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HARRINGTON, Del. - Jason Johnson's My Ideal Hanover ($6.40, Victor Kirby) prevailed in Tuesday's $11,000 featured conditioned event at Harrington Raceway with a 1:53.3 triumph. The 5-year-old Western Ideal mare had won five in a row before suffering a defeat in the $30,000 Legislator's Cup at Harrington on Governor's Day during the Delaware State Fair. After a pair of seventh place finishes in Open company at Yonkers Raceway in her ensuing efforts, 'Ideal' returned home where she received some class relief for trainer Ed Gannon Jr. She set all the fractions from post position eight, and held off Sucha Bad Girl and Whistler Seelster for a one length win. It was the sixth win of the year for My Ideal Hanover and 16th in 86 career starts. Driver George Dennis had three winners on the 12-race card. Sean Bier and Montrell Teague each had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway's 68th year of live harness racing resumed Monday night with 4-time defending driving champion Ross Wolfenden winning four races on the 12 race program. Live racing had been on a brief hiatus in central Delaware since the July 24 Governor's Day program during the Delaware State Fair. Wolfenden, who finished in a deadlock atop the driver standings with George Dennis in 2013, teamed up with 2013 leading trainer Joe Hundertpfund Jr. to win three of his races. The 51-year-old Wolfenden's first win came in the second race aboard Polaris N ($11.40) before capturing consecutive races aboard Hundertpfund-trained horses in the seventh with Ivan Blue Chip ($4) and eighth Ziggy Sky ($4.80). Wolfenden then triumphed in the 11th with Danish Diligence ($3.20) to cap the grand slam. There was approximately a half-hour delay shortly before the 11th race due to an electrical outage. Jon Roberts and George Dennis each recorded a driving double. Racing will continue on a Monday through Thursday schedule until October 23. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

The two-year-olds were in the spotlight at Ocean Downs Sunday in the Maryland Sire Stakes.   Renegade Starlet (CR Renegade) made sure the filly trot was exciting right to the wire. Driver Jeff Fout was content to follow last week's preliminary winner Betcha Ur My Baby (You Betcha)until the head of the stretch, when he pulled on the leader, catching her at the wire in 2:06.2. Tui Stone trains the filly for Serendipity Stables.   In the filly pace, Helaines's Firebird (Allie's Western) has proved to be the dominant one so far taking both the prelim and final off the front end. George Dennis piloted the filly to a new mark of 2:02 for owner Frank Chick and trainer Kevin Lare. The Winbak Farm owned Jodi's Sweety was second.   The trotting colts showed that minding your manners is the best way to win a race. Doggone Slots (Doggone Yankee) and Jay Boy (Tsunami) both did just that and had the fans cheering them on down the stretch with Doggone Slots getting his first lifetime win in 2:05.1. Trainer Tom Morris co-owns the homebred colt along with Gregg Morris   As usual the Cam's Rocket pacing colts put on a good show with Toms Typhoon setting a new MSS 2 YO pacing colt record of 1:56 at the Casino at Ocean Downs. His stable mate Toms Tornado was second. Reinsman Jim Morand drove the winner for owner Thomas Cooke and trainer Roger Hans.   By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Development Fund

HARRINGTON, Del. - The richest day of the year for Delaware horsemen was Thursday at Harrington Raceway as racing fans saw the completion of four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final events as well as signature events for older hoses on the 13-race program. The annual Governor's Day program during the Delaware State Fair was host to a large crowd who was treated to some entertaining racing under perfect weather conditions. While the crowd was treated to an abundance of dazzling performances, perhaps the most noteworthy was that of trotting colt I Like My Boss ($2.10, Jon Roberts) who remained unbeaten in 12 starts with a 1:57.2 triumph for co-owner/trainer Bob Shahan in his $100,000 final. He is co-owned by Jimmy and Ashley Parsons. In an uncharacteristic front-end performance, the 3-year-old Don Boss Vita gelding set all the fractions in his four length win over LG's Pride and Odessa. "It's been a lot of fun," said Shahan. "We had a setback last year which got him to the races a little bit later, but he's been super." In the $40,000 Governor's Cup, John Dayton's Just a Jolt ($6.40, Victor Kirby) overcame post eight to notch his 12th seasonal win in 1:50. Trained by Jim King Jr., the 4-year-old Village Jolt gelding assumed the command early from post eight and held off Malak Uswaad N and Getitoffyourchest for the one length win. Just A Jolt equaled his own track record. The Honorable Governor Jack Markell was on hand to present the trophy to the winning connections, after capping his full slate of activities at the Delaware State Fair's traditional Governor's Day. In the DSBF filly pacing final, a track record performance was set by Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Fool Yah ($2.40, Allan Davis) with a 1:52.1 victory over Jonigold and Megginspin. The Wayne Givens-trainee was a ten-length winner feasting first over after a hot pace. It was her 15th career win in 22 starts. In the DSBF pacing colt final, Karen Walls' Elite Awards ($3.40, George Dennis) was victorious in 1:53.3 over Casino Bags Carlo and West Star Director. The Powerful Toy gelding was a wire-to-wire winner and recorded his 13th career win for trainer David Rearic. Richard Lombardo, JJ&M Stable and Pam Wagner's Kelsey's Commando ($11.20 Victor Kirby) was another post eight winner for Kirby. The Cr Commando filly parlayed a pocket trip to victory over Bella's Spunkin and Overnight Hit. It was one of three wins for Kirby, who also trains the trotting filly. On the undercard, North State Street Stable's Monochromatic ($2.40, Corey Callahan) won her Third Straight Legislator's Cup for trainer Dylan Davis. E&K Stable and Lois and Earl Walters' I'm So Striking ($13.80) scored a minor upset in the $30,000 Charles Murphy Memorial Trot for trainer/driver Eddie Dennis. Live racing resumes on a Monday through Thursday schedule at Harrington on August 18. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

The Maryland Sire Stakes season got underway with two-year-old preliminaries on Sunday night at the Casino at Ocean Downs.   Once again the stallion Cam's Rocket has produced a winning 2 YO pacer and trotter. Richard Hans continues to take chances breeding his trotting mares to pacing stallion Cam's Rocket and only time will tell how good this year's colt will be.   Here I Am (Cam's Rocket-Give Em The Boot) had an equipment malfunction when an elbow boot came down in last week's MD Standardbred Fund stake causing him to make breaks the last half. Here I Am came out sporting a new pair of leather elbow boots this week and that seemed to do the trick as driver Jim Morand cut the mile in 2:02.2, winning by 1¼ lengths over Doggone Slots (Doggone Yankee) in the colt and gelding trot.   In the pacing colt and gelding division Tom's Typhoon (Cam's Rocket) won over stablemate Tom's Tornado (Cam's Rocket) by 2 ½ lengths in 1:57.3 giving him 2 wins in 2 stake starts for owner Thomas Cooke. Roger Hans trains and driver Jim Morand picked up his second stakes win for the night.   Filly pacer Helaine's Firebird, a daughter of Allie's Western, coasted to a 7 length win in 2:04.3 after Jodi's Sweety caused interference in the first turn. George Dennis drove the filly for owner Frank Chick and trainer Kevin Lare.   The 2 YO filly trotting filly Betcha Ur My Baby (You Betcha) redeemed herself this week staying flat and making every pole a winning one for owner Pam Wagner, trainer Duane Wagner and reinsmen William Long. Time for the mile was 2:06.1. The CR Renegade filly Marshalinn held on for second.   By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes

HARRINGTON, Del. - Driver Victor Kirby joined the 3,000 win club Thursday at Harrington Raceway completing a three-win day to reach the milestone at Harrington Raceway. After winning one race earlier in the day at Harrah's Philadelphia, Kirby started the Harrington card with a win in the first with Stirling Charisma ($19) before taking the sixth with Cashco ($5.60) to reach 3,000 career wins. "It might just be another win to somebody, but it's a big win to me," said Kirby, who learned the business of racing from his grandfather Vinal Kirby as well as trainer John Wagner. "My grandfather laid the foundation, teaching me general horsemanship. John Wagner, all respect to him is just a great horseman. I owe a lot to both of those guys." While Kirby has won many races driving for his own small stable, as well as for some larger outfits, the lion's share of his wins have come driving for trainers with more diminutive sized stables. "I get a lot of gratification winning races for guys with small stables," Kirby added. "It's great to drive for the big stables and win for them but it's really special winning for the ones that only have maybe two or three in their stable." The 41-year-old Kirby currently drives full-time at Harrington as well as many days at Harrah's Philadelphia before spending most of the winter at Dover Downs. George Dennis won three races on the program, including a win aboard first-time starting freshman filly Totally Rusty - a daughter of Rusty's For Real - who prevailed in 1:57.2 for trainer Doug Lewis. Another 2-year-old with an auspicious debut Thursday was out of the Les Givens stable, when Quick Art made a brush to the lead near the half-mile and scored a decisive 1:57 score as a son of Artzina. The Harrington meet will now go on a break as preparations are made for the Delaware State Fair (July 17-26), where racing will take place on July 24th for the annual Governor's Day program (7 p.m. post time). The summer/fall meet will resume on a Monday through Thursday schedule beginning August 18 through October 23. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Callam Racing's Spunky Jack ($4.20, Roger Plante Jr.) recorded his 16th career win Wednesday with a 1:55.4 victory in the featured $17,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway. The 5-year-old Super Punk gelding was sent promptly to the lead from post position six and never relented in his three length win over Powerful Charger and Six Gun Hall. Trained by Steve LeBlanc, it was his fourth win of the year as his earnings ballooned to nearly $90,000 in 2014. The 10th race gave first state racing fans their first dose of pacing sire Riggins, who campaigned on the Delaware circuit for a portion of his career, with his offspring 2-year-old pacer Smoking Joey. Driven by George Dennis, the gelding prevailed in wire-to-wire fashion in 1:56.2 for an auspicious start to his career. Ross Wolfenden had three winners on the program. Victor Kirby, who is closing in on 3,000 career wins had a double, as did Bret Brittingham. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - John Dayton's Just A Jolt ($6, Victor Kirby) reset his own track record for 4-year-old pacing geldings Monday with a 1:50 triumph in the $17,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway. It also established a new national season's mark for 4-year-old pacers on a half-mile racetrack. Sent for the lead from post position seven, the Village Jolt gelding made the lead in 26.3 seconds, before cruising to the half-mile in 55.0 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. "Jolt" kept pocket-sitting Getitoffyourchest at bay for a one-length score. Rock On Moe was third. It was the 11th win of the year for Just A Jolt, who padded his seasonal earnings to more than $124,000. Driver Jon Roberts had three wins on the program. George Dennis, Allan Davis and Ross Wolfenden each had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Delaware-sired 3-year-old pacing fillies took center stage on the Monday Harrington Raceway harness racing program with three $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes. Owner The Wiz Kids Stable had a double in the stakes as Jonigold ($2.10, Corey Callahan) and I'm Won Rum Wiser ($2.60, George Dennis) each prevailed in their respective divisions, both completing a sweep of their elimination legs. Jonigold was sent immediately for the lead from post six and never relented in her open length 1:55 win over Miss Maja and Santa Baby. Trained by Bart Dalious, the Headmaster sired Jonigold notched her fifth career win. Meanwhile I'm Won Rum Wiser, co-owned by George and Tina Dennis with The Wiz Kids Stable, set all the fractions in her 1:55.4 triumph. The Headmaster filly notched her second straight win and eighth lifetime. Megginspin was second with Bettylou Who third. The fastest split of the night was when Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Fool Yah ($2.20, Allan Davis), wore down her rivals in 1:54.2. Sired by Gamblers Dream, 'Fool' grinded away first over and edged clear of retreating pacesetter Fashion Guru to win by four lengths. Crushed Again was second while Treasure Valley found her best gear late to finish third. Jerry Kovach's Feel Like A Fool ($7.20, Callahan) prevailed in the $17,000 Open with a one length win over Teresa's Beach and People Are Crazy. Trained by Bobby Clark, it was the 21st career win for Feel Like A Fool. Heavily favored Just a Jolt was trapped and impeded approaching three-quarters when Allstar Preview went offstride in front of him. Callahan had four winners on the card. Davis had three wins. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) divisions for pacing colts were contested on the Sunday Harrington Raceway program. Defending Dover Downs champ, Cavalli Pazzi Stable's Casino Bags Carlo ($2.10, Vince Copeland) returned to winning form with an easy victory over Lewiebyalength and Motorino. Leaving from his rail post position for trainer/driver Copeland, the Roddy's Bags Again gelding was a dominant pacesetting winner for his ninth career win in 15 lifetime starts. He was a runner up in his division last week. Meanwhile, the horse that beat 'Carlo' in round one was Karen Walls' Elite Awards ($2.10, George Dennis), who completed a sweep of his eliminations with a 1:54.1 victory in the third division. Trained by David Rearic, the Powerful Toy gelding assumed command near the half-mile and never relented in his three length win over Bobbies Powerplay and Forced Passage. Elite Awards recorded his 12th career win. Virginia Louthan's Go Big Spinder ($5.80, Jon Roberts) continued his consistent form spree and prevailed in his split with a 1:55 score over West Star Director and By a Noggin. The No Spin Zone-sired colt sat In The Pocket throughout and surged by pacesetter West Star Director for a one length win. Go Big Spinder notched his fifth career win. He finished third in his elimination on June 15. It was one of three wins on the program for Roberts, who joined George Dennis with a driving triple. The $100,000 DSBF finals for all divisions will be held on July 24, Governor's Day during the Delaware State Fair with a special 7 p.m. post time. Ten participants in the semi-annual Harness Horse Youth Foundation's youth camp were on hand and joined in the winner's circle presentation in the evening's sixth race. Under the guidance of HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor, the participants are staying on-site at Harrington Raceway learning a comprehensive hands-on course on about harness racing in a five-day youth camp. There is no live racing on Sunday June 29, as racing will be conducted on a Monday through Thursday schedule next week before the track goes on hiatus from its normal schedule until August 18. By Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Local standout 3-year-old trotter I Like My Boss ($2.10, Jon Roberts) kept his unblemished record intact Wednesday, prevailing in one of two $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund first leg in 2:00.2. Owned by trainer Bob Shahan, Jimmy Parsons Jr. and Ashley Parsons, the Don Boss Vita gelding improved to 10-for-10 in his career. 'Boss' followed pacesetter LG's Pride throughout the mile before tipping to the outside near the top of the stretch and edging clear late for a half-length win. Lg's Pride held second while George Junior finished third. Winbak Farm's Call Me Hal ($3.80, Jeff Fout) won the other division with a wire-to-wire score in 1:58 over Whichwayrightrleft and Odessa. Trained by Fout, the Cr Commando gelding notched his fifth career win in 14 starts. It was a new lifetime best for Call Me Hal. Drivers Ross Wolfenden and George Dennis each won three races on the program. Jon Roberts had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Three $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) first leg for sophomore pacing fillies were contested Monday at Harrington Raceway. The fastest division was the third as The Wiz Kids Stable's Jonigold ($2.40, Corey Callahan) registered a 1:54.1 triumph over Dover Downs champ Fashion Guru and Our Angel Hayleigh. The Headmaster-sired filly, Jonigold, never had an anxious moment in her open length front end win for trainer Bart Dalious. Dalious recently returned from Canada with his 3-year-old filly Table Talk, who won an elimination of the Fan Hanover at Mohawk Raceway on June 7 before finishing sixth in the final on June 14. I'm Won Rum Wiser ($8.20, George Dennis), owned by George and Tina Dennis with The Wiz Kids Stable, recorded a wire-to-wire win over Seboomook Fool Yah and Treasure Valley in the first elimination in 1:54.2. Sired by Headmaster, 'Wiser' held a game first-over Seboomook Fool Yah safe at the wire for a narrow win. Trained by his Dennis, I'm Won Rum Wiser recorded her seventh win in 14 career starts. The final division was won by Jeff Bartels' Crushed Again ($4, Victor Kirby) in 1:55.3. The Eli Scott-trainee sat behind pacesetter Megginspin throughout before surging by in the stretch for her first win of the year. Megginspin held second while Hen's Playmate finished third. It was one of four driving wins on the program for Kirby, who had a five win evening last week at Harrington. Kirby recorded another win in the overnight feature with John Dayton's Just A Jolt ($3.60) in the $17,000 Open Pace in 1:52.1. The 4-year-old Village Jolt gelding and track record holder recorded his 10th win of the year after following live cover in People Are Crazy who collared pacesetter Shopping With Art past the three-quarter mark. People Are Crazy was a game second with Teresa's Beach third. Trained by Jim King Jr., Just A Jolt has earned more than $114,000 in 2014. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway          

HARRINGTON, Del. - The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-olds officially resumed Sunday with a pair of $20,000 divisions on the 13-race program at Harrington Raceway Sunday. Legacy Racing of DE, Pam Curran and Niel Gargiulo's Motorino ($4.20, Allan Davis) won the first split in 1:56. The even-money choice set all the fractions in his narrow win over Hawker and Go Big Spinder. Trained by Wayne Givens, it was the Third Straight win for the son of Brian P. The second division was the faster as Karen Walls' Elite Awards ($2.80, George Dennis) was a wire-to-wire winner over Dover Downs' final winner Casino Bags Carlo and Lewiebyalength for trainer David Rearic in 1:54.3. A Powerful Toy gelding, Elite Awards, notched his 11th win in 18 lifetime starts. Dennis, Davis and Bret Brittingham each notched driving triples on the program. Jon Roberts had a double. The DSBF stakes will continue Monday with the filly pacers in action with three divisions. On Tuesday, the trotting fillies will go postward in two divisions, while the trotting colts will cap off the week with two divisions on Wednesday. After two rounds of eliminations, the $100,000 finals are slated for July 24, Governor's Day at the Delaware State Fair. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway        

HARRINGTON, Del. - James Moore III's NF Happenstance ($3.60, Jack Parker Jr.) tied the overall track record for trotters Wednesday with a 1:54.1 victory in the $17,000 Open Trot. The 4-year-old Sj's Caviar mare also broke her own national season's mark on a half-mile track for 4-year-old mares and tied the overall mark, shared by Traverse Seelster, whom she edged out for the win. NF Happenstance left alertly from post seven and made the front at the quarter-mile mark in 27.2. She proceeded to set fractions of 56 and 1:25.1 while pocket sitting Traverse Seelster awaited the passing lane. Traverse Seelster fought gamely to the wire, but would be held at bay as NF Happenstance recorded her seventh win of the year. Trained by her driver, NF Happenstance boosted her seasonal earnings to nearly $70,000. She broke her own 4-year-old track record with the win. Driver George Dennis had five wins on the program, following a three-win performance on Tuesday night. Victor Kirby and Tyler Davis each had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jim Morand entered the record books Tuesday at Harrington Raceway becoming just the 15th driver in North American harness racing history to reach 9,000 wins. Morand, who drove three winners on the program, achieved the milestone win aboard Brenda Teague's Remus Blue Chip ($17.80) in the 13th race. Morand, a native of Windsor, Ontario, learned harness racing under the tutelage of his step father Gerry Bookmyer after moving to Ohio at a young age. He's driven such top horses as Little Brown Jug elimination winner Kiev Hanover, Nuclear Breeze, 2004 Horse of the Year Rainbow Blue, Stampede Hanover, among many others through the course of his career. "I've been lucky to drive a lot of good horses over the years for a lot of great people," said Morand humbly in the winner's circle. "We moved to Delaware shortly after the slots came and it's a nice place to live." Before making the move to Delaware, Morand spent most of his career at Rosecroft Raceway where he dominated the Maryland circuit for many years. His wife Melanie, and three children, sons Kyle and James and daughter Olivia were on hand to see their father reach hallowed ground. Prior to Morand, Ron Pierce was the last to reach 9,000 wins in 2013. Another driving milestone was reached on the Harrington program as Bret Brittingham drove his 2,000th winner aboard Fleeting Flirt N ($5.80) in the ninth race. Brittingham has been a regular on the Delaware circuit for years along with his father, trainer Don Brittingham. The Brittingham stable has trained three recent Horse of the Meet winners at Harrington, including As Bad As Thunder, Raritan Bay and Artciano. Driver George Dennis also had a driving triple on the program. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - John Dayton's Just a Jolt ($4, Victor Kirby) equaled his own track record for 4-year-old pacing geldings with a 1:50.3 triumph in the $17,000 Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway. The Village Jolt gelding and even money favorite received a pocket trip behind pacesetter Teresa's Beach, who fired out from his rail post position, through fractions of 27.2, 56, and 1:23:1. Just A Jolt tipped to the outside and blitzed by the pacesetter in mid stretch to record his ninth win of the year for trainer Jim King Jr. His seasonal earnings surpassed the $100,000 mark with the victory. Teresa's Beach was second while Poker Hat finished third. It was one of four driving wins for Kirby, who set and equaled track records for consecutive nights, after shattering the 3-year-old trotting filly mark on Sunday with his own stabled trotter, Please Okay (1:57). George Dennis and Allan Davis each had driving doubles. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

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