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Déjà vu Blue, Super Fly, Go Sandy Go and Slick Tony were winners of $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals on the closing harness racing card of the Dover Downs 2017-2018 season on Thursday, March 29. With Delaware Gov. John Carney and members of his staff on hand, as usual a large crowd of fans turned out to watch the four state-bred three-year-old trotting and pacing finals, two 1:49.4 feature races and meet horsemen top honors presented. Tim Tetrick was Leading Driver of the 81-programs season. Tetrick fininshed with 11 wins more than Corey Callahan, who had won the previous seven titles in a row. Dylan Davis was Leading Trainer at the meet for the fifth consecutive season. Free For Aller Sicily, who won five top features with sub-1:50 victories including 1:48.4, the fastest time of the Meet, won a tight ballot by Delaware Valley chapter U.S. Harness Writers Assocation members, voted Horse of the Meet. On the track, Déjà vu Blue, driven by Tim Tetrick, bested arch-rival Star Sapphire (Russell Foster) by a head to win the sophomore filly trotter event. Vandalous (Callahan) was third. Super Fly overpowered seven rivals in 1:55.2 to win the $100,000 male trot with Art Stafford Jr. in the bike. Bother Kenny (Tetrick) was runner-up with Seafood Suzie Blue (Jason Green) third. Go Sandy Go, with Jason Green driving, lowered her lifetime fastest mark to 1:53.2 romping to victory in the DSBF $100,000 filly pace. Gracefullyforgiven, with Art Stafford in the bike, was second in front of Studio Session (Sean Bier) third. Slick Tony, owned by breeder George Leager and piloted by Russell Foster, took home the soph colt and gelding pace $100,000 championship with a 1:53.4 performance. Transitioning Joy (Teague), and Evolutiion Tour (Tetrick) were second and third. Major Uptrend with Tony Morgan, paced his fourth sub-1:50 mile of the meet scoring a 1:49.2 triumph in the $35,000 Preferred/Handicap, the top race on the regular card. Sicily (Montrell Teague) was next with Super Imposed N (Callahan) third. One race earlier, Art Stafford Jr. guided Blazing Bobby Sox home in 1:49.2 to win a $16,000 Winners-Over pace. Forty Five Red (Mike Cole) and Cajon Lightning (Stafford Jr.) were second and third respectively. Art Of Fire made it five wins in a row in an $18,000 Conditioned pace. Jonathan Roberts drove the winner for trainer Kevin Lare, and breeder-owner Forest Bartlett ash Is King (Callahan) was next. Wichita Lineman (Allan Davis) was third. Jet Airway (Callahan) also kept a streak going, notching his fourth straight, a 1:51.1 winner in a $25,000-$30,000 Claiming Handicap.The other high-price claiming pace was won by Im Supersonic A (Sean Bier), who fashioned a 1:50.2 triumph in another top claimng pace. Art Stafford Jr. had a triple, Tim Tetrick, Sean Bier and Tony Morgan had driving doubles. Delaware harness racing now moves to Harrington Raceway with April 9 opening day. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- Terror At Night caught front-pacing Nerida Franco N in the final stride to win the last $30,000 Mares Open/Handicap feature of the harness racing meet on Wednesday, March 28 at Dover Downs Driver Mike Cole pulled Terror At Night out of third and followed Apple Bottom Jeans on the outside before moving three wide turning for home. Cole hustled the Western Terror-Enhance The Night five-year-old down the lane just in time to catch Nerida Franco N (Allan Davis) in the 1:50.4 event, equaling her lifetime mark. The victory was her fourth of the year with a second in nine races. She now has won $50,800 in 2018 and 19 races lifetime and $293,701 in her career. Divas Image (Tim Tetrick) closed strongly to finish third. Stormtracker and Tetrick made good use of post 1 scoring a front-end 1:52 triumph in a $22,000 conditioned pace. It was the Big Jim-Stonebridge Breeze brown mares' fourth win of the year with two seconds in six starts trainer Linda Tosscano and owners Jay Mehlenbacher, Enviro, Camelot and Bay's stables Shesarocker (Vic Kirby) was the place finisher with Legio X Equestris (Montrell Teague) third. Use Your Noodle, trained by Les Givens, was at the top of his game notching a 1:51.1 wire-to-wire conquest in a $16,000 Mares Winners-Over pace for Henry Faragalli III, Feeney, Johnson and Nanticoke Racing. A five-year-old daughter of Artzina-Lo Gophobia, she bested Fashion Showdown (Morgan), second, and Hold It Hanover (Eddie Davis Jr.), third, to the finish line. Use Your Noodle has now won 16 times in her career banking $249,440. Tim Tetrick guided Huff Racing Stable's Snappy Dresser, conditioned by Josh Green, to victory in a $15,000 female pace, giving her a third win in her last four efforts. The Vintage Master-Elegant Girl four-year-old won for the third time this year. Gypsy Rose (Teague) and Said It Best (Callahan) were second and third respectively. There were two $15,000 DSBF three-year-old consolations. Trainer-drier Jeff Fout drove both winners owned by Bay Pond Racing. America First, a Roddy's Bags Again -PH Diagnosis colt won the colt consolation in 1:54.3 trailed by Friends forever (Cole) and Foxbriar Romeo (A. Davis). The filly consolation went to Peak Of Chic, a Roddy's Bags Again-Fit N Bad daughter ibn 1:55. Whistlers Sister (A.Davis) was second. River Dreams (Cole), third. On Thursday, an outstanding final day of the meet program led by four $100,000 DSBF Finals and a powerful 14-race card featuring $40,000 Preferred pace and presentation of the Horse Of The Meet, Leading Driver and Leading Trainer honors. Two drivers had triples, Tim Tetrick, who had five wins the first two night s of the week added a three-bagger, At Stafford Jr. had a double as did trainer Les Givens and Nanticoke Racing. Trainer Jeff Fout, a former standout driver in Ohio, won both ends of the daily double for owners Bay Pond Stable. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Parking and admission to Dover Downs is free. Dine in the Winners Circle Restaurant featuring an excellent buffet daily. Reservations are suggested. Call 302-674-4600. Simulcasting of leading harness and thoroughbred racing is offered in the Dover Downs Race & Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Following two preliminary legs, the eight qualifying trotters and pacers vie in four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals heading a powerful harness racing meet-closing program topped by a $35,000 Preferred pace and two $25,000-$30,000 Claiming paces, on Thursday (March 29) at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Serendipity Stable's Star Sapphire (Russell Foster), winner of both $100,000 freshmen titles, takes on Taylor, Lazzaro, Casalino and Davis’ Déjà vu Blue (Tim Tetrick), Vandalous (Corey Callahan), owned by Chambers, Fuqua, BCJM's and Uptown Spunk (Roger Plante), racing for Callam and LeBlanc racing's in the DSBF filly trot, the first title event. Poliseno and Dunavant's Sky Marshall (Carlo Poliseno), a two-year-old DSBF champion, meets Super Fly (Art Stafford Jr.); owned by Raymer, Moss and Stafford's; Seafood Delight and Green's Seafood Suzie Blue (Jason Green) and Brother Kenny (Tetrick) in the DSBF sophomore colt and gelding trot final. Outten, Lombardo and Green Racing's Go Sandy Go (J.Green); Pedal Power (Tetrick), owned by Darrell and Leah Lewis; Jeff and Dave Clark's Gracefullyforgiven (Stafford Jr.) and George Teague's Ibetyoucanwiggle (Montrell Teague) batten it out for the DSBF filly pace. The last $100,000 final match the male pacers. George Leager bred and owned Slick Tony (Foster), the DSBF freshman champion; George and Joy Teague's Transitional Joy (Teague), JoAnn Loooney-King's Evolution Tour (Tetrick), leave from posts 1,2 and 3 respectively. Two newcomers join the $35,000 Preferred pace- McGill, Carsey, Friedland and Triple D Stable's Normandy Beach (Jonathan Roberts) who last competed in the $306,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace last November and Nick Surick and KDN Sable's Machtu N (Pat Berry)-take on Sicily (Teague), owned by Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing, Major Uptrend (Morgan) racing for Nis Allen and Crissman Inc.; Wood, Dittmar, Iaquinta's Soto (Stafford Jr.), Looney-King's Little Ben (Tetrick) and Mike Hall and David Hamm's Super Imposed N (Callahan) on the regular card. During the card, the 2017-2018 Horse of the Meet, Leading Driver and Leading Trainer presentations will be made. Dover Downs offers a 50-cent Pick 5 wager, starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 13th and 14th races. On meet-closing day, a fine and varied selection of food is available to enjoy while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races is featured daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Dover Downs and its horsemen, thank all fans and harness media for their support during the season. A reminder, Delaware harness racing resumes at Harrington Raceway on Monday, April . See you again next Fall! Marv Bachrad

Hightstown, NJ --- He’s known around the barn as E.T., but Evolution Tour is not from outer space --- even if harness racing trainer Jim King Jr. says with a laugh the gelding is “an alien.” This E.T. is quite at home in Delaware, where this week the 3-year-old pacer will try to capture his first DSBF championship after two narrow misses last season. Dover Downs hosts four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals for 3-year-old pacers and trotters as part of Thursday’s 14-race card. Racing begins at 4:30 p.m., with the DSBF championship for female trotters kicking off the action. The remaining finals are races two (male trotters), six (female pacers) and eight (male pacers). Evolution Tour is unbeaten this year in two races, both preliminary rounds of the DSBF, and is the 3-1 third choice on the morning line behind last season’s two-time DSBF champion Slick Tony (2-1) and Transitioning Joy (5-2). Slick Tony, who beat Evolution Tour by a nose in both of last year’s state-bred finals, starts from post No. 1 while Transitioning Joy leaves from post No. 2 and Evolution Tour from post No. 3. Slick Tony, a son of stallion No Spin Zone, is owned and trained by George Leager, who also bred the colt, and will be driven by Russell Foster. He has won 10 of 13 career races and never finished worse than second, earning $166,797 in purses. Transitioning Joy, a son of Barber Pole, is trained by Clyde Francis for owners George Teague Jr. Inc. and Joy Teague. The homebred colt, who has won four of 12 lifetime starts and earned $71,600, will be driven by Montrell Teague. Tim Tetrick will drive Evolution Tour, a son of Roddy’s Bags Again owned by King’s wife Jo Ann. “My job is pretty much done,” King said about the final. “I’m going to leave the rest in the hands of the master. How it’s going to play out, you figure that Slick Tony’s not going to settle for anything less than second and Joy is not going to want to sit third. So chances are I’m going to be third and first over. But Timmy will get it figured out. I think my horse is good enough and I know my driver is.” Evolution Tour, purchased for $15,000 at the 2016 Standardbred Horse Sale, has won six of 10 career races and never finished worse than second on his way to $111,550 in purses. He defeated Slick Tony and Transitioning Joy in a first-round division of this year’s DSBF series and heads to the final off a 4-1/2 length win over G W T last week. In last year’s championships, Evolution Tour came from off the pace from post No. 8 at Harrington Raceway to miss by a nose in the first final and then got nipped by a nose at Dover Downs after leading from the start from post No. 1 in the second final. “The first time was just a lack of experience,” King said. “He had the ability to go by, he just didn’t. Some horses are more racy than others. That wasn’t on the top of his list. He didn’t put forth his best effort there. But Slick Tony is a really nice horse. The second time, Slick Tony just out-footed him. Timmy elected to cut it and he just got caught. “But they were both good paychecks.” King thinks Evolution Tour better understands the game this year. “That’s the biggest thing right now,” King said. “He’s come into himself and he’s a lot more willing than he was before. He was a bit of a slow learner. He didn’t know he was supposed to excel at times. Now he’s kind of picked that up. Timmy has put him on the front end and he’s stepped off. Timmy’s come first over and he had every reason not to go forward when they turned for home, but he did. “He’s just improved and is getting to be more of a racehorse all the time.” King expects “E.T.” to remain close to home for the rest of the campaign. “He’s going to be really good for the Delaware stakes,” King said. “As far as him being a top contender someplace else, I’m not seeing it. I just think he’s going to be really nice for around here.” In Thursday’s remaining DSBF finals, Deja Vu Blue is the 2-1 morning-line favorite among female trotters, Super Fly is the 3-1 pick among male trotters, and Go Sandy Go is the 5-2 choice among female pacers. For Thursday’s complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

Dover, Del….Harness racing driver Tim Tetrick won five races for the second straight day while on Theresademoninme won the $30,000 Open/Handicap trot for the third straight week on Tuesday (March 27) at Dover Downs. Theresademoninme rolled out of post 7 to snatch the early lead and was never headed in a 1:53.2 victory, his third straight and fifth in the last seven feature trots at the track. Jonathan Roberts was in his regular spot driving the Kadabra-Tortoni gelding to his 28th career trip to the winner’s circle giving him lifetime earnings of $424,578. Dylan Davis trains and owns Theresademoninme, a five-time winner, three seconds and a third in 10 starts, with his major patron, Mike Casalino Jr. Rock Of Cashel (Corey Callahan) closed with a rush to finish second while Gural Hanover (Tony Morgan) in his second race of the year, finished third in the feature. After winning the daily double again and the first three races, Tetrick steered breeder Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing’s Go Byem to a third consecutive victory in 1:54.3 in a $15,000 Winners-Over trot. Tough Mac (Callahan) led most of the way before tiring in the stretch. Go Byem came thee wide around the final turn on the way to the win. Blownoutofthewater (Morgan) was second with Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.) third. Howard Taylor and Rich Lombardo’s Holiday Promise notched a 1:55 score in a $15,00o Winners trot. It was the second straight win for the Holiday Road-Promisemespring four-year-old mare trained by Josh Green with Tony Morgan in the bike. Splashed (Ross Wolfenden) was runner-up in from of Jackson’s Gold (Vic Kirby).  In addition to Tim Tetrick’s five bagger, Tony Morgan and Corey Callahan had doubles BETTERHAVEANOTHER SEEKS 4TH $30,000 MARES OPEN HANDICAP Betterhaveanother, a winner of three $30,000 Mares Open Handicap paces already this meet leaves from post 8 in the last top female pace of the season on Wednesday (March 28) at Dover Downs. A $15,000 and a $12,000 female pace top the undercard. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Counting a February win at the Meadowlands, Bettorhaveanother is a winner of her last four of five starts. Tony Morgan has driven her in all her locals starts for trainer Ron Burke and owners Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing, Two of her challengers won their previous races; Gary Ewing's Sweet Bobbie guided by Art Stafford Jr. and Marion Beachy's Berazzled with Jonathan Roberts. Mike Hall and Dave Hamm's front-pacing Nerida Franco N leaves from the rail for Allan Davis .Terror At Night, owned by Arlene Paisley, Ed Maas and Nanticoke Racing is enjoying a good year and is handled by Mike Cole. Breakaway Stable's Valuable Art and Corey Callahan, moves from post 7 last time to post 4 in this one. KDK Standardbred's fast homebred Apple Bottom Jeans, piloted by Vic Kirby raced well in her first start of 2018 and not to be overlooked is Divas Image, who started the new year with three consecutive wins for owners Our Horse Cents, J&T Silva and Stable 45, will be driven by Tim Tetrick, Jay Mehlenbacher, Enviro, Camelot and Bay stable's Stormtracker (Tetrick) leads a $22,000 Mares sub-feature; a $16,000 Mares Winner-Over, a $15,000 and a $14,000 female pace are on the strong undercard. Live racing at Dover Downs for the 2017-2018 season comes to a close on Thursday(March 29) with a powerful card featuring four $100,000 DSBF Three-Year-Old finals and a $40,000 Preferred pace heading a 14-race program. Post time is at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs' features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Watch the live racing and enjoy fine food at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

Dover, Del… Harness racing driver Tim Tetrick drove five winners while Very Dark won the feature trot and Ballinrobe, the top Pace on Monday (march 26) at Dover Downs. Ross Wolfenden was in the bike to steer Frank Chick’s Very Dark to his second win-in-a-row to win the  $12,000 Winners trot in 1:57. Muscle Ville (Tony Morgan) came on to finish second with Broadway Joe (Rick Murphy) the show horse.  Ceba Horsey conditions Very Dark, a Glidemaster-Leila four-year-old mare, to her third win of the year. The outside post was no concern to Vic Kirby who left fast and chalked up his fourth win of 2017for new owner Don Fowler who claimed the Bettor’s Delight-Lisbellae gelding last week. The 1:51.4 victory came in a $15,000-$17,500 Claiming pace. Willard Reynolds now trains the winner who has three wins in his last four starts with a second. Ballinrobe won for the 22nd time in career and now boasts earnings of $262,956 lifetime. Lew’s Maverick (Morgan), also claimed last week, was second.  Cashendash Hanover (Tetrick) the race favorite, was third.  Tim Tetrick started his 5-win day taking both ends of the daily double.  Driver Tony Morgan, trainers Josh Green and Brian Malone had two wins each. THERESADEMONINME LOOKS FOR 3RD STRAIGHT 30,000 OPEN TROT Following last week's impressive win, Theresademoninme brings a three-race win streak into the week's top trot, the $30,000 Open, on Tuesday (3/27) at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Seven quality trotters lineup in the feature $30,000 Open Handicap trot with Mike Casalino Jr. and Dylan Davis' Theresademoninme on the outside with Jonathan Roberts at the controls.The veteran squaregaiter has already won four of his nine starts this year with three seconds and a third, all in the track's top trot. Last Tuesday, over an off-track, super sharp I Like My Boss, who finished second for the third time in-a-row with Allan Davis in the bike for owner-breeders trainer Bob Shahan and Jimmy and Ashley Parsons. Celebrity Pegasus, who set the track record for an older trotter last year at this time, was third for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta, and Minisink Farms, in the quality field. Another Metropolitan-area favorite, Gural Hanover, racing for Weaver Bruscemi, Little E, Panhellenic Stable and Burke Racing, with Tony Morgan driving, makes his second start of the year, after finishing a good third at the Meadowlands. Corey Callahan will drive Joe Jannuzelli and Jeff Ruch's hard-hitting Rock Of Cashel, who has been a popular feature race performer at Yonkers early this season. Dana Parham, CC Racing and Triple D Stables' Lazurus teamed with Tim Tetrick and Mark Ford's Dynamic Edge, a winner of two of his last three, gets the rail with Vic Kirby piloting. On the strong under card Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racings Go Byem (Tetrick) puts a two-race win streak on the line in a $15,000 Winners-Over trot facing Mike Casalino Jr.'s Tough Mac (Callahan) and Chip Moore's Royal Becca J.(Jack Parker Jr.). and Brenda Teague's Sheez On A Cruze (Montrell Teague), a winner of five of her last seven, seeks to return to winning ways in another $15,000 trot. There are also two $13,000 paces on the card. This is the final week of the Dover Downs 2017-2018 season. Closing day is Thursday, March 29. Dover Downs features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 13th and 14th races. Dover Downs season winds up with programs through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. An excellent selection of food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del--- The final week of the Dover Downs 2017-2018 season begins with a harness racing twin-feature on Monday, (March 26). Post time is 4:30 p.m. Nine lineup for the $13,000 feature trot led by a pair winners last time out, Very Dark and Broadway Joe. Ross Wolfenden drove Frank Chick's Very Dark to a wire-to-wire victory from post 7. This time, the four-year-old mare, who has been 1-2-3 in four of five starts, leaves from post 1.Broadway Joe, trained and driven by Rick Murphy, who owns the four-year-old with his wife Benalee, made good use of a 2-hole trip. Dan Esh's Hannah's Charm and Tim Tetrick have finished second in four of her last five outings. My Big Kadillac is another who has been close in each of his 10 previous race finishing in the money seven times with trainer-driver Vince Copeland. Ifya Start Me Up and driver Allan Davis overcame starting from outside post 8vwnile Iron Mine Branch's Muscle Villa with Tony Morgan trades posts from 8 to 2. Other contenders are Mr. Jubilant handled by Art Stafford Jr. owned by Bob Wyatt, Robin West and Ron Benton; lean-N-Green Stable's Nice Stuff with Wayne Long and Arty Fonster's Affair Of Honor piloted by Russell Foster from post 9 in the second tier. Dylan Davis' Cashendash Hanover (Tetrick) and Rolling Ring Afire (Wolfenden) seek to extend their win streak in the $15,000-$17,500 Claiming Handicap. Three others race for a new owner, all claimed last time. Bob Cacamesa's Mister Virgin (Corey Callahan, Joe Wehausen's Law's Maverick (Tony Morgan) and Don Fowler's Ballinrobe (Vic Kirby). Pam Dontone's Wet Shark (Sean Bier) and Tim Mumford's False Respond (At Stafford Jr.). The Dover Downs 2017-2018 meet ends this Thursday (3/29). In addition to a strong race program, after two weeks of preliminaries, the top eight point-getters in each of the four DSBF sophomore divisions return for $100,000 finals on the season ending card. Dover Downs offers a 50-cent Pick 5 wager which starts with the 2nd race through the 6th. There is also a late daily double on the 13th and 14th races. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for general parking and admission at Dover Downs. Reservations are suggested for the acclaimed Winner's Circle Buffet Restaurant and those planning a stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Super Imposed N rang up a 1:50.1 triumph in the $35,000 Preferred pace; Art Of Fire took the $22,000 Winners pace while the harness racing filly pacers Go Sandy Go and Gracefullyforgiven and male pacers Evolution Tour and Slick Tony won 20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd leg three-year-old preliminaries on Thursday (March 22) at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan guided Super Imposed N between horse to catch front-pacing Major Uptrend in the final strides for a 1:50.1 victory in the week's top pace. Trainer Mike Hall and David Hamm own the Jereme's Jet-Madam Superior gelding who won a feature race for the fourth time this meet. He has now won $191,203 lifetime. Due to Wednesday's snow cancellation, there were four $20,000 DSBF three-year-old preliminaries raced, two of them non-wagering prior to the regular card. In the first, Jason Green drove Go Sandy Go wire-to-wire in 1:54 to win the $20,000 division. Brent Outten, Rich Lombardo and Green Racing own the Roddy's Bags Again-Bit Of Trick filly to her fourth lifetime win in six starts. Jeff and Dave Clark's homebred Gracefullyforgiven, with Art Stafford Jr. in the bike won the second filly pace division with a 1:55.2 mile. A black daughter of Roddy's Bags Again -Bluebird Wanda, the win was her sixth in eight lifetime outings. Gloria Pierre (Eddie Davis Jr.) was next with Lydia (Ross Wolfenden) the third finisher. Tim Tetrick led off the regular program steering JoAnn Looney-King's Evolution Tour to her sixth win in 10 races and $111,550 in career earnings notching a 1:53.4 win in the first $20,000 colt prelim. GWT (Montrell Teague) and Own It (Wolfenden) finished second and third. In the second $20,000 DSBF pace, Slick Tony (Russell Foster), the winner of both the Dover Downs and Harrington $100,000 finals, defeated Transitioning Joy (Montrell Teague) in 1:52.3 with Burn Brighter (Tetrick) third.. The George League bred and owned son of No Spin Zone-Queen Kathy, won for the 10th time in 13 races. He has won $166,797 in his career All four DSBF sophomore divisions will culminate in $100,000 finals on meet closing day, next Thursday (March 29) featuring the top eight point-getters in colt and filly trot and pace Dover Downs champions decided. Ion the first of two $25,000-$35,000 Claiming paces, Russell Foster drove the longest shot on the board, 62-1 Letsmakeawish, from last on the final turn to a nose victory in 1:52.3 to beat Im Supersonic A (Sean Bier) at the wire. The race marked the end of a six-race win streak for Cyclone Kiwi N Callahan). Corey Callahan had three winners, Tim Tetrick two. A varied menu of fine foods is available to diners watching the races from the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races continue each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Weather permitting, four Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) three-year-old events bring to a close preliminary rounds and an outstanding 16-race harness racing program in Dover Downs' penultimate racing. Major Uptrend, A 1:49.2 winner of last week's $35,000 Preferred pace is back Thursday in the week's top feature event, March 22 at Dover Downs. A $22,000 sub-feature and a $16,000, three $14,000 and two $25,000-$30,000-$35,000 Claiming paces are on the standout program. Post time is 4:30 p.m. A pair of non-wagering events precede the regular card. At 4 p.m., George Teague's Ibetyoucanwiggle (Montrell Teague) and Rich Lombardo, Brent Outten and Green Racing's Go Sandy Go (Jason Green), separated by a nose in last week's $20,000 soph filly pace, renew their competition. Pedal Power (Tim Tetrick), owned by Darrell and Leah Lewis, is the one to beat in the second contest. The DSBF sophomore male pacers start the wagering card with the first of two $20,000 divisions. JoAnn Looney-King's Evolution Tour (Tetrick) and George Teague's GWT (M. Teague) start the daily double. Slick Tony (Russell Foster), bred and owned by George Leager, meets Joy and George Teague's Transitioning Joy (M.Teague) and Mrs, Looney-King's Burn Brighter (Tetrick) battle in the second DSBF section. Since last mid- year, Niss Allen and Crissman Inc.'s Major Uptrend with driver Tony Morgan has been a major factor in the top race of the week winning three times faster than 1:50 while Little Ben, racing for JoAnn Looney-King has been one of the most consistent pacers in feature races. Tim Tetrick drove him to a strong second last week. Meanwhile, Soto, owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, has been a fixture in top races for several seasons. The rest of the seven Preferred starters are Mike Hall and Dave Hamm's steady Super Imposed N with Corey Callahan, the sharp JJ Flynn, from post 2 with Vic Kirby in the bike, and a pair of winners las time out, George&Tina Dennis' Forty Five Red, Mike Cole driving; and Tom Lazzaro's Never Say Never N with Jonathan Roberts. The DSBF three-year-old division hosts four $100,000 finals on meet closing day, Thursday (March 29). Dover Downs offers a 50-cent Pick 5 wager, starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 13th and 14th races. Live racing Monday through meet closing day, next Thursday (March 29) with post time at 4:30 p.m. A fine and varied selection of food is available to enjoy while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races is featured daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Sky Marshal, who upset Super Fly to win last November’s $100,000 two-year-old male trot title, did it again scoring a 1:59.3 surprising in the 20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd  leg three-year-old Filly pace preliminary on a rainy and chilly Tuesday (March 20) over an off-track at Dover Downs. In addition to winning the first race on the card, driver Carlo Poliseno won both ends of the daily double steering Cicada’s Song, a former DSBF champion to victory in the second race in 1:57.3. Veteran horseman Poliseno got away third with Sky Marshal as Super Fly ad Art Stafford Jr. cutting out the leading fractions. On the final turn, Poliseno pulled Sky Marshal out and quickly engaged the leader and blew past en route to his first win of the year in two starts. Poliseno and Jane Dunavant own the CR Commando-CR Penny Lane colt who now as won $86,000 for his eight starts. Super Fly finished second with Bother Kenny and Tim Tetrick third. Theresademoninme won the $30,000 Open Handicap trot with a powerful display. Jonathan Roberts, handicapped with outside post 7 in the week’s top trot, moved the Kadabra-Tortoni gelding out of third heading to half- mile and mid-backstretch took the lead from race favorite Melady’s Monet and steadily moved away from the field. Theresademoninme won easily by open lengths in 1:54.2 for trainer Dylan Davis who owns the seven-year-old with Mike Casalino Jr. I Like My Boss (Allan Davis) edged Celebrity Pegasus (Stafford Jr.) for place. Melady’s Monet was fourth. Theresademoninme                  -Foto Won photo Holiday Promise guided by Tony Morgan held off Torkil in 1:56 to win a $16,000 Winners trots. Euro Gap (Corey Callahan) was the show horse. Howard Taylor and Rich Lombardo own Holiday Promise, a brown four-year-old daughter of Holiday Road-Promisemespring, one of two winners trained by Corey Callahan. Tim Tetrick drove Go Byem to his second straight victory in a $15,000 Winners-Over trot. Blownoutofthewater (Tony Morgan) was runner-up with Filled Donut (Stafford Jr.) third. The Go Byem win was the 21st for the Delaware-bred Impel Hanover-Go Sassy Go gelding who now has banked $226,284 for owners Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing. Tim Tetrick, trainer-driver Carlo Poliseno, trainer Josh Green and owner Jan Dunavant scored doubles on the card. Happy Giggles was place first in the $16,000 Mares pace. Foolish Heart was first but was disqualified was interference at the quarter. George&Tina Dennis own Happy Giggles, a Rock N Roll Heaven-Sweethearts Dance filly. Miss Apples (Ross Wolfenden) was third, placed second with Keystone Izzy (Russell Foster)  fourth, placed third. A field of nine vie in the $31,000 Mares  Open Handicap pace led by Bettorhaveanother, Sweet Bobbie, Divas Image and Nerida Fanco N, topping the Wednesday program which also features two DSBF prelims. Next Thursday (March 29) the 2017-2018 Dover Downs meet comes a close with all four  DSBF $100,000 finals, featuring the top eight point-getters in each of the four divisions, on the program. A changing menu of fine foods is available to diners watching the races from the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races continue each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book.   Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- The threat of a possible Nor'easter on Wednesday (3/21) has caused moving Qualifying Races from the usual Wednesday to Thursday (3/22) with post time for Race 1 at 10:00 a.m.   Marv Bachrad  

DOVER, Del. –Ibetyoucanwiggle beat Go Sandy Go at the wire last week and  Pedal Power winner of another prelim come back for the 2nd leg  $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) events plus a $31,000 Mares Open/Handicap pace top Wednesday (March 21) racing at Dover Downs. A $15,000 and a $12,000 female pace top the undercard. Post time is 4:30 p.m. A patient drive by Montrell Teague behind Ibetyoucanwiggle set up a homestretch duel where the George Teague-owned and bred pacer got up in the final strides for victory over Brent Outten and Green Racing’s pace-setter Go Sandy Go steered by Jason Green. These two return in the $20,000 first race in the DSBF 3-Year-old filly pace stake. Brendan Cook’s Studio Session drew the rail for season with Sean Bier, right alongside is Anne McDonald’s Cold N Chilly driven by Vic Kirby The other starters in the1st $20,000 division are  Dorothy Ann and Chris Conner’s Lotsa Luck  handled by Art Stafford Jr. in a six-filly field. Bay Pond Racing’s Peak Of Chic with trainer-driver Jeff Fout and Kissthatonegoodbye, owed and trained by Mike Greene with Corey Callahan in the bike Dave and Leah Lewis’ Pedal Power (Tim Tetrick) drew outside post 7 in the other $20,000 section. Bunker Away (Corey Callahan) , owned by Bay Pond Racing, drew post 2. William Moffett’s homebred Lydia (Ross Wolfenden, closed well for second last time.  Frank Johnson’s River Dreams (Mike Cole) is burdened coming from post 8. K.V. Jump’s Diabolical Spin (Russell Foster)) and Bobby Myers’ Gloria Pierre (Jonathan Roberts) and Amanda Wager’s Whistler’s Sister (Allan Davis) complete the eight filly lineup.    Pedal Power           - Foto Won photo The top eight point-getters in each of the four divisions return next Thursday, meet closing day, March 29 for $100,000 finals. The $31,000 Mares Open/Handicap is the overnight feature. Bettorhaveanother (Morgan), a winner of her last four of five for Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing, has post 8 in a nine-horse field, with Gary Ewing’s Sweet Bobbie (Art Stafford Jr.) and Marion Beachy’s Berazzled are other winners last start. Front-pacing Nerida Franco N (A. Davis) will be the one to catch acing for Mike Hall and Dave Hamm. Breakaway Stable’s Valuable Art (Callahan) will benefit from a better post position. KDK Standardbred’s homebred Apple Bottom Jeans (Kirby) and Terror At Night (Cole) from the second tier for Arlene Paisley, Ed Maas and Nanticoke Racing.   A $22,000 sub-feature, two $15,000 and a $14,000 female paces are also on the strong undercard. Live racing is featured Monday through Thursday through next Thursday, (March 29), closing day of the 2017-2018 season. Post time is at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs’ features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Watch the live racing and enjoy fine food at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book.   Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Déjà vu Blue and Star Sapphire scored impressive harness racing wins in $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd leg three-year-old Filly pace preliminaries on Monday (March 19) at Dover Downs. Déjà vu Blue won the fastest of the prelims scoring one of the fast wins of the DSBF sakes trotting a 1:56.4 wire-to-wire victory, her second straight of her sophomore season. Tim Tetrick was at the controls of the black Anders Bluestone -Classy N Quik filly for trainer Dylan Davis, Howard Taylor Tom Lazzaro and Mike Casalino Jr. On her back was Alpine Chic who sat second the entire route for Allan Davis. Uptown Spunk finished third for Roger Plante. Star Sapphire picked up her first win of the year in her second start in the second $20,000 DSBF prelim. The 2017-2018 freshman champion took the front early and recorded a 1:58 triumph with Russell Foster driving the Tui Stone trainee owned by Serendipity Stable.Vandalous, piloted by Corey Callahan, was next with AB's Royal Punkin the third filly with Pat Berry driving. Cashendash Hanover , who left from the outside and found room sixth, rolled four wide at the top of the stretch for Tim Tetrick and came on to score a 1:51.1 victory in the $15,000 Claiming Pace. The Dylan Davis owned-and- trained veteran won for the third time this year, his 41st bringing his career earnings to $513,519. The second, through fourth finishers in the event, dropped down in claiming price, and were all claimed. Ballinrobe (Vic Kirby) finished second, Mister Virgin (Jonathan Roberts), third and Lew's Maverick (Montrell Teague) fourth. Tony Morgan led all drivers with three wins while owner Hoard Taylor also had a triple. Rivers Tim Tetrick, Russell Foster , Ross Wolfenden, trainer Dylan Davis and owner Howard Taylor had two wins each. Next week, Monday through meet closing day, Thursday (March 29) brings the 2017-2018 Dover Downs meet to a close. Highlight of the event, are four DSBF $100,000 finals featuring the top eight point-getters in each of the four divisions. A changing menu of fine foods is available to diners watching the races from the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races continue each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- Super Fly, an impressive winner last week in the 20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 1st leg prelim is the one to beat this week on Tuesday (3/30) in one of the feature events on a strong Dover Downs harness racing card. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Again this week, Super Fly drew post 1 after a wire-to-wire victory with Bosston Cruiser second. Art Stafford Jr. trains and drives Super Fly for Leigh Raymer, Steve Moss and Stacy Johnson-Stafford. Jonathan Roberts piloted Bosston Cruise for owner-trainer Bobby Glassmeyer. Sky Marshal heads the opposition. Owned and trained by Carlo Polis no with partner Jane Donavan, Sky Marshal won last November's DSBF $100,000 final. Bobby Meyer's Brother Kenny will be driven by Tim Ettrick. Josh Green and Seaford Delight Stable's Seafood Suzie Blue with Jason Green; Flywithme driven by trainer Jim King, a part-owner with Elizabeth Harris. Pat Berry guides J Caparotta & P Berry Racing's King's Crown Lite completes the lineup. The top eight finishers after two legs of the DSBF prelim return next Thursday for the $100,000 finals for each of the four sophomore divisions. A powerful field of seven mix it up in the $30,000 Open Handicap trot on the regular card. Mike Casalino's Theresademoninme, a three-time feature race winner in 2018 starts from the outside with Jonathan Roberts driving. The horses finishing second and third last time Joe Jannuzelli and Jeff Ruch's fast Rock Of Cashel and Corey Callahan and Lazurus with Tim Tetrick for owners Dana Parham, CC Racing and Triple D Stables return. Mark Ford's Dynamic Edge and Vic Kirby have a two-race win streak and drew the rail with Bob Shahan and the Parson's I Like My Boss handled by Allan Davis is alongside. Art Stafford Jr. drives Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta, and Minisink Farms' Celebrity Pegasus. The only newcomer is the talented Melady's Monet and Tony Morgan owed by Melady Enterprises, a winner of more than $1.1 million who has been a regular in Yonker's top trot. Next week is the final week for the Dover Downs 2017-2018 season. Closing day is Thursday, March 29. Dover Downs features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 13th and 14th races. Dover Downs races four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. An excellent selection of food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

Harness racing trainer Steven Nason is a long way from home. The Freedom, New Hampshire, horseman pointed his truck and horse trailer south and hit the road in early November with the hopes of making a name for himself on the Delaware harness racing circuit. The third-generation trainer and driver certainly has the lineage to meet that goal with both his father and grandfather being legends in the New England racing circuit. Steven Nason of Freedom, New Hampshire, on the practice track with Monkey and Geremel Hanover, both standardbred horses, at Track View Farm in Hartly. (Photo: Jason Minto, The News Journal)   Nason wouldn't mind being the third trainer/driver in his family to make it big in the sport. By all accounts, he's well on his way with more than 850 victories since starting his professional career in 2008 at Rockingham Park in New Hampshire. "It's in your blood," said Nason, who along with many other New England trainer/drivers, trains his horses at Track View Farm in Hartly. "You can't shake it." Arthur Nason started the family legacy, racing the New England circuit for years. In the early 1970s, he hit the big time with a horse named Mountain Skipper. "The Skippah" held nearly every record in New England. Then, like his grandson, he took the show on the road, traveling to Roosevelt Raceway (Long Island, New York), Yonkers Raceway (Yonkers, New York), Liberty Bell Park Racetrack (Philadelphia), Laurel Raceway (Maryland) and even the now-closed down Brandywine Raceway near Wilmington, to name a few. John Nason followed in his father's footsteps and has won well over 2,000 races over a long career. He recorded his 2,000th victory at Scarborough Downs (Maine) in 2010. "My grandfather had one of the best horses in harness racing in Mountain Skipper," Steven Nason said. "He was the horse of the year multiple times and raced the grand circuit. And my father has been doing this his whole life. I'm trying to catch up to them." Steven Nason of Freedom, New Hampshire, heads out to the practice track with Geremel Hanover for an exercise session at Track View Farm in Hartly. (Photo: Jason Minto, The News Journal)   Training in Delaware Steven Nason looked at the training board last week hanging in the stables at Track View Farm and knew he was in for a long day of preparing his 11 horses for harness racing the next week at Dover Downs. Nason, normally a driver on the New England circuit, came to Delaware to race at Dover Downs for the winter. He and his partner, girlfriend Nicole Hardy, have been in The First State since early November because there is no racing in Massachusetts this time of year. "[Massachusets] is under about three feet of snow right now, which makes training tough," Nason said. "So, we come down here because it is easier to train horses and get them ready and gives them an opportunity to race."   When not in Dover racing or Hartly training, Nason and Hardy, along with many of the transplants, race April-November at Plainridge Park Casino (Maryland), and fairs in Maine and other New England events, among others. Nason chose to bring his 11 horses (one he brings along as a stable mascot) to Delaware and Dover Downs not only because it affords him the opportunity to race them November-April, but also because of the reputation of the track and the size of the purses. "Dover Downs is a top-class facility," he said. "They have four or five of the top drivers in the country race here. They put on a good show and their purses are good. You get a lot of top-class horses, drivers and trainers. It's pretty tough over there." Dover Downs publicity director Marvin Bachrad agrees, saying Dover is the top track going during the winter months, featuring 14 races each day, Monday-Thursday. Bachrad said Dover Downs features premier live harness racing from November through April and simulcast harness and thoroughbred racing year-round, making Dover one of the industry's go-to tracks. "More than 400 outlets in the U.S. and Canada view our races via simulcast," he said. "We have the best harness racing this time of year." Nicole Hardy, of Foxborough, Massachusetts, brushes Geremel Hanover, a standardbred horse, before heading out for an exercise session at Track View Farm in Hartly. Hardy is the girlfriend of Steven Nason, owner of Nason Racin. (Photo: Jason Minto, The News Journal) Dover Down's season is set to end in just two weeks. A troubled history In his book entitled "The Great(er) Delaware Sports Book," author Doug Gelbert said in his historical account of Dover Downs that horse racing, "restricted to the bleak winter months, has proven somewhat less popular than the NASCAR oval encompassing it." Gelbert said in his book that the first thoroughbred meet at Dover Downs in 1969 averaged only 2,775 fans, barely half of what was expected. Attendance topped out at 3,500 in 1972, but flat racing was gone from Dover Downs by 1975. Harness racing fared somewhat better, according to Gelbert. Attendance was on par with the thoroughbreds and reduced expenses in the harness game allowed it to survive. By the 1990s, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway & Casino were operating on limited weekend schedules, the historical account read. They were the last harness tracks still operating in Delaware, where once, only a score of years before, there had been four. The oldest sport in Delaware was in danger of being put down. Beach, a standardbred horse, at Track View Farm in Hartly. (Photo: Jason Minto, The News Journal)   In December 1995, the Horseracing Redevelopment Act gave people legal slot machines and Dover Downs fatter purses. Before the slot machines, Dover Downs would offer purses of $800, maybe $1,000, Gelbert's account read. With the infusion of slot profits, a 10-race program would average $150,000 in prize money for the night.  "Dover Downs made a meteoric rise in the sport when that happened," Bachrad said. "It became one of the top two or three tracks in the country." With other tracks sprouting up in neighboring states and simulcast betting becoming more popular, Dover Downs lost some of its appeal, he said.  "Today, we don't get crowds as we used to," Bachrad said. "We used to draw 5,000 spectators a night in our heyday. We have seen a significant drop. Because of simulcast wagering, some of the other tracks around us are making money on Dover Downs." Nason has seen the drop in attendance, but purses at Dover Downs have remained pretty steady, he said.  He said there will always be the loyal fans, but the industry needs to reinvent ways to draw new and younger fans. "You definitely have your fans that are loyal to the sport and dedicated," Nason said. "Usually, if you go and watch one race, you are hooked. We try to bring our friends to bring new blood into the sport. They always come back." Nason believes the biggest reason harness racing is surviving at Dover Downs is that the casino is helping maintain higher purses.  Currently, in open class races – which are the best – the purse is $25,000-$30,000, Nason said. "The purses at Dover Downs have declined a bit over the years, but they still pay pretty well here," he said. "I don't want to say it is a dying industry because I don't want to believe it, but it's definitely declined a lot over the years. Steven Nason of Freedom, New Hampshire, on the practice track with Monkey and Geremel Hanover, at Track View Farm in Hartly. (Photo: Jason Minto, The News Journal)   A real gamble Being a horse owner in harness racing isn't always fun and games. It's a lot of investment for sometimes very little return. In Nason's case, a recent run of bad luck or no luck at all has him wondering about the future.  In 54 starts this season at Dover Downs, Nason has won $39,503 in purses, winning four races, placing in three others and showing in seven races. "The work is intense, but the rewards are good if you win," Nason said. And even that's a crapshoot, he says. You can buy a horse anywhere from $1,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars. There is a big range, he said.  "I've been lucky enough to buy one for $1,500 and make $50,000, and I've been unlucky enough to pay $17,000 for a horse that made me only $1,600," Nason said. "It's a gamble. You are always looking for that horse that will make you money." With the Dover Downs season coming to a close and the Harrington harness racing season nearly upon us, Nason and Hardy are hoping new scenery will mean better fortune. "We've had a rough patch of racing here and have used a lot of savings," Nason said. "Unfortunately, you have to love it long enough to be in it forever. That's why we chase pensions (affiliation with different tracks) around and try to get those built up every year." It's an industry in which Nason says you don't usually get rich, but it pays the bills and keeps him doing what he was seemingly bred to do. "Maybe you can be that one racer who gets rich doing it," he said. "We keep striving for that. It's a risk, but it is fulfilling." Reach Jerry Smith at jsmith17@delawareonline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JerrySmithTNJ. Reprinted with permission of Delaware Online

DOVER, Del.--- The combination of harness racing driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Jim King and owner JoAnn Looney-King ruled both ends of the daily double, each $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 1st leg three-year-old Filly pace preliminaries while Major Uptrend was at the top of his game winning the $35,000 Preferred pace on Thursday (March 15) at Dover Downs. Burn Brighter held off Mingo to score a 1:56.1 triumph in the opening le of the DSBF prelims with Sea Bags (Tony Morgan) third. An altered daughter of Roddy's Bags Again-Tear Drop, the win came in the second start of the meet. Lightning struck again in the second $20,000 division when the driver, trainer, owner trio made the winner's circle with a 1:52.4 performance in the gelding's first appearance at three. Sired by Roddy's Bags Again from Rare Filly, it was the fifth win of his career with four seconds in nine lifetime starts and banked $101,550 in purses. Race favorite Slick Tony (Russell Foster) was second in front of Transitioning Joy (Montrell Teague). Nissl Allen and Crissman Inc.'s Major Uptrend, a Somebeachsomewhere-Tricky Tooshie gelding, overpowered six rivals in the $35,000 Proffered Ides of March feature. Tony Morgan grabbed the racetrack early and widened his margin of victory to five-lengths in a dominating 1:49.2 conquest, his third sub-1:50 win of the meet. Little Ben (Tetrick) enjoyed a 2-hole trip behind the winner but could not close on the :27.4 final panel. Sicily (Montrell Teague) did not leave from the outside this week, but closed strongly for third place. Forty five Red pulled a 7-1 surprise in a $17,000 Winners-Over pace. Mike Cole left fast for the early lead, then came on along the passing lane for a 1:51.3 victory edging fast-finishing Blazing Bobby Sox (Stafford Jr.) by a nose at the wire. Early leader Gerries Sport (Tetrick) was the show horse. The win was the second in three races for the If I Can Dream-Sakura Hanover seven-year-old. He has now won $629,365 lifetime. Bags To Riches was scratched. Never Say Never N came on in the stretch for a 1:50.4 lifetime best, to win the another $17,000 pace. It was the second win for driver Corey Callahan and leading trainer Dylan Davis. The victory was the second straight for the Bettor's Delight-Maid In Spring five-year-old owned by Tom Lazzaro. JJ Flynn (Tetrick) was a strong second with Downthehighwy (Vic Kirby) the show horse. Highalator was scratched. The third $17,000 pace went to Cash Is King piloted by Callahan for L.W. Hood, Bonuccelli and Breakaway Stable in 1:52.2. A Rocknroll Hanover-Showeherethemoney gelding was cased home by fast-closing Daiymir (Teague) and Sagebrush Sid (Kirby)Mike Casalino Jr. in the first top claiming event and Dylan Davis' Jet Airway in 1:51 took the first, and Sawbuck Hanover (Sean Bier) won the second $25,000-$30,000-$35,000 claiming paces. Next Monday through Thursday DSBF $20,000 2nd leg prelims take place. The top eight point-getters in each of the four divisions race for $100,000 finals on meet closing day, Thursday, March 29. A changing menu of fine foods is available to diners watching the races from the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races continue each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

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