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YONKERS, N.Y. – When harness racing trainer Scott DiDomenico thinks back on the journey Angel’s Pride has taken so far, he feels a sense of pride. DiDomenico purchased the Roll With Joe daughter as a yearling and she’s been a fixture in the barn sense. Friday night, the 5-year-old mare will seek her first win in the $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap at Yonkers ahead of a bid in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series. “It’s truly been gratifying. We broke her and trained her and raced her every start, watched her mature and get better,” DiDomenico said. “There’s a lot of gratification to see that. “She’s a sweetheart. She’s a big strong mare, you’ve got to feed her first because she gets pretty anxious when it’s lunchtime and time to eat,” he continued. “As far as her personality on the track, you can’t say enough good things about her. She’s really a very, very nice horse.” Angel’s Pride had a difficult beginning to her racing career. Before she started as a 2-year-old, she suffered a fractured sesamoid. Although she showed potential, the injury left her future in doubt.  “Training her down as a 2-year-old, we really, really liked her and she broke a bone and she missed the majority of her 2-year-old year,” DiDomenico remembered. “Gave her a lot of time and she healed up and came back strong. You don’t want to see broken bones and you definitely don’t want to see broken sesamoids. It’s a difficult injury to bounce back from, but she has, and she’s done it gracefully.” Angel’s Pride finally made her first start November 25, 2016 and she debuted a winner, taking a $12,000 maiden at Harrah’s Philadelphia. She finished second in her only other start at 2 before coming back at 3 to win a division of the Weiss Series at Pocono Downs and two legs of the New York Sire Stakes, adding a runner-up finish in the Lady Maud Pace at Yonkers along the way.  Angel’s Pride continued to improve last year at 4, winning six races and finishing second in another six from 28 starts, including two runner-up placings in the Filly and Mare Open Handicap at Yonkers to end her 2018 season. She earned $136,420 last year, boosting her career earnings to $326,588 for Triple D Stables and JFE Enterprise. “She was good all year. She was iron-tough all year,” DiDomenico said. “To see her not have to be awarded the one or two hole and get an easy trip or get lucky was good. She was drawing middle to the outside and still able to do a good job. The racing at Yonkers is tough and to see her do that was good.” DiDomenico attributes Angel’s Pride’s steady improvement to her physical and mental progression. Angel’s Pride has learned to be versatile on the track, a trait her trainer admires. “She’s gotten bigger and stronger. She’s learned how to race both ways, being leaving the gate going forward and spots where she’s come off the gate and still raced good and come home good,” DiDomenico said. “She’s picked that element up, to be a professional racehorse and being handy and her versatility to go either way.”  Angel’s Pride ended her 4-year-old season with a second-place finish in the $44,000 distaff feature December 7 and got a well-deserved break from training. She qualified back February 23 at the Meadowlands before making her return March 1 at Yonkers, where she drew post eight in the Filly and Mare Open. She will start in the same class tonight (March 8) with DiDomenico eyeing the first leg of the Matchmaker series March 16. “We put her in the Matchmaker. There’s a lot of good mares,” DiDomenico said. “If she can show that she can go with them, I think that would really be special. I don’t know that I’m sold on that or not, but we’re going to give it a try and see how it goes.” Angel’s Pride drew post four in tonight’s $44,000 feature and will have regular reinsman Brent Holland in the sulky. She will face a strong lineup of mares, including February 15 winner Delightfulmemphis, last week’s winner Lispatty, and February 22 winner Itty Bitty, who drew posts six, seven and eight, respectively. Twinkle, Write Me A Song, and Lakeisha Hall all return from layoffs of qualifying efforts and will start from posts one, three, and five, respectively. Slick Artist is the only mare in the field not nominated to the Matchmaker; the longshot will start from post two. “We’re going to race a little more aggressively and see what the future holds. We’ll let her dictate what we do and how we do it. Hopefully she can show that 5-year-old season, she can go with the better horses at Yonkers and just try to work with it,” DiDomenico said. “I hope we go out of there, she can win, and that would be a good building block to the Matchmaker Series. But it’s a tough race, there’s good horses. Racing at that level is difficult, it’s a tough task.” Live harness racing is featured at Yonkers Raceway every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. First post time is 6:50 p.m. For entries to the races, click here. By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 17, 2018 - His driver made the correct choices before and during the race, as Gokudo Hanover (Dan Dube, $13.80) rolled Saturday night (Nov. 17th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from assigned post position No. 5, Gokudo Hanover eschewed any earl three-hole, He moved to the lead around Techtor Hanover (Jordan Stratton), paying a :26.2, opening-quarter-mile privilege. After a snappy :55.1 intermission, Mach it So (Joe Bongiorno) made his second move, first-up from third. However, Gokudo Hanover was more than up to it, passing a 1:23 three-quarters and owning a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, He then finished it off, whipping Techtor Hanover by a length in a season's-best-matching 1:52. Theartofconfusion A (Brent Holland) was a rallying third, with I'm Some Graduate (George Brennan) and Mach it So settling for the minor moolah. For third choice Gokudo Hanover, a 6-year-old Cam's Card Shark gelding co-owned (as Triple D Stables) by (trainer) Scott DiDomenico, James Craparotta and Par Berry Racing, it was his seventh win in 19 seasonal starts (sixth in last nine tries). The exacta paid $94, the triple returned $418.50 and the superfecta paid $2,207. For his part, Dube selected the winner after being triple-listed on the early overnight sheet. The Raceway offers a Sunday (Nov. 18th) matinee, with a first post of High Noon. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

CHESTER PA - The Mach Three mare Maching Me Zilly received some good fortune when two scratches took her from the second-worst post at Harrah's Philadelphia (PP7) to the best (PP5), and then she made the most of the opportunity by posting her second straight harness racing win, this one in 1:54.3 to take the $17,000 featured distaff pace Wednesday afternoon at the riverside oval. Driver Yannick Gingras made two moves to control the throttle with the favored Maching Me Zilly, and then they dug in during the last 5/16 to withstand the first-over bid of second choice Oneida Blue Chip by a length. Trainer Scott Di Domenico trains the winner, who still has a start in this "nw 8 races" class as this is only her seventh lifetime triumph, for owners John McGill, Brian Carsey, and Triple D Stables Inc. The two-year-old trotting filly Sky Is Mine made her pari-mutuel debut a victorious one in 1:58.4 for trainer Noel Daley and All Laid Out Stable Inc. The daughter of Muscle Hill and Raising Roxanna (she a full sister to $595,000 winner Raising Rachel) was put on the lead past the quarter by driver Andrew McCarthy and was in control from there, with the 2-1 second choice reporting home 2½ lengths clear of favored Havree De Grace while coming her own last half in 58. FINISHING LINES - There will be a special live card at Harrah's next Tuesday, the day before the Fourth of July, with a special post of 2:05 p.m. Featured that day will be Pennsylvania-sired three-year-old trotting fillies - who will be glad not to have the looming shadow of Manchego (who's in the Beal Championship this Saturday at Pocono) lurking about. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 24, 2018 -- Pole-sitting Bluebird Jesse with harness racing driver George Brennan in the bike went the distance, winning Tuesday night's (Apr. 24th) $85,000 final of the Bonus Trotting Series. The event, co-sponsored by Yonkers Raceway and the Standardbred Owners Association of the New York, offered three preliminary legs leading to the final. The field was reduced to seven after an injury defection, with three of those coupled due to the intersection of common trainer and cross-ownership. At the outset, Bluebird Jessie was about to stuff Tyson (Yannick Gingras) in behind when the latter broke. That misdeed may have been the reason Optimist Blue Chip (Andy Miller) jumped it off. Tyson would eventually get back trotting, only to 'dance' again. Meanwhile, Seasoned Saint (Jim Marohn Jr.), starting right next door to the leader, wound up pocketed as part of a the 15-cents-on-the-dollar favored troika. Bluebird Jesse was hard-used early (:27.4 opening quarter-mile), before rating a :58.1 intermission. Lone lass Romancing Rachel (Mark MacDonald), another part of the entry, was third. However, the battle lines were drawn between the leader and his pursuer. Seasoned Saint, the only entrant to sweep all three prelims, pulled against Bluebird Jesse well before the 1:26.4 three-quarters. The two were just about in tandem from the final turn to the wire, but Bluebird Jesse was both stubborn and swift. He defeated Seasoned Saint by a head in a life-best-matching 1:54.4. Romancing Rachel was another five lengths back in third, with Aces and Eights (Ray Schnittker) and Icanflylikeanangel (Jeff Gregory) settling for the minors. For second choice Bluebird Jesse, a 4-year-old Jailhouse Jesse gelding trained by Scott DiDomenico for co-owners Brian Carsey, John McGill and Adam Friedland, it was his third win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $21.20, with triple wagering cancelled due to the limited number of wagering entrants. The 'bonus' portion of the series was a $10,000 SOA-paid premium to the winner, all of whose humans were association members prior to the first draw of the series A $35,000 series consolation was won by Chapter Too (Bartlett, $4.30) in 1:55.1. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - It's one thing to stand out against many of the finest older harness racing pacers in training. It's quite another to do it as a young'un. Missile J, a relative toddler at the age of four, finds himself worthy of a seat at Saturday night's (Apr. 22nd) adult table for Yonkers Raceway's $529,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. This race, and its companion, the $310,600 Blue Chip Matchmaker, are the sport's two richest of the season to date. The Levy, of course, honors the memory of the Hall of Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway. Back to Missile J we go. The son of American Ideal, already with last season's Art Rooney Pace (for then-owner Ken Jacobs and then-trainer Linda Toscano) here highlighting the resume, was the leader in the Levy clubhouse after winning his first three series starts. With his place in the final thus secured, he took the fourth week off before a 'just don't get hurt' fifth-place effort in last Saturday's (Apr,. 15th) final prelim leg, winding up third in the standings. According to the U-S Trotting Association's Anne Chunko, just four of the previous 29 winners of this race have been 4-year-olds. Though Missile J won the Rooney flashing eight-hole speed, his success in the Levy has been the result of some eye-popping closes. "He's a bit of a hothead," trainer Scott DiDomenico said. "Once you start him up, it's hard to throttle him back down." DiDomenico took over training after the horse changed hands for $115,000 at the Meadowlands sale this past January. This season's early results (in seven wins in nine starts) came on the hooves of a very poor end to 2016, when Missile J finished seventh in the final of the Empire Breeders (Tioga) and eighth (last) in the final of the New York Sire Stakes (here). "We (along with co-owners John McGill and Brian Carsey) just wanted a good Yonkers Saturday night horse," DiDomenico said. "There was no thinking he'd be in the Levy. "I knew he was a high-speed horse who could sprint and was raced hard. He seemed a bit tired at the end of last season, but the first few times we raced him this season (Meadowlands), he was so good that we decided to take a shot and nominate him." In winning his first three series legs, Missile J rallied from sixth, fourth and sixth, snatching victories from venues not usually associated with Westchester win photos. "He wants to chase horses, but even he surprised me a couple of times," DiDomenico-who added an open bridle to the horse's wardrobe--said. "What that allowed us to do was given him a week (round 4) off, and that was big. This is a grueling series, and not having to race every Saturday was a big plus. "Also, having (Timmy) Tetrick each week has been great. The pair leave from post position No. 3 in the Levy. "I have one of the best drivers in the sport and I love the draw," DiDomenico said. "There's speed inside and outside and he (Tetrick) can just watch things unfold. Now, Missile J just has to execute." For all of Tetrick's accomplishments, he has never won this race. The 34-year-old DiDomenico, an Illinois expatriate who earlier this season earned his 1,000th career training victory, has enjoyed his greatest success with the $1.4 million pacing lass, Handsoffmycookie. "Personally, it would be special to win this race, especially here (Yonkers). It's where I've mainly raced the past number of years, and it's where I always prefer to race." Apparently, his charge feels the same way. The field for the 2017 Levy, which goes as the 10th of 12 races (first post 7:10 PM, race is approximately 10:15 PM)... 1-McWicked (Matt Kakaley, 3-1), 2-Blood Brother (Brian Sears, 12-1), 3-Missile J (Tim Tetrick, 4-1), 4-Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube, 9-1), 5-Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett, 2-1), 6-Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, 5-1), 7-Provocativeprincen (Yannick Gingras, 20-1), 8-Soto (Brett Miller, 12-1). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 1, 2017-- Horses aren't supposed to win races from where Missile J was situated Saturday night (Apr. 1). He didn't get that memo. Missile J  and harness racing driver Tim Tetrick, unleashed a filthy stretch move, winning his third race in as many tries during Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Round 3 featured another quartet of $50,000 divisions, with Missile J completing his own personal three-peat. After fifth from post position No. 4 the second event, the cause appeared hopeless. Sitting third-over in a stagnant outer tier, Missile J was sixth--3¾ length behind Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald)--after that pole-sitter led through intervals of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:24. Missile J couldn't be bothered with such impediments. He not only won, he measured it off, the final margin over Great Vintage a head in 1:51.3. Third went to Clear Vision (Brett Miller), with Dr. J. Hanover (Scott Zeron) and Santa Fe Beachboy (Jason Bartlett) relegated to the remainder. For Missile J, a 4-year-old American Ideal gelding trained by Scott DiDomenico (big props for 1,000 career training victories) for Hoosierland co-owners John McGill and Brian Carsey, it was his seventh win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $10.80, with the triple returning $50.50. "He wants to chase horses," Tetrick said. "Winning three races from the off the pace the way he has is a plus in a grueling series like the Levy." Defending series champ Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $4.90) did get off the seasonal and series schneid, using a solid, two-move effort in the evening's final Levy event. An early fourth from post No. 6, he watched as polester Guantanamo Bay (Scott Zeron) offered some rare early foot (:28.2, :57.3, 1:25.3). Despite those rather comfy fractions, Guantanamo Bay was powerless to stave off Bit of a Legend N. The people's choice took over early in the lane, then edged away by a length in 1:52.4. Second went to an improved McWicked (Matt Kakaley), with Always at My Place (Yannick Gingras), a tiring Guantanamo Bay and Blood Brother (Bartlett) settling for the minors. For Bit of a Legend N, an 8-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight trained by Peter Tritton for owner Harry von Knoblauch, it was his first win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $31.40, with the triple returning $117. "Tonight was the first time this season he resembled his old self," Stratton said. "Scoring down, he wanted to kick me out of the bike. He had a lot left at the wire." Saturday night's first Levy grouping had Soto (Kakaley, $10) work out his third pocket trip in the series and earn his second series win. From post No. 2, he conveniently slid in behind 19-10 choice Somewhere in L A (Bartlett). That job was made easier when Bettor's Edge (Miller) and his inside speed broke early and vacated the course. Somewhere in L A laid down the law (:26.3, :55.4, 1:23.4) while being pestered by a second move of Rockin' Ron (Gingras). 'L A' owned a length lead in and out of the final turn, and held well, but not well enough. Soto stuck his tongue out on the money, getting the decision in 1:51.4. Wakizashi Hanover (Stratton) closed for third, beaten a neck, with Rockin' Ron and Mach it So (Tetrick) earning small coinage. For third choice Soto, a 5-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven trained by Eric Ell for co-owners Kenneth Wood, William Dittmar Jr. and Stephen Iaquinta, it was his sixth win in 11 '17 starts. The exacta paid $29.20, with the triple returning $121.50. As was the case with Soto, Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube, $3.10) grabbed his second series win. Pocketed from the pole in the third event, he was both lucky and good, getting the passing lane after Caviart Luca (George Brennan) tired (:27, :55.1, 1:23.1). P H Supercam (Miller) cleared first-up, with Provocativeprincen (Stratton) slipping out from behind Keystone Velocity to grab third tow. Provocativeprincen made his had 'first run,' but Keystone Velocity was raging. He zipped up the cones, whipping the 'Prince' by a half-length in 1:51.3. P H Supercam, Caviart Luca and Texas Terror N (Mark MacDonald) rounded out he payees. For Keystone Velocity, a 9-year-old son of Western Hanover co-owned (as Allard Racing) by trainer Rene Allard, Kapildeo Singh, Earl Hill Jr and VIP Internet Stable, it was his second win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $13.20, with the triple returning $48.80. Saturday night's $55,00 Open Trot was won by Lady's Dude (Brennan, $3.80) in 1:55 for a second consecutive featured-trot win. Frank Drucker

DOVER, Del.--- Scandalicious battled harness racing favorite Enhance Your Mind side-by-side down the lane before edging to the front at the wire by a head to win the Tuesday, March 4 $20,000 Mares Open Handicap at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick pulled Scandalicious out of fourth just before a :55.2 half and quickly moved alongside leader Enhance Your Mind as they journeyed along the backstretch passing the three-quarters in 1:23.1, still a tandem. Enhance Your Mind and Vic Kirby had a slight edge on the inside turning for home. There was little room between the pair down the stretch before Tetrick urged Scandalicious up enough to put her head in front at the wire in 1:51.3 for the six-year-olds second straight victory. Tim Tetrick had a four bagger. The win marked the Scott DiDomenico-trained American Ideal-The Company Store mare's 24th lifetime win and boosted Scandalicious' earnings to $382,653. For Enhance Your Mind, it marked the end of a two-race win streak and was her first second-place finish after five wins in her eighth race of 2017. Sayulita (Allan Davis) finished third. Barbara's Shadow chalked up her third consecutive success in the $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Mares pace in a new personal fastest 1:51.1 clocking. Driver Vic Kirby owns the Shadow Play-Bababababarapan mare with trainer Leigh Raymer and Brian Hoffecker. The victory was her sixth of the year in nine opportunities. She has now won $53,922 this year. Westluckycam (Tetrick) closed for second in front of On Your Six (Davis). Earlier, Allan Davis piloted a 56-1 shot, No Shadows, from post 8 to victory in a Mares Claiming Handicap scoring a 1:54 triumph. LA Express Stable owns the Shadow Play-Ocracoke four-year-old who won for the first time this year. Tim Tetrick had four wins, Allan Davis, Vic Kirby and trainer Jim King each had two winners. MARKET SHARE, TOUGH MAC, GURAL HANOVER HEAD $20,000 TROT Market Share, winner of the 2012 Hambletonian classic and Tough Mac, one of the top trotters at Dover Downs the last three seasons, and newcomer Gural Hanover, head this week’s eight horse field vying in the $20,000 Open trot on Wednesday, March 8 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Richard Gutnick, Blueberry man Bill Augustine  and TLP Stable’s Market Share, won impressively last Wednesday and has two wins in his last five races and will be piloted by Tim Tetrick. Frost Free Hanover reined by Vic Kirby for Richard Pollucci, has three wins and a third in 2017 starts. Gural Hanover, a winner of nearly $785-thousand in his career and steered by Yannick Gingras, makes his first local appearance for owners Weaver Bruscemi, Burke Racing, Little E and Panhellenic stables. Not to be overlooked are the rest of the lineup including  CC Racing’s Il Mago with Jonathan Roberts; Leigh Raymer and John Whitby’s Buddy Hally, second last start for Montrell Teague; and from the rail, I’m So Striking, trained and driven by Eddie Dennis for owners Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stable.. On the strong undercard is a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot led by Dennis, Johannsen, Holly Case and trainer Bob Reeser’s, Bluebird Reverend (Teague), a 1:54 winner last week, and Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.), racing for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms’ Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.), both leave from the outside posts in an eight horse field. Weekday post time for Monday through Thursday racing is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. 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

McGill and Brian Carsey share ownership of Missile J, who they purchased for $115,000 at the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands. The 4-year-old male pacer has gone 3-for-3 for his new harness racing owners and trainer Scott DiDomenico, fueling optimism for a limited stakes schedule later this season. The purchase of Missile J, a stakes-winner in 2016, came two months after McGill and Carsey bought Breeders Crown runner-up Manhattan Beach for $130,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale Mixed Sale in Harrisburg. For McGill and Carsey, who frequently buy claimers and state-bred horses in their home state of Indiana, the two acquisitions represent a chance to compete on the Grand Circuit. "We'd like to, we're just going to see how it works," said the 54-year-old McGill, who runs a truck body and equipment business. "We wanted to try this and see how we do; just try to get our feet wet a little bit." Missile J, trained previously by Linda Toscano, won eight of 19 races last year and earned $313,902 for owners KJ Stables and Purple Haze Stables. His wins included the Art Rooney Pace and a track-record 1:53.1 triumph in a division of the New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway. A son of stallion American Ideal out of the mare Cantor's Daughter, Missile J was originally purchased as a yearling for $100,000 under the name Newsmaker Bluechip at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. Missile J is a full brother to stakes-winner Brownsville Bomber and his family includes millionaire Cam Swifty and stakes-winner Lonesome Day. His 2016 campaign ended with an eighth-place finish in the New York Sire Stakes championship at Yonkers Raceway in late September. He qualified twice in the weeks prior to January's sale at the Meadowlands. "We're happy with him, that's for sure," McGill said. "I'm going to give all the credit to Scotty D. We weren't looking at him. We were a little bit afraid of him because he hadn't raced since September and he's in the January sale. He had a couple qualifiers, but that was going to be a lot of money for us to take a chance like that. But our trainer just insisted so we went ahead and went with his gut and so far it's worked out. Really, Scotty gets the credit on that one." DiDomenico said Missile J had "a ton of talent and raw speed that was hard to match." "He's going to dictate to us what he's ready for, but we're pretty optimistic right now," DiDomenico added. "It's great when you have owners who are willing to put up the money to buy horses and give you a chance. Brian and John have been very good about that." Manhattan Beach, a 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the world champion mare Benear, is a full brother to 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach. Manhattan Beach won five of 27 races last year and earned $483,379 for previous trainer Ron Burke and the ownership group of Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Geoffrey Lyons Mound, and Wingfield Brothers. In his four starts for the largest purses on his schedule --- the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Pennsylvania Classic and Breeders Crown --- he never drew inside of post seven. "We liked the looks of him," McGill said. "He made ($483,379) last year and we thought he drew badly in a number of races. We just thought there was some potential there and maybe he would have a good year this year." Manhattan Beach will get a later start to his 2017 campaign because of surgery to remove chips from his hocks, but McGill is hoping the gelding will be ready to go in June and can compete in the Graduate Series. "We've got high hopes for Missile J, but we've still got a ways to go to see what he really is," McGill said. "With Beach, we see what he is, but after you do surgery you're hoping he comes back the same. So it's a little bit of a risk staking this year, but it should be easier next year when we know what we have. I'm already excited about it." McGill got started in harness racing nearly a decade ago through his truck business. "I put a truck together for a small town in northern Indiana and the street superintendent there was Ron Eash, who raced a little bit with his dad Wilbur Eash," McGill said. "When Ron would come down and check on his truck, I would always ask him a thousand questions on horses. He wanted to talk about his truck and I wanted to talk about horses. "He finally said why don't you come and talk to my dad and maybe you guys could go in partners on a horse together. We did, and it seemed to do all right and kind of set the hook for me." McGill and Carsey became partners about four years ago after being introduced by trainer Walter Haynes Jr. "Brian is a great partner to have," McGill said. "We really don't have any disagreements. For some reason we agree on mostly all the same things." In 2015, McGill and Carsey owned Indiana Sire Stakes champions Matrix Of Luck (2-year-old male pacers) and Martz Time (older male trotters). McGill said Matrix Of Luck's ISS championship victory was the highlight of his career as an owner. "But I'm really hoping to have some more thrills this year, especially after we paid our (February) stakes payments for Missile J and Manhattan Beach," McGill said. "I love the excitement," he added about harness racing. "To me, it's like when I had kids at home and they would play sports and you would go to the Friday night football and the excitement. I kind of get the same feeling watching the races and enjoy the challenge of trying to pick the next horse that I can claim and move up." Ken Weingartner

DOVER, Del.--- Harness racing Tim Tetrick grabbed the early lead behind Il Mago and was never headed for the second consecutive week scoring his fourth victory of the day, Wednesday, Dec. 14, to win the $21,000 Open trot Handicap at Dover Downs. Il Mago won for the eighth time this year for CC Racing bringing his seasonal earnings to $112,296 and $673,268 lifetime. The 7-year-old son of Kadabra-Northern Style is trained by Scott DiDomenico. A 99-1 shot from the rail, Tag Up And Go (Bret Brittingham) enjoyed a 2-hole journey to finish second while Winbak Charles M (Montrell Teague) took show money. Tony Morgan drove his second winner Uva Hanover to a 1:54.1 triumph in the $15,500 Winners Over trot for young horses. The Cantab Hall-Up Front Laura gelding was in charge from the start but had to hold off a strong closing challage from Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.) late in the stretch. Bluebird Reverend (Montrell Teague) was next. Martin Sternberg and Stake Your Claim Stable own the 5-year-old who has earned $91,500 of his lifetime total of $423,284 this year. Go Byem was scratched. Mike Casalino's Tough Mac got back on the winning trail turning back seven rivals for a 1:54.1 victory in A $12,000 sub feature trot. The Dylan Davis-trainee dropped down from the Open ranks to notch his fourth win of the campaign. Corey Callahan was in the bike behind the Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady black gelding now a $316,399 career winner. Lou Man (Tetrick) was second with Uwantapieceofme (George Dennis) third. Tim Tetrick won four races, two owned by trainer Jim King and two by CC Racing. Corey Callahan and Tony Morgan had triples while Yannick Gingras had two winners. $30,000 PREFERRED; $27,500 DEL. SPECIAL THURSDAY BEFORE HOLIDAY BREAK WEEK A powerhouse 15-race card led by the $30,000 Preferred Handicap and $27,500 Delaware Special highlight racing  on Thursday, Dec. 15, the last racing day before the usual weeklong Holiday Break at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Last week’s winner Bamond Racing and J&T Silva Stables’ Ideal Cowboy reined by Tim Tetrick starts from outside post 8 in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap. Weaver Bruscemi, Burke Racing and M1 stables Bettor’s Edge driven by Yannick Gingras finished second with Tom Cancelliere’s Sweet Beach, third with Montrell Teague in the bike. There is plenty of speed in the lineup. Rich Lombardo and L&J Racing’s $1.5-million winner Dancin Yankee driven by track defending champion Corey Callahan,  and back after a short turn-out Henderson Farms’ Bushwacker with Ross Wollfenden, who was an early season standout at Dover. Completing the Preferred roster are the sharp Papa Ray, owned by Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing, Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis’ Jet Airway and Jonathan Roberts with Vapour N and Pat Berry leaving from the rail for J Craparolla & P Berry Racing. In the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap, Little Ben is the one to beat. Owned by Janet Hudson’s and JoAnn Looney-King, Vic Kirby has driven the gelding to victory in four of his last five starts in the track’s top events. The fast Mustang Art gets the rail this week with driver Sean Bier. The veteran, owned by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo, has been in rare form of late. Alongside is the fast Delaware-bred Remember Me VK with Montrell Teague. Driver George&Tina Dennis Racing’s Seventh Secret was impressive last week in his first local start missing victory by only a nose with George Dennis driving. Hazzard, Calloway and Legacy Racing’s Sweet Rock and Allan Davis and Blazing Bobby Sox racing for trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. and his dad, Art Stafford, cannot be overlooked.     A strong undercard includes an $18,000 Open, a $15,500 and two $15,000 paces. Racing takes a full-week-off at Dover Downs, next week. Live Racing returns on Monday, Dec. 26. From Dover Downs and its horsemen, have a Merry Christmas.   Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting daily 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Marv Bachrad

Il Mago, who has not missed a check since arriving at Dover Downs, won for the first time in six starts scoring in the $20,000 Open Handicap harness racing trot in 1:52.3 on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Tim Tetrick moved Il Mago out of second on the backstretch and then breezed to victory, his seventh of the year, going into six-figures with $102,046 earned this campaign, to win the Wednesday feature. Scott DiDomenico conditions the seven-year-old son of Kadabra-Northern Style for CC Racing. The $663,018 lifetime winner was followed by Tough Mac (Corey Callahan) with Celebrity Pegagus (Art Stafford Jr) the only four-year-old in the race finishing third. A race earlier, Delaware-bred Go Byem returned to winning form disposing of eight rivals for a 1:54 triumph in a $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. Jim Morand drove the Les Givens-trained Impel Hanover-Go Sassy Go for breeder Delbert Cain who owns the four-year-old gelding with Nanticoke Racing. Steel Reserve (Vic Kirby) closed quickly to take second with Frost Free Hanover (Tetrick) the show horse. Tim Tetrick had four wins including a 20-1 shot, Royal Lad, in a $7,500 trot; .Yannick Gingras scored three times and owner-trainer Ed Gannon registered two winners, Tetrick and Gingras now are tied for first place in wins this meet with 37 each one more than former leader Vic Kirby. BETTOR’S EDGE IN $30,000 PREFERRED; MUSTANG ART, $27,500 DEL. SPECIAL Bettor’s Edge starts from the outside against three winners last time out in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap at Dover Downs. Mustang Art, who just missed a win twice in-a-row also leaves from post 8 in the $27,500 Delaware Special, the Thursday, Dec. 8 twin feature races. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Papa Ray, Just A Jolt and Sweet Beach with two straight won their previous starts. Yannick Gingras drives Bettor’s Edge for Weaver Bruscemi Burke Racing an M1 stables, finished strongly third, beaten a half-length in last week’s feature. He won three straight early in the Fall. Last Thursday, Lombardo and L&J Racing’s veteran Dancin Yankee led until late in the stretch with Corey Callahan, before retreating to fourth only a length behind at the wire. Bamond and J&T Silva Stables’ Ideal Cowboy, was second beaten by a neck. Tim Tetrick will drive this week. Tom Cancelliere’s Sweet Beach is fresh from two consecutive wins at Pocono Downs. Papa Ray, owned by Reg Hazzard and legacy Racing steps up in company after a two wins in three starts including a come-from off-the-pace success last time from post 7 now has the rail. Killer B Stable’s Abelard Hanover driven by Allan Davis, has won two of his last four outings.  Janet Hudson’s local favorite Just A Jolt reined by Vic Kirby returns to the track after a month hiatus.  In the $27,500 Delaware Special, last week Little Ben (Kirby), after winning  three consecutive features consecutively, did not leave from post 8 and closed well but finished of-the-board for the first time this Fall. This week with Vic Kirby driving for owners Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King, the nine-time winner has post 5.The fast Mustang Art (Sean Bier) just missed for the second straight time  by a head and a neck for owners Max Walton and Greg Papaleo, but must start from the outside in the eight-horse field.  The razor sharp Remember Me VK (Montrell Teague) led until late last week before finishing a close-up third after a second the week before. Jenny Bier’s Im Supersonic A (Tetrick) raced well in his first local start. Art and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr.’s Blazing Bobby Sox, a standout last season, drew post 1. Other strong contenders are Al Carter and trainer Doug Lewis’ Captive Audience (Gingras) Reg Hazzard, G.P. Calloway and Legacy Racing’s Sweet Rock (Allan Davis) and driver George&Tina Dennis Racing’s Seventh Secret.     Also on the competitive 15-race card are an $18,000 Open featuring Wakizashi Hanover, a $15,500 and two $15,000 paces for younger horses. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark days at Dover Downs. Weekdays - Monday through Thursday – live racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Watch races and enjoy good food in Dover Downs Winner’s Circle Buffet daily. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting daily 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Marv Bachrad

Manalapan, NJ --- When announcer Larry Lederman went through the driver changes for Monday's eighth-race harness racing qualifier at Gaitway Farm, spectators shared a few puzzled looks when Fredi Herrera was named on the No. 1 horse, Southwind Cruze, from the stable of trainer Julie Miller. As it turned out, Herrera and Southwind Cruze were making their career debuts together. A 33-year-old native of Guatemala, Herrera has spent more than half his life in the U.S. working for harness racing stables in Chicago and New Jersey. He began working as an assistant trainer for Julie and Andy Miller in December. His new employers were impressed with his abilities and encouraged him to get a driver's license. Several weeks ago, Herrera received a license that enables him to drive in qualifiers and fairs. Paul Stafford, another Miller Stable assistant who knew Herrera from his days in Chicago, helped Herrera with the process. "I knew him from Chicago, but when you work with someone you gain respect for their horsemanship," Julie Miller said. "He was really talented and had a good set of hands and willingness to learn under Andy on the driving aspect of it. We wanted to give him a chance with some horses that he's been training down for us. He's been really successful and we're really proud of him." Herrera drove in four qualifiers on Monday. He drove two 2-year-old trotters for Miller and also picked up drives from Tony Alagna and Scott DiDomenico. His best finish came with DiDomenico's 6-year-old trotter Panamanian Hanover, a second, although he missed victory by only 1-1/2 lengths with Southwind Cruze while finishing fifth. "I was a little nervous, but it's good," Herrera said. "I want to start qualifying now and see if I'm good or no good. Maybe I can make it. This is my plan." Herrera came to the U.S. in 1999 and spent 10 years in Chicago before moving to New Jersey. "I've never done anything else but work with horses," said Herrera, who was an assistant trainer at multiple stables before joining Team Miller. "I like it. I'm happy." Miller was happy to see Herrera on the track for his first drives. "We hope he continues to qualify and has success, wherever the journey takes him," she said. Ken Weingartner

Sage N, winner of the last two $24,000 Mares Opens, major stakes winner Sassa Hanover who returns after a two-week absence, and the sharp Fashion Showdown, tangle in this week's top mares showdown while three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 1st leg 3-Year-Old preliminaries combine to highlight a strong Tuesday, March 29 harness racing program at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p m. In the $24,000 Mares Open/Handicap pace, Sage N looks for a third consecutive victory with Tim Tetrick driving , but must start from outside post 8 for trainer Scott DiDomenico and owners Charles Iannazzo, JFE Enterprises and Triple D Stables. The veteran pacer won both her last two wins starting from the rail. Chris White's steady Fashion Showdown, second for Corey Callahan, a week ago and Legacy Racing's Empress Deo with Allan Davis was a close third and second before that. Sassy Hanover, who made her four-year-old debut two weeks ago, but spent most of the mile catching the fresh Dover air racing on the outside, is back. Ross Wolfenden will drive the $1-million winning mare. Not to be overlooked is Jeff Clark's impressive five-year-old Springforth, a strong closer. Bob Winkelman's Paradise Lost won last week and steps up with Vic Kirby driving from the rail. The rest of the hard-hitting field is made up by Matinee Dragon, owned by Lou Catana and Vince Bradley, driven by Montrell Teague and the sharp Quotable Quotes with Tony Morgan driving for owners Chris Sharpe and Alex Hawes. The winner of last November's DSBF $100,000 Two-Year-Old Final, KDK Standardbreds' Apple Bottom Jeans (Teague) drew the rail and is the program favorite in the first DSBF $20,000 preliminary. In the second division, Della Donne (Callahan), named for the WNBA basketball star from Delaware, has won three-in-a-row for Brit Evans, Tina Clark and Foulk Stables, and is the one to beat. JoAnn Looney-King's Cougar Creek (Kirby), Carty Racing's Fiftyshadesofrusty (George Dennis) duke it out in the third $20,000 prelim. On a top distaff undercard are an $18,500, a $16,000, a $14,000 and a $13,700 pace are on the 15-race card. Dover Downs races Monday through Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m. No Live racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Watch the races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. 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

Give Sage N the rail and Tim Tetrick driving and that's all you need as the harness racing combination worked for the second consecutive week in the $24,000 Mares Open pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, March 23. George Dennis had a four bagger. Tetrick took command after a :55.3 opening half mile and was on the way for Sage N's fourth win of the year with a new mark of 1:50.4. Scott DiDomenico trains the six-year-old Christian Cullen-Smart Decision New Zealand-bred mare who has won half of her eight seasonal starts for $43,450 and now has won 10 times in her career for $90,147. Fashion Showdown and Corey Callahan raced gamely to finish second besting Empress Deo and Allan Davis by a neck. A 9-1 shot Foulk Stable's Marigold Bloom, a daughter of Artistic Fella-Classic Move, pulled a mild surprise in the $18,500 4&5-Year-Old Mares pace, one of George Dennis' four driving wins. Caviart Cari Ann (Vic Kirby) was second. Race favorite Nice Trip (A.Davis) took third. Another winning combo at the track is driver Andrew McCarty, trainer Jason Skinner and Only Money Inc.'s Truth And Liberty who have clicked for three straight wins. The latest was in a $16,500 Filly and Mares 1:52.3 pace, a lifetime best for the Total Truth-Jazzy Hall four-year-old. Westluckycam (Callahan) and Eternal Sunrise (Dennis) were second and third respectively. Veteran Paradise Lost and Corey Callahan featured a driving finish to win a $14,500 Mares pace. The win was the 31st for the nine-year-old Artsplace-Loving Ideal mare who now boasts an earnings bankroll of $351,253. Bob Winklelman owns and trains Paradise Lost. Jerseylicious (A.Davis) led through the early stages and hung on for second. Greatdayforamerica (Montrell Teague) was the third-place finisher. George Dennis led all drivers with four wins. Tim Tetrick and Corey Callahan had doubles. BLUEBIRD REVEREND, AWSOME VALLEY LEAD NINE IN $17,500 TROT Indiana stakes winner Bluebird Reverend, Awsome Valley and Cash On Delivery, all recent winners, lead a strong group of veteran trotters into the Wednesday, March 23 feature at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. A two-time Open winner, Bluebird Reverend owned by trainer Bob Reeser, Denise Dennis, Jay Johannsen and Holly Case will be driven by Montrell Teague, and is program favorite in the field of nine. Frank Chick’s Awsome Valley reined by Tony Morgan drew the rail. Mike Casalino’s Tough Mac, gets regular driver Corey Callahan back and will leave from post 9 in the second tier. Ca;;a, Racing’s Spunky Jack is usually close in his efforts including four second-place finishes and is piloted by Roger Plante. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms’ Celebrity Pegasus and Allan Davis have been disappointing recently breaking stride when favorite in his last three outings. David Miller’s Cash On Delivery with Vince Copeland, on the other hand as been very consistent with two wins in his last three races. Bob Shahan and Don Marine’s Six Gun Hall steered by George Dennis drops down a notch in class. Tim Tetrick will drive LA Express Stable’s Five Towns while Winemaster, owned, trained and driven by Toby Lynch must overcome starting from post 8.    . A strong array of trotting races compliment the rest of the program. Dover Downs races four days a week, Mondays through Thursdays beginning at 4:30 p.m. No Live racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Watch the races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant’s acclaimed Harness Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. 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

Seven-year-old female pacer Handsoffmycookie, a multiple harness racing stakes winner of more than $1.40 million, has been retired, trainer Scott DiDomenico said Thursday. Handsoffmycookie was owned throughout her career by Joann Fucci’s JFE Enterprise LLC and trained by DiDomenico. She won 33 of 116 lifetime races and hit the board a total of 58 times. Her victories included the 2011 New York Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old filly pacers, the 2012 Lismore Pace, and 2013 Blue Chip Matchmaker Series Consolation. In addition, in 2011 Handsoffmycookie finished second to Economy Terror in both the Breeders Crown and Three Diamonds and second to Pirouette Hanover in the Sweetheart Pace. All three races were won in either world- or stakes-record times. She also finished second to Romantic Moment in the 2012 New York Sire Stakes championship. “She was a true warrior and probably my best friend throughout the whole time I trained her,” DiDomenico said. “Our biggest thrills with her were probably her whole 2-year-old year year. She raced well every time and took us to a lot of levels we never anticipated with her.” Handsoffmycookie is a daughter of stallion Art Major out of the unraced Cambest mare Observe Me. She was purchased under the name Winbak Artzy Gal for $25,000 at the 2010 Standardbred Horse Sale. She was one of the first ventures into the yearling market by DiDomenico and Fucci. As for the horse’s name change, Fucci once said there was no particular significance, other than a love of cookies. “We were just playing around with some names,” Fucci said. “I had a bunch of different variations with the word ‘cookie’ and it just came to me. Everybody loves the name. Who doesn’t love cookies?” DiDomenico said the plan is for Handsoffmycookie to go to Majestic View Farms in Gardiner, N.Y., and be bred to stallion American Ideal. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Harness racing driver Tim Tetrick directed Sage N to her third win of the meet in the $24,000 pace at Dover Downs on a Ides of March Tuesday, March 15, at Dover Downs. Tony Morgan and Andrew McCarthy had three wins each. A major change in post positions from 8 last week to the rail was advantageous for Sage N who led the way from early in the $24,000 distaff feature to a 1:52 triumph. Trained by Scott DiDomenico for C.V.Iannazzo, JFE Enterprise and Triple D Stables, the six-year-old daughter of Christian Cullen-Smart Decision has picked up a check in six of her seven starts at the track including three wins while earning $31,450 this year. The win was the second for Tetrick. Empress Deo closed strongly for Allan Davis to finish second with 41-1 shot Matinee Dragon and Montrell Teague, third. One race earlier, Tetrick steered Caviart Scarlett to her fourth consecutive win in an $18,500 4&5-Year-Old Mares Winners-Over pace. It was win four in her last five starts and sixth in seven 2016 races for the Rich Lombardi, C.A.Atley and JJ&M Stable owned four-year-old by Sportswriter-Caviart Sydney, trained by Josh Green. Nice Trip (Davis) came on fast for second money while Cover Up Hall (Art Stafford Jr.) was third. The 2016 four-year-old debut of $1-million winner, Sassy Hanover, was not a success. Driver Andrew McCarthy put her into action several times but to no avail as she finished eighth. In a $16,000 pace for young females, Truth And Liberty, owned by Only Money Inc., made it two-in-a-row as Andrew McCarty guided the Total Truth-Jazzy Hall four-year-old, conditioned by Jason Skinner, to her fourth win of the year. She swept past front pacing Marigold Bloom (George Dennis) in mid-stretch for the 1:54 victory. Westluckycam (Vic Kirby) was third ending a five-race win streak. Ross Wolfenden piloted Bill Hall's Cedar Hall Heiress from off-the-pace to a 1:54.2 decision in a $14,000 pace for 4&5-year-old females beating Lady Spartacus (Tyler Davis) to the finish line after chasing leader Miss Read (Vic Kirby) who led coming for home. A daughter of Riggins-Paris The Heiress, the win for the Brian Wright trainee, was the second this year in eight starts. PT Stable's Jetomatt stormed home first via the passing lane at 63-1 odds to become the second highest longshot of 2016 at the track. The win in a $9,000 distaff pace was the first of the year for the Jereme's Jet-Mattoftheyear four-year-old. Two drivers collared three wins each, Andrew McCarthy and Tony Morgan, who is currently third in the driver standings with 113 wins this meet. Ross Wolfenden, in fourth place, with a driving double, now has 100 wins. Tim Tetrick and George Dennis, also had two winners. Gural Hanover, Somebody AS joins last week's winner War Cry Hall in the Wednesday feature, $25,000 Open trot. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. When at the track, watch live races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Harness Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. 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                              

DOVER, Del. --- Cheyenne Robin, the only four-year-old in the lineup, used a late surge nearing the finish line to score a 1:51.2 lifetime mark winning the $20,000 Mares Open pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Harness racing driver Tim Tetrick tripled.   Corey Callahan pulled Cheyenne Robin out of fifth in front of the grandstand and eased the Rocknroll Hanover-Cheyenne Margie bay up on the outside to finally engage front-pacing Scandalicious (Tony Morgan) heading to the three quarters where the twosome battled around the final turn. The pair were side by side in the lane with Springforth (George Dennis) coming along the passing lane. Cheyenne Robin then rallied to reach the wire first with Springforth taking second in front of Scandalicious, third. Leased by The Cheyenne Gang, the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Cheyenne Margie won for the second time with a second in three 2016 starts. It was her 12 lifetime victory advancing lifetime earnings to $178,414. The winning driver was Callahan’s third on the card. Mildred’s Button pulled out of fifth in mid final turn and came four-wide under the direction of Montrell Teague and then rolled past the leaders for a 1:54.4 victory in the $15,000 secondary feature. It was Teague’s second win and the first of the year for the American Ideal-Miss It Mildred five-year-old mare, her trainer Dave Rearic and owners Bill Mears and Janine McIlvain. Lady Beth (Tetrick) and Cover Up Hall (Wolfenden) were second and third respectively. Tim Tetrick guided Sage N to a 1:51.2 triumph in a $12,500 distaff pace. Shine N Shimmer (Callahan) and Valerya (Jonathan Roberts) dueled from the backstretch to mid-homestretch before Sage M began her charge to the win. The Christian Cullen-Smart Decision mare is trained by Scott DiDomenico for C.V. Iannozzo, Triple D Stables and JFE Entertainment.  It was her first win of the New Year. Matinee Dragon (G.Dennis) closed for second with Shine N Shimmer holding on for the third place check.    Meet leader Corey Callahan drove three winners, Tim Tetrick, Tony Morgan and Jonathan Roberts had two wins apiece. BLUEBIRD REVEREND SEEKS THIRD IN-A-ROW N $21,000 OPEN TROT Bluebird Reverend winner of the last two $20,000 Open trots must overcome starting from post 8 this week's $21,000 edition on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at Dover Downs... First post is 4:30 p.m. Montrell Teague will again hold the lines for owner- trainer Bob Reeser and partners Dee Dennis, Jay Johannsen who own Bluebird Reverend an Indiana juvenile champion. Among the seasoned rivals in the nine-horse field are Mike Casalino's Tough Mac, with Corey Callahan Owner-trainer Bob Shahan and Jim and Amanda Parson's local favorite I Like My Boss and George Dennis driving. The rest of the talented field features Ted Gewertz's Panamanian Hanover, piloted by Tony Morgan. RBH Venture's War Cry Hall, with Ross Wolfenden, sharp Drinksforthehouse with Corey Callahan driving for Howard and Josh Kaufman, Providence West's Odessa and Justin Vincent from post 9 in the second tier, Callan Racing's steady Spunky Jack handled by Roger Plante and Ed Gannon Jr.'s Winbak Charles M with Jonathan Roberts. Another field of nIne makes up the $15,500 sub-feature for 4&5-Year-old trotters. PCF Stable's Kolbee's Star (Callahan) has won his last two starts, Bob Shahan's Machuca (A.Davis), Jim Moore's fast gelding Royal Becca J (Jack Parker) leaves from the rail with Triple D Stab;es and CC Racing's Stirling Diva (Wolfenden) alongside. Eric Good and trainer Gary Simpson's steady Adrenalin Junkie (Jim Morand), John and Sarah Swart's Winmando (Vince Copeland), Craparotta&Berry Racing's Inner Peace (Pat Berry) and Bobby Glassmeyer's Tymal Signature (Roberts) from the second tier. During February, Dover Downs races five days a week. Monday through Thursday beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sunday's post time is 5:30 p.m. No Live racing on Friday and Saturday. Watch the races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. 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

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