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HARRINGTON, DE. - The 12th Annual $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial Pace headlines a stellar 15-race card Monday September 17 at Harrington Raceway. The Quillen has brought some of the sport's top aged pacers to Delaware over the years, including 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit and three-time champion Foiled Again. This year's event features one of the more wide open divisions in recent years, and includes 2017 champ Bit Of A Legend (15-1, Jordan Stratton) for trainer Peter Tritton, whose repeat bid won't likely come easily after he drew post position seven. Bit Of a Legend is one of two horses in the field with over $400,000 in seasonal earnings, the other being Ron Burke-trained Rockin Ron (7/2, Yannick Gingras) who drew the rail. Evenin of Pleasure (9/2, Joe Bongiorno) recently won the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Memorial at Saratoga (Ny) and drew post six. Endeavor (3/1, Trace Tetrick) will travel the greatest distance to race. The Jeff Cullipher-trainee is based in Indiana and rides a two race win streak, that most recently included a lifetime best of 1:48.3. Previous Quillen entrants, Somewhere in L A (4/1, Jason Bartlett) and Scott Rocks (8/1, Eric Goodell) are back. Local interest Blazing Bobby Sox (12/1, Art Stafford Jr.) drew outside post eight and is the only horse in the field with a start this year over the track. Blazing Bobby Sox won the $40,000 Governor's Cup on July 26 at Harrington.The Quillen is the first leg of the late pick four (racse 8 through 11). The complete field in post position order can be found below: 1 - Rockin Ron (7/2, Yannick Gingras) 2 - Somewhere in L A (4/1, Jason Bartlett) 3 - Scott Rocks (8/1, Eric Goodell) 4 - Endeavor (3/1, Trace Tetrick) 5 - Sunfire Blue Chip (9/2 Mark Macdonald) 6 - Evenin of Pleasure (8/1, Joe Bongiorno) 7 - Bit Of A Legend N (15/1, Jordan Stratton) 8 - Blazing Bobby Sox (12/1, Art Stafford Jr.) On the undercard, five $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) divisions will be contested in their first of two legs for pacing colts and fillies. Three filly divisions will go post ward as races 2, 4 and 7, while a pair of colt divisions are carded as races 3 and 9. Post time is 5 p.m. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway      

HARRINGTON, DE - Frank Chick's Majestic Mistress ($4.80, Mike Cole) improved to 3-for-3 locally with a 1:56.1 triumph in the $17,500 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway. Despite having the outside post, she was able to quickly negate the disadvantage from the outer rail with a swift move to the lead where she would coast to an easy win over Murmur Hanover and Celebrity Pegasus. Trained by Kevin Lare, it was her third straight win. On the undercard, William Moffett's Gillie The Kid ($4, Art Stafford Jr.) prevailed in 1:57.3 over Spunky Jack and Whitesville Dixon. The 5-year-old Northern Kid gelding notched his fifth win of the season for his owner/trainer. Ross Wolfenden had four wins on the card. Monday September 17 with feature the marquee event of the season at Harrington Raceway, the $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial, featuring some of the sport's top aged pacers, in conjunction with five $20,000 Delaware Standardberd Breeders Fund (DSBF) divisions for 2-year-old pacers. Live racing continues Monday through Wednesday. Post time is 5 p.m. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE - Q's Cruise ($4.80, Ross Wolfenden) captured the Monday harness racing feature at Harrington Raceway with a 1:51:3 triumph in an $11,000 Open II for pacers. Owned by Jo Ann Looney-King, it was the second win of the season for the 4-year-old Yankee Cruiser gelding. "Cruise" set all the fractions from post position three and held off a fierce charge from Hi Sir for the win, the 11th in his career for trainer Jim King Jr. Trainer Clyde Francis teamed with driver Montrell Teague and owner George Teague Jr. with three wins on the card as GWT ($3.40), Transitioning Joy ($4) and Daiymir ($2.20) were all victorious as popular public betting choices. Live racing continues on a Monday through Wednesday schedule until October 24. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

HARRINGTON, DE - Frank Chick's Majestic Mistress ($3, Mike Cole) was a repeat winner in the $16,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:55.2 triumph. Majestic Mistress left alertly from post position five as the public's (1-to-2) betting choice and marched through fractions of 28.3, 58.4 and 1:27.3 before drawing away by multiple lengths at the top of the stretch and to the wire. Mr. Right was second with Battle Mage third. Trained by Kevin Lare, it was the 10th career win for the 5-year-old daughter of Majestic Son, who debuted in Delaware impressively on August 28 with a 1:54.3 win. Bill Sartin's A Nashty Business ($5.40, Ross Wolfenden) prevailed in 1:56 in the $11,000 Open II trot for trainer Joe Hunderptfund Jr. All Shoes On Deck was second with Uwantapieceofme third. Live racing continues on a Monday through Wednesday schedule. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE. - Nanticoke Racing, Josh Parker and Barry Spedden's Kaitlyn N ($4.40, Art Stafford Jr.) captured the $16,000 Mares Open Tuesday in 1:53.3 at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Parker, it was the 8th win of the year for the 5-year-old American Ideal mare, who was an aggressive pocket sitter from post seven behind pacesetter Artrageous was who was second. Purrfect Bags was third. Kaitlyn had been racing against some of the top mares on the east coast in Pennsylvania and New York over the summer before returning to her homestate. She has won 10 of 39 career starts. Racing continues on a Monday through Wednesday schedule with a 5 p.m. post time. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

HARRINGTON, DE - George Leager's Slick Tony ($3.20, Montrell Teague) equaled the track record for 3-year-old pacing colts at Harrington Raceway Monday with a 1:51.4 triumph in an $11,000 Open II event. The No Spin Zone-Queen Kathy colt set all the fractions and was an easy winner over Dialamara and Q's Cruise in achieving his 16th career win in 22 starts. Trained by Leager, the mark tied the record set by Bags To Riches in 2017. Slick Tony has now banked more than $335,000 in his career. Later on the card, Slick Tony's half-brother, 2-year-old Son of A Lynx would win his second straight race in 1:57.1. A son of Southwind Lynx, he is also owned and trained by Leager. Teague and Russell Foster each had three wins on the program. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Frank Chick's Majestic Mistress ($6.80, Mike Cole) was a 1:54.3 harness racing winner in the $15,000 Open Trot Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. The 5-year-old Majestic Son mare was a recent acquisition and had an impressive performance in her local debut for trainer Kevin Lare with a front stepping and dominant victory over Drazzmatazz and Murmur Hanover. It was the second win of the season for "Mistress" and ninth of her career. Driver Victor Kirby had the hot hand once again, after a four win night on Monday, he followed up with another grand slam Tuesday. In the $11,000 Open II Trot, Bill Emmons' Battle Mage ($7.40, Russell Foster) was a 1:57.2 winner for trainer Eric Ell, who was celebrating a birthday. All Shoes On Deck was second with I'm So Striking third. Mike Cole, Art Stafford Jr., Montrell Teague and Ross Wolfenden each had a double. Matt Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, DE - Nanticoke Racing, Josh Parker, Barry Spedden and Prestige Stables' Robbie Burns N ($3.40, Montrell Teague) made his harness racing Delaware debut a winning one Monday with a 1:51.2 win in the $15,000 Open pace at Harrington Raceway. It was one of four wins on the card for driver Teague who joined Victor Kirby with a grand slam. Trained by co-owner Parker, Robbie Burns was the beneficiary of a pocket trip behind pacesetter Blazing Bobby Sox. Robbie Burns finished with a flourish in the stretch to prevail. Blazing Bobby Sox was second, while Q's Cruise was third. A son of Live or Die, it was the fifth win of the season for Robbie Burns N, who had been competing in New York and Pennsylvania most of the summer after his arrival from New Zealand. One race earlier, venerable pacer Special T Rocks (Art Stafford Jr.), recorded his 54th career win in his 190th career start with a 1:52.1 triumph in an $11,000 conditioned pace. The 10-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding staved off a fierce charge from 3-year-old Slick Tony to pick up his second straight win for trainer Joe Hundertpfund and owners Bill Sartin and Mark Salerno. by Matt Sparachino, for Harrington Raceway    

HARRINGTON, DE - Louis Tomczak Jr.'s Proper One ($8.60, Carlo Poliseno) won his fourth straight race Monday at Harrington Raceway in a $11,000 conditioned pace in 1:54.3. The 4-year-old Proper Respect gelding seized the lead immediately after starting gate left and never looked back in his wire-to-wire score for trainer/driver Poliseno, who had a driving triple and training double on the card. Proper One achieved his 8th win of the season, none bigger than his win in the $20,000 President's Cup on Governor's Day during the Delaware State Fair on July 26 in a lifetime best of 1:52.3. Drivers Mike Cole and Art Stafford Jr. each also won three races on the program. One of Stafford's wins came in the $10,000 sub-feature, with venerable pacer Special T Rocks ($6.60.), who notched his 53rd career win with a 1:51.3 score. The 10-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding put in a dominant performance in his 189th career start for trainer Joe Hundertpfund Jr and owner William Sartin and Mark Salerno. by Matt Sparacino, harness racing

HARRINGTON, DE. - Harrington Raceway's 72nd year of live harness racing will resume Monday August 20 with a 14-race program. Live racing will be conducted on August 20, 21, 27 and 28 before resumption of a normal Monday through Wednesday schedule for September through October 24. The feature on this Monday's program is an $11,000 conditioned pace with 2017 United States Harness Writers Association's Delaware Valley Chapter Horse of the Meet, Papa Ray (9/1) back in action for former track leading trainer Wayne Givens and last year's leading driver Victor Kirby. Papa Ray, a 9-year-old Village Jolt stallion will be making his 225th career start and sports a lifetime bankroll in excess of $635,000 - impressive for a former $1,800 yearling purchase. Sophomore Evolution Tour (5/2, Montrell Teague) is the morning line favorite for owner/trainer team Jo Ann Looney-King and Jim King Jr. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding has been uber consistent throughout his career and has never finished worse than third in 18 starts. A field of seven will go post ward as the third leg of the early pick four (races 3 through 6). Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes action for 2-year-olds will get underway on September 17, the same night as the track's signature event, the $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial, featuring some of the sport's top pacers. Last year's event was won by Bit Of A Legend N. Post time nightly is 5 p.m. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE - Zippett Racing Stable's Murmur Hanover ($5.40, Victor Kirby) was a 1:57.1 winner over a sloppy racetrack in the featured $16,000 Open Trot Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. The Jay Gannon-trainee registered his 31st career win in wire-to-wire fashion over a game Royal Becca J, who was first-over and pocket sitter P L Hercules finished third. Murmur Hanover, a son of Majestic Son, has now banked $814,000 in his career. It was one of four wins for Kirby on the card. Ross Wolfenden and Russell Foster each had a driving triple. Trainer Josh Green also had three wins on the card. Wingus captured the $11,000 Open II sub-feature in 1:58.1 for owners Bill and Joan Venables and trainer John Wilkerson. Live racing resumes Monday August 27. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE - Harrington Raceway's richest program of the season, the annual Governor's Day program at the Delaware State Fair, was contested Thursday, highlighted by four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals for 3-year-olds as well, three of which were won by driver Russell Foster, and program fixtures like the $40,000 Governor's Cup for older horses. The day showcases many of Delaware's top horses as every horse on the program was either fully Delaware owned or bred. In the Governor's Cup Arthur Stafford and Arthur Stafford Jr's Blazing Bobby Sox ($2.60, Stafford Jr.) was a 1:50.1 winner over Options Are a Dream and Silver Fox J. Driven by his trainer, the 7-year-old Panderosa gelding was a decisive front end winner to boost his seasonal earnings in excess of $100,000. Governor John Carney was on hand and presented the trophy to the winning connections. The first DSBF final was for filly pacers as Deborah and Jamie Bozman's Jamie's Renegade ($2.20, Foster) scored a 1:53.1 win over Go Sandy Go and Gracefully Forgiven. The Pacific Renegade filly remained unbeaten as a 3-year-old in five starts and started the Foster hat trick of DSBF finals. Foster doubled up in the filly trotting final with Shirley Shand and Serendipity Stable's Star Sapphire ($5.60) with a 2:01.4 win over Vandalous and Press Pass. Race favorite Déjà Vu Blue made a break near the start and finished fourth. Trained by Tui Stone, Star Sapphire notched her seventh career win. The Anders Bluestone filly has now banked more than $230,000 in her career. Foster notched a triple in the pacing colt final aboard favorite Slick Tony ($2.60), who cruised to an easy win over Evolution Tour and America First. Owned and trained by George Leager, the No Spin Zone-sired colt led wire-to-wire in achieving his 15th career win in 19 starts. In the only DSBF final event not won by Foster, favorite Super Fly ($2.40, Stafford Jr.) overcame post seven to win in 1:57.2 over Seafood Suzie Blue and Brother Kenny. Owned by Leigh Raymer, Stephen Moss and Stacy Johnson-Stafford, Super Fly has dominated DSBF rivals and recorded his 9th win in 16 lifetime starts. The Super Punk gelding was trained by his driver. On the undercard, Tate Lewis' Mr. Right ($3.20, Allan Davis) won the $30,000 Charles Murphy Memorial in 1:55.3. Kdk Standardbreds' Apple Bottom Jeans ($2.20, Tim Tetrick) captured the $30,000 Legislator's Cup in 1:51.2. Louis Tomczak Jr.'s Proper One ($6.40, Cody Poliseno) won the $20,000 President's Cup in 1:52.3. Wade Wyatt and Francis Di Mondi Jr's Common Parlance ($2.80, Sean Bier) captured a $10,000 conditioned trot in 1:56 and Nanticoke Racing, Josh Parker and Donna Messick's Spondulicks N ($3.40, Stafford Jr.) was victorious in a $10,000 conditioned pace in 1:55.1. William Moffett's Lydia ($5.60, Ross Wolfenden) won a $15,000 DSBF filly pacing consolation in 1:59.3. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE - The richest program of the season at Harrington Raceway is set for Thursday during the Delaware State Fair as the annual Governor's Day program will be contested with an 11-race program (7 p.m. post time). More than $550,000 in total purses will be at stake on the program, with the majority being dispersed in the four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final events for 3-year-olds in races 1, 5, 7 and 10. Popular annual events for older horses that are also a big part of the day include the $40,000 Governor's Cup, $30,000 Legislator's Cup, $30,000 Charles Murphy Jr. Memorial Trot and $20,000 President's Cup. The first DSBF final event is for pacing fillies and will feature Deborah and Jamie Bozman's Jamie's Renegade (8/5, Russell Foster), who is unbeaten in four starts as a sophomore. The race honors the memory of trainer/driver Ben Stafford Jr., a long time horsemen in the Mid-Atlantic region. The filly trotting final, named in honor of former Harrington Raceway President and horseman Jack Walls, will feature a showdown between two previous DSBF final winners, Shirley Shand and Serendipity Stable's Star Sapphire (7/5, Foster) and Howard Taylor, Tom Lazzaro, Mike Casalino Jr. and Dylan Davis' Déjà vu Blue (9/5, Corey Callahan). The race is also the third leg of the early pick four wager (races 3-6). Up next in DSBF final action will be the final for male trotters, which honors the memory of driver/trainer Hal Belote, who was tragically killed in a racing accident more than a decade ago. Super Fly (7/5, Art Stafford Jr.) owned by Leigh Raymer, Stephen Moss and Stacy Johnson, has been the scourge of the division and will look to complete a sweep of 3-year-old DSBF final events. The last of the DSBF finals is for male pacers and will feature George Leager's Slick Tony (8/5, Foster) who has dominated his DSBF rivals to date and will attempt to capture his fourth final. Carded as the 10th race, it is the third leg of the late pick four (races 8-11). In the 2nd race (second half of the daily double), Art Stafford and Art Stafford Jr's Blazing Bobby Sox (7/5, Stafford Jr.) figures to be the favorite in the Governor's Cup. The 7-year-old Panderosa gelding was on a torrid run in the spring season with a four-race win streak. Pick four wagering will be available in races 3 and 8. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

Debbie and Jamie Bozman were hoping for a fun mother-daughter experience when they purchased a three-month-old filly in the summer of 2015. Although Jamie was raised around harness racing horses, trained by her father Walt Bozman Jr., she never owned one until that day. The filly, a daughter of Pacific Renegade out of the mare Honey, was named Jamie's Renegade. She has proved to be a winner for Debbie and Jamie, but, more importantly, has proved to be resilient. Jamie's Renegade suffered a fractured coffin bone last year, which required surgery at the New Bolton Center. She returned to training in December and is a perfect 4-for-4 this season heading to Thursday's $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund championship for 3-year-old female pacers at Harrington Raceway. She will start from post No. 2 with regular driver Russell Foster. "After everything she's been through, it would be a Cinderella story for her if she can win," Debbie said. "Just getting her to this point is such an accomplishment. My husband and daughter have given her excellent care. I'm so proud of both of them. "We're giving her every chance to do well. She drew well (for the DSBF final) so that's a plus." When Jamie's Renegade joined the family's stable, she revealed herself to be a bit feisty -- more renegade than honey, for sure. "The first day she broke both shafts of the cart," Walt said. "She's a pistol," Debbie said. But she also is talented. "As she started to figure out how it was training, she was a beast," Debbie said. "Russell Foster, every time he comes off the track and hands my husband the lines, he says that she continues to impress him with every start." Jamie's Renegade has won five of seven career races and earned $30,146. Jamie, who as a young child used to sit on her father's lap while he jogged horses, now gets to sit behind her own horse and assists with the work at the barn. "I'm lucky enough to be able to jog (Jamie's Renegade) a lot and every day I get behind her she is fun out there," Jamie said. "She just likes to go. She is just one beast of a horse. "She hasn't mellowed. There are days she wants to be super playful. She's trying to untie my shoelaces right now. I'm telling you, she's a trip." The Bozmans have three horses at the moment, with a turned-out 2-year-old colt and a weanling joining Jamie's Renegade. Walt, a retired businessman, trained 1996 Maryland Sire Stakes champion trotter Nostopinhernow. "The horses have been our family's joy," said Debbie, who is the medication buyer for Peninsula Regional Medical Center. "I'm the weekend warrior. I get to come out and spend the weekends with them." Jamie's interest in working with the horses has increased thanks to what she calls "the family project" with Jamie's Renegade. "It's been a lot of fun so far," Jamie said, adding with a laugh, "I'm trying to take my dad's job. He'll let me have his job, but he won't let me have his check." A win by Jamie's Renegade on Thursday would add to the fun. Harrington Raceway hosts DSBF championships for 3-year-old male and female trotters and pacers as part of its annual Governor's Day program. Racing begins at 7 p.m. (EDT). "It's going to be nerve-wracking waiting for the race," Jamie said. "It's going to be a tough race. Everyone in there is going to be really good. We're just hoping to come home strong." For Thursday's complete entries at Harrington, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

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

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