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Scioto Downs will race Friday, May (23) and Saturday, May (24) with post time at 6:30 p.m. Scioto will also have a special Memorial Day program on Monday, May (26), post time at 1:00 p.m.   On Friday night the 13-race card will feature a $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open and a $20,000 Open Trot. The Open Trot is the 5th race on the card, with a field of eight going to post. The Open Trot winner from two weeks ago, Five Towns returns for trainer Kelly Goodwin and driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr.  Scioto based trainer, Hugh "Sandy" Beatty will have two entries in the Friday night feature with, Southwind Pepino and Final Breath. JJ Hall from the Scott Mogan stable is no stranger to these ranks either and he will start from post five. Completing the field will be Cantab Lindy, Go Tapaigh, Baby Blaze and Vibe Blue Chip.   The next feature will be race 7 when the full field of 10 fillies and mares go post ward for a bounty of $20,000. The morning line favorite is Betterluvnexttime from the Virgil Morgan Jr.stable. She took the Open II pace last week in 1:53.3. She will start from post 8 with driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr.   Trainer, Jim Dailey has both, Igottafeelinfran and Native Dream in Friday Night's co-feature.  Igottafeelinfran will start from post 9 with driver, Dan Noble and Native Dream will start from post 5 with Josh Sutton at the controls.   Completing the field is A Sham Of Amber, Y Mach Me, South Side Camie, Sonic Breeze, Riverdancer, Mama Said and Up Front Kellie Jo.   Saturday, May (24) a 12-race card is on tap. The live race card will feature a $20,000 Open for Horses and Geldings. The outstanding group of 8 pacers all have marks of 1:52.1 or faster. Virgil Morgan Jr.will send Rockin Wizard from post 5 with driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Rockin Wizard has already taken a mark this year in 1:49.0. Completing the well accomplished group are Royal Outlook, Carmens Best, Carol's Comet, Roadside Delight, Ardyne Ace, Beach Memories and Windsong Jack.   On Monday, May (26) Memorial Day. Scioto has a special holiday post time of 1:00 p.m. This card will include Ohio Sire Stakes action. The best 3-year old trotters and pacers and will go behind the gate for a purse of $40,000 in their respective divisions.   The Memorial Day Card will feature an American Flag demonstration that you don't want to miss.   Starry Night Star, 13-year old gelding by Van Gogh will be wearing an American Flag costume and driven around the track by his dressed reins man.   Make plans to attend and get in on the action!   From Scioto Downs Racino  

Cyclops, a 3-year-old pacing colt by Dontgetinmyway out of Nuke Warm, earned his name honestly. He only has one eye, but that hasn't stopped this colt from doing his job. The colt lost his eye when he was only 2 weeks old. The colt and his mother got turned out to play for a few hours and when they went to bring him in the accident had already happened.   Cyclops was bred and is owned by Jerry Zosel of Columbus, Ohio and trained by Ohio native, Jim Dailey.   The colt was lightly raced at two. Only having 8 starts, but he earned two wins and a mark of 1:56.2 and a bankroll of $5,085.00. A great start for this homebred colt.   His 3-year old year has started well, with a win, a third and a fifth place check, a new lifetime best of 1:55.1 and has already earned $5,400.   Jim says "he was good to break, but just like any baby he had good days and bad days." "As he got older he never got over the good days and bad days", but Jim also stated" he know his job and he's consistent."   His caretaker, Stacy quoted "his worst habit is going in and out of his stall, but he's a sweetheart to take care of besides that."   Cyclops comes in to Scioto on Thursday, May 15, off a seventh place finish at Hoosier Park. He had the nine hole last week and Dailey says, "he doesn't like to come from that far off the pace, I look for him to get a better trip tonight."   Cyclops was in the 8th race on the Thursday's thirteen race-card and started from the five post with driver, Greg Grismore. Cyclops didn't disappoint his connections. Grismore gave him a perfect pocket trip and waited for the super stretch to get up in time. He stopped the timer in 1:56.4 and paced a last quarter in 28.3.   Racing continues, Friday, May (16) and Saturday, May (17) with a 6:30 p.m post time.   Saturday, May (17) is Preakness Day and the live 13 race-card will feature the Laverne Hill Memorial Pace for Open Mares and a purse of $50,000.00.   Be sure to get to the track early on Saturday to meet and greet with the leading trainers of Scioto Downs. Trainers, Virgil Morgan Jr, Scott Mogan and James Arledge Jr will be available for autographs, pictures and questions until 6:15 p.m.   From Scioto Downs Racino

Friskie Adam raced like a 2-5 favorite should in winning his $40,000 division of Ohio Sires Stakes action at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night, winning comfortably by two lengths in 1:53.2. The odds-on favorites in the other two OSS races last night did not fare so well. Both Dibs and Hooray For Willie failed to reach the winner's circle. Friskie Adam left fast in his division, then yielded to Big Bossman during the middle half, and then paced past him easily in the final quarter for driver Kyle Ater and trainer Dan Ater. Dr. Jerry Maloon owns the sophomore son of Feelin Friskie. Big Bossman held on for second while Feel The Heat claimed the show dough. Dibs was the 2-5 favorite in the other split for Ohio-sired 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. He faltered badly in the final quarter after challenging 13-1 shot Hawks Cry Hoboken with a quarter-mile remaining. Hawks Cry Hoboken accelerated away leaving the field 8-1/4 lengths in his wake at the wire. Upfront Clays Boy rallied for second while Players King got the third place check. Josh Sutton drove Hawks Cry Hoboken for owners Carl Howard, Herres Stable, and Gerry Tucker, and trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. He paid $27.60 to win his first race in four tries this season and second in his career. The winning time was 1:54.2. Hooray For Willie was another odds-on favorite who failed to reward bettors on Saturday night as he led from the start into the homestretch, then fell to longshots Can'tcutthatchip (12-1) and Lady's Dude (15-1). Can'tcutthatchip reached the wire a neck ahead of Lady's Dude for driver Jason Brewer, trainer Jim Dailey, and owners Kathy Ratcliff and Jerry Zosel in the 1:58.1 victory. Hooray For Willie wound up a length behind the winner in third. Soul Train, sent off as the 2-1 second choice, broke stride during the race and finished ninth while the highly-regarded Noah Count broke stride early and finished tenth and last. By Dean A. Hoffman, for the Ohio State Racing Commission

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 11, 2014 - On a night primarily ruled by upsets, Igottafeelinfran and Brad Hanners followed suit and pulled a slight upset in the featured event, a $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 11. In true gate-to-wire fashion, Igottafeelinfran secured the front as soon as the gate folded and never looked back, winning by three lengths in 1:54. In an abbreviated field of six, Hanners sent Igottafeelinfran to the front from post four and solidified the lead at the first quarter mark in :27.4. Ritascape and Frank Davis benefitted from a pocket trip while House of Pleasure and Andy Shetler followed intently in third. The heavily favored American Girl and Peter Wrenn opted for a trip off the pace and trailed the field in sixth. Igottafeelinfran went uncontested down the backside and dictated fractions of :57.4 and 1:27.1 while the rest of the field waited patiently in single-file order. Ross Leonard was the first to move to the outer flow as he sent Nutmegs Yankee on a long first-over bid. American Girl quickly grabbed the cover as the field began to tighten turning for home. Igottafeelinfran looked down a long Hoosier Park stretch and braced herself for the stretch battle as the rest of the field closed in. Hanners asked the four-year-old mare for more and she dug in gamely with a :26.4 final panel to best her rivals. Blissful Romance and Ricky Macomber Jr. staged a huge rally late in the lane to get up for the second place finish while Nutmegs Yankee held on for third. As the publics' second choice, Igottafeelinfran returned $8.00 to her backers. The win was the first of the season from two previous starts for the multiple-stakes winning mare. Owned by Jerry Zosel, Kathy Ratcliff, and Kimberly Dailey, Igottafeelinfran has now won 11 of 27 starts while amassing $268,401 lifetime. Trained by Jim Dailey, the daughter of Feelin Friskie-Fran Anna was an Ohio Sire Stakes champion for the three-year-old pacing fillies division last year. It was a driving triple on the night for driver Brad Hanners as he also scored with Always A Angel and Penn earlier on the card for trainer Bobby Brower. Live harness racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 12 with a 13-race card that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. Highlighting the evening will be a $22,000 Invitational pace and a $22,000 Invitational trot. For more information on the live racing season and the upcoming events at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park              

Eight $150,000 Ohio Sire Stakes championships were held at Scioto Downs Racino Saturday evening.  Feelin Lika Winner lived up to his name when he won the coveted 3-year-old colt pacing championship in 1:52.2. The Scott Mogan trainee sat in the pocket most of the way behind race favorite, That Friske Feelin and Tony Hall, after parking the latter to an opening quarter of 26.3. "We wanted to follow Burke’s horse (That Friske Feelin), as close as we could get to him,” said driver Kayne Kauffman.  “We got out of the gate good and I kind of pushed him through the first turn and tried to sting him a little bit.” That opening quarter didn’t take much out of the eventual winner as he powered home in 28.3 to win by four and three-quarter lengths. “That was a very tough call (to pull going around the last turn instead of waiting for the passing lane) but my horse felt strong,” continued Kauffman.  “Tony’s plugs were out down the backside so we went ahead and made the move and it worked out.” Feelin Lika Winner is owned by Mogan, Diamond Chip Stables (Judy Weber), AWS Stables (Allen & Carol Marie Schmidthorst) and Charlie Guiler.  The gelding by Feelin Friskie out of the Live Love Laugh mare Naughty Sunflower now has $212,235 in lifetime earnings and took a mark earlier this year of 1:51.4 here at Scioto. Other OSS winners on the evening included: 2yo Filly Trot - In the Grippers (Steven One - Over Baked) in 1:58 for driver Chris Page, trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr and owner Herres Stables LLC (Natilie Herres). 2yo Colt Trot - Rompaway Galaxy (Rompaway Wally - Rompaway Wynona) in 1:57.4 for driver Mike Micallef, trainer Krista Williams and owner Rompaway Farms LLC (Thomas Smith) 2yo Filly Pace - Shakin Friskie (Feelin Friskie - Shakeurcancancress) in 1:56.1 for driver Dan Noble, trainer Mark Winters, Sr and owners Bret Schwartz, William Bean and Stephen Montemarano. 2yo Colt Pace - Chance I MIght (Stand Forever - Nature’s Course) in 1:55.3 for driver Brad Hanners, trainer Jim Dailey and owner Rebecca Dwyer. 3yo Filly Trot - Contessa Leigh (Full Count - Howl) in 1:57.1 for driver Sam “Chip” Noble, trainer Marty Wollam and owners G And B Racing (Bradley & George Berlin) and Marty Wollam. 3yo Colt Trot - Final Breath (Victory Sam - First Breath) in 1:56.1 for trainer/driver Hugh “Sandy” Beatty and owner Duane Lowe. 3yo Filly Pace - Igottafeelinfran (Feelin Friskie - Fran Anna) in 1:53.3 for driver Dan Noble, trainer Jim Dailey and owners Jerry Zosel, Kathy Ratcliff and Kimberly Dailey. Racing will continue for one more week, Wednesday thru Saturday, with a post of 6:30 p.m. each day.  Saturday (September 14) is closing night at Scioto for the 2013 racing season. Submitted by Scioto Downs Racino

On Friday, August 23 Northfield Park hosted the fourth leg of Ohio Sires Stake racing action for three year-old fillies as part of their 14-race program. Trotters and pacers each competed in one division. The trotters started the stakes action in the evening’s eighth race. Contessa Leigh (Full Count-Howl-Overcomer) bested her competition by a 5 ¾-lengths in her $35,000 stakes event. The race was Contessa Leigh’s 12 win in 15 lifetime starts and increased her current win-streak to five. Chip Noble piloted the filly for Northfield Park Wall of Fame trainer Marty Wollam, who co-owns the filly with G&B Racing. Contessa Leigh started from post one. Noble sent her straight to the lead and never experienced an anxious moment at any point of the mile. She posted fractions of :28.4, :59.1, 1:29.1 and 1:58.1. Friday’s victory pushed Contessa Leigh’s bankroll to $199,586. Finishing behind Contessa Leigh were Diplomats Mistress, Mitey Pretty Win, Sheza Lavec, Miss Lulu Belle, Trainer Dunn, Coverlet, MJ’s Victory Wish and TT’s Megapixel. Contessa Leigh was the overwhelming favorite and returned $2.10 to win. The pacers completed the evening’s stakes action in the tenth race. Igottafeelinfran captured the $35,000 fourth leg. Dan Noble drove the filly for trainer Jim Dailey and owners Jerry Zosel, Kathy Ratcliff and Kimberly Dailey. Igottafeelinfran (Feelin Friskie-Fran Anna-Expensive Scooter) started from post seven. Noble sent the filly hard from the start and she was parked through a :27 opening quarter. Igottafeelinfran cleared to the lead approaching the half and continued leading through fractions of :55.2, 1:24.2 and 1:53.4, winning by ¾-length. The win was the eighth in 22 career starts and bolstered Igottafeelinfran’s bankroll to $160,340. Finishing in succession after the winner were Pink Camo, Two Friskie, Norma Jean, Rain Dance Maggy, One Naughty Lady, CG Satin, Cheat Sheet, Forever La Nigh and CG’s Serious. Igottafeelinfran paid $5.20 to win. Ayers Ratliff  

State Fair Racing continued at Scioto Downs Racino Friday evening. The two 11 horse fields could not have played out more different as the trot field was lead gate-to-wire with one horse, Final Breath, and the pacing fillies saw Igottafeelinfran go from the second tier and 10th to winning in the last stride. Final Breath went off as the 1-5 favorite and did not disappoint the fans as he won by two lengths in 1:57.3. The colt hasn’t been known to leave but trainer/driver Hugh “Sandy” Beatty said that was the plan this time around. “I’ve never left hard with this colt yet,” explained Beatty. “I just thought tonight it was the right time to kind of send him out of there, get him to the front and control everything and it worked out okay.” Final Breath (Victory Sam - First Breath) is owned by Duane Lowe and has now earned $118,197 in his two year racing career.  Igottafeelinfran left from the 11 hole and got away ninth, was parked the entire mile and yet won by a nose in 1:53.4, posting a last quarter in 27.4. Two Friskie (Kyle Ater) was the third betting choice and finished second; the pair were at seven and a quarter lengths ahead of the rest of the field. Driver Dan Noble took the lines for trainer Jim Dailey and owners Jerry Zosel, Kathy Ratcliff and Kimberly Dailey. When asked if he thought he’d get there considering he was sixth at the 3/4 pole, Noble simply said “No. “I was pretty confident at the second to last step; I was just thinking we were the best.” The two divisions of 2-year-old trotting colts were races one and two. Bradymeister and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. took the first division in 1:59.1, after a blistering 27.4 opening quarter for the Good Time Georgio colt. “That was a pretty good quarter, he pretty much just towed me out of there,” said Wrenn. “I was trying to calm him down but I really couldn’t. He was a little hot out of the gate.  “He (trainer Kurt Sugg) has another nice 2-year-old colt trotter so he offered me to allow me to drive this horse. He’s a pretty nice colt. I mean, he was getting a little tired off a 57.4 half but he raced good.” Getting away third and pulling just at the quarter pole, Rompaway Galaxy got the lead by the 3/8 pole and never looked back and trotted to victory in the first division.  “He’s good, he’s smart and he’s handy to drive,” said driver Mike Micallef. “So that makes it a lot easier.“ Finishing the mile in 1:59.1, the colt by Rompaway Wally is now four for four this year. After all the State Fair races were over, the fast miles at Scioto continued in race 10 when March Awareness and rainer/driver Ray Paver set a new track record for 3-year-old gelding trotters when we won by a head in 1:54.4. The previous track record of 1:55.3 was set in 2008 by One Awesome Master and Sam “Chip” Noble. The actual Ohio State Fair may run until Sunday, August 4 but the Ohio State Fair races finish Saturday at Scioto. Highlighting the special 1:00 p.m. card will be the 2 and 3-year-old colt paces. Both races split into two divisions each, with the freshmen going for $34,000 in each and each sophomore division going for $30,000. Dibs, the 2-year-old full brother to Pink Camo, is installed as the 9-5 favorite in the second division of colt pacers in race eight. Owned by the same connections as the fast female (Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jason Melillo and RIchard Suda), Dibs is looking for his third win in four starts with regular driver Tony Hall. Outdoor Fever is coming off a 1:53.4 mile in the Summit County Fair stakes that are held at Northfield Park. He will have the same driver, Greg Grismore, when he goes behind the gate in race two. Feelin Lika Winner (Kayne Kauffman) is slated as the 2-1 morning line favorite. Scioto Downs Racino

In The Grippers and Chris Page started the Ohio State Fair races Thursday at Scioto Downs Racino when they won the opening race for 2-year-old trotting fillies in 1:58.4. Sitting the perfect pocket trip, Page fanned the daughter of Steven One wide coming out of the last turn and just got up to win over Turbochargedroxie and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. Owned by Herres Stables LLC of Bellbrook, In The Grippers now has three wins in three starts for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr and has earned $47,225. R Spunky Girl took the fastest split for the 2-year-old pacing fillies for trainer Jim Dailey and Scioto’s leading driver, Tony Hall. Winning by just a nose over race favorite Rosy Fire and Dan Noble in 1:56.4, the pair sat third for most of the mile and got up in the final stride after being parked for the last 3/8 of a mile. The daughter of Feelin Friskie is owned by Tracey Russell, Rosemary Young and Kimberly Dailey. The win broke the filly’s maiden after finishing third in her last two Sire Stakes outings. The other two State Fair races for 2-year-olds were won by Rose Run Princess (Chris Page) and Paydaze On The Way (Dan Noble). The trotting filly Rose Run Princess (Trainforthefuture - Cinder Char) won in 2:00.2 for trainer Devan Miller to now have a three race win streak while the pacer Paydaze On The Way (Look Sharp - Shantytown Girl) won her race in 1:57.4 for trainer Diana Riegle. Contessa Leigh continued her winning streak by crossing the line first over 10 others in the sole $60,000 division for 3-year-old trotting fillies when she and driver Chip Noble won by one length in 1:57. The filly by Full Count out of the Overcomer mare Howl is co-owned by her trainer Marty Wollam and G And B Racing (Bradley and George Berlin). Her competition didn’t make it easy for her when she was parked for nearly the first half of the mile by Mitey Pretty Win (Ray Paver) who took the field to the opening quarter of 28.1 and then Trainer Dunn (Tony Hall) before they hit the half in 57. Mitey Pretty Win was second while Miss Lulu Belle (Wrenn, Jr) finished third. Contessa Leigh now has 10 wins in 13 starts and the only time she finished out of the top three in her life is when she was beaten by one and a half lengths in a race over at The Meadows earlier this year. The lightly raced filly has earned $172,586, all of which was made in Ohio except for that one race at The Meadows. State Fair racing continues Friday at Scioto with two divisions of 2-year-old trotting colts going for $35,000 each in races one and two. Races four and nine will be races for 3-year-old trotting colts and pacing fillies respectively, and each race will carry a $60,000 purse with 11 horses in it. The morning-line favorite for 3-year-old trotting colts is Final Breath for trainer/driver Hugh “Sandy” Beatty. The Victory Sam colt has five wins in eight starts so far this year and has won all three of his Sire Stakes races this year, taking a season’s mark of 1:57.1 back in May at Scioto. Ohio’s First Lady Pace, for 3-year-old pacing fillies is headlined by Ron Burke’s Pink Camo. She has been racing most recently in the Opens at Scioto, pacing in 1:53 and change but also winning her last Sire Stakes race in 1:55. The daughter of Pine Valley last raced on July 19 and will have to face Two Friskie for the first time this year. Two Friskie will be driven by Kyle Ater for trainer Mark Winters, Sr. The filly has won her last three starts, all at county fairs, but pacing in 1:58.1, 2:02.2 and 2:02.1. Her last start at Scioto saw her finish third in her Sire Stakes division to Igottafeelinfran and Crosswind Colleen of which the latter will be racing against her in this Ohio State Fair race. Pink Camo has 3-1 morning line odds coming out of the outside nine post while Two Friskie has the six hole and Crosswind Colleen will leave out of the second tier from post 11. Post time for Friday’s 12-race card begins at 6:30 p.m. Scioto Downs Racino.  

Native Dream made up 2 lengths in the Lightning Lane to capture her second straight harness racing victory in Friday's second leg of the My Drag Queen Pace at The Meadows.

Native Dream powered to the lead past the quarter and went on to score in a harness racing career-best 1:54.1, fastest division of Friday's My Drag Queen Pace at The Meadows.

Igottafeelinfran won the $28,000 Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old filly pacers on the opening day of the Grand Circuit meeting at the Delaware County Fair.

Ohio Sires Stakes harness racing highlighted Northfield Park's Friday (August 31) program where two-year-old filly pacers and trotters squared off. The fillies raced in their final leg of the 2012 juvenile match-ups, presenting their last chance to earn points for the Ohio Sires Stakes Championships. The championships will be held at Scioto Downs in Columbus on Saturday, September 8.

Flight Elal extended his record to six wins in seven seasonal starts on Saturday (July 30) in the first round of Indiana Sires Stakes competition for harness racing sophomore pacing colts at Indiana Downs. The Panspacificflight homebred, driven by Peter Wrenn, won his $40,000 division in 1:53. Straight Dancer and Demanding Force picked up victories in the other two splits.

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