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HARRINGTON, Del. - Despite an early thunderstorm, harness racing fans were treated to a terrific night of racing Thursday at Harrington Raceway's annual Governor's Day program during the Delaware State Fair. After heavy downpours invaded Kent County just prior to the first race, mother nature cooperated for most of the rest of the evening as 13 races were contested for nearly $600,000 in total purses. The $40,000 Governor's Cup is always a popular event with local bragging rights at stake, as Foulk Stables' Sparky Mark ($5.60, Corey Callahan) prevailed narrowly in 1:53.0. The 9-year-old Astreos stallion held off second place finisher Leyden in a tight photo finish. Little Ben was third. Sparky Mark notched his 53rd career win for trainer Dylan Davis. Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals for 3-year-olds were among the highlights of the program. Kdk Standardbreds' Apple Bottom Jeans ($3.40, Montrell Teague) won the filly pacing final in 1:53 with an impressive front-end performance over Delle Donne and Use Your Noodle. Trained by Kevin Switzer, the Mr. Apples filly recorded her ninth win in 17 lifetime starts. James Craparotta and Berry Racing's Epic Smash ($9, Pat Berry) prevailed in 1:58 in the filly trotting final. Trained by Traci Berry, the Political Briefing filly never had an anxious moment in her five length win over Triple Bottom Line and Cicada's Song. Syl King Jr.'s Chipoffthewall ($2.80, Anthony Morgan) won the trotting colts and geldings final in 1:58.4 in front end fashion over Seafood Scrappy and Rojo. Trained by his owner, the Master Lavec gelding notched his 10th career win. Henry Faragalli III, Nanticoke Racing and Bay Pond Racing Stable's Next Success ($13.20, Jim Morand) captured the last DSBF final on the program with a wire-to-wire win from post position eight in 1:54 over Casino Bags Anso and John's Dream. The Veeza-gelding was trained by Les Givens and picked up his 10th career win and completed a sweep of the DSBF finals this year. In non-DSBF events for older horses, winners included Purrfect Bags ($5.80, Victor Kirby) in the Legislators Cup, Raritan Bay ($3.20, Bret Brittingham) in the President's Cup, and Wingus ($34.20, Roger Plante Jr.) in the Charles Murphy Jr., Memorial Trot in 1:57. Aside from Murphy Jr., there were Memorial races that honored Hal Belote, Thurman Adams, Jack Walls, John Frazer, Del and Dorothy Manges, Jim Case, Walter Messick and Sam Matthews. Live racing resumes at Harrington Raceway on August 15. Matthew Sparacino              

HARRINGTON, Del. - A total of 24 Delaware-sired trotters competed in four $20,000 harness racing divisions of the second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The top eight point earners from each division will compete in $100,000 final events on July 28. In the first filly division, Jane Dunavant's Cicada's Song ($4.20, Carlo Poliseno) continued her dominance with a 1:58 score over Triple Bottom Line and Epic Smash. Trained by her driver, it was her 11th win in 15 career starts and fifth consecutive victory for the daughter of Dusty Winner. Morgan and Jeanne Mc Innis and Beatrix In Der Wiesche's Rojo ($3.80, Victor Kirby) was victorious in the first division for colts and geldings in 2:00.1. The Impel Hanover gelding received a pocket trip behind pacesetter Overnight Shipper, before reeling in the latter late. Mondello overcame an early miscue with a break in stride to finish third. Iron Mine Branch's Chestnut Chic ($9.40, George Dennis) sprung a mild upset in the second division for fillies with a lifetime best win in 2:00.1. After 2-to-5 favorite Miss Baltimore made an early break, Chestnut Chic cruised on the front end and never relented in her open length win for trainer Greg Haverstick. The Impel Hanover-sired winner picked up her second career win. Miss Baltimore recovered from her early miscue to finish second over Moore Ok. JJ and M Stable and Seafood Delight's Seafood Scrappy ($10.60, Ross Wolfenden) was triumphant in a 2:00.1 win in the second division for colts and geldings. The 1-to-9 betting favorite Chipoffthewall, made an early break and Seafood Scrappy marched to a comfortable lead throughout for an easy win. Chipoffthewall recovered to finish second while Elton J was third. Trained by Josh Green, Seafood Scrappy, a CR Commando gelding, achieved his third lifetime win and surpassed $107,000 in career earnings. Frank Chick's Awsome Valley ($9, Dennis) prevailed in the $17,500 Open Trot with a 1:55.1 wire-to-wire victory for trainer Kevin Lare. The 7-year-old Valley Victor gelding recorded his 33rd career win and boosted his lifetime bankroll to more than $466,000. Matt Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-year-old pacing fillies completed their second set of $20,000 elimination events Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. The first division pitted familiar rivals in another compelling matchup, Use Your Noodle and Apple Bottom Jeans, who have finished 1-2 on four occasions this year, with Apple Bottom Jeans getting the win most recently on June 14. Another terrific stretch duel ensued with Nanticoke Racing, Henry Farragalli III, Arthur Feeney and Trevor Johnson's Use Your Noodle ($5.20, Jim Morand) narrowly prevailing in a photo finish in 1:53.2. The Artzina-sired filly notched her 7th win in 21 career starts for trainer Les Givens. Joseph Thomas' Mortgage Bags ($9, Eddie Dennis) upset the 1-to-5 favorite Eternal Ring in the second division, via a pocket trip behind the latter with a 1:56.4 triumph. Trained by her driver, the Roddy's Bags Again filly registered her fifth career win. Eternal Ring was second, while She's Brilliant was third. Brian Malone's Hostess Lisa ($4.20, Tony Morgan) recorded her ninth win of the year in the overnight feature, the $15,000 Mares Open with a 1:53 score over Springforth and Purrfect Bags. It was one of three wins on the program for Morgan. Matthew Sparacino    

HARRINGTON, Del. - David Banks and Layfield Horses' Getitoffyourchest ($3.40, Ross Wolfenden) reset the track record for harness racing aged pacing stallions Monday at Harrington Raceway, with his third straight win in 1:50.2 in a $16,000 Open Pace. The 6-year-old Tell All stallion broke the record he shared with Dancin Yankee (1:50.3). The Richard Lewis-trainee set all the fractions from his outside post seven and held off a late charge from Dancin Yankee for the win. Clear Vision was third. There were three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) pacing events for colts and geldings as they completed their second leg and prelude to a $100,000 final on July 28. Owner Russell Mackinnon's JW Renegade ($3.40, John Mackinnon) won the first DSBF division in 1:55.1 over Hail To The Master and Door Prize. The Pacific Renegade colt followed pacesetter Hail To The Master throughout before finding clearance in the stretch and catapulting by in willing fashion for a well-timed score. JW Renegade was trained by his driver John Mackinnon. Next Success ($2.20, Jim Morand) completed a sweep of his eliminations with a 1:54 win for owners Henry Faragalli, Nanticoke Racing and Bay Pond Racing Stable. Trained by Les Givens, the Veeza gelding notched his seventh win of the season. Spinstigator was second while Power To Perform completed the trifecta. The fastest of the three divisions went to John's Dream ($2.60, Wolfenden), who prevailed in 1:53.3 for owner/trainer Chuck Perry Jr., over Rusty Carter and Casino Bags Anso. The Dream Away ridgling notched his 8th lifetime win. Wolfenden had four wins on the program. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund action continued at Harrington Raceway Wednesday, with four divisions for harness racing 3-year-old trotters taking their turn over Delaware's half-mile racetrack in their respective $20,000 elimination legs. James Craparotta and Pat Berry Racing's Epic Smash ($2.40, Berry) held serve as the favorite in the first division for fillies with a 1:59.4 victory over Miss Baltimore and Jasmine K. Epic Smash, a daughter of Political Briefing, received a pocket trip behind Miss Baltimore before finding clearance in the stretch. It was the sixth win in 18 lifetime starts for Epic Smash, who was trained by Traci Berry. Jane Dunavant's Cicada's Song ($2.10, Carlo Poliseno) was an expected dominant winner in 1:59.3 over Chestnut Chic and U Simple Thing. Trained by her driver, it was the 10th win in 14 lifetime starts for the daughter of Dusty Winner. In the first division for colts and geldings, Chris Yochim's Mondello ($4, Art Stafford Jr.) prevailed in 2:00 over Rojo and Seafood Scrappy. Trained by Daryl Glazer, the Taladega colt brushed to the front near the opening quarter mile and never relented. It was his fourth lifetime win. The second division saw heavily favored Chipoffthewall ($2.10, Tony Morgan) triumphant in 2:01 for owner/trainer Syl King Jr. over Elton J and Mr. Paul. The Master Lavec-sired gelding recorded his ninth win in 17 career starts. James Moore III's Royal Becca J ($28.40, Jack Parker Jr.) won the overnight feature, the $16,000 Open Trot in 1:56.3 over There'sademoninme and Awsome Valley. Matthew Sparacino    

HARRINGTON, Del. - The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for harness racing 3-year-olds started their second round of the week at Harrington Raceway Tuesday as the filly pacers went post ward in a pair of $20,000 legs. Delle Donne ($6.80, Corey Callahan) pulled off a minor upset in the first division as 1-to-5 favorite Cougar Creek made an early break and was placed last after being disqualified from her third place finish for interference with trailing horses. Meanwhile, Delle Donne was a front-stepping 1:55.2 winner over Mortgage Bags. An Art Director-sired filly, Delle Donne notched her fifth lifetime win for trainer Dylan Davis. Artist Blues finished fourth and was placed third. The second division went to Kdk Standardbreds' Apple Bottom Jeans ($3.20, Montrell Teague) who forged a three-wide bid up the backstretch and eventually reeled in pacesetter Use Your Noodle at the wire in 1:54.1. Trained by Kevin Switzer, it was the seventh lifetime win in 14 career starts for the daughter of Mr. Apples. Rowdy Patti was third. It was one of three driving winners for Teague. In the $16,000 Mares Open overnight feature, Jo Ann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($3.20, Victor Kirby) was victorious for the second straight start in 1:52.4 over Hostess Lisa and Quotable Quotes. The 4-year-old Roddy's Bags Again mare made a three-wide charge near three-quarters and drew clear of the tiring leaders to prevail by more than a length. George Dennis and Jason Lynch each had a driving double. DSBF racing will continue Wednesday with four divisions for trotters. Matthew Sparacino    

HARRINGTON, Del. - The harness racing stakes season for Delaware sired 3-year-old horses will commence at Harrington Raceway beginning on Monday June 13 when three $20,000 divisions of male pacers will do battle in the first leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) . The DSBF races consist of a pair of $20,000 elimination legs for each division, followed by a $100,000 final and $20,000 consolation (if sufficient starters). The filly pacers follow on Tuesday June 14 with both sexes of trotters competing Wednesday June 15. After the two rounds of eliminations, the finals will be contested on Harrington Raceway's annual Governor's Day program during the Delaware State Fair on July 28 (special 7 p.m. post time). Four different stallions represented the winners of the $100,000 DSBF finals most recently completed at Dover Downs in April this year. Les Givens-trainees swept the pacing events, Use Your Noodle (Artzina) and Next Success (Veeza). Meanwhile Josh Green-trained Seafood Scrappy (Cr Commando) and Carlo Poliseno-conditioned Cicada's Song (Dusty Winner) prevailed in their respective final events for trotters. All of the aforementioned winners are expected to return for the Harrington installment of DSBF action. Use Your Noodle (1:51.1) and Cicada's Song (1:57.3) both authored DSBF stake records in their final wins. Three of the four DSBF finals in 2015 at Harrington produced new stake records for sophomores, courtesy of pacers Remember Me VK (1:51.2), Purrfect Bags (1:51.2) and trotter Callmemza (1:57.4). Driver Ross Wolfenden has won 21 DSBF finals since its inception in 2002, while Jim Morand has won 18 and Tony Morgan 14. Post time nightly is 5 p.m. Matthew Sparacino

DOVER, Del.--- The final $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-Year-Old final of the year tops the closing program of Dover Downs' 47th season with the handing out of leading driver, trainer and Horse of the Meet awards on Thursday, April 14 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p m. Cut The Beach, owned by Henry Faragalli III, Jeff Rubin, Trevor Johnson and Joe Thomson, has a three-race win streak going. His last two in $20,000 DSBF prelims with last week's victory beating John's Dream and Tim Tetrick by a nose. Chuck Perry owns and trains the ridgling that won last Fall's $100,000 final as well as being the Virginia championship two-year-old pacer. Cavalli Pazzi Stable's rapidly improving Casino Bags Anso, a strong second in his first pelim closed strongly to win last Thursday. Faragalli and partners Bay Pond and Nanticoke Racing also have a good chance with Next Success, from the rail with Jim Morand in the bike. Trainer-driver John MacKinnon's JW Renegade, owned by Russ McKinnon closed with a rush last time finishing third but only a nose away from an upset. Dorothy and Chris Conner's Hail To The Master, driven by Art Stafford Jr., has been racing well and is shacked by post 8. Winbak Farm's All Artist with veteran reinsman Jeff Fout has been knocking. Don Marine's Power To Perform with red-hot Tony Morgan has a pair of seconds to show and must be regarded a factor from post 2. In the $20,000 DSBF consolation pace. Carter Racing's Rusty Carter (Callahan), Rich Lombardo and Howard Taylor's Stellar City (Tetrick) and Pam Wagner's Canthelpbutwin (Allan Davis) lead eight to post. During the card, the 2015-2016 Horse of the Meet, Leading Driver and Leading Trainer awards will be presented. On meet closing day, watch the races and enjoy the Harness Racing Buffet while dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. $100,000 DSBF Final to Cicada's Song Wednesday Trainer-driver Carlo Poliseno’s strategy came through as Cicada’s Song caught race favorite Epic Smash in the closing strides for a1:57.3 triumph in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 3-Year-Old Filly Final at Dover Downs on Wednesday, April 13.Somebody AS upset Gural Hanover to win the $36,000 Open Handicap trot.    Epic Smash was odds-on favorite from the rail following two straight wire-to-wire victories, while second choice Cicada’s Song had post 3. “My plan was to leave fast and find room second behind Epic Smash. I liked my chances sitting behind him when we reached the stretch,” remembered Poliseno. And that’s the way the race unfolded. Cicada’s Song, led from post 8 in the November 2-year-old DSBF championship, and was on top until the closing strides finishing second. Pat Berry cut out all the fractions driving Epic Smash, almost flawlessly, until the last steps to finish second. Chestnut Chic (George Dennis) off at 51-1 came on to finish third.  Cicada’s Song is truly a Jane Dunavant-homebred. Her sire is Dusty Winner and her dam Koala Kat, both owned and raced for Mrs. Dunavant for a number of starts at Dover Downs several years ago. Since the Dunavant’s resides in Virginia, Cicada’s Song is that state’s trotting champion as well. Tim Tetrick left fast with Somebody AS to take the early lead in the $36,000 Open Preferred Handicap trot and controlled the race from there. Andrew McCarty moved to the outside driving Gural Hanover in front of the grandstand and continued up on the outside finally reaching the leader at the three quarters. Around the final turn, Gural Hanover had a slight lead on the outside, but Somebody AS retook the front and pulled off for a 1:53.2 success. Awsome Valley (Tony Morgan) finished third. Kjell Johansson and ACI Stuteri AB own Somebody AS, an altered son of Striking Sabra-Noblesse AS trained by Anette Lorentzon, who won for the fourth time in nine starts in 2016. The win was the 25th lifetime for the newly minted half- million dollar winner whose bankroll stands at $500,063.   Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.---. Jim Morand tracked down Apple Bottom Jeans in the stretch to score a lifetime best 1:51.1 triumph to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final at Dover Downs on Tuesday, April 12. Springforth was also at her best in the lane to win the $24,000 Mares Open Handicap. One of the finest group of Delaware-sired filly pacers lineup for the DSBF final. Apple Bottom Jeans, a winner of both the Harrington and Dover Downs $100,000 freshman finals last Fall wire-to-wire quickly assumed command this time nearing the half-mile post. Driver Montrell Teague then led easily along the backstretch until Morand pulled Use Your Noodle, a brown daughter of Artsina-Gophobia, up to challenge heading to the final turn. The pair then dueled until mid-stretch when Use your Noodle finally got to the front along the inside notching her third straight victory for Henry Faragalli III, Art Feeney, Trevor Johnson and Nanticoke Racing. For longtime accomplished trainer Les Givens who has been in the DSBF winner's circle almost two dozen times since the program began, he said, "This is the first time I've ever won the final with a pacer!" Use Your Noodle now is three-for-four this year a winner of $70,920 and a six-time winner, with six seconds and a third her career good for $128,681 in purses. Apple Bottom Jeans finished second with Eternal Ring (Jonathan Roberts) third. Springforth, who has raced in every $24,000 Mares Open pace this season, recorded her third victory in the event, rolling down the passing lane with George Dennis in the bike to notch a 1:51.1 lifetime fastest victory. Owned and trained by Jeff Clark, the six-year-old by Atiscape-Spring Morning won a mad dash to the finish line as four female pacers corralled 2015 Breeders Crown winner Divine Caroline and David Miller nearing the wire. Hostess Lisa (Morgan) closed on the far outside to finish second in front of Scandalicious (Roberts). Springforth has been 1-2-3 in nine of 14 starts in the distaff feature and has banked $66,840 this year. The win was her 19th lifetime with $382,394 in her career. L&J Racing's Tataria won the sub-feature $18,500 4&5-Year-Old Mares pace, with a 1:54 effort. Ross Wolfenden drove the four-year-old Four Starzzz Shark-Pure Prize bay to her third win of the season. Fashion Villager (Teague) was runner-up in front of Highland Black Ice (Morgan). It was a big night also for several horsemen. Trainer Bart Darius started three horses for The Wiz Kinds Stable. Two- Girlofyourdreams and Beauty With a Beat which he also drove to victory, and another Call Me Cowgirl finished second while their top performer Table Talk made her seasonal debut in the Open but finished out-of-the-money. Drivers George Dennis, Allan Davis, Corey Callahan, Ben Stafford, owner-trainer Jeff Clark, and trainer Ben Stafford had doubles. . $100,000 DSBF Filly Trot Final Wednesday The third of four $100,000 2 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals headlines a strong Wednesday, April 13 program at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. The top eight filly trotters after two preliminary rounds collide in the DSBF final going for $100,000.  Epic Smash and driver Pat Berry, winner of both prelim legs drew the rail for owners JCraparotta&PBerry Racing with another winner last time Winbak Farm’s Triple Bottom Line, trained and driven by Jeff Fout, alongside. Jane Dunavant’s homebred Cicada’s Song with Carlo Poliseno has been racing well with a pair of close-up second place finishes. Another prelim winner, Kevin Switzer’s Jasmine K and Montrell Teague must overcome starting from outside post 8 in the competitive final. Don Marine’s Miss Baltimore handled by Tony Morgan is another with a pair of seconds. Iron Mine Branch’s Chestnut Chic piloted by George Dennis, Jane Dunavant’s other finalist Devlin and Ross Wolfenden and Stacy Stafford’s homebred Press Corp with Art Stafford Jr. complete the lineup. In the penultimate card for its 47th season, a hard-hitting field of six fast trotters lineup for the $36,000 Open Preferred Handicap trot led by Gural Hanover (Andrew McCarty), owned by Weaver Bruscemi, Little E, Panhellenic and Burke Racing stables, has won two of three starts this year. RBH Ventures’ War Cry Hall (Vic Kirby), Somebody AS (Tim Tetrick) has won two previous feature trots for Ad Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. Mike Casalino’s Tough Mac (Corey Callahan) appears back in top form. Frank Chick’s Awsome Valley (Morgan) leaves from the rail with last week’s longshot Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) closing with another second-place. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

Del Cote participated in his first harness race 63 years ago, but shows no signs of slowing down. Fast horses help. Cote hopes one of those horses, Cut The Beach, is at the top of his game Thursday when he faces seven rivals in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund championship for 3-year-old male pacers at Dover Downs. Cut The Beach, who will have George Dennis in the sulky, is undefeated in three races this season. "He's been doing good," said the 79-year-old Cote, a native of Maine who now lives and trains in central New Jersey. "He can go along; he can go with a lot of them. He's not a top colt, but we've had good luck in Delaware. Hopefully I can get a decent trip. He should be right there hopefully." Cut The Beach, purchased for $17,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale, is a son of stallion Artzina out of the Shotgun Scott mare I Love The Beach. Cote co-owned and trained I Love The Beach, who found success on the Maryland circuit, as well as her full brother Next Flight (a recently retired two-time DSBF champion and earner of $895,406) and her full sister Winbak Patty (who also was a DSBF champion). "I Love The Beach could be difficult, but she could go," said Cote, who trains Cut The Beach for owners Henry Faragalli III, Joe Thomson, Trevor Johnson, and Jeffrey Ruben. "We said if that mare has a colt we're going to try to buy him. (Cut The Beach) is a big, tall colt; a big gaited horse." Last year, Cut The Beach was winless in 10 races, but finished second on four occasions --- all in preliminary rounds of the DSBF series for 2-year-old male pacers. He finished eighth in the October DSBF final at Harrington Raceway after going off stride and finished seventh in the November DSBF final at Dover Downs after starting from post eight. "We didn't have much luck with him," Cote said about Cut The Beach, a gelding who has earned $44,560 lifetime. "He raced good last year; he just had a couple tough trips. This year he's gotten better gaited and gets over the ground good. He seems to be getting better all the time." Cut The Beach is one of six horses in Cote's stable. Cote grew up in Maine, where his father raced horses on the fair circuit as a hobby. Cote started out by driving his father's horses and later worked several years for Frank Stafford in Pinehurst, N.C., before being hired by the late Joe Parisi to work at White Birch Farm in New Jersey. Cote decided to go on his own as a trainer after a few years, but never left White Birch. "I enjoy it," Cote said. "I enjoy the racing. What am I going to do without it? Sit around? I'm not going to do that. I keep going to the barn every morning and go from there." Cut The Beach is 6-1 on the morning line for Thursday's DSBF championship, starting from post five. Dorothy Ann Connor and Christopher Connor's Hail To The Master, who starts from post eight with driver Art Stafford Jr., is the 5-2 favorite. John's Dream, who won last November's DSBF final at Dover Downs, is 4-1 from post three. by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA      

DOVER, Del.---. In a Ben Hur-like finish, Seafood Scrappy was around at the finish to win the 2016 $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final at Dover Downs on Monday, April 11. With the race favorites dropping like flies early, Seafood Scrappy, also a survivor after breaking stride on the first turn, but quickly recovering for driver Ross Wolfenden. Odds-on favorite previously unbeaten in both impressive preliminary wins, Chipoffthewall (Tony Morgan) then went off-stride after second-choice Mondello (Art Stafford Jr.) broke in front of him. From there it was a wild-west show. Morgan got Chipoffthewall back trotting, caught the field quickly and then roared up on the outside to challenge for the lead before breaking stride again on the final turn. It the stretch, Overnight Shipper (George Dennis) had the lead turning down the lane before he made a misstep. 99-1 shot Samuel J (Vic Kirby) took the lead. Then 22-1 Outside The Line, (Tim Tetrick) made the front while Seaford Scrappy closed with a rush to win the photo in 1:59 for trainer Josh Green and owners Seaford Delight and JJ&M stables. Outside The Line and Samuel J, second and third, combine with the winner for a 5-3-7 trifecta paying $13,077.80. The victory was Seafood Scrappy's second of the year, third lifetime, with his career bankroll soaring to $94,810. In the $36,000 Open Preferred Handicap pace, Tim Tetrick bided his time steering Rockeyed Optimist until the top of the lane when he chased down Atta Boy Dan (Yannick Gingras) to notch a 1:48.2 victory, a track record for an older gelding. Smart Rokker (Morgan), who has come into his own in recent weeks, came to take third money. It was the second win in three starts this meet for Rockeyed Optimist, owned by Perretti, Berkner, Battaglia and A&B Stables, who now has won five of his seven starts and $90,250 in 2016. His career reads 20 wins in 41 races and $360,795 earnings. Blazing Bobby Sox turned in his second victory in the $33,000 Delaware Special sitting on the outside on the backstretch then overpowering Bad Boy Matt (Allan Davis) in the stretch for a 1:50.3 conquest. Remember Me VK (Dennis) led early and finished third. Art Stafford Jr. trains and drives The Panderosa-Liamatters five-year-old gelding co- owned by his father veteran horseman Art Stafford. The win was the sixth of the season for Blazing Bobby Sox who now has won $76,415 this year. During his career he has 14 wins and $129,596 lifetime. The program was filled with fast wins. Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt (Tetrick) won wire-to-wire in 1:49.2 to win a $17,000 Winners-Over pace. Trainer Dylan Davis' third win came when J&T Silva and Robert Cooper stables' Go Collect N (Corey Callahan) won for the seventh time this year in 1:51.4. Foulk Stables' Sparky Mark (Tetrick) scored in a big 1:50.1 mile to win one of a pair of $14,500 Male paces. Crissman Inc.'s Fancy Colt (Morgan) won the other in 1:50.2. Swapportunity (Jim Morand), owned by Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing, lowered his lifetime mark to 1:51.4 in one of two 4&5-Year-Old paces for a $16,500 purse. In the other section, going for $18,000, Mark Howard's McJagersonthemove (Morgan) rang up a 1:52 score. Meanwhile, Cashendash Hanover (Jonathan Roberts) notched a 1:49.2 decision in a $20,000 Male Claiming pace. Tim Tetrick, Tony Morgan and trainer Dylan Davis had three wins apiece. George Dennis and Jonathan Roberts had two winning drives. The Dover Downs 47th season comes to a close with a $100,000 DSBF final every day this week. The top 8 point-getters after two preliminary legs meet. Tuesday, filly pacers are in the spotlight with filly trotters on Wednesday. Closing day, Thursday, April 14 features male pacers going for $100,000. Della Donne and Use Your Noodle, fresh from big wins in their last Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) prelims take on Apple Bottim Jeans,  upset last week, Cougar Creek and Fiftyshadesofrusty, among eight starters in the $100,000 final. Divine Caroline and Table Talk, two stakes winners, join the $24,000 Mares Open Handicap on the regular card on Tuesday, April 12  card of the season, on Tuesday, April 12 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p m. The $100,000 DSBF final should be one of the showdowns of the season, Della Donne, named for the Delaware female basketball sensation, rebounded with a victory after being upset the week before, will be driven by meet leading driver Corey Callahan for owners Brit Evans, Tina Clark and Foulk Stables. FaragaIli III, Feeney, Johnson and Nanticoke Racing's. Use Your Noodle, a winner of both her prelim including the win over Della Donne, drew the rail with Jim Morand in the bike. Alongside in the lineup is Jo Ann Looney-King's Cougar Creek with Vic Kirby) and Bobby Glassmeyer's Eternal Ring, piloted by Jonathan Roberts, who has been racing well. Double champion KDK Standardbreds' Apple Bottom Jeans, handled by Montrell Teague, cannot be overlooked. She led until approaching the finish line last week and had to settle for second place.  Carter Racing's homebred Fiftyshadsofrusty with George Dennis has a pair of strong seconds to show. The other contenders are Roland Hall and Bryan Truitt's Rowdy Patti with Tony Morgan and Mark Gray's Motel Molly with Vic Kirby. A pair of sterling female pacers are new to the $24,000 Mares Open/Handicap. Divine Caroline (David Miller), owned by Wilmington's Rojan Stable, Val D'or Farms, Ted Gewertz and M.A. Ouriel, makes her season's debut after two impressive qualifying wins. The 2015 Breeders Crown champion has the outside post 8. The Wiz Kids Stable's seasoned Table Talk (Jonathan Roberts) is also making her first start of the year. Chris White's fast Fashion Showdown (Callahan) won this event last week edging Legacy Racing's front pacing Empress Deo (Allan Davis). Not to be overlooked are Jeff Clark's fast finishing Springforth (Dennis), Bob Winkelman's Paradise Lost (Kirby), JFE Enterprises' Scandalicious (Tetrick) and Brian Malone's Hostess Lisa (Morgan). by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs                  

DOVER, Del. ---- The first of four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals this week leads off the final harness racing week of the Dover Downs 2015-2016 meet on. Chipoffthewall, winner of both his prelims is the one to beat although he leaves from post 8. Rockeyed Optimist challenges Atta Boy Dan, winner of the last two $36,000 Open Preferred paces, while Bad Boy Matt leads the $33,000 Delaware Special on a powerful Monday card, April 11. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Chipoffthewall has been the dominant male trotter at two and now three in the DSBF program. This year, Tony Morgan has driven the Syl King-leased gelding to easy front-end victories. Last Monday, Chris Yochim's Mondello was an impressive 1:58.2 winner. Dave Nelson's Overnight Shipper finished second for George Dennis. JJ&M And Seafood Delight Stable's Seafood Scrappy and Ross Wolfenden has raced well in both his prelims. The other DSBF contenders are Deb Warnick's Popcorn Machine from post 1 with Jim Morand. Jane Dunavant's Elton J with Carlo Poliseno, Outside The Line, leased by Syl King and driven by Tim Tetrick and Ed Goans' Samuel J handled by Vic Kirby. In the $36,000 Open Preferred Handicap pace, Rockeyed Optimist (Tetrick) finished second behind Wiggle It Jiggleit in his last start two weeks ago. Meanwhile, Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing's Atta Boy Dan (Yannick Gingras) has won the last two features. Vapour N, a recent imported gelding from New Zealand Pat Berry), was a strong winner last Monday for J Crarotta & P Berry Racing. Peter Venturini and Peter Venturini III and Brian Malone's Smart Rokker (Morgan), already a five-time winner this year, is at the top of his game. Jeneral Patton (Callahan), who won four straight at Yonkers, was an impressive second last Monday at Dover. Soto (Wolfenden) is a hard-hitter for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, has drawn the rail. Another major race on the card is the $33,000 Delaware Special. Dropping down from the Preferred ranks are Reggie Hazzard and Legacy Racing's Bad Boy Matt (Allan Davis) a winner of this event two weeks ago. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo's Mustang Art (Sean Bier) enjoying an outstanding 2016 start. Blazing Bobby Sox with trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. the fast Remember Me VK (George Dennis) has the rail while streaking New Patrol (Morgan) owned by Frank Chick leaves from outside post 6. DOVER DOWNS NEWS EXTRA                                 The last full week of the 2015-2016 Dover Downs meet is at hand, the week of April 11-14. On Tuesday, Use Your Noodle and Della Donne won filly pace prelims. On Wednesday, Triple Bottom Line and Epic Smash were filly trot winners. Thursday, colt pacer wins were turned in by Cut the Beach, Casino Bags Anso and Next Success. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Henry Faragalli III, a long time DSBF supporter has hopes during Final week, as three of his Delaware-sired three-year-old were winners last week – Use Your Noodle,  in the Filly pacer final and Cut The Beach and Next Success in the Male pacer final. ----------------------------------------------------------- Casino Bags Anso may be called a ‘miracle’ horse. The sophomore gelding pacer has made a remarkable return to the races after battling lime disease at two. He scored his first win on Thursday when trainer-driver Vince Copeland rallied the Roddy’s Bags Again-Casino Bus gelding from third turning for home to overtake leader Hail To The Master for a 1:53.3 triumph. Owned by Cavalli Pazzi Stables, Casino Bags Anso was on the verge of being given-away early in the year when Copeland wanted to give him one more change and it worked out ----------------------------------------------------------     World champion trotter JL Cruze, who made his 2016 winning debut at The Meadowlands last Friday winning a $25,000 trot came right back on Wednesday to win a $36,000 Open Preferred trot. On the internet, Dave Briggs in Harness Racing Update wrote an outstanding story on JL Cruze and owner Ken Wood’s decade-long project digging wells in Ghana and Tasmania. -------------------------------------------------------------- The saga of pacer Doctor McSwing continues. The 5-year-old is still the track’s richest maiden pacer. DurIng his winless career, now 71 races, Doctor McSwing has won $63,800 in purses. Since racing as a 2-year-old, he has finished second 15-times with 13 thirds. He tries again for that first win again on Monday in the 1st race from post 7. Allan Davis is his driver. ------------------------------------------------ There will be no change in season-ending awards. Corey Callahan will win the leading dash-win title for the seventh straight year. Dylan Davis will take the Leading Trainer crown for the third consecutive season. These awards and Horse of the Meet will be presented on meet closing night, Thursday, April 14. ----------------------------- During the meet’s final week, watch live racing and enjoy tasteful dining at the same time, The popular Winners Circle Harness Buffet is back and it’s real treat. Reservations are suggested; call 302-674-4000. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del.---. Cut The Beach won a close photo and lightly raced Casino Bags Anso provided exciting finishes in the first two of three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 2nd leg 3-year-old male paces on Thursday, April 6 at Dover Downs where rain and a 'good' track arrived in mid card. George Dennis left fast from the outside to get the early lead and George Dennis was able to keep the Artzina-I Love The Beach gelding in front despite a strong cavalcade of challengers including last November $100,000 DSBF champion John's Dream (Tony Morgan), a nose back in second. Cantthelpbutwin (Ross Wolfenden) was a close third. Cut The Beach is trained by veteran Del Cote for Henry Faragalli III, Joe Thomson, Trevor Johnson and Jeff Ruben. Casino Bags Anso, who has made a remarkable return to the races after battling a lime disease, scored his first win as trainer-driver Vince Copeland rallied the Roddy's Bags Again-Casino Bus gelding from third turning for home to overtake leader Hail To The Mater (Art Stafford Jr,) for a 1:53.3 triumph. Owned by Cavalli Pazzi Stables, Casino Bags Anso was on the verge of being given-away when Copeland wanted to give him one more change and it worked. All Artist (Jeff Fout) was the third finisher. Next Success won the third $20,000 DSFF section recording a lifetime best 1:54.2 victory with Jim Morand in the bike. Co-favorite Power To Perform (Morgan) was second in front of All Music (Dennis). The win was the second of the day for part-owner Henry Faragalli III who owns the Veeza-Quick Question gelding with Bay Pond and Nanticoke Racing. The victory was also the second for driver Morand and trainer Les Givens. The DSBF three-year-old second prelims have now been resolved. The top 8 point-getters in each of the four sophomore section are set for next week's $100,000 finals. Next week, the Dover Downs 47th season comes to a close with a $100,000 DSBF final every day. The top 8 point-getters after two preliminary legs meet. Monday is male trot day, filly pacers vie on Tuesday with filly trotters on Wednesday. Closing day, Thursday, April 14 features male pacers going for $100,000. Jim Morand led all drivers with three wins, Corey Callahan, Allan Davis, Tony Morgan, George Dennis and Jonathan Roberts along with trainer Les Givens had two winners. Dover Downs is dark Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Watch live races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Harness Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Phone 302-674-4600. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

Chipoffthewall won his sixth straight over an unbeaten 2016 start to dominate his second straight prelim win scoring a 1:57.2 harness racing victory in his $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 2nd leg 3-year-old male trot division on Monday, April 4 at Dover Downs. In the second division, Mondello notched a 1:58.2 triumph. Tony Morgan took the alter son of Master Lavec-Off The Wall, Chipoffthewall, right to the lead and the prohibitive favorite led the rest of the mile for his eighth career victory in 13 wstarts lifting his lifetime earnings to $121,440 for trainer-leessee Syl King. Overnight Shipper (George Dennis) finished second with Popcorn Machine (Jim Morand) third. Art Stafford Jr. sat second with Mondello behind leader Seafood Scrappy (Ross Wolfenden) before moving out and into the lead in deep stretch for a 1:58.2 win in his $20,000 DSBFprelim. Daryl Glazer trains the Taladega-St. Patty's Paige colt for breeder-owner Chis Yochim. Samuel J (Vic Kirby) was third. DSBF 2nd leg events are set for the rest of this week, featuring filly pacers on Tuesday, filly trotters, Wednesday and male pacers this Thursday. The top 8 point-getters in each division return for $100,000 finals next week of the meet, April 7-14. On the strong regular program, Atta Boy Dan and pilot Andrew McCarthy recorded his third consecutive $36,000 Open Preferred pace victory in 1:51.1 as the track condition changed to good for the feature race. Atta Boy Dan left to get the lead from Bushwacker (Corey Callahan) early and proved the best from there with Smart Rokker (Morgan) coming out at the three quarters to challenge and remain second. Bushwacker was third. Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing own to Western Terror-Dropllikeitshot gelding who won for the fourth time in nine races this year banking $$90,600 for the 41-time career winner. Frank Chick's New Patrol took the lead and maintained command for a 1:52.1 score in an $18,500 4&5-Year- Old Male pace. The Armbro Deuce-Triple Flip Kevin Lare-trainee won for the second straight time and fourth in his last six. A 99-1 shot Skyway Gladiator (Mile Rossi) closed along the passing lane to nip Go Collect N (Callahan), who had won four-in-a-row, for second. In another $18,500 division, a Kevin Lare trained for Frank Chick contender won the first of two for the pair as George Dennis guided Warp Factor Three, an altered son of Mach Three-A And G's Dream, to a 1:52.1 success. Suchasenseofhumor (Morgan) and Baby Kitty (Callahan) were second and third respectively. Apple Bottom Jeans leads the DSBF $20,000 2nd leg prelims on the Tuesday card which also features a $24,000 Mares Open pace. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Closing day is April 14. Watch live races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Harness Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600.  Marv Bachrad

Sage N, winner of two of the last three $24,000 Mares Opens, $1-million winner Sassa Hanover, and last Tuesday's feature winner Springforth match strides in this week's top mare pacers event while two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-Year-Old filly pace preliminaries move into the 2nd leg on another strong Tuesday, April 5 harness racing card at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p m. In the $24,000 Mares Open/Handicap pace, Sage N, a winner of four Mare features already this meet with Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Scott DiDomenico and owners Charles Iannazzo, JFE Enterprises and Triple D Stables. Sassy Hanover, with driver Jim Morand, makes her third start of the year. Jeff Clark's impressive five-year-old Springforth and George Dennis won this event wire-to-wire last week. Chris White's steady Fashion Showdown, is reined by Corey Callahan and Legacy Racing's Empress Deo with Allan Davis, has been knocking lately. The other starters are Bob Winkelman's Paradise Lost from the rail with Vic Kirby driving. Bob Bailey's Duneside Chella has been racing well with Tony Morgan and Angels Delight, makes her first start of the season for Ross Wolfenden driving for John Mogill and Brian Carsey. In the first DSBF $20,000 prelim, KDK Standardbreds' Apple Bottom Jeans (Montrell Teague) is the one to beat in the lead off event. FaragaIli III, Feeney, Johnson and Nanticoke Racing's. Use Your Noodle (Morand), a winner a week ago, has a good post while Jo Ann Looney-King's Cougar Creek (Kirby) must start from post 7 after a big win last time. Bobby Glassmeyer's Eternal Ring (Jonathan Roberts) has been racing well. In the second $20,000 division, Della Donne (Callahan), from post 8, seeks to rebound after a second place finish last week ending her three-in-a-row streak for Brit Evans, Tina Clark and Foulk Stables. Carter Racing's homebred Fiftyshadsofrusty (Dennis) was second last week after a win. Mortgage Bags, (Eddie Dennis) drew the rail for Joe Thomas. There is a top distaff undercard on the 15-race program. Dover Downs races Monday through Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m. No Live racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Closing day is April 14. Watch the races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

John’s Dream, Hail To The Master and Cut The Beach were winner of three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 1st leg filly pace preliminaries to complete the first of two weeks harness racing competition prior to the $100,000 DSBF finals the last week of the meet at Dover Downs on Thursday, March 31. The 2-year-old DSBF and Virginia champion John’s Dream recorded his sixth lifetime win in nine starts scoring a 1:53.2 success in his 2016 debut as Tim Tetrick guided the triumph in the first of three 1st leg prelims. John’s Dream, a Dream Away-March On ridgling, took the lead early on the way to sixth consecutive win. Chuck Perry Jr. owns and trains the winner of $112,327 in his career. Power To Perform (Tony Morgan) took a shot at the winner heading to the final turn but had to accept second-place. Next Success (Jim Morand) was third. Art Stafford piloted Hail To The Master home in 1:52.3 to win the second $20,000 test; The altered son of Rustler Hanover-Morepowertoya is owned by Dorothy and Chris Conner and won for the sixth time in his career in 10 races and purses of $84,300. All Artist (Jeff Fout) finished second for the fifth time nine starts lifetime. Rusty Carter (Corey Callahan) finished third. Cut The Beach, an Artzina-I Love The Beach gelding, won for the second time this season with George Dennis steering the 1:54.2 victory. Jeff Rubin, Tom Johnson, Henry Faragalli III and Joe Thomson own the winner. Casino Bags Anso (Vince Copeland) finished second in front of Double Miles (Morand), third. DSBF 2nd leg events are set for next week, featuring male trotter, Monday, with fillies on Tuesday, filly trotters on Wednesday and male pacers Thursday. The top 8 point-getters in each division return for $100,000 finals the last week of the meet, April 7-14.       On Thursday’s regular program, Travon, bred, owned and trained by Brenda Teague scored his second straight victory in an $11,300 3,4&5-Year-Old pace. Montrell Teague was in the bike notching his third win on the card. A son of I’m Gorgeous-Shesaknockout, Travon won in a personal best 1:52.3. The Ohio-bred was followed by Cool Reward (Morgan) and Looms The Danger (Ross Wolfenden), second and third respectively. Leyden, who just missed in his previous two races, final got to the winner’s circle when Ross Wolfenden directed a 1:50.1 lifetime best victory in a $10,500 Male pace for breeder, owner-trainer William Moffett of the Quik Pulse Mindale-Staying Power gelding. $1-million winner, Feel Like A Fool (Callahan) was second with Shadow Margeaux (Dennis) third.  Montrell Teague and Art Stafford Jr. led all drivers with three wins each. George Dennis, Ross Wolfenden, Sean Bier and trainer-owner Brenda Teague had doubles. Marv Bachrad

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