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Drew Bromac N paced home for his 50th career victory, winning the second race at Northfield Park on Wednesday (April 23). The 14 year-old classy veteran has 234 career starts, winning 50 times, and finishing second and third 37 and 38 times respectively. Drew Bromac N (OK Bye-Deana Bromac-Caprock) has career earnings of $294,096 and a lifetime mark of 1:54 at Harrington Raceway at age 10. The pacer's richest win was for a purse of $15,000 in an Open Pace at Saratoga Raceway in 2008. His 50 wins have been spread across eight different racing surfaces in five different states. Brew Bromac N started from post three and sat the pocket through fractions of :28.1, :57.1 and 1:26.4. He entered the passing lane in the stretch and bested his competition by 1/2-length in 1:56.4. After winning eight times in 2013, Wednesday's victory was the first win in 13 attempts this year. Drew Bromac N returned $7.40 to win. Barry Armstrong of Northfield, Ohio owns and trains Drew Bromac N. Armstrong called upon Ronnie Wrenn. Jr. to drive for this milestone triumph. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

HARRINGTON, Del. - Barbara Boese's Awsome Valley ($7.60, Tony Morgan) won his third consecutive race Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:56.1 triumph in the $17,000 Open Trot. Scratched down to a field of five starters, Awsome Valley was sent immediately for the lead from post position three before yielding briefly to Spunky Jack and re-taking the lead at the quarter-mile in 28 seconds. Heavily favored Traverse Seelster got away fourth from the gate and challenged first-over through a half-mile in 57.2 and 1:26.4. With Traverse Seelster continuing to battle on the outside, Awsome Valley dug in gamely through the stretch to rebuff the former for a half-length win. Limitless finished third. Trained by Ryan McInnis, it was the fourth win of the season for the Awsome Valley, whose seasonal earnings ballooned to nearly $60,000. His previous two wins came at Dover Downs. By Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Robert Winkelman's Paradise Lost ($4.20) benefited from a pocket trip to earn a narrow win in 1:54.2 in the featured $17,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway as one of five driving winners for Allan Davis. The 7-year-old Artsplace mare sat behind pacesetter Lloyd's Lady who left from her rail post position and set fractions of 28.4, 57.2 and 1:26.1 before Davis urged Paradise Lost to the outside to edge clear in deep stretch. Scootin For Joy closed ground late for third. With just two nights of racing in the books in Harrington's 2014 season, Davis has ten winners. Four-time defending driving champion Ross Wolfenden had two winners as did Eric Goodell, who won the daily doubl, Bret Brittingham and Mike Rossi. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Joan Dalphon and Elanor Laws' Don't Ya Know ($16.60) and driver Allan Davis) won his second straight race Monday with a 7-to-1 upset in the $17,000 Open Pace on the opening day harness racing meet at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.1. The 4-year-old Western Ideal gelding followed Feel Like A Fool into second-over position on the outside and hit his best stride in the stretch to pass tiring pacesetter Manhattan Rusty N and outkick a bottled up Lollipop Kid, who shook loose late for second, for a one-length win. Feel Like A Fool was third. Trained by Jason Skinner, it was the fourth victory of the year for the winner. It was one of five wins on the program for driver Allan Davis. Any doubt as to the track condition for opening day was quickly removed as the fastest race on the program occurred in the 4th race when John Dayton's Just a Jolt ($2.60, Victor Kirby) cruised a 1:51.3 triumph. Trained by Jim King Jr., it was Just A Jolt's fifth win of a thus far stellar 2014 campaign. The winning clocking was just two-fifths of a second off the 4-year-old gelding track record, held by Western Ace. Ross Wolfenden had three winners on the program. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

Harrington, DE --- Harrington Raceway’s 68th season of live harness racing will get underway Monday night (April 21) with a 15-race program scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. There will be a hat giveaway (while supplies last) at 5 p.m. on the lower level of the grandstand, as well as $1 hot dogs and $1 live racing programs throughout the evening. Most of the track regulars are back in action including 2013 leading trainer Joe Hundertpfund, Jr. and leading drivers Ross Wolfenden and George Dennis, who finished in a deadlock last season. There is also a new face on the opening day program, as one of the leading drivers on the Yonkers Raceway circuit, Eric Goodell, will be in town competing in nine races. The featured $17,000 Open is carded sixth on the program and will wrap up the Pick-4 wager (races three-six). Cataway Racing Stable’s Lollipop Kid (2-1, Victor Kirby), who was claimed on February 27 at Dover Downs for $25,000, was installed as the morning line favorite on the heels of a lifetime best win in 1:49.1 at Dover. The wagering format will appear similar in years past to the Harrington faithful, as superfecta wagering will be available in all races but race three, the first leg of the Pick-4. Harrington’s signature race, the Bobby Quillen Memorial, will be held on Sept. 8 (eliminations if necessary) and Sept. 15 (final). Last year‘s event featured a stirring stretch duel from Clear Vision and Foiled Again with the former prevailing in a track record 1:49.2. Harrington will race on a Sunday through Wednesday schedule with the exception of closing night for the spring/summer season on July 3. There will be a hiatus until the annual Governor’s Night at the Races program on July 25, before the meet resumes on a Monday through Thursday schedule on August 18. Customers wishing to make clubhouse reservations are encouraged to do so by calling 302.398.5920. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

DOVER, Del.---- Casino Bags Carlo swept to victory in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Male pace, the last of four $100,000 DSBF finals this week on the closing day of the 45th harness racing season at Dover Downs, Thursday, April 10 at Dover Downs. Bandolito romps in 1:48 winning $36,000 Preferred pace and Just A Jolt takes $33,000 Delaware Special. When front-pacing favorite Elite Awards suddenly broke stride on the final turn, Vince Copeland, sitting second with Casino Bags Carlo, shot into the lead and rushed home a 1:52.4 winner of the final DSBF three-year-old championships. The win was the third straight victory of an unbeaten campaign for Cavalli Pazzi Stables,. Copeland has trained and driven the Roddy's Bags Again-Casino Bus gelding now a winner of eight of 12 races and only once farther back that third while winning $70,000 this year and $168,911 lifetime. West Star Director (Ben Stafford Jr.) finished second for the third consecutive start. Forced Passage (Ross Wolfenden) was third. Driver George Dennis said he and Elite Awards saw a lose horseshoe shining brightly on the track along a pylon and the pacer was startled and broke stride, finishing out of the money for the first time in 12 races with 10 of them easy wins. Bandolito, a 1:48 winner last week, currently the fastest time of 2014, won even more impressively this week stepping up to the $36,000 Preferred Handicap. Trainer-driver Daryl Bier, co-owner with Charley Dombeck and David Bier, the Ponder-Sody's Home Brew brown four-year-old was never trouble chalking up his third win in four starts this year while winning $48,977 and $228,815 in his 16 race career. Tarpon Hanover (David Miller) ended a two-race win streak finishing second with Take It Back Terry (Ross Wolfenden) the show horse. When Nova Artist (Allan Davis) became involved in trouble in front of the grandstand when he received a broke race wheel, the $33,000 Delaware Special Handicap became a toss up. Feel Like a Fool (Dennis) took over the lead and led into the stretch when Tim Tetrick steered Just A Jolt to the front nearing the wire for a 1:50.2 triumph. Feel Like A Fool and Full Of Sand (Corey Callahan) were second and third respectively. Nova Artist pulled up before the clubhouse turn. Corey Callahan drove Joan Hamstead's homebred Lewiebyalength scooted to a 1:53.2 success in the $20,000 DSBF consolation. A 13-1 shot Three Day Forecast (Jonathan Roberts) was second with By Noggin (Tony Morgan) third. Callahan also guided Gateway Racing's Lollipop Kid to a 1:49.1 conquest in an $18,000 Male Winners-Over pace. The Dylan Davis-trainee is an altered son of Shady Character-Saly Pansen and won for the third time in 10 outings this year. Manhattan Rusty N (Ron Pierce) finished a strong second with Poker Hat (Tetrick) finishing third. In the $17,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Male Winners-Over pace, Troy and Todd Tribbett's Alittleaintenough notched his fourth win of the season with Ron Pierce driving, a 1:51 lifetime mark. The Artiscape-Mayland Beauty gelding trained by Joe Hunterpfund was followed home by Chesapeake Bay (David Miller) and Totally Kissed (Montrell Teague), the only sophomore in the field, who was third. Bret Brittingham drove the other $17,500 division winner, Leslie Betts' Teresa's Beach. The Somebeachsomewhere-GE's Jen four-year-old is trained by Johnny Waite and won #4 this year in 11 starts. Sea Harrier (Tetrick) accepted his first loss after two wins. Varsity Hanover (Kim Vincent) closed strongly to finish third. In between races ceremonies, Corey Callahan was presented the Leading Driver award. Dylan Davis won the Leading Trainer title, while Nova Artist, for the second time in three seasons, won Horse of the Meet honors. Dover Downs says 'so long' to its 45th season and thanks all who participating in making the 2013-14 meet successful. Thanks for being an important part of the banner season. Racing will resume next Fall. In the meantime, harness racing resumes on Monday, April 21 at Harrington Raceway. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

April sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society stakes are due Tuesday, April 15, and per USTA Rule 12 section 4, must be postmarked by midnight on Wednesday, April 16. With the exception of the Bobby Quillen Memorial Pace at Harrington Raceway, the only payments due on April 15 are those that required previous payments in March. An additional $1,500 payment due April 15 has been added this year for continuing eligibility to the $500,000 Breeders Crown Pace and Trot to be raced Saturday, Nov 22 at Meadowlands Racetrack. The Historic Stake No. 47, the E. H. Harriman Cup for two-year-old trotting colts, originally scheduled for Monday, October 13 at Harrahs Philadelphia will now be raced on Sunday, October 12. Eligibility lists for races that had a final payment on February or March 15, 2014 are posted on the website. Race conditions, payment forms and much more information is now available online. For additional information call the Society offices at (609) 371-2211. Payments are due for the following stakes: Ben Franklin Breeders Crown Bobby Quillen Memorial Pace Carl Erskine (was Oliver Trot) 3-year-olds Earl Beal Jr Memorial Trot The Elevation 2-year-old Pacing Colts Dayton Derby 4 & Older Kentuckiana Stallion Mgt. Filly Pace & Trot (for 2YO Fillies) Madison County 2-year-olds (was Circle City) Matron Series (2-year-olds) Matron Series (3-year-olds) Carl Milstein Memorial 3-year-olds Monument Circle 3-year-olds By Moira Fanning, for the Breeders Crown

Columbus, OH --- The USTA's online entry program, which has been in the beta testing phase during the past month, is scheduled to go live on April 7. When the platform kicks off officially on Monday, nine racetracks are signed up and ready to start taking online entries. The nine tracks are Balmoral Park, Dover Downs, Harrington Raceway, Maywood Park, The Meadows, Plainridge Racecourse, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Northfield Park, and Yonkers Raceway. "We are ready to go with nine tracks and about 40 trainers that have been part of the testing period," said USTA Director of Registry and Member Services T.C. Lane. "But this is going to grow rapidly as new racetracks and trainers are being added every day." During the beta testing period that began on March 17, more than 700 horses were entered electronically by nearly 40 trainers, including Ron Burke who entered more than 130 during the trial. Of the tracks participating, Dover Downs accepted 269 online entries as of April 1. "It's going to be a big help for stakes especially," said Burke, the 2013 Trainer of the Year. "But for the everyday racehorses, it's still going to be a tremendous advantage." The USTA has produced an informative video that describes the benefits of online entries and serves as a tutorial for trainers on how to use the platform. The video can be viewed here. With the USTA's new, online entry program, harness racing becomes the first of the racing breeds in North America to have the capability to enter horses electronically. It allows trainers to enter their horses via the internet from computers or mobile devices days ahead of the current system. The online entry project was spearheaded by Lane and Sherry Antion-Mohr, USTA director of information technology. "Trainers can now map out their racing schedules at their own leisure, a week or more in advance," said Lane. "It also makes things much easier for race secretaries at the tracks." Trainers can start to enter horses electronically as soon as the condition sheet is made available from the race office, typically seven to 10 days before the races. by Dan Leary, for the USTA

The “Friends of Maryland Standardbreds” is more than just a Facebook page helping promote the harness racing industry in Maryland as they are hosting a special “Evening at the Races” on Saturday, April 12 at Rosecroft Raceway. The special evening will not just feature a buffet meal and a great night of live racing action but also guest speakers and networking opportunity to help promote the industry. The “Friends of Maryland Standardbreds” is led by Clarissa Coughlin and along with the Maryland Horse Council and Rosecroft Raceway, are coordinating this special evening at the track. “This was such a successful event last year that we wanted to do it again once Rosecroft Raceway reopened,” said Coughlin. “Our special guests that will be attending and some will be speaking include  Ted Black, sports reporter for the Gazette and president of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association and he will handicap the first four races on the card for everyone in attendance; Helene Gregory and Jennifer Conner from RUS (Racing Under Saddle); Karen Craft from the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and Director of Facilities for Harrington Raceway; Julia Jesu from Close-Up Show Stables and Tom Cooke from the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners’ Association.” The event starts on Saturday, April 12 at 5:00 pm and the price of a ticket includes the buffet dinner. Ticket cost is $50 per person and the ticket price includes a one-year membership in MHC. If you are already a member of the MHC, tickets are just $35 each. Tickets can be ordered online at www.eventbrite.com/e/mhc-evening-at-the-races-tickets-10924919729. The “Friends of Maryland Standardbreds” will be hosting the upcoming Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) Day Camp and a  fundraiser for HHYF that evening during live racing at the track at Ocean Downs on Friday, June 27. Racing Under Saddle (RUS) will also be at Ocean Downs on Sunday, July 13. FOMS is currently requesting sponsors for the RUS event. There will be no pari-mutuel racing but through sponsorships will be able to offer a purse for RUS. “We want to encourage anyone who loves harness racing to please support us and come to our “Evening at the Races,” Coughlin said. “It will be a fun night, a chance to meet some great people in the industry and you will be helping to promote harness racing in Maryland.” For more information, please contact Clarissa Coughlin via email at clarissacoughlin@gmail.com or by calling 410.703.1316. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Dover, DE --- The Delaware Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the Delaware Harness Racing Administrator position. Job Posting Administrator of Harness Racing (Exempt Position) Salary Range: $60,000-$83,000 Closing Date: March 31, 2014 Delaware Department of Agriculture State-wide Responsibilities As an employee of the State of Delaware, Department of Agriculture, the Administrator will represent the state’s interests at the two harness racing tracks, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway. The Administrator oversees the daily activities of the Delaware Harness Racing Commission including enforcement of harness racing rules and regulations, licensing all aspects of harness racing, ensuring health and safety, drug testing and staff supervision. The DHRC staff includes: judges, veterinarians, inspectors, investigators, laboratory personnel and office staff. The Administrator will serve as liaison between the state and track management as well as the primary contact between the Commission and the horseman’s association. In addition, the Administrator is the point of contact between the DHRC and other state agencies such as the Department of Justice, the Department of Finance and the Lottery Office. The DHRC contracts most of the required laboratory services for equine and human drug testing to the private sector and the Administrator is responsible for oversight of those contracts and associated activities. Specifically the Administrator is chief regulatory officer; tracks industry trends and develops new rules and regulations as needed; assigns, delegates and tracks investigative work; supervises all DHRC staff; tracks all fees, fines and penalties; on a monthly basis, reports all harness racing activities to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Delaware Harness Racing Commission; prepares annual reports; prepares yearly budgets; monitors and tracks all DHRC revenue and expenditures; stays apprised of industry trends and participates in national racing associations; and performs other duties as assigned by the Secretary of Agriculture and the Delaware Harness Racing Commission. This is an exempt position with the State of Delaware within the Department of Agriculture and comes with a generous benefits package, details of which can be reviewed at: http://ben.omb.delaware.gov/. Interested applicants must submit a resume by March 31, 2014 to the following address: Department of Agriculture, Human Resources, 2320 South DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901. EOE/AA

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway will race a total of 84 days in 2014, beginning its 68th year of live harness racing on April 21. Starting one day after Easter Sunday, the half-mile racetrack will race primarily on a Sunday through Wednesday schedule until July 3. The final night of the spring season (July 3) will take place on a Thursday. There will be no racing on Sunday June 29. The track's annual Governor's Day program, showcasing Delaware's top owned and bred horses in a battle for local bragging rights, will take place during the Delaware State Fair on July 24 (special 7 p.m. post time). Racing will resume on a Monday through Thursday schedule on August 18 until October 23. Contrary to previous years, qualifying races will be conducted on Wednesdays throughout the meet and will be drawn on Tuesdays. Harrington's signature race, the Bobby Quillen Memorial, will go postward with eliminations (if necessary) on September 8 and final on September 15. Last year's event featured a stirring stretch duel between aged pacing stalwarts Foiled Again and Clear Vision with the latter prevailing in a track record equaling 1:49.2. Dates for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-year-old races have been changed to begin on Sunday June 15 with the colt and gelding pacers heading the charge, followed by the filly pacers on June 16. The sophomore trotters will begin on June 17 as the fillies will be the first to hit the track, while the colt trotters will complete their first leg of stakes on June 18. For a detailed look at the stakes schedule, please click here. The first draw of the 2014 season is slated for Tuesday April 15. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway                  

When Ross Wolfenden was growing up in New Zealand he dreamed of driving in the United States. His father Peter Wolfenden was a hero there through the deeds of New Zealand’s greatest pacer – Cardigan Bay. It was something he wanted to do – and now more than four decades later Wolfenden has been the leading driver in Delaware for several years. “I came here (USA) with Dad when I was a kid and realised everything was much bigger and faster in the States. I thought to myself I want to do that one day. That dream always stayed with me, and now I’m married to an American lady, and living the dream,” the 50-year-old Felton (Delaware) resident said. Wolfenden relocated to the United States in 1993 and had a good look around the country before taking up driving seriously a couple of seasons later. He scoffed at being told he was New Zealand’s most winningest driver. “You can’t compare me to Tony Herlihy and Maurice McKendry who have won 3,000 races. I race five days a week and could race seven if I didn’t have a family. “In New Zealand they race one and two times a week if they are lucky. There’s a lot more racing opportunities here. If I was back in New Zealand I would be nowhere near 3,000,” Wolfenden said. As at Sunday January 26, Wolfenden had driven 5,746 winners from 41,327 drives. He’s also ran second 5,746 times and placed third on 5,933 occasions. His career earnings stand at a whopping $52,097,215. His best year since taking up driving in the United States in 1993 came in 2010 when he reined home 405 winners. Stake-wise 2007 was his best season when he cracked $4.2 million in purses. As for his training stats, Wolfenden has only trained 15 seasons since 1994, winning 98 races from 361 starters. His career earnings there stand at $561,911. His legendary father, Pukekohe based Peter won 1,762 races throughout his New Zealand career. Wolfenden junior never ever thought he would surpass his number of race wins and still believes he hasn’t. “What Dad did was amazing because he could have driven a lot more, but didn’t. You can’t compare the two countries. I’m very proud of what my father did in the sulky. Yes he was and still is a legend down there. “And many people up here still remember him from those Cardigan Bay days. That’s an honour,” Wolfenden told HRNZ from his Delaware home. The USA ‘Wolfie’ has won just over twenty $100,000 races, and has driven six winners at a meeting eight times. In May 2012 he astonishingly won eight of the 13 races on offer at Harrington Raceway – the last being the best horse he has trained, the now 10-year-old Camotion – Run With The Tiger (Albatross) mare, Keystone Rhythm. “She’s a lovely mare and won the Mares Invitational several times. She’s gone a bit lame at present. I want to keep racing her, but if she doesn’t come back I’ll breed from her. “She’s from the Albatross line so I think she will leave some nice foals,” said Wolfenden. ‘Wolfie’ has won the last four Harrington driving titles and been in the top three reinsmen at Dover Downs for several years. His biggest win came in 1998 behind Soul Of The Matter in the $150,000 Battle Of Freehold Pace. “I’ve never really driven at the big tracks. I did however drive at the Lexington Red Mile one day and won behind the Mark Harder trained Pleasure Chest. That was 2001 and we went 1:50.5. “I came to Delaware in 2003 simply because they were the first state to implement the slots. I live just eight minutes from Harrington and 20 from Dover Downs. “It suits me nicely here. Sometimes when I was driving in New Jersey it would take me three hours in peak hour traffic to get home. When Riley was born I soon wised up to that. I’m now getting much more sleep,” Wolfenden said. Riley (13) is his only child. He met his Pennsylvanian-born wife Ingrid while driving in California in 1994. Asked if he had any ambitions left in the sport, Wolfenden replied: “I want to keep driving and win 6,000 races. I’d also like to own a good horse because that way there’s not so much work and the money is easier to make,” he said. In New Zealand Wolfenden drove from 1986-1992, winning 50 races from 725 starters and amassing $444,250 in stakes. “If I had my life over again I think I would have probably settled in Australia, simply because it’s a lot closer to home. “Racing never stops over here and sadly because of that it’s been seven years since I last seen my parents. I would give anything to get back there and see my family and do some fishing. “I’d love to catch a big snapper and get someone to show me how to smoke it,” Wolfenden added. By Duane Ranger (Harness Racing New Zealand)  

DOVER, Del. ---- More than 300 horsemen, legislators and friends of harness racing turned out for the 17th annual Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) Awards Dinner at Modern Maturity in Dover, Del. on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. The annual DSOA meeting at mid-day preceded the awards-dinner and its early evening cocktail hour. As usual, the popular Heather Vitale served as Mistress of Ceremony and presented videos of award winning horses plus colorful, fun-filled videos of high spots of her weekly "Post Parade" programs on WBOC TV. The highlights of the 2013 racing seasons featured top horses of the Dover Downs and the Harrington Raceway meets. A silent auction to benefit Horse Lovers United, Inc., a Not-for Profit organization which provides a residence and care for retired horses, was held in conjunction with the banquet. In addition to leading horsemen and friends in attendance at the banquet were many of Delaware's top legislative executives. The list included Congressman John Carney; State Senators Dave Lawsom and Gary Simpson and State Legislative Representatives; Michael Barbieri, Don Blakey (who gave the pre-meal blessing), Gerald Brady, William Carson, Ronald Gray, John Kowalko, Bobby Outten, Michael Ramone, Danny Short, Jeff Spiegelman and Dave Wilson and former State Senator Nancy Cook, a longtime strong supporter of racing in the First State. Among those in attendance were Delaware Harness Racing Commission representatives, Beth Steele (Chair) and commission members Stephanie Liguori, Patricia Wagner and interim administrator, Mike Davis. Also present were USTA District Directors, Jim Boese, Russell MacKinnon and Dr. William Moffett, Introduced were the DSOA board of directors - President Andy Markano, Brenda Bramble, 1st vice president, Dr. William Moffett, 2nd vice president, Dr. William Moffett,, treasurer, Frank Diliberti, secretary, Frannie West and Sal DiMario, executive director and his staff, Denise Rothermel and Lisa Pearson. Other directors include, Frank Deliberti, George Dennis, Russell McKinnon, George Teague, Max Walton, Valerie Warnick, and directors emeritus, Dan Camac and Ralph Holloway. Also among the dignitaries were members of the media. DSOA 2013 award winners: The 3rd annual James T. Case Jr. DSOA Horizon Award (to a horseman making outstanding progress during year) was presented to harness driver Allan Davis, one of the sport's rising stars. Davis drove winners of around $600,000 in purses in 2012 and that figure mounted to $3,2-million in 2013. The James T. Case Jr. 1,000 Scholarship in memory of the longtime DSOA President was presented to Erica Brittingham, attending Del. Tech &U Community College majoring in Physical Education. Again this year, the DSOA gave out a total of $6,000 in Scholarship awards. The recipients of awards are Brent Ashley, Virginia Tech majoring in Dairy Animal Science; Amber Callahan, De. Tech & Community College major in Agriculture Business Management;; Brooke Gannon, a Nursing major at Wesley College; Kierston Gray, Wor-Wic Community College Major/Secondary Education/Counseling; Morgan Jewel, Wesley College, Education Major and Wade Z. Marsh, Duke University, major in Religious Studies & Divinity.. DSOA Horses Honored 2-Year-Olds: Trotters - (colt) Whichwayrightrleft (filly); Kelsey's Command; Pacers - (colt) Casino Bags Carlo, (filly) Seboomook Fool Yah 3-Year-Olds: Trotters - (colt) Triple Command, (filly) Starlit Eyes Pacers - (colt) Hot Roddy, (filly) Bags Of Stars DSOA Horses of the Meet - Dover Downs Horse of the Meet - Nova Artist Trotter of the Meet - Awsome Valley Claimer of the Meet - Lislea Miles Harrington Raceway Horse of the Year - People Are Crazy Trotter of the Year- Can Do Claimer of the Year - Lislea Miles The DSOA Special Appreciation Award was presented to Delaware representative Danny Short, a member of the Delaware Firefighters Hall of Fame, and Heroic Fireman of the Year Award 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. A number of door prizes were also handed out. Marv Bachrad  

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

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