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Dayton, OH. - Harness racing trotter I Know My Chip inched closer to the $1 million earnings plateau winning the $17,500 Open at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Thursday night. Driver Jeremy Smith sped directly to the front with the 7-year-old son of Deep Chip and cut all the fractions entourage to an impressive 1:53.1 triumph. The winner is trained by Walter Haynes Jr. for owners Brian Carsey and John McGill. He is eligible to the $170,000 (est.) Dayton Trotting Derby on Friday, September 27. Drivers Chris Page and Tyler Smith shared the Thursday spotlight with four wins apiece. Racing resumes at Hollywood Dayton on Friday and Saturday nights with a 6:15 p.m. post time. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway kicked off its 78-day 2019 season on Monday (Sept. 9) with a 14 race matinee featuring full harness racing fields and competitive racing over a newly resurfaced race track that drew praise from the drivers colony.   A pair of reinsmen scored hat tricks on the opening day program while another trio notched driving doubles. Defending Dayton dash champion Jeremy Smith captured three races with Princess Rockette ($6.40), Nyquist ($18.40) and Dragonfly ($3.40). Trevor Smith (no relation although both Jeremy and Trevor are lifelong Washington Court House, Ohio residents) matched the feat by visiting the winner's circle with Crown Isle ($15.40), Parklane Glamorous ($30.40) and Rocking Zoe ($7.20).   Dan Noble, Brett Miller and Josh Sutton each won a pair of races. Shawn Barker II and Jason Beattie each got their initial driving wins of the 2019 Dayton season as well.   Quickest mile on opening day was recorded by Beach Ogre in 1:52 for Sutton and owner-trainer Noah Garrett. The six-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere pushed his career earnings over the $250,000 plateau with the impressive front end tally.   "The track is really fast for the first day of the meet," exclaimed Sutton when asked about the newly reconditioned five-eighths mile oval. "And it can only get faster as more horses go over it. We may not lose any days to bad weather and poor track conditions this year. It seems much better than the last couple years."   Another fourteen races and 125 horses are slated to appear on day two (Tuesday, Sept. 10) with a 2:15 p.m. post time.   From the Dayton Raceway Media Department

LEBANON, OH - It has been over three months since driver Jeremy Smith underwent surgery to repair a bothersome shoulder, but he roared back in style on Monday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway by winning three of his first four drives following his rehabilitation layoff. In just his second of nine assignments on the day, the 39-year-old red and white clad reinsman guided Doc's Bonanza to a 3-3/4 length score in a bottom conditions pace. The 1:53.2 triumph was the first of 2019 for Doc's Bonanza and was the best time for the 12-year-old winner in over two years. Mary Dawson owns and trains the son of The Panderosa, who paid $9.20 to win. Smith's second tally of the day was a stunner as Virginnaire upset a full field of lower condition pacing mares in 1:55.1, returning $39.40 for a $2 win ticket. It was also the first win in 11 tries for the daughter of Always A Virgin, who is trained by Tony Todd for owner David Finnegan. Always one to produce handsome payoffs, Jeremy next visited the winner's circle with J C Onthebeach, who yielded $36.20 to his backers. Daniel Stone conditions the Somebeachsomewhere gelding for the S & S Racing Stable. His 1:52 score in a mid-range condition pace was his third on the year and 42nd in the career of the nine year old gelding. "I feel great," exclaimed Smith. "I did everything the doctors asked and my shoulder feels better than it has in years. I'm so thankful that I have a group of loyal trainers and owners who have welcomed me back and trusted me with their horses...I hope I can get on a roll for them!" Smith is coming off his best year. In 2018, he won 338 races good for $2,990,077 in purses. The career winner of 2,159 races and over $13 million in purses also captured the dash title at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   Gregg Keidel

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (April 11) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Jeremy Smith, who returns from injury on April 29; Tyler Buter, who recently won his 3,000th race; Tom Daly, the George Morton Levy Bracket Buster Challenge winner; and Jeff and Janine Gesek from Pacing for the Cure Smith has been sidelined since January following a surgery to repair his neck. He will return to the sulky on April 29 at Miami Valley Gaming. The pair will discuss with Smith what the process was to get back in the bike and be healthy once again. Buter won his 3,000th career victory at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on April 21. Buter, who has made over $34 million in career earnings will discuss his career and how he got into the sport of harness racing. The 2019 George Morton Levy Bracket Buster Contest is in the books and Tom Daly a handicapper from New Jersey has taken down the $250.00 first prize. Daly will join to talk about his journey through the contest and what tactics he used to win the event. The pair's monthly Pacing for the Cure segment with Jeff and Janine Gesek continues on Thursday. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   Michael Carter Social Media and Publicity Coordinator U.S. Trotting Association

LEBANON, OH. - Granite and My Hero Ron have dominated the featured weekly Open Pace at both Hollywood Dayton and Miami Valley Raceways in recent weeks, Granite winning three times and My Hero Ron twice since December 8. They were joined in the Saturday night (Jan. 12) $25,000 Open at Miami Valley by Nuclear Dragon, the 1:49 track record holder returning to the races after a two and a half month layoff. While all three raced gallantly on a blustery winter night it was My Buddy Ninkster (Todd Warren) who surprised the favored trio with a stern stretch effort to pass them in the final strides of the 1:51.3 mile. My Buddy Ninkster is no stranger to the Miami Valley win circle as he won several top events during the 2018 meet last winter, propelling him to $102,290 in seasonal earnings. The 7-year-old son of Dali won eight times last year and his first 2019 triumph was the 35th in his stellar career which now sports a bankroll of $457,740. Warren was content to get away fifth in the star-studded field as Granite (Jeremy Smith) stopped the first three teletimers in :26.4, :55.1 and 1:23.1. At that point Nuclear Dragon (Dan Noble) drew even with the leader and the pair raced as a team around the final turn. At the head of the lane, Warren swung My Buddy Ninkster three-wide with My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) fanning even further out for a thrilling duel through the lane. In the end, it was My Buddy Ninkster over Nuclear Dragon with Granite and My Hero Ron also lapped on to the winner. Bob Phillips conditions My Buddy Ninkster for John and Mary Krasnican of Illinois. Dispatched at 5-1 he paid $13.80 to win. Four first leg divisions of the $20,000 Claim To Fame Series were also contested on Saturday. Winners were Latest Desire (Trace Tetrick, 1:50.2), Always A Fighter (Tetrick, 1:52.4), Vintage Grand (Warren, 1:52.3) and Fan Of Terror (Tetrick, 1:51). While seven horses were plucked via the claim box from the first leg, only Fan Of Terror changed barns among the winners. Tetrick scored five wins on the program to run his total tallies over the past two nights to nine. The defending Miami Valley dash champion's other winners were Tyd The Glyde and Fools Desire in a pair of high conditioned paces. Racing resumes at Miami Valley on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 12) at 2:05. The matinee will feature three divisions of the first leg of the Claim To Fame Series for $30,000 male pacers and a $25,000 Open Trot.   Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Jeremy Smith and Virgil Morgan Jr. were recognized as Top Driver and Top Trainer, respectively, on Saturday night (Dec. 29) at Hollywood Gaming At Dayton Raceway as the curtain fell on the track's fifth 75-program season of live harness racing. Smith set a new standard for wins during a Dayton meet with 154 victories, good for $1.1 million in purse earnings. It is Jeremy's first dash crown in the post-VLT era in Ohio as his only other title came at old Lebanon Raceway prior to the commencement of the impressive racing renaissance in the Buckeye state over the last five years. Previous dash champs at Dayton have been Josh Sutton (2014, 2015 and 2016) and Kayne Kauffman (2017). Morgan Jr. is no stranger to training titles as he is the perennial champ at Scioto Downs over the past two decades. This title marks his third award at Hollywood Dayton, having won previously in both 2014 and 2016. The only other training winner has been Jeff Brewer, who captured the crown in both 2015 and 2017. Morgan managed 45 wins during the 2018 campaign from 197 starts-earning over $325,000 in purses and sporting a .345 UDRS. On the track, the closing night Open Handicap Pace was won by My Hero Ron for the second straight week. Despite being assigned an outside post in a full field of nine, driver Tyler Smith managed to get away sixth along the pylons during the :26.4 opening panel. Shuffled further back on the way to the :55.2 half, Smith managed to squeeze My Hero Ron into second-over position in fifth by the time the leader and eventual runnerup Night Pro (Dale Decker) tripped the third quarter beam in 1:23. Smith was on a mission through the stretch and used a :27.3 closing kick to nail the leader in the final two strides. Despite his ultra-consistent 2018 scorecard, which read 33 7-11-7 $153,090 going into the race, My Hero Ron returned $10.60 to win. He is trained by Danny Dubeansky for owners Brian Witt and Cory Atley. The quick 1:51.2 clocking of the Open was one of six sub-1:52 races over the five-eighths mile oval on the card. Other amazing miles were turned in were by Full On Rocknroll (Jeremy Smith, 1:51.4), Fan Of Terror (Trace Tetrick, 1:51.4), Just Toyin With Ya (Josh Sutton, 1:51.2), Migrate Blue Chip (Tyler Smith, 1:51) and Evergreen Elite (Kyle Ater, 1:51.2). Hollywood Gaming wishes to thank every owner, trainer, driver, caretaker, official, employee as well as its racing patrons for making Dayton Raceway their home for harness racing over the past four months. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH - Despite 24 degree temperatures and never seeing the pylons Granite captured the $18,500 Open Handicap Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (Dec. 8) in 1:49.2. /The clocking was the fourth fastest in the five year history of harness racing's newest track, following only Donttellmeagain (1:47.4), State Treasurer (1:48.4) and Wiggle It Jiggleit (1:49.1)-all marks taken in editions of the Dayton Pacing Derby, a lucrative Grand Circuit event for older pacers in late September each season. Granite, driven by the meet's leading driver Jeremy Smith, left the gate with alacrity but had to settle for second-over position throughout the fray. Night Pro (Dale Decker) assumed his normal position on the front end through the first two fractions of :26.1 and 54.0 with Sadiq Hanover (Dan Noble) in the pocket and Winwood Mac (Chris Page), the winner of two of the last three weekly features, challenging the leaders on the rim. Granite, a son of Real Desire, was in tow in the outer flow until Winwood Mac cleared to the front off the final turn leaving the pair of 5-year-old stalwarts in a stretch-long duel to the wire. The winning Ken Rucker trainee surged ahead a couple strides from the finish to establish a new lifetime mark. Sadiq Hanover, claimed last week for $37,500, gave up little ground and raced gallantly to finish very close in the show position. The Panhellenic Stable owns Granite, who won for the 7th time this season, 19th time in his career, and boosted his lifetime bounty to $348,910. Next Saturday night (Dec. 15) Hollywood Dayton Raceway will present the fourth annual "Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes Drivers Challenge" with Hoosier Park's top five available reinsmen taking on Hollywood Dayton's current leading dash drivers in a six-race competition. The Hoosiers will be represented by Trace Tetrick, Ricky Macomber Jr., Lewayne Miller, Mike Oosting and Brandon Bates. The Buckeye squad will be comprised of Jeremy Smith, Dan Noble, Chris Page, Josh Sutton and Kayne Kauffman. From the Press Box at Dayton Raceway  

DAYTON, OH. - Jeremy Smith, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway's leading harness racing driver nearing the halfway point in the current 76-day meet, widened his winning margin in the dash standings with a six-pack of victories on Monday afternoon (Nov. 5). The 38-year-old reinsman now has 89 triumphs through the first 36 programs, good for a 22-race edge over current runnerup Dan Noble, who sports 67 victories. Smith made his first visit to the winner's circle with Billy Nine Toes following a maiden pace timed in 1:55.4. The Mark Rowe trainee paid $12.40 to win. Jeremy next crossed the wire in front behind Queens On Fire (1:55.2, $8.20) for conditioner Mervin Schmucker. He finished with four consecutive wins behind Pennyspocketchange (1:56, $5.40) for trainer Walter Haynes Jr., Brangus (1:54.2, $3.20) and Loreenas Ruffian (1:52.4, $3.40) for current training leader Virgil Morgan Jr., and lastly hung a new lifetime mark on Basher (1:52.2, $5.20) for trainer Joe Putnam. Racing at Hollywood Dayton resumes on Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 6) with a 14-race matinee card starting at 2:15 p.m. Dayton Raceway Media Department  

DAYTON, OH. - Following a six race absence, Juslikeaqueen returned to the Hollywood Dayton Raceway winner's circle following the $18,500 Mares Open Pace on Friday night (Nov. 2). Dispatched at 5-2 odds, the 4-year-old daughter of Palone Ranger won for the sixth time in 2018 and surpassed the $100,000 season earnings plateau in the process. After leaving alertly and showing the field to the quarter mile marker in :27.2, driver Jeremy Smith elected to allow fellow leaver American Girl (Dan Noble) to cross over in front just past that station, but moved immediately back to the front on a retake before the :56.3 halfway station was reached. Racing relatively unchallenged the remainder of the mile, the winner tripped the three-quarter beam in 1:24 and widened to an open lengths score in 1:52.1 at the finish. American Girl held for second, while It's A Miracle (Tyler Smith) was able to garner the show dough. Juslikeaqueen is owned and trained by Antonia Storer and paid $7.00 to win. Coupled with American Girl, the exacta returned $22.20. Driver Josh Sutton strengthened his stranglehold on third place in the local dash standings by winning five of the first ten races on the card. The red, white and blue clad reinsman opened the program with some fireworks-scoring with Don't Sweeten It in 1:55.2 returning a $92.20 win mutual. Sutton followed up with triumphs behind Missile J (1:52, $3.80), Dragonology (1:52.1, $9.80), trotter Party At The Banks (1:54.3, $3.00) and Endeavors Star (1:53.3, $12.20). The latter three winners were all conditioned by North America's leading trainer Ron Burke. From the Dayton Raceway Media Department    

DAYTON, OH. - Drivers Dan Noble and Jeremy Smith are waging a heated back-and-forth battle for early supremacy in the Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway dash derby. Smith managed a five wins to four advantage over Noble on Opening Day on September 10, a program during which Jeremy also captured his 2,000th career victory. Noble, however, assumed the lead with a second consecutive four-bagger on Day Two-a lead he has maintained through the first 13 cards of the meet. Dan won five times on Saturday night (Sept.29) to put some distance between himself and Smith. With six triumphs on the Monday afternoon (Oct. 1) slate, however, Smith has narrowed Noble's lead back down to 32-27. Smith's six-pack of winners were Mikes Hope (1:52.3, $4.80), Artistic Fusion (1:52.2, $5.60), Winna Winna (1:52.4, $4.20), Cenalta Power (1:53.2, $13.60), Genuine Desire (1:54.4, $5.00) and Stonebridge Cowboy (1:55.1, $7.00). Josh Sutton, Chris Page and Tyler Smith round out the top five in the current standings. Racing resumes Tuesday afternoon at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway with a 2:15 p.m. post time. From the Dayton Raceway Media Department  

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (September 13) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Montrell Teague, driver of Lather Up; Blake Macintosh, trainer of Courtly Choice; Darin Gagne, the track announcer at Running Aces Casino and Racetrack; Michelle Crawford, the new owner of Wes Delight and Jeremy Smith, who recently scored his 2,000th career win. Teague, driver of Lather Up, will discuss the great Ohio Sire Stakes Champion that will step up once again to face the top three-year-olds. Teague, who drove 2016 Little Brown Jug champion Wiggle It Jiggleit, will discuss his chances and how he feels Lather Up will be able to handle the heats in Delaware, Ohio. Macintosh, trainer of Courtly Choice, told the USTA's Ken Weingartner on Tuesday "we'll head to the Jug next" week. We will discuss how he feels the colt has been training leading up to the race and how he thinks he will handle the heats next Thursday. Courtly Choice paid a $45,000 supplemental entry fee. The Running Aces segment with track announcer Darin Gagne returns this week to talk about the happenings at the Minnesota track. Gagne will highlight some of the big events coming up and recap last week's events. Crawford, the new owner of Wes Delight, will talk about their recent purchase as they get ready for Delaware, Ohio. The Crawford's had another colt, Winston, staked to the Jug, but weren't sure that he was ready to make the lead. So they invested in Wes Delight who has made over $300,000 in 2018. Crawford will talk about their past Jug experiences and what draws them into the excitement of the race. Smith, who recently scored his 2,000th win, will join the program to talk about his milestone victory.  He will talk about his career so far and discuss where his career may be headed going forward. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

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          

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