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DOVER, Del. --- Harness racing driver Tony Morgan racked cup five winners including One To Draw To in one of the trio of feature races on Thursday, Jan 18 at Dover Downs. Sometimes Said recorded his fifth straight victory while Never Say Never N won the other $14,500 Winners-Over pace. One To Draw had been racing successfully at Yonkers until recently and showed his stuff in the first co-feature race with Morgan in-the-bike turning back seven foes in 1:52 . Bill and John Emmons own the Major In Art-Straight Justice gelding who won for the 16th time in his career. Gerries Sport (Allan Davis) escaped from being locked in and closed strongly along the passing lane to finish second. Moonlightonthebeach (Russell Foster) took third money. One race later with Automatic Dragon scratched, Sometimes Said, driven by Jonathan Roberts, started from the second tier in post 9, and rolled on to his fifth consecutive visit to the winner's circle. Bobby Glassmeyer claimed the Well Said-Sometimes gelding for $12,500 four starts back and stepped him up to win two straight $25,000 claimers before advancing to the $14,000 Winners-Over level. His current win gives him 14 lifetime and $550,365 in earnings. Silver Fox J (Frank Milby) was second in front of Down On Mainstreet (Art Stafford Jr., third. Earlier, Corey Callahan guided Tom Lazzaro's Never Say Never N home in 1:51.4 to overpower a nine horse field for an easy $14,500 Winners pace. Jack Roger (Stafford Jr.( and Rat Tail (Montrell Teague) were second and third respectively. Dylan Davis trains Never Say Never N, a Bettor's Delight-Maid In Splendor five-year-old. Last week Cyclone Kiwi N was claimed for $35,000 by Bruce Soulsby and this week Jeff Bamond Jr. claimed him back at the same price in the first of two $25,000-$30,000-$35,000 Claiming Handicaps. Corey Callahan drove the Jereme's Jet-Another Kiwi gelding from the outside in a pulverizing :25.3 and never looked back enroute to a 1:51.3 score, his fourth straight and sixth win in his last seven along with a second. It was the New Zealand- import's 21st victory and now has won $253,002 in purses. Whirl Monroe (Vic Kirby) finished second. Im Supersonic A (Sean Bier) was the show horses. Tony Morgan's fifth winning drive came behind 5-1 Ideal Fashion in a come-from-behind 1:50.1 victory, the fastest on the card. Western Young Gun (Davis Jr.) left fast and led until late in the stretch to finish second. Regalanthropist (Teague) hustled home for third. Brooks Gay conditions the American Ideal-BJ's Sunshine gelding for Ronald Davis. It was his 20th lifetime win and a winner of $226,309 in earnings. Racing resumes on Monday Jan. 22 and continues through Thursday weekly with post time at 4:30 p.m. A daily changing menu of fine food is available to diners watching the races from the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races continue each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- Sweet Bobbie nosed out Valuable Art in 1:52 to win the $25,000 Mares Open pace Wednesday, Jan 17 at Dover Downs. Cocktail Time takes $18,000 sub-feature. Though it was her first win since two-in-a-row last November, Sweet Robbie added to her impressive record this meet which includes a second and four third-place finishes in her last nine starts. Her third win of the meet came via a scant nose decision edging Valuable Art (Corey Callahan) in the $25,000 Mares pen pace. Art Stafford Jr., her regular driver, guided the six-year-old daughter of Art Major-Odds On Gobye for owner-trainer Gary Ewing. The win was the 26th lifetime good for $260,128 earnings. Empress Deo (Montrell Teague) was third. Cocktail Time and Tony Morgan notched a 1:53.3 triumph in an $18,000 Mares Winners sub-feature for owners Barry Spedden and trainer Josh Parker. The Bettor's Delight-Panevolence four-year-old chalked up her first win of 2018, the fourth won this meet. She has now won $111,647 in her career. Rockin BB (Eddie Davis Jr.) was next with OK Jasmine(Callahan) third. Corey Callahan had three winners, RT Stafford Jr. and Tony Morgan visited the winner's circle twice each. HYPOTHEDICAL AND SOMETIMES SAID HEAD THURSDAY CO-FEATURES Hypothetical, a 1:51 winner last week, is one of three starters looking for a second straight victory, in one of the Thursday co-feature paces while Sometimes Said puts a four-race win streak on the line in the other, on Jan. 18 at Dover Downs. Along with Bamond Racing’s Moonlightonthebeach with Vic Kirby driving, and Josh Parker’s Sawbuck Hanover and Corey Callahan, Hypothedical, handled by Tony Morgan, is owned by trainer Brian Malone and his wife Carrie. Two other contestants R.J. Thomas’   El Bloombito and Sean Bier and Gary Ewing’s consistent Star Messenger piloted by Russell Foster, finished close-up seconds in their most recent outings. Abe Basen, Tom Lazzaro, and Robert Cooper Stable’s Arque Hanover was a strong third last week with Corey Callahan at the controls. Gerries Sport drew the rail with Allan Davis in the bike for owners Rich Lombardo, Carl Atley and Gerrie Tucker. Completing the sharp field is Bill and John Emmonds’ One To Draw To Jonathan Roberts driving. Something Said (Tetrick) leaves from post 9 in the second tier of the $14,000  Winners-Over pace. Claimed in December  by Bobby Glassmeyer, the gelding has stepped up in class winning last Thursday in 1:50.2  in near wire-to-wire fashion.  People Are Crazy (Russell Foster) is also on a winning tear making the winner’s circle in his last two outings for owners Robin and Jay Breasure. Silver Fox J (Vic Kirby), a winner of two of his last four, has post 1 for George & Tina Dennis and The Wiz Kids stables, with Gary Ewing’s Rangers Sureshot (Morgan) alongside. Allwillworkout (Callahan), owned by Mike Horn and Alexander Rice; Autonmatic Dragon (Vic Kirby) racing for Tina and Joe Clark; Paul Ministrelli’ s Down On Mainstreet (Art Stafford Jr.); Kathleen Brewer’s Quick Shot (Jonathan Roberts) and Howard Taylor’s homebred Mentira (Ross Wolfenden) are the other starters. Two $25,000-$30,000-$35,000 Claiming Handicaps head the strong undercard. Dover Downs offers a 50-cent Pick 5 wager, starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Racing is set each Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. A fine and varied selection of food is available to enjoy while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races is featured daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- Filled Donut overcame leaving from outside post 8 to win his second straight delivering a 1:54.1 success in the $16,000 feature trot in the Tueday, Jan 16 harness racing headliner at Dover Downs. Jack Parker Jr. drove NF Happenstance to her third consecutive victory to win the $13,000 Winner's Over trot. Art Stafford Jr. and trainer Eric Ell teamed up completing an undefeated 2018 for the Andover Hall-Miss Gertrude four-year-old gelding. It was his third win in his last four outings. Miami (Vic Kirby) was second with Amber Ella (Tony Morgan) third. The victory moved Filled Donut into six-figure earnings. He has now won $103,880 with six lifetime wins for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Lee Walls. In the $13,000 Winners-Over trot, NF Happenstance continues a successful return to the races after dropping a Sebastian K filly last Spring for owner Jim Moore IlI. The daughter of SJ's Caviar-Moira Hall remained unbeaten in 2018 when Jack Parker Jr. pulled the eight-year-old out of second heading around the final turn and withstood a late challenge from I Like My Boss (Allan Davis) in deep stretch to record her 23rd career victory and raise her earnings to $319,756 lifetime. Tough Mac (Corey Callahan) was third. Awsome Valley was scratched. William Moffett Inc.'s, Gillie The Kid, in a $12,000 Winners-Over trot, scored a 1:55.2 victory. An altered son of Northern Kid-Campaign Wife, Gillie The Kid notched his first win of the New Year. It was the second win for Ross Wolfenden. Veteran All Shoes On Deck (Jonathan Roberts) closed to take second while Moose Madness (Vic Kirby) was the show horse. In the $13,000 Mares Pace, lightly raced Stormtracker won her second in-a-row posting a 1:53.3 victory with Vic Kirby in the bike. It was only the sixth career start for the four-year-old by Big Jim-Stonebridge Breeze, who now has won four with a second and a third for owners Mehlenbacher, Enviro and Bay's stables. Odysseus (Callahan) was runner-up in front of The Lion Sleeps (Russell Foster), third. Corey Callahan, trainer Dylan Davis and owner Howard Taylor won the daily double. Ross Wolfenden, Montrell Teague and trainer Clyde Francis also had two winners. ENHANCE YOUR MIND RETURNS IN $25,000 MARES OPEN/HANDICAP Last week owner-trainer Bryan Truitt’s Enhance Your Mind was scratch but returns this week in the top female pace of the week, the $25,000 Mares Open/Handicap, Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Dover Downs, Wednesday, Jan. 17. An $18,000 Mares pace tops a strong undercard. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Last season’s Horse of the Meet, Enhance Your Mind with driver Vic Kirby has won this feature twice with two-times second and is handicapped starting from the outside in a seven female feature. One of the most consistent distaffs in the field, Gary Ewing owned and trained Sweet Bobbie, driven by Art Stafford Jr., also has two feature wins to go with a second and four thirds since opening day. Corey Callahan will drive Breakaway Stable’s homebred Valuable Art, a winner of three consecutive races in December. Claim To Fame’s Hold It Hanover handled by Ross Wolfenden, steps up in class after a win last week and a glowing season-long record. Russell Foster will drive Legacy Racing’s steady Empress Deo. Mike Casalino’s Nat A Virgin,  after three straight outside posts drew the rail with Jonathan Roberts in the bike. Ken Jacob’s Plant Rock and Tim Tetrick bring a record of two wins in her last three races into the fray. An $18,000 Mare Winners pace top the undercard. Two starters won last time out; Magicinthemoonlite (Wolfenden) owned by Linda Condon and Kevin Freeman, and Tim Mumford’s Rolllatown (Foster). The competitive field of nine includes Roselily (Stafford Jr.) owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, OK Jasmine (Callahan) for owner Rich Lombardo. Other contenders are Frank Chick’s sharp Rocking BB (Eddie Davis Jr.), Barry Spedden and Josh Parker’s Cocktail Time (Tony Morgan) a winner of three of his last fice with a second and a third, Jeff Clark’s steady She’s A Billionair (Frank Milby) and Reg Hazzard’s Dreaming Silly (Allan Davis) who drew the outside post. . Thursday features another powerful 13-race program headed by a wide-open $25,000 Open pace.   Live racing is featured four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs now features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Watch the live racing and enjoy fine food at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- Mister Virgin added another to his victory string which reaches five-in-a-row after a1:51.1 harness racing victory in the $17,500 Claiming pace at Dover Downs on Monday, Jan.15 . Great Kate won the $12,000 feature trot. Ron Davis' Mister Virgin took control of race getting the lead in front of the grandstand and never shook off a bid by Cashendash Hanover (Corey Callahan) on the backstretch into deep stretch to score his fifth straight victory giving red-hot driver Tony Morgan his second win of the day. Letsmakeawish (Russell Foster) flew down the lane to overtake Cashendash Hanover by a neck at the wire to finish second. /After the race, Mister Virgin wound up in a new barn as he was claimed by Arty Foster for $17,500. Myell's Rockstar who finished fourth was also claimed. In the $12,000 trot, Jonathan Roberts pulled Great Kate to the outside after the half and raced outside the rest of the way to overtake leader and favorite Pure Kemp (Ross Wolfenden) in mid-stretch for a triumph. Bill Cantrell owns the Muscle Massive-PJ's Photo four -year-old mare who won her second consecutive victory. Pure Kemp held on for second with Magic Maddy (Morgan) third. Tony Morgan and Jonathan Roberts had driving triples while Montrell Teague and trainers Clyde Francis and Brooks Gray had doubles. MIAMI, SODA PUMP, FILLED DONUT HEAD DOVER $16,000 TROT Miami, Soda Pump and Filled Donut, all winners last week, match strides in the Tuesday, Jan. 11 top trot at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.  Vic Kirby drove John Canzone’s Miami to a near wire-t-wire 1:54.4 victory in last week’s  $16,000 Winners trot. On the same card, Filled Donut and Art Stafford Jr. was even faster, registering a 1:54.3 triumph for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Lee Walls. Soda Pump was also a front-end winner for driver Tim Tetrick who owns the gelding with Triple D Stables. Among the challengers, the sharp Camelot Stable’s Amber Ella with Tony Morgan has a win three seconds and two thirds in her last seven outings, Tiny Clark’s Splashed with Eddie Davis Jr. with three wins, three seconds and a third in his previous seven outings. Also to reckon with are John DeVito’s My Cherry Pie, piloted  by Jonathan Roberts; Euro Gap, driven by Corey Callahan for owners Howard and Josh Kauffman, leaving from the rail and Judy Lunsford’s Torkil reined by Montrell Teague.                                   . A pair of $13,000 trots top a strong undercard. In a Winners-Over trot, Jim Moore’s NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) seeks her fourth straight victory while Murmur Hanover (Vic Kirby) is fresh from a wire-to-wire conquest in his last race in a nine horse field. Mike Casalino’s Tough Mac (Eddie Davis Jr.), YoYo Mass (Ross Wolfenden) racing for Howard Taylor and Rich Lombardo; along with Kanthaka (Tony Morgan) owned by Chris Beaver and RBH Ventures provide the opposition. The other $13,000 Mares trot is led by Mehlenbacker, Enviro and Bay’s stable’s Stormtracker (Kirby); and Hutt Racing’s Snappy Dresser (Wolfenden) plus two winners last time, Lloyd Hickman’s Keystone Izzy (Davis Jr.) and Howard Birney’s Mibzar (Tyler Davis).     Dover Downs features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Dover Downs races four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. An excellent selection of food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

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

DOVER, Del --- Cajon Lightning took the lead early on the way to his fifth win of the meet romping to a 1:51.2 success in the $25,000 Open pace at Dover Downs on Thursday, Jan.11. Three drivers dominated on the 13-race harness racing card; Tim Tetrick won four, Tony Morgan and Art Stafford Jr. had three win a piece. Trained by Eric Ell for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, after starting from the outside in his last two starts, drew post 3 this time and that was all driver Stafford Jr. and Cajon Lightning needed rolling on for a 1:51.2 conquest in the feature race. Baileys Rock N (Tetrick) who stepped up in class who was a winner of six of his previous seven starts since October, had to settle for second. Arque Hanover (Corey Callahan) was the third-place finisher. The victory was the 20th lifetime for the Mach Three-Tex In The City gelding who now has banked $266,570 career purses. Red hot Tony Morgan provided the driving for trainer Brian and Carrie Malone's Hypothetical, a Somebeachsomewhere-Restive Hanover four-year-old, to secure a 1:51 lifetime best clocking in an $18,000 Winners pace. Jack Roger (Tetrick) and Never Say Never N (Callahan) were second and third respectively. In a $16,000 Winners pace, Eddie Davis Jr. left fast from post 8 driving American Sportsman, and never looked back fashioning a 1:52.1 mark. The Somebeachsomewhere-Precious Beauty colt, now four, is trained by Joe Columbo for George and Tiny Dennis Racing. Cash Is King (Callahan) got up for second in front of JJ Tanner (Davis), third. There were two $25,000-$30,000-$35,000 Claiming paces. In the first, Tim Tetrick directed owner-trainer Bobby Glassmeyer's recent claim Sometimes Said an altered son of Well Said-Lady Sometimes, to victory in 1:50.2, the fastest time of the program. Ideal Fashion (Morgan) was runner-up. Big Pace (Stafford Jr.) took third. Bamond Stables Cyclone Kiwi N won and was claimed in the other $25-30-$35,000 claimer. Tim Tetrick drove the win, the third in-a-row and fifth\ in his last six starts Legion Of Boom (Russell Foster) came on for second. Reggiano (Morgan) was third; Dylan Davis claimed Cyclone Kiwi N, a Jereme's Jet-Another Kiwi eight-year-old gelding, who now has won five of his last six outings, for $35,000. Corey Callahan steered Sawbuck Hanover, by Bettor's Delight-Shesaporsche, to the winner's circle for third time in his last four race notching a 1:52 triumph in a $14,000 Winners-Over pace for owner-trainer Josh Parker. Star Messenger (Morgan) was a game second. Allwillworkout (Davis Jr.) was the show horse. Little Ben, with Tim Tetrick, won for the third time in-a-row taking a $13,000 Winners-Over pace in 1:51.4. The Jereme's Jet-Honey's Bud Lite gelding is trained by Jim King for Janet Hudson and JoAnn Looney King. El Bloombito (Sean Bier) who led early was second with Bad Gamer (Vic Kirby) third. A changing daily menu of fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races continue each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad  

DOVER, Del --- It's getting to be a habit for Divas Image winning her third consecutive harness racing $25,000 Mare Open pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Jan.10 . Teamed with recent 16,000 winning-driver Tony Morgan, the five-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Rocknroll Diva moved into the lead in mid- backstretch on the way to a 1:52.1clocking for Jenn Bongiorno who trains the winner for Our Hrs Cents, Stable 45 and J&T Silva stables. Divas Image is now two-for-two in 2018 and winner of $25,000 in purses The win was one of three for Morgan. The sharp Sweet Bobbie (Art Stafford Jr.) finished second in front of Newborn Sassy (Tim Tetrick). Enhance Your Mind was scratched in the feature. Divas Image is now two-for-two in 2018 and winner of $25,000 in purses In a $17,000 distaff pace, Art Stafford Jr. piloted Bad Lightning to his second win of the meet edging race favorite OK Jasmine (Tim Tetrick) second, and Shesarocker (Vic Kirby), third. A four-year-old by Badlands Hanover-Malocchio owned and trained by Josh Parker and Nanticoke Rating. Magicinthemoonlite with Ross Wolfenden won the 1:57.1 photo in the $16,000 female pace. Moment To Ponder (Eddie Davis Jr.) and Imadragonlady (Tetrick) were second and third respectively. Jeff Stafford conditions the Mr. Apples-Damian Hoss four-year-old, owned by Linda Condon and Kevin Freeman, who won for the sixth time in her career. Tony Morgan and Corey Callahan had three winners each, Art Stafford Jr. had a double.. MISSILE J, MACON GEORGIA A NEW TO $25,000 OPEN PACE THURSDAY A pair of hard-hitting newcomers – Macon Georgia A and Missle J – along with six-fast stalwarts tangle in the $25,000 Open pace at Dover Downs. John McGill and Brian Carsey’s  Missle J, no stranger to local fans, returns after a big 2017 season with Ross Wolfenden in the bike and Macon Georgia A recently claimed for $50,000 by Bill and John Emmonds and Bamond Racing. He had seven wins banking $130,815 last year. Among the regulars, Niss Allen and Crissman Inc.’s Major Uptrend has been a potent force in track top events last meet with Tony Morgan, his regular driver. Cajon Lightning, owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, has already won four feature races this season with Art Stafford Jr. at the controls. Returning after a pair of seconds in Meadowlands features is the Wayne Givens trained Sweet Rock racing for Reggie Hazzard and Legacy Racing. He starts from outside post 8.  Other major contenders are the Corey Callahan driven Arque Hanover for Abe Basen, Tom Lazzaro, and Robert Cooper Stable, the red-hot Baileys Rock N with Tim Tetrick who steps up after six wins in his last seven starts, Gerries Sport, a top-class Indiana pacer owned by Rich Lombardo , Carl Atley and Gerrie Tucker, with driver Allan Davis, complete the strong field of eight. Another outstanding undercard presents two $25,000-$35,000 Claiming Handicaps, an $18,000, a $16,000 and a $14,000 paces along with a pair of $25,000, $30,000, $35,000 Claimers on the 13-race power-packed program. Dover Downs now offers a 50-cent Pick 5 wager, starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Racing is set each Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. A fine and varied selection of food is available to enjoy while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races is featured daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del --- In the top two trots on the cards, all you had to know - driver Jack Parker Jr., trainer Carol Parker, and owner Jim Moore II - the winning harness racing connections for both Royal Becca J winner of the $25,000 Open/Handicap trot and NF Happenstance in a $13,000 sub-feature on Tuesday, Jan.9 at balmy Dover Downs. In both instances, Parker took the lead early and never looked back en-route to victories. Royal Becca J, an altered son of RC Royalty-Becca J, had no trouble turning back even rivals on the way to a new personal record of 1:53. It was his 17th career victory, good for a lifetime $239,045 bankroll. Thereisademoninme (Jonathan Roberts) sat second the mile with Rock Of Cashel (Vic Kirby), third. One race earlier, NF Happenstance, after giving birth to a filly last spring, returned to the races in the fall, and now has won three-in-row. One of three females in the $13,000 Winners-Over trot, the eight-year-old daughter of SJ's Caviar-Moira Hall, recorded her 22nd victory and now has won $313,256 in purses. Awsome Valley (Eddie Davis Jr.) and Tough Mac (Tetrick) were second and third. Vic Kirby guided Ron Sabatini and Frank Canzone's Murmur Hanover, trained by Ed Gannon Jr., home in 1:55.2 to win the other $13,000 trot. GillieThe Kid (Wolfenden) closed sharply to finish second. Don Dorado (Russell Foster) was the show horse. Frank Canzone's Miami, one of Vic Kirby's four wins and the first of two for trainer Ed Gannon Jr. posted a 1:54.4 success in a $16,000 Winners trot. Amber Ella (Tetrick) was next in front of Splashed (Davis Jr.). Pass Line Bluechip notched his third straight triumph soring a 1:53.4 lifetime best clocking. The three-year-old Bettor's Delight-Run On Luck filly beat another filly Sassa's Sister (Davis Jr.) with Angie Hanover (Wolfenden) the show horse in the $13,000 Filly and Mare pace. Vic Kirby drove four winners, Art Stafford Jr., Tim Tetrick, Jack Parker and trainers Ed Gannon Jr., and Carol Parker and owners Jim Moore II and Frank Canzone had two wins each. DIVAS IMAGE SEEKS THIRD STRAIGHT IN $25,000 MARES OPEN Divas Image puts a two-race win streak on the line in the $25,000 Mares Open pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Racing for Stable 45, Our Horse Cents and J&T Silva stables’ Divas Image enjoyed a skilled drive from Tony Morgan to get to the passing lane en-route to last week’s victory winning by a nose in 1:53.3. Newborn Sassy, the richest contender in the field of eight fast females, finished second for Tim Tetrick driving for owners CC Racing and Jo Ann Looney King. After an overland effort parked out along the backstretch, Sweet Bobbie and Art Stafford Jr. still finished third one and a half lengths off at the wire. Bryan Truitt’s Enhance Your Mind, last season’s Horse of the Meet, has two wins and two seconds in her last six  starts with Vic Kirby at the controls. Breakaway Stable’s homebred Valuable Art and Corey Callahan steps up in company after three consecutive wins. Drawing the rail is Legacy Racing’s Empress Deo reined by Ross Wolfenden. Fred Hertrich’s Rocknroll Vision is in the hands of Eddie Davis Jr. while for the third straight time, Mike Casalino’s Nat A Virgin, leaves from an outside post. Heading a strong undercard is an $18,000 Mare Winners pace featuring a pair of 2017 New York Sire Stakes standouts;  World Apart (Tetrick) racing for South Mountain, Bay Stables, Little E and Radio Racing stables and Ann Hill (Stafford Jr.) owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Tribbett Racing. Two winners last time Frank Chick’s Rocking BB (Eddie Davis Jr.) and Barry Spedden and Josh Parker’s Cocktail Time (Tony Morgan) are also among the nine starters. Topping a strong undercard of female pacers are a $17,000 and $16,000 contest. Thursday features another powerful 13-race program headed by a wide-open $25,000 Open pace.   Live racing is featured four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs now features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Watch the live racing and enjoy fine food at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del --- Mister Virgin proved too much for the $17,500 Claiming ranks while Filled Donut romped in the $12,000 feature trot with a steady drizzle on a harness racing Monday at Dover Downs. Tony Morgan continued with a hot hand driving Mister Virgin to his fourth consecutive visit to the winner's circle scoring a victory in the day's top pace. The 1:51.4 win was the first of two for Morgan, trainer Brooks Gray and owner Ron Davis. Mister Virgin took the front early and was in control the rest of the mile for his second victory in the new Year. Myell's Rockstar (Tim Tetrick) stalked the winner for most of the mile and finished second with Carracci Hanover (Eddie Davis Jr.) third. Filled Donut gained the lead early and led seven rivals home in 1:54.1 winning the $12,000 feature trot for his second win in his last three in a new lifetime fastest. Eric Ell conditions the Andover Hall-Miss Gertrude gelding for Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Lee Walls. Sheer Assault (Tetrick) raced second with Monteverdi (Russell Foster) the show horse. Drivers Tony Morgan, Vic Kirby, Art Stafford Jr., Eddie Davis Jr., trainers Eric Ell and Brooks Gray, and owners Ron Davis, Wood, Dittmar and Iaquinta, all had double wins on the card. CELBRITY PEGASUS, ROCK OF CASHEL HEAD TUESDAY $25,000 TROT Celebrity Pegasus, winner of last week’s $25,000 Open trot and newcomer Rock Of Cashel lead a fast octet of trotters in the Tuesday, Jan. 10 feature  at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.  Celebrity Pegasus, a 13-time winner last year, is owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms and is trained by Eric Ell races with Art Stafford Jr. his regular driver. The second and third-place finishers last time,  Kanthaka, with Tim Tetrick, racing for owners Chris Beaver and RBH Ventures, and Bamond Racing’s Crazshana driven by Ross Wolfenden, start from post 2 and 3 respectively. Jeff Ruch’s Rock Of Cashel with Corey Callahan comes in from two Meadowlands feature trot wins. Since early meet, Theresademoninme and Jonathan Roberts have an impressive record for owners Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis. Thereademoninme has three wins and three seconds in his last eight races. He has been fourth in his last two outings and drew the rail. Jim Moore’s Royal Becca J with Jack Parker Jr. steps up in company after being second losing by a nose last time but drew post 8 in this one, Bob Shahan and Jimmy and Ashley Parsons’ I Like My Boss finished last month strongly with Allan Davis in the bike and Hollywood Highway, owned by Scott Dillon and CTC Stable will be handled by Corey Callahan completes the lineup. A wide-open $13,500 Winners trot heads the undercard. Three starters in the nine-horse field ended 2017 with wins, John DeVito’s My Cherry Pie (Jonathan Roberts), Perseverance (Stafford Jr.) racing for Wood, Dittmar, Iaqinta and Tribbett Racing, and Euro Gap (Callahan) owned by Howard and Josh Kauffman. Dover Downs features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Dover Downs races four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. An excellent selection of food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del... Sheer Assault and Filled Donut are the ones to beat in the $12,000 Winners trot feature while Mister Virgin puts a three-race win streak on the line in a $17,500 Claiming pace on Monday's harness racing action, Jan. 8 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 In an all four-year-old $12,000 trot, despite trouble in the homestretch last time, Sheer Assault, driven by Corey Callahan, finished third but was place fourth beaten a nose in a four horse photo. Howard Taylor, Tom Lazzaro and trainer Dylan Davis are partners in the lightly raced trotter. Filled Donut, who had been racing at Harrah's Philadelphia, drew the rail for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Lee Walls with Art Stafford Jr. handling the reins. E&K Stable's Callmeboomer has been racing well of late with a win, a second and a third in his last three starts. The rest of the field includes Fred Hertrich's Gravitator with Eddie Davis Jr. in the bike, one of two females in the field. The other is Magic Maddy driven by Tony Morgan for Lou Catana and trainer Vince Bradley. Rounding out the lineup are Arty Foster's Monteverdi and Russell Foster along with Jeff Start's Paraglider teamed with Montrell Teague and Gary Simpson's Ifya Start Me Up and Allan Davis. It's razor sharp Mister Virgin (Morgan), the one to catch and beat in the $17,500 Claiming pace. Mister Virgin has recorded third consecutive wins in four this meet along with two close-up seconds for owner Ron Davis. Last week Frank Chick's Carracci Hanover(Eddie Davis Jr.) finished second but drew the rail this time. Myell's Rockstar (Tim Tetrick) makes his first start for Bamond Racing who claimed him on New Year's day and Jeff Start's Rock On Precious (A. Davis) dropping down from the $25,000 claiming level, are expected to be formidable challengers. Dover Downs now offers a 50-cent Pick 5 wager which starts with the 2nd race through the 6th. There is also a late daily double on the 12th and 13th races. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for general parking and admission at Dover Downs. Reservations are suggested for the acclaimed Winner's Circle Buffet Restaurant and those planning a stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del --- It was a BIG day for Tony Morgan. Needing two wins to reach 16,000, Morgan quickly responded taking both ends of the Dover Downs daily double to attain his milestone, on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Then Morgan, who won four races, is only the second driver in harness racing history to drive 16,000 winners in a career, displayed a perfect drive behind Divas Image, to win the $25,000 Mares Open by a nose. Dave Palone is the all-time leader with more than 18,000 wins. Morgan started his momentous day driving owner-trainer Pippy Longstocking to victory in 1:56.1 to win the first race on the card. Then he guided Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing’s Killean Finale home in 1:56.1 in the second race for his milestone victory. In the $25,000 female feature, Morgan, driving Divas Image, escaped from racing fourth on the final turn to come on and take the passing lane to get up in 1:53.1 nosing out Newborn Sassy (Tim Tetrick) at the wire. Our Horse Cents, Stable 45 and J and Silva own the Bettors Delight-Rocknroll Diva five-year-old trained by Jenn Bongiorno ,. The winner of the last Open, she has won three of her last five and four of her last six with a pair of thirds in between. Sweet Bobble (Art Stafford Jr.) held on for third.   Tony Morgan finished the card with four wins. Tim Tetrick had three. Vic Kirby and Corey Callahan won two races each. Weather permitting, another outstanding Thursday program is headed by a $25,000 Open Handicap pace featuring Major Uptrend, Cajon Lightning and newcomers Missle J and Macon Georgia A.. A changing daily menu of fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races continue each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. TONY MORGAN PROFILE Tony Morgan, with 16,001, is second in winning drives in the sport, only Dave Palone has more. Palone passed the 18,000-win mark early in 2017. German driver Hans Wevering is third on the list with the late Herve Filion fourth.   From a career starting in his teens with his first drive coming at 13 at the Fairs, Morgan’s career has progressed to be ranked among the sports elite drivers. From racing in Kentucky and Midwestern tracks, he emerged as a top driver in the 1990s at Chicago-area racetracks. Morgan has won the North American leading dash-win title five times, including three in consecutive seasons; 1995, 1996 and 1997. He also was the sport’s leading driver in 2006, with 1,004 wins, and in 2008, winning 961 races. He also was runner-up in 2002, 2005 and 2007, a year in which he won 880 races. Four times, in 1996, 1997, 2002 and 2006 seasons, Morgan won the prestigious Harness Tracks of America (HTA) Driver of the Year honor, a coveted award based on the number of wins, UDR percentage and purse money . In 1996, while driving in Chicago, Morgan drove 852 winners to brake one-season record of 843 set by Walter Case Jr. Ten years later, during the 2006 campaign, Morgan became only the second driver in harness history to reach four figures in wins in one season, making the winner’s circle in 1,004 races. During a 27-day stretch in January 2006, Morgan won a remarkable 101 races during the month. That season, Morgan destroyed the Dover Downs’ all-time one-season track record with 447 wins almost two hundred wins more than the previous mark. Morgan then went on to dominate the driving standings at Harrington Raceway that year, also setting a track record. Morgan won his 15,000th races in March 2015. Hailing from a six-generation harness racing family. His dad, Eddie Morgan Jr., was a well know horseman in the Midwest. A cousin, Bob Styles, was a successful driver-trainer while racing in New England and in the Delaware Valley in the mid-20th century. Morgan is now 59 and is enjoying another top season currently at Dover Downs where he is in the top three in wining drives this season. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del --- It didn't take Tony Morgan long on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at Dover Downs, to become only the second driver in harness racing history to drive 16,000 winners in a career. The 59-year-old Morgan drove Pippy Longstocking to victory in 1:56.1 to win the first race on the card. Then he guided Killean Finale home in 1:56.1 in the second race for the memorable 16 thousandth. Morgan is second in winning drives in the sport, only Dave Palone has more. Palone passed the 18,000-win mark early in 2017. German driver Hans Wevering is third on the list with the late Herve Filion fourth.   MISSILE J, MACON GEORGIA A JOIN $25,000 OPEN PACE THURSDAY Weather permitting on Thursday, Jan. 3, a pair of newcomers – Macon Georgia A and Missle J – and six-other stalwarts tangle in the first $25,000 Open pace of the New Year at Dover Downs. Macon Georgia A with Tim Tetrick drew the rail. Bill and John Emmonds and Bamond Racing recently claimed the gelding for $50,000. He had seven wins banking $130,815 last year. Missle J, no stranger to local fans, returns after a big 2017 season and will be piloted by Ross Wolfenden for owners John McGill and Brian Carsey.  Niss Allen and Crissman Inc.’s Major Uptrend has been a potent force in track top events last meet and this with Tony Morgan, who won his 16,000 race on Wednesday, his regular driver. Cajon Lightning, owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, has already won four feature races this season with Art Stafford Jr. in the bike. Returning after a pair of seconds in Meadowlands features is the Wayne Givens trained Sweet Rock owned by Reggie Hazzard and Legacy Racing who starts from outside post 8.  Corey Callahan races hard-hitting Arque Hanover for Abe Basen, Tom Lazzaro, and Robert Cooper Stable. Jo Ann Looney King’s fast Q’s Cruise, with Vic Kirby at the controls and Gerries Sport, a top-class Indiana pacer owned by Rich Lombardo , Carl Atley and Gerrie Tucker driven by Allan Davis complete the strong field of eight. Another outstanding undercard presents two $25,000-$35,000 Claiming Handicaps, an $18,000, a $16,000 and two $13,000 paces are on the 13-race power-packed program. Dover Downs now offers a 50-cent Pick 5 wager, starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Racing is set each Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. A fine and varied selection of food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races is featured daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del --- Harness racing driver Tony Morgan moved to within two winning drives of reaching 16,000 wins while Celebrity Pegasus 1:54.3 triumph in the $25,000 Open trot began a back-to-back victory when Perseverance won the sub-feature at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Jan. 2 with temperatures again in the low teens . Art Stafford Jr. drove both winning trots for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. Minisink Farms is also a part owner of Celebrity Pegasus who chalked up his 25th career success and lifted his lifetime earnings to $309,910. The now six-year-old Andover Hall-Celebrity Athena horse took the lead heading to the final turn and was all alone at the wire in1:54.3. Thereisademoninme (Jonathan Roberts) and Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.) could not be separated in the photo for second place resulting in a dead-heat. On race later, in a $13,500 trot, Stafford drove Perseverance, a four-year-old altered son of Cantab Hall-Caviar Forthe Lady in a wire-to-wire 1:55.2 performance. It was his fourth straight win. Tribbett Racing also owns a portion of the winner. Miami (Vic Kirby) closed from far back to finish second in front of My Cherry Pie (Jonathan Roberts). Make A Muscle K was scratched. Previously, NF Happenstance made it two straight wins overpowering eight foes in 1:54.2 to win the $13,000 Winners-Over trot for trainer Carol Parker and driver Jack Parker Jr. Veteran All Shoes On Deck (Roberts) just got up for second edging race-favorite Tough Mac (Corey Callahan) Only last spring, NF Happenstance dropped a foal. In late summer owner Jim Moore brought the SJ's Caviar-Moira hall mare back to the races. This fall, she had two wins in eight starts, five times finishing in the first three. She wired the field last time out. Tony Morgan won his 15,997th guiding Donnie Darko home in 1:56.2 to win a $15,000-$17,500 Claiming Trot. It was one of two winners for trainer Steve LeBlanc. Glenn Dyke and LeBlanc Racing own the Chocolatier-Afterglow Hall gelding. Mano Of muscle (Allan Davis) was runner with Trust Fund Baby (Stafford Jr.), third. Entranced and Spider Blue Chip were scratched. Art Safford Jr. and Tim Tetrick had driving doubles while Steve LeBlanc, Kevin Lare, Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta also won two. Enhance Your Mind, Sweet Bobbie and newcomer Newborn Sassy lead eight to post in the $25,000 Mare Open Wednesday feature race. A changing daily menu of fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races continue each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. - Hard-hitting Newport Sassy takes on Divas Image and Enhance Your Mind in a well-balance field of eight fast harness racing females in the first $25,000 Mares Open pace of 2018, Wednesday, Jan. 3 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Stable 45, Our Horse Cents and J&T Silva stables' Divas Image enjoyed a perfect 2-hole trip with Tim Tetrick in the most recent Mares feature. They caught Bryan Truitt's Enhance Your Mind and Vic Kirby in the closing strides to win by a half-length in 1:51.3. Gary Ewing's Sweet Bobbie piloted by Art Stafford Jr. prompted a fast pace and held on for third. Newborn Sassy, a major stakes winner in her stakes career, reports from Yonkers female features and will be driven by Tim Tetrick. Owned by CC Racing and Jo Ann Looney King, she has already banked nearly three-quarters-of-a-million dollars. Legacy Racing's Empress Deo reined by Ross Wolfenden leaves from the rail with Fred Hertrich's Rocknroll Vision and driver Jonathan Roberts is alongside. Mike Casalino's Nat A Virgin, Winner of this event two starts back will be driven by Corey Callahan. Joe Davino, Pat O'Brian and Brad Shackman's Keystone Riptide, piloted by Russell Foster will start from outside post 8. Heading a strong undercard is an $18,000 Mare Winners pace featuring a pair of 2017 New York Sire Stakes standouts; World Apart (Tetrick) racing for South Mountain, Bay Stables, Little E and Radio Racing stables and Ann Hill (Stafford Jr.) owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Tribbett Racing. Two winners last time Frank Chick's Rocking BB (Eddie Davis Jr.) and Barry Spedden and Josh Parker's Cocktail Time (Tony Morgan) are also among the nine starters. . Thursday features another powerful 13-race program headed by a wide-open $25,000 Open pace. Live racing is featured four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs now features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Watch the live racing and enjoy fine food at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del --- The photo-finish camera was needed to decide a four-horse photograph enabling harness racing favorite Splashed and 22-1 shot Great Kate to get their picture taken in the 1:55.1 feature trot on chilly Jan. 1, 2018 with temperatures in the low teens at Dover Downs. In addition, Sheer Assault (Corey Callahan) and Pure Kemp (Art Stafford Jr.) were noses away finishing third and fourth respectively before the Judges ruled Sheer Assault interfered with Pure Kemp in the lane and their finishes were reversed. Splashed, a Crazed-Take The Plunge gelding, notched his fourth win along with three seconds in his last seven starts since early October for trainer Bobby Clark and owner Tina Clark. Bill Cantrell owns Great Kate, a four-year-old daughter of Muscle Massive-PJ's Photo, now with a new record. Pure Kemp was place third. Tony Morgan is now only three wins away from registering 16,000 winning drives after steering Ron Davis' Mister Virgin to an impressive 1:51.3 triumph in a $17,500 Claiming pace. Carracci Hanover (Eddie Davis Jr.) was next in front of Letsmakeawish (Wolfenden) third. Ross Wolfenden had a triple while drives Jonathan Roberts and Vic Kirby, trainer Wayne Givens and owner Legacy Racing all had doubles. CELBRITY PEGASUS LEADS EIGHT TUESDAY IN $25,000 OPEN TROT Celebrity Pegasus, after closing out 2017 with an impressive win, heads a strong group of eight in the $25,000 Tuesday, Jan. 3 first feature trot of 2018 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.  Celebrity Pegasus, a 13-time winner last year, is owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms and is trained by Eric Ell races with Art Stafford Jr. his regular driver. The second and third-place finishers last time,  Kanthaka, with Tim Tetrick, racing for owners Chris Beaver and RBH Ventures, and Bamond Racing’s Crazshana driven by Ross Wolfenden, start from post 2 and 3 respectively. Since early meet, Theresademoninme and Jonathan Roberts have an impressive record for owners Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis. Thereademoninme has three wins and three seconds in his last eight races. He has been fourth in his last two outings and drew the rail. Jim Moore’s Royal Becca J with Jack Parker Jr. steps up in company after being second losing by a nose last time but drew post 8 in this one, Bob Shahan and Jimmy and Ashley Parsons’ I Like My Boss finished last month strongly with Allan Davis in the bike. B Yoyo returns from a pair of tough out-of-town races. Tony Morgan drives for trainer Jen Bongiorno and Bill K Lambos and Dion Liberatos. Hollywood Highway, owned by Scott Dillon and CTC Stable will be handled by Corey Callahan. A wide-open $13,500 Winners trot heads the undercard. Three starters in the nine-horse field ended 2017 with wins, John DeVito’s My Cherry Pie (Jonathan Roberts), Perseverance (Stafford Jr.) racing for Wood, Dittmar, Iaqinta and Tribbett Racing, and Euro Gap (Callahan) owned by Howard and Josh Kauffman. Dover Downs features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Dover Downs races four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. An excellent menu  is available to dine and watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad  

DOVER, Del... After a week's hiatus, Pure Kemp, a recent Rich Lombardo and Green Racing acquisition seeks his second straight win and third in his last four starts in the $12,000 feature trot on New Year's Day, Monday, Jan. 1 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Harness racing driver Tony Morgan nears 16,000 winning drives on 13-race card. Tim Tetrick will drive Pure Kemp, now a four-year-old, for trainer Josh Green meeting seven opponents in the first feature event of 2018. Sheer Assault, a well-bred but lightly raced competitor owned by Howard Taylor, Tom Lazzaro and trainer Dylan Davis and driven by Corey Callahan; Tina Clark's Splashed with Vic Kirby from the rail, and owner-trainer Mike Hall's Wild Whiskey are among the youthful opposition. Art Stafford Jr. handles Sweetchap for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms. Bill Cantrell's Great Kate piloted by Jonathan Roberts is a promising newcomer to the John Cabot barn. Papaglider owned by Jeff Start makes his first local start for Allan Davis. Lou Catana and trainer Vince Bradley, after a win last time with Tony Morgan, must overcome leaving from outside post 8. A $17,500 Claiming pace is led by Mister Virgin (Morgan) looking for a third consecutive triumph. Lew's Maverick (Eddie Davis Jr.) drew the rail for Kathleen Mofield, John Dickens and KDK Standardbreds, and Frank Chick's Carracci Hanover (Davis Jr.) are among the challengers in a nine-horse field. Tony Morgan, who finished the Dover 2017 portion of its six month long meet with 19,996 winning drives, is listed on eight drives in the New Year's day opener. Dover Downs now offers a 50-cent Pick 5 wager which starts with the 2nd race through the 6th. There is also a late daily double on the 12th and 13th races. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for general parking and admission at Dover Downs. Reservations are suggested for the acclaimed Winner's Circle Buffet Restaurant and those planning a stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

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