Dover, Del--- Adventure Bound won the $30,000 Preferred/Open Handicap in 1:49.2, the fastest of four miles just over 1:50 clockings on a fast Wednesday card at Dover Downs on a balmy, Dec 5. The day's biggest feature race was named, "In Support of Anthony Coletta." The driver now hospitalized following a horrendous racing accident three weeks ago. Ron Pierce barreled away from post 6 to take the lead and then fought off several challenges before reaching the winner's circle in a lifetime fastest 1:49.2. It was his second win in last four outings; the preceding two were seconds by a nose. Race favorite Nova Artist closed strongly for Allan Davis after being locked in until the passing lane. Sunshine Superman and Jason Lynch picked up third money. Following the race, the Dover Downs horsemen fraternity came to the winner's circle to salute Anthony Coletta. The banner will be sent to Coletta at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania where the horseman is a patient. Rage N Ryan, driven by track leading driver Corey Callahan chalked up a personal best 1:50.3 success in a $17,500 3&4-Year-Old Open pace. Mark Weaver-Mike Bruscemi and Burke Racing own the four-year-old altered son of Allamerican Native-Southwind Wesley. Lindwood Player (Trace Tetrick) was a close-up second with Framed Art (Art Stafford Jr.) the show horse. JLRL's Rock On Moe got up in 1:50.4, one Allan Davis' three wins, to take the $15,500 Male Winners-Over pace. The Rocknroll Hanover-Armbro Maureen gelding was followed by Feel Like A Fool (George Dennis). Beavercreek Artist (Ron Pierce) was third. Ron Pierce driving Max Walton and Greg Papaleo's Mustang Art, an Artsplace-Paula Seelster gelding, had little trouble romping home in 1:50.3 to take a $12,000 Male pace. Veteran Three Of Spades (Jonathan Roberts) came home quickly for second in front of Dreamfair Kovu (Jim Morand), third. Jeremes General gave Allan Davis win #3 winning a $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Male Winners-Over pace. It also marked a double for trainer Eric Ell and owners Steve Iaquinta and Bill Dittmar. Bret McFarvelous (Montrell Teague) and SB Mikes Hot Beach (Mike Rossi) were second and third repectively. Allan Davis had a four win "grand slam, while two drivers - Ron Pierce and Corey Callahan - had triples and Shawn Bier had a double as did trainers Eric Ell and Wayne Givens and owners Legacy Racing Of DE, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs
DOVER, Del.--- Starting from outside post 8 proved no problem for Sunshine Beach in a 1:50.3 victory in the $284,160 Progress Pace Final while Seeboomook Fool Ya and Casino Bags Carlo too $100,000 DSBF Finals on Sunday, Dec. 1 at Dover Downs. After early movement by Dedi's Dragon and Yannick Gingras at the start before being shuffled back to third by the half where Hall of Famer John Campbell rushed Sunshine Beach up around the clubhouse turn into the lead at the half in :54.2. On the backstretch Simon Allard shot Emeritus Maximus up to challenge the leader heading to a 1:22.3 three-quarters. Sunshine Beach then opened up in the stretch with the rest of the field spread out chasing. Clint Westwood and Corey Callahan came on to finish second with Dedi's Dragon finding room late along the passing lane to close fast for third. The victory was the eighth of the year for the three-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Light Up by Artsplace trained by Mark Steacy. The colt is owned by Canadians' Conrad Leber, Diane Bertrand and Hudson Standardbred Stable and has been 1-2-3 in 16 of 20 races this season winning $909,283 in purses. Seboomook Fool Ya and Allan Davis had to work hard to pass early leader Jonigold, handled by Bart Dalious, but once in the lead, the Gamblers Dream-Seeboomook Mao homebred of Garnet O'Marrow registered a 1:55.4 triumph in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Filly pace. Allan Davis drove the Wayne Givens trainee to win #7 in 10 starts this campaign, only one farther back than third. Jonigold raced well and hung on for place honors with I'm Won Rum Wiser, with George Dennis, third. In the $100,000 colt and gelding frosh final, morning line favorite Elite Awards, a winner of seven straight races, was a pre-race scratch due to a high temperature, Casino Bags Carlo, a winner of his last two DSBF prelims with trainer-driver Vince Copeland driving, went right to the front and was never headed en route to a 1:54.2 lifetime record. Hawker, piloted by Jeff Fout, was second the entire route with Rosevelt Lee and Jonathan Roberts, third. Cavalli Pazzi Stables, a group of Delaware County, Pa. doctors, bred and own Casino Bags Carlo, named for a close friend who passed away. The Roddy's Bags Again-Casino Bus gelding won for the fifth time in nine starts while earning $98,911. Hen's Playmate, owned and trained by Bob Mundell won the first of two DSBF $20,000 consolation paces. Eddie Davis Jr., who drove both winners of the daily double, guided the Gamblers Dream-Hen Pheasant filly to her second win of the season. Aggie's Dream (Jon Roberts) and Juliana's Director (Trace Tetrick) were second and third respectively. The $20,000 male consolation went to Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing of Del.'s Powerful Fella. The win was the first for the son of Cams Fortune-Jenny Lyn. Bohemia (Art Stafford Jr.) was runner-up. West Star Director (George Dennis) took third money. The top female pacers head the Monday card in a $20,000 Filly and Mare Open pace. Eddie Davis Jr., Corey Callahan and trainer Wayne Givens had two wins each. The regular weekly racing schedule is: Monday through Thursday starts at 4:30 p.m. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. There is no live harness on Friday and Saturday. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Reservations are suggested for dining in the Winner's Circle restaurant. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs
DOVER, Del.--- Papa Ray and Cash On Delivery turned in surprise victories in the $27,500 Delaware Special pace and $20,000 Open trot, the pre-Thanksgiving holiday features on a chilly Wednesday, Nov. 26 at Dover Downs. A recent purchase by Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing Of Del. from the sport's leader, the Burke stable, Papa Ray and his regular driver, Matt Kakaley, held off a strong challenge from Believe This Bob and Montrell Teague to score a 1:52.2 victory in the top pace of the day. Overlooked at 6-1, after a win the week before, Papa Ray chalked up his eighth triumph of the year extending his seasonal earnings to 143,030 and $223,258 lifetime. Sunshine Superman closed well for Jason Lynch. In the $20,000 Open trot, the usual Wednesday feature race, Vince Copeland moved Cash On Delivery on the backstretch to overtake the leaders on the way to a 1:56.2 score. The David Miller owned gelding picked up win #6 this season and $113,050 bankroll. The Cash Hall-Direct Dial gelding has career earnings of $248,622. Green Day (Trace Tetrick) led through the early going and held on to second in front of Can Do (Vic Kirby) Trace Tetrick drove 12-1 Lindwood Player from off-the-pace to annex the $18,000 3&4-Year-Old Open pace. The win was the second for trainer Dylan Davis who owns The Panderosa-Direct Player four-year-old with Mike Casalino. Race favorite Rage N Ryan (Corey Callahan) was second with Mr. Dennis (Matt Kakaley) third. In a $15,000 Male Winners-Over pace, Harry von Knoblauch's recent import, Texican N, went to the front and led seven rivals to a 1:53.1 victory. Ross Wolfenden drove the Peter Tritton trainee who has an all-American pedigree from stallion Bettor's Delight and the In The Pocket mare Bury My Heart. Rock On Moe (Allan Davis) was second with Mystic Desire (Matt Kakaley) the show finisher. Blueridge Tornado won the first of two $15,000 Winners-Over sub-feature trots in 1:55.3. Allan Davis drove the Softys Smarty-Anticyclone gelding for owners trainer Rosemary Smutz and Danbry Racing. Lovely Vacation (Matt Kakaley) and Baximum (Daryl Bier) were second and third respectively. The other division was taken by Lock Tight, giving driver George Dennis a double. The 6-1 Lockkeeper-Tight End gelding beat fast-closing Dnieper (Daryl Bier) home in 1:57.4 for owner-trainer Jason Fizell. Gwally (Vic Kirby) finished third. Up Front Ben opened the big pre-holiday program scoring his seventh victory in a row in an 11 wins in 12 races campaign. Tony Morgan drove the Eric Ell-trained, Andover Hall-Sounds Swell brown horse to a 1:56.4 success in a $15,000-$20,000 Claiming Handicap Allowance trot. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta own the winner of $67,500 this year and $396,826 lifetime. Matt Kakaley drove three winners while George Dennis and Jonathan Roberts had driving doubles. There is no live racing this Thursday in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. The regular weekly racing schedule is: Monday through Thursday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. There is no live harness on Friday and Saturday. Dover Downs weekday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs
DOVER, Del.--- I Like My Boss remained unbeaten when Jonathan Roberts drove the winner of the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) two-year-old final on a rainy, damp Tuesday, Nov. 26 at Dover Downs. Meet leader Corey Callahan won seven races on the program. . After sweeping both his $20,000 preliminaries, his first two lifetime starts, the altered son of Don Boss Vita-Rompaway Ruth lowered his lifetime mark to 1:59.1 over an 'off' track for his breeders and owners, trainer Bob Shahan, and Jimmy and A.M. Parsons. Roberts moved I Like My Boss into the lead at the half and had no trouble the rest of the mile. Boston BNZ, handled by trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. took second money with Whichwayrightrleft and Ross Wolfenden, third. I Like My Boss has now banked $70,000 with his three DSBF wins. In a $20,000 DSBF consolation trot, Odessa, owned by Bart Cavanagh, splashed into the lead when leader front-trotting Briefs Or Boxers (Carlo Poliseno) broke stride at the three quarters. The Crown Price Gar-Current Yield gelding was driven by Kim Vincent for trainer Melissa Olsen. The 2:05.2 win was his first after a second and three thirds. He has now won $24,096 this year. Streets Of Gold (Eddie Davis Jr.) was second. Whiteville Prince (Dave Hill) took third. Corey Callahan, who has won the track driving title the last four seasons, won seven races, the most so far this season at Dover Downs, to lift his season's total to 49 winners. Wednesday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing this Thursday in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs
DOVER, Del. --- Four of eight starters in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) two-year-old Delaware-sired trotting filly final, have won at least one of the two preliminary legs. The top eight point-getters in prelims vie in the final on the Tuesday, Nov. 26 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Two of the starters were unbeaten in their two prelim victories, Jim and Ann Parsons and co-owner Bob Shahan's I Like My Boss will be driven by Jonathan Roberts while Winbak Farm's Call Me Hall and Vic Kirby leave from the rail. The other win-savvy contestants are Syl King's Whichwayrightrleft, handled by Ross Wolfenden, and breeder, owner and trainer Bobby Myers' Boo'sThe Boss (Allan Davis), who won by being placed first after Winbak Farms' Winbak Charles M and Jeff Fout were disqualified for an interference, last week. Starting from outside post 8, LG's Pride, with Jim Morand in the bike, was race favorite in both his prelims, finishing second and third for T.P. Johnson, Henry Faragalli III and Nanticoke Racing. Bosston BNZ, owned by Eli Beiler and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. has been close-up in both his prelims. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan will drive Winmando for John and Sarah Swart to complete the lineup. There are also eight competitors in the $20,000 DSBF consolation trot, the card's lead off event. Program favorite is Marvin Meyer's fresman My Bob Charlie. . This week, Monday through Wednesday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. There is no racing on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day and, as usual, no racing on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600.
DOVER, Del.--- Nova Artist made it three-consecutive Thursday feature wins with a come-from-behind 1:49.2 victory in the 30,000 Preferred/Open Handicap pace on Nov. 21 at Dover Downs. After a torrid :25.3 opening panel, Matt Kakaley driving Valentino finally took the lead from Sunshine Superman and Jason Lynch. On the backstretch, Ron Pierce hustled Adventure Bound up on the outside as challengers bunched heading to the final In now typical style, Nova Artist came off-cover to zoom to the front for his second straight faster than 1:50 triumph. Allan Davis drove the six-year-old Real Artist-Avon Lady horse owned by his parents, trainer Eddie and Kathy Davis. The win was his ninth of the year in 27 trips and $169,850 earnings. Nova Artist's career bankroll is $768,467 with 31 winning efforts. Adventure Bound was a strong second in front of Simon's Artist with Vic Kirby the show horse. Papa Ray also was a fast finisher in the $17,500 3&4-Year-Old Open pace. Matt Kakaley was at the controls for a career fastest 1:51.3 mile. Wayne Givens conditions the Village Jolt-Liamatters four-year-old for Reg Hazzard II and Legacy Racing Of Del. The win the seventh of the year bringing his total purses to $129,280 and $211,500 lifetime. Rage N Ryan (Allan Davis) was runner-up. Lindwood Player (Corey Callahan) closed for third. Mary Ann Larrimore's Believe This Bob thundered down the lane at 17-1 to win the $15,500 Male Winners-Over pace in 1:51.2. Montrell Teague was in the bike for the Beach Romeo-Believe This Gal gelding's second win in-a-row and fifth win of the campaign. Main A Dieu Too (Corey Callahan) and Beavercreek Artist (Ron Pierce) were second and third respectively. In a $14,500 3,4&5-Year-Old pace, Bobby Glassmeyer owned and trained Democracy N, a Christian Cullen-We Love To Party import, made his first North American visit to the winner's circle in 1:50.2 for Jonathan Roberts. Jeremes General (Allan Davis) was a nose back in second while People Are Crazy (Ron Pierce) was third. Eddie Davis Jr., Matt Kakaley, Allan Davis, Corey Callahan, Vic KIRBY and Bret Brittingham had driving doubles. There is no live harness on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Dover Downs weekday racing starts at 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Marv Bachrad
DOVER, Del.--- The focus was on freshman trotters on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Dover Downs.as 2nd leg Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $20,000 Two-Year-Old preliminaries continue with Boo’s The Boss, Call Me Hal and I Like My Boss recording victories. Vic Kirby drove four winners. In the first division, Winbak Charles M and driver Jeff Fout were the apparent 2:01.3 winners, but because of a racing infraction on the last turn, the result was runner-up Boo’s The Boss, driven by Allan Davis, was placed first. Winbak Charles M was guilty of coming out causing LG’s Pride, handled by Jim Morand, to take back resulting in the re-placements. Bobby Myers bred and trains Boo’s The Boss, a Don Boss Vita-Circle M Yankee gelding making the winner’s circle for the first time. LG’s Pride, piloted by Vic Kirby, was placed second with Winbak Charles M remanded to third-place. Call Me Hal had no trouble winning the second $20,000 DRBF freshman trot. Vic Kirby was never tested as the altered son of CR Commando-Call Me Hazel posted his second straight win and third this season notching a 2:03.4 victory for breeder, owner Winbak Farms. Winmando (Corey Callahan) finished second in front of Odessa (Kim Vincent) took show honors. Jonathan Roberts driving I Like My Boss enjoyed a perfect trip racing behind leader Whichwayrightrleft (Ross Wolfenden) until turning for home. I Like My Boss then zoomed along the passing lane to shoot past en route to a 2:01.2 victory. Trainer Bob Shahan shares ownership in the Don Boss Vita-Vita Wild One gelding who is now unbeaten in two races. Whichwayrightrleft was second with Bosston BHZ (Art Stafford Jr.) third. Bill Emmons’ Lord Terror put in a gritty 1:52.2 performance to win the $20,000 Male Claiming Allowance on the regular card. It was the third win for Vic Kirby. Eric Ell conditions the Western Terror-Cheryl Hanover gelding, who won for the sixth time this campaign and 19th time in his career. Dover Downs weekday racing starts at 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. There is no live harness is dark on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Reservations are suggested for dining in the 4-Star Winner’s Circle restaurant. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Marv Bachrad
DOVER, Del. --- Two of last week's opening round winners, Whichwayrightrleft and I Like My Boss, meet in one of three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd leg preliminaries for two-year-old Delaware-sired trotting fillies on the Tuesday, Nov. 19 program at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Both Syl King's Whichwayrightrleft with Ross Wolfenden and I Like My Boss owned by Bob Shahan and Jimmy and A.M. Parson, driven by Jonathan Roberts, were clocked in 2:01.3 in their wins and will match strides in the 4th race. Marvin Meyer's My Bob Charlie, led through the early stages of his race only to finish second for Corey Callahan. Eli Beiler and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. also was a strong second. Briefs Or Boxers, owned, trainer and driven by Carlo Poliseno leaves from the rail. Winbak Farm's Call Me Hal (Vic Kirby) won the other 1st leg prelim with a 2:02.1 effort with Nanticoke Racing's LG's Command (Les Givens) and Bart Cavanagh's Odessa (Kim Vincent) leading the opposition. . In the first division, T.P. Johnson, Henry Faragalli III and Nanticoke Racing (Jim Morand), Winbak Farm's Winbak Charles M (Jeff Fout) and Bobby Myers' Boo'sThe Boss (Allan Davis) head a six-horse field. Wednesday's DSBF prelims feature $20,000 2nd leg filly pacers. After two prelim legs, the top eight point-getters in each of the four divisions return for $100,000 finals. DOVER DOWNS THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY DRAW SCHEDULE DOVER, Del.--- With Dover Downs 'dark' on Thursday, Nov. 28, there is a special Holiday draw schedule. DRAW TO RACE ON Wednesday, Nov. 20 Tuesday, Nov. 26 Thursday, Nov. 21 NO DRAW Sunday, Nov. 24 Wednesday, Nov. 27 Monday, Nov. 25 Sunday, Dec. 1 Tuesday, Nov. 26 Monday, Dec. 2 Wednesday, Nov. 27 Tuesday, Dec. 3 Sunday, Dec. 1 BOX CLOSES AT 10 A.M. DOUBLE DRAW For Wed., Dec. 4 and Thursday, Dec. 6 Monday, Dec. 2 Sunday, Dec. 8 Marv Bachrad
DOVER, Del. --- I Like My Boss, Whichwayrightrleft and Call Me Hal registered opening leg victories in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) freshmen male trots on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Dover Downs. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan swept the last three races to finish with six wins for the night Both ends of the daily double were clocked in 2:01.3 wins. In the first $20,000 preliminary, I Like My Boss, driven by Jonathan Roberts for trainer Bob Shahan and Jimmy and A.M. Parsons, wore down betting choice LG's Pride and Ross Wolfenden by mid-stretch and then held off fast finishing Bosston BNZ, driven by Art Stafford Jr. with LG's Pride third. The victory for the Don Boss Vita -Wild One gelding came in his first lifetime start. Whichwayrightrleft, a Crown Prince Gar-French Doll gelding, leased and trained by veteran Sylvanus King Jr., recorded his sixth victory in his 10 freshman season starts winning by a nose in 2:01.3. Winbak Charles M was a game second for Jeff Fout while Boo's The Boss, handled by Allan Davis, finished third. Call Me Hal, one of Vic Kirby's three wins, scored a 2:02.1 triumph in the third $20,000 DSBF division. The altered son of Cr Commando-Call Me Hazel, bred and owned by Winbak Farm, racked up his second of the year. In addition to Corey Callahan's six winners, Vic Kirby had a triple and Ross Wolfenden and trainer Nick Callahan recorded two wins each. The second $20,000 DSBF colt and gelding trot prelims are set for next Tuesday. GREEN DAY LEADS EIGHT IN $20,000 OPEN TROT AT DOVER DOWNS Millionaire Green Day, last week’s $20,000 Open/Handicap trot winner starts from post 8 in the Wednesday, Nov. 13 feature trot at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Corey Callahan moved Mary Elizabeth Raymer’s Green Day into the lead after the opening quarter and then romped to an unchallenged c1:54.3 victory. It was the Leigh Raymer-trainees fifth win of the year. Joining the action this week is Dawn Gannon and Yannick Gingras’ Looking Hanover, already a $100,480 winner this season. Vic Kirby will be in the bike for trainer Ed Gannon Jr. Cash On Delivery, conditioned and driven by Vince Copland, closed strongly in last week’s top trot to finish second for owner David Miller. Baximum won a sub-feature last Wednesday, his second in a row. Roger Plante will drive this week from post 1. Smooth Ride, the only three-year-old in the field cannot be overlooked with Hall of Famer Ron Pierce at the controls for Angelo Frassetto Estate and Steve Elliott. Chris Giaccio and trainer-driver Vic Kirby’s Can Do has been racing well. McTrade Enterprises’ Andover America with Daryl Bier was the favorite last week but spent much of the mile racing on the outside. Barbara Boese’s Awsome Valley handled by Tony Morgan is another contender not to be overlooked. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs
DOVER, Del. --- LG's Pride, Whichwayrightrleft and Call Me Hal are program picks in the three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) preliminary 1st legs for two-year-old Delaware-sired trotting fillies, the tri-features on the Tuesday, Nov. 12 card at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. In the first event, LG's Pride, owned by T.P. Johnson, Henry Faragalli III and Nanticoke Racing, with Jim Morand driving for trainer Les Givens brings a sparkling never out-of-the-money four race record into the fray. Bosston BNZ leaves from the rail for breeder Eli Beiler and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. Jimmy and A.M. Parsons and trainer Bob Shahan's I Like My Boss with driver Jonathan Roberts, starts alongside. The other contenders are Bart Cavanagh's Odessa with Kim Vincent, Gary White's Whitesville Prince teamed with David Hill and John and Sarah Swart's Winmando with Corey Callahan in the bike. Whichwayrightrleft (Ross Wolfenden), winner of the recent $100,000 DSBF Final at Harrington is the one to beat in the second $20,000 prelim. Delbert Cain's What A Hit (George Dennis) heads the challengers. Winbak Farm's Winbak Charles M (Jeff Fout), Bobby Myers homebred Boo's The Boss (Allan Davis), Gary White's Whitesville Emory (David Hill) and Sharon Robert's George Junior (Bib Roberts) complete the lineup. Winbak Farm's Call Me Hal (Vic Kirby) brings an impressive record into the third $20,000 leg. Marvin Meyer's My Boy Charlie (Ross Wolfenden) is fresh from winning the DSBF consolation last month at Harrington. Owner-trainer-driver Carlo Poliseno's Briefs Or Boxers has upset credentials. AJ Commander (Roger Plante) has post 1 with Nanticoke Racing's LG's Command (Les Givens) alongside. Gateway Stable's Streets Of Gold (Eddie Davis Jr.) and Gary White's Whitesville Bo (David Hill) are the other starters. The DSBF prelims move to Wednesday racing with the accent on filly pacers. Second leg action begins next week. The top eight point-getters in each of the four divisions return for $100,000 finals. Monday through Thoroughbred racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. No live racing on Friday and Saturday. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Early reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs
It may only be Thursday but Ocean Downs in Maryland will be holding one of the richest harness racing programs in North America with the $117,700 Maryland Standardbred Race Fund Stakes. There will be six divisions for three-year-old trotters and pacers. The first two divisions are early, non-wagering races starting at 6:40 pm. The first division is for three-year-old pacing fillies for a purse of $17,100. Featured is Stylish Lady from post four for driver Tony Morgan. The daughter of By A Length is currently on a two-race winning streak for breeder, owner and trainer George Leager of Sudlersville, MD. Stylish Lady has won three of her last four starts including a lifetime best 1:57.4 record at Harrington Raceway. The second non-wagering division has a purse of $16,250 and is for sophomore trotting fillies. Heading the field are recent winners Irish Sport (post 2) for driver Brett Brittingham and Glitter Galore (post 4) for driver Sean Bier. The pari-mutuel race card gets underway with MSRF stakes right in the very first race with the $16,400 second division for pacing fillies. Starlit Eyes looks to be the overwhelming favorite as the daughter of CR Commando sports earnings this year of $128,000 with her big triumph coming on July 25 for driver Ross Wolfenden in winning the $100,000 DSBF Final at Harrington. The first $17,150 division for pacing colts is race 3 Rebel Soldier starts from post five for driver Steve Warrington. The gelded son of Quik Pulse Mindale, who is bred, owned and also trained by Warrington of Galena, Delaware, is on a two-race win streak and has won four of his last six starts, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:55.4 right at Ocean Downs. The richest of the six division is the eight race for trotting colts and gelding for a purse of $32,550. The entry from trainer/driver Les Givens is listed as the 2-1 morning line favorite and rightly so. Solo Command, who will be driven by Jim Morand, starts from two and has won $69,000 this year with three wins. He was second in the $100,000 DSBF Final and has a record of 1:59.1 at Ocean Downs. The tenth race $17,250 final division is for pacing fillies and headlining the field is Art Frenzy from post four for driver Jonathan Roberts. The filly by Art Major is owned and trained by Bill Popfinger of Lighthouse Point, FL and was undefeated at age two going 7 for 7. Now three, Art Frenzy has six wins in 2013 and earnings of more than $55,000. She also has a record of 1:53.2 and has won three of her last four starts. By Steve Wolf
If Balmoral Park's June 9 Fox Valley Diva stake is any indication tonight's $12,000 harness racing 'Betzotic' for ICF 3-year-old trotting fillies will be anything but dull.
Rojan Stables, LA Express Stable, Al Kaplan and Howard Taylor's He's Spooky ($5.60, Jon Roberts) was victorious in the $18,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:56.3.
Fancyfreeshark overtook front pacing Europan Union in the final step to post a 1:50.4 harness racing victory in the $30,000 Delaware Special Handicap pace on Thursday, March 14 at Dover Downs.
Mustang Art and Rusty's All In lead a hard-hitting field of eight in the $30,000 Delaware Special, the Thursday, March 14 harness racing feature at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.