DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Casinos in Delaware have been going back and forth with lawmakers for months over what to do with the ailing casino industry in the First State. Caught in the middle are the horsemen. Delaware legalized gambling in the 90s to help save the horse racing industry. The horsemen get a 10-percent cut of casino revenue. That money goes into race purses at Harrington, Delaware Park and Dover Downs. The harness racing season at Dover Downs started this week. And the potential effects of what's going on at Legislative Hall isn't lost on the people there for that, like George Dennis. Dennis is an owner, driver and trainer. He remembers the good times and the bad times for horse racing in the First State. "I was here driving and racing when we were going for $500 purses," he said. "The slots came in. That had a big impact. It helped the whole industry." But slot revenues, the backbone of Delaware's casino industry, have dropped dramatically since 2007. Sal DiMario, executive director of the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association, says that's affected racing purses. "Our purse revenues are down about 30 to 35 percent from their high in 2007. They've been eroded slowly each year," DiMario said. "Because the horsemen's purse account is tied into revenue from the casino, when they get cut, we bleed. So, we're all suffering through this." DiMario is working to make sure lawmakers remember the horsemen as they debate the topic in the Lottery and Gaming Study Commission, which met earlier this week. "We're impacted," he said. "We are trying to do as much as we can to work with the state." DiMario expects a continued decline in slot revenue, and thus purse size, if nothing changes. And he says once things go too far down, it won't be possible to pull on the reins hard enough to bring them back up. "There's a will to try to get something done. We'll have to wait and see what the end formulation is, what they decide to do." It's something that Dennis will be keeping an eye on. "Hopefully they'll come up with a good solution that won't impact our industry," Dennis said. "It's a big industry." The Lottery and Gaming Study Commission will continue its work as winter nears. It owes a report and recommendation to the full General Assembly by the end of January. By Michael Chesney for WBOC 16 (reprinted with permission by www.wboc.com)
Joseph A Baccino, a life-long horseman, who owned, trained and drove horses during his adult career, passed away at age 60, in Wilmington, Del. on Oct. 31. Baccino, who loved animals especially horses, campaigned horses for 40 years, first at Brandywine Raceway and Liberty Bell Park, and more recently at Dover Downs and at Harrington Raceway. His best known recent horse is pacing mare, Flirty Feathers. He was well known for his usage of his stopwatch while training enabling his horses to close strongly to the wire. Along with his racetrack career, Baccino worked for 10 years at Longwood Gardens, and held a number of positions in the electronic testing industry. He is survived by his brother, Danny, and sister, Joan Ellen, and by two nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Nov. 4 at St. Joseph's On The Brandywine Church with interment in the lower Church cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Delaware Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals, 455 Stanton -Christiana Road, Newark, DE 19713. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs
DOVER, Del. --- Corey Callahan seeks a fifth consecutive leading driver crown at Dover Downs as the track opens for its 45th campaign on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. Trace Tetrick added to driver colony. The opening month is a “Novemberfest of Stakes Races.” For the first time in track history, all eight Matron Stakes will be featured on the same program on Nov. 10 with eliminations and Nov. 17 with lucrative finals. The draw declaration for all eight two-and three-year-old Matron Stake divisions is set for Monday, Nov.4. All eight eliminations are set for Sunday, Nov. 10 with rich finals the following Sunday, Nov. 17. To supplement to Matron events, there is a $1,000 declaration fee for two-year-old and $1500 for three-year-olds. Matron and raceday entries must be made from 10 a.m. until 12-Noon sharp. There are no exceptions after the box is closed. The $400,000-estimated Progress Pace, the track’s signature event is carded for Sunday, Nov. 24 with $35,000 elims and a $350,000-estimated final of Sunday, Dec. 1. Corey Callahan, who won 263 races last meet will be tested by last meet’s runner-up, Ross Wolfenden, fresh from winning his third straight Harrington Raceway driver crown sharing top honors with George Dennis, The strong driver colony includes Tony Morgan, winner of three of the last seven Dover championships and former driving titlists Tim Tetrick, Jim Morand and Hall of Famer Ron Pierce. Other top competitors are led by Roger Plante, Daryl and Sean Bier, Vince Copeland, Allan Davis and Vic Kirby. A newcomer on the opening card is driver Trace Tetrick, one of the top drivers in the mid-west. Trace is Tim Tetrick’s younger brother and he will be making his first appearance on an overnight card at the track. Again this season on Mondays, a $20,000 Filly and Mare Open pace is the feature race. The top trotters vie on Wednesday in a $20,000 Open while the top pacers tangle each Thursday in a $30,000 Preferred, a $27,500 Delaware Special and a $20,000 Open paces. Again this season Dover Downs features 15 races daily; Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. while Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. On Progress Pace Final day, Sunday, Dec. 1, Dover Downs holds its popular, annual Progress Pace Cap Giveaway. Fans must show their Capital Club card in the Race & Sports Book to receive a free black with white trim 2013 cap. The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) also is part of this season’s Novemberfest. The spotlight will be on the First-State sired two-year-olds with two $20,000 preliminary legs starting on Nov.11 and four $100,000 finals beginning on Nov. 25. There is no charge for parking and admission at Dover Downs. Early 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. - Going into the final night of the 2013 live racing meet at Harrington Raceway, drivers Ross Wolfenden, George Dennis and Allan Davis were separated by just two wins in the race for the driving championship. When the dust settled, Dennis and Wolfenden would finish in a deadlock with 144 wins, while Allan Davis put up a gallant fight in third with 142. Dennis entered the night trailing Wolfenden by one but quickly won the second with Grandview Hanover ($3) and third with Bareboat ($10) to forge ahead by one. Wolfenden captured the eighth with Yagot Class ($2.40) to knot the race at 144 wins apiece. Allan Davis won the sixth with Six Gun Hall ($22.80) and finished the season with 142 wins and secured a third place finish. Earlier in the program, Elizabeth and Bret Brittingham's Raritan Bay was honored with the annual Horse of the Meet award by the Delaware Valley chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. Raritan Bay amassed 10 wins in 13 starts and was never off the board, banking nearly $40,000 at the current meet for trainer Don Brittingham. He currently has a nine race winning streak and a seasonal mark at Harrington of 1:52.3. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. – Two Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $100,000 finals for 2-year-old trotters were contested on the penultimate 2013 program at Harrington Raceway Wednesday. Owner/trainer Syl King Jr.’s Whichwayrightrleft ($10.80, Ross Wolfenden) took the final for colts and geldings with a career best 2:01 triumph. The Crown Prince Gar gelding sat behind pacesetter LG’s Pride and surged by in deep stretch for a one length win. It was his fifth win in nine career starts. Bosston Bnz finished third. In the final for trotting fillies, Richard Lombardo, JJ&M Stable and Pam Wagner’s Kelsey’s Commando ($2.60, Victor Kirby) prevailed in 2:04.3 for trainer Gary Green. The CR Commando-sired filly was sent immediately for the lead and never relented in her win over Overnight Hit and Way Over Paid. It was the second career win for “Kelsey” and a new lifetime best. Meanwhile, with one night of live racing remaining in the Harrington meet, there is a three-way race for the driving title. Harrington three-time defending driving champion Ross Wolfenden (143 wins) currently has a narrow one win lead over Allan Davis (142) and George Dennis (142). Both Wolfenden and Davis won four races on the Wednesday program. Trainer Joe Hundertpfund was presented with his award as leading trainer, with 50 wins at the meet. It was his first ever training title. “It’s not about me, it’s about we,” said a humble Hundertpfund in the winner’s circle. “I have a lot of great help on our team and that makes all the difference.” The overnight feature on the card was the $19,000 Open trot which saw Danbry Racing and Rosemary Smutz’s Blueridge Tornado (Davis, $12.60) prevail in 1:56.4 over Can Do and Green Day. Victor Kirby and Jon Roberts each had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - Karen Walls' Elite Awards ($2.40, George Dennis) completed a sweep of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) events at Harrington Raceway by winning the $100,000 Final Tuesday in 1:55. Trained by David Rearic, the Powerful Toy gelding equaled his track record that he set in his win on October 8. Elite Awards raced from off the pace as Hawker fired from post eight and set fractions of 27.4, 57.2 and 1:27 while Elite Awards mounted his attack first over and began to edge clear of Hawker at the top of the stretch. Elite Awards soon drew clear by three lengths over Above The Storm and Hawker. "He's a great horse to drive," said Dennis, who also won the 2-year-old pacing filly final on Monday. "Dave Rearic has done a nice job with him and I'm glad for the opportunity to drive him." It was part of a four win night for Dennis (141 wins), who pulled ahead in the driver standings with a two win lead over three-time defending champ Ross Wolfenden (139) with two nights of racing left. Allan Davis is third with 137. One of Dennis' four wins came with Lorrie Please ($3) in the overnight feature, the $19,000 Mares Open who prevailed over a fast closing Cooking The Books and I Know Nothing in 1:53.4. Trained by Doug Lewis, "Lorrie" notched her 10th win of the year.
HARRINGTON, Del. – As the 2013 Harrington Raceway meet comes to a close, three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $100,000 finals remain. Driver George Dennis will look to complete a sweep of the pacing finals tonight after winning Monday’s final with filly I’m Won Rum Wiser, he drives the favorite in the colts and geldings final, Karen Walls’ Elite Awards (5/2). The David Rearic-trainee won both of his eliminations impressively, including an early showdown with the other standout among the division, Winbak Farm’s Hawker in the 2nd leg. Elite Awards drew post four in the eight horse field, while Hawker will start from post eight for driver/trainer Jeff Fout. The race is slated 10th on the 15 race card tonight. Tomorrow will feature two $100,000 trotting finals. The fillies will be the first of the two as the program’s eighth race. It’s a fairly evenly matched division that features several elimination winners including Betty Chambers’ Canterbury Girl (4-1, Ross Wolfenden), Art Stafford Jr. and Wyatt Starkey’s Overnight Hit (6-1, Art Stafford Jr.), Richard Lombardo, JJ&M Stable and Pam Wagner’s Kelsey’s Commando (2-1, Victor Kirby) and Bryan Truitt’s Way Over Paid (3/1, Truitt) . The colt trotting final will go postward as the 10th race and should be equally competitive. Multiple elimination round winners in the field include Nanticoke Racing, Henry Faragalli and TP Johnson’s LG’s Pride (3-1, Jim Morand), Carlo Poliseno’s Briefs or Boxers (8-1, Poliseno), Syl King’s Whichwayrightrleft (6-1, Wolfenden), Winbak Farm’s Winbak Charles M (5-1, Fout), Art Stafford Jr. and Eli Beiler’s Bosston Bnz (10-1, Stafford Jr.) and Winbak Farm’s Call Me Hal (5/2, Kirby). Meanwhile, there’s a heated race for the driving title as three-time defending driving champion Wolfenden has a slim lead (139 wins) over George Dennis (137) and Allan Davis (136). The training title has been wrapped up by Joe Hundertpfund Jr., who will score his first ever training title, as he currently has an insurmountable lead with 48 wins. Wayne Givens is in second with 33, while Les Givens is in third with 31. Last year’s title was shared by the Givens’ brothers. Harrington will end its 67th year of live racing on Thursday October 24. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - George and Tina Dennis' and The Wiz Kids Stable's I'm Won Rum Wiser ($4.40, George Dennis) improved to 4-for-4 in her young career with a win in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $100,000 Final for 2-year pacing fillies Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:57.1. The Headmaster-sired filly grinded away first-over at pacesetter Seboomook Fool Yah, who strolled through fractions of 28.1, 58.1 and 1:27.3. Meanwhile I'm Won Rum Wiser edged clear at the wire and held off a fierce late rally by Crushed Again, who was second. Seboomook Fool Yah was third in an incredibly tight photo finish. Trained by co-owner/driver Dennis, I'm Won Rum Wiser is a homebred out of Dennis' broodmare La Gloria Cubana and sire Headmaster, whom Wiz Kids Stable owner Frank Deliberti owned until recently. In the overnight feature, Jlrl LLC's Rock On Moe ($13.40, Allan Davis) captured the $19,000 Open in wire-to-wire fashion in 1:54.1 for trainer Rosemary Smutz. Earlier on the program, Elizabeth and Bret Brittingham's Raritan Bay (Bret Brittingham) won his ninth consecutive race for trainer Don Brittingham. The pacing colts will take center stage Tuesday on the Harrington program as arch rivals Elite Awards (5/2) and Hawker (3-1) are set to matchup in a field of eight in their $100,000 final, scheduled 10th on the 15 race program. Wednesday will feature the trotting finals for fillies and colts as the Harrington meet winds down its final week of racing for 2013. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway
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
HARRINGTON, Del. - Three $20,000 divisional eliminations of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts went postward on the 15-race Harrington Raceway program Tuesday. The final division featured a showdown of two local pacing heavyweights and previous elimination winners, Hawker and Elite Awards, who had previously not met in their limited previous on-track performances with eight total starts combined between the pair. When the dust settled, the showdown was as advertised as Karen Walls' Elite Awards ($4.20, George Dennis) came away victorious in 1:55, equaling the track record for 2-year-old pacing geldings (Shaving Mug). The Powerful Toy gelding, sat behind slight favorite Hawker, who set fractions of 29, 57.4 and 1:27. Elite Awards gathered momentum and tipped to the outside to edge clear in deep stretch for a half-length win over a game Hawker. It was the third win in four lifetime starts for Elite Awards and trainer David Rearic. Cavalli Pazzi Stables' Casino Bags Carlo ($2.40, Vince Copeland) was a popular winner in an earlier division. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding blew by the leaders late to prevail by three lengths over a late charging Bohemia. It was the second career win for "Carlo", who is also trained by his driver Copeland. The remaining division was held off the wagering program, as Daryl Bier, Christina Haislip and Charles Dombeck's Solace (Bier) held off Above The Storm in a tight photo finish in 1:56.4. It was the first career win in three lifetime starts for Solace and trainer/driver Bier. The top eight point-getters in the DSBF 2-year-old colt and gelding ranks will return to compete in the $100,000 final on October 22. In the overnight feature Tuesday, North State Street Stable's Monochromatic ($3.20, Corey Callahan) notched her 45th career win in 1:53 for trainer Dylan Davis. Drivers Jim Morand, George Dennis and Ross Wolfenden each had three winners on the card. By Matt Sparacino
HARRINGTON, Del. - Three $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies were contested Monday at Harrington Raceway. Owner Frank Deliberti's The Wiz Kids Stable had an owner double, capturing two divisions as I'm Won Rum Wiser, co-owned by George and Tina Dennis, improved to 3-for-3 lifetime and completed a sweep of her eliminations with a 1:57.4 triumph. The Headmaster filly prevailed by neck over Crushed Again and Santa Baby. I'm Won Rum Wiser was driven by her co-owner and trainer George Dennis. Meanwhile, first time starter Jonigold ($23.40, Bart Dalious) burst on the scene with a win in 1:59.4. Also sired by Headmaster, she assumed command approaching the quarter mile and never looked back in her win over Treasure Valley and Hen's Playmate. Jonigold was trained by Dalious. The third division was the fastest on the program and won by Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Fool Yah ($2.10, Allan Davis) who was an overwhelming favorite in her front end win over Mommom's Little C and Aggie's Dream. The daughter of Gambler's Dream notched her third win in five lifetime starts for trainer Wayne Givens. Davis had a driving triple, including a win in the $19,000 Open with Rock On Moe ($6.40) in 1:52. The 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding earned his 11th win of the year and surpassed $100,000 in seasonal earnings. Dennis won two races on the night to force a current tie in the driver standings with three-time defending driving champion Ross Wolfenden at 133 wins. Davis is just one back in the standings with seven race nights remaining in the 2013 Harrington meet. Former Harrington driving champ Tony Morgan had three winners.
HARRINGTON, Del. - The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2-year-old stakes will complete its second leg this week, beginning with three divisions of filly pacers Monday. One early non-wagering event will be conducted before the betting card starts at 5:30 p.m., featuring undefeated pacer I'm Won Rum Wiser for owners George and Tina Dennis and The Wiz Kids Stable. The Headmaster-sired filly has won both of her previous starts, including a 1:58.4 win in the first leg of DSBF action last week. Trained by George Dennis, she will head a six horse field from post five. The early non-wagering event will be conducted at 4:50 p.m. On the wagering card, two divisions will go postward, as Del Cote-trained Treasure Valley (2-1, Corey Callahan) looks to build on a third place finish last week from post two in the first division, slated 4th on the 15 race program. The partnership of Henry Farragalli, T P Johnson, and Joe Thomson share ownership of the filly. An impressive winner last week, Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Fool Yah (2-1, Allan Davis) is the one to beat in the second division (8th race). The Wayne Givens-trainee was a two length winner in her elimination a week ago and drew post six. The pacing colts do battle Tuesday with an additional three divisions. Just like the fillies, one will be contested off the wagering program. The headliner has to be the 8th race which will feature a showdown between the two most impressive colts so far in the DE program, Winbak Farm's Hawker (8/5, Jeff Fout) and Karen Walls' Elite Awards (2-1, George Dennis). Both colts have two previous wins and have not raced against each other previously. Hawker, a son of the first crop of Artzina, had a 1:56.4 triumph in his division last week while Powerful Toy gelding Elite Awards, came from off the pace to score a five length win in 1:56.3. Hawker drew the pole, while Elite Awards, will start from post two. In the remaining betting division on the program, a wide open field of seven goes postward in the 4th race. No divisional winners are in the field but Cavalli Pazzi Stables' Casino Bags Carlo (5/2, Vince Copeland) was installed as the morning line favorite after a runner-up finish to Elite Awards last week. The Copeland-trainee, "Carlo" drew post two. In the early non-betting division at 4:50 p.m., Lloyd Gilmour's Above The Storm (Victor Kirby) drew the rail and was a divisional winner last week, heading a field of seven Tuesday for trainer Jim Coughlin. Wednesday is trot day as five divisions will be in action, starting in the 2nd race on the 15-race program. Bryan Truitt's Way Over Paid (2-1, Truitt) will look to atone for a break last week at odds-on from post two. Truitt also trains and drives the son of Great George Two. Elimination winner Kelsey's Commando (3-1, Kirby), owned by Richard Lombardo, JJ&M Stable and Pam Wagner, drew post seven for trainer Gary Green. The second filly division will go postward as the 4th race, as Betty Chambers' Canterbury Girl (2-1, Ross Wolfenden) will look to sweep her eliminations after a 2:06.3 triumph last week. Three colt divisions will commence beginning in race 6. The field is void of previous eliminations winners but Carlo Poliseno's Briefs or Boxers (2-1, Poliseno) is the early choice after a third place finish last week. Poliseno also trains and drives the Political Briefing gelding. Winbak Farm's Call Me Hal (2-1, Jeff Fout) will look to build on a runner up performance last week in the second division for trainer/driver Fout. In the final division (10th race), three elimination winners will square off, headed by Nanticoke Racing, Henry Faragalli and TP Johnson's LG's Pride (2-1, Jim Morand) who was victorious via a wire-to-wire effort last week for trainer Les Givens in 2:04.2. Winbak Farm's Winbak Charles M (3-1, Fout) also won his division last week in 2:05.2. Art Stafford Jr. and Eli Beiler's Bosston Bnz (6-1, Art Stafford Jr.) was an upset winner in his elimination and is among the field of six. The $100,000 DSBF finals will be conducted on closing week at Harrington Raceway from October 21-23. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. – Five $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) divisions for 2-year-old trotters were contested on the Wednesday Harrington Raceway program. Two early non-wagering contests started the program with Winbak Farm’s Winbak Charles M (Jeff Fout) prevailing in the first division for colts in 2:05.4. The CR Commando gelding notched his first win in his first lifetime start for trainer/driver Fout. The second non wagering division was also for colts, one of three divisions on the program, and featured a strong performance by Nanticoke Racing, Henry Faragalli and TP Johnson’s LG’s Pride (Jim Morand) who was the fastest 2-year-old of the night with a 2:04.2 triumph. The CR Commando colt improved to 2-for-2 lifetime for trainer Les Givens. Rain and wind picked up through the night and made for sloppy conditions for the remaining three divisions on the program. The first filly division went to Betty Chambers’ Canterbury Girl ($5.40, Ross Wolfenden) who was a wire-to-wire winner in 2:06.3. A daughter of Political Briefing, the Bonnie Chambers-trainee never had an anxious moment in her front end score. Gary Green-trainee Kelsey’s Commando ($4, Victor Kirby) took the second filly division in 2:07.1 with a fierce rally late. The CR Commando filly earned her first win in her third lifetime start. The final colt division saw an upset as Art Stafford Jr. and Eli Beiler’s Bosston Bnz ($22.80, Art Stafford Jr.) put forth a big charge in the stretch to prevail in 2:07.1. A gelded son of Don Boss Vita, it was his first career start for trainer/driver/co-owner Stafford Jr. In the overnight feature, Rojan Stables, LA Express Stables, Allan Kaplan and Howard Taylor’s He’s Spooky ($4.20, Jon Roberts) recorded his third consecutive win for trainer Doug Lewis. The Cantab Hall stallion made the lead immediately from post seven and never looked back in his open length score in 1:57. It was his ninth win of the season. Ross Wolfenden and Jon Roberts each had three winners on the program. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. – Karen Walls’ Elite Awards ($2.40, George Dennis) was the fastest of three $20,000 divisional DSBF (Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund) winners for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings Tuesday at Harrington Raceway after a 1:56.3 triumph. The Powerful Toy gelding was positioned second over as Forced Passage set fractions of 28.3, 58.4 and 1:27.4. Elite Awards appeared headstrong at times but gathered momentum under confident urging and surged three-wide near the top of the stretch and cruised to an open length win over Casino Bags Carlo and Bohemia. Trained by David Rearic, it was the second win in three career starts for Elite Awards. Winbak Farm’s Hawker ($2.10, Jeff Fout) won his division in 1:56.4. The Artzina gelding never had an anxious moment in his wire-to-wire win for trainer/driver Fout over Solace and Art Retreat. In an early non-wagering division, Lloyd Gilmour’s Above The Storm (John Wagner) prevailed in 1:57 over Glow Again and Go Big Spinder. A son of Gamblers Dream, it was his first career win in six starts for trainer Jim Coughlin. In the $19,000 Mares Open, North State Street Stable’s Monochromatic ($3.40, Corey Callahan) notched her 11th win of the year, matching her total from 2012, with a 1:52.4 victory over Lorrie Please and Scarlet Pandemic. The 8-year-old Dream Away mare, ‘Mono’ was the pacesetter in her 44th career win. She has banked more than $170,000 in 2013. Wednesday’s program will feature five divisions of the DSBF 2-year-old trotters, beginning with two non wagering events at 4:30 p.m. The 15-race wagering card will commence at 5:30 p.m. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - Three $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies were contested on the Harrington Raceway program on Monday. George and Tina Dennis and The Wiz Kids Stable's I'm Won Rum Wiser ($4.20, George Dennis) was the fastest winner with a 1:58.4 triumph from post seven in the third division. Trained by co-owner Dennis, the Headmaster-sired filly was able to grab the early lead before yielding to favorite Crushed Again. I'm Won Rum Wiser would reclaim the lead at the top of the stretch to prevail by a length. Hen's Playmate was third. It was the second win in two lifetime starts for I'm Won Rum Wiser. Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Fool Yah ($2.40, Allan Davis) was a well-backed winner in the second division as the daughter of Gamblers Dream cruised to a two-length win over Mom Mom's Little C in 2:00.3. Treasure Valley was third. Trained by Wayne Givens, it was the second career win in four lifetime starts for Sebomook Fool Yah. The first division, which was contested off the wagering program, was won by Kim and Shayna Dashiell's Heart of Steel (Jim Morand), who also won in 2:00.3. Aggie's Dream was second with Reflected Art third. Heart of Steel, sired by Artzina, was trained by Doug Lewis. In the overnight feature on the program, Dandee Racing and Lightning 5 Racing Stable's Mojo Terror ($3.80, Eric Carlson) notched his seventh win of the year with a 1:53 victory in the $19,000 Open. Earlier on the program, Elizabeth and Bret Brittingham's Raritan Bay won his eighth consecutive race for trainer Don Brittingham with a 1:54.4 score. Allan Davis and Eric Carlson each had three driving winners on the 15-race program. George Dennis, Tony Morgan and Corey Callahan each had a driving double. Matt Sparacino
HARRINGTON, Del. - It's only fitting that a horse named He's Spooky ($2.80 Jon Roberts) would be building momentum in the same month as Halloween. Rojan & LA Express Stables' and Alan Kaplan and Howard Taylor's 6-year-old trotting stallion notched his second straight win Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:57 win in the $19,000 Open Trot. Trained by Doug Lewis, it was his eighth win of the year. The Cantab Hall stallion set the fractions of 28.2, 58.2 and 1:28.1 while second choice Can Do (Victor Kirby) chased throughout. In the stretch, He's Spooky held Can Do safe for a two length win. Blueridge Tornado was third. It was one of four driving wins on the program for Roberts. Ross Wolfenden had three wins. Matt Sparacino