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

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

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

Itsrockandroll A captures the Open Handicap pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. At the start of the race, Itsrockandroll A left quickly, and driver Corey Callahan was able to settle into third. Trojan Banner N and Shneoncrzydiamond A disputed the early lead. Trojan Banner N won that early battle and led the field to the quarter in 28.1. Itsrockandroll A took his cue and sprinted from third past the quarter to gain command reaching the half in 56.1. Goldberg, normally on the lead, raced from off the pace and rallied on the outside picking up horses one by one down the backstretch. The three quarters were reached in 1:24.1  Goldberg was able to grab the lead but not the rail as a stubborn Itsrockandroll A fought back at the top of the stretch. In the deep stretch,  Itsrockandroll A retained the lead late, and won by a neck, as the even odds favorite.  The race time was 1:51.2 Itsrockandroll A (A Rocknroll Dance) is owned by Michael Casalino Jr. and Dylan Davis. Dylan Davis trained and Corey Callahan was the driver. Goldberg finished 2nd for trainer Brenda Teague and driver Montrell Teague. Itsrockandroll A Rollwithpapajoe was third for trainer Jennifer Bongiorno and driver Tony Morgan. Racing resumes at Dover Downs on Monday.  Post time is 4:30 pm.    Alex Kraszewski

Soho Burning Love A was super good in the harness racing Mares Preferred/Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night World Champion Shartin N, led the field in the post parade one last time with her trainer Jim King Jr. in the bike, as she started her next journey into retirement.  Her stablemate Soho Burning Love A apparently wanted some of her own love and won the Mares Preferred/ Open pace.  She’s Pukka N and Feelin Red Hot were quickest away from the gate. Feelin Red Hot retook the lead from She’s Pukka N and posted 27.3 opening quarter.  She remained on an uncontested lead to the half in 55.2. Soho Burning Love A chose to race from off the pace and was able to shadow a perfect second over trip from race favorite Bettors Heart N. The three quarters were reached 1:23.2.   A classic stretch duel between Bettors Heart N and Soho Burning Love A ensued.  But just like her stablemate Shartin N did so many times during her racing career, Soho Burning Love A, was able to dig down deep and grind out a victory. The race time was 1:51.3 and the margin of victory was a head. She was sent off as the 3/2 second choice in the wagering. Soho Burning Love A Soho Burning Love A (Auckland Reactor N) is owned by Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King the same former owners of Shartin N. Jim King Jr. trained and Tim Tetrick was her driver. Finishing second was a game, race favorite, Bettors Heart N. She is trained by R. Nifty Norman. Dexter Dunn was her driver. Machnhope finished third for trainer Noel Daley and driver Andrew McCarthy. Tim Tetrick won five races on the card. Live racing continues Thursday at Dover Downs. Post Time is 4:30 pm. Shartin N winning a $50,000 Invite at Dover Downs on March the 4th, 2020 in sensational fashion   Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs

Pat Matters earns a harness racing track record in victory Tuesday night at Dover Downs. Pat Matters shattered the track record for older trotting mares at Dover Downs. The record was previously held by Buck I St. Pat of 1:53 in 2008. Pat Matters left alertly and took the field through a quick 26.2 opening quarter. Warrior One was parked to the quarter and motored up before the half seizing the lead from Pat Matters. The half was trotted in 55 seconds flat. At the 5/8 ths, Andrew McCarthy boldly pulled the pocket as Warrior One began to labor, angling off the rail to take the lead. Jack Vernon challenged the leader to the three quarters which was trotted in 1:23. At the top of the stretch, Jack Vernon and the 7/5 race favorite Scirocco Rob closed stoutly but could not make up any ground on Pat Matters. Pat Matters, the lone mare in the race, reached down for more trot and won by a half length in 1:51.2 and an aged mare track record. Pat Matters (Explosive Matter) is owned by Patricia Stables. The red hot Nifty Norman is her trainer and Andrew McCarty her driver. Jack Vernon raced first over but finished second for trainer Dylan Davis and driver Corey Callahan. Race favorite Scirocco Rob finished third for trainer Mark Silva and driver Tim Tetrick. Pat Matters Owners, George and Tina Dennis, trainer Joe Columbo and driver Mike Cole combined for a racing grand slam by winning four races. Lou’s Lucky’s Girl and Under Contract completed the daily double. Cashmeonthetrack took the fourth race. Blue Cupertino won the eight and notched win number four. World Champion Shartin N, will lead the field in the post parade for the 11th race Mares Open pace on Wednesday night. This time in retirement. There will be a brief ceremony in recognition of her accomplishments in the winner’s circle. Live racing continues tomorrow at Dover Downs. Post Time is 4:30 pm. Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs

Goldberg strikes gold and takes the harness racing $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. Goldberg, left quickly from the gate and was able to wrestle the early lead from speedster Late Mail N. Goldberg cleared the lead at the quarter in a rapid 27.1.  Montrell Teague was able to throttle Goldberg’s speed and they arrived at the half in 56.1,  a 29.1 quarter. At the five eighth marker, Itsrockandroll A and Corey Callahan moved off the rail and charged after the leader. They reached the three quarters in 1:24 flat, a 27.4 quarter. In the deep stretch, Goldberg prevailed, and won by a half length in 1:50.4. The last half was paced in 54.3. The last quarter was 26.4. Goldberg (Mr. Wiggles) is owned by MST Racing Inc.  He is trained by Brenda Teague and nephew Montrell Teague was the driver. Goldberg returned $4.80 for the victory. Goldberg Itsrockandroll A, fought hard, but finished second, as the 6/5 race favorite. Dylan Davis trained and Corey Callahan drove. Trojan Banner N picked up the show spot for trainer Jim King Jr. Tim Tetrick drove. Live racing resumes at Dover Downs on Monday January 4th.   Post time is 4:30 pm   Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs

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

JL Cruze earns a harness racing victory in the Open Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night.   JL Cruze was driven aggressively by Dexter Dunn as they left then retook the lead at the quarter pole. Jl Cruze set fractions of 27 56 1:24.3 and a winning time of 1:52.3.   Pat Matters and Andrew Mc Carthy were able to grab cover from Jack Vernon nearing the three quarter pole and mounted a steady challenge.     In the stretch, JL Cruze and Dexter Dunn were able to hold a pocket sitting Scirocco Rob, to win by a neck as the 3/5 race favorite.   Jl Cruze trotted a last half in 56.3 and a last quarter in 28 seconds flat in victory.   Jl Cruze ( Crazed) is owned by Wood, Dittmar Jr. and Laquinta.    For JL Cruze,  it was his 41st lifetime victory and lifetime earnings exceeding 1.5 million dollars.   Jl Cruze (Crazed)  is trained by Eric Ell and was driven by Dexter Dunn.   Pocket sitting Scirocco Rob was second for trainer Mark Silva and driver Tim Tetrick.   Jack Vernon finished third for trainer Mark Silva and driver Tim Tetrick.   JL Cruze   Pat Berry won four races on the card.   Post Time for Dover Downs is 4:30 pm   Alex Kraszewski  

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

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

Soho Burning Love A overcame a Nor'easter and won back to back in the harness racing Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. It was a highly contested opening quarter as three mares fought for the early lead over the sloppy surface. Shes Pukka N, Sunny Dee and Machnhope all left in a line and passed the quarter in 27 seconds flat. Machnhope cleared the lead but not before reaching the half in a blistering 54 seconds flat.  Soho Burning Love A and Tim Tetrick moved off the rail from sixth. They spotted the leader eight lengths as Tetrick mounted his charge coverless and 1st over. Machnhope continued to lead to the three quarters in 1:22.4.   Tetrick and Soho Burning Love A, surged past a tiring Machnhope in the stretch and won convincingly by two and a half lengths. The time of the mile was 1:50.1.  Soho Burning Love A (Auckland Reactor N) was sent off as the 6/5 race favorite. Soho Burning Love A is owned by Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King.  Jim King Jr. is the trainer and Tim Tetrick, the driver. Machnhope finished second for trainer Noel Daley and driver Andrew McCarthy. Sunny Dee finished third for trainer Michael Hall and driver Dexter Dunn. Soho Burning Love A Tomorrow, Dover Downs will host a quartet of $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Finals.  Also on the card is a $24,000 Preferred pace. Dover Downs will conclude for the Christmas Holiday then resume racing on December 28.  Post time for Dover Downs is 4:30 pm.   Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs

When Eric Foster's teenage daughter Emmy christened one of the family's harness racing homebred filly trotters Emmys Mayflower, Foster was not a fan of the name. "I told her I wish she named her something besides that," Foster said with a laugh. "I didn't think that was a very good racehorse name, a winning name. I said, that's not going to be a good horse. "She said, you just wait and see." Emmys Mayflower, by Anders Bluestone out of Stirling Charisma, was born May 1, 2017. Emmy Foster's 15th birthday was a day later. And in the ensuing time, the filly has rewarded Emmy's convictions, almost as if a gift. She heads to Thursday's $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final for 3-year-old female trotters at Dover Downs with eight wins in 13 career starts and $128,224 in earnings. "She's got a mind of her own," Foster said about Emmys Mayflower. "She can be a challenging filly. But once the gate opens, she's a racehorse." Emmys Mayflower, driven regularly by Foster's nephew Russell, finished 2019 with a three-race win streak that included a 1:56.2 victory in the $100,000 DSBF final at Dover. Foster staked the filly to several Grand Circuit events this year, but a bout with sickness following a third-place finish in the Harrington DSBF final on July 8 led to Emmys Mayflower spending four months away from the races. "She really wasn't sharp at Harrington," Foster said. "We pulled her blood, and her blood was way off. She needed to have some time off. I wasn't going to push her. I wanted to get her ready for this part of the season." Emmys Mayflower prepped for her return by winning a qualifier in 1:54.4 at Dover. She followed with victories in a conditioned race and two preliminary rounds of the DSBF. She starts Thursday's final from post eight and is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. "It's going to be a tough race," said Foster, a Maryland resident who trains about a dozen horses and also works as an equine dental technician several days a month. "I'm glad I don't have to drive her. There are good horses in there and they've all got a shot." Dover hosts four DSBF finals for 3-year-olds on Thursday, with racing beginning at 4:30 p.m. (EST). Air Time (with Art Stafford Jr. driving for trainer Carlo Poliseno) is the 5-2 favorite among male trotters while Spinferno (Tim Tetrick-Chuck Crissman Jr.) is the 5-2 choice among female pacers and All About Lynx (Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis) is the 5-2 pick among male pacers. For complete entries, click here. Ken Weingartner

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

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

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

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