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LEBANON, OH. - Boffin (Chris Page) returned to the Miami Valley winner's circle following the $22,000 Open Trot on Tuesday afternoon (March 26), his first visit there in six weeks. The veteran campaigner narrowly held off Walter White (John DeLong) in 1:55, after cutting fractions of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:26.3 on the front end. Penn (Jason Brewer) grabbed the show dough in the full field of nine for the weekly trot feature. A 7-year-old son of Donato Hanover, Boffin won for the 34th time in his career and surpassed the $400,000 earnings plateau with the triumph. Trainer Anette Lorentzon co-owns the winner with ACI Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. A pair of second leg divisions of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series were also contested on Tuesday with Sir Bradford (Trace Tetrick) and Hot Rod Dylan (Mike Oosting) capturing their respective splits. Sir Bradford topped Heracer (Chris Page) and Sunny's Bro (Greg Grismore) in 1:54.4 with all three of the top finishers advancing to next week's $17,500 final. The sophomore son of Ohio sire Big Bad John now has four wins and $15,644 in earnings for the Parent Racing Stable LLC. He is trained by Doug Hinklin. Hot Rod Dylan ran his win streak to six in a dominating 1:53.2 mile. Bamski (Greg Grismore) and Velocity Sub Z (Mark Evers) were next best. Nelson Willis trains the late-blooming 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere for Shirley LeVin. After making just four starts with one show finish and $1740 in earnings as a 2-year-old, Hot Rod Dylan missed his entire 3-year-old season before impressively bursting on the scene in Ohio in late January and remaining razor sharp ever since. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Safe From Terror (Chris Page) captured her second harness racing 'Fillies & Mares Open' pace in the last three weeks on Friday (Feb. 3), besting American Girl (Trace Tetrick) and Igottafeelinfran (Dan Noble) in 1:53. American Girl pushed Safe From Terror until just past the :27 quarter mile marker, but it wasn't enough to keep the talented 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror from cruising through subsequent middle clockings of :56.3 and 1:24.4 before completing the mile with a closing :28.1 panel for an open lengths tally. Winchester Baye Acres LLC owns Safe From Terror. She is trained by Mike Conklin. It was her 27th lifetime victory, 15 in the past season and a half, and increased her career bounty to $674,467. Both Kayne Kauffman and Trace Tetrick notched three-win "hat tricks" on the program, while Aaron Merriman and Randy Tharps scored driving doubles. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. – Saturday (Jan. 28) was quite a night at Miami Valley Raceway for harness racing driver Chris Page and trainer Daniel Maier.  Page swept the co-features—a $34,500 “Claim To Fame” series championship for $20,000 male pacers as well as the weekly $22,000 Open I Pace.  Maier, in his first month in Ohio, got his first win in the lucrative series final and the bonus of also sending out the place finisher. Page sent Maier’s Savage Seelster alertly from an outside starting position behind the gate, finding an early spot along the pylons in the blazing fast :26 opening panel.  Shortly thereafter, as the pace slackened he elected to ask Savage Seelster to attack and he did so with purpose, clearing to the front before the :55.2 halfway station.  A :27.4 third panel allowed Page to maintain a three-quarters of a length advantage through the 1:23.1 third quarter, followed by a :29 closing quarter to seal the deal in 1:52.1.. Claimed in each of the preliminary legs of the series, Savage Seelster raced for new owner Clinton Lugar in the championship, topping Mosee Terror (Mike Oosting) and even-money favorite Perrito Caliente (Sam Widger).  Maier plucked Mosee Terror out of the first leg of the series for owner Laurie Patistas.   Savage Seelster returned $16.60 to win and the Maier-trained 8-5 exacta paid a handsome $XXXXXX. In the Open I, Page guided Angelo J Fra to his third straight win, moving up a class notch each time.  Again Page put the petal to the metal as the wings sprung open, but was joined on his outside by My Buddy Ninkster (Tyler Smith).  The winner briefly allowed his adversary to clear, but was right back out for the retake as the pair passed the quarter station in :26.3.  Angelo J Fra made every other call a winning one, parading the field through middle fractions of :56 and 1:23.3 before sailing home an impressive 1:51.1 winner.  My Buddy Ninkster held strong for second while Fancy Creek Elusiv (Mike Oosting)  got up for the show dough. Angelo J Fra is a 5-year-old son of The Panderosa, owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and trained in Ohio by Kris Hinchcliff.  He now sports 16 wins and $180,000 in earnings.  A $16,500 Open II Pace was captured by Lucky Lime (Kyle Ater) in 1:51.1 over Astreo’s Love (Andy Shetler) and Freedomformysoul (Kayne Kauffman).  The 8-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding is owned by Kirk Nichols and is nearing the $300,000 earnings plateau with the triumph. Racing resumes Sunday afternoon with a 2:05 p.m. matinee.  Featured will be the $35,500 championship of the “Claim To Fame” series for $30,000 claimers carded as the ninth race. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Mykindachip (Chris Page) returned to his winning ways copping the $22,000 Open I Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday (Jan. 21) night, speeding to a 1:50.4 harness racing victory over Meadowbrookthunder (Trace Tetrick) and Fancy Creek Elusiv (Mike Oosting). My Buddy Ninkster (Tyler Smith) was fourth, while Vague Traces (Andy Shetler) and E R Rudy (Sam Widger) dead-heated to split the fifth place payout. Page pushed the lukewarm favorite off the gate with alacrity, deciding just before the :26.1 to do the give-and-go with Fancy Creek Elusiv, who was pressing on the outside. Once back on top, Mykindachip raced comfortably through middle fractions of :54.4 and 1:22.2 before posting a :28.2 final panel to glide through the wire a relatively easy winner. Mykindachip is owned by Burke Racing, Silva Stables, Weaver Bruscemi and L. Karr. The 8-year-old son of Art's Chip has 41 lifetime wins and $654,552 in career earnings. Mykindachip The Burke-Bruscemi partnership also captured the $16,500 Open II pace with Angelo J Fra, clocked a couple ticks quicker in 1:50.2. Page made a strong backstretch brush with the 5-year-old son of The Panderosa, clearing the early pacesetters with ease from a spot near the rear in the early going. Fellow closers Splended Party (Mike Oosting) and Lucky Lime (Kyle Ater) followed the winner's maneuver and finished second and third respectively. Kris Hinchcliff conditions Angelo J Fra while he races in Ohio. Angelo J Fra won for the 15th time and increased his overall bankroll to $168,944. Four divisions of $20,000 claiming pacers chased $22,500 purses while vying for one of nine spots in next Saturday's $34,500 championship final. A pair of first leg winners made return trips to the winner's circle, while another pair used their second leg victories to qualify for the lucrative final. Repeat winners were Perrito Caliente (1:52.1, Sam Widger) and Hokuri Handrail N (1:53.1, Trace Tetrick). Both will enter the final for new connections as they were claimed for $25,000 (25% higher claiming prices in second leg). The finalists, in order of earnings during the two preliminary legs, are Perrito Caliente and Hokuri Handrail N, Savage Seelster, Frankandjoanne and Supreme Z Tam, Stamkos, Cinderella Guy, Southwind Indy and Mosee Terror. Startin Something is the first also-eligible if any of the finalists fails to enter. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Safe From Terror, a 13 time harness racing winner in 2016 who banked $166,205, returned to her winning ways at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday (Jan. 20) night when she captured the $22,000j Mares Open pace in 1:52. Confidently handled by Chris Page, the 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror was sent directly to the front in a :26.3 opening panel. After seating Aniston Seelster (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) behind her, Safe From Terror never had another anxious moment through comfortable fractions of :55.3 and 1:23.4 before posting a final panel of :28.1 to win by open lengths. Aniston Seelster held for second with American Girl (Trace Tetrick) garnering the show dough. The winner, trained by Mike Conklin for Winchester Baye Acres LLC, paid $5.20 to win as the co-favorite. Her lifetime earnings now exceed $660,000. Four divisions of second and final preliminary round action went postward for $12,500 claiming horses and geldings to determine the nine finalists for next week's $27,100 championship final. John Jay (Simon Allard) became the only repeat winner when he topped Strother (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) and Maserati Seelster (Aaron Merriman) in 1:53. Other winners were Thisdeuceiswild (Tyler Smith) over Smithers (Simon Allard) and Summons (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:54.4; Kiss Of Terror (Chris Page) over If It Rains (Jason Brewer) and B R Flying Dali (Simon Allard) in 1:52.3; and Poison Oak (Kayne Kauffman) over Superficial (Andy Shetler) and Positively Perfect (Brady Galliers) in 1:54.3. The top nine earners that enter the final of each of seven "Claim To Fame" series currently underway, qualify for the lucrative finals. In the male $12,500 claiming pace division that list is comprised of John Jay, Kiss Of Terror, Thisdeuceiswild, BR Flying Dali, Poison Oak, Bridge Jumper, Splended Party, Summons and Smithers. If It Rains is the first also-eligible if any other qualified horse fails to enter. Four divisions of $20,000 male pacers will compete on Saturday (Jan. 21) night for spots in the $34,500 championship of their series seven days later. Post time is 6:05 p.m. Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - Mykindachip made it 3-in-a-row in O-hi-o on Saturday night (Nov. 5) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The 1:50.4 triumph was the 7-year-old Art's Chip gelding's second straight in open company since being purchased privately about a month ago and moving to the powerful harness racing Ron Burke stable. The $600,000-plus career earner won in 1:51.1 in his last start in the Jim Dailey barn on October 6. As the even money favorite, despite drawing the outermost post position, Mykindachip was hustled by driver Chris Page directly to the front when the wings swung open. Page allowed Sports Sinner (Dan Noble) to clear to the front briefly as they sped past the quarter in :27.1, but immediately retook command well prior to the :54.3 half. With Secret Threat (Kayne Kauffman) sitting third along the pylons, the order remained intact throughout the last five-eighths of the mile, save for a sustained first-over challenge from My Buddy Ninkster (Josh Sutton) that eventually fizzled in mid-stretch. The three-quarters teletimer flashed 1:22.2, with a :28.2 final panel completing the 1:50.4 clocking. Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, J & T Silva and L Karr now own Mykindachip, whose 2016 bankroll swelled to $98,725 with the winner's share of the $15,000 open purse. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - See The Wind saw nothing but harness racing racetrack in front of him capturing the 2016 Pink Ribbon $15,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (October 1) night. Driver Chris Page sent the Ron Burke-trainee directly to the front when the Mike Woebkenberg mobile starting gate opened its wings. After sailing unchallenged through fractions of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:25, the five-year-old son of Deweycheatumnhowe was able to fend off the late charge of Rockn Stien (Josh Sutton) by a long neck to garner his second win in a dozen seasonal starts. Parkhill Lancelot (Randy Tharps) was also closing well in the stretch to finish third in the full field. Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC co-own See The Wind, who banked almost $200,000 as a juvenile stakes colt, and has added almost $75,000 over the last two seasons. The second annual Pink Ribbon Trot was part of a day-long effort at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway to raise funds to benefit The Breast Cancer Foundation of Dayton. Activities included a 5K run/walk on the five-eighths mile race track in the morning, the sale of Pink Ribbon Trot t-shirts, and numerous silent auction items available for bidding in the racing grandstand. Gregg Keidel

Downbytheseaside (Chris Page) cruised to easy victory in the $69,000 (div.) Standardbred for two-year-old pacing colts in 1:50, breaking the world record by 1 4/5 seconds, highlighting the opening day harness racing action at the Delaware County Fair. Downbytheseaside was pushed off the gate and cleared the field of seven at the ¼ mile pole forcing Some Attitude (Peter Wrenn) to sit second and Fear The Dragon (Trace Tetrick) third. Page was allowed to set the fractions of :26 4/5, :54 3/5 and 1:21 4/5 and coasted home with a final quarter of :28 1/5 to establish the new world mark. Fear The Dragon was 4¾ lengths back in second. Some Attitude held on for third. The freshman colt by Somebeachsomewhere is trained by Brian Brown for Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo. Another Brown trainee, Spider Man Hanover owned the previous world record set in last year's Standardbred. The first division was won by a gutsy Bettor's Pick and Kayne Kauffman in a lifetime best 1:53 4/5. When the wings of the starting gate opened Cinnaber Dragon (Peter Wrenn) and Dragnet Alert (Aaron Merriman) both left hard and battled for the early lead. Dragnet Alert cleared the field past the quarter in :27 1/5. Bettor's Pick was the first to challenge as the field when by the half in :56 3/5. Dragnet Alert kept the lead past the ¾ mile in 1:24 4/5, but a game Bettor's Pick would not be denied and scored a ½ length victory over Dragnet Alert. Cinnabar Dragon held on for third. The freshman son of Bettor's Delight is trained by Ben Davis for Brent Hooper, Kyle Gray and James Davis. A new stakes record was established in the first division of the $121,800 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for freshmen pacing fillies. Bye Bye Felicia (Chris Page) scored a two length victory over a closing Rosa's Choice (Mike Wilder) and Zoe Ellasen (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in 1:55. The Woodstock lass is conditioned by Delaware's Brian Brown for his wife Jennifer Brown, Dean Davis, Joyce McClelland and Steve Mullet. The win was Bye Bye Felicia's fourth in eight seasonal starts. Jaye's A Lady (Tyler Smith) scored a big upset in the second $60,900 division at 64-1. Ellasen (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Type A Grey (Chris Page) traded the lead in the first three-quarters of a mile. Berazzled (Peter Wrenn) grabbed the lead in mid-stretch but a fast closing Jaye's A Lady edged Berazzled by a ¾ length at the wire. The daughter of McArdle broke her maiden with the 1:55 3/5 win. Jaye's A Lady is owned by Caviart Farms and trained by Nancy Johansson. Delaware also hosted a trio of amateur driving events, the USTA's Standardbred Driving Championship and two Billings series events. Anthony Somone representing the Mid-Western Amateur Driving Club went gate-to-wire with A J Corbelli to win the Standardbred Driving Championship in 1:56 2/5. The event features drivers from ten driving clubs from across the United States. The Billings Amateur Trot events were won by Heza Rube (Bob Troyer) and A Crown For Lindy (Joseph Lee). The win was Troyer's record sixth in the Billings series at the Delaware County Fair. Post time on Monday is at 3:00 PM. Jay Wolf

When a horse establishes track records, is a world champion and competes in the Elitlopp, naturally expectations are going to be sky high for his next year of competition. While Wind Of The North commenced his season in grand style, his performances this summer have not been as stellar as his harness racing connections anticipated. His conditioner, however, feels the 6-year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall is rounding into form and perfectly poised to return to the winner's circle for the second consecutive year in the $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial Trot at Eldorado Scioto Downs on Saturday (Sept. 10). "People were asking me at Pocono what was wrong with him after his last race there (fourth place finish on Aug. 28)," said trainer and co-owner Daryl Bier. "I was kind of disappointed with him too. He did not seem to be finishing his miles like I know he is capable of, but I worked on his feet and we got some confidence back in him with three wins from a bit of a class drop (before that Aug. 28 start). "He's already proved he likes the track at Scioto Downs and I really think he is coming into the race with a very good shot to defend his title. After all, he did win this race last year and I love his post position. It sets up perfectly for him as he has a lot of speed drawn to his inside." Also owned by Joann Dombeck, Wind Of The North will have the services of Chris Page when he leaves from post position four in the fifth race on the evening card. Although the gelding has amassed $555,708 in his career and won this contest in 2015, it does not appear he is meriting a serious shot to repeat from the morning line oddsmakers. Wind Of The North is the second longest shot on the board at 8-1 in the select field of seven and only Bourbon Bay at 10-1 is receiving less respect. While the rest of the contenders certainly possess their own credentials and include Wings Of Royalty (9-2, post one), Maestro Blue Chip (3-1, post two), Muscle Up The Goal (4-1, post five), Homicide Hunter (5-2, post six) and Crazy Wow (5-1, post seven), Wind Of The North most definitely belongs. "It is a strong, well-matched group, but he really is coming into his own and I think the Midwest tracks suit him," Bier said. "The tracks out East are a little harder, except for Pocono, and Dover also has some nice banking, but tracks like Scioto have some cushion to them. It really helps with keeping their feet in good shape. Plus, I have Chris Page in the bike. You can't ever go wrong when Chris is driving for you. I have great faith in him." Despite a 2016 record of 16-5-2-2 and $84,860 in the bank, Wind Of The North's campaign has definitely not been as successful as his connections had hoped, but Bier thinks an adjustment to his shoeing routine and cooler temperatures will improve his horse. "He does like when the temperatures start to go down and I added leather pads with silicone to his feet," he said. "That seemed to help him. Also, it could be my fault for starting him off too early. He was really good in the beginning of the year down in Florida, but after he set the track record at Pompano Park (1:52.2 on March 28) he did not seem to be quite the same. It's possible I should have managed him differently and it's not like he is making breaks, or not sound. He just has not been as strong to the wire as I know he is capable of. "With any horse, you always have to work on their feet and keep them in good shape, plus there is all different kinds of things you have to figure out. It could just be some little thing that they don't like and it might take you some time to put your finger on what it is. He is happy and healthy now, though, and we are looking forward to bringing him out to Ohio for this race." After Wind Of The North trots at Scioto Downs, Bier and Dombeck plan on keeping him in the Midwest during the fall. "He really likes it there," Bier said. "He showed us that last year and I still think he has plenty of trot in him. We are going to race at places like Hoosier and Dayton. Hopefully, will we not have to go up against the big boys every race, but he's capable of it. I think he will give a good account of himself and then we will prepare him for when Dover opens. We know he really likes it there as well. Right now though we are just getting him ready for Saturday night and are excited to see him race." $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial Open trotters Race 5/Post 7:50 p.m. (EDT) PP–Horse–Sire- Driver–Trainer- M/L 1. Wings Of Royalty - RC Royalty - Peter Wrenn - George Ducharme 9/2 2. Maestro Blue Chip - Credit Winner - Trace Tetrick - Jo Ann Looney-King 3/1 3. Bourbon Bay - Sand Vic - Aaron Merriman - Ake Svanstedt  10/1 4. Wind Of The North - Cantab Hall - Chris Page - Daryl Bier  8/1 5. Muscle Up The Goal - Muscle Mass - Aaron Merriman - Christopher Beaver 4/1 6. Homicide Hunter - Mr Cantab - Eric Goodell - Chris Oakes 5/2 7. Crazy Wow - Crazed - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke 5/1   by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor  

When 3-1 Winwood Mac captured his $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes division on Saturday night (July 16) at Scioto Downs, it came as no surprise to his driver, Chris Page. The Canyon Wind gelding tripped the timer in 1:52.1 in the last of three divisions of OSS contests for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, in Leg Three of this series for Ohio-breds. "Anytime you drive a horse for (trainer) Ronnie Burke, you have a shot to win," Chris noted. "I drove this horse as a 2-year-old and he tends to run in a bit, but he can pace like heck in the straightaways." Which is exactly what Winwood Mac did, using game, come-from-behind tactics to score his second victory of the season and his first in OSS competition in 2016. Bred by the Winwood Farm of Michigan, the bay pacer is co-owned by the Pennsylvania-based partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura. The winning time was a new lifetime record for Winwood Mac, who pushed his seasonal earnings to $51,565 and his career earnings to $90,048. What A Boy (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr), at 6-5 was just a head behind the winner to finish second, while 9-5 Mr Wiggle Pants (Kayne Kauffman) notched show honors. In the first OSS division Gotmoneyinmypocket bested eight rivals in an all-gelding field to pick up his sixth win of the year in 11 tries. Conditioned by Bill Dailey for Ohio breeders/owners Jerry Zosel and Kathy Ratcliff, the bay son of Feelin Friskie paced to a new lifetime clocking of 1:50.3 for driver Randy Tharps. Little Woody (Chris Page) was second and Nothin Fancy (Josh Sutton) was third. "The race set up perfectly for this horse tonight," Randy noted. "The fractions were fast but he was on cruise control." Gotmoneyinmypocket pushed his seasonal earnings to $79,750 and upped his career bankroll to $142,348. He is the third foal out of the Expensive Scooter mare Fran Ann p,3, 1:56.4s ($3,400) and is a full brother to Igottafeelinfran p,4, 1:51.1f, a 26-race winner of $521,665. He also has a half-brother in Gottatigerinmytank (by Panspacificflight) p,3, 1:54f ($36,250). The second OSS division saw Hustling Charley prevail with a new lifetime mark of 1:51.3 for driver Kyle Ater and trainer Danny Collins. The son of Charley Barley, who interestingly was the only colt in the field of nine (the rest were geldings), went three-wide around the last turn, chasing Canadia's Bakin (Kayne Kauffman), who had led the field through fractions of :26.1, :54.3 and 1:23. Hustling Charley then bested his rival by nearly four lengths to score seasonal victory four and lifetime win number five. The bay colt, who is co-leased by Collins and Ryan Holton, was bred by Ohio's Lisa Ezzo. Hustling Charley had won leg one of this series at Miami Valley Raceway on May 7 by six lengths in 1:53.4, and then finished second by a head in leg two to Smoke Up Johnny in 1:52.2 on June 11 at Scioto Downs. He now has $85,813 earned lifetime, and $67,200 amassed in 2016 for his connections. by Kimberly Rinker, for the OSDF

When harness racing pacer, Pace Car, captured his $40,000 Ohio Sires Stake division Monday night (July 11) at Northfield Park, it gave Joe McLead a reason to smile. Joe, who operates Sugar Valle Farm, had foaled and raised the son of Foreclosure N at his Delaware, Ohio breeding facility. "Pace Car looks a whole lot like his daddy," Joe confirmed. "Foreclosure N was small but mighty and was one of the most muscular horses I've ever seen." When Foreclosure N tore a suspensory ligament, trainer Ronnie Burke sent the stallion to Sugar Valley Farm for a little rest and relaxation. "Rather than keeping him in a stall in New Jersey, Ronnie thought it would do the horse good to come to Ohio where I could stand him and get him healed up," Joe explained. "He also sent along two of their top broodmares for me to breed to the horse." One of those broodmares was Pace Car's dam, the Western Hero mare Breakheart Pass. "I really liked this mare," Joe noted. "The babies from her and the other mare were both born and raised at Sugar Valley until they went to Florida with the Burkes last fall." Pace Car is owned and was bred by the Pennsylvania-based partnership of Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. "Pace Car was smart and easy to handle from the get-go," Joe recalled. "He looks a lot like Foreclosure N." Pace Car finished second to McThriller in Leg I of the OSS series on July 4 at Scioto Downs, timed in 1:55.2. He now has $30,000 in career earnings. Foreclosure N now stands stud in Ireland. Ohio Sires Stakes action Monday night saw two sons of Foreclosure N greet the Northfield Park winner's circle, while four McArdle youngsters were winners and one son each from Big Bad John and The Panderosa scored a second leg victory. Eight, $40,000 OSS divisions for 2-year-old pacing colts were contested at the home of the flying turns. In the first division (Race 1) it was a front-stepping Ron's Pro and driver Chris Page who scored in 1:54.4. The Panderosa colt paced easily and unchallenged through fractions of :27.2, :57 and 1:26.1 before brushing home under the wire a full length in front of Norm At Work (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Gotta Go BB (Josh Sutton), who grabbed show honors. Ron's Pro is trained by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and breeder Knox Services. The youngster picked up his first career paycheck with this OSS victory, placing $20,000 in his coffers. Dancin Rebel won his OSS division in 1:53.3--just a tick off the track record. Melanie Wrenn trains the son of Big Bad John for Gene Oldford, Wrenn Racing and Kales Co., LLC. Peter Wrenn was in the sulky behind the 2-year-old, who was bred by Elizabeth Yontz of Kentucky. Dancin Rebl, who now has $30,000 in career earnings, had finished second on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:55.2 to Ohio Larry. McRaven and driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr., posted a front-stepping 1:54.4 triumph in their OSS division for trainer Brian Brown. This was the second straight OSS wini for the son of McArdle, who pushed his career earnings to $40,000 for Country Club Acres and L&H Management Services. Bred by Parent Racing Stable, McRaven won leg I of this series on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:53.3. Richard Lomabardo, Carl & Melanie Atley and Josh Green's Drunk On Your Love scored his second OSS victory as well. The won of Foreclosure N romped to a 1:56.2 clocking at Northfield after winning Leg I on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:54.3. Both efforts came with wire-to-wire performances with Danny Noble at the controls. Bill Dailey conditions Drunk On Your Love, who now has career earnings of $40,000. Barnabas used the rail to his advantage, winning his second OSS test in the process in 1:54.1. The Brian Brown trainee had won his first OSS event on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:56. Bred by Kevin Greenfield, the McArdle gelding is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo and William Robinsons. Chris Page was in the sulky. Jin McRhody--given a perfect steer by Skip DeMull, captured his OSS division in a wire-to-wire 1:54.3. This son of McArdle was bred and is owned and traiby ned by Phillip Peaveyhouse, and was a strong second to Scotch McEwan in leg I of this series on July 4 at Scioto Downs, when he was clocked in 1:56.2. Tonight, it was Ohio Larry finishing second to Jim McRhody, who now has $30,000 in career earnings. Owner Scott Cox harnessed 14-1 McSpidey to his first OSS victory as the gelded son of McArdle romped to a 1:55.2 win with Greg Grismore in the sulky. This McArdle youngster was third in his previous OSS test at Scioto Downs one week prior and pushed his career earnings to $30,528. Bred by Kathy McCall, McSpidey "drives like a 5-year-old," according to Grismore. by Kimberly A. Rinker, for the OSDF  

Harness racing breeder Senena Esty beamed with pride after the 2-year-old pacing colt Air Raid--who she bred and raised--captured his Ohio Sires Stakes, leg one division on Monday, July 4 at Scioto Downs. Senena was almost speechless in the Scioto winner's circle, but was quick to give the gigantic son of The Panderosa a well-deserved pat for his 1:57 victorious effort. The bay colt had triumphed in the fourth of 16 OSS divisions for freshman pacing and trotting colts and geldings on a balmy and oft-times drizzling afternoon. Each division carried a purse of $40,000. Owned by Alan Keith of Pataskala, Ohio and Joe Sbrocco of Brecksville, Ohio, Air Raid moved boldly from the back to the front of the field of nine youngsters in late stretch to score his first career win for driver Chris Page and trainer Mike Roth. "This colt showed a ton of class from day one and he was always my baby," Senena explained. "His family is just so strong and there was something special about him from the time he was a foal. "When he was a yearling and the trainers would come to our farm (Spring Haven Farm, Utica, OH) to look at the babies, he was one that I always brought out for them to see. He was always very friendly and very smart, and Mike (trainer Roth) obviously saw the potential in him that I did.   "He also had one of the best yearling videos that I ever saw," Senena continued. "He had a great, sweeping stride and when I saw the video and the way his hooves peaked and the length of his stride, I just didn't see any way that he wasn't going to be a top individual. If you saw him moving through the field you just couldn't take your eyes off of him.   Senena's Spring Haven Farm sold Air Raid for $39,000 at the 2015 Ohio Selected Yearling Sale. The speedy youngster is the ninth of ten foals out of the Artiscape mare Aromatic and has half-siblings in: Jet Airway (by Jereme's Jet) p,2, 1:50.2m; p,3, 1:50.4s (a 12-race winner of $399,470); the mare Angel Scent (by Western Ideal) p,2, 1:51.2s; p,3,1:50.4s (a five-race winner of $208,343); and the mare Sixth Sense (by Four Starzzz Shark) p,3, 1:55.1f (a 29-race winner of $94,478).   Another sensational performance was turned in by the Foreclosure N colt Drunk On Your Love, who paced to a 1:54.3 victory in his pari-mutuel debut for trainer Bill Dailey. The precocious bay colt had been purchased by his current quartet of owners on June 6 of this year. Richard Lombardo of Solon, OH; Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, OH; and Josh Green of Milford, DE ponied up $70,000 for Drunk On Your Love from Pennsylvania-based trainer Tony Dinges.   "Tony (Dinges) and I are friends and I trust what he tells me about a horse," said co-owner Josh Green. "Bill Dailey had called me and asked me to take a look at the colt to see what I thought of him, so I did and I really liked him. Tony praised this colt highly but he races mainly out east and didn't want to do all the shipping back and forth to race him in the Ohio Sires Stakes, which is the only series he's eligible to race in this year in Ohio. But Tony thought so much of him and I liked him immediately, so we bought him right after his first qualifier at Tioga Downs on June 3. It looks like he's really something special."   After that 1:58.2 winning qualifier Drunk On Your Love shipped to Bill Dailey's barn at the Urbana, OH fairgrounds. The colt then scored a winning 1:58.2 qualifier at Scioto on June 13 and followed that up with June 27 qualifying victory in an impressive 1:55.4 for his new connections. The colt, who was reined by Danny Noble in his pari-mutuel debut, led at every pole, timed in :28, :58.2, and 1:26.4, with a :27.4 final panel brush.   The stallion McArdle, who stands at Kevin Greenfield and Brad Wallace's Hickory Lane Farm in Findlay, Ohio, sired seven of the 11 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-year-old pacing winners, from his first crop of Ohio-bred youngsters, including: Ohio Larry (1:55.1); Barnabas (1:56); My Superman (1:55.3); Mcthriller (1:55.2); Stanley K (1:56.1); Mcraven (1:53.2); and Scotch Mcewan (1:55.2).   As well, the stallions Dejarmbro and Triumphant Caviar each had a pair of first leg Ohio Sires Stakes freshman winners on Monday, while the stallion Full Count had a single winner (Full Surge, 1:59.4).   Dejarmbro's victorious progeny included Just Plain DJ (2:01.1) and Speed Lane (1:59.1), while Triumphant Caviar was represented by winners Fraser Ridge (1:59) and Buckeye Boss (1:59).   by Kimberly Rinker

In harness racing, a pretty horse doesn't always mean a fast horse. However, in the case of Type A Grey, pretty does mean fast. The 2-year-old daughter of Art Official stormed to a wire-to-wire 1:57.2 victory in her $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes on Sunday night, July 3 at Northfield Park for driver Chris Page in her pari-mutuel debut. Trained by Brian Brown for Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Ohio, Type A Grey lead through fractions of :29.1, :59.1 and 1:28.3 to sweep under the wire unchallenged. Owner Bruce Trogden purchased the lanky filly as a yearling at the 2015 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg for $20,000. "I liked her pedigree," Bruce said. "She comes from a strong, old maternal family. The fact that she was grey was a plus because I really like grey horses and have purchased many of them over the years. When I saw her in the flesh I was surprised she was as good looking as her pedigree suggested." "Bruce bought her after I had already gone home," Brian admitted. "She's a very sound, sensible filly and one of those that you can jog all day long. In fact, if you don't take a whip out there with you to jog, you will be out there all day long. "She's kind of lazy in that regard, and really didn't show a lot of spunk until her last two training sessions and then she just kind of put it all together. Having Chris (driver Page) handle her is an added bonus because he really takes care of these young horses and babies them along. Sometimes I have to ask him not to baby them so much and to get after them a little bit, but Chris is one of those who is always thinking of the horse and their early education." A total of 14 Ohio Sires Stakes events were contested at Northfield on July 3, and a complete recap will be forthcoming. by Kimberly Rinker, for the OSDF

The Ohio stakes season kicked into high gear at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (April 29) as Queen Ann M (Chris Page) captured the $35,000 championship leg of the James K. Hackett Memorial for Buckeye-bred harness racing sophomore pacing fillies. The daughter of Big Bad John, who earned over $100,000 as a freshman, scored gate-to-wire in 1:54.1 for owner Alan Keith and trainer Mike Roth. In just her second seasonal start, Queen Ann M held off fast-closing She Gone (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) by a head, while favored My Tweed Heart (Josh Sutton) was a game third, beaten one-half length, following a first-over journey. Eight of the nine Hackett filly finalists finished within four lengths of each other, an indication that the summer-long Ohio Sires Stakes series in this division could be a donnybrook from start to finish. The first leg of the OSS for 3-year-old fillies, both pacers and trotters, will be hosted by Miami Valley next Friday (May 6) in multiple $40,000 divisions. Kerfuffle Cookie (Chris Page) established a new sophomore trotting filly track record when she blew past a field of older trotters to score a 1:57.1 victory in a $10,000 conditioned trot. The Chip Chip Hooray lass, co-owned by trainer Chris Beaver with Synerco Ventures Inc., will be among the favorites in the squaregaiter splits next Friday. A $20,000 Open Fillies & Mares Pace was also contested with a 1:52.1 photo finish as the result. Favored American Girl (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) notched her sixth win in 13 starts since the calendar turned to 2016. The 7-year-old Art's Chip mare proved a scant neck better than Igottafeelinfran (Kayne Kauffman) with Addy's Way (Dan Noble) not far behind in third. Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt share ownership of the winner, who is conditioned by Tyler George. The Saturday (April 30) card at Miami Valley features the $35,000 championship of the James K. Hackett Memorial for Ohio-sired 3-year-old colts and a $20,000 Open I Pace. Post time is 6:05 p.m. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Despite the fact Safe From Terror had won three of the last five $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open paces at Miami Valley Raceway, all as an odds-on favorite, the faithful thought her assigned No. 9 post position might be insurmountable and dispatched the razor-sharp 4-year-old at odds of 7-2. Driver Chris Page, however, didn't believe the task was too daunting and worked out a trip that resulted in Safe From Terror emerging from a stretch cavalry charge to again reach the wire first-this time in 1:52.4. Aqua Artist (Kyle Ater), the longest shot in the 10-horse field at 61-1, raced gamely to finish second with favored Addy's Way (Dan Noble) the third to trip the beam. Safe From Terror was purchased at the Harrisburg sale last Fall by Winchester Baye Acres and has paid handsome early dividends. The daughter of Western Terror, who is being pointed towards the $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial Grand Circuit race at Miami Valley on closing day (May 8), has earned $67,640 already this year for her new owners and over $551,000 lifetime. A trio of James K. Hackett Memorial elimination divisions, featuring Ohio-sired sophomore pacing fillies, were also contested with the top three finishers from each $10,000 split advancing to next Friday night's $35,000 championship event. My Tweed Heart (Josh Sutton) captured the first elim in a track-record equaling time of 1:53.1 for sophomore fillies. The Carl Atley-owned daughter of Manhardt, who made $132,252 as a freshman, topped It's Your Fantasy (Dan Noble) and Clarebear (Kayne Kauffman). Jim Dailey conditions the winner, who now boasts five wins in her first eight career starts. JL Wonder Woman (Kayne Kauffman) picked a good time to break her maiden, winning the second division in 1:54 for trainer and part-owner Scott Mogan and his partners. The Feelin Friskie lass bested Feelin Lilly (Chris Page) and Big Bad Bertha (Dan Noble) to advance to the 'Big Dance' next week. The final elimination was garnered by She Gone (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) in 1:55.4, benefitting from soft early fractions and upsetting Queen Ann M (Chris Page) and Im Feelin Fine (Josh Sutton). Trainer Brian Brown also co-owns the winner, who is now two-for-two since returning from winter training in Florida recently. Driver Dan Noble had the hottest hand on Friday winning five heats. Noble's successes came behind Igotafeelinfran, Yankee's Lady, Lindysbathinbeauty, Edita Hanover and Herzon. From the Miami Valley Media Deaprtment

LEBANON, OH. - On the heels of One Lucky Dragon's 1:49.4 all-age pacing record at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night, Lady's Dude lowered the all-age trotting record to 1:52.1 on Sunday afternoon.   In addition, the track record for 3-year-old trotting colts was lowered by almost two full seconds when Fantasy League captured a division of the Robert J. Brown series in 1:55.2.   Lady's Dude, handled by red-hot Chris Page, in just his fifth 2016 start and second following a two-month break, left with alacrity and tripped the first quarter timer in :28, just as Boffin (Tyler Smith), who owned the track record (1:53.4) for older male trotters at that moment, was making a quarter-move to the front.   As the luke-warm favorite, Boffin continued to show the way through middle fractions of :56.2 and 1:24 before yielding in mid-stretch to pocket-sitting Lady's Dude, who trotted a :28 closing quarter to garner the track record as well as the winner's share of the $20,000 Open purse. Parkhill Lancelot (Randy Crisler) worked out a second-over trip to close for third.   Lady's Dude, an Ohio-sired 5-year-old son of Victory Sam, is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and J. E. Yoder. Fantasy League (Kyle Ater) obliterated the sophomore trotting standard with his four-length triumph in the day's first race. Getting away third, the sophomore son of And Away We Go moved prior to the half, cleared to the front easily before the three-quarters and coasted home a winner in 1:55.2. Owned and trained by Mike Sowers, Fantasy League bested Kentucky Hall (Jeremy Smith) and Chip Or Don (Tyler Smith) in his record-setting performance.   A second division of the Robert J. Brown series, for non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $15,000 lifetime, went to The Next Triumph (Jeremy Smith) over Rompaway Hustler (Roy Wilson) and Crowned With Glory (Ed Greeno Jr.) in 1:56.1.   From the Miami Valley Media Department

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