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Western Terror mare Moments of Joy won the harness racing $25,000 Fillies and Mares Open at Dover Downs on New Year’s night (Wednesday). Moments of Joy, left alertly from post five and parked race favorite Reclamation, who starting from post 8, to the quarter. The fractions were 26.2 - 54.1 - 1:22.1 - 1:51 on a chilly night. Reclamation cut the mile and was joined by Scuola Hanover, who raced first up past the half and pressured the leader to a 28 flat, third quarter. Valuable Art took her cue as driver Russell Foster sent her three wide at the three-quarter pole. But Moments of Joy and driver Victor Kirby, proved to be the pocket rocket, as they maneuvered past Reclamation in the deep stretch and earning them a lifetime mark of 1:51 flat.  They won by a neck. Moments of Joy is owned and trained by Bryan Truitt of Selbyville, Delaware.  They were the second choice in the wagering. Reclamation finished second as the favorite, and was driven by Tim Tetrick for trainer Ron Burke. Delishka N sat the rail and finished 3rd. She was driven by Allan Davis for trainer Wayne Givens. Driver Tim Tetrick celebrated the New Year in spectacular fashion. Tetrick finished the night with six wins and two second place finishes out of 10 drives. Dover Downs    

DOVER, DE - Wiggle It Jiggleit and Montrell Teague are reunited  in the 12th race Preferred Handicap at Dover Downs on Thursday January 2. Montrell Teague resumes driving duties, after suffering a broken wrist earlier in the year. Montrell is listed to drive the 2015 Horse Of The Year Wiggle It Jiggleit.  Wiggle It Jiggleit was assigned post 2 and is the 5/2 morning line favorite. Post Time is 4:30 pm The field and drivers are: Rockin M                          Tony Morgan Wiggle It Jiggleit               Montrell Teague Bo Mach                           Corey Callahan Billy Badger N                   Russ Foster Quality Bud                       Victor Kirby Duplicated N                     Tim Tetrick Slick Tony                          Ross Wolfenden Larry Karr                          Mike Cole by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Wiggle It Jiggleit had another tough mile in his harness racing comeback trail, finishing sixth in the $30,000 Open Handicap Pace Thursday at Dover Downs. The 12th race feature was won by New Zealander Billy Badger N in an upset score. Wiggle It Jiggleit and driver Jim Morand were able to get to the lead by the opening quarter mile in :26 over Bo Mach (Corey Callahan). Stuck on the outside from the start was the race favorite, Dealt A Winner (George Napolitano, Jr.), who started coming after Wiggle It Jiggleit with Larry Karr (Mike Cole) second-over. Then in the backstretch, Cole came three-wide with Larry Karr as Quality Bud (Victor Kirby) followed their cover and Larry Karr cleared to challenge Wiggle It Jiggleit at the three-quarters in 1:21.4. Wiggle It Jiggleit began to fade, Larry Karr took the lead and there was Billy Badger N tipping three-wide and coming on. Quality Bud overtook Larry Karr in the stretch but could not hold off Billy Badger N, who won by a slim nose over Quality Bud with Larry Karr third. The time of the mile was 1:50.   It was a lifetime mark for New Zealand import Billy Badger N, a six-year-old gelding by Art Major, who is not only driven by but is also owned by Dexter Dunn. He is trained by Nifty Norman and paid $23.00 to win. Wakizashi Hanover was reunited with trainer Jim King, Jr and driver Tim Tetrick as they captured the fourth race $15,000 pace in a photo finish. The seven-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again had been “off-the-shelf” for six months and then qualified and raced in of all place, Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia, Canada (His owners live there). He won his first start and then was off for five months until returning to the King Stable. Wakizashi Hanover was given a perfect drive by Tetrick. As Bro Hanover (Dexter Dunn) cut the mile, Lyons King (Mike Cole) had the pocket seat through early fractions of :26.4 and :55.1. Then the action heated up as Abner The Great (George Napolitano, Jr.) came first-up with Wakizashi Hanover second-over past the three-quarters in 1:23.4. On the final turn Wakizashi Hanover tipped three-wide and then it was a five-horse dash to the wire with Wakizashi Hanover winning by a nose over Lyons King with 99-1 long shot Quick Shot (Jonathan Roberts) photo bombing the photo finish for show. The fifth place horse was a half length off the winner.   Undefeated in two starts in 2019, Wakizashi Hanover is owned by Bruce Kennedy, Percy Bonnell, Wayne Burley and Jennifer Weeks, all of Nova Scotia. He paid $8.20 to win. Slick Tony ($4.80) swept three-wide on the backstretch for driver Dexter Dunn, collared pacesetter Late Mail N (George Napolitano, Jr.) and then held off a late charge by Little Ben (Tim Tetrick) by a nose to win the $27,500 Blue Hen Open Pace.   It was the 16th win this year for the four-year-old son of No Spin Zone. He covered the one-mile race in 1:50.3 for owner and trainer George Leager of Sudlersville, MD. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Theresademoninme captured the Open Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Sadly, Theresademoninme’s part owner, Thomas Lazzaro passed away last week. Majestic Marvel, the 9-5 race time favorite, left alertly, but had to earn that lead. Home’n Dry’s driver Tyler Davis parked the race favorite past the quarter pole. The fractions were :27.3, :55.4,  1:25.2 and 1:54.4 over a sloppy race track. Trotting down the backside, it may have been divine intervention as both Majestic Marvel and Home”N Dry went off stride. Corey Callahan took advantage of the misfortunes, and guided his trotter away from any trouble, then took the lead. They were able to hold off the late charges of Royal Becca J, who skirted down the inside in the stretch. Royal Becca J was driven by Jack Parker Jr. and trained by Carol Jamieson Parker and finished 2nd. Filled Donut and driver Art Stafford Jr. for trainer Eric Ell, applied pressure in the deep stretch and finished third. Theresademoninme was driven by Corey Callahan for trainer Dylan Davis. The trotter is owned by Taylor, Casalino Jr and the late Dr. Thomas Lazzaro. Wiggle it Jiggleit and Wakizashi Hanover continue their come back bids on Thursday at Dover Downs. Post Time is 4:30 pm by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Former harness racing super stars, Wiggle It Jiggleit  and Wakizashi Hanover return to the races on Thursday at Dover Downs. Wiggle It Jiggleit, at age 7, looks to make amends for his 7th place finish in the Open Pace last week. He will take on 7 other rivals including Dealt A Winner from the Mark Silva Stable and Q’s Cruise for trainer Jim King Jr.  The race is the 12th race on the card. Jim Morand is listed to drive Wiggle It Jiggleit again. In 2015, Wakizashi Hanover upset  Wiggle It Jiggleit in Canada’s North America Cup. He will compete against 7 other pacers in the 4th race. Wakizashi Hanover, also 7 years old, qualified at Dover Downs over an off track, recently in 1:57.2 Here is the field for the 12th race Open/ Preferred Handicap at Dover Downs.  Post time is 4:30 pm. Q’s Cruise Wiggle It Jiggleit Larry Karr Quality Bud Bo Mach Dragonology Billy Badger N Dealt A Winner by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

A lot of harness racing fans were glued to Dover Downs Thursday as their 12th race $25,000 Open Pace featured the once again return of 2015 Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit. Most fans would be very disappointed. As Bo Mach (Corey Callahan) and Larry Karr (Mike Cole) left out of the starting gait along with Wiggle It Jiggleit (Jim Morand in the bike as Montrell Teague was away) trying to leave some and then Morand snatched him up into fourth place. Larry Karr took the lead away from Bo Mach by the opening quarter mile in :26.4. Then they raced to the half mile in :55.3 and just as you would think that Morand would come first-over with Wiggle It Jiggleit, they sat in as Rock Lights (George Napolitano, Jr.) came first-over with Billy Badger N (Dexter Dunn) second-over. As they raced down the backstretch it looked as if Wiggle It Jiggleit almost went off-stride as they backed to the back of the pack. Meanwhile, Larry Karr was strong on the lead with Bo Mach in the pocket at the three-quarters in 1:23.4. Off the final turn, Callahan moved to the outside with Bo Mach and gunned down Larry Karr coming to the wire, winning by a long neck in 1:51.1. Billy Badger N was third.   As for Wiggle It Jiggleit, he finished seventh, race timed in 1:52.3. Sent off at odds of 38-1, Bo Mach scored a lifetime mark and his eighth win of the year. The four-year-old gelding by Mach Three is trained by Dylan Davis and owned by Howard Taylor and Thomas Lazzaro. He paid $79.00 to win. In the 10th race $27,500 Blue Hen Open Handicap, Late Mail N and driver George Napolitano, Jr. sat the pocket trip as Sicily (Victor Kirby) cut fractions of :26.2, :55.3 and 1:23 to the three-quarters. Race favorite, Slick Tony (Dexter Dunn) had come up first-over at the half but could not really gain ground on the leaders. Blazing Bobby Sox (Art Stafford, Jr.) was second-over and then fanned out three-wide on the final turn.   As soon as they could, Napolitano sent Late Mail N into the passing lane and in deep stretch collared Sicily and went on to win by a half-length in 1:50.4. Sicily was second with Slick Tony nosing out Blazing Bobby Sox for third place. It was a lifetime mark for Late Mail N. The six-year-old gelded son of Bettor’s Delight is trained by Michael Hall for the Claim To Fame Stable of Dagsboro, DE. Sent off at 28-1 odds, Late Mail N paid $59.20 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

After weathering what turned out to be an extended storm of injury issues that kept 2015 Horse of the Year Award winner Wiggle It Jiggleit sidelined for nearly three years, George Teague Jr. is looking forward to seeing his 7-year-old harness racing  pacer continue his comeback attempt in Thursday's $25,000 open at Dover Downs. Wiggle It Jiggle will be making his third start this year, but his first since Sept. 30. The gelding finished second in his 2019 debut at the Delaware County Fair in central Ohio on Sept. 19 and third in the open handicap at Harrington Raceway. Since then, Wiggle It Jiggleit has won twice in qualifiers at Dover, the first in 1:55.1 with a final quarter of :29.3 and the second in 1:54.4 with a final quarter of :27.2. "He's doing good," said Teague, whose George Teague Jr. Inc. shares ownership of Wiggle It Jiggleit with the Teague Racing Partnership LLC. "He was tying up a little bit (leading to his recent time off) and when I got him off that, I qualified him, and he just didn't fire like I thought he should. It turned out his blood was a little off. "The last time I qualified him he seemed to be a lot more like himself. Not totally like he was in the past, but I still think it's just going to take a little while. I'm hoping he can come back to that status, or close to it. He's going to be fine. We'll see how it plays out." Wiggle It Jiggleit, trained by Clyde Francis, has won 38 of 53 career races and earned $3.91 million. His earnings rank sixth among pacers in North American harness racing history. "At any time, any horse can come up with injuries; unfortunately, he did," Teague said. "It didn't look that bad originally, but one thing turned into another, turned into another, which turned into three years. It is what it is. That was a perfect storm. But every storm blows over. "He still seems like the horse of old, he really does. He doesn't seem any less willing to go. Everything is there, we just have to put the speed back into him, and I don't expect that to come over night. He's sounder than he's ever been and looks great physically. We just have to put the work in and see if he can get a little stronger and a little faster." Wiggle It Jiggleit is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in Thursday's open. Jim Morand will drive Wiggle It Jiggleit, subbing for Montrell Teague, who recently suffered a wrist injury that will keep him in a cast until after Christmas. George Teague Jr. is taking a race-by-race approach with Wiggle It Jiggleit but is hopeful the son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover can return to the Grand Circuit in 2020. "I still think it's a possibility," Teague said. "I'm not going to ruin his reputation by putting him in the box when it doesn't look like he should be in. I'm just trying to get a grip on how I think he'll come back and whether he gets back to close enough where I think I can invest a little bit of money in staking him. "I'm not making any definitive plans; I'm just hoping he tells me as we go along. It's tough to get back to where he needs to be without racing against competition. I can qualify, I can train, but none of it is like racing. When he makes it to a point where I think he's showed me enough one way or another, then I'll make my decision there." Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. (EST) Thursday at Dover. The open is race 12, with an 8:10 p.m. estimated post. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Tight Lines wins the Open Trot in the slop at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Tight Lines and driver Ross Wolfenden, for trainer Jeff Gregory, left alertly and allowed Jack Vernon to reach the front at the quarter pole.  Ross Wolfenden retook the lead and cut fractions of :27.4,  :56.4 and 1:25.1, stopping the teletimer in 153.4.   Royal Becca J braved the wind and rain to race first up down the backstretch pressuring Tight Lines.  The team trotting a :28.2 third quarter.  Tight Lines, the 1-5 race favorite, proved to be too much and pulled away in the stretch to win in hand. Tight Lines is owned by Jeff Gregory and W.H. Richardson. Jack Vernon and driver Victor Kirby, for trainer Dylan Davis, sat the pocket and finished 2nd. Royal Becca J, for driver Jack Parker Jr. and trained by his wife Carol Jamieson-Parker, finished a game third. Harrington Raceway’s leading driver, Art Stafford Jr.  won four races on the Dover Downs card. Post time is 4:30 pm by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Dover, DE – The 2015 Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, is entered to race at Dover Downs on Thursday December 12. Wiggle It Jiggleit drew post four, and will compete in the 12th race Open Pace.  He is trained by Clyde Francis for owners George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership LLC. Wiggle It Jiggleit’s accomplishments include the 2015 Dan Patch Horse Of The Year award and victories in the Meadowlands Pace, North America Cup and The Little Brown Jug.  He has bankrolled just under four million dollars in lifetime earnings. The seven-year-old gelded son of Mr Wiggles qualified at Dover Downs recently, pacing the mile in 1:54.4 with a last half mile in :55.4 and last quarter in :27.2  The 12th race Open Pace field includes the following horses: 1. Dragonology 2. Asap Hanover 3. Larry Karr 4. Wiggle It Jiggleit 5  Rock Lights 6. Billy Badger N 7  Q’s Cruise 8. Bo Mach By Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Q’s Cruise defeats Slick Tony in the $27,500 Blue Hen Open Handicap for Delaware Owned or Bred harness racing  pacers Thursday at Dover Downs In a thrilling stretch duel, Q’s Cruise, the pocket rocket out sprinted Slick Tony to the wire. Driver Dexter Dunn changed tactics and blasted out of the gate with Slick Tony.  Q’s Cruise and driver Tim Tetrick parked and then released Slick Tony at the quarter pole. Slick Tony cut fractions of :26.4, :55.2, 1:23 with a final time of 1:51.  Benefitting from that perfect trip, Q’s Cruise and driver Tim Tetrick, for trainer Jim King Jr., tip toed up the inside and won by a neck.  They were the 4/5 race favorite. Slick Tony for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer George Leager was second. Owosso Flash for Tony Morgan and trainer Don Brittingham finished third. Duplicated N and driver Tim Tetrick for trainer Jim King Jr. braved the cold and wind to win the $25,000 Open pace at Dover Downs. Duplicated N left alertly and was fully extended to the quarter as Victor Kirby aboard Sicily released him and accepted the two hole. Larry Karr pulled 1st up into the wind but could not gain on the leader. Duplicated N cut fractions of :26.3, :54.4, 1:22.2  and in a final time of 150.4, winning by three quarters of a length. Duplicated N. was sent off as the 3/5 wagering favorite. Sicily and driver Victor Kirby for trainer Wayne Givens, sat the pocket and finished 2nd. Bo Mach and driver Dexter Dunn for trainer Dylan Davis was third. Driver Tim Tetrick won six races on the night Trainer Jim King Jr. won 4 races and trainer Josh Green won 3 races. Driver Tim Tetrick will be heading to the Arctic Circle and compete in the first Arctic Horse Race event.  The event takes place on December 14 in Rovaniemi, Finland. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Dover, DE - Moments Of Joy and driver Victor Kirby were able to lead nearly from start to finish in capturing the $25,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday. Trained and owned by Bryan Truitt of Delaware, Moments Of Joy left from from rail for driver Victor KIrby and ended up parked out first-over against Delishka N (Allan Davis) to an opening quarter mile in :27. Once cleared to the lead, Moments Of Joy then cut the mile with fractions of :55.4 and 1:23.4 before holding off a late charge by race favorite Wisdom Tree (Tim Tetrick) to win by a neck in 1:51.4.  Rockin the Boys A. for driver Tony Morgan and trainer Andrew Harris finished third. The five-year-old mare by Western Terror went off at odds of 5-1 and paid $12.80 to win.   by Al Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Dover, DE -  Former Horse Of The Year and world champion harness racing pacer, Wiggle It Jiggleit, returned to the racetrack, competing in a qualifying race at Dover Downs Wednesday morning. The son of Mr. Wiggles cut all the fractions of :29,  59, 1:27.2  and finished the one mile race in 1:54.4 for driver George Teague Jr. The temperature was 38 degrees over a fast track. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Joey Bats outlasts the open trotters at Dover Downs on Tuesday night once again. Joey Bats circled the field at the quarter pole and did not look back as he won in wire to wire fashion. The outside post did not deter Joey Bats and driver Anthony Morgan for trainer Andrew Harris as they cut fractions of :27, :56, and 1:24.1 before stopping the teletimer in 153.1. Home’n Dry, an upset winner last week, went off stride nearing the half. Royal Becca J and driver Jack Parker Jr. for his wife trainer Carol Jamieson-Parker finished a fast closing 2nd. Lagerfeld, and driver Corey Callahan for trainer Ed Gannon Jr. finished third. World Champion Wiggle It Jiggleit  is scheduled to qualify tomorrow morning  at Dover Downs Post time is 4:30 pm for the live racing card at Dover Downs. by Al Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Garden State Park's legendary owner Robert Brennan, and tons of insider and intriguing information is revealed by Dover Downs assistant race secretary and publicist, Alex Kraszewski on this Thanksgiving week Harness Racing Alumni show. This is a "Must listen to" broadcast....!!!    

Shake That House, at odds of 9-1, was able to shake up the house, collaring harness racing favorite Captain Crunch at the wire to win the $335,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace Final Wednesday at Dover Downs. The 12th race feature for three-year-old pacing colts saw American Mercury (Tyler Buter) out leave Captain Crunch to the the early lead and then sting Captain Crunch and driver Yannick Gingras a little as they went by the first quarter in :26. Captain Crunch then sat comfortably on the lead past the half mile in :53.4 as Dancing Lou (Andy McCarthy) came first-over with Shake That House and driver Tim Tetrick were second-over and then by the three-quarters in 1:21, was first-over and gaining ground on Captain Crunch. As they came down the stretch, Shake That House proved to be the strong horse, beating Captain Crunch to the wire by a long neck in 1:50.1. U S Captain (Dexter Dunn) was third. A colt by American Ideal, Shake That House paid $20.20 to win. He is trained by Chris Oakes and is co-owned by Crawford Farms Racing, A J Johnston, and the Northfork Racing Stable. It was his seventh win on the season. “When got away from the horses inside of me,” said driver Tim Tetrick. “that was my objective, not to get away last. My horse actually closed well last week with a :25.4 last quarter and I thought if there was enough speed early on, we could be right there. “When I tipped him off the rail,” Tetrick explained. “and got some good cover he felt really good. Once I got around Andy (Dancin Lou) I knew my horse could track down Captain Crunch and he did.”   There were two $100,000 finals of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund for two-year-old pacers. The finals were named in memory of long time Dover publicist and Hall of Famer Marv Bachrad. The sixth race final for the pacing fillies saw the 1/9 favorite, Cinder Rock and driver Allan Davis shoot right out to the lead and never looked back. They cut fractions of :27, :55.1 and 1:25.2. In the backstretch, rival Bag Of Jewels (Victor Kirby) came first-over but lacked any true grit and faded after the three-quarters. Cinder Rock then pulled away in the stretch to win in a romp by ten and three-quarter lengths in 1:53.2. Sin Sumthin (Russell Foster) was second with Emma (Art Stafford, Jr.) third. It was the sixth straight win for Cinder Rock. The daughter of Rockabillie is trained by Wayne Givens for the Legacy Racing Of De, Inc. of Seaford. She paid just $2.20 to win and now has won six of her seven lifetime starts. “It was my plan all along to get to the front,” said Allan Davis. “I got there with her easy. It all worked out good today. “Early in her career,” Davis said, “Wayne (Givens) told me he was so close to just turning her out. He decided to bring her to the track with another horse and once she got behind the gate she was all business.”   In the 10th race $100,000 colt final, it was Bebop On The Block, making three moves starting from post eight to get what seemed to end up being an easy victory in 1:54.2. American Nitro (Victor Kirby) left from post seven and was stung a bit getting to the lead by Leonard’s Legacy (Corey Callahan) at the opening quarter mile in :26. Past the half in :55.3, there was no movement until the backstretch when driver Dexter Dunn moved from fourth place with Bebop On The Block, coming after pacesetter American Nitro at the three-quarters in 1:24.2. He collared the race leader and then with another gear, Dunn pulled away from the field in the stretch to win by two and three=quarter lengths. American Nitro held for second place with Undercovershamrock (Ross Wolfenden) third. It was the fourth straight win for Bebop On The Block, a gelded son of Gamblers Dream. He is trained by Josh Green for owners Debbie and Brendan Cook of Hartly. He paid $5.20 to win. “We had the eight-hole so I knew we had to get out a little for position,” said Dexter Dunn. “Once I moved him to the outside, he felt really good. He’s still immature but last four races he has been really good.”   “Very happy, what a great night,” said trainer Josh Green. “We came along slowly with him at first, preparing him for the Dover meet. Then we got Dexter to drive him and what a fabulous driver he is. We made a bit change tonight on him to try and get a little bit more leverage with him. It was Dexter who suggested it last week. It was a great idea. He was able to leave with him, get the four-hole,  made three great moves and Dexter got him home.” by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

This Week: Hap Hansen Progress Pace final, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit returns to Dover Downs this Wednesday (Nov. 27) for the $335,000 final in the Hap Hansen Progress Pace for 3-year-old open pacers. Elimination winner Captain Crunch heads a field of eight in the Hap Hansen, the final stake of the 2019 Grand Circuit season. Complete entries for the race are available at this link. Last time: Six Pack went out a winner, capping his career by capturing Saturday's (Nov. 23) $350,000 TVG Open Trot championship by three-quarters of a length with a track-record 1:50 performance over a surface labeled "good" because of rain at The Meadowlands. Six Pack went out a winner, capping his career by capturing Saturday's $350,000 TVG Open Trot championship. Lisa photo. Manchego, the lone mare in the race, finished second and Guardian Angel AS was third. Gimpanzee, the 3-year-old taking on older trotters, finished fourth. Guardian Angel AS took the lead on the first turn while Six Pack, on the inside, and Manchego, on the outside, battled for second through an opening quarter in :26.3. Guardian Angel AS gave up the front to Manchego in a half of :53.4, with Six Pack third and Gimpanzee fourth. The top four remained in that order as Manchego reached three-quarters in 1:22.4, but Six Pack was on the move and came home with a :26.3 final quarter to hit the wire first. The winning time established a track record for 4-year-old stallion trotters. "It was a perfect trip for him," trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt said about Six Pack. "It was a fast first quarter and fast first half, so then I thought I had a good chance to win." Six Pack, by Muscle Mass out of Pleasing Lady, is owned by Ake Svanstedt Inc., Little E-Knutssontrotting, Stall Kalmar Inc., and L Berg Inc. He was bred by Brittany Farms. For the year, Six Pack has won four of 12 races and earned $581,314. Lifetime, the 4-year-old stallion won 19 of 35 races and $1.93 million. He will stand at Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey. Six Pack was a Dan Patch Award winner at age 3, when he became the fastest 3-year-old trotter in history with a 1:49.1 mile. This season, he became the fastest 4-year-old male trotter, with a 1:49.2 score. Always A Prince and driver Yannick Gingras went to the front from post eight and never looked back, rolling to a 1:48.2 win in Saturday's $350,000 TVG Open Pace championship. The margin of victory was 4-3/4 lengths. Bettor's Wish, the lone 3-year-old in the field of older male pacers, finished second and American History was third. Always A Prince, trained by Tyler George, set fractions of :27, :55, and 1:22.1 on his way to the win. It was Gingras' first drive behind Always A Prince, a 4-year-old gelding, who was sent off at odds of 5-1. "He certainly left a good impression," Gingras said. "(I was told) he's really nice to drive, he can race either way, and left it up to me behind the gate. When the gate opened, there wasn't much speed. A couple horses left inside of me, but I was able to get a really good first half, and I think it made the difference. "When I looked at the race, I didn't see a crazy amount of speed. I thought there were more horses that were looking to race from behind, so I thought maybe it could work out that way. But maybe once every 20 times it works out the way I think." For the year, Always A Prince has won four of 18 races and earned $362,835. He has won 23 of 40 lifetime starts and $855,710. Always A Prince, by Always A Virgin out of Glorious Princess, is owned by Carl Atley and Melanie Atley. He was bred by Emerald Highlands Farm. 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 - 1,396.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 1,363; 3. Dexter Dunn - 1,049; 4. David Miller - 960; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 828. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,322; 2. Tony Alagna - 887; 3 Nancy Johansson - 717; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 677; 5. Marcus Melander - 628. Owners: 1. Courant Inc. - 289.5; 2. Brad Grant - 271.7; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 242.5; 4. Robert Key - 226; 5. Fashion Farms - 224.5. Looking ahead: The 2019 Grand Circuit season will conclude after this week; the 2020 Grand Circuit schedule will be released in January. by Paul Ramlow, for The Grand CIrcuit  

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