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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  

J&M Racing's Embassy Seelster ($4.80, George Dennis) notched her sixth win of the season Tuesday in the featured $16,000 Mares Open at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway in 1:53.2. Trained by Doug Lewis, the 5-year-old Modern Art mare was sent to the front from post seven and never relented in her half length score over BJ's Sweetheart and Also Encouraging. Embassy Seelster, the Harrington track record holder for aged mares, has not been worse than third in her past eight starts, including five wins. It was a good night for the Lewis barn who two races earlier, won their fifth race of the meet with Narcian Jewel ($3.20, Allan Davis). Narcian Jewel has won five of her last six races for owner Jerry Clark. Dennis and Victor Kirby each had three wins on the program. Allan Davis had a driving double. Matt Sparacino

Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger ($8.40, Victor Kirby) notched his seventh win of the year Wednesday in his 1:54.1 triumph in the $16,000 Open Trot at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Powerful Emotion gelding stalked pacesetter Tough Mac throughout the mile before edging clear of that rival in the final strides. Rolls Blue Chip finished third. Trained by co-owner King Jr., it was the 29th career win for Powerful Charger. It is sure to be an eventful week for trainer King Jr., who trains Wakizashi Hanover (5/2, Tim Tetrick), a North American Cup elimination winner who will compete in the $1 million final at Mohawk Racetrack (Ontario, Canada) on Saturday June 20. The North American Cup Final is slated as the 12th race on the Mohawk program with an estimated post time of 10:40 p.m. Kirby had three driving wins on the program. Art Stafford Jr. had two wins. Matt Sparacino

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 30, 2015 - After a $7,500 farm buyback (In the Arsenal) won the $300,000 Art Rooney Pace Saturday night, the harness racing bargain-basement theme continued. Purrfect Bags (Vic Kirby, $24.60), who sold for all of $2,000, rolling through the lane, winning Yonkers Raceway's $117,724 Lismore for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Unraced parimtuelly for 52 days and with three qualifiers lead into her local debut, Purrfect Bags-from post No. 5-watched as Totally Rusty (Jason Bartlett), the only $15,000 supplemental entrant into this race, made the lead before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. That one's wagering partner, Strut My Stuff (Jordan Stratton) was settled, as Sassa Hanover (George Brennan), the 2-5 choice, received her marching orders. "Sass" found the front, setting a spiffy :55.3 half when Bedroomconfessions (Brian Sears) moved from fourth. Purrfect Bags-from post No. 5-was behind her in and out of a 1:24.3 three-quarters. Meanwhile, Sassa Hanover had a couple of lengths turning for home, but Purrfect Bags was launched. She went up and over the leader, widening to win by two lengths in a season's-best 1:52.3. Sassa Hanover was second, with Bedroomconfessions third. Strut My Stuff and Totally Rusty settled for the minor moolah, while Special Package (Dave Miller) was outrun. For third choice Purrfect Bags, a daughter of Roddy's Bags Again owned by JoAnn Looney-King and trained her husband, Jim King Jr., it was her third win in four '15 tries (career 10-for-12, earnings of $205,612). The exacta paid $48.80, with no triple wagering due to the abbreviated number (five) of wagering interests. "(Trainer) Jim) (King Jr.) had her very sharp," Kirby said. "She really only had to pace about an eighth of a mile, and when I asked her, she just put her butt down and took off. "Her last race (statebred final at Dover) was all my fault. I drove her very badly. She has a burst of speed, I'm just glad to have a chance to drive her and tonight was definitely worth the trip." "When I bought her (for $2,000), my husband wasn't very pleased, Ms. King-who won this race a season ago as trainer of Tyra--said. "She the same as Tyra. Both are very fast and both try very hard." Frank Drucker

Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger (Victor Kirby, $2.60) notched his sixth win of the year Wednesday with a 1:55.3 triumph in the $16,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Powerful Emotion gelding grinded away first over on pacesetter Spunky Jack and edged clear at the top of the stretch for a decisive score over I'm So Striking and I Like My Boss. Trained by King Jr., it was the 28th career win for Powerful Charger. Trainer John Wilkerson had a double on the night with trotters Wingus ($5) and Keystone Orion ($8.40). Kirby, Montrell Teague and George Dennis each had a driving double. Matt Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Janet Hudson's Just a Jolt with harness racing driver Victor Kirby in the sulky notched his 25th career win Monday in the featured $16,000 Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:52. The 5-year-old Village Jolt gelding yielded early to pacesetter and last week's winner, Dancin Yankee, who led most of the way until Just A Jolt found room in the stretch and surged by for his fifth win of the year. Elite Awards finished third. Just A Jolt has banked more than $91,000 already in 2015, after a $223,885 season in 2014. KDK Standardbreds, Kathleen Mofield and John Dickens' Race Me Villa ($5.20, Montrell Teague) notched his sixth win of the season in 1:52.4 in a $11,000 conditioned event. A blazing 26.4 second last quarter gave the 5-year-old Village Jolt gelding an easy win over Bobbies Powerplay and Son of a Sizzle, who was previously undefeated in three 2015 starts. Allan Davis had three wins on the program. Montrell Teague and Jim Morand each had a driving double. Matthew Sparacino  

Keith Pippi's Traverse Seelster ($3, Ross Wolfenden) was an impressive 1:55 winner in the $16,000 Open Trot at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway Wednesday. Traverse Seelster seized control early from Spunky Jack in an opening quarter in 28.2 seconds. Traverse Seelster then led the field of five to a half-mile in 58 seconds and three-quarters in 1:27.1. The venerable 7-year-old Angus Hall gelding then drew off effortlessly in the stretch for a dominating score over Spunky Jack. Powerful Charger closed late for third. Trained by Josh Green, it was the first win in four 2015 starts for Traverse Seelster, who added to his healthy lifetime bankroll of nearly $640,000. The all aged track record holder for trotters, Traverse Seelster had been second in his previous three starts. Victor Kirby had four wins on the program. Allan Davis, Tony Morgan and Ross Wolfenden each had two wins. Matt Sparacino

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