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HARRINGTON, Del. - I Like My Boss ($10.20, Allan Davis) was a narrow winner in the $16,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:57.4. Spunky Jack assumed early control from post position four and led the field through three-quarters in 1:27.3. "Jack" began to tire in the stretch as the field closed in and Gillie The Kid and I Like My Boss charged to the wire in tandem. I Like My Boss won a narrow photo for his second win of the year for trainer and co-owner Bob Shahan. Jimmy Parsons Jr and Ashley Parsons are also partners on the 7-year-old Don Boss Vita gelding. Lucky Ten K finished third. It was the 38th career win for "Boss." Ross Wolfenden had three wins on the program. Matthew Sparacino    

HARRINGTON, Del. - David Banks and Layfield Horses Llc's Sayulita ($53.80, Ross Wolfenden) was a 1:53.2 harness racing winner in the $17,500 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. A three-pronged early battle ensued for the early lead with I'm Won Rum Wiser winning the early tussle in a blistering 26.3 seconds to the opening quarter mile. Empress Deo promptly pressed the pace first over to the half-mile in 55.2 seconds and three-quarters in 1:23.4. That gave live third over cover to Sayulita who gathered momentum on the final turn and cleared the leaders in the stretch for the win. Purrfect Bags, who briefly had the lead at the top of the stretch, was second with Fashion Showdown third. Sayulita, a 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere mare, is trained by Anastasios Papadopoulos. Tragically in the 9th race, pacer Paradise Lost suffered a fatal injury. The 11-year-old Artsplace mare made 272 career starts with 39 wins and $407,213 in career earnings for owner/trainer Bob Winkelman. She took her lifetime mark of 1:51.4 as a 5-year-old at Dover Downs and has ascended to Open level ranks at times in her career. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jo Ann Looney-King celebrated her birthday in style Monday when her 7-year-old pacer Little Ben ($4.60, Victor Kirby) triumphed in the $15,000 harness racing featured Delaware Special at Harrington Raceway in 1:52. From his rail post position, Little Ben dictated the tempo and notched his second win in the last three starts. Silver Fox J followed him throughout and finished second, while Blazing Bobby Sox was third. "Ben" increased his lifetime earnings to nearly $410,000 for Looney-King and her husband, trainer Jim King Jr. Later on the program, Don Marine's Cinder Block ($2.80, Mike Cole) won his fourth straight race for trainer Kyle Moore in 1:55.3. The Rockabillie colt is a perfect 4-for-4 at the current meet. Mike Cole had three driving wins on the program. Driver Cody Poliseno had a double, with both wins coming for his father, trainer Carlo Poliseno and owner Louis Tomczak. Kirby also had a driving double. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Zippett Racing Stable's Murmur Hanover ($4.60, Victor Kirby) was a 1:56.3 winner Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in the $15,000 harness racing 'Open' Trot. The 8-year-old Majestic Son gelding notched his 27th career win over Classic Belisima and Gillie The Kid. The Jay Gannon-trainee pulled from the pocket and cleared leader I Like My Boss at the top of the stretch and drew away from the field. Murmur Hanover boosted his lifetime bankroll to more than $770,000 in his career. In the final race on the card, Iron Mine Branch's Fight The Truth ($2.40, Art Stafford Jr.) won his fourth straight race in 1:55.3 for trainer Greg Haverstick. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Elizabeth Brittingham's Tip It On Back ($5.40, Bret Brittingham) was an easy winner in the $17,500 Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.3. Little Ben was second, but made a break in deep stretch and was placed last. Special T Rocks was placed second with Soto third. Tip It On Back, trained by Don Brittingham, led from start to finish from his rail post position in achieving his third win of the season and second in a row. The 6-year-old Rockin Image gelding has banked more than $160,000 in his career. Mike Cole had four wins on the program, capturing the early daily double and the final two races on the card. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - I Like My Boss ($15.40, Allan Davis) notched his first win of the season in the $17,500 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The Bob-Shahan trainee has been second five times in 2018, but earned his 37th career win for owners Shahan, Jimmy Parsons and Ashley Parsons. Murmur Hanover assumed the early lead from Gillie The Kid at the first quarter mile in 27.2 seconds. "Murmur" then led the field to the half-mile in 57.1 seconds before a fierce first-over challenge from I Like My Boss, who took the field to three-quarters in 1:26. I Like My Boss held off Murmur Hanover in the stretch for a narrow win. Lucky Ten K was third. Trainer Jay Gannon and driver Victor Kirby teamed up for two wins on the card and nearly scored the hat trick with Murmur Hanover. Kirby had four driving wins on the card, including three in succession from races three through five. Russell Foster had a driving triple. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - CC Racing and Jo Ann Looney-King's Newborn Sassy ($3, Tim Tetrick) was a decisive 1:51.2 winner and became the fastest harness racing pacing mare in Harrington Raceway history Tuesday in the $15,000 Mares Open. Newborn Sassy, trained by Jim King Jr., broke the old track record held by Embassy Seelster (1:51.3). Tetrick promptly placed his charge on the front from post five where she led the field of five comfortably in fractions of 27.4, 55.2 and 1:24. Nerida Franco pulled the pocket on the final turn but "Sassy" opened up on the field and kicked home impressively to the wire. Nerida Franco held second narrowly over Fashion Showdown. It was the 25th career win for Newborn Sassy, who has banked more than $814,000 in her career. Art Stafford Jr., Mike Cole and Corey Callahan each had a driving double. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jo Ann Looney-King's Little Ben ($46.20) was a 22-to-1 winner in the $17,500 Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:53.1 and was one of three winners for harness racing driver Victor Kirby. Soto, who had won two straight, began his pursuit of a third straight triumph by hustling out of post position eight and assuming command in an opening quarter mile in 26.4 seconds. Options Are a Dream moved quickly and took the lead from Soto before he marched to the half-mile in 55.2 seconds and three-quarters in 1:24.1 as Star Messenger mounted a first-over attack while Soto began to fade. Options Are A Dream maintained the lead in the stretch before a fierce late rally by Little Ben nailed him at the wire. Star Messenger was third. It was the fourth win of the season for the Jim King Jr.-trainee, who is closing in on $400,000 lifetime. Mike Cole and Tony Morgan each had driving doubles. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - James Moore III's Royal Becca J ($4.40, Jack Parker Jr.) was a 1:56 winner in the $16,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Carol Jamieson-Parker, the 6-year-old RC Royalty gelding set most of the fractions before a fine duel ensued for the final quarter between he and pocket-sitting I Like My Boss. Royal Becca J maintained a slim lead at the wire for the win. Blownoutofthewater was third. It was the third win of the season for Royal Becca J, and 19th in his career. His season has been overshadowed by stable mate NF Happenstance, who leads all trotters in North America this year with more than $140,000 earned seasonally. The seventh race celebrated the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, who was enjoying their annual night at the races. Myclaimtovictory ($5, Ross Wolfenden) won the race and was the recipient of a black and pink cooler, recognizing DBCC's Night at The Races. The Delaware Breast Cancer coalition is a non-profit aiming to increase breast cancer awareness. To learn more, please visit Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Soto ($9, Art Stafford Jr.) improved to 2-for-2 this year at Harrington Raceway with a 1:52.4 triumph in the $17,000 Open Pace. Overlooked at odds of 3-to-1, Soto settled third on the rail until near the three-quarters when he challenged pacesetter Major Uptrend and eventually cleared. Soto made the lead in mid-stretch and would not relent as Major Uptrend held second and Silver Fox J was third. Trained by Eric Ell for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, it was the 26th career win for the son of Rock N Roll Heaven. The sixth race was named in recognition of the James Eveland Stables, where Jim and his wife Roberta have raced a horse at Harrington Raceway for each of the last 50 years. A large gathering of friends and family were in the winner's circle for a blanket presentation. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition will hold their annual "Pink" Night at the Races Wednesday April 25 at Harrington Raceway. Representatives from the DBCC will be on hand to sell popular harness-racing bracelets and other merchandise in the paddock and grandstand areas. Proceeds will benefit the DBCC. The 7th race is named in their honor with a blanket presentation. The mission of the DBCC is to empower the local community by raising awareness of breast health issues through outreach, education and support services, in order to facilitate the early detection and treatment of breast cancer. For more information on DBCC, please visit Matthew Sparacino    

HARRINGTON, Del. - Chris White's Fashion Showdown ($19, Tony Morgan) was an upset harness racing winner in the $17,500 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Last week's winner, Empress Deo, who went off at 2-to-1 odds, set the fractions from post seven of 28, 56.4 and 1:25.4, but was collared late as Fashion Showdown found room down the passing lane for her third win of the season. Fashion Showdown sat in the pocket throughout and received a perfect stalking journey. Trained by her owner, it was her 23rd career win. In the sixth race, driver Ross Wolfenden brought home the biggest price so far in the meet when Windup West ($113) uncorked a huge rally to prevail in her local debut for trainer Kay Gannon. Morgan had three winners on the program. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Major Uptrend ($2.60, Tony Morgan) was a dominant 1:53 harness racing winner Monday at Harrington Raceway in the $16,000 Open pace. Heavily supported by the betting public, the 7-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding left from post position six and immediately made the front and never relented in a confident win over Dialamara and Sawbuck Hanover. Owned by Crissman Inc., and Niss Allen Inc., it was the fifth win of the year for the Tim Crissman-trainee, who has banked more than $533,000 in his career. Major Uptrend, a former $177,000 yearling, most recently completed a banner meet at Dover Downs, with multiple wins in the Preferred ranks. Driver Mike Cole had three winners on the 13-race card. Morgan and Eddie Davis Jr. each had a double on the card. Matt Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - James Moore III's Nf Happenstance ($2.40, Jack Parker Jr.) won the harness racing featured $15,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:54.3. The 8-year-old Sj's Caviar mare surged by pacesetter Tough Mac near the three-quarters and opened up impressively for her seventh win of the season for trainer Carol Jamieson-Parker. NF Happenstance bolstered her healthy seasonal bankroll to more than $128,000. Tough Mac was second with All Shoes On Deck third. NF Happenstance was the lone mare in the field. She has been one of the top trotters in the country this season, winning multiple Open events at Yonkers Raceway previously. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Legacy Racing of Delaware's Empress Deo ($24.60, Montrell Teague) was an upset winner in 1:54.3 in the harness racing featured $15,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover mare settled off a contested early pace in which Nerida Franco eventually made the lead in fractions of 27.1, 56.3 and 1:26. With the front end folding, Empress Deo collared the leaders and made the lead near the three-quarters and held off a fierce charge from favorite Terror at Night for the win. Purrfect Bags was third. Trained by Wayne Givens, Empress Deo notched her 27th career win. It was one of three wins on the program for Teague. Mike Cole, Ross Wolfenden, Allan Davis and Victor Kirby each had a double. Matthew Sparacino      

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harrington Raceway's 72nd year of live harness racing commenced Monday with a 13-race program. Cooler than usual temperatures greeted a solid crowd of racing fans. In the $16,000 Open Pace feature, Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar and Steve Iaquinta's Soto ($6.80) returned a winner in 1:52.4 over Im Supersonic A and Forty Five Red. The Rock N Roll Heaven stallion was put in play immediately from post six with an aggressive steer and never relented in his second win of the year for trainer Eric Ell. Reigning leading Harrington driving champ Victor Kirby returned in style with three wins in the first six races. Tony Morgan won one of four on the card when Somebeach Baron ($3.40) registered his fourth straight win for trainer/owner Josh Green. Matthew Sparacino

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