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Scirocco Rob dominated in the $20,000 Open Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Scirocco Rob proved his harness racing dominance and versatility by winning at 2 separate race tracks back to back.  Scirocco Rob won at the Meadowlands last week and traveled down the New Jersey turnpike and won tonight at Dover Downs. At the start, there was a 3 horse attack heading to the quarter pole.  Scirocco Rob settled in fourth, then attacked after being parked to the quarter in 27 seconds flat. Morairtime and Jack Parker Jr. accepted the pocket ride.  Northern Express settled in third.  Scirocco Rob and driver Tim Tetrick then led the field to the half in 55.2 Midway down backstretch, Northern Express  and driver Russell Foster pulled first over and pressured Scirocco Rob to the three quarters in 1:24. They raced as a team into the stretch.  From there, Scirocco Rob, the 4/5 race favorite powered to the top and won by a half length in 1:53.2 on a chilly 35 degree evening.   Scirocco Rob  (Explosive Matter)  is owned by Lewis Whitaker Jr. and Kathleen Whitaker.  Mark Silva trains. Northern Express, raced a game 1st over bid but finished 2nd for trainer Arty Foster Jr.  Bluebird Jesse was third.  Jim King Jr. trained and Alan Davis drove. Tim Tetrick had a big night winning six of twelve races on the betting card. Racing resumes on Wednesday.  Post time is 4:30 pm at Dover Downs. For full race results, click here.   by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Dover, DE - Harness racing driver Tim Tetrick captured career win 12,000 at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Tetrick wasted no time in achieving that milestone by winning his first drive on the betting card aboard Manone in the third race.  Manone is trained by Jason Skinner.    Tim ‘s wife Ashley and daughter Trysta, were present in the winner’s circle and shared in the moment. Tetrick expressed his gratitude by noting “ I’ve been very fortunate to achieve this amount of wins over the years.”  I’ve had a great deal of owners and trainers who believed in me.”  The 39-year-old Tetrick is the first driver to accomplish the feat prior to the age of 40. Tetrick has ranked among the top 10 drivers in North America in wins every year since 2004 and has led the sport in earnings on nine occasions. He was elected to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2019 and is scheduled for induction in July. Tetrick had little time to reflect on his accomplishment.  It was time for the next race.  Tetrick scored career win number 12,001 aboard Big Expense and trainer Jim King Jr.  Both men have shared in some of the sport’s biggest races. Morairtime Upsets In Open Trot Morairtime and Jack Parker Jr. were able to score a mild upset in the Open Trot Tuesday at Dover Downs. They blasted off the wings and went right to the top. They set fractions of 28.4 for the quarter and an uncontested half in 57.1 Gillie the Kid was the first to move past the half but could only offer mild pressure.  Morairtime continued to lead the field of seven past the three quarters in 1:25.1.That quarter was trotted in 28 seconds flat. The others were forced three deep to the top of the stretch. Northern Express, slid off the rail from pocket position in the stretch.  However he could not gain on the leader and had to settle for second place. Morairtime won by a full length under wraps in 1:53.4.  She was sent off at odds of 9/2. Morairtime ( Airzoom Lindy) is owned by James Moore III and trained by Carol Jamieson- Parker.  Her husband Jack Parker Jr. was her driver. Northern Express who, saw his two race win streak end, is trained by Arty Foster Jr.  His son Russell Foster drove. Need Luck N finished with late energy and picked up the show money for trainer Jason Johnson.  Andrew McCarthy drove. Tim Tetrick picked up his 12,000 th career win earlier on the racing card.  However Tim was not resting on his laurels as he won 5 races on the betting card. There will be a $5,000 guaranteed pick 5 wager offered on Thursday. The wager is a fifty cent minimum bet with a 15% takeout Racing resumes on Wednesday with a Post Time of 4:30 pm.   by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Pompano Beach, FL...February 15, 2021...Pompano Park's annual pro-am team challenge for charity featuring harness racing greats Tim Tetrick and David Miller went down to the wire on Sunday night (February 14) with Team Tetrick ekeing out a "photo finish" win.. The four race competition featured Tetrick and Miller as captains of their respective teams with many of the finest amateur drivers in the sport benefitting New Vocations and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The final tally was 85-83 with Joe Pennacchio's win with his trotting mare leaving the Miller team just two points short as the Tetrick team managed to finish 2-3 in the final event to barely protect their precarious lead going into the final leg. The four race event kicked off with MIller and Tetrick finishing one-two with Verdi D Em and General Jackson, respectively, Forbidden Song (Sky Walker-Team Tetrick) finished third as the first round ended in a 21-21 tie.   Verdi D Em, a 12 year-old gelded son of Neon Jiel, covered the mile in a season's best 1:56.3 for owner-trainer John Hallett to vault his career earnings to $349.336. The winner paid $9.20 as third choice in the betting and completed a David Miller Daily Double returning $26.60. In the second leg, Tim Tetrick sent Prince Of Minto ($11.20) zipping off the wings from the outside 8 post into the lead and that eight year-old son of Angus Hall never relinquished and scored in 1:57.3 for his initial win of the year for Leon Cable, who trains for owner David Jarvis. Cashahallic (Ron Cusimano-Team Tetrick)) was moved up to second on a disqualification while Fleet Cessna (Billy Muggleston-Team Miller) also improved a spot to be placed third. The Tetrick victory sent his team into a 49-35 lead after round two with that win putting Tim to within one win of 12,000 lifetime. In the third leg, Dein Spriggs, (Team Miller) with 479 career wins coming in, scored the triumph with his own Uva Hanover, ($11.60) a 10 year-old altered son of Cantab Hall, stopping the timer in 1:55. Glide In The Wind (David Miller) was left in his wake, six lengths back, with Santini (Steve Oldford-Team Tetrick) third. The classy Uva Hanover, trained by Allen Saul for Spriggs, vaulted his career bounty to $557,853. After round three. the score tightened with Team Tetrick holding an eight point lead--67-59. The final leg went to the bay mare named Grey ($7.00) for Joe Pennacchio (Team Miller) in a well-rated 1:56.1, a seasonal best. She blasted off the wings to take charge, opened with a :28.3 panel, got a breather to the :58.2 half, was confronted on the final bend (1:27.3) and used a :28.3 finale to hold off Big Boy Rosco (Sky Walker-Team Tetrick) by a neck. Tymal Tullo (Tim Tetrick) finished third with the final outcome resulting in that aforementioned 85-83 Team Tetrick win. Representatives for New Vocations and the Make-A-Wish Foundation were in the winner's circle as each charity received a $5,000 donation from the Florida Amateur Drivers Club, in cooperation with the U.S.T.A. The U.S.T.A. was also represented during the festivities with Mike Tanner and Wendy Ross, among others, in attendance with Tanner, in a winner's circle interview, remarking, "It's events and nights like this that make harness racing the grand sport that it still is. To be able to help great organizations like New Vocations and the Make-A-Wish Foundation through harness racing is absolutely outstanding and we are glad to be a small part of it. The Florida Amateur Driving Club deserves kudos for making this an annual tradition and it shows what gentlemen like David Miller and Tim Tetrick are--not only great horsemen but great individuals." Wagering for the program was, once again, over $1 million with the final total being $1,126,910 for the nine race program--the 13th time this season that handle has eclipsed $1 million with several near misses, as well. Racing continues on Monday with a 13 race bonanza featuring twin $30,000 guarantees on the two Pick-4 events encompassing races 6 through 9 and races 10 through 13. There is also a carryover in the Super Hi-5 finale of $8,236.47. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. For full race results, click here. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...February 13...In what has become a valued annual tradition at Pompano Park, harness racing Hall of Fame drivers Tim Tetrick and David Miller will, once again, team up with many of the best amateur drivers in the sport in the 2021 edition of the Tetrick-Miller Challenge, benefiting New Vocations and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The four race competition covers races two through five and adds a special flavor to the track's popular Pick-5 event, which features a $125,000 guaranteed pool beginning with the first race/ Miller and Tetrick have won a combined 25,205 races during their grand careers with owners benefiting to the tune of close to $500,000 million. The last leg of the competition--the fifth race--will also be a milestone for Miller as it will be 77,777th career drive. Reflecting on the importance of the competition, Miller related, "I have been most fortunate to be able to compete successfully in an industry I love so much. There are those children that have not been as fortunate as I and it's a great feeling to participate for the Make-A-Wish organization that does so much for the kids. It truly is an honor." Tetrick reflected, "New Vocations is a place that takes care of many of our great equine athletes after their racing days are over. These horses give us everything they have every time they go behind the (starting) gate and New Vocations gives everything they have to make sure they (horses) have the retirement they deserve." The event was created by the Florida Amateur Driving Club, that has donated well over $200,000 to worthwhile charitable charities since their inception as all drivers donate their earnings from purses to charity. The $125,000 guaranteed pool for the Pick-5 comes after a pair of long-shots, William Star at 54 to 1 and Just Don't Wait at 26 to 1, won back-to-back races on Thursday night's program capped by a photo finish in the finale preventing one bettor from a payoff of over $30,000. Sunday's program also features a carryover in the Pick-6 of $11,211.81 and a Super Hi-5 carryover of $3,918.23. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park    

LEBANON, OH. - The Bill Dailey Memorial Medley, featuring odd distance races, got underway on Saturday (Feb. 6) at Miami Valley in two harness racing divisions. Although the track was listed as 'good' and was damp due to partial thawing, both divisions were clocked in 1:09.1 and were captured by the betting favorites. Crimson And Chrome closed well in the homestretch to pass Shane Adam (Sam Widger) and Goldinthebadlands (Brett Miller). Leading driver Trace Tetrick was in the sulky, driving for his brother Tim, who owns Crimson And Chrome. Trace's 63 wins at Miami Valley since the meet commenced on Jan. 3 ranks second in the country behind only Aaron Merriman. Tim, who races in the East, is currently sixth on the U. S. leading drivers list as he rapidly approaches the coveted 12,000 victories plateau.   It was the 15th career triumph for the 5-year-old by Sweet Lou from just 48 trips to the gate. Shagnwiththedragon (Dan Noble) won the other split by holding off longshot Snowball's Romeo (Chris Page) and Prince Bayard (Kayne Kauffman). Tessa Perrin owns the 7-year-old son of Dragon Again and entrusts the training to her husband J. D. The winner now sports 24 wins from 115 lifetime starts. GD Western Joe (Page) visited the winner's circle for the fifth time in his last seven starts in the $20,000 Open I. He now has a string of eight straight races with first or second place finishes in Open competition. The Burke Brigade stable stalwart topped My Hero Ron (Josh Sutton) and Tivo Hanover (Kauffman) in 1:53.2 for his 28th victory in his 100th career start. The unaltered son of Real Desire, with a 1:49.3 best at Miami Valley in 2020, passed the $600,000 earnings benchmark with the win. An $18,000 Open II was also carded and was won by Loutenant (Tyler Smith) in a mild 10-1 upset in 1:52.1. Favored Voracity (Noble) was runnerup with Never Say Never N (John DeLong) finishing third. Chief Mate (Brett Miller), a recent $225,000 purchase at the Meadowlands January auction by Black Magic Racing LLC of Ohio, exploded in the stretch to capture a top condition pace in 1:52 for trainer Todd Luther. Business has been brisk in the first 25 days of the 2021 meet, with an average daily handle of $540,179, which represents a 35% increase over previous year levels. Racing resumes on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 7) with an early 12::05 post time. From Miami Valley Raceway                                

Soho Burning Love A was super good in the harness racing Mares Preferred/Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night World Champion Shartin N, led the field in the post parade one last time with her trainer Jim King Jr. in the bike, as she started her next journey into retirement.  Her stablemate Soho Burning Love A apparently wanted some of her own love and won the Mares Preferred/ Open pace.  She’s Pukka N and Feelin Red Hot were quickest away from the gate. Feelin Red Hot retook the lead from She’s Pukka N and posted 27.3 opening quarter.  She remained on an uncontested lead to the half in 55.2. Soho Burning Love A chose to race from off the pace and was able to shadow a perfect second over trip from race favorite Bettors Heart N. The three quarters were reached 1:23.2.   A classic stretch duel between Bettors Heart N and Soho Burning Love A ensued.  But just like her stablemate Shartin N did so many times during her racing career, Soho Burning Love A, was able to dig down deep and grind out a victory. The race time was 1:51.3 and the margin of victory was a head. She was sent off as the 3/2 second choice in the wagering. Soho Burning Love A Soho Burning Love A (Auckland Reactor N) is owned by Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King the same former owners of Shartin N. Jim King Jr. trained and Tim Tetrick was her driver. Finishing second was a game, race favorite, Bettors Heart N. She is trained by R. Nifty Norman. Dexter Dunn was her driver. Machnhope finished third for trainer Noel Daley and driver Andrew McCarthy. Tim Tetrick won five races on the card. Live racing continues Thursday at Dover Downs. Post Time is 4:30 pm. Shartin N winning a $50,000 Invite at Dover Downs on March the 4th, 2020 in sensational fashion   Alex Kraszewski Dover Downs

CHESTER PA - A trio of $11,200 harness racing features for horses on the way up the class ladder was the post-Thanksgiving headliners at Harrah's Philadelphia Friday afternoon. Two of the three top races were for trotters, and most eye-catching was the Father Patrick sophomore filly Context, who ran her record to 2 for 3 under the tutelage of Anette Lorentzon with a 1:54.4 victory while overcoming post eight. Main contender Heat Wave Hanover stole off to a good lead nearing the three-quarter pole, but Tim Tetrick got all the speed he needed for his charge, as she came the back half to take a new mark for owners Arden Homestead Stable and Jorgen Jahre Jr. The other top trot winner also earned a new speed badge upon coming to town, as the Cantab Hall three-year-old gelding Hall It Off won in 1:56.3 without any late difficulty. Hall It Off broke in his first start for trainer Bill Mullin, also co-owner with Carver Racing LLC, but in this second outing all systems were "go," with Marcus Miller handling the sulky duties. In the top-purse pacing event, General Ward took his third straight win in commanding fashion, going to the lead just past the quarter for driver Tim Tetrick, then stepping home in :56 to stay clear of closing Rockin Medicine in a 1:52.4 mile. The horse came to the local scene at the start in November for trainer Scott Di Domenico and the ownership of Triple D Stables Inc., Michael Farro, and M G Stable Inc., and he seems destined for better things in the near future. The $10,000 top fast-class pace saw the Bettor's Delight gelding Bellow Binge enjoy getting away from high-priced claimers, moving early to the lead around frontstepper Vapour N, then holding that one off by a length in 1:51.1 under David Miller's guidance. Bellows Binge was claimed for $25,000 on September 25 by owner Chelsey Faurot and trainer Clay Faurot Jr., and since then they have seen the tough veteran earn $22,640 back towards his purchase price. Tim Tetrick won five races to lead the driving colony; Gilbert Garcia-Owen picked up a training triumph and now trails Ron Burke by only a 88-87 margin in a battle for winningest conditioner that should be back-and-forth in the remaining month of the meet. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - The veteran Explosive Matter gelding Scirocco Rob got his own way on the front end, then held off a late challenge from pocketsitter 38-1 shot Pappy Go Go to take the $14,400 handicap trotting feature Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:54. The winner of $475,629 left well from his assigned outside post seven for driver Tim Tetrick, and, certainly not hurt when race favorite Goes Down Smooth got rough past the start, made the lead in the middle of the first turn and set fractions of :27.3, :56.4, and 1:25.1. Pappy Go Go made the winner give his all in the lane, but he held off his rival by three-quarters of a length for trainer Mark Silva and owner Kathleen and Lewis Whitaker Jr.   The faster of two $12,800 subfeatured trots went to Big Nudge, a sophomore Donato Hanover colt who was sent to the lead in front of the stands by driver David Miller and never gave up the lead thereafter. The tough first-over Willing Hanover grinded to him late in the 1:55.4 mile, but Big Nudge went under the wire a length to the good for trainer Jake Leamon and owners Charles Elliott, A And B Stable, and Hutt Racing Stable. The three-year-old Trixton filly Tricky Sister enjoyed a substantial from top stakes company and used pocket rocket tactics to overhaul pacesetting Harley K by 1¼ lengths at the end of the 1:57.1 co-subfeature. George Napolitano Jr. handled sulky duties for trainer Andrew Harris and owner Robert Key. David Miller and Tim Tetrick were the leading drivers on the day with three victories each. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia   -30-

CHESTER, PA - The Indiana invader Swan Legacy made an impressive local debut in the faster of the $12,800 featured trots on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, using the cover of favored Rosalie Swan as a springboard to a 1:55.4 victory over a good track. Tim Tetrick got the Swan For All sophomore gelding out behind Rosalie Swan as that one went uncovered down the backstretch to get the lead, then continued with his momentum and was the easiest of winners for trainer Scott Di Domenico and owners Triple D Stables Inc., Michael Ferriero, and M G Stable Inc. The lightly-raced Baldaquin, making his first start in 40 days and only his ninth lifetime in the November of his four-year-old year, photoed out Rosalie Swan for second.   In the other division, the Muscle Hill three-year-old filly Contepartiro Deo kept her record perfect for trainer Noel Daley in her second start. She persevered to the wire after not being able to clear the pacesetter on the turn to notch a 1:57.3 tally for Todd McCarthy, a half length to the good of longshot President. Owners Deo Volente Farms LLC, who bred the winner, bought out their partners two starts back and obviously have done well with her since. The $11,600 fast-class trot saw two horses parade back to the winners circle, as the camera could not separate the My MVP gelding Magic MVP and Rock Of Cashel, a son of Majestic Son, at the end of a 1:55 mile. Rock Of Cashel first made the top, then yielded to his rival as he dealt with favored first-over danger Lion Safari AS, finding more along the inside late to tie the pacesetter. Todd McCarthy drove Magic MVP for trainer Tracy Berry and the ownership of J Craparotta & P Berry Racing LLC (that's their legal name), while Rock Of Cashel was driven by Vinny Ginsburg for trainer Mark Harder and the partnership of Joseph Jannuzzelli and Jeffrey Ruch. Todd McCarthy, in the top dozen for the season at Philly despite coming to America after the Hambo and getting a very late start, led all drivers today with four victories. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Long left in the shadow of her division's titans, Next Level Stuff took the throne with an open-stretch dash past Hypnotic AM and Hambletonian Oaks winner Sorella to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old filly harness racing trot on Saturday (Oct. 31) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Protecting position from the pylon post, Next Level Stuff eased into the pocket as Sorella slid to top and Hypnotic AM rolled towards the front past a :27.2 first quarter. Hypnotic AM grabbed the lead into the backstretch and seated Sorella in the pocket as the tempo accelerated by a :55.2 half. Approaching the far turn, Love A Good Story kicked off the pylons from fourth and pressed forward to challenge Hypnotic AM to three-quarters in 1:23.4, but began to lose ground off the bend. Sorella swung out of the pocket nearing the eighth pole, leaving a seam up the inside for Next Level Stuff to dart through to the open stretch as Hypnotic AM tired. Next Level Stuff charged to the finish with the most momentum, holding off Sorella in a stakes and track record 1:52 mile while Ab'sattitudexpress rallied for third and Hypnotic AM settled for fourth. "She raced really good; her last three starts, she's really been coming into top form," winning driver Tim Tetrick said after the race. "Last week she got home in :26 and a piece and raced well, and today we got kind of the same trip -- but with the long stretch, we had plenty of time to get there. She's definitely exceeded expectations, that's for sure." A homebred Sebastian K S filly for Runthetable Stables, Next Level Stuff won her seventh race from 13 starts this season and her 13th from 23 overall, earning $646,816. Jim Campbell trains the winner, who returned an $18.00 mutuel. "My family's been with Jim Campbell for 30-plus years," Scott Farber of Runthetable Stables said. "My stable's named after my father, who I loved with all my heart. He's my best friend in the entire world and I just miss him so much and I hope I made him proud tonight. "I'm so proud of this horse. I'm so proud of being a small part of the Campbell family. There's just no way I'm going to be able to put this into words." by Ray Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown

CHESTER, PA - A pair of Hall of Fame harness racing drivers divided up the Liberty Bell stakes series action for three-year-old males on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia - David Miller took both $31,300 sections of the pacing event, while Tim Tetrick won in both $37,300 trotting sections. Both of them raced their charges just off the pace, and both of them defeated the race favorite late. Miller started things off by guiding the Sweet Lou gelding Tru Lou to a 1:49.1 mark. The sophomore was able to race in the pocket behind pacesetting Manticore - certainly a better journey than he had having to pace his middle half in :52.3 to get the lead before tiring at Lexington in his last start. He went inside the leader in the lane, then held off the late burst of heavy favorite Allywag Hanover, coming from second-over, by a neck, with Manticore another length back in third. Ron Burke trains the winner for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services Inc., and Slaughter Racing Stable LLC.   In the other pacing section, Miller won with another Sweet Lou gelding, Tito Rocks, who has now taken two straight after a 1:50.3 victory. Tito Rocks raced hard to get the early lead, yielded to the prohibitive chalk Patriot Nation to sit in the golden seat, then worked up the inside to pass the favorite by three-quarters of a length at the finish. Robert Cleary trains the winner, who went over $100,000 in career earnings with the victory, for Royal Wire Products Inc. On the trotting side, Tetrick's first stakes visit to Victory Lane came behind the Explosive Matter colt Overserved in a career best 1:53.1. Favored Paulie Walnuts set the pace in this race, with Town Victor angling out from the pocket for the drive and Overserved, who had tucked third, fanning out even wider. Overserved proved to have the most late, going by to win by 1¼ lengths, with Town Victor photoing Paulie Walnuts for the deuce. The winner, who won the Pennsylvania Stallion Series Championship last month, also reached six figures in his career bankroll with his success for trainer George Ducharme and the partnership of William Donovan, Stephen Michaels, Joe Sbrocco, and Jim Winske. The other section yielded a classic "pocketsitter passes pacesetter late" scenario, as Tetrick raced into the early pocket with the Andover Hall gelding Loyal Fox Hanover after the former occupant of that spot made a break, waited behind pacesetting chalk Shinkansen, then came out entering the stretch and trotted past for a three-quarter length lifetime mark of 1:54. Ron Coyne Jr. now has a stakes win with the youngster he has had for only three starts for the ownership of Vogel & Wags Nags LLC, Team Rice Racing LLC, and Adelphia Bloodstock Inc. In a $14,400 handicap pace for distaff pacers, the Mach Three mare Machnhope was assigned the outside post eight after winning easily last week, and here the outer starting berth proved no hindrance at all as the winner rolled to a new mark of 1:50. Machnhope jumped over $300,000 in lifetime earnings with the win for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Noel Daley, the latter co-owner with Deo Volente Farms LLC, Thomas Pontone, and L A Express Stable LLC. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - A quartet of $11,200 contests for developing younger horses, two races on each gait, were the features Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with the most impressive winner the Western Ideal sophomore colt Buy In, who brought immediate returns for his new connections with a 1:51 victory, lowering his mark by almost five seconds. Acquired by Triple D Stables Inc. and Tim Tetrick LLC after his last start and entrusted to trainer Scott Di Domenico, Buy In certainly did not have an easy route to victory. Tetrick kept him outside early, then let him gradually go up, and it took him to nearing the half to clear to the lead in a demanding :54.4. But after that point the only battle was for the minor honors, as Buy In powered off to win by 5¾ lengths, hinting that better things might be right around the corner for him.   In the other featured pace, the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Diamondbeach reclaimed the throttle for driver George Napolitano Jr. past the quarter, set his own tempo while rebuffing a challenge from favored Southwind Dredge, then was 1¼ lengths ahead of 43-1 pocketsitter Ginger Tree Pete at the end of a 1:54.1 mile. Jim Campbell trains the winner for Frederick and Shirley Schwartz and Onda Racing Stable LLC. Both of the trotting headliners were timed in 1:57.3. In one, pocketsitting favorite Baldaquin looked like he had lost all chance when Scirocco Patrick cleared on his first-over challenge and opened up 2½ lengths by the three-quarters, with horses trailing two-wide in his wake. But the new leader made a break into the final turn, and Baldaquin, given a second life like the rest of the inner tier, came back on nicely late to claim victory by 2¼ lengths. The Marcus Miller-driven Explosive Matter four-year-old gelding, trained by Louise Pepin for owner Steven Bryden, triumphed for the third time in only seven lifetime starts. In the other top trot, the Donato Hanover sophomore gelding Willing Hanover is beginning to like winning - after seven seconds and seven thirds but no firsts in his first 21 starts, "Willing" has now won two in a row, as trainer/driver Tim Lancaster rallied him from far back for a half-length verdict over Test My Naughty B while establishing a new mark. Tim Lancaster is also co-owner with Mark and Meghan Lancaster. George Napolitano Jr. took Friday driving honors with three victories, the second day in a row he has led the Philly sulky colony, and he has nine wins during the three days of racing here so far this week. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA -- 2019 Harness Horse of the Year Shartin N qualified in 1:52.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia on Tuesday morning, with a :26.4 back quarter that showed her readiness for the rich season-ending harness racing events upcoming.   With the mare's regular driver Tim Tetrick at The Meadows for Keystone Classics stakes competition, trainer Jim King Jr., who himself has 3369 career sulky victories, guided the seven-year-old daughter of Tintin In America right to the front and rattled off fractions of :28.2, :57.3, and 1:25.3. He then let her speed on home in her first racetrack outing after winning the Artiscape Pace on August 16 at Tioga Downs..   King noted that the possibilities on the schedule of his mare, who is owned by his wife Jo Ann Looney-King, Richard Poillucci, and Tim Tetrick LLC, include the Dayton Distaff Derby, the Breeders Crown, and the TVG series.   Shartin N's entrymate in the high mares class, Soho Burning Love A, was also successful in a Philly qualifier, coming home in :27 in a 1:54.1 mile.   From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia        

CHESTER, PA - 2019's Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year, Lyons Sentinel, continued her preparations for the imminent stakes season with a 1:54.3 qualifying win at Harrah's Philadelphia early Tuesday afternoon. The daughter of Captaintreacherous, who was also last year's leading moneywinning freshman at $801,809, made a frontward move at the half and hung up successive :28 quarters to post an easy 2½ length victory, giving her now two wins and a second in preseason qualifying action. Threelyonsracing owns the Jim King Jr. trainee, who was driven as usual by Tim Tetrick. In two-year-old qualifying action, two pacing colts tied for fastest mile of the day by winning in 1:57.2. The Somebeachsomewhere - Swinging Beauty gelding Whichwaytothebeach went down the road from the rail, stepping home in :57.2 - :28.1 for trainer/driver Roland Mallar and owners Alan Johnston, Northfork Racing Stable, and John Craig; matching that clocking was the Always B Miki - Don't Deny Me gelding Dontpassme Hanover, a pocket rocket for driver Art Stafford Jr. and trainer Mark Harder, the latter also co-owner with Rick Phillips. In the trots for babies, speed honors went to the Bar Hopping - Up Front Annika gelding Ginger Tree Knox, who made every pole a winning one in 2:00.4 for trainer/driver Steve Cook and the partnership of Sam Beegle, Ginger Tree Ventures LLC, Double D Racing Stable and the Reber-Chasen Stable. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

Dover, DE - Ideal Lifestyle A sets a harness racing lifetime mark in the $27,500 Mares Open at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Moments of Joy and Valuable Art left alertly, as expected and raced to the quarter in 27 flat. Tim Tetrick and Ideal Lifestyle A decided to up the ante and confidently pulled from third.  They seized control of the race past the quarter pole. The half was reached in 55.3, a 28.3 quarter. Dibaba N and Corey rushed up past the half and pressured Ideal Lifestyle A. They reached the three quarters in 1:23.1 and  paced the 3rd quarter in 27.3. Moments of Joy sat in the pocket and Valuable Art remained 3rd on the rail. Shezallapples A was gapping cover nearing the three quarter pole. This allowed Moments Of Joy to ease of the rail and shadow Dibaba N. for the stretch drive.  Ideal Lifestyle A  accelerated in the deep stretch and won by a convincing 1 ½ lengths in 1:50.3.  She was sent off at odds of 5-1.   Ideal Lifestyle A, is an 8 year old mare by Western Ideal.  She established a lifetime mark of 1:50.3 and is owned by Jeffrey Fought, Brian Carsey and Casey Myers.  Jim King Jr. is her trainer and Tim Tetrick was her driver. Dibaba N,  the 7-5 race favorite,  finished 2nd for trainer Dylan Davis and driver Corey Callahan. Valuable Art finished 3rd for trainer Nick Callahan and driver Russell Foster. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Backstreet Shadow once again showed his dominance at Dover Downs, scoring his fourth straight victory at the Delaware harness racing track on Thursday evening, this time wiring the field in the $50,000 Invitational Handicap Pace and setting a track record in the process.. With driver Tim Tetrick handling the lines, Backstreet Shadow left from the far outside eight post and was parked out to the opening quarter mile in :26.2 by Jesse Duke N (George Napolitano, Jr.) Backstreet Shadow, once on the lead, cut the mile to the half mile in :54.3, then the three-quarters in 1:21.1. Bettor Memories (Andy McCarthy) came first-over and was in second as they started down the stretch before tiring on the final turn as Tetrick let the five-year-old Shadow Play gelding have his head. Backstreet Shadow kicked in a :27 last quarter mile to win by two open lengths in 1:48.1, shaving one fifth of a second from the prior record for aged pacing geldings.    Jesse Duke N, despite running in the stretch after tiring, held for second place with Shnitzledosomethin (Corey Callahan) third. Trained by Ron Burke and co-owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Backstreet Shadow has the four straight wins out of five starts this year. He paid $3.20 to win. Sicily upsets in the $32,500 Blue Hen Open Handicap pace. At the start of the race, three horses left for early race position. Sicily took the lead. Blazing Bobby Sox held rail position in 2nd.  Slick Tony and George Napolitano Jr., the race favorite, dropped in third. Wiggle It Jiggleit and driver Montrell Teague dived in behind Slick Tony in fourth.  Teague was hoping to get a 2nd over trip behind Tony and that strategy became a reality past the half. Sicily cut fractions of 26.1 55.2 1:23.  The third quarter was paced in 27.3 Turning for home, Wiggle It Jiggleit fanned three wide in the lane as Slick Tony weakened.  Wiggle It Jiggleit's bid stalled. Sicily powered home and won by three quarters of a length in 1:50.3.   He was sent off at odds of 6-1. Sicily is by Art Major, and is owned by Legacy Racing of Delaware Inc. and Reginald Hazzard II.  Victor Kirby drove the winner for trainer Wayne Givens. Proper One,  who was last at the top of the stretch, circled the pack to finish 2nd for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Carlo Poliseno. Wiggle It Jiggleit finished 3rd for trainer Clyde Francis.    By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink (with files from Dover Downs)

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