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New Zealand Bred Tiger Thompson N (Dexter Dunn) defeated Mother Nature and eight other harness racing foes in Sunday's Feature at Harrah's Philadelphia.   It was a Great Northeast Open Series event for male pacers, going for a purse of $30,000.   The Josh Parker trainee was able to sit patiently in the pocket behind the speed of millionaire Filibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras), who set fractions of :26.3, :55.3, and 1:23.2. Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick), who started from post 8, challenged the leader at the half after finding an early seat.   The battle set up for the fresh legs of Tiger Thompson N, who closed up the passing to win by 3/4 of a length in 1:50.3. He has now won four of his last five races. Filibuster Hanover held second, while Donttellmeagain finished third.   Tiger Thompson N ($16.20) is owned by the group of Nanticoke Racing, Stephen Messick, Prestige Stables, and Trainer Josh Parker.   There were multiple winning tickets in the Jackpot Hi 5, prompting a carryover into Wednesday's fifth race of $26,288.41.     by Mike Bozich for Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- Entering from a string of respectable efforts from off the pace in Open company at Dover Downs, a change of tactics proved beneficial for Tiger Thompson N ($3.20) in his Harrah's Philadelphia harness racing debut on Sunday afternoon (April 14), as he delivered a crushing 7-3/4 length blow to his rivals in the featured $18,000 top-level conditioned pace.   "He's been finishing off really well; his last quarters have been really strong," said driver Dexter Dunn of the 6-year-old Big Jim gelding who could only muster a third-place finish in his previous effort at Dover after being hemmed in.   In his local debut, Dunn angled Tiger Thompson N out from third early to brush clear of Bettorever (Tony Morgan) after a sharp :26.3 initial quarter. After clearing with a circuit to go, Tiger Thompson N controlled middle splits of :55.1 and 1:22.2 before drawing off in earnest through the final turn to lead by six at head-stretch. Ultimately, Tiger Thompson N capped his lifetime-best 1:50.3 mile with a :28.1 closing split and plenty of energy in reserve.   "He still had the plugs in; he was doing it pretty easily," Dunn said of Tiger Thompson N's local debut. "He went a strong mile today on the front and hopefully he can keep that form up."   Jack Roger (David Miller) circled a collapsing second flight to take second at 23-1, while Dash Of Danger (Kyle Husted) emerged from last at the top of the stretch to finish third.   Trainer Josh Parker acquired Tiger Thompson N in November along with co-owners Nanticoke Racing Inc., Stephen Messick and the Prestige Stable. So far, the eight-time winner has won three times for his American connections.   For Dunn, the featured win was the cornerstone of a driving hat trick: the New Zealand national also teamed up with Final Justice ($13.00, 1:54.3) and Zampara ($21.00, 1:53.3).   Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (April 17), with first post set for 12:25 p.m. Eastern and a $4,507.07 carryover in the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 in race five.   by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

HARRINGTON, DE - Nanticoke Racing, Josh Parker and Barry Spedden's Kaitlyn N ($5.20) notched her fourth straight win Tuesday in the $17,500 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. Driven by Art Stafford Jr., the 5-year-old American Ideal mare overcame post position eight with a fierce late rally to surge to the lead in deep stretch for her 11th win of the year. Trained by co-owner Parker, the mare has won 13 of 42 starts lifetime. Blacknsweet Adda A was second with Miss Choptank third. Michael Hill's Shesarocker ($4.20, Victor Kirby) won the sub-featured $11,000 Open II in 1:54.3. With just one night of racing remaining at the meet, Victor Kirby and Mike Cole are tied in the driver standings, while Joe Columbo has clinched the training title over Joe Hunderptfund. Post time is 5 p.m. for the closing night program Wednesday. 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    

DOVER, Del. --- ElliesJet N puts an eight straight harness racing win streak on the line stepping up into the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap pace on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at Dover Downs. Post time 4:30 p.m. Since arriving in North American last Fall, Elliesjet N has started eight times in Delaware with eight wins. First, at Harrington in late October and the rest of her 2015 races at Dover Downs, the American-bred New Zelander is owned by Barry Spennen, Kevin Evans, trainer Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing and will be driven by Art Stafford Jr. from post 2. Howard Taylor's Shine N Shimmer, a razor-sharp rival, drew the rail with Corey Callahan piloting the winner of 11 races last year. The one to beat is stakes seasoned Jerseylicious with Allan Davis driving for Pam Curran, Niel Gargiulo and Legacy Racing, a lifetime $646,630 winner. Chris White's Fashion Showdown with Ross Wolfenden, has been an Open regular all meet. JFE Enterprise's Scandalicious and Tony Morgan should take advantage of a position change from the outside. Jeff Clark's Springforth won Rosecroft's top female pace in her last start and will be handled by George Dennis. Another newcomer, Bamond Racing's Nefertiti Bluechip reined by Brett Miller has been racing well at Yonkers recently. The sub-feature is a $14,000 Mares Winners-Over pace with two winners last starts drawing outside post positions. Bamond Racing's Rockaround Sue (B. Miller) won at Yonkers while Weaver Bruscemi, Collura and Burke Racing's Southwind Serenity (Callahan) won last start and two of three in Chester. The other participants are Bob Bailey's sharp Duneside Chella (Morgan), Bay Pond Racing's Hearts N Flowers (A.Davis), Foulk Stable's Valerya (Jonathan Roberts), Bob Winkleman's Paradise Lost (Montrell Teague) has the rail with John McGill's No Respect (Vic Kirby) alongside, Randall Bendis and Tom Pollack's Montenegro (Morgan) complete the field. There is a $5,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 on races 4,5,6 and 7 daily. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. No live racing on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- Paradise Lost, overlooked at 34-1 after a victory last Tuesday, stormed from far back to win the $21,000 Mares Open Handicap in 1:52.1 on a longshot filled Tuesday, Dec.15th harness racing card at Dover Downs. Elliesjet N wins seventh straight. Red hot Allan Davis had a driving 'grand slam.' While Fashion Showdown (Ross Wolfenden) and Double Joy (Jim Morand) were battling on the front, Montrell Teague edged out from the back with Paradise Lost. On the final turn, still far behind, Teague moved the Artsplace-Loving Ideal eight-year-old into high gear and she rolled on to overtake the leaders and beat Montenegro (Brett Miller) to the wire for her fifth victory of the year. So in her return to top form after an injury last Spring, owner, trainer Bob Winkelman has nursed Paradise Lost back for five wins and $48,562 earnings this year and a $331,523 lifetime winner, Elliesjet N made her first start on this side of the Pacific a winning one on Oct. 13 a t Harrington Raceway, and in the six that followed including a 1:52.4 wire-to-wire victory in one of two $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Filly and Mare paces. Art Stafford Jr. drove the five-year-old black Jereme's Jet-Elle Mary Rose mare holding off a strong challenge from Girlofyourdreams, second the entire route, with a :27.2 final panelIn all seven of her U.S. starts she has had the lead after all quarters. Spedden, Evans, Nanticoke Racing and trainer Josh Parker own the winner of $36,750 since arriving. Who Dat Heather (Allan Davis) finished third. In the other $15,000 division. George Dennis piloted Fashion Rocker to victory in 1:53.2 For Blake Baker and Leah Messick, it was the sixth win of 2015 for the Rocknroll Hanover-Show Off three-year-old. Mildred's Button was runner-up with Freeding Frenzy (John MacKinnon) third. Allan Davis led the drivers with four wins. George Dennis has three, Tony Morgan, Corey Callahan, trainer Darrell Lewis and owner Leah Messick had doubles. WAR CRY HALL SEEKS SECOND STRAIGHT $20,000 DOVER OPEN TROT War Cry Hall held off fast-finishing Ashes Cash to win last week’s $20,000 Open Handicap trot and both return in a strong field of eight in the Wednesday, Dec. 16 feature at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Ross Wolfenden drove 12-time winner this year, War Cry Hall, trained by Jim King, for owner RBH Ventures. Ashes Cash with Vic Kirby has been razor sharp. The Leigh Raymer owned and trained gelding has three wins, a second and two thirds in his last six races. Hemi Seelster came from far back for Brett Miller to take third for Carl Atley, Bob LeBlanc and Rich Lombardo.   Again this week, Corey Callahan will drive Mike Casalino’s highly regarded Tough Mac from the outside post 8. Five Towns owned by LA Express Stable, has been racing well lately and will be driven by George Dennis. Callam Racing’s consistent Spunky Jack and Roger Plante cannot be overlooked leaving from the rail. David Miller’s Cash On Delivery with Vince Copeland and Razor Ramone, owned by Steve Iaquinta and Bill Dittmar make his first start of the meet with Allan Davis in the sulky. A $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old trot  is the sub-feature. Bob Shahan owned and trained Machuca (Allan Davis) is the lone winner last time among nine starters. Max Walton’s Someway Same Hall (Art Stafford Jr.) and Myclaimtovictory (Kim Vincent) finished second and third in that race. Drinksforthehouse (Corey Callahan), one of three sophomores in the field, was second last week and starts from post 9 in the second tier. Gregg and Tom Morris’ Juanna Be The Man (Plante), Gary Simpson and Eric Good’s Adrenalin Junkie (Jim Morand), Emily Carrow’s Color Me Royal (Tyler Davis) and John and Sarah Swart’s Power Wheel (Vince Copeland) complete the lineup.       After Thursday, the traditional Christmas Break Week gives horsemen a reprieve from racing, Dec. 18 through Dec. 27. Racing will resume on Monday, Dec. 28, Tuesday, the 29th and Wednesday, Dec. 30, post time is 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs will not race on Thursday, Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve day. Starting In January and February the track will also race on Sundays, for five days a week, starting on Sunday, Jan. 3. Marv Bachrad  

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