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DAYTON, OH. - In just her 27th lifetime start, Sweet Heaven (Brett Miller) notched her tenth harness racing victory and first in featured open class company on Friday night (Oct. 9) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.    The 4-year-old daughter of Sweet Lou, dispatched as the 3-5 favorite following place and show finishes in her first two efforts at this level, bested Allbeastnobeauty (Josh Sutton) and Talkaboutaqueen (Jeremy Smith) in 1:51.   Miller, the leading driver at the current Hollywood Dayton meet, had inside post position advantage at the start, but allowed Up Front Flor Ida (Chris Page) and Allbeastnobeauty to speed ahead through a :26.3 opening panel. At that point he executed the popular give-and-go to reassume command early in the stretch the first time on the quick five-eighths mile oval.  Posting sensible middle fractions of :55 and 1:22.3, Sweet Heaven had no concerns until the runnerup came calling late in the stretch before falling a length short.   Brian Brown trains the winner, who increased her career earnings to $111,971 garnering half of the $14,000 purse.  She is owned by the partnership of Hutchison Harness, Joe Sbrocco, M. Kantrowitz and Country Club Acres. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway will host a quartet of Ohio Sires Stakes championships on Friday night, Oct. 16. The events, for Ohio-sired harness racing pacers and trotters four years old and up, will each carry an $85,000 purse.   Open to all Ohio-sired horses that have raced a minimum of five times in the state of Ohio in 2020, the fields will be limited to the top nine 2020 purse earners from starts within Ohio.   There was no nomination or sustaining payments, but there is a $500 starting fee. The entry box for these $85,000 veteran Ohio Sires Stakes championships will close at Hollywood Dayton on Monday (Oct. 12) at 10 a.m.   Owners and trainers are urged to enter their good Ohio-sired horses via the USTA online entry method or call the Dayton race office at 937-235-7860.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Every superlative has been uttered about Atlanta over her illustrious career, and she lived up to all of them on Saturday (Oct. 3) winning the $175,000 Dayton Trotting Derby at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   Dispatched at even money, the five-year-old daughter of Chapter Seven established a new Dayton Raceway track record of 1:51 by coming from behind for driver Yannick Gingras to wear down Manchego (Dexter Dunn) and then hold off runnerup Lindy The Great (Andy Miller) and show finisher Crystal Fashion (Jordan Stratton).   Lindy The Great left with alacrity to hit the first quarter beam in :27.3 before yielding to Manchego (Dexter Dunn) who coasted through middle fractions of :56 and 1:23.3 on the lead. Atlanta got away fourth, moved up to third on the outside at the half, second in the outer flow at the three quarters, then on even terms with Manchego around the final turn.   At the top of the lane, Manchego broke in stride, leaving little doubt about the outcome.       Ron Burke trains Atlanta for Crawford Farms, Bradley Grant and Howard Taylor. She has won half of her lifetime starts (24 out of 48) and banked $2,450,203.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - On a night when eight track records were either beaten or tied at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, Bettor's Wish (Dexter Dunn) edged an outstanding field of North America's top older pacers winning the seventh annual Dayton Pacing Derby in 1:49. Dancin Lou (Brian Sears) was lapped on the winner at the wire and Century Farroh (David Miller) was just beaten by a single length.   Bettor's Wish was content to settle in fifth during the opening :26 panel, moved into the outer flow at the :54.2 halfway point, advanced to fourth by the 1:21.1 third timing beam, then scooted powerfully through the lane to win it.   Ohio racing fans watched in amazement as a pair of Buckeye-bred superstars turned the field into the stretch just a nose apart on the lead. But alas the quick fractions took their toll and when a quintet of nationally ranked Derby hopefuls paced final quarters under :28 seconds Sectionline Bigry (Tyler Smith) and Ocean Rock (Dan Noble) couldn't fight them off.       Trainer Chris Ryder co-owns Bettor's Wish with partners Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm and Bettor's Wish Partners. The Derby triumph was just his third in eight 2020 starts, but boosted his bankroll to $2,213,033 with 21 victories in 39 races.   Handle for the Derby card was $594,093--the second highest of track history.   "Racing fans love to see great horses in full competitive fields," said Director Of Racing Jason Bluhm. "Our race office and our track crew did a tremendous job on our marquee event and adding the eight $60,000 Buckeye Stallion Series championships on the supporting card proved to be a recipe for a great night!"   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Trainer Nancy Takter thought long and hard about giving Kissin In The Sand a week off after a convincing 1:49 win in the Milton Stake at Woodbine Mohawk outside Toronto last Saturday. But a change in plans, possibly caused by a realization that Hatfield Stables of Ohio co-owns the magnificent mare with Marvin Katz of Toronto, resulted in an epic battle with Shartin N and another 1:49 score in the $175,000 Dayton Distaff Derby on Saturday night (Oct. 3).   The 1:49 triumph equaled the Hollywood Dayton track record for older pacing mares, set three races sooner by Miss You N in a $25,000 Mares Open. Dexter Dunn was in the sulky behind both winning mares.   Shartin N (Tim Tetrick) set sail from the get go and cut all the fractions (:26.3, :54.2 and 1:21.2) before getting snapped by Kissin In The Sand a few steps from the finish line. The winner was content to get away fourth and stayed in that spot until past the three-quarters marker, despite moving into the outer flow in second over position before the halfway juncture. Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) was third to cross the wire.       Kissin In The Sand was actually dispatched at odds of 4-5 over even money Shartin N and didn't disappoint. The five-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere now sports 23 wins in 54 lifetime starts and boosted her career bounty to $1,470,594.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

Twice in recent years harness racing fans were treated to seeing a top 3-year-old male pacer face older foes in the season-ending TVG Series Championship. This year, they will not have to wait as long. Three-year-old gelding Ocean Rock will meet older rivals Saturday (Oct. 3) when he competes in the $176,500 Dayton Pacing Derby at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway. Ocean Rock has won six of nine races this season and $363,360 for breeder/owner Sandra Burnett, driver Dan Noble, and trainer Christi Noble. Saturday's card also includes the $175,000 Dayton Distaff Derby, where defending Horse of the Year Shartin N is the 6-5 morning-line favorite in a field that includes Milton Stakes winner Kissin In The Sand and 2019 Breeders Crown champ Caviart Ally, and the $175,000 Dayton Trotting Derby, with Maple Leaf Trot winner Atlanta the 2-1 favorite. Ocean Rock in his most recent start won an Ohio Breeders Championship at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in 1:49.2 to complete a sweep of the Ohio Triple Crown (OBC, Ohio Sire Stakes final and Ohio State Fair Stakes). The time equaled Wiggle It Jiggleit's track record for a gelding and was just two-fifths of a second off the world record. Only a quarter-length loss to Odds On Osiris from post eight in the Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park separates Ocean Rock from a five-race win streak heading to Dayton. That five-race stretch began with a track-record 1:48.4 victory at Scioto Downs, erasing a 20-year-old mark established by Gallo Blue Chip. "His last four or five performances have been unbelievable," Dan Noble said. "The night he went (1):48 was unbelievable. In the Milstein he really showed a lot of guts; he came up sick, but he performed very well. "He loves his work, anything you throw at him, and he takes very good care of himself. He's had a phenomenal year." Ocean Rock was not staked to any of this year's remaining Grand Circuit races, so his connections supplemented him to the Dayton Pacing Derby. He will start from post six and is 8-1 on the morning line. Sam McKee Memorial winner Bettor's Wish, last season's top 3-year-old male pacer, is the 5-2 favorite. Bettor's Wish faced older horses in last year's TVG Series championship, where he finished second. In 2013, Captaintreacherous took on the older horses in the TVG and was sixth. The most recent 3-year-old male pacer to knock off older foes in a major race was Niatross, who won the American Pacing Classic at Hollywood Park in 1980. Ocean Rock began this season by beating older horses in a conditioned race at Scioto Downs. Three starts later, he finished third against older horses in another conditioned race, also at Scioto. "I think he fits good," Noble said about Ocean Rock in the Dayton Pacing Derby. "We could have drawn a little closer to the inside, but the six hole is not too bad at this track. "We didn't really want to stop with him, but we didn't have much left for him. We figured we would give the race a go, and it's close to home. We probably should have had him staked to a lot more, but during the staking time he just felt like your average horse." Of course, that assessment has been revised. "He's definitely a good one," Noble said. Ocean Rock could be supplemented to other upcoming Grand Circuit races, including the Breeders Crown, but Noble said those decisions would be made after the Dayton Pacing Derby. For his career, Ocean Rock has won 11 of 18 races and $519,737. Last year, he set the world record for a 2-year-old gelding on a half-mile track, 1:51.1, at Northfield. He is a son of Rockin Amadeus out of Ocean Pearl, a Burnett homebred mare who was trained during her racing days by Dan's father Chip. "(Ocean Rock) has been a gift for my wife and I," Noble said. "He's just a gift for all of us." Racing begins at 6:15 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Dayton. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Grove City, OH - The Buckeye Stallion Series Championships will be contested Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway as part of their Grand Circuit Racing Program. Each of the eight harness racing divisions carries a purse of $60,000. In the two-year-old events the top fillies and colts in their respective divisions will be going to the post. The 2-year-old filly trot is led by Charming Nancy by Uncle Peter who has won four of six this season while taking a mark of 1:58.2. She will be driven by Aaron Merriman for trainer Chris Beaver. The 2-year-old colt trotting leader is Dontforgetlittlman who will be handled by Dan Noble for Deborah Swartz. The Dontyouforgetit trotter has won five of ten this year with a mark of 1:58.2. On the pacing side the 2-year-old filly pacer Smothastenesewisky, has won seven of eight with a best time of 1:53.2, leads the field. The Nob Hill High filly will be driven by Chris Page for Brian Haynes. The top 2-year-old colt pacer is Twig who has won six of seven while taking a mark of 1:53.3. The colt will be driven by Page for Mike Polhamus and is a son of Mr Apples. The three-year-old filly pace will be missing the top performer Narina Hanover who was not entered. The second place point earner is Corner Pocket with Page for Timothy Grubb. This season she has three of ten with a mark of 1:53.2. On the colt side of the ledger is Snowmoon with Tyler Smith for Jessica Smith. Snowmoon has won eight of sixteen with a mark of 1:51.2. The 3-year-old filly trot division is led by Susie D and Lightning Belle. Susie D is from the Bryan Weaver stable and will be driven by Ken Holliday. This season she has won eight of thirteen with a best time of 1:55.3. Lightning Belle with Ryan Stahl for Scott Cox and has won seven of fifteen with a record of 1:56. The 3-year-old colt trot is headed by Exhibit Class with Dexter Dunn is trained by Sean Smithpeters and has won four of sixteen, with a best time of 1:56.1. First race post time Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway is set for 6:15pm. by Roger Huston, for the OHHA

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway will present its marquee harness racing program of the 2020 season on Saturday night, October 3, featuring eleven stakes races and three Open events with purses totaling $1,131,500. Headlining the evening will be a trio of Dayton Derbies for male pacers, female pacers and trotters including 11 millionaire horses.   The $176,500 Dayton Pacing Derby includes a full field of nine of the sport's current superstars. Bettor's Wish (Dexter Dunn, 5-2) has been given the slightest morning line nod, but a case could be made for every entrant as all sport 2020 records of 1:49.1 or faster.   Trainer Chris Ryder's 4-year-old son of Bettor's Delight has earned $2,124,783 in purses and two months ago won the Sam McKee Memorial at The Meadowlands in 1:47.3. Second choice Ceentury Farroh (David Miller, 3-1) could become a millionaire with a win in the Derby. He captured the Dan Patch at Harrah's Hoosier in mid-August.   Sectionline Bigry (Tyler Smith, 7-2) will be one of four in the Derby with local ties. The 5-year-old son of Ohio stallion Pet Rock is owned by Harold Bauder of Delaware, Ohio and trained by Steve Bauder. He has won 26 or 62 lifetime starts and last week lowered his record to 1:48.1 winning an Invitational at Hoosier while going a second faster than the Hoosier Pacing Derby on the same card.   Other Derby hopefuls are Dancin Lou (Brian Sears, 9-2), Backstreet Shadow (Tim Tetrick, 6-1), Ocean Rock (8-1, Dan Noble), This Is The Plan (Yannick Gingras, 10-1), Bllack Hole (Scott Zeron, 12-1) and Our Majordan A (Brett Miller, 15-1).   Ocean Rock is the first 3-year-old in the seven year history of the Dayton Derby to enter the track's marquee event.   The sophomore son of Rockin Armadeus has been triumphant in 11 of his 18 races over two seasons, including a 6-2-1 slate in nine starts this year. He won the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship a month ago at Eldorado Scioto Downs for owner Sandra Burnett of nearby Wilmington, Ohio and the driver-trainer team of Dan and Christi Noble.   Bllack Hole is another Ohio-sired combatant, owned by L & L Stables of Springfield, Ohio. He owns a 1:48 speed badge taken at The Meadowlands and would sport a lower morning line designation if not for his post eight draw.   Our Majordan A is the oldest Derby hopeful at age eight and will be saddled with post nine behind the starting car. The Virgil Morgan Jr.-trainee is one of three in the field with sub 1:48 seasonal victories, and he is the winningest horse in the field with 33 triumphs. In addition to being stable in Ohio, the Australian-bred is co-owned by Ned Hodkinson of Blacklick, Ohio.   The $175,000 Dayton Distaff favorite will be Shartin N (Tim Tetrick, 6-5), who will face a compact field of six that includes four million dollar winners. With $2,394,049 in her purse coffers, Shartin N is the richest mare in the race, but Kissin In The Sand (Dexter Dunn, 7-2, $1,383,094), Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy, 9-2, $1,870,311) and Warrawee Ubeaut (Yannick Gingras, 6-1, $1,743,523) can't be discounted. Treacherous Reign (TBA, 8-l) and Stonebridge Soul (Brett Miller, 12-1) complete the field.   The $175,000 Dayton Trotting Derby will feature four of the finest older mares face five male counterparts. The mares Atlanta (Yannick Gingras, 2-1) and Manchego (Dexter Dunn, 7-2) have each won over $2 million and are expected to get heavy mutuel backing.   Majestic Player A (Brett Miller,4-1) has won 13 of 17 races this season and is familiar with the Dayton Raceway surface. Others win the field include Lindy The Great (Andy Miller, 9-2), Guardian Angel AS (Tim Tetrick, 6-1), Crystal Fashion (Jordan Stratton, 8-1), When Dovescry (David Miller, 10-1), Soul Strong (TBA, 12-1) and Pure Chance (Scott Zeron, 15-1).   The outstanding program will also include eight $60,000 Buckeye Stallion Series championship races to reward Ohio-sired two and three year olds who have competed throughout the state all season long.   A $75,000 Dayton Derby Consolation, as well as $25,000 Opens for pacing mares and trotters will complete the card.   Post time on Saturday is 6:15 p.m.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

Harness racing this week: Bluegrass Stakes, Red Mile, Lexington, Ky., and Dayton Pacing Derby, Dayton Trotting Derby, and Dayton Distaff Derby, Hollywood Dayton Raceway, Dayton, Ohio. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off on Friday (Oct. 2) at the Red Mile and the Lexington oval will feature three divisions in the $316,300 Bluegrass for 2-year-old colt trotters and two divisions in the $268,000 Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly pacers. On Saturday (Oct. 3), Red Mile will offer the $350,000 (est.) Bluegrass for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $300,000 (est.) Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly trotters. The first week of racing in Lexington will conclude on Sunday (Oct. 4) with $200,000 (est.) Bluegrass events for 3-year-old male and female trotters and pacers. Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (Oct. 3) will feature a trio of Grand Circuit stakes in the $176,500 Dayton Pacing Derby for open pacers, the $175,000 Dayton Trotting Derby for open trotters and the $175,000 Dayton Distaff Derby for female pacers. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Venerate and driver Andrew McCarthy powered off cover at the head of the stretch to win the $1 million Mohawk Million on Saturday night (Sept. 26) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A full field of ten rookie trotters, including three fillies, met in the inaugural Mohawk Million, a "buy-in" race with nine slots available for the purchase of $110,000 each and a final slot awarded to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial. Venerate and driver Andrew McCarthy powered off cover at the head of the stretch to win the $1 million Mohawk Million. New Image Media photo. Racing in the slot of Brad Grant, Marvin Katz and partners, Venerate overcame a second-tier start with a perfect steer from McCarthy to win in 1:53.2. The Julie Miller trainee got away eighth and was able to follow the favorite Donna Soprano, eventually muscling by the previously undefeated filly to win by three-quarters of a length. "I was hoping I'd get out of there a little closer, but after scoring him down I knew I couldn't make him accelerate too fast, so I just wanted to get out of there upright," said McCarthy. "He's a very strong horse, I've seen that, I didn't really care how far back I got, just figured I'd have to get through that first turn and then worry about where I'm going from there. "The speed was pretty tough early, so it worked out where I could end up getting a pretty good trip, but when I looked up at the eighth-pole I was a long away back." The opening stages of the race saw several horses leaving hard, causing a four-wide push into the first turn. Altar cut a :27 opening quarter before handing the lead over to Wellwood winner On A Streak, who was four-wide entering the turn. Race-favorite Donna Soprano got away sixth, while Venerate was eighth. On A Streak led to the half in :56.1 just as Insta Glam came with a powerful rush to claim the top spot going into the final turn. Donna Soprano got her cue to go just before the half, as did Venerate and McCarthy seeing an opportunity to follow the favorite. Insta Glam trotted a strong third quarter to get the field to that station in 1:24 with a few lengths of separation. In the stretch, Donna Soprano and Venerate trotted by Insta Glam to set up a battle of their own. The filly Donna Soprano tried to hold on, but the colt Venerate was too much to handle, powering by to victory. On A Streak finished third, while Insta Glam was fourth. "I'm so thankful for Andy and Julie and Pinske Stable," said McCarthy. "And to Brad (Grant) for deciding to use me on this horse, I'm so thankful." A son of French stallion Love You, Venerate is owned by Pinske Stables and Andy Miller Stable. The connections negotiated a private deal with slot owner Brad Grant, Marvin Katz and partners to take a shot at the Mohawk Million. "It makes me look pretty smart I guess," laughed Grant. "We really believed in this race when we bought our slot. What Woodbine has done is something new and I think it's great, it had a buzz to it all year long." Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2020, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2020 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 645; 2. Andrew McCarthy - 414; 3. Dexter Dunn - 393; 4. Tim Tetrick - 336.5; 5. Bob McClure - 322. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 583; 2. Nancy Takter - 551.5; 3. Tony Alagna - 492; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 309; 5. Marcus Melander - 303. Owners: 1. Determination - 200; 2. Brad Grant - 160.1; 3. Caviart Farms - 152; 4. Burke Racing Stable - 135.8; 5. S R F Stable - 125.3. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Lexington's historic Red Mile. Featured at Red Mile will be the Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old trotters, the companion Kentucky Filly Futurity for sophomore fillies, the Tattersalls Pace and the Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old pacers, four International Stallion Stakes races for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits, and four Allerage contests for open pacers and trotters. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

DAYTON, OH - Hollywood Dayton Raceway reminds horsemen that the draw for Saturday night, October 3 is Tuesday morning with the box closing at 10 a.m.   The program includes the Dayton Trotting Derby, the Dayton Pacing Derby and the Dayton Distaff Pacing Derby. It also features the eight championship races of the Buckeye Stallion Series.   Three undercard Opens will also be carded for $25,000 (min.) purses. The Mares Open Pace and the Open Trot look like they will feature local and regional horses as it is not likely there will be six Derby nominees in either race that do not get into the main event.   Race office phone number is 937-235-7860.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH - The stars were perfectly aligned at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (Sept. 26) for the winner of the harness racing featured $15,500 Open Pace, Stars Align A. Driver Dan Noble put the mild favorite on the point throughout the 1:50 mile, posting fractions of :26.1, :54.1 and 1:21.3 before holding off a cavalry charge of classy opponents in 1:50 flat.   Fan Of Terror (Brett Miller) slipped through along the pylons to grab the place position; and Bllack Hole (Brendan Johnson) flew in the stretch to finish third from an outside starting position.       Stars Align A is owned by D Racing Stable, Yves Sarrazin and Bruce Soulsby. Trained by Noble's wife Christi, the 7 year old son of Art Major increased his seasonal bounty to over $76,000 with his sixth win in 18 starts.   Excitement is building at Hollywood Dayton for next Saturday's marquee events night featuring three Dayton Derbies for purses of at least $175,000. Many of the sports best older Grand Circuit pacers and trotters are expected. The undercard will feature eight $60,000 Buckeye Stallion Series championships showcasing top Ohio-sired freshman and sophomore trotter and pacers.   There will also be three $25,000 (min.) Open-Invitational races for male pacers, female pacers and trotters. Interested parties should contact Race Secretary Gregg Keidel at 937-235-7859 in advance of the box closing at 10 am on Tuesday (Sept. 29).   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH - Miss You scored an impressive 1:50.3 triumph in her harness racing debut at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, coasting to an open lengths victory in a $14,000 Mares Open. Driver Jeremy Smith took no prisoners in the feature event blasting from mid pack behind the gate to the early lead in the first furlong. The outcome was never in serious doubt as the New Zealand-bred 6 year old daughter of Betterthancheddar showed her heels to the field throughout the quick mile. Sweet Heaven (Brett Miller) proved second best, while Talkaboutaqueen (Rod Allums Jr.) rallied to secure the show money.   Carl Howard and Bottom Line Racing LLC own the winner who is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. It was the 19th career win for Miss You, who increased her lifetime bounty to $222,560. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway announces it is adding a new twist to its marquee harness racing night of the 2020 meet on Saturday, October 3. In addition to three Dayton Derbies ($200,000 est. Dayton Pacing Derby, $175,000 Dayton Distaff Derby and $175,000 Dayton Trotting Derby) the program will include eight $60,000 Buckeye Stallion Series championship races.  The $1,000,000-plus 14-race card will be completed with three brand new invitational races with potential purses of $75,000 each. “The response from nominators to our Dayton Derbies has been fantastic and we believe more than nine will enter each of them,” said Director of Racing Jason Bluhm. “Rather than returning nominating fees to those entrants that do not get spots in a Derby as one of the top nine 2020 money earners, we’re giving them the option of racing in a Derby Consolation (Invitational).  If six or more Derby-eligible horses agree to enter, the purses will be $75,000 each, with no additional starting fee.” Open non-Derby eligible horses are welcome to enter the new Invitationals to create full fields, but nominated Derby horses will receive preference.  If less than six Derby-eligible horses agree to race, their nomination fees will be returned and that particular race will revert to an Open event with an enhanced purse of $25,000. Dayton Derby entrants are asked to make online entries as soon as possible and indicate in the notes if they are interested in the $75,000 consolation if their earnings doesn’t qualify for the main event. Questions can be directed to Race Secretary Gregg Keidel at 937-235-7859 or Updated earnings standings to determine Dayton Derby standings can be found at.    Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH - Harness racing driver Trevor Smith leaped into third place in the dash standings at the recently commenced Hollywood Dayton Raceway meet on Friday (Sept. 18).   The upstart reinsman scored four consecutive wins from the eighth through eleventh races, giving him nine through the first five days (including the Montgomery County Fair staged at Dayton) of the 75-day 2020 meet.   Brett Miller, the early dash derby leader, also notched four wins on the night, giving him fifteen thus far. Runnerup Jeremy Smith, nine wins to date, managed a hat trick on the program as the three early meet leaders dominated the Friday action.   Smith's consecutive triumphs started with The Dark Shadow (1:51.1, $2.80) followed by Canadia's Bacon (1:53, $22.60), Letme Fly Low (1:53.4, $5) and Rocking Zoe (1:53.2, $6). Trevor also steered four runnerup finishers on the card, including the two races immediately following his natural Grand Slam.   Racing continues on Saturday night (Sept. 19) with a 6:15 p.m. post time, then takes a hiatus in deference to Little Brown Jug Week at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds before resuming the regular five-times-a-week schedule on Friday, Sept. 25.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

DAYTON, OH. - Custom Cantab, a million dollar winner and the only harness racing mare in a field of talented male trotters, captured the first open class event of the recently started Hollywood Dayton meet on Thursday afternoon.   Sent off as the second choice in the $15,000 Open Trot, the five-year-old daughter of Mr Cantab was forwardly placed by driver Josh Sutton throughout the mile, which featured matching :57 halves. The Chris Beaver trainee cruised past the finish line in 1:54 to garner her first triumph in 2020 in just her fourth start back after a ten month layoff.       Workinitonbroadway (Brett Miller) finished second in the featured mile, while longshot Cool Clifford (Tyler Smith) raced admirably to garner the show dough. The winner paid $7.20, the exacta kicked back $41 and a correct 50-cent trifecta was worth $166.   Custom Cantab now sports 19 career victories and earnings of $1,024,943. She is owned by her trainer Chris Beaver in partnership with Donald Robinson and RBH Ventures Inc.   Racing resumes at Hollywood Dayton on Friday and Saturday nights with 6:15 post times.   From Dayton Hollywood Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - In order to begin racing from Hollywood Dayton Raceway's modern paddock, several assurances to state regulators were necessary. Beginning Sunday, September 13 with the Montgomery County Fair and throughout the 74-day regular meet, there will be strict restrictions on the number of people permitted in the 14-race paddock at any one time.   After unloading the horses into their proper stalls, people will be required to stay outside the paddock (with the exception of a quick Lasix administration window) until 1-1/2 hours prior to their race.   Only one person is permitted to attend to each horse and that person must also leave the paddock within 1/2 hour after the horse races.   All persons in the paddock MUST wear masks and practice social distancing. All owners, trainers, warm up drivers and others must stay on the outdoors apron, in the grandstand or in their vehicles. No more than a dozen drivers can occupy the drivers room at a time.   All horsemen are asked to comply fully with the Covid-19 protocols, which are outlined in further detail on fliers that will be available at check in. With full cooperation,   it is hoped Hollywood Dayton can continue to race its full meet from now until the end of December.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

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