WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 28, 2013 — Count Me In seized the two hole from the gate and used the ensuing pocket trip to pull off a 15-1 upset victory in Monday’s $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Mike Wilder hustled Count Me In to the front, but the pair quickly settled in behind Summer Indian, the 1-1 favorite. The 4-year-old Full Count-Howl gelding was stronger in the lane, brushing outside to defeat Summer Indian by a head in a career-best 1:53.2. Rembrandt Spur finished third. Marty Wollam trains Count Me In, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $219,791, and owns with Acadia Farms. Wilder drove four winners and Brian Zendt three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak for The Meadows
Eight $150,000 Ohio Sire Stakes championships were held at Scioto Downs Racino Saturday evening. Feelin Lika Winner lived up to his name when he won the coveted 3-year-old colt pacing championship in 1:52.2. The Scott Mogan trainee sat in the pocket most of the way behind race favorite, That Friske Feelin and Tony Hall, after parking the latter to an opening quarter of 26.3. "We wanted to follow Burke’s horse (That Friske Feelin), as close as we could get to him,” said driver Kayne Kauffman. “We got out of the gate good and I kind of pushed him through the first turn and tried to sting him a little bit.” That opening quarter didn’t take much out of the eventual winner as he powered home in 28.3 to win by four and three-quarter lengths. “That was a very tough call (to pull going around the last turn instead of waiting for the passing lane) but my horse felt strong,” continued Kauffman. “Tony’s plugs were out down the backside so we went ahead and made the move and it worked out.” Feelin Lika Winner is owned by Mogan, Diamond Chip Stables (Judy Weber), AWS Stables (Allen & Carol Marie Schmidthorst) and Charlie Guiler. The gelding by Feelin Friskie out of the Live Love Laugh mare Naughty Sunflower now has $212,235 in lifetime earnings and took a mark earlier this year of 1:51.4 here at Scioto. Other OSS winners on the evening included: 2yo Filly Trot - In the Grippers (Steven One - Over Baked) in 1:58 for driver Chris Page, trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr and owner Herres Stables LLC (Natilie Herres). 2yo Colt Trot - Rompaway Galaxy (Rompaway Wally - Rompaway Wynona) in 1:57.4 for driver Mike Micallef, trainer Krista Williams and owner Rompaway Farms LLC (Thomas Smith) 2yo Filly Pace - Shakin Friskie (Feelin Friskie - Shakeurcancancress) in 1:56.1 for driver Dan Noble, trainer Mark Winters, Sr and owners Bret Schwartz, William Bean and Stephen Montemarano. 2yo Colt Pace - Chance I MIght (Stand Forever - Nature’s Course) in 1:55.3 for driver Brad Hanners, trainer Jim Dailey and owner Rebecca Dwyer. 3yo Filly Trot - Contessa Leigh (Full Count - Howl) in 1:57.1 for driver Sam “Chip” Noble, trainer Marty Wollam and owners G And B Racing (Bradley & George Berlin) and Marty Wollam. 3yo Colt Trot - Final Breath (Victory Sam - First Breath) in 1:56.1 for trainer/driver Hugh “Sandy” Beatty and owner Duane Lowe. 3yo Filly Pace - Igottafeelinfran (Feelin Friskie - Fran Anna) in 1:53.3 for driver Dan Noble, trainer Jim Dailey and owners Jerry Zosel, Kathy Ratcliff and Kimberly Dailey. Racing will continue for one more week, Wednesday thru Saturday, with a post of 6:30 p.m. each day. Saturday (September 14) is closing night at Scioto for the 2013 racing season. Submitted by Scioto Downs Racino
On Friday, August 23 Northfield Park hosted the fourth leg of Ohio Sires Stake racing action for three year-old fillies as part of their 14-race program. Trotters and pacers each competed in one division. The trotters started the stakes action in the evening’s eighth race. Contessa Leigh (Full Count-Howl-Overcomer) bested her competition by a 5 ¾-lengths in her $35,000 stakes event. The race was Contessa Leigh’s 12 win in 15 lifetime starts and increased her current win-streak to five. Chip Noble piloted the filly for Northfield Park Wall of Fame trainer Marty Wollam, who co-owns the filly with G&B Racing. Contessa Leigh started from post one. Noble sent her straight to the lead and never experienced an anxious moment at any point of the mile. She posted fractions of :28.4, :59.1, 1:29.1 and 1:58.1. Friday’s victory pushed Contessa Leigh’s bankroll to $199,586. Finishing behind Contessa Leigh were Diplomats Mistress, Mitey Pretty Win, Sheza Lavec, Miss Lulu Belle, Trainer Dunn, Coverlet, MJ’s Victory Wish and TT’s Megapixel. Contessa Leigh was the overwhelming favorite and returned $2.10 to win. The pacers completed the evening’s stakes action in the tenth race. Igottafeelinfran captured the $35,000 fourth leg. Dan Noble drove the filly for trainer Jim Dailey and owners Jerry Zosel, Kathy Ratcliff and Kimberly Dailey. Igottafeelinfran (Feelin Friskie-Fran Anna-Expensive Scooter) started from post seven. Noble sent the filly hard from the start and she was parked through a :27 opening quarter. Igottafeelinfran cleared to the lead approaching the half and continued leading through fractions of :55.2, 1:24.2 and 1:53.4, winning by ¾-length. The win was the eighth in 22 career starts and bolstered Igottafeelinfran’s bankroll to $160,340. Finishing in succession after the winner were Pink Camo, Two Friskie, Norma Jean, Rain Dance Maggy, One Naughty Lady, CG Satin, Cheat Sheet, Forever La Nigh and CG’s Serious. Igottafeelinfran paid $5.20 to win. Ayers Ratliff
Four races of harness racing 2-year-old colts hit the track for the second leg of $30,000 Ohio Sire Stakes at Scioto Downs Racino on Saturday. Three of the winners kept their Sire Stakes win record in tact, winning both legs so far, and all four set new lifetime marks.
Thousands of people headed out to Scioto Downs Racino for harness racing's "Back to the Track" on Saturday evening. Four Ohio Sire Stakes races, three opens and an invitational race highlighted the racing card, while other activities were going on throughout the racetrack.
On July 3 Northfield Park hosted five divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as part of the Wednesday 13-race program.
Contessa Leigh is practically a member of the family for Marty Wollam. The 63-year-old Ohio harness racing horseman trained and raced both her sire Full Count and her grandsire Striking Sahbra as well as her dam Howl. He also trained her older brother Count Me In, a top Ohio Sires Stakes performer in recent years.
One lucky bettor had to be smiling when the horses crossed the finish line in Friday's (January 18) harness racing's 15th race at Northfield Park. My Sweet Lorelei (38-1) won, Sweetie Sue Cam (48-1) finished second and Its A Sham (90-1) showed. The 4-7-8 combination returned $14,583.60 for the $1.00 Trifecta wager.
Countess Leigh was the most dominant harness racing winner among the eight Ohio Sires Stakes finals contested as part of Ohio Super Night at Scioto Downs on Saturday. Eight $100,000 finals were contested.
Ohio Sires Stakes harness racing highlighted Northfield Park's Friday (August 31) program where two-year-old filly pacers and trotters squared off. The fillies raced in their final leg of the 2012 juvenile match-ups, presenting their last chance to earn points for the Ohio Sires Stakes Championships. The championships will be held at Scioto Downs in Columbus on Saturday, September 8.
Northfield Park hosted four divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes harness racing action as part of the 13-race program. Three-year-old colt and gelding trotters and pacers each competed in two divisions on Saturday (August 18).
Saturday concludes consecutive days of Ohio Sires Stakes harness racing at Northfield Park. Following sophomore filly pacers and trotters on Friday (August 17), both three-year old colt and gelding pacers and trotters will compete on Saturday.
Harness racing driver Ryan Stahl didn't get the trip he wanted in the $42,000 Ohio's First Lady Pace at Scioto Downs on Friday night (August 3), but his courageous 3-year-old filly Special Lady D overcame adversity to win by a length in 1:53.4.
On Tuesday, July 3 Northfield Park offers guests the opportunity to start their holiday off right with stakes racing action on the track and concession specials trackside. Fans will see four divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as part of Tuesday's (July 3) 12-strong harness racing program.
Facial Expressions was all smiles after overcoming post 10 to win the featured trotting event on Thursday night at Scioto Downs. Harness racing trainer-driver Ammon Hershberger was in the bike behind the 4-year-old daughter of Full Count.
Harness racing driver Aaron Merriman steered two Ohio Sires Stakes winners on a scorching Memorial Day at Scioto Downs. He won first with the trotter Its Jesse Time, then came back to win with the pacer Noble Trick. Merriman currently ranks tenth among all drivers in North America in wins.