WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 25, 2013 — Tabulator was so wound up while scoring down that it took both trainer/driver Marvin Raber and Parade Marshal Missy Rothfuss to control him. But once Raber was able to redirect that energy to the matter at hand, the result was amazing — a 17-length victory for “Marvelous Marvin” and Tabulator in Friday’s $10,000 C.K.G. Billings West Final at The Meadows. Tabulator ripped off a string of front-end victories at The Meadows early this year but wasn’t on top at any point in his last two starts. “He’s been jogging good, and I’ve been swimming him a lot because of some soundness issues,” said Raber, who conditions the 4-year-old Cantab Hall-Mystical Taya gelding for Bert Dale Hershberger. “Now, he’s really good. Sometimes he quits at the end, but today he went right on. He gets fired up behind the gate.” Tabulator scored in a career-best 1:56.2 while “Trader” Bud Hatfield and GJ Photo Victory won the war of the weary for place. “Lawbook Larry” Farley and Rewrite The Rules saved show. The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association sponsored a “Pink Out” Friday to raise breast cancer awareness as well as funds for the Magee Women’s Hospital Foundation in Pittsburgh. The event included a $5,000 trot, featuring nine female drivers, that honored the late Mary McCune, who recently was named to the inaugural class of the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Rachel Kaneoka captured the event, piloting R Big Ben to victory in 2:00.2 and helping him snap his 48-race losing streak over two seasons. Devan Miller (Earl’s Glider) was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Cherie Keith (Red Falkor) third. Scott U’ren conditions R Big Ben, an 8-year-old British Sterling-Gracious Pleasure gelding, for Debbie U’ren. Also participating were drivers Joelene Christman, Leslie Zendt, Sharon Donella, Kathryn Hawk, Danita Harvey and Nikki Harvey. The action-packed card also included two $18,000 Preferred Handicap events. In the race for filly and mare pacers, Sissy Bar scored a 16-1 shocker by pouring through the Lightning Lane and downing Pink Camo by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:52.4, matching her lifetime best. Early leader Darena Hanover was third. Eric Ledford drove the 7-year-old daughter of Aces N’ Sevens-Ocean Beach for owner/trainer Tyler Nostadt. In the companion feature for filly and mare trotters, Victory Is Coming made it two straight for Mike Wilder by exploiting a pocket trip and prevailing in 1:56. The rallying Trotslikethewind was second, missing by 1/2 length, while the first-over Jesse’s Messenger earned show. Ammon Hershberger trains Victory Is Coming, a 6-year-old daughter of Victory Sam-Norse Comer who now boasts $416,795 in career earnings, for Betty Shaw and John Red Shaw. by Evan Pattak for The Meadows
Soul Train Cruises In $56,576 Ohio Breeders Championship for 2 Year-Old Colt Trotters With a patient drive from Chris Page, Soul Train cruised to a 7 1/2 length victory in the opening division of the 2 year-old colt trot during Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair. As the Greg Coon starting gate released the field of six, Mark Headworth sent Happy Go Jamie out of post 2 and went after the early lead. The eventual winner was content to sit fourth through the opening half in 1:01 3/5. When Soul Train was given his orders he quickly took command down the backstretch and never looked back, stopping the timer in 2:00 3/5. Star Chip (Don McKirgan) was second and Fiftyshades Of Nay (David Miller) was third. Soul Train is owned by Parent Racing Stable, R. S. Crynick and J. E. Novak and trained by Scott Cox. In the second division Hooray For Willie went gate to wire to score in 1:58 3/5, a new lifetime mark. The freshman son of Master Lavec is owned by Winchester Baye Acres, Inc. of Ocala, FL and trained by the winning driver Kurt Sugg. Can'tcutthatchip (Dan Noble) and Mainstreet Willy (Chip Noble) rounded out the top three finishers. Millers Team Up To Win OBC 2FT Hall of Fame driver David Miller teamed up with his daughter trainer Devan Miller to score a victory with Rose Run Princess in the second division of Ohio Breeders Championship for 2 year-old filly trotters. The daughter of Trainforthefuture was sent after the early lead set the fractions of :29 4/5, 1:01 2/5 and 1:31 3/5 and cruised home to score a five length victory over Emilene's Future (Ray Paver) in 2:00 3/5. The winner is owned by James E. Keller of New Carlisle, OH and Jerry Allen Bell of Tipp City, OH. The heavily favored In The Grippers (Chris Page) broke at the start and was never a factor. In the first $25,388 division Hush Hush Chip (Chris Page) defeated Emery Jean (Chip Noble) in 2:02 4/5. The freshman daughter of Chip Chip Hooray won for the first time this season for trainer Danny Collins and the ownership team of Lewis, Taylor, Gold and Lombardo. Jay Wolf
In The Grippers and Chris Page started the Ohio State Fair races Thursday at Scioto Downs Racino when they won the opening race for 2-year-old trotting fillies in 1:58.4. Sitting the perfect pocket trip, Page fanned the daughter of Steven One wide coming out of the last turn and just got up to win over Turbochargedroxie and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. Owned by Herres Stables LLC of Bellbrook, In The Grippers now has three wins in three starts for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr and has earned $47,225. R Spunky Girl took the fastest split for the 2-year-old pacing fillies for trainer Jim Dailey and Scioto’s leading driver, Tony Hall. Winning by just a nose over race favorite Rosy Fire and Dan Noble in 1:56.4, the pair sat third for most of the mile and got up in the final stride after being parked for the last 3/8 of a mile. The daughter of Feelin Friskie is owned by Tracey Russell, Rosemary Young and Kimberly Dailey. The win broke the filly’s maiden after finishing third in her last two Sire Stakes outings. The other two State Fair races for 2-year-olds were won by Rose Run Princess (Chris Page) and Paydaze On The Way (Dan Noble). The trotting filly Rose Run Princess (Trainforthefuture - Cinder Char) won in 2:00.2 for trainer Devan Miller to now have a three race win streak while the pacer Paydaze On The Way (Look Sharp - Shantytown Girl) won her race in 1:57.4 for trainer Diana Riegle. Contessa Leigh continued her winning streak by crossing the line first over 10 others in the sole $60,000 division for 3-year-old trotting fillies when she and driver Chip Noble won by one length in 1:57. The filly by Full Count out of the Overcomer mare Howl is co-owned by her trainer Marty Wollam and G And B Racing (Bradley and George Berlin). Her competition didn’t make it easy for her when she was parked for nearly the first half of the mile by Mitey Pretty Win (Ray Paver) who took the field to the opening quarter of 28.1 and then Trainer Dunn (Tony Hall) before they hit the half in 57. Mitey Pretty Win was second while Miss Lulu Belle (Wrenn, Jr) finished third. Contessa Leigh now has 10 wins in 13 starts and the only time she finished out of the top three in her life is when she was beaten by one and a half lengths in a race over at The Meadows earlier this year. The lightly raced filly has earned $172,586, all of which was made in Ohio except for that one race at The Meadows. State Fair racing continues Friday at Scioto with two divisions of 2-year-old trotting colts going for $35,000 each in races one and two. Races four and nine will be races for 3-year-old trotting colts and pacing fillies respectively, and each race will carry a $60,000 purse with 11 horses in it. The morning-line favorite for 3-year-old trotting colts is Final Breath for trainer/driver Hugh “Sandy” Beatty. The Victory Sam colt has five wins in eight starts so far this year and has won all three of his Sire Stakes races this year, taking a season’s mark of 1:57.1 back in May at Scioto. Ohio’s First Lady Pace, for 3-year-old pacing fillies is headlined by Ron Burke’s Pink Camo. She has been racing most recently in the Opens at Scioto, pacing in 1:53 and change but also winning her last Sire Stakes race in 1:55. The daughter of Pine Valley last raced on July 19 and will have to face Two Friskie for the first time this year. Two Friskie will be driven by Kyle Ater for trainer Mark Winters, Sr. The filly has won her last three starts, all at county fairs, but pacing in 1:58.1, 2:02.2 and 2:02.1. Her last start at Scioto saw her finish third in her Sire Stakes division to Igottafeelinfran and Crosswind Colleen of which the latter will be racing against her in this Ohio State Fair race. Pink Camo has 3-1 morning line odds coming out of the outside nine post while Two Friskie has the six hole and Crosswind Colleen will leave out of the second tier from post 11. Post time for Friday’s 12-race card begins at 6:30 p.m. Scioto Downs Racino.
On Friday, July 19 Northfield Park hosted five divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as part of the a 14-race program. Two-year-old filly trotters competed in three divisions and filly pacers in two. Chris Page was the stakes driving star of the night with three OSS victories. Dan Noble and Tony Hall also piloted a stakes win. The trotters took to the stage in Race 1 and Rose Run Princess (Trainforthefuture-Cinder Char-Striking Sahbra) bested her competition by a nose in the final stride to win the $30,000 first division. The race was Rose Run Princess’ second win in three lifetime starts. Northfield Park leading driver Chris Page piloted the filly for trainer Devan Miller and owners James Keller of New Carlisle, Ohio and Jerry Allen of Tipp City, Ohio. Rose Run Princess started from post six and sat third through an opening quarter of :30. Page tipped the freshman first-over and she remained there though middle factions of 1:02.2 and 1:32.3. Rose Run Princess overcame the tough trip to win by a nose in 2:02.2. Finishing behind Rose Run Princess were Maes Perfect Storm, Cookie N Ice Cream, Dellou, Emilene’s Future and Hush Hush Chip. Rose Run Princess was the favorite and returned $3.60 to win. Paydaze On The Way (Look Sharp-Shantytown Girl-Towner’s Big Guy) took the $30,000 first division for two-year old filly Ohio-bred pacers for trainer Mike Conklin in the evening’s second race. Paydaze On The Way started from post three and was fourth through an initial fraction of :28.2. Driver Dan Noble pulled the filly first-up through times of :58.4 and 1:27.2. Paydaze On The Way drafted in the pocket through the final turn before taking the lead in the stretch and finishing 1 ¼-lenths ahead of the competition, stopping the timer in 1:56. This race marked the filly’s second career start and first win. She was the runner-up in her career debut. Completing the race were Crown Time Keeper, R Spunky Girl, Fayco Filly, Ataway Samantha and Friskie’s Angel. Paydaze On The Way was heavily favored and paid $3.00 to win. The trotters were scheduled next and Anniesbluejeanbaby was an impressive winner in Race 3, capturing the $30,000 second division. Tony Hall drove the filly for trainer Wes Hershberger and Chagrin Falls, Ohio owner Walter Callam. Anniesbluejeanbaby (Full Count-Sunland Annabell-Armbro Laser) started from post four. Hall sent the filly straight to the lead and never looked back. She posted fractions of :30.2, 1:01.2, 1:32.2 and 2:01.4. She was an easy 5 5/4-length winner. The race was the first win in two lifetime starts for Anniesbluejeanbaby. Finishing in succession after the winner were OIM Bad, Emery Jean, Iron Princess, Rockin H Marsha K and Hurricane Honey. Anniesbluejeanbaby was the punter’s choice and returned $3.60 to win. Trotters returned in Race 5 for the $30,000 third division. In The Grippers (Steven One-Over Baked-Overcomer) led every step through well-rated fractions of :31.1, 1:02.3, 1:33 and 2:03.1. The filly is owned by Herres Stable LLC of Bellbrook, Ohio. Virgil Morgan Jr. called upon Chris Page to drive. In The Grippers, never challenged, was a 2 ¾-length winner. In The Grippers remains undefeated, now with two career victories in as many starts. She was followed home by Greased, Mclean, MJs Victory Jody, Surebecoolifudid and Dohooray. Turbochargedroxie did not finish. In The Grippers was the people’s pick and paid $3.00 to win. The final Ohio Sires Stake race of the evening was Race 6, the $30,000 second division for two year-old filly pacers. Spiffy Sam left from post five and held off all competition through fractional times of :28.3, :58.3, 1:27.3 and 1:57.4. Driver Chris Page asked Spiffy Sam (Nobleland Sam-Spiffy Cruiser-Yankee Cruiser) for more in the stretch and she dug in gamely, holding off the favorite by ¼-length. She is owned by Sheila Hummel of Mansfield, Ohio, Mark Williams of Pickerington, Ohio, along with Steven Carter of Londonderry, Ohio, who also trains. This marked her third win in six starts this year. Following Spiffy Sam were Rosy Fire, Nancy’s Stitches, Baby Slider, Pretty Dreamboat, Friskie Six and APP Panda. Spiffy Sam was a mild upset winner, returning $15.40 to win. by Ayers Ratliff
She might only be 23 but it comes as no surprise that Devan Miller is making a name for herself in harness racing. She had to really - her father David has driven an untold number of stakes winners including three Little Brown Jugs - while Cousin Brett has saluted the judge almost 6,000 times.