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MILTON, ON - June 12 – Lather Up, Stay Hungry and Wes Delight, all impressive winners in last weekend’s eliminations, headline a field of 10 for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 16 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 35th edition of Canada’s richest harness race, showcasing the finest three-year-old pacers on the continent, will go postward at 10:40 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast live on TSN2 from 10:00 – 11:00 .m. EDT. The winner of the Pepsi North America Cup earns $500,000. This year’s marks the 18th anniversary of Pepsi’s sponsorship of the race. Post positions were drawn today at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with Toronto Maple Leafs’ defenceman Connor Carrick as the guest drawmaster. A total of 29 three-year-old pacers competed over three $50,000 eliminations last Saturday to determine the field for this year’s race. The top-three finishers from each division, plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot, qualified for the $1 million final. The group of 29 entered in this year’s eliminations was the highest turnout since 2010. Elimination winners earned their connections the right to select their post position for the final. Nineteen of the 34 Cup winners won their elimination. Lather Up (PP4), an Ohio-sired son of Im Gorgeous, was the fastest elimination winner, as he shot up the inside to win his division by nearly three-lengths in 1:49.2 for trainer Clyde Francis and driver Montrell Teague. A homebred for owners Gary & Barbara Iles, Lather Up is undefeated in five starts this season and currently holds a record of nine wins and 11 top-three finishes from 12 career-starts. The bay colt holds a pair of Track Records in the state of Ohio and enters the Pepsi North America Cup with $167,100 in career earnings. The combination of Francis and Teague will be looking for redemption in this Saturday’s $1 million race after they finished second with superstar Wiggle It Jiggleit in the 2015 Cup. Teague understands the pressure that is on him and Lather Up following their dazzling elimination performance. “Adds more pressure (winning an elimination). I mean, you always got to figure out the next trip that’s going to be next week,” said Teague. “You got to make sure the horse is healthy, make sure I do my job, make sure he does his job. I had the best horse in 2015 and I got beat, so you never know.” Stay Hungry (PP2), last year’s Breeders Crown champion, came from third-over on the final turn to power by rivals in the lane and win his elimination in 1:50 for trainer Tony Alagna and driver Doug McNair. A son of Somebeachsomewhere, Stay Hungry was one of the Winter-Book favourites for this year’s Cup after winning six of nine starts and being named Canada’s Top 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt at the O’Brien Awards. His trainer Alagna won the 2013 Cup with Captaintreacherous, while driver McNair, last year’s Driver of the Year in Canada, will be seeking his first Cup in his third try. “It feels good (winning an elimination),” said McNair following last Saturday’s victory. “That’s always what you dream of when you’re growing up watching the race, so to be in the race and have one that’s legit and low odds is a great feeling.” Stay Hungry has won seven of 11 career starts and earned $588,760 for owners Brad Grant, Woodbine’s leading owner, and the late-Irwin Samelman. Wes Delight (PP3) split rivals late to prevail victorious in the tightest finish of last Saturday’s eliminations for trainer Mark Harder and driver Corey Callahan. The son Bettors Delight stopped the timer in 1:50.2 for his fifth win in six starts this season. “I was kind of worried I wasn’t going to get any room,” said Callahan following the elimination. “But (American History) went on enough I could sneak out there and this little horse is so gritty, he just loves to win.” Owned by Rick Phillips, Deena Rachel Frost and Mark Harder, Wes Delight has had a powerful start to his three-year-old campaign after being competitive in his rookie season, winning three of 11 starts. The Harder trainee has made more starts (17) than any other horse in this year’s Cup. Wes Delight’s career-totals sit at eight wins and $232,573 earned going into Saturday’s $1 million race. Trainer Brian Brown, who won last year’s Cup with Fear The Dragon, has a chance at a repeat with Done Well (PP7). The son of Well Said finished second to Stay Hungry to suffer his first loss in six career starts. Jimmy Takter has won nearly all the sport’s biggest races, but the Pepsi North America Cup has yet to come his way in five-previous attempts. The Hall of Fame trainer will send out Nutcracker Sweet (PP8), who finished second by a neck to Wes Delight, and Lost In Time (PP6), the fourth-place finisher to draw in. Lost In Time captured last year’s Metro Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park and was named the Dan Patch Award winner as Top 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt in the U.S. A pair of Husband-Wife, Driver-Trainer teams will compete in this year’s Pepsi North America Cup. Jody and Stephanie Jamieson will send out Ontario-sired gelding St Lads Neptune (PP1), who finished second to Lather Up in his elimination. Jody is a two-time Cup winning-driver, having won in 2007 with Tell All and 2011 with Up The Credit. Andy and Julie Miller team up to compete with Hayden Hanover (PP9), a third-place finisher in last Saturday’s eliminations. The New Jersey based Miller’s have had a good run with Hayden Hanover, as the son of Somebeachsomewhere has two wins, 11 top-three finishes in 14 career starts. Stay Hungry may grab the headlines, but trainer Alagna is another trainer in this year’s race with two-entries. American History (PP5) finished third, beat less than a length, in the elimination won by Wes Delight. The son of American Ideal has won four of eight starts and is tied with Lather Up for the fastest career-mark in this year’s field at 1:49.1. Driver Brett Miller will sit behind Hitman Hill (PP10) in Saturday’s race hoping to change his luck and capture his first Pepsi North America Cup. The 44-year-old driver has finished second in three-different editions of the Cup and will be making his seventh appearance in Canada’s richest race. A son of American Ideal, Hitman Hill was nearly perfect in his rookie season, winning six of seven starts. The Chris Oakes trainee is winless in three starts this season. The North America Cup stakes record is 1:47.4, set by Thinking Out Loud in 2012 and equaled in 2016 by Betting Line. Hall of famer Bettors Delight holds the record for the largest margin of victory, four and half lengths in 2001. The list of past Cup winners is a who’s who of Standardbred greats, including Jate Lobell (1987), Precious Bunny (1991), Presidential Ball (1993), Cams Card Shark (1994), Gallo Blue Chip (2000), Rocknroll Hanover (2005), Somebeachsomewhere (2008) and Captaintreacherous (2013). The shortest-priced winners in Cup history are Jate Lobell and Presidential Ball at $2.70, while Goalie Jeff, in 1989, provided the biggest upset, returning $93.60 for a $2 Win bet. The Cup was raced at Greenwood Raceway from 1984-03, followed by Woodbine Racetrack from 1994-2006. The North America Cup was moved to Mohawk in 2007 and this year’s edition marks the first Cup since the renaming to Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Cup night card will offer three Pick-4 wagers, including an All Stakes Pick-4 with a $100,000 guaranteed pool, comprising of Races 9 through 12. There will also be a mandatory payout on the Jackpot Hi-5. The North America Cup undercard features the $415,000 Fan Hanover for three-year-old pacing fillies, $370,000 Roses Are Red for pacing mares, $250,000 Armbro Flight for trotting mares, $266,000 Goodtimes for three-year-old trotters and the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational for older pacers. Post time for the first of 15 races on the Pepsi North America Cup card is 6:30 p.m. Here is the field in post position order: PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-St Lads Neptune-Jody Jamieson-Stephanie Jamieson  2-Stay Hungry-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna  3-Wes Delight-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder  4-Lather Up-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis  5-American History-Yannick Gingras-Tony Alagna  6-Lost In Time-Scott Zeron-Jimmy Takter  7-Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown  8-Nutcracker Sweet-Tim Tetrick-Jimmy Takter  9-Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller  10-Hitman Hill-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes  by Mark McKelive, for Woodbine Communications

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

Ask owner Gary Iles about his 3-year-old male pacer Lather Up and he will tell you, "He's got quite a story, no doubt about it." The story, which includes a tricky birth and near-fatal illness, begins with a mistake. How it ends is anyone's guess, but the tale has taken another compelling turn with Lather Up a perfect 3-for-3 in 2018 as he prepares for Saturday's Somebeachsomewhere Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park and a trip to the North America Cup. Iles and his wife Barbara are longtime horse owners from Delaware. The couple is known for their homebred horses, which usually feature a name referencing Iles' former career as a barber. Lather Up is a son of stallion I'm Gorgeous out of the Iles' homebred mare Pocket Comb. But the Iles intended to breed Pocket Comb to stallion Delmarvalous. A mix up when ordering semen resulted in the now-seemingly serendipitous change of plans, which hinged on Iles' admiration for I'm Gorgeous' sire Bettor's Delight. "I really always liked Bettor's Delight and always wanted to breed to him, I just didn't do it," the 79-year-old Iles said. "So that's how we ended up with I'm Gorgeous." When it came time for Lather Up's birth, there was a complication. Lather Up was in the breech position, which required action from local horsemen Kevin Switzer and Brenda Teague. The two worked together while receiving phoned-in instructions from Switzer's wife, veterinarian Denise McNitt, to prevent a breech birth. Once on the racetrack last year at age 2, Lather Up won three times on the Ohio Sire Stakes circuit, but got sick as he was preparing for the series championship. He suffered a near-fatal reaction to antibiotics, which landed the horse in the New Bolton Center. "He really got off to a rocky start," Iles said. "We came very close to losing him. We got lucky; very, very lucky." Now, though, Lather Up's story involves winning races. The colt, from the Team Teague training stable of George Teague Jr., Brenda Teague and Clyde Francis, made his seasonal debut by beating older horses at Harrah's Philadelphia before a track-record 1:50 win in a division of the Ohio Sire Stakes at Miami Valley Raceway. The win at Miami Valley came on a sloppy track following a lengthy delay because of thunderstorms. Last weekend at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Lather Up prepped for his upcoming stakes engagements by winning in 1:49.1 against older foes. Leaving from post nine, the colt and driver Montrell Teague reached the lead in a :26.1 opening quarter-mile and never looked back, winning by 7-3/4 lengths with a :26.2 final quarter-mile. "He put in a heck of a mile," Iles said. "He wowed me," George Teague Jr. said. "I was a little bit surprised, I'm not going to lie to you, with how he did it. Montrell never popped the ear plugs." Lather Up always showed promise, but steering issues sometimes prevented the colt from peak performance. Teague thinks those issues have been resolved. "He's much better now," Teague said. "I'm happy with that part. He seems to be controllable and very steerable. We made a couple equipment changes and got lucky and hit the target. "We always thought he could be this kind of horse if everything went right, but it hasn't always gone right for him. He's a very smart horse, very good gaited. He's got the tools to do some damage in the 3-year-old ranks. He just needs a little luck and to stay sound and healthy." On Saturday, Lather Up competes in the second of three Somebeachsomewhere Stakes divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park. If all goes well, a trip to the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations will follow on June 9 at Mohawk. The C$1 million final is June 16. "We're excited," said Iles, who lost his broodmare Pocket Comb -- the producer of eight six-figure earners in 10 foals -- last year at the age of 23. Lather Up was her final offspring. "I'm anxious to see how he does. He's shown a lot of guts and I hope he can continue." And so the story continues. "To say the least," Teague said with a laugh, "it's been very interesting." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike, presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (May 31) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Scott Zeron, driver of trotter Atlanta; Montrell Teague, regular driver of Lather Up; Blake Macintosh, trainer of Courtly Choice and Crystal Lilley, a member of the marketing team at Ocean Downs. Zeron, driver of trotter Atlanta, joins the program this week to talk about Atlanta who he drives for Rick Zeron. Zeron guided the gutsy filly to a strong victory on Monday winning in a track record 1:50.3. Zeron will discuss her upcoming schedule and what the plans are for her going forward. Teague, who dries Lather Up, joins the duo this week as they discuss his performance that took place at Woodbine Mohawk Park this past weekend. Lather Up, an Ohio-bred set multiple track records as a two-year-old on the Sire Stakes circuit now takes his chances against stakes company. Teague will talk about their prized colt and where we may see him following his race in the Somebeachsomewhere at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Another impressive horse that we saw on Mondy at Vernon Downs was Courtly Choice who is staked to the Pepsi North America Cup coming up on June 16. Trainer Blake Macintosh will talk about his speedy colt who could make a splash on the stakes scene over the next few weeks. Lilley, from Ocean Downs, joins the program this week to talk about their upcoming 2018 race meet. Lilley will talk to the pair about the upcoming promotions and what fans and horseman can look forward to in the upcoming year. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. From the Mike & Mike Show  

New track and national season harness racing records were set in both the 3-year-old colt trotting and pacing divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes on Sunday afternoon, May 6 at Miami Valley Raceway.    A total of 22 trotters and 29 pacers went postward in six $40,000 divisions in Leg One of OSS competition that saw the races held up an hour at one point in the program due to thunderstorms.   Gary & Barbara Iles’ Lather Up, trained by Brenda Teague and driven by her nephew, Montrell Teague, set a new Miami Valley track record and set a national season’s mark for a 3-year-old colt on a five-eighth’s mile oval when he paced to a winning 1:50 mile in the third OSS division for pacing sophomores.    The bay homebred son of I’m Gorgeous used wire-to-wire tactics, leaving smartly from the eight-hole at odds of 8-1 to sail through fractions of :27.1, :56, 1:22.2 before cruising home a full 2½ lengths in front of 6-5 Sectionline Bigry (Tyler Smith) and 3-1 Rockathon (Dan Noble).   Lather Up pushed his career earnings to $102,600 with the triumph, the sixth of his career in nine starts.  He is now two-for-two in 2018.   Mission Accepted was equally impressive among his diagonally-gaited rivals, stopping the timer in a new track record and setting a national season’s mark of 1:53 for 3-year-old trotting colts on a five-eighths mile oval in the second OSS division for trotting sophomores.     Trained and co-owned by Jeff Conger, along with Knox Services of Mt. Vernon, OH (who also bred the colt) and David Wills, Newark, OH, the son of Manofmanymissions was an easy 2-5 winner for Ryan Stahl.  The bay colt finished four lengths ahead of rivals 7-2 Pass The Vape (Derek Watiker) and 7-1 Uncle Buck (Trace Tetrick), who was 8½ lengths back.   The victory gave Mission Accepted his sixth career victory in nine starts, and pushed his seasonal earnings to $45,000 and his career bankroll to $235,800.  He is now two-for-two this season as well, having taken a $50,000 Scarlet & Gray division on April 28 at Miami Valley.   Sultan Of Cash captured the first OSS trotting division, as the 2-1 favorite with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. in the sulky, in a respectable 1:56.   Trained and owned by Roger Hughes, Jr., the Cash Hall son bested rivals 9-2 MVP Luke (Dan Noble) and 16-1 Get The Cash (Greg Grismore).   The victory pushed Sultan Of Cash’s career earnings to $172,765 and his seasonal monies to $46,250.  He now has eight victories in 12 career starts.   The third OSS division for trotters saw Northmedo Mission prevail in a healthy new lifetime mark of  1:56.3 for driver Danny Noble.  Trained by Mike Medors for the Northmedo Stable of Painesville, OH, the altered son of Manofmanymissions raced close up throughout the mile and went on to score a 3¼ length triumph over 8-5 favorite Two O B Wonkenobi (Sammy Widger) after snatching the lead at the 1:27 three-quarter mile marker. Magic MVP, a 23-1 longshot, was third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. From 14 career starts and six wins, the homebred Northmedo Mission now has $35,728 in his coffers.   Rockn Motion and driver Danny Noble took advantage of the rail slot in the first OSS pacing division to score as the public’s 5-2 choice in 1:51.1. Trained by Jim Dailey for breeder-owner Ronald Mersky of Paris, KY, the bay son of Pet Rock made a dramatic, three-wide move at the three-quarter pole to brush home in the stretch and best rivals 10-1 Seeing Eye Single (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and 5-1 Slick Mick (Ryan Stahl).    Unraced as a 2-year-old Rockn Motion now has four wins and a second in eight starts, with $39,625 in his wallet.  The 1:51.1 effort was a new life mark for the rangy colt.   Favorite (4-5) Bounding Dragon notched the second OSS division for pacing colts in 1:53, with a perfect steer by driver Josh Sutton.  Trained by Mike Roth for Alan Keith, Johnstown, OH and Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, OH, the brown Dragon Again colt used a second-over trip until the stretch, when he paced to a 2½ victory over 6-1 Sip And A Bite (Montrell Teague).    Longshot (54-1) Oberline was third with Kyle Ater in the sulky. Bounding Dragon, who was bred by Ohio’s Emerald Highland Farm and New York’s J&T Silva Stables, now has career earnings of $111,159 and seasonal earnings of $39,750, with four wins in 13 lifetime starts.   Leg Two of this series for sophomores will be as follows:  June 2 at Northfield Park for 3-year-old pacing fillies;  June 9 at Scioto Downs for 3-year-old pacing colts;  June 11 at Northfield Park for 3-year-old trotting fillies; and June 15 at Scioto Downs for 3-year-old trotting colts. Kimberly Rinker OSDF Administrato

DOVER, Del. –Ibetyoucanwiggle beat Go Sandy Go at the wire last week and  Pedal Power winner of another prelim come back for the 2nd leg  $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) events plus a $31,000 Mares Open/Handicap pace top Wednesday (March 21) racing at Dover Downs. A $15,000 and a $12,000 female pace top the undercard. Post time is 4:30 p.m. A patient drive by Montrell Teague behind Ibetyoucanwiggle set up a homestretch duel where the George Teague-owned and bred pacer got up in the final strides for victory over Brent Outten and Green Racing’s pace-setter Go Sandy Go steered by Jason Green. These two return in the $20,000 first race in the DSBF 3-Year-old filly pace stake. Brendan Cook’s Studio Session drew the rail for season with Sean Bier, right alongside is Anne McDonald’s Cold N Chilly driven by Vic Kirby The other starters in the1st $20,000 division are  Dorothy Ann and Chris Conner’s Lotsa Luck  handled by Art Stafford Jr. in a six-filly field. Bay Pond Racing’s Peak Of Chic with trainer-driver Jeff Fout and Kissthatonegoodbye, owed and trained by Mike Greene with Corey Callahan in the bike Dave and Leah Lewis’ Pedal Power (Tim Tetrick) drew outside post 7 in the other $20,000 section. Bunker Away (Corey Callahan) , owned by Bay Pond Racing, drew post 2. William Moffett’s homebred Lydia (Ross Wolfenden, closed well for second last time.  Frank Johnson’s River Dreams (Mike Cole) is burdened coming from post 8. K.V. Jump’s Diabolical Spin (Russell Foster)) and Bobby Myers’ Gloria Pierre (Jonathan Roberts) and Amanda Wager’s Whistler’s Sister (Allan Davis) complete the eight filly lineup.    Pedal Power           - Foto Won photo The top eight point-getters in each of the four divisions return next Thursday, meet closing day, March 29 for $100,000 finals. The $31,000 Mares Open/Handicap is the overnight feature. Bettorhaveanother (Morgan), a winner of her last four of five for Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing, has post 8 in a nine-horse field, with Gary Ewing’s Sweet Bobbie (Art Stafford Jr.) and Marion Beachy’s Berazzled are other winners last start. Front-pacing Nerida Franco N (A. Davis) will be the one to catch acing for Mike Hall and Dave Hamm. Breakaway Stable’s Valuable Art (Callahan) will benefit from a better post position. KDK Standardbred’s homebred Apple Bottom Jeans (Kirby) and Terror At Night (Cole) from the second tier for Arlene Paisley, Ed Maas and Nanticoke Racing.   A $22,000 sub-feature, two $15,000 and a $14,000 female paces are also on the strong undercard. Live racing is featured Monday through Thursday through next Thursday, (March 29), closing day of the 2017-2018 season. Post time is at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs’ features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Watch the live racing and enjoy fine food 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 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book.   Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Sicily, Major Uptrend and Soto, the first three finishers in last week’s $30,000 Preferred pace, return in the week’s top pace Thursday (March 8) at Dover Downs heading another outstanding race program. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Sicily scored his third sub-1:50 victory a week ago earning a 1:49.2 triumph with Montrell Teague in the bike for trainer Wayne Givens and owners Reggie Hazzard and Legacy Racing. Another multiple 1:50 performer this meet, Niss Allen and Crissman Inc.’s Major Uptrend, driven by Tony Morgan, has post position 2 advantage in the field of six. Third, last Thursday, Soto, is reined by Art Stafford Jr. for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, has always raced well at Dover. He was a close third a week ago. Missle J, owned by John McGill’s  and Brian Carsey’s Missle J, who posted a 1:50 feature win in February, will be in the hands of Tim Tetrick. Super Imposed N piloted by Corey Callahan, has already won in 1:50.1 and 1:50.2 in the last month for owners Mike Hall and Dave Hamm.  JoAnn Looney King’s Little Ben, steered by Tim Tetrick has already won five features this meet and steps up after winning the Open last week.  Air Strike (Callahan) brings a three-race win streak into the standout undercard. Val D’Or Farm and Ted Gewertz’s Air Strike heads a nine-horse $18,000 Winners pace, and drew the rail facing Niss Allen’s sharp Mississippi  Rabbit (Morgan) while George Teague’s fast Daiymir (Montrell Teague) must overcome post 8. A trio of prominent four-year-olds square off in a $14,000 Winners-Over pace. Local standout Bags To Riches(Tetrick) races for Jason Skinner and Only Money Inc., Jenny Bier and JoAnn Dombeck's Highalator (Roger Plante Jr.) and Brian and Carrie Malone’s Hypothedical (Morgan) from the rail, take on seasoned rivals:  G.P. Calloway, Hazzard and Legacy Racing’s Sweet Rock (Vic Kirby) . Wood, Dittmar, Iaquinta and Minisink Farms’ Cajon Lightning (Stafford Jr.) who drew outside post 8 for the second straight outing. Two $25,000-$30,000-$35,000 Claiming paces are also on the power packed card.       Dover Downs offers a 50-cent Pick 5 wager, starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Live racing each Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. A fine and varied selection of food is available to enjoy while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races is featured daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book.   Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. ---Harness racing driver Montrell Teague picked up his third win of the day driving Lew's Maverick to a come-from-behind victory catching Cashendash Hanover in the closing strides to win the $17,500 Claiming feature on Monday, Feb. 26 at Dover Downs. Stepping up after a 1:50.4 front-end victory last week in $12,500 claimer, Lew's Maverick won for the third time his meet with Teague driving for trainer Kevin Switzer and owners John Dickens, Kathleen Mofield and KDK Standardbreds. Hide Me Away (Russell Foster) one of two horses claimed out of this event, finish third for the fourth consecutive time. The other claimed horse was program favorite Mister Virgin (Tony Morgan), who won in 1:50.3 last Monday. Lew's Maverick is a Western Hanover-Oceanview Cooper gelding who won for the 18th time in his career and is now a $133,918 lifetime winner. Jason Thompson drove the day's longest shot, 27-1 Fussy Streak, trained by Jim Thompson for Mist Stable, to a 1:57.4 lifetime fastest victory in a Fillies and mares pace. Owosso Flash (Bret Brittingham) was a 15-1 upsetter in another pace for owner-trainer Jane Ramsey and Dave Amos. Montrell Teague and Tim Tetrick had three wins each, and Mike Cole had a double Thereademoninme, last week's winner, battles Elysium Lindy, Royal Becca J and Celebrity Pegasus in a strong field of eight in Tuesday's $25,000 Open/Handicap trot feature. Sheez On A Cruze won the card's top trot with Teague also driving, this time for his aunt owner-trainer Brenda Teague. The Crazed-Topcat Hall four-year-old mare, who raced on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit briefly last year, made it two straight wins .Very Dark (Ross Wolfenden) finished second. My Big Kadillac (Vince Copeland) was the show finisher. THERESADEMONINME MEETS ROYAL BECCA J IN WEEK’S TOP TROT Theresademoninme takes on Royal Becca J, Celebrity Pegasus and Elysium Linda and Royal Becca J in this week’s $25,000 Open/Handicap  on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m.  A week ago, Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis’ Theresademoninme, with Jonathan Roberts at the controls, took the lead at the start and was never headed in a 1:53 conquest in the feature ace. Royal Becca J, owned by Chip Moore, was also used early but could not get the lead and spent most of his journey racing on the outside for Jack Parker Jr. and for the first time this meet finished out-of-the-money. Meanwhile, Elysium Lindy, leaving from the outside came on strongly to take second money for driver Corey Callahan and owners Weaver Bruscemi, DiScala and Burke Racing.  Celebrity Pegasus and Art Stafford Jr. gets a better starting spot from post 4 this week after three straight outside posts for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms The other members of the excellent field of eight include:. Bamond Racing’s Crazshana who will have the services of Allan Davis this week, Dana Parham, CC Racing and Triple D Stables’ Lazurus, with Tim Tetrick, John DeVito’s Golden Son, a third-place finisher in last week’s feature, and he only female in the lineup, Richard Gutnick and TLP Stable’s Moonlight Cocktail, a winner of two of her last four for Tony Morgan who has post position 1. A pair of $12,000 trots head the strong undercard. Dover Downs features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. 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. An excellent selection of 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 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book. Marv Bachrad

HARRINGTON, Del. - Kdk Standardbreds' Apple Bottom Jeans ($7, Montrell Teague) overcame outside post number eight for a win in the $17,500 Mares Open harness racing feature Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Empress Deo assumed the early lead from St Kitts to an opening quarter in 27.4 seconds. St. Kitts re-took the lead and was the boss to the half mile in 56.3 seconds while Sweet Bobbie attacked first over to the three-quarters mark in 1:25.1. Mosquito Blue Chip circled three wide on the final turn while Purrfect Bags flanked four wide in a stirring stretch finish, but it was Apple Bottom Jeans who was widest of all and outkicked her rivals for the win. Purrfect Bags was second with Mosquito Blue Chip third. Trained by Kevin Switzer, "Apple" notched her fifth seasonal win and put her over the $80,000 mark in seasonal earnings. Apple Bottom Jeans had been racing in New York (Yonkers) for the past month before returning to her home state. It's not often the top four finishers on a half-mile racetrack have the outside posts, but it happened in this case as the top four finishers in order by post position were 8-7-6-5. Teague and Tony Morgan each had three wins on the program. Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund action will commence Monday June 12 with three $20,000 divisions of pacing colts and geldings in action. Tuesday June 13 will feature the first leg of pacing fillies and Wednesday June 14 will highlight the trotters. The $100,000 finals will be contested on July 27. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Miss Me Yet ($14.60, Montrell Teague) sprung a mild harness racing upset Tuesday in the $16,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway with a 1:53 triumph. Jag Out set the pace with fractions of 27.2, 55.4, and 1:24.1. The field of seven was bunched in the stretch but Miss Me Yet found a seam late to surge by in the final strides for her third win of the year. The 4-year-old I'm Gorgeous mare notched her 11th career win for trainer Clyde Francis and owners George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership. Newborn Sassy, who had won two straight, rallied for second while Jag Out held on for third. It was one of three wins on the program for Teague. Matthew Sparacino

Freehold, NJ --- There will always be a special place in Montrell Teague’s heart for Custard The Dragon. The pacer was the first open stakes winner driven by Teague, who in 2011 guided the then harness racing 3-year-old colt to wins in the Max C. Hempt Memorial and Hoosier Cup. Teague and Custard The Dragon also won an Adios elimination with a world-record performance before finishing second to favorite Alsace Hanover in the final. Now, Teague is enjoying the ride with one of Custard The Dragon’s offspring, 3-year-old Henry The Dragon. The colt has won seven of eight career races and is 2-for-2 this season as he heads to Thursday’s second round of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund series for 3-year-old male pacers at Dover Downs. Henry The Dragon is owned by George Teague Jr. Inc., which bred the colt with Elmer Fannin. Clyde Francis trains Henry The Dragon, who is out of the broodmare Surveille Hanover. “He reminds me so much of Custard,” Montrell Teague said. “He’s just got the perfect attitude. He loves to do it. He’s a very calm horse. Custard was the same exact way. He’s the spitting image of him. He’s like his twin.” Teague, the 26-year-old son of George Teague Jr., has won numerous stakes races since Custard The Dragon in 2011, most notably with 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. So while it is difficult to pick favorites, Custard The Dragon remains unique to Teague in certain ways. “It’s a little bit sentimental with Custard because he started me off, I think,” Teague said. “He kind of had a different attitude than Wiggle’s. Wiggle doesn’t let you love on him like Custard would. Custard is still my man. I see a lot of him in (Henry The Dragon). Hopefully he can step up and be as good as his father.” Henry The Dragon, named after one of Teague’s nephews, did not do much to impress Team Teague when he was training down as a 2-year-old, but that all changed once the racing season began. When Henry The Dragon won a division of the DSBF in 1:52.1 last November on the same night the Matron Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers was won by What’s Goin On in 1:53, it confirmed to Teague that his colt could be a player in future open stakes. “He could have won (the Matron) hands down easy,” Teague said. “He still had the ear plugs in and was on idle. “Training down he was just average. He didn’t really stand out. When he got behind the gate he was a totally different horse. It was like the flip of a switch when he got into a race. He’s a small horse, but he’s all go. He never gets tired.” Henry The Dragon’s only loss last year came in his last start of the season when he finished second to Bags To Riches in the $100,000 DSBF final at Dover. But Henry The Dragon impressed his connections enough to have them stake the colt to several open races this year, including the North America Cup and Messenger. “When he was a 2-year-old I thought pretty highly of him because he kind of dominated the Delaware stakes,” Teague said. “He got caught in the last final because he was sick. After every race I’d call Dad and say maybe we should stake this guy a little more because he’s definitely shown up every time and shown he has some speed. We talked about it and we staked him up a little more. Not overly, but we’re going to give him a chance anyway.” Henry The Dragon is not the only horse from the Teague Stable to open eyes in the DSBF this year. Daiymir, also named after one of Montrell’s nephews, won his career debut last week with a 1:52.4 effort in the first round of the series. Daiymir and Henry The Dragon will meet in Thursday’s first of four divisions. “He seems like a pretty nice horse so far,” Teague said about Daiymir, who was unraced at 2 because of soreness. “He’s the same way as Henry; he’s two fingers and loves what he does. I think he’s got a little bit bigger brush than Henry. I think he could out-sprint him. He’s pretty impressive. But Henry is a grinder; he can go nonstop. When he gets on the track he points his head to the front and he’s ready to roll. I haven’t seen the end of it yet. “It’s unfortunate they drew in together. I was hoping they wouldn’t face each other until the final.” The $100,000 DSBF final is April 13. Francis also sends out Whispering Witch, Rat Tail, Daylen, Stay In Your Place, and Ain’t It Fun in Thursday’s DSBF divisions.   by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

DOVER, Del.--- Stay In Your Place completed a double for harness racing driver Montrell Teague, trainer Clyde Francis and owner George Teague scoring a 1:54.2 victory in the Monday, March 20 feature race at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan won three of the first four races and finished with four trips to the winner's circle. In his first start of his three-year-old season, Stay In Your Place, also owned by K&R Racing, who also were co-owners of the outstanding Rainbow Blue, took the lead early and never looked back posting an easy 1:54.2 successfully sophomore debut. Earlier Montrell Teague guided George Teague's Ain't No Fun to his first win in his initial start of the year. The homebred gelding bred by Teague and Ted Gewertz, a son of Custard The Dragon-Airtight, bested Ascaryone Hanover (Eddie Dennis) and Casino Director (Vince Copeland) second and third respectively. Tony Morgan also drove two winners. ARBARA’S SHADOW AND DISMISSAL RENEW RIVALRY IN TUESDAY FEATURE Barbara’s Shadow, who has won her last three in-a-row, and Dismissal, following near misses in her last two outings,  second by a neck after being second by a head, both to Barbara’s Shadow, seeks to return to her four consecutive winning form earlier this year meeting in the $15,000 4&5-Year-Old distaff feature at Dover Downs on Tuesday, March 21 at Dover Downs. Post Time is 4:30 p.m. Barbara’s Shadow is the winningest female pacer at the track this meet registering six victories, all in 2017. Tony Morgan will drive the streaking four-year-old owned by Brian Hoffecker, trainer Leigh Raymer and driver Vic Kirby. Owned by CTC Stable, Dismissal will return with driver Corey Callahan who was in the bike for all of her four earlier wins. Forrest Bartlett’s sharp Barefoot Julie, piloted by Tim Tetrick, finished second in all four of her February starts. David Banks and Layfield Horses’ On Your Six, with Allan Davis steering, has been victim of racing much of her recent starts parked on the outside. Bad Lightning, with Art Stafford Jr. leaves from the rail for owners Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing. The other contenders are Lou Catana and Vince Bradley’s In The Shadows, who should benefit from moving inside from post 8 last time and Benda Teague’s homebred Wiggle It J with Jim Morand in the bike.   A competitive group of female pacers highlight the rest of the Tuesday program.      Monday through Thursday live racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are ‘dark days’ at the track. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

Team Teague had a big night on Monday's (2/13) harness racing card. Montrell Teague led all drivers with four wins. Trainer Clyde Francis haltered three wins while owner George Teague had a double plus Brenda Teague owned and trained another of her nephew's winners. Montrell came right back Tuesday with a driving double. --------------------------- Wednesday (2/16) was a "King's ransom" at Dover Downs. Jim King dominated the morning qualifiers winning five of the non-betting races including Wakizashi Hanover in 1:52. . On the official race program, King haltered another three winners including the $20,000 Open Trot Handicap feature when Frost Free Hanover notched his third win of the year. Tetrick had a driving triple. --------------------------------------- Dismissal is one of the hot horses at the track these days. The four-year-old rang up her fourth win in a row on Valentine's Day recording a 1:51.2 victory with Montrell Teague driving the $15,500 sub-feature pace win. ------------------------------------ Next week only, the DSOA will conduct its 2nd Annual Stallion Service auction beginning Tuesday, Feb. 21. There are 15 Delaware stallions from which to choose, 12 pacers and three trotters. For complete details call the DSOA office. The numbers are 302-678-3058 or 888/227/0658. -------------------------------------------------------- Coming up next Sunday, Feb. 26, the annual highlight event of the Winter Awards- Banquet season is set for Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, Nevada with the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) Night of Champions which honors the 2016 Dan Patch Awards winners. For the roster of winners, ticket and lodging information, check this website: www.ushwa.org . ----------------------------------- Houston, Del. horseman, George Teague receives several major honors in Las Vegas next week. Harness Horsemen International (HHI) honors Teague with its top award, "The Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year."Teague will be saluted for his support of the sport by graciously allowing the public to meet and greet his great pacer, 2015 Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit. On many occasions during 2016, Teague went all out to help promote harness racing at major events. The U.S.Harness Writers Association (USHWA) also honors Teague with two awards. He becomes the first person honored for a second time as its "Good Guy" award winner. More importantly, Team Teague gets the sport's second highest honor, The Stan Bergstein Proximity Award, for service to the sport. For ticket and hotel arrangements consult: www.ushwa.org ---------------------------------------------------------- Family and friends of the late Delaware 'giant' David Buckson turned out (2/5) during the races to "Celebrate the Life" of the man who was a founder of Dover Downs. Buckson, a consummate political force who also was a harness horseman, had his ashes spread over the harness course by his son in a special ceremony during the racing program. -------------------------------------------------- The Leading Drivers statistics show defending champion Corey Callahan,has caught and now leads Vic Kirby, in the leading driver standings. Kirby had previously led from opening day, Callahan now has a 110-107 win lead over Kirby. Yannick Gingras is third with 94 wins Tony Morgan is fourth place with 80 wins. Ross Wolfenden has moved ahead of Tim Tetrick with 61 winners. -------------------------------------------------- Jim King has an 8-win lead in the leading trainer stats, with 55 wins. Defending champ Dylan Davis has moved up to second with 47 wins, Joe Hundertpund and Leigh Raymer are tied for third place, each with 32 wins. Eric Ell is now fifth with 26. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- Singing Saint, driven by Tony Morgan, came from off the pace to record a 1:53.1 victory to win the Monday, Feb. 13 $9,000 Male pace at Dover Downs. Harness racing driver Montrell Teague drove four winners, three for trainer Clyde Francis and two for owner George Teague. Morgan moved the Lis Mara-Celestial gelding three wide on the final turn to quickly join the leaders turning for home. In the lane, Singing Saint fended off Go Collect N (Corey Callahan) in a stretch duel to register his first win of 2017, after two seconds and a third, for owner-trainer Bob Stevenson. Rock N Roll Jet (Bret Brittingham) picked up third place in the nine-horse field. Singing Saint won for the 21st time in his career while annexing a $142,382 bankroll. In the sub-feature, Vic Kirby and Shellysblockbuster won the dash-to-the-wire beating Casey At Bat (Allan Davis) in 1:52.2. It was the second win of the season for the Bettor's Delight-Lover's talk veteran gelding owner by Don Reed and trainer George Wagner. Western Young Gun (Jonathan Roberts) finished third. Shellysblockbuster won for the 26th time in his career while earning $226,510 lifetime. Montrell Teague led all drivers with four winners. Vic Kirby had three wins; Jonathan Roberts, trainer Clyde Francis haltered three wins while owner George Teague had two winners. SHARP SWEET BOBBIE SEEKS REPEAT IN $20,000 MARES OPEN Sweet Bobbie, never farther back than third in her last eight races, returns this week to the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap, facing KJ’s Caroline, who steps up after a win last week, among seven starters in the Tuesday, Feb.14 Valentine’s day feature at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Enhance Your Mind, with Vic Kirby driving for owner-trainer Bryan Truitt had been burdened by outside posts recently after winning four-races in a row heads the opposition. Nat A Virgin, piloted by Corey Callahan, moves from an outside post to the rail this time, for owners J&T Silva and Robert Cooper Stable. Another solid contender, Rich Pollucci’s Mischief Maker N with Ross Wolfenden finished a close-up second last week for the second straight time. Scott Woogen’s KJ’s Caroline and Yannick Gingras leaves from post 2 with Dave Banks and Layfield Horses’ Sayulita, handled by Allan Davis, and Killean Finale with Jonathan Roberts driving for trainer Josh Parker and Nanticoke Racing completing the competitive lineup. After Frank Carzone, Bob Sabatini, trainer Ed Gannon and driver Yannick Gingras’ Vintage Babe’s six-race win streak was snapped two weeks ago, the four-year-old returned to the winners circle last Tuesday. Now, she takes on eight rivals in the $15,500 Mares 4&5-Year-Old pace. She tangles with the red-hot Dismissal (Montrell Teague), from the rail, who has front-paced to three consecutive wins for CTC Stable in a nine-horse secondary feature female pace. An  excellent all-female pacing undercard is on the Tuesday program.  Monday through Thursday live racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are ‘dark days’ at the track. Fine food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad  

DOVER, DE --- Frost Free Hanover closed with a rush to win the $20,000 Open Handicap trot and Bluebird Reverend pulled away for victory in the Wednesday feature trots at Dover Downs on Jan. 4. Tony Morgan and Corey Callahan won four races apiece. Next to last on the backstretch, meet leading driver Vic Kirby got Frost Free Hanover going heading to the three quarters before power home to win in 1:54.4. Lou Man (Jonathan Roberts), who led entering the stretch finished second with Uva Hanover (Tony Morgan) third a head in front Tough Mac (Corey Callahan). Rich Poillucci owns the Cantab Hall-Free Spirit gelding trained by Jim King The victory was the 13th in his career while earning $$177,863. Bluebird Reverend notched his second win of the meet for Montrell Teague. The Indiana-bred altered son of Swan For All-Little Revenue shook off a challenge from runner-up Go Byem (Jim Morand) heading for the far turn and then pulled off for a decisive victory. Bobby Reeser conditions the five-year-old gelding which he co-owns with Holly Case, Denise Dennis and Jay Johannsen. The win was his 14th lifetime and brings his bankroll to $348,004 earned. Tony Morgan and Corey Callahan had four win nights. , Ross Wolfenden and trainers Jim King and John Cabot had doubles, Seventh Secret and Arque Hanover, both winners last week, square off in the $30,000 Preferred pace on Thursday. SEVENTH SECRET, ARQUE HANOVER CLASH IN $30,000 PREFERRED Two sharp pacers, - Seventh Secret and Arque Hanover – fresh from two straight wins each lead a power packed field of eight in the week’s top event, the $30,000 Preferred Handicap plus an outstanding supporting program this Thursday, Jan. 5 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. George and Tina Dennis’ Seventh Secret, a recent acquisition, has progressed steadily in his five races at the track. The six-year-old has won his last two outings in 1:50 and last week wire-to-wire in 1:51 with George Dennis at the controls. Meanwhile Corey Callahan-driven Arque Hanover toured the five-eighths mile oval in 1:50.2 and last Thursday despite an off track in 1:52.4, both unchallenged from the start for owners Abe Basen, Tom Lazzaro and Robert Cooper Stable. Sweet Rock handled by Allan Davis, just missed losing by a nose in the feature. Reg Hazzard, G.P.Calloway and Legacy Racing own the gelding starting from the rail. Henderson Farms’ Bushwacker, who began the 2016 season in sensational style at Dover, is again racing at his best. will pilot the half-million winner from outside post 8. Janel Hudson and JoAnn Looney-King’s late season standout Little Ben and Vic Kirby has brilliant late speed. Bettor’s Edge, racing for Weaver Bruscemi, M1 and Burke Racing, guided by Yannick Gingras is closing in on becoming a $2-million winner. Captive Audience, owned by Al Carter and trainer Doug Lewis, reined by   and John Cancelliere’s Sweet Beach have upset credentials. The richest horse in harness racing history, $7.46-million winner Foiled Again (Gingras) leads the semi-feature $20,000 Open pace. Now age 13, owned by Weaver Bruscemi, JJK and Burke Racing stables, Foiled Again is still racing at a top level. He will face, the sharp Soto (Art Stafford Jr.) for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaqjuita, John Cancellier’s Special T Rocks (Morand) a winner last week, and Bamond Racing’s Flem N Em who drew post 1 in the eight horse field. There are also three $15,500 paces on the 15-race program. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

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