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LEBANON, OH. - Big Bossman and Friskie Adam scored impressive harness racing triumphs in a pair of $7,500 elimination heats on Saturday night to determine the finalists for the $25,000 James K. Hackett Memorial at Miami Valley Raceway next weekend (April 26). Driver Greg Grismore left alertly with Big Bossman in the first split only to yield to Chance I Might (Chris Page) nearing the quarter mile marker. Content to sit the pocket through moderate fractions, the pride of the Parent Racing Stable and trainer Doug Hinklin found a seam along the pylons in the stretch and nailed the frontrunner in the final strides of the 1:55.3 mile.   Other Ohio-sired sophomore pacers who garned spots in the championship were third place finisher Dibs (Tony Hall), UF Fast Feelin (Dan Noble) and Led Schneppelin (Kayne Kauffman), who was the quickest of the two fifth place finishers (1:56.3) to earn the final spot in the final.   Friskie Adam was clearly the best in the second division posting a 5/1/2 length victory for driver Kyle Ater, trainer Dan Ater and owner Dr. Jerry Maloon. The heavily favored son of Feelin Friskie was never pressured during his 1:55.2 mile and appeared to be on cruise control at the finish.   Feelin Speedy (Josh Sutton) crossed the line second followed by Two Will Forever (Jeremy Smith) and Hawks Cry Hoboken (Noble) who all qualified for the impending championship race.   A $9,000 Open I pace was also presented in front of another full house of racing fans on Saturday and Royal Outlook (Jim Pantaleano) made his return to Miami Valley a happy homecoming notching a 1:52 score by a length over I Found My Beach (Grismore) and Justified (Hall).   It was the fourth consecutive Open I win at Miami Valley and sixth victory in seven local starts, interrupted only by a three week stint at Hoosier Park which resulted in one additional triumph. The razor sharp winner is trained by Terry Deters and owned by David Hudson, a former professional hockey player.   Racing resumes on Easter Sunday night at Miami Valley with a 6:30 p.m. post time.   From Miami Valley Raceway Publicity Department      

LEBANON, OH. - The stage is set for the James K. Hackett Memorial filly division showdown next Saturday night, April 26. A pair of $7,500 eliminations were contested Friday night at Miami Valley Raceway to determine the nine Ohio-sired three-year-old harness racing finalists that will chase the $25,000 championship purse next week.   In the first division, Crown Time Keeper sped to a 1:56.1 triumph for driver Chris Page, besting Friskie's Angel (Randy Tharps) and God Only Knows (Jeremy Smith). Also advancing to the final were Lady Julie (Kayne Kauffman) and Mean Fever (Jason Brewer), who was the fastest fifth-place finisher from the two splits. Steve Carter conditions the winner for long-time standardbred enthusiast Esther Crownover, who also bred the daughter of Feelin Friskie.   Paydaze On The Way (Kauffman) was the easiest of winners in the second division going gate-to-wire in 1:56.3 as the deserved odds-on favorite. A compact field of rivals were all content to race single file behind the Ron Burke-trained daughter of Look Sharp as she coasted through pedestrian fractions of :28.2, :59.1 and 1:29 before pulling away with a quick :27.3 final panel to easily defeat Fayco Filly (Page), A P P Panda (Greg Grismore) and Baby Slider (Brewer) who also qualified for the $25,000 final. The partnership of Taylor, Gold, Lombardo and Rose own Paydaze On The Way.   A pair of $7500 Hackett Memorial eliminations for sophomore state-bred colts and geldings will race Saturday night at Miami Valley to determine the lineup for their tandem $25,000 championship on April 26. An $8500 Open trot was also contested on Friday night with J J Hall (Kauffman) stepping to a 1:55.1 all time track record for squaregaiters. The six-year-old son of Jailhouse Jesse was content to sit third through three-quarters of the mile, moved up to second at the head of the stretch and exploded home for a 4-3/4 length win over Bookem (Josh Sutton) and E L Rock (Chris Scicluna). The classy winning trotter is now two-for-two on the season for owner Douglas Millard and trainer Scott Mogan.   Gregg Keidel

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 - Royal Outlook (Jim Pantaleano) captured the $10,000 Open Handicap pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night weathering a parked-out trip from the assigned outside nine-hole and still besting Ardyne Ace (Randy Tharps) and Doubletrouble (Josh Sutton) in 1:52.4.   The Canadian invader, sent to trainer Terry Deters just over a month ago, has soared to the top of the best class at the new five-eights mile oval and has earned a well-deserved week off next Saturday following three consecutive victories in the weekly feature race.   Driver Kayne Kauffman had the hot hands on the program as he inched closer to leading driver Tyler Smith, who was at The Meadowlands for their Legends vs. Phenoms Driving Challenge, with five triumphs.   Kauffman's stellar evening started by winning both halves of the daily double with Jim Arledge Jr. trainees No Satin Intended and Camart Hanover. He had back-to-back wins again in the middle of the card with Jetstream Friskie, trained by Joseph Essig, and Soil The Beans from the Chris Short stable. Kauffman captured his fifth race with Ra Ra Steven who resides in his own stable at nearby Lebanon fairgrounds.   Josh Sutton scored a driving triple guiding A Luck Duck and Mybrothergeorge, a pair of recent claims by trainer Barry Langley, into the winner's circle as well as Southbound for conditioner Brett Landis.   One of the most exciting races on the 14-race program was the $6,000 male gender semi-final in the month-long Miami Valley Madness In March tournament for $4,000 claiming pacers.   Olive Loaf (Kyle Ater) eeked out a neck-long 1:54.4 upset victory over City Pizza (Jeremy Smith) with Communicator (Pat Berry) also lapped on at the finish. Earning the fourth and final spot in an $8,000 "Battle of the Sexes" championship race versus the four best female finishers from a tandem brackets tournament elimination match on Sunday night was C D's Report (Kauffman). The "final four" boys will face off against the "final four" girls on Sunday, March 30 to culminate the Miami Valley Madness in March event.   From the Miami Valley 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. - A pair of contentious $5,000 'Sweet 16' races were contested Saturday night at Miami Valley Raceway.   When the dust cleared the field was set for next week's 'Elite 8' horse and gelding competition in the month-long tournament for $4000 claiming pacers.   The top four finishers from this week's eliminations will face off in a $6000 male championship race next Saturday. Then the 'Final Four' boys will advance to an $8000 'Battle of the Sexes' championship on March 30 to face the top four female $4000 claiming pacers who advance through a similar tournament structure on Sunday nights.   The first elimination was captured by Communicator (Pat Berry) in 1:55, edging City Pizza (Jeremy Smith), T Boone (Brad Hanners) and Cole Diddy (Tyler Smith)--all of whom paced miles under 1:56. The top four finishers in the second split all recorded official finish times of 1:55.3 as Five Cougars A (Jason Brewer) just nipped Majestic (Jack Dailey), CD's Report (Kayne Kauffman) and Olive Loaf (Jeremy Smith) in the blanket finish.   The only entrant who will carry a claiming price next week will be T Boone, who was claimed in each of the first two elimination weeks. If entered he will carry a $5000 tag for new owner Bucky Troute.   The Miami Valley Madness In March tournament started with 64 $4000 claimers and will be reduced to eight males and eight females following a pair of distaff eliminations Sunday night.   From 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  

LEBANON, OH. - Cashahallic produced a minor upset in the $10,000 Open Handicap trot at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night, stepping to a 1:56 track record in the process.   At odds of 9-1, the six-year-old son of Cash Hall was the quickest of the full field off the wings of the Woebkenberg starting gate, leaving alertly in :28.1 for driver Jim Pantaleano. The Chris Scicluna trainee continued to show the way through fractions of :57.4 and 1:26.3 before holding off pocket-sitting Baby Blaze (Chris Page) by a neck for owner Michael Lipman. Itzaziam (Pat Berry) rallied late to garner the show dough.   Drivers Jeremy Smith and Chris Page each scored hat tricks on the 12-race program.   Smith sped to the quickest mile of the night with a 1:53.4 triumph behind Big Pulse. He also guided Exit Here (1:55.4) and Milliron Pete (1:58.4) to victories.   Page's wins were with Newspeak (1:55.1), Polo Johnny (1:56.2) and the trotter Chet N Spanky (1:58.3).   Racing resumes Saturday night with a solid 14-race program including a $10,000 Open Handicap pace and four first-round elimination heats of the Miami Valley Madness In March tournament for $4000 claimers. Post time is 6:30 p.m.   Brad Conrad  

LEBANON, OH. - Driver Jason Brewer and his partners had a huge night at Miami Valley Raceway on Thursday. Not only did the talented reinsman win three races, but he was an ownership partner on each of them.   Brewer's big night started with Brooklets Sugarland in the seventh race. Following a brief give-and-go back to the front end, the lukewarm favorite was on the engine the entire mile to beat All Tanned Up (Tony Hall) and May Street Bon (Jim Pantaleano). The $4000 claiming mare is owned by Brewer in partnership with Vince Orlando.   In the very next race Volleyball Star became the first three-time winner at Miami Valley, besting a field of $5000 claiming mares in 1:55.2. Although just mildly favored in the race, Brewer stepped alertly to the front of the class off the wings of the gate and widened to a six-length margin of victory at the wire. Co-owned by the Holland Racing Stable, the winner bested Dangerous Forever (Tyler Smith) and Dora Des Rivieres (Jeremy Smith).   Brewer proved it wasn't just favorites he could guide to victory when he returned to the winner's circle after race ten, a $5000 conditioned distaff event captured by Autumn Seelster in 1:56.2. The triumphant lass was parked on the outside much of the mile but managed to reach the finish line a length ahead of fellow longshot Bella Sophia (Randy Tharps) and Babes's Bistro (Kayne Kauffman). Bettors who thought Brewer could score the hat trick were rewarded with a $27 win ticket mutual. The $2 exacta in the race returned $960.40 while the winning 50-cent trifecta combination paid $954.70. Brewer's partner on Autumn Seelster is William Fleming.   On Wednesday night, 21-year-old Tyler Smith, who currently stands atop the driver's dash standings at the initial Miami Valley meet, visited the winner's circle four times to bring his total to 20 triumphs after 13 nights of racing. Racing continues at Miami Valley on a Wednesday through Sunday night schedule with a regular 6:30 p.m. post time. Submitted by Miami Valley Raceway Publicity Dept.

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

Scioto Downs Racino hosted the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association first Charity Race Night Thursday and by all accounts it was an instant success. Three of the 10 charities were interviewed at a time in between races so each one could promote their mission and goals.  Then after the sixth race, the draw was conducted to partner a charity up with a horse in the seventh race; how the horse finished determined how much money the charity would receive, based on the percentages purses are distributed. When it was all said and done, Standing Danette and Tony Hall crossed the line first for the Arthritis Foundation of Central Ohio in 1:54.  The win got the Foundation a $5,000 donation to their charity and bragging rights as the winner. “We would like to thank the OHHA and Standing Danette for her wonderful $5,000 donation to the Arthritis Foundation,” said Susan Davis, their Regional Vice-President.  “The OHHA has been awesome this evening, and Scioto Downs was great - they were very helpful and supportive of us.  The food was wonderful and it’s been an amazing evening.  We at the Arthritis Foundation are just very excited and proud to be here at the inaugural event.” Finishing second was Grace Seelster (Greg Grismore) who was partnered with the National Parkinson’s Foundation and earned $2,500 for the charity.  Kay Low (Jeremy Smith) and R E O Speeddragon (Kayne Kauffman) finished third and fourth respectively to earn $1,200 for ALS Association and $800 for 4-H Youth Development.  The charities whose horses finished 5-10 got $500. Scioto also donated $500 per charity, so no one left the track with less than $1,000. Racing resumes Friday and Saturday with a 6:30 p.m. post time. Jessica Schroeder

A short and concise racing program, with 10 races, was held Saturday at Scioto Downs Racino.  The fastest race on the evening, on a track deemed sloppy, was won by Lucky Lime and Kyle Ater in 1:52. The 4-year-old took the $20,000 Open by half a length over Carol’s Comet (Jeff Nisonger).  The gelding by Rocknroll Hanover out of Cupcakesnwhipcream won for the fourth time this year for owner Kirk Nichols. Lucky Lime is trained by Dean Gilispie, who had three wins in four starts on the night.  His other wins were with Most Happy Keene (Nisonger) and Intrigued Royally (Jeremy Smith).  Most Happy Keene won the $10,000 Claimer in 1:55 and Intrigued Royally took the night cap, a $5,000 claimer, in 1:55.3.  Gilispie also had a fourth, in the first race with another $5,000 claimer, Duck Hook. Driver Jeremy Smith also had three wins on the evening, taking his picture with not only Intrigued Royally, but also Dial A Dragon and Chip of Art. From Scioto Downs Racino

Twenty horses raced in two divisions of the harness racing Open at Scioto Downs Racino Saturday (June 22) and a total of $40,000 in purses was paid out for these top class horses.

At last the harness racing folk of Ohio have finally woken up to the driving talents of their very own Jeremy Smith. Ignored for much of his career, the 32-year-old is on the verge of claiming his first driving title at Lebanon Raceway.

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