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DAYTON, Ohio, November 13, 2020 – As the result of a positive COVID-19 test on an employee in its racetrack operations department, and acting out of an abundance of caution, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway announced today it will suspend live harness racing, effective immediately. All other operations at Hollywood Gaming remain open, including gaming and dining options as well as simulcast racing.  No date has been announced for the resumption of harness racing. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway    

DAYTON, OH. - Owner John Barnhard asked trainer Luis Quevedo to ship Whata Swan across the Indiana-Ohio border to Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Thursday (Nov. 12), and the result was a 1:53.4 score in the $15,000 Open Trot.   When odds-on favorite Refined made a break in stride shortly after the starting car's wings folded, it was anyone's race. Whata Swan (Tyler Smith) elected to allow Pass The Vape (Trevor Smith) and Weslynn Quest (Cameron McCown) to clear to the pylons in front during the :28.1 opening panel.   Just past the :57 midway juncture, Whata Swan was sent first-up on the outside to challenge. After lapping in on the leader at the 1:24.3 third timing station, the 4-year-old son of Swan For All pressed to the front early in the stretch and coasted to the wire for his sixth seasonal victory.       Weslynn Quest found a seam in the lane to finish second, while Lane Of Stone (Jeff Nisonger) closed stoutly to garner the show dough.   Whata Swan paid $13.20 to win; coupled with Weslynn Quest the exacta kicked back $141.40; while the 50-cent trifecta with Lane Of Stone returned $324.50.   Racing resumes Friday night (Nov. 13) at 6:15 p.m. at Hollywood Dayton. The featured $14,500 Open Mares Pace will be race 10 on the 14 race program.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

DAYTON, OH - GD Western Joe (Chris Page) used come-from-behind harness racing tactics on Saturday (Nov. 7) night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway to capture the $14,000 Open Pace in a snappy 1:49.4 clocking.   Odds on favorite Our Majordan A (Brett Miller) couldn't clear to the lead until well past the :26.4 opening panel, then faced a stern challenge from Grantmeawish (Josh Sutton) from the :54 halfway juncture to past the 1:21.4 three-quarters station and into the stretch. GD Western Joe moved into second over position in the compact field around the final bend then sprinted to the front halfway down the lane.       The winner, a member of the Burke Brigade, entered the Open off a fifth place finish in last week's special $100,000 claiming race at Harrah's Hoosier Park and looked worth every penny of that tag. He now sports six 2020 wins and $93,045 in seasonal earnings. Careerwide, the 5-year-old son of Real Desire has 33 wins in 91 tries and a $533,996 lifetime bounty.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

DAYTON, OH - Refined, the lone mare in a field of eight talented Open trotters, withstood a challenging first-over trip and pulled away to a one length victory in Thursday (Nov. 5) afternoon's feature race at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   Driver Cameron McCown, sitting in for regular pilot Brett Miller, got away from the gate third behind Fanatic (Josh Sutton) and Pass The Vape (Trevor Smith) in a :26.4 first quarter. Before reaching the halfway point in :56, however, McCown had the 4-year-old daughter of Uncle Peter out and moving.   By the time the top trotters reached the three-quarter beam in 1:23.1 Refined was in front but being stalked by race favorite Lady's Dude (Chris Page).   The winner actually relinquished the lead momentarily at the head of the stretch, but Refined fought back gamely to reassume command from Lady's Dude and then fend off longshot Milford's Z Tam (Tyler Smith) who rallied sharply in the lane to secure second money. The mile was clocked in 1:52.3, a new lifetime best Refined, whose lifetime bankroll swelled to $181,310.       Carlo Poliseno owns the Ohio-sired winner and sent it to Virgil Morgan Jr., who was making his seventh start since Refined came into his barn. She has four wins, a second and a third in that span. Jeremy Smith won half of Hollywood Dayton's 14 races on tThursday, just one short of the track record of eight triumphs on a single program.  His seven wins pulled him into a tie with Brett Miller in the local dash standings, each with 63 over the first 35 days of the 74 day meet which runs through December 30.    Smith captured the first three races on the afternoon card.  Risky Million (1:55.3, $10.80) was his first tally, followed by Optimum Lux (1:57.1, $10.80) and Maching Me Zilly (1:54.1, $7.60).  His other successes came behind Sweet Mr Pinetucky (1:54.2, $9.80), Donttakeitpersonal (1:56.3, $8.00), Dashing To Da Wire (1:52.3, $8.80) and Cambassador (1:53.4, $9.00).    With the meet nearing its halfway juncture this Saturday night, Smith and Miller are two of 13 drivers who have double digit win totals.  A total of 14 reinsmen have guided their mounts to over $100,000 in current meet earnings.    Following Smith and Miller, Josh Sutton is just four wins behind with 59 winner's circle visits.  Tyler Smith (50) is next, followed by Dan Noble (39), Chris Page (33), Trevor Smith (31), Kayne Kauffman (30), Shawn Barker II (20), Chris Presley and Jason Brewer (19 each), Cameron McCown (13) and Brady Galliers (10).    Miller is the first driver to eclipse the $500,000 purse earnings plateau in 2020 with $514,537 credited to his mounts' accounts.  Noble sports the highest Universal Driver Rating System score with a nifty .341 average.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

Dayton, Ohio--The amateur drivers from the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association returned to Dayton Raceway on Saturday (Oct. 31) for a $7,700 harness racing trot and when the judges hung the official sign Steve Oldford emerged victorious after he guided A Royal Line to a 1:57 victory over six others. "Before the race I thought I had a decent chance to win it although Gregg (Keidel) had the odds on favorite," Oldford said. "But he had trouble at the start and his horse never really became a factor." When the gate folded Alesha Binkley gunned Try Try Again to the lead as Oldford settled in the two-hole behind her. They raced one-two all the way to the top of the lane before anyone seriously challenged the leaders. "I sat still and followed her (Alesha) even though there were a few horses trying to move up from the back of the pack," Oldford said. "And it worked out just right as she carried me all the way to the top of the stretch." When the field headed for paydirt there were three horses heads apart but Oldford slipped off the pylons in time to collar Binkley. Try Try Again held on for second money and a neck farther back in third was K' Love, in rein to Darrell Rideout.   A Royal Line, a 4-year-old altered son of Royalty For Life, is owned by Oldford Racing LLC, and trained by Terry Deters. Next week the series moves back to The Meadows by John Manzi, for GLADA

DAYTON, OH - Sandy Sue (Brett Miller) made the most of a pocket ride in the $14,000 Mares Open at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (Oct. 30), downing heavily favored Big Bad Jane (Dan Noble) in 1:52.2.   Noble rushed Big Bad Jane from the outermost post in the compact field of six to the lead shortly before the :26.4 first quarter clocking. Miller was content to slip Sandy Sue into the two-hole and sat chilly in that spot until pulling into her own lane at the head of the stretch.   The Tyler George trainee got past the favorite with relative ease and cruised to the finish line with a length and a half advantage. Boogie Roll (Chris Presley) just nipped Rosemary Rose (Josh Sutton) in a tight battle for show.       It was Sandy Sue's first visit to Hollywood Dayton following a season at Harrah's Hoosier Park where she notched three wins and $40,805 in earnings. Career-wise, the 5-year-old daughter of Shark Gesture now sports 17 triumphs and $182,019 in purse winnings.   The Duck Creek Farm of Rockford, Ohio, own Sandy Sue, who was bred by prominent standardbred owner Joe Sbrocco.She paid $12.80 to win.   Racing resumes Halloween night (Oct. 31) at Hollywood Dayton with first race post at 6:15 p.m.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH - Fanatic (Josh Sutton) and Refined (Brett Miller), a pair of 4-year-old harness racing newcomers to the open trotting ranks at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, dominated a compact field of six on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 29).   Fanatic, who left the gate alertly and cut all the fractions, had a sizeable open lengths advantage at the head of the stretch, but just barely managed to hold off fast-closing Refined in 1:55.3 over a rain-soaked 'sloppy' track.   Sutton got Fanatic to the top in a relatively soft :28 opening panel, then advanced unchallenged through a pair of :29 middle quarters. With an approximate five length margin as the field turned for home it looked like the son of Cantab Hall had free sailing to the wire, but Refined had other ideas. With a furious closing rush the daughter of Uncle Peter made it interesting at the finish by falling just a nose short.       Cash Hit (Ricky Macomber Jr.) garnered the show dough.   Black Magic Racing LLC of Ohio owns Fanatic, who now sports ten career triumphs and $149,432 in earnings. Todd Luther trains the winner, who paid $7.40 to win. Coupled with Refined, the exacta returned $21.20.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

Grantville, PA  - Penn National Gaming, Inc., the largest operator of pari-mutuel racetracks in North America, is currently seeking applications for Director of Racing positions at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course in Austintown, Ohio and The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington, PA. "With the announced retirement of current Vice President of Racing Mark Loewe from our Mahoning Valley and Meadows operations we are now looking at Director of Racing positions at those individual properties, said Chris McErlean, Vice President of Racing for Penn National Gaming, Inc. "We are seeking individuals who can bring a strong racing background while combining exceptional leadership and business skills in overseeing the entire racing and wagering operations at those respective locations." "I do want to thank Mark for his outstanding contributions to the Penn Gaming racing team since coming on board in 2008 and being a leader at seven different racetracks during that time," added McErlean. Mahoning Valley Race Course is a thoroughbred racing facility offering 100 days of live racing, stabling for nearly 1,000 horses and conducts year-round simulcasting. The facility commenced operations in 2014 and has quickly established an enviable niche in the Ohio and regional racing circuit as well as the national simulcast marketplace. The Meadows is one of North America's premier harness racetracks with nearly 190 live harness race dates conducted year-round. The five-eighths mile track has a barn area for nearly 800 horses and is home to one of the top three-year-old pacing events in the sport, "The Adios," conducted each summer. The Meadows also offers year-round simulcast wagering. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply for these positions at the following links: Director of Racing Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course https://careers-pngaming.icims.com/jobs/76273/director-of-racing/job Director of Racing Meadows Racetrack and Casino https://careers-pngaming.icims.com/jobs/76397/director-of-racing/job From Penn National Gaming  

DAYTON, OH - Harness racing driver Dan Noble got off to an incredible start on the Saturday (Oct. 24) night program at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The former national dash champion captured the first six races on the 14-race card, the first time any driver has won six straight in over 20 years on the year around southern Ohio circuit (Miami Valley, Eldorado Scioto Downs and Hollywood Dayton).   Noble's incredible feat began in race one when Buckeye Starlet copped a conditioned trot in 1:54 as the even money favorite. Dan completed the initial daily double winning with $20,000 claimer Indiana Cam ($3) in 1:51.1.   Next came Hamsandwich ($6), who notched a 1:53.4 win for Noble in a non-winners of two races event. Rock To Glory ($6.40) followed with a 1:54.1 score in an $8000 claiming pace.   The red hot purple and white clad son of the late Ohio Hall Of Famer Sam 'Chip' Noble added his fifth straight triumph in the $14,000 Open Pace, guiding Our Majordan A ($4.60) to an impressive 1:50 tally in gate to wire fashion. It was the sixth 2020 win for the Australian import, an 8-year-old by Art Major. Our Majordan A is owned by Enviro Stables LTD, Ned Hodkinson and Milton Leeman who entrust the training to Virgil Morgan Jr. The feature race winner is approaching one-half million dollars in earnings.       It'sgoodtobedaking rounded out Noble's consecutive streak by capturing a $15,000 claiming pace in 1:51.4. In the seventh race, Noble's mount Scott Rocks was roughed up through the first quarter and faded to sixth in the stretch after a valiant effort to extend the win streak.   With a pair of additional victories, Noble established a Hollywood Dayton record as the first driver to win eight on a single card in the track's seven year history. He guided My Buddy Ninkster ($6.60) to a 1:52.4 win in the 11th; and Sammy The Bull (3.80) to a 1:52.1 triumph in the nightcap.   Noble, who only races on Friday and Saturday nights due to the large size of he and wife Christi's stable of horses at the Xenia fairgrounds, ranks fifth in the local dash standings behind Brett Miller, Josh Sutton, Jeremy Smith and Tyler Smith. His 25%-plus win percentage is easily the best among the talented drivers colony at Dayton Raceway   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH - Driver Josh Sutton enjoyed a six-pack on Thursday afternoon at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, guiding six horses to the winner's circle for six different trainers. Sutton's successes started in the third race when he scored with Dancin' Anna (1:54, $4.20) for trainer Daniel Shetler. His next triumph didn't occur until the eighth race, but the 38-year-old reinsman captured five of the final seven races. Scrappy Sam (1:53.1, $17.20) was victorious for Sutton and trainer Mike Sweeney, followed in quick succession by Machtu N (1:53, $10, trainer Sherif Cunmulaj), Hoosier Celebrity (1:53.1, $2.80, Ross Leonard), Fanatic (1:54.1, $12.80, Todd Luther) and Fancy Creek Elusiv (1:53.2, $2.60, Chris Short). Sutton is currently second in the dash standings at Dayton Raceway, trailing only Brett Miller. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH - Thirteen year old Cambassador, who has won at least one race in 10 of the last 11 years, won for the 50th time on Monday afternoon (Oct. 19) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   Current harness racing owner-trainer Parker Smith, the son of driver Jeremy Smith, has won seven of those 50 races with Cambassador and claims "he is my favorite horse ever. I've claimed him three times and hope I can keep him through his mandatory retirement next year. I think he has got a lot more wins in him."   Cambassador came along at the right time for Parker, who was getting by as a warm up driver and doing catch paddocks. Ready to make the leap to fledgling trainer, he plucked down $6000 hard-earned dollars to claim his prize possession with high hopes.       "He sorta put me on the map," explained Smith. "He tries so hard and shows up every time we race. To me, he's as special as they get. He may only be a bottom claimer at this point in his career, but he's still a warrior."   Cambassador has won at eight different tracks and had 16 trainers over his lengthy career. The highest purse he has ever raced for is $16,000 and he has faced the starting gate 332 times. His speed badge is 1:50.4 taken as a 6-year-old at The Meadowlands. The son of Cam's Card Shark has hit the board 152 times and earned $574,270 in purses.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

DAYTON, OH - It doesn't seem to make a bit of difference how the stars align in southwest Ohio, Stars Align A seems unbeatable in the weekly Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The Aussie import raced for brand new owner Joshua Graber, who purchased the 7-year old son of Art Major via a recent online auction for a reported $100,000 bid, on Saturday night (Oct. 17) with the same result--a stunning and dominating performance.   Despite being assigned the nine hole in an impressive ten horse field, regular driver Dan Noble set sail immediately with the 4-5 favorite and easily gained command before an eighth of a mile transpired. With the stud, who continues to be trained by Noble's wife Christi, acting a little headstrong, he was guided unchallenged through fractions of :26.1, :53.2 and 1:21 before finishing without urging in 1:49.2.       "He's probably the best horse we've ever trained in our stable," Noble exclaimed shortly after the feature race triumph. "In fact, he's one of the best I've ever driven. I really believe he could go in 1:47 over this track!"   My Hero Ron (Josh Sutton), a top condition class winner a week ago, gave chase throughout and finished a creditable second ahead of Americanprimetime (Jason Brewer), who was last week's Open winner.   Hollywood Dayton Raceway presents matinee programs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30; and Friday and Saturday night programs that begin at 6:15.   Stars Align A now has 32 career wins in 88 tries and has banked $418,198.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

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

Veteran Ohio-bred harness racing pacers and trotters of both genders proved fast and furious on a chilly October 16 evening at Dayton Raceway, sparing in a quartet of $85,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships. Weslynn Quest (5-1) held off 1-9 stablemate Pure Chance in the Mares Trot Championship, clocked in 1:54. Danny Noble drove the 4-year-old Manofmanymissions mare for trainer Chris Beaver and owner Derek Ivany of Toronto, Canada. Longshot (35-1) Heidi's Heart was third for Josh Sutton. The victory, the 11th of her career in 32 starts, pushed Weslynn Quest's career earnings to $245,341.   Talkaboutaqueen (5-2) used a bold move at the half to take command and never look back in the Mares Pace Championship for driver Brett Miller. The 5-year-old mare by Oaks Enforcer is trained by Jayme Laing for Rod Allums, Jr., and now has $165,203 in her career coffers. Checks On The Way (5-2) was second for Aaron Merriman, while 1-1 Big Bad Jane was third for Danny Noble. The winner was timed in a career-equalling 1:50.4 for her effort. Pass The Vape, the 2-1 choice, used a near wire-to-wire journey to take the Veteran Trot in 1:54 for driver Dan Noble and trainer Derek Watiker. The 5-year-old altered son of Dejarmbro upped his lifetime bankroll to $432,459 for owner Lionel Ray Watiker of Zanesville, Ohio as he made his 23rd trip into the winner's circle. Lane Of Stone (9-5) was second, a length and a half back for Jeff Nisonger, while 2-1 Jailhouse Sam was third for Sandy Beatty. Sectionline Bigry, the 1-1 favorite, held off his eight rivals with a commanding 1:50.1 performance in the Veteran Pace for driver Tyler Smith and trainer Steve Bauder. Owned by Harold Lee Bauder of Delaware, Ohio, the 5-year-old Pet Rock homebred collected career win 27 and now has $565,227 in lifetime earnings. Tivo Hanover (16-1) was second for Kayne Kauffman, while 2-1 Gold Digger King was third for Brett Miller. Ohio Sires Stakes action wraps up the 2020 season with consolations for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders tomorrow night (Oct. 17) at Northfield Park, with a first race post time of 6 pm. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

The Ohio Sires Stakes wraps up the 2020 season this weekend with a quartet of $85,000 events for older horses on Friday, Oct. 16 at Dayton Raceway and an octet of $75,000 consolation dashes featuring 2- and 3-year-olds of both gaits and genders on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Northfield Park. At Dayton, 14 veteran mares will line up behind the gate in a pair of seven-horse fields--one trot (Race 6) and one pace (Race 8). As well, 18 veteran horses and geldings will start in a pair of nine-horse splits: a trot (Race 10) and pace (Race 12). Post time at Dayton is 6:15 pm, ET. The two standouts in the OSS Veteran Mare Trot are Pure Chance and A TC Queenie. Both mares have earned more than $400,000 lifetime and both are sired by Triumphant Caviar. Pure Chance is conditioned and co-owned by Chris Beaver for Steve Zeehandelar, while Ron Steck trains A TC Queenie for Trish Soulsby and Rick Schaut. Two 6-year-old mares, Big Bad Jane and Rosemary Rose headline the OSS Veteran Mares Pace for trainers Christi Noble (the former) and Ronnie Burke (the latter). Big Bad Jane is a $406,184-earning daughter of Big Bad John who was bred by Sam Noble and owner Sandra Burnett, while Rosemary Rose is a daughter of Foreclosure N who was bred by Ron Salcedo and is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing, J Mellilo and Weaver Bruscemi. Both mares have consistently plied their wares in the open and high conditioned ranks. The OSS Veteran Trot features starters who have combined total earnings of $2,250,352, with the richest diagonally gaited equine being former OSS Champion Lane Of Stone. Trained by Mark Winters for breeder-owner Harry Horowitz, the 4-year-old son of the exported Wishing Stone has lifetime earnings of $471,182, making him the richest trotter in the field of nine. Harold Bauder's Sectionline Bigry heads up the OSS Veteran Pace. The 5-year-old homebred Pet Rock gelding has amassed $522,777 in his career for trainer Steve Bauder via 26 wins, 11 seconds and 10 thirds in 63 lifetime starts. He owns a record of 1:48.1 taken at Hoosier Park in that track's $35,000 Invitational on Sept. 25 of this year. Post time at Northfield Park for the OSS consolations is 6 pm, ET on Saturday evening. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

DAYTON, OH - Americanprimetime (Jeremy Smith) adapted favorably to the bright lights of the featured $16,000 Mares Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (Oct. 10). Despite a triple jump up in harness racing class following consecutive triumphs in a pair of condition races, the 8-year-old stallion by American Ideal went gate-to-wire in 1:49.3 to top nine other classy foes and claim the top prize at 8-1 odds.   Smith was resolute in his desire to dictate the pace from his inside post position and got every call through fractions of :26.1, :54, 1:21.1 and 1:49.3. Fellow longshot American Dreamer (Kayne Kauffman) followed the winner every step of the way, but had to settle for the runnerup finish at 18-1. GD Western Joe (Chris Page, 7-1) rallied late to grab the show dough.       American Primetime paid $18.60 to win, the correct exacta returned $132.20, and the 50-cent trifecta kicked back $647.25. The winner is owned by the Rock & Roll Stable of Chicago and trained by red hot trainer Ken Rucker.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway    

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