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DOVER, Del --- Overlooked at 6-1, Sicily executed a 1:48.4 winning mile to take the 25,000 Open pace on Thursday, Dec. 21 at Dover Downs in the final harness racing feature race of the 2017 season. After a traditional one week Christmas Holiday Break, live racing resumes on Jan. 1, 2018 with a 4:30 p.m. post time. Tim Tetrick drove five winners. Montrell Teague piloted Sicily to his third win of the meet, two sub-1:49 conquests. He also has four second-place finishes. O's Cruise (Tim Tetrick) one of two three-year-olds in the eight-horse field, finished second with Major Uptrend (Tony Morgan) third. Wayne Givens trains the five-year-old Art Major-Capri Hanover gelding for Reggie Hazzard and Legacy Racing of Del., who won for the eighth time this year while earning $115, 844 .his career bankroll is $354,667. Tim Tetrick won both $18,000 paces. Cyclone Kiwi N registered his fourth win of the meet along with a second rolling to a 1:51.1 score in one of two $25,000-$35,000 Claiming Handicaps. Reggiano (Morgan) came on for second in front of Whirl Monroe (Vic Kirby) third. Jeff Bamond Jr. conditions the Jereme's Jet-Another Kiwi gelding for Bamond Racing. and his fourth win in six starts. Claimed last start by Bobby Glassmeyer rom the Bamond Stable, the Well Said-Lady Sometimes gelding stepped up in price and notched a 1:51 victory with Tetrick holdn the lines for his third Straight win. Western Young Gun (Eddie Davis Jr.) led until deep stretch and finished second. Happy Anniversary (Tetrick) observed third. Tetrick also made the winner's circle with both $14,000 Winners paces. Little Ben picked up a 1:0.3 triumph, his second in-a-row for Janet Hudson and Jo Ann Looney King in one. Rangers Sureshot (Morgan) was runner-up to the Jereme's Jet-Honey's Bud Lite gelding who won for the fourth time this season. Bailey's Rock M completed Tetrick's winning drives equaling his lifetime fastest 1:50.4 success. Jim king trains the Bettor's Delight-Bailey's Pearl four-year-old owned by Rich Pollucci. The black gelding won for the eighth time this year. McKenry (Bret Brittingham) cut out big early fraction and held on for second. Mustang Art (Sean Bier) was the show finisher. Eddie Davis Jr. guided Northwest Yankee to his fifth win this fashioning a 1:52 decision in the $16,000 Winners pace for trainer Joe Columbo and owners George and Tina Dennis Racing Southwind Jenson (Kirby) and Gentlemen's Bet (Art Stafford Jr.) were second and third respectively. In addition to Tetrick's four-bagger, Sean Bier and Russell Foster picked up two wins each. Marv Bachrad  

DOVER, Del --- Divas Image used the passing lane to catch Enhance Your Mind (Vic Kirby) nearing the finish line for a 1:51.3 harness racing victory in this week's $25,000 Mares Open pace on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at Dover Downs. In her second start at the track, Tim Tetrick reversed strategy from the previous week when Divas Image led from the start only to be caught deep in the lane fiishing third beaten by a length. This time the four-year-old Bettor's Delight-Rocknroll Diva came away with her fourth win of the year for trainer Jen Bongiorno and owners Our Hrs Cents, Stb 45 and J&TSilva stables. She now has won $142,672 in 2017 and $300,582 lifetime. Enhance Your Mind was second with Sweet Bobbie (Art Stafford Jr.), who prompted the pace on the backstretch, took third. Frank Chick's Rockin BB and driver Eddie Davis Jr. made it two-in-a-row notching a 1:52.3 victory in an $18,000 Winner's pace. Topville Camero (Kirby) was next with World Apart (Tetrick) the show horse. Rockin BB is a Rockin Image-Yankee Pankee BB filly trained by Kevin Lare, who won for the seventh time this campaign good for $129,755 in purses. Cocktail Time won for the third time in her last four outings as Art Stafford Jr. guided the three-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Panevolence to a new record 1:52 clocking in a $16,000 Female pace. Magicinthemoonlite (Ross Wolfenden) got up for second edging early leader Absolutely Best (Davis Jr.), third. Use Your Noodle put on a gallant effort in the stretch to score a 1:52.1 triumph in a $13,000 Filly and Mares pace. Vic Kirby kept Use Your Noodle going under major pressure in the stretch to win for the fifth time this season. The Artzina-Lo Gophobia four-year-old now has won $41,399 this year. BJ's Sweetheart (Russell Foster) got second in front of Hold It Hanover (Callahan). Corey Callahan, his dad Nick Callahan and Breakaway Racing recorded their second win of the day when Valuable Art won his second straight posting the fastest time on the program, a 1:51.2 triumph in a $12,000 Female pace. Fashion Showdown (Ton Morgen) closed fast for second in front of Roselily (Stafford Jr.) The Art Official -Race me Valerie four-year-old lifted her seasonal earnings to 115,394. Tim Tetrick drove four winners. For the third consecutive day, Corey Callahan had three wins. Vic Kirby, trainer Nick Callahan and Breakaway Stable had a double. CAJON LIGHTNING, ARQUE HANOVER HEAD $25,000 OPEN THURSDAY A wide open $25,000 Open pace is the headline attraction on the final race program of 2017 on Thursday, Dec. 21at Dover Downs. Razor sharp Cajon Lightning with Art Stafford Jr., driving for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, winner of the last two feature races was assigned post 8 in this week’s top race. Among his seven rivals is Sicily who dead-heated Cajon Lightning in 1;49.3 two starts back is also back with driver Montrell Teague. Wayne Gives trains the top contender for Reggie Hazzard and legacy Racing. Not to be overlooked are Niss Allen and Crissman Inc.’s Major Uptrend with Tony Morgan; the fast Arque Hanover and Corey Callahan racing for Abe Basen, Tom Lazzaro, and Robert Cooper Stable; a pair of three-year-olds, Jo Ann Looney King’s Q’s Cruise, piloted by Vic Kirby and Only Money Inc. and trainer Jason Skinner’s Bags To Riches, with Tim Tetrick in the bike. Gerries Sport, is a newcomer to the lineup. A top performer from Indiana, Allan Davis will drive for trainer Josh Green and owners, Rich Lombardo , Carl Atley and Gerrie Tucker. The final race program of the 2017 portion of the six-month long season sports an outstanding undercard with two $25,000-$30,000 Claiming Handicaps, a $16,000 and two $14,000 paces on the 13-race power-packed program. Dover Downs now offers a 50-cent Pick 5 wager, starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. After the traditional Christmas Holiday Week break, on New Year’s Day, Monday  Jan. 1, Dover Downs returns racing four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races is featured daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. From everyone at Dover Downs, Happy Holidays and a Great New Year 2018. Marv Bachrad

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Richard Poillucci knew what he was doing when he purchased harness racing 9-year-old gelding Christen Me N earlier this year, and after taking the featured $20,000 Preferred Handicap at the Meadowlands Saturday night, everything appears to be all systems go for the upcoming season. "He came out of the race really well," said Joann Looney-King, who trains the horse along with her husband, Jim King, Jr. "Everything is real good. We were just talking about the fact that Wiggle It Jiggleit is coming back (next year) and we would love to take him on." If it happens, 'Wiggle' will have his hands full. Christen Me N was much the best after sitting a four-hole trip in the early stages. Driver Tim Tetrick got the 2015 New Zealand Horse of the Year in gear at the five-eighths, sailed past leader Sweet Rock on the far turn and reported home an easy winner, three-quarters-of-a-length in front of Sweet Rock at the wire. Tullow N was third. As the 2-5 public choice, Christen Me N returned $2.80 to his backers, winning his fourth straight and 38th overall from only 79 starts. The winning time was 1:50, three-fifths of a second off his lifetime best, set Dec. 7 at Dover Downs. "We are putting him back in Thursday at Dover," said Looney-King. "Even though we are trying not to over race him. I'm sure we won't do that very often." So, Joann, what's the plan? "We are looking to race in all of the major older pacing stakes and then, at the end of the year, the Breeders Crown." A LITTLE MORE: Driver Jim Marohn Jr. stayed red-hot, winning four times on the card, capping a three-day race week that saw him visit the winner's circle nine times. ... There were some big payoffs on the program as only three favorites visited victory lane. The 20 Cent Survivor Pick 10 returned $8,301.02 to two lucky winners and the Late Pick 4 - which featured a 30-1 shot in the final leg - returned $20,607.95 for a 50 Cent ticket. ... After not resulting in a single-ticket winner, the Late 20 Cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 carryover ballooned to $43,831.49. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,284,134. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Thursday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

DOVER, Del --- Feel Like A Fool enjoyed an excellent outside trip behind Emeritus Maximus (Russell Foster) on the backstretch before moving three-wide on the final turn to take the lead on the way to 1:52 harness racing victory in the Monday, Dec. 11 feature race at Dover Downs. Tony Morgan wins four, needs 20 for 16,000th. It was only the second time this meet that Tim Tetrick drove the millionaire winning gelding for trainer Bob Clark and owner Kovack Stables and second win. Singing Saint (Tony Morgan) closed strongly to finish second. Skyful Of Lighters (Allan Davis) was third. The nine-year-old altered son of Art Major-Fool That I Am won for the fifth time in 2017 good for $49,116 this year and $1,211,156 lifetime. The longshot on the card came when Eddie Davis Jr. piloted Warrawee Monarch, owned by The Wiz Kids Stable, and trained by Bart Dalious to a 1:54.3 victory in a Delaware pace. Middle Aged Crazy (Jonathan Roberts) was second in front of race favorite Bad Man Sam (Corey Callahan). Tony Morgan's four winners give him 15,980 lifetime, the second highest for a North American driver. Corey Callahan had two wins as did trainer Bobby Clark. CELBRITY PEGASUS, THERESADEMONINME HEAD TUESDAY $25,000 TROT Tuesday has become top trotting day at Dover Downs.  Last week, Celebrity Pegasus  came from far back to end Theresademoninme’s win streak in the $25,000 Open trot. This week they meet again on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Post time is 4:30 p.m.  Art Stafford Jr. driving Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Ianquinta and Minisink Farms’ Celebrity Pegasus trained by Eric Ell, got away last in an eight horse field last Tuesday but rallied to overtake Theresademoninme and Jonathan Roberts in the final stride for a 1:54 victory. Check past performances and note Mike Casaino and trainer Dylan Davis’ Thereademoninme has three wins and four eight seconds in his last seven races. I Like My Boss drew the rail for trainer Bob Shahan and Jimmy and A.M. Parsons with driver Allan Davis. He has won two of his last three starts. Tim Tetrick drives the sharp Uva Hanover, trained by Linda Toscano for Martin Steinberg and Sake Your Claim Stable, from post 2. Murmur Hanover and driver Vic Kirby, also have an impressive winning record. Three newcomer to the feature trot are J.L. Sadowsky’s Home’N Dry with Corey Callahan, Kanthaka and Tony Morgan racing for Chris Beaver and RBH Ventures Inc. and Bamond Racing’s Crazshaha with Ross Wolfenden. All three are in from recently racing in Yonkers features. Among a group of strong trots on the under-card is a $13,500 Winners event. Miami (Kirby), who has won two of three including a week ago, Bamond Stable’s Credevie (Allan Davis) from post 1, John DeVito’s My Cherry Pie (Callahan) and Arty Foster’s sharp Petrossian AS (Russell Foster) in a nine-horse field. Dover Downs now features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Dover Downs races four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. - Pure Kemp trotted away to win a $12,000 feature trot for harness racing meet-leading driver Tim Tetrick's fourth win while Russell Foster guided Rock On Precious to a 1:51 success in a $17,500 Claiming pace on Monday, Nov. 27 at Dover Downs. Trainer Josh Green was high bidder on Pure Kemp at the recent Harrisburg sale and the Muscle Hill-Ally Hall three-year-old filly easily beat a strong field of young trotters home in a new lifetime recod of 1:53.3 for owners Rich Lombardo and Green Racing with Tim Tetrick at the controls. Splashed (Vic Kirby) was second in front of Euro Gap (Pat Berry). Pure Kemp has now won $41,848 in 2017. Earlier Tetrick steered another newcomer to victory My Cherry Pie in1:54.2 to win a $16,000 trot. Jenny Melander conditions the John Devito-owned Donato Hanover-CR Miss American Pie sophomore filly to her fifth win of the year advancing her seasonal bankroll to $54,800. Common Parlance (Sean Bier) led early and held second-place with Petrossian AS (Foster) third. Rock On Precious and Owner, trainer-driver Russell Foster bested eight foes en route to 1:51 triumph in a$17,500 Claiming pace to rack up a fourth win and a second in the last five outing for the Rocknroll Hanover-Precious Delight gelding. After the race, Rock On Precious, a lifetime winner of $306,437, changed hands as he was claimed. Black Is Black (Corey Callahan) was runner-up. Nesh Cruiser (Kirby) finished third. I Like My Boss looks for a second straight win meeting Marley's Guy and Tymal Signature in the $13,000 Tuesday feature trot. The $30,000 Filly and Mares Pace tops Wednesday racing while the outstanding Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon head a field of eight in the $308,060 Hap Hansen Progress Pace plus four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Finals for two-year-olds on the biggest day of racing in Delaware this year, Thursday, Nov. 30. I LIKE MY BOSS, TYMAL SIGNTURE HEAD TUESDAY FEATURE TROT Following wins last time out, I Like My Boss and Tymal Signature lead a nine-horse field in the Tuesday, Nov. 29 feature raced, a $13,000 Winners-Over trot at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.  I Like My Boss, who dominated the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund as a juvenile and continues as a top class trotter nearing the $500,000 lifetime earnings mark, has won three of his last five races, including a 1;54 victory last star for driver Allan Davis and owner trainer Bob Shahan and partners Jim and A.M. Parsons. Another starter, owner-trainer Bobby Glassmeyer’s Tymal Signature has been a strong finisher in his seasonal races. Russell Foster will be in the bike this time. Not to be overlooked are owner-trainer Bill Moffett’s Gillie The Kid with Ross Wolfenden, Medinah Racing’s Marley’s Guy handled by meet leading driver Tim Tetrick, and the only female in the contest, John Devito’s four-year-old Ameliosi, with Montrell Teague, dropping down from the Open ranks. The other contenders include Scott Dillon and CTC Stable’s Hollywood Highway leaving from the rail with Corey Callahan, Jim Moore’s Royal Becca J, also dropping in class with Jack Parker Jr in the bike. Phantom Rusty, owned by trainer Jim and Cynthia McGuire, with Tony Morgan and Tate Lewis’ Mr. Right and Vic Kirby piloting. The top pace involves eight distaffs racing for a $12,000 purse led by Legacy Racing and Reg Hazzard’s Gypsy Rose (Kirby) a winner of two of her last three. Two other starters are fresh from wins,  Shirley Le Vin’s Take Em (Callahan), who won her last two races, and Vince Copeland owned and trained Going Again. The Wednesday card features a talented female pacer program led by the $25,000 Filly and Mare Open pace. Sweet Bobbie, Jag Out, Enhance Your Mind, Nat A Virgin lead the way. On Thursday, the biggest day in Delaware harness racing, the $308,060 Hap Hansen Progress Pace (HHPP) led by sensational $1-million winning sophomores Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon plus all four $100-thousand DSBF Two-Year-Old Finals. Dover Downs now features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Dover Downs races four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

Harness racing driver Tim Tetrick has long had a knack for rewriting the record books. In Friday afternoon's (November 3) final race at Harrah's Philadelphia, he did it again, becoming the youngest driver to win 10,000 races and doing so in partnership with Marcus Melander trainee Earl Variera ($2.60). The Flora, Ill. native is now the 12th driver in the history of North American harness racing to reach the winner's circle 10,000 times. Tetrick--who is just weeks shy of his 36th birthday--shattered the previous record: Walter Case, Jr. was 40 when he earned his 10,000th victory in 2001 at Northfield Park. Tetrick used inside position with Earl Variera to protect the third spot on the first turn before brushing to clear Thundering Lover (Ãyvind Hegdal) and Photo Bomber (Tony Morgan) before reaching the midpoint of the one-mile race in :58.2. The three-year-old son of Explosive Matter shrugged off a first-over bid from Callmeboomer (Pat Berry) on the far turn before edging away by a driven 2-1/4 lengths in 1:58.2. Born into a harness racing family, Tetrick started driving at county fairs in 1998 before making his pari-mutuel debut at Fairmount Park, just outside of St. Louis, in 2000. He has since gone on to win multiple high-profile races, including five Meadowlands Paces, eighteen Breeders Crown events, and the 2012 Hambletonian with Market Share. Tetrick additionally holds the record for most wins in a single year, having won 1,189 races through 2007. His single-season purse earnings record of $19,734,781 in 2008 accounts for one of seven seasons in the last ten in which "The Bionic Man" has amassed over $15,000,000 in purses. Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

DOVER, Del--- Tim Tetrick recorded his 9,998th career victory guiding Christen Me N to a 1:51 triumph in a $30,000 Preferred pace to cap an outstanding Thursday harness racing program at Dover Downs on Nov. 2. Poisonous scored the fastest win taking the $25,000 Open in 1:50.3 while Bettor Memories notched a 1:51.4 victory in the $21,000 3 & 4-Year-Old Open pace. Jim King trains Christen Me N for Richard Pollucci who purchased the nine-year-old altered son of Christian Cullen-Splendid Dreams early this year after banking $2-million racing Down Under. Sunfire Blue Chip and Corey Callahan cut out most of the mile before Christen Me N following cover moved three-wide on the final turn and rolled home followed by Sweet Rock with Vic Kirby finishing second. Soto came on third for Art Stafford Jr. Tetrick enjoyed a similar come-from-behind trip steering Poisonous to a 1:50.3 performance in the $25,000 Open pace for owner-trainer Josh Green. The win was the sixth of the season for the Art Major-She's Poison horse who now has won $113,628 this year. Sicili (Montrell Teague) was runner-up. Kid PK (Tony Morgan) was the show horse. An inside post was all that Gus Dovi's Bettor Memories needed as Andrew McCarthy fashioned a 1:51.4 conquest in the $21,000 3&4-Year-Old Open. Nifty Norman conditions the 4-Year-Old Bettor's Delight-Allamerican Memoir gelding to his seventh win off the campaign raising his seasonal earnings to $125,110. Delaware champion Bag To Riches (Tetrick) was a strong second with JJ Flynn (Ross Wolfenden) third. Robert Ginsburg's Sawbuck Hanover won the $35,000 Claiming pace with meet defending driver champion Corey Callahan in the bike winning the $22,000 purse event. Play The Field (McCarthy) and Reggiano (Morgan) were second and third respectively. On the undercard, Tetrick annexed a 1:52.3 victory with Baileys Rock N, the second win of the night for owner Rich Pollucci and trainer Jim King. The New Zealand-bred gelding is a four-year old Bettor's Delight-Baileys Pearl, now two-for-two in the USA. Howard Taylor's bred and owned Mentira, trained by Curtis Daniels and piloted by Ross Wolfenden were winners in $18,000 paces. As the horses lined up for the first race, Makenzie MC went down tossing driver Roger Plante to the ground and dragged him a short distance. The hurting driver was tended-to by the track medical crew and Plante was taken by ambulance to Kent General Hospital in Dover. He sustained cuts, scrapes and bruises and a hair line fracture. Tim Tetrick had a diving triple, Jim King won two training races. Enjoy live racing and good food at the Dover Downs Winners Circle Restaurant Buffet, each race day. General parking and admission is free. Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad  

DOVER, Del--- Jag Out, with harness racing driver Tim Tetrick in the bike, won as she pleased in the $25,000 Filly and Mares Open pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Nov. 1. After winning six times on the Tuesday card, Tetrick had to settle for a driving double edging closer to his 10,000 career victory. In the feature Jag Out pulled away from six foe heading to the far turn and waltzed home a 1:52.4 winner, equaling her lifetime mark. Nick Surick trains and co-owns the American Ideal-Impertinent five-year-old with Ben Hockspring and JL Benson Stables. It was her fifth win of the campaign and lifts her seasonal earnings to $141,670. Terror At Night (Allan Davis) was runner-up with Miss me Yet (Montrell Teague) third. Artrageous, who had been racing in the New York Sire Stakes this Summer, won the secondary $18,000 female feature for Art Stafford Jr. The Art Major-In Deep Thought filly won for the third time in her last four outings scoring a new record 1:54 conquest. Holly Case, Bonnie Benson, Jan Johannsen and Art Stafford own the five-time winner this year. Spanish Dream (Vic Kirby) saw her two-straight win credit end finishing second. Rewind Again (Corey Callahan) took third money. Tim Tetrick, Corey Callahan, Vic Kirby, owner JoAnn Looney King, trainer Jim King and owner-trainer Nick Surick had two wins each. Enjoy live racing and good food at the Dover Downs Winners Circle Restaurant Buffet, each race day. General parking and admission is free. Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. GIANT THURSDAY CARD ENDS DOVER DOWNS FIRST WEEK A $30,000 Preferred pace, a $25,000 and a $21,000 3&4-Year-Old Open plus a $35,000 Claiming pace top an outstanding program at Dover Downs to end the first week of the 2017-2018 meet on Nov. 2. First Post is 4:30 p.m. Rich Pollucci’s Christen  Me N, one of the most touted of recent New Zealand imports, fresh from an impressive 1:51.1 victory at Harrington. The $2-million winner will be driven by Tim Tetrick for trainer Jim King. Sunfire BlueChip, a $1.27 million winner himself, owned by John and Jim Fielding, Brixton Medical and R.A.W. Equine along with Christina Takter starts from outside post 6 in the select field reined by Yannick Gingras. Soto, who has been hard-to-beat at Dover, drew the rail for trainer Eric Ell and owners, Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta and leaves from post 1 with Art Stafford Jr. in the bike. The other competitors are Mike Casalino’s Super Imposed N with Pat Berry, Henderson Farm’s Bushwacker and Andrew McCarthy and Vic Kirby driving G.P. Calloway, Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s Sweet Rock. In the $25,000 Open, Mildred Ventriglio’s Kid PK (Tony Morgan). R.J. Thomas’ El Bloombito (Gingras) and Josh Green’s Poisionous (Tetrick) head an eight-horse field. A $21,000 3&4 Year-Old Open, A $35,000 Claimer, two $18,000 and a $16,000 Winners Over pace head the strong supporting card. Dover Downs now features a 50-cent Pick-5 is now featured starting with the 2nd race. A late daily double closes the program in races 12 and 13. When watch live racing, enjoy fine dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant. Top North American harness and thoroughbred racing is featured at the Dover Downs Sports & Race Book open daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for general parking or admission. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del--- Harness racing driver Tim Tetrick drove five of the first six winners, with a second in the other, while Art Stafford Jr. had a four-bagger including Celebrity Pegasus in the $25,000 Open trot at Dover Downs on the 'Halloween Card' Tuesday, Oct. 31. Celebrity Pegasus, who set the track record of 1:52 in the final feature trot last season picked right up coming on in the stretch to overtake front-trotting Thertesdemoninme (Jonathan Roberts) for a 1:56.2 triumph off a track listed as 'good.' Murmur Hanover (Vic Kirby) was an early leader in the field of seven and held on for third. In the $13,000 sub-feature Winners-Over trot, I Like My Boss,, a former Delaware-bred champion made it two-in-a-row with Vic Kirby chalking up a 1:55.1 decision. Tymal Signature (Ross Wolfenden) closed strongly to finish second with Classical Belisima (Stafford Jr.) third. Kirby also drove Sometimesawinner to victory in 1:53.4 in the $12,000 top pace/. Jigtime Jones (Tyler Davis) finished second in front of Art Of Fire (Frank Milby). Tim Tetrick finished with six wins, Art Stafford Jr. had four and Vic Kirby, had two wins. Trainer Jim King and owner JoAnn Looney King had three winners each . The top female pacers tangle in the $25,000 Filly & Mares Open pace Wednesday, Nov. 1, headed by Jag Out, Purrfect Bags and Miss Me Yet. Enjoy live racing and good food at the Dover Downs Winners Circle Restaurant Buffet, each race day. General parking and admission is free. Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. JAG OUT HEADS SEASON’S FIRST $25,000 MARES OPEN AT DOVER DOWNS WEDNESDAY Jag Out, who was a regular in the Yonkers’ top female pace, drew the outside in her first visit to Dover Downs in the $25,000 Open pace on Wednesday, Nov. 1. First post is 4:30 p.m. Owned by Ben Hochsrung, Nick Surick and JL Benson stables, the five-year-old American Ideal mare has won $130-thousand in purses this season and will be driven by Tim Tetrick. Purrfect Bags, handled by Vic Kirby, the top Delaware bred pacing mare with more than $600-thousand won for owner-trainer JoAnn King, is fresh from victory in Harrington Raceway’s final female feature. Montrell Teague drives Miss Me Yet, a fast four-year-old owned by George Teague and Teague Racing Partnership, has been razor sharp with two consecutive just-missed seconds in her recent outings. Trainer-owner Gary Ewing’s hard hitting Sweet Bobbie has been a consistent top performer in female features. Terror At Night, owned by Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing, drew the rail with Allan Davis at the controls. Hostess Lisa, owned by Brian Malone who won the top trainer award at Harrington and the steady Matinee Dragon, with Tyler Davis driving for Lou Catana and trainer Vince Bradley, complete the solid lineup. The Thursday headliner is the $30,000 Preferred Pace. Dover Downs races Mondays through Thursdays. Post time is 4:30 p.m. General parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant’s acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600.Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

ANDERSON, Ind. - The Western Ideal filly Ella Christina, who had demonstrated her disregard for the tote board when she won a division of the Adioo Volo at the Meadows at $114.80, again pulled a big harness racing upset, this time in the Breeders Crown 3-year-old Filly Pace elimination Friday night at Hoosier Park, storming home from seventh at the top of the stretch to post a 1:51 victory and return $72.00 to her scattered backers. The favorites were all in the early mix, as Caviart Ally left from the rail, putting Agent Q in behind her, then let Idyllic Beach go near the :26.2 quarter, only to retake in early backstretch. Nearing the :55.2 half, even-money favorite Blazin Britches came with a big burst but could not clear the leader on the turn, and started to back off past the 1:23 three-quarters. Caviart Ally had the lead into the stretch, with Idyllic Beach going to the passing lane and Agent Q swinging wide to challenge. But this group was joined late by Ella Christina, who was angled progressively wider by driver Tim Tetrick and went around Agent Q, storming down the center of the track to edge Idyllic Beach by a head, with Agent Q another length back. This division drew 11 entrants, and under the Breeders Crown rules at Hoosier, which starts nine across and a trailing 10 horse, the top two horses accepting byes automatically got into next week's final. The remaining nine raced Friday to eliminate one horse. Tequila Monday and Obvious Blue Chip were the two fillies getting byes into the championship event. Ella Christina will draw a post between one and five as a result of her victory, while the rest go into an open draw. Behind Idyllic Beach and Agent Q in order were Carol's Z Tam, Caviart Ally, Inverse Hanover, Blazin Britches, Jaye's A Lady, and Terrortina, the last-named the unfortunate "odd filly out". The winner tallied for the seventh time this season for trainer Nick Surick, whose Nick Surick Stable LLC co-owns the winner with J. L. Benson Stables Inc., William Daggett Jr. and Lawrence Vukovic. Surick noted that the Hanover Shoe Farms-bred filly had not been at her best in her previous start, the Courageous Lady at Northfield where she finished sixth, but he was all smiles after this event. By Gerry Connors, for Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. - Nike Franco N cruised to victory in the second $25,000 elimination of the Breeders Crown Mares Pace Friday night at Hoosier Park. Tim Tetrick guided the 2-5 harness racing favorite to a 1:51.2 score. Call Me Queen Be took the lead early but Nike Franco N was able to regain command past the :26.2 opening quarter and then set even fractions of :55.3 and 1:24 with Medusa offering token pressure. In the stretch, Nike Franco N cruised to a handy victory with her :27.2 final quarter putting her 2¼ lengths ahead of runner up Bedroomconfessions at the wire. Owned by Richard Poillucci of North Easton, Massachusetts, the 7-year-old by McArdle mare was a winner for the 29th time in her 52-race career. Jim King Jr. trains Nike Franco N. "She's just a sweetheart," said Tetrick. "She's just as good on or off the pace. When they let her go 1:24 to the three quarters, she likes that, too." Nike Franco N returned $2.80 to win. Joining the top pair in the October 27 Breeders Crown finale will be L A Delight, Seventimesavirgin and Sassa Hanover. Post positions for the final: 1. L A Delight 2. Pure Country 3. Nike Franco N* 4. Darlinonthebeach* 5. Windsun Glory 6. Bedroomconfessions 7. Sassa Hanover 8. Lady Shadow 9. Seventimesavirgin 10. Blue Moon Stride AE1. Medusa AE2. Wrangler Magic   *Elimination winners draw from posts one through five. Nike Franco N By Jay Bergman, for Breeders Crown    

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ- AUGUST 5, 2017 - Huntsville got to the lead in the first turn and never looked back, winning Saturday's $334,325 Cane Pace for harness racing three-year-old pacers by a neck over R J P in 2:03 at the extended distance of 1-1/8 miles for the seventh race at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Downbytheseaside was third. Starting from post No. 1 in a field of 12, Huntsville and driver Tim Tetrick outdueled longshot Lawrencetown Beach for the lead as the field entered the first turn and reached the quarter in 25.4. Lawrencetown Beach remained parked out on the backstretch, with Downbytheseaside on the pylons in third, as Huntsville hit the half in 54. R J P made a three-wide move around Lawrencetown Beach and moved into second as the group neared three-quarters, which was reached in 1:21.4. Huntsville and R J P battled through the stretch, timed in 1:49 for a mile, with Huntsville prevailing for his seventh win in 10 starts this year. "He showed some toughness today," winning trainer Ray Schnittker said. "After the first quarter I was a little concerned and (R J P) eyeballed him, but he's just a very good horse. "I don't think they were going to beat us today." Schnittker co-owns Huntsville with Ted Gewertz, Steve Arnold, and Crawford Farms Racing. The colt is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Wild West Show. Eight of the twelve starters were by Somebeachsomewhere including the first four home. Huntsville has won 14 of 21 career races and never finished worse than second. He has earned $1.58 million. "I hope he goes the rest of the year like that," Schnittker said. "I'd be very happy." The Cane Pace is the first jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. The remaining two legs are the Little Brown Jug and Messenger. Schnittker said Huntsville would not go to the Little Brown Jug. Huntsville paid $3.40, $2.60, $2.10. RJP returned $5.40, $2.60. Downbytheseaside paid $2.10. By Ken Weingartner

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - August 5, 2017 -- Pasithea Face S and Tim Tetrick won the $176,250 Dr. John Steele Memorial for harness racing trotting mares in 1:51.2 by two lengths for her first United States win on Saturday afternoon at The Meadowlands. Emoticom Hanover, driven by Daniel Dube, got to the lead in a time of 27.3 for the first quarter but were soon overtaken by Hannelore Hanover (Yannick Gingras), who had the lead at the 54.4 half, before Pasithea Face S came up to challenge at about the five eighths mile mark. Those two trotted together around the final turn and in to the stretch, with Emoticom Hanover looking to squeeze up the rail. Pasithea Face trotted on to the wire with mild urging for the win by two lengths, paying $9.60, $6.00, $15.20. Caprice Hill ($15.60, $41.60] got up for second and Emoticom Hanover ($23.00) was third. "This horse is really strong, " said Anders Strom, who races the five-year-old mare under his stable name of Courant, Inc. "I thought she would do great by the mile track and so did her trainer, Lutfi Kolgini in Sweden. We are friends with Jimmy (trainer Takter), so of course this is a great option to come over and try to get a big record for her before she goes to the breeding barn." Pasithea Face races in the red and gold silks of her owner, designed for a simple reason, said Strom, "It's because my mom can't really find my horses in the race, so that's why we wear this color for the horse." "I got to drive her two weeks ago (in a second place finish in the Ms. Versatility) and I just loved her," said Tetrick. "It was her first start here and thought we'd go nice and easy with her and she trotted strong to the wire. She did her job today. Hannelore Hanover was the one to beat today. She didn't have the best day, but take nothing away from my mare, she was awesome." Odds on favorite Hannelore Hanover faded to fourth. Jimmy Takter trains this mare by Muscle Hill for owners Courant, Inc. of Delray Beach, FL Pasithea Face S By Ellen Harvey

Trenton, NJ --- Marcus Melander has never won a Hambletonian but the 25-year-old harness racing trainer has the essence of Hambo greatness surrounding his entire being. And while the Swede does not have a favorite in Saturday’s $1.2 million Hambletonian Stakes for 3-year-olds at the Meadowlands, he does have a Tim Tetrick-driven horse in each elimination getting pretty good odds. In the 10-horse division (race nine), Enterprise is 9/2, with only Devious Man (5/2) and What The Hill (3/1) being given better chances. Enterprise, who outgrew an immature streak after racing only once as a 2-year-old, won his first five career starts. A son of Chapter Seven out of the mare Shes Gone Again, Enterprise is a half-brother to New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Guess Whos Back and his family includes Dan Patch and O’Brien Award winner Poof She’s Gone. Enterprise was purchased for $100,000 at the 2015 Lexington Selected Sale. “Enterprise raced last week and was a little short,” said Melander, who began training the horse late last summer. “He got beat by a good horse, though (fellow Hambletonian starter International Moni). I was happy with him, but he needed that race for sure. I think that race will put him forward for the Hambletonian. He was a little sick up there in Canada (when he finished fourth in the Goodtimes final on June 17) so maybe he missed a little too much, had a race less (than hoped). But I still think he will be a hundred percent.” In the nine-horse division (race eight), Long Tom is at 3/1 odds, second best on the board behind favored International Moni (5/2). The colt, who came to Melander from Europe in April 2016, was this year’s New Jersey Sire Stakes champion at the Meadowlands. “Long Tom hasn’t raced since the Stanley Dancer (July 15), but he came out of that race very good,” Melander said. “I’m very happy with him. He’s been training great. There’s nothing to complain about there.” The trainer’s optimism should be taken seriously if exposure to Hambo success stories have any bearing on the matter. Marcus’ uncle, Stefan Melander, won the 2001 Hambletonian as trainer and driver with Scarlet Knight. Marcus worked with Stefan in Sweden and after moving to the U.S. from Stockholm with his family in 2014, Marcus began working for trainer Jimmy Takter, a four-time Hambletonian winner. His family purchased the farm in New Egypt that was previously owned by the late, legendary Stanley Dancer, who shares the record for Hambletonian training victories with five. And finally, the guy in the sulky is no Hambo Day slouch. The 35-year-old Tetrick won the 2012 Hambletonian with Market Share and drove to second-place finishes with Crazed in 2008 and Smilin Eli in 2013. In 2007 he won a single-season record 1,189 races, is a four-time U.S. Harness Writers Association Driver of the Year (most recently in 2013) and stands fifth all-time in earnings with $182 million. Melander knew of them all while growing up in Sweden, as he stayed up throughout the night to follow the results of United States harness racing while making a name for himself as a driver in Europe. At age 19, Marcus won Sweden’s equivalent to the USHWA’s Rising Star Award and had just over 100 wins before moving to America. Now, he is precariously close to realizing every Standardbred trainer’s dream in what he feels is anyone’s race. “The best horse (Walner) is not in, so it’s like a wide-open race now,” Melander said. “It’s 10 horses that can win it. It was Walner before, who was No. 1, and then numbers two to 10. All of them were as good as each other. It will be the horse with the best trip. You need to be lucky when they draw and everything like that. It’s wide open, really.” Melander feels the set-up, which requires the eliminations and the final to be contested the same day, could favor his horses. The top five finishers in each elimination reach the final. “I think that would be good for both of them because they’re both strong horses,” he said. “I think they are both a hundred percent. I’m very happy with both of them.” Following are the Hambletonian elimination fields. Hambletonian Elimination (race eight) PP-Horse-Sire-Dam Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1 - Southwind Woody by Muscle Hill from a Pine Chip mare - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke - 12/1 2 - Bill’s Man by Credit Winner from a Yankee Glide mare - Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen - 5/1 3 - Guardian Angel AS by Archangel from an Allstar Hall mare - Jason Bartlett - Anette Lorentzon - 10/1 4 - Giveitgasandgo by Yankee Glide from an Andover Hall mare - Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen - 8/1 5 - International Moni by Love You from a Speedy Crown mare - Scott Zeron - Frank Antonacci - 5/2 6 -Stealth Hanover by Andover Hall from a Credit Winner mare - Francisco Del Cid - Francisco Del Cid - 30/1 7 - Victor Gio It by Ready Cash from a Pine Chip mare - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter - 6/1 8 - Long Tom by Muscle Hill from a Windsong’s Legacy mare - Tim Tetrick - Marcus Melander - 3/1 9 - Jake by Muscle Hill from an Andover Hall mare - Dan Dube - Luc Blais - 8/1   Hambletonian Elimination (race nine) PP-Horse-Sire-Dam Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1 - What The Hill by Muscle Hill from an Angus Hall mare - David Miller - Ron Burke - 3/1 2 - Seven And Seven by Chapter Seven from a Kadabra mare - David Miller - Tom Durand - 8/1 3 - Sortie by Explosive Matter from a Tagliabue mare - Andy McCarthy - Noel Daley - 10/1 4 -Shake it Off Lindy by Crazed from a Love You mare - Brett Miller - Frank Antonacci - 20/1 5 - Dover Dan by Andover Hall from a Royal Troubador mare - Brian Sears - John Butenschoen - 8/1 6 - Enterprise by Chapter Seven from a SJ’s Caviar mare - Tim Tetrick - Marcus Melander - 9/2 7 - Southwind Cobra by Muscle Hill from a Broadway Hall mare - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 15/1 8 - Achille Duharas by Andover Hall from a Pine Chip mare - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter - 20/1 9 - Devious Man by Credit Winner from a Garland Lobell mare - Andy Miller - Julie Miller-5/2 10 - Perfect Spirit by Andover Hall from a Kadabra mare - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt - 12/1   by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Nike Franco N handed award-winning Lady Shadow her first loss of the year, battling through the stretch to wear down the harness racing even-money favorite and win Saturday's $201,000 Golden Girls for pacing mares by three-quarters of a length in 2:01.2 for the mile and an eighth distance at the Meadowlands. The 2-1 second choice and driver Tim Tetrick led the 11-horse field to the opening quarter in :26.1 before yielding the top spot to Lady Shadow, a returning Dan Patch and O'Brien Award winner who was unbeaten in five starts this season, who set fractions of :54.2 to the half, 1:22 to three-quarters and 1:48.1 for the mile. In the stretch, Nike Franco N moved to the outside and methodically cut into Lady Shadow's lead until reaching the front as the duo neared the wire. She paid $6.80 to win. It was 4¼ lengths back to third-place finisher Call Me Queen Be. Nike Franco N, a New Zealand-bred 7-year-old, has won eight of 13 races since arriving in North America last October. The Golden Girls was her first U.S. stakes triumph. "We knew she was capable of this and when I saw she was getting a trip behind that great Lady Shadow, I said, 'This is our night'," said Jo Ann Looney-King, who trains Nike Franco N for owner Richard Poillucci. "Richard has been buying us some of the top pacers from Down Under. He picks his own horses out, he sends them to us. We simply go with the wonderful horses he buys for us." Nike Franco N, a daughter of McArdle-Nearea Franco, has won 26 of 46 career races and earned $571,672. Her North American earnings are $250,279. Nike Franco N By Ken Weingartner  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Walner did not disappoint. The 1-9 favorite and defending Dan Patch and Breeders Crown winner cruised to a 3¼-length victory over Devious Man in a stakes-record 1:50.2 in the first division of the $159,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial for harness racing 3-year-old male trotters at the Meadowlands Saturday night. Walner eclipsed the previous stakes mark of 1:50.4, set by Royalty For Life in 2015. Driven by Tim Tetrick and starting from post eight in an eight-horse field, the likely Hambletonian favorite took control early after a :28 opening quarter and is now 2-for-2 in his 3-year-old campaign, extending his win streak to seven dating back to September of last year. The colt has also won nine of 10 career races for owner Ken Jacobs and trainer Linda Toscano. "He's an amazing animal, that's all I can say. He really does (love what he's doing). He thinks it's fun. Timmy said he was really good and he just gets sharper every week," said Toscano. "(The Hambletonian) is a horse race. I'm going to fly under the radar as best I can and take care of the horse and hope he takes care of us." Tetrick and Toscano have each won one Hambletonian, which came as a team with Market Share in 2012. "Absolutely no racing (prior to the August 5 Hambletonian). We will probably have a real easy week for him this week and then take it week to week," added Toscano. "I train him like a Thoroughbred. He seems to get ready and responds off very little work and that's the way we are going to keep it." Walner paid his backers a modest $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10 for his efforts. Bill's Man finished third and Common Parlance finished fourth. Walner Long Tom, the 3-5 favorite, took to the rail in mid-stretch and drove past What The Hill by a length to take the $161,500 second division, giving Tetrick a Dancer sweep. Long Tom has won four of his last five starts and is a Hambletonian contender. Long Tom paid $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10 for the win. Meteoric, a 50-1 long shot, was third, while Shake It Off Lindy rounded out the top four. Long Tom By Lou Monaco, for the Hambletonian Society  

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