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DOVER, Del.--- Wednesday was a "King's ransom" at Dover Downs. Jim King dominated the morning qualifiers winning five of the non-betting races. On the official race program, King haltered another three winners including the $20,000 Open Trot Handicap feature when Frost Free Hanover notched his third win of the year overtaking the race favorites to score a 1:55.3 triumph on the Wednesday, Feb. 15 harness racing card. to win the $20,000 Open Trot Handicap at Dover Downs. In his first 2017appearance at a racetrack, Tim Tetrick had a full day. He drove four winners in qualifiers added three more on the evening card. Art Stafford Jr. also had a driving triple. Content to sit back while Uva Hanover (Tony Morgan) took the early lead only to relinquish to Tough Mac (Corey Callahan) who took over before 9-5 favorite Il Mago (Tim Tetrick) moved to the front in front of the grandstand. Il Mago continued to lead the way with Tirade Hanover (Yannick Gingras) coming alongside until just past the three-quarters. Vic Kirby then shot past driving Rich Polluci''s Frost Free Hanover taking the field to the finish line in 1:55.3. Tirade Hanover held on for second with 56-1 I'm So Striking (Eddie Dennis) hustling down the lane for third. In the $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Winners Over trot semi feature, Celebrity Pegasus turned in a big 1:54.3 victory after starting in the second tier with Art Stafford Jr. in the bike. Stafford moved the son of Andover Hall-Celebrity Athena to the outside on the turn to the half mile and worked his way up to second on the outside approaching the final turn. Celebrity Pegasus then accelerated and breezed home to hold off favorite Earl's Speeder (Callahan) at the wire. Bluebird Reverend (Montrell Teague) was a nose away in third. In addition to King's training triple, Tetrick, Stafford Jr. and Allan Davis had three driving wins each; Corey Callahanadded two trips to the winner's circle. A TRIO OF NEWCOMERS IN THIS WEEK’S $30,000 PREFERRED PACE Three hard-hitting new faces drew outside posts in this week’s top event, the $30,000 Preferred Handicap pace, Feb. 16 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Weaver Bruscemi, Karr, Collura and Burke Racing stable’s Always At My Place reined by Yannick Gingras makes his first Eastern appearance after competing in Midwestern features. Robert Mondillo and Oompa’s Farms Rodeo Romeo makes his first 2017 start with Corey Callahan, and the fast Art History owned by Ken Klein and Old Block Stables with Ross Wolfenden in the bike make their first local appearance. Dancin Yankee, a $1.5-million winner owned by Rich Lombardo and L&J Racing will be driven by Allan Davis, this week. Niss Allen’s Ima Rebel and Tony Morgan, finished a strong closing third, beaten a length last Thursday. Art Stafford Jr. drives Cajon Lightning for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, who has three straight second-place finishes. Fearless Diablo, a recent addition from Indiana feature races, piloted by Jonathan Roberts, starts for owners Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis. The rail belongs to JCraparolla&PBerry Racing’s Vapour N, who raced in the Preferred early in the meet.  The co-feature is the $27,500 Delaware Special featuring two horses on win streaks, Blazing Bobby Sox (Stafford Jr.) is fresh from a pair of impressive victory for the Staffords in his last two outings and Don Marine and Brent Hall’s Emeritus Maximus (Gingras) stepping up after two wins straight. For the second week in a row Little Ben (Kirby), owned by Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney King, starts from post 1. The steady Mustang Art (Sean Bier) owned by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo and George&Tina Dennis’ upset minded Seventh Secret, cannot be overlooked. Other contenders are Al Carter and trainer Doug Lewis’ Captive Audience (Callahan), Bill Sartin and Mark Salerno’s Special T Rocks (Jim Morand), and the strong finishing Sweet Rock (Allan Davis) owned by G.P. Calloway, Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing,  A powerful undercard is included in the 15-race program. When at the track enjoy racing and tasty food in the Winners Circle Restaurant acclaimed buffet. Call for reservations at 302-674-4600. Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting daily 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark days for live racing at Dover Downs. Weekdays - Monday through Thursday – racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Marv Bachrad

The second annual British Harness Racing Club (BHRC) and Standardbred and Trotting Horse Association of Great Britain and Ireland (STAGBI) joint awards dinner will this year feature the inaugural 'Drive of the Year' award which is being sponsored and supported by none other than world famous USA reinsman, Tim Tetrick. The six shortlisted drives were selected by a small panel from within the awards night organisation committee and the winner will be chosen by a public poll which closes at midday on Tuesday 14th February - For the link to vote click here. Before casting your vote, take a look at the drives which have been selected: Race 1 - James Haythornthwaite & Porcelain Seelster - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQkY9hcg9xA James Haythornthwaite comes from last to clinch the Victor Carson Memorial Final with a well-timed run at Corbiewood on board 3YO filly, Porcelain Seelster (September 2016) Race 2 - John Nicholson Jr & Cochise - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ius55lcwff8 Sixteen-year-old John Nicholson Jr holds off 2015 Leading Driver William 'Rocker' Laidler to win the Red John Memorial Hurricane Pace at Musselburgh (one of the major handicap events of the calendar) in a cool drive on board Cochise (June 2016) Race 3 - Ian Pimlott & Thundier Jiel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMBpWvX21w4 Seasoned campaigner Ian Pimlott guides Thunder Jiel to the trotter's first win on British soil since being imported from France, at the inaugural fixture at Chelmsford City Racecourse which followed the Thoroughbred card and was televised live on At The Races (November 2016) Race 4 - Mick Lord & Shaba Hanover - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRjl9ntkpB8 Mick Lord with what commentator Darren Owen described on the day as a 'perfectly timed' drive to guide Shaba Hanover to victory at York, having painted the outside fence to pass the leading horses in a thrilling finish (October 2016) Race 5 - Richard Haythornthwaite & Ayr Majesty - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwjPd9Z2sik Richard Haythornthwaite guides former top British juvenile Ayr Majesty to an impressive victory when winning the Tregaron leg of the Standardbred Sales Company Battle of the Big Guns, which was the horse's sole win in the toughest of top flight company all season (August 2016) Race 6 - Vicky Gill & Rhyds Mystique - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBxw6ZD0tbY Vicky Gill passed the field coming home on Rhyds Mystique for the BHRC 2YO Filly of the Year's first of 8 victories from 9 starts in 2016 when winning the NWHOA 2YO Championship. This performance was only the first indication of what was to come from the champion performer (June 2016) The winner will be celebrated at the awards dinner on Saturday 25th February and presented with a trophy and prize package provided by world champion driver Tim Tetrick. by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink  

DOVER, Del.--- Wakizashi had just enough to score a 1:52 triumph in the $30,000 Preferred pace while in the $27,500 Delaware Special, Seventh Secret is no longer a secret after an impressive second-straight victory, the highlight events of the final Thursday harness racing program of the 2016 season at Dover Downs on a chilly Dec. .29. The local 2017 season begins on Monday, Jan. 2. The combination of Wakizashi Hanover,  2015 North America Cup and O'Brien Award winner, and leading driver Tim Tetrick paid off with a nose victory in 1:52. The 4-year-old gelding who won more than $1.3-million in 2015 including the Meadowlands pace has been battling throat problems when training back early this year. Finally the altered son of Dragon Again-Western Gesture has returned to top form of late with two wins, three seconds and a third, all in photo finishes in his last seven starts for Nova Scotia-owners Bruce Kennedy and Tri County Stable. In this week's Preferred, Teague drove 'Seventh Secret' into the lead after the opening quarter and then held off a surging Sweet Rock (Allan Davis) at the wire with Bettor's Edge (Matt Kakaley) a close-up third. Bushwacker (Corey Callahan) thundered down the lane to finish fourth. Since acquiring Seventh Secret, the George Dennis Stable, has shown steady improvement, and notched his second straight $27,000 Del. Special win with Dennis at the controls. Joe Columbo trains the Allamerican Native-Secret Song five-year-old for owners George&Tina Dennis Racing. Captive Audience (Tetrick) was runner-up with Sicily (Allan Davis) third. Seventh Secret won for the sixth time this year banking $73,746. In the $20,00 Open Handicap, Tom Lazzaro, Abe Basen and Robert Cooper Stables' Arque Hanover also won his second in-a-row, with Corey Callahan steering the four-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven-A Pipin Hanover home in 1:52.4. It was Callahan and trainer Dylan Davis' second win of the day. Silver Fox J Dennis), a 15-1 shot was second in front of Soto (Art Stafford Jr.), Veteran Special T Rocks led off $15,500 Male paces with a 1:57.1 score with Jim Morand's first of two winning driver. The John Cancelliere-owned Rocknroll Hanover-Ladys Special Girl gelding is trained by Joe Hunderpfund, Cajun Lightning (Kakaley) and Abelard Hanover (Jonathan Roberts) finished second and third respectively. Swapportunity won a $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Male pace giving Morand his second win. The Les Givens trainee owned by Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing, overcame starting from post 9 in the second tier to win for the sixth time this campaign earning $83,019. Caviart Skyler (Kakaley) led early and finished second. All The Cookies (Tyler Davis) was the show horse. In the final $15,500 pace, Niss Allen Inc.'s Ima Rebel closed out the 15-races with a 1:53.1 victory holding off Sporty Mercedes (Ross Wolfenden) second, and third-place Suchasenseofhumor (Morand). Willard Reynold conditions the four-year-old who notched win number 8 this season. Defending champion Corey Callahan led all drivers with three wins. Montrell Teague, Vic Kirby, George Dennis, Jim Morand and trainer Dylan Davis had two winners each. Dover Downs, its management and horsemen wish all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. The 2017 portion of the meet begins on Monday, Jan. 2. Post time for Monday through Thursday racing is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing plus 3-game parleys of NFL games is available in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book, daily from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Ideal Cowboy took the lead early and never relinquished on the way to a 1:51 harness racing victory in the $30,000 Preferred pace while Little Ben won for the fourth time in his last five starts in the $27,500 Delaware Special at Dover Downs, on Thursday, Dec. 8. After finishing second by a neck last week, Tim Tetrick did not linger putting Ideal Cowboy into the lead and cut out all the fractions posting his seventh win of the year for trainer Jeff Bamond and owners J&T Silva and Bamond Racing. The win was the second in three weeks for the American Ideal-Trend Setter gelding who has been 1,2,3 in half of his 25 starts this season while earning $141,640 in purses. Bettor's Edge and Yannick Gingras finished second in front of Sweet Beach driven by Montrell Teague. Dancin Yankee (Corey Callahan) was fourth. Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King's Little Ben was back in the winner's circle for the 10th time in 2016 after Vic Kirby piloted a 1:51.3 success in the $27,500 Delaware Special. An altered son of Jereme's Jet-Honey's Bud Life, Little Ben has now won $152,064 this year. Seventh Secret, a recent acquisition by George Dennis, closed strongly to finish second beaten a head. Im Supersonic A (Tetrick) was the show finisher. For the second Thursday in-a-row, 11-1 Soto, again a longshot, won the $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Open pace. Art Stafford Jr. Last week, it was a wire-to-wire win, this time coming from off the pace to Beat Wakizashi Hanover (Tetrick) closed along the passing lane, to the wire in 1:52. Rock N Roll World (Gingras) was the third-place finisher. Soto, a son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Incredible Beauty recorded his 11th win of the campaign. Eric Ell trains the four-year-old for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. He has now won $121,745 this year. After being claimed for $17,500 at Pocono by Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing, Rangers Sureshot scored his fourth consecutive victory, this time stepped up to the $30,000 ranks to record a lifetime fastest 1:52 victory in a $15,500 Male pace . The win by the Palone Ranger-Cadie's Sure Shot gelding was Yannick Gingras' second win of the day. Special T Rocks (Jim Morand) and Feel Like A Fool (Jonathan Roberts) were second and third respectively. In a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old male pace, Niss Allen Inc.'s Rockinonby gave Tony Morgan his second win holding off fast finishing Sentencing Memo by a head in 1:52.2. Trained by Willard Reynolds, the Rockin Image-Stan's Ann gelding, Lew's Maverick (M. Teague) took third. Yannick Gingras drove three winners. Tim Tetrick, Ross Wolfenden, Vic Kirby, Tony Morgan and trainers Jeff Bamond, Ron Burke and owners Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing had doubles Monday through Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays. Saturdays $17,500 Dover Downs. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing in the Dover Downs Sports Book, daily from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

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

DOVER, Del.--- Nike Franco N stepped out of the distaff ranks to beat the top pacers at the track in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap while Sicily held off the opposition to take the $27,500 Delaware Special on a talent-filled Thursday, Dec.1 harness racing program at Dover Downs. Driver Tim Tetrick sent unbeaten in the U.S. mare Nike Franco N out of fourth along the passing lane to reach to finish line first in a personal best 1:51 to win her third in-a-row since leaving New Zealand. Ideal Cowboy cut out some of the early lead fractions for Vic Kirby and also closed on the inside to just miss victory finishing second. Bettor's Edge came on strongly on the outside for Yannick Gingras for third place. Dancin Yankee (Cory Callahan) led turning for home was in the win photo but had to settle for fourth place. Owner Rich Polluci purchased Nike Franco N after completing her career Down Under and didn't race her until mid-October. In three starts versus female rivals the North American-style bred McArdle-Nearea Franco six-year-old overwhelmed her opponents. Trainer Jim King was forced to move her to the top class event. In intercontinental races, Nike Franco N has now won $135,429 this year and $365,243 in her career. Allan Davis recorded his third win on the card piloting Sicily, an Art Major-Capri Hanover four-year-old gelding, to victory in 1:51.3 in the $27,500 Delaware Special edging the fast-finishing veteran Mustang Art (Sean Bier) and front-pacing Remember Me VK (Montrell Teague) at the wire. It also was the third win for trainer Wayne Givens and second for owners Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing. Soto took the early lead and was not caught in a 1:5.1 wire-to-wire triumph with Art Stafford Jr. driving the Rock N Roll Heaven-Incredible Beauty four-year-old owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta to victory, the second of the day for the driver and trainer, Eric Ell. Arque Hanover (Callahan) was runner-up. Race favorite Wakizashi Hanover (Tetrick) closed strongly but had to settle for third. The longest price of the day came when Ross Wolfenden drove Pamela Plante's Suchasensenceofhumor, off at 45-1, to a last step win in the $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Male pace nipping leader Poisonous (Gingras) in a 1:52.2 mile. Acting Out (Jonathan Roberts) was the show horse. It was win #5 this season for the altered son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Don't You Smile who has earned $$65,862 in 2016. Overlooked at 14-1, Special T Rocks and Jim Morand scored a 1:51.2 decision in the $15,000 Male pace. Joe Hundertpfund conditions the Rocknroll Hanover-Ladys Special veteran for owner John Cancelliere. A lifetime winner more than $550,000, Special T Rocks won for the seventh time this season raising his bankroll to $70,004. Jet Away (Callahan) was second with Captive Audience (Gingras) third. Allan Davis, Tim Tetrick and trainer Wayne Givens had three wins each. Art Stafford Jr. trainers, Jim King and Eric Ell plus owners Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing of Del. had doubles. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays. Saturdays and Sundays this meet. Monday through Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. Plan to watch live racing from the Winner's Circle Restaurant where reservations are suggested. Call 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing in the Dover Downs Sports Book, daily from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight.   Marv Bachrad  

DOVER, Del.--- The photo-finish camera was needed to determine Purrfect Bags (1:52.2) winner of the harness racing $20,000 Filly and Mare Open pace on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Dover Downs. After 28-1 shot Elliesjet N (Jonathan Roberts) flew away from the gate to take the lead and continued to lead seven rivals until mid-stretch when both Purrfect Bags (Victor Kirby) and Empress Deo (Allan Davis) zoomed down the lane side-by-side until Purrfect Bags pocked her nose in front at the wire to determine the outcome of the week's top distaff event. The Purrfect Bags victory, her 9th of the season in 19 starts with 3 seconds and 3 thirds, for owner JoAnn Looney-King, avenged an odds-on favorite loss last week. Tim Tetrick drove the Roddy's Bags Again-Purrfectly Bad four-year-old conditioned by meet leading trainer Jim King. She has now won $129,195 this year and $499,542 lifetime. Empress Deo and Elliesjet N were noses apart in second and third place. In a pair of $15,500 sub female sub-features, Enhance Your Mind got up for driver Kirby, the current meet leader, and owner-trainer Bryan Truitt in 1:52 in the first of the Winners-Over 3,4&5-Year-Old pace with Terror At Night (Jim Morand) and Arts Jem (Tetrick) right behind. The other section went to David Banks and Layfield Horses' Salulita in 1:52.4. Tony Morgan drove the Somebeachsomewhere-Fresh Idea 3-year-old to her sixth win of the year coming from off the pace. Janie Bay (Gingras) was second. Dublin Rose (Corey Callahan) finished third. Vic Kirby and Yannick Gingras had a trio of wins, while Vince Copeland and Ross Wolfenden, had two winners each. STRONG FIELDS IN $20,000 OPEN, TWO $15,500 TROTS TOP WEDNESDAY Joe and Laurie Davino’s Take My Picture a sharp $1-million winner drew inside post 2 in the $20,000 Open/Handicap trot the Wednesday, Nov. 30 feature race. Muscerene was an impressive winner last week. The Berrys, trainer Traci and driver Pat Berry, have had recent success with consistant trottter Glenferrie Dreamer owned by JCraparotta&PBerry Stables. Callam Stable’s Spunky Jack and Roger Plante can never be overlooked. Tag Up And Go with Tony Morgan will be tough starting from the rail.David Miller’s War Cry Hall has been a consistant top class regular the last two seasons. Two horses with outside post can not be overlooked, Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis Theresademoninme, handled by Jonathan Roberts and from the outside, CC Racing’s Il Mago with Tim Tetrick at the controls. Two $15,500 Winners-Over trots head the undercard. Uva Hanover (Morgan), fresh from a win last time.Ken Wood, Bill  Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms’ Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.), Frost Free Hanover, Go Byem, I Like My Boss, Steel Reserve and Arnold, all have winning credentials in one division while Nebraska Jack (Berry), Gillie The Kid (Tetrick) and Royal Becca J (Jack Parker) head the other section. Weekday post time for Monday through Thursday racing is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

The festive and well-attended harness racing evening was made even better for Thomas Dillon, when his horse, Rock Me Baby, won the $120,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park. The Courageous Lady was a series of firsts for Rock Me Baby. It was the first time she had raced for Dillon. He purchased her just two weeks ago for $82,000 at the Harrisburg Sale. It was also Rock Me Baby's first start for trainer Heidi Rohr and the first time that Tim Tetrick has driven the filly. Rock Me Baby left off the gate. She initially sat in third, but was sent to the outside approaching the quarter. Once she made the lead about the quarter-pole, Rock Me Baby never experienced an anxious moment the remainder of the mile. She posted fractions of: 26.4, 54.4, 1:23 and 1:52. "We had to go a pretty big first half," explained Tetrick,"but I was able to give her a breather around the turn and she was really strong to the finish." The clocking was a stakes record for the Courageous Lady and equaled Northfield Park's track record for sophomore filly pacers. "I was happy to get to drive her," said Tetrick. "When they called me to ask if I would come here (Northfield), I was like absolutely!" "I love traveling around to these big races offered at places like Northfield and being able to compete with nice horses. I'm just glad to be a part of all this." Completing the field were Mother Of Art, LA Delight, Yankee Moonshine, Dime A Dance, Bellatricks, Free Show and Time On My Hands. Rock Me Baby (Rock N Roll Heaven-Lover Of Art-Artsplace) now has four wins in 21 lifetime starts. Saturday's victory increased her career bankroll to $164,228. She returned $5.40 to win. Ayers Ratliff

DOVER, Del.--- Bags To Riches enjoyed a perfect 2-hole trip en route to ending Henry The Dragon's five-straight harness racing win streak to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Dover Downs championship on Thursday, Nov. 17. With Tim Tetrick at the controls, Bags To Riches left fast to get the early lead and gave way to prohibitive favorite unbeaten Henry The Dragon. Montrell Teague steered Henry The Dragon upfront challenged only by the Corey Callahan-driven James Isaac on the backstretch. The duo continued that way until turning for home when James Isaac retreated allowing Bags To Riches to come to the outside where he uncorked a :27.2 final corner to get up by a half-length in DSBF stakes record time of 1:51.1. Bags To Riches was bred by Only Money Inc. who shares ownership in the Roddy's Bags Again -Pint The Sky Blue colt with trainer Jason Skinner. The win by freshman is his fourth in eight starts with two seconds and a third to bring his bankroll total to $86,862. In the $20,000 DSBF Consolation, Wake Up And Go teamed with Corey Callahan for a 1:54 triumph coming from off the pace to pass Rat Tail (Montrell Teague) nearing the wire. It was the Roddy's Bags Again-Ima Early Riser colt's first lifetime victory after three seconds and two thirds in his ninth career effort. Suspinder (Allan Davis) finished third. Montrell Teague and Allan Davis racked up four wins apiece while Tim Tetrick, Vic Kirby and Ross Wolfenden has two trips to the winner's circle. Monday at Dover is a big pacing day. The $100,000 DSBF Colt Trot Final, two power-packed $35,000 Hap Hansen-Progress Pace eliminations, a $27,500 Delaware Special, an $18,000 and two $15,500 paces top the stellar card. There is no Live Sunday racing this week. Monday through Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays. Saturdays and Sundays this meet. For those planning to watch racing from the Winner's Circle Restaurant, reservations are suggested. Call 302-674-4600. . There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Marv Bachrad

TORONTO, November 17 - Going for his seventh-consecutive harness racing win in his 11th start of the season, Huntsville headlines the $520,000 Governors Cup Final on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The homebred Somebeachsomewhere colt for owner-trainer Ray Schnittker and Charles Iannazzo, owned along with partners Steven Arnold and Ted Gewertz, has amassed $603,234 in earnings this season, taking a mark of 1:49 at The Red Mile in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. "We had two other colts, both were [by] Somebeach[somewhere], but they just never finished their last hundred feet," Schnittker said. "Both of those horses had about $350,000, $400,000 made, but they never had that pop. [Huntsville] was second at Chester the one day; he got shuffled into the last turn and was still big enough to come home in a [1]:51 mile; he showed me he might have what it takes." Most of Huntsville's wins this year have come on the lead, with his effort in the Breeders Crown elimination being one of his few off-the-pace performances. Huntsville in Breeder's Crown "He's pretty nice to drive," Schnittker said. "He can leave, sit a hole, and he's very comfortable. He really feels like he wants to get by at the end of the mile; towards the wire." Huntsville's 1:49.1 victory in the $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace was his last start heading into the Governors Cup, as no eliminations were necessary. "I've had enough races the way these have been going," Schnittker said. "Other than that race in the mud [at The Red Mile in a Bluegrass division], every race he has been in or has gone [1]:51 or better. Those miles start beating up on them, but so far he has been taking them pretty well. "We trained him in a mile of [1]:57 at Goshen, and are more or less trying to keep an edge on him. He's probably as sharp as he's ever going to get right now; it's hard to keep him this good this long." Tim Tetrick will drive Huntsville from post position two. "The way they cross the track at Woodbine I don't think post matters that much," Schnittker said. "If we were at the Meadowlands, I'd like [post] two a lot better, but I think Woodbine's pretty fair that way." The Governor's Cup will be Huntsville's last race this season. "I haven't really looked at the schedule [for next year], but he's going to get a good eight to ten weeks off," said Schnittker. "We'll bring him back when he's ready." Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications      

DOVER, Del.--- Impressive New Zealand harness racing import Nike Franco N chalked up her third victory since traveling the Pacific and Tim Tetrick guided her to a 1:51.4 victory in the $20,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap on Tuesday, Nov 15 at Dover Downs. Spanish Dream, Cashmere's Delight, Magicinthemoonlite and Spinpressive won $20,000 DSBF frosh filly 2nd- leg prelims and Vince Copeland topped off the program winning his 5,000th career winning drive. Tetrick posted his second win on the card directing Nike Franco N home after starting from outside post 8, she took the lead on the final turn and won easily. The North American-sired daughter of McAardle-Nearea Franco by Badlands Hanover six-year-old is trained by Jim King for Richard Polucci. Including her earnings Down Under, she has banked $120,429 this year and $250,243 lifetime. Shine N Shimmer (Montrell Teague) came on to finish second while Scandalicious (Jim Morand) was third. Corey Callahan drove Spinpressive to his second win and her third in a short career scoring a 1:55.2 surprise in the final $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund two-year-old filly pace preliminary. Owned and trained by Lee Louthan, who also owns the sire No Spin Zone bred to her mare Paradusho N, Spinpressive won the photo beating Westwind Roddylee (Tetrick) and Logan's Girl (Vic Kirby) who spend much of the mile racing on the outside and yet closed for third. Logan's Girl entered the event with five consecutive wins in a six-win campaign. Earlier, Magicinthemoonlight and Yannick Gingras began the wagering program racking up a 1:55.4 victory in the first DSBF filly prelim. Kevin Freeman and breeder Linda Condon own the Mr Apples-Damian Hoss youngster. She's No Spinster (Allan Davis) was runner-up with Rainbow Zen (Callahan) third. In non-wagering $20,000 prelims, Spanish Dream won for the second straight time scoring a 1:55.1 success, the first of three winners for meet leading driver Vic Kirby and second of the day meet leading trainer Jim King and owner JoAnn Looney-King. It was her fourth win of the season with three seconds in eight starts. In the other early race Donna Messick and Nanticoke Racing's homebred Cashmere's Delight score her fifth win of the year in 1:57.4. Jim Morand drove for trainer Les Givens. A 61-1 shot, trainer-driver Donnie Long's Onery Shark, closed with a rush to win an $8,500 female pace in 1:52.4 for the biggest payoff on the program, paying $125.20 to win. Glenferrie Dreamer looks for his third consecutive win. Glenferrie Dreamer outs a two-race win streak on the line in this week’s $20,000 Open/Handicap trot on a Wednesday, Nov. 16. The last two Delaware Standardbred Breeders  Fund (DSBF) $20,000 prelims are also on the trot day card. Pat Berry drove Glenferrie Dreamer to victory in 1:54/3 last week for trainer Traci Berry and JCraparotta & PBerry Stables, his fifth victory of 2016 and third in his last four starts. Celebrity Pegasus racing for Ken Wood. Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, second last start after a big trip with Art Stafford Jr. and Tirade Hanover handled by Vic Kirby has been third in his previous two races. Jonathan Roberts will guide Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis Theresademoninme from post 3 this time. Howard and Josh Kauffman’s Drinksforthehouse with Corey Callahan is also on a two-race win streak. CC Racing’s Il Mago and Tim Tetrick makes a better post position move starting from the rail. Not to be overlooked is Bob Key’s Skates N Plates with Yannick Gingras who made an early race miscue last start and Joe and Laurie Davino’s Take My Picture a inner of three of his last four but the $1-million winner leaves from outside post 8. The last DSBF 2nd leg preliminaries for two-year-old filly trotters before next week’s $100,000 finals, has two $20,000 divisions. Owner-driver Gordon Barrett’s Willow Mill Anna, a winner last week, seeks her third win of the campaign meeting Emerson, Zack and Dawn Amiss’ Faith On The Hill (Callahan), Mark Groce’s Alexibethtown (Montrell Teague) from post 1 and Serendipity Stable’s Segway (Frank Milby) in one of two divisions. Weekday post time for Monday through Thursday racing is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. No racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing and NFL three-game wagering is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Early reservations are suggested for the acclaimed Winner's Circle Buffet Restaurant. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

For the second consecutive year, harness raciing trainer Jimmy Takter will send a 3-year-old colt to challenge older rivals in the TVG Free For All Series championship for trotters at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Last season, it was The Bank. This time, it is Bar Hopping, who on Saturday will try to become the first 3-year-old male trotter in recent history to win against older foes in a series final worth at least $100,000. The Bank and Bar Hopping received invitations to the TVG championship as Breeders Crown winners. Bar Hopping won his Crown on Oct. 29 with a stakes-record-equaling 1:51.4 mile at the Big M and followed that victory with a track-record 1:53.4 triumph in the Carl Erskine Trot on Nov. 4 at Indiana's Hoosier Park. For the year, Bar Hopping has won nine of 18 races and earned $1.17 million in purses. He has won six of his last seven starts, including the Breeders Crown, Erskine, and Canadian Trotting Classic. His only setback during that span was a third-place finish in the Kentucky Futurity, where he was beaten by a half-length by Trotting Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder. Bar Hopping and driver Tim Tetrick will start the $400,000 TVG championship from post three and are the 4-1 second choice on the morning line. Resolve, the defending TVG champion from the stable of Ake Svanstedt, is the 7-5 favorite. "He's definitely on top of his game," Tetrick said of Bar Hopping. "Really all year he's raced pretty good. He had a couple hiccups here or there, but the horse is sharp right now. He won really good at Hoosier and he was great in the Breeders Crown." According to the U.S. Trotting Association's Information and Research Department, Bar Hopping is seeking to become the first 3-year-old male trotter in recent history to win against older foes in a series final worth at least $100,000 since Before He Cheats captured the $120,000 Chester Late Closing Series in 2007. The only other instance since 1992 of a 3-year-old trotter winning a race worth at least $100,000 against older horses came on the female side, when filly CR Kay Suzie defeated seven mares in the Breeders Crown at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio. Last year, The Bank finished seventh in the TVG. Joining Bar Hopping and Resolve in this year's TVG final are Obrigado, Centurion ATM, Crazy Wow, Wind Of The North, JL Cruze, and Lookslikeachpndale. Resolve has won five of 12 races this year and earned $1.31 million. He won the Yonkers International Trot and Maple Leaf and finished second in the Breeders Crown Open Trot and Sweden's Elitlopp. Obrigado is a multiple-stakes-winner and JL Cruze, last year's divisional Dan Patch Award winner, was third in the Breeders Crown. "All we can do is hope for a good trip and hope some of those big boys have a day off," Tetrick said of Bar Hopping's challenge. "Maybe we can end the season on a great note." TVG Series finals for older female trotters plus older male and female pacers are also on Saturday's Meadowlands card. Breeders Crown Mare Trot winner Hannelore Hanover is the 7-5 morning line favorite in the TVG for trotting mares. Bee A Magician is the 2-1 second choice. Always B Miki, the Breeders Crown Open Pace champ and the fastest horse in harness racing history with a 1:46 mile record, is the 1-5 choice in the TVG for older male pacers while Breeders Crown Mare Pace winner Lady Shadow gets the 4-5 nod on the distaff side. Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications

DOVER, Del.---- Boston Red Rocks, one of five winners for Tim Tetrick, Pure Country, Caprice Hill and Dayson win lucrative harness racing Matron Three-Year-Old championships at Dover Downs on Thursday, Nov. 10. Boston Red Rocks, the 2015 USHWA Two-Year-Old Pacer of the Year, came from off to pace to get the lead on the final turn and scooted to a 1:49.3 victory in the $160,200 Matron Three-Year-Old Pace, his fifth win of the season for trainer Steve Elliott and owns Peter Blood and Rick Berks. It was winning driver Tim Tetrick's third win of the night. The victory boosts the Rocknroll Hanover-McGibson colts earnings to $382,055 this year and $961,260 lifetime. Brett Miller and Diamond Creek's homebred $1.7-million winning Pure Country, arguably the sport's leading sophomore filly pacer chalked up her 10th win of 2016 overpowering seven distaffs in 1:50.2 to win the $148,400 Matron upping her bankroll to $1,082,430 for the campaign. Pen Pal and Pat Lachance finished second with Blue Moon Stride driven by Andrew McCarty was third. In Matron trots, Tom Hill's Caprice Hill received a well-timed drive from Hall of Famer Brian Sears to record a 1:52.3 triumph in the $149,000 Matron Filly Trot. The win put the Kadabra-Bramasole filly over the half-million mark this year and just shy of six-figures in her career. All The Time, piloted by Yannick Gingras, was runner-up. Non Stick and Ake Svanstedt, took show honors. Gingras and New York Sire Stakes standout Dayson won for the 12th time in 19 starts this season recording a 1:53 score in the $178,650 Matron Colt Trot. Ron Burke conditions the Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus gelding for Our Hrs Cents and J&T Silva and Burke Racing stables. The win lifted his purse total to $479,508 this year. Double L Lindy and Ake Svanstedt finished second in front of Lagerfeld handled by Hall of Famer David Miller, third. Montrell Teague drove three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund freshmen winners, all sired by George Teague $1-million winners, and trained by Clyde Francis, to impressive victory and the fourth a second place finisher. Henry The Dragon by Custard The Dragon-Surveille Hanover, won his fifth in-a-row in an unbeaten start, easily outdistancing Automatic Dragon (Tetrick) and Hallie's Comet (Ross Wolfenden) to the finish line in 1:52.3. Next, Montrell Teague guided Stay IN Your Place, a Mr. Wiggles-Southwind Tahiti Teague homebred who he owns with K&R Racing, scoring a 1:53.4 success. Wake Up And Go (Corey Callahan) just missed finished second in the photo with James Isaac (Tony Morgan). The same owner-trainer-driver combo returned with Daylen in 1:55.1 The Mr. Apples-Dance Major Teague bred and owned rookie held off Kaaya (Jim Morand) and Painter's Edge (Art Stafford Jr.) for his third win of the year. Bags To Riches spoiled a Teague sweep as Tim Tetrick steered the Roddy's Bags Again-Paint The Sky Blue colt home in 1:53 for trainer Jason Skinner and breeder Only Money Inc., co-owners. Rat Tail (Montrell Teague) was second best. Suspinder (Allan Davis) finished third. Tetrick finished with five wins, Montrell Teague, owner George Teague and trainer Clyde Francis had three, Corey Callahan two. There is no live racing this Sunday. Monday-Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are 'dark days' at the track.. There is no charge for parking or admission. Reservations are suggested for the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

ANDERSON, Ind. November 4, 2016 - Fresh off a win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final for three-year-old trotting colts, Bar Hopping was back in the harness racing spotlight as he ventured to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, November 4 to turn in a dominant performance and take home top honors in the featured event of the evening on a stakes filled card, the $220,000 Carl Erskine Trot for three-year-old trotting colts. With Tim Tetrick in the bike, Bar Hopping staged a big rally late in the lane to hold off all rivals in 1:53.4 and establish a new track record in the process. The previous track record for three-year-old trotting colts was a 1:54.3 mark established by Creatine and David Miller in the 2013 edition of the Carl Erskine Trot. Leaving from post two in a talented field of ten, Bar Hopping left alertly but Andy Miller had Sutton firing off the gate from post three to grab the early lead through the opening panel in :27.1. Bar Hopping was content to sit in the pocket while Bridge To Jesse's and John DeLong were next in line third. Dayson and Yannick Gingras were unable to find a spot along the rail and pressed on to the lead to reach the front just before the half in :56.2. Dayson continued to call the shots at three-quarter clocking in 1:26.2 but Tetrick had Bar Hopping on the attack first-over. As the field turned for home, the stage was set for a battle to the wire. Tetrick asked his mount for more and Bar Hopping utilized a :27 final quarter to get the win by a quarter of a length over a game Dayson. Sutton held on for third place honors. As the 1-5 heavy betting favorite, Bar Hopping returned $2.60 at the betting windows. "I wanted to be a lot closer than I was but my colt almost ran in the first turn so I had to be careful," Tetrick, who won last year's edition of the Carl Erskine behind Crazy Wow, noted after the victory. "He fought it out and went a great trip. He has been close all year racing the best colts in the country and he deserves the big wins that he's got. I'm just happy to be a part of it." Trained by Jimmy Takter, the millionaire trotter has now won nine of 18 seasonal starts while bankrolling $1,171,795 in purse earnings. The Muscle Hill-Cocktail Hour recorded his third consecutive victory and tenth lifetime win for his connections of Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. The Grand Circuit stakes action continued in the very next race of the program and it was Check Six who went gate to wire in the $200,000 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With Yannick Gingras in the bike, Check Six stopped the timer in 1:51 to win by nearly two-lengths over stablemate Manhattan Beach and Matt Kakaley. With the win, Check Six recorded his tenth win of the season and became the sport's newest millionaire. As one of five Ron Burke trained horses in the field, Check Six left alertly from post two to grab the early lead in :26.4. Manhattan Beach also left aggressively but was content to sit in the pocket for much of the mile. Gingras was able to slow the tempo a touch to dictate middle fractions of :56 and 1:24.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Stablemate Downthehighwy and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to commit to the outer flow and had reached the leader's wheel as the field turned for home. Manhattan Beach looked poised to strike from the pocket but Check Six was strong on the front. Check Six used a :26.3 final quarter en route to a near two length victory over Manhattan Beach and a hard charging Mystical Rock and Andy Shetler. As the 3-5 favorite, Check Six returned $3.20 at the betting windows. "I definitely expected some speed from the outside but when the gate opened, there were only two of us leaving out of there so I was happy about that," Gingras, who has two previous victories in the Monument Circle at Hoosier Park, noted in the winner's circle. "I had control of the race and I was able to rate the mile so when we turned for home I didn't think they were going to beat me from there. My horse went a brutal trip in his last start but he was very game again tonight, he is super sharp right now." Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, W. Switala, and J. Martin, Check Six recorded his 14th win from 30 lifetime outings. Now sporting a bankroll of $1,070,304, the Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Vanna colt has won 10 of 21 seasonal starts. Not to be outdone by their male counterparts, the three-year-old trotting fillies and pacers kicked off the Grand Circuit Stakes action earlier in the card in impressive fashion. Gingras found the winner's circle for the first time of the evening behind Flowers N Songs in the $115,000 Crossroads of America stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. Overcoming a tough, first-over trip, the Rich Gillock trained filly dug in gamely in the stretch to get the win by a head in 1:54.3. "Hats off to her connections for her keeping her on the top of her game all year," Gingras said. "Rich Gillock has the filly this week but Paul Reid has done a great job with her. She's raced week in and week out and traveled all over the country, and she proved again tonight that she is a very nice filly." Unraced at two, Flowers N Songs recorded her 11th win from 31 seasonal outings. Owned by Robert Key, the daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Pleasure's Song pushed her seasonal bankroll to $499,314. Indiana Sires Stakes champion Seventimesavirgin found herself back in a familiar place, the winner's circle, in the $112,500 USS Indianapolis Memorial for three-year-old pacing fillies. After going undefeated in Indiana Sires stakes action this season, Seventimesavirgin was handed her first loss in nine starts in Grand Circuit stakes action last week at Hoosier Park but rebounded gamely to score tonight in 1:52.1. Leaving from the rail, Seventimesavirgin left just enough to secure a pocket trip behind the pacesetting Yankee Moonshine and Yannick Gingras. DeLong was content to sit in the pocket through fractions of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:25.2 before making his move in deep stretch. While the rest of the field was fanning out across the track, DeLong moved his filly to the passing lane and she exploded passed her rivals to get the win by three and quarter lengths. Can't Touch This, also an Indiana Sires Stakes winner, rallied gamely for Todd Warren to get up for second place honors. Time On My Hands and Trace Tetrick rounded out the trifecta. As the 3-5 favorite, Seventimesavirgin returned $3.20 for the win. "We've just been doing what we've done all season and stuck to our plan," said DeLong, who also handles the training duties of the filly. "She raced really good last week too, they can't win every week and we were not disappointed at all but I am glad she's going out a winner, she deserves it." "This was her last start of the year, she's pretty easy on herself and those breaks in between stake races really helped us out," he continued. "She's going to get some well deserved R&R and hopefully be back for more next year." The homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven ended her sophomore campaign winning 13 of 15 starts while amassing $411,100 this season. Owned by Jesse J. DeLong, Seventimesavirgin has now won 18 of 27 lifetime outings. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, November 5 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

DOVER, Del.---- Tim Tetrick drove Maestro Blue Chip to his 13th harness racing victory of a $238,000 winning season to win the $20,000 Open Handicap trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Purchased a year ago by Richard Pollucci, the handsome son of Credit Winner-Up Front Holsey raced off-the-pace until rushing to the lead on the final turn and sped to a 1:54.1 score. Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.) closed well to finish second in front of mid-Western invader Il Mago (Vic Kirby). Maestro Blue Chip has now earned $316,673 lifetime. The win was third of four during the day for Tetrick. The fast Delaware-bred Go Byem made a big move on the backstretch to take the lead and Jim Morand drove his fourth winner on the card coasting to a 1:54.1 decision in $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot secondary feature. Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing own the Impel Hanover-Go Sassy Go gelding who won for the third time in 2016. Uva Hanover (Tetrick) was the early leader and finished second. Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.) took third. Owner Pollucci, trainer King and driver Tetrick combined to win the $12,000 conditioned trot with Frost Free Hanover, also with a 1:54.1 clocking for his third win of the year. Steel Reserve (Kirby) and Tirade Hanover (Corey Callahan) pick up second and third money respectively. In addition to four wins by Jim Morand and three for Tim Tetrick, driver Vic Kirby and trainers Les Givens and Leigh Raymer had doubles.   FOUR LUCRATIVE MATRONS, FOUR DSBF 1ST LEG PRELIMS THURSDAY It’s a stakes day Thursday, Nov.3 at Dover Downs. Four rich Matron Stakes for two-year-olds top the program. The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) also gets underway with its  freshman pace, 1st of 2 legs, split into four $20,000 divisions. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Story Inc.’s Devious Man with Andy Miller, the New York Sire Stakes champion, a winner of seven races and $308,233 is the one to beat in the Matron colt pace. Money Macintosh, also owned by Story Inc. and trained by Julie Miller, heads the opposition but must overcome post 8. Trainer Ron Burke has two starters. Karr, Piatt, Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing’s Southwind Cobra and Yannick Gingras and Snowstorm Hanover, fresh from the Breeders Crown with Matt Kakaley driving for Weaver Bruscemi, Baldachino, Colluri and Burke Racing.  Bill Wiswell and M&L Of Delaware’s $363,990-winner Fine Tuned Lady drew the rail with Corey Callahan in the $148,700 Matron frosh filly trot. Robert Key’s homebred Winter Sweet Frost, driven by Scott Zeron, and Temple Ruins (GIngras) racing for Yanek, Strieber, Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing lead the opposition. The $170,000 Matron Filly Trot is led by a pair for Ken Jacobs owned from the Linda Toscano Stable. Planet Rock (Tim Tetrick) leaves from the outside post 8 while Robin J (David Miller) drew post 4. The richest Matron for two-year-old colt pacers features Howard Taylor, Ed Gold, Abe Basen and Tom Lazzaro’s Every Way Out (Tim Tetrick) and Rock N Tony (Trace Tetrick). KDK Standardbreds’ Almost Cut My Hair (Kevin Switzer Jr.), seeks to rebound after his first loss after six consecutive wins, in one of three $20,000 DSBF 1st leg prelims. George Teague Inc.’s Henry The Dragon (Montrell Teague), winner of the recent Harrington DSBF $100,000 Final, put a three-win streak on the line in another $20,000 prelim. Another Teague homebred contender, Daylen (M. Teague) and Tina and Brian Clark’s Automatic Dragon (Vic Kirby) tangle in the first $20,000 DSBF division. A third Teague owned contender Daiymir (M.Teague) is the one to beat in the second section.   There is no live racing on Sunday, Nov. 6. Next Thursday, the four lucrative Matron Stakes for three-year-olds, plus the 2nd leg of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund freshman stakes are the features. Friday and Saturday are dark days at Dover Downs. No racing this Sunday. November Sunday racing will be featured onNov. 13 and 20 with a  post time of 5:30 p.m. Sundays. Weekday racing, Monday through Thursday, racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Marv Bachrad

East Rutherford, N.J. - Huntsville ($3.60) used a bold middle move to secure command in a fast pace before heading off two challengers--including rival Downbytheseaside--to capture the $600,000 Breeders Crown for harness racing 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings in 1:49.1, missing the stakes record by a fifth of a second. Tim Tetrick settled the son of Somebeachsomewhere and Wild West Show into midfield early on, remaining in the two-path before accelerating to clear Downbytheseaside (David Miller) with nine-sixteenths to go. Unfazed by a strenuous :54.1 first half mile, Huntsville would be pressed through a :27.4 third quarter by the first-over Filibuster Hanover (Brett Miller), turning him aside before facing a late challenge from Downbytheseaside, who found room to vacate the pegs and make a late bid upon cornering for home. Despite Downbytheseaside's ability to push to within half a length in mid-stretch, Huntsville responded at first asking to repel that foe, edging away to prevail by two lengths. Downbytheseaside held second, and Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley) rallied from third-over to take third. Trainer Ray Schnittker, who shares ownership with Ted Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo, and Steven Arnold, was worried by the fast pace, but his 7-time winner quelled any concerns in the last yards. "I got a little concerned at the :54.1 half, and around the last turn, I said 'Well, let's separate the men from the boys,' and he was the man." Huntsville has one more dance for his freshman campaign before coming back at three. "He's got the Governor's Cup up in Canada, and that will be it [for the season]," concluded Schnittker. The win with Huntsville earned Tetrick his second Breeders Crown title of the weekend. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

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