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The granddaddy of all amateur driving competitions, the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series, went back to its roots on Saturday, September 1st with a pair of races at Ohio's Fulton County Fair and when the events were completed "Lawbook Larry" Farley and Joey "the Kid" Putnam each emerged victorious in their respective splits. Farley won his division with Ronan in a time of 2:02.3 while Putnam scored behind Sum t Up in 2:00.3. Of the 11 races on the card at the finely manicured oval at Wauseon, Ohio, two short fields of trotters were devoted to members of the Billings mid-west region. Farley, a retired attorney and a longtime amateur reinsmen, notched his 58th career driving victory since he took a seat behind spirited steeds in 1981. In his division Farley started from the five-hole and gained an advantage when two in the five-horse field went off-stride at the start which allowed him the settle his trotter in behind the leader, BL Class Act, in rein to Mike "The Mortgage Man" Mitchell. Farley followed the leader until the backstretch where he moved Ronan to the lead and they coasted home an easy 4-1/4 length winner over I'll Tell You What, driven by Richard "the Wolverine" Roach. BL Class Act held on for the show dough. Farley owns the winner who is trained by Steve Boroff. Ronan returned a $7.00 mutuel to his backers. In his split Putnam took no prisoners when he sent Sum It Up to the lead and they had command in a :28.3 first quarter over Mulligan Bi, driven by Billings veep, Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford. From there the leaders raced one-two past the half in :59 and the order remained the same as the duo trotted by the three quarters in 1:30.2. And to no one's surprise they finished one-two in the 2:00.3 clocked mile. Ellens Lucky Roll and driver Larry Farley finished third some 14- lengths behind the winner.. For Joey Putnam, a rising star who currently holds a provisional license, it was the young man's 33rd win this year and 43rd in less than two seasons in the sulky. Sum It Up is owned by Joe Putnam and Cheryl O'Mara and trained by Joey's dad. He paid $5.40. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series

DAYTON, OH. - Rock The Look dominated Hollywood Dayton Raceway's best harness racing mares again Friday night (Nov. 11) with a 1:53.4 score, her tenth of the season and second in a row. The 4-year-old daughter of Rockin Image has banked $125,510 in her 25 2016 starts, an average of $5000 every time she has stepped on the track for co-owner and trainer Joe Putnam and his partner Suttons Bay Racing. Driver Jason Brewer was content to float out from behind the gate, despite drawing the advantageous No. 1 post position. Once the dust had settled after a :27.3 opening panel, Brewer moved Rock The Look out of the third position on the pylons and quickly rushed to the front well ahead of the :55.2 half. Early pacesetter Brookletssuprsonic (Kyle Ater) was content to sit behind the favorite through the third stanza, reached in 1:24.2, as Cas Art Appeal (Dan Noble) launched a failed first-over bid. Bella Tricks (Josh Sutton) and Stucklikeglue (Greg Grismore) passed Cas Art Appeal while rounding the final bend and were positioned to challenge Rock The Look in the lane. Although it appeared they would pass the winner halfway down the stretch, Rock The Look dug deeper and surged to a length and a quarter triumph in the final strides. The victory was one of three early on the program for Brewer, who earlier had guided both Active Lady and Abbieville to wins for his father, trainer Jeff Brewer. Prior to the card, Breeders Crown 2-year-old pacing colt runnerup Downbytheseaside captured a qualifying race in 1:56.1 for trainer Brian Brown and driver Chris Page. "Because there were no eliminations for the Governors Cup at Woodbine next week, I needed to get a tightener in him," explained Brown. "He came home in :56.4, last quarter in :27.3 on this cool night, so we're pleased with his tune-up." With a scorecard of 7-3-2 in 12 starts, a record of 1:49 taken at The Red Mile, and $384,706 in earnings, Downbytheseaside will likely his head-to-head duel with Huntsville in the Governors Cup next Saturday. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Rock The Look ran her win streak to three capturing the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night. The 1:51.1 clocking lowered the track record for older pacing mares at Dayton, knocking a tick off Sectionline Aqua's previous 1:51.2 standard. The four-year-old Rockin Image mare's docket now includes five wins and a pair of runnerup finishes in her last seven starts for trainer Joe Putnam, who co-owns Rock The Look with the Suttons Bay Racing stable. Driver Jason Brewer was content to race last in the compact field of six through opening panels of :26.1 and :55. Just past the midway station the winner set sail and began steadily picking off opponents one at a time. By the 1:23 third split Rock The Look had moved up to fourth behind a first-up Watch N Be Watched (Josh Sutton) with Igottafeelinfran (Dan Noble) also in hot pursuit . At the top of the lane, those three mares fanned out for the stretch drive with Rock The Look besting runnerup Igottafeelinfran and Watch N Be Watched, who got the show dough. Sent off as the odds-on favorite based on her recent form, Rock The Look returned $3.00 to win, while the stone-cold exacta paid $11.00. Racing resumes Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton with a powerful 14-race program on tap. Excitement is building at the five-eighths mile oval as Friday, September 30 approaches. That's the night the Grand Circuit stops in Dayton featuring the $150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby and the $160,000 (est.) Dayton Trotting Derby. Many of the top-rated and richest horses in North America are expected to enter, including the No. 1 ranked Wiggle It Jiggleit. From the press box at Dayton Raceway

ANDERSON, Ind.-July 2, 2014 - When Katie Brown sends Mrprsdnt Bluegrass to post on Saturday, July 5 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino it will be a first. Not only is Mrprsdnt Bluegrass the first horse that 20-year-old Katie Brown purchased but it will be the first major stakes race the duo has competed in. Brown, a newcomer to owning harness racing horses, has a chance to win one of the state's most premier stakes-the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers-on July 5 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Her first purchase, Mrprsdnt Bluegrass, will face nine other rivals in the second round of the Indiana Sires Stakes finals action. Brown, like most young girls her age, was unsure of her next move before beginning work under the guidance of veteran trainer, driver, Joe Putnam during the summer of 2013 but quickly found out what exactly it was she wanted to do. During her time at the Putnam Stable she was introduced gradually but quickly learned the ins and outs of the harness racing industry. When asked about her time spent at the Putnam stable the conversation quickly returns to the 3-year-old chestnut son of Third Straight-Mannart New Start. "My red horse," Brown said with a twinkle in her eye. "I fell in love with him after a week of working there and I knew right then that I wanted to own horses, especially him." "I connected with him instantly," Brown continued. "I wanted to buy him from the minute I started working with him and didn't want anyone else to have him. I didn't know if it would work out or if I would have the opportunity to own him but the day I got the call that I was able to buy him was one of the happiest days ever." Brown, along with her trainer, purchased Mrsprsdnt Bluegrass in 2013 from breeder Luel Overstreet who had the horse in training with Putnam. Mrsprsdnt Bluegrass didn't find the winner's circle for his new connections until 2014 but has won much more than that in the eyes of his owner. "He is the reason I go to the barn in the mornings," Brown noted. "He makes all the early mornings, late nights and hard work worth it. He's just the best." The three-year-old pacer has put together a 9-1-1-1 season while earning $11,701 in 2014. He set a lifetime best of 1:56.2 after a sharp, gate-to-wire effort in his seasonal debut for Brown. In his most recent outing, Mrprsdnt Bluegrass was second in the elimination of the Indiana Sires Stakes on June 28 at Hoosier Park behind If I Lose pacing the mile in 1:53.4.The $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final will be the first big test for Mrpsdnt Bluegrass but his connections say he's ready for it. "I'm already nervous," she said with a smile. "I get so nervous when he races but I'm happy just getting to watch him race and know that he will do it if he can." by Emily Gaskin, for Hooosier Park  

A busy stakes-filled night of action was contested on Sunday, October 13th as the Crete plant welcomed Grand Circuit action back to town. On tap was a pair of $27,950 splits for two-year-old filly trotters while their male counterparts slugged it out later in the night for a $46,700 jackpot. In the first Hanover split for the freshman trotting fillies Bobby Brower and Mystical Marker Farms Petticoat Affair had no trouble living up to her favored status as she cruised to a 4 ¾ -length triumph in 1:57.1 with Brad Hanners at the controls. Sweeping from fifth to first on the backside after watching Dancing Dynamite (Dean Magee) cruise through an opening quarter in 28.2, the daughter of Valley Victor—Katie Hall was in complete control of the proceedings as she rolled through middle splits of 58.0 & 1:27.3. With plenty still in reserve the Bobby Brower trained miss trotted home in 29.3 while continuing to put daylight between herself and her five rivals to notch her fifth win in eight starts this year. Dancing Dynamite held on for second while Fox Valley Lotus (John Roberts), who made a break leaving the gate, rallied to finish third. Sent off as the 4-5 favorite Petticoat Affair returned $3.60, $2.40 & $2.40 while upping her career bankroll to $185,124. In the second division the Brower-trained, Hanners-driven connection clicked again as Victory Hill Farms and Bobby Brower’s Pray With Me demolished six rivals by seven-lengths in 1:58.4. After saving ground in third while Dress For Success (Dale Hiteman) carved out leisurely splits of 30.0 & 1:00.1, Hanners set the daughter of Broadway Hall—Hail Mary Hanover on a mission for the lead heading into the final bend.  Effortlessly sweeping past her foes on the turn, the Brower trained miss was in front by a length and starting to leave her rivals in her wake as she stepped by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:29.4.  Leaving no doubt as to who was the best in this group Pray With Me trotted home in 29.0 to post her third win in eight lifetime starts. Simply Class (Joe Putnam) finished second while Pinking Of You (Casey Leonard) was third. Bet as though defeat was out of the question Pray With Me returned $2.40, $2.20 & $2.10 while upping her bankroll to $64,026. A field of nine two-year-old trotting colts was sent postward for the $46,700 Hanover and when all was said and done it was last week’s Lincoln Land Stake winner Photo Surprised who emerged victorious as he trotted to a one- length victory in a career best of 1:57.4 for driver Mike Oosting. Gamely “toughing it out” first over as Nino Marino (Dean Magee) put up splits of 28.2 & 58.1 the Nelson Willis trainee swept past his rivals on the far turn and began to draw away from the field as he rolled by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:28.1. Continuing in full stride as he headed for the wire the state-bred son of Powerful Emotion—Gloria Wyoming was straight and strong as he continued his late season surge with his third win in eight career starts. Big Bad Bob (Dale Hiteman) rallied late to finish second while Explosive Cash (Casey Leonard) was third. Fresh off that win in the biggest event of the year for diagonally gaited Prairie State freshmen the Jerry Graham owned gelding returned just $3.80, $2.40 & $2.10 while running his career bankroll up to $76,725. State-bred pacing fillies were also in action on the busy Sunday night card as a field of eight youngsters squared off in a $12,000 Betzotic Stake. In a re-match of the Violet Stake at Maywood Park last week, Sawgrass Farms Molly Go Lightly once again proved best as she reported home with a three-quarter-length triumph in 1:54.1 with Mike Oosting at the controls. Content to bide her time in the middle of the pack as Mae Flynn (Ryan Anderson) put up splits of 28.3, 57.2 & 1:26.1 Oosting maneuvered his charge into a live outer flow as the field moved around the final turn. Tipping three and then four wide from her third over position, the Nelson Willis trained miss then uncorked a blistering 27.0 final quarter to blow right by her rivals for her fifth win in 12 lifetime starts. Fox Valley Amanda (Dale Hiteman) came up with a solid effort to finish second while Fox Valley Shiver (Todd Warren) was third. With the win the daughter of Lexington Legend—Waggle sports a record of 5-1-3 in 12 career starts with earnings of $50,895.  David Baum

ANDERSON, Ind.—September 26, 2013—Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host two big nights of racing, family activities, and free fireworks, all for charity on Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28. The All-Star Standardbred drivers will be the stars of the show as they go head to head in two pari-mutuel races for their chance to win $5,000 for their respective charities. Racing fans will have the opportunity to visit Club Centaur and select the All-Star driver of their choice to receive an entry to place intro your favorite All-Star Standardbred Driver’s charity box. At the end of each charity race, the names of three lucky winners will be selected from the race winner’s charity box to win up to $250 in free race wagers. Fans will also have the opportunity to donate $5 to a charity of choice and receive $5 in free slot play. In addition to the $5,000 in total purse money offered, if the same driver finds themselves in the Winner’s Circle for both celebrity races a total of $10,000 will be donated to the driver’s charity compliments of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The charities and drivers this season are as follows: Outfitter’s, Inc.                                                           Joe Putnam Indiana School for the Deaf                                      Ricky Macomber American Cancer Society                                           Jason Dillander Shriner’s Hospital for Children                                   Mike Peterson St. John’s Children Clinic                                           Trent Stohler Second Harvest Food Bank                                        Brandon Bates Indiana Coalition against Domestic Violence            Brooke Nickells Alternatives, Inc.                                                        Ed Hensley New Vocations Racehorse Adoption                         Tyler Smith Anderson Police Department                                      Trace Tetrick St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital                       Peter Wrenn Animal Protection League                                          Andy Shelter Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday – Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness-racing meet began on April 2 and will continue through November 9. Emily Gaskin

Delaware, OH ---- Joe Putnam and Novi Trot’s Simply Class, driven by John Campbell, exited the two hole on the final turn, and out-kicked Petticoat Affair (Brad Hanners) and the fast-closing Dress For Success (Corey Callahan) to win the $46,744 Standardbred for 2–year-old trotting fillies on Wednesday (Sept. 18) at the Delaware County Fair. The time of the mile was 1:59, a national season’s mark for a freshman trotting filly on a half-mile track. Simply Class (Chocolatier-Minnesota Karen), also trained by Putnam, won for the second time in four outings and shaved two and four-fifths seconds off her life mark. She got the first call when leaving, but Campbell let Hanners and Petticoat Affair go on in the first turn and cut fractions of :29.1, :59.3 an 1:29.2. Dress For Success made a bold move from fourth to second after the three-quarters and seemed to block the winner’s path to the wire, but Campbell took the winner three-wide and on to a narrow victory by a neck. by John Pawlak, the U.S. Trotting Association Courtesy of the United States Trotting Association Web Newsroom

The unraced daughter of Royal Troubador and Miraculous Kosmos never earned her harness racing connections a dime on the racetrack, but four of Mercedes Kosmos' five foals have earned more than $100,000. ABC Mercedes, the last of her progeny and an Indiana champion in all six years he has competed, is arguably the preeminent trotter ever to grace the confines of the Hoosier State.

Allthatgltrsisgold returned to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino?s winner's circle for the second time this harness racing season while Abc Mercedes recorded his third win in a season's best performance in their $24,000 respective features on Wednesday (May2).

The multiple stakes winning Allthatgltrsisgold is well on his way to another stellar harness racing season making his first start a winning one in the $24,000 Open Pace feature at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday (Apr. 4).

ABC Mercedes turned in a gutsy performance to take top harness racing honors in the $24,000 Open Trot Wednesday, June 29 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Accompanied by trainer Joe Putnam, ABC Mercedes reeled off his second straight win, pulling in his third of the year in a time of 1:55.2.

Bringing back a champion can have its challenges. Expectations are high and age sometimes slows the stride of a great racehorse. However, ABC Mercedes proved that he has overcome the odds, winning the $24,000 Invitational Trot Wednesday, May 18 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.

ABC Mercedes cruised home a winner in his first start of 2010 in the co-featured $23,000 Invitational Trot Saturday, April 10 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Accompanied by harness racing trainer-driver Joe "True Blue" Putnam, the Indiana-standout trotted home in a time of 1:55.4.

The weather was perfect and the action on the track eventful, as the 134th season of racing got underway on Sunday, Aug 2nd, at The Red Mile. The card was highlighted by three $10,000 Kentucky Fair Finals that went as the first three races on the program.

Hoosier Park Racing and Casino's "Fab Five" celebrity harness drivers made their first public appearance Saturday, April 18 prior to each of the 38 Special concerts. Joe Putnam, Jason Dillander, Trace Tetrick, Mike Peterson, and Ricky Macomber Jr. make up the "Fab Five" and will represent the track in numerous promotions and events during the season.

MHS (Midwest Harness Supply) has established a new scholarship for students who have relatives involved in the Indiana racing program. The scholarship will be administered by the Harness Horse Youth Foundation.

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