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Mary K. Coven, 75, beloved mother of trainer Sam Coven and ex-wife of the late notable Ohio driver-trainer Herb Coven Jr., died May 26 following a battle of several months against lung cancer.   Mary and Herb ran a powerful stable at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon, Ohio, for almost 20 years.   Among the stable patrons at the height of their success were Blue Chip Farms and the partnership of Pacey Mindlin and Kenneth Cohen.   The Covens campaigned numerous great horses. Among them were Pointer Hanover, who participated in the Breeders Crown, open pacing mare Norma Ruth Hanover and the invitational star Lusty Fella.   While Herb drove and trained the large majority of the horses, hard-working Mary also possessed licenses as both a driver and trainer.   She won 45 races in the sulky from 1983-1995. Her best year was 1984, when she won a dozen races and fashioned a .450 UDRS average.   She was particularly proud of victories behind Lusty Fella at Lebanon, Latonia, Louisville and Scioto Downs.   From 1991-1997 she accumulated 146 training victories, then earned three more during a one-year return to the trainer's ranks in 2008. Mrs. Coven was also well known for mixing a special leg paint tightener, which she was pleased to share (except the recipe) with fellow horsemen who sought her successful potion.   Mary was born Mary Goldman in October of 1943 in Dayton, Ohio. She met Herb at an after-school event at the Dayton Fairgrounds during high school.   Mary is survived by her only son Sam; four grandchildren--Sabrina, 21, Justine, 12, Brooklyn, 5, and Trotter, 2; as well as a brother Sam Goldman.   Gregg Keidel

Columbus, Ohio--Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series, was on the move again Friday night (May 24) traveling to Columbus, Ohio for a trotting contest over the five-eighths mile oval at Scioto Downs. And when the judges posted the official sign after the race was contested Unbanji, driven by longtime Billings member Bob "the Lumberman" Troyer, emerged victorious . Sent off at odds of over 10-1 the 11-year-old French-bred gelding rallied in the deep-stretch to collar the betting favorite, Undercover Strike and driver Gregg "Fast Greggy" Keidel for a 1:571 victory, his second of the season. Troyer started from the five hole and settled in fourth as Alesha "the Hoosier Hotshot" Binkley grabbed the lead with Body Of Work and they showed the way past the first stanza in :28.3. With the field all settling in along the pylons Ms Binkey tapped the breaks and led the Indian-file trailers by the half in :58.2. At that point Troyer and Ubanji were third as Keidel and Undercover Strike were the first to take a shot at the leader and they were head-to-head with Body Of Work at the three quarters in 1:27.4, as the trailing horses began to move at the leaders. Undercover Strike gained command off the final turn and although the gelding appeared to be home free Troyer's trotter came with a rush in the final strides to collar Keidel's charge and get the final call. Despite a covered trip the entire mile Sterling Bodica, and driver Steve "You're Never Too"Oldford, had to settle for third place just a length behind the top two finishers. The race winner, Ubanji, is in America as a result of a international promotion last year by NAADA. Now owned by his driver and trained by John Wengerd the altered son of French sire, Jag De Bellouet, returned a $23.20 win mutuel. The Billings Series will move on to the Meadowlands on Saturday night then to Flamboro Downs on Sunday, and to Woodbine Mohawk on Monday.   by John Manzi for the Billings Series    

LEBANON, OH - The two headliners, Atlanta and Shartin N, put on quite a show on closing day at Miami Valley Raceway, dominating their respective $100,000 Grand Circuit harness racing tests. Atlanta was first up in the Miami Valley Distaff for older trotting mares. Last year's Hambletonian winner, making her first start for new trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras, showed her heels to a compact field from start to finish, stopping the teletimer in 1:50.4-a national season's mark for trotting mares on a five-eighths mile track. Weslynn Dancer (Matt Kakaley) rallied from last at the halfway juncture to finish second, while Custom Cantab (Peter Wrenn) grabbed the show dough. Atlanta, a daughter of Chapter Seven won for the 13th time and increased her earnings to $1,240,689 with the 7-3/4 lengths triumph. She is owned by Crawford Farms, Bradley Grant and Howard Taylor. "I never had an anxious moment," exclaimed Gingras in the winner's circle. "You can drive her with two fingers and she likes her work. When you ask her for a little more she does it willingly." Gingras in the winner's circle "It's an honor to welcome a Hambletonian into your barn," smile Burke. "She has done everything right training down. She has all the special characteristics of a special horse!" When asked what's next for Atlanta, Burke revealed that she may very well be headed to Stockholm, Sweden for the world renowned Elitlopp for her next stop. The $100,000 Sam 'Chip' Noble Memorial Grand Circuit Pace was captured by Shartin N for the second consecutive year, beating Medusa (Gingras) and Baron Remy (Kakaley). Her gate-to-wire 1:49.4 score was just a fifth of a second off her Miami Valley track record set in the 2018 edition. Owned by Richard Poillucci, JoAnn Looney-King (wife of trainer Jim King Jr.) and driver Tim Tetrick, Shartin N now boasts 31 wins in 43 trips to post and earnings of $1,498,853. Shartin N Brett Miller was congratulated by Racing Operatiions Manager Helen Carlo and Race Secretary Gregg Keidel after capturing his first dash title in Ohio since returning from a prolonged East Coast stay Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - Dayson (Chris Page) captured the final Open Trot of the Miami Valley harness racing season on a sunny Sunday afternoon (May 5), scorching the lightning fast five-eighths mile oval in 1:53.3. Page pressed the million dollar winning favorite confidently and unhurriedly towards the front, gaining the point well after the original pacesetter Moonshiner Hanover (Brett Miller) reached the :27.4 first quarter beam. It was the 30th lifetime win for Dayson, a 6-year-old altered son of Conway Hall, from just 61 career starts. Part of the powerful Ron Burke Brigade, Dayson extended his win streak to six, four at The Meadows before relocating to Ohio and Miami Valley for his most recent pair of successes. Full Surge (Tony Hall) trotted a huge mile to finish a closing second, while Moonshiner Hanover hung on for third. The Monday (May 6) matinee will close out the 2019 Miami Valley meet which started back on January 4. A pair of $100,000 Grand Circuit events for older mares will highlight the season finale. Atlanta, the 2018 Hambletonian winner, makes her first start of the year in the Miami Valley Distaff; while superstar Shartin N will be favored in the Sam 'Chip' Noble III Memorial-a race she won last year in 1:49.3, still the fastest mile by a mare in the six year history of Miami Valley. The Grand Circuit features are carded as races 8 and 10 on a 14-race program. First race post time is 2:05 p.m.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - A total of eleven $17,500 divisions of harness racing sophomore pacing and trotting colts went postward in Buckeye Stallion Series action on Saturday night (May 4) at Miami Valley Raceway. A multitude of different owners, trainers and drivers shared in the total purses of $192,500 allocated to the first leg of the popular series. Ten different drivers won one of the eleven heats, with Jeremy Smith notching the only double. On the training side, ten different stable were victorious, with the only double belonging to Steve Carter. Pacing winners were Sweet Cruiser (driver Chris Page, 1:54.2, $4.40 win mutuel), Shamma Lamma (Peter Wrenn, 1:52.3, $3.40), B Like Cruiser (Brett Miller, 1:52.3, $2.80), Yankee Boots (Dan Noble, 1:53.3, $3.20) and Rock N Randy V (Jeremy Smith, 1:52.3, $3.00). B Like Cruiser Squaregaiters who reached the winner's circle were More Than Miles (Jeremy Smith, 1:58.1, $18.60), Forget It Im Crazy (Kayne Kauffman, 1:57.4, $6.00), TC's Best (Ronnie Wrenn Jr., 1:56.3, $4.20), Homer Hall (Jason Brewer, 1:57.2, $2.80), Peter's Express (Sandy Beatty, 1:58.2, $83.40) and Colonel Sam (Kyle Ater, 1:57.2, $4.20). TC's Best The final Saturday night $25,000 Open I Handicap Pace of the meet was also staged with Dancin Yankee (Page) topping My Hero Ron (Noble) and Mykindachip (Mike Wilder) in 1:51. It was the 74th career win for the 11-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser who continues to inch closer to the $2 million overall earnings plateau with every start. Dancin Yankee, a multiple past winner of Ohio Horse Of The Year honors is owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC. Miami Valley will bring the curtain down on its 2019 season with 2:05 p.m. matinees on Sunday (May 5) and Monday (May 6). The Sunday program will feature three $40,000 first leg divisions of trotting colts in Ohio Sires Stakes showdowns; coupled with a pair of $50,000 divisions for the Buckeye State's best pacing colts. Closing day should be quite special as Miami Valley presents a pair of $100,000 Grand Circuit events headlined by Atlanta, last year's Hambletonian winner, making her first seasonal start in the Miami Valley Distaff; and Shartin N returning to the Ohio five-eighths mile oval as defending champion of the Sam 'Chip' Noble Memorial, in which she established a distaff track record of 1:49.3 in the 2018 edition. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - The 2019 Buckeye Stallion Series launched on Wednesday afternoon (May 1) with nine $17,500 harness racing divisions of Buckeye-bred sophomore fillies, five paces and four trots. This first leg action was the first of four preliminary sessions at Miami Valley, Scioto Downs, Northfield Park and the Delaware (OH) county fair-all leading up to the finals for $60,000 purses at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Sunday, September 29. Pacing winners were Heythere Lisamarie (Brett Miller, 1:54.4, $3.80 to win), Officially My Way (Jason Thompson, 1:53.4, $5.60), Rocl Me Cristal (Cameron McCown, 1:53.3, $14.20), Slymar's Dragon (Mark Evers, 1:53.3, $6.80) and Rocking Zoe (Kayne Kauffman, 1:54.4, $11.80). Trotters reaching the winner's circle were Ms Toni (Josh Sutton, 1:56.3, $4.60), Caterina Hall (Brett Miller, 1:56.1, $4.80), Twentyfour K Magic (Chris Page, 1:56.4, $15.00) and Sarafina AS (Elliott Deaton, 1:56.4, $23.40). Caterina Hall was the quickest winner in Buckeye Stallion Series action at Miami Valley on Wednesday. (Conrad photo) The Buckeye Stallion Series returns to Miami Valley on Saturday night (May 4) with eleven divisions for three-year-old pacing and trotting colts. Post time is 7:05 p.m., one hour later than normal due to the Kentucky Derby.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - Millionaires Atlanta and Shartin N, arguably the finest active female trotter and pacer on the planet, are headed to Miami Valley Raceway for a pair of harness racing $100,000 Grand Circuit races on Monday afternoon, May 6. The closing day features have been carded as races eight and ten on the 14-race program which begins at 2:05 p.m. Atlanta, last year's Hambletonian winner, will be making her initial 2019 start after an impressive 1:52.3 qualifier at The Meadowlands in her first effort for new trainer Ron Burke. Yannick Gingras, who qualified Atlanta without trotting hopples for the first time, will be following the daughter of Chapter Seven-who has earned $1,140,689 in her career-to Ohio for her first seasonal test. The likely odds-on favorite is owned by Crawford Farms, Bradley Grant and Howard Taylor. A quartet of accomplished challengers will go postward, all inside of Atlanta on the starting gate in the Miami Valley Distaff. Custom Cantab (Peter Wrenn) was a winner of 13 out of 17 starts in 2018, including the Matron Stake at Dover, earning over half a million dollars for trainer Chris Beaver. The three others have each won three races already this season. Weslynn Dancer (Matt Kakaley) recently won the Open Trot at Yonkers, Churita (Trace Tetrick) is three-for-three at Hoosier Park to open her year, boosting her career earnings to $924,225. Red Rose Swan (LeWayne Miller) already has three wins and four place finishes in seven trips to post this year, including capturing the prestigious Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series championship at Miami Valley. Shartin N is the defending champion of the Sam 'Chip' Noble III Memorial, having captured the 2018 edition in 1:49.3-still the fastest mile by a distaff pacer in the six year history of Miami Valley. Co-owner Tim Tetrick will be in the bike for partners Richard Poillucci and JoAnn Looney-King, the wife of trainer Jim King Jr. The six-year-old New Zealand bred mare won 19 of 24 races last season, including most every marquee event for the division. The reigning Breeders Crown champion and runnerup to McWicked for Horse Of The Year laurels has won four of five times in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers, including the $402,600 final, to kick off her 2019 campaign. Her lifetime bounty has reached $1,393,853. Tim Tetrick and Jim King Main competition is likely to come from Baron Remy (Chris Page), who captured the $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship at Scioto Downs as well as the Courageous Lady at Northfield Park in her 2018 sophomore season. Shartin N stablemate Bettor Joy N (Trace Tetrick), who finished second in the Blue Chip finale, will also pose a threat; while $918,093 winning Medusa (Gingras) and Always Giggling (Brett Miller) are also formidable foes. The Noble Memorial pays homage to the memory of one of Ohio's finest-ever horsemen, Chip Noble from nearby Xenia, who passed away shortly before Miami Valley Raceway opened its doors in 2014. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH - It has been over three months since driver Jeremy Smith underwent surgery to repair a bothersome shoulder, but he roared back in style on Monday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway by winning three of his first four drives following his rehabilitation layoff. In just his second of nine assignments on the day, the 39-year-old red and white clad reinsman guided Doc's Bonanza to a 3-3/4 length score in a bottom conditions pace. The 1:53.2 triumph was the first of 2019 for Doc's Bonanza and was the best time for the 12-year-old winner in over two years. Mary Dawson owns and trains the son of The Panderosa, who paid $9.20 to win. Smith's second tally of the day was a stunner as Virginnaire upset a full field of lower condition pacing mares in 1:55.1, returning $39.40 for a $2 win ticket. It was also the first win in 11 tries for the daughter of Always A Virgin, who is trained by Tony Todd for owner David Finnegan. Always one to produce handsome payoffs, Jeremy next visited the winner's circle with J C Onthebeach, who yielded $36.20 to his backers. Daniel Stone conditions the Somebeachsomewhere gelding for the S & S Racing Stable. His 1:52 score in a mid-range condition pace was his third on the year and 42nd in the career of the nine year old gelding. "I feel great," exclaimed Smith. "I did everything the doctors asked and my shoulder feels better than it has in years. I'm so thankful that I have a group of loyal trainers and owners who have welcomed me back and trusted me with their horses...I hope I can get on a roll for them!" Smith is coming off his best year. In 2018, he won 338 races good for $2,990,077 in purses. The career winner of 2,159 races and over $13 million in purses also captured the dash title at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - Million dollar winner Dayson (Chris Page) made his inaugural appearance at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday afternoon (April 28) and promptly notched his first win in the $25,000 Doug Stovall Memorial Open Trot. Following three straight Preferred class victories at The Meadows to start his 2019 harness racing campaign the six-year-old son of Conway Hall was shipped by trainer Ron Burke to his Ohio contingent for his latest test. Despite being assigned the outside post position in the talented nine-horse field, Dayson patiently forged forward before gaining command shortly after passing the :28 first quarter station. After getting a relative breather to the :57.1 halfway point, challengers came calling in the third stanza with Pine Dream (Trace Tetrick) hot on Page's back and Jailhouse Sam (Hugh Beatty) and No Whip Chip (Dan Noble) stacked in the outer flow. With Jailhouse Sam lapped on at the 1:25.4 three-quarter beam, Page decided to let Dayson out a notch and he responded by opening enough daylight to discourage any would-be upsetters. Pine Dream did stay in tow enough to garner runnerup laurels, while longshot Pittsburgh Hanover (Brady Galliers) trotted strong through the stretch to grab the show dough.                                                                                                      -Holton photo Earlier on the card, Sumthenforthegirlz (Dan Noble) was victorious in the Barry Langley Memorial, a condition/claiming event honoring the memory of a fellow southwest Ohio horseman lost far too soon. The local horse community was shocked and saddened by the passing of Langley, just 33 years old, earlier this year. The C.K.G. Billings series for amateur drivers also made its annual stop at Miami Valley on Sunday. Undercover Strike (Gregg Keidel) bested Super Rock (Brian Miller) and Song In My Heart (Tim Miller) in the first of over 20 Midwest Division stops at Northfield Park, Scioto Downs, Dayton Raceway and The Meadows-plus several fairs-- in the next six months. Chris Allen trains Undercover Strike, an 11-year-old son of Striking Sahbra, for owner Joe Cirasuola. This 1:57.2 score was the 33rd for the winner from 126 starts, including seven wins from just 23 starts over the last two years.   Gregg Keidel  

Dayton, Ohio---After a leg of the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series in the Eastern region yesterday at Freehold Raceway the first this season in the midwest region was presented today (April 28) over the big track at Miami Valley Raceway in Ohio and when the judges hung the official sign Gregg “Fast Greggy” Keidel emerged victorious with Undercover Strike in a 1:57.1 clocking. Keidel, a veteran over many positions in the sport over the years, added anther victory to his harness racing driving resume when he scored his 106th triumph today. And by all inferences his triumph this afternoon was rather easy. Sent off as the 1-2 favorite in the nine -horse field from the two-hole Keidel eased his trotter away softly and was fifth in the :28.2 first quarter as Brian “BJ” Miller showed the way with 75-1 shot, Super Rock. But when Miller tapped the breaks heading to the halfway point Keidel moved Undercover Strike off the pylons and they charged up to leader as the timer flashed :57.2. From there Undercover Strike and Super Rock raced side by side to the three quarters in 1:27.2 where Keidel's charge got first call. However, at the top or the lane Undercover Strike trotted away to a length lead which was opened to 2-1/2 lengths at the wire. Song In My Heart and driver “Tiny Tim” Miller took home the show dough. The race winner is owned by Joe Cirasuola and trained by Chris Allen. He paid $3.00 for win but teamed with the longshot Super Rock, the exacta was worth $150.80. Next up in Billings action will be at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, May 4th,   John Manzi for the Billings Series

LEBANON, OH - Despite over four hours of steady drizzle, Miami Valley Raceway produced another national harness racing season's mark on Saturday night (April 27) when Rock Candy sped to a 1:50.2 score in the $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitational for Ohio-sired pacing colts. The son of Pet Rock, sent off at 1-9 odds, quarter-moved to the front for driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and then advanced comfortably all the way to the wire in the quickest clocking in North America thus far in 2019 over a five-eighths mile oval. Seattle Hanover (Chris Page) finished a length and a half back with Ohio Vintage (Dan Noble), Black Smile (Brett Miller) and Authentic Hanover (Tyler Smith) rounding out the check getters. "He's pretty special," exclaimed Wrenn Jr. following the race. "Brian does such a good job prepping his horses for races like this one." "I just hope he's still around in September," smiled Brown. "The speeds we're going these days makes you wonder if they'll hold up for an entire season. This horse (Rock Candy) wasn't a real flashy yearling, but he has turned out better than I expected. We'll just have to wait and see if he keeps improving." Rock Candy, a $30,000 purchase by trainer Brian Brown at the Ohio Select Yearling Sale in September of 2017, now has five wins and six place finishes in 11 lifetime starts, earning $235,826 along the way. He is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo. Rock Candy A tandem $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitational for trotting colts was captured by Lane Of Stone (Jeff Nisonger) in 1:55.2, topping Yes (Josh Sutton) by four lengths, with Shake N Bake (Elliiott Deaton), Never Say Uncle (Brett Miller) and Otsego (Wrenn Jr.) next across the finish line. Another Ohio-sired sophomore who has been first or second in every start, Lane Of Stone now sports seven victories in his nine starts and his earnings now stand at $169,893. Harry Horowitz owns the son of Wishing Stone that is trained by Mark Winters Sr. "I caught a break early in the race when Wittyville (the favorite) went off stride," related Nisonger. "But this colt had two nice qualifiers and was ready for this kind of mile tonight." Lane Of Stone Lane Of Stone GD Western Joe (Page) reached the winner's circle for the second straight week winning the $22,500 Open I Pace in 1:51. Granite (Wrenn Jr.) and My Hero Ron (Noble) completed the trifecta. GD Western Joe A $20,000 Open II on the undercard was won by Whataboy (Noble) in 1:51.3, topping Angelo J Fra (Page) and Armabluechipboy N (Tyler Smith). Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - Two exceptional fillies scored impressive victories in a pair of $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitationals for Ohio-sired harness racing three-year-olds at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (April 26). Queen Of The Pride copped the distaff pacing division in 1:51.2 to run her young career scorecard to 7-4-3 in 17 starts, with her earnings growing to $396,454 early in her sophomore season. Only Take Cash triumphed in the trotting split in 1:54.3, winning for the ninth time in just ten career starts with earnings of $297,140. Both fillies won their respective Ohio Sires Stakes championships as two-year-olds by capturing the $275,000 finals at Scioto Downs last September. Tony Hall, who grew up just a few miles from Miami Valley and got his stellar career started at old Lebanon Raceway, was the sulky-sitter behind Queen Of The Pride. The daughter of McArdle pushed her main foe, Rylee Roo (Aaron Merriman) to a :26.3 opening panel before relenting for a pocket ride the next half mile. After tracking Rylee Roo, who had upset Queen Of The Pride in last week's $40,000 James K. Hackett Memorial final by benefitting from a two-hole trip, Hall flipped the script by angling to the outside as the three-quarter station was approached in 1:23.2 and coasted to victory through the stretch. Avaline Hanover (Chris Page) rallied late to close within a length of the winner at the finish, while Rylee Roo hung on for third. Frank Chick of Harrington, Delaware, owns Queen Of The Pride and entrusts the training duties to Kevin Lare. Queen Of The Pride Only Take Cash (Merriman) was floated from the gate while a trio of challengers battled for early supremacy in the tandem $50,000 trot. As soon as those fillies sorted things out and lined up along the pylons at the :28.1 first quarter pole, Only Take Cash rushed to command and soon the outcome was in little doubt. The daughter of Cash Hall, trained by Bob McIntosh, coasted through middle fractions of :56.4 and 1:25.4 before tacking on a :28.4 final split to win by open lengths. Bella's Rose Power (Kayne Kauffman) who trailed in the nine-horse field coming out of the second turn, staged an impressive rally to nose out Well I'm Fancy (Page) for the place laurels. McIntosh bred Only Take Cash and co-owns her with partners Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables of Ontario, Canada. Only Take Cash Both fillies and a host of others are expected back at Miami Valley next Friday night (May 3) when the 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes program kicks off with first leg action. Up Front Flor Ida (Kauffman) pulled a mild upset in the $22,000 Mares Open Pace on the same program. The four-year-old Woodstock lass topped a distinguished field that included a former Breeders Crown winner (Blazin Britches) and a $1 million earner (Safe From Terror). Dispatched at 8-1 odds, Up Front Flor Ida paid $19.80 to win. Big Bad Jane (Dan Noble) cut all the fractions before faltering slightly in the final steps of the 1:51.1 mile. Safe From Terror (Merriman) grabbed the show dough with favored Rosemary Rose (Page) and Golden Paradise (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) earning the minor paychecks in the feature field. Tim McKoy trains the winner for Kevin McKinney and Virginia McKoy. Up Front Flor Ida The Saturday (April 27) card at Miami Valley will feature another pair of $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitationals for the best Buckeye-bred sophomore pacing and trotting colts. Total purses for the stellar 14-race program total $278,000. Post time is 6:05 p.m. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - The Ron Burke Stable has another superstar on its roster having assumed the training of Mission Accepted for his four-year-old harness racing campaign. The 4-year-old son of Manofmanymissions won 12 of 21 races at ages two and three for veteran Ohio conditioner Jeff Conger, earning a hefty $370,454. Owners Knox Services Inc. and David Wills have opted to hand the reins to Burke now that the Ohio juvenile events are in Mission Accepted's past and he'll soon likely be tackling the top aged trotters in the sport. As part of the Burke Brigade, Mission Accepted has reeled off three straight impressive triumphs in Miami Valley Raceway's weekly $25,000 Open Trot, all from assigned outside post positions, to start his 2019 campaign. The latest win came Monday afternoon (April 22) in 1:52.3 for driver Brett Miller. Content to let Pass The Vape (Derek Watiker) and Pittsburgh Hanover (Brady Galliers) each take a turn on the front end through fractions of :27.3 and :55.3, Mission Accepted gradually moved up to third on the outside at the 1:23.3 three quarters station, then breezed home in a :29 final panel to hold off fast-closing No Whip Chip (Dan Noble). Pittsburgh Hanover held on to garner the show dough. Racing resumes Tuesday afternoon at Miami Valley with a 14-race matinee commencing at 2:05 p.m. There will also be a special "make-up" matinee program on Thursday afternoon (April 25).   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - The betting public got it right on Saturday night at Miami Valley as Dislocator (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.), dispatched as the 3-5 harness racing favorite, captured the $40,000 James K. Hackett Memorial for Ohio-sired three-year-old pacing colts. Wrenn floated Dislocator from the gate, allowing stablemate High On Paydaze (Brett Miller) to trip the first timing beam in :27. Rushing to the top immediately thereafter, the winning son of Big Bad John had control at the :55.1 halfway point. Although Dislocator still had the inside advantage at the 1:23 third quarter station, Ohio Vintage (Kayne Kauffman) had ranged up on the outside and stuck a neck in front. Shortly thereafter another challenger, Seattle Hanover (Chris Page), came calling three wide off the final bend and Dashing To Da Wire (Tyler Smith) entered the championship fray. In the end, Dislocator was able to hold the others at bay for a 1:52.1 triumph. Dashing To Da Wire, Seattle Hanover and Ohio Vintage were next across the finish line to also earn automatic bids to next Saturday's $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitational at Miami Valley. Dislocator, trained by Brian Brown, earned $113,116 at age two and finished third in the $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes final to stablemates High On Paydaze and Rock Candy. He is owned by Jolynn Ridder, Scott Davis, Sharon Sopronyi and the VIP Internet Stable. Dislocator A race earlier, GD Western Joe (Page) scored the nation's fastest win by a four-year-old on a five-eighths mile track thus far this year. His 1:49.3 triumph in the $24,000 Open I Pace was his first in three tries at the top level, following a pair of runnerup efforts. My Hero Ron (Dan Noble) got a garden trip behind the winner the entire way to earn the place finish, while Granite (Wrenn Jr.), assigned the outside after winning the last two Opens, was forced to do some heavy lifting to pick up the show dough. There will be no racing at Miami Valley on Easter Sunday, but the final two weeks of the 2019 meet will commence on Monday with a 2:05 p.m. matinee. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - Rylee Roo (Aaron Merriman) upset Queen Of The Pride (Tony Hall) following a stirring harness racing stretch duel in the $40,000 championship of the James K. Hackett Memorial for Ohio-sired sophomore pacing fillies at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (April 19). The daughter of Pet Rock, trained by Steve Carter, sat a cozy two-hole throughout before Merriman angled her to the outside and took a shot at the 1-5 favorite in the final eighth of the mile. Rylee Roo returned $15.80 for her 1:54.1 score over a rain-soaked sloppy racing surface. Coupled with Queen Of The Pride, the defending Ohio Sires Stakes champion, the exacta was worth $27. Queen Of The Pride, who won her elimination heat last week in a national season's best 1:51.4, cut reasonable fractions of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:26.1 before falling prey to the howling winds and wet weather conditions at the end of a :28 flat final panel. Bad Sammie (Brett Miller) and Avaline Hanover (Chris Page) also raced creditably to finish third and fourth, respectively, and earn automatic berths to next Friday's $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitational at Miami Valley. Rylee Roo earned $74,375 as a two-year-old with two wins and two place finishes in just six starts. With the $20,000 Hackett paycheck she is currently sitting on the cusp of $100,000 in earnings. Steven Price of Sandy Springs, Georgia, owns Rylee Roo-who is a homebred result of breeding his Western Hanover mare Moonlite Delite to Pet Rock. Rylee Roo The $25,000 Mares Open Pace on the program was captured by Golden Paradise (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) in 1:53.3, besting Rosemary Rose (Chris Page) and Big Bad Jane (Dan Noble). The five-year-old daughter of Allthatgltrsisgold flashed terrific early speed to grab an easy early lead in :27, then continued at a catch-me-if-you-can pace through subsequent timing stations in :55.3 and 1:25 before coasting to the line an open lengths winner. Wrenn Jr. co-owns the winner with partners Sam Schillaci and trainer Tyler George. A $30,000 claimer through most of the current meet, Golden Paradise now sports six wins in 11 seasonal starts and $57,760 in 2019 purse earnings, all at Miami Valley. The final $40,000 Hackett Memorial final, for three-year-old Buckeye bred pacing colts, will go postward Saturday night (April 20) as the tenth race on the 14-race program. Seattle Hanover (Chris Page, 3-1) and Dislocator (Ronnie Wrenn Jr., 4-1) are the morning line favorites but a contentious race is expected as all nine finalists paced in 1:52.2 or faster in last week's eliminations. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - Defending Ohio Sires Stakes champion Wittyville has returned for his sophomore harness racing season in the same fine form he displayed in his rookie year when he banked $207,153. The 3-year-old Manofmanymissions colt completed a sweep of the $15,000 elimination and $40,000 championship round of the James K. Hackett Memorial for state-bred male trotters on Tuesday afternoon (April 16) at Miami Valley Raceway. Driver Chris Page was content to get away fourth during the initial quarter in :29, then moved into second-over position behind stablemate Dylan The Great (Dan Noble) as the field passed the half in :57.4. Nothing changed during the third quarter, although the leader Westfiftysecond (Anthony MacDonald) was forced to put the pedal to the metal during the entire :27.3 panel. Although the tempo slowed, the desire to win didn't as a cavalry charge to the wire developed through the length of the stretch. Wittyville angled three wide for the final drive and pushed a nose in front with 100 yards to go. Never Say Uncle (Brett Miller) never did say "uncle" and finished second by the narrowest of margins, while Otsego (Kayne Kauffman) and Yes (Josh Sutton) also closed well to secure automatic bids to the $50,000 Scarlet and Gray Invitational for Ohio-sired trotting colts on Saturday, April 27. The final clocking of 1:55.4 represents a new lifetime best for Wittyville, who is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services of Mt. Vernon, Ohio (also the breeder) and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Wittyville and winning connections                         --Conrad photo Driver Brett Miller, with ten wins over the past two days, has opened up a comfortable lead on Trace Tetrick in the 2019 Miami Valley dash derby. Through 72 programs of the 87 day meet, Miller has reached the winner's circle on 151 occasions, eleven more than Tetrick, who has returned to his home base at Harrah's Hoosier Park, but is still competing at Miami Valley on dark days in Indiana. Dan Noble and Chris Page have been winning at an impressive rate in recent weeks, as well, and are a strong third and fourth in the standings. All four reinsmen have exceeded $1.2 million in purse earnings at Miami Valley in 2019, topped by Miller at over $1.5 million.   Gregg Keidel

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