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Ft. Washingtin, MD — Harness racing driver Victor Kirby highlighted a great Sunday night (Sept. 27) show at Rosecroft Raceway by securing four wins on the 15-race card. Kirby won a $10,700 Maryland Sires Stakes division with BT’s Breeze for Bryan Truitt Jr. and trainer Bryan Truitt, stopping the timer in 1:53.3 as he edged out sires stakes rival Allie’s Finale in an eye pooping :54.3 back half. The Son of Nuclear Breeze picked up his 14th career win. Kirby took wins with Bo Knows for Bryan Truitt Jr. and John Dixon; Dixon’s Cole On The Beach; and won the finale with B A Rocket, boldly splitting rivals in deep stretch to win for trainer Greg Trotto, Fred Sporrer, Jon Reedy and VIP Internet Stable. Perennial dash champion Frank Milby is off to a strong start with six wins in the first two nights of the fall meet. Milby won Sunday with Cool Casper for Jody Cahall and it was the first of two wins for trainer Trevor Stafford as Milby won with Dance On The Beach for his barn as well. Star Messenger made Milby a winner for owner-trainer Gary Ewing. John Wagner won three races on the night, including a $10,700 Maryland Sires Stakes win for Lloyd’s All In. The son of Rusty’s All In handled his rivals from the far outside, wiring the field in 1:55 for Pamela Wagner and trainer Arlene Cameron. Wagner notched a pair of wins for owner-trainer Courtney Brooks, setting new lifetime bests for Redwood Again (1:53.1) and Precision Bluechip (1:52.1) who upset Rosecroft powerhouse Romantic Interest in the process. Eddie Davis Jr., piloted two winners, among them the popular Winbak Carl, bred by Winbak Farm in Maryland. The 11-year-old son of Royal Mattjesty won for the 40th time in his career. Eric Davis conditions the veteran pacer for Susan Baker. Davis Jr. also woke up Commander Hill who had been struggling at Harrah’s Philadelphia over the past two months, winning in 1:52.2 for trainer Eric Ell and Tribbett Racing. Allan Davis took on two claimers, rallying Ok Galahad from last to first, edging claiming king Foxland in 1:54.4 in the best betting race of the night. Foxland was the favorite as just over 4-1. Brittany Bounds owns and trains Ok Galahad who returned $12.80 to win. Jason Thompson won the pari-mutuel puzzler of the night, as Bullvilleblast scored for owner-trainer Brian Tomlinson. The winner was 7-2 on the morning line but dismissed at 17-1 and paired with Brock N Brian, equally dismissed off a 3-1 morning line at 10-1, for a $251 exacta. Jonathan Roberts took high speed honors for the night, gunning nicely from an outside post to steer Prince Clyde home in 1:52 for owner-trainer Richard Malone Jr. Rosecroft has another 15-race card on Wednesday night and has moved post time up to 6:55 p.m. (EDT). by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway  

Dover, DE - Moments Of Joy ($57.80) scored a shocker in winning the Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Moments of Joy and Victor Kirby left quickly and put the field to sleep. They set fractions of 27.2, 56.3 and 1:24. as the  field remained in single file, Driver Victor Kirby and Moments of Joy were able to nurse a 29.1 quarter at the halfway point   Valuable Art remained in the pocket .  Baron Remy was the first to pull down the backstretch and pressed the leader through a 27.2 quarter. Race favorite Major Occasion A was towed into a 2nd over journey but was gapping.  Nearing the three quarter pole, driver Dexter Dunn felt a sense of urgency and tipped three wide.  Major Occasion A stalled and was unresponsive to Dunn’s asking. Rockin The Boys A remained on the rail and Bettor Joy N mounted a charge from last. In the stretch, Moments of Joy upset the field at 27-1.  She paced the mile in 1:51.4 over a good surface and won by a length and a quarter.   Moments Of Joy a $6,000 yearling purchase is owned and trained by Bryan Truitt.  Finishing 2nd was the pocket sitting Valuable Art for driver Corey Callahan and his dad Nick Callahan. Bettor Joy N closed in the stretch from last and captured the show spot. Sean Bier was recognized in the Winner’s Circle for accomplishing 2500 lifetime wins as a harness driver. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Moments of Joy won the Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. The two scratches of Dibaba N. and Reclamation left a field of 6 quality harness racing pacing mares set to compete. Driver Victor Kirby sent Moments of Joy quickly to the front and Delishka N was allowed to sit in the pocket at the quarter pole.  Moments of Joy controlled the pace setting fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 125.1. At the half, Valuable Art and driver Russell Foster braved the wind and cold by pulling first over into a strong head wind down the backstretch. Bettor Joy N and Tim Tetrick followed second over till the head of the stretch. Tetrick charged 3 wide in the lane.  Moments of Joy dug in, as she did last week and captured her second consecutive win in the mares open by a head in 1:53.  She was the second choice in the wagering at 8/5.   Better Joy N. probably in need of a start off of a qualifier, finished second for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr. She was the favorite at 2/5. Delishka N and driver Allan Davis for trainer Wayne Givens remained on the rail, and finished third. Moments of Joy, is owned and trained by Bryan Truitt.  Victor Kirby was allowed to control the pace and drove a perfect race in victory. Dover Downs post time is 4:30 pm  Wiggle it Jiggleit tries for his 2nd consecutive win in Dover’s 12 race Open Pace. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Dover, DE - Moments Of Joy and driver Victor Kirby were able to lead nearly from start to finish in capturing the $25,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday. Trained and owned by Bryan Truitt of Delaware, Moments Of Joy left from from rail for driver Victor KIrby and ended up parked out first-over against Delishka N (Allan Davis) to an opening quarter mile in :27. Once cleared to the lead, Moments Of Joy then cut the mile with fractions of :55.4 and 1:23.4 before holding off a late charge by race favorite Wisdom Tree (Tim Tetrick) to win by a neck in 1:51.4.  Rockin the Boys A. for driver Tony Morgan and trainer Andrew Harris finished third. The five-year-old mare by Western Terror went off at odds of 5-1 and paid $12.80 to win.   by Al Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Dover DE - The second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders’ Fund took place under a cloudy sky threatening rain but a mild temp and swift harness racing track surface. Bebop On The Block (Gambler’s Dream-Seboomook Mao) repeated last week in a wire to wire score by three and one-half lengths in a lifetime mark in 1:54.2 for driver, Dexter Dunn and trainer Josh Green.  Owners are mother and son, Debbie and Brendan Cook of Hartly and the breeder is Garnet W O’Marrow of Bridgeville. Aidan was second and Elite Retreat was third. In the second division, American Nitro (Badlands Nitro-Jet America), the Harrington final winner cut a mile in 1:55 for driver Victor Kirby and trainer, Les Givens to defeat last week’s winner, Leonard’s Legacy who was second followed by Undercovershamrock in third. American Nitro is owned by Henry Faragalli,III, Art Feeney, Daniel Doane, and Nanticoke Racing,Inc.  Bred by Winbak Farm. Top 8 point getters will race in a $100K final on Wednesday, November 27th. The DSBF continues tomorrow night with the 2 year old trotters in 2 early non-wagering races and the Daily Double. Regular Post Time is 4:30 pm. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the DSBF

Dover, DE  - Two $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2-year old harness racing pacing fillies went to post as the sun dropped behind the NASCAR stands and the mercury dropped. The first division was a non-wagering event before the regular card and it was all Bag Of Jewels (Roddy’s Bags Again-Artist Jewels) in rein to Victory Kirby in 1:57.4. She is owned by Henry Faragalli,III, Art Feeney, Bonuccelli Racing, and Bay Pond Racing. Trained by Les Givens and bred by Winbak Farm. She’s Got The Lynx got up for second and Sprinkles On Top was third. The second division was the first half of the Daily Double on the wagering card. Cinder Block (Rockabillie-Cinderella), the final winner at Harrington eased to the front past the quarter and pulled away in the stretch to win by 5 and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.2 for reinsman Allan Davis and trainer Wayne Givens. She is owned by Legacy Racing of DE, Inc. and the breeder is Elam Esh. Emma got the place and Spin Sumthin was 3rd. The second leg of the Dover series starts Monday the 18th with the 2-year old pacing colts. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the DSBF

CHESTER, PA - Rockn Philly, a pacing daughter of A Rocknroll Dance, became the only three-year-old filly to complete a "sweep" of the Simpson and Liberty Bell fall stakes series at Harrah's Philadelphia, as both gaits raced two $30,000 divisions of their Liberty Bell events Friday. Victor Kirby sent Rockn Philly right to the lead, and after reaching the quarter in :27, the pair got a breather to a :57.1 half. From there it was full speed ahead, with Rockn Philly coming home in :55.4 - :27.4 to ward off pocketsitter and favorite Alli Nui by a half-length in the 1:53 mile for trainer Jim King Jr. and the ownership of Tim Tetrick LLC and Jo Ann Looney-King. Rockn Philly was supposed to meet another Simpson stakes winner in Trillions Hanover, but that filly was scratched sick. Rockn Philly was the only three-year-old pacing winner over the two days of Liberty Bell racing who was not sired by Sweet Lou, as he fathered all three divisional winners in colt action yesterday and also gets the credit for Skater Chick, who followed up her Courageous Lady score at Northfield with a 1:52.1 victory. Corey Callahan left but couldn't get the lead with his favored filly until the field went under the wire the first time, but it became a lead that she would not surrender, getting a neck decision over two-holer Sweet Lucy Lou for trainer Mark Harder and the ownership of Donald Lindsey, Paul Kleinpaste, and Garth Bechtel. On the trot, Team Orange Crush, trainer/wife Julie and driver/husband Andy, combined with the Donato Hanover filly American Kosmos to post the faster of the two trotting clockings, 1:55.1. Allowed to get to the half in a comfortable :58.1, the victorious chalk stepped up her game to hold off a long and tenacious grinding challenge by Cloud Nine Fashion. American Kronos held off her pesky foe by a neck for Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Dr. David Goodrow, who saw their sophomore win for the tenth time in eighteen career outings. Julie and Andy's nephew Marcus Miller guided the filly who took the other trotting division, the Cantab Hall filly Magical Beliefs, who parlayed a pocket trip into a strong stretch surge that saw her go by favored pacesetter Fade Into You by 1¾ lengths in 1:55.4. Magical Beliefs, who returned to the races sharp for trainer Linda Toscano after a 23-day respite, raised her lifetime bankroll to $301,857 with the triumph for Highland Green Farms, South Mountain Stables, and R-And-I Farms LLC. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Creature Of Habit got into the win column for the first time in her harness racing career a week ago, and Friday night at the Meadowlands, the daughter of Donato Hanover-Habit's Best came right back and won again, taking one of five divisions of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds. The Nifty Norman trainee scored in the dash for filly trotters by brushing to command down the backstretch before reporting home a safe half-length in front of She Rocks Kemp in 1:55.3 for driver Victor Kirby. As the 8-5 favorite, the winner of two of 11 lifetime starts returned $5.40 to her backers. In other Kindergarten action, Hen Party ($15.60) went wire-to-wire to defeat 1-5 public choice Annabelle Hanover by 1¼ lengths in a filly pace for driver Pat Berry and trainer Ron Burke in 1:52.4 while Ideal Perception ($7.60) held off Force N Fury by a hard-fought nose in 1:51.3 in a pace for colts and geldings with Joe Bongiorno in the bike for trainer Tony Alagna. Hall Of AM S ($5.00 as the favorite) took another filly trot, completing the mile in 1:55.2 to finish 1¾ lengths in front of Scorched Romance for driver Mattias Melander, who is the brother of winning trainer Marcus. In a non-betting race before the start of the regular card, Sky Castles scored in a division for trotting colts and geldings for driver Mitch Cushing and trainer Andrew Harris in 1:55.1. TROLLEY ON TIME: The Erv Miller-trained Trolley hit the Meadowlands' winner's circle for the first time since May 18, scoring by 1¾ lengths over Max as the 3-5 favorite in 1:54.4 in a $25,000 conditioned trot for driver Marcus Miller. A LITTLE MORE: A $20,922 carryover from last Saturday led to a total pool of just over $150,000 in the 50-cent Pick-5. Those who cashed had to be sharp, as the fourth leg of the wager was won by 39-1 chance Princess Holly N. The odds of the other four winners were 4-5, 8-5, 2-1 and 9-2. The payoff was $3,054.15. ... 25-year-old Kasper Foget was a winner in his Big M driving debut, guiding For A Dreamer to victory lane in the 11th race at odds of 5-1. The native Of Denmark was a champion European driver in the under-25 division. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race card totaled $2,294,868. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

HARRINGTON, Del. - American Nitro ($2.10, Victor Kirby) and Leonard's Legacy ($2.40, Jon Roberts) each completed a sweep of their $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2-year-old harness racing pacing eliminations Monday at Harrington Raceway with dominant victories. Owned by Henry Faragalli III, Nanticoke Racing, Arthur Feeney and Daniel Doane, "Nitro" cruised to an easy win over White Lands and Bebop On The Block in 1:56.1, just one-fifth of a second faster than Leonard Hubbard's Leonard Legacy's 1:56.2 win over Aidan and Elite Retreat. A son of Badlands Nitro for trainer Les Givens, American Nitro is now 3-for-4 in his career, while Tobago Cays-sired Leonard's Legacy notched his second career win for trainer NIck Callahan. The two pacers are set to square off in the $100,000 final on Wednesday October 2, when all four DSBF finals will be contested. In the $17,000 overnight feature, the Open pace, Jane Ramsey and David Amos' Ideal Kiss ($6, Tony Morgan) was a 1:52 winner over Late Mail N and Highland Beach Boy. Trained by Don Brittingham, it was the fifth win of the year for the 6-year-old American Ideal gelding. Tony Morgan had a driving triple, while Mike Cole and Roberts each had driving doubles. On Tuesday September 24, there will be a pair of $20,000 DSBF eliminations for filly pacers, while both sexes for trotters on Wednesday September 25 will compete in four divisions. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Linda Schwaid and Era Williams' Arts and Flowers ($32.60, Roger Plante Jr.) was a 1:52.4 winner in the $18,500 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Arts And Flowers released Sayulita to the lead approaching the quarter mile in 27.4 seconds. Sayulita then marched to the half-mile in 57 seconds, while Goin Again mounted a first over bid, with Empress Deo second over to three-quarters in 1:25.1. Sayulita maintained the lead until deep stretch, when Arts and Flowers surged down the inside to hit the wire first in 1:52.4. Trained by Phyllis Copeland, it was the 4th win of the season for the 6-year-old Artistic Fella mare. Driver Victor Kirby had four wins on the program. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway's 73rd season of live harness racing kicked off Monday with a 12-race program that saw wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour. Inside horses ruled the program as horses from post three or better won 10 of 12 races. Not until the seventh race, the $15,000 featured Delaware Special did a horse outside post three reign victorious. George Leager's Slick Tony ($23.20, Russell Foster), who started from post position four was a 1:54 winner over Daiymir and Q's Cruise. The Leager-trainee notched his third win of the year after nabbing the lead late and holding off a late charge from Daiymir. It wasn't until race 11 that a horse outside post four prevailed when Silver Fox J ($7, Mike Cole) triumphed. Victor Kirby had a driving triple, while last year's leading trainer/driver combination of Joe Columbo and Mike Cole each had a double. Live racing will continue on a Monday through Wednesday schedule   Matthew Sparacino

Dover, DE - On a chilly moonlit night the girls went to post with the first harness racing division of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund being won gate to wire in 1:56.2 by THE LADY SHERIFF (Southwind Lynx-Sheriff Sale). She is trained by Clyde Francis and handily driven by part owner Montrell Teague for his father, George and the Fry brothers of Houston. The place filly, ANNEKE (Southwind Lynx-Whirl The Girl) is trained and owned by Montrell’s Aunt Brenda and steered tonight by Jim Morand. The second division ended up with only 3 fillies going to the gate because of sick scratches. VISTAMISTA(Powerful Mist-Yankee Vista) repeated last week’s performance for driver Victor Kirby in 1:56. Trained by Wayne Givens and owned by Legacy Racing of DE,Inc. and Sharon White of Smyrna this was the tenth lifetime start and pushed her earnings over $65K. Winner from last week, RODDYS AT IT AGAIN (Roddy’s Bags Again-Terro Franco N) earned the place spot. The final will be contested on Thursday, November 29th in conjunction with the Dover Signature event, the “Hap Hansen Progress Pace” named for the late Brandywine Raceway President. Top eight point getters advance to the final. The pacing filly division will be the only division to field a consolation of $15,000 whicundFh will be contested on Wednesday, November 28th. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund

HARRINGTON, DE- Harrington Raceway's leading harness racing driver, Victor Kirby won five races on the Monday program. Kirby, who currently leads the meet's driver standings over Mike Cole and Art Stafford Jr., got to work quickly with back-to-back wins in the 2nd and 3rd races with Sprocket ($3.80) and People Are Crazy ($11.40). Kirby later piloted Southwind Jensen ($4) and Cool Reward ($5.60) for the grand slam. Kirby notched a fifth in the 11th with Solitaire Hanover ($4.60). George Teague Jr's Daiymir ($3, Montrell Teague) won the $11,000 overnight feature with a 1:52.3 win in the $11,000 Open II for trainer Clyde Francis. Joe Columbo currently has the lead in the trainer standings over Joe Hundertpfund Jr. and Wayne Givens. Live racing continues on a Monday through Wednesday schedule until October 24. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE - Many of the top Delaware sired 2-year-old horses were showcased Wednesday at Harrington Raceway as four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) events highlighted a 15-race program. The first final was for male pacers as Jo Ann Looney-King's Chillaxin Away ($2.20, Victor Kirby) was a commanding 1:53.4 winner over Dashiki and Keepmywiglegametyt. The Roddy's Bags Again-Shake Away gelding recorded his second career win in a lifetime best via a wire-to-wire by open lengths. Trained by Jim King Jr., it was his second win in five lifetime starts. A major upset occurred in the male trotting final when previously unbeaten Embrace The Grind made a break at the start and E&K Stable, Earl and Lois Walters and Paul Williamson's Just As Striking ($55.60, Eddie Dennis) capitalized and was able to cruise to a 2:01.4 win over Say Geseundheit and Rich N Royal. A son of Anders Bluestone-Ringside Katie, it was the first career win for Just As Striking, who is trained by his driver. George Teague and K&R Racing's The Lady Sheriff ($2.60, Montrell Teague) won the filly pacing final in a new lifetime best of 1:55.2. The home bred (Southwind Lynx-Sheriff Sale) was aggressive from post position two and never relented in her front end win over Vistamista and Roddy's At It Again. A minor upset was sprung in the filly trotting final as Rod Allen's Disco Soliel ($21.40, Allen) was a 2:01.4 winner. The Cr Commando-Cr Penny Lane filly held off Cierra's Choice and Dark Dutchess for her first career win in her second lifetime start. She is trained by her owner/driver. Three $15,000 consolation events were also held for DSBF horses. Carolina Shag ($3.60, Mike Cole) won the filly pace for owner Forrest Bartlett and trainer Kevin Lare. Breakaway Racing's Gettinziggywitit ($3.40, Corey Callahan) prevailed in the trotting consolation for trainer Nick Callahan. Tim Hundertpfund's Awiggleandagiggle ($7.20, Allan Davis) won the male pace consolation for trainer Joe Hunderptfund. Cole had four winners on the card, while Montrell Teague had three. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE  - Freshman pacing colts and geldings completed their second Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) leg in a pair of $20,000 divisions Monday at Harrington Raceway. Jo Ann Looney-King's Chillaxin Away ($12.20, Victor Kirby) prevailed in the first division in 1:54.3. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding out-kicked pacesetter Dashiki, who finished second, after a big move to the lead approaching three quarters. Son Of A Lynx was third. George Teague Jr.'s Keepmywiglegametyt ($5.40, Jim Morand) was a 1:58.3 winner in the second split over Numbered Account and Mr. Big Wig. The Mr. Wiggles colt notched his second lifetime win and completed a sweep of his eliminations for trainer Clyde Francis. In the overnight feature, the $15,000 Open Pace, Options Are A Dream ($6, Ross Wolfenden) was a wire-to-wire winner in 1:51.3 over Slick Tony and Q's Cruise. Trained by Wolfenden for owner David Banks, it was the 8th win of the year for the 5-year-old son of If I Can Dream. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

Ocean City, MD - A large crowd watched the first split for two year old pacing fillies open the Sunday August 19 card.   Reinsman Victor Kirby was content to sit fifth till the 5/8 with favorite B For Real (Rusty's For Real) then taking aim on the leader Toms Twinkle (Cam's Rocket) the pair pulled away by 1 ½ lengths in the 2:00.3 mile. B For Real is trained by Bryan Truitt Jr and owned and bred by Bryan J. Truitt.   The sire Rusty's For Real had a sweep of the filly pacers when How Bout Dat Rusty flew out of the gate leaving the rest of the field behind in the 9 ½ length victory in the sixth race. Time for the mile was 1:57.2. Jonathan Roberts was in the bike for owner Al Carter and trainer Mike Hall. Carter Racing Stable LLC was the breeder. Sophist (Up Front Charlie) finished second.   The colt and gelding trotters went to post as races 2, 3 & 5. Mind Your Own Business (Lockkeeper) owned, trained and driven by Russell Foster found the lead just passed the quarter to finish four lengths ahead of Goocho Denaro (Googoo Gaagaa) stopping the timer in 2:01.4. Richard Hans was the breeder.   In the second and third splits for trotters went to Googoo Gaagaa offspring owned, trained and bred by Richard Hans. Driver Frank Milby sent Gaareat Gaazoo out from post six in the wire to wire victory over Take My Photo (Lockkeeper). The time was 2:02.2.   Whoopdee Goo with Jim Morand between the wheels romped to a 21½ length win, tripping the timer in 2:01.4. First time starter Plenty Tuff (Lear Jetta) was up for place.   Preliminaries continue Monday August 20 with the pacing colts and gelding and trotting fillies at 7:05 pm.   by Cheri Stambaugh, for the Maryland Standardbred Fund

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