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Penzance Hanover won back to back and wire-to-wire in the Open Pace at Dover Downs as the current race meet came to a close on Thursday night. Driver Art Stafford Jr. wasted no time and launched Penzance Hanover right to the top. The even odds betting choice JJ Flynn and driver Allan Davis retreated to the pocket. Penzance Hanover scorched fractions of :26.2 for the quarter.  The half was reached in :54 seconds flat.  Numbered Account and driver Tim Tetrick followed a first-over Itsrockandroll A into the backstretch 2nd over on the rim. Penzance Hanover and Art Stafford Jr. led the field under wraps,  to the three quarters in 1:22.3. A pesky Itsrockandroll A,  who was parked the entire mile, became leg weary at the top of the stretch.  This allowed JJ Flynn and Alan Davis an opportunity to take a clear shot at Penzance Hanover but could not gain on the leader. Penzance Hanover, a former $25,000 claimer, won by a comfortable length and a 1:49.3.  The clocking his lifetime mark. PENZANCE HANOVER REPLAY   It was Penzance Hanover’s 3rd consecutive victory and back to back tallies in the Open Pace.  He paid $11 for the win. Penzance Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere) is owned, trained and driven by Art Stafford Jr. Stafford Jr has been the hottest driver at Dover Downs over the past month. JJ Flynn  finished a frustrated 2nd for trainer Chuck Crissman Jr. and driver Allan Davis. Itsrockandroll A,  who was parked every step of the mile finished 3rd.  Dylan Davis was the trainer and Corey Callahan drove. Earlier in the day leading honors were recognized during the Dover Downs race meeting. Joe Columbo is the meet’s leading trainer.  The meet’s leading driver was Tim Tetrick. The trotter Northern Express was honored as the horse of the meet. Racing returns to Harrington Raceway on Monday April 12.  Post Time is 4:30 pm. For full race results, click here.  by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

DOVER, DE -   The former harness racing claimer Penzance Hanover collared the Open pacers at Dover Downs on Thursday night, scoring an upset triumph at odds of 19-1. Driver Montrell Teague reversed driver tactics and sent JJ Flynn quickly out of the gate and seized the early lead from speedball Sicily. The quarter was a hard fought :25.4. JJ Flynn continued to lead the field to the half in a moderate :55.2. Slick Tony, the even odds betting favorite and Ross Wolfenden pulled off the rail 1st up from fourth.  Penzance Hanover shadowed 2nd over with driver Art Stafford Jr.  Penzance Hanover circled three wide and challenged JJ Flynn to the three quarters in 1:22.4. The two former claimers battled it out in the lane. Penzance Hanover powered by to win in 1:50.1 by a neck and paid $41.60 to win. PEZANCE HANOVER REPLAY   Penzance Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere) is owned, trained and driven by Art Stafford Jr. JJ Flynn finished 2nd for trainer Chuck Crissman Jr. Sicily trained by Wayne Givens and driven by Victor Kirby was third. Alan Davis picked up three wins on the betting card.  Racing resumes on Monday at Dover Downs.  Post time is 4:30 pm For full results, click here.   by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Scuola Hanover secures her third consecutive harness racing win in takes the Mares Open Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Heavy rains did not deter Scuola Hanover from finding the winners’ circle for driver Art Stafford, Jr.  Moments of Joy, the 4/5 race favorite, and her driver Victor Kirby, blasted off the wings and cleared for the early lead. She set uncontested fractions of 27.2 to the quarter, and the half in 56.3.  The field remained in single file until Scuola Hanover moved off the rail from 3rd.  Art Stafford Jr. and Scuola Hanover were in full throttle as they aggressively challenged the pacesetter Moments Of Joy and Victor Kirby before the three quarter station. The dueling mares unleashed a :27.3 quarter, as they reached the three quarters in 1:24.1. In the deep stretch,  Scuola Hanover was able to maneuver past a game, Moments Of Joy, to the wire. Scuola Hanover (Rocknroll Dance) won by one and a quarter lengths in 1:51.1 and paid $5.80.  She paced a last half in 54 seconds and a last quarter in 27 seconds flat, over a rain soaked, sloppy track.  SCUOLA HANOVER REPLAY   It was her third consecutive victory for owners, Arthur and Andrew  Stafford as well as Thomas Ireland. In the paddock  after the race,  trainer Andrew Stafford cited  “She is a worker and wants to race. “She has a great attitude and has never been better.” Her driver, Art Stafford Jr. agreed with his brother Andrew Stafford. Moments Of Joy raced hard, but  finished 2nd for trainer Bryan Truitt. Victor Kirby drove.   Infinite Symbol A sat the pocket and finished third for trainer Dylan Davis. Tim Tetrick was in the bike. Racing resumes on Thursday night with a post time of 4:30 pm. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Scuola Hanover captured the Mares Winners Over/ Select Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday. At the start of the race,  harness racing driver Ross Wolfenden catapulted My Kiwi Lady N to the front.  She set fractions of 28.2 to the quarter. Wolfenden backed the half off in 57.2.  It was a pedestrian 29.2 for this class. Scuola Hanover,  the 4/5 race favorite, and driver Art Stafford Jr. moved off the rail from fourth and accelerated the pace.  They attacked 1st over and pressured My Kiwi Lady N to the three quarters in 1:24.2.  The ladies paced the third quarter in 27.2. At the top of the lane, Scuola Hanover wore down the leader My Kiwi Lady N and won by a length and three quarters in 1:51.1.  She was sent off as the 4/5 race favorite. SCUOLA HANOVER REPLAY   Scuola Hanover (Rocknroll Dance)  is owned by Art Stafford, Andrew Stafford and Thomas Ireland.  Players only had to identify owner Tom Ireland as a great hunch play on St. Patrick’s Day.  Scuola Hanover paced a last half in 53.4. Trainer Andrew Stafford, when asked about Scuola Hanover’s trip, stated “  She loves to work and is real sharp right now”.  Andrew Stafford’s brother Art Stafford Jr. drove., Sassa’s Sister finished a fast closing second for 87 year old trainer Jim Porter.  My Kiwi Lady N, the pacesetter finished third for trainer Chris Scicluna. Racing continues on Thursday at Dover Downs.  Post Time is 4:30 pm. For full race results, click here. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Dover, DE - Tiger Thompson N was a 16-1 upset harness racing winner in the Open Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night. US Captain and driver Mike Cole, raced on an uncontested lead and set fractions of :26.4, :54.4 and 1:23. At the five eights marker,  Slick Tony and Victor Kirby,  launched their bid from fourth and raced 1st up and coverless into a brisk thirty mile per hour wind.  Itsrockandroll A, the even odds favorite, caught a 2nd over journey. Tiger Thompson N and Art Stafford Jr.encountered excess cover on the rim and circled four wide near the three quarters.  Tiger Thompson N  powered by everyone in the stretch and won by a measured length in 1:51 flat.  He paid $35.60 for the win.   Tiger Thompson N is sired by Big Jim and is owned by Nanticoke Racing, Joshua Parker and S. Messick.  Joshua Parker is the trainer. JJ Flynn, who was dead last at the head of the stretch, finished 2nd for trainer Chuck Crissman Jr.  Montrell Teague was the pilot. Itsrockandroll A finished third and is trained by Dylan Davis Corey Callahan was the driver. Racing resumes on Monday at Dover Downs.  Post time is 4:30 pm. For full race results, click here.   by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Dover, DE - Artrageous benefitted from a letter prefect harness racing drive by Art Stafford Jr. and upset the field, at odds of 58-1 at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. My Last Bet and driver Montrell Teague were able to carve out the race fractions of 27.4 56.4 1:24 uncontested. Valuable Art pulled 1st over but could not reach the leader.  Artful Dancer was second over,  but could not gain any ground. At the top of the stretch Art Stafford Jr. pulled the pocket and won by one and three quarter length for his brother trainer Andrew Stafford.   The winning time was 1:52.1.  The last half mile was paced in 55.2 and a last quarter in 28.1 Artrageous (Art Major) is owned by Benson, Johannsen, Stafford and Case and paid $118.60 to win and $39.40 to place The race favorite, Soho Burning Love A, was a victim of poor race positioning but was charging home when clearance was found. Tim Tetrick drove Soho Burning Love A for trainer Jim King Jr. Moments of Joy finished third and was driven by Victor Kirby for trainer Bryan Truitt. Tim Tetrick won 5 races on the card.    by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Leading harness racing driver and trainer honors headlined the Wednesday closing night program at Harrington Raceway. The training title was up for grabs in dramatic fashion after In Secret ($2.40, Allan Davis) prevailed in the featured $20,000 Open Trot with a 1:56 effort. Owned by Mike Hall, L A Express Stable and Tamara Williams, the 7-year-old Deweycheatumnhowe gelding notched his 10th win of the year for trainer/co-owner Hall. The win deadlocked the trainer standings between Hall and reigning champ Joe Columbo with 39 wins apiece. One race later, however, Columbo clinched the title, prevailing with Middle Aged Crazy, for owners George and Tina Dennis and driver Mike Cole. It was the second straight title for Columbo, who manages a stable of approximately 40 horses. After race four, driver Art Stafford Jr. was recognized as the meet's leading driver. Stafford Jr. had six wins on Tuesday, which added to his healthy win total of 111 to secure his first driving title. Stafford has passed multiple milestones this year, surpassing 2,000 career wins and $20 million in career purses. Ross Wolfenden, Allan Davis, Mike Cole and Tony Morgan rounded out the top five in the driver standings. Meanwhile, behind Columbo and Hall in the trainer race were Wayne Givens, Joe Hundertpfund Jr., and Jim King Jr. On the closing program, Davis had four wins, while Stafford, Cole and Jon Roberts each had a double. Jeff Beauchamp and Ronald Short's Totally Dreamy ($4, Tony Morgan) won his fifth straight race in 1:55.3. The Delaware racing circuit shifts to Dover Downs, which will open on November 4. by Matthew Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Artrageous ($4.20) recorded her 20th career win Tuesday in the $20,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway with a 1:52.4 triumph. It was one of six harness racing driving wins on the card for the meet's leading driver, Art Stafford Jr. In the feature, Delishka N led the field from post position six to the opening quarter mile in 27.2 seconds, while Artrageous sat second. Heart Of The Ocean started the outer flow traffic towards the half-mile in 56.2 seconds, while Delishka N maintained an advantage to three-quarters in 1:24.4. In the stretch, pocket-sitting Artrageous utilized the passing lane to narrowly beat Delishka, while Cruzinforavictory closed late for third. Trained by Andrew Stafford, the 5-year-old Art Major mare notched her seventh win of the year for owners Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen, Stafford and Holly Case. While Stafford Jr.'s wins were scattered throughout the card, his sixth victory came in the 13th aboard his own Calvin K ($6.40) who was a 1:56 winner in his local debut. Stafford Jr. trains and co-owns Calvin K with his father, Arthur Stafford. Stafford Jr. had long clinched his first driving title at Harrington but will formerly be recognized on closing night October 23. The training race remains undecided as Joe Columbo maintains a slim lead over Mike Hall. Allan Davis, previous Harrington driving champ, also had three wins on the card. Jon Roberts had a driving double for the second straight evening. by Matthew Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harness racing's Artrageous ($14.20, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:53.1 winner Tuesday in the featured $20,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. The 5-year-old Art Major mare had little trouble making the lead from post position seven where she would stay for the mile's duration in achieving her sixth win of the season over Cruzinforavictory and Shesarocker. Trained by Andrew Stafford, it was her sixth win of the season for owners Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen, Andrew Stafford and Holly Case. Artrageous surpassed $400,000 in career earnings with her 19th career win. The night started in familiar fashion as current meet leading driver Art Stafford Jr. won both halves of the daily double with Dash To Freedom ($8.80) and Humble N Kind ($2.80). He won four races on the card. Mike Cole and Jonathan Roberts each had a driving double. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, Del. - George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership;s Daiymir ($4.20, Montrell Teague) was a 1:53.2 winner in the $12,500 featured harness racing conditioned pace Monday at Harrington Raceway. The 5-year-old Mr. Wiggles stallion never looked back in his front end score where he would lead throughout over Q's Cruise and Late Mail N. It was the 7th win of the year for the Clyde Francis-trainee. Later on the card, driver Art Stafford Jr. was recognized in a winner's circle presentation commemorating his 2,000th career win. Stafford earned the milestone at Harrah's Philadelphia on August 18 with Happy That. Stafford Jr. didn't waste much time getting closer to his next milestone, by winning the next race with John Barth and Justin Brenneman's Meadowbrook Flash ($6) in 1:58.3. Stafford Jr., is the current leading driver at the meet. Allan Davis had four wins on the card and has been hot since the return of Delaware racing on August 19. Davis won 5 races on that program and is currently third in the driver standings behind Stafford and Ross Wolfenden. Joe Columbo, Mike Hall and Wayne Givens are the current top three in the trainer standings. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway        

Chester, PA -- Driver Art Stafford Jr. notched the 2,000th win of his harness racing career when he piloted Happy That ($7.20) to a 1:56.3 victory in Sunday afternoon's (Aug. 18) ninth race at Harrah's Philadelphia. Happy That, a 4-year-old son of Muscle Hill trained by Martin Davis for owner Jeffrey Startt, made a first-over push from third up the backstretch to reel in and overpower early pacesetter Sleek N Majestic on the far turn. Happy That won the $14,000 conditioned trotting event by 1-1/2 lengths over the late-rallying E Ell Cruze. Stafford, who began driving in 1984 and competes primarily on the Delaware circuit, is in the midst of his fourth consecutive season in which he has surpassed $1 million in purse earnings. He drove a career-high 232 winners and amassed over $2.4 million in purses in 2017. In the $18,000 pacing feature, Alluneedisfaith N ($3.60) converted at odds-on, brushing out of midfield at the half-mile pole to claim the pocket from a gapping Blake North before grinding down pacesetter Lets Roll by 2-1/4 lengths in a lifetime best 1:49.4. Corey Callahan drove the 5-year-old Art Major gelding for trainer Ross Croghan and the Robert Cooper Stables. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia with a 14-race card on Wednesday (Aug. 21), featuring four Pennsylvania Stallion Series events for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Post time is 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

HARRINGTON, Del. - Nanticoke Racing Inc, Barry Spedden and Joshua Parker's Almighty Johnson N ($16, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:56.1 harness racing winner in the $17,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The New Zealand-import had a slow start to his domestic career, after finishing off the board in his first three starts. The 8-year-old Majestic Son gelding has quickly turned it around however, with three straight victories for co-owner/trainer Parker. He left the gate quickly from post position two and assumed command where he would set fractions of 28.1, 57.3 and 1:27.1. Jammin Jack challenged first over and battled gamely through the stretch, but would come up a head short to Almighty Johnson. Theresademoninme finished third. Allan Davis had three winners on the card. Mike Cole and Tony Morgan each had a driving double. Live racing on the Delaware circuit now goes on a hiatus until the traditional Governor's Day program (special 7 p.m. post time) during the Delaware State Fair on July 25.   Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen, Andrew Stafford and Holly Case's Artrageous ($9.60, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:53.1 winner in the $18,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. The Andrew Stafford-trainee notched her third consecutive harness racing win after holding off a fast closing Goin Again, who was second, and third place finisher Sayulita, whom Artrageous passed late for her 4th win of the season. It was one of four wins on the card for driver Art Stafford Jr., who has the early lead in the driver standings over Mike Cole and Victor Kirby. Last year's top trainer, Joe Columbo is the current leading conditioner over former track training champs Josh Green and Joe Hundertpfund Jr. Tony Morgan, Roger Plante Jr. and Ross Wolfenden each had a driving double.   Matthew Sparacino

CHESTER PA - The Rocknroll Hanover mare Rock N Shard N seems headed for Open company as she won for the third time in her four-race United States career, a 1:51.3 mile over a "sloppy +1" surface in the $17,000 distaff pacing feature during a Friday evening harness racing card at Harrah's Philadelphia. Driver Art Stafford Jr. patiently guided Rock N Shard N on her uncovered grind from sixth while Newsday went to the front and set fractions of :27, :55.4, and 1:23.1. These two were close to being on even terms as they turned for home, but despite the overland journey Rock N Shard N proved the stronger late, two lengths to the good of Newsday, with pocketsitting Ghosttothepost third. The Kiwi mare is another of a long line of successes for trainer Joshua Parker over the last couple of seasons; Parker also owns Rock N Shard N with Nanticoke Racing Inc. and Barry Spedden. There were a pair of $16,000 co-features on the card, one for the distaff sidewheeling set on the "Filly And Mare Friday" card. In that contest, the Captaintreacherous sophomore filly Treacherous Reign proved ready to go from the word "go," taking her 2019 bow in 1:52.2. Driver George Napolitano Jr., a five-time winner on the night, surrendered early control to Stonebridge Soul, but was on the move with the winner past the quarter to reassert command, and Treacherous Reign rocketed home in :54.4 - :27.12 over the off going to be well-clear of Stonebridge Soul at the line for trainer Tony Alagna and the ownership of Alagna Racing LLC, Big Als Stables, Let It Ride Stables Inc., and Mr. Dana Parham. In the co-feature for trotters, the Lucky Chucky mare Lucky Sheila swung wide off of cover late on the far turn, then just had enough to catch pacesetter Spee Club by a neck in a lifetime best 1:56.2. Pat Berry did the driving for trainer Chris Marino and Robert Weinstein. The World's Fastest Trotter, Homicide Hunter (1:48.4 at Lexington last year), drew post one for a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series contest for trotters on Sunday. He has to have better luck than he did last week in his 2019 bow at Pocono, where he drew the outside post eight, tucked in, then got shuffled back and could not enter contention. A better trip seems likely for Homicide Hunter and driver Yannick Gingras in the horse' second trip for trainer Ron Burke, though first leg winner Melady's Money may have something to say about that.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

HARRINGTON, Del. - Legacy Racing of Delaware's Delishka N ($6, Art Stafford Jr.) was a repeat harness racing winner in the $16,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:54.1. A field of seven went post ward in the top weekly event for distaff pacers. Delishka N was sent off as the second choice at odds of 2-to-1 in her bid for a fifth win on the season. The 6-year-old Bettors Delight mare left alertly from post position six and never relented in her wire-to-wire score over She's A Billionair and Sayulita. Trained by Wayne Givens, Delishka notched her 20th career win. It was the third win on the card for Stafford Jr. Donnie Long and Ross Wolfenden each had a double.   Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Delishka N ($3.80, Art Stafford Jr.) continued her stellar 2019 harness racing campaign with a 1:54.2 victory in the $18,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway Tuesday. Owned by Legacy Racing, Nanticoke Racing, Reginald Hazzard and Gary Calloway, the 6-year-old Bettors Delight pulled the pocket on pacesetter Nerida Franco N shortly after the half-mile and battled on the outside before edging clear of the latter in deep stretch for a narrow win. Shes A Billionair was third. Trained by Wayne Givens, Delishka notched her fourth win of the year. She was recently named Horse of the Meet by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. It was one of three wins on the card for Stafford. Mike Cole, Victor Kirby, Montrell Teague and Tony Morgan each had a pair of wins. Matthew Sparacino

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