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HARRINGTON, Del. - J&M Racing Inc.'s Embassy Seelster ($10, George Dennis) successfully defended her turf Tuesday as a repeat harness racing winner in the $16,000 featured Mares Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.3. The 5-year-old Modern Art mare set a new track record last week with a 1:51.3 triumph. Dismissed at odds of 4-to-1, Embassy Seelster left from post position six and made the lead before the opening quarter mile in 27.4 seconds. She led the field of six through a half mile in 56.4 and 1:25, while Star Keeper sat in second throughout. Embassy Seelster extended her lead in the stretch and held off Star Keeper for the win. Lounge Act was third. Trained by Doug Lewis, it was the 13th career win for Embassy Seelster and one of three driving wins on the night for Dennis. Allan Davis also had three winners on the card. Jim Morand, Montrell Teague and Tony Morgan each had driving doubles. Matthew Sparacino    

HARRINGTON, Del. - Ron Short's Charger ($33.40, Allan Davis) was an upset harness racing winner in achieving his third consecutive win Monday in the $12,500 Open II at Harrington Raceway. The 10-year-old altered son of Stampede Hanover was dismissed at 15-to-1 and set all the fractions in a narrow win over a fast closing Special T Rocks. Shiretown Pitbull was parked the entire mile and finished third. Charger recorded his 46th career win for owner/trainer Short and raised his lifetime bankroll to more than $421,000. It was one of four wins on the program for driver Davis, while Montrell Teague registered a driving triple. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Janet Hudson's Just a Jolt with harness racing driver Victor Kirby in the sulky notched his 25th career win Monday in the featured $16,000 Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:52. The 5-year-old Village Jolt gelding yielded early to pacesetter and last week's winner, Dancin Yankee, who led most of the way until Just A Jolt found room in the stretch and surged by for his fifth win of the year. Elite Awards finished third. Just A Jolt has banked more than $91,000 already in 2015, after a $223,885 season in 2014. KDK Standardbreds, Kathleen Mofield and John Dickens' Race Me Villa ($5.20, Montrell Teague) notched his sixth win of the season in 1:52.4 in a $11,000 conditioned event. A blazing 26.4 second last quarter gave the 5-year-old Village Jolt gelding an easy win over Bobbies Powerplay and Son of a Sizzle, who was previously undefeated in three 2015 starts. Allan Davis had three wins on the program. Montrell Teague and Jim Morand each had a driving double. Matthew Sparacino  

 Reggie Hazzard's A La Notte Hanover ($28.60, Allan Davis) was an upset winner in the $12,500 Mares Open at  the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway on Tuesday in 1:53.4.    The Wayne Givens-trainee received a ground saving trip behind the pacesetting leader Jeremes Sweetheart before passing the latter narrowly at the finish.   The Givens barn has been on a roll of late, after a four win night on Monday and taking the feature for the second straight program.    In a $10,000 sub-featured pace for conditioned mares, John McGill's Star Keeper ($9, Tim Tetrick) notched a 1:53.4 win for trainer Jim King Jr.    The 8-year-old Four Starzz Shark mare sat a pocket trip behind Fill My Pockets Up, the pacesetter, and surged by the leader in the passing lane.    Allan Davis had four wins on the program for the second straight night while Tony Morgan had three wins and  John Wilkerson had a training double.   Matt Sparacino

George Teague Jr.'s Wiggleitjiggleit ($2.10, Montrell Teague) put forth a dazzling world record performance Monday with a 1:49 win at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway as he remained unbeaten in eight career starts. The Mr Wiggles gelding left the gate from post position five as the 1-to-9 favorite and effortlessly set fractions of 26.4, 54.1 and 1:22. While his closest pursuer Bobbies Powerplay yielded in the pocket, "Wiggle" steamrolled to a 14-length victory in world record and track record time. The time established a new mark for 3-year-olds of 1:49 on a half-mile racetrack and broke the overall track record of 1:49.2. Legendary pacer Somebeachsomewhere and Rock N Roll Heaven co-held the world record previously, while Betterthancheddar and Clear Vision shared the track record. Trained by Clyde Francis, Wiggleitjiggleit could make his next start in the Indiana Sires Stakes at Hoosier Park on May 23. In the $16,000 overnight feature, the Open Pace, 4-to-5 favorite Dancin Yankee left from post position three in a short field of five and assumed early command from People Are Crazy in an opening quarter mile in a pedestrian-like 29 seconds. Dancin Yankee then led the field to the half-mile in 58.3 seconds while Bandolito, who co-holds the fastest mile of the year, battled first over. Dancin Yankee then cruised to three-quarters in 1:25.4 while Bandolito began to fade. Dancin Yankee ($3.60, Allan Davis) opened up several lengths on the field at the wire and triumphed in 1:52.4 over People Are Crazy and Elite Awards. It was the first win of the year for the Josh Green-trainee, whose made more than $1.1 million in his career. Last year's 2-year-old DSBF champ, Remember Me VK ($3.20, Teague), making his first start since his freshman campaign, had an auspicious return to the races with a 1:53 score for trainer Bobby Wyatt. Owned by Sharon Wyatt, Robin West and Ron Benton, it was the fourth win in six career starts for the Art Director gelding, who is the 2-year-old track record holder at Harrington. Speaking of auspicious debuts, Legacy Racing and Reggie Hazzard's Bad Boy Matt had just that in his debut with a 1:52.1 win in the $12,500 Open II. Allan Davis had four winners on the program as did owners Legacy Racing of Delaware. Montrell Teague drove three winners. Matt Sparacino  

Standardbred racing fans that haven't yet perused the Harrington Raceway entries for the harness racing meeting on Monday May 11, may want to take a look tout suite. Among the 101 horses racing on the 13-race program, are undefeated sophomore pacer, Wiggleitjiggleit, and North America's fastest horse in 2015, Bandolito. George Teague Jr.'s Wiggleitjiggleit (3/2, Montrell Teague) will look to go 8-for-8 in his career in ironically the 8th race on the program. Fortunately for his connections, the number "8" them ended with his post draw as he drew mid-pack post number five for trainer Clyde Francis. The homebred son of Mr. Wiggles, most recent win came on May 2 in the John Simpson Memorial at the Meadowlands in 1:50. Wiggleitjiggleit, the lone 3-year-old in the overnight race Monday, will battle a field of eight Monday in his first pari-mutuel start over a half-mile racetrack. The next start for Wiggleitjiggleit may be May 23 in the Indiana Sire Stakes at Hoosier Park. Meanwhile, Daryl Bier's Bandolito (2/1, Bier) will face a contentious group in the $16,000 Open pace, slated sixth on the program and will complete the pick four (races 3-6) wager. The Bier-trainee finished fourth in his last start on May 2 in a $50,000 Invitational at Pocono Downs. He has three wins in his last five starts, including a dazzling 1:48.1 triumph at Dover Downs on April 2. The Ponder stallion will start from post four looking to end a recent two race win streak by Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt (5/2, Victor Kirby). Newcomer to the group, Baron Racing and Richard Lombardo's Dancin Yankee (9/5, Allan Davis) is still in pursuit of his first win in 2015, following a banner 2014 in which he won 18 races and earned more than $509,000. Robin and Jay Breasure's People Are Crazy (6/1, George Dennis) and Karen Walls' Elite Awards (8/1, Jim Morand) will complete the field. Post time is 5:30 p.m. Matt Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - A field of six talented trotters with 125 career combined lifetime wins lined up behind the starting gate in Harrington Raceway's $16,000 featured Open Trot Wednesday. When the dust settled it was Jim King Jr., and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger ($10.40, Victor Kirby) earning his second straight win in 1:54.3 over Traverse Seelster and Wingus. Powerful Charger received a second over trip behind Traverse Seelster, who catapulted to the front over a tiring Pocket Trip. 'Charger' then assumed pocket position and surged by Traverse Seelster late for his fifth win of the year. Allan Davis had three wins on the program. Crissman Inc.'s trotter Dash for the Cash ($3.40, Tony Morgan) improved to 2-for-2 for his new barn (trainer Tim Crissman) with a 1:56.3 win. Ross Wolfenden had a driving double. Matthew Sparacino    

HARRINGTON, Del. - San Fran Lady N ($3.60, Ross Wolfenden) notched her eighth win of the season Tuesday with a 1:52.2 victory in the harness racing featured $12,500 Mares Open II at Harrington Raceway. San Fran Lady N, who prevailed last week in 1:53.1, set the pace from her rail post position with fractions of 27, 56.2 and 1:24.3 as Hit By Lightning pursued first over with Springforth sitting in the pocket throughout. In mid stretch Springforth battled San Fran Lady N and had a narrow lead in deep stretch before the latter resurged to prevail by a nose. Trained by Steve Leblanc, the Live Or Die mare is owned by Leblanc Racing, William Lutz Jr., and Count De Money Stable. For the second straight night, a driver took both halves of the daily double. On Monday night, it was Tony Morgan, this time it was Allan Davis, who piloted Outrageous Delight N ($13) and Driven by Destiny ($3.40) as part of a five win night for the 39-year-old driver. Victor Kirby had three wins on the program. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt ($2.60, Victor Kirby) notched his second straight win Monday at Harrington Raceway in the featured $16,000 Open Handicap for harness racing pacers in 1:51.2. The 5-year-old Village Jolt gelding successfully mounted his attack second over after leader Elite Awards blazed through fractions of 26.1, 54.3 and 1:22.4. 'Jolt' gathered momentum on the outside following Believe This Bob and surged in the final sixteenth of a mile to hit the wire first. Summer Camp, who sat second behind the pacesetter, closed ground late for second, while Believe This Bob finished third. Elite Awards faded to fourth. It was the 24th career win for Just A Jolt, who is trained by Jim King Jr. Kirby had three winners on the program. Tony Morgan also recorded a hat trick, including both halves of the daily double with Bobbies Powerplay ($7.60) and Bold and Brave ($2.80). Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Legacy Racing of Delaware's Hit By Lightning ($41, Jim Morand) was an upset harness racing winner in the $12,500 Mares Open II Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:53.4. Together Again N was sent for the early lead from post position three in a 27.1 opening quarter mile. She then led the field of seven towards the half in 56.3 with Springforth battling first-over through three-quarters in 1:25.2. Springforth edged clear of Together Again N at the top of the stretch but was passed by a surging Hit By Lightning down the passing lane in the final strides for a narrow win at odds of 19-to-1. Springforth was second, with Together Again N third. The Wayne Givens-trainee notched her third win of the season. Givens was in the winner's circle again earlier on the program when Reginald Hazzard's A La Notte Hanover ($3.40, Allan Davis) made her Harrington debut a winning one with a three-wide surge on the final turn to prevail in the subfeatured $11,000 conditioned pace in 1:54.1. A La Notte Hanover is conditioned by defending meet leading trainer Givens. Leblanc Racing, Bill Lutz Jr., and Count De Money Stable's San Fran Lady ($6, Victor Kirby) notched her seventh win of the year in a $10,000 conditioned pace. The 9-year-old Live or Die mare bested a field of younger rivals with a stout pacesetting performance throughout. Davis, Tony Morgan and George Dennis each had three winners on the program. Jim Morand had a driving double. Josh Green and Wayne Givens each recorded a training double. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt ($3) was one of five harness racing winners driven by Victor Kirby as the pacer notched his 23rd career win Monday in the $16,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway in 1:51.4. The Jim King Jr-trainee left from post position three and never relinquished the lead upon assuming command approaching the opening quarter mile and held pocket sitting Believe This Bob safe throughout. Jebswesternshake was third. A 5-year-old Village Jolt gelding, Just A Jolt earned his third win of the season. Karen Walls' Elite Awards ($5, George Dennis) captured the $12,500 Open II with a 1:54 front-end score for trainer Ed Walls. The 4-year-old Powerful Toy gelding earned his third win of the season and padded his lifetime bankroll of nearly $250,000. Kirby and King teamed up again when Thomas Kemp's Fire In the Belly ($6) made a backside charge to clear the leader and draw clear by open lengths in the fourth race in 1:51.3. The 4-year-old Real Artist gelding notched his 11th career win for conditioner King. Kirby also piloted People Are Crazy ($3.80) to victory for owners Robin and Jay Breasure in 1:53 in the eighth race, a $10,000 conditioned event for pacers. Kirby notched the grand slam with Harvey Eisman's Touchdown Mindale ($4) in the 12th after a 1:53.4 score and reached the fifth with his own In The Clear ($5.20) in 1:55.2 in the program finale. Tony Morgan had three winners on the program. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del - Locally-owned I Like My Boss ($10, Allan Davis) notched his 19th harness racing win in 36 career starts Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:55.1 win in the $16,000 Open Trot. Owned by Bob Shahan with Jimmy and Ashley Parsons, all from Harrington, the 4-year-old Don Boss Vita gelding sat in the pocket throughout behind pacesetting favorite Traverse Seelster. 'Boss' bided his time until mid stretch when he edged clear of the favorite and hit the wire first. I Like My Boss is trained by co-owner Shahan and made headlines last season after going unbeaten in his first 16 career starts. Driver Davis was coming off a four win night on Tuesday and followed it with a three win night Wednesday. Trainer Josh Green won the first three races on the program, with the first two driven by Victor Kirby. Green took the daily double with trotters My Fire Cloud Too ($3.20, Kirby) and Aventure ($3.40, Kirby), before winning the third with pacer Nicholas Ryan ($3.80, Jason Thompson). Kirby finished the program with four winners, following a three-win night Tuesday. Callam Racing's Spunky Jack ($4.40, Roger Plante Jr.) won the sub-featured with a front end triumph in 1:57. The 6-year-old Super Punk gelding held off all comers in notching his 17th career win. In the card's 12th race, Art Brewer II's Sharky Osborne ($114, Davis) won his 62nd career race at age 14. The altered son of Cam's Card Shark surged late to prevail at odds of 56-to-1. It was his 315th career start. Standardbreds are ineligible to compete at age 15 or older. Blackhorse Six Stable's trotter Pittstop Kip ($13, Montrell Teague) had an auspicious Harrington debut with a wire-to-wire win from post eight in 1:57.4 for trainer Phil Goldwater. It was one of two wins on the program for Teague, who had a driving double. Teague had a productive morning as well after qualifying undefeated standout pacer Wiggleitjiggleit, owned by his father George Teague Jr., over the Harrington half-mile in a sharp 1:53. Matt Sparacino        

HARRINGTON, Del. - Daryl Bier's Bandolito ($3, Bier) won the opening day feature at Harrington Raceway Monday with a national season's mark on a half-mile track of 1:51. The fastest horse so far in North America in 2015, Bandolito, notched his fifth win of the year. Trainer/driver/owner Bier left alertly from his rail post position and was a decisive winner over Jebswesternshake and Believe This Bob. Bandolito, a 5-year-old Ponder stallion, became the sport's fastest horse this year with a dazzling 1:48.1 win at Dover Downs on March 26. Despite having limited activity over the half-mile racetrack over the past few months, Harrington's track seemed to be in mid-season form as five races were timed in 1:53 or less. Drivers George Dennis and Jon Roberts each had three winners on the card. Allan Davis and Victor Kirby each had a driving double. Live racing continues on a Monday through Thursday schedule. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway will open its doors for its 69th consecutive season of live harness racing Monday with a 14-race program beginning at 5:30 p.m. In celebration of opening day, there will be $1 hot dogs in the lower grandstand as well as $1 live racing programs. A hat giveaway (while supplies last) will also commence at 5 p.m. on the first floor of the grandstand. A $15,000 Delaware Special is the centerpiece of the program, featuring harness racing's fastest pacer so far in 2015, Daryl Bier's Bandolito (9/5, Bier) who was a dazzling 1:48.1 winner at Dover Downs on March 26. The 5-year-old Ponder stallion will be joined by a deep but compact group of six that includes Frank Chick's Jebswesternshake (7/2, George Dennis), Kovach Stables' Feel Like A Fool (8/1, Allan Davis), Doug Lewis' Mojo Terror (30/1, Jon Roberts), Mary Larrimore's Believe This Bob (6/1, Ross Wolfenden), and Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt (2/1, Victor Kirby). The race is carded as the seventh on the program. Interested bettors should take note of a new bet minimum on the pick four wager (offered in races 3-6, nightly) as Harrington will now offer a 50-cent minimum on the popular multi-race wager. Defending driving champion Allan Davis , who will appear in 13 of 14 races Monday, is expected to be a regular participant at the meet, as is leading trainer Wayne Givens who has two horses entered. The track's marquee event, the Bobby Quillen Memorial will be held September 21 with a new invitational format. Live racing will be conducted on a Monday through Thursday schedule until a six week break on July 9. Matthew Sparacino  

The season of gift giving didn't end on Christmas Day at Harrington Raceway and Casino this year. The holiday spirit was extended into Boxing Day (December 26) as Harrington Raceway and Casino and its customers teamed up for a wildly successful food drive throughout the day that netted more than 12,000 cans of food to benefit the Food Bank of Delaware. "We'd like to thank our loyal patrons for their support with the food drive," said Harrington Raceway and Casino Chief Executive Officer Patricia Key. "Without the overwhelming support of our customers, this event would not have been possible." Harrington Raceway and Casino, in conjunction with the Delaware State Fair through its Mid-Del Foundation, continued its commitment to the community in 2014 with donations exceeding $90,000 to local non-profit and civic organizations. The Food Bank of Delaware provides foods to Delawareans in need and facilitates long-term solutions to the problems of hunger and poverty through community education and advocacy. Boxing Day, while celebrated in many parts of the world and is a national holiday in Canada, is traditionally celebrated on December 26, when tradesmen and servants would receive gifts from their employers. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway's 68th season of live harness racing came to an end Thursday evening. Four-time leading driver Ross Wolfenden capped the meet-ender with four driving wins, but it was not enough to catch Allan Davis, who won his first career title with 157 wins at the meet, while Wolfenden was second with 150. Victor Kirby (127) finished third. The 38-year-old Davis is the son of one of the most accomplished drivers in the Mid-Atlantic region, Eddie Davis, winner of more than 8,000 races lifetime. Trainer Wayne Givens earned his second training title with 66 wins. Joe Hunderptfund Jr. was second with 51 wins, while Josh Green was third with 31. Meanwhile, horse of the meet honors went to trotter I Like My Boss for owners Bob Shahan, Ashley Parsons and Jimmy Parsons. Trained by Shahan, I Like My Boss started his career with an incredible 15 consecutive wins before his first defeat. He started 10 times at Harrington in 2014 with nine victories. Also on the closing night program, pacing mare Willow Mill Faith notched her seventh straight win for trainer/driver George Dennis and owners Don Reed and George Wagner in 1:56. Live racing on the Delaware circuit now shifts 20 miles north to Dover Downs, which opens its meet on November 2. By Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

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