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
Last weekend saw some pretty wild weather here at Cal Expo and David Siegel was one of the drivers right in the middle of it, making winner's circle appearances on Saturday with Moon Is on Fire and Outlawdangruswatrs. "This past weekend's conditions were perhaps the most challenging I have faced in my short career," said Siegel, whose day job is as President of TrackMaster. "For openers, what can make things really dicey is the physical condition of the track. The drivers agreed that the track crew did an outstanding job with the surface both nights. Given those conditions, we did not see how the track could be better prepared. "During the race, the most challenging aspect of driving is visibility and hearing. The winds on Saturday made hearing difficult. Every driver has his own methods for dealing with visibility. I happen to use special moto-cross goggles which look really funny, but they allow me to see pretty well which helps me feel safely confident." Siegel also pointed out that preparation is a key when driving any race, especially one where the weather and track conditions add to the variables. "A sharp driver will look at a horse's lines or ask the trainer about how the horse is on an off-track as some really like it, and some perform predictably poorly. In addition, how the wind is blowing also plays a major role in strategy. It is logical that into a head wind you would prefer to draft and certainly not be in front. "On the flip side, if you are not near the lead in a fierce stretch head wind like we had on Saturday, you have little chance to gain much ground. So while that matters for the last quarter, it affects how you think about position throughout the race." Stan Bergstein Trot, Sire Stakes head marquee The $10,000 Stan Bergstein Trot, which finds Northern Stormont seeking his sixth straight victory, and a $15,000 California Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotters featuring My Little Susie are center stage Sunday at Cal Expo. First post is 5:05 p.m. Northern Stormont is razor sharp right now and strictly the one to beat in the Stan Bergstein. A 5-year-old son of Earl Of Stormont, he races for George McCrystal, Mark Kremen and Scott Ehrlich with Steve Wiseman reining and training. Northern Stormont has used his powerful late kick to make five straight trips to the charmed enclosure, with the last three seeing the Wiseman charge overcoming the assigned No. 10 post position. He lands the rail for Sunday's assignment. Looking at the Sire Stakes, My Little Susie is a daughter of Claudius Augustus from the S J's Photo mare Sue's Photo, My Little Susie carries the banner of A Piece Of The Action LLC with Gene Vallandingham the conditioner and Chip Lackey is his usual spot in the sulky. After a couple of needed efforts to start the year, the bay miss has been perfect in her last three trips to the post and has been putting her versatility on display in the course of those victories. My Little Susie started her streak by going coast-to-coast in the finale of the Alan Kirschenbaum series, then accounted for the first stakes dance of the season for this group on February 14 with a come-from-behind score. Sent off the 3-5 choice for the most recent stakes get-together two weeks ago, she did not disappoint her many backers as she sat the pocket trip to the stretch for Lackey and then drew off by four lengths while lowering her career standard to 1:57 2/5 in the process. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness
The Indiana harness racing industry is very appealing right now to new investors. Hank Rossman is one of those men who has followed an interest in the sport and turned it into a new business venture. A savvy businessman, Rossman is now a horse owner and is enjoying a new side to harness racing.