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Penzance Hanover won back to back and wire-to-wire in the Open Pace at Dover Downs as the current race meet came to a close on Thursday night. Driver Art Stafford Jr. wasted no time and launched Penzance Hanover right to the top. The even odds betting choice JJ Flynn and driver Allan Davis retreated to the pocket. Penzance Hanover scorched fractions of :26.2 for the quarter.  The half was reached in :54 seconds flat.  Numbered Account and driver Tim Tetrick followed a first-over Itsrockandroll A into the backstretch 2nd over on the rim. Penzance Hanover and Art Stafford Jr. led the field under wraps,  to the three quarters in 1:22.3. A pesky Itsrockandroll A,  who was parked the entire mile, became leg weary at the top of the stretch.  This allowed JJ Flynn and Alan Davis an opportunity to take a clear shot at Penzance Hanover but could not gain on the leader. Penzance Hanover, a former $25,000 claimer, won by a comfortable length and a half.in 1:49.3.  The clocking his lifetime mark. PENZANCE HANOVER REPLAY   It was Penzance Hanover’s 3rd consecutive victory and back to back tallies in the Open Pace.  He paid $11 for the win. Penzance Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere) is owned, trained and driven by Art Stafford Jr. Stafford Jr has been the hottest driver at Dover Downs over the past month. JJ Flynn  finished a frustrated 2nd for trainer Chuck Crissman Jr. and driver Allan Davis. Itsrockandroll A,  who was parked every step of the mile finished 3rd.  Dylan Davis was the trainer and Corey Callahan drove. Earlier in the day leading honors were recognized during the Dover Downs race meeting. Joe Columbo is the meet’s leading trainer.  The meet’s leading driver was Tim Tetrick. The trotter Northern Express was honored as the horse of the meet. Racing returns to Harrington Raceway on Monday April 12.  Post Time is 4:30 pm. For full race results, click here.  by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

DOVER, DE -  Moments of Joy splashed her way to a harness racing victory in the Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night over a sloppy, rain-soaked track.  Moments Of Joy earned vindication honors by defeating Scuola Hanover, who upset her last week in the Mares Open. She and Infinite Symbol A were the quickest away from the gate. Driver Victor Kirby and Moments of Joy proved the aggressor as they pulled the pocket and seized the lead away from Infinite Symbol A at the quarter pole. Moments Of Joy cut fractions of :26.3 to the quarter and the half in :55.3. Scuola Hanover and driver Art Stafford Jr. were willing to lay their three race win streak on the line.  They moved off the rail from fourth uncovered and hustled down the backstretch in full attack mode.  Moments Of Joy and Kirby were in full flight as they reached the three quarters in 1:22.4.  That third quarter was paced in 27.1. In the stretch Moments of Joy and Scuola Hanover,  the 3/2 race favorite set up a classic stretch duel.  However, at the wire, Moments Of Joy dug down deep  and won by a nose in 1:50 flat.  MOMENTS OF JOY REPLAY   She paid $7.00 for the win. The last half was paced in 54.2 and the last quarter was marched off in 27.1 over the rain soaked, sloppy racing surface. Moments Of Joy (Western Terror) is owned and trained by Bryan Truitt. Scuola Hanover finished a hard fought 2nd.  Andrew Stafford trained and his brother Art Stafford Jr. drove. 40-1 shot Feeling Sweet finished 3rd for Dover Downs’ leading trainer of the racing meet  Joe Columbo.  Mike Cole drove.  Owner, breeder and trainer Brenda Teague had a double on the evening card. Dover Downs returns for it’s final day of the racing meet on Thursday. Post Time is 4:30 pm..    Harness racing returns to Harrington Raceway on April 12.  Post Time is 4:30 pm. For full results, click here. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Scirocco Rob sought vindication and won the Open Handicap Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Last week, Scirocco Rob was going to win the race when he made a rare break and was placed from first to fourth. This week he made up for the break with a rousing victory, trotting from off the pace. At the start,  there was a three horse scramble for the early lead. The 8/5 race favorite JL Cruze left sharply along with Jack Vernon and the mare Pat Matters. As the dust cleared going to the quarter, JL Cruze gave the lead to Pat Matters She had settled in third early then brushed to the top.  The quarter was reached in a solid :27 seconds and the half was reached in 55.1.  Pat Matters maintained an uncontested lead. Northern Express and Russell Foster moved off the rail past the half and trotted 1st over in pursuit of the pace setter Pat Matters.  Scirocco Rob and driver Tim Tetrick were towed 2nd over and in perfect position to pounce on the leaders. Pat Matters continued on a comfortable two length lead, over JL Cruze.  Pat Matters reached the three quarters in 1:23.1 and seemingly started to draw off as JL Cruze began to get leg weary in the pocket. Turning for home both Northern Express and Scirocco Rob began gobbling up real estate with every stride.  In the deep stretch,  Scirocco Rob thundered home to win by three quarters of a length in 1:51.3 and paid $6.60 to win. SCIROCCO ROB REPLAY   Scirocco Rob (Explosive Matter)  is owned by Lewis Whitaker Jr. and Kathleen Whitaker.  Mark Silva does the training. Northern Express, who was placed 1st last week due to the untimely break by Scirocco Rob, finished 2nd this week for trainer Arty Foster Jr. Earlier in the week, Northern Express was announced as Dover Downs’ Horse Of The Meet. Pat Matters, who set all the race fractions, finished 3rd for trainer Nifty Norman.  Andrew McCarthy drove. Tim Tetrick won 4 races on the betting card.  Pat Berry won three races. Racing continues on Wednesday at Dover Downs. Post Time is 4:30 pm For full race results, click here.   by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

DOVER, DE -   The former harness racing claimer Penzance Hanover collared the Open pacers at Dover Downs on Thursday night, scoring an upset triumph at odds of 19-1. Driver Montrell Teague reversed driver tactics and sent JJ Flynn quickly out of the gate and seized the early lead from speedball Sicily. The quarter was a hard fought :25.4. JJ Flynn continued to lead the field to the half in a moderate :55.2. Slick Tony, the even odds betting favorite and Ross Wolfenden pulled off the rail 1st up from fourth.  Penzance Hanover shadowed 2nd over with driver Art Stafford Jr.  Penzance Hanover circled three wide and challenged JJ Flynn to the three quarters in 1:22.4. The two former claimers battled it out in the lane. Penzance Hanover powered by to win in 1:50.1 by a neck and paid $41.60 to win. PEZANCE HANOVER REPLAY   Penzance Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere) is owned, trained and driven by Art Stafford Jr. JJ Flynn finished 2nd for trainer Chuck Crissman Jr. Sicily trained by Wayne Givens and driven by Victor Kirby was third. Alan Davis picked up three wins on the betting card.  Racing resumes on Monday at Dover Downs.  Post time is 4:30 pm For full results, click here.   by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Scuola Hanover secures her third consecutive harness racing win in takes the Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Heavy rains did not deter Scuola Hanover from finding the winners’ circle for driver Art Stafford, Jr.  Moments of Joy, the 4/5 race favorite, and her driver Victor Kirby, blasted off the wings and cleared for the early lead. She set uncontested fractions of 27.2 to the quarter, and the half in 56.3.  The field remained in single file until Scuola Hanover moved off the rail from 3rd.  Art Stafford Jr. and Scuola Hanover were in full throttle as they aggressively challenged the pacesetter Moments Of Joy and Victor Kirby before the three quarter station. The dueling mares unleashed a :27.3 quarter, as they reached the three quarters in 1:24.1. In the deep stretch,  Scuola Hanover was able to maneuver past a game, Moments Of Joy, to the wire. Scuola Hanover (Rocknroll Dance) won by one and a quarter lengths in 1:51.1 and paid $5.80.  She paced a last half in 54 seconds and a last quarter in 27 seconds flat, over a rain soaked, sloppy track.  SCUOLA HANOVER REPLAY   It was her third consecutive victory for owners, Arthur and Andrew  Stafford as well as Thomas Ireland. In the paddock  after the race,  trainer Andrew Stafford cited  “She is a worker and wants to race. “She has a great attitude and has never been better.” Her driver, Art Stafford Jr. agreed with his brother Andrew Stafford. Moments Of Joy raced hard, but  finished 2nd for trainer Bryan Truitt. Victor Kirby drove.   Infinite Symbol A sat the pocket and finished third for trainer Dylan Davis. Tim Tetrick was in the bike. Racing resumes on Thursday night with a post time of 4:30 pm. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

It has been said that sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. That proved to be correct in the harness racing Open Handicap Trot tonight at Dover Downs. At the start of the race, Scirocco Rob protected rail position by parking out Morairtime and Northern Express. Jack Parker Jr and Morairtime were hard pressed and cleared  the lead in 26.4.  Scirocco Rob, the three to five race race favorite, settled into the pocket.  Morairertime marched to the half in 55 seconds flat. At the five eighths marker, Northern Express trotted first up and challenged Morairtime to the three quarters in 1:23.3.  Jack Vernon was towed into a 2nd over trip on the rim. As Morairtime and Northern Express battled in the lane,  Tim Tetrick guided a fired up Scirocco Rob into the passing lane.  Scirocco Rob held a brief lead before going off stride in the stretch, before and after the wire.   The Judges placed Scirocco Rob from 1st to 4th for failure to lose ground while on a break.  Northern Express was declared the winner. Northern Express won by a neck in 1:52 and was sent off at odds of 11-1. NORTHERN EXPRESS REPLAY   Northern Express (Muscle Massive)  is owned and trained by Arty Foster Jr. Russell Foster drove. Jack Vernon was placed 2nd for trainer Dylan Davis. Corey Callahan drove. Morairtime was placed third for trainer Carol Jamieson-Parker.   Dover Downs will conduct qualifying races on Wednesday March 31.  The racing season concludes on Thursday April 1st. Racing continues on Wednesday at Dover Downs.  Post time is 4:30 pm. Stall Applications for Harrington Raceway must be turned in by April 1st. For full race results, click here.    by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Goldberg wins back to back in the Open Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. Heavy rains presented a huge speed variant on Thursday night. Harness racing driver Montrell Teague knowingly played the sloppy track to his advantage and sent Goldberg right on the engine and to the top. Goldberg set uncontested race fractions of :27.3 to the quarter and :56.1 to the half.  Itsrockandroll A rolled 1st up past the half. Slick Tony grabbed the second over cover.  They chased the leader Goldberg to the three quarters in 1:23.3 pacing the quarter in 27.2 In the stretch, Goldberg maintained a safe lead to the wire and won by a neck in 1:51.1 as the 4/5 betting choice. GOLDBERG REPLAY   Goldberg (Mr. Wiggles) is owned by Mst Racing Inc.  Clyde Francis trains. Numbered Account rode the pocket and finished second for trainer Scott Di Domenico.  Tim Tetrick drove. Itsrockandroll A  raced a rugged 1st over trip and finished third for trainer Dylan Davis.  Corey Callahan handled the driving duties. Racing resumes at Dover Downs on Thursday.  Post Time is 4:30 pm For full race results, click here.   by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Scuola Hanover captured the Mares Winners Over/ Select Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday. At the start of the race,  harness racing driver Ross Wolfenden catapulted My Kiwi Lady N to the front.  She set fractions of 28.2 to the quarter. Wolfenden backed the half off in 57.2.  It was a pedestrian 29.2 for this class. Scuola Hanover,  the 4/5 race favorite, and driver Art Stafford Jr. moved off the rail from fourth and accelerated the pace.  They attacked 1st over and pressured My Kiwi Lady N to the three quarters in 1:24.2.  The ladies paced the third quarter in 27.2. At the top of the lane, Scuola Hanover wore down the leader My Kiwi Lady N and won by a length and three quarters in 1:51.1.  She was sent off as the 4/5 race favorite. SCUOLA HANOVER REPLAY   Scuola Hanover (Rocknroll Dance)  is owned by Art Stafford, Andrew Stafford and Thomas Ireland.  Players only had to identify owner Tom Ireland as a great hunch play on St. Patrick’s Day.  Scuola Hanover paced a last half in 53.4. Trainer Andrew Stafford, when asked about Scuola Hanover’s trip, stated “  She loves to work and is real sharp right now”.  Andrew Stafford’s brother Art Stafford Jr. drove., Sassa’s Sister finished a fast closing second for 87 year old trainer Jim Porter.  My Kiwi Lady N, the pacesetter finished third for trainer Chris Scicluna. Racing continues on Thursday at Dover Downs.  Post Time is 4:30 pm. For full race results, click here. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Moraitime humbled the harness racing field in the Winners Over Select/Open Handicap at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Morairtime and Northern Express both left alertly for early race position.  Jack Vernon, the 6/5 race favorite and driver Corey Callahan moved off the rail from third. They were parked to the quarter in 27.2.  Jack Vernon finally cleared and took the lead from a pesky Northern Express just before the half in 55.2. Jack Parker Jr.  and Morairtime moved off the rail from third and sprinted down the backstretch.  They  looked Jack Vernon in the eye and went on by at the three quarters in 1:23.2  Morairtime cleared easily  past the three quarter pole but now had company in the form of Northern Express and driver Russell Foster  They were in high gear.  However, Morairtime was up to the challenge.  In the deep stretch, with the race in hand, a confident Jack Parker Jr. high reigned  to the finish in 1:52.4.  Parker Jr’s  driving technique was in reverence for his grandfather Howard Parker, whom Jack would watch drive as a child.   Morairtime( Airzoom Lindy) won by three quarters of a length and was sent off at odds of 3-1. Morairtime is owned by Jack Parker’s high school friend James Moore III. Jack’s wife Carol Jamieson-Parker trains. Northern Express raced gamely and finished 2nd for trainer Arty Foster Jr. His Son Russell Foster drove. Whimsical Chapter finished 3rd for trainer Josh Green and driver Tony Morgan. Racing resumes on Wednesday  at Dover Downs. Post Time is 4:30 pm. For full race results, click here. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Goldberg shocked the field and the harness racing fans in the $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night, paying $35.80 to win. Driver Montrell Teague was able to utilize the quick early speed of Goldberg and gained a pocket trip.  It proved to be the winning strategy. Corey Callahan sent Bo Mach aggressively to the top and intimidated the field in the early going.  The field remained in post position order as Bo Mach set fractions of :27 to the quarter and a pedestrian half in :56.1. The 3/5 race favorite, Solid Gold N and Tim Tetrick moved off the rail from 6th, in front of the stands, as time was ticking away. Tetrick and Solid Gold N, found cover from a 1st over JJ Flynn.  JJ Flynn provided heavy pressure as Bo Mach motored to the three quarters in 1:23.  Goldberg and Montrell Teague remained  in the pocket and found a seam late in the passing lane.  Goldberg won by a neck in 1:50.1 at odds of 16-1.  Goldberg paced a last half in :54 seconds and the last quarter was marched off in :27 seconds flat.   Goldberg (Mr Wiggles) is owned by Montrell Teague’s Mst Stables Inc. Clyde Frances trains Goldsberg. Bo Mach cut all the race fractions and finished 2nd. Dylan Davis traines. Solid Gold N, the three to five favorite, closed to finish third for trainer Jim King Jr.   Tim Tetrick won 5 races on the 12 race betting card.   Racing resumes at Dover Downs on Monday.  Post Time is 4:30 pm. For full results, click here. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Moments of Joy dominated the winners over/Select pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Moments of Joy left sharply at the start of the race but was parked out to the quarter by My Kiwi Lady N who eventually settled in the pocket. Victor Kirby had the hammer down as he hustled Moments Of Joy to the quarter in a blistering 26.3 then wheeled to the half in 55.2. Early pressure was applied by a 1st up Infinite Symbol A as the field passed in front of the stands in tiers, towards the halfway mark.  Anytime N shadowed 2nd over on the rim. Sassas’s Sister was 3rd over. Infinite Symbol A continued her assault on pacesetter Moments Of Joy as they reached the three quarters as a team in 1:22.4.  In the stretch, Kirby and Moments of Joy went into another gear and won in 1:50 by 3 lengths and established a lifetime mark.       Moments of Joy (Western Terror-Joy Luck Hall)  is owned and trained by Bryan Truitt. Victorby Kirby drove. Kiwi Lady N took advantage of the pocket trip and finished 2nd for trainer Chris Scicluna and driver Ross Wolfenden. Sassa’s Sister closed from 6th and finished 3rd for her trainer Jim Porter. Tim Tetrick was in the bike. Racing continues Thursday at Dover Downs. Post Time is 4:30 p.m. EST. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

On a warm night with temperatures in the mid 60’s, the two speed horses in the Dover Downs feature finished first and second. Bluebird Jesse and Majestic Marvel were the quickest to leave from the starting gate. Bluebird Jesse muscled his way to the top and Majestic Marvel retreated to the pocket. Bluebird Jesse was able to set uncontested fractions of 28 to the quarter. The half was reached in 57.1. Swan Legacy pulled off the rail from sixth, before the half. Pat Berry hustled Swan Legacy 1st over and pressured Bluebird Jesse to the three quarters in 1:25.1 At the top of the stretch, Swan Legacy weakened and Perfect Stick circled three wide but was unable to gain any ground. At the 7/8th pole, Corey Callahan and Majestic Marvel found a seam in the passing lane and surged past Bluebird Jesse at the wire. Majestic Marvel (Majestic Son) won by a neck in 1:53.2. Mike Casalino Jr. and Dylan Davis are the owners. Dylan Davis also trained and Corey Callahan drove the perfect trip.       Bluebird Jesse, the 1/5 race favorite, lost in the photo and finished 2nd for trainer Jim King Jr. Tim Tetrick drove. Whimzical Chapter, was third for trainer Josh Green. Victor Kirby drove. Racing continues on Wednesday at Dover Downs. Post Time is 4:30 pm EST.     by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Dover, DE - Tiger Thompson N was a 16-1 upset harness racing winner in the Open Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. US Captain and driver Mike Cole, raced on an uncontested lead and set fractions of :26.4, :54.4 and 1:23. At the five eights marker,  Slick Tony and Victor Kirby,  launched their bid from fourth and raced 1st up and coverless into a brisk thirty mile per hour wind.  Itsrockandroll A, the even odds favorite, caught a 2nd over journey. Tiger Thompson N and Art Stafford Jr.encountered excess cover on the rim and circled four wide near the three quarters.  Tiger Thompson N  powered by everyone in the stretch and won by a measured length in 1:51 flat.  He paid $35.60 for the win.   Tiger Thompson N is sired by Big Jim and is owned by Nanticoke Racing, Joshua Parker and S. Messick.  Joshua Parker is the trainer. JJ Flynn, who was dead last at the head of the stretch, finished 2nd for trainer Chuck Crissman Jr.  Montrell Teague was the pilot. Itsrockandroll A finished third and is trained by Dylan Davis Corey Callahan was the driver. Racing resumes on Monday at Dover Downs.  Post time is 4:30 pm. For full race results, click here.   by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Shes Pukka N won back to back starts in the Mares Open harness racing pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Shes Pukka N and driver Tony Morgan left alertly as did Anytime N and Soho Burning Love A.  They were both parked to the quarter.  Morgan then released Anytime N to the quarter in 26.3.  Soho Burning Love A, normally a closer, was parked to the quarter and finally cleared for the lead at the half in 54.  Anytime N respectfully took back to second. Soho Burning A was in full flight as Skateboard Chic and Alan Davis grinded 1st up. They reached the three quarters in 1:22 flat. In the stretch, Anytime N and Montrell Teague chose to ease out of the pocket. Tony Morgan and Shes Pukka N chose to remain on the rail from third.  Morgan’s intuition proved to be the winning strategy as Shes Pukka N won by 3/4 of a length in 1:50.2.  She paid $11.20 for the win.   Shes Pukka N (Betterthancheddar)  is owned by Peter Paul Venturini and trained by Brian Malone.    Anytime N raced well and finished 2nd.for trainer Josh Green. Soho Burning Love A,  the 3/5 betting favorite, was 3rd for trainer Jim King Jr. Tim Tetrick was in the bike.  Tony Morgan and Tim Tetrick each won three races on the betting card.   Racing resumes on Thursday at Dover Downs.  Post time is 4:30 pm. For full results, click here. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Scirocco Rob dominated in the $20,000 Open Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Scirocco Rob proved his harness racing dominance and versatility by winning at 2 separate race tracks back to back.  Scirocco Rob won at the Meadowlands last week and traveled down the New Jersey turnpike and won tonight at Dover Downs. At the start, there was a 3 horse attack heading to the quarter pole.  Scirocco Rob settled in fourth, then attacked after being parked to the quarter in 27 seconds flat. Morairtime and Jack Parker Jr. accepted the pocket ride.  Northern Express settled in third.  Scirocco Rob and driver Tim Tetrick then led the field to the half in 55.2 Midway down backstretch, Northern Express  and driver Russell Foster pulled first over and pressured Scirocco Rob to the three quarters in 1:24. They raced as a team into the stretch.  From there, Scirocco Rob, the 4/5 race favorite powered to the top and won by a half length in 1:53.2 on a chilly 35 degree evening.   Scirocco Rob  (Explosive Matter)  is owned by Lewis Whitaker Jr. and Kathleen Whitaker.  Mark Silva trains. Northern Express, raced a game 1st over bid but finished 2nd for trainer Arty Foster Jr.  Bluebird Jesse was third.  Jim King Jr. trained and Alan Davis drove. Tim Tetrick had a big night winning six of twelve races on the betting card. Racing resumes on Wednesday.  Post time is 4:30 pm at Dover Downs. For full race results, click here.   by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

DOVER, DE - Slick Tony eeked out a sharp win in the Open Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. Due to snow, harness racing at Dover Downs had been canceled consecutive weeks.  Trainer George Leager raced Slick Tony 4 days ago at Rosecroft Raceway intending to give him a race conditioning edge. The other horses in the field were off three or four weeks due to the weather cancellations. It proved the correct choice. Slick Tony and driver Victor Kirby blasted away from the gate for early race position.  Mission was accomplished. Dexter Dunn and Tiger Thompson N settled in third, then rushed up to take the lead away from Slick Tony at the quarter.  Tiger Thompson N  passed the quarter in 27 flat.  The half was reached in 55.3. Tyga Hanover and Yannick Gingras pulled the right lines from fourth and marched down the backstretch 1st over in attack mode. Itsrockandroll A  shadowed  2nd over on the rim. Tiger Thompson N maintained the lead to the three quarters in 1:23 flat,  pacing a 27.2 quarter. At the top of the stretch, Kirby was able to tiptoe down along the rail from the pocket, and won by three quarters of a length in 1:51.  He paid $4.20 to win as the race favorite.   Slick Tony (No Spin Zone) is owned and trained by George Leager.  Tyga Hanover raced a roughed up trip and finished 2nd for trainer Andrew Harris.  Itsrockandroll A benefitted from the 2nd over trip and finished third for trainer Dylan Davis.  Corey Callahan drove. Racing resumes at Dover Downs on Monday.  Post Time is 4:30 pm. For full race results, click here. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

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