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She might be best known for once bursting through a gaggle of geese on her way to victory at The Meadows, but co-owner Howard Taylor hopes that by the end of the season people recognize Southwind Roulette for her talent. Southwind Roulette, who has won five of seven starts this year, races in the third of three Historic-Debutante Stakes divisions at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday. Her victories include the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and her $284,448 in purses rank No. 2 to undefeated JK She'salady among 2-year-old female pacers. "She's a really nice filly," said Taylor, who owns Southwind Roulette with Brad Grant. "She's real long gaited. If you watch her stride, she really reaches out. "And she wins," he added with a laugh. "And she wins a lot of money. There's nothing not to like about her." The first division of the Historic-Debutante Stakes includes stakes-winner Ideal Nuggets. Southwind Roulette's split also includes New York Sire Stakes championship runner-up Bossers Joy. Southwind Roulette is a daughter of 2008 Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere out of the stakes-winning mare Southwind Rio. She was purchased as a yearling for $30,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale. She started the year with trainer Doug Lewis before moving to the barn of Ron Burke in July. "I have a friend who has a real good eye for yearlings, Mike Hall," Taylor said. "Mike picked her out. He always finds holes in the sale, cheap horses for the breeding. He found her and told me I should buy her." Southwind Roulette began her career by winning a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars and then finished third in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. In her next start at The Meadows, in another PaSS division, she and driver Yannick Gingras won despite having to go through a gaggle of geese on the track just prior to the final turn. "I talked to Doug afterward and told him I didn't believe what I saw there," Taylor said. "He told me that the farm they're on has geese. She'd seen that before and gone through them before, so she didn't think anything of it. Of all the horses in the race, she's probably the only one that would have done that. Yannick said she didn't even bat an eye. He was worried, but she wasn't." Southwind Roulette followed that win with two more victories in the preliminary rounds of the sire stakes before capturing the championship on Sept. 6 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. She enters the Historic-Debutante after a seventh-place finish in a division of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes at Hoosier Park, where she got parked in an opening :25.3 quarter-mile. "Other than that, she's been super," Taylor said. "We have hopes for the Breeders Crown. That's all you can ask for at this point in the year, that you're still going strong and you've got a shot to get the brass ring." GOLD CORA HOPES TO GLITTER IN ACORN After finishing second to Jolene Jolene and Mission Brief in back-to-back world-record miles, Gold Cora's connections might wonder: Who will it be this time? "I hope if anybody it would be us," trainer Rich Gillock said with a laugh. "It seems we're getting good at getting into those kinds of races. That's pretty tough sledding. "But I'm not complaining. I'm happy to be second in those kinds of races." Gold Cora races Thursday in the second of four Historic-Acorn Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia. She will start from post No. 1 with driver Tim Tetrick and is the 8-5 morning line favorite. A daughter of stallion Encore Encore out of the mare Striking Gold K, Gold Cora has won three of 11 races and $94,098 for breeder/owner Bob Key. Gillock trained both of Gold Cora's parents and Tetrick drove Encore Encore, who won a division of the Bluegrass Stakes and finished second to Federal Flex in the 2008 Valley Victory. "This filly has come along and she's been improving as the year progresses," Gillock said. "Hopefully we can get a piece of the pie every time and it will add up." Gold Cora went off stride in consecutive starts in August, but since then has been a steady performer. "I had to regroup with her and rig her a little differently," Gillock said. "She had a few little issues going on, just little things that were factors, and we got them squared away." Gold Cora has two wins, two seconds and a third in her last five races. Her victories came in divisions of the Reynolds Stakes at Tioga Downs and the Kindergarten Series at The Red Mile. Her remaining three on-the-board finishes during that span came in record-setting races. She finished third in a division the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes at Hoosier Park, where Speak To Me established the track mark for 2-year-old female trotters with a 1:55.2 victory. Next, at The Red Mile, Gold Cora finished second to Jolene Jolene in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes in a 1:52.1 mile that equaled the world record. A week later, she was second to Mission Brief in a division of the International Stallion Stakes in the fastest-ever mile by a 2-year-old trotter, 1:50.3. "We stayed up tight (in the Kentuckiana) and she hadn't gone those kinds of fractions before and she just didn't get home any," Gillock said. "It was just the way that race went; it took a toll on the majority of them except the horse that won. But I think that stretched her out a little and I hope she'll keep going forward." Following the Historic-Acorn Stakes, Gold Cora could go to Canada for the Goldsmith Maid or to Vernon Downs for the final preliminary round of the Kindergarten Series. "We'll see how we do at (Philly) and go from there," Gillock said. Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Wild Honey is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the first division of the Historic-Acorn Stakes. The Jimmy Takter-trainee has won seven consecutive starts since losing her debut by a head to Gatka Hanover. In September, she trotted the fastest mile in history by a 2-year-old trotter on a half-mile racetrack, winning in 1:55.2 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. Takter's Shaqline, who is coming off second-place finishes in divisions of the International Stallion and Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes, is the 8-5 choice in the third division. Jersey Strong, trained by Mark Harder, is the 8-5 favorite in the fourth and final division. She finished second to Wild Honey in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

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

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

HARRINGTON, Del. - Doug Lewis' Mojo Terror and harness racing driver Corey Callahan) was a decisive winner in 1:52.3 Monday at Harrington Raceway in the $13,750 Open II feature. The 6-year-old Western Terror gelding set all the fractions in his open length win over Sunshine Superman and People Are Crazy. It was his fourth win of the year and one of three victories on the program for Callahan. It was a happy homecoming for Mojo Terror, who had been campaigning on the Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey circuits most of the year after spending the lion's share of last year at Harrington. Meanwhile, driver Jon Roberts had the hot hand with four winners, including three aboard Josh Parker co-owned/trained horses. Rodney Long and Tim Hunderptfund's Dina's Gamble ($2.20, Ross Wolfenden) won for the fifth straight start and was claimed for the fourth consecutive outing. The 9-year-old Tune Town gelding was claimed by Wanda Saulsbury as he will pursue a 10th seasonal win in his next start. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - J&M Racing's Embassy Seelster ($16.40, Allan Davis) won her Harrington Raceway debut Tuesday with a 1:52.3 score in the $13,000 Mares Open II. The Doug Lewis-trainee had been racing at the Meadowlands and Pocono Downs before her Delaware debut. The 4-year-old Modern Art mare battled gamely first over and eventually wore down pacesetter My Ideal Hanover in the lane and a gaining Springforth at the wire for the win. Springforth was second, with My Ideal Hanover third. It was the second win of the year for Embassy Seelster and one of three driving wins on the program for Davis. George Dennis had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

Sunday's featured harness racing event at Harrah's Philadelphia was a winner's over $25,000 lifetime pace. It was a wide open wagering board, with John Dayton's Just a Jolt going off as the lukewarm 2-1 favorite. At the start, Yonkers invader Great Vintage fired out to the lead, but was collared by Handsome Henry K just beyond the quarter, which went in :26.4. It remained that way until just after the half, when Corey Callahan wheeled Emeritus Maximus first over. He was only able to muster a mild first over bid, as Handsome Henry K posted back to back 27.1 quarters to secure the victory, in an overall time of 1:49.3. Great Vintage finished second, while Voice of a Truth closed up the inside for third. It was Handsome Henry K's fourth win in his last five races, tying a lifetime's fastest mile. He is owned by Howard Taylor, trained by Doug Lewis, and was one of three driving wins for George Napolitano Jr. Ron Pierce also had three wins on the program. Michael Bozich

HARRINGTON, Del. - Driver Victor Kirby joined the 3,000 win club Thursday at Harrington Raceway completing a three-win day to reach the milestone at Harrington Raceway. After winning one race earlier in the day at Harrah's Philadelphia, Kirby started the Harrington card with a win in the first with Stirling Charisma ($19) before taking the sixth with Cashco ($5.60) to reach 3,000 career wins. "It might just be another win to somebody, but it's a big win to me," said Kirby, who learned the business of racing from his grandfather Vinal Kirby as well as trainer John Wagner. "My grandfather laid the foundation, teaching me general horsemanship. John Wagner, all respect to him is just a great horseman. I owe a lot to both of those guys." While Kirby has won many races driving for his own small stable, as well as for some larger outfits, the lion's share of his wins have come driving for trainers with more diminutive sized stables. "I get a lot of gratification winning races for guys with small stables," Kirby added. "It's great to drive for the big stables and win for them but it's really special winning for the ones that only have maybe two or three in their stable." The 41-year-old Kirby currently drives full-time at Harrington as well as many days at Harrah's Philadelphia before spending most of the winter at Dover Downs. George Dennis won three races on the program, including a win aboard first-time starting freshman filly Totally Rusty - a daughter of Rusty's For Real - who prevailed in 1:57.2 for trainer Doug Lewis. Another 2-year-old with an auspicious debut Thursday was out of the Les Givens stable, when Quick Art made a brush to the lead near the half-mile and scored a decisive 1:57 score as a son of Artzina. The Harrington meet will now go on a break as preparations are made for the Delaware State Fair (July 17-26), where racing will take place on July 24th for the annual Governor's Day program (7 p.m. post time). The summer/fall meet will resume on a Monday through Thursday schedule beginning August 18 through October 23. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Allen and Ira Kaplan and David Sheib's Lorrie Please ($6.20, George Dennis) returned to Delaware a winner Tuesday with a 1:54.1 victory in the $10,600 featured conditioned pace at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Western Ideal mare and Doug Lewis-trainee was sent for the lead and never relinquished in her one-length win over Alexachase and Angelwithanattitude. It was her 36th lifetime win as she boosted her seasonal earnings to nearly $70,000 and lifetime bankroll in excess of $535,000. Lorrie Please, is the current 4-year-old track record holder for pacing mares. Driver Montrell Teague registered four driving wins on the 14-race program. Allan Davis, George Dennis and Victor Kirby each had a driving double. by Matt Sparachino, for Harrington Raceway      

On a very rainy night in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the bettors came out in force. The Total Handle of $3,559,673 was a 23-percent increase over the $2,890,130 wagered on the same Saturday in 2013. In addition, on-track handle showed slight gains despite the rain-soaked evening. On the racetrack, Corey Callahan continued his meteoric rise with four more wins, pulling him within one win of Dave Miller who is second in the driver standings. Most notably, Callahan guided Berkshire Bear to an eight length romp in a 1:52.1 performance. Berkshire Bear is trained by Doug Lewis for J&M Racing. The Free For All Handicap went to the ageless Hypnotic Blue Chip, who changed tactics tonight, going right down the road to a wire to wire performance in 1:51. The win was one of two on the program for John Campbell. Hypnotic Blue Chip is trained by Kevin Mc Dermott for owner Francis Azur. Dovuto Hanover did it again, going first over and holding all challengers at bay in a B-1 pacing event, winning in 1:51.1 for Ron Pierce. Dovuto Hanover is trained by Darran Cassar for Martin Scharf. Hurrikane Kingcole was fourth in his return. Racing returns on Thursday, featuring the second round of the Super Bowl, with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Head to playmeadowlands.com for more information. Rachel Ryan  

It was a parade of longshots at The Meadowlands on Friday night. The centerpiece of which was a shocking 90-1 upset in the third race. That win by Esteemed Members and driver Mike Pollio ensured a Pick 5 carryover into the Saturday program of $24,815.69. The last time a Pick 5 carried over into a Saturday program at The Meadowlands, it resulted in a pool of over $128,000 and that carryover was less than the carryover being offered into this Saturday's program. The win by Esteemed Members also played a big role in their being only one winning ticket in the Early Pick 4, which returned $39,951.70 for a $1 play. In addition a combination of 39-1 winner Canary Island (placed first via disqualification) and 24-1 winner Twin B Spike Man sparked a Late Pick 4 payout of $60,527.20 for a $1 minimum, again revealing just one winning ticket in the entire pool. The featured race on the program was the A-2/A-1/FFA Handicap for Filly and Mare Pacers. Lorrie Please made it back to back victories for the combination of Doug Lewis and Corey Callahan at the Free For All Handicap Level, pacing the mile in 1:50.4. The win was one of three on the night for driver Corey Callahan. The Meadowlands eclipsed $3 Million in handle once again Friday night, with a total handle of $3,040,178, which reflects a 6-percent increase from the same Friday one year ago. On-track handle was also up 7-percent. Racing resumes Saturday night, with first post time of 7:15 P.M., featuring a $24,815.69 Pick 5 Carryover which kicks off the program in race 1. For more information log onto PlayMeadowlands.com. Rachel Ryan  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Karen Walls' Elite Awards ($2.40, George Dennis) completed a sweep of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) events at Harrington Raceway by winning the $100,000 Final Tuesday in 1:55. Trained by David Rearic, the Powerful Toy gelding equaled his track record that he set in his win on October 8. Elite Awards raced from off the pace as Hawker fired from post eight and set fractions of 27.4, 57.2 and 1:27 while Elite Awards mounted his attack first over and began to edge clear of Hawker at the top of the stretch. Elite Awards soon drew clear by three lengths over Above The Storm and Hawker. "He's a great horse to drive," said Dennis, who also won the 2-year-old pacing filly final on Monday. "Dave Rearic has done a nice job with him and I'm glad for the opportunity to drive him." It was part of a four win night for Dennis (141 wins), who pulled ahead in the driver standings with a two win lead over three-time defending champ Ross Wolfenden (139) with two nights of racing left. Allan Davis is third with 137. One of Dennis' four wins came with Lorrie Please ($3) in the overnight feature, the $19,000 Mares Open who prevailed over a fast closing Cooking The Books and I Know Nothing in 1:53.4. Trained by Doug Lewis, "Lorrie" notched her 10th win of the year.  

 HARRINGTON, Del. – Five $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) divisions for 2-year-old trotters were contested on the Wednesday Harrington Raceway program.   Two early non-wagering contests started the program with Winbak Farm’s Winbak Charles M (Jeff Fout) prevailing in the first division for colts in 2:05.4. The CR Commando gelding notched his first win in his first lifetime start for trainer/driver Fout.  The second non wagering division was also for colts, one of three divisions on the program, and featured a strong performance by Nanticoke Racing, Henry Faragalli and TP Johnson’s LG’s Pride (Jim Morand) who was the fastest 2-year-old of the night with a 2:04.2 triumph. The CR Commando colt improved to 2-for-2 lifetime for trainer Les Givens.  Rain and wind picked up through the night and made for sloppy conditions for the remaining three divisions on the program.  The first filly division went to Betty Chambers’ Canterbury Girl ($5.40, Ross Wolfenden) who was a wire-to-wire winner in 2:06.3. A daughter of Political Briefing, the Bonnie Chambers-trainee never had an anxious moment in her front end score.  Gary Green-trainee Kelsey’s Commando ($4, Victor Kirby) took the second filly division in 2:07.1 with a fierce rally late. The CR Commando filly earned her first win in her third lifetime start.  The final colt division saw an upset as Art Stafford Jr. and Eli Beiler’s Bosston Bnz ($22.80, Art Stafford Jr.) put forth a big charge in the stretch to prevail in 2:07.1. A gelded son of Don Boss Vita, it was his first career start for trainer/driver/co-owner Stafford Jr.  In the overnight feature, Rojan Stables, LA Express Stables, Allan Kaplan and Howard Taylor’s He’s Spooky ($4.20, Jon Roberts) recorded his third consecutive win for trainer Doug Lewis. The Cantab Hall stallion made the lead immediately from post seven and never looked back in his open length score in 1:57. It was his ninth win of the season.  Ross Wolfenden and Jon Roberts each had three winners on the program. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Three $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies were contested on the Harrington Raceway program on Monday. George and Tina Dennis and The Wiz Kids Stable's I'm Won Rum Wiser ($4.20, George Dennis) was the fastest winner with a 1:58.4 triumph from post seven in the third division. Trained by co-owner Dennis, the Headmaster-sired filly was able to grab the early lead before yielding to favorite Crushed Again. I'm Won Rum Wiser would reclaim the lead at the top of the stretch to prevail by a length. Hen's Playmate was third. It was the second win in two lifetime starts for I'm Won Rum Wiser. Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Fool Yah ($2.40, Allan Davis) was a well-backed winner in the second division as the daughter of Gamblers Dream cruised to a two-length win over Mom Mom's Little C in 2:00.3. Treasure Valley was third. Trained by Wayne Givens, it was the second career win in four lifetime starts for Sebomook Fool Yah. The first division, which was contested off the wagering program, was won by Kim and Shayna Dashiell's Heart of Steel (Jim Morand), who also won in 2:00.3. Aggie's Dream was second with Reflected Art third. Heart of Steel, sired by Artzina, was trained by Doug Lewis. In the overnight feature on the program, Dandee Racing and Lightning 5 Racing Stable's Mojo Terror ($3.80, Eric Carlson) notched his seventh win of the year with a 1:53 victory in the $19,000 Open. Earlier on the program, Elizabeth and Bret Brittingham's Raritan Bay won his eighth consecutive race for trainer Don Brittingham with a 1:54.4 score. Allan Davis and Eric Carlson each had three driving winners on the 15-race program. George Dennis, Tony Morgan and Corey Callahan each had a driving double.   Matt Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - It's only fitting that a horse named He's Spooky ($2.80 Jon Roberts) would be building momentum in the same month as Halloween. Rojan & LA Express Stables' and Alan Kaplan and Howard Taylor's 6-year-old trotting stallion notched his second straight win Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:57 win in the $19,000 Open Trot. Trained by Doug Lewis, it was his eighth win of the year. The Cantab Hall stallion set the fractions of 28.2, 58.2 and 1:28.1 while second choice Can Do (Victor Kirby) chased throughout. In the stretch, He's Spooky held Can Do safe for a two length win. Blueridge Tornado was third. It was one of four driving wins on the program for Roberts. Ross Wolfenden had three wins. Matt Sparacino

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