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DOVER, Del. --- Downbytheseaside became a $2 million winner, Bill's Man closed strongly for harness racing driver Tim Tetrick's first of four wins, Agent Q got up for Hall of Famer David Miller and Dream Together -led off the four Matron Stakes championships on Thursday, Nov. 16 at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick added to his current leading driver total scoring four winners. The passing lane was handy for driver Chris Page to catch front-pacing Filibuster in the final steps for a 1:50.1 victory on a chilly and windy night. Brian Brown trains the Somebeachsomewhere-Sprig Hanover colt owned by Joe Sbrocco, Rich Lombardo, Country Club Acres and Diamond Creek Racing. It was his 12th win of the year with two seconds and three thirds. Bringing his earnings to $1,430,922 this season and $2,008.028 lifetime. Filabuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras) was a game second with longshot Eddard Hanover (Tetrick) third. M&L of Delaware, the nom de course for Ralph, Roz and Doug Paul, longtime harness patrons who usually own pacers, now have a Matron trotting champion with their partner Bill Wiswell. Tim Tetrick guided Bill's Man to a come-from-off the pace 1:52.2 career fastest win. What The Hill (David Miller) and Devious Man (Andy Miller) traded leads before Bill's Mann closed with authority for his fifth win of the season. John Butenschoen conditions the Credit Winner-Silver Springs trotter who now has banked $453,396 of his more than half-million dollar lifetime earnings. Devious Man was a close second with Top Flight Angel (Daniel Dube) third. David Miller and Agent Q got home first in the $182,700 Matron sop filly final. The daughter of Western Terror-Teenage Paige scored her 10th triumph of 2017 with two seconds and two thirds for Martin Scharf, Bob Muscara and Rochetti Cassar Racing. Aaron Lambert trains the now winner of $1,137,620. Another $1-million winner Idyllic Beach (Gingras) was runner-up with Tequilas Monday (Brett Miller) third. Determination of Montreal's Dream Together handled by Daniel Dube, caught Evelyn (Andy Miller) at the wire to notch a 1:53.2 win at the wine for trainer Luc Blais. The Muscle Hill - Danae three-year-old won for the fourth time this year, the 13th time in 15 starts that she finished 1,2,3. Race favorite Ice Attraction (Ake Svanstedt) finished third. Mach It So, the oldest horse at seven in the /$30,000 Preferred Handicap, was a 1:50.3 winner. Jeff Bamond trains the Mach Three-Beach Dancer gelding for Bamond Stables. Sweet Rock (Vic Kirby) was second. Always At My Place (Gingras) took third. Ironically, Christen Me N was scratch and it was on his real birthday. Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms' Cajon Lighting was at his best to win the $26,000 Open pace in 1L51.1 with Yannick Gingras in the bike. Arque Hanover (Corey Callahan) was a head back in second with Q's Cruise (Tetrick) third. Dover Downs now features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the sixth. 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. 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 each day from 12 Noon until 12 LMAN, Marv Bachrad

DOVER,Del.---- Four rich Matron Stakes for three-year-olds headline a top 13-race harness racing program at Dover Downs on Thursday, Nov. 16. On the excellent undercard is a $30,000 Preferred pace, a $25,000 Open, a $19,000 and $16,000 Winner divisions along with a $35,000 and a $25,000 Claiming pace are on the strong card. First Post is 4:30 p.m. As in the past, often divisional titles are on the line with results affecting seasonal end of the year awards. The $210,000 Matron Colt Stake is led by $1.9-million winner Downbytheseaside driven by former Dover regular Chris Page. He has been the favorite in most of his races since late Summer. He missed by three-quarters , finishing second in the Breeders Crown racing for trainer Brian Brown and owners Rich Lombardo, Jay Sbrocco, Country Club Acres and Diamond Creek Racing. Little Brown Jug winner Yannick Gingras and Filibuster Hanover drew the rail for Burke Racing, Weaver Brucemi, J&T Silva Stables and Joe DiScala. New York Sire Stakes king Funknwaffles and Corey Callahan, second in the Jug, gets post 2. What The Hill, who was taken down after finishing first in the Hambletonian, swept the Breeders Crown title, but must overcome outside post 8 in the $201,900 Matron Colt championship. Hall of Famer David Miller will handle the reins for Burke Racing, Deo Volente Farms, J&T Silva and Our Hrs Cents stables. Devious Man and Andy Miller, who has been 1,2,3 in 14 of 16 starts winning almost $1-million this season races for Story Inc. and Andy Miller Stable.' M&L of Delaware and Bill Wiswell own Bill's Man with Tim Tetrick in the bike. In the $186,600 Matron Filly Trot, Ice Attraction, second in the Breeders Crown and a winner last week in the Crossroads at Hoosier Park, trained and driven by Ake Swanstedt who owns the wekk-bred trotter with Mal and Janet Burrows, Little E and Georgetown, Del.'s Don Sipple. Has won nearly $400,000 this year with six wins and 12 times in the money in 19 races. Determination of Montreal finished third in the Breeders Crown and is driven by Daniel Dube for trainer Luc Blais and drew post 1. Jimmy Takter starts That's All Moni with Yannick Gingras piloting for Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Brittany Farms. Another Delaware-owned candidate is Fine Tuned Lady with Corey Callahan driving for M&L of Delaware and William Wiswell. Early season standout Idyllic Beach and Yannick Gingras drew the rail in the $182,700 Matron soph filly final. The $1.1-million lifetime winner is owned by Christine Takter, John Fielding, Marvin Katz and Brixton Medical Inc. Starting from the outside is Jugette winner and second-place in the Breeders Crown Caviart Ally owned by Caviart Farms. Another $1-million winner Agent Q gets David Miller in the bike. The highly rated Rich Pollucci-owned Christen Me N (Tetrick) and Mach It So (David Miller) lead the $30,000 Preferred pace while the Stafford's Blazing Bobby Sox (Art Safford Jr.), Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing's Sicily (Montrell Teague), Delaware-champion Bags To Riches (Andy Miller) racing for only Money Inc., and trainer Jason Skinner, and Cajon Lightning (Gingras) owned by Ken Wood Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, head the $25,000 Open, Dover Downs now features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the second race through the sixth. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. When watch live racing, enjoy fine dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant. Top North American harness and thoroughbred racing is featured at the Dover Downs Sports & Race Book open daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for general parking or admission. Marv Bachrad  

Downbytheseaside will try to continue a late-season surge when he faces seven foes in Thursday's $210,000 Matron Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old male pacers at Dover Downs. The colt, who is harness racing's richest horse of the year, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite despite starting from post seven. The race is one of four Matron Stakes for 3-year-old pacers and trotters Thursday at Dover Downs. Idyllic Beach is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the event for female pacers while Devious Man is the 3-1 choice in the Matron for male trotters and Ice Attraction gets the 3-1 nod for female trotters. Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. EST. Downbytheseaside enters the Matron Stakes off a career-best 1:48.3 win Nov. 4 in the Monument Circle at Hoosier Park. His time was one-fifth of a second off Freaky Feet Pete's track record for 3-year-old male pacers. For the year, Downbytheseaside has won 11 of 19 races and earned $1.32 million for owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and Diamond Creek Racing. He faces on Thursday a field that includes Little Brown Jug champion and Monument Circle runner-up Filibuster Hanover, who is the 3-1 second choice from post one with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Ron Burke. Burke also sends Rock N Tony, Eddard Hanover, and Miso Fast into the event. Chris Page will drive Downbytheseaside for trainer Brian Brown, leaving from post seven, which has produced only four winners in 111 races during the current meet at Dover Downs. "He seems as good now as he's been all year," Brown said. "He trained sharp (on Saturday) and checked out OK, so I think we're ready to go." Downbytheseaside, who has battled issues with his feet throughout the season, won his first four races this year, including the Art Rooney Pace, before a third-place finish in the North America Cup. He was second in the Meadowlands Pace and third in the Cane Pace before winning the Messenger Stakes as part of another four-race win streak. He then finished fifth in both his Little Brown Jug elimination and final and third in a division of the Tattersalls Pace. He won his elimination for the Breeders Crown and was second in the final before capturing the Monument Circle. "The horse has actually gotten better," Brown said. "He's put on some weight in the last month and his feet the last month are better. "He had some tough spots where things weren't going his way and we could have easily lost him, but he recovered. I think it speaks to his guts and his durability. I just wish he would have been this good a couple months ago." Brown also trains 3-year-old male pacer Fear The Dragon, who has won 12 of 16 races this season and is No. 2 in purses with $1.26 million for owner Emerald Highlands Farm. The colt was not eligible to the Matron, but his connections discussed supplementing the horse to the race. However, after battling health issues in recent weeks and qualifying on Nov. 9 in 1:53.4 at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway, the decision was made to sit out. "Dragon qualified decent, but he didn't qualify great," Brown said. "And for him to have to go against these horses, I think he has to be great. I don't want to cheapen the horse at all. We're still not a hundred percent sure he won't race again, but he's not racing this week." The Matron for 3-year-old male pacers is Race 10 on Thursday's 13-race card. Estimated post time for the race is 7:30 p.m. EST. There is no lack of talent in the remaining Matron Stakes. The field for the 3-year-old filly pace includes six of the division's seven richest horses: Caviart Ally, Agent Q, Idyllic Beach, Bettor's Up, Tequila Monday, and Obvious Blue Chip. Breeders Crown and Canadian Trotting Classic champion What The Hill, Yonkers Trot winner Top Flight Angel, and Kentucky Futurity winner Snowstorm Hanover are among the horses joining Devious Man in the Matron for male trotters. Ice Attraction, the Kentucky Filly Futurity winner, meets a group that includes stakes-winners Thats All Moni, Cool Cates, On A Sunny Day and Dream Together in the filly trot. For Thursday's complete entries, click here. Ken Weingartner

DOVER, Del.---- Springsteen is not only a big hit on Broadway but also in the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Nov. 8. The harness racing colt won the $211,300 two-year-old colt pace joining the sensational Youaremycandygirl, Wolfgang and Plunge Blue Chip in the champions winners circle at Dover Downs on Thursday, Nov. 9. Teamed with driver Simon Allard, Springsteen shot past race favorite Shnitzledosomething just past the three-quarters and rolled on to a 1:51.1 victory in the male Matron. The win was only the second this year in 12 starts and a new lifetime mark. Rene Allard recently became trainer of the Rock N Roll Heaven-American Charm youngster who now has banked $178,351 this season. Singh, Weisenberg and Allard Racing own the winner. Closing Statement and Brian Sears was second in front of Shnitzledosomething (Peter Wrenn) third. Yannick Gingras made the winner's circle for the second time guiding Youaremycandy to an easy 1:52.2 score in the $174,700 Matron Filly Pace. W.J. Donavan owns the American Ideal-Sweet Lady Jane bay trained by Ron Burke, who won for the sixth consecutive stakes victory, her eighth of the year in 10 races. She has now won $714,345 in purses. Strong Opinion (Dave Miller) was runner-up. Aims Whisper (Wrenn) took third. Outside post eight was no burden for Plunge Blue Chip in the $173,000 Matron Filly Trot. Ake Svanstedt, who owns the Muscle Mass-Dunk The Donato lass with Blue Chip Bloodstock, hustled away from the starting gate and won for fun in 1:55.4 for her seventh win in eight races improving her earnings to $194,833. Perfect Summer (Andrew McCarthy) had a perfect 2-hole trip with SMS Princess (Tim Tetrick) third. Wolfgang played winning music for Yannick Gingras in a 1:55.3 decision in the $203,900 Matron Colt Trot. Jimmy Takter conditions the My MVP-Summer Savory freshman for owners Falk, Fair Island Farm, Brixton Medical and Hatfield Stables. The win was the third of the season in eight races. Wolfgang caught Samo Difference (Takter) in the last steps to bring his earnings to $204,820. I Know My Rights (Tyler Buter) was the show horse. More Matron action next Thursday, Nov. 16 when all four Matron Stakes for three-year-olds headline another big racing program. On a giant undercard, David Miller steered Bettor Memories, trained by Nifty Norman, home in 1:50.2 for owner Gus Dovi to win the $30,000 Preferred Pace. Soto (Art Stafford Jr.) and Sweet Rock (Sears) were second and third respectively. In the $25,000 Open pace, Sicily, driven by Montrell Teague, was a 1:50.3 winner for trainer Wayne Givens and owners Reggie Hazzard. Arque Hanover was next in front of Seventh Secret (Eddie Davis Jr.) During the night Tim Tetrick was presented a 10,000 win sign. Tim Tetrick, Allan Davis, Yannick Gingras, trainers Eric Foster and Jim King and owner JoAnn Looney King had two wins apiece. Dover Downs now offers a 50-Cent Pick-5 (races 2,3,4,5,6) and a late double to end the card on the 12th and 13th races. The track races Monday through Thursday with a 4:30 p.m. post time. Enjoy live racing and good food at the Dover Downs Winners Circle Restaurant Buffet, each race day. General parking and admission is free. Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.---- A boffo Thursday card is topped by four lucrative Matron Stakes at Dover Downs. On the strong harness racing undercard is a $30,000 Preferred pace, a $25,000 Open, two $19,000 Winner divisions along with a $35,000 and a $25,000 Claiming pace top on the Nov. 9 program. First Post is 4:30 p.m. The sport's biggest owner of racing horses, Philadelphia attorney Howard Taylor, spotted a freshman pacer in Indiana and induced partners Ed Gold, Abe Basen and Tom Lazzaro to buy Shnitzledosomethin and turned the juvenile over to trainer Dylan Dillion. Since then the pacer has been outstanding in-the-money in 11 of 12 races with veteran Peter Wrenn steering the young pacer all season. To enter the Matron, his owners have put up a $20,000 supplemental payment to race in the $211,300 colt and gelding pace. Shnitzledosomethin faces Closing Statement driven by Brian Sears, This Is The Plan with Andrew McCarthy and highly rated Nutcracker Sweet with Tim Tetrick in the 10th race. W.J. Donovan's streaking Youaremycandygirl and Yannick Gingras heads the field in the $174,700 Matron Filly Pace. The Ron Burke trained juvenile has been red hot recently winning five straight and seven of nine starts for $627,195 A pair of Ron Burke trainees, Majorsspeciallady with Matt Kakaley driving and Strong Opinon, from posts 6 and 8 respectively. Brian Sears drives an Ake Svanstedt trained Python Blue Chip, fresh from three straight win. The Matron Filly Trot boasts a $203,900 purse and is led by Mellby Gard's Sonofamillionaire with trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. Wolfgang is driven by Yannick Gingras while Jimmy Takter handles Samo Different Day. Another Swanstedt stalwart Plunge Blue Chip who he owns with Blue Chip Bloodstock, drew outside post 8 but is the one to beat in the $173,000 frosh filly trot. Swing It Cathy driven by Jimmy Takter for his wife Christina and Solevig Racing Partners and Bob Key's Perfect Summer K are among the contenders. A hard-hitting seven horse field of fast pacers tangle in the $30,000 Preferred pace. Burke-trainee Always At My Place (Gingras), a newcomer from Yonkers, drew post 1 with Josh Green's Poisonous (Tetrick) alongside. Mildred Ventriglio's Kid PK (Tony Morgan), the Stafford's Blazing Bobby Sox (Art Safford Jr.), Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing's Sicily (Montrell Teague) and Cajon Lightning (Gingras) owed by Ken Wood Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, head the $25,000 Open, Next Thursday, all four Matron three-year-old division, head the Nov. 16 program. Dover Downs now features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the second race through the sixth. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. When watch live racing, enjoy fine dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant. Top North American harness and thoroughbred racing is featured at the Dover Downs Sports & Race Book open daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for general parking or admission. Marv Bachrad

Harness racing trainer Joe Holloway hopes this year does not provide the last word on Closing Statement's disposition. Closing Statement has won five of 12 races and earned $226,939 in purses this season despite being "a work in progress." In his most recent start, the colt finished third in the Breeders Crown. On Thursday, he faces seven foes in the $211,300 Matron Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers at Dover Downs. "The horse has got high, high speed, but he's a little difficult," Holloway said. "He's a good colt this year, but you also have to have manners. That's what we're working on. Hopefully next year he matures. He's going to need (better manners) next year." Closing Statement is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Ideal Newton. He was purchased under the name Ian Hanover for $125,000 at last year's Standardbred Horse Sale. He is a full brother to 3-year-old female pacer Inverse Hanover, who also was a Breeders Crown finalist, and his family also includes stakes-winner Newborn Sassy. The colt, owned by Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables and Ted Gewertz, is the 7-2 second choice on the Matron morning line. He will start from post seven with driver Brian Sears. Shnitzledosomethin, who was supplemented to the race for $20,000, is the 3-1 favorite. He will start from post five with Peter Wrenn driving for trainer Dylan Davis. Shnitzledosomethin finished second in the Breeders Crown and Indiana Sire Stakes championship. The race also features Nutcracker Sweet (4-1), This Is The Plan (5-1), and Karpathian Kid (6-1). This Is The Plan and Karpathian Kid were also Breeders Crown finalists. "The way the draw shook out, it's kind of tough," Holloway said. "But I don't know if I'd feel a whole lot better if I had (an inside post) because it's such a speed track and you're going to have to go. It's not like you're leaving and protecting the rail with that group of horses. It's a good race for being in November. "Hopefully we're the last one to the front and hold from there. Brian gets along with him, he's got a quiet set of hands, so we'll hope for the best." Dover Downs also hosts Matron Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers and 2-year-old male and female trotters on Thursday. Breeders Crown champion Youaremycandygirl, from the stable of trainer Ron Burke, is the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the Matron for female pacers. Jimmy Takter's Wolfgang is the 2-1 favorite in the event for male trotters and Ake Svanstedt's Plunge Blue Chip is the 5-2 pick for female trotters. Ken Weingartner

Harness Racing This Week: Matron Stakes, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit returns to Dover Downs this Thursday (Nov. 9) for four Matron Stakes for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. The 2-year-old colt pace carries a purse of $211,300, the 2-year-old colt trotters will race for $203,900, the purse for the 2-year-old filly pace is $174,700 and the 2-year-old filly trotters will race for $173,000. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Fresh off the heels of a successful Breeders Crown weekend, Grand Circuit racing action was back in the spotlight at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday (Nov. 4). The evening's 12-race card was highlighted by the $140,000 Crossroads of America for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $125,000 USS Indianapolis Memorial for 3-year-old pacing fillies, the $235,000 Carl Erskine for 3-year-old colt trotters, and the $245,000 Monument Circle Pace for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, many of which featured rematches from the Breeders Crown finals. The final stakes race of the evening was the $245,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings and it was Downbytheseaside who avenged his runner-up finish in the $527,500 Breeders Crown final in a big way. With Chris Page in the bike, Downbytheseaside was untouchable down the stretch, stopping the timer in 1:48.3. The 1:48.3 clocking established a new lifetime best for the Brian Brown trainee and was also just a fifth of a second off the track record for 3-year-old pacing colts, a record set by Freaky Feet Pete in 2015. Downbytheseaside settled along the rail in third through the opening quarter in a snappy :26.2 set by Miso Fast and Matt Kakaley. Page gave Downbytheseaside the green light just before the half and he ranged up to grab the lead at the second station in :53.1. The swift pace continued through the three-quarters in 1:20.2 as Downbytheseaside braced for the stretch drive. Funknwaffles and Corey Callahan were on the attack first-over with the rest of the field closing in. Page asked his mount for more and Downbytheseaside responded with a :28.1 final panel to hold off a late surge from Filibuster Hanover and David Miller. Rock N Tony and Trace Tetrick also rallied well late to get up for a third place finish. As the 8-5 favorite, Downbytheseaside returned $5.40 at the betting windows. "That was a big mile," Page noted after the win. "I was a little nervous turning for home, I knew we were going a good clip but this horse is so game. He's everything you want in a horse. He's beautiful; you can do anything you want with him, and he's very, very game." The 3-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Sprig Hanover is conditioned by Brian Brown and owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and Diamond Creek Racing Stable. Downbytheseaside has now won 19 of 32 lifetime trips behind the gate while amassing $1,903,028 in lifetime purse earnings. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders through and including the races on Nov. 4. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,549.5; 2. David Miller - 1,298; 3. Tim Tetrick - 1,043; 4. Scott Zeron - 707; 5. Corey Callahan - 510. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,404.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,214.5; 3. Brian Brown - 492; 4. John Butenschoen - 491; 5. Erv Miller - 438. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 323.8; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 280; 3. Determination - 271; 4. Emerald Highlands Farm - 250; 5. Diamond Creek Racing - 212.8. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at Dover Downs and The Meadowlands. Dover will host the four Matron Stakes for 3-year-olds, while The Meadowlands will have eliminations for the Fall Four for 2-year-olds -- the Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid. Paul Ramlow

Dover, Del. ---Today is draw day for the lucrative Matron Stakes for harness racing two-year-old trotting and pacing fillies and colts. The Dover Downs entry box is open from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. SHARP. To supplement to a Matron freshman division, a Declaration Fee of $20,000 is due and payable at time of Declaration. The Matron Stakes are the oldest continual stakes program in harness racing and now are raced at Dover Downs. This year, all two-year-old events for colt and filly trotters and pacers are set for this Thursday, Nov. 9. The three-year-old Matron divisions on the following Thursday, Nov. 16. Last season's Matron winners:- Two-Year-Old Colt Pace - What's Going On (David Miller) 1:53 Two-Year-Old Filly Pace - Aint Thee OK (Brian Sears) 1:52.4 Two-Year-Old Colt Trot- Snowstorm Hanover (Matt Kakaley) 1:55.1 Two-Year-Old Filly Trot - Fine Tuned Lady (Corey Callahan)1:56.3 PETROSSIAN AS, TRUST FUND BABY HEAD MONDAY DOVER FEATURE Opening day feature race winners Trust Fund Baby and Petrossian AS return to lead a nine-horse field in the $18,000 top event on a 13-race program Monday, Nov. 6 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Kiron Mine Branch’s Trust Fund Baby, teamed with Art Stafford Jr. rushed from sixth on the backstretch to score a neck victory in 1:59.3 on a track labeled as ‘good.’ In similar style, Russ Foster guided Arty Foster’s Petrossian AS through an overland journey from fifth to take the lead on the last turn and roll home an easy 1:58.1 winner in his local debut. Chief threat appears to be Lou Catana’s The Muscle Touch and Tony Morgan. After cutting the mile last week and finishing second by a neck to Trust Fund Baby, the four-year-old mare starts from post 9 in the second tier, this time. Last season’s Delaware-bred champion Master Clave draws the rail for owner-breeder Ben Brooks with Jonathan Roberts driving for trainer John Wilkerson. Another sophomore Wade Wyatt and Francis DiMondi’s Common Parlance, driven by defending driver champ Corey Callahan, trainer-owner Tate Lewis’ Summajestic handled by Allan Davis and Moonshine Lavec racing for trainer Erika Paradee and Francisca Munoz will be driven by Ross Wolfenden. Not to be overlooked is Leigh Raymer owned and trained Hullaba Lulu reined by Vic Kirby. Nick Callahan’s Moon Rocket with Vice Copeland completes the competitive field of nine.  Dover Downs now presents a 50-cent Pick 5 wager which starts with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double can be found on the 12th and 13th races. Today is draw day for the lucrative Matron Stakes for two-year-old trotting and pacing fillies and colts. The entry box is open from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. SHARP. To supplement to a Matron freshman division, a Declaration Fee of $20,000 is due and payable at time of Declaration. 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. by Marv Bachrad, publicity director, Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.--- Following completions of the upcoming eight Breeders Crown finals, harness racing stakes action shifts to Dover Downs in early November for a month long Novemberfest of lucrative racing headed by the $350,000 (est.) Hap Hansen Progress Pace. The leadoff events are the Matron Stakes, the oldest major stakes in the sport. The Matron Stakes begin its 2017 championship competition with first action featuring two-year-old trotters and pacers on Thursday, Nov. 9. On the following week, the four sophomore divisions contest on Nov. 16. Annually the Matron Stakes boast an impressive list of nominees. For the 2017 edition, 875 juveniles are eligible to the track's major events for young male and female pacers and trotters. For this year's Matrons, 507 two-year-olds and 368 three-year-olds are eligible for the eight events. Add to this, 82 sophomores for the Hap Hansen Progress Pace, the track's signature event. In addition all four Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) freshman divisions are on the November stakes program. There are two weeks of$20,000 preliminaries with the top eight point-getters matching strides in four $100,000 finals on Nov. 30. The rich Hap Hansen Progress Pace begins with $30,000 elimination divisions on Nov. 22 culminating in a rich $350,000 (est.) final also on the following Thursday, Nov. 30. The 2017 Matrons open with four two-year-old division finals on Thursday, Nov. 9. The largest number of eligibles come in the freshmen colt and gelding trotters section with 143 nominees. There are 117 filly trotters nominated. The colt and gelding pace finds a group of 133 with 114 filly pacers. Three-year-olds go to post on the Nov. 16 program with 95 colt and gelding trot nominees. The filly trot has 86 eligibles. The Matron three-year-olds feature 99 males in its division and 64 filly pacers. For those planning to enjoy racing watching from the Winner's Circle Restaurant, or for those seeking to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel, it is suggested to make reservations early. Call 302-674-4600. Monday through Thursday racing has a post time of 4:30 p.m. Parking and admission at Dover Downs is free. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.---- Boston Red Rocks, one of five winners for Tim Tetrick, Pure Country, Caprice Hill and Dayson win lucrative harness racing Matron Three-Year-Old championships at Dover Downs on Thursday, Nov. 10. Boston Red Rocks, the 2015 USHWA Two-Year-Old Pacer of the Year, came from off to pace to get the lead on the final turn and scooted to a 1:49.3 victory in the $160,200 Matron Three-Year-Old Pace, his fifth win of the season for trainer Steve Elliott and owns Peter Blood and Rick Berks. It was winning driver Tim Tetrick's third win of the night. The victory boosts the Rocknroll Hanover-McGibson colts earnings to $382,055 this year and $961,260 lifetime. Brett Miller and Diamond Creek's homebred $1.7-million winning Pure Country, arguably the sport's leading sophomore filly pacer chalked up her 10th win of 2016 overpowering seven distaffs in 1:50.2 to win the $148,400 Matron upping her bankroll to $1,082,430 for the campaign. Pen Pal and Pat Lachance finished second with Blue Moon Stride driven by Andrew McCarty was third. In Matron trots, Tom Hill's Caprice Hill received a well-timed drive from Hall of Famer Brian Sears to record a 1:52.3 triumph in the $149,000 Matron Filly Trot. The win put the Kadabra-Bramasole filly over the half-million mark this year and just shy of six-figures in her career. All The Time, piloted by Yannick Gingras, was runner-up. Non Stick and Ake Svanstedt, took show honors. Gingras and New York Sire Stakes standout Dayson won for the 12th time in 19 starts this season recording a 1:53 score in the $178,650 Matron Colt Trot. Ron Burke conditions the Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus gelding for Our Hrs Cents and J&T Silva and Burke Racing stables. The win lifted his purse total to $479,508 this year. Double L Lindy and Ake Svanstedt finished second in front of Lagerfeld handled by Hall of Famer David Miller, third. Montrell Teague drove three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund freshmen winners, all sired by George Teague $1-million winners, and trained by Clyde Francis, to impressive victory and the fourth a second place finisher. Henry The Dragon by Custard The Dragon-Surveille Hanover, won his fifth in-a-row in an unbeaten start, easily outdistancing Automatic Dragon (Tetrick) and Hallie's Comet (Ross Wolfenden) to the finish line in 1:52.3. Next, Montrell Teague guided Stay IN Your Place, a Mr. Wiggles-Southwind Tahiti Teague homebred who he owns with K&R Racing, scoring a 1:53.4 success. Wake Up And Go (Corey Callahan) just missed finished second in the photo with James Isaac (Tony Morgan). The same owner-trainer-driver combo returned with Daylen in 1:55.1 The Mr. Apples-Dance Major Teague bred and owned rookie held off Kaaya (Jim Morand) and Painter's Edge (Art Stafford Jr.) for his third win of the year. Bags To Riches spoiled a Teague sweep as Tim Tetrick steered the Roddy's Bags Again-Paint The Sky Blue colt home in 1:53 for trainer Jason Skinner and breeder Only Money Inc., co-owners. Rat Tail (Montrell Teague) was second best. Suspinder (Allan Davis) finished third. Tetrick finished with five wins, Montrell Teague, owner George Teague and trainer Clyde Francis had three, Corey Callahan two. There is no live racing this Sunday. Monday-Thursday, post time is 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday are 'dark days' at the track.. There is no charge for parking or admission. Reservations are suggested for the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.---- A 32-1 shot What's Going On with Hall of Fame harness racing driver David Miller rolled from last at the three-quarters to score a 1:55 upset in the $171,300 Matron Two-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Stake, one of four Matron Finals at Dover Downs on Thursday, Nov. 3, Ain't Three OK, won the filly pace while Fine Tuned Lady and Snowstorm Hanover took the trot finals. There were also four Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 1st leg colt elims on the 5-race card. It was catch-driver Miller's first effort behind What's Goin On, a son of Roll With Joe-Xclamation owned by Bob Phillips, Deena Frost, VIP Internet and trainer Mark Harder. Miller waited while Every Way Out and then race favorite Boogie Shuffle and Scott Zeron took the eight starters to the three quarters. Miller then moved What's Goin On to pass horses and beat Rock N Tony (Trace Tetrick) to the wire for his third win of the season. Boogie Shuffle held on for third. What's Goin On almost has now won $172,397, nearly doubling his lifetime earnings. Another catch-driver, Hall of Famer Brian Sears piloted Canadian-bred Ain't Three OK to lifetime best 1:52.4 to win the $170,000 Matron Filly Stake. Steve Carter conditions the Chuck Grubbs leased daughter of Mach Three-Ain't Given Up to her fifth win in 11 races this year. She has now banked $282,224. Rockette picked up second money with Matt Kakaley in the bike. World Apart and Scott Zeron finished third. Delaware was well-represented in the $148,700 Matron Filly Trot. Dover Downs leading driver Corey Callahan drove the 1:56.3 triumph for owner M&L Of Delaware, the nom-de-course for Ralph, Roz and Doug Paul and their partner Bill Wizwell. Ice Attraction was second for Ake Swanstedt with Winter Sweet Frost piloted by Scott Zeron third. The victory was the sixth of the campaign for the John Butenschoen-trained Fine Tuned Lady, a Cantab Hall-Poster Princess filly, now a winner of $438,340. Matt Kakaley drove Snowstorm Hanover home in 1:55.1 to win the first Matron event for freshmen. The Muscle Massive-Snow Angel Hanover colt got going late in the mile to overtake Sortie with Andrew McCarthy in the final strides for win number four this year. Weaver Bruscemi, Baldachino, Colluri and Burke Racing own the winner of $178,719 in his rookie season. Southwind Cobra got up for third for Yannick Gingras. There were four DSBF Two-Year-Old Colt paces on the stakes filled program. Automatic Drago (Vic Kirby) took the lead early on the way to a 1:54.3 victory in the first $20,000 event. Daylen (Montrell Teague) was runner-up with Suspinder (Allan Davis) third. Bobby Clark trains the Art Director-Dragon Woman gelding for Tina and Joe Clark. Apple Heir and Jason Green took the second DSBF pace in 1:t6.3. Brian Wright trains and co-owns the Mr. Apples-Paris The Heiress gelding with Bill Hall. Unbroken Vision (Callahan) and Takeittotheface (Ross Wolfenden) were second and third respectively. Montrell Teague guided Henry The Dragon to his fourth consecutive victory in his $20,000 DSBF prelim. Sired by Custer The Dragon from Surveille Hanover, the Clyde Francis-trainee is owned by George Teague Inc. Stay In Your Place (Kevin Switzer Jr.) was second. Bags To Riches (Art Stafford Jr.), third. James Isaac with Tony Morgan driving for trainer Vick Keeler II and owner Dan Keeler posted a 1:53 conquest in the other $20,000 DSBF 1st leg pace. Hallie's Comet (Ross Wolfenden) was a strong second in front of Rat Tail (M.Teague). Morgan, Vick Kirby, Allan Davis and Ross Wolfenden had two wins each. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. --- Mission Brief stole the thunder while Wiggle It Jiggleit was dominant in Thursday harness racing highlights of the Matron Stakes Series Finals at Dover Downs on Nov. 12. Crazy Wow and Mosquito Blue Chip won the other Matrons on a balmy 60-degree night. In the $187,400 Matron Mission Brief got back in winning form establishing a 1:50.2 world record over a five-eighth mile track. Yannick Gingras took the Muscle Hill-Southwind Serena brown filly past Wild Honey (John Campbell) after the opening panel and set sail to her ninth win of the season in 13 starts, along with three seconds, drawing off for a 5¾ -length conquest. Trained by Ron Burke, she now has $929,317 this season and $1,520,387 lifetime for Weaver Bruscemi, Our Hrs Cents and Burke Racing stables. Wild Honey (Campbell), who set a world record winning last year's freshman Matron, was second best with Speak To Me (Brett Miller) third. I'm So Fancy (Matt Kakaley) and Juanitas Fury (Tim Tetrick) took the fourth and fifth place checks. Mission Brief Wiggle It Jiggleit continued his assault on sub 1:50 miles for a sophomore\e pacer annexing a 1;49.4 triumph in the $201,900 Matron Male pace. Montrell Teague , who drove his second win on the program, permitted Wakizashi Hanover (Tetrick) to set the early tempo before pulling out in front of the grandstand and annexed command at the half. The George Teague Inc.-owned and Clyde Francis trainee, then roared down the backstretch and came home in :27.4 for a 2½-length score. The win was the 20th of 2015 for the Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover gelding, who in 25 lifetime races has 21 wins and 3 second-place finishes. The dark bay pacer has now won $2,014,495 this campaign with two more starts to go later this month in the $350,000 (estimated) Hap Hansen Progress Pace at Dover Downs. Dealt A Winner (David Miller) was second and Artistic Major (Scott Zeron), third, as second-favorite Wakizashi Hanover back up and finished eighth for the first time in his career. Badiou Hanover (Andy Miller) and Dude's The Man (Corey Callahan) got the fourth and fifth place payoffs. Wiggle It Jiggleit  Tim Tetrick sent the sharp Crazy Wow to the front after the opening quarter and never looked back enroute to a 7-length victory in the $243,550 Matron Male trot giving the sport's leading trainer Ron Burke a double. The win was the ninth this season for the Crazed-No Pan No Gain colt who now goes into seven-figure earnings, $1,027,612 this season and $1,260,540 lifetime. He is owned by Deo Volente Farms, Our Hrs Cents and J&T Silva stables. Crescent Fashion (Scott Zeron) was best of the rest with French Laundry (B. Miller) third. The other purse earners were Bluebird Reverend (D.Miller) and Southwind Mozart (Ake Swanstedt). Crazy Wow In the $205,150 Matron Filly Pace, Daniel Dube went right to the front with Mosquito Blue Chip and took no prisoners chalking up a 1:49.2 success, only one-fifth-of-a-second off the track record set last year by Shebestinging. Owned by Falcicchio, Jessup and Our Three Sons Stable, the Bettor's Delight-Sandfly Hanover distaff conditioned by Rene Allard, racked up her sixth win of the year for $373,535. She has now earned $614,086 in her two years of racing. Race Favorite Devil Child (Tetrick) saw her three race win streak come to a close finishing second. Bedroomconfessions (Gingras) was the show horse. Single Me (A.Miller) was fourth and Divine Caroline (D.Miller) fifth. Mosquito Blue Chip There were two Matron $25,000 consolations. The trot was taken by Synerco Venture's Muscle Up The Goal. It was Yannick Gingras second winning drive making good use of post-1 for a 6¾ length victory. Chris Beaver trains the Muscle Mass-Taps Goal brown colt, now a three-time winner this year for $122,766, Cue Hall (D.Miller) was second, Olympic Son (A.Miller) third. The rail also paid off for Black Horse Racing's Storm Point and driver John Campbell. It wasn't easy, as 44-1 Girlofyourdreams (Montrell Teague) was only a nose away at the wire in the 1:50.2 Matron Filly consolation. Luck Be A Lindy (Tetrick) was third. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark live racing days at Dover Downs Two $20,000 DSBF freshman colt 2nd leg pace prelims and an $18,000 Open trot tops the Monday card. A $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool is now featured daily. By popular request, the Winner's Circle Buffet is back for those dinning in the Winner's Circle Restaurant. At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. ---- It's the biggest Thursday card of the season. Grand Circuit Week comes to a close with lucrative Matron Stakes three-year-old division on Nov. 12 at Dover Downs. There are four lucrative sophomore divisions, highlight of Dover Downs' "Novemberfest of Stakes." Hambletonian Society-Breeders Crown top-rated Wiggle It Jiggleit and another top 10 performer, Wakizashi Hanover, two Harrington, Del.-area trained speedsters meet in the $200,100 Male pace. In addition on the banner 15-race program are three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Male Paces. The piece d 'resistance of the powerful Matron championship card is the $201,900 colt and gelding pace. George Teague Inc.'s Wiggle Jiggleit, with regular driver Montrell Teague, drew the rail. The world champion gelding has 19 wins in 23 starts, with three close-up seconds, earning $1913,545. One of those setbacks came in the $1-million North American Pace when Tim Tetrick and Wakizashi Hanover won a head-to-head duel to the wire. JoAnn King trains the $1.1-million winner for Tri County Stable. Two other horses with local connections in the final are M&L Of Delaware and Victoria Dickinson's Dude's The Man with Corey Callahan and Frank Chick and Yankee Bounty Parnership's Yankee Bounty, piloted by Yannick Gingras, starting from outside post 8. The rest of the fast field contains Jeff Snyder's Dealt A Winner (David Miller), Van Dusen, Cimaglio, Patel and trainer Steve Elliott's Artistic Major (Scott Zeron), Jeff Snyder and Three Decades Racing's Rock N'Roll World (Daniel Dube) and Joe P Racing's Badiou Hanover (Andy Miller). Sassa Hanover (Matt Kakaley), winner of the 2014 Matron Two-Year-Old Filly pace at Dover Downs seeks to reach six figures in the $201,450 three-year-old final. The $935,561 career winner is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Karr and Panhellenic Stable. Divine Caroline (David Miller) is on a stakes-winning tear. The Breeders Crown champ, trained by former University of Delaware grad Joe Holloway for owners Rojan Stables,Ted Gewertz, Val D'or Farms and M.A. Duriel. The same ownership, minus Duriel, start the fast Bettor Be Steppin (Corey Callahan) from post 8. Last week's American National winner, Devil Child, with driver, also is streaking with three-in-a-row for Susan Oakes and Crawford Farms. Bedroomconfessions (Tim Tetrick) was third in the Breeders Crown for Riverview and Alagna racings. Completing the field are Mosquito Blue Chip (Daniel Dube) leaving from the rail for Falcicchio, Jessop and Our Three Sons Stable. Alongside, Brett Miller steers Courant AB's Wicked Little Minx; and Dana Parham and Let It Ride Stable's Single Me (Andy Miller). Our Hrs Cents, Deo Volente Farms and J&T Silva Stable's $1-million winner Crazy Wow, reined by Tim Tetrick, is the one to beat in the $243,550 Matron soph trot. The fast French Laundry (Brett Miller) owned by ChristinaTakter, John and Jim Fielding and Ontario-breeders Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz, must overcome starting from post 8 while Joe Smith's Fashion Creditor (David Miller) drew the rail. Seven-time winner Bluebird Reverend ( ) is a Delaware-owned contestant. Trainer Bobby Reeser, Case, Johannsen and Indianan Dennis, own the Indian bred. Rubber Duck (Tetrick) has been an Ontario standout racing for Blair and Ema Corbell. Sweden's Ake Swanstedt trains and drives Wolfgang A Stable's Southwind Mozart. Whom Shall I Fear's horse of the same name (David Miller) shared by Howard Taylor, Laura Noren and Order By Stable's Crescent Fashion (Scott Zeron) complete the starting lineup. The $187,400 Matron Three-Year-Old Filly Trot shapes up as the pinnacle event for seasonal top divisional honors. Wild Honey, who set a world record at two at Dover Downs, has won her last three including the Breeders Crown and Kentucky Fill Futurity, will be driven by Hall of Famer John Campbell. The $1-million winner leaves from the rail for Christina Takter, Herb Liverman, John and Jim Fielding. Early season sensation Mission Brief and Yannick Gingras, who has been the favorite in all of her 17 race career, made a break in her Breeders Crown start. The $1.4-million winning speedster has post 5 for Burke, Our Hrs Cnts and J&T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi. The opposition includes Story Inc.'s Lady Winona (Andy Miller), Brittany Farms' Speak To Me (Brett Miller), Howard and Judy Taylor, Dandy Farms and Burke Racing Stable's Speak To Me (Kakaley), Glengate Farms' Juanitas Fury (Tetrick), nine-time winner Bob Key's homebred Soaring Flight ( ) and from the outside Joyce McClelland's She Wore Red ( ). There is also a $25,000 Matron Filly consolation. Led by Lindy Racing's Luck Be A Lindy, handled by Tim Tetrick. The Massachusetts' Stakes champion is winner of four consecutive starts. David Van Dusen and Mike Cimaglio own Stacia Hanover with Scott Zeron. Black Horse Racing's Storm Point, piloted by John Campbell has the rail. Delaware-sired Totally Rusty and Andrew McCarthy, Blueberry Bill Augustine's Frost Damage Blues (D.Miller), Lindy Farms Lindys Old Lady with Yannick Gingras will be joined by Tom Fanning and Fly By Night Stable's Special Package (B.Miller) and The Wiz Kids Stable's Girlofyourdreams, who get in for two scratched horses, Ideal Nugget and Heavenly Bride. Al Moor of Smyrna, Del.- owned Royal Status and John Campbell, Caulfield, with driver Aaron Merriman) and Courant AB and Knutsson Trotting Inc.'s Colbert, a winner of his last three of four starts will be driven by trainer Ake Svanstedt, head the $25,000 Matron consolation trot and Alagna Racing. There is no live racing on Friday. Saturday and Sunday. Racing resumes Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

Trainer Ron Burke is seven weeks from completing his seventh consecutive season on top of North America's harness racing standings for both wins and purses and will have several opportunities to add to his totals in Thursday's Matron Stakes at the harness racing meeting at Dover Downs. Burke's Crazy Wow is the 6-5 morning line favorite in the $243,550 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters and his Mission Brief is the 2-1 second choice in the $187,400 event for 3-year-old female trotters. He also will send out 9-2 contender Sassa Hanover in the $205,150 Matron for 3-year-old female pacers. Crazy Wow heads to his Matron engagement off a win in the Carl Erskine on Oct. 30 at Hoosier Park. He has won eight of 16 races and earned $905,837 this year for owners Our Horse Cents Stables, JT45, J&T Silva Stables, and Deo Volente Farms. His victories also include the Colonial Trot and he finished second in the Canadian Trotting Classic. "He's super," Burke said. "He's as good as anybody right now. He's a very good horse and I think he's going to be a very, very good 4-year-old. He's really has just continued to progress all year and just gets better and better. I really think it will continue down the road." Mission Brief is the second choice behind Wild Honey, who is 9-5 on the morning line, in the Matron for the 3-year-old female trotters. Mission Brief went off stride while leading in the stretch in her most recent start, the Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack. Wild Honey seized the opportunity to capture the Crown, which was the Jimmy Takter-trained filly's third consecutive victory since finishing second to Mission Brief in the Elegantimage Stakes. "As long as she maintains her manners and trots, she's tough to beat," Burke said about Mission Brief, who has won eight of 12 races and earned $835,617 this season for owners Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, and the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi. "She trained super and hopefully she will be very good. She wasn't that good that night (in the Breeders Crown). I don't know why. I don't know if she didn't like the track. She wasn't good warming up and she tipped over in the race. I don't think it was much of anything, she just wasn't good." Wild Honey's wins during her current victory streak include a triumph over Mission Brief in the Kentucky Filly Futurity. She also won the Hambletonian Oaks on the same afternoon Mission Brief finished second to Pinkman in the Hambletonian. For the year, Wild Honey has won seven of 14 starts and $1.06 million for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman, and Jim Fielding. The battle for divisional honors could be decided by the Matron Stakes and Continentalvictory Stakes on Nov. 21 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Mission Brief and Wild Honey are both eligible to the Continentalvictory. Mission Brief, who defeated Wild Honey in the Zweig Memorial filly division and also won the Moni Maker Stakes, was last season's Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter. "She could have to win both of them now to have any chance," Burke said about Mission Brief. "It's (Wild Honey's) to lose. We've got to win this and we've got to win the Continentalvictory. I have faith in her. I've never lost faith in her. She's just got to do it." Sassa Hanover's wins this year include the Jugette and the 3-year-old filly pacer is entering her Matron event off second-place finishes in the Breeders Crown and USS Indianapolis Memorial. She has won six of 18 races this season and earned $449,970 for owners Burke Racing, The Panhellenic Stable, Larry Karr, and Weaver and Bruscemi. "The last couple races have been very good," Burke said. "She's been in tough spots and raced hard and just came up short both times." The 2-1 morning line favorite in the Matron for 3-year-old female pacers is supplemental entry Devil Child, who brings a three-race win streak to the race. Her triumphs include the USS Indianapolis Memorial and American-National Stakes. Divine Caroline, who sports a four-race win streak including the Breeders Crown, is the 5-2 second choice after drawing post seven to Devil Child's post four. Burke, who has won 875 races and $22.5 million in purses this year, also sends I'm So Fancy (7-1 on the morning line) to the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters and Yankee Bounty (10-1) to the $201,900 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers. Burke leads all trainers in wins by nearly 500 and in purses by more than $10 million. He set records last year with 1,092 triumphs and $28.4 million in purses. "It's been an up-and-down kind of year," Burke said. "There have been highlights, but there have been some disappointments too. (Breeders Crown champion 2-year-old male trotter) Southwind Frank has probably been the biggest highlight. He is probably the best horse we've got right now." Thursday's first race post time at Dover Downs is 4:30 p.m. and the full card can be found here. Ken Weingartner

DOVER, Del. ---- Delaware or Delaware Valley owned outright, in harness racing partnerships or those connected are prominent in the rich Matron Stakes three-year-old division on Thursday, Nov. 12 at Dover Downs. Among the four lucrative sophomore divisions, highlight of Dover Downs' "Novemberfest of Stakes." Is the rubber-match between top-rated horse in the weekly poll, $1.9-million winner, Wiggle It Jiggleit, and another top 10 performer, $1.2-million winner, Wakizashi Hanover. Both super speedsters train in the Harrington, Del.-area. In the $201,900 Matron Colt pace, each own one win over the other. George Teague Inc., of Houston, Del., owns world champion Wiggle It Jiggleit, a winner of nearly $2-million while JoAnn King conditions Wakizashi Hanover, a winner of nearly $1.3-million in purses. Ironically, in the Matron Final, four of the eight starters in the classic pace boast Delaware ownership. Ralph, Roz and Doug Paul, racing under the stable name of M&L of Delaware, and their Greenville neighbor, Victoria Dickinson, own the fast Dude's The Man, to be driven by Dover Downs perennial leader Corey Callahan, and Yankee Bounty, owned in part by Harrington entrepreneur Frank Chick, who drew outside post 8. In other Matron Stakes, Bob and Norm Aerenson's Rojan Stables of Wilmington, Del., is both a partner in the outstanding Breeders Crown winning filly Divine Caroline, and stablemate Bettor Be Steppin. They are both trained by University of Delaware grad, trainer Joe Holloway, and race in the $201,450 Matron three-year-old filly pace. In the $243,550 Matron Colt trot, Johannsen, Case and trainer Bobby Reeser own Bluebird Reverend, in the money 16 of 19 races this season. Also, in the event is Crescent Fashion, co-owned by Philadelphian, Howard Taylor, one of the sport's leading owners. Judy Taylor of Bala Cynwyd, Pa. and son Howard Taylor, own a share in I'm So Fancy racing for $187,400 purse in the Matron Filly Trot. There are two $25,000 Matron consolations. Al Moor of Smyrna starts Royal Status while Marvin Moss of Philadelphia and trainer Leigh Raymer of Smyrna, Del. are partners in Monopoly Blue Chip racing in the Matron pace consolation. In the Matron Filly consolation, Blueberry Billy Augustine of Hammonton, N.J. owns Frost Damage Blues. Post time for the 15-race Thursday card at Dover Downs is 4:30 p.m. There is no charge for parking or admission. The Winner's Circle Restaurant features an outstanding buffet. Call 302/674-4600 for reservations. Marv Bachrad  

After battling each other in races across North America, Delaware-connected horses Wiggle It Jiggleit, Wakizashi Hanover, and Dude's The Man will enjoy something of a "home match" Thursday in the $201,900 Matron Stakes at Dover Downs for 3-year-old male pacers. Wiggle It Jiggleit, owned by Harrington's George Teague Jr. and driven by Teague's son Montrell, will start from post one in the Matron. Wakizashi Hanover, trained by Harrington' s Joann Looney-King, will leave from post four and Dude's The Man, owned by Delaware's Doug and Rosalind Paul and Victoria Dickinson, starts from post two. "I think most everybody is excited for those horses to show up," Looney-King said. "It's exciting. We've been looking forward to this all year." Dover Downs also on Thursday hosts the $243,550 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters, $201,450 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers, and $187,400 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters. Wiggle It Jiggleit, harness racing's No. 1-ranked horse in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, has won 19 of 23 races this year and earned a North America-leading $1.91 million. Trained by longtime Teague assistant Clyde Francis, Wiggle It Jiggleit's wins include the Meadowlands Pace, Little Brown Jug, Hempt Memorial, Battle of the Brandywine, and Milstein Memorial. He finished second in two recent races at Hoosier Park, bested both times by 1-1/4 lengths by Breeders Crown champion Freaky Feet Pete after pace-setting trips. "(Wiggle It Jiggleit) is doing good," George Teague Jr. said. "When you lose, it's always disappointing, but I do believe the losses came because of the trips he got. The trips were good to the other horse, but that's what happens sometimes. But he didn't underperform. I don't see him being much different. He just got beat by a nice horse." After competing just once at age 2, Wiggle It Jiggleit began this season racing in winter series at the Meadowlands. He has made at least one start every month this year, with the exception of April. "That speaks volumes about this horse and how good he's been," Teague said. "When you create a schedule, it's only a schedule, and you're hoping they can make 80 percent of the engagements. I really never thought he'd make this many, and I supplemented him to two races. "He's just been an incredible horse. I don't know of too many horses that can start racing in January when there's snow on the ground and go almost to December and still be this good and competitive. He's a rarity. He's just pounding away, really." Wakizashi Hanover has won 11 of 19 races this year and earned $1.15 million for the Nova Scotia-based Tri County Stable and driver Tim Tetrick. His victories include the North America Cup, by three-quarters of a length over Wiggle It Jiggleit, plus Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, and Jenna's Beach Boy. He will be facing Wiggle It Jiggleit for the first time since finishing second in the Battle of the Brandywine on Aug. 22 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. "When (Wiggle It Jiggleit) draws the rail, it's kind of tough," Looney-King said. "Fortunately, I'm not the driver; he gets to make those decisions what to do when the wings swing. "But (Wakizashi Hanover) is feeling good. I'm just hoping he gives us a good one this week. We're as ready as we're going to be. It's been a long campaign. He's developed a lot, but it's a tough go for those 3-year-olds, with the traveling and going new places. Fortunately, he's fallen into line in each place." Dude's The Man, trained by Jessica Okusko and driven by Dover Downs' leading driver Corey Callahan, has won three of 18 races this season and earned $658,176. His wins include the Adios and he finished second in the Meadowlands Pace and third in the Battle of the Brandywine. The remainder of the Matron field includes Cane Pace champion Dealt A Winner, Badiou Hanover, Artistic Major, Rock N' Roll World, and Yankee Bounty, whose owners include Harrington's Frank Chick. Thursday's Matron might not be the final time this group meets at Dover Downs this year. All of the Matron entrants with the exceptions of Badiou Hanover and Artistic Major are eligible to the Hap Hansen Progress Pace at the end of the month. The Matron Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters features the division's top two money-earners, Wild Honey and Mission Brief, while the event for the 3-year-old male trotters includes Crazy Wow, who with a victory would top $1 million in seasonal purses. Breeders Crown winner Divine Caroline brings a four-race win streak to the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers. Thursday's first race post time is 4:30 p.m. and the full Dover Downs card can be found here. By Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

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