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HARRINGTON, Del. - Howard Taylor, Robert Cooper, Abraham Basen and Thomas Lazzaro's Arque Hanover ($3, Jon Roberts) was a repeat harness racing winner Monday in the $17,500 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.4. The 4-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven stallion overcame post eight in achieving his fourth win of the year for trainer Dylan Davis. Arque Hanover pulled first over and cleared pacesetter Teresa's Beach near the three-quarters and drew away from his closest pursuers. Special T Rocks was second and Power of a Cruiser finished third. Owner Howard Taylor had another victory with Handsome Henry K ($10, George Dennis), who won the sub-featured $10,000 conditioned pace with a 1:53 triumph for trainer Mike Hall. Joining Taylor in the double department was owner/trainer Ben Stafford, who won races with Cloud Speed ($2.80) and Good Bet ($5.40). Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harness racing owner Michael Casalino Jr. and Dylan Davis' Theresademoninme (Jim Morand, $2.80) won his third straight race in the $15,000 Open trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. Theresademoninme left the gate from post position three at odds of 2-to-5 and marched through fractions of 27.3, 56.2 and 1:25.2 as I Like My Boss applied pressure and eventually yielded. Theresademoninme then opened up four lengths on the field as Royal Becca J outkicked I Like My Boss for the place spot. Trained by Dylan Davis, the winner surpassed his 2015 win total by earning his sixth win of the year. After the fourth race, a moment of silence was held to honor the memory of popular Delaware horseman Ben Stafford Jr., who passed away on July 6. Stafford was a well liked member of the local racing community who had trained horses with his father for nearly 30 years and had driven such quality horses as Mudslide, Badlands and Art and Badlands Jenna, just to name a few. A large contingent consisting of friends, family and members of the horsemen community showed their support in the winner's circle to honor Stafford's memory. Poker Hat, a 12-year-old Cam's Card Shark gelding, went out on a high note as the pacer won his final start of his career and 298th lifetime in 1:55. Driven by George Dennis for trainer Josh Green, it was the 62nd career win for the winner of nearly $920,000 lifetime. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Driver Victor Kirby had a memorable 44th birthday Monday at Harrington Raceway, winning four races on the 12-race harness racing program. Kirby got it started in the $10,000 sub-feature, as Janet Hudson and trainer Joann Looney-King's Little Ben ($10, Kirby) scored a 1:52.2 victory. Kirby scored again with Gallic Beach ($3.60), when he recorded a 1:53.2 win on the undercard in a $11,000 conditioned pace with a front-end score for trainer John Wilkerson. Kirby later piloted Western Rocker ($5.80) and Real Tough ($4.40) to victory for the grand slam. Howard Taylor, Robert Cooper Stables, Abraham Basen and Thomas Lazzaro's Arque Hanover ($2.40, Jon Roberts) had a successful local debut with a 1:52.1 win in the $15,000 Open Pace feature. Recently acquired for new connections and trainer Dylan Davis, the 4-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven stallion has two wins in three starts for his new stable. The 1-to-5 favorite, Arque Hanover left the gate from post position four and seized the early lead from Framed Art through an opening quarter mile time in 28.1 seconds. Not much changed to the half-mile in 57.3 seconds and three-quarters in 1:25.1, before Arque Hanover opened up on the field with an open length victory over Framed Art and Singing Saint. Tony Morgan had a driving triple. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Despite an early thunderstorm, harness racing fans were treated to a terrific night of racing Thursday at Harrington Raceway's annual Governor's Day program during the Delaware State Fair. After heavy downpours invaded Kent County just prior to the first race, mother nature cooperated for most of the rest of the evening as 13 races were contested for nearly $600,000 in total purses. The $40,000 Governor's Cup is always a popular event with local bragging rights at stake, as Foulk Stables' Sparky Mark ($5.60, Corey Callahan) prevailed narrowly in 1:53.0. The 9-year-old Astreos stallion held off second place finisher Leyden in a tight photo finish. Little Ben was third. Sparky Mark notched his 53rd career win for trainer Dylan Davis. Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals for 3-year-olds were among the highlights of the program. Kdk Standardbreds' Apple Bottom Jeans ($3.40, Montrell Teague) won the filly pacing final in 1:53 with an impressive front-end performance over Delle Donne and Use Your Noodle. Trained by Kevin Switzer, the Mr. Apples filly recorded her ninth win in 17 lifetime starts. James Craparotta and Berry Racing's Epic Smash ($9, Pat Berry) prevailed in 1:58 in the filly trotting final. Trained by Traci Berry, the Political Briefing filly never had an anxious moment in her five length win over Triple Bottom Line and Cicada's Song. Syl King Jr.'s Chipoffthewall ($2.80, Anthony Morgan) won the trotting colts and geldings final in 1:58.4 in front end fashion over Seafood Scrappy and Rojo. Trained by his owner, the Master Lavec gelding notched his 10th career win. Henry Faragalli III, Nanticoke Racing and Bay Pond Racing Stable's Next Success ($13.20, Jim Morand) captured the last DSBF final on the program with a wire-to-wire win from post position eight in 1:54 over Casino Bags Anso and John's Dream. The Veeza-gelding was trained by Les Givens and picked up his 10th career win and completed a sweep of the DSBF finals this year. In non-DSBF events for older horses, winners included Purrfect Bags ($5.80, Victor Kirby) in the Legislators Cup, Raritan Bay ($3.20, Bret Brittingham) in the President's Cup, and Wingus ($34.20, Roger Plante Jr.) in the Charles Murphy Jr., Memorial Trot in 1:57. Aside from Murphy Jr., there were Memorial races that honored Hal Belote, Thurman Adams, Jack Walls, John Frazer, Del and Dorothy Manges, Jim Case, Walter Messick and Sam Matthews. Live racing resumes at Harrington Raceway on August 15. Matthew Sparacino              

HARRINGTON, Del. - Nearly $600,000 in total purses will be at stake on Harrington Raceway's richest harness racing program of the season Thursday, the annual Governor's Day program at the Delaware State Fair. A 13-race program will await race fans with a special 7 p.m. post time. The $40,000 Governor's Cup, an event for Delaware pacers ages 3 years and up, is always a popular event with local bragging rights at stake. The Honorable Governor Jack Markell, will be on hand to present the trophy to the winning connections in his last Governor's Day while serving in a gubernatorial capacity. Foulk Stables' Sparky Mark (5/2, Corey Callahan) is the morning line favorite for this year's event in a competitive field of eight. The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund has four $100,000 final events for 3-year-olds culminating on the program. The filly pace is the first to get underway as the opening race on the program. Les Givens is a co-owner and trainer for one of the race favorites and Dover Downs final winner, Use Your Noodle (8/5, Jim Morand) who will meet her arch rival, Kdk Standardbreds' Apple Bottom Jeans (3/2, Montrell Teague) for trainer Kevin Switzer. The pair have finished first and second on multiple occasions in the same race this year. The filly trotting final will go post ward in the fifth race, as Cicada's Song (2/1, Carlo Poliseno) will attempt to overcome post eight for owner Jane Dunavant in a quality field of rivals. The male pacers and trotters will headline the later portion of the program as Syl King Jr.'s Chipoffthewall (2/1, Tony Morgan) will look to atone for some bad luck in previous DSBF events as the early favorite in race 9. He faces a stout field that has three other elimination winners, including JJ&M Stable and Seafood Delight Stable's Seafood Scrappy (7/2, Ross Wolfenden) who won the $100,000 final at Dover Downs earlier this year. Charles Perry Jr.'s John's Dream (7/2, Wolfenden) and Henry Faragalli III, Nanticoke Racing and Bay Pond Racing Stable's Next Success (3/1, Jim Morand) are among the top rivals in the final for pacing colts and geldings as the 11th race. Both of the aforementioned rivals swept their elimination races with the latter prevailing in the $100,000 final at Dover Downs this year. The $30,000 Legislators Cup, $30,000 Charles Murphy Memorial Trot and $12,500 Presidents Cup are also staples on the prestigious program. There will also be three $20,000 DSBF consolation events. T-shirts will be thrown into the crowd during the latter portion of the program. The Delaware State Fair will run through July 30 with the live racing meet at Harrington resuming August 15. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - James Moore III's Royal Becca J ($6, Jack Parker Jr.) notched his eighth win of the year Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:55.1 in the $16,000 Open Trot. The 4-year-old RC Royalty gelding made a bold first-over charge at leader Awsome Valley just past the half-mile and wore down the pacesetter for an impressive win. Trained by his driver, it was the 12th career win for Royal Becca J, who has four wins at the current Harrington meet. Awsome Valley, last week's winner, was second with Cash On Delivery closing ground late for third. In the sub-featured $12,500 Open II Trot, Richard Lombardo, Carl Alley and JJ and M Stable's Don't Rush ($3.20, Ross Wolfenden) improved to 2-for-2 this year with a 1:56 triumph for trainer Josh Green. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jo Ann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags was a 1:52.2 winner Tuesday in the $16,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. Purrfect Bags, driven by Victor Kirby, was the 3-to-5 favorite and left from post position three and set fractions of 27.1, 56.1 and 1:24 while 4-to-1 Hostess Lisa mounted her attack first over, but Purrfect Bags held her six rivals safe as she prevailed with ease by open lengths. Hostess Lisa finished second with Empress Deo third. Purrfect Bags, a 4-year-old Roddys Bags Again mare trained by Looney-King, notched her 20th career win and figures to be one of the favorites in the $30,000 Legislator's Cup at Harrington on July 28. Use Your Noodle ($6.60, Jim Morand), one of only two fillies in the field, notched a 1:54.1 victory in an $11,000 conditioned pace for trainer/co-owner Les Givens. The Artzina-sired filly recorded her eighth lifetime win in preparation of the $100,000 DSBF Final event on July 28. Allan Davis had a driving triple. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Howard and Judith Taylor's Verdad ($7.20, Tony Morgan) was a 1:51.2 winner in the $15,000 featured harness racing Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway. In a consolidated field of three as a result of two scratches, Verdad, a 7-year-old Western Ideal stallion, sat third most of the mile before wearing down pacesetter and race favorite Dancin Yankee and edging clear in narrow fashion late. It was Verdad's 31st career win for trainer Ron Burke. Dancin Yankee was second with Singing Saint third. Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt ($5, Victor Kirby) prepped for a likely Governor's Cup performance in July with a 1:51.3 victory in a $10,000 conditioned pace for trainer Jim King Jr. The 6-year-old Village Jolt gelding and 2015 Governors Cup winner set all the fractions in his narrow win over Soto and Raritan Bay. The Governor's Cup, held on July 28, is a $40,000 annual event with local bragging rights on the line for Delaware owned aged horses. It is held as the centerpiece for older horses on the biggest day of the year for the state's harness racing industry, Governor's Day during the Delaware State Fair. Live racing continues through Thursday. Post time is 5 p.m. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - A total of 24 Delaware-sired trotters competed in four $20,000 harness racing divisions of the second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The top eight point earners from each division will compete in $100,000 final events on July 28. In the first filly division, Jane Dunavant's Cicada's Song ($4.20, Carlo Poliseno) continued her dominance with a 1:58 score over Triple Bottom Line and Epic Smash. Trained by her driver, it was her 11th win in 15 career starts and fifth consecutive victory for the daughter of Dusty Winner. Morgan and Jeanne Mc Innis and Beatrix In Der Wiesche's Rojo ($3.80, Victor Kirby) was victorious in the first division for colts and geldings in 2:00.1. The Impel Hanover gelding received a pocket trip behind pacesetter Overnight Shipper, before reeling in the latter late. Mondello overcame an early miscue with a break in stride to finish third. Iron Mine Branch's Chestnut Chic ($9.40, George Dennis) sprung a mild upset in the second division for fillies with a lifetime best win in 2:00.1. After 2-to-5 favorite Miss Baltimore made an early break, Chestnut Chic cruised on the front end and never relented in her open length win for trainer Greg Haverstick. The Impel Hanover-sired winner picked up her second career win. Miss Baltimore recovered from her early miscue to finish second over Moore Ok. JJ and M Stable and Seafood Delight's Seafood Scrappy ($10.60, Ross Wolfenden) was triumphant in a 2:00.1 win in the second division for colts and geldings. The 1-to-9 betting favorite Chipoffthewall, made an early break and Seafood Scrappy marched to a comfortable lead throughout for an easy win. Chipoffthewall recovered to finish second while Elton J was third. Trained by Josh Green, Seafood Scrappy, a CR Commando gelding, achieved his third lifetime win and surpassed $107,000 in career earnings. Frank Chick's Awsome Valley ($9, Dennis) prevailed in the $17,500 Open Trot with a 1:55.1 wire-to-wire victory for trainer Kevin Lare. The 7-year-old Valley Victor gelding recorded his 33rd career win and boosted his lifetime bankroll to more than $466,000. Matt Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - David Banks and Layfield Horses' Getitoffyourchest ($3.40, Ross Wolfenden) reset the track record for harness racing aged pacing stallions Monday at Harrington Raceway, with his third straight win in 1:50.2 in a $16,000 Open Pace. The 6-year-old Tell All stallion broke the record he shared with Dancin Yankee (1:50.3). The Richard Lewis-trainee set all the fractions from his outside post seven and held off a late charge from Dancin Yankee for the win. Clear Vision was third. There were three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) pacing events for colts and geldings as they completed their second leg and prelude to a $100,000 final on July 28. Owner Russell Mackinnon's JW Renegade ($3.40, John Mackinnon) won the first DSBF division in 1:55.1 over Hail To The Master and Door Prize. The Pacific Renegade colt followed pacesetter Hail To The Master throughout before finding clearance in the stretch and catapulting by in willing fashion for a well-timed score. JW Renegade was trained by his driver John Mackinnon. Next Success ($2.20, Jim Morand) completed a sweep of his eliminations with a 1:54 win for owners Henry Faragalli, Nanticoke Racing and Bay Pond Racing Stable. Trained by Les Givens, the Veeza gelding notched his seventh win of the season. Spinstigator was second while Power To Perform completed the trifecta. The fastest of the three divisions went to John's Dream ($2.60, Wolfenden), who prevailed in 1:53.3 for owner/trainer Chuck Perry Jr., over Rusty Carter and Casino Bags Anso. The Dream Away ridgling notched his 8th lifetime win. Wolfenden had four wins on the program. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund action continued at Harrington Raceway Wednesday, with four divisions for harness racing 3-year-old trotters taking their turn over Delaware's half-mile racetrack in their respective $20,000 elimination legs. James Craparotta and Pat Berry Racing's Epic Smash ($2.40, Berry) held serve as the favorite in the first division for fillies with a 1:59.4 victory over Miss Baltimore and Jasmine K. Epic Smash, a daughter of Political Briefing, received a pocket trip behind Miss Baltimore before finding clearance in the stretch. It was the sixth win in 18 lifetime starts for Epic Smash, who was trained by Traci Berry. Jane Dunavant's Cicada's Song ($2.10, Carlo Poliseno) was an expected dominant winner in 1:59.3 over Chestnut Chic and U Simple Thing. Trained by her driver, it was the 10th win in 14 lifetime starts for the daughter of Dusty Winner. In the first division for colts and geldings, Chris Yochim's Mondello ($4, Art Stafford Jr.) prevailed in 2:00 over Rojo and Seafood Scrappy. Trained by Daryl Glazer, the Taladega colt brushed to the front near the opening quarter mile and never relented. It was his fourth lifetime win. The second division saw heavily favored Chipoffthewall ($2.10, Tony Morgan) triumphant in 2:01 for owner/trainer Syl King Jr. over Elton J and Mr. Paul. The Master Lavec-sired gelding recorded his ninth win in 17 career starts. James Moore III's Royal Becca J ($28.40, Jack Parker Jr.) won the overnight feature, the $16,000 Open Trot in 1:56.3 over There'sademoninme and Awsome Valley. Matthew Sparacino    

HARRINGTON, Del. - The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for harness racing 3-year-olds started their second round of the week at Harrington Raceway Tuesday as the filly pacers went post ward in a pair of $20,000 legs. Delle Donne ($6.80, Corey Callahan) pulled off a minor upset in the first division as 1-to-5 favorite Cougar Creek made an early break and was placed last after being disqualified from her third place finish for interference with trailing horses. Meanwhile, Delle Donne was a front-stepping 1:55.2 winner over Mortgage Bags. An Art Director-sired filly, Delle Donne notched her fifth lifetime win for trainer Dylan Davis. Artist Blues finished fourth and was placed third. The second division went to Kdk Standardbreds' Apple Bottom Jeans ($3.20, Montrell Teague) who forged a three-wide bid up the backstretch and eventually reeled in pacesetter Use Your Noodle at the wire in 1:54.1. Trained by Kevin Switzer, it was the seventh lifetime win in 14 career starts for the daughter of Mr. Apples. Rowdy Patti was third. It was one of three driving winners for Teague. In the $16,000 Mares Open overnight feature, Jo Ann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($3.20, Victor Kirby) was victorious for the second straight start in 1:52.4 over Hostess Lisa and Quotable Quotes. The 4-year-old Roddy's Bags Again mare made a three-wide charge near three-quarters and drew clear of the tiring leaders to prevail by more than a length. George Dennis and Jason Lynch each had a driving double. DSBF racing will continue Wednesday with four divisions for trotters. Matthew Sparacino    

HARRINGTON, Del. - Three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) divisions for harness racing 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings were contested Monday at Harrington Raceway. Owner/trainer Charles Perry Jr.'s John's Dream ($2.40, Ross Wolfenden) won the first division in dominating fashion in 1:55.3. The Dream Away ridgling assumed command early and never relented in his open length win over Double Miles and Cut The Beach. Don Marine's Power To Perform ($5, Tony Morgan) cruised to a front-end win in the second division in 1:55.3. The Artzina colt never had an anxious moment in his two length score over Hail To The Master and All Artist. Trained by Kyle Moore, it was the fourth career win for the winner. The third division was the fastest as Henry Faragalli, Nanticoke Racing and Bay Pond Racing's Next Success ($3.40, Jim Morand) was triumphant in 1:53.1. Next Success, the 3-to-5 favorite and Dover Downs $100,000 final winner, marched through the mile on the lead the majority of the way and held off JW Renegade to the wire in a tight finish. Casino Bags Anso was third. In the $16,000 overnight feature, the Open Pace, the track record for aged pacing stallions was equaled by David Banks and Layfield Horses' Getitoffyourchest ($4, Ross Wolfenden), as he remained sharp with a 1:50.3 score for trainer Richard Lewis. The 6-year-old Tell All stallion assumed command near the half-mile from Smart Rokker and paced away powerfully in the stretch. Smart Rokker finished second while Papa Ray was third. It was the fifth win of the year for Getitoffyourchest. Getitoffyourchest now shares the record with Dancin Yankee, who set the mark in 2014. Allan Davis, Montrell Teague, Wolfenden and Tony Morgan each had two wins. Matthew Sparacino    

HARRINGTON, Del. - Bob Shahan and Don Marine's Six Gun Hall ($7.20, Allan Davis) notched his third win of the year in the harness racing featured $12,500 Open II trot at Harrington Raceway Wednesday in 1:57.2. The 6-year-old Deweycheatumnhowe stallion assumed the early lead from Prayer Session and never relented. Prayer Session was second with Odessa third. Six Gun Hall boosted his lifetime bankroll to more than $230,000. Carlo Poliseno had a trainer/driver triple. Owner Jane Dunavant had a double. Anthony Morgan also had a driving double. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Owner/trainer Brian Malone and driver Anthony Morgan teamed up for three wins in a row with mares on the Tuesday Harrington Raceway harness racing program. Malone's Hostess Lisa ($12, Tony Morgan) notched her eighth win of the season with a 1:53.1 triumph in the featured $17,500 Mares Open. The 7-year-old Sagebrush mare surged three-wide on the final turn and cleared the leaders for a narrow win over Quotable Quotes and Matinee Dragon. Trained by Malone, it was her 24th career win. Malone and Morgan teamed up in the sub-feature as well as Malone and Carrie Stackowitz's Mcarma ($5.40, Tony Morgan) won the $10,000 conditioned pace in 1:54.2. The Malone-trainee notched her fifth win in seven starts at the meet. Lanco Express ($3) then completed the hat trick for Malone and Morgan with a 1:55.4 in a $7,500 conditioned pace. Allan Davis and Montrell Teague each had a driving double. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - David Banks and Layfield Horses' Getitoffyourchest with harness racing driver Ross Wolfenden in the sulky overcame post eight Monday at Harrington Raceway for a dazzling 1:50.4 win in the $17,500 Open Pace. The Richard Lewis-trainee followed a parked out Just A Jolt before surging three-wide at three-quarters and blitzing by pacesetter Soto for a three and a half length score. Soto held on for the runner-up position. Framed Art finished third. A 6-year-old Tell All stallion, Getitoffyourchest notched his fourth win in his last five starts and 15th in his career. In the final race on the program, Allan Pullman and Barry Glickstein's Doctor McSwing did something he had not done in his previous 78 starts. In his 79th career start, Doctor McSwing ($44.60) notched his first career win, in 1:55.1 at odds of 21-to-1. The 5-year-old Mcardle gelding has finished second or third in 32 previous starts. Wolfenden, Kirby and Anthony Morgan each had three wins on the program. Matthew Sparacino  

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