WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 16, 2013 -- A pair of Winners Over $10,000 Life Trots, each worth $15,000, highlighted Monday's card at The Meadows, with Count Me In and Austin's Jon Jon taking the featured races. The first division became a family feud of sorts when Count Me In, trained by Marty Wollam, challenged No Doze, conditioned by Marty's son, Miles Wollam, in the stretch. Score one for the older generation, as Count Me In responded to Mike Wilder's urging and nailed No Doze by 3/4 lengths in 1:55. Better Caviar was third. Marty Wollam and Acadia Farms own Count Me In, a 4-year-old Full Count-Howl gelding who now boasts $246,791 in career earnings. Austin's Jon Jon captured his second straight when he angled off the cones in the final turn for Greg Grismore and scored at 7-1 in 1:55. Trustworthy Kid was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Go Tapaigh and Wing Tips dead-heated for show. Andy Rickert trains Austin's Jon Jon, an 8-year-old Giant Hit-Miss Dial Tone gelding who extended his career bankroll to $298,192, and owns with Mark Jakubic. Wilder and Dave Palone each drove three winners on the 16-race program. by Evan Pattak for the Meadows
DOVER, Del. ---- The first of the 2013 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $100.000 Finals headlines the Monday, Nov. 25 program. In addition to the filly trot final, a $15,000 Fillies and Mares Winners-Over pace heads the undercard at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Although not a handicap event, the three winningest contestants start from the outside posts in the first race on the 15-race program. Last week, Overnight Hit turned in a gutty performance racing outside for a portion of a 2:01.3 mile to take the lead and score his second win of the year. Trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. co-owns the Giant Hit filly with Wyatt Starkey. Overnight Hit has post 8 while the filly he bested last week, Kelsey's Commando, the race favorite, was a neck back in second. Vic Kirby will drive the Cr Commando daughter for Rich Lombardo, JJ&M Stable and breeder Pam Wagner for post 7. Way Over Paid, owned, trained and driven by Bryan Truitt won last week after a second in the prelim before and now has been 1-2-3 in all five of his races. Stop The Jade Farm's Bella's Spunkin with Allan Davis has one prelim win and leaves from the rail with Linbo Love, owned by Nanticoke Racing and breeders Charles and Diane Coursey, piloted by Jim Morand, starts alongside. The other starters are Linborghini with George Dennis driving for R.L. Goans, V.P. Schoeffel and breeder and trainer Andy Markano. Tom Leager's Classy N Quik also was a previous prelim winner with Mike Rossi driving. Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing's Some Sweet Lady and Les Givens complete the lineup. Lloyd's Lady (Montrell Teague) owned by Katherine Bardis and George Teague Jr., and Lady Delight (Mike Rossi), a winner of three of her last four starts lead the $15,000 Filly and Mare Winner's Over pace. Monday through Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Friday and Saturday. Sunday racing begins at 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs
HARRINGTON, Del. – The second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old trotters was contested with five divisions Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The fillies were the first to take to the track in two divisions featured second and fourth on the 15-race program. The first division was also the second fastest on the program as owner/trainer/driver Bryan Truitt’s Way Over Paid ($4) atoned for a break last week at odds-on with a wire-to-wire win in 2:02.1. The Giant Hit-sired filly assumed command early from post two and never looked back in her open length win over Kelsey’s Commando. Art Stafford Jr. and Wyatt Starkey’s Overnight Hit ($24, Stafford Jr.) scored an upset in the second division in 2:04.3. The daughter of Giant Hit capitalized on a break in stride early by heavily favored Canterbury Girl. Pacesetter Classy N Quik was running on fumes in the stretch and Overnight Hit charged home on top over Bella’s Punkin. Stafford Jr. also trains the freshman trotter. Owner/trainer/driver Carlo Poliseno’s Briefs Or Boxers ($3.80) took the first colt division in 2:05.3. The Political Briefing gelding sat in the pocket behind pacesetter Boo’s The Boss throughout before surging by in the stretch for an open length win. Boo’s the Boss held second. Winbak Farm’s Call Me Hal ($2.80, Jeff Fout) was the fastest winner of the 2-year-old trotters, as he prevailed in dominant fashion in 2:02. The CR Commando gelding was a wire-to-wire winner over What A Hit. Trained by driver Fout, it was Call Me Hal’s first lifetime win in three starts. The final division was an eventful one as favorite LG’s Pride was taken out of contention early when fellow contender Winbak Charles M went off stride at the start and carried him wide into the first turn. Meanwhile, Syl King’s Whichwayrightrleft ($23.20, Ross Wolfenden) was sent immediately for the lead and never relented in his 2:03 triumph over Bosston Bnz. LG’s Pride finished fourth but was placed third ahead of Winbak Charles M for the interference. by Matt Sparachino for Harrington Raceway
Four $45,000 finals in the Excelsior Series will be featured on the 14-race card at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, September 30. These races are for the top point earners in the 2 year-old divisions that were contested at various raceways throughout the state during the summertime. They will go as races one, four , eight and 11 on the Monday program. Strangely, lawyer Ted Gewertz, alone or with partners , will start six youngsters in the Excelsior Series finals and will have at least one in each division. Gewertz is no stranger to racing top quality horses. He has owned, either wholly or partly, some of the greatest champions over the past few decades. Among them ; Deweycheatumnhowe, Windsong’s Legacy, Custard The Dragon, Thehousethatruthbuilt, Giant Hit, and Neighsay Hanover, to mention a few. And Gewertz is no stranger to the Catskills either, having spent his youth waiting tables at a multitude of hotels in the famous and now gone, “Borscht Belt”. In the first $45,000 Excelsior division for 2 year old filly trotters Ted’s name adorns the ownership of both Ski To The Max and Sweet Jesse T who’ll race coupled as the favorites in their split. Gates Brunet trains both fillies and will drive the former from the four hole while Jimmy Marohn, Jr. got the assignment behind the latter and will leave from post five. In the Second $45,000 Excelsior final for 2 year old colt and gelding pacers, Gewertz is sole owner of High Q, a co-favorite who’ll race coupled with Bosak. Both colts are trained by Ray Schnittker, hence the coupling. Gates Brunet will drive the former from the eight hole while Jordan Stratton will handle the lines behind the latter from the pole position. Gewertz again is part- owner of two colts who’ll start in the $45,000 Excelsior Final for freshman trotting colts and geldings. Both are in the Ray Schnittker barn. Hands Off Frank has the pole position and will enjoy the services of Jordan Stratton while One Last Roadie will leave from the four hole with the meet’s leading driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. at the controls. And in the last $45,000 Excelsior Series Final, for freshmen pacing fillies, Gewertz in partnership with Ray Schnittker, will send out Hay Stacked who’ll start from the five-hole with Jordan Stratton in the sulky. But according to John Flynn, the track’s odds- maker, in that contest they’ll all be hard pressed to beat Spreester who has a four race win streak and has won seven of nine lifetime starts and owns a 1:52.3 record taken on September 6 at Vernon Downs. Betty Holt, the executive director of the Harness Horse Breeders of NYS, was asked if an owner ever had six horses in the previous finals? “No, “ she said unequivocally, and when quizzed who the owner might be she guessed correctly when she answered, Ted Gewertz. “He’s a wonderful man who loves harness racing and Ted is a tremendous supporter of New York State racing.” First post for the Monday card will be at 12:50pm. by John Manzi for Monticello Raceway
It wasn't an easy trip and at several points in the mile, Bob" the Headhunter" Hechkoff thought his venerable trotter, Tremendous Hit was going to get beat but when they crossed the finish line a neck ahead of Current Crisis and driver Bobby "Rapid Rail" Krivelin all thoughts were unfounded as Tremendous Hit hung tough and won the harness racing Billings Trot at Plainridge Racecourse in a time of 1:59.2 , June 24th.
Round two of eliminations for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) took place with four $20,000 divisions Wednesday at Harrington Raceway.
The final round of eliminations for the first leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund stakes for 3-year-olds wrapped up Wednesday at Harrington Raceway.
Tremendous Hit has had many good seasons during his lengthy harness racing career attested by the fact that the veteran 12-year-old trotter has bankrolled over $438,000in his career.
Winbak Farm is currently in the prime of the 2013 harness racing breeding season, with 3 months left - breeder's have plenty of time to breed their mares but they should be booked soon.
On April 9th, 2013 Winbak Farm will be selling broodmares and yearlings at the Chicks Harness Horse Sale in Harrington, Delaware. The harness racing sale starts at 11:30 am and buyers are advised to get there early.
Country Romance and Starlit Eyes, used opposite styles of racing, to come through with victories in $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd leg preliminary divisions for three-year-old trotting fillies on Tuesday, April 2 at Dover Downs. Montrell Teague won four races.
'We are just have to grin and bear it.' That's how the general manager of Winbak Farm has described the 2013 harness racing breeding season at his two farms in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario. Garrett Bell said his farms had never experienced such indecision before amongst its breeders.
Big Rigs became the fastest trotter in track history winning the $23,000 Open trot in 1:52.1 while Second Wind N scored his fourth straight harnes racing victory and Solo Command, Dingy's Boy and He's A Primadonna win Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) freshman colt trotters 2nd leg preliminaries on a strong and fast pre-Thanksgiving Day card, Wednesday, Nov. 21 at Dover Downs.
Racing last at the top of the stretch, Anders Bluestone closed in spectacular fashion to overtake his five harness racing opponents and score a 1:54.3 victory in the $23,000 Open/Handicap trot. Meanwhile, Dingy's Boy and Bella's Spunkypunk won $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Colt and Gelding trot 1st preliminary legs, at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Jesse Lewis and Bryan Truitt's Dingys Boy ($5.20, Bryan Truitt) and Pam Wagner's JA Going All The Way ($5.60, Victor Kirby) each won their respective $100,000 2-year-old Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund harness racing finals for trotters Tuesday (October 23) at Harrington Raceway.
The second leg of $20,000 harness racing eliminations for 2-year-old Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) trotters was contested at Harrington Raceway on Tuesday (October 16). Three divisions of colts were held while there were two for fillies.