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HARRINGTON, DE. - Four $20,000 divisions for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund's (DSBF) 3-year-old trotting stakes were contested on the Wednesday Harrington Raceway program and upsets were abound. The first split for fillies saw a major upset as Shirley Shand's Blue Carats ($86.20, Roger Plante Jr.) notched a win in 2:01 over Orabelle and Stella A. Heavily favored Orabelle, the 2-year-old DSBF champ, led most of the way from post 8 before retreating near the three-quarters. For Blue Carats, it was her first lifetime win for trainer John Rinnier. The Anders Bluestone-Victory Starburst filly is a full sister to former DSBF champ Star Sapphire, who was owned by the late Marv Bachrad, the long-time head of publicity at Dover Downs who is in the Communicators Corner of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Ben Brooks' Master Of Mine ($6.80, Victor Kirby) was a dominant winner in the first division for colts and geldings as he cruised to a 1:58.3 score for trainer John Wilkerson. The Master Lavec-Dilly Dally Delia gelding was an open length winner over Rocky Bomber and Chauffeur. He improved to 2-for-2 on the year and completed a sweep of his eliminations. Race favorite Touch Of White went off stride early in the mile. The 2nd split for colts and geldings saw Jane Dunavant's Riddle Me This ($24.60, Ross Wolfenden) score a 1:58.3 win over Air Time and Zulu. The Dusty Winner-Koala Kat gelding led most of the way in his first career win for trainer Carlo Poliseno. Providence West Inc's Alert ($46.20, Kim Vincent) won the remaining filly division on the front end in 1:59.1 over Dabigspooky Bootah and Emmys Mayflower. Trained by Vincent, the Xactly Hanover-Mitsou Hanover filly was a wire-to-wire winner, collecting her second career win. Emmy's Mayflower, last week's elimination winner and 2-year-old DSBF champ, was the 1-to-9 favorite. The $100,000 DSBF trotting finals will be contested on July 8. In the overnight feature, the $11,000 Open Trot, Brian Carsey, Adam Friedland and Casey Myers Bluebird Jesse ($5.40, Allan Davis) triumphed in 1:55.3 over Photo Bomber and Gillie The Kid. Trained by Jim King Jr., "Jesse" registered his third win of the year and first at Harrington.. Kirby had three wins on the program. Vincent, Davis and Ross Wolfenden each had driving doubles. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

HARRINGTON, DE - Legacy Racing of Delaware's Cinder Rock ($2.20, Allan Davis) was the fastest of three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) second leg divisions for 3-year-old harness racing pacing fillies Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Wayne Givens, the Rockabillie-Cinderella filly left little doubt in her 10 length score over Kit Kat Joy and Spin Sumthin. It was her 7th lifetime win in 9 starts. After being upset in her round one elimination, Cinder Rock quickly rebounded this week to establish herself as the one to beat in next week's $100,000 final. George Minner's Sweet Lil ($5.20, Tony Morgan) completed a sweep of her eliminations with a narrow win over She's Got The Lynx in 1:58 in the first division. The Art Director-Blissful Lil mare regained the lead in deep stretch for a slim victory. Emma was third. Trained by Sheldon Powell, the lightly raced sophomore remained unbeaten in two career starts. The win also gave Morgan, who had three wins, a sweep of the early daily double. Tina Clark's Dragon My Fannie ($9.40, Art Stafford Jr.) was a front end winner in 1:59 in the third and final division over Spinferno and Bashful Smile. The Art Director-Dragon Woman led throughout for her first career win for trainer Bobby Clark. It was one of three wins on the card for Stafford Jr., two of which were trained by his brother Andrew. Allan Davis and Victor Kirby each had two wins. The $100,000 DSBF finals will be the week of July 6-8. The pacing colts/geldings will be up on Monday (July 6), the pacing fillies on Tuesday (July 7) and trotters on Wednesday July 8. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

HARRINGTON, DE - American Nitro ($2.40, Victor Kirby) and Apple Valley Art ($2.20, Tim Tetrick) scored decisive wins in the 2nd $20,000 leg of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) harness racing stakes action Monday at Harrington Raceway. American Nitro, owned by Nanticoke Racing, Arthur Feeney and Daniel Doane, brushed to the front near three quarters and opened up on the field for a 1:54.1 five-length score in the first division for trainer Les Givens. The Badlands Nitro-Jet America gelding recorded his sixth career win. Bebop On The Beach, who set the pace, was second with Aidan third. The second division saw a front end score for Jo Ann Looney-King's Apple Valley Art, who controlled the tempo en route to an easy 1:55.4 score victory for trainer Jim King Jr. The Artzina-Shake Away gelding never had an anxious moment and completed a sweep of his eliminations. Leonard's Legacy was second with Elite Retreat third. Kirby, Tetrick and Russell Foster each had three wins apiece. George Leager's Slick Tony ($7.20, Foster) won the overnight feature, the $11,000 Open Pace, in 1:52.3. Trained by his owner, the 5-year-old No Spin Zone stallion led most of the way and recorded his 37th career win over Luis Alberto N and Wiggle It Jiggleit. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

Harrington, DE — Live racing at Harrington Raceway will continue through July 15 on a Monday through Wednesday basis before a short summer hiatus. There will be no racing during the Delaware State Fair and the Bobby Quillen Memorial has been canceled. Racing will resume on a Monday/Tuesday schedule starting on Aug. 17 before the resumption of a three day a week schedule (Monday through Wednesday) from Sept. 7 through Oct. 21. The second leg of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund stakes action for 3-year-olds will highlight racing for the week of June 29 through July 1. The $100,000 DSBF finals will be featured the week of July 6-8. Stakes action for 2-year-olds will commence Sept. 21 with the finals on Oct. 7. Post time nightly is 4:30 p.m. From Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Four $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund divisions for 3-year-old harness racing trotters took center stage on the Wednesday Harrington Raceway program. Breakaway Racing's Touch Of White ($2.60, Corey Callahan) scored an impressive six length win in the first division for colts and geldings with a 2:00 victory. The Keystone Activator gelding made an aggressive brush to the front near the top of the stretch and overpowered his rivals for an easy win. Chauffeur was second with All Lies third. Trained by Nick Callahan, it was his third career win. The first filly division featured an unexpected result after heavy favorite Orabelle was off stride behind the gate and out of contention which opened the door for Linda Mac Donald's Stella A ($24.40, Ross Wolfenden). Stella A settled off the early pace but was able to mow down rivals late and notch her third career win in 2:03.2 over Green Queen and Katies Blu Diamond. The Anders Bluestone filly is trained by Joe Mac Donald. Ben Brooks' Master Of Mine ($12, Victor Kirby) was a 1:59.1 winner in the second division for colts and geldings. The Master Lavec gelding set all the fractions in an easy win over Rocky Bomber and Zulu. Trained by John Wilkerson, it was his first career win. The final filly division went to Eric Foster's Emmys Mayflower ($2.40, Russell Foster) who overcame post 8 for a two length win over Dabigspooky Bootah and Happy To Do It in 1:59.4. Trained by her owner, the Anders Bluestone led most of the way in recording her fifth career win. Next week will feature the second leg of DSBF action on June 29-July 1 with the $100,000 finals on July 6-8.   Matt Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Trainer Sheldon Powell won two of three $20,000 harness racing divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund's 1st leg for 3-year-old filly pacers Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Powell's first win came with his son Logan Powell's Kit Kat Joy ($8.80, Tony Morgan), who prevailed in 1:58.4 over Dragon My Fannie and Bag of Jewels in the first division on the card. The Southwind Lynx filly recorded her second career win with a front stepping victory. In the final division, first time starter Sweet Lil, also trained by Powell, was a 2:01.4 winner over Foolish Wisdom and Bashful Smile. Owned by George Minner, the Art Director filly had just one qualifying race prior on June 10. Brenda Teague's She's Got The Lynx ($17, Montrell Teague) was the fastest of the three divisional winners with her 1:58 win in the second division. The Southwind Lynx filly scored a significant upset over 1-to-9 favorite Cinder Rock, who set the pace, but was outkicked through the stretch by the pocket-sitting She's Got The Lynx. Trained by her owner, it was the 3rd career win for She's Got The Lynx. Spin Sumthin was third.   Matt Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) action for harness racing 3-year-old male pacers commenced on the Monday Harrington Raceway program with two $20,000 divisions competing in the 1st leg. Apple Valley Art ($2.40, Tim Tetrick), owned by Jo Ann Looney-King, won the first division in 1:55.4. The Artzina gelding seized control with a powerful first over move on the backstretch and opened up on the field to win by 12 lengths. Bookin was second with Iceal third. Trained by Jim King Jr., it was just the second career start for the winner. It was the first of two driving wins for Tetrick on the card. The two pacing heavyweights of the division from last year faced off in the second division, Bebop On The Block, who on the $100,000 final at Dover Downs, and American Nitro who won the final at Harrington. It didn't take long for those two to hook up as 3-to-5 favorite American Nitro assumed command near the quarter mile while 9-to-5 second choice Bebop On The Block waited in second. The outcome from there wasn't as expected however as Bebop On The Block retreated near three-quarters, while Aidan applied pressure to pacesetter American Nitro and Elite Retreat surged down the passing lane in the stretch. In a tight 3-way finish, 21-to-1 Elite Retreat ($44.60, Jeff Fout) edged out his rivals in the photo finish in 1:56, as American Nitro was second and Aidan third. A son of Dream Away, it was the first career win in 12 starts for Elite Retreat, who is trained by his driver. Bret Brittingham joined Tetrick with a driving double. Live racing continues Tuesday with a 4:30 p.m. post time. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - The second week of the 2020 Harrington Raceway meet will feature 9 divisions of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) action for harness racing 3-year-olds as they complete the first of two $20,000 legs. The $100,000 finals will be contested the week of July 6-8. Pacing colts and geldings get underway in two divisions Monday. George Teague Jr. and K&R Racing's All About Lynx (2/1, Montrell Teague) heads the first division. The Southwind Lynx gelding is the only horse in the field who has raced this year, after campaigning in 5 starts this winter and taking a mark of 1:53.3 at Dover Downs. The Clyde Francis-trainee was unraced as a 2-year-old. The second division features Debbie and Brendan Cook's Bebop On The Block (5/2, Tony Morgan) who swept his eliminations and final at Dover last fall for trainer Josh Green. The Gamblers Dream gelding will renew his rivalry with American Nitro (8/5, Victor Kirby) who made $118,160 as a freshman last season for the Les Givens stable. Pacing fillies will go to post in 3 splits Tuesday. Bag Of Jewels (7/5 Kirby) heads the group after a solid season as a freshman for trainer Les Givens and owners Henry Farragalli, Al Feeney, Bay Pond Racing and Bonuccelli Racing. The Roddy's Bags Again filly banked more than $71,000 and won 5 of her 10 races as a 2-year-old. Legacy Racing of Delaware's Cinder Rock (7/5, Allan Davis) is certainly the one to beat after winning 6-of-7 last year and leads the second division for trainer Wayne Givens. The Rockabillie filly, like many of her counterparts has not raced yet this year but is fresh off an adequate qualifying effort in 1:58.3 on June 10. She banked more than $135,000 as a 2-year-old. A six-horse field caps the last division, which appears wide open with first time starter Sweet Lil (5/2, Morgan) - a daughter of Art Director - the morning line favorite for trainer Sheldon Powell and owner George Minner. Trotters will have their turn Wednesday with two divisions apiece for males and females. Jane Dunavant's Chauffeur (Art Stafford Jr.) and Breakaway Racing's Touch Of White (Corey Callahan) both had solid seasons at 2 and will renew their rivalry in the first divisions for colts and geldings. The first filly division will see 2-year-old DSBF champ Orabelle (Morgan) back in action for owners Ed Kimmel and Don Wiest. Trained by Wiest, the Keystone Activator filly banked $111,000 last season. Dunavant's Air Time (Stafford Jr.), a Dusty Winner gelding who made nearly $75,000 last season, will battle familiar foes in the second male division, which includes Rod Allen's Zulu (Allen), who won half his starts as a freshman. Zulu (Cr Commando) is the only horse in the field with a race this year, which was a 2:01 win at Harrington on June 17. The final filly division saw Eric Foster's Emmys Mayflower (Russell Foster) draw post 8 after a terrific season at 2, which was capped with her sweeping the eliminations and final at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. nightly. Matthew Sparacino                      

HARRINGTON, Del. - Frank Canzone and Ronald Sabatini's Photo Bomber ($4.40, Victor Kirby) made his Harrington Raceway debut a winning one Wednesday with a 1:58.4 triumph in the featured $10,000 Open Trot Wednesday. The 6-year-old Explosive Matter led most of the way under confident handling from Kirby for a one length score over Faithfulandtrue and There'sademoninme. Trained by Jay Gannon, it was the 17th career win for Photo Bomber, who has banked more than $250,000 lifetime. Kirby and Tetrick each had a driving double. Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) action for 3-year-olds will kick off next week's racing with the pacing colts/geldings on Monday June 22, pacing fillies on Tuesday June 23 and both sexes of trotters on Wednesday June 24. There will be two legs of $20,000 eliminations before the $100,000 finals will be contested the week of July 6-8. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del - Breakaway Racing's Valuable Art ($8, Corey Callahan) was a 1:54.2 winner in the harness racing $10,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Valuable Art assumed the lead near the opening quarter mile in 27.3 seconds, where she would stay through the half mile in 57 seconds and three-quarters in 1:25.4 before opening up a four length lead near the top of the stretch. Anytime N gained ground late to finish second while Lil O'Reilly held third. Trained by Nick Callahan, it was the 23rd career win for the daughter of Art Official who is closing in on $500,000 in career earnings. Tim Tetrick, Corey Callahan and Art Stafford Jr. each had a driving double. Live racing will continue on a Monday through Wednesday schedule. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway's 74th season of live harness racing returned Monday on a beautiful spring evening. Michael Horn and Alex Rice Jr.'s What A Treasure ($11.80, Corey Callahan) won the opening race of the meet with a strong front end score in 1:55.2 in a $7,000 conditioned pace. The featured race was slated 5th in the card, a $10,000 Open event for pacers. Race favorite Sicily assumed command from post four, where he set fractions of 27.1, 56.3 and 1:25, while Slick Tony battled first-over and Wichita Lineman awaited in the pocket. As they reached the stretch, Sicily faded, while perfectly positioned Wichita Lineman and driver Mike Cole surged to the lead and held off a game Slick Tony for the 1:53.3 victory. Proper One rallied for third. Owned and trained by Gary Simpson, it was the 20th career win for Wichita Lineman ($27.40), a 7-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding. Tim Tetrick had three wins on the card. Live racing will continue on a Monday through Wednesday schedule. Matt Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Although a lot will be different when Harrington Raceway opens without spectators for its 74th season of live harness racing Monday June 15, some things will remain familiar. Most notably perhaps is the return of 2019 Delaware Valley USHWA Harrington Raceway horse of the meet Slick Tony (7/2, Russell Foster), who is slated to make his first start since March 5 in the featured $10,000 Open Pace, the 5th race on the 9-race card. Owned by his breeder/trainer George Leager, the 5-year-old No Spin Zone stallion is a graduate of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund program, which jumpstarted his $670,043 in career earnings. A 16-time winner last year, he banked $231,449 as a 4-year-old and despite the COVID-19 related disruption to racing, he remains on track for another $100,000 season. Slick Tony will face a quality field of 8, which is the anchor leg of the early pick four wager (races 2-5). Another regular sighting will be the return of last year's driving champ, Art Stafford Jr., who had a career year in 2019 and has 5 drives on the card. Two-time defending leading trainer Joe Columbo will have a busy night with 5 entries from his stable. All of the Columbo-trained entries will be driven by former track driving champ Mike Cole, who is part of a formidable driving colony opening the meet. Tim Tetrick, who was recently voted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, will compete in all 9 races on the opening card. Many of his drives will come from the uber powerful barn of Joanne and Jim King Jr., who trained 2019 Dan Patch Horse of the Year, Shartin N. Last year was a landmark year for Harrington-based horses, as the town with a population of less than 4,000 has become a hot bed for harness racing talent with prior champions like Wiggle It Jiggleit, Rainbow Blue and Adios Harry, just to name a few. Its most recent success stories from 2019 are Lather Up, who raced out of the George Teague stable for trainer Clyde Francis stabled on the east side of Harrington, is the co-fastest horse in the sport's history with a 1:46 win at the Meadowlands and the aforementioned Shartin N who not only was the Horse of the Year, but is also the sport's fastest mare ever. Not to be outdone was 2-year-old pacing filly of the year Lyons Sentinel - who is also trained by the King Jr. barn, located on the west side of town. Post time for the Monday program is 4:30 p.m. Live racing will continue on a Monday through Wednesday schedule through July 15. There will be a break in the schedule before resuming on August 17. Matt Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway will deviate from the normal qualifying schedule next week and will qualify on Monday June 15, the same date live harness racing will commence without spectators. Qualifiers will start at 9 a.m. and will be drawn Thursday June 11 with the entry box closing at 10 a.m. Preference will be given to Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund eligible 3-year-olds who are not qualified and horses that need to qualify per the Delaware Harness Racing Commission amendment which considers a horse qualified as long as they have a clean charted line on or after February 1 and is not on the steward's list. Any questions, please contact the racing office at 302-398-5970. The first live racing program on the 2020 Harrington season will kick off Monday evening with a 4:30 p.m. post time. A 9-race program is carded as Harrington kicks off its 74th anniversary season. Two-time defending leading trainer Joe Columbo will have a busy night with five trainees entered and leading driver Art Stafford Jr. is expected to be back in action to defend his title. The featured race is the 5th, a $10,000 Open Pace that features 2019 Horse of the Meet, Slick Tony. Owned by George Leager, the 5-year-old No Spin Zone stallion is on pace for another $100,000 season, after a banner 4-year-old season in which he made $231,449. He drew post six in a contentious field that features, Wichita Lineman, JJ Flynn, Glengarry Knight N, Sicily, Rollinlikethunder, Bad Boy Brad A and Proper One. Morning line odds will be calculated Wednesday. There will be two pick fours on the program, beginning in race two and race six with superfecta wagering available in the even numbered races.   Matt Sparacino

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

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