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HARRINGTON, Del. - Driver Victor Kirby joined the 3,000 win club Thursday at Harrington Raceway completing a three-win day to reach the milestone at Harrington Raceway. After winning one race earlier in the day at Harrah's Philadelphia, Kirby started the Harrington card with a win in the first with Stirling Charisma ($19) before taking the sixth with Cashco ($5.60) to reach 3,000 career wins. "It might just be another win to somebody, but it's a big win to me," said Kirby, who learned the business of racing from his grandfather Vinal Kirby as well as trainer John Wagner. "My grandfather laid the foundation, teaching me general horsemanship. John Wagner, all respect to him is just a great horseman. I owe a lot to both of those guys." While Kirby has won many races driving for his own small stable, as well as for some larger outfits, the lion's share of his wins have come driving for trainers with more diminutive sized stables. "I get a lot of gratification winning races for guys with small stables," Kirby added. "It's great to drive for the big stables and win for them but it's really special winning for the ones that only have maybe two or three in their stable." The 41-year-old Kirby currently drives full-time at Harrington as well as many days at Harrah's Philadelphia before spending most of the winter at Dover Downs. George Dennis won three races on the program, including a win aboard first-time starting freshman filly Totally Rusty - a daughter of Rusty's For Real - who prevailed in 1:57.2 for trainer Doug Lewis. Another 2-year-old with an auspicious debut Thursday was out of the Les Givens stable, when Quick Art made a brush to the lead near the half-mile and scored a decisive 1:57 score as a son of Artzina. The Harrington meet will now go on a break as preparations are made for the Delaware State Fair (July 17-26), where racing will take place on July 24th for the annual Governor's Day program (7 p.m. post time). The summer/fall meet will resume on a Monday through Thursday schedule beginning August 18 through October 23. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

As was first reported in last August, two trainers have plea bargained with the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission (PHRC) to minor benefits and still will be suspened for years from racing along with some stiff money fines.   The PHRC has reached an agreement with two trainers whose horses tested positive for the blood-boosting drug darbepoetin (Aranesp) last May after racing at Harrah's Philadelphia. Trainers Chastity L. Dege of Seaford, Del., and John Wagner of Centerville, Md., were originally fined $5,000, suspended for five years, and the purse money earned by the horses was to be returned and redistributed.   The PHRC reduced the suspension part of the penalties for Dege to three years and to Wagner to four years, and kept the $5,000 fines and loss of purse intact.   To read the rest of the story click here

HARRINGTON, Del. – Karen Walls’ Elite Awards ($2.40, George Dennis) was the fastest of three $20,000 divisional DSBF (Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund) winners for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings Tuesday at Harrington Raceway after a 1:56.3 triumph.  The Powerful Toy gelding was positioned second over as Forced Passage set fractions of 28.3, 58.4 and 1:27.4. Elite Awards appeared headstrong at times but gathered momentum under confident urging and surged three-wide near the top of the stretch and cruised to an open length win over Casino Bags Carlo and Bohemia. Trained by David Rearic, it was the second win in three career starts for Elite Awards.  Winbak Farm’s Hawker ($2.10, Jeff Fout) won his division in 1:56.4. The Artzina gelding never had an anxious moment in his wire-to-wire win for trainer/driver Fout over Solace and Art Retreat.  In an early non-wagering division, Lloyd Gilmour’s Above The Storm (John Wagner) prevailed in 1:57 over Glow Again and Go Big Spinder. A son of Gamblers Dream, it was his first career win in six starts for trainer Jim Coughlin.  In the $19,000 Mares Open, North State Street Stable’s Monochromatic ($3.40, Corey Callahan) notched her 11th win of the year, matching her total from 2012, with a 1:52.4 victory over Lorrie Please and Scarlet Pandemic. The 8-year-old Dream Away mare, ‘Mono’ was the pacesetter in her 44th career win. She has banked more than $170,000 in 2013.  Wednesday’s program will feature five divisions of the DSBF 2-year-old trotters, beginning with two non wagering events at 4:30 p.m. The 15-race wagering card will commence at 5:30 p.m. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway  

When Corey (Callahan) is away Richard (Hans) will play! With regular driver Corey Callahan at the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio and GooGoo GaaGaa needing a race, owner-trainer Richard Hans got to do his favorite thing – drive Goo in a race. It wasn’t the Open at a big track or a 4 year old stake, it was in the FFA race at the local Frederick County, MD fair. Richard has always supported the fair races, bringing 2 or 3 most  days, doing his own driving and having a great time. There are  4 to 6 races a day, some going  two heats and it lets the local people enjoy our sport the old fashioned way. While most of the racing world was glued to the Little Brown Jug card the locals young and old were watching GooGoo GaaGaa in race 4, the FFA trot at the Great Frederick Fair. Veteran reinsman John Wagner took Cool Colby to the front as the gate closed and as they say, did’t look back. Richard and Goo got away third keeping out of trouble and when they all settle he move up to the pocket behind Cool Colby, when they reached the last turn Richard looked like he was going to challenge Wagner’s lead but Cool Colby still had a little reserve in the tank. Cool Colby, owned and trained by Arlene Cameron stopped the clock in 2:00. A quote from Richard Hans after the races: “I guess I still need a little more practice before I try for Corey’s win record” The father-son team of Joe and Timmy Offutt each came away with a win in heats of the FFA pace, Timmy winning with Native Sign and Joe returning to the winner circle with Lady Drama. Other winners on the card were Mattox’s Western owned and driven by Wayne Johnson taking both heats of the other FFA pace and John Wagner getting his second win with Powerful Yield owned by Arlene Cameron in the other trot. Racing continues thru Sat. at The Great Frederick Fair, please stop and enjoy the fun.  By Cheri Stambaugh, member of USHWA

Luscious Leigh won the harness racing version of the friendly 'Family Feud' taking the first of four Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $100,000 finals on a 'sloppy' track at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Nov. 27. Owned, trained and driven by John Wagner, Luscious Leigh overtook early leader JA Going Alltheway, owned by Wagner's wife Pamela, to score a 2:02 victory.

It was deja vu in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd leg preliminaries for filly trotters as JA Going Alltheway and Luscious Leigh, trainer John Wagner and harness racing driver Vic Kirby duplicated last week's opening round of the two weeks prelims on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Dover Downs.

A pair of fillies that dominated last week's 1st leg Delaware Standardbred Breeders (DSBF) two-year-old filly trots, are favorites to repeat in split $20,000 preliminaries on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m.

It was an all John Wagner show in both ends of $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF), 1st of two filly trot preliminary legs, at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Nov. 13. The Wagners - John and wife Pamela - bred both JA Going Alltheway and Luscious Leigh winners of the opening round of the DSBF freshman program. Vic Kirby drove both harness racing winners.

A pair of $20,000 filly trot divisions kickoff the Delaware Standardbred Breeders (DSBF) three-year-old harness racing events, leading to $100,000 finals later this month on Tuesday, Nov. 13 program at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m.

GooGoo GaaGaa did not disappoint the Washington-area fans. Starting back after a short break, GooGoo GaaGaa showed off his spectacular style, winning the 3-year-old colt trot in the Maryland Sire Stakes prelims by 23 lengths in 1:58.1 for pilot Jim Morand Saturday night (October 20) at Rosecroft Raceway.

Six $20,000 harness racing divisions for the first leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacers were contested Monday (October 15) at Harrington Raceway over a sloppy racetrack.

Poker Champ and K J Hannah, divisional runner- ups in last week's first leg of the Emergency Squads of Virginia Pacing Series, stepped up a notch and scored nice harness racing wins in Wednesday's (September 12) second leg at Colonial Downs.

A day after the John Wagner-Manley Brown Jr. driver-trainer combo scored a 1:51 2/5 winning mile at Colonial Downs with Camafications, the duo connected again in Thursday's featured seventh race with Salazar in that same 1:51 2/5 time. Those are the fastest two miles recorded thus far in opening week action.

Colonial Downs ushered in its fifteenth annual harness racing season Wednesday afternoon on a seasonably warm and muggy afternoon, and after the first three races were contested, the mile times sped up considerably. Five of the last seven races featured winning times of 1:53 or below.

Anyone who's ever been to Rosecroft Raceway knows John Wagner. The green, white and red clad harness racing driver and trainer has been a staple at the five-eighths-mile track since his father began racing there in 1949. Although racing has been a bit tenuous in Maryland in recent years, Wagner is still going strong in the mid-Atlantic area.

Pacer Fred And Ginger and trotter Lolique won the feature races for their respective harness racing gaits on a sloppy Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Each of the features was a condition for winners of over $25,000 lifetime and carried a purse of $25,000.

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