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Jimmy Freight (Scott Zeron) collected his 11th victory of the season on Wednesday evening (Nov. 21) in the $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination at Dover Downs by besting Breeders Crown victor Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley) in 1:49.2. This Is The Plan (Tim Tetrick) was third. Leaving from post position five, Jimmy Freight and his pilot were content to allow Thinkbig Dreambig to establish the pace with fractions of :26.1, :54.4 and 1:22.2 while biding their time in second place. Dorsoduro Hanover, however, employed an overland journey to capture the lead in the push to the wire. After enjoying primarily a pocket trip, Zeron pushed the gas pedal to send Jimmy Freight past his rival with a :26.4 final quarter-mile to assure the win by a neck. Trained by Andrew Harris, Jimmy Freight is owned by Adriano Sorella and paid $6 to win as the public’s second selection (2-1). The final field for the $260,000 Progress Pace final on Nov. 29 is: Jimmy Freight Dorsoduro Hanover This Is The Plan Done Well Thinkbig Dreambig Shnitizledosomethin I’m A Big Deal Heavenly Sound From the USTA Media Department

This Week: Fall Four and TVG finals, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. and Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit returns to Dover Downs this Wednesday (Nov. 21) for a $35,000 elimination in the Hap Hansen Progress Pace for 3-year-old open pacers. A field of 10 will compete for eight spots in the final slated for Nov. 29. On Saturday night (Nov. 24) Meadowlands Racetrack will host finals in each of the Fall Four events for freshman pacers and trotters and the TVG series for open pacers and trotters. The Fall Four features the 435,900 Valley Victory for 2-year-old male trotters, the $490,000 Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old filly trotters, the $469,300 Governor's Cup for 2-year-old male pacers and the $391,250 Three Diamonds for 2-year-old filly pacers. The TVG finals consist of the $350,000 Open Pace, the $350,000 Open Trot, $175,000 Mare Pace and the $175,000 Mare Trot. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: A pair of longshots in This Is The Plan and The Downtown Bus stole the show in the $193,750 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Thursday (Nov. 15) at Dover Downs, tag-teaming in deep stretch to nose out Jimmy Freight in a 1:49.1 dead heat. This Is The Plan and The Downtown Bus emerged in the final stride to simultaneously nose out Jimmy Freight in a dead heat. Fotowon photo. After Ontario standout Jimmy Freight was tasked with the heavy lifting through strenuous fractions and sternly dismissed the challenge of 4-5 local favorite Lather Up, This Is The Plan ($17.00, Tim Tetrick) and The Downtown Bus ($20.60, Corey Callahan) emerged in the final stride to simultaneously nose out Jimmy Freight in a dead heat in the glamour boys' division of the Matron. Jimmy Freight and driver Scott Zeron let This Is The Plan clear before taking charge midway on the first turn and reeling off a :25.3 initial quarter. A determined advance from Lather Up (Montrell Teague) out of fourth with a circuit to go kept the pace hot through a :54.4 half, but Jimmy Freight remained undeterred with three-eighths to go and shrugged off that rival. Meanwhile, This Is The Plan remained close from the pocket and The Downtown Bus followed the three-wide cover of Breeders Crown winner Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley) past three-quarters in 1:22.1. Turning for home, Dorsoduro Hanover stalled and Jimmy Freight was driven out to maintain a two length lead, but it began to shrink in the final sixteenth. This Is The Plan lunged up the open stretch and The Downtown Bus surged widest of all, and they both reached the winning post simultaneously in 1:49.1, a nose better than Jimmy Freight. Dorsoduro Hanover found more in the stretch, but missed by a neck to finish fourth. Ron Burke trains This Is The Plan, a six-time winner by Somebeachsomewhere, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Silva Purnel & Libby, and Larry Karr. Trainer Jeff Gillis co-owns 11-time winner The Downtown Bus with Ellen Ott. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 1,487.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 1,480; 3. David Miller - 1,209.5; 4. Scott Zeron - 724; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 658.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,399.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,170; 3. Tony Alagna - 726.5; 4. Julie Miller - 481; 5. Jim Campbell - 442. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 325; 2. Diamond Creek Racing - 294.6; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 293.1; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 271.6; 5. Bill Donovan - 241.2. Looking ahead: The 2018 Grand Circuit season comes to a close on Nov. 29. Dover Downs will host the final stake of the season in the $260,000 (est.) Hap Hansen Progress Pace for 3-year-old male pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for The Grand Circuit  

DOVER, Del. --- Downbytheseaside went out a winner rushing to a 1:48.3 victory in his final race prior to stallion duty. Harness racing driver Chris Page directed the convincing victory, his 14th of the season with a separately owned Brian Brown stablemate Fear The Dragon second. Russell Foster won two of the four $100,000 DSBF Two-Year-Old Dover Downs Finals on the Thursday, Nov. 30, the biggest day in 2017 Delaware harness racing. Diver Chris Page moved the Somebeachsomewhere colt quickly into the lead after a :26.2 opening panel. From there on it was a Downbytheseaside. The three-year-old passed the half in :54.2 and reached the three-quarters in 1:21.1 with Fear The Dragon (David Miller) 3-lengths off. A :27.1 final dash sealed the victory for owners Joe Sbrocco, Rich Lombardo, Country Club Acres and Diamond Creek Racing. For Chris Page, who was a Dover Downs regular several years back, it was the fifth time he drove Downbytheseaside, all wins. David Miller was high on Fear The Dragon's effort as well. "I thought he could go in 1:49, but the race was in 1:48.3. Bandolito and Heston Blue Chip share the track record of 1:48. This was the third edition of the Hap Hansen Progress Pace, so-named. Previously, on became the track's signature event in 1996, until adding the name of one of the sport's leading administrators, who was a part of the late Brandywine Raceway and Dover Downs. Russell Foster was star of the four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF). The 28-year-old Foster drove two of the winners in his personal biggest day in the sport. In the DSBF freshman filly trot, Foster guided Serendipity Sable's homebred Star Sapphire conditioned by Tui Stone to her third straight triumph with a near wire-to-wire 1:59 performance. From the first crop of Anders Bluestone-Victory Starburst, she won the $100,000 Harrington final and now has a seasonal total of $125,650. Race favorite Vandalous (Corey Callahan) finished second. Foster returned in the $100,000 Colt Pace nipping race favorite Evolution Tour (Tim Tetrick) by a nose in 1:51. George Leager, bred, owns and trains the No Spin Zone-Queen Kathy colt who has made the winner's circle nine times in 11 starts with two second earning $151.797. Transitioning Joy (Montrell Teague) finished third after leaving from outside post 8. In another photo finish verdict, Sky Marshall got up in the last stride for trainer Carlo Poliseno, who owns the CR Commando-Penny Lane colt with Jane Dunavant, to win the $100,000 Colt trot. Super Fly (Art Stafford Jr.) had built up a big lead turning for home, but could not hold off Sky Marshall, who won in1:56.4, his first victory. He now has earned $76,000 in the DSBF stakes. Brother Kenny (Tetrick) was the third finisher. In yet another race decided by the photo-finish camera, Go Sandy Go overtook front-pacing Pedal Power (Tetrick) in the last stride for a 1:53.4 victory in the $100,000 Filly Pace Final. Jason Green piloted the Roddy's Bags Again-Bit Of Trick daughter for owner-breeders trainer Josh Green and Brent Outten. She has now banked $65,000 this campaign. Bags To Riches, arguably the best Delaware-sired pacer, won the $25,000 Open pace on the undercard. David Miller steered the Roddy's Bags Again-Paint The Sky Blue sophomore to his sub 1:50 performance beating Sicily (Teague) and Cajon Lightning (Gingras) home in 1:49.4.He won for the eighth time this year raising his earnings to $174,927 and $261,789 lifetime for breeder Only Money Inc. and partner trainer Jason Skinner. In another fast mile, Major Uptrend and Tony Morgan negotiated a 1:49.3 victory in a $13,000 Winners-Over pace for owners Niss Allen Inc. and trainer TimCrissman. El Bloombito (Sean Bier) and Little Ben (Tetrick) were second and third respectively.. Monday through Thursday. post time is 4:30 p.m. The daily program features a 50-cent Pick 5 (races 2-6) and a late daily double ( races 12 and 13). There is no live racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at Dover Downs. General parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600.Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. LATE AFTERNOON EARTHQUAKE AT 4.4 MAGNITUDE THURSDAY Just before the 2nd race at Dover Downs, Thursday (Nov. 30), an earthquake, said to be 4.4 magnitude, shook the racetrack and Dover, Del. vicinity. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirms that at 4:48 p.m. EST, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake occurred.  The coordinates of the quake (39.2N  75.4W) put the center of the quake 10 miles northeast of Dover, in the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, at a depth of eight miles. Marv Bachrad  

Harness racing's two richest horses this year, Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon, will meet for the final time in Thursday's $308,060 Hap Hansen Progress Pace for 3-year-old male pacers at Dover Downs. Downbytheseaside, who has earned $1.44 million this season, will start from post No. 2 with Chris Page in the sulky and is the 8-5 morning-line favorite. Fear The Dragon, with $1.27 million in the bank, leaves from post five with David Miller at the lines and is 9-5. Both horses are trained by Brian Brown. Thursday's 13-race card, which also includes four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund championships for 2-year-olds, begins at 4:30 p.m. EST. The Progress Pace is race 10 with a 7:30 p.m. estimated post time. Downbytheseaside won last week's Progress Pace elimination by three lengths over Fear The Dragon in 1:50.1. "Seaside" and "Dragon" have met six times this year, with Dragon winning three races (North America Cup, Hempt Memorial, Little Brown Jug elimination) and Seaside winning two (Milstein Memorial and Progress elim). Both horses have battled health and foot issues during their campaigns, but have combined to win 25 races. Downbytheseaside enters the Progress final with a three-race win streak and four victories in his last five starts. His only loss during that span was a second-place finish in the Breeders Crown. For the year, Downbytheseaside has won 13 of 21 races. He has finished off the board only three times, with two of the occurrences on the same day at the Little Brown Jug. In addition to his previously mentioned victories, his triumphs include the Messenger Stakes, Art Rooney Pace, Monument Circle, Matron, and Jug Preview. "The horse right now, according to Brian, is as good now as he's ever been," said Jim Koehler, whose Country Club Acres owns Downbytheseaside with Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and Diamond Creek Racing. "You just wonder how this race will go. Every horse race seems to be different; a different situation as far as who is going to leave, who is not going to leave, where you're going to end up. "He's a funny horse. He evidently likes the long trip on the outside. If he's in a bunch and can't get out like he likes to, it seems to be when he gets in trouble. When he leaves at about the three-eighths or so he seems to just keep on wearing them down." Downbytheseaside will retire at the completion of the season and stand at Sugar Valley Farm in 2018 in partnership with Diamond Creek Farm. "The horse has worked hard and it would be nice for him to finish (with a win). Am I disappointed in the Jug? Yes, no question. I'm disappointed in the Breeders Crown. But you can't complain. The horse has won more than $2 million in his career. There must be a lot of people that are more disappointed than I am." Fear The Dragon has won 12 of 17 races this year for owner Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm. The colt's appearance in the Progress elimination was his first start since finishing eighth in his Breeders Crown elimination Oct. 21. He was scratched from an Oct. 28 race because of health issues. Trogdon paid $25,000 to enter Fear The Dragon in the Progress Pace because the horse was not staked to the event. The decision was made following a sharp training mile and consultation with Brown and Miller. "It was a tough call, but I hated to end the year on a bad note," Trogdon said. "We decided to put him in and let the chips fall where they may. "He raced pretty good (in the Progress elimination) but he definitely got beat by Seaside. But he needed the race. As far as this week, I don't know if Dragon is the Dragon we saw during the summer, but we'll see what happens. He might have just needed that race last week." In addition to his previously mentioned wins, Fear The Dragon's victories this year include the Adios and a division of the Tattersalls Pace. He has finished off the board only twice, with both occurring in the past three-and-a-half months while he was limited to five races because of his health woes. "I wish all that didn't happen, but it did," Trogdon said. "Before he got sick, we didn't duck any races. We went to them all. You can't take away all the things he already did." Following is the field for the Hap Hansen Progress Pace. The race is named in honor of former Dover Downs and Brandywine Raceway executive Wilmer E. "Hap" Hansen, who passed away in 2014. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Western Joe - Western Ideal - Yannick Gingras-Christopher Choate-5/1 2. Downbytheseaside - Somebeachsomewhere-Chris Page-Brian Brown-8/5 3. Geez Joe - Roll With Joe - Andy Miller-Erv Miller-4/1 4. Music Is Art - Art Major - Corey Callahan-Jake Leamon-8/1 5. Fear The Dragon - Dragon Again - David Miller-Brian Brown-9/5 6. Normandy Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick-Scott DiDomenico-8/1 7. Mac's Jackpot - Somebeachsomewhere - Brett Miller-Jeffrey Smith-9/2 8. Blood Line - Somebeachsomewhere - Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter-6/1 Ken Weingartner

Dover, DE ---  Downbytheseaside overcame post position nine to win the $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination in 1:50.1 over harness racing stablemate Fear The Dragon on Wednesday night (Nov. 22) at Dover Downs. Chris Page drove the Brian Brown trainee to a thee length victory for his 13th win in 21 season's starts. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has now banked $1.44 million in 2017. He is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and Diamond Creek Racing. Fear The Dragon finished second and Geez Joe was third in the 11-horse contest. The top eight horses in the elimination will return for the $300,000 (est.) final on Thursday (Nov. 30). Click here for a complete chart of the race. USTA Communications Department 

DOVER, Del. --- Two separately owned outstanding three-year-olds - Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside lead an 11-horse field in the $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace (HHPP) headliner on a big pre-Thanksgiving harness racing card along with three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) preliminaries on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Trainer Bruce Brown says Fear The Dragon trained so well a week ago that ownership paid a $25,000 supplemental fee to race in the HHPP. The colt who ranked at the top of the Hambletonian Society Breeders Crown top 10 poll most of the summer drew post 5 with Hall of Famer David Miller while Downbytheseaside, piloted by Chris Page, winner of last week’s Matron Final leaves from post 9 in the second tier. The first eight finishers qualify for next Thursday’s $300,000 Final. Earlier in the first of two DSBF $20,000 events, Serendipity Stable’s Star Sapphire and driver Russ Foster seeks a second straight prelim win, wire-to-wire in 2:00.2. Déjà vu Blue, driven by Ross Wolfenden was  second for owners Howard Taylor, Tom Lazzaro, Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis. Alpine Chic, handled by Allan Davis, who shares ownership with Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing, finished third last week. In the second $20,000 DSBF trot, Corey Callahan closed with a rush driving Vandalous to score a victory for BCJM, Fuquay-Varina, Cinbrew Ent. And Chambers Racing, to notch the fastest win in 1;59.4 edging Uptown Spunk and Roger Plante by a head . The $20,000 DSBF Colts and Gelding Trot has eight starters led by Super Fly (Art Stafford Jr.). Bobby Glassmeyer bred, owned and trained Boston Cruiser (Jonathan Roberts), Bobby Myers’ Brother Kenny (Tim Tetrick) and Sky Marshal owned by trainer-driver Carlo Poliseno and Jane Dunavant, are contenders.  The top eight point-getters after Wednesday’s two prelim legs make the $100,000 DSBF Final on Nov. 30. The four lucrative Delaware events will be part of the $300,000 (est.) Hap Hansen Progress Pace all-star card  There is no live harness on Thursday. Dover Downs, management and horsemen join others having a Happy Thanksgiving. Monday through Thursday. post time is 4:30 p.m. The daily program features a 50-cent Pick 5 (races 2-6) and a late daily double ( races 12 and 13).  General parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant’s acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600.Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing three-year-old male pacers Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon are neck and neck in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, with a meeting in Wednesday’s elimination of the Hap Hansen Progress Pace at Dover Downs -- and another potential meeting in the Nov. 30 final -- on the horizon. Downbytheseaside won last week’s Matron Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers and moved up to the No. 4 spot in this week’s rankings, a position held previously by Fear The Dragon. Downbytheseaside is the 9-5 second choice on the morning line in the Progress Pace elimination, where he starts from the second tier’s post nine with Chris Page driving for trainer Brian Brown. Fear The Dragon, also trained by Brown, is the 8-5 favorite from post seven with David Miller in the sulky. Fear The Dragon was supplemented to the Progress Pace for $25,000. Eleven 3-year-old male pacers entered the Progress Pace. The top eight finishers from Wednesday’s elimination advance to the final. There were no other changes in position in this week’s poll. A total of seven of the horses ranked in the top 10 will be in action this week. No. 2 Hannelore Hanover and No. 7 Emoticon Hanover will face each other in Saturday’s TVG Series championship for female trotters at the Meadowlands. No. 6 What The Hill, who won the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, will face older competition in the TVG Series championship for male trotters. Also in action Saturday at the Big M will be No. 8 Youaremycandygirl in the Three Diamonds for 2-year-old female pacers and No. 10 Stay Hungry in the Governor’s Cup. Click here for Saturday's complete Meadowlands card. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 26 – 11/21/2017 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Ariana G (16) 3tf 15-12-2-1 $1,123,690 324 1 2 Hannelore Hanover (10) 5tm 16-9-5-0 $952,879 305 2 3 Manchego (5) 2tf 12-12-0-0 $873,948 288 3 4 Downbytheseaside (1) 3pc 20-12-2-3 $1,430,922 209 5 5 Fear The Dragon (3) 3pc 16-12-2-0 $1,264,391 200 4 6 What The Hill 3tc 17-8-1-2 $774,928 104 6 7 Emoticon Hanover 4tm 12-5-3-3 $385,666 103 7 8 Youaremycandygirl 2pf 10-8-0-0 $714,545 102 8 9 Blazin Britches 3pf 15-11-2-0 $540,424 93 9 10 Stay Hungry 2pc 8-6-0-0 $437,964 32 10 Agent Q (30); Twister Bi (20); Keystone Velocity (18); Crazy Wow (15); Marion Marauder (11); Pure Country (9); Lost In Time (7); Filibuster Hanover, Fourth Dimension, Resolve (6); Alarm Detector, Darlinonthebeach (5); Huntsville, Nike Franco N (4); Bill’s Man, Fiftydallarbill, Phaetosive (3); Devious Man, Easy Lover Hanover, Kissin In The Sand (2); All Bets Off, Beckhams Z Tam, Bit Of A Legend N, International Moni (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

DOVER, Del.--- Following completions of the upcoming eight Breeders Crown finals, harness racing stakes action shifts to Dover Downs in early November for a month long Novemberfest of lucrative racing headed by the $350,000 (est.) Hap Hansen Progress Pace. The leadoff events are the Matron Stakes, the oldest major stakes in the sport. The Matron Stakes begin its 2017 championship competition with first action featuring two-year-old trotters and pacers on Thursday, Nov. 9. On the following week, the four sophomore divisions contest on Nov. 16. Annually the Matron Stakes boast an impressive list of nominees. For the 2017 edition, 875 juveniles are eligible to the track's major events for young male and female pacers and trotters. For this year's Matrons, 507 two-year-olds and 368 three-year-olds are eligible for the eight events. Add to this, 82 sophomores for the Hap Hansen Progress Pace, the track's signature event. In addition all four Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) freshman divisions are on the November stakes program. There are two weeks of$20,000 preliminaries with the top eight point-getters matching strides in four $100,000 finals on Nov. 30. The rich Hap Hansen Progress Pace begins with $30,000 elimination divisions on Nov. 22 culminating in a rich $350,000 (est.) final also on the following Thursday, Nov. 30. The 2017 Matrons open with four two-year-old division finals on Thursday, Nov. 9. The largest number of eligibles come in the freshmen colt and gelding trotters section with 143 nominees. There are 117 filly trotters nominated. The colt and gelding pace finds a group of 133 with 114 filly pacers. Three-year-olds go to post on the Nov. 16 program with 95 colt and gelding trot nominees. The filly trot has 86 eligibles. The Matron three-year-olds feature 99 males in its division and 64 filly pacers. For those planning to enjoy racing watching from the Winner's Circle Restaurant, or for those seeking to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel, it is suggested to make reservations early. Call 302-674-4600. Monday through Thursday racing has a post time of 4:30 p.m. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Easy Lover Hanover completed a modern day harness racing 'Cinderella story' by winning the $314,600 Hap Hansen Progress Pace in 1:49 at Dover Downs on Monday, Nov. 28 Purchased a year ago after a monumental fire whipped-out owner Brad Grant and trainer Ben Wallace's stable in Ontario, Easy Lover Hanover was purchased at the Meadowlands Sale early this year for $70,000 and it turned into a 15-race winner of more than $300,000, with a personal record 1:49 performance in the final major stake of 2016. Youthful driver Doug McNair made good use of starting from post 1 by trailing race-favorite Check Six (Yannick Gingras) through fast early fractions before finding room along the passing lane to finally pass the leader late in the stretch for the victory. Owner Brad Grant and trainer Ben Wallace were elated in the winner's circle. "He was a great horse to buy," said Wallace. "He won the first five races we had. While giving the horse some time off, we gelded him, which we had planned when we got him. After wins at Mohawk and Woodbine, we decided to put up $25,000 to supplement him to this race." Wallace continued, {Doug McNair had driven him all season for us and he did another good job tonight." Easy Lover Hanover, a son of Somebeachsomewhere- Easy GoGo, completed his sophomore season with 15 wins 4 seconds and 2 thirds. He nearly equaled his seasonal earnings with the Han Hansen Progress Pace earning lifting the total to $314,124. Allan Davis, Vic Kirby and Tim Tetrick had two winners each. PURRFECT BAGS SEEKS AVENGENCE IN $20,000 MARES OPEN  Purrfect Bags, Delaware’s own Cinderella Story female pacer seeks to avenge her odds-on losing appearance in her last start in the $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open pace on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Dover Downs. A $2,000 weanling purchase that became a Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) and stakes winning juvenile, was the overwhelming public choice last time out but after taking the early lead, the now four-year-old owned by JoAnn Looney-King faltered on the final turn and finished fourth the $20,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap pace. Her regular driver meet leader Vic Kirby will be in the bike for trainer Jim King seeking to rebound. Last Tuesday, Legacy Racing’s Empress Deo and Allan Davis scored a wire-to-wire 1:52.3 victory in this event. Elliesjet N, driven by Jonathan Roberts, was second from start to finish for Barry Spedden, Ken Evans, Nanticoke Racing and trainer Josh Parker, her second straight runner-up performance. JFE Enterprise’s Scandalicious with Tim Tetrick starts from the outside post 8. Howard Taylor’s strong contender Shine N Shimmer drew post 1 with George Dennis driving for trainer Doug Lewis. Alongside is the only three-year-old in the lineup George Teague and Teague Racing Partnership’s stakes-seasoned Miss Me Yet handled by Montrell Teague. Rounding out the eight-female field are Chris White owned and trained competitor Fashion Showdown reined by Corey Callahan and the game veteran Matinee Dragon with Pat Berry driving for Lou Catana and co-owner trainer Vince Bradley.   Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are ‘dark days’ at the track. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- Check Six and Manhattan Beach winners of $35,000 elimination divisions last week head a fast field of harness racing three-year-olds in Dover Downs' signature event, the $314,600 Hap Hansen-Progress Pace (HH-PP) on Monday, Nov. 28. Post time is 4:30 p.m. The sports leading money winning driver of 2016, Yannick Gingras, drove Check Six, trained by Ron Burke, the sports leading trainer for this the seventh consecutive season, to victory last Monday in the first of two $35,000 elims. The win made the bay colt a seven-digit winner this year for owners Weaver Bruscemi, Bill Switala, Jim Martin and Burke Racing. Recently Check Six finished third in the prestigious Matron Stake at Dover early this month after winning a Breeders Crown elim, a Bluegrass stake and the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final this Fall. The other Hanson Progress elim was an impressive victory for John McGill and Brian Carsey's Manhattan Beach driven by former Dover Downs regular Matt Kakaley. The well-bred pacer came into his own during the recent Breeders Crown with a third in an elim and a second place finished in the $500,000 final at the Meadowlands. Brad Grant's Easy Lover Hanover, whose five-race win streak in Canada ended with a second-place finish in his Dover elim leaves this week from post 1. Easy Lover Hanover was a $25,000 supplement to this event. Last Winter, prominent Ontario trainer Ben Wallace, lost his stable of horses in a disastrous fire. Grant, Wallace's owner then purchased Easy Lover Hanover early this year at the Meadowlands sale for $70,000 and the gelding has already won 14 races and more than $150,000 in purses A second supplemental starter in the $314,600 final is Peter Blood and Rick Berks' Boston Red Rocks trained by Steve Elliott and with Tim Tetrick handling the reins. Boston Red Rocks was last season's U.S. Harness Writers Association's Two-Year-Old Colt of the Year. Although finishing in the first three 13 of 18 races, four of his five wins have come since September including the $160,200 Matron at Dover. Talented David Miller will be in the bike for Jeff Snyder and Geoffrey Lyons' well-traveled Lyons Snyder. Third last week, the Jimmy Takter trainee was second in a Breeders Crown elim and in a Little Brown Jug elim. Brittany Farms' homebred Western Fame, also trained by the Takter Stable, finished second in the Matron, and second in the Little Brown Jug, is teamed with driver Mark MacDonald Corey Callahan will drive JK Will Power, conditioned by David Smith and owned by Bends, Pollack, Hauberk and J. Piatt II. The colt's major victory came in the Jenna's Beach Boy at Hoosier two months ago. Saddled with post 8 is Fashion Farms' homebred Katie's Rocker trained by Jim Campbell with Andrew McCarthy piloting. The gelding finished strongly in last week's elim closing from sixth in mid backstretch to a strong second. The $314,600 Hap Hansen Progress Pace is the 10th race on a 15-race program. The Tuesday card features last week's winner Empress Deo taking on Purrfect Bags, Miss Me Yet and Fashion Showdown among eight starters in the $20,000 Filly and Mare Open pace. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. No racing on Friday, Sunday and Sunday. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing and NFL three-game wagering is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Early reservations are suggested for the acclaimed Winner's Circle Buffet Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- A 17-1 shot, Linda MacDonald and Susan Durham's harness racing homebred Crosby came from fifth at the three quarters with George Dennis piloting to pass horses in deep stretch for a 2:03.3 victory to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) championship, Check Six and Manhatten Beach won their $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace (HHPP) eliminations while Little Ben beat the top overnight horses at the track for the third straight week, on Monday, Nov. 21 at Dover Downs. With the three betting favorites drawing outside post, off at even-money, Master Clave and Ross Wolfenden cut out the early :28.2 clocking to the quarter. Several horses took a shot at the leader, with Crosby and driver George Dennis getting away near the back after starting from the rail. Fifth in mid-backstretch Dennis moved Crosby - a Keystone Activator chestnut gelding from Ms. MacDonald and Durham's mare Melody Luv - three-wide to join the leaders and was strongest in the stretch for his second victory of the year. Mooshine Lavec (Sean Bier) starting from post 8 worked his way up to third and closed along the passing lane to take second in front of Jiggs (Vic Kirby) with Master Clave holding on for fourth. Crosby has now won $79,000 this year. She won the $20,000 DSBF Consolation at Harrington last month and added the Dover Downs $100,000 DSBF Delaware-sired colt and gelding freshman pace final to her record While Easy Lover Hanover, one of two $25,000 supplements to the event, cut out most of the early pace, Yannick Gingras moved Check Six from third rounding the final turn and outpaced Easy Lover Hanover (Doug McNair) to the wire in 1:51.3 for his 11th win of the season. Weaver Bruscemi, Bill Swila, Jim Martin and Burke Racing own Check Six trained by the sports-leader Ron Burke. Lyons Snyder (David Miller) finished third. JK Will Power (Corey Callahan), fourth, made the final. In the other division, three horses led by Western Fame, Boston Red Rocks and Stolen Glimpse left fastest in the second $35,000 HHPP elim. After a 26.4 opening panel, Tim Terick moved Boston Red Rocks to the front with Western Fame and Mark MacDonald quickly retaking the front heading to a :56.1 halfmile with Craftship and Corey Callahan moving up into contention. Matt Kakaley whipped Manhattan Beach out of fifth to come strong to take the lead at the three-quarters in 1:26. Manhattan Beach quickly widened the lead and had plenty left in the lane winning easily in 1:52.4 with Katies Rocker (Dave Miller) second, holding off Boston Red Rocks, who had been locked in at the rail before escaping to finish third, Western Fame, fourth, also qualified for the $316,000 final next Monday (Nov. 28). In the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap, Captive Audience (Andrew McCarthy) led a converging field into the final turn. Little Ben and meet leading driver Vic Kirby starting from post 8 waited to make his big move turning for home and the Jereme's Jet-Honey's Bud Lite gelding roared from the far outside to overpower his seven foes for a 1:53 triumph, the third in a-row in the week's top overnight feature, for trainer Jim King and owners Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King, Tim Tetrick made the winner's circle four times, and Corey Callahan had three winners. Trainers Jeff Bamond and Dylan Davis had doubles. $100,000 DSBF FINALS CONTINUE; $20,000 MARES OPEN TUESDAY AT DOVER Spanish Dream, Magicinthemoonlight, Spinpressive and Cashmere’s Delight, all winners in their last start lead a field of eight Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund frosh filly contenders in the $100,000 final topping the Tuesday, Nov. 23 card which contains a $20,000 DSBF consolation and a $20,000 Mares Open pace on the 15-race agenda. JoAnn Looney-King’s Spanish Dream with regular driver Vic Kirby is the only winner of both $20,000 preliminaries among four lifetime wins and three seconds in eight career starts, but must come from the outside post position. Magicinthemoolight is teamed with Yannick Gingras for owner Linda Condon and Kevin Freeman and won her first victory last week in 1:55.4. Spinpressive, an owner-trainer Lee Louthan homebred, notched an impressive 1:55/2 victory last start with Corey Callahan in the bike. Cashmere’s Delight and Jim Morand chalked up her fifth win in nine seasonal starts last time in DSBF prelims. The rest of the field includes the fast Logan’s Girl, driven by Ross Wolfenden for owner JoAnn Looney-King, She’s No Spinster, with two consecutive second place finishes for Ashley, Cain, Yencer and co-owner Allan Davis at the controls. The Joel And Denise Halpern-bred fast Westwind Roddylee with Tony Morgan driving, and, trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. and Wyatt Starkey’s Lunar Phase are the upset minded contenders. In the $20,000 DSBF Consolation, So Many Friends (George Dennis), Jo Ann Looney King’s Lillisbagsrpacked (Kirby) and KJ Dale (Gingras) head the eight starters. Leading the rest of the powerful program is the $20,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap pace. JoAnn Looney King’s Purrfect Bags (Kirby) seeks to avenge a surprising odds-on defeat last week. There are two three-year-olds in the lineup,  owners David Banks and Layfield Horses' sharp filly Sayulita (Gingras), fresh from two consecutive victories in her last three starts, and George Teague and Teague Racing Partnership’s stakes-seasoned Miss Me Yet (Montrell Teague). Other .stellar performers in the event are Legacy Racing’s Empress Deo (Allan Davis) and Howard Taylor’s Shine N Shimmer (Callahan), a seven-time winner this year. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are ‘dark days’ at the track. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

Columbus, OH --- Great minds think alike and when they all concur, their wallets are bound not only to come out of their pockets, but Franklins tend to fly. That is most certainly the case after Rick Berks, Peter Blood and Steve Elliott conferred on where to place defending Dan Patch Award harness racing male pacing champion Boston Red Rocks. “I have been involved in this business for 50 years and Steve has for 40,” Blood said. “Rick has generously contributed to the sport for decades. When we talked, we all agreed to supplement him to this race (Progress Pace, eliminations on Nov. 21 and final on Nov. 28 at Dover Downs). I have always believed you build a foundation for a horse and then they show you what they want to do. After his race last week he deserves that chance.” Blood was referring to the lifetime mark of 1:49.3 the son of Rocknroll Hanover-McGibson accrued in a powerful performance in Thursday’s (Nov. 10) $160,200 Matron Stake at Dover Downs. Steered by regular pilot Tim Tetrick, Boston Red Rocks defeated rivals that dominated the headlines this season in Check Six and Racing Hill off a first-over journey by open lengths. That performance reinforced not only the act of producing a hefty check, but rewarded the faith the horse’s connections had that never waned. After a trip in the $25,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes on May 28 at The Meadowlands where Boston Red Rocks was fortunate merely to stay on his feet, he overcame being carried out nine-wide and interfered with to pace an explosive last quarter-mile in :25.2 to just miss the victory in finishing third. He returned the following week with another brutal foray in the NJSS to finish second to Katies Rocker by a neck in the $100,000 final. Since those two efforts, Boston Red Rocks was fourth in the $780,000 North America Cup final, third in the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial final, seventh in the $732,050 Meadowlands Pace final and seventh in his Breeders Crown elimination. The Progress Pace may very well be the forum for the colt to demonstrate why he was the top ranked 3-year-old pacer in preliminary rankings this spring. He definitely has already illustrated he belongs and is well worth the wager Berks and Blood have plunked down for this participation in the Progress Pace. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

Dover, DE --- George Teague Jr. Inc.'s Wiggle It Jiggleit led every step of a 1:48.2 mile to win the $300,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace final on Monday night (Nov. 30) at Dover Downs. The son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover cut fractions of :26.1, :54 and 1:20.4 for driver Montrell Teague and kicked home in :27.3 on his way to a 3-3/4 length victory over Dealt A Winner (David Miller). Dude's The Man (Corey Callahan) finished third. The victory was the 22nd in 26 season's starts for Wiggle It Jiggleit, who saw his 2015 earnings climb to $2,181,995. The USTA Communications Department 

DOVER, Del. --- The final major three-year-old stakes event of the harness racing season has a new name: the $300,00 Hap Hansen Progress Pace. Since 1996, and for its first 20 years, the Dover Downs signature event has been called the Progress Pace. Upon his passing, a year ago, the race has been renamed, the Hap Hansen Progress Pace to honor one of the sports finest administrators, a Dover Downs and Brandywine Raceway executive, and Harness Tracks of America (HTA) official, Wilmer E. Hap Hansen.. This year's event will again offer the largest-purse race in Delaware harness racing. The $300,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace is the highlight of the track's 47th season and is the spotlight event of its 2015 "Novemberfest of Racing." This year's Hap Hansen Progress Pace features the some of the sport's leading three-year-olds led by the top sophomore pacer and leading candidate for Horse of the Year honors, Delaware-based Wiggle It Jiggleit,a 1:49 winner of last week's elimination. The History of the Progress Pace The Progress Pace was created by Dover Downs' CEO Denis McGlynn in the fashion of a former state of Delaware sports' tradition - The Battle of the Brandywine - formerly the showcase of ill-fated Brandywine Raceway. Last season, Canadian champion McWicked, driven by David Miller, notched the fastest win in event history, scoring in 1:48.4 in the 2014 edition. Over the years, Most of the sports leading drivers, owners and stables have participated in the Progress Pace. Hall of Fame drivers include four-time winner John Campbell and three-times winners Ron Pierce and Luc Ouellette. Bret Pelling has trained three Progress Pace champions. Sampson Street Stable has shared in three Progress Pace champions with Newman Racing, two, the only other with more than one winner. The first Progress Pace was carded in 1996 with a $100,000 final. The winner was Armbro Operative, owned by Tom Walsh, Jr. and Dave McDuffy, driven by Mike Lachance. It was the first of three Progress Pace winners conditioned by Brett Pelling. Pelling also trained the winners of the next two winners of the event Dream Away, owned by Canadian horsemen Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband, won the 1997 event. Crown Jewel Stable's Browning Blue Chip took 1998 laurels. Both winners were driven by John Campbell. Luc Ouellette drove Jeff Snyder's Royalflush Hanover to his first Progress Pace win. The gelding overtook Grinfromeartoear on the backstretch and pulled off for the 1999 title. The following season, Ouellette came back to drive 2000 winner-Powerful Toy, owned by Newman Racing Stable, Sampson Street and Dodge A Bullet stables. Ron Pierce made the winner's circle in the 2001 event driving Peruvian Hanover for owners Sidney Korn and Alvin Jacobson. Art Major beat stablemate McArdle to win the 2002 edition. Owned by Deena Frost, Jerry Silva, Sampson Street and TLP stables, Art Major was the third Progress Pace champion driven by John Campbell, In 2003, for the second straight year and third time in Progress Pace history, a colt co-owned by Sampson Street Stable, Radar Sign, won the final. And in 2004, for the second time in four years, another colt co-owned by Sampson Street and Newman Racing stables, Powerful Toy, made the winner's circle. Longshot Holborn Hanover, with George Brennan driving for trainer Mark Harder and owners John Fielding and Canamerica Capital Corp., became the first sub-1:50 Progress Pace winner posting a come-from-behind 1:49.3f victory. In 2005, Gryffindor, became the first Delaware-owned and trained winner. After being purchased by Three Point Acres in time to win the Messenger Stake at Harrington Raceway, the sophomore won the 10th Progress Pace wire-to-wire in 1:50 with David Miller in the sulky for conditioner Chuck Crissman. The purse was the event's all-time highest, $394,120. Another Delaware owned and conditioned colt, Total Truth, was the 2006 Progress Pace champion. Trained by George Teague for owners Only Money and Teague Inc., the victory marked the first of two straight for Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce. Pierce returned to take the 2007 Progress Pace in upset fashion. Trained by Robby Siegelman for The Cheyenne Gang, Ghee House rolled down the lane for a 1:50.4 upset victory to take the 12th edition. In November 2008, overlooked at 32-1, Cat Manzi guided the Joe Poliseon-trained Bettor Sweet to a surprise 1:52.1 victory, the second-richest Progress Pace boasting a $390,000 purse. Two locally owned horses, Rudy Rednose and Badlands Nitro, both trained by George Teague, finished second and third respectively. Vertical Horizon and Jim Morrill Jr., were the winning team for the 2009 edition, with a 1:50.4 triumph. In 2010, Yannick Gingras guided Rockin Image to an impressive 1.50.3 victory. The 2011 winner was Westwardho Hanover piloted by the world's winningest driver, Dave Palone. Heston Blue Chip completed an outstanding Fall campaign to win the 2012 Progress Pace with Tim Tetrick in the bike recording a then 1:49 event record. John Campbell drove his fourth Progress Pace champion in 2013, guiding Sunshine Beach to victory in 1:50.3. And in 2014, Casie Coleman-trained McWicked scored the fastest victory recording a 1:48.4 clocking. Progress Pace Champions Year Purse Winner (Driver) Win Time 1996 $100,000 Armbro Operative (Mike Lachance) 1:53f 1997 $100,000 Dream Away (John Campbell) 1:54f 1998 $225,000 Browning Blue Chip (John Campbell) 1:51.2f 1999 $225,000 Royalflush Hanover (Luc Ouellette) 1:51.2f 2000 $228,000 Powerful Toy (Luc Ouellette) 1:52.1f 2001 $337,100 Peruvian Hanover (Ron Pierce) 1:52.3f 2002 $335,000 Art Major (John Campbell) 1:51f 2003 $350,060 Radar Sign (Luc Ouellette) 1:51.4f 2004 $345,900 Holborn Hanover (George Brennan) 1:49.3f* 2005 $394,120 Gryffindor (David Miller) 1:50f 2006 $348,900 Total Truth (Ron Pierce) 1:52.2f 2007 $350,900 Ghee House (Ron Pierce) 1:50.4f 2008 $390,000 Bettor Sweet (Cat Manzi) 1:51.2f 2009 $350,000 Vertical Horizon (Jim Morrill Jr.) 1:50.4f 2010 $320,000 Rockin Image (Yannick Gingras) 1:50.3f 2011 $330,000 Westwardho Hanover (Dave Palone) 1:49.1f 2012 $270,000 Heston Blue Chip (Tim Tetrick) 1:49f 2013 $284,160 Sunshine Beach (john Campbell) 1:50.3f 2014 $301,560 McWicked (David Miller) *1:48.4f 2015 *- event record Marv Bachrad  

DOVER, Del. ---- Wiggle It Jiggleit, winner of the $35,000 elimination last week, is the one to beat in the $300,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace on Monday, Nov. 30 at Dover Downs. A $27,500 Delaware Special tops the harness racing undercard. Montrell Teague drove the charismatic dark gelding Wiggle It Jiggleit to a wire-to-wire 1:49 victory last time, his 20th sub-1:50 triumph in a 21-win season. The George Teague Inc. owned, Clyde Francis trained, standout has been a favorite in all 25 starts this year. He turned in outstanding highlight efforts to win the Little Brown Jug in straight heats, the Meadowlands Pace and the recent Matron Stake, among a number of major stakes. Sired in Indiana by one of Teague's former $1-million winners, Mr Wiggles from a mare also campaigned by Teague, Mossi Hanover, Wiggle It Jiggleit, while establishing several track and world records, leads all performers in the sport this year earning $2,031,995. A week ago, another Delaware-owned sophomore, unheralded Remember Me VK, a top bred First-State stakes-winner owned by Sharon Wyatt, Robin West and Ron Benton trained by Bob Wyatt, finished second for driver Eric Goodell at 54-1 odds. Jeff Snyder's Dealt A Winner, piloted by David Miller, took a shot at Wiggle It Jiggleit on the backstretch to no avail, yet held on to finish third. A third Delaware-owned top three-year-old, M&L Of Delaware and Victoria Dickinson's Dude's The Man with Dover Downs' perennial driving champion Corey Callahan along with razor sharp Badix Hanover, driven by John Campbell for owners Richard and Dale Julich, lead major contenders. The rest of the field includes mid-western standout Roland N Rock, steered this time by Tim Tetrick, Bob Mondillo, Mike Day and Oompa's Farm's Rodeo Romeo with Andy Miller, and Rock&Roll Stable's Americanprimetime reined by Tony Morgan. Heading a powerful under card is a $27,500 Delaware Special led by Harrington Raceway's Horse of the Year Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt (Tetrick), Mustang Art (Marcus Miller) owned by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo, and Captive Audience (Callahan) racing for trainer Doug Lewis and Carter Racing, are strong contenders in a seven horse field. Four starters in a $20,000 Male Winners-Over pace are fresh from wins last time out. Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing's Bad Boy Matt (Allan Davis) drew the rail, R.S.Ruffolo, Erv Miller and Nick Surick stable's Swing City (Marcus Miller). Howard Taylor and Tom Lazzaro's Secretsoftheknight (Callahan) and Rich Poillucci's Dapper Dude (Tetrick), both are seeking a third consecutive win. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark days. A $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool Is a daily feature. At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts, daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

This Week: Courageous Lady, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio and Hap Hansen Progress Pace, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit heads to Northfield Park and Dover Downs for the final two Grand Circuit races of the 2015 season. On Friday (Nov. 27), Northfield will host the $120,000 Courageous Lady for 3-year-old filly pacers. This year's Jugette winner, Sassa Hanover, will start from post three and has been named the 2-1 early favorite. Then on Monday (Nov. 30), Dover will feature the $300,000 (est.) final of the Hap Hansen Progress Pace for 3-year-old male pacers. Wiggle It Jiggleit downed eight rivals for his 21st victory of the season in the $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination this past Monday. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: This past Saturday (Nov. 21), Resolve won the $400,000 TVG Free For All Trotting Championship at Meadowlands Racetrack in 1:51.4 for driver/trainer Ake Svanstedt. Resolve won the $400,000 TVG Free For All Trotting Championship in 1:51.4 for driver/trainer Ake Svanstedt. In similar fashion to his win in the final preliminary leg the week before, Resolve moved to the lead shortly after the opening quarter, which was reached in :27 by longshot DW's NY Yank. Once on the lead, Resolve was allowed to relax. The same could not be said for E L Titan who got caught in some traffic down the backstretch and ended up three wide, trotting toward the half-mile. Tim Tetrick guided E L Titan to the first over position after racing three wide, crossing in front of Obrigado with The Bank in the outer flow. But Resolve was able to back the field down with a :29.3 second quarter, reaching the half-mile in :56.3. E L Titan, in the final start of his career, was applying pressure, but Svanstedt had plenty of horse in front of him and Resolve began to edge away, trotting past three-quarters in 1:25. The stretch drive was a mere formality as Resolve began to pour it on, winning by three lengths in the end, trotting a final quarter of :26.4 to complete the mile in 1:51.4. Obrigado held the runner-up position while Flanagan Memory rallied from last to be third. The win was the fourth of the season for Resolve. He finishes his 4-year-old campaign with earnings of $700,938. Resolve is owned by Hans Enggren. A field of six contested the $400,000 TVG Pacing Championship. Off the wings of the gate, five of the six free for all pacers tried to leave for position. The only horse content to watch the action early was Bettor's Edge. That strategy by Matt Kakaley turned out to be the winning one as Bettor's Edge stormed down the center of the track, from dead last, to score a 19-1 upset in 1:50. e field turned for home, the free for all pacers spread across the track and all took their shots. Mach It So found room at the pylons, Foiled Again tried to kick off cover, JK Endofanera reached for the wire and Bettor's Edge was rallying down the center of the track. In the end, Bettor's Edge out-sprinted the talented field to win going away in 1:50. Mach It So rallied up the pylons for the runner-up spot while Foiled Again finished third. Trainer Ron Burke confirmed that both Bettor's Edge and Foiled Again will head to North Carolina for the winter and will return for the 2016 racing season. The win was the 26th in the career of Bettor's Edge, sending his lifetime earnings to nearly $1.8 million. The victory in the TVG Pacing Championship was the third stakes win on the night for trainer Burke, who also captured the $144,000 Continentalvictory with Mission Brief and whose Make Or Miss finished in a dead heat for win in the $489,400 Valley Victory. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past week's action: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,579; 2. David Miller - 1,299.5; 3. Tim Tetrick - 1,205; 4. Brett Miller - 670; 5. Scott Zeron - 586.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,907; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,605; 3. Tony Alagna - 612.5; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 386; 5. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 385. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 441.3; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 369.35; 3. Bamond Racing - 320; 4. Christina Takter - 252.1; 5. George Teague Jr. Inc. - 220. Looking ahead: The 2015 Grand Circuit season will conclude after this weekend; the 2016 Grand Circuit schedule will be released early next year. by Paul Ramlow,forThe Grand Circuit

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