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HARRINGTON, Del. - A pair of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $100,000 finals for 2-year-old harness racing trotters were contested on the penultimate Harrington Raceway program of 2014 Wednesday over a sloppy racetrack. Stephanie and Brian Cassell's Political Foe ($19.40, Eddie Dennis) was an upset winner in 2:01.2 in the colt and gelding final, passing the 1-to-9 favorite Political Cash, who led throughout, in the stretch for a decisive win. Win Power finished third. It was the second career win for the son of Political Briefing. Trained by his driver Dennis, Political Foe had a win and second place finish in his two eliminations prior to the final. Meanwhile, Bib Roberts, Graham Grace Stables and M&W Stables' Callmemza ($9.40, Jon Roberts), who won both of her elimination races, prevailed in the filly trotting final in 2:04.2 over Sign N Drive and Penny Paratrooper. It was an eventful race in which seven of the eight fillies went off stride at some point in the race. Callmemza was not unscathed after making an early miscue shortly after the start, but she recovered and reeled in Sign N Drive late for her Third Straight win for trainer Bib Roberts. Callmemza is a daughter of Great George Two, an accomplished trotter whom Roberts campaigned in the early 2000's. "To have a horse like Great George Two, and to be able to race his offspring for our family is just a great ride," said driver Jon Roberts, son of trainer Bib Roberts. "It was an eventful night with the weather and these young fillies didn't want to cooperate and we got the best of it. We made our mistake before everyone else did and fortunately it didn't hurt us as bad as it could have if it happened later on in the race." Leigh Raymer's I Got Spunk ($4.80, Callahan) won the $20,000 DSBF filly consolation in 2:03, while Jason Skinner's Vangoghpaintsred ($36, Vince Copeland) was triumphant in 2:05 in the $20,000 DSBF colt and gelding consolation. Corey Callahan drove four winners on the card, while Jon Roberts had three. The final night of racing for the 2014 Harrington meet is Thursday October 23. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

DOVER, Del.--- Stakes races abound, all November long, when Dover Downs opens its 46th season of harness racing on Sunday, Nov. 2. During the opening week, and for the first time since the Matrons moved to Dover Downs in 1995, it will be a “Novemberfest” of racing, with all eight lucrative Matron Stakes Finals for two-and-three-year-old colt and filly trotters and pacers on Nov. 6. The Progress Pace, the track’s signature event, and top purse attraction of the six-month long 2014-2015 meet which continues on April 9, 2015. Monday through Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. Sunday racing begins at 5:30. There is no racing on Fridays and Saturdays.   Following completion of Matron rich finals, the top three-year-old colts in training meet in the $350,000 (estimated) Progress Pace beginning with $35,000 eliminations on Nov. 30. The top eight finishers racing for an estimated $350,000 final on Dec. 7. A $25,000 consolation will be carded on the program. Not to be overlooked during November are eight Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) two-year-old $20,000 divisions raced over a two-week preliminary period culminating with $100,000 finals. Dover Downs Major Stakes Program 2014-2015 Progress Pace Date   Day         Event                                 Est. Purse 11/30 Sunday    3-Year-Old Pace Elim           $35,000 12/7   Sunday    3-Year-Old Pace Final          $300,000 12/7   Sunday    3-Year-Old Pace Consolation $25,000 Matron Stakes Date  Day          Event                               Est. Purse 11/6 Thursday   2-Year-Old Filly Pace Final   $175,000 11/6 Thursday   2-Year-Old Filly Trot   Final   $180,000 11/6 Thursday   2-Year-Old Colt Pace Final   $190,000 11/6 Thursday   2-Year-Old Colt Trot   Final   $205,000 11/6 Thursday   3-Year-Old Filly Pace Final   $170,000 11/6 Thursday   3-Year-Old Filly Trot   Final   $190,000 11/6 Thursday   3-Year-Old Colt Pace Final   $200,000 11/6 Thursday   3-Year-Old Colt Trot   Final   $180,000 2014 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Date  Day          Event                                     Purse 11/10 Monday   2-Year-Old Filly Trot Elim 1     $20,000 11/11 Tuesday  2-Year-Old Colt Trot Elim 1     $20,000 11/17 Monday   2-Year-Old Filly Trot Elim 2     $20,000 11/18 Tuesday  2-Year-Old Colt Trot Elim 2     $20,000 11/23 Sunday   2-Year-Old Colt Pace Elim 1    $20,000 11/24 Monday  2-Year-Old Filly Trot Final      $100,000 11/24 Monday  2-Year-Old Filly Pace Elim 1    $20,000 11/25 Tuesday  2-Year-Old Colt Trot Final     $100,000 11/30 Sunday    2-Year-Old Colt Pace Elim 2   $20,000 12/1  Monday    2-Year-Old Filly Pace Elim 2   $20,000 12/7  Sunday    2-Year-Old Colt Pace Final    $100,000 12/8  Monday   2-Year-Old Filly Pace Final     $100,000 2015 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 3YOT&P– To Be Announced Parking and admission to Dover Downs harness racing is free. Reservations are suggested for those choosing to dine in the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant,. Call 302-674-4600. In addition to fine cuisine in the Winner's Circle Restaurant, a variety of restaurants and food and drink stations are available including The Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. For those racing a horse at the track and looking for first-class overnight accommodations, the 4-star 500-room Dover Downs Hotel, is located adjacent to the racetrack. It is suggested to make reservations early. Year around, Dover Downs’ Race and Sports Book presents leading thoroughbred and harness tracks via simulcasting from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily. Currently, three-game NFL parlay wagering is available. For more information, call 302-674-4600. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

HARRINGTON, Del. - The final week of Harrington Raceway's 68th year of live racing will be headlined by the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $100,000 final events for 2-year-olds. The pacing fillies are the first to go postward, as their final is slated as the 10th race on Monday's 15-race program. Carter Racing Stable's Totally Rusty (2-1, Corey Callahan) will look to keep her perfect record intact as the daughter of Rusty's For Real is 4-for-4 in her young career, after breaking her own track record last week. The path to her fifth win may not come easy tonight however after drawing post position eight. Her two chief threats are fellow undefeated mate Joann Looney King's Roddy's Bags Again-sired Purrfect Bags' (4-1, Victor Kirby) and Riggins-sired Gigi Deo (3-1, Andrew McCarthy) for owners J&T Silva Stables, C&G Racing Stables and Deo Volente Farms. The pacing colts will take their turn in the 10th race on the Tuesday program, featuring an adept field which features six different elimination winners. Only Scott Woogen's Riggins-sired KJ Ben (5/2, Art Stafford Jr.) and Michael White's Life Sizzles-sired and aptly named Son of a Sizzle (3-1, David Miller) escaped both of their elimination races unscathed in the deep grouping. Fellow elimination winners in the field include Garnet O'Marrow's Riggins-sired Seboomook Katahdin (5/1, Allan Davis), Legacy Racing of DE, Sharon White and Nanticoke Racing's Artzina-sired Art Season (8-1, Vince Copeland), Ron Benton and Sharon Wyatt's Remember Me VK (4/1, Montrell Teague), a son of Art Director, and Roddy's Bags Again sired Roddy's Hot Again (12-1, George Dennis), who is owned by George and Tina Dennis and the Ask W Stables. Both sexes of trotters will compete in their final events on the penultimate program of the season at Harrington on Wednesday. The colt and gelding trotters will battle in the eighth race, as track record holder and son of Political Briefing, Political Cash (2-1, Allan Davis) will vie for his Third Straight win for owners Bob Shahan and Donald Marine. The field is contentious however, and also features former track record holder Egosnattitudes (5/1, Jon Roberts), a son of Great George Two for owners Bib Roberts, Graham Grace Stables and M&W Stables among the field of eight. The filly trotting final is the 10th race with another Great George Two offspring playing perhaps a major role in Callmemza (2/1, Roberts) for owners Bib Roberts, Graham Grace Stables and M&W Stables. Callmemza swept her eliminations as did her two main threats, a pair of Cr Commando-sired fillies in Carlo Poliseno and Foulk Stables' Penny Paratrooper (4-1, Ross Wolfenden), and Scott Woogen's Sign N Drive (3-1, Tim Tetrick). Each pacing and trotting division also features a $20,000 consolation. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Round two of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) action for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings was contested Tuesday at Harrington Raceway with 27 horses competing in four $20,000 elimination divisions. The fastest winner was Scott Woogen's KJ Ben ($2.10, Art Stafford Jr.) who was a wire-to-wire winner over Seboomook Katahdin in 1:55. The Riggins-Winsmith Karen colt completed a sweep of his eliminations and improved to 4-for-5 in his career for trainer Duane Wagner. Second time starter Remember Me VK ($3.80, Montrell Teague) was an impressive 1:55.4 winner over Smoking Joey. The Art Director-All Memory gelding received a pocket trip behind Smoking Joey throughout and edged clear of the latter down the passing lane at the finish. Trained by Bob Wyatt, Remember Me VK now has a win and a second on his card in as many starts. Michael White's Sonofa Sizzle ($2.10, Allan Davis) swept his eliminations after winning his division in 1:55.2 for trainer Gary Green. The son of Life Sizzles-JK Lady Like, burst on the Delaware scene with a win last week in 1:54.2, after competing in New York in four previous attempts. Art Season ($2.20, Allan Davis) won the remaining division for owners Legacy Racing of Delaware, Sharon White, and Nanticoke Racing Stable in 1:56.1. The Artzina-Florist gelding was forced in the two hole early by a fired up NBA Pick who set a hot pace before fading. Art Season applied pressure past the half-mile and edged clear before opening up a four length lead over Rustlercafe at the wire. Art Season is trained by Wayne Givens. In the overnight feature, Bob Winkelman's Paradise Lost ($4.60, Corey Callahan) recorded her fourth consecutive win in the $18,000 Mares Open in 1:53.4. Teague, Allan Davis and Victor Kirby each drove three winners. Ross Wolfenden had a driving double. The top eight point-getters from the first two legs will return for the $100,000 final on Tuesday October 21. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - A total of 24 fillies battled in three $20,000 elimination divisions of the second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Monday at Harrington Raceway. The most anticipated showdown, was the latter of those divisions as round one winners Totally Rusty, owned by Carter Racing Stable, and Gigi Deo, owned by the partnership of Jerry Silva, C&G Racing Stables and Deo Volente Farms, were primed for a showdown after drawing into together in the programs' 10th race. Totally Rusty, fresh off her track record setting performance (1:54.1) in her division last week, emerged as a wire-to-wire winner for driver Corey Callahan and reset her track record with a 1:54 win over the track listed in "good" condition. Gigi Deo rallied first over and finished second, three lengths in arrears of Totally Rusty. Trained by Doug Lewis as the only foal of sire Rusty's For Real, Totally Rusty improved to 4-for-4 lifetime. One rival Totally Rusty has not faced yet but will next week is Joann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($2.10, Victor Kirby), who dominated in her 1:55.4 triumph in another DSBF pacing filly division. The Roddy's Bags Again filly never had an anxious moment in her front end romp to improve to 3-for-3 lifetime for trainer Jim King Jr. Tony Dinges' Love Forbidden ($4.40, Andrew McCarthy) won the remaining division in 1:57.4. The Riggins-sired filly atoned for a third place finish as the favorite in her division last week, with a first-over grinding narrow margin of victory over Spin Vision. Trained by Dinges, it was the first win in two career starts for Love Forbidden. The top eight point-getters will return to compete in the $100,000 final next Monday October 20. In the overnight feature, Doug Lewis' (owner/trainer) Mojo Terror ($4.20, Callahan) was a 1:53 winner. Callahan had four winners on the program. Ross Wolfenden had a driving triple, while Jon Roberts had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

DOVER, Del. ---- Dover Downs 45th season opens on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2014. The annual six-month long meet continues, five days a week, through April 9, 2015 featuring top horses, top stables and top drivers. Live racing will be contested Sundays through Thursdays during November and December with Friday and Saturday "dark" days. Once more, weekday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. with Sunday post time at 5:30 p.m. Again, Dover Downs will feature a lucrative stakes schedule . Traditionally, the lucrative Progress Pace, eight Matron Stakes Finals and four Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund two-year-old divisions event are the highlight events of a stakes-heavy November and December racing program. There is no charge for admission or parking at Dover Downs. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant by phoning 302-764-4600. Due to strong weekend bookings at the 4-Star Dover Downs Hotel, horsemen desiring to stay overnight are urged to make reservations early. Along with daily simulcasting of North American harness and thoroughbred racing, and during football season there is three-game NFL parlays, available in the Dover Downs' Race and Sport's Book in the Colonnade. John Hensley, Dover Downs' harness track manager, was inducted into the Wesley College Athletic Hall of Fame in ceremonies last weekend at the school in Dover, Del. A member of the 1994 class, Hensley was a standout player on the Division III baseball team. Hensley is on only the second Wesley player ever to bat over .400 in a season - .404 in 1991. He was a slick-fielding second baseman and hard-hitting batsman on the first ever Wesley ECAC Championship Team in 1992. When Hensley graduated, he left as its all-time leader in walks and stolen bases, and second in runs scored and third in base hits. Hensley, a lifetime horseracing fan, worked at Harrington Raceway before joining Dover Downs harness administration, a decade ago. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

HARRINGTON, Del. - Opening week for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes eliminations for 2-year-olds continued Wednesday as six divisions of trotters were contested. The most noteworthy division was the latter of three colt and gelding divisions, in which Bib Roberts, Graham Grace Stables and M&W Stables, LLC's Egosnattitudes ($10.60, Jon Roberts) reset the track record for freshman trotting geldings, with a 2:00.3 victory. The Great George Two-Aerobic Linda gelding reeled in pacesetting favorite Save The Night in deep stretch for the upset win. Trained by Bib Roberts, it was the first career win for Egosnattitudes. The remaining colt divisions were contested off the wagering program, with Stephane and Brian Cassell's Political Foe (Eddie Dennis, 2:02.4) and Bob Shahan and Don Marine's Political Cash (Allan Davis, 2:01.4) prevailing. The fastest filly division went to another Bib Roberts-trainee, Callmemza ($40, Jon Roberts), who overcame post eight for a wire-to-wire win in 2:02.1. The Great George Two-Endorphan Annie filly notched her second win in three career starts. Driver Victor Kirby piloted six winners, including a win in an elimination for the trotting fillies with Sign N Drive ($4.60, Victor Kirby. 2:02.3). Carlo Poliseno and Foulk Stable's Penny Paratrooper ($3, Ross Wolfenden, 2:04.2) won the remaining filly division.. It was a banner night for Kirby, who reached at a new personal best at Harrington. He picked up a trio of his wins quickly by winning three in a row from races two through four with Windsong Ingenius ($3), Bettor and Bold ($3) and Master Bedroom ($8.60), with the latter two being trained by Jim King Jr. Ross Wolfenden and Jon Roberts each had three wins, while Eddie Dennis had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Four $20,000 divisions of the first leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings were contested Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Two nights into DSBF 2-year-old action, first crop sires have enjoyed ample success. Scott Woogen's KJ Ben ($14.40, Art Stafford Jr.) was the fastest winner after a 1:54.1 impressive score. The Riggins colt brushed to lead at the opening quarter mile in 28.3 seconds, clearing early leader and race favorite Smoking Joey. KJ Ben then marched through fractions of 57.1 and 1:26.1 before holding the favorite at bay in the stretch for a measured win. Trained by Duane Wagner, it was the third win of KJ Ben's career. Perhaps the most contentious division was the fourth when Michael White's Son of a Sizzle ($11.80, Allan Davis) recorded a 1:54.2 win from off the pace for trainer Gary Green. The Life Sizzles colt battled first over and cleared leader Byby Landon, before holding off a game late charge from Remember Me VK for his first win of the season in five career starts. George and Tina Dennis Inc and Ask W Stables' Roddy's Hot Again ($2.80, George Dennis) notched his Third Straight win in the first division on the program. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding never had an anxious moment in his front end win in 1:56.3. Roddy's Hot Again is trained by his co-owner and driver George Dennis. Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Katahdin ($2.10, Allan Davis) was an 11 length winner in his DSBF division. Sent off as the 1-to-9 favorite, the Riggins gelding never relented once assuming the lead before the quarter mile. Trained by Wayne Givens, he was won 3 of 4 career outings. Bob Winkelman's Paradise Lost ($5.60, Victor Kirby) won her Third Straight race in the overnight feature, the $13,750 Mares Open. Montrell Teague, Allan Davis, Victor Kirby and George Dennis each had three winners on the program. Corey Callahan had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Four $20,000 harness racing divisions of the first leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies were contested Monday at Harrington Raceway. The top eight point-getters from the first two legs will return to compete in the $100,000 final on October 20. The fastest and most impressive winner of the divisions was Carter Racing Stable's Totally Rusty ($2.10, Corey Callahan) who broke her dam's (mom's) track record with a 1:54.1 decisive score. It was one of three wins on the card for trainer Doug Lewis. As the only foal for sire Rusty's For Real, Totally Rusty is 3-for-3 in her young career. After clearing the lead near the opening quarter-mile, Totally Rusty never relented in a visually impressive performance. Totally Rusty's dam, Rusty's Joy, co-held the track record with She's Everything and Little Bit Tricky of 1:55.4. It was one of three wins on the program for Callahan. Totally's Rusty's 1:54.1 mile also established a new stakes record. Gigi Deo ($2.10, Andrew McCarthy) notched her third win in four starts in her career in the first division for owner J&T Silva Stables, C&G Racing Stables, and Deo Volente Farms after a 1:56.3 triumph as the heavy favorite for trainer Aaron Lambert. The Riggins-sired filly was recently second with grand circuit fillies in the Kentuckiana at Hoosier Park (Indiana). In the only upset of the DSBF divisions, Gary Simpson and Eric Good's Puddle Jumper ($14.20, George Dennis) was victorious in 1:57.2. A daughter of Riggins, Puddle Jumper sat behind pacesetter Fancy Sound throughout before emerging down the passing lane late for a win over the latter. Love Forbidden was the overwhelming favorite and battled first over throughout but was unable to close ground late and finished third. Puddle Jumper was making her Third Straight for co-owner and trainer Simpson. The final division went to Joann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($2.10, Victor Kirby), who improved to 2-for-2 lifetime with a front end 1:57 victory over a pocket sitting Brian's Thunder. The Roddy's Bags Again filly is trained by Jim King Jr. Kirby had three winners on the card. In the overnight feature, Callahan piloted Lewis-trained Delaware Hanover ($4) for owner Howard Taylor to an off the pace score in 1:53 in the $13,750 Open II. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrrington Raceway      

HARRINGTON, Del. - With just 12 days remaining in the Harrington Raceway meet, the first leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-olds will be prominently featured over the final three weeks. DSBF action kicks off Monday with pacing fillies going postward in four divisions. The early favorite in the division would have to be J&T Silva Stables, C&G Racing Stables and Deo Violente Farms' Gigi Deo (9/5, Andrew McCarthy), who drew post four in the first split, the second half of the daily double as race two. A $55,000 Harrisburg sale yearling, "Gigi" is one of the most expensive Delaware-sired horses since the inception of the DSBF program. She finished second to Bettor Be Steppin in the Kentuckiana in grand circuit action at Hoosier Park. This will be her first time over a half-mile racetrack for trainer Aaron Lambert.   Another filly whose off to an auspicious start to her career is Carter Racing Stable's Totally Rusty (2/1, Corey Callahan), who is a homebred for Carter Racing Stable. Sired by Rusty's For Real, Totally Rusty is the only registered foal from her sire. She took a mark of 1:53.4 in her last start at Harrah's Philadelphia and is 2-for-2 thus far in her young career. Joann Looney-King and her husband, trainer Jim King Jr., will look to continue a banner year with budding filly Purrfect Bags (2-1, Victor Kirby) in the final division. The daughter of Roddy's Bags Again exploded to a five length win in her only career start at Harrah's Philadelphia. The four divisions are slated second, fifth, eighth and tenth on the Monday program. The pacing colts will headline Tuesday's program in four divisions. This year's group appears to be extremely competitive with early favorites among the 29 colts entered appearing to be the likes of CTC Stable's Smoking Joey (second division, 5/2, Callahan), Seboomook Katahdin (third division, 2-1, Allan Davis) as well as a contentious fourth division that features David Hamm's Byby Landon (2-1, Ross Wolfenden) and Michael White's SonofaSizzle (3/1, Allan Davis). Smoking Joey, trained by Doug Lewis, and Seboomook Katahdin, conditioned by Wayne Givens, are both sons of Riggins who have started their careers with two early wins. Byby Landon, a Dick Lewis-trainee, won his only previous start at Harrington with an impressive 27.3 last quarter, but perhaps drew into the deepest division that includes Life Sizzles-sired Sonofa Sizzle, who was third in a division of the Tompkins Geers at Tioga Downs. The trotters will be in action on Wednesday with three divisions apiece of fillies and colts. Two long time local Delaware trainers appear to have the preliminary favorites in the colt division as Eddie Dennis-trained Political Foe and Bob Shahan-trained Political Cash will head their divisions, which will be held as early non-wagering events at 4:45 p.m. and 5 p.m. respectively. Owned by Stephanie Brian Cassell, Political Foe was a strong second in his last start versus older rivals. Meanwhile, Shahan and Donald Marine's Political Cash finished third in his opening start after a series of impressive qualifiers. Among the 22 trotting fillies, most are making their first career starts and only Shahan and George Brem's Save The Night, has a pari-mutuel win, after winning an overnight event at Ocean Downs in 2:02.4. Live racing is conducted nightly with a 5:30 p.m. post time. by Matt Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - I Like My Boss ($2.80, Jon Roberts) kept his impressive unbeaten record intact Wednesday with a track record setting performance, winning in 1:57 at Harrington Raceway. Owned by trainer Bob Shahan, Jimmy Parsons Jr. and Ashley Parsons, the 3-year-old Don Boss Vita gelding improved to 13-for-13 in his career. He had not raced since his dazzling track record performance (1:57.2) in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final on July 24, and Wednesday's race was his first test versus older horses. I Like My Boss, sent off as the 2-to-5 favorite, relinquished control of the mile early to second choice Abbi's Gabbi, who set fractions of 29.2, 59.2, and 1:29.1. Roberts edged I Like My Boss to the outside at the top of the stretch and went by willingly for his 13th consecutive win. The win also established a new track record, breaking his own mark. Driver/trainer Vince Copeland had a double and won the overnight feature with trotter Cash On Delivery in 1:55.3. Victor Kirby also had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - I Like My Boss is the current Rocky Marciano of harness racing. Like, Marciano, the 3-year-old trotting colt who has been a heavyweight on the Delaware circuit since his career's inception, has never lost. The Don Boss Vita-sired gelding is unbeaten in 12 career starts and will put that impressive record on the line Wednesday at Harrington Raceway from post position three. Owned by his trainer Bob Shahan, along with partners Jimmy Parsons Jr. and Ashley Parsons, all of Harrington, I Like My Boss has wowed his local following with hard fought wins that have often come from off the pace and at times in dramatic fashion. His most recent close call came in a Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) eligible event in which he needed every inch of the stretch to get by a game rival, Call Me Hal on June 10. His regular driver, Jon Roberts, has been aboard "the Boss" in each of his wins. "He's a great horse to drive," said Roberts following his win on July 24 in the $100,000 DSBF final. "You can do whatever you want with him. Bobby (Shahan) has done a great job." With that decisive triumph, I Like My Boss caught the attention of many dignitaries in Delaware as part of the annual Governor's Day program, which including Governor Jack Markell, is also attended by many of the state's legislators on Delaware horsemen's richest day of the year for racing. The current 12-race win streak is believed to be the longest active currently in North America to start a career. I Like My Boss will look to keep that unblemished record intact in Wednesday's second race, getting his first dose of action versus older rivals as one of just two 3-year-olds in a field full of 4 and 5 year olds. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway's 2014 harnes racing meet will resume on a Monday through Thursday schedule beginning August 18. Entries for the opening night program will be taken Tuesday August 12 with the entry box closing at 10 a.m. Online entries are currently open. Horsemen phoning in their entries may be greeted by a new voice as Kevin Mack was recently hired as the new racing secretary. Mack has been involved in racing for nearly 50 years and was most recently the racing secretary at Hoosier Park. He is also a licensed starter, judge, announcer and an auctioneer of 20 years at the Blooded Horse Sale. Mack attended Earlham College in Indiana where he obtained a teaching and physical education degree. Harrington's signature race, the Bobby Quillen Memorial (September 8, 15), will feature some of the sport's top aged pacers. A list of nominees can be found here. Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-olds will begin October 6. Horsemen seeking to enter their horses are encouraged to enter online via the USTA's electronic entry system, or by contacting the race office at 302-398-5970. Matt Sparacino

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

HARRINGTON, Del. - More than $600,000 in total purses will be up for grabs on the 13-race program at Harrington Raceway Thursday during Governor's Day at the Delaware State Fair. For the third consecutive year, the program will be contested at night with a 7 p.m. post time. Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals will be held for 3-year-old pacers and trotters. Signature events for older horses such as the $40,000 Governor's Cup will have local bragging rights on the line on the popular evening of racing that is the focal point for many Delaware horsemen. The filly pacing final is the first of the $100,000 races to be contested as track record holder, Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Fool Yah (2/1, Allan Davis) looks to continue her current winning trend. The Wayne Givens-trainee has won two straight and will start from post four. The Wiz Kids Stable's Jonigold (3/1, Corey Callahan) will fire from mid pack post five for trainer Bart Dalious after sweeping her eliminations. The filly trotting final is slated fifth on the program, with trainer/co-owner Art Stafford Jr. and Wyatt Starkey's Overnight Hit (2/1, Stafford Jr.) starting from the rail after winning both of her eliminations. In the trotting colt final, trainer/co-owner Bob Shahan, Jimmy Parsons Jr., and Ashley Parsons' I Like My Boss (2-1, Jon Roberts) will look to remain undefeated as he bids for his 12th consecutive win from post position five. The final for pacing colts is the 11th race and is as wide open as any of the DSBF final events. Karen Walls' Elite Awards (5/2), and Cavalli Pazzi Stables' Casino Bags Carlo (3-1, Vince Copeland) are among the highly competitive group. The Governor's Cup will complete the daily double as the second race, a field long on depth will fill the starting gate, including John Dayton's Just a Jolt (2-1, Victor Kirby) who must overcome post eight to earn his 12th win of the year for trainer Jim King Jr. The Honorable Governor Jack Markell is expected to present the trophy to the winning connections. The Legislator's Cup, featuring Delaware's top pacing mares, will start the first leg of the pick four (races 3-6). Two-time defending champion, North State Street Stable's Monochromatic (2-1, Corey Callahan) will fire from post six in pursuit of her 51st career win for trainer Dylan Davis. Fresh threat My Ideal Hanover (3/1, Kirby) has won four straight for owner Jason Johnson and drew post two. The Charles Murphy Jr. Memorial Trot will wrap up the pick four sequence. Barbara Boese's Awsome Valley (2/1, Tony Morgan) is back from a stint at Yonkers and drew post six in the full field. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

HARRINGTON, Del. - The draw for Harrington Raceway's richest program of the year, the annual Governor's Day program (July 24) during the Delaware State Fair, is set for Monday July 21. The entry box will close at 10 a.m. Horsemen are currently able to enter in advance online or by calling the race office at 302-398-5970 on the morning of the draw. There is a special 7 p.m. post time for the July 24 program. Approximately $600,000 in total purses will be distributed over the program, including four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final events for 3-year-olds. Consolation races for the DSBF races will also be contested. The headliner for older horses has always been the $40,000 Governor's Cup for pacers, which features the top eight Delaware owned money earning pacers who are properly entered. The Honorable Governor Jack Markell will once again be on hand to present the trophy to the winning connections. The First State's top distaff pacers compete in the $30,000 Legislator's Cup, while the top trotters will go postward in the $30,000 Charles Murphy Memorial. A 13-race program is expected, contingent on entries. The Delaware State Fair begins July 17 and runs through July 26. Harrington Raceway's summer/fall meet will resume on a Monday through Thursday schedule beginning August 18. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

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