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A large crowd blanketed the apron for the activities and exciting race card on hand for the Back To The Track event. Carol's Comet and Aaron Merriman prevailed in the Saturday Night feature in 1:50.3. The John Pawlak $25,000 Open Pace was race seven on the eleven race card. John Pawlak is an Ohio native recently inducted in to the Harness Racing Hall Of Fame. He has worked at The USTA for many years in the communications department and has also been a track announcer. Scioto Downs held the race in his honor for his outstanding achievements and attributes to harness racing. Carol's Comet is a five-year-old gelding by Yankee Cruiser out of the mare, Modern Medicine. He's conditioned by Ron Potter for the connections, Whiskey Tango Stable, Martin Presser, Bill and Matthew Moore. He started from post eight in the field of nine, but that didn't stop Aaron Merriman from leaving for an up close spot. They pair found a nice spot, right on the front end and paced an opening quarter in 26.1. They had early company from Randy Tharps and Ardyne Ace, who cleared before the half in a quick 53.3. The pace didn't slow down much. A parked and pressing That'll Be The Rei applied the pressure to the three quarters and left Carol's Comet in a perfect pocket spot, again. The battling duo paced to the three quarters in 1:21.3 and Merriman waited patiently for the super stretch. Carol's Comet sprinted up the super stretch when given his command and just caught Ardyne Ace by a nose and a late rally from Special Forces and Greg Grismore rounded out the trifecta. Only three and a half lengths covered the entire field. From Scioto Downs Racino

Friday night (July 11) the 13-race card will feature a $25,000 Open Trot and a $25,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. A full field of nine trotters will go to post in race three. The outstanding group is highlighted with a track record holder, JJ Hall and the Ohio Colt Champion, Final Breath. Additionally, Victory Is Coming is the lone mare in the group and Its Complicated, who has won three out of his last five starts, will start from post two. Its Complicated is the 3-1 morning line favorite for trainer Brent Davis and driver Josh Sutton.  The $25,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace is race five and is The Harness Racing Hall Of Fame Inductee Carol Cramer Pace. The impressive field of seven include money leader, Continual Velocity, an Ohio Champion, Igottafeelingfran and Tt’s Little Lass, who has won the Filly and Mare Open Pace the past two weeks. Also, every Friday in July, Scioto Downs is collecting items for The Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center. If you bring in three items for donation you will receive a Scioto Downs t-shirt. The last Friday of the month, July 25th, The Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center will be on hand to answer questions and pick up the donations. Saturday (July 12) is Back To The Track night at Scioto Downs. The 11-race program will feature a $25,000 Open Pace in honor of Harness Racing Hall Of Fame Inductee, John Pawlak. The activities for the evening will include, Driver Autographs, a Face Painter, Balloon Artists, starting gate rides, paddock tours, t-shirt giveaways and a cornhole tournament to benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Along with Back To The Track, it’s Ohio Lottery Night at Scioto and we will be giving away hats, courtesy of the Ohio Lottery. The night will kick off with a live performance of the National Anthem by 14-year old, Alexis Young. The Ohio Harness Horseman Association, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption and Ohio Standardbreds and Friends will also be set up in the grandstands for questions and comments.  From Scioto Downs Racino

Goshen, NY --- Owner-breeder William Weaver and driver David Miller, along with communicators John Pawlak and Carol Cramer, were the human guests of honor as 2014 inductees into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame at ceremonies on the Museum lawn in Goshen, N.Y., on Sunday (July 6). The annual induction dinner followed a full day of activities that included racing at the neighboring Historic Track, including the annual Hall of Fame race, the grand opening of the Roosevelt Raceway exhibit and a cocktail reception in the William R. Haughton Memorial Hall. he Meadows and Little Brown Jug track announcer Roger Huston, who served as emcee, called fellow Hall of Famer Bill O’Donnell to introduce the night’s first inductee. The former driver thanked Weaver for allowing him to drive Valley Victory and applauded him for his dedication to his horses. “Some of the old horses he raced, he still boards those horses and lets them live out their lives,” said O’Donnell. “He should be commended for that.” Weaver, who has enjoyed success with his Valley High Stable, said he didn’t expect this honor. “I’m humbled, happy and surprised to be here today,” said Weaver. “The last two years of my life, there have been some setbacks. I figured this was just someone throwing the screws in.” He thanked the Dancer and Duer families for training his horses over the years and acknowledged the big horse who got him to the Hall of Fame. “One of the main reasons that I’m here tonight is because I was the breeder of Valley Victory,” added Weaver. Huston’s superlative introduction of the next inductee highlighted a couple of his nicknames. “At the Meadowlands they call him Buckeye, but in Ohio he’s known as Purple Jesus,” said Huston before cueing the crowd to a resounding response of “Miller time” when he asked, “What time is it?” Miller can be a man of few words, but he was emotional as he talked about how important this honor is to him and the people who supported him along the way. “I think Roger said everything that I was going to say,” said Miller to open his acceptance speech. “I love horses and I love what I do. It’s more than I ever dreamed of.” He thanked his family for their support. “I definitely didn’t get here by myself,” added Miller. “I have the best family. I have to thank my wife Misty who does everything but drive the races.” The first communicator to be recognized spurred even greater emotion from everyone in attendance. John Pawlak, the USTA’s director of marketing known for his writing, broadcasting, announcing and editing of theTrotting and Pacing Guide, made his first industry, public appearance in a wheelchair since undergoing four surgeries for a brain tumor discovered last October. Well known for his humor, Pawlak used that talent to help his industry colleagues feel more at ease about his tribulations. “It was about the size of John Manzi’s head,” said Pawlak, referring to Monticello’s public relations man in describing his tumor. “The doctors told me it also had a moustache and toupee.” To conclude, Pawlak thanked many of the colleagues that he has assisted in his various roles at the USTA. “It is humbling and I have to thank all of the writers from USHWA for this honor,” said Pawlak. Former USTA employee Carol Cramer, known for her work as a long-time Grand Circuit steward and secretary as well as her involvement in the publishing of integral industry publications, especially the annual stakes guide, joined Pawlak in the Communicators Hall of Fame. “I love this industry with a passion,” said Cramer. “It was the joy of my life when I got to go work for the USTA and when I met Jim Harrison. We did the first Care and Training book.” She thanked the numerous race secretaries who attended to be a part of her induction. Also inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame on Sunday were broodmare Hattie, 2007 Horse of the Year Donato Hanover and 1991 Horse of the Year Precious Bunny. The horses Green Speed and Windsong's Legacy were inducted as Immortals of the Hall of Fame. by Dan Leary, for the USTA

When harness racing driver David Miller headed from Ohio to the East Coast more than a decade ago, he thought it would be temporary. He was wrong. And it resulted in a permanent place among the sport's all-time greats. On Sunday, the 49-year-old Miller will be inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. Miller has won more than 11,000 races in his ongoing career, ranking eighth among all North American drivers in history, and earned $180 million in purses, which is No. 4 all time. Also being inducted on Sunday is William Weaver, who bred influential trotting sire Valley Victory as well as several division champions. In addition, longtime U.S. Trotting Association Publicity Director John Pawlak and retired USTA Stakes Director Carol Cramer will be enshrined in the Communicators Hall of Fame. Horses being honored are Donato Hanover, Precious Bunny, Hattie, Green Speed, and Windsong's Legacy. "It means a lot to me," Miller said. "The biggest honor you can receive in your profession, I think, is for people to think of you that way. To be put in the Hall of Fame with people that I looked up to, it's very special. I feel privileged. I'm sure it will hit me more once I'm there. I haven't been too focused on it yet." Miller was voted Driver of the Year in 2003 when he led North America in purses and guided No Pan Intended to the Pacing Triple Crown. He has won a total of 11 Triple Crown races (combined pacing and trotting) and 14 Breeders Crown trophies. He is a three-time winner of the Little Brown Jug and one of only two drivers to capture the Little Brown Jug and its filly companion race, the Jugette, in the same year. He has won at least $10 million in purses 12 times, the most of any driver in history, and trails only Hall of Famers John Campbell, Ron Pierce and Mike Lachance in career earnings. Miller was already a star in his native Ohio when he headed to the East Coast in the late 1990s. He captured multiple driving titles at the Meadowlands Racetrack in the early 2000s and has been a force on the Grand Circuit ever since he made the move. "I came out at a time when things kind of clicked for me," Miller said. "I was driving a lot of good horses. I didn't plan on it. You can't. I was very fortunate to hook up with as many good trainers that I have over the years. "Hopefully it's not over yet." Miller, who was enshrined in the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2010, shows no signs of slowing down. Last weekend, he won the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial with McWicked in a world-record performance and two weeks earlier captured the $420,900 Fan Hanover Stakes with Uffizi Hanover. "I've gotten to drive a lot of great horses," Miller said. "It's more than I thought I would do. The sport has been good to me, that's for sure." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Goshen, NY --- The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame reminds all friends and colleagues of this year's honorees that it's time to congratulate and remember those who have made special contributions to the sport of harness racing.   This year, the harness racing community will honor David S. Miller and William B. Weaver, the newest members of harness racing's Living Hall of Fame; the newest members of the Living Horse Hall of Fame: Donato Hanover, Hattie and Precious Bunny; Immortals Green Speed and Windsong's Legacy; Communicators Carol Cramer and John Pawlak; Museum Amateur Driving Champion Steve Oldford; and Museum Pinnacle Award recipient Jack Elliott.   The Museum's annual Souvenir Journal is a high-quality publication of more than 120 pages containing many historical and informative features and images. Advertising in this eye-catching collector's item will get your message to people in the harness racing community and beyond. Thousands of copies are distributed at major racing venues and events in North America and Europe.   If those being honored on Hall of Fame Day, Sunday, July 6, 2014 have touched your life, your family or your business in a special way, we urge you to send a message of congratulations through this beautiful medium.   The Souvenir Journal is an official, in-house, Museum-approved fundraising project and is therefore tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.   Ad space reservations should be sent as soon as possible. THE DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, MAY 30. Premium space is sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Price sheets and ad sizes are available by calling Janet Terhune at 845-294-6330 or Email: hrmhof@gmail.com for further information.   From the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

DOVER DE - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), harness racing's principal organization for media workers, held its annual meetings this past Saturday and Sunday at the Dover Downs complex, with the weekend culminating in the Dan Patch Awards Banquet held Sunday (Feb. 23) night, attended by almost 400 people and streamed worldwide for live viewing. During the Saturday meeting, the Directors of the Association voted for Bob Marks and Kathy Parker to be on the Communicators Hall of Fame voting ballot this summer. Marks has been a leading force in many harness dimensions over his 50 years in the sport, most recently as Marketing Director for Perretti Farms, while Parker, from a prominent harness family, worked her way through the ranks at the Horseman and Fair World weekly magazine until becoming editor in 1995 and later general manager of the Horseman Publishing Company, positions she maintains to this day. At the conclusion of the meetings, the membership voted in their slate of association Officials for 2014-15. Chris Tully, an MBA marketing specialist and writer whose digital literacy and social media acumen has helped bring USHWA to the cutting edge of communications technology, was elected President of the association, succeeding Steve Wolf of Harnesslink.com; Tully's "first official act" was to present Wolf, who now becomes the Chairman of the Board, with a gold Lifetime Membership pin. Tim Bojarski, writer/blogger for the USTA, moved up a chair to 1st Vice President, with the 2VP position going to Shawn Wiles, Monticello Raceway chief racing officer and a longtime USTA and USHWA director. Judy Davis-Wilson, who is based in Dover and worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the weekend, especially the banquet, was returned as Treasurer; Alan Prince, who attended his 48th consecutive USHWA meetings weekend, remains as Executive Treasurer. Also elected was Jerry Connors as USHWA secretary. Much of the discussion during the two days of meetings focused on the sport's Halls of Fame in Goshen NY, where plans for renovation and modernization are starting to advance rapidly, and where USHWA makes a significant contribution. In addition to the physical reconfiguration of the Halls of Fame area, the directors and membership discussed several by-law and rules change relating to the Halls, especially the re-establishment of a Seniors category for both. Debate was plentiful, lively, and well-reasoned on all sides, and some of these matters were tabled until a Committee, soon to be appointed, can focus on the merits - and the eventual wording -- of the varied proposed changes. The attendees heard reports from the many committees that keep USHWA functioning throughout the year, and were glad to hear from Davis-Wilson, voted the organization's member of the year, that the treasury was in a very good shape, pointing to future success in USHWA's upcoming progressive efforts. The Dan Patch Awards Dinner was as always the highlight of the gathering, with superstar sophomore trotting filly Bee A Magician "finishing her unbeaten season" by being elected Trotter of the Year and then Harness Horse of the Year; her contemporary, the pacing colt Captaintreacherous, took down overall honors for that gait after a brilliant campaign showing speed and courage in equal amounts. Also honored were the quartet to be inducted into the Halls of Fame Sunday, July 6 in Goshen: Harness Racing Hall of Famers David Miller and William Weaver, and Communicators Hall inductees Carol Cramer and John Pawlak. by Jerry Connors for USHWA

Coral Springs, FL - Video streaming of harness racing's biggest night of the year, the Dan Patch Awards Banquet, will take place this Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Dover Downs, Delaware, and can be seen on the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) website, www.ustrotting.com. Heading the awards will be the announcement of the 2013 Harness Horse of the Year along with both the Pacer and Trotter of the Year winners. The voting was conducted by the United States Harness Writers Association membership and race secretaries throughout the country. The cocktail party outside the Grand Ballroom begins at 6:00 pm and the awards ceremony takes place at 7:30 pm. The video streaming of the Dan Patch awards banquet is being provided by Roberts Communications and is being co-sponsored by Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs. Awards will be made to the top trotters and pacers in each of their respective divisions per gait, age and gender from the 2013 race season, with the human stars of last year being honored as well. It will also be the first introduction of the recent inductees to the Harness Racing Museum Living Hall of Fame, David Miller and Bill Weaver, and the Communicators Hall of Fame inductees, Carol Cramer and John Pawlak. By Steven Wolf, president of USHWA

Monticello, NY - Tickets are going fast --- don't be shut out --- place your banquet reservations now!   The highly anticipated winner of harness racing's E. Roland Harriman Harness Horse of the Year trophy will be announced live by the United States Harness Writers Association on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Dover Downs, Dover, Delaware.   Tickets for this gala event, the Dan Patch Awards Banquet Night of Champions, will only be available until this Tuesday, February 18.   In addition to the twelve equine divisional honors, including Bee A Magician, Foiled Again, Captaintreacherous and I Luv The Nitelife, a full field of the industry's biggest and brightest will be feted at the annual awards ceremony.   This year's inductees to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, David Miller and Bill Weaver; and Communicators Hall of Fame, Carol Cramer and John Pawlak will also be honored.   In addition, the U. S. Harness Writers list of human awards also includes the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award winner, Joe Thomson, as well as the Owner, Trainer, Driver, and Breeder of the Year, Rising Star, Breakthrough, Good Guy and a host of others, a list of which are available on the USHWA.org website.   Tickets cost $125 for the Dan Patch Awards Banquet and include a one-hour open bar, as well as a main course of Lobster & Filet Mignon "Surf & Turf."   Tickets can be reserved via telephone or Email by contacting Judy Davis-Wilson (302.359.3630), zoe8874@aol.com or Scott Warren (302.222.1222), voiceofrcr@aol.com by Chris Tully for USHWA  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Studio City needed every step of the mile to run down the front running Lutetium in the $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (Feb. 7).   Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) set the fractions with marks of 29.1, 1:00 and 1:31 and tried desperately to make every step a winning one. He was close but no cigar.   Studio City and Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Billy Dobson had other ideas. Starting a first over trip down the backstretch the final time, Studio City ($7.10) began a slow but methodical grind in chasing down Lutetium. Then in the shadow of the wire, he managed to poke a head in front to capture the win in 2:01.2 over the good track.   Cedarridgetag (Peter Wrenn) took the show position.   It was the first victory in four starts for Studio City this season. He has now earned $9,135 in 2014 and $133,868 lifetime. The 5-year-old gelding is owned by Scott Woogen and Lisa Denison and is trained by Lisa Lederhouse.   Racing will resume on Saturday night with a 12-race card scheduled to start at 6:40 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

Monticello, NY - The much anticipated winner of the E. Roland Harriman Harness Horse of the Year trophy will be announced live on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Dover Downs, Dover Delaware. Tickets for this gala event, the Dan Patch Awards Banquet Night of Champions, are now available. In addition to equine divisional honors, a host of the industry's biggest and brightest will be feted at the annual awards ceremony, including this year's inductees to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, David Miller and Bill Weaver; and Communicators Hall of Fame, Carol Cramer and John Pawlak. The U. S. Harness Writers list of human awards also includes the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award winner, Joe Thomson, as well as the Owner, Trainer, Driver, and Breeder of the Year, Rising Star, Breakthrough, Good Guy and a host of others, which are listed below and available on the USHWA.org website. Adding to the festivities will be the popular souvenir red carpet photo shoot during the cocktail hour followed by a main course dinner of lobster surf and turf. Tickets for the Dan Patch Awards Banquet can be reserved via telephone or Email by contacting Judy Davis-Wilson (302.359.3630), zoe8874@aol.com or Scott Warren (302.222.1222), voiceofrcr@aol.com Substantial savings on hotel rooms can be attained for this event, which is being held at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, on US Rte. 13 (DuPont Hwy.) in Dover, Delaware. A special rate of $149 can be reserved by calling 866.473.7378 BEFORE January 22, 2014, and mentioning code: GHWA. The deadline for the Dan Patch Awards journal is Monday, January 27. To advertise in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully by calling 845.807.7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com All of this information and applicable advertising forms can be accessed via internet link: USHWA.org Dan Patch Horse Awards - 2013 Champions and Finalists* 2-Year-Old Trotting filly: Shake It Cerry 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly: Precocious Beauty 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt: Father Patrick 2-Year-Old Pacing Colts* -- He's Watching, Luck Be With You 3-Year-Old Trotting Colts* -- Royalty For Life, Spider Blue Chip 3-Year-Old Trotting Filly: Bee A Magician 3-Year-Old Pacing Filly: I Luv The Nitelife 3-Year-Old Pacing Colt: Captaintreacherous Trotting Mare: Maven Trotting Horse: Market Share Pacing Mares* -- Anndrovette, Rocklamation Pacing Horse: Foiled Again *Finalists, *Trotter of the Year, *Pacer of the Year, and the E. Roland Harriman Harness Horse of the Year* to be announced live Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014   United States Harness Writers Association - Awards and Honorees Harness Racing Hall of Fame: David Miller & William Weaver Communicators Hall of Fame: Carol Cramer & John Pawlak Stan Bergstein-Proximity Award: Joe Thomson Norman Woolworth Owner: Burke Racing & Weaver Bruscemi Glen Garnsey Trainer of the Year: Ron Burke Driver of the Year: Tim Tetrick Breeder of the Year: White Birch Farm Lew Barasch Breakthrough: Heather Wilder Rising Star: Corey Callahan President's Award: Mary Lou Dondarski W. R. Haughton Good Guy: George Ducharme USHWAn of the Year: Judy Davis-Wilson Unsung Hero: Sam Landy & Open Space Amateur Driver of the Year: Steve Oldford Trotting Broodmare of the Year: Beehive Pacing Broodmare of the Year: Worldly Treasure January Davies Humanitarian Award: Donna Marshall HHYF Service to Youth Award: Janet Stevenson Davis Grand Circuit Awards: Owner, Burke Racing; Trainer, Ron Burke; Driver, Yannick Gingras USTA & USHWA Railbird Recognition Awards TBA Hervey & Smallsreed Awards TBA by Chris Tully for United States Harness Writers Association   

We all need, no matter what your religious affiliation is, to say a little prayer. It was reported today by the United States Trotting Association (USTA) that John Pawlak of the publicity department, underwent surgery Friday evening at Mt. Carmel East Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, to have a brain tumor removed. While subsequent testing found that the tumor was benign, post-operative swelling required Pawlak to have additional surgery on Monday, October 21. According to his wife, Kris, Pawlak has been sedated and is resting comfortably but has a long recovery ahead of him. Pawlak, along with co-USTA employee, Carol Cramer, were both recently voted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame Communicators Corner by the United States Harness Writers Association. Pawlak has been a long-time employee at the USTA and before that was the track announcer and publicity man at Raceway Park in Toledo, Ohio.   He has done outstanding work over his career not only as journalist but also as a radio announcer and television broadcaster covering racing throughout the world. This season he reported from along with assisting in organizing the World Trotting Council Meetings in France, which he has helped run for many years. Since John is unable to receive gifts and cards in the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital, it is suggested that they be sent to the USTA offices at 750 Michigan Ave., Columbus, OH 43215 and they will be forwarded to the Pawlak’s. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

Delaware, OH --- CSX Stables both presented and received the trophy for the $52,544 Standardbred for 2-year-old colt pacers, when their On Golden Ponder(Ponder-In Trepid Water, by Intrepid Seelster) won in a 1:52.2 world record, withJohn Campbell in the sulky, on Thursday (Sept. 19) at the Delaware County Fair. The winner made a bold move from fourth after the half and drew away from Totally Kissed (Montrell Teague) and He’s Got It (David Miller) in the late stages. On Golden Ponder has won four of seven as a freshman and is trained by Bob McIntosh. The trainer also bred him, along with CSX Stables. That duo shares ownership with Michael Kohler. The clocking of 1:52.2 was a new stakes and track record, as well as a world record for a freshman pacing colt on a half-mile track. by John Pawlak, the U.S. Trotting Association Courtesy of the United States Trotting Association Web Newsroom    

Delaware, OH --- Joseph Di Scala, Jr. and Cynthia Lynn Massari's Vibe Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras) popped out of the three hole going to the three-quarters and captured the $65,750 first division of the Old Oaken Bucket for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Thursday (Sept. 19) at the Delaware County Fair. From the first call to the top of the stretch they all chased Bluto (Andy Miller), who couldn’t withstand the charge of Vibe Blue Chip. Bluto held second and Sailer Eddie (Ron Pierced) earned third money. Vibe Blue Chip (Andover Hall-Winning Jonlin, by Muscles Yankee) won in 1:54.3, a national season’s record for a sophomore trotting gelding on a half-mile track. He has now won five of 14 and $128,787 this year under the direction of trainer Ron Burke. "I only put trotting hobbles on him to give him confidence," said Burke. "He gets a little shaky, but it's not a gait issue. He's cleanly gaited. "Actually I saw he had a little trouble on the turn but Yannick did a great job holding him together around the turn, then pulling out the plugs coming into the stretch. I knew if he could do that he would trot right by them. "We are taking him to Lexington and after that it will be day-to-day with him." The favored Spider Blue Chip (Ron Pierce) made two breaks, which helped High Bridge (Yannick Gingras) win the $65,750 second division of the Old Oaken Bucket. The mile was covered in 1:55.1, equaling the national season’s record for a 3-year-old trotting colt on a half-mile track. Boffin (Charlie Norris) and Theatrical Session (David Miller) were next to the wire, finishing second and third, respectively. High Bridge (Cantab Hall-Madame Volo, byYankee Glide) is owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Jim Fielding and is trained by Jimmy Takter. He has won five of 18 this year, with $249,348 in the bank. He finished seventh, beaten only four lengths, in this year’s Hambletonian. "He might not be right up with the top horses but he is very consistent and a good horse to have in the barn," said Jimmy Takter. "If he could have gotten out in the Hambo, as he got blocked in behind some horses, he could have finished second. "There are still a lot of races left this year and he is a very sound horse. I've never had a problem with him. Look how well he raced just six days ago (a strong second in the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final). "We have the Breeders Crown at Pocono (in October) and he really likes it there." -- Kimberly French also contributed to this report by John Pawlak, the U.S. Trotting Association Courtesy of the United States Trotting Association web newsroom

Delaware, OH --- A torrential, mid-morning downpour did nothing to dull what had been a speed-favoring track on Wednesday at the Delaware County Fair, and that showed in Thursday’s first stakes, the $51,944 Standardbred for 2-year-old trotting colts. Andy Miller Stable and Black Horse Racing's Sumatra brushed to the lead past the opening quarter and went on to a 1:58.3 victory on Thursday morning (Sept. 19) at the Delaware County Fair. Andy Miller was in the bike for trainer Julie Miller as the son of Muscles Yankee-Lola Seelster won for the fifth time in nine season's starts, lifting his earnings to $89,734. Sumatra got away second from the two hole, but pulled the pocket and brushed to the lead past the opening quarter in :29. He was never headed through subsequent fractions of :59, 1:29 and 1:58.3. Epic Ranger (Corey Callahan) was second and Gangio (Yannick Gingras) finished third. Sumatra has enjoyed a fine freshman campaign, with Grand Circuit wins in the Arden Downs, Historic Series and Kindergarten Series.  by John Pawlak, the U.S. Trotting Association Courtesy of the United States Trotting Association web newsroom

Delaware, OH --- Hauser Brothers Racing, Susan Oakes, J&T Silva Stables and Matt Tudisco’s Frau Blucher and driver Ron Pierce set a world record of 1:53.1 in the $52,194 second division of the Buckette for 3-year-old filly trotters on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 18) at the Delaware County Fair. The mile, raced in take-no-prisoners fashion, gave Frau Blucher (Broadway Hall-My Angel, by Muscles Yankee) her sixth sophomore win in 11 tries, and the Lisa McNerney-bred filly has now won $759,617 lifetime. Frau Blucher left from post position two and went right to the front, cutting out fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:24.1. Coffeecake Hanover (Yannick Gingras) and Bethel Hanover (Brian Sears), who sat behind the winner the entire mile, finished second and third, respectively. "At the end of the day a world record is certainly a great thing and it means a lot to have her put her name in the history books," said co-owner Timothy Hauser. "I've always had a great amount of faith in her. "We struggled with her earlier in the year and the Hambletonian Oaks was a setback (sixth placed tenth after a break) because we expected to run one or two, but now we will gear her up for the Breeders Crown and see what we have for Bee A Magician." Miller’s Stable’s Silver Credit, in rein to Corey Callahan, used the number one post to its greatest advantage in the $52,194 first division of the Buckette. The Randy Beekman-trained miss by Muscles Yankee and out of Credit Review (by Credit Winner) went wire-to-wire through splits of :27, :55.2 and 1:24 on the way to a 1:54.4 win -- a new mark and (at the time) a national season’s record for a 3-year-old trotting filly on a half-mile track. Silver Credit has now won four of 13 this year and has won three straight -- all on half-mile tracks. UF Tadys Donato (Brian Sears) finished second, 6-1/4 lengths behind the winner, and Andie Sophia (Tim Tetrick) came from off the pace to earn third money. "We were very glad to get the one (post)," said winning trainer Randy Beeckman. "She has been very consistent the whole year and it was nice to have things go her way a little bit. "She really enjoys racing and likes what she does. "I'm hoping her next start, which will be down in Lexington, she won't have to do it on the front end again. She's been out there a lot. After Lexington, if all goes well we will go to the Breeders Crown." -- Kimberly French also contributed to this report by John Pawlak Courtesy of the United States News Room

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

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