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HARRINGTON, DE - Michael Casalino Jr. and Rodney Long's Itsrocknroll A ($7.80, Jon Roberts) was a 1:53.1 winner in the featured $20,000 Open Pace at Monday's opening day of harness racing at Harrington Raceway. The 6-year-old A Rocknroll Dance gelding who sat in the pocket, out-kicked pacesetter and race favorite JJ Flynn through the stretch for a narrow win. Drinkin Again was third. It was the 3rd win of the year for Itsrocknandroll A, who is trained by Dylan Davis. ITSROCKNROLL A REPLAY   Owner/trainer Gary Simpson had a double with two longshots Wichita Lineman ($65.80, Allan Davis) and I'll Play It Alone ($34.20, Art Stafford Jr.). Jason Lynch's Mcboogity ($6, Jason Lynch) scored a 1:55.1 in the sub-featured $25,000 to $30,000 claiming handicap. Pat Berry, Montrell Teague and Victor Kirby each had a driving double. Live racing will continue on a Monday through Wednesday schedule. Post time nightly is 4:30 p.m. For full race results, click here. By Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

Shnitzledosomethin keeps growing on harness racing trainer Dylan Davis. Literally. "Physically, to me, he's still getting bigger," Davis said about the 6-year-old male pacer, who has earned $817,583 in his career. "If you saw him up close, you wouldn't think it was possible for him to get any bigger. But to me, each year he gets a little heavier, a little wider, a little more girthy I guess is the best way to put it. He's massive. "He's very heavy but his gait is unbelievable," he added. "I don't ever recall training a horse as heavy but as graceful as he is." Shnitzledosomethin races in Saturday's $27,500 winners over/open at The Meadowlands. So far this year, the stallion has two wins and two seconds in five starts. He was eighth in his most recent start, parked from post seven at Yonkers. "He was a little unfortunate; Yonkers is the toughest half-mile track in the world when you've got the outside," Davis said. "But overall, he's come back great. He seems to be as sharp as he's been. I don't remember him being much better than he is right now." Shnitzledosomethin, who has won 22 of 72 career starts, was a Breeders Crown runner-up in 2017 and finished second in Indiana Sire Stakes championships at ages 2 and 3. He won four of 15 races last season; a campaign interrupted in March by the COVID-19 pandemic. "I thought I had him peaking at the right time around the middle of March, and the next thing you know, we shut down," Davis said. "I just couldn't get him on his toes. He's a horse that has to work. If he's not working, he's heavy, he's lazy. I just could never get him into form." Davis is pointing Shnitzledosomethin toward the Borgata Pacing Series at Yonkers. The six-round event begins March 15. "He loves a half-mile track," Davis said. "As long as the draw goes OK, I think he fits with the best ones out there." Also in action for Davis on Saturday at The Meadowlands is 4-year-old male trotter Swan In Motion. The stallion joined Davis' stable at the end of 2020 after being purchased at the Standardbred Horse Sale's Mixed Sale for $65,000 by Howard Taylor. Swan In Motion, trained previously by Jamie Macomber, was an Indiana Sire Stakes champion last year and runner-up at age 2. He has won nine of 30 career races and $422,185. This season, Swan In Motion has a win and two seconds in five starts. He competes in Saturday's $15,500 conditioned trot at the Big M. "I'm very happy with him so far," Davis said. "I was kind of familiar with the horse from watching him race in Indiana. He seems to be living up to expectations of what we bought him for. He's always trotting hardest at the wire. He's not wicked quick off the gate but he does get home pretty good, with a lot of will. He's got a very good attitude." Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EST) at The Meadowlands. The Big M and TrackMaster have teamed to regularly provide free past performances for each race card. Past performances can be found here on The Meadowlands website. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

YONKERS, N.Y. – Delaware-based harness racing trainer Dylan Davis’ name doesn’t appear in the Yonkers program regularly. Out of Davis’ 542 starters to date in 2020, only 17 of them have come at the Hilltop. When faced with a long ship each way and stiff competition, Davis wants to ensure that when he does make the trek, he is coming to win. “Personally, I love racing there, it’s just a matter of having the right class of horse,” Davis said. “It’s kind of hard for us to just take one horse all the way to Yonkers. If traffic is good, we can make it in four hours, but if we hit the George Washington Bridge at the wrong time, it can be a job. That’s why when I do come, I enter two, three, sometimes four at a time.” On Monday (Dec. 14), Davis will send just one horse to Yonkers Raceway: Dina Bolt, a New Zealand-bred 4-year-old gelding who made his U.S. debut a winning one in a $14,000 overnight here Nov. 30. Handled by Jordan Stratton, Dina Bolt raced in third under a strong hold in the first quarter as Scrappin Gold set the pace. Approaching the half, Stratton tugged on the right line and by the third turn, Dina Bolt ranged up to confront the leader. Scrappin Gold and Dina Bolt raced nose-to-nose up the backstretch and around the final turn. As they straightened away, Stratton simply struck the wheel disc once and Dina Bolt’s response was instantaneous. Dina Bolt’s stride quickened, and he put up 2 1/4 lengths on the field. He stopped the timer in 1:53.3 with a :28.3 final quarter over the sloppy racetrack. As far as Davis was concerned, it was a textbook first start. “Jordan did a great job with him. When I get them shipped over from Australia, I want them taken off the gate the first couple times just so they don’t get hot and they learn our style of racing,” Davis said. “Jordan did great, he sat him in until past the three-eighths and when he moved, it wasn’t like he brushed him or anything, he worked his way there. Jordan told me at the top of the stretch, he asked him to go and that was it.” Bred by Feek, Candy, and Nolan, Dina Bolt is by Bettor’s Delight out of Pullover Brown, an Armbro Operative mare who won three Group 1 stakes and two Group 2 stakes and earned NZ$332,265 between 2002 and 2004. Pullover Brown’s progeny include Dina Bolt’s full sister, Dina Brown, who has placed in multiple Grouped stakes and earned NZ$102,877 to date. Dina Bolt raced in the barn of top trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, finishing third on debut in the Group 2 Two-Year-Old Classic at Invercargill April 27, 2019. Dina Bolt’s next five starts included unplaced efforts in the Group 1 Two-Year-Old Emerald and the Group 1 Sire Stakes Final, both at the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club. Dina Bolt scored his first win in an Auckland Trotting Club maiden Dec. 3, 2019 and doubled up in his next start there 11 days later. After another overnight win Feb. 28, 2020 and two more unplaced stakes efforts in March, Dina Bolt shipped to Australia. He won three overnight races and placed in another three between Aug. 11 and Sept. 22 before Mike Casalino, Jr., who co-owns Dina Bolt with Davis, identified the prospect. “My partner Mike Casalino, he does most of the searching for the Down Under horses,” Davis said. “I do look at their lines and their replays. Watching the replays, I know what I want to look for in a horse. I watched quite a few of his videos. He looked over there like a very handy horse. “Something that sticks out in my memory, I watched three or four races of his and he was racing from the back or from the outer tier,” Davis recalled. “Then, all the sudden, he had an outside post and the driver sent him out of there and he crossed right over to the lead. I was like, ‘woah, I like that,’ a lot of versatility being able to do it both ways.” Once Dina Bolt arrived in Delaware, Davis saw all the usual attributes of a Bettor’s Delight son. “He’s awesome. He’s a lot of fun, he’s got a great personality, he plays. Even though he’s a foreign Bettor’s Delight, he acts a lot like one,” Davis said. “When he’s in the stall, he will jump around. He has a ball he plays with. When he’s out jogging, he’ll have his head down between his legs kind of cantering and jumping around. He’s just a really good-feeling horse. That’s what I like about him. He doesn’t seem to stress out about anything; he’s nice and relaxed all the time, just having a good time.” Davis spent around six weeks getting Dina Bolt acclimated and training down. The first 10 days to two weeks, Dina Bolt spent in the field. Then once he began training, Davis kept him settled in the middle of the set. Similar tactics were employed in Dina Bolt’s qualifier at Harrah’s Philadelphia Nov. 24, when he raced along in fifth throughout before pacing home in :28.2 to finish third. “Training down, I always train in groups. I’ll train anywhere from two at a time to six at a time. Something I’ve done with every New Zealand or Australian horse we’ve brought over here, when we train them in sets like that, they just sit in the middle. I never pull them and make them brush by anybody, I never put them on the lead,” Davis explained. “My main thing is I want them to sit in and he was perfect that way. We’ll even do it going fast; we’ll train miles in 1:58 and he’ll sit in behind somebody and never move. He’s been a real pleasure to get adjusted.” Dina Bolt was on the also eligible list last Monday (Dec. 7), but got back in tonight (Dec. 14) and drew post six in a $16,000 overnight as he steps up from the non-winners of four to the non-winners of six condition. Jordan Stratton will drive again. His rivals include Caliber, the 5-2 morning line favorite who enters off two straight wins for Williams Hernandez, including a 3/4-length wire-to-wire score here in 1:54.3 last out Dec. 7. The field also includes Mac’s Big Boy, Patriot Nation, Genius Man, Sports Obsession, Western Vacation, and So Many Roads. “I’m not disappointed with the draw because I want him to race from the back again,” Davis said. “With the right trip and everything working out, I think he’ll be tough to beat again. I don’t know those horses like I know all the horses at Dover Downs, but with the way he raced the first time, they’re going to know he’s there.” Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights through Dec. 22. First post time is 7:12 p.m. For entries to the races, click here. By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

Dylan Davis knows his pacing mare Apple Bottom Jeans faces a difficult task competing against the 2019 Horse of the Year Shartin N and Breeders Crown champion Caviart Ally, but he also believes his harness racing horse is pretty special, too. "She's almost the perfect horse," Davis said. "She does everything you want her to do, she never disappoints you in any way; she's just so professional about everything. She's an absolute sweetheart to be around and when it's time to do her job, she does it." Apple Bottom Jeans makes her 2020 debut in Wednesday's (March 4) $50,000 fillies-and-mares invitational at Dover Downs, where Shartin N also makes her seasonal bow. Shartin N, who won 15 of 19 races last year and was worse than second only once, is the 8-5 morning-line favorite. The 7-year-old Apple Bottom Jeans won five of 24 races last season and hit the board a total of 20 times on her way to $314,505. Her earnings ranked fourth among pacing mares in 2019. "I couldn't have been any happier with her," said Davis, who trains Apple Bottom Jeans for owners Howard Taylor, Robert Cooper Stables, and Ed Gold. "I'm very happy with the way she's trained back; she's really good. I expect her to do very well again this year." Apple Bottom Jeans' wins last year included three preliminary divisions of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series. She finished second to Shartin N in the Clara Barton Pace and was third behind Shartin N and Caviart Ally in the Golden Girls and Betsy Ross Invitational as well as a preliminary round of the Great Northeast Series. She was second to Caviart Ally in the Rainbow Blue Series final. "She never stopped trying," Davis said. "She just was third best." Following Wednesday's start, Apple Bottom Jeans will head to the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway. The six-week event begins March 13 and ends April 18. She finished third in last year's final, which was won by Shartin N. Another Matchmaker-eligible mare, Major Occasion A, is the 2-1 second choice in Wednesday's race at Dover. Major Occasion A has won three of six races this year, her first in North America after a well-regarded career Down Under. The 6-year-old Australian-bred mare is trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman and owned by Norman's Enzed Racing Stable. Major Occasion A is 2-for-3 at Dover, including a 1:49.4 win on Feb. 5 in the fillies-and-mares open. "She's been a real pleasant surprise," Norman said. "I knew she was a nice mare, but she's nice in every respect. She's a nice mare to be around. She's a big really good-looking mare, she's game, she can race either way; she's just a pretty good horse." Norman has staked Major Occasion A to some other races on the Grand Circuit in addition to the Matchmaker. "I wasn't really sure if she was good enough, but she's made a bit of money so I did put her in a few stakes races at The Meadowlands so far just to make sure she's got somewhere to race," Norman said. "I've been real happy with her. I didn't think she was at this level, but I guess we'll find out a lot more about her on Wednesday when she races against a really good field of mares." Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. (EST) Wednesday at Dover Downs. The fillies-and-mares invitational is race 12 on the 14-race card. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

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

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