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Dover, DE — Breeders Crown winner Gimpanzee and Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry each added another Grand Circuit harness racing title to their respective résumés with victories in the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old trotters on Thursday (Nov. 14) at Dover Downs. Gimpanzee proved a powerful 1:51.1 winner in the Matron on Thursday at Dover Downs. Fotowon photo. In the $208,300 Matron for sophomore trotting colts and geldings, Gimpanzee ($2.80) and Brian Sears sprinted to the early lead before yielding control to Chin Chin Hall (Dexter Dunn) at the completion of a :27 first quarter. The son of Chapter Seven was relegated to third as Don’t Let’em (Yannick Gingras) brushed aggressively from midfield to clear with a circuit to go, but angled first-over to attack soon after stalking a :54.4 half. On the backstretch, Gimpanzee sustained a strong attack on Don’t Let’em, taking charge effortlessly past three-quarters in 1:23 and drawing away at will for a 1:51.1 score. Chin Chin Hall emerged up the open stretch to take second, four lengths back, while Pilot Discretion (Andy McCarthy) rallied off cover for third. Marcus Melander trains 17-time winner Gimpanzee for Courant Inc. and the S R F Stable. The $176,150 Matron for 3-year-old trotting fillies saw Simon Allard send Breeders Crown runner-up When Dovescry ($7.60) clear of Beautiful Sin (Åke Svanstedt) and Only Take Cash (Tim Tetrick) into the first turn before controlling splits of :27, :56.1 and 1:23.4. With three-sixteenths to go, When Dovescry faced a bid from Evident Beauty (David Miller), who circled stalled cover to challenge on the final turn. The daughter of Muscle Hill successfully held her ground, holding off a late stand-side rally from Only Take Cash by a half length in 1:52.2. Evident Beauty stayed on between fillies to maintain third. Rene Allard trains 10-time winner When Dovescry for the Go Fast Stable, Yves Sarrazin, Kapildeo Singh and Lawrence Dumain. For recaps of the Matron 3-year-old paces, click here. For recaps of the Matron 2-year-old divisions, which were contested on Nov. 7, click here. From the USTA

Dover, DE — After Dancin Lou snapped his four-race win streak in the Breeders Crown, Bettor’s Wish ($3.20) got back in the win column with a 1:49.2 score in the $248,350 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old harness racing pacing colts and geldings on Thursday (Nov. 14) at Dover Downs. Bettor’s Wish worked clear of American Mercury (Tyler Buter) just beyond a :27 first quarter, but faced immediate pressure from Dancin Lou (Andy McCarthy) with a circuit to go and on toward a :53.2 half. With a quarter mile to go, Bettor’s Wish began to scamper away, turning aside Dancin Lou past three-quarters in 1:21.3.   The son of Bettor’s Delight was kept to task through the final furlong, and he maintained 1-3/4 lengths of clearance over American Mercury. Aflame Hanover (Corey Callahan) angled off the pegs at head-stretch to chase and just miss the runner-up spot. Trainer Chris Ryder co-owns Bettor’s Wish, an 18-time winner and an earner of over $1.8 million, with Bella Racing Ltd., Fair Island Farm Inc. and Bettor’s Wish Partners. Bettor’s Wish has finished first or second in all 18 of his starts this season. Following a runner-up finish to Warrawee Ubeaut in the Breeders Crown, Tall Drink Hanover ($13.20) rode the pocket to victory in the $165,900 Matron for 3-year-old pacing fillies, reeling in her arch rival in the process. Andy McCarthy put Cin play from the outset to seize early control, only to yield to prohibitive favorite Warrawee Ubeaut (Yannick Gingras) just behind a taxing :26 first quarter. After stalking a :54.2 half, Tall Drink Hanover found herself boxed as Sunny Dee (Brian Sears) offered first-over pressure up the far side. Off the home turn, Tall Drink Hanover angled to the open stretch and eclipsed the dueling leaders, beating Sunny Dee by three-quarters of a length in 1:50.2. Treacherous Reign (Dunn) lifted from third-over to narrowly take third over the engulfed Warrawee Ubeaut, who missed the board for the first time this year in her Matron defeat. Tony Alagna trains 15-time winner Tall Drink Hanover, a daughter of Captaintreacherous, for Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC. For recaps of the Matron 3-year-old trots, click here. For recaps of the Matron 2-year-old divisions, which were contested on Nov. 7, click here. From the USTA

DOVER, DE - On a freezing, cold evening, a field of seven were set to dethrone the queen of harness racing, Shartin N.  The combined lifetime earnings of the participants was over $6 million dollars. Caviart Ally upset Shartin N in her last two starts.  Trainer,Jim King Jr. could not tell which Shartin N would show up after her warm up drills.  All except Shartin N’s sole driver Tim Tetrick.  As the race unfolded, Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan) left alertly through a 26.4 opening quarter.  Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) lingered on the outside then made her move as Apple Bottom Jeans yielded the lead.  Shartin N settled in fourth through a pedestrian 55.3 half. At the five-eights pole Shartin N took her cue, as Tetrick stormed past Caviart Ally reaching the three quarters in 122.1. It was all over from there for the field as Shartin N glided to a powerful victory in 1.49.4. The well respected field and fans tipped their cap to the queen Shartin N. Kissin In The Sand( Nancy Johansson) and driver Dexter Dunn bravely tested Shartin N, pulling first up took the place spot. Caviart Ally (Brett Pelling) and driver Andrew McCarthy held for third. The next chapter will be in the TVG Classic for Mares at the Meadowlands.   by Al Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

World Champion Wiggle It Jiggleit qualified at Dover Downs Wednesday morning an doing the driving was none other than George Teague, Jr.   Wiggle It Jiggleit left quickly from post eight and cut fractions of 28.1 57.2 125.3 155.1.   George Teague Jr. was in the bike replacing son Montrell, who sustained a broken wrist loading horses last week.   The win was a well measured length. The race time temperature was 29 degrees and prompted the Judges to allow 2 seconds.   The only other time owner George Teague had ever been up behind the great Wiggle It Jiggleit in a charted race was on January 14, 2015   by Al Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Wanda Polisseni is the type of person who, in her own words, prefers to fly under the harness racing radar. But after her Winndevie won last month's Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters, providing Polisseni's Purple Haze Stables with its first trophy, that became a little more difficult. Not that Polisseni has any complaints. "I was surprised at the number of people that congratulated me and follow my horses; I'm very appreciative," Polisseni said. "I'm not infatuated with the winner's circle. That's not what I'm all about. But I fully appreciate it. Winning a race like the Breeders Crown makes it all worth it. "There are so many people that have been in (the sport) so much longer than I have and I'd like to see these other people win too. I feel like I've had more than my share of blessings and good fortune. I just love to see my horses race, no matter where they end up, as long as they're healthy and happy." Winndevie returns to the races Thursday in the $176,150 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters at Dover Downs. In fact, all four 3-year-old Breeders Crown champions - with Dancin Lou, Gimpanzee, and Warrawee Ubeaut joining Winndevie in that group - will be in action in the Matron events for sophomore pacers and trotters. Trained by Trond Smedshammer and driven by Brian Sears, Winndevie is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in a field that includes Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry, who was second in the Breeders Crown, as well as Crown third- and fourth-place finishers The Ice Dutchess and Only Take Cash, not to mention Elegantimage Stakes winner Evident Beauty. Winndevie, by Credit Winner out of Vida De Vie, has won six of 14 races this year and hit the board a total of 13 times. Her earnings of $559,804 lead all 3-year-old filly trotters. For her career, Winndevie has won 12 of 21 starts, including the 2018 New York Sire Stakes championship, and $787,682. Her trip to the Breeders Crown was her first Grand Circuit appearance after spending her career to that point on the New York circuit. Polisseni called the filly's Breeders Crown triumph at Woodbine Mohawk Park, "really a very nice surprise." It is probably fitting because her arrival in Smedshammer's stable was a surprise as well. Polisseni thought she had completed her shopping for yearlings at the Standardbred Horse Sale two Novembers ago until she looked over her list of purchases and realized she did not get a Credit Winner-sired filly. So, after a review of the remaining possibilities, she bought Winndevie (then named Hello Dolly De Vie) for $45,000 on the final day of the yearling auction. "I never told Trond I was going to buy her," Polisseni said, laughing at the circumstances surrounding the purchase. "I knew I wanted a Credit Winner filly and she was the best one that I liked that day. I liked the way she looked on the floor, the way she moved, and the video. I loved her. She's a beautiful filly. "I put her on the truck to go down to Trond's (stable). It was a surprise to him. But he's told me many times in the winner's circle that he's so glad I bought her." Polisseni, who lives in upstate New York, got her start as a harness racing owner about 15 years ago. Smedshammer has trained her horses for a decade. Her Purple Haze Stables has ranked among the top 10 in earnings for owners on multiple occasions, including in 2018 and 2019. "I feel really blessed with the success that I've had and having Trond as a trainer," Polisseni said. "He's the best. He knows how I want my horses treated and it's always the horse comes first. I never have to worry with Trond, there is no stress. That makes the racing so much more fun. "(The Breeders Crown) was all for Trond. That's how I felt. I wanted him to get all the attention and accolades. I was thrilled." Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Dover Downs. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

Dover, DE  - Two $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2-year old harness racing pacing fillies went to post as the sun dropped behind the NASCAR stands and the mercury dropped. The first division was a non-wagering event before the regular card and it was all Bag Of Jewels (Roddy’s Bags Again-Artist Jewels) in rein to Victory Kirby in 1:57.4. She is owned by Henry Faragalli,III, Art Feeney, Bonuccelli Racing, and Bay Pond Racing. Trained by Les Givens and bred by Winbak Farm. She’s Got The Lynx got up for second and Sprinkles On Top was third. The second division was the first half of the Daily Double on the wagering card. Cinder Block (Rockabillie-Cinderella), the final winner at Harrington eased to the front past the quarter and pulled away in the stretch to win by 5 and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.2 for reinsman Allan Davis and trainer Wayne Givens. She is owned by Legacy Racing of DE, Inc. and the breeder is Elam Esh. Emma got the place and Spin Sumthin was 3rd. The second leg of the Dover series starts Monday the 18th with the 2-year old pacing colts. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the DSBF

All four 3-year-old Breeders Crown champions -- Dancin Lou, Gimpanzee, Warrawee Ubeaut, and Winndevie -- return to action for the first time since their Crown triumphs when Dover Downs hosts the Matron Stakes for harness racing sophomore pacers and trotters on Thursday. A total of 19 Breeders Crown finalists will be racing in the Matrons, including the top-six finishers from the 3-year-old filly pace (won by Warrawee Ubeaut) and the top-four finishers from each the 3-year-old filly trot (won by Winndevie) and 3-year-old colt-and-gelding pace (won by Dancin Lou). Gimpanzee, who won the 3-year-old colt-and-gelding trot, faces four Breeders Crown finalists, including recent Carl Erskine Trot winner Don't Let'em and Erskine runner-up Chin Chin Hall. Gimpanzee is a two-time Breeders Crown champion and was the 2018 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter. He starts Thursday's $208,300 Matron for 3-year-old male trotters from post five with Brian Sears driving for trainer Marcus Melander. He is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. "He's doing great," Melander said. "He came out of (the Breeders Crown) really well and he's been training good ever since. I'm confident going into the race. He's raced good all year, never done a bad race really. There are some nice horses in there, of course, but he's pretty good himself too." Gimpanzee has won seven of 12 races this year and earned $997,163. In addition to the Breeders Crown, his wins include the Yonkers Trot, New York Sire Stakes championship, and Empire Breeders Classic. He finished third in both the Hambletonian and Kentucky Futurity. The colt could join recently retired 3-year-old colt stablemate Greenshoe with more than $1 million this year, which would make Melander only the second trainer ever to have two million-dollar-earning trotters in the same division in the same season. Jimmy Takter accomplished the feat in 2014 with Father Patrick and Nuncio. "That's cool," Melander said. "(Gimpanzee) has had a great year. He couldn't have done too much more. "I think he will be as good as he's been all year on Thursday. He's feeling great here at home. He really feels like he has all year. He's happy, so I'm happy." For his career, Gimpanzee has won 16 of 21 races and $1.58 million for owners Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. If all goes well, the son of Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows could finish this season by facing older foes in the TVG championship on Nov. 23 at The Meadowlands. "Hopefully he does a good race Thursday and then we'll probably race in the TVG," Melander said, adding the plan is to bring back Gimpanzee next year at age 4. "It feels like he could be a good aged horse too. He only had nine starts last year and 12 so far this year. I think that's perfect if we want to continue to race him. He feels like a horse that's not been pushed too hard. If nothing happens, it's a big chance he comes back." In the $248,350 Matron for 3-year-old male pacers, Bettor's Wish is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. The Chris Ryder-trained colt leads the sport with $1.43 million in purses. He was beaten by a head by Dancin Lou in the Breeders Crown. He has won 12 of 17 races and finished no worse than second in any start, with each of his last four runner-up finishes coming by no more than a neck. Dancin Lou is the 7-2 second choice on the morning line. He brings a three-race win streak to the Matron. "I'm so proud of that horse, my heart could burst," trainer Tahnee Camilleri said about Dancin Lou, who has won 11 of 18 starts this season. She added about his Breeders Crown victory, where he rallied from fourth with a quarter-mile to go, "I was in shock. He did it the hard way. It's just unbelievable. What a little champion." Camilleri, a native of Australia, gave up a career practicing law to pursue her passion by moving to the U.S. to train horses. She is in her first full season with her own stable. The 32-year-old Camilleri conditions Dancin Lou for owners David Kryway and 1362313 Ontario Ltd. "I didn't appreciate how hard it was going to be to come over here," Camilleri said. "I got terribly homesick and I'd lie in bed at night and wonder if I made the right decision. I toughed it out. For something like this to happen, I know in my heart I made the right decision. I'm so glad I'm here and so glad I did this. "I've had a lot of help, and I'm thankful to the owners for picking me to train their horse. They could have picked a bigger name, but they gave me a shot. I'm tickled pink that I could get such a good result for them." The field for the Matron colt-and-gelding pace also includes 2018 Dan Patch Award winner Captain Crunch and recent Monument Circle Stakes winner De Los Cielos Deo. In the $176,150 Matron for 3-year-old filly trotters, Trond Smedshammer-trained Winndevie is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. The field includes Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry, who was second in the Breeders Crown, as well as Crown third- and fourth-place finishers The Ice Dutchess and Only Take Cash, plus Elegantimage Stakes winner Evident Beauty. Warrawee Ubeaut, from the stable of trainer Ron Burke, is the 2-1 favorite in the $165,900 Matron for 3-year-old filly pacers. Tall Drink Hanover, who was second in the Breeders Crown, is 3-1. The remaining fillies from the Crown final are Stonebridge Soul, Sunny Dee, Treacherous Reign, and Queen Of The Pride. Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Dover Downs. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

Dover, DE  With plunging temps headed to way below freezing four harness racing divisions of 2-year old trotters went to Post headed by three early non-wagering races with the second division of fillies leading off the Daily Double on the regular wagering card. Each division raced for $20,000. Led to the half by Rocky Bomber and Jack Parker, Jr.,  Zulu (CR Commando-CR Penny Lane) swept by up the backside and prevailed in a new lifetime mark of 2:02.1 for breeder,trainer,and driver Rod Allen of Ocala, FL. The show colt was Riddle Me This. In division two, it was Chauffeur (Dusty Winner-Koala Kosmos) from start to finish in 2:02.4.The Harrington final winner now has earnings over $97K in 8 starts. Bred and owned by Jane Dunavant of Kenbridge, VA and trained by Carlo Poliseno, he was driven by Art Stafford, Jr. His stablemate Air Time got up for the place and brief challenger Touch Of White hung on for the show. The filly divisions were led off by Playoff Season (CR Commando-Postseason) breaking her maiden in 2:04 for driver Vic Kirby and trainer Syl King,Jr. She is owned by Steve Mullen of New Holland, PA and bred by Winbak Farm. Second was Katies Blu Diamond and third was Wolfcat. The second filly division was won by 21-1 upset, Emmy’s Mayflower(Anders Bluestone-Mocha) in a lifetime record of 2:00.2 over previously undefeated Orabelle. Emmy’s Mayflower is owned by breeder and trainer, Eric Foster of Ridgely, MD and driven by his nephew, Russell Foster. Show filly was Alert. DSBF2-year old pacing fillies race in early non-wagering races on Wednesday,November 13th. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the DSBF               

Dover, DE — Shartin N and Caviart Ally renew their harness racing rivalry and have drawn outside posts in the $40,000 Mares Invitational at Dover Downs on Wednesday (Nov. 13). Shartin N set a world record of 1:46.4 earlier in the season for trainer Jim King Jr. and has bankrolled more than $2 million in purses lifetime. Caviart Ally upset Shartin N in the Breeders Crown for trainer Brett Pelling and has earned more than $1.7 million lifetime. Kissin In The Sand, trained by Nancy Johansson, finished third in her last two starts against Shartin N and Caviart Ally and drew the rail on Wednesday. Divas Image (for trainer Jen Bongiorno) enters off a qualifier and has been limited in her starts this year. Apple Bottom Jeans and trainer Dylan Davis) finished second at Dover in her last start, but was away from the races six weeks prior. She has earned more than $300,000 this year. Delishka N, a Wayne Givens trainee, upset Apple Bottom Jeans in her last start. Trainer Ron Burke’s Reclamation has been in the money 14 out of 16 starts this year and has a seasonal mark of 1:50. Click here for the complete field and post positions. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Standardbred Canada reports that a talented group of two-year-olds was in the spotlight Thursday evening at Dover Downs, as the oval hosted a quartet of Matron Stake Finals for the freshman set. Next Level Stuff kicked off the proceedings with a 1:53.2 triumph in the $147,600 final – a non-wagering tilt held prior to the pari-mutuel program – for the tandem of driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim Campbell. Tetrick hustled Next Level Stuff to the lead from Post 4 and together they led the field through fractions of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:25.1 before using a :28.1 closing quarter to seal the deal. It was 2-1/2 lengths in arrears to runner-up Queen Of The Hill. Luv U Bye Click took home the show dough and Rebecca Clark, who was distanced after an early break, rounded out the four-filly affair. Runthetable Stables of Montvale, NJ bred and own the daughter of Sebastian K-Nantab who improved her freshman record to six wins from 10 trips to the track. The clocking was a new lifetime mark for the career winner of $158,075. To read the rest of the story, click here.

After delivering the Pinske family its first Breeders Crown trophy, Amigo Volo will look to continue his stakes-winning ways in Thursday's $181,600 Matron for 2-year-old male trotters at Dover Downs. Amigo Volo is the 2-5 morning-line harness racing favorite in a field of six. The race is one of four Matrons for 2-year-olds. Papi Rob Hanover is the 2-5 favorite in the $186,000 division for male pacers and Lyons Sentinel is the 6-5 choice in the $176,400 event for female pacers. The $147,600 Matron for female trotters attracted a four-horse field and will go as a non-betting race 15 minutes prior to the regular card beginning at 4:30 p.m. (EST). Amigo Volo has won three of his past four races and five of 10 overall this season. He has earned $514,696 for owners Pinske Stables and Florida's David J. Miller. The gelding is trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman and will have Dexter Dunn in the sulky Thursday. Nearly two weeks ago, Amigo Volo captured the Breeders Crown by 4-1/4 lengths over Rome Pays Off in 1:54.3 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. It gave Pinske Stables (Marlys Pinske and her son Karl) and Miller their first victory in the series. The Pinskes had double-digit starters in Breeders Crown finals, and two second-place finishes, before breaking through. The triumph was additionally sweet because Karl's son Carter has worked this year for Norman's stable and worked closely with Amigo Volo, even getting his first training win with the horse during the Grand Circuit meet at Lexington's Red Mile. "It's pretty special," Carter Pinske said. "We've been close, had a lot of great horses over the years and won other big races, but it's nice to win this one at the end of the year. "My dad and I have kind of changed with Nifty to go after the end-of-the-year money instead of racing so tough at the beginning of the year. After a few years of working toward that, it's finally taking shape and working that way. That's always the goal, to get to the Breeders Crown, and it's special." The Crown triumph also came 15 months after the passing of owner/trainer Tim Pinske, Marlys' husband. "I'm thinking he had a little bit to do with it," Carter said. Amigo Volo, by Father Patrick out of Margarita Momma, was purchased for $42,000 at last year's Lexington Selected Sale. He is a full brother to Reign Of Honor, who won last year's Kindergarten Classic Series championship for Norman's stable. "He's been an awesome horse to be around," Pinske said about Amigo Volo, who had world-record performances on five-eighth and one-mile ovals this season. "Every day he trained, you'd either be really mad at him or really excited about him. But he would always make up for it with his personality. He's got such a good personality. He'd let you know where he was all the time. He just likes being around people. "As far as being ready, Nifty said he's no different than he was in July," Pinske added. "He's jumping around in the paddock. He's got a good attitude that way." Following the Matron, Amigo Volo is eligible to the Valley Victory Stakes at The Meadowlands. The connections will take a wait-and-see approach about that race. "It's been a long season, he's been everywhere, and we want a 3-year-old too," Pinske said. "We'll see how he races and talk about it after." For the Matron Stakes 2-year-old filly trot entries, click here. For the complete regular card, click here.   by Ken Weingartner USTA Media Relations Manager

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the harness racing line-up for Thursday morning (Nov. 7) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by JoAnn Looney-King, Brett Pelling, Andrew "Shades" Demsky, and Jessica Otten. The Kings enter Thursday's Matron at Dover Downs with Breeders Crown runner-up Lyons Sentinel. JoAnn Looney King joins the program to discuss their talented young pacer and also give the duo an update on their supserstar Shartin N. Lyons Sentinel has been installed as the 6/5 morning-line favorite and has drawn the rail with Tim Tetrick in the bike Pelling joins the program this week to talk about Papi Rob Hanover who was disqualified following a victory in the Breeders Crown. The pair will find out how he has been training leading up to the Matron at Dover Downs and where he may be headed next following the race. Papi Rob Hanover has drawn post three in the Matron on Thursday and installed as the 2/5 morning-line favorite. "Shades" has been at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg this week, and while the conversation has been about sales topper Gangsta Rat there have been plenty of stories that have come out of the yearling sale that ends on Wednesday (Nov. 6). Shades will discuss some of the horses that stood out to him, and some of the surprises that he saw throughout the week. It's a busy couple of weeks leading up to the 2019 TVG Finals at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment and Jessica Otten joins to discuss the contenders leading up to the Finals on November 23. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   Michael Carter Social Media and Publicity Coordinator

This Week: Matron Stakes, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit heads to Dover Downs this Thursday (Nov. 7) for four Matron Stakes for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. The 2-year-old colt pace carries a purse of $186,000, the 2-year-old colt trotters will race for $181,600, the purse for the 2-year-old filly pace is $176,400 and the 2-year-old filly trotters will race for $147,600. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Grand Circuit racing action was back in the spotlight at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday (Nov. 1), as some of the sport's brightest stars ventured to Hoosier Park for the final night of Grand Circuit racing this season. Don't Let'em rebounded from his Breeders Crown miscue to win the Carl Erskine in track-record fashion at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Linscott Photo. After making a costly break in the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt trot last week, Don't Let'em was out for redemption and rebounded with authority in the $220,000 Carl Erskine Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The cold temperatures didn't seem to deter Don't Let'em and Yannick Gingras as they stopped the timer in 1:51.4 to re-establish the track record for 3-year-old colt trotters. The previous mark of 1:52.1 was set by What The Hill in Breeders Crown action in 2017. Sent off as the heavy betting favorite, Don't Let'em left alertly from post two but Mass Fortune K (Matt Kakaley) was a step quicker through the opening quarter in :27.4. Gingras moved Don't Let'em to the front just before the half in :55.1 and was immediately joined on the outside by Pilot Discretion (Andrew McCarthy). Don't Let'em was able to turn back Pilot Discretion through the three-quarters in 1:23.2 and was on top with a two-length lead turning for home. Using a :28.2 final quarter, Don't Let'em stayed on task and trotted strong to the wire, finishing five lengths in front of late-closing Chin Chin Hall (Peter Wrenn). Pilot Discretion held on for third. "He's going to drive me crazy," trainer Nancy Johansson noted with a smile after the victory. "It's just whatever horse shows up. He obviously has tremendous speed. He has tremendous speed and the talent, he just needs to behave. I never know what horse is going to show up but when he is on his game, he's incredible." With the win, the son of Muscle Hill-Passageway recorded his fourth win from 13 outs this season and sports a 23-8-5-0 lifetime record. Owned by Brittany Farms, Christina Takter, John Fielding, and Herb Liverman, Don't Let'em has amassed $569,967 in lifetime purse earnings. Don't Let'em was bred by Brittany Farms. One of the biggest upsets of the night came in the very next race on the program as De Los Cielos Deo (Matt Kakaley) got up in the final strides of the mile to upset the heavily favored Hickfromfrenchlick in the $225,000 Monument Circle Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. De Los Cielos Deo stopped the timer in 1:49.2. With an eight race-win streak on the line, Hickfromfrenchlick (Trace Tetrick) went to the front from post eight to dictate fractions of :26.4, :54.3 and 1:22.1 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. De Los Cielos Deo sat patiently in third for much of the mile but was in perfect striking position turning for home. Kakaley tipped De Los Cielos Deo and he found a :26.3 closing kick to track down Hickfromfrenchlick late in the lane. Dealer's Table and Sam Widger utilized a ground-saving trip to round out the trifecta. De Los Cielos Deo returned $10.40 to his backers at the betting windows. "I was confident coming into tonight," Kakaley said in the winner's circle. "He was good last week in the Breeders Crown. He's been pretty inconsistent but I knew if he showed up tonight he'd be good. I've only driven him a couple times but he's got the speed. The way the trip worked out for him tonight was beautiful." With the win, De Los Cielos Deo recorded his second win from 17 outs this season for trainer Ron Burke. The son of Captaintreacherous-Lisjune has now earned $425,080 in lifetime purse earnings and is owned in partnership by Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. De Los Cielos Deo was bred by Louis Willinger and Deo Volente Farms. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2019 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 1,316.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 1,238; 3. Dexter Dunn - 964; 4. David Miller - 910; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 783. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,272; 2. Tony Alagna - 847; 3. Nancy Johansson - 662; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 637; 5. Marcus Melander - 603. Owners: 1. Courant Inc. - 274.5; 2. Brad Grant - 267.1; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 236.2; 4. Fashion Farms - 224.5; 5. Robert Key - 221. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at Dover Downs and The Meadowlands. Dover will host the four Matron Stakes for 3-year-olds, while The Meadowlands will have eliminations for the Fall Four for 2-year-olds - the Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid. by Paul Ramlow, for the the Grand Circuit

Chillaxin Away is the defending champion on Delaware's harness racing circuit for state-bred male pacers, but Goldberg is ready to try to wrestle the title from him. The two horses meet in Thursday's (April 4) $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final for 3-year-old colts and geldings at Dover Downs, with "Chilly" a slight 8-5 favorite on the morning line. Last season, Chillaxin Away won both DSBF championships for 2-year-old male pacers, in October at Harrington Raceway and November at Dover, and was two neck defeats from being unbeaten in six races in the series. Goldberg did not race in Delaware last year as he was instead pointed to the Grand Circuit. The colt was limited to only four starts because of a virus but hit the board three times in open stakes action. Chillaxin Away enters Thursday's final off a half-length win over Goldberg in 1:51.2 in the second preliminary round of the DSBF. Both horses were winners in their first-round races. Chillaxin Away starts the final from post four with Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Jim King Jr. while Goldberg, who is 9-5 on the morning line, leaves from post three with Montrell Teague at the lines for trainer Brenda Teague. "We think we've got a pretty good chance," King said about Chillaxin Away, a gelding known as "Chilly" around the barn. "We have to deal with Goldberg. They were extremely high on him. They had some issues, but now they seem to have him squared away. I'm concerned about him. We were able to handle him last week but he out-drew us and is definitely a concern." Chillaxin Away is by Roddy's Bags Again out of Shake Away, a mare who raced at the top levels of the Delaware circuit for King in the mid-2000s. Chillaxin Away was bred by King's wife, Jo Ann Looney-King, who remains the owner of the horse. For his career, Chillaxin Away has won eight of 15 races and earned $170,600. His past five starts away from the DSBF series have all come against fields with older horses. "All of (Shake Away's) male babies have been pretty good horses and this one is as good as any of them," trainer King said. "He's stepped up pretty good. Like all of them, he's got little quirks and little issues here and there but nothing we haven't been able to correct by the next start and go again. "He's a fun little horse. He's got plenty of ability and I like his determination. His raw speed is really good; he can really sprint. For where he's got to go, I don't think there are any that can pace a quarter faster than him or anything like that. Barring anything really silly, I think he's going to be OK in the final. He gets home in 26 and a piece after being first over, that's pretty good anywhere you go let alone for a Delaware-bred." Chillaxin Away will not be doing a lot of traveling, though. He is not staked outside of Delaware. "I'm a little bit stingy," King said with a laugh. "I still don't think he's one of those. He's just a really nice little horse. He doesn't have the size to him, that was the biggest thing. He just didn't appear to be stout enough. I've been close enough to it to know that it's not very likely we're going to bring one out of our backyard to (compete on the Grand Circuit)." Montrell Teague hopes he can eventually return to the Grand Circuit with Goldberg. Teague bred and owns the colt, who is a son of Mr Wiggles out of Chausettes Blanche. The colt has won two of seven career races and earned $47,070. Last year, Goldberg finished second to eventual Dan Patch Award-winner Captain Crunch in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes and was third behind Captain Ahab and De Los Cielos Deo in his elimination of the Metro Pace. A virus knocked the colt out of the Metro final and sidelined him the remainder of the year. "I just turned him out because I didn't want to ruin him," Teague said. "He showed a lot of promise last year. I was very big on him, but you never know how they're going to come back after catching a virus like that. I'm just happy he came back. "(The timing of the DSBF) is kind of a gift and a curse. I wanted to give him a little more time in the field, but at least I can see what I've got. I staked him up pretty good to give myself options. The main thing is to see how he comes out of Thursday's final." Teague is happy with Goldberg's return so far. "He's a little bigger, stronger," Teague said. "He's a lot smarter, he's quieted down a lot. Last year he was pretty rank and this year I've opened him up a little bit and it's worked pretty good so far. He's letting me drive him; last year he was a little more aggressive and didn't really know what he was doing." The DSBF championship is race 10 on Dover's card. Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). For Thursday's complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com      

Tim Torbert got to race New Zealand-bred harness racing mare Terro Franco only a handful of times, but he has enjoyed a good deal of success with her offspring. The most recent of the group, filly pacer Roddys At It Again, was a Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund champion last year at age 2 and will try to add another title Wednesday (April 3) at Dover Downs. Roddys At It Again, co-bred by Torbert and owned by his fiance Katie Killen, is by stakes-winning stallion Roddy's Bags Again. Torbert trained Roddy's Bags Again for much of his career for then-owner Robert Messick. He also trained the stallion's mom, Get The Bags, so he's well connected to Roddys At It Again's family. "Roddy's mother was the first horse I bought for Mr. Messick," said Torbert, a 43-year-old resident of Harrington, Del. "With me training Roddy and all, it all works out nice. "If she has any qualities from either one (of her parents) it's her versatility. I could leave and put her on the front or she's just as happy to race from off the pace. I'd have no problem with her getting away in the middle of the field and pulling early. She's pretty good either way." Roddys At It Again is the sixth foal out of Terro Franco, who saw her career ended by injury after only five starts for Torbert, and the fourth to reach six figures in purses. Two of Roddys At It Again's siblings, Roddy's Girl and Fran Luck, were runners-up in DSBF finals for Torbert. Last year, Roddys At It Again won four of nine races and earned $94,500. She was third in the DSBF final for 2-year-old filly pacers at Harrington in October and captured the DSBF championship at Dover Downs in November. "It was about what I expected," Torbert said of the filly's 2018 campaign. "I think I got a little lucky winning the final last year. It seems like all the better ones got sick and I got over it a little sooner than they did. In my opinion, there are like four of us in there that are very equal. It's just going to depend on the trip." This season, Roddys At It Again has started twice and finished second both times. She enters the $100,000 DSBF final for 3-year-old filly pacers off a neck setback to The Lady Sheriff in 1:54. She will start Wednesday from post four with driver Art Stafford Jr. and is 9-2 on the morning line. In And Out Again, a winner in both her DSBF eliminations, is the 5-2 favorite for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jason Skinner. "I had some issues with (Roddys At It Again) early but I've got that all straightened out," Torbert said. "I was tickled with her mile last week and I think she's heading into the final the best she can be. I expect a little better effort. If we get beat, we get beat. But they're going to know we're there." The DSBF championship is race eight on Wednesday's card. Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). For Wednesday's complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com  

Fifty years ago this month, private citizen David Penrose Buckson greeted some 8,000 curious patrons to his creation, Dover Downs, and thoroughbred racing. They bet over $500,000. Fifty years ago this year, Attorney General David Penrose Buckson headed up the First State’s newly created Department of Justice, effectively ending Delaware’s commission form of government. Buckson had laid the groundwork by placing the AG’s offices in all counties rather than only in Wilmington. The affable Buckson bought some 200 acres of prime land just outside Dover from businessman Tom Murray, whose property previously was owned by our great, great grandfather. In Dover Downs, Buckson envisioned a year-round facility of harness racing, thoroughbred racing, auto racing, and more. Buckson built a 5/8-mile horse racing track surrounded by a mile auto racing track. He flew to Charlotte N.C. and brought the France family and NASCAR to Dover with Richard Petty, the Allision’s, and Yarborough’s tagging along. Buckson drove to Nazareth PA and brought Mario Andretti to drive his Indy car in a short-run series (because the banking was too steep for Indy cars). Dave got his harness racing friends to compete: future Hall of Famers Stanley Dancer, Billy Haughton, Herve Filion, et al. Local standout, Eddie Davis displayed his talents here. He brought in a major Philadelphia concessionaire to run his restaurant — all first class! With the introduction of gambling in Atlantic City, Dover Downs experienced financial problems as did all neighboring facilities such as Brandywine, Liberty Bell and Garden State Park. Wilmington entrepreneur, John Rollins, who was Buckson’s partner in Purple and Red Racing Stables, came to the rescue. When the Horse Racing Redevelopment Act of 1994 passed the State Legislature, slots and harness racing once again flourished in Dover. Although Dover Downs management honored him in death as his ashes were spread around the track he built and where he raced his national season champion trotter Ms Becky Pick, and his pacer Jefferic Adios (named for Rollins’ son, Jeff, and Buckson’s son, Eric), Buckson is mainly long forgotten. Dover Downs hosts two of harness racing’s oldest stakes events in late fall: the Matron and the Progress — eliminations and finals. One was recently named after a former Rollins Brandywine official and later Dover Downs president. Hopefully, new owner, Twin River, will remember Dover Downs founder David P Buckson by honoring him this same way. Perhaps, Dover Motorsports CEO, Denis McGlynn, who has been at Dover for most of the 50 years might find something in the two NASCAR events televised around the world. We would be remiss if we did not mention that David has been consistently controversial over the years. Buckson is a name remembered by thousands of children he helped and families he kept together in his 20 years as judge in Kent County’s Family Court. He is remembered in Columbus, Ohio by the United States Trotting Association where he was elected as a district director; at the Harness Racing Hall of Fame for Goshen, N.Y. where he had been proclaimed Amateur Diver of the Year; in Charlotte N.C., home of NASCAR, at Harness Horse International, a horseman’s organization he co-founded; at Cloverleaf Owner’s Association, a horseman’s organization where he served as president. Celia Cohen did not forget him in her book, “Only in Delaware”. Tom Carper did not forget Buckson as he was a regular birthday greeter and visitor. But, at the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame, where he has been nominated half a dozen times, at the Delaware Department of Justice, and at Dover Downs, he is totally forgotten. Just think of all the people employed at Dover Downs over the years, think of all the taxes paid; think of all the purses paid in horse racing; think of all the prize money in auto racing; think of all the tourism; think of all the worldwide TV enjoyment from NASCAR and simulcasting; think of all the DOJ decisions and effects; think of all the Deputy AG’s who started there. Dammit, think of Dave Buckson as George Bernard Shaw stated so eloquently “. . . some people see things as they are and say. Why?; I dream things that never were and say, Why not?” Dave Buckson personifies the “Why Not?” Daniel M Wilson, a resident of Cleveland, formerly lived in Dover and Dewey Beach. Reprinted with permission of the Delaware State News    

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