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DOVER DOWNS EXTRA 2/26/09 (courtesy of Dover Downs and Marv Bachrad)


The Delaware racing community lost a longtime friend and supporter this week when Jim McGinnis, a harness horse owner and former Delaware Lt. Governor passed away at age 77 after a battle with cancer. In addition to owning horses that raced at Brandywine and Liberty Bell Park, McGinnis served in Delaware House of Representatives and State Senate and in 1976 was elected Lt. Governor. Upon completion of his term, he turned down a bid to run for governor to focus his energy on his commercial realty company. During the 1960 and 1970s, he and good friend Bill Brooks and Baird Brittingham, then president of Delaware Park racetrack, formed the BMcB Stable and raced a large stable of horses. McGinness also served as Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association director in the 1970, when it represented horsemen in the Delaware Valley and Maryland. In later years, he and his close friend the venerable Russell Kirby, of Milford, Del. owned several horses, including the fast-class pacer Spun Out, until the passing of Mr. Kirby a few years ago.


Eric Goodell made a habit of winning early week feature races. On Monday, Goodell steered the winners of the co-features, Sharky Oswborne in the $40,000 Preferred/Open and then Steeler in the $37,500 Delaware Special. He didn’t stop there. On Tuesday, Goodell won the top two feature races both overlooked at 6-1 odds And both with come-from-behind wins. Chloes Silver Star won the $33,000 Mares Open/Handicap and Wannahuckaloogi took the $26,000 Mares Jr. Open pace. He completed the program driving Real Jenna to victory in the $17,500 Mares pace completing the program with five wins.


It seems that there is always a “comeback story” in harness racing. For the pacer, Cookerosa and his owner, trainer Jim Banks, a warm-hearted story continues. When it appeared that Cookerosa’s racing career was over due to a knee injury, Banks was given the well-bred horse. Banks then nursed Cookerosa back to soundness. The horse returned to racing last year winning three races in 10 outings. Cookerosa now has won twice this year with a second in seven starts and $17,587 a few dollars more than he earned last year.


The longest winning streak of the meet came to an end on Thursday when Seein Stars , a mare owned and trained by Adrian Wiser, had the lead in the stretch but was caught by Queen Kathy, driven by Corey Callahan, nearing the finish line to give the 10-year-old her first loss after five consecutive wins. Early this season, Victors Vicky became first five-race winner of the meet working her way through the race conditions, non-win, winners-over and winning an Open trot.


The “Go For Distance” event moves into its second stanza on Saturday with a pair of $15,000 divisions labeled the “Skill” leg. Last Saturday, the first week of the three-pronged feature called the “Speed” leg for $10,000 Claiming pacers showcased two of its four division won in North American record equaling time. Dragon’s Blood and Pegasus Osborne both were clocked in 1:09.1 for the 5/8th mile dash. Next Saturday, March 7, will feature the third and final event with 10 starters racing over a distance of 1-1/4 miles in the “Stamina” leg, for a purse of $25,000.


Joel Halpern is thinking about going out of town the next time one of his horses races. While the prominent Dover eye specialist was away on Feb. 25, two of his recent acquisitions raced in the first two races and won both ends of the daily double. Speedcentric, off at 25-1, came from last to first to score a 1:56.1 win in the 1st race for trainer D.W. Camac and driver Mile Cole. Then trainer and co-owner George Dennis drove 34-1 shot Black Tie to victory in the 2nd race. The 7-3 daily double rewarded backers $314.00 for a $2 ticket.


Tony Morgan continues to dominate the dash-win column at Dover Downs with 236 wins through Thursday and the sport’s defending champion leads all drivers in the sport this year with 125 winners. The runner-up at Dover is Corey Callahan with 177 wins. Ross Wolfenden is third , a 125 winner. Brandon Givens with 97 and Jim Morand with 94 wins are fourth and fifth in the standings. Currently, Callahan is sixth in the sport this year with 76 winners this year.


Josh Green has the lead among trainers at the track. Since opening day in late October, Green has haltered 78 winners. Chuck Crissman is second with 67 wins, Tim Crissman has 55, Les Givens is fourth with 45 and Dylan Davis hold fifth place with 39 winners. Green stands second in the 2009 North American standings with 48 wins.



D M Marion



Attached photo of D M Marion courtesy New Image Media

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TORONTO, ON, February 27, 2009 – A front-end trip proved too much for favourite The Three Of Us tonight at Woodbine, in the first of two $20,000 splits of the Ontario Girls Pacing Series second leg, as she let 9-2 choice D M Marion squeeze by in the stretch for the win.  

The Three Of Us, with Roger Mayotte at the controls, won the scrimmage for the early lead and took the short field through fractions of :28.0 and :57.4. Awesum Best (Rick Zeron) tucked into the pocket spot while D M Marion (Jason Brewer) bided her time in fourth.  At the 5/8 mile marker, Jody Jamieson moved Windsong Experanza up to challenge The Three Of Us on the outside, wearing the leader down and catching her in the final strides.  Both mares, however, failed to register the impressive late rush of D M Marion, who came two-wide to seize the win by two lengths, in a new lifetime best of 1:54.4.

It was the fourth consecutive victory for D M Marion and set the daughter of Rambaran up for a series sweep.  In a repeat of last week’s opener, Windsong Experanza was second, while The Three Of Us hung on for

D M Marion is a homebred four-year-old owned by the Glory B Stables and Connie Baker of London, and trained by Ronnie MacLean.   In the second of the two Ontario Girls splits, Slomotion used tactics befitting her name to outlast her competition and produce a wire-to-wire win in a relatively pedestrian 1:57.2.

Sylvain Filion sent Slomotion to the front off the gate with April Three and Jason Brewer quickly duelling for the lead.  By the :27.3 quarter pole, Slomotion had regained her front-end dominance, then backed up the pace by producing glacial middle fractions of :58.1 and 1:28.0, giving herself a valuable breather.  She fended off a confrontation from
Onehotvett (Jack Moiseyev) and held on for a three-quarter-length victory, with April Three grabbing the show spot.

Scott Barr trains the four-year-old daughter of Camotion, who is another homebred sent out by Mervin and Darlene Smith of Dorchester, Ontario.  This was her first win in four tries in 2009. 

The $53,000 final of the Ontario Girls series is slated for Friday, March 6 at Woodbine.

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