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HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway's 69th season of live harness racing came to a close Thursday afternoon with a 15-race harness racing program. End of meet honors were presented to familiar faces for the leading driver and trainer. Allan Davis, won his second straight driving title with 150 wins at the meet and is on pace for his best year yet as he looks to close out with his third consecutive year with more than 300 wins. Davis is the son of local driving legend Eddie Davis, who won more than 8,000 races in his career. Trainer Wayne Givens recorded his third straight training title. The 65-year-old conditioner and native of nearby Seaford, Del., has enjoyed eight straight seasons with more than $1.1 million annually in purses. Three time former driving champ Ross Wolfenden closed out the meet in strong fashion with four wins. Racing in Delaware now shifts approximately 20 miles north to Dover Downs, which opens their meet on November 2. Live racing at Harrington will resume in April of 2016. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - More than $550,000 in total purses were up for grabs as part of a showcase of Delaware's top bred harness racing horses Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final events were the centerpiece of the 13-race program, as well as their accompanying $20,000 consolations. There was also $20,000 Open events for older horses, with preference given to those who were Delaware owned or bred. KDK Standardbreds' Apple Bottom Jeans ($6.80, Montrell Teague) was the first $100,000 DSBF final winner with an impressive 1:56 front end win for trainer Kevin Switzer. The Mr. Apples-sired filly led throughout over Seboomook Up-town and Eternal Ring, who rounded out the trifecta. It was her second win in three career starts. Carter Racing Stable's Rusty Carter ($3.80, Corey Callahan) prevailed in the final for colt and gelding pacers with a 1:54.1 triumph after a first-over charge cleared pacesetter All Artist near the three-quarters. All Artist finished second with Steller City third. Trained by Doug Lewis, Rusty Carter, an Art Director gelding, notched his second career win. The first trotting final went postward in the eighth race as Chris Yochim's Mondello ($28.60, Art Stafford Jr.) was a winner via disqualification of favorite Chipoffthewall, who was taken down for interference against Elton J early in a miscue-marred mile. The time of 1:59.2 was disallowed. Overnight Shipper was placed second with Mr. Paul third. Mondello, sired by Taladega, achieved his first career win. In the $100,000 filly trotting final J Craparotta and Patrick Berry Racing's Epic Smash ($57.20, Berry) was an upset winner in 2:02.3. Berry and Epic Smash capitalized on early miscues from favorites Cicada's Song and Triple Bottom Line and never looked back in a wire-to-wire win over Unshakeable Peace and Princess Politics. Janet Hudson's Just a Jolt ($4.40, Victor Kirby) captured the $20,000 Open pace for horses and geldings in 1:52 for trainer Jim King Jr. Another King Jr.-trained and Kirby-driven horse visited the winner's circle in the $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open, as sophomore filly sensation Purrfect Bags ($2.80, Kirby) recorded her 10th win of the year with 1:53.1 triumph versus older rivals. She increased her seasonal earnings to more than $237,000. Callahan notched another winner in the $20,000 Open Trot with Gary Evans and Foulk Stables' Prayer Session ($3) who was a dominant winner in 1:54.4. Driver George Dennis notched his 5,000th career win in the second race aboard trotter Ronan. The 45-year-old Dennis is a former driving champ at Harrington and has been a staple among the leading drivers on the First State's half-mile racetrack for the last 20 years. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - More than $500,000 in purses will be up for grabs on the penultimate Harrington Raceway program of the season Wednesday October 21, which will showcase some of Delaware's top bred harness racing horses. Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final events for 2-year-olds will be the centerpiece of a 13-race program, accompanied by four $20,000 consolation events and three $20,000 Open events for older horses. A $5,000 guaranteed pool pick four (races 3-6) will be offered in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's strategic wagering initiative. It will include a stakes laden sequence with two DSBF finals and a pair of Open events to fulfill the four races. The first DSBF final is for 2-year-old fillies featuring Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Up-town (5/2, Allan Davis), who swept her eliminations and drew the coveted rail. The Wayne Givens-trainee will face a deep field however which will kick off the pick four and includes fellow elimination winners Joann Looney-King's Cougar Creek (4-1, Victor Kirby), Andrew Glassmeyer's Eternal Ring (6-1, Jon Roberts), Carter Racing Stable's Fiftyshadesofrusty (4-1, Corey Callahan), KDK Standardbreds' Apple Bottom Jeans (3/1, Montrell Teague) and Roland Hall and Bryan Truitt Jr.'s Rowdy Patti (30-1, Bryan Truitt). The third leg of the pick four sequence will feature the pacing colts and geldings, another competitive field with five different elimination winners. Only Willard Hall and Brian Wright's Sizz Matty (Sizz Matty, Allan Davis) successfully won both of his eliminations, but drew post 8. Other elimination winners include Carter Racing Stable's Rusty Carter (7/2, Corey Callahan), Pam Wagner' s Canthelpbutwin (9/2, Victor Kirby), Dorothy Conner and Chris Conner's Hail to the Master (5/2, Art Stafford Jr.) and Winbak Farm's All Artist (3/1, George Dennis). Owner Jane Dunavant and trainer/driver Carlo Poliseno will look to build on a wildly successful round of eliminations when they won three of the four, as they send out three entries, all of which won last week, in the trotting finals. Elton J (5/2, Poliseno) is the morning line second choice in the colt and geldings final (8th race) behind the lone horse to sweep his eliminations, Syl King Jr.'s Chipoffthewall (7/5, Tony Morgan). Ed Goans' Samuel J (7/1, Dan Rawlings) is the only other elimination winner in the field. The filly trotting final is the 10th race on the program and marks the return of track record holder Cicada's Song (7/5, Ross Wolfenden), who scorched the half-mile oval for a 1:59.2 win last week. Winbak Farm's Triple Bottom Line (2-1, Kirby), who was second to Cicada's Song last week after winning her elimination on October 7, appears to be the biggest competition. Devlin (7/1, Poliseno) is not to be overlooked for the hot connections of Dunavant and Poliseno as the only other elimination winner in the field. Post time is 5:30 p.m. Harrington Raceway's 2015 meet will come to a close on October 22. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Four $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) divisions for 2-year-old trotters completed their second round of eliminations Wednesday at Harrington Raceway as owner Jane Dunavant and harness racing trainer Carlo Poliseno dominated with three wins, including a track record performance. The $100,000 final events for 2-year-old pacers and trotters of all sexes will be showcased on October 21, along with $20,000 consolations. There were two divisions each for fillies and colts and geldings Wednesday with Dunavant's Cicada's Song ($3.40, Ross Wolfenden) turning in a dazzling 1:59.2 track record performance in the first split of the night for fillies, kicking off what was a huge night for owner Dunavant and trainer Poliseno. The mile time shattered the mark for 2-year-old fillies (2:00.2) and 2-year-old colts and geldings (1:59.3.). The Dusty Winner filly sat in the pocket throughout before surging by on the final turn and holding off Triple Bottom Line to the wire. Epic Smash set the fractions and faded to third. Cicada's Song improved to 4-for-4 lifetime. The second filly division went much slower, but in the end it was another filly with Dunavant/Poliseno connections who would prevail. Jane Dunavant's Devlin ($38, Poliseno) prevailed in 2:04.4. The daughter of Dusty Winner led throughout in her wire-to-wire victory over Unique Rosa Lene and Unshakeable Peace. Devlin achieved her first career win for trainer/driver Poliseno. The first division for male trotters went to Syl King Jr.'s Chipoffthewall ($2.20, Tony Morgan) who was a front-stepping 2:00.2 victor over Mondello and Mr. Paul. Trained by his owner, Chipoffthewall completed a sweep of his DSBF eliminations. Sired by Master Lavec, Chipoffthewall has three wins in seven lifetime starts. In the final DSBF split, another Dusty Winner offspring prevailed for familiar connections, as owner Dunavant and trainer/driver Poliseno notched another win with Elton J ($3.60, Poliseno), who hit the wire first in 2:04 over Chrome Master and Bosston Malibu. All three of Poliseno and Dunavant's winners came with Dusty Winner-sired horses. Following the conclusion of the sixth race, Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger was awarded a blanket as the United States Harness Writers Association's Delaware Valley Chapter's Horse of the Meet. In 18 starts, Powerful Charger had nine wins and made nearly $100,000 at the meet for trainer Jim King Jr. Wingus ($40.60, George Dennis) won the $16,000 overnight feature, the Open Trot, in a new lifetime best of 1:55 for owners Bill and Joan Venables. George Dennis and Poliseno each had a driving double. Poliseno also had a training triple. Matthew Sparacino    

HARRINGTON, Del. - Just eight days from their $100,000 final event, three $20,000 elimination divisions were held Tuesday at Harrington Raceway for Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) harness racing 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Carter Racing Stable's Rusty Carter ($11.20, Corey Callahan) was the fastest winner with a 1:55.3 victory in his split over round one elimination winners All Artist and Hail To The Master, who rounded out the trifecta. Rusty Carter, a son of Art Director, chipped away first over at the leaders before edging clear in the stretch for his first career win. Pam Wagner's Canthelpbutwin ($7, Victor Kirby) was victorious in the second division with a pocket trip for trainer Josh Green. The gelded son of Artzina surged by a game pacesetter Cut the Beach late for a narrow win. Power to Perform was third. It was a maiden breaking triumph for the winner. The final DSBF division saw Willard Hall and Brian Wright's Sizz Matty ($4, George Dennis) as a handy winner in 1:57.3 over Steller City and All Music. The Life Sizzles colt, Sizz Matty, notched his third straight win, including a sweep of his eliminations for trainer Wright. Kirby and Dennis each had four winners on the program. Callahan had a driving double. There will be a showcase of Delaware's top-bred horses on October 21 with four $100,000 DSBF finals, as well as $20,000 consolation events. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Three $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund's (DSBF) second leg for harness racing 2-year-old pacing fillies were contested Monday at Harrington Raceway with Joann Looney-King's Cougar Creek ($17.60, Victor Kirby) the fastest winner of the trio in 1:57.4. The daughter of Dream Away sat behind favorite and pacesetter Apple Bottom Jeans throughout before surging by in deep stretch to prevail. Trained by Jim King Jr., it was Cougar Creek's first win in three lifetime starts. Carter Racing Stable's Fiftyshadesofrusty ($3.60, Corey Callahan) won the first division in 1:58.1 for trainer Doug Lewis. The Art Director-sired filly earned her first career win. Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Up Town ($2.10, Allan Davis) completed a sweep of her eliminations with her fourth consecutive win in 1:59.1. The Wayne Givens-trainee and daughter of Tune Town has yet to taste defeat in her career. In the overnight feature on the 13-race program, the $16,000 Open Pace, John Cancelliere's Special T Rocks ($7, George Dennis) was victorious in 1:52. Two "rickshaw rumble" races were held as non-wagering events to benefit Horse Lovers United, who is dedicated to finding homes for horses who can no longer compete. Humans took the place of their equine counterparts, pulling a sulky in a 1/16 of a mile sprint. Local television host Heather Vitale coordinated the event which was successful in raising money for Horse Lovers United. Ashley Ivory won the "fillies" division, while Tyler Davis was victorious in the "colts" division. Kirby and Allan Davis each had three wins on the program. Matthew Sparacino    

HARRINGTON, Del. - A trotting extravaganza was displayed at Harrington Raceway Wednesday with 13 trotting races on the harness racing  program, including four divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old trotters. Edwin Goans' Samuel J ($26.40, Dan Rawlings) won the first division for colts and geldings in 2:04.2 for trainer Andy Markano. The Master Lavec gelding was sent immediately for the lead from post position five and never relented for his first career win in his first lifetime start. Syl King Jr.'s Chipoffthewall ($2.20, Tony Morgan) was a popular winner in the second colt and gelding division, after making an early miscue, he recovered to win in 2:03. The Master Lavec gelding notched his second career win. The fillies outdid their male counterparts in terms of speed, as both filly divisions went faster than their opposite gender. Winbak Farm's Triple Bottom Line ($2.20, Victor Kirby) prevailed in the first filly division with a 2:01.4 romp for trainer Jeff Fout. The Cr Commando filly was never tested in her blowout score where she was more than 16 lengths ahead of her closest pursuer at the finish. Jane Dunavant's Cicada's Song ($2.80, Ross Wolfenden) was equally impressive in her effortless 2:01.1 triumph, the fastest division of the night. Sired by Dusty Winner, the Carlo Poliseno-trained filly equaled her lifetime best and improved to 2-for-2 in her career. The second leg for DSBF action will take place next Wednesday October 14. In the overnight feature, the $16,000 Open Trot, Callam Racing's Spunky Jack ($48.80, Roger Plante Jr.) was victorious in 1:56.3. Matthew Sparacino  

The first leg of action for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings highlighted a 14-race Tuesday program at Harrington Raceway. Dorothy Ann and Chris Conner's Hail To The Master ($2.60, Art Stafford Jr.) won the first division in 1:56.1 for trainer/co-owner Dorothy Conner. The Rustler Hanover gelding improved to 3-for-4 in his young career with a powerful win from off the pace as the betting favorite. Winbak Farm's All Artist ($4, George Dennis) captured the second division in 1:56.4. Trained by Jeff Fout, the Roddy's Bags Again gelding notched his second straight win, dismissing his rivals with a strong finishing presence. The final DSBF split went to Willard Hall and Brian Wright's Sizz Matty ($4.40, George Dennis) who was a pocket-positioned winner in 1:59. Trained by Brian Wright, the Life Sizzles colt earned his third career win in five starts. It was one of three wins on the program for Dennis who joined Allan Davis with a driving triple. Art Stafford Jr., Victor Kirby each had a double. Matt Sparacino  

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  

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