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HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway's culminated its 70th anniversary of live harness racing Thursday with closing night awards on the 13-race program. Victor Kirby took his first ever driving title in dramatic fashion, after leading by three going into the program over Ross Wolfenden, Kirby quickly sealed the title with four wins in the first six races on the program. "This is special," said Kirby, who has long been a popular member of the harness racing community. "I love racing here and I want to thank all the owners and trainers who give me the opportunity. I want to thank all my friends and family that came out tonight and my grandma and grandpa who I'm sure are looking down." Kirby finished the meet with 125 wins and had five victories on the program. Meanwhile, Joe Hundertpfund Jr. clinched his second training title earlier in the week. Hundertpfund (33 wins), who won the Harrington title in 2012, had a onsistent meet throughout and finished six wins ahead of his closest pursuer, Mike Hall. "It's great to win this title here," said Hundertpfund Jr. "I've raced all over the east coast, but I really love racing here.. Hats off to the grounds crew, who kept this track great throughout the season and did an outstanding job." Allan Davis had four wins. Live racing on the Delaware circuit shifts 20 miles north to Dover Downs, which opens for live racing on October 31. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - On the penultimate night of the 2016 Harrington harness racing meet, Michael Casalino Jr. and Dylan Davis' Theresademoninme ($5.40, Jon Roberts) set a new lifetime best with a 1:53.4 win in the $17,700 Open Trot Wednesday. The 5-year-old Kadabra gelding notched his eighth win of the year for trainer and co-owner Davis. Theresademoninme surged in deep stretch to eventually wear down a game pace setter in Westside Lindy for the win. Westside Lindy was second with Deacons Valley third. The win time was just a fifth of a second off the track record, held by Traverse Seelster. On the undercard, Ross Wolfenden's Skyway Priss notched her third straight win in 1:56 for her owner/trainer/driver. Wolfenden, who had two wins on the card, is locked in a fierce battle for the Harrington driving title with current leader Victor Kirby (120 wins). Wolfenden currently trails Kirby by three wins. Meanwhile, trainer Joe Hundertpfund Jr., (33 wins), has clinched his second training title. Mike Hall has clinched second place with 27 wins. Both honors will be awarded on closing night, October 20. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Richard Polluci's Nike Franco N ($4, Tim Tetrick) won her North American harness racing debut Tuesday with a 1:53 effort in the featured $17,700 Fillies and Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. The 6-year-old McArdle mare came to the states with an impressive resume “down under” and did not disappoint in her local debut with a powerful second-over surge that saw her grab the lead near the top of the stretch and draw off from her rivals. Miss Me Yet was second, while Mcarma finished third. The winner was trained by Jo Ann Looney-King, who was in the winner's circle approximately an hour earlier for the exploits of another mare in her stable. After the third race, King's Purrfect Bags was awarded Horse of the Meet by the United States Harness Writers Association's Delaware Valley Chapter. The Roddy's Bags Again mare is trained by the husband/wife team of Jim King Jr. and Looney-King and was the highest overnight money earner at the Harrington meet with nearly $65,000. She won six races at the meet. King also won the ninth race with End To End Hanover ($4) in 1:54.2. In the third and fourth races, trainer and co-owner Vincent Bradley had consecutive mares win while establishing new lifetime marks. In The Shadows ($3, Tony Morgan, 1:53.3) and Matinee Dragon ($6, Allan Davis, 1:52.1) both authored new personal bests for Bradley and co-owner Louis Catana. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Thomas Lazzaro, Robert Cooper and Abraham Basen's Arque Hanover ($2.80, Jon Roberts) was a 1:52.3 harness racing winner in the $17,700 Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway. The 4-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven stallion set all the fractions in a strong front end win over Remember Me Vk and Little Ben. Trained by Dylan Davis. "Arque" registered his fifth win of the year. The winner returned home after a start at Batavia Downs (Ny), where he finished second on October 8. On the undercard, Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Stephen Iaquinta's Soto ($5.80, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:52.3 winner in an $11,000 pace. It was the eighth win of the year for the Eric Ell-trainee. Ross Wolfenden had four wins on the program. Live racing continues through Thursday. Post time is 5 p.m. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Joseph and Laurie Davino's Take My Picture with harness racing driver Ross Wolfenden in the sulky won his third straight race Wednesday, in 1:56 in the $17,700 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Nik Drennan, Take My Picture, a venerable 9-year-old increased his lifetime bankroll to more than $1.1 million in achieving his 36th lifetime win with a front end score from post seven over Theresademoninme and Spunky Jack. The fourth race on the program, won by Make A Muscle K ($3, Wolfenden), honored the memory of the late J.D. Dennis, who passed away last year. Dennis was a long-time horseman and former board member of the Delaware State Fair and Harrington Raceway. Dennis was a regular at the racetrack, watching two of his sons, George and Eddie compete on a nightly basis. Friends and family joined in the winner's circle including his wife Nellie, sons George, Eddie, Durand, and daughters Ellen and Sandra to honor his memory. I Like My Boss ($11.60, George Dennis) was an undercard winner in a $11,000 trotting event in 1:58.1. Owned by Bob Shahan and Ashley and Jimmy Parsons, the 5-year-old Don Boss Vita recorded his 27th career win in his second straight trip to the winner's circle. Wolfenden had three wins on the program. Trainer Bob Shahan had a double as did driver George Dennis. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harness racing fans will have the opportunity to meet the connections of reigning horse of the year Wiggle It Jiggleit Thursday (October 13) at Harrington Raceway. From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the grandstand lobby, owner George Teague Jr., trainer Clyde Francis, driver Montrell Teague and groom Mike Taylor will be on hand to sign autographs. Harrington Raceway will be giving out photo cards of Wiggle It Jiggleit, which has space allocated for autographs. Wiggle It Jiggleit, based nearby on the Teague farm in Harrington has mesmerized racing fans with his incredible resume of 37 wins in 49 career starts. He recently broke the seasonal earnings mark for an older pacer with $1.49 million earned this year. His next race is scheduled for this Saturday (October 15) in an invitational event at Yonkers Raceway (Ny). Live racing will continue on a Monday through Thursday schedule at Harrington through October 20. Matthew Sparacino      

HARRINGTON, Del. - Robert Stevenson's Singing Saint (Tony Morgan, $9.80), won the harness racing featured $19,200 Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:52. The race was named in honor of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, a non-profit organization aimed at increasing awareness for breast cancer in The First State. Volunteers from the DBCC were on hand selling harness horse bracelets and other miscellaneous merchandise, with proceeds benefiting the DBCC. To learn more about their organization, please visit The aforementioned Singing Saint, a 6-year-old Lis Mara gelding, notched his seventh win of the year for his owner/trainer Stevenson, courtesy of a fierce charge in the stretch that catapulted him by his rivals for the win. Little Ben was second, with Special T Rocks third. Montrell Teague and Bret Brittingham each had three winners on the program. Matthew Sparacino    

HARRINGTON, Del. - More than $500,000 in total purses was at stake Wednesday night at Harrington Raceway as the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $100,000 final events for 2-year-olds headlined the program. It was a big night for driver Ross Wolfenden who was the winning pilot in two of the DSBF final events and had five wins on the program. Wolfenden guided unbeaten trotter Master Clave ($2.10) to his fourth straight win in 2:02.1 for owner Ben Brooks in the colt and gelding trotting final. The Master Lavec gelding set all the fractions and drew away with ease from Kirby In Command and Jiggs, who rounded out the trifecta. Master Clave was trained by John Wilkerson. Wolfenden later sprung a mild upset with Jo Ann Looney King's Logan's Girl ($11.40), who was a 1:56 winner in the filly pacing final over stable mate and 1-to-9 favorite Spanish Dream, who was second. Westwind Roddylee was third. A daughter of Roddy's Bags Again for trainer Jim King Jr., "Logan" sat behind the favorite throughout and surged by in deep stretch for her fourth career win in five lifetime starts. In the final for pacing colts and geldings, George Teague Jr.'s Henry The Dragon ($4.80, Montrell Teague) was a dominant winner in 1:53.1. The Clyde Francis-trainee rebuffed the early challenge of Almost Cut My Hair and was an six-length winner over Wake Up and Go and Hallie's Comet. Henry The Dragon, a son of Custard The Dragon, improved to 3-for-3 in his career. The time equaled the track record for 2-year-old pacing colts, set by Powerful Mist in 2010. Rodney Mitchell Jr.'s Meantrotnjean ($29.40, Allan Davis) was victorious in the filly trotting final for trainer Leigh Raymer, with a 2:02.1 score. The CR Commando filly maintained a big lead going to three-quarters and overpowered her rivals for her second career win. Luv Is Blind charged home for second with Gogh Cinorita third. Wolfenden also took the overnight feature, the $17,700 Open Trot with a 1:56.3 score aboard Joe and Laurie Davino's Take My Picture ($9.20). Matthew Sparacino    

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jo Ann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($2.40, Victor Kirby) was a repeat harness racing winner in Tuesday's $16,500 Filly and Mare Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:54. Springforth, the 3-to-1 second choice, set all the fractions in the compact five horse field, but could not hold off a fierce late charge in the three-path by race favorite Purrfect Bags who hit the wire first, a head better than Springforth. Miss Me Yet was third. Purrfect Bags, a daughter of Roddy's Bags Again, registered her 24th career win for her owner/trainer King. The win also pushed Purrfect Bags over $106,000 in seasonal earnings. Tony Morgan had four wins on the program. Kirby, Montrell Teague and Allan Davis each had a double. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Janet Hudson and Jo Ann Looney-King's Little Ben ($11.60, Victor Kirby) was an upset  harness racing winner in the $17,700 Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:51.2.  Kirby piloted the 5-year-old Jereme's Jet gelding to his sixth win of the year after reeling in leader Major Uptrend in the final stages for the win. Dancin Yankee, last week's winner, was third. Kirby is the meet's leading driver currently with 107 wins at the meet.  Little Ben boosted his lifetime earnings over the $200,000 mark for trainer Jo Ann Looney King.  Tony Morgan, who is second in the driver standings, had three wins on the program. Montrell Teague, Jon Roberts and Kirby each had a double. Live racing continues on a Monday through Thursday schedule until October 20. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - One of the largest annual purse programs of the year will commence Wednesday (October 5) at Harrington Raceway as four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final events for harness racing 2-year-olds will be contested. Aside from the final events, three $20,000 consolation races will also be carded as part of the 13-race program. The trotting colts and geldings will kick-off the stakes action in the second race as Benjamin Brooks' Master Clave (7/5, Ross Wolfenden) will look to keep his unbeaten streak alive after the Master Lavec gelding won his first three starts in dominant fashion for trainer John Wilkerson. A stakes packed early pick four (races 3 through 6) will be comprised of three $100,000 finals. The pacing colts and geldings will battle in the third race to start the pick four. A highly competitive group will start the sequence headlined by unbeaten pacer Almost Cut My Hair (3/1. Kevin Switzer Jr.), owned by Kdk Standardbreds, and three horses out of the Clyde Francis stable owned by George Teague Jr. Daylen, Henry The Dragon and Rat Tail, all of which were elimination winners. Henry The Dragon (5/2, Montrell Teague) won both of his eliminations and is one of three undefeated rivals in group. Filly trotters will compete in their final in the fourth race, with a talented three horse brigade from the Leigh Raymer stable that includes Rodney Mitchell Jr.'s Meantrotnjean (6/1, Allan Davis), Leigh Raymer and Erica Brittingham's Erica Leigh (20/1, Tyler Raymer) and the partnership of Raymer, Stephen Moss and Howard and Helane Solomon's Luv Is Blind (7/5, Victor Kirby) . The filly pacing final is the third leg of the pick four (race five) and features three powerful entries from the Jim King Jr. barn, Logan's Girl (5/2, Ross Wolfenden), Lillisbagsrpacked (15/1, George Dennis) and Spanish Dream (2/1, Victor Kirby). Three $20,000 consolation events will comprise the late pick four (races 7 through 10). Post time is 5 p.m. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Trainer Leigh Raymer had four wins and captured three of the $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for harness racing 2-year-old trotters at Harrington Raceway Wednesday. Raymer co-owned Luv Is Blind ($2.80, Victor Kirby) who prevailed for the second straight week in 2:04.3. The Keystone Activator gelding drew clear of the field at the top of the stretch for a decisive score. A Raymer-trained entry driven by Kirby was again in the winner's circle again when Rodney Mitchell Jr.'s Jiggs ($7, Kirby) notched his first lifetime win with a 2:05.2 triumph. The Giant Hit gelding atoned for a miscue in his elimination last week when he went off stride. Owner Mitchell Jr. and Raymer teamed up for another win with Meantrotnjean ($10, Allan Davis) in the final filly division with a 2:06.3 victory. The Cr Commando filly notched the first win of her career. Ben Brooks' Master Clave ($2.20, Ross Wolfenden) improved to 3-for-3 lifetime with a 2:01.4 triumph in the first division for colts and geldings. The Master Lavec gelding is trained by John Wilkerson. Raymer had four wins on the program, three were driven by Kirby. In the overnight feature, the $19,200 Open Trot, Joseph and Laurie Davino's Take My Picture ($6, Wolfenden) was a 1:55.4 winner for trainer Nikolas Drennan. The win was Wolfenden's third on the program. The $100,000 finals and $20,000 consolations for DSBF horses will commence on Wednesday October 5. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Montrell Teague notched his 1,000th career driving win Tuesday at Harrington Raceway aboard Henry The Dragon ($2.20) in a $20,000 division of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for harness racing 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. In the second of four DSBF splits, Henry The Dragon, a son of Custard The Dragon, was a wire-to-winner for owner George Teague Jr. and trainer Clyde Francis. Montrell Teague was joined by friends and family in the winner's circle for the milestone won. Kdk Standardbreds' Almost Cut My Hair ($2.20, Kevin Switzer Jr.) improved to 6-for-6 lifetime with a 1:55.2 win in his DSBF division for trainer Kevin Switzer. The Barber Pole gelding figures to be the early favorite in next Wednesday's (October 5) $100,000 final. The third division went to Bags To Riches ($2.60, Art Stafford Jr.) in 1:55.1 for owners Only Money Inc. and Jason Skinner. Trained by Skinner, the Roddy's Bags Again colt see the pace as the heavy favorite and never had an anxious moment. Skinner had two training wins on the program. The final division went to George Teague's Daylen ($6.20, Switzer Jr.) who sat a pocket trip before claiming the lead in deep stretch for a 1:56.3 victory. Daylen, sired by Mr. Apples, picked up his second career win for trainer Clyde Francis. Owner George Teague Jr. and trainer Francis had three wins each on the program. In the $16,500 Mares Open, Kirby earned a driving double by guiding Jo Ann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($2.80) to a 1:52.3 victory. Trained by her owner, it was the 23rd lifetime win in 37 career starts for the 4-year-old Roddy's Bags Again mare. Tony Morgan had three wins. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jo Ann Looney-King's Spanish Dream ($6, Victor Kirby) was the fastest of four $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund divisions for harness racing 2-year-old pacing fillies with a 1:54.4 triumph at Harrington Raceway Monday. The Dream Away filly overpowered her rivals with a powerful move near three quarters as she won by open lengths over I Won Them Both and Cashmere's Delight. It was the second career win in four starts for the Jim King Jr. trainee. Kirby dominated the DSBF events, winning three of the four, two for owner King and trainer King Jr.. Joel and Dianne Halpern's Westwind Roddylee ($2.20, Victor Kirby) prevailed in the first division in 1:57.2 for trainer Jason Skinner. The Roddy's Bags Again filly notched her third win in five career starts. Jo Ann Looney-King's Logan's Girl ($3.40, Kirby) was a 1:56.2 winner to complete a sweep of her eliminations for trainer Jim King Jr. A winner of 3-of-4 starts lifetime, she is sired by Roddy's Bags Again. Virginia Louthan's Spinpressive ($3.40, Corey Callahan) broke her maiden with a 1:57.1 victory in the third division. Trained by her owner, Spinpressive is a daughter of No Spin Zone. The top eight point earners will return to compete in a $100,000 final on October 5, part of a Delaware showcase night which also features three other $100,000 DSBF final events, as well as $20,000 consolations. In the $19,200 overnight feature, the Open Pace, Richard Lombardo and L&J Racing's Dancin Yankee ($6, Russell Foster) scored a 1:51.4 victory for trainer Josh Green. Kirby had four wins on the program, while Corey Callahan had a hat trick. Jon Roberts and Tony Morgan each had a driving double. Trainer Mike Hall also won two races. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Three-time Harrington Raceway driving champ Ross Wolfenden won nearly half of the races on the 12 race harness racing program Thursday. Wolfenden, who had five wins, didn't win his first race until the fifth with Star Messenger ($5), but won four races in a row starting in race seven with Hillcrest Suites ($14.20), Sporty Mercedes ($3.80), Electric Z Tam ($16.80) and Aunt Babe ($5). Wolfenden is currently third in the Harrington Raceway driver standings behind Victor Kirby and Tony Morgan. Joe Hunderptfund is atop the trainer standings with Mike Hall and Dylan Davis rounding out the top three. Live racing resumes Monday September 26 as round two of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2-year-old stakes for pacing fillies will commence. The DSBF pacing colts and geldings will have their turn on Tuesday and both sexes of trotters will compete on Wednesday. The $100,000 final events are slated for October 5. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - As the opening week of the first leg of 2-year-old stakes events continued for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF), it was the harness racing trotters turn to showcase their talent in four $20,000 divisions on Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. Benjamin Brooks' Master Clave ($2.40, Ross Wolfenden) won his elimination in dominant fashion and improved to 2-for-2 in his career for trainer John Wilkerson with a front stepping 2:04 victory. The Master Lavec gelding won a DSBF prep race on September 14. Another son of Master Lavec was victorious in the remaining colts and geldings division as Master Kingpin ($8, Art Stafford Jr.) prevailed in 2:05.3. Master Kingpin is owned and trained by Thomas Lail. Willow Mill Stable's Willow Mill Anna ($16.60, Gordon Barrett) won the first division for fillies with a 2:05.3 front end win. The daughter of Political Briefing is trained by her driver. Leigh Raymer-trained and co-owned Luv Is Blind ($2.80, Victor Kirby), who prevailed in the final division in 2:02.3. The daughter of Keystone Activator hit the line first in the nick of time in a tight photo over Spoonful. Raymer had an owner and trainer double on the program. In the $17,500 overnight feature, the Open Trot, Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis' Theresademoninme ($5.60, Jon Roberts) triumphed in 1:55.3. Theresademoninme marched to the early lead through fractions of 27.3, 57.2, and 1:26.4 while Steel Reserve mounted his first-over attack and Hemi Seelster sat in pocket position. As they hit the top of the stretch, Theresademoninme maintained the lead and held off Steel Reserve to the wire. Hemi Seelster finished third. Ross Wolfenden and Victor Kirby each had three wins on the program. Art Stafford Jr. and Jon Roberts each had a double. All $100,000 final events for trotters and pacers will be contested on October 5. Matthew Sparacino

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