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DOVER, Del.--- Harness racing Tim Tetrick grabbed the early lead behind Il Mago and was never headed for the second consecutive week scoring his fourth victory of the day, Wednesday, Dec. 14, to win the $21,000 Open trot Handicap at Dover Downs. Il Mago won for the eighth time this year for CC Racing bringing his seasonal earnings to $112,296 and $673,268 lifetime. The 7-year-old son of Kadabra-Northern Style is trained by Scott DiDomenico. A 99-1 shot from the rail, Tag Up And Go (Bret Brittingham) enjoyed a 2-hole journey to finish second while Winbak Charles M (Montrell Teague) took show money. Tony Morgan drove his second winner Uva Hanover to a 1:54.1 triumph in the $15,500 Winners Over trot for young horses. The Cantab Hall-Up Front Laura gelding was in charge from the start but had to hold off a strong closing challage from Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.) late in the stretch. Bluebird Reverend (Montrell Teague) was next. Martin Sternberg and Stake Your Claim Stable own the 5-year-old who has earned $91,500 of his lifetime total of $423,284 this year. Go Byem was scratched. Mike Casalino's Tough Mac got back on the winning trail turning back seven rivals for a 1:54.1 victory in A $12,000 sub feature trot. The Dylan Davis-trainee dropped down from the Open ranks to notch his fourth win of the campaign. Corey Callahan was in the bike behind the Lockkeeper-Traditional Lady black gelding now a $316,399 career winner. Lou Man (Tetrick) was second with Uwantapieceofme (George Dennis) third. Tim Tetrick won four races, two owned by trainer Jim King and two by CC Racing. Corey Callahan and Tony Morgan had triples while Yannick Gingras had two winners. $30,000 PREFERRED; $27,500 DEL. SPECIAL THURSDAY BEFORE HOLIDAY BREAK WEEK A powerhouse 15-race card led by the $30,000 Preferred Handicap and $27,500 Delaware Special highlight racing  on Thursday, Dec. 15, the last racing day before the usual weeklong Holiday Break at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Last week’s winner Bamond Racing and J&T Silva Stables’ Ideal Cowboy reined by Tim Tetrick starts from outside post 8 in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap. Weaver Bruscemi, Burke Racing and M1 stables Bettor’s Edge driven by Yannick Gingras finished second with Tom Cancelliere’s Sweet Beach, third with Montrell Teague in the bike. There is plenty of speed in the lineup. Rich Lombardo and L&J Racing’s $1.5-million winner Dancin Yankee driven by track defending champion Corey Callahan,  and back after a short turn-out Henderson Farms’ Bushwacker with Ross Wollfenden, who was an early season standout at Dover. Completing the Preferred roster are the sharp Papa Ray, owned by Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing, Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis’ Jet Airway and Jonathan Roberts with Vapour N and Pat Berry leaving from the rail for J Craparolla & P Berry Racing. In the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap, Little Ben is the one to beat. Owned by Janet Hudson’s and JoAnn Looney-King, Vic Kirby has driven the gelding to victory in four of his last five starts in the track’s top events. The fast Mustang Art gets the rail this week with driver Sean Bier. The veteran, owned by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo, has been in rare form of late. Alongside is the fast Delaware-bred Remember Me VK with Montrell Teague. Driver George&Tina Dennis Racing’s Seventh Secret was impressive last week in his first local start missing victory by only a nose with George Dennis driving. Hazzard, Calloway and Legacy Racing’s Sweet Rock and Allan Davis and Blazing Bobby Sox racing for trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. and his dad, Art Stafford, cannot be overlooked.     A strong undercard includes an $18,000 Open, a $15,500 and two $15,000 paces. Racing takes a full-week-off at Dover Downs, next week. Live Racing returns on Monday, Dec. 26. From Dover Downs and its horsemen, have a Merry Christmas.   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. Marv Bachrad

Harness racing driver Victor Kirby was at it again, driving five winners while for the second straight week and third time in four starts, Empress Deo rallied to score a come-from-behind victory in the Tuesday, Dec. 13th $20,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap at Dover Downs. While Elliesjet N (Jonathan Roberts) and Inittowinafortune (Corey Callahan) battled for the early lead and Purrfect Bags (Vic Kirby) and Scandalicious (Tim Tetrick) joined the action on the backstretch, Allan Davis waited until the top of stretch before unleashing Empress Deo and the five-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Kittle Miss K streaked to the finish line for a 1:51.4 triumph. Scandalicious finished second in front of Purrfect Bags. Legacy Racing owns the six-time winner this year who now has won $159,633. It was the second win of the day for driver Davis and trainer Wayne Givens. A race earlier, Vic Kirby picked up his fourth win of five on the card directing Rich Pollucci's Mischief Maker N home in 1:52.2. Jim King conditions the Jereme's Jet-Invisage mare, now a seven-time winner this year while banking $51,381. Sweet Bobbie was runner-up. Shine N Shimmer (George Dennis) was third. Not only did Vic Kirby drive five winners during the program, he also was a two-time winning owner. Corey Callahan and Yannick Gingras also had two driving wins while trainer Wayne Givens also had a double. IL MAGO TAKES ON THREE OTHER WINNERS LAST TIME OUT Four horses including last week’s $20,000 Open/Handicap trot winner Il Mago, collide in the Wednesday, Dec. 14 feature race on a strong trotting dominated card at Dover Downs. Theresademoninme, owned by Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis has won his last two in a row and three of his last four races with Jonathan Roberts driving, while razor-sharp trainer Ed Gannon Jr. with Yannick Gingras in the bike and Winbak Charles M and B Yoyo, owned by Bill Lambos and Dionisios Liberatos, with Corey Callahan, each won their previous starts and will step up to meet CC Racing’s Il Mago handled by Tim Tetrick. Glenferrrie Dreamer with Pat Berry is also racing at the top of his game with consecutive seconds after two wins in-a-row for J Craparotta &P Berry Racing. The strong field includes Brian Clark and Adams Racing’s Tag Up And Go with Bret Brittingham from the rail, Richard Pollucci’s Frost Free Hanover driven by Ross Wolfenden, Frank Chick;s Awsome Valley and George Dennis and Boffin driven by Tony Morgan for ACI Stuten AB, Kjell Johansson and trainer Anette Lorentzon. The nine-horse $15,500 Winners-Over trot for 3,4 and 5-Year-Olds is another wide-open affair.  Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing’s Go Byem (Jim Morand) returned to winning form last week scoring an impressive 1:54 win. Chris Giaccio and trainer-driver Vic Kirby’s Steel Reserve was a game second. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms’ Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.) drops down from the Open where he finished third. Bluebird Reverend (Montrell Teague), a champion Indiana bred, drew the rail for Dennis, Johannsen, Case and trainer Bob Reeser in the hard-hitting lineup.  .    This Wednesday and Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays. Saturdays and Sundays plus all next week, as Dover Downs horsemen observe their usual annual Holiday Break Week through Christmas day. Live racing resumes on Monday, Dec. 26 on a normal schedule. Dover Downs. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing in the Dover Downs Sports Book, daily from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

Following a second-place finish last week, Dash Point Hanover, closed quickly on Monday, Dec. 12 at 7-1 to catch and pass harness racing favorite Four Staces in deep stretch for a lifetime best 1:52 to win the $20,000 4 & 5-Year-Old Claiming Allowance at Dover Downs. With Sean Bier in the bike starting from the rail, Dash Point Hanover was content to wait as first Nuclear Dragon (Allan Davis) led early and gave up the lead to the Corey Callahan-driven Four Staces on the backstretch. Four Staces continued to lead around the final turn and through the stretch before Bier turned Sash Point Hanover loose in the stretch. The Somebeachsomewhere-Dashaway Hanover gelding, trained by Crissy Crissman-Bier blew past on the way to a new lifetime mark winning for the sixth time this year for owner R.J. Thomas. Four Staces held on to finish second. Quick Shot (Ross Wolfenden) came on for third. Earlier, stakes winning five-year-old Table Talk got back in the winning register as trainer-driver Bart Dalious steered a 1:54.4 win in a $5,500 Mares pace. The victory was the second of the season for the Bettor's Delight-Place At The Table Mare owned by The Wiz Kids Stable who now has 10 career wins and earnings of $486,271. Wynnfrith (Wolfenden) and Cover Up Hall (Vic Kirby) were second and third respectively. Ross Wolfenden and Corey Callahan made three trips each to the winner's circle while Sean Bier, Tony Morgan and trainers Tim Crissman and Nick Callahan and owner Breakaway Racing, all recorded doubles. EMPRESS DEO GETS OUTSIDE IN $20,000 MARES OPEN HANDICAP Empress Deo seeks repeat in the $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap pace on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Dover Downs. An impressive 1:52.3 winner last week, Legacy Racing’s Empress Deo has won this event two of the previous three weeks with a just-missed second by a nose in-between. Allan Davis has been her regular driver. There is plenty of talent among the opposition. Elliesjet N, racing for Josh Parker, B Spedden, K Evans and Nanticoke Racing was a fast finishing second last week for Jonathan Roberts while Tim Tetrick-driven Scandalicious cut out the early place and had to settle for third beaten a length.  Two former Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) champions who have gone on to more success are rival distaffs in the week’s top event for female pacers. Mike Pagonas’ Inititowinafortune, trained by Mike Russo, is a $637,097 career winner while Purrfect Bags, a major stakes winner while a juvenile, is owned by JoAnn Looney-King and is driven by Vic Kirby. Fashion Showdown, owned by trainer Chris White leaves from the rail with Jim Morand. The only three-year-old in the lineup, David Banks and Layfield Horses’ sharp Sayulita with Tony Morgan, is alongside. Veteran Matinee Dragon driven by Part Berry completes the hard-hitting field.   Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing’s Terror At Night (Morand) and L&L Stables’ Velocity Lana (Yannick Gingras) lead a $15,000 distaff pace on a strong undercard. Monday through Thursday 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. ---Four Staces, who won last week edging Star Messenger to win the $20,000 Claiming Allowance feature for harness racing 4 & 5-Year-Old pacers renew their competition on Monday, Dec. 12 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Corey Callahan enjoyed a 2-hole trip driving Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis' Four Staces with Corey Callahan in the bike, came out of second in the stretch to notch a 1:51.3 triumph. Star Messenger and Nuclear Dragon raced side-by-side through much of the race before Nuclear Dragon tired allowing Four Staces room to come out and sail past on the way to a 1:51.3 victory. After therace Star Messenger has a new owner when veteran horseman Gary Ewing claimed Star Messenger. This week, Vic Kirby will drive. RJ Thomas' Dash Point Hanover came from off-the-pace last Monday to finish second ahead of Star Messenger. Gideon Stables' Nuclear Dragon and Jonathan Roberts will be among the chief threats. Owner-trainer Kathleen Brewer's Quick Shot, driven by Ross Wolfenden, makes a big position change from post 8 to #4. Jim Morand will drive Tribbett Racing's Big Secret. Trainer driver Jason Lynch and co-owner Jim Jacobs' Too Darn Hot and Brenda Teague's Fight The Truth, again drew the outside with Montrell Teague driving. The Tuesday feature is a $20,000 Filly and Mare Open pace. 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

Four Staces and Star Messenger battled it out last week in $20,000 Claiming Allowance for harness racing 4 & 5-year-old pacers at Dover Downs on Monday, Dec. 12. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Corey Callahan enjoyed a 2-hole trip driving Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis' Four Staces while Star Messenger and Nuclear Dragon raced side-by-side through much of the race before Nuclear Dragon suddenly pulled-up allowing Four Staces room to come out and sail past on the way to a 1:51.3 victory. This week Star Messenger has a new owner. Veteran horseman Gary Ewing claimed Star Messenger and will have Vic Kirby in the bike. RJ Thomas' Dash Point Hanover came from off-the-pace to finish second ahead of Star Messenger. Gideon Stables' Nuclear Dragon and Jonathan Roberts will be among the chief threats. Owner-trainer Kathleen Brewer's Quick Shot, driven by Ross Wolfenden, makes a big position change from post 8 to #4. Jim Morand will drive Tribbett Racing's Big Secret. Trainer driver Jason Lynch and co-owner Jim Jacobs' Too Darn Hot and Brenda Teague's Fight The Truth, again drew the outside with Montrell Teague driving The Tuesday feature is a $20,000 Filly and Mare Open pace. Dover Downs Extra Thursdays have become the top pacing day at Dover Downs. The highlight events are the $30,000 Preferred, won this week by Ideal and Little Ben racking up his fourth win in his last five taking the $27,500 Delaware Special. Monday is now a top claiming feature day, Tuesday remains for $20,000 Open Mares pace and Wednesday continues as trot day with the $20,000 Open Trot as feature race. ------------------------------------------ First place in Dover Downs leading driver category has become a three driver battle. Through November, Vic Kirby had led the roster with winning drives. After  big week in which Yannick Gingras had five wins on Tuesday (12/6) and three more on Thursday (12/8), Tim Tetrick with a four win Wednesday and two more on Thursday, Gingras leads Tetrick by one 443-42. Kirby is now third in the standings with 40 winners. Allan Davis holds on to fourth with 31 wins. Ross Wolfenden, who won five races last Monday (12/5 is fifth with 26 winners.  -----------------------------------------------------    Jim King remains as leader in trainers statistics this meet with 29 winners. Josh Green is second with 19 wins. Joe Hundertfund and Leigh Raymer are tied for third place with 17 wins apiece. Wayne Givens is fifth with 13. ------------------------------------------------ In a review of the sport in 2016; Wiggle It Jiggleit, in his 4-year-old season , led all horses earning $1,719,063 in purses for George Teague, Inc. and Teague Partnership. Racing Hill a 3YO pacer is second with almost $1.6-million; Always B Mike is third with nearly $1.5 in earnings. Triple Crown winning trotter Marion Marauder with nearly $1.5 earnings finished fourth ahead of Betting Line another soph pacer with nearly $1.5 million earned. All of the top 10 money makers for the season earned more than $1-million. --------------------------------------------------  Yannick Gingras earned around 13-million with the horses he drove this year. David Miller with $12.5 finished in second place with Tim Tetrick third with more than $12-million. Corey Callahan had his biggest season finishing in 10th in the final standings driving winners of $7.1 million.  Marv Bachrad      

DOVER, Del.--- Ideal Cowboy took the lead early and never relinquished on the way to a 1:51 harness racing victory in the $30,000 Preferred pace while Little Ben won for the fourth time in his last five starts in the $27,500 Delaware Special at Dover Downs, on Thursday, Dec. 8. After finishing second by a neck last week, Tim Tetrick did not linger putting Ideal Cowboy into the lead and cut out all the fractions posting his seventh win of the year for trainer Jeff Bamond and owners J&T Silva and Bamond Racing. The win was the second in three weeks for the American Ideal-Trend Setter gelding who has been 1,2,3 in half of his 25 starts this season while earning $141,640 in purses. Bettor's Edge and Yannick Gingras finished second in front of Sweet Beach driven by Montrell Teague. Dancin Yankee (Corey Callahan) was fourth. Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King's Little Ben was back in the winner's circle for the 10th time in 2016 after Vic Kirby piloted a 1:51.3 success in the $27,500 Delaware Special. An altered son of Jereme's Jet-Honey's Bud Life, Little Ben has now won $152,064 this year. Seventh Secret, a recent acquisition by George Dennis, closed strongly to finish second beaten a head. Im Supersonic A (Tetrick) was the show finisher. For the second Thursday in-a-row, 11-1 Soto, again a longshot, won the $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Open pace. Art Stafford Jr. Last week, it was a wire-to-wire win, this time coming from off the pace to Beat Wakizashi Hanover (Tetrick) closed along the passing lane, to the wire in 1:52. Rock N Roll World (Gingras) was the third-place finisher. Soto, a son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Incredible Beauty recorded his 11th win of the campaign. Eric Ell trains the four-year-old for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. He has now won $121,745 this year. After being claimed for $17,500 at Pocono by Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing, Rangers Sureshot scored his fourth consecutive victory, this time stepped up to the $30,000 ranks to record a lifetime fastest 1:52 victory in a $15,500 Male pace . The win by the Palone Ranger-Cadie's Sure Shot gelding was Yannick Gingras' second win of the day. Special T Rocks (Jim Morand) and Feel Like A Fool (Jonathan Roberts) were second and third respectively. In a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old male pace, Niss Allen Inc.'s Rockinonby gave Tony Morgan his second win holding off fast finishing Sentencing Memo by a head in 1:52.2. Trained by Willard Reynolds, the Rockin Image-Stan's Ann gelding, Lew's Maverick (M. Teague) took third. Yannick Gingras drove three winners. Tim Tetrick, Ross Wolfenden, Vic Kirby, Tony Morgan and trainers Jeff Bamond, Ron Burke and owners Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing had doubles Monday through Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays. Saturdays $17,500 Dover Downs. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing in the Dover Downs Sports Book, daily from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

Il Mago, who has not missed a check since arriving at Dover Downs, won for the first time in six starts scoring in the $20,000 Open Handicap harness racing trot in 1:52.3 on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Tim Tetrick moved Il Mago out of second on the backstretch and then breezed to victory, his seventh of the year, going into six-figures with $102,046 earned this campaign, to win the Wednesday feature. Scott DiDomenico conditions the seven-year-old son of Kadabra-Northern Style for CC Racing. The $663,018 lifetime winner was followed by Tough Mac (Corey Callahan) with Celebrity Pegagus (Art Stafford Jr) the only four-year-old in the race finishing third. A race earlier, Delaware-bred Go Byem returned to winning form disposing of eight rivals for a 1:54 triumph in a $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. Jim Morand drove the Les Givens-trained Impel Hanover-Go Sassy Go for breeder Delbert Cain who owns the four-year-old gelding with Nanticoke Racing. Steel Reserve (Vic Kirby) closed quickly to take second with Frost Free Hanover (Tetrick) the show horse. Tim Tetrick had four wins including a 20-1 shot, Royal Lad, in a $7,500 trot; .Yannick Gingras scored three times and owner-trainer Ed Gannon registered two winners, Tetrick and Gingras now are tied for first place in wins this meet with 37 each one more than former leader Vic Kirby. BETTOR’S EDGE IN $30,000 PREFERRED; MUSTANG ART, $27,500 DEL. SPECIAL Bettor’s Edge starts from the outside against three winners last time out in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap at Dover Downs. Mustang Art, who just missed a win twice in-a-row also leaves from post 8 in the $27,500 Delaware Special, the Thursday, Dec. 8 twin feature races. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Papa Ray, Just A Jolt and Sweet Beach with two straight won their previous starts. Yannick Gingras drives Bettor’s Edge for Weaver Bruscemi Burke Racing an M1 stables, finished strongly third, beaten a half-length in last week’s feature. He won three straight early in the Fall. Last Thursday, Lombardo and L&J Racing’s veteran Dancin Yankee led until late in the stretch with Corey Callahan, before retreating to fourth only a length behind at the wire. Bamond and J&T Silva Stables’ Ideal Cowboy, was second beaten by a neck. Tim Tetrick will drive this week. Tom Cancelliere’s Sweet Beach is fresh from two consecutive wins at Pocono Downs. Papa Ray, owned by Reg Hazzard and legacy Racing steps up in company after a two wins in three starts including a come-from off-the-pace success last time from post 7 now has the rail. Killer B Stable’s Abelard Hanover driven by Allan Davis, has won two of his last four outings.  Janet Hudson’s local favorite Just A Jolt reined by Vic Kirby returns to the track after a month hiatus.  In the $27,500 Delaware Special, last week Little Ben (Kirby), after winning  three consecutive features consecutively, did not leave from post 8 and closed well but finished of-the-board for the first time this Fall. This week with Vic Kirby driving for owners Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King, the nine-time winner has post 5.The fast Mustang Art (Sean Bier) just missed for the second straight time  by a head and a neck for owners Max Walton and Greg Papaleo, but must start from the outside in the eight-horse field.  The razor sharp Remember Me VK (Montrell Teague) led until late last week before finishing a close-up third after a second the week before. Jenny Bier’s Im Supersonic A (Tetrick) raced well in his first local start. Art and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr.’s Blazing Bobby Sox, a standout last season, drew post 1. Other strong contenders are Al Carter and trainer Doug Lewis’ Captive Audience (Gingras) Reg Hazzard, G.P. Calloway and Legacy Racing’s Sweet Rock (Allan Davis) and driver George&Tina Dennis Racing’s Seventh Secret.     Also on the competitive 15-race card are an $18,000 Open featuring Wakizashi Hanover, a $15,500 and two $15,000 paces for younger horses. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark days at Dover Downs. Weekdays - Monday through Thursday – live racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Watch races and enjoy good food in Dover Downs Winner’s Circle Buffet daily. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. 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. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- For the second consecutive day, a Dover Downs harness racing driver had a five-bagger, Monday, Ross Wolfenden, Tuesday, Dec. 6, Yannick Gingras. Meanwhile Empress Deo, who was second beaten a nose last week, won the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap for the second time in three weeks splashing to victory in 1:52.3 over a rainy racetrack. Allan Davis used the passing lane to storm home first in the top distaff event of the week recording her fifth victory of the season with 11 seconds and six thirds for Legacy Racing. She has now won $147,633 in 2016. Consistent Elliesjet N (Jonathan Roberts) closed sharply to finish second ahead of early leader Scandalicious (Tim Tetrick), third. Inittowinafortune (Corey Callahan) was a close fourth. Terrror At Night got up in 152.2 to win the first of two $15,000 female paces with Jim Morand at the controls for trainer Les Givens and owners Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing. Arts Jem (Tetrick) and On Your Six (Tony Morgan finished second and third respectively. Terror At Night won for the eighth time this campaign moving seasonal earnings for the Western Terror-Enhance The Night filly to $130.555. Set Me up with Tim Tetrick scored a 1:53 conquest in the other $15,000 distaff pace. Ron Burke trains the Shark Gesture-Moccasin Flight mare for Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing. Dublin Rose (Corey Callahan) was runner-up. Enhance Your Mind (Vic Kirby) was the show horse. The Set Me Up win was her eighth of the year banking $132,325. Yannick Gingras made the winner's circle five times; Tim Tetrick had three wins, while owner-driver Vic Kirby and trainer Josh Green chalked up doubles. BOFFIN, AWSOME VALLEY JOIN DOVER $20,000 OPEN, $15,500 TROT SUB FEATURE Veterans Boffin and Awsome Valley are newcomers in the $20,000 Open/Handicap trot, the Wednesday, Dec. 7 feature race at Dover Downs. ACI Stuteri AB, Kjell Johannson and trainer Anette Lorentzon own Boffin who won two of her last four outings and will be driven from the outside by Yannick Gingras. Frank Chick’s Awsome Valley, a career winner of $471,538 makes his first pari-mutuel start since last June and will be driven by George Dennis. The well named Tough Mac also should benefit from a move to post 1. The Mike Casalino owned gelding will be in the hands of Corey Callahan.  CC Racing’s Il Mago with Tim Tetrick also makes a significant post position change, from 8 to number 2. The other starters capable of an upset include Celebrity Pegasus, fresh from a win last time driven by Art Stafford Jr for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta nd Minisink Farms, Tag Up And Go with Tony Morgan. David Miller’s War Cry Hall has been a check-grabbing regular and Robert Key’s homebred Skates N Plates piloted by Yannick Gingras. One race earlier, in a $15,500 Winners-Over trot, Jovanni Vilanova’s Gillie The Kid (Tetrick) looks for a repeat of last week’s win, his second in the last two. Jim Moore’s Royal Becca J (Jack Parker)Rich Pollucci’s Frost Free Hanover (Vic Kirby) and Bobby Glassmeyer’s Tymal Signature (Pat Berry) all finished second in their most recent outings.     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. Marv Bachrad

Ross Wolfenden was the hot driver at Dover Downs Monday, Dec. 5 recording five harness racing winners. Meanwhile, Four Staces made his first start racing for a price a winning one, as Corey Callahan drove him to a1:51.3 victory to win a 4 & 5-Year-Old $20,000 Claiming Allowance in the feature race. Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis' Four Staces and Callahan had a perfect 2-hole journey as Star Messenger (Vic Kirby) and Nuclear Dragon (Jonathan Roberts battled head-to-head down the backstretch until Nuclear Dragon succumbed around the final turn permitting Callahan to move to the outside and quickly shot past Star messenger on the way home for an easy 1:51.3 triumph. It was the fourth win of the campaign for the Rocknroll Hanover-Miss Stacee gelding who now has won $$51,720 this year and $179,959 in his career. Dash Point Hanover (Sean Bier) steamed down the lane to finish second in front of Star Messenger. In addition to Ross Wolfenden's five winners, Allan Davis and Tony Morgan chalked up triples. INITTOWINAFORTUNE RETURNS FOR DOVER $20,000 MARES OPEN Inittowinafortune, who won at the Meadowland in 1:49 last season and 1:50 this year, returns to Dover Downs in the $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open pace on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Two of the best of former Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) champions will match strides in the first Tuesday card of the current meet in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap at Dover Downs on Dec. 6. Four seasons ago, Inititowinafortune dominated the Delaware stakes program when in the Daryl Bier Stable. Now, owned by Mike Pagonas and trained by Mike Russo, the six-year-old has won nearly $636,000 while racing in top female feature races in the Meadowlands, Yonkers and Freehold. Meanwhile Purrfect Bags, at two and three, was a major stakes winner and now at four continues to race at a high level for owner JoAnn Looney-King. She comes off a win last Tuesday in this event with Dover's current winningest driver Vic Kirby. The program favorites meet a tough roster of rivals in the feature. Legacy Racing's Empress Deo just missed last week finishing second beaten a nose. Jonathan Roberts shot into the early lead from post 7 with Josh Parker, Brian Speeden, Kevin Evans and Nanticoke Racing's Elliesjet N to lead from the start but was only a neck back in third. The rest of the formidable field is made up by JFE Enterprise's Scandalicious with Tim Tetrick. Howard Taylor's Shine N Shimmer will be driven by George Dennis. Matinee Dragon with Pat Berry drives for Lou Catana and trainer Vince Bradley, starting from post 1 with hard-hitting Fashion Showdown, owned by trainer Chris White reined by Jim Morand, leaves from alongside. A pair of $15,000 distaff paces highlight the undercard. Monday through Thursday 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. ---Four Staces, rounding into top form, meets the sharp Star Messenger, in the Monday, Dec. 5. feature, a $20,000 Claiming Allowance for harness racing 4 & 5-Year-Old pacers at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis' Four Staces, with Corey Callahan in the bike, came into his own late last meet, and now seems nearing top form again, as he meets Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King's Star Messenger and Tim Tetrick, a winner of three of his last seven starts. Too Darn Hot was a close second last week for trainer driver Jason Lynch and Jim Jacobs and gets the rail in the field of eight. Although starting from post 8, owner-trainer Kathleen Brewer's Quick Shot spent much of his last start on the outside without cover, yet still missed winning by one-length. Bill Sartin and Mark Salerno's Focus Power has an impressive record, 21 of 26 starts finishing in the first three. Allan Davis will drive. The other starters are R.J.Thomas' Dash Point Hanover with Sean Bier, who should profit the week stating on the front. Gideon Stables' Nuclear Dragon with Jonathan Roberts, Owner-trainer Brenda Teague's homebred Fight The Truth with Montrell Teague has been racing tougher foes recently, but must overcome post position 7. A strong field of female pacers tangle in the Tuesday $20,000 Filly and Mare Open pace, the 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. ---Four Staces, rounding into top form, meets the sharp Star Messenger, in the Monday, Dec. 5. harness racing feature, a $20,000 Claiming Allowance for 4&5-Year-Old pacers at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis' Four Staces, with Corey Callahan in the bike, came into his own late last meet, and now seems nearing top form again, as he meets Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King's Star Messenger and Tim Tetrick, a winner of three of his last seven starts. Too Darn Hot was a close second last week for trainer driver Jason Lynch and Jim Jacobs and gets the rail in the field of eight. Although starting from post 8, owner-trainer Kathleen Brewer's Quick Shot spent much of his last start on the outside without cover, yet still missed winning by one-length. Bill Sartin and Mark Salerno's Focus Power has an impressive record, 21 of 26 starts finishing in the first three. Allan Davis will drive. The other starters are R.J.Thomas' Dash Point Hanover with Sean Bier, who should profit the week stating on the front. Gideon Stables' Nuclear Dragon with Jonathan Roberts, Owner-trainer Brenda Teague's homebred Fight The Truth with Montrell Teague has been racing tougher foes recently, but must overcome post position 7. A strong field of female pacers tangle in the Tuesday $20,000 Filly and Mare Open pace, the 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.--- Nike Franco N stepped out of the distaff ranks to beat the top pacers at the track in the $30,000 Preferred Handicap while Sicily held off the opposition to take the $27,500 Delaware Special on a talent-filled Thursday, Dec.1 harness racing program at Dover Downs. Driver Tim Tetrick sent unbeaten in the U.S. mare Nike Franco N out of fourth along the passing lane to reach to finish line first in a personal best 1:51 to win her third in-a-row since leaving New Zealand. Ideal Cowboy cut out some of the early lead fractions for Vic Kirby and also closed on the inside to just miss victory finishing second. Bettor's Edge came on strongly on the outside for Yannick Gingras for third place. Dancin Yankee (Cory Callahan) led turning for home was in the win photo but had to settle for fourth place. Owner Rich Polluci purchased Nike Franco N after completing her career Down Under and didn't race her until mid-October. In three starts versus female rivals the North American-style bred McArdle-Nearea Franco six-year-old overwhelmed her opponents. Trainer Jim King was forced to move her to the top class event. In intercontinental races, Nike Franco N has now won $135,429 this year and $365,243 in her career. Allan Davis recorded his third win on the card piloting Sicily, an Art Major-Capri Hanover four-year-old gelding, to victory in 1:51.3 in the $27,500 Delaware Special edging the fast-finishing veteran Mustang Art (Sean Bier) and front-pacing Remember Me VK (Montrell Teague) at the wire. It also was the third win for trainer Wayne Givens and second for owners Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing. Soto took the early lead and was not caught in a 1:5.1 wire-to-wire triumph with Art Stafford Jr. driving the Rock N Roll Heaven-Incredible Beauty four-year-old owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta to victory, the second of the day for the driver and trainer, Eric Ell. Arque Hanover (Callahan) was runner-up. Race favorite Wakizashi Hanover (Tetrick) closed strongly but had to settle for third. The longest price of the day came when Ross Wolfenden drove Pamela Plante's Suchasensenceofhumor, off at 45-1, to a last step win in the $15,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Male pace nipping leader Poisonous (Gingras) in a 1:52.2 mile. Acting Out (Jonathan Roberts) was the show horse. It was win #5 this season for the altered son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Don't You Smile who has earned $$65,862 in 2016. Overlooked at 14-1, Special T Rocks and Jim Morand scored a 1:51.2 decision in the $15,000 Male pace. Joe Hundertpfund conditions the Rocknroll Hanover-Ladys Special veteran for owner John Cancelliere. A lifetime winner more than $550,000, Special T Rocks won for the seventh time this season raising his bankroll to $70,004. Jet Away (Callahan) was second with Captive Audience (Gingras) third. Allan Davis, Tim Tetrick and trainer Wayne Givens had three wins each. Art Stafford Jr. trainers, Jim King and Eric Ell plus owners Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing of Del. had doubles. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays. Saturdays and Sundays this meet. Monday through Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. Plan to watch live racing from the Winner's Circle Restaurant where reservations are suggested. Call 302-674-4600. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing in the Dover Downs Sports Book, daily from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight.   Marv Bachrad  

DOVER, Del.--- Theresademoninme scored a 1:52.4 lifetime best winning the $20,000 Open Handicap trot Mare giving harness racing trainer Dylan Davis three wins for the day on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Dover Downs. Jonathan Roberts guided the Kadabra-Tortoni five-year-old gelding to his 10th win of the campaign, his second straight Open for Mike Casalino and co-owner Dylan Davis, his second on the card. Theresademoninme pulled away from race favorite Glenferrie Dreamer (Pat Berry) in the stretch for his third win in his last four outings. He has earned $122,861 this year and $237,253 lifetime. Tag Up And Go (Corey Callahan) overtook Il Mago (Tim Tetrick) to finish third. Celebrity Pegasus notched a 1:54.3 victory in one of two $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Winner-Over trots with Art Stafford in the bike. Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms own the Andover Hall-Celebrity Athena four-year-old who won for the seventh time this season with $71,605 earnings. Uva Hanover (Tony Morgan), and Frost Free Hanover (Tetrick) were second and third respectively. The other $15,500 section found Gillie The Kid and Tim Tetrick hold off fast finishing Royal Becca J (Jack Parker) by a nose in 1:55.3 to give trainer Scot Domenico a double. Jovannie Vilanova owns the three-year-old gelding by Northern Kid-Campaign Wife.  Another sophomore Cicada’s Song (Carlo Poliseno) was the show finisher. Yannick Gingras, Jonathan Roberts and trainer Dylan Davis had three wins apiece, Corey Callahan and owner Dylan Davis had two wins each.  The week’s top pacers meet on a talented Thursday card led by the $30,000 Preferred and $27,500 Delaware Special. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- The photo-finish camera was needed to determine Purrfect Bags (1:52.2) winner of the harness racing $20,000 Filly and Mare Open pace on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Dover Downs. After 28-1 shot Elliesjet N (Jonathan Roberts) flew away from the gate to take the lead and continued to lead seven rivals until mid-stretch when both Purrfect Bags (Victor Kirby) and Empress Deo (Allan Davis) zoomed down the lane side-by-side until Purrfect Bags pocked her nose in front at the wire to determine the outcome of the week's top distaff event. The Purrfect Bags victory, her 9th of the season in 19 starts with 3 seconds and 3 thirds, for owner JoAnn Looney-King, avenged an odds-on favorite loss last week. Tim Tetrick drove the Roddy's Bags Again-Purrfectly Bad four-year-old conditioned by meet leading trainer Jim King. She has now won $129,195 this year and $499,542 lifetime. Empress Deo and Elliesjet N were noses apart in second and third place. In a pair of $15,500 sub female sub-features, Enhance Your Mind got up for driver Kirby, the current meet leader, and owner-trainer Bryan Truitt in 1:52 in the first of the Winners-Over 3,4&5-Year-Old pace with Terror At Night (Jim Morand) and Arts Jem (Tetrick) right behind. The other section went to David Banks and Layfield Horses' Salulita in 1:52.4. Tony Morgan drove the Somebeachsomewhere-Fresh Idea 3-year-old to her sixth win of the year coming from off the pace. Janie Bay (Gingras) was second. Dublin Rose (Corey Callahan) finished third. Vic Kirby and Yannick Gingras had a trio of wins, while Vince Copeland and Ross Wolfenden, had two winners each. STRONG FIELDS IN $20,000 OPEN, TWO $15,500 TROTS TOP WEDNESDAY Joe and Laurie Davino’s Take My Picture a sharp $1-million winner drew inside post 2 in the $20,000 Open/Handicap trot the Wednesday, Nov. 30 feature race. Muscerene was an impressive winner last week. The Berrys, trainer Traci and driver Pat Berry, have had recent success with consistant trottter Glenferrie Dreamer owned by JCraparotta&PBerry Stables. Callam Stable’s Spunky Jack and Roger Plante can never be overlooked. Tag Up And Go with Tony Morgan will be tough starting from the rail.David Miller’s War Cry Hall has been a consistant top class regular the last two seasons. Two horses with outside post can not be overlooked, Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis Theresademoninme, handled by Jonathan Roberts and from the outside, CC Racing’s Il Mago with Tim Tetrick at the controls. Two $15,500 Winners-Over trots head the undercard. Uva Hanover (Morgan), fresh from a win last time.Ken Wood, Bill  Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms’ Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.), Frost Free Hanover, Go Byem, I Like My Boss, Steel Reserve and Arnold, all have winning credentials in one division while Nebraska Jack (Berry), Gillie The Kid (Tetrick) and Royal Becca J (Jack Parker) head the other section. 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 acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Easy Lover Hanover completed a modern day harness racing 'Cinderella story' by winning the $314,600 Hap Hansen Progress Pace in 1:49 at Dover Downs on Monday, Nov. 28 Purchased a year ago after a monumental fire whipped-out owner Brad Grant and trainer Ben Wallace's stable in Ontario, Easy Lover Hanover was purchased at the Meadowlands Sale early this year for $70,000 and it turned into a 15-race winner of more than $300,000, with a personal record 1:49 performance in the final major stake of 2016. Youthful driver Doug McNair made good use of starting from post 1 by trailing race-favorite Check Six (Yannick Gingras) through fast early fractions before finding room along the passing lane to finally pass the leader late in the stretch for the victory. Owner Brad Grant and trainer Ben Wallace were elated in the winner's circle. "He was a great horse to buy," said Wallace. "He won the first five races we had. While giving the horse some time off, we gelded him, which we had planned when we got him. After wins at Mohawk and Woodbine, we decided to put up $25,000 to supplement him to this race." Wallace continued, {Doug McNair had driven him all season for us and he did another good job tonight." Easy Lover Hanover, a son of Somebeachsomewhere- Easy GoGo, completed his sophomore season with 15 wins 4 seconds and 2 thirds. He nearly equaled his seasonal earnings with the Han Hansen Progress Pace earning lifting the total to $314,124. Allan Davis, Vic Kirby and Tim Tetrick had two winners each. PURRFECT BAGS SEEKS AVENGENCE IN $20,000 MARES OPEN  Purrfect Bags, Delaware’s own Cinderella Story female pacer seeks to avenge her odds-on losing appearance in her last start in the $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open pace on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Dover Downs. A $2,000 weanling purchase that became a Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) and stakes winning juvenile, was the overwhelming public choice last time out but after taking the early lead, the now four-year-old owned by JoAnn Looney-King faltered on the final turn and finished fourth the $20,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap pace. Her regular driver meet leader Vic Kirby will be in the bike for trainer Jim King seeking to rebound. Last Tuesday, Legacy Racing’s Empress Deo and Allan Davis scored a wire-to-wire 1:52.3 victory in this event. Elliesjet N, driven by Jonathan Roberts, was second from start to finish for Barry Spedden, Ken Evans, Nanticoke Racing and trainer Josh Parker, her second straight runner-up performance. JFE Enterprise’s Scandalicious with Tim Tetrick starts from the outside post 8. Howard Taylor’s strong contender Shine N Shimmer drew post 1 with George Dennis driving for trainer Doug Lewis. Alongside is the only three-year-old in the lineup George Teague and Teague Racing Partnership’s stakes-seasoned Miss Me Yet handled by Montrell Teague. Rounding out the eight-female field are Chris White owned and trained competitor Fashion Showdown reined by Corey Callahan and the game veteran Matinee Dragon with Pat Berry driving for Lou Catana and co-owner trainer Vince Bradley.   Monday through Thursday 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. --- Check Six and Manhattan Beach winners of $35,000 elimination divisions last week head a fast field of harness racing three-year-olds in Dover Downs' signature event, the $314,600 Hap Hansen-Progress Pace (HH-PP) on Monday, Nov. 28. Post time is 4:30 p.m. The sports leading money winning driver of 2016, Yannick Gingras, drove Check Six, trained by Ron Burke, the sports leading trainer for this the seventh consecutive season, to victory last Monday in the first of two $35,000 elims. The win made the bay colt a seven-digit winner this year for owners Weaver Bruscemi, Bill Switala, Jim Martin and Burke Racing. Recently Check Six finished third in the prestigious Matron Stake at Dover early this month after winning a Breeders Crown elim, a Bluegrass stake and the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final this Fall. The other Hanson Progress elim was an impressive victory for John McGill and Brian Carsey's Manhattan Beach driven by former Dover Downs regular Matt Kakaley. The well-bred pacer came into his own during the recent Breeders Crown with a third in an elim and a second place finished in the $500,000 final at the Meadowlands. Brad Grant's Easy Lover Hanover, whose five-race win streak in Canada ended with a second-place finish in his Dover elim leaves this week from post 1. Easy Lover Hanover was a $25,000 supplement to this event. Last Winter, prominent Ontario trainer Ben Wallace, lost his stable of horses in a disastrous fire. Grant, Wallace's owner then purchased Easy Lover Hanover early this year at the Meadowlands sale for $70,000 and the gelding has already won 14 races and more than $150,000 in purses A second supplemental starter in the $314,600 final is Peter Blood and Rick Berks' Boston Red Rocks trained by Steve Elliott and with Tim Tetrick handling the reins. Boston Red Rocks was last season's U.S. Harness Writers Association's Two-Year-Old Colt of the Year. Although finishing in the first three 13 of 18 races, four of his five wins have come since September including the $160,200 Matron at Dover. Talented David Miller will be in the bike for Jeff Snyder and Geoffrey Lyons' well-traveled Lyons Snyder. Third last week, the Jimmy Takter trainee was second in a Breeders Crown elim and in a Little Brown Jug elim. Brittany Farms' homebred Western Fame, also trained by the Takter Stable, finished second in the Matron, and second in the Little Brown Jug, is teamed with driver Mark MacDonald Corey Callahan will drive JK Will Power, conditioned by David Smith and owned by Bends, Pollack, Hauberk and J. Piatt II. The colt's major victory came in the Jenna's Beach Boy at Hoosier two months ago. Saddled with post 8 is Fashion Farms' homebred Katie's Rocker trained by Jim Campbell with Andrew McCarthy piloting. The gelding finished strongly in last week's elim closing from sixth in mid backstretch to a strong second. The $314,600 Hap Hansen Progress Pace is the 10th race on a 15-race program. The Tuesday card features last week's winner Empress Deo taking on Purrfect Bags, Miss Me Yet and Fashion Showdown among eight starters in the $20,000 Filly and Mare Open pace. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. No racing on Friday, Sunday and Sunday. 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

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