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HARRINGTON, DE  - Leigh Raymer, Stephen Moss and Stacy Johnson-Stafford's Super Fly ($2.20, Art Stafford Jr.) was the fastest of two 3-year-old Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund divisional winners Wednesday with a 1:57.2 triumph. The Super Punk gelding dominated his $20,000 division for colts and geldings with a double-digit length romp over King's Crown Lite and Seafood Suzie Blue. Trained by Art Stafford Jr., it was the 7th career win in 14 starts for Super Fly. In the filly division, Howard Taylor, Tom Lazzaro, Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis' Deja Vu Blue ($3.40, Corey Callahan) was a front-end winner in 1:58.3 over Star Sapphire and Vandalous. Deja Vu Blue picked up where she left off from the Dover Downs DSBF races, where she swept the 3-year-old eliminations and final. Trained by Davis, it was her sixth career win. A daughter of Anders Bluestone, she has banked more than $144,000 in her career. In the $15,000 Open Trot, Zippett Racing Stable's Murmur Hanover ($13.60, Victor Kirby) capitalized on a pocket trip to prevail in 1:56.2 for trainer Jay Gannon. The 8-year-old Majestic Son gelding notched his 29th career win. Gillie The Kid was second with pacesetter I Like My Boss third. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE  - Art Stafford and Art Stafford Jr.'s Blazing Bobby Sox ($6.40, Stafford Jr.) notched his third consecutive win Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:53.3 in the featured $17,500 Open Pace. The 7-year-old Panderosa gelding led a fierce first over charge in which he cleared pacesetter Little Ben and held off all comers to the wire. Kid Pk was second, while Machamillion N finished third. It was the 27th career win for Blazing Bobby Sox, who is trained by co-owner/driver Art Stafford Jr. Russell Foster, Ross Wolfenden, Victor Kirby and Tony Morgan each had driving doubles on the program. Tuesday marks the launch of sports betting in Delaware with the three casinos in-state expected to start taking bets at 1:30 p.m. (EST). Delaware is the first state outside of Nevada expected to roll out full-scale sports betting following the Supreme Court's ruling to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act on May 14. Sports wagering at start-up will include single-game action on baseball, basketball, hockey, auto racing and golf. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

DOVER, Del.--- Sky Marshal, who upset Super Fly to win last November’s $100,000 two-year-old male trot title, did it again scoring a 1:59.3 surprising in the 20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd  leg three-year-old Filly pace preliminary on a rainy and chilly Tuesday (March 20) over an off-track at Dover Downs. In addition to winning the first race on the card, driver Carlo Poliseno won both ends of the daily double steering Cicada’s Song, a former DSBF champion to victory in the second race in 1:57.3. Veteran horseman Poliseno got away third with Sky Marshal as Super Fly ad Art Stafford Jr. cutting out the leading fractions. On the final turn, Poliseno pulled Sky Marshal out and quickly engaged the leader and blew past en route to his first win of the year in two starts. Poliseno and Jane Dunavant own the CR Commando-CR Penny Lane colt who now as won $86,000 for his eight starts. Super Fly finished second with Bother Kenny and Tim Tetrick third. Theresademoninme won the $30,000 Open Handicap trot with a powerful display. Jonathan Roberts, handicapped with outside post 7 in the week’s top trot, moved the Kadabra-Tortoni gelding out of third heading to half- mile and mid-backstretch took the lead from race favorite Melady’s Monet and steadily moved away from the field. Theresademoninme won easily by open lengths in 1:54.2 for trainer Dylan Davis who owns the seven-year-old with Mike Casalino Jr. I Like My Boss (Allan Davis) edged Celebrity Pegasus (Stafford Jr.) for place. Melady’s Monet was fourth. Theresademoninme                  -Foto Won photo Holiday Promise guided by Tony Morgan held off Torkil in 1:56 to win a $16,000 Winners trots. Euro Gap (Corey Callahan) was the show horse. Howard Taylor and Rich Lombardo own Holiday Promise, a brown four-year-old daughter of Holiday Road-Promisemespring, one of two winners trained by Corey Callahan. Tim Tetrick drove Go Byem to his second straight victory in a $15,000 Winners-Over trot. Blownoutofthewater (Tony Morgan) was runner-up with Filled Donut (Stafford Jr.) third. The Go Byem win was the 21st for the Delaware-bred Impel Hanover-Go Sassy Go gelding who now has banked $226,284 for owners Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing. Tim Tetrick, trainer-driver Carlo Poliseno, trainer Josh Green and owner Jan Dunavant scored doubles on the card. Happy Giggles was place first in the $16,000 Mares pace. Foolish Heart was first but was disqualified was interference at the quarter. George&Tina Dennis own Happy Giggles, a Rock N Roll Heaven-Sweethearts Dance filly. Miss Apples (Ross Wolfenden) was third, placed second with Keystone Izzy (Russell Foster)  fourth, placed third. A field of nine vie in the $31,000 Mares  Open Handicap pace led by Bettorhaveanother, Sweet Bobbie, Divas Image and Nerida Fanco N, topping the Wednesday program which also features two DSBF prelims. Next Thursday (March 29) the 2017-2018 Dover Downs meet comes a close with all four  DSBF $100,000 finals, featuring the top eight point-getters in each of the four divisions, on the program. A changing menu of fine foods is available to diners watching the races from the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races continue each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book.   Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. –Ibetyoucanwiggle beat Go Sandy Go at the wire last week and  Pedal Power winner of another prelim come back for the 2nd leg  $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) events plus a $31,000 Mares Open/Handicap pace top Wednesday (March 21) racing at Dover Downs. A $15,000 and a $12,000 female pace top the undercard. Post time is 4:30 p.m. A patient drive by Montrell Teague behind Ibetyoucanwiggle set up a homestretch duel where the George Teague-owned and bred pacer got up in the final strides for victory over Brent Outten and Green Racing’s pace-setter Go Sandy Go steered by Jason Green. These two return in the $20,000 first race in the DSBF 3-Year-old filly pace stake. Brendan Cook’s Studio Session drew the rail for season with Sean Bier, right alongside is Anne McDonald’s Cold N Chilly driven by Vic Kirby The other starters in the1st $20,000 division are  Dorothy Ann and Chris Conner’s Lotsa Luck  handled by Art Stafford Jr. in a six-filly field. Bay Pond Racing’s Peak Of Chic with trainer-driver Jeff Fout and Kissthatonegoodbye, owed and trained by Mike Greene with Corey Callahan in the bike Dave and Leah Lewis’ Pedal Power (Tim Tetrick) drew outside post 7 in the other $20,000 section. Bunker Away (Corey Callahan) , owned by Bay Pond Racing, drew post 2. William Moffett’s homebred Lydia (Ross Wolfenden, closed well for second last time.  Frank Johnson’s River Dreams (Mike Cole) is burdened coming from post 8. K.V. Jump’s Diabolical Spin (Russell Foster)) and Bobby Myers’ Gloria Pierre (Jonathan Roberts) and Amanda Wager’s Whistler’s Sister (Allan Davis) complete the eight filly lineup.    Pedal Power           - Foto Won photo The top eight point-getters in each of the four divisions return next Thursday, meet closing day, March 29 for $100,000 finals. The $31,000 Mares Open/Handicap is the overnight feature. Bettorhaveanother (Morgan), a winner of her last four of five for Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing, has post 8 in a nine-horse field, with Gary Ewing’s Sweet Bobbie (Art Stafford Jr.) and Marion Beachy’s Berazzled are other winners last start. Front-pacing Nerida Franco N (A. Davis) will be the one to catch acing for Mike Hall and Dave Hamm. Breakaway Stable’s Valuable Art (Callahan) will benefit from a better post position. KDK Standardbred’s homebred Apple Bottom Jeans (Kirby) and Terror At Night (Cole) from the second tier for Arlene Paisley, Ed Maas and Nanticoke Racing.   A $22,000 sub-feature, two $15,000 and a $14,000 female paces are also on the strong undercard. Live racing is featured Monday through Thursday through next Thursday, (March 29), closing day of the 2017-2018 season. Post time is at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs’ features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Watch the live racing and enjoy fine food at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book.   Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. - Following her just-missed wire-to-wire performance last week, Nerida Franco n is program favorite from post 8 in the $25,000 Mares Open/Handicap pace, Wednesday (March 7) at Dover Downs. A $17,000 and a $12,000 female pace top the undercard. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Allen Davis drove Nerida Franco N into the lead after the quarter last Wednesday and held-off all comers until the final steps finishing second in a 1:50.3 mile. David Hamm and trainer Mile Hall own the New Zealand-bred eight-year-old with all-American breeding. Breakaway Stable's homebred Valuable Art is in top form with Corey Callahan driving. Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing's Bettorhaveanother handled by Tony Morgan had her three-race win streak snapped last time but starts from post 4 after leaving from the outside in her recent races. Gary Ewing's Sweet Robbie with driver Art Stafford Jr. will start from the rail with Legacy acing's Empress Deo and Montrell Teague alongside. The sharp Scandalicious piloted by Jonathan Roberts has finished second in her last three times out. Rounding out the field of eight fast female pacers are Terror At Night racing for owners Arlene Paisley, Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing with Mike Cole in the bike and KDK Standardbred highly thought of Apple Bottom Jeans with Vic Kirby. On the all-distaff undercard are two $14,500 Mares Winners paces. In one, Bryan Truitt's Moments Of Joy (Kirby) is the only starter among nine fresh from victory. She takes the sharp Roselily (Stafford Jr.) owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar,. Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms; Stormtracker (Tim Tetrick) racing for Mehlenbacher, Enviro , Camelot and Bay's stables; and Marilee Keene's Legio X Equestris (Russell Foster) In the second $14,500 division, Little E, Radio Racing, Bay's and South Mountain stable's Well What's new, a convincing winner last time drew the rail. Jeff Clark's She's A Billionair (Cole), Bob Bailey's Miss Profitability (Callahan), head the opposition. Live racing is featured four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs' features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Watch the live racing and enjoy fine food at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- The $25,000 Open trot has a new face, Rock Of Cashel, fresh from a wire-to-wire victory on an off track at Yonkers last week. There are seven starters in this week's top trot on Tuesday (3/6) at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Jeff Rush and Joe Jannuzelli own half-million dollar winner Rock Of Cashel trained by Mark Harder. Lazurus was an upset winner in this event last Tuesday. Tim Tetrick will drive again, this time leaving from the rail. Celebrity Pegasus, owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, appears returning to top form with Art Stafford Jr. in the bike. Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis' front-trottingTheresademoninme, handled by Jonathan Roberts, has been a fixture in this event all season. After three straight 7 posts, Chip Moore's Royal Becca J, has won two feature trots with Jack Parker Jr. handling the assignments. Also, Elysium Lindy, owned by Weaver Bruscemi, DiScala and Burke Racing escapes consecutive outside post 8 starts and should be heard from with Corey Callahan at the controls. Golden Son, with Russell Foster driving for owner John DeVito, was a strong second last week, but is burdened by the outside post in the seven-horse field. Also on the Tuesday card is a $13,500 Winners trot Jackson's Gold, owned, trained and driven by Vic Kirby, as moved up the ranks with two convincing victories. Program favorite Broadway Promise (Tetrick) racing for Dana Parham, CC Racing and Triple D Stables and Howard Taylor and Rich Lombardo's Holiday Promise (Tony Morgan) finished a close-up second and third last week. Ed Gannon, Yannick Gingras, and Frank Canzone's Tyson (Callahan),who won three- four races last year, makes his seasonal debut in the field of nine. Bamond Racing's Crazshana (Tetrick) drops out of the Open to a $12,000 Winners-Over, Richard Gutnick and TLP Stable's Moonlight Cocktail (Tony Morgan), Bob Shahan and the Parson's OI Love My Boss (Allan Davis) and Wisenheimer (Russell Foster) racing for Jenny Melander, a winner last week and from post 1, this time. Dover Downs features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Dover Downs races four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. An excellent selection of food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book.   Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Soto, who starred early this meet, returns to local action on Thursday (3/1) to take on the fast Christen Me N, Sicily, Major Uptrend and Missle J in a powerpackd seven-horse $30,000 Preferred pace on a powerful 13-race card at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Soto is nearing the half-million mark in lifetime earnings and Art Stafford Jr. will again be in the sulky for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. The six-year-old has won 24 of his 99 career starts. Sicily, meanwhile has both a 1:49.4 and a 1:48.4 win already this meet but recently has had second-itis in each of his last three races with Montrell Teague driving for trainer Wayne Givens and owners Reggie Hazzard and legacy Racing. A two-race sub- 1:50 win streak came to a close last week for Niss Allen and Crissman Inc.'s Major Uptrend, driven by Tony Morgan. This week he leaves from the rail. Down Under champion Christen Me N with Tim Tetrick driving, was locked in while on the backstretch last time, before escaping to finish third. The Burke Brigade's Starznheaven, owned by Weaver Bruscemi, Karr, Emond and Burke Racing, gets a better post this week with Vic Kirby leaving from post 2. John McGill's and Brian Carsey's Missle J returns after being scratch last week and the winner of two of his last three races will be driven by Jonathan Roberts. Last Thursday Super Imposed N scored a nose victory with Corey Callahan in the bike for Mike Hall and Dave Hamm. The top card of the week also boasts a $25,000 Open led by Sweet Rock (Kirby), from the rail following last week's 1:50.4 win for G.P. Calloway, Hazzard and Legacy Racing. JoAnn Looney King's Little Ben (Tetrick) ran off four consecutive wins recently. Wood, Dittmar, Iaquinta and Minisink Farms' hard hitting Cajon Lightning (Stafford Jr.) drew outside post 8. Silver Fox J (Mike Cole) went a big trip last time for George&Tina Dennis and The Wiz Kids Stable. Ted Gewertz and Val D'Or Farms' Air Strike (Callahan) leads nine to post in an $18,000 Winners-Over pace; Dan Keeler's James Isaac (Morgan) nipped Crissy Bier's Bro Hanover (Sean Bier) and then return in a $16,000 Winners pace. There also are two $25,00-$30,000-$35,000 Claiming paces on the top program of the week. Dover Downs offers a 50-cent Pick 5 wager, starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Live racing each Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. A fine and varied selection of food is available to enjoy while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races is featured daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book.   Marv Bachrad    

DOVER,Del --- Art Stafford Jr. became part of harness racing history driving a winner in back-to-back races at Dover Downs on Pearl Harbor Remembrance day, Thursday, Dec. 7. Former Down Under champion Christen Me N scored his fastest career victory winning the $30,000 Preferred pace in 1:49.2. Corey Callahan drove four winners, Stafford three straight. In the 7th race, Stafford driving Gentlemen's Bet and Ascaryone Hanover with Corey Callahan could not be separated by the photo finish camera in 1:52.2. $16,000 Winners pace. Both horse reached the finish line in identical time of Jason Skinner trains and co-owns Gentlemen's Bet, a Bettor's Delight-Misty Speed gelding, with Justin Skinner. Gary Simpson and Eric Good own the Yankee Cruiser-A Filly To Fear three-year-old gelding trained by Eddie Dennis. One race later, Stafford guided Cajon Lightning to catch front-pacing Sicily and Montrell Teague in 1:49.4 to dead-heat the $25,000 Open pace. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farm owned Cajon Lightning, a Mach Three-Tex In The City gelding, who chalked up his eighth win of the year. Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing own the Wayne Givens trained Sicily, now a seven-time winner this season. Stafford Jr. came right back with a strong come-from-behind 1:52.3 victory, his third on the card, in an $11,000 Winners pace. Christen Me N, a heralded New Zealand star won for the fourth time in his last five starts in Delaware coming from last at the half in a six-horse $30,000 Preferred/ Handicap to bolt past leader Major Upstart just past the three-quarters and pulled away for a 1:49.2 triumph with Ross Wolfenden driving for trainer Jim King and owner Rich Pollucci. Soto (Stafford) got up for second in front of Bettor Memories (Russell Foster). Christen Me n is a nine-year old Christian Cullen-Splendid Dreams gelding who has won $$99,784 this season and $$2,092,914lifetime. Corey Callahan's third win came behind owner-trainer Josh Parker's Sawbuck Hanover in a $35,000 Claiming pace. With a 1:51.1 mile. Cyclone Kiwi N (Morgan) closed fast for second. Rock On Precious (Allan Davis) was third. George Teague's speedy Daiymir notched his second consecutive win for Montrell Teague pacing a 1;51.1 score to win an $18,000 Winners pace, his seventh win of a $89,750 of a rookie season for the Mr. Wiggles-Cookie Money sophomore. Hypothetical (Morgan) and Doubleshottahott (Stafford Jr.) were second and third respectively Allan Davis' first of three winners came steering JJ Tanner home in 1:53 in a $15,000 Winners pace for trainer Jason Johnson and owner Charles Nitkowski. Better To Believe (Jonathan Roberts) was second with River's Quest (Stafford Jr.) the show horse. Bill Sartin and Mark Salerno's Special T Rocks, trained by Joe Hunderpfund, got up in the final stride to best previously unbeaten Bailey's Rock N (Callahan), who had won his previous four U.S.A. starts in 1:51. El Bloombito (Sean Bier) cut out the fractions and finished third. The win was Allan Davis' third on the program. Dover Downs now features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Dover Downs races four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del--- Harness racing driver Tim Tetrick drove five of the first six winners, with a second in the other, while Art Stafford Jr. had a four-bagger including Celebrity Pegasus in the $25,000 Open trot at Dover Downs on the 'Halloween Card' Tuesday, Oct. 31. Celebrity Pegasus, who set the track record of 1:52 in the final feature trot last season picked right up coming on in the stretch to overtake front-trotting Thertesdemoninme (Jonathan Roberts) for a 1:56.2 triumph off a track listed as 'good.' Murmur Hanover (Vic Kirby) was an early leader in the field of seven and held on for third. In the $13,000 sub-feature Winners-Over trot, I Like My Boss,, a former Delaware-bred champion made it two-in-a-row with Vic Kirby chalking up a 1:55.1 decision. Tymal Signature (Ross Wolfenden) closed strongly to finish second with Classical Belisima (Stafford Jr.) third. Kirby also drove Sometimesawinner to victory in 1:53.4 in the $12,000 top pace/. Jigtime Jones (Tyler Davis) finished second in front of Art Of Fire (Frank Milby). Tim Tetrick finished with six wins, Art Stafford Jr. had four and Vic Kirby, had two wins. Trainer Jim King and owner JoAnn Looney King had three winners each . The top female pacers tangle in the $25,000 Filly & Mares Open pace Wednesday, Nov. 1, headed by Jag Out, Purrfect Bags and Miss Me Yet. Enjoy live racing and good food at the Dover Downs Winners Circle Restaurant Buffet, each race day. General parking and admission is free. Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. JAG OUT HEADS SEASON’S FIRST $25,000 MARES OPEN AT DOVER DOWNS WEDNESDAY Jag Out, who was a regular in the Yonkers’ top female pace, drew the outside in her first visit to Dover Downs in the $25,000 Open pace on Wednesday, Nov. 1. First post is 4:30 p.m. Owned by Ben Hochsrung, Nick Surick and JL Benson stables, the five-year-old American Ideal mare has won $130-thousand in purses this season and will be driven by Tim Tetrick. Purrfect Bags, handled by Vic Kirby, the top Delaware bred pacing mare with more than $600-thousand won for owner-trainer JoAnn King, is fresh from victory in Harrington Raceway’s final female feature. Montrell Teague drives Miss Me Yet, a fast four-year-old owned by George Teague and Teague Racing Partnership, has been razor sharp with two consecutive just-missed seconds in her recent outings. Trainer-owner Gary Ewing’s hard hitting Sweet Bobbie has been a consistent top performer in female features. Terror At Night, owned by Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing, drew the rail with Allan Davis at the controls. Hostess Lisa, owned by Brian Malone who won the top trainer award at Harrington and the steady Matinee Dragon, with Tyler Davis driving for Lou Catana and trainer Vince Bradley, complete the solid lineup. The Thursday headliner is the $30,000 Preferred Pace. Dover Downs races Mondays through Thursdays. Post time is 4:30 p.m. General parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant’s acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600.Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

HARRINGTON, Del. - Driver Art Stafford Jr. swept the three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund divisions for harness racing 2-year-old pacing fillies at Harrington Raceway Tuesday. Stafford won six races on the program, following a four win night Monday. Jeff and David Clark's Gracefullyforgiven ($2.80, Stafford Jr.) prevailed in the first DSBF division in 2:00.1. The daughter of Roddy's Bags Again set all the fractions in her decisive win over Cheyenne Zone and Bunker Away. Clark had three wins on the card. William Moffett Inc.'s Lydia ($4, Stafford Jr.) was a 2:01.2 winner narrowly over Lotsa Luck and Time and Motion in the second division. The Dream Away-sired filly notched her first lifetime win for her owner/trainer. Pedal Power ($3.20, Stafford Jr.) won the final division in 2:00.1 for owners Darrell and Leah Lewis. The Roddy's Bags Again filly was a front end victor over Ibetyoucanwiggle and Studio Session. In the $17,500 Mares Open, Louis Catana and Vince Bradley's Matinee Dragon ($12.60, Tyler Davis) was a 1:55 winner. Trained by co-owner Bradley, it was her third win of the season. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jason and Susan Skinner's BJ's Sweetheart ($44, Art Stafford Jr.) was an upset harness racing winner in the $17,500 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway Tuesday in 1:53.3. The 7-year-old No Pan Intended mare surged by pacesetter Purrfect Bags late for a narrow win. Trained by co-owner Jason Skinner, it was her 29th career win. Purrfect Bags was second with Miss Me Yet third. The winner has banked nearly $320,000 in her career. Mike Casalino's Media Queen N ($5, Pat Berry) won her third straight race on the undercard, in a $10,000 pace. The Mach Three 6-year-old mare, scored an off the pace triumph for trainer Chris Marino in 1:55. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Art and Andrew Stafford's Framed Art ($4.60, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:51.4 winner in the $15,000 Delaware Special Monday at Harrington Raceway. Framed Art assumed the early lead from Im Supersonic A, last week's winner, to an opening quarter in 27 seconds. He led the field to the half mile in 55.4 seconds and three-quarters in 1:23.2. "Art" opened up four lengths on the field on the final turn and never relented to the wire en route to his fourth win of the year. Im Supersonic was second with Lee Is A Star third. The winner is trained by his co-owner Andrew Stafford and boosted his lifetime earnings to more than $510,000. Driver Allan Davis inched closer to 2,000 career wins after prevailing in the sixth race from post eight with Papa Ray ($21.60) and with Housatonic ($6) in the 11th. Matthew Sparacino    

HARRINGTON, Del. - Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta's Celebrity Pegasus ($5.00, Art Stafford Jr.) set a new harness racing track record for trotting stallions Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:54.1 score in the $15,000 Open Trot. Gillie The Kid set fractions of 28.1, 56.3 and 1:25 while Celebrity Pegasus gathered first-over momentum and cleared the field on the final turn and opened up a comfortable lead. Wind Of The North closed ground for second and Five Towns finished third. Trained by Eric Ell, "Pegasus" recorded his 19th career win. Six Gun Hall (1:54.4) held the prior track record. Matthew Sparacino    

DOVER, Del--- Lunar Phase, last week a 40-1 longshot winner, now the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly Pace harness racing champion winning the $100,000 Delaware-sired title at Dover Downs. Art Stafford Jr., trains, drives and co-owns Lunar Phase with Wyatt Starkey, enjoyed a 2-hole trip behind race favorite Vic Kirby-driven Logan's Girl, who had a three-race win streak at race time. In the stretch, Stafford pulled out and overtook the leader to score a lifetime fastest 1:52.1 victory. "She was underdeveloped last year and only raced five times with one win, but she came back stronger this year." said Stafford, The daughter of Roddy's Bags Again-Blue Moon Artist was bred by Dr. Bill Moffett. Logan's Girl went the biggest mile of her career and finished second. Diva Demands (Corey Callahan) edged Free Flight Fran (Ross Wolfenden) for third place. Spanish Dream was scratched. The $20,000 DSBF consolation was all Westwood Roddylee driven by Tim Tetrick, a wire-to-wire 1:54.1 winner or trainer Jason Skinner and breeder-owner Joel and Dianne Halpern. The win was the first of 2017 for the Roddy's Bags Again-Lee's Best homebred. It was her fifth win lifetime bringing her bankroll to $60,460. In the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap, Montrell Teague who won four races sent Apple Bottom Jeans right to the front from post 7 and was in charge the rest of a 1:51 mile to score her fourth win of the year and 12th lifetime in 29 starts with 10 seconds, extending her total purse earnings to $365,824 for KDK Standardbreds. Shine N Simmer (Callahan) was a strong second with 23-1 In The Shadows (Tony Morgan) third. The third of four $100,000 DSBF Finals is set for Wednesday headed by Spoonful, Love Is Blind and Willow Mill Anna in an eight horse field. Tough Mac leaves from the outside meeting Gural Hanover, Wind Of The North, Celebrity Pegasus, Market Share and Streamsong, in a powerhouse field of sic in the $20,000 Open Handicap trot. Montrell Teague led the driver totals with four winners, Corey Callahan, Tony Morgan, trainer Clyde Francis and owner George Teague had two wins each.   $100,000 DSBF FILLY TROTS; TOUGH MAC IN TOP TROT WEDNESDAY DOVER, Del. ---Spoonful and Luv Is Blind lead a field of eight filly trotters in the $100,000 Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Final on Wednesday, April 12 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Spoonful, completed her freshman season winning the DSBF $100,000 final at Dover last November and has won both her $20,000 preliminaries for owners Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing with Jim Morand driving. Luv Is Blind won a $20,000 prelim in 2:00 with Vic Kirby piloting a wire-to-wire victory for Steve Moss and Hal and Helene Solomon. She finished second behind Spoonful last week. and Willow Mill Stable’s Willow Mill Anna was a 33-1 upset winner last week with Donnie Long driving. The other starters are: Cinbrew Ent., Chambers, and LBL Hrs Racing’s Gogh Cinorita, who has raced well, with a second and a third for Ross Wolfenden. Bob Shahan’s Ohtobetheone piloted by Tony Morgan, has raced well. The rest of the field includes Faith On The Hill, owned by Emerson, Zack and Dawn Amiss, from the rail with Mist Stable’s Black Magic Mist  and Art Stafford Jr., alongside. Don Marine’s Political Energy steered by Corey Callahan, had inside posts in prelims now is post 7. There is also a $20,000 DSBF consolation Mike Casalino’s Tough Mac (Callahan) drew the outside in the final $20,000 Open Handicap trot. The Dylan Davis-trainee has won five features already this year. Little E, Panhalenic Stables, Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing’s Gural Hanover (Tony Morgan), Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck’s Wind Of The North (Kirby), Celebrity Pegasus (Stafford Jr.) racing for ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta an Minisink Farms will be tough contenders. Not to be excluded is 2012 Hanmbletonian winner Market Share (Tetrick), owned by Richard Gutnick, Bill Blueberry Augustine and TLP Stable and Streamsong (Jonathan Roberts), a winner of two of his last three from the rail. Wednesday and Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. The 2016-2017 meet comes to an end Thursday, April 13. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant’s acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, DE - 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach won a $30,000 Preferred photo, Blazing Bobby Sox pulled away in the stretch in the $27,500 Delaware Special in top class wins on a chilly and windy Thursday, March 16 at Dover Downs. Yannick Gingras left in a hurry from post 8 to get the early lead and then sat second behind the sharp Major Uptrend until the homestretch when the Somebeachsomewhere-Benear gelding used the passing lane to just get up in 1:52.1 by a long nose in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap pace. Major Uptrend (Montrell Teague) was second ending a three straight win streak while Jet Airway (Corey Callahan) took third money. Ron Burke, the sports leading trainer during the last decade, conditions Limelight Beach, who won for the second time this year and 21st lifetime raising his total earnings to $1,270,279. One race later, Blazing Bobby Sox showcased his usually powerful closing brush to overpower six rivals in the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap. With Sweet Rock (Allan Davis) cutting out the pace, Art Stafford Jr. moved Blazing Bobby Sox up on the outside at the three quarters and sped into the lead reaching the final turn and then was all alone in the lane for a 1:52 triumph. Stafford and his dad, Art Stafford own The Panderosa-Liamatters gelding who won his fourth of the season and 18th lifetime, now a $199,478 career winner. Sweet Rock was second with Poisonous (Ross Wolfenden) closing fast for third. Star Messenger scored his fourth win of 2017 with Tony Morgan driving a 1:52.1 victory in one of two $15,500 Male paces. Claimed early this meet, Star Messenger lifted his seasonal earning to $35,250 for owner-trainer Gary Ewing. Star Messenger, a Jereme's Jet-Manhattan Killean gelding, has now posted 22 lifetime wins and $171,146 in purse monies. A 42-1 hot Framed Art (Stafford Jr.) rolled down the stretch to finish second. Quick Shot (Jonathan Roberts) was third. The second $15,500 division went to Richard Stansbury's All The Cookies and Yannick Gingras in an impressive 1:52.3 performance. The Rocknroll Hanover-Queen Otra four-year-old gelding won his second straight and third in his last four outings for trainer Kenny Mitchell. Tip It On Back (Bret Brittingham) came on strongly to finish second. Denslow Hanover (Davis) was the show horse. Gingras and Time Out I'm Tired came out of the pack nearing the finish line for a 1:53.2 victory in the third $15,500 event. Chris White conditions the Artiscape-Badlands Laura five-year-old for Bill Mears and Janine McIlvain. Wichita Lineman (Davis) and Black Is Back (Callahan) were second and third respectively. Corey Callahan and Yannick Gingras each tasted victory four times, Tony Morgan, Art Stafford Jr. and trainer Dylan Davis had two wins each. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:t30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant and its acclaimed Buffet. . For reservations, call 302-674-4600. The Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book features simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight daily. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

DOVER, DE -- Art Stafford Jr. took Celebrity Pegasus to the outside in mid backstretch and came on to notch a 1:56.1 triumph on a windy and cold Ides of March feature race, Wednesday, March 15 at Dover Downs. Celebrity Pegasus and leader Bluebird Reverend races as a team from the three-quarters until turning for home before Celebrity Pegasus pulled away for his second straight and fourth victory of the meet for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farm. Bluebird Reverend (Montrell Teague) was second in front of Hollywood Highway (Ross Wolfenden) third. The victory for Celebrity Pegasus, a five-year-old son of Andover Hall-Celebrity Athena, was his 16th lifetime making his career earnings $178,610. After two straight seconds, Bobby Glassmeyer's Streamsong got back in the winner's circle In a $13,000 sub feature for 4&5-Year-Old trotters, when Jonathan Roberts piloted a 1:57.4 wire-to-wire decision, his third of the year. United B (Russ Forster) closed for second. Myclaimtovictory (Kin Vincent) was third. A 31-1 longshot Five Towns, claimed after consecutive second-place finishes last week by Tate Lewis, moved three wide around the final turn by Frank Milby to get the lead at the top of the stretch then held off fast charging Il Mago (Tim Tetrick) to score a 1:57.1, victory by a neck in a $12,000 trot. War Cry Hall (Wolfenden) who led briefly after the three quarters, held on for third. Five Towns, who has been claimed twice since early February, won for the third time this year. The gelding by Andover Hall-Southwind Maywood, won for the 29th time in his career and upped his lifetime earnings to $306,772. Razor sharp Guiltywithanexcuse was at the top of his game putting away Deacons Valley (Stafford Jr.) after a head-to-head 1:56 battle heading to the last turn. Tim Tetrick drove the Classic Photo-Gold Medalist gelding to his fifth victory this meet for trainer Jim King and owners RBH Ventures and Spagnola Racing. Gillie The Kid (Vic Kirby) was the show horse. Art Stafford, trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, along with Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King, had doubles. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:t30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant and its acclaimed Buffet. . For reservations, call 302-674-4600. The Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book features simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight daily. By Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

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