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Dover, DE - On a very nice November night, the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund held the second lef of their series at Dover Downs. Montrell Teague drove first leg winner, KEEPMYWIGLEGAMETYT, (Mr. Wiggles-Airtight) gate to wire in 1:56 over runner up JET BAGS JIM in an early non-wagering event. In Race 1 on the betting card Montrell Teague repeated the first race and steered DASHIKI (Barber Pole-Enniskerry) to a neck win over last week’s winner, CHILLAXIN AWAY in 1:53.3 which equaled his lifetime record. Both winners are trained by Clyde Francis and owned by George Teague, Jr. Teague Racing Partnership LLC of Florida is co-owner on DASHIKI. The final will be contested on Thursday, November 29th in conjunction with the Dover Signature event, the “Hap Hansen Progress Pace” named for the late Brandywine Raceway President. Top eight point getters advance to the final. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the DSBF

Winter weather was threatening in the evening sky but the young harness racing trotters didn’t seem to care at Dover Downs on Wednesday. The first filly event was non-wagering. BELLA’S PARTY PUNK (Super Punk-Nubella) driven by Art Stafford, Jr and trained by a jubilant Shae Vandervort ,won by half a length over STAR TIME (bred by Marv Bachrad) in 2:04.2.   Race 1 (2nd division) saw the Harrington winner DISCO SOLIEL (CR Commando-CR Penny Lane) dance from gate to wire for driver Carlo Poliseno and owner Rod Allen. DARK DUTCHESS was a half-length back for the place in 2:03.4. Race 2 was the first division of the colts and geldings and it was RICH N ROYAL (Yankee Royalty-Adore Eleanor) for trainer/driver, Kim Vincent and owner Bart Cavanagh’s Providence West of Media, PA. The time was 2:01.2 and it was the Maiden win for Rich N Royal. A neck back in 2nd was DR GRINCH. Second division of the boys was EMBRACE THE GRIND (Keystone Activator-My Embrace) in 2:03 for driver Jonathan Roberts and owner/trainer Bobby Glassmeyer. It was his 4th victory in five starts. Five lengths back was SAY GESUNDHEIT.    Round 2 will be next Wednesday, November 21th, the night before the Thanksgiving holiday. The final will be contested on Thursday, November 29th in conjunction with Dover Downs Signature event, the “Hap Hansen Progress Pace” named for the late Brandywine Raceway President. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders’ Fund

Dover, DE — Amid cool and gusty winds, 2-year old harness racing pacing fillies contested the first leg of their Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund series on Tuesday (Nov. 12) at Dover Downs. The first division was all Roddy’s At It Again (Roddy’s Bags Again-Terro Franco N) despite being parked to the quarter in :28.3. After taking command, she never looked back and won by 11 lengths for driver Art Stafford Jr. and trainer Tim Torbert in 1:56.1. It was the first DSBF win for first-time horse owner Katie Killen of Felton. The second division saw the Harrington series winner The Lady Sheriff (Southwind Lynx-Sheriff Sale) get nosed out in 1:55.1 by Legacy Racing of DE Inc. and Sharon White’s homebred Vistamista (Powerful Mist-Yankee Vista). She is trained by Wayne Givens of Seaford and was driven by Milford native Victor Kirby. Round two will take place next Tuesday (Nov. 20). The final will be contested on Nov. 29 in conjunction with Dover’s signature event, the Hap Hansen Progress Pace, named for the late president of Brandywine Raceway. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund

HARRINGTON, DE - Many of the top Delaware sired 2-year-old horses were showcased Wednesday at Harrington Raceway as four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) events highlighted a 15-race program. The first final was for male pacers as Jo Ann Looney-King's Chillaxin Away ($2.20, Victor Kirby) was a commanding 1:53.4 winner over Dashiki and Keepmywiglegametyt. The Roddy's Bags Again-Shake Away gelding recorded his second career win in a lifetime best via a wire-to-wire by open lengths. Trained by Jim King Jr., it was his second win in five lifetime starts. A major upset occurred in the male trotting final when previously unbeaten Embrace The Grind made a break at the start and E&K Stable, Earl and Lois Walters and Paul Williamson's Just As Striking ($55.60, Eddie Dennis) capitalized and was able to cruise to a 2:01.4 win over Say Geseundheit and Rich N Royal. A son of Anders Bluestone-Ringside Katie, it was the first career win for Just As Striking, who is trained by his driver. George Teague and K&R Racing's The Lady Sheriff ($2.60, Montrell Teague) won the filly pacing final in a new lifetime best of 1:55.2. The home bred (Southwind Lynx-Sheriff Sale) was aggressive from post position two and never relented in her front end win over Vistamista and Roddy's At It Again. A minor upset was sprung in the filly trotting final as Rod Allen's Disco Soliel ($21.40, Allen) was a 2:01.4 winner. The Cr Commando-Cr Penny Lane filly held off Cierra's Choice and Dark Dutchess for her first career win in her second lifetime start. She is trained by her owner/driver. Three $15,000 consolation events were also held for DSBF horses. Carolina Shag ($3.60, Mike Cole) won the filly pace for owner Forrest Bartlett and trainer Kevin Lare. Breakaway Racing's Gettinziggywitit ($3.40, Corey Callahan) prevailed in the trotting consolation for trainer Nick Callahan. Tim Hundertpfund's Awiggleandagiggle ($7.20, Allan Davis) won the male pace consolation for trainer Joe Hunderptfund. Cole had four winners on the card, while Montrell Teague had three. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE - The top Delaware-sired 2-year-olds will be showcased Wednesday October 3 as four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals will be contested on a 15-race program at Harrington Raceway. Post time is 5 p.m. for one of the richest programs of the year for Delaware harness racing. The finals are part of an all-stakes pick four (races 3 through 6). The first final is for male pacers and features two uncoupled Clyde Francis-trainees, Keepmywiglegametyt (3/1, Jim Morand), who swept his eliminations and Dashiki (3/1, Montrell Teague). Both are owned by George Teague. Jo Ann Looney-King's Chillaxin Away (9/5, Victor Kirby) is the likely post time favorite from the rail after a 1:54.3 win in his elimination win on September 24. The second final is for male trotters and the scourge of the division has clearly been unbeaten Andrew Glassmeyer's (7/5, Jon Roberts), who is 3-for-3 in his career. The Keystone Activator gelding won his eliminations with ease and will look to overcome post seven in keeping that unblemished record intact. The third leg of the pick four is the filly pacing final. Only George Teague and K&R Racing's The Lady Sheriff (2/1, Teague) won both of her eliminations and drew post two in the competitive grouping. The final leg of the pick four sequence is for filly trotters and includes three different elimination winners, Mark Groce's She's Spooky (9/5, Ross Wolfenden), Glassmeyer's Dark Dutchess (3/1, Roberts) and Sarah and John Swart's Royal Locket (7/1, Corey Callahan). A $16,000 Open Trot is on the undercard, featuring Frank Chick's Majestic Mistress (5/2, Mike Cole), who has won three straight. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE - Three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund divisions for harness racing pacing fillies were contested Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. The 15-race program was dominated by driver Victor Kirby who recorded one of his five wins in the first $20,000 DSBF division, as Jason and Tim Skinner's In And Out Again ($4.40, Kirby) was a 1:59 winner over Miss Giggles and Little Miss Pat T. The Roddy's Bags Again filly overcame some traffic issues throughout the mile to score an easy win, the first of her career for trainer and co-owner Jason Skinner. The second division saw a repeat elim winner in George Teague and K&R Racing's The Lady Sheriff ($5.40, Montrell Teague), who prevailed in 1:56.4 over Vista Mista and Lynx's Lazy Lady. Trained by Clyde Francis, it was the second win in four career starts for the daughter of Southwind Lynx. Teague drove the final divisional winner for his aunt Brenda Teague as Anneke ($7) notched her first career victory over Roddy's At It Again and Golden Wigglet in 1:56.1. The Southwind Lynx filly saved ground throughout and emerged down the passing lane late for the win for her owner/trainer. The top eight point earners will return to compete in a $100,000 final on October 3, when all DSBF 2-year-old finals will be contested. In the $15,000 Mares Open, Kaitlyn N ($3.20, Art Stafford Jr.) continued to assert herself as a top mare on the circuit, with her third straight triumph in 1:52.1 for trainer and co/owner Josh Parker. Nanticoke Racing and Barry Spedden are also partners on the 5-year-old American Ideal mare who is approaching $100,000 in seasonal earnings. Artrageous was second with On Your Six third. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE - Andrew Glassmeyer's Embrace The Grind ($2.80, Jon Roberts) was the fastest of three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) elimination winners for 2-year-old trotters Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with a 2:00.2 triumph. The Keystone Activator gelding headed the first division for male trotters with a commanding front-end romp over Just As Striking and Say Gesundheit. Trained by Glassmeyer, the freshman is 2-for-2 in his career. In the remaining division for male trotters, Mike and Linda English's Phantom Feet ($6, Ross Wolfenden) triumphed over Go Jetem and Dr Grinch in 2:04.3. Trained by John Wilkeson, the He's Spooky gelding led from start to finish in first career start. The lone filly division went to Sarah and John Swart Jr.'s Royal Locket ($14.40, Corey Callahan), who prevailed in wire-to-wire fashion in 2:04.4 over Dark Dutchess and She's Spooky. A daughter of Yankee Royalty, "Royal" notched her first career victory for trainer Nick Callahan. In the $11,000 overnight feature, the Open II Trot, Rosemary Smutz's Man Of Muscle ($10, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:57.2 winner over Donnie Darko and Sunset Mike. Mike Cole had four wins on the card. Victor Kirby won three. Live racing resumes Monday September 24. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

HARRINGTON, DE - The richest program of the season at Harrington Raceway is set for Thursday during the Delaware State Fair as the annual Governor's Day program will be contested with an 11-race program (7 p.m. post time). More than $550,000 in total purses will be at stake on the program, with the majority being dispersed in the four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final events for 3-year-olds in races 1, 5, 7 and 10. Popular annual events for older horses that are also a big part of the day include the $40,000 Governor's Cup, $30,000 Legislator's Cup, $30,000 Charles Murphy Jr. Memorial Trot and $20,000 President's Cup. The first DSBF final event is for pacing fillies and will feature Deborah and Jamie Bozman's Jamie's Renegade (8/5, Russell Foster), who is unbeaten in four starts as a sophomore. The race honors the memory of trainer/driver Ben Stafford Jr., a long time horsemen in the Mid-Atlantic region. The filly trotting final, named in honor of former Harrington Raceway President and horseman Jack Walls, will feature a showdown between two previous DSBF final winners, Shirley Shand and Serendipity Stable's Star Sapphire (7/5, Foster) and Howard Taylor, Tom Lazzaro, Mike Casalino Jr. and Dylan Davis' Déjà vu Blue (9/5, Corey Callahan). The race is also the third leg of the early pick four wager (races 3-6). Up next in DSBF final action will be the final for male trotters, which honors the memory of driver/trainer Hal Belote, who was tragically killed in a racing accident more than a decade ago. Super Fly (7/5, Art Stafford Jr.) owned by Leigh Raymer, Stephen Moss and Stacy Johnson, has been the scourge of the division and will look to complete a sweep of 3-year-old DSBF final events. The last of the DSBF finals is for male pacers and will feature George Leager's Slick Tony (8/5, Foster) who has dominated his DSBF rivals to date and will attempt to capture his fourth final. Carded as the 10th race, it is the third leg of the late pick four (races 8-11). In the 2nd race (second half of the daily double), Art Stafford and Art Stafford Jr's Blazing Bobby Sox (7/5, Stafford Jr.) figures to be the favorite in the Governor's Cup. The 7-year-old Panderosa gelding was on a torrid run in the spring season with a four-race win streak. Pick four wagering will be available in races 3 and 8. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

Debbie and Jamie Bozman were hoping for a fun mother-daughter experience when they purchased a three-month-old filly in the summer of 2015. Although Jamie was raised around harness racing horses, trained by her father Walt Bozman Jr., she never owned one until that day. The filly, a daughter of Pacific Renegade out of the mare Honey, was named Jamie's Renegade. She has proved to be a winner for Debbie and Jamie, but, more importantly, has proved to be resilient. Jamie's Renegade suffered a fractured coffin bone last year, which required surgery at the New Bolton Center. She returned to training in December and is a perfect 4-for-4 this season heading to Thursday's $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund championship for 3-year-old female pacers at Harrington Raceway. She will start from post No. 2 with regular driver Russell Foster. "After everything she's been through, it would be a Cinderella story for her if she can win," Debbie said. "Just getting her to this point is such an accomplishment. My husband and daughter have given her excellent care. I'm so proud of both of them. "We're giving her every chance to do well. She drew well (for the DSBF final) so that's a plus." When Jamie's Renegade joined the family's stable, she revealed herself to be a bit feisty -- more renegade than honey, for sure. "The first day she broke both shafts of the cart," Walt said. "She's a pistol," Debbie said. But she also is talented. "As she started to figure out how it was training, she was a beast," Debbie said. "Russell Foster, every time he comes off the track and hands my husband the lines, he says that she continues to impress him with every start." Jamie's Renegade has won five of seven career races and earned $30,146. Jamie, who as a young child used to sit on her father's lap while he jogged horses, now gets to sit behind her own horse and assists with the work at the barn. "I'm lucky enough to be able to jog (Jamie's Renegade) a lot and every day I get behind her she is fun out there," Jamie said. "She just likes to go. She is just one beast of a horse. "She hasn't mellowed. There are days she wants to be super playful. She's trying to untie my shoelaces right now. I'm telling you, she's a trip." The Bozmans have three horses at the moment, with a turned-out 2-year-old colt and a weanling joining Jamie's Renegade. Walt, a retired businessman, trained 1996 Maryland Sire Stakes champion trotter Nostopinhernow. "The horses have been our family's joy," said Debbie, who is the medication buyer for Peninsula Regional Medical Center. "I'm the weekend warrior. I get to come out and spend the weekends with them." Jamie's interest in working with the horses has increased thanks to what she calls "the family project" with Jamie's Renegade. "It's been a lot of fun so far," Jamie said, adding with a laugh, "I'm trying to take my dad's job. He'll let me have his job, but he won't let me have his check." A win by Jamie's Renegade on Thursday would add to the fun. Harrington Raceway hosts DSBF championships for 3-year-old male and female trotters and pacers as part of its annual Governor's Day program. Racing begins at 7 p.m. (EDT). "It's going to be nerve-wracking waiting for the race," Jamie said. "It's going to be a tough race. Everyone in there is going to be really good. We're just hoping to come home strong." For Thursday's complete entries at Harrington, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

HARRINGTON, DE - Deborah and Jamie Bozman's Jamie's Renegade ($5.20, Russell Foster) completed a sweep of her Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 3-year-old pacing filly eliminations Tuesday with a 1:54.2 victory in the $20,000 second leg at Harrington Raceway. The Pacific Renegade filly made an impressive first-over move near three-quarters and drew away from her rivals decisively. Ibetyoucanwiggle was second with Pedal Power third. In the remaining division, Bay Pond Racing's Time and Motion scored a 1:55.2 upset over Go Sandy Go and Studio Session. Trained by Eli Scott Jr., it was the third career win for the daughter of Dream Away. It was the fourth career win in just six starts for "Renegade" who is trained by Walter Bozman Jr. The top eight point earners will compete in the $100,000 final on July 26 during the Delaware State Fair. In the $16,000 Mares Open, Chris White's Fashion Showdown ($12, Allan Davis) was a 1:52.3 winner over Apple Bottom Jeans and Shesarocker. Tony Morgan had four wins on the card. Ross Wolfenden and Russell Foster had a driving triple. The second leg of DSBF action for trotters will take place on the Wednesday June 20 program with two divisions. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE - George Leager's Slick Tony ($2.10, Russell Foster) completed a sweep of his Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 3-year-old eliminations at Harrington Raceway Monday with a 1:53.1 win in the first of two $20,000 divisions. The No Spin Zone colt has dominated the DSBF ranks, with 13 wins in 17 career starts. Sent off as the 1-to-9 favorite, Slick Tony cruised to an easy win over Cinder Block and GWT for owner/trainer Leager. He will undoubtedly be the favorite in the $100,000 final on July 26. In the second division for colts and geldings, Jo Ann Looney-King's Evolution Tour ($4, Tim Tetrick) prevailed in 1:53.3. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding held off a late charge from Transitioning Joy to pickup his eighth career win for trainer Jim King Jr. Sea Bags was third. In the overnight feature, the $15,000 Open for pacers, Arthur Stafford and Arthur Stafford Jr.'s Blazing Bobby Sox ($6, Stafford Jr.) notched his fourth straight win. Trained by his co-owner and driver, the 7-year-old Panderosa gelding led most of the mile in achieving his 8th win of the year. Mel Mara was second with Little Ben third. Owner Howard Taylor won three races on the program. Ross Wolfenden had three driving wins. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE - George Leager's Slick Tony ($3.60, Russell Foster), was a 1:53.4 winner in the first leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings Monday at Harrington Raceway. In the first of two divisions, Transitioning Joy came away with the early lead from his rail post position with Evolution Tour in the pocket. Favorite Slick Tony settled in third early before a first over grind to three-quarters where he would go toe-to-toe with Transitioning Joy through the stretch in a game battle in which the former prevailed narrowly. Evolution Tour was third. It was the 12th win in 16 career starts for the son of No Spin Zone who is trained by his owner. The second DSBF split featured a field of six with Don Marine's Cinder Block pursuing a sixth straight win. That win streak would come to an end, courtesy of a huge first over brush and crush by Bay Pond Racing's America First ($10, Jeff Fout), who was a 1:55 winner. The Roddy's Bags Again colt made an aggressive charge at the front runners near the three-quarters and drew away from the field. GWT rallied for second while Cinder Block, the early leader, faded to third. Trained by Fout, it was the third career win for America First. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE. - The opening round of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund stakes action for 3-year-olds will get underway this week at Harrington Raceway with six $20,000 divisions. The pacing colts and geldings are up first, beginning tonight with two divisions. George Leager's Slick Tony (3/2, Russell Foster) has been the scourge of the group to date with an impressive 11-for-15 win record. Pacing fillies will highlight the Tuesday program with a pair of divisions. Brent Outten, Green Racing and Richard Lombardo's Go Sandy Go (9/5, Jason Green) will look to sweep the final events after winning her final at Dover Downs in March. The trotters are in action Wednesday with one division each for fillies and colts. Leigh Raymer, Stephen Moss and Stacy Johnson-Stafford's Super Fly (Art Stafford Jr.) won his final at Dover by an astounding 14 lengths. Déjà vu Blue, owned by Howard Taylor, Tom Lazzaro, Mike Casalino Jr. and Dylan Davis has traded blows with Serendipity Stable's Star Sapphire and are among the field of six trotting fillies. Following two rounds of eliminations, the $100,000 finals will be contested on July 26 (special 7 p.m. post time), the annual Governor's Day program during the Delaware State Fair. Live racing continues on a Monday through Wednesday schedule until June 27. Post time is 5 p.m. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

Déjà vu Blue, Super Fly, Go Sandy Go and Slick Tony were winners of $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals on the closing harness racing card of the Dover Downs 2017-2018 season on Thursday, March 29. With Delaware Gov. John Carney and members of his staff on hand, as usual a large crowd of fans turned out to watch the four state-bred three-year-old trotting and pacing finals, two 1:49.4 feature races and meet horsemen top honors presented. Tim Tetrick was Leading Driver of the 81-programs season. Tetrick fininshed with 11 wins more than Corey Callahan, who had won the previous seven titles in a row. Dylan Davis was Leading Trainer at the meet for the fifth consecutive season. Free For Aller Sicily, who won five top features with sub-1:50 victories including 1:48.4, the fastest time of the Meet, won a tight ballot by Delaware Valley chapter U.S. Harness Writers Assocation members, voted Horse of the Meet. On the track, Déjà vu Blue, driven by Tim Tetrick, bested arch-rival Star Sapphire (Russell Foster) by a head to win the sophomore filly trotter event. Vandalous (Callahan) was third. Super Fly overpowered seven rivals in 1:55.2 to win the $100,000 male trot with Art Stafford Jr. in the bike. Bother Kenny (Tetrick) was runner-up with Seafood Suzie Blue (Jason Green) third. Go Sandy Go, with Jason Green driving, lowered her lifetime fastest mark to 1:53.2 romping to victory in the DSBF $100,000 filly pace. Gracefullyforgiven, with Art Stafford in the bike, was second in front of Studio Session (Sean Bier) third. Slick Tony, owned by breeder George Leager and piloted by Russell Foster, took home the soph colt and gelding pace $100,000 championship with a 1:53.4 performance. Transitioning Joy (Teague), and Evolutiion Tour (Tetrick) were second and third. Major Uptrend with Tony Morgan, paced his fourth sub-1:50 mile of the meet scoring a 1:49.2 triumph in the $35,000 Preferred/Handicap, the top race on the regular card. Sicily (Montrell Teague) was next with Super Imposed N (Callahan) third. One race earlier, Art Stafford Jr. guided Blazing Bobby Sox home in 1:49.2 to win a $16,000 Winners-Over pace. Forty Five Red (Mike Cole) and Cajon Lightning (Stafford Jr.) were second and third respectively. Art Of Fire made it five wins in a row in an $18,000 Conditioned pace. Jonathan Roberts drove the winner for trainer Kevin Lare, and breeder-owner Forest Bartlett ash Is King (Callahan) was next. Wichita Lineman (Allan Davis) was third. Jet Airway (Callahan) also kept a streak going, notching his fourth straight, a 1:51.1 winner in a $25,000-$30,000 Claiming Handicap.The other high-price claiming pace was won by Im Supersonic A (Sean Bier), who fashioned a 1:50.2 triumph in another top claimng pace. Art Stafford Jr. had a triple, Tim Tetrick, Sean Bier and Tony Morgan had driving doubles. Delaware harness racing now moves to Harrington Raceway with April 9 opening day. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Following two preliminary legs, the eight qualifying trotters and pacers vie in four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals heading a powerful harness racing meet-closing program topped by a $35,000 Preferred pace and two $25,000-$30,000 Claiming paces, on Thursday (March 29) at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Serendipity Stable's Star Sapphire (Russell Foster), winner of both $100,000 freshmen titles, takes on Taylor, Lazzaro, Casalino and Davis’ Déjà vu Blue (Tim Tetrick), Vandalous (Corey Callahan), owned by Chambers, Fuqua, BCJM's and Uptown Spunk (Roger Plante), racing for Callam and LeBlanc racing's in the DSBF filly trot, the first title event. Poliseno and Dunavant's Sky Marshall (Carlo Poliseno), a two-year-old DSBF champion, meets Super Fly (Art Stafford Jr.); owned by Raymer, Moss and Stafford's; Seafood Delight and Green's Seafood Suzie Blue (Jason Green) and Brother Kenny (Tetrick) in the DSBF sophomore colt and gelding trot final. Outten, Lombardo and Green Racing's Go Sandy Go (J.Green); Pedal Power (Tetrick), owned by Darrell and Leah Lewis; Jeff and Dave Clark's Gracefullyforgiven (Stafford Jr.) and George Teague's Ibetyoucanwiggle (Montrell Teague) batten it out for the DSBF filly pace. The last $100,000 final match the male pacers. George Leager bred and owned Slick Tony (Foster), the DSBF freshman champion; George and Joy Teague's Transitional Joy (Teague), JoAnn Loooney-King's Evolution Tour (Tetrick), leave from posts 1,2 and 3 respectively. Two newcomers join the $35,000 Preferred pace- McGill, Carsey, Friedland and Triple D Stable's Normandy Beach (Jonathan Roberts) who last competed in the $306,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace last November and Nick Surick and KDN Sable's Machtu N (Pat Berry)-take on Sicily (Teague), owned by Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing, Major Uptrend (Morgan) racing for Nis Allen and Crissman Inc.; Wood, Dittmar, Iaquinta's Soto (Stafford Jr.), Looney-King's Little Ben (Tetrick) and Mike Hall and David Hamm's Super Imposed N (Callahan) on the regular card. During the card, the 2017-2018 Horse of the Meet, Leading Driver and Leading Trainer presentations will be made. Dover Downs offers a 50-cent Pick 5 wager, starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 13th and 14th races. On meet-closing day, a fine and varied selection of food is available to enjoy while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races is featured daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Dover Downs and its horsemen, thank all fans and harness media for their support during the season. A reminder, Delaware harness racing resumes at Harrington Raceway on Monday, April . See you again next Fall! Marv Bachrad

Hightstown, NJ --- He’s known around the barn as E.T., but Evolution Tour is not from outer space --- even if harness racing trainer Jim King Jr. says with a laugh the gelding is “an alien.” This E.T. is quite at home in Delaware, where this week the 3-year-old pacer will try to capture his first DSBF championship after two narrow misses last season. Dover Downs hosts four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals for 3-year-old pacers and trotters as part of Thursday’s 14-race card. Racing begins at 4:30 p.m., with the DSBF championship for female trotters kicking off the action. The remaining finals are races two (male trotters), six (female pacers) and eight (male pacers). Evolution Tour is unbeaten this year in two races, both preliminary rounds of the DSBF, and is the 3-1 third choice on the morning line behind last season’s two-time DSBF champion Slick Tony (2-1) and Transitioning Joy (5-2). Slick Tony, who beat Evolution Tour by a nose in both of last year’s state-bred finals, starts from post No. 1 while Transitioning Joy leaves from post No. 2 and Evolution Tour from post No. 3. Slick Tony, a son of stallion No Spin Zone, is owned and trained by George Leager, who also bred the colt, and will be driven by Russell Foster. He has won 10 of 13 career races and never finished worse than second, earning $166,797 in purses. Transitioning Joy, a son of Barber Pole, is trained by Clyde Francis for owners George Teague Jr. Inc. and Joy Teague. The homebred colt, who has won four of 12 lifetime starts and earned $71,600, will be driven by Montrell Teague. Tim Tetrick will drive Evolution Tour, a son of Roddy’s Bags Again owned by King’s wife Jo Ann. “My job is pretty much done,” King said about the final. “I’m going to leave the rest in the hands of the master. How it’s going to play out, you figure that Slick Tony’s not going to settle for anything less than second and Joy is not going to want to sit third. So chances are I’m going to be third and first over. But Timmy will get it figured out. I think my horse is good enough and I know my driver is.” Evolution Tour, purchased for $15,000 at the 2016 Standardbred Horse Sale, has won six of 10 career races and never finished worse than second on his way to $111,550 in purses. He defeated Slick Tony and Transitioning Joy in a first-round division of this year’s DSBF series and heads to the final off a 4-1/2 length win over G W T last week. In last year’s championships, Evolution Tour came from off the pace from post No. 8 at Harrington Raceway to miss by a nose in the first final and then got nipped by a nose at Dover Downs after leading from the start from post No. 1 in the second final. “The first time was just a lack of experience,” King said. “He had the ability to go by, he just didn’t. Some horses are more racy than others. That wasn’t on the top of his list. He didn’t put forth his best effort there. But Slick Tony is a really nice horse. The second time, Slick Tony just out-footed him. Timmy elected to cut it and he just got caught. “But they were both good paychecks.” King thinks Evolution Tour better understands the game this year. “That’s the biggest thing right now,” King said. “He’s come into himself and he’s a lot more willing than he was before. He was a bit of a slow learner. He didn’t know he was supposed to excel at times. Now he’s kind of picked that up. Timmy has put him on the front end and he’s stepped off. Timmy’s come first over and he had every reason not to go forward when they turned for home, but he did. “He’s just improved and is getting to be more of a racehorse all the time.” King expects “E.T.” to remain close to home for the rest of the campaign. “He’s going to be really good for the Delaware stakes,” King said. “As far as him being a top contender someplace else, I’m not seeing it. I just think he’s going to be really nice for around here.” In Thursday’s remaining DSBF finals, Deja Vu Blue is the 2-1 morning-line favorite among female trotters, Super Fly is the 3-1 pick among male trotters, and Go Sandy Go is the 5-2 choice among female pacers. For Thursday’s complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

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