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HARRINGTON, Del. - George Leager's Slick Tony ($4, Tony Morgan) notched his 39th harness racing career win Monday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:51.2 win in the featured $18,000 Open Pace. Slick Tony, the even-money favorite, assumed control early from post two and marched through fractions of 27.2, 57 and 1:24.3 while Jacks Legend N mounted a first-over attack. The latter drew within a length at the top of the stretch but Slick Tony dug in gamely to hold him off and prevail in 1:51.2. Jacks Legend N was second with Rollwithpapajoe third. It was the second straight win for Slick Tony, who has banked over $700,000 in his career. Owned and trained by his breeder Leager, "Tony" has recorded five wins this year. The night started out very chalky, in addition to the feature, favorites prevailed in the first three races as Random Hanover ($3.00, Russell Foster), Monty's Play ($3, Jason Lynch) and Scuola Hanover ($3.40, Art Stafford Jr.) all lived up to their backing from the betting public. Foster had three wins on the card. Also on the undercard, in the $13,500 sub-featured pace for mares, Apple Bottom Jeans ($4, Corey Callahan) was a 1:52.3 winner. Trained by Dylan Davis for owners Howard Taylor, Robert Cooper Stables, and Ed Gold, the Mr. Apples mare is approaching $1 million in career earnings. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway has added September 2 to its live harness racing racing calendar for 2020. Currently on a Monday/Tuesday schedule through the balance of August, Wednesdays will be added effective September 2 and continue on a three-day schedule until closing day October 21. Harrington's 74th season of live harness racing commenced on June 15. Qualifying races will remain on Wednesdays (10 a.m. start time) until further notice. To allow for adequate time for cleaning/sanitizing the paddock for live racing in the evening, the last day for schoolers after qualifiers will be August 26. Post time nightly is 4:30 p.m. Matt Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, DE. - George Leager's Slick Tony ($3.20, Tony Morgan) was a 1:53 harness racing winner Monday at Harrington Raceway in the $13,500 featured conditioned pace, the feature event. The No Spin Zone stallion is one of the richest Delaware-bred horses of all time with nearly $700,000 earned in his career. Trained by his owner/breeder Leager, Slick Tony did not disappoint as the public's choice in the eight horse field. He was immediately sent to the lead from post position two and never relented with a one length win over Trojan Banner N, who sat second throughout, and Wichita Lineman. It was the 38th career win for Slick Tony. World champion Wiggle It Jiggleit was a distant seventh place. Allan Davis had three wins on the card, while Russell Foster, Montrell Teague and Ross Wolfenden had doubles. Earlier on the card, Artrageous ($2.40, Art Stafford Jr.) notched her third straight win in 1:55.3 for trainer and co-owner Andrew Stafford. Racing continues for the balance of August on a Monday/Tuesday schedule. Post time is 4:30 p.m. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE. - Harrington Raceway's 74th season of live harness racing will resume tonight (August 17) with a 12-race program (post time 4:30 p.m.). The feature race is a $13,500 conditioned pace that features some local pacing heavyweights, including 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit (9/2, Montrell Teague), for owners George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership. The Clyde Francis-trainee has banked nearly $4 million in his illustrious career. The venerable 8-year-old (Mr. Wiggles) will start from post position eight. Meanwhile, a familiar rival and 2019 Harrington horse of the meet, Slick Tony (9/5, Tony Morgan), is back for owner/trainer George Leager. The 5-year-old No Spin Zone stallion drew post two and will look to pad his healthy career bankroll of nearly $700,000. He is one of the richest Delaware-bred horses of all-time. The path to the winner's circle won't likely be an easy ticket however, as the field is full of viable challengers, including Richard Pollucci and Jo Ann Looney-King's Trojan Banner N (3/1, Victor Kirby). The 5-year-old Bettor's Delight stallion is exiting races versus top flight competition in which the winning time in his last 5 races has been sub-1:50. The Jim King Jr.-trainee will start from post five. The husband/wife team of Jim and Jo Ann Looney-King's recent successes are well documented after campaigning a pair of the sport's brightest stars last season, namely Dan Patch Horse of the Year Shartin N and 2-year-old filly of the year Lyons Sentinel., both of which have returned to action this year and are racing at a high level. Another formidable threat in King barn is Apple Valley Art (7/5, Victor Kirby), who will compete from the rail in the 11th race on the card. The Delaware-bred owned by Jo Ann Looney-King swept through his Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) eliminations and $100,000 final on July 6 and is an impressive 3-for-4 lifetime and will vie for his fourth consecutive victory. The wagering format includes a pick four in races (2-5) and races (9-12). Live racing will continue on a Monday/Tuesday schedule for the balance of August and into the first week of September, until the week of September 7 when Wednesdays will be added through the duration of the meet on October 21. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

HARRINGTON, DE - Bill Emmons' The Big Muscle ($37.80, Russell Foster) was an upset winner in the $12,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The 8-year-old Muscle Mass gelding notched his 7th win of the season for trainer Armand Benard. The Big Muscle sat third much of the mile before getting clearance in the stretch and surging for the win over Bluebird Jesse and Faithfulandtrue. It was his 20th career victory. It was one of 4 driving wins on the card for Foster. Allan Davis and Art Stafford Jr. each had a driving double. Live racing will go on hiatus until August 17, when racing will continue on a Monday and Tuesday schedule for the balance of the month before a Monday through Wednesday schedule will start beginning September 7. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE. - Dibaba N ($4.20, Jon Roberts) was a 1:53.2 harness racing winner in the featured $12,000 Mares Open Pace Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Dylan Davis for owners Robert Cooper, Howard Taylor, J&T Stables and VIP Internet Stable, the Shadow Play 6-year-old mare notched her first win of the year with an off the pace triumph over My Last Bet and Ideal Lifestyle A. Scuola Hanover set sizzling fractions of 26.1, 54.3, and 1:23.1 before retreating through the stretch. Dibaba N angled off second-over cover in deep stretch and hit the wire first as the race favorite. Allan Davis had four wins on the program, after winning three on the Monday card. Roberts, Ross Wolfenden and Tony Morgan each had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway        

HARRINGTON, DE. - Louis Tomczak Jr.'s Proper One ($16.00, Ross Wolfenden) was an upset harness racing winner in the $12,000 Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.4. The 6-year-old homebred Proper Respect gelding registered his second straight win, and 29th in his career for trainer Carlo Poliseno. Post position number eight proved no problem for Proper One, who was last early as pacesetter Sicily set fractions of 27, 56,3 and 1:25. Proper One was perched third-over near the half mile while Slick Tony gained first over. The former surged three-wide on the final turn as second over Archangel Three retreated and made the lead in mid stretch where he would stay. Finishing second was a fast closing Q's Cruise - the race favorite, while Slick Tony finished third. Allan Davis and Montrell Teague each had three wins on the card. Russell Foster had a driving double. William Sartin's Monty's Play ($3.00, Davis) notched his 4th straight win for trainer Joe Hundertpfund Jr. in 1:53.3. The 5-year-old Shadow Play re-took the lead from Inforce in deep stretch to keep his win streak intact. Live racing will continue Tuesday with a 4:30 p.m. post time. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE - Rod Allen Inc's Zulu ($5.40, Allen) and Linda Mac Donald's Stella A ($21.20, Ross Wolfenden) won their respective $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals for 3-year-old harness racing trotters Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. In the male division, Zulu went off as the 8/5 second choice and took advantage of miscues by fellow contenders Touch Of White, Riddle Me This, Rocky Bomber and Master Of Mine, all of whom broke stride, to prevail in wire-to-wire fashion in 1:59. Trained by his driver/owner Allen, the CR Commando-Cr Penny Lane gelding notched his 6th career win as his lifetime earnings soared over $100,000. Air Time was second and Rocky Bomber recovered from an early break to finish third. Meanwhile in the filly final, Stella A corralled early leader Orabelle near the three-quarters after a powerful first over brush and never relented in a one length score over Happy To Do It and Emmys Mayflower. The Anders Bluestone-Mocha filly notched her 4th career win for trainer Joe Mac Donald. It was one of three wins on the card for Wolfenden. The winning time tied the DSBF stakes mark for 3-year-old fillies set by Callmemza in 2015. Allan Davis, Mike Cole and Art Stafford Jr. had two wins apiece. Joe Columbo and Andrew Stafford each had training doubles. Live racing continues July 13-15 at Harrington before a summer hiatus when the schedule will resume on August 17. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE - Legacy Racing of Delaware's Cinder Rock ($2.20, Allan Davis) won the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Final for 3-year-old harness racing pacing fillies Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:54.4. The Rockabillie-Armbro Cinderella filly held off a game She's Got The Lynx, who sat second much of the mile, to win by a head. Sweet Lil was third. Cinder Rock made a quarter pole move to the front and never looked back in her 8th career win in 10 starts. Trained by Wayne Givens, Cinder Rock was the 2-year-old DSBF champ as well and has banked more than $200,000 in her career. The 3-year-old pacing filly final also honored the memory of driver/trainer Ben Stafford Jr., who passed away in 2016. He was a regular on the Delaware racing circuit who won nearly 700 races as a driver and campaigned several top local horses in the DSBF program like Badlands Jenna and Badlands And Art. Cinder Rock's win gave Davis three driving wins on the card, joining Montrell Teague with a triple. George Teague Jr.'s My Last Bet ($12.60, Montrell Teague) won the $12,000 Mares Open in a lifetime best 1:52.3. The Delmarvalous 4-year-old mare set all the fractions in her narrow win over Dibaba N and Moments of Joy for trainer Clyde Francis. Teague also guided Lena ($19.60) to victory In the $15,000 DSBF consolation for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Owned by William Moffett, Lena scored a 1:59 win over I'm Two Soxy and Emma. Trained by her owner, it was Lena's first career win. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE -  Jo Ann Looney King's Apple Valley Art ($2.40, Tim Tetrick) won the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Final for 3-year-old harness racing pacing colts and geldings Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:55. The Artzina-Shake Away gelding led throughout and held off a fierce late charge from American Nitro for the victory, his third straight for trainer Jim King Jr. Aidan was third. Apple Valley Art has won 3-of-4 career starts and was one of 5 wins on the card for Tetrick, two of which were trained by King Jr. Tetrick won three consecutive races mid-card, including Jo Ann Looney-King's Q's Cruise ($3.40), who was a 1:51.2 winner in the $12,000 Open Pace, the overnight feature. The Yankee Cruiser 6-year-old was a wire-to-wire winner over Slick Tony and Sicily for trainer Jim King Jr.  Tony Morgan won both halves of the daily double with a pair of rail horses in Providential ($3.40) and Cruise Patrol ($2.60). He had three wins total on the program.  Meanwhile, 10-year-old pacer Lucan Hanover ($2.20, Tetrick), notched his 50th career win in 1:53 in a $7,200 conditioned pace for trainer Eric Ell and owner Bill Emmons.  Louis Tomczak's Proper One ($3, Art Stafford Jr.) dominated a $9,000 conditioned pace field with a five-length romp in 1:51.1 for trainer Carlo Poliseno.  In the $15,000 DSBF consolation event for male pacers, Bernard Stingone's White Lands ($15.60, Russell Foster) prevailed in 2:00 for trainer Jason Skinner.  by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE – The apex of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund harness racing season for 3-year-olds will headline the week of racing for July 6-8 at Harrington Raceway with four $100,000 finals. The top Delaware-sired male pacers will battle Monday, female pacers on Tuesday and trotters (both sexes) will compete Wednesday. Jo Ann Looney-King’s Apple Valley Art (3/2, Tim Tetrick) is the clear favorite in the colt and gelding pacing division after sweeping his eliminations in decisive fashion for trainer Jim King Jr. The Artzina-Shake Away gelding drew post four and will pursue his third career win in just four lifetime starts. He suffered an injury that shortened his 2-year-old season but has come back in fine fashion for one of the nation’s top stables, the husband and wife team of Jim and Jo Ann Looney-King who campaigned 2019 Dan Patch Horse of the Year Shartin N and 2-year-old pacing filly of the year Lyons Sentinel. Henry Faragalli III, Nanticoke Racing, Arthur Feeney and Daniel Doane’s American Nitro (5/2, Victor Kirby) is among the rivals who will try to foil the favorite’s bid. Trained by Les Givens, the Badlands Nitro-Jet American gelding easily won his split last week and was the 2-year-old DSBF champ. Tuesday’s filly pacing final will feature Legacy Racing of Delaware’s Cinder Rock (7/5, Allan Davis), who has been the indisputable scourge of the division with more than $150,000 in career earnings for trainer Wayne Givens. Though she was upset by Brenda Teague’s She’s Got The Lynx (7/2, Montrell Teague) in her first leg elimination, Cinder Rock quickly rebounded with a 10 length romp in her 2nd leg split. The Rockabillie-Cinderella filly has won 7 of 9 lifetime starts. Wednesday’s trotting finals appear to be much more unpredictable as all four race favorites were beaten in the 2nd leg. The colt and gelding final, slated 4th on the program, will see three different elimination winners among a highly competitive group. Jane Dunavant’s Riddle Me This (Ross Wolfenden), Breakaway Racing’s Touch Of White (Corey Callahan) and Ben Brooks’ Master Of Mine (Victor Kirby) all had their pictures taken in elimination events. Master Of Mine, a Master Lavec-Dilly Dally Delia gelding, was the only one to sweep his eliminations, both from the rail. Trained by John Wilkerson, Master Of Mine went winless in his 2-year-old season but has stamped himself as a leading contender heading into Wednesday’s final. There’s also a pair of commonly-owned rivals who had ample success as freshmen, Dunavant’s Air Time (Art Stafford Jr.) and Chauffeur (Driver TBA), who were competitive in their respective eliminations. Dunavant has 3 horses in the final, all sired by Dusty Winner and trained by Carlo Poliseno. The filly trotting final pits four different elimination winners to match up among the contentious field. Linda Mac Donald’s Stella A (Ross Wolfenden), Eric Foster’s Emmys Mayflower (Russell Foster), Shirley Shand’s Blue Carats (Roger Plante Jr.) and Providence West Inc.’s Alert (Kim Vincent) each were victorious through the course of two elimination legs. Meanwhile, Ed Kimmel and Don Wiest’s Orabelle (Tony Morgan) was the 2-year-old champ and would have an opportune time to achieve her first win of the season. Post time nightly is 4:30 p.m. Spectators are not permitted in the grandstand at present time, however, Murphy’s Race and Sports Book, the on-site simulcast facility is open on the 2nd floor of the grandstand for simulcasting and dining. Sports wagering is currently unavailable. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

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

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