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or's Day at the Delaware State Fair is Harrington Raceway's biggest day of Summer racing and again progeny of Badlands Hanover and CR Commando dominated the lucrative $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals.

With but one exception, in the 2009 DSBF three-year-old trotting and pacing finals - it was the same old story - Winbak Farm sired contestants won three of the four finales and took nearly all of the five payoff positions. 

Delaware's recently elected governor, Jack Markell, presented several of the trophies in winner's circle ceremonies.

Outside post 8 on the half-mile ovals did not deter 11-1 Little Bill Tricky from a 1:55.3 victory In the first DSBF final for sophomore filly pacers.

Eric Goodell left fast with the daughter of Badlands Hanover owned by Jim and Brent Outten and Green Racing Inc. The victory was her third of the season in eight starts with all but one finishing in the first three.

Everymileamemory (Tony Morgan) led until deep stretch with CJ Crystal (Roger Plante) third. All but one of the starters was sired by either Badlands Hanover or Powerful Toy, both standing at Winbak of Delaware.

In the $100,000 DSBF Colt and Gelding final, David Miller sped Tony Poliseno's Collect the Brass to a 1:58.4 upset from post 7.  Miller left quickly from the outside and then enjoyed a 2-hole victory rolling down the passing lane to beat Special Command (Tony Morgan) with early leader Bakermill Blake (Bob Shahan) third.


Winning driver Miller remembered Collect The Brass from driving him in the Dexter Cup early in the season at Freehold. "He's matured a bit since then and everything worked out great today," said Miller.


The most awaited finale was the $100,000 DSBF Colt and Gelding pace pitting two seasoned performers, local favorite Ray's Big Bubba and George Teague-trained Zee Barber, with both leaving from outside posts 7 and 8 respectively. After a short battle at the top of the stretch, Donna Sullivan and Judy Leonard and Richard Stable's Ray's Big Bubba, teamed with Ross Wolfenden scored a 1:53.1 victory. Two lengths back in second was Zee Barber (Jim Morand) with a third Badlands Hanover starter Game Day (John Wagner) third.


In $20,000 DSBF consolation events, Funny Briefs, driven by George Dennis for owners Don Hawk and trainer Dan Warrington led three Winbak-sired rivals home in 2:00 to win the leadoff trot.


Bad Blood George, a Badlands Hanover gelding, notched a 1:56 victory in a $20,000 DSBF male pace and Rich Hastings and trainer Kay Gannon's A Kut5 Above and Ross Wolfenden topped a first-three finishing Badlands Hanover takeover in 1:56.3 in a $20,000 DSBF soph filly consolation.


Another Winbak sire, Angus Hall, standing at Winbak of Canada, provided a win in the $30,000 Charles Murphy Jr. Memorial trot for older horses. Allmar Surprise left from post at 5-1 odds and won impressively in 1:56.3 for trainer, driver Victor Kirby and Matthew Ivory. The clocking is a track record for a four-year-old trotting mare.