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DAYTON, OH. - Kiss Of Terror (Trace Tetrick) extended his harness racing win streak to seven by winning the $16,700 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (Nov. 28).   The streak started with three wins versus $30,000 claiming company at Scioto Downs and has been followed up with twin triumphs at both Oak Grove and Dayton.   Owner-trainer Adam Short's prize possession is nearing $100,000 in seasonal earnings and $400,000 in career bounty with the latest score.   Tetrick was content to sit third in the early going, watching favored GD Western Joe (Chris Page) on the lead and polesitter Braley Hanover (Brady Galliers) getting a pocket ride. After early fractions of :27 and :55.3, Tetrick decided to vacate the pylons and begin a long grueling journey in first-over position. Third after passing the 1:23.3 third station, the 8-year-old Western Terror gelding persevered the entire :27.2 closing quarter to just nip the pacesetters in 1:51.   Braley Hanover, who found room late, was just a head back at the wire; while GD Western Joe tired in the final strides and finished third a half-length behind.     Kiss Of Terror   Since moving his tack from Indiana to Ohio for the winter meet, where he has joined an already deep and talented driver's colony, Trace Tetrick has has visited the winner's circle seven times in two nights.   Brett Miller notched a hat trick on the Saturday program, bringing his meet leading total to 85.   Jeremy Smith and Josh Sutton recorded driving doubles.   Hollywood Dayton resumes racing on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday this coming week with 14-race matinee programs beginning at 1:30 p.m.   Gregg Keidel     

DAYTON, OH. - Racing a twilight harness racing card (4 p.m. post) for the first time in Hollywood Dayton Raceway's seven-year history, due to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine's recently implemented 10 p.m. statewide curfew, Miss You N (Jeremy Smith) swept to her sixth consecutive triumph in the featured $17,250 Mares Open.   More surprising was a 30% increase in handle over the average 2020 Friday night programs, despite the fact a Covid-19 scare had shuttered the track since November 12.   The handle exceeded the day after Thanksgiving's business numbers from 2019 by over $100,000.   Splitting her six race win streak evenly between Hollywood Dayton and Harrah's Hoosier Park, Miss You N was on a mission from the get-go in this outing.   Despite an outside post position assignment, the 6-year-old daughter of Betterthancheddar pressed onward until well past the :27.4 opening quarter, where eventual runnerup So Awesome (Brett Miller) was on top. After clearing to the lead before the :55.4 halfway point, Miss You N never had an anxious moment. The Virgil Morgan Jr.-trainee cruised past the third timing beam in 1:23.2 before tacking on a :28.1 final panel to score by a length while in hand. Gone Girl (Trevor Smith) rallied strongly along the pylons to finish third.     The partnership of Carl Howard and Bottom Line Racing LLC own the winner, whose lifetime bounty swelled to $296,185.   Remarkably, at least for North American horses, the New Zealand bred mare banked just $22,770 before turning the age of four. She has captured 21 of her 24 wins in her four and five year old seasons.   Racing resumes at Hollywood Dayton on Saturday (Nov. 28) with the new 4:00 p.m. weekend post time.   Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - Following a positive COVID-19 test emanating from racetrack operations and out of an abundance of caution, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway has suspended its live racing cards through at least Thursday, November 26, 2020.   Simulcast wagering and gaming operations remain open.     Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway is pleased to announce that it will resume live harness racing on Monday (Oct. 16) with a 1:30 p.m. post time.   Two nights of racing were cancelled over the weekend, due to a positive Covid 19 test on an employee who works in the pressbox level of the grandstand, which includes the judges stand, video production room, announcers booth and charter's area.  The affected employee was quickly isolated and is in quarantine.    All others who work on that level have either tested negative, or are awaiting results as temporary hire replacements work in their place.   Horsemen are reminded to continue to follow the Hollywood Dayton Covid Protocols: wear masks at all times, social distance, and only one person per horse admitted and only when necessary--generally four races prior to your race and two races afterwards.   Thank you for your cooperation!       Gregg Keidel

Dayton, Ohio -- Members of the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association were on the move again this weekend with a trot at Dayton Raceway on Saturday evening and when the judges hung the official sign upon the completion of the $7,200 event Gregg "Fast Greggy" Keidel rallied Milford's Z Tam to a 1:56.4 triumph over seven harness racing competitors When the starter let the field go Daniel Jones gunned Don't Forget Muscle for the lead from the two-hole and they gained command before the first quarter timer flashed :28.1. Once on the lead Jones kept the pedal to the metal and zipped unchallenged by the halfway point although Alesha Binkley was tight on his back with Hititoutofthepark. Daryl Bontrager was the first to move with Conway Kellyanne and they charged alongside Jones and Don't Forget Muscle as the field trotted by the third stanza. At that point the field tightened but Jones' trotter was still in front and when they headed for paydirt Don't Forget Muscles stride began to shorten after trotting :28.3 third quarter. Although Keidel's attention was on the horses in front of him -he was fifth at the time-when Milford Z Tam rounded the final turn and headed for home he was full of trot and charged home in :28.3 for a solid one-length triumph over Hititoutofthepark in 1:56.4. Don't Forget Muscle garnered the show dough. The winner is owned by William Hartt and trained by Michael Hitchcock. He paid $6.20 for win. by John Manzi, for GLADA

DAYTON, OH. - With the $200,000 (est.) Dayton Pacing Derby just two weeks away, Dorsoduro Hanover—fresh off an upset harness racing win in the Canadian Pacing Derby—dropped into town for a prep race and left with an impressive 1:50 triumph.    The 5 year old son of Somebeachsomewhere left the gate with alacrity, hitting the quarter mile marker in :26.3 before turning Hurricane Emporer (Mark MacDonald) loose for a pocket ride for the next half mile.    With Turbo Hill (Brett Miller) ranging up to challenge the leader down the backstretch, driver Chris Page elected to sit in with Dorsoduro Hanover before swinging three wide at the head of the stretch. From that point the winner of close to $1.9 million accelerated to a three quarter length triumph over Turbo Hill, with Shagnwiththedragon (Trevor Smith) a creditable third.    Ron Burke trains Dorsoduro Hanover for Burke Racing, J & T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi and the Wingfield Five. Through the first week of the 2020 meet at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, Brett Miller has raced out to a commanding lead in the Dash Derby. Jeremy Smith is a solid second, while Trevor Smith has opened the meet on fire, including a Grand Slam on Friday night, to be third.   Racing will not be on tap Monday through Thursday of this coming week, in deference to Little Brown Jug week, but will resume on Friday, Sept. 25.     Gregg Keidel

Columbus, Ohio--Outstanding rock and soul artist, James Brown, chirped in one of his top-ten charters "It's a man's world, but its nothing without a woman or a girl" and Gregg Keidel surely concurs after he guided Matteriel to an easy 1:55.4 victory in a leg of the Great Lakes Amateur Driving Association's at Scoto Downs on Friday evening, September 4 turning back five others of whom four were members of the gentle sex. Knowing he had the best in the race Keidel, sent his charge to the front but his competitors played hardball. Alisha Binkley, up behind the second choice, Cantab Lindy, did her best and kept Keidel's 1-5 shot on the limb as the fractional times flashed :27.4-56:4 and 1:25.3 as the two trotters raced head to head throughout and it wasn't until the six- horse field passed the third stanza that Matteriel took command, albeit by just a nose. Kiara Morgan chased the leaders with Atlas Peak and was within striking at the the head of the lane but the top prize in the $9000 contest was going to go to "Fast Greggy" and odds-on favorite, Matteriel as they crossed the finish line in 1:55.4, two lengths ahead of Cantab Lindy. Atlas Peak garnered the show dough. For Kiedel, who's done about everything in the sport, it was his first seasonal triumph and the l07th in his career. Matteriel, a 4-year-old Explosive Matter mare scored her 4th seasonal triumph. She's owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi and trained by Ron Burke. The next event in the Great Lakes Amateur Driving Series will be on Sunday (Sept 9) at Northfield Park by John Manzi, for the Great Lake Amateur Drivers Ass'n  

DAYTON, OH. - While 98 outstanding older harness racing horses have already made nominating and sustaining payments totaling $3000 each, it is not too late to make a "Catch-up Nomination" ($10,000) to get eligible for one of three $175,000 guaranteed Dayton Derbies to be held on Saturday, October 3 at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   "Due to the Covid-19 issue this year, many horses may have gotten a late start or had their stakes nominations reduced or canceled," reasoned Race Secretary Gregg Keidel. "This supplemental nomination opportunity, which has been in the race conditions for two years, may be ideal for razor sharp horses peaking at the right time."   All three races: Dayton Trotting Derby (both sexes), Dayton Pacing Derby and Dayton Distaff Derby will be showcased on the same evening and feature the nine highest 2020 money earners that enter. In the event more than nine enter any event, those that fail to earn a berth due to the earnings condition will get a full refund of all paid in fees.   "This is the first year for the Distaff Derby and it is not often open mares get to race for $175,000. If you've missed the normal nomination process with a top notch pacing mare (or other horse), we invite you to 'catch up' via this unique supplemental nomination opportunity and come visit our beautiful facility in southwest Ohio on October 3," said Director Of Racing Jason Bluhm.   Supplemental nominations must be postmarked by August 15 and sent to the Hambletonian Society, 109 South Main St., Suite 18, Cranberry, N.J. 08512-3174.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

Bob Lippiatt, 73, died Thursday night, June 18, of heart failure after a brief hospital stay. The likeable trainer-driver followed his father Ike into the harness racing business over 50 years ago after graduating from Salem High School. He remained continuously active with Standardbreds until two weeks before his death, except for a stint in the Army when he served during the Vietnam war. During his career he amassed 1,122 wins as a driver, earning $3,262,919 and 338 as a trainer.  Among his stable favorites were Ohio Sires Stakes trotting champions Heather Road, Take Another Puff and Fistfull Of Dollars. Lippiatt and his wife Sherry of 51 years have maintained dual residences in Beloit, Ohio and Pompano Beach, Florida for the past 13 years. Bob raced horses at Northfield Park and many Ohio county fairs during the summer; and worked on the track crew at Pompano Park during the winters. The Lippiatts have two daughters, Theresa and Bobbi Jo, as well as six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Bob has three living brothers and a fourth that died in a horse accident at an early age. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Deans Funeral Home in Salem. They will be posted as soon as available. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - K'Love (Kyle Ater) and Cassius Lane (Kayne Kauffman) captured $15,000 divisions of the first leg of the harness racing Dr. Dan Farwick DVM Memorial Trotting Series at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (March 17). The Farwick Memorial is one of nine annual "Lebanon Legends" series honoring the memory of former fixtures at old Lebanon Raceway and throughout harness racing circles in southwest Ohio. K'Love is a seasoned Ohio county fair standout who now sports 19 wins, but who had less than six at commercial pari-mutual tracks at nomination time. The 6-year-old gelded son of Triumphant Caviar won for the third straight time with his 1:55.1 performance, taking command just past the quarter for Ater and cruising all the way to the finish line with a two length advantage. Back Door Man (Jeremy Smith) and Aunt Percilla (Trace Tetrick) were next to trip the beam. He is owned and trained by Charles Ringger. K'Love Cassius Lane used similar tactics for Kauffman, grabbing the lead just past the first quarter and frontstepping from there to the wire in 1:55.3. Cash Hit (Brett Miller) ended up a length behind and ER Kim (LeWayne Miller) nabbed the show dough. Trainer Ken Rucker co-owns the winner with The Panhellenic Stable. Cassius Lane paid $18.40 for winning his initial start of the 2020 season. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - An outstanding Saturday (Feb. 29) harness racing card at Miami Valley Raceway, featuring total purses in excess of $200,000, included a $25,000 Open I Pace, a $20,000 Open II Pace and three divisions of the first leg of the George Williams Memorial Series. But the biggest surprise came in an $18,000 high condition event when General Dolan (Sam Widger) shocked everyone with the first sub-1:50 mile before the calendar turns to March in the seven year history of the five-eighths mile track. After being nabbed at the wire in the same class last week, Widger and General Dolan were on a mission to avoid a repeat occurence. The pair sped to the early lead in :26.3, despite frigid 27 degree temperatures, and never backed off until reaching the wire an open lengths winner in 1:49.3! It was just the 11th lifetime win for General Dolan, a 5-year-old son of Rockin Image, and increased his career bankroll to $207,865. Owned and bred by John and Robert Esposito, the quick clocking also lowered the winner's best ever clocking of 1:50, taken at Harrah's Hoosier Park as a three year old. Hallie's Comet (Chris Page) displayed a late burst to finish second and favored Granite (Josh Sutton), who loomed first up on the outside much of the way, held for third. The featured Open I also produced a surprise result when longshot Big Bad Mike (Trevor Smith) scored in 1:50.3 at odds of 14-1. Part of a three-way drag race to the first quarter pole, Smith ultimately gave way to Shagnwiththedragon (Dan Noble) as the timer flashed :26. Shortly thereafter, Fan Of Terror (John DeLong) rushed up to challenge the leader through middle fractions of :54.2 and 1:21.4. When the leader finally faltered halfway down the lane, Big Bad Mike found a seam and became part of a cavalry charge to the wire. He collared game runnerup Fan Of Terror in the final strides and My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) closed sharply to grab the show spot. Deborah Swartz conditions Big Bad Mike, a 6-year-old gelding by Big Bad John, for owners Scott Albaugh and Bradley Delaney. The Open II was not quite as dramatic with heavily favored GD Western Joe (Page) topping Lifewithjohn (Ricky Macomber Jr.) and Royale Rose (Tyler Smith) in 1:51. No stranger to winning, the Ron Burke trainee now sports 19 lifetime wins and $459,121 in earnings. The son of Real Desire watched the first quarter as the leaders put up a pedestrian :28 panel, but rushed to the lead shortly thereafter and avoided any tense moments by tacking middle fractions of :56.2 and 1:23.2 on the board before speeding home in 1:51. The trio of winners in first leg George Williams Memorial action were Diesel Accelerator (Kyle Ater) in 1:53.2, Dashing To Da Wire (Brett Miller) in 1:52.3 and Gold Digger King (Miller) in 1:52.2. The Williams will definitely be a contentious three week long series as a host of other very nice four year olds are nominees. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Friday Night Blues (Cameron McCown), an Ohio county fair standout at age three, captured the championship leg of the $20,000 final of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series at soggy Miami Valley Raceway on Monday (Feb. 24). The 4-year-old harness racing son of Pet Rock won for the third time in six 2020 starts, lowering his lifetime best time to 1:53.1 despite a rain-soaked 'sloppy' track. McCown's wife, Jessica, trains both Friday Night Blues and the runnerup Captain Sunshine (Josh Sutton), who is a 4-year-old son of Captaintreacherous. The stablemates left the gate with alacrity as Captain Sunshine allowed Friday Night Blues to take a temporary lead, but rushed back to the front of the field as the initial timer flashed :28.1. Farmers Only (Trace Tetrick) moved up to challenge and put a head in front at the :57 halfway point, but never was able to clear to the front. Fishin For Apples (John DeLong) was next to take on the stablemates, but his three-wide move at the 1:24.2 three quarters marked stalled when the horses straightened out for the stretch drive. McCown popped the pocket in early stretch and wore down Captain Sunshine in the final furlong. Friday Night Blues won ten of 23 fair starts as a sophomore and has used the lessons learned to commence a successful commercial track campaign this season. He is owned by Kim Haver, the winner paid $10.80; combined with his barn companion the exacta was worth $30.80. Sunshine's Finest (Brett Miller) came from far back to grab the show position. Fishin For Apples and Spoiled Rockin (Kayne Kauffman) earned the remaining championship checks. Two races later, the ten finalists that emerged from a starting field of 76 $5000 claiming pacers chased a $20,000 championship purse in the Survivor Series. A J Corbelli (Kauffman), a 13-year-old career winner of $625,867, emerged as the King Of The Hill, scoring a 1:56.2 triumph in 1:56.2. Using front end tactics to full advantage, Kauffman guided the venerable veteran to victory over longshot Amasa Al (Shawn Barker II) and Hit And Giggle A (Miller). A J Corbelli scoring in 1:56.2                                            --Conrad photo "It's not often $5000 claimers get to race for $20,000," exclaimed Ricky Redder, brother of trainer Pete Redder. "Kayne did a great job of rating the mile and it certainly was a big reason for the old warrior's success today." A J Corbelli was claimed for $6500 in the second of the four Survivor Series rounds. Owner Therl Hensley has banked $10,900 in his first two starts with the prolific 57-time lifetime winner.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Harness racing co-favorites Crowntimerockette (Brett Miller) and Hilary Barry N (John DeLong) finished one-two in the $20,000 championship final of the George "Red" Owens Memorial Series for green pacing mares at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday (Feb. 23). Big Bad Mosa (Trace Tetrick) was next to cross the line in a 'chalky' finish to the three week series for non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime. Dispatched at 8-5 odds, Crowntimerockette returned $5.20. With fellow 8-5 shot Hilary Barry N second, the exacta was worth $14.20. Big Bad Mosa was a strong third in the betting resulting in a paltry 50-cent trifecta payoff of $9. After letting a pair of longshots battle up front through the opening :28.1 panel, Miller sent the winner to the front and stopped all three remaining quarter mile timers (:57, 1:23.1 and 1:53 flat). Sired by Ohio stallion Pet Rock, Crowntimerockette now boasts four wins and $34,505 in earnings following her two triumphs and a runnerup finish in the Owens Memorial Series. She is trained by Tom Blankenship for owner Jason Shumway. For Miller, the feature race score was one of five on the matinee program, increasing his meet total to 70. Tetrick managed a driving triple, giving him 74 victories after 37 programs to remain the meet leader--averaging a pair of wins per day. Next up for Miami Valley is a Monday matinee at 2:05 p.m., which will feature the $20,000 championship of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series and the $20,000 final of the month long Survivor Series for $5000 male claiming pacers.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - After a winless month of January, Fan Of Terror (John DeLong) returned to his winning ways on Saturday night (Feb. 8) at Miami Valley Raceway. The 8-year-old Western Terror gelding, whose 18 victories in 2019 fell just one short of being the most in the country, captured the $25,000 Open Pace in 1:52 despite being saddled with a second tier start in the full field of ten of the Midwest's finest older harness racing horses. DeLong got Fan Of Terror away fifth during the :26.4 first quarter and remained there until the halfway point in the mile was reached in :55. Swinging three wide down the backside and around the final turn, the winner was able to move up to third when the three quarters timer flashed 1:23.1. Fan Of Terror proved strongest during the stretch drive when a cavalry of closers came calling from near the rear of the field. 18-1 longshot Beyond Delight (Chris Page) came closest to catching the winner while 5-2 I'm A Big Deal (Brett Miller) got the show dough. Fan Of Terror, owned by Therl Hensley and trained by Peter Redder, paid $13.40 to win. Coupled with Beyond Delight, the exacta payoff was a hefty $254.60. The 50-cent trifecta return was $476.45. Fan Of Terror holds off Beyond Delight to capture Miami Valley’s $25,000 Open on Saturday Three divisions of the first leg of the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley late closer were also contested on the program. The series began with the contestants squaring off in a trio of $12,500 five-eighths mile dashes. Week two next Saturday will feature one mile races for $17,500 purses; while the $25,000 championship will be decided over a mile and a quarter distance. First leg winners were American Dreamer (Kayne Kauffman, 1:09.1, $4.80), Lifeonthebeach A (Chris Page, 1:08.3, $2.40) and Dave And Dennis (Sam Widger, 1:09.2, $7.00). The Dailey Memorial Medley honors the memory of James "Bill" Dailey, one of the finest conditioners of young horses in Ohio's storied harness racing history. Dailey won seven of the eight divisional Ohio Sires Stakes championships offered for two and three year old Buckeye breds during his career and had a prime contender for the only one missing on his impressive resume at the time of his sudden and unexpected passing in 2018. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - If either the Kansas City Chiefs or the San Francisco 49ers perform as well as harness racing star Windsong Leo has been lately at Miami Valley Raceway they should have no problem trouncing their adversary in the Super Bowl. Windsong Leo, who won 15 races in 30 starts in 2019, is undefeated in four 2020 starts-all in Open Handicap contests where he has been assigned an outside post. In his most recent triumph on Saturday night (Feb. 1) the 8-year-old Jereme's Jet gelding was again sent seeking the front end by pilot Chris Page. Stuck four wide midway through the first turn, Page backed the stellar winner off briefly to let the dust settle, but continued to the front as the leaders passed the quarter in :27 flat. As is his custom, Windsong Leo played catch me if you can from that point to the finish, and again nobody could. Despite a few tepid challenges along the way, Page patiently guided his overwhelming favorite through middle fractions of :56.1 and 1:23.4 before sealing the deal for the third consecutive week in 1:52.3. Longshots General Dolan (Sam Widger) and Lifewithjohn (Ricky Macomber Jr.) rallied for place and show finishes with My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith), Shagnwiththedragon (Brett Miller) and Beyond Delight (John DeLong) picking up the minor spoils in the full field of ten. Windsong Leo is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura. Miami Valley will not race on Sunday (Feb. 2) due to the Super Bowl, but will resume the normal five-days a week schedule on Monday afternoon at 2:15 p.m. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Insomniac and Foolish Heart were crowned harness racing champions of their respective Claim To Fame Series on Monday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway. Each captured a preliminary leg enroute to the lucrative finals and each utilized the popular "give and go" strategy early in their triumphant championship miles. Insomniac proved best in the $15,000 claiming trot division, contested for a $27,500 purse, scoring a 1:58.1 triumph over a sloppy track besting Away My Baby (Tyler Smith) and Ray Hall (Ricky Macomber Jr.). Taking full advantage of an inside post draw, driver-trainer Brady Galliers allowed a single adversary to manage a temporary lead but retook control as the field passed the quarter mile marker. From there, the margin of victory was about the only thing in doubt as the 8-year-old gelded son of Crazed easily lived up to his 6-5 favoritism and cruised to an open lengths victory. A noted early speed trotter, Insomniac has been on the lead at the halfway point in each of his last five starts, resulting in three wins in addition to a second a third place finish. The 29-time winner has now amassed $350,517 in earnings. He is owned by Galliers Racing LLC. Insomniac Trace Tetrick guided Foolish Heart to victory in the $17,500 final of the Claim To Fame division for $8000 claiming mare pacers. The 6-year-old daughter of Foreclosure N reclaimed the lead from stablemate T C Scandal (Brett Miller) early in the trip then showed her heels to the field until reaching the wire in 1:56.2. Skyway Royalty (John DeLong) and My Caroline (Kyle Ater) did make a race of it in the stretch, but Foolish Heart held them off and returned $3.80 to her faithful. Partners Carl Howard, Dana Parham and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. claimed the winner out of the first preliminary leg in the series for $9600 and were rewarded with a $8,750 return in their first start with the new stable addition. The eight division Claim To Fame Series at Miami Valley will come to a close on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 28) when the $8000 claiming "boys" and $12,500 claiming "girls" will each decide their championships while chasing $22,500 purses. Post time is 2:05 p.m. Gregg Keidel

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