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
HARRINGTON, Del. - Going into the final night of the 2013 live racing meet at Harrington Raceway, drivers Ross Wolfenden, George Dennis and Allan Davis were separated by just two wins in the race for the driving championship. When the dust settled, Dennis and Wolfenden would finish in a deadlock with 144 wins, while Allan Davis put up a gallant fight in third with 142. Dennis entered the night trailing Wolfenden by one but quickly won the second with Grandview Hanover ($3) and third with Bareboat ($10) to forge ahead by one. Wolfenden captured the eighth with Yagot Class ($2.40) to knot the race at 144 wins apiece. Allan Davis won the sixth with Six Gun Hall ($22.80) and finished the season with 142 wins and secured a third place finish. Earlier in the program, Elizabeth and Bret Brittingham's Raritan Bay was honored with the annual Horse of the Meet award by the Delaware Valley chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. Raritan Bay amassed 10 wins in 13 starts and was never off the board, banking nearly $40,000 at the current meet for trainer Don Brittingham. He currently has a nine race winning streak and a seasonal mark at Harrington of 1:52.3. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. – Two Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $100,000 finals for 2-year-old trotters were contested on the penultimate 2013 program at Harrington Raceway Wednesday. Owner/trainer Syl King Jr.’s Whichwayrightrleft ($10.80, Ross Wolfenden) took the final for colts and geldings with a career best 2:01 triumph. The Crown Prince Gar gelding sat behind pacesetter LG’s Pride and surged by in deep stretch for a one length win. It was his fifth win in nine career starts. Bosston Bnz finished third. In the final for trotting fillies, Richard Lombardo, JJ&M Stable and Pam Wagner’s Kelsey’s Commando ($2.60, Victor Kirby) prevailed in 2:04.3 for trainer Gary Green. The CR Commando-sired filly was sent immediately for the lead and never relented in her win over Overnight Hit and Way Over Paid. It was the second career win for “Kelsey” and a new lifetime best. Meanwhile, with one night of live racing remaining in the Harrington meet, there is a three-way race for the driving title. Harrington three-time defending driving champion Ross Wolfenden (143 wins) currently has a narrow one win lead over Allan Davis (142) and George Dennis (142). Both Wolfenden and Davis won four races on the Wednesday program. Trainer Joe Hundertpfund was presented with his award as leading trainer, with 50 wins at the meet. It was his first ever training title. “It’s not about me, it’s about we,” said a humble Hundertpfund in the winner’s circle. “I have a lot of great help on our team and that makes all the difference.” The overnight feature on the card was the $19,000 Open trot which saw Danbry Racing and Rosemary Smutz’s Blueridge Tornado (Davis, $12.60) prevail in 1:56.4 over Can Do and Green Day. Victor Kirby and Jon Roberts each had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - Karen Walls' Elite Awards ($2.40, George Dennis) completed a sweep of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) events at Harrington Raceway by winning the $100,000 Final Tuesday in 1:55. Trained by David Rearic, the Powerful Toy gelding equaled his track record that he set in his win on October 8. Elite Awards raced from off the pace as Hawker fired from post eight and set fractions of 27.4, 57.2 and 1:27 while Elite Awards mounted his attack first over and began to edge clear of Hawker at the top of the stretch. Elite Awards soon drew clear by three lengths over Above The Storm and Hawker. "He's a great horse to drive," said Dennis, who also won the 2-year-old pacing filly final on Monday. "Dave Rearic has done a nice job with him and I'm glad for the opportunity to drive him." It was part of a four win night for Dennis (141 wins), who pulled ahead in the driver standings with a two win lead over three-time defending champ Ross Wolfenden (139) with two nights of racing left. Allan Davis is third with 137. One of Dennis' four wins came with Lorrie Please ($3) in the overnight feature, the $19,000 Mares Open who prevailed over a fast closing Cooking The Books and I Know Nothing in 1:53.4. Trained by Doug Lewis, "Lorrie" notched her 10th win of the year.
HARRINGTON, Del. – As the 2013 Harrington Raceway meet comes to a close, three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $100,000 finals remain. Driver George Dennis will look to complete a sweep of the pacing finals tonight after winning Monday’s final with filly I’m Won Rum Wiser, he drives the favorite in the colts and geldings final, Karen Walls’ Elite Awards (5/2). The David Rearic-trainee won both of his eliminations impressively, including an early showdown with the other standout among the division, Winbak Farm’s Hawker in the 2nd leg. Elite Awards drew post four in the eight horse field, while Hawker will start from post eight for driver/trainer Jeff Fout. The race is slated 10th on the 15 race card tonight. Tomorrow will feature two $100,000 trotting finals. The fillies will be the first of the two as the program’s eighth race. It’s a fairly evenly matched division that features several elimination winners including Betty Chambers’ Canterbury Girl (4-1, Ross Wolfenden), Art Stafford Jr. and Wyatt Starkey’s Overnight Hit (6-1, Art Stafford Jr.), Richard Lombardo, JJ&M Stable and Pam Wagner’s Kelsey’s Commando (2-1, Victor Kirby) and Bryan Truitt’s Way Over Paid (3/1, Truitt) . The colt trotting final will go postward as the 10th race and should be equally competitive. Multiple elimination round winners in the field include Nanticoke Racing, Henry Faragalli and TP Johnson’s LG’s Pride (3-1, Jim Morand), Carlo Poliseno’s Briefs or Boxers (8-1, Poliseno), Syl King’s Whichwayrightrleft (6-1, Wolfenden), Winbak Farm’s Winbak Charles M (5-1, Fout), Art Stafford Jr. and Eli Beiler’s Bosston Bnz (10-1, Stafford Jr.) and Winbak Farm’s Call Me Hal (5/2, Kirby). Meanwhile, there’s a heated race for the driving title as three-time defending driving champion Wolfenden has a slim lead (139 wins) over George Dennis (137) and Allan Davis (136). The training title has been wrapped up by Joe Hundertpfund Jr., who will score his first ever training title, as he currently has an insurmountable lead with 48 wins. Wayne Givens is in second with 33, while Les Givens is in third with 31. Last year’s title was shared by the Givens’ brothers. Harrington will end its 67th year of live racing on Thursday October 24. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - George and Tina Dennis' and The Wiz Kids Stable's I'm Won Rum Wiser ($4.40, George Dennis) improved to 4-for-4 in her young career with a win in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $100,000 Final for 2-year pacing fillies Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:57.1. The Headmaster-sired filly grinded away first-over at pacesetter Seboomook Fool Yah, who strolled through fractions of 28.1, 58.1 and 1:27.3. Meanwhile I'm Won Rum Wiser edged clear at the wire and held off a fierce late rally by Crushed Again, who was second. Seboomook Fool Yah was third in an incredibly tight photo finish. Trained by co-owner/driver Dennis, I'm Won Rum Wiser is a homebred out of Dennis' broodmare La Gloria Cubana and sire Headmaster, whom Wiz Kids Stable owner Frank Deliberti owned until recently. In the overnight feature, Jlrl LLC's Rock On Moe ($13.40, Allan Davis) captured the $19,000 Open in wire-to-wire fashion in 1:54.1 for trainer Rosemary Smutz. Earlier on the program, Elizabeth and Bret Brittingham's Raritan Bay (Bret Brittingham) won his ninth consecutive race for trainer Don Brittingham. The pacing colts will take center stage Tuesday on the Harrington program as arch rivals Elite Awards (5/2) and Hawker (3-1) are set to matchup in a field of eight in their $100,000 final, scheduled 10th on the 15 race program. Wednesday will feature the trotting finals for fillies and colts as the Harrington meet winds down its final week of racing for 2013. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. – The second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old trotters was contested with five divisions Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The fillies were the first to take to the track in two divisions featured second and fourth on the 15-race program. The first division was also the second fastest on the program as owner/trainer/driver Bryan Truitt’s Way Over Paid ($4) atoned for a break last week at odds-on with a wire-to-wire win in 2:02.1. The Giant Hit-sired filly assumed command early from post two and never looked back in her open length win over Kelsey’s Commando. Art Stafford Jr. and Wyatt Starkey’s Overnight Hit ($24, Stafford Jr.) scored an upset in the second division in 2:04.3. The daughter of Giant Hit capitalized on a break in stride early by heavily favored Canterbury Girl. Pacesetter Classy N Quik was running on fumes in the stretch and Overnight Hit charged home on top over Bella’s Punkin. Stafford Jr. also trains the freshman trotter. Owner/trainer/driver Carlo Poliseno’s Briefs Or Boxers ($3.80) took the first colt division in 2:05.3. The Political Briefing gelding sat in the pocket behind pacesetter Boo’s The Boss throughout before surging by in the stretch for an open length win. Boo’s the Boss held second. Winbak Farm’s Call Me Hal ($2.80, Jeff Fout) was the fastest winner of the 2-year-old trotters, as he prevailed in dominant fashion in 2:02. The CR Commando gelding was a wire-to-wire winner over What A Hit. Trained by driver Fout, it was Call Me Hal’s first lifetime win in three starts. The final division was an eventful one as favorite LG’s Pride was taken out of contention early when fellow contender Winbak Charles M went off stride at the start and carried him wide into the first turn. Meanwhile, Syl King’s Whichwayrightrleft ($23.20, Ross Wolfenden) was sent immediately for the lead and never relented in his 2:03 triumph over Bosston Bnz. LG’s Pride finished fourth but was placed third ahead of Winbak Charles M for the interference. by Matt Sparachino for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - Three $20,000 divisional eliminations of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts went postward on the 15-race Harrington Raceway program Tuesday. The final division featured a showdown of two local pacing heavyweights and previous elimination winners, Hawker and Elite Awards, who had previously not met in their limited previous on-track performances with eight total starts combined between the pair. When the dust settled, the showdown was as advertised as Karen Walls' Elite Awards ($4.20, George Dennis) came away victorious in 1:55, equaling the track record for 2-year-old pacing geldings (Shaving Mug). The Powerful Toy gelding, sat behind slight favorite Hawker, who set fractions of 29, 57.4 and 1:27. Elite Awards gathered momentum and tipped to the outside to edge clear in deep stretch for a half-length win over a game Hawker. It was the third win in four lifetime starts for Elite Awards and trainer David Rearic. Cavalli Pazzi Stables' Casino Bags Carlo ($2.40, Vince Copeland) was a popular winner in an earlier division. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding blew by the leaders late to prevail by three lengths over a late charging Bohemia. It was the second career win for "Carlo", who is also trained by his driver Copeland. The remaining division was held off the wagering program, as Daryl Bier, Christina Haislip and Charles Dombeck's Solace (Bier) held off Above The Storm in a tight photo finish in 1:56.4. It was the first career win in three lifetime starts for Solace and trainer/driver Bier. The top eight point-getters in the DSBF 2-year-old colt and gelding ranks will return to compete in the $100,000 final on October 22. In the overnight feature Tuesday, North State Street Stable's Monochromatic ($3.20, Corey Callahan) notched her 45th career win in 1:53 for trainer Dylan Davis. Drivers Jim Morand, George Dennis and Ross Wolfenden each had three winners on the card. By Matt Sparacino
HARRINGTON, Del. - Three $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies were contested Monday at Harrington Raceway. Owner Frank Deliberti's The Wiz Kids Stable had an owner double, capturing two divisions as I'm Won Rum Wiser, co-owned by George and Tina Dennis, improved to 3-for-3 lifetime and completed a sweep of her eliminations with a 1:57.4 triumph. The Headmaster filly prevailed by neck over Crushed Again and Santa Baby. I'm Won Rum Wiser was driven by her co-owner and trainer George Dennis. Meanwhile, first time starter Jonigold ($23.40, Bart Dalious) burst on the scene with a win in 1:59.4. Also sired by Headmaster, she assumed command approaching the quarter mile and never looked back in her win over Treasure Valley and Hen's Playmate. Jonigold was trained by Dalious. The third division was the fastest on the program and won by Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Fool Yah ($2.10, Allan Davis) who was an overwhelming favorite in her front end win over Mommom's Little C and Aggie's Dream. The daughter of Gambler's Dream notched her third win in five lifetime starts for trainer Wayne Givens. Davis had a driving triple, including a win in the $19,000 Open with Rock On Moe ($6.40) in 1:52. The 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding earned his 11th win of the year and surpassed $100,000 in seasonal earnings. Dennis won two races on the night to force a current tie in the driver standings with three-time defending driving champion Ross Wolfenden at 133 wins. Davis is just one back in the standings with seven race nights remaining in the 2013 Harrington meet. Former Harrington driving champ Tony Morgan had three winners.
HARRINGTON, Del. - The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2-year-old stakes will complete its second leg this week, beginning with three divisions of filly pacers Monday. One early non-wagering event will be conducted before the betting card starts at 5:30 p.m., featuring undefeated pacer I'm Won Rum Wiser for owners George and Tina Dennis and The Wiz Kids Stable. The Headmaster-sired filly has won both of her previous starts, including a 1:58.4 win in the first leg of DSBF action last week. Trained by George Dennis, she will head a six horse field from post five. The early non-wagering event will be conducted at 4:50 p.m. On the wagering card, two divisions will go postward, as Del Cote-trained Treasure Valley (2-1, Corey Callahan) looks to build on a third place finish last week from post two in the first division, slated 4th on the 15 race program. The partnership of Henry Farragalli, T P Johnson, and Joe Thomson share ownership of the filly. An impressive winner last week, Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Fool Yah (2-1, Allan Davis) is the one to beat in the second division (8th race). The Wayne Givens-trainee was a two length winner in her elimination a week ago and drew post six. The pacing colts do battle Tuesday with an additional three divisions. Just like the fillies, one will be contested off the wagering program. The headliner has to be the 8th race which will feature a showdown between the two most impressive colts so far in the DE program, Winbak Farm's Hawker (8/5, Jeff Fout) and Karen Walls' Elite Awards (2-1, George Dennis). Both colts have two previous wins and have not raced against each other previously. Hawker, a son of the first crop of Artzina, had a 1:56.4 triumph in his division last week while Powerful Toy gelding Elite Awards, came from off the pace to score a five length win in 1:56.3. Hawker drew the pole, while Elite Awards, will start from post two. In the remaining betting division on the program, a wide open field of seven goes postward in the 4th race. No divisional winners are in the field but Cavalli Pazzi Stables' Casino Bags Carlo (5/2, Vince Copeland) was installed as the morning line favorite after a runner-up finish to Elite Awards last week. The Copeland-trainee, "Carlo" drew post two. In the early non-betting division at 4:50 p.m., Lloyd Gilmour's Above The Storm (Victor Kirby) drew the rail and was a divisional winner last week, heading a field of seven Tuesday for trainer Jim Coughlin. Wednesday is trot day as five divisions will be in action, starting in the 2nd race on the 15-race program. Bryan Truitt's Way Over Paid (2-1, Truitt) will look to atone for a break last week at odds-on from post two. Truitt also trains and drives the son of Great George Two. Elimination winner Kelsey's Commando (3-1, Kirby), owned by Richard Lombardo, JJ&M Stable and Pam Wagner, drew post seven for trainer Gary Green. The second filly division will go postward as the 4th race, as Betty Chambers' Canterbury Girl (2-1, Ross Wolfenden) will look to sweep her eliminations after a 2:06.3 triumph last week. Three colt divisions will commence beginning in race 6. The field is void of previous eliminations winners but Carlo Poliseno's Briefs or Boxers (2-1, Poliseno) is the early choice after a third place finish last week. Poliseno also trains and drives the Political Briefing gelding. Winbak Farm's Call Me Hal (2-1, Jeff Fout) will look to build on a runner up performance last week in the second division for trainer/driver Fout. In the final division (10th race), three elimination winners will square off, headed by Nanticoke Racing, Henry Faragalli and TP Johnson's LG's Pride (2-1, Jim Morand) who was victorious via a wire-to-wire effort last week for trainer Les Givens in 2:04.2. Winbak Farm's Winbak Charles M (3-1, Fout) also won his division last week in 2:05.2. Art Stafford Jr. and Eli Beiler's Bosston Bnz (6-1, Art Stafford Jr.) was an upset winner in his elimination and is among the field of six. The $100,000 DSBF finals will be conducted on closing week at Harrington Raceway from October 21-23. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway