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Modern Family parlayed a pocket trip into a late-kicking victory in the Preferred Handicap featured trot on Opening Night Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried the night's top purse of $25,000. Leaving from post position #7 in a field of nine as the 4-5 favorite, Modern Family was sent to the front end early by driver/trainer Daryl Bier before ceding the lead in the front stretch to Daylon Magician. That pair stayed in the top two spots until the stretch, when Modern Family pounced to beat Daylon Magician by a length in 1:52:1. The mare Daylon Mircacle finished 3rd. Modern Family, a 5-year-old stallion owned by Bier, Charles Dombeck, and Rich Poillucci, had won his previous start at the Meadowlands and now has three wins in his first seven races of the year. It was his 16th career victory and pushed his lifetime earnings to $326,322. On the pacing side, the night's top performance was turned in by Eighteen. Trained by Mark Ford and driven by Mark MacDonald, Eighteen won a condition pace in the night's fastest time of 1:49:3. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs kicked off its season with 14 races. Racing in the early part of the season at the track takes place on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights with first post on those evenings at 6:30 PM ET. by Jim Beviglia, for Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

DOVER, Del.---- Spunky Jack wired the $15,500 Winners-Over trot, Ideal Revenue, the $14,500 sub-feature while Boffin stepped up for a second win in his last three outings to win the $12,000 trot over 'an off track,' Wednesday, March 19 at Dover Downs. Roger Plante, Jr. took Walt Callam's Spunky Jack to the front and stayed there in a 1:56 mile to win for the third time in 2014 with four second-place finishes. An altered son of Super Punk-My Embrace, Spunky Jack lifts his seasonal bankroll to $46,825 and $176,371 lifetime. Guiltywithanexcuse (Daryl Bier), trained and driven by Daryl Bier, in his first local appearance since arriving from Pompano Park, finished second. Enrico AS (Ron Pierce) was locked in before escaping along the passing lane for third. I'm So Striking was scratched. Ideal Revenue has been no worse than third in his last six outings. The Revenue S-New Ideal gelding conditioned by trainer Jim Atkinson posted his third win to go with three seconds and a third in eight 2014 starts for owners Jim and Carol Atkinson. It was one of two wins for George Dennis. Picard (Frank Milby) finished second with Kodak Lindy (Montrell Teague) the third horse. Boffin continued his ascent with George Dennis driving. The four-year-old Donato Hanover-Trance Anthem horse quickly went into the lead and was never headed in a 1:54.3 conquest in a $12,000 conditioned trot. It was his second win in three races and third in four starts this year for Angela Coombs and trainer Kevin Lare. Veteran Green Day (Allan Davis) was next with Mandabra (Frank Milby) third. Five drivers registered two wins each: Ross Wolfenden, Jim Morand, Ron Pierce, George Dennis and Allan Davis. Nova Artist starts from the outside in the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap on Thursday at Dover Downs. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

The 2013 season for filly pacers was all about I Luv The Nitelife and Shebestingin. At year's end, Somwherovrarainbow hadn't lived up the her two year old championship season. Now four, Somwherovrarainbow decided she was going to make a statement in her 2014 debut, at the Meadowlands a $22,500 B-1/A-2 Handicap for filly & mare pacers. In a race that included a wild sprint in the first turn, where the Rainbow Blue mare was stuck between horses 3-wide, Somwherovrarainbow moved to the lead on the backstretch, opened up with powerful acceleration and tripped the timer in a sparkling 1:49.1 for Tim Tetrick, who appeared to have his mare comfortably wrapped up in the stretch. The final margin was 6 3/4 lengths over Pan Luis Obispo with Continual Velocity third. Monkey On My Wheel who was parked 4-wide around the first turn, predictably faded in the final 3/8th's of a mile. For Somwherovrarainbow , the 2012 Breeders Crown Champion is onto the Bluechip Matchmaker at Yonkers Friday night for trainer Joe Holloway and owners Ted Gewertz and Diamond Creek Racing. If tonight's effort is any indication, she is sure to be a force in that series. Friday night at The Meadowlands saw the opening leg of the Horse & Groom trotting series with the first of two $20,000 divisions going to Amigo Ranger in 1:55.1. Corey Callahan drove the Amigo Hall five year old to a first over score, wearing down the favored Hldontghttourdrms in the stretch for his first win of the campaign. Ashes Cash closed to be second and longshot Home Turf was third. Ron Burke trains the winner for the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and RTC Stable. The second division featured an exciting stretch drive where Bambino Glide, who cut the mile, called on all he had to hold off a relentless Time To Quit, who missed by a diminishing neck in 1:53.1 with longshot March Awareness third. Bambino Glide was sent out by team Orange Crush, Andy and Julie Miller for owners Kapildeo Singh and Shakoor's Racing Stable. The second leg of the Winter Survivor series also split into a pair of divisions with the first of those going to Cane Ridge and Callahan in 1:51.1. The winner of last season's Rags To Riches late closer was sent right to the top from the outside post nine and rated an honest pace to score handily over Mc Rusty and Astreos Flash. Trainer Doug Dilloian shares ownership with Darius Oshidar and East Wind Stable. The second division of the Winter Survivor went to Mattador D with a well-timed late move for Joe Bongiorno in 1:53.4. A winner in a division of leg one last week, Mattador D settled well back as Hacienda led through a casual 58 flat half mile. Closing from the third over position, Mattador D was put to a rousing drive by Bongiorno and was actually a fairly comfortable winner over Malosi N. The feature race Friday night was the $30,000 Free-For-All Trot, carded as race six. That event went to Modern Family who scored decisively in 1:52.1 for Tim Tetrick. Parked past the 27.1 opening quarter, Modern Family crossed over, got a breather in the middle and tacked a 27 flat final panel on the end of the mile. DW'S NY Yank was second and Daylon Magician saved third from a first over trip. Daryl Bier is the trainer and part owner of the winner, who passed the $300,000 career earnings mark, with Charles Dombeck and Richard Poillucci. Brad Irvine is the trainer and Carly Roman the owner of Mattador, a likely favorite in next week's $47,650 final. Total handle for the Friday card was $3,053,484, a slight increase of 4-percent over 2013. Racing returns on Saturday, featuring the first round of The Clyde Hirt series and a $30,000 Free-For-All headlined by a rematch of Golden Receiver and Dovuto Hanover, with post time at 7:15 P.M. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

DOVER, Del.---- For the third consecutive start, Tina Clark and Joe Clark's Baximum came on strongly to win the $20,000 Open Trot/Handicap over a 'sloppy track' on Wednesday, March 12 at Dover Downs. As has been usual, Baximum began his move after the first half mile. Daryl Bier ushered the Cantab Hall-Bax Machine veteran up on the outside in mid-backstretch picking up steam to go into the lead approaching the final turn and then waltzed home in a 1:55 mile. I'm So Striking (Eddie Dennis) last turning for home dashed home to finish second with Struttin Conway (Ron Pierce) taking the show payoff. Baximum, conditioned by Bobby Clark, has assembled a 2014 record of five of seven times in the money and won $34,290 in purses. His career bankroll is $457,014. After making a misstep last time out, Jailhouse Juice returned to the winning track disposing of eight rivals for a 1:54.4 victory in the semi-feature $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. Trainer-driver Toby Lynch got the Jailhouse Jesse-Wine Cup gelding to the top and he stayed there for his third win of the year. Ideal Revenue (George Dennis) came from far back to edge Six Gun Hall (Allan Davis) for second. Toby, and son Jason, Lynch owned the winner of $27,365 this year and $100,952 lifetime. Corey Callahan drove three winners; Trace Tetrick, Ron Pierce, Tony Morgan and G. Dennis had two win each. Mustang Art seeks repeat in Delaware Special Wednesday Mustang Art drew the outside facing Nova Artist and All Stienam this week after winning the last $27,500 Delaware Special/Handicap, this week’s feature on Thursday, March 13 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo’s Mustang Art sat behind front pacing Nova Artist driven by Allan Davis for Eddie and Kathy Davis’ Nova Artist until the stretch before recording his second victory of the year. Sean Bier drove Heavenly Way’s Jeremy’s Successor to a third-place finish in front of Brit Evans and Foulk Stables’ Full Of Sand, and Corey Callahan.  Not to be overlooked in the fast field are J,J&M Stable and Green Racing’s All Stienam with Ross Wolfenden; Ed Gannon’s Artists Rally, handled by Trace Tetrick;  Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool driven by George Dennis, and Peter Tritton’s Malak Uswaad N, piloted by Tony Morgan. John Cancelliere’s Emeritus Maximus (Pierce), last week’s winner starts from the outside in the $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open/Handicap pace facing Jim Berndt’s Ice Scraper (Roger Plante) and Baron Racing’s EZ Noah (A.Davis) in the seven-horse field on a strong supporting card. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.---- Raritan Bay closed to win the $20,000 Male Claiming pace while 23-1 longshot Foxland surprised in the $15,000 claimer on "Spring like' Tuesday, March 11 at Dover Downs. Bret Brittingham came home through a wing of horses en route to a 1:52.1 victory in the top claiming race on the card. The win was the second in his last three starts for the Red River Hanover-Jackie Who gelding trained by his dad Don, and owned by his mother, Betty Brittingham. Cash Cab (Corey Callahan) won the photo for second with Polaris N (Ross Wolfenden) third. One race later, Daryl Bier and 23-1 shot Foxland were seventh, on the move outside, as the field passed the three quarters. Foxland then raced three, then four wide entering the stretch and bypassed seven rivals on the way to a 1:53 success in a $15,000 Male Claiming Allowance. Overlooked in the field after winning two starts back and being in-the-money in four of his first four starts this year, the Badlands Hanover-Fox Valley Hooker gelding paid $48.60 to win. Ideal Vintage (Callahan) was runner-up with A Bettor World (Eddie Davis Jr.) the show horse. George Dennis and Allan Davis led all drivers with three wins; Bret Brittingham, and Ross Wolfenden added two winners each. Baximum heads Open Trot Wednesday Baximum, fresh from two wins-in-a-row, takes on seven rivals including three other winners last time out in the $20,000 Open/Handicap trot on Wednesday, March 12 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Daryl Bier has driven Baximum from far back to overtake the leaders on the way to consecutive wins including an Open trot last start. Benbar Stables' Cadillac Cruiser with Eddie Davis Jr., Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stables' I'm So Striking with Eddie Dennis, and Chris Giaccio and trainer-driver Vic Kirby's Can Do look to continue their winning ways. Struttin Conway steps up in class again with Ron Pierce driving. The five-year-old leaves from the rail. For the second-straight time, Barbara Boese's Awsome Valley, starts from the outside post in the hands of Tony Morgan. Walter Callam's Spunky Jack has finished second in four of his last five starts. JL Benson Stable's Arriba Amigo and Allan Davis completes the competitive field. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.---- A stretch-dash from Baximum proved successful again in a 1:54.2 victory in the $20,000 Open trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Feb. 25. In his usual style, driver Daryl Bier waited in the back of the field before putting Baximum into full flight turning for home. It was no contest in the lane as the Cantab Hall-Bax Machine gelding rushed past dueling Green Day (Vic Kirby) and Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) to win by 2-lengths. The win was the second-straight for the seven-year-old trained by Bobby Clark and owned by Tina Clark and Joe Clark. It was his 22nd career win and brought his lifetime earnings to $447,014. Earlier, Eddie Dennis steered I'm So Striking along the passing lane to roll past Can Do (Kirby) and Looking Hanover (Ron Pierce) for a 1:55.4 score. Dennis also conditions the So Striking-Ringside Katie gelding owned by Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stable. It was I'm So Striking's third win of the year and 11th lifetime good for $178,088 earnings. Can Do got up for second with Looking Hanover settling for third. Vic Kirby had a three-win day. Corey Callahan and Ron Pierce each won two as did meet-leading trainer Dylan Davis. Upset brewing in Dover feature Thursday All Stienam returns to this week's $27,500 Delaware Special meeting Nova Artist and Feel Like A Fool, last week's winner in an eight-horse field. After a week off, All Stienam takes on last week’s upset winner Feel Like A Fool in the $27,500 Delaware Special/Handicap on a strong Thursday, Feb. 27 program at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. All Stienam, a winner of his last two , four out of five and five of his most recent seven starts, returns in the feature with Ross Wolfenden driving for JJ&M Stable and Green Racing. Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool came from fifth around the final turn for George Dennis to score a 1:51 win last Thursday. Trainer Ed Gannon’s Artists Rally, fresh from a win last time with Trace Tetrick, steps up and starts from the rail with Heavenly Way’s Jeremy’s Successor and Sean Bier, alongside. Also returning after a week off, Eddie and Kathy Davis’ local favorite Nova Artist with driver Allan Davis, leaves from post 8. Another regular, Max Walton and Greg Papaleo’s Mustang Art and driver Ron Pierce is always a factor. Robin and Jay Breasure’s People Are Crazy, teamed with Vic Kirby; Owner, trainer, driver Toby Lynch’s Sunshine Superman will be the one to catch in this field. Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis’ Lindwood Player (Callahan) seeks his fourth consecutive victory 0leaving from post 8 in the $17,500 4&&5-Year-Old Open/Handicap pace. JL Benson’s Mr. Dennis (Ron Pierce) finished second last time with Just Bettor (Tetrick), racing for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, third last week. Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing’s Wahine (Jim Morand) has a two-race win streak going. Not to be overlooked are Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi’s Rage M Ryan, (Ross Wolfenden), from the rail; Jim Behrendt’s Ice Scraper (Roger Plante); Irwin Samelman’s Delaware Hanover (Frank Milby) and Baron Racing’s EZ Noah (A.Davis) complete the lineup. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del.---- Baximum, who had been knocking for week's won last week's $20,000 Open Handicap trot beating Green Day and Cash On Delivery. All return for the Wednesday, Feb. 26 feature race at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Again Daryl Bier raced Baximum from off the pace for trainer Bobby Clark and owners Tina Clark and Joe Clark. The veteran trotter was last but three-wide at the three quarters before storming home a 1:54.4 winner. Walt Callam's Spunky Jack was racing second and made two missteps in the lane but was quickly returned to trotting by Roger Plante and still finished second. Corey Callahan hustled Mandabra, owned by C.A. Bonuccelli and Nick and Shaun Callahan, up to finish third. Mary Raymer's veteran Green Day has shown signs of returning to the form which enabled the 10-year-old to bank more than $1.3 million in his career. Vic Kirby will back in the driver's seat. David Miller's Cash On Delivery, teamed with Vince Copeland, appears to have returned to top form. Barbara Boese's Awsome Valley, driven by Tony Morgan, was not at his best a week ago, and starts from post 6 in the select field. A highly competitive $15,000 Winners-Over trot is the sub-feature, Chris Giaccio and driver Vic Kirby's Can Do steps up after an impressive win last Wednesday. Looking Hanover (Ron Pierce) another $1-million winner, is back in top form. I'm So Striking (Eddie Dennis) drew the rail for Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stables while Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta's Enrico AS (Allan Davis) drops down from the Open ranks in the eight-horse field. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del.----. Ashes Cash won the $20,000 Open trot over a track labeled "good' on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at Dover Downs. Ross Wolfenden drove Ashes Cash for trainer Leigh Raymer of the Tyler Raymer Stable to his second win in a row and third in his last three races chalking up a 1:55 score in the week's top trot. A career winner of 17 races in 32 starts, the Vito Cucci-owned Cash Hall-Ashameg four-year-old gelding won easily. Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) closed well and made a misstep in his final steps and finished second. Mandabra (Corey Callahan) took third money. Baximum finally made the winner's circle in his sixth 2014 start. The Cantab Hall-Bax Machine gelding, trained by Bobby Clark, had been close in recent races. After starting from the outside, Daryl Bier worked his way into challenging position and closed strongly to overtake front-trotting Looking Hanover (Ron Pierce) in the late going to notch a 1:54.4 triumph. Amiga Valley (Montrell Teague) finished third for the second straight start. After consecutive second-place finishes, Ideal Revenue made the winner's circle with a 1:56.4 victory with George Dennis in the bike. Trainer Jim Atkinson owns the Revenue S-New Ideal gelding with his wife Carol. Six Gun Hall (Allan Davis) was placed second and Jailhouse Juice (Toby Lynch) placed third after Picard (Callahan), who was second to the finish line, made a lapped-on break nearing the wire. The win was one of two for the Atkinsons. Their Brite Jet scored a 39-1 surprise with Allan Davis driving, to win a $6,000 Mares pace. . Trace Tetrick, Ron Pierce, Allan Davis, George Dennis, Corey Callahan and trainers Josh Green and Leigh Raymer of the Tyler Raymer Stable had two wins each. $27,000 Delaware Special at Dover Thursday Mustang Art and Feel Like A Fool, both second in last week starts, head the $27,500 Delaware Special on a strong program on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Since acquiring in 2012, Max Walton and Greg Papaleo’s Mustang Art and driver Ron Pierce has been successful racing in Delaware and Pennsylvania including two wins this season twice was second in this event in his last start.  Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool, a purchase last November at Harrisburg has been racing well for George Dennis and was second in last week’s edition. Jim Morand drove Dreamfair Kovu to a 17-1 upset last week while Brit Evans and Foulk Stable’s Full Of Sand, third last time leaves from the rail with Corey Callahan. Heavenly Way’s Jeremy’s Successor teamed with Sean Bier and Robin and Jay Breasure’s People Are Crazy, handled by Vic Kirby, complete the starting lineup. Lindwood Player (Callahan), owned by Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis, carries a two-straight win streak into the $17,500 4&&5-Year-Old Open pace. Jim Behrendt’s Ice Scraper (Roger Plante) has been impressive in his starts since arriving from Balmoral Park. Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi’s Rage M Ryan, (Ross Wolfenden) is program favorite. JL Benson’s Mr. Dennis (Ron Pierce) drew the rail. Irwin Samelman’s Delaware Hanover (Frank Milby) has won twice already this year, and Jeremes General (Allan Davis) racing for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta should benefit from a better starting post. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.---- Traverse Seelster continued his reputations at top trotter at the track chalking up his third $20,000 Open Trot/Handicap win in a row at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Corey Callahan had another four-win 'slam. With Callahan in the bike, Traverse Seelster took the lead at the opening quarter and led the rest of a 1:53.2 mile to keep his 2014 winning record, now at three straight. Trained by Josh Green for owner Keith Pippi, the Angus Hall-Tavelin Lavec six-year-old gelding fought off a mild attack from Jersey Boy (Trace Tetrick) on the backstretch on the way to his 24th career victory upping his lifetime earnings to $445,009. Green Day (Vic Kirby), a $1.3-million winner, was a strong second this week. Cash On Delivery (Vince Copeland), in only his second start of the New Year, came on to finish third. In one of two $15,000 Winners-Over trots, Walt Callam's Spunky Jack, reined by Roger Plante, ground-out a 1:55.1 victory for trainer Steve LeBlanc. It was his third triumph of the meet after finishing second in his previous two starts. Baximum (Daryl Bier) was a fast finishing second in front of Amiga Valley (Montrell Teague). A $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot went to Vito Cuccii's Ashes Cash, driven by Ross Wolfenden for trainer Leigh Raymer. The Cash Hall-Asameg gelding won easily besting Ideal Revenue (George Dennis) and Six Gun Hall (Allan Davis), second and third respectively. In the day's longest shot, Eddie Davis Jr. piloted 35-1 Benbar Stables' Cadillac Cruiser to a come-from-behind 1:55.1 lifetime best, for trainer Jon Nikodemski, to win the $12,000 conditioned trot. Musclelaneous (Callahan) came on for second in front of Can Do (Kirby). Driver Allan Davis picked up a win, his 998th of his career. Callahan drove four winners, Pierce had a driving triple while Leigh Raymer trained three wins. Ross Wolfenden won two races. Callahan and owner-trainer Dylan Davis teaming for two wins while Pierce and trainer Joe Skowyra hooked up for a double. Trainer Josh Green looks for an unprecedented Third Straight week sweep of the $30,000 Preferred, with Dancin Yankee, and $27,500 Delaware Special by All Stienam in the Wednesday co-feature paces. $30,000 Preferred Pace Thursday Back this week, a pair of Josh Green-trained pacers, Dancin Yankee and All Stienam, are the horses to beat in the $30,000 Preferred and $27,500 Delaware Special respectively on another top pacing program, Feb. 13 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Baron Racing’s Dancin Yankee won his fourth in a row and this week will be in the hands of Vic Kirby. Harry von Knoblauch’s Texican N and Ross Wolfenden finished second for the second-straight time. Special Forces, driven by Corey Callahan, had a tough overland trip but gets an inside post this week for owners William Robinson, Mike Mallett and Country Club Enterprises. The other contenders are Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta’s Adventure Bound handled by Ron Pierce, Trevor Stafford’s Bigtown Hero leaving from the rail with Art Stafford Jr. JJ&M Stable and Green Racing’s All Stienam (Trace Tetrick) seeks a second-straight $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo’s Mustang Art (Pierce) and Robin and Jay Breasure’s People Are Crazy (Kirby) finished second and third respectively. Brit Evans and Foulk Stable’s Full Of Sand (Corey Callahan) returns after sitting out a week after a win, Sunshine Superman, owned, trained and driven by Toby Lynch, should enjoy an inside post starting position as will Heavenly Way’s Jeremy’s Successor (Sean Bier). Completing the lineup are Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool (George Dennis) and Its That Time (Eddie Davis Jr.) from post 1. Three winners last time out – Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis’ Lindwood Player (Callahan), Reg Hazzard and Niel Gargiulo’s Peachys Pistol (Davis) and Jim Behrendt’s Ice Scraper (Roger Plante) – head the $18,000 Open pace, four $15,000 Winners-Over and two $25,000 Claiming paces are also on the card.   by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del.---- Modern Family disposed of five rivals en route to a 1:54.1 triumph in the $20,000 over a "good" track on Wednesday, Feb. 5 feature at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan had a driving four-bagger but the spotlight belonged to the USHWA 2013 Driver of the Year, Tim Tetrick, who returned to racing following his recent hip surgery and won two races on the program. Daryl Bier guided Modern Family into the lead at the quarter and led throughout the mile posting his 14 career victory in 39 starts and $283,822 in purses. Bier, Charles Dombeck and Rich Poillucci own the five-year-old Cantab Hall-Domestic Diva horse. Allan Davis driving Enrico AS closed quickly on the outside to take second while veteran Green Day and Vic Kirby hustled along the passing lane for a close-up third. Trace Tetrick drove two winners and his second came in the $15,000 Winners-Over trot behind Jersey Boy, a Yankee Glide-Atlanta Games gelding, a 1:56.2 winner. Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) came within a head of the winner to finish second. Baximum (Bier) closed for third. Powerful Charger (Tim Tetrick) was fourth. Jersey Boy is trained by Ed Gannon for Dom Costanzo, Yannick Gingras and Dawn Gannon. It was his first win of 2014 in four starts. 11-1 Amiga Valley got up for Montrell Teague's second winning drive. Trained by Brian Wessells for Mike Mammes, the Amigo Hall-Crysta's Chip mare closed along the passing lane to edge Royal Malinda (Ross Wolfenden) in 1:56 to win a $12,500 conditioned trot. Looking Hanover (Ron Pierce) was the show horses. After driving Haulin Laser to third-place in a $9,000 trot won by brother Trace, after Tim Tetrick reined Powerful Charger to a fourth, Tetrick said, "I was a little rusty, but it won't take long to get back. Tim last raced in December before hip surgery. $30,000 feature Thursday A pair of Josh Green-trained pacers, Dancin Yankee and All Stienam. lead the $30,000 Preferred/Handicap and $27,500 Delaware Special headline events on another strong program, Feb. 6 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Last Thursday, Dancin Yankee and Chris Page stepped up to win the week’s top pace, his third winner in a row for Baron Racing. Starting from post 8, William Robinson, Mike Mallett and Country Club Enterprises’ Special Forces became the first sub 1:50 winner of the year a week in January will be driven by the sport and meet’s leading driver Corey Callahan. Harry von Knoblauch’s Texican N finished second for Ross Wolfenden while Special Forces had to settle for third after a long overland journey. Adventure Bound, driven by Ron Pierce for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, has been close all meet long but hasn’t registered a feature-race win since early December. Howard Taylor’s recently acquired GD Airliner has a win, second and a third in his last three outings. Jonathan Roberts will drive him from the rail with JLRL’s Rock On Moe, handled by George Dennis, alongside. Completing the lineup are Ken Duffy, Mystical Marker Farms, Shim and Paymaq racing’s A Cool Card with Trace Tetrick and Trevor Stafford’s Bigtown Hero and Art Stafford Jr. A pair of recent $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap winners, Heavenly Way’s Jeremy’s Successor (Daryl Bier) and Sunshine Superman, owned, trained and driven by Toby Lynch, leave from outside posts in the co-feature. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo’s Mustang Art (Ron Pierce) gets a better post this week. The program favorite is J,J&M Stable and Green Racing’s All Stienam (Chris Page), a second-place finisher last week after two consecutive Open wins. The rest of the competitive field is made up by Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool (George Dennis), Robin and Jay Breasure’s People Are Crazy (Vic Kirby), and Ed Gannon’s Artists Rally (Trace Tetrick). Ken Wood and Minisink Farms’ Just Bettor, last week’s winner, lead nine to post in the $18,000 Open, four $15,000 Winners-Over and two $25,000 Claiming paces are also on the 15-race program.  by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs    

DOVER, Del.----Traverse Seelster had to take the long route on the way to his second straight $20,000 Open/Handicap trot win on a chilly Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan pulled Traverse Seelster to the outside in front of the grandstand and steadily moved on the outside chasing the leader, Modern Family and Daryl Bier, who had a big lead heading to the final turn. Callahan was able to duck in second for a short stretch before coming out to challenge Modern Family in a stretch duel which resulted in Traverse Seelster getting up to win by half-a-length in 1:53. Keith Pippi owns the Ontario-bred Angus Hall-Tavelin Lavec gelding who won for the 23rd time in his career while building up $435,009 bankroll. Modern Family held on for second. Awsome Valley and Tony Morgan closed well to finish third. In a $15,500 Winners-Over trot, Backstreet Hanover made his first appearance at the track a winning one. Eric Carlson drove the Allan Johnson-trained six-year-old Andover Hall-Bye Bye Kerry mare to an impressive 1:54.1 triumph. The win for the David Hamm-owned lass was her third in the last four trips and fourth in her last six starts. A 16-race winner, Backstreet Hanover has now won $290,950 lifetime. Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) was the show finisher. Pounce Hanover game driver Vic Kirby his fourth victory scoring a 1:54 victory in a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. Kirby also trains the winner for ownership partners Mike Hill and Chris Giaccio. Ideal Revenue (Mike Rossi) closed strongly for second in front of Ashes Cash (Wolfenden). Since the four-year-old altered son of Majestic Son-Playwood Donerail, Pouncer Hanover has come into the Kirby Stable; he has three wins and three seconds in six races. Former Dover Downs champion Tim Tetrick celebrated getting an OK from his doctor to return driving by watching Line Item, a trotter he owns with trainer Jim King, make the winner's circle in an $11,500 4&5-Year-Old trot after a 1:56 victory. Vic Kirby led all drivers with four wins, Corey Callahan, Ross Wolfenden, owner-trainer Joe Hundertfund had three winners. Trainer Leigh Raymer had a double. Special Forces returns in $30,000 Pace Special Forces beat Rock On Moe by a nose to win last week’s $30,000 Preferred/Handicap pace. They return Thursday along with Nova Artist and Dancin Yankee in the feature. Sunshine Superman and All Stienam are fresh from wins last time and meet in the $27,500 Delaware Special on another top card, on Jan 30 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. The sport’s 2014 leading driver Corey Callahan will again drive Special Forces for William Robinson, Mike Mallett and Country Club Enterprises who became the first sub 1:50 winner of the year a week ago. JLRL’s Rock On Moe, with George Dennis, overlooked at 17-1 closed to within a nose of victory, while local favorite Nova Artist, is a five-time winner this meet driven by Allan Davis for owners Eddie and Kathy Davis. The rest of the highly competitive field is made up of Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta’s Adventure Bound and driver Ron Pierce, who must overcome starting from outside post 8, Harry von Knoblauch’s Texican N teamed with Ross Wolfenden. A Cool Card, handled by Trace Tetrick, leaves from the rail for owners Ken Duffy, Shim Racing, Paymaq Racing and Mystical Marker Farms with Trevor Stafford’s Bigtown Hero and Art Stafford, alongside. Sunshine Superman, owned, trained and driven by Toby Lynch returns after a powerful wire-to-wire win last week in the $28,500 Delaware Special. J,J&M Stable and Green Racing’s All Stienam (Chris Page) steps up after consecutive Open pace wins, while Full Of Sand (Callahan) racing for Brit Evans and Foulk Stables, from post 1 and Robin and Jay Breasure’s People  Are Crazy (Pierce), directly behind in post 9, second tier, were both second-place finishers in their last outings. The rest of the field is: Heavenly Way’s Jeremy’s Successor (Trace Tetrick), Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool (George Dennis), Max Walton and Greg Papaleo’s Mustang Art (Ron Pierce) and Legacy Racing and Reg Hazzard’s Papa Ray (Ross Wolfenden). A strong undercard features an $18,000 Open, three $15,000 Winners-Over and a $25,000-$30,000 Claiming Handicap pace on the 15-race program. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del.---- Following cancelation of Tuesday's card due to snow, Traverse Seelster takes on seven rivals in the $20,000 Open Handicap trot on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Keith Pippi's Traverse Seelster set a track record for an older gelding trotter of 1:51.2 last season and last week led off his 2014 season with a near 1:53.1 victory, driven by Corey Callahan in the feature trot of the week. who set a track record for a gelding last season, Barbara Boese's Awsome Valley, with Tony Morgan, stalked the winner from the start and remained second with another former regular Modern Family, co-owned, trained and driven by Daryl Bier with Charley Dombeck and Rich Pollucci, third and Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Ianquinta Enrico AS teamed with Allan Davis, fourth. The rest of the competitive field Nick and Shaun Callahan and C.A. Bonuccelli's Mandarbra, driven by Corey Callahan, Diane Giuliano's Lovely Vacation, fresh from victory last Wednesday guided by Ron Pierce; E&K Stable and Lois & Earl Walters' fast finishing I'm So Striking and Eddie Dennis, gets a big change in starting position starting from post 2 while Jersey Boy, piloted by Trace Tetrick, dew the rail. Mary Raymer's $1-million winning veteran Green Day completed the lineup driven by Vic Kirby. Major Herby (Corey Callahan) looks for a repeat stepping up to the sub-feature $15,000 Winners-Over Handicap trot. Tina Clark and Joe Clark's Baximum (Daryl Bier), Chris Giaccio and driver Vic Kirby's Can Do and hard-hitting Looking Hanover (Trace Tetrick) returns to the track after a month's respite by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.--- For the second straight week, Nova Artist recreated a 1:50.4 victory to win the $30,000 Preferred pace while Jeremy's Successor step up for a second consecutive victory taking the $27,500 Delaware Special, the top two races on a powerful Thursday, Jan. 16 program. Allan Davis put Nova Artist into high gear in the stretch and the Real Artist-Avon Lady overwhelmed five foes for a 1:50.2 triumph in the week's top pace. The Delaware Valley's all-time leading driver, Eddie Davis, now retired from driving for the most part, trains and owns Nova Artist with his wife Kathy. The win was the 32nd in his career for the 7-year-old who now has banked $798,167 lifetime. Ultra consistent Adventure Bound closed with Ron Pierce to finish second. Texican N and Ross Wolfenden closed with a rush for third. The win was the fifth top-class event won by Nova Artist, a former Dover Downs Horse of the Meet. Jeremy's Successor made good use of starting from post 1, as Trace Tetrick was content to sit behind front-pacing Sunshine Superman (Toby Lynch) and race -favorite Mustang Art (Ron Pierce) battling head-to-head for much of the race. Tetrick then pulled out in the stretch to overtake the leaders en route to a 1:51.4 victory in the $27,500 Del. Special. It was the 10-year-old Mach Three-Gentle Audrey gelding's third win in his last four outings. Jeremy's Successor is trained by Crissy Bier for Heavenly Ways stable. Sunshine Superman put in a gritty showing to finish second in front of fast finishing Papa Ray (Ross Wolfenden), third. GD Airliner, a recent addition for owner Howard Taylor, moved strongly after the half to challenge leader Summer Camp (Chris Page) and go on for a 1:51.2 score in the $20,000 Male Winners-Over pace. Meet leading driver Corey Callahan was in the bike behind the Dylan Davis-conditioned Panspaciflight-MacKenzie Beth gelding. Believe This Bob (Montrell Teague) closed to take second in front of Summer Camp. Baron Racing and VIP Internet stable's All Stienam also won for the second-straight time scoring a 1:51.4 win in a $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open pace to give trainer his second win of the day. Chris Page drove the Tell Me-Odds On Stienam gelding to his third victory in his last five starts. Lindwood Player (Corey Callahan) and Just Bettor (Trace Tetrick) were second and third respectively. Bobby Glassmeyer's Partner won a $15,000 Male 4&5-Year Old Winners-Over pace in 1:54.3 with Jonathan Roberts handling the controls. CC Heet Seeker closed out the card with a 1:51.3 decision for trainer-driver Daryl Bier who owns the Nuclear Breeze Sunrise Ridge gelding with Charley Dombeck, Rich Pollucci and Mc Trade Entertainment. Corey Callahan drove Gary Ewing's ad Man Sam to a 1:52.1 victory in a $25,000-$30,000 Claiming Handicap. Callahan had a four-bagger for the second consecutive night. Allan Davis collected three winners while Trace Tetrick won two. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del.--- Traverse Seelster made his first start in a month a winning one taking the $20,000 Open trot in 1:53.1 Lovely Vacation turned in a 1:55.4 succcess in the $15,000 Winners-Over sub-feature trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Corey Callahan and Ron Pierce drove four winners each. Meet leading, and currently the sport's leading driver in 2014, Corey Callahan guided Traverse Seelster into the lead early and led seven rivals home in 1:53.1. The holder of the track record for an older trotter notched his 22 lifetime win earning $425,009 in purses. Awsome Valley, who had been racing on-the-lead with Tony Morgan in recent starts, closed along the passing lane from third to finish second. Modern Family and Daryl Bier challenged for the lead but had to accept third. Keith Pippi owns Traverse Seelster, an Angus Hall-Travelin Lavec gelding, trained by Josh Green. Lovely Vacation and Ron Pierce started from post 1 and controlled the action scoring a 1:55.4 wire-to-wire victory in the $15,000 Winners-Over Handicap trot. Nick Surick conditions the Majestic Son-Short Vacation five-year-old mare, the only female in the event, for owner Diane Giuliano. Can Do (Vic Kirby) closed well for second-place honors with I'm So Striking (Eddie Dennis), who had a two-race win streak halted, finishing third. Jailhouse Juice streaked down the lane to overtake Pounce Hanover (Vic Kirby), to win the $14,500 4&5-Year-Old trot in a career fastest 1:54.4. Trained and driven by Toby Lynch, owns the Jailhouse Jesse-Wine Chip gelding with his son Jason Lynch. Amiga Valley (Montrell Teague) picked up third money. Both Corey Callahan and Ron Pierce scored a 'grand slam' driving four winners apiece. A $30,000 Preferred, $27,500 Delaware Special and a $17,500 Open pace tops a strong Thursday card. by Marv Bachrad fo Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del. --- Hot Roddy, a standout in the 2013 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund events, leads a field of nine in the $20,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming pace, the Tuesday, Jan. 14 feature, at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. A six-time winner of $125,341 last year and $259,176 at two and three, Hot Roddy was a neck away from victory last week finishing third. Allan Davis will drive for trainer Phil Goldwater and owners Daryl Bier and J&T Silva Stables. Tina Clark's Jingle Bell Rocker, with Corey Callahan, and The Onlyest One, driven by George Dennis for Frieda Ivory and Ken Mitchell, Both move from conditioned ranks to race for a price tag. Frank Milby will pilot Eric Ell's Eastwood Blue Chip. The other starters include K&R Racing and George Teague's Here Is The Future handled by Montrell Teague, Freddy Darby's Terror On My Side with Jonathan Roberts, Shiftin To Cruz and Allan Davis racing for Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing, Dot Morgan's Singing Saint from the rail with Tony Morgan with Lauren Allen's Motley Fool and Vic Kirby, alongside. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs    

DOVER, Del --- Nova Artist won the $30,000 Preferred, 6-1 Sunshine Superman, the $27,500 Delaware Special and another 6-1 shot, All Steinam, in the $17,500 Open pace score at Dover Downs on Thursday, Jan. 9. For the fourth time this meet, Nova Artist reigned supreme in a top Thursday feature race. The pride of former Delaware champion Eddie Davis, now a trainer, and his wife, Kathy, was strongest in a :27.3 stretch charge to score a 1:50.2 victory in the $30,000 Preferred/Open Handicap pace. Allan Davis drove the Real Artist-Avon Lady horse to his 31st career victory earning $788,167. EZ Noah, racing third from the start, scooted down the passing lane for Vic Kirby, to edge front-pacing Adventure Bound and Ron Pierce for third. Sunshine Superman zipped away from the starting gate to assume the lead and despite a challenge from Papa Ray (Pierce) on the backstretch, collected a 1:51.1 victory in the $27,500 Del. Special. Owned, trained and driven by Toby Lynch, the Rocknroll Hanover-Carolina Sunshine gelding won for the first time this meet but 19th lifetime and the 7-year-old has won $281,388. Feel Like A Fool (George Dennis) streaked down the passing lane to finish second. Simon's Artist (Vic Kirby), an early leader, was the show horse. All Steinam, fifth in mid-stretch, got out and flew past the leaders for a 1:51.1 triumph in the $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open. Vic Kirby steered the Tell All-Odds On Stienam gelding to victory in his first local appearance for trainer Josh Green and owners Baron Racing and VIP Internet Stable. Mr. Dennis (Pierce) was also in the tight finish for second place nipping Bandolito (Daryl Bier). Ron Pierce piloted Beavercreek Artist to victory in 1:52.4 to win a $15,000 Male Winners-Over pace. It was the second win in-a-row for the Artiscape-Spring Chick gelding, trained by Eric Ell for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. Summer Camp (Chris Page) stormed down the stretch to finish second. Valentino (Trace Tetrick) was third. A co-fastest race on the card was a 1:50.2 success for classy Jeremy's Successor, in a $12,500 Male pace. Handled by Ron Pierce, the Mach Three-Gentle Audrey 10-year-old, conditioned by Crissy Bier, held off Dreamfair Kovu (Jim Morand) and Main A Dieu Too (Corey Callahan). Allan Davis and Ron Pierce racked up three driving wins each, Vic Kirby doubled. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

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