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HARRINGTON, DE - American Nitro ($2.40, Victor Kirby) and Apple Valley Art ($2.20, Tim Tetrick) scored decisive wins in the 2nd $20,000 leg of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) harness racing stakes action Monday at Harrington Raceway. American Nitro, owned by Nanticoke Racing, Arthur Feeney and Daniel Doane, brushed to the front near three quarters and opened up on the field for a 1:54.1 five-length score in the first division for trainer Les Givens. The Badlands Nitro-Jet America gelding recorded his sixth career win. Bebop On The Beach, who set the pace, was second with Aidan third. The second division saw a front end score for Jo Ann Looney-King's Apple Valley Art, who controlled the tempo en route to an easy 1:55.4 score victory for trainer Jim King Jr. The Artzina-Shake Away gelding never had an anxious moment and completed a sweep of his eliminations. Leonard's Legacy was second with Elite Retreat third. Kirby, Tetrick and Russell Foster each had three wins apiece. George Leager's Slick Tony ($7.20, Foster) won the overnight feature, the $11,000 Open Pace, in 1:52.3. Trained by his owner, the 5-year-old No Spin Zone stallion led most of the way and recorded his 37th career win over Luis Alberto N and Wiggle It Jiggleit. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

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

Trainer Kelly O'Donnell knows 3-year-old filly pacer Weeper is fast. Sometimes, though, she might be too quick for her own good. Weeper, who races in Tuesday's second $34,712 division of the Historic-Ladyship Stakes at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, has won eight of 10 career starts. Her two losses came last season in races in which she went off stride at the top of the stretch. In the Ladyship, Weeper and regular driver Dave Palone will start from post three and are the 8-5 morning line favorite in a field that includes 2013 Breeders Crown champion Uffizi Hanover. Weeper is 3-for-3 this year, with her victories coming by a total of nearly 14 lengths. "She's a real nice filly," O'Donnell said. "We don't know why she makes the breaks once in a while, but Dave says he thinks that she's so game that at the top of the stretch she's trying to shift into another gear. It's always coming off that last turn, darting for home. We've tried everything to correct it. I think she just wants to go more than her legs can go." Weeper was bred by Winbak Farm and is owned by Winbak's Joe and Joann Thomson (under the name Bay Pond Racing Stable). She is a daughter of stallion Allamerican Native out of the mare Pleasant Yet Bad. The dam is a full sister to multiple-stakes-winner Badlands Nitro. She was prepped for her 2-year-old campaign by Winbak's head trainer, Jeff Fout, who turned over the filly to O'Donnell after her first qualifier. Weeper won twice in 1:51.4 last year, once at The Meadows and once at Pocono Downs. Only two 2-year-old filly pacers won with faster times on a five-eighth-mile track: Allstar Rating and Gallie Bythe Beach. Weeper enters the Ladyship coming off a 2-1/4 length victory over Allstar Rating in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows on May 3. "I was just lucky enough to get her," O'Donnell said. "She's a big, strong, rugged-looking filly. Knock on wood, if she stays healthy, I think she can go with the best of them." In addition to the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, Weeper is eligible to the Mistletoe Shalee Stakes, Lynch Memorial, Adioo Volo, Keystone Classic and Pennsylvania All Stars. Weeper, who entering Tuesday had not started a race this year from inside of post seven, has gone gate-to-wire in all three of her 2014 races. "I would love to see her get a trip," O'Donnell said. "I don't know how fast she could go with someone cutting the fractions for her." Following is the field in post order for the first division of the Ladyship: Table Talk, If You Say So, That Woman Hanover, Katie Said, and McVita Bella. The second division is: Hunger Games, Cinamony, Weeper, Fancy Desire, and Uffizi Hanover. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

DOVER. Del.--- An on-line auction of 2014-season stallion breedings is being held this week to benefit the "Janet Davis Fundraiser." Eight quality stallion breedings - five of which are for stallions standing in Delaware - one in Maryland, one in Indiana and one in Ontario, will be available to bid on beginning this Tuesday, March 25 at 12 Noon and continue until 12 Noon on Friday, March 28. The Delaware stallions are, in alphabetical order and (donor):pacer, Badlands Nitro (George Teague); pacer, Dream Away (Winbak Farm of Delaware); trotter, Keystone Activator ( Leigh and Tyler Raymer);and pacer, Roddy's Bags Again (Norma Messick and Tim Torbert). Now standing in Maryland are pacing stallions; Rusty's All In (Fox Den Farm) and Total Truth (by Only Money Inc.), standing in Indiana is pacer, Proper Respect (Carlo Poliseno) and standing in Ontario is Badlands Hanover (Joe Holloway). For those bidding, contact: www.ongait.com website. DSBF opening round at Dover on Monday The 2014 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 1st leg $20,000 preliminaries gets underway for three-year-old filly pacers on Monday, March 24 while in the $20,000 Mares Open pace, Alexachase takes on five foes in the overnight feature at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. In the first $20,000 DSBF prelim, seven time freshman winner Seboomook Fool Yah, bred and owned by Garnet O’Marrow, seeks to continue his efforts following a $100,000 winning final last November. Allan Davis will be in the bike for trainer Wayne Givens. Winbak Farm’s Fashion Guru has been racing this year and is a winner of three with two seconds in six starts with Ben Stafford Jr. in the bike. Vic Kirby will drive Jeff Bartels’ Crushed Again, a winner of three with four seconds in seven races in 2013. The Wiz Kids Stable’s Jonigold (Bart Dalious), second in the two-year-old $100,000 final, leads the second DSBF division. Virginia Louthan bred, owned and trained Megginspin (Ron Pierce) has shown great improvement in her recent starts prepping for this event. Santa Baby (Montrell Teague), owned by Paul and trainer Lorie Davos. Burris and Chaney is well qualified. I’m Won Rum Wiser, a five-time winner at two, leads the third $20,000 prelim for The Wiz Kids Stable and Tina and driver George Dennis. Ed Walls’ Mommom’s Little C (Jonathan Roberts) and Henry Faragalli III, T.P. Johnson and Joe Thomson’s Treasure Valley (Jim Morand) head the challengers. On the regular card, Bret Brittingham, who is enjoyed one of his best winning seasons, drives Alexachase for owners Kimberley and trainer Johnny Waite. Not to be overlooked is Spend It All, driven by Jim Morand for owners Steve Head and Brooke Givens, i0n only her second start of her four-year-old season. The one to catch in the select field is Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta’s Jeremes Sweetheart, with Ron Pierce. Owner-trainer Bob Winkelman’s Paradise Lost is racing at the top of his game for Ross Wolfenden. Ash LaRue, and George Dennis, drew post 1 while Mike Horn and Bobby Rice Sr.’s Gottaseeaboutagirl, handled by Vic Kirby, closed strongly in last week’s feature test.  Colt beats older rivals at Dover Sunday Thetruthaboutdavid, the only sophomore in the field, recorded his third win of the year and reduced his lifetime record to 1:54.4 winning the $9,500 3,4&5-Year-Old pace on Sunday, to start the third from last week of the Dover Downs 2013-2014 meet began on March 23. A George Teague homebred, Thetruthaboutdavid closed strongly for driver Montrell Teague in only his eighth career race. The Total Truth-Start The Game gelding has been either first or second in seven starts. Pantheon Seelster (Jonathan Roberts) too second money with White Sportscoat (Ross Wolfenden) the third-place finisher. Tony Morgan, the all-time fifth leading driver in the sport, chalked up a four-bagger, with two for trainer Tim Crissman. Jim Morand, Montrell Teague and trainer George Teague had doubles. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

One of the sires who regularly makes the sires list in both North America and Australasia is the proven son of Western Hanover in Badlands Hanover. Earning $756,00 in his race career, he took his mark of 1:50 at two at Colonial Downs which as a one turn track had a speed rating 2-3 seconds quicker than anywhere else at the time. So there were doubts about the significance of the time because of where it was taken. However any doubts about his credentials as a sire have been long put to bed by his outstanding record at stud. North America - Stakes Won  $49,778,000   Winners 525    Sub 1;53 - 97    Sub 1:50 - 10   His winners include such standouts as Tug River Princess, $1,858,219 (1:49:3)  Badlands Nitro, $1,605,608 (1:50)  Mr Wiggles, $1,195,099 (1:49.1) Delmarvalous $905,691 (1:48.2). His NZ record is no less significant. To date he has sired 349 winners including the derby winner Badlands Bute $311,000 along with such talented types as Highview Badlands $142,000,  Ohoka Rebel $132,000 and Cast Adrift $104,000. But it is as a sire of fillies/mares that Badlands Hanover has really made his mark as a sire in NZ. How is this for a list of his super impressive filly/mare winners in NZ. Nearea Franco $439,000, Beaudine Bad Babe $404,000, Western Dream $328,000, Flying Pocketlands $255,000,  Natal Franco $117,000 and Belletti $109,000. Total stakes earnings for Badlands Hanover are in excess of $8,190,000 which is a great achievement with stake money at the level it is in NZ. In Australia he has sired 86 winners who have won more than $3,250,000 including the age group star Chariot King $489,000. Several NZ imports such as Sneakyn Down Under $ 450,000 have kept his name in the spotlight but one import in particular has done an incredible job and that of course is the iron horse, Washakie $1,810,000 1:50.  He continues to perform at the highest level long after many of his former age group rivals have since retired All up worldwide, Badlands Hanover's stock have won in excess of $60,000,000 and he is quickly closing in on 1000 winners. Overtaken in many breeders eyes by some the high profile imports of the last few years, Badlands Hanovers record shows that at a $ 3,000+gst service fee, he is outstanding value in today's breeding marketplace.   JC This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia. Elsu - Redemption awaits McArdle - The quiet achiever Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up! Major In Art - Big and fast Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed Monkey Bones - All class Tinted Cloud - Still going strong Real Desire - The real deal Washington VC - Continuing excellence Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow Artiscape - Frozen semen blues? Dream Vacation - Frozen semen superstar  

DOVER, Del. --- The 18th renewal of the $400,000 (est) Progress Pace at Dover Downs is the highlight of the first full month of the track's 45th season. The Progress Pace is the signature event of the 2013 Dover Downs' "Novemberfest of Racing." The Progress Pace features the sport's leading three-year-olds in training in a two-week event. First, a $35,000 elimination division on Nov. 10 with the top eight finishers return for a $284,160 final on Nov. 17. Vegas Vacation, driven by Brian Sears, scored a 1:48.3 victory in this year's Matron Final. The gelding was favorite for the Progress Pace elim., but did not come out of the Matron, "100 percent," thus was scratched. Twilight Bonfire, a 20-1 longshot from post 8 with Tim Tetrick driving, pulled a major surprise in the $35,000 elim by nipping Sunshine Beach by half a neck. The Progress Pace Final on Dec. 1 is the richest race in Delaware harness racing this year. Progress Pace history The Progress Pace was created by Dover Downs' CEO Denis McGlynn in the fashion of a former state of Delaware sports' tradition - The Battle of the Brandywine - formerly the showcase event of ill-fated Brandywine Raceway. Over the years, Most of the sports leading drivers, owners and stables have participated in the Progress Pace. Hall of Fame drivers include three-time winners John Campbell and Ron Pierce, Mike Lachance, Cat Manzi, Dave Palone and David Miller. Luc Ouellette also drove three winners while Bret Pelling trained three Progress Pace champions. Sampson Street Stable has shared in three Progress Pace champions, Newman Racing is the only other with more than one winner. The first Progress Pace was carded in 1996 with a $100,000 final. The winner was Armbro Operative, owned by Tom Walsh, Jr. and Dave McDuffy, driven by Mike Lachance. It was the first of three Progress Pace winners conditioned by Brett Pelling. Pelling also trained the winners of the next two winners of the event, when Dream Away, owned by Canadian horsemen Marvin Katz, Sam Goldband and Al Libfeld won the 1997 edition and Crown Jewel Stable's Browning Blue Chip took 1998 laurels. Both winners were driven by John Campbell. Luc Ouellette drove Jeff Snyder's Royalflush Hanover to his first Progress Pace titles. The gelding overtook Grinfromeartoear on the backstretch and pulled off to win the 1999 title. The following season, Ouellette came back to drive 2000 winner Powerful Toy, owned by Newman Racing Stable, Sampson Street and Dodge A Bullet stables. Ron Pierce made the winner's circle in the 2001 event driving Peruvian Hanover for owners Sidney Korn and Alvin Jacobson. Art Major beat stablemate McArdle to win the 2002 edition. Owned by Deena Frost, Jerry Silva, Sampson Street and TLP stables, Art Major was the third Progress Pace champion driven by John Campbell, In 2003, for the second straight year and third time in Progress Pace history, Radar Sign, a colt owned in part by Sampson Street Stable and Newman Racing Stable, driven by Ouellette, won the final. The 2004 winner was longshot Holborn Hanover, with George Brennan driving for trainer Mark Harder and owners John Fielding and Canamerica Capital Corp. Holborn Hanover became the first sub-150 Progress Pace winner posting a come-from-behind 1:49.3f victory. In 2005, Gryffindor, became the first Delaware-owned and trained winner. After being purchased by Three Point Acres in time to win the Messenger Stake at Harrington Raceway, the sophomore won the 10th Progress Pace wire-to-wire in 1:50 with David Miller in the sulky. The purse was the event's all-time highest, $394,120. Another Delaware owned and conditioned colt, Total Truth, was the 2006 Progress Pace champion. The colt owned by Only Money and Teague Inc., the first of two straight for Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce. Pierce returned to take 2007 Progress Pace in upset fashion. Trained by Robby Siegelman for The Cheyenne Gang, Ghee House rolled down the lane for a 1:50.4 upset victory to take the 12th edition. In November 2008, overlooked at 32-1, Cat Manzi drove Bettor Sweet to a surprise 1:52.1f victory, the second richest Progress Pace boasting a $390,000 purse. Two locally owned horses Rudy Rednose and Badlands Nitro, both trained by George Teague, finished second and third respectively. Vertical Horizon and Jim Morrill Jr. were the winning 1:50.4 team, for the 2009 edition. In 2010, Yannick Gingras guided Rockin Image to an impressive 1:50.3 victory. The 2011 winner was Westwardho Hanover, a 1:49.1 performance piloted by Dave Palone. Heston Blue Chip completed an outstanding Fall campaign to win the 2012 Progress Pace with Tim Tetrick in the bike, in event winning time of 1:49. Progress Pace Champions Year Purse Winner (Driver) Win Time 1996 $100,000 Armbro Operative (Mike Lachance) 1:53f 1997 $100,000 Dream Away (John Campbell) 1:54f 1998 $225,000 Browning Blue Chip (John Campbell)1:51.2f 1999 $225,000 Royalflush Hanover (Luc Ouellette) 1:51.2f 2000 $228,000 Powerful Toy (Luc Ouellette) 1:52.1f 2001 $337,100 Peruvian Hanover (Ron Pierce) 1:52.3f 2002 $335,000 Art Major (John Campbell) 1:51f 2003 $350,060 Radar Sign (Luc Ouellette) 1:51.4f 2004 $345,900 Holborn Hanover (George Brennan) 1:49.3f 2005 $394,120 Gryffindor (David Miller) 1:50f 2006 $348,900 Total Truth (Ron Pierce) 1:52.2f 2007 $350,900 Ghee House (Ron Pierce) 1:50.4f 2008 $390,000 Bettor Sweet (Cat Manzi) 1:51.2f 2009 $350,000 Vertical Horizon (Jim Morrill Jr.) 1:50.4f 2010 $320,000 Rockin Image (Yannick Gingras) 1:50.3f 2011 $330,000 Westwardho Hanover (Dave Palone) 1:49.1f 2012 $270,000 Heston Blue Chip (Tim Tetrick) 1:49f - event record by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

Winbak Farm is currently in the prime of the 2013 harness racing breeding season, with 3 months left - breeder's have plenty of time to breed their mares but they should be booked soon.

Winbak Farm of Delaware is proud to announce that Badlands Nitro, p, 2, 1:51.1f, 3, 1:50f ($1,597,638) will be coming to Winbak Farm of Delaware in 2013.

In the past Monticello Raceway has had full harness racing wagering cards featuring only trotters; full cards of only pacers and a full program amateur races, but not until July 4th did the Mighty M have a complete race card featuring just 2 year-old colt and gelding pacers; and most of which were making their pari-mutuel debuts.

The annual Morrisville College Equine Institute harness racing sale will be held in Morrisville, N.Y. this weekend. Yearlings may be previewed on Saturday, Sept. 24, after 10:00 a.m., eastern.

It'll be a big challenge for any single horse to win three of 2011's harness racing most competitive, highest-profile harness races. But a whopping $250,000 bonus awaits the one talented enough to sweep this year's Max Hempt Memorial at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, and Battle of the Brandywine at Harrah's Chester Casino & Racetrack.

Watch out Auckland Reactor, millionaire pacers Badlands Nitro and Southwind Lynx are on the harness racing come-back trail after a year away from the race-track. The awesome duo will again be trained by one of North America's best horsemen - George Teague junior - in Harrington Delaware.

Harness racing stud Winbak Farm is excited to announce that our foaling season is starting in full swing, as we have welcomed our first four babies in the past several days. The first foal born was a Riverboat King filly out of maiden mare Family Love on January 11.

The Steven Reid and Graeme Rogerson trained Just Like Cullen is the horse to beat in the Manukau Trotting Club's (MTC) $10,000 1188m Mobile Final at Alexandra Park on September 25. Just Like Cullen was the quickest of the four heat winners run over the unique harness racing distance following the MTC's meeting at Alexandra Park this afternoon (Tuesday September 15).

Location, location, location, the owning interests of three top horses have decided that in breeding, as in real estate, that's what matters most, and the acreage they want their studs standing on is in New York State.

Millionaire World Champion Badlands Nitro is retiring to the breeding shed at Winbak Farm of New York as of this week. Badlands Nitro, the winner of the Hempt, Art Rooney, the Battle of the Brandywine and over $1.5 million has been dealing with minor sickness and allergies leading owner/trainer George Teague, and owner John Celii to make the decision to stop racing him.

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