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HARRINGTON, Del. - The venerable 10-year-old pacing superstar Foiled Again ($3.20, Yannick Gingras) prevailed in the eighth annual $220,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:50.2. A large crowd filled the Harrington grandstand, watching harness racing's heavyweights among the older horse pacing ranks battle it out on Delaware's half-mile racetrack. Owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables, the 10-year-old Foiled Again assumed command from his rail post position just past the quarter mile in 26.3. He led the rich field of eight, whose combined lifetime bankroll is near $15 million, to the half mile in 55.1 and three-quarters in 1:23.1. Stable mate Clear Vision, who won the 2013 Quillen, received his marching orders from driver Brett Miller at the half mile and battled first over but could not get closer than a half length from Foiled Again at the wire. Bettor's Edge finished third. "It seems like every year, he rewrites the record books," said Gingras. "It was great to come out on top tonight." Foiled Again, the richest horse in harness racing, boosted his lifetime bankroll to more than $6.6 million. It was his sixth consecutive year in Harrington's marquee event. Clear Vision was making his fourth consecutive start. Both horses are trained by Ron Burke. The race honors the memory of the late Delaware legislator Bobby Quillen, who was a racetrack regular and always had the horsemen's best interest at heart. Quillen's sister Grace Wanda Quillen, and brothers Francis and Frank Quillen were on hand for the winner's circle presentation. In the overnight feature, John Dayton's Just A Jolt ($5.20, Victor Kirby) recorded a 1:51.1 triumph in the $17,000 Open for trainer Jim King Jr. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - All good things must come to an end, but for I Like My Boss, that time is not now. The venerable trotter extended the longest current unbeaten streak to start a career in North America with his 15th consecutive win in the $17,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceaway in 1:56.4. I Like My Boss ($5.20, Jon Roberts) survived his first test versus Open class trotters, holding off Spunky Jack in a tight finish for a narrow win. I Like My Boss, owned by Jimmy and Ashley Parsons and trainer Bob Shahan, set all the fractions in his victory. After a comfortable lead most of the mile, Spunky Jack posed a fierce challenge in deep stretch, but under urging from Roberts, I Like My Boss responded and kept his record unblemished. The Delaware sire stakes champion, I Like My Boss, boosted his lifetime bankroll to nearly $240,000. Victor Kirby had three winners on the program. Allan Davis and Roberts each had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for the Meadows        

A field of eight filly and mare pacers who are winner's over $25,000 in their lifetime squared off at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday (Sept. 5). The wagering public put their support behind million dollar mare Monkey On My Wheel (Tim Tetrick), who was sent off as the 7/5 harness racing favorite. At the start, the favorite left aggressively, and cleared the lead before the quarter, which was achieved in :27. After a rated :28.4 second quarter, pressure arrived in the form of another millionaire mare Drop The Ball (Corey Callahan), but she could get no closer then a length. Three-quarters went in 1:22.4. The leader sprinted clear at the top of the stretch, outlasting a fast closing Regil Elektra (Victor Kirby), who finished second. Pocket-sitter Set Me Up (Matt Kakaly) finished third. The winner paced the mile in 1:50.4, and paid $4.80 to win, keying an exacta that paid $48.40, and a trifecta that paid $317.40. Monkey On My Wheel is owned by Mac Nichol, and is trained by Casie Coleman. She now has 31 career victories on 87 starts and has earnings of $1,572,334 in stakes. Mike Bozich

There were two divisions of a winner's over $25,000 lifetime pace on Sunday afternoon, which was also USTA Back to the Track Day at Harrah's Philadelphia. In the first division, the wagering public put their support behind Baron Racing and Richard Lombardo's millionaire pacer Dancin Yankee, who was fresh off of a world record performance at Saratoga two weeks ago.   At the start, the favorite fired quickly off the wings, clearing the lead before the first turn. After a :26.2 opening quarter, Dancin Yankee (Tyler Buter) rated a second quarter in :29.1, before sprinting away to an easy two length victory, stopping the clock in 1:49.3.   Sparky Mark (Corey Callahan) finished second, while pocket-sitter Emeritus Maximus (Andrew McCarthy) finished third. Dancin Yankee is trained by Amber Buter, and returned $2.80 to win. In the second division, it was Judy Magie's Voice Of Truth (Montrell Teague) living up to favorite status. At the start, it was Adventure Bound (Victor Kirby) sprinting off the wings, ripping the quarter off in :26. Ron Burke trainee Clint Westwood (Yannick Gingras) who was parked the entire first quarter, took the lead approaching the half (:55).   As the field neared three-quarters, the closers took closer order as the front end started to tire. Voice Of Truth exploded off cover at the top of the stretch, and went on to win by two lengths, stopping the timer in 1:51.   A Sweet Ride (Andrew McCarthy) rallied for second, while Ohoka Texas N (Eric Carlson) finished third. Voice Of Truth paid $3.80 to win, keying a $73.40 exacta. It was also USTA Back to the Track day at Harrah's Philadelphia. Racing fans enjoyed family friendly activities including a bounce house and a balloon artist for children.   There were also food & drink specials, as well as giveaways and press box tours. After the eighth race, many of the drivers participated in a t-shirt toss, while signing autographs and taking photos with race fans. Live racing will continue at Harrah's Philadelphia on Labor Day (Monday) with a post time of 12:40 PM.   by Michael Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia  

HARRINGTON, Del. - I Like My Boss ($2.80, Jon Roberts) kept his impressive unbeaten record intact Wednesday with a track record setting performance, winning in 1:57 at Harrington Raceway. Owned by trainer Bob Shahan, Jimmy Parsons Jr. and Ashley Parsons, the 3-year-old Don Boss Vita gelding improved to 13-for-13 in his career. He had not raced since his dazzling track record performance (1:57.2) in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final on July 24, and Wednesday's race was his first test versus older horses. I Like My Boss, sent off as the 2-to-5 favorite, relinquished control of the mile early to second choice Abbi's Gabbi, who set fractions of 29.2, 59.2, and 1:29.1. Roberts edged I Like My Boss to the outside at the top of the stretch and went by willingly for his 13th consecutive win. The win also established a new track record, breaking his own mark. Driver/trainer Vince Copeland had a double and won the overnight feature with trotter Cash On Delivery in 1:55.3. Victor Kirby also had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - William Cantrell's Skyway Priss ($15.40, Ross Wolfenden) notched her fifth win in the year in Wednesday's featured trotting event, beating a conditioned group of male rivals at Harrington Raceway in 1:56. The Cincinnati Kid mare held pocket sitting favorite Cash On Delivery at bay throughout the mile and withstood one last charge from the latter late for a narrow win. Cadillac Cruiser was third. Trained by John Cabot, all but one of Skyway Priss' wins this year have come at Harrington. Allan Davis and Victor Kirby each had driving triples. Ross Wolfenden had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jason Johnson's My Ideal Hanover ($6.40, Victor Kirby) prevailed in Tuesday's $11,000 featured conditioned event at Harrington Raceway with a 1:53.3 triumph. The 5-year-old Western Ideal mare had won five in a row before suffering a defeat in the $30,000 Legislator's Cup at Harrington on Governor's Day during the Delaware State Fair. After a pair of seventh place finishes in Open company at Yonkers Raceway in her ensuing efforts, 'Ideal' returned home where she received some class relief for trainer Ed Gannon Jr. She set all the fractions from post position eight, and held off Sucha Bad Girl and Whistler Seelster for a one length win. It was the sixth win of the year for My Ideal Hanover and 16th in 86 career starts. Driver George Dennis had three winners on the 12-race card. Sean Bier and Montrell Teague each had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrrington Raceway

The featured event on Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia was a pace for Winner's over $25,000 Lifetime going for a purse of $30,000. The wagering public gave slight favoritism to Wake Up Peter from post seven. At the start, it was last weeks winner, Handsome Henry K, storming out from post eight, clearing the quarter in 26.4. After a rated second quarter of :29, the leader felt pressure in the form of Wake Up Peter, and these two battled to the three quarters. As they straightened for the drive, Handsome Henry K attempted to kick away, but the pocket-sitter Just A Jolt had other ideas. Driver Victor Kirby sent him up the passing lane for the victory, stopping the clock in 1:51.1. Atta Boy Dan, who was flying in the stretch, had to settle for second, while Handsome Henry K held third. Just A Jolt is owned by John Dayton, and is trained by Joann Looney-King. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

The 3 YO Maryland Standardbred Fund stakes started the evening with the non wagering filly trotters going for a purse of $28,900.    Explosive Attitude(Explosive Matter) and Kelsey's Commando(Cr Commando) renewed their rivalry from July only this time Kelsey's Commando was able to catch Explosive Attitude coming down the stretch, stopping the clock in 2:00.2 last quarter in :29.2. Victor Kirby drove and trained the filly for new owners George and Rose Bonomo.   The wagering card started with the 3 YO filly pacers. Driver Tony Morgan sent Ain't No Maybe So(Nuclear Breeze) charging right to the front with a first quarter of:27.1. The Lundell entry of Valentina De Vie and Rosie De Vie sat second and third just waiting for the right moment. Jonathan Roberts pulled Valentina De Vie(Bettor's Delight) in the last turn quickly overtaking the leader winning in 1:55.3. Ain't No Maybe So held on for second and Rosie De Vie finished third. Valentina De Vie is owned by the Joie de Vie Farm.   After race 3 the Maryland Horse Industry Board presented Ocean Downs Racetrack with a Secretary's Citation from the State of Maryland in honor of the track's 65th Anniversary. MHIB also presented track owner William Rickman with a Secretary's Citation in honor of his many contributions to the harness racing industry over the year.   In the colt/gelding trot Kandy Korn(Cantab Hall) got away 6th but driver Frank Milby pulled before the half, working his way up to the leader Whichwayrightorleft near the ¾ pole. These two battled down the stretch with Kandy Korn crossing the wire in 1:59.4 for owners Bruce and Tanya Schadel.   The most exciting race of the night was the 3 YO colt/gelding pace. In usual fashion driver Corey Callahan sent Tom's Titan(Cam's Rocket) to the lead with new comer Kingofthejungle(Well Said) getting the pocket trip. At the head of the stretch Tony Morgan pulled Kingofthejungle and the two charged down the stretch head and head with Kingofthejungle winning by a head in 1:53.4 last quarter in :27.4. Desyllas Racing LLC , William Beck and Carol Rieken own and Brandon Simpson trains.   By Cheri Stambaugh  

HARRINGTON, Del. - The richest day of the year for Delaware horsemen was Thursday at Harrington Raceway as racing fans saw the completion of four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final events as well as signature events for older hoses on the 13-race program. The annual Governor's Day program during the Delaware State Fair was host to a large crowd who was treated to some entertaining racing under perfect weather conditions. While the crowd was treated to an abundance of dazzling performances, perhaps the most noteworthy was that of trotting colt I Like My Boss ($2.10, Jon Roberts) who remained unbeaten in 12 starts with a 1:57.2 triumph for co-owner/trainer Bob Shahan in his $100,000 final. He is co-owned by Jimmy and Ashley Parsons. In an uncharacteristic front-end performance, the 3-year-old Don Boss Vita gelding set all the fractions in his four length win over LG's Pride and Odessa. "It's been a lot of fun," said Shahan. "We had a setback last year which got him to the races a little bit later, but he's been super." In the $40,000 Governor's Cup, John Dayton's Just a Jolt ($6.40, Victor Kirby) overcame post eight to notch his 12th seasonal win in 1:50. Trained by Jim King Jr., the 4-year-old Village Jolt gelding assumed the command early from post eight and held off Malak Uswaad N and Getitoffyourchest for the one length win. Just A Jolt equaled his own track record. The Honorable Governor Jack Markell was on hand to present the trophy to the winning connections, after capping his full slate of activities at the Delaware State Fair's traditional Governor's Day. In the DSBF filly pacing final, a track record performance was set by Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Fool Yah ($2.40, Allan Davis) with a 1:52.1 victory over Jonigold and Megginspin. The Wayne Givens-trainee was a ten-length winner feasting first over after a hot pace. It was her 15th career win in 22 starts. In the DSBF pacing colt final, Karen Walls' Elite Awards ($3.40, George Dennis) was victorious in 1:53.3 over Casino Bags Carlo and West Star Director. The Powerful Toy gelding was a wire-to-wire winner and recorded his 13th career win for trainer David Rearic. Richard Lombardo, JJ&M Stable and Pam Wagner's Kelsey's Commando ($11.20 Victor Kirby) was another post eight winner for Kirby. The Cr Commando filly parlayed a pocket trip to victory over Bella's Spunkin and Overnight Hit. It was one of three wins for Kirby, who also trains the trotting filly. On the undercard, North State Street Stable's Monochromatic ($2.40, Corey Callahan) won her Third Straight Legislator's Cup for trainer Dylan Davis. E&K Stable and Lois and Earl Walters' I'm So Striking ($13.80) scored a minor upset in the $30,000 Charles Murphy Memorial Trot for trainer/driver Eddie Dennis. Live racing resumes on a Monday through Thursday schedule at Harrington on August 18. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - More than $600,000 in total purses will be up for grabs on the 13-race program at Harrington Raceway Thursday during Governor's Day at the Delaware State Fair. For the third consecutive year, the program will be contested at night with a 7 p.m. post time. Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals will be held for 3-year-old pacers and trotters. Signature events for older horses such as the $40,000 Governor's Cup will have local bragging rights on the line on the popular evening of racing that is the focal point for many Delaware horsemen. The filly pacing final is the first of the $100,000 races to be contested as track record holder, Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Fool Yah (2/1, Allan Davis) looks to continue her current winning trend. The Wayne Givens-trainee has won two straight and will start from post four. The Wiz Kids Stable's Jonigold (3/1, Corey Callahan) will fire from mid pack post five for trainer Bart Dalious after sweeping her eliminations. The filly trotting final is slated fifth on the program, with trainer/co-owner Art Stafford Jr. and Wyatt Starkey's Overnight Hit (2/1, Stafford Jr.) starting from the rail after winning both of her eliminations. In the trotting colt final, trainer/co-owner Bob Shahan, Jimmy Parsons Jr., and Ashley Parsons' I Like My Boss (2-1, Jon Roberts) will look to remain undefeated as he bids for his 12th consecutive win from post position five. The final for pacing colts is the 11th race and is as wide open as any of the DSBF final events. Karen Walls' Elite Awards (5/2), and Cavalli Pazzi Stables' Casino Bags Carlo (3-1, Vince Copeland) are among the highly competitive group. The Governor's Cup will complete the daily double as the second race, a field long on depth will fill the starting gate, including John Dayton's Just a Jolt (2-1, Victor Kirby) who must overcome post eight to earn his 12th win of the year for trainer Jim King Jr. The Honorable Governor Jack Markell is expected to present the trophy to the winning connections. The Legislator's Cup, featuring Delaware's top pacing mares, will start the first leg of the pick four (races 3-6). Two-time defending champion, North State Street Stable's Monochromatic (2-1, Corey Callahan) will fire from post six in pursuit of her 51st career win for trainer Dylan Davis. Fresh threat My Ideal Hanover (3/1, Kirby) has won four straight for owner Jason Johnson and drew post two. The Charles Murphy Jr. Memorial Trot will wrap up the pick four sequence. Barbara Boese's Awsome Valley (2/1, Tony Morgan) is back from a stint at Yonkers and drew post six in the full field. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

HARRINGTON, Del. - Driver Victor Kirby joined the 3,000 win club Thursday at Harrington Raceway completing a three-win day to reach the milestone at Harrington Raceway. After winning one race earlier in the day at Harrah's Philadelphia, Kirby started the Harrington card with a win in the first with Stirling Charisma ($19) before taking the sixth with Cashco ($5.60) to reach 3,000 career wins. "It might just be another win to somebody, but it's a big win to me," said Kirby, who learned the business of racing from his grandfather Vinal Kirby as well as trainer John Wagner. "My grandfather laid the foundation, teaching me general horsemanship. John Wagner, all respect to him is just a great horseman. I owe a lot to both of those guys." While Kirby has won many races driving for his own small stable, as well as for some larger outfits, the lion's share of his wins have come driving for trainers with more diminutive sized stables. "I get a lot of gratification winning races for guys with small stables," Kirby added. "It's great to drive for the big stables and win for them but it's really special winning for the ones that only have maybe two or three in their stable." The 41-year-old Kirby currently drives full-time at Harrington as well as many days at Harrah's Philadelphia before spending most of the winter at Dover Downs. George Dennis won three races on the program, including a win aboard first-time starting freshman filly Totally Rusty - a daughter of Rusty's For Real - who prevailed in 1:57.2 for trainer Doug Lewis. Another 2-year-old with an auspicious debut Thursday was out of the Les Givens stable, when Quick Art made a brush to the lead near the half-mile and scored a decisive 1:57 score as a son of Artzina. The Harrington meet will now go on a break as preparations are made for the Delaware State Fair (July 17-26), where racing will take place on July 24th for the annual Governor's Day program (7 p.m. post time). The summer/fall meet will resume on a Monday through Thursday schedule beginning August 18 through October 23. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Callam Racing's Spunky Jack ($4.20, Roger Plante Jr.) recorded his 16th career win Wednesday with a 1:55.4 victory in the featured $17,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway. The 5-year-old Super Punk gelding was sent promptly to the lead from post position six and never relented in his three length win over Powerful Charger and Six Gun Hall. Trained by Steve LeBlanc, it was his fourth win of the year as his earnings ballooned to nearly $90,000 in 2014. The 10th race gave first state racing fans their first dose of pacing sire Riggins, who campaigned on the Delaware circuit for a portion of his career, with his offspring 2-year-old pacer Smoking Joey. Driven by George Dennis, the gelding prevailed in wire-to-wire fashion in 1:56.2 for an auspicious start to his career. Ross Wolfenden had three winners on the program. Victor Kirby, who is closing in on 3,000 career wins had a double, as did Bret Brittingham. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Fool Yah ($6.20, Allan Davis) set a new track record Tuesday night at Harrington Raceway for 3-year-old pacing fillies with a 1:52.2 triumph. The daughter of Gamblers Dream settled off a hotly contested pace in which Derek Delight parked Angelwithanattitude, while Seboomook Fool Yah gathered momentum following a brisk half-mile in 54.3 seconds. "Fool" swept by the leaders to three-quarters in 1:24 and opened up four lengths at the wire. Trained by Wayne Givens, Seboomook Fool Yah notched her seventh win of the year and broke one of the longest standings records at Harrington, which was previously held by Ireneonthemove (1:52.3) set in 2006. Victor Kirby had four winners on the program, one of which was aboard the red hot My Ideal Hanover ($2.80), who prevailed in 1:52.4 for her fourth straight win in the $17,000 Mares Open. Owned by Jason Johnson, the 5-year-old Western Ideal mare was a front-stepping winner over Springforth and Grandview Hanover. Trained by Jay Gannon, My Ideal Hanover boosted her seasonal bankroll to nearly $50,000. Davis had a driving triple. Jon Roberts had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - John Dayton's Just A Jolt ($6, Victor Kirby) reset his own track record for 4-year-old pacing geldings Monday with a 1:50 triumph in the $17,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway. It also established a new national season's mark for 4-year-old pacers on a half-mile racetrack. Sent for the lead from post position seven, the Village Jolt gelding made the lead in 26.3 seconds, before cruising to the half-mile in 55.0 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. "Jolt" kept pocket-sitting Getitoffyourchest at bay for a one-length score. Rock On Moe was third. It was the 11th win of the year for Just A Jolt, who padded his seasonal earnings to more than $124,000. Driver Jon Roberts had three wins on the program. George Dennis, Allan Davis and Ross Wolfenden each had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

After a heartbreaking loss last week to Maryland State Champion Tom's Titan, Somewhere Fancy took no prisoners in Thursday's featured event, a pace for non-winners of 5 races or 50k lifetime. Starting from post six, the son of Somebeachsomewhere powered right to the front, and made every call a winning one. He held off a minor bid from race favorite Mojito Hanover at three quarters, and went on to win under wraps in a time of 1:51. The 3-year-old is owned by John Mehlenbacher, trained by Linda Toscano, and was driven by Tim Tetrick. Pocket-sitter Ooh Bad Boy finished second, while Invictus Hanover was third. Tim Tetrick, Dave Miller, and Victor Kirby had three driving wins on the card. With the driving win on Always A Flyin in race four, Marcus Miller is only one win shy of 2,000 in his career. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

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