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DOVER, Del. ---- Just under 300 horsemen, legislators, including the governor of Delaware John Carney, and friends of harness racing in the First State turned out for the 21st annual Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) Awards-Dinner at the Modern Maturity Center, in Dover, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. As usual, prior to the nighttime activity, the annual DSOA mid-day business meeting was held with evening festivities beginning with an early evening cocktail hour. Again this year, Mistress of Ceremony Heather Moffett presented a colorful, fun-filled video potpourri of seasonal high spots from her weekly Post Parade programs seen during the year on Sundays and rebroadcast Mondays on WBOC TV. During this year's review of the highlights of the 2017 racing season featuring top horses of the Dover Downs and the Harrington Raceway meets. The banquet also featured a silent auction to benefit Horse Lovers United, Inc., a highly acknowledged Not-for Profit organization led by Lorraine Truitt, which provides a residence and care for retired horses. In addition to leading horsemen and friends in attendance at the awards- banquet were many of Delaware's top legislative executives. The list headed Governor John Carney; a longtime support of Delaware racing: Lt. Governor Bethan Hall-Long; Delaware State Senator Gary Simpson; and Delaware Legislators: Rep. Gerald Brady; Rep. Richard Collins; Rep. Ronald Gray; Rep. Kevin Hensley; Rep. Harvey Kenton; Rep. John Kowalko; Rep. Bobby Outten; Rep. Trey Paradee; Rep. Mike Ramone; Rep. Lyndon Yearick and Rep. Dave Wilson. Also Delaware Cabinet members, Rick Geisenberger, Secretary of Finance and Michael Scuse, Secretary of Agriculture. Among the attendees were Delaware Harness Racing Commission Executive Director Mark Davis; Judy Davis-Wilson, Executive Director, Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund; Commission Chair Beth Steele; Commissioner, Pat Wagner. Also present were USTA District -11 Directors: Dan Bittle, Chairman, Russell MacKinnon and John Hensley. The DSOA Board of Directors - President Andy Markano; 1st Vice President Brenda Bramble, 2nd Vice President George Dennis, Treasurer Frank Deliberti, Secretary Frances West and Sal DiMario, Executive Director and DSOA Directors; Richard Ashley, Victor Kirby, Russell MacKinnon, Charles Marsh, George Teague Jr., Valerie Warnick and Ross Wolfenden. Directors of Emeritus Dan Camac, Ralph Holloway, Dr.. William Moffett, and Presley Moore, plus the DSOA office staff Denise Rothermel and Lisa Pearson, hard-workers who put the event together each year. DSOA and DSBF 2017 award winners: The 6th annual James T. Case Jr. DSOA Horizon Award (to a horseman making outstanding progress during year) was presented to trainer Jason Skinner, one of the sport's rising stars. The Inaugural DSOA President's Award was presented to Delaware Governor John Carney for his continual support of harness racing. A DSOA Special Appreciation Award went to Leon Carlisle, Harrington Raceway Trackman Again this year, there were six James T. Case Jr. $1,000 Scholarships awarded, in memory of the longtime DSOA President. 2017 DSOA Horses Honored: Dover Downs Horse of the Meet- Owners Brian Hoffecker, Vic Kirby and trainer Leigh Raymer's BARBARA'S SHADOW Trotter of the Meet-Thomas Dillon's HOLLYWOOD HIGHWAY, trained by Doug Lewis Claimer of the Meet- GUILTYWITHANEXCUSE owned by RBH Ventures * Spagnola Racing, trained by Jim King Jr. Harrington Raceway Horse of the Meet - Brian and Carrie Malone's IDEAL ICE, trained by Brian Malone. Trotter of the Meet - WIND OF THE NORTH owned by Daryl Bier & JoAnn Dombeck, trained by Jenny Bier . Claimer of the Meet - Lorie & Paul Davis' LADY BETH, trained by Paul Davis DELAWARE STANDARDBRED BREEDERS FUND AWARDS: 2-Year-Olds: Trotters; (filly) STAR SAPPHIRE (colt) BOSTON CRUISER Pacers; (filly) GRACEFULLYFORGIVEN (colt) SLICK TONY 3-Year-Olds: Trotters, (filly) SPOONFULL(colt) MASTER CLAVE; Pacers - (filly) LOGAN'S GIRL (colt) BAGS TO RICHES Broodmares of the Year; Pacing Mare QUEEN KATHY -Trotting Mare MOCHA A highly successful silent auction of harness memorabilia to benefit Horse Lovers United under the supervision of its founder, Lorraine Truitt, was supported for the care for horses whose racing careers had ended. Again this year a handsome-colored booklet containing all awards winning horses and owners was given to all attendees. Following award presentations -Mike Hines and The Look, provided musical entertainment. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. ---- Some 300 horsemen, legislators, including the newly elected governor of Delaware John Carney and friends of harness racing turned out for the 19th annual Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) Awards-Dinner at the Modern Maturity Center, in Dover, Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. Preceded by the annual DSOA mid-day meeting, festivities began with an early evening cocktail hour, Again this year, Mistress of Ceremony Heather Moffett presented a colorful, fun-filled video of high spots of her weekly Post Parade programs seen during the year Sundays and rebroadcast Mondays on WBOC TV. During this year's review of the highlights of the 2016 racing season featuring top horses of the Dover Downs and the Harrington Raceway meets. The banquet also featured a silent auction to benefit Horse Lovers United, Inc., a Not-for Profit organization which provides a residence and care for retired horses. In addition to leading horsemen and friends in attendance at the banquet were many of Delaware's top legislative executives. The list included Governor-elect John Carney; Lt. Governor-elect Bethan Hall-Long; Delaware State Senator Gary Simpson and State Legislative Representatives Gerald Brady, William Carson, Ronald Gray, Harvey Kenton, John Kowlaka, Bobby Outten, Trey Paradee, Charles Postles, Dave Wilson and Lyndon Yearick. Among the attendees were Delaware Harness Racing Commission Executive Director Mark Davis; Judy Davis-Wilson, Executive Administrator Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund; Michael Scuse, Acting Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture; Commission Chair Beth Steele. Also present were USTA District -11 Directors, Dr.William Moffett (chairman) Russell MacKinnon and John Hensley, Harness Horse International president Tom Luchento and the DSOA board of directors - president Andy Markano, Brenda Bramble, 1st vice president, George Dennis, Frank Deliberti, treasurer, Frances West, secretary and Sal DiMario, executive director. DSOA directors include, Victor Kirby, Russell MacKinnon, Dr. William Moffett, 2nd vice president, Presley Moore, treasurer, Frances West, secretary and George Teague, Jr., Max Walton and Valerie Warnick, Sal DiMario, DSOA Executive Director and his office staff Denise Rothermel and Lisa Pearson along with Daniel Camac. Ralph Holloway and Presley Moore, all directors emeritus. Also among the dignitaries were members of the media, Harry Farrow, former owner, publisher, writer of the Harrington Journal newspaper. DSOA 2015-16 award winners: The 5th annual James T. Case Jr. DSOA Horizon Award (to a horseman making outstanding progress during year) was presented to Russell Foster, one of the sport's rising stars. A DSOA Special Appreciation Award presented to Delaware Senate Minority Leader, senator Gary F. Simpson DSOA Special Recognition Award: George Teague Jr, Inc. and Teague Racing Partnership LLC's Wiggle It Jiggleit, trained by Clyde Francis, driven by Montrell Teague and caretaker Mike Tyson. Another DSOA Special Recognition Award: Frank Chick's Roaring To Go, owner Frank Chick, trainer Kevin Lare. Again this year, there were six James T. Case Jr. $1,000 Scholarships awarded, in memory of the longtime DSOA President. 2016 DSOA Horses Honored: Dover Downs Horse of the Meet- Leah and Darrell Lewis' Northern Rocknroll, trained by Darrell Lewis Trotter of the Meet-Michael Casalino Jr.'s Tough Mac, trained by Dylan Davis Claimer of the Meet- Thomas Lazzaro's Rocknroll Jewell, trained by Dylan Davis Harrington Raceway Horse of the Meet - JoAnn Looney-King's Purrfect Bags, trained by Jim King Jr. Trotter of the Meet - James Moore III's Royal Becca J, trained by Jack Parker Jr. Claimer of the Meet - Elizabeth Brittingham's Sir Jonathan Z Tam, trained by Don Brittingham 2-Year-Olds: Trotters, (filly) Luv Is Blind (colt) Master Clave; Pacers - Henry The Dragon (colt); (filly)Logan's Girl 3-Year-Olds: Trotters, (filly) Epic Smash (colt) Seafood Scrappy; Pacers - (filly) Apple Bottom Jeans (colt),Next Success Broodmares of the Year: Quick Question, Pacing Mare; Giant Smash, Trotting Mare A highly successful silent auction of harness memorabilia to benefit Horse Lovers United under the supervision of its founder, Lorraine Truitt, was supported for the care for horses whose racing careers had ended. 2016 Special Recognition Award to Wiggle It Jiggleit (The People's Horse) And pacer Roaring To Go Again this year a handsome-colored booklet containing all awards winning horses and owners was given to all attendees. Following award presentations - Mike Hines and The Look, provided musical entertainment. Marv Bachrad

On Friday, the 13th, the biggest social night for Delaware harness racing people is on, when Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) presents its Annual Meeting at `10:30 a.m. at Dover Holiday Inn and then shifts to nearby Modern Maturity Center for its popular Awards Dinner begins with the cocktail hour at 5:45 p.m. Following dinner at 7 p.m. Heather Vitale will host the awards ceremonies celebrating the horsemen and horses highlights of 2016 at Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway. The evening is completed when "Mike Hines and the Look" entertain with music and dancing starting at 9 p.m. ---------------------------------------------------- Coming up on Saturday, Jan. 28, Canada presets its Black Tie 2016 O'Brien Awards in Mississauga, Ont. The classy banquet theme this year is the 250th anniversary of horse racing in Canada." -------------------------------------------------- Next month, the annual highlight of the Winter banquet season comes on Sunday, Feb. 26 at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, Nevada with the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) Night of Champions honoring the 2016 Dan Patch Awards winners. For more information, check www.ushwa.org . ----------------------------------- George Teague will be honored with a number of prestigious awards for 2016 at several banquets in Las Vegas. Early in the week,Teague has been named Harness Horsemen International's (HHI) major award, "The Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year." In addition to conditioning 1,631 winners who earned $35-million to date, Teague will be honored for graciously allowing the public to meet and greet his great pacer, 2015 Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, several times during 2016 ,all to help promote harness racing. On Sunday, Feb. 26, the U.S.Harness Writers Association will honor Teague, who becomes the first person honored for a second time as its "Good Guy" award winner. Team Teague gets the sport's second highest honor, The Stan Bergstein Proximity Award or service to the sport. For ticket and hotel arrangements consult www.ushwa.org . ---------------------------------------- The hot horses in early January at Dover Downs are Ed Gannon and Yannick Gingras' Vintage Babe, a winner of her last five starts. Two of trainer Bryan Tuitt Stable's young horses are streaking. Enhance Your Mind has won 3 in-a-row and 6 of her last 7 races. Meanwhile, Sonny At the beach won his third in-a-row on Thursday. Ralbar, conditioned by Ron Davis won his second straight and 6th win in his last 7 starts. JL Wonder Woman, owned by Vic Kirby and Matt Ivory, has won 4 of his last 5. ---------------------------------------------------------- Starting with Monday's racing card, Dover Downs will display several new wagers on it daily program. For the first time , the track is changing the Pick 4 to a $.50 (50 cents) wager. In addition to changing the base price, an additional $.50 Pick 4 will be added and scheduled for Races 12,13,14 and15. Two Pick 3's will also be added - the first starting in Race 2 and later with Race 13. Finally, a Superfecta is being added to Race 14. As part of the changes, Dover Downs will be carding the 12th and 14th race with 9-horses.Beginning on Mondy, Jan. 16, all these changes will be offered Monday through Thursday racing programs. ----------------------------------------------------- On Tuesday, Jan.10 at Dover Downs, of the 15 races, 13 of the winning horses set new lifetime speed records. ------------------------------------------ Vic Kirby is back on top of the leading driver standings after emerging from a tie las week with Tim Tetrick. Kirby topped off a good week and now leads the win stats with 74 wins. Red-hot defending champion Corey Callahan has vaulted into second place with 65 winners. Yannick Gingras, is third with 58 wins. The vacationing Tim Tetrick is now fourth with 56 trips to the winner's circle. Tony Morgan completes the top 5 with 46 wins. -------------------------------------------------- Jim King continues atop the leading trainer stats with 44 winners. Josh Green and Joe Hundertpund are tied for second place , each with 23. Leigh Raymer and defending champ Dylan Davis are tied for fourth with 22 wins. Marv Bachrad

The Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) will offer a free introductory harness racing seminar for those considering first-time ownership of a Standardbred race horse on Saturday, May 21st at the Harrington Raceway. The seminar, which will run from 1-4 p.m., will cover horse racing basics, the rewards and financial obligations of horse ownership and the various ways to get started owning a horse. Attendees will not only learn the basics of horse ownership but will also have an opportunity to meet some of the horses, nationally renowned trainers, and drivers currently racing at Harrington. The program will include a presentation by owner-trainer and DSOA Director George Teague, recently voted Owner of the Year by U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA), involving forms of ownership, the owner/trainer relationship and Teague's experience campaigning horses like Rainbow Blue and Wiggle It Jiggleit, both winners of Horse of the Year recognition. Participants will also hear from leading trainer/driver George Dennis and Post Time TV show award-winning hostess, Heather Vitale. There will be a tour of the racing backside and stabling area at Harrington Raceway and Training Center. The educational event will begin at 1 p.m. on May 21, and will be held in the Harrington Raceway board room; light refreshments will be served. Attendees are encouraged to return Monday, May 23 for a night of live racing which will begin at 5 p.m. Those that return for live racing on the 23rd will receive a race program and the Clubhouse's Prime Rib Feast dinner courtesy of the DSOA. Interested parties can sign up at http://shop.ustrotting.com/events.aspx to reserve their place, today. Registration is limited to the first 15 people that sign-up. For more information, contact the DSOA's Executive Director Sal DiMario at 302-678-3058. Marv Bachrad

The Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) is hosting a a special stallion auction for P.A.C.E. (Political Action Committee for Equines). P.A.C.E. is an important fund that makes political contributions to candidates and politicians, who support the Delaware harness racing community & its issues. With the exception of Mr. Wiggles, who stands in Ohio, all other stallion stand in Delaware. STALLION: FEE: DONATED BY : Art Director (DE) - $2,000 - Kovach Stables, Inc. Badlands Nitro (DE) - $4,000 - Teague Stables Barber Pole (DE) - $3,000 - Teague Stables Brian P (DE) - $750 - Wayne Givens Delmarvalous (DE) - $3,500 - Teague Stables Gamblers Dream (DE) - $1,000 - Garnett O' Marrow Mr. Wiggles (OH) - $4,000 - Teague Stables Powerful Mist (DE) - $1,500 - Wayne Givens Southwind Lynx (DE) - $3,000 - Teague Stables All stallions in the auction are pacers. The Auction takes place from Monday, February 22 to Friday, February 26 from 10 AM to 3 PM each day. Bidding is only via telephone only, call (888) 227-0658 or (302) 678-3058. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. ---- A festive group of around 300, harness racing horsemen, legislators and friends of harness racing turned out on Friday. Jan. 15, for the 19th annual Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) Awards Dinner at Modern Maturity in Dover, Del. The annual DSOA meeting at mid-day preceded the awards-dinner. Its well-attended early evening cocktail hour was held under the auspices of DSOA Executive Director Sal DiMario and his staff of Denise Rothermel and Lisa Pearson. Again, this year, popular TV hostess Heather Vitale and annual visitor Bill Ellis served as co-emcees presenting videos of award winning horses plus colorful, fun-filled high spots of Ms. Vitale's weekly "Post Time" programs on WBOC TV. Video highlights of the 2015 racing seasons featured top horses of the Dover Downs and the Harrington Raceway meets. A silent auction to benefit Horse Lovers United, Inc., a Not-for Profit organization which provides a residence and care for retired horses, was held in conjunction with the banquet. In addition to leading horsemen and friends in attendance at the banquet were, as usual, many of Delaware's top legislative executives. The list included Congressman John Carney; State Senators Patti Blevins, Bethany Hall-Lon, Brian Pettyjohn, Colin Bonini, and Gary Simpson, along with State Legislative Representatives; Earl Jacques, Gerald Brady, Kevin Hensley, Harvey Kenton , (who presented the pre-meal blessing), John Kowalko, Bobby Outten, Trey Paradee, Steve Smyk, Dave Wilson and Lyndon Yearick. in attendance were Delaware Harness Racing Commissioner Patricia Wagner, Executive Director Mark Davis and DSBF Administrator Judy Davis-Wilson,. Also present were USTA District Directors, Chainman Dr. William Moffett, and director Russell MacKinnon. Introduced were the DSOA board of directors - President, Andy Markano, Brenda Bramble, 1st vice president, Barbara Bramble; 2nd vice president, George Dennis, treasurer, Frank Diliberti, secretary, Frannie West. Other directors include Vic Kirby, Russ McKinnon, Charles Marsh, George Teague, Max Walton, Valerie Warnick, and directors' emeritus, Dan Camac, Ralph Holloway and Presley Moore and Sal DeMario, DSOA Executive Director. Also among the dignitaries were members of the media and three candidates for Governor of Delaware. DSOA 2015 award winners: The 6th annual James T. Case Jr. DSOA Horizon Award (to a horseman making outstanding progress during year). This season's winner was harness driver Jason (The Jet) Thompson, whose star is on the rise. The DSOA 2015 Special Appreciation Award was presented to Patricia Blevins, President Pro Tempore of the Delaware Senate for her continued support for the Delaware Harness Racing Industry. 2015 DSOA Special Appreciation Award presented to David L. Wilson, Delaware House of Representatives for his continued support for Delaware's Harness Racing Industry. 2015 DSOA Special Recognition Award to: Team Teague and Wiggle It Jiggleit, 3-year-old multi-stakes winner of the Meadowlands Pace, Max Hempt memorial, Carl Milstein Memorial, Battle of the Brandywine, Little Brown Jug, Matron Stakes and the Hap Hansen Progress Pace, who is a winner of nearly $2.2-million. 2015 DSOA Special Recognition Award to: JoAnn and Jim King, a training duo whose horses earned more than $2-million in earnings while winning major stakes race; the 1-million North American Cup, Jenna's Beach Boy, Lismore and the Lady Maud. DSOA 2015 Special Recognition Award to: Dudes The Man, winner of the Adios Stakes, owned by M & L of Delaware (Ralph, Roz, Doug Paul) and Victoria Dickinson The James T. Case Jr. 1,000 Scholarship in memory of the longtime DSOA President was presented and.again this year, the DSOA gave out a total of $6,000 in Scholarship awards. Each Awards-Dinner Aattendee received a multi-colored program featuring DSOA 2015 honored horses. HORSE HONOREES 2-Year-Olds: Trotters - Chipoffthewall-(colt)); Epic Smash- (filly) Pacers - Rusty Carter- (colt): Apple Blossom Jeans-(filly) 3-Year-Olds Trotters - Political Foe-(colt): Callmemza-(filly) Pacers - Sonofa Sizzle-(colt); Totally Rusty-(filly) DSOA Horses of the Meet - Dover Downs Horse of the Meet - Spin Vision, bred, owned, trained by Virginia Louthan Trotter of the Meet - Can Do, owned by Chris Giaccio, trainer-driver Vic Kirby Claimer of the Meet - Berry Berry Fast, owned by trainer Lorie and Paul Davis Harrington Raceway Horse of the Year - Playncardswitroddy, owned by trainer George and Tina Dennis, Inc. and Ask W Stables, Inc. Trotter of the Year- Powerful Charger, owned by Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Claimer of the Year - San Antony-O, owned and trained by Arty Foster Jr. Following Awards presentation, an assortment of many door prizes were handed out. Music and Dancing completed the evening. Marv Bachrad

The 19th Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) Awards-Dinner was held on Friday, Jan. 15 in Dover. Popular TV hostess Heather Vitali emceed the harness racing event which began with a cocktail hour, dinner, awards presentation followed by music and dancing. -------------------------------------------- The longest win streak at the track belongs to Ragazzo Dolce, who made it eight straight victories in the $20,000-$25,000 claiming trot. Pacer Nice Trip has won seven straight. Drinksforthehouse and Rocknroll Jewel have joined trotter, Erico AS, with three-win streaks. I Love My Boss' five- wins in-a-row came to an end with a second-place finish in the $20,000 Open trot meanwhile ---------------------------------------------------------- Trip number-40, for veteran Dover Downs' horseman and humanitarian Ken Wood is underway. Wood is again following up on his overseas schedule to fly to the West African nation of Ghana and Tanzania. For the past six years, Wood has dug and installed more than 1,000 wells for drinking water for the many thousands of native residents. Prior to Wood's personal challenge to get safe drinking water to the natives, they had to walk approximately five mile to reach often contaminated water. More recently Wood has expanded his drilling to another African nation, Tanzania. His effort is a personal humanitarian effort which he financially supports. Wood, a longtime resident of Easton, Md., is also a popular and successful horseman who has raced for more than three decades racing at Middle Atlantic region harness racetracks, more recently at Dover Downs, Harrah's Philadelphia, Pocono Downs and at the Meadowlands. With his son Ben, Wood operates a highly respected well-drilling company located on Maryland's Eastern Shore, not far from Delaware. The deeply religious Wood became aware of an urgent need for good drinking water in the poor West African nation of Ghana and Tanzania. At his own expense, Wood sent his drilling equipment by boat and flew to West Africa to see in person the need for fresh water. Wood donated his digging equipment and personally purchased other necessities estimated at many thousands of dollars, to his on-going project. He trains Ghana, and now Tanzania locals to continue the on-going work between his visits. Wood's crusade has been aided by a number of Rotary clubs and has been recognized by AARP. ------------------------------------------ The team of trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquita are red-hot. Trotter Enrico AS recorded his third straight win, the fifth win of the week for the group. They won four races Monday and another was disqualified after finishing first. ------------------------------------------------- Driver Corey Callahan, seeking a seventh-straight leading driver title, has already won 98 races to lead this meet. Allan Davis is second with 61 wins. Ross Wolfenden, holds third-place with 55 winners. George Dennis is in fourth place with 51 winners and Tony Morgan completes the Top 5 with 42 wins. ----------------------------------------- Dylan Davis keeps the lead among trainers. The two-time track defending champ has 34 winners. Jim King is second with 24. Wayne Givens, in third place, with 21, Les Givens and Doug Lewis are tied for fifth with 17 winners each. ----------------------------- For those who enjoy dining while watching the races, the popular Winners Circle Harness Buffet is a treat. Reservations are suggested; call 302-674-4000. -------------------------------------------------- Sunday racing is now featured during January and February. Sunday racing begins at 5:30 p.m. On Monday through Thursday regular weekday post time is 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are 'dark' days. -------------------------------------------- Marv Bachrad

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