HARRINGTON, Del. - Driver Victor Kirby had a memorable 44th birthday Monday at Harrington Raceway, winning four races on the 12-race harness racing program. Kirby got it started in the $10,000 sub-feature, as Janet Hudson and trainer Joann Looney-King's Little Ben ($10, Kirby) scored a 1:52.2 victory. Kirby scored again with Gallic Beach ($3.60), when he recorded a 1:53.2 win on the undercard in a $11,000 conditioned pace with a front-end score for trainer John Wilkerson. Kirby later piloted Western Rocker ($5.80) and Real Tough ($4.40) to victory for the grand slam. Howard Taylor, Robert Cooper Stables, Abraham Basen and Thomas Lazzaro's Arque Hanover ($2.40, Jon Roberts) had a successful local debut with a 1:52.1 win in the $15,000 Open Pace feature. Recently acquired for new connections and trainer Dylan Davis, the 4-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven stallion has two wins in three starts for his new stable. The 1-to-5 favorite, Arque Hanover left the gate from post position four and seized the early lead from Framed Art through an opening quarter mile time in 28.1 seconds. Not much changed to the half-mile in 57.3 seconds and three-quarters in 1:25.1, before Arque Hanover opened up on the field with an open length victory over Framed Art and Singing Saint. Tony Morgan had a driving triple. Matthew Sparacino
WASHINGTON, PA, July 6, 2016 -- She's So Marvelous grabbed the early lead and sailed to a comfortable victory in a stake-fastest 1:55.2 in Wednesday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for freshman filly pacers was contested over five divisions, with Alone Hanover, Bettor Be Steamin, Cocktail Time and Imadragonlady taking the other splits. Montrell Teague and trainer Clyde Francis teamed for a pair of stake victories (She's So Marvelous, Alone Hanover), as did Vic Kirby and trainer Jo Ann Looney-King (Bettor Be Steamin, Imadragonlady). She's So Marvelous is a daughter of Delmarvalous, who won the 2010 Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows for trainer George Teague, Jr. Montrell Teague didn't drive his father's Adios winner -- Brian Sears was aboard that day -- because he was still a teenager learning the ropes. Nevertheless, he said it was special to win with She's So Marvelous, who's campaigned by George Teague, Jr. Inc. and K&R Racing. "It's sentimental for us since we had the stallion," he said. "We didn't breed this one so she's not a homebred, but the Delmarvalous connection was the main reason we bought her. She kind of blew the turns when we first raced her at Pocono, but she handled the track a lot better here." After a 30 second-quarter breather, She's So Marvelous had no real challengers, downing Alexa's Princess by 2-1/2 lengths. The pocket-sitting Lees Cruisetta was third. Alone Hanover was only a tick slower than her stablemate, scoring in 1:55.3 on the front end. Traceuse Hanover finished second, 2-1/4 lengths back, while Freakonomics completed the ticket. "She's been a nice filly training down all year," said Francis of George Teague, Jr. Inc.'s daughter of Dragon Again-All Night Long. "She wasn't all we thought, but she's come on to be pretty good." Bettor Be Steamin shot the Lightning Lane and, though hesitant near the wire, kept her nose in front of Pink Gardenias to capture her career debut in 1:57 for owner Tim Tetrick LLC. Angie Hanover earned show. "I don't think she's ever been in a passing lane, and she was kind of lost down there," Kirby said. "Once she got the hang of it and got straight, then she went right on." Asked jokingly if he would advise owner Tetrick that he, Kirby, would be driving the filly the rest of the season rather than Tetrick, he said: "That's up to him, but he might give me the call anyway." In the $13,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot, Monte Cristo Spur was pressured nearly every step nut triumphed convincingly in 1:53.2 for trainer/driver Dick Stillings and owner Richard Davis. See The Wind was second despite a brutal trip, 2-3/4 lengths in arrears, with Well Spiced third. The 5-year-old son of Cantab Hall-Sweet Gabriella now boasts $227,248 in career earnings. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the program features the Sand Tart, a $190,036 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows
Northeast Ohio's premier trotting race, the Cleveland Trotting Classic, will go to post Saturday (July 2) at Northfield Park. This will be the second edition of the Classic and it carries a purse of $180,000. The Grand Circuit event has attracted some of the best veteran trotters in North America. It has been slated as the 11th event on a 15-race program. First race post time is 6 p.m. 1-Obrigado, runner-up in this event last year, draws the rail for his return. He has been victorious in 37 of 68 career races, including a 21 race win streak earlier in his career. He has lifetime earnings of $1,019,749 and a 1:51.3 (M 1) mark taken last year. Although entering this event off a third place finish in the $200,000 Cutler Memorial, Obrigado has three wins in six races this year. Those wins include the $200,000 Maxie Lee at Harrah's Philadelphia and the $210,000 Charlie Hill Memorial at Scioto Downs. The six year-old is owned by Paul Kelley Racing Stable, SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins and Stable 45. He is conditioned by Paul Kelley. Canadian native Mark MacDonald has been named to steer. 2-Homicide Hunter was sired my Mr Cantab and is owned by Michelle Crawford and Albert Crawford. With 20 career victories, he has been a model of consistency, finishing in the top three 29 of his 33 lifetime starts. He enters the Classic in very good form, just equaling his 1:51.4 lifetime mark in a $54,000 stake race on June 18 at The Meadows. That victory bolstered his career bankroll to $609,513. Christopher Oakes trains the four year-old gelding. Dave Palone, winner of more races than any driver in harness racing history, has been named to drive this 4-1 morning-line competitor. 3-Shake It Cerry has been named the 2-1 morning-line favorite. She is the richest in this year's field, sporting career earnings of $2,547,962. She has 50 lifetime starts and 28 career victories, including the $500,000 Breeders Crown in 2014. She is a five year-old daughter of Donato Hanover with a lifetime mark of 1:51.2 (Lex 1). Shake It Cerry is trained by Jimmy Takter and owned by Solveig's Racing Partners. Ronnie Wrenn Jr, Northfield Park's leading driver, has been given the driving assignment. 4-Il Songno Dream is one of two starters in this race from the powerful Christopher Beaver Stable. He has won 17, and been on the board in 32 of 54 career races. He has two runner-up finishes this year in three efforts. This five year-old son of Cantab Hall has career earnings of $803,077. His 1:50.2 (Lex 1) lifetime mark is the fastest in this race. Canadian Trevor Henry comes to drive this 10-1 morning line selection. 5-Muscle Up The Goal enters this race for owner Synerco Ventures, Inc. He is the second entrant in this field for trainer Christopher Beaver. 2015 Dash Driving Champion Aaron Merriman has been given the driving assignment for tonight's outing. The four year-old has already won three times in five tries this year and has won eight of 24 starts lifetime. He earned his 1:52 mark at The Meadows this year in a $20,000 Preferred event. In May of this year, Muscle Up The Goal broke the Northfield Park trotting record and a world record for four year-old trotting horses in 1:52.3. This son of Muscle Mass has lifetime earnings of $257,896. He carries an 8-1 morning line. 6-Maestro Blue Chip is owned by Richard Poillucci and trained by Jo Ann Looney-King. The four year-old enters this race off a 1:53.4 win on June 12 in the $75,000 Graduate at Tioga Downs. He has a total of 25 career starts with 13 triumphs, but has blossomed this year, winning 11 of 12 outings. He earned a 1:51.3 (M 1) lifetime mark just three races ago and has career earnings of $270,173. Victor Kirby has been named to drive this 6-1 morning-line starter. 7-Like Old Times was the 2015 Ohio Horse of the Year. She enters this race off two consecutive local victories, including a 1:55 track record performance and lifetime mark. This daughter of Chip Chip Hooray is owned by Keith Ross and trained on the Flying Turns by Northfield Park Wall of Famer and Ohio Trotmaster Don McKirgan. Like Old Times has 17 victories in 34 starts and has $343,350 in earnings. Ryan Stahl has been named to drive this 25-1 longshot. 8-Boffin, 25-1, enters off a runner-up finish in a $25,000 Open event at Scioto Downs. He has a 1:51.1 (PcD 5/8) lifetime mark and career earnings of $340,127. This son of Donato Hanover has won 28 of 85 career starts. Anette Lorentzon trains Boffin for owners ACL Stuteri AB, Kjell Johansson and Karin Lorentzon. Jason Merriman has been given the driving assignment. This year's Classic program undercard is highlighted by three $20,000 Open events. One features Foiled Again, the richest horse in the history of harness racing and a three-time Battle of Lake Erie winner. The Opens and the Trotting Classic comprise the evening's Pick-4, which carries a $10,000 guaranteed pool. In addition to superior racing action, the night will also offer guests a buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The buffet is just $19.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330.467.4101. Guests who want to be close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron for an array of free fanfare activities. These attractions include a free Northfield Park ball cap for the first 1,500 patrons, a t-shirt toss from the winner's circle by the successful driver of each race, country band Six String Cowboy performing on the apron from 6-10 p.m., spinning of the Northfield Park Prize Wheel for free cash and prizes from 8-9 p.m., and some of Northeast Ohio's favorite food trucks on the grandstand apron from 6-10 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park
HARRINGTON, Del. - Jo Ann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags was a 1:52.2 winner Tuesday in the $16,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. Purrfect Bags, driven by Victor Kirby, was the 3-to-5 favorite and left from post position three and set fractions of 27.1, 56.1 and 1:24 while 4-to-1 Hostess Lisa mounted her attack first over, but Purrfect Bags held her six rivals safe as she prevailed with ease by open lengths. Hostess Lisa finished second with Empress Deo third. Purrfect Bags, a 4-year-old Roddys Bags Again mare trained by Looney-King, notched her 20th career win and figures to be one of the favorites in the $30,000 Legislator's Cup at Harrington on July 28. Use Your Noodle ($6.60, Jim Morand), one of only two fillies in the field, notched a 1:54.1 victory in an $11,000 conditioned pace for trainer/co-owner Les Givens. The Artzina-sired filly recorded her eighth lifetime win in preparation of the $100,000 DSBF Final event on July 28. Allan Davis had a driving triple. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
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