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Dover, DE - Moments Of Joy ($57.80) scored a shocker in winning the Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Moments of Joy and Victor Kirby left quickly and put the field to sleep. They set fractions of 27.2, 56.3 and 1:24. as the  field remained in single file, Driver Victor Kirby and Moments of Joy were able to nurse a 29.1 quarter at the halfway point   Valuable Art remained in the pocket .  Baron Remy was the first to pull down the backstretch and pressed the leader through a 27.2 quarter. Race favorite Major Occasion A was towed into a 2nd over journey but was gapping.  Nearing the three quarter pole, driver Dexter Dunn felt a sense of urgency and tipped three wide.  Major Occasion A stalled and was unresponsive to Dunn’s asking. Rockin The Boys A remained on the rail and Bettor Joy N mounted a charge from last. In the stretch, Moments of Joy upset the field at 27-1.  She paced the mile in 1:51.4 over a good surface and won by a length and a quarter.   Moments Of Joy a $6,000 yearling purchase is owned and trained by Bryan Truitt.  Finishing 2nd was the pocket sitting Valuable Art for driver Corey Callahan and his dad Nick Callahan. Bettor Joy N closed in the stretch from last and captured the show spot. Sean Bier was recognized in the Winner’s Circle for accomplishing 2500 lifetime wins as a harness driver. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del. –Ibetyoucanwiggle beat Go Sandy Go at the wire last week and  Pedal Power winner of another prelim come back for the 2nd leg  $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) events plus a $31,000 Mares Open/Handicap pace top Wednesday (March 21) racing at Dover Downs. A $15,000 and a $12,000 female pace top the undercard. Post time is 4:30 p.m. A patient drive by Montrell Teague behind Ibetyoucanwiggle set up a homestretch duel where the George Teague-owned and bred pacer got up in the final strides for victory over Brent Outten and Green Racing’s pace-setter Go Sandy Go steered by Jason Green. These two return in the $20,000 first race in the DSBF 3-Year-old filly pace stake. Brendan Cook’s Studio Session drew the rail for season with Sean Bier, right alongside is Anne McDonald’s Cold N Chilly driven by Vic Kirby The other starters in the1st $20,000 division are  Dorothy Ann and Chris Conner’s Lotsa Luck  handled by Art Stafford Jr. in a six-filly field. Bay Pond Racing’s Peak Of Chic with trainer-driver Jeff Fout and Kissthatonegoodbye, owed and trained by Mike Greene with Corey Callahan in the bike Dave and Leah Lewis’ Pedal Power (Tim Tetrick) drew outside post 7 in the other $20,000 section. Bunker Away (Corey Callahan) , owned by Bay Pond Racing, drew post 2. William Moffett’s homebred Lydia (Ross Wolfenden, closed well for second last time.  Frank Johnson’s River Dreams (Mike Cole) is burdened coming from post 8. K.V. Jump’s Diabolical Spin (Russell Foster)) and Bobby Myers’ Gloria Pierre (Jonathan Roberts) and Amanda Wager’s Whistler’s Sister (Allan Davis) complete the eight filly lineup.    Pedal Power           - Foto Won photo The top eight point-getters in each of the four divisions return next Thursday, meet closing day, March 29 for $100,000 finals. The $31,000 Mares Open/Handicap is the overnight feature. Bettorhaveanother (Morgan), a winner of her last four of five for Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing, has post 8 in a nine-horse field, with Gary Ewing’s Sweet Bobbie (Art Stafford Jr.) and Marion Beachy’s Berazzled are other winners last start. Front-pacing Nerida Franco N (A. Davis) will be the one to catch acing for Mike Hall and Dave Hamm. Breakaway Stable’s Valuable Art (Callahan) will benefit from a better post position. KDK Standardbred’s homebred Apple Bottom Jeans (Kirby) and Terror At Night (Cole) from the second tier for Arlene Paisley, Ed Maas and Nanticoke Racing.   A $22,000 sub-feature, two $15,000 and a $14,000 female paces are also on the strong undercard. Live racing is featured Monday through Thursday through next Thursday, (March 29), closing day of the 2017-2018 season. Post time is at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs’ features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Watch the live racing and enjoy fine food at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book.   Marv Bachrad

Following a second-place finish last week, Dash Point Hanover, closed quickly on Monday, Dec. 12 at 7-1 to catch and pass harness racing favorite Four Staces in deep stretch for a lifetime best 1:52 to win the $20,000 4 & 5-Year-Old Claiming Allowance at Dover Downs. With Sean Bier in the bike starting from the rail, Dash Point Hanover was content to wait as first Nuclear Dragon (Allan Davis) led early and gave up the lead to the Corey Callahan-driven Four Staces on the backstretch. Four Staces continued to lead around the final turn and through the stretch before Bier turned Sash Point Hanover loose in the stretch. The Somebeachsomewhere-Dashaway Hanover gelding, trained by Crissy Crissman-Bier blew past on the way to a new lifetime mark winning for the sixth time this year for owner R.J. Thomas. Four Staces held on to finish second. Quick Shot (Ross Wolfenden) came on for third. Earlier, stakes winning five-year-old Table Talk got back in the winning register as trainer-driver Bart Dalious steered a 1:54.4 win in a $5,500 Mares pace. The victory was the second of the season for the Bettor's Delight-Place At The Table Mare owned by The Wiz Kids Stable who now has 10 career wins and earnings of $486,271. Wynnfrith (Wolfenden) and Cover Up Hall (Vic Kirby) were second and third respectively. Ross Wolfenden and Corey Callahan made three trips each to the winner's circle while Sean Bier, Tony Morgan and trainers Tim Crissman and Nick Callahan and owner Breakaway Racing, all recorded doubles. EMPRESS DEO GETS OUTSIDE IN $20,000 MARES OPEN HANDICAP Empress Deo seeks repeat in the $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap pace on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Dover Downs. An impressive 1:52.3 winner last week, Legacy Racing’s Empress Deo has won this event two of the previous three weeks with a just-missed second by a nose in-between. Allan Davis has been her regular driver. There is plenty of talent among the opposition. Elliesjet N, racing for Josh Parker, B Spedden, K Evans and Nanticoke Racing was a fast finishing second last week for Jonathan Roberts while Tim Tetrick-driven Scandalicious cut out the early place and had to settle for third beaten a length.  Two former Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) champions who have gone on to more success are rival distaffs in the week’s top event for female pacers. Mike Pagonas’ Inititowinafortune, trained by Mike Russo, is a $637,097 career winner while Purrfect Bags, a major stakes winner while a juvenile, is owned by JoAnn Looney-King and is driven by Vic Kirby. Fashion Showdown, owned by trainer Chris White leaves from the rail with Jim Morand. The only three-year-old in the lineup, David Banks and Layfield Horses’ sharp Sayulita with Tony Morgan, is alongside. Veteran Matinee Dragon driven by Part Berry completes the hard-hitting field.   Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing’s Terror At Night (Morand) and L&L Stables’ Velocity Lana (Yannick Gingras) lead a $15,000 distaff pace on a strong undercard. 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. --- Bushwacker recorded his third win at the meet this season scoring a 1:50.2 harness racing victory in the week’s top pace the $30,000 Preferred on Monday, Feb. 1. It was de ja’ vu all over again for 13-1 Mustang Art winning the $27,500 Delaware Special at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick tripled.   For the second straight week, Tim Tetrick who piloted Henderson Farms’ Bushwacker into the early lead but this time did not stop in the stretch on the way to a 1:50.2 success in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap pace. The five-year-old altered son of Rocknroll Hanover-Dolphins Can Talk posted his sixth victory in his last eight starts with a second and a third for trainer Chris Ryder. The win pushed his career bankroll to $411,212. Doctor Butch (Tony Morgan was a fast finishing second with Dapper Dude (Vic Kirby), last week’s winner third. For Mustang Art, the only change was a driver, Sean Bier. Just as last Monday, he went off at 13-1, and the Artiscape-Paula Seelster gelding left fast to get the lead, then sat second behind runner-up Bad Boy Matt (Allan Davis) until late in the stretch before coming on for a !:50.2 triumph for his second consecutive $27,500 Delaware Special win. Captive Audience (Corey Callahan) was the show horse. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo own Mustang Art who won for the 42nd time. Casey At Bat made it two straight victories in $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Male company to lead off the program as Allan Davis drove the four-year-old Sportsmaster-Odds On Casey gelding to victory number-5 this meet for trainer Wayne Givens and Sharon White, Denise Davis and legacy Racing. Totally Dreamy (George Dennis) finished second with Twin B Stingray (Kirby) third. Blazing Bobby Sox came from off-the-pace to take the lead three-wide turning for home and rolled to a 1:54.1 decision in a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old pace. Driver Art Stafford Jr. who owns The Panderosa-Liamatters gelding with his dad, Art Stafford, won for the fifth time this meet. Skyway Gladiator (Mike Rossi) led until the closing steps and finished second in front of Denslow Hanover (Tetrick) third. Vic Kirby put Soto into the lead and there was no catching the four-year-old Rock N Roll Hanover-Incredible Beauty horse in a 1:51.1 $14,000 Male Winners-Over pace. Contraband Hanover (Callahan) was next best wile race-favorite Just A Jolt (Tetrick) came storming down the lane from way back to finish third. The win was the second in-a-row and Third in the last four for owners ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta.         Brioni, a five-year-old Four Starzzz Shark Ambro Bahama horse, claimed last week, won for new owner-trainer Ron Davis for his sixth consecutive victory, romping to a 1:52 conquest in a $15,000-$20,000 Male Claiming Handicap to give Tony Morgan, the second leading winning driver in North America, his third win on the program. Beavercreek Artist (A.Davis) and Sir Jonathan Z Tam (Tyler Davis) were second and third respectively. Impressive winners from last week meet Hearts And Flowers and No Respect, a pair of impressive winners last week, head the 'Ground Hog' day, $20,000 Mares Open Handicap on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. After taking the lead in front of the grandstand, Bay Pond Stable's Hearts And Flowers had clear sailing for Allan Davis on the way to a 1:52.1 victory having enough to hold off the consistent and fast finishing Springforth, owned and trained by Jeff Clark with George Dennis driving. Race favorite JFE Enterprise's Scandalicious and Tim Tetrick, finished third. John McGill's No Respect turned in a convincing 1:52 triumph in her last start and will be driven by Vic Kirby from the rail. Cheyenne Robin, the only four-year-old in the contest, was absent last week after a near wire-to-wire victory, finishing second by a nose, in her last start. Corey Callahan will be at the controls this week. Chris White's Fashion Showdown won this event two weeks in-a-row with Ross Wolfenden, but was parked-out last Tuesday and again is burdened with post 8. Other starters are Bob Winkelman's Paradise Lost piloted by Montrell Teague, and Elliesjet N, owned by Barry Spedden, Kevin Evans, Nanticoke Racing and trainer Josh Parker, who should enjoy leaving from post 2 this week. Among as talent rich assortment of top female paces is a $15,000 Mares Winners-Over pace led by last week's 1-2 finishers, Playncardswitroddy (Dennis), owned by George &Tina Dennis and Ask W stables, and Lorie and Paul Davis' Lady Beth (Wolfenden) and a $12,500 distaff pace featuring Howard Taylor's steady Shine N Shimmer (Callahan) and Foulk Stables' Valerya (Jonathan Roberts). . Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. No live racing on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Buffet and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. ---Harness racing driver Sean Bier piloted Fox Valley Hermia to victory in the rain over a "sloppy' track Monday, Jan. 26 at Dover Downs. Ron Pierce drove four winners. Catch-driving for Marcus Miller, Bier, sent Fox Valley Hermia past front-pacing Jeremes Sweetheart (Jonathan Roberts) in mid-backstretch then opened up a quick lead. The five-year-old then survived a strong closing effort from Mach A Wish (Corey Callahan) to notch a 1:53.1 triumph. Nick Surick conditions the five-year-old chestnut mare for Ervin Miller. The win was the first of the year in four starts for the daughter of Yankee Skyscraper-Hidden Princess. She has 22 lifetime successes and earnings of $176,214. Jeremes Swetheart held on for third. Handsoffmycookie was scratched. Trainer Surick began a three-win night when Vic Kirby guided Twin B Heartland to a 1:54.1win in a $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Mares pace for her second win in a row. Owned by Harvey Eisman, Bert Hochsprung and Ervin Miller Stables, the Bettor's Delight-Twin B Inmate four-year-old won for the third time in six starts this meet. McArma (Ross Wolfenden) came on fast to finish second with Get Real Rusty (Eddie Davis Jr.) third. Megan Deering's Velocity Sonja gave Allan Davis his second winning drive on the card in a $12,500 4&5-Year-Old-Mares pace. It was her fourth win in five starts for the Art's Chip-Trelise Hanover four-year-old trained by Dylan Davis. Hidden Land (Roger Plante) was runner-up. Seawind Ginger (Wolfenden) was the show horse. Next, after Pierce's four winning drives, trainer Surick with three wins, owner Erv Miller and drivers Allan Davis and Tony Morgan posted doubles. Sir Globalop Z Tam and Four Starz Q, both winners last time out, lead the $20,000 Male Claiming pace, Tuesday's feature. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday post time is 5;30 p.m. Monday through Thursday starting time is 4:30 p.m. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant, call 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking or for admission at Dover Downs. Simulcasting of leading harness and thoroughbred racing from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

Lexington, KY --- Arthur "Artie” Lance Bier, 74, the father of Delaware-based horsemen Daryl and Sean Bier, died Aug. 21, 2014. A top horseman of the 1970s and 1980s, Mr. Bier's last drive came in 2002, although he continued to train horses through 2011. One of Mr. Bier's greatest days as a driver came on Valentine's Day 1981 at Northfield Park when scored six wins in six drives, equaling the track mark for single-day wins at the time with Herve Filion and Lew Williams. Because of thawing, the racetrack was listed as "slow” that afternoon, and the times for his wins -- all in pacing events -- ranged between 2:08.3 and 2:21.3. Following his sixth win that day with Labet's Buddy in the $4,500 Open Pace in 2:12, Mr. Bier quipped, "I weigh only 130 pounds and my tires don't sink down as much as some of the other guys'.” To view the rest of this story click here.

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jason Johnson's My Ideal Hanover ($6.40, Victor Kirby) prevailed in Tuesday's $11,000 featured conditioned event at Harrington Raceway with a 1:53.3 triumph. The 5-year-old Western Ideal mare had won five in a row before suffering a defeat in the $30,000 Legislator's Cup at Harrington on Governor's Day during the Delaware State Fair. After a pair of seventh place finishes in Open company at Yonkers Raceway in her ensuing efforts, 'Ideal' returned home where she received some class relief for trainer Ed Gannon Jr. She set all the fractions from post position eight, and held off Sucha Bad Girl and Whistler Seelster for a one length win. It was the sixth win of the year for My Ideal Hanover and 16th in 86 career starts. Driver George Dennis had three winners on the 12-race card. Sean Bier and Montrell Teague each had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrrington Raceway

The S & P Racing Stable's Jets Are On ($4.90) completed a series sweep in the $38,000 M&J Oil and Lube final for distaffers, while Sandbur Farms and Valarie Sutton's Nitro Seelster ($10.40) outsprinted a trio of Ron Burke trainees in the $46,000 Nichols True Value final on Sunday (June 29) afternoon's Tioga Downs program.   The two late closing series finals served as co-features on the 13-race card, with the M&J Oil and Lube final looking to be a showdown between preliminary winners Jets Are On and Godiva Seelster. Neither mare was prominent early, as Happy Apples (Matt Kakaley) and Evil Fight (Jeffrey Long) were embroiled in a cutthroat duel to a :54.4 half mile.   On the backstretch, Jets Are On swept three-wide, pushing to the lead into the far turn and drawing clear by five lengths at head-stretch. Godiva Seelster (Fern Paquet, Jr.) sustained a late bid from farther back in the field, rallying well to take second, reducing Jets Are On's winning margin to two lengths in a 1:53.0 effort. Always Flash-n (Aaron Byron), who stalked from the pocket, was able to shake free from the fading pacesetters to save third.   Corey Braden drove Jets Are On for trainer Luanne Case.   In the Nichols True Value final for male pacers, Nitro Seelster sustained a bid off the live cover of Real Illusion (Brandon Simpson), edging clear of Ron Burke trainees Pappy's Pal (Matt Kakaley) and Shark Fantasy (Dan Charlino) while holding off a strong late charge from Agood Time to Rock (Dan Rawlings) en route to a 1:52.3 victory. Sean Bier tipped the four-year-old Camluck gelding off cover at head-stretch, pulling clear late for a two-length triumph.   Agood Time to Rock chased late after suffering an awkward start, re-rallying to just take second from his stablemates, the pocket-sitting Shark Fantasy and the pacesetting Pappy's Pal (third and fourth, respectively).   Doug Hamilton trains Nitro Seelster.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Friday evening, with the Independence Day card set to begin at 6:15 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs

HARRINGTON, Del. - Patrons attending Harrington Raceway Wednesday evening witnessed a multitude of significant happenings on the racetrack. They witnessed an undefeated horse, the fastest trotting mile in the track's 68-year history, and three Harness Horse Youth Foundation pony races. Undefeated trotter I Like My Boss ($2.10, Jon Roberts) registered his 11th straight win in as many lifetime starts in the second $20,000 leg of the DSBF stakes Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The Don Boss Vita gelding charged by Call Me Hal, reminiscent of his win on June 10, to keep his unblemished record intact. Trained by co-owner Bob Shahan, he is co-owned by Jimmy and Ashley Parsons. I Like My Boss will await his berth in the $100,000 final on July 24. Call Me Hal was second while My Boy Charlie was placed third. In the remaining DSBF division, Syl King Jr.'s Whichwayrightrleft ($2.60, Ross Wolfenden) notched a 1:58.3 triumph over Toolbox and LG's Pride. Trained by his owner, the Crown Prince Gar gelding recorded his seventh lifetime win. In the $17,000 Open Trot, Keith Pippi's Traverse Seelster ($2.80, Wolfenden) trotted the fastest mile in track history with a 1:53.3 victory from post eight. The Josh Green-trainee went to the lead shortly after the start and never relented over Spunky Jack and Cash On Delivery. 'Traverse' has now banked more than $90,000 in 2014. Three half-mile dashes were held over the course of the program for this year's 2014 Harrington Raceway Class of 2014 from the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's camp. Ten campers were given the opportunity to compete in one-lap dashes with the assistance of licensed drivers in double-seated jog carts. HHYF executive director Ellen Taylor and her team of volunteers as well as Harrington Raceway Director of Facilities Karen Craft, played an integral part of coordinating what was a memorable week for the participants that taught the kids about the world of harness racing from mucking stalls, to learning about racing equipment, to competing in a live race and much more. Danielle Urian, Austin Stafford and Jeff Kidner each won their respective heats and joined their jubilant fellow campers for a trackside medal ceremony, presented by Delaware Harness Racing Commission Administrator Mark Davis. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

Rock N Load (Rocknroll Hanover-Loch Laggan) made a strong drive through the stretch in the $14,000 featured pace at Tioga Downs on Saturday night to extend her winning streak to three.   Rock N Load (John Cummings Jr.) had to sit the pocket trip for the majority of the mile behind Inittowinafortune (Mike Simons), who stormed into the lead the first time the field passed the grandstand.   The early fractions were very solid, in fact, with a time of 27 seconds for the quarter, 56.2 for the half, and 1:24.3 for three-quarters. As the field entered the stretch for the final time. Rock N Load moved into the clear and not only went past Inittowinafortune, she went on to win by two lengths in a final time of 1:52.3.   Antigua Hanover (Brandon Simpson) also finished well to get up for third, going past Southwind Trini (Jim Marohn Jr.), whose first-over move stalled on the final turn. The complete order of finish for the Saturday feature was: Rock N Load, Inittowinafortune, Antigua Hanover, Southwind Trini, UF Dragon's Queen, Clear View Hanover, and Ideal Ginny.   Rock N Load is owned by Edward Hall of Lebanon, Connecticut and James R. Hall Jr. of South Windsor, Connecticut. The trainer is Daniel Gill.   Saturday at Tioga Downs also featured two divisions of the M&J Oil & Lube Pacing Series.   The first division was carded as the fifth race and was won by Happy Apples (American Ideal-Island Blush). This was the first half of a sweep of both divisions by driver Corey Braden.   Happy Apples had to rally past Status Warrior (Jim Marohn Jr.). Status Warrior was a stubborn leader throughout the race and turned away one challenge from Evil Fight (Sean Bier) on the final turn, but was unable to withstand the eventual winner in the final quarter. The time for the first division was 1:54.2. Happy Apples is owned by Richard Carney of Hartsdale, New York and Barbara Berger of Middletown, New York. The trainer is John Berger.   The second division of the M&J Oil & Lube Pacing Series was carded as the tenth race and featured a dominant performance by Jets Are On (Jereme's Jet-Turn It On), who now has a three-race win streak of her own to boast about. Corey Braden finished off the sweep and these two wins were part of an impressive four-win night for the driver. After being parked outside in mid-pack through the first quarter, Jets Are On lived up to her name and turned the jets on to take the lead and she never looked back after that. She went on to win by four lengths in a final time of 1:53.4. Jets Are On is owned by S&P Racing Stable LLC of Chicago, Illinois and trained by Luanne Case.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Tioga Downs 

Fresh off a front-end win in last week's featured event, Fireyourguns made the winning move on the far turn to prevail in going-away fashion in Sunday (May 11) afternoon's $14,000 Open I Pace at Tioga Downs.   The five-year-old American Ideal gelding was parked on the first turn before settling just behind the pace-setting pair of Prairie Jaguar (Jim Marohn, Jr.) and Steelhead Hanover (Joe Pavia, Jr.). With Prairie Jaguar clicking off a :54.4 half-mile and a subsequent 1:22.3 three-quarters split, Aaron Byron angled Fireyourguns out, taking second on the far turn and continuing right on to take the lead off the corner, pulling clear through the stretch for a 1:51.4 score.   Prairie Jaguar held second, while Real Flight (Brandon Simpson) made a mild belated rally to take third. Odds-on favorite Steelhead Hanover was devoid of late kick after tracking the fast initial pace, fading to fourth.   Trainer Terence McClory co-owns Fireyourguns with Jennifer and Robert Lowe.   The $11,000 Open II pace saw Western Trademark rally three-wide off the last turn for a 1:54.1 victory in rein to Sean Bier.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (May 16) evening, with first post scheduled for 6:15 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs

DOVER, Del. ---- Andy Roo and Raritan Bay drew inside posts while Cash Cab must come from post 8 in the $20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap on Sunday, April 6, the last Sunday racing this meet, at Dover Downs. Post time is 5:30 p.m. Last start Baron Racing's Andy Roo, and Tony Morgan, was favorite but finished a half-length back in fourth while Raritan Bay owned by /Elizabeth Brittingham and driver Bret Brittingam, second favorite, was second beaten a nose. The race was won by Jenifer Kolessar's Lord Terror who came from sixth at three-quarters and five wide at the top of the stretch to record a 1:54.4 victory for driver Sean Bier. Lou Catana's Cash Cab and Jonathan Roberts must again start from outside. Last week, he left from post 7 and led until the final strides still finished third a half-length behind. The rest of the field includes Jane Ann Bell's Winbak Carl, driven by George Dennis; Arty Foster Jr.'s Bettor's Arena and Vic Kirby; Hasty Western driven by Allan Davis for Legacy Racing and Mark Givens; and Bill and Barbara Kinsey's Idealist leaving from the rail with Jim Morand. The 2013-2014 meet comes to a closes next week, with four $100,000 DSBF finals, one each day. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; post time is 4:30 p.m. After consecutive wins, Andy Roos finished third and fourth in his last two starts. Tony Morgan will attempt to get Baron Racing Stable's nine-year-old winner of $742,413 lifetime back in the winner's circle. Betty and driver Bret Brittingham's Raritan Bay has a similar record in his last four outings and leads the opposition Lou Catana's Cash Cab, handled by Jonathan Roberts, won his previous start, but leaves from outside post 7. Bill and Barbara Kinsey, driven by Jim Morand, drew the rail. Mark Givens and Legacy Racing's Hasty Western with Allan Davis, Jennifer Kolessar' s Lord Terror and Sean Bier along with complete the lineup. A Delaware $15,000 Male Claiming Allowance heads the undercard. For those planning to watch racing and dine in the Winner's Circle Restaurant, reservations are suggested. Call 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Daily simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing daily begins 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. By Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs      

DOVER, Del.---- Bandolito scored the fastest mile of the year on any size track while equaling the all-track record of 1:48 set in 2012 by Heston Blue Chip, while Casino Bags Carlo was the fastest of three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 2nd leg Pace preliminaries and in the $33,000 Delaware Special, Nova Artist won again on a strong Thursday, April 3 program at Dover Downs. Daryl Bier moved Bandolito up on the outside as Lollipop Kid (Corey Callahan) and Fancyfreeshark (Jonathan Roberts) continued to battle on the front end. Bandolito took the lead on the final turn and breezed home in track record equaling and track four-year-old record time of 1:48. Bier trains and co-owns the Ponder-Sody's Home Brew brown horse with Charles Dombeck and David Bier. It was his second win of the year and 11th lifetime and now has won purses of 210,815. Manhattan Rusty N (Ron Pierce) showed late speed to finish second in front of Lollipop Kid, third. . Casino Bags Carlo turned in the fastest of the three DSBF prelims, a 1:53.4 wire-to-wire performance for trainer, driver Vince Copeland and owner Cavalli Pazzi Stables. The Roddy's Bags Again-Casino Bus gelding won his second in two starts in 2014 and seventh, with two second and a third in his 11 career races banking $118,911. Forced Passage (Ross Wolfenden) was runner-up with Lewiebyalength (Corey Callahan) the show horse. In the second $20,000 DSBF pace, Elite Awards came from off-the-pace for driver George Dennis to take the lead from West Star Director (Ben Stafford Jr.) and then led his six rivals home for a 1:54.3 victory, his Third Straight this years and 10th in 11 starts lifetime earning $124,225. David Rearic conditions the Powerful Toy-Silk Slip gelding for owner Karen Walls. The third DSBF division was even more competitive. Tim Tetrick drove Art Retreat to a come-from-behind 1:54 decision. Go Big Spinder (Ron Pierce) closed well to take second while Hawker (David Miller), who vied for the early lead was the show finisher. Vern Cannon and trainer Jeff Clark owned the Artzina-Wild Retreat gelding who won for the first time in 13 starts which include five seconds and two thirds. Nova Artist in his customary style closed from fifth at the half to notch a 1:50.2 triumph in the $33,000 Delaware Special. Allan Davis was at the controls of the seven-year-old son of Real Artist-Avon Lady who recorded his fourth win of the year to go with two seconds and two thirds for owners trainer Eddy and Kathy Davis. The almost black pacer, who was the track's Horse of The Meet two seasons back, has won $85.350 this year and $849,917 in his career. Just A Jolt (Tim Tetrick) also rallied from off-the-pace to finish second in front of Feel Like A Fool (Dennis). Jet Blue Miracle came on strong in one of two $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over paces to rack up a 1:52.1 win. Ross Wolfenden teamed with trainer Les Givens to make owners Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing happy with their fourth win of the year. Major Bucks (Toby Lynch) finished second with Shiretown Pitbull (Sean Bier) third. In the other $18,000 event, Tim Tetrick roared down the lane driving Sea Harrier, a Jereme's Jet-Ingrid Bergrin gelding, to his sixth win of the meet in nine races for Paton Racing and trainer Jim King. Jolt Of Fire (Dennis) and Spinfiniti (Pierce) were second and third respectively. Frank Chick's So Much To Say, driven by Dennis for trainer Kevin Lare, posted a 1:52 victory in a $15,500 4&5-Year-Old pace. Art Of Escape (Pierce) was second followed by Heart Breaking (Davis), third. Morgan and Jeanne McInnis rejuvenated Cams Art in 1:51.2 won a close 1:51.2 decision at 12-1 odds in a $15,000 Male pace with Bret Brittingham driving. SB Mike's Hot Beach (Mike Rossi), off at 71-1, cut out the mile and finished second. Just Bettor (Pierce) came on from far back for third money. George Dennis had three wins while Allan Davis, Tim Tetrick and Bret Brittingham had doubles. A $20,000-$25,000 Claiming pace is the top race on Sunday when racing resumes. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs       There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book.      

DOVER, Del.---- Nova Artist held off fast closing Malak Uswaad N by a nose to win the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap in 1:51.while Emeritus Maximus came from far back to take the $17,500 Open Handicap sub-feature in 1:51/1 on a windy Thursday, March 13 at Dover Downs. Allan Davis put Nova Artist in motion heading around the clubhouse turn and moved up on the backstretch to finally take the lead in the stretch. The seven-year-old son of Real Artist-Avon Lady then had just enough to hold off fast-finishing Malak Uswaad N (Tony Morgan) at the wire. Jeremey's Successor (Sean Bier) was a solid third. Kathy and trainer Eddie Davis own the 33-time race winner of $825,142. It was his third winner of the year good for $60,575 in 2014. Emeritus Maximus tuned up for the rest of his four-year-old season by rolling from next to last in the $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open Handicap to his third victory of the year in five starts with Ron Pierce in the bike. A four-year-old by Rocknroll Hanover-Eternity's Delight purchased after his sophomore-stakes season by John Cancelliere and trained by his brother Tom Cancelliere,Emeritus Maximus has won $315,155 lifetime. Lindwood Player (Corey Callahan) raced gamely finishing second. Mr. Dennis (Jim Morand) was the show horse. In $15,000 Male Winners-Over paces; Bill Emmons' Bad Man Sam and Vic Kirby used an overland journey to score a lifetime best 1:51.2 triumph. The Julianne Bobby-trainee, a Badlands Hanover-Greenspring Jenny gelding, just held off a fast closing Summer Camp (Callahan) by a nose. Beavercreek Artist (Ron Pierce) was third. Forrest Bartlett's Jolt Of Fire scored a 1:52.4 decision in the other $15,000 event. George Dennis guided the Ronda Galko conditioned Village Jolt-Fie Foe Fire gelding to his first win of the year. Wilbur's Z Tam (A. Davis) was second with Twincreeks Jack (Pierce) third. Fire in the Belly kept his three-year-old record unblemished as Trace Tetrick steered the Real Artist-Fire In The Sky to an easy wire-to-wire 1:53 victory finishing alone for his fourth-in-a-row in a $13,000 4&5-Year-Old Male pace. Owner Tom Kemp is reported to have turned down a six-figure offer for the gelding who now has won six of his eight lifetime races with two seconds. All Gold (Bret Brittingham) was best of the rest. MG Kid (Morand) was third. Trace Tetrick drove three winners, two for trainer Jim King. Corey Callahan and Ron Pierce had doubles. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday racing begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. To watch races and dine in the Winner's Circle restaurant, call 302-674-4600 for reservations. By Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del.---- Mustang Art won the $28,500 Delaware Special; Emeritus Maximus, the 4&5-Year-Old Open and Dirty Devil, the $15,000 Winners-Over paces on a top Dover Downs Thursday card on March 6. Ron Pierce had a four-win slam. Pierce left quickly with Mustang Art in the feature before giving up the lead to Nova Artist (Allan Davis) at the quarter. Nova Artist cut out the fast pace and led half way down the lane before Mustang Art zoomed out and to victory in a :26.4 final panel for a 1:51.1 decision. Nova Artist held on to second while Jeremy's Successor (Sean Bier) raced gamely three wide around the final turn and got up for third. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo own Mustang Art, an Artiscape-Paula Seelster gelding, who won for the second time this year lifting the Jim McGuire-trainee to seasonal earnings of $32,575. Pierce was also behind John Cancelliere's Emeritus Maximus, who got checks in the Progress Pace last Fall, a 1:51.1 winner of the $18,000 Open for young horses. A son of Rocknroll Hanover-Eternity's Delight, Wahine (Jim Morand) closed strongly to finish second with Ice Scraper (Roger Plante) streaking along the passing lane for third. Corey Callahan and Dirty Devil teamed up for a 1:51 score in the $15,000 Winners-Over pace. Owned by Alexander Rice Sr. and Mike Horn, the Real Artist-Ms Eyes And Thighs gelding made it four wins in seven 2014 races and a $27,200 bankroll this year. Bad Man Sam (Vic Kirby) was next while Beavercreek Artist (Pierce) was third. In the first of two $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Male Winners- Over paces, Rebel Soldier, bred, owned and trained by Steve Warrington and driven by Vic Kirby, registered his fastest lifetime victory 1:50.2, overtaking Just A Jolt (Trace Tetrick) in deep stretch for his second win in three trips this year. An altered son of Quik Pulse Mindale-Heavy Thunder, Rebel Soldier ended a three-race win streak by Just A Jolt. Cruising West (Ross Wolfenden) was the show horse. Another streak ended in the other $14,500 division when Ron Pierce picked up his fourth win in 1:52.3 piloting Troy and Todd Tribbett's Alittleaintenough, conditioned by Joe Hundertpfund, to his second win of the year. The Artiscape-Maryland Beauty gelding bested race-favorite Sea Harrier (Tetrick), who finished second making his record four wins in six starts. Coopers Beach (Jonathan Roberts) was third. Pierce also drove Wade Wyatt's Manhattan Rusty N, trained by Joe Skowyra, to his fifth consecutive victory in a $25,000-$30,000 Male Claiming Allowance in a career fastest clocking of 1:50.3. Bondy N (Wolfenden) and Hasty Western (A.Davis) were second and third respectively. Howard Taylor's Spinfiniti won his third straight and seventh win in eight races, to win a $13,000 4&5-Year-Old Male pace in 1:53.4. On Eagles Wings (Kirby) was next in front of MG Kid (Morand), who made a misstep on the final turn and then closed to finish third. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday racing begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. To watch races and dine in the Winner's Circle restaurant, call 302-674-4600 for reservations. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs      

DOVER, Del.---- Driver Vic Kirby, who won four races on Tuesday, made it five wins this time, including both $15,000 co-feature trots, with Can Do in 1:54.3 and Pounce Hanover in 1:56, at Dover Downs on Wednesday, March 5. Not only did Kirby have a five-bagger, but he trained both feature race winners as well as owned them with Chris Giaccio. Previously at Rosecroft Raceway, Kirby once won seven races on a card. The red-hot Kirby had to use Can Do twice early to get the lead and then held off a strong challenge from Awsome Valley (Tony Morgan) to score the Cantab Hall-Meadowbranch Queen gelding’s second win in three races including finishing second by a head last week. Awsome Valley held on for second with Struttin Conway (Ron Pierce) the show horse. The win was Can Do’s second of the year raising his seasonal earnings to $27,490. Pounce Hanover rang up his third win of the year with two seconds in seven starts winning a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot in 1:56. Mile Hill is also a co-owner of the Majestic Son-Playwood gelding. Kodak Lindy (Montrell Teague) came on to finish second in front of fast finishing Six Gun Hall (Allan Davis). In addition, Jim Morand had a driving triple while Corey Callahan, owner-trainer Arty Foster and trainer Josh Green had two winners. Artists Rally heads Delaware Special Thursday Artists Rally, last week's wire-to-wire winner, and four-time top class winner All Stienam lead a field of nine in the $28,500 Delaware Special/Handicap on Thursday, March 6 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Again this time, Artists Rally, with Trace Tetrick driving, drew the rail after scoring a front-pacing victory in last Thursday's feature race. Heavenly Way's Jeremy's Successor and Sean Bier and Kovach Stable's Feel Like A Fool driven by George Dennis, who finished second and third respectively, are back. All Stienam, owned by J,J&M Stable and Green Racing, attempts to bounce back after finishing out of the money a week ago. Eddie and Kathy Davis' Nova Artist and Allan Davis, also is looking to return to form. Full Of Sand, with Corey Callahan, won this event three starts back. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo's Mustang Art has been a factor with Ron Pierce driving all meet long. Peter Tritton's Malak Uswaad N, handled by Ross Wolfenden, and Robin and Jay Breasure's People Are Crazy, in the hands of Vic Kirby, cannot be overlooked in this field. In the $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Open handicap, Jim Berndt's Ice Scraper (Roger Plante) and Baron Racing's EZ Noah (A.Davis) dead-heated in last week's edition. They return to meet Joan Dalphon and Elanor Laws' Don't Ya Know (Kirby), a winner last time stepping back up to the Open this week. Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis' Lindwood Player (Corey Callahan) has won three of his last four. A powerful newcomer is John Cancelliere's Emeritus Maximus (Pierce) who raced in the Progress Pace last November. The other contenders are Jeremes General (Tetrick) racing for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta along with Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing's Wahine (Jim Morand), a winner of two of three and Irwin Samelman's Delaware Hanover (Frank Milby) and complete the lineup. There is also a strong supporting card.  

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