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LEBANON, OH - Harness racing driver Dan Noble enjoyed quite a night at Miami Valley Raceway Saturday (April 17) by racking up six wins including two feature races. Heart Of Chewbacca claimed the title in the $40,000 James K. Hackett Memorial championship for three-year-old Ohio-sired pacing colts; while Springsteen barely triumphed in the $24,000 Open I Handicap while making his first start at the southwest Ohio five-eighths mile oval. Charlie May (Brett Miller), who narrowly defeated Heart Of Chewbacca in an elimination heat last week, was sent to the front from the outside post position in :27.4. Miller tapped the breaks in the second quarter and stopped the halfway timer in :58. The much-anticipated showdown between Ohio's best two Ohio Sires Stakes freshmen was on during the third quarter when Noble tipped his charge out from third and moved quickly alongside his rival. The third quarter was clocked in an amazing :25.2. The pair rounded the final bend nose-to-nose until Charlie May made a speed break, the first of his career, as the pair entered the stretch. That allowed Heart Of Chewbacca to cruise home an easy open lengths winner over Laughagain Hanover (Kayne Kauffman) and Just Playing (Josh Sutton). Siri Said (Mitch Cushing) finished fourth to also advance to next week's $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitational at Miami Valley. HEART OF CHEWBACCA REPLAY   Noble's Norman Rae Racing Stable of Xenia co-owns the winner with Dennis Owens, although the son of Bring On The Beach was put under trainer Ron Burke's care early in his outstanding freshman season. Christi Noble, Dan's wife, recently began training Springsteen, who was purchased by Joshua Graber of Quincy, Michigan. In his first start for the new connections, the six-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven took full advantage of an advantageous inside draw to front a full field of accomplished Open pacers through fractions of :26.1, :53.2 and 1:20.3 before barely holding off fast closers My Hero Ron (Josh Sutton) and American Dreamer (Trevor Smith) in a close photo finish. Unfortunately, My Hero Ron went inside a pair of pylons in the stretch and was placed third behind American Dreamer in the official order of finish. SPRINGSTEEN REPLAY   Springsteen's share of the $24,000 purse pushed his earnings to $698,572 with 17 wins in 68 lifetime starts. A $20,000 Open II Pace went to Havefaithinme N (Trevor Smith) who pulled a mild upset over Grantmeawish (Sutton) and Drawing Dragons (Noble). J. D. Perrin trains the ten-year-old for his wife Tessa. The son of Bettor's Delight has scored 34 times and earning $1,433,593 in 108 starts. In addition to Dan Noble's six wins, Brett Miller managed a Grand Slam with four tallies on the 14-race card. Racing resumes Sunday afternoon at Miami Valley with a 2:05 p.m. post time. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH - Charlie May opened his sophomore harness racing season in style by winning an elimination heat of the James K. Hackett Memorial late closer in 1:51.4, despite a rain-soaked sloppy racing surface at Miami Valley Raceway Saturday. Brett Miller surged the defending Ohio Sires Stakes champion past Heart Of Chewbacca (Dan Noble) in the final strides in the highly anticipated early season showdown between the two best Ohio-sired two-year-olds in 2020. Official Bean (Trevor Smith) , who prepped with a pair of early season wins at Miami Valley, finished third. Charlie May (McArdle) had a freshman scorecard of 9-7-2-0, good for $329,627 in earnings. Heart Of Chewbacca was nearly as impressive in his rookie racing season, compiling a 7-5-2-0 stat line and pushing $195,598 into his owners coffers. Neither horse left the gate with alacrity, but both were moved into the outer flow before the :57.1 halfway point in the mile. Heart Of Chewbacca was first to reach the front after a :26.2 third panel before Charlie May finally collared him nearing the finish line. The same scenario played out in the $300,000 O.S.S. championship tilt at Eldorado Scioto Downs last September. CHARLIE MAY REPLAY   Steve Carter trains homebred Charlie May for owner Don Tiger. The other Hackett Memorial elimination heat went just 2/5ths of a second slower as Laughagain Hanover (Dan Noble), who finished third in the aforementioned Buckeye freshman final, easily defeated Just Playing (Josh Sutton) and Third Edition (Miller). It was the fifth lifetime triumph for Laughagain Hanover and raised his earnings to $120,584 for the partnership of Cimaglio, Richardson and Gilmartin. Noble's wife Christi trains the son of McArdle. LAUGHAGAIN REPLAY   Joining the first three finishers in the eliminations will be fourth place finishers Siri Said (Mitch Cushing) and JW's Chrome (Kayne Kauffman). There was a tie for the fastest fifth place finish with both Imagine It (Sutton) and Just Marvelous (Trevor Smith) posting identical 1:54.1 clockings. If all ten horses enter there will be a coin flip between the fifth place finishers to determine who makes the nine-horse field for the $40,000 final. In a $22,500 Open I Pace Gold Digger King notched his second straight Saturday feature race victory, topping The First Step (Chris Page) and Americanfirewater (Kauffman) in 1:52. Linda Van Camp owns and Scott Mogan trains the five-year-old son of Pet Rock who now sports 14 career wins and $280,387 in earnings. Omega Cat (Tyler Smith) nosed out Yacht Week (Kauffman) and Grantmeawish (Sutton) in the $20,000 Open II. When Smith reached the wire in 1:51.3 it gave him his 100th win of the year at Miami Valley, a day after he reached the $100,000 seasonal earnings plateau. Racing resumes with 2:05 14-race matinees on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at Miami Valley. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway        

LEBANON, OH - Big Bad Jane (Dan Noble) extended her harness racing win streak to three at Miami Valley on Friday (March 26) capturing the $20,000 Mares Open in 1:50.3. Although the seven-year-old daughter of Big Bad John is no stranger to the winner's circle, with 32 victories in just 97 lifetime starts, this triumph was her first versus Open company since last Fall. Noble rushed Big Bad Jane directly to the front before the quarter was reached in :26.4 and lead the field through subsequent fractions of :55 and 1:22. Checks On The Way (Brett Miller) enjoyed a cozy pocket trip throughout until mounting a serious challenge in the final strides, only to come up a neck short. Longshot Coral Reef Hanover (Brady Galliers) proved best of the rest while Pace Baby Pace (Chris Page) and Fully A Virgin (Tyler Smith) picked up the remaining paychecks. Owner Sandra Burnett was co-breeder of Big Bad Jane with Dan Noble's late father Chip. Now in her sixth racing season, the winner has banked $452,734 in her stellar career. She is now trained by Christi Noble, Dan's wife, who is having a spectacular season thus far in 2021. BIG BAD JANE REPLAY   The win for Dan Noble was his fourth on the program in the first six races. Two races later another impressive triumph was recorded by Drama Act (Page), who defeated Sandy Sue (Miller) and Colorful Sky (Noble) in 1:52.1. The four-year-old daughter of Well Said won The Courageous Lady at Northfield Park and the Keystone Classic at The Meadows last season before ending her sophomore season by qualifying to the Breeders Crown final in her division. Drama Act is a homebred owned by the OK Corral of Illinois and is trained by Ron Burke. Racing resumes Saturday (March 27) at Miami Valley with a 4:05 p.m. post time. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway                

LEBANON, OH - Favorites won both divisions of the final preliminary leg of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial trotting series at Miami Valley on Tuesday (March 23). In doing so, both took new lifetime best speed badges and established themselves as favorites for next week's $27,500 championship tilt. Howyadoinbub (Dan Noble) beat Mary Mag Delene (Chris Page) and Lights Down Low (John DeLong) in the first split, stopping the teletimer in 1:54.3. The four-year-old son of Dejarmbro skipped the first leg of the Farwick but secured his spot in the final with the triumph. Bobbie Jo Brewer trains Howyadoinbub, who has won five in seven tries under her tutelage, for owners Kevin Manley and Brian Georges. HOWYADOINBUB REPLAY   Heavily favored Kikimora (Brett Miller) dominated the second division, besting Dude Included (DeLong) and Shine All The Way (Noble) in 1:53.3. The four-year-old daughter of Triumphant Caviar, notorious for flagging her tail from start to finish, won both series tune ups for trainer Chris Beaver and his partner Sandra Burnett, who bred Kikimora. A lightly raced winner of over $300,000 lifetime, the victory was just her seventh in 24 lifetime starts. KIKIMORA REPLAY   In addition to Howyadoinbub and Kikimora the series finalists include Mr Charmbro, Mary Mag Delene, Shine All The Way, Dude Included, Bridge Works, Susie D and Lights Down Low. Bluebird Deacon would move in if any of the finalists fail to enter. A $22,000 Open Handicap Trot was captured by Lane Of Stone (Trevor Smith), who also lowered his win record with an impressive 1:53.1 mile. Smith pulled the mild upset by making a quarter move to the front with the five-year-old son of Wishing Stone and then holding off favored Mission Accepted (Page) and I Know My Chip (Brandon Bates). LANE OF STONE REPLAY   Lane Of Stone was a stalwart in the Ohio Sires Stakes while a juvenile and now has won two of five attempts versus Open company in 2021. Harry Horowitz owns the 22-time winner who is trained by Mark Winters. Racing will resume Friday and Saturday nights at Miami Valley with 4:05 p.m. post times for both programs. For full race results, click here.  From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH - Four-year-old trotting mares blew up the toteboard at Miami Valley on Tuesday (March 9) in the $25,000 championship leg of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial Series. Miss Smead (Don Eash) was the first to reach the wire in 1:55.3, The daughter of Guccio was followed across the line by fellow four-year-old mares Susie D (Brett Miller), Swan Fashion (Tyler Smith), Just For Us (LeWayne Miller) and Deswanslittlelorie (John DeLong). The series was open to square-gaiters of either sex that were non-winners of four races or $40,000 lifetime at the nomination deadline.       Eash also owns and trains Miss Smead, who was winning for the third time in 2021 and increased her career earnings to $62,284. Miss Smead returned a $17 win mutual and, combined with Susie D, kicked back a $189.80 exacta. Swan Fashion completed a 50-cent trifecta worth $424.05; while a 10-cent superfecta with Just For Us paid a whopping $409.68. An elite field of eight, with combined earnings over $3 million, contested a $21,000 Open Trot on the same program. Workinitonbroadway, making his first start for the new connections of owner James Fleming and trainer-driver Jason Brewer, was the upset winner in a career-best clocking of 1:53.4. The five-year-old son of Broadway Hall, sent off at 12-1 odds, upset other recent Open winners It's A Herbie (LeWayne Miller), Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Trace Tetrick) and the favored Jeffery P (Chris Page). It took Brewer three-eighths of the mile to gain the lead, but once he got it, Workinitonbroadway was in complete charge. Jeffery P assumed command from last week's winner I Know My Chip (Brandon Bates) at the :28 first quarter, then yielded to Workinitonbroadway long before the field reached the half in :56.4. When the third stanza was completed in 1:24.4, I Know My Chip had moved outside to pressure the winner, with Jeffery P in the pocket and It's A Herbie well positioned in the second over slot in the outer flow. It's A Herbie made a race of it in the stretch but couldn't get past the winner's wheels before the finish line was reached. Sweet Mr Pinetucky rallied from fifth along the pylons to garner the show dough.       An $18,000 Open II Trot was captured by Shake It Mary (Dan Noble) in 1:55.3 over Voyage To Paris (Mitch Cushing) and Merci Monsieur AS (Kayne Kauffman). The five-year-old daughter of Dontyouforgetit, who won two preliminary legs of the recently completed Howard Beissinger Memorial Medley at Miami Valley, was impressive winning for the fifth time in eight 2021 tries. Shake It Mary is owned by the Rushcreek Stables and is trained by Sherif Cunmulaj.       Racing resumes Friday (March 12) and Saturday (March 13) at Miami Valley with 4:05 p.m. EST post times. For full race results, click here. by Gregg Keidel, for Miami Valley      

LEBANON, OH - I Know My Chip (Brandon Bates), a nine-year-old Ohio-sired son of Deep Chip, notched his 44th lifetime harness racing victory on Tuesday (March 2) afternoon at Miami Valley in the weekly featured $22,500 Open Trot. Despite having just one start under his girth the winner was favored and didn't disappoint with a 1:54.2 front-stepping performance. Black Mamba AS (Tyler Smith), the recently crowned champion of the Howard Beissinger Memorial Medley, was a game place finisher with MVP Luke (Josh Sutton) picking up the show dough. Walter Haynes Jr. trains I Know My Chip for owners Brian Carsey, Black & White Stable and Casey Myers. Bred by Kim Dailey, the bay gelding has earned the vast majority of his $1,059,688 bankroll racing in the Midwest, particularly Ohio and Indiana.   A pair of final preliminary leg divisions of the Ray Paver Jr. Memorial Series for non-winners of four or $40,000 trotters were also contested. Coconut Kate (Randy Crisler) became the only repeat winner in the series when she downed SM Count On Me (Chris Presley) and Bluebird Deacon (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:55.4. Susie D (Dan Noble) also advanced from the first split to the $25,000 championship leg next week. Peter Redder conditions Coconut Kate for owner Therl Hensley. Howyadoinbub (Noble) was victorious in the other division, topping Deswanslittlelorie (John DeLong) and Miss Smead (Don Eash) in 1:55. The trio of top finishers will also be joined by fourth and fifth place finishers, Swan Fashion (Tyler Smith) and Just For Us (Kauffman) in the final. Bobbie Jo Brewer trains Howyadoinbub, who won the recently completed Robert J. Brown Memorial Series, for owners Kevin Manley and Brian Georges. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH - Voracity, a terror in the $30,000 claiming ranks for the first six weeks of 2021 harness racing season, stepped up into the $22,500 Open Pace on Saturday (Feb. 27) at Miami Valley Raceway and earned a hard fought 1:51.2 triumph. With the win, the eight-year-old son of Sportsmaster became the leading money winning horse in the United States this year. His $63,650 in seasonal earnings put him ahead of Jet Rock ($53,000), another Miami Valley regular who was idle this week. GD Western Joe ranks fourth on the national earnings list giving Miami Valley three of the top four earning horses thus far this season. The Miami Valley driving colony also boasts five of the top nine money winning reinsmen in 2021, headed by national leader Trace Tetrick who surpassed the $900,000 purses won plateau on Saturday, just the 40th program of 86 scheduled through May 3. Others on the top national earners list are Dan Noble (3rd), Brett Miller (5th), Chris Page (7th) and Tyler Smith (9th). Voracity (Noble) allowed a pair of outside gate leavers to settle ahead of him before quarter-moving to the front as the leaders passed the first timer in :26.4. The winner was allowed to race uncontested through the three quarter station reached in 1:23.1 and then he opened up a two length lead around the final bend. A cavalry charge erupted in the lane with a half dozen challengers slowly closing in and spread all across the track. Voracity showed the meddle he displayed winning three earlier top claiming events, though, and hung tough to the wire. Crimson And Chrome (Trace Tetrick) won the exciting race for place with his brother Tim's five-year-old Sweet Lou gelding, followed by Loutenant (Tyler Smith), General Dolan (Trevor Smith) and Tivo Hanover (Kayne Kauffman).   Noble's wife Christi is trainer of Voracity and co-owns with Donald Moore. A quartet of $12,500 divisions of the first leg of the George Williams Memorial Series were also contested. Winners, all of whom were non-winners of four races or $40,000 at the nomination date, were: Tint Of Mint (Kauffman, 1:52, $9), My Wish Came True (Brett Miller, 1:51.2, $16), WF Eeyore (Tetrick, 1:51.2, $5) and Hamsandwich (Tetrick, 1:51.4, $3.60). Both Tetrick and Noble fashioned driving Grand Slams with four scores each on the Saturday program. Tetrick's 104 seasonal tallies trails only perennial national leader Aaron Merriman; while Noble is a solid eighth on the top dash leaders list with 69 victories, all at Miami Valley. Racing resumes Sunday with a 2:05 p.m. post time. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH - Real Rockin Ravi had outside post positions in the two preliminary legs of the George 'Red' Owens Memorial series at Miami Valley Raceway and eeked out very narrow victories in both. With a better post draw for the $20,000 championship leg harness racing driver Dan Noble elected to race mid-pack early in the mile before confidently angling the four-year-old daughter of Pet Rock off the pylons to follow cover as the field neared the halfway juncture. Content with the flow, Noble followed along until halfway around the final bend before swinging three wide into the stretch and powerfully passing her remaining foes in 1:54.4. Better Days Ahead (Mitchell Cushing) made a quarter move to the front of the field and tried valiantly to hold on, but ultimately had to settle for a runner up finish. Twin Power (Chris Page) recovered from an early misstep to garner the show dough in the $20,000 event.   Real Rockin Ravi hadn't seen much of commercial tracks until recently as she was a rock star on the Ohio County Fair circuit in her first two juvenila seasons, earning about $70,000 with eight wins and four place finishes. Trainer Bret Schwartz co-owns Real Rockin Ravi with partners Mitchell Bean, Alexis Schwartz and Dylan Fagan. Their plan is to move on to the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial series at Miami Valley, which is a step up from non-winners of two pari-mutual races to non-winners of four. Miami Valley will present 2:05 matinee programs on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the coming week. For full results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH - Preliminary legs of the George 'Red' Owens Memorial Series, for female non-winners of 2 races or $20,000 lifetime, were completed on Sunday (Feb. 14) afternoon at Miami Valley in three $12,000 harness racing divisions. Next Sunday the top nine money winners after two preliminary legs will gather for a $20,000 championship tilt. Twin Power (Dan Noble) won the quickest division in 1:54.2 over Cruizin The Night (Brett Miller) and Traffic Citation (Kayne Kauffman). The fourth and fifth place finishers in this heat, Big Bad Brenda (Brandon Bates) and Apologize (Sam Widger) also managed to advance to the final. Logan Powell conditions Twin Power for the Rushcreek Stable. The 4-year-old daughter of Mr Apples now boasts three wins and $22,891 heading into the series championship.   Real Rockin Ravi (Noble) was just a tick slower capturing another division in 1:54.3. Bret Schwartz trains the 4-year-old Pet Rock lass who was a terror on the Ohio county fairs circuit in 2020. She was the lone multiple winner in the Owens Series and will likely be favored in the final. Runner up Sweet Sinsation (Trevor Smith) and show finisher Better Days Ahead (Widger) also advanced to next Sunday's $20,000 showdown. Beach Passage (Trace Tetrick) triumphed in the third split in 1:56.3 over Passion In Blues (Brett Miller) and Dojea Gigi (Mike Peterson). Only the winner, a 4-year-old daughter of Bring On The Beach, earned enough to qualify for the Owens championship. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway    

LEBANON, OH - The harness racing field for the $25,000 championship of the Howard Beissinger Memorial Medley Trot at Miami Valley Raceway is set, and it promises to be quite a contentious affair at the added distance of 1-1/4 miles. Beissinger, a Hall Of Fame trainer-driver, won three Hambletonians and maintained his base of operations in Hamilton, Ohio--less than ten miles from Miami Valley Raceway--throughout his illustrious career. Shake It Mary (Dan Noble) extended her win streak to four at Miami Valley with a 1:57 score in the first of two divisions on Friday (Feb 12) at one mile. The classy 5-year-old daughter of Dontyouforgetit, trained by Sherif Cunmulaj for the Rushcreek Stables, surpassed the $150,000 earnings plateau with her 20th career triumph. She beat favored Compelling (LeWayne Miller) and Lets Go Bucks (Jeremy Smith) by about a length. Majestic Brayden also advanced from this split to the final with a pair of fifth place finishes in preliminary legs.   The second division went considerably faster as Perfect Chapter AS (Chris Page) swept from sixth at the head of the stretch to a narrow 1:55 victory over three other contenders in the photo. Merci Monsieur AS (Kayne Kauffman), Say You Do (Brett Miller) and The Next Triumph (Trace Tetrick) were next across the finish, all earning the same clocking as the winner and all advancing to next week's lucrative championship tilt. Pink Tulip (Jason Brewer), based on a third place finish in the first leg, will complete the competitive field in the final.   Perfect Chapter AS is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The 7-year-old late-blooming son of Chapter Seven also is slightly over $200,000 in earnings. Racing resumes Saturday (Feb. 13) at Miami Valley with two divisions of the tendem Bill Dailey Memorial for pacers will be featured as well as a $22,000 Open Handicap Pace. Post time is 4:05 p.m. For full results, click here.  From Miami Valley Raceway        

LEBANON, OH - The first leg of the George 'Red' Owens Memorial Series highlighted the Super Bowl Sunday harness racing matinee at Miami Valley, divided into four divisions. One of nine "Lebanon Legends" late closers in February and March, the Owens is for fillies and mares that were non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime at nomination time. Real Rockin Ravi (Dan Noble) hung on to win the first split in 1:56.1, beating a hard-charging Sweet Sensation (Trevor Smith), with Three Babes (Jeremy Smith) finishing third. A winner of eight county fair races as a juvenile, the winning 4-year-old daughter of Pet Rock overcame the outermost post position in her initial 2021 start for trainer Bret Schwartz. Better Days Ahead (Mitchell Cushing) prevailed by a long nose over Adonis Minus Forty (Tyler Smith) in the second division, also timed in 1:56.1. Favored Cruizin The Night (Brett Miller) was third. The winner, a Yankee Cruiser filly, notched her second commercial win at The Meadows a day after the Owens series nomination deadline before making the successful transition to Miami Valley for trainer Mike Hitchcock.   Traffic Citation (Kayne Kauffman) upset the third division field with a 10-1 score in 1:58.2.  Another Pet Rock-sired 4-year-old, the Ben Davis trainee bested Big Bad Bertha (Miller) and Lillian Rose (Jason Brewer).  Another seasoned Ohio county fair competitor, Traffic Citation won five times last season with four of those tallies coming at fairs. The final Owens split was captured by Apologize (Sam Widger) over Skyway Igotthis (Trevor Smith) and Twin Power (Noble).  Cassidy Whitton owns and trains the 4-year-old daughter of Panspacificflight who now sports five career triumphs, but needed the winner’s share of the $10,000 purse to surpass $20,000 in career bounty. From MIami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH - Dan Noble drove the winners of both Claim To Fame Series championships on Monday (Jan. 25). He guided Classic Comedy, trained by his wife Christi, to a narrow harness racing victory over Justabitofcharm (Chris Page) in the split for $8000 pacing mares and followed up by battling back in the stretch to cop the $20,000 claiming trotters division. Classic Comedy needed every foot of the racetrack to finally wear down the pacesetter Justabitofcharm in 1:55.2 over the sloppy surface. It was the 33rd career win for the 9-year-old daughter of Classic Card Shark. Her half of the $17,500 purse boosted her lifetime bounty to $200,000. She is owned by James Morris, who claimed her from the first leg of the series. Another Breath, an 8-year-old son of Lou's Legacy, was actually headed by runnerup Hill Side (Jordan Ross) early in the stretch, but fought back to capture the $30,000 trotting race in 1:55. For A Dreamer (Brett Miller) grabbed the show dough. Trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. and partners Carl Howard and Bottom Line Racing LLC also plucked the winner from the first leg of this series. Another Breath is a well known trotter in Ohio as he has won the majority of his 24 triumphs and his $458,226 in earnings at Ohio tracks throughout his career. Racing resumes Tuesday (Jan. 26) at Miami Valley when the features will be the final pair out of nine Claim To Fame series that have been conducted in January at the southwest Ohio five-eighths mile oval. $8000 male pacers will chase a $22,500 purse while the $12,500 distaff set will battle over $20,000.   Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH - Harness racing driver Dan Noble got off to an incredible start on the Saturday (Oct. 24) night program at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The former national dash champion captured the first six races on the 14-race card, the first time any driver has won six straight in over 20 years on the year around southern Ohio circuit (Miami Valley, Eldorado Scioto Downs and Hollywood Dayton).   Noble's incredible feat began in race one when Buckeye Starlet copped a conditioned trot in 1:54 as the even money favorite. Dan completed the initial daily double winning with $20,000 claimer Indiana Cam ($3) in 1:51.1.   Next came Hamsandwich ($6), who notched a 1:53.4 win for Noble in a non-winners of two races event. Rock To Glory ($6.40) followed with a 1:54.1 score in an $8000 claiming pace.   The red hot purple and white clad son of the late Ohio Hall Of Famer Sam 'Chip' Noble added his fifth straight triumph in the $14,000 Open Pace, guiding Our Majordan A ($4.60) to an impressive 1:50 tally in gate to wire fashion. It was the sixth 2020 win for the Australian import, an 8-year-old by Art Major. Our Majordan A is owned by Enviro Stables LTD, Ned Hodkinson and Milton Leeman who entrust the training to Virgil Morgan Jr. The feature race winner is approaching one-half million dollars in earnings.       It'sgoodtobedaking rounded out Noble's consecutive streak by capturing a $15,000 claiming pace in 1:51.4. In the seventh race, Noble's mount Scott Rocks was roughed up through the first quarter and faded to sixth in the stretch after a valiant effort to extend the win streak.   With a pair of additional victories, Noble established a Hollywood Dayton record as the first driver to win eight on a single card in the track's seven year history. He guided My Buddy Ninkster ($6.60) to a 1:52.4 win in the 11th; and Sammy The Bull (3.80) to a 1:52.1 triumph in the nightcap.   Noble, who only races on Friday and Saturday nights due to the large size of he and wife Christi's stable of horses at the Xenia fairgrounds, ranks fifth in the local dash standings behind Brett Miller, Josh Sutton, Jeremy Smith and Tyler Smith. His 25%-plus win percentage is easily the best among the talented drivers colony at Dayton Raceway   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH - It doesn't seem to make a bit of difference how the stars align in southwest Ohio, Stars Align A seems unbeatable in the weekly Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The Aussie import raced for brand new owner Joshua Graber, who purchased the 7-year old son of Art Major via a recent online auction for a reported $100,000 bid, on Saturday night (Oct. 17) with the same result--a stunning and dominating performance.   Despite being assigned the nine hole in an impressive ten horse field, regular driver Dan Noble set sail immediately with the 4-5 favorite and easily gained command before an eighth of a mile transpired. With the stud, who continues to be trained by Noble's wife Christi, acting a little headstrong, he was guided unchallenged through fractions of :26.1, :53.2 and 1:21 before finishing without urging in 1:49.2.       "He's probably the best horse we've ever trained in our stable," Noble exclaimed shortly after the feature race triumph. "In fact, he's one of the best I've ever driven. I really believe he could go in 1:47 over this track!"   My Hero Ron (Josh Sutton), a top condition class winner a week ago, gave chase throughout and finished a creditable second ahead of Americanprimetime (Jason Brewer), who was last week's Open winner.   Hollywood Dayton Raceway presents matinee programs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30; and Friday and Saturday night programs that begin at 6:15.   Stars Align A now has 32 career wins in 88 tries and has banked $418,198.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH - The stars were perfectly aligned at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (Sept. 26) for the winner of the harness racing featured $15,500 Open Pace, Stars Align A. Driver Dan Noble put the mild favorite on the point throughout the 1:50 mile, posting fractions of :26.1, :54.1 and 1:21.3 before holding off a cavalry charge of classy opponents in 1:50 flat.   Fan Of Terror (Brett Miller) slipped through along the pylons to grab the place position; and Bllack Hole (Brendan Johnson) flew in the stretch to finish third from an outside starting position.       Stars Align A is owned by D Racing Stable, Yves Sarrazin and Bruce Soulsby. Trained by Noble's wife Christi, the 7 year old son of Art Major increased his seasonal bounty to over $76,000 with his sixth win in 18 starts.   Excitement is building at Hollywood Dayton for next Saturday's marquee events night featuring three Dayton Derbies for purses of at least $175,000. Many of the sports best older Grand Circuit pacers and trotters are expected. The undercard will feature eight $60,000 Buckeye Stallion Series championships showcasing top Ohio-sired freshman and sophomore trotter and pacers.   There will also be three $25,000 (min.) Open-Invitational races for male pacers, female pacers and trotters. Interested parties should contact Race Secretary Gregg Keidel at 937-235-7859 in advance of the box closing at 10 am on Tuesday (Sept. 29).   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

Charlie May, the 3-2 favorite, set a national season's mark in the second of three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old harness racing pacing colts on a balmy Saturday night, July 25 at Northfield Park. The youngster was clocked in 1:53 for driver Danny Noble and trainer Steve Carter. Owned by breeder Don R. Tiger, the son of McArdle has amassed $115,000 in his brief career and now has three wins in three starts. Hardt At Work was second at 4-5 odds for trainer-driver Mike Micallef with 12-1 Jackie Moon getting up for third with Chris Page driving. Charlie May, a chocolate brown colt, won OSS Leg One in 1:54.2 for these same connections with a similar, front-stepping effort.   Laughagain Hanover received a perfect steer by driver Peter Wrenn in the first OSS contest, timed in 1:55. The son of McArdle is trained by Laura Searway for owners Cimaglio, Richardson and Gilmartin and also captured Leg One of this series on July 11 at Scioto Downs, stopping the timer in a career best 1:54.3. Laughagain Hanover left the gate at 9-5 odds, finishing a length in front of 3-5 Home Team (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) with Dcrockinmoondancer (Kurt Sugg) third at 9-1 odds. Laughagain now has $40,248 in earnings and is three for three lifetime.   I'm Sorry Man, the 8-1 choice, overcame the leading 2-5 favorite Odds On Pick Six (Peter Wrenn) to capture the third OSS in 1:53.2. Driven by Kayne Kauffman for breeder-owner Matt Rowe, the Mr Apples gelding was third in OSS Leg One and this second round triumph was his first career victory, upping his career earnings to $42,800. Big Money Mike, at 9-1 in the wagering, was third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.   By Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator  

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