DOVER, Del--- Elite Awards, Casino Bags Carlo and Go Big Spinder, all unbeaten three-year-old pacers, tangle in three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd leg of Male paces to set the stage for next week's closing day $100,000 at Dover Downs while a select six-horse field vies in the $33,000 Delaware Special on Thursday, April 3. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Karen Walls' Elite Awards, winner of the $100,000 freshman final last November at Harrington, will be driven by George Dennis in the first $20,000 division, Diane and Joel Halpern's West Star Director and Ben Stafford Jr. and Mike Gannon's By A Noggin, handled by Vic Kirby, head the opposition. Vince Copeland drives Cavalli Pazzi Stables' Casino Bags Carlo, in the second DSBF event against Joan Hamstead's fast homebred Lewiebyalength and Corey Callahan. Virginia Louthan bred, owns and trains Go Big Spender, with Ron Pierce at the controls takes on Winbak Farm's Hawker and Jeff Fout along with Vernon Cannon and trainer Jeff Clark's Art Retreat (Tim Tetrick) in the third $20,000 section. The top eight point-getters after the two prelim rounds return for the $100,000 finals all next weekdays. In the $33,000 Delaware Special, Eddie and Kathy Davis' Nova Artist (Allan Davis) and Mary Ann Larrimore's Believe This Bob (Pierce) renew their rivalry in a hard-hitting field of six starters. Included in the cast are John Dayton's impressive Just A Jolt (Tim Tetrick), four-time winner this meet, All Stienam (Callahan) racing for Green Racing and JJ&M Stable. Kovach Stable's Feel Like A Fool (G. Dennis) and Mike Horn and Bobby Rice Sr.'s Dirty Devil (David Miller) complete the line-up. A top group of pacing events highlight a strong undercard on the next-to-last Thursday program of the meet. Undefeated I Like My Boss wins again I Like My Boss made it six wins in six career starts all in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) events, Toolbox and a 15-1 shot Streets Of Gold won $20,000 2nd leg Filly Trot preliminaries on Wednesday, April 2 at Dover Downs. Unlike in last week’s prelim, I Love My Boss came from behind to keep his all-win record in tack scoring a 1:56 triumph in his $20,000 division. Jonathan Roberts was content to race fourth at the half and then moved out slowly to finally catch front-trotting Bosston BNZ on the final turn. The duo raced side-by-side halfway down the lane before the Don Boss Vita-Wild One gelding pulled away to the win. Trainer Bobby Shahan, Jimmy and Angela Parsons owned the lifetime winner of $95,000. Whichwayrightrleft (Ross Wolfenden) made up for an unexpected misstep last week, to finish third. Gateway Stable’s unheralded Streets Of Gold picked up his best paycheck of a nine-race career taking a 2:01.2 upset in the other $20,000 DSBF soph trot. Eddie Davis Jr. piloted the longshot Linbo-Royalty Rates brown gelding to his first win besting AJ Commander (Wolfenden), finishing second. Goodtwogreat (Corey Callahan) took third. Race Favorite Briefs Or Boxers (Carlo Poliseno) broke stride at the start and then again after catching the field on the backstretch and finished out-of-the-money. Toolbox, driven by Bill Long-longtime Ocean Downs leading driver-escaped from being locked in fourth on the backstretch, finding room on the last turn and then roared four-wide down the lane to notch a 1:58.3 victory in his second start of the year for owner Crawford Rayne. An alter son of Giant Hit –NV Gemma, Toolbox was followed by My Boy Charlie (Roger Plante) and early leader Winbak Charles M (Jeff Fout). The top eight-pointers in each of the four sophomore sections return next week for $100,000 finals, Monday through meet closing day Thursday, April 10. On the non-stakes card, for the second straight week Enrico AS disposed of seven rival coming from off the pace to win the $18,000 Winners-Over trot in 1:54.1. Ron Pierce drove the Eric Ell-trained Allstar Hall-Caspian chestnut gelding to her third win of 2014 for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. Guiltywithanexcuse (Daryl Bier) closed along the inside for second. I’m So Striking (Eddie Dennis) edged early leader Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) for show honors. Barbara Boese’s Awsome Valley equaled the fastest trotting time of the meet in one of two $14,500 sub-features. Tony Morgan steered the Valley Victor-Nannina Ambrosio gelding home wire-to-wire in 1:53. Earlier in the meet, Traverse Seelster won in that time. Looking Hanover (Kirby) and Royal Malinda (Wolfenden) were second and third. Beaver Creek Farm’s He Belongs Here, an Angus Hall-Flying Dove gelding, with Ron Pierce driving won the other $14,500 trot for 4&5-Year-Olds in 1:55.2. Dribble Drive (G.Dennis) was second in front of Zoli (Kirby). Ross Wolfenden, Vic Kirby and Tony Morgan drove two winners each. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs
DOVER, Del.---- Elite Awards wins fastest of three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 Three-Year-Old Male pace preliminaries, with Casino Bags Carlo and Go Big Spinder, the others while Emeritus Maximus takes the $30,000 Preferred Handicap on a speed-filled Thursday, March 28 at Dover Downs. George Dennis took Elite Awards to the front and continued on for a 1:54.2 success in the first DSBF $20,000 prelim winning for the second-straight time this year and building his career record to nine wins and a second in 10 races. Karen Walls owns the Powerful Toy-Silk Slips gelding trained by Dave Rearic who now has earned $114,225 lifetime. Art Retreat (Tim Tetrick) came on strong to finish second ahead of Hawker (Jeff Fout). The second DSBF prelim was all Casino Bags Carlo as Vince Copeland sailed out of post 7 and never looked back in a 1:54.4 decision. Last November's $100,000 DSBF Final winner made his seasonal debut in this one for Cavalli Pazzi Stables. The Roddly's Bags Again-Casino Bus soph gelding won for the sixth time in his career and now has banked $108,911 in his two seasons of racing. West Star Director (Ben Stafford Jr.) flew down the lane to finish second ahead of By A Noggin (Vic Kirby). Go Big Spinder rushed down the passing lane to score a 1:54.4 triumph in the other $20,000 DSBF prelim with Ron Pierce in the bike. Virginia Louthan, bred, owns and trains toe No Spin Zone-David's Art colt posting his second straight win and fourth of the year. Bobbies Power Play (Bryan Truitt) was second with front-pacing Lewiebyalength (Callahan), third. The DSBF second leg events will be raced Monday through Thursday, next week. The top eight point-getters in the action return the last week of the meet, April 7-10 for $100,000 finals. In the top race on the regular program, Tom Cancelliere's big buy of last Winter, Emeritus Maximus, stepped up to the $30,000 Preferred pace and Ron Pierce did the rest taking the Rocknroll Hanover-Eternity's Delight four-year-old right to the top and made all quarters winning ones for a 1:50.1 conquest. The win was the third in-a-row for the Tom Cancelliere trainee. Lindwood Player (Callahan) charged down the lane to finish second with Feel Like A Fool (Dennis) the show horse. The fastest clocking on the card came in the $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open Handicap when KDM Stable's Tarpon Hanover made his first local start a 1:49.2 lifetime best as David Miller guided the Badlands Hanover-Tarport Herald four-year-old conditioned by Nick Surick to his second straight win and third of the year. Just A Jolt (Tim Tetrick) was runner-up. EZ Noah (Pierce) took third. . David Miller piloted his second of three wins steering Mike Horn and Bobby Rice's Dirty Devil, a Real Artist-Ms Eyes And Thighs gelding, home in 1:51.2 to win the first of two $15,000 Male Winners-Over paces. Manhattan Rusty N (Callahan) and Poker Hat (Tetrick) were second and third respectively. In another $15,000 division, Kim Vincent left hard with Varsity Hanover and sat second behind Fire In The Belly, who raced outside from the start until reaching the backstretch. Varsity Hanover then came strong in the stretch for owner-trainer Jim Whalen Jr. to get up in 1:51.3 at 8-1 odds. Finishing second was the first loss after five consecutive wins for the game Fire In The Belly. Jolt Of Fire (Allan Davis) was third. Callahan, in his first action since returning from racing in Australia last week, and Miller had three wins each. Tetrick and Pierce made the winner's circle twice. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday racing begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. To watch races and dine in the Winner's Circle restaurant, call 302-674-4600 for reservations. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs
DOVER, Del.--- Starting from outside post 8 proved no problem for Sunshine Beach in a 1:50.3 victory in the $284,160 Progress Pace Final while Seeboomook Fool Ya and Casino Bags Carlo too $100,000 DSBF Finals on Sunday, Dec. 1 at Dover Downs. After early movement by Dedi's Dragon and Yannick Gingras at the start before being shuffled back to third by the half where Hall of Famer John Campbell rushed Sunshine Beach up around the clubhouse turn into the lead at the half in :54.2. On the backstretch Simon Allard shot Emeritus Maximus up to challenge the leader heading to a 1:22.3 three-quarters. Sunshine Beach then opened up in the stretch with the rest of the field spread out chasing. Clint Westwood and Corey Callahan came on to finish second with Dedi's Dragon finding room late along the passing lane to close fast for third. The victory was the eighth of the year for the three-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Light Up by Artsplace trained by Mark Steacy. The colt is owned by Canadians' Conrad Leber, Diane Bertrand and Hudson Standardbred Stable and has been 1-2-3 in 16 of 20 races this season winning $909,283 in purses. Seboomook Fool Ya and Allan Davis had to work hard to pass early leader Jonigold, handled by Bart Dalious, but once in the lead, the Gamblers Dream-Seeboomook Mao homebred of Garnet O'Marrow registered a 1:55.4 triumph in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Filly pace. Allan Davis drove the Wayne Givens trainee to win #7 in 10 starts this campaign, only one farther back than third. Jonigold raced well and hung on for place honors with I'm Won Rum Wiser, with George Dennis, third. In the $100,000 colt and gelding frosh final, morning line favorite Elite Awards, a winner of seven straight races, was a pre-race scratch due to a high temperature, Casino Bags Carlo, a winner of his last two DSBF prelims with trainer-driver Vince Copeland driving, went right to the front and was never headed en route to a 1:54.2 lifetime record. Hawker, piloted by Jeff Fout, was second the entire route with Rosevelt Lee and Jonathan Roberts, third. Cavalli Pazzi Stables, a group of Delaware County, Pa. doctors, bred and own Casino Bags Carlo, named for a close friend who passed away. The Roddy's Bags Again-Casino Bus gelding won for the fifth time in nine starts while earning $98,911. Hen's Playmate, owned and trained by Bob Mundell won the first of two DSBF $20,000 consolation paces. Eddie Davis Jr., who drove both winners of the daily double, guided the Gamblers Dream-Hen Pheasant filly to her second win of the season. Aggie's Dream (Jon Roberts) and Juliana's Director (Trace Tetrick) were second and third respectively. The $20,000 male consolation went to Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing of Del.'s Powerful Fella. The win was the first for the son of Cams Fortune-Jenny Lyn. Bohemia (Art Stafford Jr.) was runner-up. West Star Director (George Dennis) took third money. The top female pacers head the Monday card in a $20,000 Filly and Mare Open pace. Eddie Davis Jr., Corey Callahan and trainer Wayne Givens had two wins each. The regular weekly racing schedule is: Monday through Thursday starts at 4:30 p.m. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. There is no live harness on Friday and Saturday. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Reservations are suggested for dining in the Winner's Circle restaurant. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs
DOVER, Del. ----The Progress Pace, the signature event of Dover Downs' impressive month-long "Novemberfest" of stakes racing, is the $284,164 feature of more than $500,000 in events on a big Sunday, December 1 program. Last Sunday, in the Progress Pace elimination and with race favorite Vegas Vacation scratched, Twilight Bonfire, owned by Bob Key, pulled a stunning upset at 20-1 odds on a cold and windy night. Tim Tetrick urged the three-year-old from off the pace to nip Sunshine Beach in the last step. Hall of Famer John Campbell drives Sunshine Beach, a Matron elim winner and second in the final, for trainer Mark Steacy and owners Conrad Leber, Diane Bertrand and Hudson Standardbred. Dedi's Dragon, who owns a victory over Captaintreacherous this season, finished third in the elim but makes a big change in post positions leaving from the rail this time with Yannick Gingras driving for P. Collura, T Hendler, Mark Weaver, Mike Bruscemi and Burke Racing. Another rival, Wake Up Eagles Soar and Wake Up Peter Partners, L.Willinger and Brittany Farms' Wake Up Peter is teamed with Scott Zeron. They were a fourth-place finisher last week. Emeritus Maximus reined by Simon Allard got a fifth-place check in the elim for owners Alan Alber, Eagle Soar Partners and Cheap Speed Stable. The other contenders in the $100,000 test are Messenger Stake-winner Ronny Bugatti, owned by E.A. Prevost, B.T. McNeese and T.L.Houghton, who cut out most of the early pace for driver Jason Bartlett a week ago, Clint Westwood, owned by Weaver-Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, Ed Smith and Burke Racing with meet leading driver Corey Callahan and Good Day Mate, with Matt Kakaley in the bike for Good Day Mate Partnership, Also on the strong Sunday card are two $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finales for two-year-old pacers. In the DSBF Filly Final, the program favorite is Garnet O'Mara's homebred Seboomook Fool Yah. Her competitors are The Wiz Kids Stable's Jonigold (Bart Dalious), Treasure Valley (Corey Callahan), George & Tina Dennis and The Wiz Kids Stable's I'm Won Rum Wiser, and Jeff Bartels' Crushed Again (Vic Kirby), all winners in previous prelim divisions among the eight starters. Karen Walls' Elite Awards (George Dennis) a winner of seven straight races in eight lifetime outings is the one to beat in the $100,000 colt and gelding pace. Cavalli Pazzi Stables' Casino Bags Carlo (Vince Copeland) and Joan Hamstead's Lewiebyalength (Corey Callahan), from post 8, won both their prelims and Winbak Farms' Hawker (Jeff Fout), has post 1. There is a Dover Downs Progress Pace cap giveaway in the track's Simulcasting. Show your Capital Club card, or get one free, to pick up your all blue 2013 Progress Pace cap. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. For those planning to watch racing from the Winner's Circle Restaurant, reservations are suggested. Call 302-674600. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs
DOVER, Del. --- Four of eight starters in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) two-year-old Delaware-sired trotting filly final, have won at least one of the two preliminary legs. The top eight point-getters in prelims vie in the final on the Tuesday, Nov. 26 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Two of the starters were unbeaten in their two prelim victories, Jim and Ann Parsons and co-owner Bob Shahan's I Like My Boss will be driven by Jonathan Roberts while Winbak Farm's Call Me Hall and Vic Kirby leave from the rail. The other win-savvy contestants are Syl King's Whichwayrightrleft, handled by Ross Wolfenden, and breeder, owner and trainer Bobby Myers' Boo'sThe Boss (Allan Davis), who won by being placed first after Winbak Farms' Winbak Charles M and Jeff Fout were disqualified for an interference, last week. Starting from outside post 8, LG's Pride, with Jim Morand in the bike, was race favorite in both his prelims, finishing second and third for T.P. Johnson, Henry Faragalli III and Nanticoke Racing. Bosston BNZ, owned by Eli Beiler and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. has been close-up in both his prelims. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan will drive Winmando for John and Sarah Swart to complete the lineup. There are also eight competitors in the $20,000 DSBF consolation trot, the card's lead off event. Program favorite is Marvin Meyer's fresman My Bob Charlie. . This week, Monday through Wednesday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. There is no racing on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day and, as usual, no racing on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600.
DOVER, Del.--- The focus was on freshman trotters on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Dover Downs.as 2nd leg Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $20,000 Two-Year-Old preliminaries continue with Boo’s The Boss, Call Me Hal and I Like My Boss recording victories. Vic Kirby drove four winners. In the first division, Winbak Charles M and driver Jeff Fout were the apparent 2:01.3 winners, but because of a racing infraction on the last turn, the result was runner-up Boo’s The Boss, driven by Allan Davis, was placed first. Winbak Charles M was guilty of coming out causing LG’s Pride, handled by Jim Morand, to take back resulting in the re-placements. Bobby Myers bred and trains Boo’s The Boss, a Don Boss Vita-Circle M Yankee gelding making the winner’s circle for the first time. LG’s Pride, piloted by Vic Kirby, was placed second with Winbak Charles M remanded to third-place. Call Me Hal had no trouble winning the second $20,000 DRBF freshman trot. Vic Kirby was never tested as the altered son of CR Commando-Call Me Hazel posted his second straight win and third this season notching a 2:03.4 victory for breeder, owner Winbak Farms. Winmando (Corey Callahan) finished second in front of Odessa (Kim Vincent) took show honors. Jonathan Roberts driving I Like My Boss enjoyed a perfect trip racing behind leader Whichwayrightrleft (Ross Wolfenden) until turning for home. I Like My Boss then zoomed along the passing lane to shoot past en route to a 2:01.2 victory. Trainer Bob Shahan shares ownership in the Don Boss Vita-Vita Wild One gelding who is now unbeaten in two races. Whichwayrightrleft was second with Bosston BHZ (Art Stafford Jr.) third. Bill Emmons’ Lord Terror put in a gritty 1:52.2 performance to win the $20,000 Male Claiming Allowance on the regular card. It was the third win for Vic Kirby. Eric Ell conditions the Western Terror-Cheryl Hanover gelding, who won for the sixth time this campaign and 19th time in his career. Dover Downs weekday racing starts at 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. There is no live harness is dark on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Reservations are suggested for dining in the 4-Star Winner’s Circle restaurant. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Marv Bachrad
DOVER, Del. --- Two of last week's opening round winners, Whichwayrightrleft and I Like My Boss, meet in one of three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd leg preliminaries for two-year-old Delaware-sired trotting fillies on the Tuesday, Nov. 19 program at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Both Syl King's Whichwayrightrleft with Ross Wolfenden and I Like My Boss owned by Bob Shahan and Jimmy and A.M. Parson, driven by Jonathan Roberts, were clocked in 2:01.3 in their wins and will match strides in the 4th race. Marvin Meyer's My Bob Charlie, led through the early stages of his race only to finish second for Corey Callahan. Eli Beiler and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. also was a strong second. Briefs Or Boxers, owned, trainer and driven by Carlo Poliseno leaves from the rail. Winbak Farm's Call Me Hal (Vic Kirby) won the other 1st leg prelim with a 2:02.1 effort with Nanticoke Racing's LG's Command (Les Givens) and Bart Cavanagh's Odessa (Kim Vincent) leading the opposition. . In the first division, T.P. Johnson, Henry Faragalli III and Nanticoke Racing (Jim Morand), Winbak Farm's Winbak Charles M (Jeff Fout) and Bobby Myers' Boo'sThe Boss (Allan Davis) head a six-horse field. Wednesday's DSBF prelims feature $20,000 2nd leg filly pacers. After two prelim legs, the top eight point-getters in each of the four divisions return for $100,000 finals. DOVER DOWNS THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY DRAW SCHEDULE DOVER, Del.--- With Dover Downs 'dark' on Thursday, Nov. 28, there is a special Holiday draw schedule. DRAW TO RACE ON Wednesday, Nov. 20 Tuesday, Nov. 26 Thursday, Nov. 21 NO DRAW Sunday, Nov. 24 Wednesday, Nov. 27 Monday, Nov. 25 Sunday, Dec. 1 Tuesday, Nov. 26 Monday, Dec. 2 Wednesday, Nov. 27 Tuesday, Dec. 3 Sunday, Dec. 1 BOX CLOSES AT 10 A.M. DOUBLE DRAW For Wed., Dec. 4 and Thursday, Dec. 6 Monday, Dec. 2 Sunday, Dec. 8 Marv Bachrad
DOVER, Del. --- I Like My Boss, Whichwayrightrleft and Call Me Hal registered opening leg victories in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) freshmen male trots on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Dover Downs. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan swept the last three races to finish with six wins for the night Both ends of the daily double were clocked in 2:01.3 wins. In the first $20,000 preliminary, I Like My Boss, driven by Jonathan Roberts for trainer Bob Shahan and Jimmy and A.M. Parsons, wore down betting choice LG's Pride and Ross Wolfenden by mid-stretch and then held off fast finishing Bosston BNZ, driven by Art Stafford Jr. with LG's Pride third. The victory for the Don Boss Vita -Wild One gelding came in his first lifetime start. Whichwayrightrleft, a Crown Prince Gar-French Doll gelding, leased and trained by veteran Sylvanus King Jr., recorded his sixth victory in his 10 freshman season starts winning by a nose in 2:01.3. Winbak Charles M was a game second for Jeff Fout while Boo's The Boss, handled by Allan Davis, finished third. Call Me Hal, one of Vic Kirby's three wins, scored a 2:02.1 triumph in the third $20,000 DSBF division. The altered son of Cr Commando-Call Me Hazel, bred and owned by Winbak Farm, racked up his second of the year. In addition to Corey Callahan's six winners, Vic Kirby had a triple and Ross Wolfenden and trainer Nick Callahan recorded two wins each. The second $20,000 DSBF colt and gelding trot prelims are set for next Tuesday. GREEN DAY LEADS EIGHT IN $20,000 OPEN TROT AT DOVER DOWNS Millionaire Green Day, last week’s $20,000 Open/Handicap trot winner starts from post 8 in the Wednesday, Nov. 13 feature trot at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Corey Callahan moved Mary Elizabeth Raymer’s Green Day into the lead after the opening quarter and then romped to an unchallenged c1:54.3 victory. It was the Leigh Raymer-trainees fifth win of the year. Joining the action this week is Dawn Gannon and Yannick Gingras’ Looking Hanover, already a $100,480 winner this season. Vic Kirby will be in the bike for trainer Ed Gannon Jr. Cash On Delivery, conditioned and driven by Vince Copland, closed strongly in last week’s top trot to finish second for owner David Miller. Baximum won a sub-feature last Wednesday, his second in a row. Roger Plante will drive this week from post 1. Smooth Ride, the only three-year-old in the field cannot be overlooked with Hall of Famer Ron Pierce at the controls for Angelo Frassetto Estate and Steve Elliott. Chris Giaccio and trainer-driver Vic Kirby’s Can Do has been racing well. McTrade Enterprises’ Andover America with Daryl Bier was the favorite last week but spent much of the mile racing on the outside. Barbara Boese’s Awsome Valley handled by Tony Morgan is another contender not to be overlooked. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs
DOVER, Del. --- LG's Pride, Whichwayrightrleft and Call Me Hal are program picks in the three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) preliminary 1st legs for two-year-old Delaware-sired trotting fillies, the tri-features on the Tuesday, Nov. 12 card at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. In the first event, LG's Pride, owned by T.P. Johnson, Henry Faragalli III and Nanticoke Racing, with Jim Morand driving for trainer Les Givens brings a sparkling never out-of-the-money four race record into the fray. Bosston BNZ leaves from the rail for breeder Eli Beiler and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. Jimmy and A.M. Parsons and trainer Bob Shahan's I Like My Boss with driver Jonathan Roberts, starts alongside. The other contenders are Bart Cavanagh's Odessa with Kim Vincent, Gary White's Whitesville Prince teamed with David Hill and John and Sarah Swart's Winmando with Corey Callahan in the bike. Whichwayrightrleft (Ross Wolfenden), winner of the recent $100,000 DSBF Final at Harrington is the one to beat in the second $20,000 prelim. Delbert Cain's What A Hit (George Dennis) heads the challengers. Winbak Farm's Winbak Charles M (Jeff Fout), Bobby Myers homebred Boo's The Boss (Allan Davis), Gary White's Whitesville Emory (David Hill) and Sharon Robert's George Junior (Bib Roberts) complete the lineup. Winbak Farm's Call Me Hal (Vic Kirby) brings an impressive record into the third $20,000 leg. Marvin Meyer's My Boy Charlie (Ross Wolfenden) is fresh from winning the DSBF consolation last month at Harrington. Owner-trainer-driver Carlo Poliseno's Briefs Or Boxers has upset credentials. AJ Commander (Roger Plante) has post 1 with Nanticoke Racing's LG's Command (Les Givens) alongside. Gateway Stable's Streets Of Gold (Eddie Davis Jr.) and Gary White's Whitesville Bo (David Hill) are the other starters. The DSBF prelims move to Wednesday racing with the accent on filly pacers. Second leg action begins next week. The top eight point-getters in each of the four divisions return for $100,000 finals. Monday through Thoroughbred racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. No live racing on Friday and Saturday. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. 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. – 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. – 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. - 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
HARRINGTON, Del. – Five $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) divisions for 2-year-old trotters were contested on the Wednesday Harrington Raceway program. Two early non-wagering contests started the program with Winbak Farm’s Winbak Charles M (Jeff Fout) prevailing in the first division for colts in 2:05.4. The CR Commando gelding notched his first win in his first lifetime start for trainer/driver Fout. The second non wagering division was also for colts, one of three divisions on the program, and featured a strong performance by Nanticoke Racing, Henry Faragalli and TP Johnson’s LG’s Pride (Jim Morand) who was the fastest 2-year-old of the night with a 2:04.2 triumph. The CR Commando colt improved to 2-for-2 lifetime for trainer Les Givens. Rain and wind picked up through the night and made for sloppy conditions for the remaining three divisions on the program. The first filly division went to Betty Chambers’ Canterbury Girl ($5.40, Ross Wolfenden) who was a wire-to-wire winner in 2:06.3. A daughter of Political Briefing, the Bonnie Chambers-trainee never had an anxious moment in her front end score. Gary Green-trainee Kelsey’s Commando ($4, Victor Kirby) took the second filly division in 2:07.1 with a fierce rally late. The CR Commando filly earned her first win in her third lifetime start. The final colt division saw an upset as Art Stafford Jr. and Eli Beiler’s Bosston Bnz ($22.80, Art Stafford Jr.) put forth a big charge in the stretch to prevail in 2:07.1. A gelded son of Don Boss Vita, it was his first career start for trainer/driver/co-owner Stafford Jr. In the overnight feature, Rojan Stables, LA Express Stables, Allan Kaplan and Howard Taylor’s He’s Spooky ($4.20, Jon Roberts) recorded his third consecutive win for trainer Doug Lewis. The Cantab Hall stallion made the lead immediately from post seven and never looked back in his open length score in 1:57. It was his ninth win of the season. Ross Wolfenden and Jon Roberts each had three winners on the program. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. – Karen Walls’ Elite Awards ($2.40, George Dennis) was the fastest of three $20,000 divisional DSBF (Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund) winners for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings Tuesday at Harrington Raceway after a 1:56.3 triumph. The Powerful Toy gelding was positioned second over as Forced Passage set fractions of 28.3, 58.4 and 1:27.4. Elite Awards appeared headstrong at times but gathered momentum under confident urging and surged three-wide near the top of the stretch and cruised to an open length win over Casino Bags Carlo and Bohemia. Trained by David Rearic, it was the second win in three career starts for Elite Awards. Winbak Farm’s Hawker ($2.10, Jeff Fout) won his division in 1:56.4. The Artzina gelding never had an anxious moment in his wire-to-wire win for trainer/driver Fout over Solace and Art Retreat. In an early non-wagering division, Lloyd Gilmour’s Above The Storm (John Wagner) prevailed in 1:57 over Glow Again and Go Big Spinder. A son of Gamblers Dream, it was his first career win in six starts for trainer Jim Coughlin. In the $19,000 Mares Open, North State Street Stable’s Monochromatic ($3.40, Corey Callahan) notched her 11th win of the year, matching her total from 2012, with a 1:52.4 victory over Lorrie Please and Scarlet Pandemic. The 8-year-old Dream Away mare, ‘Mono’ was the pacesetter in her 44th career win. She has banked more than $170,000 in 2013. Wednesday’s program will feature five divisions of the DSBF 2-year-old trotters, beginning with two non wagering events at 4:30 p.m. The 15-race wagering card will commence at 5:30 p.m. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway
TOLEDO, OH -- Although simulcasting action will continue, Sunday (Sept. 15) marked the final night of live harness racing action at Toledo’s Raceway Park. Approximately 3,500 patrons came to watch the last of the live racing that the historic track will offer since opening the doors in 1959. The evening’s weather was not good, but the rain did not dampen the life that was felt within the grandstands. The stands were crowded and the evening’s handle ($221,749) was in excess of 50% over last year’s closing day’s handle ($147,482). Among various events throughout the evening, fans enjoyed special guest announcers who had previously called the action at Raceway Park. Hall of Fame announcer Sam McKee was joined by fellow announcers Steve Cross, John Pawlak, Ayers Ratliff and Ron Sobczack. Reminiscent conversations were heard throughout the facility. Names such as Charlie Brown, Mel Chupp, Jay Cross, Jeff Fout, Mark and Greg Grismore, Bev Haywood, Jimmy Landess and Mike Rosengarten, as well as Candy Super Star, Grandpa’s Liquor, Grain Dealer and Scotch Baker were often heard as people discussed their favorite Raceway Park horses and drivers. Raceway Park thanks their loyal fans, horsemen and employees for their efforts and decades of dedication, loyalty and support. Although it is emotional to close a chapter in history, it is exciting to start writing another. Two brand new harness tracks are being built in Ohio and will offer much larger purses and increased opportunities to the Ohio horse industry. Ohio’s harness racing scene is on a fast track to increased popularity and prosperity. The 2014 racing season will be held at a brand new facility, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. Ayers Ratliff for Raceway Park
Chris Tallman Fout loves horses so much she thinks she might have been one in a past life. Tallman Fout is the wife of top harness racing driver and Winbak Farm's Maryland-based trainer, Jeff Fout.