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DOVER, Del.---- Spunky Jack wired the $15,500 Winners-Over trot, Ideal Revenue, the $14,500 sub-feature while Boffin stepped up for a second win in his last three outings to win the $12,000 trot over 'an off track,' Wednesday, March 19 at Dover Downs. Roger Plante, Jr. took Walt Callam's Spunky Jack to the front and stayed there in a 1:56 mile to win for the third time in 2014 with four second-place finishes. An altered son of Super Punk-My Embrace, Spunky Jack lifts his seasonal bankroll to $46,825 and $176,371 lifetime. Guiltywithanexcuse (Daryl Bier), trained and driven by Daryl Bier, in his first local appearance since arriving from Pompano Park, finished second. Enrico AS (Ron Pierce) was locked in before escaping along the passing lane for third. I'm So Striking was scratched. Ideal Revenue has been no worse than third in his last six outings. The Revenue S-New Ideal gelding conditioned by trainer Jim Atkinson posted his third win to go with three seconds and a third in eight 2014 starts for owners Jim and Carol Atkinson. It was one of two wins for George Dennis. Picard (Frank Milby) finished second with Kodak Lindy (Montrell Teague) the third horse. Boffin continued his ascent with George Dennis driving. The four-year-old Donato Hanover-Trance Anthem horse quickly went into the lead and was never headed in a 1:54.3 conquest in a $12,000 conditioned trot. It was his second win in three races and third in four starts this year for Angela Coombs and trainer Kevin Lare. Veteran Green Day (Allan Davis) was next with Mandabra (Frank Milby) third. Five drivers registered two wins each: Ross Wolfenden, Jim Morand, Ron Pierce, George Dennis and Allan Davis. Nova Artist starts from the outside in the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap on Thursday at Dover Downs. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.---- Nova Artist held off fast closing Malak Uswaad N by a nose to win the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap in 1:51.while Emeritus Maximus came from far back to take the $17,500 Open Handicap sub-feature in 1:51/1 on a windy Thursday, March 13 at Dover Downs. Allan Davis put Nova Artist in motion heading around the clubhouse turn and moved up on the backstretch to finally take the lead in the stretch. The seven-year-old son of Real Artist-Avon Lady then had just enough to hold off fast-finishing Malak Uswaad N (Tony Morgan) at the wire. Jeremey's Successor (Sean Bier) was a solid third. Kathy and trainer Eddie Davis own the 33-time race winner of $825,142. It was his third winner of the year good for $60,575 in 2014. Emeritus Maximus tuned up for the rest of his four-year-old season by rolling from next to last in the $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open Handicap to his third victory of the year in five starts with Ron Pierce in the bike. A four-year-old by Rocknroll Hanover-Eternity's Delight purchased after his sophomore-stakes season by John Cancelliere and trained by his brother Tom Cancelliere,Emeritus Maximus has won $315,155 lifetime. Lindwood Player (Corey Callahan) raced gamely finishing second. Mr. Dennis (Jim Morand) was the show horse. In $15,000 Male Winners-Over paces; Bill Emmons' Bad Man Sam and Vic Kirby used an overland journey to score a lifetime best 1:51.2 triumph. The Julianne Bobby-trainee, a Badlands Hanover-Greenspring Jenny gelding, just held off a fast closing Summer Camp (Callahan) by a nose. Beavercreek Artist (Ron Pierce) was third. Forrest Bartlett's Jolt Of Fire scored a 1:52.4 decision in the other $15,000 event. George Dennis guided the Ronda Galko conditioned Village Jolt-Fie Foe Fire gelding to his first win of the year. Wilbur's Z Tam (A. Davis) was second with Twincreeks Jack (Pierce) third. Fire in the Belly kept his three-year-old record unblemished as Trace Tetrick steered the Real Artist-Fire In The Sky to an easy wire-to-wire 1:53 victory finishing alone for his fourth-in-a-row in a $13,000 4&5-Year-Old Male pace. Owner Tom Kemp is reported to have turned down a six-figure offer for the gelding who now has won six of his eight lifetime races with two seconds. All Gold (Bret Brittingham) was best of the rest. MG Kid (Morand) was third. Trace Tetrick drove three winners, two for trainer Jim King. Corey Callahan and Ron Pierce had doubles. 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. By Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

Vernon, NY - Vernon Downs has named Michael Chamberlain their lead racecaller, as legendary announcer Jim Moran will retire after a half century in the broadcast box. Announcer Emeritus Moran, a member of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame's Communicators' Corner, will call his final race at Vernon Downs to kick off the Opening Night program on Friday, April 11. The evening, capping a 50-year legacy of Moran's describing the races at Vernon, will be a celebration of what Moran brought to the Central New York track, with a poster giveaway, tributes, and a meet-and-greet throughout the card. Moran's successor, Michael Chamberlain, is a 43-year-old New Jersey native who has established himself well as a sports broadcaster-in horse racing and otherwise-since earning a degree in broadcasting from Arizona State University in 1994. After a stint as the color commentator for the IHL Phoenix Roadrunners, Chamberlain served as the track announcer at Sam Houston Race Park for twelve years before assuming a similar role at Turf Paradise in Phoenix in 2009. He has also called races at Lincoln Race Course in Nebraska and Fair Meadows in Oklahoma. "I am incredibly excited to be coming to Vernon Downs," said Chamberlain, who will assume the microphone in early May after Turf Paradise concludes their season. "Succeeding a legend like Jim Moran will be difficult, but it will be an honor for me to follow in his footsteps."   With Chamberlain maintaining his winter base in the Valley of the Sun and returning to Turf Paradise for their fall opening, Tioga racecaller James Witherite and Vernon director of racing Scott Warren will describe the beginning and end of the Vernon meet in his stead. While he may be new to calling harness racing, Chamberlain has long been a fan of the trotters and pacers, and looks forward to bellowing his signature "They Are Off!" sendoff at the central New York oval.   "Coming to Vernon will bring me back to my eastern roots," continued Chamberlain. "As a Northern New Jersey native, I have always enjoyed harness racing and look forward to being part of it from now on."   Post time for the first of 90 cards at Vernon Downs is slated for 6:45 p.m. (Eastern time).   by James Witherite, for Vernon Downs  

DOVER, Del.---- Mustang Art won the $28,500 Delaware Special; Emeritus Maximus, the 4&5-Year-Old Open and Dirty Devil, the $15,000 Winners-Over paces on a top Dover Downs Thursday card on March 6. Ron Pierce had a four-win slam. Pierce left quickly with Mustang Art in the feature before giving up the lead to Nova Artist (Allan Davis) at the quarter. Nova Artist cut out the fast pace and led half way down the lane before Mustang Art zoomed out and to victory in a :26.4 final panel for a 1:51.1 decision. Nova Artist held on to second while Jeremy's Successor (Sean Bier) raced gamely three wide around the final turn and got up for third. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo own Mustang Art, an Artiscape-Paula Seelster gelding, who won for the second time this year lifting the Jim McGuire-trainee to seasonal earnings of $32,575. Pierce was also behind John Cancelliere's Emeritus Maximus, who got checks in the Progress Pace last Fall, a 1:51.1 winner of the $18,000 Open for young horses. A son of Rocknroll Hanover-Eternity's Delight, Wahine (Jim Morand) closed strongly to finish second with Ice Scraper (Roger Plante) streaking along the passing lane for third. Corey Callahan and Dirty Devil teamed up for a 1:51 score in the $15,000 Winners-Over pace. Owned by Alexander Rice Sr. and Mike Horn, the Real Artist-Ms Eyes And Thighs gelding made it four wins in seven 2014 races and a $27,200 bankroll this year. Bad Man Sam (Vic Kirby) was next while Beavercreek Artist (Pierce) was third. In the first of two $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Male Winners- Over paces, Rebel Soldier, bred, owned and trained by Steve Warrington and driven by Vic Kirby, registered his fastest lifetime victory 1:50.2, overtaking Just A Jolt (Trace Tetrick) in deep stretch for his second win in three trips this year. An altered son of Quik Pulse Mindale-Heavy Thunder, Rebel Soldier ended a three-race win streak by Just A Jolt. Cruising West (Ross Wolfenden) was the show horse. Another streak ended in the other $14,500 division when Ron Pierce picked up his fourth win in 1:52.3 piloting Troy and Todd Tribbett's Alittleaintenough, conditioned by Joe Hundertpfund, to his second win of the year. The Artiscape-Maryland Beauty gelding bested race-favorite Sea Harrier (Tetrick), who finished second making his record four wins in six starts. Coopers Beach (Jonathan Roberts) was third. Pierce also drove Wade Wyatt's Manhattan Rusty N, trained by Joe Skowyra, to his fifth consecutive victory in a $25,000-$30,000 Male Claiming Allowance in a career fastest clocking of 1:50.3. Bondy N (Wolfenden) and Hasty Western (A.Davis) were second and third respectively. Howard Taylor's Spinfiniti won his third straight and seventh win in eight races, to win a $13,000 4&5-Year-Old Male pace in 1:53.4. On Eagles Wings (Kirby) was next in front of MG Kid (Morand), who made a misstep on the final turn and then closed to finish third. 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 in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs      

DOVER, Del.---- Driver Vic Kirby, who won four races on Tuesday, made it five wins this time, including both $15,000 co-feature trots, with Can Do in 1:54.3 and Pounce Hanover in 1:56, at Dover Downs on Wednesday, March 5. Not only did Kirby have a five-bagger, but he trained both feature race winners as well as owned them with Chris Giaccio. Previously at Rosecroft Raceway, Kirby once won seven races on a card. The red-hot Kirby had to use Can Do twice early to get the lead and then held off a strong challenge from Awsome Valley (Tony Morgan) to score the Cantab Hall-Meadowbranch Queen gelding’s second win in three races including finishing second by a head last week. Awsome Valley held on for second with Struttin Conway (Ron Pierce) the show horse. The win was Can Do’s second of the year raising his seasonal earnings to $27,490. Pounce Hanover rang up his third win of the year with two seconds in seven starts winning a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot in 1:56. Mile Hill is also a co-owner of the Majestic Son-Playwood gelding. Kodak Lindy (Montrell Teague) came on to finish second in front of fast finishing Six Gun Hall (Allan Davis). In addition, Jim Morand had a driving triple while Corey Callahan, owner-trainer Arty Foster and trainer Josh Green had two winners. Artists Rally heads Delaware Special Thursday Artists Rally, last week's wire-to-wire winner, and four-time top class winner All Stienam lead a field of nine in the $28,500 Delaware Special/Handicap on Thursday, March 6 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Again this time, Artists Rally, with Trace Tetrick driving, drew the rail after scoring a front-pacing victory in last Thursday's feature race. Heavenly Way's Jeremy's Successor and Sean Bier and Kovach Stable's Feel Like A Fool driven by George Dennis, who finished second and third respectively, are back. All Stienam, owned by J,J&M Stable and Green Racing, attempts to bounce back after finishing out of the money a week ago. Eddie and Kathy Davis' Nova Artist and Allan Davis, also is looking to return to form. Full Of Sand, with Corey Callahan, won this event three starts back. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo's Mustang Art has been a factor with Ron Pierce driving all meet long. Peter Tritton's Malak Uswaad N, handled by Ross Wolfenden, and Robin and Jay Breasure's People Are Crazy, in the hands of Vic Kirby, cannot be overlooked in this field. In the $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Open handicap, Jim Berndt's Ice Scraper (Roger Plante) and Baron Racing's EZ Noah (A.Davis) dead-heated in last week's edition. They return to meet Joan Dalphon and Elanor Laws' Don't Ya Know (Kirby), a winner last time stepping back up to the Open this week. Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis' Lindwood Player (Corey Callahan) has won three of his last four. A powerful newcomer is John Cancelliere's Emeritus Maximus (Pierce) who raced in the Progress Pace last November. The other contenders are Jeremes General (Tetrick) racing for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta along with Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing's Wahine (Jim Morand), a winner of two of three and Irwin Samelman's Delaware Hanover (Frank Milby) and complete the lineup. There is also a strong supporting card.  

DOVER, Del.---- Wildshot Hanover and Idealist turned in impressive victories in split-division $20,000 Claiming co-features on Tuesday, March 4 at Dover Downs. Vic Kirby who drove three winners last Tuesday had a four-race 'grand slam.' Post position #1 and a drop in claiming price paid off for Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis, in a $20,000 4&5-Year-Old Male Claiming pace, as meet leading driver Corey Callahan took Wildshot Hanover to the front and completed a 1:51.1lifetime fastest mile. The win was the first of 2014 for the Dragon Again-Western Duel gelding. Partner (Jonathan Roberts) was second best and Here Is The Future (Montrell Teague) finished third. Jim Morand was in the bike behind 6-1 Idealist on the way to a 1:52.3 decision in the straight $20,000 Male Claiming pace. Louise Kinsey conditions the 11-year-old Western Ideal-Carolache gelding for Bill and Barbara Kinsey. Last Shot Leeton (Bret Brittingham) picked up second money with race-favorite Doubletrouble (Callahan) third. The 15-race program got off to a 52-1 start as Brittingham guided Phantom Rusty to a come-from-behind 1:58 upset in a 3&4-Year-Old trot. Trainer Bobby Myers and Carter Racing Stable owned the Lear Jetta-Rusty Lizzy Luv sophomore in his first three-year-old start. O Narutac Supremo (Callahan) and favorite Zoli (Trace Tetrick) were second and third respectively. Another longshot, 21-1 A Bettor World, won a $15,000 Male Claiming pace in 1:54.2 coming from last-to-first in the stretch for driver Eddie Davis Jr. Ken Tucci and J&T Silva Stables own the Josh Parker-trained Bettor's Delight-Color Me Beachy gelding, also his first win of the year.. Vic Kirby racked up four wins, Tony Morgan had two. Feature trots at Dover Wednesday  A pair of winners last week -Struttin Conway and Jailhouse Juice - lead separate divisions of the $15,000 feature trots on Wednesday, March 5 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. In a $15,000 Winners-Over Handicap, Struttin Conway steps up in class after winning last week's fastest trot by annexing a 1:54.2 victory with Ron Pierce, the five-year-old's second straight win. He leaves from post 1 in the eight-horse field of veterans. Five of the contestants dropped out of the Open ranks -  Mary Raymer's $1.3-million winner, Green Day, with Roger Plante; Chris Giaccio and driver Vic Kirby's Can Do; Corey Callahan pilots Mandabra, for owners C.A. Bonuccelli and Nick and Shaun Callahan; Jersey Boy, owned by Dawn Gannon, Dom Costanzo and Yannick Gingras and driver Trace Tetrick while Barbara Boese's Awsome Valley, starts from the outside post with Tony Morgan, J.L.Benson Stable's Arriba Amigo with driver Allan Davis and Danbry Racing and trainer Rosemary Smutz's Blueridge Tornado in the hands of Eric Carlson complete the competitive field The co-feature is a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. Two of the nine starters won last time out. Jason Lynch and co-owner, trainer, driver Toby Lynch drives Jailhouse Juice, from post 9 in the second tier While Ellen Warren and trainer Eileen Lineweaver's Ibanez (Tetrick) has post position #4. Chris Giaccio, Mike Hill and trainer driver Vic Kirby's Pounce Hanover just missed last week finishing second. Gwally (Ross Wolfenden) also finished second for John Johannsen, Denise Dennis and trainer Bobby Reeser. The rest of the combatants are Brenda Teague's Kodak Lindy (Montrell Teague), Picard (Callahan) racing for Bonuccelli Racing and trainer Nick Callahan; Six Gun Hall (A.Davis), owned by Don Marine and trainer Bob Shahan. Mike Mammes' Amiga Valley (Pierce) drew the rail while Iron Mine Branch's Schoolhouse Rock (Corey Braden) starts outside. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

And now, the answers to the trivia questions that have appeared in this space recently. We'll deal first with Bob "Hollywood" Heyden's question, paraphrasing from the previous article: "Jerryconnors, this year Shebestingin and Beeamagician both went faster than any of their three-year-old colt counterparts. What was thelastyear that thathappened?" (Bob's brain is always in hyperwarpdrive, and sometimes the words come out of his mouth as if frantically trying to keep up with the gray matter that had just produced them.) When I originally told of this encounter, I did not include my first, smart-ass answer: Since Bob was asking me the question in 2014 (the February of the Dover USHWA/banquet), I said, "2013," which was the previous and, thus by definition, "last" year. That of course was a correct answer. (Watch, and it'll turn more correct the further you read.) Heyden wasn't impressed, giving a "Geez" and a shake of the head as if wondering why he wastes his time trying to educate the unwashed. "Before that, I mean." As I did recount earlier, my next response was, "I don't know." Which was the second correct answer - because 2013 was the FIRST AND ONLY time that Bob's phenomenon had ever occurred! And of course you can't know something that doesn't exist. So BOTH of my answers were correct! I owe thanks for verification to David Carr, veteran computer guru and statistical researcher for the USTA (along with being a Tottenham Hotspurs fan, as is Roy Davis). David said that when he saw the article, he set up the computer parameters, and could trace the data back to 1951 - and that 2013 was the first year that the phenomenon occurred. (Though, according to David, it had happened three times previously among two-year-olds - but that's for a future column.) After Hollywood's stumper, I mentioned, I happened upon an amazing piece of trivia in the Dover paddock: Not 10 feet apart from each other were two gentlemen who are both members of a very, very exclusive club - they were both the leading dashwinning drivers at tracks that hosted just ONE season of harness racing! They accomplished their feats 15 years apart. And they both have the same initials! I did plant one clue in yesterday's story - if you read Ron Pierce's career travels carefully, you may have noted "Minnesota" thrown in there. In 1986, Pierce was the leading driver during the only year they had harness racing at Canterbury (which, for different trivia fans, was where Governor Jesse Ventura's post-election celebration was held). Forrest Skipper won there that year,too - in the Dan Patch Pace, of course. So now we know that the other driver's initials are also "RP" - and from there it's a short jump to Roger Plante Jr., now a solid regular on the Delaware circuit, but for three weekends in 2001 plying his trade at Oakridge Racecourse in Virginia - where he won their only dash title with 14 triumphs. Oak Ridge Estate in southwest VA is an historic plantation/horse farm/events site that was purchased by the Holland Family in 1989, with John Sr. later thinking to try to secure a couple of off-track wagering permits in the Old Dominion - but that required him to hold a pari-mutuel license. So he carved a mile track on the grounds, brought in tents for a paddock and temporary fixtures for fans (no simulcasting in or out, the latter disappointing Plainridge, and I know because they called me, who had written a story, and asked me), and conducted Friday-Saturday-Sunday racing from September 21 to October 7 of 2001. (Alas, for overall naught for Mr. Holland's oval, as he did not get the off-track permits.) There was only that one season of harness at Oakridge (how the USTA records spell it) - nine days, 101 purse races. Plante won 14, one more than Clifton Green, to secure its only dash title, and join that super-exclusive club that both he and Pierce have membership in. And now to end - FOR POSSIBLY THE ONLY TIME EVER IN PRINT - the list of the drivers who won the 101 races at Oakridge! 14: Roger Plante Jr. 13: Clifton Green 11: Brian Allen 7: Dan O'Mara, Fern Paquet Jr. 5: Mark Gray, Donnie Russell 4: Gary Messenger 3: Ken Billman, Joe Offutt, Del Richards 2: Kyle DiBenedetto, Gerry Bookmyer, R. Scott Gregoire*, Jukka Paljarvi, Tim Roach, Tom D. (father of ...) Tetrick, Bryce Truitt, Don Wilson II 1: Mark Clark, Rusty Cox, George Filion, Grover Freck, Warren McIlmurray, Jim Morand, Barry Probber, Basil Sapienza, James Smallwood, Kelly Staten * - Mr. Gregoire gets a special mention because he swept the Daily Double on the inaugural card. By Jerry Connors for

DOVER, Del. --- Dover Downs live racing returns on Tuesday, March 4 after the effects of the most recent Winter Storm when sharp pacers Partner and Doubletrouble lead separate divisions in $20,000 Male Claiming Allowances. . Post time is 4:30 p.m. In the first section, a $20,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming Allowance, a nine-horse field, Bobby Glassmeyer's Partner, driven by Jonathan Roberts, is fresh from victory last start as he takes on Here Is The Future with Montrell Teague, who makes his first excursion in the claiming ranks, after two wins in his last four races, for trainer George Teague and K&R Racing. Another newcomer in claiming ranks, Brad McNinch's Eres Tu and Trace Tetrick has a win in his last two outings. Allan Davis drives Legacy Racing and Reg Hazzrd's Shiftin To Cruz, who has been shackled with post position 3, for the Third Straight time. Wild Shot Hanover drew post 1 with Corey Callahan in the bike. Ilikethemtrashy leaves from alongside. The other contestants are Freddy Darby's Terror On My Side handled by George Dennis. Tina Clark's Little Man Joe with Eddie Davis Jr. has the outside post while McPort In A Storm and George Dennis has post 9 in the second tier. In the $20,000 Male Claiming pace, trainer Leigh Raymer's Doubletrouble (Vic Kirby), fresh from consecutive victories step up in price but must overcome starting from post 8 while Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing's Sir Globalalop Z Tam (Davis Jr.) has the rail .Jeff Bartels' Last Shot Leeton (Kirby), Russ Foster's Hi Sir (A.Davis), and Polaris N (Ross Wolfenden) racing for Bill Ethier and LeBlanc Racing are among strong rivals. Bill Emmons' Grab The Fortune (Jonathan Roberts) Bill and Barbara Kinsey's Idealist (Jim Morand) and Restless Native (Roger Plante), owned by Bill Sartin and Kevin Donahue, have upset credentials. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark days." Sunday racing begins at 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. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del.---- Trace Tetrick topped a five-win day guiding Artists Rally to a 1:52.1 victory on a windy and chilly Thursday, Feb 27 in the $27,500 Delaware Special/Handicap at Dover Downs. Artists Rally left from post 1 and controlled all quarters en route to victory in the week's top pace, the $27,500 Del. Special. Ed Gannon Jr. owns and trains the Real Artist-Spunky Gal black gelding who won for the second time this year. Jeremy's Successor (Sean) Bier) finished second in front of Feel Like A Fool (George Dennis). Ice Scraper, driven by Roger Plante, and EZ Noah with Allan Davis, finished in a 1:52.3 deadhead for win in the $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open Handicap. Phyllis Copeland conditions Ice Scraper, a Yankee Skyscraper-Chilli Breezes gelding owned by Jim Behrendt. EZ Noah is a Western Terror-Her Majesty gelding trained by Josh Green for owner Baron Racing. Harry von Knoblauch's Ohoka Texas N streaked along the passing lane to get up in 1:52. To win the $15,000 Male Winners-Over pace. The win was one of two for Ross Wolfenden. Peter Tritton trains the Christian Cullen-Millwood Touche seven-year-old. Dreamfair Kovu (Jim Morand) was the place horse with Bad Man Sam (Kirby) the early leader finishing a close third. Ron Pierce was aboard Manhattan Rusty N, a 1:53.3 winner of the $25,000-$30,000 Male Claiming Handicap. Wade Wyatt owns the Artsplace-Miss Matao N gelding trained by Joe Skowyra. The victory was the fourth in a row for Manhattan Rusty N, with three different owners due to being claimed three straight weeks. Adams Hanover ( ) was second with Hasty Western (A.Davis) the show horse. There were several $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over paces. In one Patron Racing and trainer Jim King's Sea Harrier was one of Tetrick's early wins. The Jereme's Jet-Ingrid Ingrid Bergrin gelding won for the fourth time in his last five outings recording a 1:53.4 triumph. Tetrick returned for another victory in a $14,500 pace for younger male horses steering John Dayton's Just A Jolt, sired by Village Jolt from Just Wait Kate, also conditioned by Jim King, for a 1:53.1 score. Lauren Allen owned and trained Cruising West, by Yankee Cruise-Best Western, was Ross Wolfenden's third trip to the winners circle thanks to a 1:54.3 win in a third $14,500 pace. The Delaware-bred Spinfiniti, owned by Howard Taylor, notched his sixth win in his last seven starts as Wolfenden drove a 1:56.1 victory. The No Spin Zone-Hurricane Jenna brown four-year-old finished second in his only none-win of the year. In addition to Trace Tetrick quintet of wins and Wolfenden's triple, trainer Bobby Myers, Josh Green along with Jim King had two wins each. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del. ---- Broadies Song drops down in class to lead one of two $9,500 Male paces on Sunday, Feb. 23 at Dover Downs. In the first section, Ron Pierce is teamed with Broadies Song, owned by Kathleen Wyatt, Dorothy Parker and JJ&M Stable, raced for a $25,000 tag last week and draws a good post this time. As Bad As Thunder and driver Bret Brittingham had a lot of road trouble last start for owner Elizabeth Brittingham. Bill Ethier and LeBlanc Racing's Polaris N, who has been close in most of his races this season, will be driven by Roger Plante. Panfully Cool with George Dennis racing for Max Walton and Greg Papaleo, leaves from post 1. The lone winner last time out in the field of nine is Peter Tritton's Wee Brother N, piloted by Ross Wolfenden, drew post 8. Bob Short's Charger, with Allan Davis driving this time, finished a strong finishing second in his last. The rest of the field is made up by Bill Emmons' Grab The Fortune and Vic Kirby, Laurent Hanover, driver Allan Davis and owners Jeff and John O'Donnell and trainer Jim McGuire, along with returnee from New Jersey, Night Flight and Jim Morand for owners Henry Faragalli Jr. and III, Belle Bauman, and trainer Del Cote. In the second division, Frank Chick's Ideal American (Dennis) seeks a Third Straight success. Virginia Louthan's homebred Go Big Spinder has won two of his last three starts. George Teague's Thetruthaboutdavid (Montrell Teague) has also been sharp. Shrew Magoo (Tony Morgan) makes his first pari-mutuel start since last September and has post 1. The other starters are Joe Hundertpfund's White Sportscoat (Wolfenden); Lloyd Hickman's JJ Nitro (Kirby); Chris Short's Company After Six (Trace Tetrick); Joan Dennis' Shop Talk (Jonathan Roberts) and So Unexpected (Davis), from post 9 in the second tier for Paul and trainer Lorie Davis. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; post time is 4:30 p.m. Each Friday and Saturday, the track will be dark for racing. On Sunday, races begin at 5:30 p.m. For those planning to watch racing and dine in the Winner's Circle Restaurant, reservations are suggested. Call 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Daily simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing daily begins 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad        

DOVER, Del.---- It took Wahine until racing in front of the tote board to get the lead and from there on it was a 1:52.1 victory in the feature race at Dover Downs on Sunday, Feb. 9 amid snow flurries. Ron Pierce continues red hot with four driving wins. Jim Morand was at the controls for Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing's Wahine, who dropped down in class from the Open ranks to overcome eight foes, in the $9,500 Male pace. Les Givens conditions the I Am A Fool-Armbro Wahine gelding who won for the 10th time in his career annexing 184,441lifetime. Cams Art (Bret Brittingham) sat in Wahine's back and finished second edging fast finishing Woodstock Hanover. Ron Pierce led all drivers with four wins, Corey Callahan, Morand and trainer Josh Greene had doubles. Return winners head Monday F/M Open Pace Jeremes Sweetheart, last week’s winner, and On The Cusp, a winner of two straight head the field in the $20,000 Mares Open pace on Monday, Feb. 10 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. After four second-place finishes, Ron Pierce drove Ken Wood, Bill and Steve Iaquinta’s Jeremes Sweetheart to victory in last week’s feature catching the Allan Davis-driven Cooking The Books, owned by Rich Lombardo, Dave Kryway and Seafood Delight Stable, in the last stride. Kim and trainer Johnny Waite’s Alexachase and Bret Brittingham appear to have returned to top form after her second win in the last three races. The rest of the field is led by Bob Winkleman’s consistent Paradise Lost teamed with Ross Wolfenden, Jim Carr’s Narancia Hanover reined by Trace Tetrick. Gottaseeaboutagirl, owned by Alexander Rice and Mike Horn, will have the services of meet leading driver Corey Callahan from the rail in her first 2014 start. There are two $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Mares Winners-Over paces. In one, Tom Kemp’s Make Magic (Trace Tetrick), fresh from victory last week, and Brit Evans and Foulk Stables’ Caviart Cara (Callahan), winner of her last two; meet Rich Ashley and Mike Cain’s steady Beechwood Diana (Ross Wolfenden); Katherine Bardis and George Teague’s Lloyd’s Lady (Montrell Teague); Crawford Partners’ Air Miles Hanover (Vic Kirby); Bay Pond Racing’s Winbak Speedi (Allan Davis); All Terror (Pierce) and Joel and Dianne Halpern’s Mindale's Smile (Ben Stafford Jr.) The other $14,500 section features two who start at opposite ends of an eight horse lineup, both winners last time out. Carol and driver Jack Parker Jr.’s CG’s Serious has won two straight and leaves from the rail while Foulk Stables’ Pacific Wine (Callahan) leaves from the outside and has won four of her last five races. Ed Gold and Ben Stafford’s Matinee Dragon (Stafford Jr.) has two wins in her last four. Among their foes is Rachelle’s Beat (Pierce), who steps out of the claiming ranks now racing for Fred Hertrich and Bob Tribbett and Howard and Josh Kaufman’s Derek Delight (Tetrick) making her 2014 season debut. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.---- After consecutive fast wins, 8-1 Dancin Yankee moved into the $30,000 Preferred to another win; Full Of Sand won a photo in the $28,500 Delaware Special and Ice Scraper took the $18,000 Open to highlight a strong Thursday, Jan. 30 card at Dover Downs. Overlooked in the betting despite two straight impressive victories, Dancin Yankee, driven by Chris Page, blew past the leaders in the stretch to record a 1:51.1 triumph in the $30,000 Preferred, the top purse race of the week. The six-year-old son of The six-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest gave trainer Josh Green his second win on the program. Owned by Bob Briley, Rich Lombardo and Baron Racing, it was his 27th lifetime win and brought his career earnings to $614,822.Second-place Texican N led in the stretch for Ross Wolfenden with Special Forces, third, reined by Corey Callahan. Nova Artist (Allan Davis) led early and tired in the stretch. Callahan and Full Of Sand enjoyed a perfect 2-hole trip following All Stienam (Chris Page) until mid-stretch before rolling up to score a 1:51.2 decision in the $28,500 Del. Special. Trish Foulk conditions the Full Of Fun-Soft Towel gelding for Brit Evans and Foulk Stables. A 40-1 shot, People Are Crazy (Vic Kirby) came on for third. Ice Scraper, a recent arrival from top-class events at Balmoral Park, notched an impressive 1:51.1 win in the $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Open. Owned by Jim Behrendt and trained by Phyllis Copeland of the Roger Plante Stable, the winner is an altered son of Yankee Skyscraper-Chill Breezes. Mr. Dennis (Ron Pierce) finished second in front of Don't Ya Know (Vic Kirby). Summer Camp came from off the pace to score a 1:51 victory in a $15,000 Male Winners-Over pace. Baron Racing and VIP Internet Stable own the Rocknroll Hanover-Roman Art veteran gelding. Driven by Chris Page for trainer Josh Green. GD Airliner (Callahan) was next with Its That Time (Eddie Davis Jr.) third. Trainer Peter Tritton has unveiled another Down Under import to reckon with. Ross Wolfenden steered Harry von Knoblauch's Ohoka Texas N, a Christian Cullen-Millwood Touche gelding, to his second win in a row with a stunning 1:51.3 success. Panfully Cool (Ron Pierce) and Wahine (Jim Morand) were second and third respectively. Meet leader Callahan led all drivers with four wins. Ross Wolfenden and trainer Dylan Davis had three wins, Chris Page, Ron Pierce and trainer Josh Green and owner Baron Racing had two wins each. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs    

DOVER, Del.---- Little Man Joe turned back eight rivals in 1:54.2 to at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Jan.28. Corey Callahan rung up his first of two wins guiding Tina Clark's Little Man Joe to victory in the $20,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming Allowance pace. The Bobby Clark-trainee, a Western Terror-Ain't Given Up gelding, held off a strong-stretch charge by Terror On My Side (Jonathan Roberts) for his first win of 2014. Ilikethemtrashy (Jim Morand) closed to pick up show money. Five drivers won two races each; Callahan, Ross Wolfenden, George Dennis, Tony Morgan and Vic Kirby. Trainer Les Givens also had a double. Traverse Seelster, last week's winner, starts from the outside in the Wednesday feature, $20,000 Open/Handicap trot. Wednesday qualifiers moved to Thursday Dover Downs has rescheduled Wednesday morning Qualifying races, to one day later, to Thursday, January 27.  With low temperature readings and snowfall predicted to begin on Tuesday (Jan. 28), Wednesday qualifiers have been rescheduled to Thursday morning, beginning at 10 a.m. Traverse Seelster takes on seven rivals in the $20,000 Open Handicap trot on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Track record holder heads Wednesday feature Keith Pippi’s Traverse Seelster, who set a track record for older gelding trotters of 1:51.2 last season and in his last start led off his 2014 season with a 1:53.1 victory for driver Corey Callahan, heads the feature trot Wednesday. The rest of the competitive field includes Diane Giuliano’s Lovely Vacation, fresh from victory last start leaving from the rail guided by Ron Pierce; E&K Stable and Lois & Earl Walters’ fast finishing I’m So Striking and Eddie Dennis, gets a big change in starting position starting from post 3 while Jersey Boy, piloted by Trace Tetrick, drew post 2. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta’s steady Enrico AS with Allan Davis and Mary Raymer’s $1-million winning veteran Green Day, teamed with Vic Kirby complete the lineup. Major Herby (Corey Callahan) looks for a repeat stepping up to the sub-feature $15,500 Winners-Over trot. Tina Clark and Joe Clark’s Baximum (Daryl Bier), Chris Giaccio and driver Vic Kirby’s Can Do and hard-hitting Looking Hanover (Trace Tetrick), owned by Dawn Gannon and YAnnick Gingras, returns to the track after a month’s respite while David Hamm’s Backstreet Hanover arrives from Yonkers. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del. ---- Raritan Bay, a winner by a neck, last week, leads a field of eight in the $20,000 Male Claiming Allowance pace, Sunday, Jan. 26 at Dover Downs. Raritan Bay, a Brittingham family horse, owned by Betty Brittingham, trained by her husband Don Brittingham and driven by their son, Bret Brittingham, scored a 1:52.2 victory last Sunday winning by a neck. Chief challengers are Bill Emmons' Lord Terror and driver. Vic Kirby, already a winner this year, leaves from the rail, Archie Peel's Coastal Storm, first and second in two 2014 starts, and Nicole Ratledge and Crissman Inc.'s steady Bad Rusty, with Tony Morgan. Ron Pierce will drive Greg Simendinger and trainer Eli Scott's Its Outta Here. Claimed last week, Cash Cab with George Dennis will make his first start for owner Angela Coombs. Hasty Western and Allan Davis will be a factor for Mark Givens and Legacy Racing and Bill and Barbara Kinsey's Idealist handled by Jim Morand. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; post time is 4:30 p.m. Each Friday and Saturday, the track will be dark for racing. On Sunday, races begin at 5:30 p.m. For those planning to watch racing and dine in the Winner's Circle Restaurant, reservations are suggested. Call 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Daily simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing daily begins 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs    

DOVER, Del.--- Cold and wind could not deter Special Forces from posting a 1:49.3 victory in the $30,000 Open/Preferred Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday, Jan.23. Two races later Sunshine Superman cut out a 1:51 triumph in the $27,500 Delaware Special, the highlight races on a strong 15-race program on which Corey Callahan bagged five winning drives. Callahan drove Special Forces into the lead and then fought off strong challenges from Adventure Bound with Ron Pierce and a stretch battle holding Rock On Moe and George Dennis teaming along the passing lane to finish a head back at the wire. The win was one of six successful drives for the sports leading reinsman Callahan. The sports leading trainer Ron Burke conditions Special Forces, a Real Desire-Special Magic six-year-old for William Robinson, Mike Mallett and Country Club Aces. It was his 14th lifetime win in 33 starts and upped his bankroll to $159,871. Sunshine Superman took full advantage of starting from post 1. Owner, trainer, driver Toby Lynch took no prisoners on the way to his second win in three 2014 races, with a second, by a nose, last week. The Rocknroll Hanover-Carolina Sunshine gelding notched his 21st career win and moved to $303,913 in earnings with the win. Full Of Sand (Callahan) enjoyed a perfect 2-hole trip and came at the winner in the lane but could not get past. Papa Ray (Ross Wolfenden) came on to finish third. Two horses were scratched, Feel Like A Fool and Believe This Bob. Starting from the second tier did not deter Just Bettor. Trace Tetrick drove the 7-1 shot, an altered son of Bettor's Delight-Just Great, owned by Ken Wood and Minisink Farms, to a 1:51.1 lifetime mark winning the $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Open. People Are Crazy (Ron Pierce) closed strongly for second in front of Rage N Ryan (Jim Morand) the favorite, who was third. There were a pair of $15,000 Male Winners-Over paces. Dancin Yankee, driven by Callahan, overpowered his division scoring a 1:51.2 decision for his second win in-a-row for trainer Josh Green, who had a double, and owners Bob Briley, Rich Lombardo and Baron Racing. Beavercreek Artist (Pierce) was best of the rest with GD Airliner (Tetrick) third. It's That Time did not start. The other $15,000 section was Callahan's sixth victory of the day. Breakaway Racing's Encoding Z Tam made it four wins and a second in his most recent five starts, chalking up a 1:53.2 victory for trainer Nick Callahan. Drunk On You (Allan Davis) was runner-up. Wilbur's Z Tam (Ross Wolfenden) was the show horse. Callahan, who won both ends of the daily double, won six races for the third time this meet. Trainer Josh Green had a double. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del. ---- Cash Cab and It's Outa Here, both winners last week step up into the $20,000 Male Claiming Allowance pace this Sunday, Jan. 12 at Dover Downs. Claimed in late November by Frank Chick, Cash Cab has only one setback in his last four outings will again be driven by George Dennis. Breeders-owners Greg Simendinger and trainer Eli Scott, came from off the pace to win last week with Ron Pierce at the controls. Jeff Clark's Fifteen Four N, piloted by Chris Page, has won three of his last five outings. Artstanding, a big early season winner last year, drew the rail for Corey Callahan driving for Mo Coo Inc. and Jonathan Klee Racing. Allan Davis will handle Grant Wilfong and Legacy Racing's Major Flight from post 2, The other starters are Bettor's Arena with Ross Wolfenden, owned by Dave Banks, Mike and Ed Reppucci, Bill Emmons' Lord Terror, Bill and Barbara Kinsey's Idealist with Jim Morand and Raritan Bay, owned by Betty Brittingham and driven by Bret Brittingham. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

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