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This Week: TVG FFA Series legs, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. and Progress Pace elimination, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. Schedule of events: Meadowlands Racetrack will unveil their new grandstand this Saturday with a card featuring the final preliminary legs of the TVG series for older pacers and trotters. Eliminations were also scheduled in the Governor's Cup for 2-year-old colt pacers, the Three Diamonds for 2-year-old filly pacers, the Valley Victory for 2-year-old colt trotters and the Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old filly trotters, but will not be required. Those races will go directly to their lucrative finals on Nov. 30. On Sunday night (Nov. 24), Dover Downs will feature a $35,000 elimination in the Progress Pace for 3-year-old male pacers. The top eight pacers in the nine horse elimination will advance to the $330,000 (est.) Progress Pace final on Dec. 1. Last time: Eight Matron Stakes finals were featured on the Sunday (Nov. 17) program at Dover Downs. The biggest night in Delaware harness racing history featured multiple track records in the Matron events with more than $1.32 million in purses at stake. [cid:image002.jpg@01CEE5D8.AE518DC0] Among the horses setting a track record was 3-year-old filly pacer Shebestingin, who scored in 1:49.1, besting Ms Caila J Fra (Andy Miller) to the wire in a final quarter of :27.4. Joe Holloway trains the Bettor's Delight-Armbro Tussle filly for Ted Gewertz, L&L DeVisser and Val D'or Farms. She won for the 11th time this season and has earned $554,876. Matt Kakaley moved All Bets Off into the lead after a :26.1 opening quarter and was never headed, collecting a 1:50 triumph in the $154,575 Matron 2-year-old colt pace final, breaking the former track mark of 1:50.4 shared by Heston Blue Chip and If I Can Dream. Ron Burke trains the winner for Frank Baldachino, Rosemary Shelswell, The Panhellenic Stable and Burke Racing Stable. Nuncio knocked two seconds off Explosive Matter's freshman track mark of 1:55 with a powerful 1:53 decision in the $166,650 2-year-old male trot. John Campbell was at the controls as the Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle youngster record his fifth victory in nine starts. Scott Andrews conditions the winner for Stall TZ Inc. Maywood Park hosted four Grand Circuit stakes on their Friday night (Nov. 15) card and Word Power did all the talking in the Windy City Pace, coming up the inside lane to capture Maywood's premiere event in 1:51.4. Scott Zeron steered the 3-year-old son of Western Ideal-Lush Limbaugh for trainer Larry Remmen and owner Brad Grant. Unraced at 2, Word Power pushed his career earnings to $375,804 in securing his seventh lifetime victory in 17 trips postward. Lucan Hanover picked up second-place money, while Apprentice Hanover held on for show honors. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,772; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,523; 3. David Miller - 1,123; 4. Brian Sears - 701.5; and 5. Ron Pierce - 672.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,706.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,131.5; 3. Linda Toscano - 493.5; 4. Tony Alagna - 466; and 5. Jonas Czernyson - 447.5. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 388.5; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 364.05; 3. Frank Bellino - 268.5; 4. Brittany Farms - 263.05; and 5. WJ Donovan - 242.75. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will once again take place next weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack and Dover Downs. The Meadowlands will host eight stakes, the TVG FFA Series finals for trotters and pacers; the Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-olds; the Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters; and the Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers. Dover will host the final in the Progress Pace for 3-year-old pacing colts. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit  

Even if Wake Up Peter fails to win a race this year, he still will have a memorable season when it comes to money. Although winless in 17 races, Wake Up Peter has earned $304,291 - a total good enough for 18th place among all 3-year-old North American pacers in 2013. And if he ends the campaign without a victory, he will have earned more money than any winless 3-year-old pacer in history. Colt pacer At Point Blank finished 1997 winless in 15 starts and banked $269,157, with nearly all his earnings coming in a second-place finish to Dream Away in the $1 million Meadowlands Pace. To date, no 3-year-old pacer has finished a year winless and earned more money. "I like to break records," trainer Tony Alagna said with a laugh about Wake Up Peter's season. "Of course, I would like him to get a win," he continued. "But as long as he's doing his work, I know what kind of horse he is. It hasn't changed my opinion of him in any way. For a $20,000 yearling, he's done OK for himself." Wake Up Peter's next chance for a win comes in Sunday's elimination for the Progress Pace for 3-year-old male pacers at Dover Downs in Delaware. Wake Up Peter and driver Scott Zeron will start from post seven in the nine-horse field, from which the top eight will advance to the Dec. 1 final. Vegas Vacation and Sunshine Beach, who finished 1-2 in the Matron Stakes at Dover on Nov. 17, will start the Progress Pace elimination from posts four and five, respectively. The field also includes Clint Westwood, Ronny Bugatti, Emeritus Maximus, Good Day Mate, Dedi's Dragon and Twilight Bonfire. Wake Up Peter heads to the Progress off a third-place finish behind Captaintreacherous and Lucan Hanover in the $256,000 American-National Stakes on Nov. 9 at Balmoral Park in Chicago. It was his first start since back-to-back sixth-place finishes in his elimination for the Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and a division of the Tattersalls Pace at Lexington's Red Mile in early October. Prior to those races, he finished third in his elimination of the Little Brown Jug and fifth in the same-day final. "He was a little beat up heading to the Breeders Crown," Alagna said. "After racing in the Jug two heats and two weeks in Lexington, he was a little tired. We gave him some time to freshen up and he came back and raced really good in the American-National. That's as good as he's been in a while." For his career, Wake Up Peter has won two of 26 starts and earned $594,521. He is a son of stallion Rocknroll Hanover out of the mare Lovely Lady, who is a half-sister to two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Worldly Beauty and Worldly Treasure. Worldly Treasure is the dam of Captaintreacherous, who also is trained by Alagna and has earned $2 million this season, with 13 wins in 15 starts. Wake Up Peter is owned by Wake Up Peter Partners, Brittany Farms, Andy Willinger and Eagles Soar Partners. Alagna also trains Emeritus Maximus, who finished third in the Matron Stakes. He has won five of 23 starts and $229,439 for owners Cheap Speed Stable, Alan Alber and Eagles Soar Partners. Simon Allard will handle the driving for the sixth time in the colt's last eight races. "He was tremendous in the Matron," Alagna said. "Simon is getting to know him better and has confidence in the horse." by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications  

For the eleventh time this year, Shebestingin made it look easy in getting to the winner’s circle and on Sunday at Dover Downs she set a track record in winning the $130,650 Matron Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies in 1:49.1. Ms Caila J Fra (Andy Miller) left from the rail to take the early lead with Summertime Lea (Yannick Gringras) on their backs. After the opening quarter in :25.4 was when driver David Miller came charging on the outside with the 1/5 favorite, Shebestingin and they easily took command before the half mile pole in :53.4. Racing up the backstretch, Shebestingin held the field at bay as Jerseylicious (Corey Callahan) was caught on the outside since the start and could not catch up to the race leaders. Despite no pressure on the outside, Shebestingin still led the field past the three-quarters in 1:21.2 and then held the field at bay coming down the stretch and winning by three easy lengths. Ms Caila J Fra was second with UF Dragon’s Queen (Tim Tetrick) finished third. Sired by Bettor’s Delight, Shebestingin surpassed the prior track record of 1:49.2 that was set by Show Her The Money. She is trained by Joe Holloway and is co-owned by Val D’or Farms, Ted Gewertz and L 7 L Devisser. Shebestingin paid $2.40 to win. “She is very good,” Holloway said. “She was good last week. Hopefully she will mature and will round into form for next year. When my filly is on her game she is as good as anybody. She had a little problem with the starts, some issues with herself. “She was lightly raced last year,” Hollowed explained, “and she will get more mature as she goes along. We thought she was something special when we baby raced her last year. She has gone some good miles and then got hurt so we put her away for the year. She will race once more in the Nadia Lobell at the Meadowlands and that will be it for her for the year. We will race her next year as well.” By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com  

Locally owned Table Talk and driver Andy Miller turned the tables on the race favorites as the daughter of Bettor’s Delight upset the field at odds of 19-1 in winning the $132,525 Matron Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies at Dover Downs Sunday. Instant Respect and driver Ron Pierce were the first on the lead Beach Body (Brian Sears) second to the opening quarter mile in :25.4. But then it was Ali Blue and driver Yannick Gingras grinding it out to the front after the fast opening quarter to take command to the half mile marker in :55. Going up the backstretch My Lady Day (David Miller) came first-over and that gave live outside cover to Table Talk past the three-quarters in 1:23. Then as they came down the stretch it seemed as if everyone was going to take a shot at Ali Blue but it was Table Talk who was able to get the job done, collaring the race leading and going on to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:52. Ali Blue held for second with Tyra (Tim Tetrick) third. “Bart (Dalious) said she would be good and she was,” said a jubilant Andy Miller in the winner’s circle. “There was a couple good fillies in there who went out early and I just bided my time and then she took off for me.” It was a lifetime mark for Table Talk, who is trained by Bart Dalious for the Wiz Kids Stable of Dover, Delaware. Table Talk now has three wins this season and at 19-1 odds paid a generous $40.20 to win. “She was a cheap purchase from Harrisburg,” Dalious said. “But right from the start she was pretty good. We trained her down and she turned out to be very good. We were hoping we could win, we really were. I thought that maybe we could work out a two-hole trip maybe. But it worked out good the way it did because she did not have to leave. This is the second big win we have had with Andy Miller driving. We have a lot of luck with him.” By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

Nuncio and Hall of Fame driver John Campbell rewrote the track record for freshman trotters with an amazing 1:53 triumph at Dover Downs Sunday in winning the $166,650 Matron Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts. Campbell sent Nuncio to the front early but that was short lived as Skates N Plate, a 33-1 long shot for driver Simon Allard, was determined to get to the lead by the opening quarter mile in :26.3. But Campbell wasted little time sending Nuncio back to the front well before the half mile in :55. Once in the backstretch, Don Dorado (Tim Tetrick) came first-over but was unable to collar the leader at the three-quarters in 1:24. Then after the final turn it was all Campbell and Nuncio scoring with ease by three and one-half lengths. Skates N Plates held for second place with Don Dorado third. “He raced very well,” Campbell said. “Last week he was on the bit too much even though he was on the lead. Tonight he was more manageable and I was able to get him to relax the third quarter. Then he finished up strong. He has raced well every start this year. He just had the misfortune to have to go against Father Patrick most of the season. He has a tremendous amount of natural talent. He has a smooth gait and it does not matter what track surface he races on. I’m looking forward to him coming back next year and being a horse that races in all the top stakes.” It was the second straight win and fifth on the year in just nine starts for Nuncio. The son of Andover Hall is trained by Scott Andrews for the Stall TZ, Inc. Stables of Vero Beach, FL. Nuncio surpassed the previous mark for two-year-olds by a full two seconds (1:55) over Explosive Matters. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

All Bets Off and driver Matt Kakaley were not only was able to add the $154,575 Matron Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts to their win column but also rewrote the track record as All Bets Off rolled to a 1:50 victory Sunday at Dover Downs. It was Stevensville and driver Tim Tetrick that shot to the early lead from the rail with McWicked (Andy Miller) grabbing the two-hole spot to the opening quarter mile in a speedy :26.1. But already on the move on the outside was Kakaley with All Bets Off and they were able to clear to the lead with little trouble before the half mile marker in :54.2. Racing up the backstretch Carracci Hanover (Yannick Gingras) came first-over with Bakersfield (Corey Callahan) following the outside flow through the three-quarter mile pole in 1:22.3. As they started down the stretch Stevensville went into the passing lane and looked to mount a challenge but Kakaley had All Bets Off in firm control and they won by one length with Stevensville second and Carracci Hanover third. “He went a big trip,” Kakaley said. “He’s from the Burke’s Stable and they always have them ready. It’s a pleasure to drive horses like this and I can’t thank the Burke’s enough. “We were going a little more this week than last week. I didn’t want to be put in the three-hole so I was going to take my shot and we kept rolling. They have had him for a few weeks now he just gets better and better. I think the sky’s the limit for him right now.” It was the second straight win and fourth victory on the year for All Bets Off. The son of Bettor’s Delight is trained by Ron Burke and was purchased last month by the Burke Racing Stable, F. Baldachino, the Panhellenic Stable and R. Sheiswell. Scoring a lifetime mark, All Bets Off paid $6.60 to win. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

It was a trot in the park for Ma Chere Hall and driver Corey Callahan as they captured the $164,250 Matron Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies Sunday at Dover Downs. Not only did the daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe win with ease by four opens lengths but also tied the track record for her age, gender and gait with Personal Style (2012) in 1:53.2. Going right to the lead from the start, Ma Chere Hall cut fractions of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:25 with Time To Kill (John Campbell) following in the two-hole spot. Thistle Dhu (Brett Miller) came first-over in the backstretch but could not gain any ground on the leaders. Déjà vu Too (Matt Kakaley) was third. “I have had a really fun summer this year with Ma Chere Hall,” Said Callahan, “And this was a good way to culminate the year. I don’t know if she has any more stakes left but I hope she does. She was really super tonight.” Trained by Jonas Czernyson and owned by Walnut Hall Limited, Aldebaran Park and J. Sbrocco, it was the ninth win this year for Ma Chere Hall. She was sent off as the overwhelming 1/9 favorite and paid the mandatory $2.10 to win. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

DOVER, Del. ---- The finale day for the 2013 Matron Stakes during Dover Downs' "Novemberfest' of stakes racing is the richest one-day program in Delaware racing history. Eight lucrative finals and six Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) combine for a total purse of $1,326,863. The Matrons boast many of the top two-and-three-year-old colt and filly trotters and pacers after last week's elimination divisions. The top eight horses in each division return to the spotlight on the Sunday, Nov. 17 card. The Matron Colt & Gelding Final offers a $160,388 payoff. Sunshine Beach was an impressive 1:50.1 winner of last week's three-year-old male pace elim. John Campbell drove Leber, Bertrand and Hudson Standardbred's Somebeachsomewhere colt into the lead after the opening quarter and then said goodbye to the rest of the field to win by 1-3/4 lengths. Alan Alber, Eagle Soar Partners and Cheap Speed Stable's Emeritus Maximus driver Simon Allard made good use of starting from post 1 and held on to finish second with Bob Key's Twilight Bonfire and Tim Tetrick third. Heading the talented rivals are Vegas Vacation driven by Brian Sears, after starting from the second tier last week, is on the front tier this time, at post 7 for owners Phyllis Saunders, Tony Beaton, Adriano Sorella and West Wins Stable; Burke Racing, Henry Collura and Mark Weaver- Mike Bruscemi's Dedi's Dragon with Yannick Gingras, whose recent credit was an upset win beating Captaintreacherous. Jason Bartlett will handle Prevost, McNeese and Houghton's Ronny Bugatti, winner of the Messenger Stake, the last Triple Crown Pace of the year. Ken Jacobs' Doctor Butch with Corey Callahan leaves from the rail while Only The Lonely and Matt Kakaley, racing for JL Benson Stables and KDM Stables and trainer Nick Surick, complete the lineup. There were two elims leading to this week's $130,650 sophomore filly pace. Both of last week's elim winners have strong Delaware connections, Shebestingin (David Miller), owned by Ted Gewertz, L& L DeVisser and Val D'or Farms, was fastest winner, 1:51.2. is trained by Joe Holloway, a First State native and Pam Curran and Legacy Racing Of DE's Jerseylicious (Corey Callahan), who came on for a 1:52.1 success in her elim. The Fra Stable's Ms Caila J Fra (Andy Miller) and The Cheyenne Gang's Cheyenne Miriam (David Miller) were the second-place finishers with Weaver, Bruscemi, Baldacino, Smith and Burke Racing's Summertime Lea (Yannick Gingras) and Up Front Racing's IF Dragon's Queen (Tim Tetrick) third. Stall TZ Inc.'s Nuncio (John Campbell) and Bob Mondillo and trainer Chris Ryder's Well Built (Jim Mettinis), elim winners head the $166,650 sophomore colt trot while Shake It Cerry (Ron Pierce) was an impressive elim winner and drew the rail in the $140,000 two-year-old filly trot final. Joe Sbrocco, Aldebaran Park and Walnut Hall's Ma Chere Hall (Corey Callahan) leads the $164,250 three-year-old filly final while in the $153,225 Matron colt section, Smilin Eli (Tim Tetrick) owned by Nick Cimino, was a wire-to-wire elim winner. Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding and RAW Equine's Ali Blue leads the $132,525 two-year-old filly pace final with the colt division going for $154,575 with elim winner All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) racing for Shelswell, Panhellenic Stable and Burke Racing, was the elim winner last Sunday. In addition to all eight Matron Finals featured on a power packed 15-race program, there are also three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) two-year-old filly 1st leg preliminary divisions and two colt paces. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. For those planning to watch racing from the Winner's Circle Restaurant, reservations are suggested. Call 302-674600. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del. ---- tHE finale day for the 2013 Matron Stakes during Dover Downs' "Novemberfest' of stakes racing is the richest one-day program in Delaware racing history. Eight lucrative finals and three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) combine for a total purse of $1,326,863. The Matrons boast many of the top two-and-three-year-old colt and filly trotters and pacers after last week's elimination divisions. The top eight horses in each division return to the spotlight on the Sunday, Nov. 17 card. The Matron Colt & Gelding Final offers a $160,388 payoff. Sunshine Beach was an impressive 1:50.1 winner of last week's three-year-old male pace elim. John Campbell drove Leber, Bertrand and Hudson Standardbred's Somebeachsomewhere colt into the lead after the opening quarter and then said goodbye to the rest of the field to win by 1-3/4 lengths. Alan Alber, Eagle Soar Partners and Cheap Speed Stable's Emeritus Maximus driver Simon Allard made good use of starting from post 1 and held on to finish second with Bob Key's Twilight Bonfire and Tim Tetrick third. Heading the talented rivals are Vegas Vacation driven by Brian Sears, after starting from the second tier last week, is on the front tier this time, at post 7 for owners Phyllis Saunders, Tony Beaton, Adriano Sorella and West Wins Stable; Burke Racing, Henry Collura and Mark Weaver- Mike Bruscemi's Dedi's Dragon with Yannick Gingras, whose recent credit was an upset win beating Captaintreacherous. Jason Bartlett will handle Prevost, McNeese and Houghton's Ronny Bugatti, winner of the Messenger Stake, the last Triple Crown Pace of the year. Ken Jacobs' Doctor Butch with Corey Callahan leaves from the rail while Only The Lonely and Matt Kakaley, racing for JL Benson Stables and KDM Stables and trainer Nick Surick, complete the lineup. There were two elims leading to this week's $130,650 sophomore filly pace. Both of last week's elim winners have strong Delaware connections, Shebestingin (David Miller), owned by Ted Gewertz, L& L DeVisser and Val D'or Farms, was fastest winner, 1:51.2. is trained by Joe Holloway, a First State native and Pam Curran and Legacy Racing Of DE's Jerseylicious (Corey Callahan), who came on for a 1:52.1 success in her elim. The Fra Stable's Ms Caila J Fra (Andy Miller) and The Cheyenne Gang's Cheyenne Miriam (David Miller) were the second-place finishers with Weaver, Bruscemi, Baldacino, Smith and Burke Racing's Summertime Lea (Yannick Gingras) and Up Front Racing's IF Dragon's Queen (Tim Tetrick) third. Stall TZ Inc.'s Nuncio (John Campbell) and Bob Mondillo and trainer Chris Ryder's Well Built (Jim Mettinis), elim winners head the $166,650 sophomore colt trot while Shake It Cerry (Ron Pierce) was an impressive elim winner and drew the rail in the $140,000 two-year-old filly trot final. Joe Sbrocco, Aldebaran Park and Walnut Hall's Ma Chere Hall (Corey Callahan) leads the $164,250 three-year-old filly final while in the $153,225 Matron colt section, Smilin Eli (Tim Tetrick) owned by Nick Cimino, was a wire-to-wire elim winner. Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding and RAW Equine's Ali Blue leads the $132,525 two-year-old filly pace final with the colt division going for $154,575 with elim winner All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) racing for Shelswell, Panhellenic Stable and Burke Racing, was the elim winner last Sunday. In addition to all eight Matron Finals featured on a power packed 15-race program, there are also three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) two-year-old filly 1st leg preliminary divisions and two colt paces. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. For those planning to watch racing from the Winner's Circle Restaurant, reservations are suggested. Call 302-674600. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

After a brief rest from a summer long battle against the best three-year-olds in the nation, trainer Casie Coleman says her top sophomore pacer, Vegas Vacation, is ready to go a big mile this Sunday at Dover Downs in the $160,388 Matron Stakes final. “He needed a break,” Coleman said. “He has been going non-stop, two heats in the Jug, week after week through the Breeders Crown. “We were expecting a disaster in the Matron Preview last week,” Coleman said. “He had never raced from the second tier before and I knew it would not be good going in such a crowd and not being on the gate. Brian said he may have been confused at the start wondering why he could not go right up to the starting gate.” In that race Vegas Vacation had some road trouble but did overcome it and closed well with a :27 last quarter mile to finish fourth. “Brian never pulled his ear plugs,” Coleman said. “He raced very very good and closed well and Brian had him in hand. He needed a start and now I know he is very sharp. “I expect him to be much better this Sunday,” Coleman explained. “He will be better coming off the starting gate and we are changing his shoes his shoes to aluminum so he can handle the racing surface better at Dover Downs.” Despite the race featuring Dedi’s Dragon (post 2), who defeated Captaintreacherous in the $252,000 Monument Pace at Hoosier Park; Ronny Bugatti (post 4), the $450,000 Messenger Stakes winner and NYSS terror Doctor Butch, the 6/5 morning line favorite is none other than Sunshine Beach with driver John Campbell, but they drew the far outside post eight. Sunshine Beach won the Matron Preview last week in 1:50.1. Currently listed as the 3-1 second choice in the race from post seven, Coleman looked at the brighter side of having to start from the outside. “I wish we drew better,” Coleman said. “But it helps that Sunshine Beach is outside of us. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

This Sunday (Nov. 17) programed, headlined by all eight Matron stakes finals, will be the biggest day in Delaware racing with $1,326,863 in purses during the 15-race program which starts at 5:30 p.m. The top two-and-three-year-old pacers and trotters square off racing in Matrons. The rest of the program also features $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 1st leg paces. The $130,650 Matron sophomore filly pace has a strong Delaware presence. Both of last week’s elimination winners, Shebestingin (pronounced She Be Stingin), driven by David Miller, was fastest winner ripping off a1:51.2 mile. The hard-hitting filly is trained by Joe Holloway, a First State native, and Jerseylicious, piloted by Dover Downs leading driver the past four seasons, driving for Pamela Curran, of Milford, and Seaford’s Legacy Racing Of Delaware racing stables. --------------------------------------------- Driver Eddie Davis Jr. reached a personal milestone when he drove four-year-old mare pacer Special Lindy to victory in the 6th race on Monday, Nov. 11. It was career win #4,000 for Davis, a son of Eddie Davis, the all-time leading driver in the Delaware Valley. Eddie Jr.’s half-brothers, driver Allan and trainer, Martin, are also popular horsemen. The latest Davis is Tyler, Allan’s son. ------------------------------ There are several other immediate family connections campaigned at the track. Daryl and Sean Bier, Les and Wayne Givens, Ben and Ben Stafford, Jr., George and Eddie Dennis. The most recent newcomer is Trace Tetrick, one of the top drivers in the mid-west who joins brother Tim Tetrick on the track’s driver roster. ----------------------------------------------------- For the last four decades each Veteran’s Day members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, including a former horseman, Moses Askui, now 84, who trained horses after military service at Brandywine and at Dover Downs, present an engraved blanket to a race winner. Appropriately, this year, a pacer named Always A Fighter, driven by Chris Page, was the winning horse.  ------------------------------- On the regular race portion on the Matron elimination program, Sunday, Nov. 10, 72-year-old horseman Walter Layfield Jr. drove pacer All Gold to a 1:54.1 victory at 61-1 odds. It was the biggest win price of the early meet. -------------------------------------- Track defending driver champion, Corey Callahan, is off to a fast start in defense of his four consecutive leading driver titles. Through Thursday, Nov. 14, Callahan has made the winner’s circle 26 times. Allan Davis, enjoying his finest season currently, is next in the standings with 12 wins. Eric Ell leads all trainers with 6 visits to the winner’s circle.  by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del. --- Nova Artist won the $27,500 Delaware Special with a convincing 1:49.2 triumph, the fastest clocking, on a fast Thursday, Nov. 14 card at Dover Downs. Valentino won a $15,000 Male Winners-Over pace in 1:49.4 On the heels of a come-from-behind 1:51.2 victory last week, Nova Artist, reined by Allan Davis, took the lead after a:26.2 opening quarter and then was never challenged winning for the eighth time this year. Mustang Art, with Ron Pierce, finished second with Eagle All and Ross Wolfenden third. Nova Artist brings his seasonal earnings to $149,850 for owners Eddie and Kathy Davis. The Real Artist-Avon Lady six-year-old has won 30 times banked $752,167 lifetime. In the first of three $15,000 Male Winners-Over paces, driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Nick Surick teamed up for a 1:49.4 victory as KDM Stable's Valantino, a brown six-year-old by Rocknroll Hanover-Schoolofcardknocks horse won for the third time in eight races this season. Adventure Bound (Ron Pierce) raced gamely and finished second. Once escaping from being locked in, Rock On Moe (Allan Davis) closed to be third. Harry von Knoblaugh's Texican N made his first local start a success as Tim Tetrick drove the recent Bettor's Delight-Bury My Heart import trained by Pete Tritton to an impressive 1:50.4 win in another $15,000 Male Winners-Over paces. Wahine (Jim Morand) saw a two-race win streak end in a second place finish. Jeremes General (Allan Davis) was third. The third $15,000 event went to Stacie Billings' SB Mikes Hot Beach teamed with driver Mike Rossi. The Magical Mike-One Hot Beach five-year-old registered a new lifetime mark of 1:52.2. Sir Globalop Z Tam (Eddie Davis Jr.) was second. Rock N' Roll Jet (Bret Brittingham) and Lollipop Kid (George Dennis) dead-heated for third. Tetrick also drove Panfully Cool to victory in 1:52 to win a $25,000-$30,000 Male Claiming Allowance. JoAnn King and Tom Kemp own The Panderosa-Bell Bottom Pans gelding conditioned by Jim King. Esprit De Kaky Jay A (Matt Kakaley) and Grab The Fortune (Vic Kirby) were second and third respectively. This Sunday, all eight Matron stakes, help make the card the highest in Delaware history There is no live harness is dark on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Dover Downs racing starts at 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

Ron Burke became the first harness racing trainer to surpass $20 million in purses in a single year when For All We Know finished third in a $14,000 mares claiming handicap pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Wednesday night. In addition to the record for purse earnings, Burke's trainees have 981 wins so far in 2013 -- another record. Burke is on his way to leading all North American harness racing trainers in both wins and earnings for the fifth consecutive year. He won 906 races in 2012, breaking harness racing's training record of 842 established by his stable in 2010. He saw his horses win $19.69 million in purses in 2012, breaking the record of $18.54 million set by his stable in 2011. HOLLOWAY HOPES TO 'STING' MATRON FOES Joe Holloway uses the word "decent" to describe Shebestingin's year so far, but the 3-year-old filly pacer has two more chances to improve that assessment. Shebestingin is the 3-5 morning line favorite in Sunday's $130,650 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers at Dover Downs. She will start from post four with David Miller in the sulky. Last week, Shebestingin won her Matron elimination by three lengths over Ms Caila J Fra in 1:51.2. Ms Caila J Fra is the 9-2 second choice in the final. Dover Downs hosts Matron finals for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers on Sunday. Following the Matron, Shebestingin is expected to make her last start of the year in the $200,000 Nadia Lobell Stakes on Nov. 30 at the Meadowlands. "(Her year has) been decent," said Holloway, who trains Shebestingin for owners Val d'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz and L&L DeVisser. "When I trained her down, I thought she had a chance to be dominant. She wasn't. You have to show up, you have to race." Shebestingin has won 10 of 17 starts this year and finished in the top three a total of 14 times while earning $489,551. The three times she failed to hit the board were the $500,000 Breeders Crown, $350,000 Valley Forge and $184,250 Mistletoe Shalee. All three of those races, as well as the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial where Shebestingin finished second, were won by I Luv The Nitelife. I Luv The Nitelife did not enter the Matron, but is expected to race in the Nadia Lobell. "I Luv The Nitelife has been the dominant filly; the best 3-year-old filly," Holloway said. "In my heart, I think if we were ever on our good day and have a shot, we could beat her. But we haven't done it, so you have to tip your hat to them. I knew it would be a battle with her, but I thought come year end, we would best her more than she bested us. "We'll have to maybe wait to find out next year. But it should be fun." A daughter of stallion Bettor's Delight out of the mare Armbro Tussle, Shebestingin was purchased as a yearling for $55,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is a half-sister to stakes-winners Hop Sing and Bono Bests. Shebestingin (pronounced She-be-stingin) went 3-for-3 last year, winning divisions of the Simpson, Reynolds and Tompkins-Geers stakes before being sidelined in August by a stress fracture. She won five of her first six races this year, with the loss coming by a neck from post nine to Jerseylicious in the Bobby Weiss Series final at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Other highlights this year included winning her division of the Glen Garnsey in a world-record 1:47 at The Red Mile on Oct. 5 and capturing the $250,750 Empire Breeders Classic in a stakes- and track-record 1:49 at Tioga Downs on Aug. 11. Her 1:47 mile in the Garnsey is the fastest ever by a female pacer of any age in harness racing history. "(Was I surprised) that she raced well? No," Holloway said about her effort at The Red Mile. "That she went in (1):47 flat, time becomes a little bit irrelevant anymore because horses can go so fast, but I've known she's been an extremely fast horse for quite some time." Holloway said Shebestingin had issues tying up at The Red Mile and was not at her best heading into the Breeders Crown. But those issues seem to be in the past as she prepares for the Matron final. "We'd had a tough week before the Breeders Crown," Holloway said. "She had tied up, but no excuses, you have to be good when you have to be good. I wish she had been a little bit better for the night of the Breeders Crown, but she wasn't. But she was very good last week and seems to be excellent so far this week." As for her chances in the Matron, Holloway said he expected her to race well. "I just hope she is as good as she was last week," he added. "She'll handle the rest from there." To see the full Matron card at Dover Downs, click here. by Ken Weingartner for HRC  

I went a disappointing three for ten last week, some of my favorite horses got beat, which is bound to happen every now and then. I actually lost $10 (based on $2 win bet each race). We are still in the minus earning column at -$34.80 going into this weekend and we will try once again to bring that number down more. We start off the weekend at Maywood Park in Chicago Friday for the Windy City Pace and Galt Stakes, then take a break on Saturday and come back Sunday with the eight Matron Stakes finals at Dover Downs. Should be some great racing. $110,000 Galt Stakes 3YO Colt Trot 7th race Friday, Maywood Park  – Very tough call here. Lindy’s True Grit is coming off a big score in his last start and Yonkers Trot winner Dewycolorintheline shows he can win on a half mile track but I am going with a mild long shot here. King Mufasa has had an incredible season with $233,000 bankrolled and 14 wins in 17 starts, all in the midwest. He broke two starts back at Maywood and still rallied for second. I can see him going to the front and not being caught. $176,000 the Windy City Pace 3YO Colts 9th race Friday, Maywood Park  – No question that Lucan Hanover is the horse to beat in here. Three starts back he won a division of the Messenger at Yonkers in 1:52.3 and a repeat effort like that should enable him to lead from start to finish for Casie Coleman Stable. $164,250 Matron Stakes Final 3YO Filly Trot 1st race Sunday, Dover Downs  – After returning to her winning ways last week with an easy 1:54 triumph in the Matron Preview, Ma Chere Hall should have little trouble beating this same group again. She has a better inside post and should wire the field with ease. $154,575 Matron Stakes Final 2YO Colt Pace 2nd race Sunday, Dover Downs  – Very well matched race here. Can make a case for half the starters having a shot in winning. McWicked may have been second last week to All Bets Off, but the winner drew the outside post so I see McWicked turning the tables in his favor for the big money. $166,650 Matron Stakes Final 2YO Colt Trot 3rd race Sunday, Dover Downs  – Last week Nuncio won his elimination division in 1:55.2, just as Well Built did, but he just looked so much stronger and faster despite identical times. Has the gate speed to leave right on and either cut the mile or get great cover to score from again. $132,525 Matron Stakes Final 2YO Filly Pace 5th race Sunday, Dover Downs – Once again another well matched field that is making it tough to pick a winner. Decided to go with Ali Blue despite her outside post. She may have won in a photo last week but did show true grit in holding on to the lead down the stretch. $140,100 Matron Stakes Final 2YO Filly Trot 9th race Sunday, Dover Downs – We may just be watching the leading contender to be the freshman filly trotter of the year. Shake It Cerry was hot earlier this season and has now returned with a flury. She wired the field with ease last week, is going for her fourth straight win and looks to be the chalk play of the night. $160,388 Matron Stakes Final 3YO Colt Pace 10th race Sunday, Dover Downs – After a much needed rest, Vegas Vacation should be primed for a big effort in here. And with Sunshine Beach having to start outside of him, I think that Vegas Vacation can return to his winning ways from back in September. $130,650 Matron Stakes Final 3YO Filly Pace 11th race Sunday, Dover Downs – Now a winner in 10 of her 17 starts this year, Shebestingin gave notice last week that she was primed and in tip top shape with her 1:51.2 victory. Provided she minds her manner behind the starting gate she should have no trouble beating this group again. $153,225 Matron Stakes Final 3YO Colt Trot 13th race Sunday, Dover Downs – It was great to see Smilin Eli back to winning form last week with his 1:53.1 victory in the Matron Preview. He draws the same post three again and I expect he will just go right out to the lead like last week and wire the field.  

Schedule of events: Maywood Park will host four Grand Circuit stakes events on Friday (Nov. 15). The card is led by the $177,000 Windy City for 3-year-old colt pacers and also features the $110,000 Galt for 3-year-old colt trotters, the $87,000 Abe Lincoln for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $73,000 Cinderella for 3-year-old filly pacers. Dover Downs will offer eight Matron Stakes finals on Sunday (Nov. 17). On the card will be the $166,650 final for 2-year-old colt trotters, the $164,250 final for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $160,388 final for 3-year-old colt pacers, the $154,575 final for 2-year-old colt pacers, the $153,225 final for 3-year-old colt trotters, the $140,100 final for 2-year-old filly trotters, the $132,525 final for 2-year-old filly pacers and the $130,650 final for 3-year-old filly pacers. Last time: Eight American-National stakes were contested this past Saturday (Nov. 9) at Balmoral Park featuring many of the top stars in the sport. Below are some of the highlights of that excellent night of racing. [cid:image002.jpg@01CEE04E.3AC960B0] Bee A Magician kept her perfect 2013 record unblemished as she stormed through the inside to win the $118,500 American-National 3-year-old filly trot in 1:55.2. The sophomore daughter of Kadabra-Beehive was driven handily by Brian Sears for trainer Nifty Norman and owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. Bee A Magician posted her 16th seasonal victory. The win increased her 2013 earnings to $1,420,804 and her lifetime bankroll to $2,187,456. Captaintreacherous battled a game Lucan Hanover all the way to the wire, gutting out a 1:49 victory in the $256,000 American-National for 3-year-old colt pacers. Tim Tetrick steered the Tony Alagna-trained son of Somebeachsomewhere-Worldly Treasure to his 13th triumph in 15 starts this season, pushing his 2013 earnings to $2,055,033. Pet Rock stormed down the Balmoral Park stretch to win the $200,000 American-National Open Pace in a new track record clocking of 1:48.2 for driver David Miller. The 4-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover-Casual Beauty came flying late to overtake the hard-trying Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) by a head for owner Frank Bellino. Harnessed by trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr., Pet Rock notched his sixth win of the season in 17 starts, and his 16th career triumph. He now has $972,820 in seasonal earnings and $1,984,204 in career earnings for his connections. Market Share wore down the leader Maven to win the $200,000 American-National Open Trot in a new track record of 1:52.1 with Tim Tetrick in the sulky. Linda Toscano trains the 4-year-old Revenue S-Classical Flirt horse, who last won his $600,000 Breeders Crown test at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. It was the 20th career victory for Market Share. The Matron Stakes eliminations were featured on a standout Sunday (Nov. 10) program at Dover Downs. Drivers John Campbell and Corey Callahan had two wins each while trainer Jimmy Takter also had a double. This Sunday (Nov. 17), the top eight finishers in each of the eight classes return for lucrative finals. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,760; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,502; 3. David Miller - 1,103; 4. Brian Sears - 699.5; and 5. Ron Pierce - 662.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,694.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,111.5; 3. Linda Toscano - 488.5; 4. Tony Alagna - 461; and 5. Jonas Czernyson - 437.5. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 385.5; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 363.55; 3. Frank Bellino - 268.5; 4. Brittany Farms - 258.05; and 5. WJ Donovan - 242.75. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack and Dover Downs. The Meadowlands will host legs of the TVG FFA Series for trotters and pacers, as well as eliminations for four 2-year-old stakes -- the Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid. Dover will host eliminations in the Progress Pace for 3-year-old pacing colts. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit  

Both Shebestingin and Jerseylicious won their respective $21,775 elimination divisions of the Matron Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies Sunday at Dover Downs. Shebestingin was the fastest winner, taking the second division with ease in 1:51.2 for driver David Miller. Ms Caila J Fra (Andy Miller) left from post seven to take the early lead over UF Dragon’s Queen (Tim Tetrick) and led the field to the opening quarter mile in :26.2 as Miller then came first-up and cleared to the lead with Shebestingin before the half mile marker in :54.4. Parlee Beach and driver Brian Sears tried coming first-over in the backstretch but to no avail as Shebestingin cruised to the three-quarters in 1:23.4 and the tore away from the field in the stretch to win by six open lengths. Ms Caila J Fra was second with UF Dragon’s Queen third. Also making it to the $125,000 final next week was fourth place finisher Certified Ideal (John Campbell). Sired by Bettor’s Delight, it was the tenth win this year for Shebestingin. Trained by Joe Holloway, Shebestingin is owned by Val D’Or Farms, Ted Gewertz and L &L Devisser. She paid $2.40 to win as the 1/5 betting favorite. With a bold three-wide move on the final turn, Jerseylicious and driver Corey Callahan were able to collar pacesetter Summertime Lea (Yannick Gingras) and pull away in the stretch to win the first division of the Matron eliminations by two open lengths over Cheyenne Miriam (Andy Miller) in 1:52.1. Summertime Lea was third. It was the 8/5 favorite Summertime Lea that started off the show in front with Exotic Beach (David Miller) grabbing the two-hole spot to the opening quarter mile in :27.1. Then to the half mile in :56.1 Summertime Lea was comfortable on the lead as Cheyenne Miriam came first-over and gave outside cover to Jerseylicious. For Jerseylicious, the daughter of Western Ideal posted her ninth win of the year for trainer Wayne Givens. She is owned by the Legacy Racing of Delaware and Pamela Curran of Milford, DE. She paid $11.80 to win. Also making it to the final was fourth place finisher Handsoffmycupcake (Daniel Dube). By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

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