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  Yonkers' Monday Pick 5 Features $2,460.60 Carryover (10/23)
Posted by: Admin - 10-22-2017, 11:29 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

YONKERS’ MONDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $2,400 CARRYOVER
                          BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway          
 
YONKERS, NY, Sunday, October 22, 2017—A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening’s (Oct. 23rd) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,460.60.
 
The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Saturday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. 

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  Dover Downs Opening Day Draw Is Tuesday Oct. 24th
Posted by: Admin - 10-22-2017, 11:27 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

DOVER DOWNS OPENING DAY DRAW IS TUESDAY OCT. 24
 
The Dover Downs Racing Office 49th seasons opening draw takes place this Tuesday, Oct. 24 for its opening program next Monday, Oct. 30. Please note:  The race office will accept entries until 10 a.m. Daily condition sheet s are available on the track website: www.doverdowns.com On race days, the race office phone numbers are 302-857-3634 or 302-857-3635. To fax entries dial 302-741-8986.
 
Currently, to enter to start  at Dover Downs this season, the 60-day rule is in effect. Horses must show a clean charted line within 60 days, race day to race day.  Also, Delaware Harness Racing Commission  (DHRC) rules require horses must have a current Negative Coggins on file to enter.
 
Dover Downs now features a  greatly revised condition sheet for the 2017-2018 season which is now available on-line. Condition sheets and overnight sheets are available via Fax on Demand by calling 302-678-8507.
 
Again the season. qualifying races will be held Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. starting Oct. 25. Qualifying time is 2:00 for pacers with 2:02 for trotters. (The exceptions) 2-year-olds get two seconds, 3-year-olds, one second.
 
Wins of less than $750 first money are not considered. Be advised, the scratch policy remains: horses scratching from post 8 will automatically be assigned post 8 the next time they draw in-to-race.
 
The 2017-2018 meet racing schedule is Mondays through Thursdays, post time at 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays.
 
Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing and NFL three-game wagering are available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Early reservations are suggested for the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600.

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  Breeders Crown: Crystal Fashion, Fourth Dimension Take 2YO Colt Trot Elims
Posted by: Admin - 10-22-2017, 05:51 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

BREEDERS CROWN 2YO COLT AND GELDING TROT (2 ELIMINATION RECAP) FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2017

CRYSTAL FASHION, FOURTH DIMENSION
TAKE 2YO COLT TROT ELIMS

By Frank Cotolo, for Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. – Crystal Fashion and Fourth Dimension won their respective $20,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters Saturday night at Hoosier Park.

In the first elim, Crystal Fashion (Cantab Hall-Window Willow) stalked early speed to close and win a duel to the wire in 1:54.3.
Driven by David Miller, the Fashion Farms-owned freshman colt sat third behind early leavers, with Samo Different Day getting the top and cutting fractions of :28.3, :57.2 and 1:26.

Crystal Fashion, trained by Jim Campbell, came out at the top of the stretch and dueled with Samo Different Day to the wire and got up for a neck victory. Closing rapidly was Fiftydallarbill to get third. Dawson Springs was fourth and Moosonee finished fifth to take the last spot for next week’s final.

Bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, Crystal Fashion paid $6.20 to win.

Fourth Dimension (Chapter Seven-Corazon Blue Chip), with Brian Sears in the sulky, won the second elim in 1:54, a track record for freshmen colt trotters.

Met’s Hall took the early lead, though Fourth Dimension left alertly from post 7 and found a good spot third past an opening fraction of :27. Before the :57 half, Fourth Dimension took to the outside and got the lead, rushing through a 1:25.4 three-quarters.

You Know You Do went first over late but couldn’t get past Missile Hill, who split horses in the stretch. Missile Hill was third, You Know You Do was fourth and Skyway Torpedo took the fifth spot, grabbing the final berth in next week's final.

Trained by Marcus Melander for owners Courant, Inc., Fourth Dimension shook off Met’s Hall’s stubborn challenge to win by 1¼ lengths and pay $5.80.

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  Yonkers: Home'N Dry Wins Saturday Night 50G Open Handicap Trot
Posted by: Admin - 10-22-2017, 05:50 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

HOME’N DRY WINS SATURDAY NIGHT 50G OPEN HANDICAP TROT
BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
 
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 21, 2017—It wasn’t quite heat racing, but Home’n Dry (Jason Bartlett, $10.80) won his second event in five nights Saturday (Oct. 21th), this one Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Open Handicap Trot.
 
The field of seven was essentially pared to five after Winds of Royalty (Steve Smith) and Consolidator (Eric Goodell) both jumped early. It was 13-10 choice Dayson (George Brennan) leaving over Murmur Hanover (Victor Kirby), the latter returning to town for first time in April of 2015 having won his last five races.
 
Dayson, 23 days out between starts, led through seemingly cheap intervals of 28 seconds flat and :57.2.  Home’n Dry, away third from post position No. 4, took out after the leader toward the soft 1:26.2  three-quarters.
 
No resistance was offered, with Home’n Dry opening two lengths into the lane. He defeated the people’s preference by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:55, with Murmur Hanover, Kanthaka (Brent Holland) and Dewycolorintheline (Jordan Stratton) rounding out the payees.        
 
For third choice Home’n Dry, a 5-year-old Credit Winner gelding owned by J L Sadowsky LLC and trained by Robert Bresnahan,  it was his sixth win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $41.20, with the triple returning $145.
 
No one took down Saturday night’s Pick 5 wager, so Monday night’s (Oct. 23rd)  gimmick begins with a carryover of $2,460.60 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11).

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  Breeders Crown Open Trot: Gingras And Burke Sweep Open Trot Elims
Posted by: Admin - 10-22-2017, 01:59 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

BREEDERS CROWN OPEN TROT (2 ELIMINATION RECAP) FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2017

GINGRAS AND BURKE SWEEP OPEN TROT ELIMS

By Frank Cotolo, for Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. – Hannelore Hanover and Crazy Wow won their respective $25,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot eliminations at Hoosier Park Saturday night.

Hannelore Hanover (Swan For All-High Sobriety) took control immediately in the first elim, leaving the gate and never yielded the top, winning in 1:52.4 with Yannick Gingras in the bike for trainer Ron Burke, owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and F. Baldachino and breeder Hanover Shoe Farms.

Unchanged into the stretch, Hannelore Hanover cut fractions of :28, :57.4, 1:25.4, followed until three-quarters by JL Cruze. Il Sogno Dream came first over and went after the leader with Mambo Lindy picking up his cover but Hannelore Hanover was still able to turn the boys away as the 5-year-old mare finished in front by 2¼ lengths.

Mambo Lindy got up for second and JL Cruze picked up the show on the rail. Il Sogno Dream was fourth and the other qualifier for next week's final was Pinkman, who finished fifth. 

“We were happy with her today,” said Burke. “She did exactly what she was supposed to do.” He said she had her earplugs still in when finishing. “We tried a new shoe on her last week [at Hoosier] for the first time in her life and I think that was [why she lost]. She didn’t like the shoe.”

As the heavy public choice, Hannelore Hanover paid $2.40 to win.

Crazy Wow (Crazed-No Pan No Gain) left brightly in the second elim to take control of his six foes and go wire to wire, winning in 1:53 with Gingras completing the Open Trot driving sweep. Burke, who trained both elim winners, schools the 5-year-old owned by Our Horse Cents Stable, Stable 45, J & T Silva Stables, Deo Volente Farms and bred by Peter Pan Stables.

Crazy Wow sped to the first quarter in :26.3, the half in :56.4 and three-quarters in 1:25.1.

Lookslikeachpndale followed in second most of the mile until giving way to Marion Maurader, who went first up after the half and presented a mild challenge to Crazy Wow, which resulted in a second-place finish, 1¾ lengths behind the winner.

Lookslikeachpndale held for third with Homicide Hunter (the supplemented entry) making the final by taking fourth. Resolve was sharp late, coming up the rail with a rush to finish fifth and just make it into the final.
Crazy Wow paid $5.20 to win.

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  Lost In Time, Stay Hungry And "Kid" Score In 2YO CGP
Posted by: Admin - 10-22-2017, 12:09 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

LOST IN TIME, STAY HUNGRY AND ‘KID’ SCORE IN 2YOCGP

By Jay Bergman, for Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. – Lost In Time, the top-rated freshman pacing colt, made it look easy in the first of
three $20,000 eliminations for the Breeders Crown on Saturday night at Hoosier Park.
With Scott Zeron in tow, Lost In Time was an easy winner in 1:52 4/5 as the 2-5 public choice.
Lost In Time, a son of A Rocknroll Dance from the Artiscape-sired dam Summer Mystery, left
belatedly and overtook early leader This Is The Plan past the :27 opening quarter. Zeron
efficiently shut down the middle half and then put the Jim Mulinix-trained colt in gear for the
homestretch. A :26 4/5 final quarter secured the victory with This Is The Plan second, 1¼ lengths behind the winner.
Lost In Time, a $47,000 yearling purchase at last year’s Lexington Selected auction, returned
$2.80 to win. He’s owned by A Rocknroll Dance Racing, D. Miller, W. Rufenacht and Team S
Racing. Lost In Time, the Metro Pace winner, has now taken four of six starts in his first year of
racing.

“There’s a huge headwind tonight and the fractions worked out perfectly,” said Zeron following the victory.

Keystone Tenacious rallied late for third, earning a berth in next week’s final.
Patience paid off for driver Doug McNair in the second Crown elimination for juvenile
colts as Stay Hungry nosed out Indiana-bred Shnitzledosomethin on the wire in a brisk 1:50 4/5.
There was plenty of early activity with Grand Teton taking control at the quarter in :26.1 and
cutting a swift clip for Mark MacDonald. Shnitzledosomethin sat in the pocket throughout but
came out at headstretch and easily disposed of the leader. Stay Hungry was sitting third
throughout but in midstretch Doug McNair was able to find a seam and the son of
Somebeachsomewhere from My Little Dragon (Dragon Again) drove by him as they hit the wire.
A $150,000 yearling purchase from the Lexington Selected sale by trainer Tony Alagna for
owners Bradley Grant and Irwin Samelman, Stay Hungry has now won five of his seven starts in
his brief career.

“He’s much better off a helmet,” said Alagna after the race. “Doug (driver McNair) said he
was never better. He exploded when he popped the plugs.”

Whos Bettor came through inside to finish third with Western Passage wide in fourth. Western Passage earned a berth in the final as the high earner among the fourth-place finishers.

Sent off at 5-2, Stay Hungry returned an even $7 to win.

Driver David Miller was aggressive with Karpathian Kid and that paid off handsomely in the final elimination. The Erv Miller-trained colt scored in 1:51.

Karpathian Kid made a second move to regain past the :26.3 opening quarter from I’m A Big Deal but was immediately under pressure from Closing Statement with Brian Sears. That colt took control at the half and kept up a lively clip. In the homestretch, Closing Statement bore out opening the door for Miller and Karpathian Kid to squeeze through and score by a length over Closing Statement with Dorsoduro Hanover finishing third and advancing to the final.

Karpathian Kid is a homebred son of Somebeachsomewhere from Vysoke Tatry, a daughter of Dragons Lair. The winner is owned by D. & J. Prushnok, D.J. Miller and L. Means.

“The trip worked out well,” said Miller following the race.

As the favorite in the field, Karpathian Kid returned $3.40 with his fourth career win in 11 starts.

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  Manchego Still Perfect After Crown Romp for 2YO Filly Trot Elim
Posted by: Admin - 10-21-2017, 06:09 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

MANCHEGO STILL PERFECT AFTER CROWN ROMP

By Jay Bergman, for Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. – Manchego continued her unbeaten ways capturing the second of two $20,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for juvenile trotting fillies Friday night at Hoosier Park. Yannick Gingras was in the sulky for the victory, which was clocked in 1:54.1.

Gingras and Manchego floated out at the start and allowed rail-starting Looking For Zelda to take control of the race and cut the opening fraction of :27.3. Manchego was rated to take command after the first three-eighths and was able to set well-rated fractions sprinting off in the late stages for her 11th win in as many career starts. Lily Stride went a brave trip racing much of the mile without cover to gain the second spot, though a full 2½ lengths off the winner.

A $120,000 yearling purchase by Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman from last year's Lexington Selected auction, Manchego is a daughter of Muscle Hill from the Cantab Hall-sired mare Secret Magic.

Asked about the threat to Manchego at headstretch, trainer Jimmy Takter offered this: "It would take one heck of a filly to go by this filly," he said. "So far, we haven't seen anyone.”

Manchego, a 1-20 proposition, returned $2.10 for the victory while pushing her career bankroll to $573,948. In addition to the winner and Lily Stride, Top Expectations, S M S Princess and Looking For Zelda all advanced to next Friday's finale.

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  Phaetosive Sets Track Mark In 2YO Filly Trot Elim
Posted by: Admin - 10-21-2017, 06:08 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

PHAETOSIVE SETS TRACK MARK IN 2YO FILLY TROT ELIM

By Gerry Connors, for Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. – Despite not having raced for 32 days, the Explosive Matter-Phaeton filly Phaetosive ($4.60 to win) set a Hoosier Park track record for freshman filly trotters in winning the first of two Breeders Crown eliminations Friday night, stopping the timer in 1:53.3.

Basquiat, the even-money favorite, went to the lead despite the outside post eight, and set fractions of :27.4 and :57.1 while Phaetosive and trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer bided their time third. Phaetosive moved out raw into the far turn, trotted up to Basquiat by the 1:25.4 three-quarters, put that rival away quickly, and finished in :27.4 to win by three lengths in hand. Seviyorum closed on the far outside to catch Jordan Blue Chip for second, with Atlanta and Hey Blondie also earning their way into next Friday’s final.

Phaetosive, owned by the Purple Haze Stables LLC and another Hanover Shoe Farms-bred winner, now sports a career record of 6-4-2-0, with her only two defeats coming to the undefeated Manchego, who won the division’s other elimination in 1:54.1. That matchup next week could be spectacular.

Smedshammer said he hadn’t been to Hoosier Park in 20 years: “And I even got lost coming here.” Fortunately, there was no deviation of course with Phaetosive: “I got her into striking position, because I knew Yannick (Gingras, with Basquiat, who would finish sixth) would be leaving. I moved her out at the half, and she trotted up strongly and went right on by.”

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  Yonkers: HP Sissy Wins Friday Night 50G Distaff Derby
Posted by: Admin - 10-21-2017, 06:07 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

HP SISSY WINS FRIDAY NIGHT 50G DISTAFF DERBY
BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
 
YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 20, 2017—H P Sissy (Greg Merton, $14.80) cleared down the backside Friday night (Oct. 20th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.
 
Away fourth from post position No. 2, H P Sissy saw outer entities Freakonomics (George Brennan) and slight 2-1 choice Newborn Sassy (Tyler Buter) leave with purpose. Locally-debuting Freakonomics worked around ‘Sassy’ before laying down early intervals of :27.1 and :57.4.
 
HP Sissy then extricated herself from the cones, blowing right by Freakonomics before the 1:24.4 three-quarters. A second-up Diva’s Image (Brent Holland) badly gapped the eventual winner, making the job of third-up Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) that much more difficult.
 
HP Sissy opened 2¼ lengths off the final turn, then held a noticeably-drifting (she does that now) Mach it a Par at bay by a length-and-a-quarter n 1:54.
 
Newborn Sassy, returning Matchmaker victress Mackenzie A (Jordan Stratton) and Betabcool N (Eric Goodell) rounded out the payees. Alas, there would be no ‘Sissy’-‘Sassy’ exacta.  
 
For fourth choice HP Sissy, a 4-year-old daughter of Up the Credit owned by Claude Hamel and trained by Rene Allard,  it was her ninth win in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $76.50, the triple returned $208 and the superfecta paid $962

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  Dover Downs Looking Back To A Big 48th Season
Posted by: Admin - 10-21-2017, 06:06 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

DOVER DOWNS LOOKING BACK TO A BIG 48th SEASON
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Dover Downs opens its 2017-2018 meet on Monday, Oct. 30. Looking back, its 48th season was arguably the finest in track history with top racing, top horses and drivers all season long, ending April 13, 2017.
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Enhance Your Mind was voted Horse of the Meet by members of the Delaware Valley Chapter U.S. Harness Writers Association. Enhance Your Mind, was a winner of nine races and $123,974 purses during the meet taking a 1:50.2 record. Other top contenders: pacers Major Uptrend, Barbara’s Shadow, Emeritus Maximus, Blazing Bobby Sox and trotters Tough Mac and Frost Free Hanover.
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Easy Lover Hanover, driven by Doug McNair, completed a modern day harness racing ‘Cinderella story’ by winning the $314,600 Hap Hansen Progress Pace in 1:49, Nov. 28. 2016. The winning time of 1:49, was a season’s fastest clocking for a sophomore gelding pacer, in the final major stake of the year.
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Matron Stakes and Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund event for two-year-old of both sexes and gaits highlighted a big Nov. 3, 2016 card. A 32-1 longshot What’s Goin On driven by Hall of Famer David Miller won the $171,300 colt pace while Ain’t Three OK (Brian Sears) took the $170,000 filly pace in 1:52.4. Delaware-owned and Corey Callahan-driven Fine Tuned Lady and Snowstorm Hanover (Matt Kakaley) won the Matron trots.
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The leading trainer title came down to the last day of the meet. Defending champion Dylan Davis broke a 72-all tie for first place, adding two wins on the final day to best Jim King, having his finest meet, who led for most of the season. Davis finished with 74 wins, King had 72. Leigh Raymer was in third place, with 43 wins, the most ever for a female trainer at the track. Josh Green, fourth, at 37, with Joe Hundertpfund, fifth with 37 winners.
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Dylan Davis had the leading UTRS stats (batting average)  at .426, with Leigh Raymer second with a .422. Jim King, third, .413. Clyde Francis, was fourth, .399, Don Brittingham completed the top five with a .395.
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In the Leading Driver derby, defending champion Corey Callahan, after a slow start, came on strongly and finished with a comfortable 26-win advantage, 169-143 over runner-up, early season leader, Vic Kirby. In statistics, Tony Morgan moved into third place with 136 winners, Yannick Gingras was fourth with 114 wins. Tim Tetrick, 103, finished fifth.
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The leading percentage driver with more than 100 starts was Tim Tetrick with a UTRS (batting average) of .373, one point higher than Yannick Gingras, second, at .372. Tony Morgan, having his finest season in recent years, was third, .317.  Vic Kirby was in fourth place with .303 and Corey Callahan had a .293 UTRS.
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The number 5 post position accounted for the most wins with 248 of 1,314 starts. Post 1 had 198 winners, post 4-195 wins, post 3-193 victories, and post 2-176. Post 6 was next with 125 wins, post 7-88 and post 8-59 and with far fewer starts post 9-36, in 461 starts..  
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In late November 2016, winning the $100,000 Colt and Gelding Pace 2-Year-Old Final put Bags To Riches into the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund(DSBF) record book. His winning time in the $100,000 DSBF Colt Final of 1:51.1 is the fastest clocking for a freshman pacer in the programs history. Other $100,000-winning champions were; Logan’s Girl, in the Filly Pace. Crosby, a 17-1 shot, won the Colt Trot Final and Spoonful was winner of the DSBF Filly Trot Final. 
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The last week of the 2016-2017 season featured four $100,000 Three-Year-Old DSBF Finals. Master Clave (Ross Wolfenden) won the Male Trot in 1:59; 40-1 shot Lunar Phase (Art Stafford Jr.) won the Filly pace; Spoonful (Jim Morand), the Two-Year-Old Dover champion took the soph Male trot title; and another double champ Bags For Riches (Tim Tetrick) won the Male pace in 1:51.4.   
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George Teague Stable started seven Delaware-breds in $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Male pace preliminary divisions. Two came away with the fastest prelim wins, Henry The Dragon (1:52) and Daiymir (1:52.4).
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The penultimate day of the meet saw the only track record broken. Celebrity Pegasus worked his way through the ranks, to win a feature trot in 1:50 replacing Hes Spooky, who set his mark of 1:52.3 in 2013, as the track’s fastest older trotter.
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Delaware horsemen came up big at various post 2016 awards banquets. At the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) Night of Champions honoring the 2016 Dan Patch Awards winners on Sunday, Feb. 26, at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, Nevada. Always B Miki, bred and co-owned by Wilmington, Del. attorney Joe Hurley’s Roll The Dice Stable won 2016 Horse of the Year honors. Fred Hertrich, who owns Allamerican Harnessbreds, purchased an interest in world champion pacer Always B Miki. Hertrich becomes the second Delawarean, along with Hurley, in ownership of the fastest harness horse in history owner of a 1:46 clocking. Joe Hurley, bred Always B Miki from his stallion Always A Virgin and mare. 
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George Teague was a two-time 2016 USHWA award winner. Team Teague won the coveted Stan Bergstein Proximity Award, the second highest honor presented by USHWA, and for the second time Teague was named USHWA’s Good Guy Award winner. Teague also received the Harness Horsemen International (HHI) top award, “The Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year.” 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 many events. 
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Earlier, in Canada, on January 29, George Teague accepted the Older Pacer of the Year Award presented to Wiggle It Jiggleit who won the major honor at Canada’s 28th Black Tie event, its’ 2016 O’Brien Awards-Dinner in Mississauga, Ont., whose theme was the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada.”
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Throughout the year, Teague continued as unofficial ambassador of harness racing. Teague, who was bestowed the sport’s second highest honor, ‘The Proximity Award. On March 25, helped honor last year’s Nova Scotia racing industry stars. The sport’s distinguished horseman served as the special guest speaker for the Truro Harness Horse Owners Association’s annual banquet and awards gala honoring some of the best from the province’s 2016 racing season.
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On unusually mild Spring-like late February 23, Yannick Gingras rang up five winners on  a card boasting a 1:49,  1:49.1, 1:50,  150.2 and   two150.4 miles. .Gingras won the $30,000 Preferred, with Take It Back Terry in 1:50.4 after Gingras’ 1:50 performance winning the $27,500 Delaware Special with the resurgent Emeritus Maximus.
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Feb. 22 was another five-win card for Corey Callahan topped by a 1:52.2 victory driving Tough Mac equaling his lifetime record in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap.Trainer Dylan Davis also had four wins, owner Mike Casalino tripled.
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Two giant payoffs came during the same week. Jan.30, John MacKinnon stormed from last to first at 98-1 odds. Then four days later (2/2/17), a $98.80 payoff when 48-1 shot Rock Me Henry, driven by Russell Foster, winner of the DSOA Horizon Award in January, ending Officer Blue Chip’s five-race win streak.
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Team Teague had a big night on Feb.13 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 the following night for a double.
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Robert Sampson, 74, was the oldest driver to win a race this season at the track when he drove Abogada to a wire-to-wire victory (3/15). Sampson has a win, a second and a third in his first 20 starts this season. It was the maiden victory for the four-year-old trotting mare, Abogada, who paid $61.60 for a $2 win ticket.
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There were at least three great returns on claiming horses during the meet. Emeritus Maximus was a $15,000 claim that became a multiple Preferred and
Delaware Special winner while Gary Ewing claimed Star Messenger for $20,000 and Rangers Sureshot for $30,000. Both pacers moved up to top class events.
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When Star Messenger was claimed it broke up a longtime Jim King Stable relationship with another fast pacer Little Ben. Both were bred by former Dover Downs driver champion Luc Ouellette. The relationship ended when Star Messenger was claimed. Little Ben is still in the King Stable.
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On consecutive days, both Corey Callahan and Vince Copeland reached important milestones, notching their 5,000th wins respectively. Callahan’s win came driving Mel Mara in 1:49.1 to win the $30,000 Preferred pace on Nov.14. Copeland guided Spirit Light in 1:55.2 to win a four-horse photo the next day.
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Two significant longtime Delaware horsemen passed away in late January. Dover Downs founder David Buckson, 96, an owner, trainer, driver in his distinguished career which included serving as Delaware Governor, Lieutenant. Governor, State Attorney General and Family Judge among his many credits.  Also, Ty Case III, who fought a courageous lifelong battle. Case was a trainer and driver, who due to diabetes lost his vision and required dialysis. After a transplant his sight returned only to lose vision again. He suffered a quadruple heart bypass, and later six strokes plus a brain operation. After blindness, he became a switchboard operator at Dover Air Base. Case, wife Holly, and his companion dog were often at Dover Downs and Harrington enjoying the races
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Dover Downs’ horseman Ken Wood, who journeys across the globe four time a year in his on-going personal crusade commuting to West Africa to provide water to the natives of the nations of Ghana and Tanzania. Wood’s acclaimed humanitarian effort, ‘Lifetime Wells For Ghana’ drills to provides water to needy inhabitants who previously had to walk five miles to find water that was deemed unsafe. Wood usually makes a three-week round trip. Wood reports his on-going effort has totaled more than 2,000 wells drilled in Ghana and Tanzania. These wells serve more than 2-million West Africans who never had fresh water.
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Two Dover Downs regulars who raced at Rosecroft Raceway during the Fall season tied for the 2016 Leading Driver title, Roger Plante Jr. and Russell Foster had 52 wins each.
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Trainer Joe Hundertpfund reported good news about his five-year-old granddaughter, Layla Mosley. After spend time in several hospital, the youngster is making positive strides in her battle against cancer. The youngster, who has been generously supported by horsemen contributions, has been courageously battling stage-four Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

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