HARRINGTON, Del. - The draw for Harrington Raceway's richest program of the year, the annual Governor's Day program (July 24) during the Delaware State Fair, is set for Monday July 21. The entry box will close at 10 a.m. Horsemen are currently able to enter in advance online or by calling the race office at 302-398-5970 on the morning of the draw. There is a special 7 p.m. post time for the July 24 program. Approximately $600,000 in total purses will be distributed over the program, including four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final events for 3-year-olds. Consolation races for the DSBF races will also be contested. The headliner for older horses has always been the $40,000 Governor's Cup for pacers, which features the top eight Delaware owned money earning pacers who are properly entered. The Honorable Governor Jack Markell will once again be on hand to present the trophy to the winning connections. The First State's top distaff pacers compete in the $30,000 Legislator's Cup, while the top trotters will go postward in the $30,000 Charles Murphy Memorial. A 13-race program is expected, contingent on entries. The Delaware State Fair begins July 17 and runs through July 26. Harrington Raceway's summer/fall meet will resume on a Monday through Thursday schedule beginning August 18. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - James Moore III's NF Happenstance ($3.60, Jack Parker Jr.) tied the overall track record for trotters Wednesday with a 1:54.1 victory in the $17,000 Open Trot. The 4-year-old Sj's Caviar mare also broke her own national season's mark on a half-mile track for 4-year-old mares and tied the overall mark, shared by Traverse Seelster, whom she edged out for the win. NF Happenstance left alertly from post seven and made the front at the quarter-mile mark in 27.2. She proceeded to set fractions of 56 and 1:25.1 while pocket sitting Traverse Seelster awaited the passing lane. Traverse Seelster fought gamely to the wire, but would be held at bay as NF Happenstance recorded her seventh win of the year. Trained by her driver, NF Happenstance boosted her seasonal earnings to nearly $70,000. She broke her own 4-year-old track record with the win. Driver George Dennis had five wins on the program, following a three-win performance on Tuesday night. Victor Kirby and Tyler Davis each had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - Jim Morand entered the record books Tuesday at Harrington Raceway becoming just the 15th driver in North American harness racing history to reach 9,000 wins. Morand, who drove three winners on the program, achieved the milestone win aboard Brenda Teague's Remus Blue Chip ($17.80) in the 13th race. Morand, a native of Windsor, Ontario, learned harness racing under the tutelage of his step father Gerry Bookmyer after moving to Ohio at a young age. He's driven such top horses as Little Brown Jug elimination winner Kiev Hanover, Nuclear Breeze, 2004 Horse of the Year Rainbow Blue, Stampede Hanover, among many others through the course of his career. "I've been lucky to drive a lot of good horses over the years for a lot of great people," said Morand humbly in the winner's circle. "We moved to Delaware shortly after the slots came and it's a nice place to live." Before making the move to Delaware, Morand spent most of his career at Rosecroft Raceway where he dominated the Maryland circuit for many years. His wife Melanie, and three children, sons Kyle and James and daughter Olivia were on hand to see their father reach hallowed ground. Prior to Morand, Ron Pierce was the last to reach 9,000 wins in 2013. Another driving milestone was reached on the Harrington program as Bret Brittingham drove his 2,000th winner aboard Fleeting Flirt N ($5.80) in the ninth race. Brittingham has been a regular on the Delaware circuit for years along with his father, trainer Don Brittingham. The Brittingham stable has trained three recent Horse of the Meet winners at Harrington, including As Bad As Thunder, Raritan Bay and Artciano. Driver George Dennis also had a driving triple on the program. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
Harrington, DE --- Harrington Raceway’s 68th season of live harness racing will get underway Monday night (April 21) with a 15-race program scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. There will be a hat giveaway (while supplies last) at 5 p.m. on the lower level of the grandstand, as well as $1 hot dogs and $1 live racing programs throughout the evening. Most of the track regulars are back in action including 2013 leading trainer Joe Hundertpfund, Jr. and leading drivers Ross Wolfenden and George Dennis, who finished in a deadlock last season. There is also a new face on the opening day program, as one of the leading drivers on the Yonkers Raceway circuit, Eric Goodell, will be in town competing in nine races. The featured $17,000 Open is carded sixth on the program and will wrap up the Pick-4 wager (races three-six). Cataway Racing Stable’s Lollipop Kid (2-1, Victor Kirby), who was claimed on February 27 at Dover Downs for $25,000, was installed as the morning line favorite on the heels of a lifetime best win in 1:49.1 at Dover. The wagering format will appear similar in years past to the Harrington faithful, as superfecta wagering will be available in all races but race three, the first leg of the Pick-4. Harrington’s signature race, the Bobby Quillen Memorial, will be held on Sept. 8 (eliminations if necessary) and Sept. 15 (final). Last year‘s event featured a stirring stretch duel from Clear Vision and Foiled Again with the former prevailing in a track record 1:49.2. Harrington will race on a Sunday through Wednesday schedule with the exception of closing night for the spring/summer season on July 3. There will be a hiatus until the annual Governor’s Night at the Races program on July 25, before the meet resumes on a Monday through Thursday schedule on August 18. Customers wishing to make clubhouse reservations are encouraged to do so by calling 302.398.5920. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - It's only fitting that a horse named He's Spooky ($2.80 Jon Roberts) would be building momentum in the same month as Halloween. Rojan & LA Express Stables' and Alan Kaplan and Howard Taylor's 6-year-old trotting stallion notched his second straight win Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:57 win in the $19,000 Open Trot. Trained by Doug Lewis, it was his eighth win of the year. The Cantab Hall stallion set the fractions of 28.2, 58.2 and 1:28.1 while second choice Can Do (Victor Kirby) chased throughout. In the stretch, He's Spooky held Can Do safe for a two length win. Blueridge Tornado was third. It was one of four driving wins on the program for Roberts. Ross Wolfenden had three wins. Matt Sparacino
HARRINGTON, Del. - Regis The Horse has a long way to go to catch his namesake in airtime but the 2-year-old pacer is well on his way. Named after long time TV personality Regis Philbin, Regis The Horse will make his second start in front of millions of viewers Thursday at Harrington Raceway as the race will air live on Fox Sports 1's "Crowd Goes Wild," an hour-long show that airs Monday through Friday featuring a vibrant and contemporary look at the latest buzz in the world of sports. Regis The Horse was a significant part of the show's first episode on August 19, when his race was broadcast live via Roberts Communications Network's satellite feed. Viewers witnessed a thrilling victory for Regis The Horse as the crew at "Crowd Goes Wild" celebrated Philbin's birthday. "That was sensational. Way to go Regis!" Philbin said at the race's conclusion as he and his on-air cohorts Georgie Thompson, Jason Gay, Trevor Pryce and Michael Kosta rooted Regis The Horse to cross the finish line first. The horse was a surprise gift to Philbin for his 82nd birthday from his colleagues on the show and was shown in an earlier segment prior to the race which can be viewed by clicking here. Trained by George Teague Jr., Regis The Horse, will start from post two with Montrell Teague as his driver. Estimated post time for the race is 5:35 p.m. "It's a great opportunity for all of us in the industry," said Harrington Raceway COO of Racing, Jim Boese. "We've been privileged to work with the USTA in partnering with Fox Sports 1 and Roberts Communications in making this possible." by Matt Sparacino
HARRINGTON, Del. – Harrington Raceway’s richest program of its 67th year of live horse racing brought cooler than normal temperatures for the annual Governor’s Day of racing during the Delaware State Fair. With temperatures hovering in the upper 60’s most of the day, it was a welcome change from previous years when 90-plus degree temperatures were the norm. Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final for events for 3-year-old pacers and trotters were the centerpiece of the 13-race program, which boasted total purses in excess of $600,000. The first DSBF final featured a 13-to-1 upset win by Seboomook Boo Yah ($29, Allan Davis) for owner Garnet O’Marrow. The Wayne Givens-trainee was sent for the early lead and never relented in her two length score in 1:55. The daughter of Funny Bones notched her seventh lifetime win over KJ’s Caroline and Women Rule. Winbak Farm, Leblanc Racing and Jeff Franklin’s Starlit Eyes ($5.40, Ross Wolfenden) scored in the final for trotting fillies. She was a wire-to-wire winner in 2:00.2 over Irish Sport and Bosston Chevel for trainer Steve Leblanc. The Cr Commando filly earned her fourth lifetime win as her lifetime earnings ballooned to nearly $150,000 lifetime. The race was named in honor of former Harrington Raceway President Jack Walls. In the Hal Belote Memorial for trotting colts, the third DSBF final to be raced, the complexion of the race immediately changed when favorites Royal Briefing and Triple Command broke stride and J&E Stable and Al Moor’s Good Skies ($72.80, Eddie Davis Jr.) emerged a winner over Solo Command and Triple Command. Trained by Janet Davis, Good Skies received a pocket trip behind Solo Command and surged by in the stretch for the win in 2:00.2. It was the first career win for the son of Giant Hit. In the Jim Case Memorial for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the last DSBF final on the program, Rodney Long, Tim Hundertpfund and Joe Hundertpfund’s Hot Roddy ($5.40, George Dennis) was victorious in 1:54.4 over By a Time and Beammeupscottie. Hot Roddy was his usual aggressive self and set all the fractions in winning his 12th career race in 14 starts. Trained by Joe Hundertpfund, the gelding boosted his lifetime bankroll to nearly $250,000. The $40,000 Governor’s Cup was the headliner for older horses as Peter Tritton’s Malak Uswaad N ($2.20, Tim Tetrick) overcame post eight to prevail in 1:52.3 over Eagle All and Fancyfreeshark. A 5-year-old Bettor’s Delight stallion, Malak Uswaad N registered his 17th career win with a sustained first-over bid that eventually catapulted him to the lead as pacesetter Sunshine Superman went offstride after the half-mile. The Honorable Governor Jack Markell was on hand to participate in post-race ceremonies in honoring the winning connections and presenting the trophy. The $30,000 Legislator’s Cup featured some of Delaware’s top pacing mares and honored the memory of long-time Delaware Senator Thurman Adams Jr. North State Street Stable’s Monochromatic ($3.20, Corey Callahan) was able to survive an overland route for a one-length win in 1:54.3 over I Know Nothing and Alice’s Restaurant. The $30,000 Charles Murphy Memorial Trot was fulfilled by an evenly matched group of trotters as 9-year-old Photo Maxx ($10.80, Victor Kirby) benefited from a pocket trip to prevail over Gurf and Awsome Valley in 1:56.3. The sub-division of the Governor’s cup was the $20,000 President’s Cup which was won by Joann Looney-King and Thomas Kemp’s Panfully Cool ($4, Kirby) in 1:54. Live racing resumes on a Monday through Thursday schedule beginning August 12 through October 24. Matt Sparacino
Keith Pippi's Traverse Seelster ($10.40, Ross Wolfenden) broke the all-aged track record for trotters Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:54.1 triumph in the featured $19,000 Open Trot.
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. drove seven winners on Tuesday (June 25) at Northfield Park. Wrenn’s winners included DVC Easy Does It ($5.00) in race four, Kings Alibi ($3.8) in race five, Kristens Big Girl ($5.40) in race seven, Thomas Be Quick ($13.40) in race eight, Fortune Awaits ($5.00) in race nine, Mattonthechooch ($3.80) in race 11 and Museum Piece ($7.00) in race 12.
HARRINGTON, Del. – Allen Kaplan, Ira Kaplan and David Sheib’s Lorrie Please (George Dennis, $2.60) improved to 3-for-3 at Harrington Raceway in 2013 with a wire-to-wire win in the $19,000 Filly and Mare Open in 1:53.2 Tuesday.
Driver Tony Morgan registered a driving grand slam on Monday's 12-race harness racing program at Harrington Raceway.
Chris Giaccio and Victor Kirby' Can Do ($9.60) broke the track record for 4-year-old harness racing trotting geldings Wednesday with a 1:55 triumph at Harrington Raceway.
Allen Kaplan, Ira Kaplan and David Sheib’s Lorrie Please (George Dennis, $8.40) surpassed $100,000 in seasonal earnings Tuesday with a 1:54.2 win in the featured $19,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway over a sloppy racetrack.
The Wiz Kids Stable's Golden Gun ($12.20, Montrell Teague) was the fastest of three $20,000 divisional winners Monday in the 2nd leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings with a 1:54.2 triumph.
Round two of eliminations for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) took place with four $20,000 divisions Wednesday at Harrington Raceway.
Round two of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund eliminations were contested for 3-year-old pacing fillies Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in the form of three $20,000 divisions.