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DOVER, Del.--- Quick Shot won the fastest in 1:50.4 with People Are Crazy, the second, of the Dr. M.L. King Jr. harness racing co-feature races on Monday, Jan. 16 at Dover Downs. Jonathan Roberts teamed with Kathleen Brewer's Quick Shot to score a lifetime best 1:50.4 victory in the first of two Male paces. Leading though-out the five-year-old Art Major-Cannae Cindy gelding was chased home by DCs Better Life (Russ Foster), second, and Extreme Machine N (Allan Davis), third. Vic Kirby won his fourth of the day steering People Are Crazy home in 1:52.3 in the other division. Gratian Hanover (Tony Morgan) closed to finished second in front of Up And Away ( Jim Morando), the show horse. The two current red-hot driver of the meet, first place Vic Kirby and his closest challenger, Corey Callahan, had four winners apiece. Montrell Teague won a pair. ENHANCE YOUR MIND AFTER 4TH STRAIGHT IN $20,000 MARES OPEN Streaking Enhance Your Mind steps up into $20,000 Mares Open Handicap seeking her fourth consecutive win on Tuesday, Jan. 17at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Enhance Your Mind, owned and trained by Bryan Truitt, with meet leading driver Vic Kirby at the controls, has shown she can front-pace or come from behind while at the Winners-Over level, she now steps up to meet the top distaffs at the track. L&L Stables’ Velocity Lana and driver Yannick Gingras has been right there with two seconds and a third in recent starts but drew the rail this week with Leigh Raymer, Moss and the Solomons’ sharp B Stern with Montrell Teague alongside. Owner-trainer Gary Ewing’s Sweet Bobbie and Ross Wolflenden, won last week after three consecutive second-place finishes. Highly touted Lightning Mach N won her first three starts since arriving from Down Under. She was a beaten favorite finishing third a half-length off in her last start. The talented Nat A Virgin, reined by Corey Callahan raced well from post 9  last time and was a half-length from victory racing for J&TSilva and Robert Cooper stables. Hard-hitting Scandalicious, owned by JFE Enterprises, will be driven by Tony Morgan, from post 8.     There is an excellent supporting card on the all-female Tuesday program.  Monday through Thursday live racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are ‘dark days’ at the track. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Frost Free Hanover with Vic Kirby made it two straight win in the $20,000 Open Handicap Trot on a Spring-like Wednesday, Jan. 11 at Dover Downs. Similar to last week, Frost Free Hanover came from off the pace to beat Uva Hanover (Tony Morgan), second, and Tough Mac (Corey Callahan), third, in a three-horse driving finish to score a 1:53 victory in the feature race. Fourth heading to the last turn Kirby found room and streaked home for the Cantab Hanover-Free Spirit gelding's third win of the meet for trainer Jim King and owner Richard Poillucci. Kirby came right back to drive Steel Reserve to a 1:53.4 triumph in the $15,500 sub-feature trot for 4&5-Year-Olds. This time, it was via the passing lane that Steel Reserve got up to edge Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.) took his second win in his last three outings. Kirby and Chris Giaccio own the Credit Winner-iron Lass brown gelding. Go Byem (Jim Morand) led from before the half to nearing the finish line but had to settle for third. Vic Kirby and Corey Callahan led all drivers with three wins each . Allan Davis, George Dennis and trainer Dylan Davis had two winners. The top pace of the week, a $30,000 Preferred, matches Little Ben, Dancin Yankee and Clear Vision in an eight horse feature race. LITTLE BEN, DANCIN YANKEE  MEET IN $30,000 PREFERRED PACE Little Ben, a 1:50 winner last week and Dancin Yankee, fresh from a 1:50.3 win a week ago head a strong eight-horse field in the $30,000 Preferred pace while Bushwacker and $7.4-milllion winner Foiled Again lead the $20,000 Open on another outstanding Thursday program Jan. 12 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King’s super sharp Little Ben, handled by Vic Kirby, a dominant top-class producer in the current Dover meet is nearing the $300,000 mark in career earnings. Last start, Rich Lombardo and L&J Racing’s Dancin Yankee returned to the winner’s circle via a wire-to-wire score with Tony Morgan, upping his lifetime money to more than $1.5-million. Soto was never headed in last week’s Open pace and Art Stafford Jr. will drive in his Preferred debut. For owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquita, Bamon Racing and J&T Stables’ Ideal Cowboy, after consecutive wins in December, makes his 2017 first start with Ross Wolfenden in the bike. George and Tina Dennis’ Seventh Secret, saw a two-race win streak snapped with a second-place finish by ahead with George Dennis driving. Corey Callahan will drive Arque Hanover, third last Thursday for owners Abe Basen, Tom Lazzaro and Robert Cooper Stable. Sweet Rock and Allan Davis, has been racing well. Reg Hazzard, G.P.Calloway and Legacy Racing own the six-year-old gelding. Completing the top notch field is a newcomer this week, $2.5-million winner Clear Vision with Yannick Gingras driving for Weaver Bruscemi, Panhellenic and Burke Racing. Henderson Farms’ Bushwacker (Callahan), drew the rail in the $20,000 Open pace, his first time with an inside post after twice from the outside. The all-timer richest horse in the sport, $7.5-million winner Foiled Again (Gingras) must start from outside post 8. The 13-year-old is owned by Weaver Bruscemi, JJK and Burke Racing stables. Al Carter and trainer Doug Lewis’ Captive Audience (Jonathan Roberts) , J.L. Sadowsky’s Te Kawau N (Sean Bier), Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s Sicily (Allan Davis), Cliff Grundy’s Screaman Seaman A (Kirby),Tony Beaton and West Wins Stable’s Vegas Vacation (Montrell Teague) and Niss Allen Inc’s Rockinonby (Tony Morgan), a winner of three of his last four, steps up in Class. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs    

DOVER, Del.---For the third straight time and fourth this meet, owner-trainer Bryan Truitt's Enhance Your Mind turned in an impressive harness racing victory to win the Tuesday, Jan. 10 feature at Dover Downs. After winning eight races and nearly $100,000 in 2016, her first real year of racing, Enhance Your Mind turned back eight rivals in the $15,500 Mares Winners-Over Handicap with a lifetime best 1:50.2 score on another cold night. With regular driver Vic Kirby in the sulky, the five-year-old daughter of Riggins-Enhance The Night chalked up her 10 career victory lifting her lifetime earnings to $114,290. Nat A Virgin (Corey Callahan) was runner-up with Velocity Lana (Yannick Gingras) third. Meet leading driver Vic Kirby had three winners including a 28-1 shot Ailsa, owned by Jo Ann Schlotzhauer, in the 3rd. Trainer Jason Skinner also had three wins. Drivers Yannick Gingras, Tony Morgan, George Dennis and Corey Callahan, trainer Vince Bradley and co-owner Lou Catana made the winner's circle two times. FROST FREE HANOVER LOOKS TO REPEAT IN $20,000 OPEN TROT Frost Free Hanover came on from far back to win last week’s $20,000 Open/Handicap trot and this week faces Il Mago and Uva Hanover in the Wednesday, Jan. 11 feature at Dover Downs. Rich Pollucci’s Frost Free Hanover has displayed a strong closing brush during all of her starts this meet including two wins and twice second and a third in his last seven starts. This week, Ross Wolfenden will drive. Returning to action is CC Racing’s Il Mago with Vic Kirby, who had consecutive feature race wins until his last outing. Again he will start from post 8.  Uva Hanover put in a strong front-end-performance with Tony Morgan last week before tiring near the wire. He finished third, beaten only be a length for owners Martin Sternberg and Stake Your Claim Stable. Mike Casalino’s veteran Tough Mac, handled by Corey Callahan, also has two feature trot wins this meet. The other starters are Ed Gannon’s hard-hitting Winbak Charles M with Yannick Gingras, I Like My Boss leaves from the rail with Art Stafford Jr. getting the drive for Bob Shahan and Jimmy and Amanda Parsons. Frank Chick’s Awsome Valley with George Dennis has post 2 and owner-trainer Antonino Buttitta’s Muscerene completes the lineup. A $15,500 Winners-Over trot for 4&5-Year-olds heads the undercard. Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.), owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, fresh from consecutive seconds, leads a nine-horse field. Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing’s Go Byem (Jim Morand) was a game second last start. CC Racing’s Skyway Jaguar (Bret Brittingham) has won two of his last three. Owner-trainer Tymal Signature (Jonathan Roberts) third last time races for post 9 in the second tier. Jim Moore’s steady Royal Becca J(Jack Parker Jr.), Steel Reserve gets an inside post for Chris Giaccio and owner-trainer-driver Vic Kirby. Inside starters are Barbara Kirby’s Myclaimtovictory (Ross Wolfenden), Howard and Josh Kaufman’s Drinksforthehouse (Corey Callahan) and Doggone Slots (Roger Plante), a winner last start racing for breeders Gregg and Tom Morris.     Weekday post time for Monday through Thursday racing is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant’s acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad  

DOVER, Del.--- For the fifth time this meet, Little Ben scored a victory in a top class harness racing event at Dover Downs, this week it came in the $30,000 Preferred pace on Thursday, Jan. 4. All season long Vic Kirby has been in the sulky in most-often come-from-behind triumphs. The Jim King trainee outlasted Seventh Secret and George Dennis after a tenacious late stretch side-by-side engagement stopping the timer in 1:50 with a head separating the contestants. Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King own the now six-year-old Jereme's Jet-Honey's Bud Lite gelding who won for the 25th time in his career now banking $294,767 lifetime. Argue Hanover piloted by Corey Callahan was third. Early leader Bettor's Edge (Yannick Gingras) finished fourth in his quest nearing $2-million in purses. Art Stafford Jr. put Soto into the early lead and led the rest of a 1:51.2 mile to take the $20,000 Open Pace. Eric Ell conditions the five-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven-Incredible Beauty winner of ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta who won for the third time in his last five outings. Soto has won more than a quarter-million dollars. It was his 17 career victory giving him $257,575 earnings. Special T Rocks (Jim Morand) was second in from of Flem N Em N (Callahan). Dancin Yankee returned to top form delivering a 1:50.3 victory in a $15,500 Male pace giving driver Tony Morgan his fifth winner and second for trainer Josh Green. The nine-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser-Dancewithebest collected his 55th lifetime score raising his bankroll to $1,535,100. Rich Lombardo and L&J Racing own the Ohio bred. Screaman Seaman A (Gingras) edged Blazing Bobby Sox (Art Stafford Jr.) for place. Morgan came back for his fifth winning drive escorting Rockinonby to the winner's circle in one of three $15,500 events. Rockinonby bested Cloud Speed (Stafford Jr.) by three-quarters of a length and Suchaseneofhumor (Morand), third, to the finish line in 1:51. Niss Allen Inc. owns the Rockin Image-Stan's Ann gelding who has won two of his last three and now has won in three-digits, $103,948 lifetime. Yannick Gingras hit paydirt steering Rock N' Roll World home in 1:51.4 in the other $15,500 division. The five-year-old exquisitely bred Rocknroll Hanover-Worldly Beauty horse held off fast closing Toatsmygoats (Sean Bier), second, and Feel Like A Fool (Callahan) in a tight finish. After four winners Wednesday, Tony Morgan drove five wins. Meet leader Vic Kirby had four winners. Trainers Eric Ell and Jim King plus owners, Wood, Dittmar, Iaquinta and Looney-King had two wins. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant and its acclaimed Buffet. . For reservations, call 302-674-4600. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing plus 3-game parleys of NFL playoff games is available in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book, from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight daily. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, DE --- Frost Free Hanover closed with a rush to win the $20,000 Open Handicap trot and Bluebird Reverend pulled away for victory in the Wednesday feature trots at Dover Downs on Jan. 4. Tony Morgan and Corey Callahan won four races apiece. Next to last on the backstretch, meet leading driver Vic Kirby got Frost Free Hanover going heading to the three quarters before power home to win in 1:54.4. Lou Man (Jonathan Roberts), who led entering the stretch finished second with Uva Hanover (Tony Morgan) third a head in front Tough Mac (Corey Callahan). Rich Poillucci owns the Cantab Hall-Free Spirit gelding trained by Jim King The victory was the 13th in his career while earning $$177,863. Bluebird Reverend notched his second win of the meet for Montrell Teague. The Indiana-bred altered son of Swan For All-Little Revenue shook off a challenge from runner-up Go Byem (Jim Morand) heading for the far turn and then pulled off for a decisive victory. Bobby Reeser conditions the five-year-old gelding which he co-owns with Holly Case, Denise Dennis and Jay Johannsen. The win was his 14th lifetime and brings his bankroll to $348,004 earned. Tony Morgan and Corey Callahan had four win nights. , Ross Wolfenden and trainers Jim King and John Cabot had doubles, Seventh Secret and Arque Hanover, both winners last week, square off in the $30,000 Preferred pace on Thursday. SEVENTH SECRET, ARQUE HANOVER CLASH IN $30,000 PREFERRED Two sharp pacers, - Seventh Secret and Arque Hanover – fresh from two straight wins each lead a power packed field of eight in the week’s top event, the $30,000 Preferred Handicap plus an outstanding supporting program this Thursday, Jan. 5 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. George and Tina Dennis’ Seventh Secret, a recent acquisition, has progressed steadily in his five races at the track. The six-year-old has won his last two outings in 1:50 and last week wire-to-wire in 1:51 with George Dennis at the controls. Meanwhile Corey Callahan-driven Arque Hanover toured the five-eighths mile oval in 1:50.2 and last Thursday despite an off track in 1:52.4, both unchallenged from the start for owners Abe Basen, Tom Lazzaro and Robert Cooper Stable. Sweet Rock handled by Allan Davis, just missed losing by a nose in the feature. Reg Hazzard, G.P.Calloway and Legacy Racing own the gelding starting from the rail. Henderson Farms’ Bushwacker, who began the 2016 season in sensational style at Dover, is again racing at his best. will pilot the half-million winner from outside post 8. Janel Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King’s late season standout Little Ben and Vic Kirby has brilliant late speed. Bettor’s Edge, racing for Weaver Bruscemi, M1 and Burke Racing, guided by Yannick Gingras is closing in on becoming a $2-million winner. Captive Audience, owned by Al Carter and trainer Doug Lewis, reined by   and John Cancelliere’s Sweet Beach have upset credentials. The richest horse in harness racing history, $7.46-million winner Foiled Again (Gingras) leads the semi-feature $20,000 Open pace. Now age 13, owned by Weaver Bruscemi, JJK and Burke Racing stables, Foiled Again is still racing at a top level. He will face, the sharp Soto (Art Stafford Jr.) for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaqjuita, John Cancellier’s Special T Rocks (Morand) a winner last week, and Bamond Racing’s Flem N Em who drew post 1 in the eight horse field. There are also three $15,500 paces on the 15-race program. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

Harness racing driver Victor Kirby was at it again, driving five winners while for the second straight week and third time in four starts, Empress Deo rallied to score a come-from-behind victory in the Tuesday, Dec. 13th $20,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap at Dover Downs. While Elliesjet N (Jonathan Roberts) and Inittowinafortune (Corey Callahan) battled for the early lead and Purrfect Bags (Vic Kirby) and Scandalicious (Tim Tetrick) joined the action on the backstretch, Allan Davis waited until the top of stretch before unleashing Empress Deo and the five-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Kittle Miss K streaked to the finish line for a 1:51.4 triumph. Scandalicious finished second in front of Purrfect Bags. Legacy Racing owns the six-time winner this year who now has won $159,633. It was the second win of the day for driver Davis and trainer Wayne Givens. A race earlier, Vic Kirby picked up his fourth win of five on the card directing Rich Pollucci's Mischief Maker N home in 1:52.2. Jim King conditions the Jereme's Jet-Invisage mare, now a seven-time winner this year while banking $51,381. Sweet Bobbie was runner-up. Shine N Shimmer (George Dennis) was third. Not only did Vic Kirby drive five winners during the program, he also was a two-time winning owner. Corey Callahan and Yannick Gingras also had two driving wins while trainer Wayne Givens also had a double. IL MAGO TAKES ON THREE OTHER WINNERS LAST TIME OUT Four horses including last week’s $20,000 Open/Handicap trot winner Il Mago, collide in the Wednesday, Dec. 14 feature race on a strong trotting dominated card at Dover Downs. Theresademoninme, owned by Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis has won his last two in a row and three of his last four races with Jonathan Roberts driving, while razor-sharp trainer Ed Gannon Jr. with Yannick Gingras in the bike and Winbak Charles M and B Yoyo, owned by Bill Lambos and Dionisios Liberatos, with Corey Callahan, each won their previous starts and will step up to meet CC Racing’s Il Mago handled by Tim Tetrick. Glenferrrie Dreamer with Pat Berry is also racing at the top of his game with consecutive seconds after two wins in-a-row for J Craparotta &P Berry Racing. The strong field includes Brian Clark and Adams Racing’s Tag Up And Go with Bret Brittingham from the rail, Richard Pollucci’s Frost Free Hanover driven by Ross Wolfenden, Frank Chick;s Awsome Valley and George Dennis and Boffin driven by Tony Morgan for ACI Stuten AB, Kjell Johansson and trainer Anette Lorentzon. The nine-horse $15,500 Winners-Over trot for 3,4 and 5-Year-Olds is another wide-open affair.  Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing’s Go Byem (Jim Morand) returned to winning form last week scoring an impressive 1:54 win. Chris Giaccio and trainer-driver Vic Kirby’s Steel Reserve was a game second. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms’ Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.) drops down from the Open where he finished third. Bluebird Reverend (Montrell Teague), a champion Indiana bred, drew the rail for Dennis, Johannsen, Case and trainer Bob Reeser in the hard-hitting lineup.  .    This Wednesday and Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays. Saturdays and Sundays plus all next week, as Dover Downs horsemen observe their usual annual Holiday Break Week through Christmas day. Live racing resumes on Monday, Dec. 26 on a normal schedule. Dover Downs. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing in the Dover Downs Sports Book, daily from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- The photo-finish camera was needed to determine Purrfect Bags (1:52.2) winner of the harness racing $20,000 Filly and Mare Open pace on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Dover Downs. After 28-1 shot Elliesjet N (Jonathan Roberts) flew away from the gate to take the lead and continued to lead seven rivals until mid-stretch when both Purrfect Bags (Victor Kirby) and Empress Deo (Allan Davis) zoomed down the lane side-by-side until Purrfect Bags pocked her nose in front at the wire to determine the outcome of the week's top distaff event. The Purrfect Bags victory, her 9th of the season in 19 starts with 3 seconds and 3 thirds, for owner JoAnn Looney-King, avenged an odds-on favorite loss last week. Tim Tetrick drove the Roddy's Bags Again-Purrfectly Bad four-year-old conditioned by meet leading trainer Jim King. She has now won $129,195 this year and $499,542 lifetime. Empress Deo and Elliesjet N were noses apart in second and third place. In a pair of $15,500 sub female sub-features, Enhance Your Mind got up for driver Kirby, the current meet leader, and owner-trainer Bryan Truitt in 1:52 in the first of the Winners-Over 3,4&5-Year-Old pace with Terror At Night (Jim Morand) and Arts Jem (Tetrick) right behind. The other section went to David Banks and Layfield Horses' Salulita in 1:52.4. Tony Morgan drove the Somebeachsomewhere-Fresh Idea 3-year-old to her sixth win of the year coming from off the pace. Janie Bay (Gingras) was second. Dublin Rose (Corey Callahan) finished third. Vic Kirby and Yannick Gingras had a trio of wins, while Vince Copeland and Ross Wolfenden, had two winners each. STRONG FIELDS IN $20,000 OPEN, TWO $15,500 TROTS TOP WEDNESDAY Joe and Laurie Davino’s Take My Picture a sharp $1-million winner drew inside post 2 in the $20,000 Open/Handicap trot the Wednesday, Nov. 30 feature race. Muscerene was an impressive winner last week. The Berrys, trainer Traci and driver Pat Berry, have had recent success with consistant trottter Glenferrie Dreamer owned by JCraparotta&PBerry Stables. Callam Stable’s Spunky Jack and Roger Plante can never be overlooked. Tag Up And Go with Tony Morgan will be tough starting from the rail.David Miller’s War Cry Hall has been a consistant top class regular the last two seasons. Two horses with outside post can not be overlooked, Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis Theresademoninme, handled by Jonathan Roberts and from the outside, CC Racing’s Il Mago with Tim Tetrick at the controls. Two $15,500 Winners-Over trots head the undercard. Uva Hanover (Morgan), fresh from a win last time.Ken Wood, Bill  Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms’ Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.), Frost Free Hanover, Go Byem, I Like My Boss, Steel Reserve and Arnold, all have winning credentials in one division while Nebraska Jack (Berry), Gillie The Kid (Tetrick) and Royal Becca J (Jack Parker) head the other section. Weekday post time for Monday through Thursday racing is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.----Harness racing driver Victor Kirby began a five-win night steering Love is Blind to a 2:00.2 victory, one of three winners he drove for owner-trainer Leigh Raymer. Later, Glenferrie Dreamer got only one call, the last one, when Pat Berry closed with a rush to the winner's circle for his third victory in his last four starts in the $20,000Open Handicap on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at Dover Downs. Tough Mac, in his first start after winning three qualifiers, Led through most of the mile before a convoy of rivals came on strongly approaching the finish line. Pat Berry, among them, driving Glenferrie Dreamer, a gelding trained by Traci Berry for owners J Craparotta & P Berry Racing, Montrell Teague moved Bluebird Reverend out of fifth in the stretch and the Indiana-bred hard-hitting gelding powered past a foursome of fast-finishing trotters to score a 1:55.2 triumh in a $15,500 Winners-Over trot. Starting from post 9 in the second tier the Swan For All-Little Revenue four-year-old won for the fifth time this season extending his seasonal earnings to $87,580 and $392,360 lifetime. Steel Reserve (Kirby) finished second with Tymal Signature (Berry) the show horse. Vic Kirby posted his fourth winning drive guiding War Cry Hall to his sixth 2016 victory for RBH Ventures in a $12,000 trot. Jim King conditions the Cash Hall-Winners Only gelding who now has won $82,851 this season. A 32-race career winner. The seven-year-old has banked $555,551 lifetime. Winbak Vhsltrd M (Yanick Gingras) was runner-up. Enrico AS (Jonathan Roberts) was next. Of Kirby's five wins, three came driving for owner-trainer Leigh Reymer. FOUR MATRON SOPH FINALS, FOUR DSBF 2ND LEG PRELIMS THURSDAY Four rich Matron Stakes for three-year-olds and four Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 freshmen 2nd leg paces highlight a giant Thursday, Nov. 10 program. Post time is 4:30 p.m. In the $162,200 soph pace, Tom Hill’s Breeders Crown champion Racing Hill and Brett Miller, already a winner of $1.58-million winner this year starts from post 7 in a field of eight. The Tony Alagna-trained colt has seven wins and been in-the-money in 14 of 15 races this season. His formidable rivals include Peter Blood and Rick Berks’ Boston Red Rocks teamed with Tim Tetrick. Lyons Snyder, favorite in the Breeders Crown, led after the opening quarter but finished out-of-the-money, will be driven by David Miller for owners Jeff Snyder and Geoff Lyons.  Stolen Glimpse a winner of his last start in October taking the Tattersalls Stake in 1:49.2 at The Red Mile is one of four Ron Burke Stable contenders. Diamond Creek Racing’s $1-million winner Pure Country, handled by Brett Miller for trainer Jimmy Takter is the one to beat in the $148,400 Matron Filly Stake. Already a nine-time winner this season and 16 times in 20 races this campaign, she faces L A Delight with John Campbell, second in the Breeders Crown but starting from outside post 8 this time for Robert McIntosh, CSX stables and Al McIntosh Holdings. Newborn Sassy and Tim Tetrick is enjoying an excellent season with seven wins and 14 of 19 in the first three for JoAnn Looney-King and CC Racing.  The richest of the Matron foursome is the $178,650 colt and gelding trot. Lagerfeld, owned by Takter, Liverman and the Fieldings, fourth in the Breeders Crown after a tough trip, is in the hands of David Miller. Yannick Gingras drives Dayson for Smith, Our Hrs Cents, J& Silva stables and Burke Racing. The sharp Sutton trained by Julie Miller for owners Jason & Doug Allen and Andy Miller Stables and local contestant Iron Mine Branch’s Iron Mine Bucky trained by Greg Haverstick and driver George Dennis drew the outside post positions.  Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld’s homebred All The Time with Yannick Gingras has earned the most from the eight starters in the $149,000 Matron Filly Trot. She has won $894,116 in her two seasons. The hard-hitting Southwind Hope and Andy Miller leaves from the rail for Larry Dumain, Little E and Andy Miller Stable. Flowers N Song, bred and owned by Bob Key, has won 11 races already and nearly a half-million in purses. Henry The Dragon looks for his fifth consecutive victory piloted by Montrell Teague for owner George Teague starts the card meeting Tina and Brian Clark’s Automatic Dragon (Tim Tetrick) from the rail and Dorothy Hock and Katherine Ricci’s Hallie’s Comet (Ross Wolfenden) in the first $20,000 DSBF prelim. In the second race, Dan Keeler’s James Isaac (Tony Morgan) takes on a pair of Teague owned contenders Stay In your Place and Ain’t It Fun both conditioned by Clyde Francis. Later on the card, another George Teague bred Daylen (Montrell Teague) drew the rail in the third $20,000 division. Apple Heir (Jason Green) a 1:56.3 wire-to-wire winner last week starts from post 7 for Willard Hall and trainer Brian Wright.    In the fourth $20,000 DSBF prelim, Teague and Teague Partnership’s Rat Tail (M.Teague) meets Only Money and trainer Jason Skinner’s Bags To Riches (Tetrick) and KDK Standardbreds’ Almost Cut My Hair (Kevin Switzer Jr.) in a wide-open event. Friday and Saturday are dark days at Dover Downs. There is No live racing this Sunday. Sunday racing is scheduled for  Nov. 20th at 5:30 p.m. Sundays. Weekday racing, Monday through Thursday, racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Watch races and enjoy good food in Dover Downs Winner’s Circle Buffet daily. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting daily 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Marv Bachrad  

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  

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