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Ted Black

September 25th, 2018

One week after hosting the $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial Invitational for Free-For-All pacers, Harrington Raceway offered a solid card on Monday evening one night after Rosecroft Raceway hosted a good blend of overnight races as well to cap off a weekend highlighted by the action the night before at Mohawk Park.

Monday evening's card at Harrington Raceway kicked off with the first split of the second $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund elims for freshman pacing colts and geldings. One week after settling for second to Dashiki (Montrell Teague) in the first round, Chillaxin Away (Victor Kirby) rebounded with an emphatic, five-length score in first over fashion in 1:54.3. It was his first win in four starts for trainer Jim King, Jr while Dashiki suffered his third setback in four outings.

Several races later in the considerably slower second DSBF split, Keepmywiglegametyt (Jim Morand) carved out all the fractions and held sway late to score in 1:58.3, a full four seconds slower than the opening division. Owned, bred and trained by George Teague, Jr. of Rainbow Blue and Wiggle It Jiggleit fame, Keepmywiglegametyt notched his second straight win in the series but looks destined for minor spoils against Chillaxin Away and Dashiki in the $100,000 final.

Several races later in the $15,000 Open I Handicap, Options Are Adream (Ross Wolfenden) gained command from Slick Tony (Teague) before the opener in 27.3, rolled by the half in 55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24 and held sway through the lane for a length score in 1:51.3. A five-year-old If I Can Dream gelding trained by Wolfenden for David Banks of Rookery fame, Options Are Adream recorded his eighth win from 19 starts this year and pushed his seasonal earnings past $68,000.

Then two races later in the $11,000 Open II Handicap, Soto (Art Stafford, Jr.) benefited from a pocket trip behind Daiymir (Teague) through honest fractions of 27.3, 56.1 and 1:24.2 through the first three calls then overhauled the leader in the lane to score as the even-money choice in 1:52.2. A six-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven stallion trained by Eric Ell of JL Cruze fame, Soto notched his fifth win in 23 starts this year and recorded his 28th win from 119 lifetime outings.

One night earlier at Rosecroft Raceway, Remarkable De Vie (Allan Davis) and I Deliver (Jonathan Roberts) won the two MDSS divisions for two-year-old colt trotters in 1:59.2 and 1:59.3, respectively, while Anna B (John Wagner) won the MDSS elim for two-year-old fillies in 1:58.2 for owner-breeder-trainer Roger Hans.

Then in the second parimutuel race on the card, OK Fantastic (Russell Foster) overcame a long first over bid to score by two lengths in 1:52.4 as the 3-5 favorite in the $9,000 Winners Over class for older pacers. An eight-year-old Mach Three gelding trained by Joe Hundertpfund, Jr. for owner William Sartin, OK Fantastic recorded his second win from 20 starts this year and pushed his seasonal earnings past $23,000.

Several races later on the card, Smart Rokker (Declan Donoway) led throughout and rebuffed a first over bid from favored Bro Hanover (Sean Bier) to score by a length in 1:52.1 in the non-winners of $6,000 last five starts class for pacers. An eight-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding trained by Brian Malone for owner Carolyn Boyce, Smart Rokker notched his sixth win from 19 starts this year and recorded his 33rd win from 160 career outings and pushed his lifetime bankroll past $375,000.

Then one race later in the featured $12,000 Open I class for older pacers, Al's Hammered (Allan Davis) benefited from a second over trip and rallied in the lane to overhaul pocket-sitting Hickory Aloha (Timmy Offutt) and pacesetting All The Cookies (Tyler Davis) to score by a neck in 1:53.1. A nine-year-old Droppin'thehammer gelding trained by Martin Davis for parents Eddie & Kathleen Davis, Al's Hammered notched his fifth win from 28 starts this year and now owns 43 wins and over $560,000 banked from 126 lifetime outings.

Then two races later in the $10,000 Open II for older pacers, Im Supersonic A (Sean Bier) posted a 7-1 upset when he outlasted the late surge of Wichita Lineman (Allan Davis) to prevail in 1:52.4. A nine-year-old Mach Three gelding trained by Crissy Crissman-Bier, Im Supersonic A notched his second straight tally and now sports five wins and $72,000 banked from 22 starts this year and recorded his 25th win from 127 career tries and pushed his lifetime bankroll from 128 career tries.

One night earlier in the feature race on the solid card at Mohawk Park near Toronto, Stag Party (David Miller) overcame a first over bid and drew clear from previously unbeaten favorite Captain Ahab (Andrew McCarthy) in the lane to a four-length score in 1:50.4 in the $890,000 Metro Pace final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The juvenile son of Bettor's Delight trained by Casie Coleman recorded his fifth win from seven starts and clearly ascended to the head of the freshman pacing colt class.