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HARRINGTON, Del. - The opening round of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes action for harness racing 2-year-old trotters commenced on the Wednesday program at Harrington Raceway with four $20,000 divisions. The first winner came in the filly division when owner/trainer Thomas Leager's Deja Vu Blue ($4.40, Ross Wolfenden) was an impressive first-time starter winner in 2:02.1. The daughter of first crop sire Anders Bluestone, was a wire-to-wire winner over Bigger Than Luv and Uptown Spunk. It was the third win in the first five races on the program for Wolfenden. Owner/trainer Andrew Glassmeyer's Bosston Cruiser ($2.10, Jon Roberts) was a dominant 2:02.1 winner in the first colts and geldings division over Seafood Suzie Blue and King's Crown Lite. The Don Boss Vita gelding improved to 2-for-2 in his young career. In the final filly division, Chambers Racing,Cinbrew Ent., and Bcjm Inc.'s Vandalous ($14.20, Russell Foster) was a 2:04.1 winner over Alpine Chic and Ms Smash. A daughter of Jm Vangogh, Vandalous notched her first career win in her first lifetime start for trainer Nick Callahan. Stephen Moss' Super Fly ($2.40, Victor Kirby) prevailed in the final male division in front-end fashion in 2:01.2 for trainer Leigh Raymer. The Super Punk gelding led throughout and was an open length winner over Brother Kenny and Flywithme. Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis' Theresademoninme ($9.20, Jon Roberts) won the $15,000 Open Trot, the overnight feature on the program, in 1:55 over Awsome Valley and I Like My Boss. Russell Foster had four wins on the program, while Jon Roberts joined Wolfenden with a triple. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Driver Art Stafford Jr. swept the three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund divisions for harness racing 2-year-old pacing fillies at Harrington Raceway Tuesday. Stafford won six races on the program, following a four win night Monday. Jeff and David Clark's Gracefullyforgiven ($2.80, Stafford Jr.) prevailed in the first DSBF division in 2:00.1. The daughter of Roddy's Bags Again set all the fractions in her decisive win over Cheyenne Zone and Bunker Away. Clark had three wins on the card. William Moffett Inc.'s Lydia ($4, Stafford Jr.) was a 2:01.2 winner narrowly over Lotsa Luck and Time and Motion in the second division. The Dream Away-sired filly notched her first lifetime win for her owner/trainer. Pedal Power ($3.20, Stafford Jr.) won the final division in 2:00.1 for owners Darrell and Leah Lewis. The Roddy's Bags Again filly was a front end victor over Ibetyoucanwiggle and Studio Session. In the $17,500 Mares Open, Louis Catana and Vince Bradley's Matinee Dragon ($12.60, Tyler Davis) was a 1:55 winner. Trained by co-owner Bradley, it was her third win of the season. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harry Von Knoblauch Stable's Bit Of A Legend N and harness racing driver Jordan Stratton won the 11th Annual Bobby Quillen Memorial in 1:52.1 Monday at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Peter Tritton, the 8-year-old Bettor's Delight stallion never had an anxious moment in his wire-to-wire win over pocket-sitting Mach It So and All Bets Off, who rallied well for third. It was his seventh win of the year and 40th of his career. It was a bit of a homecoming for Tritton, who was stabled at Harrington Raceway for nearly a decade before moving to the New York circuit in 2015. The annual event celebrated the memory of former long time Delaware legislator Bobby Quillen, who was a regular at the racetrack and was a member of the Board of Directors at Harrington Raceway and the Delaware State Fair. Quillen passed away 13 years ago to the day of this year's event. Knoblauch, passed away earlier this summer and was a long time supporter of harness racing. Two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund events for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings were contested in their first leg of stakes action. Heavily favored Transitioning Joy ($2.40, Montrell Teague), a Barber Pole colt, did not disappoint his backers in the first division. Owned by Joy and George Teague Jr., "Joy" set all the fractions in his 1:54.3 narrow win for trainer Clyde Francis over Slick Tony, who was a game second, and Friendsrforever. A photograph was needed to separate the top two. Transitioning Joy is a son of Barber Pole. Jim King Jr.'s Evolution Tour ($3.80, Victor Kirby) won the second division in 1:55.3 over America First and Fulla Nitro. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding set all the fractions in his decisive win for his owner/trainer. Richard Pollucci's Christen Me ($6, Jordan Stratton) won the overnight feature, a $17,500 Open event for trainer King Jr. in 1:53. Matthew Sparacino      

HARRINGTON, Del. - With just five weeks remaining in the 71st season of live harness racing at Harrington Raceway, one of the most exciting weeks of the season is the upcoming week that includes the 11th Annual $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial and the first leg of action for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-olds. Kicking off Monday September 18, the Quillen Memorial is the marquee event of the season at Harrington, featuring some of racing's top pacers. The race is named in honor of the late Quillen who passed away 13 years to the day of this year's event. Quillen was a long-time Delaware legislator and board member of Harrington Raceway and the Delaware State Fair, while also being a big racing fan who regularly came to the racetrack. Quillen would be proud to have his name attached to this year's field, which includes the winners of a combined estimated $11 million lifetime, including 2015 winner Mach It So (6/1, David Miller) for owner Bamond Racing and trainer Jeff Bamond. The field is full of half-mile racetrack regulars, including Harry Von Knoblauch Stable's Bit Of A Legend N (5/2, Jordan Stratton) whose won the lion's share of his 39 career victories over small tracks, including the $260,000 Gerrity Memorial at Saratoga Raceway. His trainer, Peter Tritton, knows the Harrington surface well as he was formerly stabled at the track for approximately a decade. A pair of local interests will look to protect home court, Bruce Kennedy and Tri County Stable's Wakizashi Hanover (7/2, Victor Kirby) and Robert Cooper and J&T Silva Stables' Mel Mara (4/1, Corey Callahan). Somewhere in L A (9/1, Tony Morgan) sports the highest seasonal earnings in the field with $468,400 for owners D'Elegance Stables Ix and Iannacone, TLP & Gandolfo Stables. Brad Grant's Mr Wiggle Pants (20/1, Aaron Merriman), Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Panhellenic Stables' All Bets Off (6/1, Matt Kakaley) and Thomas Pollack and Jeff Cullipher's Rock N Roll World (20/1, Ross Wolfenden) complete the field. All Bets Off's trainer and co-owner, Ron Burke, has had unmatched success in the Quillen, winning it six times, including twice with Foiled Again, harness racing's richest horse of all-time. As part of the 14-race program Monday, two $20,000 divisions of DSBF action for pacing colts and geldings will get underway featuring 16 horses. On Tuesday, 17 pacing fillies will compete in three divisions, while 24 trotters will be in action on Wednesday in four divisions. The top point earners from two weeks of eliminations will return to compete in their respective $100,000 finals on October 5. Post time for Monday's program is 5 p.m. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Three-time Harrington Raceway harness racing driving champion Ross Wolfenden won four races on the Wednesday program. Wolfenden was a force on the 11-race card, piloting Drazzmatazz ($5), Classic Belisima ($3.40), Moonshine Lavec ($3) and Skyway Gladiator ($8.60) to victory. All but Skyway Gladiator were trotters. Wolfenden (66 wins) and Allan Davis (67) currently trail Victor Kirby (73) narrowly in the driver standings. Brian Malone (23) currently is the leader in the trainer standings over Josh Green (22) and Joe Hunderptfund Jr. (18). Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck's Wind Of The North ($3, Kirby) won the featured $17,500 Open Trot in 1:54.4. The Jenny Bier-trainee notched his eighth win of the season over Royal Becca J and I Like My Boss. Live racing continues on a Monday through Thursday schedule. Post time is 5 p.m. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Nanticoke Racing, Ed Maas III and Arlene Paisley's Terror At Night ($12.80, Allan Davis) was a 1:53.3 winner in the $16,000 harness racing mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. There was a calvalry charge for the early lead, but when the dust settled, Terror At Night was the early leader through an opening quarter mile in 27 seconds. The seven pacers marched to the half mile in 56.3 and three-quarters in 1:25.1. Terror At Night held off pocket sitting Matinee Dragon to the wire for a narrow win. Purrfect Bags was third. Trained by Les Givens, it was the third win of the year for Terror At Night, a 4-year-old Western Terror mare. Gary Ewing's Sweet Bobbie ($8.20, Art Stafford Jr.) won her second in a row on the undercard in a $10,000 pace for owner/trainer Gary Ewing. Allan Davis won four races on the program. Jon Roberts had a driving triple. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - For the 11th straight year, some of harness racing's top pacers will invade Delaware in the $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway on September 18. The draw was held Tuesday afternoon and features eight horses, five of which are millionaires, with a healthy lifetime bankroll in excess of $11 million. Among those in this year's edition are 2015 winner and last year's runner up, Bamond Racing's Mach It So (David Miller). Previous winners of the event have included some of racing's finest including 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit and harness racing's richest horse of all-time, two-time Quillen champ Foiled Again. The race, named in honor of the late long time Delaware legislator and Harrington Raceway/Delaware State Fair board member, is carded as the 10th on a 14-race program and will be the third leg of the late pick four (races 8-11). Also on the program is two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) first leg events for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, slated as the 6th and 8th races. A more detailed release will be available at a later date. The complete Quillen field can be found below: Harrington Raceway 10th Race 9/18/2017 1 - Mach It So by Mach Three (David Miller) 2 - Bit Of A Legend N by Bettor's Delight (Jordan Stratton) 3 - Wakizashi Hanover by Dragon Again (Victor Kirby) 4 - Mel Mara by Lis Mara (Corey Callahan) 5 - Somewherein L A by Somebeachsomewhere (Jason Bartlett) 6 - Mr Wiggle Pants by Mr Wiggles (Aaron Merriman) 7 - All Bets Off by Bettor's Delight (Matt Kakaley) 8 - Rock N Roll World by Rocknroll Hanover (John De Long) Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Legacy Racing of Delaware and Reggie Hazzard's Papa Ray ($8.20, Victor Kirby) was a 1:51.4 winner in the $13,000 featured pace Monday at Harrington Raceway. The 8-year-old Village Jolt stallion received a garden journey and held off the game race favorite Framed Art, who was outside most of the mile for a narrow win. It was the 39th career win for Papa Ray, who is conditioned by Wayne Givens. Millenium Wheel was third. The sixth race, won by Kiss A Dragon, was named in honor of the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce, who was enjoying their annual night at the races. The draw for the Bobby Quillen Memorial, the marquee race of the year at Harrington, will be held Tuesday as some of racing's top older pacers are expected to compete in this year's $150,000 event. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck's Wind Of The North ($3.80, Victor Kirby) was a wire-to-wire harness racing winner at Harrington Raceway Wednesday in the featured $16,000 Open Trot in 1:55.2. The Cantab Hall gelding was a confident winner over Theresademoninme and Wingus for his seventh win of the year for trainer Jenny Bier. The venerable veteran with more than $810,000 earned lifetime, rebounded after finishing fourth as the heavy favorite last week. Andrew Glassmeyer's Bosston Cruiser ($4, Jon Roberts) had an auspicious start to his career. The freshman trotting gelding scorched a 2:01.1 win in his first lifetime start. The Don Boss Vita gelding is prepping for Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes action, which will begin for trotters in a fortnight. Medinah Racing's Marley's Guy ($5, Kirby) won the sub-featured $11,000 Open II Trot in 1:57.1 for trainer Jim King Jr. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jason and Susan Skinner's BJ's Sweetheart ($44, Art Stafford Jr.) was an upset harness racing winner in the $17,500 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway Tuesday in 1:53.3. The 7-year-old No Pan Intended mare surged by pacesetter Purrfect Bags late for a narrow win. Trained by co-owner Jason Skinner, it was her 29th career win. Purrfect Bags was second with Miss Me Yet third. The winner has banked nearly $320,000 in her career. Mike Casalino's Media Queen N ($5, Pat Berry) won her third straight race on the undercard, in a $10,000 pace. The Mach Three 6-year-old mare, scored an off the pace triumph for trainer Chris Marino in 1:55. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del.- Harrington Raceway and Casino, in conjunction with USO Delaware, hosted a donation drive on September 1-2 that netted approximately $20,000 in cash and gift card donations to benefit Hurricane Harvey victims located in Texas and Louisiana. Philanthropy was in the air as an outpouring of customers and employees participated by giving cash and/or $10 minimum in gift cards from Walmart/Sam's Club, Target, Costco and/or Visa/Mastercard. The sound of a bell ringing became commonplace as staff would ring the bell whenever a donation larger than $10 was received. The donated items will be distributed by USO Delaware for supplies needed to first responders and current military and National Guard stationed in Texas and Louisiana to flood victims of the historic hurricane which has left many without homes. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to USO Delaware for distribution in the disaster areas. "It was great to work with the casino and help the people of Texas," said Yolanda Bottorf, USO Delaware's Center Operations and Program Manager. "I'm from Texas and have friends that live there so that really helped to make it special. It's great to see people in Delaware work together for this cause even though we are far away from the disaster area." "It's terrific to work with USO Delaware to be able to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey," said Harrington Raceway and Casino CEO Patricia Key. "We were delighted to see the support from the community and our employees who rallied together for this great cause." Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Crissman Inc. and Niss Allen Farm's Major Uptrend ($3.60, Tony Morgan) was a decisive winner Monday at Harrington Raceway in the harness racing featured $15,000 Open Pace in 1:51.3. Trained by co-owner Tim Crissman, the Somebeachsomewhere 6-year-old was sent for the lead from post six early and never relented en route to a wire-to-wire score over Framed Art and Millenium Wheel. It was the 12th win of the year for Major Uptrend, a former $177,000 yearling. Victor Kirby had a double on the program as did trainer Joe Columbo. Live racing continues on a Monday through Thursday schedule through October 19. Post time is 5 p.m. nightly. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Frank Chick's Awsome Valley ($13.40, Russell Foster) was a 1:55.4 harness racing winner in the $16,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. Awsome Valley took the lead at the opening quarter mile in 28.1 seconds as I Like My Boss relinquished in second. The 1-to-5 favorite, Wind Of The North, got in gear in second over position behind Theresademoninme while the leader marched to the half-mile in 58 seconds and three-quarters in 1:26.4. Awsome Valley drew away from his rivals in the stretch for a dominant win over Theresademoninme and I Like My Boss. Wind Of The North was fourth. It was the 39th career win for Awsome Valley, a son of Valley Victor who is trained by Kevin Lare. Foster drove three winners on the program. In the sub-featured $11,000 Open II trot, Jonathan Newman's Here's The Magic ($6.60, Allan Davis) was a 1:56.4 winner for trainer Josh Green in his first Harrington start after competing most of the summer in New York. Davis joined Foster with a driving triple. On the undercard ($10,000 trot), Louis Catana and Vincent Bradley's Sunset Mike ($11, Tyler Davis) had an auspicious local debut with a 1:57.3 triumph for co-owner/trainer Bradley, who recently acquired the 4-year-old trotter from the Indiana racing circuit. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jo Ann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($5.20, Victor Kirby) notched a 1:54.3 win over a sloppy racetrack Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in the featured $17,500 Mares Open. Nerida Franco N, the 2-1 second wagering choice led the field of eight through fractions of 27.2, 56.3 and 1:25.3 before Terror At Night collared the tiring pacesetter and assumed command. The lead was short lived, however, as Purrfect Bags charged by in the stretch to prevail. Terror At Night was second with Miss Me Yet third. It was the 28th career win for Purrfect Bags, a 5-year-old daughter of Roddys Bags Again. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Robert Cooper Stables and J&T Silva's Mel Mara ($2.40, Corey Callahan) was a 1:52.1 harness racing winner Monday in the featured $15,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Dylan Davis, won his first 2017 appearance on his home base via a menacing three-wide move into the final turn that saw him slingshot to the front for a powerful win over Major Uptrend and Sparky Mark. Captive Audience set fast fractions before tiring late. It was the fifth win of the year for Mel Mara, who may be Harrington's marquee race of the season on September 18, the $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial. Three was the lucky number of the night as it was one of three straight wins on the program for Callahan. The program also started with three consecutive number three horses winning. Live racing continues through Wednesday, before Thursdays are added for the balance of the schedule through October 19. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway hosted its annual Governor's Day harness racing card during the Delaware State Fair Thursday, featuring more than $600,000 in total purses over 13 races. The annual program is a focal point for many Delaware horsemen, as a showcase of The First State's top standardbreds as every horse on the program is either Delaware owned and/or Delaware bred. The coveted $40,000 Governor's Cup is a sought after title for older horses and was won for the second straight year by Foulk Stables' Sparky Mark ($45.80, Jon Roberts) via a pocket trip over Captive Audience and Tip It On Back. The 10-year-old Astreos stallion registered his 58th career win for trainer Trish Foulk. Governor John Carney was on hand to participate in the winner's circle ceremonies. Sparky Mark Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final races for 3-year-olds were much anticipated after two elimination legs were completed in June. Perhaps the most stirring finish came in the male pacing final as Bags To Riches ($8.20, Tim Tetrick) overcame an overland trip in which he was parked the mile to outlast Automatic Dragon and Daiymir. Trained by co-owner Jason Skinner for Only Money Inc., it was the seventh win of the year for the Roddy's Bags Again colt, who completed a sweep of DSBF final events this year. Bags To Riches Jo Ann Looney-King's Logan's Girl ($4.40, Victor Kirby) was an easy winner in the filly pacing final for trainer Jim King Jr. in 1:53.4. Spanish Dream was second with Lunar Phase third. A daughter of Roddy's Bags Again, "Logan" recorded her 13th lifetime win. The race honored the memory of the late Ben Stafford Jr., a well-liked Delaware horseman who passed away in 2016. Logan's Girl The filly trotting final, named the Jack Walls Memorial, was won in dominant fashion by Nanticoke Racing and Delbert Cain's Spoonful ($2.40, Corey Callahan) in 2:01.3 over Gogh Cinorita and Willow Mill Anna. Trained by Les Givens, the Political Briefing filly set all the fractions in her ninth career win, the 28th career DSBF final win for Givens. Walls was the former president of Harrington Raceway, who passed away in 2003. Spoonful Ben Brooks' Master Clave ($2.10, Ross Wolfenden) notched his 11th career win in the male trotting final for trainer John Wilkerson, who won two races on the program. The Master Lavec gelding took the lead in deep stretch to complete a sweep of 3-year-old DSBF finals. Command The Fire was second with Jiggs third. The race was named in memory of former trainer/driver Hal Belote, who was tragically killed in a racing accident. Master Clave Matthew Sparacino

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