Harrington Offers Four Freshmen Finals on Wednesday

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Ted Black

October 5th, 2016

With both Governor's Day and Bobby Quillen Memorial night now behind them, Harrington Raceway is gradually putting the finishing touches on its fall standardbred meet and Wednesday evening the Delaware half-mile oval will offer a quartet of $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals for freshmen of both gaits and genders.

Wednesday's second race is the $100,000 DSBF final for two-year-old colt trotters and the likely odds-on favorite, Master Clave (Ross Wolfenden) drew post six. A juvenile gelded son of Master Lavec trained by John Wilkerson for owner-breeder Benjamin Brooks, Master Clave won his most recent elim by four lengths in 2:01.4 after winning the opening round in 2:04. He has won all three of his starts by a combined margin of 20 lengths and looms the 1-5 choice in this spot.

But those looking to upend Master Clave will have two options to his inside and two more to his outside. Joggs (Victor Kirby) drew the rail for trainer Leigh Raymer following a first over score in 2:05.2, while Kirby In Command (Allan Davis) will start from post four following a good, second-place effort behind Master Clave last week. Master Kingpin (Art Stafford, Jr.) will start from post seven after scratching sick last week, while Dusty Fool (Carlo Poliseno) will leave from post eight.

Then one race later in the $100,000 DSBF final for two-year-old colt pacers, Henry The Dragon (Montrell Teague) and Almost Cut My Hair (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) will vie for favoritism from posts five and six, respectively, as both arrive with unblemished records. Henry The Dragon, a homebred son of Custard The Dragon owned and trained by George Teague, Jr., has won both of is starts in 1:54.3 and 1:55.2, respectively, while Almost Cut My Hair arrives having won all six of his starts including 1:54 and 1:55.2 scores in DSBF elims.

Railbound Hallie's Comet (Wolfenden) has finished second once and third three times in four tries for trainer Taylor Gower, while Bags To Riches (Stafford) sports two wins and two second-place finishes in four outings for trainer Jason Skinner. Daylen (Jim Morand) has won twice in three starts for "Team Teague", which will also send out Rat Tail (Tony Morgan) from post seven. Automatic Dragon (Kirby) posted a 50-1 shocker in his career debut then scratched sick from his last outing and gets post eight here.

Then one race later in the $100,000 DSBF final for two-year-old trotting fillies, the Leigh Raymer-trained trio of Luv Is Blind (Kirby), Erica Leigh (Tyler Raymer) and Meantrotnjean (Davis) will leave from posts eight, seven and six, respectively, but will still be expected to garner a good portion of the pot. Luv Is Blind won both of her DSBF prelims as the 2-5 choice while doing her best trotting in the latter stages of the race.

Spoonful (Les Givens) has a solid 1-3-1 slate and $32,000 bankroll from seven starts this year for her trainer-driver and will look to finally get the measure of Luv Is Blind while drawing three spots to her inside. Political Energy (Staffiord) will get away well from the rail, while Willow Mill Anna (Gordon Barrett) will seek her second win in four tries.

Then in the $100,000 DSBF final for two-year-old filly pacers, much of the public's attention will focus on Spanish Dream (Kirby) who has won both of her prelims in stellar fashion, including a 1:54.4 score in her most recent outing for trainer Jim King, Jr. Railbound Logan's Girl (Wolfenden) also won both of her prelims handily for King in 1:58 and 1:56.2, respectively, and will likely complete a short exacta. Westwind Roddylee (Morgan) won her latest prelim by three lengths in 1:57 after finishing three lengths behind Spanish Dream in the opening round on Quillen night.

Then one race later in the $17,700 Open Handicap for older trotters, Strong Hope (Teague) will be a factor from post two, as will Chinese Cuisine (Jason Thompson) from post three, Theresademoninme (Jonathan Roberts) from post five and Take My Picture (Wolfenden) from his assigned post seven. Take My Picture won this event last week and boasts three victories in five Open tries locally, but has yet to overcome an outside assignment to find the winner's circle.