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DOVER, DE - Slick Tony eeked out a sharp win in the Open Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. Due to snow, harness racing at Dover Downs had been canceled consecutive weeks.  Trainer George Leager raced Slick Tony 4 days ago at Rosecroft Raceway intending to give him a race conditioning edge. The other horses in the field were off three or four weeks due to the weather cancellations. It proved the correct choice. Slick Tony and driver Victor Kirby blasted away from the gate for early race position.  Mission was accomplished. Dexter Dunn and Tiger Thompson N settled in third, then rushed up to take the lead away from Slick Tony at the quarter.  Tiger Thompson N  passed the quarter in 27 flat.  The half was reached in 55.3. Tyga Hanover and Yannick Gingras pulled the right lines from fourth and marched down the backstretch 1st over in attack mode. Itsrockandroll A  shadowed  2nd over on the rim. Tiger Thompson N maintained the lead to the three quarters in 1:23 flat,  pacing a 27.2 quarter. At the top of the stretch, Kirby was able to tiptoe down along the rail from the pocket, and won by three quarters of a length in 1:51.  He paid $4.20 to win as the race favorite.   Slick Tony (No Spin Zone) is owned and trained by George Leager.  Tyga Hanover raced a roughed up trip and finished 2nd for trainer Andrew Harris.  Itsrockandroll A benefitted from the 2nd over trip and finished third for trainer Dylan Davis.  Corey Callahan drove. Racing resumes at Dover Downs on Monday.  Post Time is 4:30 pm. For full race results, click here. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Slick Tony electrifies and wins the Open Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. Tyga Hanover and Numbered Account blasted off the wings at the start of the race.  Numbered Account and harness racing driver Tim Tetrick were committed to the front  They were parked out and reached the quarter in a wicked 26.1. The half was reached in 54.1. The even odds race favorite, JJ Flynn, launched his bid from fifth and accelerated on the rim in pursuit of the pace setter Numbered Account. They reached the three quarters in 1:22 flat. Slick Tony and driver Victor Kirby watched all the action from dead last. At the top of the lane Kirby and Slick Tony circled the pack fanning six wide and exploded with pace in the lane.  Slick Tony got up in the final stride and won by a nose in 1:50.3.   Slick Tony (No Spin Zone) is owned and trained by George Leager.   JJ Flynn, who was claimed for $35,000 in January, raced a courageous mile and finished second for trainer Chuck Crissman Jr.  Art Stafford Jr. drove. Major Pocket A finished with late pace and was third for trainer Chris Scicluna.  Pat Berry was the driver. Dexter Dunn won three races on the betting card.  Corey Callahan injured his back from a weather related fall and hopes to return to action on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Racing continues on Monday at Dover Downs.  Post Time is 4:30 pm by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

HARRINGTON, Del. - George Leager's Slick Tony ($2.20, Russell Foster) notched his 12th seasonal harness racing win Monday in the featured $17,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway in 1:52. Sent off as the 1-to-9 favorite, Slick Tony not disappoint his backers. After taking the lead from Allwillworkout near the opening quarter mile in 27.2 seconds, "Tony" marched to the half-mile in 56 seconds and three-quarters in 1:24.2 as first-over attacker Star Messenger retreated. When the field of six hit the stretch, Slick Tony maintained a comfortable advantage and was one length ahead at the wire of Allwillworkout as Little Ben gained late for third. Trained by his owner, "Tony" is a 4-year-old No Spin Zone stallion who has been the scourge of the Open pacing ranks on the Delaware circuit this season, banking nearly $165,000 in 2019, which ranks him among the top 15 in the country for aged pacers. Corey Callahan had four wins on the card. Mike Cole had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

HARRINGTON, Del. - George Leager's Slick Tony ($9.20, Russell Foster) was a 1:51.4 winner in the $20,000 Open harness racing  feature Monday at Harrington Raceway. The 4-year-old No Spin Zone stallion overcame post 8, with a confident first over brush that saw him clear tiring pacesetter Sicily near the half-mile and open up multiple lengths on the field. Slick Tony overpowered his rivals from there and won by five lengths over Ideal Kiss and Q's Cruise. It was the 28th career win in 62 starts for Slick Tony, who is trained by his owner. Not only was "Tony" the scourge of his sire stakes at 2 and 3, but quickly he has become a force on the Open circuit, where most of his 10 seasonal wins have come. The win could be a prelude to a appearance (stay tuned) in next week's September 16 $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial., the marquee event of the season at Harrington, featuring some of the sport's top pacers. The field will be drawn tomorrow (Tuesday). Foster joined Ross Wolfenden, Tony Morgan and Art Stafford Jr. with driving doubles on the 13-race card. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

HARRINGTON, Del. - George Leager's Slick Tony ($2.40, Russell Foster) notched a 1:52.1 win in the $20,000 Open Pace harness racing feature Monday at Harrington Raceway. The 4-year-old No Spin Zone stallion continued his accomplished career that saw him surpass $505,000 in career earnings with his 27th career win. "Tony" was driven confidently in customary first-over fashion by Russell Foster who grinded away at pacesetter Daiymir before edging clear in mid stretch. Daiymir finished second while Fashionbythebeach was third. Leager is also the trainer and breeder for Slick Tony, who has banked more than $129,000 in his 4-year-old campaign after a banner sophomore season, when he earned nearly $225,000. Foster, Allan Davis, Ross Wolfenden, Tony Morgan and Art Stafford Jr. each had two wins on the card. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway        

Chester, PA -- After an easy1:49.3 win last week, George Leager's Slick Tony ($2.80) converted again at odds-on when he took the featured $18,000 top-level conditioned pace on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 4) at Harrah's Philadelphia. George Napolitano Jr. again drove the 4-year-old No Spin Zone entire, setting him in motion from fourth in pursuit of pacesetter Decoy (Corey Callahan) on approach to a :55.2 half mile. Slick Tony made steady ground up the far side, forcing a :27.2 third split before seizing command midway on the far turn. After putting away Decoy with three-sixteenths to go, Slick Tony edged away to evade a three-wide rally from Ballerat Boomerang (Pat Berry) by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:51. Billy Badger N (Dexter Dunn) closed from astern to finish third. Leager also trains Slick Tony, who recorded the 26th win of his career. The 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 carryover continues to build, as multiple players selected the 2-1-7-3-9 combination in the afternoon's fifth race for a $131.40 dividend. The carryover for Wednesday's (Aug. 7) fifth race now stands at $68,438.97, and is payable in the event of one unique winning ticket. Post time for Wednesday's 14-race card is 12:25 p.m. EDT. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

HARRINGTON, DE - George Leager's Slick Tony ($3.20, Montrell Teague) equaled the track record for 3-year-old pacing colts at Harrington Raceway Monday with a 1:51.4 triumph in an $11,000 Open II event. The No Spin Zone-Queen Kathy colt set all the fractions and was an easy winner over Dialamara and Q's Cruise in achieving his 16th career win in 22 starts. Trained by Leager, the mark tied the record set by Bags To Riches in 2017. Slick Tony has now banked more than $335,000 in his career. Later on the card, Slick Tony's half-brother, 2-year-old Son of A Lynx would win his second straight race in 1:57.1. A son of Southwind Lynx, he is also owned and trained by Leager. Teague and Russell Foster each had three wins on the program. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE - George Leager's Slick Tony ($2.10, Russell Foster) completed a sweep of his Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 3-year-old eliminations at Harrington Raceway Monday with a 1:53.1 win in the first of two $20,000 divisions. The No Spin Zone colt has dominated the DSBF ranks, with 13 wins in 17 career starts. Sent off as the 1-to-9 favorite, Slick Tony cruised to an easy win over Cinder Block and GWT for owner/trainer Leager. He will undoubtedly be the favorite in the $100,000 final on July 26. In the second division for colts and geldings, Jo Ann Looney-King's Evolution Tour ($4, Tim Tetrick) prevailed in 1:53.3. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding held off a late charge from Transitioning Joy to pickup his eighth career win for trainer Jim King Jr. Sea Bags was third. In the overnight feature, the $15,000 Open for pacers, Arthur Stafford and Arthur Stafford Jr.'s Blazing Bobby Sox ($6, Stafford Jr.) notched his fourth straight win. Trained by his co-owner and driver, the 7-year-old Panderosa gelding led most of the mile in achieving his 8th win of the year. Mel Mara was second with Little Ben third. Owner Howard Taylor won three races on the program. Ross Wolfenden had three driving wins. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE - George Leager's Slick Tony ($3.60, Russell Foster), was a 1:53.4 winner in the first leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings Monday at Harrington Raceway. In the first of two divisions, Transitioning Joy came away with the early lead from his rail post position with Evolution Tour in the pocket. Favorite Slick Tony settled in third early before a first over grind to three-quarters where he would go toe-to-toe with Transitioning Joy through the stretch in a game battle in which the former prevailed narrowly. Evolution Tour was third. It was the 12th win in 16 career starts for the son of No Spin Zone who is trained by his owner. The second DSBF split featured a field of six with Don Marine's Cinder Block pursuing a sixth straight win. That win streak would come to an end, courtesy of a huge first over brush and crush by Bay Pond Racing's America First ($10, Jeff Fout), who was a 1:55 winner. The Roddy's Bags Again colt made an aggressive charge at the front runners near the three-quarters and drew away from the field. GWT rallied for second while Cinder Block, the early leader, faded to third. Trained by Fout, it was the third career win for America First. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

DOVER, Del. --- It was another big Monday for Corey Callahan. The six consecutive meet leading-driver at Dover Downs made the winners-circle seven-times on March 9. One of the wins came guiding Spin Vision to her fifth straight win in the $14,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over Filly and Mare pace. Spin Vision enjoyed a perfect 2-hole trip behind McArma and Vic Kirby cutting out the early fractions. Callahan. McArma held on for second with Yanklet Hanover (Tony Morgan) closing fast for third. Spin Vision, the only three-year-old in the race, is a complete Louthan product. No Spin Zone is the stallion. David's Art is the dam. She has now won eight of 16 races with four seconds and earnings of $72,345. Callahan also drove public-choice Chris White's Fashion Showdown to victory in 1:54.2 in another $14,000 female co-feature. It was the Village Jolt - Catch The Show mare's third win in her last five starts. Megginspin (Allan Davis) was second with Hit By Lightning (Trace Tetrick) third. Valerya, who had traffic trouble last start, uncorked a 1:52.3 front-pacing victory in a $13,000 Mares Winners-Over edition. Jonathan Roberts was at the controls for trainer Trish Foulk and Foulk Stables giving the Dream Away-Veneer seven-year-old her fifth win of the season in seven starts with two seconds. She won for the 18th time in her career banking $126,537 lifetime. Jeremes Sweetheart (Kirby) was a game second in front of Springforth (George Dennis). In addition to Callahan's seven winning drives, Jim Morand, Jonathan Roberts and trainer Trish Foulk and Foulk Stables also had doubles. Bettor And Bold, last week's winner, takes on Just Bettor and PL Hoofhearted in the Tuesday $20,000-$25,000 Claiming/Handicap feature race. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are "dark" days. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Spin Vision, a Delaware-sired homebred, made it four straight trips to the winner's circle in the $14,500 4&5 Year-Old Mares Winners-Over Monday, March 2 feature at Dover Downs. Bred, owned and trained by Virginia Louthan, Spin Vision rolled down the passing lane with Ron Pierce to record a 1:53.4 career best victory in the day's headliner. Ms. Louthan owns the No Spin Zone - David's Art brown filly, the only three-year-old in the nine-horse lineup. Velocity Sonja, as usual, cut out the early fraction with McArma (Vic Kirby) pressing hard on the outside from mid-backstretch until deep in the stretch. Pierce, enjoying a 2-hole trip exploded upon reaching the passing lane and darted to victory. McArma was a game second with Hidden Land (Roger Plante) coming on to finish third. Spin Vision is now a perfect four-for-four this year with seven lifetime wins and four seconds in 15 races good for $65,480 earnings. In a $13.000 distaff pace, Bay Pod Racing's Hearts N Flowers, over looked at 8-1, won for the third time in her last five starts with two seconds, as Allan Davis guided the Artiscape - Hasty Dewar mare to victory in 1:53.3. Twin B Heartland (Corey Callahan) was runner-up. Valerya (Jonathan Roberts) recovered from locking wheels with Jeremes Sweetheart (Kirby) on the backstretch, to close well for third. The win was the 14th lifetime for Hearts N Flowers extending her earnings to $186,361. Allan Davis, Ron Pierce and Tony Morgan had two wins, including a 29-1 shot for Morgan driving Yanklet Hanover in a $12,500 mares pace. BETTOR AND BOLD ONE-TO-BEAT IN $20,000-$25,000 CLAIMER TUESDAY Just Bettor, fresh from victory last week, is the one-to-beat in the $20,000-$25,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming Handicap pace, the Tuesday March 3 feature race at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar and Steve Iaquinta’ Just Bettor has thrived in his eight starts in 2015 finishing either first or second, with one exception, a third.  Vic Kirby has driven the gelding conditioned by Eric Ell in all of his local starts. Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s UF Dragons Cruiser, driven by Allan Davis, led for the early part of action last Tuesday but relented to Just Bettor and took second money.  Wade Wyatt’s good closer Swift As A Shadow with George Dennis, was third last time, and drew the rail this week. Not to be overlooked in his first local appearance is Black Magic Racing’s PL Hoofhearted, piloted by Corey Callahan. Tim Tetrick and CC Racing’s Better And Bold made an untimely break last time for driver, Trace Tetrick, is among other contenders. Toby Lynch will drive Jim Jacobs’ Button Fly, while Tony Morgan will be behind Wayne King’s LA Camcharger. Marv Bachrad  

DOVER, Del.--- Tough Mac is the winningest horses at the track this meet with six wins, one more than Razor Ramone. Delaware Hanover heads the pacing division with five. Movie Idol, winner of the Delaware Special (2/26) has won four in-a-row. ------------------------------------------------------------- Among trainers,  has startedAmanda Payson 33 horses this meet with 15 winners for a spectacular .552 percentage. Eric Ell, with 106 starters lifted his outstanding UTRS "batting average" to around .450 this meet, Vic Kirby with 15 winners from 55 starters, has a UTRS of .424, Dylan Davis has a .415 rating. Doug Lewis has trained 43 wins from 161 starters. Wayne Givens has started the most horses, 211 and has won 41 races for a .346 percentagel --------------------------------------------- Aaron Merriman leads all drivers in the sport in 2015. He leads Corey Callahan by five wins 139-134, through 2/27, Defending champion Ronnie Wrenn Jr. is third with 132 wins. Ron Pierce ranks fourth, 87, in winning drives. Ron Burke, is again, the leading trainer, in wins, 88, and money won $1.1-million. Dylan Davis have moved up to fourth among the top 5 trainers in North America with 32 wins. ----------------------------------------------------- At Dover Downs, this meet, Corey Callahan has driven winners of 215 races. Allan Davis has reach three-digit wins, second with 110. Vic Kirby has moved into third-place with 97 winners. Ross Wolfenden, currently vacationing until mid-March is fourth, with 92 wins. Ron Pierce is now fifth with 90. ---------------------------------------------- A big week by Dylan Davis results in first place among trainers. Davis, the defending champion, has 47 wins Doug Lewis is second in the standings with 44 wins. Wayne Givens is now third with 42 wins. Jim King is fourth with 40 winners. Nick Surick is in fifth- place with 35 winners. ----------------------------------------- On Monday (2/23), Virginia Louthan made the winner's circle twice with mares she bred from her own stallion No Spin Zone and also owns and trains; Spin Vision, a 1:54.4 winner of three in-a-row and five wins this meet, and Megginspin won her second in five races. ------------------------------------ Harness Horse International (HHI) annual meeting and awards presentation is set for March 1-March 5, in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Sal DeMario, executive director of Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) is representing local horsemen. The HHI Dominic Frini Person of the Year, 'will go to past president, Gene Oldfield. The HHI Appreciation Award to Jerry Knappenberger, recent Ohio Hall of Fame inductee, and former Ohio Harness Horsemen's Assoc. GM, and harness horse editor of the Daily Racing Form, Derek Giwner, receives the Clyde Hirt Media award.\ Marv Bachrad  

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