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DAYTON, OH. - Manhattan Beach won the $18,500 Open Pace; Kayne Kauffman and Jeff Brewer were crowned leading driver and leading trainer; and starter Mike Woebkenberg was presented with an appreciation blanket for his yeoman efforts promoting harness racing--all as the curtain dropped on Hollywood Dayton Raceway's fourth meet, its most successful to date. Driver Trace Tetrick got Manhattan Beach on the muscle early and was determined to make the balance of the full field play catch-me-if-you-can.  After posting a :27.1 first quarter despite single digit temperatures, Tetrick throttled the eventual winner to a :56 halfway point.  Forced to speed up by the first-over attack of Starlite Kid (Trevor Smith), Manhattan Beach tripped the three-quarters beam in 1:23.4 and then scooted home a clear winner in 1:52.3.  Heavy favorite Enoch (Chris Page) enjoyed a pocket ride throughout but could never really threaten, settling for runnerup honors.  Starlite Kid held for third. Manhattan Beach is a 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere owned by John McGill and Brian Carsey and trained by Walter Haynes Jr.  It was the sixth seasonal win from 24 2017 starts and left the winner less than $1000 shy of a $100,000 year. Kayne Kauffman won his first Hollywood Dayton dash title, although he has previously won meets at nearby Miami Valley Raceway and the old Lebanon Raceway.  The 39-year-old reinsman won 120 races during the 76 day meet, good for purse earnings of over $850,000.  Career-wise, Kauffman is nearing 3000 wins and eclipsed the $17 million earnings plateau on closing night. Jeff Brewer notched his second Hollywood Dayton training title by sending out 41 winners in 210 starts during the recently concluded meet.  Brewer is closing in rapidly on the $10 million earnings achievement and has accumulated 1,921 lifetime training wins.  2017 was his first million dollar season with $1,119,366 deposited into his stable owners' coffers. Starter Mike Woebkenberg was surprised with a handmade commemorative blanket to thank him for his tireless efforts to promote harness racing.  Fans Ann and Ray Lufkin presented the blanket with the aid of special guest Roger Huston, Deb Noble and members of the local drivers colony. Hollywood Dayton enjoyed competitive racing with full fields, excellent track conditions, several new track records and an impressive increase in average daily handle during 2017.  The management at Hollywood Dayton wants to thank all the owners, trainers, drivers and caretakers who participated in the racing program this season.  We look forward to September, 2018, when our fifth season of live racing gets underway. Gregg Keidel    

LEBANON, OH. – My Hare Lady lead a cavalry charge through the wire to capture the $15,000 championship final of a three-week harness racing “Survivor Series” for $5000 claiming mares on Monday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway.  The 8-year-old Jereme’s Jet lass held on by a nose over Certitude (Brady Galliers), with show finisher Endeavors Ladyluck (Jeremy Smith) and a host of others all within a couple lengths at the end of the 1:55.3 mile. The ‘Brew Crew’, trainer Jeff Brewer and his son driver Jason Brewer, condition the horse for owner Chris Choros.  After winning a division of the first eliminations, My Hare Lady was second by a length in the second round to advance to the lucrative final.  Sent off at 9/2 odds, the winner returned $11.60 for a $2 ducat in the final. In the program nightcap, longshots Absolute Purity (Kayne Kauffman) and Thunder Noise (Jeff McNabb) combined for a record exacta payoff.  With Absolute Purity going off at 64-1 and paying $131.80 to win, and runnerup Thunder Noise going off at 42-1, the exacta payoff of $7020.20 was the highest in the four-year history of Miami Valley. Gregg Keidel  

Josh Sutton and Jeff Brewer won the dash titles for top driver and top trainer at the 2016 Miami Valley Raceway harness racing meet, which concluded Sunday (May 8). Sutton won 174 races over the 88-program meet and horses he drove earned $1,380,486. Brewer pupils captured 37 races and his stable earnings amounted to $311,255. Congratulating the pair on their successes were Race Secretary Gregg Keidel and Racing Operations Manager Helen Carlo. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway closed the curtain on a successful second season on Wednesday night (December 30) with an overall average nightly handle increase of 20% over the inaugural 2014 harness racing session. Over $5.2 million in purses were paid out over the 75-night meet. Josh Sutton successfully defended his 2014 driver's dash title by winning 116 races (through the 8th race on closing night) and earning nearly $600,000 in purse money. At age 33, Sutton has won 3,288 races in his career and is nearing $20 million in purse earnings. He currently ranks seventh in the national dash standings, one of four Ohio-based drivers in the top ten. Kayne Kauffman also cracked the 100 wins barrier to finish second with Dan Noble, Chris Page and Jeremy Smith rounding out the top five. Trainer Jeff Brewer garnered his first Hollywood Dayton trainer's title, harnessing 46 winners with stable earnings of almost $200,000 for the meet. The 56-year-old Brewer has sent a total of 1,675 horses to the winner's circle in a productive career that also includes training titles at Hoosier Park, Indiana Downs, Lebanon Raceway and Thunder Ridge. Horses in his care have earned just under $8 million over the years. The remainder of the top five were Virgil Morgan Jr., Kayne Kauffman, Chris Short and Sam Coven. An astounding total of 440 trainers made at least one start during the 3-1/2 month Hollywood Dayton season. New track records were established on both the pace and trot. State Treasurer (David Miller) copped the $138,500 Dayton Pacing Derby in 1:48.4, the fastest mile ever at Dayton; while Penn (Josh Sutton) lowered the square-gait standard to 1:52.3 in a December open event. Hollywood Dayton Raceway put an exclamation point on its successful second season with another all-time record handle, $366,773, on the final program of the year--eclipsing the old record established a week earlier of $357,603. Gregg Keidel

A new winner emerged in the weekly $8000 Open Trot at the harness racing meeting at Running Aces on Sunday night (July 26) as longshots Forceful Gale (Luke Plano), El Azteca (Gerry Longo) and Jailer (Tim Maier) finished one-two-three. Franky Provolone and Silence Son, who had each captured three of the first six open trots this summer season, finished fourth and sixth, creating unexpected large payouts in every pool. The winner paid $35.40, the exacta returned $354.40, the trifecta paid a whopping $2,191.60, and a 10-cent superfecta was worth $159.68. Forceful Gale sat third until the half-mile marker, brushed to the lead during the third panel, and stepped a :28.4 final quarter mile to stop the teletimer in 1:57. It was the first 2015 win in open company for the six-year-old Strong Gale gelding and his second straight victory following a frontstepping 1:57 win in a conditioned trot at Running Aces last week. Jeff Brewer conditions Forceful Gale for owner Ann Wrobbel. The best sophomore state-bred trotters also went postward for an $11,000 bounty. The diminutive filly Becky Badger Baby (Nick Roland) ran her seasonal slate to eight wins in ten starts with a convincing 2:00.2 triumph over stablemate Go See Lo Go (Steve Wiseman) and Sweet Nola Kate (Tim Maier). The Rail Splitter filly has won 16 in her career, including a current five race win streak at Running Aces. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Go For Sand (Jason Brewer) and Princess Of Rock (Tyler Smith), both owned partially by William Eltzroth and both trained by Jeff Brewer, were first and second to cross the wire in the $15,000 championship leg of the harness racing Herb Cover Jr. Memorial series at Miami Valley on Sunday (March 29) afternoon. The stablemates were just a nose apart at the wire with Second Later (Josh Sutton) third in the photo finish by about that same narrow margin. Runnerup Princess Of Rock had to survive a judge's inquiry after breaking stride about twenty yards from the wire. The judges ruled that Smith did lose ground, did not interfere with any other horse, and was back on the pacing gait in her final few strides and thus made the race official. Seconds Later, a lukewarm favorite over the Brewer entry, did all the work on a very windy day. Sutton was forced from an outside post to sprint to the quarter mile marker in :27.1, then caught a breather to the :57 half. With an outer flow formed the pace quickened dramatically down the wind-aided backstretch with Seconds Later tripping the three-quarters beam in 1:24.4. The stretch drive was a cavalry charge directly into the wind which resulted in the 1:55.4 photo finish with Go For Sand getting the nod. Eltzroth's partners on the winner are wife Tamara as well as David DeFilippo. The four-year-old daughter of Santanna Blue Chip now has seven career wins. Herb Coven Jr. was a well respected Lebanon horseman before his untimely death in the prime of his career. Miami Valley Raceway is honoring nine such 'Legends' this month with memorial series in their honor. The final of the Omar Hiteman series will highlight the Wednesday night (April 1) program. A $15,950 Open Handicap Trot was also featured on Sunday with Can'tcutthatchip (Jack Dailey) topping Mr Web Page (Kayne Kauffman) and Rehab Mountain (Brad Hanners) in 1:55.2. Kathy Ratcliff and Jerry Zosel own Can'tcutthatchip, who was the Ohio Sires Stakes three-year-old champion in 2014. Bill Dailey trains the son of Chip Chip Hooray who now has a dozen lifetime wins and over $168,000 in earnings. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - The Jeff Brewer Stable, which produced the winner of the initial Survivor Series at Miami Valley Raceway in 2014, dominated first leg action of the 2015 version by capturing three of the four elimination heats on Tuesday (March 17) night. The field of 32 harness racing entrants was reduced to 21 with the top five finishers in each of the four elimination races advancing to second elimination round action on March 25. The 21st advance resulted when the photo finish camera couldn't separate two horses who arrived at the finish line together for fifth place in the first heat. All three of the "Brew Crew" winners were driven by trainer Jeff's son Jason. B L Wattaride was the first to advance, capturing the first elim at 8-1 odds in 1:56.4. Rocking Meadows Stable owns the six-year-old Kilowatt gelding who notched his tenth lifetime victory. Jolts Virtue (Randy Tharps) finished second with R M Imp (Tyler Smith) and E R Prince Charmin (Jeremy Smith) advancing in addition to the fifth place deadheaters-Dusty Dunes (Ken Holliday) and Settlement Request (Kayne Kauffman). Martydaonemanparty (Jeremy Smith) was the quickest of the four winners with a 1:53.4 lifetime best score for owner Tom Luther and trainer Rob Zink in the second split. The six-year-old son of Modern Art, sent off at 5-2 odds, won for the 16th time. Others to move on to second round action, in order of finish, were Gypsy Colors (Josh Sutton), Winbak Jake (Tyler Smith), Bettordays R Cumin (Dan Noble) and Livelikeurdying (Kayne Kauffman). The father-son Brewer team returned to the winner's circle in the third elimination with Mias Bold Maneauver, a 1:54.2 winner at 9-2 odds. The nine-year-old Jate Lobell gelding topped City Pizza (Tyler Smith), Indian's Rocket (Jeremy Smith), Gem Heist (Brady Galliers) and Southbound (Dan Noble). It was the 22nd career victory for the winner who is owned by driver Jason Brewer. Hay Goodlooking, a nine-year-old son of Art Major, notched a 1:56 triumph in the final elimination, besting K R's Cruiser (Dan Noble), Western Jolt (Kayne Kauffman), Aka The Situation (Tyler Smith) and Big Bear Bow (Jeff Nisonger) as the even money favorite. Rocking Meadow Stable and Jason Brewer are partners on Hay Goodlooking, who will enter the second elimination round as the richest and most experienced in the group. With 212 starts under his belt, he sports 42 career wins and $542,106 in lifetime bounty. The Survivor Series spotlights horses that made their last pre-series start for a base claiming price of $5000 or less. The top five from each second round elimination next week will return April 1 for a $10,000 championship race. Gregg Keidel

Trenton, NJ --- In 2008, veterinarians Randy Hutchison and his dad, Robert, visited the Standardbred Horse Sale. It was the first time the father and son went to inspect and actually purchase a harness racing yearling on their own. Call it instinct, good horse sense or just plain beginner’s luck, but the Hutchisons were about to go on a nice little seven-year ride that ended last Friday night (March 13). They purchased a female pacer named Keystone Linda for $4,000, renamed her Holiday Shopper at the urging of Randy’s daughter Anna, and the mare proceeded to win 30 times and earned $403,649. That’s a pretty good bang for the buck, and it concluded at Miami Valley Raceway in Ohio with a second-place finish on Friday. “She raced well and she gave it her best, she didn’t embarrass herself,” Randy Hutchison said. “We decided that would be her last race because over the last two to three months we just started to see the number of races and miles she raced over the last six years starting to catch up a little bit. “We always said she’s been too good of a horse to just watch her go around the track. We were going to let her go out with some dignity.” The laid-back daughter of Camluck carried herself with dignity throughout her racing career, first under the training of Ivan and Duke Sugg, and for the last four years under Jeff Brewer. Ivan Sugg was with the Hutchisons at Harrisburg when the filly entered the auction ring. She was sitting at $3,000 and Sugg felt she was definitely worth that much. Randy and Robert bid $4,000 and had themselves a horse. “She had a good video and was put together well,” Randy said. “Some thought she was too small, but we have never really found that to be a huge problem. “We kind of have a certain standard we look for. Are they anatomically correct so they have the chance of holding up to the rigors of racing? We watched hundreds and hundreds of yearling videos. She just had something about her, she had the anatomy and athleticism we liked, and her breeding.” After the name change -- because Anna liked the name Holiday -- the horse began racing as a 2-year-old, started out decently and remained consistent up until her finale. “She’s gone strong,” Randy said. “Even last year she won 11 times. That first year, she had some races in the stakes program in Ontario. There were a few races where she really started to show her heart and competitiveness and we realized we did have something more than a regular horse. We thought she was just something that might be a little better than what we expected.” Actually, she was a lot better than expected. Some of her highlights were finishing second as a 2-year-old in the $92,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots final and racing in the Jugette in the Hutchisons’ home state of Ohio. “We like to race pacing fillies. That’s our goal to get to that race, and she got us in that race,” Randy said. “She didn’t do anything in it (finishing sixth in her opening heat). But just to be in there and being in that barn and being part of that was fabulous. All her sire stakes races in Ontario were great. Just really the whole thing over all seven years. And because she’s the first one we picked out ourselves it made it even more special.” Robert, who lives in North Ridgeville, Ohio, had been an owner for nearly 30 years before he and Randy (of Avon Lake, Ohio) teamed up for the purchase. They have bought several others on their own and have parts of six horses now. Holiday Shopper is the most successful of them all, and is also a friend of the family. “My whole family knew her, knew who she was,” Randy said. “For my dad for Christmas we had a painting of her done. She was the best horse (results-wise) we’ve had and she provided not only excitement, but a lot of great family moments with my dad and myself, my wife and my family.” Holiday Shopper raced primarily in Canada before finishing up in Ohio the past two years. She will now be a broodmare and the Hutchisons are hoping they might be able to race one of her offspring. One thing is certain, if she does as well giving birth as she did on the track, some good horses are on the way. Asked if they ever expected to earn 10 times as much as they paid for Holiday Shopper, Randy said, “No, never. It’s kind of one of those things, it just happened. You look at her winnings, she’s won almost the same every year, we never would have thought that. “I mean, she hasn’t won $2 million. But to us, she’s special.” by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

DAYTON, OH. - Betit To Getit captured the $10,000 Fillies and Mares Open pace on Friday night at Dayton Raceway, just as she did two weeks ago before taking a week off. Driver Jason Brewer made a quarter move to the front and then held off all challengers before stopping the teletimer in 1:52.4, just in front of Skyway Dusty (Tyler Smith) and So Jazzy (Greg Grismore). The victory pushed the four-year-old daughter of No Pan Intended's seasonal bounty to just under $50,000, following a sophomore season in which she banked over $100,000. Betit To Getit is owned by the Holland Racing Stable and trained by Jeff Brewer, father of Jason. Different drivers won each of the first nine races on the program, a testament to the talented and deep driving colony at Dayton Raceway. The first driving double on the card belonged to Josh Sutton, who won the second with the trotter Deck The Halls and returned to the winner's circle in the tenth with the pacer Shasham. From the press box at Dayton Raceway      

  Miss Panthers and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.wired the field in the $20,000 Filly and Mare Open Trot Friday at Scioto Downs. Miss Panthers is a four-year-old mare by Classic Photo. She's trained by leading Scioto Downs trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr.and owned by Majs NY Inc, Gerrie Tucker and Ciro Gentile. Miss Panthers was the second choice at 9/2. She started from post five in the field of six. Wrenn pushed the gate away with Miss Panthers and crossed over before tripping the quarter timer in 28.1 and she had things her way the rest of the way. Miss Panthers crossed the wire in 1.55 and held off the pocket sitter, Easy Strength and Victory Is Coming completed the trifecta. The Open Trot for horses and geldings came up in race 7. A field of eight went to post for the $20,000 purse. Kirty Dream started from post eight and didn't have the easiest of trips.The 7-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall was driven by Josh Sutton for trainer, Jeff Hochstetler scored at 10-1 in 1.54.2 after being parked the entire mile. J J Hall was second and Quick N' Slick was third, both trained by Scott Mogan.The exacta paid $218.00 and the trifecta returned $600.80. The Open Pacing mares also highlighted the Friday night card. A full field of nine went postward in race 8 for a $20,000 purse. The ladies definitely put on a show from start to finish. A Sham Of Amber trained and driven by Kayne Kauffman left from post five for good early position. The mares hit the quarter in a quick 26.3. A Sham Of Amber made the move to go to the front and set the pace from there. Holiday Shopper endured a tough first over trip. Driven by Jason Brewer for trainer Jeff Brewer and owned Dr. Robert Van Hutchison And Dr Randall Van Hutchison. Holiday Shopper got up in the final strides to beat A Sham Of Amber by a head in 1.52 and Betterluvnexttime was a late closing third. These three ladies returned a profitable trifecta payoff of $1,806.60. Racing continues in Saturday night(June 7). The 14 race card will feature Ohio Sire Stakes for 3-year old fillies and the $200,000.00 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot. From Scioto Downs Racino

LEBANON, OH. - Kayne Kauffman extended his lead in the dash standings at the inaugural meet at Miami Valley Raceway notching four wins on the Thursday night program.   The 35-year-old reinsman, determined to defend the dash title he earned at the final meet at nearby Lebanon Raceway in 2013, has 64 victories through the first 45 nights of racing. Runnerup Tyler Smith has 49 wins, Dan Noble 44, Jeremy Smith 37 and Jason Brewer 35. Rounding out the top twelve are Jim Pantaleano 31, Kyle Ater 30, Chris Page 29, Randy Tharps 27, Josh Sutton 25, Pat Berry 23 and Greg Grismore 21.   Kauffman's $257,022 also tops the 'Money Won' list with 20 of the 65 nights of the track's first meet still remaining. Noble's $201,000 is second while another ten drivers have earned over $100,000 with their mounts thus far.   His four wins on Thursday night came from four different stables. He won with Southern Accent for trainer Jim Arledge Jr., Gordyyys Pet for conditioner Chris Short, RM Mornin Sunshine for Gavin Bixler, and Countmymuscles, a trotter from his own barn.   The trainer's title is still up for grabs with Jeff Brewer and Virgil Morgan Jr. currently deadlocked at the top of the list with 23 triumphs. Doug Hinklin and Chris Short are well within striking distance with 18 victories apiece. They are followed by Conor Flynn 15, Kayne Kauffman 13, Sam Coven and Terry Deters 12 each, Dan Ater and Sherif Cunmulaj 11, and Roy Murphy Jr. 10.   Morgan's $91,210 narrowly heads the stable earnings list which boasts ten different trainers averaging over $1000 earned per program.   Statistically, post position five is winning at an alarming 18.1 % clip, followed by PP 4 at 15.3, PP 3 at 14.5, and PP's 2 and 1 both at 12.5. Post time favorites have won 33.47% of the races which are averaging over 8.6 starters per race.   From the Miami valley Publicity Department

LEBANON, OH. - Holiday Shopper regained her winning ways on Sunday night at Miami Valley Raceway...and did it in style! The classy seven-year-old daughter of Camluck set an all-age track record for females when she sped to an impressive 1:52.1 triumph in the weekly $9500 open mares feature. Driver Jason Brewer got the winner away fourth from the inside post position in the field of eight, moved into second-over position approaching the half, cleared to the front just past the three-quarters and widened to a 4-3/4 length margin of victory through the stretch. It was the fourth win in eight tries in the top distaff event at Miami Valley this inaugural season and extended her 2014 bankroll to $21,825 at the current two-month old meet. Holiday Shopper is owned by Drs. Robert and Randall Van Hutchison and trained by Jeff Brewer. Whisty's Paradise (Randy Tharps) finished second with She's Shocking (Kayne Kauffman) picking up the show dough. Drivers Greg Grismore and Kyle Ater each scored triples on the program. Grismore scored with Tea Pot Hanover and Lucky Amy, a pair of Doug Hinklin trainees, as well as Babe's Chip, who captured the Mares Open II pace in 1:53.3 for trainer Brian Stephens. Ater's victories came for three different trainers: Danny Collins' trotter Jailhouse Tuff, his father Dan Ater's Ocean Pearl, and Harry Groves' Howdoyoulikeitnow in the nightcap. Miami Valley will race a make-up card tonight (Monday, April 7) with a 6:30 p.m. post time. From the Miami Valley Publicity Department

LEBANON, OH. - The 'girls' pretty much had their way with the 'boys' in Sunday night's $8000 championship final of the month-long Madness in March tournament at Miami Valley Raceway.   A field of 64 $4.000 claiming horses began the Madness in March elimination tournament with the field reduced to 32 after week one, 16 after week two and the Elite 8 after week three. While the 'brackets' for the first three weeks were divided by gender, the final pitted the top four surviving geldings versus the top four surviving mares in a "Battle of the Sexes."   When the dust settled, Rock Ann Rolling was crowned Tournament Queen following a track-record 1:53.4 performance, the fastest clocking ever by a female over the age of four at Miami Valley to date. A pair of other mares raced creditably against their male counterparts with Taylors Artist (Josh Sutton) finishing third and C L Life Road (Dan Noble) fourth across the finish line. Rock Ann Rolling is owned by driver Jason Brewer and conditioned by his father Jeff Brewer. It was the 13th career win for the six-year-old Rocknroll Hanover mare.   The best any of the four geldings could do in the championship was a runnerup finish by Communicator (Pat Berry) who fell just three-quarters of length short for the P T Stable, who claimed him in the first week of the tournament. Olive Loaf (Kyle Ater) garnered the final paycheck for his fifth place effort.   A pair of co-featured Fillies and Mares Open paces were also highlights of the program. Rev Me Up (Dan Noble) captured the $9500 Open I for the second straight week in 1:54, which stood for one race as the track record for older distaffers until Rock Ann Rolling bested it.   Despite the eight-hole, Rev Me Up fired when the wings opened and went gate to wire, holding off Whisty's Paradise (Pat Berry) and Canary Island (Chris Page) in a thrilling photo finish. Patrons who backed the repeat winner were rewarded with a $22.80 mutuel payoff on the Kathy Millman trainee who is leased by Merl P'Pool.   The $7,500 Open II went to favored Ohmybelle (Tyler Smith) with a narrow victory over Everymileamemory (Pat Berry) and Bazooka Terror (Randy Tharps). The speedy 1:53.3 clocking established a new standard for four-year-old mares who have raced at Miami Valley during the track's initial two months in business. Janet Banks owns the daughter of Ponder who is trained by Tyler's father, Jeff Smith.   From Miami Valley Raceway Publicity Department

LEBANON, OH. - Not only did father/trainer Jeff Brewer and son/driver Jason Brewer sweep the Open I and Open II mares features on Sunday night at Miami Valley Raceway, but they stamped their stable as the one to beat in the distaff final of the Madness In March tournament for minimum claimers as well.   Holiday Shopper captured her third victory in five local tries in the $10,000 Open I event closing from 5-1/2 lengths off the leader at the head of the stretch to triumph over Addys Way (Jeremy Smith) and That's My Girl G (Randy Tharps) in 1:55.1. Owned by Drs. Robert and Randall Hutchison, the winning seven-year-old Camluck mare now has amassed 22 lifetime tallies and a bankroll of almost $330,000.   The same connections surprised the Open II field when Upfront Miss Major pulled a 1:56.4 upset over Artie's Last Party (Kayne Kauffman) and The Shoe Fits (Chris Page). The five-year-old Art Major mare was sixth and moving at the halfway point and took command in the final strides to reward her backers with a handsome $29.80 mutuel return.   Rock Ann Rolling established herself as the favorite in the 'Madness' elimination tournament by winning the fastest of two $5000 quarter-final splits in 1:56 over Taylors Artist (Josh Sutton) and May Street Bon (Jim Pantaleano). Jason Brewer owns the six-year-old Rocknroll Hanover lass who now has back-to-back elimination week wins.   The Brewers will have a coupled entry in the $6000 female final next Sunday as their Boiler Heidi Ho finished second in the other division to C L Life Road (Pat Berry) with Tips Girl (Tyler Smith) getting the show dough. Following next week's race the top four mares will advance to face the top four males from a tandem elimination bracket in an $8000 'Battle of the Sexes' on March 30.   Submitted by Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - Holiday Shopper (Jason Brewer) captured her second consecutive Fillies & Mares Open pace at Miami Valley on Saturday night, just nipping Aqua Artist (Chris Page) in the final stride in 1:55.1. Everymileamemory (Pat Berry got the show dough in the $9500 feature race.   Owned by Drs. Robert and Randall Van Hutchison, the winning mare is trained by Jeff Brewer who is off to an impressive start at the new five-eighths mile oval. The father-son Brewer tandem also won the night's first race, a $4000 distaff claiming event with Brookletssugarland.   Blind Spot Hanover (Tony Hall) won the secondary feature besting Bazooka Terror (Berry) and Sectionline Yankee (Page) in a $7000 conditioned event for mares. The 1:55.2 clocking gave the Roy Murphy Jr.-trained winner her second triumph of 2014 and 18th of her career. She is owned by Tommy Householder.   A pair of conditioned claiming races also produced quick miles as Quiteaworkofart (Kayne Kauffman) topped Real Future (Page) and Shady Maple Bullet (Rod Allums Jr.) in 1:55.1. The $6500 event was for non-winners of eight races who all carried $10,000 claiming tags. A similar race for non-winners of five with $8000 claiming prices was won by Stealth Flight (Dan Noble) in 1:55.2 over Dragon Tattoo (Berry) and Say It Ain't So (Tyler Smith).   A $7000 trot produced a very tight 1:57.3 photo finish with Kaffir Kemp (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) nosing out Team Zordin (Noble) and Baby Blaze (Page) who was also lapped on the winner. For trainer Terry Deters, who just returned to Ohio after racing at Pompano Park in Florida for several years, it was his second success at Miami Valley in two tries. Michael Guest owns the five-year-old triumphant trotter.   In addition to Jason Brewer, Dan Noble and Kayne Kauffman also fashioned driving doubles on the 11-race program witness by a packed house in the new Miami Valley grandstand.   Through the first five cards at the new venue, favorites have won 39.6% of the time despite the fact the average number of starters has exceeded eight during difficult winter weather. The average win price, however, is a very healthy $14.56 after the first 53 races as four 50-1 plus longshots have also found their way to the winner's circle.   Racing resumes Sunday night (Feb. 16) with an impressive program featuring a $10,000 Open pace. Post time is always 6:30 p.m.   Submitted by Miami Valley Raceway    

Two harness racing trainers and two drivers accounted for EVERY SINGLE VICTORY in EVERY SINGLE RACE held EVERYWHERE in the United States yesterday! (And no, nobody named Burke was involved.) East Rutherford NJ is normally a focus of harness fans' attention, but yesterday it was indirectly for another reason -- the American gridiron football classic the Super Bowl was played there. (Two notes: 1) the horse was named after the trophy, not the other way around, and 2) actually, one team played the Super Bowl yesterday; I wouldn't have wanted to be on the flight to Denver carrying the other side back home.) No United States racetrack was scheduled to hold any pari-mutuel racing on Super Bowl Sunday -- except that the new Miami Valley Raceway qualified for the first time on Saturday morning, and they drew enough entries to hold 18 qualifiers. Since their paddock holds only (only?) 14 races, and they have no barn area, four qualifiers were carried over to Sunday -- at noon, so everybody was home and put away before the 6:30pm EST kickoff. The all-conquering trainers and drivers were trainers Travion Jones and Jeff Brewer and sulkysmiths Jeremy Smith and Jason Brewer; the Brewers combined to take the even-numbered qualifiers, while Jones/Smith (not aliases -- we checked) clicked in the odd-numbered events. And the Brewers were second in the two races they did not win -- a handicapping angle of  "sharp stable" when racing begins at the new 5/8-miler on Friday night. by Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com

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