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DOVER, Del.--- Ashes Cash came from far back to score a 1:54 victory in the Wednesday $14,000 Winners-Over trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Dec. 2.Meet leading driver Corey Callahan added four more wins to his first-place total now at 48 after 18 racing-days meanwhile the 11th race was called a "no contest." In the feature, Callahan moved Ashes Cash to the outside and came fast in the lane to beat Bluebird Reverend (George Dennis) and Hemi Seelster (Ross Wolfenden) to the finish line in a 1:54. The time equaling the lifetime mark for the Cash Hall-Ashameg gelding. It was the Leigh Raymer-owned and trained five-year-old's eighth win of the season lifting his earnings to $43,495. Blue Reverend, a top Indiana stakes performer and Hemi Seelster, who raced in major events in Ontario, finished second and third respectively. Machuca guided by Allan Davis for owner- trainer Bob Shahan's Machuca, one of two three-year-olds in the race, to victory in 1:57.3 to win the co-feature $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old trot. The victory was the fourth of the campaign for the Yankee Glide-Tail Of Night gelding. Someway Same Hall (Art Stafford Jr.) was second with Myclaimtovictory (Kim Vincent) third. In the 12th race, a Filly and Mare pace, Hotwire (Tony Morgan) suddenly went down at the 3/8th pole causing confusion with the seven other horses in the race. With the Starting Car and Track Ambulance rushing to help were on the track. When the field turned down the homestretch heading for the crowded finish line, the race was called a "No Contest" and all wagers on the event were re-reimbursed. Both horse and driver were reported ok. Jim Morand drove three winners, Sean Bier, Allan Davis and trainers Doug Lewis and owner-trainer Harry Marsh had two wins each. Dover Downs races Monday through Thursday with post time, 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Watch the races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed 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

DOVER, Del.--- Starting in the second-tier was no problem for Bay Pond Racing's Hearts N Flowers who collected her second straight win and ninth this season winning the $21,000 Mares Winners-Over pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Dec. 3. On the undercard, Elliesjet N made it six-in-a-row since crossing the Pacific and meet-leading driver Corey Callahan made five trips to the winner's circle on the 15-race harness racing card. Allan Davis, who had four winning drives himself, piloted Hearts N Flowers home in 1:52.2 equaling her lifetime best clocking. The six-year-old daughter of Artiscape-Hasty Dewer has started 37 times this season with 24 win-place-show performances for trainer Wayne Givens. Tyra (Vic Kirby) took place honors with Scandalicious (Tony Morgan) third. Elliesjet N began her career in the U.S., on Oct. 13 and has been perfect in all six starts since. Her latest, from post 8, in a $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Distaff pace, was clocked in 1:54.2 over a track rained upon all day. Art Stafford Jr. held the reins for trainer-co-owner Josh Parker and Evans, Spedden and Nanticoke Racing. Cover Up Hall (Wolfenden) finished second in front of Mildred's Button (Kim Vincent) third. Girlofyourdreams made a big move on the backstretch to take command and then breezed to a 1:52.3 success in another $15,500 contest for young females. Montrell drove the Bettor's Delight-JK Majorette sophomore to her fourth win for The Wiz Kids Stable She has now won $56,010 lifetime. Sweet Bobbie (Callahan) came on to take second. Ava Destruction (Wolfenden) cut out the mile mostly under duress, and held on for third. Callahan, who had 40 wins during November, builds up his lead with a five-bagger with runner-up Tim Tetrick on a month's vacation to Australia. Allan Davis won four races while trainers Doug Lewis, Josh Green and Joe Hundertphund had doubles ROLLS BLUE CHIP, HEMI SEELSTER, POWERFUL CHARGER AT DOVER Rolls Blue Chip is the lone winner last start in a wide-open field at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Nov. 4. First post is 4:30 p.m. Allan Davis will drive Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s Rolls Blue Chip trained by Wayne Givens in the $14,000 Winners-Over trot feature. The five-year-old won his last outing after consecutive second-place finishes. Hemi Seelster makes his third start for trainer Josh Green and driver Ross Wolfenden for new owners Carl Atley, Bob :LeBlanc and Rich Lombardo, after racing his first two seasons in Canada. He closed sharply along the passing lane last week to finish second beaten a half-length.  Powerful Charger has been a Delaware top class trotter for Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King winning 12 times this year. Bluebird Reverend, a strong Indiana-bred gelding has been in the money 16 of his 21 starts for co-owner, trainer Bobby Reeser, Dennis, Johannsen and Case. George Dennis will drive. Callam Racing’s Spunky Jack with Roger Plante in the bike leaves from the rail with Eric Foster’s Stirling Charisma and Tony Morgan, alongside.  Ashes Cash, owned and trained by Leigh Raymer has been racing well adding seven wins this season and will be in the hands of meet leader Corey Callahan. Larry Fisher’s Cashontherocs, piloted by Jonathan Roberts, has been racing 'til recently at Yonkers in feature trots.  Marv Bachrad

Harness racing trainer Kyle Spagnola sent three trotters to the gate on Friday night at The Meadowlands and all three found the winner's circle. Two of the wins came with Andrew McCarthy in the bike. The first, Ulster romped by a dozen lengths in the third race condition trot, winning in a lifetime best 1:53.1, while Keystone Thomas was a wire to wire winner in 1:54.3 in the fifth race condition trot. Spagnola wasn't done, as he sent out the prohibitive 3/5 choice in the $17,000 featured trot in the eighth race and the favorite did not disappoint. After brushing to the lead, past fractions of 27.2 and 56.1, Waiting On A Woman and driver Corey Callahan took on the challenge of Lady Windsor around the far turn. But when the favorite reached three quarters in 1:25, it was clear that he had plenty left in the tank and the seven year old gelding powered away with a 27.3 final quarter to win going away by just over three lengths in 1:52.3. The final time was just one-fifth of a second off his lifetime mark. Trainer Kyle Spagnola now sports a record of five wins from his first seven starts at the 2015-2016 Meadowlands meet. The win was the 50th in the career of Waiting On Woman, who now has career earnings of over $373,000. Waiting On A Woman is owned by Michael Polansky. The win was one of three races won by Corey Callahan through the first eight races. Waiting On A Woman Jerseylicious Chases Down Radar Contact The seventh race condition mare pacing event was a filled choc-full of mares with stakes experience. Radar Contact was a strong 3/5 favorite, but on paper there was competition in the form of Jerseylicious and it played out that way on the racetrack as well. Radar Contact was quarter-moved to the lead by John Campbell past the first point of call in 27-seconds and she would hold that lead into the stretch, through fractions of 55.1 and 1:24. Meanwhile, Jerseylicious was sitting mid-pack and committed first over down the backstretch as Radar Contact blazed the way. As the field approached the stretch, Jerseylicious had room to tuck behind the favorite and did so until the middle of the stretch, when Callahan showed his mare racetrack again and she responded to that move by accelerating late, chasing down the favorite to win in 1:51.2. For Jerseylicious, the win marked the 15th victory in her 62 race career and sent her earnings past $636,000. She is trained by Wayne Givens for owners Legacy Racing of Delaware Incorporated, Pamela Curran and Niel Gargiulo. Jerseylicious Takter With Another Promising Young Trotter The stakes season may have come to an end, but Jimmy Takter is still winning promising races with young trotters. In the first race on Friday night at The Meadowlands, the Jimmy Takter trained, Massive Clout (Muscle Massive), parlayed a pocket trip into a pylon skimming win by the narrowest margins over Moulin Rouge who defeated this condition one week ago. Massive Clout and Corey Callahan sat comfortable in the pocket behind pacesetter Barnaby Rudge through fractions of 29.3, 59.1 and 1:29.1. Meanwhile, the even-money favorite, Moulin Rouge was tracking in a live outer flow and loomed boldly three-wide off the far turn and appeared poised to blow by, but Massive Clout found room at the pylons and was full of trot as well. The pair of trotters raced down to the wire together, with Massive Clout escaping with a nose-victory in a mild upset at odds of 5-1. Moulin Rouge was second with Barnaby Rudge third. In the field of 10 trotters, there were three-two year olds and they ironically comprised the trifecta. Massive Clout is a homebred for Brixton Medical who co-owns the colt with Christina Takter. The winning time of 1:57.2 was a lifetime best performance and was the second consecutive win for the son of Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive who now has two wins from three starts. Massive Clout GSY AMATEUR TROT Robert Krivelin's name has been one of the most popular among amateur drivers for years and that name reigned supreme again with an 8-1 upset in the GSY Amateur Trot with Chocolate Xplosion. Krivelin, who also trains the four year old gelded son of Chocolatier, turned a pocket trip into a 1:56.3 victory, a lifetime best performance for Chocolate Xplosion. Crazed N Lindy rallied from well-back for Peter Kleinhans to be second with Jack's Reef and Hannah Miller third. The win was the 184th amateur driving victory in the career of Robert Krivelin, with earnings over $1.2 Million. Chocolate Xplosion Total handle for the 13-race Friday card was $2,642,922, a seven-percent (7%) increase over this same Friday last year. On-track handle also showed slight gains. The guaranteed pools performed well on Friday, with the pick five totaling $44,233, the early pick four handling $47,983 and the late pick four reaching $78,955. Both jackpot super high five carryovers continued to grow as the fifth race now stands at $17,625.09 and the last race now at $18,381.34. Racing resumes on Saturday with a 13-race card set to begin at 7:00 P.M. Darin Zoccali  

DOVER, Del.--- Apple Bottom Jean, Use Your Noodle and Rowdy Patti, winners last week, lead eight to the starting gate in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Filly Pace Final. The week's top overnight trot, the $20,000 Open, shares top billing on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. KDK Standardbred's Apple Bottom Jean and reinsman Montrell Teague, seeks a championship repeat. The black filly won the $100,000 Harrington Final in October, Last Wednesday, Use Your Noodle, owned by Henry Faragalli III, Art Feeney, Trevor Johnson and Nanticoke Racing, scored the fastest prelim win, with Jim Morand in the bike. Two other 20,000 prelim winners are Rowdy Patti, trained and driven by Bryan Truitt, who co-owns the filly with Roland Hall, Bobby Glassmeyer's Eternal Rings and driver Jonathan Roberts and Joe Thomas' Mortgage Bags who was an 86-1 longshot winner. The rest of the competitive field is made up by Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Up-Town with Allan Davis, second in last month's $100,000 DSBF Final at Harrington, Delle Donne, with Ross Wolfenden driving for Brit Evans, Tina Clark and Foulk Stables, and Reuben and trainer Michelle King's Skats Outa The Bags and Vic Kirby. Carter Racing's Fiftyshadesofrusty (Tony Morgan), JoAnn King's Cougar Creek (Kirby) and trainer Bob Wyatt, Bill Kinnamon and Lou Wyatt's Hairway To Heaven (George Denis) lead the $20,000 DSBF Consolation Pace. Barbara Boese and trainer Joe Skowyra's recent claim Prayer Session, from post 8, Callam Racings sharp Spunky Jack (Roger Plante), Powerful Charger (Kirby) racing for trainer Jim King and Tim Tetrick, trainer Leigh Raymer, Moss and the Solomons' Tirade Hanover and highly thought-of Hemi Seelster (Wolfenden) owned by Carl Atley, Bob LeBlanc and Rich Lombardo are among a field of nine in the $20,000 Open trot feature on the regular program. With the exception of this Thursday, when there is no racing on Thanksgiving Day, Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. On behalf of Dover Downs management and horsemen, Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Watch the races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant. 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. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del. --- With a good chance of winning half of the $100,000 purse, owner-trainer Chuck Perry saw Tim Tetrick did not have a drive in the final, gave him the drive and Tetrick and his Dream Away-March On In colt did the rest scoring a 1:52.4 victory Thursday in the first of four racing day's $100,000 DSBF Finals for Delaware-sired freshmen pacers and drivers. "I was happy to get the drive and I thought the colt was the best in the race," said Tetrick. Hail To The Master, driven by Art Stafford Jr., finished second ending a two-race prelim win streak. Power To Perform was third for Tony Morgan. John's Dream has now won five races in a row of his eight races with two seconds and with the win has banked $102,327 this year. "I was looking for a well-bred broodmare in foal at the Chick's Sale in Harrington," explained Perry. "She was 24-years old and carrying a Dream Away and when she dropped back home, he would be eligible for the Virginia stakes. I named for my young son, that's where John's Dream comes from. I knew he was well bred and because of her age, only had to pay $300 to buy her." Carter Racing Stable's namesake Rusty Carter, winner of last month's DSBF $100,000 Final at Harrington, had to settle for a win in the $20,000 DSBF consolation this time. Corey Callahan guided the altered son of Art Director-Rusty's Joy to his third win in seven starts for trainer Doug Lewis. JW Renegade (John MacKinnon) was a fast closing second in front of Double Miles (Vince Copeland), third. Corey Callahan and Tim Tetrick notched four wins during the card. Trainer Dylan Davis and owner Tom Kemp had doubles. On Monday twin features: the $100,000 DSBF Male Trot Final and Wiggle It Jiggleit leads the $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination. DOVER DOWNS EXTRA                              Everything worked out well for owner-trainer (and usual driver) Chuck Perry in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Male Pace Final. His colt John’s Dream, driven by Tim Tetrick, who did not have a drive in the final, and was winning catch-driver in 1:54.2 over a sloppy track on Thursday (11/19). John’s Dream won his fifth in a row. Including the $44,700 Virginia stakes championship, to up his seasonal bankroll to $102,327. Perry bought March On It, a 24-year-old mare from a Winbak Farm dispersal, at Chick’s Sale in Harrington, for only $300. When John’s Perry was born back home in Virginia, he would be eligible for the Virginia stakes. I named him for my young son,” smiled Perry ----------------------------------------------- Cicada’s Song leaves from outside post 8 in Monday’s $100,000 DSBF Filly Trot Final starting a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday DSBF Finals. Epic Smash will be tough from the rail. Miss Baltimore, Chestnut Chic and Triple Bottom Line lead the contenders.  -------------------------------------- Chipoffthewall, who was disqualified for interference in the $100,000 DSBF Final at Harrington last month, is the one to beat in Tuesday’s $100,000 Male Trot Final. Elton J and Popcorn Machine won their prelims. Mondello finished second in both of his prelims.   -------------------------------- The Wednesday DSBF headliner features two-year-old filly pacers winds up the freshman Delaware stakes. Apple Bottom Jeans, who won the $100,000 Harrington Final and both of her Dover Downs prelims carries a three race win streak. Eternal Rings and Rowdy Patti won one prelim each. -------------------------------------- After an overwhelming 1:49.4 victory in his $201,900 Matron Stake, Wiggle It Jiggleit is back for his next to last start of a brilliant three-year-old season. The 2.1-million dollar winner is the one to beat in a $35,000 elimination on Monday a preview for the Nov. 30 $300,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace. Nine will start with the ninth-place finisher eliminated from the final.   ------------------------------------------------------------ With four wins Thursday (11/19) Corey Callahan lifts his first-place lead to 33 wins. Tim Tetrick is second with 22 wins. Ross Wolfenden is third with 18 while Tony Morgan has 13, George Dennis 11 and Vic Kirby 10 winners. ----------------------------- Dylan Davis leads the trainer standings haltering 12 winners. Jim King is second with 10. Kevin Lare has five, and Bobby Clark and Doug Lewis four winners each through the first 12 days of the current meet. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del. --- First leg prelims ended with 86-1 Mortgage Bags, Apple Bottoms Jeans and Eternal Rings chalking up wins before heading to next week's 2nd leg events in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Two-Year-Old divisions. Spunky Jack took the $20,000 Open trot on the Veteran's day, Wednesday, Nov. 11 program at Dover Downs. In one of three $20,000 DSBF Two-Year-Old Filly Pace divisions, a stunner, Eddie Dennis and Joe Thomas' Mortgage Bags moved three wide around two breaking horses heading to the final turn and wore down race favorite and leader Use Your Noodle (Jim Morand) to score his first career win in 1:56.3 paying $175.80 for a $2 ticket. Another longshot, Circle M Georgia (Tony Morgan) finished fourth and was placed third. It was all Apple Bottom Jean in the lead-off $20,000 DSBF section; The daughter of Mr. Apples-Scylla Hanover owned by KDK Standardbreds and trained by Kevin Sizer went right to the front for driver Montrell Teague and led at every timing positions in s 1:54.4 romp lifting her record to three wins in four starts with a second. Rowdy Patti (Bryan Truitt) was second in front of Delle Donne (Ross Wolfenden). Jonathan Roberts steered Eternal Ring to her second win in a row and fourth in six efforts posting a 1:56.2 success in the third DSBF prelim. The Artzina-Turn For The Best filly is owned and trained by Bobby Glassmeyer. Skats Outa The Bag (Wolfenden) was next. Seboomook Up-Town (Allan Davis) was the show finisher. Callam Racing's Spunky Jack left quickly and stung race favorite Tough Mac to the quarter in; 26.3 in the $20,000 Open/Handicap trot. Tough Mac (Corey Callahan) then took over and led until deep stretch when Roger Plante pulled from second and overtook the leader to the wire in 1:54. Fast finishing Stirling Charisma (Morgan) also came on to edge Tough Mac for second place. Keystone Ace won the $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old sub feature trot with George Dennis driving the Yankee Glide-Balanced Image five-year-old gelding.George and Tina Dennis and E&K Stables own the winner giving Eddie Dennis his second training win of the day. Eskimo Joe (Morgan) finished a game second with Made To Trot (Teague) third. After seven wins Tuesday, Callahan now has 11 wins in consecutive days. Vick Kirby had three wins an and Ross Wolfenden had a driving double. The top horses, drivers and stables are at Dover Downs on Thursday, Nov. 12 in the four rich Matron Stakes events. Wiggle It Jiggleit and Wakizashi Hanover renewal their rivalry in the 10th race, the $201,900 Three-Year-Old championship. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark live racing days at Dover Downs Two $20,000 DSBF freshman colt 2nd leg pace prelims and an $18,000 Open trot tops the Wednesday card. A $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool is now featured daily. By popular request, the Winner's Circle Buffet is back for those dinning in the Winner's Circle Restaurant. At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. 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. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del. --- Chippoffthewall won the first of two Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 1st leg Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace prelims while Sweet Bobbie, one of harness racing driver Corey Callahan's seven winners, scored in the $15,500 3,4 & 5-Year-Old Filly and Mare pace during a rainy Tuesday, Nov. 10 over a sloppy track at Dover Downs. Tony Morgan drove Chipoffthewall, leased and trained by veteran trotting expert Syl King, to easily win the $20,000 DSBF 1st leg prelim in 1:59.2. It was the first start for the altered son of Master Lavec-Off The Wall, who was taken down and out-of-the-money, for interference in his previous race, the $100,000 DSBF Final at Harrington. Currently Chipoffthewall has four wins in nine starts and $41,440 in purses. Mondello (Art Stafford Jr.) challenged for the lead on the final turn but yielded and finished second. Politized (Brett Miller) closed strongly to take third. Popcorn Machine, piloted by Jim Morand, won the second $20,000 DSBF Male trot in 2:04.1 outdueling front pacing Bosston Malibu (Allan Davis) in the drive for the finish line. Scott Warnick trains the Giant Hit-Blackdenimtrousers gelding for owner Deborah Warnick. Seafood Scrappy (Brett Miller) took third money. In the $15,500 3,4 & 5-Year-Old Distaff pace, Sweet Bobbie, the only three-year-old in the field of nine females- gave Callahan his third of six winners notching a 1:53.4 triumph for owner, trainer Gary Ewing. The Art Major-Odds On Goodbye sophomore won for the ninth time and has been in the first three finishers in 16 of 21 outings. Annabeth (George Dennis) was runner-up with Embry Seelster (Allan Davis) third. Callahan then drove Howard Taylor's Shine N Shimmer to a 1:51.1 success in a $14,000 3,4 & 5-Year-Old Winners-Over pace. Paradise Lost (Vic Kirby) was a game second ending a two-straight win streak. Fashion Showdown (Ross Wolfenden) was third. Callahan finished the night driving Breakaway Racing's Robinthe atm to a 2:00.1 win, his seventh on the card. New Zealand import Ellies Jet N remained unbeaten on this side of the Pacific winning for the third consecutive time. Art Stafford Jr. was at the controls of the five-year-old black Jereme's Jet-Elle Mary Rose mare. Evans, Spedden, Nanticoke Racing and trainer Josh Parker own the winner who took a new mark of 1:53.2 in the $14,000 event for 3,4&5-Year-Olds. On the undercard, stakes-seasoned Jerseylicious returned to the winner's circle following a 1:52.3 victory in a $12,000 Mares pace. Pam Curran, Niel Gargiulo and Legacy Racing own the five-year-old Western Ideal-Jet Lag N daughter. . Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark live racing days at Dover Downs Two $20,000 DSBF freshman colt 2nd leg pace prelims and an $18,000 Open trot tops the Wednesday card. A $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool is now featured daily. By popular request, the Winner's Circle Buffet is back for those dinning in the Winner's Circle Restaurant. At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. 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

DOVER, Del. ---- Dover Downs "Novemberfest of Stakes' spotlights the prestigious Matron Stakes with four lucrative freshman events and two consolations plus three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Male Paces on Thursday, Nov. 5. Dog Gone Lucky, fresh from winning the $191,500 Kindergarten final at Vernon Downs last Sunday, drew the rail in the $216,300 Matron Two-Year-Old Colt Stake. Corey Callahan will again drive the Chuck Sylvester trained youngster for Amy Lynn Stoltzfus and Charles Stansley, Love Matters, a six-time winner in eight starts this year, driven by Yanick Gingras owned by Liverman, Fielding, Brixton Medical and Christine Takter along with Julie Miller-trained stakes winner Milligan's School and Andy Miller lead the contenders. Synerco Ventures, Leo Fleming and trainer Chris Beaver's Deweylovernleaver handled by Aaron Merriman; Two Bob Key-owned starters are driven by Hall of Famers, David Miller guiding Waitlifter K and John Campbell steering Treasure Keys K. Taco Tuesday leaves from the outside with Tim Tetrick for owners Rudolph, Baldassare and Lindy Farms and the lone local starter Don Marine and trainer Bob Shana's Kent County reined by George Dennis. Kathy Parker (Gingras), owned by Takter, McClelland, Brixton Medical and RAW Equine, is top money earner at $293,348 in the $185,400 Matron frosh trot. Katz and Libfeld's Womans Will (A.Miler) finished fourth in the Breeders Crown while the only locally owned filly M&L Of Delaware and Bill Wiswell's Lookin Sharp (Corey Callahan) drew post 8. Windowshopper, co-owned by driver Ray Schnittker and Charles Iannazaro, has the rail with Arrhythmic's Radiant Beam (D.Miller) alongside. Melby Gard's Keep It Classy (jimmy Takter), Bob Key's Encore Gold (Campbell) and Charles Iannazzo's Casino Cutie It (Tetrick) complete the lineup. In pacing Matrons, razor-sharp Newborn Sassy (Tetrick) has won six-in-a-row and seven of nine races for CC Racing and trainer Jim King in the $183,400 filly division. Shezarealdeal (Campbell), already a $308,031 winner at two, starts from post 1. Takter, Fielding and Sbrocco's Albany Girl (Brett Miler) and KDM Stable's Major Millie (Matt Kakaley) head eight starters. Trainer-driver Pat Lachance and M&M Harness Racing's Penpal, Let It Ride Stable's Skinny Dipper (Andrew McCarthy) and Brittany Farms' Sonoma Valley (D.Miller) round out the starters. Big Top Hanover (Gingras), owned by JT45 and Burke Racing, is the one to beat in the $201,400 Matron Colt Stake. Autotune Hanover (Tetrick) is a New York Sire Stakes standout racing for Phillips, Venturini and Harder, and Fashion Farms' Katies Rocker (D.Miller) won the New Jersey Futurity edging Wiswell, Goehlen and Schick's Ideal Rocky (Callahan) by a nose. The rest of the field consists of 3 Brothers Stable's JK Willpower (Tetrick), Miller and Andray Stable's Sam McSmith, Beach Ogre (McCarthy) has the rail for vSWchnittker, Bordogna, Arnold and Taylor. Alongside is Tom Hill's Pretty Boy Hill (Gingras). Two $20,000 Matron Consolations and three DSBF 1st leg prelims are also on the powerful 15-race program. Tough Mac romps in Open Wednesday Tough Mac, one of last season’s top trotters at Dover Downs romped to an easy 1:54.2 lifetime fastest victory in the first $20,000 Open Handicap of the meet. Trained by last meet’s leader, Dylan Davis, and driven by perennial champion Corey Callahan, the six-year-old altered son of Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady owned by Mike Casalino recorded his ninth win of the season and moved into the six-figure column now earning $107,855 this year and $233,7999 lifetime. Callahan rolled away to a :26.3 first quarter lead and never looked back pulling away to an easy victory with woth a :28.2 final panel. Winbak Charles M (Allan Davis) closed fast to nip Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) by a long nose to finish second. In the $15,000 semi-feature trot, Adrenalin Junkie won the photo finish in 1:57.4 to take the $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old trot. It was the first of two wins for Jim Morand. Gary Simpson trains and co-owns with Eric Good, the Broadway Hall-Pure Adrenalin N three-year-old gelding. Eskimo Joe (Tony Morgan) was a close second. Lighter Hanover (Vic Kirby) finished third. Morand also guided Lou Man to victory in a $12,500 conditioned trot in 1:55.1. The Indiana-bred four-year-old scored his third consecutive victory. Jim King trains the altered son of Lou’s Legacy-Relyea, for owners John McGill and Brian Carsey. The Poliseno family had consecutive trips to the winner’s circle. Cody Poliseno, 21-year-old son of trainer Carlo Poliseno won for the first time a Dover Downs driving Island Jet from way back with a driving finish to victory in 1:55 in a Delaware pace. One race later, Carlo’s brother, Tony Poliseno trained Broadway Delores, owned by his wife, Mary Lou Poliseno, to a 1:59.1 victory in a $9,500 trot. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark days. At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. 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. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

Dog Gone Lucky is proving himself to be doggone good. A harness racing 2-year-old male trotter, Dog Gone Lucky heads to Thursday's $216,300 Matron Stakes at Dover Downs off a win in last weekend's Kindergarten Classic Series championship. He has won his most recent two starts and finished second by a neck to Brooklyn Hill in a stakes race at The Red Mile three races ago. Dog Gone Lucky drew post No. 1 for the Matron. Corey Callahan, Dover Downs' six-time leading driver, will be at the lines for trainer Chuck Sylvester. "He seems like he's getting a little bit better toward the end of the year," said Sylvester, who trains Dog Gone Lucky for owners Amy Lynn Stoltzfus and Charles Stansley. "We prepped him for the sire stakes and took our time with him. He's developed more than we thought he would." Dover Downs also hosts Matron Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters and 2-year-old male and female pacers on Thursday. Post time is 4:30 p.m. for the day's first race. The Matron for female trotters features Kathy Parker and Womans Will, who finished 2-3 in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, and Kindergarten Series championship runner-up Lookin Sharp. Stakes-winners Big Top Hanover, Ideal Rocky, and Autotune Hanover are among the eight horses in the Matron for male pacers while stakes-winner Shezarealdeal leads a field of eight female pacers. Big Top Hanover and Shezarealdeal both finished second in the Breeders Crown. Dog Gone Lucky is a son of former Sylvester star Lucky Chucky out of the mare Ebbtide Hall. He won the Kindergarten from post nine, beating fellow Sylvester-trainee Waitlifter K by two lengths in 1:54.2. Dog Gone Lucky has won four of 11 races and earned $213,343. "He leaves the gate well and he got a nice trip after he went to the front at Vernon," Sylvester said. "Some of the best colts aren't in (the Matron) so he'll be OK I think. Our plans were not to race him so early, but in these late races. If everything goes good he'll be in the Valley Victory." Waitlifter K also is in the Matron and will start from post five with driver David Miller. The colt, who has won two of 11 races and earned $95,379, is owned by Robert Key. Waitlifter K is a son of Muscles Yankee, another former Sylvester standout, out of the mare Treasure Forever. "He's a horse I just couldn't race every week, so we took our time with him," Sylvester said. "Mr. Key said it was OK to do whatever was best and to do it at our own pace. He raced very good last week and he'll be sharper this week. If all goes well, he'll be going to the Valley Victory too." Sylvester is looking forward to seeing how the horses develop over the winter. "I don't think we've over-raced them," he said. "They'll have two more starts and then get a nice rest. We'll keep our fingers crossed for next year." Among the horses joining Dog Gone Lucky and Waitlifter K in the Matron are stakes-winners Milligan's School and Love Matters. For Thursday's full card at Dover Downs, click here. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

Vernon, N.Y. -- In addition to the annual Turn Back the Clock races and the Four One One for grey pacers, Vernon Downs hosted the harness racing finals of the Kindergarten Classic series--worth a combined $366,000--on Saturday (October 31) evening.   The $191,500 Kindergarten final for 2-year-old colts and geldings saw eventual winner Dog Gone Lucky ($4.80) vault clear from his post 9 dispatch, controlling a :57.2 half mile before yielding briefly to a rapidly-advancing Celebrity Express (John Campbell) before exiting the back straight. As Celebrity Express started to struggling upon exiting the far turn, Corey Callahan edged off the pegs with Dog Gone Lucky, pressing to the lead just past reaching the three-quarter mark in 1:25.3. Dog Gone Lucky, narrowly in front on his own accord, inherited two lengths clearance over the others when Celebrity Express broke stride off the far turn. The son of Lucky Chucky and Ebbtide Hall would hold that lead intact over a late-rallying Waitlifter K (David Miller) and Mavens Way (Ã…ke Svanstedt), prevailing in 1:54.2.   Chuck Sylvester trains Dog Gone Lucky for owners Amy Stoltzfus and Charles Stansley.   In the $174,500 Kindergarten final for 2-year-old fillies, the complexion of the race changed when both halves of the Jimmy Takter-trained 1-10 entry--Haughty and Hollywood Hill--broke stride on approach to the far turn. An extended duel between Sweet Ashley T (Homer Hochstetler) and Radiant Beam (David Miller), joined at the quarter pole by Lookin Sharp (Callahan), ultimately dissolved as 91-1 outsider Wildflower ($185.50) split foes in the final sixteenth to just prevail in 1:55.4. Trainer-driver Ã…ke Svanstedt shares ownership of the daughter of Muscle Hill and Lightning Flower with Douglas Sipple along with Mal and Janet Burroughs.   Earlier in the program, Artic Byrd ($22.40) took advantage of a ground-saving trip to take the Four One One for grey pacers, taking over late in 1:54.2 under trainer-driver Truman Gale. The pair of Turn Back The Clock races, contested clockwise at seven furlogns, went to trotter Mystical Con ($29.40, Claude Huckabone, III, 1:43.1), and pacer Sucrose Hanover ($17.40, Chris Lems, 1:39.3).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (November 6) evening, with post time slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern standard time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs   Attached: Dog Gone Lucky (Corey Callahan up) and Wildflower (#7, Ã…ke Svanstedt in white cap) take their respective Kindergarten Classic finals. Fotowon photos.

DOVER, Del. ---Harness racing Corey Callahan seeks a seventh consecutive leading driver crown at Dover Downs as the track opens for its 47th campaign on Monday, Nov. 2 at 4:30 p.m. Dylan Davis looks for a second straight leading trainer title during the 2015-2016 meet. Callahan drove 284 winners at the track last meet while regulars Allan Davis and Vic Kirby enjoyed their finest seasons. 15,000-race winner Tony Morgan, Ross Wolfenden, George Dennis, Montrell Teague, Roger Plante, Vince Copeland, Art Stafford Jr. and Jim Morand are among the regulars in the driver colony. On Opening day, newcomers Andrew McCarthy, Dan Rawlings along with Marcus Miller, Pat Berry, Eric Goodell and former track champion Tim Tetrick are listed to drive. The opening month features a "Novemberfest of Stakes Races." Opening week, all four lucrative Matron Stakes for two-year-old trotters and pacers will be featured on the Thursday, Nov. 5 card along with the start of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF), with the opening pre-elimination for freshman male pacers. The draw declaration for all two-year-old Matron Stake divisions is set for Monday, Nov.2. The four Matron three-year-old division prelims will be drawn on Monday, Nov. 9 to be raced on Thursday, Nov. 12. To supplement to Matron Events, there is a $20,000 declaration fee for two-year-old and a $25,000 fee for three-year-olds. Matron and raceday entries must be made from 10:30 a.m. until 12-Noon sharp. There are no exceptions after the box is closed. Again this season on Mondays, a $30,000 Preferred Pace, $27,500 Delaware Special and $20,000 Open paces are the feature races. Tuesdays, a $20,000 Filly and Mare Open pace and top trotters vie on Wednesday in an $18,000 Open. Top- priced claiming pacers tangle each Thursday. Dover Downs features 15 races daily; In January and February, Sunday racing is added, with post time at 5:30 p.m. becomes the fifth racing day of these months. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) is part of the Novemberfest. The spotlight will be on the First-State sired two-year-olds with two $20,000 preliminary legs and four $100,000 finals. There is no charge for parking and admission at Dover Downs. Early reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planni ng to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

Freehold, NJ --- Bettor Be Steppin, the richest 3-year-old female pacer in North America this season, will step out for the first time since winning last month’s Valley Forge Stakes when she faces eight harness racing rivals in Wednesday’s (Sept. 16) $170,000 Nadia Lobell at The Meadows in western Pennsylvania. The Joe Holloway-trained filly leaves from post No. 2 with driver Corey Callahan and is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the event for 3-year-old filly pacers. Bettor Be Steppin has won five of 11 races this year, finished second on three occasions, and earned $419,150 for owners Val D’Or Farms, Rojan Stables, and Ted Gewertz. In addition to winning the Valley Forge on Aug. 22 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Bettor Be Steppin’s victories include the Lynch Memorial and two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes. She also finished in a dead-heat second with stablemate Divine Caroline in the Shady Daisy and was second in a division of the Adioo Volo. Post time is 12:55 p.m. for Wednesday’s first race at The Meadows. The Nadia Lobell is race No. 6, with a post time of 2:35 p.m. approximately. “I look forward to driving her every time she gets in (to race),” said Callahan, who has sat behind Bettor Be Steppin in her last 20 starts dating back to last season, posting eight wins and a total of 15 on-the-board finishes. “She’s an exceptional filly. Joe has done an excellent job managing her; she’s always on her toes. It’s nice to know you’ve got a good live horse that’s ready to race every week. It’s been a lot of fun this year, that’s for sure.” The Nadia Lobell field also includes Divine Caroline, Adioo Volo division winners Sassa Hanover and Storm Point, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Safe From Terror, New Jersey Sire Stakes champion The Show Returns, and Lynch Memorial runner-up Single Me. Sassa Hanover, the 3-1 second choice on the morning line, Safe From Terror, and Storm Point are from the stable of trainer Ron Burke. Sassa Hanover, who has won 13 of 25 lifetime races and earned $704,002, enters the event off a 1:52.1 win in a division of the New York Sire Stakes at Yonkers Raceway on Aug. 31. She will be driven by Yannick Gingras. “Sassa Hanover has kind of turned it around here the last few weeks and has gone some pretty good miles,” Callahan said. “She drew the rail and Yannick and Burke are ultra-aggressive with everything, so that might make it a little tricky. But over the year, (Bettor Be Steppin) has been the most consistent and the best filly in her group. “She’s professional in every sense of the word, one of those push-button horses. She doesn’t have any quirks, she doesn’t do anything crazy. She does everything you ask her to do. It makes my job a lot easier, that’s for sure. She’s handy. She’s quick off the gate, but she also can race from behind. Most of your horses nowadays, it’s such a speed game, if you have one that is handy enough and can handle the pressure on the lead you can make a lot of money with them. Most of these horses now, that’s where you see them. You love to work out trips, but it’s tough sometimes.” Callahan, who earlier this year won his sixth consecutive driving title at Dover Downs and is one win behind Tim Tetrick for second place at Harrah’s Philadelphia, is on the verge of surpassing 500 wins for the sixth consecutive season and could reach $10 million in purses for the first time. Callahan set a career high in purses with $9.70 million in 2013 and hit $9.08 million last year. He entered Tuesday with 479 wins and $7.11 million in earnings. “I hope so, that’s been my goal the last couple years,” Callahan said about reaching $10 million. “A lot of that has to do with getting better horses to drive. I’m getting live drives and when you get those, it makes it a lot easier to get them in the race and pick up those top three finishes. I’m very fortunate that way.” Following is the field in post order for the Nadia Lobell with drivers, trainers and morning line odds: 1. Sassa Hanover by Rock N Roll Heaven, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 3-1 2. Bettor Be Steppin by Bettor's Delight, Corey Callahan, Joe Holloway, 5-2 3. The Show Returns by Rocknroll Hanover, John Campbell, Chris Ryder, 15-1 4. Totally Rusty by Ruty For Real, Andrew McCarthy, Ross Croghan, 6-1 5. Safe From Terror by Western Terror, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 6-1 6. Imagine Dragon by Dragon Again, Scott Zeron, Frank Antonacci, 15-1 7. Single Me by Bettor' Delight, Eric Goodell, Ross Croghan, 12-1 8. Divine Caroline by Rock N Roll Heaven, David Miller, Joe Holloway, 5-1 9. Storm Point by Somebeachsomewhere, Dave Palone, Ron Burke, 12-1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- The test is coming soon. Harness racing trainer John Butenschoen hopes his young student Ideal Rocky is ready to excel. Ideal Rocky is among 23 horses preparing for Saturday’s (Aug. 29) three eliminations for the Metro Pace for 2-year-old male pacers at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. The top three finishers from each division plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot will advance to the C$685,000 final on Sept. 5. The Mohawk card also includes eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby for older male pacers and the She’s A Great Lady Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. Ideal Rocky, the New Jersey Sire Stakes champion, is in the second of the three Metro eliminations. He is 6-1 on the morning line, with Corey Callahan driving for trainer Butenschoen. Brad Maxwell’s Control The Moment, undefeated in five lifetime starts, is the 7-5 choice. Eight of the last nine editions of the Metro Pace on a fast track have been won with times faster than 1:51, with four triumphs in less than 1:50. None of this year’s 23 Metro hopefuls have been quicker than 1:51.1 so far, and only four have won with times faster than 1:52. Ideal Rocky’s mark is 1:52.4, set in a non-stakes start Aug. 7 at the Meadowlands. “It looks like it’s a real evenly matched group of colts up there,” Butenschoen said. “A lot of these horses are pacing big last halves and quarters. We know they have speed, but when they stretch them out and get to the three-quarters in 1:21 or 1:22 we’ll see which ones get tired and which ones have fight to them. We don’t know. “It will be interesting to see which ones are going to step up. Time will tell. We’ll know in another week for sure. Hopefully when they push them a little harder (Ideal Rocky) will have enough fight left in him to push on and be a good colt.” With a name like “Rocky,” he should show some fight. “Hopefully he’ll be on the right side of the way we’re thinking than on the wrong side,” Butenschoen said, laughing. Ideal Rocky is a son of stallion Rocknroll Hanover, who won the 2004 Metro Pace in 1:49.4, out of the mare Eternity’s Delight, who won the 2006 Jugette. He was purchased for $47,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Bill Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick. His family also includes previous New Jersey Sire Stakes champion colt I Fought Dalaw as well as stakes-winners Emeritus Maximus, Racing Star, and Western Glory. “We spend as much time at the farms as we can,” Butenschoen said. “We probably look at two-thirds of all the horses that are in the sale. He was on Bill’s list of pedigree and my list of conformation, so we went after him. He’s a real well-bred colt. He looked the part. “If he had been New York-eligible or Pennsylvania-eligible, I think he would have been well over a six-figure horse. We got a discount for the New Jersey program. It’s hard to make money there. Hopefully things will get changed around; some legislation (in New Jersey) will prove fruitful. My Pennsylvania colts aren’t eligible to the Metro because they can race for enough money without having to go. But this colt has to go somewhere to get a shot at better money.” Ideal Rocky has won three of six races and earned $82,144. He heads to his Metro Pace elimination off a third-place finish in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes on Aug. 22 at Mohawk. The Catamount Kid won the race, with Sossy’s King Kong finishing second. “We made a couple little equipment changes on him after his start up there,” Butenschoen said. “He had the rail and was looking at stuff down on the inside. We kind of gave up the race a little bit last week when he wasn’t able to get out of there how we wanted to. Then coming first up into soft fractions wasn’t quite his trip. “But it was a good race for him and a learning lesson for us. We trained him yesterday and he trained good. Hopefully with a start up there over the track he should be ready to roll. We’ll see what we’ve got.” Below are the fields for the Metro eliminations, with drivers, trainers and morning line. Elimination One 1. Bank Shot Hanover by The Panderosa, Corey Callahan, Daniel Renaud, 12-1 2. Blayde Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere, Sylvain Filion, Tony O’Sullivan, 15-1 3. Stonebridge Beach by Mach Three, Stephane Pouliot, Stephane Larocque, 12-1 4. Check Six by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 5-2 5. Voracity by Sportswriter, Randy Waples, Tony Alagna, 2-1 6. American Passport by American Ideal, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 4-1 7. Cruise Patrol by Bettor's Delight, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 6-1 8. Nvestment Bluechip by Shadow Play, Jody Jamieson, Dave Menary, 8-1 Elimination Two 1. Carter Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 10-1 2. Highlandbeachycove by Somebeachsomewhere, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 12-1 3. Sossy’s King Kong by Dragon Again, Doug McNair, R. Nifty Norman, 8-1 4. Ideal Rocky by Rocknroll Hanover, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen, 6-1 5. Manny by American Ideal, David Miller, Howard Okusko Jr., 10-1 6. Control The Moment by Well Said, Randy Waples, Brad Maxwell, 7-5 7. Racing Hill by Roll With Joe, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 5-1 8. Manhattan Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 7-2 Elimination Three 1. Mind Trip by American Ideal, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 5-1 2. Talk Show by Art Major, John Campbell, Steve Elliott, 2-1 3. Betting Line by Bettor's Delight, Steve Condren, Casie Coleman, 3-1 4. Pretty Boy Hill by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 6-1 5. Rodeo Rock by Rock N Roll Heaven, Randy Waples, Don Swick, 12-1 6. The Catamount Kid by Well Said, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 5-2 7. Real Kid by Real Desire, Doug McNair, Larry Ainsworth, 15-1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Bettor Be Steppin earned her second stakes win of the season at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, capturing Saturday's (Aug. 22) $350,000 Valley Forge for 3-year-old female pacers in a lifetime-best 1:50. Momas Got A Gun was second, beaten by three-quarters of a length, while Sassa Hanover finished third and Totally Rusty was fourth. In July, Bettor Be Steppin and driver Corey Callahan won the Lynch Memorial at Pocono. She won that night at odds of 15-1, but was the even-money favorite Saturday in the Valley Forge. Bettor Be Steppin, who started from post four, went to the front at the start and never looked back. She led the field through fractions of :26.3, :55.4, and 1:22.4. She held off a first-over attack from Sassa Hanover on the backstretch and Momas Got A Gun in the stretch. Morning line favorite Moonlit Dance was scratched. "I drew in a good spot and with Moonlit Dance not being in the race I was hoping I would be able to control it," Callahan said. "She likes to leave and everything worked out perfectly. "I figured if I could get a little breather in there anywhere she would be ready to take on all challengers." "So it worked out. She's been battling it out with Sassa (Hanover) for the last two years." "I figured I had her put away up the backside so the only horse I was worried about at that point was the horse on my back (Momas Got A Gun)." Bettor Be Steppin, trained by Joe Holloway, has won five of 11 races this year and earned $419,150. She has won nine of 23 races lifetime for owners Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables, and Ted Gewertz. She pushed her career earnings to $717,793. Valley Forge Consolations Single Me, who missed just a nose in the Lynch final here earlier this year, came out of the pocket at headstretch and drew off in the lane for a 1-3/4 length victory in the $150,000 Consolation I in 1:51, a career mark. But it was a move that driver Andy Miller didn't make -- a threatened quarter-move -- that caused Ideal Nuggets to park Seeking Nirvana in a brutal fight through fast numbers, easing the way for the late winning move of the Bettor's Delight filly, trained by Ross Croghan for Dana Parham and the Let It Ride Stables Inc. The Art Major filly Invest In Art was the fourth -- and final -- lead change in the $75,000 Consolation II, and despite the hard usage in the furious :53.4 first half, driver Tim Tetrick kept her alive in the lane to withstand Strut My Stuff (leader one) and Southwind Roulette (leader three) while taking a 1:49.3 new speed badge, which also rewrote the national season's mark. The Ontario-based team of trainer Mark Steacy and owners Stan Klemencic, David Reid, David McDonald, and Landmark 7 Racing Stable saw their filly win her stateside debut. Ken Weingartner

Sixteen stakes events comprised Sunday (August 16) afternoon's harness racing card at Tioga Downs, and while In the Arsenal ($3.50) and Divine Caroline ($6.90) punched their tickets for next week's Empire Breeders Classic finals by way of sub-1:50 miles, it was 2-year-old trotter Jack Vernon ($3.40) who stole the show with a 1:53.3 effort in his Arthur Tompkins Memorial division.   Jack Vernon, a freshman son of Muscle Hill and Vernon Blue Chip, drafted behind Staying Focused (Andy Miller) through the intermediate stages of the $18,788 stakes split, edging off the pegs midway on the backstretch to avoid being locked in by the then-uncovered Heightend Scrutiny (David Miller).   As soon as Corey Callahan pulled the pocket with Jack Vernon, the pair accelerated to the lead, drawing off from Staying Focused through a :57 final half.   Jack Vernon amassed an 8-3/4 length lead in the end, soundly defeating Treasure Keys K (Charlie Norris) and Staying Focused in a track record 1:53.3.   Randy Beeckman trains Jack Vernon for Miller's Stable, Inc.   Other notable Tompkins Memorial winners on the afternoon were 3-year-old Conway Hall colt Habitat ($2.30, Yannick Gingras), who pulled clear at will for a decisive 1:53 triumph in a lone $58,662 division, and 3-year-old Donato Hanover filly I'm So Fancy ($4.00, Gingras), a 1:54.1 pillar-to-post winner in her $33,832 event.   Sixteen New York-sired 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings contested two $12,500 eliminations for the Empire Breeders Classic, and Brian Sears swept both splits. In addition to his 1:49.3 win with Kelvin Harrison trainee In the Arsenal, he sustained a first-over trip with the Casie Coleman-trained Arque Hanover ($7.50) to just stave off Americanprimetime (Jason Bartlett) in 1:50.   The connections of In the Arsenal selected post 2 for next week's final, while the connections of Arque Hanover selected post 1. They will be joined by Artistic Major, A Bettor Hat, Rockin in Heaven, Americanprimetime, National Seelster, and Betting Exchange. Completing the field will be fifth-place finisher Sicily, who was drawn in by lot. Oneisalonelynumber--the other fifth-place finisher--is the lone also-eligible.   Of the 21 New York-sired 3-year-old pacing fillies split into three $12,500 Classic eliminations, Moremercy Bluechip ($7.20, Andy Miller) and Band of Angels ($2.50, Gingras) controlled the terms for at least the closing circuit of their victories, while Divine Caroline ($6.90, David Miller) pushed clear off a pocket trip in the final quarter-mile of her 1:49.4 triumph.   For next week's distaff final, Band of Angels will start from post 3, Divine Caroline from post 2, and Moremercy Bluechip from post 4, as selected by their connections. The trio of elimination winners will be joined by Devil Child, She's Heavenly, Rock Me Gently, Hipnumberone, Mosquito Blue Chip, and Beyonces Rockn. Heart Major and Single Me have been drawn as the two also-eligibles.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Monday (August 17) evening, with the first of 12 races due off at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

There were two divisions of a non-winners of $15,000 in the last five starts for trotters contested at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philly on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 6). They each went for a purse of $18,000. The first division was taken by Jill Roland's Andover The Cash (David Miller). The 4-year-old son of Andover Hall waited patiently behind the speed, making his move from mid-pack after the half. He was able to circle off cover in the stretch to win by 2 lengths, stopping the clock in 1:56.2. Longshot Holiday Spirit (Pat Berry) finished second, while Westside Lindy finished third. It was the 6th career win for Brian Roland trainee, who paid $8.00 to win, keying $424.80 exacta, and a trifecta that paid $13,707.60. L A Express Stable's Pocket Trip (Corey Callahan) was victorious in the second division. The 5-year-old son of Angus Hall moved quickly after the quarter to clear the lead. He was able to maintain the lead until the finish, winning by a length, stopping the clock in 1:54.4. Raise The Curtain (Brett Miller ) finished a game second, while Modest Prince (Tim Tetrick) was third. Pocket Trip (trained by Doug Lewis) now has 19 wins out of 55 starts in his career, with 6 of those this season. He returned $6.00. Michael Bozich

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