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Trainer Chris Beaver harnessed three of the five Ohio Sires Stakes-winning 2-year-old trotting colts on Tuesday night, July 12, at Northfield Park. The Delaware, Ohio-based conditioner also steered a 30-1 longshot to victory in the second leg of the OSS series for freshman diagonally-gaited Standardbreds.   Beaver's first victory of the night in OSS tests came with the sturdy-built son of Triumphant Caviar, Buckeye Boss. The huge, muscle-rippled youngster trotted swiftly and confidently through panels of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:29, before trotting a final panel in :28 to prevail in a new track record clocking of 1:57 with Aaron Merriman at the lines. Curiously, the new record established by Buckeye Boss broke the previous record of 1:57.1 set by another Beaver trainee in 2015, Kanthaka.   Owned by breeder Marion Beachy, Beaver and Synerco Ventures, Buckeye Boss garnered his second triumph in OSS competition. The colt had won leg one of this series on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:59, after winning his pari-mutuel debut on June 21 in 1:59.4.   "He was just on cruise control tonight," Merriman revealed. "He's like driving an aged horse."   Buckeye Boss looks like an aged horse--big and round in stature--and his demeanor suggests the same as he stood calm and collected in the Northfield Park winner's circle.   The youngster, who has $44,250 in earnings, is the fourth foal out of the Tom Ridge mare Frannie's Ridge, and is a half-brother to Kate Smith 3, 1:55.2 ($107,898) and to Dunvegen 2, 1:56.3 ($103,498)--both by the stallion Cornaro Dasolo.   Beaver then harnessed Always A Good Time to a 1:58.4 triumph later in the evening. This son of Triumphant Caviar notched his first OSS victory, pushing his career earnings to $30,000 for the Ohio partnership of Beaver, J Gallagher, M Schwartz and S Zeehandelar.   "This colt wasn't always the fastest training down, but he was one of the grittiest we had," Beaver stated. "He's tough as nails."   John Carver of Iowa bred Always A Good Time, who used a perfect pocket-sitting trip to pull of the victory. Better Believe (Mike Wilder) was second by a neck. Always A Good Time was a $12,000 yearling at the 2015 Ohio Selected Sale.   Beaver then steered the cantankerous Mythology to a 2:01.2, front-stepping victory at odds of 30-1 in his OSS contest that saw six of the nine trotters break stride.   "He's a tough horse to drive," Beaver said. "He can be a real handful at times and I almost lost him through the turns. He's a tough horse to keep on stride, but he does have ability."   Beaver towered over the diminutive but powerfully-built son of Triumphant Caviar in the Northfield winner's circle. The brown colt picked up his first paycheck for Beaver and co-owner and breeder Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, Ohio. Bellhaven (Aaron Merriman) and Cowboy Blue (Kurt Sugg) finished second and third--the only other two horses to trot a flat mile in this race.   The youngster Hope Ima Victory got a wire-to-wire steer by Danny Noble to pick up his first OSS win for owner Stephen Sexton of Xenia, Ohio. The son of Victory Sam is trained by Tony O'Sullivan and added the $20,000 winner's share to his coffers, pushing his career earnings to $24,730 with his 1:58.2 triumph.   Hope Ima Victory is a full brother to the sensational Victory Sam (a 61-race winner of $667,187) as he's the eighth foal out of the Overcomer mare Norse Comer. The well-built youngster nabbed his first career victory for these connections racing barefooted up-front over the Northfield half-miler. Bred by Betty and Red Shaw, Hope Ima Victory was a $15,000 yearling purchase at the 2015 Blooded Horse Sale.   In the final OSS battle that was marred by breakers, Dejarover (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was declared the victor after Winning Memories (Peter Wrenn) jumped it off at the wire in 2:00. The Dejarmbro colt got a near-perfect trip to notch the win, the first of his career for trainer Kelly O'Donnell and the Purple Haze Stable of Fairport, New York.   "He's getting better all the time," Wrenn, Jr., noted. "He's a very steady colt."   Winning Memories was placed third, while Goldfinger (Greg Grismore) was moved up to second. Bred by Michael Wilt of Missouri, Dejarover upped his career earnings to $23,200.   by Kimberly Rinker, for the OSDF

WASHINGTON, PA, July 11, 2016 -- Glitter, who survived a shipping misadventure en route to The Meadows, sparkled in a Pennsylvania Stallion Series event, capturing her division in a stake-fastest 1:57.3. Monday's $120,000 event for freshman filly trotters was contested over six divisions, with Electric Lemonade, Perfect Lady, It's Hallright, One Class Act and Donna Elvira also taking $20,000 splits. Corey Callahan won two divisions (Donna Elvira, It's Hallright) while Dave Palone and trainer Jimmy Takter teamed for another pair (Electric Lemonade, Perfect Lady). Winning driver Aaron Merriman said Glitter managed to climb over a stall partition in the trailer on her trip to The Meadows but emerged from it little worse for wear. "Her legs got a couple scrapes, but the vet checked her and said, go ahead and race her," Merriman indicated. "She won very easy, very professionally. That's as nice a race as you could ask of a 2-year-old." Glitter made it look easy for owner/trainer Steve Bauder, as the daughter of Glidemaster-Luscious Glitter cruised up first over and won handily, defeating Trixie Dust by 4 lengths. Weekend Wit Chucky finished third. Donna Elvira saved ground until the final turn, when Callahan cut her loose. She zipped by the leader, All Set Lets Go, downing her by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:58.3, with Keystone Angel third. "I really liked her the last time I raced her at Pocono," Callahan said. "She was a little bumpy -- she has some lameness issues. But she has a great attitude, and she tries hard." Jenny Melander trains Donna Elvira, a daughter of Yankee Glide-Ashley's Carousel, for Steve Organ. In her career debut, Electric Lemonade had a sizable lead on the field, with only one rival cutting into her margin. But there was a catch. The horse on the move was the first-timer Broadway Photo, a full sister to millionaire Action-Broadway, the 2011 Mare Trotter of the Year. "I was well aware who was chasing me," Palone said. "I knew I had two handfuls of trot. I never really took her plugs out. I just wanted to get her over this racetrack, her first time over it. She was well within herself. Looks like she'll graduate to the sires stakes, I would guess." Electric Lemonade prevailed in 1:59.4, 3/4 lengths better than Broadway Photo. Neptune's Daughter completed the ticket. Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and Jim Fielding campaign Electric Lemonade, a daughter of Cantab Hall-Birthright. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features the Meadow Gladys, a $195,560 PA Sires Stake for freshman filly trotters. First post is 1 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 20 -- Parked in a 26.4 opening quarter before reaching the front, Spreester showed her toughness when she thwarted a pair of harness racing challengers and captured Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Aaron Merriman gave the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree a 30 second-panel breather, enabling her to fend off the determined first-over bid of Southwind Roulette. Spreester dug even deeper to parry the Lightning Lane thrust of the pocket-sitting Certified Ideal and down her by a nose in 1:51.4. Southwind Roulette finished a game third. Bill Bercury trains Spreester, who now boasts $480,856 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Dave Palone piloted four winners and Merriman three on the 14-race card. With one victory on the program, Mike Wilder pushed his career total to 6,998. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 11, 2016 -- Smokinmombo dominated a short field in Saturday's $46,500 Meadows Maturity for harness racing trotting mares 4 and up, retaking the lead before the quarter and cruising to victory in 1:54. Harley Momma pocketed the 2-5 favorite from the gate, but Smokinmombo and Aaron Merriman would have none of the two hole. "I definitely wanted to race her like she was the best," Merriman said. "I was pretty confident when we got to the front." The task for Smokinmombo became easier when Meadowbranch Wendy, who entered the Meadows Maturity off three straight victories in overnights, broke stride down the backside. That left only three rivals to chase Smokinmombo, and none could get close. The 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-Horizontal Mombo defeated Harley Momma by a length while the first-up Sky Hanover rallied for show. "I really think she's a smaller track horse," Merriman said. "On a half-mile or five-eighths-mile track, she'll really excel. I'm interested to see how she races on a bigger track this year. I'd like to be able to follow some good horses with her and give her another shot at it." Chris Beaver trains Smokinmombo, who extended her career bankroll to $357,152, and owns with Synerco Ventures and James Gallagher. In the $20,000 Winners Over Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Unlocked made it two straight -- and four wins in his last seven starts -- with a front-end score in 1:52 for Jim Pantaleano, trainer Norm Parker and owner Megan Rogers Racing Stables. Foiled Again, harness racing's richest performer with more than $7.3 million in earnings, stalked Unlocked from the pocket and made up ground in the Lightning Lane but fell a head short. The gallant 12-year-old gelding is now winless in 10 outings this year. Dapper Dude earned show. A 5-year-old son of Duneside Perch-Miss Major Power, Unlocked now boasts $447,494 in lifetime earnings. Pantaleano piloted four winners and Merriman three on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 8, 2016 -- Tamarind overcame post 9 to collect his third straight harness racing victory -- and fifth in his last six starts -- in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tamarind got away fifth before Aaron Merriman sent him after the leader, I Know My Chip, down the backside. The 8-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos cleared easily and went on to score in 1:54. Cue Hall used Tamarind's cover to finish second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Monte Christo Spur rallied for third. Bill Bercury owns and trains Tamarind, who boosted his career bankroll to $838,099. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the special Belmont Day card features the $46,500 Meadows Maturity Trot for mares 4 and up. It goes as race 1, with a 1 PM post time. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Owner/trainer Brian Malone and driver Anthony Morgan teamed up for three wins in a row with mares on the Tuesday Harrington Raceway harness racing program. Malone's Hostess Lisa ($12, Tony Morgan) notched her eighth win of the season with a 1:53.1 triumph in the featured $17,500 Mares Open. The 7-year-old Sagebrush mare surged three-wide on the final turn and cleared the leaders for a narrow win over Quotable Quotes and Matinee Dragon. Trained by Malone, it was her 24th career win. Malone and Morgan teamed up in the sub-feature as well as Malone and Carrie Stackowitz's Mcarma ($5.40, Tony Morgan) won the $10,000 conditioned pace in 1:54.2. The Malone-trainee notched her fifth win in seven starts at the meet. Lanco Express ($3) then completed the hat trick for Malone and Morgan with a 1:55.4 in a $7,500 conditioned pace. Allan Davis and Montrell Teague each had a driving double. Matthew Sparacino  

WASHINGTON, PA, June 1, 2016 -- With his harness racing rivals vanquished early, Muscle Up The Goal raced against the clock -- and won, scoring in a track record 1:52 in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. It was the fastest mile ever by a 4-year-old stallion at The Meadows, eclipsing the mark of 1:53 set by Monte Christo Spur. Muscle Up The Goal and Aaron Merriman were at the front in a flash despite leaving from post 9. The son of Muscle Mass-Tags Goal was so dominant that he was ahead 5 lengths at the three-quarters while continuing to open up. He scored by 7-1/2 lengths over Call For Justice, with Classicality third. Chris Beaver trains Muscle Up The Goal, who won his third straight and extended his career bankroll to $234,616, for Synerco Ventures. Merriman piloted five winners -- including a pair for trainer Ammon Hershberger -- on the 14-race card The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

TSM Photo Bugger moved first over to gain better position, then brushed again in the lane to capture Wednesday's harness racing $13,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows. TSM Photo Bugger was third down the backside when Aaron Merriman sent him after the leader, Lady's Dude. When the pocket-sitting Classicality gapped, TSM Photo Bugger slipped into the two hole and kept the pressure on. The 9-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding overpowered Lady's Dude in the stretch, downing him by a length in a career-best 1:52.4. Classicality saved show. Jan Fread trains TSM Photo Bugger, who now boasts $591,470 in lifetime earnings, for owner/breeder Ted Tomson. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday with a special post time of 5 PM. The program features two stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers: a $161,760 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and an $80,000 PA Stallion Series event. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Tamarind grabbed the lead before the quarter and cruised through the slop to a convincing harness racing victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tamarind sat briefly in the pocket behind Chef Lee, but Aaron Merriman sent him to the point once the field settled. The 8-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos had no serious challenges from there, scoring in 1:53.4. Chef Lee preserved second, 3-3/4 lengths back, while Lady's Dude finished third. Bill Bercury trains and owns Tamarind, who now boasts $821,349 in career earnings. In the $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot, Trustworthy Kid came from well back to pounce on the weary leaders and down the rallying Cue Hall by 4-1/4 lengths in 1:55.1. Keystone Chester shot the Lightning Lane for show. Brian Zendt piloted the 7-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding, who soared over $400,000 in lifetime earnings, for owner/trainer Lisa Dunn. Dave Palone collected four wins and Merriman three on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the special Preakness Day card features the $116,304 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters as well as the $70,500 companion division for 3-year-old filly trotters. First post is 11:25 AM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, May 17, 2016 -- Anaffairtoremember powered to the lead and easily dispatched her challengers to capture Tuesday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows. Aaron Merriman sent Anaffairtoremember from post 5 to the point, where she carved out a reasonable 57.3 half. The 6-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Val Lee Woman parried the first-over thrust of UF Lindsay Lou Who and went on to score in 1:54.3. She Wore Red shot the Lightning Lane for second, 2-3/4 lengths back, while the pocket-sitting Bessie was third. Bill Bercury owns and trains Anaffairtoremember, who extended her career bankroll to $455,719. Tony Hall piloted six winners on the 14-race card. For more information, please see: www.meadowsgaming.com. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Aaron Merriman had a monster night on Monday (May 16) at Northfield Park by posting eight wins on the 15-race harness racing program. Merriman's triumphs were with Fashion Chocolate ($2.20) in race three, Gale Force Hanover ($2.40) in race five, Kirty Dream ($2.40) in race seven, Milliron Pete ($11.80) in race eight, Mythical Hall ($10.20) in race nine, Fox River Mark ($8.80) in race 10, All Powerful ($16.00) in race 11 and Skull Of Roses ($6.60) in race 14. Merriman was the leading driver in North America in 2015 and is leading by more than 80 wins so far this year. He will be honored with a special presentation for winning the 2015 dash tile on Saturday (May 21). This ceremony is part of Northfield Park's Battle of Lake Erie festivities. Merriman has been driving since 1997 and has since posted 8,175 career wins and is approaching $48 million is purse earnings. Success over the Flying Turns is nothing new to Merriman. He has more wins than any other driver in the Northfield's history. Ayers Ratliff

Spreester made the decisive move entering the final turn and had just enough to prevail in Monday's harness racing $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. With Show Runner on an easy lead and no outside flow developing, Aaron Merriman was content to save ground with Spreester until late in the mile. When the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree attacked from third, she edged past Show Runner and found the wire a nose ahead of Medusa, who was narrowing the gap in the Lightning Lane, scoring in 1:52.4. Show Runner saved show. Bill Bercury trains Spreester, who extended her career bankroll to $461,671, for Renee Bercury. Tony Hall and Merriman each piloted three winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 26, 2016 -- Smokinmombo kicked off her 4-year-old campaign in grand fashion Tuesday at The Meadows when she rolled to a comfortable victory in the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot. Smokinmombo banked $306,652 at 2 and 3 but hadn't raced since Oct. 30 and was facing a distinguished field of older mares. When Aaron Merriman sent her to the front with a quarter-pole move, the daughter of Explosive Matter-Horizontal Mombo scored easily in 1:53.4, matching her career-best race mark. She Wore Red rallied for second, 3 lengths back, while Barn Girl shot the Lightning Lane for show. Chris Beaver trains Smokinmombo and owns with Synerco Ventures and James Gallagher. Tony Hall, Jim Pantaleano and Merriman each piloted three winners on the 14-race program. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, April 11, 2016 -- Hooves On First shot the Lightning Lane to capture a division of Monday's second leg of the Do Me Honor Pace at The Meadows. Sweet You took the other $17,500 split in the event for 3-year-old fillies. The championship leg of the series is set for Monday, April 18. Away third for Aaron Merriman, Hooves on First waited patiently until the Lightning Lane beckoned. She shot past the leader, Stirling Euphoria, and defeated her by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:55.2 in the slop. Wasaga Beach earned show. Dean Santantonio conditions the daughter of Yankee Cruiser-Modern Medicine and owns with Absolute Return Stable and Regency Group Stable. In the $24,800 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Spreester made it two straight when she moved three wide into the final turn and powered home in 1:53, a neck better than 60-1 outsider Fox Valley Charm. Early leader Show Runner was third. Merriman drove the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree, who extended her career bankroll to $443,671, for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. Mike Wilder piloted four winners, including a pair for trainer Ray Romanetti, while Dave Palone fashioned a triple on the 15-race card. For more information, please see: www.meadowsgaming.com. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Dublin, Ireland - The Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee is proud to announce today that North America's leading dash winning driver in 2015, Aaron Merriman, is committed to coming to Ireland for the Delaney Memorial Weekend, August 13 and 14, 2016. "I was shocked when I got the invite," Merriman said. "I have read about the race, knew that George Brennan went last year and had a great time and now I am getting to come over this year, what a great honor this is." The 37-year-old Ohio native is coming off a career-best harness racing season in 2015, capturing his first North American driving title and earning a personal-high $7.40 million in purses. His 873 victories last year were the most for a dash-winning champion since Tony Morgan's 959 triumphs in 2008. Merriman is one of only three drivers --- joining Morgan and Tim Tetrick --- to win at least 800 races in back to back years. In 2014, Merriman won 841 times, but finished six victories behind Ronnie Wrenn Jr. for the No. 1 spot. Over the past 10 years, Merriman has won an average of 618 races per season. "Our committee board was ecstatic that Aaron agreed without even flinching to come over for the VDM this year." Said Derek Delaney, who along with his brother James, developed the Vincent Delaney Memorial in honor of their younger brother who tragically passed away in 2011. "Aaron is a world-class driver," Delaney added, "And we are sure to show him a great time here both on and off the track. He will be sure to have some good drives at Portmarnock Raceway both on Saturday and Sunday." The Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial is for two-year-old pacers with elimination divisions on Saturday and the finals on Sunday. For the first time this season there will be a separate filly division, sponsored by Diamond Creek Farm in the USA. Also on the program that weekend is the Oakwood Stud Derby, the Paul Murtagh, Sr. Memorial, The RocknRoll Heaven/Pet Rock Irish-American FFA sponsored by Joe Bellino and the Bellino Stable plus other big stakes events. When it comes to his heritage, Aaron says he will fit in just fine. "My father's family is British and my mother is Swedish and Irish," Aaron said. "I think I will fit in perfectly. "I'm VERY eager to experience another continent with harness racing," Aaron said. "I've never left North America before. I've checked out some of the history of this race and have read about the great enthusiasm and real love for our sport that they have and it is so heartwarming. "Harness racing is definitely a sport where people are joined together all around the world," Aaron said. "To be offered this opportunity to represent America and show my patronage to Ireland and the UK horsemen and fans is once in a lifetime and I was not going to pass it by. I'll thoroughly embrace my days there." Merriman is already on a roll in 2016. He has a commanding lead in the driving standings in North America with 214 wins, 54 ahead of his nearest rival, Jason Bartlett. And Merriman has $1.5 million in purses won already with a Universal Driving Rating at an impressive .356, second only to Bartlett. "Missing a week of racing back home is nothing compared to the adventure that awaits me in Ireland," Aaron said. "I can't wait for the second week of August to come. And I will not be homesick because Roger Huston will be there calling the races!" For more information visit www.vincentdelaneymemorial.com. By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial  

Escape The News took advantage of a sizzling three-quarters and pounced late to score in 1:49.1, matching the harness racing track record, in Saturday’s $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Unlocked was on a mission on the lead, clicking off three-quarters in 1:21.1 and frustrating most would-be challengers. Not Escape The News, who moved first over from third for Aaron Merriman and nailed Unlocked by a nose. Hall Bro was third. The time equaled Atta Boy Dan’s track record for older geldings. Brewer Adams trains the 7-year-old son of Artiscape-Ideal News, who now boasts $711,976 in career earnings, for Kevin Sywyk. Saturday’s card also featured two second-leg divisions of the Walter Russell Memorial Pace for 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings, with Connecting Flight and Dr Drake Ramoray each taking a $12,000 split. It was the second straight series win for Connecting Flight, and if anything, it was easier than his opening-leg romp. The 4-year-old Panspacificflight-Shares Rebound gelding zipped to the front for Dave Palone and steadily widened, scoring in a career-best 1:51.1. Stone Fire Hanover rallied for second, 6-3/4 lengths back, while Keystone Dylan held show. Kevin Johnson conditions Connecting Flight for Erv Miller. Merriman piloted four winners on the 15-race program while Tony Hall and Palone each fashioned a triple. Evan Pattak

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