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HARRINGTON, Del. - With just five weeks remaining in the 71st season of live harness racing at Harrington Raceway, one of the most exciting weeks of the season is the upcoming week that includes the 11th Annual $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial and the first leg of action for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-olds. Kicking off Monday September 18, the Quillen Memorial is the marquee event of the season at Harrington, featuring some of racing's top pacers. The race is named in honor of the late Quillen who passed away 13 years to the day of this year's event. Quillen was a long-time Delaware legislator and board member of Harrington Raceway and the Delaware State Fair, while also being a big racing fan who regularly came to the racetrack. Quillen would be proud to have his name attached to this year's field, which includes the winners of a combined estimated $11 million lifetime, including 2015 winner Mach It So (6/1, David Miller) for owner Bamond Racing and trainer Jeff Bamond. The field is full of half-mile racetrack regulars, including Harry Von Knoblauch Stable's Bit Of A Legend N (5/2, Jordan Stratton) whose won the lion's share of his 39 career victories over small tracks, including the $260,000 Gerrity Memorial at Saratoga Raceway. His trainer, Peter Tritton, knows the Harrington surface well as he was formerly stabled at the track for approximately a decade. A pair of local interests will look to protect home court, Bruce Kennedy and Tri County Stable's Wakizashi Hanover (7/2, Victor Kirby) and Robert Cooper and J&T Silva Stables' Mel Mara (4/1, Corey Callahan). Somewhere in L A (9/1, Tony Morgan) sports the highest seasonal earnings in the field with $468,400 for owners D'Elegance Stables Ix and Iannacone, TLP & Gandolfo Stables. Brad Grant's Mr Wiggle Pants (20/1, Aaron Merriman), Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Panhellenic Stables' All Bets Off (6/1, Matt Kakaley) and Thomas Pollack and Jeff Cullipher's Rock N Roll World (20/1, Ross Wolfenden) complete the field. All Bets Off's trainer and co-owner, Ron Burke, has had unmatched success in the Quillen, winning it six times, including twice with Foiled Again, harness racing's richest horse of all-time. As part of the 14-race program Monday, two $20,000 divisions of DSBF action for pacing colts and geldings will get underway featuring 16 horses. On Tuesday, 17 pacing fillies will compete in three divisions, while 24 trotters will be in action on Wednesday in four divisions. The top point earners from two weeks of eliminations will return to compete in their respective $100,000 finals on October 5. Post time for Monday's program is 5 p.m. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway will host its richest harness racing program of the season on Governor's Day Thursday during the Delaware State Fair with a 7 p.m. post time. More than $600,000 in total purses will be at stake on the 13-race program, headlined by four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final events for 3-year-olds as well as program staples like the coveted $40,000 Governor's Cup, which features some of the top Delaware horses ages 4 years old and up. Delaware Governor John Carney will be on hand to present the trophy to the winner. The first DSBF final is for pacing fillies as the first race on the program. An evenly matched group will line up behind the gate as trainer Jim King Jr. has three entries in the event for owner Jo Ann Looney-King, including Spanish Dream (9/2, Tim Tetrick), Logan's Girl (5/2, Victor Kirby) and Lillisbagsrpacked (20/1, Allan Davis). Thomson Sister Racing Stable's Free Flight Fran (3/1, Ross Wolfenden) is a chief threat to the stablemates. The race is named in honor of Ben Stafford Jr., a well-liked local horseman who passed away in 2016. The filly trotting final is the fifth race on the program, named in memory of former Harrington Raceway track president Jack Walls. Nanticoke Racing and Delbert Cain's Spoonful (9/5, Corey Callahan), Stephen Moss' Luv Is Blind (3/1, Kirby) and double elimination winner Donald Marine's Political Energy (7/2, Russell Foster) have been standouts among the group. The male trotters will compete in their $100,000 final in the ninth raced, named in memory of driver/trainer Hal Belote, who was tragically killed in a racing accident. Ben Brooks' Master Clave (7/5, Wolfenden) has dominated the class and will bid for his 11th win in 15 career starts for trainer John Wilkerson. Perhaps the most competitive DSBF final may be for pacing colts and geldings as a highly competitive group fulfills the eight horse field including three horses owned by George Teague Jr. and trained by Clyde Francis. Ain't It Fun (9/1, Wolfenden), Henry The Dragon (5/1, Bret Brittingham) and Daiymir (4/1, Montrell Teague) are expected to have strong presence in the field, as is previous DSBF champ, Bags To Riches (3/1, Tim Tetrick) for owners Only Money Stable and trainer Jason Skinner. Tina Clark and Brian Clark's Automatic Dragon (9/2, Kirby) won both of his eliminations impressively and will loom as another contender in the extremely deep field. The $40,000 Governor's Cup, always a sought-after crown for local bragging rights, features a solid group of veteran pacers that includes last year's winner, Foulk Stables' Sparky Mark (20/1, Jon Roberts). The morning line favorite is owner/trainer Josh Green's Poisonous (8/5, Ross Wolfenden), who took a seasonal mark of 1:49.4 at Dover Downs this winter. Three $20,000 DSBF consolations are also on the program to accompany long standing races such as the Charles Murphy Memorial Trot, Legislators Cup (In Memory of Thurman Adams Jr.), Presidents Cup and Sam Mathews Memorial. The DSBF consolations are individually named in memory of Del and Dorothy Manges, John Frazer and Walter Messick. Matthew Sparacino

Allergies prevent Ross Scheuerman from working with horses, but not from enjoying them. cheuerman, who on Sunday began his second season as a running back with the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, since childhood has followed his family's exploits in harness racing. Among his favorite memories is traveling with his grandfather, trainer Del Cote, to watch pacer Next Flight compete in Delaware, where he was a multiple Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund champion. "I was around 11 years old," the now 24-year-old Scheuerman said. "I would go with my grandparents every week. That was a pretty memorable experience for me. That horse did really well for him. He was a great horse." Next Flight retired in 2015 at age 14. The gelding earned $895,406 for Cote and his partners, who bought the horse for $15,000 at the New Jersey Classic Sale in 2002. Scheuerman's memories and experiences at the track go far beyond Next Flight. The son of Jan Cote, Scheuerman's aunt Shannon is married to trainer Sam DePinto and his aunt Megan is married to trainer/driver Patrick Lachance. Two weekends ago, Scheuerman was at Mohawk to watch the Pepsi North America Cup card, which included Lachance's female pacer Penpal in the Roses Are Red Stakes. She finished fifth. "That was awesome," Scheuerman said about the night. "I was hanging out in the paddock area. We watched most of the races from there. "I used to go to the barn with my grandfather when I was younger. I tried jogging horses and I ended up being super allergic to them, so I couldn't do much. But I love going and watching the races and watching my family compete. They've had some good ones. It's been fun watching them do well. Everyone supports each other, which is great." Scheuerman starred in football at Allentown High School in central New Jersey and Lafayette College. Last year he appeared in three games for the Ticats; two on special teams before getting to start for an injured C.J. Gable against Montreal on Sept. 16. Scheuerman made the most of the opportunity, rushing for 79 yards on 16 carries and catching five passes for 40 yards. Unfortunately for Scheuerman, he suffered a broken wrist and missed the remainder of the season. "It felt great to have that bit of success," Scheuerman said. "The timing of (the injury) hurt a little bit after having that success, but it gave me some fuel for the offseason. "I feel great this year. My body is healthy; I feel fast and strong. Everything is going well." Scheuerman was a conference all-star and record-holder at Allentown, where over his final two seasons he totaled nearly 3,500 yards rushing and 48 touchdowns. He also was a standout wrestler at Allentown, becoming a two-time state medalist and the program's first 100-match winner. He ended his career with a 117-17 record. He continued his football career at Lafayette, where he was a four-time All-Patriot League selection at tailback. He finished with 3,504 rushing yards, good for third in school history, and 31 rushing touchdowns, good for fourth. He also caught 129 passes for 1,129 yards and eight TDs. In his final college game, Scheuerman ran for a Patriot League-record 304 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-7 win over archrival Lehigh before a crowd of 48,256 at Yankee Stadium. Scheuerman signed as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers in May 2015, but an Achilles injury during training camp led to his release in August. Three months later, he was signed to the Green Bay Packers' practice squad. He became a free agent at the conclusion of the season and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. After being released by the Eagles, Scheuerman inked with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. "It's been a lot of highs and a lot of lows; ultimate highs and ultimate lows," Scheuerman said. "You've just got to stay positive, which is easier said than done. But I think I ended up in a great spot here in Hamilton and I'm excited for the future. I love it up here. I've met some great guys, lifelong friends. The fans are great and love the team. "I think patience is the No. 1 thing I've learned. Just being patient and trusting my ability and knowing I belong and can compete at a high level. It's been a journey for me." Scheuerman, who majored in economics at Lafayette, spent part of the past offseason doing an internship with media agency VaynerMedia in New York City before transitioning to fulltime training. The Tiger-Cats had two preseason games earlier this month and Scheuerman scored a touchdown in each. "The first goal is always to make the team," Scheuerman said. "Honestly, I just wanted to be in the best shape possible and be at my best to help this team reach our ultimate goal, which is the Grey Cup. Whatever way I can do that. It's more of a pass-happy league so it definitely caters to my game. My game has elevated the past three years that I've been out of school and I feel like I'm in a good spot right now." Ken Weingartner

HARRINGTON, Del. - Ben Brooks' Master Clave ($2.40, Ross Wolfenden) continued his dominance among the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 3-year-old colts and geldings division with a 1:59 triumph Wednesday in one four $20,000 harness racing eliminations at Harrington Raceway. The Master Lavec gelding surged by Moonshine Lavec in the final strides for his 10th career win for trainer John Wilkerson. Command The Fire was third. Stephen Moss and Harold and Helane Solomon's Luv Is Blind ($5.80, Victor Kirby) prevailed in the first filly division with a 1:59.2 win, a new lifetime best. A Chorus Line was second with Spoonful third. Luv Is Blind is sired by Keystone Activator and trained by her driver. The win was part of another successful night for Kirby, who had five wins on the program. He also won five races on Monday and had three wins Tuesday. Don Marine's Political Energy ($2.60, Kirby) completed a sweep of her eliminations for trainer William Wyatt with a 2:02.1 win over Irish Blessings and Willow Mill Anna. A daughter of Political Briefing, "Energy" has now won two straight after being winless in the first 16 starts of her career. The final division was won by heavy favorite Master Kingpin ($2.10, Art Stafford Jr.) in 2:02 for trainer /owner Thomas Lail over Yagot A Winner and No Left Turns. The Master Lavec gelding recorded his third career win. Two Harness Horse Youth Foundation exhibition races were held among the seven children who have been at Harrington Raceway since Sunday June 18 participating in an industry youth camp. Zoe Probert and Vince Copeland drove I Want Another to victory in the first exhibition while Pokie's Topshot won the second with Sundene Lodge and Art Stafford Jr. For more information on HHYF, visit Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harness racing owner Jo Ann Looney-King, trainer Jim King Jr. and driver Victor Kirby swept all three $20,000 divisions of the second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. King's Lillisbagsrpacked ($3, Victor Kirby) prevailed in the first split in 1:55.1 over Giga Spin and A Lady Sizzling. Trained by Jim King Jr., the daughter of Roddy's Bags Again notched her third career win. The same connections prevailed in the second division with Logan's Girl ($2.40, Kirby) who was a 1:55 winner over Lunar Phase and Diva Demands. The Roddy's Bags Again filly completed a sweep of her elimination divisions, as she did at Dover Downs before finishing second in the $100,000 final on April 11. The King connection struck again in the final division with a 1:55.1 win with Spanish Dream ($11.40), who narrowly defeated Free Flight Fran, who had won five straight, and Westwind Roddylee. The $100,000 DSBF finals will be contested on July 27 during the Delaware State Fair. Allan Davis and Tony Morgan joined Kirby with a driving triple. Roberts had a double. One of the races not won by King, Kirby, Morgan or Davis was the overnight feature, in which Mike Hall's St Kitts ($38, Jon Roberts) won the $16,000 Mares Open in 1:53.1 for trainer Doug Lewis. Four divisions of DSBF 3-year-old trotters will headline the Wednesday program. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - The second leg of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) action for harnbess racing 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings was completed Monday at Harrington Raceway with three $20,000 divisions. The first division pitted a match-up between the class's two heavyweights, Bags To Riches and Daiymir, both of whom won their eliminations impressively last week. When the dust settled, Daiymir ($2.80, Montrell Teague) was the victor via a controlling speed in 1:53.4 for trainer Clyde Francis and owner George Teague Jr. Bags To Riches sat in the pocket throughout and was second. Hallie's Comet was a fast closing third. Daiymir, a son of Mr. Wiggles, notched his fourth career win in seven lifetime starts. In the second division, Tina Clark and Brian Clark's Automatic Dragon ($3.40, Victor Kirby) completed a sweep of his eliminations with a 1:54 triumph over Henry The Dragon and Wake Up And Go. Trained by Bobby Clark, the Art Director gelding was a front end winner for his fourth straight victory. It was one of five wins for Kirby. The lone upset came in the final division as George Teague's Ain't It Fun ($11.00, Montrell Teague) prevailed over the favorite James Isaac and Suspinder in 1:56.2. The winner was sired by Custard The Dragon and notched his third career win. In the overnight feature, the $15,000 Delaware Special, Sean Bier and Joan Hamstead's Im Supersonic A ($12, Kirby) prevailed in 1:54.2 for trainer Crissy Crissman-Bier. A rain storm hit the area after the fifth race and the balance of the program was run over a sloppy racetrack. DSBF pacing fillies will complete their second leg in three divisions on Tuesday with trotters rounding out the week on Wednesday in four divisions. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Four $20,000 divisions of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) harness racing 3-year-old trotters went behind the gate Wednesday at Harrington Raceway to complete their first elimination leg. The first filly division went to Spoonful ($3.40, Les Givens), who held off Luv Is Blind for her eighth career win in 2:00.2. Gogh Cinorita was third. Trained by her driver, Spoonful, a daughter of Political Briefing, has won four of six starts this year. The first division for colts and geldings went to pocket-sitting Master Kingpin ($5.20, Art Stafford Jr.) who out kicked pacesetter Moonshine Lavec late for a 2:01.2 triumph. Yagot A Winner was third. The winner was sired by Master Lavec for owner/trainer Thomas Lail. Donald Marine's Political Energy ($6, Victor Kirby) broke her maiden in the second filly division with a 2:00.4 victory over A Chorus Line and Hashtag Hope. The Political Briefing filly capitalized on miscues from two others behind the gate and marched to a wire-to-wire win for trainer William Wyatt. Ben Brooks' Master Clave ($2.10, Ross Wolfenden) won the final division for colts and geldings in dominant fashion in 2:00.2. The Master Lavec gelding maintained a confident lead much of the mile and held off Command The Fire and Redneck Red for his ninth career win in 13 starts for trainer John Wilkerson. It was one of four winners for Wolfenden. Matthew Sparacino    

HARRINGTON, Del. - Three $20,000 divisions of the opening round of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund for harness racing pacing fillies were contested at Harrington Raceway Tuesday. Thomson Sisters Racing Stable's Free Flight Fran ($6, Ross Wolfenden) prevailed in the first division with a front-end 1:54.3 triumph. The daughter of Veeza set all the fractions while 3-to-5 favorite Spanish Dream was never able to sustain a bid en route to an open length route over A Lady Sizzling and She's No Spinster. Trained by trainer Josh Green, it was the 5th straight win for "Fran." Joel and Dianne Halpern's Westwind Roddylee ($10.60, Tim Tetrick) prevailed in the second division in 1:56.1 over Lillisbagsrpacked and Lunar Phase. Trained by Jason Skinner, it was the sixth career win for the daughter of Roddy's Bags Again. The third DSBF division went to Jo Ann Looney King's Logan's Girl ($2.40, Victor Kirby), who held off Cashmere's Delight in a 1:54.4 triumph for trainer Jim King Jr. Spinpressive was third. A daughter of Roddy's Bags Again, Logan's Girl notched her 11th career win. In the $17,500 Mares Open, the overnight feature, Kdk Standardbreds' Apple Bottom Jeans ($5.40, Teague) gave her driver a triple on the program with a 1:52.1 triumph over Newborn Sassy and Nerida Franco. Trained by Kevin Switzer, it was the sixth win of the year for the victor. Driver Allan Davis had four wins on the program, while owner/trainer Vince Bradley and owner Louis Catana each had three. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - The opening round of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) action for harness racing 3-year-old pacers at Harrington Raceway commenced Monday with three $20,000 divisions. The final division was the fastest as Only Money Inc. and Jason Skinner's Bags To Riches ($2.40, Tim Tetrick) broke the track record for 3-year-old pacing colts with a 1:51.4 victory over Hallie's Comet and Almost Cut My Hair. The Roddy's Bags Again colt never had an anxious moment in his wire-to-wire score for trainer Skinner. The prior mark was 1:52.2, shared by Windfall Blue Chip, Superbad Hanover and Metropolitan. George Teague Jr.'s Daiymir ($2.20, Montrell Teague) was a decisive 1:52.3 winner in the first division. A son of Mr. Wiggles, Daiymir maintained a comfortable lead throughout for a dominating win for trainer Clyde Francis. His stablemate, Henry The Dragon, finished second with Kaaya third. Tina Clark and Brian Clark's Automatic Dragon was a front end winner in the second division with a 1:52.2 score over River's Crest and Stay In Your Place. The Art Director gelding notched his sixth career win for trainer Bobby Clark. In the overnight feature, the $17,500 Open Pace, Major Uptrend ($7.20, Tony Morgan) was an impressive 1:49.3 winner for owner Crissman Inc. and Niss Allen Inc. Trained by Tim Crissman, it was the fastest mile of the meet. DSBF action will continue on the Tuesday program with three $20,0000 divisions for pacing fillies, with four divisions of trotters closing out the week on Wednesday. The top eight point earners from the two elimination legs will return to compete in $100,000 final events on July 27 during the Delaware State Fair. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - The first leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund stakes for harness racing 3-year-olds will begin Monday June 12 at Harrington Raceway with three $20,000 divisions of pacing colts and geldings. Bags To Riches (8/5, Tim Tetrick), was the $100,000 final winner on the Dover Downs circuit and will return among the 17 entries for trainer/co-owner Jason Skinner and Only Money Inc. Owner George Teague and trainer Clyde Francis will send out five starters including Daiymir (8/5, Montrell Teague) and Henry The Dragon (2/1, Bret Brittingham), who will square off in the first division. On Tuesday, three divisions will be held for pacing fillies as trainer Jim King Jr. will send out a pair of morning line favorites for Jo Ann Looney-King in Spanish Dream (2/1, Victor Kirby) and Logan's Girl (7/5, Kirby). Trotters will take center stage on Wednesday with two divisions apiece for fillies and colts and geldings. Spoonful (Les Givens) will look to complete a sweep of her eliminations as she did at Dover Downs for her owner/trainer/driver, while Ben Brooks' Master Clave (Ross Wolfenden) will look to successfully defend his title after winning the April 10 final at Dover Downs for trainer John Wilkerson. Live racing will shift to three days a week for the balance of June, Monday through Wednesday until June 28. Matthew Sparacino  

DOVER, Del--- Bags To Riches is living up to his name. Tim Tetrick drove the Only Money Inc. harness racing home bred to his second $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF). After winning the two-year old final last November he completed his double scoring an impressive 1:51.4 victory  on April 13 at Dover Downs. Blazing Bobby Sox took the $27,500 Delaware Special. Corey Callahan, Dylan Davis and Enhance Your Mind won season ending awards. Tetrick and Bags To Riches the lead from post 1 and took no prisoners en route to his fourth victory of the year and eighth in 13 lifetime starts - only one time out of the first three – to earn $165,062 for owners Only Money Inc. and Jason Skinner, his trainer. Henry The Dragon (Jim Morand), second wagering favorite, broke stride going the first turn while driver Tetrick was turning in on. After a :27.1 opening stanza, Bags To Riches reached the three quarters in 1:22.4 and the Roddy’s Bags Again-Paint The Sky Blue cold was a convincing winner in 1:51.4. Tony Morgan rallied James Isaac for a fast-finishing second and 54-1 Automatic Dragon came on for Vic Kirby for third.   Daiymir, the only horse to beat Bags To Riches this season, was scratched sick. Blazing Bobby Sox was at the top of his game in the $27,500 Delaware Special recording a lifetime best 1:49 triumph. Trainer Art Stafford Jr. who owns The Panderosa-Liamatters gelding with his dad Art Stafford,  sat alongside Remember Me VK (Montrell Teague) for most of the last half and pulled away after the final turn to victory. Poisonous (Ross Wolfenden), last week’s event winner, streaked down the lane to finish second with Captive Audience (Corey Callahan) third. Callahan drove Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis’ Jet Airway, son of Jereme’s Jet-Aromatic, to his second win in his last three, and fourth win of 2017. He registered his 20th career success lifting his bankroll to $495,430. Te Kawau N (Tetrick) was runner-up. El Bloombito (Sean Bier), the early leader, was the show horse.  During the program, Bryan Truitt, owner, trainer of the track’s top female pacer, Enhance Your Mind, accepted the Horse Of The Meet award. Corey Callahan won his eighth straight Leading Driver Award and with two wins during the closing program, Dylan Davis made it four consecutive Leading Trainer titles. This was final program of Dover Downs’ 48th season. Many thanks to all those who helped make the 2016-2017 meet arguable the finest season in track history. Delaware harness racing now moves Harrington Raceway which begins a week from Monday. At Dover Downs top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad    

DOVER, Del--- Spoonful won her second $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final in six months holding on by a nose in the harness racing three-year-Old Filly trot final. Celebrity Pegasus set a new track record for an older trotter turned in a powerful 1:52 performance in the $20,000 Open trot on an eventful Wednesday, April 12 card at Dover Downs. Jim Morand had a driving triple. Trained by Les Givens, who has trained more DSBF winners than any other conditioner, Spoonful won for third time this year and seventh time in 18 races lifetime earning $174,512 for owners Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing. Morand was concerned as Spoonful led turning for home. "I was worried The Spoonful was tiring coming down the stretch, but she had just enough to make it," he said. After winning both her $20,000 DSBF prelims, the Political Briefing-Sanctions sophomore was installed a 4-5 favorite in the field of eight. On the backstretch, leader Willow Mill Anna (Donnie Long) began to tire and back through the field when Morand moved Spoonful quickly into the lead. In the lane, Ross Wolfenden came on strongly driving Gogh Cinorita and missed by a nose catching Spoonful in the 2:00 final. Black Magic Mist (Art Stafford Jr.) took third in front of Political Energy (Cory Callahan) with Luv Is Blind (Vic Kirby) taking fifth place money. In the $20,000 DSBF consolation, Redneck Red, a CR Commando-Diamonds For Julie chestnut gelding homebred notched his first career win scoring in 2:01.2 for trainer Arlene Cameron and owner Pamela Wagner. A Chorus Line (Jason Thompson) finished second. Hashtag Hope (Stafford Jr.) was third. Celebrity Pegasus got away third behind Tough Mac (Callahan) and Gural Hanover (Tony Morgan) in the $20,000 Open Trot Handicap. Heading past the three-quarters, Art Stafford Jr. rushed the five-year-old son of Andover Hall-Celebrity Athena past the leaders on the outside before the final turn to take the lead and opened up with a :27.3 final panel to score a 1:52 triumph breaking the former track record held by Hes Spooky (Eric Carlson) established in March 2013 of 1:52.3. Wind Of The North (Kirby) came on for second. Gural Hanover (Morgan) was the show finisher. The fourth $100,000 DSBF Final on the last day of Dover Downs 48th season is set for Thursday, April 13. A $100,000 DSBF 3-year-Old pacing final, a $27,500 Delaware Special and $20,000 Open pace highlight a strong card. The leading Driver, Leading Pacer and Horse of the Meet awards will be presented. This is final program of Dover Downs' 48th season. Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Buffet, and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight.   100,000 DSBF SOPH FINAL; $30,000 PREFERRED, $27,500 DEL. SPECIAL CLOSING DAY  The last of four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old finals this week featuring male pacer plus a $30,000 Preferred Handicap and a $27,500 Delaware Special headline a standout meet closing day, April 13 card  at Dover Downs. First Post is 4:30 p.m. The winner of last Novembers $100,000  two-year-old final, Bags To Riches drew the rail meeting two sharp George Teague-owned sophomores and the fast James Isaac in the big-purse race. Jim Morand drives program favorite Henry The Dragon, a 1:52.4 winner last week in a $20,000 prelim and lightly raced Daiymir with Montrell Teague, who in the first prelim startled with a wire-to-wire 1:52.4 win in his first pari-mutuel start. A third George Teague contender is Ain’t It Fun with Bret Brittingham. Dan Keeler’s James Isaac was an impressive 1:53.3  winner for Tony Morgan while both River’s Crest and Art Stafford Jr. racing for the Stafford family and Larry Martin along with Automatic Dragon, handled by Vic Kirby, owned by Tina and Brian Clark, were second in their prelims last Thursday after a win the week before. Corey Callahan will drive Wake Up And Go, fresh from a win last week, for Jimmy Lunn and Charles Wimbrow. George Teague and K&R Racing, who raced the famed Rainbow Blue, leads an eight horse field in the $20,000 DSBF consolation. On the rest of the terrific closing day program is a $27,500 Delaware Special, led by last week’s surprise winner Poisonous (Ross Wolfenden), Art and trainer driver Art Stafford Jr.’s fast finishing Blazing Bobby Sox, and Don Marine and Brent Hall’s Emeritus Maximus (Tetrick). Fast Remember Me VK (Teague), owned by Sharon Wyatt, Robin West and Ron Benton. Not to be overlooked are driver George and Tina Dennis Racing’s Seventh Secret, the steady Sweet Rock (Allan Davis), from the outside is Al Carter and Doug Lewis’ Captive Audience while Betty Brittingham’s Tip It On Back (Bret Brittingham) leaves from the rail.  The Dover Downs’ 2016-2017 season comes to a close today. On behalf of Dover Downs management and horseman, thanks for making the 48th season one of the best in track history. Delaware harness racing continues starting April 24 at Harrington Raceway. Watch live harness and thoroughbred racing at the Dover Downs Sports & Race Book open daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking or admission. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del--- Lunar Phase, last week a 40-1 longshot winner, now the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly Pace harness racing champion winning the $100,000 Delaware-sired title at Dover Downs. Art Stafford Jr., trains, drives and co-owns Lunar Phase with Wyatt Starkey, enjoyed a 2-hole trip behind race favorite Vic Kirby-driven Logan's Girl, who had a three-race win streak at race time. In the stretch, Stafford pulled out and overtook the leader to score a lifetime fastest 1:52.1 victory. "She was underdeveloped last year and only raced five times with one win, but she came back stronger this year." said Stafford, The daughter of Roddy's Bags Again-Blue Moon Artist was bred by Dr. Bill Moffett. Logan's Girl went the biggest mile of her career and finished second. Diva Demands (Corey Callahan) edged Free Flight Fran (Ross Wolfenden) for third place. Spanish Dream was scratched. The $20,000 DSBF consolation was all Westwood Roddylee driven by Tim Tetrick, a wire-to-wire 1:54.1 winner or trainer Jason Skinner and breeder-owner Joel and Dianne Halpern. The win was the first of 2017 for the Roddy's Bags Again-Lee's Best homebred. It was her fifth win lifetime bringing her bankroll to $60,460. In the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap, Montrell Teague who won four races sent Apple Bottom Jeans right to the front from post 7 and was in charge the rest of a 1:51 mile to score her fourth win of the year and 12th lifetime in 29 starts with 10 seconds, extending her total purse earnings to $365,824 for KDK Standardbreds. Shine N Simmer (Callahan) was a strong second with 23-1 In The Shadows (Tony Morgan) third. The third of four $100,000 DSBF Finals is set for Wednesday headed by Spoonful, Love Is Blind and Willow Mill Anna in an eight horse field. Tough Mac leaves from the outside meeting Gural Hanover, Wind Of The North, Celebrity Pegasus, Market Share and Streamsong, in a powerhouse field of sic in the $20,000 Open Handicap trot. Montrell Teague led the driver totals with four winners, Corey Callahan, Tony Morgan, trainer Clyde Francis and owner George Teague had two wins each.   $100,000 DSBF FILLY TROTS; TOUGH MAC IN TOP TROT WEDNESDAY DOVER, Del. ---Spoonful and Luv Is Blind lead a field of eight filly trotters in the $100,000 Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Final on Wednesday, April 12 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Spoonful, completed her freshman season winning the DSBF $100,000 final at Dover last November and has won both her $20,000 preliminaries for owners Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing with Jim Morand driving. Luv Is Blind won a $20,000 prelim in 2:00 with Vic Kirby piloting a wire-to-wire victory for Steve Moss and Hal and Helene Solomon. She finished second behind Spoonful last week. and Willow Mill Stable’s Willow Mill Anna was a 33-1 upset winner last week with Donnie Long driving. The other starters are: Cinbrew Ent., Chambers, and LBL Hrs Racing’s Gogh Cinorita, who has raced well, with a second and a third for Ross Wolfenden. Bob Shahan’s Ohtobetheone piloted by Tony Morgan, has raced well. The rest of the field includes Faith On The Hill, owned by Emerson, Zack and Dawn Amiss, from the rail with Mist Stable’s Black Magic Mist  and Art Stafford Jr., alongside. Don Marine’s Political Energy steered by Corey Callahan, had inside posts in prelims now is post 7. There is also a $20,000 DSBF consolation Mike Casalino’s Tough Mac (Callahan) drew the outside in the final $20,000 Open Handicap trot. The Dylan Davis-trainee has won five features already this year. Little E, Panhalenic Stables, Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing’s Gural Hanover (Tony Morgan), Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck’s Wind Of The North (Kirby), Celebrity Pegasus (Stafford Jr.) racing for ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta an Minisink Farms will be tough contenders. Not to be excluded is 2012 Hanmbletonian winner Market Share (Tetrick), owned by Richard Gutnick, Bill Blueberry Augustine and TLP Stable and Streamsong (Jonathan Roberts), a winner of two of his last three from the rail. Wednesday and Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. The 2016-2017 meet comes to an end Thursday, April 13. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant’s acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Just as he had done sweeping two $20,000 prelims, Master Clave went right to the front and was in total command scoring a 1:59 triumph in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Male Trot, the first of a final week-long Delaware-sired harness racing championships. Ross Wolfenden was at the controls as the altered son of the late Master Lavec from Dilly Dally Delia by Maryland's finest trotter Go Get Lost won his third consecutive start of the year and eighth in 11 career races. Trained by John Wilkerson for breeder-owner Ben Brooks, Master Lavec skied his bankroll to $166,750 lifetime. Master Clave made up for his performance in last November's two-year-old DSBF $100,000 when he was the odds-on favorite but was overtaken after leading and finished fourth. Jiggs, a prelim winner, was second from the start with Vic Kirby driving. Kirby In Command and Jared Moyer was third in front of Yagot A Winner with Carlo Poliseno and the Art Stafford-driven Master Kingpin who got the fourth and fifth place payoffs, respectively. Another Guess pulled the surprise of the day when Allan Davis steered the Dragon Again-Lauren's San soph gelding to a 35-1 upset in 1:54.3 to win a 3&4-Year-Old male pace. Davis, Ross Wolfenden and Corey Callahan had driving doubles.   DSBF SOPH FILLY PACE $100,000 FINAL, $20,000 MARES OPEN TUESDAY Logan’s Girl and Spanish Dream, both owned trained by Jim King for his wife, JoAnn Looney-King are the favorites in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly Pace on the last Tuesday card of the meet at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.  Logan’s Girl won her second $20,000 leg last week giving her three wins in four starts this year and nine of 12 lifetime. She starts from post 5 in the final with Vic Kirby in the bike. Meanwhile Spanish Dream, driven by Tim Tetrick, a six-time winner of 12 races lifetime races as a separate entry in the eight filly field. Last week she was upset by 40-1 Wyatt Starkey and co-owner, trainer, driver Art Stafford’s Lunar Phase, who drew the rail. George Teague’s Bad Mama, handled by Montrell Teague brings a three win in four races record into the fray. Jim Morand will pilot Donna Messick and Nanticoke Racing’s Cashmere’s Delight who has finished second twice in $20,000 DSBF prelims for trainer Les Givens. Another prelim winner  George Leager’s Diva Demands will be driven by Corey Callahan).  The rest of field includes the Tony Morgan driven A Lady Sizzling and Thompson Sisters Racing’s Free Flight Frank  with Ross Wolfenden who is burdened with post 8.  The $20,000 DSBF consolation is led by Westwind Roddylee (Tetrick), bred and owned by Joel and Dianne Halpern and The King combine’s Lillisbagsrpacking (Kirby). The top older female pacers featuring six- time event winner Bryan Truitt’s Enhance Your Mind (Kirby) tangle in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap pace on the regular card. KDK Standardbred’s Apple Bottom Jeans (Teague) a1:51.4 track record setter recently at Rosecroft  JFE Enterprise’s Scandalicious (Tetrick), sharp Sweet Bobbie (Stafford Jr.) racing for owner- trainer Gary Ewing; Barbara’s Shadow (Morgan) who has been a winning machine all meet, head the strong lineup. An excellent supporting card is on the 15-race Tuesday program.      Wednesday and Thursday live racing, which completes the Dover Downs 2016-2017 meet begins at 4:30 p.m. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations.. Marv Bachrad

George Leager will turn 79 in August, but says he feels like a man half that age. The success of harness racing horses such as Diva Demands might help him keep that youthful disposition. Diva Demands will start from post No. 2 in Tuesday's $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final for 3-year-old female pacers at Dover Downs. The filly has won two of three starts this year, including her opening-round assignment in the DSBF series before finishing second by a neck to Bad Mama in last week's second leg. Corey Callahan will drive Diva Demands, who is 12-1 on the morning line. Trainer Jim King Jr. sends out the race's top picks, 2-1 Logan's Girl and 3-1 Spanish Dream. Bad Mama, trained by Clyde Francis, is 7-2. "She's just a game filly," Leager said about Diva Demands. "I knew she had a lot of speed last year, but I never could get her right. She's better this year. She's only missed a check once in her career, so you have to like her. But you hate to brag on them too much. It's better to talk about what they've done than what they're going to do. You never know what's going to happen." A daughter of Roddy's Bags Again out of the broodmare Me In The Spotlite, Diva Demands was purchased for $5,500 at the 2015 Chick's Sale. Last year Diva Demands won once in seven starts, with her victory coming in the November DSBF series consolation, and earned $15,620. For her career, she has banked $33,120. Leager, a Maryland native who spent most of his life as a farmer, has five horses in training. Over the years, he enjoyed success with horses like homebred 1998 Maryland Sire Stakes champion Aunt Lainey, 2005 DSBF champ Badlands Cowgirl, homebred $354,051-earner Mom's Toy, and Razzle Dazzle Hall. He also partnered with fellow Maryland resident Robert Van Dyke Jr., who passed away in 2015, on horses. "We had horses for 30 years and never had a disagreement," Leager said. "He was a real good guy." This season, Leager has two 2-year-olds he likes, homebred colt Slick Tony and filly Lofty Illusion. "You like them until you find out they're no good," Leager said, laughing. "I breed most of my horses, but I buy one every once in a while. It was probably around 1980 when I started fooling with the horses. I did it part time. I'm near 80 years old now and I don't know where all the time went. I feel like I ought to be 40. I feel pretty good." Diva Demands won her first-round elimination in the DSBF by two lengths over Lillisbagsrpacked in a career-best-equaling 1:55.2. Last week, she sat a pocket trip behind Bad Mama before briefly getting a nose in front as the two horses battled in the stretch. Bad Mama rallied for the neck victory. "I think when she got by Bad Mama she thought the race was over," Leager said. Bad Mama and Logan's Girl both were two-time winners in the DSBF preliminaries. Diva Demands, Spanish Dream, and Lunar Phase each had one victory and one second-place finish. A Lady Sizzling also had a win in the eliminations. "There are a bunch of good ones in there," Leager said. "We'll see how it goes." Ken Weingartner

DOVER, Del.--- Henry The Dragon had a new driver this week, but it didn't matter, as Jim Morand drove the 1:52.4 win in the fastest of four $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd and final preliminary leg for three-year-old male pacers over a track inundated an hour earlier by a heavy rainstorm. James Isaac, Bags To Riches and Wake Up And Go won the other DSBF divisions. Major Uptrend won his third straight taking the $30,000 Preferred Handicap and Poisonous pulled a mild surprise winning the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap on Thursday, April 6 at Dover Downs. Henry The Dragon took the early lead and never was headed in his third win in a-row and eighth in nine lifetime appearances. The Clyde Francis trainee has now banked $141,600 for owner George Teague who bred the Custard The Dragon-Surveille Hanover colt with Elmer Fannin. Montrell Teague drove runner-up Daiymir also owned by George Teague with Art Of Fire (Vic Kirby) the show horse. Dan Keeler's James Isaac and Tony Morgan were much the best in the second $20,000 DSBF section winning in 1:53.3. Jim King conditions the Roddy's Bags Again-Slide Home colt who drew off for an easy victory. River's Crest (Art Stafford Jr.) and Whispering Witch (Teague) were second and third respectively. Bags To Riches romped to a 1:53.4 decision in the third DSBF prelim. Tim Tetrick guided the Only Money Inc. and trainer Jason Skinner colt to his third win in four starts this year and seventh triumph in 12 career races. The Roddy's Bags Again-Paint The Sky Blue colt is a $115,062 lifetime winner. Hallie's Comet (Pat Lachance) was second with Olivias Grand Slam (Morand) closing fast for third. Meet leader Corey Callahan piloted Wake Up And Go home in 1:53.1 to win the final prelim for Jimmy Lunn and Charles Winbrow. Also by Roddy's Bags Again from his dam, Early Riser, it was his second win in three outings this year. Automatic Dragon (Kirby) was next with Stay In Your Place (Teague) a close third. Next Thursday the top eight colt and gelding pacing point-getters after two prelim divisions return for the $100,000 DSBF Championship Final. Super sharp Major Uptrend made it three consecutive Thursday feature race wins as Tony Morgan drove the Somewbeachsomewhere-Tricky Tooshie gelding to his third consecutive sub-1:50 victories, this time in 1:49.4 for recent owners trainer Tim Crissman and Niss Allen Inc. Major Uptrend picked up his seventh win of 2017 in 12 races and now has won $82,900 this year and $343,833 lifetime. Jet Airway (Callahan) was a strong second. $2.2-winner Limelight Beach (Tetrick) was the show finisher. Russ Wolfenden sent Poisonous home in 1:49.4 to win the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap overtaking Sweet Rock (Allan Davis) who finished second and fast closing Blazing Bobby Sox (Stafford Jr.) third. Tim Tetrick drove three winners. Vic Kirby, Corey Callahan and Art Stafford Jr. had a pair apiece. DSBF MALE TROT SOPH $100,000 FINAL MONDAY AT DOVER DOWNS Following two weeks of preliminaries, the top eight point-getters match strides in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Male Trot Final, to start the Dover Downs’ meets final week on Monday, April 10 . Post time is 4:30 p.m. Master Clave sailed through both $20,000 DSBF prelims even after the Ben Brooks-owned trotter made a misstep just before the starting gate opened in his 1st leg. Ross Wolfenden got the John Wilkerson trainee quickly back trotting and had the lead just past the opening quarter pole and finished the winning mile with a 29.3 final panel. This week Master Clave drew post 2. Rodney Mitchell’s Jiggs, trained by Leigh Raymer with driver Vic Kirby leaves from the rail. Sean Bier will drive Moonshine Lavec, trained and owned by Erika Paradee Francisca Munoz and Crissy Bier from post 5. Other contenders are Crosby, the upset winner of the Dover November freshman championship is owned by breeders Linda MacDonald and Susan Durham driven by George Dennis. Following two close finishes, Master Kingpin, with Art Stafford driving for owner-trainer Tom O.Lail; Pam Wagner’s Kirby In Command with Jay Moyer; Jane Dunavent has two homebreds, Dusty Fool, with Jim Morand and Yagot A Winner piloted by trainer-driver Carlo Poliseno. During this the final week of Dover Downs meet, each day will feature a DSBF $100,000 final, Tuesday, filly pacers, Wednesday filly trotters and Thursday, male pacers. Closing day festivities include presentation of the Leading Driver, Leading Trainer and Horse of the Meet honors.   Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission at Dover owns. Reservations are suggested for the acclaimed Winner’s Circle Buffet Restaurant and those planning a stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

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