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Grove City, Ohio - Elver Hanover, the 2019 Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year has been named the 2019 Ohio Horse of the Year by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Elver Hanover, the son of Yankee Cruiser - Edra Hanover by The Panderosa won all nine of his starts for trainer Ron Burke, his stable and ownership group of Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby earning $363,450. A world champion by way of winning the first division of the $324,800 Stay Hungry Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt Pace at Lexington in 1:48.3, Elver Hanover also won the Ohio Triple Crown which consists of the Ohio Sire Stakes Final, the Ohio Breeder's Championship and the Ohio State Fair Stakes. Bred at Hanover Shoe Farms, Elver Hanover's Ohio earnings ($288,600) was almost double of the next closest colt. Mickey Burke of Burke Racing Stable says the honor was well deserved "It is very rare that you see a horse go nine for nine, lead the state and set world records." "There is something special about Elver Hanover" says part-owner Jablonsky. "He's a gifted horse. He's very fast and good gaited. He really knows how to win and get the job done." Elver Hanover and his connections were honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United States Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet January 18, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. 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. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA              

Grove City, Ohio - A quick start to the year set the pace for Sectionline Bigry as he doubled his harness racing win totals from 2018 on the way to being named the 2019 Ohio Aged Pacer of the Year by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Sectionline Bigry, the son of Pet Rock - Aquatic Yankee by Cambest won 12 of 20 races for owner Harold Lee Bauder and trainer Steve Bauder earning $222,420 in 2019. The highlights of the year were winning the Ohio Sires Stakes Aged Pacing Championship at Scioto Downs and the Gene Riegle Memorial Open Pace at the Great Darke County Fair. Sectionline Bigry was bred by Bauder of Delaware, Ohio, Michael Dixon of Hilliard, Ohio and Harold L. Bauder of Delaware, Ohio. Driver Tyler Smith says Sectionline Bigry is an unbelievable horse, "He showed up for every big dance we had. He is such a handy horse that is so fast and has a will to win." Sectionline Bigry will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United States Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet January 18, 2020 at the University Area Marriott in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and can be purchased by calling the OHHA office at 614-221-3650. Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at www.ohha.com. 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. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - Ohio-bred Mission Accepted raced at 11 different tracks in two countries, winning five times on the way to being named 2019 Ohio Aged Trotter of the Year by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Mission Accepted, the daughter of Manofmanymissions - Witty Girl by S J's Photo won three of her five Ohio races for trainer Ron Burke, his stable and ownership group of Knox Services, David B. Wills and Weaver Bruscemi LLC earning $422,595. Mission Accepted scored his biggest win of the year in the $ 250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot at Yonkers Raceway. Mission Accepted was bred by Knox Services in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. "What a nice horse," said driver Chris Page. "I'm truly blessed to sit behind him. He does everything right." Page says it cool having an Ohio bred that can venture out on the Grand Circuit races. Mission Accepted will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United States Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet January 18, 2020 at the University Area Marriott in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and can be purchased by calling the OHHA office at 614-221-3650. Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at www.ohha.com. 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. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - Robert K. Schmitz will be presented the 2019 Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Hagemeyer Significant Contribution Award at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United States Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday January 18th at the Marriott Columbus University Area Hotel, 3100 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43220. Robert K. Schmitz has an extensive knowledge of harness racing. Schmitz has been an owner and breeder of Standardbreds since 1983. He was appointed to the Ohio State Racing Commission in 2011 by Governor John Kasich and served two terms as Chairman of the commission. His term expired in March of 2019. He lobbied for the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association from 2001 until 2011. He was appointed to the Standardbred Development Fund in 2001 and served until his appointment to the commission in 2011. He operates Robert K. Schmitz Associates located in downtown Columbus and his knowledge and expertise as a government affairs specialist is extensive. He has over 45 years of experience working with the Ohio General Assembly. Schmitz is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Political Science. Schmitz and his wife Jenny live in Bexley, Ohio. The Maynard and Stella Hagemeyer Significant Contribution Award is awarded to an individual that has made a significant life-long contribution to Ohio harness racing. The individual must possess a passion and advocacy for Ohio harness racing. The award is based on the importance of educating and involving local and state legislators to the importance of the harness racing industry. Tickets to the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United State Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet are $ 30 and are available by contacting the OHHA office at 614-221-2650. Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at www.ohha.com. 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. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - Looksgoodinaromper rounded into form midway through the 2019 harness racing season as she won five straight starts on the way to being named the 2019 Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association.  Looksgoodinaromper the daughter of Pet Rock - Don't Blame Her by Village Connection hit the board in eight of 12 races for trainer Ron Burke, his stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, earning $321,873. A world champion by way of winning the Ohio Sires Stakes at Northfield Park in 1:52.3, Looksgoodinaromper also won the Ohio Triple Crown which consists of the Ohio Sire Stakes Final, the Ohio Breeder's Championship and the Ohio State Fair Stakes. Bred by Robert and Barbara Bongiorno, Looksgoodinaromper also set a new stakes record in winning the first division of the Ohio Breeders Championship in August at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Driver Chris Page says Looksgoodinaromper holds a special place in his heart, "I drove her mother Don't Blame Her. I loved her mother and Looksgoodinaromper is a lot like her." Page says she is a very nice filly that loves her work. Looksgoodinaromper will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United States Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet January 18, 2020 at the University Area Marriott in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and can be purchased by calling the OHHA office at 614-221-3650. Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at www.ohha.com. 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. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - Julie Amstutz and Gene Wiley will be presented the 2019 Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Special -Service to Harness Racing Awards at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United States Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday January 18th at the Marriott Columbus University Area Hotel, 3100 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43220. Amstutz of Pandora, Ohio, will be honored for her forty-seven years of service as a clerk of the course and a charter. Amstutz comes from a harness racing family. Her parents, Dr. Clyde and Bess Field, were heavily involved as harness racing officials. Dr. Field served as president of the Western Ohio Colt Racing Association and the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association while his wife Bess was the secretary-treasurer for the Western Ohio Colt Racing Association. Amstutz followed in her parents' footsteps by becoming a clerk of the course at several county fairs in 1972. She expanded that position at other fairs and then added the duties of charter to her responsibilities. Her final year of charting was in 2018. Wiley of Richwood, Ohio will be honored for his service as a race official. Wiley has been a harness racing official since the early 1970s. His first duties were as a starter at fairs in Indiana. In early 1975, he earned his license to judge at county fairs. His first assignment as a presiding judge came later that year at the Huron County Fair in Norwalk, Ohio. He soon received other positions as a presiding judge throughout the state. Wiley believes that he has worked for at least one fair in every colt circuit that Ohio has ever had, except one. Wiley worked at a factory that manufactured hydraulic equipment for farm machinery for many years while moonlighting as a presiding judge at the fairs. He also found time to serve as an associate judge at Raceway Park in Toledo and as a substitute presiding judge at both Scioto Downs and Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. Wiley has not slowed down much as he served as the presiding judge at fifteen fairs in 2019. Tickets to the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United State Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet are $ 30 and are available by contacting the OHHA office at 614-221-2650. Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at www.ohha.com. 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. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - A quick look at the two-year-old harness racing resume of Elver Hanover shows why he was named the 2019 Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Elver Hanover, the son of Yankee Cruiser - Edra Hanover by The Panderosa won all nine of his starts for trainer Ron Burke, his stable and ownership group of Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby earning $363,450. A world champion by way of winning the first division of the $324,800 Stay Hungry Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt Pace at Lexington in 1:48.3, Elver Hanover also won the Ohio Triple Crown which consists of the Ohio Sire Stakes Final, the Ohio Breeder's Championship and the Ohio State Fair Stakes. Bred at Hanover Shoe Farms, Elver Hanover's Ohio earnings ($288,600) was almost double of the next closest colt. Chris Page drove Elver Hanover to eight of the nine victories and says the colt just knows how to win "Elver Hanover is a true professional. He drives perfect and does everything you want." Page says Elver Hanover is one of the best two-year-olds he has ever driven. Elver Hanover will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United States Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet January 18, 2020 at the University Area Marriott in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and can be purchased by calling the OHHA office at 614-221-3650. Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at www.ohha.com. 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, click here. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA

Grove City, Ohio - Bidding is underway for the 2020 Ohio Stallion Service Auction to benefit the Political Action Committee for Equine Racing (P.A.C.E.R.). Thirty-eight Ohio stallions, 23 Pacers and 15 Trotters, have been made available for a breeding to benefit P.A.C.E.R. On-line bidding is available until Saturday January 18th at 5:00 p.m. To bid online visit http://ohha.cbo.io. Phone bidding will be available Saturday January 18th from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at 614-221-3650 or 800-353-6442. Complete rules and a list of available stallions are available on the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association website, https://www.ohha.com. All contracts are subject to P.A.C.E.R. and Farm approval and are not transferable to another mare or individual without the consent of both. P.A.C.E.R. helps the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association to support legislative quests for expanding gaming and other issues that could positively impact Ohio harness racing. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - Only Take Cash was money in the bank, hitting the board in 12 of 13 races on the way to being named the 2019 Ohio 3-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Only Take Cash, daughter of Cash Hall - Ambro Affair by Garland Lobell was a seven-time winner for trainer Robert McIntosh, his stable and ownership group of Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables, earning $462,708. The biggest win of 2019 for Only Take Cash was the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes at Northfield Park. Only Take Cash was bred by Robert McIntosh Stables and CSX Stables of Liberty Center, Ohio. Aaron Merriman drove Only Take Cash to five of her seven wins, "She is a very smart filly for her age with a great attitude. I was blessed to pick up the drive." Only Take Cash will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United States Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet January 18, 2020 at the University Area Marriott in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and can be purchased by calling the OHHA office at 614-221-3650. Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at www.ohha.com. 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, click here. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio – Harness racing driver Conley Newberry of Beavercreek, Ohio will be presented the 2019 Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Terry Holton Youth Award at the 2019 Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and United States Trotting Association’s District 1 Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday January 18th at the Marriott Columbus University Area Hotel, 3100 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH  43220. Newberry, a senior at Beavercreek High School is heavily involved in harness racing.  He has worked for the Mike Polhamus Stable in Troy, Ohio.  Constance Polhamus says Coney is a hard worker, “He is knowledgeable and dependable working in the stable and is very interested in the future of harness racing.” Newberry started in the harness racing business at the age of 12.  He worked with his father Matt Newberry and has progressed from doing little things around the stable to cleaning stalls, harnessing horses and jogging horses. This year Newberry obtained his fair qualifying license and raced at seven fairs and picked up his first win. The award is named for Terry Holton, a 2005 inductee into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame.  Holton of Newark, Ohio, was the winner of over 1,700 races in his career.  He overcame many obstacles in his life, the biggest may have been overcoming pancreatic cancer. The Terry Holton Youth Award is awarded to a youth between the ages of 13 and 19 who has actively participated in harness racing during 2019 as a driver, trainer, groom, breeder, race office/publicity assistant, track maintenance crew or has provided outstanding service to harness racing. The award, in its 19th year, will be presented at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and United States Trotting Association’s District 1 Annual Awards Banquet January 18, 2020 at the University Area Marriott in Columbus, Ohio.  Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and can be purchased by calling the OHHA office at 614-221-3650.  Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at www.ohha.com.  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

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