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Delaware, Ohio based trainer Brian Brown was holding all the cards in the $120,900 Ohio Breeders Championship for freshman filly pacers taking three of the top four places, including the top two finishers, Carmen Ohio and High Reward. When the starting gate released the field of eight, driver Ryan Stahl sent Carmen Ohio for the lead from post #1. Stablemate High Reward (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was also sent for the lead, but had to overcome post 6. Carmen Ohio and High Reward traded the lead through the opening quarters of :28 2/5 and :59 1/5. Stahl quickened the pace in the third quarter in :1:27 3/5. Wrenn popped out of the pocket and tried to collar the leader but came up a neck short in 1:55 1/5. The Panderosa filly is owned by Milton Leeman, Steve Manning, Brent Meizlish & William Calvert. Sugar And Spite (Tyler Smith) took the third spot from another Brown trainee Ni Me Bonita (Dan Noble). In the $12,800 OBC Aged Pace, Docdor Friskie and Tyler Smith led gate to wire to win by a length over the pocket sitting Barley Up (Chris Page) in a stakes record 1:51 4/5. Docdor Friskie is the 5-year-old Feelin Friskie gelding is owned by Miller Racing Stable of Greenville, OH. In My Dream (Brady Galliers) took the fastest of the three divisions of the $15,000 Buckeye Stallion Series for sophomore colt trotters in a lifetime best 1:55 1/5. In My Dream is a Winning Fireworks gelding owned by Galliers Racing of Defiance, OH. Secret Pro (Hugh Beatty) and Fleet Cessna (Dan Noble) took the other two divisions in 1:57 1/5 and 1:57 respectively. The pair of divisions of the Buckeye Stallion Series for three-year-old filly trotters were also contested. Infrontandforgetit (Dan Noble) scored in 1:56 1/5. In the second division, Cindi Hall (Aaron Merriman) was placed the winner after Kellie's MVP (Ray Paver) was disqualified for interference in the first turn. Stephen Oldford representing the Delvin Miller Amateur Drivers Association won the Tim Fouts Memorial Driving Championship. Oldford drove Arch Hanover to a 1:57 score over H-And-N Dho Hailey (Mariah Wright) and Badger Quinn (Alesha Binkley). The Fouts Memorial brings together representatives from amateur drivers clubs from across the country. The Billings Amateur Trot divisions went to I'll Tell You What (Richard Roach) and Sebiskit Bluegrass (Joey Putnam) in matching 1:59 2/5 miles. Monday's 14 race card will start at 3:00 PM, with the simulcast program on the air at 2:30 PM. Monday features $101,700 Ohio Breeders Championship for sophomore trotting fillies and a $5,000 guaranteed Pick 4 (races 8-11).   Jay Wolf

DAYTON, OH. - Jailhouse Sam was crowned champion of the annual Robert J. Brown Memorial trotting series on Sunday afternoon (April 23) at Miami Valley Raceway. Although harness racing trainer-driver Hugh 'Sandy' Beatty believes his colt's best races may come from off cover trips, he made a last second decision to point him directly to the front when the starting gate swung open in this $17,500 final. A homebred of owner Casey Clemens, the 3-year-old Victory Sam-Jailhouse Broad gelding sailed through fractions of :28.1, :58.2 and 1:27.4 before tacking on a final panel in :28.4 to hold off fast-closing Goldfinger (Dan Noble) in 1:56.3. Deweyknowigotit (Derek Watiker) parlayed a pocket trip into a third place finish. "This colt made a little over $50,000 last year including winning the $25,000 Ohio Fairs Final at Dayton Raceway," said Beatty after the race, "so we have high hopes for him this year. His next start will be in the first leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes right here at Miami Valley next Monday (May 1)." "I'm really pleased to win this race honoring R. J. Brown," Beatty related. "My parents were great friends with 'Skeeter' and he was an outstanding Ohio horseman. It doesn't hurt that his colors were blue like mine, either, so the commemorative blanket will come in handy." Gregg Keidel    

DAYTON, OH. - Ohio Sires Stakes championships for older horses were decided in decidedly different fashions Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The $50,000 trotting split was won by Final Breath in the most thrilling race to date at harness racing's newest venue. Dancin Yankee, on the other hand, enjoyed a virtual walk in the park in the $50,000 pacing division. The championship races for older state-bred horses were the first contested in many years as the VLT-infused racing renaissance in Ohio continues to gain momentum. Final Breath, Ohio's 2013 Ohio Horse of the Year, turned the tables on last week's elimination winner Count Me In by withstanding a lengthy photo finish which proved he had in fact held off his main adversary by about an inch. Driver-trainer Hugh (Sandy) Beatty made a bold second quarter brush to the front with favored Count Me In (Mike Wilder), who had set the track record of 1:55.1 last week, opting for the pocket ride. The result was a thrilling stretch duel between the two heavyweight trotters who reached the wire in tandem in 1:54.4, the new track standard. It was the 20th career win for Final Breath, sent off at odds of 5-2 as the only four-year-old in the talented field, and increased his earnings to $322,578 for owner Duane Lowe. Rompaway Beau (Tyler Buter) was best of the rest to finish third. Dancin Yankee had a much easier task as the prohibitive favorite made it look easy capturing the pacing race in 1:52.1 over the 'good' track that horsemen lauded despite the fact the Dayton area experienced prolonged showers all afternoon. Driver Tyler Buter placed the millionaire pacer on the front end throughout and drew off by over five lengths in the stretch. With the impressive win Dancin Yankee's earnings soared to $509,140 this season for owners Baron Racing Stable and Richard Lombardo. Outdoor Fever (Kayne Kauffman) was a game second place finisher, just as he was in his elimination heat, with Grandkids Attack (Jason Brewer) getting the show dough. Hollywood Dayton Raceway will host its first-ever Grand Circuit races on Friday night, October 24 when the inaugural $150,000 (est.) Dayton Trotting Derby and $110,000 (est.) Dayton Pacing Derby are presented. Creatine, presently the hottest trotter in North America, is expected to headline the Trotting Derby; while Foiled Again, the richest harness horse of all-time, was the first to name in to the Pacing Derby. Trainers are reminded that the entry box for the gala Friday night card closes on Monday (October 20) at 2:00 p.m. The Dayton race office accepts phone entries from noon to 2:00 p.m. at 937-235-7859, or welcomes entries through the USTA's online platform From the Dayton Raceway press box

Tall Cotton sets a new track record of 1:53.2 for a harness racing aged gelded trotter at Scioto Downs. The previous record of 1:54 was held by JJ Hall and War Cry Hall. The 8-year old son of Revenue S out of B Cor Peatra is trained by Ron Burke who also owns along with Weaver Bruscemi, Ed Gold and Howard Taylor. Tall Cotton started from post four in the field of eight condition trotters. Chris Page had the lines and chased after the $18,000 purse. Page left hard for command and trotted an opening quarter in :27.3. Dan Noble and Fusion Man followed suit and were able to drop in second. The quick pace continued on to the half clocked in :55.4. Boy Meets Girl K and Randy Tharps started their first up rally and pushed the pace down to three quarters in 1:24.4. Fusion Man sat the pocket until wheeling in mid stretch to give his bid, but would be just a head shy. Final Breath and Hugh Beatty were a closing third. She's Shocking sets a new career best of 1:51 in the $25,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. The 5-year old mare by Electric Yankee out of Notorious One is conditioned by Scott Mogan who partially owns with Diamond Chip Stable and Charles Guiler. Kayne Kauffman had the assignment from post six in the full field of nine, but that didn't deter him from leaving. She's Shocking left like a rocket along with heavy favorite, Betterluvnexttime who cleared to the opening quarter in :26.2 and provided a perfect pocket trip to She's Shocking. The pace didn't slow much as they paced to the half in :54.4. Sissy Bar and Dan Noble started their first over bid and gave cover to a second over Sweetheart Dance. Sissy Bar applied pressure as they paced down to three quarters in 1:22.3. This left Kauffman licking his chops as they battled until the top of stretch. She's Shocking waited for room from a tiring Sissy Bar to pull out and pace a head clear of Betterluvnexttime. Jim Pantaleano and Sweetheart Dance came on for third. Racing returns Saturday (September 13) post time 6:30 p.m. Scioto Downs Racino

There were three co-features on the 13-race Friday night card at Scioto Downs. The first feature on the evening was race three. A field of seven mares went to post for the $20,000 prize. Easy Strength, driven by Jim Pantaleano for trainer Gilbert Travis Jr paid double digits from post five. The 5-year old mare by Royal Strength out of Easy Lover left hard from post 5. Clearing to the top before the quarter and catching an easy half for this bunch in 57.4. Pantaleano and mare glided to victory in 1.55.3. Facial Expressions for trainer and driver Hugh Beatty were second and Final Justice grabbed the show spot. These three magnificent mares pulled off a $3,384.00 trifecta pay off. The Horses and Gelding trotters had their spotlight in race five. A field of nine formed to take their shot for the $20,000 purse. Run And Tell Pap prevailed after getting a perfect pocket trip to post time favorite, Final Breath. Run And Tell Pap is a 7-year old gelding by High Falls and trained by leading conditioner, Ron Burke. Chris Page had the assignment from post 9. He pressed hard for the front to an opening quarter in 27.3, before releasing Final Breath and taking the two hole trip. Page waited patiently for the super stretch and the gelding responded. Crossing the wire in a season's best,1.54.2. Completing the exotics were Final Breath and Boy Meets Girl K. The Open pacing mares were showcased in race 7. Camille, driven by Chris Page and trained by Ron Burke scored at 7-5. The 6-year old mare by Camluck set a seasons best and tied the track record for an aged pacing mare of 1.50.4. She worked hard for the lead, leaving from post 7, after a scratch. Camille and Page set hot fractions of 26.2, 54.3 and 1.22.3. She sealed the deal with a length and a quarter victory over She's Shocking and Y Mach Me. From Scioto Downs Publicity Office

Final Breath is a 4-year old gelding by Victory Sam. Final Breath is no stranger to the winner's circle. He has 27 career starts with 18 wins and a bank roll of $249,128.00.   He's owned and was bred by Duane Lowe of Malta, Ohio and is trained and normally driven by Hugh "Sandy" Beatty. This week's Open Trot also had another Beatty trainee, Southwind Pepino, who is partially owned by his trainer and driver, Hugh Beatty.   Beatty drives both of these outstanding trotters on a normal basis. When the draw came out and they were in together, Beatty had to drive Southwind Pepino.   Beatty called upon Dan Noble for the driving assignment and he didn't disappoint.   The stablemates sat off the pace early getting away fifth and sixth. Southwind Pepino pulled out just before the half, giving Noble and Final Breath a second over trip.   Southwind Pepino had to trot three wide down the backside before clearing to the top at the three quarters in 1.25.1 with Final Breath in tow.   It was a battle to the wire for the stablemates and Final Breath had the upper hand in this battle. Stopping the timer in 1.54.3, also a new career best for Final Breath.Southwind Pepino finished second and Vibe Blue Chip was third for trainer, Ron Burke.   The pacing mares had their turn in the seventh race on the card.   The full field of 10 mares posted an outstanding resume and was setting up to be an exciting co-feature.When the gates folded they went stacked four wide to the quarter in 26.3. Native Dream and Josh Sutton were determined to set the pace. Sutton and Native Dream hit the half in 54.4 and her stablemate, Igottafeelinfran grinded it out three wide down the backside. They hit three quarters in 1.23.1.   Betterluvnexttime driven by Ronnie Wrenn Jr.and trained by Virgil Morgan Jr.sat off the pace early, but was getting towed in to the race with cover.   When Wrenn told the mare lets go at the three quarters in 1.23.1, she responded. At the top of the stretch she was tipped out four wide and given plenty of track for clear sailing and she crossed the wire in 1.52.1.   A Sham Of Amber had late pace for driver and trainer Kayne Kauffman and Native Dream was third.That makes three consecutive victories for this 6-year-old mare by American Ideal and increased her earnings to $385,455.00.   From Scioto Downs Racino

Good Sound Advice and harness racing driver Peter Wrenn used a perfect, pocket trip to capture the co-featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Invitational trot, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 17. Slightly dismissed at the windows, Good Sound Advice was able to surge late in the lane to score in 1:53.4, a lifetime best performance. Leaving from post six, Wrenn sent Good Sound Advice away from the gate alertly but last week's winner Martz Time, driven by Trace Tetrick, left the quickest. Martz Time secured the lead around the first quarter mark in :27.3 while the rest of the field sorted out the early positions. Good Sound Advice was well placed in second while the heavily favored, Summer Indian was next in line in third. Martz Time continued to dictate fractions of :57 and 1:25.3 while the field remained in single file order approaching the final turn. Hugh Beatty was the first to commit to the outer flow and had Southwind Pepino aimed at the leader around the final turn with Go Tapaigh and Ray Paver in tow. Martz Time was able to hold off Southwind Pepino late in the lane, but Good Sound Advice loomed large in the pocket. Wrenn found late racing room in the stretch and when he asked Good Sound Advice for more, the five-year-old responded gamely with a :27.4 final panel to win by a head. Martz Time held on for the second place finish while Southwind Pepino rounded out the trifecta. Good Sound Advice returned $9.60 for the victory. "The race worked out perfect for us tonight," Wrenn noted after the victory. "This horse is much better when he gets a trip and I was able to leave just enough to get a good spot. He has been racing well but he was really on his game tonight." Trained by Melanie Wrenn, Good Sound Advice scored his fourth win from ten seasonal outings. The gelded son of Kadabra-Good As Your Word has now won ten of 66 lifetime outings while bankrolling $312,067 lifetime for his connections of Wrenn Racing, LLC and Oldford Farms. The victory was one of three wins on the evening for driver Peter Wrenn as he also scored in the opener with Joe Cirasuola's Big Bay Point and later with Malosi N for trainer Ed Hensley. On the pacing side of things, Our Lucky Chip and Trace Tetrick delivered as the heavy betting favorite in the $22,000 Invitational Pace with a final time in 1:50.2. Using his same off-the-pace tactics, Our Lucky Chip was able to wear down Jammin Joshua late in the lane to score his second consecutive win at Hoosier Park. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, May 20 with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. With an extended stakes scheduled offered for the 2014 live racing season, the live racing season will be conducted through November 15, 2014. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 19, 2014 - In near gate-to-wire fashion, Good Sound Advice and driver Peter Wrenn captured the co-featured harness race of the evening, a $22,000 Invitational trot, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 19. Slightly dismissed at the windows at 4-1, Good Sound Advice was able to hold off his rivals late in the lane to score in 1:55, just a tick off his career best. Leaving from post five in the eight horse field, Wrenn sent Good Sound Advice away from the gate alertly but Facing Justice, driven by Jason Dillander, left the quickest. Facing Justice secured the lead around the first quarter mark in :28 while the rest of the field sorted out the early positions. Opting out of a pocket-trip, Wrenn sent Good Sound Advice to the front and the top pair swapped spots going to the half. Good Sound Advice seemed to relax on the front and continued to dictate fractions of :58.2 and 1:26.4. As the field rounded the final turn, Good Sound Advice looked large on the front and began to trot away from the field. Final Breath and Hugh Beatty overcame a tough first-over trip to rally late in the lane but had too much ground to make up. Using a :28.1 final panel, Good Sound Advice coasted to the wire to win by a length and a half. Final Breath finished a game second while Martz Time and Lewayne Miller also rallied late to round out the trifecta. As the publics' third choice, Good Sound Advice returned $10.40 to his backers. "He is so much better with a trip and I was really hoping someone would come cover me up," winning driver Peter Wrenn noted. "But the way the race worked out, I was able to give him a breather down the backside and when he got away from them he felt really good. He was good tonight." Trained by Melanie Wrenn, Good Sound Advice scored his second win from six seasonal outings. The gelded son of Kadabra-Good As Your Word has now won eight of 62 lifetime outings while bankrolling $282,807 lifetime for his connections of Wrenn Racing, LLC and Oldford Farms. On the pacing side of things, Jammin Joshua and Sam Widger delivered as the heavy betting favorite in the $22,000 Invitational Pace with a final time in 1:51.1. Using a sharp, front-running effort, Jammin Joshua rattled off fractions of :26.0, :55.4, and 1:24.0 before holding off a late charge from Nitro and Ricky Macomber Jr. to score his second win of the season. As the even money favorite, Jammin Joshua returned $4.20 at the betting window for the win. Nitro got up for the second place finish while Rustle's Chip and Don Eash battled gamely to round out the trifecta. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

Victory Is Coming, the lone mare facing eight distinguished male competitors, swept to an all-age track record 1:54.1 clocking in winning the $10,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night.   Driver-trainer Ammon Hershberger got away third from the seven-hole in the full field of nine then tipped to the outside just past the half. The seven-year-old daughter of Victory Sam was second at the three-quarter mile marker, cleared to the lead at the head of the stretch and cruised to the wire 1-3/4 lengths ahead of Quick N Silver (Dan Noble) and Final Breath (Hugh Beatty Jr.) in the record-setting performance.   Owned by Betty and John 'Red' Shaw, Victory Is Coming now has 43 career victories in just 94 tries and $460,090 in total earnings.   From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - Despite the fact he was making his first money start in over four months, Southwind Pepino was impressive Friday night, fighting fierce wind gusts and six creditable rivals to capture the $9,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley Raceway. A winner of eight races and $165,000 last year, the handsome six-year-old son of Chocolatier had just a mediocre qualifier under his belt before this initial triumph of 2014. Content to drop in fourth from an assigned outside post position, driver Hugh Beatty Jr. moved into the second-over position in the outer flow after seeing pedestrian initial panels of :29.4 and :59 posted by frontrunning Cashahallic (Jim Pantaleano), who ultimately faded to fourth at the finish. At the three-quarter mile marker reached in 1:28.3 Beatty flipped Southwind Pepino three-wide around Bookem (Josh Sutton) who was racing bravely first-up on the outside and finished third. The winner opened up a two-length margin in midstretch then held off runnerup Quick N Slick (Dan Noble) who was closing furiously after getting away at the back of the pack early. Beatty owns Southwind Pepino in partnership with Robert Sharrits. From Miami Valley Raceway Publicity Department    

On Sunday, August 25 Raceway Park featured the fourth leg of Ohio Sires Stakes for three year-old colts on their 10-race program.  Trotters and pacers each competed in one division. The trotters started the stakes action in the evening’s eighth race.  Final Breath (Victory Sam-First Breath-Hold Your Breath) bested his competition by a three easy lengths in his $35,000 stakes event.  The race was Final Breath’s 14 win in 20 lifetime starts and increased his current win-streak to four.  Hugh Beatty trains and drove the gelding for Malta, Ohio owner Duane Lowe.    Final Breath started from post five.  Beatty drove chilly at the start and sat mid-pack through fractions of :28.2, :58.2 and 1:27.1.  Final Breath made his move in the fourth quarter and was an easy 1:57.4 winner.  Sunday’s victory pushed Final Breath’s bankroll to $144,197.  Finishing behind Final Breath were Buzzen Troubador, Trottin On Over, Heza Rube, Chet N Spanky, Sammy Sammy Sammy, Annie’s Rocketman and Masterdream Chaser.  Final Breath was the overwhelming favorite and returned $2.60 to win. The pacers completed the evening’s stakes action in the ninth race. That Friske Feelin captured the $35,000 fourth leg.  Tony Hall drove the gelding for North America’s winningest trainer so far in 2013, Ron Burke.  The pacer is owned by Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Richard Lombardo.    That Friske Feelin (Feelin Friskie-Marquee Event-Mark Johnathan) started from post six.  Hall sent him hard from the start and made every pole a winning one.  That Friske Feelin posted fractions of :27, :57.2, 1:25.2 and 1:53.3.  He was two lengths in front at the finish and the mile clocking was just 1/5 of a second off Raceway Park’s track record for three year-old-gelding pacers.  The win was the ninth in 17 career starts and bolstered That Friske Feelin’s bankroll to $132,383.  Finishing in succession after the winner were Feelin Lika Winner, Sassy Osborne, River Valley Pearl, Firetowers Stand, Outdoor Fever, Chief Friskie, Hanky L and Forever Kissed.  That Friske Feelin was the heavy punter’s choice and paid $2.20 to win.  Ayers Ratliff  

On Sunday, August 25 Raceway Park will feature two divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes racing action on their 10-race program. This will be the fourth leg of the Sires Stakes for the sophomore colts. Trotters begin Sunday’s stake action in the evening’s eighth race. The field of eight vies for a purse of $35,000. Final Breath (Victory Sam-First Breath-Hold your Breath) has been made the 8-5 heavy morning-line favorite. He races for Malta, Ohio owner Duane Lowe. Hugh Beatty is the gelding’s trainer and driver. Final Breath has won seven of 10 races this year and is 13 of 19 lifetime. He starts from post five and enters this event on a three-race win streak. Final Breath has a career bankroll of $126,697 and has a 1:55.3 lifetime mark trotted at Scioto Downs in his most recent race on August 9. Also competing in the fourth leg will be last year’s OSS champion Trottin On Over, Masterdream Chaser, Heza Rube, Sammy Sammy Sammy, Chet N Spanky, Annie’s Rocketman and Buzzin Troubador. Race 9 will host the $35,000 fourth leg Ohio Sires Stakes for three year-old colt pacers. The 1 and 1A entry of That Friske Feelin and Phantom Flasher is the 8-5 morning-line favorite. That Friske Feelin (Feelin Friskie-Marquee Event-Mark Johnathan) is owned by the partnership of Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Richard Lombardo. Ron Burke, North America’s winningest trainer in 2013, trains the gelding and uses Tony Hall to drive. This sophomore has 16 starts, winning eight races and finishing second five times. He set a 1:52.2 mark at Northfield Park on July 20 and has earned $114,883. That Friske Feelin starts from post six. The other half of the entry, Phantom Flasher (Memphis Flash-Trendy Tradition-Stand Forever), is also owned by Howard Taylor and Richard Lombardo. Becky Zubkoff is this gelding’s conditioner and has enlisted the driving services of Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Phantom Flasher and won two of 14 starts this year and has garnered $43,668 with a mark of 1:55 paced at The Meadows. He starts from post nine in a talented field consisting of Firetowers Stand, River Valley Pearl, Forever Kissed, Feelin Lika Winner, Sassy Osborne, Outdoor Fever, Hanky L and Chief Friskie. Sunday’s first race post time at Raceway Park is 6:00 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff  

On Saturday, July 20 Northfield Park hosted three divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as highlights to the evening’s Battle of Lake Erie program. Three-year-old colt trotters competed in two divisions and colt pacers in one. On the trotting side of things, Final Breath was a 4 ½-length winner in the $30,000 first division. Final Breath’s 11 triumph in 17 lifetime starts. Hugh Beatty trains and piloted the gelding for owner Malta, Ohio owner Duane Lowe. Final Breath (Victory Sam-First Breath-Hold Your Breath) started from post two and was sitting third through an initial quarter of :29.3. Beatty tipped the trotter approaching the :59.1 half. He took the lead in the third quarter and posted final fraction of 1:28.2 and 1:58.3. Saturday’s win increased Final Breath’s bankroll to $88,197. Finishing behind Final Breath were Annie’s Rocketman, Chet N Spanky, Howdhedothat and Happy Go Manny. Final Breath was the overwhelming favorite, returning $2.10 to win. Heza Rube took the $30,000 second division for three-year old colt and gelding Ohio-breds for Northfield Park Wall of Fame trainer Marty Wollam. Heza Rube (Master Lavec-Rubicella-Awesome Goal) started from post four. He fired off the gate and never looked back, posting fractions of :28.4, :59.1, 1:28.2 and 1:57.4. He never experienced an anxious moment and won by 2 ¼-lengths. Kurt Sugg drove for Middlefield, Ohio owner Bob Troyer. It was the 15 career start and seventh win for the youngster, who now has earnings of $100,399. Completing the race were Buzzin Troubador, Trottin On Over, Masterdream Chaser, Neely Spring and Flash Cash. Heza Rube was the punter’s choice, paying $2.40 to win. On the pacing side, That Friske Feelin (Feelin Friskie-Marquee Event-Mark Johnathan) was impressive winning the $35,000 OSS for sophomore colt and gelding pacers. Tony Hall drove the gelding for trainer Ron Burke and owners Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Edwin Gold of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania and Richard Lombardo of Solon, Ohio. That Friske Feelin left the gate alertly from post three and never looked back. He posted fractions of :27.3, :56.2, 1:24.4 and 1:52.2. The clocking was a new lifetime mark for the That Friske Feelin and increased his career bankroll to $92,383. The win marked his seventh in 14 starts. Finishing in succession after the winner was Sassy Osborne, Phantom Flasher, Feelin Lika Winner, Forever Kissed, CC Big Boy Sam, Hanky L, Retrieve Forever, River Valley Pearl and Firetowers Stand. That Friske Feelin returned $3.40 to win.  

On Saturday, July 20 Northfield Park will host three divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action and the annual George Verban Memorial.  These races will highlight the undercard for the $120,500 Battle of Lake Erie 14-race program. This will be the third leg of the Sires Stakes for the sophomore colts.  Ohio Sires Stake trotters will start Saturday’s show in Race 1 for the $30,000 first division.  Final Breath (Victory Sam-First Breath-Hold Your Breath) is the 3-5 heavy morning-line favorite for owner Duane Lowe of Malta, Ohio.  Hugh Beatty is the gelding’s trainer and driver.  Final Breath has won 10 of 16 lifetime starts, winning four of seven this year.  He has a bankroll of $73,197 and a lifetime mark of 1:57.1 trotted at Scioto Downs on May 27 the second leg of the OSS.  Final Breath will start from post two in the short five-horse field. Also competing in the first division will be Happy Go Manny, Chet N Spanky, Annie’s Rocketman and Howdhedothat.      Race 2 will be the $30,000 second division Ohio Sire Stakes.  Heza Rube (Master Lavec-Rubicella-Awsome Goal) is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for owner Bob Troyer of Middlefield, Ohio and Northfield Park Wall of Fame trainer Marty Wollam.  Heza Rube has six victories in 14 lifetime starts.  His 1:59.2 mark was taken earlier this year in the first leg of the OSS at Lebanon Raceway.  His career earnings are $85,415   Driver Kurt Sugg will start the trotter from post four in a field that consists of last year’s OSS champion Trottin On Over, Buzzen Troubador, Neely Spring, Flashy Cash and Masterdream Chaser.  The evening’s eighth race is the $6,000 George Verban Memorial Open Pace.  The annual race is dedicated to the long-time sports writer for the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.  Despite starting from the outside, Lonesome Attack (On The Attack-Lady Lonesome-Nobleland Sam) has been named the 5-2 morning-line favorite. He is owned by the partnership of Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Ciro Gentile of Boca Raton, Florida and Debbie Bird of Harwood, Ontario, Canada.  Trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. has called upon Dan Noble to drive. This five year-old gelding has 75 lifetime starts, winning 17 times and bankrolling $299,810, with a 1:51 mark taken this year at The Meadows.  Lonesome Attack’s rivals consist of Danny Noonan, Jumpin Jack J, Blueridge Camagot, Royal Morn, Bruisen N Cruisen, Moreland Flash and Lyons Josephjnr.      Sophomore Buckeye-bred pacers will take to the stage in Race 10 for the $35,000 third leg and final Sires Stakes event of the evening.  That Friske Feelin (Feelin Friskie-Marquee Event-Mark Johnathan) is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in a full field of 10.  That Friske Feelin is owned by the partnership of Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Edwin Gold of Phoenixville, PA and Richard Lombardo of Solon, Ohio.  North America’s leading trainer Ron Burke trains the gelding and has called upon Tony Hall to drive.  This three year-old has won six of 13 career races.  Despite three runner-up finishes this year, he is still searching for his first win in 2013.  His 1:53.4 (ScD 5/8) mark was taken last year, and he has a career bankroll of $77,383.  That Friske Feelin starts from post three in a talented field consisting of Feelin Lika Winner, Sassy Osborne, CC Big Boy Cam, Phantom Flasher, Hanky L, Firetowers Stand, River Valley Pearl, Retrieve Forever and Forever Kissed.  by Ayers Ratliff

Southwind Pepino made his Hoosier Park debut a winning one as he took top honors and produced the upset in the featured $24,000 Invitational trot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, June 1. With a final time of 1:54.1, Southwind Pepino scored his second win of the season from four seasonal outings.

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