by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
Montrell Teague notched his 1,000th career driving win Tuesday (Sept. 27) at Harrington Raceway aboard Henry The Dragon ($2.20) in a $20,000 division of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings Tuesday at Harrington Raceway.
In the second of four DSBF splits, Henry The Dragon, a son of Custard The Dragon, was a wire-to-winner for owner George Teague Jr. and trainer Clyde Francis. Montrell Teague was joined by friends and family in the winner’s circle for the milestone won.
Kdk Standardbreds’ Almost Cut My Hair ($2.20, Kevin Switzer Jr.) improved to 6-for-6 lifetime with a 1:55.2 win in his DSBF division for trainer Kevin Switzer. The Barber Pole gelding figures to be the early favorite in next Wednesday’s (Oct. 5) $100,000 final.
The third division went to Bags To Riches ($2.60, Art Stafford Jr.) in 1:55.1 for owners Only Money Inc. and Jason Skinner. Trained by Skinner, the Roddy’s Bags Again colt see the pace as the heavy favorite and never had an anxious moment. Skinner had two training wins on the program.
The final division went to George Teague’s Daylen ($6.20, Switzer Jr.) who sat a pocket trip before claiming the lead in deep stretch for a 1:56.3 victory. Daylen, sired by Mr. Apples, picked up his second career win for trainer Clyde Francis. Owner George Teague Jr. and trainer Francis had three wins each on the program.
In the $16,500 Mares Open, Kirby earned a driving double by guiding Jo Ann Looney-King’s Purrfect Bags ($2.80) to a 1:52.3 victory. Trained by her owner, it was the 23rd lifetime win in 37 career starts for the 4-year-old Roddy’s Bags Again mare.
Tony Morgan had three wins.