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HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway hosted its annual Governor's Day program Thursday during the Delaware State Fair, featuring the richest harness racing program of the season locally. Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final races for 3-year-olds comprised the majority of the $540,000 in total purses on the program. Popular events for older horses like the $40,000 Governor's Cup also comprised the 10-race program. Legacy Racing and Reggie Hazzard's Sicily ($3.60, Victor Kirby) won the aforementioned Governor's Cup in 1:52.2 for trainer Wayne Givens. The 7-year-old Art Major gelding led most of the way and held off Late Mail N and Q's Cruise for his 27th win of his career. Governor John Carney presented the trophy to the winning connections. Sicily Jason and Tim Skinner's In And Out Again ($4.20, Tim Tetrick) won the DSBF pacing filly final in impressive fashion in 1:55.3. The Roddy's Bags Again filly overcame post 8 for an easy win over stablemate Biggiessecondshot and Roddy's At It Again. In And Out Again also won the earlier season final at Dover Downs. It was one of three wins on the card for Tetrick. Rod Allen's Disco Soliel ($7.20, Rod Allen) won the DSBF filly trotting final over Dark Dutchess and Miss Popeye in 1:59.1. The Cr Commando notched her 9th win in 12 career starts and won all four of her DSBF finals. In the DSBF colt and gelding pacing final, Chillaxin Away ($5.20, Tetrick) scored a 1:56.2 win. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding sat behind tiring pacesetter Goldberg and surged through the stretch for a decisive score over Haymitch and Ain'tnosunshine. The Jim King Jr.-trainee recorded his 10th career win and third in DSBF final action. The King Jr.-stable also won the $20,000 President's Cup with Little Ben ($4.20, Tetrick) in 1:52. In the DSBF colt and gelding trotting final, Andrew Glassmeyer's Embrace The Grind ($2.20, Jon Roberts) notched his 11th career win in 14 starts with a dominant 2:00 win over Rich N Royal and Just As Striking. Trained by his owner, the Keystone Activator gelding won 3-of-4 DSBF finals in his career and has more than $230,000 banked. Fans were treated to a special appearance by two accomplished Delaware horses, both stabled in Harrington. Richard Polluci, Jim King and Tim Tetrick's Shartin N, trained by Jim King Jr. and the current #1 ranked horse in the country, led the post parade for the third race and Gary and Barbara Iles' Lather Up, who equaled the fastest mile in harness racing history earlier this month, led the post parade for the fourth race. Lather Up is trained by Clyde Francis. Lather's Up driver, Montrell Teague, was presented with a proclamation in between races by Governor Carney, Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long and US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue acknowledging the 28-year-old driver's career accomplishments, in particular being the regular driver of 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit and current stars such as Lather Up. Montrell Teague, was presented with a proclamation Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen, Andrew Stafford and Holly Case's Artrageous ($3.80, Art Stafford Jr.) scored a 1:53.1 win in the $30,000 Legislator's Cup for trainer and co-owner Andrew Stafford. Howard and Linda Dege's Blownoutofthewater ($8.80, Tony Morgan) was a 1:57 winner in the $30,000 Charles Murphy Jr. Memorial Trot for trainer Will Reynolds. Matt Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway's richest harness racing program of the season will commence Thursday (July 25) as part of the annual Governor's Day program during the Delaware State Fair. A 10-race card with nearly $600,000 in total purses will start at 7 p.m. Four Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $100,000 finals for 3-year-olds will accompany popular annual events for older horses such as the $40,000 Governor's Cup, $30,000 Legislator's Cup, $30,000 Charles Murphy Memorial Trot and $20,000 President's Cup among others. A special addition for this year's Governor's Day program will be the presence of two of Delaware's most notable Standardbreds, both of which are stabled in Harrington. Shartin N, the 2018 Dan Patch winner for Pacing Mare of the Year and current number one ranked horse in all of North America, as well as Lather Up, who earlier this month equaled harness racing's fastest mile of all-time of 1:46, will both be on-track to lead a post parade. The two pacers have garnered national attention and are even listed among Harrington's famous residents on the Wikipedia listing for the town. Shartin N will lead the third race Governor's Cup field, while Lather Up will lead the fourth race Legislator's Cup group. The female pacers will kick off the program in the first race on the card, and first of the DSBF finals. A competitive group will go post ward that includes a powerful Jason Skinner-trained duo of Biggiessecondshot (4/1, Ross Wolfenden) and In And Out Again (5/2, Tim Tetrick). In And Out Again, a Roddy's Bags Again filly owned by Jason and Tim Skinner, swept her eliminations and won the earlier season final at Dover Downs. A daughter of No Spin Zone, Biggiessecondshot is owned by Joan Dalphon, Elanor Laws and the trainer. The filly trotting final is slated sixth on the card, as Carol Jamieson-Parker's Dark Dutchess (9/5, Jack Parker Jr.), a daughter of He's Spooky, will vie for a sweep after winning both of her eliminations impressively. Rod Allen's Disco Soliel (5/2, Allen), a CR Commando filly, won the final at Dover Downs and looks to thwart Dark Dutchess' bid. The male pacing final is the 8th race, Mst Racing Inc.'s Goldberg (9/5, Montrell Teague) will vie for a sweep of both 3-year-old finals after prevailing at Dover. The Mr. Wiggles colt won his June 10 elimination by 11 lengths. The male trotting final will follow as Andrew Glassmeyer's Embrace The Grind (8/5, Jon Roberts) bids for a third straight win. The Keystone Activator gelding swept the eliminations and final at Dover Downs. The Governor's Cup, programmed as race three, spearheads the races for older horses as Jo Ann Looney King's Q's Cruise (9/5, Tetrick) was installed as the morning line favorite. The Honorable Governor John Carney is expected to be on hand to present the trophy to the winning connections for the popular annual event with local bragging rights at stake. Legacy Racing and Reggie Hazzard's Sicily (2/1, Kirby) recently surpassed $500,000 in career earnings and figures to have a strong presence in the race among the contentious field. A formidable group will battle in the 4th race Legislator's Cup for pacing mares, familiar rivals like Vince Copeland's Goin Again (7/2, Copeland), Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen, Andrew Stafford and Holly Case's Artrageous (3/1, Art Stafford Jr.) and Legacy Racing, Nanticoke Racing, Reggie Hazzard and Gary Calloway's Delishka N (4/1, Allan Davis) among the field of eight. The featured event for older trotters if the Charles Murphy Jr. Memorial, the seventh race. Victor Kirby's Jammin Jack (2/1, Kirby) will look to make his state fair debut a winning one after a banner 2019 campaign in which he has been in the top three in 16 of 20 starts. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Nanticoke Racing Inc, Barry Spedden and Joshua Parker's Almighty Johnson N ($16, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:56.1 harness racing winner in the $17,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The New Zealand-import had a slow start to his domestic career, after finishing off the board in his first three starts. The 8-year-old Majestic Son gelding has quickly turned it around however, with three straight victories for co-owner/trainer Parker. He left the gate quickly from post position two and assumed command where he would set fractions of 28.1, 57.3 and 1:27.1. Jammin Jack challenged first over and battled gamely through the stretch, but would come up a head short to Almighty Johnson. Theresademoninme finished third. Allan Davis had three winners on the card. Mike Cole and Tony Morgan each had a driving double. Live racing on the Delaware circuit now goes on a hiatus until the traditional Governor's Day program (special 7 p.m. post time) during the Delaware State Fair on July 25.   Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Carol Jamieson Parker's Dark Dutchess ($2.40, Jack Parker Jr.) and Andrew Glassmeyer's Embrace The Grind ($2.20, Jon Roberts) completed a sweep of her 3-year-old filly Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $20,000 harness racing eliminations Wednesday with a 2:00.4 win. Dark Duchess, a He's Spooky filly, overcame an early break in stride near the quarter-mile to regroup and make the lead approaching the half-mile and she would never relent in her victory over Miss Popeye and Bella's Party Punk. Embrace The Grind was victorious via a 2:01 front end score over Just As Striking and Rich N Royal. The Keystone Activator gelding has won 10 of 13 career starts for his owner/trainer. Disco Soliel (Rod Allen) won the first of two non-wagering events, this one for fillies. Owned by Rod Allen for trainer Carlo Poliseno, the CR Commando filly was a 2:02.2 winner over Cierra's Choice and Royal Locket. It was her eighth career win. Meanwhile, Bay Pond Racing's Dr Grinch (Jeff Fout) was a wire-to-wire winner in the second non-wagering division, this one for colts and geldings. The Giant Hit gelding held off all comers on the front and was a half-length winner over Go Jetem and Phantom Feet. The top eight point earners from the 3-year-old DSBF events will return to compete in $100,000 finals on July 25. Allan Davis won four races, while Jon Roberts won three. Ross Wolfenden and Montrell Teague each had two.   Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Two Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $20,000 divisional eliminations for pacing fillies headlined the Tuesday Harrington Raceway harness racing program. In And Out Again (Ross Wolfenden) won the early non-wagering division in 1:55 over Anneke and Paper Bag. Owned by Jason and Tim Skinner, the daughter of Roddy's Bags Again notched her sixth win of the year and fifth straight in DSBF company. Katie Killen's Roddy's At It Again ($6.80, Art Stafford Jr.) sprung a mild upset in the second division with a front end win over last week's winner, Biggiesecondshot. Rainy Day May was third. A daughter of Roddy's Bags Again, it was her sixth career win for trainer Tim Torbert. In the $17,000 Mares Open, David Banks' Sayulita ($3.80, Wolfenden) was an open length winner over Arts And Flowers and Goin Again in 1:52.4 for her trainer/driver. For the second straight night, Wolfenden had four wins on the card. Tony Morgan also won four races. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Two $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund's second leg of stakes action for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings headlined the Monday harness racing program at Harrington Raceway. Jo Ann Looney-King's Chillaxin Away (Victor Kirby) was a 1:54.1 winner in the first, which was a non-wagering event. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding maintained an easy lead throughout and was an open length winner over Haymitch and Son Of A Lynx. The second division saw a 30-to-1 upset as Humpback Hill Farm's Aintnosunshine ($63, Ross Wolfenden) was a 1:56.3 winner over Dashiki and Janaid. The No Spin Zone colt registered his maiden win with a late surge to the lead near the wire for trainer Salvatore Sciarrino. Race favorite Numbered Account made a break near the top of the stretch while on the lead and finished fifth. Daiymir ($10.60, Montrell Teague) was a 1:51.4 winner in the $17,000 Open for owner George Teague Jr. and trainer Clyde Francis. The Mr. Wiggles colt recorded his 20th career win in front end fashion over Silver Fox J and Dialamara. Wolfenden had four wins on the card. Montrell Teague had three. Mike Cole and Victor Kirby each had a driving double. Sophomore pacing fillies will go post ward in two DSBF divisions on Tuesday with four divisions for trotters on Wednesday, two of which are non-wagering before the 4:30 p.m. wagering program.   Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund action for trotters headlined the Wednesday harness racing program at Harrington Raceway with four $20,000 divisions in the first of two elimination legs. The top 8 point earners from the eliminations will compete in a $100,000 final on July 25. Two of the races were conducted prior to the wagering card in non-wagering events. Dark Dutchess (Jack Parker Jr.) was a 2:00.4 winner in the filly division for owner/trainer Carol Jamieson-Parker. The He's Spooky filly notched her second career win in front end fashion over Miss Popeye and Royal Locket. Andrew Glassmeyer's Embrace The Grind (Jon Roberts) prevailed in the second non-wagering event, this one for colts and geldings. The Keystone Activator gelding was a 2:01 winner over Rich N Royal and Gettinziggywitit for his owner/trainer. In the second filly division, Rod Allen's Disco Soliel suffered her first defeat of the season, as Stop The Jade Farm's Bella's Party Punk ($10.60, Russell Foster) sprung a mild upset in 2:01. Disco Soliel was second with Command The Day third. Trained by Chase Vandervort, the Super Punk sired filly registered her second career victory. Just As Striking ($4.40, Eddie Dennis) was a 2:01 winner in the second division for colts and geldings. The Anders Bluestone gelding was a front end winner over Dr Grinch and Shermans Way for trainer/driver Dennis. Owned by E&K Stables, EJ and LG Walters and Paul Williamson, it was his third career victory. In the overnight feature, the $20,000 Open Trot, Howard and Linda Dege's Blownoutofthewater ($6.20, Tony Morgan) was a 1:55.1 winner for trainer Will Reynolds.   Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes action for 3-year-old male pacers highlighted the Monday program at Harrington Raceway, with two $20,000 divisions in the first of two legs. Both races were won by driver Montrell Teague with Mr. Wiggles-sired colts. Teague had four wins on the card. George Teague Jr.'s Keepmywiglegametyt ($4, Montrell Teague) was a 1:54.2 winner in the first division. He set all the fractions and was determined winner over Chillaxin Away and Dashiki. It was the third straight win for Keepmywiglegametyt. Heavy rain came down over the area leading up to the second division, which didn't deter or slow down heavily favored Goldberg ($2.10, Montrell Teague), who registered a front end win in 1:53.2 for owner Mst Racing Inc., and trainer Brenda Teague. Janaid was second with Son Of A Lynx third. Goldberg notched his fifth career win and looks to complete a sweep of the $100,000 finals, after winning the April 4 final at Dover Downs in 1:51.2. Art Stafford Jr. had three wins. The Tuesday June 11 program will feature two $20,000 DSBF divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies, while on Wednesday the 3-year-old DSBF trotters will go post ward, including two non-wagering events that start at 4:10 p.m.   Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Michael Casalino Jr. and Dylan Davis' Theresademoninme ($4.80, Jon Roberts) was a 1:56 winner in the featured $20,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The 8-year-old Kadabra gelding notched his 4th straight harness racing win for co-owner/trainer Davis in front stepping fashion over long shot Machuca and Special Miss. In 148 career starts, "Demon" has banked more than $521,000. Ross Wolfenden had three wins on the card. Sean Bier and Art Stafford Jr. each had a driving double.   Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Linda Schwaid and Era Williams' Arts and Flowers ($32.60, Roger Plante Jr.) was a 1:52.4 winner in the $18,500 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Arts And Flowers released Sayulita to the lead approaching the quarter mile in 27.4 seconds. Sayulita then marched to the half-mile in 57 seconds, while Goin Again mounted a first over bid, with Empress Deo second over to three-quarters in 1:25.1. Sayulita maintained the lead until deep stretch, when Arts and Flowers surged down the inside to hit the wire first in 1:52.4. Trained by Phyllis Copeland, it was the 4th win of the season for the 6-year-old Artistic Fella mare. Driver Victor Kirby had four wins on the program. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - In an accident-marred featured race, a $20,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway, Jo Ann Looney-King's Q's Cruise ($8.40, Ross Wolfenden) was a 1:52.3 winner over Abbeydorney and Allwillworkout. The harness racing accident involved three horses and drivers and occurred on the final turn near the three-quarter mile mark. All Night Party (Mike Cole) fell and impeded the progress of two other trailing horses, Star Messenger (Tony Morgan) and McKenry (Bret Brittingham), who unseated their drivers. Brittingham (wrists) and Morgan were transported via ambulance to nearby Bayhealth Hospital Sussex Campus (Milford) for further evaluation while Cole walked off under his own power. None of the horses appeared to suffer major injuries. No further information on the status of the driver injuries was available at the time of this release. Trained by Jim King Jr., Q's Cruise notched his fourth win of the year. Wolfenden had four wins on the card.   Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - William Emmons' Battle Mage ($22.20, Montrell Teague) surpassed $300,000 in career earnings Wednesday with a 1:56 win in the $17,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Kadabra harness racing mare earned her third win of the year with a 2 length victory over Blownoutofthewater and Jammin Jack. Trained by Eric Ell, she has 19 career wins. Battle Mage was guided first over and cleared early leader Uwantapieceofme past the half-mile and never relented in her open length score. Drivers Jon Roberts and Allan Davis, who won two races for trainer Paul Davis Jr., each had three wins on the card. Russell Foster and Mike Cole each had two victories.   Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen, Andrew Stafford and Holly Case's Artrageous ($9.60, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:53.1 winner in the $18,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. The Andrew Stafford-trainee notched her third consecutive harness racing win after holding off a fast closing Goin Again, who was second, and third place finisher Sayulita, whom Artrageous passed late for her 4th win of the season. It was one of four wins on the card for driver Art Stafford Jr., who has the early lead in the driver standings over Mike Cole and Victor Kirby. Last year's top trainer, Joe Columbo is the current leading conditioner over former track training champs Josh Green and Joe Hundertpfund Jr. Tony Morgan, Roger Plante Jr. and Ross Wolfenden each had a driving double.   Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Frank Chick's Majestic Mistress ($24.20, Russell Foster) was a 1:56.4 winner in the $18,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The 6-year-old Majestic Son mare led every call for trainer Kevin Lare in achieving her 8th win of the year. It was the first start in her last eight which her odds were greater than 6-to-1. Blownoutofthewater rallied for second while Jammin Jack, who had won three straight, finished third. Mike Cole and Art Stafford Jr. had three wins on the program.   Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Artrageous ($3.60, Art Stafford Jr.) notched her second straight harness racing win Tuesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:53 triumph in the $18,000 Mares Open. Trained by Andrew Stafford for the partnership group of Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen, Andrew Stafford and Holly Case, the 5-year-old Art Major mare left the gate from post position five and authored fractions of 27.2, 56 and 1:24.4 before holding off Valuable Art, who finished a game second, to the wire. Sayulita was third. It was the 16th career win for Artrageous, whose earned $326,915 in her career. It was the second straight win on the card for driver Stafford, who had previously guided Better Decision N to victory in the 5th, a sub-featured $10,000 conditioned pace for co-owner/trainer Josh Parker. Live racing continues on a Monday through Wednesday schedule. Post time is 5 p.m.   Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - George Leager's Slick Tony ($6.80, Russell Foster) was a repeat harness racing winner Monday in the featured $16,000 Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:51.4. The win looked like an instant replay from his win on May 13 as he once again battled first-over against leader Blazing Bobby Sox and used a steady and sustained charge to clear the lead and draw away from his rivals late for owner/trainer Leager. Q's Cruise closed well late to be second, while Blazing Bobby Sox was third. It was the 24th career win for Slick Tony, a 4-year-old No Spin Zone stallion, who has banked more than $80,000 this year and nearly $500,000 in his career.   Matthew Sparacino  

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