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HARRINGTON, DE - Peter Venturini's She's Pukka N ($5, Tony Morgan) was a 1:52.3 wire-to-wire winner Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in the harness racing featured $20,000 Mares Open. Brian Malone-trainee She's Pukka N set fractions of 27.1 and 55.4 before reaching three-quarters in a speedy 1:23.4 with My Kiwi Lady N in the pocket. In deep stretch, She's Pukka N outlasted My Kiwi Lady N, while Feeling Sweet surged well late to grab third. A 6-year-old Betterthancheddar mare, She's Pukka notched her 16th career win. SHE'S PUKKA N REPLAY   The victory with She's Pukka N was one of 4 wins on the card for Morgan. Allan Davis had a driving triple for the second straight night. For full race results, click here. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

Ft. Washington, MD — Harness racing driver Tony Morgan, who stands second all time on North American harness racing’s driving win list, added five to his incredible lifetime total Sunday night at (March 14) Rosecroft Raceway. His 16,804 wins is only topped by Dave Palone’s 19,496 victories. Gusty headwinds greeted all the horses and drivers on Sunday night, as winds gusted over 30 mph at times. Morgan scored a win with Whosyourpapa ($19.20) for trainer Jason Bowers and Paul Stansbury. It was the 52nd lifetime win for the 12-year-old son of Whosyourboy, and has been in the top three in 42 percent of his lifetime starts. Morgan won for the same combination with Shim ($5.40). Morgan also steered Midsize Construction’s new acquisition, I Say No More ($2.20) to a win for trainer Tim Crissman, while Cool Casper ($8.00) won for Jody Cahall and Trevor Stafford, as well as All Gold ($3.00) for Richard Malone Jr. Trae Porter had three wins on the night, all coming for trainer Charlene Sharp, as You Say I Believe ($21.60) and Rock Me Victorious ($31.80) won for owner Mason Shaw. Porter won his third of the night with Christopher Sharpe’s Bobcat Bound ($7.40). Russell Foster drove two winners and trainer Ken Schlotzhauer had a pair as well. For full race results, click here. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

Shes Pukka N won back to back starts in the Mares Open harness racing pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Shes Pukka N and driver Tony Morgan left alertly as did Anytime N and Soho Burning Love A.  They were both parked to the quarter.  Morgan then released Anytime N to the quarter in 26.3.  Soho Burning Love A, normally a closer, was parked to the quarter and finally cleared for the lead at the half in 54.  Anytime N respectfully took back to second. Soho Burning A was in full flight as Skateboard Chic and Alan Davis grinded 1st up. They reached the three quarters in 1:22 flat. In the stretch, Anytime N and Montrell Teague chose to ease out of the pocket. Tony Morgan and Shes Pukka N chose to remain on the rail from third.  Morgan’s intuition proved to be the winning strategy as Shes Pukka N won by 3/4 of a length in 1:50.2.  She paid $11.20 for the win.   Shes Pukka N (Betterthancheddar)  is owned by Peter Paul Venturini and trained by Brian Malone.    Anytime N raced well and finished 2nd.for trainer Josh Green. Soho Burning Love A,  the 3/5 betting favorite, was 3rd for trainer Jim King Jr. Tim Tetrick was in the bike.  Tony Morgan and Tim Tetrick each won three races on the betting card.   Racing resumes on Thursday at Dover Downs.  Post time is 4:30 pm. For full results, click here. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Shes Pukka N wins the Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Harness racing driver Tony Morgan left alertly as opposed to taking back off the pace last week. That strategy was a winning one. Shes Pukka N left aggressively and relinquished the early lead to Infinite Symbol A at the quarter. Infinite Symbol N was able to control the race fractions thru splits of :27.2 ,:55.2 and 1:23 flat.     Soho Burning Love A, the 4/5 race favorite and driver Tim Tetrick moved off the rail past the half from last.  Soho Burning Love A paced without cover to the three quarter pole but was void of pace. Machnhope shadowed Soho Burning Love A down the backstretch but never threatened the leader. Morgan chose to pull from his pocket position with Shes Pukka N and attacked Infinite Symbol A in the lane.  Shes Pukka N muscled her way to the top and won by a half length in 1:50.2  She paid $16 to win.   Shes Pukka N (Betterthancheddar) is owned by Peter Paul Venturini and is trained by Brian Malone. Infinite Symbol A accepted the step up in class and finished second for trainer Dylan Davis.  Dexter Dunn drove.   Soho Burning Love A was a fast closing third for trainer Jim King Jr. Thursday night, Dover Downs will again offer a $5,000 guaranteed pick 5 wager with a fifty cent minimum.  The wager begins on the 9th race and concludes on the 13th race on the betting card.  The take out is 15%. Post Time at Dover Downs is 4:30 pm. For full results, click here. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Dover, DE - Three divisions of two year old colt and gelding harness racing pacers led off the week in the second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) series at Dover Downs. First of two non-wagering events went to Z’s Dream (Dream Away-Eastwood Aurora N) in 1:56.4 making it two in a row for owner Leonard Hubbard and trainer Andrew Stafford. Driven by Andrew’s brother, Art Stafford, Jr. Downtown Show was second followed by Marvelous Winner in third. Second non-wagering event was won by owner,trainer,breeder Brenda Teague’s Mr Overbite (Southwind Lynx-Hustle Hard) for his maiden win in 1:57.4 while being parked from the half for driver Tony Morgan. Brenda’s nephew, Montrell was “second right there” with Can’t Get Right followed by Squeak On By in third. Third division was the first half of the Daily Double.It was all Henrico (Delmarvalous-Blue Moon Artist) for three wins in a row for co-owner/trainer, Clyde Francis and co-owner MST Racing. Driven by Tony Morgan to a new lifetime record of 1:54.1. Second was Subban followed by First State Joni in third.   The top 8 point earners (in point order) will return for a $100,000 final on Thanksgiving eve, November 25th. They are Henrico,Z’s Dream, Marvelous Winner, Mr Overbite, Subban, Downtown Show, Justflirtingwithu, and Mister Ramsey. Tomorrow night the Series continues with 2-year old trotters. Post Time 4:30 PM. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the DSBF

HARRINGTON, DE - Artful Dancer ($6.20, Tony Morgan) was a 1:52 harness racing winner in the featured $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Josh Green, the Yankee Cruiser filly led most of the way and held off a game first-over challenge from Soho Burning Love A, who finished second, for her sixth win of the year. She was the only filly in the field. Apple Bottom Jeans sat in the pocket and finished third. Owned by Tammy Carter, Jay Mossberger, Rich Lombardo and Josh Green, it was the ninth career win for Artful Dancer, who has enjoyed an impressive sophomore campaign, banking more than $197,000.   Trainer Jim King Jr. clinched the training title at the meet with 2 more wins to add to his meet-best total of 36. Joe Hundertpfund Jr. (24) and Chuck Crissman Jr. (24) are deadlocked to round out the top three. Meanwhile, with just one night remaining in the 2020 meet, Allan Davis (63 wins) maintains the lead on Montrell Teague (58) and Art Stafford Jr. (54). Tony Morgan had three wins on the card. Teague and Victor Kirby had a double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway            

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

Pompano Beach, FL — Pompano Park will host two major harness racing events on Sunday (March 1) as eight of the greatest names in the sport will compete in a multi-race competition over the famed five-eighths-mile oval. The top billing goes to the “Masters of the Mile Drivers Challenge” featuring eight drivers whose total victory count is more than 100,000 with horse owners benefiting to the tune of almost $1 billion in purse money. Dave Palone, with 19,114 career wins, will be in action on Sunday night, along with Tony Morgan (16,622), David Miller (12,914), Tim Tetrick (11,531), Wally Hennessey (10,461), Kevin Wallis (10,281), Peter Wrenn (10,220), and Bruce Ranger (9,172). For the members of Pompano Park’s “Send It In Army,” these “Masters of the Mile” will be a part of the early daily double, the final leg of the Pick-5, the start of the Pick-4 and an Open 2 pace. In addition, Miller and Tetrick will be hosts of the Pro-Am with both competing as captains in three other events featuring many of the top amateur drivers, which has become an annual tradition here at Pompano Park benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation and New Vocations. Those trio of events encompass the second half of the early daily double, the kick-off of the Pick-6 and the fourth race pentafecta. Post time for the blockbuster card is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

Chester, PA -- Driver Tony Morgan and trainer Scott DiDomenico teamed up for five wins on the 12-race Sunday (Dec. 15) program at Harrah's Philadelphia, which closed the riverside harness racing oval's 14th racing season. Morgan and DiDomenico's five-bagger was highlighted by Jack's Shadow N's 1:52 victory in a $14,500 conditioned pace. The 5-year-old Shadow Play gelding rallied from the pocket to upend 6-5 favorite Ollie's Ztam (Yannick Gingras) by a half length, and returned $6.20 to win. The formerly Illinois-based connections also combined to win with Sweet Beach ($12.00, 1:53.2), Headbanger ($8.00, 1:55.3), Maroma Beach ($7.80, 1:52.3) and Alta Shelby N ($16.00, 1:52.4). In the afternoon's $18,000 top-level pacing feature, David Kryway's Statement Made A ($3.40) controlled early splits of :27.1, :55.2 and 1:23, and then parried a first-over challenge from Lord Willoughby A to win by a widening 2-3/4 lengths in 1:51. Dexter Dunn drove the 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding for trainer Tahnee Camilleri.   Tetrick, Garcia-Owen claim seasonal honors Tim Tetrick was the top driver at Harrah's Philadelphia in 2019, winning 345 races compared to runner-up George Napolitano Jr.'s 301. Dexter Dunn finished third with 150 tallies. Gilbert Garcia-Owen finished atop the training table with 104 wins, well clear of Ron Burke's 79 and Nick Surick's 66. The 15th season of harness racing at Harrah's Phildelphia is slated to commence on April 5, 2020.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

Joey Bats outlasts the open trotters at Dover Downs on Tuesday night once again. Joey Bats circled the field at the quarter pole and did not look back as he won in wire to wire fashion. The outside post did not deter Joey Bats and driver Anthony Morgan for trainer Andrew Harris as they cut fractions of :27, :56, and 1:24.1 before stopping the teletimer in 153.1. Home’n Dry, an upset winner last week, went off stride nearing the half. Royal Becca J and driver Jack Parker Jr. for his wife trainer Carol Jamieson-Parker finished a fast closing 2nd. Lagerfeld, and driver Corey Callahan for trainer Ed Gannon Jr. finished third. World Champion Wiggle It Jiggleit  is scheduled to qualify tomorrow morning  at Dover Downs Post time is 4:30 pm for the live racing card at Dover Downs. by Al Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Joey Bats duplicated his harness racing performance from two weeks ago when he won the open trot in wire to wire fashion at Dover Downs.  Tony Morgan blasted out of the gate and Lagerfeld, driven by Yannick Gingras, protected rail position, forcing the race favorite Scirocco Rob to take a seat, getting away third. Joey Bats, trained by Andrew Harris, set fractions of 27  55.4  1.24 and a new mark of 152.3.  Scirocco Rob pulled first up and could not gain on the leader for trainer Mark Silva.  Majestic Marvel trained by Josh Green finished 2nd, out trotting Lagerfeld in the lane.  Lagerfeld finished 3rd for trainer Ed Gannon Jr.  The race favorite, Scirocco  Rob, finished fourth. by Al Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

CHESTER, PA - Driver Tony Morgan and trainer Jennifer Bongiorno combined on their third win of the program as the Bettor's Delight mare Divas Image closed stoutly midtrack to take the $18,000 feature for pacing mares in 1:52.2 during a special Friday night card at Harrah's Philadelphia. Morgan kept the winner, who pushed her career earnings to $604,627, next-to-last in the field of seven early as several horses traded the front spot in the field, then moved with cover down the backstretch. The 2-5 favorite was looking good as she tipped wide the stretch battle, and the mare showed her class by coming home powerfully to hold off the horse on her back and the longest shot in the field, 42-1 Slick Artist A, by 1½ lengths for the partnership of Joseph Bongiorno LLC, Howard Taylor, Thomas Lazzaro, and J&T Silva Stables LLC. Morgan went on to win the last race on the card to end the night as leading driver with his four victories. There were also a pair of $16,000 co-featured events for class-climbing younger horses. In the pacing mares division, Delightful Feather finally surrendered the lead to favored Money Shot Hanover in front of the stands, and then the pair saw Odds On Clearwater make a fast brush on the backstretch to the front. The early rivals came after the stretch leader - Money Shot Hanover to her inside, Delightful Feather to her right - and it was the Bettor's Delight mare Delightful Feather get the decision in 1:53.2, with Money Shot Hanover ¾ of a length behind the winner and 2½ lengths ahead of Odds On Clearwater. George Napolitano Jr. guided the winner for the brother team of trainer Thomas and owner John Cancelliere. In the trot, Oberto moved up uncovered on the far turn to the lead, then had to brace for what looked to be a tough stretch challenge from Gaareat Gazoo on his back. But that foe had some late steering problems, and the Yankee Glide sophomore gelding Oberto fended him off by a neck in 1:57.1 for driver Pat Berry, trainer Jeff Weiner, and owners Thomas and Pamela Herbst Maloney. (Ms. Maloney's middle name, which translates from German to "fall," was appropriate for this evening card, which saw the temperatures fall into the 50s as autumn starts to take a grip on the local weather.) For full results and entries click here. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, PA - One of the most unexpected finishes in recent harness racing history transpired at Harrah's Philadelphia during race five on the Thursday afternoon card, when Pittstop Kip closed to win by a neck - and paid $447.00 for a $2 win ticket. Second was 86-1 shot What That Is, with the 3-5 favorite and the 5-2 second choice in the last two spots after making breaks. Favored Crazshana left from the rail but broke early, with Mr Cool Seaeyre N, who had stayed right on the chalk's back from the trailing post nine (1-for-98 to win at Harrah's this year), finding himself in the unusual position of being on the early lead without a circling move. Down the backstretch second choice Chapter Fashion went up first-over, but just as he looked to be going to the lead he lost his gait, leaving second-over Pittstop Kip in a prime position. And the mega-longshot trotted on to withstand What That Is, who advanced wide in the stretch. Pittstop Kip returned $447.00, $145.20, and $18.80 to his few backers; What That Is paid back $86.40 to place and $43.20 to show; and Mr Cool Seaeyre N, "only" 12-1, was $9.80 to show. Tony Morgan is the second-winningest driver in the history of North American harness racing, but the local fans have been missing out on him often; Pittstop Kip was his sixth $50+ horse of the meet and third $100+ winner, both topping the local drivers colony. The $14,500 featured trot had a bit more of a conventional tote ending when favored Receivership caught second choice Money Maven late to post a ¾-length victory in 1:54.3. Backers of the 4=5 shot may have been anxious when driver Joe Bongiorno kept the 4-5 favorite third-inside, but the pair cleared in time to run his 2019 record to 5-for-7 and his lifetime tally to 11-for-20. Jennifer Bongiorno trains the five-year-old Chapter Seven gelding for brother/driver Joe, her own Jennifer Bongiorno Stable, and Blair and Emma Corbeil. It looks like the wait for American Moni, the now-four-year-old son of Muscle Hill - Moni Maker, is beginning to pay off. Winless in limited campaigns at two and three, the impeccably-bred horse has now triumphed in two straight and three of six on the year, winning at Philly in 1:54.4 while fully in control. American Moni, whose mark of 1:53.3 was taken at Pocono, was driven by Andy Miller for trainer/wife Julie and the Moni Maker Stable. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harness racing driver Tony Morgan had the hot hand on the Tuesday program at Harrington Raceway with seven victories. Not all of Morgan's wins came aboard favorites, especially with Clifford Grundy's Keene Olivia ($22.40) in the $20,000 Mares Open. The 8-year-old Always a Virgin mare was an upset winner over Artrageous and Empress Deo for trainer Nick Surick, who had three wins on the card. Keene Olivia was situated second-over and found her best gear in the stretch to eclipse pacesetting Artrageous for a two length score. Keene Olivia pushed her seasonal earnings over the $100,000 mark. Morgan also won races with Always Rock N Roll ($6.20), Hurrikane Shorty ($4.60), Cardiff ($11), Under The Hood ($2.40), Odds On Maria ($4.40) and Rollinwithholly A ($3.20). Ross Wolfenden had a driving double. Live racing continues a Monday through Wednesday schedule. Post time is 4:30 p.m. nightly. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

Ft. Washington, MD — When harness racing driver Tony Morgan shows up at Rosecroft, good things tend to happen. Sunday night (March 10) was no exception. Morgan steered Whambamthankumaam to a new older mare track record in 1:54.4 for owner Thomas Mucci and trainer Brian Malone. The 6-year-old daughter of Kadabra brushed past leader Southwind Ferrari after the half-mile mark to win by five lengths. The effort eclipsed the 2015 track record performance by Brilliance Hanover and Timmy Offutt of 1:55. It was the second of two trotting wins for Morgan and four wins overall. Don Dorado held off a fast closing Magglio to score in a conditioned trotting event in 1:56.3 for owners Harry and Carolyn Smith and trainer Erica Wagner who picked up her first wins of the meet with Bluebird Ideal scoring as an odds-on favorite for the Smiths as well in 1:53.1. Morgan scored a conditioned win with Net Profit for Jeff Beauchamp and Ronald Short. Brian Wright conditions the winner who returned a nifty profit of $19.40. Capital Builder won the $11,000 Open Handicap for Jonathan Roberts. Tucking in the three spot after leaving from post eight, the 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere edged past pacesetter Hickory Aloha in 1:53.1. Bib Roberts owns the winner and he is trained by Megan Tolson. It was Roberts’ second driving win of the night after scoring a claiming win with Three Rivers Dell for Mucci and Malone, giving them a double. Sean Bier guided Sawbuck Hanover to an upper level conditioned win for Crissy Crissman-Bier and Joan Hamstead in 1:53.1, while Roger Plante found conditioned success with Bevnlindassunnap for owner-trainer Ken Schlotzhauer in 1:53.4. Musclebeachboy scored an easy lower level claiming win for Roberta Nikodemski and trainer Sheldon Powell. Ricky Still won the $5,000 claimer for Midsize Construction Inc., easing past leader Mr Big Bucks in the final strides. Jeff Stafford opened the curtain with an impressive non-winners of three win with Bluebird Goldwyn in 1:54.2 for Michael Amodei. Tyler Davis took a conditioned win with Centering for owner-trainer Harry Marsh Jr. Hey Dali went a perfect three-for-three in the Greg Trotto barn for owner Kevin Shaplin, setting a new mark of 1:52.2 for Frank Milby and was scooped up for $10,000 as claiming action remained very brisk during this meet. by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway

CHESTER PA - The fifth race at Harrah's Philadelphia Wednesday produced the largest harness racing win price of the season at Philly, as Anthony Morgan, #2 in North American driving victories all-time (this was win #16,251), sent Ideal Magic to the lead early, yielded to favorite Ohio Larry, then came up the inside to best that rival by ¾ of a length while returning $195.40 for a $2 ticket (there was a total of $50 bet on him to win). Ideal Magic's price beat the previous seasonal high, set one month back to the day (October 14), when Always A Diamond fashioned a $117.20 upset. Nice Stuff and Presidente Zette were the trotters home first in a pair of $16,000 features as the racing week opened at Harrah's Philadelphia. Nice Stuff has now won three of her last four starts after taking the first division of the headliner in 1:56.3, missing the personal mark she set last week by a tick. Dexter Dunn had the Yankee Glide mare well-positioned behind lively cover, and her stretch kick enabled her to overhaul the pacesetting favorite Christopher Crazo by a length, with pocketsitting Michando another half-length back in third. Nice Stuff has proven to be a nice acquisition for trainer Bucky Angle and owners Howard and Joshua Kauffman, as she came into their possession early in September and has already bankrolled $24,250 for them. Presidente Zette conserved ground in the other section of the feature, then was able to slip out on the far turn, tip wide, and sail past the field to equal his mark of 1:56.2. The son of Muscle Hill benefited from the well-judged drive by David Miller, coming home two lengths to the good of Campbellini for owner/trainer Cozette McAvoy, The fifth race produced the largest win price of the season at Philly, as Anthony Morgan, #2 in North American driving victories all-time (this was win #16,251), sent Ideal Magic to the lead early, yielded to favorite Ohio Larry, then came up the inside to best that rival by ¾ of a length while returning $195.40 for a $2 ticket (there was a total of $50 bet on him to win). Ideal Magic's price beat the previous seasonal high, set one month back to the day (October 14), when Always A Diamond fashioned a $117.20 upset. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

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