It's Complicated and Josh Sutton will look to extend their winning streak to three when they take on a field of eight in the $25,000 Open Trot on Friday at Scioto Downs. The four-year old gelded son of SJ's Caviar out of Before The Rain is trained by Brent Davis of Zanesville, Ohio for Hatfield Stables of Columbus, Ohio. The winning combination of It's Complicated and Josh Sutton has paid dividends for his connections. He has been victorious in four of his last five outings including his seasons best time of 1:53. It's Complicated will start from assigned post position eight. He's the 7-2 second choice behind Fusion Man for trainer, Jeff Smith. Fusion Man has been second best to Its Complicated in their last two outings and draws the five post with Dan Noble at the lines. It;s Complicated has only 26 lifetime starts with a mark of 1:52.4 and has already banked $257,337.00 for his owner and breeder. The impressive group of Open Trotters will go to the gate in Race five on the 11-race card on Friday (July 25). The rest of the field includes, Banco Solo for trainer Ron Burke, J J Hall from the Scott Mogan Stable, Southwind Pepino for trainer and driver, Hugh "Sandy" Beatty, War Cry Hall for Scioto Downs leading trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr.and Somebody As for Anette Lorentzon. The co-feature on the Friday night program is the second race, the $25,000 Filly and Mare Open Trot. It's highlighted by the 6-5 favorite, Unefoisdansmavie, starting from post six for trainer, Ron Burke and leading driver, Chris Page. The seven-year old mare by Revenue S out of Peace Of The World holds the aged trotting mare record of 1:52.2 and shares the all age track record of 1:52.2 with Modern Family. She has earned over $441,000 in her marvelous career and posted 28 tallies in her win column. First race post time is 6:30 for the Friday (July 25) card and racing will continue on Saturday (July 26) From Scioto Downs Racino
East Rutherford, N.J. - If Friday night was any indication, we are in for quite the speed show on Meadowlands Pace night tomorrow. Tonight's card, populated largely by C classes saw several sub 1:50 performances and with many of the regular drivers off on remote assignments Scott Zeron (five wins) and David Miller (four) stuck around and dominated. On the race track, JK Letitgo continued her storybook season by winning the $20,000 distaff feature for Howard Parker. She led at every call and the wire arrived just in time for the daughter of Western Ideal to hang on over Montenegro in a personal best of 1:49.3. JK Letitgo ran her seasonal earnings to over $125,000 with the win for Nanticoke Racing, Joshua Parker, Barry Spedden & Kevin Evans with Mr. Parker handling the training duties for the partners. Sweet Justice looked like the second coming when he blew into town last fall, ripping through the classes and lowering the track record for his group with a dazzling 1:51.1 win in January. As often happens, racing at that level took its toll and owners M&M Harness Racing then endured a few lean months with their Harrisburg purchase. To his credit, trainer Bruce Saunders was able to right the ship and return the talented trotter back to his winter form. Tonight, Sweet Justice was put onto play up the backstretch and ground out a hard fought uncovered score over worthy adversary Not Afraid and trotted right back to his record, this win in 1:51.2. Waiting On A Woman was third. This Indiana bred gelding was exiting last week's Hambletonian Maturity where he faced the very best in a big field and found welcome relief facing the $25,000 A/B handicap horses tonight. The win was part of a natural hat trick by driver David Miller, taking races nine, ten and eleven. Also taking part on the speed show were a pair of pretty accomplished veterans that joined the sub :50 list. Best Boss has been a solid earner throughout her career for Pat Lachance, boasting receipts well in excess of $600,000 with a 1:51 record taken at The Red Mile four years ago. Tonight she took command around the final turn and won in 1:49.2 for Vinnie Ginsburg. Pat owns her in partnership with Ira Rosenblum and the aforementioned M&M Harness, who had a good night. Spender Hanover has been around awhile too, answering the call to the post 184 times with 57 wins and over $300k to show for his efforts. He had already lowered his record to 1:51.2 earlier this season and took another whack off tonight for Miller forging to the front past the half to win in 1:49.4. He's trained by Jeff Smith for Howard Ouriel. Tomorrow brings with it one of the most intriguing racing cards of the entire season, Meadowlands Pace night. It's an All-Star program from start to finish with over $2.5 million in purses on the line and the quality of horseflesh to match. There is a special early post time of 6:30pm and the Pace will be telecast live on CBS Sports Network from 9-10pm. From the Meadowlands Press Box
Market Share has visited six different states and the Canadian province of Ontario during his award-winning harness racing career, but has never been to Ohio. That will change this weekend. Coming off a world-record performance 10 days ago, Market Share heads to Scioto Downs for Saturday's $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial for older trotters. Market Share drew post four in a field of 10 and will be driven by Jeff Gregory for trainer Linda Toscano. The Charlie Hill Memorial field also features Arch Madness, Archangel, Creatine, Undercover Strike, Modern Family, Fusion Man, Major Athens, Rompaway Beau, and DW's NY Yank. Toscano said she was "on the fence" whether to go to the race, particularly because Market Share's regular driver, Tim Tetrick, would be unavailable due to commitments in Canada, but made the decision after talking with owner Richard Gutnick. "We sat down yesterday and talked about it," Toscano said. "We made a 'pro' and 'con' list and the only thing on the 'con' list was we're not going to have our driver. But we're very fortunate to have Jeff Gregory in the barn and there's a break from Yonkers and the New York Sire Stakes this week, so he can go and drive the horse. "Our next main goal is to have him as good as we can for the Maple Leaf Trot (in mid-July). I think this race fits his schedule nicely and he seems good. I understand the track is great out there, so we're going to take a shot." Gregory drove Market Share to a 5-for-5 season as a 2-year-old in 2011. For his career, the 5-year-old Market Share has won 23 of 42 races and earned $3.26 million. He was named the 2012 Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old male trotter and the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best older male trotter. He is owned by Gutnick, TLP Stable, and Bill Augustine. Market Share's victories include the 2012 Hambletonian Stakes and Canadian Trotting Classic, the 2013 Breeders Crown and Maple Leaf Trot, and this year's Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational. In winning the Maxie Lee on May 25 at Harrah's Philadelphia, Market Share trotted history's fastest mile on a five-eighths track, sto "He came out of the Maxie Lee really, really well," Toscano said. "He had a nice easy week last week and should be ready to go." Market Share is not the only star in the Charlie Hill Memorial. Ten-year-old Arch Madness is one of just nine trotters to earn more than $4 million in career purses. He has won 34 of 111 lifetime races, including the 2007 Breeders Crown, 2008 Maple Leaf Trot, and 2011 Oslo Grand Prix. He is a two-time runner-up in the international invitational Elitlopp in Sweden. Archangel and Creatine both won Trotting Triple Crown races at age 3; Archangel capturing the 2012 Yonkers Trot and Creatine the 2013 Kentucky Futurity. Modern Family is coming into the Charlie Hill off a second-place finish in the Cutler Memorial on May 17 and has finished no worse than third in 11 starts this year. He has won five times. DW's NY Yank leads the field in earnings this year, with $171,600, and has exceled on smaller tracks. He has won nine of his last 14 starts around five-eighths-mile ovals and failed to hit the board only once. "It's going to be a good race," Toscano said. "It all goes to promoting the horse and promoting the industry. That's the beauty of the older horses. I think we're going to find that the older horses really develop a following. People really like watching quality horses race. "Years ago, the horse was the star. I'm all about making the horse the star. I believe in it. I love that." Racing in Ohio has enjoyed a resurgence since the introduction of video lottery terminals in 2012 and has attracted some of the sport's best horses for Grand Circuit events. "It's nice to see Ohio is getting back on the map again," Toscano said. "They've always been good fans. Probably the single-biggest turnout every year is the Little Brown Jug, so Ohio has been very good to Standardbred racing. It's kind of fun to be able to pay back a little bit and go out there and race." Here is the field in post order for the Charlie Hill Memorial with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Arch Madness, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Trond Smedshammer; 2. Archangel, Chris Page, Ron Burke; 3. Creatine, Mike Lachance, Bob Stewart; 4. Market Share, Jeff Gregory, Linda Toscano; 5. Undercover Strike, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Tony O'Sullivan; 6. Modern Family, Dave Palone, Daryl Bier; 7. Fusion Man, Dan Noble, Jeff Smith; 8. Major Athens, Tony Hall, Rich Gillock; 9. Rompaway Beau, Don Harmon, Krista Harmon; 10. DW's NY Yank, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Ron Burke. DW's NY Yank will start from the second tier. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications
ANDERSON, Ind.-May 24, 2014 - Overcoming a tough, first-over trip, Fusion Man pulled the slight upset in the co-featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Invitational Trot, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 24. Guided by regular harness racing driver Tyler Smith, Fusion Man proved game in the stretch as he was able to get up in the final strides in 1:53. Leaving from post four, Fusion Man left just enough to secure an early position along the rail in third while Martz Time and Trace Tetrick used their customary tactics and quickly grabbed the front. Somebody As and Brad Hanners were well placed in the pocket through the opening panel in :27. The heavily favored, Summer Indian and Ricky Macomber Jr. were uninvolved in the early stages of the race and were along the rail in sixth. Martz Time continued to call the shots down the backside through the second split in :55.4 but were soon pressed by Fusion Man on the outside. Lewayne Miller had Banker Volo well placed second over while the field began to tighten approaching the final turn. The stage was set for the stretch battle to the wire as Martz Time and Fusion Man were neck and neck at the third station in 1:24.2. As the field turned for home, Martz Time appeared to be up to the task but Fusion Man wasn't finished. Tyler Smith asked his mount for more and Fusion Man responded gamely with a :28.2 closing quarter to finish two lengths to the good. Summer Indian rallied late in the stretch for second place honors while Banker Volo also closed well to finish third. As the publics' fourth choice, Fusion Man returned $10.00 at the window. The 1:53 score was a seasonal best effort for the five year-old son of Valley Victor-Classical Girl and just two-fifths off the track record at Hoosier Park for older horses on the trot. Fusion Man has now won three of nine seasonal outings and 13 of 45 lifetime starts. Trained by Jeff Smith, Fusion Man has now earned $389,727 for his connections of Tdtrot, LLC. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, May 27 at its' regularly scheduled post time of 5:15 p.m. With an extended stakes schedule, the 160-day, all harness racing meet will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 15. Emily Gaskin
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. - Despite a four-month layoff, Fusion Man started his 2014 campaign in impressive fashion Friday night capturing the $9000 Open Handicap Trot at Miami Valley Raceway. Leading driver Tyler Smith, who will miss the Saturday session at Miami Valley to compete in the Legends vs. Phenoms drivers challenge at The Meadowlands, sent the five-year-old son of Valley Victor directly to the front and gamely held off Cashahallic (Jim Pantaleano) and Mama Made Me Blue (Dan Noble) in a three-horse photo finish. It was the eleventh career victory for the winner who is trained by Tyler's father Jeff Smith and owned by Tdtrot LLC of Florida. His 1:56.1 clocking was just one-fifth of a second off the track trotting record established in the first six weeks of the five-eighths mile oval's inaugural meet. The win was one of three on the night for Tyler Smith who also scored in both halves of the early daily double with pacer Gigaro and trotter Unfazed. Kayne Kauffman, who is second in the dash standings, kept pace with three tallies of his own behind pacers Cowboy Cal and Bluebird Ideal and the trotter Treasurer John. Scoring doubles on the program were Dan Noble, Randy Tharps and Josh Sutton as only five drivers combined to win all twelve of the Friday night races. by Miami Valley Raceway
LEBANON, OH. - Driver Kyle Ater had a hot hand at Miami Valley Raceway on Wednesday night, ignoring frigid temperatures and strong night-long wind gusts to notch four wins for four different trainers on the 11-race program. The 37-year-old reinsman's opening effort was an indication of what was to come as he guided heavily-favored Lama Blue Chip to an impressive maiden victory in the night's first contest. Owned by L A Express Stable and trained by Ater's father Dan, the three-year-old Art Major colt was making his first local appearance following three uneventful starts at The Meadowlands to begin his career. Ater returned to the winner's circle following the fourth race when he guided He's The Bomb to a narrow 1:58 victory over Southbound (Shawn Barker II) and Cam's Best Kiss (Jeremy Smith). It was the tenth lifetime victory for the Jate Lobell gelding owned by Watermark Farm LLC and trained by Jeff Smith. A pair of back-to-back longshot triumphs completed Ater's grand slam in the eighth and ninth races. Mischief Man took advantage of his second tier start to top a full field of $5000 claimers at odds of 8-1. Ater guided the Jody's Cam gelding to his 26th career win with a 1:57.2 clocking to best favored Canaco Run (Chris Page) and I Scoot For Cash (Barker). Victor Gray Sr. and Victor Gray II share ownership of the winner and entrust the training to Tyler Tinch. A race later, Harvard's Z Tam was dispatched at odds of 9-1, despite Ater's hot hand, and fronted Chip Of Art (Smith) and Panhellenic (Randy Tharps) to the wire in 1:58.l. Harry Groves conditions the 29-time winning son of Electric Yankee for Patrick Groves. Coincidentally the final three wins for Ater all came behind seven-year-old geldings. Submitted by Miami Valley Raceway
EIGHT $250,000 FINALS ON PROGRAM
He's been training horses for several decades, yet when Jeff Smith told Dennis and Kevin Lakomy of Mystical Marker Farms earlier this year that Mystical Dew was one of the best freshmen he ever had in his barn, his acclaim was met with a generous, but well-meant touch of skepticism.
Six years ago, harness racing driver Tyler Smith was quoted as saying, 'Someday I'd like to be like John Campbell.' He was 12, and sounded like a young man in a hurry to be great. He has learned in recent months that patience is a key to success.