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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

HARRINGTON, Del. - John Dayton's Just a Jolt ($6.60, Victor Kirby) notched his third consecutive win Monday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:52.4 triumph in the $17,000 Open. The 4-year-old Village Jolt gelding improved to 2-for-2 in 2014 at Harrington, after besting a high-level conditioned group on April 21 in 1:51.3. Trained by Jim King Jr., 'Jolt' sat In The Pocket throughout behind pacesetting favorite Lollipop Kid who strolled through fractions of 27.3, 57.1 and 1:25.3 over the sloppy racetrack. Just A Jolt gathered momentum in mid stretch and surged by to prevail by a narrow margin. Two equine elder statesmen among the local racing colony prevailed later in the card. Art Brewer II's Sharky Osborne ($9.60) earned his 59th career win in the 11th race with a 1:57.3 triumph. The Cam's Card Shark gelding is closing in on $900,000 in career earnings. Meanwhile, 14-year-old Make It Brief ($3.20), also owned by Brewer II, recorded a 1:56.1 victory in the 13th race. The Camluck stallion earned his 45th career win and went over the $875,000 mark in lifetime earnings. Both horses are trained by Kathleen Brewer. Driver Jim Morand inched closer to the 9,000 win club with two winners on the program to give him 8,973 lifetime. Ross Wolfenden, Allan Davis and Eric Goodell also had driving doubles. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

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

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