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HARRINGTON, Del. - Wade Wyatt and Francis Di Mondi Jr.'s Common Parlance ($18.60, Sean Bier) was an upset winner in the $15,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:56.2.  A field of six went post ward in the weekly trotting feature with I Like My Boss marching to the early lead toward the opening quarter mile in 27.4 before yielding to race favorite Tough Mac. Tough Mac led the six-pack to the half mile in 56.2 seconds and three-quarters in 1:26.2 as Murmur Hanover mounted a first-over attack. Murmur Hanover cleared the tiring leaders before Common Parlance charged hard on the outside and hit the wire first. Murmur Hanover held second with I Like My Boss third. Trained by Crissy Crissman-Bier, it was the second straight win for "Parlance," who is a 4-year-old son of Crazed.  Victor Kirby had three wins on the program. Matt Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Major Uptrend ($2.60, Tony Morgan) was a dominant 1:53 harness racing winner Monday at Harrington Raceway in the $16,000 Open pace. Heavily supported by the betting public, the 7-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding left from post position six and immediately made the front and never relented in a confident win over Dialamara and Sawbuck Hanover. Owned by Crissman Inc., and Niss Allen Inc., it was the fifth win of the year for the Tim Crissman-trainee, who has banked more than $533,000 in his career. Major Uptrend, a former $177,000 yearling, most recently completed a banner meet at Dover Downs, with multiple wins in the Preferred ranks. Driver Mike Cole had three winners on the 13-race card. Morgan and Eddie Davis Jr. each had a double on the card. Matt Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - James Moore III's Nf Happenstance ($2.40, Jack Parker Jr.) won the harness racing featured $15,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:54.3. The 8-year-old Sj's Caviar mare surged by pacesetter Tough Mac near the three-quarters and opened up impressively for her seventh win of the season for trainer Carol Jamieson-Parker. NF Happenstance bolstered her healthy seasonal bankroll to more than $128,000. Tough Mac was second with All Shoes On Deck third. NF Happenstance was the lone mare in the field. She has been one of the top trotters in the country this season, winning multiple Open events at Yonkers Raceway previously. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Legacy Racing of Delaware's Empress Deo ($24.60, Montrell Teague) was an upset winner in 1:54.3 in the harness racing featured $15,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover mare settled off a contested early pace in which Nerida Franco eventually made the lead in fractions of 27.1, 56.3 and 1:26. With the front end folding, Empress Deo collared the leaders and made the lead near the three-quarters and held off a fierce charge from favorite Terror at Night for the win. Purrfect Bags was third. Trained by Wayne Givens, Empress Deo notched her 27th career win. It was one of three wins on the program for Teague. Mike Cole, Ross Wolfenden, Allan Davis and Victor Kirby each had a double. Matthew Sparacino      

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway's 72nd year of live harness racing commenced Monday with a 13-race program. Cooler than usual temperatures greeted a solid crowd of racing fans. In the $16,000 Open Pace feature, Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar and Steve Iaquinta's Soto ($6.80) returned a winner in 1:52.4 over Im Supersonic A and Forty Five Red. The Rock N Roll Heaven stallion was put in play immediately from post six with an aggressive steer and never relented in his second win of the year for trainer Eric Ell. Reigning leading Harrington driving champ Victor Kirby returned in style with three wins in the first six races. Tony Morgan won one of four on the card when Somebeach Baron ($3.40) registered his fourth straight win for trainer/owner Josh Green. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway's 72nd year of live harness racing will kickoff Monday April 9 with a 13-race program starting at 5 p.m. Reigning leading driver Victor Kirby and last season's top trainer Brian Malone will both be back in action on the opening day program. The wagering format is the same as last year with an early pick four in race three and the late pick four in the last four races. If there is a carryover after the early pick four, it will transfer to the late pick four. The fifth race feature is a $16,000 Open event for pacers. A hard hitting group of seven seasoned horses will go post ward. Two horses are coming off wins in their most recent starts at Dover Downs, as Chrissy Crissman and Joan Hamstead's Im Supersonic A (4/1, Sean Bier) and Gary Ewing's Star Messenger (4/1, Tony Morgan) each will be vying for repeat victories. The task will be a tall one however as Open-type stalwarts Soto, owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar Jr., and Steve Iaquinta, and Super Imposed N, owned by Mike Hall and David Hamm, are among other contenders in the field. The 2017 USHWA Delaware Valley Harrington horse of the meet, Papa Ray (5/2, Kirby), drew the rail in the sub-featured fourth race, an $11,000 conditioned event in pursuit of his 45th career win for trainer Wayne Givens. He will be opposed by another venerable pacer, 10-year-old Special T Rocks who took his seasonal mark over the Harrington half-mile in 2017 and has racked up 52 career wins for trainer Joe Hundertpfund Jr. Live racing will be conducted on a Monday through Wednesday schedule until June 27, when there will be a customary summer break. For clubhouse reservations, please call 302-398-5928. Matt Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway's 72nd season of live harness racing will get underway April 9 with a 65-day racing meet. Live racing will be conducted primarily on a Monday through Wednesday schedule with the exception of the last two weeks of August, when racing will only be on Mondays and Tuesdays. The meet will close on October 24. Highlights include the always popular Bobby Quillen Memorial on September 17, which annually brings some of racing's top horses to the First State to honor the memory of the late legislator who was a long-time harness racing fan and supporter. The 2017 edition was won by Bit of a Legend N and prior winners include harness racing's richest horse of all-time Foiled Again, and 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. The richest program of the season is always the Governor's Day (July 26) card during the Delaware State Fair, which will feature approximately $600,000 in total purses. The program is a focal point for Delaware horsemen as 3-year-old Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final events are contested as well as longstanding events for older horses such as the Governor's Cup, Legislator's Cup, President's Cup and Charles Murphy Memorial Trot. October 3 will showcase the DSBF 2-year-old final and consolation events. For the first time, racing applications will be paperless as an interactive online application will be available on at Other forms will still be available for download under the horsemen section of the website. Racing applications must be received by March 23. Post time nightly is 5 p.m. Matthew Sparacino  

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

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