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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

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

HARRINGTON, DE - Harrington Raceway will open for its 74th season of live harness racing on April 13. A total of 65 days are scheduled for Delaware's half-mile racetrack, with a nightly post time of 4:30 p.m., except for the July 30 Governor's Day program during the Delaware State Fair (special 7 p.m. post time). Live racing will be conducted on a Monday through Wednesday schedule most of the season, except for the last week of June and first week of July, when the track takes its customary summer break prior to the Delaware State Fair. Racing will resume on a Monday/Tuesday schedule beginning August 17 until September 7, when racing will return to a Monday through Wednesday slate for the balance of the meet, which concludes on October 21. The $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial, the track's signature race, will take place on September 21 and has featured some of racing's top horses over the years, including Foiled Again, the richest standardbred of all-time, and 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. Racing applications are currently available online at http://harringtonraceway.com/horsemen/racing-application/ and are due April 1. The first qualifying races will be held on April 8 and will be drawn for on the first draw date of April 7. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway      

HARRINGTON, Del. - Leading harness racing driver and trainer honors headlined the Wednesday closing night program at Harrington Raceway. The training title was up for grabs in dramatic fashion after In Secret ($2.40, Allan Davis) prevailed in the featured $20,000 Open Trot with a 1:56 effort. Owned by Mike Hall, L A Express Stable and Tamara Williams, the 7-year-old Deweycheatumnhowe gelding notched his 10th win of the year for trainer/co-owner Hall. The win deadlocked the trainer standings between Hall and reigning champ Joe Columbo with 39 wins apiece. One race later, however, Columbo clinched the title, prevailing with Middle Aged Crazy, for owners George and Tina Dennis and driver Mike Cole. It was the second straight title for Columbo, who manages a stable of approximately 40 horses. After race four, driver Art Stafford Jr. was recognized as the meet's leading driver. Stafford Jr. had six wins on Tuesday, which added to his healthy win total of 111 to secure his first driving title. Stafford has passed multiple milestones this year, surpassing 2,000 career wins and $20 million in career purses. Ross Wolfenden, Allan Davis, Mike Cole and Tony Morgan rounded out the top five in the driver standings. Meanwhile, behind Columbo and Hall in the trainer race were Wayne Givens, Joe Hundertpfund Jr., and Jim King Jr. On the closing program, Davis had four wins, while Stafford, Cole and Jon Roberts each had a double. Jeff Beauchamp and Ronald Short's Totally Dreamy ($4, Tony Morgan) won his fifth straight race in 1:55.3. The Delaware racing circuit shifts to Dover Downs, which will open on November 4. by Matthew Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Artrageous ($4.20) recorded her 20th career win Tuesday in the $20,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway with a 1:52.4 triumph. It was one of six harness racing driving wins on the card for the meet's leading driver, Art Stafford Jr. In the feature, Delishka N led the field from post position six to the opening quarter mile in 27.2 seconds, while Artrageous sat second. Heart Of The Ocean started the outer flow traffic towards the half-mile in 56.2 seconds, while Delishka N maintained an advantage to three-quarters in 1:24.4. In the stretch, pocket-sitting Artrageous utilized the passing lane to narrowly beat Delishka, while Cruzinforavictory closed late for third. Trained by Andrew Stafford, the 5-year-old Art Major mare notched her seventh win of the year for owners Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen, Stafford and Holly Case. While Stafford Jr.'s wins were scattered throughout the card, his sixth victory came in the 13th aboard his own Calvin K ($6.40) who was a 1:56 winner in his local debut. Stafford Jr. trains and co-owns Calvin K with his father, Arthur Stafford. Stafford Jr. had long clinched his first driving title at Harrington but will formerly be recognized on closing night October 23. The training race remains undecided as Joe Columbo maintains a slim lead over Mike Hall. Allan Davis, previous Harrington driving champ, also had three wins on the card. Jon Roberts had a driving double for the second straight evening. by Matthew Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

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