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On consecutive days early in the week, both Corey Callahan and Vince Copeland reached important harness racing milestones, notching their 5,000th wins respectively. Callahan's win came driving Mel Mara in 1:49.1 to win the $30,000 Preferred pace, Monday (11/14). Copeland guided Spirit Light in 1:55.2 to win a four-horse photo on Tuesday (11/15) at Dover Downs. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Monday begins the shortest week of racing this season. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no racing on Thursday, Nov. 24. But there will be live action Monday through Wednesday with $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund DSBF) Two-Year-old Finals daily. Monday features colt trotters; Tuesday, filly pacers and on Wednesday, filly trotters. -------------------------------------------------- Winning the $100,000 Colt and Gelding Pace Final has put Bags To Riches into the DSBF record book. When Bags To Riches upset previously unbeaten Henry The Dragon, the winning time of 1:51.1 is the fastest clocking for a freshman pacer in the programs history. -------------------------------------------- To show the diversity of the George Teague all-star list of major stakes winning horses who now have become winning stallions. Of course, at the top of the list is Mr. Wiggles, sire of the sensational world champion Wiggle It Jiggleit, the2015 Harness Horse of the Year. Three of Teague's former stars now standing made the 2016 DSBF $200,000 finals. Henry The Dragon is a son of Custer The Dragon. Stay On Your Place is by Mr. Wiggles while Daylen is a Mr. Apples colt. All three of the starters were bred by Teague from mares he trained. ------------------------------------------------------ On Monday, two sharp late season winning three-year-olds have been supplemented to the 20th Hap Hansen-Progress Pace with two $35,000 eliminations. After the elims, the top eight point-getters racing in the $300,000 final on Nov. 28. Boston Red Socks, winner of the Matron last week and Canadian Easy Lover Hanover, who first made news last January, as one of the horses that owner Brad Grant bought at the January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands to help restock trainer Ben Wallace's Stable. Wallace's operation had been wiped out by the tragic barn fire at the Classy Lane Training Centre in Puslinch, Ont. Grant paid $70,000 to bring pacer Easy Lover Hanover into Wallace's care. Since, Easy Lover Hanover has banked $190,672 for Grant while winning 14 of the 27 races while trained by Wallace including a current five-race win streak. -------------------------------------------- Tony Morgan, the second leading dash-winning driver in North America with more than 15,500 wins, will be back racing on Monday. Morgan sat out the last few days last week due to illness. ----------------------------------------------- Starting with the Nov. 28 program, Race Secretary Rod Newhart will altered the weekly feature race schedule. The $30,000 Preferred and $27,500 Delaware Special will be the regular Thursday feature races. Tuesday remains for $20,000 Open Mares pace and Wednesday continues as trot day with the $20,000 Open remaining the feature. ------------------------------------------ Vic Kirby is atop the Dover Downs early season leading driver's standings with 25 wins during the meet's first 12 race dates. Tim Tetrick is second with 22 wins, Allan Davis and Yannick Gingras are tied for third in the standings with 17 wins each. Jim Morand completes the top 5 with 15 winning drives. ---------------------------------------------------- Jim King is in first place among leading trainers this meet. He has haltered 20 winners and enjoys a nine win lead over runner-up Josh Green who has 11 winners. Leigh Raymer and Joe Hundertfund are in a 10-win deadlock for third place while Wayne and Les Givens are tied for fifth place with six-wins each. Marv Bachrad    

DOVER, Del.--- Impressive New Zealand harness racing import Nike Franco N chalked up her third victory since traveling the Pacific and Tim Tetrick guided her to a 1:51.4 victory in the $20,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap on Tuesday, Nov 15 at Dover Downs. Spanish Dream, Cashmere's Delight, Magicinthemoonlite and Spinpressive won $20,000 DSBF frosh filly 2nd- leg prelims and Vince Copeland topped off the program winning his 5,000th career winning drive. Tetrick posted his second win on the card directing Nike Franco N home after starting from outside post 8, she took the lead on the final turn and won easily. The North American-sired daughter of McAardle-Nearea Franco by Badlands Hanover six-year-old is trained by Jim King for Richard Polucci. Including her earnings Down Under, she has banked $120,429 this year and $250,243 lifetime. Shine N Shimmer (Montrell Teague) came on to finish second while Scandalicious (Jim Morand) was third. Corey Callahan drove Spinpressive to his second win and her third in a short career scoring a 1:55.2 surprise in the final $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund two-year-old filly pace preliminary. Owned and trained by Lee Louthan, who also owns the sire No Spin Zone bred to her mare Paradusho N, Spinpressive won the photo beating Westwind Roddylee (Tetrick) and Logan's Girl (Vic Kirby) who spend much of the mile racing on the outside and yet closed for third. Logan's Girl entered the event with five consecutive wins in a six-win campaign. Earlier, Magicinthemoonlight and Yannick Gingras began the wagering program racking up a 1:55.4 victory in the first DSBF filly prelim. Kevin Freeman and breeder Linda Condon own the Mr Apples-Damian Hoss youngster. She's No Spinster (Allan Davis) was runner-up with Rainbow Zen (Callahan) third. In non-wagering $20,000 prelims, Spanish Dream won for the second straight time scoring a 1:55.1 success, the first of three winners for meet leading driver Vic Kirby and second of the day meet leading trainer Jim King and owner JoAnn Looney-King. It was her fourth win of the season with three seconds in eight starts. In the other early race Donna Messick and Nanticoke Racing's homebred Cashmere's Delight score her fifth win of the year in 1:57.4. Jim Morand drove for trainer Les Givens. A 61-1 shot, trainer-driver Donnie Long's Onery Shark, closed with a rush to win an $8,500 female pace in 1:52.4 for the biggest payoff on the program, paying $125.20 to win. Glenferrie Dreamer looks for his third consecutive win. Glenferrie Dreamer outs a two-race win streak on the line in this week’s $20,000 Open/Handicap trot on a Wednesday, Nov. 16. The last two Delaware Standardbred Breeders  Fund (DSBF) $20,000 prelims are also on the trot day card. Pat Berry drove Glenferrie Dreamer to victory in 1:54/3 last week for trainer Traci Berry and JCraparotta & PBerry Stables, his fifth victory of 2016 and third in his last four starts. Celebrity Pegasus racing for Ken Wood. Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, second last start after a big trip with Art Stafford Jr. and Tirade Hanover handled by Vic Kirby has been third in his previous two races. Jonathan Roberts will guide Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis Theresademoninme from post 3 this time. Howard and Josh Kauffman’s Drinksforthehouse with Corey Callahan is also on a two-race win streak. CC Racing’s Il Mago and Tim Tetrick makes a better post position move starting from the rail. Not to be overlooked is Bob Key’s Skates N Plates with Yannick Gingras who made an early race miscue last start and Joe and Laurie Davino’s Take My Picture a inner of three of his last four but the $1-million winner leaves from outside post 8. The last DSBF 2nd leg preliminaries for two-year-old filly trotters before next week’s $100,000 finals, has two $20,000 divisions. Owner-driver Gordon Barrett’s Willow Mill Anna, a winner last week, seeks her third win of the campaign meeting Emerson, Zack and Dawn Amiss’ Faith On The Hill (Callahan), Mark Groce’s Alexibethtown (Montrell Teague) from post 1 and Serendipity Stable’s Segway (Frank Milby) in one of two divisions. 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. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. No racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing and NFL three-game wagering is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Early reservations are suggested for the acclaimed Winner's Circle Buffet Restaurant. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.---. Cut The Beach won a close photo and lightly raced Casino Bags Anso provided exciting finishes in the first two of three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 2nd leg 3-year-old male paces on Thursday, April 6 at Dover Downs where rain and a 'good' track arrived in mid card. George Dennis left fast from the outside to get the early lead and George Dennis was able to keep the Artzina-I Love The Beach gelding in front despite a strong cavalcade of challengers including last November $100,000 DSBF champion John's Dream (Tony Morgan), a nose back in second. Cantthelpbutwin (Ross Wolfenden) was a close third. Cut The Beach is trained by veteran Del Cote for Henry Faragalli III, Joe Thomson, Trevor Johnson and Jeff Ruben. Casino Bags Anso, who has made a remarkable return to the races after battling a lime disease, scored his first win as trainer-driver Vince Copeland rallied the Roddy's Bags Again-Casino Bus gelding from third turning for home to overtake leader Hail To The Mater (Art Stafford Jr,) for a 1:53.3 triumph. Owned by Cavalli Pazzi Stables, Casino Bags Anso was on the verge of being given-away when Copeland wanted to give him one more change and it worked. All Artist (Jeff Fout) was the third finisher. Next Success won the third $20,000 DSFF section recording a lifetime best 1:54.2 victory with Jim Morand in the bike. Co-favorite Power To Perform (Morgan) was second in front of All Music (Dennis). The win was the second of the day for part-owner Henry Faragalli III who owns the Veeza-Quick Question gelding with Bay Pond and Nanticoke Racing. The victory was also the second for driver Morand and trainer Les Givens. The DSBF three-year-old second prelims have now been resolved. The top 8 point-getters in each of the four sophomore section are set for next week's $100,000 finals. Next week, the Dover Downs 47th season comes to a close with a $100,000 DSBF final every day. The top 8 point-getters after two preliminary legs meet. Monday is male trot day, filly pacers vie on Tuesday with filly trotters on Wednesday. Closing day, Thursday, April 14 features male pacers going for $100,000. Jim Morand led all drivers with three wins, Corey Callahan, Allan Davis, Tony Morgan, George Dennis and Jonathan Roberts along with trainer Les Givens had two winners. Dover Downs is dark Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Watch live races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Harness Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Phone 302-674-4600. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del. --- Shellysblockbuster, a 7-1 shot, and Four Staces won the two-halves of the Thursday, Feb. 4 harness racing feature over a 'good' track at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan drives three winners. Both winners left from post 2 and won in similar style in a driving finish. Vince Copeland steered Shellysblockbuster in a 2-hole trip to catch Summer Camp (Corey Callahan) at the wire in 1:52 with Star Messenger (Vic Kirby) taking third. Don Reed and trainer George Wagner own Shellyblockbuster, a nine-year-old Bettor's Delight-Love's Talk gelding who racked up his 20th win of his career. Two races later, Callahan picked up his third win of the day piloting Four Staces home in 1:53.3 with most of the field in the win photo. The Rocknroll Hanover-Miss Stacee gelding won his first of 2016. Mike Casalino owns the winner with trainer Dylan Davis. Pinerosa (Tony Morgan) was runner-up with Allstar Preview (George Dennis) third after being parked-out the entire mile. Corey Callahan and Montrell Teague, who won the first three of four races, had driving triples. Vince Copeland and owner-trainer Dylan Davis had a double. Dover Downs is dark on Friday, Saturday and this week only, on Super Bowl Sunday. Monday through Thursday racing begins at p.m. 4:30 p.m. When at the track, watch the live races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Harness Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad    

HARRINGTON, Del. - David Miller's Cash on Delivery ($4.80, Vince Copeland) recorded a 1:56 win in the featured $18,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway Wednesday. Trained by his driver Copeland, the 6-year-old Cash Hall gelding received a pocket trip behind pacesetter Spunky Jack throughout fractions of 27.3, 58.2 and 1:27.4. Copeland then steered Cash On Delivery down the passing lane to edge clear of the pacesetter for a half length win. Powerful Charger gained ground late and was third. It was the fourth win of the season for Cash On Delivery, and 19th career trip to the winner's circle for the winner of more than $300,000 lifetime. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - I Like My Boss ($2.80, Jon Roberts) kept his impressive unbeaten record intact Wednesday with a track record setting performance, winning in 1:57 at Harrington Raceway. Owned by trainer Bob Shahan, Jimmy Parsons Jr. and Ashley Parsons, the 3-year-old Don Boss Vita gelding improved to 13-for-13 in his career. He had not raced since his dazzling track record performance (1:57.2) in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final on July 24, and Wednesday's race was his first test versus older horses. I Like My Boss, sent off as the 2-to-5 favorite, relinquished control of the mile early to second choice Abbi's Gabbi, who set fractions of 29.2, 59.2, and 1:29.1. Roberts edged I Like My Boss to the outside at the top of the stretch and went by willingly for his 13th consecutive win. The win also established a new track record, breaking his own mark. Driver/trainer Vince Copeland had a double and won the overnight feature with trotter Cash On Delivery in 1:55.3. Victor Kirby also had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - More than $600,000 in total purses will be up for grabs on the 13-race program at Harrington Raceway Thursday during Governor's Day at the Delaware State Fair. For the third consecutive year, the program will be contested at night with a 7 p.m. post time. Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals will be held for 3-year-old pacers and trotters. Signature events for older horses such as the $40,000 Governor's Cup will have local bragging rights on the line on the popular evening of racing that is the focal point for many Delaware horsemen. The filly pacing final is the first of the $100,000 races to be contested as track record holder, Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Fool Yah (2/1, Allan Davis) looks to continue her current winning trend. The Wayne Givens-trainee has won two straight and will start from post four. The Wiz Kids Stable's Jonigold (3/1, Corey Callahan) will fire from mid pack post five for trainer Bart Dalious after sweeping her eliminations. The filly trotting final is slated fifth on the program, with trainer/co-owner Art Stafford Jr. and Wyatt Starkey's Overnight Hit (2/1, Stafford Jr.) starting from the rail after winning both of her eliminations. In the trotting colt final, trainer/co-owner Bob Shahan, Jimmy Parsons Jr., and Ashley Parsons' I Like My Boss (2-1, Jon Roberts) will look to remain undefeated as he bids for his 12th consecutive win from post position five. The final for pacing colts is the 11th race and is as wide open as any of the DSBF final events. Karen Walls' Elite Awards (5/2), and Cavalli Pazzi Stables' Casino Bags Carlo (3-1, Vince Copeland) are among the highly competitive group. The Governor's Cup will complete the daily double as the second race, a field long on depth will fill the starting gate, including John Dayton's Just a Jolt (2-1, Victor Kirby) who must overcome post eight to earn his 12th win of the year for trainer Jim King Jr. The Honorable Governor Jack Markell is expected to present the trophy to the winning connections. The Legislator's Cup, featuring Delaware's top pacing mares, will start the first leg of the pick four (races 3-6). Two-time defending champion, North State Street Stable's Monochromatic (2-1, Corey Callahan) will fire from post six in pursuit of her 51st career win for trainer Dylan Davis. Fresh threat My Ideal Hanover (3/1, Kirby) has won four straight for owner Jason Johnson and drew post two. The Charles Murphy Jr. Memorial Trot will wrap up the pick four sequence. Barbara Boese's Awsome Valley (2/1, Tony Morgan) is back from a stint at Yonkers and drew post six in the full field. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

HARRINGTON, Del. - Three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) divisions for pacing colts were contested on the Sunday Harrington Raceway program. Defending Dover Downs champ, Cavalli Pazzi Stable's Casino Bags Carlo ($2.10, Vince Copeland) returned to winning form with an easy victory over Lewiebyalength and Motorino. Leaving from his rail post position for trainer/driver Copeland, the Roddy's Bags Again gelding was a dominant pacesetting winner for his ninth career win in 15 lifetime starts. He was a runner up in his division last week. Meanwhile, the horse that beat 'Carlo' in round one was Karen Walls' Elite Awards ($2.10, George Dennis), who completed a sweep of his eliminations with a 1:54.1 victory in the third division. Trained by David Rearic, the Powerful Toy gelding assumed command near the half-mile and never relented in his three length win over Bobbies Powerplay and Forced Passage. Elite Awards recorded his 12th career win. Virginia Louthan's Go Big Spinder ($5.80, Jon Roberts) continued his consistent form spree and prevailed in his split with a 1:55 score over West Star Director and By a Noggin. The No Spin Zone-sired colt sat In The Pocket throughout and surged by pacesetter West Star Director for a one length win. Go Big Spinder notched his fifth career win. He finished third in his elimination on June 15. It was one of three wins on the program for Roberts, who joined George Dennis with a driving triple. The $100,000 DSBF finals for all divisions will be held on July 24, Governor's Day during the Delaware State Fair with a special 7 p.m. post time. Ten participants in the semi-annual Harness Horse Youth Foundation's youth camp were on hand and joined in the winner's circle presentation in the evening's sixth race. Under the guidance of HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor, the participants are staying on-site at Harrington Raceway learning a comprehensive hands-on course on about harness racing in a five-day youth camp. There is no live racing on Sunday June 29, as racing will be conducted on a Monday through Thursday schedule next week before the track goes on hiatus from its normal schedule until August 18. By Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - George Teague's No Bad Luck ($25.40, Montrell Teague) was an upset winner in the $10,600 featured conditioned pace for filly and mare pacers with a 1:54 victory Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Badlands Hanover earned her second straight win by sustaining a first-over grind for nearly three-quarters of a mile as pacesetter Lorrie Please folded late. No Bad Luck held off late charges by Alexachase and Angelwithanattitude, who rounded out the trifecta for a narrow win. Trained by George Teague, it was the fifth win of the year for No Bad Luck who is closing in on $500,000 in career earnings. Ross Wolfenden had four wins on the program. George Dennis and Vince Copeland each had a driving triple. Montrell Teague had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - David Miller's Cash On Delivery ($7.60, Vince Copeland) capitalized on a drop in class Wednesday to capture the $7,600 featured conditioned trot in 1:56.1 at Harrington Raceway. The 6-year-old Cash Hall gelding followed Six Gun Hall, who was parked the entire mile, into the race and charged home off cover late to score a one-length win. Six Gun Hall held second while Pounce Hanover, who was a pocket sitter behind pacesetter Mandabra, finished third. Cash On Delivery notched his 17th career win for trainer/driver Copeland and is coming off a 2013 season where he banked more than $116,000. Drivers Allan Davis and Bret Brittingham had three wins on the program. Ross Wolfenden, Mike Rossi and George Dennis each had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for

HARRINGTON, Del. - James Moore III's NF Happenstance ($2.60, Jack Parker Jr.) survived a contentious early pace battle to prevail in the $17,000 Open Trot in 1:54.3 at Harrington Raceway Wednesday. As the only mare in a compact field of five, the 4-year-old SJ's Caviar daughter fought through a 27.3 second opening quarter to gain the lead from Spunky Jack while Awsome Valley was parked on the outside. NF Happenstance kept Awsome Valley parked throughout fractions of 55.2 and 1:24.4 before drawing clear for an open length win. A game Awsome Valley held second over Traverse Seelster. It was the second straight win for NF Happenstance, who reset the track record for 4-year-old trotting mares last week, and set a national season's mark for trotters on a half-mile track in the process. Tony Morgan and Ross Wolfenden each had three winners on the program. Allan Davis and Vince Copeland each had two. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

DOVER, Del.---- Casino Bags Carlo swept to victory in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Male pace, the last of four $100,000 DSBF finals this week on the closing day of the 45th harness racing season at Dover Downs, Thursday, April 10 at Dover Downs. Bandolito romps in 1:48 winning $36,000 Preferred pace and Just A Jolt takes $33,000 Delaware Special. When front-pacing favorite Elite Awards suddenly broke stride on the final turn, Vince Copeland, sitting second with Casino Bags Carlo, shot into the lead and rushed home a 1:52.4 winner of the final DSBF three-year-old championships. The win was the third straight victory of an unbeaten campaign for Cavalli Pazzi Stables,. Copeland has trained and driven the Roddy's Bags Again-Casino Bus gelding now a winner of eight of 12 races and only once farther back that third while winning $70,000 this year and $168,911 lifetime. West Star Director (Ben Stafford Jr.) finished second for the third consecutive start. Forced Passage (Ross Wolfenden) was third. Driver George Dennis said he and Elite Awards saw a lose horseshoe shining brightly on the track along a pylon and the pacer was startled and broke stride, finishing out of the money for the first time in 12 races with 10 of them easy wins. Bandolito, a 1:48 winner last week, currently the fastest time of 2014, won even more impressively this week stepping up to the $36,000 Preferred Handicap. Trainer-driver Daryl Bier, co-owner with Charley Dombeck and David Bier, the Ponder-Sody's Home Brew brown four-year-old was never trouble chalking up his third win in four starts this year while winning $48,977 and $228,815 in his 16 race career. Tarpon Hanover (David Miller) ended a two-race win streak finishing second with Take It Back Terry (Ross Wolfenden) the show horse. When Nova Artist (Allan Davis) became involved in trouble in front of the grandstand when he received a broke race wheel, the $33,000 Delaware Special Handicap became a toss up. Feel Like a Fool (Dennis) took over the lead and led into the stretch when Tim Tetrick steered Just A Jolt to the front nearing the wire for a 1:50.2 triumph. Feel Like A Fool and Full Of Sand (Corey Callahan) were second and third respectively. Nova Artist pulled up before the clubhouse turn. Corey Callahan drove Joan Hamstead's homebred Lewiebyalength scooted to a 1:53.2 success in the $20,000 DSBF consolation. A 13-1 shot Three Day Forecast (Jonathan Roberts) was second with By Noggin (Tony Morgan) third. Callahan also guided Gateway Racing's Lollipop Kid to a 1:49.1 conquest in an $18,000 Male Winners-Over pace. The Dylan Davis-trainee is an altered son of Shady Character-Saly Pansen and won for the third time in 10 outings this year. Manhattan Rusty N (Ron Pierce) finished a strong second with Poker Hat (Tetrick) finishing third. In the $17,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Male Winners-Over pace, Troy and Todd Tribbett's Alittleaintenough notched his fourth win of the season with Ron Pierce driving, a 1:51 lifetime mark. The Artiscape-Mayland Beauty gelding trained by Joe Hunterpfund was followed home by Chesapeake Bay (David Miller) and Totally Kissed (Montrell Teague), the only sophomore in the field, who was third. Bret Brittingham drove the other $17,500 division winner, Leslie Betts' Teresa's Beach. The Somebeachsomewhere-GE's Jen four-year-old is trained by Johnny Waite and won #4 this year in 11 starts. Sea Harrier (Tetrick) accepted his first loss after two wins. Varsity Hanover (Kim Vincent) closed strongly to finish third. In between races ceremonies, Corey Callahan was presented the Leading Driver award. Dylan Davis won the Leading Trainer title, while Nova Artist, for the second time in three seasons, won Horse of the Meet honors. Dover Downs says 'so long' to its 45th season and thanks all who participating in making the 2013-14 meet successful. Thanks for being an important part of the banner season. Racing will resume next Fall. In the meantime, harness racing resumes on Monday, April 21 at Harrington Raceway. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.---- Bandolito scored the fastest mile of the year on any size track while equaling the all-track record of 1:48 set in 2012 by Heston Blue Chip, while Casino Bags Carlo was the fastest of three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 2nd leg Pace preliminaries and in the $33,000 Delaware Special, Nova Artist won again on a strong Thursday, April 3 program at Dover Downs. Daryl Bier moved Bandolito up on the outside as Lollipop Kid (Corey Callahan) and Fancyfreeshark (Jonathan Roberts) continued to battle on the front end. Bandolito took the lead on the final turn and breezed home in track record equaling and track four-year-old record time of 1:48. Bier trains and co-owns the Ponder-Sody's Home Brew brown horse with Charles Dombeck and David Bier. It was his second win of the year and 11th lifetime and now has won purses of 210,815. Manhattan Rusty N (Ron Pierce) showed late speed to finish second in front of Lollipop Kid, third. . Casino Bags Carlo turned in the fastest of the three DSBF prelims, a 1:53.4 wire-to-wire performance for trainer, driver Vince Copeland and owner Cavalli Pazzi Stables. The Roddy's Bags Again-Casino Bus gelding won his second in two starts in 2014 and seventh, with two second and a third in his 11 career races banking $118,911. Forced Passage (Ross Wolfenden) was runner-up with Lewiebyalength (Corey Callahan) the show horse. In the second $20,000 DSBF pace, Elite Awards came from off-the-pace for driver George Dennis to take the lead from West Star Director (Ben Stafford Jr.) and then led his six rivals home for a 1:54.3 victory, his Third Straight this years and 10th in 11 starts lifetime earning $124,225. David Rearic conditions the Powerful Toy-Silk Slip gelding for owner Karen Walls. The third DSBF division was even more competitive. Tim Tetrick drove Art Retreat to a come-from-behind 1:54 decision. Go Big Spinder (Ron Pierce) closed well to take second while Hawker (David Miller), who vied for the early lead was the show finisher. Vern Cannon and trainer Jeff Clark owned the Artzina-Wild Retreat gelding who won for the first time in 13 starts which include five seconds and two thirds. Nova Artist in his customary style closed from fifth at the half to notch a 1:50.2 triumph in the $33,000 Delaware Special. Allan Davis was at the controls of the seven-year-old son of Real Artist-Avon Lady who recorded his fourth win of the year to go with two seconds and two thirds for owners trainer Eddy and Kathy Davis. The almost black pacer, who was the track's Horse of The Meet two seasons back, has won $85.350 this year and $849,917 in his career. Just A Jolt (Tim Tetrick) also rallied from off-the-pace to finish second in front of Feel Like A Fool (Dennis). Jet Blue Miracle came on strong in one of two $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over paces to rack up a 1:52.1 win. Ross Wolfenden teamed with trainer Les Givens to make owners Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing happy with their fourth win of the year. Major Bucks (Toby Lynch) finished second with Shiretown Pitbull (Sean Bier) third. In the other $18,000 event, Tim Tetrick roared down the lane driving Sea Harrier, a Jereme's Jet-Ingrid Bergrin gelding, to his sixth win of the meet in nine races for Paton Racing and trainer Jim King. Jolt Of Fire (Dennis) and Spinfiniti (Pierce) were second and third respectively. Frank Chick's So Much To Say, driven by Dennis for trainer Kevin Lare, posted a 1:52 victory in a $15,500 4&5-Year-Old pace. Art Of Escape (Pierce) was second followed by Heart Breaking (Davis), third. Morgan and Jeanne McInnis rejuvenated Cams Art in 1:51.2 won a close 1:51.2 decision at 12-1 odds in a $15,000 Male pace with Bret Brittingham driving. SB Mike's Hot Beach (Mike Rossi), off at 71-1, cut out the mile and finished second. Just Bettor (Pierce) came on from far back for third money. George Dennis had three wins while Allan Davis, Tim Tetrick and Bret Brittingham had doubles. A $20,000-$25,000 Claiming pace is the top race on Sunday when racing resumes. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs       There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book.      

DOVER, Del--- Elite Awards, Casino Bags Carlo and Go Big Spinder, all unbeaten three-year-old pacers, tangle in three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd leg of Male paces to set the stage for next week's closing day $100,000 at Dover Downs while a select six-horse field vies in the $33,000 Delaware Special on Thursday, April 3. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Karen Walls' Elite Awards, winner of the $100,000 freshman final last November at Harrington, will be driven by George Dennis in the first $20,000 division, Diane and Joel Halpern's West Star Director and Ben Stafford Jr. and Mike Gannon's By A Noggin, handled by Vic Kirby, head the opposition. Vince Copeland drives Cavalli Pazzi Stables' Casino Bags Carlo, in the second DSBF event against Joan Hamstead's fast homebred Lewiebyalength and Corey Callahan. Virginia Louthan bred, owns and trains Go Big Spender, with Ron Pierce at the controls takes on Winbak Farm's Hawker and Jeff Fout along with Vernon Cannon and trainer Jeff Clark's Art Retreat (Tim Tetrick) in the third $20,000 section. The top eight point-getters after the two prelim rounds return for the $100,000 finals all next weekdays. In the $33,000 Delaware Special, Eddie and Kathy Davis' Nova Artist (Allan Davis) and Mary Ann Larrimore's Believe This Bob (Pierce) renew their rivalry in a hard-hitting field of six starters. Included in the cast are John Dayton's impressive Just A Jolt (Tim Tetrick), four-time winner this meet, All Stienam (Callahan) racing for Green Racing and JJ&M Stable. Kovach Stable's Feel Like A Fool (G. Dennis) and Mike Horn and Bobby Rice Sr.'s Dirty Devil (David Miller) complete the line-up. A top group of pacing events highlight a strong undercard on the next-to-last Thursday program of the meet. Undefeated I Like My Boss wins again I Like My Boss made it six wins in six career starts all in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) events, Toolbox and a 15-1 shot Streets Of Gold  won $20,000 2nd leg Filly Trot preliminaries on Wednesday, April 2 at Dover Downs. Unlike in last week’s prelim, I Love My Boss came from behind to keep his all-win record in tack scoring a 1:56 triumph in his $20,000 division. Jonathan Roberts was content to race fourth at the half and then moved out slowly to finally catch front-trotting Bosston BNZ on the final turn. The duo raced side-by-side halfway down the lane before the Don Boss Vita-Wild One gelding pulled away to the win. Trainer Bobby Shahan, Jimmy and Angela Parsons owned the lifetime winner of $95,000. Whichwayrightrleft (Ross Wolfenden) made up for an unexpected misstep last week, to finish third. Gateway Stable’s unheralded Streets Of Gold picked up his best paycheck of a nine-race career taking a 2:01.2 upset in the other $20,000 DSBF soph trot. Eddie Davis Jr. piloted the longshot  Linbo-Royalty Rates brown gelding to his first win besting AJ Commander (Wolfenden), finishing second.  Goodtwogreat (Corey Callahan) took third. Race Favorite Briefs Or Boxers (Carlo Poliseno) broke stride at the start and then again after catching the field on the backstretch and finished out-of-the-money. Toolbox, driven by Bill Long-longtime Ocean Downs leading driver-escaped from being locked in fourth on the backstretch, finding room on the last turn and then roared four-wide down the lane to notch a 1:58.3 victory in his second start of the year for owner Crawford Rayne. An alter son of Giant Hit –NV Gemma, Toolbox was followed by My Boy Charlie (Roger Plante) and early leader Winbak Charles M (Jeff Fout). The top eight-pointers in each of the four sophomore sections return next week for $100,000 finals, Monday through meet closing day Thursday, April 10. On the non-stakes card, for the second straight week Enrico AS disposed of seven rival coming from off the pace to win the $18,000 Winners-Over trot in 1:54.1. Ron Pierce drove the Eric Ell-trained Allstar Hall-Caspian chestnut gelding to her third win of 2014 for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. Guiltywithanexcuse (Daryl Bier) closed along the inside for second. I’m So Striking (Eddie Dennis) edged early leader Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) for show honors. Barbara Boese’s Awsome Valley equaled the fastest trotting time of the meet in one of two $14,500 sub-features. Tony Morgan steered the Valley Victor-Nannina Ambrosio gelding home wire-to-wire in 1:53. Earlier in the meet, Traverse Seelster won in that time. Looking Hanover (Kirby) and Royal Malinda (Wolfenden) were second and third. Beaver Creek Farm’s He Belongs Here, an Angus Hall-Flying Dove gelding, with Ron Pierce driving won the other $14,500 trot for 4&5-Year-Olds in 1:55.2. Dribble Drive (G.Dennis) was second in front of Zoli (Kirby). Ross Wolfenden, Vic Kirby and Tony Morgan drove two winners each.  by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.---- Elite Awards wins fastest of three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 Three-Year-Old Male pace preliminaries, with Casino Bags Carlo and Go Big Spinder, the others while Emeritus Maximus takes the $30,000 Preferred Handicap on a speed-filled Thursday, March 28 at Dover Downs. George Dennis took Elite Awards to the front and continued on for a 1:54.2 success in the first DSBF $20,000 prelim winning for the second-straight time this year and building his career record to nine wins and a second in 10 races. Karen Walls owns the Powerful Toy-Silk Slips gelding trained by Dave Rearic who now has earned $114,225 lifetime. Art Retreat (Tim Tetrick) came on strong to finish second ahead of Hawker (Jeff Fout). The second DSBF prelim was all Casino Bags Carlo as Vince Copeland sailed out of post 7 and never looked back in a 1:54.4 decision. Last November's $100,000 DSBF Final winner made his seasonal debut in this one for Cavalli Pazzi Stables. The Roddly's Bags Again-Casino Bus soph gelding won for the sixth time in his career and now has banked $108,911 in his two seasons of racing. West Star Director (Ben Stafford Jr.) flew down the lane to finish second ahead of By A Noggin (Vic Kirby). Go Big Spinder rushed down the passing lane to score a 1:54.4 triumph in the other $20,000 DSBF prelim with Ron Pierce in the bike. Virginia Louthan, bred, owns and trains toe No Spin Zone-David's Art colt posting his second straight win and fourth of the year. Bobbies Power Play (Bryan Truitt) was second with front-pacing Lewiebyalength (Callahan), third. The DSBF second leg events will be raced Monday through Thursday, next week. The top eight point-getters in the action return the last week of the meet, April 7-10 for $100,000 finals. In the top race on the regular program, Tom Cancelliere's big buy of last Winter, Emeritus Maximus, stepped up to the $30,000 Preferred pace and Ron Pierce did the rest taking the Rocknroll Hanover-Eternity's Delight four-year-old right to the top and made all quarters winning ones for a 1:50.1 conquest. The win was the third in-a-row for the Tom Cancelliere trainee. Lindwood Player (Callahan) charged down the lane to finish second with Feel Like A Fool (Dennis) the show horse. The fastest clocking on the card came in the $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open Handicap when KDM Stable's Tarpon Hanover made his first local start a 1:49.2 lifetime best as David Miller guided the Badlands Hanover-Tarport Herald four-year-old conditioned by Nick Surick to his second straight win and third of the year. Just A Jolt (Tim Tetrick) was runner-up. EZ Noah (Pierce) took third. . David Miller piloted his second of three wins steering Mike Horn and Bobby Rice's Dirty Devil, a Real Artist-Ms Eyes And Thighs gelding, home in 1:51.2 to win the first of two $15,000 Male Winners-Over paces. Manhattan Rusty N (Callahan) and Poker Hat (Tetrick) were second and third respectively. In another $15,000 division, Kim Vincent left hard with Varsity Hanover and sat second behind Fire In The Belly, who raced outside from the start until reaching the backstretch. Varsity Hanover then came strong in the stretch for owner-trainer Jim Whalen Jr. to get up in 1:51.3 at 8-1 odds. Finishing second was the first loss after five consecutive wins for the game Fire In The Belly. Jolt Of Fire (Allan Davis) was third. Callahan, in his first action since returning from racing in Australia last week, and Miller had three wins each. Tetrick and Pierce made the winner's circle twice. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday racing begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. To watch races and dine in the Winner's Circle restaurant, call 302-674-4600 for reservations. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del. ---- The only three-year-old in the field, Bestofthebunch, is the one to beat in the Delaware $9,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Male pace on Sunday, March 9 at Dover Downs. After his first three starts, Bestofthebunch has won twice with a second when beaten by a neck. The gelding owned by Foulk Stables and trained by Trish Foulk, with Ron Pierce driving, takes on eight rivals in the feature race. Chief opposition is expected from Joe Hundertpfund's White Sportscoat, a strong second-place finisher last time out with Ross Wolfenden driving, trainer Lauren Allen's Public Enemy, a winner last time out handled by Vic Kirby, and Ben Stafford's Maximum Terror and Ben Stafford Jr., primed for a top effort. The rest of the field is made up by Vince Copeland owned, trained and driven Casino Bags from the rail with Heather Minton's Cherokee Hunter piloted by Justin Vincent alongside. Drawing outside posts are Darrell and Dillon Lewis' TR Kilowatt Sam and George Dennis, Shrew Magoo with Tony Morgan driving for Rich Zulick and Crissman Inc., posts 7 and 8 with driver Brandon Henley's JR's Midnight Cry leaving from post 9 in the second tier. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; post time is 4:30 p.m. Each Friday and Saturday, the track will be dark for racing. On Sunday, races begin at 5:30 p.m. For those planning to watch racing and dine in the Winner's Circle Restaurant, reservations are suggested. Call 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Daily simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing daily begins 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad  

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