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Coming off three consecutive wins in the Open ranks at Buffalo, Lutetium ($5.30) proved a gutsy 1:52.4 winner, taking a lifetime mark in the featured $10,000 Miracle Mile 1 Trot at Vernon Downs on Opening Night, April 11. The seven-year-old Credit Winner gelding stayed true to his past strategy, clearing and setting a strong tempo, posting a :26.4 first quarter before facing pressure on the far turn from a first-over Mc Tiny's Hope (John Macdonald). Lutetium responded strongly, digging in through the stretch to stave off Mc Tiny's Hope by 1-1/2 lengths in a dazzling 1:52.4 victory in rein to Aaron Byron. Mc Tiny's Hope held second, with the pocket-sitting Grey Ice (Fern Paquet, Jr.) staying on for third. Mark Laidlaw trains the 24-time winner for owner Colleen Girdlestone. Byron swept the evening's featured events, scoring an 8-1 upset win with Rocks N Bagels in the $8000 Miracle Mile 2 distaff pacers. in first-over fashion, beating a re-rallying Artic Byrd (Truman Gale) and the mid-race pacesetting Asset Management (Fern Paquet, Jr.) in a lifetime best 1:53. The Opening Night card paid tribute to longtime racecaller Jim Moran, who retired after calling the first race of the 2014 season. After the first race, Moran was recognized in the winner's enclosure by staff, management, horsemen, and local dignitaries. “We thank Jim for his many years of service to harness racing at Vernon Downs,” said Jason Settlemoir, Regional Vice President of Racing at Vernon Downs.  “We wish him nothing but the best in his retirement.” by James Witherite, for Vernon Downs

Punters will have an easier time aiming for a big score in trifecta, Pick 3, and Pick 4 wagers this season at Vernon Downs, as the base wager in all three pools has been reduced to .50 cents. "Although our export handle has increased 63% over the past three years, we still look for avenues to increase revenue," commented Vernon director of racing Scott Warren. "We have received a lot of feedback from our regular fans that attend the races live asking for the 50 cent Trifecta back. After discussion in the offseason, we took it a step further by changing the Pick 3 & Pick 4 wagers as well to hopefully grow the pools in these exotic wagers and give fans more bang for their buck." In addition to the lower base wagers, handicappers will have a wealth of information at their fingertips at http://www.vernondowns.com/racing/handicapping.php, with content-driven race analysis and trip notes made available for every race through the 90-program meet. For new fans, the How to Bet section of the Vernon Downs website explains how to read and interpret the program, along with some basic wagering strategies. Follow http://www.vernondowns.com/racing/racing-college.php for more. Opening night (Friday, April 11) post time is 6:45 p.m., and fans will receive a Race Date T-Shirt and Schedule Magnet (while supplies last). Longtime racecaller Jim Moran, who will enter retirement after calling the first race of the season, will also be honored throughout the evening. After the races, a spectacular fireworks display will grace the skies above Central New York's rolling hills. Then Saturday, Vernon Downs wants to help its fans pay off their taxes. With the April 15 Tax Deadline right around the corner, fans will have a chance to enter a contest to win up to $500 towards their tax bill. by James Witherite, for Vernon Downs

DOVER, Del.---- I Like My Boss continued his domination in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Male Trot final keeping his record perfect by winning the third of four $100,000 DSBF finals this week on the penultimate day of Dover Downs season, Wednesday, April 9 at Dover Downs. Driver Jonathan Roberts was content to sit back sixth until reaching the backstretch then he uncorked I Like My Boss and the altered son of Don Boss Vita-Wild One roared to the front and then pulled off for his fourth win of the year. It was his career seventh straight, winning his second $100,000 DSBF final at Dover Downs in five months with an easy 1:57.4 effort. One-time Brandywine driving-champion Bob Shahan trains, co-bred and co-owns I Like My Boss with Jimmy and Ashley Parsons. I Like My Boss has now won $75,000 this year and $145,000 lifetime. Briefs Or Boxers (Carlo Poliseno) was a game second with Toolbox (Bill Long) coming along for third. A 20-1 shot, Winbak Farm bred and owned Call Me Hall with Vic Kirby in the bike came on strong in the closing strides to win the $20,000 DSBF consolation in 1:58.4. LG's Pride (Jim Morand) led from the start until the closing steps, was second with Winmando (Frank Milby) third. Barbara Boese's Awsome Valley, a wire-to-wire winner last week, sat second this time and came on in the lane for a 1:54.1 victory in the $24,000 Open Handicap trot. Tony Morgan drove the Valley Victor-Nannina Ambrosio gelding trained by Ryan McInnis, to his third win of the year good for $50,260 earnings. In his career Awsome Valley has won 21 times and $242,843 lifetime. Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) led until late and settled for second with I'm So Striking (Eddie Dennis) closing for third honors. Ross Wolfenden drove three winners, Corey Callahan, Ron Pierce, George Dennis and Vic Kirby had two wins each. Classic battle in $100,000 DSBF final Thursday Elite Awards, Casino Bags Carlo, both unbeaten three-year-olds pacers after two $20,000 preliminaries, head a strong field of sophomores in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Male Pace final. In addition to a powerful $36,000 Preferred and a $33,000 Delaware Special on the final card of Dover Downs 45th season on Thursday, April 10. Post time is 4:30 p.m. George Dennis will drive Karen Walls’ Elite Awards, winner of last October’s $100,000 freshman final at Harrington, was an easy winner of both DSBF prelim legs. Cavalli Pazzi Stables’ Casino Bags Carlo and Vince Copeland was also impressive in both his winning prelims. Tim Tetrick drove Art Retreat to victory and Virginia Louthan’s homebred Go Big Spinder, handled by Ron Pierce, both won one prelim each. The rest of the fast field of Delaware-sired male pacers is led by Diane and Joel Halpern’s West Star Director and Ben Stafford Jr. with two second-place finishes, Winbak Farm’s Hawker and Jeff Fout, Tom Ireland and trainer Andrew Stafford’s Forced Passage, piloted by Ross Wolfenden and Jim and Phil Mango and driver Bryan Truitt’s Bobbie Power Play, who must leave from post 8.  Joan  Hamstead’s Lewiebyalength (Corey Callahan) and Mike Gannon’s By A Noggin (Vic Kirby) are the program favorites in the $20,000 DSBF consolation. New track record holder, Bandolito, co-owned by trainer-driver Daryl Bier, Charles Dombeck and David Bier, the fastest pacer in the world this year after last week’s 1:48 performance meets KDM Stable’s Tarpon Hanover (David Miller), a 1:49 winner two weeks ago and John Cancelliere’s Emeritus Maximus (Pierce) who has won three straight features at the track, are among the select field in the $36,000 Preferred pace. The Burke Racing, Weaver-Bruscemi, Karr and Collura-owned Take It Back Terry (Wolfenden) and Baron Racing’s Summer Camp (Tetrick), from the rail, complete the fast lineup. Eddie and Kathy Davis’ Nova Artist (Allan Davis), Mary Ann Larrimore’s Believe This Bob (Pierce) and John Dayton’s Just A Jolt (Tetrick) hook up again this week in. Included in the $33,000 Delaware Special. Green Racing and JJ&M Stable All Stienam (Jim Morand). Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool (Dennis), Mike Horn and Bobby Rice Sr.’s Dirty Devil (David Miller) and Brit Evans and Foulk Stable’s Full Of Sand, from the rail are the upset contenders. In addition, a strong undercard is on the program. Dover Downs thanks its many followers at the track and via simulcasting for your patronage during the 2013-2014 meet. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

VERNON, NY--Twenty-five Standardbred horses took part in five non-betting races on Tuesday night (April 8) as Vernon Downs conducted its third qualifying session in preparation for its 61st season. An enthusiastic crown turned out for the track's annual Media Night festivities and watched 17 trotters and eight pacers try to convince the judges of their abilities to compete in pari-mutuel races at the central New York harness track. Ashton Seelster, owned by trainer/driver Gary Clark and his wife, Fay, turned in a brisk 1:58.4 performance over a "sloppy" 7/8ths-mile oval to earn fastest-mile-of-the-night honors. The bay 7-year-old horse is a son of Camluck and out of the Astreos-mare Angelina Seelster. Vernon will begin its 2014 schedule with a 10-race program this Friday night (Apr. 11) that will include five trotting and a like number of pacing events. A $10,000 Miracle Mile-1 trot will serve as Friday's feature in race two. First post will be at 6:45 p.m. Veteran announcer Jim Moran will end 52 seasons at the track after calling Friday's first race. It will mark his 50th year as the track's "race-caller." DOWNS DOINGS--Vernon will complete its opening weekend with an 11-race card at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday (Apr. 12)...Former Vernon horseman Jeff Tallarino has been named Presiding Judge for the track's 90-card campaign...A final pre-season qualifying program is planned for Friday morning. By Jim Moran, for Vernon Downs

DOVER, Del.---- Overnight Hit overtook front trotting Kelsey's Commando on the final turn and then sped to a 1:59 victory in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly Trot final, the second of four $100,000 DSBF finals this week at Dover Downs on Tuesday, April 8 at Dover Downs. Art Stafford Jr., trains, drives and co-owns Overnight Hit with Wyatt Starkey. The Giant Hit-Overnight Rail bay won for the second straight time in three starts this season. Kelsey's Commando (Vic Kirby), winner of both $100,000 frosh filly finals had the early lead before Stafford moved his filly up on the outside and quickly overtook the leader. Overnight Hit was all alone at the finish line with Even Brighter (Bret Brittingham) getting past Kelsey's Commando nearing the wire for second money. Overnight Hit has now won four of nine lifetime races with two second and two thirds. She has banked $189,210 in her short career. In the $20,000 DSBF consolation, After stalking Canterbury Girl (Wayde Marsh) for three quarters, Jim Morand moved Linbo Love out of second and soon took over and opened up a big lead on the way to a 2:03.3 victory, It was the first win in 10 starts for Linbo Love, a chestnut daughter of Linbo-Just Lips trained by Les Givens for Nanticoke Racing and its breeders Charles and Diane Coursey. Canterbury Girl finished second. Some Sweet Lady (Les Givens) finished third. Ross Wolfenden, Allan Davis, trainer JohWagonhoffer and Beaver Creek Farms scored two wins each.. Unbeaten I Like My Boss heads $100,000 final Wednesday Unbeaten I Like My Boss leads a field of eight in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Male Trot Final while Enrico AS seeks a third consecutive win in the $24,000 Open Trot Handicap on the regular card on Wednesday, March 9 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. In the first DSBF $20,000 trot, Briefs Or Boxers, owned, trained and driven by Carlo Poliseno, is program favorite after winning a 1st leg last week. Gateway Stable's Streets Of Gold with Eddie Davis Jr. and Charles Winbrow and Jimmy Lunn's AJ Commander and Ross Wolflenden lead the opposition. I Like My Boss teamed with Jonathan Roberts has won all six of his lifetime starts for breeders- owners trainer Bob Shahan and Jimmy and Angela Parsons and is the race favorite. Last week a pair of up setters made the winner's circle in their $20,000 preliminary divisions; Crawford Rayne's Toolbox and Bill Long, in only the gelding's second career start and Gateway Stable's Street Of Gold, with Eddie Davis Jr. driving. Eli Beiler and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr.'s Bosston BNZ and Briefs And Boxers, owned, trained and driven by Carlo Poliseno are the other prelim leg winners. The other starters are Providence West Inc.'s Odessa piloted by Kim Vincent and Marvin Meyer's My Boy Charlie and driver Roger Plante. Syl King's Whichwayrightrleft (Ross Wolfenden) is the one to beat in a $20,000 DSBF trot consolation. on meet closing day, Thursday, April 10, male pacers. Enrico AS (Ron Pierce) has won his last two races in-a-row and three of his last four starts for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, The five-year-old leaves from post 6 in the $24,000Open/Handicap trot, Barbara Boese's Awsome Valley (Tony Morgan) is fresh from a front-end win last start. Walt Callam's Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) has been sharp all meet and a three-time winner. Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stables' I'm So Striking (Eddie Dennis) is a strong closer. Rich Poillucci's Guiltywithanexcuse (Daryl Bier) just missed finishing second by a neck last week and Benbar Stable's Cadillac Cruiser (Davis Jr.) completes the starting lineup. On Friday, the meet comes to a close with a $100,000 DSBF sophomore male pace, the headline event of Dover Downs' closing program this meet. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

In 1962, a young man named Jim Moran ventured from his home in Springfield, Massachusetts to central New York at the suggestion of his uncle Bud Hebert. Hebert, the Vernon Downs racecaller, would see his nephew assume the Clerk of Course position for that first season there. Moran then took on the role of assistant race secretary the subsequent season, and in 1964 would become the full-time announcer. Fifty years and 73,000 races later, Jim Moran will call his last race this Friday (April 11), as Vernon Downs opens for the 2014 season. In a half-century atop the Vernon Downs grandstand, Moran has seen some of the greatest horses, trainers, and drivers in the history of American harness racing through his binoculars. "We got to see Bret Hanover, who was probably my all-time favorite horse," Moran reminisced. "I didn't get to call Bret Hanover as a two-year-old, but the following year (1965) I did get to call his race. We drew 14,000 people, which was the biggest racing crowd ever at Vernon. He won the race, continued his winning ways, and came back as a four-year-old. He also had a world record time trial at Vernon." Fourteen years later, another young pacer graced the Vernon backstretch, and eventually proved himself as one of the few worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as Bret Hanover. His name was Niatross. Moran continued about seeing Niatross develop as a two-year-old: "Then Niatross came along, and Clint Galbraith developed him on the Vernon backstretch. I crossed the paddock one night, saw Clint after Niatross had won a couple baby races, and said 'That's kind of a nice colt you've got there,' and he said 'Jim, he's gonna be something special.' Sure enough, he became Horse of the Year two times." Moran has seen many developments in harness racing through his time documenting the sport, namely in terms of safety and speed. "By taking out the hub rail and putting the plastic wheel discs on the racebikes, the sport became a lot safer, and in turn, faster through improvement of the breed and equipment," Moran explained. "In the first season at Vernon Downs there were only four 2:00 miles. Last year, 1,100 of the races were 2:00 miles, including two of the fastest miles ever here." In addition to calling a "Who's Who" of harness racing athletes, both human and equine, Moran has been feted for his efforts as a harness racing publicist and historian on numerous occasions. He received the North America Harness Publicists Association's Golden Pen Award in 1990, was elected to the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame in 2003, and was inducted into the Communicators' Corner of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2009. While Moran looks forward to more time with his wife of 49 years Suzanne, their three children, and three grandchildren, he has every plan on capping his career at Vernon on a very high note. "There are things I'm going to miss about the sport, I'm sure, and as far as calling the last race goes, I hope I can still do the job like I used to. I've told people in recent years that I may not be as good as I once was, but I can be good once as I ever was, and hopefully I'll be as good once on Opening Night." by James Witherite, for Vernon Downs

DOVER, Del.---- There was a mild surprise in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly pace final, Fashion Guru went right to the front for Tim Tetrick and never looked back fashioning a 1:54.3 triumph in the first of four $100,000 DSBF finals this week. On the regular card, Spend It All won the $24,000 Mares Open pace on a drizzling Monday, April 7 at Dover Downs. Driver Ron Pierce won four races. Second in both her $20,000 preliminaries, this time the Ben Stafford trained filly for Winbak Farm, took control early with a :26.3 opening panel and continued on for her fourth win with four seconds in nine lifetime starts. The Rustler Hanover-Natural Luck homebred now has boosted her career earnings to $75,925. Jonigold (Corey Callahan), who left from the outside but relinquished the lead to Fashion Guru, was second. Megginspin (Ron Pierce) closed for third money. Fashion Guru went off at odds of 4-1 and paid $10.00 to win. The public-choice, Seboomook Fool Yah (Allan Davis), had won both her prelims impressively, but after making an unsuccessful bid on the backstretch flattened out finished off the board for the first time in her 13 race career. In the $20,000 DSBF consolation, Corey Callahan took Treasure Valley to the front and then had to ward off a challenge from Juliana's Director on the backstretch before pulling away to a 1:57.2 victory. The Roddy's Bags Again-Fox Valley Hooker filly is trained by Del Cote for owners Henry Faragalli III, Trevor Johnson and Joe Thomson. Hen's Playmate (Eddie Davis Jr.) came on to finish second in front of Crushed Again (Vic Kirby). Reversing racing positions from the previous two weeks, Jeremes Sweetheart and Ron Pierce cut out the fractions with Spend It All getting a 2-hole trip in the $24,000 Mares Open pace. This week, it was Spend It All, and driver Jim Morand, that took the passing lane route and came away with a 1:54 victory. Les Givens conditions the Tell All-Dream Card four-year-old to her first win of the year and 17th of a two-year career. Spend It All, owned by Brooke Givens and Steve Head, has earned $163,290 lifetime. Alexachase (Bret Brittingham) was first over again and had to settle for third. Scootin For Joy came out of third half way down the stretch then won the foot race to the finish line in 1:53.1 to win the $17,500 Mares Winners-Over pace. Ron Pierce picked up his third win of the day guiding the four-year-old Western Paradise-Scooting Annie daughter to her fourth win of the year for trainer Pete Tritton and owner Harry von Knoblauch. Lloyd's Lady (Montrell Teague) sat second from the start and finished second with front-pacing Pacific Wine (Corey Callahan) having to finish third. Pierce led all drivers with four trips to the winner's circle; meet leader Callahan had a triple. 100,000 DSBF 3YO Filly Trot final Tuesday Eight start in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly Trot Final, the Tuesday, April 8 feature race during Dover Downs final week of racing this meet. Last week - trainer, driver and co-owner Art Stafford Jr. with Wyatt Starkey - guided Overnight Hit to a mild upset overtaking favorite JJ&M Stable, Richard Lombardo and breeder Pam Wagner’s Kelsey’s Commando and Vic Kirby, for the 1:58 victory. Meanwhile, Stop The Jade Farm’s Bella’s Spunkin, driven by Allan Davis, scored his second straight prelim victory. The other $20,000 DSBF prelim was won by 30-1 longshot Onery Inc.’s Even Brighter piloted by Bret Brittingham. The rest of the contenders are; Lowe Walker and ONB’s Gogh Gogh teamed with Tony Morgan; Ed and Karen Wells’ Oso Grateful and George Dennis, Way Over Paid, owned, trained and driven by Bryan Truitt burdened by outside post 8 and Limborghini with Eddie Davis Jr. bred and trained by Andy Markano and co-owners E.L. Goans and V.P. Schoeffel. The final week of Dover Downs’ 45th season presents a $100,000 DSBF Final for sophomore male trotters on Wednesday. The $100,000 colt and gelding final is the closing day headliner on Thursday. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del. ---- In the final week of Dover Downs 45th season, Seboomook Fool Yah, winner of two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) preliminaries for three-year-old filly pacer, and one-prelim winners; Jonigold, Reflected Art, Angel Face and I'm Won Rum Wiser race in the $100,000 final. Also on tap Jeremes Sweetheart seeks a third straight win in the $24,000 Mares Open pace, on Monday, April 7. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Garnet O'Marrow's homebred Seboomook Fool Yah, with Allan Davis in the sulky, was an impressive winner of both of his $20,000 prelims. The Wiz Kids Stable has interest in two of the eight starters. One is Jonigold, with Corey Callahan driving from post 8, the other as partner with Tina Dennis and driver George Dennis on I'm Won Rum Wiser. LeBlanc Racing and Winbak Farm's Reflected Art, piloted by Ross Wolfenden, was a 24-1 opening leg winner and finished second in his other prelim. Winbak Farms also has two contenders; Angel Face, handled by Tony Morgan, with one prelim win and Fashion Guru with Ben Stafford Jr., who finished second in both her prelims. Other contenders include Virginia Louthan's homebred Megginspin with Ron Pierce at the controls and Gloria Keefe and trainer Sammy Belote's homebred Bettylou Who, with driver Bret Brittngham leaving from post 1. There is also a $20,000 DSBF consolation led by program favorite Henry Faragalli III, T.P. Johnson and Joe Thomson's Treasure Valley (Corey Callahan) and Jeff Bartels' Crushed Again driven by Vic Kirby. From the rail. Ed Walls' Mommom's Little C (Jonathan Roberts) from outside post 7. and Marjorie Richards and Judith Leonard's Thersa (G. Dennis) are other contenders. The final $24,000 Mares Open Handicap pace of the meet reunites Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta's Jeremes Sweetheart (Pierce) and Spend It All (Jim Morand) owned by Steve Head and Brooke Givens. They were separated by a nose in both of their last two week's meetings with Jeremes Sweetheart getting up using the passing lane both times. Last week Kimberley and trainer Johnny Waite's Alexachase (Bret Bittingham) was a game third with D.R. Van Witzenburg and George Golemes' Ideal Ginny (Davis), fourth. The other starters are owner-trainer Bob Winkelman's Paradise Lost (Wolfenden), Richard Lester and trainer Tony Domino's Alice's Restaurant (Kirby) stepping up after a win last week and first time 2014 starter Bags Of Stars (Callahan) racing for Dianne and Joel Halpern. A $100,000 DSBF soph filly trot final is the Tuesday headliner. Hasty Western in lifetime best mile Sunday Hasty Western, an 8-1 shot, came on in the stretch to score a lifetime fastest, 1:51.3, victory in the $20,000-25,000 Male Claiming pace on the final Sunday of the Dover Downs 2013-2014 season on April 6. Driver Allan Davis won a four bagger.  Well back in the nine-horse field, Hasty Western never became involved until the contestants reached the top of the lane. From the half until mid-stretch, Lord Terror (Sean Bier) and Andy Roo (Tony Morgan) engaged in a heated side-by-side battle. Allan Davis then sent Hasty Western four-wide and rolled to the finish line holding off Raritan Bay (Bret Brittingham) at the wire.  Lord Terror, who had two claims on him, bravely held on for third place. Mark Givens and Legacy Racing own the winner, a Western Hanover-Up Front Sassy gelding who won for the second time this year. Boca Hanover registered her fourth consecutive victory as trainer-driver Frank Milby piloted The Panderosa-Bikini Hanover 12-year-old to victory for Denise Beaver. RD Elegant Yankee (Roger Plante) took second with If Only You Knew (Mike Rossi) coming on for third.   Allan Davis completed the day with four wins; owner Legacy Racing of Delaware, trainer Wayne Givens and driver Jim Morand, who usually doesn’t drive on Sundays, had two wins each. Only four more racing days this meet with each featuring a $100,000 DSBF final daily. 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

DOVER, Del.---- Seboomook Fool Yah led off the 2nd leg, Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 preliminaries with a strong 1:54.4 performance. Jonigold won the second division wire-to-wire also in 1:54.4., $24,000 Mares Open Handicap pace on Monday, March 31 at Dover Downs. Allan Davis took the lead from post 7 in the opening $20,000 prelim and fought off a strong challenge from Megginspin (Ron Pierce) on the backstretch to pull away to her second straight win of the year and ninth career victory in 11 starts for breeder, owner, trainer Garnet O'Marrow. Fashion Guru (Ben Stafford Jr.) sat behind the dueling leaders before closing in the stretch to secure second place. Megginspin was third. A Gamblers Dream-Seboomook Mao filly, the Wayne Givens trainee leads all DSBF two and three-year- old fillies with two season earnings of $130,286. In the DSBF 2nd leg division and in similar racing style, trainer Bart Dalious hustled Jonigold away quickly to take the lead at the quarter and then set sail for his first win, after a third last week, in 1:55.4 for The Wiz Kids Stable. The Headmaster-Golden Delicious filly has won three of eight career races. Reflected Art (Ross Wolfenden) who took a shot at the winner heading to the final turn held on second money. Crushed Again (Vic Kirby) was the show finisher Winbak Farm's Angel Face registered her first lifetime win scoring a 1:56 decision in the 3rd $20,000 division. Tony Morgan drove the daughter of Rustler Hanover-Angel Place to victory holding off race-favorite Treasure Valley (Corey Callahan) in the stretch. Bettylou Who Bret Brittingham) finished third. The top eight point-getters in the DSBF prelims return next week for $100,000 finals. Jeremes Sweetheart, steered by Hall of Famer Ron Pierce, used the passing lane to nip front-pacing Spend It All (Jim Morand) in the final step to win the $24,000 Mares Open Handicap in 1:52. The five-year-old Jereme's Jet Fox Valley Evanna matron won in the same way as last week taking the distaff feature again beating Spend It All. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta have gotten a check in all but one of her 2014 starts. He has four wins, a second and four thirds banking $58,320 in purses this year. She has won $322,712 lifetime. Alexachase (Bret Brittingham) raced first over gamely but had to accept finishing third. Three drivers were responsible for 10 winners. Pierce led all drivers with four wins, Allan Davis and Vic Kirby three wins apiece. A pair of $20,000 DSBF 2nd leg sophomore filly paces headlines the Tuesday racing card. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del. ---- I'm Won Rum Wiser and Reflected Art, 1st leg winners, lead two of three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) preliminaries for three-year-old filly pacers on Monday, March 31. Jeremes Sweetheart seeks a repeat in the $24,000 Mares Open pace, at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Two of last week's winners match strides in the opening $20,000 DSBF 2nd leg prelim. I'm Won Rum Wiser, owned by The Wiz Kids Stable and Tina and driver George Dennis takes on Garnet O'Marrow's homebred Seboomook Fool Yah while Winbak Farm's Fashion Guru with Ben Stafford Jr., second last week, leaves from post 1. Another contender is Virginia Louthan's homebred Meggispin and Ron Pierce, who also was second last Monday. In the second $20,000 prelim, LeBlanc Racing and Winbak Farm's Reflected Art (Ross Wolfenden) came on strong at 24-1 for an opening week victory. Also racing well was The Wiz Kids Stable's Jonigold (Bart Dalious) who was passed leading on the backstretch but came on to finish third. Jeff Bartels' Crushed Again (Vic Kirby) also was a third-place finisher. The third DSBF prelim is a wide-open event led by Henry Faragalli III, T.P. Johnson and Joe Thomson's Treasure Valley (Corey Callahan) from the rail. Ed Walls' Mommom's Little C (Jonathan Roberts) from outside post 7.Winbak Farms' Angel Face (Tony Morgan) and Marjorie Richards and Judith Leonard's Thersa (G. Dennis) are other contenders. A select field of five race for a $24,000 purse in the Mares Open Handicap pace. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta's Jeremes Sweetheart (Pierce) closed along the passing lane to win last week's distaff feature. Spend It All (Jim Morand) cut out the fast pace for owners Steve Head and Brooke Givens, and had to settle for second place. Owner-trainer Bob Winkelman's Paradise Lost (Wolfenden) has accounted for a win, two seconds and four thirds in her last nine starts. Alexachase, owned by Kimberley and trainer Johnny Waite, is a strong closer. Drawing the rail is DR Van Wizenburg and George Golemes' Ideal Ginny A. Davis) stepping up after a win last time. Lord Terror is nose the best at Dover Lord Terror swept from last at the top of the stretch to a 1:54.4 victory by a nose in the $20,000-$25,000 Male Claiming Allowance on a rain drenched  Sunday, March 31 at Dover Downs. As the field of seven turned down the homestretch, Sean Bier took Lord Terror four-wide and then stormed down the lane to catch Raritan Bay (Bret Brittingham) in the final stride for his fourth victory of the year. Jenifer Kolessar owns the Western Terror-Cheryl Hanover gelding who she claimed out of his last win three starts back. Crissy Bier trains the winner who bested Raritan Bay and Cash Cab (Jonathan Roberts) in the photo.  Denise Beaver’s Boca Hanover scored his third straight victory in 1:56.4 with Frank Milby in the bike in a Delaware Mares pace holding off Taylor B Swift (Jonathan Roberts) by a head. Powerful Honey (Tony Morgan) finished third. Trainer Joe Hundterpfund had a big night haltering three winner, two of which he owns. George Dennis and Montrell Teague drove three winners, Allan Davis had two wins. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.---- I Like My Boss, Briefs Or Boxers and Bosston BNZ won their 1st leg $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 Three-Year-Old Male Trot preliminaries on Wednesday, March 27 at Dover Downs. Unbeaten I Like My Boss extended his win streak to five as Jonathan Roberts steered the altered son of Don Boss Vita-Wild One to an easy 2:01.1 victory in the first $20,000 prelim. Jimmy and A.M. Parsons and Bobby Shahan bred and own the winner of two races this year and $85,000 lifetime earnings. Call Me Hal (Vic Kirby) finished second in front of Boo's The Boss (Allan Davis) third. Owner, trainer, driver Carlo Poliseno and Briefs And Boxers got up in the last step to win the second DSBF prelim edging Winmando (Frank Milby) in 2:01/ LG's Pride (Jim Morand) had the lead in the stretch and held on for third. The victory was the second in nine starts with a second and two thirds for the Political Briefing-Prestigious Roz gelding. Bosston BNZ made his first start of the year a successful one scoring a 2:00 triumph in the third $20,000 prelim. Art Stafford Jr., who trains, drives and owns the winner with Eli Beiler, now has two wins, three seconds and two thirds in seven lifetime races. Odessa (Kim Vincent) was runner-up with My Boy Charlie (Roger Plante) the show finisher. DSBF 2nd leg events will be held all next week, with the trotting colts and geldings back next Wednesday. The top eight point-getters after two weeks return for a $100,000 final on April 9. On the regular program, Enrico AS won for the second time in three weeks coming from behind to notch a career fastest 1:55.1 victory in the $15,500 Winners-Over trot. Hall of Famer Ron Pierce was in the bike for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. Race leader Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) held on for second. Awsome Valley (Tony Morgan) was a close third. A chestnut gelding son of Allstar Hall-Caspian, Enrico AS has earned $34,460 this year and $205,988 lifetime. Mach Lady, the winningest horse at the meet this year, and Jim Morand, won for the sixth time in seven starts, rolling to a 1:54 victory in a $6,500 Mares pace. George Dennis led all drivers with three winners. Pierce, with two wins, is currently in third place in the driver standings (115). Allan Davis, fourth in the standings, and Tony Morgan, had doubles. Emeritus Maximus steps up to the $30,000 Preferred pace meeting Nova Artist and Believe This Bob in the Thursday feature. Three DSBF pace divisions on Thursday Three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Male Paces conclude the first of two weeks of preliminaries. Karen Walls’ Elite Awards, with George Dennis, winner of the $100,000 freshman final last November at Harrington, leads the first $20,000 division, Cavalli Pazzi Stables’ Casino Bags Carlo and Vince Copeland, the second, while Virginia Louthan’s Go Big Spender, with Ron Pierce in the third section. Emeritus Maximus, a high-priced purchase last Winter, brings three wins including his last two straight to the $30,000 Preferred/Handicap on  Thursday, March 20 meeting Nova Artist and Believe This Bob in the feature race at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Ron Pierce will drive John Cancelliere’s Emeritus Maximus, a career winner of $315,155 for trainer Tom Cancellieri. Two of the other contenders also won their last starts. Mary Ann Larrimore’s Believe This Bob, driven by Montrell Teague, won last week’s $27,500 Delaware Special while Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis’ Lindwood Player piloted by returnee Corey Callahan, an impressive Open winner. Eddie and Kathy Davis’ Nova Artist and Allan Davis finished second last week. JJ&M Stable and Green Racing’s All Stienam, a four-time feature winner earlier in the meet, will be reined by Ross Wolfenden. The competitive Feel Like A Fool with George Dennis driving for Kovach leaves from the rail. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.---- A trio of $20,000 DSBF Three-Year-Old Colt trots and a $15,500 Winners-Over trot share Wednesday, March 26 headlines with three winners last time out - Spunky Jack, Boffin and Jailhouse Juice - tangle in this week's $15,500 Winners-Over feature trot at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. In the first Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $20,000 event, Jonathan Roberts' drives I Like My Boss, undefeated in four career races, The $100,000 DSBF Final winner last November is bred and owned by trainer Bob Shahan and Jimmy and A.M. Parsons. Boo's The Boss, with Allan Davis driving for Howard Taylor, Rich Lombardo and JJ&M Stable and Winbak Farm's Call Me Hal, driven by Vic Kirby head the opposition. Syl King's Whichwayrightrleft (Ross Wolfenden) is the one to beat in the second $20,000 prelim. Trainer-driver Carlo Poliseno's Briefs Or Boxers, Faragalli, Johnson and Nanticoke Racing's LG's Pride (Jim Morand) and John and Sarah Swart's Winmando (Frank Milby) head the challengers. Bosston BNZ, trained and driven by Art Stafford Jr, co-owned with Eli Beiler and Providence West's Odessa (Kim Vincent) drew posts 1 and 2 in the third $20,000 prelim. In the $15,500 Winners-Over trot, Angela Coombs' Boffin (G.Dennis) scored the fastest win, a 1:54.3 decision, the third win in four races this year for trainer Kevin Lare. Jailhouse Juice was a wire-to-wire 1:54.4 winner. Toby Lynch owns the gelding with his son Jason Lynch. Walt Callam's Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) was never headed in 1:56 in his previous outing. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta's Enrico AS (Ron Pierce) had considerable road-trouble in last week's feature. Several are dropping down from the Open ranks: Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stables' fast finishing I'm So Striking (Eddie Dennis); JL Benson Stable's Arriba Amigo (Allan Davis); and Struttin Conway (Ross Wolfenden) leaves from post 9 in the second tier. Upset winners in DSBF second leg Tuesday Even Brighter and Bella’s Spunkin were upset winner in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 Three-Year-Old Filly Pace 1st leg preliminaries on a day of longshots over a snowflake-showed “good’ track, Tuesday, March 18 at Dover Downs. Even Brighter pulled a 30-1 surprise in the first DSBF prelim when Bret Brittingham guided the three-year-old daughter of Giant Hit-Even Bolder to a come-from-behind first career win in 2:01.4 for Onery Inc.  Gogh Gogh (Tony Morgan) finished second with Oso Grateful (George Dennis) third. Race favorite Way Over Paid (Bryan Truitt) was out-of-the money.  Bella’s Spunkin, off at 5-1, was the up-setter in the second $20,000 DSBF trot winning a three-horse photo on the inside in 2:00.1.  Allan Davis drove the Stop The Jade Farm-owned sophomore to the win edging race-favorite Kelsey’s Commando (Vic Kirby) second and Overnight Hit (Art Stafford Jr.) at the wire. Each day next week, the second legs of the four DSBF preliminaries will be raced. The top eight point getters after two legs in the soph filly pace return for a $100,000 final on April 7. Four drivers dominated the snow filled program winning 12 of 15 races. Tim Tetrick won four races while Tony Morgan and Allan Davis had three wins each and George Dennis, a double. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.---- The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund kicked off its preliminaries for sophomores on Monday with three $20,000 filly pace divisions with two favorites and a longshot posting wins. Meanwhile Jeremes Sweetheart got back in the win column in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap on March 24 at Dover Downs. Seboomook Boo Yah, winner of last Fall's $100,000 freshman final, returned in top form in her first start of the year, as Allan Davis guided the Garnet O'Marrow homebred daughter of Gambler's Dream-Seboomook Mao to a 1:55.3 win overtaking front pacing Fashion Guru (Ben Stafford Jr.) in the dash to the finish line. Wayne Givens conditions the winner, who now has won eight of 11 starts with two third racking up $120,286 in purses. I'm Won Rum Wiser was the other favorite to win her seasonal debut. The $100,000 Harrington Final-winner notched a 1:57 success in her $20,000 DSBF prelim with trainer George Dennis in the bike. The Headmaster-La Gloria Cubana filly won for the sixth time in nine starts, all in the money. The Wiz Kinds Stable and breeders George & Tina Dennis own the winner of $112,150 in her career. Bettylou Who (Bret Brittingham) slipped along the passing lane to finish second in front of Mommom's Little C (Jonathan Roberts) third. The lone upset came when the Steve LeBlanc-trained Reflected Art pulled a 24-1 surprise in the other $20,000 prelim. Ross Wolfenden roared past race favorite Jonigold heading to the three-quarters and sped away to a 1:54.4 lifetime mark. Megginspin (Ron Piece) closed along the passing lane to finish second with Jonigold (Bart Dalious) taking third place. The victory was the first of the year and second lifetime for Reflected Art, a daughter of Artzina-Queen Jodi owned by Winbak Farm and LeBlanc Racing. In the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap, Jeremes Sweetheart raced second until the final step when the Jereme's Jet-Fox Valley Evanna five-year-old nosed past Spend It All for a 1:51.4 triumph. Ron Pierce drove the winner stalking Spend It All (Jim Morand) from the start until the stretch when Jeremes Sweetheart sped to the inside and rushed to victory for the third time in 2014, only once finished out of the money in nine races. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta own Jeremes Sweetheart, a $46,320 winner this year and $310,712 lifetime. The greatly improved Paradise Lost (Ross Wolfenden) was only a head-back in third. Ron Pierce and Allan Davis led all drivers with three wins apiece; Tim Tetrick, Montrell Teague and owner and trainer Trish Foulk added two wins each. On Tuesday, March 25, two $20,000 divisions of DSBF Three-Year-Old Filly Pace 1st prelim divisions top the 15-race card. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.----, Believe This Bob stormed past Nova Artist in deep stretch to win this week's $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap in a lifetime best 1:50.1 clocking on a beautiful first day of Spring, Thursday, March 20 at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick took Jeremy's Successor into an early lead only to succumb to a strong challenge from Allan Davis-driven Nova Artist at the three quarters. Believe This Bob had followed Nova Artist on the outside and was able to find room in second place as Jeremey's Successor faltered. On the turn for home Montrell Teague urged Believe This Bob alongside Nova Artist and then on to a 1:50.1 victory in the week's top pace. Mary Ann Larrimore owns Believe This Bob, now trained by Joe Skowyra, It was the first win of the year in three starts for the Beach Romeo-Believe That Gal gelding who won for the 17th time raising his career earnings to $166,236. All Stienam, driven by Ross Wolfenden finished third. At odds of nearly 6-1, Believe This Bob paid $13.60 to win. Tim Tetrick, who combined with track leading trainer Dylan Davis for a perfect three-for-three, won the sub-feature $17,500 Open Handicap with Lindwood Player in a career best clocking of 1:50.3. Mike Casalino, who had two of those winners, and trainer Davis, own The Panderosa-Driect Player five-year-old, now a four-time winner this meet. His earnings stand at $48,855 this year and 237,024 lifetime. Wahine (Jim Morand) was runner-up with Mr. Dennis (Wolfenden) the show horse. Summer Camp got up in 1:50.2 to win the $15,500 Male Winners-Over pace with Ron Pierce at the controls. Baron Racing owns the Rocknroll-Roman Art gelding who posted his third win of the year in six starts for $31,900 in 2014 and 513,610 lifetime In a $10,000 DSBF Three-Year-Old Colt pace prelim, Elite Awards warmed up for the $20,000 1st leg next week disposing of six foes easily in 1:54.3. George Dennis drove the Karen Walls Powerful Toy-Silk Slip gelding trained by Dave Rearic. It was Elite Awards' first start of the year. His record is now seven wins in eight races winning $104,225. Bobbies Power Play (Bryan Truitt) was second in front of Powerful Fella (Wolfenden). The race local fans were waiting for came in the 15th when Ideal American, a winner of five in a row, met heralded Fire In The Belly in s $13,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Male pace. As might be expected, Fire In The Belly, handled by Trace Tetrick, and Ideal American, with George Dennis, raced side by side approaching the finish line, Ideal American broke stride, and had to accept second-place. In the 1:51.2 mile. Tom Kemp owns Fire In The Belly trained by Jim King. There was no show wagering. Tim Tetrick and meet-leading trainer Dylan Davis had triples. Trace Tetrick, Allan Davis, George Dennis and trainer Josh Green won two races each. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs    

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  

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