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Joey Bats duplicated his harness racing performance from two weeks ago when he won the open trot in wire to wire fashion at Dover Downs.  Tony Morgan blasted out of the gate and Lagerfeld, driven by Yannick Gingras, protected rail position, forcing the race favorite Scirocco Rob to take a seat, getting away third. Joey Bats, trained by Andrew Harris, set fractions of 27  55.4  1.24 and a new mark of 152.3.  Scirocco Rob pulled first up and could not gain on the leader for trainer Mark Silva.  Majestic Marvel trained by Josh Green finished 2nd, out trotting Lagerfeld in the lane.  Lagerfeld finished 3rd for trainer Ed Gannon Jr.  The race favorite, Scirocco  Rob, finished fourth. by Al Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

CHESTER, PA - Driver Tony Morgan and trainer Jennifer Bongiorno combined on their third win of the program as the Bettor's Delight mare Divas Image closed stoutly midtrack to take the $18,000 feature for pacing mares in 1:52.2 during a special Friday night card at Harrah's Philadelphia. Morgan kept the winner, who pushed her career earnings to $604,627, next-to-last in the field of seven early as several horses traded the front spot in the field, then moved with cover down the backstretch. The 2-5 favorite was looking good as she tipped wide the stretch battle, and the mare showed her class by coming home powerfully to hold off the horse on her back and the longest shot in the field, 42-1 Slick Artist A, by 1½ lengths for the partnership of Joseph Bongiorno LLC, Howard Taylor, Thomas Lazzaro, and J&T Silva Stables LLC. Morgan went on to win the last race on the card to end the night as leading driver with his four victories. There were also a pair of $16,000 co-featured events for class-climbing younger horses. In the pacing mares division, Delightful Feather finally surrendered the lead to favored Money Shot Hanover in front of the stands, and then the pair saw Odds On Clearwater make a fast brush on the backstretch to the front. The early rivals came after the stretch leader - Money Shot Hanover to her inside, Delightful Feather to her right - and it was the Bettor's Delight mare Delightful Feather get the decision in 1:53.2, with Money Shot Hanover ¾ of a length behind the winner and 2½ lengths ahead of Odds On Clearwater. George Napolitano Jr. guided the winner for the brother team of trainer Thomas and owner John Cancelliere. In the trot, Oberto moved up uncovered on the far turn to the lead, then had to brace for what looked to be a tough stretch challenge from Gaareat Gazoo on his back. But that foe had some late steering problems, and the Yankee Glide sophomore gelding Oberto fended him off by a neck in 1:57.1 for driver Pat Berry, trainer Jeff Weiner, and owners Thomas and Pamela Herbst Maloney. (Ms. Maloney's middle name, which translates from German to "fall," was appropriate for this evening card, which saw the temperatures fall into the 50s as autumn starts to take a grip on the local weather.) For full results and entries click here. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, PA - One of the most unexpected finishes in recent harness racing history transpired at Harrah's Philadelphia during race five on the Thursday afternoon card, when Pittstop Kip closed to win by a neck - and paid $447.00 for a $2 win ticket. Second was 86-1 shot What That Is, with the 3-5 favorite and the 5-2 second choice in the last two spots after making breaks. Favored Crazshana left from the rail but broke early, with Mr Cool Seaeyre N, who had stayed right on the chalk's back from the trailing post nine (1-for-98 to win at Harrah's this year), finding himself in the unusual position of being on the early lead without a circling move. Down the backstretch second choice Chapter Fashion went up first-over, but just as he looked to be going to the lead he lost his gait, leaving second-over Pittstop Kip in a prime position. And the mega-longshot trotted on to withstand What That Is, who advanced wide in the stretch. Pittstop Kip returned $447.00, $145.20, and $18.80 to his few backers; What That Is paid back $86.40 to place and $43.20 to show; and Mr Cool Seaeyre N, "only" 12-1, was $9.80 to show. Tony Morgan is the second-winningest driver in the history of North American harness racing, but the local fans have been missing out on him often; Pittstop Kip was his sixth $50+ horse of the meet and third $100+ winner, both topping the local drivers colony. The $14,500 featured trot had a bit more of a conventional tote ending when favored Receivership caught second choice Money Maven late to post a ¾-length victory in 1:54.3. Backers of the 4=5 shot may have been anxious when driver Joe Bongiorno kept the 4-5 favorite third-inside, but the pair cleared in time to run his 2019 record to 5-for-7 and his lifetime tally to 11-for-20. Jennifer Bongiorno trains the five-year-old Chapter Seven gelding for brother/driver Joe, her own Jennifer Bongiorno Stable, and Blair and Emma Corbeil. It looks like the wait for American Moni, the now-four-year-old son of Muscle Hill - Moni Maker, is beginning to pay off. Winless in limited campaigns at two and three, the impeccably-bred horse has now triumphed in two straight and three of six on the year, winning at Philly in 1:54.4 while fully in control. American Moni, whose mark of 1:53.3 was taken at Pocono, was driven by Andy Miller for trainer/wife Julie and the Moni Maker Stable. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harness racing driver Tony Morgan had the hot hand on the Tuesday program at Harrington Raceway with seven victories. Not all of Morgan's wins came aboard favorites, especially with Clifford Grundy's Keene Olivia ($22.40) in the $20,000 Mares Open. The 8-year-old Always a Virgin mare was an upset winner over Artrageous and Empress Deo for trainer Nick Surick, who had three wins on the card. Keene Olivia was situated second-over and found her best gear in the stretch to eclipse pacesetting Artrageous for a two length score. Keene Olivia pushed her seasonal earnings over the $100,000 mark. Morgan also won races with Always Rock N Roll ($6.20), Hurrikane Shorty ($4.60), Cardiff ($11), Under The Hood ($2.40), Odds On Maria ($4.40) and Rollinwithholly A ($3.20). Ross Wolfenden had a driving double. Live racing continues a Monday through Wednesday schedule. Post time is 4:30 p.m. nightly. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

Ft. Washington, MD — When harness racing driver Tony Morgan shows up at Rosecroft, good things tend to happen. Sunday night (March 10) was no exception. Morgan steered Whambamthankumaam to a new older mare track record in 1:54.4 for owner Thomas Mucci and trainer Brian Malone. The 6-year-old daughter of Kadabra brushed past leader Southwind Ferrari after the half-mile mark to win by five lengths. The effort eclipsed the 2015 track record performance by Brilliance Hanover and Timmy Offutt of 1:55. It was the second of two trotting wins for Morgan and four wins overall. Don Dorado held off a fast closing Magglio to score in a conditioned trotting event in 1:56.3 for owners Harry and Carolyn Smith and trainer Erica Wagner who picked up her first wins of the meet with Bluebird Ideal scoring as an odds-on favorite for the Smiths as well in 1:53.1. Morgan scored a conditioned win with Net Profit for Jeff Beauchamp and Ronald Short. Brian Wright conditions the winner who returned a nifty profit of $19.40. Capital Builder won the $11,000 Open Handicap for Jonathan Roberts. Tucking in the three spot after leaving from post eight, the 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere edged past pacesetter Hickory Aloha in 1:53.1. Bib Roberts owns the winner and he is trained by Megan Tolson. It was Roberts’ second driving win of the night after scoring a claiming win with Three Rivers Dell for Mucci and Malone, giving them a double. Sean Bier guided Sawbuck Hanover to an upper level conditioned win for Crissy Crissman-Bier and Joan Hamstead in 1:53.1, while Roger Plante found conditioned success with Bevnlindassunnap for owner-trainer Ken Schlotzhauer in 1:53.4. Musclebeachboy scored an easy lower level claiming win for Roberta Nikodemski and trainer Sheldon Powell. Ricky Still won the $5,000 claimer for Midsize Construction Inc., easing past leader Mr Big Bucks in the final strides. Jeff Stafford opened the curtain with an impressive non-winners of three win with Bluebird Goldwyn in 1:54.2 for Michael Amodei. Tyler Davis took a conditioned win with Centering for owner-trainer Harry Marsh Jr. Hey Dali went a perfect three-for-three in the Greg Trotto barn for owner Kevin Shaplin, setting a new mark of 1:52.2 for Frank Milby and was scooped up for $10,000 as claiming action remained very brisk during this meet. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

CHESTER PA - The fifth race at Harrah's Philadelphia Wednesday produced the largest harness racing win price of the season at Philly, as Anthony Morgan, #2 in North American driving victories all-time (this was win #16,251), sent Ideal Magic to the lead early, yielded to favorite Ohio Larry, then came up the inside to best that rival by ¾ of a length while returning $195.40 for a $2 ticket (there was a total of $50 bet on him to win). Ideal Magic's price beat the previous seasonal high, set one month back to the day (October 14), when Always A Diamond fashioned a $117.20 upset. Nice Stuff and Presidente Zette were the trotters home first in a pair of $16,000 features as the racing week opened at Harrah's Philadelphia. Nice Stuff has now won three of her last four starts after taking the first division of the headliner in 1:56.3, missing the personal mark she set last week by a tick. Dexter Dunn had the Yankee Glide mare well-positioned behind lively cover, and her stretch kick enabled her to overhaul the pacesetting favorite Christopher Crazo by a length, with pocketsitting Michando another half-length back in third. Nice Stuff has proven to be a nice acquisition for trainer Bucky Angle and owners Howard and Joshua Kauffman, as she came into their possession early in September and has already bankrolled $24,250 for them. Presidente Zette conserved ground in the other section of the feature, then was able to slip out on the far turn, tip wide, and sail past the field to equal his mark of 1:56.2. The son of Muscle Hill benefited from the well-judged drive by David Miller, coming home two lengths to the good of Campbellini for owner/trainer Cozette McAvoy, The fifth race produced the largest win price of the season at Philly, as Anthony Morgan, #2 in North American driving victories all-time (this was win #16,251), sent Ideal Magic to the lead early, yielded to favorite Ohio Larry, then came up the inside to best that rival by ¾ of a length while returning $195.40 for a $2 ticket (there was a total of $50 bet on him to win). Ideal Magic's price beat the previous seasonal high, set one month back to the day (October 14), when Always A Diamond fashioned a $117.20 upset. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Ocean City, MD - On a humid Monday evening, in front of a large crowd, Ocean Downs held the first legs of the Maryland Sire Stakes Preliminaries for both 2 year old colt pacers and trotting fillies. The spectators were invited into the infield throughout the evening to observe the first ever Pig and Weiner Dog races as they enjoyed a competitive card of harness racing.   In the first division for pacing colts, Berzerker, a Rusty's For Real homebred for Wanda, Clifton and Brandon Murray made his connections proud taking full advantage of the rail in his first pari-mutuel start while cutting out fractions of 29.4, 100.3, 1.30.3 and confidently sprinting home in the lane to stop the timer in 1.59.4 for driver Tony Morgan. Sonny's Blessing made an impressive move from the back of the field to finish ahead of stablemate Where's Barry to garner the place spot.   The second division saw the Rusty's All In colt Dennis The Menace gun down early pace setter Owzitgoin through the lane after sitting a comfortable tracking spot, third along the rail, behind swift fractions of 28.2, 57.2, 1.27.1. As the field maintained its single filed positions to the three quarter marker driver Jared Moyer swung Dennis The Menace off the pylons around the final turn and gamely tracked down the early pace setter while kicking home in 29.4 to trip the teletimer in 1.57.3.   Bossy Hilly had the perfect steer from driver Jonathon Roberts in the first division of the trotting fillies as she capitalized on a two hole journey behind Tiny Tiara for the entire mile. The Leon Harris trainee pulled the pocket on the far turn and trotted strongly to the wire to post a 2.01.3 mile. Tiny Tiara held position for second to round out the exacta.   The second split of trotting fillies saw Mary's A Keeper leave sharply off the wings for reignsman John Wagner and lead throughout the 2.04.2 mile while holding off the late surging favorite Sleek N Majestic for driver Arthur Stafford Jr. . Mary's A Keeper is a homebred for owners John Wagner and Syl King Jr.   Maryland Sire Stakes will continue back on Sunday, August 19th and Monday, August 20th with the second legs of preliminaries.   by Jeff Billings for the MSRF

On July 4 it was not just a special day of remembrance of our United States winning the war for independence against Great Britain, it was also a very special for a young man by the name of Anthony DeFrancesco, IV at Harrah’s Philadelphia harness racing track. Anthony, 18, of south Philadelphia, just graduated high school in June. He had perfect attendance for 12 years of school. Finished with a GPA of 3.93 and a top 1st Honors Student. And when not in school, Anthony learned about harness racing, from both his father, Anthony DeFrancesco III and from his grandfather, Anthony DeFrancesco, Jr. thus making Anthony IV a third-generation horseman. It looks like some of those training skills rubbed off on young Anthony as on July 4, he sent ABC Again out for the 6th race pace at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Along with his cousin, Joseph Laino, also of south Philadelphia, they co-own the six-year-old gelded son of ABC Garland. It was only the 14th start for DeFrancesco as a trainer. Anthony, IV, admits he was pretty nervous before the race. “The whole week I felt nervous,” Anthony explained. “because I knew he was dropping in class and he had been racing well against better horses. I just felt getting Tony Morgan back to drive and in a lower class and great post that this was gonna be the week. “And bam, we won!” Anthony said. “My heart was pounding during the race. I saw George Napolitano on the outside coming to us and I know he wins all the time, so I was sweating. But the big horse held on in a new lifetime mark. “With tears in my eyes I point up to my grand pop (Anthony, Jr. who was the first to train horses) and thanked him for looking over me. I only wish my dad didn’t have his issue and was with me, but I know mom and he were watching at home and I have their full support.” “About 10 seconds after the race my phone start blowing up from family and friends,” Anthony said. “They were just so happy for me but the horse did all the work and he deserves all the credit ABE Again. I never forget this horse or my first win.” ABC Again and driver Tony Morgan led from start to finish and won in 1:55.2. He has career earnings of $74,751. “I was so excited for my son,” said Anthony DeFrancesco, III. “I am currently on suspension right now and can’t go to the track, but we watched it on the computer and it was very emotional. Especially when I saw my son point to the sky, pointing to his grandfather. He has done that in all our win pictures in the past. I would always do it too.” Anthony trains his horse at Jjeps Training Center in Mullica Hill, NJ. So, what will Anthony now do for an encore? Well, he starts at the Community College of Philadelphia in September but will also continue to work and race his horse while in school. He hopes to get at least one more horse in the stable. Anthony also works a few nights a week at Johnnie’s Fine Foods in south Philadelphia for extra pocket cash. “I like to keep busy,” Anthony said. “So, between school and training and racing, I know that I will not have much free time, but I love what I am doing and that’s what counts.” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink 

HARRINGTON, Del. - Chris White's Fashion Showdown ($4.60, Tony Morgan) was a wire-to-wire winner Tuesday in the $17,500 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.4. It was a dominating performance for the 8-year-old Village Jolt mare, who is trained by her owner. She never had an anxious moment in the decisive win over late closing Sayulita who was second, and third-place finisher Empress Deo. It was her 4th win of 2018. The race was sponsored by the Harrington Business Association, who was enjoying a group party in the clubhouse. The newly formed organization had representatives from many of the town's local businesses. Driver Russell Foster had three wins on the program. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

DOVER, Del. --- Harness racing driver Tony Morgan racked cup five winners including One To Draw To in one of the trio of feature races on Thursday, Jan 18 at Dover Downs. Sometimes Said recorded his fifth straight victory while Never Say Never N won the other $14,500 Winners-Over pace. One To Draw had been racing successfully at Yonkers until recently and showed his stuff in the first co-feature race with Morgan in-the-bike turning back seven foes in 1:52 . Bill and John Emmons own the Major In Art-Straight Justice gelding who won for the 16th time in his career. Gerries Sport (Allan Davis) escaped from being locked in and closed strongly along the passing lane to finish second. Moonlightonthebeach (Russell Foster) took third money. One race later with Automatic Dragon scratched, Sometimes Said, driven by Jonathan Roberts, started from the second tier in post 9, and rolled on to his fifth consecutive visit to the winner's circle. Bobby Glassmeyer claimed the Well Said-Sometimes gelding for $12,500 four starts back and stepped him up to win two straight $25,000 claimers before advancing to the $14,000 Winners-Over level. His current win gives him 14 lifetime and $550,365 in earnings. Silver Fox J (Frank Milby) was second in front of Down On Mainstreet (Art Stafford Jr., third. Earlier, Corey Callahan guided Tom Lazzaro's Never Say Never N home in 1:51.4 to overpower a nine horse field for an easy $14,500 Winners pace. Jack Roger (Stafford Jr.( and Rat Tail (Montrell Teague) were second and third respectively. Dylan Davis trains Never Say Never N, a Bettor's Delight-Maid In Splendor five-year-old. Last week Cyclone Kiwi N was claimed for $35,000 by Bruce Soulsby and this week Jeff Bamond Jr. claimed him back at the same price in the first of two $25,000-$30,000-$35,000 Claiming Handicaps. Corey Callahan drove the Jereme's Jet-Another Kiwi gelding from the outside in a pulverizing :25.3 and never looked back enroute to a 1:51.3 score, his fourth straight and sixth win in his last seven along with a second. It was the New Zealand- import's 21st victory and now has won $253,002 in purses. Whirl Monroe (Vic Kirby) finished second. Im Supersonic A (Sean Bier) was the show horses. Tony Morgan's fifth winning drive came behind 5-1 Ideal Fashion in a come-from-behind 1:50.1 victory, the fastest on the card. Western Young Gun (Davis Jr.) left fast and led until late in the stretch to finish second. Regalanthropist (Teague) hustled home for third. Brooks Gay conditions the American Ideal-BJ's Sunshine gelding for Ronald Davis. It was his 20th lifetime win and a winner of $226,309 in earnings. Racing resumes on Monday Jan. 22 and continues through Thursday weekly with post time at 4:30 p.m. A daily changing menu of fine food is available to diners watching the races from the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races continue each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del --- It was a BIG day for Tony Morgan. Needing two wins to reach 16,000, Morgan quickly responded taking both ends of the Dover Downs daily double to attain his milestone, on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Then Morgan, who won four races, is only the second driver in harness racing history to drive 16,000 winners in a career, displayed a perfect drive behind Divas Image, to win the $25,000 Mares Open by a nose. Dave Palone is the all-time leader with more than 18,000 wins. Morgan started his momentous day driving owner-trainer Pippy Longstocking to victory in 1:56.1 to win the first race on the card. Then he guided Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing’s Killean Finale home in 1:56.1 in the second race for his milestone victory. In the $25,000 female feature, Morgan, driving Divas Image, escaped from racing fourth on the final turn to come on and take the passing lane to get up in 1:53.1 nosing out Newborn Sassy (Tim Tetrick) at the wire. Our Horse Cents, Stable 45 and J and Silva own the Bettors Delight-Rocknroll Diva five-year-old trained by Jenn Bongiorno ,. The winner of the last Open, she has won three of her last five and four of her last six with a pair of thirds in between. Sweet Bobble (Art Stafford Jr.) held on for third.   Tony Morgan finished the card with four wins. Tim Tetrick had three. Vic Kirby and Corey Callahan won two races each. Weather permitting, another outstanding Thursday program is headed by a $25,000 Open Handicap pace featuring Major Uptrend, Cajon Lightning and newcomers Missle J and Macon Georgia A.. A changing daily menu of 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 continue each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. TONY MORGAN PROFILE Tony Morgan, with 16,001, is second in winning drives in the sport, only Dave Palone has more. Palone passed the 18,000-win mark early in 2017. German driver Hans Wevering is third on the list with the late Herve Filion fourth.   From a career starting in his teens with his first drive coming at 13 at the Fairs, Morgan’s career has progressed to be ranked among the sports elite drivers. From racing in Kentucky and Midwestern tracks, he emerged as a top driver in the 1990s at Chicago-area racetracks. Morgan has won the North American leading dash-win title five times, including three in consecutive seasons; 1995, 1996 and 1997. He also was the sport’s leading driver in 2006, with 1,004 wins, and in 2008, winning 961 races. He also was runner-up in 2002, 2005 and 2007, a year in which he won 880 races. Four times, in 1996, 1997, 2002 and 2006 seasons, Morgan won the prestigious Harness Tracks of America (HTA) Driver of the Year honor, a coveted award based on the number of wins, UDR percentage and purse money . In 1996, while driving in Chicago, Morgan drove 852 winners to brake one-season record of 843 set by Walter Case Jr. Ten years later, during the 2006 campaign, Morgan became only the second driver in harness history to reach four figures in wins in one season, making the winner’s circle in 1,004 races. During a 27-day stretch in January 2006, Morgan won a remarkable 101 races during the month. That season, Morgan destroyed the Dover Downs’ all-time one-season track record with 447 wins almost two hundred wins more than the previous mark. Morgan then went on to dominate the driving standings at Harrington Raceway that year, also setting a track record. Morgan won his 15,000th races in March 2015. Hailing from a six-generation harness racing family. His dad, Eddie Morgan Jr., was a well know horseman in the Midwest. A cousin, Bob Styles, was a successful driver-trainer while racing in New England and in the Delaware Valley in the mid-20th century. Morgan is now 59 and is enjoying another top season currently at Dover Downs where he is in the top three in wining drives this season. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del --- It didn't take Tony Morgan long on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at Dover Downs, to become only the second driver in harness racing history to drive 16,000 winners in a career. The 59-year-old Morgan drove Pippy Longstocking to victory in 1:56.1 to win the first race on the card. Then he guided Killean Finale home in 1:56.1 in the second race for the memorable 16 thousandth. Morgan is second in winning drives in the sport, only Dave Palone has more. Palone passed the 18,000-win mark early in 2017. German driver Hans Wevering is third on the list with the late Herve Filion fourth.   MISSILE J, MACON GEORGIA A JOIN $25,000 OPEN PACE THURSDAY Weather permitting on Thursday, Jan. 3, a pair of newcomers – Macon Georgia A and Missle J – and six-other stalwarts tangle in the first $25,000 Open pace of the New Year at Dover Downs. Macon Georgia A with Tim Tetrick drew the rail. Bill and John Emmonds and Bamond Racing recently claimed the gelding for $50,000. He had seven wins banking $130,815 last year. Missle J, no stranger to local fans, returns after a big 2017 season and will be piloted by Ross Wolfenden for owners John McGill and Brian Carsey.  Niss Allen and Crissman Inc.’s Major Uptrend has been a potent force in track top events last meet and this with Tony Morgan, who won his 16,000 race on Wednesday, his regular driver. Cajon Lightning, owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, has already won four feature races this season with Art Stafford Jr. in the bike. Returning after a pair of seconds in Meadowlands features is the Wayne Givens trained Sweet Rock owned by Reggie Hazzard and Legacy Racing who starts from outside post 8.  Corey Callahan races hard-hitting Arque Hanover for Abe Basen, Tom Lazzaro, and Robert Cooper Stable. Jo Ann Looney King’s fast Q’s Cruise, with Vic Kirby at the controls and Gerries Sport, a top-class Indiana pacer owned by Rich Lombardo , Carl Atley and Gerrie Tucker driven by Allan Davis complete the strong field of eight. Another outstanding undercard presents two $25,000-$35,000 Claiming Handicaps, an $18,000, a $16,000 and two $13,000 paces are 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. Racing is set each Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. A fine and varied selection of 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. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del --- Harness racing driver Tony Morgan moved to within two winning drives of reaching 16,000 wins while Celebrity Pegasus 1:54.3 triumph in the $25,000 Open trot began a back-to-back victory when Perseverance won the sub-feature at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Jan. 2 with temperatures again in the low teens . Art Stafford Jr. drove both winning trots for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. Minisink Farms is also a part owner of Celebrity Pegasus who chalked up his 25th career success and lifted his lifetime earnings to $309,910. The now six-year-old Andover Hall-Celebrity Athena horse took the lead heading to the final turn and was all alone at the wire in1:54.3. Thereisademoninme (Jonathan Roberts) and Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.) could not be separated in the photo for second place resulting in a dead-heat. On race later, in a $13,500 trot, Stafford drove Perseverance, a four-year-old altered son of Cantab Hall-Caviar Forthe Lady in a wire-to-wire 1:55.2 performance. It was his fourth straight win. Tribbett Racing also owns a portion of the winner. Miami (Vic Kirby) closed from far back to finish second in front of My Cherry Pie (Jonathan Roberts). Make A Muscle K was scratched. Previously, NF Happenstance made it two straight wins overpowering eight foes in 1:54.2 to win the $13,000 Winners-Over trot for trainer Carol Parker and driver Jack Parker Jr. Veteran All Shoes On Deck (Roberts) just got up for second edging race-favorite Tough Mac (Corey Callahan) Only last spring, NF Happenstance dropped a foal. In late summer owner Jim Moore brought the SJ's Caviar-Moira hall mare back to the races. This fall, she had two wins in eight starts, five times finishing in the first three. She wired the field last time out. Tony Morgan won his 15,997th guiding Donnie Darko home in 1:56.2 to win a $15,000-$17,500 Claiming Trot. It was one of two winners for trainer Steve LeBlanc. Glenn Dyke and LeBlanc Racing own the Chocolatier-Afterglow Hall gelding. Mano Of muscle (Allan Davis) was runner with Trust Fund Baby (Stafford Jr.), third. Entranced and Spider Blue Chip were scratched. Art Safford Jr. and Tim Tetrick had driving doubles while Steve LeBlanc, Kevin Lare, Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta also won two. Enhance Your Mind, Sweet Bobbie and newcomer Newborn Sassy lead eight to post in the $25,000 Mare Open Wednesday feature race. A changing daily menu of 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 continue each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

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

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harness racing trainer Brian Malone's Hostess Lisa ($4.20, Tony Morgan) was a 1:54.2 winner in the $16,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Trained by her owner, the 8-year-old Sagebrush mare held off a game effort by Terror At Night for a narrow win. Sweet Bobbie was third. It was the 8th win of the year for Hostess Lisa and 35th in her career. Malone had an owner/trainer grand slam on the program and is the current leading trainer at the meet. One race later, Morgan piloted Aunt Betty to her sixth straight win in 1:56 for owner Ron Davis. The Rock N Roll Heaven mare has won eight of 22 starts this year for trainer Brooks Gray. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Crissman Inc. and Niss Allen Farm's Major Uptrend ($3.60, Tony Morgan) was a decisive winner Monday at Harrington Raceway in the harness racing featured $15,000 Open Pace in 1:51.3. Trained by co-owner Tim Crissman, the Somebeachsomewhere 6-year-old was sent for the lead from post six early and never relented en route to a wire-to-wire score over Framed Art and Millenium Wheel. It was the 12th win of the year for Major Uptrend, a former $177,000 yearling. Victor Kirby had a double on the program as did trainer Joe Columbo. Live racing continues on a Monday through Thursday schedule through October 19. Post time is 5 p.m. nightly. Matthew Sparacino  

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