The pacing and trotting two-year old colts and geldings took their turns for a chance at the $40,000 purse, in their respective divisions in the Ohio Sires Stakes on Fourth of July at Scioto Downs. I Know My Chip and Jason Brewer prevailed in 2:02 for trainer Jim Dailey and owner Kim Dailey. The two-year old son by Deep Chip, started from post seven, but that didn't deter Brewer from leaving for a good, early spot. The pair landed right in the two hole behind Cooter Dunn and Louis Bauslaugh. They trotted the first quarter in a moderate 30.2. The pace quickened slightly as Cooter Dunn opened up on the rest of field and clocked the halfway point in 59.2. Going down the backside the pace setter made a mistake and I Know My Chip inherited the lead and trotted past three quarters in 1:31.1. The pair quickly sprinted away from the rest of the field and won the first division by four and a quarter lengths. Neely Dunn Super was second and Marvelous Chip was a closing third for trainer and driver, Marty Wollam. The first division of pacing colts took to the stage in race three. A field of eight colts and geldings was spearheaded by a 6-5 morning line favorite, Gray Camo. Gray Camo didn't disappoint his supporters, he was victorious in 1.56.1. The two-year old son of Pine Valley is trained by Ron Burke for the connections of Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Richard Suda and Jason Meilillo. Scioto Downs leading driver, Chris Page had the assignment from post two. The pair was unhurried in the early going. The tripped the first quarter in 29.2 and kept the pace moving on to the half in 58.2. That's when Page pulled on the right line. The cleared to the front before the three quarter pole, paced in 1:26.4. Nobles Finesse was sitting right on his back and gave him a run for his money down the stretch, but couldn't quite catch Gray Camo. Born Villain and Jeremy Smith were a closing third. Kick A Lot dominated his division for two-year old trotters by five and a quarter lengths in 2:01.2. Kick A Lot is a gelded son of Deep Chip. He's trained by Jeff Cox for owner and breeder, Pius Soehnlen. There was never an anxious moment in this race. Kurt Sugg drove the colt like he was the one to beat. They set the fractions of 31, 1:02and 1:33 and cruised to an easy victory. Chips A Million and Chris Page for trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr.were second best and Chips Starr for Jim Arledge Jr were third. Cornerback was impressive in his division for two-year old pacers, setting his mark of 1:56.4. Brian Brown conditions the two-year old son by Feelin Friskie for Stephen Sexton of Xenia, Ohio. Chris Page used the two post to his advantage and left for command in the field of seven. The pair were sitting comfortable to a quarter time of 29 and then an even rated half mile time of 58.1. With no pressure from the rest of the field, they paced onto three quarters in 1:27.1 and cruised to a three and three quarters length victory. The trotters were back in action in race eleven and Crowned For Glory was minor upset in 2:03. Crowned For Glory is trained and driven by Ed Greeno Jr for Eg Trot Llc. The two-year old gelded son of His Higness kept his on mind on the prize and never looked back. Greeno guided the colt to an easy quarter of 30 seconds and then let him trot an easier second quarter in 31.4. With the young, green colts making their miscues, the pair just trotted along leisurely and clocked the three quarter mark in 1.33.1. Greeno and Crowned For Glory went to work in the final quarter, trotted in 29.4, when the pacing bred trotter, Frisk The Town came out of the pocket spot and started to close in on the leader. The battle down the stretch came to a hault when Frisk The Town made a break and secured the win for Crowned For Glory. Frisk The Town for trainer and driver, Ammon Hershberger was second and Lanterns Chip completed the trifecta. Ollie Pop capped of the Ohio Sires Stakes action in race 12 with a 1:57 performance. Ollie Pop is a bay colt by Feelin Friskie and is owned by Clyde Perfect of Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Ollie Pop was driven by National Leading Driver, Aaron Merriman for trainer Ron Potter and started from post two in the field of seven. Merriman steered the colt to an early third spot position. The quick opening fraction of 28.4, left Merriman content to sit tight. The paced on to the half mile mark in 57.4, set by Indian Spirit and Kyle Ater. Ollie Pop wheeled out to be first up just passed the half and would have to work for his first win. The paced down to three quarters in 1.27, but the colt dug in down the stretch and was rewarded for his hard work and valiant effort. Nashville Bound for driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr.was pacing up a storm to grab the place spot and Western Coby was third. Live racing continues on Tuesday (July 8) with a first race post time of 6:30 p.m. From Scioto Downs Racino
Top Brand sets a new track record in the $20,000 Filly And Mare Open Pace at Scioto Downs Friday. Top Brand rewrote the track record for four-year old pacing mares of 1.50.3. The previous record of 1.51.1 was set in 2013 by Doc's Hope. Top Brand is a four-year old mare by Brandon's Cowboy out of This Marks A Lady. She's conditioned by Scioto Downs leading trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr.for Green Acquisition Corp of Canfield, Ohio. Ronnie Wrenn Jr.was the pilot and they started from post seven after a scratch in the field of nine. Wrenn left for early position and was able to get away in the three hole. The opening quarter was paced in a hot 26 seconds. Top Brand was asked for more when Wrenn pulled going to the half that was paced in 54.2 and quickly cleared to the lead. Top Brand didn't let up. She paced the third quarter in 27.2 and drew off from her foes. Wrenn and Top Brand cruised to a five and quarter length victory over So Jazzy and A Sham Of Amber completing the trifecta. Victory Is Coming and Its Complicated triumphed in their respective $20,000 Open Trots. The third race on the Friday Night Card was the field of seven Filly And Mare trotters. Victory Is Coming swooped the field in a seasons best, 1.53.4. Victory Is Coming is a seven-year-old mare Ohio bred by Victory Sam out of Norse Comer. She's trained by Ammon Hershberger for Betty and John "Red" Shaw of Mt.Vernon, Ohio. This was her 100th career start and 44thcareer victory. Victory Is Coming is currently $20,000 shy of a half a million in career earnings. Victory Is Coming is usually driven by her trainer, but he turned the lines over to Scioto Downs leading driver, Chris Page. They started from post five in the field of seven. Page was unhurried in the early going, getting away fourth. The fractions of 27.1, 56.3 and 1.24.2 were set by the lone millionaire, Action-Broadway. Page waited until the top of the stretch to ask Victory Is Coming to go to work and she responded. She trotted her final quarter in 28.3 and won by one and a quarter lengths over Action-Broadway and Ajuama was third. Its Complicated continued his win streak after taking the $20,000 Open Trot for Horses And Geldings in a seasons best, 1.53.2. Its Complicated is a four-year-old gelded son of Sj's Caviar and he's trained by Brent Davis for the connections, Hatfield Stables of Columbus, Ohio. The on fire, Josh Sutton had the assignment from post two in the field of seven and he definitely used the inside post to his advantage. Sutton and Its Complicated pushed the gate away and powered to the lead. They stopped the quarter timer in 27.4 and caught a second quarter breather, off a half in 57 seconds. It was a sprint down the back side and they hit three quarters in 1.24.2. Sutton and Its Complicated were confident on the lead and trotted to a one and three quarter victory over Ci's Buckeye and Boy Meets Girl K rounded out the trifecta. From Scioto Downs Racino
Victory Is Coming, the lone mare facing eight distinguished male competitors, swept to an all-age track record 1:54.1 clocking in winning the $10,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night. Driver-trainer Ammon Hershberger got away third from the seven-hole in the full field of nine then tipped to the outside just past the half. The seven-year-old daughter of Victory Sam was second at the three-quarter mile marker, cleared to the lead at the head of the stretch and cruised to the wire 1-3/4 lengths ahead of Quick N Silver (Dan Noble) and Final Breath (Hugh Beatty Jr.) in the record-setting performance. Owned by Betty and John 'Red' Shaw, Victory Is Coming now has 43 career victories in just 94 tries and $460,090 in total earnings. From Miami Valley Raceway
WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 12, 2014 -- Fueled by a four-day carryover, The Meadows Pick 5 pool topped out at $96,768.71 before players hammered Wednesday's wager. Each of Wednesday's Pick 5 legs produced a heavily supported winner -- longest price was 2.90-1 -- resulting in 113 winning tickets (assuming all tickets were played for 50 cents). Still, with a payoff of $855.75 for a winning 50-cent ticket, the event was exciting and rewarding for those who participated. In Wednesday's feature, an $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, Victory Is Coming sat patiently in the pocket, then shot the Lightning Lane for Mike Wilder to defeat the tiring leader, Magic Wheel, by 1/2 length in 1:55. Princess Pablano was third. Ammon Hershberger trains Victory Is Coming, a 7-year-old daughter of Victory Sam-Norse Comer who has won 42 races and $446,110 in her career, for Betty Shaw and John Red Shaw. Dave Palone and Wilder each drove four winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows
WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 13, 2013 — Victory Is Coming saved ground until the final turn, then popped off the pylons and brushed by Unefoisdansmavie to capture Wednesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Victory Is Coming sat snugly behind Unefoisdansmavie and Win Missy B as they dueled for the early lead. When Mike Wilder asked her for trot, the 6-year-old daughter of Victory Sam-Norse Comer had plenty to defeat Unefoisdansmavie by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:53.4. Win Missy B saved show. Ammon Hershberger trains Victory Is Coming, who now boasts $428,235 in career earnings, for Betty Shaw and John Red Shaw. It was one of four wins for Wilder on the 15-race card. Horses trained by Ron Burke, North America’s perennial leading conditioner, earned $13,148 on Wednesday’s program, lifting Burke’s 2013 purse total to $19,999,479. Although that’s already a record, Burke was positioned to surpass $20 million Wednesday with a pair of horses scheduled to race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Burke has 980 training wins thus far in 2013 — also a record. Evan Pattak
WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 25, 2013 — Tabulator was so wound up while scoring down that it took both trainer/driver Marvin Raber and Parade Marshal Missy Rothfuss to control him. But once Raber was able to redirect that energy to the matter at hand, the result was amazing — a 17-length victory for “Marvelous Marvin” and Tabulator in Friday’s $10,000 C.K.G. Billings West Final at The Meadows. Tabulator ripped off a string of front-end victories at The Meadows early this year but wasn’t on top at any point in his last two starts. “He’s been jogging good, and I’ve been swimming him a lot because of some soundness issues,” said Raber, who conditions the 4-year-old Cantab Hall-Mystical Taya gelding for Bert Dale Hershberger. “Now, he’s really good. Sometimes he quits at the end, but today he went right on. He gets fired up behind the gate.” Tabulator scored in a career-best 1:56.2 while “Trader” Bud Hatfield and GJ Photo Victory won the war of the weary for place. “Lawbook Larry” Farley and Rewrite The Rules saved show. The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association sponsored a “Pink Out” Friday to raise breast cancer awareness as well as funds for the Magee Women’s Hospital Foundation in Pittsburgh. The event included a $5,000 trot, featuring nine female drivers, that honored the late Mary McCune, who recently was named to the inaugural class of the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Rachel Kaneoka captured the event, piloting R Big Ben to victory in 2:00.2 and helping him snap his 48-race losing streak over two seasons. Devan Miller (Earl’s Glider) was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Cherie Keith (Red Falkor) third. Scott U’ren conditions R Big Ben, an 8-year-old British Sterling-Gracious Pleasure gelding, for Debbie U’ren. Also participating were drivers Joelene Christman, Leslie Zendt, Sharon Donella, Kathryn Hawk, Danita Harvey and Nikki Harvey. The action-packed card also included two $18,000 Preferred Handicap events. In the race for filly and mare pacers, Sissy Bar scored a 16-1 shocker by pouring through the Lightning Lane and downing Pink Camo by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:52.4, matching her lifetime best. Early leader Darena Hanover was third. Eric Ledford drove the 7-year-old daughter of Aces N’ Sevens-Ocean Beach for owner/trainer Tyler Nostadt. In the companion feature for filly and mare trotters, Victory Is Coming made it two straight for Mike Wilder by exploiting a pocket trip and prevailing in 1:56. The rallying Trotslikethewind was second, missing by 1/2 length, while the first-over Jesse’s Messenger earned show. Ammon Hershberger trains Victory Is Coming, a 6-year-old daughter of Victory Sam-Norse Comer who now boasts $416,795 in career earnings, for Betty Shaw and John Red Shaw. by Evan Pattak for The Meadows
WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 17, 2013 — Undeterred by the sloppy surface, Victory Is Coming took advantage of soft fractions and coasted to victory in Thursday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Although they were parked from post 7 before assuming the lead, Victory Is Coming and Mike Wilder worked out a comfortable first half in 59.1. There was no catching the 7-5 favorite after that, as she cruised home in 1:56.3, 2-1/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Greathallofchina. Jesse’s Messenger raced third and finished third. Ammon Hershberger trains the 6-year-old daughter of Victory Sam-Norse Comer, who soared over $400,000 in career earnings, for Betty Shaw and John Red Shaw. Dave Palone drove four winners and Wilder three on the 15-race card. by Evan Patak for The Meadows
The Friday (September 13) races at Northfield Park were marred by an accident that took place in the evening’s eleventh race. In the race’s initial turn, I Love My Yankee (David Lake) broke stride and started a chain reaction of drivers being unseated. Drivers Ammon Hershberger and Beau Blevens were injured and transported to a local hospital. All the other drivers walked away without incident.