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LEBANON, OH. - Gold Digger King (Brett Miller) was crowned harness racing champion of the George Williams Memorial Series at Miami Valley on Saturday night (March 14), even though there was no one there to watch the $27,500 final live. Racing was conducted in front of an empty grandstand, due to a shutdown caused by the Coronavirus crisis, but was exciting nonetheless and enjoyed by numerous new off-track fans as evidenced by a higher-than-normal handle. Miller, the leading dash driver at the current Miami Valley meet, was intent on dictating the fractions as the 1-2 favorite in the Williams Memorial. It took Gold Digger King most of the intial :27 quarter to gain control, then the 4-year-old son of Pet Rock put up middle fractions of :55.1 and 1:23 over the rain dampened sloppy track. A final :29 split was enough to hold off Diesel Accelerator (Kyle Ater), who sat a pocket trip throughout, and the lengthy first-over bid of Dashing To Da Wire (Dan Noble). The 1:52 triumph was the seventh of the Scott Mogan trainee's young career and increased his career bounty to $171,097. Linda Van Camp owns Gold Digger King, who paid $3 to win. The exacta paid $11 and the 'chalky' 50-cent trifecta returned just $9.05. A contentious $24,000 Open Pace earlier on the card was captured by My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith), who was a head better than fast-closing Hallie's Comet (Jeremy Smith) and just a length better than Gerardo (Kayne Kauffman) who made all the pace in the race before tiring to a third place finish in the 1:52.3 mile. My Hero Ron is now just one win away from millionaire status as the victory lifted his overall bounty to $990,663. The 8-year-old Well Said gelding has amassed 36 wins from 167 starts and owns a 1:49.2 record taken five seasons ago. Dan Dubeansky trains 'Hero' for owner Brian Witt. Miami Valley will continue live racing, with no live fans, on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. Those wishing to watch and/or wager on the races can go to the website: https://miamivalleygaming.com/racing/ where they can find links to either TwinSpires.com or TVG.com advance deposit wagering platforms and also find a link to enable downloading of the program pages courtesy of the U.S.T.A. From Miami Valley Raceway    

LEBANON, OH. - Majestic Player A certainly has enjoyed his first month of American harness racing. After a 'head' defeat in his first U.S. start on February 4, the 6-year-old Australian bred gelding has reeled off three consecutive impressive triumphs in Miami Valley Raceway's weekly Open Handicap Trot. With his 1:53.4 score on Tuesday (Feb. 25) he increased his earnings for the month to $41,250 for his new import owners Jeffrey Fought, Brian Carsey and Casey Myers. The son of Majestic Son, who banked less than $100,000 in three years of racing Down Under, has earned a well-deserved one week vacation from the racing wars at Miami Valley due to his three consecutive Open Handicap victories. He has adapted well to American racing under the astute handling of trainer Walter Haynes Jr. In the latest romp, Majestic Player A and driver Brett Miller marched directly to the front of the field and had no anxious moments while cruising through fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:25.2 before sealing the deal with a :28.2 final panel. Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Trace Tetrick) got a desirous two-hole trip the entire way, but never could mount a serious threat to the winner. Northern Skyway (Tyler Smith) was best of the rest in the seven horse field of top squaregaiters. A pair of first leg divisions of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial Series for trotters who are non-winners of four races or $40,000 lifetime also went postward on Tuesday. The first split went to B Threeseven (Sandy Beatty), who topped Forget It Im Crazy (Kayne Kauffman) by four lengths in 1:56.2. Stonebridge Symba (Miller) finished third. Beatty also trains the 5-year-old son of Chapter Seven for owner Ben Robards. Feel Invincible AS (Chris Page) copped the other division with a 1:57.2 gate-to-wire tally over Serene Hall (Miller) and Wrapped In Rubies (Smith). The Paver Memorial score gave Page his third success on the matinee program. Anette Lorentzon trains the 4-year-old Broadway Hall mare for the ACI Stuteri Ab Stable of Kentucky and their partner Johansson of Sweden. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH - A jammed harness racing leader board atop the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series standings at Miami Valley Raceway makes for an interesting championship when the top nine money winners gather on Monday (Feb. 24) for the $20,000 final. The series commenced with 27 nominees who were all non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $20,000 lifetime. The final preliminary leg was contested in two $12,000 divisions on Monday (Feb. 17) afternoon with Friday Night Blues and Sunshine's Finest each getting their initial wins in the series and securing spots in next week's 'big dance.' Friday Night Blues (Cam McCown) scored as the favorite over longshot Fast Track (John DeLong) and Big Bank Hank (LeWayne Miller). The 4-year-old altered son of Ohio stallion Pet Rock won ten races in 2019, but all at county fairs. After an uneventful month to start the 2020 season at Woodbine Mohawk Raceway, he was returned to Ohio and the care of Jessica McCown for the Hiteman late closer. Sunshine's Finest (Brett Miller) pulled a mild upset in the second split, topping favored Fishin For Apples (DeLong) and Velocity Komodo (Mark Evers) in 1:53.2. Owned by Thestable Sunshinesfinest, the winning 4-year-old son of Sunshine Beach also started the current campaign at Woodbine Mohawk before being shipped south to the Virgil Morgan Jr. Stable for this series. The nine finalists for the Hiteman Memorial, based on series earnings, will be Fishin For Apples, Sunshine's Finest, Friday Night Blues, Captain Sunshine, American Trademark, Fast Track, E R Hotshot, Farmers Only and Spoiled Rockin. The popular Survivor Series for male $5000 claiming pacers staged its final elimination round on Monday as well. The series started with 76 horses in eight divisions, was whittled to 40 in four divisions in Round 2, and reduced to ten finalists from a pair of Round 3 elimination heats. Purses in the first three elimination rounds escalated from $5000 to $6000 to $7500, while the final next Monday (Feb. 24) will chase a $20,000 bounty. Longshot Bettor Win (LeWayne Miller, 1:56, $40.60) and favored Hit And Giggle A (Brett Miller, 1:55.2, $6.40) managed narrow decisions in the final preliminary heats. The remaining finalists hoping to be crowned the King of the Bottom Claimers will be Amasa Al, Pence Hanover, Latenite Trick, River's Crest, I Am Will, A J Corbelli, Khan Blue Chip and Creighton Hanover. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - Thrilling finishes and quick harness racing miles were prevalent on Saturday night (Feb. 15) at Miami Valley Raceway, highlighted by a $22,500 Open I Pace, a $20,000 Open II Pace, and the final two preliminary divisions of the second annual Bill Dailey Memorial Medley. I'm A Big Deal (Brett Miller) pulled a mild upset over Windsong Leo (Chris Page) in the Open I, managing a 'head' decision in 1:51.1. Windsong Leo, a winner in six of his last seven outings versus Open company, cut the mile with I'm A Big Deal sitting snug in the pocket throughout the contest. After fractions of :26.3, :56.1 and 1:23.3 the favorite was still able to close in :27.3, but the winner was a tick or two quicker to gain the slight advantage in the final two strides. My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) was forced to race first-over on the outside much of the mile and finished third. It was the first win in nine local starts since I'm A Big Deal was plucked from the Harrisburg sale last November by owner Bottom Line Racing of Boca Raton, Florida, and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. However the 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere has managed a win in a top condition pace and three runnerup finishes in the weekly features to earn about $40,000 in his first three months in Ohio. The Open II event was captured by Shagnwiththedragon (John DeLong) over Rose Run Uriah (Jeremy Smith) and The Dark Shadow (Sam Widger) in 1:51. Dropping out of the Open I after a month of fourth and fifth place finishes, the 6-year-old son of Dragon Again flashed a huge closing kick to secure his 20th lifetime triumph. J. D. Perrin trains the winner for his wife Tessa and her partner Eim Racing Stable. The Bill Dailey Memorial Medley started with 5/8ths mile dashes in three $12,500 divisions in the first leg, then followed up with two $17,500 divisions going a mile on Saturday. The top nine money winners from those first two legs will assemble next Saturday night for a $25,000 championship tilt at 1-1/4 miles. Royale Rose (Tyler Smith) was a 'nose' winner in 1:52.4 in the first split at one mile, edging Angelo J Fra (Page) with Manny (DeLong) finishing third. Daniel Stone conditions the 7-year-old Ashlees Big Guy gelding for S & S Racing Stable and Bert Turner. It was the 27th career tally for the lifetime winner of $333,932. Just N Ace (Widger) edged stablemate Uncmprmising Z Tam (Ricky Macomber Jr.) by a neck in the second division, clocked in 1:51.1. Champion Rock (Smith) grabbed the show dough and a ticket into the championship dance. Jamie Macomber trains the winning 5-year-old son United Ace for the Eleven Star Stables. The lineup for the $25,000 Bill Dailey Memorial Medley championship consists of Royale Rose, Just N Ace, American Dreamer, Dave And Dennis, Life On The Beach A, Uncmprmising Z Tam, Angela J Fra, Stormy West and Champion Rock. From Miami Valley Raceway    

LEBANON, OH - Harness racing driver Brett Miller reached a pair of milestones on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 11) at Miami Valley Raceway, winning for the 8,500th time since beginning his sulky career in 1991 and surpassing $90 million in purse earnings with the horses he has driven. The 46-year-old Miller, who returned to his native Ohio roots at the beginning of 2019 after a decade stint as one of the top drivers on the East Coast, is enjoying another banner season in 2020. Following up on a 518 win campaign in his first year on the Miami Valley, Scioto Downs and Hollywood Dayton circuit, Brett has triumphed 51 times already this year. The cousin of Hall Of Famer David Miller has exceeded $5 million in purse earnings in nine of the last ten years. Miller's landmark score came in a conditioned/claiming event behind Motor City Man, owned by Jeannette Conrad and trained by Greg Henderson. Three races later Brett was back in the winner's circle having guided Majestic Player A to victory in the featured $24,000 Open Handicap Trot. Majestic Player A, making just his second United States start since being imported from Australia, scored a very impressive triumph in Miami Valley’s $24,000 Open Trot on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 11).  His open lengths 1:53.2 tally represents the quickest trotting mile of the current meet which began on January 3. It was the first time that driver Brett Miller, who earlier on the card recorded his 8,500th win and surpassed the $90 million purse earnings plateau, has sat behind the 6-year-old gelded son of Majestic Son and he was duly impressed.  “He looked good on paper, but raced even better than it looked,” Miller smiled.  “I didn’t rush him out of the gate, but when I asked him for ‘go’, he had plenty!  The new owners have themselves a real nice horse.” Those new owners are Jeffrey Fought,  Brian Carsey and Casey Myers, who purchased him abroad after noticing his 15 victories out of 29 lifetime starts Down Under.  Walter Haynes Jr. is training Majestic Player A, who surpassed $100,000 in converted U.S. dollars with this score. Walter White (Jeremy Smith) set the early pace, hitting the first two timing stations in :28.1 and :57.2 before the winner decided to take charge just prior to the 1:25.1 third quarter clocking.  In other Tuesday matinee action, three divisions of the second leg of the R. J. Brown trotting late closer decided the finalists for a $20,000 championship tilt next week.  Winners of the $12,000 splits were The Bombean (Tyler Smith, 1:59.3, $6.00), Mary Mag Delene (Hugh Beatty, 1:58, $6.40) and B Three Seven (Beatty, 1:57.2, $13.40). Others who also qualified for the final are This Man Raps, Ms Toni, LaDolfina, Avalon, DC Mr Dominator and Stone Cold Blue.  Pier Hanover and Docs Swan Song are also eligible should any of the top nine money winners in the series fail to enter the final. A pair of final elimination heats in the Survivor Series for $5000 claiming mares were also contested.  Nice Trip (Jason Brewer) captured the first division in 1:54.2 with Allspeedallthetime (Miller) victorious in the other, clocked in 1:55.4.  Joining that pair in the $15,000 series championship on February 18 will be Rock The Baby, Over Speeding, Desires Lady, Jetstream Johnnie, Love Love Me Do, American Sweet Pea, Lucky Seven Oflodi and Endeavors Ladyluck. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - The seventh season of live harness racing at Miami Valley Raceway kicks off with five straight days of 14-race programs on Friday night, Jan. 3 at 6:05 p.m.   Opening weekend is chock full of nine and ten horse fields with a trio of enhanced $30,000 purse Open events highlighting the cards. With an estimated total purse account nearing $15 million for the 87-day meet, Miami Valley will race for some of the highest purses in North America over the next four months.   My Tweed Heart (Brett Miller) has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite in Friday's $30,000 Mares Open Handicap by handicapper Rick Stevens-Gleason, followed by Allbeastnobeauty (Tyler Smith, 7-2), Always Giggling (John DeLong, 4-1), Rosemary Rose (Chris Page, 9-2) and Newsday (Kayne Kauffman, 6-1).   The 7-year-old favorite My Tweed Heart, trained by Virgil Morgan Jr., is the richest mare in the field with $556,678 in career earnings. The daughter of Manhardt is owned by Winners Circle Stable LLC and Phil Harris of Columbus, Ohio.   I'm A Big Deal (Brett Miller) got the 5-2 nod over Fan Of Terror (John DeLong, 3-1) in Saturday's $30,000 Open Handicap for horses and geldings. The 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere won his first start at Hollywood Dayton after being plucked from the Harrisburg sale by owner Dana Parham and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. Since he has reeled off three straight runnerup finishes in the weekly Southwest Ohio feature, the last two to Fan Of Terror who is assigned outside this week.   Other stalwarts given a good chance are My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith, 4--1), Granite (Jeremy Smith, 5-1) and Tyd Theglyde (Trace Tetrick, 8-1).   The $30,000 Open Trot will be presented on Tuesday afternoon and is sure to include most of the Midwest's top squaregaiters.   Three of North America's winningest drivers will compete throughout the opening week at Miami Valley--Brett Miller, Trace Tetrick and Chris Page.   The regular schedule from Jan. 3 through May 3 will be Friday and Saturday evening programs followed by Sunday, Monday and Tuesday matinees.   "Track Superintendent Jimmy Shelton has done a great job getting the racing surface in the best possible shape," said Race Secretary Gregg Keidel. "With the abundant horse supply, outstanding purses and elite drivers colony here at Miami Valley, I expect our seventh season to showcase some of the best racing you'll find anywhere! Let the good times roll!!!"   From Miami Valley Raceway    

Grove City, Ohio – It was an action-packed year for the 2019 Ohio 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year as Action Uncle made the most of his three wins in 2019.  Action Uncle, the son of Uncle Peter – Action-Broadway by Broadway Hall hit the board in all six of his starts in 2019 for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. and owners the Kenneth A. Sommer Trust.  Action Uncle earned $225,575.  Action Uncle, an Ohio Triple Crown winner, set a new stakes, track and world’s record by winning the second division of the Ohio Breeder’s Championship at Delaware County Fair in 1:54.  The Ohio Triple Crown consists of the Ohio Sire Stakes Final, the Ohio Breeder’s Championship and the Ohio State Fair Stakes.  Action Uncle was bred by Kenneth A. Sommer of Sheffield, Ohio. Trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. trained Action Uncle’s Dam Action-Broadway, “It was special to have the mom and break her and then have the first foal and start from scratch with him.”  Morgan says he knew Action Uncle was going to be special, “He’s very athletic, he’s not the biggest trotter but he was very handy last year and I’m just glad I have him.” Action Uncle will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and United States Trotting Association’s District 1 Annual Awards Banquet January 18, 2020 at the University Area Marriott in Columbus, Ohio.  Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and can be purchased by calling the OHHA office at 614-221-3650.  Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at www.ohha.com.  The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. From the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association  

DAYTON, OH. - The curtain fell on the annual Hollywood Dayton Raceway meet on Saturday night (Dec. 28), its sixth consecutive year of handle growth.   "Our overall all sources handle was up over $2 million for the meet," exclaimed first year Director Of Racing Jason Bluhm, "resulting in a 14% increase in our daily average. I'm especially excited about the strong finish to the 2019 meet and the prospects for the future."   Leading driver and trainer awards were presented to Brett Miller, who drove 151 winners during the 78-day meet, and Virgil Morgan Jr., who harnessed 52 winners during the session. Miller, a winner of 8,450 races in his career, sported a .316 UDRS during the Dayton meet and banked over $1.2 million with his mounts.   Morgan Jr. won races at a 23% clip, flashing a .343 UTRS while his stable earned over $370,000 in purses.   Rounding out the Top Ten among reinsmen were Jeremy Smith, Tyler Smith, Josh Sutton, Dan Noble, Kayne Kauffman, Chris Page, Trevor Smith, Cameron McCown and Shawn Barker II.   Top Ten trainers, in addition to Morgan Jr., were Peter Redder, Dan Noble, Ron Burke, Charles Stewart, Kayne Kauffman, Jessica Smith, Tyler George, Jeff Brewer and Adam Short.   Hollywood Dayton Raceway would like to wish a happy and prosperous New Year to all the horsemen who raced over the acclaimed five-eighths mile oval in 2019.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Harness racing driver Brett Miller was not cold at all at Hollywood Dayton Raceway Monday afternoon, in fact he was red hot, scoring five straight wins.    Miller's hot streak started in Race 2 and extended through Race 6 as he relentlessly guided "chalky" horses to victories one race after another for five different trainers.   Paydaze A Rockin (trainer Roy Murphy Jr., 1:55.3, $5.80) started the win parade followed by trotter Serene Hall (Peter Redder, 1:58.4, $4.80), Creighton Hanover (Virgil Morgan Jr., 1:55.2, $2.80), Intoview (Art Gregory Jr., 1:54.1, $2.40) and trotter Here's The Magic (Brandon Piquet, 1:58.2, $5.40).   For Miller, it was his second five win card in the last three contested at Hollywood Dayton, as the purple and white clad reinsman also scored five triumphs on the Friday program. "Super Brett," as he is called by regular announcer Barry Vicroy, has a comfortable lead in the local dash standings with 146 wins to runnerup Jeremy Smith's 130 and just three programs (Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 26-28) remaining in the season.   Rounding out the top five in total wins by drivers are Tyler Smith, Dan Noble and Josh Sutton.   Driver Jason Brewer also enjoyed a fruitful day on Monday, notching three scores with two from his own stable and one for trainer Art Gregory Jr. Brewer's winning mounts were Desire's Lady (1:57.1, $5.00), Entranced (1:55.4, $7.00) and Just Bettor (1:56.2, $4.00).   As Hollywood Dayton begins to wrap up its sixth consecutive year of growth this week, first year Director of Racing Jason Bluhm and his staff were delighted with the new daily handle record of $664,945.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

DAYTON, OH. - Both LeWayne Miller and Trevor Smith scored 'hat tricks' at Hollywood Dayton on Monday afternoon during the 14-race matinee, as did leading driver Brett Miller.   LeWayne Miller started the program off on the right foot sweeping both halves of the early daily double. In the first race, he guided Imacowboy Casanova to a startling upset, paying $60.20 for a $2 win ticket. The 33-year-old Indiana reinsman then followed that up with a solid favorite, Buff's Image, in the second race returning just $2.80. The daily double kicked back a healthy $172.20 payoff.   E R Betty allowed LeWayne his third trip to the winner's circle in the seventh race trot, returning a $7 mutuel to her faithful.   Trevor Smith matched Miller's back-to-back victories with scores of his own in the third and fourth races of the day. Pence Hanover ($8.20) was the first tally for Trevor, the 23-year-old younger brother of Tyler Smith. Next up was Mystical Charger, another longshot who rewarded backers with a $24.60 return.   Ufpfortydevensgirl completed Smith's hat trick when she upset a field of condition claiming mares from a second tier start. Her $69.20 mutuel payoff was the highest of the day.   Brett Miller notched victories with Ilooklikeanallstar ($11.20) in the fifth, Mountain High ($10.80) in the tenth, and Latenite Trick ($10.20) in the nightcap.   All three catch drivers with the hat tricks notched their wins for three different trainers.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Five of Northfield Park's top harness racing drivers will square off against a quintet of Hollywood Dayton's best reinsmen on Friday night (Dec. 13) in the first-ever "Buckeye Battle" to determine state bragging rights (North vs. South) as well as raise money for the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund.   Hollywood Gaming and the Ohio Harness Horsemens Association have joined forces to provide $3000 in prize money for the event--$2500 to the winners and $500 to the losers. All ten drivers from both teams have agreed to donate the entire amount to the relief fund, monitored by the Dayton Foundation, and being used to rebuild infrastructure in neighborhoods that were devastated by a Memorial Day tornado.   Team Northfield is captained by Aaron Merriman, the reigning 2019 national dash champion who currently has a comfortable lead in his quest to repeat and defend that title. He will be joined by Kurt Sugg, Chris Lems, Greg Grismore and David Lake. Team Dayton is led by local dash leader and native Ohioan Brett Miller, who is wrapping up his first year back as a Buckeye after a successful decade-long stint at The Meadowlands and other major harness tracks on the East Coast. Also competing for the local squad will be Jeremy Smith, Tyler Smith, Kayne Kauffman and Josh Sutton.   The drivers will go toe-to-toe and stride-for-stride in eight races on the Friday program, which starts at 6:15 p.m. Each of the ten drivers were pre-assigned approximately equal post positions over the course of the contest, with horses then randomly drawn in to those races. Points will be awarded as follows: 30 for first place, 24 for second, 18 for third, followed by 14-11-8-5-3-1-0 for fourth through tenth place finishes.   Five claiming events, ranging from the $6500 level up to $15,000, plus three high level condition races comprise the competition. Team Northfield will look to gain an early advantage as Merriman will guide the morning line favorite in three of the first four events. Team Dayton drivers, however, have been blessed with morning line favorites in the final three events.   The competition will be friendly, but also fierce, as these ten top reinsmen face off to determine if the northern Ohio or southern Ohio drivers win the inaugural "Buckeye Battle."   by Gregg Keidel, for the Buckeye Battle

DAYTON, OH. - Tookadiveoffdipper, the ultra-consistent 5-year-old son of Always A Virgin, copped the $17,500 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (Nov. 2) for his seventh harness racing win of the season. The Virgil Morgan Jr. trainee surpassed the $100,000 seasonal earnings plateau with the victory. In 2018, the winner also triumphed on seven occasions and banked $99,360. Driver Brett Miller opted to take control early, speeding to the quarter pole in :26.4 with the public's second betting choice. Tookadiveoffdipper also fronted the field at the half in :55.1 and the three-quarters station in 1:22.4 before sealing the deal in 1:50.4.   Pocket sitter Granite (Jeremy Smith), the slight race favorite, tried gallantly to overtake the leader in the stretch but fell one length short. Former multiple Ohio Horse Of The Year honoree Dancin Yankee (Chris Page), got loose late in the fray and closed for the show dough. The 11-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser, presently seeking his 80th victory, needs just $4,600 to reach $2 million in career earnings.   Tookadiveoffdipper is owned by Jane Cross of Illinois and Mark Cross of Tennessee.   The feature race win was one of four on the first dozen races for leading driver Brett Miller. A race later he guided Rock Out to a 1:50.2 tally in a $20,000 claimer for trainer Morgan Jr. Earlier on the program, Miller won a $15,000 claimer with Rush To Judgement, also from the Morgan Jr. barn; and lit up the toteboard with upset winner Omega Cat ($85.40) for trainer Steve Brannan in a top level condition pace.   Omega Cat's mega payoff in the seventh race caused a $2006 carryover in the track's 20-cent Hi-5 wager which prompted a $5000 guaranteed Hi-5 pool when racing resumes at Hollywood Dayton on Monday afternoon.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway    

Blake MacIntosh had a hunch that Fast N First could compete with the horses that would enter the 2019 Little Brown Jug, and the second elimination showed that he was 100 percent right. In the final stride of the mile, Fast N First got up to nose out favored American American Mercury to win the second $128,000 elimination and solidify the field for the $384,000 final. The race started with some hot early fractions as Semi Tough (Matt Kakaley) and Arties Ideal (Marcus Miller) sizzling to a :25.4 opening quarter. Semi Tough forced Arties Ideal into the pocket and then faced the serious threat of favoured American Mercury. Kakaley yielded and allowed Tyler Buter to land the Messenger winner on the lead in a sharp :53.3 half. With Escapetothebeach racing first up and not advancing to challenge, Brett Miller angled Fast N First three-wide down the backside. Clearing Escapetothebeach, Fast N First couldn't drop down to the two path as Arties Ideal popped back out from third to forge first-up through a 1:21.2 third station. American Mercury maintained his lead around the final turn and turning for home, but the pressure was on from the three next best. It appeared that American Mercury would hold off his rivals but Miller was able to get an extra gear out of Fast N First and help the colt live up to his name by getting his nose on the wire in a lifetime best 1:50.2. American Mercury, Arties Ideal and Semi Tough also advanced to the final. "This is very exciting and it's a race I've always wanted to win," said an elated Miller in the winner's circle. "I felt like the race was definitely setting up for us. Blake told me to be sure to keep this horse's attention, and when I made the move up the backside he was very strong but going into the last turn he actually -- just being a colt -- kind of pulled up on me and it cost us a lot of ground. For him to come back on and win, that was strong." Fast N First is owned by trainer Macintosh along with Ontario's Ridgeway Racing of Ridgeway and Steve Heimbecker of Conestogo. The horse picked up his eighth win of the series and fourth straight. The lion's share of the purse pushed his seasonal bankroll to $162,909. "I really wasn't nervous going in," said MacIntosh. "This year I was just hoping to make the final and have some fun. Now we've got a little pressure on us." MacIntosh is poised to win the Jug in back-to-back years, with two totally different back stories coming into the race. Despite not having a Courtly Choice this year, he felt Fast N First belonged with this group. "I thought he'd be right there. I wasn't sure if he could win it but when I saw the draw I was pretty happy with the division we came out in. He's just been a good little colt...he's won eight times this year, and we've protected him pretty good all summer and haven't really raced him over his head. He came out and proved today he's a nice little colt." After the second elimination, the posts for the final were drawn. 2019 Little Brown Jug Final ($384,000) (Post – Horse – Driver) 1 – Southwind Ozzi – Brian Sears 2 – Fast N First – Brett Miller 3 – Air Force Hanover – Simon Allard 4 – American Mercury – Tyler Buter 5 – Stag Party – David Miller 6 – Arties Ideal – Marcus Miller (SCRATCHED) 7 – Semi Tough – Matt Kakaley 8 – Shake That House – Tim Tetrick (SCRATCHED) From the Little Brown Jug

Columbus, OH - Driver Brett Miller had a spectacular Saturday night (Sept. 7) at Scioto Downs, capturing one $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for veteran harness racing pacing mares and three $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolations. Miller, 46, a resident of Blacklick, Ohio began his four-race win streak by steering 5-1 Homer Hall to victory in the $75,000 OSS 3-Year-Old Colt Consolation. Trained and co-owned by Steve Carter along with Jay Mossbarger & Cass Gallagher, the son of Broadway Hall was clocked in 1:54.3 for Miller. Bred by Midland Acres, Homer Hall bested 3-5 rival Morally Flexible (Danny Noble) by a length with 21-1 Workinitonbroadway (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) nailing down third-place honors. The victory, Homer Hall's tenth of the year and 17th lifetime in 26 starts, upped his lifetime bankroll to $193,742. Next, Miller guided Patti Roth and Alan Keith's Bad Sammie to a 1:53.1 clocking in the $75,000 OSS 3-Year-Old Filly Pace Consolation. The Big Bad John lass left the gate as the 3-5 favorite, besting 3-1 Twinsburg (Danny Noble) by half a length with 16-1 Lofty Beach (Yannick Gingras) third. Mike Roth trains Bad Sammie, who was bred by Midland Acres and now has $132,740 in career earnings from just four wins in 21 starts. Miller then reined 5-2 B Like Cruiser to a 1:51.4 triumph for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. and owners Michael Cimaglio and William Richardson in the $75,000 OSS 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace Consolation. The homebred gelded son of Yankee Cruiser finished a neck ahead of 18-1 Rose Run Ulysses (Tim Tetrick) at the wire, with 16-1 Ohio Vintage (Aaron Merriman) another short neck back. Unraced as a freshman, B Like Cruiser now has seven wins, two seconds and one third in 13 trips postward with $110,301 in his coffers. Finally, Miller used a three-wide move in the last turn to bring 7-1 Up Front Flor Ida home first in the $75,000 Veteran Mares Pacing Championship in 1:51.3. The 4-year-old daughter of Woodstock is owned by Kevin McKinney and Virginian McKoy, and is trained by Tim McKoy. She now has career earnings of $269,890 from 15 wins, eight seconds and ten thirds in 52 lifetime starts. Using a :28.4 final brush, she easily paced to the win ahead of 50-1 Berazzled (Aaron Merriman), with 60-1 McDazzle (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) getting up for third. Harold Bauder's Sectionline Bigry captured the $75,000 OSS Veteran Pacing Championship for horses and geldings impressively in 1:49.2 as the 1-5 favorite. Driven by Tyler Smith for trainer Steve Bauder, this 4-year-old homebred son of Pet Rock has been a strong contender in the Ohio open and invitational ranks all season. This latest victory--his 11th of the season and 18th lifetime--upped his career earnings to $365,027. Whataboy was second at 8-1 for Danny Noble, while 90-1 Barley Up was third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. Driver Aaron Merriman got the evening started by piloting 6-5 Chris Beaver-trainee Delovely Hall to a 1:58.1 triumph in the $75,000 OSS 2-Year-Old Filly Trot Consolation. Renee Bercury owns the Cash Hall lass who picked up a perfect time to score her second career victory. Danny Noble had no trouble bringing 1-5 Buxton home first in 1:57.2 for owner Carter Duer and trainer Bob Stewart in the $75,000 OSS 2-Year-Old Colt Trot Consolation. The homebred Dejarmbro colt picked up his second career win in six starts and now has $60,460 in his bankroll. Trainer Brian Brown then sent out the next two OSS winners--the first being PJ's Legacy, a 1-2 daughter of Big Bad John who stopped the clock in 1:53 in the $75,000 2-Year-Old Filly Pace Consolation for driver Ryan Stahl. Brown then harnessed 6-5 Stanford Court, with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., taking the youngster to a 1:52.4 victory in the $75,000 OSS 2-Year-Old Colt Pace Consolation. Chris Page brought Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva-Purnell&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi's 3-1 Buckeye Starlet into the Scioto winner's circle after the Uncle Peter filly took the $75,000 OSS 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Consolation in 1:56. The win was the fourth of the year and fifth lifetime for Buckeye Starlet, who now has $95,681 in career earnings. Hambletonian winner Atlanta had to work a bit to prove her dominance as she took the $220,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot in front-stepping fashion for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ronnie Burke in 1:51.4, holding off Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) by a head in the final yards. The daughter of Chapter Seven recorded her 19th career victory for Crawford Farms Racing, Brad Grant and Howard Taylor. In the $440,000 Jim Ewart Memorial, McWicked, with Brian Sears in the sulky, scored a nose victory over Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick) in 1:49. Casie Coleman conditions the 8-year-old son of McArdle for the New York-based SSG Stables. The win was McWicked's 28th of his career and his lifetime earnings now stand at well over $4.4 million. The Ohio Sires Stakes Championships for Veteran Trotters, 4-year-olds and up, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Northfield Park, with two $75,000 divisions scheduled for both genders. Those events will wrap up the 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes season. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

ANDERSON, Ind.--May 17, 2019-- Always A Prince and driver Trace Tetrick turned in a dominant performance to deliver as the heavy favorite in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $20,000 Open Pace, at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 17. Stopping the timer in 1:48.1, Always A Prince established a new lifetime best in just the third start of his four-year-old campaign and equaled the track record for older pacing geldings at Harrah's Hoosier Park in the process. It was also the fastest mile of the 2019 season through the first 33 nights of racing. The 1:48.1 clocking equaled the mark previously established by Split The House and Brett Miller in the $421,00 Breeders Crown Open Pace at Hoosier Park in October of 2017. Always A Prince also holds the track record for three-year-old pacing geldings with a 1:48.3 score in stakes action last season. In a race marred by scratches, Always A Prince coasted off the gate from post four while a host of others left aggressively for the front. Docdor Friskie and Brandon Bates won the early battle for position and lead the field to the first quarter in a snappy :26.3 with Endeavor and Mike Oosting opting for a pocket trip. Tetrick wouldn't wait long and gave Always A Prince his marching orders as the field straightened away down the backside. Always A Prince quickly took command just before the half in :54.2 and never looked back. Hitting the three-quarters in 1:22, Always A Prince was on top by two and his lead was ever-increasing. Fan of Terror and John DeLong, who won the Open Pace last week, were the first to take aim but were no match for the leader. Utilizing a :26.1 final panel, Always A Prince powered home to finish three lengths to the good and was well in hand at the wire. Fan of Terror rallied gamely to finish second while Docdor Friskie held on for third. As the heavy betting favorite, Always A Prince returned $3.00 to his backers at the betting windows. "I can't say that I am surprised but I was not expecting a 1:48 mile tonight," trainer Tyler George noted after the victory. "He has that kind of speed and that was a nice field of horses but I didn't think he would have to go that much tonight. He's a great horse and does what he has to do." Unraced as a two-year-old, Always A Prince made up for lost times last season--bankrolling $492,875 in purse earnings and securing Indiana's 2018 Pacer of the Year title. Owned by Carl and Melanie Atley, the gelded son of Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess recorded his 20th lifetime win from 25 trips behind the gate. "We haven't figured out where we are going next," George continued. "We will probably try to get another start here. He's got the Battle of Lake Erie but we'll see how it goes." The win with Always A Prince was one of three winners on the card for Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick. Tetrick also scored with fan-favorite and World Champion Freaky Feet Pete in the last race on the program. Staging his customary late rally in the lane, Freaky Feet Pete surged past his rivals to stop the timer in 1:49.4 and record his second consecutive victory. Indiana Sire Stakes Champions were out in full force on the evening's 14-race card as Indiana's 2018 champion two-year-old pacing colt, Egomania, also found the winner's circle in the first start of his three-year-old campaign. Driven by John DeLong and trained by Brian Brown, Egomania came storming home to stop the timer in 1:50.3 to establish a new lifetime best. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Saturday, May 18 with an 11-race card and begin at an adjusted post time of 7:10 pm. Live racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com.   Emily Ratcliff

Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (May 9) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Dr. Jeffrey Greenstein, Greg Blanchard, Greg Gangle, Brett Miller, and Jim Miller. In a special Pacing For The Cure segment, Mike Bozich had a chance to sit down with well-known immunologist Dr. Jeffrey Greenstein. Greenstein has been integral in finding a cure for not only for Multiple Sclerosis, but for other autoimmune diseases as well. It will be the first of a two-part interview. Part two will air next Thursday. Blanchard, the Director of Racing at The Raceway at Western Fair District, will be joined by Greg Gangle, the tracks Assistant Manager, in talking about the upcoming Camluck Classic on Friday, May 31st. The Classic is the track's highlight race of the year, and the duo will talk about some of the promotions and going-ons at the event. Brett Miller, this year's leading driver at the recently concluded Miami Valley Raceway meet, will talk about his return to Ohio, and whats next in his driving career. Jim Miller, the Director Of Publicity at Hawthorne Race Course, will talk about the improvements the suburban Chicago track made to it's broadcast signal, as well as some of the promotions for the 2019 season. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   Michael Bozich

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