HARRINGTON, Del. - A pair of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $100,000 finals for 2-year-old harness racing trotters were contested on the penultimate Harrington Raceway program of 2014 Wednesday over a sloppy racetrack. Stephanie and Brian Cassell's Political Foe ($19.40, Eddie Dennis) was an upset winner in 2:01.2 in the colt and gelding final, passing the 1-to-9 favorite Political Cash, who led throughout, in the stretch for a decisive win. Win Power finished third. It was the second career win for the son of Political Briefing. Trained by his driver Dennis, Political Foe had a win and second place finish in his two eliminations prior to the final. Meanwhile, Bib Roberts, Graham Grace Stables and M&W Stables' Callmemza ($9.40, Jon Roberts), who won both of her elimination races, prevailed in the filly trotting final in 2:04.2 over Sign N Drive and Penny Paratrooper. It was an eventful race in which seven of the eight fillies went off stride at some point in the race. Callmemza was not unscathed after making an early miscue shortly after the start, but she recovered and reeled in Sign N Drive late for her Third Straight win for trainer Bib Roberts. Callmemza is a daughter of Great George Two, an accomplished trotter whom Roberts campaigned in the early 2000's. "To have a horse like Great George Two, and to be able to race his offspring for our family is just a great ride," said driver Jon Roberts, son of trainer Bib Roberts. "It was an eventful night with the weather and these young fillies didn't want to cooperate and we got the best of it. We made our mistake before everyone else did and fortunately it didn't hurt us as bad as it could have if it happened later on in the race." Leigh Raymer's I Got Spunk ($4.80, Callahan) won the $20,000 DSBF filly consolation in 2:03, while Jason Skinner's Vangoghpaintsred ($36, Vince Copeland) was triumphant in 2:05 in the $20,000 DSBF colt and gelding consolation. Corey Callahan drove four winners on the card, while Jon Roberts had three. The final night of racing for the 2014 Harrington meet is Thursday October 23. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - One of the most competitive groups in recent history competed in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final for 2-year-old pacing colts Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. In a highly touted group that featured six different elimination winners, Ronald Benton and Sharon Wyatt's Remember Me VK ($9.40, Montrell Teague) prevailed in track record fashion with a 1:52.3 triumph. It was the second straight DSBF final that produced a track record, after Purrfect Bags reset the 2-year-old pacing filly mark in her final Monday. Perched second over behind Son of a Sizzle, Remember Me VK surged three-wide on the final turn and outkicked the former in the stretch for a one length win. Pacesetter KJ Ben set all the fractions and faded to fourth. Smoking Joey rallied for third. Sired by Art Director, it was the second win in three career starts for Remember Me VK, who is trained by Bobby Wyatt. The horse was named by co-owner Benton, in honor of his late sister Vickie who passed away near the time of Remember Me VK's birth. "I knew there was a lot of speed in the race so I wanted to take him off the pace tonight," said Teague, who articulated how high he has been on this colt since his first qualifier. "When I qualified this horse, I told Bobby (trainer Bobby Wyatt) we were going to have a lot of fun with this horse." Remember Me VK is a homebred out of owner Ronald Benton's dam All Memory. "When I broke this colt, I thought he was something special," said Wyatt. "Training him down I thought he had a lot of class. I have to congratulate and thank Montrell because he's done a great job with him in every start." Driver Victor Kirby had four winners on the program. Jim Morand and Eddie Davis Jr. each had a driving double. Both sexes of 2-year-old trotters will compete in their respective $100,000 finals on the Wednesday October 22 program. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - The final week of Harrington Raceway's 68th year of live racing will be headlined by the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $100,000 final events for 2-year-olds. The pacing fillies are the first to go postward, as their final is slated as the 10th race on Monday's 15-race program. Carter Racing Stable's Totally Rusty (2-1, Corey Callahan) will look to keep her perfect record intact as the daughter of Rusty's For Real is 4-for-4 in her young career, after breaking her own track record last week. The path to her fifth win may not come easy tonight however after drawing post position eight. Her two chief threats are fellow undefeated mate Joann Looney King's Roddy's Bags Again-sired Purrfect Bags' (4-1, Victor Kirby) and Riggins-sired Gigi Deo (3-1, Andrew McCarthy) for owners J&T Silva Stables, C&G Racing Stables and Deo Volente Farms. The pacing colts will take their turn in the 10th race on the Tuesday program, featuring an adept field which features six different elimination winners. Only Scott Woogen's Riggins-sired KJ Ben (5/2, Art Stafford Jr.) and Michael White's Life Sizzles-sired and aptly named Son of a Sizzle (3-1, David Miller) escaped both of their elimination races unscathed in the deep grouping. Fellow elimination winners in the field include Garnet O'Marrow's Riggins-sired Seboomook Katahdin (5/1, Allan Davis), Legacy Racing of DE, Sharon White and Nanticoke Racing's Artzina-sired Art Season (8-1, Vince Copeland), Ron Benton and Sharon Wyatt's Remember Me VK (4/1, Montrell Teague), a son of Art Director, and Roddy's Bags Again sired Roddy's Hot Again (12-1, George Dennis), who is owned by George and Tina Dennis and the Ask W Stables. Both sexes of trotters will compete in their final events on the penultimate program of the season at Harrington on Wednesday. The colt and gelding trotters will battle in the eighth race, as track record holder and son of Political Briefing, Political Cash (2-1, Allan Davis) will vie for his Third Straight win for owners Bob Shahan and Donald Marine. The field is contentious however, and also features former track record holder Egosnattitudes (5/1, Jon Roberts), a son of Great George Two for owners Bib Roberts, Graham Grace Stables and M&W Stables among the field of eight. The filly trotting final is the 10th race with another Great George Two offspring playing perhaps a major role in Callmemza (2/1, Roberts) for owners Bib Roberts, Graham Grace Stables and M&W Stables. Callmemza swept her eliminations as did her two main threats, a pair of Cr Commando-sired fillies in Carlo Poliseno and Foulk Stables' Penny Paratrooper (4-1, Ross Wolfenden), and Scott Woogen's Sign N Drive (3-1, Tim Tetrick). Each pacing and trotting division also features a $20,000 consolation. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - Joann Looney- King's Purrfect Bags ($11.80, Victor Kirby) notched a mild upset in winning the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final for 2-year-old pacing fillies Monday at Harrington Raceway in a track record setting time of 1:53.2. The Roddy's Bags Again filly settled in fourth early behind pacesetting favorite Totally Rusty, who cruised through fractions of 27.3, 55.1 and 1:24.1. Kirby and Purrfect Bags mounted their attack first over and steadily gained ground before a fierce final charge reeled in the favorite at the finish in dramatic fashion. Gigi Deo was third. The aptly named Purrfect Bags remained perfect in her career, with four wins in as many starts. Trained by Jim King Jr., the mile established a new track record, which had been broken the previous two races in a row by Totally Rusty. "This filly showed a lot of guts tonight and really dug in late," said Kirby, who won three races. "They told me this filly loves a target and they were right. She's way better having a target then being on the front end." An elated Joann Looney-King was in tears in the winner's circle and recalled a bout of amnesia in regards to Purrfect Bags' dam, Purrfectly Bad. "This is the most exciting race that I've ever won in over 60 years," she said. "We had the mare and she couldn't go a quarter much faster than 35 seconds. I went to Chick's Sale looking for a weanling last December and I couldn't come home with one because everything went too high. I had $2,000 and ended up with her. Jimmy (trainer Jim King Jr.) reminded me, he said don't you remember who the dam was? I said nope. And he said, you owned her." In the $20,000 DSBF consolation, Erica Hanley and Pam Wagner's Iaquinta ($12, Kirby) recorded a win in 1:56.2. Harrington's leading driver Allan Davis had a grand slam on the program, including a win with Legacy Racing and Reginald Hazzard's Papa Ray ($10.20) in the $18,000 Open in 1:52.2. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - Bob Shahan and Donald Marine's Political Cash ($4.60, Allan Davis) reset the track record for 2-year-old trotting geldings Wednesday with a 2:00 win as the fastest of six Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) eliminiations at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Shahan, the Political Briefing-Cashmere Sahbra gelding set all the fractions and held off Political Foe through the stretch for his second career win in three lifetime starts. Political Cash broke Egosnattitudes track record, who set the mark last week. Egosnattitudes (Jon Roberts) completed a sweep of his elimination legs earlier on the program with a 2:04.4 triumph for trainer Bib Roberts and owners Roberts, Graham Grace Stables and M&W Stables. The Great George Two-Aerobic Linda gelding improved to 2-fo-3 in his young career. Trainer and co-owner Shahan was back at it in the remaining colt and gelding division with Save The Night (George Dennis). Co-owned by Shahan and George Brem, the Political Briefing-Athenea gelding was a 2:02.4 winner in his division. Each of the filly winners fulfilled sweeps of their eliminations as Carlo Poliseno and Foulk Stables' Penny Paratrooper ($2.40, Ross Wolfenden) was the first to triumph in 2:03.2. Trained by Poliseno, the Cr Commando-CR Penny Lane filly is 2-for-2 in her career. Scott Woogen's Sign N Drive ($2.10, Victor Kirby) was an easy 2:03.4 victor for trainer Duane Wagner. The Cr Commando-Tybridge filly has three wins in four career starts. Trainer Bib Roberts recorded another win on the card with Callmemza ($2.60, Jon Roberts). Co-owned by Bib Roberts, Graham Grace Stables and M&W Stables, the Great George Two-Endorphan Annie, Callmemza is now 3-for-4 in her career after a 2:04.3 triumph. The top eight point-getters among the fillies and colts and geldings will return to compete in their respective $100,000 final events Wednesday October 22. Ross Wolfenden had four winners on the program. Kirby and Jon Roberts each won three races, while Corey Callahan and Allan Davis had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. - A total of 24 fillies battled in three $20,000 elimination divisions of the second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Monday at Harrington Raceway. The most anticipated showdown, was the latter of those divisions as round one winners Totally Rusty, owned by Carter Racing Stable, and Gigi Deo, owned by the partnership of Jerry Silva, C&G Racing Stables and Deo Volente Farms, were primed for a showdown after drawing into together in the programs' 10th race. Totally Rusty, fresh off her track record setting performance (1:54.1) in her division last week, emerged as a wire-to-wire winner for driver Corey Callahan and reset her track record with a 1:54 win over the track listed in "good" condition. Gigi Deo rallied first over and finished second, three lengths in arrears of Totally Rusty. Trained by Doug Lewis as the only foal of sire Rusty's For Real, Totally Rusty improved to 4-for-4 lifetime. One rival Totally Rusty has not faced yet but will next week is Joann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($2.10, Victor Kirby), who dominated in her 1:55.4 triumph in another DSBF pacing filly division. The Roddy's Bags Again filly never had an anxious moment in her front end romp to improve to 3-for-3 lifetime for trainer Jim King Jr. Tony Dinges' Love Forbidden ($4.40, Andrew McCarthy) won the remaining division in 1:57.4. The Riggins-sired filly atoned for a third place finish as the favorite in her division last week, with a first-over grinding narrow margin of victory over Spin Vision. Trained by Dinges, it was the first win in two career starts for Love Forbidden. The top eight point-getters will return to compete in the $100,000 final next Monday October 20. In the overnight feature, Doug Lewis' (owner/trainer) Mojo Terror ($4.20, Callahan) was a 1:53 winner. Callahan had four winners on the program. Ross Wolfenden had a driving triple, while Jon Roberts had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
HARRINGTON, Del. – J&M Racing’s Embassy Seelster ($7.40, Allan Davis) notched her third win of season Tuesday with a 1:53.1 harness racing victory in the $18,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. The Doug Lewis-trainee surged off cover approaching three-quarters and sprinted home for a one length win over Monochromatic and Sucha Bad Girl. It was second win at the current Harrington meet. The 4-year-old Modern Art mare has earned more than $123,000 lifetime. For the second straight night, a driver registered five wins. Following Jon Roberts aforementioned performance on Monday, was driver Victor Kirby, who piloted five winners on the 14-race program, capped in the last race with Keith Pippi’s Lounge Act ($3.20), who is trained by Kirby. Allan Davis, Montrell Teague, George Dennis and Jim Morand each had two. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
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.