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DOVER, Del--- Fast-finishing Nova Artist, an impressive come-from-behind winner last week, is the one to beat in this week's $27,500 Delaware Special pace. Two $15,000 Male paces top a strong undercard on Thursday, Nov. 14. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Two seasons back, Eddie and Kathy Davis' Nova Artist was voted Horse of the Meet by the DelVal USHWA members. Last meet, the Real Artist pacer finished second in the balloting. The 29-time career winner began the track's 2013-2014 season closing from sixth place at the three-quarters to catch trainer Pete Tritton's front-pacing Malak Uswaad N and Tim Tetrick to win by a neck in 1:51.2. These two will take on Toby Lynch's Sunshine Superman, driven by Jason Lynch, who cut out the quick fraction last week before wilting in a :28.3 final panel to finish third at 104.50-1 odds. Ross Wolfenden will drive Arty Foster's Eagle All from the rail with Max Walton and Greg Papaleo's Mustang Art and Ron Pierce leaving alongside. Its All Good, piloted by Vic Kirby, completes the select field of six starters. In one of the $15,000 Male Winners-Over Handicap paces, both Adventure Bound (Ron Pierce) racing for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, and KDM Stables Valentino (Matt Kakaley) were front-end winners last Monday and in the other $15,000 pace for 3,4&5-Year-Olds, four of the nine contestants won last start; Irwin Samelman's Handsome Henry K (Frank Milby), Joshua Parker's Wahine (Jim Morand), Steve Iaquinta and Bill Dittmar's Jeremes General (Allan Davis) and newcomer JL Benson Stables' Mr. Dennis (Matt Kakaley). Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Sunday racing begins at 5:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting opens daily at 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Marv Bachrad  

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  

VERNON, NY—Just as he did in last week’s top test for representatives of the lateral gait, the favorite Arockin’ Hanover saved the best for last and secured a 1:51.2 victory in the final $12,000 Open pace of the 60th Anniversary season at Vernon Downs. Truman Gale did the teaming for trainer Jason Robinson in Saturday’s 10th event, as a Arockin’ Hanover laid back in fifth place as the speedy JK Panache paced the solid seven-horse field through splits of :26.1, :55.1 and 1:24.1 through three quarters of the mile.  Taking the overland route from fifth place on the backstretch, Arockin’ Hanover rallied to get the lead at the top of the stretch and then accelerated away from his six speedy foes to defeat Western Tsunami by nearly three lengths. Saturday’s come-from-behind score marked the third win in succession (second at the Downs) , the ninth this season and the 21st all time for the 5-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover-Artaffection, who has rustled up more than $100,200 in 33 starts for owner Robert D. Main.  His career bankroll currently stands at $383,133. John MacDonald delivered four driving victories during Saturday’s 13-race card, while chauffeur Claude Huckabone, III posted a driving triple, and trainer John Mc Neil, III a double. Rick Plano repeated as the winningest driver (130 scores) and trainer (51 tallies) during the 88-program meeting.  Gary Clark emerged as the leading provisional pilot. The trotter Ziegler Hanover was the meet’s winningest equine with 10 triumphs, while the pacer Hot Cowboy led his gait with seven scores. Thirteen track records (seven on the diagonal gait and six on the pace) were re-set or tied during the meet, which began on April 12.  The season’s swiftest pacing mile was a 1:49 performance by Pontiac Luck on Aug. 31, while a brilliant 1:51 effort by Intimidate in the season’s Credit Winner Open on Sept. 6 was the fastest trotting mile in the track’s history. by Jim Moran for Vernon Downs  

VERNON - Little Santamonica posted a gate-to-wire victory in the final $12,000 fillies and mares Open pace on Friday night at Vernon Downs. Chris Lems did the teaming for trainer Jordan Hope as Little Santamonica led through splits of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:24.3 en route to a 1:52.4 decision over Bijou Theater in Friday's second session. It was the first local score, but the seventh season's tally for the 5-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Tonianne, who is owned by Kelly Dawn Hope of Vernon. The brave-hearted brown mare now sports 17 career victories and earnings of more than $108,500. Lems, the local campaign's second-leading reinsman after 87 programs, earned four first-place finishes during Friday's 11-race card to reach the 100-win plateau. Driver Truman Gale also visited Vernon's Blue Chip Farms winner's circle four times during the program, while driver Adam Capizzano and trainer Robert C. Gale each recorded two victories. DOWNS DOINGS Driver Brian Mattison was unseated when the pacer Prince Pendant fell during Friday's ninth contest and reportedly suffered a hand injury.The 3-year-old pacer Steuben Huckleberi notched his first pari-mutuel win after Capizzano steered him to a 1:58 triumph in Friday's 10th event.The Downs will conclude its 2013 campaign with a special 6 p.m. first post on Saturday (Nov. 9). There will be a 60th Anniversary Season coffee mug giveaway, while supplies last, during the night and a spectacular fireworks display following the evening's 13th and final race. Jim Moran  

DOVER, Del. --- Idealist wore down Ooh Dear Sam in deep stretch to score his seventh victory of the year in 1:53.1in the $20,000 Male Claiming Allowance pace, the Tuesday, Nov. 5 feature at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan wins four. Jim Morand rushed Idealist up on the outside to challenge front-pacing Ooh Dear Sam (Tony Morgan) at the three quarters and the two battled around the final turn and half way through the stretch before Louise Kinsey-conditioned Idealist pulled off for victory. Hasty Western (Allan Davis) was the show horse. Bill and Barbara Kinsey own the 10-year-old altered son of Western Ideal-Carolache, who now has earned $47,415 this year and $305,218 lifetime. Sean Bier guided John James' Wambam Sam, trained by Crissy Bier, to victory in 1:54 to win a $15,000 Male Claiming Allowance. Aiden's Artist (Allan Davis) was runner-up with Brisk Clipper (Roger Plante) third. Meet defending driver champion Cory Callahan drove four winners. 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. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del. --- Cheyenne Miriam tuned up for Sunday's Matron Stake coming on to edge race-favorite Monochromatic in the $20,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap feature race on Monday, Nov. 4 at Dover Downs. Hall of Famer-elect David Miller pulled out of fifth place on the backstretch to quickly engage Monochromatic on the final turn then battled head-to-head down the lane in a :28 final panel before sticking her nose out front for a 1:52.2 victory. It was the three-year-old Bettor's Delight-Alibecca filly's 11th win this year. Jeremes Sweetheart, handled by Ross Wolfenden was third. Leased-by The Cheyenne Gang and trained by Robbie Siegleman, the prominent New York Sire Stakes winning sophomore has now banked $289,005 this campaign. Cheyenne Miriam returns to the track this Sunday racing in a Matron elimination. Another three-year-old, Spend It All, romped to victory in the sub-feature $14,500 3,4&5-Year-Old distaff pace. Jim Morand guided the Tell All-Dream Card youngster to an impressive 1:53.2 score, her 12th win in 23 races this season. The victory pushes her earnings to $102,520 in this her first year racing for trainer Les Givens and owners Brooke Givens and Steve Head. Beechwood Diana (Ross Wolfenden) was runner-up with Outrageousdelight N (George Dennis) third. David Miller, Tony Morgan, George Dennis had driving doubles. 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. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del. ---- Monochromatic starts from outside post seven in the first distaff feature during the first week of the 2013-2014 meet at Dover Downs on Monday, Nov. 4. Post time is 4:30 p.m. All season long, North State Street Stable’s Monochromatic has been at the top of the list among female pacers at First State raceways. Meet defending champion driver Corey Callahan will drive the eight-year-old as favorite in the $20,000 Mares Open/Handicap for trainer Dylan Davis. Monochromatic has won 12 of 26 starts this year. Her chief competition appears to be from New York Sire Stakes’ standout Cheyenne Miriam, a winner of 10 races and 19-times in the money in 21races.David Miller will drive the Bobby Siegelman-trained, The Cheyenne Gang leased sophomore.   Jeremes Sweetheart, driven by Ross Wolfenden, a victim of broken equipment in her last start, will be tough racing for Eric Ell, who conditions for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. Razor-sharp Outahere Hanover, handled by newcomer Trace Tetrick, brings a record of two-wins, two seconds and two thirds in her last six outing for owners Keith Murray and trainer Jason Skinner. Jim Morand will drive Josh Davis and Nanticoke Racing’s Nice N Nice, a winner last time out, leaving from the rail. Dallas Hayman’s Soggy Soggy and Vic Kirby is fresh from a strong meet at Harrington. Another sharp veteran contender is Jeff and Dave Clark and Vern Cannon’s Ash LaRue, handled by Eddie Davis Jr. On the undercard, Trace Tetrick makes his non-stakes debut at the track. A leading driver at Chicago and Indiana tracks, Trace is younger brother to the sport’s leading money-winning driver of the past five seasons, Tim Tetrick.  Trace Tetrick’s first drive comes in the 3rd race piloting Joyful Western looking for a fifth win in his last six starts. Monday through Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Friday and Saturday. 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

VERNON, NY—Newcomer Arockin Hanover captured the $12,000 Open pace; Noble Wabbit lowered his odd-distance record for 7/8ths-of-a-mile in the “Turn Back The Clock Rewind Race,” while drivers John Macdonald and Truman Gale each recorded four victories during Saturday night’s 13-race program at Vernon Downs. The Saratoga-shipper Arockin Hanover went off as the second choice in Saturday’s featured seventh session. As the favorite Sheer Brilliance cut fast fractions of :26.3, :55 and 1:22.4, Arockin Hanover drafted along back in fourth place. Entering the homestretch, Arockin Hanover revved up and closed like a gate in the wind to not only overtake the pace-setter, but draw off to an eye-popping 3-3/4-length tally in 1:51. The fast-closing finish by the speedy 5-year-old gelding resulted in his second win in succession, eighth this season and 20th all time. Gale did the driving for trainer Jason Robinson as the bay son of Rocknroll Hanover-Artaffection raised his career bankroll to more than $377,100 for owner Robert D. Main. Entering Saturday’s $4,500 fourth event as the Vernon record-holder for a 7/8ths-mile clockwise pace off a 1:42.3 effort in 2011, Noble Wabbit rallied overland from fifth in the early going, advanced to third entering the stretch and then powered home to defeat the pocket-sitting Prince Polaris by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:39. It was the first win in 2013 for the 10-year-old bay gelding, but his 37th lifetime score. MacDonald did the teaming for trainer George Ducharme and owner Heather Reese as the productive son of Precious Bunny-Noble Lady Avalon increased his lifetime earnings to $154,487. Gale, for the second time during the 86-card Downs campaign, collected four wins on a single program, while it marked the first occasion for MacDonald, a newcomer to the track this season. Dave Dewhurst, the meet’s second-leading trainer with 37 tallies, also harnessed two first-place finishers during the rainy evening. DOWNS DOINGS Gary P. Clark, the track’s leading provisional pilot at present, recorded his fourth local score after a 1:54.4 trip behind the pacer New York Kitty (owned by he and Fay Clark) in Saturday’s second session… The Kenneth Daniels-owned sophomore trotter Southwind Tule chalked up his first pari-mutuel victory following a 2:02.1 performance for trainer and driver Claude Huckabone, III in Saturday’s $3,400 third event… Only two live racing dates remain during the track’s 88-card campaign that continues through Nov. 9… Vernon’s program for Friday, Nov. 8 will start at 6:45 p.m., but the card for Saturday, Nov. 9, will begin at 6 p.m., and include a coffee mug giveaway, while supplies last, and a spectacular fireworks display to conclude the track’s 60th anniversary season…. A revised 2013, 88-program racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. Jim Moran  

DOVER, Del. --- A full 15 race program opens the Dover Downs’ 2013-2014 season on Sunday, Nov. 3. First post is 5:30 p.m. Trace Tetrick joins track driver colony. The opening feature race pits Ted Gewertz, Bob Feldman, Kovach Stables and George Teague’s Feel Like A Fool, a career winner of $931,611 with Montrell Teague driving, and Three Of Spades, who has banked $741,203 for owners Bib Roberts and Bill DeLodovico, in the $9,500 feature pace. Hard-hitting veteran Itchy, owned, trained and driven by Vince Copeland, High Joltage, racing for former Philadelphia Flyers standout Rick MacLeish and trainer Ben Stafford, and Pike Hanover, with Allan Davis driving for Pat McCrae, are among the challengers. Maude Birney and Archie Peel’s Chipoffablueblock with Jim Morand, Sir Globalop Z Tam starts from post 9 in the second tier with Eddie Davis Jr.in the bike for Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing, Russ Foster’s Hi Sir, driven by Eric Carlson and Q Rock, owned by Dawn Webb and Bill Bright with Corey Callahan, drew the rail. On the undercard, Trace Tetrick makes his first local appearance in a non-stakes event at the track. Track, younger brother of one-time track champion driver, Tim Tetrick, is one of the leading drivers at several Mid-Western tracks. He will drive Enee Weenie And Me, the program favorite in a Delaware $15,000 Male Claiming pace. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing Fridays. It is suggested that reservations be made early to dine in the Winner’s Circle Restaurant. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Harness and thoroughbred Simulcasting is featured in the Race and Sports Book from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily. Marv Bachrad  

VERNON, NY—Well Built, Skates N Plates, JK Molly, Bikini So Teeny and Bakersfield were all divisional winners in Friday night’s $88,844 John Simpson Memorial stakes for 2-year-olds at Vernon Downs. The favorite Well Built captured the $14,396 opening division of the Simpson stake for male members of the trotting persuasion with a strong-striding 1:59.3 victory in Friday’s first race. Jim Meittinis did the steering for trainer Chris Ryder as the bay colt rallied from third at the quarter into the top spot before the half, and then remained in charge en route to a 1-1/4 length score over the second-choice, Resolve. It was the second win, coupled with a trio of second-place finishes in nine starts for the strong son of Muscle Hill-Working Girl, who has earned nearly $36,900 this season for co-owner Ryder and his partner Robert Mondillo. In the $14,396 second division of the freshman colt and gelding trot, race three, Skates N Plates front-ended his way to a 1:56.3 score over the crowd’s choice, Starsaboveallerage, who finished a half-length back in second. It was the first career triumph for the bay son of Revenue S-Pleasure Skate, who now spots a 1-2-1 summary line and earnings of $26,233 in 13 outings for owner Robert J. Key. Chris Lems did the teaming for trainer Paul Reid. JK Molly, who owns the fastest mile by a 2-year-old pacing filly here in 2013 on the strength of a 1:52.1 performance back on Sept. 6, secured her second Vernon victory and improved her performance line to 5-1-2 after 10 trips to the track following a 1:54 score in Friday’s $26,766 fifth contest. The tomboy filly advanced from second into the lead early in the mile and continued on to a front-ending 1:54 tally over the favorite, Ideal Helen. Roman Lopez did the piloting for trainer Ron Burke as the daughter of Art Major-Heather’s Western raised here career winnings to $128,766 for the 3 Brothers Stables. Fourth choice in the wagering, Bikini So Teeny turned in a career-best 1:56.4 showing in race seven, the $27,366 filly trot. Trainer Charlie Norris was at the controls as the daughter of Yankee Glide-Momsgotitgoinon gained the upper hoof going to the half and continued on to record a head triumph over the second-choice, Ruby. The favorite, Annie’s List, ended up third. It marked the maiden victory for the bay filly, who also displays a pair of second-place finishes, a third and winnings of $29,149 after 11 starts for owners Carrie Norris, Neal Goldman and Harold “Bud” Coughlin. In the $27,591 2-year-old male pace, race 10, the crowd’s pick, Bakersfield, raced like he was the best, and then proved it with a gate-to-wire 1:54 victory. Andy Miller did the honors for trainer Jimmy Takter as the quick-striding son of American Ideal-Ride The Skies dominated through splits of :28.4, :58.2 and 1:26.4 en route to a 1-1/4 length tally over second choice Beat The Drum. It was the third tally, coupled with a second and two third in 11 tries for the career-winner of more than $51,100, who is shared in ownership by the Brittany Farms, Joe Sbrocco and John Fodera. In Friday’s $12,000 ninth race, the week’s Open trot, newcomer Picture This rallied from third entering the stretch drive and came on in a :28.4 final quarter to defeat The Triple Lindy by a neck. The fast-closing finish resulted in the fifth season’s score and the sixth lifetime win for the career-winner of more than $305,700, who is owned by Leonard Buckner. The win behind Picture This gave trainer and driver Norris a triple during Friday’s 12-race program. Chris Lems logged his meet-leading 23rd double of Vernon’s 85-card campaign, while two win performances were also registered by Roman Lopez, and trainer/driver Claude Huckabone, III. DOWNS DOINGS The Regina Dewhurst-owned trotter Ziegler Hanover recorded his meet-leading 10th victory after a 1:57.2 outing in Friday’s sixth session. Lems drove for trainer Dave Dewhurst, who is currently second on the season’s conditioning chart with 35 tallies… The winningest pacer at the meet is Hot Cowboy with seven scores… The Downs will offer simulcast wagering on the remaining 2013 Breeders Cup thoroughbred championship races on Saturday afternoon (1:15 p.m. post time)… Saturday night’s 13-race live program, which features a $12,000 Open pace in the seventh event, will get underway with a special 6 p.m. post time… Only three live racing dates remain during the track’s 60th anniversary season that continues through Nov. 9… Vernon’s program for Friday, Nov. 8 will start at 6:45 p.m., but the card for Saturday, Nov. 9 will begin at 6 p.m…. A revised 2013, 88-program racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. Jim Moran  

VERNON, NY—The favorite Economy Terror instilled dread into her six female pacing opponents before carving out a 1:51.3 Open victory on Halloween night (Thursday, Oct. 31) at Vernon Downs. Leaving from the assigned outside post position in Thursday’s featured ninth event, the Pocono Downs ship-in Economy Terror, competing over a rain-soaked, sloppy track, was sent to the front by driver Stephane Bouchard as the starting gate pulled away and she was never seriously threatened en route to a 4-1/2-length tally. The bold-going triumph was the third this season and the 16th overall for the 4-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Mattatonic, who earned a 1:59 speed-badge at Pocono last season. Chris Oakes conditions the career winner of more than $1,570,700 for Pennsylvania owners Chuck Pompey, Howard A. Taylor and Edwin J. Gold. Bouchard also finished first with the Robert Siemski-owned pacer Winbak Your Kash (1:53.1) in Thursday’s $9,600 eighth event to earn his first driving double of the 84-program meeting. Drivers Chuck Connor, Jr. and Claude Huckabone, III also delivered two tallies during the 12-race card. DOWNS DOINGS Vernon will present a 12-race program at 6:45 p.m. on Friday that will include five divisions of an $88,844 John Simpson Memorial stake for 2-year-olds of both sexes on the trotting and pacing gaits… In addition, there will be a $12,000 Open trot in race nine… The Downs will also offer simulcast wagering on the 2013 Breeders Cup thoroughbred championship races on both Friday (first post 2:15 p.m.) and Saturday (1:15 p.m.) afternoons… Only four live racing dates remain during the track’s 60th anniversary season that continues through Nov. 9… First post times on Saturday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 9 will be at 6 p.m…. A revised 2013, 88-program racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. Jim Moran

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

DOVER, Del. --- Sunday, Nov. 3 is opening day of the 2013-2014 season at Dover Downs. The six-month long meet continues through April 10, 2014. Many of the sport's top horses and drivers compete in the Delaware Capital City raceway's 45th season. Race secretary Rod Newhart, again directs the highly competitive 107 programs. Dover Downs begins an outstanding "Novemberfest of Stakes Races" on Nov. 10 featuring more than $4-million in stakes purses sporting the sport's outstanding juveniles vying in Matron Stakes elimination division. The top eight finishers in each event return on Nov. 17 for lucrative finals. On Nov.24, the estimated $400,000 Progress Pace - the track's signature event - showcases the sport's standout three-year-olds. After $35,000 elims, the top eight return for an estimated $35,000 final on Dec. 1. Also during Novemberfest month, the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) freshmen divisions feature two weeks of $20,000 preliminaries setting up a $100,000 final in each two-year-old sections. Defending champion Cory Callahan seeks his fifth consecutive leading driver title. His competition includes a strong group of prominent horsemen. Among them are former track leading drivers Tony Morgan and Jim Morand, Ross Wolfenden and George Dennis,co- leading drivers at Harrington, Allan Davis, Daryl and Sean Bier, Victor Kirby, Roger Plante, Eddie Davis Jr. and Montrell Teague, also return. Again this meet, Tim Tetrick and Hall of Famer Ron Pierce are expected to drive several nights a week. During the early stages of the upcoming meet, many of the sport's most heralded drivers are expected to be on hand for the strong stakes events including Hall of Famer John Campbell, Brian Sears, David Miller, Jim Morrill Jr. and Andy Miller. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Sunday racing starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday will be a dark days. As usual, parking and admission to Dover Downs racing is free. For those choosing to dine in the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant, reservations are suggested. Call 302-674-4600. In addition to fine cuisine in the Winner's Circle Restaurant, a variety of food and drinks are available at The Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. For those racing a horse at the track and looking for first-class overnight accommodations, the 4-star 500-room Dover Downs Hotel, is adjacent to the racetrack. It is suggested to make reservations early. Year around, Dover Downs' Race and Sports Book presents leading thoroughbred and harness tracks for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily as well as three-game NFL parlay wagering. Information is available at 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad  

VERNON, NY—Restless Yankee was a 1:50.4 upset winner in Saturday night’s $12,000 Open pacing feature at Vernon Downs. The favorite, track record-holder JK Panache, took the early lead in Saturday’s second session, while second choice Sheer Brilliance, winner in the last two Open events here, settled into the pocket. Driver and trainer Chris Lems kept Restless Yankee in fourth place past the three quarters in 1:22.4. As the top choices wore each other down entering the stretch charge, Restless Yankee came on in a :27.1 final panel to secure the score, defeating runner-up Western Tsunami by a head. It marked the third local tally, seventh season’s score and the 47th lifetime victory for the 6-year-old son of Relentless Yankee-Towner’s Love Dove, who is owned by Robert J. and Ryan J. Lems. The gritty gelding is currently a career winner of nearly $242,000. Lems also finished first with the Ryan J. Lems-owned pacer Ding Dong Boy (1:53.2) in Saturday’s fourth event to record his meet-leading 22nd driving double. Two-win performances were also turned in by Roman Lopez, Truman Gale and Claude Huckabone, III. DOWNS DOINGS Provisional pilot James Clouser, Jr. earned his initial Vernon victory behind TM Valley Storm (1:56.4) in Saturday’s 11th event. The sophomore gelding is owned by Leonard Segall… Vernon will offer live racing Thursday-Saturday next week. First post on Thursday and Friday will be 6:45 p.m., while Saturday’s start will be at 6 p.m… The Downs will also offer simulcast wagering on the 2013 Breeders Cup championship thoroughbred competition on both Friday and Saturday afternoons… Only five live racing dates remain during the track’s 60th anniversary season that continues through Nov. 9… A revised 2013, 88-program racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. Jim Moran  

VERNON, NY—Goddesss and Southwind Spirit each earned champion status as the result of their first-place finishes in Friday night’s $433,500 finals of the 2013 Kindergarten Classic Series for 2-year-old trotters at Vernon Downs. Goddess gained a 1:56.3, front-striding victory in Friday’s eighth event, the $206,000 Kindergarten title test for 2-year-old filly trotters, while Southwind Spirit continued his superb season with a bold-striding 1:55 tally in the ninth event, a $217,500 freshman final for male members of the diagonal gait. Goddess, a $110,000 yearling purchase by the Kelly Racing Stable, Joe Sbrocco and William Weaver, III, went to the starting gate as the third wagering choice and was sharp from the start on a rain-soaked track. With Hall of Fame reinsman John Campbell doing the steering for trainer Paul Kelley, Goddess powered through splits of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:26 to defeat second-favorite Yoga by 1-1/4 lengths. It was the fourth season’s score for the bay daughter of Donato Hanover-Macaria Hanover, who has also compiled a second and two thirds, plus earnings of $155,825 after 11 lifetime starts. After Vernon’s 7/8ths-mile oval was downgraded to good for the ninth event, the crowd’s choice Southwind Spirit shrugged off the damp conditions by carving out splits of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:25.1 to thwart third-choice Outburst by 1-3/4 lengths. Yannick Gingras did the teaming for trainer Ron Burke as the bay son of Muscle Hill-Spice On Ice improved his summary line to 6-3-1 after 12 official trips to the track. The $105,000 yearling purchase has returned $310,925 on his investment to the Weaver Bruscemi, LLC, Burke Racing Stable and Stable 45 ownership contingent. In Friday’s second session, a $10,000 Kindergarten Classic consolation clash, Starsaboveallerage also used front-striding tactics to vanquish the favored Skates N Plates by a nose in a 1:57.1 performance. It was the third win, coupled with a trio of thirds-place showings, in nine starts for the bay son of Angus Hall-Starry Eyed, who has banked nearly $30,000 in 2013 for Jeff Gural’s Little E LLC stable. David Miller did the teaming for local trainer Jessica Okusko. Friday’s $12,000 Open trot was won by Grey Ice, with Dan Daley doing the piloting for trainer Guy Howard in race 10. The strong-striding 7-year-old gelding followed the pace-setting Mr. Web Page throughout the mile contest, before leaving the pocket in the stretch and spurting to a nose triumph over the mile cutter. The tight tally was the third locally, the seventh this season and the 23rd all-time for the gray son of the Icepan Cometh-The E Street Pan, who bumped her lifetime winnings to nearly $197,300 for the Howard Stables. Fans were treated to triples by drivers Campbell, (David) Miller and trainer ((Paul) Kelley, as well as a two-win effort by Gingras during Friday’s 12-race program. DOWNS DOINGS—Kelly’s other victories came from trotters The Triple Lindy (1:54.4) in race four and Panamanian Hanover (1:57.2) in event 11. Campbell drove all of Kelley’s first-place finishers… Owner/trainer Tony Schambach’s 7-year-old trotting mare Edit Away earned her first career victory after a 1:57.2 performance for driver Claude Huckabone, III in Friday’s third event…Saturday’s 13-race program, which starts at 6:45 p.m., includes a $12,000 Open pace in race two…Only six live racing dates remain during the track’s 60th anniversary season that continues through Nov. 9…A revised 2013, 88-program racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. Videos attached by Jim Moran for Vernon Downs  

VERNON, NY—Ocean’s Motion obtained her first win of the season with an impressive 1:55.1 performance in Thursday night’s $12,000 Open feature for female pacers at Vernon Downs. Competing for only the 12th time this season, Ocean’s Motion had veteran Chuck Connor, Jr. at the controls as she left from the outside five post position in Thursday’s 11th event. Racing over a rain-soaked, sloppy track, the 6-year-old mare took her time building up speed. She rallied from fifth at the quarter to fourth at the half, shot to the front around the final bend and then showed her heels to the small but select field in the stretch, winning by an eased up 4-1/4 lengths. The stout effort resulted in the 22nd lifetime victory for the daughter of Camotion-Cr Charisma, who raised her career bankroll to more than $335,700. Janice Connor (Chuck’s wife) conditions the bay battler for owner Robert J. Lovett. Fans witnessed the second dead-heat for win at Vernon’s 81-program meeting after the pacers Rocha’s Hanover and Sunshine Patriot tied at the top following a 1:54.2 mile in Thursday’s seventh session. The win by Rocha’s Hanover was her second at the meet for trainer Robert C. Gale and owners Scott Hay and Scott Miller. Driver Truman Gale earned three wins during Thursday’s 12-race card. Sunshine Patriot’s score was also her second of the season at the Downs. Joe Bongiorno did the teaming for trainer Brad Irvine and owners Kim and Jordan Myers. Bongiorno also won with the pacer Inittowinafortune (1:52.3 in the ninth event) to secure his first driving double at the Downs this season. Robert C. Gale collected his second win of the evening after Truman Gale won the eighth race with Upfrontandpersonal (1:56.4) for owner Ross Bonafield. DOWNS DOINGS Truman Gale’s other win was behind the Judy Lanpher-trained pacer Sinspirational (1:53.1) in Thursday’s third race. Lanpher owns the 5-year-old mare along with her daughter, Connie, and Larry T. Lanpher…. Tomorrow night; Vernon will host the $433,500 championship finals of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-old trotters. Friday’s 12-race program will begin at 6:45 p.m.… Only seven live racing dates remain during the track’s 60th anniversary season that continues through Nov. 9… A revised 2013, 88-program racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. Jim Moran

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