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Delaware, Ohio based trainer Brian Brown was holding all the cards in the $120,900 Ohio Breeders Championship for freshman filly pacers taking three of the top four places, including the top two finishers, Carmen Ohio and High Reward. When the starting gate released the field of eight, driver Ryan Stahl sent Carmen Ohio for the lead from post #1. Stablemate High Reward (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was also sent for the lead, but had to overcome post 6. Carmen Ohio and High Reward traded the lead through the opening quarters of :28 2/5 and :59 1/5. Stahl quickened the pace in the third quarter in :1:27 3/5. Wrenn popped out of the pocket and tried to collar the leader but came up a neck short in 1:55 1/5. The Panderosa filly is owned by Milton Leeman, Steve Manning, Brent Meizlish & William Calvert. Sugar And Spite (Tyler Smith) took the third spot from another Brown trainee Ni Me Bonita (Dan Noble). In the $12,800 OBC Aged Pace, Docdor Friskie and Tyler Smith led gate to wire to win by a length over the pocket sitting Barley Up (Chris Page) in a stakes record 1:51 4/5. Docdor Friskie is the 5-year-old Feelin Friskie gelding is owned by Miller Racing Stable of Greenville, OH. In My Dream (Brady Galliers) took the fastest of the three divisions of the $15,000 Buckeye Stallion Series for sophomore colt trotters in a lifetime best 1:55 1/5. In My Dream is a Winning Fireworks gelding owned by Galliers Racing of Defiance, OH. Secret Pro (Hugh Beatty) and Fleet Cessna (Dan Noble) took the other two divisions in 1:57 1/5 and 1:57 respectively. The pair of divisions of the Buckeye Stallion Series for three-year-old filly trotters were also contested. Infrontandforgetit (Dan Noble) scored in 1:56 1/5. In the second division, Cindi Hall (Aaron Merriman) was placed the winner after Kellie's MVP (Ray Paver) was disqualified for interference in the first turn. Stephen Oldford representing the Delvin Miller Amateur Drivers Association won the Tim Fouts Memorial Driving Championship. Oldford drove Arch Hanover to a 1:57 score over H-And-N Dho Hailey (Mariah Wright) and Badger Quinn (Alesha Binkley). The Fouts Memorial brings together representatives from amateur drivers clubs from across the country. The Billings Amateur Trot divisions went to I'll Tell You What (Richard Roach) and Sebiskit Bluegrass (Joey Putnam) in matching 1:59 2/5 miles. Monday's 14 race card will start at 3:00 PM, with the simulcast program on the air at 2:30 PM. Monday features $101,700 Ohio Breeders Championship for sophomore trotting fillies and a $5,000 guaranteed Pick 4 (races 8-11).   Jay Wolf

HARRINGTON, Del. - Wade Wyatt and Francis Di Mondi Jr.'s Common Parlance ($18.60, Sean Bier) was an upset winner in the $15,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:56.2.  A field of six went post ward in the weekly trotting feature with I Like My Boss marching to the early lead toward the opening quarter mile in 27.4 before yielding to race favorite Tough Mac. Tough Mac led the six-pack to the half mile in 56.2 seconds and three-quarters in 1:26.2 as Murmur Hanover mounted a first-over attack. Murmur Hanover cleared the tiring leaders before Common Parlance charged hard on the outside and hit the wire first. Murmur Hanover held second with I Like My Boss third. Trained by Crissy Crissman-Bier, it was the second straight win for "Parlance," who is a 4-year-old son of Crazed.  Victor Kirby had three wins on the program. Matt Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - James Moore III's Nf Happenstance ($2.40, Jack Parker Jr.) won the harness racing featured $15,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:54.3. The 8-year-old Sj's Caviar mare surged by pacesetter Tough Mac near the three-quarters and opened up impressively for her seventh win of the season for trainer Carol Jamieson-Parker. NF Happenstance bolstered her healthy seasonal bankroll to more than $128,000. Tough Mac was second with All Shoes On Deck third. NF Happenstance was the lone mare in the field. She has been one of the top trotters in the country this season, winning multiple Open events at Yonkers Raceway previously. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway's 72nd year of live harness racing commenced Monday with a 13-race program. Cooler than usual temperatures greeted a solid crowd of racing fans. In the $16,000 Open Pace feature, Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar and Steve Iaquinta's Soto ($6.80) returned a winner in 1:52.4 over Im Supersonic A and Forty Five Red. The Rock N Roll Heaven stallion was put in play immediately from post six with an aggressive steer and never relented in his second win of the year for trainer Eric Ell. Reigning leading Harrington driving champ Victor Kirby returned in style with three wins in the first six races. Tony Morgan won one of four on the card when Somebeach Baron ($3.40) registered his fourth straight win for trainer/owner Josh Green. Matthew Sparacino

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. --- The threat of a possible Nor'easter on Wednesday (3/21) has caused moving Qualifying Races from the usual Wednesday to Thursday (3/22) with post time for Race 1 at 10:00 a.m.   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.--- Déjà vu Blue and Star Sapphire scored impressive harness racing wins in $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd leg three-year-old Filly pace preliminaries on Monday (March 19) at Dover Downs. Déjà vu Blue won the fastest of the prelims scoring one of the fast wins of the DSBF sakes trotting a 1:56.4 wire-to-wire victory, her second straight of her sophomore season. Tim Tetrick was at the controls of the black Anders Bluestone -Classy N Quik filly for trainer Dylan Davis, Howard Taylor Tom Lazzaro and Mike Casalino Jr. On her back was Alpine Chic who sat second the entire route for Allan Davis. Uptown Spunk finished third for Roger Plante. Star Sapphire picked up her first win of the year in her second start in the second $20,000 DSBF prelim. The 2017-2018 freshman champion took the front early and recorded a 1:58 triumph with Russell Foster driving the Tui Stone trainee owned by Serendipity Stable.Vandalous, piloted by Corey Callahan, was next with AB's Royal Punkin the third filly with Pat Berry driving. Cashendash Hanover , who left from the outside and found room sixth, rolled four wide at the top of the stretch for Tim Tetrick and came on to score a 1:51.1 victory in the $15,000 Claiming Pace. The Dylan Davis owned-and- trained veteran won for the third time this year, his 41st bringing his career earnings to $513,519. The second, through fourth finishers in the event, dropped down in claiming price, and were all claimed. Ballinrobe (Vic Kirby) finished second, Mister Virgin (Jonathan Roberts), third and Lew's Maverick (Montrell Teague) fourth. Tony Morgan led all drivers with three wins while owner Hoard Taylor also had a triple. Rivers Tim Tetrick, Russell Foster , Ross Wolfenden, trainer Dylan Davis and owner Howard Taylor had two wins each. Next week, Monday through meet closing day, Thursday (March 29) brings the 2017-2018 Dover Downs meet to a close. Highlight of the event, are four DSBF $100,000 finals featuring the top eight point-getters in each of the four divisions. 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

Harness racing trainer Steven Nason is a long way from home. The Freedom, New Hampshire, horseman pointed his truck and horse trailer south and hit the road in early November with the hopes of making a name for himself on the Delaware harness racing circuit. The third-generation trainer and driver certainly has the lineage to meet that goal with both his father and grandfather being legends in the New England racing circuit. Steven Nason of Freedom, New Hampshire, on the practice track with Monkey and Geremel Hanover, both standardbred horses, at Track View Farm in Hartly. (Photo: Jason Minto, The News Journal)   Nason wouldn't mind being the third trainer/driver in his family to make it big in the sport. By all accounts, he's well on his way with more than 850 victories since starting his professional career in 2008 at Rockingham Park in New Hampshire. "It's in your blood," said Nason, who along with many other New England trainer/drivers, trains his horses at Track View Farm in Hartly. "You can't shake it." Arthur Nason started the family legacy, racing the New England circuit for years. In the early 1970s, he hit the big time with a horse named Mountain Skipper. "The Skippah" held nearly every record in New England. Then, like his grandson, he took the show on the road, traveling to Roosevelt Raceway (Long Island, New York), Yonkers Raceway (Yonkers, New York), Liberty Bell Park Racetrack (Philadelphia), Laurel Raceway (Maryland) and even the now-closed down Brandywine Raceway near Wilmington, to name a few. John Nason followed in his father's footsteps and has won well over 2,000 races over a long career. He recorded his 2,000th victory at Scarborough Downs (Maine) in 2010. "My grandfather had one of the best horses in harness racing in Mountain Skipper," Steven Nason said. "He was the horse of the year multiple times and raced the grand circuit. And my father has been doing this his whole life. I'm trying to catch up to them." Steven Nason of Freedom, New Hampshire, heads out to the practice track with Geremel Hanover for an exercise session at Track View Farm in Hartly. (Photo: Jason Minto, The News Journal)   Training in Delaware Steven Nason looked at the training board last week hanging in the stables at Track View Farm and knew he was in for a long day of preparing his 11 horses for harness racing the next week at Dover Downs. Nason, normally a driver on the New England circuit, came to Delaware to race at Dover Downs for the winter. He and his partner, girlfriend Nicole Hardy, have been in The First State since early November because there is no racing in Massachusetts this time of year. "[Massachusets] is under about three feet of snow right now, which makes training tough," Nason said. "So, we come down here because it is easier to train horses and get them ready and gives them an opportunity to race."   When not in Dover racing or Hartly training, Nason and Hardy, along with many of the transplants, race April-November at Plainridge Park Casino (Maryland), and fairs in Maine and other New England events, among others. Nason chose to bring his 11 horses (one he brings along as a stable mascot) to Delaware and Dover Downs not only because it affords him the opportunity to race them November-April, but also because of the reputation of the track and the size of the purses. "Dover Downs is a top-class facility," he said. "They have four or five of the top drivers in the country race here. They put on a good show and their purses are good. You get a lot of top-class horses, drivers and trainers. It's pretty tough over there." Dover Downs publicity director Marvin Bachrad agrees, saying Dover is the top track going during the winter months, featuring 14 races each day, Monday-Thursday. Bachrad said Dover Downs features premier live harness racing from November through April and simulcast harness and thoroughbred racing year-round, making Dover one of the industry's go-to tracks. "More than 400 outlets in the U.S. and Canada view our races via simulcast," he said. "We have the best harness racing this time of year." Nicole Hardy, of Foxborough, Massachusetts, brushes Geremel Hanover, a standardbred horse, before heading out for an exercise session at Track View Farm in Hartly. Hardy is the girlfriend of Steven Nason, owner of Nason Racin. (Photo: Jason Minto, The News Journal) Dover Down's season is set to end in just two weeks. A troubled history In his book entitled "The Great(er) Delaware Sports Book," author Doug Gelbert said in his historical account of Dover Downs that horse racing, "restricted to the bleak winter months, has proven somewhat less popular than the NASCAR oval encompassing it." Gelbert said in his book that the first thoroughbred meet at Dover Downs in 1969 averaged only 2,775 fans, barely half of what was expected. Attendance topped out at 3,500 in 1972, but flat racing was gone from Dover Downs by 1975. Harness racing fared somewhat better, according to Gelbert. Attendance was on par with the thoroughbreds and reduced expenses in the harness game allowed it to survive. By the 1990s, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway & Casino were operating on limited weekend schedules, the historical account read. They were the last harness tracks still operating in Delaware, where once, only a score of years before, there had been four. The oldest sport in Delaware was in danger of being put down. Beach, a standardbred horse, at Track View Farm in Hartly. (Photo: Jason Minto, The News Journal)   In December 1995, the Horseracing Redevelopment Act gave people legal slot machines and Dover Downs fatter purses. Before the slot machines, Dover Downs would offer purses of $800, maybe $1,000, Gelbert's account read. With the infusion of slot profits, a 10-race program would average $150,000 in prize money for the night.  "Dover Downs made a meteoric rise in the sport when that happened," Bachrad said. "It became one of the top two or three tracks in the country." With other tracks sprouting up in neighboring states and simulcast betting becoming more popular, Dover Downs lost some of its appeal, he said.  "Today, we don't get crowds as we used to," Bachrad said. "We used to draw 5,000 spectators a night in our heyday. We have seen a significant drop. Because of simulcast wagering, some of the other tracks around us are making money on Dover Downs." Nason has seen the drop in attendance, but purses at Dover Downs have remained pretty steady, he said.  He said there will always be the loyal fans, but the industry needs to reinvent ways to draw new and younger fans. "You definitely have your fans that are loyal to the sport and dedicated," Nason said. "Usually, if you go and watch one race, you are hooked. We try to bring our friends to bring new blood into the sport. They always come back." Nason believes the biggest reason harness racing is surviving at Dover Downs is that the casino is helping maintain higher purses.  Currently, in open class races – which are the best – the purse is $25,000-$30,000, Nason said. "The purses at Dover Downs have declined a bit over the years, but they still pay pretty well here," he said. "I don't want to say it is a dying industry because I don't want to believe it, but it's definitely declined a lot over the years. Steven Nason of Freedom, New Hampshire, on the practice track with Monkey and Geremel Hanover, at Track View Farm in Hartly. (Photo: Jason Minto, The News Journal)   A real gamble Being a horse owner in harness racing isn't always fun and games. It's a lot of investment for sometimes very little return. In Nason's case, a recent run of bad luck or no luck at all has him wondering about the future.  In 54 starts this season at Dover Downs, Nason has won $39,503 in purses, winning four races, placing in three others and showing in seven races. "The work is intense, but the rewards are good if you win," Nason said. And even that's a crapshoot, he says. You can buy a horse anywhere from $1,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars. There is a big range, he said.  "I've been lucky enough to buy one for $1,500 and make $50,000, and I've been unlucky enough to pay $17,000 for a horse that made me only $1,600," Nason said. "It's a gamble. You are always looking for that horse that will make you money." With the Dover Downs season coming to a close and the Harrington harness racing season nearly upon us, Nason and Hardy are hoping new scenery will mean better fortune. "We've had a rough patch of racing here and have used a lot of savings," Nason said. "Unfortunately, you have to love it long enough to be in it forever. That's why we chase pensions (affiliation with different tracks) around and try to get those built up every year." It's an industry in which Nason says you don't usually get rich, but it pays the bills and keeps him doing what he was seemingly bred to do. "Maybe you can be that one racer who gets rich doing it," he said. "We keep striving for that. It's a risk, but it is fulfilling." Reach Jerry Smith at jsmith17@delawareonline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JerrySmithTNJ. Reprinted with permission of Delaware Online

DOVER, Del.--- Ibetyoucanwiggle caught favorite Go Sandy Go in the final strides in one of two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 1st leg three-year-old Filly pace preliminary while Pedal Power won her division easily on a windy Wednesday harness racing (March 14) program at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan had a four bagger.  Montrell Teague moved Ibetyoucanwiggle from the outside into second behind Go Sandy Go (Jason Green) after the start of her DSBF $20,000 prelim and stalked the favorite until coming out on the final turn. Following a stretch long battle, Ibetyoucanwiggle reached the finish line first with a head to spare in 1:57.1. George Teague owns the Mr. Wiggles-Betting Machine bay who won for the first time in two starts this year. She has won $64,640 lifetime. Cold N Chilly  (Vic Kirby) was third. In the second $20,000 prelim, trainer Darrell and Leah Lewis’ Pedal Power and Tim Tetrick notched a 1:55.4 decision. It was the first start for the Roddy’s Bags Again-Calico Moon filly who now has never been out of the money in 10 races. She has six wins, three seconds and a third while banking $93,443.Lydia (Ross Wolfenden) was runner-up with Studio Session (Sean Bier) the show finishers. This and next week, DSBF $20,000 preliminaries are raced:  Monday through Thursday. After the two legs are completed, the top eight point-getters return for $100,000 finals on meet closing day, Thursday (March 29). In the $16,000 Mare Winners-Over pace, Sweet Robbie pulled heading to the clubhouse turn and Art Stafford Jr. raced the Art Major-Odds On Gobye six-year-old on the outside moving up to challenge leader Empress Deo (Teague) at the three-quarters and then got-p in the closing strides for a 1:53 victory. Gary Ewing owns and trains the winner who won for the second time in 2018. She now has 27 lifetime wins and a $276,376 bankroll. Hold It Hanover (Eddie Davis Jr.) was the third place finisher. Marion Beachy’s Berazzled won the richest purse event on the card when Corey Callahan steered a 1:52.4 triumph in a $22,000 Mares Winners pace. It was the Charley Barley-Razmataz Hanover four-year-old’s second win this year and  Callahan’s fourth winning drive of the day. Goin Again (Vince Copeland) and Roselily (Stafford Jr.) finished second and third espectively.    Bryan Truitt’s homebred She’s My Rock scored a 1:55.1 triumph in the $15,000 Mares pace overtaking favorite Snappy Dresser (Tetrick) late in the stretch. A daughter of Dragon Again –Iosmio, the four-year-old won her second of the year. Littlebitrocknroll (Bret Brittingham) came on for third. Corey Callahan had four winners,  Montrell Teague, trainer Clyde Francis, breeder and owner George Teague had two wins. SICILY, MAJOR UPTREND LEAD SEVEN IN $35,000 PEFERRED AT DOVER Sicily and Major Uptrend, major factors weekly in the week's top pace meet again in the $35,000 Preferred pace, topping another standout Thursday card at Dover Downs on The Ides of March, March 15. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Sicily, who has been timed around 1:50, three wins in 1:49 and another in 1:48.4 this meet, takes on another equally talented veteran, Major Uptrend in this week's $35,000 feature. Montrell Teague drives Sicily for Reggie Hazzard and Legacy Racing from post 7. Niss Allen and Crissman Inc.'s Major Uptrend with Tony Morgan has not lost a race by more than a length since Feb. 1. Soto, a local favorite owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, is also a highly competitive fast performer. Mike Hall and Dave Hamm's Super Imposed N with Corey Callahan is racing at the top of his "game" this season. JoAnn Looney-King's Little Ben reined by Tim Tetrick is also in rare form. Bobby Glassmeyer's claim in late 2017, has resulted in four top class wins and a second last week. Jonathan Roberts is his regular driver. A newcomer this week, Cyamach N gets Pat Berry in the bike and leaves from the rail. Four $17,000 paces and two $25,000-$30,000-$35,000 Claiming paces are on the powerful undercard, The DSBF $20,000 preliminaries are found on the daily 14-race programs leading to $100,000 finals on meet closing day, Thursday (March 29). 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 13th and 14th races. Live racing each Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. through March 29. 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.--- Sicily, Major Uptrend and Soto, the first three finishers in last week’s $30,000 Preferred pace, return in the week’s top pace Thursday (March 8) at Dover Downs heading another outstanding race program. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Sicily scored his third sub-1:50 victory a week ago earning a 1:49.2 triumph with Montrell Teague in the bike for trainer Wayne Givens and owners Reggie Hazzard and Legacy Racing. Another multiple 1:50 performer this meet, Niss Allen and Crissman Inc.’s Major Uptrend, driven by Tony Morgan, has post position 2 advantage in the field of six. Third, last Thursday, Soto, is reined by Art Stafford Jr. for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, has always raced well at Dover. He was a close third a week ago. Missle J, owned by John McGill’s  and Brian Carsey’s Missle J, who posted a 1:50 feature win in February, will be in the hands of Tim Tetrick. Super Imposed N piloted by Corey Callahan, has already won in 1:50.1 and 1:50.2 in the last month for owners Mike Hall and Dave Hamm.  JoAnn Looney King’s Little Ben, steered by Tim Tetrick has already won five features this meet and steps up after winning the Open last week.  Air Strike (Callahan) brings a three-race win streak into the standout undercard. Val D’Or Farm and Ted Gewertz’s Air Strike heads a nine-horse $18,000 Winners pace, and drew the rail facing Niss Allen’s sharp Mississippi  Rabbit (Morgan) while George Teague’s fast Daiymir (Montrell Teague) must overcome post 8. A trio of prominent four-year-olds square off in a $14,000 Winners-Over pace. Local standout Bags To Riches(Tetrick) races for Jason Skinner and Only Money Inc., Jenny Bier and JoAnn Dombeck's Highalator (Roger Plante Jr.) and Brian and Carrie Malone’s Hypothedical (Morgan) from the rail, take on seasoned rivals:  G.P. Calloway, Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s Sweet Rock (Vic Kirby) . Wood, Dittmar, Iaquinta and Minisink Farms’ Cajon Lightning (Stafford Jr.) who drew outside post 8 for the second straight outing. Two $25,000-$30,000-$35,000 Claiming paces are also on the power packed card.       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. - 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. --- Rollin Ring Afire made it a double for driver Ross Wolfenden, trainer Curtin Daniels and owner Howard Taylor at Dover Downs on Monday (March 3), a card which included 50-1 and a 23-1 longshots. Mike Cole drove four winners. After a close-up third preceded by a second in his previous two outings, Rollin Ring Afire scored a decisive 1:52.4 victory in a $12,500 Claiming feature. Vodka Is Terror (Tony Morgan) finished second with Mr. Dylan (Jonathan Roberts) third. The winner is altered son of Rocknroll Hanover-Shes A Rough One owned by Howard Taylor and Tom Lazarro who won for the 10th time in his career. Joe Fellows drove 50-1 shot Timshel to a 1:57.3 triumph in a fillies and mares pace coming back in the final strides to beat PF Silver Classic (Morgan) for his second lifetime win in his 55th start. Trainer Jim Porter owns The Ponderosa-Congress Hill Roan mare. Timshel in a 1:57.3 triumph Mike Cole's third of four winners came when Royal Tequila notched a 23-1 upset in a wieners of 1 trot. Erin Neilson trains the RC Royalty-Thebandfromboston four-year-old mare for David Neilson. Seven of the 13 races were won by a those paying double-digits. Sheez On a Cruze was an odds-on favorite in the $9.500 Winners trot giving Montrell Teague two wins driving the Crazed-Topcat Hall four-year-old mare for his aunt owner-trainer Brenda Teague. It was Sheez On A Cruze's third consecutive win. In addition to Mike Cole's four bagger, driver Ross Wolfenden, trainers Curtis Daniels and Wayne Givens and owner Howard Taylor had two wins each. Lazurus, last week's $25,000 Open trot winner, meets Theresademoninme and Celebrity Pegasus in the Tuesday feature race. Live racing is featured Monday through Thursday weekly with a 4: 30 p.m. post time. No live racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 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. --- 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. --- Shartin N rallied from fourth on the final turn to overtake frontrunners with a dazzling last quarter performance to win the $25,000 Mares Open/Handicap in a lifetime best 1:50.2 at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Tim Tetrick took Shartin N to the outside in front of the grandstand as Valuable Art (Corey Callahan) and Nerida Franco N (Allan Davis) exchanged the lead going to a :55 half-mile. Shartin N continued to move two wide but was still about three-lengths back as Nerida Franco continued to lead as the seven pacers rolled around the final turn.Tetrick put Shartin in high gear in the stretch and rushed past the leaders to win by half-a-length in a :28.1 final panel. Nerida Fanco N was second with Valuable Art third. The win for the five-year-old daughter of Tintin In America-Bagdarin owned by Rich Pollucci and JoAnn Looney-King was her fourth in five U.S. starts and Tetrick's third of four on the card. Second-place Nerida Fanco N saw a two-race win streak end. Bettorhaveanother finished out-of-the-money, her first loss after three straight wins. In the $13,000 Mares sub-feature, Arty Foster Jr. and the III's Skateboard Chic, a Quik Pulse Mindale-See You Hanover six-year-old, won a four-horse photo finish in 1:52.2 to give Russell Foster his second driving win. Use Your Noodle (Callahan), Newborn Sassy (Tetrick) and front pacing Planet Rock (Tony Morgan) were second, third and fourth in the photo. Tetrick also drove Bryan Truitt's Moments Of Joy from post 9 in the second tier to a 1:53.3 victory in a $12,500 distaff pace. The Western Terror-JOY Luck Hall four-year-old was followed by Goin Again (Vince Copeland and Said It Best (Callahan). Tetrick's four-bagger put him in a 119-119 tie for first place among drivers at the track with Callahan, who had two winners himself. With two wins were Russell Foster and Allan Davis including an 18-1win with Matinee Dragon. Christen Me N, Sicily, Missle J, Major Uptrend and last weeks winner Super imposed head the $30,000 Preferred pace feature on an outstanding 13-race program Thursday. Live racing is featured Monday through Thursday weekly with a 4: 30 p.m. post time. No live racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 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.--- 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    

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