Dover Downs begins 51st season of harness racing Nov. 2

DOVER — Dover Downs Raceway will return for its 51st harness racing season next week. The 83-day harness race meet opens on Nov. 2 and will conclude on April 1 with races held on Monday through Thursday. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Live racing will be dark on Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving) and Dec. 18 through […]

Harrington Raceway’s 74th season opens Monday with no spectators

HARRINGTON — Although a lot will be different when Harrington Raceway opens without spectators for its 74th season of live harness racing Monday, some things will remain familiar. Most notably perhaps is the return of 2019 Delaware Valley USHWA Harrington Raceway horse of the meet Slick Tony (7/2, Russell Foster), who is slated to make […]

Harness racing returning to Harrington in June

DOVER — Horseman, says Sal DiMario, are creatures of habit. When there’s a harness racing meet in session, there’s a pretty predictable routine they fall into. “They’re not the kind of people who sit around in the afternoon,” said DiMario. “They work all morning getting their horses ready, they take a break and then they […]

Timeline highlights horse racing at Dover Downs

· March 8, 1969: The first event is hosted at Dover Downs, a thoroughbred horse racing card. Thoroughbred meets continued in the spring through 1974. · Nov. 10, 1969: The first night of harness racing is held. Harness racing meets have been held every fall and winter since. On opening night, Dover Downs was the […]

Harrington’s Vitale honored for harness racing coverage

HARRINGTON — When Heather Vitale received the phone call, she couldn’t help but run around her house screaming. For the first time, Ms. Vitale had been awarded the United States Harness Writers Association’s annual Member of the Year award for the work she had done covering the sport of harness racing throughout the 2018 calendar […]

From the Sports Editor: Bachrad was one of a kind

It’s difficult to imagine, but there actually was a time when Marv Bachrad didn’t know anything about horses or harness racing. Bachard figured he was about 20 years old and had just gotten out of the Army when a friend invited him to go to Brandywine Raceway, the track that was just north of Wilmington. […]

$260,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace on tap tonight at Dover Downs

DOVER — Dorsoduro Hanover began his season with a win. He will try to go out the same way in tonight’s $260,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace for 3-year-old pacers at Dover Downs. The 10th race of the 13-race card, the feature is slated for approximately 7:30 p.m. It will not be easy for Dorsoduro Hanover […]

Filly had gem of a victory for Bachrad

HARRINGTON ­— For those close to the sport of harness racing, Star Sapphire — the little filly that won the fifth race Thursday at the Delaware State Fair — was a sentimental favorite. Star Sapphire’s well-known owner, Marv Bachrad, has been sidelined with some serious health issues, so he couldn’t be there to see his […]

Morgan wins career 16,000th at Dover Downs

DOVER — It was a big day for Tony Morgan. Needing two wins to reach 16,000, Morgan quickly responded by taking both ends of the Dover Downs daily double to attain his milestone on Wednesday. Morgan, who won four races, is only the second driver in harness racing history to drive 16,000 winners in a […]

Downbytheseaside wins $308,060 Hap Hansen Progress Pace

DOVER — Downbytheseside went out a winner, rushing to a 1:48.3 victory in his final race prior to stallion duty Thursday night in the $308,060 Hap Hansen Progress Pace at Dover Downs. Driver Chris Page directed the convincing victory, his 14th of the season with a separately owned Brian Brown stablemate Fear The Dragon second. […]