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Allentown, NJ --- Before Tim Tetrick was a world-renowned harness racing driver, he was a member of the FFA. On Thursday night (April 20), Tetrick returned to those roots when he visited the Allentown High School chapter of the organization, which was formerly known by its full name, Future Farmers of America. Tetrick participated in FFA all four years at Fairfield High School in southern Illinois. He served as the group’s vice president and received a college scholarship for agricultural business through his involvement with the organization, although he decided to pursue a career in racing. “I think FFA is a great thing,” Tetrick said at Allentown’s monthly chapter meeting. “It helps introduce people to the agricultural world and it gives you a lot of opportunities. I had the opportunity to get my college education because of FFA if I wanted to go that way. I hooked on with the horses and so far it’s been a great career choice for me. “I’ve been very fortunate. If I could do it again, I would probably go to school to get my education and have that part of my life. But I can’t regret what these horses have given to me, and to my family, providing for us.” Among the benefits of FFA participation, Tetrick said, is meeting new people and learning to interact with others. The lessons he gleaned through FFA were helpful as Tetrick moved from an eighth-grade class with eight people to eventually living and racing in Chicago and later the New York metropolitan area. “I lived in Chicago for eight or nine years,” Tetrick said, adding with a laugh, “I remember showing up in Chicago with my cowboy boots and belt buckle and when I left I had regular clothes on. “When I first moved to the East Coast and I was racing at Yonkers and New York City, it was kind of the bright lights. It kind of scared me. But I’ve been able to fit in wherever I go. People are what you take from them. Everybody has good moments. I’m easy-going.” Allentown High School is home to one of the nation’s top FFA programs. The group’s current president, Joanna Ricci, also comes from a family involved with Standardbred breeding and racing. She presented Tetrick with an FFA T-shirt at the conclusion of his talk. Prior to Tetrick speaking, the students watched a video detailing some of Tetrick’s numerous accomplishments on the racetrack. The 35-year-old Tetrick has already driven the winners of $178 million in purses, good for fifth most in harness racing history, and won 9,647 races, which is 15th best all time in North America. “I’ve gotten to travel to Sweden, Australia, New Zealand with these horses,” said Tetrick, a four-time Driver of the Year Award winner. “It all starts with agriculture, whatever field you’re in. I caught on with the Standardbred business because of my family and FFA and it’s been very good to me. I’ve been very, very fortunate.”   by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

DOVER, Del--- Bags To Riches is living up to his name. Tim Tetrick drove the Only Money Inc. harness racing home bred to his second $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF). After winning the two-year old final last November he completed his double scoring an impressive 1:51.4 victory  on April 13 at Dover Downs. Blazing Bobby Sox took the $27,500 Delaware Special. Corey Callahan, Dylan Davis and Enhance Your Mind won season ending awards. Tetrick and Bags To Riches the lead from post 1 and took no prisoners en route to his fourth victory of the year and eighth in 13 lifetime starts - only one time out of the first three – to earn $165,062 for owners Only Money Inc. and Jason Skinner, his trainer. Henry The Dragon (Jim Morand), second wagering favorite, broke stride going the first turn while driver Tetrick was turning in on. After a :27.1 opening stanza, Bags To Riches reached the three quarters in 1:22.4 and the Roddy’s Bags Again-Paint The Sky Blue cold was a convincing winner in 1:51.4. Tony Morgan rallied James Isaac for a fast-finishing second and 54-1 Automatic Dragon came on for Vic Kirby for third.   Daiymir, the only horse to beat Bags To Riches this season, was scratched sick. Blazing Bobby Sox was at the top of his game in the $27,500 Delaware Special recording a lifetime best 1:49 triumph. Trainer Art Stafford Jr. who owns The Panderosa-Liamatters gelding with his dad Art Stafford,  sat alongside Remember Me VK (Montrell Teague) for most of the last half and pulled away after the final turn to victory. Poisonous (Ross Wolfenden), last week’s event winner, streaked down the lane to finish second with Captive Audience (Corey Callahan) third. Callahan drove Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis’ Jet Airway, son of Jereme’s Jet-Aromatic, to his second win in his last three, and fourth win of 2017. He registered his 20th career success lifting his bankroll to $495,430. Te Kawau N (Tetrick) was runner-up. El Bloombito (Sean Bier), the early leader, was the show horse.  During the program, Bryan Truitt, owner, trainer of the track’s top female pacer, Enhance Your Mind, accepted the Horse Of The Meet award. Corey Callahan won his eighth straight Leading Driver Award and with two wins during the closing program, Dylan Davis made it four consecutive Leading Trainer titles. This was final program of Dover Downs’ 48th season. Many thanks to all those who helped make the 2016-2017 meet arguable the finest season in track history. Delaware harness racing now moves Harrington Raceway which begins a week from Monday. At Dover Downs top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad    

Barimah A's overall lack of strong early speed was a non-factor in the featured event on Sunday (April 9, 2017) at Harrah's Philadelphia. The 7-year-old harness racing gelding by Bettor's Delight was making his third start for Trainer Scott Di Domenico, in what figured to be his toughest test to date, a pace for non-winners of $20,500 in their last 5 races. Starting from post 8, Barimah A lumbered up wide of leavers Bettor Memories (Dave Miller) and Bushwacker (Brett Miller), but eventually got the lead after being parked the quarter (:26.2). After Driver Tim Tetrick rated the half (:55.1 / :29) a fresh challenger emerged in the form of Blaise MM Hanover (George Napolitano Jr.). The 4-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding pulled to within a head of the leader, tripping three-quarters in 1:23.1. The duel continued until the eighth-pole, when Barimah A edged away to win by one length, stopping the clock in 1:50.4. Blaise MM Hanover settled for second, while Bushwacker finished third. It was the gelding's 16th career win, and 4th of the season. "He raced really well I thought," said Di Domenico. "It looked like he was going to get collared in the last turn, but fought off the competition which was really good." Barimah A is owned by Brian Carsey, John McGill, and Adam Friedland. He paid $4.00. There were also two divisions of a non-winners of $15,000 in their last 5 races. The first division (race 4) was taken by Joe Trice's Hall Bro (Brett Miller). The gelded son of Blissfull Hall was driven aggressively past the quarter. He brushed to the lead and held on gamely for the win in a day's fastest 1:50.1 for his 30th career win. He is trained by Brewer Adams. Hall Bro returned a handsome $18.20 to his pari-mutuel supporters. The second division (race 8) went to Lou Frascella's Phil Your Boots (George Napolitano Jr). The 7 year old gelded son of Shanghai Phil made the top before yielding to the speed of Trading Up (Dave Miller). As the outer flow started to labor, The Andrew Harris trainee abandoned his pocket position and out dueled the leader to win by a head in 1:50.3. He paid $2.80. Both division winners went over the $300,000 mark in career earnings with their respective victories. Live racing continues Wednesday with a post time of 12:40. There is no live racing on Easter Sunday (April 16th). Michael Bozich

DOVER, Del.--- Breeder, owner, trainer Gordon Barrett put Donnie Long in the bike to drive Willow Mill Anna and the combination clicked for a 2:02.3 triumph in the first of two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd leg Three-Year-Old Filly Trot preliminaries with Spoonful notching a 2:00.2 victory in the second division. Hollywood Highway won the $15,000 trot on the Wednesday, April 5 harness racing card at Dover Downs. For the second straight card, Tim Tetrick drove four winners. Long left with Willow Mill Anna and began her front-end journey to the finish line reducing her lifetime speed record to 2:02.3. Faith On The Hill (Tim Tetrick) left from post 1 and sat behind the leader all the way. Black Magic Mist (Art Stafford Jr.) fought off Ohtobetheone (Tony Morgan) to finish third. Jim Morand took Spoonful right to the lead and never looked back for his second straight $20,000 DSBF prelim win. Owned by Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing and trained by Les Givens, the Political Briefing-Sanctions filly won for the sixth time in her career banking $124,512. Luv Is Blind (Vic Kirby), another prelim winner last week, challenged the winner heading to the final turn but had to settle for a second-place finish. Gogh Cinorita (Ross Wolfenden) was the show finisher. Next Wednesday the top eight point-getters after the two prelim divisions return for the $100,000 DSBF Championship Final. Tom Dillon's Hollywood Highway streaked away to get the lead for Corey Callahan and fought off Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.) on the backstretch and pulled away in the lane for a 1:53.2 lifetime record in the $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot winning for the fourth time in seven starts this meet. It was the Muscle Massive-LA Freeway gelding's seventh career win pushing his total to $197,1 44. Marley's Guy (Tetrick) took third. Tim Tetrick had a second-straight four win day. Corey Callahan, Tony Morgan and Ross Wolfenden won two races each. FOUR $20,000 DSBF SOPH PRELIMS; $30,000 PREFERRED, $27,500 DEL SPECIAL THURSDAY  The last four $20,000 1st leg preliminary Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Male Paces plus a $30,000 Preferred Handicap and a $27,500 Delaware Special headline a standout April 6 card  at Dover Downs. First Post is 4:30 p.m. One of the most sought off DSBF prelims lead off the program. Two top George Teague-owned sophomores will match strides in the first race. Henry The Dragon, driven by Jim Morand, a 1:52 winner in last week’s prelim takes on lightly raced Daiymir with Montrell Teague, who startled with a wire-to-wire 1:52.4 in his first pari-mutuel start. Also in the event are Forrest Bartlett’s Art Of Fire handled by Vic Kirby, from the rail, with Cavalli Pazzi Stable’s Casino Director and Vince Copeland, alongside. Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis’ Unbroken Vision, second last week for Corey Callahan and Brian Wright’s Pop’s Romeo with Jason Green completing the strong line-up. In the second $20,000 division, Dan Keeler’s James Isaac (Tony Morgan) drew post 1. River’s Crest (Art Stafford Jr.), a prelim winner last week, Brenda Teague’s Kaaya (Morand), George Teague’s Whispering Witch (M.Teague), Leigh Louthan’s Suspinder and Shawn Hanley’s Takeittotheface (Ross Wolfenden) are contenders. Only Money and Jason Skinner’s Bags To Riches (Tim Tetrick), winner of last November’s  $100,000 DSBF Final, heads to third $20,000 DSBF prelim. Among his opponents are two George Teague-bred geldings, Rat Tail (Tetrick) and Daylen (M.Teague). Speedy Hallie’s Comet (Pat Lachance), KDK Almost Cut My Hair (Kirby), Olivias Grand Slam (Morand) and Tommy N Dakota Stable’s Painter’s Edge (Stafford Jr.) from the rail fill out the field. A pair of Clyde Francis-trained George Teague-breds head the fourth and final $20,000 DSBF prelim. Stay In Your Place (M.Teague) drew post 2 for Teague and K&R Racing while Ain’t It Fun (Morand) starts from post 6. Automatic Dragon (Kirby), a winner last week for Tina and Brian Clark, Wake Up And Go (Callahan) owned by Charles Winbrow and Jimmy Lunn, leaves from the rail. Ron Davis’ Giddy On Down (Wolfenden) and Sharon White, L.J.Paglierani and Legacy Racing’s B’s Yankee are the other participants.  Crissman and Niss Allen’s recent purchase, super sharp, Major Uptrend (Morgan) is the one to beat in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap while driver Art Stafford Jr. and his father Art Stafford’s Blazing Bobby Sox, and Dan Marine and Brent Hall’s Emeritus Maximus (Yannick Gingras) drew the outside posts in the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap. The Dover Downs’ 2016-2017 season comes to a close next week with a $100,000 DSBF final headlining each day. Monday through Thursday live racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are ‘dark days’ at the track. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 1, 2017-- Horses aren't supposed to win races from where Missile J was situated Saturday night (Apr. 1). He didn't get that memo. Missile J  and harness racing driver Tim Tetrick, unleashed a filthy stretch move, winning his third race in as many tries during Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Round 3 featured another quartet of $50,000 divisions, with Missile J completing his own personal three-peat. After fifth from post position No. 4 the second event, the cause appeared hopeless. Sitting third-over in a stagnant outer tier, Missile J was sixth--3¾ length behind Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald)--after that pole-sitter led through intervals of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:24. Missile J couldn't be bothered with such impediments. He not only won, he measured it off, the final margin over Great Vintage a head in 1:51.3. Third went to Clear Vision (Brett Miller), with Dr. J. Hanover (Scott Zeron) and Santa Fe Beachboy (Jason Bartlett) relegated to the remainder. For Missile J, a 4-year-old American Ideal gelding trained by Scott DiDomenico (big props for 1,000 career training victories) for Hoosierland co-owners John McGill and Brian Carsey, it was his seventh win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $10.80, with the triple returning $50.50. "He wants to chase horses," Tetrick said. "Winning three races from the off the pace the way he has is a plus in a grueling series like the Levy." Defending series champ Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $4.90) did get off the seasonal and series schneid, using a solid, two-move effort in the evening's final Levy event. An early fourth from post No. 6, he watched as polester Guantanamo Bay (Scott Zeron) offered some rare early foot (:28.2, :57.3, 1:25.3). Despite those rather comfy fractions, Guantanamo Bay was powerless to stave off Bit of a Legend N. The people's choice took over early in the lane, then edged away by a length in 1:52.4. Second went to an improved McWicked (Matt Kakaley), with Always at My Place (Yannick Gingras), a tiring Guantanamo Bay and Blood Brother (Bartlett) settling for the minors. For Bit of a Legend N, an 8-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight trained by Peter Tritton for owner Harry von Knoblauch, it was his first win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $31.40, with the triple returning $117. "Tonight was the first time this season he resembled his old self," Stratton said. "Scoring down, he wanted to kick me out of the bike. He had a lot left at the wire." Saturday night's first Levy grouping had Soto (Kakaley, $10) work out his third pocket trip in the series and earn his second series win. From post No. 2, he conveniently slid in behind 19-10 choice Somewhere in L A (Bartlett). That job was made easier when Bettor's Edge (Miller) and his inside speed broke early and vacated the course. Somewhere in L A laid down the law (:26.3, :55.4, 1:23.4) while being pestered by a second move of Rockin' Ron (Gingras). 'L A' owned a length lead in and out of the final turn, and held well, but not well enough. Soto stuck his tongue out on the money, getting the decision in 1:51.4. Wakizashi Hanover (Stratton) closed for third, beaten a neck, with Rockin' Ron and Mach it So (Tetrick) earning small coinage. For third choice Soto, a 5-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven trained by Eric Ell for co-owners Kenneth Wood, William Dittmar Jr. and Stephen Iaquinta, it was his sixth win in 11 '17 starts. The exacta paid $29.20, with the triple returning $121.50. As was the case with Soto, Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube, $3.10) grabbed his second series win. Pocketed from the pole in the third event, he was both lucky and good, getting the passing lane after Caviart Luca (George Brennan) tired (:27, :55.1, 1:23.1). P H Supercam (Miller) cleared first-up, with Provocativeprincen (Stratton) slipping out from behind Keystone Velocity to grab third tow. Provocativeprincen made his had 'first run,' but Keystone Velocity was raging. He zipped up the cones, whipping the 'Prince' by a half-length in 1:51.3. P H Supercam, Caviart Luca and Texas Terror N (Mark MacDonald) rounded out he payees. For Keystone Velocity, a 9-year-old son of Western Hanover co-owned (as Allard Racing) by trainer Rene Allard, Kapildeo Singh, Earl Hill Jr and VIP Internet Stable, it was his second win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $13.20, with the triple returning $48.80. Saturday night's $55,00 Open Trot was won by Lady's Dude (Brennan, $3.80) in 1:55 for a second consecutive featured-trot win. Frank Drucker

DOVER,DE -- Two newcomers Limelight Beach, a $1.2-million winner, and Rockeyed Optimist lead eight starters in the $30,000 Preferred, while Blazing Bobby Sox is the one to beat in this week's $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap on Thursday, March 16 at Dover Downs. First Post is 4:30 p.m. Yannick Gingras drives Weaver Bruscemi, M1, Wingfield Bros. and Burke Racing's Limelight Beach, who arrives from Yonkers where he had a win and two seconds, whie Rockeyed Optimist, a recent 1:51 winner at Meadowlands, will be driven by Tim Tetrick for owners Perretti, Berkner, Battaglia and A&B Stable. Major Uptrend has been sharp recording three wins in-a-row for Mildred Ventriglio with Tony Morgan driving. Jet Airway and Corey Callahan has been close lately for owners Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis. Following last week's second straight second-place finish Gary Ewing claimed Rangers Sureshot for $30,000. Henderson Farms' Bushwacker is always a contender. Niss Allen's Rockinonby and Tony Morgan has been at the top of his game fast Starsky's Dream N with Vic Kirby raced well last week in his season's debut for Richard Pollucci. Last Thursday Art Stafford and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr.'s Blazing Bobby Sox closed strongly for second only to lose a tight photo with Reg Hazzard, G.F. Calloway and Legacy Racing's Sweet Rock (Allan Davis), a neck ahead in second by a neck in $27,500 Delaware Special. Josh Green's Poisonous (Ross Wolfenden) steps up after a 1:50.3 win. Remember Me VK (Montrell Teague) has won three of his last six including one in 1:50.2. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo's tough veteran Mustang Art (Callahan) and George&Tina Dennis Racing's Forty Five Red (Jim Morand) moving from the outside to post 1 complete the lineup. in the first of two $15,500 Male paces, Engel and JL Benson stable's Toatsmygoats (Gingras), Sicily (Davis) racing for Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing and the Dennis Racing's Seventh Secret (Morand) head one, in the other, Richard Stansbury's All The Cookies (Gingras)Betty Brittingham's Tip It On Back (Bret Brittingham) and Eric Foster's Baby Kitty (Russ Foster) head the second section. In addition ,there is a hard-hitting undercard on the 15-race card. Monday through Thursday live racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are 'dark days' at the track. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, March 12, 2017 - A pocketed Red Hot Herbie (Tim Tetrick, $7.50) proved best Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $50,000 Open Trot. At the outset, Here Comes Herbie-from post position No. 3-found himself in behind Springbank San N (Jordan Stratton) as that one led through early intervals of :28.2 and :58.3. Lady's Dude (George Brennan), as the 17-10 favorite, then moved from third. That one engaged 'Sam' in and out of a 1:27.1 three-quarters, with B Yoyo (Joe Bongiorno) gapped a bit from second-over. Springbank Sam N had the lead off the final turn for the third consecutive start, and he failed to win for the third consecutive start. He did however, send 'Herbie' into the passing lane, where he whipped a rallying In Secret (Matt Kakaley) by a neck in 1:56.3. Lady's Dude held third, with a ground-saving Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett) and B Yoyo settling for the remainder. Springbank Sam N faded to seventh among the octet. The feature went as the opener of an all-trot, 11-race card, seven of which carried the 'French' theme (overflow fields and the mile-and-one-quarter distance) For second choice Red Hot Herbie, a 7-year-old Here Comes Herbie gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby and Edward Reppucci, it was his fourth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $110.50, with the triple returning $697. Since no one took down Sunday afternoon’s Pick 5, Monday night’s gimmick begins with a carryover of $1,025.27 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). This installment of the ‘New York, New York Double’ resulted in a combination of 8-Two Term Max (Aqueduct’s 3rd race) and 10-Defi Normand (Yonkers’ 6th race), which paid $82 for each correct $1 wager. Total pool was $5,736. A reminder there is also racing next Sunday (March 19th), with first post at 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

DOVER, Del.--- Scandalicious battled harness racing favorite Enhance Your Mind side-by-side down the lane before edging to the front at the wire by a head to win the Tuesday, March 4 $20,000 Mares Open Handicap at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick pulled Scandalicious out of fourth just before a :55.2 half and quickly moved alongside leader Enhance Your Mind as they journeyed along the backstretch passing the three-quarters in 1:23.1, still a tandem. Enhance Your Mind and Vic Kirby had a slight edge on the inside turning for home. There was little room between the pair down the stretch before Tetrick urged Scandalicious up enough to put her head in front at the wire in 1:51.3 for the six-year-olds second straight victory. Tim Tetrick had a four bagger. The win marked the Scott DiDomenico-trained American Ideal-The Company Store mare's 24th lifetime win and boosted Scandalicious' earnings to $382,653. For Enhance Your Mind, it marked the end of a two-race win streak and was her first second-place finish after five wins in her eighth race of 2017. Sayulita (Allan Davis) finished third. Barbara's Shadow chalked up her third consecutive success in the $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Mares pace in a new personal fastest 1:51.1 clocking. Driver Vic Kirby owns the Shadow Play-Bababababarapan mare with trainer Leigh Raymer and Brian Hoffecker. The victory was her sixth of the year in nine opportunities. She has now won $53,922 this year. Westluckycam (Tetrick) closed for second in front of On Your Six (Davis). Earlier, Allan Davis piloted a 56-1 shot, No Shadows, from post 8 to victory in a Mares Claiming Handicap scoring a 1:54 triumph. LA Express Stable owns the Shadow Play-Ocracoke four-year-old who won for the first time this year. Tim Tetrick had four wins, Allan Davis, Vic Kirby and trainer Jim King each had two winners. MARKET SHARE, TOUGH MAC, GURAL HANOVER HEAD $20,000 TROT Market Share, winner of the 2012 Hambletonian classic and Tough Mac, one of the top trotters at Dover Downs the last three seasons, and newcomer Gural Hanover, head this week’s eight horse field vying in the $20,000 Open trot on Wednesday, March 8 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Richard Gutnick, Blueberry man Bill Augustine  and TLP Stable’s Market Share, won impressively last Wednesday and has two wins in his last five races and will be piloted by Tim Tetrick. Frost Free Hanover reined by Vic Kirby for Richard Pollucci, has three wins and a third in 2017 starts. Gural Hanover, a winner of nearly $785-thousand in his career and steered by Yannick Gingras, makes his first local appearance for owners Weaver Bruscemi, Burke Racing, Little E and Panhellenic stables. Not to be overlooked are the rest of the lineup including  CC Racing’s Il Mago with Jonathan Roberts; Leigh Raymer and John Whitby’s Buddy Hally, second last start for Montrell Teague; and from the rail, I’m So Striking, trained and driven by Eddie Dennis for owners Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stable.. On the strong undercard is a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot led by Dennis, Johannsen, Holly Case and trainer Bob Reeser’s, Bluebird Reverend (Teague), a 1:54 winner last week, and Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.), racing for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms’ Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.), both leave from the outside posts in an eight horse field. 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’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

Pompano Beach, FL…March 3, 2017…Tim Tetrick and David Miller are two of harness racing’s greatest stars and they will be in action at Pompano Park on Saturday night in the  second edition of the “Pro-Am” Championship Driving Series. This “Saturday Night Special” features Tetrick and Miller as the participating captains in a three race series benefitting, in Tetrick’s case, New Vocation, and, Miller’s favorite, The Make-A-Wish Foundation. Each captain has three amateur teammates competing for bragging rights as Tetrick seeks to defend the title he won last year. “This is ‘war,’” Tetrick said. “My name is first on this year’s trophy to be presented and I want to keep it that way!” Miller, on the other hand, disagrees and said, “When Timmy says this is ‘war,’ he is spot on. It’s, of course, friendly war, but I think I have the team and the horses to give him some of that friendly fire he shot at me last year here.” Of course, the big winner will be the charities that they represent. Said Miller, “Both Timmy and I have been blessed with an unbelievable amount of success in this great sport and this is a way to send some of the blessing we have enjoyed to those less fortunate.” Tetrick echoed Miller’s sentiments relating, “This event put on by the Florida Amateur Driving Club gives us a chance to say ‘thank you’ for that success. “Dein (F.A.D.C. President Spriggs) was the one who really got this challenge under way and both Dave and I are thrilled and honored to participate. “This shows that harness racing has its heart in the right place in helping worthwhile organizations.” The Florida Amateur Driving Club has donations approaching $180,000 since their inception as all of their club members donate their driving earnings to the club and, subsequently, to charity. Recently, the club hosted four of the best amateur drivers from Italy further enhancing the F.A.D.C. coffers for future donations. Miller may have the upper hand in the first event on Saturday night. Though he, himself, has drawn the outside post with the trotter Garlandsandpearls, his teammate, Dein Spriggs, has drawn the coveted five post with A Crown For Lindy, a 52 time winner of $412,787. Spriggs owns the 12 year-old altered son of Cantab Hall and is listed as the 7 to 5 morning line favorite. Tetrick, meanwhile, has drawn the rail with the six year-old Wire Me Cash, dropping down significantly in class for this encounter. Besides Spriggs, Miller’s teammates in the first event are Maurice Brooks, Jr. (493 career wins) and John Campagnuolo (51 wins). Tetrick has Gary Barbere (57 wins), Joe Pennacchio (157 wins) and “Touchdown” Teddy Bowman (73 wins). In the second event, the Miller team consists of Tom Eichas (10 wins), Billy Muggleston (92) and Shane Arsenault (127) Tetrick will have Tony Dinges (22), Fred Cohen (185) and Jeff Schaefer (74) on his roster. In that second race, Thekeptman, a 30 time winner with career earnings of $261,658, will have owner-trainer Fred Cohen in the bike and will leave from post three as the 5 to 2 morning line favorite. Tetrick will be driving Creampuff MacDaddy in the finale, a winner of $505,030. The now seven year-old has a mark of 1:53.3 at Pocono Downs as a four year-old and is 3 to 1 on the morning line. He will be relying on teammates Jamie Marra (58 wins), Mitchell “Sky” Walker (119) and Steve Oldford (119) to add more points for the team as Miller will have Dennis Whittemore (116), Leon Cable (426) and Ron Cusimano (236) to bolster his side of the ledger. The big winner of this extravaganza will be the designated charities of Tetrick and Miller, each of which will share in the proceeds derived from the event. As Miller said, “I want MY name first on that trophy for next time. I think ‘Miller-Tetrick’ looks better than ‘Tetrick-Miller.’ “It’ll be a war, alright, and both Timmy and I are honored to be a part of this great night benefiting such worthwhile causes.” Saturday card also features a $27,826 carryover in the Super Hi-5 finale. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park and The Florida Amateur Driving Club

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

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