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DOVER, Del.--- Tough Mac who stopped nearing the wire to finish third last week, did not stop this time when Corey Callahan drove the veteran to a 1:52.4 harness racing victory in the $20,000 Open Handicap trot on Wednesday, Jan.18 at Dover Downs. Unlike last week when he had trouble getting to the front, Tough Mac took over early and sped to a powerful finish winning the feature. Il Mago (Pat Berry) set second most of the way for the place position while longshot Winbak Charles M (Yannick Gingras) took third. Mike Casalino owns the Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady black gelding who won for the 25th time in his career. He now is a winner of $328,399. In the $15,500 sub-feature trot, overlooked at 20-1 after several outside posts, Tymal Signature with Jonathan Roberts driving came on in the lane to score his first win of 2017 in 1:54.2, equaling his lifetime fastest clocking for owner-trainer Bobby Glassmeyer. A black Deweycheatumnhowe-Blossom Seelster mare, she was followed by Steel Reserve (Kirby) and Earl's Speeder (Callahan). Moonlight Cocktail chalked up her second win in-a-row with Tony Morgan at the controls to win the $13,500 4&5-Year-Old trot, One of two mares in the race, Moonlight Coctain, trained by Linda Toscano for Richard Gutnick and TLP Stable, won easily defeating Uncle Mack (Gingras) and Myclaimtovictory (Kim Vincent), second and third respectively. Corey Callahan won four races, Montrell Teague and Tony Morgan had doubles. SEVENTH SECRET,LITTLE BEN, BUSHWACKER  MEET IN $30,000 PACE Secret Seven, Little Ben and Bushwacker meet in a strong field in this week’s $30,000 Preferred pace the $20,000 Open on another outstanding Thursday program Jan. 19 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. George&Tina Dennis’ sharp Seventh Secret goes from post 8 to 2 in this week’s feature race with George Dennis in the bike.  Little Ben, owned by Janel Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King has been a factor all meet-long with Vic Kirby driving while Henderson Farms’ Bushwacker won for Corey Callahan) in last Thursday’s $20,000 Open. Bamon Racing and J&T Stables’ Ideal Cowboy, with Tony Morgan .and Clear Vision, owned by Weaver Bruscemi, Panhellenic and Burke Racing head a list of competent rivals that include Soto and Art Stafford Jr. for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquita. Sweet Rock and Allan Davis, starts from the rail for  G.P.Calloway and Legacy Racing and Arsenic, driven by Montrell Teague, is in from Canada. The sub-feature is the $21,000 Irish Society of Delmarva Open pace featuring Al Carter and trainer Doug Lewis’ Captive Audience (Jonathan Roberts), J.L. Sadowsky’s Te Kawau N (Daryl Bier), Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s Sicily (Allan Davis) and Cliff Grundy’s Screaman Seaman A (Kirby) and the sports all-timer richest horse $7.5-million winner Foiled Again (Gingras) who starts from post 9 in the  second tier for must start from outside post 8. The now 13-year-old is owners Weaver Bruscemi, JJK and Burke Racing stables. When at the track enjoy racing and tasty food in the Winners Circle Restaurant acclaimed buffet. Call for reservations at 302-674-4600. Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting daily 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark days for live racing at Dover Downs. Weekdays - Monday through Thursday – racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Streaking Enhance Your Mind stepped up in class to score a 1:51.3victory in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap pace while Vintage Babe lengthened her harness racing win streak to six-in-a-row over a sloppy track on Tuesday, Jan.17 at Dover Downs. Yannick Gingras had five wins. Vic Kirby drove the Delaware-sired Riggins-Enhance The Night six-year-old who loves the front end to an impressive 1:51.3 triumph in the week's top distaff event. Owned and trained by Bryan Truitt, Enhance Your Mind came into her own last season winning nearly $100,000 in purses. She won her third of 2017, fourth straight and seventh win in her last eight starts this meet, turning back seven rivals with a :27.1 final panel. Nat A Virgin (Corey Callahan) was a game second challenging the winner from the backstretch to late in the stretch. The sharp Sweet Bobbie (Art Stafford Jr.) was third. One race earlier, Yannick Gingras guided Vintage Babe home first for the sixth consecutive time to post a 1:52.2 decision in a $13,500 4&5-Year-Old Mares contest. Ed Gannon Jr. trains Vintage Babe and co-owns with Frank Canzone and Bob Sabatini the four-year-old daughter of Vintage Master-Bunkhouse Babe. Barbara's Shadow (Kirby), who has won her previous two races, finished second. Valuable Art (Callahan) was the show horse. Yannick Gingras made the winner's circle five times, Corey Callahan had a triple. George Dennis, owner-trainer Trish Foulk and Foulk Stables had two winners. FROST FREE HANOVER SEEKS 3RD STRAIGHT IN $20,000 OPEN TROT Frost Free Hanover has used consecutive come-from-behind performances to win the last two Tuesday feature races and again is the one-to-beat in the $20,000 Open/Handicap trot at Dover Downs. So far this meet, Rich Pollucci’s Frost Free Hanover’s strong closing brushes for driver Vic Kirby, including three wins, two seconds and a third in eight starts. Previously, CC Racing’s Il Mago with Pat Berry in the bike, had consecutive feature race wins.  Uva Hanover is also razor sharp with two wins, a second and a third in his last four outing with Tony Morgan driving for owners Martin Sternberg and Stake Your Claim Stable. Corey Callahan pilots Mike Casalino’s veteran Tough Mac, who also has two feature trot wins this meet. The other starters are Ed Gannon’s hard-hitting Winbak Charles M with Yannick Gingras. Owner-trainer Antonino Buttitta’s Muscerene, with Allen Davis and Geore&Tina Dennis’ Uwantapieceofme (Dennis), from the rail, complete the starting lineup.  A $15,500 Winners-Over trot for 4&5-Year-olds leads the undercard. Bluebird Reverend (Montrell Teague) owned by Davis,  Johannsen, Holly Case and trainer Bobby Reeser, was a wire-to-wire 1:53.4 winner last Wednesday. Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.) has been a close-up second in his last two for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms. The nine-horse field includes Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing’s fast Go Byem (Jim Morand) was a game second last start. Owner-trainer Bobby Glassmeyer’s Tymal Signature (Jonathan Roberts), Chris Giaccio and driver Vic Kirby’s Steel Reserve. Jim Moore’s steady Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.), Jovanni Vilanova’s Gillie The Kid (Morgan), Mike Casalino’s newcomer Earl’s Speeder (Callahan) drew the rail with Gregg and Tom Morris’ Doggone Slots (Roger Plante )leaves from outside post 9  in second tier.  Weekday post time for Monday through Thursday racing is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. 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          

James Ty Case III, a longtime Delaware harness racing horseman who overcame numerous personal difficulties, passed away at age 60 on Jan. 13 after a courageous lifetime battle to live, with his wife Holly, at his side. A native of Dover, Del., his lifetime passion was harness racing. He raced ponies as a boy and after graduating from high school in 1973, he began training and driving Standardbreds in his father Jim Case's High Hope Stable. At the time he worked alongside his friend George Teague in the stable, whom he credits with teaching him ways to develop young horses. One of Ty's favorite horses was High Hope Leslie, who held the Dover Downs track record for older acing mares which stood for seven years. In his teens, Ty developed diabetes which in his late 30s began to take its toll. He had kidney failure and went on dialysis. In 1993, he had a kidney/pancreas transplant and within three months went back to training an driving horses. In 1995, while in the hospital for a partial foot amputation, he suddenly went completely blind and never regained any sight. He next ad a quadruple heart bypass in 1997 and in 2012, he had six stokes and underwent a successful intracranial indict bypass on his brain. After meeting Holly Holden at the Delaware State Fair, they began dating but her family moved away to Virginia. The distance became too much, and they went on to marry others. But 32 years later, they reconnected and married in 2005. They build their home, "Second Chance," and joined friends in numerous horse partnerships and were lucky to have a number of outstanding race horses. Their most recent is the Indiana-bred champion trotter Bluebird Reverend, and Artrageous. Even though Ty could not see, he often attended races at Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway with his wife and guide dog at his side. He visualized how races were playing out as he listened to announcers and race fractions. After blindness, Ty became a switchboard operator at Dover Air Force Base, working for the Delaware Division of Visually Impaired. He was voted the Delaware Outstanding Employee of the Year by his co-workers. From a pool of 6,000 nationwide candidates competing for the Peter J. Salmon Award for the National Employee of the Year, he was the ultimate winner of this prestigious honor presented to him in New Orleans at the National conference. Two months before his death, Ty still rode a van daily from Dover upstate to Newcastle, Del. where he continued to work for the Del. Division of Visually Impaired. An inspiration to all that knew him, no matter for the disabilities and obstacles, he would not give up. Overcoming his terrible handicaps, Ty learned to use the computer for talking software, research things on the internet, prepare Excel spreadsheets and help his wife with her business. He would laugh and tell people he was "the autopsy that lived.' Ty Case is survived by his loving wife, Holly; daughter, Leslie DiPietro (Tony); son, James T.Case IV, "JT" (Kris); stepsons, Rick Carrol land Michael Carroll (Brittney); and five grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Janet Brown, his brother, Todd Case (Lisa) and his beloved guide dog, Max. Ty's last request would be for people to consider being organ donors. Two of his friends, Pamela Benton of Seaford, Del. and Lisa Berry of Wyoming, Del. had volunteered and were tested to be living organ donors for his failing kidney, but his body gave out before a transplant could take place. To celebrate this extraordinary man's life, A Gathering of Friends and Family will be held at Pippin Funeral Home, 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Ave, Wyoming, Del. on Thursday, Jan 19, from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Quick Shot won the fastest in 1:50.4 with People Are Crazy, the second, of the Dr. M.L. King Jr. harness racing co-feature races on Monday, Jan. 16 at Dover Downs. Jonathan Roberts teamed with Kathleen Brewer's Quick Shot to score a lifetime best 1:50.4 victory in the first of two Male paces. Leading though-out the five-year-old Art Major-Cannae Cindy gelding was chased home by DCs Better Life (Russ Foster), second, and Extreme Machine N (Allan Davis), third. Vic Kirby won his fourth of the day steering People Are Crazy home in 1:52.3 in the other division. Gratian Hanover (Tony Morgan) closed to finished second in front of Up And Away ( Jim Morando), the show horse. The two current red-hot driver of the meet, first place Vic Kirby and his closest challenger, Corey Callahan, had four winners apiece. Montrell Teague won a pair. ENHANCE YOUR MIND AFTER 4TH STRAIGHT IN $20,000 MARES OPEN Streaking Enhance Your Mind steps up into $20,000 Mares Open Handicap seeking her fourth consecutive win on Tuesday, Jan. 17at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Enhance Your Mind, owned and trained by Bryan Truitt, with meet leading driver Vic Kirby at the controls, has shown she can front-pace or come from behind while at the Winners-Over level, she now steps up to meet the top distaffs at the track. L&L Stables’ Velocity Lana and driver Yannick Gingras has been right there with two seconds and a third in recent starts but drew the rail this week with Leigh Raymer, Moss and the Solomons’ sharp B Stern with Montrell Teague alongside. Owner-trainer Gary Ewing’s Sweet Bobbie and Ross Wolflenden, won last week after three consecutive second-place finishes. Highly touted Lightning Mach N won her first three starts since arriving from Down Under. She was a beaten favorite finishing third a half-length off in her last start. The talented Nat A Virgin, reined by Corey Callahan raced well from post 9  last time and was a half-length from victory racing for J&TSilva and Robert Cooper stables. Hard-hitting Scandalicious, owned by JFE Enterprises, will be driven by Tony Morgan, from post 8.     There is an excellent supporting card on the all-female Tuesday program.  Monday through Thursday live racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are ‘dark days’ at the track. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del...Gratian Hanover, 1:50.3 winner last week leads one of two Male pace harness racing co-features on the Dr. M.L. King Holiday card, Monday, Jan. 16 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Tony Morgan will again drive Jen Bongiorno's Gratian Hanover who took the lead after the quarter and cruised to victory a week ago. Two other starters won their previous outing as well. Barry Rubinstein Farms' Cheyenne Jeffrey closed with a rush to an easy win with Ross Wolfenden in the bike and George&Tina Dennis' All Star Preview from post 8 with Art Stafford Jr. driving. Former track champion, $1-million winner Nova Artist handled by Allan Davis gets a big post change moving from the outside to the rail. Also with an inside post Robin and Jay Breasure's People Are Crazy and Vic Kirby should be tough from post 2. Skyway Gladiator, leased by driver Mike Rossi, Jim, Phil Mango and driver Bryan Truitt's Bobbies Power Play are fast leavers and should be contenders. Russ Foster will drive Bob Coryea's I Wanna Go Fast completes the lineup. George&Tina Dennis and Ask W Stables' Roddy's Hot Again (Kirby), won his previous start in the eight horse field. Quick Shot, steady this meet though without a win for owner-trainer Kathleen Brewer cannot be overlooked. Forget an unfortunate break at the start should be dismissed this week for owner-trainer Bob Stevenson's Singing Saint (Morgan). CTC Stable's Zoeez Boy Henry.(Corey Cllahan) drew the rail. Heather Malone's DCs Better Life (Russ Foster) finished well last start. In Treatment, owned trained and driven by Ross Wolfenden, is due for improvement, Idealbeach Hanover (Jim Morand), makes his second start for owners Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing while Jeff and Dave Clark's Extreme Machine N (Allan Davis) drew outside post 8 for the second straight time Streaking Enhance Your Mind, Sweet Bobbie and Lightning Mach N match strides in the $20,000 Mares Open a hard hitting Tuesday feature race. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing and NFL three-game wagering is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Early reservations are suggested for the acclaimed Winner's Circle Buffet Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad  

DOVER, Del.---For the third straight time and fourth this meet, owner-trainer Bryan Truitt's Enhance Your Mind turned in an impressive harness racing victory to win the Tuesday, Jan. 10 feature at Dover Downs. After winning eight races and nearly $100,000 in 2016, her first real year of racing, Enhance Your Mind turned back eight rivals in the $15,500 Mares Winners-Over Handicap with a lifetime best 1:50.2 score on another cold night. With regular driver Vic Kirby in the sulky, the five-year-old daughter of Riggins-Enhance The Night chalked up her 10 career victory lifting her lifetime earnings to $114,290. Nat A Virgin (Corey Callahan) was runner-up with Velocity Lana (Yannick Gingras) third. Meet leading driver Vic Kirby had three winners including a 28-1 shot Ailsa, owned by Jo Ann Schlotzhauer, in the 3rd. Trainer Jason Skinner also had three wins. Drivers Yannick Gingras, Tony Morgan, George Dennis and Corey Callahan, trainer Vince Bradley and co-owner Lou Catana made the winner's circle two times. FROST FREE HANOVER LOOKS TO REPEAT IN $20,000 OPEN TROT Frost Free Hanover came on from far back to win last week’s $20,000 Open/Handicap trot and this week faces Il Mago and Uva Hanover in the Wednesday, Jan. 11 feature at Dover Downs. Rich Pollucci’s Frost Free Hanover has displayed a strong closing brush during all of her starts this meet including two wins and twice second and a third in his last seven starts. This week, Ross Wolfenden will drive. Returning to action is CC Racing’s Il Mago with Vic Kirby, who had consecutive feature race wins until his last outing. Again he will start from post 8.  Uva Hanover put in a strong front-end-performance with Tony Morgan last week before tiring near the wire. He finished third, beaten only be a length for owners Martin Sternberg and Stake Your Claim Stable. Mike Casalino’s veteran Tough Mac, handled by Corey Callahan, also has two feature trot wins this meet. The other starters are Ed Gannon’s hard-hitting Winbak Charles M with Yannick Gingras, I Like My Boss leaves from the rail with Art Stafford Jr. getting the drive for Bob Shahan and Jimmy and Amanda Parsons. Frank Chick’s Awsome Valley with George Dennis has post 2 and owner-trainer Antonino Buttitta’s Muscerene completes the lineup. A $15,500 Winners-Over trot for 4&5-Year-olds heads the undercard. Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.), owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, fresh from consecutive seconds, leads a nine-horse field. Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing’s Go Byem (Jim Morand) was a game second last start. CC Racing’s Skyway Jaguar (Bret Brittingham) has won two of his last three. Owner-trainer Tymal Signature (Jonathan Roberts) third last time races for post 9 in the second tier. Jim Moore’s steady Royal Becca J(Jack Parker Jr.), Steel Reserve gets an inside post for Chris Giaccio and owner-trainer-driver Vic Kirby. Inside starters are Barbara Kirby’s Myclaimtovictory (Ross Wolfenden), Howard and Josh Kaufman’s Drinksforthehouse (Corey Callahan) and Doggone Slots (Roger Plante), a winner last start racing for breeders Gregg and Tom Morris.     Weekday post time for Monday through Thursday racing is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant’s acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad  

DOVER, Del.--- Cold weather could not deter Jen Bongiorno's Gratian Hanover from scoring a 1:50.2 triumph in the Monday, Jan. 9 harness racing feature at Dover Downs. With the sport's second leading dash-win leader Tony Morgan in the bike, Gratian Hanover made the winner's circle for the first time in 2017 scoring a convincing 1:50.2 conquest. The Willard Reynold's trainee won for the 10th time in the career of the Western Ideal-Gray Major gelding. Trading Up and Corey Callahan finished second. Callahan, the track's defending champion, won four races in-a-row, the 2nd through 5th, then added a fifth in the 11th race driving Howard Taylor's Emeritus Maximum to victory in a $10,000 Claiming Allowance pace. Corey Callahan had six winners, Tony Morgan, Ross Wolfenden and George Dennis, plus trainers Joe Columbo, Joe Holloway, Les Givens and owners George&Tina Dennis recorded two wins each. Marv Bachrad  

DOVER, Del. --- Enhance Your Mind brings a two-race win streak into the $15,500 Mares Handicap pace Tuesday harness racing feature race at Dover Downs on Jan. 10. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Owner-trainer Bryan Truitt's Enhance Your Mind, winner of four of her last six races including two third place finishers is the one to beat. Last start, the five-year-old started from post 8 and immediately broke stride. Driver Vic Kirby got her back on stride but was last. Kirby rallied Enhance Your Mind on the backstretch and she took off following Velocity Lana who briefly raced into the lead as the field turned for home. Enhance Your Mind streaked down the lane to win by a neck in 1:53. L&L Stables' Velocity Lana, who will be driven by Yannick Gingras this week finished second with B Stern piloted by Montrell Teague for Leigh Raymer, Moss and the Solomons, was third. CC Racing's Tyra with Tony Morgan, raced well in her first start in month, and should be a factor this week. Tim Tetrick's Arts Jem with Ross Wolfenden, is another contender. Brian Malone's Love To Roll drew the rail with George Dennis. Lee Louthan's homebred Spin Vision with Russ Foster is alongside. Corey Callahan will drive Nat A Virgin from post 9 in the second tier for J&T Silva and Robert Cooper stables while On Your Six, owned by David Banks and Layfield Horses, must come from the outside guided by Allan Davis. There is a strong supporting card on the Wednesday, all female program. .............................................................................................................. Dover Downs has inaugurated several new additions to its daily wagering format. Beginning with the draw for next Monday, January 16, Dover Downs 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 Race 12 through 15. Two Pick 3's will also be added - the first starting in Race 2, the latter beginning 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. All these changes will be offered Monday through Thursday racing programs. Marv Bachard

Nominations are due by this Monday, Jan. 9 for nominations for the 2016 harness racing 'Caretaker of the Year Award', sponsored by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in conjunction with USHWA honoring the sport's unsung heroes, its caretakers. Dover Downs leads in the number of grooms at the track who have won this award in the past. To nominate for this award with a number of benefits, contact USHWA president Tim Bojarski at a159star@gmail.com with a minimum 200 words, stating the special qualities of the caretaker being nominated. -------------------------------------------------------- The biggest social night for Delaware horse people is set for next Friday, Jan. 13 when Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) presents its Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet. After the horsemen's meetings begin at 10:30 a.m. at Dover Holiday Inn, .the popular Awards Dinner takes place at Modern Maturity Center with the cocktail hour at 5:45 p.m. Following dinner at 7 p.m. Heather Vitale will host the awards ceremonies. Mike Hines and the Look then entertain with music and dancing starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $40.00 per person, purchased at DSOA Office at Dover Downs or at 830 Walker Square, Dover. Inquiries at 302-678-3058. ---------------------------------------------------- Later this month, Canada presets its Black Tie 2016 O'Brien Awards on Saturday, Jan. 28 in Mississauga, Ont. The classy banque theme this year is the 250th anniversary of horse racing in Canada." -------------------------------------------------- Then 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 several prestigious awards for 2016 at banquets in Las Vegas. Teague has been named Harness Horsemen International (HHI)'s "Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year." In addition to conditioning 1,631 winners of $35-million to date, Teague has been 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 to help promote harness racing. On Sunday, Feb. 26, the U.S.Harness Writers Association will honor Teague, the first person honored for a second time as its "Good Guy" award winner. Team Teague gets a major award, receiving the sport's second highest honor, The Stan Bergstein Proximity Award. For ticket and hotel arrangements consult www.ushwa.org . ---------------------------------------------------------- Vic Kirby is back on top of the leading driver standings after emerging from a tie las week with Tim Tetrick with 56 wins each. Kirby topped off his week with four winners. Kirby now has 67 wins. Tetrick, who is away vacationing until March, is second with 56. Yannick Gingras, is third with 52 wins. Defending champion Corey Callahan is fourth with 49 winners and Allan Davis holds down fifth place with 40 wins. Tony Morgan has been red hot. He drove nine winners in two days and has 38 wins, one behind Ross Wolfenden, in sixth place with 39. -------------------------------------------------- Jim King continues atop the leading trainer stats with 42 winners. Josh Green is second with 22 while Joe Hundertpfund is in a third-place tie with Leigh Raymer, with 22 wins. Wayne Givens rounds out the top 5 with 18 winners. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- The 2017 portion of Dover Downs six-month long harness racing meet begins with Ideal Magic, a 1:52 winner last start leads the first of two $8,500 Male paces with local favorite Nova Artist returning in the other division on Monday, Jan.1. Vic Kirby, who has been in an on-going battle for first place among the track's winningest drivers currently tied with Tim Tetrick with 56 wins, pilots RBH Ventures' Ideal Magic conditioned by Dover Downs' leading trainer Jim King. Owner-trainer Shawn Hanley's homebred Bobby The Greek, driven by Tony Morgan, leads the opposition which also includes In Treatment, owned, trained and driven by Ross Wolfenden and Black Aquila A, with Corey Callahan piloting for Breakaway and Bonuccell Racings. The fast Skyway Gladiator and lessee-driver Mike Rossi leaves from the rail. The other contenders are Barry Rubenstein Farms' Yo Cheyenne Rocky and driver Jim Morand, Robbins Nest Farm's Gallic Beach handled by Montrell Teague,and Willow Mill Stables' Nathaniel B and trainer-driver Gordon Barrett. Former track Horse of the Meet Nova Artist (A.Davis) makes his first local appearance this meet in the second section. The $1-million winner meets trainer Bob Stevenson's tough Singing Saint (Russ Foster) and Jen Bongiorno's Gratian Hanover (Callahan). Crissman Inc.'s Fancy Colt (Morgan) notched a 1:51 .1 wire-to-wire last time out. Sean Bier drove his pacer Brody to a strong second-place finish while Ben Stafford's Maximum Terror (A.Stafford Jr.) finished third, all in the same event. Bobby Glassmeyer's Acting Out (Jonathan Roberts) drew the rail with Heather Malone's DCs Better Life (Teague) alongside. The top female pacers led by Empress Deo, winner of three straight, meet in the $20,000 Mares Open on Tuesday. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing and NFL three-game wagering is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Early reservations are suggested for the acclaimed Winner's Circle Buffet Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

The 2016 portion of Dover Downs 48th harness racing meet ended with a flurry of individual winning driver performances. Vic Kirby led the standing from day 1, but Tim Tetrick and Yannick Gingras enjoyed a big December. George Dennis got hot during the last week racking up 3 wins on Monday, adding 4 more on Tuesday.Going into the start of 2017 portion of the meet, Kirby and Tim Tetrick are tied for the top pf the standings, with 56 wins each. Yannick Gingras is third with 48 wins. Defending champion Corey Callahan is fourth with 41 winners and Allan Davis holds down fifth place with 37 wins. -------------------------------------------------- Among trainers, Jim King has a comfortable lead haltering 38 winners. Joe Hundertpfund has moved into second-place with 20 wins. Josh Green is third with 19, Leigh Raymer, fourth, with 18 and Wayne Givens is fifth with 17 winners. -------------------------------------------- With the New Year at hand, the first two months of 2017 feature a number of awards for the previous season. The Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) kicks off presenting it Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on Friday, Jan. 13. The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. at Dover Holiday Inn. The Awards Dinner is at Modern Maturity Center with cocktail hour at 5:45 p.m. Following dinner at 7 p.m. Heather Vitale will host the awards ceremonies. Mike Hines and the Look then entertain with music and dancing starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $40.00 per person, purchased at DSOA Office at Dover Downs or at 830 Walker Square, Dover. Inquiries at 302-678-3058. ---------------------------------------------------- Canada presets its Black Tie 2016 O'Brien Awards on Saturday, Jan. 28 in Mississauga, Ont. With the theme "250th anniversary of horse racing in Canada." -------------------------------------------------- The highlight of the Winter banquet circuit 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 several prestigious awards at Las Vegas. He has been named Harness Horsemen International (HHI)'s "Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year." In addition to conditioning 1,631 winners of $35-million to date, Teague has been 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 to help promote harness racing. On USHWA Sunday, Teague will be the first person honored for a second time as its "Good Guy" award winner and Team Teague will receive the sport's second highest honor, The Stan Bergstein Proximity Award. ---------------------------------------------------------- Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Caretaker of the Year Award, sponsored by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in conjunction with USHWA honoring the sport's unsung heroes, its caretakers. Dover Downs leads in the number of grooms at the track who have won this award in the past. To nominate for this award with a number of benefits, contact USHWA president Tim Bojarski at a159star@gmail.com with a minimum 200 words, stating the special qualities of the caretaker being nominated. -------------------------------------------------------- Many of the sports best-known drivers are taking vacations during the next few weeks. Yannick Gingras returns after taking a week off. Tim Tetrick will be vacationing for at least January and February. David Miller is taking an extended time off and would not return until just before Spring. Marv Bachrad

Harrington Raceway and Casino partnered with the Food Bank of Delaware's Milford branch for an enormously successful food drive dubbed "Give and Receive Day" on Boxing Day, December 26. Aimed to build on the success of the past two food drives, the 3rd annual event was met with an outpouring of community support, which saw lines form nearly an hour before the 11 a.m. scheduled start time outside the casino's gold room. Customers were asked to bring in three items from various food categories that were in demand from the Food Bank and the response was overwhelming as approximately 2,600 items were donated that filled nine bulk palette boxes. The items included peanut butter, tuna fish, canned meats, cereal, pasta, shelf stable milk and canned fruits and vegetables. "We can't thank Harrington Raceway and Casino enough for hosting this wonderful promotion," said Food Bank of Delaware's Director of Strategic Initiatives Chad Robinson. "It underscores their strong commitment to helping those in need. The Food Bank of Delaware appreciates their support, not only in this, but in their regular volunteer visits and deep involvement in our Culinary School." "We were delighted to be able to host another successful food drive to benefit a terrific cause," said Harrington Raceway and Casino Chief Executive Officer Patricia Key. "The outpouring of contributions could not have been achieved without the cooperation of our customers and team members." Harrington Raceway and Casino has maintained a strong partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware, where currently a team of employees volunteer on a regular basis. Harrington Raceway and Casino has also hired five students from the last two classes of the Food Bank's culinary program, held at the Milford location. The class consists of a 14-week program of developing skills and a passion for the culinary arts. The final two weeks of the program are internship-based and provide hands-on experience for the students. "In the casino's continued commitment to involve ourselves in our community, the Food Bank in one of my favorite partners for what they do for the people of Kent and Sussex County," said Harrington Raceway and Casino's COO of Hospitality, Hank Rosenberg. "Not only are we excited to be able to collect all of this food for them, we are proud that a number of our management volunteers at the Food Bank and also of our relationship with their culinary program. It is really eye opening the hunger that exists in lower Delaware and the number of children and adults that depend on the Food Bank for their basic meals that most of us take for granted." While the food drive was the most recent of the company's charitable endeavors, the Harrington-based casino also had similar drives to benefit USO, Toys for Tots and the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware in 2016. For more information on the Food Bank of Delaware, please visit www.fbd.org. Matthew Sparacino

DOVER, Del.--- Wakizashi had just enough to score a 1:52 triumph in the $30,000 Preferred pace while in the $27,500 Delaware Special, Seventh Secret is no longer a secret after an impressive second-straight victory, the highlight events of the final Thursday harness racing program of the 2016 season at Dover Downs on a chilly Dec. .29. The local 2017 season begins on Monday, Jan. 2. The combination of Wakizashi Hanover,  2015 North America Cup and O'Brien Award winner, and leading driver Tim Tetrick paid off with a nose victory in 1:52. The 4-year-old gelding who won more than $1.3-million in 2015 including the Meadowlands pace has been battling throat problems when training back early this year. Finally the altered son of Dragon Again-Western Gesture has returned to top form of late with two wins, three seconds and a third, all in photo finishes in his last seven starts for Nova Scotia-owners Bruce Kennedy and Tri County Stable. In this week's Preferred, Teague drove 'Seventh Secret' into the lead after the opening quarter and then held off a surging Sweet Rock (Allan Davis) at the wire with Bettor's Edge (Matt Kakaley) a close-up third. Bushwacker (Corey Callahan) thundered down the lane to finish fourth. Since acquiring Seventh Secret, the George Dennis Stable, has shown steady improvement, and notched his second straight $27,000 Del. Special win with Dennis at the controls. Joe Columbo trains the Allamerican Native-Secret Song five-year-old for owners George&Tina Dennis Racing. Captive Audience (Tetrick) was runner-up with Sicily (Allan Davis) third. Seventh Secret won for the sixth time this year banking $73,746. In the $20,00 Open Handicap, Tom Lazzaro, Abe Basen and Robert Cooper Stables' Arque Hanover also won his second in-a-row, with Corey Callahan steering the four-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven-A Pipin Hanover home in 1:52.4. It was Callahan and trainer Dylan Davis' second win of the day. Silver Fox J Dennis), a 15-1 shot was second in front of Soto (Art Stafford Jr.), Veteran Special T Rocks led off $15,500 Male paces with a 1:57.1 score with Jim Morand's first of two winning driver. The John Cancelliere-owned Rocknroll Hanover-Ladys Special Girl gelding is trained by Joe Hunderpfund, Cajun Lightning (Kakaley) and Abelard Hanover (Jonathan Roberts) finished second and third respectively. Swapportunity won a $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Male pace giving Morand his second win. The Les Givens trainee owned by Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing, overcame starting from post 9 in the second tier to win for the sixth time this campaign earning $83,019. Caviart Skyler (Kakaley) led early and finished second. All The Cookies (Tyler Davis) was the show horse. In the final $15,500 pace, Niss Allen Inc.'s Ima Rebel closed out the 15-races with a 1:53.1 victory holding off Sporty Mercedes (Ross Wolfenden) second, and third-place Suchasenseofhumor (Morand). Willard Reynold conditions the four-year-old who notched win number 8 this season. Defending champion Corey Callahan led all drivers with three wins. Montrell Teague, Vic Kirby, George Dennis, Jim Morand and trainer Dylan Davis had two winners each. Dover Downs, its management and horsemen wish all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. The 2017 portion of the meet begins on Monday, Jan. 2. Post time for Monday through Thursday racing is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing plus 3-game parleys of NFL games is available in the Dover Downs Racing and Sports Book, daily from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Tag Up And Go, a 7-1 harness racing shot, despite finishing second last time, was best in the stretch, to win the $20,000 Open Handicap trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Dec. .28. Bret Brittingham was at the controls for trainer Amanda Payson in the 1:54.1 score for owners Brian Clark and Adams Racing. Frost Free Hanover (Vic Kirby) challenged in the stretch but had to settle for second. Awsome Valley (George Dennis) was third. The Tag Up And Go victory was his 10th of the campaign and gives the Angus Hall-Tagapine gelding $118,920 won for the season. In one of two $15,000 sub-feature 3,4&5-Year-Old trots, Tony Morgan scooted Uva Hanover along the passing lane to edge front-trotting Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.) at the wire in 1:53.3. Go Byem (Jim Morand), parked-out second for more than the last half mile, was a strong third. Fresh from a wire-to-wire win in his last start, Uva Hanover, starting from post 8 moved up and then took the passing lane to victory giving Tony Morgan, Nort America's all-time second-leading winning driver, his second victory on the card. The win for the five-year-old Cantab Hall-Up Front Laura gelding trained by Linda Toscano finishes with a near six-digit season in 2016, banking $99,000, for Martin Steinberg and Stake Your Claim Stable. He now has earned $430,784 lifetime. Steel Reserve had no trouble posting a 1:56 triumph in the other $15,000 division. Trainer Vic Kirby, who owns the Credit Winner-Iron Lass gelding with Cris Giaccio, took the early lead and led the rest of the way for his seventh win of the year while earning $74,440. Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.) was a solid second. Gillie The Kid (Tetrick) was third. Tim Tetrick had a triple while three other drivers visited the winner's circle twice; Vic Kirby, Art Stafford Jr. and Tony Morgan. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del--- The last $30,000 Preferred Handicap and $27,500 Delaware Special and outstanding harness racing supporting program of 2016 headline the Thursday, Dec. 29 card at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Bamond Racing and J&T Silva Stables' Ideal Cowboy sports the last two $30,000 Preferred Handicap pace victories. This week Vic Kirby, who has been the leading driver for most of the current meet, will be in the bike starting from outside post 8. Last time, Henderson Farms' Bushwacker with Corey Callahan close sharply to finish second beaten by a head with Rich Lombardo and L&J Racing's Ohio champion $1.5-million Dancin Yankee driven by the sports second-leading all time winning driver Tony Morgan, a strong third. Wakizashi Hanover is rounding into top form for Nova Scotia owners Bruce Kennedy and Tri County Stables and drew post 1 with Tim Tetrick at the controls. Vegas Vacation starts alongside for Tony Beaton and West Wins Stable. The rest of the all-star lineup includes Weaver Bruscemi, Burke Racing and M1 stables Bettor's Edge to be driven by Matt Kakaley. Allan Davis drives Sweet Rock, second in the Del. Special in his most recent start, for Reg Hazzard, G.P.Calloway and Legacy Racing and trainer Jeff Clark's Kindofabigdeal, with Geoge Dennis, who won his last start, completes the impressive lineup. Little Ben is back in the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap. Owned by Janet Hudson's and JoAnn Looney-King. Vic Kirby has driven the gelding to victory in four of his last six outings starts in this event. Two starters are fresh from wins; Al Carter and trainer Doug Lewis' Captive Audience (Kakaley) from post 1 and driver George and Tina Dennis' Seventh Secret. Art Stafford Jr. drives Blazing Bobby Sox, who is co-owned by Art Stafford. Mustang Art (Sean Bier) steers for owners Max Walton and Greg Papaleo. One of the fastest and riches Delaware-bred pacers Remember Me VK (Montrell Teague) has upset credentials. Not to be overlooked is Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing's Sicily (Allan Davis). Bamond Racing's Flem N Em N(Kirby) brings two straight wins into the $20,000 Open Handicap. The strong undercard includes three $15,500 paces. From Dover Downs and its horsemen, a wish for a Happy New Year 2017. When at the track enjoy racing and tasty food in the Winners Circle Restaurant acclaimed buffet. Call for reservations at 302-674-4600. Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting daily 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark days for live racing at Dover Downs. Weekdays - Monday through Thursday - racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Empress Deo does it again coming from last to win her third consecutive harness racing $20,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap pace at Dover Downs on a mild Tuesday, Dec. .27. Driver George Dennis collected four wins. Leaving from the outside in a strong field of seven female pacers, Empress Deo was again not heard from until late in a 1:53.3 mile but in the stretch Allan Davis sent the Rocknroll Hanover-Little Miss K five-year-old into overdrive streaking past six opponents to score her seventh victory of 2017 for trainer Wayne Givens' Legacy Racing Of Delaware. It was an all-out battle for the front in the lane with Elliesjet N (Jonathan Roberts), Purrfect Bags (Vic Kirby) and race-favorite Lightning Mach N (Tim Tetrick), along the passing lane, across the track with Empress Deo blurring past in the final strides. Elliesjet N finished second in front of Lightning Mach N, who came into the event with a perfect three-for-three wins in her first U.S. starts. Empress Deo has won her last three in-a-row and four of her last five starts with the only blemish, a second, beaten by a nose. Of her eight races since the meet began, she also has two other second place finishes and all eight purse checks. She completes this year earning $171,633 and $352,061 lifetime. In the sub-feature $15,000 Filly and mare Winners-Over pace, owner-trainer Bryan Truitt's Enhance Your Mind overwhelmed her challengers as driver Vic Kirby won-for-fun in 1:52 by open lengths. A four-year-old daughter of Riggins-Enhance The Night, Enhance Your Mind won for the eighth time this year banking $95,770. B Stern (Montrell Teague) was second. Arts Jem (Tetrick) was third. On the undercard, JL Wonder Woman scored her fourth win in a row in1:53 taking a $9.000 distaff pace. Driver Vic Kirby and Matt Ivory own the Feelin Friskie-One Wild Woman filly who won for the sixth time this campaign. The Ohio-bred has won $62,955 this year. George Dennis who won three races Monday, added another four including both halves of the daily double, to give him seven in two nights. Ross Wolfenden, Jim Morand, Allan Davis, Vic Kirby and trainer Wayne Givens had two wins apiece. IL MAGO SEEKS THIRD STRAIGHT IN $20,000 HANDICAP TROT FEATURE Il Mago, fresh from consecutive wins looks for another $20,000 Open/Handicap trot in the Wednesday, Dec. 28 feature race on a strong all trot at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick was at the controls for both victories but this week he must leave from the outside in the eight-horse field. CC Racing owns the Canadian-bred seven-year-old who has won eight-times this year. Bill Lambos and Dionisios Liberatos’ B Yoyo driven by Joe Bongiorno has been consistent in recent starts with two wins, four seconds in his last seven top class races at Eastern tracks leads the contenders. Tag Up And Go with Bret Brittingham driving for Brian Clark and Adams Racing finished a strong second last start. Vic Kirby will pilot Richard Pollucci’s Frost Free Hanover. Frank Chick’s Awsome Valley will be driven by George Dennis. Callam Racing’s sturdy regular Spunky Jack gets a good trip from the rail. Its Payday Friday, a recent local winner with Corey Callahan has upset credentials as does trainer Antonio Buttitta’s hard-hitting Muscerene with Tony Morgan in the bike. Two $15,000 Winners-Over trots for 3,4& 5-Year-Olds lead the undercard. In one, Steel Reserve, owned by Chris Giaccio and trainer-driver Vic Kirby, spent most of his last start on the outside racing first-over and still was only 2-1/2 lengths off at the finish. Jim Moore’s Royal Becca K (Jack Parker Jr.) is rounding back to top form. Barbara Kirby’s Myclaimtovictory (Ross Wolfenden) has won two of his last three. The second division features Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms’ Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford) who just missed finished second last time, Bluebird Reverend (Montrell Teague), an Indiana-bred champion, owned by Dennis, Johannsen, Case and trainer Bob Reeser and three horses which won their most recent. Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing’s Delaware champ, the fast Go Byem (Jim Morand), I Like My Boss (Yannick Gingras), a winner for owner-trainer Bob Shahan and Martin Sternberg and Stake Your Claim Stable’s Uva Hanover (Morgan) starting from the outside.     Weekday post time for Monday through Thursday racing is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the popular Winner's Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing plus 3-game parleys of NFL games is available in the Dover Downs Sports Book, daily from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

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