Each division carries a $20,000 purse and the top eight point earners will return for the $100,000 finals on July 25.
Monday (June 17) saw the final round for pacing colts and geldings as Chillaxin Away won the non-wagering elimination and Ain’tnosunshine ($63) was an upset winner on the wagering card in his maiden win.
The accent will be on the fillies Tuesday (June 18), and a pair of Jason Skinner-trained horses in particular.
In And Out Again, a daughter of Roddy’s Bags Again who Skinner co-owns with his father Tim, swept her eliminations and final at Dover Downs and prevailed in her elimination last week at Harrington in 1:55.2. She heads a field of five in a non-wagering division at 4:10 p.m.
Meanwhile, her biggest hurdle to winning the Harrington final may come from within her barn as Biggiessecondshot (2-1, Ross Wolfenden) has won three straight, including a three length win in her first elimination. Owned by Joan Dalphon, Elanor Laws and Jason Skinner, the No Spin Zone filly finished third in both elimination legs at Dover, as well as the final. She is the morning line choice in her division, carded ninth on the program, and appears destined for a showdown with her stablemate in the final.
Trotters will have their turn on Wednesday (June 19) in four divisions, two of which are non-wagering beginning at 4:10 p.m.
Rod Allen Inc.’s Disco Soliel looks to rebound after a narrow defeat last week in the first division. The Carlo Poliseno-trainee won her previous three DSBF attempts this year.
In the first colt division, also a non-wagering event at 4:20 p.m., a field of five features Bay Pond Racing’s Dr Grinch (Jeff Fout) who was second in his division last week for trainer/driver Fout.
On the wagering program, the seventh race features Carol Jamieson-Parker’s Dark Dutchess (7-5, Jack Parker Jr.) who was a four length winner in round one. The daughter of He’s Spooky has stamped herself the one to beat after an impressive elimination score. The other elimination winner from a week ago, Bella’s Party Punk (5-2), will bid for the upset for trainer Chase Vandervort. The Super Punk filly notched her second career win off a pocket trip to upend favorite Disco Soliel.
The final division is the ninth race for trotting colts and geldings, and pits elimination winners Andrew Glassmeyer’s Embrace The Grind (7-5, Jon Roberts) and E&K Stables, Earl and Lois Walters and Paul Williamson’s Just As Striking (9-2, Eddie Dennis) against each other in a six-horse field. Embrace The Grind, a son of Keystone Activator, has won 9-of-12 career starts for owner/trainer Glassmeyer. Just As Striking, a son of Anders Bluestone, has been on the improve for trainer/driver Dennis in notching his third career win in his elimination.
Providence West’s Rich N Royal (5-2, Kim Vincent) is among those looking to play the role of spoiler, after finishing second last week for trainer/driver Vincent.