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Dover, DE — Jack Vernon avoided his previous harness racing breaking issues with a wire-to-wire victory in the $25,000 Open Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night (Jan. 14). Trainer Dylan Davis called upon the services of Tim Tetrick, and both trotter and driver responded over a sloppy racetrack. Jack Vernon allowed Home’n Dry to take the lead briefly before retaking the lead at the end of a :27.4 quarter. Tetrick was able to back off the half to :57.2 before facing a first-over challenge from In Secret through three-quarters in 1:25.2. Jack Vernon prevailed as the 1-2 favorite, winning handily by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.2.   Home’n Dry stayed on the rail to finish second; Majestic Marvel finished third. Coming up Thursday at Dover Downs, Wiggle It Jiggleit will take on Slick Tony once again in the 12th race Preferred Trot. First race post time is 4:30 pm. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

CHESTER PA - A pair of older performers who have had Breeders Crown harness racing success in the past showed they may be ready to fit in with the best of their divisions with impressive qualifying victories at Harrah's Philadelphia Tuesday morning. Shnitzledosomethin, the distinctively-named four-year-old son of Fred And Ginger, was a wire-to-wire winner for trainer Dylan Davis and driver David Miller in 1:52.4, with back fractions of :55.3 - :27.1. The winner of $597,782 first came to national prominence with a second-place finish in the Crown at two at his "home track" of Hoosier Park, and last year he won a Crown elimination and was fourth in the Crown Championship. Muscle Diamond, a seven-year-old son of Muscle Hill with a mark of 1:50.1, rebounded off a vacation of three-plus months with an engine triumph in 1:56.3, marching home in :56.4 - :28.1 for trainer Brett Bittle and driver Andrew McCarthy. Despite racing only 55 times in his first five racetrack campaigns, Muscle Diamond has amassed $785,699, a good portion of which came from Breeders Crown Championship finishes of second at two and third at three. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia   Jerry Connors

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It looks like harness racing trainer Dylan Davis, a Dover Downs regular, is preparing to do some damage at the Meadowlands. In fact, he's already started doing just that. Davis' Castle Flight, a $50,000 claim two weeks ago, was a determined winner Saturday night in the Meadowlands' weekly pacing feature, the $21,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers. The 7-year-old gelded son of Panspacificflight-O Narutac Castle unleashed a powerhouse performance, cutting out fractions of :26.3, :55 and 1:22.1, before hitting the wire in 1:49.3 for driver Yannick Gingras. It was the first sub-1:50 mile this year at the Big M. New Talent was a half-length back in second with 2-1 public choice K Ryan Bluechip third. "I think the horse was sharp before I got him," said Davis, "I raced against him at Hoosier Park so I know a lot about him. I'm very impressed with him." When Castle Flight ($7.80 to win as the second choice) debuted in the Preferred ranks on Feb. 16, he finished a good second to K Ryan Bluechip. This time, there was no doubt who was best, as Castle Flight, who is owned by Michael Casalino Jr., won his 24th race in 133 career starts, good for a bankroll of $249,776. Just one race before Castle Flight established his new lifetime best, Davis and his owners (Casalino and Tom Lazzaro) took another horse for $50,000, the red-hot Mindtrip, who won his third straight at the tough non-winners of $15,000 level for pacers, on the front end in a lifetime-best 1:50. Mitch Cushing drove the winner, who was trained by Patti Harmon. "I was sitting with Mr. Casalino when Mindtrip won," said Davis, "And I told him, 'I think this one's better than Castle Flight', but then Castle Flight went out and won in 1:49(.3). I noticed on the condition sheets that the Meadowlands is writing higher-priced claimers. I see there's a $50-60,000 claimer coming. Hey, if I can make $10,000 in a week it's not the worst day if I lose him for $60,000, and if I don't, we'll just make as much money with him as we can. But, he could race in the preferred, so ultimately, what class he races in is the decision of my owners." Davis and his owners are no doubt looking to the future and the $40,000 per-card purse increase that will come to the Meadowlands, effective Friday, March 1. They will start the era with a pair of aces in their barn. A LITTLE MORE: Some good handicapping and some good luck led to a big payoff in the 50-Cent Pick-5. A total of $67,180 was bet on the wager that begins in Race 1, and when favorites failed to win even one leg, those who had winning tickets walked away with $14,703.30. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 attracted total action of $105,936, and for those sharp enough to use a 21-1 shot and a 15-1 chance on their tickets cashed in for just under $4,500. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race card totaled $2,901,031. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

HARRINGTON, DE - Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis' Theresademoninme ($9, Jon Roberts) was a repeat harness racing winner Wednesday in the $16,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway in 1:56.2. The Dylan Davis-trainee out kicked a game Murmur Hanover to the wire for a narrow win. Royal Becca J, who battled bravely first-over, was third. The 7-year-old Kadabra gelding registered his 32nd career win. It was one of three driving wins on the 11-race card for Roberts, two for trainer Davis. In the sub-featured $11,000 Open II Trot, Bill Sartin's A Nashty Business ($26, Ross Wolfenden) was an impressive 1:56.2 winner for trainer Joe Hundertpfund, over Ubanji and Blownoutofthewater. Mike Cole and Allan Davis each had a driving double. Live racing continues on a Monday through Wednesday schedule until October 24. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

Chester, PA --- After a slow start to his 9-year-old campaign, Mel Mara ($3.60) found victory in his ninth start of the year and became harness racing's newest millionaire on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 19) at Harrah's Philadelphia.   The son of Lis Mara left from post five in a $12,500 third-level conditioned pace and worked clear of Cyamach (Pat Berry) at the end of a :27.2 first quarter before using three straight :28 sectionals to outpace the field. Mel Mara and driver Victor Kirby started to gain separation on their seven rivals with three-eighths to go, amassing a five-length lead off the far turn before ultimately defeating the late-rallying Franky's Beach Boy (George Napolitano Jr.) by 4-1/4 lengths in 1:51.2. Archangel Three (Tony Morgan), who provided cover to the runner-up, finished third.   Dylan Davis trains Mel Mara, runner-up in last year's Ben Franklin and Sam McKee Memorial events, for the partnership of the Robert Cooper Stables, J&T Silva Stables and Howard Taylor.   The day's $17,000 featured pacing event saw Commentariat ($22.00) skim the pegs to spring a 10-1 upset in rein to Sean Bier. The 4-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding remained perched in the pocket behind favored pacesetter Spondulicks N (Art Stafford Jr.) before working up the open stretch to win by half a length in 1:53. Spondulicks N held second over Rough Odds (Dexter Dunn), who lifted down the grandstand side to miss the runner-up spot by a further neck.   Noel Daley trains eight-time winner Commentariat, a Caviart Farms homebred.   Favorites finished one-two in the day's fifth race, resulting in multiple winners in the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5. As such, a mounting carryover of $3,852.96 heads to the Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 22) program. First post is 12:25 p.m.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia 

HARRINGTON, DE. - Theresademoninme ($4.60, Jon Roberts) notched his 7th win of the season with a 1:56 triumph in the $16,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. Owned by Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis, the 7-year-old Kadabra gelding led most of the way in his victory over I Like My Boss and Common Parlance. It was the 30th career win for "Demon," as his seasonal earnings closed in on $110,000. In the sub-featured $11,000 Open II, William Moffett's Gillie The Kid ($9, Ross Wolfenden) prevailed in 1:56.4 over Spunky Jack and Drazzmatazz. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

DOVER, Del. --- Theresademoninme had just enough in a deep stretch battle to nip Rock Of Cashel by a short nose in the $25,000 Open trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday (March 34). Tyson came back after a year off for his fourth straight win in the sub-feature trot. There were four trotters wide turning for home with Theresademoninme emerging and Rock Of Cashel coming from far back on the backstretch to race side-by-side during the :29 quarter nearing the finish line. The tight photo-finish gave the Kadabra-Tortoni gelding the nod for is third win of the year in 1:54 for driver Jonathan Roberts and trainer Dylan Davis who owns the winner with Mike Caslino Jr. Lazurus (Tim Tetrick) finished third in front of Celebrity Pegasus. One race earlier, in a $13,500 Winners trot, Tyson, who hadn't raced since winning a Yonkers feature last February 2017, returned to the races with a powerful 1:54.2 victory with Corey Callahan in the bike. Trainer Ed Gannon posted his second win of the day and co-owns the Donato Hanover-Southwind Amiga gelding with Yannick Gingras and Frank Carzone. It was his fourth win in-a-row over two seasons and now has earned $103,825 lifetime. Torkil (Montrell Teague) closed well for second with Holiday Promise (Tony Morgan) third. Tyson with a powerful 1:54.2 victory with Corey Callahan in the bike.   - Foto Won Snappy Dresser made it two in-a-row to close the card with a 1:54.3 win for Tim Tetrick taking a $13,000 Filly and Mare pace Huff Racing owns the Vintage Master-Elegant Girl four-year-old. It was Josh Greens second training win. Rear View (Russell Foster) and Rosietellthetruth (Callahan) were second and third respectively Crazshana got up for Tetrick to win a $12,000 Winners-Over trot for Jeff Bamond Jr. training for Bamond Racing. I Like My Boss (Allan Davis) led until the final steps and finished second. Wisenheimer (Foster) was third in the 1:55 mile. The victory for Crazshana, a Crazed-Keystone Shana gelding, was his first of the year and 17th lifetime giving him earnings of $349,949. Blownoutofthewater came on for Tony Morgan to overtake Tough Mac (Callahan) to win in 1:54.3 in the other $12,000 division. Classic Belisima (Stafford Jr.) was third. Blownoutofthewater is owned by Midsize Construction and is an altered son of Explosive Matter-Andover Mermaid. Tim Tetrick, trainers Josh Green and Ed Gannon, had two winners apiece. Eight start on Wednesday in the $25,000 Mares Open/Handicap pace. Nerida Fanco N has the outside meets Valuable Art, Apple Bottom Jeans, Scandalicious and Betterhaveanother in the tough field. Live racing is featured Monday through Thursday weekly with a 4: 30 p.m. post time. No live racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 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.--- When Dover Downs 49th harness racing season debuts on Monday, Oc.t 30, Dylan Davis, after four consecutive meet-leading trainer championships is the one to beat in the upcoming near six-month long meet.. Last season, the leading trainer title went down to the last day of the meet with Davis and Jim King locked in a 72-72 win tie. Davis' trainees went on to win two races on the meets final program to nip runner-up King to win another crown. Davis totaled 74 winners. With another strong roster of fast pacers and trotters in his stable, Davis should get off to a big start, with King's hard-hitting group of young horses set to challenge again. Other seasoned Dover Downs conditioners with horses to watch returning this season are track-multiple trainer champion, Josh Green, Clyde Francis, leading the powerful George Teague stable, Joe Hundertpfund, Leigh Raymer, Wayne Givens, Doug Lewis, Kevin Lare, Les Givens, Don Brittingham, Eric Ell, Trish Foulk, Nick Surick and Bobby Glassmeyer along with the sport's perennial leading trainer Ron Burke. In addition to a strong overnight racing program headed by Preferred, Open and well-match claiming events for both trotters and pacers, the final major stakes of the 2017 season will highlight the month of November. The top two-and-three-year-olds now in training headed by the $350,000-estimated Hap Hansen Progress Pace, eight lucrative Matron Stakes for two- and three-year-old trotters and pacer plus four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals for male and female pacers and trotters freshmen. The track's 49th campaign opens on Monday, Oct. 30 continuing until March 30 with four days racing daily. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. No live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. The popular Dover Downs Race and Sports Book features daily simulcast racing from major harness and thoroughbred tracks. During the football season, three-picks NFL football is available from Noon until 12 Midnight each day. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant, call 302-764-4600. Marv Bachrad

HARRINGTON, Del. - Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis' Theresademoninme ($16, Jon Roberts) notched his 21st career win in upset fashion Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:55.3 harness racing victory in the $16,000 Open Trot. Trained by co-owner Davis, Roberts put the 6-year-old Kadabra gelding on the early lead, where he would never relent in a powerful score over Wind Of The North and Tymal Signature. Victor Kirby continued to maintain a slim margin in the driver standings with his 3,991st career win with Wingus ($3.80). Kirby currently has a two win lead over Allan Davis, who won the fourth race with Explosive Jet ($5) and 10th with Delaware Hanover ($3), as the race for the meet's leading driver heats up with five nights of racing remaining in the season. Vince Bradley and Louis Catana had an owner double when Sunset Mike ($3.80, Art Stafford Jr.) scored a 1:57.1 win in a sub-featured $11,000 trot. The win also gave Bradley a training double. Ross Wolfenden, who is third in the driver standings, won a pair of races. Brian Malone (30 victories) is the leader over Josh Green in the trainer standings by two wins. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Robert Cooper Stables and J&T Silva's Mel Mara ($2.40, Corey Callahan) was a 1:52.1 harness racing winner Monday in the featured $15,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Dylan Davis, won his first 2017 appearance on his home base via a menacing three-wide move into the final turn that saw him slingshot to the front for a powerful win over Major Uptrend and Sparky Mark. Captive Audience set fast fractions before tiring late. It was the fifth win of the year for Mel Mara, who may be Harrington's marquee race of the season on September 18, the $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial. Three was the lucky number of the night as it was one of three straight wins on the program for Callahan. The program also started with three consecutive number three horses winning. Live racing continues through Wednesday, before Thursdays are added for the balance of the schedule through October 19. Matthew Sparacino  

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 14, 2017 - Indiana-sired freshmen pacing colts were the featured harness racing  attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 14 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. After winning his elimination last week, Shnitzledosomethin turned in another dominant performance to best nine other rivals, scoring in a new lifetime best of 1:52.2. With driver Peter Wrenn in the bike, Shnitzledosomethin was eased off the gate to settle along the rail in fifth while a host of others left alertly. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. had Bluebird Recon fired up to leave aggressively and get the first call through the opening panel in a snappy :25.4. Jeopardy and LeWayne Miller benefitted from a pocket trip while GD Western Joe and Ricky Macomber Jr. were following intently in third. Wrenn Jr. was able to get Bluebird Recon to relax on the lead but they quickly yielded command to Shnitzledosomethin just before the second station in :56.3. Shnitzledosomethin led the field through the three-quarter clocking in 1:25.2 but was joined on the outside by Tom's A Rockin and Sam Widger. Tom's A Rockin was matching strides with the leader as the field turned for home but Shnitzledosomethin wasn't finished. Utilizing a :27 final quarter, Shnitzledosomethin coasted on to the wire four lengths in front of his competition. Tom's A Rockin held on gamely for second while Letitrock and Todd Warren staged a big rally late in the lane to get up for third. As the 3-5 favorite, Shnitzledosomethin returned $3.20 at the betting windows. "He's an impressive colt," Wrenn noted in the winner's circle. "I knew there would be a lot of early speed so I planned to race off the back but all these colts are so green I had to move down the backside. He was very strong at the wire." Trained by Dylan Davis, the son of Fred And Ginger-Summer N Sand has now won both of his lifetime outings. With the win, Shnitzledosomethin has bankrolled $47,500 in lifetime purse earnings for his connections of Bfj Stable, T. Lazzaro, E. Gold, and A. Basen. Shnitzledosomethin New Talent winning the Invitational Emily Gaskin

East Rutherford, NJ - Rain showers loomed over the morning qualifying session at The Meadowlands, but overcast conditions settled in over the afternoon and into Saturday night's 11-race harness racing program. Saturday night's main event was the $20,000 Preferred Pace, scratched down to a field of six, with Odds on Equuleus out sick. Three of the six arrived into the Saturday's event riding back-to-back wins, with all six starters finishing first or second in their most recent start. Mel Mara had the pole position and driver Corey Callahan took full advantage, winning the early skirmish into the opening turn to put Bushwacker (John Campbell) in the two-hole, with Rockeyed Optimist (Andy Miller) dropping into third. They raced that way by the quarter in 26.4, and through a very reasonable half-mile in 55 seconds. The tactical advantage was with Mel Mara after the 28.1 second-quarter breather, and he unleashed a wicked 53 second back half on the lead, easily rebuffing a mild challenge around the far turn from Rockeyed Optimist, to cruise home to a three length win in 1:48. Rockeyed Optimist prevailed in a narrow photo over Bushwacker to hold second. It was the 20th career win for Mel Mara, the second in three starts this season. Mel Mara is trained by Dylan Davis for the Robert Cooper Stables LLC and the J&T Silva Stables LLC. He returned $3.80 as the 4-5 betting favorite. Andy Miller had a driving triple and was the only driver with multiple wins on the 11-race program. Kelvin Harrison had a pair of training wins. Total handle on the 11-race card was $1,986,010. Live racing resumes next Friday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com.   Justin Horowitz

HARRINGTON, Del. - Arque Hanover notched his third win of the harness racing season Monday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:52 win in the $17,500 Open Pace. Owned by Thomas Lazzaro, Robert Cooper Stables and Abe Basen, Arque Hanover was sent for the lead from post position six at odds of 3-5 to an opening quarter of 27.1 seconds. Arque Hanover led the field of eight through remaining fractions of 56.1 and 1:24.1 while Take It Back Terry battled first over. In the stretch, Arque Hanover held off "Terry" for a one length win. Framed Art was third. Trained by Dylan Davis, it was the 16th career win for the Rock N Roll Heaven stallion. Victor Kirby, who was involved in a racing accident Thursday night, wasted no time in getting back to the winner's circle. Kirby captured both halves of the daily double with Allwillworkout ($3.60) and Almost Cut My Hair ($7). Venerable veteran Dancin Yankee ($12.80, Allan Davis) recorded his 56th career win in an $11,000 conditioned pace in 1:52 for owners Richard Lombardo and L&J Racing LLC. The Josh Green-trainee has banked nearly $1.6 million in his career. Driver Jim Morand, who was injured in the aforementioned accident on May 25, is home recovering after surgery on his shoulder. Morand, who has enjoyed a successful career in racing for more than three decades, has won 9,404 races lifetime, ranking him among the sport's winning-est drivers all-time. Matthew Sparacino

DOVER, Del.--- Outside post 8 was no problem for Earl's Speed who chalked up his second straight harness racing featured trot at Dover Downs on March 1. After a win from the rail last week, Yannick Gingras drove Earl's Speeder from the outside this week with the same result, a victory in 1:55.1, over a sloppy track. The Earl Of Stormont-Trapezius gelding made it two wins in his last three starts for trainer Dylan Davis and owner Mike Casalino to give him three wins, two seconds and a third in eight starts this year. Streamsong (Jonathan Roberts) was second best edging Marley's Guy (Tim Tetrick) third. 2012 Hambletonian winner Market Share made the winner's circle for the first time in 2017 with regular driver Tim Tetrick piloting a 1:54.1 victory in the sub-feature trot. The victory is the 29th in his career lifting his bankroll to $3,756,576 for trainer Linda Toscano and owners Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable and Blueberry Man Bill Augustine. Buddy Hally (Montrell Teague) hustled home second in front of Deacons Valley (Gingras). Tim Tetrick had three wins, Montrell Teague, Yannick Gingras, Tony Morgan, trainer Dylan Davis and owner Mike Casalino had doubles. WAKIZASHI HANOVER, ALWAYS AT MY PLACE, MISSLE J MEET IN $30,000 FEATURE Three starters – Wakizashi Hanover, Always At My Place and Missle J - who won their previous starts collide in this week’s $30,000 Preferred Handicap, the top event at Dover Downs on Thursday, March 2. First Post is 4:30 p.m. Wakizashi Hanover makes his first start since late December as he prepares for his 2017 season with Tim Tetrick driving the five-year-old $1.4-millon winner for Buce Kennedy and Tri County Stable of Nova Scotia. Always At My Place won by a nose for Yannick Gingras from post 8 last start in the seasonal debut for the gelding owned by Weaver Bruscemi, Karr, Collura and Burke Racing Stable. Meanwhile the red-hot Missle J steps up after a 1:49.1 success last Thursday in the $20,000 Open pace. Jonathan Roberts has driven the four-year-old in all four of his consecutive wins. Henderon Farms’ Bushwacker has a history of Dover successes including three already this meet with Corey Callahan at the controls. Hall of Famer John Campbell, the all-time leading money-winning driver who is approaching $300,000,000 lifetime, will drive Lightning Stable’s McCardles Lightning. Cajon Lightning was a solid third in last week’s Preferred with Art Stafford Jr. driving for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms. Arque Hanover already has three feature race wins this meet and leaves from post 1 with Vic Kirby in the bike for Abe Basen, Tom Lazzaro, and Robert Cooper Stables. Emeritus Maximus (Gingras), fresh from a 1:50 conquest returns in the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap and starts from the outside in an eight-horse field. He has won three of five starts since being claimed by Don Marine and Brent Hall. The fast finishing Blazing Bobby Sox driven and co-owned by Art Stafford Jr. with his dad, Art Stafford, also has a glittering record of three wins and two close-up finishes. Sweet Rock (Allan Davis) won his previous start racing for Reg Hazzard, G.P.Callolway and Legacy Racing. Local favorite Mustang Art (Campbell) usually is a factor in the week’s top pace. Driver George &Tina Dennis’ Seventh Secret with be tough from the rail after several weeks of tough racing luck. Rounding out the starters are Al Carter and Doug Lewis’ Captive Audience (Tetrick) and Jenny Bier’s Im Supersonic A (Sean Bier). Nike Franco N (Tetrick), a highly touted New Zealand import who has won all four of her starts in the U.S. also makes her first start this year for owner Rich Pollucci   in the $20,000 Open Handicap pace. Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s Sicily (Davis), a winner last time out, heads the strong opposition. There is a hard-hitting undercard on the 15-race card. Monday through Thursday live racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are ‘dark days’ at the track. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- It was a five-win harness racing card for Corey Callahan topped by a 1:52.2 victory equaling lifetime record in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Dover Downs. Trainer Dylan Davis had four wins while owner Mike Casalino tripled. Callahan drove Mike Casalino's Tough Mac, who was bet down to a 3-5 favorite, into the early lead and never looked back en route to his third win of the year in the week's top trotting event. The Dylan Davis conditioned Tough Mac extended his lead at the three-quarters and breezed home in a :28.3 final panel. Wind Of The North (Sean Bier) took to the outside as the field turner for home and zoomed from sixth to within two strides of catching Tough Mac at the wire. Uva Hanover (Tony Morgan) was the third-place finisher. The Tough Mac victory was the third in his last four for the black gelding by Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady and his 22nd lifetime. He has earned $349,399 in purses. Callahan had just enough to steer Canadiab-bred Earl's Speeder past leader Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.) in the final step for a lifetime best 1:52.3 in the $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners Over trot. The Earl Of Stormont-Trapazius gelding is also trained by Dylan Davis for owner Mike Casalino. Steel Reserve (Vic Kirby) was third. In a $13,500 4&5-Year-Old trot, Barbara Kirby's 19-1 shot Myclaimtovictory closed along the passing lane for Kim Vincent to catch and nip heavy favorite Markley's Guy (Kirby) in the last step for a 1:53.2 personal fastest mile. Streamsong (Jonathan Roberts) was the show horse. Bret Brittingham posted his second winner guiding RBH Ventures and Spagnola Racing's Guiltywithanexcuse to his third consecutive victory overtaking former Hambletonian champion Market Share (Morgan) in deep stretch for a 1:53.3 triumph. Gillie The Kid (Kirby) took third. The $30,000 Preferred pace features four newcomers this week-Take It Back Terry, McArdles Lightning, Katies Rocker and the sharp Star Messenger. The co-feature is the $27,500 Delaware Special led by Blazing Bobby Sox, Little Ben and Mustang Art. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant and its acclaimed Buffet. . For reservations, call 302-674-4600. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing is available in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book, from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight daily. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Four Staces atoned for a upset loss in his last start to take the early lead and score a 1:53 harness racing victory in the $20,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming Allowance on Monday, Dec. 26 at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan drove Four Staces into the early lead and the pair were never headed in a 1:53 triumph as Dover Downs returned to racing after the traditional one-week Holiday Break. Dylan Davis trains and co-owns the five-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover-Miss Stacey co-owned by Mike Casalino. Four Staces won for the fifth time this year. He has won $$57,720 in 2016 and $185,959 lifetime. Too Darn Hot (Jason Lynch) was runner-up with Nuclear Dragon (Allan Davis) third. One race earlier, Tony Morgan and Fancy Colt started from post 9 in the second tier and came on to post a decisive 1:51.1 success in the $9,000 Male pace to giver Morgan the second of three wins with Crissman Inc. and trainer Tim Crissman winning for the second time. The Always A Virgin-Fanciful Hanover gelding notched his seventh win of the season winning $58,166 of his career $206,468 bankroll this year. Brody (Sean Bier) the early leader finished second for the second straight time with Maximum Terror (Art Stafford Jr.) third. In addition to Tony Morgan's three wins, George Dennis and Corey Callahan also had a triple while Vic Kirby won two races as did Bret Brittingham who drove both ends of the daily double. Trainers Don Brittingham, Jim King, Tim Crissman and owner Crissman Inc. also had two winners. EMPRESS DEO SEEKS THIRD STRAIGHT IN $20,000 MARES OPEN PACE Empress Deo, a last to first winner last time, looks to continue a two race win streak in the $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap pace on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at Dover Downs. Legacy Racing’s Empress Deo has shown she can win on the front end or coming-from-behind, has won the week’s top female event for the second straight time and in three of her last four outings. Her only loss came second by a nose, all with Allan Davis driving. Making her first start at this level, Lightning Mach N, with Tim Tetrick, puts a perfect three straight victories on the line since arriving from New Zealand for owners Rich Lombardo and trainer Josh Green. Purrfect Bags and Vic Kirby raced strongly last time finishing third beaten only a neck. A strong contender group complete a tough field among the seven distaff starters. Josh Parker, B Spedden, K Evans and Nanticoke Racing’s Elliesjet N handled by Jonathan Roberts has been sharp all meet. Howard Taylor’s Shine N Shimmer with George Dennis drew the rail and cannot be overlooked. The only three-year-old in the lineup, Sayulita with Corey Callahan has already posted a win at this level. There is also a talented newcomer in this one. Scott Woogen’s homebred KJ’s Caroline has been a standout in Western New York before returning to this area.     A $15,000 distaff pace heads a strong undercard, . Monday through Thursday live racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are ‘dark days’ at the track. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

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