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DAYTON, OH. - Sectionline Yankee, with Dan Noble in her sulky for the first time, went coast-to-coast in Hollywood Dayton Raceway's $10,000 Mares Open pace on Friday night. In the process, the daughter of Yankee Cruiser eclipsed the $100,000 earnings plateau for the 2014 season on the strength of a 9-7-4 scorecard from 34 starts. The money-making homebred, owned by Harold Lee Bauder, Harold L. Bauder and Michael Dixon and trained by Steve Bauder, now has banked $344,450 in her illustrious career. Noble stepped off the gate in a tone-setting :26.3 opening panel, then stopped the middle station teletimers in :55.3 and 1:24 before closing the deal in 1:53.1. Betit To Getit (Kyle Ater) put up a good fight in the stretch but ended up one-half length short. Stucklikeglue (Greg Grismore) also was lapped on at the wire, just another neck behind in third. Driver Jason Brewer, who was enjoying an outstanding inaugural season at Dayton, broke his arm in a morning training accident at his nearby farm and is likely out of action through the end of the meet on December 27. The 36-year-old reinsman is currently fifth in the dash standings with 54 wins during the first 48 nights. Brewer's father Jeff is ranked second in the trainer's standings with 29 wins and an impressive .400 UTRS average during the current Dayton stand. From the press box at Dayton Raceway  

DAYTON, OH. - Just two days after taking the lead in the Hollywood Dayton Raceway dash standings, Josh Sutton scored triumphs in one-half of the new track's 14 Monday night races to put some distance between himself and his closest competitors, Chris Page and Dan Noble, who took the night off at Dayton. The 32-year-old Sutton, who ranks in the top ten in the national driver's standings, now has 76 wins on the first 41 programs of the inaugural meet. Page has 65 and Noble 61 trips to the Dayton winner's circle. Sutton's victories came with the trotter King Trut (1:59) in the second, Fear The Major (1:57.2) in the fourth, QB Killa (1:53.4) in the fifth, followed by a sweep of the final four races with KR's Cruiser (1:54.4), Mystic Desire (1:53.1), Wisher (1:55.2) and Second Chance (1:55.2). From the press box at Dayton Raceway  

DAYTON, OH. - With Hollywood Dayton Raceway midway through its inaugural meet, Chris Page has nudged ahead of Dan Noble by a 54-52 win tally in the chase for the driver's dash title. Page scored a grand slam with four victories on the Wednesday night program, the 28th of 57 scheduled this season, to grab the ever-so-slight lead. Josh Sutton ranks third with 39 victories, Kayne Kauffman fourth with 29, and Kyle Ater fifth with 28. The top ten also includes Greg Grismore, Jason Brewer and Jeremy Smith, 27 each, Randy Tharps, 26 and Shawn Barker, 11. On the trainer's side, Virgil Morgan Jr. is attempting to sweep the 2014 Miami Valley, Scioto Downs and Dayton Raceway meets. The winningest trainer in Ohio racing history, Morgan Jr. has 20 wins in the first half of the Dayton meet. He's followed in the top ten by Conor Flynn 18, Jeff Brewer 14, Steve Carter and Chris Short 10, and a fivesome of conditioners with 6 wins each-Dan Ater, Earl Buschelman, Jim Dailey, Terry Deters and Christi Pokornowski. An incredible number of drivers, 95, have circled the new Dayton five-eighths mile oval in the first 28 nights. An even more astounding number of trainers have tried their hand at harness racing's newest venue-352. Of that total, 145 have already won at least one race. The percentage of winning favorites to date is 37.68 with the No. 5 post position producing the most winners (62), followed by the 2-hole (59), 1-hole (58), 3-hole (50) and 4-hole (43). From the press box at Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Touchmymuscles pulled a mild upset in Saturday night's $11,500 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Driver Dan Noble sat chilly with the four-year-old gelding while Baby Blaze set speedy early fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:25, then he swept four-wide around the final bend and through the stretch to leave the field in his wake, stopping the timer in 1:55. Off at 5-1 odds, the final two combatants Touchmymuscles collared were 25-1 runnerup Mr Web Page (Josh Sutton) and favored show finisher Rehab Mountain (Brad Hanners) who were also wide through the final turn and stretch. Sam Coven trains the winner for Therl Hensley. The 1:55 clocking equaled his lifetime best and marked his fifth trip to the winner's circle in 2014. Two races later Torrington captured his second straight $12,000 Open Pace and third in four weeks for driver Kayne Kauffman and trainer Mike Evans. The lukewarm favorite worked hard to secure the lead just past the :27.1 opening panel, then caught a :29 breather to the :56.1 half. With pressure from that point on Torrington sprinted through a third panel in :27.4 and a final quarter in :28.4 to hold off Rockin Finish (Randy Tharps) and Andy Roo (Josh Sutton) in 1:52.4. James Hefner, Mark Nolan and Nick Katterhenry own the six-year-old son of Art Major who now has 27 career wins and is approaching $150,000 in lifetime bounty. From the press box at Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Despite an outside post position Jailhouse Hooch prevailed in the $8000 championship of the Dayton Raceway "Stars of the Future" mini-series for green trotters on Thursday night. Driver Dan Noble left strongly from the eight post and secured a two-hole trip through the first five-eighths of the mile. Approaching three-quarters he pulled the pocket to challenge pacesetter Autumn Estelle (Hugh Beatty), who ultimately faded to a fourth place finish. Elimination heat winner Nanohio (Tom Moore Jr.) was the first to come calling once Jailhouse Hooch had secured the lead, followed by betting favorite Hey Pancho (Chris Page). The threesome dueled bravely through the stretch before Noble's steed pulled away to a one-length margin in 1:59.3 at the wire. Nanohio held for second with Hey Pancho just another half-length back to garner the show dough. The elimination and final victories were the first two of the five-year-old lightly raced son of Jailhouse Jesse's career. He is owned by Cynthia and Nancy Zirkle and trained by David Myers. From the press box at Dayton Raceway      

DAYTON, OH. - Elimination heat winners Ola Hanover, M A Duty and Her Ideal Hanover will headline the field for the $12,900 championship leg of the "Stars of the Future" mini-series for non-winners of two pari-mutuels distaff pacers next Friday night (November 7). The top three finishers from a trio of $6000 survival battles advanced during Friday's rain-soaked live racing program at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Ola Hanover (Dan Noble) beat Empress Deo (Randy Tharps) and Kolebalt (Kayne Kauffman) in the first division for owner Mike Foote and trainer Conor Flynn. The Always A Virgin sophomore broke her maiden seven starts ago at The Meadows before making her second start at Dayton a winning one. M A Duty (Greg Grismore), a three-year-old filly by Life Guard On Duty, had eleven county fair triumphs to her credit but was winning for the first time at a commercial track in the second split. She bested CAS Art Apparel (Kyle Ater) and Iam Total For Real (Josh Sutton) for owner Melissa Orlando and trainer Mike Croucher. Her Ideal Hanover (Kyle Ater) managed to negotiate a track that was just officially labeled as 'sloppy' in 1:59.1, besting Cyclone Sweetheart (Jack Dailey) and Sweet Caldonia (Kayne Kauffman). Doug Cullers owns the five-year-old Western Ideal mare who now has two wins and a second in three Dayton Raceway starts for conditioner Christopher Hope. Racing resumes at Dayton Raceway at 6:35 p.m. Saturday night with a powerful 14-race program. From the press box at Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Two elimination heats went postward at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Thursday night to determine the field for next week's "Stars of the Future" mini-series championship. The trotters that answered the starter's call in the pair of $4000 eliminations were all non-winners of a pari-mutuel race; however two emerged as winners and earned roles as likely favorites for the $8000 final next Thursday. Jailhouse Hooch (Dan Noble) captured the first split in 1:59.1 to top Hey Pancho (Kayne Kauffman) and Autumn Estelle (Hugh Beatty). The winner, a lightly raced five-year-old son of Jailhouse Jesse, broke his maiden in just his 19th lifetime start for owners Cynthia and Nancy Zirkle and trainer David Myers. In addition to the place and show finishers, Timeflies So Do I (Josh Sutton) and Big Emotions (Greg Grismore), who was the fastest fifth place finisher in the two heats, advanced to the championship. Nanohio (driver-trainer Tom Moore Jr.) won the second division in 2:01.1, reaching the wire ahead of Dunn Dealin (Ryan Holton), Kasi (Kayne Kauffman) and Miko Begonia (Jason Haynes), who will join the first elimination survivors in the final. The winning son of Chip Chip Hooray had triumphed in a pair of earlier county fair races, but visited a commercial track winner's circle for the first time for owners Arthur Erford and Kenneth Phillips on Thursday night. Through the first 18 nights of live racing at the new Dayton Raceway, Chris Page sat atop the driver's standings with 34 victories. Dan Noble and Josh Sutton were tied for second with 25 triumphs apiece. Randy Tharps and Greg Grismore were deadlocked for fourth with 20 each, followed by Jeremy Smith 19, Kayne Kauffman and Jason Brewer 17, and Kyle Ater 13. Hollywood Dayton Raceway presents live programs every Monday and Wednesday through Saturday at 6:30 p.m. From the press box at Dayton Raceway

The $11,000 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night produced a harness racing  three-horse blanket finish.   Lucky Lime (No. 2 with driver Chris Page) nosed favored Meirs Hanover (Dan Noble) and last week's winner Torrington (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:51.1.   It was the fifth win on the season for the son of Rocknroll Hanover trained by K. Dean Glispie.   Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - The best older Ohio-sired harness racing mares converged on Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night to contest a pair of $50,000 state championship races, one for each gait. Favorites captured each division as world champion Victory Is Coming (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) won the distaff trot; and Igotafeelinfran (Dan Noble) proved best in the pace. Victory Is Coming, who established a world record on August 22 with a 1:51 triumph against open company at Scioto Downs, left alertly from an outside post position for Wrenn, despite the fact she has been racing from off the pace in her recent starts. The seven-year-old daughter of Victory Sam cleared to the lead just before the :27.2 opening panel then eased up on the throttle through a middle half-mile in :59 seconds. She then cruised home in 1:55.4, despite strong headwinds in the stretch, for an easy three-length win. Easy Strength (Josh Sutton) raced gamely to finish second with Jesse's Messenger (Dan Noble) garnering the show dough. Victory Is Coming now has 48 career victories and has earned $546,365 for owners John and Betty Shaw. Ammon Hershberger has trained the classy lass over the past couple years. Igotafeelinfran, who prepped with a pair of impressive wins in Dayton Raceway's first two Fillies & Mares Opens, ran her local win streak to three with a 1:55 tally over Crosswind Colleen (Jason Brewer) and So Jazzy (Chris Page). Noble was content to sit fourth with the odds-on favorite until the :56.3 halfway station, then launched a first-over bid through the third quarter reached in 1:25.1. Once clear of pacesetter So Jazzy, Igotafeelinfran got a scare from Crosswind Colleen who was on even terms with the winner before breaking stride briefly in mid-stretch. Trainer Jim Dailey's wife Kimberly owns the four-year-old Feelin Friskie mare in partnership with Jerry Zosel and Kathy Ratcliff. She has 17 wins and $369,871 in earnings in her first three years of racing. Hollywood Dayton Raceway will present another pair of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship races for older male pacers and trotters on Saturday night. First race post time is 6:35 with the finals slated as races 6 and 10 on the 14-race program. From the press box at Dayton Racway

Creatine captured the $166,300 American National Aged Trot in a new track record time of 1:51.3 with harness racing driver Dan Noble at the lines. The previous time of 1:51.4 was set by Sand Vic in 2006. "Late in the stretch I went up in the inside and was able to get through," said Noble. "I was in the two-hole for nearly all of the mile and was in trouble late, I was lucky to get through."   Archangel (Yannick Gingras) took the lead quickly from post one, with Creatine taking advantage of post two and following closely on his heels to the :27 first quarter. Uncle Peter (David Miller) and Market Share (Tim Tetrick) were in close pursuit with positions unchanged though the :55.1 half. Market Share was the first to pull, making his way slowly up to challenge the leaders to the 1:23 three-quarter marker. In the lane, Creatine finally shook loose behind Archangel and charged through the inside. Wishing Stone (Matt Kakaley) came flying late on the outside to get up for second, while Archangel held on for third   When the numbers were posted, however, Creatine's began flashing and it was nearly a ten-minute wait before judged determined that the son of Andover Hall-Berry Nice Muscles-Muscles Yankee had only touched, but not gone inside the pylons.   "I saw the number flashing there and was worried, but still thought the horse raced great," said trainer Bob Stewart. "It was a similar trip as the one we got behind Spider Blue Chip last year when we finished second. It worked out better this year."   The 4-year-old stallion is owned by Diamond Creek Racing of Wellsville, PA and now has $322,571 in seasonal earnings from three wins, three seconds and one third in 13 starts. Lifetime, he's amassed 14 wins, nine seconds and three thirds in 37 trips postward, with $1,189,730.   Creatine is the second foal out of his dam and has half-siblings in Mister Anson (by Conway Hall) 2, 2:00.4h ($158,011) and Strawbery Wine (by Kadabra) 4, 1:56f ($101,285). By Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park

Dayton, OH --- Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, Ohio’s newest harness track, opened Friday evening (Oct. 3) with a packed house of horseplayers and curiosity seekers. Owned by Penn National Gaming Inc., Dayton Raceway came about when the company was permitted to move its Raceway Park license from Toledo about 150 miles south. Video lottery terminals began operating at Dayton in September. “We’re thrilled to be here,” Gary DeWitt, general manager of the facility, said during opening ceremonies. “It has been quite a journey. This is the beginning of another entertainment option in Dayton with live harness racing. We think it’s the nicest racing facility in the state of Ohio.” The racing side of the project was overseen by Mark Loewe, vice president of Ohio racing operations for PNGI. With the opening of Dayton, all four Ohio harness tracks now have VLTs and other amenities. “We’re really happy with it,” PNGI vice president of racing Chris McErlean said. “Being involved in this project from the ground up has been fun. Mark did a great job. It may be a little tight here tonight, but I think the facility is the right size for this market.” With at least 2,500 people on the racing side and regular traffic coming and going from the gaming floor, it was pretty tight on opening night. Lines were long at betting windows and concession stands. The first race at Dayton, which has a well-lit five-eighths-mile racing surface, was won by Ella V Horse, owned by Mitchell Standardbreds of Florida, trained by Travion Jones, and driven by Dan Noble, a native of the area. The 7-year-oldRoyal Mattjesty mare won a conditioned pace for fillies and mares in 1:54.3 for one mile on a fast track. Igottafeelinfran (Noble) captured the $12,000 Mares Open Pace with a strong last quarter brush to collar pacesetter Sectionline Yankee (Greg Grismore). Betit To Getit (Jason Brewer) finished third in the 1:55.3 mile. The winner is a 4-year-old Ohio-sired daughter of Feelin Friskie owned by Harold Lee and Harold Bauder in partnership with Michael Dixon. Jim Dailey trains the lifetime winner of $338,871. The ship-in paddock at Dayton has gotten high marks from horsemen and others, including Ohio State Racing Commission chairman Robert Schmitz, who was on hand for the opener. “Any racetrack I go to, the paddock is the first place I start out,” Schmitz said. “This paddock was built to a T. As for the rest of the facility, we’ll see how the sight lines are, but I think they did an excellent job. I’m excited about the Dayton area having a racetrack, and I think there is enough interest by folks around here to rekindle harness racing.” Schmitz said when Ohio Gov. John Kasich and the General Assembly approved racetrack VLTs, growth in the agriculture sector was a main driver. “It has come to fruition,” he said. The inaugural Dayton meet runs through Dec. 27, with racing five nights a week (Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays) for most of the meet. First post time is 6:35 p.m. By Tom LaMarra, for the USTA    

Tall Cotton sets a new track record of 1:53.2 for a harness racing aged gelded trotter at Scioto Downs. The previous record of 1:54 was held by JJ Hall and War Cry Hall. The 8-year old son of Revenue S out of B Cor Peatra is trained by Ron Burke who also owns along with Weaver Bruscemi, Ed Gold and Howard Taylor. Tall Cotton started from post four in the field of eight condition trotters. Chris Page had the lines and chased after the $18,000 purse. Page left hard for command and trotted an opening quarter in :27.3. Dan Noble and Fusion Man followed suit and were able to drop in second. The quick pace continued on to the half clocked in :55.4. Boy Meets Girl K and Randy Tharps started their first up rally and pushed the pace down to three quarters in 1:24.4. Fusion Man sat the pocket until wheeling in mid stretch to give his bid, but would be just a head shy. Final Breath and Hugh Beatty were a closing third. She's Shocking sets a new career best of 1:51 in the $25,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. The 5-year old mare by Electric Yankee out of Notorious One is conditioned by Scott Mogan who partially owns with Diamond Chip Stable and Charles Guiler. Kayne Kauffman had the assignment from post six in the full field of nine, but that didn't deter him from leaving. She's Shocking left like a rocket along with heavy favorite, Betterluvnexttime who cleared to the opening quarter in :26.2 and provided a perfect pocket trip to She's Shocking. The pace didn't slow much as they paced to the half in :54.4. Sissy Bar and Dan Noble started their first over bid and gave cover to a second over Sweetheart Dance. Sissy Bar applied pressure as they paced down to three quarters in 1:22.3. This left Kauffman licking his chops as they battled until the top of stretch. She's Shocking waited for room from a tiring Sissy Bar to pull out and pace a head clear of Betterluvnexttime. Jim Pantaleano and Sweetheart Dance came on for third. Racing returns Saturday (September 13) post time 6:30 p.m. Scioto Downs Racino

Itrustyou stole the spotlight on Saturday night at Scioto Downs with his track record performance of 1:48.2 in the $25,000 Open Pace.   The 6-year old gelded son by Third Straight out of Dynamic Lady broke the previous record of 1:48.4 set by Paco Labrook in 2013.   He's trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and RTC Stables of Pennsylvania.   Itrustyou was driven by Chris Page from post seven in the field of nine. Page fired out for command and definitely had to work for the top. After being parked to the quarter that was paced in :26.1, they finally cleared. The pair had instant pressure from a parked and pressing Ardyne Ace and Randy Tharps, pushing the pace to the half in :54.   Torrington and Dan Noble had a great pocket seat to the dueling action and just waited for their chance. Itrustyou responded to the pressure and paced down to three quarters in 1:21.3 before kicking 8-lengths clear of his competition. Torrington held the second spot and Santa Fe Beachboy closed well to grab third.   Big Bossman rebounded in the $40,000 first division of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year old pacing colts in 1:53.2.   Big Bossman is a gelded son by Feelin Friskie out of Lovely American. He's trained by Doug Hinklin for Parent Racing Stable of Ohio. Regular driver, Greg Grismore had the lines and started from post three in the field of seven.   Grismore left for early position and found it in the two hole behind long shot, Lawyer Up and Aaron Merriman. The pair quickly made a brush to retake before the half that was paced in :56.4.   Big Bossman was well in hand the rest of the mile. They paced to three quarters in 1:25.3 and cruised home in :27.3. Big Bossman was victorious by 6-lengths over Upfront Clays Boy and a rallying Dibs for Josh Sutton.   Soul Train gets a new career best, 1:57.1 in his division of Ohio Sires Stakes. The 3-year old gelded son of Trainforthefuture out of Dances On Air is conditioned by Scott Cox for Parent Racing Stable, Robert Crynick and John Novak.   Master Mighty and Kayne Kauffman were determined to set the fractions in the short field of six and did so in :29.2, :58.4 and 1:28.1. He was almost home free, but Soul Train and Ryan Stahl were able to get up in time by a mere nose. Master Mighty made a break as they crossed the wire, placing him third behind Kurt Sugg's Bradymeister.   I Know My Chip scores in his $40,000 division of Ohio Sires Stakes in a lifetime best, 2:00.2. Jim Dailey trains the 2-year old gelded son of Deep Chip out of Madeline's Crown for owner Kim Dailey. Jason Brewer had the assignment from post four in the field eight and was the better's choice at 3-5.   Brewer let colt trot when the starter said go and grabbed the top before the quarter that was trotted in :29.4. They had company from an outside leaver, Chips A Million and Chris Page. They let the pair go before tripping by the half that was trotted in :59.4. Page and Brewer performed the "give and go" and I Know My Chip regained command before the three quarters that clicked in 1:30.4.   I Know My Chip kicked 3 ½-lengths clear of a closing Ohio Chipster and Chips A Million held on for third.   Western Coby lit up the tote board with his 1:56.2 performance in a division of the 2-year old colt pace.   Western Coby is a gelded son by Western Spirit out of Cole By A Knows. He's trained by Ron Wagner who partially owns with Larry Acker and Dean Davis. Wyatt Irvine had the lines from post nine in field of nine and went off at odds of 55-1.   Irvine was content to take back and watch the action from eighth while Cornerback and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.pressed out for command. Ollie Pop clocked the opening quarter in :28.1 before settling for a pocket trip behind Cornerback. Wrenn tripped the half timer in :57.3.   It wasn't until the three quarters that was paced in 1:27 that Irvine gave Western Coby open road, three wide to pass them all in a final quarter he paced in :28.2. Indian Spirit and Kyle Ater also closed well for second and Ollie Pop completed the trifecta. Neely's Messenger extended his win streak to five with his $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes win in 1:59.2.   Marty Wollam trains and drives the 2-year colt by Neely Dunn out of Fun Message for Dale and Julie Sweet. They started from post two in the field of eight and were the slight second choice behind Kick A Lot who set the fractions of :28.3, :59.3 and 1:29.3.   Wollam sat back in third and watched the action before tipping his colt three wide in the stretch to win by a half length over Chips Starr and Super Sheff Frosty. Kick A Lot made a costly, quick break in stride causing him to go inside the pylons and to be disqualified and placed last.   Diamondkeeper upsets in his division Ohio Sires Stakes in 1:53.2. The 3-year old gelded son of Pine Valley out of Almahurst Joy is conditioned by Ron Burke for the connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Lawrence Karr.   The undefeated, heavy favorite, Friskie Adam pushed the gate away and was parked to the opening quarter in :26.3. Diamondkeeper and Greg Grismore were sitting sixth and it was until after the half that was paced in :55.2 that Grismore gave Diamondkeeper his command.   Friskie Adam hit the three quarters in 1:23.4, but couldn't hold off the rally from Diamondkeeper. He scored by 3/4 -lengths over Feel The Heat and Friskie Adam held on for third.   Lady's Dude prevails in a career best, 1:55 in his 3-year trot division of Ohio Sires Stakes. The 3-year old gelded son by Victory Sam out of Lady's Star went off at odds of 11-1 from post five in the field of six.   Lady's Dude recently moved in to the Ron Burke Stable for owners, Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Johnny Yoder. Josh Sutton had the lines and pushed the gate away and cleared to the top before the quarter that was clocked in :28.1, Sutton never looked back.   The heavy favorite, Rompaway Galaxy got away an early fourth and was content to watch the action as they hit the half in :57.3, but was underway by the three quarters that was stopped in 1:26.2. Micallef couldn't close the gap on Lady's Dude and had to settle for second and Can'tcutthatchip was third.   Chief Talkalot pulls off a gutsy performance in the final division of Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year old colt pacers in 1:55. Chief Talkalot is a gelded son of Feelin Friskie out Jardin Des Arts. Brian Brown trains for Steve Stewart, Michael Robinson, Robert Mondillo and Steve Cheatham.   Jim Pantaleano drove from post three in the full field of nine and got away an early fourth behind co-favorites, Nobles Finesse and Gray Camo. Nobles Finesse set the pace and fractions of :27.2 and :56.4 before Chief Talkalot started his first over bid with his stablemate, Rock N Randall in tow. Chief Talkalot and Nobles Finesse went toe to toe and stride for stride as they clocked the three quarters in 1:25.1, but Chief Talkalot won the battle by two lengths over Rock N Randall and Nobles Finesse completed the trifecta. Racing returns Tuesday (September 9) post time is 6:30 pm.   From Scioto Downs Racino            

Creatine sets new track record of 1:52.4 at Scioto Downs in the $25K Open Trot. Creatine shattered the previous harness racing record for a 4-year old horse of 1:54.1 set by Shark Kosmos in 2002. Creatine is a son of Andover Hall out of Berry Nice Muscles. He's conditioned by Bob Stewart for Diamond Creek Racing of Pennsylvania. Creatine started from assigned post five in the field of seven and Dan Noble had the controls. Slated as 9-5 favorite and going off at odds of 3-5, Noble said go when the gates folded. The pair had to work for the top from a stubborn Its Complicated and Josh Sutton. They cleared before the quarter that was trotted in a brisk :26.2. Noble was able to give Creatine a breather on their way to the half that was clocked in :56.1. Boy Meets Girl K and Randy Tharps started their first over bid to apply the pressure down the back side. Southwind Pepino and Sandy Beatty were right in their tow second over. Its Complicated started to tire giving Southwind Pepino a chance to sneak back to the rail. They clocked the three quarters in 1:24.4. Creatine held off the challenge from Boy Meets Girl K, but still had Southwind Pepino to fend off in the stretch. Creatine dug in to win by 1-1/4 lengths over Southwind Pepino and War Cry Hall and Greg Grismore rallied to complete the trifecta. This victory was Creatine's first of the season, but the 12th of his career. He's now banked over $938,000 in just 32 lifetime starts. Betterluvnexttime becomes the fastest mare in the history of Scioto Downs after winning the Filly and Mare Open Pace in 1:50.2. Betterluvnexttime broke her own track record set earlier this year of 1:50.4 and a mark of 1:50.3 set by her stable mate Top Brand. Betterluvnexttime is a 6-year old mare by American Ideal out of Darriwillian. She's trained by Scioto Downs leading trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr for Daniel Mitchell. Josh Sutton had the lines from post eight in the partially assigned field of nine. Betterluvnexttime was the 9-2 morning line third choice and went off at odds of 5-1. Sutton drove her like she was the one to beat. When the started said go, so did Josh. They pushed the gate away and drove for command. Sutton settled in an early third after the opening quarter that was paced in :26 by Sectionline Yankee. She's Shocking settled in the pocket spot for Kayne Kauffman, but they would have the pocket seat for long. Betterluvnexttime and Sutton were underway before the half that was paced in :54.1 and she was able to clear to the top on the backside. Betterluvnexttime had no time back down the pace. She had company from Continual Velocity and Chris Page. They battled to the three quarters in 1:21.3. The duel continued through the stretch and Sectionline Yankee was licking her chops behind the battling pair. The two outstanding mares battled it out and Betterluvnexttime had the winning stride. She beat a game Continual Velocity by a narrow neck and Sectionline Yankee settled for the show spot. This was Betterluvnexttime's fourth consecutive win and her 37th victory in 86 career starts. Racing continues on Saturday (August 31) post time is 6:30 pm. Scioto Downs will host an autograph session prior to post time, starting at 5:45 pm in the grandstand breezeway. Scioto Downs Racino

Victory Is Coming and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.stole the spotlight with their world and new track record performance of 1:51 at Scioto Downs Friday. The previous world record of 1:51.4 for an aged trotting mare on a 5/8 mile track was set by Beatgoeson Hanover and In Your Room, both in 2013.  The previous track record of 1:52.2 was held by Unefoisdanmavie and Modern Family. The 7-year old mare by Victory Sam out of Norse Comer is trained by Ammon Hershberger for Betty and John Shaw. Victory Is Coming has now earned over $520,000 in her 107 starts and has made 47 trips the winners circle. The mare started from post five in the full field of 10 and went off at odds of 8-5. Wrenn got away an early fifth behind the battle of Its Complicated and Creatine. Clicking the opener quarter in a hot, :26.2. The pace didn't slow much when Lachance grabbed leather with Creatine to drop in third. They clocked the half mile in :54 and it was shortly after that Wrenn pulled the right line and made a quick brush to the front. Victory Is Coming quickly opened up 3-lengths on the field as she hit the three quarters in 1:22.2. Wrenn had the talented mare well in hand as the cruised to a 1-1/4 lengths victory over Southwind Pepino. The other lone mare in the field, Daylon Miracle was a closing third. Freshman fillies dominate in $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes at Scioto Downs on Friday night. Like Old Times and Josh Sutton set a new track record of 1:57.2 for 2-year trotting fillies at Scioto Downs. The previous record of 1:57.2 was held by Rose Run Keepsake. Like Old Times is a daughter of Chip Chip Hooray out of Royal Two. She's trained by Don McKirgan for Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, Ohio. She started from post four in the field of eight and was in good company. The 9-5 morning line favorite, Dark Roast started from post five. Dark Roast and Kurt Sugg left out for command and landed In The Pocket spot, but were out to take command just passed the 1/4 that was trotted in :28.3. Sutton and Like Old Times were parked the entire way and still were charging for command after the half that was trotted in :59. Dark Roast and Like Old Times went toe to toe and stride for stride down the three quarters that was clocked on 1:27.4. Sutton finally asked the filly for more and she responded by opening up on the field by 5-3/4 lengths. Sammy Star and Aaron Merriman came on late for second and Dark roast held on for third. Bettys Sam and trainer, driver Ammon Hershberger upset their division in 1:57.4. Bettys Sam is owned by John "Red" and Betty Shaw of Mt. Vernon, Ohio. She's by Victory Sam out of Norse Comer. She was out to prove that she wanted to be just like her sister, Victory Is Coming and her point was made. The filly started from the rail, but still had hard work ahead of her. The undefeated Sunrise Nibbles had post four in the field of eight. Page sent Sunrise Nibbles to her normal spot and clocked the opening quarter in :29. Ammon had Bettys Sam sitting third and after the :30 second quarter decided it was time to move. She started her first over grind and hit the three quarters in 1:28.2. Sunrise Nibbles and Bettys Sam battled down the stretch, a small neck separated the fillies. Bettys Sam earned the victory and paid $71.40 to win. Chip Girl and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.completed the trifecta. Lisa Jane takes the final division for trotting fillies in a career best, 1:57.2. Lisa Jane started from post five and Ryan Stahl had the lines for trainer, Scott Cox. She's a daughter of Neely Dunn out of Vanilla B and is owned by Parent Racing Stable LLC and G.Peters. Stahl wasted no time to gain control of the fractions. After the opening quarter was trotted in :28.4 by Tt'scaramelcream, Ryan made the move to the front. The trotted to the half in a moderate :59.1 and passed the three quarters in 1:28.2. Lisa Jane was well in hand and won by 3-1/2 lengths over Student Of Life and Dolly Dunn was third. Bell Flower and Chris Page dominate their $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes division in 1:55. Bell Flower never made her connections anxious as the heavy favorite. She started from post six in the field of eight. Page steered the perfect filly to the top and never looked back. She clocked fractions of :28.1,:57.1 and 1:25.4 before drawing clear by 7 lengths. Crosswinds Cupcake and Dan Noble rallied for second and Ut Oh Spakiddio grabbed the show spot. Sectionlinefriskie breaks her maiden with a win in her division of Ohio Sires Stakes in 1:56. Sectionlinefriskie is a daughter of Feelin Friskie out of Aquatic Yankee. She's trained by Steve Bauder for Harold Bauder, Michael Dixon and Harold Lee Bauder. Dan Noble had the assignment from post seven and was overlooked at 22-1. Noble ended up an early seventh in the field of eight. The heavy 1-5 choice, Friskie Lil Devil was the pace setter and cut fractions of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:27. Aaron Merriman and Zoey's Lemon Tart sat the pocket trip and waited to pounce in the stretch. Neither one could hold off the late charge from Sectionlinefriskie. She paced her final quarter in :28.3 Friskie Lil Devil settled for the place spot and Zoey's Lemon Tart was third. From Scioto Downs Racino

Ardyne Ace and Randy Tharps grind out a win in the $25,000 Open Pace in 1:50.4. Ardyne Ace is an 8-year old gelded son of Ace's N Sevens. He's trained by Jim Pollock Jr.for David Ehrenberg II and Daniel Fawcett of Ohio. Ardyne Ace started from assigned post five in the scratched down field of eight and Randy Tharps had the lines. Tharps was content to take off the gate and race from off the pace when a slew of leavers left hard for command. Santa Fe Beachboy and Josh Sutton landed on the front after the opening quarter that was paced in :26.4. The Indiana invader, Paco Labrook and Brad Hanners got the pocket ride behind the betting second choice. Before the half that was paced in :54.2, Ardyne Ace and Tharps were underway in their first over bid. The pressed the pace down the backside and hit three quarters in 1:22.2. Even after the :27.3 parked third quarter Ardyne Ace was far from tired. He have a game effort to win by a 1-length over a late charging Lucky Lime and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. J's Six Pak Attack and Dan Noble completed the trifecta. A mere 5-lengths covered the entire field of talented pacers. Scioto Downs continues the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge General Manager of Racing Operations,Stacy Cahill was joined by drivers, Aaron Merriman, Kayne Kauffman,Zach Mogan, Tyler Smith and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. who were challenged by Friday nights supporters of ALS. The Ice Bucket Challenge was carried out prior to first race post time. The group made donations and challenged drivers and executives at Northfield Park. Racing continues on Wednesday (August 20) First race post time is 6:30. From Scioto Downs Racino

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