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DOVER, DE -  Moments of Joy splashed her way to a harness racing victory in the Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night over a sloppy, rain-soaked track.  Moments Of Joy earned vindication honors by defeating Scuola Hanover, who upset her last week in the Mares Open. She and Infinite Symbol A were the quickest away from the gate. Driver Victor Kirby and Moments of Joy proved the aggressor as they pulled the pocket and seized the lead away from Infinite Symbol A at the quarter pole. Moments Of Joy cut fractions of :26.3 to the quarter and the half in :55.3. Scuola Hanover and driver Art Stafford Jr. were willing to lay their three race win streak on the line.  They moved off the rail from fourth uncovered and hustled down the backstretch in full attack mode.  Moments Of Joy and Kirby were in full flight as they reached the three quarters in 1:22.4.  That third quarter was paced in 27.1. In the stretch Moments of Joy and Scuola Hanover,  the 3/2 race favorite set up a classic stretch duel.  However, at the wire, Moments Of Joy dug down deep  and won by a nose in 1:50 flat.  MOMENTS OF JOY REPLAY   She paid $7.00 for the win. The last half was paced in 54.2 and the last quarter was marched off in 27.1 over the rain soaked, sloppy racing surface. Moments Of Joy (Western Terror) is owned and trained by Bryan Truitt. Scuola Hanover finished a hard fought 2nd.  Andrew Stafford trained and his brother Art Stafford Jr. drove. 40-1 shot Feeling Sweet finished 3rd for Dover Downs’ leading trainer of the racing meet  Joe Columbo.  Mike Cole drove.  Owner, breeder and trainer Brenda Teague had a double on the evening card. Dover Downs returns for it’s final day of the racing meet on Thursday. Post Time is 4:30 pm..    Harness racing returns to Harrington Raceway on April 12.  Post Time is 4:30 pm. For full results, click here. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Moments of Joy dominated the winners over/Select pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Moments of Joy left sharply at the start of the race but was parked out to the quarter by My Kiwi Lady N who eventually settled in the pocket. Victor Kirby had the hammer down as he hustled Moments Of Joy to the quarter in a blistering 26.3 then wheeled to the half in 55.2. Early pressure was applied by a 1st up Infinite Symbol A as the field passed in front of the stands in tiers, towards the halfway mark.  Anytime N shadowed 2nd over on the rim. Sassas’s Sister was 3rd over. Infinite Symbol A continued her assault on pacesetter Moments Of Joy as they reached the three quarters as a team in 1:22.4.  In the stretch, Kirby and Moments of Joy went into another gear and won in 1:50 by 3 lengths and established a lifetime mark.       Moments of Joy (Western Terror-Joy Luck Hall)  is owned and trained by Bryan Truitt. Victorby Kirby drove. Kiwi Lady N took advantage of the pocket trip and finished 2nd for trainer Chris Scicluna and driver Ross Wolfenden. Sassa’s Sister closed from 6th and finished 3rd for her trainer Jim Porter. Tim Tetrick was in the bike. Racing continues Thursday at Dover Downs. Post Time is 4:30 p.m. EST. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

DOVER, DE - Slick Tony eeked out a sharp win in the Open Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. Due to snow, harness racing at Dover Downs had been canceled consecutive weeks.  Trainer George Leager raced Slick Tony 4 days ago at Rosecroft Raceway intending to give him a race conditioning edge. The other horses in the field were off three or four weeks due to the weather cancellations. It proved the correct choice. Slick Tony and driver Victor Kirby blasted away from the gate for early race position.  Mission was accomplished. Dexter Dunn and Tiger Thompson N settled in third, then rushed up to take the lead away from Slick Tony at the quarter.  Tiger Thompson N  passed the quarter in 27 flat.  The half was reached in 55.3. Tyga Hanover and Yannick Gingras pulled the right lines from fourth and marched down the backstretch 1st over in attack mode. Itsrockandroll A  shadowed  2nd over on the rim. Tiger Thompson N maintained the lead to the three quarters in 1:23 flat,  pacing a 27.2 quarter. At the top of the stretch, Kirby was able to tiptoe down along the rail from the pocket, and won by three quarters of a length in 1:51.  He paid $4.20 to win as the race favorite.   Slick Tony (No Spin Zone) is owned and trained by George Leager.  Tyga Hanover raced a roughed up trip and finished 2nd for trainer Andrew Harris.  Itsrockandroll A benefitted from the 2nd over trip and finished third for trainer Dylan Davis.  Corey Callahan drove. Racing resumes at Dover Downs on Monday.  Post Time is 4:30 pm. For full race results, click here. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Slick Tony electrifies and wins the Open Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. Tyga Hanover and Numbered Account blasted off the wings at the start of the race.  Numbered Account and harness racing driver Tim Tetrick were committed to the front  They were parked out and reached the quarter in a wicked 26.1. The half was reached in 54.1. The even odds race favorite, JJ Flynn, launched his bid from fifth and accelerated on the rim in pursuit of the pace setter Numbered Account. They reached the three quarters in 1:22 flat. Slick Tony and driver Victor Kirby watched all the action from dead last. At the top of the lane Kirby and Slick Tony circled the pack fanning six wide and exploded with pace in the lane.  Slick Tony got up in the final stride and won by a nose in 1:50.3.   Slick Tony (No Spin Zone) is owned and trained by George Leager.   JJ Flynn, who was claimed for $35,000 in January, raced a courageous mile and finished second for trainer Chuck Crissman Jr.  Art Stafford Jr. drove. Major Pocket A finished with late pace and was third for trainer Chris Scicluna.  Pat Berry was the driver. Dexter Dunn won three races on the betting card.  Corey Callahan injured his back from a weather related fall and hopes to return to action on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Racing continues on Monday at Dover Downs.  Post Time is 4:30 pm by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Dover, DE - Moment’s of Joy turned misfortune into fortune and found the winner’s circle in capturing the Mares Select Pace at Dover Downs Wednesday. Last week a knee boot slipped and forced her into an equipment break.  This week, it was a perfect journey by harness racing driver Victor Kirby, which proved the difference between victory and defeat. Moments of Joy and Edge of Eternity left alertly and established early race positioning at the quarter pole.  Andrew McCarthy eased Edge Of Eternity back to the front before blistering the opening quarter in 27 flat. The half was reached in  55.4. Anytime N pulled first over past the five eighths, but offered only mild pressure. Edge Of Eternity continued on the lead.and reached the three quarters in 1:23.2 Moments of Joy continued to stalk the leader from pocket position. In the stretch, Victor Kirby was able to maneuver into the passing lane and edged out Edge of Eternity for the victory. Moments of Joy won by a nose in 1:51.2 as the lukewarm 9/5 race favorite.   Moments Of Joy (Western Terror) is owned and trained by Bryan Truitt.   Edge Of Eternity finished a hard fought second for trainer Chuck Crissman Jr. Andrew McCarthy drove for Corey Callahan, who injured his back earlier in the week.  Anytime N finished third for trainer Josh Green and driver Dexter Dunn. On Thursday night, Dover Downs will offer a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 5 wager with a fifty cent minimum.  The takeout is 15%.  The wager will begin on the 9th race of the betting card.  Post Time is 4:30 at Dover Downs. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Ft. Washingtin, MD — Harness racing driver Victor Kirby highlighted a great Sunday night (Sept. 27) show at Rosecroft Raceway by securing four wins on the 15-race card. Kirby won a $10,700 Maryland Sires Stakes division with BT’s Breeze for Bryan Truitt Jr. and trainer Bryan Truitt, stopping the timer in 1:53.3 as he edged out sires stakes rival Allie’s Finale in an eye pooping :54.3 back half. The Son of Nuclear Breeze picked up his 14th career win. Kirby took wins with Bo Knows for Bryan Truitt Jr. and John Dixon; Dixon’s Cole On The Beach; and won the finale with B A Rocket, boldly splitting rivals in deep stretch to win for trainer Greg Trotto, Fred Sporrer, Jon Reedy and VIP Internet Stable. Perennial dash champion Frank Milby is off to a strong start with six wins in the first two nights of the fall meet. Milby won Sunday with Cool Casper for Jody Cahall and it was the first of two wins for trainer Trevor Stafford as Milby won with Dance On The Beach for his barn as well. Star Messenger made Milby a winner for owner-trainer Gary Ewing. John Wagner won three races on the night, including a $10,700 Maryland Sires Stakes win for Lloyd’s All In. The son of Rusty’s All In handled his rivals from the far outside, wiring the field in 1:55 for Pamela Wagner and trainer Arlene Cameron. Wagner notched a pair of wins for owner-trainer Courtney Brooks, setting new lifetime bests for Redwood Again (1:53.1) and Precision Bluechip (1:52.1) who upset Rosecroft powerhouse Romantic Interest in the process. Eddie Davis Jr., piloted two winners, among them the popular Winbak Carl, bred by Winbak Farm in Maryland. The 11-year-old son of Royal Mattjesty won for the 40th time in his career. Eric Davis conditions the veteran pacer for Susan Baker. Davis Jr. also woke up Commander Hill who had been struggling at Harrah’s Philadelphia over the past two months, winning in 1:52.2 for trainer Eric Ell and Tribbett Racing. Allan Davis took on two claimers, rallying Ok Galahad from last to first, edging claiming king Foxland in 1:54.4 in the best betting race of the night. Foxland was the favorite as just over 4-1. Brittany Bounds owns and trains Ok Galahad who returned $12.80 to win. Jason Thompson won the pari-mutuel puzzler of the night, as Bullvilleblast scored for owner-trainer Brian Tomlinson. The winner was 7-2 on the morning line but dismissed at 17-1 and paired with Brock N Brian, equally dismissed off a 3-1 morning line at 10-1, for a $251 exacta. Jonathan Roberts took high speed honors for the night, gunning nicely from an outside post to steer Prince Clyde home in 1:52 for owner-trainer Richard Malone Jr. Rosecroft has another 15-race card on Wednesday night and has moved post time up to 6:55 p.m. (EDT). by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway  

Dover, DE - Moments Of Joy ($57.80) scored a shocker in winning the Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Moments of Joy and Victor Kirby left quickly and put the field to sleep. They set fractions of 27.2, 56.3 and 1:24. as the  field remained in single file, Driver Victor Kirby and Moments of Joy were able to nurse a 29.1 quarter at the halfway point   Valuable Art remained in the pocket .  Baron Remy was the first to pull down the backstretch and pressed the leader through a 27.2 quarter. Race favorite Major Occasion A was towed into a 2nd over journey but was gapping.  Nearing the three quarter pole, driver Dexter Dunn felt a sense of urgency and tipped three wide.  Major Occasion A stalled and was unresponsive to Dunn’s asking. Rockin The Boys A remained on the rail and Bettor Joy N mounted a charge from last. In the stretch, Moments of Joy upset the field at 27-1.  She paced the mile in 1:51.4 over a good surface and won by a length and a quarter.   Moments Of Joy a $6,000 yearling purchase is owned and trained by Bryan Truitt.  Finishing 2nd was the pocket sitting Valuable Art for driver Corey Callahan and his dad Nick Callahan. Bettor Joy N closed in the stretch from last and captured the show spot. Sean Bier was recognized in the Winner’s Circle for accomplishing 2500 lifetime wins as a harness driver. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Moments of Joy won the Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. The two scratches of Dibaba N. and Reclamation left a field of 6 quality harness racing pacing mares set to compete. Driver Victor Kirby sent Moments of Joy quickly to the front and Delishka N was allowed to sit in the pocket at the quarter pole.  Moments of Joy controlled the pace setting fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 125.1. At the half, Valuable Art and driver Russell Foster braved the wind and cold by pulling first over into a strong head wind down the backstretch. Bettor Joy N and Tim Tetrick followed second over till the head of the stretch. Tetrick charged 3 wide in the lane.  Moments of Joy dug in, as she did last week and captured her second consecutive win in the mares open by a head in 1:53.  She was the second choice in the wagering at 8/5.   Better Joy N. probably in need of a start off of a qualifier, finished second for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr. She was the favorite at 2/5. Delishka N and driver Allan Davis for trainer Wayne Givens remained on the rail, and finished third. Moments of Joy, is owned and trained by Bryan Truitt.  Victor Kirby was allowed to control the pace and drove a perfect race in victory. Dover Downs post time is 4:30 pm  Wiggle it Jiggleit tries for his 2nd consecutive win in Dover’s 12 race Open Pace. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Dover, DE - Moments Of Joy and driver Victor Kirby were able to lead nearly from start to finish in capturing the $25,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday. Trained and owned by Bryan Truitt of Delaware, Moments Of Joy left from from rail for driver Victor KIrby and ended up parked out first-over against Delishka N (Allan Davis) to an opening quarter mile in :27. Once cleared to the lead, Moments Of Joy then cut the mile with fractions of :55.4 and 1:23.4 before holding off a late charge by race favorite Wisdom Tree (Tim Tetrick) to win by a neck in 1:51.4.  Rockin the Boys A. for driver Tony Morgan and trainer Andrew Harris finished third. The five-year-old mare by Western Terror went off at odds of 5-1 and paid $12.80 to win.   by Al Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Dover DE - The second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders’ Fund took place under a cloudy sky threatening rain but a mild temp and swift harness racing track surface. Bebop On The Block (Gambler’s Dream-Seboomook Mao) repeated last week in a wire to wire score by three and one-half lengths in a lifetime mark in 1:54.2 for driver, Dexter Dunn and trainer Josh Green.  Owners are mother and son, Debbie and Brendan Cook of Hartly and the breeder is Garnet W O’Marrow of Bridgeville. Aidan was second and Elite Retreat was third. In the second division, American Nitro (Badlands Nitro-Jet America), the Harrington final winner cut a mile in 1:55 for driver Victor Kirby and trainer, Les Givens to defeat last week’s winner, Leonard’s Legacy who was second followed by Undercovershamrock in third. American Nitro is owned by Henry Faragalli,III, Art Feeney, Daniel Doane, and Nanticoke Racing,Inc.  Bred by Winbak Farm. Top 8 point getters will race in a $100K final on Wednesday, November 27th. The DSBF continues tomorrow night with the 2 year old trotters in 2 early non-wagering races and the Daily Double. Regular Post Time is 4:30 pm. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the DSBF

Dover, DE  - Two $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2-year old harness racing pacing fillies went to post as the sun dropped behind the NASCAR stands and the mercury dropped. The first division was a non-wagering event before the regular card and it was all Bag Of Jewels (Roddy’s Bags Again-Artist Jewels) in rein to Victory Kirby in 1:57.4. She is owned by Henry Faragalli,III, Art Feeney, Bonuccelli Racing, and Bay Pond Racing. Trained by Les Givens and bred by Winbak Farm. She’s Got The Lynx got up for second and Sprinkles On Top was third. The second division was the first half of the Daily Double on the wagering card. Cinder Block (Rockabillie-Cinderella), the final winner at Harrington eased to the front past the quarter and pulled away in the stretch to win by 5 and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.2 for reinsman Allan Davis and trainer Wayne Givens. She is owned by Legacy Racing of DE, Inc. and the breeder is Elam Esh. Emma got the place and Spin Sumthin was 3rd. The second leg of the Dover series starts Monday the 18th with the 2-year old pacing colts. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the DSBF

CHESTER, PA - Rockn Philly, a pacing daughter of A Rocknroll Dance, became the only three-year-old filly to complete a "sweep" of the Simpson and Liberty Bell fall stakes series at Harrah's Philadelphia, as both gaits raced two $30,000 divisions of their Liberty Bell events Friday. Victor Kirby sent Rockn Philly right to the lead, and after reaching the quarter in :27, the pair got a breather to a :57.1 half. From there it was full speed ahead, with Rockn Philly coming home in :55.4 - :27.4 to ward off pocketsitter and favorite Alli Nui by a half-length in the 1:53 mile for trainer Jim King Jr. and the ownership of Tim Tetrick LLC and Jo Ann Looney-King. Rockn Philly was supposed to meet another Simpson stakes winner in Trillions Hanover, but that filly was scratched sick. Rockn Philly was the only three-year-old pacing winner over the two days of Liberty Bell racing who was not sired by Sweet Lou, as he fathered all three divisional winners in colt action yesterday and also gets the credit for Skater Chick, who followed up her Courageous Lady score at Northfield with a 1:52.1 victory. Corey Callahan left but couldn't get the lead with his favored filly until the field went under the wire the first time, but it became a lead that she would not surrender, getting a neck decision over two-holer Sweet Lucy Lou for trainer Mark Harder and the ownership of Donald Lindsey, Paul Kleinpaste, and Garth Bechtel. On the trot, Team Orange Crush, trainer/wife Julie and driver/husband Andy, combined with the Donato Hanover filly American Kosmos to post the faster of the two trotting clockings, 1:55.1. Allowed to get to the half in a comfortable :58.1, the victorious chalk stepped up her game to hold off a long and tenacious grinding challenge by Cloud Nine Fashion. American Kronos held off her pesky foe by a neck for Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Dr. David Goodrow, who saw their sophomore win for the tenth time in eighteen career outings. Julie and Andy's nephew Marcus Miller guided the filly who took the other trotting division, the Cantab Hall filly Magical Beliefs, who parlayed a pocket trip into a strong stretch surge that saw her go by favored pacesetter Fade Into You by 1¾ lengths in 1:55.4. Magical Beliefs, who returned to the races sharp for trainer Linda Toscano after a 23-day respite, raised her lifetime bankroll to $301,857 with the triumph for Highland Green Farms, South Mountain Stables, and R-And-I Farms LLC. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Creature Of Habit got into the win column for the first time in her harness racing career a week ago, and Friday night at the Meadowlands, the daughter of Donato Hanover-Habit's Best came right back and won again, taking one of five divisions of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds. The Nifty Norman trainee scored in the dash for filly trotters by brushing to command down the backstretch before reporting home a safe half-length in front of She Rocks Kemp in 1:55.3 for driver Victor Kirby. As the 8-5 favorite, the winner of two of 11 lifetime starts returned $5.40 to her backers. In other Kindergarten action, Hen Party ($15.60) went wire-to-wire to defeat 1-5 public choice Annabelle Hanover by 1¼ lengths in a filly pace for driver Pat Berry and trainer Ron Burke in 1:52.4 while Ideal Perception ($7.60) held off Force N Fury by a hard-fought nose in 1:51.3 in a pace for colts and geldings with Joe Bongiorno in the bike for trainer Tony Alagna. Hall Of AM S ($5.00 as the favorite) took another filly trot, completing the mile in 1:55.2 to finish 1¾ lengths in front of Scorched Romance for driver Mattias Melander, who is the brother of winning trainer Marcus. In a non-betting race before the start of the regular card, Sky Castles scored in a division for trotting colts and geldings for driver Mitch Cushing and trainer Andrew Harris in 1:55.1. TROLLEY ON TIME: The Erv Miller-trained Trolley hit the Meadowlands' winner's circle for the first time since May 18, scoring by 1¾ lengths over Max as the 3-5 favorite in 1:54.4 in a $25,000 conditioned trot for driver Marcus Miller. A LITTLE MORE: A $20,922 carryover from last Saturday led to a total pool of just over $150,000 in the 50-cent Pick-5. Those who cashed had to be sharp, as the fourth leg of the wager was won by 39-1 chance Princess Holly N. The odds of the other four winners were 4-5, 8-5, 2-1 and 9-2. The payoff was $3,054.15. ... 25-year-old Kasper Foget was a winner in his Big M driving debut, guiding For A Dreamer to victory lane in the 11th race at odds of 5-1. The native Of Denmark was a champion European driver in the under-25 division. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race card totaled $2,294,868. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

HARRINGTON, Del. - American Nitro ($2.10, Victor Kirby) and Leonard's Legacy ($2.40, Jon Roberts) each completed a sweep of their $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2-year-old harness racing pacing eliminations Monday at Harrington Raceway with dominant victories. Owned by Henry Faragalli III, Nanticoke Racing, Arthur Feeney and Daniel Doane, "Nitro" cruised to an easy win over White Lands and Bebop On The Block in 1:56.1, just one-fifth of a second faster than Leonard Hubbard's Leonard Legacy's 1:56.2 win over Aidan and Elite Retreat. A son of Badlands Nitro for trainer Les Givens, American Nitro is now 3-for-4 in his career, while Tobago Cays-sired Leonard's Legacy notched his second career win for trainer NIck Callahan. The two pacers are set to square off in the $100,000 final on Wednesday October 2, when all four DSBF finals will be contested. In the $17,000 overnight feature, the Open pace, Jane Ramsey and David Amos' Ideal Kiss ($6, Tony Morgan) was a 1:52 winner over Late Mail N and Highland Beach Boy. Trained by Don Brittingham, it was the fifth win of the year for the 6-year-old American Ideal gelding. Tony Morgan had a driving triple, while Mike Cole and Roberts each had driving doubles. On Tuesday September 24, there will be a pair of $20,000 DSBF eliminations for filly pacers, while both sexes for trotters on Wednesday September 25 will compete in four divisions. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Linda Schwaid and Era Williams' Arts and Flowers ($32.60, Roger Plante Jr.) was a 1:52.4 winner in the $18,500 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Arts And Flowers released Sayulita to the lead approaching the quarter mile in 27.4 seconds. Sayulita then marched to the half-mile in 57 seconds, while Goin Again mounted a first over bid, with Empress Deo second over to three-quarters in 1:25.1. Sayulita maintained the lead until deep stretch, when Arts and Flowers surged down the inside to hit the wire first in 1:52.4. Trained by Phyllis Copeland, it was the 4th win of the season for the 6-year-old Artistic Fella mare. Driver Victor Kirby had four wins on the program. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway's 73rd season of live harness racing kicked off Monday with a 12-race program that saw wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour. Inside horses ruled the program as horses from post three or better won 10 of 12 races. Not until the seventh race, the $15,000 featured Delaware Special did a horse outside post three reign victorious. George Leager's Slick Tony ($23.20, Russell Foster), who started from post position four was a 1:54 winner over Daiymir and Q's Cruise. The Leager-trainee notched his third win of the year after nabbing the lead late and holding off a late charge from Daiymir. It wasn't until race 11 that a horse outside post four prevailed when Silver Fox J ($7, Mike Cole) triumphed. Victor Kirby had a driving triple, while last year's leading trainer/driver combination of Joe Columbo and Mike Cole each had a double. Live racing will continue on a Monday through Wednesday schedule   Matthew Sparacino

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