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YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 20, 2019- Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan, $7.80) held off Alexa's Power (Jason Bartlett) in a two-speed number Friday night (Sept. 20th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. The assigned eight-hole was again not an impost for Feelin' Red Hot, who made the lead well before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. She rated a :56.2 intermission before Lispatty (Austin Siegelman) tried it first-up from fourth. It was a weak bid, doing no favors for 7-5 favorite Betterb Chevron N (Jordan Stratton) in behind. Of course, a :27.2 third quarter (1:23.4) made it more difficult. Feelin' Red Hot owned a length-and-a-half into the lane before whipping Alexa's Power by a neck in 1:52.1. A ground-saving Angel's Pride (Joe Bongiorno) was a non-threatening third, with Betterb Chevron N and Lady Dela Renta A (Jim Marohn Jr.) settling for the small change. For second choice Feelin' Red Hot, a 6-year-old daughter of Feelin' Friskie co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her 13th win in 29 seasonal starts (28-for-58 over past two seasons). The exacta paid $30.80, the triple returned $176.50 and the superfecta paid $879. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 30, 2019-- A shocking rerun, as Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan, $8.20) successfully authored another down-the-road triumph Friday night (Aug. 30th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Assigned outside her seven foes, Feelin' Red Hot pole-vaulted over all of 'em, working around 3-5 favorite Alexa's Power Jason Bartlett) before a 27-second opening quarter-mile. After a :55.4 intermission, Dibaba N (Eric Goodell) tried it meekly first-up from fifth. Meanwhile, Feelin' Red Hot rolled in and out of a 1:23.1 three-quarters. Taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, she held off Alexa's Power, winning by a length-and-a-quarter in a season's-best 1:50.4. D G's Elsa (Joe Bongiorno) was a best-of-the-rest three-hole third, with Dibaba N and Safe from Terror (Jim Marohn Jr.) settling for the remainder. For second choice Feelin' Red Hot, a 6-year-old daughter of Feelin' Friskie co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her 12th win in 27 seasonal starts The exacta paid $16.40, the triple returned $71.50 and the superfecta paid $289.50. Saturday night (Aug. 31st) is one of the Raceway's marquee programs of the season, featuring the 64th Yonkers Trot and 65th Messenger Stakes, both Triple Crown events and both worth $500,000. Companion events--the Hudson Filly Trot and Lady Maud--each go for more than $120,000. Post time for the dozen-race card is the usual 6:50 PM, with the featured going as races 4 through 7. The Raceway opens for simulcasting Saturday at 11:30 AM in advance of Gulfstream Park's early post time of 12:15 PM. Note that Saratoga Race Course's final weekend has a first post of 12:30 PM through Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 2nd). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - Feelin Red Hot (Chris Page), a 6-year-old Ohio-sired harness racing mare by Feelin Friskie, notched her 20th career victory in just 77 starts Friday night (Feb. 1) in Miami Valley's $25,000 Distaff Open Pace. The 1:52.1 tally was the winner's first at Miami Valley and increased her lifetime bankroll to $236,000. Page took no chances with the 4-5 favorite, cutting all the fractions before holding pocketsitter Lease Ness Monster (Sam Widger) at bay through the stretch. Zoe Ellasen (Trace Tetrick) closed well to earn the show check as her stablemate American Girl (Brady Galliers), who would eclipse $1 million in earnings with a win, ducked early from an assigned outside post position and failed to fire from the rear. Ron Burke trains Feelin Red Hot for the Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Driver Dan Noble scored a hat trick on the program to inch closer to leaders Trace Tetrick and Brett Miller in the current meet dash standings. He won with Southwind Indy, a conditioned pacer, for trainer Jeff Amann, then followed up with triumphs behind claimer David's Dream for conditioner Ray Farmer, trotter Semi Begonia from the Amy Wengerd Stable, and Mark Evers' Sugar Island in a higher conditions pace. Racing resumes Saturday night (Feb. 2) with a strong program that includes a $25,000 Open I, a $20,000 Open II, a $32,500 championship tilt between $20,000 claimers, and a pair of $27,500 divisions in the $30,000 Claim To Fame Series. There will be no racing at Miami Valley on Super Bowl Sunday. From the Miami Valley Media Department

LEBANON, OH. - Cams Little Bit (Kyle Ater) overcame the dreaded nine-hole to capture the $17,500 championship final of the George 'Red' Owens Memorial harness racing late-closer at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday afternoon (April 2). Coming from far back early to close strongest of all, the 3-year-old daughter of Feelin Friskie bested Rock N Roll Rosie (Jason Brewer) and Anna D (Chris Page) in 1:54.4. Favored Melodies That Rock (Trace Tetrick), who has swept a pair of preliminary legs in convincing front-end fashion, cut all the fractions (:28, :57.4 and 1:25.4) once again, but faded to fifth place through the lane. Cams Little Bit was a maiden until March 14, but now has three wins in her last four starts her owner Forcum Enterprises, Inc. Ohio Hall-of-Famer Dan Ater (Kyle's father) conditions the winner, who doubled her career bankroll with the lion's share of the $17,500 purse. The Red Owens Memorial was restricted to fillies and mares without two pari-mutuel wins or $15,000 in lifetime earnings prior to the start of the three-week event. The championship race was carded as the 12th race, which features $.10 Buckeye High 5 (pentafecta) wagering on each card at Miami Valley. With Cams Little Bit, who went off at 14-1 odds, combined with Rock N Roll Rosie (4-1), Anna D (6-1), Velocity Kelli (24-1) and Melodies That Rock (4-5) no one solved the bet completely and a $2,647.54 carryover was the result. When racing resumes at 2:05 p.m. on Monday (April 3) afternoon, Miami Valley officials predict that the total pool on the 12th race 10-cent Buckeye High 5 will likely exceed $5000. The 12th race on Monday is an $8000 condition race with a competitive full field of ten pacing mares. Gregg Keidel

Leg one of the lucrative Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) program featured eight divisions of the Buckeye State's top-bred, harness racing 3-year-old trotting and pacing fillies doing battle Friday night (May 6) at Miami Valley Raceway. A total of 67 distaffs went postward--in a trio of trotting contests and five pacing events--each vying for a purse of $40,000 each.   One of the highlights of the evening's 14-race card came when the Carlo's family homebred pacing filly, Clarebear, captured the first OSS division in a lifetime best of 1:54.3. Owned by C2G Stable and AJ Carlo, and conditioned by AJ, the daughter of World Of Rocknroll was making just her fourth career start and pushed her career earnings to $25,450 with the victory, the second of her brief career. Peter Wrenn steered the filly, who was unraced as a 2-year-old.   "She cracked a coffin bone at two and we gave her the time she needed," AJ Carlo explained of the filly, who was named after his aunt--Helen Carlo's daughter.   "It's a great feeling to win an Ohio Sires Stakes," Helen admitted. "Most of our family has always worked on the management side of racing, but ever since he was a kid, AJ wanted to be with the horses. It's a great thing to see him get have a really nice horse at this stage of his career."   Clarebare stalked the leader, longshot Ufpfortydevensgirl (Jeremy Smith) through fractions of :28.1, :57.1 and 1:24, then overtook her rival with a strong brush to be four lengths on top at the wire. Ufpfortydevensgirl held on for second, while Feelin Red Hot (Kayne Kauffman) got up for third. The second OSS pacing division saw She Gone and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. use near gate-to-wire tactics to score in 1:55.1, a new lifetime mark for the daughter of Feelin Friskie-Semaj Hanover-Cam's Card Shark. Brian Brown conditions She Gone, who notched her seventh lifetime triumph in 15 starts, pushing her career earnings to $55,160. "She's getting better each start," Wrenn, Jr. revealed. "Last week she was running in on me a little bit, but Brian did a great job of getting her straightened out for this start and it paid off tonight."   Big Bad Ashley (Chris Page) finished second but was disqualified by the stewards and placed seventh for interference, moving JLWonder Woman (Kayne Kauffman) up to second and Miracle Matty (Kurt Sugg) up to third.   My Tweed Heart took advantage of a perfect steer by Josh Sutton to score her sixth lifetime victory in 1:54.4 in the third OSS pacing division. The daughter of Manhardt--who won a pair of OSS legs at Northfield Park in 2016--is conditioned by Jim Dailey for Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, OH. My Tweed Heart upped her career earnings to $165,202 and her seasonal earnings to $32,950.   Ohsowigglesspecial used a bold, come-from-behind move to win the fourth OSS pacing division in 1:54.4 for driver Dan Noble. The daughter of Mr Wiggles--So-ho-special is conditioned by Joe Paver and was bred by owners Pearl Warren, and Joe and Dennis Paver. The hardy brown filly held off late challenges by Save My Tootsie (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Tiger's Sue (Peter Wrenn) to notch her 13th career victory, pushing her career earnings to $55,460 and her seasonal earnings to $28,125.   The fifth and final OSS division for 3-year-old Ohio-bred pacing fillies saw It's Your Fantasy and driver Dan Noble put forth a neck victory over rival Naked By Nine (Jeremy Smith) in a lifetime best 1:54.4.. Trained by Brian Brown for the Winchestester Baye Acers, LLC of Powell, Ohio, the daughter of Big Bad John garnered her third win in 14 trips postward and pushed her career earnings to $56,705.   To no one's surprise, Consolidator captured the first OSS trotting division easily in her seasonal debut, clocked in 1:57.4. Deftly handled by Chris Page, Consolidator led at every quarter, holding off her rivals by 2½ lengths at the wire. The fractious filly pushed her career earnings to $97,616 with the win, her third lifetime in six starts. Trained by Jim Arledge, Jr. for the Green Acquisition Corp. of Canfield, OH, the daughter of Triumphant Caviar, out of the Muscles Yankee mare Muscle Toy was bred by Rose Run Farm.   Kerfuffle Cookie trotted to an easy, 1:58.1 victory in the second OSS division with Chris Page driving for trainer Chris Beaver. The daughter of Chip Chip Hooray now has $100,170 in her coffers and notched her second straight victory this season in as many tries. After riding the rail throughout most of the race she stepped on the gas in the final strides to win by a length over Hoorah Hoorah (Aaron Merriman). A Tc Queenie (Dan Noble) got up for third.   Kandy Krisp and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. used the rail to their advantage in the third OSS division, taking that division in 1:58.4 for owners John Stafford of Warren, OH and Tucker A. Baumiller of Boardman, OH. The tall-stepping daughter of Rompaway Wally stalked the leaders before pouncing in the stretch and drawing off by two lengths. Her career earnings now stand at $35,456. Ohio Sires Stakes continue Saturday night, May 7, with a post time of 7:05 pm, ET, and features 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and geldings.   Kimberly A. Rinker

Gotmoneyinmypocket put money in harness racing owners Jerry Zosel and Kathy Ratcliff's pockets on Saturday night (April 30) at Miami Valley Raceway capturing the $35,000 James K. Hackett Memorial championship in impressive fashion. The 3-year-old Ohio-sired son of Feelin Friskie set sail immediately for driver Kayne Kauffman, settling in briefly in fourth despite drawing an outside post position. Realizing the fractions were relatively soft, Kauffman moved Gotmoneyinmypocket to the outside shortly after the :28.2 opening quarter and was lapped on to the leader at the :58.2 halfway point. Immediately after crossing over to the lead a host of other Buckeye-breds mounted challenges that looked promising, but in the end the winner pulled away to a 3-1/2 length triumph in 1:53.1, including a final panel in :28 flat. Bill Dailey trains Gotmoneyinmypocket, who now sports an $88,600 bankroll in just a dozen lifetime starts. Friskie Cruiser (Ryan Stahl), the runnerup in last year's $225,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship for freshman pacers, finished second with Whataboy (Chris Page) completing the Hackett final trifecta. Most of the Hackett finalists are expected back in action next Saturday (May 7) at Miami Valley when it hosts first round Ohio Sires Stakes action for both sophomore pacers and trotters. A compact field of six open pacers chased a $20,000 purse earlier on the program with Fancy Creek Elusiv (Peter Wrenn) scoring a narrow 1:52 victory over Gallipolis (Josh Sutton) and Can He Go (Dan Noble). Despite needing to race three-wide around the first bend to reach the top in a :26.3 opening quarter, Wrenn was able to coast through subsequent splits of :55 and 1:22.2 before withstanding the stout challenges he got in the stretch. Todd Rosenberg owns the winning Billy Farmer-trainee, who margin of victory was a neck over Gallipolis and a half-length over Can He Go. Fancy Creek Elusiv, a 6-year-old Sportsmaster gelding who surpassed the half-million dollar earnings plateau in his last start, now has 25 lifetime triumphs. In addition to the excitement that first leg Ohio Sires Stakes action will bring to Miami Valley Raceway on next Friday and Saturday nights, anticipation is building for a pair of $100,000 Grand Circuit Stakes on Sunday afternoon (May 8), closing day of the 2016 meet. The $100,000 Sam 'Chip' Noble Memorial, for the best older pacing mares in North America, is expected to attract Katie Said, Yagonnakissmeornot, Color's A Virgin and Safe From Terror, among others. Katie Said has won two straight $25,000 Mares Opens at The Meadowlands; Yagonnakissmeornot captured the rich Blue Chip Matchmaker final at Yonkers in her last start: Breeder's Crown champion Color's A Virgin paced a monstrous back half to finish third in her seasonal opener on Friday night at Hoosier Park; and Safe From Terror will enter the fray as the local hope following back-to-back wins in Miami Valley's weekly distaff feature. The $100,000 Miami Valley Distaff Trot has an impressive list of nominees as well, including Smokinmombo, Daylon Miracle, Hannelore Hanover, Churita and 2015 Ohio Horse of the Year Like Old Times. Stakes trainers are advised that the draw schedule for closing weekend at Miami Valley is: Tuesday (box closes at 9 a.m.) for Friday; and a double draw Wednesday (box closes at 9 a.m.) for both Saturday and Sunday. Online entries are encouraged, or call 513-934-7792. Gregg Keidel

Fran Anna was unable to produce many victories on the racetrack because of injuries, but she has produced a solid group of winners for Ohio-based owners Jerry Zosel and Kathy Ratcliff during her years as a broodmare. The first was Igottafeelinfran --- named with a nod to the Black Eyed Peas' hit song --- who won Ohio Sire Stakes championships at ages 3, 4 and 5 and just last Friday picked up career victory No. 26, pushing her lifetime earnings to $473,515. Next was four-time winner Gottatigerinmytank, followed by Gotmoneyinmypocket. On Saturday night, Gotmoneyinmypocket aims to capture the $35,000 James K. Hackett Memorial for Ohio-sired 3-year-old male pacers at Miami Valley Raceway. A gelding, Gotmoneyinmypocket will start from post eight with Kayne Kauffman driving for trainer Jim "Bill" Dailey. "Fran Anna is a nice mare," Ratcliff said. "She would have made a good racehorse but she got hurt. We were real disappointed, but she's had some nice babies for us. She's got a lot of personality and every one of her babies has been kind of unique in their own way. They love people, but they're ornery too." Zosel and Ratcliff purchased Fran Anna for $7,000 at the 2006 Ohio Selected Jug Sale. She won two of three races before seeing her career come to an end. But as one chapter closed, another began. Gotmoneyinmypocket, a son of stallion Feelin Friskie and a full brother to Igottafeelinfran, won two of nine starts last year, hit the board a total of eight times, and earned $62,598. His second victory came in a division of the Ohio Sire Stakes in a track-record 1:52.3 performance at Scioto Downs. He finished fifth-placed-seventh a week later in the OSS championship. This season, Gotmoneyinmypocket is 2-for-2, including a 1:52.2 triumph in his Hackett elimination last weekend. "I texted Bill after the race Saturday, and I just texted the word 'wow.' He texted me back and said he's for real," Ratcliff said. "His nickname is 'Frank the Tank,' and if you were to see him you'd understand how he got that nickname," she added. "He's just a lot of horse and very strong." Ratcliff, a retired bookkeeper who used to work for Zosel's construction parts-and-equipment company in Columbus and now oversees Big Barn Farm, has bred a number of horses with Zosel. Among their other successes have been the recently retired Don't Know Chip, who won the 2011 Horse & Groom Series at the Meadowlands; Deep Chip, who was Ohio's 2-year-old male trotter of the year in 2008, when he captured the Ohio Triple Crown; and Can'tcutthatchip, who has earned $217,992 to date. "We've had some nice ones," Ratcliff said. "We've been very lucky." Following the Hackett, Gotmoneyinmypocket is staked to the Ohio Sire Stakes, Ohio Breeders Championship, and the local fairs circuit as well as the Circle City in Indiana. "He's an awful nice horse," Ratcliff said. "He tries. He and his sister, they just love to come from behind and chase horses. He hasn't raced a lot, but he really puts his effort into it." Dailey will have a busy weekend with Hackett Memorial entrants. In addition to sending out Gotmoneyinmypocket, he also trains the Hackett's other elimination victor, Winna Winna, who triumphed in 1:53.3. On Friday, he has 2-1 morning line favorite My Tweed Heart in the $35,000 Hackett Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. Farwick Memorial Final to Tricky Nick LEBANON, OH. - Tricky Nick completed his own Miami Valley Raceway hat trick on Tuesday afternoon when he captured the $25,000 championship of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial trotting series-his third consecutive victory since shipping from The Meadows to Miami Valley specifically for this three week long late closer. Trainer Norm Parker at The Meadows had been training the 4-year-old Band's Gold Chip gelding for owners Megan Rogers and Derek Jacobus, but shipped him to the Randy Tharps Stable after nominating him to The Farwick, written for non-winners of six pari-mutuel races at time of nomination. With the three Miami Valley wins for trainer-driver Tharps, Tricky Nick now has eight pari-mutuel track wins and is nearing $100,000 in career bankroll. The winner had to work hard to gain the front end from post position three, then was pressured all the way to a sub :57 half over a rain-dampened track. Still Tharps was able to keep Tricky Nick alive through a grueling back half and hold off fellow preliminary heat winners Infiniti AS (Chris Page) and Honey B (Kyle Ater), who completed the trifecta, in 1:56.1. The Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial championship was the ninth and last of the 2016 "Lebanon Legends" late closers established in 2015 to honor the memory of notable great horsemen who made Lebanon Raceway their base of operations over a prolonged period of time in years gone by. by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA  

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

Harness racing driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., piloted the winners of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for pacing and trotting mares, 4-year-olds & up, Friday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The black and maroon-clad reinsman steered favorites Igotafeelinfran and Victory Is Coming to resounding wins in both divisions for aged distaffs.   Wrenn first guided Igotafeelinfran to victory over six rivals in the pacing division, clocked in 1:54.1.   Trained by Jim Daily, the 5-year-old daughter of Feelin Friskie used an easy, gate-to-wire steer to nail down her 25th career victory and eighth of the season, pushing her career totals to $461.520 for Ohio owners Jerry Zosel, Kathy Ratcliff and Kimberly Dailey.   "She's a Cadillac to drive," Wrenn, Jr., stressed. "Just a very classy mare. I felt confident that she was the best in there and could win as long as I avoided any road trouble."   Wrenn, Jr., did just that, sending Igotafeelinfran right to the top and snapping off fractions of :26.4, :56.3 and 1:24.3, before pacing home her final panel in a modest :29.3 and drawing off by 2½ lengths. Igotafeelinfran was a multiple OSS winner at ages two and three, and captured this same event last year as a 4-year-old in 1:55. Co-owner Jerry Zosel said he wasn't sure what was up next on the agenda for Igotafellinfran, but said he felt sure that trainer Jim Dailey would be giving the mare a well-deserved rest in the near future.   "He might wind her down in a few weeks and give her a little break during the winter," Zosel said. "It's not about the money at this point with her. She's been awfully good to us."   Igotafeelinfran's stablemate Lady Julie (Randy Tharps) finished second, while 40-1 longshot Shakin Friskie (Dan Noble) did well to be third.   Wrenn, Jr., next guided the diminutive but mighty Victory Is Coming, who scored her 60th career win en route to establishing a new track record for aged trotting mares over Dayton's five-eighths mile oval, clocked in 1:54.3 for the one mile test. Owned by Betty and Red Shaw and trained by Ammon Hershberger, the 8-year-old mare upped her career earnings to $656,952. "She has such a good, fluid way of trotting," said Wrenn, Jr., in the winner's circle. "She can race anyway you want her to--from on or off the pace, and she always give you her best effort. She just loves her job and I never chased her at all tonight. It was all her."   Wrenn, Jr. got away in the three-hole but moved Victory Is Coming quickly from the rail at the :27 first quarter, took the lead, and never looked back--leading the field of nine trotters through fractions of :56.3 and 1:25.3. She used a final brush of :29 to win by nearly nine lengths over rival, 24-1 longshot, Miss Lulu Belle (Don Irvine, Jr.), while Rose Run Nellie (Josh Sutton) got up for third. Kimberly Rinker

Four $40,000 divisions of sophomore fillies wage war in Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) contests at the harness racing meeting at Northfield Park Friday night. The events for trotting and pacing Buckeye-breds are part of the strong undercard alongside the featured $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. In the first of two trotting divisions (Race 2), Like Old Times hails from post five for trainer Don McKirgan. Bred and owned by Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, Ohio, the daughter of Chip Chip Hooray-Royal Two-Royal Troubadour has earned $88,512 this season from 11 starts with eight wins and three seconds. Her top efforts came with a 1:57 victory in the second leg of this series on June 12 at Northfield and in an Ohio Breeders Stake (OBS) on June 19 at Scioto Downs. A winner of $152,617 in her career, Like Old Times will be trying for her 12th lifetime triumph against seven rivals for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. She is a half-sister to the $236,257 earner and 19-race winner Cool Colby 6, 1:54.1f (by Jailhouse Jesse). Student Of Life, a Marty Wollam-trainee will leave from post two with Kurt Sugg aboard. The Full Count lass has five wins to her credit this season, including victories in her last two starts. She won a $9,900 Ohio Fair Stake (OFS) on Aug. 1 in 1:57.1 at Northfield and followed that up with a 1:57.3 score at Scioto in a $53,150 Ohio State Fair (OHSF) test. Bred by Marvin Raber, Student Of Life has $76,300 in season earnings and $141,406 in her career coffers from seven wins, six seconds and a trio of thirds in 18 trips postward. She is owned by Acadia Farms Inc, Canfield, OH and G&B Racing of New Wilmington, PA. Wollam and Sugg team up again in the second OSS division (Race 7) of diagonally-gaited specialists with another daughter of Full Count-Dark Roast, from post two This winner of $98,288 lifetime has only been off the board once all season in seven starts-in her last when she made an uncharacteristic break in an OFS test at Scioto Downs on Aug. 7. Both of Dark Roast's two wins this year have come in OSS competition-the first on May 1 at Miami Valley, when she was clocked in 1:58 and the second at Northfield on June 12, when she scored in 1:57.3. Owned by Acadia Farms, Inc. and G&B Racing, Dark Roast was bred by Marvin Raber. Lisa Jane, a Neely Dunn-Personal Trainer-Muscles Yankee daughter hails from post eight with Ryan Stahl at the lines for trainer Scott Cox. A winner of $45,205 this season from three wins in eight starts, Lisa Jane won an OSS at Northfield on June 12 in a career best 1:55.4, and one week later captured a $12,500 OBS at Scioto Downs in 1:56.3. Owned by the Parent Racing Stable, Holland, OH and G Peters, Akron, OH, Lisa Jane has $155,330 in career earnings. Lisa Jane was bred by Henry Burkholder and sold for $10,000 at the August 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. Karlee Sue, a winner of $79,227 in her career, headlines the first (Race 8) of two OSS pacing divisions from the rail. Trained by co-owner Al Tomlinson for partners Daniel Mitchell, Novi MI and Dennis Stolz, Midland, MI, Karlee Sue has a trio of wins this season in ten starts. Her last triumph came on June 12 at Northfield, when she paced in 1:54.2 en route to winning the second leg of this series. Bred by Midland Acres, Tim Tetrick will pilot the daughter of Feelin Friskie-Magical Jeanie-Magical Mike, who was a $20,000 yearling purchase at the Nov. 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. Siebert Steele's Tolatetoapologize will leave from post six with trainer Kayne Kauffman in the sulky. This daughter of Feelin' Friskie-Lord I Apologize-On The Attack has a trio of wins and $39,519 in seasonal earnings, including an Aug. 7 triumph in a $51,350 OSF at Scioto Downs, when she was clocked in a career best 1:54.2. Tolatetoapologize also captured a $4,049 OHFS on July 23 at Lebanon by 7½ lengths in 1:59. Bred by Timothy Lane, she was an $11,000 yearling purchase at the Aug. 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. Crosswinds Cupcake, a David Elliott trainee, hails from post two for driver Dan Noble in the second (Race 10) OSS pacing division against seven rival fillies. Bred by and co-owned by Crosswinds Farm, Waynesville, OH and Stephen Sexton, Xenia, this daughter of Stand Forever-Keystone Mulberry-Artsplace will be trying for her third consecutive win. Crosswinds Cupcake comes into this OSS fresh off a $51,350 OSF triumph on Aug. 7 at Scioto Downs, when she was timed in 1:51.4. One week earlier she had scored a 12-length victory at Sidney in a $7,994 OHFS, in 1:58. Crosswinds Cupcake has $104,254 in earnings from seven lifetime victories. Trainer Brian Brown will harness $228,190 winner Friskie Lil Devil from post four. America's leading reinsman, Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. will be in the sulky behind the daughter of Feelin Friskie-Devils Desire-Cole Muffler as she looks for her third seasonal win and fifth lifetime victory. Friskie Lil Devil captured a $7,413 OHFS at Marysville on July 25 for the Lil Devil Stable of Findlay, OH. Bred by Midland Acres, Friskie Lil Devil sold for $20,000 at the Nov. 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. Leg four of Ohio Sires Stakes action for 3-year-old trotting and pacing fillies will be contested Friday, Aug. 28 at Scioto Downs, while the $225,000 Championships for all 2- and 3-year-old divisions of trotters and pacers, colts and fillies, will take place on Sept. 12 at Scioto Downs. Kimberly A. Rinker

The first leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing freshman pacing and trotting colts will be contested Saturday afternoon at Scioto Downs, with a first post scheduled for 2 pm, ET. A total of 92 youngsters passed through the entry box, necessitating five $40,000 pacing divisions and five $40,000 trotting divisions. All but a handful of these colts and geldings will be making their career debuts. Trotters vie early on the program, beginning with the first race. Lone Valley Sam and Lionbacker Kidd both appear ready for their respective connections. Lone Valley Sam, a bay son of Iron Duke, scored a pair of solid qualifiers-the first a winning 2:06 clocking at Delaware on June 10 and the second a second-place finish in 2:01.3 at Scioto on June 22. Trained and driven by Chris Page, Lone Valley Sam was a $2,000 yearling purchase at the 2014 Blooded Horse Sale. Rival Lionbacker Kidd's credentials include back-to-back winning qualifying efforts at Northfield Park-on June 11 (2:05.2) and on June 25 (2:03). This gelded son of Lionhunter will be harnessed by Joseph Kramp for owner Jeffrey Kidd of Hartville, OH. In the second OSS division (Race 2) Forever Worth It just might be, as he comes into this event with back-to-back winning Northfield qualifiers to his credit. The first, on June 18, saw him score in 2:00.1 and the second, on June 25, saw him pace in 1:58.1, with an impressive :28 final brush. Trained by Scot Cox, this son of Stand Forever is owned by Miracle Meadows LLC of Columbus, OH and Jason Ash of Delaware, OH. As well, Kathleen Prickett's Budman, a son of Manhardt, also has a pair of winning qualifiers to his name. On June 15 he tripped the timer in 1:58.1 and on June 22 he was clocked in 1:56.2 with his trainer Jeff Nisonger in the bike. In the third $40,000 OSS division (Race 3), two of the ten entrants will be looking for their second career victories. Kanthaka comes off a maiden victory in a Meadow's $7,500 overnight on June 23, when he paced in 1:58, besting his rivals by 3¼ lengths. The son of Triumphant Caviar is trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver and Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH. Also looking for his second straight triumph in this race is Esther Crownover's Nobletucky Joe, a son of Victory Sam who scored an impressive, 33¾ length victory in a $4,440 Ohio Fair Stake on June 21 at Circleville. This bay gelding is trained by Steve Carter. Chips So Fast headlines the fourth OSS division (Race 5) from post six for trainer Ryan Angus. This Chip Chip Hooray youngster brings a trio of Northfield Park qualifying efforts into this $40,000 test. Owned by Mark Moger of New Hope, PA and Albert Delta, Jr. of Newtown, PA, Chips So Fast has been clocked in 2:05.1, 2:02.3 and 2:01-finishing a strong second each time. This same event sees Triumphant's Chip trying for his second straight victory, having won a $4,440 Ohio Fair Stake at Circleville on June 21 in 2:07.2 for driver Tyler Smith and trainer Steve Carter. Conditioner Scott Cox will harness War College in the fifth $40,000 OSS division (Race 13) for the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH and G. Peters of Akron. This Trainforthefuture gelding has a trio of qualifiers to his credit-the last on June 25 in a respectable 2:02.2 clocking. Also impressive in his recent qualifiers was Another Breath, who paced to a pair of winning miles at Scioto Downs on June 15 (in 2:03) and June 22 (in 2:01.2). The five, $40,000 pacing divisions get started later on the card, beginning with Race 10. First time starter Beligerent, a son of Mantacular who is owned and trained by Fred Huff, Jr. of Jackson, OH, posted a 1:58.2 qualifier at Scioto Downs on June 15, the fastest winning clocking of any youngster in this nine-horse field. Karen McGraw's Whiskey Friskie, a son of Feelin Friskie, also posted a winning time of 2:05.1 en route to winning a $4,440 Ohio Fair Stake at Circleville on June 21, while Miller Racing Stable's Donald Doc won a similar stake at Ottawa on June 24, timed in 2:04.2 for the one mile test. Trainer John Oliverio sends out Feelin Lucky in rein to Josh Sutton in the second $40,000 OSS division (Race 11) for pacing colts from post five. This Feelin Friskie gelding scored a winning 1:56.3 score on June 25 at the Meadows. Whataboy, who hails from the Virgil Morgan, Jr. Stable, posted a 1:57.3 winning effort in a Scioto Downs qualifier on June 22. This son of Big Bad John will have Chris Page at the lines for his pari-mutuel debut. Morgan will then harness Primo Giovanni, another Big Bad John colt, in the third $40,000 OSS division (Race 12). Owned by Carl Howard of Hilliard, OH, Primo Giovanni will start from post eight and most recently was timed in 1:58.3 when finishing third in a Scioto qualifier on June 22. Prior to that effort, he had won his qualifying debut on June 15 in a sporty 2:02.3, with an impressive :27.4 final brush. Another son of Big Bad John, Aloha John won a Northfield qualifier on June 25 in 1:59 for trainer Eric Hamlet, who owns the gelding in partnership with Michael Osborne, of Mentor, OH. Three sons of Big Bad John have winning scores to their credit in the fourth $40,000 OSS division (Race 14). Big Bad Cam and Prince Giovanni both took marks in their qualifiers-the former at Hoosier Park in 1:58.2 on June 13 and the latter on June 15 at Scioto Downs in 2:00.3, while Au Naturel was timed in 1:58.4 in his qualifier at Scioto on June 8. World Of Gaming, a son of World of Rocknroll, brings a pair of solid tries into this race, with a victory on June 21 at Circleville in 2:04.1 and on June 29 in a Scioto qualifier when he paced in 1:58.3 after drawing away from his rivals by four lengths. The final $40,000 division for OSS pacing colts (Race 15) sees Dash Of Grace looking for his second straight pari-mutuel victory. The son of Feelin Friskie captured a Northfield Park $3,000 overnight on June 24 in 1:58, winning by four lengths in a near wire-to-wire triumph. Kurt Sugg drives for trainer-owner Kurt Lepley of Mt. Vernon, OH. Trainer Jeff Nisonger will be in the sulky behind his Rockys World, a son of World Of Rocknroll who scored a 1:58.2 qualifier on June 15 before posting a 1:57.2 score on June 22-both at Scioto Downs. Friskie Cruiser, who hails from the powerful Brian Brown Stable, will make his pari-mutuel debut against these from post two. This son of Feelin Friskie paced to a winning 1:59.4 in a Delaware qualifier on June 19. OSS action continues for 2-year-old trotting colts with the second leg of this series set for Northfield Park on July 24. Pacing colts will vie on July 25 at Scioto. Third leg action for both gaits will be raced Aug. 21 at Northfield Park, while fourth leg contests will be held Sept. 5 at Scioto Downs. The $225,000 Championship events for all the 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, during Scioto Down's Super Night. Kimberly A. Rinker Ohio State Racing Commission

Two fields of 3-year-old pacing fillies vied for first money in a pair of harness racing $40,000 Ohio Sire Stakes (OSS) events on Friday night, June 12 at Northfield Park. Karlee Sue, a bay daughter by Feelin Friskie, took the first OSS division handily in 1:54.2 for Hall of Fame driver David Miller. After getting away at the back of the pack, Miller skillfully brought Karlee Sue up through splits of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:25.2, utilizing a modest :29 final brush to nail down the victory.   Friskie Tel Dawn (Aaron Merriman) finished second, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, with Friskie Lil Devil (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) getting up to nail show honors.   Bred by Midland Acres, Karlee Sue is conditioned by Al Tomlinson of Mason, Michigan, who owns the filly in partnership with Daniel Mitchell and Dennis Stolz of Michigan. The victory pushed the filly's career earnings to $65,765.   The second OSS split for sophomore pacing fillies was captured by the public's choice Crosswinds Cupcake and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in a lifetime best clocking of 1:55. Owned and bred by the Crosswinds Stable Farm of Waynesville, Ohio, this daughter of Stand Forever picked up her second victory of the year in six starts and now has $67,172 her lifetime bankroll.   After wrestling the lead away from Happy Jude at the :28 opening panel, Crosswinds Cupcake paced solidly through quarter fractions of :57.3 and 1:26 before brushing home in :29, drawing away from her rivals by 5¼ lengths. Corner Girl (Ryan Stahl) was second best while Happy Jude held ground to be third.   Third leg OSS action shifts to Northfield Park on July 17 for the colts of both gaits, while the fillies go postward on Aug. 14 at Northfield. Fourth road contests will take place at Scioto Downs on Aug. 28 for the fillies and Aug. 29 for the colts.   The $225,000 championship events for all the 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be held on Saturday (Sept. 12) during Scioto Downs' Super Night festivities. By Kimberly Rinker, Administrator, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund    

LEBANON, OH. - Ohio Sires Stakes action continued Saturday night at Miami Valley Raceway with four $40,000 divisions for Buckeye-bred harness racing three-year-olds, two for pacers and two for trotters. Gray Camo and Chief Talkalot captured the pacing splits; while Neely's Messenger and Upfront Chip Daddy were victorious in their first leg trotting divisions. Gray Camo (Chris Page) topped Roaddog Jess James (Kayne Kauffman) and Rock N Randall (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) in an impressive 1:53.3 mile. The roan son of Pine Valley, co-owned by trainer Ron Burke with partners Bruscemi, Suda and Melillo, scored his first seasonal win in three tries and increased his bankroll to $116,229 in just 11 career starts. Page used a gate-to-wire strategy to successfully lower Gray Camo's best race record by over a full second. Chief Talkalot (Jim Pantaleano) also notched his first seasonal victory, although he was entering the race off a pair of strong runnerup finishes in a James K. Hackett Memorial elimination and the final over the last two weeks. After getting away third at the pylons during the opening quarter, Pantaleano moved his Feelin Friskie colt to the front just past the quarter and gamely held off two-year-old O.S.S. champion Western Coby (Wyatt Irvine) to gain the narrow 1:55.2 triumph. Rocky Express (Randy Tharps) also made a strong bid in the stretch and finished third. Brian Brown trains Chief Talkalot for the partnership of Stewart, Robinson, Mondillo and Cheatham. Neely's Messenger (Dan Noble) started where he left off last season, wiring his field in 1:57.1 as the odds-on favorite. The defending O.S.S. freshman champ, owned by Dale and Julie Ann Sweet, won at initial asking and for the eighth time in nine tries over two seasons, increasing his incredible bankroll to $235,945 in those nine starts-all in Ohio. I Know My Chip (Chris Page) finished second just three-quarters of a length behind with Cooter Dunn (Louis Bauslaugh) garnering the show dough. Al Manke III conditions the son of Neely Dunn. Upfront Chip Daddy (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) sat the pocket throughout before bursting to the front in midstretch to beat heavily-favored frontrunner Kick A Lot (Kurt Sugg) and No Whip Chip (Dan Noble) in 1:57.3. It was the first stakes win for the son of Chip Chip Hooray, who was unraced at two. He is owned by Up Front Racing LLC and Mark Ford and conditioned by Kelly O'Donnell. A $17,050 Open Pace was also featured on Saturday night with Ardyne Ace (Dan Noble) running his winning streak to three straight at Miami Valley including the final two opens of the local 2015 season. The 1:51.2 score was the nine-year-old geldings fourth in six seasonal starts and increased his 2015 earnings to over $30,000. The lifetime winner of over $400,000 is owned by David Ehrenberg and Daniel Fawcett and trained by Jim Pollock Jr. The final program of the Miami Valley meet is Sunday afternoon when a pair of lucrative Grand Circuit stakes races for older mares will be featured, as well as World Record attempts at the distances of 5/8th s of a mile and 1-1/4 miles. Post time is 3:00 p.m. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - 2015 Ohio Sires Stakes harness racing action kicked off on a warm 71 degree night at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday (May 1) with three $40,000 divisions for three-year-old trotting fillies and two $40,000 divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies. Little Casino (Hugh Beatty Jr.) got things off to a rousing start with a divisional track record 1:58.3 win in the first trotting split. As the betting favorite, Beatty was content to sit fifth in the early going before joining the outer flow just before the half then swinging three-wide at the three-quarter pole and finishing with the best late kick to top Mid Pack (Dan Noble) and Countthechip (Ken Holliday). The winning daughter of Full Count broke her maiden in her only other start this season, but looks poised to make some noise in the division in her sophomore campaign. Owner Duane Lowe conditioned Little Casino as a two-year-old, going winless in a dozen starts but earning $17,221 at Ohio county fairs. She more than doubled her lifetime earnings with the $20,000 win check. The second of the three splits for squaregaiters went to another daughter of Full Count. Student of Life (Kurt Sugg), third choice with the betting public, went gate-to-wire in 1:59.1 to beat Bettys Sam (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) and Uf Cashnmychips (Aaron Merriman). A winner of $65,106 at age two, this Marty Wollam-trainee was making her first start of the year off two qualifiers. She is owned by Acadia Farms and G & B Racing. Little Casino's track record was short-lived as Dark Roast (Kurt Sugg) lowered the standard to 1:58 flat in the third and final O.S.S. split for distaff trotters. The victory solidified a clean sweep of the first leg of the filly trot as Dark Roast is also a daughter of Full Count. She, too, is trained by Marty Wollam and owned by Acadia Farms and G & B Racing. Also entering off a pair of tune-up qualifiers, the $49,043 earner topped Like Old Times (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) and Honey B (Kyle Ater) in the record mile. Bell Flower (Chris Page), after three mediocre qualifiers, returned to her familiar form of 2014, flashing early front-end speed and playing catch-me-if-you-can-which no one could-through a 1:53.1 clocking in the first pacing fillies split. A winner of seven out of eight starts and $164,336 at age two, the daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye was purchased during the off season by Bruce Soulsby, Dean Davis and Carl Howard and entrusted to trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. Favored Friskie Lil Devil (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.), the impressive winner of the James K. Hackett Memorial a week ago, sat the pocket throughout but could not close on Bell Flower in a quick :27.4 closing panel. Feeling Wild (Dan Noble) was best of the rest. Friskie Megan gave driver Hugh Beatty Jr. his second sires stakes victory of the night in the second pacing division, but made mutuel backers even happier with the highest win ticket return in Miami Valley's two-year history. Friskie Megan swung four-wide at the head of the stretch and just nipped E Ticket Ride (Dan Noble) and Karlee Sue (Jason Brewer) in the final strides of a 1:55.3 mile. Trainer Steve Bateson co-owns the Feelin Friskie filly with partner Harold Moore. Campaigned strictly at the fairs in 2014, she made her commercial track debut a whopping success, returning $212.40 for a $2 win ticket. The $19,650 Fillies and Mares Open Pace also produced an upset when 12-1 Betit To Getit (Jason Brewer) triumphed over Skippin By (Josh Sutton) and All Terror (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:52.2, just one-fifth of a second off the track mark for older mares. The season at Miami Valley concludes with programs on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Highlighting the Saturday card, which will begin at 7 p.m. due to the 6:35 Kentucky Derby post time, will be two divisions each of Ohio Sires Stakes action for sophomore colts and a $17,050 Open Pace. The Grand Circuit comes to town on Sunday with older pacing mares competing in the $75,000 Chip Noble Memorial; and older trotters going postward in the $86,500 Miami Valley Distaff. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Favored Friskie's Angel, sired by Midland Acres' Feelin Friskie, held on by a neck to capture the $17,500 championship of the inaugural Dr. Don Mossbarger Memorial series at Miami Valley. Mossbarger, a member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame, was the founder and patriarch of renowned breeding facility Midland Acres in nearby Bloomingburg, Ohio, until his death late in 2014. Driver Don Irvine Jr. sent the even-money favorite directly to the lead, although he had to work hard to reach the front during a :27.1 opening panel. Following a second quarter breather, arriving at the halfway station in :57.2, Friskie's Angel put the pedal to the metal to a 1:25.3 third quarter before holding off pocket-sitting Last Flight In (Jason Brewer) by a neck in 1:54.4 with Electric Dancemove (Dan Noble) another quarter-length back in third. Scot Davidson trains the winner for Howard Taylor. The four-year-old mare now has 27 lifetime wins in just 51 starts and pushed past the $110,000 earnings plateau with the triumph. A race earlier, Shine N Shimmer (Chris Page) showed her heels to the field in the $14,850 Fillies and Mares Open Pace, topping Betit To Getit (Jason Brewer) and Rev Me Up (Randy Tharps) in 1:53.2. Off at 5/2 odds, Page used Shine N Shimmer's inside post draw to full advantage posting front-running fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:25 before holding on for a victory margin of a neck with a :28.2 closing quarter. It was the third seasonal victory in a dozen tries for the winner, a seven-year-old mare by American Ideal. Howard Taylor also co-owns Shine N Shimmer with Dandy Farms Inc. Jim Ellison conditions the lifetime winner of over $345,000. Chris Page, currently fourth in the Miami Valley dash standings, scored a hat trick with three victories on the heels of a four-win performance on Thursday night. Racing resumes Saturday night highlighted by the $20,000 championship of the Tom Tharps Memorial pacing series and a $17,050 Open Handicap Pace. Total purses for the strong 13-race program are $144,300. Post time is 6:30 p.m. Gregg Keidel

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

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