HARRINGTON, Del. - Leigh Raymer, Stephen Moss and Harold and Helane Solomon's Tirade Hanover ($9, Victor Kirby) was victorious in the harness racing $17,500 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:55.2. Spunky Jack led the field at the start from post position five at odds of 7-to-1 and headed the field of eight on top until the top of the stretch when he was swarmed by a host of horses. When the dust settled, it was Tirade Hanover coming away with the narrow win in a tight finish 1:55.2 over Six Gun Hall and Theresademoninme. Trained by Raymer, it was the 31st career win for Tirade Hanover, a 6-year-old son of Crazed that has banked more than $745,000 in his career. Kirby, who won three races for the second straight program, emerged in the winner's circle again in the seventh race with Steel Reserve ($5). Trained and co-owned by Kirby with Chris Giaccio, the 4-year-old Credit Winner gelding notched his fourth win of the year with a front-end triumph in a $10,000 sub-featured trotting event. Kirby kept his roll intact with a consecutive triple, piloting Rojo ($5) to victory in the eighth for owners Morgan and Jeanne Mc Innis and Beatrix In Der Wiesche in a lifetime best 1:59.3. Matthew Sparacino
HARRINGTON, Del. - Jo Ann Looney King's Purrfect Bags ($2.20, Victor Kirby) won the featured $16,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.2. The Roddy's Bags Again 4-year-old mare left alertly from post position four and never looked back in her wire-to-wire win over Dublin Rose and Hidden Land for her owner/trainer. It was the 18th career win in 27 lifetime starts for Purrfect Bags, whose lifetime earnings surpassed $395,000. She was recently third versus some of the top mares in the country in the $100,000 Chip Noble Pace at Miami Valley Raceway (OH) on May 8. The win was one of three on the program for Kirby, who joined Ross Wolfenden with hat tricks on the card. Matt Sparacino
Leigh Raymer, Stephen Moss and Harold and Helane Solomon's Tirade Hanover ($9, Victor Kirby) was a 1:56.3 harness racing winner in the $16,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. It was one of three winners on the program for Kirby, who raced Tirade Hanover from off the pace before circling the short field of six late with a powerful charge to reel in leader Royal Becca J for the victory. Spunky Jack was third. Tirade Hanover, a 6-year-old gelded son of Crazed, notched his 30th career win for trainer Leigh Raymer and boosted his lifetime earnings closer to $800,000. Jim Morand and Ross Wolfenden each had a driving double. Matthew Sparacino
Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt with harness racing driver Victor Kirby at the controls returned to his winning ways with a wire-to-wire 1:53 score in the $15,000 Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Jim King Jr., the 6-year-old Village Jolt notched his fourth win of the year and 34th lifetime with a front stepping triumph over Sparky Mark and Special T Rocks. The win gave Kirby a driving double. Ross Wolfenden had three driving wins. Doug Lewis and Al Carter's Captive Audience ($6.80, George Dennis), notched his second sub-1:52 win at the current meet with a 1:51.2 score in the $12,500 Open II for trainer Lewis. The 6-year-old Art Major stallion took no prisoners in his front end sprint over Vapour N, who was a game second and show dough acquiring Bandolito. Trainer William Bright and Carlo Poliseno each had a double.
DOVER, Del. --- After being idle for two weeks, Dapper Dude made his presence felt closing strongly in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap for a 1:50.3 triumph in the President's Day harness racing feature on Monday, Feb. 15 at Dover Downs, Due to icing conditions making racing hazardous, the 13th, 14th and 15th races have been canceled for the night. Bushwacker, the leading money making horse of early 2016, piloted by Tim Tetrick, was cutting out pace and Mustang Art, the new season's second top money winner, driven by Sean Bier, was sitting second, Vic Kirby put Dapper Dude into high gear heading around the final turn and The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest seven-year-old chestnut began to pick off the leaders and rush by for an easy victory. Trained by Jim King for Richard Poillucci, Dapper Dude won for the second time this year in four starts with two thirds. The win was his 22nd lifetime lifting his earnings to $916,500. Mustang Art finished second for the second straight time after two consecutive wins. Bushwacker held on for third. Yannick Gingras and Apollo Seelster proved best in the $15,000 sub-feature for 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over Male pacers recording a 1:51.4 decision for owner Kapildeo Sing. Dylan Davis conditions the Camluck-April Three gelding who won for the first time in six starts this year. Totally Dreamy (George Dennis) was second in front of Skyway Gladiator (Mike Rossi) in a busy photo. Sicily made his first local start a success as Allan Davis directed a 1:52 score in a $14,000 Male Winners-Over pace. Wayne Givens trains the altered son of Art Major-Capri Hanover owned by Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing. Adventure Bound (Art Stafford Jr.) closed for second. Speed Again (Gingras), on top in the stretch, held on for third. Brit Evans' Denslow Hanover, a Yankee Cruiser-Daughterofortune four-year-old gelding, drew the rail for Cory Callahan and was well positioned following Baby Kitty (Gingras) before driving down the passing lane for his first win of the New Year, a 1:53 triumph in a $13,500 pace for young males. Sentencing Memo (Russ Foster), the only sophomore in the field, was a strong third. I Belong With You lighted up the tote board paying 35-1 to win the $20,000 Male Claiming Allowance. Jet Blue Miracle (Bier) and Arpeggio Hanover (Tetrick) were second and third respectively. Joanna Callahan owns the Badlands Hanover-Her Airness gelding trained by Alexander Rice Jr., who also posted his first win of the year. Corey Callahan, Yannick Gingras and Montrell Teague reach the winner's circle twice each. SAGE N, CHEYENNE ROBIN TOP $20,000 MARES OPEN TUESDAY Sage N, a winner last week, and Cheyenne Robin, a two-time winner in 2016 lead a seven-distaff field in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap, the top female race of the week at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Post time is 4:30 p m. Tim Tetrick made good use of starting from post 1 last week steering a wire-to-wire 1:52.2 over an "off' track for C.V.Iannazzo, Triple D Stables and JFE Enterprises. The Cheyenne Gangs' Cheyenne Robin and Corey Callahan returns after a week's repast with two wins in three local starts with a second by a mere nose in her other appearance. John McGill's No Respect, handled by Vic Kirby, also just missed finishing second by a neck last time. There is plenty of talent in the rest of the lineup. Chris White's Fashion Showdown and Montrell Teague should benefit from a post 2 start. Hearts N Flowers, driven by Allan Davis for Bay Pond Racing posted a win two races back. Lou Catana and Vince Bradley's Matinee Dragon and Jonathan Roberts is in peak form. Jeff Clark's Springforth with George Dennis has also been at the top of her game with a win, two close seconds in her last four outings. No Respect driven by Vic Kirby finished second in last week's feature. She has a win, three seconds, a third and two fourth in her most recent races. A $15,500 and a $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Mares pace head a strong undercard. Marv Bachrad
DOVER, Del. --- It was more like a Spring Day with late misty drizzle at Dover Downs where four horses won 1:50 or faster. Ironically, the top purse $27,500 Delaware Special was not one of them. Just A Jolt registered his 10th win the year needing only a 1:51 performance with harness racing driver Vic Kirby holding the reins. Yannick Gingras had a big day with five winning drives. Just A Jolt won his second Del. Special in-a-row upping his seasonal bankroll to $167,930 for owner Janet Hudson. The five-year-old altered son of Village Jolt-Just Wait Kate trained by Jim King left from outside post 7 in the feature and finally took the lead after the half then cruised to victory. The only contest was for second where Don't Ya Know edged Captive Audience (Corey Callahan) for second. Rocknroll Jewel led off the fast day with a 1:49.1 triumph, the fastest win of George Dennis' career, in the 1st race a $20,000-$25,000 Male Claiming Handicap. Dylan Davis conditions the Rocknroll Hanover-Michelle's Jewel eight-year-old gelding for owner Tom Lazarro. Raritan Bay (Allan Davis) closed strongly for second in front of Giant Sculpture (Yannick Gingras). Gingras' later guided Lou Frascella's Phil Your Boots home, also in 1:49.1 to win a $20,000 Male Winners-Over pace. It was the Shanghai Phil-Tassagh gelding's 14th success of the season and fourth win in his last five starts for trainer Andy Harris. Snap To It A (Brett Miller) was runner-up. Mister Truth (Ross Wolfenden) was third best. The next fastest clocking came when Gingras driving Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar and Steve Iaquinta's Adventure Bound to a 1:50 victory in a $12000 Male pace. Eridanus N (Wolfenden) was second in front of Papa Ray (Alan Davis). Earlier Gingras struck again steering Journeyman to a 1:50.1 conquest in an $18,000 Open for young horses. Ron Burke trains the American Ideal-Cosmic Journey four-year-old owned by Weaver Bruscemi, Collura and Burke Racing. Roland N Rock (Morgan) closed for second with Bad Boy Matt (A. Davis) third. Bill Emmons' Good Luck, a Four Starzzz Shark-Ms Mirabelle four-0year-old, was Gingras' fifth win of the day, a 1:51.4 score over Atta Boy Bones (Art Stafford Jr.) and I Belong With You (Callahan) in a $15,500 3,4&5-Year0Old pace. Pinearosa, a The Panderosa-Pinehaven Amber homebred of Gloria Myers and Carter Racing Stable, trained by Bobby Myers with Ton Morgan driving, chalked up a 1:51.4 win in another $15,500 even for young male horses. Twin B Stingray (Kirby) was the place finisher. Rip N Rock (B.Miller) collected third. Along with Gingras' five bagger, George Dennis and the Brittingham family, owner Elizabeth, trainer Don and driver Brett Brittingham, had two wins on the program. Shine N Shimmer seeks her second straight facing eight rivals in the $21,000 Mares Open Handicap, the Tuesday feature race. DOVER DOWNS’ CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR’S HOLIDAY DRAW SCHEDULE The traditional Christmas Holiday Break Week at Dover Downs features no live racing Dec.19 through Dec. 27. Racing will resume on Monday, Dec. 28 at 4:30 p.m. Again this season, there is no live racing on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. Racing will resume on Sunday, Jan. 3 with post time at 5:30 p.m. on Sundays in January and February 2016. Weekday post time is 4:30 p.m. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Please Norte: Dover Downs’ current draw schedule is: Draw Date Race Date Tuesday, Dec. 15 for Monday, Dec. 28 Wednesday, Dec. 16 for Tuesday, Dec. 29 Thursday, Dec. 17 for Wednesday, Dec. 30 Monday, Dec. 28 for Sunday, Jan. 3 Tuesday, Dec. 29 for Monday, Jan. 4 Wednesday, Dec. 30 for Tuesday, Jan. 5 Sunday, Jan. 3 for Wednesday, Jan. 6 Monday, Jan. 4 for Thursday, Jan. 7 Please Note: Draw Schedule For 5 Racing Day in Jan. and Feb. Tuesday for Sunday Wednesday for Monday Thursday for Tuesday Sunday for Wednesday Monday for Thursday $21,000, TWO $15,000 DISTAFFS, ELLIES JET N SEEKS 7TH STRAIGHT Shine N Shimmer, last week’s distaff winner, and veteran Paradise Lost, steps up after a victory, lead the $21,000 Mares Open Handicap pace, the Tuesday, Nov. 15 feature race at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Invader Ellies Jet N puts six straight North America win streak on the line. Post time 4:30 p.m. Howard Taylor’s Shine N Shimmer trained by Doug Lewis with Corey Callahan driving, trainee has won of her last six starts including a near-miss second is program favorite in the nine female field. Fashion Showdown with Ross Wolfenden, finished second, a head back last week. Bob Bailey’s sharp Duneside Chella, driven by Marcus Miller, was a close third. . Bay Pond Racing’s Hearts N Flowers with Allan Davis has won two of last three races. Bob Winkleman’s hard hitting Paradise Lost raced most of his win a week ago on the outside before getting up for the win. Jim Morand will drive this time. Mike Casalino’s Double Joy, a second-place finisher in her last three starts will be driven by Allan Davis from post 2. CC Racing’s Tyra, with Vic Kirby, leaves from post 9 in the second tier. The other contenders are Randall Bendis and Tom Pollock’s Montenegra, piloted by Brett Miller, Handsoffmycookie, a $1.3-million winner has the rail with Tony Morgan driving. There are pair of $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Fillies and Mares paces on the 15-race card. In one, Ellies Jet N (Art Stafford Jr.), unbeaten in her six races since arriving from New Zealand for owners Evans, Spedden, Parker and Nanticoke Racing, and stakes seasoned Girlofyourdreams (Montrell Teague), is fresh from a win last week. These two starters have drawn inside posts. Plyncardswitroddy (G.Dennis) notched a win last week for George & Tina Dennis and Ask W Stable. Lady Beth (Wolfenden) won her second straight last Wednesday for owners Lorie and trainer Paul Davis. In the other $15,000 division, Nick Surick and Engel sables’ Luvniecestopieces (M.Miller), the only filly in the field, makes her first December start while Don Reed, Jim Tessmer and trainer George Wagner (Ty Davis). Stakes seasoned Girlofyourdreams (Montrell Teague), owned by The Wiz Kids Stable, Ava Destruction (B.Miller) racing for Melissa Cabot and Dennis Olsen and the sharp Sweet Bobbie (Callahan) leaves from post 8 for owner-trainer Gary Ewing, lead the eight-horse field. Marv Bachrad
HARRINGTON, Del. - Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger ($3.20, Victor Kirby) notched his third straight win Wednesday in the $16,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway with a 1:56.2 win. The 3-to-5 betting favorite swung wide on the final turn and outkicked I'm So Striking late for a narrow win. Spunky Jack was third. Powerful Charger has banked more than $123,000 in 2015 for trainer/co-owner King Jr. It was the second win of four on the program for Kirby. Ross Wolfenden and George Dennis each had a pair of wins. Live racing continues on a Monday through Thursday schedule at Harrington through October 22.
HARRINGTON, Del. -Harness racing trainer Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger ($5.40, Victor Kirby) prevailed Wednesday in the $16,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway in 1:55.2. Trained by co-owner King Jr., Powerful Charger took advantage of a contested early battle where Chinese Cuisine parked Enrico As, who both finished out of contention, before mounting his assault and reeling in stretch leader Tough Mac for the win. Five Towns finished third. It was the 10th win of the year for Powerful Charger, who surpassed $100,000 in seasonal earnings with the win. It was the second straight night that the King Jr. stable teamed up with driver Kirby to win Harrington's featured race, after winning the Fillies and Mares Open Tuesday with Purrfect Bags. Kirby also piloted the winner in the sub-featured $12,500 Open II, as Tirade Hanover ($3.80) was victorious for trainer/co-owner Leigh Raymer in 1:55.1. Kirby had three wins on the program. Allan Davis and Pat Berry each had a double. Matt Sparacino
HARRINGTON, Del. - There isn't much Joann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags hasn't accomplished this harness racing season. On Tuesday night at Harrington Raceway the accomplished 3-year-old filly pacer continued her stellar 2015 campaign with a 1:52.4 win versus older mares in the $16,000 Fillies and Mares Open. The Roddy's Bags Again filly was sent for the lead approaching the quarter-mile as the 1-to-5 favorite and never relented with a widening four length lead at the wire over her closest pursuer Matinee Dragon and A La Notte Hanover. Trained by Jim King Jr., Purrfect Bags ($2.60, Victor Kirby), a former $2,000 yearling purchase, has won 16 of 19 lifetime starts, and prevailed with grand circuit company in the Lismore and Lady Maud races at Yonkers Raceway in addition to a victory in a Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final event at Harrington. Purrfect Bags has reeled in more than $225,000 in purses this season. Kirby has been aboard the filly in most of her starts this season. While most of her wins have come against 3-year-olds, Tuesday's win was her second versus older mares - whom she also defeated at Northfield Park on August 14. Matthew Sparacino
HARRINGTON, Del. - Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger ($4, Victor Kirby) notched his ninth win of the year Wednesday with a 1:55.2 triumph in the $16,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Powerful Emotion gelding assumed command approaching the quarter mile from Chinese Cuisine and never relented with an open length win for trainer/co-owner King Jr. Chinese Cuisine held second while Wingus finished third. The win pushed Powerful Charger just shy of the $100,000 seasonal earnings mark. Veteran pacer Jingle Bell Rocker won his seventh race in a row in the seventh race. The 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding has been dominant at the $7,500 claiming level and recorded his 12th win of the year for owner Tina Clark in 1:54.1. Driven by Ross Wolfenden, Jingle Bell Rocker is trained by Bobby Clark. Wolfenden, Kirby and Tony Morgan each had driving doubles on the program. Matthew Sparacino
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 29, 2015 - Odds-on choice Purrfect Bags (Victor Kirby, $2.40) completed her Yonkers Raceway Lismore/Lady Maud personal stakes double Saturday night, winning the latter harness racing event in 1:53. The $116,430 Maud, which attracted just a half-dozen 3-year-old pacing fillies, saw Purrfect Bags in play early from post position No. 2. She retook from first leader Strut My Stuff (Jordan Stratton) just at the :27.3 opening quarter-mile, then found a rated :56.3 intermission. Bettor N Better (George Brennan) dropped the gloves, offering a hard challenge from fourth. Bettor N Better engaged the people's preference toward a 1:24.4 three-quarters, with Purrfect Bags ownING a stubborn, half-length lead into the lane. She then closed the sale, winning by a length in 1:53. Bettor N Better fought the good fight for second, with Strut My Stuff, Repeat Please (Yannick Gingras) and Cheyenne Robin (Dan Dube) coming away with the small change. Heaven on Earth (Tim Tetrick) lost the fifth-place photo and was left with only lovely parting gifts. For Purrfect Bags, a daughter of Roddy's Bags Again brought to town from Delmarva by the Kings-owner JoAnn and trainer Jim Jr.-it was her eighth win (fifth consecutive) in 10 seasonal starts (15-for-18 lifetime). The exacta paid $10.80, with the triple returning $21.80. "When she won the Lismore (in May at 11-1), no one knew a lot about her," Kirby said of Purrfect Bags. "When she came back here, she had their respect." Frank Drucker
Mr Right went to the top of the standings among Pennsylvania Stallion Series two-year-old colt trotters when he won the fastest of seven divisions in the $140,000 third preliminary round in 1:56.3, a personal best, in Tuesday night action at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Driver Victor Kirby and the Donato Hanover-Hey Mister colt had to overcome a first-over trip, but the talented youngster came his own last half in 57.4 to run his series record to 3-2-1-0, the best of all the babies, for trainer Leigh Raymer, who is also co-owner with Stephen Moss and Harold and Helene Solomon. The only horse to beat Mr Right in the Stallion Series is Cufflink Hanover, who won in the first leg, skipped the second to try the deeper waters of the Sire Stakes, and came back to the Stallion ranks Tuesday and won in 1:57.4 wire-to-wire. The gelded son of Andover Hall-Savoire Faire, possibly named after the pet turtles in the movie Rocky, is owned by driver David Miller and the Enzed Racing Stable Inc of trainer Nifty Norman. Besides Mr Right and Cufflink Hanover, Twin B Ammunition added his name to the list of two-time Stallion winners by reducing his mark to 1:58.4. TNT Rusty, the only double winner in the first two Stallion legs, was on the lead turning for home but made a break, opening the door for the Explosive Matter-Anklets Aweigh gelding to get the decision for trainer Bennie Magliochetti, having a career season, and owner Mahlon Martin. It's hard to believe that it has been 42 years since the filly Starlark Hanover set a world record at Pocono en route to being named 2YO Trotter of the Year (no colt/filly separate voting then), but trainer/driver Dave Wade is still going strong, as he showed by putting a 1:56.4 maiden mark on the Lear Jetta-Ponytail Xpress gelding Nathaniel in another cut. The baby led at every call for the ownership of Wade, Jerry Brittingham, Kelley Rogers, and William Peel III, also his breeders. The only siring double of the night went to SJ's Caviar, as two altered sons of his stepped home first: Skeezix, out of Queen Of Angels, who broke his maiden in 1:59 for driver Kevin Wallis, trainer Rollie Mallar, and owner/breeder Michael Andrew, and Petrossian As (out of Elegant Dame), who was second in his debut, a Stallion leg, but showed no signs of not having raced since that event 34 days ago with a 1:58 triumph for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Anette Lorentzon, and owner/breeder ACL Stuteri Ab. The final division winner had even less experience than Petrossian, but the Muscle Massive-Raysofgrace De Vie colt Pilgrims Tide followed up on two winning qualifiers by winning at first asking in 1:57.4 for "The Trot Man" of Pocono, driver Mike Simons, trainer Scott Andrews, and owners Edward W. Andrews and Edward W. Andrews III. The Sire Stakes counterparts to these freshmen will contest their third preliminary Wednesday, with $251,780 on the line in four divisions. The second leg saw no horse as a repeat winner from the first. Jerry Connors
WILKES-BARRE PA -- Dobre Povedane became a three-time PA Stallion Series winner during the fourth and final preliminary round for three-year-old pacing fillies Friday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, while Mezzanine Hanover, who had been unbeaten in her three series starts to date, had to settle for third in the other division to the $355,000 yearling Bodacious. Dobre Povedane, Slovak for "well said" (no points for guessing her sire), was a pocket rocket for driver Victor Kirby, covering the mile in 1:52.4 for trainer John Butenschoen and owners David and John Prushnok of Andray Farm, who were co-breeders with William Gregg. With three wins and a second in the four-leg Stallion prelms, Dobre Povedane will be the highest pointearner as she prepares for the $40,000 divisional Championship at Harrah's Philadelphia on September 7. Bodacious is a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere and Silky, dam of $750,000+-winning Malicious and also Beach Body, who finished second in the 2013 2PC Breeders Crown weeks before that year's Harrisburg sale. Unraced at two, the filly has now won two straight and here lowered her mark to 1:51.1, quarter-moving to victory for driver Simon Allard, trainer Steve Elliott, and the partnership of Conrad Zurich (who co-owns Beach Body) and Hauser Brothers Racing Enterprises LLC. Mezzazine Fashion rallied second-over to just miss in a photo for second behind Apricot Sour. Unfortunately, the victory in her initial Stallion Series foray earns Bodacious only 35 points, and eight fillies have amassed 50 points or more (points based on finish assigned 35-25-15-10-8-5-4-2-1) to guarantee themselves spots in the Championship (Bodacious can still be entered and draw in if she ranks among the top eight declared). The PA Harness Racing Commission is the official pointkeeper of these races, but an unofficial calculation after the races produced these eight as having earned spots: Dobre Povedane (135 points), Mezzanine Fashion (120), Apricot Sour (93), Angel Plus (86), Repeat Please (60), Lean On Yourself (58), Somewhere Fameous (55), and Eloquently Stated (50). In a $24,000 overnight feature for older pacing mares, Radar Contact made every pole a winning one for driver Tom Jackson, scurrying home in 54.3 - 27.1 to complete a 1:50.2 package. The daughter of Dontgetinmyway, trainer by Noel Daley for owners Charles Stillings and Dean Ehrgott, has now been first or second in 17 of 23 seasonal starts, and has a highlight of defeat the evergreen Anndrovette in the Betsy Ross Pace at Philly in May. Tomorrow night, the three-year-old pacing fillies in the Sire Stakes will race in two divisions for their last chance to earn enough points to make their $350,000 Championship (or perhaps $60,000 Consolation), to be raced at Pocono on September 5. PHHA / Pocono
Janet Hudson's Just a Jolt ($3.20, Victor Kirby) notched his second straight $40,000 Governor's Cup Thursday at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway with a 1:51.2 triumph as part of the annual Governor's Day program during the Delaware State Fair. As the richest program of the year for Delaware harness racing, $610,000 in total purses was up for grabs for exclusively Delaware owned and/or bred horses. The popular local event puts bragging rights at stake as a focal point for many Delaware horsemen on the annual day that is laden with legislators, dignitaries and memorial races. Just A Jolt, a Jim King Jr.-trainee was sent immediately for the lead and never relented as he held off a game Bandolito, who was second and Papa Ray who was a solid third. Just A Jolt recorded his sixth win of the season as his earnings ballooned to more than $112,000 in 2015. The Honorable Governor Jack Markell was on hand to present the trophy to the winning connections. Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final events were contested for 3-year-olds. The first featured a track record for another King Jr. trainee, as Purrfect Bags ($4.80, Kirby) cruised to a decisive 1:51.2 victory, a new track record for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Purrfect Bags held off Gigi Deo and Love Forbidden, who rounded out the trifecta. Owned by Joann Looney-King, the Roddy's Bags Again filly, Purrfect Bags, reset the track record formerly co-held by Seboomook Fool Yah and Totally Rusty (1:52.1). The filly trotting final was the next DSBF event as Callmemza ($17.60, Jon Roberts) pulled off a minor upset over Cuddle Punk and My Fire Cloud Too in 1:57.4. A daughter of Great George Two, Callmemza notched her eighth career win for co-owner/trainer Bib Roberts, and co-owners Graham Grace Stables and M&W Stables. In the colt and gelding trotting final, 1-to-9 favorite Go Byem broke stride and changed the complexion of the race as Ed Kimmel's and Don and David Lee Wiest's Perfect Vangogh ($116.60, Tony Morgan) ended up loose on the lead and prevailed over Political Foe in 1:57.4. Go Byem made a dramatic recovery to finish third. A son of JM Vangogh, Perfect Vangogh earned his third career win. The winner was trained by Don Wiest. The pacing colt and geldings final went to Sharon Wyatt, Robin West and Ron Benton's Remember Me VK ($3.20, Montrell Teague) who dazzled with a 1:51.2 score over Roddy's Hot Again and Quick Art. Trained by Bob Wyatt, the Art Director gelding recorded his ninth career win in 12 starts. In the $30,000 Legislator's Cup, featuring the state's top pacing mares, Jason and Susan Skinner's BJ's Sweetheart ($4.20, Morgan) scored in 1:53. The $30,000 Charles Murphy Jr. Memorial Trot went to Gary Evans and Foulk Stables Prayer Session (Corey Callahan, $2.60) in 1:55. Matt Sparacino
There were six divisions of PA Stallion Series races for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters contested at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (July 22), each going for a purse of $20,000. The first division went to the front-stepping Moneycounts De Vie (Tim Tetrick). The son of Andover Hall took the lead shortly after the quarter pole, going on to win in a time of 1:59.1. It was the first career win for the Dirk Simpson trainee, who was coming off of a double digit length qualifying romp. He is owned by Desyllas Racing, Bill Beck, and James Bafia. Division two saw TNT Rusty (John Campbell) make every call a winning one. The son of Explosive Matter is now a perfect two for two in his young career, trotting the mile in 1:58.4, which was the fastest of the day in the series. He is owned by trainer George Ducharme, Paul Fontaine, and Alfred Ross. In the third division, it was Raymer, Moss, and Solomon's, Mr Right (Vic Kirby) scoring on the front end. The son of Donato Hanover was able to hold of a late surge from Desert Runner (Ake Svanstedt) to pick up the victory in a time of 2:00. It was the first career win for Mr Right, who is trained by Leigh Raymer. Division four went to Mahlon Martin's Twin B Ammunition (Geo. Napolitano Jr.). The son of Explosive Matter swept on by past the quarter pole and never looked back, completing the mile in 1:59.2. It was the second straight win for the Bennie Magliochetti trainee, in his fifth career start. In the fifth division, Frank Antonacci trainee Elysium Lindy (Scott Zeron) scored the upset win. The son of Cantab Hall sat in the pocket behind another long shot Cloud Nine Hanover (Charlie Norris) until the stretch, when he sprinted past to win in a final time of 1:59.3. The heavily-favored Yes Sir Officer (John Campbell) broke at three-quarters. It was the first career win for Elysium Lindy, who is owned by K R Breeding. Another upset took place in the last, as Courant A B's Dollar Grin (Lucas Wallin) closed in time to pick up the win. The son of Cantab Hall was perfectly positioned second over, bailing off that cover in the lane to narrowly gun down favorite Shady McCoy (David Wade) in 2:00.2. It was the first pair-mutuel start for Dollar Grin, who is trained by Ake Svanstedt. Michael Bozich
Delaware-sired pacing colts and geldings kicked off the second week of DSBF (Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund) stakes action Monday at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway. In the first DSBF division, Mo Coo Inc. and Jonathan Klee Racing's Quick Art ($7, Tony Morgan) set the fractions after taking the lead in prompt fashion from post position six while Remember Me VK challenged first over and Roddy's Hot Again waited in the pocket throughout. Remember Me Vk put in a strong rally but could not get to a game Quick Art, who would prevail in 1:51.3. Roddy's Hot Again was third. It was the first defeat in 2015 for Remember Me VK, who went off as the 1-to-5 favorite. Quick Art notched his sixth win of the year for trainer Josh Green, who captured both divisions of DSBF action Monday. Michael White's Son of a Sizzle (Victor Kirby, $2.10) captured the second division with a commanding score over Smoking Joey and Art Season in 1:52.4. The Life Sizzles colt never had an anxious moment in his open length score for trainer Green. John Cancelliere's Special T Rocks (Jon Roberts, $6.60) prevailed in the $12,500 Kenny McNutt Memorial in 1:51.1 for his third straight win for trainer Joe Hundertpfund. The race was named in the honor of long-time trainer/driver McNutt, who had Canadian roots but spent many years racing in the Mid-Atlantic region and passed away earlier this year. Kirby had three driving wins on the program. Matt Sparacino