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Dover, DE - Ideal Lifestyle A sets a harness racing lifetime mark in the $27,500 Mares Open at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Moments of Joy and Valuable Art left alertly, as expected and raced to the quarter in 27 flat. Tim Tetrick and Ideal Lifestyle A decided to up the ante and confidently pulled from third.  They seized control of the race past the quarter pole. The half was reached in 55.3, a 28.3 quarter. Dibaba N and Corey rushed up past the half and pressured Ideal Lifestyle A. They reached the three quarters in 1:23.1 and  paced the 3rd quarter in 27.3. Moments of Joy sat in the pocket and Valuable Art remained 3rd on the rail. Shezallapples A was gapping cover nearing the three quarter pole. This allowed Moments Of Joy to ease of the rail and shadow Dibaba N. for the stretch drive.  Ideal Lifestyle A  accelerated in the deep stretch and won by a convincing 1 ½ lengths in 1:50.3.  She was sent off at odds of 5-1.   Ideal Lifestyle A, is an 8 year old mare by Western Ideal.  She established a lifetime mark of 1:50.3 and is owned by Jeffrey Fought, Brian Carsey and Casey Myers.  Jim King Jr. is her trainer and Tim Tetrick was her driver. Dibaba N,  the 7-5 race favorite,  finished 2nd for trainer Dylan Davis and driver Corey Callahan. Valuable Art finished 3rd for trainer Nick Callahan and driver Russell Foster. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Backstreet Shadow once again showed his dominance at Dover Downs, scoring his fourth straight victory at the Delaware harness racing track on Thursday evening, this time wiring the field in the $50,000 Invitational Handicap Pace and setting a track record in the process.. With driver Tim Tetrick handling the lines, Backstreet Shadow left from the far outside eight post and was parked out to the opening quarter mile in :26.2 by Jesse Duke N (George Napolitano, Jr.) Backstreet Shadow, once on the lead, cut the mile to the half mile in :54.3, then the three-quarters in 1:21.1. Bettor Memories (Andy McCarthy) came first-over and was in second as they started down the stretch before tiring on the final turn as Tetrick let the five-year-old Shadow Play gelding have his head. Backstreet Shadow kicked in a :27 last quarter mile to win by two open lengths in 1:48.1, shaving one fifth of a second from the prior record for aged pacing geldings.    Jesse Duke N, despite running in the stretch after tiring, held for second place with Shnitzledosomethin (Corey Callahan) third. Trained by Ron Burke and co-owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Backstreet Shadow has the four straight wins out of five starts this year. He paid $3.20 to win. Sicily upsets in the $32,500 Blue Hen Open Handicap pace. At the start of the race, three horses left for early race position. Sicily took the lead. Blazing Bobby Sox held rail position in 2nd.  Slick Tony and George Napolitano Jr., the race favorite, dropped in third. Wiggle It Jiggleit and driver Montrell Teague dived in behind Slick Tony in fourth.  Teague was hoping to get a 2nd over trip behind Tony and that strategy became a reality past the half. Sicily cut fractions of 26.1 55.2 1:23.  The third quarter was paced in 27.3 Turning for home, Wiggle It Jiggleit fanned three wide in the lane as Slick Tony weakened.  Wiggle It Jiggleit's bid stalled. Sicily powered home and won by three quarters of a length in 1:50.3.   He was sent off at odds of 6-1. Sicily is by Art Major, and is owned by Legacy Racing of Delaware Inc. and Reginald Hazzard II.  Victor Kirby drove the winner for trainer Wayne Givens. Proper One,  who was last at the top of the stretch, circled the pack to finish 2nd for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Carlo Poliseno. Wiggle It Jiggleit finished 3rd for trainer Clyde Francis.    By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink (with files from Dover Downs)

When you are voted Harness Horse of the Year, there are no easy races, even when you are making your first start of a new harness racing season. Such was the case for 2019 Dan Patch Horse of the Year, Shartin N, who was able to close from last place at the top of the stretch to win in her 2020 debut at Dover Downs Wednesday. The special $50,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace saw Write Me A Song (Yannick Gingras) go out to take early control of the race with Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan) getting the two-hole pocket trip to the opening quarter mile in :27.1. There was no movement as the field passed the half mile in :55.1 and then things began to take shape in the backstretch. Bettor Joy N (Victor Kirby) came first-over and that flushed Callahan with Apple Bottom Jeans out of the two-hole as they went by the three-quarters in 1:22.1. Meanwhile, Major Occasion A (Andy McCarthy) was on the outside second tier with Shartin N and driver Tim Tetrick still in last place but fanning out four-wide to mount their challenge. Apple Bottom Jeans was able to wear down Write Me A Song, then take command starting down the stretch. It was then that both Major Occasion A and Shartin N each kicked-in another gear and Shartin N was the fastest of all, winning by a long neck in 1:50. Major Occasion A was second with Apple Bottom Jeans third.   “Last year I sent her to the front a lot,” said Tim Tetrick. “This time I told Jimmy (King) that I was taking her back and coming late and she got the job done tonight. She just showed how truly great she is.” Trained by Jim King, Jr. for owners Richard Polliucci, JoeAnn Looney-King and Tim Tetrick, Shartin N, now age seven, is sired by Tintin In America and paid $2.60 to win as the overwhelming favorite. “I don’t know how it can be any better than this,” King said in reference to Shartin N both winning tonight and winning Horse of the Year honors. “Especially the way she raced tonight. Here we go again, I hope.” Shartin N will next race at Yonkers Raceway in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series. The tenth race $27,500 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace saw Moments Of Joy and driver Victor Kirby leave like a rockets from post eight to take the early lead with Valuable Art (Corey Callahan) grabbing the two-hole spot to the opening quarter mile in :26.2. Content to race Indian-style past the half mile in :55.3, it was not until the field reached the backstretch that Anytime N and driver Art Stafford, Jr. pulled from third place on the rail and came first-over to challenge Moments Of Joy for control of the lead. Past the three-quarters in 1:22.4, Anytime N started to wear down Moments Of Joy and Stafford got his mare to clear to the lead as they started down the stretch. Then, from last place, fanning four-wide on the final turn was Soho Burning Love A and driver Tim Tetrick. Try as they did, eating up ground in the stretch, they came up a head short to Anytime N, who stopped the teletimer in 1:51. Moments Of Joy was third.   It was a lifetime mark and the fifth win in her last six starts for Anytime N. The six-year-old mare by Bettors Delight is trained by Dylan Davis for owner Kalman Saul Liebowitz of Westlake Village, CA. She paid $10.20 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Dover, DE - Jack Vernon cruised to victory in the Winners Over Select Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Harness racing driver Tim Tetrick confidently sent the 3/5 race favorite Jack Vernon to the front.  Tetrick was able to control the race and set fractions of 27.4, :57 to the half and three-quarters in 1:25. Home’N Dry gladly sat in the pocket. The field remained in single file until Bluebird Jesse pulled at the halfway point.  Allan Davis sent his charge 1st over but his bid stalled on the outside.  Filled Donut was forced to trot three wide at the three quarter station, as time was running out. Sheez On A Cruze remained on the rail. In the stretch, it was all Jack Vernon as he trotted to victory in 1:53.2.   He won by a handy, length and a quarter as the three to five race favorite. Jack Vernon (Muscle Hill -Vernon Blue Chip-Sir Taurus) is owned by Howard Taylor and Michael Casalino Jr.  Dylan Davis was the winning trainer. Home’N Dry finished a non-threatening second for trainer Brian Malone and driver Tyler Davis. Jamin Jack sat on the rail and picked up the show spot for trainer and driver Victor Kirby. Shartin N returns to the races in the $50,000 Mares Invitational on Wednesday night.  It will be the 12th race on the card.  Backstreet Shadow and Jesse Duke N collide in the $50,000 Invitational pace at Dover Downs on Thursday.  Both pacers have won three races in a row.   Backstreet Shadow, trained by Ron Burke, earned his victories at Dover Downs and has been assigned post 8.  In two of his wins he paced in under 1:49.4 Jesse Duke N, who dominated his fields at the Meadowlands, is trained by Chris Ryder and drew post 7. He paced his last quarters in 26 flat in all three victories. Bettor Memories finished 2nd to Backstreet Shadow and took a lifetime mark at Dover Downs.  He must be considered. Franco Totem N and Harambe Deo ship in from the Meadowlands where they raced  against Preferred company. They must be respected. The field assembled is as follows.   Trojan Banner N Bettor Memories Ideal Feeling Shnitzledosomethin Franco Totem N Harambe Deo Jesse Duke N Backstreet Shadow Dover Downs post time is 4:30 pm by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Dover, DE - Backstreet Shadow scored a harness racing hat trick in winning the $32,500 Preferred Pace for the third straight time at Dover Downs on Thursday night. Key Advisor quickly left and forced San Domino A to take a seat in 2nd. Key Advisor cut fractions of 27.1 and 55.4 to the half mile. Then at the half mile marker, San Domino A,confidently pulled the pocket and cleared Key Advisor midway down the back stretch. The 1/2 race favorite, Backstreet Shadow waited patiently from his rail position in third.  As San Domino A cleared, Backstreet Shadow and driver Tim Tetrick were in full attack mode.  They surged past a well fought San Domino A in the stretch and won by one and a quarter lengths in 1:50.3.    Backstreet Shadow is trained by Ron Burke and is co-owned by Burke Racing Stables, Bruscemi, Karr, Silva-Purnel and Libby San Domino A finished a well fought 2nd for trainer Andrew Harris and driver George Napolitano Jr. Wiggle It Jiggleit raced well following a 2nd over trip behind the race winner and picked up the show spot.  Clyde Francis was the trainer and Montrell Teague was the driver. Q’s Cruise cruised to victory in the $30,000 Blue Hen Open Pace Thursday night. Q’s Cruise and Manverick left quickly and established early race position. Manverick and Corey Callahan pulled from the pocket and aggressively  chose to control the race pace. Q’s Control relented and accepted the pocket. Manverick set fractions of 27.3 and :55.2 to the half mile. Midway down the backstretch, Sicily pulled off the rail from third and bravely moved alongside Manverick. They paced to the three quarters in 1:23.2, a 28.1 quarter. At the head of the stretch, Sicily could not clear a stubborn Manverick. Blazing Bobby Sox followed the 2nd over trip and Art Stafford Jr. called upon his charge to swing three-wide into the lane.   However, newly named Hall Of Famer Tim Tetrick stayed patient on the rail with Q’s Cruise. They were able to power past the field in the deep stretch hugging the rail. Q’s Cruise won by a half length in 1:52.1 and odds of 2-1.   Q’s Cruise is owned by Jo Ann Looney-King and trained by her husband Jim King Jr. Sicily, the 8/5 race favorite, finished a game 2nd for trainer Wayne Givens. Dexter Dunn was the driver. Blazing Bobby Sox finished 3rd for driver/ trainer Art Stafford Jr. Two and a half lengths separated the entire field. Tim Tetrick picked up 6 wins on the card. Newley crowned 2019 Dan Patch, Horse Of The Year, Shartin N, will take on five other talented female pacers in the Mares Invitational Pace on Wednesday at Dover Downs.  Post Time is 4:30 pm. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

No one needs to worry about Shartin N resting on her laurels, although she might get to relax a little more this year than her previous two seasons. In 2018, Shartin N made at least one start in every month from January through November on her way to the first million-dollar season for a pacing mare and a Dan Patch Award for best older female pacer. Last year, she made at least one start in every month from March through November. She won 15 of 19, finished second on three occasions, earned $982,177, set the record (1:46.4) for the fastest mile ever by a female pacer, and was named top pacing mare, Pacer of the Year, and Horse of the Year. She became the first pacing mare in history to be named Horse of the Year, as well as the first horse bred outside North America to receive the honor. The 7-year-old New Zealand import is already working toward her return to the races, which is expected to come next week at Dover Downs. Then it's off to Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker Series, a six-week event that Shartin N has won each of the past two years. Following the Matchmaker, which begins March 13 and ends April 18, trainer Jim King Jr. will look to give Shartin N some time off. "We've decided to try to give her a split year instead of trying to go all the way through the year," King said. "If that works out, when we get done with the Matchmaker hopefully we can give her a pretty good break and then get her back ready to take off from there. It won't be a real long break, but there are some races that we're going to try to miss. "If she can be good early and be good late, she can still accomplish a lot. That's a lot to ask of a horse that you just got done racing for 10 months, twice. But so far, she hasn't minded me doing foolish things." Shartin N, bred in New Zealand by Grant Crabbe, was purchased in the fall of 2017 by Richard Poillucci. She is now owned by Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick LLC. Since arriving in North America, Shartin N has won 34 of 43 races and $2.03 million. "It's just absolutely amazing for us to be in a position to buy a Down Under mare and become Horse of the Year," Poillucci said. "I was just hoping for a nice open mare. This has far exceeded all expectations. What she's done at that level of racing is unbelievable. To keep them on their toes in those kinds of miles is a very difficult task. "I think that's what most impresses me, her ability to carry speed the way she does and standout in races where they're going (fast fractions) and she's still charging. Horses don't do that stuff on a regular basis." Tetrick has driven Shartin N in all her North American starts. "She was pretty tough (to handle) when she started," Tetrick said during this past Sunday's Dan Patch Awards banquet, when the Horse of the Year announcement was made. "But she had big lungs and you couldn't get her tired. When she was on her game she was as good as any horse I've ever sat behind. She has a ton of speed and grit. She had a mind of her own, but she worked with us and we got it done." Shartin N qualified on Feb. 19 at Dover Downs, winning in 1:51.3. Poillucci called the qualifier "absolutely perfect." "Here it comes again," King said, referring to a new season. "Every indication is that she's come back very good." Shartin N will attempt to become the first horse to repeat as Horse of the Year since trotting mare Moni Maker in 1998-99 and the first pacer to repeat since Cam Fella in 1982-83. She finished second to McWicked in balloting for 2018 Horse of the Year and, according to noted harness racing historian Bob "Hollywood" Heyden, is the first since Matt's Scooter in 1989 to be runner-up one year and come back the next season to receive Horse of the Year. "I just want to say thank you to all the voters, and most of all thank you to Shartin," King said Sunday at the banquet, adding later, "She's definitely been life changing for us." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Pompano Beach, FL — Pompano Park will host two major harness racing events on Sunday (March 1) as eight of the greatest names in the sport will compete in a multi-race competition over the famed five-eighths-mile oval. The top billing goes to the “Masters of the Mile Drivers Challenge” featuring eight drivers whose total victory count is more than 100,000 with horse owners benefiting to the tune of almost $1 billion in purse money. Dave Palone, with 19,114 career wins, will be in action on Sunday night, along with Tony Morgan (16,622), David Miller (12,914), Tim Tetrick (11,531), Wally Hennessey (10,461), Kevin Wallis (10,281), Peter Wrenn (10,220), and Bruce Ranger (9,172). For the members of Pompano Park’s “Send It In Army,” these “Masters of the Mile” will be a part of the early daily double, the final leg of the Pick-5, the start of the Pick-4 and an Open 2 pace. In addition, Miller and Tetrick will be hosts of the Pro-Am with both competing as captains in three other events featuring many of the top amateur drivers, which has become an annual tradition here at Pompano Park benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation and New Vocations. Those trio of events encompass the second half of the early daily double, the kick-off of the Pick-6 and the fourth race pentafecta. Post time for the blockbuster card is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Dover, DE - Backstreet Shadow was impressive in winning back to back in the $32,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. It was a change of tactic by driver Dexter Dunn as he sent Bettor Memories, normally a closer, on the lead at the quarter in 26.3. Bo Mach accepted the pocket trip.  Backstreet Shadow, the 1/2 odds race favorite, left from post six and settled in third, but not for long. Tim Tetrick, allowed an eager Backstreet Shadow to get his way and he responded, pulling at the quarter then leading the field to the half in 54.2 a 27.4 quarter.   Backstreet Shadow intimidated the field as they remained on the rail. Closing Statement and driver Andrew McCarthy angled to the outside past the half and raced without cover. They offered little concern for Backstreet Shadow. He confidently took the field to the three quarters in 1:22.4, a 28.2 quarter. In the stretch, Bettor Memories angled off the rail but was in futile chase and finished 2nd for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Nifty Norman. Backstreet Shadow won by three-quarters of a length in 1:49.4.   Bo Mach saved ground on the rail and finished third for driver Corey Callahan and trainer Dylan Davis. Wiggle It Jiggleit was a non threatening 4th. Slick Tony prevailed in the $30,000 Blue Hen Open Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. There was a three horse scramble for the early lead as Manverick, Proper One and Sicily played tag. Sicily proved fastest and took the lead at the quarter in a fast 26.1. Proper One was then launched at the quarter pole by Andrew McCarthy and led the field to the half in 54.1, a 28 flat quarter. Slick Tony took his cue past the half and surged along side of Proper One. They paced to the three quarters in 1:22.2,. a 28.1 third quarter. Q’s Cruise followed 2nd over and was ready to pounce on the leaders. In the stretch, Slick Tony cleared for the lead and won by 2½ length in 1:50.2.  He was sent off as the even odds favorite. Slick Tony is owned and trained by George Leager. George Napolitano Jr was the driver.   Q’s Cruise finished 2nd for trainer Jim King Jr. and driver Tim Tetrick. Manverick, finished with energy and closed to be third for driver Corey Callahan and Bruce Saunders. Racing resumes on Monday at Dover Downs.  Post time is 4:30 pm.   by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs            

Dover, DE - World Champion pacing mare, Shartin N, with harness racing driver Tim Tetrick in the sulky, made her return to racing in 2020 with a super sharp qualifying win Wednesday morning at Dover Downs. Tetrick left alertly with Shartin N  from post 6 and settled into third position. Highalator carved out the fraction of :28.2, :55.3 and 1:23.2 with Apple Bottom Jeans sitting the pocket trip. Both Apple Bottom Jeans and Shartin N surged off the rail in the deep stretch.  Shartin N won by a neck over Apple Bottom Jeans in 1:51.2 with Highalator was third. It was just last year when Shartin N became fastest harness racing mare in history at a distance of one mile with her amazing 1:46.4 victory on August 3, 2019 at The Meadowlands.     by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

DOVER, DE - Jack Vernon makes it two out of three wins in the Winners Over/Open Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Elysium Lindy and Home’n Dry left quickly and established an early race position.  Elysium Lindy forced Home’n Dry to take a seat in the pocket at the quarterpole. The 4/5 race favorite, Jack Vernon lingered on the outside for the speed to settle, then made his move.  Elysium Lindy cut the early fractions of a rapid :26.1 then backed the half to :55.3, a 29.2 quarter. Nearing the half Jack Vernon and driver Tim Tetrick made their move and pounced on the leader and pressured Elysium Lindy to the three quarters in 1:23.1.  They trotted a 27.3 third quarter.  Home’N Dry vacated the pocket near the three quarter pole and anticipated a 2nd over journey behind Jack Vernon that would carry him into the stretch.  Unfortunately, Home’N Dry made a break.   Jack Vernon disposed of a tiring pace setter Elysium Lindy. The 7 year old trotted clear by the field in the stretch.    Blue Bird Jesse was able to avoid the breaking Home’N Dry near the three quarter pole and closed to be second.   Faithfulandtrue closed from last to pick up the show spot. Jack Vernon won by a safe, length in 1:53. He scored his second win in three starts against Open company at Dover Downs. He is owned by Howard Taylor and Mike Casalino Jr. and trained by Dylan Davis. Bluebird Jesse finished 2nd for driver Alan Davis and trainer Jim King Jr. Faithfulandtrue and driver Mike Cole for trainer Joe Columbo earned the show spot. Valuable Art looks to make it back to back wins in 10th race  Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Post Time is 4:30 pm. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Dover, DE – Bettor Trix N was impressive tonight for harness racing driver Tim Tetrick at Dover Downs in a filly and mare condition event. It began with Valuable Art and driver Corey Callahan who left alertly from post 8 and led the field to the quarter. Bettor Trix N and Tetrick decided to take the pocket trip. The field raced single-file until Shezza GNP N pulled first-over nearing the half for Montrell Teague. Valuable Art and Shezza GNP N battled to the three-quarter pole, pacing a 26.3 quarter. Bettor Trix N and Tim Tetrick, benefited from the speed duel and powered their way in the stretch to victory. Bettor Trix N was sent off as the 6/5 race favorite.  This win gave her a new lifetime mark of 1:51.3.   Bettor Trix N, is owned by Jo Ann Looney-King and trained by her husband Jim King Jr.  Valuable Art finished a gallant 2nd, for trainer Nick Callahan. Sweet Bobbie finished a ground saving third for trainer Kay Gannon and driver Jonathan Roberts. Tim Tetrick picked up four wins on the night. Wiggle It Jiggleit and Slick Tony continue their rivalry in tomorrow’s 12th race. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Dover, DE — Jack Vernon avoided his previous harness racing breaking issues with a wire-to-wire victory in the $25,000 Open Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night (Jan. 14). Trainer Dylan Davis called upon the services of Tim Tetrick, and both trotter and driver responded over a sloppy racetrack. Jack Vernon allowed Home’n Dry to take the lead briefly before retaking the lead at the end of a :27.4 quarter. Tetrick was able to back off the half to :57.2 before facing a first-over challenge from In Secret through three-quarters in 1:25.2. Jack Vernon prevailed as the 1-2 favorite, winning handily by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.2.   Home’n Dry stayed on the rail to finish second; Majestic Marvel finished third. Coming up Thursday at Dover Downs, Wiggle It Jiggleit will take on Slick Tony once again in the 12th race Preferred Trot. First race post time is 4:30 pm. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Slick Tony avenged his earlier defeat by Wiggle It Jiggleit last week and won the Preferred Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. Rockin M protected the rail and cut all the fractions of :26.2, :55.1 and 1:22.3 to the three-quarters. Slick Tony and driver Ross Wolfenden was first to pull, expecting to find cover from Wiggle It Jiggleit and Montrell Teague. Teague chose to remain on the rail.  Slick Tony, was then forced to continue his journey first up and coverless. Slick Tony seems to live on the outside. Last week he was parked the entire mile in finishing second. Slick Tony continued to launch his bid, attacking the pacesetter Rockin M through a 27.2 third quarter. Quality Bud became the benefactor, as he paced second over behind Slick Tony.  At the ⅞ pole, Wiggle It Jiggleit shook loose and Quality Bud mounted his charge.  However, they were both outfought by Slick Tony. Slick Tony won by a neck as the second choice  in 1:50.2 for trainer and owner George Leager.     Wiggle It Jiggleit,  the race favorite, finished a fast closing 2nd for trainer Clyde Francis and driver Montrell Teague. Quality Bud finished a game 3rd for trainer Andrew Harris and driver Victor Kirby. Trainer Jim King Jr. and driver Tim Tetrick each captured 4 wins on the race card. Little Ben got up in the final strides and captured the Blue Hen Open Pace. Sicily and driver Victor Kirby, left quickly but allowed Blazing Bobby Sox and driver Art Stafford Jr. to settle on the lead at the quarter in 26.4.  Victor Kirby retook the lead in front of the stands and was joined by Little Ben nearing the half in 55.2.  At that point, both horses paced as a team and drew away from the field reaching the ¾ station in 121.4.  They paced a 27.2 third.  Little Ben raced on the outside and had the lead but not the rail as Sicily continued to dig in. Little Ben was able to finally wear down Sicily,  the 6/5  race favorite, in the deep stretch. Little Ben won by a neck in 1:50.4 for owner Joanne Looney- King and her husband trainer Jim King Jr.  Tim Tetrick was in the bike. Little Ben paid $8.60 to win.   Sicly and driver Victor Kirby for trainer Wayne Givens gained the place spot. Silver Fox J driven by Mike Cole sat 5th on the rail and finished third for trainer Joe Columbo.   by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Hightstown, NJ — One might expect a trip to the Arctic Circle to be nothing less than really cool. And that’s how harness racing driver Tim Tetrick described his journey to Finland for the first Arctic Horse Race competition at Mantyvaara racetrack in Rovaniemi. Tetrick returned home to New Jersey on Tuesday night following a weeklong stay in Finland. He finished third in the Arctic Horse Race event, highlighted by a win with a cold-blood trotter in one of the three legs of the driving competition, but that was far from the only memorable moments he enjoyed. Rovaniemi, situated on the Arctic Circle, is the capital of Lapland and known for being “the official hometown of Santa Claus.” Tetrick met Santa and accepted an invitation to visit his workshop in the days following the Arctic Horse Race, which was held this past Saturday and saw more than 2,600 people attend the event. Among other highlights for Tetrick were driving a reindeer and snow dogs as well as snowmobiling. “It was a lot of fun,” said Tetrick, who was joined by his wife Ashley on the trip. “We enjoyed it and had a great time. They definitely rolled out the red carpet for us.” “It’s something I would have never done if I wasn’t given this opportunity. It was a great trip, just a really cool adventure. I’m grateful for the chance to go and thank everyone that put together such a great event. It’s something I’ll never forget.” Tetrick finished third in the Arctic Horse Race behind winner Antti Teivainen and runner-up Jorma Kontio, both from Finland. Other drivers in the competition were Finland’s Santtu Raitala, Jukka Torvinen, Olli Koivunen, Iikka Nurmonen, Petteri Joki, Mauri Jaara, and Hannu Torvinen as well as Sweden’s Jens Eriksson and Norway’s Hans Christian Holm. The event consisted of one race with a cold-blood trotter, known as the Finnhorse, and two races with Standardbreds. Tetrick won with the Finnhorse, named Pikku-Ryti. “It was just cool that I got to win with a Finnish horse,” Tetrick said. “That drove those guys over there crazy. That was wild they said.”  Getting the opportunity to drive a reindeer was wild, too. “It was different,” Tetrick said. “You don’t steer them. You can’t get in their mouth because if you do, they’ll throw their head. You just have to kind of hold on and hope it goes in the right direction. It was cool. I’m glad I did it.” The 38-year-old Tetrick, who was elected to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame earlier this year, is leading all drivers in purses with $15.5 million this season and is second in wins with 750. For his career, he has won $217 million, which ranks third all time, and 11,425 races, which ranks eighth. “They were so happy to have me,” Tetrick said. “We did a lot of interviews. I was in restaurants and people were wanting me to sign autographs. It was crazy.” To watch highlights of the Arctic Horse Race, click here. To watch Tetrick drive a reindeer, click here.  For more on the trip, visit Tetrick Racing’s Facebook page or Instagram. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Standardbred Canada reports that harness racing driver Tim Tetrick picked up a win aboard a different kind of trotter during the Arctic Horse Race competition on Saturday (Dec. 14) in Rovaniemi, Finland. The only North American driver competing in the first ever Arctic Horse Race challenge, Tetrick guided Finnhorse Pikku-Ryti to victory in the first leg of driving competition at Mäntyvaara. "It's very special because of the tradition the Finnish horse has. To finally get to sit behind one...I warmed it up and it felt great. I really didn't know how fast I was going but he felt nice, very much a professional and he got the job done. "These horses are so special to me...the places they've been able to take me and I finally got to drive a Finnish-blood, that's awesome." When asked trackside if he was cold in his first trip to the Arctic Circle, Tetrick quickly dismissed the concerns regarding the temperature. "I'm not cold, I'm nervous and I'm excited! Excited! EXCITED!" said Tetrick with a smile. "That's what racing does to me, I get excited about it. I can do it 4,000 times a year and I still love it. Every day I wake up, I love horses and the people have treated me just absolutely wonderful since I've been here and it's been an honour to be here." While in Rovaniemi, the town that's known as the official home of Santa Claus, Tetrick was spotted talking to the jolly old elf and he revealed it had nothing to do with driving strategy. "The kids...We talked making sure he'd be there Christmas Eve for my family." While Tetrick started the day with a few off-the-board finishes, he did notch a third-place score in the second leg of the challenge and completed the three-race competition with 27 points to finish third just behind top local reinsmen Antii Teivainen (29) and Jorma Kontio (29). Teivainen won the second leg to break the tie with Kontio. "I think everyone felt sorry for me and let me win that one. I've been driving aggressive. I got parked and the one made a break but it's a first time for me on the snow and ice so it's taken me a little bit to get used to it. I give the people that race here a lot of credit."

It's safe to say Tim Tetrick is in for a week unlike any he's experienced while driving in North America. Tetrick, harness racing's top money-winning driver this year, will spend the next seven days in Finland as part of his involvement in the first Arctic Horse Race event at Mantyvaara racetrack in Rovaniemi. Tetrick will join drivers from Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Italy in the three-race competition on Saturday at Mantyvaara. The event will see the drivers race twice with Standardbred trotters and once with the cold-blood trotters known as the Finnhorse. The days leading up to the event will be filled with several promotional obligations and plenty of adventure. Tetrick and his wife Ashley will begin their trip in Helsinki before flying to Rovaniemi on Thursday. Rovaniemi, situated on the Arctic Circle, is the capital of Lapland and known for being "the official hometown of Santa Claus" as well as for viewing the Northern Lights. During his stay in Rovaniemi, Tetrick will get to drive reindeer and huskies, take in a hockey game, go on a snowmobile safari, and visit Santa Claus Village. "It's going to be exciting," said Tetrick, who is making his first trip to Finland. "It should be a great trip. We're going to go and have a little fun. I'm looking forward to it." The 38-year-old Tetrick, who was elected to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame earlier this year, is leading all drivers in purses with $15.5 million this season and is second in wins with 750. For his career, he has won $217 million, which ranks third all time, and 11,425 races, which ranks eighth. Saturday's event at Mantyvaara will feature family activities during the afternoon and an "ice disco" after the races that evening. "The weather is going to be a little chilly, I guess, but it can't be any worse than Chicago," Tetrick said with a laugh. "Ashley thought I was crazy because it's going to be cold there. In December we want to go somewhere warm, we don't want to go somewhere colder than where we're at. But we got to thinking about it and it sounded like a lot of fun. It looks like there is so much to do there at this time of year." As for the weather, the forecast in Rovaniemi this week calls for temperatures holding steady around 30 degrees Fahrenheit with snow showers. "That's not bad," Tetrick said. "I'll be OK." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

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