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DOVER, Del. --- Totally Rusty became the fastest two-year-old harness racing filly pacer in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) history on Monday, Dec. 8 as Corey Callahan drove a 1:52 victory in the last $100,000 final of the year. Corey Callahan made good use of starting from post 1 taking the lead with the odds-on favorite. Right behind was Purrfect Bags, second choice, with Vic Kirby, the only rival to beat Totally Rusty when Purrfect Boags won the $100,000 DSBF final at Harrington Raceway in October. Turning for home, Totally Rusty had the lead and burst down the lane with a :26.4 final panel to clinch her eighth win in nine starts. Purrfect Bags was second, a half length behind, with Gigi Deo and Ross Wolfenden third. Totally Rusty has now baned $129,250 in her nine race career. Bred and owned by Carter Racing Stable, Totally Rusty, the only foal of stallion Rusty's For Real from Rusty's Joy, both Carter-bred-and-owned, scored an all-time fastest 1:52 clocking in the Delaware-sired program. The former record was 1:53.4 set by Double Flip (Tony Morgan) in 2006. Al "Rusty "Carter has raced horses in Delaware for more than a decade. Along with breeder and owning horses, along with coaching young boy and girl athletes, driving racing cars has become his other pastime. In recent years, he has competed in a number of well-known automobile races. In the $20,000 DSBF consolation, Owner-trainer Tony Dinges' Love Forbidden opened a big lead on the backstretch on the way to a 1:56.2 victory for driver Tony Morgan. Buy Artzy (Allan Davis) finished second with Miss Ruby S (Ben Stafford Jr.) getting up for third. For the second straight Monday and third time in four weeks, JFE Enterprises' Handsoffmycookie recorded a victory in the top female pace of the week, the $18,000 Mares Open notching a 1:52 success. Kiss Dont Bite (Kirby) finished second. Mach A Wish (Callahan), the race favorite was third. Scott DiDomenico conditions the Art Major-Observe Me five-year-old who won for the seventh time this season. She has won $97,410 this year and $1,326,082 lifetime. Corey Callahan, Vic Kirby and trainer Doug Lewis had two wins each. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del. ---- Totally Rusty, Purrfect Bags, Spin Vision and Gigi Deo, all winners of their $20,000 prelim events lead the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final for two-year-old harness racing pacing fillies while $1-million winning Handsoffmycookie, a winner of two of the last three $18,000 Mares Open Pace features is the one to beat on the Monday, Dec. 8 regular card at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. In the six-figure event, Totally Rusty, with Corey Callahan, won both of her $20,000 prelims impressively. The only foal of Rusty's For Real has won seven of her eight lifetime races with one second for owner- breeder Al Carter's Carter Racing Stable. Purrfect Bags, handled by Vic Kirby for owner Joann King, has been a perfect six-for-six including nipping Totally Rusty in the DSBF $100,000 final at Harrington in October. Gigi Deo had a win and second in DSBF prelims. Ross Wolfenden will drive for trainer Aaron Lambert and owners J&T Silva and C&G Racing stables and Deo Volente Farms. Tim Tetrick will be in the bikes for Spin Vision, bred, owned and trained by Virginia Louthan who also won and finished second in $20,000 prelims. The other starters are Forrest Bartlett's Fly Me Courageous driven by George Dennis, and burdened by outside post positions are Keith and Denise Jackson and Chris Sharpe's Western Sunshine, reined by Tony Morgan and CTC Stable's Riggins Route piloted by Allan Davis. Tony Dinges' Love Forbidden (Morgan) is program favorite in the $20,000 DSBF consolation. In the $18,000 Mares Open pace, Handsoffmycookie (Trace Tetrick), last week's winner, Mach A Wish (Corey Callahan, winner the week before, tough North State Street's Monochromatic (Jim Morand) and Bob Winkelman's Paradise Lost (Wolfenden) have all been previous winners in this event. Not to be overlooked are David Bank's Fill My Pockets Up (Eddie Davis Jr.) and In The Red's Kiss Dont Bite (Kirby). Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays are dark at Dover Downs. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del. ---- Only six of the eight who started in last week's Progress Pace Prevue answered the call for Sunday's $301,650 Progress Pace Final. Also on the top Dec. 7 card is the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Male Pace Final. Post time is 5:30 for the 15-race program In the big one, McWicked, thanks to payment of a $25,000 supplement by Ed James' SSG Stable, scored an impressive 1:48.4 wire-to-wire victory with fellow millionaire JK Endofanera second and Matron upset winner Big Boy Dreams third in the Prevue. All three return going for $201,650 meeting fast rivals All Bets Off, Somewhere In LA and National Debt. Hall of Famer David Miller drove Breeders Crown winner McWicked, conditioned by Casie Coleman, one of Canada's leading trainer, to victory in a 1:48.4 victory in a wire-to-wire victory in the Progress Pace Prevue, a week after winning the Yannick Gingras will be in the bike behind 3 Brother Stable's JK Endofanera for the sport's leading trainer, Ron Burke. Big Boy Dreams, owned by Dominick Rosato, was the longshot winner of November's recent $186,550 Matron Final driven by another Hall of Famer, Ron Pierce. All Bets Off, an 11-time winner this year for the ownership of Baldachino, Shelswell, Panhellenic and Burke Racing stable, has impressive credentials, winning the $500,000 Messenger Stake, $400,000 Milstein at Northfield and the New York Sire Stakes championship, will be in the hands of Matt Kakaley. The other upset minded participants are J&T Silva, TLP stables and Deo Volente Farms' Somewhere In LA, with Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Jimmy Takter with driver Tim Tetrick and National Debt, owned by Blair and Emma Corbeil, Kelly Hoerdt and J&T Silva Stables' National Debt trained by Ron Coyne with Corey Callahan in the driver's seat. . In the $100,000 DSBF freshman pace final, Remember Me VK (Montrell Teague), fresh from a decisive 1:51.4 victory prelim win, the all-time fastest win in the DSBF program. Bobby Wyatt trains for owners Ron Benton and Sharon Wyatt. Last week, Sonofa Sizzle, owned by Mike White and trained by Gary Green, was a strong second. Hall of Famer David Miller will be in the bike. Howard Taylor's Smoking Joey brings a three-race win streak with Corey Callahan at the controls for meet leading trainer Doug Lewis. Art Stafford Jr. will pilot Scott Woogen's homebred KJ Ben who along with Dashboard racing for trainer Rich Ringler and owners Joann King and Maria Ringler are the only other starters to win a prelim. Dover Downs Extra Led by the only two $1-million winning three-year-old male pacers this season, McWicked, fresh from Breeders Crown and Progress Pace Prevue wins, and JK Endofanera, lead a select field of six in the $301,650 Progress Pace. McWicked won the Prevue with the fastest clocking at the track this meet, 1:48.4. ----------------------------------------------- The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) two-year-old program for two-year-olds comes to a close with the last two $100,000 finals Sunday and Monday. After two weeks of $20,000 preliminaries, the top eight point-getters among male pacers take part in the $100,000 final Sunday. Next the fillies, led by unbeaten Purrfect Bags and the fast Totally Rusty, meet on Monday in a $100,000 final ------------------------------------------------- The Delaware harness racing community was saddened this week by the passing of Robert "Bobby" Botch, one of its most popular horsemen. Botch was one of the most "unforgettable characters" for his wit, storytelling and sociability. Botch, who trained horses which raced at Dover Downs, Harrington and the old Georgetown raceway and all Maryland harness tracks. holds the distinction of being the trainer of the first horse to win the feature race on opening day of the first though bred meet in 1968 and a few months late, the first harness feature race. Condolences to his wife and sons, Gary and Rodger, both harness horsemen. ----------------------------------------------- Ross Wolfenden had a banner week. Along with driving Penny Paratrooper to victory in the $100,000 DSBF frosh filly final, Wolfenden then became a member of the 6,000-win club on Tuesday, a three-win day. ----------------------------------------------- A change in post position made a big difference in the Thursday feature $25,000 Delaware Special. Drawing the rail after being on the outside the week before, Believe This Bob closed between horses to win the feature race with Brett Brittingham at the controls. --------------------------------------------- With six wins on Thursday, Corley Callahan lengthened his big lead in the early weeks of the 2014-2015 seasons. Callahan, who is seeking his sixth straight track title, now has 66 wins and a UDRS or batting average of .389. Allan Davis is second in the standing with 50. Ross Wolfenden had another big week and is third with 37. Vic Kirby hold fourth- place with 34 wins. Tony Morgan completes the top five with 30 winners. ----------------------------------------------------- Doug Lewis with 20 wins and Wayne Givens, 19, are in a dog-fight for leading trainer honors. Jim King is third with 14 wins. Nick Surick is in third place with nine wins. Joe Hundertpfund, fourth, with eight wins. Dylan Davis, Nick Surick and Joe Hundertpfund are tied for fifth with 11 wins apiece. ------------------------------------------------------ The long eight-race win-streak of Willow Mill Faith came to a close on Monday, in a Delaware $7,500-$10,000 Claiming Handicap. Quick Pulse Daisy moved past on the backstretch on the way to a 1:55 victory. ------------------------------------------------- Dover Downs races Sundays at 5:30 p.m. and weekdays, Monday through Thursday beginning at 4:30 p.m. It is suggested that those who would enjoy watching races from the Winners Circle restaurant should call for reservations, phone 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Daily simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing daily begins 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. For those planning to watch racing and dine in the Winner's Circle Restaurant, reservations are suggested. Call 302-674-4600. The DSBF two-year-old $100,000 championship heads the Monday card. An $18,000 Open trot is the feature on the regular card. Dover Downs races Monday through Thursday beginning at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 5:30 p.m. All eight Matron Stakes will head the Thursday, Nov. 6 program. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Daily simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing daily begins 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. For those planning to watch racing and dine in the Winner's Circle Restaurant, reservations are suggested. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. ---- The $100,000 final of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) for two-year-old trotting fillies and the $18,000 Mares Open pace headline Dover's Monday card. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Carlo Poliseno and Foulk Stables' Penny Paratrooper, driven by Ross Wolfenden, is the only two time preliminary winner with both in wire-to-wire style. The Cr Commando filly has a four wins in five starts record. Last week Corey Callahan guided Leigh Raymer's fast I Got Spunk to an impressive 2:01.1 victory by open lengths. Marvin Meyer owns two Super Punk contenders, Cuddle Punk, a homebred handled by Allan Davis and Spunky MLT, co-owned by David Meyer, with Tony Morgan, in the bike. A Bib Roberts, Graham Grace and M&W Stables homebred, Callmemza, from their stallion Great George Two, piloted by Jonathan Roberts, has never been out-of-the-money in seven starts including three straight wins before consecutive second-place finishes in both DSBF prelims, must overcome starting from outside post 8. Meanwhile Rich Lombardo and MJ&M Stable's My Fire Cloud Too and Vic Kirby drew the rail. The other contenders are Charles Wimbrow and Jimmy Lunn's Silence Is Bliss, a stunning winner in her first prelim for trainer-driver Robert White who raced outside most of the mile for a 2:01 score at 23-1 odds. Sparkle Pants, trained and driven by Eddie Dennis racing for Stephanie and Brian Cassell, completes the $100,000 field. In the $20,000 consolation, Serendipity Stable's Star Hit (Tony Morgan) and Scott Woogen's Sign N Drive (Tim Tetrick) head an eight horse contest. Also on the female dominated program are three DSBF 1st leg filly pace prelims. In the first $20,000 division, Tony Dinges' Love Forbidden (Morgan) has two wins including the fastest in the field, a 1:55 performance three weeks ago. Breeder-owner Virginia Louthan's Spin Vision (Wolfenden) drew post 1 while CTC Stable's Riggins Route (Callahan) is a strong contender. Joann King's Purrfect Bags brings a gaudy five-for-five winners in the second DSBF prelim. Totally Rusty (Tim Tetrick) has won five-of-six and $59,250 in the third DSBF $20,000 prelim. On the regular card, Jeremes Sweetheart (Vic Kirby) used starting from the rail in a 1:54 victory in last week's $18,000 Filly and Mare Open pace. Bob Winkelman's Paradise Lost (Wolfenden) returned to top form Embassy Seelster (Allan Davis), North State Street's Monochromatic (Callahan) and Mike Horn and Alexander Rice's Cinamony (Jim Morand) head the opposition. The Tuesday card features a $100,000 DSBF Two-Year-Old Male Trotters Final and a $20,000 consolation. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del. ---- Two newcomers arrive to challenge I'm So Striking, winner of the two previous $18,000 Open trot, in the Wednesday, Nov. 19 feature race at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Overlooked at 11-1 odds after winning the week before at 3-1, Eddie Dennis reversed strategy by closing strongly from far back to notch a 1:55 triumph. Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stables bred and own the five-year-old gelding. Powerful Charger drew post 2 for trainer Jim King and driver Tim Tetrick. Enrico AS and Allan Davis leaves from the rail for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. I Like My Boss, Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) juvenile champion, with Jonathan Roberts driving, starts from the outside for breeder-owners trainer Bob Shahan and Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Parsons. He has won 13 of 16 starts and nearly $185-thousand in purses this year. Leigh Raymer's Ashes Cash, in the money in five of six races this season, must overcome post 8. Rich Poillucci's Frost Free Hanover, recently added to the Doug Lewis Stable, has been successful in stakes outings and has won three straight at the Meadows. Jenny Melander's steady Wisenheimer, piloted by recent arrival, driver Trace Tetrick who returns from Indiana where he had an outstanding meet at Hoosier Park. Completing the line-up is Angela Coombs' Boffin and Vic Kirby, a 10-time winner this season. DSBF second-leg to "politicals" Tuesday Second-leg action turned Political in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) colt and gelding trots while at Dover Downs, Tuesday, Nov. 18 when Political Foe and Political Cash swept to victory in $20,000 DSOA freshman divisions. Corey Callahan and Allan Davis, 1-2 in the dash-win standings, each collected four wins.  Eddie Dennis took the early lead driving Political Foe and never looked back lengthening the lead at each post on the way to a 1:59 victory in the first $20,000 DSBF male trot.  Canadians Stephanie and Brian Cassell own the Political Briefing-Paris Filly gelding. He won for the fourth time, with three seconds, in eight races this season. Lucky Dynasty (Vic Kirby) was a distant second with Let It Go (Corey Callahan) third. Another altered son of Political Briefing, this one from Cashmere Sabra was an easy 2:00.1 victor in the second $20,000 trot. Trained by Bob Shahan who co-owns the two-year-old with Donald Marine, Political Cash recorded his third win of the campaign and sixth time in the money in seven races. Perfect Vangogh (Tony Morgan) finished second while Egosnattitudes (Jonathan Roberts) was third best. The top eight point-getters after the two prelim legs race in the $100,000 DSBF Finals beginning next week. The filly trot final is set for next Monday with the colt and geldings final on Tuesday. Corey Callahan picked up the second of four winners directing Star Recruit to a third straight victory in a $20,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Claiming Allowance in 1:54.3. Nick Surick trains the Dragon Again- Remarkable Star gelding For Black Magic Racing. Hide Me Away (George Dennis) closed with a rush for second. Monologue (Allan Davis) was the show horse. In addition to Callahan and Davis with four wins apiece, drivers Ross Wolfenden and George Dennis had a double while Wayne Givens and Eli Scott had two trainer wins each. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del.---- Penny Paratrooper was the only favorite to win her Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Filly Trot 1st leg preliminary while Cuddy Punk and Silence Is Bliss proved surprise winners in the other two trots while Handsoffmycookie won a tight photo to take the $18,000 Mares Open Pace on a strong Monday, Nov. 10 card at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan drove five winners on the card. Ross Wolfenden guided Carlo Poliseno and Foulk Racing Stable's Penny Paratrooper, a daughter of Cr Commando-CR Penny Lane, to her third win in four starts this season covering the mile in 2:01 in the first $20,000 DSBF prelim. I Got Spunk (Corey Callahan) was a strong second while 23-1 shot Princess EB (Vic Kirby) got up for third. In the second DSBF event, Marvin Meyer's homebred Cuddle Punk, by Super Punk-My Embrace, came on for Allan Davis to post her first career victory in 2:02.3. Sparkle Pants (Eddie Dennis) bested Ohtobequeen (George Dennis) for second. Gogh On was an early scratch. Silence Is Bliss, a Cr Commando-Miss Courtney filly, was heard from in the third $20,000 trot. Robert White used the passing lane to overtake race favorite Callmemza (Jonathan Roberts) at the wire for her first win of the year, a 2:01 decision. Spunky MLT (Tony Morgan) finished third. Public choice, Handsoffmycookie, one of two winners driven by Tim Tetrick, had just enough to outlast fast-finishing Kiss Dont Bite (Vic Kirby) in a 1:52.1 triumph in the $18,000 Mares Open trot feature on the regular card. Embassy Seelster (Allan Davis) was right there third in the photo. JFE Enterprises own the winner, a five-year-old Art Major-Observe Me mare who now has won $77,970 this year and $1,306,219 lifetime. The fastest win on the program came when Corey Callahan drove Mach A Swish home in 1:502 for her fourth consecutive victory. It was Callahan's fourth of a five win day. Rich Poillucci and CTC Stable own the Mach Three-Belinda Hanover five-year-old in the $13,000 Filly and Mare Winners-Over pace. The accent is on Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $20,000 freshman trotting colts and geldings on the Veteran's day card, Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. A pair of altered sons of Political Briefing lead the opening round of the $20,000 events. Political Foe, winner of the Harrington $100,000 finale will be driven by Eddie Dennis for Stephanie and Brian Cassell. Political Cash and Allan Davis, has already posed a 2:00 victory. Another contender is Graham Grace, M&W stables and trainer Bib Roberts' Egosnattitudes. Winbak Farms' homebred Win Power, reined by Jeff Fout, is the one to beat in the second DSBF prelim. The Political Briefing gelding finished third in last month's $100,000 final at Harrington. Pam Wagner and Scott Woogen's Lucky Dynasty, second in October's consolation finished second. Ed Kimmel and Don and Dave Wiest's Perfect Vangogh, handled by Tony Morgan, is another challenger in the seven colt field. After two preliminary legs, the top eight point-getters return for a $100,000 final. Reg Hazzard II and Legacy Racing's Monologue seeks a repeat victory in a $20,000 Claiming pace, topping a strong undercard. Live racing Monday through Thursday begins with a 4:30 p.m. post. Sunday Racing starts at 5:30 p.m. There is no racing Friday and Saturday. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

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

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