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DAYTON, OH. - Despite a 24-day layoff, Gloire Dream swept to an impressive 1:54.3 harness racing triumph in the $18,500 Peak Performance Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Thursday night (Oct. 26). The 6-year-old chestnut gelding was unhurried from the innermost post position in the early going. After getting away sixth through an opening quarter in :27.2, driver Jeremy Smith angled Gloire Dream into second-over position during the :29.1 second panel, then swung three-wide around the final turn approaching the 1:25.1 third station teletimer. Penn (Josh Sutton), the winner the last two Opens at Dayton, had reached the top with relative ease but yielded uncharacteristically easily at the head of the stretch, with both the winner and first-over Cantab Lindy (Tyler Smith), the runnerup, moving past the even-money favorite. It was the fifth seasonal victory for Gloire Dream and raised his 2017 bankroll to $52,690 in 23 starts. Tyler George trains the winner, who was winless in just five starts last year, for owner CC Racing LLC. Gregg Keidel      

DAYTON, OH. - Rockin Finish pulled a mild upset in the $15,000 Open I Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night, beating the best horses currently competing in southern Ohio in 1:50.1. It was the second straight victory at Dayton for the seven-year-old harness racing gelding who topped the Open II bunch a week earlier. Sent off at 9-2 odds, Rockin Finish and driver Jeremy Smith held off a late charge from runnerup Angelo J Fra (Chris Page), who was dispatched at 7-1 on the tote board. Co-favorites Mykindachip (Dan Noble) and Tinhorn Creek (Josh Sutton) raced creditably and finished third and fourth respectively. Smith, who won two other races on the program, raced fourth through the first quarter in :26.4, but moved boldly into first-over position well before the :54.3 midway marker. By the three-quarter clocking in 1:21.4 Rockin Finish was lapped on to pacesetter Angelo J Fra, then looked him in the eye and went right on by in the stretch. Tyler George, whose pupil Secret Threat captured the Open II a race earlier, trains the winner for owner Gerrie Tucker. * * * * * The excitement continues to build at Hollywood Dayton Raceway as the Friday (September 30) Grand Circuit program nears. The $150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby is expected to feature a much-anticipated rematch showdown between powerhouses Wiggle It Jiggleit and Always B Miki. The $160,000 (est.) Dayton Trotting Derby also has a list of distinguished nominees who rank among the best trotters currently racing in the world. Post time for the marquee program of the meet will be 6:15 p.m. Gregg Keidel

Exactly one week after suffering serious bruises and abrasions as the result of a frightening racing accident at Miami Valley Raceway, harness racing driver Jeremy Smith returned to action with a scintillating four-win performance on the Tuesday (March 22) matinee. The grand slam matched honors on the day with leading driver Josh Sutton, who also scored four victories. Smith, currently ranked third in the dash standings, got his initial visit to the winner's circle with Ida Sofia for trainer Jeff Nisonger. The 1:56 mile produced a $25.60 win mutuel for Jeremy's $2 win backers. Whosbest, trained by Deborah Swartz, gave Smith his second winner, this one in 1:57.3, returning $30.20. Trainer Jim Arledge Jr. entrusted the lines behind Mars Man to Smith and was rewarded with a 1:54.4 triumph and a $7 payoff for his mutuel supporters. Ahdoughnolum, a recent addition to the Rob Zink Stable, completed Jeremy's four-bagger producing a $5.80 return on investment. Sutton, the runaway leader in the local driver standings, scored a consecutive hat trick in races two through four on the program. Josh's winners were Little Mans Magic (1:56.1, $7.60) for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr., Circus Annie (1:56.3, $7.00) for trainer Jack Dailey, and Legal Brief (1:56.3, $5.00) for conditioner Phil Belanger. Lucky Day (1:54.1, $4.20) put the exclamation point on Sutton's exceptional day when he notched his first win of the season for trainer Barry Langley. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - An $11,000 Open Handicap Trot and a $12,000 Open Pace shared the spotlight at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (November 14). Upset winner in the trot was Winwood Scout (Jeremy Smith) who upset favorites Rehab Mountain (Dan Noble) and Cantab Linday (Josh Sutton) in 1:55.1. In just his third local start for owner Howard Jacobs and trainer Sherif Cunmulaj, the five-year-old Keystone Nordic geldings sat chilly in the pocket behind frontstepping Rehab Mountain throughout fractions of :27, :56.4 and 1:25 before angling out in the lane for his tenth win on the season. The clocking was a new lifetime best for Winwood Scout even though he has won 21 races and $209,413 to date. The feature race victory was one of four on the program for Jeremy Smith, vaulting him into sixth place in the Dayton dash derby. Sports Sinner (Dan Noble) captured the week's top pace by also conserving energy early, then swinging four-wide off the final bend and picking off adversaries one by one to the wire, reached in 1:51.4. Perkins Racing Stable owns the four-year-old Western Ideal gelding who bested fellow closer Doctor Carter (Josh Sutton) and Ice Scraper (Jason Brewer), who dictated the fractions, for his his seventh 2015 score, second in open company. Christi Pokornowski conditions the winner, who now sports $45,000 in seasonal earnings. From the Dayton Raceway Press Box

LEBANON, OH. - Miami Valley Raceway possesses a deep and talented harness racing driver colony, but rarely do you see a night at a commercial track nowadays where a different driver wins every race. That was the case on Wednesday, however, as ten drivers each won one of the ten races on the program. Even more shocking, leading driver Josh Sutton-currently in fifth place in the national dash standings with 155 wins at Miami Valley-was not one of the winners. Those that did reach the winner's circle were Alex Hawk, Ken Holliday, Randy Tharps, Hugh Beatty Jr., Dan Noble, Chris Page, Adam Beatty, Jeff Nisonger, Jason Brewer and Jeremy Smith. 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

LEBANON, OH. - Driver Jeremy Smith reached the coveted 1000 wins plateau on Thursday night at Miami Valley Raceway when he guided Eternalexpectation to a 1:58.2 score. The milestone victory for the red and white clad 35-year-old harness racing reinsman came in a conditioned claiming event for non-winners of two races at odds of 14-1, familiar circumstances for Smith-who rarely sits behind betting favorites, but who quietly goes about his business and often gets the job done. It was Jeremy's first time sitting behind Eternalexpectation, owned and trained by Mike Polhamus, but he got the most from the four-year-old Art Official mare despite strong winds and frigid 22 degree temperatures. Smith won his first ever drive at his hometown Washington Court House, Ohio county fair in 2002. Following that score behind trotter Carry A Rose, however, he failed to reach the winner's circle again that year in 21 more tries. After winning just three and six races in his second and third seasons, respectively, Jeremy's career began to blossom in 2005 with 37 victories. He has steadily improved his statistics in the decade since culminating in his best year to date, 2014, when he triumphed 174 times. Horses he has driven to date have earned just shy of $3-1/2 million. Smith was a star pitcher on his Miami Trace High School baseball team, but spent many weekend mornings at the barn of trainer Alvin Long during that period. "My Grandpa had horses with Mr. Long at the local fairgrounds," Jeremy relates, "and I have to say Alvin was my mentor in the business. I probably could have gone on to college and played baseball, but I was more interested in learning the horse business from the ground up and getting my driver's license." It didn't take Smith long to get started on the road to 2,000 wins as he finished first two races later with another longshot, Trouble Hanover, who went off at 11-1 and paced an impressive 1:55.2 mile in a $6500 claiming race. "I was glad to get that 1000th one out of the way," said Jeremy, "because I was definitely feeling the pressure mounting as I got closer to it. Now I can breathe a sigh of relief and get on with what I hope will be a long career including a lot more wins." Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - The first leg of the Rootbeer Slammer Series, named after one of the most durable and popular open class pacers in the storied history of old Lebanon Raceway, was contested in two divisions on Wednesday night at Miami Valley Raceway. Big Bear Bow pulled off a mild upset from the inside No. 1 post position in the first split; while Peck Blue Chip rewarded his backers, who made him the off-time favorite, with a win from the outside No. 8 post position in the second. Driver Jeff Nisonger elected to let Big Bear Bow race fourth until pulling second-over into the outer flow approaching the halfway point. The six-year-old gelding cleared Astronomer (Greg Grismore), who was the frontrunner, just past the three-quarter station and cruised to the finish in 1:56 over the "good" track dampened by a steady cold drizzle. Astronomer held for second with One Last Chance (Josh Sutton) finishing a creditable third. It was the 11th career tally for Big Bear Bow, who returned $10.20 to win, and pushed his earnings over $30,000 for trainer Eddie Poling and his partner James Martin. Reinsman Josh Sutton, who won five races on the program, set sail from the get-go with Peck Blue Chip, clearing to the front just past the quarter and holding all challengers at bay in 1:56.3. Navahoe (Andy Shetler) got the garden trip to finish second without seriously challenging the favored winner, who returned $5.40 for a two dollar ticket. Skyway Titan (Ken Holliday) completed the trifiecta ticket. Peck Blue Chip's lifetime statistics are now 16 wins and $147,823 banked. He is trained and owned by Tom Blankenship. Jeremy Smith scored his 999th career victory behind JD's First Lady in the eleventh race on the program. The 35-year-old Washington Court House, Ohio, native has eight drives on Thursday night's 12-race program at Miami Valley. Post time is 6:30 p.m. Gregg Keidel

Jeremy Smith enjoyed a banner night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Monday night. The 34-year-old captured six races on the 14-race program, including the 3rd race with trotter Detroit Rapper. With the six-pack of wins Smith now has 11 his meet after seven programs and jumped up to second in the local dash standings behind only Chris Page, who has 12 wins. Dan Noble is currently third with 10 triumphs.  From the press box at Hollywood Dayton Raceway

Sweet Talkin Satin prevails in the Saturday night $25,000 Open Pace harness racing feature at Scioto Downs in 1:49.4. The 4-year old gelded son of Always A Virgin out of Silky Satin is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva Stables and Phil Collura. Sweet Talkin Satin was driven by Chris Page and started from post seven in the assigned field of seven. Page used the geldings great gate speed to his advantage to launch for early position when the starter said go. Landing in the third spot behind the inside leavers of Carol's Comet and J's Six Pak Attack. They clocked the opening quarter in a hot :26. Page wasn't content sitting third and pulled shortly after the quarter to take command before they hit the half mile that was paced in :53.4. Jeremy Smith and J's Six Pak Attack were the first to make their move, pulling first up. Josh Sutton and Kanaris followed suit to pick up the cover. Meanwhile, Ardyne Ace and Randy Tharps made a huge three wide move down the backside to drop in front of J's Six Pak Attack. Sweet Talkin Satin felt the pressure and paced down to the three quarters in 1:22.2. The field swarmed in on the leader in the stretch, but Sweet Talkin Satin dug in to win by a length over a closing Kanaris and Carol's Comet settled for third. This win was the 13th career victory for Sweet Talkin Satin in his 45th try and is closing in on $350,000 in career earnings. Scioto Downs Racino

War Cry Hall and harness racing driver Josh Sutton prevail in the $20,000 Open II Trot in his record time,1:54. War Cry Hall is a 5-year old gelded son of Cash Hall out of Winners Only. He's conditioned by Scioto Downs leading trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr.for RBH Ventures Inc of New York. War Cry Hall was assigned post six in the field eight and selected as the morning line favorite. Sutton was in no rush as the gates folded, getting away an early fifth. A pair of outside starters, Final Breath and Fusion Man left hard for command. Trotting the opening quarter in :27.3. Final Breath and Hugh "Sandy" Beatty cleared Run And Tell Pap just passed the quarter and parked Fusion Man, driven by Mike Micallef. Fusion Man pressed Final Breath to half mile point in :56.3, giving Run And Tell Pap and Chris Page a perfect pocket trip. Sutton and War Cry Hall followed the cover of Ajuama and Jeremy Smith to the three quarters clocked in 1:24.3. Sutton found room to duck back to the rail at the top of the stretch when Page pulled Run and Tell Pap for the stretch drive. War Cry Hall trotted a final quarter in :28.4 to catch Final Breath by a neck and Run And Tell Pap was third. Betterluvnexttime and Josh Sutton go wire to wire in the $25,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace in 1:52. Betterluvnexttime is a 6-year old mare by American Ideal out of Darriwillian Girl. She's trained by Virgil Morgan Jr.for Daniel Mitchell of Michigan. This was Betterluvnexttime's seventh win in just 15 starts in 2014. Sutton had the lines from assigned post eight in the field of eight and was the morning line favorite. Josh was on a mission when the starter said go, leaving hard for the top. Betterluvnexttime cleared Sectionline Yankee and Chris Page just passed the quarter that was paced in a sizzling :26.1. She earned a second quarter breather after getting to the half in :55.2. Page and Sectionline Yankee enjoyed their pocket ride when Up Front Kellie Jo and Kyle Bolon made their first over bid. They pushed the speed down to the three quarters in 1:23.3. Betterluvnexttime held off the late bid from Eve Marie Seelster and Kyle Ater who came up 3/4-length shy and Sectionline Yankee held third. From Scioto Downs Racino

Royal Outlook was a mild upset winner Saturday at Scioto Downs in the $25,000 Open Pace in 1:52.1.   Driven by Jim Pantaleano for trainer Terry Deters, Royal Outlook started from post two in the field of seven at went off at odds of 6-1. A seven-year old gelded son of Royal Mattjesty out of Fresh Outlook, Royal Outlook is owned by David R Hudson of Dallas, Texas. Pantaleano was in no hurry when the gates folded, getting away an early fifth. They sat in just long enough for the dust to settle. Artist Night and Chris Page cleared to the front just pass the quarter paced in a hot :26.1. Pantaleano tipped Royal Outlook before the half to start their chase. Picking up cover from Full Code and Dan Noble. The half mile was paced in a brisk :54.4. Artist Night and Page with first over pressure of Full Code lead them on to the three quarters paced in 1:23. Concert Ticket and Jeremy Smith were getting the perfect pocket ride at odds of 14-1 and we're waiting for racing room. When the talented group hit the top of the stretch it was a blanket of horses coming from everywhere. In the end Royal Outlook got the nod by a neck over a late closing Roadside Delight and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.and Concert Ticket was third. A mere 3 and a 1/2 lengths covered the entire field. Royal Outlook returned $14.80 to win and contributed to an $85.00 exacta and a $496.60 trifecta. Driver, Josh Sutton tallied six wins on the Saturday Night 13-race card. Sutton started the night off on the right foot. He took race one with Riley Bow for trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr. He continued in race three with Real Future and followed up with Luv Struck in race four. Sutton took a little break, but he was far from done. He went gate to wire with JS Tango in race eight and came back in race ten with Sgt Grit for trainer, Travion Jones. He finished the night just the way it started with a win. Sutton guided A Bay Bay to a victory for trainer, Jim Arledge Jr. Racing returns Tuesday (July 29) First race post time is 6:30. From Scioto Downs Racino

The pacing and trotting two-year old colts and geldings took their turns for a chance at the $40,000 purse, in their respective divisions in the Ohio Sires Stakes on Fourth of July at Scioto Downs. I Know My Chip and Jason Brewer prevailed in 2:02 for trainer Jim Dailey and owner Kim Dailey. The two-year old son by Deep Chip, started from post seven, but that didn't deter Brewer from leaving for a good, early spot. The pair landed right in the two hole behind Cooter Dunn and Louis Bauslaugh.   They trotted the first quarter in a moderate 30.2. The pace quickened slightly as Cooter Dunn opened up on the rest of field and clocked the halfway point in 59.2. Going down the backside the pace setter made a mistake and I Know My Chip inherited the lead and trotted past three quarters in 1:31.1. The pair quickly sprinted away from the rest of the field and won the first division by four and a quarter lengths. Neely Dunn Super was second and Marvelous Chip was a closing third for trainer and driver, Marty Wollam.   The first division of pacing colts took to the stage in race three. A field of eight colts and geldings was spearheaded by a 6-5 morning line favorite, Gray Camo.   Gray Camo didn't disappoint his supporters, he was victorious in 1.56.1. The two-year old son of Pine Valley is trained by Ron Burke for the connections of Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Richard Suda and Jason Meilillo.   Scioto Downs leading driver, Chris Page had the assignment from post two. The pair was unhurried in the early going. The tripped the first quarter in 29.2 and kept the pace moving on to the half in 58.2. That's when Page pulled on the right line. The cleared to the front before the three quarter pole, paced in 1:26.4. Nobles Finesse was sitting right on his back and gave him a run for his money down the stretch, but couldn't quite catch Gray Camo. Born Villain and Jeremy Smith were a closing third. Kick A Lot dominated his division for two-year old trotters by five and a quarter lengths in 2:01.2.   Kick A Lot is a gelded son of Deep Chip. He's trained by Jeff Cox for owner and breeder, Pius Soehnlen. There was never an anxious moment in this race. Kurt Sugg drove the colt like he was the one to beat. They set the fractions of 31, 1:02and 1:33 and cruised to an easy victory. Chips A Million and Chris Page for trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr.were second best and Chips Starr for Jim Arledge Jr were third.   Cornerback was impressive in his division for two-year old pacers, setting his mark of 1:56.4.   Brian Brown conditions the two-year old son by Feelin Friskie for Stephen Sexton of Xenia, Ohio.   Chris Page used the two post to his advantage and left for command in the field of seven. The pair were sitting comfortable to a quarter time of 29 and then an even rated half mile time of 58.1. With no pressure from the rest of the field, they paced onto three quarters in 1:27.1 and cruised to a three and three quarters length victory.   The trotters were back in action in race eleven and Crowned For Glory was minor upset in 2:03. Crowned For Glory is trained and driven by Ed Greeno Jr for Eg Trot Llc. The two-year old gelded son of His Higness kept his on mind on the prize and never looked back. Greeno guided the colt to an easy quarter of 30 seconds and then let him trot an easier second quarter in 31.4. With the young, green colts making their miscues, the pair just trotted along leisurely and clocked the three quarter mark in 1.33.1. Greeno and Crowned For Glory went to work in the final quarter, trotted in 29.4, when the pacing bred trotter, Frisk The Town came out of the pocket spot and started to close in on the leader.   The battle down the stretch came to a hault when Frisk The Town made a break and secured the win for Crowned For Glory. Frisk The Town for trainer and driver, Ammon Hershberger was second and Lanterns Chip completed the trifecta. Ollie Pop capped of the Ohio Sires Stakes action in race 12 with a 1:57 performance.   Ollie Pop is a bay colt by Feelin Friskie and is owned by Clyde Perfect of Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Ollie Pop was driven by National Leading Driver, Aaron Merriman for trainer Ron Potter and started from post two in the field of seven.   Merriman steered the colt to an early third spot position. The quick opening fraction of 28.4, left Merriman content to sit tight. The paced on to the half mile mark in 57.4, set by Indian Spirit and Kyle Ater. Ollie Pop wheeled out to be first up just passed the half and would have to work for his first win. The paced down to three quarters in 1.27, but the colt dug in down the stretch and was rewarded for his hard work and valiant effort. Nashville Bound for driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr.was pacing up a storm to grab the place spot and Western Coby was third.   Live racing continues on Tuesday (July 8) with a first race post time of 6:30 p.m. From Scioto Downs Racino              

JJ Hall and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.set a new track record for aged gelding trotters of 1.54 at Scioto Downs Saturday. The previous record of 1.54.1 was held by Dunkster, Hesza Laser and JJ Hall. JJ Hall is a six-year-old gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse and he's no stranger to the spotlight. He's trained by Ohio native, Scott Mogan for owner Doug Millard of Woodstock, Ontario. JJ Hall has earned over $240,000 and has racked up 21 victories in the 65 times he has hit the track. JJ Hall started from post seven in the field of nine after the scratch of Southwind Pepino in the condition trot race going for a purse of $18,000. He's usually driven by Kayne Kauffman, but Kauffman had one of his own trainees in the field, so Scott Mogan called upon Ronnie Wrenn Jr.for the assignment. Wrenn wasted no time as the pair left hard for early position and they found it right on the front end. The trotted the first quarter in 27.4 and grabbed a breather to the half in 57. Wrenn and JJ Hall were well in hand and trotted past three quarters in 1.25.1, the pair had it wrapped up from there. Touchmymuscles and Randy Tharps grabbed the place spot and Countmymuscles for trainer and driver Kayne Kauffman were third. The very next race on the 14-race card was the Filly And Mare Open Pace. TT's Little Lass and Jeremy Smith were a mild upset in a career best effort of 1.52. She's Shocking with post four was the post time favorite in the short field of six. She's Shocking was driven by Kayne Kauffman and they pushed the gate away, determined to set the pace. After clocking fractions of 26.4, 54.4 and 1.23.1, it was TT's Little Lass who was sitting in perfect striking position behind She's Shocking to benefit from the quick pace. She's Shocking finished second and Eve Marie Seelster completed the trifecta. Carol's Comet and Aaron Merriman prevailed in the $20,000 Open Pace in 1.50.4. Carol's Comet is a five-year-old gelded son of Yankee Cruiser. He's trained by Ron Potter for his connections. Carol's Comet started from post eight in the field of nine, but Merriman still said let's go when the wings folded. They landed right in the two hole behind the 6/5 favorite, Rockin Wizard, driven by Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Rockin Wizard set the hot fractions of 26.2, 55.3 and 1.23.1, but couldn't fend off the closing Carol's Comet when he ducked in to the super stretch. Rockin Wizard and Special Forces for driver, Greg Grismore couldn't be split, it was a deadheat for place. Racing continues on Tuesday (July 1) With a first race post time of 6:30. From Scioto Downs Racino  

LEBANON, OH. - The fields are set for Saturday night's $25,000 James K. Hackett Memorial races for both Ohio-sired three-year-old filly and colt pacers at Miami Valley Raceway. A pair of $7500 elimination heats were necessary last weekend to whittle the nominees down to championship fields of nine of each gender. An impressive first round winner has drawn the outside post position in each final making the races more intriguing. Despite the nine-hole behind the gate Paydaze On The Way has been installed the lukewarm 5-2 favorite in the filly division on the merits of her 1:56.3 elimination win. Crown Time Keeper (Chris Page), the winner of the other elimination split, has been tabbed second choice at 3-1 odds. Second place elimination finishers Fayco Filly (Dan Noble) and Friskie's Angel (Randy Tharps) have been assigned opening odds of 4-1 and 6-1, followed by A P P Panda (Greg Grismore) at 8-1, the Bill Webb-owned entry of Baby Slider (Kyle Ater) and Mean Fever (Jason Brewer) at 10-1, God Only Knows (Jeremy Smith) 12-1 and Lady Julie (Kayne Kauffman) 15-1. Friskie Adam (Kyle Ater) got the slight favorite's role at 5-2 in the colts division following his 1:55.2 front-end score in the eliminations. The other elimination heat went to Big Bossman (Greg Grismore) in 1:55.3, but the talented colt drew the outside post and thus will open at 9-2 on the toteboard. Chance I Might (Chris Page), who was beaten just a head by Big Bossman in the elim, has been tabbed the 3-1 second choice, followed by Dibs 7-2, Feelin Speedy (Josh Sutton) 6-1, Hawks Cry Hoboken (Dan Noble) 8-1, U F Fast Feelin 10-1, Two Will Forever (Jeremy Smith) 12-1 and Led Schneppelin (Kayne Kauffman) 15-1. Post time for the 14-race card on Saturday night is 6:30 p.m.with the Hackett championship races carded as the ninth and eleventh on the program. From the Miami Valley Raceway Publicity Department  

LEBANON, OH. - Up Front Kellie Jo hopped into Miami Valley Raceway on Easter Sunday and hopped out with her fifth straight open mares harness racing victory in the Buckeye state, the first four coming at Northfield Park. The eight-year-old Bettor's Delight mare is obviously as sharp as ever, despite her advanced age of eight, as she prevailed over Y Mach Me (Kyle Ater) by a head in 1:52 and Bazooka Terror (Randy Tharps) who was a half-length away at the wire. Driver Josh Sutton left like a bunny who had backed into a porcupine and got the lead in less than an eighth of a mile despite being assigned the outside nine-hole. The favored winner raced unchallenged through moderate fractions before stepping on the gas at the three quarters station.   Although she responded well, the others did make the race quite interesting and were closing furiously at the finish. Up Front Kellie Jo is owned by Ed Mullinax and Mark Ford and trained by Rob Harmon.   The triumph was one of three for Sutton on the holiday program. Jeremy Smith and Dan Noble also fashioned driving doubles on the nine-race card.   From the Miami Valley Raceway Publicity Department

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