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HARRINGTON, Del. - The second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters is now complete after 10 fillies went to post over two divisions Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Art Stafford Jr. and Wyatt Starkey's Overnight Hit ($3.80, Stafford Jr.) was the fastest elimination winner with a three length score over Kelsey's Commando and Linbo Love in 1:59.4. The Giant Hit-sired filly charged by pacesetter Kelsey's Commando at the top of the stretch and drew clear impressively. It was the fourth win of the season for Overnight Hit, who is trained by her driver and co-owner Stafford Jr. Stop the Jade Farm's Bella's Spunkin ($3, Allan Davis) took the earlier division in 2:01.2 over Oso Grateful and Some Sweet Lady. The Super Punk-sired filly surged by pacesetter Oso Grateful in mid-stretch for a narrow win. Trained by Joe King, "Bella" notched her third win of the year. In the overnight feature, Jason Johnson's My Ideal Hanover ($8, Victor Kirby) recorded her Third Straight win in the $17,000 Mares Open in 1:53 for trainer Jay Gannon. The 5-year-old Western Ideal mare was a front end winner over Mach Lady and Sucha Bad Girl. Allan Davis had four winners on the program. Bret Brittingham had a driving triple. The $100,000 DSBF finals will be held on Governor's Day during the Delaware State Fair, July 24, with a special 7 p.m. post time. The Wednesday program features undefeated 3-year-old trotting gelding I Like My Boss (9/5, Jon Roberts) who has won all 10 of his lifetime starts. He will head the first of two divisions of the DSBF stakes for trotting colts. The Bob Shahan-trainee drew post five in the seven horse field, slated as the first race on the 14-race program. The second division is carded as the eighth race. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Kelsey's Commando ($2.20, Victor Kirby) and Overnight Hit ($3.20, Art Stafford Jr.) prevailed in their respective $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) divisions Tuesday for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Harrington Raceway. Owned by Richard Lombardo, JJ&M Stable and Pam Wagner, Kelsey's Commando sat a pocket trip before swinging wide, drifting briefly toward the middle of the track, approaching the three-quarters and eventually reeling in pacesetter Oso Grateful for a narrow in 2:00.1. Linbo Love finished third. Trained by Josh Green, it was the first win in four 2014 starts for "Kelsey." Art Stafford Jr. and Wyatt Starkey's Overnight Hit captured the other division with a front stepping triumph in 2:00. The Giant Hit-sired filly never had an anxious moment in her pacesetting two length win over Bella's Spunkin and Way Over Paid. It was the third win in four 2014 starts for Overnight Hit for trainer/driver/co-owner Stafford Jr. Driver Jim Morand had a triple on the program, while Victor Kirby recorded two wins. The DSBF stakes continue Wednesday as I Like My Boss (9/5, Jon Roberts) looks to keep his unblemished 9-for-9 record intact in one of two divisions for trotting colts. Trained by Bob Shahan, I Like My Boss drew post two in the second division, scheduled ninth on the 15-race program. The eighth race is the first division with Winbak Farm's Call Me Hall (5/2, Jeff Fout) the morning line pick after a runner-up mile to I Like My Boss in a DSBF prep race on June 10. DSBF round two competition will continue through next week beginning Sunday June 22 with the 3-year-old pacing colts. The $100,000 DSBF finals for all divisions will take place Thursday July 24 (special 7 p.m. post time) on Governor's Day during the Delaware State Fair. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway      

DOVER, Del.---- Overnight Hit overtook front trotting Kelsey's Commando on the final turn and then sped to a 1:59 victory in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly Trot final, the second of four $100,000 DSBF finals this week at Dover Downs on Tuesday, April 8 at Dover Downs. Art Stafford Jr., trains, drives and co-owns Overnight Hit with Wyatt Starkey. The Giant Hit-Overnight Rail bay won for the second straight time in three starts this season. Kelsey's Commando (Vic Kirby), winner of both $100,000 frosh filly finals had the early lead before Stafford moved his filly up on the outside and quickly overtook the leader. Overnight Hit was all alone at the finish line with Even Brighter (Bret Brittingham) getting past Kelsey's Commando nearing the wire for second money. Overnight Hit has now won four of nine lifetime races with two second and two thirds. She has banked $189,210 in her short career. In the $20,000 DSBF consolation, After stalking Canterbury Girl (Wayde Marsh) for three quarters, Jim Morand moved Linbo Love out of second and soon took over and opened up a big lead on the way to a 2:03.3 victory, It was the first win in 10 starts for Linbo Love, a chestnut daughter of Linbo-Just Lips trained by Les Givens for Nanticoke Racing and its breeders Charles and Diane Coursey. Canterbury Girl finished second. Some Sweet Lady (Les Givens) finished third. Ross Wolfenden, Allan Davis, trainer JohWagonhoffer and Beaver Creek Farms scored two wins each.. Unbeaten I Like My Boss heads $100,000 final Wednesday Unbeaten I Like My Boss leads a field of eight in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Male Trot Final while Enrico AS seeks a third consecutive win in the $24,000 Open Trot Handicap on the regular card on Wednesday, March 9 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. In the first DSBF $20,000 trot, Briefs Or Boxers, owned, trained and driven by Carlo Poliseno, is program favorite after winning a 1st leg last week. Gateway Stable's Streets Of Gold with Eddie Davis Jr. and Charles Winbrow and Jimmy Lunn's AJ Commander and Ross Wolflenden lead the opposition. I Like My Boss teamed with Jonathan Roberts has won all six of his lifetime starts for breeders- owners trainer Bob Shahan and Jimmy and Angela Parsons and is the race favorite. Last week a pair of up setters made the winner's circle in their $20,000 preliminary divisions; Crawford Rayne's Toolbox and Bill Long, in only the gelding's second career start and Gateway Stable's Street Of Gold, with Eddie Davis Jr. driving. Eli Beiler and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr.'s Bosston BNZ and Briefs And Boxers, owned, trained and driven by Carlo Poliseno are the other prelim leg winners. The other starters are Providence West Inc.'s Odessa piloted by Kim Vincent and Marvin Meyer's My Boy Charlie and driver Roger Plante. Syl King's Whichwayrightrleft (Ross Wolfenden) is the one to beat in a $20,000 DSBF trot consolation. on meet closing day, Thursday, April 10, male pacers. Enrico AS (Ron Pierce) has won his last two races in-a-row and three of his last four starts for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, The five-year-old leaves from post 6 in the $24,000Open/Handicap trot, Barbara Boese's Awsome Valley (Tony Morgan) is fresh from a front-end win last start. Walt Callam's Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) has been sharp all meet and a three-time winner. Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stables' I'm So Striking (Eddie Dennis) is a strong closer. Rich Poillucci's Guiltywithanexcuse (Daryl Bier) just missed finishing second by a neck last week and Benbar Stable's Cadillac Cruiser (Davis Jr.) completes the starting lineup. On Friday, the meet comes to a close with a $100,000 DSBF sophomore male pace, the headline event of Dover Downs' closing program this meet. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.---- Race favorite Bella's Spunkin and second-choice Overnight Hit recorded wins in 2nd leg, Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 Filly Trot preliminaries on Tuesday, April 1 at Dover Downs. Allan Davis drove Bella's Spunkin right to the lead and cut all the fractions en route to an easy 2:01.1 victory in the first of two $20,000 divisions. Stop The Jade Farm owns their homebred daughter of Super Punk-Nubella now is two-for-two this year for trainer Joe King. Oso Grateful (George Dennis) was second from the start with Gogh Gogh (Tony Morgan) third. Art Stafford Jr. sat on the rail with Overnight Hit while favorite Kelsey's Commando (Vic Kirby) took the lead on the backstretch. Trainer-driver Stafford pulled the Giant Hit-Overnight Rail filly to the outside and tracked down the leader to post a 1:58.2 victory for owners Stafford and Wally Starky. Kelsey's Commando held on for second while Even Brighter (Bret Brittingham) closed to take third. The DSBF top eight point-getters return next week for $100,000 finals. Corey Callahan, Ross Wolfenden and Allan, Davis had three wins apiece, Vic Kirby, Tony Morgan and trainer John Cabot had two winners each. A pair of $20,000 DSBF 2nd leg sophomore male trots and the week's top trot head Wednesday racing. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

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.

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