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DOVER, Del. ---- Four sharp young female pacers, led by Ms Caila J Fra, tangle in the Monday, Dec.2 $21,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. The Fra Stable's Ms Caila J Fra, reined by Andy Miller, drops down from a pair of seconds in Matron events to meet Spend It All, an enterprising three-year-old seeks her fifth consecutive victory, with Jim Morand at the controls. Owned by Brooke Givens and Steve Head, she has already made the winner's circle 14 times this season. Two other contenders, Jeremes Sweetheart, driven by Ron Pierce for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, and Montrell Teague-driven Timmylynn, owned by Rich Crammer, trainer Bobby Reeser and Black Dog Racing, are fresh from impressive front-end victories last time out. Newcomer KDM Stable's Miss Annie J with Corey Callahan driving, makes her first local start and leaves from the rail. Ash LaRue, owned by Vernon Canon and Jeff and David Clark is driven by George Dennis. Bill Emmons' I Know Nothing is another invader from Yonkers and will be driven by Tony Morgan. Ted Gewertz, Fannin Racing and George Teague Inc.'s Yagonnakissmeornot has been racing well for Montrell Teague and drew post 8 while Sir Lehigh Z Tam, starts from the second tier for driver Vic Kirby and owners Pat Lachance, Ira Rosenblum and M&M Racing. Monday through Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Friday and Saturday. Sunday racing begins at 5:30 p.m.   by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

Shebestingin and driver David Miller had little trouble holding off challenger Charisma Hanover (Yannick Gingras) in scoring a 1:50 victory to capture the $167,000 Nadia Lobell Pace for three-year-old fillies at the Meadowlands Saturday. Aunt Caroline (Scott Zeron) was first to show out of the gate and then stung Somwherovrarainbow (Brian Sears) who finally made it to the lead at the opening quarter mile in :27. Then it was Miller and Shebestingin coming after the race leaders first-over and she was able to clear to the lead by the half mile marker in :55.2. In the backstretch was when Gingras started up first-over with Charisma Hanover and she caught up with the leaders at the three-quarters in 1:23.1. But as they straighten out to come down the stretch it was all Shebestingin as Charisma Hanover could not keep up. Shebestingin coasted to the wire winning by two and three-quarter lengths over UF Dragon Queen (Tim Tetrick) with Somwherovrarainbow grabbing third place. "Over the year we have had our troubles," Miller said. "Her last few starts she has behaved really well. She is actually maturing into a horse that will be in the winner's circle a lot." It was the Third Straight win and 12th victory on the year for the daughter of Bettor's Delight. Trained by Joe Holloway and co-owned by Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz and L & L Devisser, LLC, Shebestingin ends her 2013 season with earnings of $638,126. "When she warmed up tonight she was bucking and playing," said trainer Joe Holloway, who also trains third place finisher Somwherovrarainbow. "She was really feeling good. They will both be back next year and should really be good." By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com    

This Week: TVG FFA Series legs, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. and Progress Pace elimination, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. Schedule of events: Meadowlands Racetrack will unveil their new grandstand this Saturday with a card featuring the final preliminary legs of the TVG series for older pacers and trotters. Eliminations were also scheduled in the Governor's Cup for 2-year-old colt pacers, the Three Diamonds for 2-year-old filly pacers, the Valley Victory for 2-year-old colt trotters and the Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old filly trotters, but will not be required. Those races will go directly to their lucrative finals on Nov. 30. On Sunday night (Nov. 24), Dover Downs will feature a $35,000 elimination in the Progress Pace for 3-year-old male pacers. The top eight pacers in the nine horse elimination will advance to the $330,000 (est.) Progress Pace final on Dec. 1. Last time: Eight Matron Stakes finals were featured on the Sunday (Nov. 17) program at Dover Downs. The biggest night in Delaware harness racing history featured multiple track records in the Matron events with more than $1.32 million in purses at stake. [cid:image002.jpg@01CEE5D8.AE518DC0] Among the horses setting a track record was 3-year-old filly pacer Shebestingin, who scored in 1:49.1, besting Ms Caila J Fra (Andy Miller) to the wire in a final quarter of :27.4. Joe Holloway trains the Bettor's Delight-Armbro Tussle filly for Ted Gewertz, L&L DeVisser and Val D'or Farms. She won for the 11th time this season and has earned $554,876. Matt Kakaley moved All Bets Off into the lead after a :26.1 opening quarter and was never headed, collecting a 1:50 triumph in the $154,575 Matron 2-year-old colt pace final, breaking the former track mark of 1:50.4 shared by Heston Blue Chip and If I Can Dream. Ron Burke trains the winner for Frank Baldachino, Rosemary Shelswell, The Panhellenic Stable and Burke Racing Stable. Nuncio knocked two seconds off Explosive Matter's freshman track mark of 1:55 with a powerful 1:53 decision in the $166,650 2-year-old male trot. John Campbell was at the controls as the Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle youngster record his fifth victory in nine starts. Scott Andrews conditions the winner for Stall TZ Inc. Maywood Park hosted four Grand Circuit stakes on their Friday night (Nov. 15) card and Word Power did all the talking in the Windy City Pace, coming up the inside lane to capture Maywood's premiere event in 1:51.4. Scott Zeron steered the 3-year-old son of Western Ideal-Lush Limbaugh for trainer Larry Remmen and owner Brad Grant. Unraced at 2, Word Power pushed his career earnings to $375,804 in securing his seventh lifetime victory in 17 trips postward. Lucan Hanover picked up second-place money, while Apprentice Hanover held on for show honors. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,772; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,523; 3. David Miller - 1,123; 4. Brian Sears - 701.5; and 5. Ron Pierce - 672.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,706.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,131.5; 3. Linda Toscano - 493.5; 4. Tony Alagna - 466; and 5. Jonas Czernyson - 447.5. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 388.5; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 364.05; 3. Frank Bellino - 268.5; 4. Brittany Farms - 263.05; and 5. WJ Donovan - 242.75. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will once again take place next weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack and Dover Downs. The Meadowlands will host eight stakes, the TVG FFA Series finals for trotters and pacers; the Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-olds; the Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters; and the Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers. Dover will host the final in the Progress Pace for 3-year-old pacing colts. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit  

DOVER, Del. ---- Spend It All, a winner of 13 races and her last three in-a-row takes on six other distaffs in the Monday, Nov. 18 feature, $15,000 Fillies and Mares Handicap at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. One of two three-year-olds in the contest, Spend It All, a daughter of Tell All-Card Dream has won 13 of her 24 starts and $109,770 in earnings for owners Brooke Givens and Steve Head. Jim Morand will drive for trainer Wayne Givens. Sir Lehigh Z Tam, trained by Rich Ringler and driven by Tony Morgan, is the other sophomore in the feature is a 2013 winner of $133,462 for Patrick Lachance, Ira Rosenblum and M&M Harness. Jeremes Sweetheart, conditioned by Eric Ell, finished a strong third in last Monday’s headliner. Ross Wolfenden will pilot for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. Another winner last time out is Angelwithnattitude, who drew the rail, with Corey Callahan driving the Dylan Davis trained mare. Yagonnakissmeornot and Montrell Teague starts alongside racing for Ted Gewertz, George Teague Inc. and Fannin Racing. Lightning Stable’s Lightning Paige, trained by Steve Elliott, leaves from the outside with Ron Pierce in the bike. The oldest starter is Jason Skinner and Keith Murray’s seven-year-old Outahere Hanover reined by Trace Tetrick. Two of last year feature distaffs, Jonny and Kim Waite’s Alexachase with Allan Davis driving, and Foulk Stable’s Mystra and Chris Page, lead the $12,500 Fillies and Mares secondary feature. Monday through Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Friday and Saturday. Sunday racing begins at 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs

For the eleventh time this year, Shebestingin made it look easy in getting to the winner’s circle and on Sunday at Dover Downs she set a track record in winning the $130,650 Matron Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies in 1:49.1. Ms Caila J Fra (Andy Miller) left from the rail to take the early lead with Summertime Lea (Yannick Gringras) on their backs. After the opening quarter in :25.4 was when driver David Miller came charging on the outside with the 1/5 favorite, Shebestingin and they easily took command before the half mile pole in :53.4. Racing up the backstretch, Shebestingin held the field at bay as Jerseylicious (Corey Callahan) was caught on the outside since the start and could not catch up to the race leaders. Despite no pressure on the outside, Shebestingin still led the field past the three-quarters in 1:21.2 and then held the field at bay coming down the stretch and winning by three easy lengths. Ms Caila J Fra was second with UF Dragon’s Queen (Tim Tetrick) finished third. Sired by Bettor’s Delight, Shebestingin surpassed the prior track record of 1:49.2 that was set by Show Her The Money. She is trained by Joe Holloway and is co-owned by Val D’or Farms, Ted Gewertz and L 7 L Devisser. Shebestingin paid $2.40 to win. “She is very good,” Holloway said. “She was good last week. Hopefully she will mature and will round into form for next year. When my filly is on her game she is as good as anybody. She had a little problem with the starts, some issues with herself. “She was lightly raced last year,” Hollowed explained, “and she will get more mature as she goes along. We thought she was something special when we baby raced her last year. She has gone some good miles and then got hurt so we put her away for the year. She will race once more in the Nadia Lobell at the Meadowlands and that will be it for her for the year. We will race her next year as well.” By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com  

DOVER, Del. ---- The finale day for the 2013 Matron Stakes during Dover Downs' "Novemberfest' of stakes racing is the richest one-day program in Delaware racing history. Eight lucrative finals and six Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) combine for a total purse of $1,326,863. The Matrons boast many of the top two-and-three-year-old colt and filly trotters and pacers after last week's elimination divisions. The top eight horses in each division return to the spotlight on the Sunday, Nov. 17 card. The Matron Colt & Gelding Final offers a $160,388 payoff. Sunshine Beach was an impressive 1:50.1 winner of last week's three-year-old male pace elim. John Campbell drove Leber, Bertrand and Hudson Standardbred's Somebeachsomewhere colt into the lead after the opening quarter and then said goodbye to the rest of the field to win by 1-3/4 lengths. Alan Alber, Eagle Soar Partners and Cheap Speed Stable's Emeritus Maximus driver Simon Allard made good use of starting from post 1 and held on to finish second with Bob Key's Twilight Bonfire and Tim Tetrick third. Heading the talented rivals are Vegas Vacation driven by Brian Sears, after starting from the second tier last week, is on the front tier this time, at post 7 for owners Phyllis Saunders, Tony Beaton, Adriano Sorella and West Wins Stable; Burke Racing, Henry Collura and Mark Weaver- Mike Bruscemi's Dedi's Dragon with Yannick Gingras, whose recent credit was an upset win beating Captaintreacherous. Jason Bartlett will handle Prevost, McNeese and Houghton's Ronny Bugatti, winner of the Messenger Stake, the last Triple Crown Pace of the year. Ken Jacobs' Doctor Butch with Corey Callahan leaves from the rail while Only The Lonely and Matt Kakaley, racing for JL Benson Stables and KDM Stables and trainer Nick Surick, complete the lineup. There were two elims leading to this week's $130,650 sophomore filly pace. Both of last week's elim winners have strong Delaware connections, Shebestingin (David Miller), owned by Ted Gewertz, L& L DeVisser and Val D'or Farms, was fastest winner, 1:51.2. is trained by Joe Holloway, a First State native and Pam Curran and Legacy Racing Of DE's Jerseylicious (Corey Callahan), who came on for a 1:52.1 success in her elim. The Fra Stable's Ms Caila J Fra (Andy Miller) and The Cheyenne Gang's Cheyenne Miriam (David Miller) were the second-place finishers with Weaver, Bruscemi, Baldacino, Smith and Burke Racing's Summertime Lea (Yannick Gingras) and Up Front Racing's IF Dragon's Queen (Tim Tetrick) third. Stall TZ Inc.'s Nuncio (John Campbell) and Bob Mondillo and trainer Chris Ryder's Well Built (Jim Mettinis), elim winners head the $166,650 sophomore colt trot while Shake It Cerry (Ron Pierce) was an impressive elim winner and drew the rail in the $140,000 two-year-old filly trot final. Joe Sbrocco, Aldebaran Park and Walnut Hall's Ma Chere Hall (Corey Callahan) leads the $164,250 three-year-old filly final while in the $153,225 Matron colt section, Smilin Eli (Tim Tetrick) owned by Nick Cimino, was a wire-to-wire elim winner. Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding and RAW Equine's Ali Blue leads the $132,525 two-year-old filly pace final with the colt division going for $154,575 with elim winner All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) racing for Shelswell, Panhellenic Stable and Burke Racing, was the elim winner last Sunday. In addition to all eight Matron Finals featured on a power packed 15-race program, there are also three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) two-year-old filly 1st leg preliminary divisions and two colt paces. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. For those planning to watch racing from the Winner's Circle Restaurant, reservations are suggested. Call 302-674600. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del. ---- tHE finale day for the 2013 Matron Stakes during Dover Downs' "Novemberfest' of stakes racing is the richest one-day program in Delaware racing history. Eight lucrative finals and three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) combine for a total purse of $1,326,863. The Matrons boast many of the top two-and-three-year-old colt and filly trotters and pacers after last week's elimination divisions. The top eight horses in each division return to the spotlight on the Sunday, Nov. 17 card. The Matron Colt & Gelding Final offers a $160,388 payoff. Sunshine Beach was an impressive 1:50.1 winner of last week's three-year-old male pace elim. John Campbell drove Leber, Bertrand and Hudson Standardbred's Somebeachsomewhere colt into the lead after the opening quarter and then said goodbye to the rest of the field to win by 1-3/4 lengths. Alan Alber, Eagle Soar Partners and Cheap Speed Stable's Emeritus Maximus driver Simon Allard made good use of starting from post 1 and held on to finish second with Bob Key's Twilight Bonfire and Tim Tetrick third. Heading the talented rivals are Vegas Vacation driven by Brian Sears, after starting from the second tier last week, is on the front tier this time, at post 7 for owners Phyllis Saunders, Tony Beaton, Adriano Sorella and West Wins Stable; Burke Racing, Henry Collura and Mark Weaver- Mike Bruscemi's Dedi's Dragon with Yannick Gingras, whose recent credit was an upset win beating Captaintreacherous. Jason Bartlett will handle Prevost, McNeese and Houghton's Ronny Bugatti, winner of the Messenger Stake, the last Triple Crown Pace of the year. Ken Jacobs' Doctor Butch with Corey Callahan leaves from the rail while Only The Lonely and Matt Kakaley, racing for JL Benson Stables and KDM Stables and trainer Nick Surick, complete the lineup. There were two elims leading to this week's $130,650 sophomore filly pace. Both of last week's elim winners have strong Delaware connections, Shebestingin (David Miller), owned by Ted Gewertz, L& L DeVisser and Val D'or Farms, was fastest winner, 1:51.2. is trained by Joe Holloway, a First State native and Pam Curran and Legacy Racing Of DE's Jerseylicious (Corey Callahan), who came on for a 1:52.1 success in her elim. The Fra Stable's Ms Caila J Fra (Andy Miller) and The Cheyenne Gang's Cheyenne Miriam (David Miller) were the second-place finishers with Weaver, Bruscemi, Baldacino, Smith and Burke Racing's Summertime Lea (Yannick Gingras) and Up Front Racing's IF Dragon's Queen (Tim Tetrick) third. Stall TZ Inc.'s Nuncio (John Campbell) and Bob Mondillo and trainer Chris Ryder's Well Built (Jim Mettinis), elim winners head the $166,650 sophomore colt trot while Shake It Cerry (Ron Pierce) was an impressive elim winner and drew the rail in the $140,000 two-year-old filly trot final. Joe Sbrocco, Aldebaran Park and Walnut Hall's Ma Chere Hall (Corey Callahan) leads the $164,250 three-year-old filly final while in the $153,225 Matron colt section, Smilin Eli (Tim Tetrick) owned by Nick Cimino, was a wire-to-wire elim winner. Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding and RAW Equine's Ali Blue leads the $132,525 two-year-old filly pace final with the colt division going for $154,575 with elim winner All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) racing for Shelswell, Panhellenic Stable and Burke Racing, was the elim winner last Sunday. In addition to all eight Matron Finals featured on a power packed 15-race program, there are also three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) two-year-old filly 1st leg preliminary divisions and two colt paces. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. For those planning to watch racing from the Winner's Circle Restaurant, reservations are suggested. Call 302-674600. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

Ron Burke became the first harness racing trainer to surpass $20 million in purses in a single year when For All We Know finished third in a $14,000 mares claiming handicap pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Wednesday night. In addition to the record for purse earnings, Burke's trainees have 981 wins so far in 2013 -- another record. Burke is on his way to leading all North American harness racing trainers in both wins and earnings for the fifth consecutive year. He won 906 races in 2012, breaking harness racing's training record of 842 established by his stable in 2010. He saw his horses win $19.69 million in purses in 2012, breaking the record of $18.54 million set by his stable in 2011. HOLLOWAY HOPES TO 'STING' MATRON FOES Joe Holloway uses the word "decent" to describe Shebestingin's year so far, but the 3-year-old filly pacer has two more chances to improve that assessment. Shebestingin is the 3-5 morning line favorite in Sunday's $130,650 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers at Dover Downs. She will start from post four with David Miller in the sulky. Last week, Shebestingin won her Matron elimination by three lengths over Ms Caila J Fra in 1:51.2. Ms Caila J Fra is the 9-2 second choice in the final. Dover Downs hosts Matron finals for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers on Sunday. Following the Matron, Shebestingin is expected to make her last start of the year in the $200,000 Nadia Lobell Stakes on Nov. 30 at the Meadowlands. "(Her year has) been decent," said Holloway, who trains Shebestingin for owners Val d'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz and L&L DeVisser. "When I trained her down, I thought she had a chance to be dominant. She wasn't. You have to show up, you have to race." Shebestingin has won 10 of 17 starts this year and finished in the top three a total of 14 times while earning $489,551. The three times she failed to hit the board were the $500,000 Breeders Crown, $350,000 Valley Forge and $184,250 Mistletoe Shalee. All three of those races, as well as the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial where Shebestingin finished second, were won by I Luv The Nitelife. I Luv The Nitelife did not enter the Matron, but is expected to race in the Nadia Lobell. "I Luv The Nitelife has been the dominant filly; the best 3-year-old filly," Holloway said. "In my heart, I think if we were ever on our good day and have a shot, we could beat her. But we haven't done it, so you have to tip your hat to them. I knew it would be a battle with her, but I thought come year end, we would best her more than she bested us. "We'll have to maybe wait to find out next year. But it should be fun." A daughter of stallion Bettor's Delight out of the mare Armbro Tussle, Shebestingin was purchased as a yearling for $55,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is a half-sister to stakes-winners Hop Sing and Bono Bests. Shebestingin (pronounced She-be-stingin) went 3-for-3 last year, winning divisions of the Simpson, Reynolds and Tompkins-Geers stakes before being sidelined in August by a stress fracture. She won five of her first six races this year, with the loss coming by a neck from post nine to Jerseylicious in the Bobby Weiss Series final at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Other highlights this year included winning her division of the Glen Garnsey in a world-record 1:47 at The Red Mile on Oct. 5 and capturing the $250,750 Empire Breeders Classic in a stakes- and track-record 1:49 at Tioga Downs on Aug. 11. Her 1:47 mile in the Garnsey is the fastest ever by a female pacer of any age in harness racing history. "(Was I surprised) that she raced well? No," Holloway said about her effort at The Red Mile. "That she went in (1):47 flat, time becomes a little bit irrelevant anymore because horses can go so fast, but I've known she's been an extremely fast horse for quite some time." Holloway said Shebestingin had issues tying up at The Red Mile and was not at her best heading into the Breeders Crown. But those issues seem to be in the past as she prepares for the Matron final. "We'd had a tough week before the Breeders Crown," Holloway said. "She had tied up, but no excuses, you have to be good when you have to be good. I wish she had been a little bit better for the night of the Breeders Crown, but she wasn't. But she was very good last week and seems to be excellent so far this week." As for her chances in the Matron, Holloway said he expected her to race well. "I just hope she is as good as she was last week," he added. "She'll handle the rest from there." To see the full Matron card at Dover Downs, click here. by Ken Weingartner for HRC  

Both Shebestingin and Jerseylicious won their respective $21,775 elimination divisions of the Matron Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies Sunday at Dover Downs. Shebestingin was the fastest winner, taking the second division with ease in 1:51.2 for driver David Miller. Ms Caila J Fra (Andy Miller) left from post seven to take the early lead over UF Dragon’s Queen (Tim Tetrick) and led the field to the opening quarter mile in :26.2 as Miller then came first-up and cleared to the lead with Shebestingin before the half mile marker in :54.4. Parlee Beach and driver Brian Sears tried coming first-over in the backstretch but to no avail as Shebestingin cruised to the three-quarters in 1:23.4 and the tore away from the field in the stretch to win by six open lengths. Ms Caila J Fra was second with UF Dragon’s Queen third. Also making it to the $125,000 final next week was fourth place finisher Certified Ideal (John Campbell). Sired by Bettor’s Delight, it was the tenth win this year for Shebestingin. Trained by Joe Holloway, Shebestingin is owned by Val D’Or Farms, Ted Gewertz and L &L Devisser. She paid $2.40 to win as the 1/5 betting favorite. With a bold three-wide move on the final turn, Jerseylicious and driver Corey Callahan were able to collar pacesetter Summertime Lea (Yannick Gingras) and pull away in the stretch to win the first division of the Matron eliminations by two open lengths over Cheyenne Miriam (Andy Miller) in 1:52.1. Summertime Lea was third. It was the 8/5 favorite Summertime Lea that started off the show in front with Exotic Beach (David Miller) grabbing the two-hole spot to the opening quarter mile in :27.1. Then to the half mile in :56.1 Summertime Lea was comfortable on the lead as Cheyenne Miriam came first-over and gave outside cover to Jerseylicious. For Jerseylicious, the daughter of Western Ideal posted her ninth win of the year for trainer Wayne Givens. She is owned by the Legacy Racing of Delaware and Pamela Curran of Milford, DE. She paid $11.80 to win. Also making it to the final was fourth place finisher Handsoffmycupcake (Daniel Dube). By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

DOVER, Del. ---- Monochromatic, who cut out a 1:52.3 mile until the final step, returns in this week's $20,000 Mares Open Handicap at Dover Downs on Monday, Nov. 11. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Owned by North State Street Stable, Monochromatic's two race win streak ended with her second-place finish last week. Corey Callahan is the veteran pacers regular driver. Another local favorite, Foulk Stables' Mystra, an impressive winner in last week's qualifier, makes her first start since last July, and will be driven by Allan Davis. Hot List. A beaten favorite last week at Yonkers, drew the outside post for DiScala, Massari and Burke Racing with Tony Morgan driving. Tim Tetrick will drive Lightning Stable's Lightning Paige, Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta's steady Jeremes Sweetheart teamed with Ross Wolfenden, Ted Gewertz, Fannin Racing and George Teague's Yagonnakissmeornot and Montrell Teague and Joan Gannon, Frank Gannon Jr. and III's Scarlet Pandemic (Frank Milby) has the rail. Monday through Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Friday and Saturday. Sunday racing begins at 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

Harrisburg, PA --- Monarch Blue Chip (hip #1003) topped Thursday’s edition of the Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg, selling for $90,000 to trainer Sam Schillaci for owner Ken Bencic. The colt, a son of Crazed out of the Revenue S mare Reven Crown, bears a bold white blaze. “He is a well-made colt, the three-quarter brother (Rolls Blue Chip) who we raced against this year and he was a good horse,” said Bencic. “Credit Winners cost too much money, although I have two down in Kentucky. We train outside Cleveland at Sahbra Farms, so he’s headed there.” Schillaci says this colt has been in his sights all along. “We targeted him from the beginning,” said Schillaci. “We were hoping he didn’t sell that high. He was right about to the limit of where we were going to go. We’re very pleased to have him and we hope he turns out to be the horse we think he is. Nowadays, people are paying a few extra dollars for a horse that just looks the part and he definitely looks the part.” Ed Lohmeyer and his wife, equine surgeon Dr. Patty Hogan, bred one of the higher priced horses on Thursday, hip #921, the RC Royalty colt Lunch With Jack. He sold for $55,000 to New York-based trainer Gates Brunet. “I’m looking for New York breds and I’m looking for trotters and I’m very short on trotters,” said Brunet.  “I’m focused on trotting colts and he’s a very nice looking individual and I like the fact that there’s a very recent update on the horse. The brother, Crosbys Clam Bake, just won the Grassroots Final in 1:53 in Toronto. “The RC Royaltys, they do good, but there weren’t that many selling that I could see. There weren’t any in Lexington; there were a few at Morrisville. One of his horses won the Hambo (Royalty For Life) and he throws nice looking individuals. In New York, Credit Winners, I can’t touch them. But for that kind of money, $50,000, you get a nice looking individual. I love Conway Halls, but they’re hard to touch, too. “I’d like to win the Hambo, but I buy horses bred for the sire stakes. I bought this one for Ted Gewertz and Clare Chappell; there may be other partners coming in. The colt’s name comes from Dr. Hogan’s family. “Jack is Patty’s father’s nickname; he came over every Wednesday and had lunch with Patty,” said co-breeder Lohmeyer “He passed away about two months ago. John J. Hogan and they called him Jack.  “Per Henriksen raced a half-brother to him for me in Canada this year, Crosbys Clam Bake, named after the first Pebble Beach (golf tournament). He raced real well. He made $90,000 and I sold him for $125,000.” Paul Kelley signed for hip #988, a $60,000 pacing filly by Art Major, named Mowet Blue Chip out of the Matt’s Scooter mare Armbro Savannah. “I saw him at the farm, but if you turn the clock back about 15 years, I actually had her mother, Armbro Savannah,” said Kelley. “I bought her as a yearling and I really liked her a lot. I ultimately ended up selling her to Perretti Farms as a broodmare. She went on to produce what she did (six stakes-winners; five $100,000 winners including millionaire Georgia Pacific) and she’s been a good producing dam. This particular filly I thought was one of her better looking foals. She stood very correct, a lot of the prior foals were a little bit toed-in and they were still able to overcome that kind of conformation fault and be good horses. “This is the first one I’ve had out of the mare. She’s a little but older now, but she (the yearling) is very correct, so I’m happy with her. There will be partners on her, New York people, players to be named later. There are some people very interested in getting in on her, so it shouldn’t be hard to split her up.” Through the first four days of the sale, 1,047 horses sold for a total of $35.9 million and an average of $34,345 against 2012 figures of 1,162 horses sold at an average of $28,889.  This is an improvement of 13.7% over 2012.  “It’s the same trend that’s been going on all week,” said Dr. Paul Spears, president of the Standardbred Sales Company.  “Unofficial numbers show that we’re just short of $36 million gross, 1,047 horses sold for $39,950,500 with average prices $34,345.  We’re up considerably over last year.  New York had the highest average of $39,667 and New Jersey actually did quite well at $38,830.  Pennsylvania is at $35,200 and Ontario’s at $23,354.  “So overall, quite good and I don’t think there were any big surprises, to me.  A few of the highest priced horses today were placed there on purpose by their consignors.  Sometimes being a big fish in a little pond is a good thing.  I thought it was very solid all the way through and again, we have to remember, there are there are more than 500 fewer commercial yearlings being sold in the Mid-Atlantic area at public sales over the last couple years.  When supply goes down that far, the demand is there and so the prices have to go up.”    1,162 horses sold at an average of $28,889. by Ellen Harvey for HRC

DOVER, Del. --- A full 15 race program opens the Dover Downs’ 2013-2014 season on Sunday, Nov. 3. First post is 5:30 p.m. Trace Tetrick joins track driver colony. The opening feature race pits Ted Gewertz, Bob Feldman, Kovach Stables and George Teague’s Feel Like A Fool, a career winner of $931,611 with Montrell Teague driving, and Three Of Spades, who has banked $741,203 for owners Bib Roberts and Bill DeLodovico, in the $9,500 feature pace. Hard-hitting veteran Itchy, owned, trained and driven by Vince Copeland, High Joltage, racing for former Philadelphia Flyers standout Rick MacLeish and trainer Ben Stafford, and Pike Hanover, with Allan Davis driving for Pat McCrae, are among the challengers. Maude Birney and Archie Peel’s Chipoffablueblock with Jim Morand, Sir Globalop Z Tam starts from post 9 in the second tier with Eddie Davis Jr.in the bike for Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing, Russ Foster’s Hi Sir, driven by Eric Carlson and Q Rock, owned by Dawn Webb and Bill Bright with Corey Callahan, drew the rail. On the undercard, Trace Tetrick makes his first local appearance in a non-stakes event at the track. Track, younger brother of one-time track champion driver, Tim Tetrick, is one of the leading drivers at several Mid-Western tracks. He will drive Enee Weenie And Me, the program favorite in a Delaware $15,000 Male Claiming pace. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing Fridays. It is suggested that reservations be made early to dine in the Winner’s Circle Restaurant. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Harness and thoroughbred Simulcasting is featured in the Race and Sports Book from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily. Marv Bachrad  

With six Breeders Crown titles trainer Joe Holloway knows what it takes to make a champion. His Jennas Beach Boy captured Crowns in three consecutive years between 1994 and 1996.   On Saturday, despite having the fastest pacing filly or mare of all time in Shebestingin, Holloway will be trying for win number seven as somewhat of an outsider looking in.   “I Luv The Nitelife has been a lot like Captaintreacherous,” said Holloway. “Horses get close but they don’t go by.”   Earlier this season Holloway was extremely high on his Bettors Delight-sired filly and expected her to be among the elite in the division. Entering the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-year-old filly final on Saturday Shebestingin has yet to defeat division leader I Luv The Nitelife.   “You really can’t make excuses,” said Holloway, “She just hasn’t gotten it done yet.” But if there is ever going to be a time for Shebestingin to step up it would be now, off the most explosive mile in the sport’s illustrious history.   The last time the slick filly raced competitively she shattered the world mark for three-year-old pacing fillies winning the Glen Garnsey Memorial by open lengths in an astonishing 1:47. The victory came a week removed from a 1:49 victory in the first week of Grand Circuit action at Lexington’s Red Mile.   “I thought the first week she’d have a chance to break the world record but she was three deep in the turn and off the turn and that doesn’t help over that track,” said Holloway.   “To be honest I thought she could beat it the second week but I never thought she would pace a mile in 1:47,” Holloway said. “I mean David (driver Miller) was hollering at her down the stretch but she was very strong to the wire.”   Since Lexington Shebestingin returned and trained a mile last Saturday at Pocono to keep sharp and will mostly jog miles heading into Saturday’s key confrontation.   On paper there’s really not that much separating the two fillies. Shebestingin has won nine of 15 starts this season and has gone some seriously fast miles winning races against every other filly in the division with the exception of I Luv The Nitelife.   With post five inside I Luv The Nitelife on Saturday one might think that Shebestingin has an advantage. That may not be the case. I Luv The Nitelife started outside Shebestingin in the Lynch Memorial in June at Mohegan Sun at Pocono.   In that mile I Luv The Nitelife actually got to the front before Shebestingin did and parked her rival to the half before she made the front.   The two fillies have contrasting styles with I Luv The Nitelife far more comfortable on the lead or in the pocket. Shebestingin has managed to beat the top fillies in the division on the front end when I Luv The Nitelife was not in the race, but at other times she’s been a tiger stalking and exploding off cover.   What does Holloway hope happens on Saturday?   “I’d like to see both horses get a good trip and for us to win,” he said.   The last time the two fillies met was in the Valley Forge at Pocono in August, a race that Shebestingin never was involved in. The filly acted up behind the gate and broke stride leaving the decision to her rival without a fight. At The Red Mile the same thing almost cost her a chance at a world record. She caused a recall before getting her act together the second time around and becoming the fastest female pacer of all time.   Earlier in the season Holloway was concerned that his filly would ease up in the stretch once on the lead. He cautioned driver Miller to keep her mind on business and not to let her lose focus. It was evident in her record mile that the filly had learned from her mistakes with a startling :27 final quarter. On Saturday Shebestingin will not be racing against a teletimer and Holloway seems to know that. Ideally he’d love to see I Luv The Nitelife get used a little while his filly gets to relax.   “I think Authorize is coming into the race in great shape,” said Holloway perhaps alluding to a potential early speed horse that could at least make the pace more honest.   Of course the field also includes last year’s Breeders Crown winner Somwherovrarainbow. “She’s got a lot of talent and could decide to leave,” said Holloway of the defending champion.   With $438,664 banked this year it’s hard for Holloway to consider the season less than successful. At the same time adding another Breeders Crown victory to the five he’s already won for owners Lee and Linda DeVisser would be special. Long time patrons Val D’Or Farms and Ted Gewertz also share ownership in the world champion filly.   “You’ve got to show up and race well even when you’re not at the top of your game,” said Holloway generalizing what it takes to be considered a champion racehorse.   He does however expect Shebestingin to be at the top of her game on Saturday.   By Jay Bergman for the Breeders Crown  

Despite suffering a near life-ending injury as a freshman, the 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall has amassed $441,078 in career earnings and, with a solid fourth-place finish in last week’s Breeders Crown elimination, earned a  berth in Saturday’s $250,000 Mare Trot. Owned by Ted Gewertz, NY, NY; Michael Rosenthal, Las Vegas, NV; Jean Brunet of Ontario and Debbie Brunet of Munsville, NY, Cowgirl Hall is a well-built, streamlined, yet anxious filly who has earned the majority of her dollars trotting around New York State raceways. “She’s been very good to us,” said her conditioner Debbie Brunet. “She’s got a lot of talent and it’s a bit of a miracle that she ever made it to the races.” Debbie purchased the filly out of the 2010 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg for $23,000. “We really liked the breeding and liked the looks of her once we saw her in the flesh,” she recalled. “Her dam—Centerfold Hall—is a well-bred mare who was a very nice 2-year-old.” Centerfold Hall, 2, 1:56.3M ($88,136) is a daughter of Garland Lobell who won multiple events at two, including a $82,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes Final and an Arden division at The Meadows. After training down well over the winter months of 2011, Cowgirl Hall appeared poised for a successful freshman campaign.  She won her pari-mutuel debut in a Saratoga overnight on June 29 by six lengths, trotting in 2:03.1 with Debbie’s husband Gates in the sulky.  After a third-place finish in a $25,439 New York Sire Stake, she finished a strong second to Check Me Out in a $16,810 Tompkins Geers at Tioga Downs on July 14, timed in 1:56.3. It was then that near-disaster struck. “She had just finished second to Check Me Out in the Geers and we were thrilled,” Debbie recalled. “After we brought her home that night, she somehow found a nail in her stall, and got hung up on it, literally.” Cowgirl Hall likely kicked a board that resulted in exposing a long nail that protruding out in her stall.  During the night she somehow impaled herself upon it.  The nail went straight into and through her shoulder joint.  It did not affect the muscle, flesh or cartilage surrounding the joint.  “It was just a freak thing,” Debbie stressed. “The nail was long and had gone all the way into her right shoulder—a near perfect straight puncture wound.  There wasn’t any blood but we hit her with antibiotics and cleaned up the wound and for two days she seemed okay. Then on the third day, she seized up and couldn’t walk.  Her shoulder was all blown up.” Debbie and Gates loaded the filly onto a trailer and headed for New York’s Cornell University Veterinary Clinic. “It was all we could do to get her on the trailer, that’s how bad she was,” Debbie remembered. “Gates drove her down to the university and when he took her off the truck, the veterinarians there told him that her chances were not good; that 90% of shoulder joint infections result in the horse having to be put down. The vets there were not optimistic about her chances at all, and in fact, told Gates straight out to just put her down, that there would be very little hope for her to ever walk normally, let alone race.  But Gates was determined and told them to do whatever they could to save her.” The operation cost a hefty $10,000, but Gates and Debbie’s faith in Cowgirl Hall paid off quicker than anyone thought possible. “After surgery, the attending veterinarian, Dr. Lisa Fortier, told us there was no debris in the wound, and that the fluid looked good,” Debbie offered. “Cowgirl was at the clinic for several weeks and when she came home, she appeared to be fine, like the injury hadn’t affected her at all.” Miraculously, Cowgirl Hall returned to work immediately, jogging and training, and scoring a winning 2:00.3 qualifier at Vernon Downs on Aug. 26.  One week later she won a $36,050 Historic division at Vernon, wire-to-wire, in a seasonal best of 1:57. “She was a tad ouchy for a few days, but after the swelling went down, the wound never really seemed to bother her, and it didn’t affect her stride,” Debbie acknowledged. “We were thrilled that she seemed to take it so well.” Cowgirl Hall went on to procure $52,385 in earnings her freshman season, scoring additional wins in a $16,355 Simpson at Vernon in 1:57.2 and a $12,200 New York-bred late closer at Yonkers in 2:01.4. At three, Cowgirl Hall came back stronger than ever, scoring a trio of wins in her first three trips postward that year.  She won a $10,900 New York Sire Stake Prep in 1:55.1, drawing off by 8¼ lengths in her customary, gate-to-wire fashion, then ten days later won a $59,346 NYSS at Saratoga in 1:57.4 in the same style.  She then won a $12,800 New York State Fair test in 1:56.4, and would go on that summer to win four more times, amassing $351,245. The high point of her sophomore season came when she captured the $225,000 NYSS Final at Yonkers in 1:57.1 on Sept. 22, 2012. Debbie is no stranger to harness racing, having been taught the ropes via her father, trainer Jack Sherren. “My dad was my mentor and he was a great teacher, and a kind, gentle soul,” Debbie stressed. “He taught me how to take care of a horse the right way.  He just loved horses and I used to go with him every day after school, when we lived in California and raced at Hollywood Park.  He was a very talented horseman who had a true love of the business.” Debbie met Gates Brunet while working in California for her father, and in 1976, married him and together the couple moved to New York, near Vernon Downs, where they have been based ever since.  Together Debbie and Gates train “about a dozen horses in the summer,” before heading to Pinehurst, South Carolina for the winter. “We usually have anywhere from 15 to 18 babies down there,” she stated. This year, Cowgirl Hall has added another five wins and four thirds to her tally in 17 seasonal starts. Lifetime she’s posted 16 wins, six seconds and nine thirds, and this summer recorded a career mark of 1:54.3s in a Vernon overnight with Gates in the sulky.  Debbie stressed that while the filly is a tough competitor on the racetrack, she’s also a demanding keeper. “She’s a real high maintenance filly who has to be turned out every day,” Debbie said.  “She needs to get out, she doesn’t like too much time in the stall, and frets if she doesn’t get her pasture time.  As soon as we turn the truck on, she knows she’s going to race and starts walking around her stall.  This routine has worked best for her, and it works for a lot of our horses. We continuously rotate horses in and out from Vernon.” Cowgirl Hall’s luck of the draw has been consistently poor when it comes to her Breeders Crown starts.  Last year at Woodbine she drew post ten, and after a first-up trip, finished sixth.  Now, she’s drawn post nine in this year’s final, but Debbie still has faith in her filly.  “We haven’t been lucky with the Breeders Crown draw, but at least we’re showing up,” she chuckled. “The filly is feeling good right now and came out of her elimination well, and we’re very happy to have the opportunity to be part of another Breeders Crown.” by Kim Rinker for the Breeders Crown  

This Week: Breeders Crown eliminations, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and Hanover Stakes, Balmoral Park, Crete, Ill. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week will get underway on Friday night (Oct. 11) at Pocono Downs with three sets of Breeders Crown eliminations, with a $25,000 purse for each race. There will be a pair of elims in the 2-year-old filly trot and 2-year-old filly pace, plus a single contest for the 2-year-old colt trotters. The Saturday card (Oct. 12) at Pocono will feature seven sets of $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations. The 2-year-old colt pacers will split into a trio of eliminations; the 3-year-old filly trotters, 3-year-old colt trotters, 3-year-old colt pacers, and older mare trotters will have two eliminations apiece; and the older mare pacers and older open pacers will each have a single elimination. Balmoral Park will host a pair of $70,000 (est.) Hanover Stakes on Sunday (Oct. 13) with contests for both the 2-year-old colt trotters and the 2-year-old filly trotters. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras – 1,423; 2. Tim Tetrick – 1,284; 3. David Miller - 872; 4. Brian Sears - 598.5; and 5. Andy Miller – 575. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke – 1,357.5; 2. Jimmy Takter – 937.5; 3. Linda Toscano – 443.5; 4. Jonas Czernyson – 362.5; and 5. Tony Alagna – 359. Owners: 1. Burke Racing – 298.2; 2. Weaver Bruscemi – 280; 3. Brittany Farms – 225.1; 4. Frank Bellino – 218.5; and 5. WJ Donovan – 185.75. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and Vernon Downs. Pocono will host all 12 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds and older horses of both sexes and gaits. Vernon will offer the fifth leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit  

Shebestingin fastest pacing female of all time in 1:47 Shebestingin became the fastest female pacer in the history of harness racing Saturday, capturing a $122,500 division of the Tattersalls Stakes at the Red Mile in Lexington, KY in 1:47. Driven by Dave Miller, Shebestingin surpassed the former world mark of 1:47.3 set by Put On A Show in 2012 by three fifths of a second. After an opening quarter mile in :26.4 by 10-1 long shot Authorize, Miller sent Shebestingin to the lead and was on top by the half mile marker in :53.1. Scandalous Hanover and driver Tim Tetrick then challenge first-over to the three-quarters in 1:20. As those two fillies were neck and neck starting down the stretch, Shebestingin just pulled away and won by three open lengths in her world record time. Scandalous Hanover was second with Authorize third. “She has always been a really fast horse,” Dave Miller said, “Obviously she has learned to carry it. The conditions were right, the track is perfect and she worked out a great mile. When I was getting around the last turn it was 1:19 on the clock and I thought we are going too fast. But she still had a hold of me all the way through the stretch. I was surprised she went that much. She is such a good horse.” Trained by Joe Holloway and owned by the Val D’Or Farms, Ted Gewertz and L & L Devisser, it was the ninth win this year for three-year-old Shebestingin, who is sired by Bettor’s Delight. Shebestingin paid $3.20 to win as the betting favorite. And at the start of the race, Shebestingin caused a recall as she had refused to get behind the starting gate but once regrouped she was fine. Carols Desire wins second division In the 8th race $122,500 second division of the Tattersalls it was Carols Desire and driver Yannick Gingras who had the early lead by the opening quarter mile in :27.2, then sat the pocket trip to pacesetter Parlee Beach and came back on in the stretch to win in 1:49.4. Tim Tetrick had Parlee Beach in front before the half mile in :53.4 and led to the three-quarters in 1:21.2 before anyone in the back of the back started first-over. Belle Boyd (Jody Jamieson) tried a late first-over move but could not collar the leaders. But Carols Desire had the perfect trip and used it well to victory lane. Parlee Beach was second with Mattie Terror Girl (John Campbell) third. It was the seventh win this year for Carols Desire and a life time for the daughter of Real Desire. She is trained by Ron Burke and is co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Brucemi, R Ringer and P Collure. She paid $7.40 to win. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com  

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