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Artful Dancer scored a lane-scortching victory in the lone $60,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contest for 3-year-old pacing fillies on a steamy Saturday afternoon, July 4, at Scioto Downs. The daughter of Yankee Cruiser, driven by Dan Noble and trained by Steve Carter, sat patiently through fractions of :27.2; :54.3; and 1:22.3 before unleashing a powerful late kick to draw off by 4¼ lenghts in 1:52. Getting up for second was a determined 11-1 Penpaperpage (Tyler Smith), with super longshot (81-1) Real Rockin Ravi (Josh Sutton) grabbing third-place money. Bred by Midland Acres and D & CC Drake, Artful Dancer is owned by Tammy Carter, Jay Mossbarger, Richard Lombardo and Josh Green and pushed her career earnings to $171,284. Her seasonal earnings now stand at $49,810 from this first victory of 2020 in five tries. She is the first foal out of the Sportswriter mare Dancin Caroll p, 2, Q1:55.1F ($81,646). by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator    

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will host "Saturday at the Races" presented by the Galbreath Equine Center at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center on July 4, from Eldorado Scioto Downs on Facebook live. The event will begin at 3:30 and include coverage of the Next Generation races and the Ohio Sire Stakes. Hosted by OHHA Brand Ambassador Roger Huston, Saturday at the Races will include live coverage of the 2-Year-old Colt and Filly races of The Next Generation and the third leg of the 3-Year-Old Pacing Fillies Ohio Sire Stakes. Saturday at the Races will include interviews with drivers, trainers, and owners as well as analysis of the races. OHHA Outreach and Public Relations Coordinator Frank Fraas says this is another event in the association's outreach program. "During the Covid-19 pandemic we are continuing to find ways to deliver our product to fans that might not feel comfortable attending the races in person. It also gives us the opportunity to present our sport to others that might not follow it on a regular basis." by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

A quartet of harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings of both gaits battled in $50,000 round two divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes Friday night June 26 at Scioto Downs. A total of 13 trotters passed the entry box while 17 pacers were entered into these OSS divisions. Among the Ohio-registered trotting stallions represented four are by Uncle Peter, three by Triumphant Caviar, two by the exported Wishing Stone and one each by Broadway Hall, Dejarmbro, Fully Count and Knight of Intrigue. Ohio-registered pacing sires represented include three each by Big Bad John, Dragon Again and Rockin Amadeus; while Pet Rock has two foals competing; with Bigrisk, Gunthatwonthewest, Mr Wigglies, Nob Hill High, Western Vintage and Yankee Cruiser all had one foal each racing in an OSS contest. In the first of the two $50,000 OSS divisions for trotters (Race 2), Wading Boots and driver Chris Page used come-from-behind tactics to score an easy victory in a new career clocking of 1:55 for trainer Ronnie Burke and co-owners Weaver Bruscemi Larry Karr, and Paul Collura. Facing off against five rivals, the homebred Wishing Stone gelding was content to sit tight through fractions of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:25.1 before stepping up his game in the homestretch as the 1-2 favorite. The victory, Wading Boots' second of his career and first of 2020, upped his career earnings to $58,380 for his connections. Stonefire US (Dewayne Minor) was second at 10-1, while 17-1 Uncle Andy (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third. Wading Boots is the third foal out of the SJ's Caviar mare Sequin Hanover, 4, 1:53M ($55,835) and is a full brother to U Need Stones 4, 1:53 ($241,075) and Well I'm Fancy 2, Q1:59.3f ($34,355). Stanford Court (1-5) took command early in the first OSS pacing division (Race 6) for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., and held off a late charge by 2-1 Ocean Rock (Danny Noble) to score his second triumph of the season in 1:50.3. Doin The Most (Kurt Sugg) raced well to be third as the 5-1 choice. Trained by Brian Brown, Stanford Court, a homebred son of Nob Hill High, is owned by Robert Mondillo, Richard Lombardo, Hen-Shaut Stable and Lightning 5 Racing Stable and now has $136,710 in career earnings from three wins in 10 starts. This large bay colt is the second foal out of the Western Ideal mare Odds On Hemera, p, 3, 1:56.4 ($43,145) and is a half-brother to Pure Paradise (by McArdle) p, 2, 1:53 ($102,743). Stanford Court  Elver Hanover kept his unblemished record intact, taking the second OSS pacing division (Race 10) easily in 1:51 for driver Chris Page and trainer Ronnie Burke. The 3-year-old gelding, by Yankee Cruiser, out of The Panderosa mare Edr Hanover, notched career victory number ten as the 2-5 favorite. Bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, this youngster now sports a career bankroll of $388,450. Can Be Perfect (6-1) was second for Tyler Smith, while 3-1 Dragon Roars Again got up for third for driver Brett Miller. Elver Hanover Action Uncle easily took the second OSS for diagonally-gaited specialists with a new lifetime mark of 1:53 for driver Brett Miller. Virgil Morgan, Jr., trains the son of Uncle Peter who notched his second straight OSS triumph and third seasonal victory in as many tries for owners Carl Howard, Joyce McClelland and Larry Wills. Bred by Kenneth Sommer, Action Uncle, who left the gate as the 1-9 favorite, now has $281,075 in career earnings. It's Academic (5-1) was second for Chris Page, with 59-1 longshot Doubleyellowline a healthy third for Danny Noble. Action Uncle Kimberly Rinker Ohio Sires Stakes OSDF Administrator

Grove City, Ohio -The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will again benefit from the proceeds of the sale of an entry into the Next Generation at Eldorado Scioto Downs, scheduled for July 4. Billy Hartt will place his harness racing entry into the 2-year-old filly race up for auction June 28 on Hoofbid.com. Hartt says proceeds from the action with be donated to the OHHA, with the proceeds benefiting the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Hartt purchased an entry into filly race and was chosen in the random drawing for one of the nine available entries into the race. "I'm very disappointed we are not going to race in the Next Generation. I entered to race and had no intentions of selling the spot," said Hartt. "It was the chance to race for good money." "From the beginning I thought the idea of the Next Generation was awesome. It gives us dreamers the shot at a big race." The purse for the Next Generation is $150,000. Hartt says he wants to be supportive of the Ohio racing program. "I bought more Ohio breds because I like the program. It has opportunities to race in the Sire Stakes, the Buckeye Stallions Series and at the county fair level." "We are very grateful for the generosity of owners like Billy Hartt that believe in the Ohio racing program and want to give back," said OHHA President Steve Bateson. "Ohio is very fortunate to have owners like Mr. Hartt and Chad Foulk who is also donating proceeds from the auction to our charities." The entry will go on the auction block Sunday night at HoofBid.com, the on-line standardbred auction site. Interested bidders can go to HoofBid.com for instructions on how to download the app and create an account. HoofBid founder Jeff Davis says they will also assist the OHHA. "Like Mr. Foulk's entry, we will be donating our fees back to the OHHA to assist their worthwhile programs." For more information: Frank Fraas

Grove City, Ohio - The harness racing Foulk Stable will auction off one of its two entries in the Next Generation at Eldorado Scioto Downs, scheduled for July 4, with the proceeds benefiting the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Chad Foulk announced his stable's entry into the 2-year-old filly pace will go up for auction Sunday night on HoofBid. Foulk purchased an entry into both the filly race and the 2-year old colt pacing event. At the close of entries, both races received more than the nine available slots and a drawing was necessary to determine which nine owners would receive entries. Foulk said he was lucky that his wife's name was drawn twice. "It was interesting, we were waiting and didn't get our name drawn until the ninth slot in each race. We didn't think we would get into either one." At the time of entry, owners did not have to designate a horse they were going to enter. As the time to declare a horse was drawing nearer, Fouk says the decision was made to part with the filly entry. "We thought it would be fun to be a part of the Next Generation, unfortunately our yearlings at this time are not good enough to go in the race." A condition of the race is that entries can be sold, traded, or given away. Foulk says they are putting their entry up for auction. "We are going to put our entry on HoofBid this Sunday to give everyone a chance to bid on the entry to race their horse. I have heard from some owners that did not get in the original drawing that they are interested in the race. We thought it would be good for everyone to buy a spot if it were available." Foulk says any money over the original $10,000 he receives for his entry will be donated to the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. "Times are tough right now and I felt if we could do something beneficial for our industry. I think the proceeds from the auction should go back to our industry." Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association President Steve Bateson says any proceeds the organization receives will be distributed to three worthwhile causes. "Chad Foulk's generous donation to the OHHA will benefit our youth scholarship program for high school seniors and graduate students as well as benefit our equine benevolent program. In addition, some funds will be used for P.A.C.E.R., the association's political action committee to continue to bring awareness to our agricultural equine business." The auction will take place on Hoofbid.com, the on-line standardbred auction site. Interested bidders can go to Hoofbid.com for instructions on how to download the app and create an account. HoofBid founder Jeff Davis says the auction will begin Sunday night, June 28 at 7:00PM. "We are excited to help Chad Foulk and the Foulk Stable as well as the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association," said Davis. "We will be donating our fees back to the OHHA to assist their worthwhile programs." Frank Fraas

The Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) revised 2020 schedule begins this evening at Scioto Downs and continues Saturday night, June 12 at Northfield Park with first round action for harness racing 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies. A pair of $50,000 contests for 3-year-old filly pacers and a trio of $40,000 bouts for 3-year-old female trotters kick off the OSS action at Scioto. Fifteen pacers and 26 trotters will go postward over the five-eigtht's mile oval with a first race post time of 6:30 pm, ET. In the trotting ranks, Uncle Peter has eight foals competing, while Manofmanymissions and Triumphant Caviar are represented by three foals each. Stallions represented by two foals each include Break The Bank K, Cash Hall, My MVP and Team Six and those Ohio-registered sires with one foal each in these OSS contests are And Away We Go, Coraggioso, Deep Chip and Dejarmbro. Kikimora, who captured her $300,000 Championship as a freshman last season, returns to battle in the first OSS trotting test (Race 6) this evening for trainer and co-owner Chris Beaver and co-owner/breeder Sandra Burnett. A winner of $210,196 in 2019, Kikimora finished third in her first start this year, a Scioto overnight on May 27. Aaron Merriman gets the nod from the two-hole. Also going postward and making her seasonal debut in the second trotting division (Race 11) for trainer Jason McGinnis is Globetrotting. This brown filly, who was bred by Steiner Stock Farm, was second to Kikimore in last year's OSS Championship and earned $151,582 for Thestable Globetrotting. Trace Tetrick drives from post nine. Stallions Big Bad John and Pet Rock are represented by three foals each in the pacing divisions, while two have been sired by McArdle. Dragon Again, Feelin Friskie, Major Stone, Mister Big, Western Vintage, We Will See and Yankee Cruiser each have one foal racing in these events. Beautiful Beach, who finished second in the freshman OSS Championship last year, starts from post two in the first pacing division (Race 2). Trained by Tyler George for owners Tom Lehmann and Hollie Hiser, Beautiful Beach earned $145,675 last season and took a 2-year-old mark of 1:53.2 at Scioto en route to an Ohio State Fair Stakes triumph. At Northfield on Saturday, four $50,000 OSS divisions spotlight colts and geldings of both gaits, with a first race post time of 6 pm, ET. A total of 13 trotters and 18 pacers passed the Northfield entry box this week. Ohio-registered sire Uncle Peter is represented by four foals, with Wishing Stone and Triumphant Caviar sporting two foals each. Other diagonally-gaited sires with one foal each competing include Break The Bank K, Broadway Hall, Dejarmbro, Manofmanymissions and Knight Of Intrigue. Action Uncle, who captured his $300,000 OSS 2-Year-Old Championship over the Northfield dirt last season, carries the hopes of owners Carl Howard, Joyce McClelland and Larry Wills postward. Trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr., this Uncle Peter colt has earned $231,075 to date and will have regular pilot Brent Miller in the sulky from post three in Race 3. Bred by Kenneth Sommer, Action Uncle took a winning mark of 1:53.4 in his lone start this season at Scioto Downs on May 27. Among pacing stallions, both Big Bad John and Pet Rock have four foals competing, while Dragon Again is respresented by three contestants and Rockin Amadeus by two. Other side-winding sires represented by one foal each are Bigrisk, Gunthatwonthewest, Mr Wiggles, Nob Hill High and Western Vintage. Sandra Burnett's Ocean Rock is the clear standout among these sophomore pacing colts. Trained by Christi Noble, this bay homebred gelding earned $156,377 last season and finished second in the $300,000 OSS Championship. In his seasonal debut, he captured a Scioto overnight on May 30 in 1:52.3. Danny Noble drives from post six in Race 11. Three-year-olds will return to battle in OSS Leg 2 the weekend of June 26-27 at these same venues. Foals are eligible to the rich Ohio Sires Stakes program based on their breeding, as their sire must be registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) during year of conception. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator  

Columbus, OH — Eldorado Scioto Downs had another record-breaking night on Thursday (June 4). Capitalizing on being one of a few tracks harness racing in North America, handle eclipsed the previous record of $1.6-million, set on May 28, during race 11. By the time the 15-race card finished, $2.09-million was wagered on the evening. “Not only do we want our horsemen to race, but we wanted to capitalize on being the only harness track in the United States racing Thursday night,” said Joe Morris, the Senior Vice President of Racing for Eldorado Resorts. “I called Jason Roth on Sunday afternoon to see if we could card 15 races for the evening. He added a couple of races to the condition sheet and the horsemen answered by dropping 279 horses in the box.” Driver Tyler Smith had four wins on the evening, bumping him up to fourth in the driver standings through the first 10 race days of the Scioto meet. The first win of the evening for Smith was with Can B Perfect, a 3-year-old gelding by Big Bad John who won the Ohio State Fair at two as well as a leg of the Ohio Sire Stakes on his way to over $75,000 in earnings. Trained by Tim Lane for breeder and co-owner James Stambaugh, Can B Perfect won by a neck in 1:52.2. Smith also won with a pair of 3-year-old daughters of Pet Rock – Real Rockin Ravi for owner Stephen Sexton and trainer Bret Schwartz in 1:55 and Penpaperpaige, for owner Shirley Le Vin and trainer Jeff Smith in 1:54. He also won with the 4-year-old trotting gelding Fanatic for trainer Todd Luther and owner Black Magic Racing in 1:54.4. Defending leading driver Chris Page sits atop the leader board with 21 wins so far, just two ahead of Jeremy Smith. The 36-year-old Mt. Vernon, Ohio native had 435 wins in 2019 but so far in 2020 already has amassed over ¼ of those wins. Not seen much in racing except for the Au Revoir races in December, there was a 41-year-old trifecta in the evening’s 13th race for $6,000 claimers. The 13-year-old Cambassador (Jeremy Smith) won his 48th career start by a nose over the 14-year-old Midnight Gambol (Aaron Merriman) with another 14-year-old, Pence Hanover (Tyler Smith), getting up for third. Cambassador, by Cam’s Card Shark, is owned and trained by Parker Smith. Racing continues Friday (June 5) with 14 races on the card, including a Super High-Five $12,872 carryover for the 9th race. The card showcases the return of Guardian Angel AS who will make his first start of the 2020 season for trainer Anette Lorentzon. The 6-year-old stallion by Archangel earned over $798,000 in 16 starts last year by winning the Maple Leaf Trot, Spirit of Massachusetts, Cleveland Classic and Maxi Lee Invitational, while also finishing fourth in the $1-million International Trot at Yonkers. Elliott Deaton will be at the lines, starting from post eight in a 10 horse field, facing off against Majestic Player A (Brett Miller) who has already earned $62,750 in six starts this year. Racing will then continue Sunday (June 7). The typical Saturday evening card was moved to Sunday to capitalize on less competition as more tracks open across North America. There will be a $15,000 guarantee on Sunday’s Pick 5, starting in race 5 with a low 14% takeout. Free program pages on the guaranteed wager are available at handicapping.ustrotting.com thanks to the partnership with the USTA Strategic Wagering Program. Full card programs are available on the Scioto Downs website. First post for both Friday and Sunday is at 6:30 p.m. Eldorado Scioto Downs

Columbus, OH — Eldorado Scioto Downs held a special Memorial Day harness racing card on Monday (May 25) with a 6:30 p.m. post. For this, the third racing day for the 2020 season, Scioto handled more than $1 million on the card. “Historically we’ve had an afternoon post time on holidays,” said race secretary Jason Roth. “However Joe (Morris, Senior Vice President of Racing for Eldorado Resorts), Gabe Prewitt and I were looking at the schedule and thought there would be less competition for an evening card.” The Friday night (May 22) 12-race opening card had $1.054 million wagered; Saturday night’s card, also with 12 races, handled $1.12 million while Monday’s 14-race card handled $1.195 million. “We’re pleased with how the opening weekend was received,” stated Morris. “Our staff worked diligently to host five straight days of qualifiers before this three-day opening weekend. Much of our staff is not back yet because the casino isn’t open yet.” Weekend racing highlights include a close finish in the $18,000 Fillies & Mares Open on Friday, with Rosemary Rose winning by a nose over Sally Fletcher A in 1:51.2. Rosemary Rose, a 6-year-old by Foreclosure N, was driven by Chris Page for trainer Ron Burke. The Saturday horses and geldings open went to My Hero Ron, pacing the mile in 1:50 for driver Aaron Merriman and trainer Danny Dubeansky. Monday’s card had four divisions of the non-winners of one for trotters, with the first division being the fastest in 1:55.3. Tootie won by a head over A Fancy Face for driver Brett Miller. The 3-year-old daughter of Uncle Peter is trained by Pamela Young for Big Dog Racing. Racing at Scioto Downs will continue this week Wednesday through Saturday with a 6:30 p.m. first post. The cards for Wednesday and Thursday have been drawn and there are 14 races carded for each evening. With the great response on the guaranteed wagers through the USTA’s Strategic Wagering Program for the first three cards, Scioto will have a guaranteed $15,000 pool for the Pick-5 on both the Wednesday and Thursday cards; the Pick-5 has a low 14 percent takeout. For free program pages for the guaranteed wagers, visit handicapping.ustrotting.com. For more information about live racing at Scioto Downs visit www.sciotodowns.com/racing. Eldorado Scioto Downs

Columbus, OH — Saturday (May 23) Eldorado Scioto Downs held the draw for participants in the Next Generation pace for harness racing 2-year-old Ohio-bred pacers. Nominations to the event, at $10,000 each, were due March 15. There was an over subscription for both the colt and filly divisions. Both have a maximum of nine starters, which resulted in Saturday’s draw. The draw was scheduled to be held on opening weekend, May 9, but with the delay of the start of the racing season, it was held the first Saturday of live racing. The winners of the 2-year-old filly draw are: Dana Parham, William Hartt, Frank Chick, Spring Haven Farm, Matt Rowe, Weaver Bruscemi, TheStable.ca, Alagna/Bell/Ruggles and Trish Foulk. The winners of the 2-year-old colt draw are: Daniel Hale, Dana Parham, Weaver Bruscemi, Bluestreak Boys Stable, Matt Rowe, TheStable.ca, LeVan Stable, Black Magic Racing and Trish Foulk. The races will be held on Saturday (July 4) with an estimated purse for each division of $150,000. Nominations to the event did not require the nominator to designate a horse in March; the horse is declared at the time of entry. Owners of the slot may trade, sell or give away entries after Saturday until the time of declaration for the event. Any entry that changes hands must be submitted in writing by both parties to Scioto Downs. Trainers, owners and stables are limited to one starter. For more information on the conditions for the Next Generation, visit horsemen.ustrotting.com. Scioto Downs hosts regular live harness racing, without spectators, Tuesday through Saturday each week through Sept. 5. First post on Tuesdays is 2 p.m.with a 6:30 p.m. post Wednesday-Saturday. Over Memorial Day weekend the Tuesday (May 26) card is swapped out for Monday (May 25) at 6:30 p.m. from Scioto Downs racing media

Columbus, OH — After a week of qualifiers, heavy rain, and anticipation Scioto Downs kicked off their 2020 live harness racing meet on Friday (May 22). “Six days after qualifiers, we were able to start racing thanks to our amazing team,” said Joe Morris, the Senior Vice President of Racing at Eldorado Resorts. Scioto started things off in a big way with just over $127,000 wagered in the first race. The guaranteed Pick-5 was a big hit with horseplayers, surpassing the guarantee with more than $22,000 wagered. Total handle on the 12-race program was $1,054,294.15, the second highest handle in history at Scioto Downs, a number that hasn’t been seen at the five-eighths-mile oval in more than 20 years. “I have to thank our team and the horsemen for helping put on the show,” said Morris. “The horsemen are rugged, it’s been a long week and I’m proud of everyone on a job well done.” Scioto wasted no time getting back to racing on Friday, following the Ohio State Racing Commission in conjunction with Governor Mike DeWine’s office coming up with protocols to race without fans safely. The Commission passed a resolution allowing racing to return at their May 14 meeting. “For three weeks in a row, I thought racing was going to get rolling,” said Morris. “We’re glad to have been given this opportunity by the Commission and Governor’s office to start racing.” The road to the start of racing kicked off on Saturday (May 16), as 16 qualifiers went to the track, followed by four more days in preparation for the opening night card. “Our Race Secretary, Jason Roth, had a great idea to write the condition sheet for qualifiers like he would a race card,” said Morris. “His great idea ensured that we would have the right horses to fill Friday’s card.” “It’s been a busy week with all of the qualifiers,” said Roth. “Everyone has been very receptive to the protocols that have been put into place.” The first program of the year featured a pair of Open races, one for Filly and Mare pacers (race six) and one for trotters (race eight). Rosemary Rose (inside) held off a hard charging Sally Fletcher A to win the $18,000 Filly and Mare Open. Conrad photo. A compact field of six went to the gate in the distaff Open and St Lads Gidget (Aaron Merriman) wasted no time leaving the gate, looking to control the fractions. After a strong first-quarter of :26.4, Merriman was able to ration out the speed with a :28.3 second panel, but he was forced to step on the gas dealing with pressure from Golden Paradise moving up the backstretch. Rosemary Rose (Chris Page) was patient through the mile, riding second over cover to three-quarters before firing down the stretch. After putting away St Lads Gidget she dealt with a late charge from Sally Fletcher A (Brett Miller), but was able to hold on by a nose in 1:51.2. For Rosemary Rose, it was her third victory of the year in 10 starts for owners Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo, and Weaver Bruscemi and trainer Ron Burke. The 6-year-old, who has shown no signs of slowing down, has bankrolled $567,207 in her career. Rosemary Rose was one of six victories on the card for driver Chris Page. The photo finish camera couldn’t separate the Open Trot competitors as Peggy Sue (Brady Galliers) and Eye Ofa Tiger AS (Elliott Deaton) hit the wire together in a strong stretch battle. The photo finish camera could not separate Peggy Sue (inside) and Eye Ofa Tiger AS (outside) in the co-featured $18,000 Open Trot. Conrad photo. There were fireworks early on as heavy favorite Workinitonbroadway (Page) made a costly miscue at the start allowing Wildfire Seelster (Tyler Smith) to get to the front through the first quarter in :28.1. Wildfire Seelster was able to get a breather in the second quarter (:58) before having to sprint up the backstretch. Eye Ofa Tiger AS pulled first up heading to the three-quarter pole, forcing the hand of Peggy Sue and Galliers to make a first-over grind. After hitting three-quarters in 1:26.3, Wildfire Seelster fought gamely through the stretch, but was collared late by Peggy Sue and a hard charging Eye Ofa Tiger AS in 1:55.1. Peggy Sue was able to lock up her third victory of the year, moving her earnings to $48,230 for owner Galliers Racing and trainer Brady Galliers. Eye Ofa Tiger AS scored his first victory of the season for trainer Anette Lorentzon and owners ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. His career earnings now stack up at $577,768. Live racing at Scioto Downs returns on Saturday night (May 23) with a 6:30 p.m. first post. The card features a $10,000 guaranteed Pick-5 in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program. Past performances provided by TrackMaster can be found by clicking here.    by Michael Carter, USTA Social Media and Publicity Coordinator

Grove City, OH - After an almost two-month layoff, harness racing returns tonight in the United States with a 12-race card at Eldorado Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio. To celebrate the return, the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will host a special two-hour Facebook Live event, with heavy hitters from the harness racing history. "The Voice" Roger Huston, OHHA Brand Ambassador and OHHA Outreach and Public Relations Coordinator Frank Fraas will be joined by DRF Harness Editor Derick Giwner and Meadowlands television host Dave Brower for the show. OHHA Executive Director Renée Mancino says "we are excited to be able to offer this much racing experience and knowledge to help us kick-off standardbred racing off in North America, this event is the first round for more formal productions that were already in the planning stages for Ohio's outreach program." Huston began his career in 1960 calling harness races at Ohio county fairs. He has called over 188,000 races throughout his career in a least 20 states and eight countries and has announced the Little Brown Jug for 52 years. Giwner is the editor of DRF Harness for the Daily Racing Form. He has worked for Sports/Eye since 1996 and has served as the editor of the paper since 2005. Giwner has worn many hats in the industry including owner, amateur driver track announcer and chart caller and is also an expert handicapper. Brower has been a big fan of harness racing since he was a teen. Currently the television host at the Meadowlands, he is also an ace handicapper, co-host of the national broadcast of The Hambletonian on CBS Sports Network and anchors the simulcast coverage of the Little Brown Jug. This all-star lineup will discuss the return of racing to North America, handicap some of the races at Eldorado Scioto Downs and entertain fans with stories. Tonight's event is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM on the OHHA Facebook page. Special thanks to the sponsors that have made this possible, Kim Hill Realty, Equine Equipment, Cool Winds Farm, The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, Hagemeyer Farms and Centerra Co-op. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote, and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. For more information: Frank Fraas, ffraas@ohha.com, 614-569-6404  

Columbus, OH — Friday (May 22) marks the re-opening of harness racing. Both Eldorado Scioto Downs and the Ohio horsemen are ready to provide the action, while safely following state and health department protocols. First post will be at 6:30 p.m. for both the Friday and Saturday evening 12-race cards. The Scioto team has worked diligently getting the racetrack and barns ready for horsemen, while also working behind the scenes to get racing to the public and improving wagering opportunities. “We have worked out a deal to have our races be on TVG,” explained Eldorado senior vice president of racing Joe Morris. “We also encourage fans and gamblers to check out our wagering platform RacelineBet.com since we are racing with no spectators.” Here is a list of ways to get in on the Scioto Downs action this weekend: – Racing will be on TVG starting at 8:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday – Free program pages available on the Scioto Downs website  – New wagering menu details – Full card analysis for the Friday, Saturday, and Monday night cards by DRF Harness – $10,000 guarantee on the Pick-5, with a low 14% takeout, for both Friday and Saturday through the USTA Strategic Wagering Program – While handicapping, watch replays of this past week’s qualifiers on the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Youtube channel In honor of a long-standing tradition, Scioto will race three days over this long Memorial Day weekend, Friday, Saturday and Monday, with one slight change – post time will be at 6:30 p.m. on Memorial Day, Monday (May 25). Historically an afternoon card, the post time change was made to better fit into the racing schedule. For more information on the Scioto Downs racing season, visit https://www.sciotodowns.com/racing. Eldorado Scioto Downs

Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has announced that it will be the title sponsor of Scott Alberg's monthly harness racing handicapping contest on Facebook. Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, whose also has numerous other handicapping titles, has been a Standardbred owner in the past, and has agreed to partner with USHWA as the contests new title sponsor. "I am looking so forward to having USHWA as our title sponsor," Alberg said. "I know that with the support of USHWA our monthly contests are going to become very popular with the harness racing community and I can bet you it will draw some new faces to our sport too!" The first contest will be held on the opening day/night of the first harness racing pari-mutuel track that begins racing in North America. That track will be Scioto Downs in Columbus, OH this Friday, May 22, 2020. One special race will be selected from the Scioto Downs Friday program (they draw on Tuesday) and contestants can enter free of charge. All you have to do is select the correct exacta (first two official finishers in the race, either by their starting post position number or by the name of the horse). There will be three prizes given away in each contest. If more than three correct answers are submitted, then a drawing will take place with all the correct winners and the first three names drawn will win a prize. Prizes will consist of Swag Bags; magazine subscriptions and other items being donated from racetracks and harness racing organizations throughout North America and will be different each month. The first contest prizes will be swag bags of items from the Hambletonian Society. To enter the contest, fans must go to Scott Alberg's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3, where the contest will be prominently displayed. Alberg, as he has done in the past, will run the contests. All contest winners will have their name posted after the event and the ranking they finished in from the prize drawings. "Being partnered with Scott Alberg is a great opportunity for USHWA," said Kim Rinker, USHWA President. "USHWA's social media team is committed to publicizing harness racing on numerous platforms to help bring new fans into our sport." USHWA will also be promoting the monthly contest not only on Facebook, but with press releases and via Twitter and Instagram. For more information check out Scott Alberg's Facebook Page, USHWA's Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts or the new USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA  

Columbus, Ohio...May 16, 2020...Things are getting mighty exciting around 6000 South High Street. Scioto Downs had their test run on Saturday in the form of 16 qualifying events in preparation for their pari-mutuel opening on May 22--their 62nd harness racing season. With Eldorado Resorts Senior Vice-President of Racing Joe Morris and Racing Secretary Jason Roth on hand to greet horsemen and women at the stable gate, the entry box was bursting with enthusiasm in the form of over 140 entries. Many of the "kingpins" in the sport, including leading trainer Ron Burke and top dash winner Aaron Merriman were on hand in competition and the appropriately named track superintendent Phillip Good had the famed five-eighths mile oval lightning fast in welcoming all back to Ohio. Stressing the quality of the horseflesh appearing this day, the first of the 16 qualifying events featured a million dollar field of trotters--actually a $2.2 million dollar field--which went to Workinitonbroadway, handled by Chris Page for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi in 1:54.3, equaling his lifetime best performance. The "feature" qualifying event of the day consisted of a field of nine with over $3 million in career bounty and many of the elite drivers in the sport and it was a 26 year-old "rookie," Devon Tharps, who stole the show with General Dolan, a five year-old altered son of Rockin Image trained by Robert Phillips for breeders-owners John and Robert Esposito. Young Tharps sent General Dolan to the front at the opening marker and went on the lead the rest of the journey to score in 1:52.3. Devon began his career in the sport in 2019 and is looking for his first lifetime pari-mutuel win after 14 career trips back of the starting gate. In summing up the day, Aaron Merriman remarked, "I thought the track was great. I don't think you could've asked for a better surface." He also lauded the efforts of Joe Morris, Jason Roth and Gabe Prewitt, who spent valuable time with the horsemen upon arrival and in the paddock. A live stream of the qualifiers was shown on the OHHA Facebook pace and replays will be available on "trotandpacemarketing.com." Post time time for the Friday night opener is 6:30 p.m. by John Berry for Scioto Downs    

Columbus, OH — Eldorado Scioto Downs management is saddened to announce that the $400,000 Jim Ewart Memorial and the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial will be canceled for the upcoming harness racing season. Due to the current economic environment, it has been decided to keep overnight purses competitive to 2019 levels for Ohio horsemen. Therefore, Grand Circuit events have been canceled with the intentions of reintroducing the events in 2021. Nomination payments for the Hill and Ewart Memorial were to be due June 15. Any nomination payments received will be refunded. Eldorado Scioto Downs continues to work diligently at getting our 2020 racing season started. from Eldorado Scioto Downs

Both McWicked and Atlanta showed different harness racing tactics that worked Saturday night at Scioto Downs as McWicked won the $440,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Pace and Atlanta won the $220,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot. And both races took the photo finish camera to declare the winner. The feature event was the Ewart Memorial and it was Filibuster Hanover (Chris Page) trading the early lead with This Is The Plan (Yannick Gingras) to the opening quarter mile in :25.3 with This Is The Plan on the lead. Western Fame and driver Dan Noble attacking first-over with Jimmy Freight (Scott Zeron) grabbing the second-over spot past the half mile in :52.4. They raced four-in, five-out down the backstretch to the three-quarters in 1:20 as horses began to fan out for the stretch drive to the finish. In the stretch, Western Fame starts to surge to the lead as a wall of horses came at him and it was driver Brian Sears and McWicked weaving their way through the field and getting up at the wire by a long nose in 1:49. Dontellmeagain (Tim Tetrick) and Western Fame finished in a dead-heat for second with Courtly Choice (James MacDonald) a neck back in fourth place. It was the first time that any horse has won the Jim Ewart Memorial twice. It was McWicked’s fourth win this year for the eight-year-old stallion by McArdle and 38th career win for trainer Casie Coleman and owner SSG Stable of North Boston, NY. He paid $6.20 to win. “I was still asking him for pace just keeping up,” winning driver Brian Sears said after the race. “He’s an amazing horse." Atlanta, with Yannick Gingras in the sulky, returned to her winning ways with a close call in the $220,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot. After taking the lead away from Mission Accepted (Chris Page) by the opening quarter mile in :27.1, Atlanta settled in on the lead as Guardian Angel AS (Tim Tetrick) started up first-over by the half in a mild :56. Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron) had grabbed the second-over trip. Down the backstretch, Atlanta held firmly to the lead as the pace picked up and Guardian Angel AS could not gain ground on the race leader past the three-quarters in 1:24. Then as they came down the stretch, Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svandsted) found room and came charging up the passing lane but Atlanta was a step ahead, winning by a long nose in 1:51.4. The lone two mares in the race finishing one-two. Mission Accepted was third. It was a track record mile for four-year-old trotting mares and made Atlanta only the second mare ever to win the Charlies Hill. The daughter of Chapter Seven posted her seventh win on the year in eleven starts for trainer Ron Burke. She is owned by Crawford Farms, Bradley Grant and Howard Taylor and paid $5.80 to win. Atlanta was a $10,000 supplement to the Charlie Hill Memorial. "Honestly I was kind of measuring a little bit late," Gingras said after the race. "Ake [Svanstedt and Plunge Blue Chip] was coming kind of fast. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

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