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Ocean City, MD - When Ocean City weather turned cool, windy and with spotty rain, a large crowd of beach goers flocked to Ocean Downs to watch a great night of racing. The $70,000 Hubert Jackson Memorial sire stake summer final for freshman trotting fillies went to post as race 5. Reinsman Eddie Davis Jr. sent Cate’s A Keeper (Lockkeeper) gate to wire for the second week in a row stopping the clock in 2:05 for owner-breeder Pamela Wagner and trainer Shannon Trader. Winnie The Goo (Googoo Gaagaa) was seventh and three deep at the ¾ pole and charged down the stretch to take the place spot. Don’t Shock Me (Nuclear Breeze) with Victor Kirby in the bike picked up his first lifetime win after three second place finishes in the $70,000 Charles Keller Memorial for two year old pacing colts and geldings. Jordon’s All In (Rusty’s All In) battled gamely down the stretch, settling for second a half length behind the leader. Don’t Shock Me is owned by Bryan J. Truitt and Jerry Smith, bred by Bryan Truitt and trained by Bryan Truitt Jr. Ocean Downs was also promoting women in harness racing with the sixth race 1 1/16 mile trot featuring all women drivers from several states. Laurie Stark driving Accokeek Mercury cut the mile with Doreen Dailey coming first over behind Done Andover It and the quarter mile battle to the finish ensued with Done Andover It and Doreen Dailey returning for the picture. Hyway Marcus with Sasha Moczulski in the saddle were the winners of the RUS Exhibition race. The Maryland Sire Stakes summer finals continue on Wednesday Aug 28. By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Development Fund

Ocean City, MD - On Sunday August 26th the Maryland sired freshman harness racing trotting colts and geldings went to post as race 5 in the Charles Keller Memorial with a purse of $67,000 at Ocean Downs.   Whoopdee Goo (Googoo Gaagaa) got away 4th but driver Jim Morand pulled near the half taking the lead, extending it to five lengths by the wire in the 2:01.1 mile. Mind Yown Business (Lockkeeper) recovered from a break at the half to charge down the stretch to finish second. Whoopdee Goo is owned, trained and bred by Richard Hans.   The $67,000 Hubert Jackson Memorial for two year old pacing fillies tied the stakes record of 1:56.3 in race six. How Bout Dat Rusty (Rusty's For Real) with Jonathan Roberts in the bike went wire to wire, tripping the timer 1 ¾ lengths ahead of B For Real (Rusty's For Real) Mike Hall trains for owner Al Carter and breeder Carter Racing Stable.   The two year old sire stakes finished up on Monday August 27 starting with the W.W. 'Pete" Shaw Memorial for pacing colts and geldings. Reinsman Corey Callahan tipped Owzitgoin (Rusty's For Real) out from 6th before the half, getting the lead by the ¾ pole and charging down the stretch to win by seven lengths over Sonny's Blessing in 1:56.4.   This was definitely a family affair as Corey's brother Shaun trains for their mother's Breakaway Racing and the breeders are dad Nick Callahan and Corey and Joanna Callahan. The purse was $67,000.   The $67,000 Ronald "Doc" Banning Memorial for trotting fillies set a new stakes record of 2:01.1. Pats A Keeper (Lockkeeper) got away 8th, was 6th by the half, three deep at the ¾, winning by a head over stable mate Mary's A Keeper (Lockkeeper). Jared Moyer was in the bike for trainer Arlene Cameron and owner-breeder Pam Wagner.   The Maryland Sire Stakes for two year olds will start their fall series on September 16th at Rosecroft Raceway.   By Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

Ocean City, MD - The second round of Maryland Sire Stakes preliminaries concluded on Monday night Aug. 20 at Ocean Downs setting the stage for the $67,000 Finals on Aug. 26th and 27th.   Starting from post 7, driver John Wagner guided Pat's A Keeper (Lockkeeper) out of the gate, taking air to the 3/8 mile, before taking the lead and opening up 6 lengths on the field, tying the stakes record of 2:02 for two year old trotting fillies. Sleek N Majestic (Charlie De Vie) was up for place. Pat's A Keeper is owned and bred by Pam Wagner and trained by Arlene Cameron.   The second split for two year old trotting fillies went to post as race three. Reinsman Russell Foster gave Gittin All Sexy (Googoo Gaagaa) the perfect pocket trip catching the leader Bossy Hilly (Great George Two) in mid-stretch to stop the clock in 2:04. Richard Hans owns, bred and trains Getting All Sexy.   Two divisions for two year old pacing colts and geldings were up next starting with a non wagering event between after race three. Owner Pam Wagner and trainer Arlene Cameron picked up their second win of the night when Dennis The Menace (Rusty's All In) went wire to wire in the 1:59.4 mile.   Jared Moyer was in the bike. Pam Wagner is also the breeder. Rockin The Shades was second.   The pacing colts came back in race five for the last stake of the evening. Jared Moyer picked up his second stakes win for the night behind Sonny's Blessing (Rusty's All In) in another gate to wire victory 2 ¾ lengths ahead of Where's Barry (Rusty's For Real). This win gave trainer Arlene Cameron and owner Pam Wagner their third stakes win for the night. Linda Condon and Kevin Freeman are also co-owners of Sonny's Blessing and Linda Condon is the breeder.   On Wednesday Aug. 22 Ocean Downs will be hosting the Back To The Track night with pony rides, face painting, carriage rides, photo booth, an appearance by mascot Lucky U, a T-shirt toss, hat give away and more.   by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Development Fund

DOVER, Del.--- Corey Callahan zipped Mike Casalino's Tough Mac quickly to the front from the outside and then never-looked-back en route to a 1:53.1 harness racing victory in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap on Wednesday, March 8 at Dover Downs. Tough Mac has been super-sharp of late winning for the second straight time making it four wins in his last five outings. The Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady gelding won for the fourth time this year. Tough Mac registered his 29th lifetime victory bringing his bankroll to $359,399. Frost Free Hanover, his major competition for the meet's top trotter, closed strongly to finish second with Vic Kirby in the bike while 2012 Hambletonian winner Market Square and Tim Tetrick came on in the lane to take third money. Celebrity Pegasus got back on the winning trail breezing to a 1:55.1 triumph in the $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot with Art Stafford Jr. guiding the victory. Last heading to the half mile, Celebrity Pegasus pulled out followed cover from 75-1 shot Lucky Ten K (Ross Wolfenden) until the final turn then rolled past the early leader Uncle Mack (Yannick Gingras) on the way to his third win of 2017 and 15th lifetime. United Bi (George Dennis) closed well to take second in front of Lucky Ten K (Ross Wolfenden). Eric Ell conditions the Andover Hall-Celebrity Athena five-year-old for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms. Last year at this time, Jingle Bell Rocker was a tough-to-beat campaigner on a long six-race win streak. It has taken the Rocknroll Hanover-Blissard Of Oz gelding until his seventh start to make the winner's circle this year winning a $7,500 claimer in 1:54.3. Ross Wolfenden drove the win for trainer Les Givens and owner Tina Clark, his 33rd career triumph.. Ross Wolfenden led with three driving wins; Corey Callahan, Vic Kirby and Tim Tetrick had a pair of wins each. EMERITUS MAXIMUS SEEKS THIRD STRAIGHT $27,500 DEL SPECIAL Emeritus Maximus, a riches-to-rags-back to riches, performer seeks to win the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap for the third consecutive time this Thursday, March 9 at Dover Downs, the top event on a stellar program. First Post is 4:30 p.m. Yannick Gingras drove Emeritus Maximus, to a 1:50.3 victory last week following a 1:50 decision the previous Thursday, to win $27,500 Delaware Special Handicaps. Again this week the re-emerging seven-year-old will start from the outside in a strong eight-horse field. Since being claimed on January 19 by Don Marine and Brent Hall, the former juvenile star, who had been shuffled off to claiming events, is a winner of six of nine 2017 races and $51,895 in puses. Among his potent challengers now is fast finishing Blazing Bobby Sox, reined and co-owned by Art Stafford Jr. with father, Art Stafford, has been in peak form in recent weeks. Sweet Rock, racing for Reg Hazzard, G.P.Calloway and Legacy Racing, is also in prime form, and leaves from the rail with Allan Davis. Remember Me VK pulled a 13-1 upset for Montrell Teague winning the last Open and steps up. Vic Kirby will pilot Max Walton and Greg Papaleo's seasoned veteran Mustang Art, usually a factor each week. Al Carter and Doug Lewis' Captive Audience handled by Tim Tetrick is racing at the top of his game. Driver George &Tina Dennis' Seventh Secret has been smitten by tough racing luck in recent efforts. Sean Bier will drive Jenny Bier's Im Supersonic A , to round out the field. in the $20,000 Open Handicap pace, Mildred Ventriglio's Major Uptrend (Tony Morgan) has been super-sharp winning his last two races. Two other starters are also fresh from wins at Yonkers, J.L. Sadowsky's Te Kawau N (Pat Berry) and Caviart Skyler (Gingras), owned by Weaver Bruscemi, Peter Collura and Burke Racing Stable. There is a hard-hitting undercard on the 15-race card. 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, Del.--- Tough Mac who stopped nearing the wire to finish third last week, did not stop this time when Corey Callahan drove the veteran to a 1:52.4 harness racing victory in the $20,000 Open Handicap trot on Wednesday, Jan.18 at Dover Downs. Unlike last week when he had trouble getting to the front, Tough Mac took over early and sped to a powerful finish winning the feature. Il Mago (Pat Berry) set second most of the way for the place position while longshot Winbak Charles M (Yannick Gingras) took third. Mike Casalino owns the Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady black gelding who won for the 25th time in his career. He now is a winner of $328,399. In the $15,500 sub-feature trot, overlooked at 20-1 after several outside posts, Tymal Signature with Jonathan Roberts driving came on in the lane to score his first win of 2017 in 1:54.2, equaling his lifetime fastest clocking for owner-trainer Bobby Glassmeyer. A black Deweycheatumnhowe-Blossom Seelster mare, she was followed by Steel Reserve (Kirby) and Earl's Speeder (Callahan). Moonlight Cocktail chalked up her second win in-a-row with Tony Morgan at the controls to win the $13,500 4&5-Year-Old trot, One of two mares in the race, Moonlight Coctain, trained by Linda Toscano for Richard Gutnick and TLP Stable, won easily defeating Uncle Mack (Gingras) and Myclaimtovictory (Kim Vincent), second and third respectively. Corey Callahan won four races, Montrell Teague and Tony Morgan had doubles. SEVENTH SECRET,LITTLE BEN, BUSHWACKER  MEET IN $30,000 PACE Secret Seven, Little Ben and Bushwacker meet in a strong field in this week’s $30,000 Preferred pace the $20,000 Open on another outstanding Thursday program Jan. 19 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. George&Tina Dennis’ sharp Seventh Secret goes from post 8 to 2 in this week’s feature race with George Dennis in the bike.  Little Ben, owned by Janel Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King has been a factor all meet-long with Vic Kirby driving while Henderson Farms’ Bushwacker won for Corey Callahan) in last Thursday’s $20,000 Open. Bamon Racing and J&T Stables’ Ideal Cowboy, with Tony Morgan .and Clear Vision, owned by Weaver Bruscemi, Panhellenic and Burke Racing head a list of competent rivals that include Soto and Art Stafford Jr. for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquita. Sweet Rock and Allan Davis, starts from the rail for  G.P.Calloway and Legacy Racing and Arsenic, driven by Montrell Teague, is in from Canada. The sub-feature is the $21,000 Irish Society of Delmarva Open pace featuring Al Carter and trainer Doug Lewis’ Captive Audience (Jonathan Roberts), J.L. Sadowsky’s Te Kawau N (Daryl Bier), Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s Sicily (Allan Davis) and Cliff Grundy’s Screaman Seaman A (Kirby) and the sports all-timer richest horse $7.5-million winner Foiled Again (Gingras) who starts from post 9 in the  second tier for must start from outside post 8. The now 13-year-old is owners Weaver Bruscemi, JJK and Burke Racing stables. When at the track enjoy racing and tasty food in the Winners Circle Restaurant acclaimed buffet. Call for reservations at 302-674-4600. Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting daily 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark days for live racing at Dover Downs. Weekdays - Monday through Thursday – racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- Man Of Muscles, piloted by Pat Berry, came out of the pack on the final turn and overtook front-trotting favorite Lou Man (Tim Tetrick) nearing the finish line for a 1:56 triumph in a $12,000 harness racing sub-feature. In the week's top trot, Tim Tetrick had to use Tough Mac hard leaving from the outside before getting the lead at the quarter then led the way to a 1:54.1 victory in the $20,000 Open Handicap trot at Dover Downs, Wednesday Jan. 19. Tetrick completed the day with six wins. Trainer Dylan Davis picked up his second win on the card when Mike Casalino's Tough Mac returned to winning form in his second start of 2016. Tough Mac is an altered son of Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady who won for the 22nd time baking $272,449 lifetime. War Cry Hall (Ross Wolfenden) challenged strongly on the backstretch and held on for second. Panamanian Hanover (Tony Morgan) got up for third. In the $15,000 4&5-Year-Old sub-feature trot, Machuca, with Allan Davis driving the Yankee Glide-Tail Of Night gelding, shot down the passing lane to score a 1:56.3 win for owner-trainer Bob Shahan. Royal Becca J (Jack Parker) left from the outside to get the early lead and held on to finish second. Adrenalin Junkie (Jim Morand) rallied from far back for third. In one of two $12,000 trots, Rosemary Smutz owns and trains the 51-1 longshot, Man Of Muscle, a Muscle Mass-Jim's Girl gelding, who ironically finished second in his previous start. Five Towns (Jonathan Roberts) closed along the passing lane for second while Lou Man, after leading from the start, had to accept a third-place finish. In another $12,000 trot, Winemaster Hanover, an altered son of Donato Hanover-Wishful Me, with Tony Morgan at the controls, blew past Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) in deep stretch to post a 1:54.3 conquest for Jay Spector, Dan Kiwak and Triple D Stables and trainer Scott DiDomenico. Enrico AS (Allan Davis) was the show horse. DEDI’S DRAGON LEADS EIGHT IN THURSDAY DOVER FEATURE Dedi’s Dragon, heads an eight-horse field in the Thursday, Jan. 21 feature race at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Victor Kirby will drive Dedi’s Dragon for trainer Jim King and owners J.E. McGill, B.K. Carsey and JL Benson Stables in the wide-open affair. Engel and Nick Surick stables’ Pierce and Marcus Miller get a good post position alongside Ringler Stable’s Simon’s Artist, who starts from the rail with Jim Morand in the bike. Driver George Dennis who owns Allstar Preview with his wife, Tina, has been second in his last two outings. Max Walton’s Letsmakeawish and Sean Bier has upset credentials. Owner-trainer Ron Dixon’s Ken Kam, owner-trainer-driver John MacKinnon’s Celtic Thunder and from outside post 8, trainer Richard Robertson’s Rocnrolwilneverdie (Brett Miller) complete the lineup. Onery Shark is the lone horse on the 15-race card carrying a two-race win streak. Donny Long owns and drives the seven-year-old from post 8 in a Filly and Mare pace in race 11. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- Despite starting from post 8, Tough Mac responded after an 'off' performance in his last start with a 1:54 victory in the week's top trot on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at Dover Downs. Meet leading harness racing driver Corey Callahan steered the winner in the $20,000 Open/Handicap trot, George Dennis wins three. Owned by Mike Casalino, Tough Mac, trained by meet leader, Dylan Davis, moved up on the backstretch to challenge front-trotting War Cry Hall (Ross Wolfenden) at the three-quarters and the pair dueled-it out the rest of the mile with Tough Mac taking over in the closing strides. The triumph was the 11th of the campaign for the Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady black gelding who has been 1-2-3 in 19 of 27 starts while adding $131,255 to his seasonal bankroll. Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) finished third. The 8-post didn't bother I Like My Boss in the next race, a $12,000 conditioned trot. After two straight wins, the betting public allowed the all-Delaware homebred of trainer Bob Shahan and the Parsons to go off at 12-1. The Don Boss Vita-Wild One four-year-old gelding took the lead from Wingus (Vince Copeland) turning for home and held on for a 1:54.3 victory with driver George Dennis picking up his third win on the card. Powerful Charger (Vic Kirby) was third. Corey Callahan's first of a two-win night, came driving Howard and Josh Kaufman's recent acquisition Drinksforthehouse held off fast-finishing Adrenalin Junkie (Jim Morand) to win a $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old trot in 1:55.4. It was the second local start for the Conway Hall-Pacific Photo sophomore gelding trained by John Cabot. Machuca (Allan Davis) the early leader was the show finisher. Streaking Ragazzo Dolce, reined by Jim Morand, extended his win streak to five romping to a 1:54.3 score in a $15,000 Claiming Allowance trot. The win was the first of two for owner Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis. Dribble Drive (Dennis) and Brew Master (Montrell Teague) were second and third respectively. George Dennis had three winners. Corey Callahan, Allan Davis, Brett Miller, trainer Dylan Davis and owner Mike Casalino, all collected a double. PL HOOFHEARTED, LAUGHING MATTERS LEAD $20,000-$25,000 CLAIMER PL Hoofhearted is the lone winner last time as a field of eight meet in a $20,000-$25,000 Claiming pace for 4&5-year-olds on Thursday, Dec. 10 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Marcus Miller put Curran Racing’s PL Hoofhearted right on the lead and sped to a 1:53.2 victory in last Thursday’s feature. PT Stable claimed Laughing Matters two starts back and makes his second start for its new owner with Art Stafford Jr. driving. Movie Sequel was overmatched last time starting from the rail, but now gets a better post position and driver Corey Callahan. Toby Lynch owned, trained and driven Major Bucks makes his career debut in a claiming race but must overcome starting from post 8. The other starters are Troy Tribbet’s Big Secret with Jonathan Roberts driving, Mike West and Danny Walsh’s Militia Man drew post 1 with Allan Davis driving. Angela Coombs’ Regal Hope with Vic Kirby and Kathleen Brewer’s Jackson Brady handled by Ross Wolfenden return to the claiming ranks. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- Use Your Noodle won the fastest of two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) second-leg two-year-old filly pace prelims after Apple Bottom Jeans opened the program with a victory. Tough Mac returned to the winner's circle romping in the $20,000 Open Handicap trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Jim Morand left quickly with Use Your Noodle for trainer Les Givens and owners Henry Faragalli III, Art Feeney, Trevor Johnson and Nanticoke Racing. After leading the rest of the 1:54.1 mile before holding off a late charge at the wire. Mortgage Bags (Eddie Dennis) closed strongly from the far outside turning down the lane to shade Fiftyshadesofrusty (George Dennis) by a long nose for his first $20,000 DSBF prelim victory. The daughter of Artzina-LoGophobia filly posted her third win of the year with six seconds in 10 stats. She has banked $45,761 in her rookie year. Apple Bottom Jeans, winner of the Harrington $100,000 DSBF Final, won for the third straight time and fourth in five races with Montrell Teague orchestrating a wire-to-wire 1:55.4 triumph in her $20,000 prelim. The black filly by Mr. Apples-Scylla Hanover now has won $85,000 for her owner-trainer Kevin Switzer. Eternal Ring (Jonathan Roberts) saw his two-win streak come to a close with a second-place finish. Cougar Creek (Vic Kirby) closed strongly to take third. The stage is now set for next Wednesday, when the top eight point-getters return for the $100,000 DSBF Final. The $20,000 Open Handicap trot was all Tough Mac driven by Corey Callahan. The altered son of Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady won for the 10th time this campaign for trainer Dylan Davis and owner Mike Casalino. He has now won $120,255 in purse this year and $$246,199 lifetime. Prayer Session (Roberts), in new hands after being claimed for $25,000 a week ago, challenged Tough Mac on the outside heading to the final turn, but had to settle for second. Last week's winner Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) was third. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan had a four-bagger., Trainer Dylan Davis haltered three winners while Jim Morand drove two wins. . The first of the four $100,000 DSBF finals showcases the freshman male pacers in the Thursday feature race. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark live racing days at Dover Downs Two $20,000 DSBF freshman colt 2nd leg pace prelims and an $18,000 Open trot tops the Monday card. A $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool is now featured daily. By popular request, the Winner's Circle Buffet is back for those dinning in the Winner's Circle Restaurant. At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

The second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-old trotters was completed Wednesday at the harness racing meeting at  Harrington Raceway with four divisions heading to post. Nanticoke Racing and Delbert Cain's Go Byem (Les Givens) completed a sweep of his eliminations with a dominant 1:56.3 triumph over Perfect Vangogh and Political Foe. The Impel Hanover gelding recorded his fifth win of the year for trainer Givens, who has three straight wins with his trotter. The first filly division went to Charles Wimbrow and Jimmy Lunn's Silence Is Bliss ($3.80, Allan Davis) who was a repeat winner in 1:57.4, over Callmemza and I Got Spunk. Trained by Robert White, Silence Is Bliss is a daughter of Cr Commando. The second filly division went to Marvin Meyer's Cuddle Punk ($2.80, Allan Davis) who was a decisive winner over Bella's Punkett and Sign N Drive. A daughter of Super Punk, Cuddle Punk became the third horse on the card to complete a sweep of their DSBF divisions. Cuddle Punk is trained by Joe King. Egosnattitudes ($2.80, Jon Roberts) prevailed in the remaining colt and gelding division with a 2:00.2 victory for trainer and co-owner Bib Roberts. The Great George Two gelding was under careful handling early before overpowering the field late for a convincing win over Luck Dynasty and Win Power. In the overnight feature on the program, Mike Casalino's Tough Mac ($2.80, Roberts) dominated a field of seven in the $16,000 Open Trot as he was a wire-to-wire winner over Six Gun Hall and Powerful Charger. Trained by Dylan Davis, it was the sixth win of the season for Tough Mac, a 6-year-old gelded son of Lockkeeper. The $100,000 DSBF finals will take place on Governor's Day during the Delaware State Fair July 30 with a special 7 p.m. post time as part of a stakes-laden program with total purses in excess of $600,000. Victor Kirby had three winners on the program. Matt Sparacino  

DOVER, Del.---, Tough Mac made up for a neck loss last week to win his fifth feature feature trot this meet and Razor Ramone won his fifth straight on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at Dover Downs. Two other win streaks came to an end during the 15-race card. Corey Callahan and Tough Mac quick stepped away from the starting gate and then kept his seven rivals at bay on the way to a 1:54 victory in the week's top trot, the $18,000 Open/Handicap. Tirade Hanover , driven by Vic Kirby, made him work hard battling alongside the winner for much of the last half but could fare no better than second. I'm So Striking with Eddie Dennis closed well to finish third. The victory boosted Tough Mac's seasonal earnings to $35,000. Dylan Davis conditions the Lockkeeper - Traditional Lady black gelding for owner Mike Casalino. The eight-year-old won for the 14th time in his career with a $160,944 lifetime bankroll. One race later, Razor Ramone and Ron Pierce continued their winning ways notching their fifth consecutive triumph in a $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. Trained by Eric Ell for Steve Iaquinta and Dittmar, Razor Ramone cut out a 1:56 success holding off fast finishing Derby (Allan Davis) by a neck with Deacons Valley (Callahan) coming on for third. Razor Ramone, a four-year-old by Kadabra - Oaklea Rae, is a perfect four-for-four in 2015. He has eight career wins and $85,129 earnings lifetime. Derby (Allan Davis) captured second-place honors with Deacons Valley (Roger Plante) third. Eric Ell lifted his UTRS "batting average" to around .450 this season with his third training win of the meet, Enrico AS, who fashioned a near-wire-to-wire victory in an $8,500 Non-Winners trot. The win was the third for owners Dittmar, Iaquinta and second for partner Ken Wood, the same ownership of Go Go Red Marty, a 1:54.3 winner of a $15,000 Claiming trot. Trish Foulk - trained Prayer Session registered his third win of the meet scoring a 1:54.4 front-end performance in a $12,000 Conditioned trot with Corey Callahan at the controls for Brit Evan and Foulk Stables. Power Charger (Trace Tetrick) came on for second. I Like My Boss (Jonathan Roberts) was the show horse. Payson Racing's Joyeux Dream (Ron Pierce) from post 8, won for the fifth consecutive time in a 1:55.1 victory in a $15,000-$20,000 Claiming Handicap trot while several streaks came to an end including Ringside Muscle (Jonathan Roberts, finishing third. When Payson Racing's JS McFlash, with Pierce driving, won his third in succession, the meet's longest win streak ended after seven straight for Jingle Bell Rocker. Other streaks that came to an end included Hey Pancho, who had won four-in-a-row, and two straight by Captain Fairfax, who finished second in another trot. Owners Dittmar and Iaquinta, drivers Callahan and Pierce, joined trainer Ell with three wins while Wolfenden, Roger Plante, Eddie Davis Jr., Allan Davis and owner Ken Wood had two wins apiece. Trainer Amanda Payson and Payson Racing also won twice. MUSTANG ART IS FAVORITE IN $25,000 DELAWARE SPECIAL THURSDAY Four of the eight starters, led by Mustang Art, tangle in the $25,000 Lincoln Day Delaware Special, Thursday, Feb 12 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Ron Pierce put Mustang Art on the lead in last week’s $27,500 Preferred pace and never looked back in a 1:51.3 victory over an ‘off’ track for owners Max Walton and Greg Papaleo. Eddie Davis Jr. and Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s Papa Ray raced outside for most of the mile and was a length back at the wire. Meet leading driver, Corey Callahan will be behind, Joan Dalphon and Elanor Laws’ Don’t Ya Know, who closed smartly to pick up third money last time.  Razor sharp Believe This Bob with Ross Wolfenden, won the last Del. Special, two weeks ago, for the second time in four weeks. The ultra-consistent Just A Jolt, racing for Janet Hudson, returns following a two-week respite and drew the rail. Kovach Stables’ Feel Like A Fool, and Trace Tetrick, has an advantageous post 2 start. Jebswestershake, with George Dennis piloting, steps up from the claiming ranks, sporting three consecutive wins while Nova Artist, winner of the last two Horse of the Meet honors, took last week off, and is driven by Allan Davis for his parent’s Eddie and Kathy Davis.    Tom Lazzaro’s Contraband Hanover (Pierce), Tina Clark and Kovach Stable’s Artistic Director (Tetrick) and Howard Taylor’s Delaware Hanover (Callahan) lead one of two $15,500 Open pace sub-feature on the tough undercard. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. 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. Marv Bachrad

Pompano Beach, FL...Sunday, February 8, 2015...Wishin Iwas Fishin took top honors in the opening leg of the Battleground Late Closing harness racing event for claiming trotters on Sunday night at Pompano Park. The nine year-old gelded son of Lockkeeper, trained by Brian Hauck for Haucks Racing Stable, came from dead last in his sextet for Jason Dillander to score a narrow decision--a neck--over Go Jesse Go, driven by Rick Plano. Sand Wyndham, teamed up with Joe Pavia, Jr., finished third, just a half length away while Overwhat and Loco Caballo picked up the minor awards. The mile was clocked in 1:57.4. In a race marked by five lead changes, Northern Inferno showed quick speed leaving with Go Jesse Go away in good order from the rail with Loco Caballo next. But before the dust settled around the opening turn, Go Jesse Go left the pocket and forged into the lead at the opening panel, timed in :28.3...but not for long as Loco Caballo followed Go Jesse Go and took command with a lap to go and marched over to the half in a hot :56.4. On the backside three-eighths out, Sand Wyndham was out and driving from fifth and forcing the hand of Go Jessie Go, the latter leaving the pocked again and forging to the lead a few steps past the third station timed in 1:26.4. With four across the track at mid-stretch, it was a cavalry charge to the wire with Wishin Iwas Fishin the photo finish winner. After the race, driver Jason Dillander said simply, "This horse has one good brush and, tonight, it was timed just right. For Wishin Iwas Fishin, it was his initial win of the year in five starts and worth $6.00 to his faithful $2.00 followers. John Berry 

DOVER, Del.--- Tough Mac took the lead and never looked back scoring his third consecutive victory in the Dover Downs $18,000 Open / Handicap trot, meet leader Corey Callahan's fourth win of the day on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Callahan rushed Tough Mac, a Mike Casalino-owned Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady gelding, smartly out of post 6 and kept his seven rivals at bay the rest of a lifetime best, 1:52.4 mile, coming the final quarter in :28.1 to secure his record at 3-for-3 in 2015. Tirade Hanover took a shot at the leader heading for the three quarters but retreated when the field turned for home. Baximum rolled down the passing lane for Allan Davis to edge Powerful Charger (Trace Tetrick) for second money. The win was the 13th lifetime for Tough Mac, now a winner of $147,444. William Cantrell's Classic Belisima scored her fourth consecutive decisive victory to win the first of two $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners Over trots in a new personal mark of 1:55.4. Corey Callahan teamed with the John Cabot-conditioned well-bred daughter of Crazed-Classic Yankee for her fifth win in her last seven outings, with two close seconds. It was her eighth lifetime win in 23 starts, 17-times in the money, for career earnings of $54,135. Razor Ramone won the other $14,000 division as Ron Pierce picked up his fourth win on the card. The Kadabra-Oaklea Rae four-year-old won for the Third Straight time and fifth in his last seven outings for owners Steve Iaquinta and Bill Dittmar. Derby (Allan Davis) was runner-up. Hit Andrun (Art Stafford Jr.) was third. Other trotters on winning tears during the program are Howard and Josh Kaufman's Hey Pancho (Trace Tetrick), trainer John Cabot's second win, and fourth straight success in an $11,500 4&5-Year-Old trot; Payson Racing's Joyeux Dream (Pierce), also with four-in-a-row winning a $15,000-$20,000 Claiming trot in 1:55.1; and two-other race winners of two straight, Breakaway Racing's Holiday Spirit (Callahan) in 1:57.4 taking an $8,000 trot for young horses and John Cancelliere's Winning Design (Pierce), a $5,500 trot for 3&4-year-olds. Callahan and Ron Pierce visited the winner's circle twice and Trace Tetrick won two. Joe Hundertpfund had two training wins. On Thursday, Papa Ray returns to face Bandolito, Mustang Art in $25,000 Delaware Special feature. BANDOLITO, PAPA RAY HEAD DOVER $25,000 DELAWARE SPECIAL DOVER, Del --- Bandolito and Papa Ray, winners of the last two $25,000 Delaware Special paces head this week’s top event at Dover Downs on Thursday, Jan. 29. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Bandolito, holder of the 1:48 track record set last Spring, uncorcked a resounding come-from-behind 1:50.1 with owner, trainer, driver Daryl Bier conducting the neck victory besting Eddie and Kathy Davis’ game Nova Artist and Allan Davis.  Joan Dalphon and Elanor Laws’ Don’t Ya Know with Ron Pierce was third. After a two-week respite, razor sharp Papa Ray returns to action. Eddie Davis Jr. drove the veteran to his second win in three trips and fourth victory this meet and drew post 1. Corey Callahan drives Joan Dalphon and Elanor Laws’ talented Don’t Ya Know. Framed Art steps up after a Winners-Over win for his first Del. Special venture for trainer Andrew Stafford and driver Art Stafford Jr.  Mary Ann Larrimore’s Believe This Bob, a winner of this event three weeks ago with Ross Wolfenden, and battle seasoned Mustang Art, owned by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo, with Corey Callahan driving, both previous Del. Special winners. Mary Alice and Tom Tetrick’s Maddysonofagun (Trace Tetrick), Dedi’s Dragon (Vic Kirby) racing for McGill, Carsey and JL Benson Stables and Wade Wyatt’s Flying Cowboy (Ron Pierce) tangle in the  $16,000 Open pace sub-feature on the tough undercard. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing Fridays and Saturdays and this week Super Bowl  Sunday will also be “dark.” Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting opens daily at 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Marv Bachrad

COLUMBUS, MN. - The third time was a charm for Natural Forces as he became the third different trotter to win the weekly open feature in as many weeks on Wednesday night.   The five-year-old Lockkeeper gelding, owned by ECS Racing LLC and Kevin St. Charles, was third in his first Minnesota start, second last week despite an early break in stride, and sailed to a 1:56.1 score in his third fray against the best trotters at the meet. Kim Pluta was the sulky sitter for trainer Ronald Merritt.   Franky Provolone (Steve Wiseman) finished two lengths back in his first open company competition this season with Northern Inferno (Rick Magee) edging Glittering Muscles (Nick Roland) for third. Quiet Charmer (Jason Ryan) picked up the final paycheck in the seven-horse field.   The 1:56.1 clocking was just three-fifths of a second off Natural Forces lifetime best taken at The Red Mile. The ECS Racing homebred has now won 33 times in 89 career starts and boasts a bankroll north of $260,000.   Seven different drivers and eight different trainers won races on the eight-race program. Rick Magee scored the lone driving double on the card.   From the Running Aces Publicity Department

Saturday, June 07, 2014 (Scarborough, Maine) - Kevin Switzer, Jr. served notice in the early going on Saturday that something special was about to happen at Scarborough Downs as the man in the blue and black colors pummeled an imposing driving colony into submission as he claimed the first of seven wins on the eleven race card. Switzer's prodigious performance was all the more remarkable considering that it was the most scores secured by a single driver since Water Case, Jr. grabbed 8 victories back in 1995. It also included top tallies in both Invitational events carded on the program. "Walter Case was always a driver I idolized growing up," Switzer remarked. "He had a talent to keep horses alive and it's great to be mentioned in his company. I had a little luck to go around combined with a little bit of talent, and I benefited from driving some good horses." Sky Keeper, took top honors in the 2nd edition of the $10,000 Triple Crown Trot, demolishing an eight-horse field by multiple lengths in a lifetime-equaling 1:58. The win marked the fourth of the season for the six-year-old son of Lockkeeper who is owned by Irwin Kaplin of Merrick, NY. This newcomer to the PineTreeState has forged his way to the forefront since joining the Bo Sowers stable after shipping in from the tough Saratoga circuit. Wolf's Milan (Eddie Davis, Jr) was a hard charging second while Neverdie (Michael Cushing) claimed the show dough. Trainer Bo Sowers, utilizing the lightning-hot Switzer in the sulky, claimed the third of four wins from his roster on Saturday in the $10,000 renewal of the fabled Dirigo Pace with the classy veteran Art Of Illusion. Quick to the lead and to never look back, the son of Real Artist soared to victory timed in 1:53.2, the fourth fastest clocking ever recorded in the history of Scarborough Downs. A relative newcomer to the local scene since being acquired by owner David MacDonald of Halifax, NS, Art Of Illusion extended his undefeated streak in Maine to four-in-a-row with the impressive score. Burkentine Hanover (Drew Campbell) was second with Western Victory (Wallace Watson) rallying for third. "I thought I had a good shot with both of these horses today," Switzer reflected. "I want to thank Bo and Tammy Sowers for giving me some great horses to drive today and I want to thank my family for always standing behind me." Kevin Switzer, Jr. now moves into second place in the driver's leaders board with 46 wins, trailing Drew Campbell by three top tallies. Live racing returns to Scarborough Downs on Thursday with a 4:30 post time; the summer schedule is Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 4:30 pm and the Sunday matinee at 1:05 pm. by Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Pompano Beach, FL...December 12, 2013...Andover America finally reached the winner's circle at Pompano Park on Wednesday night as the eight year-old, brushing from fifth halfway through the mile to the lead around the final turn, scored a handy two length win for Bruce Ranger in 1:54 in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Trot.   Jesses Jo, driven by Ed Hensley, finished second while Keystone Thomas, piloted by Joe Pavia, Jr., wound up third.   She's All In and Pure Barre picked up the final two awards in the field of nine.   The winner, a classy son of Andover Hall, with 48 lifetime wins and $730,240 coming into the action, was unhurried early on as Keystone Thomas took the field to the opener in :28.2, soon to be replaced on the front end by Jesses Jo, who was hard pressed to make the top off of a :27.3 second panel which placed him at the half in :56.   That's when Andover America was sent throttling by Ranger and he took the lead with authority around the final turn and put the field away turning for home.   In a post race interview, Ranger said, "You know, a lot depends on how the race goes...whether the pace will be soft or hot, you, know, things like that. Tonight, the pace was very hot, especially that second quarter and, when we hit the backside, I thought, 'now's the time!' He responded very well and that was that. He went a great mile."   Owned by Mc Trade Enterprises, Andover America was the 9 to 5 tote board favorite and returned $5.80 to his $2 backers.   The Open 2 Trot went to Deb Clayton's I'll Tell You What, driven by Dave Ingraham. This eight year-old son of Lockkeeper, also coming in to the action with 48 lifetime victories, went a brave first-over journey to collar pacesetting Blushing Hanover (Kevin Wallis) in deep stretch to win by a half length in 1:55.1. HP Forte (Mark O'Mara) was a fast closing third while Surface, trotting the fastest final panel in the field (:28.3) finished fourth. Dutchess Seelster picked up the nickel in the nine horse field.   I'll Tell You What was third choice on the board and returned $9.20 to win.   The Open 3 Trot went to the vastly improved Sun Island, who used a stout brush on the backside from sixth to surge into the lead around the final turn and score in a lifetime best 1:55. His previous best was 1:55.3 achieved as a three year-old there years back.   Bruce Ranger handled the winner for owner Gene Kirsch to send his lifetime bounty to $145,338--only $9,830 over the past two seasons.   Shelby County (Rocky Stidham) finished second with Thekeptman (Andy Santeramo) third. Pacesetting Gale Warning was fourth while the favorite, Spring Goal, finished fifth.   As fourth choice in the pool, Sun Island paid $10.00 to win.   Kathy Bove of the Paul Bernardo Stables tonight received the October Florida USHWA "Caretaker of the Month" award for her work with the successful two year-old pacing filly J D Eleven Bell's (2f Eleven AM-Cherry Bomb-Cambest). Responding to the tender loving care of Ms. Bove, this filly earned $21,009 in her freshman season, taking a record of 1:57.1f at Pompano Park. The multiple stakes winner posted a 4-2-4 slate in 12 seasonal starts. Bred by Berry Stables and owned by Joseph Martinelli, Sr. of Staten Island, NY the Bernardo trainee is one of a handful of US foals of Eleven AM (Falcon Seelster-Imustbedreamin-Royal Command C), a career winner of $513,884 with 34 victories and a record of 4, 1:51f taken in 2006 and equaled the following season. Eleven AM earned over $251,000 as a freshman in 2004. He was exported to Argentina in 2010 and has successful offspring racing at the Buenos Aires standardbred racing venue.   by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park          

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  

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