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DOVER, Del.--- It was a big Spoonful, driven by Jim Morand to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Filly Trot Final at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Muscerene win the $20,000 Open Handicap trot. Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras had a driving triple. Trained by Les Givens, the all-time leading trainer in the DSBF program, Spoonful, a daughter of Political Briefing-Sanctions, overtook race-favorite Luv Is Blind (Vic Kirby) in a fast dash down the stretch to win for the second straight time and fourth victory with three seconds and two thirds in 13 lifetime starts for owners Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing. She now has won $104,512 in her rookie season. Luv Is Blind held second in front of Political Energy (Corey Callahan). Dusty Fool won the $20,000 DSBF consolation as trainer-driver Carlo Poliseno never looked back after taking the early lead. Jane Dunavent bred and owns the sire and dam of the Dusty Winner-Cashmere gelding. Black Magic Mist (Art Stafford Jr.) was second. KJs Commando (Jared Moyer) was third. On the regular card, Muscerene returned to the track where she had success last Spring, to lower his lifetime record two seconds to 1:53.4. Tony executed the winning drive pulling to the outside to follow Spunky Jack who zipped past early leader Skates N Plates Kirby nearing the last turn. Muscerene, owned and trained by Antonio Buttitta, came alongside Spunky Jack (Roger Plante), and then drew away for his seventh win of the season. The Muscle Hill-Queen Serene gelding has now won $46,625 in 2016. War Cry Hall (Tim Tetrick) edged Spunky Jack for second. In a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over Handicap, Stake Your Claim Stable and and Martin Sternberg's Uva Hanover, trained by Linda Toscano with Vic Kirby driving were strongest in the stretch as the Cantab Hall-Up Front Laura gelding stormed past the leaders for a victory. I Like My Boss (Allan Davis) raced tough to finish second with Bluebird Reverend (Montrell Teague) a fast-finishing third. Yannick Gingras led all drivers with three wins, Vic Kirby and Jonathan Roberts had two wins each. Check Six and Manhattan Beach, winners of the two $35,000 eliminations last week, lead eight fast three-year-olds to post in the $314,600 Hap Hansen Progress Pace Final on Monday (11/29). Monday through Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays. Saturdays and Sundays this meet. Plan to watch live racing from the Winner's Circle Restaurant where reservations are suggested. Call 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing in the Dover Downs Sports Book, daily from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight. Dover Downs-its management, staff and horseman-wish one and all a happy Thanksgiving. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.----- Logan's Girl fought off several challenges on the way to score her seventh win of the year turning back seven rivals for a 1:55 harness racing victory in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $100,000 Final on a breezy and cold Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Dover Downs. Ross Wolfenden got the Roddy's Bags Again-All Italian filly away quickly and held on to win and notch both DSBF 2016 two-year-old filly pace titles - last October at Harrington and now at Dover Downs - raising her first-season bankroll to $140,250 for owner JoAnn Looney-King. Wolfenden drove both major wins for trainer Jim King. Magicinthemoonlite and Yannick Gingras was second nipping the Vic Kirby-driven Spanish Dream, who started from post 8, for place. Spinpressive (Corey Callahan) was fourth. It was Wolfenden's second win of the day. He drove Danish N Coffee in 1:56.1, one of trainer Joe Hundertpfund's three wins. Diva Demands pulled off a 7-1 surprise to win the $20,000 DSBF consolation for owner-trainer George "Major" Leager. The Roddy's Bags Again-Me In The Spotlite brown filly broke her "maiden" with the 1:58 victory. Lillisbagsrpacked (Kirby) was second with KJ Dale (Gingras) third. Allan Davis chalked up his third winner on the card steering Legacy Racing's Empress Deo to a front-end 1:52.3 score in the $20,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap. Elliesjet N (Jonathan Roberts) closed along the passing lane for second with Miss Me Yet (Montrell Teague) the show horse. Davis began his triple driving 19-1 Party Rockin to victory in a $10,000 Claiming pace. Along with Davis and trainer Joe Hundertfund's three wins; Yannick Gingras; Jonathan Roberts; owners-trainers Josh Green, JoAnn Looney-King and Jim king, and owner Bill Sartin, had two winners each. The last of the four DSBF $100,000 finals is on for Wednesday featuring two-year-old filly trotters. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- A 17-1 shot, Linda MacDonald and Susan Durham's harness racing homebred Crosby came from fifth at the three quarters with George Dennis piloting to pass horses in deep stretch for a 2:03.3 victory to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) championship, Check Six and Manhatten Beach won their $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace (HHPP) eliminations while Little Ben beat the top overnight horses at the track for the third straight week, on Monday, Nov. 21 at Dover Downs. With the three betting favorites drawing outside post, off at even-money, Master Clave and Ross Wolfenden cut out the early :28.2 clocking to the quarter. Several horses took a shot at the leader, with Crosby and driver George Dennis getting away near the back after starting from the rail. Fifth in mid-backstretch Dennis moved Crosby - a Keystone Activator chestnut gelding from Ms. MacDonald and Durham's mare Melody Luv - three-wide to join the leaders and was strongest in the stretch for his second victory of the year. Mooshine Lavec (Sean Bier) starting from post 8 worked his way up to third and closed along the passing lane to take second in front of Jiggs (Vic Kirby) with Master Clave holding on for fourth. Crosby has now won $79,000 this year. She won the $20,000 DSBF Consolation at Harrington last month and added the Dover Downs $100,000 DSBF Delaware-sired colt and gelding freshman pace final to her record While Easy Lover Hanover, one of two $25,000 supplements to the event, cut out most of the early pace, Yannick Gingras moved Check Six from third rounding the final turn and outpaced Easy Lover Hanover (Doug McNair) to the wire in 1:51.3 for his 11th win of the season. Weaver Bruscemi, Bill Swila, Jim Martin and Burke Racing own Check Six trained by the sports-leader Ron Burke. Lyons Snyder (David Miller) finished third. JK Will Power (Corey Callahan), fourth, made the final. In the other division, three horses led by Western Fame, Boston Red Rocks and Stolen Glimpse left fastest in the second $35,000 HHPP elim. After a 26.4 opening panel, Tim Terick moved Boston Red Rocks to the front with Western Fame and Mark MacDonald quickly retaking the front heading to a :56.1 halfmile with Craftship and Corey Callahan moving up into contention. Matt Kakaley whipped Manhattan Beach out of fifth to come strong to take the lead at the three-quarters in 1:26. Manhattan Beach quickly widened the lead and had plenty left in the lane winning easily in 1:52.4 with Katies Rocker (Dave Miller) second, holding off Boston Red Rocks, who had been locked in at the rail before escaping to finish third, Western Fame, fourth, also qualified for the $316,000 final next Monday (Nov. 28). In the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap, Captive Audience (Andrew McCarthy) led a converging field into the final turn. Little Ben and meet leading driver Vic Kirby starting from post 8 waited to make his big move turning for home and the Jereme's Jet-Honey's Bud Lite gelding roared from the far outside to overpower his seven foes for a 1:53 triumph, the third in a-row in the week's top overnight feature, for trainer Jim King and owners Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King, Tim Tetrick made the winner's circle four times, and Corey Callahan had three winners. Trainers Jeff Bamond and Dylan Davis had doubles. $100,000 DSBF FINALS CONTINUE; $20,000 MARES OPEN TUESDAY AT DOVER Spanish Dream, Magicinthemoonlight, Spinpressive and Cashmere’s Delight, all winners in their last start lead a field of eight Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund frosh filly contenders in the $100,000 final topping the Tuesday, Nov. 23 card which contains a $20,000 DSBF consolation and a $20,000 Mares Open pace on the 15-race agenda. JoAnn Looney-King’s Spanish Dream with regular driver Vic Kirby is the only winner of both $20,000 preliminaries among four lifetime wins and three seconds in eight career starts, but must come from the outside post position. Magicinthemoolight is teamed with Yannick Gingras for owner Linda Condon and Kevin Freeman and won her first victory last week in 1:55.4. Spinpressive, an owner-trainer Lee Louthan homebred, notched an impressive 1:55/2 victory last start with Corey Callahan in the bike. Cashmere’s Delight and Jim Morand chalked up her fifth win in nine seasonal starts last time in DSBF prelims. The rest of the field includes the fast Logan’s Girl, driven by Ross Wolfenden for owner JoAnn Looney-King, She’s No Spinster, with two consecutive second place finishes for Ashley, Cain, Yencer and co-owner Allan Davis at the controls. The Joel And Denise Halpern-bred fast Westwind Roddylee with Tony Morgan driving, and, trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. and Wyatt Starkey’s Lunar Phase are the upset minded contenders. In the $20,000 DSBF Consolation, So Many Friends (George Dennis), Jo Ann Looney King’s Lillisbagsrpacked (Kirby) and KJ Dale (Gingras) head the eight starters. Leading the rest of the powerful program is the $20,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap pace. JoAnn Looney King’s Purrfect Bags (Kirby) seeks to avenge a surprising odds-on defeat last week. There are two three-year-olds in the lineup,  owners David Banks and Layfield Horses' sharp filly Sayulita (Gingras), fresh from two consecutive victories in her last three starts, and George Teague and Teague Racing Partnership’s stakes-seasoned Miss Me Yet (Montrell Teague). Other .stellar performers in the event are Legacy Racing’s Empress Deo (Allan Davis) and Howard Taylor’s Shine N Shimmer (Callahan), a seven-time winner this year. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are ‘dark days’ at the track. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Bags To Riches enjoyed a perfect 2-hole trip en route to ending Henry The Dragon's five-straight harness racing win streak to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Dover Downs championship on Thursday, Nov. 17. With Tim Tetrick at the controls, Bags To Riches left fast to get the early lead and gave way to prohibitive favorite unbeaten Henry The Dragon. Montrell Teague steered Henry The Dragon upfront challenged only by the Corey Callahan-driven James Isaac on the backstretch. The duo continued that way until turning for home when James Isaac retreated allowing Bags To Riches to come to the outside where he uncorked a :27.2 final corner to get up by a half-length in DSBF stakes record time of 1:51.1. Bags To Riches was bred by Only Money Inc. who shares ownership in the Roddy's Bags Again -Pint The Sky Blue colt with trainer Jason Skinner. The win by freshman is his fourth in eight starts with two seconds and a third to bring his bankroll total to $86,862. In the $20,000 DSBF Consolation, Wake Up And Go teamed with Corey Callahan for a 1:54 triumph coming from off the pace to pass Rat Tail (Montrell Teague) nearing the wire. It was the Roddy's Bags Again-Ima Early Riser colt's first lifetime victory after three seconds and two thirds in his ninth career effort. Suspinder (Allan Davis) finished third. Montrell Teague and Allan Davis racked up four wins apiece while Tim Tetrick, Vic Kirby and Ross Wolfenden has two trips to the winner's circle. Monday at Dover is a big pacing day. The $100,000 DSBF Colt Trot Final, two power-packed $35,000 Hap Hansen-Progress Pace eliminations, a $27,500 Delaware Special, an $18,000 and two $15,500 paces top the stellar card. There is no Live Sunday racing this week. Monday through Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays. Saturdays and Sundays this meet. For those planning to watch racing from the Winner's Circle Restaurant, reservations are suggested. Call 302-674-4600. . There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Marv Bachrad

HARRINGTON, Del. - More than $500,000 in total purses was at stake Wednesday night at Harrington Raceway as the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $100,000 final events for 2-year-olds headlined the program. It was a big night for driver Ross Wolfenden who was the winning pilot in two of the DSBF final events and had five wins on the program. Wolfenden guided unbeaten trotter Master Clave ($2.10) to his fourth straight win in 2:02.1 for owner Ben Brooks in the colt and gelding trotting final. The Master Lavec gelding set all the fractions and drew away with ease from Kirby In Command and Jiggs, who rounded out the trifecta. Master Clave was trained by John Wilkerson. Wolfenden later sprung a mild upset with Jo Ann Looney King's Logan's Girl ($11.40), who was a 1:56 winner in the filly pacing final over stable mate and 1-to-9 favorite Spanish Dream, who was second. Westwind Roddylee was third. A daughter of Roddy's Bags Again for trainer Jim King Jr., "Logan" sat behind the favorite throughout and surged by in deep stretch for her fourth career win in five lifetime starts. In the final for pacing colts and geldings, George Teague Jr.'s Henry The Dragon ($4.80, Montrell Teague) was a dominant winner in 1:53.1. The Clyde Francis-trainee rebuffed the early challenge of Almost Cut My Hair and was an six-length winner over Wake Up and Go and Hallie's Comet. Henry The Dragon, a son of Custard The Dragon, improved to 3-for-3 in his career. The time equaled the track record for 2-year-old pacing colts, set by Powerful Mist in 2010. Rodney Mitchell Jr.'s Meantrotnjean ($29.40, Allan Davis) was victorious in the filly trotting final for trainer Leigh Raymer, with a 2:02.1 score. The CR Commando filly maintained a big lead going to three-quarters and overpowered her rivals for her second career win. Luv Is Blind charged home for second with Gogh Cinorita third. Wolfenden also took the overnight feature, the $17,700 Open Trot with a 1:56.3 score aboard Joe and Laurie Davino's Take My Picture ($9.20). Matthew Sparacino    

HARRINGTON, Del. - One of the largest annual purse programs of the year will commence Wednesday (October 5) at Harrington Raceway as four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final events for harness racing 2-year-olds will be contested. Aside from the final events, three $20,000 consolation races will also be carded as part of the 13-race program. The trotting colts and geldings will kick-off the stakes action in the second race as Benjamin Brooks' Master Clave (7/5, Ross Wolfenden) will look to keep his unbeaten streak alive after the Master Lavec gelding won his first three starts in dominant fashion for trainer John Wilkerson. A stakes packed early pick four (races 3 through 6) will be comprised of three $100,000 finals. The pacing colts and geldings will battle in the third race to start the pick four. A highly competitive group will start the sequence headlined by unbeaten pacer Almost Cut My Hair (3/1. Kevin Switzer Jr.), owned by Kdk Standardbreds, and three horses out of the Clyde Francis stable owned by George Teague Jr. Daylen, Henry The Dragon and Rat Tail, all of which were elimination winners. Henry The Dragon (5/2, Montrell Teague) won both of his eliminations and is one of three undefeated rivals in group. Filly trotters will compete in their final in the fourth race, with a talented three horse brigade from the Leigh Raymer stable that includes Rodney Mitchell Jr.'s Meantrotnjean (6/1, Allan Davis), Leigh Raymer and Erica Brittingham's Erica Leigh (20/1, Tyler Raymer) and the partnership of Raymer, Stephen Moss and Howard and Helane Solomon's Luv Is Blind (7/5, Victor Kirby) . The filly pacing final is the third leg of the pick four (race five) and features three powerful entries from the Jim King Jr. barn, Logan's Girl (5/2, Ross Wolfenden), Lillisbagsrpacked (15/1, George Dennis) and Spanish Dream (2/1, Victor Kirby). Three $20,000 consolation events will comprise the late pick four (races 7 through 10). Post time is 5 p.m. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Trainer Leigh Raymer had four wins and captured three of the $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for harness racing 2-year-old trotters at Harrington Raceway Wednesday. Raymer co-owned Luv Is Blind ($2.80, Victor Kirby) who prevailed for the second straight week in 2:04.3. The Keystone Activator gelding drew clear of the field at the top of the stretch for a decisive score. A Raymer-trained entry driven by Kirby was again in the winner's circle again when Rodney Mitchell Jr.'s Jiggs ($7, Kirby) notched his first lifetime win with a 2:05.2 triumph. The Giant Hit gelding atoned for a miscue in his elimination last week when he went off stride. Owner Mitchell Jr. and Raymer teamed up for another win with Meantrotnjean ($10, Allan Davis) in the final filly division with a 2:06.3 victory. The Cr Commando filly notched the first win of her career. Ben Brooks' Master Clave ($2.20, Ross Wolfenden) improved to 3-for-3 lifetime with a 2:01.4 triumph in the first division for colts and geldings. The Master Lavec gelding is trained by John Wilkerson. Raymer had four wins on the program, three were driven by Kirby. In the overnight feature, the $19,200 Open Trot, Joseph and Laurie Davino's Take My Picture ($6, Wolfenden) was a 1:55.4 winner for trainer Nikolas Drennan. The win was Wolfenden's third on the program. The $100,000 finals and $20,000 consolations for DSBF horses will commence on Wednesday October 5. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jo Ann Looney-King's Spanish Dream ($6, Victor Kirby) was the fastest of four $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund divisions for harness racing 2-year-old pacing fillies with a 1:54.4 triumph at Harrington Raceway Monday. The Dream Away filly overpowered her rivals with a powerful move near three quarters as she won by open lengths over I Won Them Both and Cashmere's Delight. It was the second career win in four starts for the Jim King Jr. trainee. Kirby dominated the DSBF events, winning three of the four, two for owner King and trainer King Jr.. Joel and Dianne Halpern's Westwind Roddylee ($2.20, Victor Kirby) prevailed in the first division in 1:57.2 for trainer Jason Skinner. The Roddy's Bags Again filly notched her third win in five career starts. Jo Ann Looney-King's Logan's Girl ($3.40, Kirby) was a 1:56.2 winner to complete a sweep of her eliminations for trainer Jim King Jr. A winner of 3-of-4 starts lifetime, she is sired by Roddy's Bags Again. Virginia Louthan's Spinpressive ($3.40, Corey Callahan) broke her maiden with a 1:57.1 victory in the third division. Trained by her owner, Spinpressive is a daughter of No Spin Zone. The top eight point earners will return to compete in a $100,000 final on October 5, part of a Delaware showcase night which also features three other $100,000 DSBF final events, as well as $20,000 consolations. In the $19,200 overnight feature, the Open Pace, Richard Lombardo and L&J Racing's Dancin Yankee ($6, Russell Foster) scored a 1:51.4 victory for trainer Josh Green. Kirby had four wins on the program, while Corey Callahan had a hat trick. Jon Roberts and Tony Morgan each had a driving double. Trainer Mike Hall also won two races. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - As the opening week of the first leg of 2-year-old stakes events continued for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF), it was the harness racing trotters turn to showcase their talent in four $20,000 divisions on Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. Benjamin Brooks' Master Clave ($2.40, Ross Wolfenden) won his elimination in dominant fashion and improved to 2-for-2 in his career for trainer John Wilkerson with a front stepping 2:04 victory. The Master Lavec gelding won a DSBF prep race on September 14. Another son of Master Lavec was victorious in the remaining colts and geldings division as Master Kingpin ($8, Art Stafford Jr.) prevailed in 2:05.3. Master Kingpin is owned and trained by Thomas Lail. Willow Mill Stable's Willow Mill Anna ($16.60, Gordon Barrett) won the first division for fillies with a 2:05.3 front end win. The daughter of Political Briefing is trained by her driver. Leigh Raymer-trained and co-owned Luv Is Blind ($2.80, Victor Kirby), who prevailed in the final division in 2:02.3. The daughter of Keystone Activator hit the line first in the nick of time in a tight photo over Spoonful. Raymer had an owner and trainer double on the program. In the $17,500 overnight feature, the Open Trot, Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis' Theresademoninme ($5.60, Jon Roberts) triumphed in 1:55.3. Theresademoninme marched to the early lead through fractions of 27.3, 57.2, and 1:26.4 while Steel Reserve mounted his first-over attack and Hemi Seelster sat in pocket position. As they hit the top of the stretch, Theresademoninme maintained the lead and held off Steel Reserve to the wire. Hemi Seelster finished third. Ross Wolfenden and Victor Kirby each had three wins on the program. Art Stafford Jr. and Jon Roberts each had a double. All $100,000 final events for trotters and pacers will be contested on October 5. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, DE. - Four $20,000 divisions of the first leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for the harness racing 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings were contested Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Owner George Teague Jr. had a pair of wins with Henry The Dragon ($3.40, Montrell Teague), a son of Custard the Dragon, in 1:55.3 and Rat Tail ($2.80, Montrell Teague), sired by Barber Pole, in 1:57.1. Both were trained by Clyde Francis, who had three wins on the program. Montrell Teague had five wins on the program, as did driver Victor Kirby who produced a winner in the next DSBF division. Tina Clark and Brian Clark's Automatic Dragon ($103.80, Kirby) sprung a major upset in his division with a 1:56 triumph for trainer Bobby Clark. Automatic Dragon is an Art Director gelding. The final DSBF winner of the night was perhaps the most impressive as Kdk Standardbreds' Almost Cut My Hair ($7, Kevin Switzer Jr.) improved to 5-for-5 lifetime with a 1:54 triumph. The Barber Pole gelding set all the fractions from post position seven in registering his fifth straight win for trainer Kevin Switzer. In the $16,000 overnight feature, the Mares Open, Howard Taylor's Shine N Shimmer ($2.40, Corey Callahan) did not disappoint as the overwhelming favorite with a dominant 1:52.3 win over Sweet Bobbie and Hidden Land. Trained by Mike Hall, it was the seventh win of the season and 35th lifetime for the daughter of American Ideal. Matthew Sparacino    

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harness racing owner George Teague Jr. has been as far north as Quebec, Canada, and as far west as Indiana with 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, but as rewarding as those trips have been, there's no place like home. Team Teague and harness racing superstar Wiggle It Jiggleit have traveled to 12 different racetracks this year, six different states and two Canadian provinces, but will now have a race close to their Harrington, Del. home on Monday September 19th for the 10th Annual $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial. The Teague farm is located about 5 miles from Harrington Raceway. Wiggle It Jiggleit is trained by long time Teague associate, Clyde Francis. "We're really looking forward to it," said Teague, who will have two 2-year-old fillies racing on the same card in the opening round of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) action. "It's funny because we've raced all over and one of the most memorable moments is when we raced at Harrington last year and had as much fun winning an $11,000 race as we did the $700,000 Meadowlands Pace. It's great to bring this kind of horse in front of your home crowd." Teague was alluding to his star pacer's world and track record setting 1:49 performance at Harrington on May 11, 2015. A large contingent of fans showed up to watch him race in anticipation of seeing a rising star. At the time, Wiggle It Jiggleit had won six races. To say that his star has risen since then, would be a gross understatement. He now has 35 wins in 47 lifetime starts, won many of the sport's top races and has banked more than $3.5 million in his career, while captivating racing fans across the country with some breathtaking performances. Perhaps no win was bigger than his epic win in the Little Brown Jug at Delaware, Ohio. Wiggle It Jiggleit's sire, Mr. Wiggles, who was also in the George Teague Jr. stable, finished fourth in his Quillen elimination in 2010 before being scratched due to sickness from the final. "He has definitely done his sire proud," said Teague, who conditioned Mr. Wiggles and still owns the sire. "This race is very important to us." Wiggle It Jiggleit's last race was a second place finish in the $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs (Ohio) in a world record mile of 1:47. "Wiggle" did the heavy lifting throughout the mile after setting a grueling pace while dueling with eventual winner Always B Miki, who won a memorable stretch battle that left many horse racing fans speechless. "He came out of the race really good," said trainer Clyde Francis. "He always amazes me how well he recovers after a race. It's unbelievable how well he jogged and how fresh he is. We couldn't be happier with how well he is coming into the race." Teague said he has received an abundance of feedback in regards to his upcoming race in his hometown. "A lot of people have contacted me about him racing here," he said. "Not just in Delaware, but in New Jersey, Maryland and other nearby states." While Wiggle It Jiggleit (7/5, Montrell Teague) figures to be a well-backed favorite at post time, the path to victory isn't a foregone conclusion, given the rich field of pacers that has amassed in excess of $8 million in career earnings. "Having the rail on a half-mile racetrack is always the ideal place," he said. "The draw definitely worked to our advantage. There's some really nice horses in there. Luckbewithyou, Rockin Ron, Mach It So, Mel Mara and others have been racing against some of the best year round. Hats off to Harrington Raceway for getting such a great field of horses. My horse will have to be on his game." Among the competition is Bamond Racing's Mach It So (9/1, Tim Tetrick) won the 2015 edition of the Quillen and enters off an impressive 1:51.2 win at Yonkers Raceway (NY). "We had a great time last year," said trainer Jeff Bamond. "Everyone treated us great. (Mach It So) kind of tailed off a little bit but he seems to be going back in the right direction. We were very pleased with his last race at Yonkers." John Craig's Luckbewithyou (5/2, Eric Goodell) was a game third place finisher in the aforementioned 1:47 mile on September 10 at Scioto Downs. The Western Ideal 5-year-old has been in many stakes engagements this year and has banked nearly $1.3 million in his career. "I thought he raced very good at Scioto," said trainer Chris Oakes. "I was real happy with him. He came out of the race good but we might have a tough time with the 1 horse there (Wiggle It Jiggleit)." Burke Racing, Weaver Brucsemi and RTC Stables' Rockin Ron (20/1, Yannick Gingras) sprung a 14-to-1 upset against Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Prix D Ete at Three Rivers Raceway in Quebec (Ontario) on August 21 for perennial leading trainer Ron Burke. The powerhouse Burke stable is tops in North America with 629 wins and nearly $15 million in purse earnings this year. Only Robert Cooper Stables and J&T Silva's Mel Mara (6/1, Corey Callahan) has a win at Harrington this year and it came last week with a track record setting 1:50.1 performance. Mel Mara is trained locally by Dylan Davis of Viola, Del. Lauretta Galm's Keystone Velocity (25/1, Andrew McCarthy) is also locally-trained by Mike Hall of Dagsboro, Del., and is coming off a career best 1:48.4 at Pocono Downs (PA). Lightning Stable's Mcardles Lightning (12/1, David Miller) has been a heavy hitter among Open pacers in New York and New Jersey while Rock and Roll Stable's American Primetime (12/1, Tony Morgan) has been a well-traveled adversary throughout the year and took a lifetime best at the Meadowlands of 1:49. Post time for the 13-race program is 5 p.m. The field is listed below in order by post position: 10th Race - Harrington Raceway September 19, 2016 1 - Wiggle It Jiggleit - Mr Wiggles - (7/5, Montrell Teague) 2 - Mcardles Lightning - McArdle - (12/1, David Miller) 3 - Mach It So - Mach Three - (9/1, Tim Tetrick) 4 - Luckbewithyou - Western Ideal - (5/2, Eric Goodell) 5 - American Primetime - American Ideal - (12/1, Tony Morgan) 6 - Rockin Ron - Real Desire - (20/1, Yannick Gingras) 7 - Keystone Velocity - Western Hanover - (25/1, Andrew McCarthy) 8 - Mel Mara - Lis Mara - (6/1, Corey Callahan) Matthew Sparacino

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    

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