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HARRINGTON, Del. - Although a lot will be different when Harrington Raceway opens without spectators for its 74th season of live harness racing Monday June 15, some things will remain familiar. Most notably perhaps is the return of 2019 Delaware Valley USHWA Harrington Raceway horse of the meet Slick Tony (7/2, Russell Foster), who is slated to make his first start since March 5 in the featured $10,000 Open Pace, the 5th race on the 9-race card. Owned by his breeder/trainer George Leager, the 5-year-old No Spin Zone stallion is a graduate of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund program, which jumpstarted his $670,043 in career earnings. A 16-time winner last year, he banked $231,449 as a 4-year-old and despite the COVID-19 related disruption to racing, he remains on track for another $100,000 season. Slick Tony will face a quality field of 8, which is the anchor leg of the early pick four wager (races 2-5). Another regular sighting will be the return of last year's driving champ, Art Stafford Jr., who had a career year in 2019 and has 5 drives on the card. Two-time defending leading trainer Joe Columbo will have a busy night with 5 entries from his stable. All of the Columbo-trained entries will be driven by former track driving champ Mike Cole, who is part of a formidable driving colony opening the meet. Tim Tetrick, who was recently voted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, will compete in all 9 races on the opening card. Many of his drives will come from the uber powerful barn of Joanne and Jim King Jr., who trained 2019 Dan Patch Horse of the Year, Shartin N. Last year was a landmark year for Harrington-based horses, as the town with a population of less than 4,000 has become a hot bed for harness racing talent with prior champions like Wiggle It Jiggleit, Rainbow Blue and Adios Harry, just to name a few. Its most recent success stories from 2019 are Lather Up, who raced out of the George Teague stable for trainer Clyde Francis stabled on the east side of Harrington, is the co-fastest horse in the sport's history with a 1:46 win at the Meadowlands and the aforementioned Shartin N who not only was the Horse of the Year, but is also the sport's fastest mare ever. Not to be outdone was 2-year-old pacing filly of the year Lyons Sentinel - who is also trained by the King Jr. barn, located on the west side of town. Post time for the Monday program is 4:30 p.m. Live racing will continue on a Monday through Wednesday schedule through July 15. There will be a break in the schedule before resuming on August 17. Matt Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway will deviate from the normal qualifying schedule next week and will qualify on Monday June 15, the same date live harness racing will commence without spectators. Qualifiers will start at 9 a.m. and will be drawn Thursday June 11 with the entry box closing at 10 a.m. Preference will be given to Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund eligible 3-year-olds who are not qualified and horses that need to qualify per the Delaware Harness Racing Commission amendment which considers a horse qualified as long as they have a clean charted line on or after February 1 and is not on the steward's list. Any questions, please contact the racing office at 302-398-5970. The first live racing program on the 2020 Harrington season will kick off Monday evening with a 4:30 p.m. post time. A 9-race program is carded as Harrington kicks off its 74th anniversary season. Two-time defending leading trainer Joe Columbo will have a busy night with five trainees entered and leading driver Art Stafford Jr. is expected to be back in action to defend his title. The featured race is the 5th, a $10,000 Open Pace that features 2019 Horse of the Meet, Slick Tony. Owned by George Leager, the 5-year-old No Spin Zone stallion is on pace for another $100,000 season, after a banner 4-year-old season in which he made $231,449. He drew post six in a contentious field that features, Wichita Lineman, JJ Flynn, Glengarry Knight N, Sicily, Rollinlikethunder, Bad Boy Brad A and Proper One. Morning line odds will be calculated Wednesday. There will be two pick fours on the program, beginning in race two and race six with superfecta wagering available in the even numbered races.   Matt Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - The first qualifying races of the harness racing season at Harrington Raceway will take place June 9 and 10 with a new qualifying time of 9 a.m. In order to be in compliance with COVID-19 related state guidelines, a maximum of nine races will be carded. The June 10 qualifiers will be restricted to Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) eligible 3-year-olds. If space allows for the June 10 qualifying draw, overnight horses may be permitted to qualify. There will be a double draw for both qualifying days on June 8 with the entry box closing at noon. The Delaware Harness Racing Commission has waived the 60-day qualifying rule due to the lapse in racing from the mandated COVID-19 related closures. Any horse who has a clean charted line since February 1 will not need to qualify. Due to spacing restrictions, only horses that need to qualify may be permitted and will have preference. Also in light of spacing/capacity restrictions, horses trained by individuals who have not raced at Harrington Raceway in 2019 may not be permitted to qualify and/or race. Paddock protocol for all horsemen, including a temperature checkpoint upon entry is required. Horsemen are strongly urged to view the protocol in advance here. All horsemen are required to read, sign and abide by the protocol or risk losing racing privileges. Live racing will commence on June 15 without spectators on a Monday through Wednesday schedule until July 15. An updated racing calendar can be found here. There will be no racing on July 30 during the Delaware State Fair. The summer/fall schedule will resume August 17. Post time nightly is 4:30 p.m. Matt Sparacino

Out of concern for our employees and harness racing patrons, Harrington Raceway and Casino will be closing at 4 p.m. today (March 16) until April 1. The closure is applicable to all bars/restaurants and gaming on the property, including Murphy's Race/Sportsbook and Grill. All shows and entertainment during this timeline are canceled and any applicable ticket sales for such events will be subject to a refund. Matt Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, DE - Harrington Raceway will open for its 74th season of live harness racing on April 13. A total of 65 days are scheduled for Delaware's half-mile racetrack, with a nightly post time of 4:30 p.m., except for the July 30 Governor's Day program during the Delaware State Fair (special 7 p.m. post time). Live racing will be conducted on a Monday through Wednesday schedule most of the season, except for the last week of June and first week of July, when the track takes its customary summer break prior to the Delaware State Fair. Racing will resume on a Monday/Tuesday schedule beginning August 17 until September 7, when racing will return to a Monday through Wednesday slate for the balance of the meet, which concludes on October 21. The $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial, the track's signature race, will take place on September 21 and has featured some of racing's top horses over the years, including Foiled Again, the richest standardbred of all-time, and 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. Racing applications are currently available online at and are due April 1. The first qualifying races will be held on April 8 and will be drawn for on the first draw date of April 7. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway      

HARRINGTON, Del. - Leading harness racing driver and trainer honors headlined the Wednesday closing night program at Harrington Raceway. The training title was up for grabs in dramatic fashion after In Secret ($2.40, Allan Davis) prevailed in the featured $20,000 Open Trot with a 1:56 effort. Owned by Mike Hall, L A Express Stable and Tamara Williams, the 7-year-old Deweycheatumnhowe gelding notched his 10th win of the year for trainer/co-owner Hall. The win deadlocked the trainer standings between Hall and reigning champ Joe Columbo with 39 wins apiece. One race later, however, Columbo clinched the title, prevailing with Middle Aged Crazy, for owners George and Tina Dennis and driver Mike Cole. It was the second straight title for Columbo, who manages a stable of approximately 40 horses. After race four, driver Art Stafford Jr. was recognized as the meet's leading driver. Stafford Jr. had six wins on Tuesday, which added to his healthy win total of 111 to secure his first driving title. Stafford has passed multiple milestones this year, surpassing 2,000 career wins and $20 million in career purses. Ross Wolfenden, Allan Davis, Mike Cole and Tony Morgan rounded out the top five in the driver standings. Meanwhile, behind Columbo and Hall in the trainer race were Wayne Givens, Joe Hundertpfund Jr., and Jim King Jr. On the closing program, Davis had four wins, while Stafford, Cole and Jon Roberts each had a double. Jeff Beauchamp and Ronald Short's Totally Dreamy ($4, Tony Morgan) won his fifth straight race in 1:55.3. The Delaware racing circuit shifts to Dover Downs, which will open on November 4. by Matthew Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Artrageous ($4.20) recorded her 20th career win Tuesday in the $20,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway with a 1:52.4 triumph. It was one of six harness racing driving wins on the card for the meet's leading driver, Art Stafford Jr. In the feature, Delishka N led the field from post position six to the opening quarter mile in 27.2 seconds, while Artrageous sat second. Heart Of The Ocean started the outer flow traffic towards the half-mile in 56.2 seconds, while Delishka N maintained an advantage to three-quarters in 1:24.4. In the stretch, pocket-sitting Artrageous utilized the passing lane to narrowly beat Delishka, while Cruzinforavictory closed late for third. Trained by Andrew Stafford, the 5-year-old Art Major mare notched her seventh win of the year for owners Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen, Stafford and Holly Case. While Stafford Jr.'s wins were scattered throughout the card, his sixth victory came in the 13th aboard his own Calvin K ($6.40) who was a 1:56 winner in his local debut. Stafford Jr. trains and co-owns Calvin K with his father, Arthur Stafford. Stafford Jr. had long clinched his first driving title at Harrington but will formerly be recognized on closing night October 23. The training race remains undecided as Joe Columbo maintains a slim lead over Mike Hall. Allan Davis, previous Harrington driving champ, also had three wins on the card. Jon Roberts had a driving double for the second straight evening. by Matthew Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Michael Horn and Alexander Rice Jr.'s Allwillworkout ($26, Jon Roberts) was a 1:52.1 winner in the $20,000 Open Monday at Harrington Raceway. The 5-year-old Western Terror gelding made an aggressive first-over move and quickly opened up a four-length lead on the field near the three-quarters. Dialamara, at 77-to-1, closed ground late for second and Little Ben outkicked Highland Beach Boy for third. Trained by Rice, Allwillworkout notched his sixth win of the season and 22nd of his career. After the 6th race, George Leager's Slick Tony was presented with horse of the meet honors, as voted on by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. Trained by Leager, the 4-year-old No Spin Zone stallion had 8 wins in 14 starts at the meet, and banked nearly $100,000, the most of any overnight horse at the meet. He was driven throughout the season by Russell Foster. Tony Morgan had three wins on the card. Ross Wolfenden, Allan Davis and Roberts each had a double. While Art Stafford Jr. has an insurmountable lead in the driver standings, the training title is still up for grabs as reigning champ Joe Columbo maintains a three win lead over Mike Hall with two nights remaining. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway      

HARRINGTON, Del. - For the second straight night there was a harness racing upset in the feature race at Harrington Raceway as William Moffett Inc.'s Gillie The Kid ($17.40, Ross Wolfenden) was a 1:59.1 winner in the $20,000 Open Trot over a sloppy racetrack. Trained by his owner, the 6-year-old Northern Kid gelding surged wide through the stretch to outkick a ground saving I Like My Boss late for an extremely narrow margin of victory that required a photo finish. Mr. Right finished third. Gillie The Kid has won 24 races in his career and banked more than $280,000. Both of his wins this year have come at Harrington. Earlier on the card, Totally Dreamy ($2.10, Tony Morgan) notched his 4th straight win for trainer Brian Wright and owners Jeff Beauchamp and Ron Short in 1:56. The 2019 live racing meet has one more week until completion as racing will be conducted Monday through Wednesday next week, with closing night on October 23. Post time is 4:30 p.m. nightly. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harness racing's Frank Chick and David Hamm's Nerida Franco N ($23.60, Mike Cole) was a 1:53 winner in the $20,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Firing from her rail post position, Nerida Franco N was the pacesetter and authored fractions of 27 seconds and 55.4 to the half-mile. Artrageous mounted a first-over attack with Jamie's Renegade perched second over to three-quarters in 1:24.1. The outer tier stalled as Empress Deo sat the pocket throughout but was outkicked for second by a late surging Cruzinforavictory. Empress Deo held third. Trained by Kevin Lare, Nerida Franco registered her 25th career win. The 9-year-old Lis Mara mare has banked more than $310,000 lifetime. Meet leading driver Art Stafford Jr. had four wins on the program. Tony Morgan and Jon Roberts each had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, Del. - George Leager's Slick Tony ($2.20, Russell Foster) notched his 12th seasonal harness racing win Monday in the featured $17,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway in 1:52. Sent off as the 1-to-9 favorite, Slick Tony not disappoint his backers. After taking the lead from Allwillworkout near the opening quarter mile in 27.2 seconds, "Tony" marched to the half-mile in 56 seconds and three-quarters in 1:24.2 as first-over attacker Star Messenger retreated. When the field of six hit the stretch, Slick Tony maintained a comfortable advantage and was one length ahead at the wire of Allwillworkout as Little Ben gained late for third. Trained by his owner, "Tony" is a 4-year-old No Spin Zone stallion who has been the scourge of the Open pacing ranks on the Delaware circuit this season, banking nearly $165,000 in 2019, which ranks him among the top 15 in the country for aged pacers. Corey Callahan had four wins on the card. Mike Cole had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harness racing's Artrageous ($14.20, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:53.1 winner Tuesday in the featured $20,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. The 5-year-old Art Major mare had little trouble making the lead from post position seven where she would stay for the mile's duration in achieving her sixth win of the season over Cruzinforavictory and Shesarocker. Trained by Andrew Stafford, it was her sixth win of the season for owners Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen, Andrew Stafford and Holly Case. Artrageous surpassed $400,000 in career earnings with her 19th career win. The night started in familiar fashion as current meet leading driver Art Stafford Jr. won both halves of the daily double with Dash To Freedom ($8.80) and Humble N Kind ($2.80). He won four races on the card. Mike Cole and Jonathan Roberts each had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, Del. - The top Delaware sired 2-year-olds were showcased Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) harness racing finals. American Nitro ($3.40, Victor Kirby) was the first winner of the night in DSBF action as the freshman gelding pacer was an impressive 1:55 winner from post eight over Aidan and White Lands. Trained by Les Givens, it was the third straight win for the son of Badlands Nitro who successfully cleared early leader Leonard's Legacy, who had been pressured heavily, near the three-quarters and never relented in his open length victory. The filly trotting final was next as Ed Kimmel and Don Wiest's Orabelle ($2.20, Tony Morgan) was an easy 2:00.1 winner over Alert and Stella A. The Keystone Activator filly led in wire-to-wire fashion and remained unbeaten in three career starts for trainer Wiest. Jane Dunavant's Chauffeur ($8.20, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 2:01 winner in the colt and gelding trotting final over Master Of Mine and Zulu. The Dusty Winner gelding led most of the way for trainer Carlo Poliseno to notch his first career win impressively, after finishing second in both of his elimination races. The filly pacing final saw Legacy Racing of Delaware's Cinder Rock ($6.20, Allan Davis) score a 1:55.4 victory over race favorite Bag Of Jewels and Spin Sumthin. Trained by Wayne Givens, the Rockabillie filly set all the fractions and rebuffed a game first over challenge from Bag Of Jewels to score her second lifetime win. In the overnight feature, the $20,000 Open Trot, In Secret ($2.40, Corey Callahan) was an easy winner in 1:55 over Murmur Hanover and Royal Becca J. Owned by Mike Hall, CTC Stable, LA Express Stable and T Williams, it was the 9th win of the year for the 7-year-old Deweycheatumnhowe gelding, who is trained by co-owner Hall. Also on the under card were three $15,000 DSBF consolation events, the trot was won by Emmys Mayflower ($2.80, Russell Foster), while the filly pacing consolation went to Bashful Smile ($12.80, Ross Wolfenden). The male pacing consolation was won by Walk That Away ($3.40, Morgan). Ross Wolfenden, Allan Davis and Tony Morgan each had three wins. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Delaware sired 2-year-olds will be showcased in four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) harness racing finals Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The colt and gelding pacers will be the first to go post ward in the evening's 3rd race, which starts the first leg of the early pick four (races 3-6). A showdown between Leonard Hubbard's Leonard's Legacy (9/5, Jon Roberts) and Henry Faragalli III, Nanticoke Racing, Arthur Feeney and Daniel Doane's American Nitro (8/5, Victor Kirby) is expected after both swept their eliminations impressively. Leonard's Legacy is a Tobago Cays colt trained by Nick Callahan, while Les Givens trains the Badlands Nitro gelding, American Nitro. The filly trotters are next in the 4th race as Ed Kimmel and Don Wiest's Orabelle (7/5, Tony Morgan) aims for a third straight victory. The Keystone Activator filly won both of her eliminations for trainer Wiest. Mark King's Dabigspooky Bootah (9/1, Kirby) is one of two other elimination winner in the group. The He's Spooky filly was victorious last week for trainer/owner King. Linda Mac Donald's Stella A (3/1, Ross Wolfenden) had a win and third in her eliminations for trainer Joe Mac Donald. The Anders Bluestone filly is making her third career start. The 8th race will feature the colt and gelding trotters as dual elimination winners Touch Of White (8/5, Corey Callahan) and Rod Allen's Zulu (3/1, Allen) will square off. Touch Of White is owned by Breakaway Racing and is sired by Keystone Activator, while Zulu is a CR Commando gelding trained and driven by owner Allen. Filly pacers will go to the gate in the 10th race as Givens-trained Bag Of Jewels (7/5, Victor Kirby) aims for a third straight victory for owners Faragalli, Feeney, Bay Pond Racing and Bonucelli Racing. The Roddy's Bags Again filly comfortably won her eliminations and is the only filly in the field with three career wins. Owner/trainer Brenda Teague's She's Got The Lynx (7/2, Montrell Teague),sired by Southwind Lynx, and Legacy Racing of Delaware's Cinder Rock (3/1, Allan Davis) - a daughter of Rockabillie trained by Wayne Givens - each won eliminations and will look to upend the thwart Bag Of Jewels' bid for a series sweep. The 15-race program starts at 4:30 p.m. and also features three $15,000 consolation events and a $20,000 Open Trot. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - George Leager's Slick Tony ($5.20, Russell Foster) notched his 29th career harness racing win Monday in the $20,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.2. The race marked the local return of pacing superstar Wiggle It Jiggleit, who was making his second start back off a 3-year layoff for owners George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership. Slick Tony stole the show however, overcoming post eight to lead most of the way off pedestrian like fractions, while Wiggle It Jiggleit battled off stalling cover and rallied well from three wide position on the final turn to finish third. Ballerat Boomerang followed Slick Tony throughout and held second. Slick Tony, a 4-year-old No Spin Zone stallion, set fractions of 28, 56.4 and 1:25 before sprinting the final quarter in 27.2 seconds for a confident one length victory. Slick Tony surpassed $153,000 in seasonal earnings with the win and more than $529,000 in his career. Allan Davis had three wins. Foster, Corey Callahan and Ross Wolfenden each had driving doubles. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - The harness racing 2015 Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, will have a homecoming Monday (September 30) as he competes in the 6th race at Harrington Raceway. The track record holder, who is based in Harrington, drew post five in the sixth race, the featured $20,000 Open Pace. Owned by George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership, the 7-year-old son of Mr. Wiggles recently returned to racing action after a three year break. Adored by racing fans, he is remembered locally for a dazzling 1:49 track and world record performance at Harrington as a 3-year-old in 2015 in addition to his many stakes wins on the national stage, including an epic performance when he won the Little Brown Jug as a sophomore. He made his much anticipated return to the races on September 19 at Delaware, Ohio, where he finished second. He has won 38 of 52 career races and banked more than $3.9 million In his career. He is trained by Clyde Francis. Post time for Monday's 14-race program is 4:30 p.m. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

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