HARRINGTON, Del. - North State Street Stable's Monochromatic ($4.60, Jim Morand) recorded her 53rd career win Tuesday with a 1:53 win in the $18,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. The venerable 9-year-old left from post position five and never relinquished her lead in a wire-to-wire triumph over Embassy Seelster and Springforth, who finished in a dead heat for second. Trained by Dylan Davis, Monochromatic boosted her seasonal earnings to more than $94,000 and career bankroll to an impressive $848,305. Driver Victor Kirby had five wins on the program, including a decisive score in the $13,750 Open II with Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar and Stephen Iaquinta's Jereme's Sweetheart ($3.20) in 1:52. Montrell Teague recorded a driving triple. Allan Davis and George Dennis each won two races.
HARRINGTON, Del. - North State Street Stable's Monochromatic ($4.20, Jim Morand) registered her 52nd career harness racing win Tuesday in the $17,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.3. The venerable Monochromatic, who has been a top mare on the Delaware circuit for several years, assumed command early and never relented in her one length score over Springforth and Embassy Seelster. The 9-year-old Dream Away mare, Monochromatic, boosted her lifetime bankroll to nearly $840,000. Trained by Dylan Davis, Monochromatic was coming off a narrow loss on 9-2, suffered at the hands of a pocket sitting Springforth. Montrell Teague had four driving wins. George Dennis and Allan Davis each had a double. By Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - Undefeated trotter I Like My Boss ($2.20, Jon Roberts) notched his 14th consecutive win at Harrington Raceway Wednesday with a 1:56.4 win and broke his own track record in the process. Owned by trainer Bob Shahan along with Jimmy Parsons and Ashley Parsons, the Don Boss Vita gelding settled in third early before clearing early leader Dribble Drive shortly after the half-mile in 59.4 seconds. He led the field of seven past three quarters in 1:28.3 before opening up a four length lead at the wire over Sterling Charisma, who rallied for the place spot. I Like My Boss has never tasted defeat in his 14 lifetime starts and has earned nearly $230,000 along the way. It was one of three driving wins on the night for Roberts. In the $17,000 Open Trot, Dawn Gannon and Blackhorse Six Stables' Pittstop Ruthie ($14.80, Tony Morgan) was victorious off a pocket trip in 1:55.4. Spunky Jack cut the mile and finished second, while Classic Filly finished third. Jim Morand and Allan Davis each had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
Vernon, NY --- Jack B. Bailey, 81, Vernon Downs' all-time harness racing driving champion, died Aug. 16, 2014, after a long illness. Vernon Downs has lost a talented, dynamic driver and a legendary horseman. It’s the end of an era for a Hall of Fame horseman who reigned supreme during the years 1959-1978 and ranked among the Standard bred sport’s leaders in races won, fast miles and money earnings. In addition to his Vernon success, Mr. Bailey who began his harness career at the Downs in 1955, captured his initial Vernon championship in 1959. The North Carolina-native went on to win driving titles at Hollywood Park in California, Washington Park in Illinois and at New York’s Batavia Downs. He remains Vernon’s all-time driving champion with 16 titles (12 percentages and four dash-winning). He established a Vernon season’s high standard of 205 victories in 1977, which still stands. He was a member of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame and the Upstate New York Chapter of the U. S. Harness Writers’ Association Hall of Fame, as well as a multiple nominee to the sport's Hall of Fame in Goshen. His favorite horse was the pacer Bye Bye Max, who stood at stud at the Bailey Farm in Vernon following his outstanding racing career. He also stood the successful pacer J J’s Biltmore at the farm. Although racetrack injuries shortened Mr. Bailey’s brilliant career, he still managed to record 3,323 driving victories (currently ranked 205 on the sport’s all-time list). He retired from active competition in the early 1990s. Mr. Bailey is survived by his wife, Madeline; sons, Jim (Tammi), Bill (Ann), Jeffrey (Amy), daughter, Jaclyn; grandchildren, Sheena, Nicole, Sarah, Jack, Phoenix, Leon, Ian, Jamie, Jim, one sister, Nancy Myers and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by one son Jack L. and one daughter Deborah. Calling hours will be in Vernon at Malecki’s Funeral Home, 23 Front Street on Monday (Aug. 18) from 5-8 p.m., with burial on Tuesday (Aug. 19) at 11:30 a.m. in the area’s Maple Grove Cemetery. Jim Moran
The two year olds were back at Ocean Downs for the Maryland Standardbred Fund races on a beautiful Sunday night with the super moon coming up over the backstreatch. The first of 7 stakes races on the card produced a new stakes and track record for 2 YO trotting fillies when Stories To Tell(RC Royalty) charged out of the gate and never looked back stopping the timer in 2:00.2 for driver and trainer Truman Gale. George Ducharme, Robert Guerrini and Paul Fontaine are the owners. Sign And Drive(Cr Commando) driven by Vic Kirby got up for place. The first division of 2 YO pacing fillies was up next. Corey Callahan picked up the drive on Smart Zone (Rocknroll Hanover) an Erv Miller trainee and he did not disappoint the crowd. Smart Zone left quickly from post six getting to the top and let everyone else eat her dust stopping the clock in 1:57.1 for owners Paymaq Racing and D & M Trading. Hillbillysweetshrk(Cam's Card Shark) finished second for Hillbilly Haven Farm. Maryland sired Toms Tornado (Cam's Rocket) and KJ Ben (Riggins) had a rematch in the first division of colt/gelding pacers and this time Toms Tornado came away the winner in 1:56, with Quick Art (Artzina) hanging on for second and KJ Ben crossing the wire in third. Roger Hans trains for owner Thomas Cooke and Jonathan Roberts was the reinsman. Broken Record(Muscles Yankee) a half brother to the great Vivid Photo remains undefeated in his two starts in the Maryland Standardbred Fund stakes for 2 YO trotting colts and geldings. With regular driver Ray Schnittker unable to be here, Corey Callahan picked up the drive and the win with a mile in 2:00.1. Ray Schnittker co-owns the colt with Theodore Gewertz. Maryland sired Doggone Slots (Doggone Yankee) was second. Driver Vic Kirby pulled Rumor Mill (The Panderosa) just passed the half, catching the leader Ideal Wedding (American Ideal) at the head of the stretch in the second division of 2 YO pacing fillies. Time for the mile was 1:59.2, Andi's Peanut (Bettor's Delight) got up for second. Jim King Jr. is the trainer for CC Racing and Joann Looney-King. In second division of 2 YO trotting fillies driver Tyler Raymer took Sherbert (Lucky Chucky) to the front when several of the young ladies misbehaved early in the race. Miss Jocelyn (Impel Hanover) also cleared the breakers getting away second but she was never able to catch the leader. Leigh Raymer owns and trains Sherbert. Time for the mile was 2:03. The final stake race of the night was the second division of 2 YO colt/gelding pacers. Toms Typhoon by Maryland sire Cam's Rocket remained undefeated winning his 4th start in 1:56 for owner Thomas Cooke, trainer Roger Hans and driver Jim Morand. Nuclear Dragon (Nuclear Breeze) finished second. By Cheri Stambaugh
The two-year-olds were in the spotlight at Ocean Downs Sunday in the Maryland Sire Stakes. Renegade Starlet (CR Renegade) made sure the filly trot was exciting right to the wire. Driver Jeff Fout was content to follow last week's preliminary winner Betcha Ur My Baby (You Betcha)until the head of the stretch, when he pulled on the leader, catching her at the wire in 2:06.2. Tui Stone trains the filly for Serendipity Stables. In the filly pace, Helaines's Firebird (Allie's Western) has proved to be the dominant one so far taking both the prelim and final off the front end. George Dennis piloted the filly to a new mark of 2:02 for owner Frank Chick and trainer Kevin Lare. The Winbak Farm owned Jodi's Sweety was second. The trotting colts showed that minding your manners is the best way to win a race. Doggone Slots (Doggone Yankee) and Jay Boy (Tsunami) both did just that and had the fans cheering them on down the stretch with Doggone Slots getting his first lifetime win in 2:05.1. Trainer Tom Morris co-owns the homebred colt along with Gregg Morris As usual the Cam's Rocket pacing colts put on a good show with Toms Typhoon setting a new MSS 2 YO pacing colt record of 1:56 at the Casino at Ocean Downs. His stable mate Toms Tornado was second. Reinsman Jim Morand drove the winner for owner Thomas Cooke and trainer Roger Hans. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Development Fund
The Maryland Sire Stakes season got underway with two-year-old preliminaries on Sunday night at the Casino at Ocean Downs. Once again the stallion Cam's Rocket has produced a winning 2 YO pacer and trotter. Richard Hans continues to take chances breeding his trotting mares to pacing stallion Cam's Rocket and only time will tell how good this year's colt will be. Here I Am (Cam's Rocket-Give Em The Boot) had an equipment malfunction when an elbow boot came down in last week's MD Standardbred Fund stake causing him to make breaks the last half. Here I Am came out sporting a new pair of leather elbow boots this week and that seemed to do the trick as driver Jim Morand cut the mile in 2:02.2, winning by 1¼ lengths over Doggone Slots (Doggone Yankee) in the colt and gelding trot. In the pacing colt and gelding division Tom's Typhoon (Cam's Rocket) won over stablemate Tom's Tornado (Cam's Rocket) by 2 ½ lengths in 1:57.3 giving him 2 wins in 2 stake starts for owner Thomas Cooke. Roger Hans trains and driver Jim Morand picked up his second stakes win for the night. Filly pacer Helaine's Firebird, a daughter of Allie's Western, coasted to a 7 length win in 2:04.3 after Jodi's Sweety caused interference in the first turn. George Dennis drove the filly for owner Frank Chick and trainer Kevin Lare. The 2 YO filly trotting filly Betcha Ur My Baby (You Betcha) redeemed herself this week staying flat and making every pole a winning one for owner Pam Wagner, trainer Duane Wagner and reinsmen William Long. Time for the mile was 2:06.1. The CR Renegade filly Marshalinn held on for second. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes
HARRINGTON, Del. - Kelsey's Commando ($2.20, Victor Kirby) and Overnight Hit ($3.20, Art Stafford Jr.) prevailed in their respective $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) divisions Tuesday for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Harrington Raceway. Owned by Richard Lombardo, JJ&M Stable and Pam Wagner, Kelsey's Commando sat a pocket trip before swinging wide, drifting briefly toward the middle of the track, approaching the three-quarters and eventually reeling in pacesetter Oso Grateful for a narrow in 2:00.1. Linbo Love finished third. Trained by Josh Green, it was the first win in four 2014 starts for "Kelsey." Art Stafford Jr. and Wyatt Starkey's Overnight Hit captured the other division with a front stepping triumph in 2:00. The Giant Hit-sired filly never had an anxious moment in her pacesetting two length win over Bella's Spunkin and Way Over Paid. It was the third win in four 2014 starts for Overnight Hit for trainer/driver/co-owner Stafford Jr. Driver Jim Morand had a triple on the program, while Victor Kirby recorded two wins. The DSBF stakes continue Wednesday as I Like My Boss (9/5, Jon Roberts) looks to keep his unblemished 9-for-9 record intact in one of two divisions for trotting colts. Trained by Bob Shahan, I Like My Boss drew post two in the second division, scheduled ninth on the 15-race program. The eighth race is the first division with Winbak Farm's Call Me Hall (5/2, Jeff Fout) the morning line pick after a runner-up mile to I Like My Boss in a DSBF prep race on June 10. DSBF round two competition will continue through next week beginning Sunday June 22 with the 3-year-old pacing colts. The $100,000 DSBF finals for all divisions will take place Thursday July 24 (special 7 p.m. post time) on Governor's Day during the Delaware State Fair. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - I Like My Boss ($2.10, Jon Roberts) remained unbeaten in nine starts Tuesday with a 1:58.2 triumph Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. The Don Boss Vita 3-year-old made his final prep before the upcoming Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund stakes (June 18) as the overwhelming favorite at 1-to-9 odds from post seven. The Bob Shahan-trainee mounted his attack first over on pacesetter Call Me Hal approaching three-quarters. I Like My Boss appeared to be losing ground on the final turn when Roberts guided him bravely to the inside to trot by the game leader just before the finish. Owned by Shahan, Jimmy Parsons and Ashley Parsons, I Like My Boss improved to 9-for-9 in his career. Driver Victor Kirby won five races on the program. Allan Davis and Jim Morand each had three winners. Delaware driving legend Eddie Davis, who has won over 8,600 races in his career, reached the winner's circle in the 8th race with a horse he co-owns in Bad Break ($53.20). The elder Davis, whose son Allan is the current leading driver at Harrington, had taken several years off from driving but now drives sparingly on horses in his stable. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - Jim Morand entered the record books Tuesday at Harrington Raceway becoming just the 15th driver in North American harness racing history to reach 9,000 wins. Morand, who drove three winners on the program, achieved the milestone win aboard Brenda Teague's Remus Blue Chip ($17.80) in the 13th race. Morand, a native of Windsor, Ontario, learned harness racing under the tutelage of his step father Gerry Bookmyer after moving to Ohio at a young age. He's driven such top horses as Little Brown Jug elimination winner Kiev Hanover, Nuclear Breeze, 2004 Horse of the Year Rainbow Blue, Stampede Hanover, among many others through the course of his career. "I've been lucky to drive a lot of good horses over the years for a lot of great people," said Morand humbly in the winner's circle. "We moved to Delaware shortly after the slots came and it's a nice place to live." Before making the move to Delaware, Morand spent most of his career at Rosecroft Raceway where he dominated the Maryland circuit for many years. His wife Melanie, and three children, sons Kyle and James and daughter Olivia were on hand to see their father reach hallowed ground. Prior to Morand, Ron Pierce was the last to reach 9,000 wins in 2013. Another driving milestone was reached on the Harrington program as Bret Brittingham drove his 2,000th winner aboard Fleeting Flirt N ($5.80) in the ninth race. Brittingham has been a regular on the Delaware circuit for years along with his father, trainer Don Brittingham. The Brittingham stable has trained three recent Horse of the Meet winners at Harrington, including As Bad As Thunder, Raritan Bay and Artciano. Driver George Dennis also had a driving triple on the program. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - Jlrl LLC's Rock On Moe ($4.40, George Dennis) notched his second win in the last three starts at Harrington Raceway Monday in the $17,000 Open Pace in 1:51.3. The Rose Smutz-trainee was sent for the lead as the 6-to-5 post time favorite from post four to fractions of 27.2, 55.4 and 1:23.4. Meanwhile last week's winner, Just A Jolt mounted his attack second over behind a stalling first-over Adventure Bound. Just A Jolt tipped three-wide on the final turn and gobbled up ground late but was unable to reel in pacesetter Rock On Moe who held on by a long neck. The 6-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding has banked more than $53,000 thus far in 2014 after a banner 2013 season when he earned $136,302. Poker Hall followed in close behind Just A Jolt for third. Meanwhile, two Harrington regular drivers are approaching win milestones. Jim Morand, who won the third race with Dreamfair Kovu and 13th race with Chang Dynasty, is closing in on 9,000 wins with 8,997. Morand will become just the 15th driver in North America to reach 9,000 wins. Bret Brittingham, who won the first race with People Are Crazy and fourth with As Bad As Thunder, has 1,996 victories in his pursuit of 2,000. Allan Davis had four winners on the program. Trainer Wayne Givens and Legacy Racing of Delaware had three wins. Dennis and Montrell Teague also had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
Harness racing driver Jim Morand is quickly approaching his 9,000th career win and now needs just 11 victories to reach that impressive milestone. Only 13 other drivers in the history of harness racing have ever achieved that milestone. they are Dave Palone, Herve Filion, Cat Manzi, Tony Morgan, Dave Magee, Walter Case, Jr., Billy Parker, Jr., John Campbell, David Miller, Mike Lachance, Jack Moiseyev, Kevin Wallis and Peter Wrenn. on the training side, Edgar Clarke, who last raced at Tioga Downs, is just one win away from his 1,000th training victory and Roger Hammer, known perhaps more for his driving, is only 19 wins away from his 2,000th training triumph. Driver Wins First Middle Last Name Suffix LTD Wins LTD Earnings Last Track Last Start James A Morand 8,989 $61,704,457 Har 5/18/2014 Samuel D Widger 4,972 $39,296,169 BmlP 5/18/2014 Norman Chris Boring 3,979 $19,828,659 RP 7/6/2013 Gene G Vallandingham 2,990 $13,420,569 CalX 5/10/2014 Timothy W Curtin 2,985 $20,936,317 May 6/6/2013 Lemoyne D Svendsen 2,982 $9,497,188 Canon 5/17/2014 David Floyd Carey 2,980 $2,440,282 Truro 5/18/2014 Rodney J Bolon 1,996 $9,416,626 Mea 5/13/2014 Ron Paul Wrenn 1,995 $6,069,816 SpCk 10/2/2013 Todd G Trites 1,993 $2,825,110 Truro 5/18/2014 Bret E Brittingham 1,989 $11,418,392 Har 5/18/2014 Jerry G E Landess 1,980 $2,037,837 Green 8/23/2013 Kelly R Sheppard 1,971 $9,414,957 FlmD 5/17/2014 RONALD I MATHESON 989 $1,057,275 Chrtn 5/17/2014 Stephen K O'Toole 986 $2,423,974 PRc 9/3/2012 GORDEN A MCKNIGHT 985 $2,915,314 Lon 5/12/2014 Trent P Stohler 985 $5,646,957 HoP 5/17/2014 Clayton Faurot Jr 981 $2,458,705 Mea 5/15/2014 anthony P Haughan 981 $6,923,286 Clntn 5/18/2014 Joseph Ricco Jr 978 $3,728,352 MR 10/31/2013 Nick Royce Roland 976 $3,088,040 Canon 5/17/2014 Rocky Joe Loney 975 $2,413,577 TRR 5/7/2014 John D Finn 975 $3,616,740 BmlP 4/23/2014 D Jimmy Whittemore 975 $5,289,560 VD 5/17/2014 Yves Gauthier 972 $3,959,060 RidC 2/23/2014 Jeffrey A Smith 971 $2,731,809 HoP 5/14/2014 Steven B Norris 970 $2,548,332 RidC 5/14/2014 JIM Russel MILLER 970 $6,556,254 SGR 4/29/2014 Driver earnings First Middle Last Name Suffix LTD Wins LTD Earnings Last Track Last Start Michel Lachance 10,390 $189,946,822 Phl 5/18/2014 George Brennan 8,345 $139,795,813 M 5/17/2014 Luc R Ouellette 8,548 $129,700,484 FlmD 5/11/2014 David R Magee 11,753 $99,863,150 BmlP 5/18/2014 George Napolitano Jr 6,120 $49,786,988 PcD 5/18/2014 Eric C Goodell 4,881 $49,528,639 Phl 5/18/2014 Bradley H Hanners 4,732 $39,659,811 HoP 5/17/2014 Norman Chris Boring 3,979 $19,828,659 RP 7/6/2013 Randy T Tharps 4,661 $19,763,879 ScD 5/17/2014 Jay L Randall 3,711 $19,691,940 Stga 5/18/2014 Thomas D Strauss 2,552 $19,687,609 Wdb 4/5/2014 Darrell L Coville 6,588 $19,653,222 RidC 5/11/2014 Richard Lee Farrington 1,251 $9,974,966 HoP 5/17/2014 Below that are trainers who may be approaching win milestones. USTA started tracking trainer statistics in 1991, so the trainers listed in green may have had training starts and wins prior to 1991, so the Life Wins column for those trainers may not be accurate. Trainer Milestones First Middle Last Name suffix Life Wins Life Earnings Last Track Last Start DOB Roger R Hammer 1981 $17,051,802.00 Mea 5/17/2014 2/18/1946 Edgar R Clarke 999 $5,428,081.00 TgDn 5/18/2014 12/6/1955 Dirk Simpson 979 $10,712,582.00 BmlP 5/18/2014 8/2/1957 Gabriel Boily 978 $2,657,872.00 TrRvs 5/18/2014 4/26/1949 Trond Smedshammer 976 $41,748,775.00 Phl 5/18/2014 3/22/1967 Melissa Beckwith 975 $6,418,995.00 Stga 5/18/2014 3/3/1970 Leo Tourigny 974 $8,178,919.00 TrRvs 5/11/2014 6/5/1939 by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com with statistics from Anne Chunko from the USTA
HARRINGTON, Del. - North State Street Stable's Monochromatic ($4.40, Jim Morand) returned off a three-month layoff with a harness racing victory Tuesday night at Harrington Raceway in the $17,000 Mares Open in 1:53.4. Trained by Dylan Davis, the 9-year-old Dream Away mare found room at the top of the stretch and surged by leader BJ's Sweetheart, who brushed to the front at the half-mile, for the win. Jeremes Sweetheart finished second, while Paradise Lost was third. Monochromatic has 49 career wins and has banked nearly $800,000 lifetime. Allan Davis had three wins on the program. Drivers Montrell Teague, Bret Brittingham and Victor Kirby each had driving doubles.
HARRINGTON, Del. - John Dayton's Just a Jolt ($3.60, Victor Kirby) notched his third straight win and equaled the 4-year-old gelding track record in the process of his 1:51.1 win in the $17,000 Open Monday at Harrington Raceway. The 4-year-old Village Jolt gelding sat fractions of 27.2, 55.4 and 1:24.1 before a sizzling 27-second last quarter for an open length win over Lollipop Kid and Rock On Moe. The time equaled the track record co-held by Western Ace set in 2007. Trained by Jim King Jr., it was the seventh win of the year for Just A Jolt. Driver Eric Goodell had five winners on the program, three for trainer Josh Green. George Dennis, Jim Morand and Victor Kirby each had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - Harry Von Knoblauch's Scootin For Joy ($3.60, Ross Wolfenden) notched a repeat victory in the $17,000 Mares Open Pace Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:53. Trained by Peter Tritton, the 4-year-old Western Paradise mare sat behind 7-to-5 second choice Jeremes Sweetheart throughout, who set fractions of 27.1, 56.1 and 1:25. Meanwhile, the 4-to-5 Scootin For Joy sat loaded with pace and waited her turn down the passing lane for a one-length win. Jeremes Sweetheart held second, while Paradise Lost closed ground late for third. Driver Jim Morand continued his pursuit of 9,000 wins with four wins on the program. Morand has 8,984 career victories. All four of his driving wins were aboard trainer Les Givens' horses. Allan Davis had three victories. Montrell Teague, Ross Wolfenden and Bret Brittingham each had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - Harry Von Knoblauch's Scootin For Joy ($4, Ross Wolfenden) notched her fifth win of the year Tuesday in 1:55.1 over a sloppy racetrack in the $17,000 featured Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. The 4-year-old Western Paradise mare utilized her rail post draw to dictate the fractions and cruised to a four-length score over last week's winner Paradise Lost and My Ideal Hanover. Trained by Peter Tritton, it was the fifth win in seven starts for the winner. Bret Brittingham had five driving wins and is closing in on 2,000 in his career. Jim Morand, who is closing in on 9,000 lifetime wins, had four winners. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway