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Soho Burning Love A storms home and wins the Mares Open/Select Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday Night. Machnhope and Shes Pukka N used their early foot to their advantage when  Soho Burning Love A took back to last.  Due to the scratch of Anytime N the harness racing field remained with seven starters. Machnhope and Andrew McCarthy reversed race strategy by leaving off the gate and cutting the mile.  Shes Pukka N. also left at the start of the race but settled in the pocket.  Machnhope set fractions of 26.3 for the quarter.  Andrew McCarthy then backed off the half to 55.4.  A 29.1 quarter. Soho Burning Love A  and Tim Tetrick moved off the rail past the half and grinded coverless on the rim in pursuit of the pace setter Machnhope. The pair reached the three quarters in 1:23.2 At the top of the lane Soho Burning Love A was asked for more and she responded. Soho Burning Love A, the 1/ 2 betting favorite, won by a measured neck in 1:50.3.  She paced an individual last half mile in 53.3 and a last quarter in 26.4. Soho Burning Love A is sired by Auckland Reactor N and is owned by Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King.  Jim King Jr. trained and Tim Tetrick drove. Machnhope raced gamely only to finish second for trainer Noel Daley and driver Andrew McCarthy. Shes Pukka N raced in the pocket and finished third for her trainer Brian Malone. Tony Morgan drove. Tim Tetrick and Dexter Dunn each won 3 races, apiece, on the betting card.    A $2,347 Pick 5 carryover, will be added to Thursday night’s guaranteed $10,000 Pick 5 wager. The Pick 5 begins on the 9th race with an estimated post of 7pm for the wager. There is a fifty cent minimum wager.  Thursday nights post time at Dover Downs is 4:30 pm Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs

Columbus, OH -- Dover Downs will continue to offer its low 15% takeout Pick-5 on Thursday (Jan. 28) beginning in race 9.   The 50-cent Pick-5 guarantee is offered in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program and features a carryover of $2,347.92.   Past performances for the 15% Pick-5 can be found here. (https://www.trackmaster.com/freeContent/usta/freeContentFiles/hpl/ddx0128x.pdf)   Dover Downs first post on Thursday is 4:30 p.m.     Michael Carter

Tiger Thompson N roars home and wins the Open pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. Tiger Thompson N and Goldberg left quickest off the gate.  Goldberg led the field through an opening quarter in 26 seconds flat. Dexter Dunn sensed the pace was pedestrian,  pulled the pocket with Tiger Thompson N in front of the stands. The half was reached in 55 seconds flat. The quarter was a routine 28.4. The action picked up as Itsrockandroll A paced first over past the five eighths. Corey Callahan was able to entice Tyga Hanover  and Yannick Gingras, off the rail and found cover, second over on the rim.. Tiger Thompson N  maintained a length lead and reached the three quarters in 1:22.2.  That quarter was paced up in 27.2. At the top of the stretch, Yannick Gingris ducked to the rail with Tyga Hanover saving his mount for a late surge. In the lane, a thrilling stretch duel between both horses ensued. At the finish line, Tiger Thompson N ruled supreme, and won by a neck in 1:50 flat. Tiger Thompson N ( Big Jim) is owned by Nanticoke Racing, Josh Parker  S. Messick and Prestige Stable.  Josh Parker trained and Dexter Dunn was the driver. Tiger Thompson N,  the race favorite, was sent off at odds of 2/1. Tyga Hanover finished second for trainer Andrew Harris and driver Yannick Gingras. Itsrockandroll A was trained by Dylan Davis.  Corey Callahan was the driver Racing resumes on Monday at Dover Downs.  Post Time is 4:30 pm      Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs

Marloe Hanover wires the field in the Mares Open/Select pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday (Jan.20) night. Marloe Hanover was launched from post eight by harness racing driver Andrew McCarthy at the start of the race. She was parked to the quarter in :26.3 by a headstrong Shes Pukk N and Tony Morgan. Marloe Hanover led the field to the half in :55.1. Dexter Dunn hustled Any Time N to the outside from fifth and raced coverless down the backstretch in pursuit of the leader. Marloe Hanover reached the three quarters in 1:23.3. In the stretch, Marloe Hanover N dug to win by a diminishing half length in 1:51.1 and paced the final quarter in :27.3. Marloe Hanover (Captaintrecherous) the 4/5 race favorite, is owned by Let It Ride Stables Inc. Nifty Norman trains and Andrew McCarthy drove. Shes Pukka N secured the pocket and finished second for trainer Brian Malone and driver Tony Morgan. Anytime N raced a grueling first over trip and finished third. Josh Green trains and Dexter Dunn drove. Dexter Dunn and Tim Tetrick each won three races on the card. On Thursday (Jan.21) Dover Downs will offer a $10,000 guaranteed Pick-5 with a 15% takeout.The Pick-5 begins with the 10th race and concludes on the 14th race. The post time for Dover Downs is 4:30 p.m.     Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs

Pat Matters dominates the Open Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. At the start of the race, Warrior One and Scirocco Rob left for  early race position nearing the quarter.  Pat Matters and Andrew McCarthy settled in third at the start then launched a quick brush and took control of the race. The quarter was reached in a rapid 27.1.  Pat Matters and Andrew McCarthty continued unchallenged and trotted to the half in 55.4. Scirocco Rob and Tim Tetrick pulled off the rail from third and went into attack mode.  The three quarters were reached in 1:23.4.  The quarter was trotted in 28 seconds flat.   At the top of the stretch,  Pat Matters appeared to taunt her male harness racing counterparts and left them in her dust.   Pat Matters won in 1:51.4 with a last quarter in 28 seconds flat and a last half in 56 seconds. She won by a convincing, two lengths and paid $8.40 to win. Pat Matters was able to avenge her fourth place finish from last week. When asked, driver Andrew McCarthy stated “ last week I was unkind to her and roughed her up a bit. I wanted to sit behind JL Cruze last week but he was not good.  This week I was easier on her and she responded”. Pat Matters ( Explosive Matter) is owned by Patricia Stable.  Nifty Norman is her trainer. Warrior One, sat the pocket for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras. They finished second. Scirocco Rob, the race favorite, was third.  Mark Silva is the trainer and Tim Tetrick, the driver. On Thursday,  Dover Downs will offer a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 5 wager, with a 15% take out. Racing resumes on Wednesday with a 4:30 pm post time.     Alex Kraszewski

Itsrockandroll A storm's home to harness racing victory and wins the Open Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. US Captain and Tiger Thompson N traded leads going to the quarter pole. Dexter Dunn won that early battle and retained the lead. The quarter was reached in 27.1.  The half was reached uncontested in 55.2. At the five eighths marker,  Itrockandroll A and Corey Callahan pulled off the rail from fifth and inched their way 1st over, down the backside. Tiger Thompson N was challenged to the three quarters in 1:22.4,  pacing a quarter in 27.2 Soho Burning Love A, who  was competing against the boys for the first time, shadowed Itsrockandroll A on the outside.   Corey Callahan was able to keep Soho Burning Love A at bay on the rim and zeroed in on Tiger Thompson N in the deep stretch.  Itsrockandroll A won by a nose in 1:50.2 and paid $7. Itsrockandroll A ( A Rocknroll Dance)  is owned by Michael Casalino Jr. and Dylan Davis.  Dylan Davis trained and Corey Callahan drove a masterful race. Tiger Thompson N finished second and raced gallantly for trainer Joshua Parker.  Dexter Dunn was the chauffier. Soho Burning Love A ,  the three to five race favorite, was a fast closing third, for trainer Jim King Jr. and driver Tim Tetrick. Sadly, Joe Wehausen, the owner of Sandy’s Bolt who finished 6th in the race, passed away suddenly last week.  Our condolences to his family. Racing resumes at Dover Downs on Monday post time is 4:30 pm.   Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs  

Moments of Joy is victorious in the Mares Select Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Moments of Joy benefitted from a textbook, perfect harness racing drive by Victor Kirby, and won the Mares Select Pace at Dover Downs. Moments Of Joy and My Last Bet left alertly for early race position at the quarter. My Last Bet and Montrell Teague Jr. rushed back to the top as Moments Of Joy accepted the pocket. My Last Bet, broke the beam, at the quarter in 26.4.  She continued on the lead to the half in 55.3. Edge Of Eternity moved 1st over, past the half, and pressured My Last Bet through the three quarters in 1:23.4.  They matched strides pacing that quarter in 28.1. In the stretch, Victor Kirby and Moments Of Joy saved every inch of ground on the rail, and won by three quarters of length in 1:52.4  Moments of Joy returned $9 for the win. Moments Of Joy (Western Terror) is owned and trained by Bryan Truitt. Victory Kirby drove. Edge Of Eternity, eventually, wore down pacesetter My Last Bet and finished second for trainer Chuck Crissman Jr. and driver Corey Callahan. Scuola Hanover finished a fast closing third.  Andrew Stafford was the trainer.  Art Stafford Jr. was the driver. Racing continues on Thursday as Soho Burning Love A, takes on the boys, in the 12th race Open Pace.  Post Time at Dover Downs is 4:30 pm.     Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs

Jack Vernon upsets,  in the Open Handicap Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. With the scratches of Eye OfA Tiger As and Scirocco Rob, the open trot was relegated to a harness racing field of six quality trotters. There was a 3 horse scramble for the early lead.  Warrior One, Pat Matters and JL Cruze all left in a line, for the early lead. JL Cruze muscled his way to the top. Pat Matters, the even odds race favorite, accepted the pocket and Warrior One dropped into the three hole at the quarter. JL Cruze led the field to a hard fought quarter in 26.4.  Then raced uncontested on the lead, through a 55.1 half. Jack Vernon and Corey Callahan picked up a second over trip as Warrior One attacked 1st up nearing the three quarter pole.  The three quarters were trotted in 1:24 as JL Cruze,  the leader, became leg weary and started to fade. Midway in the stretch,  Jack Vernon was able to storm past Warrior One and won by three quarters of a length in 1:53.  Jack Vernon was sent off at odds of 5-1   Jack Vernon (Muscle Hill) is owned by Howard Taylor and Michael Casalino Jr.  Dylan Davis trained and Corey Callahan drove. Warrior One, finished second for trainer Ron Burke.  Yanick Gingras drove All Champy was third for trainer Sofia Zingale. Ross Wolfenden was the driver. Pat Matters, the even odds favorite was fourth. JL Cruze finished sixth Corey Callahan won four races on the card. There is a $28,600 pic 5 carry over for tomorrow’s races.   The pic 5 is a fifty cent minimum bet and is wagered on the last five races. Racing continues Wednesday at Dover Downs post time is 4:30 pm..   Alex Kraszewski

Shes Pukka N dominates the Select Fillies and Mares at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Tony Morgan left alertly off the harness racing gate with Shes Pukka N and took no prisoners as he parked VH Princess Brea for half a mile. Shes Pukka N set fractions of 27 54.4 123:3 and a winning time of 1:52 flat. Nearing the three quarter pole, Anytime N and Rockn Philly circled three wide as VH Princess Brea tired.  But their attempts were in vain.. Shes Pukka N remained stubborn in the stretch and won convincingly, by two and a quarter lengths in 1:52 flat.  She was sent off at odds of 7/2. Shes Pukka N ( Betterthancheddar) is owned by Peter Paul Venturini. Brian Malone trained and Tony Morgan drove. Edge Of Eternity sat the pocket and finished 2nd.  Chuck Crissman Jr. trained and Art Stafford Jr drove. Three year old Feeling Sweet, finished 3rd for trainer Joseph Columbo.  Mike Cole was in the bike. There will be live harness racing at Dover Downs on Thursday night ( New Year’s Eve).  Post time is at 4:30 pm.   Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs  

Let It Ride N impressive, in taking the harness racing Preferred Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. Highalator left alertly from the gate and was allowed to cut the mile. The fractions were 26.4 54.4 1:21.4. The one to five race favorite,  Let It Ride N settled in the fifth position at the quarter pole.   At the half, driver Dexter Dunn revved up Let It Ride N. They swiftly met the pace setter Highalator at the three quarter pole.  They paced the quarter in 27 seconds flat.  At the top of the lane, Let It Ride N went into another gear and won, under wraps in 1:49 amid freezing temperatures. Let It Ride N ( Rock and Roll Heaven) is owned by Enzed Racing Stable Inc. and is trained  by Nifty Norman.  Dexter Dunn drove.   After the race a beaming Nifty Norman stated “ He’s a smart animal who doesn’t hurt himself, Dexter never asked him tonight”  “ He can race on any size track”  Let It Ride N paced a last half in 53 seconds and a last quarter in 27.1 Highalator finished 2nd for trainer Jenny Bier and driver Rick Still. Itsrockandroll A  was third for trainer Dylan Davis and driver Corey Callahan. Dover Downs takes a Christmas break and returns to racing on December 28.   Merry Christmas everyone     Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs

The trotting colts and geldings led off with Air Time(Dusty Winner-I Concur), one of a 3 horse entry of homebreds for owner/breeder Jane Dunavant and trainer Carlo Poliseno. Driven by Art Stafford, Jr. equaling his lifetime harness racing record of 1:56.4. He is also the winner of the Va Bred program and increased his 2020 earnings to $144,987 in winning by 4 ¼ lengths. Touch Of White finished second followed by Chauffeur in show. The trotting ladies were all the 1-9 favorite, Emmy’s Mayflower (Anders Bluestone-Stirling Charisma) winning in 1:55.4 by 9 lengths in a new stakes record for driver, Russell Foster and his Uncle Eric who is the breeder,owner,and trainer.This was the 5th win in seven starts bringing her bank account for the year up to $97,700. Dabigspooky Bootah was second followed by Katies Blu Diamond in third. Emmy’s Mayflower The pacing girls went to the bettor’s second choice, Sweet Lil (Art Director-Blissful Lil) in 1:54.3 for driver Tony Morgan and trainer, Jason Skinner. Owned by George S. Minner of Harrington and bred by Josephine Vincent it was a sweet win as the filly was unraced at two. Betting favorite, Spinferno was second followed by Foolish Wisdom in third. The favorite in the pacing colts and geldings, Apple Valley Art (Artzina-Shake Away) didn’t disappoint and the Harrington final winner won by two lengths with a swift last half in 1:54 for the meet’s leading driver, Tim Tetrick and trainer, Jim King, Jr. Owned and bred by Jim’s wife, JoAnn Looney-King. It was the 6th win of the year putting his earnings at $145,640. American Nitro was second followed by Leonard’s Legacy for show. Apple Valley Art On a different note, one of the stellar performers in the Breeders’ Fund program, Apple Bottom Jeans(Mr Apples-Scylla Hanover)was retired to the broodmare ranks in a ceremony after leading the post parade for the 8th race. She ends her career with over a million dollars and a record of 1:50.1m at five. She is the fifth leading money earner of all DSBF pacers. Bred by Kevin Switzer’s KDK Standardbreds and sold to owners Howard Taylor, Robert Cooper, Ed Gold, and the late Tom Lazzaro she was trained by Dylan Davis and cared for by LuAnn Marsh. She has a date in the court of Papi Rob Hanover. Happy Holidays and see you in June of 2021!     Judy Davis-Wilson Executive Director Delaware Standardbred Breeders' Fund

Jack Vernon scores back to back harness racing victories in the Select trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Jack Vernon and Whimzical Chapter left alertly at the start of the race.  Jack Vernon was parked to the quarter before eventually, clearing for the lead.   Jack Vernon, the four to five race favorite, set fractions of 27.3 56.2.   Northern Express, angled off the rail from 3rd and trotted 1st up past the half.  The three quarters were reached in 1:24.3. A 28.1 third quarter.   Jack Vernon, at the top of the stretch, inched away from a frustrated Northern Express and won by three quarters of a length in 1:52.3. It was a lifetime mark for the Muscle Hill sired, seven year old. Jack Vernon is owned by Howard Taylor and Michael Casalino Jr. Dylan Davis trained and Corey Callahan was the driver. Northern Express finished a gallant second and was driven by Russell Foster.  His father Arty Foster Jr. is the trainer. Magic MVP picked up the show spot for trainer Traci Berry.  Pat Berry drove. On Thursday night there will be four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Fund race finals. Dover Downs will conclude, live harness racing on December 18th and return from Christmas break on Monday December 28. Post Time is 4:30 pm.    Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs

A friendly reminder to trainers, that the deadline for the Delaware Valley Chapter of the United States Harness Writers’ Association’s (USHWA) inaugural caretaker award is fast approaching. Nominations are now being accepted via email at devalleyushwa@gmail.com.  The award, sponsored by the DE Valley Chapter USHWA, is designed to recognize a caretaker/groom who works primarily in Delaware, Maryland, or Virginia for a trainer in good standing. He/she must have a current Delaware, Maryland or Virginia groom's license and can not currently be training horses. ​To nominate a caretaker/groom for this award, trainers need to write a detailed letter (300 words or less) explaining why a caretaker/groom from your stable deserves to be Caretaker of the Year. Please include the groom’s name, address, phone number, along with your name, address, and phone number.​ ​Caretakers/grooms are often the unsung heroes of the sport and this award memorializes their dedication. The deadline for nominations is December 30, 2020.    The winner will receive a $200 award courtesy of the Delaware Valley Chapter of USHWA.   Matt Sparacino

Two divisions of pacing geldings highlighted the Thursday harness racing card at $20K each. First half of the daily double went to All About Lynx (Southwind Lynx-All About Tonight) and driver Montrell Teague in a repeat of last week. Time for the mile was 153.4. Trained by Clyde Francis and owned and bred  by George Teague, Jr.,Inc. and K&R Racing LLC. Second was Bookin followed by Undercovershamrock. Division two was won by Harrington final winner, Apple Valley Art (Artzina-Shake Away) in a new lifetime record of 1:52.4 for meet leading driver, Tim Tetrick and meet leading trainer, Jim King, Jr. Owned and bred by Jim’s wife, Jo Ann Looney-King. Second was Elite Retreat followed by Leonard’s Legacy. The top 8 point getters return for a $100K final on the last day of racing before the Christmas break, Thursday, December 17th. All About Lynx, Apple Valley Art, American Nitro, Elite Retreat, Bookin, Leonard’s Legacy, Undercovershamrock, and Aidan.   Judy Davis-Wilson Executive Director Delaware Standardbred Breeders' Fund

Soho Burning Love A cruises to harness racing victory in the Fillies and Mares Open pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night.   Driver Tim Tetrick changed driving tactics from last week, instead of leaving off the gate he decided to race from off the pace. Tetrick, as usual, made the right choice.   Stonebridge Soul left alertly as the other competitors took back off the gate. The field remained in single file until the half. Stonebridge Soul was allowed to cut fractions of 26.2 and 55.3 for the half. Machnhope pulled first over past the half and the field was double tiered. Soho Burning Love A drafted perfectly second over behind Machnhope. Stonebridge Soul led the field to the three quarters in 1:23.1 pacing the third quarter in 27.3.   At the top of the stretch Soho Burning Love A left her cover and attacked three wide into the stretch. Soho Burning Love A surged to win by one and a quarter lengths in 1:50.3 as the three to five race favorite. Soho Burning Love A ( Auckland Reactor N) is owned by Richard Poillucci and Joanne Looney-King. Jim King Jr. is her trainer and Tim Tetrick drove. Machnhope was second for trainer Noel Dailey and driver Andrew McCarthy. Marloe Hanover picked up the show spot. She is trained by R.Nifty Norman. Victor Kirby drove   Tim Tetrick picked up a four bagger on the night with four wins.   Post Time for Dover Downs is 4:30 pm.     Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs

Late Mail N delivers a victory in the feature race at Dover Downs on Thursday night Late Mail N left alertly along with Calvin K at the start of the race.   Tim Tetrick landed in the pocket as Calvin K. cut fractions of 27.2  56 1:23.2.  Robbie Burns N and driver Pat Berry mounted a first over charge.   Slick Tony, the four to five race favorite, shadowed second over but was forced three wide when Robbie Burns N started to tire. In the stretch, Tim Tetrick eased Late Mail N to the outside from the pocket, and confidently won by a half length in 1:51.  Late Mail N ( Bettor’s Delight ) is owned by David Hamm and paid $10 to win.  Chuck Crissman Jr. trained and Tim Tetrick drove. Tetrick picked up his fifth win on the night.   Sweet Sun Daze was second for trainer Arty Foster Jr.  Arty’s son Russell Foster was the driver. Slick Tony tired in the stretch, and finished third for trainer George Leager.  Montrell Teague was the driver. Montrell Teague had four wins on the card. Post Time at Dover Downs is 4:30 pm.   Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs

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