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STICKNEY, IL - Thursday evening at Hawthorne brought forth warm temps and a fast track, along with the first view of the two-year-old stakes competitors for the summer harness racing meet. Illinois-bred two-year-old filly trotters took to the track in two divisions of leg one of the Fox Valley Flan Stakes while colts and gelding trotters were featured in the Kadabra Stakes, which also had a pair of divisions. Kicking off the evening at Hawthorne was the first division of leg one of the Fox Valley Flan Stakes as a field of seven competed for a $10,000 purse. Sent off as the favorite was Sis's Ellie Mae as she was coming off a second-place finish in her debut against the boys. Leaving and making the top was the favorite for trainer J D Finn and driver Jared Finn as the daughter of Cassis carved out fractions of :31, 1:02.4, and 1:33.2 to three quarters. In the lane, Sis's Ellie Mae held sway, winning by three-quarters of a length in 2:02.1. Lous Game N Match was second, Scarlet Ribbons third. Owned by James Rine and Charles Doehring, Sis's Ellie Mae paid $4.00, $2.80 and $2.20. Lous Game N Match returned $4.60 and $3.60 while Scarlet Ribbons paid $2.80 to show. Race two was the first division of leg one of the Kadabra Stakes with Trixie's Jethro a son of Cassis sent away as the heavy favorite. At the start, Fox Valley Khan made the lead while the favorite was hung wide through the opening quarter in :29.3. Onto the backstretch, the 1-5 favorite, Trixie's Jethro assumed command through a half in :59.3. Into the lane in three quarters in 1:30.0, Trixie's Jethro opened a seven length lead. Staying strong, Trixie's Jethro won by daylight for driver Jared Finn in 2:00.0. Louscipher finished second while Bands Houdini was third. Owned by Charles Doehring, and trained by J D Finn, Trixie's Jethro returned $2.60, $2.20, and $2.10. Louscipher came back $5.60 and $4.20 while Bands Houdini paid $10.80 to show. Race four on the Thursday card was the second division of the Kadabra Stakes as Matt Q was sent away as the favorite from the outside for driver Casey Leonard. After racing wide into the first turn, Swiss Bank took the early lead in :31.3. After a half in 1:04.4, Swiss Bank held the lead. Marching to Zion moved to challenge after three quarters in 1:37.0 while favored Matt Q tipped five wide. In the lane, Matt Q cruised by to win by two-and-a-half lengths in 2:06.2. Cassisandfifth finished second while Marching to Zion was third. Owned by Quaid Racing, LLC and trained by Nelson Willis, the colt by Powerful Emotion returned $3.00, 2.20, and $2.40. Cassisandfifth came back $4.80 and $3.20 while Marching to Zion paid $2.20 to show. Race six on the card was the second division of the Fox Valley Flan Stakes with Lous Credit Report sent off as the even money choice. Leaving quickly was the favorite but she was hung wide early as Dandy's ESP grabbed the lead from the inside through the quarter in :30.1. After the half in 1:01.3, Dandy's ESP led through the turn. Moving first over into the stretch was Lous Credit Report, covering three quarters in 1:33.2. At the wire, Lous Credit Report and driver Jamaica Patton held on by a length-and-a-half over She's Savvy. Dandy's ESP was third. The final time was 2:02.1. Owned by Flacco Family Farms, LLC and trained by Roshun Trigg, the filly by Lou's Legacy returned $4.00, $3.40, and $2.60. She's Savvy came back $10.60 and $4.20 while Dandy's ESP returned $2.20 to show. Jim Miller

Harness racing freshman trotting colts stepped into the spotlight on Friday night as a full field of 10 diagonally gaited youngsters squared off in the $21,300 Cardinal Stake for state-breds. When the smoke cleared from this heated battle it was Thomas Pollard and Dirk Simpson Stable's Pastor Clint who emerged victorious as he came flying down the center of the track to record a 2¼ length victory in 2:0.1 over a track rated as "good" after being dulled by rain earlier in the night.   Given a patient steer by leading driver Casey Leonard the gelded son of Powerful Emotion--SS Stardust was kept well off the early pace of 29.3, 59.4 & 1:29.1 which was being set by a headstrong Speedy Rendezvous (Ridge Warren).   Tipping five and six wide from the center of the pack as the field straightened into a brisk headwind the Dirk Simpson trainee began gobbling up one rival after another as he charged home with his fifth win in 15 lifetime starts. Longshot PJ Boy (Mike Rogers), who found a good early spot despite leaving from post 10, turned a nice ground saving trip into a second place check while JD Cheese (Todd Warren) staged a nice rally to get the show dough.   Dispatched as the third choice in the wagering despite a similar come from behind win in his elimination the previous week Pastor Clint returned $9.00, $5.60, $3.60 while upping his record to 5-1-4 in 15 starts with earnings of $31,451.   Tom Kelley  

Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger ($5.80) notched his 11th win of the year Wednesday in the $16,000 Open Trot at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway in 1:56.4. Trained by co-owner King Jr., the 7-year-old Powerful Emotion gelding charged home with urgency to reel in stretch leader Wingus late for the win. Spunky Jack was third. The win catapulted Powerful Charger closer to $500,000 in career earnings, as he has currently won more than $490,000. A fundraiser was held throughout the night in support of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Horse bracelets and other merchandise were sold during the evening with all proceeds going to benefit the DBCC. Local breast cancer survivors were on hand to participate in the winner's circle photo of the seventh race. Prior to the races a moment of silence was held to honor the memory of long-time Delaware horsemen J.D. Dennis who passed away on Monday September 21. Dennis was a former board member of Harrington Raceway and Delaware State Fair. He trained horses for more than 60 years and was survived by his wife Nellie and five children. Matt Sparacino  

State-bred trotting fillies grabbed center stage on Sunday night at the harness racing meeting at Balmoral Park as a field of 10 diagonally gaited youngsters met in a $12,500 Lady Lincoln Land Stake elimination.    The top seven finishers will return for next week's $80,000 (est.) final, which is the richest event of the season for these Prairie State youngsters.   They will be joined by Shez A Devil Woman, Surviver Di and Awfully Emotional.   Taking advantage of a perfect pocket sitting trip after leaving from post position two Providence West's Vengeful returned to her winning ways as she trotted to a hard earned three-quarter-length victory in 1:59.2. Perfectly positioned in the garden spot as Powerful Princess (John De Long) carved out splits of 30.3, 1:01.2 & 1:30.4, Casey Leonard moved to the outside with the Kenny Collier trained daughter of Powerful Emotion--Over The Top with an eighth of a mile to go. Gradually wearing down the stubborn first time starter this year's Hanover Stake winner finally moved past the pace setter with 50 yards to go and began to draw clear in the shadow of the wire for her fourth win in eight lifetime starts. Powerful Princess turned in a very respectable effort in her career debut to be the bridesmaid while More Than Likely (Kyle Wilfong) finished third. Also gaining spots in the final were Fox Valley Honey, Praise Singer, Lilbitoftrixie and Swift Cougar. Heavily backed at the betting windows Vengeful returned $4.60, $3.00 & $3.00 while running her career earnings over the $25,000 mark.   Sophomore trotting fillies were also in action on Sunday night as a field of six ICF trotters battled in a $13,550 Lady Ann Reed Stake consolation.   Lynn & Barbara Wilfong's None Of That Stuff proved to be far too much for this field to handle as she powered up first over on the far turn then left her rivals in her wake while cruising to a 3½ length victory in a career best of 1:57.0 for driver Kyle Wilfong. She'z So Sassy (Todd Warren), the 6-5 favorite of the betting public finished a hard fought second while Divinely Floozy (Tim Curtin) was third. The Amanda Cope trained daughter of Designer Lindy--No Joshin returned $9.20, $3.80 & $2.60 while pushing her career bankroll over the $14,000 mark in this her first season of racing.   Tom Kelley

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger ($4, Victor Kirby) notched his ninth win of the year Wednesday with a 1:55.2 triumph in the $16,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Powerful Emotion gelding assumed command approaching the quarter mile from Chinese Cuisine and never relented with an open length win for trainer/co-owner King Jr. Chinese Cuisine held second while Wingus finished third. The win pushed Powerful Charger just shy of the $100,000 seasonal earnings mark. Veteran pacer Jingle Bell Rocker won his seventh race in a row in the seventh race. The 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding has been dominant at the $7,500 claiming level and recorded his 12th win of the year for owner Tina Clark in 1:54.1. Driven by Ross Wolfenden, Jingle Bell Rocker is trained by Bobby Clark. Wolfenden, Kirby and Tony Morgan each had driving doubles on the program. Matthew Sparacino  

The 2015 Hanover Stake season drew to a close on Sunday, August 2nd with a pair of trotting events for two-year-olds sharing top billing on the 10-race harness racing program at Balmoral Park.  The "girls" kicked off the action in race three with a compact field of eight diagonally gaited fillies battling for a purse of $22,400.   Looking to avenge her first career loss after a break took her out of contention early in the mile in last weekend's Southland Festival of Racing Providence West Inc.'s Vengeful returned to her winning ways as she posted a front stepping two-length victory in 1:58.4 for driver Casey Leonard.   Eased to the front as Rocknprincessabbie (Todd Warren) led the field through an opening quarter in 29.3 Leonard guided Vengeful over to the pylons as the field settled for their journey down the backstretch.   Once in control of the proceedings the daughter of Powerful Emotion--Over The Top cruised through middle splits of 59.3 & 1:29.4. After turning aside a first over bid from Singing Hallelujah (Mark O'Mara) as the field turned for home, the Kenny Collier trained miss appeared to be on cruise control the rest of the way as she trotted home in 29.0 to notch her third win in four career starts. Rocknprincessabie settled for the bridesmaid role while Bombshell Betty (John De Long), who was parked the entire mile rallied for the show dough.   The 7-5 favorite of the betting public Vengeful returned $4.80, $3.00 & $3.00 while upping her career bankroll to $16,200.   Another Collier trainee pulled off the "shocker" of the night in the $26,300 Hanover for two-year-old trotting colts as Fear, a 41-1 outsider took advantage of some miscues by his rivals to post a 4¼ length wire to wire victory in 1:59.2 with Dale Hiteman at the controls.   Storming right to the front from post five Fear quickly opened up a five-length advantage as he led the field through an opening quarter in 29.2.   Hiteman finally managed to coral the headstrong son of Powerful Emotion--What A Volo through middle splits of 1:00 & 1:29.4. With the field tightening up as they neared the top of the stretch a first over Mr Strata (Mike Oosting) came calling to challenge Fear. That's when disaster struck for the 1-9 favorite Wrightwood (Casey Leonard) as the undefeated colt when on a gallop while moving up on the outside of horses.   Gamely turning aside the bid of Mr Strata, the Kenny Collier trained Fear seemed to find another gear through the final sixteenth of a mile drawing away to an impressive win in his second career start. Mr Strata was forced to settle for the runner-up role while Pastor Clint (Tim Curtin) was a distant third, 10 lengths behind the winner.   Dismissed at the windows after a fifth place finish in his debut Fear lit up the board at $85.00, $8.80 & $24.60 while taking home $13,150 for Providence West Inc. Tom Kelley

The 2015 Southland Festival of Harness Racing came to a close on Sunday night at Balmoral Park with a trio of state-bred events for diagonally gaited two and three-year-olds sharing top billing on the 10-race program.   The "boys" kicked off the action in race two with a compact field of six state-bred colts and geldings battling in the $36,500 Plesac Stake.   After back to back scores to kick off his career, Quaid Racing LLC's Wrightwood was bet as though defeat was out of the question and the 1-9 favorite never really gave his legion of backers an anxious moment as he trotted off to an effortless one-length decision in 1:59.3 for driver Casey Leonard.   Confidently handled by Balmoral's leading reinsman, the son of Powerful Emotion--Racy Roz settled in comfortably at the back of the pack as Mr Strata (Mike Oosting) led the short field through pedestrian opening splits of 30.4 & 1:01.2.   Hustling up on the outside of horses as the field moved around the final bend Wrightwood swept into command just before the field passed the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:30.4. Finding another gear as the field straightened for the money, the Nelson Willis trainee trotted home in 28.4 to make it three in a row to open what looks like a promising career. Mr Strata held on for second while JD Cheese (John De Long) shook loose late to rally for the show dough. With the win Wrightwood, who returned $2.20, $2.10 & $2.10 now sports a perfect three for three slate with $24,250 in earnings for his proud connections.   Freshman trotting fillies were next on the docket as a full field of 10 youngsters squared off in the $40,000 Fox Valley Flan Stake.   After several of the top contenders made breaks early in the mile, the Joel Smith trained Shez A Devil Woman took advantage of some slow fractions as she reported home with a half-length victory in front stepping fashion while stopping the clock in 2:00.4.   Whisked to the front from post position four by driver Dale Hiteman, the daughter of Powerful Emotion--Wealthy Women stepped through splits of 29.4, 101.2 & 1:32.0 while going along unchallenged on the front end.   With plenty still in reserve, Shez A Devil Woman kept the first over Rocknprincessabbie (Todd Warren) at bay through the stretch while also staving off a bid in the passing lane from Awfully Emotional (Mike Oosting) who wound up settling for a third place check.   After three straight second place finishes to open her career, Shez A Devil Woman returned $11.60, $4.00 & $3.40 while upping her career earnings to $24,500 for owners Anthony Munoz, Christopher Mroz and Marion Ratliff. Sophomore trotting fillies closed out the weekend's action with a field of seven lining up behind the gate to battle in the $39,000 Fox Valley Evita Stake. Proving once again that she's the one to beat in this very competitive division Homer Hochstetler & Robert Buddig's Persuasive Look eked out yet another victory, holding on gamely to win by a hard fought head in 1:56.4 for Casey Leonard.   Sent right to the top by Leonard, the home-bred daughter of Powerful Emotion--Black N Bluegenes carved out splits of 29.3, 58.3 & 1:28.0 while cruising on the front end. Poised for a thrilling stretch drive, which this division has provided several times this season, the Homer Hochstetler trained miss appeared to be collared by the pocket sitting Bi Polar Rose (Travis Seekman) with less than a sixteenth of a mile to go. Gamely fighting back in the final strides the good looking bay poked a head in front at the finish line to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Bi Polar Rose was forced to settle for the bridesmaid role on this night while Fox Valley Yoko (Kyle Wilfong) was a close up third in this heated battle. Dispatched as the 4-5 favorite by the betting public, Persuasive Look returned $3.60, $2.40 & $2.10 while running her career record to 8-6-5 in 24 starts with earnings of $136,492. David Baum

A Sunday night program at Balmoral Park full of Illinois conceived and foaled stakes action which mainly put the spotlight on this year's crop of harness racing two-year-olds kicked off with a non-wagering event as a field of five diagonally gaited fillies met in the Star Slinger Stake.   Powering to the front after an opening quarter in 30.3 Providence West Inc.'s Vengeful never looked back as she put up middle splits of 59.1 & 1:29.4 while cruising to a 1¼ length victory in 1:59.3 for Brian Carpenter. Shez A Devil Woman (Dale Hiteman) followed the winner's every move after relinquishing the lead at the quarter to wind up second while Praise Singer (Casey Leonard) finished third.   The winner, who is a daughter of Powerful Emotion--Over The Top was a $5,000 Illini Classic yearling purchase is conditioned by Kenny Collier.   Their male counterparts kicked off the wagering program with a field of seven trotting colts squaring off in the $4,000 Million Dollar Bye Stake.   Instead of looking like a first time starter Quaid Racing's Wrightwood acted like a seasoned veteran as he completely overwhelmed this group, rolling to an 11¼ length triumph in 1:58.4.   Confidently handled by driver Casey Leonard, the son of Powerful Emotion--Racy Roz was content to trot along in third while watching Iron Band (Jamaica Patton) and Prince Simba (Mike Brink) battle through tough early splits of 29.1 & 57.3.   Still third but on the move behind JD Cheese (Travis Seekman) who grabbed command as the field hit the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:29.1, the Nelson Willis trained colt easily reeled in that one, blowing right by with an eighth of a mile to go then quickly drawing away while leaving his rivals in his wake. JD Cheese was forced to settle for the runner-up role while Todger (Todd Warren) finished third.   After prepping for his debut with a pair of sharp second place finishes in his qualifiers Wrightwood was well backed at the windows returning $4.20, $3.20 & $2.40.   With a total of 14 freshmen pacing fillies entered for the Incredible Tillie Stake the young ladies were split into a pair of $5,000 divisions.   In the first division the Hosea Williams owned and trained Lexington Lady used the passing lane to perfection rallying up the inside in the final strides to put a nose in front of Sara's Terror as they tripped the timer in a snappy 1:55.4.   Perfectly positioned by driver John De Long, the daughter of Lexington Legend--Stephie Kay left alertly and wound up landing in the garden spot as Sara's Terror (Brian Carpenter) led the field through splits of 29.2, 59.1 & 1:28.4.   Patiently awaiting room at the pylons as Sara's Terror and Fox Valleytiramisu (Robert Smolin) battled through the lane, De Long maneuvered his charge into the passing lane where she rallied gamely for the hard fought victory. Sara's Terror was a tough luck second while Fox Valley Addison (Todd Warren) rallied to be third. Coming off a second place finish in her career debut last week Lexington Lady, who was a $2,500 yearling purchase returned $6.00, $3.60 & $2.40 to her backers.   In the second division trainer Nelson Willis, Quaid Racing and driver Casey Leonard struck for their second stakes win of the night as Char N Marg came charging between horses to rally for a one-length victory in 1:56.3.   Using an advantageous draw Leonard positioned the daughter of Sportsmaster-Zip Up Your Pans in the coveted two-hole while Fox Valley Bailey (Dale Hiteman) leisurely cruised through fractions of 30.3, 59.3 & 1:29.1.   Saving ground the entire way Leonard began to search for room with Char N Marg as a first over Fox Valley Gypsy (Clifton Bell) and Fox Valley Bailey continued to slug it out through the lane. With less than a sixteenth of a mile to go, Char N Marg found the room she needed and the good looking filly wasted no time splitting rivals to pick up her first lifetime victory in start number two. Fox Valley Gypsy turned in a very solid effort to finish second while Fox Valley Bailey wound up third.   After flashing a big closing kick in her fourth place finish last week Char N Marg attracted plenty of attention at the betting windows on Sunday night returning just $2.80, $2.20 & $2.10.   Sophomore trotting fillies closed out the stake action on Sunday night with a field of seven meeting in the first Xpressbet Stake of the season.   This battle could not have closed out the action in a more exciting fashion as last year's top two money earners in the division, Fox Valley Yoko and Persuasive Look ended on even terms, finishing in a dead-heat for the win while stopping the clock in 1:55.4.   In a race filled with action right from the start Fox Valley Yoko (John De Long) was able to save ground throughout the opening half-mile as Fox Valley Harrah (Todd Warren) trotted through splits of 29.1 & 58.2. The Curt Grummel trained miss then managed to slip to the outside heading around the final bend, picking up the live cover of a second over Persuasive Look (Casey Leonard) who had been grinding away on the outside of horses since the five-eighths pole.   Sitting third and fifth respectively Persuasive Look and Fox Valley Yoko both took dead aim on Bi Polar Rose (Travis Seekman), who had overtaken Fox Valley Harrah as the field sped by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:26.2.   With the trotters fanning out across the track Persuasive Look and Fox Valley Yoko zipped right by the leaders, drawing clear of the rest of their rivals by 3¼ lengths while finishing in the dead-heat for the win. Tal Wi Wi (Kyle Wilfong), who saved ground throughout the mile finished third.   The win was the fourth in 16 career starts for Fox Valley Yoko (Pizzazzed) who pushed her career bankroll up to $102,240 for owner Patrick Graham. Persuasive Look (Powewrful Emotion) now sports career numbers of 6-5-5 in 20 lifetime starts with earnings of $108,571 for co-owner trainer Homer Hochstetler and partner Robert Buddig. Tom Kelley

Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger ($8.40, Victor Kirby) notched his seventh win of the year Wednesday in his 1:54.1 triumph in the $16,000 Open Trot at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Powerful Emotion gelding stalked pacesetter Tough Mac throughout the mile before edging clear of that rival in the final strides. Rolls Blue Chip finished third. Trained by co-owner King Jr., it was the 29th career win for Powerful Charger. It is sure to be an eventful week for trainer King Jr., who trains Wakizashi Hanover (5/2, Tim Tetrick), a North American Cup elimination winner who will compete in the $1 million final at Mohawk Racetrack (Ontario, Canada) on Saturday June 20. The North American Cup Final is slated as the 12th race on the Mohawk program with an estimated post time of 10:40 p.m. Kirby had three driving wins on the program. Art Stafford Jr. had two wins. Matt Sparacino

Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger (Victor Kirby, $2.60) notched his sixth win of the year Wednesday with a 1:55.3 triumph in the $16,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Powerful Emotion gelding grinded away first over on pacesetter Spunky Jack and edged clear at the top of the stretch for a decisive score over I'm So Striking and I Like My Boss. Trained by King Jr., it was the 28th career win for Powerful Charger. Trainer John Wilkerson had a double on the night with trotters Wingus ($5) and Keystone Orion ($8.40). Kirby, Montrell Teague and George Dennis each had a driving double. Matt Sparacino

The 3-year-old season for a trotter doesn’t always mirror his or her harness racing freshman campaign. “It’s a new ball game. You never know how the second season will play out,” said veteran downstate trainer Mike Brink who sends out half of the six starters in Sunday’s Iggy Magoo at Balmoral Park on Sunday, the initial stake for 2015 for ICF male sophomore trotters. With the elimination of entries on the Chicago circuit instead of getting “three for the price of one,” Brink’s trio of Broadway Emption (12-1), Fox Valley Theboss (9-2, Casey Leonard) and Vick Valor (9-2, Scot Banks) will go their separate ways in the wagering, likely as longshots. Between them the Brink threesome only went 1 for 26 as 2-year-olds and the 1 win, by Vick Valor, was only a 2:08.2 mile on the Jerseyville Fair Track. “Broadway Emotion, a brother to Tour Hall trained the best of the three for this race,” said Brink who will guide the Powerful Emotion gelding away from the one-slot. “I made some changes on him and I think he could be a much better.” Standing in the way of Brink’s triad are Captain Greedy (2-1, J D Finn), Southern Special (15-1, Dean Magee) and last year’s ICF freshman colt trotting champion Fox Valley Qatar, winning of his first 7 career starts that included both State Fair titles and Plesac Final. Sunday’s Iggy Magoo will be the first outing for Fox Valley Qatar since early October when he was second best in the Lincoln Land Final to RT Habenro. Owned by trained by Herman Wheeler, “Qatar” put almost $85,000 on his first season card. The son of Pizzazzed trotted in 1:59.2 in last Tuesday’s qualifier, finished over 14 lengths behind the 1:56.3 winner Cant’s Catch K, a pacer. The fact that Fox Valley Qatar’s qualifier, like 3 other on Tuesday, had both pacers and trotters competing in a race makes it difficult for a handicapper to analyze. “I was happy with it,” said Wheeler, a native of Louisiana. “They went faster than I thought they would. I was expecting my trotter would be going in 2:00 or 2:01, so I’m pleased with 59.2. “We had a lot of rain this spring back home so I couldn’t get him on the track as much as I liked but when I did he trained well. I didn’t want to rush him back. It’ll take him a few starts to round into form.” Sharing the Sunday spotlight with the Iggy Magoo is the third race Betzotic, headed-up by Mr Leland’s Filly (3-1, Casey Leonard) and Lex (7-2, Kyle Wilfong) along with the “Winner’s Over” trot where the early 7-5 favorite Justice Jet (Ryan Welch) tries to grab his 7th win in 9 season starts. Well-Prepared: Sportsmuffler, last year’s Filly Orange and Blue runner-upon Super Night, had a dominating 1:58.1 winning qualifier with regular driver John Delong Thursday night before the Maywood Park. Owned by trainer Jesse De Long of Wisconsin and the Hamm Family Trust of Missouri, the Sportsmaster filly is expected to make her first 3-year-old start in next Sunday’s Violet elimination, a stake she won as a freshman. Mike Paradise

DOVER, Del. ---- Powerful Charger, piloted by Tim Tetrick, pulled a 10-1 upset in the $18,000 Open/Handicap trot, the Wednesday feature at Dover Downs on March 11. Tetrick finished with four wins. Wagering favorites, Tough Mac (Corey Callahan) and newcomer Sevruga (Andy Miller) finished off the board after Powerful Charger roared down the lane for his third win of the year in his last four starts. Tim Tetrick and Jim King own the seven-year-old altered son of Powerful Emotion - Fox Valley Poetry who set a lifetime best clocking of 1:53.4 winning for the 25th time upping his career earnings to $05,840. Baximum, in now usual style, closed well to take second-place honors with Allan Davis driving. Tirade Hanover and Vic Kirby, after pushing the early fractions on the lead, held on for third. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan took the classy four-year-old mare Classic Belisima into the lead and never was headed in a 1:55.3 triumph in a $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. John Cabot conditions the daughter of Crazed - Classic Yankee who won for sixth time this meet for owner Bill Cantrell. Derby (Allan Davis) raced well finishing second in front of Striking Charisma (Trace Tetrick). Prayer Session dropped down from the Open Class and overpowered six foes in a 1:54.1 score in an $11,500 Conditioned trot. Corey Callahan was at the controls for the Like A Prayer - ENS Tag Session geldings third win of 2015 and 20th lifetime good for $594,011 in purses. Enrico AS (A. Davis) led early and held on for second for the third consecutive time. Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) finished third. Carlo Poliseno steered 10-1 shot Oh Sweet Penelope, a four-year-old CR Excalibur - Oh Sweet Pea mare he owns and trains to a 1:57 win in an $11,000 4&5-Year-Old trot. It was her first win of the year. Overnight Hit (Art Stafford Jr.) closed well for second with Red Dress Baby (Vince Copeland) third. Tim Tetrick drove four winners, Corey Callahan, three, Trace Tetrick had two as did Tony Morgan and trainers Jim King and john Cabot and owner Bill Cantrell. Thursday at Dover Downs Mustang Art and Movie Idol, winners of the last two Delaware Special/Handicap paces are among the nine starters this week going for a $26,000 purse on Thursday, March 12 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Mustang Art, owned by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo's Mustang Art won last week's pacing feature while Movie Idol, after chalking up a 1:50 lifetime best two weeks ago. The sharp Just A Jolt has finished second in three of the last four Del. Specials. Vic Kirby will drive for owner Janet Hudson. The surprise horse of the top class this meet, Jebswesternshake, after stepping up from the claiming ranks won five races including two Specials for driver George Dennis and owner Frank Chick. Another local favorite, Mary Ann Larrimore's Believe This Bob has won this event twice and will be piloted by Trace Tetrick. The rest of the field is led Doug Lewis' Mojo Terror who made his first local start last week and has the services of Corey Callahan. Brit Evans and Foulk Stable's Full Of Sand leaves from the rail with Jonathan Roberts. Sunshine Superman, owned, trained and driven by Toby Lynch, is alongside. Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing's Papa Ray, an early meet standout, is reined by Eddie Davis Jr. An $18,000 and three $16.000 Opens head a strong undercard. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. This Sunday, March 15 is the last Sunday card of the season with post time at 5:30 p.m. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- After dominating the Tuesday harness racing card with seven wins, Corey Callahan did one better on Wednesday, Feb. 18 , making it 15 wins in two nights at Dover Downs. Callahan steered Classic Belisima, who won four in-a-row on the front end before a third last start, took a 2-hole seat and sped down the passing lane for a 1:55.3 victory, It was Callahan's fifth of eight wins during the chilly night. It came in the $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over feature trot. After sweeping the first three races, Callahan piloted Bill Cantrell's hard-hitting four-year-old daughter of Crazed - Classic Yankee, trained by John Cabot to victory. It was her ninth career win in 25 starts with seven seconds and three thirds banking $63,315 in purses. Everyone's Talkin (Trace Tetrick) led for most of the mile and was a close second at the finish breaking a two-win streak. Stirling Charisma (Vic Kirby) closed well to be in the photo finish but had to settle for third. In the $11,5000 sub-feature trot, while Tim Tetrick is away in Australia preparing for the World Driver Championship, his brother Trace took the lead with Powerful Charger, a horse Tim and Jim King own, and then fought off a strong assault in the stretch, for a 1:54.1 victory, the first of the year for the Powerful Emotion - Fox Valley Poetry gelding. Picard (Callahan) rallied to finish second in front of I Like My Boss (Jonathan Roberts). Calllahan's eight-bagger is one fewer than the track record of nine, set Feb. 27, 2011 by Tim Tetrick. The track's leading driver for the past seven seasons, Callahan has already wrapped up the 2014-15 title. He has won 199 races this meet, almost double runner-up Allan Davis, who drove two wins, for a meet total of 101 wins. A five-race win streak ended for Joyeux Dream the second-place finisher in the $15,000-$20,000 Claiming/Handicap. Can Do closed well for Vic Kirby, who co-owns the gelding with Chris Giaccio, to win the trot in 1:54.2. Trainer Dylan Davis moved into a tie for first among trainers. Davis and Doug Lewis have haltered 41 winners, third-place Wayne Givens has conditioned 39 wins. Tony Morgan won one race to up his career total to 14,968 winning drives. Jebswesternshark, last week's 10-1 up setter, meets Bandolito, Nova Artist and Believe This Bob, among nine starters in the $26,000 Delaware Special headliner on Thursday, 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      

Illinois conceived and foaled trotters and pacers were back in the spotlight on Saturday night at Balmoral Park as the Crete plant played host to four stakes or consolations for Super Night participants as part of the big 13-race harness racing program.   Freshmen pacing fillies kicked off the action with a field of nine going postward in the $13,900 Thrifty Way Stake.   Avenging a pair of recent tough trips that led to sub-par efforts Quaid Racing's Angel Demon came steamrolling down the center of the track to record a 3 ½ length victory in a career best of 1:54.2 for driver John De Long.   Saving ground the entire way, the daughter of Sportsmaster--Miss Swift appeared to be hopelessly shuffled out of contention before De Long managed to shake loose from the pylons.   Storming down the center of the track Angel Demon blew right by a leg weary Girls Hunt Too to pick up her first career victory. Longshot Desi Dune (Todd Warren) turned in a nice effort to finish second while Girls Hunt Too was third.   Now in the barn of conditioner Erin Elliott, Angel Demon returned $5.00, $3.60 & $3.40 while pushing her bankroll to $48,113.   Trotters were next to hit the track as a field of seven diagonally gaited three-year-old fillies battled in the $20,000 Lady Ann Reed Consolation.   Making amends for her costly break in the rich Super Night final of this event, Donald Huddleston's Macie Rae was on her best behavior as she made every call a winning one, reporting home by 4 ¾ lengths in 1:57.1.   With trainer Mike Rogers climbing into the bike for this battle the daughter of Powerful Emotion--Fox Valley Poetry stormed right to the front, putting up splits of 29.1, 58.1 & 1:27.0.   After opening up a big lead at the top of the stretch, Rogers let his filly drift a bit through the stretch and she responded beautifully to that careful handling as she widened her margin while notching her 11th victory in 15 starts this season. Bands Alexis (Todd Warren) tried to follow the winner's every move but was forced to settle for a runner-up role while Fox Valley Skylar (Dale Hiteman) finished third.   Heavily backed off her sparkling record Macie Rae returned just $2.80, $2.80 & $2.20 while upping her career earnings to $89,520 with career win number 19.   Freshmen pacing colts jumped into the fray with a field of nine youngsters battling in the $13,900 Yates Eagle Stake.   Taking advantage of a perfect two-hole trip, Fox Valley Elijah came rolling through the passing lane to win by 1 ½ lengths in a career best of 1:54.2.   Perfectly positioned by driver Todd Warren, the gelded son of Sportsmaster--Eternal Gift had all the best of it while C Note (Travis Seekman) carved out splits of 29.0, 58.3 & 1:27.0.   Fit and fresh off that journey the Nelson Willis trainee gradually wore down the pace setter, drawing clear in the shadow of the wire for his second lifetime win for the partnership of Kay Willis, Engel Stable Of Illinois and Haugen Stables. C Note held on gamely to finish second while Casey At Bat (Dean Magee) found room late to rally for the show dough.   Part of a Willis owned entry Fox Valley Elijah returned $9.60, $4.20 & $4.00 while moving his bankroll to $15,890.   Last but not least were sophomore pacing colts as a field of nine three-year-olds squared off in the $22,400 Pete Langley Memorial Consolation. This race provided the biggest shocker of the night as 19-1 longshot Fox Valley Cupid parlayed a perfect trip into a thrilling nose decision in a career best of 1:52.3.   Hustled off the wings of the gate by Robert Smolin the gelded son of Yankee Skyscaper--Fox Valley Cherub landed in the garden spot right on the back of favored Uncle Ugly as that one put up hot splits of 26.3, 55.1 & 1:23.2.   Moving into the passing lane the Mike Schulfer trainee gradually wore down the favorite and then held on for dear life as Overloaded (Kyle Wilfong) came flying late to just miss. The other half of that Tom Simmons trained entry; Fox Valley Van (Dale Hiteman) was a fast closing third.   The win was just the second in a 34-race career for Fox Valley Cupid who has still managed to earn a "cool" $115,830 for owner James Strazlka, Mike Schulfer, James Skvarla and Nancy Magnus. Those lucky enough to back the bay sophomore were rewarded with mutuels of $40.80, $12.80 & $5.80.   Saturday's 50 cent Pick 5 wager was not hit so there will be a carryover of $6,168 added to Sunday's pool. Thus, there will now be a GUARANTEED POOL OF $50,000 for Sunday's Pick 5 wager. The Pick 5 is contested on races 2-6 on Sunday's.   Past performances courtesy of Trackmaster for the 50 Cent Pick 5 and the $1 Pick with its $25,000 guaranteed pool can be found at ustrotting.com   Tom Kelley  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Powerful Charger ($6.60, Victor Kirby) delivered I Like My Boss his first career loss with a 1:56 victory in the $17,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway Wednesday. Owned by trainer Jim King Jr., and Tim Tetrick, the 6-year-old Powerful Emotion gelding edged clear late after a first over grind and held off a game I Like My Boss who chased second over and ran out of racetrack in his rally attempt resulting in a narrow loss. It was the first career defeat for I Like My Boss in 16 starts. For Powerful Charger, it was his third win of the season and first career win in the Open class. I Like My Boss, a Delaware sire stakes champion, won all three of his starts as a 2-year-old and 12 previous attempts at age 3. Drivers Allan Davis and Ross Wolfenden each had three wins on the program. George Dennis had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

Crete, IL --- A pair of American-Nationals for 2-year-old trotting colts and fillies will be contested Wednesday night (Sept. 17) at Balmoral Park. In the $57,200 Am-Nat for fillies, trainer Homer Hochstetler will harness a pair of contestants, while in the $73,000 colt division, two youngsters will carry the colors of conditioner Erv Miller. Fresh off a trio of championship victories on Illinois Super Night (Sept. 13) at the Crete, Ill., one-miler, Miller sends out two lightly-raced freshmen: the gelding Jake Quaider and the colt SS Poseidon. This pair will face off against seven rivals in the one mile test, slated as the fifth race on the program. The latter is a son of Muscle Hill-Silverstar Volo who has earned $56,460 to date for the partnership of Paymaq Racing and Shim Racing LLC. Most recently he finished third, beaten only two lengths, in a $10,000 Kindergarten leg at The Red Mile on Sept. 11, clocked in 1:57.2 for driver LeWayne Miller. “They got away with cheap fractions early at Lexington and he was too far back and really didn’t get into the race until late,” Erv Miller said. “His best race was definitely the Reynolds at Tioga (Downs).” In the Reynolds on Sept. 4, Miller’s son Marcus steered SS Poseidon to a 1:57.1 lifetime best in wire-to-wire fashion, utilizing a :28.3 final brush to secure his first career triumph. “This colt is a homebred that Mike (Anderson of Paymaq Racing) and the Shim partners bred,” Miller offered. “They own the mare. He’s been a real easy colt all along to deal with. He does his work right and has a super attitude.” In just seven career starts SS Poseidon also has a trio of second-place finishes and one third to his credit, and has never missed getting a purse check for these connections. He also had two fifth-place finishes in his first two pari-mutuel starts at the Meadowlands, in a $20,000 Peter Haughton Memorial elimination and the $355,500 Haughton final. SS Poseidon is the first foal out of the unraced Andover Hall mare Silverstar Volo. Miller’s other youngster, the Photo Color-Grace Elizabeth gelding Jake Quaider, is owned by Quaid Racing LLC and has amassed $11,780 in three starts. He won his Balmoral debut on Aug. 31 in 1:57.4 by 2-1/2 lengths for driver Casey Leonard, and also has one second and one third-place finish to his credit. “The owners bought him as a weanling right off the farm from Kevin Miller,” Erv explained. “A few years ago they owned his sister, Maevey Gravy, who was a very nice 3-year-old. This colt was small and immature and we’ve been waiting on him a little bit. (Trainer) Mike (Arnold) got some jog miles into him over the winter and he’s just now learning how to trot. I think he’s got speed, but he just needs some more time to mature.” Jake Quaider is the fifth of six foals out of the Credit Winner mare Grace Elizabeth 2,2:09.2h ($19,503), and is a half-sister to Maevey Gravy (by Northern Kid) 3,1:55 ($190,110) and Graceful Spirit (by Psychic Spirit) 3,1:58.3 ($29,981). To date Miller has conditioned 4,541 winners to $66,845,174 in career earnings. Most recently he added an additional three Super Night Championships to his tally, bringing his crown total to 25, more than any other trainer in Illinois history. Trainer Homer Hochsteter sends out two fillies in the seven-horse distaff division, slated as race four. Fox Valley Harrah, owned by the Hunter family’s South Of The Track Racing, Inc. is a daughter of Pizzazzed-Hallie Rose who has earned $13,930 to date and will be looking for her first career triumph from the rail in the seven-horse field. Purchased for $5,700 from the 2013 Walker Standardbred Sale, Fox Valley Harrah has one second and one third in six lifetime trips postward. “Dr. Hunter and his son looked at her at the sale and she was not expensive, so we bought her,” Homer explained. “She’s been alright to work with and has had a few issues but overall she’s been okay. Her strong suit is racing off a helmet and she’s able to finish her miles very well. She’s not big on leading the parade but she’ll follow all day long. Her best race so far was at Springfield.” At the Illinois State Fair at Springfield on Aug. 14, Fox Valley Harrah trotted to a strong, second-place finish in rein to Matt Krueger, clocked in 1:58.1, with a :28 final brush. This filly is out of the unraced Sir Taurus mare Hallie Rose, and is a full sister to Fox Valley Hosana 2,1:59.2 ($52,530) and has half-siblings in Demeter (byCredit Winner) 2,1:59.2 ($75,346) and Fox Valley Helena 2,1:59.2 ($58,385). Hochstetler’s other charge is a homebred daughter of Powerful Emotion-Black N Bluegenes that the trainer and co-owner Robert Buddig christened Persuasive Look. A winner of $36,630 from just six starts, Persuasive Look has been on the board every time, with one win, two seconds and a trio of thirds. “She’s been sound all year,” Homer offered. “I don’t think we’ve seen the best out of her yet. She’s just been ultra-consistent and steady and you can do about anything with her. At this point she’s probably better tagging along rather than leading, but she’s a very nice trotting filly.” Persuasive Look’s lone but impressive win came on July 27 at Balmoral, when she captured the $44,000 Fox Valley Flan Stake in 1:58.2 for driver Casey Leonard. She used a :28.1 final brush to nudge between a pair of rivals, including Fox Valley Yoko, who is also in this event, to prevail by a length. Persuasive Look is the third foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Black N Bluegenes, and is a half-sister to the mare American Empress (by American Native) 4,1:58.2f ($57,171). Hochstetler, 62, of Crete, Ill., has conditioned 1,663 winners to $18,919,443 in his career. He’s also driven 1,407 winners to $11,695,279 in career earnings and is recognized as one of the top trotting trainers in the Prairie State. by Kimbery Rinker, for Balmoral Park

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