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DOVER, Del. ---- Just under 300 horsemen, legislators, including the governor of Delaware John Carney, and friends of harness racing in the First State turned out for the 21st annual Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) Awards-Dinner at the Modern Maturity Center, in Dover, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. As usual, prior to the nighttime activity, the annual DSOA mid-day business meeting was held with evening festivities beginning with an early evening cocktail hour. Again this year, Mistress of Ceremony Heather Moffett presented a colorful, fun-filled video potpourri of seasonal high spots from her weekly Post Parade programs seen during the year on Sundays and rebroadcast Mondays on WBOC TV. During this year's review of the highlights of the 2017 racing season featuring top horses of the Dover Downs and the Harrington Raceway meets. The banquet also featured a silent auction to benefit Horse Lovers United, Inc., a highly acknowledged Not-for Profit organization led by Lorraine Truitt, which provides a residence and care for retired horses. In addition to leading horsemen and friends in attendance at the awards- banquet were many of Delaware's top legislative executives. The list headed Governor John Carney; a longtime support of Delaware racing: Lt. Governor Bethan Hall-Long; Delaware State Senator Gary Simpson; and Delaware Legislators: Rep. Gerald Brady; Rep. Richard Collins; Rep. Ronald Gray; Rep. Kevin Hensley; Rep. Harvey Kenton; Rep. John Kowalko; Rep. Bobby Outten; Rep. Trey Paradee; Rep. Mike Ramone; Rep. Lyndon Yearick and Rep. Dave Wilson. Also Delaware Cabinet members, Rick Geisenberger, Secretary of Finance and Michael Scuse, Secretary of Agriculture. Among the attendees were Delaware Harness Racing Commission Executive Director Mark Davis; Judy Davis-Wilson, Executive Director, Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund; Commission Chair Beth Steele; Commissioner, Pat Wagner. Also present were USTA District -11 Directors: Dan Bittle, Chairman, Russell MacKinnon and John Hensley. The DSOA Board of Directors - President Andy Markano; 1st Vice President Brenda Bramble, 2nd Vice President George Dennis, Treasurer Frank Deliberti, Secretary Frances West and Sal DiMario, Executive Director and DSOA Directors; Richard Ashley, Victor Kirby, Russell MacKinnon, Charles Marsh, George Teague Jr., Valerie Warnick and Ross Wolfenden. Directors of Emeritus Dan Camac, Ralph Holloway, Dr.. William Moffett, and Presley Moore, plus the DSOA office staff Denise Rothermel and Lisa Pearson, hard-workers who put the event together each year. DSOA and DSBF 2017 award winners: The 6th annual James T. Case Jr. DSOA Horizon Award (to a horseman making outstanding progress during year) was presented to trainer Jason Skinner, one of the sport's rising stars. The Inaugural DSOA President's Award was presented to Delaware Governor John Carney for his continual support of harness racing. A DSOA Special Appreciation Award went to Leon Carlisle, Harrington Raceway Trackman Again this year, there were six James T. Case Jr. $1,000 Scholarships awarded, in memory of the longtime DSOA President. 2017 DSOA Horses Honored: Dover Downs Horse of the Meet- Owners Brian Hoffecker, Vic Kirby and trainer Leigh Raymer's BARBARA'S SHADOW Trotter of the Meet-Thomas Dillon's HOLLYWOOD HIGHWAY, trained by Doug Lewis Claimer of the Meet- GUILTYWITHANEXCUSE owned by RBH Ventures * Spagnola Racing, trained by Jim King Jr. Harrington Raceway Horse of the Meet - Brian and Carrie Malone's IDEAL ICE, trained by Brian Malone. Trotter of the Meet - WIND OF THE NORTH owned by Daryl Bier & JoAnn Dombeck, trained by Jenny Bier . Claimer of the Meet - Lorie & Paul Davis' LADY BETH, trained by Paul Davis DELAWARE STANDARDBRED BREEDERS FUND AWARDS: 2-Year-Olds: Trotters; (filly) STAR SAPPHIRE (colt) BOSTON CRUISER Pacers; (filly) GRACEFULLYFORGIVEN (colt) SLICK TONY 3-Year-Olds: Trotters, (filly) SPOONFULL(colt) MASTER CLAVE; Pacers - (filly) LOGAN'S GIRL (colt) BAGS TO RICHES Broodmares of the Year; Pacing Mare QUEEN KATHY -Trotting Mare MOCHA A highly successful silent auction of harness memorabilia to benefit Horse Lovers United under the supervision of its founder, Lorraine Truitt, was supported for the care for horses whose racing careers had ended. Again this year a handsome-colored booklet containing all awards winning horses and owners was given to all attendees. Following award presentations -Mike Hines and The Look, provided musical entertainment. Marv Bachrad

Harry G. Farrow Jr., of Harrington, passed away on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at the Hospice Center of Milford, he was 84. He was a former Mayor of Harrington, owner of the Harrington Journal newspaper whose sports section was dominated by harness racing news. More recently Mr. Farrow was a realtor. Mr. Farrow, a long time native of Harrington and grew up on the family farm, one of the earlier farms in the town of Harrington. He graduated from Harrington High School where he lettered in Varsity Basketball. He went on to receive two degrees, one at the University of Georgia and at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. He served his in the United States Army during the Korean War and was a strong American patriot While in the service, his Signal Corps company was placed on orders three times for Korea, and as a cryptographer, he had top secret clearance for messages sent and received. In the 1960s, He was a loan officer for the Farmers Bank in Dover. Mr. Farrow was a big part of the Harrington community. He served as Mayor from 1987 to 1990. Harry was the fifth editor and former owner of the Harrington Journal, which was founded by his uncle in 1913. He also was the founder of the newspaper Raceweek that was dedicated to local and national auto and motorcycle racing affiliations. He remained a free-lance writer and occasionally wrote for the Delaware State News. His passion was interviewing and writing about veterans and historical people of interest. He was also owner of the local realty company, Farrow Realty. At the time of his passing, he worked as a broker/realtor for Lewis Realty in Lewes, Del. Mr. Farrow was a big supporter of the harness industry. Growing up, he had several horses. His love of the sport began at an early age. He could be found at Dover or Harrington covering the harness races every season. He also was an avid sports fan and made hobbies of baseball, basketball, golf and tennis. As part of the Harrington Community, Harry belonged to the Harrington Lions Club, Rotary Club, Burrsville Ruritan, and the St. Stephens Episcopal Church. The love of his community and dedication to his family will be forever missed by his loving family and close friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Louise Farrow. He is survived by two sons and their spouses, John "Dave" Farrow and his wife, Heather of Harrington, and Christopher "Todd" Farrow and his wife Tracey Ann of Boca Raton, Fla.; and three grandchildren, Abbagail Kenton, Hannah Howard, and Madelyn Farrow. A memorial service will take place at the Melvin Funeral Home, 15522 South DuPont Hwy., Harrington, on Saturday, November 18 at 1 pm with a visitation starting 2 hours prior to the service. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the charity of their choice. Arrangements are by the Thomas E. Melvin & Son Funeral Home Inc, Harrington, DE. Visit us at to send flowers or sign condolence book. Marv Bachrad

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway completed its 71st season of live harness racing Thursday with a 13-race program. As has been customary, the meet's leading trainer and driver were announced as part of closing night festivities. Brian Malone notched his first training title over the half-mile racetrack, with a meet best 33 wins. Malone, who is stabled in Delmar, Del., enjoyed a banner meet and had two of the season's winningest horses, both of which are pacing mares, Ideal Ice and Mcarma. Josh Green, a previous Harrington training title holder, was second with 29 wins. Joe Hunderptfund Jr., Clyde Francis and Vincent Bradley rounded out the top five. Malone learned the business from his family, particularly his father Richard Malone Jr., uncle Ronald Malone and grandfather Richard Malone Sr. Victor Kirby notched his second straight driving title. Kirby recorded 98 wins at the meet. Kirby plied his trade as a youngster under the guidance of his late grandfather and long-time horseman, Vinal Kirby. Kirby has escalated into one of the top catch drivers on the region, who regular competes at major tracks on the east coast. Allan Davis, Art Stafford Jr., Ross Wolfenden and Jon Roberts completed the top five. Earlier in the week, Legacy Racing of Delaware and Reginald Hazzard's Papa Ray was presented with the horse of the meet honors for trainer Wayne Givens. Live racing will return in April 2018, while the Delaware circuit will shift north approximately 20 miles to Dover Downs, who will begin its meet on October 30. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck's Wind Of The North ($4.40, Victor Kirby) was a 1:56.1 harness racing winner in the $16,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. Theresademoninme led the field of seven to the opening quarter mile in 28.1 seconds. Dw's Ny Yank applied pressure to the half-mile in 57.3 seconds and three-quarters in 1:26.4. Wind Of The North waited in the two-hole throughout and emerged as the leader in deep stretch. Theresademoninme was second with Sunset Mike third. Trained by Jenny Bier, it was the ninth win of the season for the 7-year-old Cantab Hall. Kirby has a five win lead in the driver standings over Allan Davis. Meanwhile, trainer Brian Malone secured his first Harrington training title with a win in the 7th race with Nowucit Nowudont ($5.40, Jon Roberts) and with Westside Lindy ($4, Roberts) in the finale. Malone has 34 wins at the meet and will be presented his plaque on closing night October 19. Josh Green, a former Harrington training champ, is second with 29 wins. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Driver Victor Kirby registered three victories including his 4,000th lifetime win Tuesday at Harrington Raceway with a win aboard Spanish Dream ($3) in the fifth race. Kirby, a popular member of the horsemen community, had a three win night on Monday and is the defending driving champion at Harrington, while maintaining a slim lead in the standings over Allan Davis this season with just two nights of racing remaining. Kirby has a three win lead over Davis. Kirby learned the business from his grandfather Vinal Kirby and was a point guard in college for Marymount University (Va.) approximately 25 years ago. He is a regular on the Delaware valley circuit, including regular trips to Harrah's Philadelphia and the Meadowlands. Kirby is well traveled, recently competing at four different racetracks in four states over the past week. Kirby quickly earned another win one race after getting his milestone victory, with a 1:54.1 win in the $17,500 Mares Open aboard Jo Ann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($4). Trained by Jim King Jr., the Roddy's Bags Again 5-year-old was a pacesetting winner over Miss Me Yet and Hostess Lisa. Trainer Brian Malone won the 10th with Corona Again ($3.60, Tony Morgan) to give him a three win lead in the race for meet's leading trainer over Josh Green. Montrell Teague and Morgan each had driving doubles. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Richard Polluci's Christen Me ($3.80, Ross Wolfenden) was a 1:51.1 harness racing winner Monday in the $15,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway. The 9-year-old Christian Cullen gelding was a decisive wire-to-wire victor over Soto and Major Uptrend. It was the third win of the season and second over the same surface for trainer Jim King Jr. It was Christen Me's 35th career win in his career, where he's won more than $2 million. Despite a fourth place finish Monday, Legacy Racing and Reginald Hazzard's Papa Ray was presented with the United States Harness Writers Association's Delaware Valley Chapter Horse of the Meet award. The venerable 8-year-old Village Jolt stallion had seven wins at the meet and banked nearly $60,000 in $18 starts for trainer Wayne Givens. Papa Ray has earned nearly $600,000 in his career. Art Stafford Jr. and Victor Kirby had a driving triple. Montrell Teague and Tony Morgan each had a pair of driving wins. With three nights of racing remaining, Kirby has a one win lead over Allan Davis in the driver standings. Kirby is also one win shy of 4,000 in his career. Christen Me Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis' Theresademoninme ($16, Jon Roberts) notched his 21st career win in upset fashion Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:55.3 harness racing victory in the $16,000 Open Trot. Trained by co-owner Davis, Roberts put the 6-year-old Kadabra gelding on the early lead, where he would never relent in a powerful score over Wind Of The North and Tymal Signature. Victor Kirby continued to maintain a slim margin in the driver standings with his 3,991st career win with Wingus ($3.80). Kirby currently has a two win lead over Allan Davis, who won the fourth race with Explosive Jet ($5) and 10th with Delaware Hanover ($3), as the race for the meet's leading driver heats up with five nights of racing remaining in the season. Vince Bradley and Louis Catana had an owner double when Sunset Mike ($3.80, Art Stafford Jr.) scored a 1:57.1 win in a sub-featured $11,000 trot. The win also gave Bradley a training double. Ross Wolfenden, who is third in the driver standings, won a pair of races. Brian Malone (30 victories) is the leader over Josh Green in the trainer standings by two wins. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Mike Hall's St Kitts ($24, Jon Roberts) was an upset harness racing winner in the $17,500 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:53.1 triumph. The 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere mare sat behind pacesetting favorite Miss Me Yet throughout and edged clear near the wire. Miss Me Yet held second while Sweet Bobbie was placed third. Trained by Doug Lewis, it was the seventh win of the year for St Kitts. The win gave Roberts a driving double on the card. Driver Victor Kirby (three wins) started the night in fine fashion after taking both halves of the daily double with Spanish Dream ($5.80) and Ok Jasmine ($4). Kirby maintains a two win lead in the driver standings over Allan Davis with just six nights of live racing remaining in the 2017 meet. Brian Malone has a three win lead over Josh Green in the trainer standings. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Legacy Racing of Delaware and Reginald Hazzard's Papa Ray ($2.80, Victor Kirby) recorded his second straight harness racing win Monday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:52.1 win in the $15,000 Delaware Special. Trained by Wayne Givens, the 8-year-old Village Jolt stallion registered his 41st career win via first over charge to the front near three-quarters where he would draw away by open lengths. Allwillworkout was second with Imkeepnthisguy third. Live racing continues on a Monday through Thursday schedule until October 19. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2-year-old finals, which showcased Delaware's top sired harness racing horses were contested Wednesday at Harrington Raceway on a beautiful fall day. While five horses entered the finals unbeaten, only two remained unblemished when the dust settled on the 13-race program. Jeff and David Clark's Gracefully Forgiven ($2.60, Art Stafford Jr.) won the pacing filly final and remained unbeaten in four starts with a 1:56.3 open length score over Ibetyoucanwiggle and Pedal Power. The Roddy's Bags Again filly set all the fractions and was a decisive victor for her co-owner and trainer Jeff Clark. The filly trotting final went to Serendipity Stable's Star Sapphire ($19, Russell Foster), who was a 2:01.3 winner over Deja Vu Blue and Vandalous. From the first crop of Anders Bluestone, it was the first career win in three starts Star Sapphire, who is trained by Tui Stone. Andrew Glassmeyer's Bosston Cruiser ($2.60, Jon Roberts) was a 2:01 winner in the male trotting final, with a narrow win over Brother Kenny and Sky Marshal. The Glassmeyer-trainee held off a late charge from Brother Kenny to the wire in a photo finish. Bosston Cruiser, a son of Don Boss Vita, remained unbeaten in four starts. Foster piloted another winner when owner/trainer George Leager's Slick Tony ($6.40) was a 1:55 winner in the final for male pacing colts. The No Spin Zone colt sustained a giant first over move and held off a hard charge by Evolution Tour to the wire. Transitioning Joy was the pacesetter and finished third. There were two $20,000 DSBF consolation events, both won by Clyde Francis-trainees for owner George Teague Jr. and son, driver Montrell Teague. Nozy Neighbor ($6) won the pacing filly consolation in 1:59.3., while Mingo ($3) prevailed in the colts and geldings consolation in 1:57.2. Celebrity Pegasus ($4, Art Stafford Jr.) won the overnight feature, a $15,000 Open Trot in 1:56.1 for owners Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms. "Pegasus" is trained by Eric Ell. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harness racing trainer Brian Malone's Hostess Lisa ($4.20, Tony Morgan) was a 1:54.2 winner in the $16,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Trained by her owner, the 8-year-old Sagebrush mare held off a game effort by Terror At Night for a narrow win. Sweet Bobbie was third. It was the 8th win of the year for Hostess Lisa and 35th in her career. Malone had an owner/trainer grand slam on the program and is the current leading trainer at the meet. One race later, Morgan piloted Aunt Betty to her sixth straight win in 1:56 for owner Ron Davis. The Rock N Roll Heaven mare has won eight of 22 starts this year for trainer Brooks Gray. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals for harness racing 2-year-old pacers and trotters will headline a rich Wednesday October 4 program at Harrington Raceway featuring approximately $500,000 in total purses. Five 2-year-olds go into the final events unbeaten including Jeff and David Clark's Gracefully Forgiven (9/5, Art Stafford Jr.) in the filly pacing final, slated second on the 13-race program and is the second leg of the early pick four. The Roddy's Bags Again filly is 3-for-3 in her career for co-owner/trainer Jeff Clark who will start from post two and have her first showdown with Darrell and Leah Lewis' Pedal Power (7/2, Tim Tetrick) won swept her eliminations. A pair of unbeaten trotting fillies will clash in their final, race four, as Chambers Racing, Cinbrew Ent., and Bcjm Inc.'s Vandalous (pp 2, 2/1, Tetrick) and Howard Taylor, Thomas Lazzaro, Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis' Deja vu Blue (pp 6, 7/5, Ross Wolfenden) are primed for their first matchup after each won both of their respective elimination events. Vandalous, conditioned by Nick Callahan, is a daughter of JM Vangogh while Deja  vu Blue, trained by co-owner Davis, is from the first crop of Anders Bluestone. The eighth race is the male trotting final, which has a likely short-priced favorite in unbeaten Bosston Cruiser (7/5, Jon Roberts) for owner/traner Andrew Glassmeyer. The Don Boss Vita gelding is 3-for-3 in his career and drew post three. The 10th race is the first leg of the late pick four will culminate the finals as undefeated colt Transitioning Joy (7/5, Montrell Teague) drew post four for owners Joy and George Teague in the male pacing final. The Barber Pole colt has won his previous three races for trainer Clyde Francis. There is also a pair of $20,000 consolation events on the program. Post time is 5 p.m. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Legacy Racing of Delaware and Reginald Hazzard's Papa Ray ($4.40, Victor Kirby) was a 1:51.3 winner in the harness racing featured $15,000 Delaware Special Monday at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Wayne Givens, the 8-year-old Village Jolt stallion notched his 40th career win. Papa Ray waited patiently behind pacesetter Framed Art throughout before blazing home in 26.4 seconds for a narrow win. Two "rickshaw rumble" races were held to benefit Horse Lovers United, a local non-profit who finds homes for retired racehorses. Organized by Heather Vitale, the fundraiser has become a popular event where local horsemen take the place of horses in a 1/16 of a mile sprint. Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals will be contested on the Wednesday October 4 Harrington program as part of a showcase of Delaware's top 2-year-olds. Matthew Sparacino    

HARRINGTON, Del. - Four $20,000 divisions for the second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) for harness racing 2-year-old trotters went post ward Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. On a night where there were many short fields due to 14 scratches on the program, Bobby Myers' Brother Kenny ($6, Jon Roberts) prevailed in the first DSBF division for colts and geldings with a 2:03.2 win over Super Fly. The Anders Bluestone gelding was second in his elimination last week. Deja Vu Blue ($2.20, Ross Wolfenden) completed a sweep of his eliminations, with a 2:02.2 win in his split for colts and geldings over Uptown Spunk and Star Sapphire. Recently acquired for trainer/co-owner Dylan Davis and partners Howard Taylor, Tom Lazzaro and Mike Casalino Jr., the Anders Bluestone colt is 2-for-2 lifetime. Chambers Racing, Cinbrew Ent Llc,and Bjcm Inc.'s Vandalous ($4, Russ Foster) was a 2:05.4 winner in the final DSBF filly division over Whoa Winna Now and Ms Smash. The daughter of JM Vangogh won both of her eliminations for trainer Nick Callahan. Andrew Glassmyer's Bosston Cruiser ($2.10, Roberts) remained unbeaten in the remaining division for male trotters with a blowout win in 2:04 over Sky Marshal and Camp Rehoboth. The Don Boss Vita gelding is 3-for-3 in his young career for his owner/trainer. In the $15,000 Open Trot, Mike Casalino and Davis' Theresademoninme ($3.60, Roberts) was a 1:55.4 winner over Awsome Valley and Royal Becca J. Roberts and Wolfenden each had four wins on the program. All four $100,000 DSBF final events will be contested on Wednesday October 4. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jeff and David Clark's Gracefully Forgiven ($2.20, Art Stafford Jr.) remained unbeaten in three starts with a 1:57.2 win in one of three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 eliminations for harness racing 2-year-old pacing fillies at Harrington Raceway Tuesday. The Roddy's Bags Again filly was a dominant front end winner over Lydia and Studio Session and gave Stafford Jr. his third of five wins on the program. Kdk Standardbreds' Cheyenne Zone ($2.20, Victor Kirby) prevailed in the first division in 1:58.4 over Whistlers Seelster and Nozy Neighbor. The No Spin Zone filly notched her second career win for trainer Kevin Switzer. The final division went to Darrell and Leah Lewis' Pedal Power ($2.20, Stafford Jr.), who was a 1:58 winner over Diabolical Spin and Ibetyoucanwiggle. Terror At Night ($5.40, Allan Davis) won the $15,000 Mares Open for owners Nanticoke Racing, Ed Maas and Arlene Paisley in 1:53.3. The winner was trained by Les Givens. The second round of action for 2-year-old DSBF trotters gets underway on the Wednesday September 27 program at Harrington. The $100,000 DSBF final events will be contested on October 4. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Slick Tony and Transitioning Joy were prevailing favorites in the second round of $20,000 divisions in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund stakes action for harness racing 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings Monday at Harrington Raceway. George Leager's Slick Tony($2.10, Russell Foster) was a 1:54.3 winner in the first division over America First and Burn Brighter. The No Spin Zone colt recorded a new lifetime best in his fifth career win for owner/trainer Leager. Joy and George Teague's Transitioning Joy ($2.40, Montrell Teague) completed a sweep of his eliminations with a 1:54.3 blowout win over Evolution Tour and Fulla Nitro. It was the third straight win in as many starts for the unbeaten Barber Pole colt and trainer Clyde Francis. The $100,000 final DSBF events for 2-year-old pacers and trotters will be contested on October 4. In the $17,500 Open Pace, the overnight feature on the 12-race program, Bruce Kennedy and Tri County Stable's Wakizashi Hanover ($3.40, Tim Tetrick) was a 1:51.1 winner over Soto and Major Uptrend for trainer Jim King Jr. Matthew Sparacino

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