat.  She was sent off at odds of 7/2. Shes Pukka N ( Betterthancheddar) is owned by Peter Paul Venturini. Brian Malone trained and Tony Morgan drove. Edge Of Eternity sat the pocket and finished 2nd.  Chuck Crissman Jr. trained and Art Stafford Jr drove. Three year old Feeling Sweet, finished 3rd for trainer Joseph Columbo.  Mike Cole was in the bike. There will be live harness racing at Dover Downs on Thursday night ( New Year’s Eve).  Post time is at 4:30 pm.   Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs  

Let It Ride N impressive, in taking the harness racing Preferred Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. Highalator left alertly from the gate and was allowed to cut the mile. The fractions were 26.4 54.4 1:21.4. The one to five race favorite,  Let It Ride N settled in the fifth position at the quarter pole.   At the half, driver Dexter Dunn revved up Let It Ride N. They swiftly met the pace setter Highalator at the three quarter pole.  They paced the quarter in 27 seconds flat.  At the top of the lane, Let It Ride N went into another gear and won, under wraps in 1:49 amid freezing temperatures. Let It Ride N ( Rock and Roll Heaven) is owned by Enzed Racing Stable Inc. and is trained  by Nifty Norman.  Dexter Dunn drove.   After the race a beaming Nifty Norman stated “ He’s a smart animal who doesn’t hurt himself, Dexter never asked him tonight”  “ He can race on any size track”  Let It Ride N paced a last half in 53 seconds and a last quarter in 27.1 Highalator finished 2nd for trainer Jenny Bier and driver Rick Still. Itsrockandroll A  was third for trainer Dylan Davis and driver Corey Callahan. Dover Downs takes a Christmas break and returns to racing on December 28.   Merry Christmas everyone     Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs

The trotting colts and geldings led off with Air Time(Dusty Winner-I Concur), one of a 3 horse entry of homebreds for owner/breeder Jane Dunavant and trainer Carlo Poliseno. Driven by Art Stafford, Jr. equaling his lifetime harness racing record of 1:56.4. He is also the winner of the Va Bred program and increased his 2020 earnings to $144,987 in winning by 4 ¼ lengths. Touch Of White finished second followed by Chauffeur in show. The trotting ladies were all the 1-9 favorite, Emmy’s Mayflower (Anders Bluestone-Stirling Charisma) winning in 1:55.4 by 9 lengths in a new stakes record for driver, Russell Foster and his Uncle Eric who is the breeder,owner,and trainer.This was the 5th win in seven starts bringing her bank account for the year up to $97,700. Dabigspooky Bootah was second followed by Katies Blu Diamond in third. Emmy’s Mayflower The pacing girls went to the bettor’s second choice, Sweet Lil (Art Director-Blissful Lil) in 1:54.3 for driver Tony Morgan and trainer, Jason Skinner. Owned by George S. Minner of Harrington and bred by Josephine Vincent it was a sweet win as the filly was unraced at two. Betting favorite, Spinferno was second followed by Foolish Wisdom in third. The favorite in the pacing colts and geldings, Apple Valley Art (Artzina-Shake Away) didn’t disappoint and the Harrington final winner won by two lengths with a swift last half in 1:54 for the meet’s leading driver, Tim Tetrick and trainer, Jim King, Jr. Owned and bred by Jim’s wife, JoAnn Looney-King. It was the 6th win of the year putting his earnings at $145,640. American Nitro was second followed by Leonard’s Legacy for show. Apple Valley Art On a different note, one of the stellar performers in the Breeders’ Fund program, Apple Bottom Jeans(Mr Apples-Scylla Hanover)was retired to the broodmare ranks in a ceremony after leading the post parade for the 8th race. She ends her career with over a million dollars and a record of 1:50.1m at five. She is the fifth leading money earner of all DSBF pacers. Bred by Kevin Switzer’s KDK Standardbreds and sold to owners Howard Taylor, Robert Cooper, Ed Gold, and the late Tom Lazzaro she was trained by Dylan Davis and cared for by LuAnn Marsh. She has a date in the court of Papi Rob Hanover. Happy Holidays and see you in June of 2021!     Judy Davis-Wilson Executive Director Delaware Standardbred Breeders' Fund

Jack Vernon scores back to back harness racing victories in the Select trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Jack Vernon and Whimzical Chapter left alertly at the start of the race.  Jack Vernon was parked to the quarter before eventually, clearing for the lead.   Jack Vernon, the four to five race favorite, set fractions of 27.3 56.2.   Northern Express, angled off the rail from 3rd and trotted 1st up past the half.  The three quarters were reached in 1:24.3. A 28.1 third quarter.   Jack Vernon, at the top of the stretch, inched away from a frustrated Northern Express and won by three quarters of a length in 1:52.3. It was a lifetime mark for the Muscle Hill sired, seven year old. Jack Vernon is owned by Howard Taylor and Michael Casalino Jr. Dylan Davis trained and Corey Callahan was the driver. Northern Express finished a gallant second and was driven by Russell Foster.  His father Arty Foster Jr. is the trainer. Magic MVP picked up the show spot for trainer Traci Berry.  Pat Berry drove. On Thursday night there will be four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Fund race finals. Dover Downs will conclude, live harness racing on December 18th and return from Christmas break on Monday December 28. Post Time is 4:30 pm.    Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs

A friendly reminder to trainers, that the deadline for the Delaware Valley Chapter of the United States Harness Writers’ Association’s (USHWA) inaugural caretaker award is fast approaching. Nominations are now being accepted via email at devalleyushwa@gmail.com.  The award, sponsored by the DE Valley Chapter USHWA, is designed to recognize a caretaker/groom who works primarily in Delaware, Maryland, or Virginia for a trainer in good standing. He/she must have a current Delaware, Maryland or Virginia groom's license and can not currently be training horses. ​To nominate a caretaker/groom for this award, trainers need to write a detailed letter (300 words or less) explaining why a caretaker/groom from your stable deserves to be Caretaker of the Year. Please include the groom’s name, address, phone number, along with your name, address, and phone number.​ ​Caretakers/grooms are often the unsung heroes of the sport and this award memorializes their dedication. The deadline for nominations is December 30, 2020.    The winner will receive a $200 award courtesy of the Delaware Valley Chapter of USHWA.   Matt Sparacino

Two divisions of pacing geldings highlighted the Thursday harness racing card at $20K each. First half of the daily double went to All About Lynx (Southwind Lynx-All About Tonight) and driver Montrell Teague in a repeat of last week. Time for the mile was 153.4. Trained by Clyde Francis and owned and bred  by George Teague, Jr.,Inc. and K&R Racing LLC. Second was Bookin followed by Undercovershamrock. Division two was won by Harrington final winner, Apple Valley Art (Artzina-Shake Away) in a new lifetime record of 1:52.4 for meet leading driver, Tim Tetrick and meet leading trainer, Jim King, Jr. Owned and bred by Jim’s wife, Jo Ann Looney-King. Second was Elite Retreat followed by Leonard’s Legacy. The top 8 point getters return for a $100K final on the last day of racing before the Christmas break, Thursday, December 17th. All About Lynx, Apple Valley Art, American Nitro, Elite Retreat, Bookin, Leonard’s Legacy, Undercovershamrock, and Aidan.   Judy Davis-Wilson Executive Director Delaware Standardbred Breeders' Fund

Soho Burning Love A cruises to harness racing victory in the Fillies and Mares Open pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night.   Driver Tim Tetrick changed driving tactics from last week, instead of leaving off the gate he decided to race from off the pace. Tetrick, as usual, made the right choice.   Stonebridge Soul left alertly as the other competitors took back off the gate. The field remained in single file until the half. Stonebridge Soul was allowed to cut fractions of 26.2 and 55.3 for the half. Machnhope pulled first over past the half and the field was double tiered. Soho Burning Love A drafted perfectly second over behind Machnhope. Stonebridge Soul led the field to the three quarters in 1:23.1 pacing the third quarter in 27.3.   At the top of the stretch Soho Burning Love A left her cover and attacked three wide into the stretch. Soho Burning Love A surged to win by one and a quarter lengths in 1:50.3 as the three to five race favorite. Soho Burning Love A ( Auckland Reactor N) is owned by Richard Poillucci and Joanne Looney-King. Jim King Jr. is her trainer and Tim Tetrick drove. Machnhope was second for trainer Noel Dailey and driver Andrew McCarthy. Marloe Hanover picked up the show spot. She is trained by R.Nifty Norman. Victor Kirby drove   Tim Tetrick picked up a four bagger on the night with four wins.   Post Time for Dover Downs is 4:30 pm.     Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs

Late Mail N delivers a victory in the feature race at Dover Downs on Thursday night Late Mail N left alertly along with Calvin K at the start of the race.   Tim Tetrick landed in the pocket as Calvin K. cut fractions of 27.2  56 1:23.2.  Robbie Burns N and driver Pat Berry mounted a first over charge.   Slick Tony, the four to five race favorite, shadowed second over but was forced three wide when Robbie Burns N started to tire. In the stretch, Tim Tetrick eased Late Mail N to the outside from the pocket, and confidently won by a half length in 1:51.  Late Mail N ( Bettor’s Delight ) is owned by David Hamm and paid $10 to win.  Chuck Crissman Jr. trained and Tim Tetrick drove. Tetrick picked up his fifth win on the night.   Sweet Sun Daze was second for trainer Arty Foster Jr.  Arty’s son Russell Foster was the driver. Slick Tony tired in the stretch, and finished third for trainer George Leager.  Montrell Teague was the driver. Montrell Teague had four wins on the card. Post Time at Dover Downs is 4:30 pm.   Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs

Two divisions made up the second leg for 3 year old pacing fillies at $20K each. In the early non-wagering harness racing event it was repeat winner Spinferno (No Spin Zone-Hurricane Jenna) in 1:54.3 for the meet’s leading driver, Tim Tetrick and trainer, Chuck Crissman,Jr. Owned by the Cook boys, Dale,Brendan, and Allen and bred by Virginia Louthan. Spin Sumthin was second and Cinder Rock finished third. The second division lead off the Daily Double. Sweet Lil (Art Director-Blissful Lil) prevailed in 1:57 for driver, Tony Morgan and trainer, Jason Skinner. Owned by George Minner and bred by Josephine Vincent. Second was last week’s winner, Foolish Wisdom followed by She’s Got The Lynx. The $100k final is on Thursday, December 17th. The top 8 point earners are Spinferno, Foolish Wisdom, Sweet Lil, Cinder Rock, Spin Sumthin, She’s Got The Lynx, I’m Two Soxy, and Bashful Smile.     Judy Davis-Wilson Executive Director Delaware Standardbred Breeders' Fund

For the two $20,000 divisions of 3-year old fillies it was Déjà vu Monday as the hanrees racing winners from last week repeated this week. The first early non-wagering race went to Emmy’s Mayflower(Anders Bluestone-Stirling Charisma) for driver Russell Foster in 156.4. She is trained by Russell’s uncle, Eric Foster who is also the breeder and owner. Second was Harrington final winner, Stella A followed by Katies Blu Diamond. The second division went to Happy To Do It (Anders Bluestone-Little Miss Tagliabue) and driver Jonathan Roberts in 157.4. She is trained and owned by Bobby Glassmeyer. The breeders were Linda MacDonald and Susan Durham, owners of Merrie Medo Farm where Anders Bluestone stands. Second was Blue Carats and the show was Orabelle. The $100K final will be Thursday, December 17th to the highest point earners. Emmy’s Mayflower, Happy To Do It, Stella A, Dabigspooky Bootah, Katies Blu Diamond, Orabelle, Wolfcat. To those who didn’t make the final there will be a $15K consolation offered combined with the colts and geldings who didn’t earn their way to the final.     Judy Davis-Wilson Executive Director Delaware Standardbred Breeders' Fund

Ana Afreet N impressive in winning the Blue Hen/Open Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. Five weeks ago, Highalator upset Ana Afreet N at the Meadowlands.  Tonight the tables were turned. At the start of the race, Highalator was launched and parked three wide into the first turn by Goldberg and driver Montrell Teague.  The opening quarter was reached in 27 seconds.   Ana Afreet N and Tim Tetrick left but were able to find a seat fourth on the rail. Past the three eights pole, Tim Tetrick and Ana Afreet N. went into attack mode from fourth and pacing first over.  They reached the half in 56.2, but were unable to clear, a stubborn Highalator.  Highalator, the race favorite, retreated to the pocket. The three quarters were reached in 1:22.2,  a 26 seconds flat quarter.   Shadow Cat and Dexter Dunn took up the chase, parked coverless on the rim, past the three quarters.  However,  Ana Afreet N found another gear and won by three and a quarter lengths in 1:50.2.  Ana Afreet N was sent off at odds of 2 to 1. The son of Bettor’s Delight,  paced a last half in 54 seconds and a last quarter in 28 seconds. Ana Afreet N is owned by Pollack Racing LLC and Jeffrey Cullipher. Tim Tetrick drove for trainer Jeff Cullipher. Goldberg found racing room late and finished second for driver Montrell Teague and trainer Brenda Teague. Itsrockandroll A was third for driver Corey Callahan.  Dylan Davis trained. Tim Tetrick won four races on the card.  Victor Kirby picked up a three bagger. Post Time at Dover Downs is 4:30 pm.   Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs

Bettors Heart N impressive, winning the Fillies and Mares Open, at Dover Downs Wednesday night. Soho Burning Love A,usually a staunch closer, was sent to the front by driver Tim Tetrick.  Machnhope with driver Andrew Mc Carthy immediately went on the retake from the pocket and took the lead past the quarter in 26.4. The half was 55.2. Soho Burning Love A sat in the pocket. At the five eights mark, Dexter Dunn maneuvered Bettors Heart N to the outside, first over.  They challenged the pacesetter Machnhope past three quarters in 123 flat, pacing a 27.3 quarter. At the seven eights pole, Bettors Heart N motored past Machnhope and the pocket rocket Soho Burning Love A to win by a convincing, three quarters of a length.  The time of the race was 1:50.3.  Bettors Heart N. was sent off as the four to five race favorite. Bettors Heart N paced an individual last half in 53.4 seconds.  The individual last three quarters of a mile was paced in 1:22.2. Bettors Heart N ( Bettor’s Delight) is owned by Enzed Racing Stable Inc.  Dexter Dunn was the driver for trainer R. Nifty Norman. Machnhope finished second for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Noel Dailey. Soho Burning Love A was third.  Tim Tetrick was her pilot.  Jim King Jr was the trainer. Montrelll Teague won four races on the card. Post Time for Dover Downs is 4:30 pm.   Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs

Two $20,000 harness racing divisions of 3-year old pacing fillies contested the first leg of the Dover series. In an early non-wagering division Foolish Wisdom (Gambler’s Dream-Fleeting Flirt N) came first over and won by two lengths in 1:57 for driver Corey Callahan and trainer/co-owner Dylan Davis. She is co-owned by Jeffrey Billings, a local high school teacher of Agriculture. Harrington final winner, Cinder Rock was second followed I’m Two Soxy in third. The first half of the daily double was all Spinferno (No Spin Zone-Hurricane Jenna) in 1:55.3 for leading driver of the meet, Tim Tetrick. Trained by Chuck Crissman, Jr. for owners Dale,Brendan, and Allen Cook. Sweet Lil was second followed by She’s Got The Lynx in third. Spinferno The 3-year old pacing colts will wrap up the week on Thursday. Post Time 4:30 PM.     Judy Davis-Wilson Executive Director Delaware Standardbred Breeders' Fund

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