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The television show Post Time is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this month.   Post Time focuses on the harness racing industry at Harrington Raceway, Dover Downs and Ocean Downs. Since 1998 Post Time has consistently aired a half-hour show every week, resulting in over 1000 shows and counting. Post Time showcases a variety of content from fun interviews to behind-the-scenes action to harness races.   Host and third-generation horsewoman, Heather Vitale has been with the show since its inception.   "I'm so proud of this show," said Vitale. "I never imagined it would be airing after 20 years but I'm also not surprised. This sport is full of wonderful stories about the horses and the people. It's been a perfect way to educate the public about harness racing, introduce them to the athletes and bring awareness to a sport that is so important to our economy and local agriculture."   Sponsored by The Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA), and shot and edited by Faust Video Production, Post Time airs at 11:30 AM on Sundays on WBOC and is a CBS affiliate on the Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) peninsula. WBOC is the #1 rated station on the Delmarva peninsula.   DSOA Executive Director, Sal DiMario, said "Congratulations to Post Time on its 20th year. It is the longest continuous harness racing program in the country. We couldn't have done it without Heather, she writes, she produces, she's the on-air personality, she does it all."   Post Time has consistently put out a show each week for 20 years, resulting in over 1000 shows and counting. The engaging content and enthusiastic energy of Heather Vitale and the Delaware harness racing community has made the show the most watched show during this time slot locally.   Throughout the years Post Time has won several United States Harness Writers Association's John Hervey Broadcast in Excellence Awards. Vitale, herself, was awarded the Harness Horsemen International's Clyde Hirt Media Award in 2004.   Although the television show concentrates on the local Standardbred sport, it has showcased big races and human interest stories from around the country and even the world.   The show airs every Sunday at 11:30 AM on WBOC. To see clips of Post Time Show like The Delaware Standardbred Owners Association on Facebook or subscribe to PostTimeShow on YouTube.   Everyone involved in the production of Post Time would like to give a special thanks to the DSOA board of directors who supported the idea of putting the show on the air 20 years ago. With the continued support of the DSOA board of directors, Harrington Raceway, Ocean Downs, Dover Downs and our advertisers the show continues to bring awareness of our harness racing sport to homes all over Delmarva.    by Claire Armann, for Post Time  

HARRINGTON, DE - Zippett Racing Stables' Murmur Hanover ($8.80 Victor Kirby) was a wire-to-wire harness racing winner in 1:55.4 Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in the $17,500 Open Trot. The venerable 8-year-old held off NF Happenstance and Blownoutofthewater for the win. Trained by Jay Gannon, "Murmur" obtained his 30th career win and surpassed $800,000 in career earnings. It was his sixth win of the year and fourth of the Harrington meet. On the undercard, Royal Becca J ($2.80, Jack Parker Jr.) was a 1:56.1 winner for James Moore III in the $11,000 Open II trot. All Shoes On Deck was second with Wingus third. Trainer Bart Bradley racked up three wins on the 11-race card for owners Louis Catana and Vincent Bradley. Harrington Raceway now goes on hiatus until the annual Governor's Day program on July 26 (special 7 p.m. post time). The meet will then resume on August 20. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE - Valuable Art ($52.40, Jon Roberts) was a 1:54 harness racing winner in a upset at 25-1 in capturing the $16,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Shesarocker set the fractions throughout as the 9-to-2 third public choice, but tired in the stretch after pressure from Valuable Art who held off Empress Deo and Apple Bottom Jeans for the win. Trained by Nick Callahan, it was the fourth win of the year for the 5-year-old Art Official mare. Valuable Art had a short stint of racing in the Burning Point series at the Meadowlands, where she was very competitive with a win and two second place finishes before a trio of starts in Pennsylvania. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE - Round two of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) eliminations for 3-year-old harness racing trotters wrapped up Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with one $20,000 division per sex. In the colts and geldings division, Leigh Raymer, Stephen Moss and Stacy Johnson-Stafford's Super Fly ($2.10, Art Stafford Jr.) continued his dominance in the DSBF ranks with a 1:59.2 victory over Sky Marshal and Bosston Cruiser. It was the 8th career win for the Super Punk gelding. In the filly division, Shirley Shand and Serendipity Stable's Star Sapphire ($13, Russell Foster) prevailed in 1:59.2 over Deja Vu Blue and Ms. Smash. The Anders Bluestone filly surged by the leader off a pocket trip for her sixth career win for trainer Tui Stone. In the $15,000 Open Trot, Bob Shahan, Jimmy Parsons Jr. and Ashley Parsons' I Like My Boss ($10, Allan Davis) prevailed over Theresademoninme and Murmur Hanover in 1:56.3. The Don Boss Vita 7-year-old gelding registered his 37th career victory for co-owner/trainer Bob Shahan. In the $10,000 Open II Handicap, Midsize Construction's Blownoutofthewater ($3.00, Tony Morgan) was a 1:55.4 winner over All Shoes On Deck and Royal Becca J. The Jenny Bier-trainee notched back-to-back wins. Driver Ross Wolfenden took both halves of the daily double with Bryan Truitt's Bobbies Powerplay ($12.60) and Rich Ashley, Mark Salerno and Brent Ashley's Scotch Sour ($2.20) who improved to 2-for-2 locally for trainer Joe Hunderptfund Jr. with a 1:56.2 triumph. Wolfenden and Art Stafford Jr. each had three wins on the program. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE - Deborah and Jamie Bozman's Jamie's Renegade ($5.20, Russell Foster) completed a sweep of her Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 3-year-old pacing filly eliminations Tuesday with a 1:54.2 victory in the $20,000 second leg at Harrington Raceway. The Pacific Renegade filly made an impressive first-over move near three-quarters and drew away from her rivals decisively. Ibetyoucanwiggle was second with Pedal Power third. In the remaining division, Bay Pond Racing's Time and Motion scored a 1:55.2 upset over Go Sandy Go and Studio Session. Trained by Eli Scott Jr., it was the third career win for the daughter of Dream Away. It was the fourth career win in just six starts for "Renegade" who is trained by Walter Bozman Jr. The top eight point earners will compete in the $100,000 final on July 26 during the Delaware State Fair. In the $16,000 Mares Open, Chris White's Fashion Showdown ($12, Allan Davis) was a 1:52.3 winner over Apple Bottom Jeans and Shesarocker. Tony Morgan had four wins on the card. Ross Wolfenden and Russell Foster had a driving triple. The second leg of DSBF action for trotters will take place on the Wednesday June 20 program with two divisions. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE - George Leager's Slick Tony ($2.10, Russell Foster) completed a sweep of his Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 3-year-old eliminations at Harrington Raceway Monday with a 1:53.1 win in the first of two $20,000 divisions. The No Spin Zone colt has dominated the DSBF ranks, with 13 wins in 17 career starts. Sent off as the 1-to-9 favorite, Slick Tony cruised to an easy win over Cinder Block and GWT for owner/trainer Leager. He will undoubtedly be the favorite in the $100,000 final on July 26. In the second division for colts and geldings, Jo Ann Looney-King's Evolution Tour ($4, Tim Tetrick) prevailed in 1:53.3. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding held off a late charge from Transitioning Joy to pickup his eighth career win for trainer Jim King Jr. Sea Bags was third. In the overnight feature, the $15,000 Open for pacers, Arthur Stafford and Arthur Stafford Jr.'s Blazing Bobby Sox ($6, Stafford Jr.) notched his fourth straight win. Trained by his co-owner and driver, the 7-year-old Panderosa gelding led most of the mile in achieving his 8th win of the year. Mel Mara was second with Little Ben third. Owner Howard Taylor won three races on the program. Ross Wolfenden had three driving wins. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE  - Leigh Raymer, Stephen Moss and Stacy Johnson-Stafford's Super Fly ($2.20, Art Stafford Jr.) was the fastest of two 3-year-old Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund divisional winners Wednesday with a 1:57.2 triumph. The Super Punk gelding dominated his $20,000 division for colts and geldings with a double-digit length romp over King's Crown Lite and Seafood Suzie Blue. Trained by Art Stafford Jr., it was the 7th career win in 14 starts for Super Fly. In the filly division, Howard Taylor, Tom Lazzaro, Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis' Deja Vu Blue ($3.40, Corey Callahan) was a front-end winner in 1:58.3 over Star Sapphire and Vandalous. Deja Vu Blue picked up where she left off from the Dover Downs DSBF races, where she swept the 3-year-old eliminations and final. Trained by Davis, it was her sixth career win. A daughter of Anders Bluestone, she has banked more than $144,000 in her career. In the $15,000 Open Trot, Zippett Racing Stable's Murmur Hanover ($13.60, Victor Kirby) capitalized on a pocket trip to prevail in 1:56.2 for trainer Jay Gannon. The 8-year-old Majestic Son gelding notched his 29th career win. Gillie The Kid was second with pacesetter I Like My Boss third. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE. - Deborah Bozman and Jamie Bozman's Jamie's Renegade ($5.40, Russell Foster), made her Delaware Standardbred Breeders fund debut a winning one Tuesday with a 1:55.1 win in the first $20,000 leg at Harrington Raceway. The Pacific Renegade 3-year-old filly was making just her 5th career start and sprung a mild upset over pacesetting favorite Go Sandy Go with a strong surge in the stretch to prevail. Trained by Walter Bozman Jr.,it was her third career victory. Go Sandy Go held second with Time and Motion third. George Teague Jr.'s Ibetyoucanwiggle ($5.60, Montrell Teague) was a 1:55.1 winner in the second division. The Clyde Francis trainee was a decisive winner over Peak Of Chic and Gracefullyforgiven. "Wiggle" was a pocket trip recipient before exploding with pace to overpower front stepping Gracefullyforgiven. A daughter of Mr. Wiggles, it was her 5th career win and one of three on the card for driver Teague. In the $15,000 Mares Open, backers of 1-to-5 favorite Apple Bottom Jeans ($2.40, Foster) had to sweat out a tight photo finish before her number was posted first in a 1:54 victory. The 5-year-old Mr. Apples mare mounted a fierce attack from last on the final turn and edged clear of pacesetter Empress Deo in the nick of time for her fifth win of the year. Fashion Showdown was third. Owned by KDK Standardbreds, Apple Bottom Jeans recorded her 20th career win for trainer Kevin Switzer. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE - George Leager's Slick Tony ($3.60, Russell Foster), was a 1:53.4 winner in the first leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings Monday at Harrington Raceway. In the first of two divisions, Transitioning Joy came away with the early lead from his rail post position with Evolution Tour in the pocket. Favorite Slick Tony settled in third early before a first over grind to three-quarters where he would go toe-to-toe with Transitioning Joy through the stretch in a game battle in which the former prevailed narrowly. Evolution Tour was third. It was the 12th win in 16 career starts for the son of No Spin Zone who is trained by his owner. The second DSBF split featured a field of six with Don Marine's Cinder Block pursuing a sixth straight win. That win streak would come to an end, courtesy of a huge first over brush and crush by Bay Pond Racing's America First ($10, Jeff Fout), who was a 1:55 winner. The Roddy's Bags Again colt made an aggressive charge at the front runners near the three-quarters and drew away from the field. GWT rallied for second while Cinder Block, the early leader, faded to third. Trained by Fout, it was the third career win for America First. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE. - The opening round of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund stakes action for 3-year-olds will get underway this week at Harrington Raceway with six $20,000 divisions. The pacing colts and geldings are up first, beginning tonight with two divisions. George Leager's Slick Tony (3/2, Russell Foster) has been the scourge of the group to date with an impressive 11-for-15 win record. Pacing fillies will highlight the Tuesday program with a pair of divisions. Brent Outten, Green Racing and Richard Lombardo's Go Sandy Go (9/5, Jason Green) will look to sweep the final events after winning her final at Dover Downs in March. The trotters are in action Wednesday with one division each for fillies and colts. Leigh Raymer, Stephen Moss and Stacy Johnson-Stafford's Super Fly (Art Stafford Jr.) won his final at Dover by an astounding 14 lengths. Déjà vu Blue, owned by Howard Taylor, Tom Lazzaro, Mike Casalino Jr. and Dylan Davis has traded blows with Serendipity Stable's Star Sapphire and are among the field of six trotting fillies. Following two rounds of eliminations, the $100,000 finals will be contested on July 26 (special 7 p.m. post time), the annual Governor's Day program during the Delaware State Fair. Live racing continues on a Monday through Wednesday schedule until June 27. Post time is 5 p.m. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE. - Theresademoninme ($4.60, Jon Roberts) notched his 7th win of the season with a 1:56 triumph in the $16,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. Owned by Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis, the 7-year-old Kadabra gelding led most of the way in his victory over I Like My Boss and Common Parlance. It was the 30th career win for "Demon," as his seasonal earnings closed in on $110,000. In the sub-featured $11,000 Open II, William Moffett's Gillie The Kid ($9, Ross Wolfenden) prevailed in 1:56.4 over Spunky Jack and Drazzmatazz. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE - Kdk Standardbreds' Apple Bottom Jeans ($4.40, Russell Foster) was a 1:52.4 winner despite post eight Tuesday in the $15,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. Sayulita marched to the early lead from post position four where she would lead the seven horse field most of the way unchallenged until a first over Empress Deo applied pressure. At the top of the stretch, Apple Bottom Jeans gathered momentum from the final turn and exploded with pace to the lead for a powerful triumph. Sayulita held second with Fashion Showdown third. The 5-year-old Mr. Apples mare registered her fourth win of the season for trainer Kevin Switzer. Apple Bottom Jeans has been well traveled this year, racing against top mares in three different states over the past two months. Foster had four wins on the program. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE  - Art Stafford and Art Stafford Jr.'s Blazing Bobby Sox ($6.40, Stafford Jr.) notched his third consecutive win Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:53.3 in the featured $17,500 Open Pace. The 7-year-old Panderosa gelding led a fierce first over charge in which he cleared pacesetter Little Ben and held off all comers to the wire. Kid Pk was second, while Machamillion N finished third. It was the 27th career win for Blazing Bobby Sox, who is trained by co-owner/driver Art Stafford Jr. Russell Foster, Ross Wolfenden, Victor Kirby and Tony Morgan each had driving doubles on the program. Tuesday marks the launch of sports betting in Delaware with the three casinos in-state expected to start taking bets at 1:30 p.m. (EST). Delaware is the first state outside of Nevada expected to roll out full-scale sports betting following the Supreme Court's ruling to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act on May 14. Sports wagering at start-up will include single-game action on baseball, basketball, hockey, auto racing and golf. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

HARRINGTON, DE. - Zippett Racing Stable's Murmur Hanover ($15.60, Montrell Teague) was an upset winner in 1:55.4 in the $17,500 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The 8-year-old Majestic Son gelding notched his fourth win of the year in wire-to-wire fashion over I Like My Boss and Theresademoninme. Trained by Jay Gannon, Murmur Hanover earned his 28th career win and added to his healthy career bankroll of more than $780,000 lifetime. It was the second win on the card for Teague. Mike Cole had three wins. Driver Mike Rossi had a consecutive driving double with All Shoes on Deck ($4.20) and Skyway Gladiator ($15.20). Art Stafford Jr. and Ross Wolfenden also had two wins on the program. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE. - Empress Deo ($4.40, Montrell Teague) registered her third win of the meet with a powerful 1:52.3 triumph in the $15,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover mare led virtually wire-to-wire over Shesarocker and I'm Won Rum Wiser for trainer Wayne Givens. It was the 29th career win for "Empress," who is owned by the Legacy Racing of Delaware Stable. Jason and Susan Skinner's BJ's Sweetheart ($7, Victor Kirby) recorded her 31st career win with a front end score in 1:53.4. It was part of a training double for Jason Skinner. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE. - Don Marine's Cinder Block ($5.40, Mike Cole) improved to 5-for-5 at the current meet with a 1:55.2 victory in the first race on the program at Harrington Raceway Monday. The Rockabillie colt emerged the leader in deep stretch after following race favorite and pacesetter Sip And A Bite most of the year. Trained by Kyle Moore, it was a new lifetime mark for Cinder Block. Cole had four wins on the program. In the $16,000 Open Pace feature, Arthur Stafford and Arthur Stafford Jr.'s Blazing Bobby Sox ($2.40, Stafford Jr.) notched his sixth win of the season and second straight in 1:52.2. The Panderosa gelding led nearly every call for a dominant win over Machamillion N and Remember Me Vk. Trained by Stafford Jr, "Bobby" notched his 26th career win in just 78 starts. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway        

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