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ANDERSON, IN -Egomania turned in a dominant performance to deliver as the heavy favorite and take home top honors in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, on Thursday, July 12 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Scoring in 1:51.4 with John DeLong in the bike, Egomania recorded his second consecutive win at Hoosier Park and made a clean sweep of the first round of Indiana Sires Stakes action this season. The 1:51.4 clocking established a national season's mark for two-year-old pacing colts on a seven-eighths mile oval and was a new lifetime best for the rookie pacer. Leaving from post five in a talented field of ten, DeLong sent Egomania away from the gate firing but Elliot Deaton and elimination winner Tellmeaboutit were a step quicker to get the first call through the opening panel in :26.4. Egomania settled in second but not for long, DeLong gave him the green light and he was back out and firing approaching the half in :56. Egomania led the field through the third split in 1:24.3 with Alway's Close and Trace Tetrick beginning the first-over attack approaching the final turn. Tellmeaboutit tipped from the pocket late in the lane but Egomania was able to put him away and hold off an impressive late rally from Outloud and Peter Wrenn to get the win by a head. Meadowbrook Crown and Sam Widger utilized a ground saving trip to rally for third place honors. As the heavy 1-2 favorite, Egomania returned $3.00 at the betting windows. "He's been nice all winter," said Shane Bowermaster, who handles the training duties for the Indiana contingent of the Brian Brown stable. "But after his qualifier, we knew we had a nice colt. He's really laid back, versatile, and easy on himself." Owned in partnership by Country Club Acres, J. Sbrocco, R. Lombardo, and J. Fodera, Egomania has now amassed $47,500 in lifetime purse earnings. The son of Always A Virgin-Has An Attitude is now two for two in 2018. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 13 with a 13-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 10. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

WILKES-BARRE PA - OK: you just had many great horses race at your track on the previous card in the $2,120,000 Sun Stakes Saturday Championships Night. So what can you possibly do for a followup the next night, Sunday, July 1? Well, here's what The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is doing - it has scheduled five $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for two-year-old colt pacers. The top pacing colt trainers of the last few years all have multiple entries in the stakes sessions - Ron Burke has seven in, Brian Brown five, Ray Schnittker four. Despite the fact that raceday is the first day of July, the collective fields already have ten horses who have won in 1:56 or better, including six who have gone 1:54 or less (baby races and pari-mutuels treated equally throughout). There are eight horses in the All-Stars who have already twice crossed the wire first, including three who have beaten 1:55 in each of their two victories: Semi Tough (race 3, PP1, Burke), Blood Money (race 5, PP7, Jimmy Takter), and Captain Malicious (race 7, PP7, Schnittker). And that listing doesn't even include the fastest two-year-old of 2018 at the time of this writing, De Los Cielos Deo. This member of the Burke Brigade, on June 18 over the Gaitway mile track, won in 1:52.3 while coming his own last three-quarters in an astounding 1:21.3, in his second lifetime start (he won the first, but "only" in 1:56.4 - 27). De Los Cielos Deo, a name which is a Spanish/Latin hybrid meaning "from the heavens of God," does have un infierno de une mala posicion (a hell of a bad position) drawing the 8-ball, just outside of his fellow son of Captaintreacherous, Captain Malicious, in the seventh race, the last of the five All-Stars divisions. That's how you follow up a $2M+ card featuring the stars of today - load up the next card with the stars of tomorrow. FINISHING LINES -- Pocono will have a sixth $30,000 race on Sunday night, a Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) event for pacing mares. Caviart Ally, who won in the GNOS last week from the rail at Philly and paid $72.20 to win, finds the other two series winners starting from more difficult spots: L A Delight from post six and Tequila Monday from post eight. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Columbus, OH - Despite a threatening night of thunder, lightning, high winds and showers, owner Bruce Trogdon couldn't have been happier June 9, when Cinnamack and Bounding Dragon finished first and second in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts at Scioto Downs.   "I was so happy to see both of them leading down the stretch," noted Trogdon. "Of course I was hoping my horse (Cinnamack) would get up for the win, but I was just so happy for both of them, as they are both out of two of my best mares."   Bounding Dragon had led throughout most of the mile for Josh Sutton, but in the late stretch Chris Page steered Cinnamack up the inside to nail down his fourth victory in five starts this year in 1:50.4 by a head over his rival--equaling his lifetime best score. The bay son by McArdle is out of the unraced Western Ideal mare Armbro Cinnamon, making him a half-brother to World Champion Fear The Dragon p,3, 1:48.4s ($1,578,547). To date he's earned $95,600 for Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Ohio.   "I raised both of these youngsters, so it's always a great feeling to see both of them perform so well," Trogdon stressed.   Conditioned by Brian Brown, Cinnamack left the gate at odds of 2-1, as did rival Bounding Dragon. Sectionline Biguy (6-1) notched show honors with Tyler Smith at the lines.   "I also have a super-looking yearling who is a full brother to Fear The Dragon," Trogdon offered. That youngster's name is Dragon Roars Again.   Cinnamack is the sixth of seven foals out of his dam, and has a full brother in McSinner Man p, 4, 1:52.3s ($54,466), and half-siblings in Cinamony (by Art Officials) p, 4, 1:49.3f ($532,404) and Cndiana Jones p, 7, 1:53.1f ($115,599).   In the second $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore side-wheelers, Kimberly Dailey harnessed 9-5 Rockathon to a 1:51.1 victory with Danny Noble at the lines. The altered son by Pet Rock, who is owned in partnership by Dailey and Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, Ohio, picked up his sixth lifetime win in 16 starts, upping his lifetime bankroll to $186,012.   Rockathon wrestled the lead away from 21-1 longshot Parklane Official just past the :27.2 opening panel, and went on to lead at every post, before brushing home in a brisk :27.4 to win by a 1¼ lengths over the hard-trying 1-2 Slick Mick (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), with 9-1 JoJo's Pet Rock (Simon Allard) another seven lengths back in third.   Rockathon is the seventh foal out of The Panderosa dam Pantathlon p, 2, 1:54.4F ($20,221) and is a half-brother to: Pan From Nantucket (by No Pan Intended) p,5, 1:51.3h ($570,801); Rosemary Rose (by Foreclosure N) p,4,1:51f ($293,382); Panstakingly (by No Pan Intended) p, 3, 1:54.2s ($64,490); Nip Pan Tuck (by No Pan Intended) p,2,1:54.4s ($50,899); and Holiday Romance p,3, 1:56.2f ($39,289).   Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Monday evening, June 11 at Northfield Park, when 3-year-old trotting fillies line up behind the starting gate in Leg 2 action.   by Kimberly A. Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund  

MILTON, ON - June 7, 2018 - There was a time trainer Brian Brown stopped and stared at the Pepsi North America Cup trophy and wondered what it would feel like to hold it aloft. Now that he's done that, he's hoping this time will be twice as nice. It was just over 20 years ago when Brown walked through the Woodbine Mohawk Park grandstand and eyed the ornate trophy associated with one of standardbred racing's highest profile events. "It's a race you dream of winning," said the Ohio native, who trains at the fairgrounds in the Little Brown Jug's hometown. "But it takes a lot of things to make it happen and it takes a total team effort. It's a great feeling to say that you've won it." In 2017, a pair of Brown's sensational sophomore pacing stars, Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside, each enjoyed stellar campaigns. It was the former who delivered the trainer his coveted North America Cup crown. A son of Dragon Again, Fear the Dragon rallied stoutly down the lane to win the $1 million race by three-quarters of a length in 1:48.2. Downbytheseaside, who led by a head at the stretch call, held for third to give Brown the top and bottom ends of the Trifecta. At season's end, the duo earned $2.95 million (US) between them, playing a big part in Brown earning Trainer of the Year Award honours in the United States, as voted by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. He was also voted USHWA's Good Guy Award winner for 'consistent, intelligent cooperation with the sport's media.' Now, he's hoping good guys can finish first in the 35th edition of the Pepsi North America Cup. Brown has three horses - Done Well, Whos Better and Venom - set to contest this Saturday evening's Cup eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park, all seeking a shot at a spot in the six-figure final to be contested at the Milton oval on June 16. His best chance for a return trip to the winner's circle could be the aptly named Done Well, an undefeated son of Well Said, only the second horse in history to win pacing's Big 3 - The Little Brown Jug, Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup. The bay colt, to be driven by Tim Tetrick in the second of three Cup eliminations this Saturday night, heads into the race off a win in a division of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for three-year-old pacing colts. The sharp victory came after almost 10 months away from racing action. "He's coming into the race well," said Brown, of the Pennsylvania-bred owned by James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers LLC, Milton Leeman, and Alan Keith. "I would have liked to have had one more race in him, but that just didn't happen. He's a very nice horse. Unfortunately, he had to deal with an injury that occurred in Florida last August and it set him back. He was just getting rolling, so it was disappointing. But he's doing everything right and so easy. Timmy (Tetrick) isn't worried about him." Whos Better, a one-time winner from 13 starts, also has one second and six thirds for Brown. The gelded son of Bettors Delight, a sire of 22 millionaires, Living Harness Racing Hall Of Fame Inductee and Canadian Racing Hall Of Fame Inductee, has tackled some top competition over his career. Last October, Whos Better finished eighth in a Breeders Crown final at Hoosier Park. The bay heads into his elimination off a runner-up effort in a Pennsylvania All-Stars division on May 28. David Miller will drive again for owners Country Club Inc., Joe Sbrocco and W J Donovan. "He's come back this year, had some solid starts and put up pretty good times," said Brown. "He had throat surgery, but he's come back well. He's a pretty-laid back horse now. He wasn't that way before he had him gelded. He was a tough horse to be around and a tough horse on himself." Venom, a son of the legendary Rock N Roll Heaven, a world champion at both two and three, voted Horse of the Year, Pacer of the Year and 3-Year-old of the Year, will look to get over the sting of an eighth-place finish as the mutuel favourite at Vernon Downs on May 28. Prior to that result, the bay colt, owned by Frank Bellino and Sons LLC, had won three straight after finishing second in his career bow on April 22 at Miami Valley. Miller gets the call in the third and final elim. "We're not sure what happened after that race at Vernon," offered Brown. "He was very distressed after the race, so we did everything we could think of to find out what it was. Everything checked out okay and he was fine. He trained so well yesterday. We trained all three of them together and they were all within a quarter of a length of each other." With three chances to make it to the big dance and a second Cup trophy opportunity, Brown is looking forward to returning to familiar ground this Saturday. No need to ask if he'd like a repeat of last year's result. "That would be nice for sure," said Brown. Post time for Saturday's card is 7:30 p.m. by Chris Lomon, for Woodbine Communications          

Trainer Brian Brown was all smiles Saturday night in the Northfield Park winner's circle and with good reason. The 2017 Dan Patch Trainer of the Year did nothing less than harness every winner of the night's three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies. It was the second round of action in the four-leg series. "It's definitely a good night," Brown admitted. "It seems that lately we were winning all the smaller races and missing in the big ones, so it's definitely a good feeling to have a night like this." Brown's dominance began with the first OSS division, when Prsntpretynperfect (5-2) battled on the outside of undefeated stablemate Queen Me Again (5-2) to prevail in the final yards by a quarter length in a career best 1:52.4. Sweetnfamous (6-1) was third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. The daughter of Big Bad John took the overland route to notch her seventh career win in nine starts for owners Jenny Brown, Richard Lombardo and Marlene Taylor. "She went a really big trip tonight and Brian (trainer Brown) told me he had a lot of confidence in her after her strong qualifier," said winning driver Jordan Stratton. Bred by Carl Howard, Prsntpretynperfect upped her career earnings to $145,166. In the second OSS division, 9-2 Smiley Dragon exploded down the backstretch, making a three-wide move for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., that saw her draw off impressively in 1:52.4, by 3½ lengths. Even-money favorite Bad Girls Rule (Dan Noble) was second, with 9-5 Pet Walker (Aaron Merriman) nabbing show honors. Smiley Dragon, a Dragon Again filly, was bred and is owned by Emerald Highland's Farm. Unraced at two, she notched her first win in four tries with the OSS triumph and now has $26,780 in her lifetime bank account. McPansy, a McArdle daughter, gave Brown his third victress in the final OSS division, stopping the timer in 1:52.3 for the one mile test. The 9-5 favorite was out from the half to the wire for driver Chris Page en route to her third win in four starts. Bred and owned by Emerald Highland's Farm, McPansy pushed her career earnings to $44,500. Believe In Waco, at 7-5, was second for Aaron Merriman, 1¾ lengths behind the winner, while 24-1 longshot Princess Rougarou was third with Ryan Stahl aboard. Second leg action of the Ohio Sires Stakes continue for 3-year-olds on June 9 at Scioto Downs and June 11 at Northfield Park by Kimberly A. Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

Orlando, FL --- The connections of Hannelore Hanover need to make room for several more trophies. Hannelore Hanover, who last year at age 5 produced the fastest mile in history by a female trotter and defeated male rivals in both the Breeders Crown and Maple Leaf Trot, received three Dan Patch Awards on Sunday, including the night’s grand prize, Horse of the Year. In addition to being named Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, Hannelore Hanover got trophies for Trotter of the Year and best older female trotter during the Dan Patch Awards banquet at Rosen Shingle Creek resort. Hannelore Hanover was named Horse of the Year on 95 ballots, outdistancing 3-year-old filly trotter Ariana G, with 15 votes, and 2-year-old filly trotter Manchego, with 12. Downbytheseaside, a 3-year-old colt who was named Pacer of the Year, had eight votes for Horse of the Year. In balloting for Trotter of the Year, Hannelore Hanover had 100 votes, while Ariana G had 16 and Manchego 15. Earlier this month, Hannelore Hanover received the O’Brien Award for Canada’s Horse of the Year in addition to getting her second consecutive award as best trotting mare. Hannelore Hanover is the first trotting mare to be named the Dan Patch Award Horse of the Year since Moni Maker in 1999. She is the first Horse of the Year Award winner for trainer Ron Burke and the Burke Brigade. “Since 1954, I’ve been walking around picking up papers, trying to find something,” an emotional Mickey Burke Sr., the patriarch of the Burke Stable, told the crowd at the awards banquet. “I found it. The winner for the fastest trotting mare that ever lived. I’m so proud of her. “She’s just a dream horse.” Hannelore Hanover, a daughter of Swan For All out of the mare High Sobriety, won 10 of 17 races last season and earned $1.04 million. She became the fastest female trotter in history when she won the Allerage Farms Open Trot in 1:49.2 at Lexington’s Red Mile and was the first mare to beat the boys in the Breeders Crown Open Trot since Moni Maker in 1998. Other wins included the Maple Leaf Trot and Armbro Flight Stakes. She is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and J&T Silva Stables. Yannick Gingras was her regular driver. “She’s just an amazing mare,” Mickey Burke Jr. said. “You don’t get many of these.” Downbytheseaside was named Pacer of the Year with 93 votes. Youaremycandygirl, a filly who was a 2-year-old last year, finished second with 23 votes while 3-year-old colt Fear The Dragon was third with seven. A total of eight pacers received at least one vote. Retired to stallion duty at the end of last season, Downbytheseaside finished his 3-year-old campaign with a four-race win streak on his way to leading the sport with $1.60 million in purses. The colt’s victories included the Messenger Stakes, Progress Pace, Carl Milstein Memorial, and Art Rooney Pace. He was trained by Brian Brown and owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and Diamond Creek Racing. Chris Page, Brian Sears, and David Miller all guided the horse to stakes wins. “We loved this horse as a 2-year-old,” Brown said. “When he got to race and we really started to find out what he was, for him to come back this year and prove it again, and overcome all the adversity he went through was special. “And for all the owners, it was so much fun when this horse did well. His last race, he won, but you’re kind of disappointed it’s all over. After his last race we sat and reminisced about the whole year. It’s so good that all those owners got to experience this.” Other honorees Sunday included Brown, for Trainer of the Year and Good Guy Award winner; Gingras for Driver of the Year; Bruce Trogdon’s Emerald Highlands Farm for Owner of the Year; and Hanover Shoe Farms for Breeder of the Year. Horses recognized in addition to Hannelore Hanover and Downbytheseaside were divisional champions Manchego, 2-year-old female trotter; Fourth Dimension, 2-year-old male trotter; Ariana G, 3-year-old female trotter; What The Hill, 3-year-old male trotter; Marion Marauder, older male trotter; Youaremycandygirl, 2-year-old female pacer; Lost In Time, 2-year-old male pacer; Blazin Britches, 3-year-old female pacer; Pure Country, older female pacer; and Keystone Velocity, older male pacer. For additional information about the divisional champions, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association

Hightstown, NJ --- Not often does a trainer work with two horses in the same division that both earn a million dollars, but such was the case last year for Brian Brown. In fact, Brown became the first harness racing trainer in 13 years to accomplish the feat with two 3-year-old male pacers, Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon. Those two stars are gone this year, off to perform stallion duties, but Brown is optimistic about his stable’s chances of enjoying another strong campaign in 2018. Brown set career highs in wins with 151 and purses with $5.79 million last year and was named Trainer of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. His earnings were fourth best in North America despite having fewer starts than any trainer in the top 16. Now, the 53-year-old Ohio resident turns his attention to 2018. “The scary part is replacing Seaside and Dragon,” Brown said. “I’ve got Blazin Britches coming back and I’ve got some 3-year-olds that I think have promise. I don’t expect them to be Seaside or Dragon, but I think they could be nice horses that could go out and earn $300,000 or $400,000 possibly. “My 2-year-olds, I’ve got so many that I can’t tell you that a particular horse stands out, but I’ve got a bunch that I really like right now. So we have a lot of optimism for this year. I just don’t have those two horses that I know are coming back that should make it a great year.” Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon led the sport in earnings last year, with $1.60 million and $1.35 million, respectively. They were the first 3-year-old male pacing stablemates to finish the year with $1 million apiece since Timesareachanging and Western Terror for trainer Brett Pelling in 2004. Downbytheseaside won the Dan Patch Award as the sport’s best 3-year-old male pacer and was joined as a Dan Patch Award winner by the Brown-trained Blazin Britches, who captured 11 of 15 races and was named the top 3-year-old female pacer. Brown was the first trainer to cash that double since 1995 when Joe Holloway did it with Jenna’s Beach Boy and She’s A Great Lady. As for this season, Brown hopes 3-year-old male pacer Done Well can do well to help fill the void left by Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon. Last year, Done Well was 4-for-4 on the Pennsylvania-restricted stakes circuit before being sidelined by a cannon bone fracture. “I think he is the caliber of those horses,” Brown said, referring to Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon.. “The problem is that he didn’t go a whole year to be able to prove he’s that good. “But I think he’s a good horse. He has to stay sound, the same as everybody else. Where his crack was, in the cannon bone, once it heals up we should be in great shape. It’s not in a joint so I don’t have to worry about calcium buildup or wear and tear on that joint.” Brown will spend the winter in Florida getting his stable ready for this year’s campaign. He has 113 horses there, with 75 being 2-year-olds. “They’ll show us pretty soon whether they even have a chance to be those kinds of horses,” Brown said. “Those horses are just hard to come by, so it’s hard to replace them. But when I’m starting with 70-some yearlings every year, I think I have a shot to do that. It just doesn’t happen every year because horses can still come up with problems.” Brown, in addition to his career highs in wins and purses last year, had a career-best .402 trainer’s rating and has posted 10 consecutive years better than .300. “What I’m most proud of my whole career is my percentage,” Brown said. “It stays above .300 most of the time. I think if you’re batting .300 you’re doing pretty good. To me, that means we’re still winning races where we have to race. To me, that’s the biggest barometer of how well you’re doing. “Of course, this is a business and the money is the most important thing,” he continued, adding with a laugh, “If I had a .200 average and made $10 million instead of $5.7 million, well, I’m sure I’m going to be just as happy.” Brown hopes to enjoy another season winning races on the Grand Circuit, but is grateful for trips to the winner’s circle regardless of the venue. “Sure it’s more fun to win a Breeders Crown, the Jug, the North America Cup, but winning races is winning races,” Brown said. “It’s still a hell of a good feeling. For a lot of owners, there is an entertainment factor that plays into this. There’s something to be said for the entertainment value of winning races even though you’re not making several hundred thousand. It’s that same feeling we all get, otherwise we wouldn’t do this.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

HARRISBURG PA - Brian Brown, who trains at the fairgrounds in the Little Brown Jug's hometown of Delaware OH and had been steadily making a bigger mark among North American harness racing conditioners over the last couple of years, had his breakthrough year in 2017, training two three-year-old colt pacers who were the leaders of their division much of the year and who were 1-2 in seasonal earnings, along with a star age/gait counterpart filly. These achievements earned Brown the Trainer of the Year Award as voted by the sport's leading media organization, the U.S. Harness Writers Association, and they contributed mightily to his also being named the organization's Good Guy Award winner for consistent, intelligent cooperation with the sport's media. The 53-year-old Brown saw his two top sophomore colts earn $2.95M between them - Downbytheseaside ($1,602,452), whose late-season heroics included a win in the Breeders Crown and being named divisional champion, and Fear The Dragon ($1,350,146), who had ranked #1 in the weekly pools for much of the summer into the fall after major stakes wins throughout North America. (Ironically, one of the few major events not taken by one or the other of the Brown sophomore powerhouses was the Little Brown Jug, although Fear The Dragon did win the first heat.) Joining Downbytheseaside as a Breeders Crown winner and divisional champion was three-year-old pacing filly Blazin Britches, an $800,000+ earner. And the rest of the Brown barn contributed earnings in the vicinity of $2 million, giving Brian a lifetime seasonal high bankroll of over $5.7M, despite starting fewer than 550 horses (he had a .402 UTR). There were many highs during the campaigns of these three top horses, but there were also the inevitable dips in form and bouts with minor illnesses that virtually all racehorses experience. Whether in the winners circle, puzzling over an off performance, or pondering his charges' upcoming races, Brown kept up an honest, informational stream of conversation (with consistent praise for the members of "Team Brown") to a media whose readers wanted to know more about these equine stars. If Brown was elated by a horse's top effort to win a big stake, there was no mistaking his enjoyment; similarly, if a horse's form was rollercoastering a bit, you felt like you were on the up-and-down ride with Brown, awaiting the next turn in the journey. His intelligent candor enabled Brown to be selected for the Good Guy award, along with his Trainer of the Year honors. Brown's adept handling of Fear The Dragon and Blazin Britches brought out one solid performance after another from those talented horses, with their biggest cheerleader - owner Bruce Trogdon of Emerald Highlands Farm - usually present to share in the glory. Trogdon was also the breeder of Blazin Britches, and he bought the dam of Fear The Dragon with him in utero (already carrying the embryo), so Trogdon has been there from the literal very beginning of their lives through their two seasons of racing, including the successes of 2017. Thus the former newspaperman celebrated the 25th year of existence of his Emerald Highlands operation in the most successful way imaginable, capped by his winning the Owner of the Year award. Trogdon's former "small operation," Emerald Highlands, now has 37 broodmares, and likely a future champion or two maturing as they traverse the farm's mid-Ohio fields. Brian Brown, as both Trainer of the Year and the Good Guy Award winner, and owner Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm, will be honored at the upcoming Dan Patch Awards Banquet, to be held on Sunday, February 25 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando FL. Those wishing to take out a congratulatory ad in the Banquet's Awards Journal should contact Kim Rinker, Journal Committee chair, at Those wishing to attend the banquet can make room reservations online via a special "portal" on the USHWA website - but do so quickly to take advantage of the special room rates USHWA has obtained. Tickets for the banquet, priced at $175, can be obtained through Judy Davis-Wilson, Dinner Planning Committee chair, at Jerry Connors

DOVER, Del. --- Downbytheseaside went out a winner rushing to a 1:48.3 victory in his final race prior to stallion duty. Harness racing driver Chris Page directed the convincing victory, his 14th of the season with a separately owned Brian Brown stablemate Fear The Dragon second. Russell Foster won two of the four $100,000 DSBF Two-Year-Old Dover Downs Finals on the Thursday, Nov. 30, the biggest day in 2017 Delaware harness racing. Diver Chris Page moved the Somebeachsomewhere colt quickly into the lead after a :26.2 opening panel. From there on it was a Downbytheseaside. The three-year-old passed the half in :54.2 and reached the three-quarters in 1:21.1 with Fear The Dragon (David Miller) 3-lengths off. A :27.1 final dash sealed the victory for owners Joe Sbrocco, Rich Lombardo, Country Club Acres and Diamond Creek Racing. For Chris Page, who was a Dover Downs regular several years back, it was the fifth time he drove Downbytheseaside, all wins. David Miller was high on Fear The Dragon's effort as well. "I thought he could go in 1:49, but the race was in 1:48.3. Bandolito and Heston Blue Chip share the track record of 1:48. This was the third edition of the Hap Hansen Progress Pace, so-named. Previously, on became the track's signature event in 1996, until adding the name of one of the sport's leading administrators, who was a part of the late Brandywine Raceway and Dover Downs. Russell Foster was star of the four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF). The 28-year-old Foster drove two of the winners in his personal biggest day in the sport. In the DSBF freshman filly trot, Foster guided Serendipity Sable's homebred Star Sapphire conditioned by Tui Stone to her third straight triumph with a near wire-to-wire 1:59 performance. From the first crop of Anders Bluestone-Victory Starburst, she won the $100,000 Harrington final and now has a seasonal total of $125,650. Race favorite Vandalous (Corey Callahan) finished second. Foster returned in the $100,000 Colt Pace nipping race favorite Evolution Tour (Tim Tetrick) by a nose in 1:51. George Leager, bred, owns and trains the No Spin Zone-Queen Kathy colt who has made the winner's circle nine times in 11 starts with two second earning $151.797. Transitioning Joy (Montrell Teague) finished third after leaving from outside post 8. In another photo finish verdict, Sky Marshall got up in the last stride for trainer Carlo Poliseno, who owns the CR Commando-Penny Lane colt with Jane Dunavant, to win the $100,000 Colt trot. Super Fly (Art Stafford Jr.) had built up a big lead turning for home, but could not hold off Sky Marshall, who won in1:56.4, his first victory. He now has earned $76,000 in the DSBF stakes. Brother Kenny (Tetrick) was the third finisher. In yet another race decided by the photo-finish camera, Go Sandy Go overtook front-pacing Pedal Power (Tetrick) in the last stride for a 1:53.4 victory in the $100,000 Filly Pace Final. Jason Green piloted the Roddy's Bags Again-Bit Of Trick daughter for owner-breeders trainer Josh Green and Brent Outten. She has now banked $65,000 this campaign. Bags To Riches, arguably the best Delaware-sired pacer, won the $25,000 Open pace on the undercard. David Miller steered the Roddy's Bags Again-Paint The Sky Blue sophomore to his sub 1:50 performance beating Sicily (Teague) and Cajon Lightning (Gingras) home in 1:49.4.He won for the eighth time this year raising his earnings to $174,927 and $261,789 lifetime for breeder Only Money Inc. and partner trainer Jason Skinner. In another fast mile, Major Uptrend and Tony Morgan negotiated a 1:49.3 victory in a $13,000 Winners-Over pace for owners Niss Allen Inc. and trainer TimCrissman. El Bloombito (Sean Bier) and Little Ben (Tetrick) were second and third respectively.. Monday through Thursday. post time is 4:30 p.m. The daily program features a 50-cent Pick 5 (races 2-6) and a late daily double ( races 12 and 13). There is no live racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at Dover Downs. General parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600.Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. LATE AFTERNOON EARTHQUAKE AT 4.4 MAGNITUDE THURSDAY Just before the 2nd race at Dover Downs, Thursday (Nov. 30), an earthquake, said to be 4.4 magnitude, shook the racetrack and Dover, Del. vicinity. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirms that at 4:48 p.m. EST, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake occurred.  The coordinates of the quake (39.2N  75.4W) put the center of the quake 10 miles northeast of Dover, in the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, at a depth of eight miles. Marv Bachrad  

ANDERSON, Ind. - Blazin Britches, one of last week's beaten elimination favorites, won the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Filly Pace by a half-length at Hoosier Park Friday night. The time for the mile was 1:52.1 over a sloppy harness racing track. Trace Tetrick was in the sulky. Blazin Britches (Rock N Roll Heaven-Soggy Britches) sat third as the field left the gate as Idyllic Beach dueled with favorite Agent Q, who passed that one to take the lead with the first quarter going in :27. Blazin Britches didn't wait long, brushing to take the lead as the half went in :56 while Caviart Ally took to the outside for a charge going to three-quarters in 1:24.2. Agent Q couldn't handle Caviart Ally's momentum, while Idyllic Beach rolled along blocked until deep stretch when Blazin Britches was in full command, keeping Caviart Ally - who followed to finish second - at bay. Idyllic Beach shook out of the closing crowd and was up for third with a late strong drive. Agent Q held the fourth spot at the wire. Trained by Brian Brown, Blazin Britches was bred by Emerald Highlands Farm, which also owns the filly. It was her 11th win in 15 starts this season. She paid $12.20 to win. Blazin Britches By Frank Cotolo, for Breeders Crown

DELAWARE — It seemed a foregone conclusion going into the Little Brown Jug on Thursday that Downbytheseaside or Fear The Dragon would give Ostrander’s Brian Brown the win he had long coveted in the biggest race on his home track. No one, however, told Filibuster Hanover. Trained by Ron Burke and driven by Yannick Gingras, Filibuster Hanover rocketed to the lead and never looked back, capturing the final heat of the $590,400 Jug at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in 1 minute, 50 seconds. Leaving from post 2, Filibuster Hanover, sent off at 5-1, led the field through every step of the race to win by a length. Funknwaffles took second and Miso Fast third. Fear The Dragon was fourth. “I said all along I thought this horse was coming into a good spot,” Burke said after the race. Filibuster Hanover gave a preview of his prowess in the first of the two-heat race, when he rallied from fourth in the stretch to finish a neck behind winner Fear The Dragon. Fear The Dragon brought some question marks into the race, having last raced nearly a month ago due to an adverse reaction to a flu shot. But he seemed to put those doubts to rest with his victory. “We thought he would be much better,” Brown said after the first heat. “He showed it. That seems to be the way he races. He’ll go on the front if necessary, but he likes to be following and coming at the end.” Favorite Downbytheseaside lacked racing room and finished fifth that heat, and Brown opted to change his bridle and limit his field of vision in hopes of focusing his attention. Bettors liked the change enough to send him off as the final-heat favorite at 1-1. The change, however, seemed to backfire, as Downbytheseaside raced outside horses for much of the final and finished fifth. “Looking back, I wish I hadn’t (changed his equipment),” Brown said. “He was too aggressive. ... He had to come too early, and it just ran him into the ground.” Fear The Dragon, sent off as the final’s second betting choice, raced fourth much of the mile and ended up there. Driver David Miller, a Columbus native going for his fifth Jug victory, said the race just didn’t go his way. “We kind of got jammed up, because Downbytheseaside started backing up pretty quick there,” he said. “I got into a bad spot.” Brown, however, said the race was lost even earlier. “Even though he had some room late, David said the horse wasn’t really good in the second heat,” he said. Burke noted in the winner’s circle that Filibuster Hanover had to overcome some previous physical challenges to even get to the Jug. But his training leading up to the Jug — and his first heat performance — were signs the pacer had finally hit his stride. “The last four weeks he really turned it around,” Burke said. “Before that he wasn’t sound; he wasn’t sharp. He had a few things soundness-wise. He had some little things that bothered him. In maybe the last two months we got him where we needed to get him.” “He was loaded finishing in the elimination,” Gingras said. “I had plenty of pace.” It was Filibuster Hanover’s fifth win in 26 career races and brought his lifetime earnings to more than $500,000 for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Joe Di Scala Jr., J and T Silva Stables LLC, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The victory was the second Jug for Burke and Gingras, who partnered on 2014 winner Limelight Beach. For Brown, whose Lost For Words came up a nose short in the 2015 Jug, the result was hard to take. “I came in here and thought I had a chance to win the Jug,” he said. “It just wasn’t meant to be.” Ohio State communication students Mac Connor and Kaitlyn Beale contributed to this article. By Nicole Kraft For The Columbus Dispatch Reprinted with permission of The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus, OH --- Sent off the prohibitive 1-9 favorite in the field of seven after the scratch of Henry The Dragon, harness racing world champion and Messenger Stakes victor Downbytheseaside, with Brian Sears at the lines, captured the $125,000 Jug Preview at Eldorado Scioto Downs in 1:51 on Saturday (Sept. 9). “We will take it easy with him next week (to prepare for the Little Brown Jug) and then start training him a little harder as the week goes on,” said Brian Brown, the colt’s conditioner after the race. Owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and Diamond Creek Racing, the 3-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Sprig Hanover left a step slower than his colleagues from post position one. Ohio Sire Stakes champion Drunk On Your Love (Dan Noble) took advantage of the leisurely beginning and shot to the lead from post position eight with Downbytheseaside right on his back. Drunk On Your Love led the field through a first quarter in :28.2 and that is when Sears decided to wait no longer to send his horse to the top. The duo came to the outside and cleared that rival by the three-eighths pole on the way to a :56.2 half-mile. Although Downbytheseaside remained in control, he did not place much separation between his rivals and himself through three-quarters in 1:24.1. As the horses commenced their drive into the final turn, Drunk On Your Love made his move from the pocket seat, while Sports Column (Andrew McCarthy) came with a brush to make his bid with Filibuster Hanover (Matt Kakaley) taking full advantage of that cover. As the field entered the stretch and continued down the lane, Drunk On Your Love paced through the passing lane while Filibuster Hanover and a very game Sports Column gave chase. Their efforts were in vain as Downbytheseaside held all his challengers at bay by a measured 1-1/2 lengths. Filibuster Hanover (6-1) was second with Sports Column (18-1) finishing third. Drunk On Your Love (13-1) rounded out the superfecta. Brown stated on several occasions this season that the colt’s feet had been problematic at times and after his workman–like triumph in the Messenger Stakes final on Sept. 2 he explained yet again Downbytheseaside was not at his best due to this recurring issue. Brown, however, has made some adjustments he feels could very well have remedied the situation. “We thought we might have to scratch (from the Messenger elimination) because his feet were sore,” he said. “Earlier in the spring he popped a gravel and it came out, but with this it never ever did. They were just bothering him, so we changed his shoes. I have to give all the credit to my blacksmith because he put the new flip-flops on him and he went right out and was much better. “We changed his shoes back to aluminum for the final and then changed them back to the flip-flops tonight. He came home in :26.4 tonight but the fractions were slow early. I’ll need to talk to Brian (Sears) and see what he thinks about how he is. Brian is a man of few words but when he talks I better listen.” With this victory, Downbytheseaside improved his lifetime record to 26-17-4-4 and has amassed nearly $1.6 million. His next engagement will be on Thursday (Sept. 21) in the Little Brown Jug. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

The harness racing world was jolted Sept. 3 when 3-year-old pacing sensation Fear The Dragon was scratched sick from a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final, but owner Bruce Trogdon said the horse has been steadily improving and is still being pointed to race in the Little Brown Jug. Trogdon said Fear The Dragon came up very sore last week, and although he performed well in light training his bloodwork went from bad to worse. Trogdon said he and Delaware-based trainer Brian Brown think the horse might have had a reaction to an immunization booster shot. “We’ve had a lot of good luck; sometimes you get bad luck and you’ve got to take it,” said Trogdon, who operates Emerald Highlands Farm, a 260-acre breeding farm in Mount Vernon. Fear The Dragon will return to the track for a non-betting qualifying race on Wednesday at Hoosier Park in Anderson, Indiana. If all goes well, the winner of 10 of 12 races and $1,034,810 this year will go to the Jug on Sept. 21 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Trogdon said he couldn’t arrange to get Fear The Dragon in a race this weekend, the preferred course for a horse who last raced Aug. 18. “We’re going to have to go a pretty good mile (at Hoosier Park) because he’s been off for a pretty long time,” Trogdon said. Fast finale at Scioto Scioto Downs will close out its 2017 season Saturday with what likely will be its fastest night of the year. The $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial for older pacers has several horses who could challenge the track record of 1:47, set in the Ewart last year by Always B Miki. Mcwicked is the 3-1 favorite from the No. 3 gate position, with Mel Mara the second choice at 4-1 from the rail. They’ll likely face stiff competition from 6-1 choices Sintra, who won the Canadian Pacing Derby last week, and Rockin Ron. Both have won in 1:47 2/5 this year. The $125,000 Jug Preview for 3-year-old pacers appears to be a showcase for Downbytheseaside. Also trained by Brown, Downbytheseaside has won eight of 12 races and $956,216 this year. He is the 4-5 favorite from the No. 1 position. By Scott Davis Reprinted with permission of The Columbus Dispatch

Brian Brown is a traveling man, but doesn't let that stop him from preparing his horses for the richest night of harness racing in the Buckeye State.   No less than ten pacing youngsters from the Brown Stable will go postward in tonight's $2 million Ohio Sires Stakes Championships at Scioto Downs--with 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers of each gender racing for $250,000. Brown will be in another state, racing some of the nation's top performers, but that doesn't mean his heart won't be in Ohio.   "Some of my top horses drew bad in the Championships," he noted. "So that's a little bit of a damper, but overall, I'm hopeful and optimistic for tonight. The excitement is back in Ohio and now the horsemen here have a chance to win some decent money. Nobody's going to give it to you--you have to earn it--but at least we have a chance now."   Brown will get that chance in the first OSS Championship, Race 4, for 2-year-old pacing colts, where three of his youngsters vie for first prize.   Slick Mick is a striking black son of the The Panderosa who has draw post four, and will have Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in the sulky for owner-breeder Milton Leeman of Columbus, OH. He scored a lone victory in OSS competition on July 22 at Northfield Park, tripping the timer in a career best 1:54.2.   The winner of $39,200 lifetime was third in Leg 1, second in Leg 2 and third in Leg 3 at Scioto just a few weeks ago.   "Slick Mick was in with Rock On Creek and Letsallrock in that last sires stakes and he was pacing the hardest down the stretch of any of them," Brown said. "He was three-wide in the last turn and was catching those two down by the wire and I think the world of both those horses. If he can catch a trip and get towed into the race, he might just surprise everyone. He raced his guts out that night. He's not a very bit colt, but he's super handy."   Slick Mick is the fifth foal out of the unraced Dragon Again mare Hufflepuff and is a half-brother to Hannah Abbot (by Dave Palone) p,3, 1:53.s ($86,502); Buckeye Battle Cry (by Woodstock) p,3, 1:56f ($23,297); and Olympe Maxime p,4, 1:56f ($20,756).   Dragonology hails from post five for driver Ryan Stahl and is a bay son of Dragon Again, who is the third foal out of the Riverboat King mare LaDiavla p,5, 1:51.4f ($416,730).   "I think he needs another year," Brown offered. "He's a tall, lean and growthy horse who I expect to be better this week in the championship. He can pace a bit, but is kind of a typical Dragon Again and you have to make him get on it. He has the ability, just not mindset yet, and I expect him to turn into a lot better horse next year."   Purchased for $25,000 out of the Ohio Select Sale, Dragonology won OSS Leg 2 on July 22 at Northfield in 1:53.2 for owners Country Club Acres, Findlay, OH; Joe Sbrocco, Brecksville, OH; and Aws Stable, Lima, OH. Bred by Kerry Feuker-Weed and Keneth Weed, Dragonology has $27,200 in his coffers.   Rock On Creek is Brown's final contestant in this division. This Pet Rock gelding is the first foal out of the Modern Art mare Pebble Creek p,6, 1:53.2h ($152,720), who won two legs of the OSS, was third in another and was second by a head to Letsallrock in 1:52.3 on Aug. 21 at Scioto Downs. He'll start from post eight with Chris Page at the controls.   "He got beat a head last week and then scoped terrible after that race," Brown stressed. "We've been working since kthen on getting him cleaned up. He had a lot of mucus. If he gets any kind of trip, he'll be right there in the Championship. Chris (driver Page) has protected him pretty well, but with this post he's got his work cut out for him. He has it all--speed, manners, desire, and is good-gaited. He really has no faults.   Rock On Creek was bred and is co-owned by Debbie Bird of Gores Landing, OH, along with Richard Lombardo, Solon, OH and Gosh Green, Milford, DE. He has $75,175 in career earnings from three wins, one second and a third in five lifetime starts.   In the 2-Year-Old Filly Pacing Championship (Race 5), Brown sends out Prsntpretynperfect and Shadows On Time. The former has swept all four OSS legs with aplomb and is five-for-five lifetime with $103,500 in earnings. Kayne Kauffman drives from post five.   "She's been a great surprise," Brown said. "We were initially just hoping she'd be good enough for the fairs and she turned out to be way more than that. She has more guts than a good many horses, and for a 2-year-old filly she has the greatest attitude on the track of any filly I've trained."   Purchased for $6,000 at the 2016 Ohio Select Yearling Sale, the daughter of Big Bad John is the third foal out of the Nihilator mare Wildfire Princess, p,4, 1:52.2z ($30,929) and is a full sister to Prince Giovanni p,3, 1:54.4h ($64,733) and to Banderbear p,3, 1:53.3f ($24,950). She was bred by Carl Howard and is owned by Jennifer Brown, Ostrander, OH; Richard Lombardo, Solon, OH; and Joshua Green, Milford, DE.   Shadows On Time is a tall, lanky daughter by The Panderosa, who is the 14th foal out of the Matt's Scooter mare Matt's Filly p,2, 1:55.3 ($64,606). She's a full sister to world champion Shadow Play p, 4, 1:47.4 ($1,549,881) and a host of other tough racehorses. Bred by Sam Stoltzfus, she is owned by J Craig Wood of Waterdown, ON.   "Shadows On Time can grind it out for quite a ways," Brown revealed. "Her last couple of training sessions have gone really well and she raced well in her last start. If she can get a good trip behind her stablemate, she could follow and be right there at the wire."   The coal black filly has one win and two seconds in five starts and $31,150 in earnings. She was second in the first two OSS legs, fourth in the third leg and fourth in leg 4. She sold at the 2016 Standardbred Sale at Harrisburg as a yearling for $25,000.   Bye Bye Felicia will carry the Brown stable colors postward in the 3-Year-Old Pacing Filly Championship (Race 8). Chris Page drives from post nine.   "Her last race was the best of the year and then she draws into the nine-hole," Brown stated. "She can take a lot of air and she can also leave some. She has a lot of guts and rarely puts forth a bad effort, but this is going to be a tough test for her from out there."   Bye Bye Felicia was a $7,000 yearling purchase at the 2015 Ohio Select Sale and was bred by Billy Walters and Joe McLead. A winner of $166,909 lifetime, she's owned by Jennifer Brown, Ostrander, OH; S Davis, Belle Valley, OH; Steve Mullet, Millersburg, OH and Joyce McClelland, Zanesville, OH.   "She raced really well early, then got a little sick and is now back to her old self," Brown noted.   This Woodstock lass is the second foal out of the unraced Camluck mare Tea Time and is a full sister to Harambe Deo p,2, 1:55f ($26,400). She was second by a neck in her last start, OSS Leg 4 at Northfield Park, timed in 1:52.4 on Aug. 26.   Four of Brown's charges--all sons of McArdle--vie in the 3-Year-Old Colt Pace Championship (Race 9).   Barnabas drew the best of the quartet, leaving from post five with Kayne Kauffman in the sulky. A $60,000 yearling purchase, he's the first foal out of the No Pan Intended mare Panagler p,4, 1:51.4s ($565,939) and is a full brother to the 2-year-old filly Merciless p,4,1:57.1f ($23,705). He finished sixth, first, second and third in his OSS tests this season and sports a bankroll of $143,614.   "He's the biggest, clumbsiest-looking horse on the track but when he paces fast he gets much better gaited," Brown explained. "He can leave fast and ultimately, this race comes down to the driver. This colt races best up near the front."   Barnabas was bred by Kevin Greenfield and is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocoo, Richard Lombardo and William Robinson.   McThriller starts from post seven with Tyler Smith at the lines. The bay gelding was a $75,000 yearling purchase at last season's Ohio Select Sale and was bred by Gbw Breeding Farms and is owned by Nr Holdings, Boca Raton, FL; TLP Stable, Kearny, NJ; and Howard Taylor, Philadelphia, PA. He's amassed $187,572 from six wins, four seconds and two thirds in 16 career starts.   "McThriller tries and he has guts and really wants to be a racehorse," Brown stressed. "But he's saddled with a bad post and we're hoping he can work out some kind of trip and get into the race. He's raced well every start from limited opportunities this season and now he's at the mercy of the draw and how the race sets up."   McThriller won two OSS legs, including a 1:51.2 score at Scioto on June 10, and was second in the other two. He is the first foal out of the Jate Lobell mare You Thrill Me p, 5, 1:51.1s ($255,452) and is a full brother to the 2-year-old Thrill Seeker p,2, Q1:57.1f ($19,600).   Starting from post eight with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., aboard is Lightning Onmyfeet, a $45,000 Ohio Select Yearling Sale purchase by D. Robinson, Cardington, OH; M. Robinson, Lewis Center, OH; Robert Mondillo, Delaware, OH; and Joyce McClelland, Zanesville, OH. This winner of $94,930 lifetime sports six wins, a second and three thirds in 15 starts.   "He's a really nice youngster who tries his heart out," Brown explained. "He's not a very big horse but he's one who gives a good performance in almost every start. I thought he might be the best of mine coming into the race but the draw didn't work out in his favor either. He's been good all summer but his last start just might have been at his best. Ronnie had him shut down coming down the stretch and he still kept coming."   That start saw Lightning Onmyfeet pace to a near wire-to-wire effort in OSS-Leg 4 at Scioto Downs on Aug. 25, when he stopped the timer in a hasty 1:51.3. He also won leg 1 this season and was second in leg 2 and third in leg 3. Bred by John Carver, he is the sixth foal out of the Western Hanover mare Western Top Cat p, 3, 1:54.4 ($29,682) and is a half-brother to Revenge Shark (by Cam's Card Shark) p,3, 1:50.2f ($425,107), etc.   Last, but not least is the $103,125-winning McRaven, a $27,000 yearling purchase owned by Country Club Acres and L&H Management Services--both of Findlay, OH. This brown gelding is the second foal out of the Real Desire mare Scooch ($1,124) who was bred by the Parent Racing Stable. Ryal Stahl will have the lines from post nine.   "I thought at the beginning of the year McRaven was my best horse, but we've been fighting ulcers all year," Brown said. "We do everything we can to help his stomach situation, and he gets a lot of turn-out time. He trained well this week, but again, the post isn't in his favor. All the McArdles have great attitudes and really want to be racehorses, and he fits the bill."   McRaven won his first OSS leg at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:54.2 and was third, second and fourth in the remaining three legs. He made just two starts as a freshman, winning both and has a 4-2-2 record from 12 career outings.   About the Ohio Sires Stakes: Ohio-breds are made eligible to the four-part series--featuring $40,000 purses per divisional leg--divided by age, gait and gender, by their owners with a March 15 payment. In 2017, the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) received 1,148 nominations of 2- and 3-year-old foals sired by Ohio-registered pacing and trotting stallions. The most lucrative of any series for Ohio-bred Standardbreds, the Ohio Sires Stakes saw a 6% gain in nominations from 2016 (1,091 nominees) and a 49% increase of 2015 nominations (774). Horses in the series are awarded points based on where they finish in each of the legs. Accumulated points are totaled after Leg 4, and Championships eligible-youngsters are posted on the Ohio State Racing Commission website (   Post time for the Ohio Sires Stakes Championships is 6:30 pm.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Brian Brown's stable is home to three of the top 10 horses in the weekly Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, which is a feat the harness racing trainer never considered likely. "It's not something you ever think is going to happen, that you're going to have that many in a year," Brown said. "It's something I've never experienced, so I don't really know how to take it. But it's a good thing to have." Brown's top-rated star, No.1-ranked Fear The Dragon, headlines the lineup for Sunday's four $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championships for 3-year-old pacers and trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia. Fear The Dragon has won 10 of 12 races this year and earned $1.03 million. He finished second in both his losses. The colt, owned by Emerald Highlands Farm, enters the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old male pacers off a win Aug. 18 at The Meadows in the final of four preliminary rounds of the series. He competed in all four rounds, winning each of his divisions. In addition, Fear The Dragon's wins this season include the North America Cup, Hempt Memorial, and Adios. He finished second to stablemate Downbytheseaside (ranked No. 4 in the Top 10 and the 9-5 morning-line favorite in Saturday's $500,000 Messenger Stakes at Yonkers) in the Milstein Memorial. Four of Fear The Dragon's victories have come in races with Huntsville, last year's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion and the Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer. The Ray Schnittker-trained Huntsville, who this year has won seven of 11 races and finished worse than second only once, is ranked third in the Top 10. "I'm surprised (Fear The Dragon) has beaten them as much as he has, but this horse was a nice horse last year," Brown said about his colt, who won five of 11 races last season and hit the board a total of 10 times. "He got an eye infection (in late September) and he wasn't as good down in Lexington. It was his last races, so we quit at the right time." Fear The Dragon and regular driver David Miller will start the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship from post seven in the eight-horse field. Huntsville and regular driver Tim Tetrick will leave from post six. Fear The Dragon is the 8-5 favorite on the morning line; Huntsville is 2-1. "I'd like to have had a better draw, but it is what it is," said Brown, who saw Fear The Dragon finish third in last year's championship. "We may not get a pretty good trip here; it depends on what Huntsville does. It will be David and Dragon's job to figure that out. That's worked out OK so far." Huntsville is one of the four returning champions who will be in action Sunday, along with male trotter Giveitgasandgo, female trotter Fine Tuned Lady, and female pacer Agent Q. Agent Q, trained by Aaron Lambert and driven by Miller, brings a five-race win streak to the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old filly pacers. She has won seven of 10 races this year, finished worse than second only once, and is ranked No. 9 in the sport's Top 10. Her victories include the Lynch Memorial and Mistletoe Shalee and she was undefeated in three preliminary rounds of the sire stakes series. She is the 8-5 favorite in her division, with Idyllic Beach second choice at 9-5. Fine Tuned Lady and Giveitgasandgo both come from the stable of trainer John Butenschoen. Corey Callahan will drive both horses as they attempt to defend their titles. Fine Tuned Lady is the 5-2 favorite in her final while Giveitgasandgo is the 3-1 second choice behind Muscles Jared at 5-2. First race post time is 12:40 p.m., with the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championships carded as races 9-12. For the Sunday's complete entries at Harrah's Philadelphia, click here. The four Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championships for 2-year-old pacers and trotters are Monday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Ken Weingartner

Fear The Dragon entered Saturday's $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park as harness racing's top-ranked horse. Everything looked to be going his way. He drew the rail, was the overwhelming favorite and posted soft fractions. However, Downbytheseaside paced home in :26.4 despite a tough first-over trip to best Fear The Dragon by a full length. Downbytheseaside started from post-7 and sat fifth through the opening :27.1 quarter. Driver Brian Sears pulled Downbytheseaside and grinded first-up through fractions of :56 and 1:22.4. The 1:49.3 final time was a new track record for sophomore colt pacers. "I knew he was going to have a lot left with those soft fractions," stated Sears. "I didn't want to have a speed duel." The duel came in the final quarter when Downbytheseaside drew alongside Fear The Dragon, eventually wearing him down in the stretch, returning $11.60 to win. "He put in a great effort and every time I called on him he gave more," said Sears. Brian Brown trains both colts at the historic Delaware County Fairgrounds. "I am thrilled this horse raced the way that he did and got there," said Brown. "It wasn't like Fear The Dragon raced bad." Downbytheseaside Finishing behind Downbytheseaside were Fear The Dragon, Classic Pro, Blood Line, Drunk On Your Love, Rock N Tony, R J P and Bags To Riches. Saturday's stablemate duel was intense and trainer Brian Brown indicated that the colts will meet again in September in the Little Brown Jug. Ayers Ratliff

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