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Chris Beaver will send out the morning-line favorite in each of Wednesday's three John Simpson Memorial Stakes for 3-year-old female harness racing trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia as he looks to push his training stable to a career high in earnings for the sixth consecutive season. Beaver's Simpson favorites are among a group of 3-year-old filly trotters, including Kentucky Filly Futurity hopeful Weslynn Quest, that has combined to earn in the neighborhood of $1 million this season. Overall, Beaver's stable has banked $2.64 million in 2019 and is less than $5,000 from surpassing last year's total of $2.65 million. "I have a fantastic group of 3-year-old trotting fillies," the Ohio-based Beaver said. "I ended up with about 10 (1):55 3-year-old trotting fillies this year and that's really helped the season." Back Splash, who was one of six Ohio Sire Stakes 3-year-old trotting filly finalists for Beaver as well as a Kentucky Sire Stakes finalist, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the first $30,000 Simpson division at Philly. She has won three of 13 races this year and earned $61,100. David Miller drives the filly Wednesday. "She's a fast filly," Beaver said. "She hasn't gotten around the small tracks really good this year, but she did win in (a career-best) 1:54 at Scioto. I think if she gets out there and keeps rolling along and doesn't get into a lot of traffic, she can be good." Pure Chance, who heads to the second Simpson division off an Ohio Breeders Championship victory, has won six of 12 races and $167,492 this year. She is 2-1 and also will have Miller in the sulky. "She's been a really nice filly and she's tough," Beaver said. "I really like her. I think she could make a nice racehorse after she's done with her stakes races. "I had a full sister to her (Sesame) that's made about $250,000 in Ohio, so they've been good ones for me. I like (Pure Chance) better though. She races without hobbles and she's very consistent. The only times she hasn't raced really good, she's had a couple trips where she got roughed up, otherwise she's always been finishing strong. She's put in a good effort every time." Beaver has a second horse, Stone In Love, in the second Simpson division. Stone In Love, who will have George Napolitano Jr. as her driver, has won two of 16 races and $53,078 this season. "She's a nice filly, but she's not quick off the gate so she always kind of gets in a bad spot," Beaver said. "She's usually finishing pretty good though." In the third division, Keystone Abbey is the 2-1 favorite. The filly has won five of 17 races this year, including the Currier & Ives Filly, and earned $101,870. Napolitano will drive Keystone Abbey. "She's been a little bit lucky this year," Beaver said. "She was good that day (in the Currier & Ives Filly), but the favorite ran coming down the lane. She won some races and didn't have to go very fast to win them. She did reel off four wins in a row earlier this year, so things have worked out pretty well for her for the type of horse she is." In addition to his Simpson Memorial Stakes group, Beaver hopes to have two Indiana Sire Stakes 3-year-old trotting filly finalists in recent Buckette Stakes winner Sophia Lia and Morairtime. Those two fillies compete in the final preliminary round of the ISS on Wednesday night at Harrah's Hoosier Park. On Sunday, Beaver expects to have Weslynn Quest in the Kentucky Filly Futurity at Lexington's Red Mile. She finished second to Only Take Cash in the Ohio Sire Stakes final and missed by a nose to stablemate Pure Chance in the OBC. "She's a very fast filly," Beaver said. "I had trouble with her being too hot and making breaks early in the season. I got her straightened out toward the end of the sire stakes season and she set a track record (1:53.3) at Scioto. She has a sister (Weslynn Dancer) that's turned into a good aged horse and she's eligible to a lot of the big races late in the season. "We'll have to see how she goes stretched all the way out against real good fillies, but I think the pedigree is there and the high speed. She's never had to trot in (1):50 before so we'll see what happens." Wednesday's card at Harrah's Philadelphia also includes three divisions of the Simpson Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers. Rockn Philly, So Awesome, and Trillions Hanover are the morning-line favorites. Racing begins at 12:25 p.m. (EDT). For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

Delaware, OH - Trainer and co-owner Chris Beaver and co-owner Steven Zeehandler swept the $102,368 Ohio Breeders Championship for three-year-old harness racing filly trotters in Monday action at the Delaware County Fair. In the second $51,184 divison, the field of six raced in post position order through the first three-eighths of a mile until driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. eased Aunt Rose off the rail and sprinted clear to score an open length victory. Twentyfour K Magic (Aaron Merriman) and Princessofpink (Ryan Stahl) completed the trifecta. The winning time of 1:54 established a new stakes record. Aunt Rose now has $198,255 in career earnings. Beaver and Zeehandler share the ownership in the Uncle Peter filly with Michael Carter and Joe Sbrocco. Pure Chance and Jason Thompson took control of the field of six before the quarter pole and never looked back in the first division. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar edged her stablemate and the fast closing Weslyn Quest (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a scant nose in 1:54 3/5. The winner scored for the sixth time in 12 seasonal starts and is owned by Beaver and Zeehandelar. Driver Brett Miller won four races during the 15 race card. Tuesday's racing will feature 13 races, including a $5,000 guaranteed pool Pick 4. Post time is 1:00 PM. For results, entries and program information, please visit littlebrownjug.com. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Harness racing trainer Chris Beaver captured both of the two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings on a blustery and rainy Saturday night, June 15 at Northfield Park. Beaver harnessed 5-2 Never Say Uncle from post nine to take the first division in 1:56.1 with Brett Miller at the controls over a sloppy track. The bay son of Uncle Peter used come-from-behind tactics to notch his third lifetime victory, pushing his career earnings to $95,610. Never Say Uncle was a full 4½ lengths ahead of 9-1 rival Dylan The Great (Kurt Sugg) at the wire, while 14-1 Voyage To Paris (Kayne Kauffman) did well to be third. Owned by Chris Beaver, Johanna Beaver, Michael Carter, and Mary McLoughlin, the homebred Never Say Uncle now has three wins, two seconds and three thirds in 13 career starts. He is the first foal out of the Glidemaster mare Travelin Dream 3, 1:55.3f ($40,745) and was scratched from Leg One of this series at Miami Valley on May 5. In the second division 10-1 longshot Otsego took advantage of a perfect steer by Aaron Merriman to prevail by a neck over 8-5 Yes (Ryan Stahl) in a career best 1:55.3. The Dejarmbro gelding picked up his third lifetime win in ten starts, upping his bankroll to $58,918 for owners Chris Beaver, Martin Yoder, Steven Zeehandelar and Vip Internet Stable. Chris Page guided 9-1 Wittyville to show honors. Bred by Jonas Schlabach, Otsego was fifth to Wittyville in Leg One of this series. He is the first foal out of the Conway Hall mare You And Me Baby. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator    

WASHINGTON, PA, May 30, 2019 -- Keystone Abbey has swept the first three legs of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series, but will she fare as well against tougher competition? She'll get her chance Saturday at The Meadows in the $70,000 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old harness racing filly trotters. The stake goes as race 6, with Keystone Abbey leaving from post 4 for Aaron Merriman. Chris Beaver trains the daughter of Cantab Hall-Miss Aultsville and owns with Donald Robinson, Martin Yoder and R.B.H. Ventures. First post is 1:05 PM. A daughter of Cantab Hall, Keystone Abbey sold for $15,000 at Lexington as a yearling and might have been expected to flash precocious speed. Her dam trotted in 1:59.2 in a 2013 Ontario Sires Stake Gold Series split, a Canadian record at the time for freshman fillies on a half-mile track. While Keystone Abbey wasn't exactly a disappointment at 2 -- she banked $54,625 -- she managed only a single win in 13 starts. "She always was good gaited and quick -- she was real natural," Beaver says. "She'd be in the race and then lose interest about halfway down the lane, then come on again at the wire. Maybe she was just green, but she didn't race to her potential. "She trained well at the start of this season, and it seems like she's turned a corner here recently. She's learned to race. In her last start, she never let them get close to her the whole mile. If her attitude has changed as it seems to have changed, I don't see why she wouldn't be able to be right there." Keystone Abbey may have her act together, but she'll have her work cut out for her Saturday, as the talented 10-horse field includes: - Nomo Volo, who's earned a win and a second in PA Sires Stakes this year but is stuck with post 9 for trainer/driver Jeff Gregory; -Fade Into You (post 2, Dave Palone) from the powerful Ron Burke stable, who has hit the board in three consecutive PASS divisions and finished second in the Weiss final at Pocono; - Altercation (post 1, Mike Wilder) and Meadowbranch Vicki (post 8, Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), a pair of improving fillies sent out by Jenny Melander. Beaver indicated Keystone Abbey will head next to the PA All-Stars at Pocono. "She is eligible to a couple better stakes later in the season," he says. "I'm just trying to keep her in the right class." Also featured on Saturday's card is the $20,000 Open Handicap Pace (race 8), which renews the "Battle of the Millionaires" -- Dapper Dude (post 4, Wrenn) and Dancin Yankee (post 7, Palone). The program also includes a $642.84 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

LEBANON, OH - No one was surprised that a Chris Beaver harness racing trainee captured the $40,000 championship final of the James K. Hackett Memorial for Ohio-sired three-year-old trotting fillies on Monday afternoon (April 15) at Miami Valley Raceway. Many, however, were shocked at which of the five Beaver fillies in the field prevailed. Pure Chance (Jason Thompson), off at 17-1 odds, left with alacrity and easily made the front before letting heavily-favored stablemate Bella's Rose Power (Aaron Merriman) rush to the lead just before tripping the first quarter beam in :28.4. Thompson and the daughter of Triumphant Caviar were quite content to sit in the pocket second for the next half mile, watching the teletimers flash :57.3 and 1:26, before finding room at the head of the stretch to squeeze out and power to a 1:55.1 score. Well I'm Fancy (Chris Page), a 59-1 longshot from the Ron Burke Stable, found a seam in deep stretch to rally for runnerup laurels while Aunt Rose (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.), another Beaver trainee, was third. With odds-on favorite Bella's Rose Power fading to fifth, mutuel payoffs soared. Pure Chance paid $37.20 to win, the exacta returned a whopping $1037.60, and a $2 trifecta ticket was worth $3082.00. Steve Zeehandelar is trainer Beaver's partner on Pure Chance, whose young career has now produced three wins in ten tries, good for $97,246 in earnings. The state-bred sophomore trotting colts will take center stage during the Tuesday (April 16) matinee at Miami Valley when the $40,000 Hackett Memorial final for that division will take place as Race 6. First race post time is 2:05 p.m.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - Trainer Chris Beaver advanced five of the six sophomore trotting fillies he entered into Miami Valley's James K. Hackett Memorial harness racing eliminations on Monday (April 8) to the $40,000 final next week. The trotting specialist won both $15,000 elims of this Hackett split, one of a series of four races featuring top Ohio-sired trotting and pacing colts and fillies prepping for the upcoming Ohio Sires Stakes season. Pure Chance, a winner of almost $70,000 at age two, took a new lifetime mark in the first elimination by coasting to a 1:57.2 score for driver Aaron Merriman. Well I'm Fancy (Chris Page), one of three Ron Burke-trained fillies who also advanced to the final, finished second with Stone In Love (Ron Wrenn Jr.) third across the finish line. Ms Carnoustie (Dan Noble) also qualified for the championship tilt with a fourth place finish. Bella's Rose Power (Merriman) was ultra impressive in the second split, trotting to a 1:55 triumph over Aunt Rose (Wrenn Jr.) and Back Splash (Brett Miller). All three of the top finishers are from the powerful Beaver barn. Buckeye Starlet (Trace Tetrick) qualified to advance as did So Romantic (Ken Holliday), the lone non-Beaver or Burke trainee who moved forward on the basis of being the fastest fifth place finisher. Bella’s Rose Power won the quickest of two James K. Hackett Memorial eliminations featuring top Ohio-sired fillies on Monday afternoon. (Conrad photo) Both Pure Chance and Bella's Rose Power are daughters of Triumphant Caviar, an Ohio stallion that Beaver has had considerable success with campaigning his sons and daughters. The final will be comprised of three daughters of Triumphant Caviar, two by Uncle Peter, two by Wishing Stone and one each by Manofmanymissions and My MVP. The Tuesday (April 9) matinee at Miami Valley will include the Hackett eliminations for trotting colts, while the pacing fillies and colts will go postward on Friday and Saturday nights, respectively.   Gregg Keidel

Custom Cantab brings a career-long streak of 28 on-the-board finishes to Thursday's $183,900 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters at Dover Downs, which will be the filly's first start at a harness racing track other than Hoosier Park. Custom Cantab, who is 6-1 on the morning line, heads to the event off a win in the Crossroads of America on Nov. 2. The triumph was her 12th in 16 races this season. Trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver, Custom Cantab has 14 wins, 10 seconds and four thirds in her career and earnings of $643,936. In addition to the Crossroads, her victories this year include a division of the Pegasus Stakes and the Indiana Sire Stakes championship. She finished second to Manchego in the Moni Maker Stakes and has not finished worse than second in 13 races since surgery to correct an entrapped epiglottis. Custom Cantab will start the Matron from post six with regular driver Peter Wrenn. Breeders Crown champion Lily Stride is the 2-1 morning-line favorite from post three, with Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Mark Harder. Plunge Blue Chip is the 5-2 second choice from post one with trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. "We were up in the air whether to start her again, but everything checked out on her and I'd been anxious to see how she would race against a top field to get some perspective," Beaver said. "We plan on racing her next year. She's probably not as valuable as a broodmare as some of those fillies are, but she's a really nice racehorse. "I think she will be staked to some of the mare races and maybe some of the 4-year-old races. I wouldn't be staking to everything. I'd like to space out her starts. Maybe she won't be good enough, but the way she acts, she's never let a horse get away from her. She's always been competitive." Dover Downs host the four Matrons for 3-year-old trotters and pacers Thursday. Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. (EST). Six Pack is the 6-5 morning-line favorite in the $210,150 colt and gelding trot, followed by Met's Hall at 8-5. Dorsoduro Hanover is the 2-1 choice in the $193,750 colt and gelding pace, which also includes Jimmy Freight (5-2) and Lather Up (7-2). Youaremycandygirl is the 5-2 favorite in the $159,350 filly pace, where she will see familiar rivals Alexa's Power (7-2) and Percy Bluechip (9-2). Custom Cantab is a daughter of Mr Cantab out of Custom Model. Beaver bought Custom Model's first foal, the Chocolatier-sired My Ghost Bi, for $3,000 at the 2011 Lexington Selected Sale and the gelding made $75,852 lifetime. Beaver bought Custom Cantab, the mare's third foal, for $6,000 at the 2016 Hoosier Sale. "I knew the family and thought she was something nicer than what the mare had thrown before," Beaver said. "I kind of studied crosses and I thought the mare would cross with Mr Cantab, but I can't say I had any idea she would turn out as good as this. I was just hoping to get a horse that was competitive in the sire stakes." Beaver, who owns Custom Cantab with Donald Robinson and R.B.H. Ventures, is not concerned about the filly going on the road for the first time and racing on a five-eighths-mile oval compared to Hoosier Park's seven-eighths track. "She trains on a little farm track, so she should be all right," Beaver said. "I think she would be good on any size track because even if she was struggling in the turns she would let you help her. She knows what she's supposed to be doing. "She's smart. She can leave all you want and let a horse go, settle in a hole, and follow without using any more energy than necessary. She's been racing on the front a lot lately because she's been the favorite, but she is great off a helmet. She knows how to take care of herself and put herself in position to stay close. She is an extremely professional horse." For Thursday's complete Dover Downs entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Last Sunday The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono got to showcase the early season's precocious freshman pacing colts in Pennsylvania All-Stars action, with many impressive winners looking like stars of the near future. On Monday, the two-year-old colt trotters will have the same opportunity, going in six $30,000 divisions of their All-Stars event. Most of the top stables all have multiple candidates for stakes glory: trainer Marcus Melander has four entrants, while barns with three starters include those of Chris Beaver, Ron Burke, and Erv Miller. The two season's leaders on 5/8-mile tracks at 1:57 are in consecutive races. One is Heavensdor Hanover, who in race three will start from four for trainer Wayne Givens and driver Victor Kirby; he recorded his 1:57 in a Pocono baby event on the engine, with a 57 last half. "Hevanesdor" will find a tough opponent to his immediate left in Fashion Possessed (trainer Jim Campbell and driver David Miller), undefeated in two early races. The other 1:57f performer has the inappropriate name of Klutzy (post three, trainer Julie Miller, driver Andy Miller), who achieved his mark in a pari-mutuel contest at Philly. From the rail in this heat is Green Manalishi S (post one, trainer Marcus Melander, driver Brian Sears), who already has victories in 1:57 then 1:56.3 in Meadowlands freshman a.m. outings. The fastest two-year-old trotting colt overall is Don't Let'em, going from post three in the tenth race for trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Yannick Gingras, He posted a 1:55 clocking in his very first charted line, an M(1) baby contest, and since has come back to tally in a purse race in 1:55.1 - 27. He'll face three other opponents who already have been twice first. The six divisions, which feature eleven freshmen who already show a winning line better than 2:00, will be races one through five and race ten on the Monday card, which starts at 7 p.m. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

ANDERSON, IN -  Custom Cantab used an impressive gate to wire effort to capture the featured event of the evening, the second round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, July 4, and lower the track record in the process. With Peter Wrenn at the lines, the pair trotted in 1:53, taking one fifth of a second off the previous track record for three-year-old fillies on the trot, a record previously held by Muscle Baby Doll, Sunshine Delight, and Meadowbrook Grace. The 1:53 victory marks the fifth track record that has been lowered over Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval in 2018. Leaving from post eight in the talented field of ten, Wrenn wasted no time and sent Custom Cantab to the front through an opening panel in :27.3. Red Rose Swan and LeWayne Miller grabbed a pocket seat while Southerntucky and Dale Hiteman followed along intently in third. Custom Cantab lead the field through splits of :56.3 and 1:25.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. Trace Tetrick had the post time favorite Meadowbrook Grace applying pressure first-over as the field rounded the final turn. Custom Cantab utilized a :27.3 closing quarter to put away Meadowbrook Grace and hold off all other challengers. Red Rose Swan used a ground saving trip to finish second while Meadowbrook Grace had to settle for third place honors. As the publics' second choice, Custom Cantab returned $7.40 to her backers at the betting windows. "She's a perfect filly to drive," Wrenn noted after the victory. "She seems to be getting stronger with every start and really just a pleasure to drive-she does everything you ask of her." After a win in the elimination last week, the Chris Beaver trainee made a clean sweep of the second round of the stakes to record her second consecutive Hoosier Park victory and fourth seasonal win from five outings. The daughter of Mr Cantab-Custom Model established a new lifetime best with the win and recorded her sixth lifetime win from 17 starts. Custom Cantab has now bankrolled $288,286 in lifetime purse earnings for owners Christopher Beaver, Donald E. Robinson, and RBH Ventures Inc. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Thursday, July 5 with a stakes filled 14-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park 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 www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

I first went to work at a racetrack in 1965 as a teenager. I've always loved the game because it truly is the greatest game. People either understand this or they don't. You meet some of the most interesting people at the racetrack and the horses are magnificent animals. But as colorful as racing is, it also has its dark side. For the past 25 years, I have been battling with the Pennsylvania Racing Commission as an attorney. Every day I try to fight the good fight in a system that is fundamentally stacked against the horsemen. In hearings against horsemen, the Commission is the investigator, the prosecutor and the judge. To have any chance at a fair shot, you depend on the integrity of every person working for the Commission. People come to me all the time with grievances against the Commission. They say they know this or that about the unfairness and corruption of the Commission, but my answer is always the same: “Bring me some documentary proof of your claims and I will look into it. I can't go on what you think you know; I can only proceed based on facts.” But without fail, no one can ever produce any documentary proof. Then, in March of this year, a fellow came to me and said the Commission is finding positive tests and throwing them in the garbage, letting horses with illegal drugs in their systems get away scot-free. I gave him my standard response. A couple weeks later he brought me a stack of papers that actually verified his claims. When I saw these papers, which included lab reports and emails from Brett Revington, Standardbred bureau director for the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, I actually got physically ill. They show that, indeed, horses had tested positive for even Class 1 drugs and those positive tests were basically thrown into the garbage can. Most of these races were at Harrah's Chester. The papers only showed this activity in harness racing. There is no evidence that it exists in Thoroughbred racing in Pennsylvania. In my opinion, this was a scandal of the highest order and it proves the outright corruption infecting the Commission. While I realized that this had to be exposed, I also realized that there are people who may use this information to justify taking the slots funding away from the horsemen. I had a moral quandary on my hands. Believe me, I wish I had never seen these papers. In Pennsylvania, a horse has its sample taken post race and sent to the Pennsylvania Equine Toxicology and Research Laboratory (PETRL), the official lab, for testing. If the sample has a suspicious result, Dr. Mary Robinson, the acting director of the lab, sends what is called a short-term hold report to the bureau director. If Dr. Robinson actually finds an illegal amount of a drug, she later sends a positive test report to the bureau director showing the name of the drug and its quantified level. In a major flaw in the system, the bureau director then has the discretion to actually call it a positive or not. If he doesn't wish to call it a positive, there is very little chance of anyone finding out. The system relies on the integrity of the bureau director.  I was particularly interested in an email from Mr. Revington that was part of the stack of papers given to me. It read: “Those holds with possible positives. I spoke with legal and they suggested not to pursue due to timing. I'm OK taking that direction as internal thresholds suggest not to call positive anyways.” Note the words “those holds.” That  suggests that there were multiple tests – plural – which were not revealed. This email raised several red flags to me. For non-therapeutic drugs, the Commission has always maintained that the slightest level of detection is the standard, meaning that any detected amount is called a positive. They consistently raise this argument in court. Had the Commission been untruthful in their court statements? Dr. Robinson is a master at finding insignificant levels of a drug that cannot possibly affect performance, and the Commission constantly punishes people pursuing their level of detection theory. I thought the best course of action was to confront Revington and ask for an explanation. I didn't want to show him everything I had, as I wanted to see his reaction first. So I brought him the above email and the short-term hold and reported positive forms from Dr. Robinson for the ninth race at Chester on September 11, 2016. In this $252,000 stakes race, a horse named Moonshine Hanover, trained by Christopher Beaver, had finished second and had earned approximately $50,000. There is no evidence Beaver ever knew his horse tested positive for the Class 1 drug oxycodone. There had been several other positives for oxycodone at Chester both before and after the race in question and all had the purses forfeited. Why hadn't this one been acted upon? When I showed Mr. Revington the documents related to this race, his face became ashen and he called Jorge Augusto, the Commission's attorney, into the meeting. When I asked for an explanation, they both responded in anger telling me it was none of my business and they didn't have to explain anything to anybody. They then forcefully suggested I get out of their office. Dr. Robinson's positive test report was dated September 21, 2016. Mr. Revington, who was hired in November 2016, later stated he didn't find out about it until May of 2017, claiming that that is why he did not proceed on the positive test. What happened? To view the rest of the story, click here. Reprinted with permission from the Paulickreport.com 

Six divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes 3-year-old trotting and pacing fillies highlighted the Miami Valley Raceway program on Friday night, May 4, before a healthy crowd that packed the grandstand and outside apron, witnessing new tracks and a seasonal standard.   Red Storm and Non Smoker each captured a $50,000 OSS contest for sophomore filly trotters. Red Storm, a striking chestnut daughter by Stormin Normand, prevailed at 7-5 odds by a whisker in a brutal stretch drive over 2-1 rival Impinktoo (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:55.4. Aaron Merriman steered the speedy winner.   Owned and bred by Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH, and trained by Chris Beaver, Red Storm has amassed $174,975 in her career from 11 starts, with six wins, three seconds and a third. Alana's Ways, a 14-1 longshot, was third for Josh Sutton. Red Storm         - Brad Conrad Photo   Non Smoker, a gorgeous and diminutive My MVP lass, prevailed in a gutsy wire-to-wire effort in 1:54, a new Miami Valley track record with trainer Danny Noble in the sulky. Leaving the gate at 4-1, the grey filly held off the hard-trying 19-1 Risky Deal (Kurt Sugg) by half a length at the wire, with 3-5 favorite Looking For Zelda (Tony Hall) notching show honors.   Steve Sexton of Xenia, OH owns the winner of $57,851 lifetime, who now has four wins, one second and one third in 10 career starts. Non Smoker was bred by Stephanie Smith-Rothaug.   McPansy established a new track record and new national season's mark for 3-year-old pacing fillies on a five-eighths mile track by pacing to victory in 1:51.3 in the third of four $40,000 OSS divisions for sidewheeling distaffs. Trace Tetrick was in the sulky behind the 5-1 Brian Brown-conditioned daughter by McArdle, who is owned and was bred by the Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, OH. McPansy now has two wins in three career starts and $24,500 in her coffers, after going unraced as a freshman. One to nine favorite Baron Remy (Chris Page) was second with 28-1 longshot Believe In Waco (Aaron Merriman) third. McPansy         - Brad Conrad Photo   Earlier in the evening Brown, Tetrick and Emerald Highlands combined to score with 7-2 Queen Me Again in the first $40,000 OSS pacing division, as the Dragon Again filly paced to a winning 1:53 effort. Tetrick used come-from-behind tactics with Queen Me Again, as the filly nabbed her third straight victory after also being unraced at two. Even money favorite Up Front Flor Ida (Kayne Kauffman) was second, while Merciless (Tyler Smith) was third at 13-1. The victory upped Queen Me Again's earnings to $28,000. Queen Me Again        - Brad Conrad Photo   Pet Walker had equaled the Miami Vallely track record with a 1:52 clocking in the second $40,000 OSS contest, as the public's third choice. Dan Noble steered the Gregory Luther trainee for owner/breeder Black Magic Racing of Reynoldsburg, OH, as the Pet Rock filly finished three lengths ahead of 5-1 rival Auntmilly'sMartini (Tyler Smith) and third-place finisher, 9-5 favorite, Smiley Dragon (Trace Tetrick). Unraced as a 2-year-old, Pet Walker now has two wins in three starts and $23,720 in her coffers. Pet Walker       - Brad Conrad Photo   In the final $40,000 OSS pacing division, last year's 2-year-old filly pacing champion, Bad Girls Rule, didn't let being saddled with the eight-hole stop her, as she paced to a winning 1:54.1 with Dan Noble at the lines. Owned by the 3rd Floor Stables of Springboro, OH, the World Of Rocknroll lass upped her lifetime bankroll to $206,566 with the fifth triumph of her career in 12 starts. Jim Dailey conditions Bad Girls Rule, who was bred by Spring Haven Farm of Utica, OH. Bad Girls Rule     - Brad Conrad Photo   Noble used wire-to-wire tactics with the sizeable bay filly, who left the gate at 2-1 and finished nearly two lengths ahead of 5-1 Big Bad Goldie (Aaron Merriman), with 12-1 Missplacedrock (Chris Page) nabbing show honors.   Leg Two of this series for sophomores will be as follows: June 2 at Northfield Park for 3-year-old pacing fillies; June 9 at Scioto Downs for 3-year-old pacing colts; June 11 at Northfield Park for 3-year-old trotting fillies; and June 15 at Scioto Downs for 3-year-old trotting colts.     Kimberly A. Rinker    

The old adage 'Busy As A Beaver' certainly applies to one of Ohio's top trotting conditioners, as harness racing trainer Chris Beaver will harness no less than eight diagonally-gaited Standardbreds in a trio of $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships on Saturday night, Sept. 2 at Scioto Downs. Being involved in the Ohio Sires Stakes is nothing new to the 45-year-old Columbus, Ohio native, who has had multiple champions over the last decade, but this year for certain, Chris Beaver really is a busy guy. A resident of Radnor, Ohio, where he trains 40+ horses on his home farm, Beaver utilizes his half-mile track, paddocks and Equicisor-traveling to the nearby Delaware County Fairgrounds on occasion to put in some faster miles on his youngsters. "Our track is nice to get some good work in them, but a lot of times I'll go to Delaware to stretch them out a bit," Beaver explains. "For a mile faster than 2:05, I'll go to Delaware." A conditioner of 739 winners to date who've earned $14,448,112, Beaver is no slouch in the driving department either with stats of 88-80-83 from 670 starters and $509,429 in career earnings. Last year was his most fruitful ever, as he trained 102 winners, 92 second-place finishers and 44 third-place finishers from 436 starters to $2,204,454 in seasonal earnings. Yet, despite his success, Beaver is modest, affable and always determined. "Being in these big races never gets old," he offered. "It's something we all work toward in this business." As well, Beaver never strays far from the Ohio-based stallion Triumphant Caviar, 4, 1:51.4s ($796,794), a son of SJ's Caviar whom he conditioned to a new world record clocking of 1:54.2 in the $87,000 Old Oaken Bucket at the 2009 Delaware County Fair. The rugged stallion also won a $42,500 Kindergarten Stake that same fall at Lexington's Red Mile before finishing second to Muscle Hill in the $600,000 Breeders Crown Sophomore Trot at Woodbine on Oct. 24, 2009. To date, from three crops of racing age, Triumphant Caviar has produced 89 starters, with 31 timed in 2:00 or better and five clocked in 1:55 or better, with $4,255,645 in total foal earnings. Beaver trains two of the top fillies in the freshman trotting division-Red Storm and Sesame (pronounced Sesa-MAY) and says the latter is a fast filly who might be even better as a 3-year-old. "Sesame is good gaited and fast off the gait, and perhaps lacks just a bit of determination at this point to be a really good filly. However, I think she'll become more of a racehorse as she matures," Beaver said. "Red Storm is one of the best fillies in her division, but she drew really badly (post 9, race 2). She has a lot of assets-she's as easy to work with as any horse I've ever laid hands on. Everything has been easy with her-she's good mannered and slick gaited and quick. She doesn't have a lot of downfalls. Maybe there's one or two that can trot faster, but she's pretty close to them." Red Storm is the $75,800-winning daughter by Stormin Normin, out of the Chip Chip Hooray mare Ms. Pollyanna 3, 1:57.2f ($53,948). She is a half-sister to Moonlight Espoir (by Windsong Espoir) 1:56.1s ($52,209) and to Miss Lorelei (by Break The Bank K) 3, 2:01.2f ($47,983). She was third, then second in the first two legs of the series, then won the third and fourth legs in 1:57 and 1:58.2 respectively for breeder-owner Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH. "Sandra (Burnett) has a pair of mares that are sisters, and Red Storm is out of a sister to Evanora's dam, "Beaver noted. "Evanora (3, 1:56.3h $115,348) was very tough to deal with and Red Storm is exactly the opposite." Sesame won the first two OSS legs-in 1:59 and 1:58.4-then finished third and second in legs 3 and 4 for Beaver, who owns the Triumphant Caviar lass in partnership with Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH. Bred by Jonas Schlabach of Applecreek, OH, Sesame has two wins, two seconds and a third in six starts with a bankroll of $59,001. Beaver sends out Gabbysloosechange, Chim Swift and Bamaslastchance in the 3-year-old filly trot championship. Gabbysloosechange won the first three OSS legs in 1:57.2, 1:54.4 and 1:58, but finished a disappointing sixth in leg 4. "She faded a bit in her last start and I think that was due to the track condition," Beaver assessed. "She was wearing flip flops up front all summer and was winning in them up until her last start, so I took them off this week. The top of the track was sliding away a little and she needs a little bit more shoe to be able to get ahold of the track. I put a pair of full swedges on her and she trained well in them, so we'll leave them on for Saturday." Unraced as a freshman, Gabbysloosechange has earned $99,875 this season from ten starts, with seven wins and one second, recording a mark of 1:54.4h in a June 17 OSS contest at Northfield Park. "My parents raised and sold her at the Ohio Select Yearling Sale for $20,500," he continued. "She was the first foal out of the mare, and didn't make it to the races as a 2-year-old and my parents were able to get her back after she had been sent to the Amish, and we took her to Florida all winter. She was a little tough to get gaited-as some of the Triumphant Caviar's can be-and I think she just got hung up somewhere along the way as a 2-year-old until she figured things out this winter. She's never been the type to leave the field behind her but she has a strong desire to win." Beaver, his parents and grandparents owned and bred Gabbysloosechange's dam, Gabby's Creditcard, 4, 1:58.h ($135,694); her grand-dam Lotstoliveupto, 3, 1:56.4M ($147,038); and her great grand-dam, Lookslikenorma, 4, 1:57.3f ($219, 249) Chim Swift is another daughter by Triumphant Caviar, who won the first OSS leg in 1:57.3, before finishing second, third and seventh in the following legs. She has career earnings of $158,093 with a 2-year-old mark of 1:57.2f and is a full sister to Kestrel 4, 1:52.1f ($391,845), who was the 2015 Ohio 2-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year. Chim Swift is co-owned by Beaver and breeder Wilbur Lang. "She's been slightly disappointing lately and again, I think it comes down to racetrack surface," Beaver said. "I've added grab to her shoes this week. Initially, I had a backward shoe on her to help her roll over and have since changed to a forward shoe. Her last two starts she made breaks early in the mile, and I had to do something because she just hasn't raced to her potential. She's a lot like Seasme-fast off the gait and slick when she stays flat. For awhile, she and Gabbysloosechane were head-to-head as far as training. She's big and strong, and I'm hopeful that this shoeing adjustment will resolve her issues." Bamaslastchance was purchased by Beaver for $2,700 at the Blooded Horse Sale and has since earned $111,092 for her trainer, who owns the daughter of Iron Duke along with Synerco Ventures, Inc., of Toronto, ON; Steven Zeehandelar of Worthington, OH and Michael Robinson of Lewis Center, OH. She has yet to find the winner's circle in an OSS test this season but has a number of county fair victories on her card. "I've bought all three foals out of the Kadabra mare (Sweethomeourbama 3, Q2:04.1h $1,238), and they've all been nice horses. The dam crossed well with Iron Duke and her first foal, Sunrise Nibbles 3, 1:57.4h ($223,764), won her OSS Championship as a 2-year-old in 2014," Beaver offered. "Bamaslastchance is the last foal out of the mare. She's a very quick and consistent filly." In the 3-year-old colt trotting championship, Beaver has three outstanding sons of Triumphant Caviar, including Fraser Ridge, who is the top point-getter in his division-having won legs 1, 2, and 4, with a second-place finish in leg 3. This colt has $245,457 in earnings and sports a career mark of 3, 1:55.1f for Beaver and partners Donald Robinson of Cardington, OH; Robert Mondillo, Delaware, OH; and RBH Ventures, New York, NY. He was bred by Steve Stewart of Paris, KY. "He's very fast, he's good gaited and is a solid trotter," Beaver explained. "He actually trotted in 1:52.2 in 2016, when he was second to Walner (in the $56,000 International Stallion Stakes at Lexington on Oct. 6, 2016) and if he gets the right kind of trip he can trot very, very fast." Beaver said Fraser's Ridge's greatest asset-aggressive speed-and can also be difficult to manage at times. "We've had trouble with him," Beaver admitted. "He can be very aggressive and we've tried to race him most of the year off cover. All winter I trained him on a helmet (behind someone else) and we've tried to race him that way. Once he gets daylight he just wants to go, go, go. All the rigging I use on him is designed to try to relax him and keep control of him." Always A Good Time won a lone OSS leg (3) with a fifth, third and second-place finish in the other three rounds. Owned by Beaver, James Gallagher, Columbus, OH; Mark Schwartz, Westerville, OH; and Steven Zeehandelar, Worthington, OH; Always A Good Time has $189,137 in his career bankroll and recorded a mark of 3, 1:55.3f in an OSS event on June 19 at Scioto Downs. He was bred by John Carver of Rock Island, IL. "This horse is very consistent and nice to work around and will become a better racehorse overtime," Beaver noted. "He's a horse that no matter what, he puts out a good performance. He was second in the 2-year-old Championship last year. He's a grinder and is a bit faster than last season and is staked outside of Ohio and should trot some fast miles." Buckeye Boss also won a lone OSS test for his connections (leg 3), with a seventh, fourth and second-place finish in the other three legs. A winner of $196,610 lifetime for owners Beaver, breeder Marion Beachy, Sugarcreek, OH; and Synerco Ventures, New York, NY, Buckeye Boss took a mark of 1:55.1 at Scioto Downs in a $52,150 Ohio Fair Stake on Aug. 5. "I thought he'd be the best horse in my barn this year when I he was training down with Moonshine Hanover-who was second in the Breeders Crown last year," Beaver stated. "He was flawless over the winter and I staked him to the Canadian Trotting Classic and Kentucky Futurity and five top-level races after the OSS. He's just felt like the strongest horse to me last winter. When he got back to Ohio he started making breaks and I drove him to try to figure him out. We found he had a knee that was bothering him and have been working all summer at fixing that. I don't know if he's shown us his best yet because we've raced him sparingly to be ready for these big races. "I always thought he was my best 3-year-old of all of them, but now anyone of the three can do well, especially Fraser Ridge, who has seemed to have hit a new level recently," Beaver added. "All three of these colts are good enough to race well in some of the Grand Circuit races outside of Ohio, as long as they stay healthy and sound." 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 (www.racingohio.net). Post time for the Ohio Sires Stakes Championships is 6:30 pm. Kimberly Rinker

Moonshiner Hanover did not win many races last year, but his ability to make money won over harness racing trainer Chris Beaver. Beaver, who owns Moonshiner Hanover with Synerco Ventures and Bill Manes, saw the colt win one of 12 races last year yet bank $263,101. He ranked sixth in earnings among all 2-year-old male trotters and was the only 2-year-old trotter in the top 25 with fewer than three victories. Moonshiner Hanover aided his cause by finishing second six times, including in the Breeders Crown, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, and a division of the Bluegrass Stakes. The aforementioned races were three of the colt's four most lucrative starts of the season. "He always seemed like a nice horse, but to make that much money and not really win any races was a big surprise," Beaver said. "He just always seemed to show up going for a lot of money." On Saturday, Moonshiner Hanover will show up for the second of three divisions of the Currier & Ives Stakes for 3-year-old trotters at The Meadows in western Pennsylvania. Moonshiner Hanover is one of five Hambletonian eligible horses in the $39,808 division, along with Phi Alpha, Giveitgasandgo, Affair Of Honor, and Snowstorm Hanover. Moonshiner Hanover, who will have Aaron Merriman in the sulky, is the 7-2 second choice on the morning line behind returning Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Giveitgasandgo at 2-1. Corey Callahan will drive Giveitgasandgo for trainer John Butenschoen. The $1 million Hambletonian is Aug. 5 at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. "I think he'll be in the bigger races," Beaver said. "He hasn't shown the qualities of a great horse yet, but I've had some horses that have raced competitively in that top group of 3-year-olds and he's a lot like them. He looks like he'll go with them. We've got him staked enough, so if he can show up like he did last year he could make a lot of money. He's the kind of horse that I think will rise to the level of his competition." Moonshiner Hanover won his seasonal debut May 22 in a division of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series at The Meadows. The colt had offseason OCD removal in his left-hind ankle, which slowed his return to action and prompted Beaver to skip the first round of the Sire Stakes on May 20 in favor of the Stallion Series. Moonshiner Hanover won by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:55.3. "I tried to bring him back without rushing him too much," Beaver said. "I think he raced well enough his first start. He got a little lazy when he got to the front, but he still raced well." Moonshiner Hanover is a son of stallion Andover Hall out of the stakes-winning mare Madam Hooch. He is a half-brother to stakes-winner Gabe The Bear Dean and was purchased for $27,000 at the 2015 Standardbred Horse Sale. Beaver also will send out Fraser Ridge, Andy M, and Always A Good Time in the Currier & Ives. None are eligible to the Hambletonian, but Andy M is the 5-2 second choice behind 7-5 Sortie in the $39,808 third division while Always A Good Time is 5-1 in the same split. Fraser Ridge is 5-1 in the $38,808 first division, where High Glider is the 5-2 choice. Fraser Ridge and Always A Good Time are sons of former Beaver Stable star Triumphant Caviar. "I have a special place in my heart for my Caviars; they're like my grandkids," Beaver said with a laugh. "Always A Good Time seems to have really come back a lot better horse this year. I'm going into these races like I like to go into them. I like to have a horse that's 4-1, 5-1, 9-2; you're in the ballpark." Hambletonian eligible horses in the Currier & Ives first division are Meme Hanover, Muay Hanover, Stealth Hanover, and Simply Volo. Hambletonian eligible horses in the third division are Brand New Key, Dover Dan, Sortie, and Thisguyisonfire. For Saturday's complete card at The Meadows, click here. Post time is 1:05 p.m. for the first race and the Currier & Ives divisions are races one, four and eight. ROAD TO THE HAMBLETONIAN A look at open stakes for 3-year-old male trotters and state-restricted stakes featuring Hambletonian eligibles Date - Track - Event - First - Second - Third May 6 - Freehold - Dexter Cup - Lord Cromwell - Gustavo Fring - Southwind Cobra May 19 - Meadowlands - NJSS - Long Tom - Yes Mickey - Deacon Tony May 19 - Meadowlands - NJSS - What The Hill - Southwind Cobra - New Jersey Viking May 20 - The Meadows - PASS - Sortie - Giveitgasandgo - High Glider May 20 - The Meadows - PASS - Andy M - Gustavo Fring - Stealth Hanover May 20 - The Meadows - PASS - Common Parlance - Brown Bear - Brand New Key May 29 - Vernon - NYSS - Stick With Me Kid - Bill's Man - Top Flight Angel May 29 - Vernon - NYSS - Devious Man - Lord Cromwell - Aces And Eights May 29 - Vernon - NYSS - Enterprise - Swell Chap - Meetmeinthemiddle Hambletonian eligible in bold by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications  

WASHINGTON, PA, March 14, 2017 -- DD's Comet moved three wide into the final turn and left the field 5 lengths in his wake in capturing his second straight victory in Tuesday's Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Claire And Kenny took the other $12,500 second-leg split in the series for harness racing 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The 3-5 favorite, DD's Comet briefly followed the first-over cover of Bourdain before Aaron Merriman sent him on his decisive move. The 3-year-old son of Crazed-Deedee's Destiny prevailed in 2:00.1, with a fine 28.4 closing panel on a "good" surface. Bourdain saved place while Photo Bomber earned show. Chris Beaver trains DD's Comet and owns with Synerco Ventures. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Barn Girl collected a front-end victory for Merriman, trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury in 1:58. Bessie, who saw her three-race winning streak snapped, rallied from last to be second, a neck back, with the first-over Homepage third. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $414,696. Dan Rawlings piloted three winners, including a pair for trainer Dirk Simpson, on the 13-race card while Dave Palone also enjoyed a three-bagger, among them two wins for trainer Ron Burke. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Columbus, OH --- Despite Walner’s dominance of the 2-year-old male trotting division, Moonshiner Hanover is prepared to step out from the harness racing shadows and demonstrate he possesses the power to sparkle in his C$25,000 Valley Victory elimination on Friday (Nov. 11) at Woodbine Racetrack as he makes his bid for 2017 Hambletonian glory. “He has really turned around since the (Pennsylvania) Sire Stakes final,” said Chris Beaver, the colt’s co-owner and conditioner. “It would seem like he has speed because he has been leaving off the gate, but it takes him some time to get into gear. In that race (second to Giveitgasandgo) I took the hood off and the mini-bit out of his mouth to allow him to put the driver into the race. It seemed to work because he has turned the corner since then.” Fresh off five consecutive second place finishes to the likes of world record holders Walner and Don Dream, as well as Sortie and Shake It Off Lindy, in contests such as the $600,000 Breeders Crown final, a $55,250 division of the Bluegrass Stake and a $32,050 division of the Standardbred Stake, Moonshiner Hanover seeks his second career triumph on Friday evening. The son of Ad-Madam Hooch will leave from post position seven in the second of two Valley Victory eliminations with the smoking hot Scott Zeron holding the lines. The card also includes two C$25,000 eliminations for the Three Diamonds for freshman pacing fillies. A $27,000 purchase at the 2015 Standardbred Horse Sale, Moonshiner Hanover is owned by Beaver, Synerco Ventures Inc. and Bill Manes. He is the 9-2 fourth choice on the morning line in his Valley Victory elimination (race eight) and will compete against the likes of $294,450 Peter Haughton Memorial victor What The Hill (post position two, 5-2, David Miller) and $266,000 William Wellwood Memorial second place finisher Jake (post position one, 3-1, Sylvain Filion). “Hopefully his last start of the season will be in the final,” Beaver said. “He’s been battling OCDs in his ankles this year and we are going to take them out, so he might have a late start to next year. He will be staked to everything though.” Sporting a slate of 10-1-6-1 and banking $258,631 from his first season of campaigning, Moonshiner Hanover is the second foal from his dam, who is by Credit Winner. Madam Hooch collected $181,843 during her time competing and foaled New York Sire Stakes winner Gabe The Bear Dean to the cover of Lucky Chucky as her first offspring. That gelding has earned $224,521 while performing primarily on the New York Sire Stakes circuit and went through the 2013 edition of the Standardbred Horse Sale to Ray Schnittker for $105,000. “We were very fortunate to pay what we did for this colt,” Beaver said. “He’s a beautiful horse and one we thought would go for $60,000, but he went early in the sale. Sometimes when a horse like that goes on the first day, which he did, sometimes they are overlooked.” Moonshiner Hanover’s ownership contingent was aware he had OCDs removed from his hocks prior to the sale, but it took them some time to discover the colt was suffering the same issue in his hind ankle. “We did a lot of work on his stifles when he was training down, but it took us some time to discover the OCDs,” Beaver said. “We x-rayed his left hind ankle and it came up. We think he has also improved because he has learned how to work through a little pain. We don’t think it is anything serious and were not aware of it at the sale, it is just something he has learned to manage.” The talented colt is only one member of Beaver’s burgeoning stable of quality stock. His roster includes world record holder Muscle Up The Goal, the swift and reliable Il Sogno Dream, Ohio champion Kestrel and state standouts Kanthaka, Buckeye Boss, Evanora, Kerfuffle Cookie, Fraser Ridge and Andy M (the latter two will both start in the first Valley Victory elimination on Friday). Beaver, a long-time trotting bastion in his home state of Ohio, is the reigning Trainer of the Year in that state, and in 2016 has amassed $2.16 million in purse money, the most ever in his career. Moonshiner Hanover may just very well be the horse that captures the prize he most covets -- the Hambletonian -- as world recorder holder and 2009 participant Triumphant Caviar sustained a bug bite prior to the final. The stallion, who now stands at Abby Stables, was eighth in that year’s edition of the classic and went on to finish second to Muscle Hill in the $600,000 Breeders Crown later that fall. “Over the last three years my stable has certainly grown,” he said. “I owe that to Triumphant Caviar. From just his foals alone I have made over $1.2 million and he is receiving some recognition for his achievements. I have breeders out east talking to me about him and already filling out applications. “We spent all summer building a new farm. We sold our other one and after buying seven yearlings here at Harrisburg this week, it looks like we will already need to expand it. He has allowed me to buy more expensive horses like this one that are not under the $15,000 range. Our recent success really is because of him.” The complete entries for the Nov. 11 Woodbine races are available at this link. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

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

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