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HARRINGTON, Del. - The first qualifying races of the harness racing season at Harrington Raceway will take place June 9 and 10 with a new qualifying time of 9 a.m. In order to be in compliance with COVID-19 related state guidelines, a maximum of nine races will be carded. The June 10 qualifiers will be restricted to Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) eligible 3-year-olds. If space allows for the June 10 qualifying draw, overnight horses may be permitted to qualify. There will be a double draw for both qualifying days on June 8 with the entry box closing at noon. The Delaware Harness Racing Commission has waived the 60-day qualifying rule due to the lapse in racing from the mandated COVID-19 related closures. Any horse who has a clean charted line since February 1 will not need to qualify. Due to spacing restrictions, only horses that need to qualify may be permitted and will have preference. Also in light of spacing/capacity restrictions, horses trained by individuals who have not raced at Harrington Raceway in 2019 may not be permitted to qualify and/or race. Paddock protocol for all horsemen, including a temperature checkpoint upon entry is required. Horsemen are strongly urged to view the protocol in advance here. All horsemen are required to read, sign and abide by the protocol or risk losing racing privileges. Live racing will commence on June 15 without spectators on a Monday through Wednesday schedule until July 15. An updated racing calendar can be found here. There will be no racing on July 30 during the Delaware State Fair. The summer/fall schedule will resume August 17. Post time nightly is 4:30 p.m. Matt Sparacino

Harrington, DE — The harness racing 3-year-old races for the DSBF first and second legs at Harrington will be pushed back one week from the original schedule which means they will begin on Monday (June 22). The finals which are normally held on Governor’s Day at the Delaware State Fair will now be held the week of July 6th. Purses will remain as advertised. Legs are $20,000 and the Finals are $100,000. If consolations are held they will be $15,000. A printed schedule will be mailed to each eligible. Qualifying at Harrington will be available for DSBF eligibles only on Wednesday (June 10). They must meet the Fund standards (2:06 for Pacers and 2:09 for Trotters) and show a clean charted line within 60 days of entering to race the first leg. If they don’t make it, they will be able to enter for the regular qualifying day of Wednesday after Harrington opens on June (15). There will be health protocols in effect so please check with the track. Call Kevin Mack and or Mark Short at the Harrington Race Office (302) 398-7223 or 5970. Judy Davis-Wilson can be reached at (302) 359-3630 for specific DSBF issues. by Judy Davis-Wilson, Executive Director DSBF

Columbus, OH — The Delaware Standardbred Owners Association, in an open letter to its membership, has announced that harness racing will commence at Harrington Raceway on June 15, contingent upon approval from the state. To read the full letter on the DSOA website, click here. For all of the latest news on the resumption of racing, visit the USTA COVID-19 Resource Center. The USTA Communications Department

Out of concern for our employees and harness racing patrons, Harrington Raceway and Casino will be closing at 4 p.m. today (March 16) until April 1. The closure is applicable to all bars/restaurants and gaming on the property, including Murphy's Race/Sportsbook and Grill. All shows and entertainment during this timeline are canceled and any applicable ticket sales for such events will be subject to a refund. Matt Sparacino  

Backstreet Shadow was impressive in winning the harness racing Preferred Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. Tim Tetrick launched Backstreet Shadow from post 8 in the slop and he responded. Bo Mach relinquished the lead to Backstreet Shadow who was allowed to take the field to the quarter in a quick 26.2. Tetrick was able to throttle the speed of the pacer. They paced a half in 55.1, a 28.4 quarter.  Slick Tony grinded 1st up and Benson Boys N followed that cover. Backstreet Shadow led the field to the three quarters in 1:22.1. Slick Tony weakened as did Benson Boys N, Eddard Hanover and Little Ben. Bo Mach sat the perfect trip and was raging with pace in the closing stages of the race. Closing Statement angled wide with pace and finished 3rd. Backstreet Shadow remained under wraps and won by a measured neck in a shocking 1:49.3 over a sloppy surface. He paced a last half in 54.3 and a last quarter in 27.1. Backstreet Shadow is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, L. Karr, J &T Silva, Purnell & Libby.  The driver was Tim Tetrick for trainer Ron Burke. Bo Mach finished 2nd for driver Corey Callahan and trainer Dylan Davis. Closing Statement was 3rd for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Mark Harder. Backstreet Shadow   Proper One captures the Blue Hen Handicap Pace. Proper One Late Mail N and Grantmeawish both left for race position and set the early race fraction of 26.4 in the slop. At the quarter pole, Geroge Napolitano Jr. propelled Proper One to the lead, in hopes of controlling the pace. Dexter Dunn and Grantmeawish argued the pace and retook the lead. Grantmeawish led the field to the half in 54.4, a 28 flat quarter.  Beach Art paced 1st over and pressured Grantmeawish, as the team paced the three quarters in 1:22.2 a 27.3 third quarter. The back field was in motion past the three quarters as Hallie’s Comet , Daddyofemall and Dialamara all mounted a futile chase, in an effort to gain on the leader, but could not. At the head of the stretch, Andrew McCarthy and Proper One were able to maneuver off the rail and paced past Grantmeawish. Q’s Cruise the 5/2 betting favorite, saved all the ground on the rail and finished 2nd. Proper One won by a measured length in 1:50.4.  Proper One He is owned by Louis Tomzak and trained by Carlo Poliseno. Q’s Cruise finished 2nd for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr. Late Mail N finished 3rd for driver George Naploitano Jr. and trainer Mike Hall.   Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs  

Eddard Hanover blasted out of the gate and Bo Mach was allowed to gain the pocket at the quarter pole.  Harness racing driver Tony Morgan and Bo Mach set fractions of 27 55.3 1:23. Nearing the half, the 8/5 race favorite, Slick Tony, pulled in hopes of finding cover, but Larry Karr went back to the rail.  Slick Tony was then forced to grind 1st up and coverless.  Eddard Hanover remained stubborn and would not let Slick Tony clear. Bo Mach and Corey Callahan drove a perfectly as the pocket rocket.  They were able to sneak along the rail and won by a length in 1:50.4.The performance was a lifetime mark and went off at odds of 25-1. Bo Mach is owned by Howard Taylor and trained by Dylan Davis. Eddard Hanover cut the mile and finished 2nd for trainer Jeff Cullipher and driver Tony Morgan. Rock the Nite was forced three wide in the stretch and finished 3rd. Dexter Dunn drove for trainer Andrew Harris. Bo Mach ...................................................................................... Hallie’s Comet wins the Blue Hen Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. Late Mail N. left quickly, but allowed Grantmeawish an opportunity to control the race fractions. Dexter Dunn and Grantmeawish cut fractions of 26.3  55 1:22.1 Hallies Comet pulled at the half and pressured Grantmeawish through a 27.1 third quarter. Late Mail N remained in the pocket. Beach Art was towed into a 2nd over journey, then tipped three wide entering the stretch. Little Ben the 6/5 race favorite, was forced 4 wide in the stretch and closed to finish 2nd for trainer Jim King Jr. and driver Tim Tetrick. Beach Art, last week’s winner, finished third for trainer Arty Foster Jr. and driver Russell Foster. Hallie’s Comet held on to win the race by a neck in 1:51. Race odds were 6-1. The winning owners are Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Ron Burke was the trainer and Yannick Gingras was the winning driver. Racing resumes at Dover Downs on Monday Post Time is 4:30 pm   Alex Kraszewski  

Home’N Dry, after racing in the slop his last three harness racing starts, found the dry surface much to his liking.   Home’N Dry, Jack Vernon and Lagerfeld all left alertly and settled in at the quarter pole. Home’N Dry and driver Tyler Davis took the field to the quarter in 27.2. Jack Vernon and driver Tim Tetrick argued the lead and were parked out by Home’N Dry to the half in 55 seconds flat. They trotted a 27.3 quarter. Jack Vernon finally cleared the lead past the half and led the field to the ¾ pole in 1:23.3.   Tyler Davis confidently pulled the pocket at the ¾ pole and simply wore down Jack Vernon, the ½ race favorite, in the final strides.   Home’N Dry won by a half length and established a lifetime mark of 1:52.2.   He was sent off at odds of 8-1. Brian Malone is the trainer for owner Peter Paul Venturini. Jack Vernon finished a battle worn 2nd, for for trainer Dylan Davis. Royal Becca J. and driver Jack Parker Jr. for trainer Carol Jamieson Parker finished third.   Driver Tim Tetrick won 5 races on the card.   Dover Downs post time is 4:30 pm.     Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs

After delivering the Pinske family its first Breeders Crown trophy, Amigo Volo will look to continue his stakes-winning ways in Thursday's $181,600 Matron for 2-year-old male trotters at Dover Downs. Amigo Volo is the 2-5 morning-line harness racing favorite in a field of six. The race is one of four Matrons for 2-year-olds. Papi Rob Hanover is the 2-5 favorite in the $186,000 division for male pacers and Lyons Sentinel is the 6-5 choice in the $176,400 event for female pacers. The $147,600 Matron for female trotters attracted a four-horse field and will go as a non-betting race 15 minutes prior to the regular card beginning at 4:30 p.m. (EST). Amigo Volo has won three of his past four races and five of 10 overall this season. He has earned $514,696 for owners Pinske Stables and Florida's David J. Miller. The gelding is trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman and will have Dexter Dunn in the sulky Thursday. Nearly two weeks ago, Amigo Volo captured the Breeders Crown by 4-1/4 lengths over Rome Pays Off in 1:54.3 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. It gave Pinske Stables (Marlys Pinske and her son Karl) and Miller their first victory in the series. The Pinskes had double-digit starters in Breeders Crown finals, and two second-place finishes, before breaking through. The triumph was additionally sweet because Karl's son Carter has worked this year for Norman's stable and worked closely with Amigo Volo, even getting his first training win with the horse during the Grand Circuit meet at Lexington's Red Mile. "It's pretty special," Carter Pinske said. "We've been close, had a lot of great horses over the years and won other big races, but it's nice to win this one at the end of the year. "My dad and I have kind of changed with Nifty to go after the end-of-the-year money instead of racing so tough at the beginning of the year. After a few years of working toward that, it's finally taking shape and working that way. That's always the goal, to get to the Breeders Crown, and it's special." The Crown triumph also came 15 months after the passing of owner/trainer Tim Pinske, Marlys' husband. "I'm thinking he had a little bit to do with it," Carter said. Amigo Volo, by Father Patrick out of Margarita Momma, was purchased for $42,000 at last year's Lexington Selected Sale. He is a full brother to Reign Of Honor, who won last year's Kindergarten Classic Series championship for Norman's stable. "He's been an awesome horse to be around," Pinske said about Amigo Volo, who had world-record performances on five-eighth and one-mile ovals this season. "Every day he trained, you'd either be really mad at him or really excited about him. But he would always make up for it with his personality. He's got such a good personality. He'd let you know where he was all the time. He just likes being around people. "As far as being ready, Nifty said he's no different than he was in July," Pinske added. "He's jumping around in the paddock. He's got a good attitude that way." Following the Matron, Amigo Volo is eligible to the Valley Victory Stakes at The Meadowlands. The connections will take a wait-and-see approach about that race. "It's been a long season, he's been everywhere, and we want a 3-year-old too," Pinske said. "We'll see how he races and talk about it after." For the Matron Stakes 2-year-old filly trot entries, click here. For the complete regular card, click here.   by Ken Weingartner USTA Media Relations Manager

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the harness racing line-up for Thursday morning (Nov. 7) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by JoAnn Looney-King, Brett Pelling, Andrew "Shades" Demsky, and Jessica Otten. The Kings enter Thursday's Matron at Dover Downs with Breeders Crown runner-up Lyons Sentinel. JoAnn Looney King joins the program to discuss their talented young pacer and also give the duo an update on their supserstar Shartin N. Lyons Sentinel has been installed as the 6/5 morning-line favorite and has drawn the rail with Tim Tetrick in the bike Pelling joins the program this week to talk about Papi Rob Hanover who was disqualified following a victory in the Breeders Crown. The pair will find out how he has been training leading up to the Matron at Dover Downs and where he may be headed next following the race. Papi Rob Hanover has drawn post three in the Matron on Thursday and installed as the 2/5 morning-line favorite. "Shades" has been at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg this week, and while the conversation has been about sales topper Gangsta Rat there have been plenty of stories that have come out of the yearling sale that ends on Wednesday (Nov. 6). Shades will discuss some of the horses that stood out to him, and some of the surprises that he saw throughout the week. It's a busy couple of weeks leading up to the 2019 TVG Finals at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment and Jessica Otten joins to discuss the contenders leading up to the Finals on November 23. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website or on the archive at   Michael Carter Social Media and Publicity Coordinator

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway hosted its annual Governor's Day program Thursday during the Delaware State Fair, featuring the richest harness racing program of the season locally. Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final races for 3-year-olds comprised the majority of the $540,000 in total purses on the program. Popular events for older horses like the $40,000 Governor's Cup also comprised the 10-race program. Legacy Racing and Reggie Hazzard's Sicily ($3.60, Victor Kirby) won the aforementioned Governor's Cup in 1:52.2 for trainer Wayne Givens. The 7-year-old Art Major gelding led most of the way and held off Late Mail N and Q's Cruise for his 27th win of his career. Governor John Carney presented the trophy to the winning connections. Sicily Jason and Tim Skinner's In And Out Again ($4.20, Tim Tetrick) won the DSBF pacing filly final in impressive fashion in 1:55.3. The Roddy's Bags Again filly overcame post 8 for an easy win over stablemate Biggiessecondshot and Roddy's At It Again. In And Out Again also won the earlier season final at Dover Downs. It was one of three wins on the card for Tetrick. Rod Allen's Disco Soliel ($7.20, Rod Allen) won the DSBF filly trotting final over Dark Dutchess and Miss Popeye in 1:59.1. The Cr Commando notched her 9th win in 12 career starts and won all four of her DSBF finals. In the DSBF colt and gelding pacing final, Chillaxin Away ($5.20, Tetrick) scored a 1:56.2 win. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding sat behind tiring pacesetter Goldberg and surged through the stretch for a decisive score over Haymitch and Ain'tnosunshine. The Jim King Jr.-trainee recorded his 10th career win and third in DSBF final action. The King Jr.-stable also won the $20,000 President's Cup with Little Ben ($4.20, Tetrick) in 1:52. In the DSBF colt and gelding trotting final, Andrew Glassmeyer's Embrace The Grind ($2.20, Jon Roberts) notched his 11th career win in 14 starts with a dominant 2:00 win over Rich N Royal and Just As Striking. Trained by his owner, the Keystone Activator gelding won 3-of-4 DSBF finals in his career and has more than $230,000 banked. Fans were treated to a special appearance by two accomplished Delaware horses, both stabled in Harrington. Richard Polluci, Jim King and Tim Tetrick's Shartin N, trained by Jim King Jr. and the current #1 ranked horse in the country, led the post parade for the third race and Gary and Barbara Iles' Lather Up, who equaled the fastest mile in harness racing history earlier this month, led the post parade for the fourth race. Lather Up is trained by Clyde Francis. Lather's Up driver, Montrell Teague, was presented with a proclamation in between races by Governor Carney, Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long and US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue acknowledging the 28-year-old driver's career accomplishments, in particular being the regular driver of 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit and current stars such as Lather Up. Montrell Teague, was presented with a proclamation Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen, Andrew Stafford and Holly Case's Artrageous ($3.80, Art Stafford Jr.) scored a 1:53.1 win in the $30,000 Legislator's Cup for trainer and co-owner Andrew Stafford. Howard and Linda Dege's Blownoutofthewater ($8.80, Tony Morgan) was a 1:57 winner in the $30,000 Charles Murphy Jr. Memorial Trot for trainer Will Reynolds. Matt Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway's richest harness racing program of the season will commence Thursday (July 25) as part of the annual Governor's Day program during the Delaware State Fair. A 10-race card with nearly $600,000 in total purses will start at 7 p.m. Four Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $100,000 finals for 3-year-olds will accompany popular annual events for older horses such as the $40,000 Governor's Cup, $30,000 Legislator's Cup, $30,000 Charles Murphy Memorial Trot and $20,000 President's Cup among others. A special addition for this year's Governor's Day program will be the presence of two of Delaware's most notable Standardbreds, both of which are stabled in Harrington. Shartin N, the 2018 Dan Patch winner for Pacing Mare of the Year and current number one ranked horse in all of North America, as well as Lather Up, who earlier this month equaled harness racing's fastest mile of all-time of 1:46, will both be on-track to lead a post parade. The two pacers have garnered national attention and are even listed among Harrington's famous residents on the Wikipedia listing for the town. Shartin N will lead the third race Governor's Cup field, while Lather Up will lead the fourth race Legislator's Cup group. The female pacers will kick off the program in the first race on the card, and first of the DSBF finals. A competitive group will go post ward that includes a powerful Jason Skinner-trained duo of Biggiessecondshot (4/1, Ross Wolfenden) and In And Out Again (5/2, Tim Tetrick). In And Out Again, a Roddy's Bags Again filly owned by Jason and Tim Skinner, swept her eliminations and won the earlier season final at Dover Downs. A daughter of No Spin Zone, Biggiessecondshot is owned by Joan Dalphon, Elanor Laws and the trainer. The filly trotting final is slated sixth on the card, as Carol Jamieson-Parker's Dark Dutchess (9/5, Jack Parker Jr.), a daughter of He's Spooky, will vie for a sweep after winning both of her eliminations impressively. Rod Allen's Disco Soliel (5/2, Allen), a CR Commando filly, won the final at Dover Downs and looks to thwart Dark Dutchess' bid. The male pacing final is the 8th race, Mst Racing Inc.'s Goldberg (9/5, Montrell Teague) will vie for a sweep of both 3-year-old finals after prevailing at Dover. The Mr. Wiggles colt won his June 10 elimination by 11 lengths. The male trotting final will follow as Andrew Glassmeyer's Embrace The Grind (8/5, Jon Roberts) bids for a third straight win. The Keystone Activator gelding swept the eliminations and final at Dover Downs. The Governor's Cup, programmed as race three, spearheads the races for older horses as Jo Ann Looney King's Q's Cruise (9/5, Tetrick) was installed as the morning line favorite. The Honorable Governor John Carney is expected to be on hand to present the trophy to the winning connections for the popular annual event with local bragging rights at stake. Legacy Racing and Reggie Hazzard's Sicily (2/1, Kirby) recently surpassed $500,000 in career earnings and figures to have a strong presence in the race among the contentious field. A formidable group will battle in the 4th race Legislator's Cup for pacing mares, familiar rivals like Vince Copeland's Goin Again (7/2, Copeland), Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen, Andrew Stafford and Holly Case's Artrageous (3/1, Art Stafford Jr.) and Legacy Racing, Nanticoke Racing, Reggie Hazzard and Gary Calloway's Delishka N (4/1, Allan Davis) among the field of eight. The featured event for older trotters if the Charles Murphy Jr. Memorial, the seventh race. Victor Kirby's Jammin Jack (2/1, Kirby) will look to make his state fair debut a winning one after a banner 2019 campaign in which he has been in the top three in 16 of 20 starts. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Nanticoke Racing Inc, Barry Spedden and Joshua Parker's Almighty Johnson N ($16, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:56.1 harness racing winner in the $17,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The New Zealand-import had a slow start to his domestic career, after finishing off the board in his first three starts. The 8-year-old Majestic Son gelding has quickly turned it around however, with three straight victories for co-owner/trainer Parker. He left the gate quickly from post position two and assumed command where he would set fractions of 28.1, 57.3 and 1:27.1. Jammin Jack challenged first over and battled gamely through the stretch, but would come up a head short to Almighty Johnson. Theresademoninme finished third. Allan Davis had three winners on the card. Mike Cole and Tony Morgan each had a driving double. Live racing on the Delaware circuit now goes on a hiatus until the traditional Governor's Day program (special 7 p.m. post time) during the Delaware State Fair on July 25.   Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Carol Jamieson Parker's Dark Dutchess ($2.40, Jack Parker Jr.) and Andrew Glassmeyer's Embrace The Grind ($2.20, Jon Roberts) completed a sweep of her 3-year-old filly Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $20,000 harness racing eliminations Wednesday with a 2:00.4 win. Dark Duchess, a He's Spooky filly, overcame an early break in stride near the quarter-mile to regroup and make the lead approaching the half-mile and she would never relent in her victory over Miss Popeye and Bella's Party Punk. Embrace The Grind was victorious via a 2:01 front end score over Just As Striking and Rich N Royal. The Keystone Activator gelding has won 10 of 13 career starts for his owner/trainer. Disco Soliel (Rod Allen) won the first of two non-wagering events, this one for fillies. Owned by Rod Allen for trainer Carlo Poliseno, the CR Commando filly was a 2:02.2 winner over Cierra's Choice and Royal Locket. It was her eighth career win. Meanwhile, Bay Pond Racing's Dr Grinch (Jeff Fout) was a wire-to-wire winner in the second non-wagering division, this one for colts and geldings. The Giant Hit gelding held off all comers on the front and was a half-length winner over Go Jetem and Phantom Feet. The top eight point earners from the 3-year-old DSBF events will return to compete in $100,000 finals on July 25. Allan Davis won four races, while Jon Roberts won three. Ross Wolfenden and Montrell Teague each had two.   Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Two Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $20,000 divisional eliminations for pacing fillies headlined the Tuesday Harrington Raceway harness racing program. In And Out Again (Ross Wolfenden) won the early non-wagering division in 1:55 over Anneke and Paper Bag. Owned by Jason and Tim Skinner, the daughter of Roddy's Bags Again notched her sixth win of the year and fifth straight in DSBF company. Katie Killen's Roddy's At It Again ($6.80, Art Stafford Jr.) sprung a mild upset in the second division with a front end win over last week's winner, Biggiesecondshot. Rainy Day May was third. A daughter of Roddy's Bags Again, it was her sixth career win for trainer Tim Torbert. In the $17,000 Mares Open, David Banks' Sayulita ($3.80, Wolfenden) was an open length winner over Arts And Flowers and Goin Again in 1:52.4 for her trainer/driver. For the second straight night, Wolfenden had four wins on the card. Tony Morgan also won four races. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Two $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund's second leg of stakes action for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings headlined the Monday harness racing program at Harrington Raceway. Jo Ann Looney-King's Chillaxin Away (Victor Kirby) was a 1:54.1 winner in the first, which was a non-wagering event. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding maintained an easy lead throughout and was an open length winner over Haymitch and Son Of A Lynx. The second division saw a 30-to-1 upset as Humpback Hill Farm's Aintnosunshine ($63, Ross Wolfenden) was a 1:56.3 winner over Dashiki and Janaid. The No Spin Zone colt registered his maiden win with a late surge to the lead near the wire for trainer Salvatore Sciarrino. Race favorite Numbered Account made a break near the top of the stretch while on the lead and finished fifth. Daiymir ($10.60, Montrell Teague) was a 1:51.4 winner in the $17,000 Open for owner George Teague Jr. and trainer Clyde Francis. The Mr. Wiggles colt recorded his 20th career win in front end fashion over Silver Fox J and Dialamara. Wolfenden had four wins on the card. Montrell Teague had three. Mike Cole and Victor Kirby each had a driving double. Sophomore pacing fillies will go post ward in two DSBF divisions on Tuesday with four divisions for trotters on Wednesday, two of which are non-wagering before the 4:30 p.m. wagering program.   Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund action for trotters headlined the Wednesday harness racing program at Harrington Raceway with four $20,000 divisions in the first of two elimination legs. The top 8 point earners from the eliminations will compete in a $100,000 final on July 25. Two of the races were conducted prior to the wagering card in non-wagering events. Dark Dutchess (Jack Parker Jr.) was a 2:00.4 winner in the filly division for owner/trainer Carol Jamieson-Parker. The He's Spooky filly notched her second career win in front end fashion over Miss Popeye and Royal Locket. Andrew Glassmeyer's Embrace The Grind (Jon Roberts) prevailed in the second non-wagering event, this one for colts and geldings. The Keystone Activator gelding was a 2:01 winner over Rich N Royal and Gettinziggywitit for his owner/trainer. In the second filly division, Rod Allen's Disco Soliel suffered her first defeat of the season, as Stop The Jade Farm's Bella's Party Punk ($10.60, Russell Foster) sprung a mild upset in 2:01. Disco Soliel was second with Command The Day third. Trained by Chase Vandervort, the Super Punk sired filly registered her second career victory. Just As Striking ($4.40, Eddie Dennis) was a 2:01 winner in the second division for colts and geldings. The Anders Bluestone gelding was a front end winner over Dr Grinch and Shermans Way for trainer/driver Dennis. Owned by E&K Stables, EJ and LG Walters and Paul Williamson, it was his third career victory. In the overnight feature, the $20,000 Open Trot, Howard and Linda Dege's Blownoutofthewater ($6.20, Tony Morgan) was a 1:55.1 winner for trainer Will Reynolds.   Matthew Sparacino

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