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HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway's culminated its 70th anniversary of live harness racing Thursday with closing night awards on the 13-race program. Victor Kirby took his first ever driving title in dramatic fashion, after leading by three going into the program over Ross Wolfenden, Kirby quickly sealed the title with four wins in the first six races on the program. "This is special," said Kirby, who has long been a popular member of the harness racing community. "I love racing here and I want to thank all the owners and trainers who give me the opportunity. I want to thank all my friends and family that came out tonight and my grandma and grandpa who I'm sure are looking down." Kirby finished the meet with 125 wins and had five victories on the program. Meanwhile, Joe Hundertpfund Jr. clinched his second training title earlier in the week. Hundertpfund (33 wins), who won the Harrington title in 2012, had a onsistent meet throughout and finished six wins ahead of his closest pursuer, Mike Hall. "It's great to win this title here," said Hundertpfund Jr. "I've raced all over the east coast, but I really love racing here.. Hats off to the grounds crew, who kept this track great throughout the season and did an outstanding job." Allan Davis had four wins. Live racing on the Delaware circuit shifts 20 miles north to Dover Downs, which opens for live racing on October 31. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jo Ann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($2.40, Victor Kirby) was a repeat harness racing winner in Tuesday's $16,500 Filly and Mare Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:54. Springforth, the 3-to-1 second choice, set all the fractions in the compact five horse field, but could not hold off a fierce late charge in the three-path by race favorite Purrfect Bags who hit the wire first, a head better than Springforth. Miss Me Yet was third. Purrfect Bags, a daughter of Roddy's Bags Again, registered her 24th career win for her owner/trainer King. The win also pushed Purrfect Bags over $106,000 in seasonal earnings. Tony Morgan had four wins on the program. Kirby, Montrell Teague and Allan Davis each had a double. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Janet Hudson and Jo Ann Looney-King's Little Ben ($11.60, Victor Kirby) was an upset  harness racing winner in the $17,700 Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:51.2.  Kirby piloted the 5-year-old Jereme's Jet gelding to his sixth win of the year after reeling in leader Major Uptrend in the final stages for the win. Dancin Yankee, last week's winner, was third. Kirby is the meet's leading driver currently with 107 wins at the meet.  Little Ben boosted his lifetime earnings over the $200,000 mark for trainer Jo Ann Looney King.  Tony Morgan, who is second in the driver standings, had three wins on the program. Montrell Teague, Jon Roberts and Kirby each had a double. Live racing continues on a Monday through Thursday schedule until October 20. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jo Ann Looney-King's Spanish Dream ($6, Victor Kirby) was the fastest of four $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund divisions for harness racing 2-year-old pacing fillies with a 1:54.4 triumph at Harrington Raceway Monday. The Dream Away filly overpowered her rivals with a powerful move near three quarters as she won by open lengths over I Won Them Both and Cashmere's Delight. It was the second career win in four starts for the Jim King Jr. trainee. Kirby dominated the DSBF events, winning three of the four, two for owner King and trainer King Jr.. Joel and Dianne Halpern's Westwind Roddylee ($2.20, Victor Kirby) prevailed in the first division in 1:57.2 for trainer Jason Skinner. The Roddy's Bags Again filly notched her third win in five career starts. Jo Ann Looney-King's Logan's Girl ($3.40, Kirby) was a 1:56.2 winner to complete a sweep of her eliminations for trainer Jim King Jr. A winner of 3-of-4 starts lifetime, she is sired by Roddy's Bags Again. Virginia Louthan's Spinpressive ($3.40, Corey Callahan) broke her maiden with a 1:57.1 victory in the third division. Trained by her owner, Spinpressive is a daughter of No Spin Zone. The top eight point earners will return to compete in a $100,000 final on October 5, part of a Delaware showcase night which also features three other $100,000 DSBF final events, as well as $20,000 consolations. In the $19,200 overnight feature, the Open Pace, Richard Lombardo and L&J Racing's Dancin Yankee ($6, Russell Foster) scored a 1:51.4 victory for trainer Josh Green. Kirby had four wins on the program, while Corey Callahan had a hat trick. Jon Roberts and Tony Morgan each had a driving double. Trainer Mike Hall also won two races. Matthew Sparacino

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Victor Kirby's name is well known at Delaware's Harrington Raceway, where the 43-year-old is currently the top harness racing driver. But at the Meadowlands, his name is not on the tip of regular patron's tongues. Now, maybe it will be. With many of the frontline Big M drivers at Mohawk Raceway for a stakes-laden program, Kirby won four times on the Meadowlands 13-race card Saturday night. Kirby got his night going in the fifth race with Jenny's Terror ($13.60 to win, 1:53.1), who scored in the third leg of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Mister Truth ($6.80, 1:51) took the eighth race before Kirby's fans made a score with Grave Dancer ($26.80, 1:52) in the 10th. Kirby completed his 'grand slam' with Show Me Up ($15.40, 1:53) in the 12th. COUGAR CRUSHES: Cougar Bait ($2.60, 1:52.4) impressed taking one of two division of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the pace, making an aggressive move to the lead at the three-eighths before registering a safe ¾-length victory over Northwest Yankee. ... Andy Miller won three times on the card, giving him seven winners over the weekend at the Big M. ... Racing resumes at the Meadowlands Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

HARRINGTON, Del. - For the second straight night at Harrington Raceway, one driver won 40 percent of the races. After Victor Kirby's grand slam on Tuesday, it was Jim Morand's night on Wednesday as the winner of nearly 9,500 races lifetime, piloted four winners on the 10 race harness racing program. Morand's winners included, Southwind Ike ($7.40), Quit Smoking Now ($9.60), Royal Status ($11.20) and Ragazzo Dolce ($4.20). In one of the few races Morand didn't win, Joseph and Laurie Davino's Take My Picture ($9, Ross Wolfenden) notched his 33rd career win in the $17,500 Open Trot in 1:55.4. Spunky Jack left from post position two and set fractions of 28.1, 57.4 while Hemi Seelster mounted his attack first over through three-quarters in 1:26.4. Hemi Seelster eventually yielded while pocket sitter Take My Picture, a venerable 9-year-old gelding, readied for the challenge and catapulted to the lead in deep stretch with Royal Becca J gaining late for the place spot. Spunky Jack held on for third. Trained by Nik Drennan, Take My Picture (Classic Photo) boosted his lifetime bankroll closer to $1.1 million. Ross Wolfenden had a driving double. Matthew Sparacino    

HARRINGTON, Del. - Louis Catana and Vincent Bradley's Matinee Dragon ($13.20) won the $11,000 feature and was one of four driving wins on the harness racing program for Victor Kirby at Harrington Raceway Tuesday. The 6-year-old Dragon Again mare, who was dismissed at 5-to-1, set the pace and never relented in her two length win over Annabeth and Playncardswitroddy. It was the 11th training win of the meet for co-owner Vincent Bradley, while her Matinee Dragon's driver notched his third win on the 10 race program. Kirby's previous win came aboard a mare he co-owned and trained, free-legged pacer Caviart Cari Ann ($20) who was a 1:53.2 winner. He also won the first race on the program with Bliss and Luck ($3.40) and the ninth with Hardscrabble Tilly ($5.80). Driver Jim Morand, winner of more than 9,000 races in his career, did something that is not easily accomplished on a half-mile track. Morand won back-to-back races from post position eight in races six and seven aboard Truth Isalwaysbest ($7) and Dallas Jones ($4.40). Kirby (79 wins) is currently second in the driving standings at the meet behind Tony Morgan (83 wins). Morgan, winner of 15,566 races in his career, ranks second all-time among North American drivers in career wins. Joe Hundertpfund Jr. (24 wins) maintains a lead in the trainer standings over Willard Reynolds (17 wins). There are 26 live racing days remaining at the 2016 meet, which concludes October 20. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Richard Polluci's Maestro Blue Chip ($6.80, Victor Kirby) broke the Harrington Raceway 4-year-old trotting horse track record Wednesday with a 1:55.2 win in the featured harness racing $17,500 Open Trot. The Credit Winner stallion left from post position eight and set all the fractions in his win over a stout closing Strong Hope and Spunky Jack. Trained by Jo Ann Looney-King, Maestro Blue Chip continued his banner season with more than $210,000 earned this year in achieving his 12th win of the year. Richard Lombardo, Carl Atley and Robert Leblanc's Hemi Seelster ($5, Montrell Teague) captured the $10,000 sub-feature with a 1:55.1 triumph for trainer Josh Green. Montrell Teague had four winners on the program. Art Stafford Jr., Allan Davis, Jim Morand and Victor Kirby each had two wins on the program. Matthew Sparacino  

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.  

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