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DOVER, Del --- Cajon Lightning took the lead early on the way to his fifth win of the meet romping to a 1:51.2 success in the $25,000 Open pace at Dover Downs on Thursday, Jan.11. Three drivers dominated on the 13-race harness racing card; Tim Tetrick won four, Tony Morgan and Art Stafford Jr. had three win a piece. Trained by Eric Ell for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, after starting from the outside in his last two starts, drew post 3 this time and that was all driver Stafford Jr. and Cajon Lightning needed rolling on for a 1:51.2 conquest in the feature race. Baileys Rock N (Tetrick) who stepped up in class who was a winner of six of his previous seven starts since October, had to settle for second. Arque Hanover (Corey Callahan) was the third-place finisher. The victory was the 20th lifetime for the Mach Three-Tex In The City gelding who now has banked $266,570 career purses. Red hot Tony Morgan provided the driving for trainer Brian and Carrie Malone's Hypothetical, a Somebeachsomewhere-Restive Hanover four-year-old, to secure a 1:51 lifetime best clocking in an $18,000 Winners pace. Jack Roger (Tetrick) and Never Say Never N (Callahan) were second and third respectively. In a $16,000 Winners pace, Eddie Davis Jr. left fast from post 8 driving American Sportsman, and never looked back fashioning a 1:52.1 mark. The Somebeachsomewhere-Precious Beauty colt, now four, is trained by Joe Columbo for George and Tiny Dennis Racing. Cash Is King (Callahan) got up for second in front of JJ Tanner (Davis), third. There were two $25,000-$30,000-$35,000 Claiming paces. In the first, Tim Tetrick directed owner-trainer Bobby Glassmeyer's recent claim Sometimes Said an altered son of Well Said-Lady Sometimes, to victory in 1:50.2, the fastest time of the program. Ideal Fashion (Morgan) was runner-up. Big Pace (Stafford Jr.) took third. Bamond Stables Cyclone Kiwi N won and was claimed in the other $25-30-$35,000 claimer. Tim Tetrick drove the win, the third in-a-row and fifth\ in his last six starts Legion Of Boom (Russell Foster) came on for second. Reggiano (Morgan) was third; Dylan Davis claimed Cyclone Kiwi N, a Jereme's Jet-Another Kiwi eight-year-old gelding, who now has won five of his last six outings, for $35,000. Corey Callahan steered Sawbuck Hanover, by Bettor's Delight-Shesaporsche, to the winner's circle for third time in his last four race notching a 1:52 triumph in a $14,000 Winners-Over pace for owner-trainer Josh Parker. Star Messenger (Morgan) was a game second. Allwillworkout (Davis Jr.) was the show horse. Little Ben, with Tim Tetrick, won for the third time in-a-row taking a $13,000 Winners-Over pace in 1:51.4. The Jereme's Jet-Honey's Bud Lite gelding is trained by Jim King for Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney King. El Bloombito (Sean Bier) who led early was second with Bad Gamer (Vic Kirby) third. A changing daily menu of 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 continue each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad  

DOVER, Del --- Mister Virgin proved too much for the $17,500 Claiming ranks while Filled Donut romped in the $12,000 feature trot with a steady drizzle on a harness racing Monday at Dover Downs. Tony Morgan continued with a hot hand driving Mister Virgin to his fourth consecutive visit to the winner's circle scoring a victory in the day's top pace. The 1:51.4 win was the first of two for Morgan, trainer Brooks Gray and owner Ron Davis. Mister Virgin took the front early and was in control the rest of the mile for his second victory in the new Year. Myell's Rockstar (Tim Tetrick) stalked the winner for most of the mile and finished second with Carracci Hanover (Eddie Davis Jr.) third. Filled Donut gained the lead early and led seven rivals home in 1:54.1 winning the $12,000 feature trot for his second win in his last three in a new lifetime fastest. Eric Ell conditions the Andover Hall-Miss Gertrude gelding for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Lee Walls. Sheer Assault (Tetrick) raced second with Monteverdi (Russell Foster) the show horse. Drivers Tony Morgan, Vic Kirby, Art Stafford Jr., Eddie Davis Jr., trainers Eric Ell and Brooks Gray, and owners Ron Davis, Wood, Dittmar and Iaquinta, all had double wins on the card. CELBRITY PEGASUS, ROCK OF CASHEL HEAD TUESDAY $25,000 TROT Celebrity Pegasus, winner of last week’s $25,000 Open trot and newcomer Rock Of Cashel lead a fast octet of trotters in the Tuesday, Jan. 10 feature  at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.  Celebrity Pegasus, a 13-time winner last year, is owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms and is trained by Eric Ell races with Art Stafford Jr. his regular driver. The second and third-place finishers last time,  Kanthaka, with Tim Tetrick, racing for owners Chris Beaver and RBH Ventures, and Bamond Racing’s Crazshana driven by Ross Wolfenden, start from post 2 and 3 respectively. Jeff Ruch’s Rock Of Cashel with Corey Callahan comes in from two Meadowlands feature trot wins. Since early meet, Theresademoninme and Jonathan Roberts have an impressive record for owners Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis. Thereademoninme has three wins and three seconds in his last eight races. He has been fourth in his last two outings and drew the rail. Jim Moore’s Royal Becca J with Jack Parker Jr. steps up in company after being second losing by a nose last time but drew post 8 in this one, Bob Shahan and Jimmy and Ashley Parsons’ I Like My Boss finished last month strongly with Allan Davis in the bike and Hollywood Highway, owned by Scott Dillon and CTC Stable will be handled by Corey Callahan completes the lineup. A wide-open $13,500 Winners trot heads the undercard. Three starters in the nine-horse field ended 2017 with wins, John DeVito’s My Cherry Pie (Jonathan Roberts), Perseverance (Stafford Jr.) racing for Wood, Dittmar, Iaqinta and Tribbett Racing, and Euro Gap (Callahan) owned by Howard and Josh Kauffman. 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 --- Divas Image used the passing lane to catch Enhance Your Mind (Vic Kirby) nearing the finish line for a 1:51.3 harness racing victory in this week's $25,000 Mares Open pace on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at Dover Downs. In her second start at the track, Tim Tetrick reversed strategy from the previous week when Divas Image led from the start only to be caught deep in the lane fiishing third beaten by a length. This time the four-year-old Bettor's Delight-Rocknroll Diva came away with her fourth win of the year for trainer Jen Bongiorno and owners Our Hrs Cents, Stb 45 and J&TSilva stables. She now has won $142,672 in 2017 and $300,582 lifetime. Enhance Your Mind was second with Sweet Bobbie (Art Stafford Jr.), who prompted the pace on the backstretch, took third. Frank Chick's Rockin BB and driver Eddie Davis Jr. made it two-in-a-row notching a 1:52.3 victory in an $18,000 Winner's pace. Topville Camero (Kirby) was next with World Apart (Tetrick) the show horse. Rockin BB is a Rockin Image-Yankee Pankee BB filly trained by Kevin Lare, who won for the seventh time this campaign good for $129,755 in purses. Cocktail Time won for the third time in her last four outings as Art Stafford Jr. guided the three-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Panevolence to a new record 1:52 clocking in a $16,000 Female pace. Magicinthemoonlite (Ross Wolfenden) got up for second edging early leader Absolutely Best (Davis Jr.), third. Use Your Noodle put on a gallant effort in the stretch to score a 1:52.1 triumph in a $13,000 Filly and Mares pace. Vic Kirby kept Use Your Noodle going under major pressure in the stretch to win for the fifth time this season. The Artzina-Lo Gophobia four-year-old now has won $41,399 this year. BJ's Sweetheart (Russell Foster) got second in front of Hold It Hanover (Callahan). Corey Callahan, his dad Nick Callahan and Breakaway Racing recorded their second win of the day when Valuable Art won his second straight posting the fastest time on the program, a 1:51.2 triumph in a $12,000 Female pace. Fashion Showdown (Ton Morgen) closed fast for second in front of Roselily (Stafford Jr.) The Art Official -Race me Valerie four-year-old lifted her seasonal earnings to 115,394. Tim Tetrick drove four winners. For the third consecutive day, Corey Callahan had three wins. Vic Kirby, trainer Nick Callahan and Breakaway Stable had a double. CAJON LIGHTNING, ARQUE HANOVER HEAD $25,000 OPEN THURSDAY A wide open $25,000 Open pace is the headline attraction on the final race program of 2017 on Thursday, Dec. 21at Dover Downs. Razor sharp Cajon Lightning with Art Stafford Jr., driving for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, winner of the last two feature races was assigned post 8 in this week’s top race. Among his seven rivals is Sicily who dead-heated Cajon Lightning in 1;49.3 two starts back is also back with driver Montrell Teague. Wayne Gives trains the top contender for Reggie Hazzard and legacy Racing. Not to be overlooked are Niss Allen and Crissman Inc.’s Major Uptrend with Tony Morgan; the fast Arque Hanover and Corey Callahan racing for Abe Basen, Tom Lazzaro, and Robert Cooper Stable; a pair of three-year-olds, Jo Ann Looney King’s Q’s Cruise, piloted by Vic Kirby and Only Money Inc. and trainer Jason Skinner’s Bags To Riches, with Tim Tetrick in the bike. Gerries Sport, is a newcomer to the lineup. A top performer from Indiana, Allan Davis will drive for trainer Josh Green and owners, Rich Lombardo , Carl Atley and Gerrie Tucker. The final race program of the 2017 portion of the six-month long season sports an outstanding undercard with two $25,000-$30,000 Claiming Handicaps, a $16,000 and two $14,000 paces on the 13-race power-packed program. Dover Downs now 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. After the traditional Christmas Holiday Week break, on New Year’s Day, Monday  Jan. 1, Dover Downs returns racing 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 is featured daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. From everyone at Dover Downs, Happy Holidays and a Great New Year 2018. Marv Bachrad

Chesapeake City, Md. - Francis J. Tierney of Chesapeake City, Md. passed away Thursday, Dec. 12/2017 at the age of 97. Born June 27, 1920 in Newark, Del., the second of eleven children. He attended Newark Public School, then entered St. Charles College in Catonsville, Md. followed by St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, graduating in 1942 with a BA in Philosophy. He continued studying Theology and was ordained to the Catholic priesthood for the Diocese of Wilmington, Del. in December 1945. For 31 years, Father Tierney served as pastoral assistant at St. Mary's, St. Ann's, and St. Helena's in Wilmington, Good Shepherd in Perryville, Md., and chaplain at the Veteran's Hospital at Perry Point. He also served as Captain and Chaplain in the Delaware National Guard, then as Pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Ridgely, Md. He was founding Pastor of St. Polycarp Parish in Smyrna, Del. then returned to the Wilmington area as Pastor of St. Mary Magdelain Parish and Dean of Suburban Wilmington. After a brief leave of absence, he returned to Ridgley, Md. as pastor until his retirement from active ministry and laicization. Married to Carol Gerstenberg in 1976, Frank and Carol devoted themselves to breeding, training, and harness racing and settled in Chesapeake City. Among the young people who were associated with his harness stable was Joe Holloway. Frank is survived by his wife, Carol of 41 years; his sisters Gertrude McKay of Tolland, Maine and Marguerite Downey of Atlantic City, N.J.; brother, Joseph Tierney of Long Grove, Ill.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, 12/20/2017 at 11:00 am at St. Rose of Lima Church, 301 Lock Street, Chesapeake City, Md. 21915. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am. Burial will follow the service at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery.  

DOVER,Del.---- Enhance Your Mind showed why she was Dover Down's harness racing 'Horse of the Meet' last season turning back seven adversaries in 1:51.2 to win this week's $25,000 Mares Open pace. With regular driver Vic Kirby at the controls, Enhance Your Mind raced to the front at the half and then held off a strong challenge from Sweet Bobbie (Art Stafford Jr.) before pulling off to her ninth win of the year for owner-trainer Bryan Truitt. She now has won three of her last five races. Jag Out (Tony Morgan) took the early lead and later closed to finish second. Sweet Bobbie was third. Enhance Your Mind is a five-year-old daughter of forgotten stallion Riggins from the dam Enhance Your Night. She has now earned $138,020 in 2017. Take Em overcame starting from post 8 to score a 1:52 triumph in a $15,000 distaff semi-feature. It was the third win for Corey Callahan driving for trainer Bob Reeser and owner Shirley Le Vin. All About The Pace (Jonathan Roberts) was runner-up. Cocktail Time (Morgan) came on for third. Ross Wolfenden guided Empress Deo to a 1:52.3 victory holding off a strong stretch bid from Hold It Hanover (Callahan). Wayne Givens trains the Rocknroll Hanover-Little Miss K mare for legacy Racing of Del. A winner of three of her last five races, Empress Deo has now banked $110,240 this campaign. Corey Callahan, the track defending champion, won three times to move into second-place in the standings with 32 wins. Tony Morgan, now only 23 wins shy of number 16,000 in his career, had two wins as did Ross Wolfenden and Allan Davis. The usually outstanding Thursday card is headed by a $30,000 Preferred pace featuring Mel Mara and Christen Me N and a $25,000 Open with Bag To Riches seeking a second straight win. 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.--- Another Thursday and another banner harness racing program at Dover Downs headlined by A $30,000 Preferred and a $25,000 Open pace on a speedy card on Dec. 7. All six starters in the $30,000 Preferred are used to racing in 1:50 or faster. Mel Mara, owned by Robert Cooper and J&T Silva stables with driver Corey Callahan, has a personal record of 1:47, Major Uptrend won in 1:49 this year at Dover Downs with Tony Morgan in the bike. Richard Pollucci's Christen Me N, a $2-million winner and former star New Zealand champion leaves from the outside with Ross Wolfenden. Since arriving in the U.S, Christen Me N has three wins and a close-up second in his last four starts. Mel Mara, arguably one of the fastest horses in North America, is approaching the $1-million mark in career earnings. Major Uptrend has been a local favorite since entering the Tim Crissman Stable. He leaves from the rail after a1:49.2 near-wire-to-wire win last week. Other potent rivals are Soto, handled by Art Stafford Jr., who races for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, is an ultra-consistent perfomer who shows in his seven recent races with three seconds and three thirds. Sweet Rock, piloted by Vic Kirby, has a win, two seconds and a third in his last four outings for Reg Hazzard , G.P.Calloway and Legacy Racing while Gus Dovi's Bettor Memories, with Russell Foster, has battled top class Pacers in Preffered and Open company. The $25,000 Open Handicap is another strong affair. Last week's winner, Only Money Inc. and trainer Jason Skinner's Bags To Riches (Foster), the only three-year-old in the field won in 1:49.4. Sicily (Montrell Teague) finished second while Cajon Lightning (Stafford Jr.) only three-quarters of a length back after starting from outside post 8. JoAnn Looney King's Q's Cruise (Kirby) was fourth. The rest of the field includes Mildred Ventriglio's Kid PK (Morgan), Arque Hanover (Callahan) owned by Tom Lazzaro, Abe Basen, and Robert Cooper Stables. With George &Tina Dennis Racing's Forty Five Red (Eddie Davis Jr.) assigned post 1. There is also a talented supporting card on the 13-race program. Dover Downs has added 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

Harness racing's two richest horses this year, Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon, will meet for the final time in Thursday's $308,060 Hap Hansen Progress Pace for 3-year-old male pacers at Dover Downs. Downbytheseaside, who has earned $1.44 million this season, will start from post No. 2 with Chris Page in the sulky and is the 8-5 morning-line favorite. Fear The Dragon, with $1.27 million in the bank, leaves from post five with David Miller at the lines and is 9-5. Both horses are trained by Brian Brown. Thursday's 13-race card, which also includes four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund championships for 2-year-olds, begins at 4:30 p.m. EST. The Progress Pace is race 10 with a 7:30 p.m. estimated post time. Downbytheseaside won last week's Progress Pace elimination by three lengths over Fear The Dragon in 1:50.1. "Seaside" and "Dragon" have met six times this year, with Dragon winning three races (North America Cup, Hempt Memorial, Little Brown Jug elimination) and Seaside winning two (Milstein Memorial and Progress elim). Both horses have battled health and foot issues during their campaigns, but have combined to win 25 races. Downbytheseaside enters the Progress final with a three-race win streak and four victories in his last five starts. His only loss during that span was a second-place finish in the Breeders Crown. For the year, Downbytheseaside has won 13 of 21 races. He has finished off the board only three times, with two of the occurrences on the same day at the Little Brown Jug. In addition to his previously mentioned victories, his triumphs include the Messenger Stakes, Art Rooney Pace, Monument Circle, Matron, and Jug Preview. "The horse right now, according to Brian, is as good now as he's ever been," said Jim Koehler, whose Country Club Acres owns Downbytheseaside with Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and Diamond Creek Racing. "You just wonder how this race will go. Every horse race seems to be different; a different situation as far as who is going to leave, who is not going to leave, where you're going to end up. "He's a funny horse. He evidently likes the long trip on the outside. If he's in a bunch and can't get out like he likes to, it seems to be when he gets in trouble. When he leaves at about the three-eighths or so he seems to just keep on wearing them down." Downbytheseaside will retire at the completion of the season and stand at Sugar Valley Farm in 2018 in partnership with Diamond Creek Farm. "The horse has worked hard and it would be nice for him to finish (with a win). Am I disappointed in the Jug? Yes, no question. I'm disappointed in the Breeders Crown. But you can't complain. The horse has won more than $2 million in his career. There must be a lot of people that are more disappointed than I am." Fear The Dragon has won 12 of 17 races this year for owner Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm. The colt's appearance in the Progress elimination was his first start since finishing eighth in his Breeders Crown elimination Oct. 21. He was scratched from an Oct. 28 race because of health issues. Trogdon paid $25,000 to enter Fear The Dragon in the Progress Pace because the horse was not staked to the event. The decision was made following a sharp training mile and consultation with Brown and Miller. "It was a tough call, but I hated to end the year on a bad note," Trogdon said. "We decided to put him in and let the chips fall where they may. "He raced pretty good (in the Progress elimination) but he definitely got beat by Seaside. But he needed the race. As far as this week, I don't know if Dragon is the Dragon we saw during the summer, but we'll see what happens. He might have just needed that race last week." In addition to his previously mentioned wins, Fear The Dragon's victories this year include the Adios and a division of the Tattersalls Pace. He has finished off the board only twice, with both occurring in the past three-and-a-half months while he was limited to five races because of his health woes. "I wish all that didn't happen, but it did," Trogdon said. "Before he got sick, we didn't duck any races. We went to them all. You can't take away all the things he already did." Following is the field for the Hap Hansen Progress Pace. The race is named in honor of former Dover Downs and Brandywine Raceway executive Wilmer E. "Hap" Hansen, who passed away in 2014. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Western Joe - Western Ideal - Yannick Gingras-Christopher Choate-5/1 2. Downbytheseaside - Somebeachsomewhere-Chris Page-Brian Brown-8/5 3. Geez Joe - Roll With Joe - Andy Miller-Erv Miller-4/1 4. Music Is Art - Art Major - Corey Callahan-Jake Leamon-8/1 5. Fear The Dragon - Dragon Again - David Miller-Brian Brown-9/5 6. Normandy Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick-Scott DiDomenico-8/1 7. Mac's Jackpot - Somebeachsomewhere - Brett Miller-Jeffrey Smith-9/2 8. Blood Line - Somebeachsomewhere - Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter-6/1 Ken Weingartner

Harness racing driver Jonathan Roberts and Theresademoninme teamed up for a 1:55.1 victory in the $25,000 Open trot at rainy Dover Downs over a "sloppy" track on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Overlooked at 5-1 after a just-missed second place in last week's top trot, The six-year-old Kadabra-Tortoni gelding won for the fifth time this season, and fourth time since late September, to beat Murmur Hanover (Vic Kirby) and DW's NY Yank (Corey Callahan) in the feature race. It was the second of three trainer wins for defending champion Dylan Davis who owns the winner with Mike Casalino. James Moore's NF Happenstance showed that giving birth to a Sebastian K filly did not deter her trotting ability as in her second start back, she was never headed scoring an impressive 1:56.3 triumph in the Sub-feature $12,000 Winners-Over trot for trainer-driver Jack Parker. Jr. The win was her 19th lifetime in 74 starts and boosted her career bankroll to $290,056. Marley's Guy (Tim Tetrick) sat second the route with Gillie The Kid (Art Stafford Jr.) third. \ In another trot, 23-1 Myclaimtovictory cane on strong in the stretch to score a 1:57.4 victory. Barbara Kirby owns the Earl Of Stormont-Valley Mistress gelding trained by Tom Kirby. Trainer Dylan Davis had three wins, Wayne Givens two; drivers Vic Kirby, Tim Tetrick, Corey Callahan and Jonathan Roberts and owner Mike Casalino had two trips to the winners circle each. Last season's Horse of the Meet, Enhance Your Mind, leads eight to post in the Wednesday $25,000 Open pace feature. Thursday is Matron Stakes day for four lucrative two-year-old championships. WIDE OPEN $25,000 MARES OPEN PACE AT DOVER WEDNESDAY A hard-hitting eight-female lineup tangle in this week’s $25,000 Open pace on Wednesday, Nov. 8. First post is 4:30 p.m. Miss Me Yet  is the program favorite with Montrell Teague at the controls in the feature event.  Owned by George Teague and Teague Racing Partnership, has a gaudy record of two wins, two seconds, two thirds in her last seven races including a fast finishing third last time out. Brian Truitt’s Enhance Your Mind, last season’s Horse of the Meet, makes her first start since last June. She won her qualifying race with regular driver Vic Kirby last week in 1:56.2.Nat A Virgin has been racing well at Harrah’s Philadelphia and gets Corey Callahan to drive. Meanwhile the steady Purrfect Bags with Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Jim King and owner JoAnn Looney King and drew post 1. The superbly-bred St. Kitts makes her first local start with Jonathan Roberts at the controls. Jeramaya scored a near wire-to-wire win last week. Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing’s Terror St Night, was a game second last time and steps up in company driven by Allan Davis. Hostess Lisa completes the field with Tony Morgan steering for trainer-owner Brian Malone. In the sub-feature female pace, Legacy Racing’s Empress Deo (Ross Wolfenden) and The Wiz Kids Stable’s Girlofyourdreams (Jason Green), both winners last week drew the inside posts wile Blush Hanover (Tetrick) owned by Seth Coen, and George Derocker starts in post 3 for trainer Linda Toscano. Thursday at Dover Downs is headline day with all four Matron Stakes events for two-year-olds and a $30,000 Preferred Pace head a top card. Monday through Thursday. 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

Harry G. Farrow Jr., of Harrington, passed away on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at the Hospice Center of Milford, he was 84. He was a former Mayor of Harrington, owner of the Harrington Journal newspaper whose sports section was dominated by harness racing news. More recently Mr. Farrow was a realtor. Mr. Farrow, a long time native of Harrington and grew up on the family farm, one of the earlier farms in the town of Harrington. He graduated from Harrington High School where he lettered in Varsity Basketball. He went on to receive two degrees, one at the University of Georgia and at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. He served his in the United States Army during the Korean War and was a strong American patriot While in the service, his Signal Corps company was placed on orders three times for Korea, and as a cryptographer, he had top secret clearance for messages sent and received. In the 1960s, He was a loan officer for the Farmers Bank in Dover. Mr. Farrow was a big part of the Harrington community. He served as Mayor from 1987 to 1990. Harry was the fifth editor and former owner of the Harrington Journal, which was founded by his uncle in 1913. He also was the founder of the newspaper Raceweek that was dedicated to local and national auto and motorcycle racing affiliations. He remained a free-lance writer and occasionally wrote for the Delaware State News. His passion was interviewing and writing about veterans and historical people of interest. He was also owner of the local realty company, Farrow Realty. At the time of his passing, he worked as a broker/realtor for Lewis Realty in Lewes, Del. Mr. Farrow was a big supporter of the harness industry. Growing up, he had several horses. His love of the sport began at an early age. He could be found at Dover or Harrington covering the harness races every season. He also was an avid sports fan and made hobbies of baseball, basketball, golf and tennis. As part of the Harrington Community, Harry belonged to the Harrington Lions Club, Rotary Club, Burrsville Ruritan, and the St. Stephens Episcopal Church. The love of his community and dedication to his family will be forever missed by his loving family and close friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Louise Farrow. He is survived by two sons and their spouses, John "Dave" Farrow and his wife, Heather of Harrington, and Christopher "Todd" Farrow and his wife Tracey Ann of Boca Raton, Fla.; and three grandchildren, Abbagail Kenton, Hannah Howard, and Madelyn Farrow. A memorial service will take place at the Melvin Funeral Home, 15522 South DuPont Hwy., Harrington, on Saturday, November 18 at 1 pm with a visitation starting 2 hours prior to the service. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the charity of their choice. Arrangements are by the Thomas E. Melvin & Son Funeral Home Inc, Harrington, DE. Visit us at www.melvinfuneralhome.com to send flowers or sign condolence book. Marv Bachrad

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway completed its 71st season of live harness racing Thursday with a 13-race program. As has been customary, the meet's leading trainer and driver were announced as part of closing night festivities. Brian Malone notched his first training title over the half-mile racetrack, with a meet best 33 wins. Malone, who is stabled in Delmar, Del., enjoyed a banner meet and had two of the season's winningest horses, both of which are pacing mares, Ideal Ice and Mcarma. Josh Green, a previous Harrington training title holder, was second with 29 wins. Joe Hunderptfund Jr., Clyde Francis and Vincent Bradley rounded out the top five. Malone learned the business from his family, particularly his father Richard Malone Jr., uncle Ronald Malone and grandfather Richard Malone Sr. Victor Kirby notched his second straight driving title. Kirby recorded 98 wins at the meet. Kirby plied his trade as a youngster under the guidance of his late grandfather and long-time horseman, Vinal Kirby. Kirby has escalated into one of the top catch drivers on the region, who regular competes at major tracks on the east coast. Allan Davis, Art Stafford Jr., Ross Wolfenden and Jon Roberts completed the top five. Earlier in the week, Legacy Racing of Delaware and Reginald Hazzard's Papa Ray was presented with the horse of the meet honors for trainer Wayne Givens. Live racing will return in April 2018, while the Delaware circuit will shift north approximately 20 miles to Dover Downs, who will begin its meet on October 30. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck's Wind Of The North ($4.40, Victor Kirby) was a 1:56.1 harness racing winner in the $16,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. Theresademoninme led the field of seven to the opening quarter mile in 28.1 seconds. Dw's Ny Yank applied pressure to the half-mile in 57.3 seconds and three-quarters in 1:26.4. Wind Of The North waited in the two-hole throughout and emerged as the leader in deep stretch. Theresademoninme was second with Sunset Mike third. Trained by Jenny Bier, it was the ninth win of the season for the 7-year-old Cantab Hall. Kirby has a five win lead in the driver standings over Allan Davis. Meanwhile, trainer Brian Malone secured his first Harrington training title with a win in the 7th race with Nowucit Nowudont ($5.40, Jon Roberts) and with Westside Lindy ($4, Roberts) in the finale. Malone has 34 wins at the meet and will be presented his plaque on closing night October 19. Josh Green, a former Harrington training champ, is second with 29 wins. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Mike Hall's St Kitts ($24, Jon Roberts) was an upset harness racing winner in the $17,500 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:53.1 triumph. The 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere mare sat behind pacesetting favorite Miss Me Yet throughout and edged clear near the wire. Miss Me Yet held second while Sweet Bobbie was placed third. Trained by Doug Lewis, it was the seventh win of the year for St Kitts. The win gave Roberts a driving double on the card. Driver Victor Kirby (three wins) started the night in fine fashion after taking both halves of the daily double with Spanish Dream ($5.80) and Ok Jasmine ($4). Kirby maintains a two win lead in the driver standings over Allan Davis with just six nights of live racing remaining in the 2017 meet. Brian Malone has a three win lead over Josh Green in the trainer standings. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Legacy Racing of Delaware and Reginald Hazzard's Papa Ray ($2.80, Victor Kirby) recorded his second straight harness racing win Monday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:52.1 win in the $15,000 Delaware Special. Trained by Wayne Givens, the 8-year-old Village Jolt stallion registered his 41st career win via first over charge to the front near three-quarters where he would draw away by open lengths. Allwillworkout was second with Imkeepnthisguy third. Live racing continues on a Monday through Thursday schedule until October 19. Matthew Sparacino

DOVER, Del. ---- Dover Downs kicks off its 49th season, Monday, Oct. 30 with a month long parade of major harness racing stakes. The near six-month long meet ends on March 29, 2018. As is customary, the Dover Downs meet features top horses, top stables and top drivers during four-days-a-week racing, Mondays through Thursdays. Weekday racing this season begins at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs signature event, the 21st Hap Hansen Progress Pace (HHPP) highlights a month-long stakes-heavy November racing program. The $350,000 (estimated) event for three-year-old colts showcases the top eight money-winning sophomores meet in $35,000 eliminations on Wednesday, Oct. 22.The top eight finishers then vie for top honors in the rich HHPP final on Thursday, Oct. 30. A $25,000 consolation is also carded. On that same Wednesday, Oct. 30 program, all eight $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for two-year-old filly and colt pacers and trotters join the Dover Downs 2017 stakes lineup. DSBF Finalist are determined after two $20,000 preliminaries with the top eight point-getters qualifying. The prestigious Matron Series, the sport's oldest continuous stakes events for juvenile colts and filly trotters and pacers will again be highlighted in early October. First, the four divisions for two-year-old colt and filly trots and pacers meet on Thursday, Oct. 9. The following Thursday, Oct. 16, the spotlight beams on the three-year-old male and female events for both gaits. Among a star-studded roster of top drivers, trainers and horses at Dover Downs this season, both the defending driver Corey Callahan and Dylan Davis, trainer champions, head an impressive lists on performers, At Dover Downs, there is no charge for admission or parking but. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Harness Racing Buffet in the Clubhouse Restaurant by phoning 302-764-4600. Due to strong weekend bookings at the 4-Star Dover Hotel, horsemen desiring to stay overnight are urged to make reservations. Daily simulcasting of North American harness and thoroughbred racing and three-game parlays of NFL games are available in the Dover Downs' Race and Sport's Book located in the Colonnade. Marv Bachrad

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway will host its richest harness racing program of the season on Governor's Day Thursday during the Delaware State Fair with a 7 p.m. post time. More than $600,000 in total purses will be at stake on the 13-race program, headlined by four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final events for 3-year-olds as well as program staples like the coveted $40,000 Governor's Cup, which features some of the top Delaware horses ages 4 years old and up. Delaware Governor John Carney will be on hand to present the trophy to the winner. The first DSBF final is for pacing fillies as the first race on the program. An evenly matched group will line up behind the gate as trainer Jim King Jr. has three entries in the event for owner Jo Ann Looney-King, including Spanish Dream (9/2, Tim Tetrick), Logan's Girl (5/2, Victor Kirby) and Lillisbagsrpacked (20/1, Allan Davis). Thomson Sister Racing Stable's Free Flight Fran (3/1, Ross Wolfenden) is a chief threat to the stablemates. The race is named in honor of Ben Stafford Jr., a well-liked local horseman who passed away in 2016. The filly trotting final is the fifth race on the program, named in memory of former Harrington Raceway track president Jack Walls. Nanticoke Racing and Delbert Cain's Spoonful (9/5, Corey Callahan), Stephen Moss' Luv Is Blind (3/1, Kirby) and double elimination winner Donald Marine's Political Energy (7/2, Russell Foster) have been standouts among the group. The male trotters will compete in their $100,000 final in the ninth raced, named in memory of driver/trainer Hal Belote, who was tragically killed in a racing accident. Ben Brooks' Master Clave (7/5, Wolfenden) has dominated the class and will bid for his 11th win in 15 career starts for trainer John Wilkerson. Perhaps the most competitive DSBF final may be for pacing colts and geldings as a highly competitive group fulfills the eight horse field including three horses owned by George Teague Jr. and trained by Clyde Francis. Ain't It Fun (9/1, Wolfenden), Henry The Dragon (5/1, Bret Brittingham) and Daiymir (4/1, Montrell Teague) are expected to have strong presence in the field, as is previous DSBF champ, Bags To Riches (3/1, Tim Tetrick) for owners Only Money Stable and trainer Jason Skinner. Tina Clark and Brian Clark's Automatic Dragon (9/2, Kirby) won both of his eliminations impressively and will loom as another contender in the extremely deep field. The $40,000 Governor's Cup, always a sought-after crown for local bragging rights, features a solid group of veteran pacers that includes last year's winner, Foulk Stables' Sparky Mark (20/1, Jon Roberts). The morning line favorite is owner/trainer Josh Green's Poisonous (8/5, Ross Wolfenden), who took a seasonal mark of 1:49.4 at Dover Downs this winter. Three $20,000 DSBF consolations are also on the program to accompany long standing races such as the Charles Murphy Memorial Trot, Legislators Cup (In Memory of Thurman Adams Jr.), Presidents Cup and Sam Mathews Memorial. The DSBF consolations are individually named in memory of Del and Dorothy Manges, John Frazer and Walter Messick. Matthew Sparacino

It's fair to say that going to college is a blessing that not everybody has the privilege to access. Besides those who don't have access to college, there is a large portion of people who have had to leave college because of financial issues beyond their control. That very reason is why Dover hip-hop artist Amillion The Poet has teamed up with harness racing legend George Teague Jr. to offer two scholarship opportunities to students in Delaware. Throughout the last few years, Amillion has been one of the most talked-about hip-hop artists in the state. The attention is not only for his music and overseas shows, but also for his work as a mentor and activist. Teague is the owner of Teague Stable and Farm in Harrington, and his horse Wiggle It JiggleIt is a champion American Standardbred racehorse. At 3, he won 22 of 26 starts including the Little Brown Jug and Meadowlands Pace, earning him the Dan Patch Award for 2015 Harness Horse of the Year. Last year, he finished second in the 2016 Horse of the Year balloting and to date has close to $4 million in earnings from racing. Teague is one of the few African-American owners in horse racing and continues to set the bar for other minorities in the sport. Teague and Amillion have teamed up to offer two separate scholarships of $2,500, and the requirements are simple: Students must create a song, rap, poem or jingle about either why they want to go to college or about the sport of harness racing. Students must then make a video between 30-60 seconds featuring the song. No matter who wins, two of Delaware’s influential men offering opportunities to kids is a win-win situation. We spoke with both Amillion and Teague about their plan. Q: So what sparked this idea in the first place? Amillion: Well, I'm always thinking of ways to give back to the community outside of music. Last year when you gave me the honor of being a mover and shaker in 2016, I took it to heart and wanted to make sure I keep giving back. I basically had a conversation with George in the barbershop and he had seen me on a local TV show called Delmarva Life. I had already planned on doing the scholarship and when we talked about it, he told me he would match whatever I put up. It's a blessing that doubled just by a conversation. Teague: I saw ... all the good, positive things he had going on in the local community, so when I met him and he talked about his scholarship idea I knew I had to get involved in some way. Q: Why is providing this opportunity so important to both of you? Amillion: Well, as you know, I had to leave school and basketball behind because I had to take care of my daughter. Now that I am in a position to help others, I feel like, what better to give to someone looking to pursue their education? God had other plans for me but education is vital to our community, and many times money can be an obstacle that prevents smart students from going to college altogether. Teague: I actually dropped out of school at age 15. I was fortunate enough to be around horses and make a career for myself but not everybody has that opportunity either. When Amillion told me about his idea, I thought, what better than to help someone achieve something I wasn't able to achieve? Education is important, especially for our youth, so hopefully this helps take some of the stress off of a prospective student. Q: What are your plans for the scholarship fund in the future? Amillion: We definitely are looking to make this an annual thing and maybe even a partnership with other sponsors to grow the scholarship. Anybody willing to add to the pot can be involved. Teague: If I can keep having luck in the racing world I will definitely increase the amount for the future. But either way we both plan to make this a yearly opportunity and hope to cultivate young minds in the process. Just like we need more minorities in horse racing, we need more in college, too. It’s all about opening doors for the next generation so that we can better our community. Scholarship Submission Info Any high school students in the state of Delaware can submit a rap, song, poem or jingle about why they want to go to college or the art of harness racing for a chance to win a $2,500 scholarship. All videos must be sent to Teague1NA@gmail by Friday, May 26. Winners will be announced Monday. Sponsors and support are welcome. Checks can be made payable to the nonprofit Delaware Parents Association. Dominick 'King Dom' Draper, Allhiphop.com Reprinted with permission of the News Journal Delawareonline

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