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LEBANON, OH. - Control Tower, a 5-year-old son of Panspacificflight, was in complete control of his trip from gate to wire on Saturday night (April 8) in the $27,500 championship leg of the harness racing Tom Tharps Memorial Series at Miami Valley Raceway. A runnerup in the George Williams Memorial Series final for non-winners of four races a month ago, Control Tower would not be denied in the Tharps, which was for non-winners of six races. Rushing to command immediately after starter Mike Woebkenberger signaled 'liftoff', driver (and trainer) Dan Noble reached the first quarter mile marker with Control Tower in :27.1. He followed up with middle splits of :54.4 and 1:22.2 before scooting home in :28.2 to complete the winning 1:50.4 mile. Evergreen Elite (Jason Brewer), who was favored despite the 8-hole after winning impressively in both preliminary legs, also left alertly but was forced to take the pocket ride after a parked out first turn and hung on for second, five lengths off the leader. Sossy's King Kong (Chris Page) managed to grab the show purse money in the lucrative championship. Stephen Sexton owns Control Tower, who now sports 11 wins in 24 lifetime starts good for $72,781. Lightly raced at ages 2 and 3, the late bloomer now has 5 wins and 9 on-the-board finishes in 11 2017 starts. A $20,000 Open I Pace was captured by My Buddy Ninkster (Josh Sutton), who topped Gerries Sport (Peter Wrenn) and Astreo's Love (Randy Tharps) in 1:50.4. It was the second straight win at the top level for the 5-year-old Dali gelding owned by John and Mary Krasnican and trained by Bob Phillips. The $16,500 Open II went to Hickory Icon (Jeremy Smith), who topped Steves Legacy (Chris Page) and Account Rollover (Kayne Kauffman). Randal Smith trains the 7-year-old son of Real Desire for Jessica Smith. Gregg Keidel    

LEBANON, OH. - Lets Go Bucks, who captured the Ohio Breeders Championship for sophomore trotters last September, added another notch to his girth when he captured the $22,500 final of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial late-closing harness racing series on Monday afternoon (March 27) at Miami Valley. With the victory, the now 4-year-old And Away We Go gelding's career bounty exceeds $140,000 for owners Jim Burnett and Tim Homan. As the gate opened in the Paver final, Can't Fire Me (Trace Tetrick), a winner of divisions of both preliminary legs, exploded to the lead and held it through early quarter-mile fractions of :27 and :56.1. When Lets Go Bucks (Dan Noble)also riding a two-race series win streak, pulled from the four-hole along the pylons down the backstretch he encountered little resistance and rushed with relative ease to the front before reaching the third quarter station in 1:25. Maintaining an open lengths lead through the stretch, Lets Go Bucks and Noble coasted through the wire in 1:54.3, knocking one-fifth of a second off his lifetime best clocking taken in the OBC at Delaware last September. Ultimate Shopper (Elliott Deaton) raced gamely on the outside the last half of the mile to finish second, while Deep Question (Kayne Kauffman) was third. Prominent Ohio trainer Bill Dailey conditions both the winner and show finisher. It is hard to believe after tens of thousands of Standardbreds have been foaled in Ohio over the years, that the name Lets Go Bucks was still available in 2013 in the USTA database. Even harder to believe is that Lets Go Bucks, a near $100,000 winner in 2016 and riding an impressive two-race win streak, was dispatched at odds of 3-1 by the Buckeye faithful in the Miami Valley grandstand. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Can't Fire Me (Trace Tetrick) and Lets Go Bucks (Dan Noble) both completed sweeps of the two preliminary legs of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial Series on Monday afternoon (March 20) at Miami Valley Raceway. The showdown between the two, plus seven other finalists, will take place next Monday when the $22,500 championship of the series, for non-winners four pari-mutuel races or $35,000 lifetime, will be determined. Can't Fire Me scored his second gate-to-wire romp in the first split, besting Ultimate Shopper (Chris Page) and Energy Bar (Jeremy Smith) in 1:55.3. The 4-year-old Coventry-sired mare is owned by Marjorie Deshetsky and trained by Danny Collins. Lets Go Bucks used the same tactics, topping Trumpets (Ed Greeno Jr.) and Toy Crown (Jeremy Smith) in front-stepping style. Bill Dailey trains the 4-year-old And Away We Go gelding, who trotted the mile in 1:57.1, for Jim Burnett and Tim Homan. Racing resumes Tuesday afternoon (March 21) with a 2:05 post time. A $22,000 Open Trot will be featured, as well as three second-round divisions of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series for male pacers that are non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $15,000 lifetime. From the Press Box at Miami Valley  

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of first leg divisions of the George 'Red' Owens Memorial Series highlighted the Sunday (March 19) afternoon matinee at Miami Valley Raceway. Melodies That Rock (Trace Tetrick) and Lyons Moonlight (Dan Noble) emerged victorious in the event restricted to fillies and mares that are non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $15,000 lifetime. Owens is one of nine deceased former greats remembered annually at Miami Valley with a "Lebanon Legends" series named in his honor. Melodies That Rock controlled her own destiny from start to finish in the first split as Tetrick took the lead early and cruised through fractions of :28, :57.2 and 1:25.1 before finishing just over a length better than Rockin Peggy (Tyler Smith). Hot Cakes (Mike Oosting) earned the show dough in the $8000 race. Jim Ellison conditions the winner for Anna Ellison. The 4-year-old daughter of Rockin Image paid $5.40 as the lukewarm favorite. Lyons Moonlight got away fourth in the second heat until Noble pulled her after the first quarter was reached in :27.4. Racing first-over through middle fractions of :57.1 and 1:26.2, the 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere lass finally took control nearing the head of the stretch and proceeded to a two-length victory in 1:55.3. The Jim Arledge Jr. trainee, who paid $7.80 to win, races for owner Pond-A-Acres. OHHA presents Outstanding Groom Award The Ohio Harness Horsemens Association presented its first Outstanding Groom Award on Sunday to Dawn Cunmulaj, wife of Sherif Cunmulaj. The couple relocated to Ohio over three years ago and have single-handedly raced a stable of six to ten horses year around ever since. The OHHA is presenting deserving caretakers with $200 gift cards twice during each meet at each Ohio commercial track. Trainers are encouraged to nominate their full-time helpers with the winner being chosen randomly by draw from among the nominations. 24 grooms were nominated for this award, with a second one to be awarded near the current meet's end. The $200 award isn't enough to head to Disneyland, "but it sure will be nice to have on my next trip to the outlet mall across the street" laughed an appreciative Dawn Cunmulaj. From the Miami Valley Press Box

LEBANON, OH. - Franzo, the former claimer, sped to his third straight harness racing Open victory at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (March 11), the last two in sub 1:50 miles. On the heels of his all-age 1:49.1 track record performance a week ago, Franzo shot to the front from his assigned outside post position this week and never looked back. Driver Dan Noble guided the 5-year-old Rockin Image gelding through fractions of :26.4, :55.2 and 1:22.2 before tripping the final beam in 1:49.4. The Adam Short owned and trained winner was plucked from a $30,000 claimer six weeks ago and has since increased his 2017 bankroll to $61,535 on the basis of six wins in nine seasonal starts. My Buddy Ninkster (Tyler Smith) won a tight photo finish with Angelo J Fra (Chris Page) to claim runnerup honors. As the even money favorite, Franzo returned $4 to his legion of backers. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Dont Rush, who was in no rush until the open trotters at Miami Valley neared the three-quarter station on Tuesday (March 7) afternoon, did rush home from there-swinging three-wide around the final bend and cruising to a 1:56 upset harness racing victory at 22-1 odds. Driver Dan Noble was content to hug the pylons near the rear of the compact field of six as favored Somebody AS (Trace Tetrick) cut the mile over the sloppy track through fractions of :27.3, :56.2 and 1:25.1. I Know My Chip (Kayne Kauffman) and Penn (Jason Brewer) were content to hug the pylons behind Somebody AS, but when the 6-5 favorite began to falter as the stretch was approaching, Parkhill Lancelot (Mike Oosting), He's Got Pizzazz (Chris Page) and Dont Rush had formed an outer tier that prevented them from finding an early lane for the stretch drive. Dont Rush fanned three-wide with the fullest head of steam, while fellow longshot He's Got Pizzazz got up for second and Parkhill Lancelot finished third. Dont Rush returned $47.80 for a $2 win ticket, while the exacta paid $151.80 and a $2 trifecta was worth a whopping $1,634.40. The partnership of Richard Lombardo, Carl Atley and the JJ&M Stable own the winner, who is trained by Bill Dailey. The 5-year-old son of Infinitif now owns 18 wins in 51 starts and has earned $561,795. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Franzo not only won his second straight $22,000 Open I Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (March 4), but established a harness racing all-time, all-age track record of 1:49.1 in the process.   The 5-year-old Rockin Image gelding was claimed for $20,000 five weeks ago by trainer Adam Short, who raced him in $30,000 claimers for three weeks--finishing third, first and second--before moving up to the open ranks for his latest two successes.   After last week's 1:51.4 'neck' victory from a second tier start, driver Dan Noble must have sensed that Franzo was in fine form. With a start position in the middle of the gate this week, Noble and Franzo set sail from the onset and refused to let anyone go, including Southwind Amazon, who has won four opens at Northfield already in 2017.   The speed duel between the two stalwarts resulted in fractions of :26, :54.4, and 1:22.3 before the new track record holder drew off with a final quarter in :26.3.   Franzo's seasonal earnings now stand at $50,535 with five wins in nine starts. Career-wise, Franzo has 14 wins and $145,507 in earnings.   Two divisions of first leg action in the George Williams Memorial late-closer also took place for male non-winners of four races or $35,000 lifetime.   Dan Noble also steered the winners of both heats, scoring an upset with California Sun, who returned a $25.00 win mutual, and winning as expected with heavy favorite Control Tower ($2.40). Both victories were clocked in 1:53.4.   California Sun beat Snowball's Romeo (Ken Holliday) and My Three Sons (Trace Tetrick). The 4-year-old son of Bettor's Delight is owned by James Miller of Dayton and trained by Bill Miller II.   Noble also trains Control Tower, a 5-year-old by Panspacificflight, who is owned by Stephen Sexton of nearby Xenia.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Franzo, moving into open company after three straight solid efforts in $30,000 claimers, was the upset winner of the weekly $22,000 Saturday (Feb. 25) night harness racing feature at Miami Valley Raceway. Owner-trainer Adam Short entrusted the reins to Dan Noble, and the purple-and-white clad 34-year-old teamster responded with his fifth win on the program from a second tier start in the full ten-horse field. Franzo's frantic finish started in sixth place at the head of the stretch and resulted in a last-stride 1:51.4 victory. The 5-year-old Rockin Image gelding nipped My Buddy Ninkster (Tyler Smith) and Angelo J Fra (Chris Page) at odds of 9-1, returning $20.40 to his $2 supporters. The winning 10-2 exacta paid a healthy $207.20 dividend, while a successful 10-2-1 $2 trifecta was worth $670.20. Hickory Icon (John DeLong) was a close-up fourth at the wire, while favored Southwind Amazon (Simon Allard) tried gallantly to overcome his assigned outside post position, but faltered to fifth in the lane due to a parked-out :27 first quarter to get to the lead. The Open Pace was carded as the 12th race which features the daily 10-cent Super Hi Five wager. No one could solve the pentafecta bet, resulting in a $1,946.37 carryover and a $5000 guaranteed total pool on the Sunday (Feb. 26) matinee 12th race. Post time on Sunday afternoons at Miami Valley is 2:05 p.m. Noble began his hot night with the trotter River Thames, who lit up the toteboard with a $111.20 win mutuel, stopping the clock in 1:56. His other successes came behind pacers Whoyoucallingafool (1:54, $8.60), Our Dragon King (1:54, $4.40) and Perrito Caliente (1:53.4, $4.40). Due to a carryover just shy of $2000, Miami Valley Raceway and the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering platform have joined forces to guarantee a minimum $5000 total pool when the 10-cent Super Hi-5 (pentafecta) wager is offered again on the 12th race Sunday afternoon (Feb. 26).  First race post time is 2:05 p.m., with the Super Hi-5 race slated for approximately 5:30.   The 12th race at Miami Valley on Sunday is a full field of ten $12,500 claimers chasing a purse of $11,000. Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - Don't Rush, a 4-year-old son of Infinitif with over a half million in career earnings, was unhurried in the infancy stages of Monday afternoon's $15,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. But once the first quarter mile dust settled in :27.3 harness racing driver Dan Noble chose to move the 6-5 favorite boldy to the front-the feat accomplished with relative ease. Don't Rush proceeded to dictate middle fractions of :56.1 and 1:24.3 before holding on for a 1:54 tally. It was the winner's fourth win in six starts since joining the Bill Dailey barn in September. Owned by Richard Lombardo, Carl Atley and the JJ&M Stable, Don't Rush now sports 15 career triumphs and $533,275 in lifetime bounty from just 41 starts. Rockn Stien (Josh Sutton) summoned a gallant stretch effort to garner a runnerup finish for the third time in his last four tries in the featured event, coupled with a trip to the winner's circle three starts back. Revenue Agent (Peter Wrenn) sat close to the pacesetters throughout and finished third. The first-over bid of Insomniac (Brady Galliers), the Open winner the previous two weeks, fell short during the closing panel as he finished fifth behind fourth place Elin (Kayne Kauffman), who saved ground throughout. Noble has gradually worked his way into second place in the current Hollywood Dayton dash derby, well behind runaway leader Josh Sutton, but slightly ahead of Kayne Kauffman, Jeremy Smith and Chris Page. The 75-day 2016 meet, which began September 12 and ends December 30, passed the midway point during Monday's matinee. Gregg Keidel

A Tc Queenie was one of the state of Ohio's best sophomore filly trotters and she showed it by going gate-to wire in a stakes record to win the $90,800 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship in Monday's harness racing action at the Delaware County Fair. When the gate's wings folded A Tc Queenie (Dan Noble) grabbed the track and control of the field and dictated the fractions of :28 2/5, :57 4/5 & 1:26. Kerfuffle Cookie (Peter Wrenn) tried to mount a challenge down the backstretch but couldn't get within a length and a half of the eventual winner. A Tc Queenie cruised home in :28 2/5 to score a 4¾ length victory in 1:54 2/5. The Triumphant Caviar filly is owned by Trish Soulsby and Richard Schaut and conditioned by Ron Steck. In the second $45,400 division, Consolidator used a patient drive by Chris Page to score in 1:56 3/5. Kestrel (Aaron Merriman) overcame post #7 and took the lead past the ¼ pole in :27 4/5. Page ducked the eventual winner into the two-hole and let Kestrel pass the half in :57. As the pair reached the three-quarter mile station in 1:26, Page eased Consolidator off the rail and cruised home in :30 2/5 to score a 3¼ length victory over Kestrel. Count On Cami (ken Holliday) was another half-length back in third. Consolidator, winner of the $252,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final her last time out, has won three races in a row and six of seven this season. She is trained by Jim Arledge, Jr. for the Green Acquisition Corp. Driver Ken Holliday and trainer Chris Beaver took two of the three divisions of the $10,800 Ohio Fair Racing Conference for three-year-old trotting fillies with Soft Power (2:00 2/5) and Evanora (1:56 3/5). Belle'svictoryring took the third division for driver/trainer John Konesky III in 2:00 2/5. Three divisions of the $12,450 (div.) Ohio Fair Racing Conference for two-year-old filly trotters were also held. Pricey Cupcakes (J. Duke Sugg), Lady Robin (Kayne Kauffman) and Away My Baby (Chris Page) found their way to the winner's circle. The 15 race Tuesday card will have a 1:00 p.m. post time and with feature a $10,000 guaranteed pool Pick 4 (races 9 - 12). Jay Wolf Photo: A Tc Qeenie and Dan Noble cruise to a new stakes record in the OBC 3FT (Brad Conrad Photo)  

DAYTON, OH. - Despite a harness racing track dampened by a steady drizzle, Mystical Treasure ran her win streak to three by capturing the first $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (September 16). The four-year-old daughter of Real Desire benefitted from an ideal second-over trip engineered by driver Dan Noble to sweep by pacesetting Momas Got A Gun (Chris Page) at the three-quarter pole and then hold fast-closing runnerup Town Temptress (Peter Wrenn) and Safe From Terror (Josh Sutton) in the stretch. The winning 1:52.1 clocking comes on the heels of a track record 1:49.4 effort at Scioto Downs in her last start. Bill Dailey trains the career winner of $277,000 for the Bourbon Creek Stable and his wife Kim, a partnership who purchased Mystical Treasure recently and are yet to see her lose. The win was one of three on the night for Dan Noble, who has captured seven races in the first four nights of the 2016 meet. Racing will resume Saturday night (September 17) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway with a 6:15 post time. The southwest Ohio oval will take a short hiatus during Little Brown Jug week at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds in the coming week, then resume a regular five-days-a-week schedule on Friday, September 23 through December 30. Gregg Keidel      

Defending champion Mykindachip (Dan Noble) will face seven of the Midwest's toughest harness racing free-for-allers in the $35,000 Gene Riegle Memorial Friday evening at the Darke County Fair in Greenville, Ohio. The seven-year-old Art's Chip gelding is owned by Carl L. Atley and conditioned by Jim Dailey. His 1:52 4/5 victory in last year's Gene Riegle Memorial established a new track and stakes record. Mykindachip will have to overcome the outside post #8. Atta Boy Dan (Mike Wilder) should provide the defending champ his toughest challenge. Atta Boy Dan comes from the powerful Ron Burke Stable and has earned more than $130,000 in 2016 and $596,542 lifetime. The seven-year-old gelded son of Western Terror is campaigned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Atta Boy Dan will leave from post two. The fifth edition of the Gene Riegle Memorial has arguably its deepest and most talented field ever. The eight starters have earned a combined $3.1 million and have an average lifetime mark of 1:50 1/5. The complete field and announced drivers for the $35,000 Gene Riegle Memorial, in post-position order: 1. Hare Craft (Ron Wrenn, Jr.) - 2. Atta Boy Dan (Mike Wilder) - 3. My Buddy Ninkster (Shawn Barker II) - 4. Norma Jean (Kurt Sugg) - 5. Hanky L (TBA) - 6. Tyber Tyke (Walter Haynes, Jr.) - 7. Night Pro (Peter Wrenn) - 8. Mykindachip (Dan Noble). The Gene Riegle Memorial honors one of the greatest trainers in the history of the sport and native of Greenville, Ohio. Mr. Riegle was enshrined into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1992. On the Riegle Memorial undercard is the $22,900 (div) Parshall Futurity and the $15,000 Arnie Almahurst Trot. First post is 5:30 PM. Jay Wolf  

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

LEBANON, OH. - World Of Gaming (Dan Noble) captured the $15,000 final of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (April 12) following a thrilling stretch duel with runnerup JD's Millitary Star (Kyle Ater) and Branded Gun (Jeremy Smith). All three of the green geldings, who were non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $15,000 as of the series nomination date, finished within one-half length of each other at the wire. Favored World Of Gaming got away fourth from the innermost post position, but was shuffled to fifth before moving into the outer flow prior to the half. Forced to tip three-wide and still fifth at the three-quarters, the sophomore son of World Of Rocknroll responded with an impressive final panel to earn the series championship in 1:55.3. Off at even money on the tote board, owner Steve Sexton's colt returned $4.20 to win. JD's Military Star, on the opposite end of the public's confidence spectrum at 95-1 odds, got a pocket ride through all the early fractions and made the outcome very exciting with a nice closing kick after shaking loose halfway down the lane. The son of Shadyshark Hanover paid $44 to place and was largely responsible for the healty $113 exacta return. Three first leg divisions of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series went postward as well, featuring non-winners of six pari-mutuel races or $50,000 trotters. Winners of the $12,500 splits were Honey B (Kyle Ater, 1:57.1, $10.60), Infiniti AS (Chris Page, 1:56.3, $2.80) and Tricky Nick (Randy Tharps, 1:57.3, $4.00). Following two preliminary legs, the series will culminate with a $25,000 championship race on April 26. From the Miami Valley Media Department    

Meredith Noble had attended harness racing at the Greene County Fairgrounds in her hometown of Xenia, Ohio, for years, but can never recall a sound at the racetrack there like she heard on Aug. 5, 2015. It was the roar of the crowd. And it was loud. And it was for her. The 28-year-old Noble, driving in the third race of her newly-started career, was on her way to a 4-1/4 length win with Reckoning Day in an Ohio Ladies Pace Series event at the fairgrounds. The race was contested over a track named after her late father, Sam "Chip" Noble III, a member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame who had passed away in January 2014, and Meredith was wearing her father's helmet and colors. In addition, Reckoning Day was trained by her older brother, Dan, for local owner Christi Pokornowski. "When I'm on the track I'm so zoned into what I'm doing and what's going on in that moment I don't hear anybody else," Meredith said. "But when I came down that stretch and I got right before the grandstand, I could hear that entire crowd cheering. I've never heard a crowd cheer like that. I don't know if it was because it was a ladies race or if it was because it was my dad's home track and I was wearing his colors, but I can't even begin to describe how good of a feeling that was. It was just absolutely amazing. "That was also very emotional; definitely bittersweet. But it was a wonderful win. Coming here and being at my home track where I spent so much time, whether I was just watching dad or helping out, I can't explain how much that meant to me." Noble finished last year with four wins in eight drives, all in the Ohio Ladies Pace Series. She got her first career driving triumph three days prior to her win at Xenia, guiding April Roach's Monibags Bluegrass to victory at the Preble County Fair in Eaton. Then a week ago she added to her resume by getting her first win as a trainer, as brother Dan drove Addys Way to victory in the Fillies & Mares Open at Miami Valley Raceway. "I do it for the love of it, honestly," said Noble, who works as a dental assistant Mondays through Thursdays and spends much of her remaining free time working with her brother and a stable of 18 horses. "It's a little bit of a transition since dad only messed with 2- and 3-year-olds. Dan's given me the chance to mess with some of the older horses as well. I do like seeing the horses develop, and then once they're developed I like helping them reach their potential, make them the best they can be. Even with some of the older horses there are still things inside of them that you can bring out that maybe somebody else hasn't yet." Noble was always around harness racing growing up, helping out here and there, but her focus through her teenage years was on riding and show horses. About four years ago, she began helping her father more and more and soon she was helping train horses with her father and brother. "I did that before we found out dad had cancer," Noble said. "I had a lot of fun. I decided I wanted to give this a try. I always wanted to have a race with him and Dan, but we weren't fortunate enough for that. I did training miles with the two of them. I will always have that memory. I will always have the memory of just the smile on my dad's face of pure joy with the three of us being out there together on the track. I carry that with me." Following the passing of her father, Noble received encouraging words from Dan --- who himself has driven more than 4,200 winners and was the national dash champion in 2011 --- about continuing on a path to becoming a licensed driver and trainer. "Dan came to me and said I'd worked really hard and I needed to do this," Noble said. "He said that he saw it and dad saw it, that I had the talent to do this. He said he would keep working with me. "I've been working with him on my days off. He keeps reminding me of things. It's nice to have that relationship and we can reminisce and keep dad alive. He can teach me things that I didn't get to learn from dad that he got to learn. I'm just really glad that I have him. It's given us the opportunity to get closer as brother and sister." Noble has two horses racing Friday night at Miami Valley, Addys Way in the Fillies & Mares Open Handicap and E Ticket Ride in a condition/claimer. Dan Noble, who is fifth in wins at Miami Valley but only three victories behind co-leaders Trace Tetrick and Tyler Smith, will drive both horses and owns E Ticket Ride. Addys Way is owned by Perkins Racing Stable. Although Noble is fully enjoying her time with the horses, she is not ready to make training and driving a fulltime career. She plans to continue working as a dental assistant for the foreseeable future. "I work with some great people and for some great people," Noble said. "It's truly a team effort. I get to see something different every day. It's kind of like coming in and working with the horses. I definitely have a passion for both. "I'm pleased with how the horses are doing. I have no complaints. As long as they stay sound and everybody stays safe, I'm happy. I love the business, I love the horses, and I loved having that opportunity to learn from my dad." Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications A division of the U.S. Trotting Association

LEBANON, OH. - In front of a packed house on Opening Night of Miami Valley Raceway's 2016 harness racing meet, driver Dan Noble--one of southwest Ohio's favorite sons--reached the coveted $20 million career earnings plateau. His milestone score came in the fifth race when he guided Turbo Mach to an impressive 1:52.1 frontstepping nine-length romp. A five-year-old altered son of Mach Three, the winner cruised through early fractions of :27, :55.2 and 1:23.1 before securing his fifth lifetime win and a new lifetime mark. Turbo Mach paid a healthy $15.20 and was followed across the finish line by Play Guitar (Kyle Ater) and Friendsinhiplaces (Trace Tetrick). Marital Property LLC owns Turbo Mach, who is trained by Brian Georges. Noble, age 32, is a fourth generation Ohio horsemen. His great grandfather Sam O. Noble took up residence at the Xenia, Ohio fairgrounds decades ago. The stable torch was first passed to his son Sam Noble Jr., then to the late great Ohio Hall Of Famer Sam 'Chip' Noble, and now to Chip's son Dan, who is still stabled in the same barn as all his family predecessors in Xenia. With 4,235 wins and $20 million in purse earnings, Dan Noble has a long list of harness racing accomplishments. In 2011 he was the National Driving Champion on the merits of his industry-leading 773 wins. In 2014 he guided Creatine to a 1:51.3 triumph in a $166,300 American-National aged trot at Balmoral. In addition to several Ohio Sires Stakes championships, Dan steered Northern Miss Hall to back-to-back Kentucky Sires Stakes championships for juvenile trotting fillies in 2011 and 2012. The purple-and-white clad reinsman's biggest thrill, though, "was Pet Rock's world record 1:47.2 win in the inaugural $125,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational at Scioto Downs in 2013." A $20,000 Open Pace was the feature on opening night and Talk Strategy upset at 6-1 odds, giving driver Trace Tetrick his third success of the evening. Claimed four weeks ago for $20,000 by CC Racing LLC, the six-year-old Western Terror gelding worked out a second-over trip before swinging three wide off the final curve to score in 1:53.1. Favorites Fancy Creek Elusiv (Chris Page) and Jammin Joshua (Tyler Smith) mixed it up nose-to-nose during the middle splits, allowing Talk Strategy to pick up the pieces in the lane. It was the fifteenth lifetime victory for Talk Strategy, the first for new trainer Tyler George. Gregg Keidel  

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