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Columbus, OH - Four divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes 3-year-olds battled Saturday night at Scioto Downs, each vying for a purse of $40,000 in the fourth leg of this series for Buckeye-bred colt and gelding trotters and pacers. Indian Spirit prevailed in the first pacing division over rival Gray Camo in 1:52.4. The Tyler's Big Mark gelding was guided by Kyle Ater for his father, trainer Dan Ater and owner Greg Forcum of Chillicothe, OH. "This is the best horse I've ever had," an excited Forcum said in the Scioto Downs winner's circle. "This horse has a ton of heart and just never gives up. He loves chasing horses." Bred by Bruce Lane, Indian Spirit pushed his seasonal earnings to $86,810 with the win, his sixth of the season in ten starts. Lifetime, he has $121,219 in his bank account. "I turned him over to Dan (trainer Ater) late last season," Forcum explained modestly. "I thought he was a little bit better horse than I needed to be fooling with and that it might be better to give him to Dan, who has a lot more experience with top horses than I do." After eventual third-place finisher Gray Camo (Chris Page) led the field through fractions of :27, :55.2 and 1:23.3, the younger Ater pulled his charge first over and the pacer responded with a solid burst of speed that put him two lengths in front at the wire. Rock N Randall (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third. Indian Spirit has now won the second, third and fourth leg of his OSS contests. The second OSS pacing division saw 4-5 favorite Imtoofastforyou and Josh Sutton emerge victorious with a 1:54 clocking. The son of Mantacular-Lady Camette-Artsplace hails from the powerful Virgil Morgan, Jr. Stable and notched career win two in his ninth try. Unraced at two, Imtoofastforyou--who was bred by Midland Acres--pushed his career earnings to $54,150. "He had some knees that were open and he just wasn't ready to race last season," noted Morgan, Jr. "And he was an orangutan to deal with as a youngster, so we gelded him, and that's helped his attitude tremendously. Unlike some of these colts, he didn't have a lot of time to prepare for this season either mentally or physically, and so he's really come a long way." Owned by Carl Howard, Powell, OH; Gerrie Tucker, Montreal, QC, CA; and Brian Kohen, Dayton; Imtoofastforyou maintained his cool despite a recall caused by Nobles Finesse. Once the wings sprang, the bay colt took the lead and never looked back, snapping off fractions of :28, :57.2, and 1:28.3 before posting a three-quarter victory over Nobles Finesse (Kurt Sugg) and Chief Talkalot (Aaron Merriman). I Know My Chip and Chris Page captured the first of two $40,000 OSS trotting divisions handily in 1:55. The gelded son of Deep Chip-Madeline's Crown-Pegasus Spur was bred by Ohio's Kim Dailey and is trained by Ronnie Burke. "This horse has just gotten better and better as the season goes on," Burke stressed. "He's turned out to be a much better horse than I originally thought." This was I Know My Chip's second win in OSS competition in 2015 and pushed his seasonal earnings to $132,875 and his career totals to $238,278 for owners Burke Racing Stable of Frerickestown, PA; Weaver Bruscemi, Cannonsburg, PA; and Paul Collura of Mountain Top, PA. He now has nine checks in all ten starts this season. The brown gelding, a 1-5 shot, took the lead away from the hard-trying Neely's Messenger (Mike Wilder) at the :58 half, and never looked back, posting a 3½ length triumph. The aforementioned rival held on for second, while Reel Deep Chip (Kayne Kauffman) was third, followed by Kick A Lot (Kurt Sugg) and Chips Starr (Hugh Beatty). It was an emotional, tear-feared winner's circle that welcomed No Whip Chip for a well-deserved photo after a gate to wire triumph in 1:57.1. The son of Victory Sam-Merediths Hope-Master Lavec notched his third win in eight starts for trainer-driver Dan Noble and his mother, owner Debbie Noble. "These are happy tears," Debbie Noble explained. "This horse belongs to a group of youngsters that Chip (the late Sam Noble III) bred and raised. He raced this horse's parents and to win with this colt is just even more emotional than it would be normally because I know he wanted so much to be here, to see what this colt has become. We feel so blessed to have this horse and we feel sure that Chip is watching over us." The victory pushed No Whip Chip's lifetime earnings to $60,440 as he nailed down his third lifetime win in eight starts. Unraced as a freshman, the bay gelding has missed only one check in his career. My Friend Jim (Jeremy Smith) was second, followed by Cooter Dunn (Louis Bauslaugh). Ohio Sires Stakes for freshmen colts and filly of both gaits continue next weekend (Sept. 4 & 5) at Scioto Downs, while the $225,000 Championships for all 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be contested on Saturday, Sept. 12 during Super Night festivities at the five-eighth's mile oval. By Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

Columbus, OH - Driver Dan Noble had a stellar night of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) action, piloting three of the four divisional winners at Scioto Downs on Aug. 28. The 32-year-old Kettering, Ohio native piloted both of the pacing and one of the 3-year-old trotting filly victresses for Buckeye-bred distaffs. Longshot E Ticket Ride was Noble's first score, as he guided the daughter of Feelin Friskie-Double E Hanover-Western Hanover to a 1:54.1 career best clocking for trainer David Elliott and owner Bret M. Schwartz of Washington Court House, OH. "This filly got a little bit of a rough start initially," Noble explained. "She didn't race as a 2-year-old and David (trainer Elliott) really took his time with her. She was pretty green this year and is just starting to come around into form at the right time." Bred by Midland Acres, the big, chocolate-brown filly pushed her career earnings to $52,820 with the victory, the second of her career in 12 trips postward. Returning $14.20 to her backers on a two dollar win ticket, E Ticket Ride bested favorite Karlee Sue (Kayne Kauffman) by half a length at the wire, while the gritty Hailstorm Gracie (Josh Sutton) got up for third. In the first of two OSS events for trotters (Race Three), Noble steered another longshot--Song Of The Valley-- to a career best 1:57.1 triumph for trainer Christ Hershberger. Owned and bred by Philip Baldauf of Akron, OH, the daughter of Pine Valley-Surf Song Yankee-Yankee Cruiser bested the highly regarded and multiple OSS distaff Dark Roast (Kurt Sugg) by 1¾ lengths. Chip Chip Page (Chris Page) was third with a well-steered, come-from-behind effort. "I never sat behind this filly before," Noble said. "But before the race Christ (trainer Herseberger) told me that if I was able to get her out of the gate okay, he thought she'd be super tough in here. She's a good, strong, back-half horse and the race couldn't have worked out any more perfectly for her." Song Of The Valley pushed her seasonal earnings to $33,319 with the victory, the second of the season. Lifetime she's amassed $53,827 from 17 starts, with a trio of wins, three seconds and three thirds. Noble then pulled of the perfect hat trick as he piloted 1-9 favorite Crosswinds Cupcake to a 1:55.1 clocking in the second OSS test for pacing fillies. The daughter of Stand Forever-Keystone Mulberry-Artsplace notched her fifth straight victory for Noble, pushing her 2015 earnings to $105,690. "She's much more mature and manageable this season," Noble stressed. "You can do whatever you want with her now as she's become a much more versatile filly." Bred and co-owned by Crosswinds Farm, Waynesville, OH and Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH, Crosswinds Cupcake was put on the front end early by Noble and was never challenged, finishing 1¼ lengths in front of rival Sectionlinefriskie (Greg Grismore) at the wire, while Friskie Lil Devil (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third. Her career earnings now stand at $146,362. In the second OSS trotting division, Like Old Times and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., came from off the pace to score in 1:56. The daughter of Chip Chip Hooray-Royal Two-Royal Troubadour was harnessed by Don McKirgan for owner-breeder Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, OH, pushing her career earnings to $192,617. "I was a little concerned because of the soft first half (:58.1)," Wrenn, Jr. admitted. "But this filly does her job and raced great tonight. She's versatile and can race anyway you want her to." After sitting through a first-quarter panel of :27.4 set by Honey B (Kyle Ater), Like Old Times made a bold power move, grabbing the lead just past the half to take the field through a 1:26.4 third panel before pacing a modest :29.1 final brush to nail down her tenth win of the year in 12 starts. Her career earnings now stand at $192,617. Expresso Joe (Dan Noble) finished second by 2¾ lengths, with Honey B held on for show honors. Ohio Sires Stakes action continues tonight with four divisions at Scioto Downs for 3-year-old pacing and trotting colts and geldings. Post time is 6:30 pm, ET. By Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

Columbus, OH --- Harness racing driver Dan Noble posted his 4,000th driving victory on Tuesday (June 2) when he piloted Tyd Theglyde to a 1:53.2 victory in the ninth race at Scioto Downs. The 32-year-old Noble drove his first winner in 1999 and has won at least 100 races in each season since 2002. He reached the pinnacle of the sport in 2011 when his 773 victories topped all drivers in North America. Noble has 150 victories in 2015, which currently ranks him 18th among all drivers on the continent. He has 29 triumphs at Scioto Downs, which places him second in the local standings behind Josh Sutton. USTA Communications Department   

LEBANON, OH. - Indian Spirit proved his win in last week's James K. Hackett elimination was no fluke by capturing the $30,000 championship on Saturday night at Miami Valley Raceway in near identical fashion. Eased off the gate by driver Kyle Ater and settled into sixth at the quarter-mile station, Indian Spirit was content to move up a spot along the inside during the middle half before swinging wide at the head of the stretch and cruising to a convincing 2-3/4 length triumph in 1:54. Chief Talkalot (Jim Pantaleano) raced gamely on the outside the entire mile to finish second with Gray Camo (Chris Page) garnering the show dough. Indian Spirit by Tyler's Big Mark is owned by Gregory Forcum and trained by Dan Ater. His next start will be in the first leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes series for sophomore pacing colts at Miami Valley on May 2. Earlier on the program, Ardyne Ace (Dan Noble) pulled an upset over heavily-favored Night Pro (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) in the $18,150 Open Pace. The winning nine-year-old's clocking of 1:50.3 was the third fastest mile in the two-year history of Miami Valley. Jim Pollock Jr. conditions Ardyne Ace for owners David Ehrenberg and Daniel Fawcett, who saw the son of Aces N Sevens lifetime bounty exceed $400,000 with the victory at odds of 10-1. Night Pro, who was assigned outside and was parked through a first quarter in :26.4, held for second with longshot Mr Why (Ken Holliday) saving ground throughout to finish third. Gregg Keidel    

LEBANON, OH. - The Miami Valley Raceway track record for older pacing mares was tied twice on Friday (April 17) and the two shared another common denominator, driver Dan Noble. The first to equal the best-ever 1:52.1 clocking was Native Dream, a five-year-old daughter of Allamerican Native, in a $10,450 condition race. The Bill Dailey trainee, owned by Pacey Mindlin and Kenneth Cohen, bested Bettor Think Twice (Hugh Beatty Jr.) and Yankee's Lady (Josh Sutton) for her 15th lifetime triumph. An outstanding three-year-old, Native Dream had a bit of a down year in 2014, but looks to have regained her best form with two straight convincing wins at Miami Valley. Two races later, Kathy's Kitchen (also driven by Noble), copped a $12,100 race mixing top condition mares and $15,000 claimers, also equaling the track record of 1:52.1 for older mares. The five-year-old mare by Whosurboy has put together an impressive string of seven straight starts at Miami Valley with four wins, three place and one show finishes while working her way through the claiming ranks. Kathy's Kitchen's four victories came progressively carrying tags of $8000, $10,000 and $12,000 before the latest win with a $15,000 base tag. Thunder Flight (Ken Holliday) and A Sham Of Amber (Randy Tharps) got the place and show dough in her latest conquest. Owners Andrew and Christina Coblentz have banked $26,391 during the seven-race streak under the tutelage of trainer John G. Wengerd. Beat The Beat (Kyle Ater) scored an upset in the $17,050 Mares Open Pace, beating All Terror (Kayne Kauffman) and Ivory Collection (Jeremy Smith) in 1:53. In the ongoing Miami Valley version of musical chairs in the Friday night feature race, the five-year-old daughter of Art Major became the 11th different mare to cop a distaff open in the first 15 weeks of the current meet. Dan Ater trains Beat The Beat for owners Kirk Nichols and William Green. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Miami Valley Raceway possesses a deep and talented harness racing driver colony, but rarely do you see a night at a commercial track nowadays where a different driver wins every race. That was the case on Wednesday, however, as ten drivers each won one of the ten races on the program. Even more shocking, leading driver Josh Sutton-currently in fifth place in the national dash standings with 155 wins at Miami Valley-was not one of the winners. Those that did reach the winner's circle were Alex Hawk, Ken Holliday, Randy Tharps, Hugh Beatty Jr., Dan Noble, Chris Page, Adam Beatty, Jeff Nisonger, Jason Brewer and Jeremy Smith. Gregg Keidel          

LEBANON, OH. - Twilight Bonfire, who has rapidly become a fan favorite at Miami Valley Raceway, became harness racing's newest millionaire Saturday night capturing the $16,500 Open Handicap Pace after a thrilling stretch duel. Driver Dan Noble changed tactics in Twilight Bonfire's seventh local start by leaving the gate alertly and dictating all the fractions. A lukewarm favorite in a stellar field, the five-year-old stud horse by The Panderosa reached the quarter mile marker in :26.3, then throttled down to a :56.1 half before the challengers began to form an outer flow. Masters Champion (Kyle Ater) was first to lap on the pacesetter with Neat (Jeff Nisonger) and Mykindachip (Kayne Kauffman) swinging wider yet at the 1:23.4 three-quarter station. Atta Boy Dan (Chris Page), fresh off three straight Preferred company victories at The Meadows, swung four-wide at the head of the stretch and the cavalry charge was on to the wire. In the end, Twilight Bonfire held off all challengers in 1:52.1 despite the fact that two of his adversaries had stuck their heads in front of him midway through the final turn. Atta Boy Dan got up for second with Neat pacing strong between horses to finish a very tight third. Owned by Robert Key and trained by Danny Collins, Twilight Bonfire's winning bounty moved his career earnings to $1,003,070. The homebred has won 15 of his 66 lifetime starts and sports a three-year-old record of 1:50.1. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Igottafeelinfran got back on the winning track Friday night at Miami Valley Raceway winning the $16,500 harness racing Fillies and Mares Open pace. Sent off as the 6-5 favorite despite two straight disappointing finishes from outside post positions, the five-year-old daughter of Ohio sire Feelin Friskie went directly to the front for driver Dan Noble and went unpressured until the stretch. With no foe willing to challenge the pacesetter early, Noble coasted through fractions of :28, :58 and 1:27.1 before finishing in :28.1 for the 1:55.2 victory. Shine N Shimmer (Chris Page), last week's winner, left alertly from the outside post position and fell into the pocket where she stayed until a late seam in the stretch allowed her to finish a strong second with a good closing kick. Betterluvnexttime (Josh Sutton) also fell victim to the pedestrian fractions, but came on late to garner the show dough. The three classy mares that comprised the winning trifecta ticket have combined earnings of over $1 million. Igottafeelinfran has now won 19 times and banked over $390,000 in just 54 career starts. She is co-owned by trainer Jim Dailey's wife Kimberly with Jerry Zosel and Kathy Ratcliff. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Onemorelastchance, the only Ohio-sired horse in the race, captured the $14,000 championship leg of the harness racing 'Look Sharp Series' on Sunday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway. The nine-year-old gelded son of Towner's Big Guy beat a full field of younger combatants for owner Diane Stephenson, trainer Greg Horn and driver Dan Noble. It was the 26th career win for the homebred who has raced his entire career for the same connections and increased his lifetime earnings to $167,859. Noble gunned Onemorelastchance to the front early in the mile then held off favored Foreign Officer (Tyler Smith) and hard-charging Toledo Bend Gator (Chris Page) in 1:55. The series was named after Look Sharp, a son of Abercrombie, who stood stud at the nearby Hagemeyer Farm for many years and produced countless good race horses, many of whom seemed to getter better with age. The prolific southwest Ohio sired died in 2014 at the age of 30. A $16,500 Open Trot was also presented on the matinee program with March Awareness (Chris Page) making his first local appearance a winning one, beating Rehab Mountain (Brad Hanners) and Can'tcutthatchip (Jack Dailey) in 1:57. Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi LLC own the five-year-old altered son of Ken Warkentin who now sports 15 wins in just 48 career starts. In other news, the Saturday night (February 21) program produced a Miami Valley track record handle when $308,977 went through the mutuel windows. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Twilight Bonfire captured the $15,500 Open Handicap pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night, inching within $6000 of becoming a million dollar earner for owner-breeder Robert J. Key. The five-year-old stud horse by The Panderosa has made the most of his 64 career starts, winning 14 of them and banking $994,060. This score was the second in three tries in local open company with the first being a track-record equaling 1:51.1 effort the last day of January. Twilight Bonfire swept past a host of horses in the stretch for driver Dan Noble collaring runnerup Gareth Nourrir (Josh Sutton) and show finisher Speed Trap (Chris Page) in the final strides of the 1:53 mile. Danny Collins conditions the winner who will join the exclusive 'Millionaires Club' with his next victory. The second leg of the 'Sovereign Warrior' series for top conditioned pacers was contested in two $9000 divisions. Ideal Race (Chris Page) captured the first division in 1:52.4 besting ER Zach Attack (Tyler Smith) and Winchester's Punch (Randy Tharps). With a win and a second, the Ron Burke-trained winner is the likely morning line favorite for the $18,000 championship next Saturday night. Ohio-sired Feel N Funk E (Andy Shetler) copped the second division with a 1:53.1 triumph over Ally-Con (Greg Grismore) and Lady's Man (Josh Sutton). George Anthrop trains the winner who could become a $100,000 earner with a score in the series final. Through 35 nights of the current 89-night meet, Miami Valley's average daily handle is up a healthy 22% over the inaugural season's numbers. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Harness racing driver Dan Noble has climbed back into a virtual tie for leading dash driver at Miami Valley's second season.   The nearby Xenia, Ohio native won five times on a snowy, 10 degree special President's Day Monday matinee to end the day deadlocked with Josh Sutton, who had a driving double of his own.   The pair each have 63 victories through the first 32 programs of an 89-day meet. Defending champion Kayne Kauffman is third with 56 tallies.   Noble's triumphs were with Angels N Demons, who covered the snow-covered 'good' track in 1:59.2 and paid $2.80 to win, Make Your Move (1:59.3, $7.20), Picture Me (1:57.2, $6.80), Salutation Hanover (1:59.2, $5.60) and E R Prince Charmin (2:00.3, $10.80).   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Dabestleaderever ran his win streak to five on Saturday night at Miami Valley capturing the $16,500 Open Handicap Pace in 1:53, despite 14 degree temperatures and wind gusts reaching 40 miles an hour. Although the winner has raced for three different owners and trainers during his current win streak, one constant has been driver Dan Noble in the sulky for all five scores. With last week's winner Mykindachip scratched from the field, Dabestleaderever and Ice Scraper inherited the favorite's roles and didn't disappoint. They sped to the quarter pole in :26.4 with Ice Scraper finally crossing to the pylons for reinsman Josh Sutton. The duo stayed that way, with the others struggling to keep up, through middle fractions of :55 and 1:23.4. The winner pulled briefly on the pacesetter with over a quarter mile to go, but retreated back to the pylons and waited until the homestretch for one final gallant try. It proved to be the right strategy as Dabestleaderever stuck a nose in front of Ice Scraper in the final stride. Speed Trap (Chris Page) was best of the rest to grab the show spot. A Piece Of The Action Stable LLC plucked the eight-year-old Cambest gelding from a $20,000 claiming event a week ago and got an instant $8250 dividend with the win. George Anthrop is the current trainer of the horse that has also been in the Jim Ellison and Virgil Morgan Jr. stables during the impressive win streak. The first leg of the Sovereign Warrior Series for pacers who are non-winners of $1200 per start in 2014-15 was also presented on Saturday night. The first $9000 split was won by ER Zach Attach (Tyler Smith) in an upset over Why Don't U Say (Chris Page) and Tough Chip (Dan Noble) in 1:55. Trent Stohler trains and co-owns the winner with partners Benjamin and Tim Graber. Dispatched at 32-1 odds, ER Zach Attack paid $66 to win with the $2 exacta in the race returning $293.20. Lucky Crusader (Josh Sutton) captured the second $9000 division in 1:55.1, besting Ideal Race (Chris Page) and Ally-Con (Greg Grismore). Alex Adam trains and co-owns the winner with William Rodosky Jr. As the 8-5 favorite Lucky Crusader paid $5.40 and was the top half of a $27.20 exacta. Racing resumes Sunday at Miami Valley with a 3:00 p.m. post time. A special President's Day matinee program will also be presented on Monday, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Mykindachip made it three wins in four tries since the start of Miami Valley Raceway's second season by winning the $15,500 Open Pace in 1:54.3 on Saturday (February 7). In each of the three victories, driver Kayne Kauffman has left the wings of the gate alertly with the six-year-old son of Art's Chip, allowed a single adversary to clear to the front, then retakes the lead just past the quarter and successfully plays catch-me-if-you-can to the wire. Sent off as a prohibitive 2-5 favorite over a 'good' track, Mykindachip watched Cam B Zipper (Chris Page) sweep by just before the :27 opening quarter, then Kauffman retook command through fractions of :56.4 and 1:25.3 before a :29 final panel sealed the deal. Rockin Finish (Brent Holland) raced gamely first-up on the outside to finish a lapped-on second with Cam B Zipper holding firm for third. It was the 25th career triumph for Mykindachip and increased his lifetime bounty to $408,107. He is owned by Carl Atley and trained by Danny Dubeansky. Driver Josh Sutton enjoyed quite a night, winning six of the first 11 races to move into a strong third in the local dash standings after 25 nights of the 89-night meet. With three races remaining on the Saturday night program, defending champion Kayne Kauffman and former national dash champion Dan Noble were deadlocked for first place with 49 victories apiece. Sutton, who won the recent Dayton Raceway dash title, gained considerably with his stellar Saturday night. His win total was 44 at presstime. Racing resumes Sunday afternoon with a 3:00 PM post time. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Igotafeelinfran, the lone Buckeye-bred mare in the field, used a perfect pocket trip coupled with cooperative weather and the fastest harness racing surface in awhile to win the $15,500 Open Mares Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night in 1:52.4. It was just the second 2015 start for the reigning Ohio Sire Stakes older distaff champion, so driver Dan Noble was content to allow longshot All Terror (Kayne Kauffman) to cut the remaining fractions after pushing her to a speedy :27.3 opening panel. Following middle splits of :57 and 1:25 the leading pair separated themselves from the rest and staged an epic stretch duel with the winner nosing out the pacesetter following a :27.4 closing quarter. Stucklikeglue (Greg Grismore) closed well to grab the show spot after a second-over journey. The five-year-old daughter of Feelin Friskie now has 18 wins on her impressive resume in addition to 22 other place and show finishes from just 51 lifetime races. Jerry Zosel and Kathy Ratcliff bred Igotafeelinfran and have since added Kimberly Dailey, wife of trainer Jim Dailey, as a partner on the career winner of $381,746. A race earlier, in the $11,000 top conditioned pace for mares, Betterluvnexttime (Josh Sutton) tied the 1:52.1 track record for older female pacers, established during Miami Valley's inaugural season in 2014 by Holiday Shopper. The seven-year-old American Ideal mare, owned by Daniel Mitchell and trained by Virgil Morgan Jr., just edged Carlina Hanover (Kayne Kauffman) with Multiple Sources (Greg Grismore) garnering the show dough. Betterluvnexttime is closing in on a half million dollars in lifetime earnings, the result of 39 victories from just 95 career starts. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Twilight Bonfire didn't just capture the $14,500 Open Pace at Miami Valley on Saturday night (January 31), but he tied the all-time all-age harness racing track record in 1:51.1 on a wintry night in southwest Ohio. Driver Dan Noble allowed favorites Ice Scraper (Josh Sutton) and Mykindachip (Kayne Kauffman) to mix it up through brisk opening panels of :25.4 and :54.1. Still sitting seventh at the 1:22.3 third quarter station Noble began to wind the winner through traffic in the stretch, eventually splitting tiring horses and pulling away by a 1-1/2 length margin. Mykindachip held for second with longshot J's Six Pak Attack (Jeremy Smith) putting in a strong effort to finish third. It was just the 13th career win for the five-year-old son of The Panderosa, but boosted his lifetime earnings to just shy of $1 million--$986,295 to be exact. Owner Robert Key sent Twilight Bonfire to Ohio-based trainer Danny Collins in mid-November and he has responded with five on-the-board finishes in six tries, including three wins. The final "Claim To Fame" series championship was also decided on Saturday night as the nine top $12,500 claiming pacers went postward chasing a $20,000 final purse. It was anybody's race at the three-quarter pole, but when the smoke cleared it was Master Stroke (Josh Sutton) with the most late pace, topping Kyron (Chris Page) and Winchester's Punch (Dan Noble) in 1:53.2. The nine-year-old altered son of Art Major couldn't find racing room until very late in last week's final preliminary leg, but closed with a fury to finish second a half-length back. In the final, Sutton faced the same predicament until finding room to swing four-wide down the homestretch and sprinting past the others in convincing fashion. Barry Langley trains Master Stroke for owner Keith Pippi. It was the 34th victory in a lengthy and rewarding career and pushed the winner's lifetime bounty past $450,000. Miami Valley Raceway will present the only live harness racing in the United States on Super Bowl Sunday with a 3:00 PM post time. The 12-race program should conclude about a half an hour prior to the Patriots-Seahawks kickoff. Gregg Keidel    

LEBANON, OH. - Shine N Shimmer slid into town Friday night and captured the $16,500 Mares Open pace at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:52.3, just two-fifths of a second off the harness racing track record for aged pacing mares despite 26 degree temperatures and gusting winds. Driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr., the 2014 national dash champion, pushed the seven-year-old American Ideal mare right to the front when the wings folded and was able to maintain the lead through fractions of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:24.1. The winner, shipping in from the east coast where she earned $95,413 with eight wins in 2014, beat Igottafeelinfran (Dan Noble)-the winner of last year's Ohio Sires Stakes championship for older mares, making her first seasonal start-and Metro Shopping (Tyler Smith), who got the show dough. Jim Ellison trains now trains Shine N Shimmer for the partnership of Dandy Farms and Howard Taylor. She paid $8.80 to win. Earlier on the program the $8200 championship final of the "Claim To Fame" series for $5000 claiming trotters was contested. Upset winner was JW's Jasmine (Kyle Ater), who topped King Trut (Josh Sutton) and Pacific Wave K (Ken Holliday) at odds of 14-1. The winner got away third as Beauregret carved wicked trotting fractions of :27.2 and :56.1 to the half. Ater came first up headed to the three-quarters where his nine-year-old mare stuck a head in front in 1:25.4. Her :30.3 final panel was enough to garner the championship for the pride of the Baron Racing Stable and trainer George Anthrop. The Saturday night card at Miami Valley will feature a $14,500 Open Pace as well as the $20,000 championship leg of the "Claim To Fame" series for $12,500 horses and geldings. Miami Valley will also provide the only live harness racing action in the United States on Super Bowl Sunday with a 3:00 p.m. post time. The matinee program should wrap-up about a half hour before kickoff of the Patriots-Seahawks clash, which will be shown throughout the Miami Valley casino and bars on dozens of large-screen television monitors. Gregg Keidel

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