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Assuming Hurricane Joaquin continues on its projected path east of the Mid-Atlantic, the first 2-year-old stakes of the year for Delaware sired horses will get underway Monday (October 5) at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway. Four divisions of filly pacers will go to post Monday, slated as the 3rd, 5th, 9th and 10th races on the 13-race program. The fastest thus far, though she hasn't made a pari-mutuel start to date, would be Mr Apples-sired Apple Bottom Jeans (3-1, Montrell Teague), who comes off a sporty 1:55.2 triumph in a qualifier at Harrah's Philadelphia on September 15 for trainer Kevin Switzer. Pacing colts and geldings will have their turn on Tuesday with three divisions, while both sexes of trotters will compete on Wednesday in two divisions apiece. The newly dubbed Delaware Showcase night on October 21 will display the top performers from the two rounds of elimination races in four $100,000 final events, and $20,000 consolations. Live racing continues Monday through Thursday with a 5:30 p.m. post time. Matt Sparacino              

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger ($3.20, Victor Kirby) notched his third straight win Wednesday in the $16,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway with a 1:56.2 win. The 3-to-5 betting favorite swung wide on the final turn and outkicked I'm So Striking late for a narrow win. Spunky Jack was third. Powerful Charger has banked more than $123,000 in 2015 for trainer/co-owner King Jr. It was the second win of four on the program for Kirby. Ross Wolfenden and George Dennis each had a pair of wins. Live racing continues on a Monday through Thursday schedule at Harrington through October 22.    

Legacy Racing of Delaware and Reggie Hazzard's Papa Ray ($3.80, Allan Davis) just lasted in his narrow win in 1:53.1 in the featured $12,500 Open II Monday at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway. The Wayne Givens-trainee held off a late charge by Don't Ya Know for the victory. Leyden was third. Papa Ray, a 6-year-old Village Jolt stallion, recorded his second straight win and fifth triumph of the year after setting the pace for the majority of the mile. The Givens/Davis combination has been hot of late, teaming up for multiple win nights twice last week and started this week with a double Monday. Davis had four driving wins. George Dennis, Art Stafford Jr. and Tony Morgan each had doubles. Matt Sparacino    

Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger ($5.80) notched his 11th win of the year Wednesday in the $16,000 Open Trot at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway in 1:56.4. Trained by co-owner King Jr., the 7-year-old Powerful Emotion gelding charged home with urgency to reel in stretch leader Wingus late for the win. Spunky Jack was third. The win catapulted Powerful Charger closer to $500,000 in career earnings, as he has currently won more than $490,000. A fundraiser was held throughout the night in support of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Horse bracelets and other merchandise were sold during the evening with all proceeds going to benefit the DBCC. Local breast cancer survivors were on hand to participate in the winner's circle photo of the seventh race. Prior to the races a moment of silence was held to honor the memory of long-time Delaware horsemen J.D. Dennis who passed away on Monday September 21. Dennis was a former board member of Harrington Raceway and Delaware State Fair. He trained horses for more than 60 years and was survived by his wife Nellie and five children. Matt Sparacino  

Jason and Susan Skinner's BJ's Sweetheart ($3.20, Tony Morgan) notched her seventh win of the year in 1:52.4 in the $12,500 Mares Open II at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway.  Trained by co-owner Jason Skinner, the 5-year-old No Pan Intended mare assumed command near the half-mile and never relented from there in her open length win over A La Notte Hanover and a hard charging Matinee Dragon.  It was one of four wins on the program for Morgan.  George Dennis had a trainer/driver double.    Wednesday's (September 23) program at Harrington Raceway will support the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition as horse bracelets and other merchandise with be made available for purchase in the paddock and grandstand lobby areas. All proceeds will go to benefit the DBCC. The seventh race on the 12 race program was named in the DBCC's honor. To learn more about DBCC, please visit Matt Sparacino

Bamond Racing's Mach It So ($18.60, Tim Tetrick) sprung an upset in Monday's 9th Annual $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway with a 1:51.1 triumph.   The 5-year-old Mach Three gelding and Jeff Bamond Jr.-trainee settled off a contested early pace which saw pacesetter and three time Quillen champion, venerable pacer Foiled Again park out Bandolito through fractions of 26.2, 54.2 and 1:23.3. Tetrick and Mach It So waited third over and burst three-wide in deep stretch to edge out a game Foiled Again. Shamballa was third. Owned by Bamond Racing LLC, Mach It So recorded his 23rd career win for trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. and boosted his seasonal earnings to more than $450,000. Mach It So also won the $430,600 William Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands on July 18.  "We were hoping for some pace up front and it worked out great," said Tetrick.  “I really liked my horse and I just needed him to have a good kick late tonight and he did. My horse felt really good and he’s coming back into form.” “We’ve had this horse since he was a 2-year-old and he’s always been a good horse,” said trainer Jeff Bamond Jr.. whose stable is based at White Birch Farm in New Jersey.  “The trip worked out for him. He’s always been kind of a trip horse.”  This year's Quillen field was comprised of winners of more than $12 million lifetime, more than $7 million of that from perennial pacing champion Foiled Again.  The race is named in the honor of the late Delaware legislator who devoted his life to public service and was a regular at the racetrack. Quillen was also a long-time board member of Harrington Raceway and Delaware State Fair and always fought for the best interests of the horsemen  Trainer Wayne Givens had a training triple with Bad Boy Matt, I'm Mystified and Papa Ray, all driven by Allan Davis, who had four wins. Matt Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Some of harness racing's top older pacers will descend on the hub of Delaware Monday September 21 for the 9th Annual $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial Invitational at Harrington Raceway. Carded as the 8th race on a 13 race program, eight pacers with combined lifetime earnings of nearly $13 million will duke it out in a showdown of some of the sport's elite older pacing ranks, including three-time Quillen champion (2010, 2011, 2014) and the richest horse of all-time in harness racing, Foiled Again (2/1, Yannick Gingras). The 11-year-old Dragon Again gelding is coming off a difficult trip in the Canadian Pacing Derby. Three local interests are in the field, including Bandolito (5/1, Daryl Bier) who is one of just two horses in the field with a recent win over the track. Milford, Delaware based trainer Josh Green will send out $1.3 million winner Dancin Yankee and Harrington-based Just a Jolt Is a two-time defending Governors Cup champion over the Harrington oval for trainer Jim King Jr. A fresh threat from north of the border, Canada-based Shamballa (5/2, Rick Zeron) enters in terrific form and fresh off a second place finish in the $513,750 Canadian Pacing Derby Final. The Quillen will be the payoff leg of a $7,500 Guaranteed Pick Four Pool (Races 5 - 8), featured in conjunction with the USTA's strategic wagering program. The race is named in honor of the late Delaware legislator Bobby Quillen, who devoted his life to public service and always looked out for the best interests of horsemen. Quillen was also a board member of Harrington Raceway and the Delaware State Fair and was a regular at the races. Post time for the Monday program is 5:30 p.m. The field for the Quillen is listed below: $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial Harrington Raceway - Race 8 1 - Foiled Again (2-1, Yannick Gingras) Owners: Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables Trainer: Ron Burke 2 - Shamballa (5/2, Rick Zeron) Owners: Tao Racing and Rick Zeron Stables Trainer: Rick Zeron 3 - Mach It So (5/1, Tim Tetrick) Owners: Bamond Racing LLC, Trainer: Jeff Bamond Jr. 4 - Bandolito (5/1, Daryl Bier) Owner: Daryl Bier, Trainer: Daryl Bier 5 - Dancin Yankee (25/1, Ross Wolfenden) Owner: Baron Racing, Richard Lombardo Trainer: Josh Green 6 - Great Vintage (7/1, Bret Miller) Owners: C Takter, D Fielding, N Anderberg, G Falk Trainer: Jimmy Takter 7 - Doctor Butch (15/1, David Miller) Owner: Ken Jacobs Trainer: Linda Toscano 8 - Just A Jolt (25/1, Victor Kirby) Owner: Janet Hudson Trainer Jim King Jr. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. -Harness racing trainer Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger ($5.40, Victor Kirby) prevailed Wednesday in the $16,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway in 1:55.2. Trained by co-owner King Jr., Powerful Charger took advantage of a contested early battle where Chinese Cuisine parked Enrico As, who both finished out of contention, before mounting his assault and reeling in stretch leader Tough Mac for the win. Five Towns finished third. It was the 10th win of the year for Powerful Charger, who surpassed $100,000 in seasonal earnings with the win. It was the second straight night that the King Jr. stable teamed up with driver Kirby to win Harrington's featured race, after winning the Fillies and Mares Open Tuesday with Purrfect Bags. Kirby also piloted the winner in the sub-featured $12,500 Open II, as Tirade Hanover ($3.80) was victorious for trainer/co-owner Leigh Raymer in 1:55.1. Kirby had three wins on the program. Allan Davis and Pat Berry each had a double. Matt Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - There isn't much Joann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags hasn't accomplished this harness racing season. On Tuesday night at Harrington Raceway the accomplished 3-year-old filly pacer continued her stellar 2015 campaign with a 1:52.4 win versus older mares in the $16,000 Fillies and Mares Open. The Roddy's Bags Again filly was sent for the lead approaching the quarter-mile as the 1-to-5 favorite and never relented with a widening four length lead at the wire over her closest pursuer Matinee Dragon and A La Notte Hanover. Trained by Jim King Jr., Purrfect Bags ($2.60, Victor Kirby), a former $2,000 yearling purchase, has won 16 of 19 lifetime starts, and prevailed with grand circuit company in the Lismore and Lady Maud races at Yonkers Raceway in addition to a victory in a Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final event at Harrington. Purrfect Bags has reeled in more than $225,000 in purses this season. Kirby has been aboard the filly in most of her starts this season. While most of her wins have come against 3-year-olds, Tuesday's win was her second versus older mares - whom she also defeated at Northfield Park on August 14. Matthew Sparacino  

Daryl Bier's Bandolito ($3.40, Bier) was a decisive winner in the $16,000 Open Pace Monday at  the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway in 1:50.4. Driven by his owner/trainer, Bandolito immediately went for the lead from post position four and never relented in an open length win over Adventure Bound and Just A Jolt. It was the ninth win of the year for the 6-year-old Ponder stallion, who earned a berth in the $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial Invitational next Monday September 21 at Harrington, featuring some of the top older pacers in harness racing. Bandolito has banked more than $136,000 in 2015 and nearly $420,000 in his career. The draw for this year's Quillen Memorial will take place Tuesday (September 15). Named in honor of the popular late Delaware legislator and Harrington Raceway/Delaware State Fair Board Member, the Quillen has attracted many of racing's top pacers over the years including three-time champion Foiled Again, harness racing's richest horse of all-time. Matt Sparacino    

Harness racing fans with an affinity for the trotting gait were in heaven on Wednesday as Harrington Raceway carded a 12-race program exclusively for trotters. In the featured $16,000 Open Trot, 4-to-5 favorite Tough Mac (Jon Roberts) set fractions of 27.1, 57.1 and 1:26.3 while Chinese Cuisine sat in the pocket and Five Towns mounted his attack first over with last week's winner, Powerful Charger perched second-over. In deep stretch Tough Mac held his rivals safe with a one length win over a late closing Enrico As and Powerful Charger in 1:55.4. Tough Mac notched his eighth win of the year for owner Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis. Traverse Seelster (Ross Wolfenden) took the sub-featured Open II Trot in 1:55.2 over Spunky Jack and Sweet Ben. George Dennis had four driving wins, while Vince Copeland had a double.. Matt Sparacino  

J&M Racing's Embassy Seelster ($4.20, Dan Rawlings) was a hard driven winner in the $16,000 Mares Open Tuesday at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway in 1:53.3. The 5-year-old Modern Art mare grinded away first-over under heavy urging from Rawlings in the stretch before finally getting the lead in the final strides to prevail narrowly over pacesetter I'm Won Rum Wiser and Bo Tox Hanover. Trained by Doug Lewis, Embassy Seelster recorded her seventh win of the year and successfully defended her turf as the current aged mare track record holder (1:51.3). She was returning to the races after a brief layoff and two qualifying races. Allan Davis drove four winners, while Rawlings had three. George Dennis had a double. Matt Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - John Cancelliere's Special T Rocks ($4, Allan Davis) notched his sixth win of the year Monday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:51.3 harness racing victory in the featured $16,000 Open. The 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding fought off all comers in his front end triumph over Leyden and Mojo Terror. After assuming command at the quarter mile, Special T Rocks was driven confidently to victory in recording his 32nd career win. Trained by Joe Hundertpfund, Special T Rocks boosted his lifetime earnings to more than $474,000. It was the second win of three wins on the program for driver Davis. Earlier on the program, Kevin Switzer's Letsmakeawish ($3.20, Montrell Teague) won his fourth consecutive race in 1:52.2. Trained by his owner, Letsmakeawish is a 3-year-old son of Western Terror. Jon Roberts and Victor Kirby each had a driving double. Matthew Sparacino    

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger ($4, Victor Kirby) notched his ninth win of the year Wednesday with a 1:55.2 triumph in the $16,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Powerful Emotion gelding assumed command approaching the quarter mile from Chinese Cuisine and never relented with an open length win for trainer/co-owner King Jr. Chinese Cuisine held second while Wingus finished third. The win pushed Powerful Charger just shy of the $100,000 seasonal earnings mark. Veteran pacer Jingle Bell Rocker won his seventh race in a row in the seventh race. The 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding has been dominant at the $7,500 claiming level and recorded his 12th win of the year for owner Tina Clark in 1:54.1. Driven by Ross Wolfenden, Jingle Bell Rocker is trained by Bobby Clark. Wolfenden, Kirby and Tony Morgan each had driving doubles on the program. Matthew Sparacino  

While the top rated horse in harness racing, Wiggle It Jiggleit, took the week off, three other Harrington Raceway based three-year-olds scored impressive victories in major stakes action last Saturday. Wakizashi Hanover and Yankee Bounty race in the $350,000 Pensylvania Sire Stakes Final while another Delaware-owned colt, Dude's The Man drew the rail for this week's $500,000 Messenger Stake at Yonkers Raceway, one of the sport's Triple Crown of Pacing. Last weekend, Wakizashi Hanover, arguably the second best sophomore pacer in the sport, dominated in a $61,472 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes division at the Meadows, near Pittsburgh, while race-favorite Purrfect Bags won her second major event at Yonkers, the $116,430 Lady Maud stakes in 1:53 with regular driver Vic Kirby in the bike for owner JoAnn King and her husband, trainer Jim King. Earlier this Summer, Purrfect Bags won the Lismore Stakes at the New York half-mile track. The other Harrington connection, Yankee Bounty, also won his Pa. Sire Stakes division. For Purrfect Bags, a Delaware-sired daughter of Roddy's Bags Again, purchased by Mrs. King for $2,000 at the 2012 Chick's sale, it, it was her fifth consecutive victory and eighth win in 10 starts this season. She has now won 15 of her 18 lifetime races. After recording his victory last week at the Meadows, this Saturday, Wakizashi Hanover heads to North East Pa. to race in the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship at Pocono Downs , where Pocono will host four $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship for three-year-olds on a total program boasting $1,770,000 in purses. In addition to Wakizashi Hanover in the male final, another starter owned-in-part by Harrington entrepreneur Frank Chick, is Yankee Bounty, the 2014 defending champion two-year-old. Much of the attention in the sophomore division final will be focused on Wakizashi Hanover, already a winner of $948,238, including the $1-million North America Cup Final in Ontario. He is regarded as second-best soph pacer behind the amazing Wiggle It Jiggleit. Yankee Bounty come off a 1:49.3 win in his $61,472 Pa. Sire Stakes prelim. Wiggle It Jiggleit's next start comes in the famed Little Brown Jug pace in Delaware Ohio, Sept. 24. At Yonkers, Dude's The Man, another standout three-year-old leaves from post 1 in the prestigious Messenger. The colt is owned by long-time harness patrons, M&L Of Delaware, the nom-de-course, of Ralph, Roz and Doug Paul and their partner Victoria Dickinson, all of Greenville, near Wilmington. Marv Bachrad

Ronald Dixon's Ken Kam (Tony Morgan, $9) ended his half-mile racetrack hiatus and was a 1:52.2 winner in the $12,500 Open II feature at Harrington Raceway Monday. Trained by Dixon, Ken Kam,a 6-year-old ridgling sired by Cancun Hanover, overpowered pacesetter SB Mikes Hot Beach and held off a cavalry charge to the wire for a narrow win over Leyden and Special T Rocks. Trained by his owner, Ken Kam is the richest son of his sire Cancun Hanover, who won the Harrington Handicap, the track's former signature race in 2003. Ken Kam has not raced at Harrington or any half-mile racetrack since his sophomore season in 2012. Montrell Teague, George Dennis, Allan Davis and Pat Berry each had a driving double. Matt Sparacino

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