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HARRINGTON, DE - Mike Casalino Jr. and Dylan Davis' Theresademoninme ($3.60, Jon Roberts) was a 1:56 winner in the $17,500 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway Wednesday. A full field of eight lined up behind the gate for the weekly feature for trotters. Last week's winner, I Like My Boss charged out of the gate from post six for the early lead. Race favorite Theresademoninme settled in fourth from post seven, but did not sit long as he marched first over towards the half-mile. I Like My Boss led through three-quarters in 1:26.3 as "Demon" gained slowly and eventually edged clear in deep stretch for the win. Royal Becca J put together a fierce stretch rally to be second while I Like My Boss held third. It was the sixth win of the year for "Demon," who is trained by Davis. The 7-year-old Kadabra gelding closed out the Dover Downs meet with three consecutive wins before a stint at Hoosier Park (Indiana). Iron Mine Branch's Fight The Truth improved to 5-for-5 at the meet with a 1:55.2 win for trainer Greg Haverstick. The 6-year-old Total Truth gelding was claimed for $7,500 however, for new connections and trainer Justin Brenneman. Tony Morgan had three wins on the program. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

DOVER, Del. --- Theresademoninme had just enough in a deep stretch battle to nip Rock Of Cashel by a short nose in the $25,000 Open trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday (March 34). Tyson came back after a year off for his fourth straight win in the sub-feature trot. There were four trotters wide turning for home with Theresademoninme emerging and Rock Of Cashel coming from far back on the backstretch to race side-by-side during the :29 quarter nearing the finish line. The tight photo-finish gave the Kadabra-Tortoni gelding the nod for is third win of the year in 1:54 for driver Jonathan Roberts and trainer Dylan Davis who owns the winner with Mike Caslino Jr. Lazurus (Tim Tetrick) finished third in front of Celebrity Pegasus. One race earlier, in a $13,500 Winners trot, Tyson, who hadn't raced since winning a Yonkers feature last February 2017, returned to the races with a powerful 1:54.2 victory with Corey Callahan in the bike. Trainer Ed Gannon posted his second win of the day and co-owns the Donato Hanover-Southwind Amiga gelding with Yannick Gingras and Frank Carzone. It was his fourth win in-a-row over two seasons and now has earned $103,825 lifetime. Torkil (Montrell Teague) closed well for second with Holiday Promise (Tony Morgan) third. Tyson with a powerful 1:54.2 victory with Corey Callahan in the bike.   - Foto Won Snappy Dresser made it two in-a-row to close the card with a 1:54.3 win for Tim Tetrick taking a $13,000 Filly and Mare pace Huff Racing owns the Vintage Master-Elegant Girl four-year-old. It was Josh Greens second training win. Rear View (Russell Foster) and Rosietellthetruth (Callahan) were second and third respectively Crazshana got up for Tetrick to win a $12,000 Winners-Over trot for Jeff Bamond Jr. training for Bamond Racing. I Like My Boss (Allan Davis) led until the final steps and finished second. Wisenheimer (Foster) was third in the 1:55 mile. The victory for Crazshana, a Crazed-Keystone Shana gelding, was his first of the year and 17th lifetime giving him earnings of $349,949. Blownoutofthewater came on for Tony Morgan to overtake Tough Mac (Callahan) to win in 1:54.3 in the other $12,000 division. Classic Belisima (Stafford Jr.) was third. Blownoutofthewater is owned by Midsize Construction and is an altered son of Explosive Matter-Andover Mermaid. Tim Tetrick, trainers Josh Green and Ed Gannon, had two winners apiece. Eight start on Wednesday in the $25,000 Mares Open/Handicap pace. Nerida Fanco N has the outside meets Valuable Art, Apple Bottom Jeans, Scandalicious and Betterhaveanother in the tough field. Live racing is featured Monday through Thursday weekly with a 4: 30 p.m. post time. No live racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. A changing menu of fine foods is available to diners watching the races from the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races continue each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book.   Marv Bachrad  

DOVER, Del.--- Soto, who starred early this meet, returns to local action on Thursday (3/1) to take on the fast Christen Me N, Sicily, Major Uptrend and Missle J in a powerpackd seven-horse $30,000 Preferred pace on a powerful 13-race card at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Soto is nearing the half-million mark in lifetime earnings and Art Stafford Jr. will again be in the sulky for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. The six-year-old has won 24 of his 99 career starts. Sicily, meanwhile has both a 1:49.4 and a 1:48.4 win already this meet but recently has had second-itis in each of his last three races with Montrell Teague driving for trainer Wayne Givens and owners Reggie Hazzard and legacy Racing. A two-race sub- 1:50 win streak came to a close last week for Niss Allen and Crissman Inc.'s Major Uptrend, driven by Tony Morgan. This week he leaves from the rail. Down Under champion Christen Me N with Tim Tetrick driving, was locked in while on the backstretch last time, before escaping to finish third. The Burke Brigade's Starznheaven, owned by Weaver Bruscemi, Karr, Emond and Burke Racing, gets a better post this week with Vic Kirby leaving from post 2. John McGill's and Brian Carsey's Missle J returns after being scratch last week and the winner of two of his last three races will be driven by Jonathan Roberts. Last Thursday Super Imposed N scored a nose victory with Corey Callahan in the bike for Mike Hall and Dave Hamm. The top card of the week also boasts a $25,000 Open led by Sweet Rock (Kirby), from the rail following last week's 1:50.4 win for G.P. Calloway, Hazzard and Legacy Racing. JoAnn Looney King's Little Ben (Tetrick) ran off four consecutive wins recently. Wood, Dittmar, Iaquinta and Minisink Farms' hard hitting Cajon Lightning (Stafford Jr.) drew outside post 8. Silver Fox J (Mike Cole) went a big trip last time for George&Tina Dennis and The Wiz Kids Stable. Ted Gewertz and Val D'Or Farms' Air Strike (Callahan) leads nine to post in an $18,000 Winners-Over pace; Dan Keeler's James Isaac (Morgan) nipped Crissy Bier's Bro Hanover (Sean Bier) and then return in a $16,000 Winners pace. There also are two $25,00-$30,000-$35,000 Claiming paces on the top program of the week. Dover Downs offers a 50-cent Pick 5 wager, starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Live racing each Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. A fine and varied selection of food is available to enjoy while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races is featured daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book.   Marv Bachrad    

Harness racing driver Jonathan Roberts and Theresademoninme teamed up for a 1:55.1 victory in the $25,000 Open trot at rainy Dover Downs over a "sloppy" track on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Overlooked at 5-1 after a just-missed second place in last week's top trot, The six-year-old Kadabra-Tortoni gelding won for the fifth time this season, and fourth time since late September, to beat Murmur Hanover (Vic Kirby) and DW's NY Yank (Corey Callahan) in the feature race. It was the second of three trainer wins for defending champion Dylan Davis who owns the winner with Mike Casalino. James Moore's NF Happenstance showed that giving birth to a Sebastian K filly did not deter her trotting ability as in her second start back, she was never headed scoring an impressive 1:56.3 triumph in the Sub-feature $12,000 Winners-Over trot for trainer-driver Jack Parker. Jr. The win was her 19th lifetime in 74 starts and boosted her career bankroll to $290,056. Marley's Guy (Tim Tetrick) sat second the route with Gillie The Kid (Art Stafford Jr.) third. \ In another trot, 23-1 Myclaimtovictory cane on strong in the stretch to score a 1:57.4 victory. Barbara Kirby owns the Earl Of Stormont-Valley Mistress gelding trained by Tom Kirby. Trainer Dylan Davis had three wins, Wayne Givens two; drivers Vic Kirby, Tim Tetrick, Corey Callahan and Jonathan Roberts and owner Mike Casalino had two trips to the winners circle each. Last season's Horse of the Meet, Enhance Your Mind, leads eight to post in the Wednesday $25,000 Open pace feature. Thursday is Matron Stakes day for four lucrative two-year-old championships. WIDE OPEN $25,000 MARES OPEN PACE AT DOVER WEDNESDAY A hard-hitting eight-female lineup tangle in this week’s $25,000 Open pace on Wednesday, Nov. 8. First post is 4:30 p.m. Miss Me Yet  is the program favorite with Montrell Teague at the controls in the feature event.  Owned by George Teague and Teague Racing Partnership, has a gaudy record of two wins, two seconds, two thirds in her last seven races including a fast finishing third last time out. Brian Truitt’s Enhance Your Mind, last season’s Horse of the Meet, makes her first start since last June. She won her qualifying race with regular driver Vic Kirby last week in 1:56.2.Nat A Virgin has been racing well at Harrah’s Philadelphia and gets Corey Callahan to drive. Meanwhile the steady Purrfect Bags with Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Jim King and owner JoAnn Looney King and drew post 1. The superbly-bred St. Kitts makes her first local start with Jonathan Roberts at the controls. Jeramaya scored a near wire-to-wire win last week. Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing’s Terror St Night, was a game second last time and steps up in company driven by Allan Davis. Hostess Lisa completes the field with Tony Morgan steering for trainer-owner Brian Malone. In the sub-feature female pace, Legacy Racing’s Empress Deo (Ross Wolfenden) and The Wiz Kids Stable’s Girlofyourdreams (Jason Green), both winners last week drew the inside posts wile Blush Hanover (Tetrick) owned by Seth Coen, and George Derocker starts in post 3 for trainer Linda Toscano. Thursday at Dover Downs is headline day with all four Matron Stakes events for two-year-olds and a $30,000 Preferred Pace head a top card. Monday through Thursday. post time is 4:30 p.m. General parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant’s acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600.Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

On Sunday August 27th the trotting colts and geldings went as race two in the Hubert Jackson Memorial with a purse of $48,650. Harness racing driver Jonathan Roberts sent Judge Bob (Great George Two) flying out of the gate to control the mile holding off a rally by Chucky De Vie to win by a length in the 2:01.4 mile. Megan Roberts trains for owners and breeders Wm. Roberts, Graham Grace Stables and M & W Stable. Judge Bob is two wins in two lifetime starts.   The W.W ‘Pete’ Shaw Memorial was race three for pacing fillies with a purse of $39,700. Reinsman Vic Kirby got away third with favorite Miss Choptank (Total Truth) pulling at the half to circle the field and stop the clock six lengths ahead of H S Shauna in the 1:57.1 mile. Wayne Givens trains for Legacy Racing of DE and Stephen Townsend, the breeder is Olive Branch Farm.   The finals continued on Monday Aug. 28th with the $42,400 Ronald Banning Memorial for the trotting fillies. Gaagaa Gone (GooGoo GaaGaa) lived up to the ‘gone’ part of her name when she took the lead from the 7 hole opening up 2 lengths by the half, 7 by the ¾ pole and 9 at the wire for driver/owner/ breeder Corey Callahan. Richard Hans trains the filly. Crystals Pistol was second in the 2:02.4 mile. Gaagaa Gone is now 4 for 4 in lifetime starts.   The pacing colts and geldings closed the summer finals with Toms Tyrannosaurus (Cam’s Rocket) sweeping the series with a 1:56.3 mile a neck in front of I Run The Show. Art Stafford Jr. was in the bike for trainer Roger Hans and owner/breeder Thomas Cooke. The purse was $38,100.   By Cheri Stambaugh

HARRINGTON, Del. - Driver Jonathan Roberts won three consecutive races on the Wednesday Harrington Raceway harness racing program. Races 4 through 6 were good to Roberts, the 35-year-old driver. Roberts piloted Wingus ($12), Giga Spin ($4.80) and Nowucit Nowudon't ($5.40) to successive victories. Roberts has been among the leading drivers on the Delaware/Maryland circuit for the past several years. Ross Wolfenden, a four-time former driving champion at Harrington, had a driving double. Harrington Raceway and Casino's simulcast facility, Murphy's Race and Sports Book will be opening at 10 a.m. on Saturday May 6 for the Kentucky Derby. Live racing continues on a Monday through Thursday schedule with a 5 p.m. post time. Matthew Sparacino  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 11, 2017) - The pace was slow and trip did not go as it was planned, but the result was the same as the past two weeks as Missile J led all the way to win his third straight in the $16,000 harness racing featured pace at the Meadowlands on Saturday. When the select field of seven left the gate, none of the horses were interested in seizing command so Jonathan Roberts sent Missile J, the 4/5 public choice, to the front. Missile J went an opening quarter in a too-slow-to-believe :29.3 and a half in a tepid :57.1. "We had intentions of racing him off the pace tonight but Jonathan sensed a slow pace and went forward which was the winning move," said trainer Scott Di Domenico. Missile J, the 2016 Rooney winner, held off the late pocket rally of long shot Rodeo Romeo and the wider rallies of Somesizesomestyle and K-Lees Shakenbake to win in 1:51.3. Missile J was winning for the third straight time since he was purchased for $115,000 at the Tattersalls January Mixed Sale by John Mcgill and Brian Carsey. "I thought tonight was a stiffer challenge for him as there were some really nice condition horses in that field," said Di Domenico. "We are going to make him eligible to some stakes - The Graduate and Levy, for example; but, we will let him decide where he wants to go by his performance and soundness. To this point, I am very happy with him and his progression and very fortunate the owners have given me the opportunity to train him." Gravelsinmytravel, the Iowa-bred, completed a sweep of the Dash For The G-Notes series with a post 10 victory in the $15,000 final. John Campbell put the even-money favorite on the front past the quarter and controlled things from there to win for the third straight time. Gravelsinmytravel is a homebred for Van Otterloo Stables of Iowa and trained by Patricia Minnella. Campbell added two others wins to post a driving hat trick. Brett Miller also won three. Total handle was $2,675,128 for the 12-race program. Live racing resumes Thursday with the 9-race card carried over from last Thursday's snowstorm cancellation. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

DOVER, Del.--- Quick Shot won the fastest in 1:50.4 with People Are Crazy, the second, of the Dr. M.L. King Jr. harness racing co-feature races on Monday, Jan. 16 at Dover Downs. Jonathan Roberts teamed with Kathleen Brewer's Quick Shot to score a lifetime best 1:50.4 victory in the first of two Male paces. Leading though-out the five-year-old Art Major-Cannae Cindy gelding was chased home by DCs Better Life (Russ Foster), second, and Extreme Machine N (Allan Davis), third. Vic Kirby won his fourth of the day steering People Are Crazy home in 1:52.3 in the other division. Gratian Hanover (Tony Morgan) closed to finished second in front of Up And Away ( Jim Morando), the show horse. The two current red-hot driver of the meet, first place Vic Kirby and his closest challenger, Corey Callahan, had four winners apiece. Montrell Teague won a pair. ENHANCE YOUR MIND AFTER 4TH STRAIGHT IN $20,000 MARES OPEN Streaking Enhance Your Mind steps up into $20,000 Mares Open Handicap seeking her fourth consecutive win on Tuesday, Jan. 17at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Enhance Your Mind, owned and trained by Bryan Truitt, with meet leading driver Vic Kirby at the controls, has shown she can front-pace or come from behind while at the Winners-Over level, she now steps up to meet the top distaffs at the track. L&L Stables’ Velocity Lana and driver Yannick Gingras has been right there with two seconds and a third in recent starts but drew the rail this week with Leigh Raymer, Moss and the Solomons’ sharp B Stern with Montrell Teague alongside. Owner-trainer Gary Ewing’s Sweet Bobbie and Ross Wolflenden, won last week after three consecutive second-place finishes. Highly touted Lightning Mach N won her first three starts since arriving from Down Under. She was a beaten favorite finishing third a half-length off in her last start. The talented Nat A Virgin, reined by Corey Callahan raced well from post 9  last time and was a half-length from victory racing for J&TSilva and Robert Cooper stables. Hard-hitting Scandalicious, owned by JFE Enterprises, will be driven by Tony Morgan, from post 8.     There is an excellent supporting card on the all-female Tuesday program.  Monday through Thursday live racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are ‘dark days’ at the track. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, DE --- Elliesjet N, who has finished second four time this meet, final made the winner's circle breaking Empress Deo's three-straight winning streak in a 1:52.2 victory to win the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap on a misty, rainy Tuesday over a sloppy track, Jan. 3 at Dover Downs. In an almost repeat of last week's distaff feature, only this time Elliesjet N stayed up at the wire with the Allan Davis driven- Empress Deo finishing second after a giant dash from last with only a neck separating the pair. Jonathan Roberts piloted Elliesjet N to her 14th career victory. The Jereme's Jet-Elle Mary Rose black seven-year-old is trained by Josh Parker who co-owns the winner with Bud Spedden , Kev Evans and Nanticoke Racing. Empress Deo began what is now her usual charge from last in the feature race as the spead-out horses reached the backstretch. She moved up quickly but was troubled by a slow moving flow before moving three wide to the far turn and then rolled down the lane to just-miss catching leader Elliesjet N. Mischief Maker N was third for Vic Kirby. Lightning Mach N was scratched. One three-win streak was prolonged on the card when Vintage Babe and Yannick Gingras notched a 1:53.2 triumph for her fourth consecutive victory in a $13,000 4&5-Year-Old Mares pace. Gingras, trainer Ed Gannon Jr., Frank Canzone and Bob Sabatini own the Vintage Master-Bunkhouse Babe four-year-old. Vic Kirby and Yannick Gingras had three-baggers, George Dennis, Art Stafford Jr., owners-trainers Leigh Raymer and Jeff Clark picked up two wins each. Kirby's three wins now gives him a 61 to 56 wins lead over runner-up vacationing Tim Tetrick.Gingras is third with 51 winners. TOUGH MAC RETURNS IN $20,000 OPEN TROT   Tough Mac returns to action in the $20,000 Open/Handicap trot on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at Dover Downs. A Dover regular in feature trots over the past two seasons, Mike Casalino’s Tough Mac, with Corey Callahan, makes his first start since mid-December in this week’s feature trot. Tag Up And Go scored a wire-to-wire win last Wednesday with Bret Brittingham in the bike, but the Brian Clark and Adams Racing-owned veteran must leave from outside post 8. Meanwhile Uva Hanover and Tony Morgan, racing for Martin Sternberg and Stake Your Claim Stable, moves up in class following a 1:53.2 score last week. Rich Pollucci’s Frost Free Hanover, driven by Vic Kirby, displayed a powerful second-place finish beaten a neck after being park-out for most of his start last time. Lou Man, handled by Jim Morand, has been sharp in recent starts with a second and a win, for owners John McGill and Brian Carsey. Yannick Gingras will drive another steady performer Ed Gannon’s Winbak Charles M. The rest of the field includes Bob Shahan, Jimmy and A.M. Parson’s hard-hitting I Love My Boss piloted by Allan Davis, and  Frank Chick’s Awsome Valley, driven by George Dennis. The sub feature is a $15,000 Winners-Over trot for4& 5-Year-Olds. One of the fastest Delaware-bred trotters Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing’s Go Byem (Jim Morand), heads an eight horse field. Go Byem was parked most of the mile a week ago and still finished third missing by only a length for victory. Indiana-bred Bluebird Reverend (Montrell Teague), owned by Dennis, Johannsen, Case and trainer Bob Reeser has a win, second, third and a fourth in his starts this meet. The other starters are Barbara Kirby’s Myclaimtovictory (Ross Wolfenden), Mike Casalino’s Earl’s Speeder (Jonathan Roberts) has post 1 with Jovanni Vilanova’s Gillie The Kid (Tony Morgan) alongside. Charmedndangerous (Allan Davis) won her last start. Eddie Davis’ The Mater (Sean Bier), won two starts back and Bobby Glassmeyer’s Tymal Signature (Part Berry) won a qualifier last week.  by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs    

DOVER, Del.--- Theresademoninme scored a 1:52.4 lifetime best winning the $20,000 Open Handicap trot Mare giving harness racing trainer Dylan Davis three wins for the day on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Dover Downs. Jonathan Roberts guided the Kadabra-Tortoni five-year-old gelding to his 10th win of the campaign, his second straight Open for Mike Casalino and co-owner Dylan Davis, his second on the card. Theresademoninme pulled away from race favorite Glenferrie Dreamer (Pat Berry) in the stretch for his third win in his last four outings. He has earned $122,861 this year and $237,253 lifetime. Tag Up And Go (Corey Callahan) overtook Il Mago (Tim Tetrick) to finish third. Celebrity Pegasus notched a 1:54.3 victory in one of two $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Winner-Over trots with Art Stafford in the bike. Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms own the Andover Hall-Celebrity Athena four-year-old who won for the seventh time this season with $71,605 earnings. Uva Hanover (Tony Morgan), and Frost Free Hanover (Tetrick) were second and third respectively. The other $15,500 section found Gillie The Kid and Tim Tetrick hold off fast finishing Royal Becca J (Jack Parker) by a nose in 1:55.3 to give trainer Scot Domenico a double. Jovannie Vilanova owns the three-year-old gelding by Northern Kid-Campaign Wife.  Another sophomore Cicada’s Song (Carlo Poliseno) was the show finisher. Yannick Gingras, Jonathan Roberts and trainer Dylan Davis had three wins apiece, Corey Callahan and owner Dylan Davis had two wins each.  The week’s top pacers meet on a talented Thursday card led by the $30,000 Preferred and $27,500 Delaware Special. Marv Bachrad

HARRINGTON, Del. - Thomas Lazzaro, Robert Cooper and Abraham Basen's Arque Hanover ($2.80, Jon Roberts) was a 1:52.3 harness racing winner in the $17,700 Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway. The 4-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven stallion set all the fractions in a strong front end win over Remember Me Vk and Little Ben. Trained by Dylan Davis. "Arque" registered his fifth win of the year. The winner returned home after a start at Batavia Downs (Ny), where he finished second on October 8. On the undercard, Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Stephen Iaquinta's Soto ($5.80, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:52.3 winner in an $11,000 pace. It was the eighth win of the year for the Eric Ell-trainee. Ross Wolfenden had four wins on the program. Live racing continues through Thursday. Post time is 5 p.m. Matthew Sparacino

The 4 & 5 YO Maryland Sire Stakes for pacers went as an early non wagering event due to the harness racing entry of Toms Typhoon and Toms Tornado.   Toms Typhoon the winner of the May series at Rosecroft cut fractions of 27.2, 56.1 and 1:25.2 to the ¾ pole when Toms Tornado came up to challenge, head to head in the final turn with the crowd cheering them on, Toms Tornado stopped the timer in 1:53.2 winning by a length over Toms Typhoon and Spinout.   This was a Maryland Sires Stakes record at Ocean Downs for 4 & 5 year olds. Jonathan Roberts drove for owner Tom Cooke and trainer Roger Hans.   Race 3 saw the 4 & 5 year old trotters set a Stakes record of 1:58.4 at Ocean Downs.   Whitesville Dixon cut the first half with Doggone Slots coming up to challenge just passed the half, racing side by side thru the last turn, Doggone Slots crossed the wire in front for reinsman Roger Plante Jr. Whitesville Dixon held on easily for second.   Tom Morris Jr. trains and co-owns with Gregg Morris.   This was a sweep of the series for doggone Slots as he won in May at Rosecroft also.   Maryland Stakes action continues with the Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes for 2 year olds on Sunday July 3rd.   By Cheri Stambaugh

With a win, second and two thirds in her last four stats, Matinee Dragon was overlooked at 56-1 in the $20,000 harness racing Mares Open Handicap, took the lead at the top of the stretch en route to a lifetime best 1:52.4 victory at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Jonathan Roberts pulled Matinee Dragon out of fifth heading to the half mile post. She worked her way up to challenge front-pacing Springforth at the three quarters. After racing head-to-head around the final turn with Sage N and Cheyenne Robins stacked behind, Matinee Dragon took off to take a short lead which she held by a short head with five distaffs coming on at the wire. The win was Roberts second on the program. Matinee Dragon paid $114.40 for a $2 win ticket setting a $462.20 exacta and a $1,766.60 trifecta payoff. Sage N (Tim Tetrick) was second, Cheyenne Robin (Corey Callahan) a tight third. In a $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Mares Winners-Over pace, Allan Davis won his second of the day steering Nice Trip to victory in 1:54.1 for trainer Joe Hunderfund and owners Bil Sartin and Mark Salerno. Naty (Roberts) came home in a hurry to take second in front of Lady Beth (Tetrick). Nice Trip, a four-year-old Jereme's Jet-Nice Package mare, won for the third time in 2016 and fifth time this meet. Leah and Darrell Lewis' Northern Rocknroll won her fifth straight in a lifetime best 1:53.4 clocking to win a $14,000 distaff pace for young horses. Tony Morgan was winning driver of the Rockin Image-Northern Lei Ann four-year-old. Eternal Sunrise (Callahan) was a close second. Casa Miasa (George Dennis) was the third finisher. Jerseylicious, owned by Pam Curran, Niel Gargiulo and Legacy Racing, won for the first time this year scoring a wire-to-wire 1:52.1 triumph with Allan Davis driving in a $12,000 Mares pace. B Stern (Vic Kirby) was second with Duneside Chella (Tony Morgan) third. The win was the 17th lifetime for Jerseylicious, a brown daughter of Western Ideal-Jet Lag N, who has banked $653,630 in her career. Also on the undercard, Jerry Clark's Westsluckycam notched her fifth consecutive victory in an $11,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Fillies and mares pace. Jonathan Roberts was in the bike for her sixth win with two seconds in nine lifetime starts for the Camluck-Terror Of The West filly. Allan Davis, Vic Kirby, Corey Callahan, Montrell Teague and Jonathan Roberts all had driving doubles. BLUEBIRD REVEREND, TOUGH MAC HEAD WEDNESDAY $20,000 TROT Bluebird Reverend and Tough Mac head a select field of six while newcomer Marzipan makes his local debut in a $15,500 4&5-Year-Old trot on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Dover Downs... First post is 4:30 p.m. Montrell Teague will steer Bluebird Reverence from outside post 6. The Indiana –sired gelding is one of two four-year-olds in the lineup. The winner of two of his last three Open starts for Holly Case, Jan Johannsen, Dee Dennis and trainer Bob Reeser, is joined by the other four-year-old Howard and Josh Kaufman’s Drinksforthehouse, fresh from a strong 1:55.1 victory last time. Ross Wolfenden will drive. Tough Mac was a beaten favorite in his last two outings. Corey Callahan will drive for owner Mike Casalino. R&H Ventures War Cry Hall with Tim Tetrick also was a winner in his last start two weeks ago. Ted Gewertz’s Panamanian Hanover, again draws the rail, after Tony Morgan guided a second-place finish last week. Callan Racing’s steady Spunky Jack and Roger Plante, with two seconds and a third in his last three, leaves alongside.   In The $15,500 sub-feature, Marzipan (George Dennis), a recent purchase by owner Frank Chick, makes his local debut, starting from the outside in a field of nine. Kolbee’s Star (Callahan), with three wins in his last four leave from the second tier. Craparotta&Berry Racing’s Inner Peace who made his first start of 2016 a success with Pat Berry and Jim Moore’s Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.) placed first last start, have winning credentials. Triple D Stables and CC Racing’s Stirling Diva (Ross Wolfenden), Bob Shahan’s Machuca ( Allan Davis), Eric Good and trainer Gary Simpson’s Adrenalin Junkie (Jim Morand), Al Moor’s Royal Status (Vic Kirby) and John and Sarah Swart’s Winmando (Vince Copeland) cannot be overlooked. A $14,000, a $12,000 and two $11,500 trots lead the strong undercard. Marv Bachrad                    

DOVER, Del. --- Hoboken Hanover ended Jingle Bell Rocker's five-race win streak while Smart Rokker took the Male pace and Brioni won a third-straight in Sunday, Jan. 10 harness racing features at Dover Downs. Tony Morgan and Jonathan Roberts tripled. Jonathan Roberts capped a three-win day driving owner-trainer Bobby Glassmeyer's Hoboken Hanover to a 1:56.1 triumph ending a win streak that dates back to meet opening week. For Hoboken Hanover, it was the 42nd career victory lifting the Cam's Card Shark-Haps Hanover gelding to earnings of $301,888. Magic Cam (George Dennis) finished second with Alex In Wonderland (Sean Bier) third. Jingle Bell Rocker (Ross Wolfenden) was fourth. In one of the co-feature paces, Roberts moved Smart Rokker to the outside on the final turn then sped-away for a 1:54.1 victory. Brian Malone trains the altered son of Rocknroll Hanover-Sassy Newton he owns with Peter and Peter Venturini III. The win was the 17th lifetime success for the six-year-old gelding who now has won $133,777. Roddy's Hot Again (Dennis) was runner-up. Lettucefib A (A.Stafford Jr.) was the show horse. Brioni, piloted by Marcus Miller, made it three-in-a row winning a $15,000 Claiming Allowance. Claimed for $10,000 last month by Arty Foster, the Four Starzz Shark-Armbro Bahama horse has stepped up for consecutive wins. Native Art (Montrell Teague) and NJ Law (Bret Brittingham) finished second and third respectively. Tony Morgan joined Jonathan Roberts with three wins Art Stafford Jr., trainer Tim Crisman and Crisman Inc. had two wins apiece. MAJOR UPTREND HEADS $30,000 PREFERRED, MUSTANG ART, $27,500 DELAWARE SPECIAL A pair of recent fast winners, Major uptrend and Mustang Art, respectively, return in the $30,000 Preferred/Handicap and $27,500 Delaware Special twin-features on Monday, Jan. 11 at Dover Downs. Major Uptrend uncorked a lifetime best 1:49.1 two weeks ago in the previous Preferred, with Corey Callahan holding the lines for trainer Doug Lewis and owner Howard Taylor, scoring wire-to-wire. Two other starters, Rich Pollucci’s fast Dapper Dude of the Jim King Stable, with Tim Tetrick, back from a month-long vacation in Australia, finished third, while Bamond Racing’s Snap To It with Brett Miller in the bike, was fourth. Stepping up from an impressive Del. Special performances last week, Sweet Rock, owned by Reg Hazzard, G.P. Calloway and Legacy Racing, scored a 1:50.2 victory with Allan Davis. Kovach Stable’s Del. Special regular, Feel Like A Fool and Montrell Teague leaves from the rail. Another speedster, Weaver Bruscemi, RTC Stables and Burke Racing’s Speed Again (Yannick Gingras), fresh from a 1:50.3 score last time completes the select field. Max Walton and Greg Papleo’s Mustang Art (B.Miller), who always has raced well in Dover features, was a 1:51 winner last Monday from post 9 in the second tier. Rusty Carter and trainer Doug Lewis’ Captive Audience (Callahan) was a close second with Reggie Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s Bad Boy Matt (A.Davis) third. Little Ben (Tetrick) has been racing at the top of his game for Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King, and makes his  first start in two weeks. Driver Art Stafford and brother Andrew Stafford’s Framed Art must overcome starting from the outside. Elizabeth Brittingham’s Raritan Bay (Bret Brittingham) has never been better. Completing the lineup is Don’t Ya Know (Gingras). Two $15,000 and a $14,000 pace for young horses head a strong undercard. Marv Bachrad

The $25,000 Open Trot featured an ultra-competitive harness racing field of 11 in the 9th race feature on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. The slight 2-1 favorite, Tweet Me began from a trailing position in the second tier. That mare was favored by a mere $82 over Uva Hanover (also 2-1), in a win pool of over $55,000. Both favorites would lead at different points of the mile, but the last horse to the lead would be Cash Me Out (5-1), who was patiently handled by Jonathan Roberts and rallied from fourth-over position to score in the featured trotting event. Uva Hanover was the first horse to the lead, reaching the quarter in 27.2, while Il Mago pressed while parked on the outside. Hyway Marcus was anxious and moved three-wide early-on in the mile for Joe Bongiorno, reaching the lead just before the half-mile in 56.2. The early leader, Uva Hanover, allowed both Hyway Marcus and Il Mago to go by before moving back to the outside and challenging for the lead on the far turn. Detroit Rapper was slightly gapped second over, favored Tweet Me was in striking range third over with Cash Me Out lurking in the outer flow. Uva Hanover and Hyway Marcus reached three-quarters in a contested 1:25.1 before the field fanned out across the track in the stretch. Tweet Me rallied down the center of the track to grab the lead in mid-stretch, but was quickly challenged by Cash Me Out and the favorite could not hold off the closing kick of Cash Me Out, who scored in a lifetime best 1:53.3. Tweet Me was second with Uva Hanover third. The win was the 13th in the career of Cash Me Out a four-year-old gelding by Cash Hall, whose earnings reach $439,649 with the victory. He is owned by Traylor Racing L.L.C. and conditioned by Kyle Spagnola. Jonathan Roberts was the winning driver. John Campbell Wins Five The leading driver in Meadowlands history put on a show on Saturday night, winning five races. While some of his wins were formful, he also scored a 63-1 upset in the second race with Celebrity Massive. Campbell ends his 2015 season at The Meadowlands with 93 wins and earnings of nearly $2.2 Million. With his victory in the Meadowlands finale, Campbell's earnings for 2015 surpassed $5 Million. It was the richest season for Campbell since 2010 and his 148 victories were the most since 2009. Longshot Parade Sparks Huge Dividends Saturday night at The Meadowlands offered 15 races with 160 horses entered to start producing an average field size of over 10 horses. What could be better? The answer, massive payouts. The Pick 5 returned $26,555 as there was only one correct winning ticket with all five winners. In the same race, the jackpot super hi-five was also hit and that returned $19,409 for a $.20 cent play. Through the first seven races there was only one winning favorite and the list of winners included 63-1 longshot Celebrity Massive, 25-1 Celebrity Pegasus and 23-1 Alibi Seelster. The run of longshots also produced an Early Pick Four payout of $17,426. Meadowlands Posts Huge Numbers on Final Night of Season The final night of the 2015 racing season proved to be a consistent handicapping puzzle, with many of the regular Meadowlands drivers taking the night off and longshots finding the winner's circle repeatedly. But that didn't stop the bettors from wagering confidently. Total handle for the 15-race Saturday program reached $3,619,093, an increase of $553,858 compared to the 13-race program on this same night in 2014, an increase of 18-percent. The on-track handle recorded a 22-percent increase as well. For the 2015 season, over $220 Million was wagered on The Meadowlands harness racing product. After a season-long handle in 2012 of just over $170 Million, handle has now surpassed $210 Million for three consecutive seasons. The Meadowlands will not race on New Year's Day. The first racing program of the 2016 season will take place on Saturday, January 2nd. The program will feature 15-races and a special post time of 6:35 P.M. 2015 Year In Review at The Meadowlands Darin Zoccali Director of Racing Operations

Ft. Washington, MD --- Jonathan Roberts and Frank Milby each earned four wins on the 12-race Tuesday night (Sept. 29) harness racing card at Rosecroft Raceway. Fancy Colt (Milby) took the $10,000 Open Handicap for colts and geldings with a first-over move down the backside and scored in the driving rain in 1:53. Roberts took the top spot in the $10,000 Mares Open Handicap with Lanco Express, who scored her fifth straight victory, pacing the mile in 1:53.1. Trainer Tim Crissman had three wins on the card and Ken Schlotzhauer had a pair of wins. Rosecroft hosted four preliminaries for the Maryland Sires Stakes program before the card, Tom's Typhoon (Roger Plante) and stablemate Tom's Tornado (Roberts) were inches from a dead heat in 1:57. Tom's Typhoon moved to the lead past the quarter and hung on in the 3-year-old colt and gelding category. Jay Boy and Sean Bier scored the top spot in the 3-year-old trotting category for colts and geldings. The son of Tsunami scored in a lifetime best 1:59.1. Plante guided Betcha Ur My Baby home in 2:00.4 in the 3-year-old filly trot, while Cory Mumford eased Helaine's Firebird to a dominating nine length score for 3-year-old filly pacers. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway 

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