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Harness racing trainer Nancy Takter continued her training dominance by finishing first and second with Fortify and No Lou Zing in the $325,000 Progress Pace.   Overlooked in the wagering, Tim Tetrick left and settled in fifth behind Cattlewash.   It proved to be the perfect place to be.   Tattoo Artist and Yannick Gingras stretched out No Lou Zing, parking him through a sizzling 25.2 opening quarter.   No Lou Zing finally cleared before the half in 53 seconds.   Down the backstretch Tim Tetrick was able to coerce Cattlewash off the rail and was towed into a second over journey. Cattlewash inched closer but was unable to threaten No Lou Zing. They throttled up to the three quarters in 1:20.2, pacing a 27.2 quarter. Past the three quarter point Tetrick roused Fortify three wide.   However,the race fractions were not kind to No Lou Zing, the race favorite. He weakened in the stretch. Fortify (Sweet Lou) won by a half length in 1:48.2 and went off at odds of 10-1.     Fortify is owned by Diamond Creek Racing and was driven by Tim Tetrick. Nancy Takter is the trainer.   No Lou Zing finished a hard fought second for trainer Nancy Takter and driver Dexter Dunn.   Catch The Fire was third for driver Mile Wilder and trainer John Ackley.   After Tim Tetrick’s reaction was “ I liked the way he raced last week, I know I needed a trip in the final”.   “It all worked out because I was able to follow Cattlewash. However, I was disappointed he (Cattlewash) could not carry me further and I had to go three wide”.   Trainer Nancy Takter was overjoyed in the winner’s circle at finishing first and second. “He( Fortify) is a pleasure to be around and I got him this summer. The owners wanted to skip the Breeder’s Crown and I’m glad they did”. He will go back to Diamond Creek and return as a four old.”   Sunny Dee shines and wins the Fillies and Mares Open at Dover. Sunny Dee and Dexter Dunn enjoyed the perfect pocket trip as She’s Pukka N did all the heavy lifting, cutting all the race fractions as the field remained in single file throughout most of the mile. The fractions were 26.1 55.1 and 1:23.3. Dexter Dunn confidently moved Sunny Dee, the three to five wagering favorite, out of the pocket and attacked She’s Pukka N in the stretch.   Sunny Dee won by a measured neck in 1:50.1 as the three to five race favorite.  The last quarter was paced in 26.3. Sunny Dee (Sunshine Beach) is owned by Let It Ride Stables and Bottom Line Racing LLC.  Mike Hall is the trainer. She’s Pukka N. grudgingly, finished second, for driver Tony Morgan and trainer Brian Malone. Queen Of The Pride is trained by Kevin Lare for driver Pat Berry. Tim Tetrick won 5 races on the card including the $325,000 Progress Pace.   by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Dover, DE - Two $100,000 finals of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Series were held at Dover Downs for 2-Year old colt and filly pacers on Wednesday Thanksgiving eve.  “The Ramona Hubbard” for the filly pacers was won by Littlebagoftricks (Roddy’s Bags Again-Bit Of Trick) in 1:52.4, a new lifetime record and stakes record for driver Russell Foster and trainer/co-owner Josh Green. Co-owned by Charles Cochran, III and Richard Lombardo and bred by Josh’s father’s Green Racing, Inc. The place filly was Hey Hey Dbay followed by Stealing Bases.   The colt pacers saw a huge upset in Downtown Show (Delmarvalous-Slow Down Rita) who went off at 59-1 and scored a Maiden win in 1:54 for driver Allan Davis and trainer Les Givens.   Owned by Henry Faragalli,III, Arthur Feeney, and Teresa Givens’ (daughter of Ramona Hubbard), Nanticoke Racing, Inc. The breeder was Winbak Farm. Second was the Harrington final winner, Subban with Z’s Dream finishing third. The 3-year olds series for DSBF pacers begins Monday with trotting fillies. Post Time 4:30 PM by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the DSBF

Dover, DE - It was all about jazz and an old farmer from Kent County for the 2-year old $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund trot finals at Dover Downs Tuesday. The filly trot, named for the late Brandywine and Dover Downs publicity director, Marv Bachrad, was the tenth race on the evening card. It was all Jazzy Judy (Political Briefing-Giant Smash) in 1:59.4 by 4 1/2 lengths for the dynamic reinsman, Anthony MacDonald.   Trained by Jim King, Jr. and owned by TheStable.ca, and the Jazzy Judy Group of Guelph, Ontario which represents about 70 people. Bred by Winbak Farm. Designer’s Edge was second followed by Harrington final winner, Kim’s Command in third. The colt and gelding trot was won by the Harrington final winner, Big Al M (Anders Bluestone-Bringing Up Lindy) in 1:58.4 for reinsman Eddie Davis, Jr. and trained by his son Eric.   The owner, Bobby Myers, a successful Delaware Valley reinsman back in the day is also the breeder. He named the gelding for the Kent county farmer, Al Moore of Smyrna, also a former owner of several good raceway horses. Second was Malachi’s Test followed by Someofmygoodtime for the show. Wednesday night finals will be the 2-year old pacing colts and fillies. Post Time 4:30 pm. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the DSBF  

Bob Aerenson and his father Buddy have owned racehorse for 15 years, but Bob's interest in harness racing goes back to his childhood. Before he was old enough to drive, the Wilmington, Del., resident would ride his bike to nearby Brandywine Raceway and offer to jog horses in the morning before returning later to watch the races. He also would hitch rides to area tracks with childhood friend Doug Paul and his family, whose participation in harness racing stretches more than four decades. In recent years, the Aerensons, who race under the name Rojan Stables (an acronym made up of family member's names), have been among the owners of Dan Patch Award winners Captain Crunch and Divine Caroline as well as Grand Circuit stakes winners Closing Statement, Bettor Be Steppin, and Lady Rainbow. This past Saturday, 2-year-old male pacer Always A Miki added his name to the list with a victory in the Governor's Cup. And on Wednesday, 3-year-old male pacer No Lou Zing will attempt to add a second Grand Circuit triumph to his credentials when he competes in the $325,000 Progress Pace at Dover Downs. "We've been very fortunate," Bob Aerenson said. "It's been a fun ride. My father just turned 90 and is in great health. He gets very excited about the horses. It's a great thing that we do together. Fortunately, we've had some success, and that makes it even more fun." No Lou Zing heads to the Progress Pace off a win in the event's single elimination last week. The gelding won by a half-length over favorite Cattlewash in 1:49.1, with Dexter Dunn driving for trainer Nancy Takter. On Wednesday, No Lou Zing starts from post seven and is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line. Cattlewash, from post eight, is the 2-1 favorite. For the year, No Lou Zing has won seven of 15 races, hit the board a total of 14 times, and earned $442,308 for owners Rojan Stables, 3 Brothers Stables, and Caviart Farms. His victories include the Jenna's Beach Boy Stakes and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. He was second in the Matron and third in the Adios and a division of the Tattersalls Pace. His only off-the-board result was a fifth in the Breeders Crown, where he was beaten only three-quarters of a length in a six-horse blanket finish. "We had a little bit of bad luck at the Breeders Crown, but we've gone against some great horses," Aerenson said. "The fact that we're in the same conversation with some of these great horses just makes it even more exciting." No Lou Zing, by Sweet Lou out of Terroronthebeach, was winless in three starts at age 2. He went off stride in all three of those races but got off on a good foot this year with three victories and a second in his first four starts. Takter assistant Josert Fonseca drove the gelding in his first six races this season before handing the lines to Dunn. "He didn't have much of a 2-year-old season, but, obviously, Josert and Nancy are a great team because they got him figured out and he's peaking right now," Aerenson said. "Last week was very impressive." No Lou Zing ranks fifth among all 3-year-old male pacers in purses this season. "My expectations were for him to be a good sire stakes horse, not at the level he's at right now," Aerenson said. "The horse started out the year nicely, but they still were not against the top caliber. I did not expect to be where we are right now. This is very exciting. "Nancy has done a fantastic job keeping this horse in the right place." Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. (EST) Wednesday at Dover Downs. The card also includes $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund championships for 2-year-old male and female pacers. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

Harness Racing This Week: Progress Pace final, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit returns to Dover Downs this Wednesday (Nov. 25) for the $325,000 Progress Pace final for 3-year-old open pacers. This will be the final stake for the 2020 Grand Circuit season. Complete entries for the race are available at this link. Last time: Bettor's Wish closed out his racing career in style with a powerful performance in Saturday's (Nov. 21) $340,000 TVG Series Open Pace championship, defeating Backstreet Shadow by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:48.1 at The Meadowlands. This Is The Plan finished third. Bettor's Wish closed out his racing career in style with a powerful performance in Saturday's $340,000 TVG Series Open Pace championship. Lisa photo. Sent off as the 1-2 favorite, Bettor's Wish paid $3.00 to win. "I barely asked him tonight, to be honest," winning driver Dexter Dunn said. "It was all him. It's been him his whole career. He's a true racehorse. "It was a special feeling crossing the line with him tonight. He's been an amazing horse to me." Bettor's Wish, a 4-year-old stallion by Bettor's Delight out of Lifetime Star, won 24 of 44 career starts and $2.60 million. He failed to finish among the top three only three times in his career. He received the Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old male pacer in 2019 and was second to Shartin N in voting for both Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Other victories this year for Bettor's Wish included the Sam McKee Memorial, Dayton Pacing Derby, and Allerage Farms Open Pace. Bettor's Wish is owned by trainer Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm, and Bettors Wish Partners. He was bred by Brittany Farms. Manchego made her final career start a winning one, capturing Saturday's $320,000 TVG Open Trot championship by 1-1/4 lengths over Atlanta in 1:51.3 at The Meadowlands. Lindy The Great finished third. Manchego, a 5-year-old mare, was retired in a ceremony in the winner's circle following the race. She ended her career with 33 wins in 56 career starts and $2.72 million in purses. Her victories included the 2018 Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown titles at ages 2, 4, and 5. She is the fastest female trotter ever thanks to her 1:49 victory in the 2019 Allerage Farms Mare Trot at Red Mile and also the fastest female trotter in history on a five-eighths-mile track, with a mark of 1:49.3 in this year's Spirit of Massachusetts at Plainridge Park. Manchego is the only female trotter to win with a sub-1:50 mile in multiple years. She has been the sport's fastest trotter in 2019 and 2020. In 2017, Manchego won all 12 of her starts and became the first undefeated 2-year-old filly trotter in Breeders Crown history as well as the first unbeaten 2-year-old filly trotter to win a Dan Patch Award. With her Breeders Crown triumph last month, she joined Peace Corps and Grades Singing as the only female trotters with at least three trophies. Manchego, by Muscle Hill out of Secret Magic, was trained by Jimmy Takter at ages 2 and 3, and Nancy Takter at 4 and 5. She is owned by Barry Guariglia's Black Horse Racing and was bred by Brittany Farms. "She's just a super mare," Nancy Takter said. "She's been great since the first moment that she ever set foot on the track. "When you get the call that you get to train a horse like Manchego, those calls probably aren't going to come very many times in my life, so I appreciate every moment that I had with her. She's just an unbelievable mare. She makes my job easy, she makes all of us look good around her, because she's just such a professional." Kissin In The Sand took the lead at the half, fended off a challenge from Shartin N on the final turn, and pulled away from the field in the stretch to win Saturday's $150,000 TVG Series Mare Pace championship in a stakes-record 1:48 at The Meadowlands. Three-year-old filly Peaky Sneaky was second and Shartin N was third. It was the final start of Kissin In The Sand's career. The 5-year-old mare finished the season with a seven-race win streak and pushed her lifetime victory total to 27 in 58 starts. She earned $1.74 million for owners Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables and trainer Nancy Takter. "She was outstanding tonight," winning driver Dexter Dunn said. "She's had an amazing career, she's an amazing mare, and I was lucky enough to get on for the last four or five starts to enjoy the last run home." Sent off the 4-5 favorite, Kissin In The Sand paid $3.80 to win. Kissin In The Sand, by Somebeachsomewhere out of Kiss Me Kate, was bred by Christina Takter, John Fielding, R A W Equine Inc., and Concord Stud Farm. She was a Dan Patch Award winner at age 3. Among her wins to close out this season were her first Breeders Crown as well as the Dayton Distaff Derby, Milton Stakes, and Allerage Farms Mare Pace. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2020, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2020 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,271; 2. Dexter Dunn - 1,162; 3. David Miller - 815; 4. Tim Tetrick - 745.5; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 606. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,303; 2. Nancy Takter - 1,295.5; 3. Ake Svanstedt - 734; 4. Tony Alagna - 682; 5. Marcus Melander - 492. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 273.9; 2. Caviart Farms - 240.5; 3. Determination - 230; 4. Brad Grant - 217.3; 5. Weaver Bruscemi - 209.8. Looking ahead: The 2020 Grand Circuit season will conclude after this week; the 2021 Grand Circuit schedule will be released early next year. by Paul Ramlow, for The Grand Circuit

Dover DE - The field for the $325,000 Progress Pace at Dover Downs has been drawn.  The race features three year old colt and gelding pacers.  The race is scheduled as the 12th of 15 races off the evening. No Lou Zing and  Cattlewash, who finished first and second in the elimination race, drew post seven and post eight respectively. Trainer Nancy Takter sends out two entries in Fortify and No Lou Zin, who was supplemented to the race. Trainer Tony Alagna sends out Captain’s Barbossa and Kirk.    Also scheduled on the pre Thanksgiving card will be two, $100,000 DSBF Finals and two $15,000 DSBF Consolations. Dover Downs Post Time is 4:30 pm The field is as follows:          Horse                                                Trainer Captain Barbossa                              T. Alagna Manticore                                           Br. Saunders Captain Kirk                                       T. Alagna Fortify                                                 N. Takter Catch The Fire                                   J. Ackley Tattoo Artist                                        I. Moore No Lou Zing                                       N.Takter Cattlewash                                         R.Burke by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Dover, DE - Itsrockandroll A powered past Goldberg to win the $22,000 Blue Hen/Open at Dover Downs on Thursday night. Goldberg, who was assigned the outside post left alertly along with Robbie Burns N.  They paced to the quarter in 26. Goldberg then led the field to the half in 56.2. Shadow Cat and Dexter Dunn moved to the outside and were in attack mode racing first up.  Itsrockandroll A shadowed cover second over on the rim. Goldberg continued on the lead to the three quarters in 1:23.2.  Shadow Cat started to weaken and Itsrockandroll A fanned three wide into the stretch. Itsrockandroll A powered past Goldberg in the deep stretch and won by a neck in 1:51.1 as the nine to five race favorite.   Itsrockandroll A( A Rocknroll Dance)  is owned by Mike Casalino Jr and trainer Dylan Davis. Corey Callahan was the driver. Goldberg fought hard but finished second for driver Montrell Teague and trainer Brenda Teague. Robbie Burns A, who raced in the pocket, was third for trainer Joshua Parker.  Andrew McCarthy was the driver. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Dover, DE - No Lou Zing wins the Progress Pace elimination at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Cattlewash and No Lou Zing left alertly at the start of the race and established early race position. Once Cattlewash cleared the lead,  Dexter Dunn boldly pulled the pocket with No Lou Zing and wrestled the lead away from Cattlewash. The quarter was reached in 26.4.  No Lou Zing continued on the lead and reached the half in 55.2.   Tattoo Artist, who had supplemented to the Progress Pace, pulled first over.  Fortify shadowed second over for race position on the outside.  The three quarter time was reached in 1:22.1, a 26.4 quarter.   Tattoo Artist began to weaken on the rim, past the three quarter pole.  Cattlewash and David Miller, who enjoyed the pocket journey throughout the mile, revved up his charge along the rail but could not gun down a very game No Lou Zing. No Lou Zing (Sweet Lou) won by a half length in 1:49.1 and was sent off at odds of eight to five.  The owners are 3 Brothers Stable, Rojan Stables and Caviart Farms and he is trained by Nancy Takter.   Cattlewash, the race favorite at four to five, finished second for driver David Miller and trainer Ron Burke. Finishing third was Catch the Fire, who forced the early pace, was driven cleverly by Mike Wilder.  John Ackley was the trainer. The top eight race finishers who are headed to the final are: No Lou Zing, Cattlewash, Catch The Fire, Fortify, Captain Kirk, Captain Barbossa, Manticore, and Tattoo Artist. The Progress Pace Final, worth an estimated $325,000, is scheduled for Wednesday November 25.  Dover Downs post time is 4:30 pm. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Three divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund series for two-year-old harness racing pacing fillies came out tonight (Nov. 18) at Dover Downs to earn points to qualify them for the $100K final next Wednesday evening November 24th. The first was a non-wagering event which was won by Cinder’s Baby (Rockabillie-Cinderlla), a full sister to the Harrington final 3-year old winner, Cinder Rock. Time for the mile was 1:58.4 under rein to trainer/driver Art Stafford, Jr. Bred by Elam Esh of PA. It’s Turtle Time was second followed by Purrfect Purse in third. Race 1 on the wagering card went to a winner from last week, Littlebagoftricks(Roddy’s Bags Again-Bit Of Trick) in 1:55.4 for driver Russell Foster. Trained by co-owner Josh Green and co-owners, Richard Lombardo and Charles Cochran,III the swiftest miss of the three divisions was bred by Gary Green’s, Green Racing,Inc. Stealing Bases was second followed by Delmarvalousdesign in third.   Third division was the second half of the daily double won by repeat winner Hey Hey Dbay (Roddy’s Bags Again-Fat Lady Returns) and driver Victor Kirby in 1:57.2. Trained by co-owner Bryan Truitt. Bred by co-owner James P. Magno. A very close second was Adriana with Seboomook Beauty finishing third. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the DSBF  

Dover, DE - High winds and dark winter weather ushered in four harness racing divisions of juvenile trotters Tuesday contesting their second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund series at Dover Downs, which will head into the $100K finals next Tuesday, November 24th. First non-wagering race was fillies won by Whitesville Beulah (Anders Bluestone-Whitesville Tara) in 2:01.2, in a new lifetime record and making her two wins in a row. She is owned,trained, and bred by Gary White of Delmar, MD and driven by David Hill. Toni Lee was placed second and Kim’s Command was third. Second non-wagering race was all Big Al M, the Harrington final winner (Anders Bluestone-Bringing Up Lindy) in putting his win streak at four in a time of 1:59.3 for owner and breeder Bobby Myers. Trained by Eric Davis and driven by his father, Eddie Davis, Jr. Second was Malachi’s Test followed by Roll Juan for show. First half of the daily double was the second division of colts and geldings. It was all Rhett (Keystone Activator-Lake Serena) in wire to wire fashion for driver, Tony Morgan in 1:59. Rhett is trained and co-owned by 90 year old Donnie Wiest and is co-owned by his son David. Donnie is also the breeder. Altar Call was the place followed by Blue Devil for show. The final race for fillies was a dash to the first turn four deep and at the wire it was first time Dover leg winner, Designer’s Edge (He’s Spooky-Designate) in 2:02.2, a new lifetime mark with driver Billy Long. She is owned and trained by Harry Marsh, Jr. and was bred by Virginia Louthan. Amy Wil was second and Jazzy Judy was third.   The top 8 point earners for each gender qualified for the finals. In order of points the colts are:Big Al M, Rhett, Altar Call, Blue Devil, Malachi’s Test, Roll Juan,Bluestone Jackson, and Someofmygoodtime. For the fillies: Whitesville Beulah, Jazzy Judy, Designer’s Edge, Kim’s Command, Toni Lee, Amy Wil, Reality, and Annalee. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the DSBF

Dover, DE - Three divisions of two year old colt and gelding harness racing pacers led off the week in the second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) series at Dover Downs. First of two non-wagering events went to Z’s Dream (Dream Away-Eastwood Aurora N) in 1:56.4 making it two in a row for owner Leonard Hubbard and trainer Andrew Stafford. Driven by Andrew’s brother, Art Stafford, Jr. Downtown Show was second followed by Marvelous Winner in third. Second non-wagering event was won by owner,trainer,breeder Brenda Teague’s Mr Overbite (Southwind Lynx-Hustle Hard) for his maiden win in 1:57.4 while being parked from the half for driver Tony Morgan. Brenda’s nephew, Montrell was “second right there” with Can’t Get Right followed by Squeak On By in third. Third division was the first half of the Daily Double.It was all Henrico (Delmarvalous-Blue Moon Artist) for three wins in a row for co-owner/trainer, Clyde Francis and co-owner MST Racing. Driven by Tony Morgan to a new lifetime record of 1:54.1. Second was Subban followed by First State Joni in third.   The top 8 point earners (in point order) will return for a $100,000 final on Thanksgiving eve, November 25th. They are Henrico,Z’s Dream, Marvelous Winner, Mr Overbite, Subban, Downtown Show, Justflirtingwithu, and Mister Ramsey. Tomorrow night the Series continues with 2-year old trotters. Post Time 4:30 PM. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the DSBF

Eleven horses have been entered for the Progress Pace elimination race,at Dover Downs on Wednesday. November 18.   Eight horses will place their noses on the gate. There will be three trailing horses scoring from the second tier. The purse is $35,000.   Trainer Ron Burke’s Cattlewash, who won the Matron Stake for three year old colt and gelding pacers, has been installed as the 5/2 race favorite.   The owners of No Lou Zing and Tattoo Artist supplemented at a cost of $25,000 each, to enter the elimination race. Trainer Tony Alagna has three starters including Capt. Midnight, Captain Kirk and the Little Brown Jug winner Captain Barbossa.   The Progress Pace final will carry a purse of $325,000 and will be raced on the following Wednesday November 25.   Post time for Dover Downs is 4:30 pm     Horse                           Trainer 1. Catch The Fire               J. Ackley 2. No Lou Zing                   N. Takter 3. Cattlewash                     R. Burke 4. Captain Midnight            T. Alagna  (scratched) 5. Captain Barbossa           T. Alagna 6. Indictable Hanover         C. Coleman-Herlihy 7. Manticore                       B. Saunders 8. Always And Again          D. Davis 9. Tatoo Artist (2nd Tier)    I. Moore 10. Fortify (2nd Tier)          N. Takter 11. Captain Kirk (2nd Tier) T. Alagna     Dover Downs

Party Girl Hill may have missed Kiss Me Onthebeach’s divisional world record by two-fifths of a second, but her 1:49 performance in the $154,450 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old harness racing pacing fillies landed her in the Dover Downs record books. The daughter of Captaintreacherous yielded to third to stalk Priceless (Andy Miller) and Lyons Sentinel (Tim Tetrick) through a blistering :25.4 first quarter before making her move up the far side. When Lyons Sentinel edged out of the pocket at the :54.2 midway stage, Dunn slid Party Girl Hill second-over to follow live cover. Lyons Sentinel put Priceless away with five-sixteenths to go, and after losing cover, Party Girl Hill continued on to strike the front midway on the far turn before winning by a measured 1-3/4 lengths. JK First Lady (Gingras) rode the winner’s cover to finish second; Rocknificent (Scott Zeron) also benefitted from the outer tier and gained into third.   Party Girl Hill, whose only defeat in 16 career starts to date came in the Breeders Crown, has amassed $880,345 in earnings — all this season. Chris Ryder trains the Tom Hill homebred. The retirement of Tall Dark Stranger made the $179,600 Matron Stake for sophomore male pacers far more wide open than most previous events within the division, and the late-blooming Cattlewash ($2.80) had to work for every penny of the winner’s share of the purse. The son of Somebeachsomewhere had to exert himself through a :26 first-quarter duel with Tattoo Artist (Gingras) before clearing shortly thereafter — but once in control of the terms, David Miller had little opportunity to ration Cattlewash’s speed. After only managing to rate the half to :53.4, Cattlewash faced first-over pressure from Little Brown Jug winner Captain Barbossa (Joee Bongiorno) up the far side. While Cattlewash shrugged off Captain Barbossa’s challenge on the final turn, another pair of challengers were waiting in the wings to take their shots in the final furlong: Tattoo Artist launched for the open stretch, and No Lou Zing (Dunn) vaulted off cover. Cattlewash was driven out to narrowly prevail in 1:48.3. No Lou Zing lunged late for second over Tattoo Artist, who was fully extended to stay on.   Ron Burke trains 10-time winner Cattlewash, who has now earned $799,777 for owner-breeder Bill Donovan. In the sub-featured $20,000 Open Handicap Pace, Goldberg ($3.40) earned his eighth win of the season with a 1:50.2 score over Robbie Burns N (McCarthy) and Itsrockandroll A (Callahan). Montrell Teague drove the winner for trainer Brenda Teague. From the USTA and Dover Downs

Dover, DE - The $163.050 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old harness racing trotting fillies at Dover Downs Thursday was won by Sorella.   Hypnotic AM was a late scratch and race favorite Ramona Hill made a break leaving. Her misfortune changed the entire complexion of the race.   Ab’sattitudexpress and Sorella both left aggressively. Gingras waited, parked out, then sent Sorella to the top. They cut fractions of 26.3, 56.1 and 1:25. Crucial offered only mild pressure parked 1st up down the backstretch to the ¾ pole. Sorella went on and won by one and one half lengths as the second choice in the wagering. The winning time was 1:53.1. The last quarter was trotted in 28.1.       In the winner’s circle, when asked about Ramona Hill’s misfortune Gingras replied “I did not know she (Ramona Hill) broke. All I wanted was the lead. My filly races well on the lead”.   Guinevere Hall closed to be second for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Melanie Wrenn. Ab’sattitudexpress, finished 3rd, from in the pocket. Tim Tetrick drove for trainer Lucas Wallin.   Sorella (Muscle Hill) is owned by Crawford Farms, Elmer and Brent Fanin and is trained by Nancy Takter.   In the $162,350 Matron for 3-year-old colts and geldings, a track record was established as Dexter Dunn put Amigo Volo on the point and down the road.   Dunn parked out Joe Bongiorno and Play Trix On Me the entire mile. The race fractions were 26.3, 54.4 and 1:23 with a final clocking of 1:50.2. Amigo Volo became the fastest male trotter and is tied with Mission Bried (2015) as the two all-age trotting track record holders at Dover Downs.        In the winner’s circle Dexter Dunn remarked “ I didn’t even have to pull his ear plugs out. She had plenty left. Nifty (Norman) has done a tremendous job of keeping her fit all season long”.   Amigo Volo won in a romp by six and a half lengths, and was sent off as the three to five race favorite. Amigo Volo ( Father Patrick) is owned by the Pinske Stables and David J. Miller.   Back Of The Neck trotted a rugged first over trip and finished 2nd for driver and trainer Ake Svandsedt. Coventry Hall was third with Andrew McCarthy in the bike for trainer Ake Svanstedt..   Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Dover, DE - On a rainy warm November evening three harness racing divisions of two-year-old pacing fillies in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Series at Dover Downs went forward on a very sloppy track. It was a muddy sweep for Winbak Farm stallion Roddy’s Bags Again. The first division was a non-wagering event won by Harrington final winner, STEALING BASES (Roddy’s Bags Again-End To End Hanover) in a new lifetime record of 1:56.3 by a 7 length margin for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King, Jr. The filly is owned and bred by Jo Ann Looney-King. Delmarvalousdesign was second followed by Kittyscribble in third. The second division followed as the first half of the Daily Double and produced the Maiden win of HEY HEY DBAY (Roddy’s Bags Again-Fat Lady Returns) in 1:57.1 for driver, Victor Kirby and trainer/co-owner Bryan Truitt. Co-owner James Magno is also the breeder or record. Rock’s Rose was second and Seboomook Beauty was third.   Final division went to LITTLEBAGOFTRICKS (Roddy’s Bags Again-Bit Of Trick) in a new lifetime record of 1:54.1 by 6T lengths for driver, Russell Foster and trainer/co-owner Josh Green. Co-owned by Charles Cochran of DE and Richard Lombardo of OH. Filly was bred by Green Racing, Inc. Adrianna was second followed by Tobago Time in third. Second leg of the series continues on Monday with the 2-year old pacing colts. Post Time 4:30. Major Occasion A celebrated with a victory in the Open Pace Wednesday night. Major Occasion A and Dexter Dunn left but had to wait for clearance as four horses all left for early positioning towards the quarter. Artrageous and Art Stafford Jr left alertly from the rail and forced tucks by Wishy Washy Girl and Major Occasion A. The quarter was in 26 flat.   Nearing the half, Soho Burning Love A pulled off the rail from sixth and induced Major Occasion A to move 1st up down the backstretch. The half mile was reached in 55.2.   Major Occasion A was able to clear a game Artrageous midway down the backstretch.  Pressure came quickly, from the three to five favorite Soho Burning Love A. The two favorites raced as a team and paced to the three quarters in 1:22.2.  The quarter was paced in 27 flat over a sloppy surface. However, in the deep stretch Major Occasion A dug in and fought hard.  Soho Burning Love A , who never before raced in the slop, met her match on this occasion. Major Occasion A won by a half length in 1:51.2 as the second choice in the wagering at 5 to 2. Major Occasion A ( Art Major) is owned by Enzed Racing Stable. R. Nifty Norman was the trainer. Soho Burning Love was a game second for driver Tim Tetrick. Moments Of Joy stayed on the rail and finished third.  Victor Kirby drove for trainer Bryan Truitt. Tim Tetrick scored with 5 victories over a sloppy track. There are 4 divisions of three olds in the Matron Stakes on Thursday at Dover Downs.   by Judy Davis-Wilson and Alex Kraszewski

Harness Racing This Week: Matron Stakes, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit returns to Dover Downs this Thursday (Nov. 12) for four Matron Stakes for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. The 3-year-old colt pace carries a purse of $179,600, the 3-year-old filly trotters will race for $163,050, the purse for the 3-year-old colt trot is $162,350 and the 3-year-old filly pacers will race for $154,450. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: On Saturday (Nov. 7), a week after Summa Cum Laude and Perfect Sting recorded the first dead-heat Breeders Crown win, Yannick Gingras steered Sunma Cum Laude to a 1:50.2 win in the $204,050 Kindergarten Classic final for freshman pacing colts and geldings at The Meadowlands. Summa Cum Laude soared home with Yannick Gingras at the reins to win the pacing Kindergarten Classic for colts and geldings at The Meadowlands. Lisa photo. Soaring to first off the gate was Shakespeare, followed by Captain Sleaze, with the Ron Burke-trained Summa Cum Laude in fourth behind Ilderton AM after leaving from the 10 hole. Shakespeare cut the first quarter in :26.4. Summa Cum Laude took to the outside and smoothly passed Shakespeare. With the lead, he was entirely in charge pacing to a 1:23.3 three-quarters. Simon Says Hanover came first over to make his bid but Shakespeare was still strong and still after the leader, while Always B Sweet came into the stretch picture. Without urging, Gingras drove Summa Cum Laude across the wire to a lifetime-best-equaling score by 1-1/4 lengths. Shakespeare held on for second, Captain Sleaze got third and Always B Sweet closed late to get fourth. "I just tried to get him in play," Gingras said after the race. "I wasn't going to take back to last, so I was able to get away fourth and from there I saw what the pace was going to be, though it didn't matter, because he can race any which what way. I had a ton of pace still when finishing." Summa Cum Laude is by Somebeachsomewhere-Western Graduate. Burke Racing Stable, Phil Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi own the colt who took his fifth win in 14 starts and has accrued $440,325 in earnings. As the favorite, Summa Cum Laude paid $4 to win. Fresh from her Breeders Crown victory at Harrah's Hoosier Park, Fire Start Hanover and driver Dexter Dunn swarmed over her competition to win the $151,030 Kindergarten Classic final for freshman pacing fillies. Fire Start Hanover, the 1-5 favorite, was in no rush leaving the gate, and settled into fourth as High Minded and Lindy At The Beach rushed from the outside and Three Way Split held onto her rail position. As the first quarter was clocked in :26.3, High Minded gave up the lead to Classicist, who could not keep the top before the :55.2 half when Dunn guided Fire Start Hanover to the outside. With Off The Record at her back, Fire Start Hanover became the leader and never looked back. The Nifty Norman-trained filly glided into the stretch in total command, with Off The Record in futile pursuit, crossing the wire 1-1/4 lengths in front in a 1:51.1 mile. Off The Record was second and Classicist shifted into third over High Minded. Dunn said, "She bounced back okay. It's only a week since she raced in the Breeders Crown and though that was a tough mile she did it pretty easily." In the Kindergarten, he said, "The way she was traveling to three-quarters I was not worried because she was full of pace. She finished the mile with the ear plugs still in. She's strong." Fire Start Hanover is a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, out of Fit To Frame. Pinske Stables, David Hoese and Lawrence Means own the filly who collected her eighth win in a dozen starts and has earned $589,326. She paid $2.40 to win. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2020, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2020 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,216; 2. Dexter Dunn - 1,012; 3. David Miller - 765; 4. Tim Tetrick - 715.5; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 581. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,228; 2. Nancy Takter - 1,175.5; 3. Ake Svanstedt - 684; 4. Tony Alagna - 662; 5. Marcus Melander - 492. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 268.8; 2. Caviart Farms - 227.2; 3. Determination - 220; 4. Brad Grant - 214; 5. Weaver Bruscemi - 204.7. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at The Meadowlands and Dover Downs. The Meadowlands will feature the four TVG finals for older pacers and trotters and the Fall Four stakes for 2-year-old pacers and trotters. Dover will host the Progress Pace eliminations for 3-year-old open pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

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