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HARRINGTON, Del. - Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck's Wind Of The North ($3.40, Victor Kirby) was a 1:54.4 harness racing winner in the $15,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. It was the 26th career win for the 7-year-old Cantab Hall gelding and trainer Jenny Bier. Tough Mac, the 3-1 third betting choice among the six-horse field, left the gate from post position five and marched to the early lead in an opening quarter mile in 27.1 seconds. The 8-year-old pacesetter reached the half-mile in 56.2 and three-quarters in 1:25.2 while Wind of The North maneuvered three-wide and brushed clear of the field with ease for a powerful score. Maestro Blue Chip rallied for second while I Like My Boss was third. The win pushed Wind Of The North over $756,000 in career earnings. In the second race of 10 on the program, William Moffett's Roman ($3.60, Jim Morand) registered his first career win in his 26th start in 1:57. The 3-year-old Yankee Cruiser gelding had previously been second nine times in his career. Ross Wolfenden had three wins. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - CC Racing and Jo Ann Looney-King's Newborn Sassy ($7, Victor Kirby) had a successful return to harness racing Tuesday with a 1:53.1 triumph in the featured $17,500 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. Inittowinafortune left alertly from post position seven and cleared Lightning Mach N to the opening quarter mile in 27.3 seconds. "Fortune" led the field of eight mares to the half-mile in 56 seconds and three-quarters in 1:24.3 as Sweet Bobbie applied mild pressure. The leader tired badly in the stretch as Newborn Sassy fanned widest of all and swept by the field to win her first start of the season for trainer Jim King Jr. Quotable Quotes rallied for second while Hostess Lisa was third. A winner of nearly $350,000 in her sophomore campaign, Newborn Sassy registered her 16th career win. Mike Hall had an owner double for trainer Doug Lewis, winning consecutive races with Square Dancer ($7) and Rocknroll Vision ($4), both of whom were driven by Jon Roberts. Josh Green had a training double with Free Flight Fran ($2.40, Ross Wolfenden) and Honest Gambler ($2.20, Victor Kirby). Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harness racing trainer Bob Shahan and driver Allan Davis teamed up to win with a trio of trotters in successive races Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. Shahan and Davis joined forces to win with Royal Half ($4.60), Six Gun Hall ($3.20) and Kent County ($5.40) in races 2 through 4. Royal Half, owned by David Hamm, is a 4-year-old Rc Royalty mare who has won the first two starts of her career... Shahan, a Harrington native, has enjoyed success as a horseman for approximately 40 years with many top trotters on the circuit. Davis won a fourth race on the program with Explosive Jet ($4), who had her photograph taken for the second straight week. Brian Malone-trained Nowucit Nowudont ($4, Jon Roberts) captured the Wednesday feature for owner Carrie Malone with a 1:56 triumph in an $11,000 conditioned trot. Shahan-trained I Like My Boss finished second, effectively thwarting his effort to win four straight races. Jason Lynch and James Jacobs' Rock The Town ($2.40, Lynch) notched his third straight win in 1:57.4 for his co-owner/trainer/driver. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del . - Brian Malone's Hostess Lisa ($3.60, Tony Morgan) notched her 32nd harness racing career win Tuesday with a 1:52.4 win in the featured $17,500 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. Long shot Matinee Dragon made the early lead and led the field to the half-mile under heavy pressure from Westsluckycam to a half-mile in 56.1 and 1:24.4. Hostess Lisa soon shook loose from the pocket and cleared a tiring Matinee Dragon for a powerful score. Purrfect Bags, last week's winner, rallied for second while Matinee Dragon held third. Trained by her owner, Hostess Lisa, a 8-year-old daughter of Sagebrush recorded her fifth win of the year. Art Stafford Jr. and Ross Wolfenden each won three races while Morgan had a double. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Bruce Kennedy and Tri County Stable's Wakizashi Hanover ($10.80, Allan Davis) won his Harrington Raceway debut Monday with a 1:53.3 win in the $15,000 harness racing featured Open pace. The 5-year-old Dragon Again gelding notched his first win of the year for trainer Jim King Jr. The complexion of the race changed when heavily favored (1-to-5) Poisonous went off stride while on the lead near three-quarters as I'm Supersonic A inherited the lead. Im Supersonic A maintained a lead through the stretch and appeared to be en route to victory before being reeled in late, courtesy of a fierce deep stretch rally from Wakizashi Hanover, who gobbled up ground with urgency near the wire. The former $1 million North American Cup winner, Wakizashi Hanover recorded his 16th career win and boosted his lifetime bankroll to nearly $1.4 million. On the undercard, Legacy Racing and Reggie Hazzard's Papa Ray ($6.60, Davis) prevailed for trainer Wayne Givens in 1:53.4. Davis had three wins on the program. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Driver Jonathan Roberts won three consecutive races on the Wednesday Harrington Raceway harness racing program. Races 4 through 6 were good to Roberts, the 35-year-old driver. Roberts piloted Wingus ($12), Giga Spin ($4.80) and Nowucit Nowudon't ($5.40) to successive victories. Roberts has been among the leading drivers on the Delaware/Maryland circuit for the past several years. Ross Wolfenden, a four-time former driving champion at Harrington, had a driving double. Harrington Raceway and Casino's simulcast facility, Murphy's Race and Sports Book will be opening at 10 a.m. on Saturday May 6 for the Kentucky Derby. Live racing continues on a Monday through Thursday schedule with a 5 p.m. post time. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harness racing owner Jo Ann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($9.80, Ross Wolfenden) recorded her 27th career win Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:53 in the $15,000 Mares Open. Arts Jem assumed the early lead in a contested opening quarter in 27.2 seconds while Purrfect Bags (Roddy's Bags Again) challenged and eventually cleared the former as the field of six reached the half-mile mark in 55.2 seconds. Through three-quarters in 1:24.3, Hostess Lisa maintained a fierce first over charge but was unable to get to Purrfect Bags who was a half-length winner. Hostess Lisa was second with Arts Jem third. A former Harrington horse of the meet, Purrfect Bags is trained by Jim King Jr. It was one of three wins on the program for Wolfenden. On the undercard, Louis Catana and Vince Bradley's Matinee Dragon ($19, Allan Davis) prevailed in a $10,000 conditioned pace for mare pacers in 1:52.4. It was the 24th career win for the 7-year-old daughter of the late stallion Dragon Again. Bradley had an owner/trainer double. Matthew Sparacino    

HARRINGTON, Del. - Crissman Inc. and Niss Allen Inc.'s Major Uptrend ($3.40, Tony Morgan) recorded his fifth straight win Monday at Harrington Raceway in the harness racing featured $17,500 Open pace in 1:50.3. Remember Me VK was the early leader and set a hot pace with an opening quarter in 26.3 before Poisonous cleared the front at the half-mile marker in 54.4 seconds. Poisonous led the field to the three-quarters in 1:22.1 while 3-to-5 favorite Major Uptrend battled gamely on the outside and eventually surged by at the wire for a narrow win. Im Supersonic A was third. Major Uptrend, a 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding, earned his 33rd career win for trainer Tim Crissman and surpassed $100,000 in seasonal earnings. Allan Davis won the first three races, including both halves of the daily double with Shellysblockbuster ($5.40) and Shootin To Kill ($3.20) before achieving a hat trick with Big Secret ($5.40). On the undercard, Peter and Antoinette Gray's McKenry ($3, Bret Brittingham) was a wire-to-wire winner in 1:52.1 for trainer Don Brittingham in an $11,000 conditioned pace. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck's Wind of the North ($2.20, Victor Kirby) had a successful Harrington Raceway debut with a 1:55.4 win in the harness racing featured $15,000 Open Trot Wednesday. The winner of more than $730,000 lifetime and 25 races scored impressively from post position five for trainer Jenny Bier. Five Towns (14-to-1) was sent for the early lead from post three and marched through fractions of 28.1, 57 and 1:26.3 while Wind of the North mounted a second over attack heading to three-quarters. Wind of the North then maneuvered around poor cover three-wide and hit his best stride in deep stretch to reel in Five Towns for a narrow win at the wire. Awsome Valley overcame an early miscue to get third. Ross Wolfenden, Jon Roberts and defending Harrington driving champ Kirby each had a double. Live racing will continue on a Monday through Thursday schedule until Thursdays are dropped beginning the week of June 12 through June 28. Matthew Sparacino      

HARRINGTON, Del. - Bryan Truitt's Enhance Your Mind ($3.60, Victor Kirby) was a 1:54 winner in the $16,000 harness racing mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. For the second straight night, less than favorable conditions prevailed as unseasonably cool and wet conditions remained in central Delaware. The conditions didn't bother Enhance Your Mind, who assumed control of the race near the quarter mile from early leader Shine N Shimmer to an opening quarter in 27.4. She remained on top through a half-mile in 57 and three-quarters in 1:26.2 while Hostess Lisa challenged stubbornly first-over but Enhance Your Mind would triumph by a half-length. Arts Jem was third. Trained by her owner, Enhance Your Mind, a daughter of Riggins, notched her seventh win of the year. She has banked nearly $100,000 in 2017, after winning the most recent horse of the meet honors at Dover Downs. Tony Morgan had three wins, while Montrell Teague and Kirby each had a driving double on the 10 race program. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - An overcast sky on an unseasonably cool spring day greeted customers at Harrington Raceways's opening night for the track's 71st season of live harness racing. Long shot fans didn't have to wait long as Big Bucks Bo ($28.20, Toby Lynch Jr.) captured the first race of the season for his owner/trainer/driver. In the $16,000 Open Pace feature, Josh Green's Poisonous ($3.60, Ross Wolfenden) was victorious in 1:52 for his owner/trainer. The 5-year-old Art Major stallion had a successful Harrington debut with a powerful and confident first over charge that saw him out-kick pacesetter Captive Audience in the stretch for a decisive win. Rangers Sureshot was second with Captive Audience third. It was the ninth lifetime win for the winner. Another Green-trained horse prevailed in the sixth race as L&J Racing Inc.'s Gerard N Mo ($3, Allan Davis) and remained unbeaten with his 4th lifetime win in as many starts in 1:57. The Rock N Roll Heaven colt had won his previous three starts at Dover Downs. Live racing will be conducted on a Monday through Thursday schedule through June 12, when the schedule shifts to Monday through Wednesday until June 28. Matt Sparacino      

HARRINGTON, Del. - Live harness racing will commence Monday for the 71st consecutive season at Harrington Raceway with a 10-race program starting at 5 p.m. A revised wagering format will include superfectas in the even-numbered races with pick four wagering beginning in races three and seven. In the event there is more than 10 races, the pick four will cover the last four races. Fans will be treated to a customary hat giveaway (while supplies last) at 4:45 in the grandstand lobby. There will also be $1.50 hot dogs and $1 live racing programs in celebration of opening day. The track's marquee race of the season, the Bobby Quillen Memorial, featuring top aged pacers, will go post ward on September 18. The 2016 edition was won by local superstar in 2015 Dan Patch Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. Top horsemen over the half-mile racetrack from 2016 will return to action, such as reigning leading driver Victor Kirby and top trainer Joe Hundertpfund Jr. Both have been having success out of town with Kirby winning races at the Meadowlands and Pocono Downs, while Hundertpfund sports an amazing win percentage at the Meadowlands over the winter and early spring. Racing will be conducted on a Monday through Thursday schedule until mid-June when the schedule will shift to Monday through Wednesday before a hiatus following the June 28 program. Reservations are recommended for dining in the clubhouse by calling 302-398-5928.  

HARRINGTON, DE - Harrington Raceway's 71st season of live harness racing will get underway on April 24 with a 5:00 p.m. nightly post time. The richest program of the year will once again be the Governor's Day program (July 27, special 7 p.m. post time) during the Delaware State Fair with approximately $600,000 in total purses. The track's marquee race, the $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial - won by 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit - will take place on September 18. A complete racing schedule calendar is available here. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

Harrington Raceway and Casino partnered with the Food Bank of Delaware's Milford branch for an enormously successful food drive dubbed "Give and Receive Day" on Boxing Day, December 26. Aimed to build on the success of the past two food drives, the 3rd annual event was met with an outpouring of community support, which saw lines form nearly an hour before the 11 a.m. scheduled start time outside the casino's gold room. Customers were asked to bring in three items from various food categories that were in demand from the Food Bank and the response was overwhelming as approximately 2,600 items were donated that filled nine bulk palette boxes. The items included peanut butter, tuna fish, canned meats, cereal, pasta, shelf stable milk and canned fruits and vegetables. "We can't thank Harrington Raceway and Casino enough for hosting this wonderful promotion," said Food Bank of Delaware's Director of Strategic Initiatives Chad Robinson. "It underscores their strong commitment to helping those in need. The Food Bank of Delaware appreciates their support, not only in this, but in their regular volunteer visits and deep involvement in our Culinary School." "We were delighted to be able to host another successful food drive to benefit a terrific cause," said Harrington Raceway and Casino Chief Executive Officer Patricia Key. "The outpouring of contributions could not have been achieved without the cooperation of our customers and team members." Harrington Raceway and Casino has maintained a strong partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware, where currently a team of employees volunteer on a regular basis. Harrington Raceway and Casino has also hired five students from the last two classes of the Food Bank's culinary program, held at the Milford location. The class consists of a 14-week program of developing skills and a passion for the culinary arts. The final two weeks of the program are internship-based and provide hands-on experience for the students. "In the casino's continued commitment to involve ourselves in our community, the Food Bank in one of my favorite partners for what they do for the people of Kent and Sussex County," said Harrington Raceway and Casino's COO of Hospitality, Hank Rosenberg. "Not only are we excited to be able to collect all of this food for them, we are proud that a number of our management volunteers at the Food Bank and also of our relationship with their culinary program. It is really eye opening the hunger that exists in lower Delaware and the number of children and adults that depend on the Food Bank for their basic meals that most of us take for granted." While the food drive was the most recent of the company's charitable endeavors, the Harrington-based casino also had similar drives to benefit USO, Toys for Tots and the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware in 2016. For more information on the Food Bank of Delaware, please visit www.fbd.org. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - The spirit of giving was omnipresent at Harrington Raceway and Casino on November 13 as more than a dozen jumbo palette boxes of items were donated as part of a joint donation drive to benefit Toys for Tots and United Service Organizations (USO) Delaware. Held in the casino's gold room from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., donations were accepted that included games/puzzles, action figures, dolls, and miscellaneous toys for Toys for Tots, while USO items included food items such as fruit snacks, Slim Jims, crackers, paper plates, paper towels and more. More than 1,500 items were donated from approximately 1,300 participants. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., was also a pivotal contributor, supplying a tractor trailer and driver to transport the items. Bruce Kmiec, Center Director for USO Delaware, was on hand for the event and was extremely pleased with the turnout. "This event was one of the best supply drives seen to date for the USO DE team," said Kmiec. "We cannot express enough thanks to Harrington Raceway and Casino for allowing our long lasting community relationship to build to this level of greatness. It takes partners such as HRC to help our USO Delaware team take such great care of our men and women in uniform here in Delaware." Harrington Raceway and Casino CEO/President Patricia Key was happy to build on the community partnership. "We appreciate the opportunity to help two great organizations," she said. "We continue to attempt to partner with the community when possible and once again our customers demonstrated an overwhelming outpouring of support with a generous amount of donated items." Harrington Raceway and Casino has been active with various community partners in recent years, hosting similar donation drives for other non-profit organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, Food Bank of Delaware and Kent County SPCA among others. The USO, a nonprofit organization, has provided help to over 10 million military service members and their families. For more information, please visit www.uso.org. Toys for Tots is a non-profit effort coordinated by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. For more information, please visit www.toysfortots.org. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway's culminated its 70th anniversary of live harness racing Thursday with closing night awards on the 13-race program. Victor Kirby took his first ever driving title in dramatic fashion, after leading by three going into the program over Ross Wolfenden, Kirby quickly sealed the title with four wins in the first six races on the program. "This is special," said Kirby, who has long been a popular member of the harness racing community. "I love racing here and I want to thank all the owners and trainers who give me the opportunity. I want to thank all my friends and family that came out tonight and my grandma and grandpa who I'm sure are looking down." Kirby finished the meet with 125 wins and had five victories on the program. Meanwhile, Joe Hundertpfund Jr. clinched his second training title earlier in the week. Hundertpfund (33 wins), who won the Harrington title in 2012, had a onsistent meet throughout and finished six wins ahead of his closest pursuer, Mike Hall. "It's great to win this title here," said Hundertpfund Jr. "I've raced all over the east coast, but I really love racing here.. Hats off to the grounds crew, who kept this track great throughout the season and did an outstanding job." Allan Davis had four wins. Live racing on the Delaware circuit shifts 20 miles north to Dover Downs, which opens for live racing on October 31. Matthew Sparacino  

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