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DAYTON, OH. - Gone Girl has had an outstanding 2019 harness racing season, earning just under $100,000, but never seems to get much respect at the betting windows.   Although she has won seven times on the year in 27 tries, the 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again is usually dispatched at double digit odds and Friday night (Sept. 20) was no exception. At odds of 21-1, Gone Girl upset her peers in the $16,500 Open Mares Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   Driver Tyler Smith sat second behind pacesetting Allbeastnobeauty (Dan Noble) through fractions of :27, :55 and 1:22.3 before pouncing on the leader and overtaking her in mid-stretch. Gone Girl paced the mile in 1:51, her seventh sub-1:52 effort in her last eight starts for owner-trainer Mark Gillenwater.   Favored Up Front Flor Ida (Brett Miller) rallied from far back to capture the show bounty.   Racing resumes Saturday night (Sept. 21) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway with a 6:15 p.m. post time.     Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Fan Of Terror (Dan Noble) notched the first sub-1:50 mile of the young season at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, scoring in 1:49.3 in the initial $17,500 Open Pace of the meet. The razor-sharp 7-year-old gelded son of Western Terror has had a sensational harness racing season winning half of his 28 starts and banking $179,475. Second choice My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) fired off the gate for early command, stopping the initial quarter timer in :26.2 with Tookadiveoffdipper (Brett Miller) in tow and Fan Of Terror dropping in third. In the stretch the first time, Noble shot the winner to the lead before hitting the halfway beam in :53.3. Never seriously challenged thereafter, Fan Of Terror tripped the three quarter station beam in 1:22 before tacking on the final :27.3 panel. My Hero Ron hung tough for second with Tookadiveoffdipper garnering the show dough. Therl Hensley owns Fan Of Terror, who now sports 38 career wins and is nearing $400,000 in career purse winnings. He is conditioned by Peter Redder. For Noble, the Open Pace triumph was his sixth on the program. His other winners were Guns And Roses (1:52.2, $3.20), Trixsen Gram (1:52, $6.40), Mr Julian (1:52, $3.80), Shagnwiththedragon (1:51.2, $5.40) and Hash Tag Swag (1:51.2, $3.40). Hollywood Dayton Raceway will be dark Monday through Thursday, in deference to Little Brown Jug week at the Delaware, Ohio county fairgrounds. Racing will resume Friday night, September 20 with a 6:15 p.m. post time. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

Dayton, OH. - Allbeastnobeauty set a track record for 4-year-old pacing mares on Friday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The daughter of Sportsmaster scorched the newly reconditioned five-eighths mile oval in 1:50.4 for trainer-driver Dan Noble, clipping a tick off the old standard of 1:51 set by Carol's Z Tam in 2018. It was the 20th career triumph for Allbeastnobeauty, who benefitted from quick early fractions set by runner up Suddenly Royal (Jim Pantaleano). Destiny Hanover (Brett Miller) finished third. The winner, owned by Elm Racing and Tessa Roland, paid $12.20. Earlier on the card, Western's Last Gun, a 2-year-old son of Gunthatwonthewest, made his pari-mutuel debut a successful one. After 10 wins in 11 Ohio county fair trials, the gray colt lowered his record to 1:55.3 for owner-trainer Kent Wilcox and driver Scott Cisco. Cutline: Western's Last Gun continued his impressive freshman season with his 11th win in 12 starts this year. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway    

Dayton, OH. - Harness racing trotter I Know My Chip inched closer to the $1 million earnings plateau winning the $17,500 Open at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Thursday night. Driver Jeremy Smith sped directly to the front with the 7-year-old son of Deep Chip and cut all the fractions entourage to an impressive 1:53.1 triumph. The winner is trained by Walter Haynes Jr. for owners Brian Carsey and John McGill. He is eligible to the $170,000 (est.) Dayton Trotting Derby on Friday, September 27. Drivers Chris Page and Tyler Smith shared the Thursday spotlight with four wins apiece. Racing resumes at Hollywood Dayton on Friday and Saturday nights with a 6:15 p.m. post time. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

Dayton, OH. - Harness racing driver Tyler Smith copped his 3,000th racing career win at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Tuesday afternoon. The 26 year old reinsman, who was the youngest driver in history to reach the 1000 and 2000 win milestones, captured three of the first six races in pursuit of his 3000th score. Smith is on track to record his best year yet with 237 wins and over $3.2 million in 2019 earnings. He has notched eight consecutive seasons with over 250 wins and banked over $3 million in purses the last seven consecutive years. Tyler's fondest racing experience to date has been winning an elimination and finishing second with Let's Drink On It in the 2014 Little Brown Jug. "He and Sectionline Bigry are the two best horses I've ever sat behind. I sure hope there is more like them in the future!" From Dayton Raceway Media Department  

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway kicked off its 78-day 2019 season on Monday (Sept. 9) with a 14 race matinee featuring full harness racing fields and competitive racing over a newly resurfaced race track that drew praise from the drivers colony.   A pair of reinsmen scored hat tricks on the opening day program while another trio notched driving doubles. Defending Dayton dash champion Jeremy Smith captured three races with Princess Rockette ($6.40), Nyquist ($18.40) and Dragonfly ($3.40). Trevor Smith (no relation although both Jeremy and Trevor are lifelong Washington Court House, Ohio residents) matched the feat by visiting the winner's circle with Crown Isle ($15.40), Parklane Glamorous ($30.40) and Rocking Zoe ($7.20).   Dan Noble, Brett Miller and Josh Sutton each won a pair of races. Shawn Barker II and Jason Beattie each got their initial driving wins of the 2019 Dayton season as well.   Quickest mile on opening day was recorded by Beach Ogre in 1:52 for Sutton and owner-trainer Noah Garrett. The six-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere pushed his career earnings over the $250,000 plateau with the impressive front end tally.   "The track is really fast for the first day of the meet," exclaimed Sutton when asked about the newly reconditioned five-eighths mile oval. "And it can only get faster as more horses go over it. We may not lose any days to bad weather and poor track conditions this year. It seems much better than the last couple years."   Another fourteen races and 125 horses are slated to appear on day two (Tuesday, Sept. 10) with a 2:15 p.m. post time.   From the Dayton Raceway Media Department

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway's 78-day harness racing meet opens this coming Monday, September 9 and runs through Saturday, December 28. The regular schedule is matinees at 2:15 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays as well as evening cards at 6:15 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The draw schedule for Week One is as follows: Draw Thursday, Sept. 5 for Monday, Sept. 9 Draw Friday, Sept. 6 for Tuesday, Sept. 10 Draw Monday, Sept. 9 for Thursday, Sept. 12 Double Draw Tuesday, Sept. 10 for Fri., Sept. 13 & Sat., Sept. 14 The box closes at 10 a.m. for each draw during the first week. "We look forward to another outstanding season, our sixth," said Race Secretary Gregg Keidel. "The track surface has been completely restored to its original specifications and reconditioned. It received rave reviews from the trainers and drivers that participated in our pre-meet qualifiers on Tuesday." The track will be opened this Friday for horses to train over. Trainers interested in this opportunity should call the Dayton race office at 937-235-7860 on Thursday morning to let us know they plan on coming Friday. From the Dayton Raceway Media Department  

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway is busily preparing for its sixth season of live harness racing action. The 78-day schedule is set to commence on Monday, September 9 with a 2:15 matinee program and end Saturday night, December 28. The normal five-days-a-week schedule will be Monday and Tuesday matinees at 2:15 coupled with Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening racing beginning at 6:15 p.m. The only exceptions will be dark days September 16 through 19 (in deference to Little Brown Jug week at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds), additional Sunday matinees on September 29 (Buckeye Stallion Series championships) and October 13 (Ohio County Fair Finals), and racing on Wednesday, November 27 instead of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 28. New Director of Racing Jason Bluhm is optimistic that the 2019 season will be a big hit with both horsemen and patrons. "We have added an aggressive line-up of promotions and giveaways in hopes of generating new fans and luring old ones back to the track," he noted. "Plus, in the past month we've worked diligently--with the help of noted trackman Jimmy Shelton--to reshape and resurface the racetrack to its original specifications. We've restored the 12 percent banking on both turns as well as accomplished the desired consistent base all the way around the 5/8ths mile oval." The highlight of the meet will be the sixth renewal of the Dayton Pacing Derby and Dayton Trotting Derby on Friday, September 27. The $150,000 races have annually attracted the best horses and drivers in North America to Dayton Raceway. The list of eligible horses to the Dayton Pacing Derby includes ten that have earned over $1 million. Among the notables are Lather Up, McWicked, This Is The Plan, 2018 Little Brown Jug winner Courtly Choice and defending champion Donttellmeagain. The Dayton Trotting Derby nominees include a half dozen million dollar winners, including Crystal Fashion, Marion Marauder and Homicide Hunter plus Guardian Angel AS. “I expect another stellar season,” exclaimed Race Secretary Gregg Keidel.  “We have been blessed with adequate horse supply and full fields in the past and expect more of the same in 2019.  I expect all of our top ten drivers to return, giving us one of the deepest and most talented colonies in the sport.  The addition of the Buckeye Stallion Series championships and the Ohio County Fair Finals on a pair of special new Sunday matinees should add excitement to our program.  With our outstanding paddock and a complete reconditioning of our track surface, which looks great, I think Dayton is “the place to race” for the next months!’ Hollywood Dayton Raceway will conduct a pre-meet session of qualifying races on Tuesday, September 3 at 1 p.m.  Trainers are asked to enter by Friday, August 30 at 1 p.m. Condition sheets for the initial week of racing will be posted soon. From the Dayton Raceway Media Department

(Dayton, OH - March 9, 2019) Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway is now accepting applications for its Director of Racing position. All applications must be made on-line here Dayton Raceway will conduct a 78-date live harness meet September 9 through December 28, highlighted by the Dayton Pacing and Trotting Derbies, each guaranteed at $150,000 each, and is also open year-round for simulcasting from racetracks around the world. Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway features over 1,000 gaming machines, the Skybox sports bar and live weekend entertainment at the H Lounge. "This is a great opportunity to join the Penn National Gaming racing team," said Chris McErlean, Vice President of Racing for Penn National Gaming, Inc. "Since opening in 2014 Dayton Raceway has become an import part of the Ohio, and national harness racing scene, and this position will help the property and our overall racing program continue to move forward and exceed expectations," said McErlean. For Further Information Contact: Chris McErlean (717) 469-3313    

Washington, PA - Veteran horse racing executive Mark Loewe has been named Vice President of Racing for the Meadows Casino, Racetrack and Hotel, subject to customary regulatory licensing requirements. Loewe has over forty years of experience in the horse racing industry, working both on the backstretch and in the boardroom at many varied locations. A New York City native and graduate of St. John's University, Loewe rose in the racing ranks from groom to successful trainer in the 1980s and 1990s and then made a seamless transition to the management side at Pompano Park in 1991 where he worked until 2014. Loewe joined Penn National Gaming, Inc. ("PNGI") in February 2008 as General Manager of the Sanford Orlando Kennel Club in Longwood, Florida and since then has assumed racing leadership roles at five other PNGI horse racing facilities (Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Beulah Park, Raceway Park, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway and Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course.) Loewe was actively involved in the development of the overall racing facilities at Dayton Raceway and Mahoning Valley Race Course and since late 2014 has served as Vice President of Ohio Racing Operations for PNGI. Loewe will retain his oversight of the Mahoning Valley Race Course racing operations as part of his new assignment. "I'm excited by the opportunity and challenges presented by the Meadows racing operation. I was already familiar with many of the employees and horsemen at the facility and I'm looking forward to positively impacting the racing operations," Loewe said. "I have the utmost confidence in Mark and his abilities and look forward to his active involvement in the Meadows racing program. He has a proven track record at multiple operations and we are excited to add the Meadows to our stable of 13 owned or managed pari-mutuel racetracks," added Chris McErlean, Vice President of Racing for PNGI. From the Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

DAYTON, OH. - The recently completed 75 program meet at Hollywood Gaming's Dayton Raceway was deemed a complete success by Mark Loewe, Penn National's Vice President of Racing for Ohio. "We had good competitive harness racing over a good race surface, resulting in track records on both the pace and trot," said Loewe. "We featured full fields of horses and deep, talented rosters of drivers and trainers...and our patrons responded. I'd like to thank everyone who played a part for their contribution to the success of our fifth meet."   The overall track records were lowered in Hollywood Dayton's signature Grand Circuit events. Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick) captured the $150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby in 1:47,4 while Ariana G (Brian Sears) lowered the trot standard to 1:52.1 in the Dayton Trotting Derby. Other new divisional records were established by 3-year-old trotting filly Black Mamba (1:55), 3-year old male trotter Pass The Vape (1:54.1), 4-year-old pacing mare Carol's Z Tam (1:51) and 4-year-old male trotter Optimist Blue Chip (1:53.2, tie with Il Sogno Dream).   Driver Jeremy Smith won his first Dayton meet dash title by establishing a new record of 154 wins in a meet. His mounts topped $1 million in purse earnings as well. Dan Noble and Chris Page tied for second on the list, followed by Josh Sutton, Kayne Kauffman, Tyler Smith, Jason Brewer, Aaron Merriman, Trevor Smith and Kyle Ater in the top ten.   On the training side, Virgil Morgan Jr. captured his third Dayton Raceway title with 45 winners and $335,000 in purse earnings for his stable. The top ten list also included Jeff Brewer, Dan Maier, Dan Noble, Kayne Kauffman, Ron Burke, Charles Stewart, Dan Ater, Phil Belanger and Larry Finn.   Total purses for the meet exceeded $8.2 million for an average of over $110,000 per program.   With plentiful horse supply, there were an average of 13.4 races per program with over 8.5 horses starting each contest. An average of 182 horses per day entered the box, with 88% of those entered online.   Post position 5 again produced the most winners during the season (16.3%), narrowly besting the No. 4 post (15.6%) and the No. 1 starting position (14.3%). Favorites won 39% of the time and finished on-the-board (top three) 68.5% of the time.   "Now that we've completed five successful seasons at Hollywood Dayton, we'll turn our attention to 2019," said Race Secretary Gregg Keidel. "The meet will open September 8 and end of December 28 next year, highlighted by the Dayton Pacing and Trotting Derbies on September 27, the Buckeye Stallion Series championships on a special Sunday, September 29 matinee and the Ohio Fair Finals on another added Sunday, October 13."   Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Jeremy Smith and Virgil Morgan Jr. were recognized as Top Driver and Top Trainer, respectively, on Saturday night (Dec. 29) at Hollywood Gaming At Dayton Raceway as the curtain fell on the track's fifth 75-program season of live harness racing. Smith set a new standard for wins during a Dayton meet with 154 victories, good for $1.1 million in purse earnings. It is Jeremy's first dash crown in the post-VLT era in Ohio as his only other title came at old Lebanon Raceway prior to the commencement of the impressive racing renaissance in the Buckeye state over the last five years. Previous dash champs at Dayton have been Josh Sutton (2014, 2015 and 2016) and Kayne Kauffman (2017). Morgan Jr. is no stranger to training titles as he is the perennial champ at Scioto Downs over the past two decades. This title marks his third award at Hollywood Dayton, having won previously in both 2014 and 2016. The only other training winner has been Jeff Brewer, who captured the crown in both 2015 and 2017. Morgan managed 45 wins during the 2018 campaign from 197 starts-earning over $325,000 in purses and sporting a .345 UDRS. On the track, the closing night Open Handicap Pace was won by My Hero Ron for the second straight week. Despite being assigned an outside post in a full field of nine, driver Tyler Smith managed to get away sixth along the pylons during the :26.4 opening panel. Shuffled further back on the way to the :55.2 half, Smith managed to squeeze My Hero Ron into second-over position in fifth by the time the leader and eventual runnerup Night Pro (Dale Decker) tripped the third quarter beam in 1:23. Smith was on a mission through the stretch and used a :27.3 closing kick to nail the leader in the final two strides. Despite his ultra-consistent 2018 scorecard, which read 33 7-11-7 $153,090 going into the race, My Hero Ron returned $10.60 to win. He is trained by Danny Dubeansky for owners Brian Witt and Cory Atley. The quick 1:51.2 clocking of the Open was one of six sub-1:52 races over the five-eighths mile oval on the card. Other amazing miles were turned in were by Full On Rocknroll (Jeremy Smith, 1:51.4), Fan Of Terror (Trace Tetrick, 1:51.4), Just Toyin With Ya (Josh Sutton, 1:51.2), Migrate Blue Chip (Tyler Smith, 1:51) and Evergreen Elite (Kyle Ater, 1:51.2). Hollywood Gaming wishes to thank every owner, trainer, driver, caretaker, official, employee as well as its racing patrons for making Dayton Raceway their home for harness racing over the past four months. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - The final $18,500 Open Trot of the Hollywood Dayton Raceway meet produced an upset harness racing winner, 18-1 Monopoly Blue Chip. The six-year-old son of Donato Hanover has been racing well during the meet, including two recent wins in top condition events, but had been no better than third in four previous Open level attempts. Driver Kayne Kauffman guided the winner to the pylons when the gate swung open, getting away fourth in the :26.4 opening quarter mile. Monopoly Blue Chip was eased off the pylons into the outer flow as the field passed the :56.3 halfway point, then found himself first-over in third as the third stanza timer was tripped in 1:24.4. The game gelding passed race favorites Pine Dream and Churita mid-stretch and then had to hold off the determined challenge of 7-1 All About Cowboys (Jeremy Smith) by a scant nose at the wire. Pridecrest (Mike Oosting) completed the trifecta at odds of 30-1. Monopoly Blue Chip paid $38.80 to win, the exacta returned $181.40 and a 50-cent trifecta was worth $334.20. Jeff Olsen trains Monopoly Blue Chip for owner Shayne May. On the season, the winner now sports five triumphs in 25 starts and seasonal earnings of $52,860. Two races later, Zoe Ellasen (Aaron Merriman) captured her third Mares Open Pace in her last five starts as the 9-5 second choice on the tote board. The four-year-old Santanna Blue Chip lass swept past runnerup Endeavors Fantasy (Trace Tetrick) and show finisher Gone Girl (Jeremy Smith) in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:52.3. The winner's share of the $18,000 purse pushed trainer Tyler George's pupil over the $100,000 seasonal earnings plateaul It was Zoe Ellasen's 18th career win in just 63 starts, pushing her lifetime bounty to $313,235. She is owned by Ronald Steck in partnership with the trainer. The curtain will fall on Hollywood Dayton's fifth season on Saturday night (Dec. 29). The power packed 14-race card will feature the track's final $18,500 Open Pace for male pacers, a full nine horse field with recent winners Granite and My Hero Ron assigned outside post positions. The track will also present their annual Top Driver and Top Trainer awards to Jeremy Smith, who won his first local dash derby, and Virgil Morgan Jr. who captured his third seasonal conditioner's title. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - The ultra-consistent My Hero Ron captured the $18,500 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (Dec. 22), his 25th on-the-board finish in 33 starts this year. Harness racing driver Tyler Smith ducked to the inside midstretch, just in time to sneak past longshots Hot Rod Dylan (Travis Seekman) and Night Pro (Dale Decker) in a thrilling photo finish. The 6-year-old son of Well Said's 1:53 triumph was his seventh of the season and increased his 2018 bankroll to $153,000. Career-wise the Danny Dubeansky trainee has amassed $770,000. My Hero Ron is owned by Brian Witt and Cory Atley. Smith got a pocket ride for My Hero Ron behind pacesetter Winwood Mac for the first 7/8ths of the mile. 10-1 Night Pro made a monstrous move down the backside that fell just short in the end. He was followed by 30-1 Hot Rod Dylan who actually stuck a nose in front in deep stretch. My Hero Ron paid $5.20 to win as the favorite, but the 4-10 exacta returned a healthy $96.40 and a 50 cent trifecta paid $215.15 to lucky ticket holders. Hollywood Dayton has just three programs left in its 75-day meet. Racing at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights (Dec. 27-29) will bring down the curtain on the new track's fifth and most successful season to date. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - JB's Shooting Star, the only filly in a field of Open mares, captured the $18,000 weekly feature for harness racing distaffers at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night. Driver Chris Page guided the upset winner confidently despite being dispatched at 14-1 odds. The Jace Sundeen-trained daughter of Straight Shooting got away fifth from an inside post during the quick :26.4 opening panel, then moved into secondl-over position while passing the :56.3 halfway point and 1:24.3 three-quarters station. At the head of the stretch she still had Rock Me Baby and Rockin Racer to pass, which she did in mid-stretch, and then muster the stamina to hold off fast-closing A Little Starstruk (Trevor Smith), the lapped-on runnerup in the race. Endeavors Star (Josh Sutton) also closed with resolve to garner the show dough. John Barnard owns JB's Shooting Star, who was competing in open company for the first time. The win was her fifth this year and eighth in her initial two seasons, and increased her juvenile bankroll to $115,008. For Page, who is headed off for a holiday vacation, it was his third win on his final program of 2018. Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - In a thrilling come-from-behind victory the Buckeyes topped the Hoosiers in the fourth annual harness racing "Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes Drivers Challenge" at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (Dec. 15) over a rain-soaked strip labeled good. The Ohio squad needed a minimum of a first, second and fourth place finish in the sixth and final leg to secure their third triumph in four years by a 359-335 margin. The winners erased a 26 point deficit and turned it into a 24 point score in their last ditch effort. Hoosiers captain Trace Tetrick tried valiantly to single-handedly capture team laurels for his fellow Indianans, winning four of the first five races in the competition, but the dominant Buckeyes performance in the final race overcame his early heroics. Winners, in order, were Townlinedaliscard (Trace Tetrick, 1:55.2, $56.40), trotter Kolbee's Star (Chris Page, 1:58.1, $11.00), Smiling Terror (Tetrick, 1:55, $5.20), Dateline Hanover (Tetrick, 1:54.4, $45.20), Whiskey Friskie (Tetrick, 1:53.4, $8.80) and the ironically named Indiana Cam (Jeremy Smith, 1:54.1, $17.40). With tongue in cheek, Buckeyes captain reiterated in the winner's circle that he guaranteed a victory and claimed the outcome "was never in doubt." It is doubtful anyone else in attendance felt that way until the final score was announced. Individual leaders were Tetrick with 145 points, Dan Noble with 96, Smith with 91, Brandon Bates 74 and Chris Page 65. Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway provided $2500 in prize money and the Ohio Harness Horsemens Association pitched in $500. For the fourth consecutive year, the drivers from both squads donated the entire prize pool to Dayton Firefighters Local 126, who provides ambulance and EMT service for each of the Dayton programs throughout the meet. The local firefighters use the funds to purchase new toys and insure that every need child in their district has a gift on Christmas mornings. Hundreds of other new toys and over $1000 cash was donated by owners, trainers, drivers, caretakers and employees of Dayton Raceway over the past several weeks in addition to the $3000 Drivers Challenge donation. Horsemens Bookkeeper Terri Mt. Pleasant and OHHA rep Brett Merkle again spearheaded the Dayton horse community's charitable Christmas efforts. Gregg Keidel

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