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DAYTON, OH. - Driver Josh Sutton slugged a 'Grand Slam' at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Monday afternoon (Dec. 2), scoring with three harness racing favorites and polishing things off by guiding a longshot to the winner's circle in the nightcap of the 14-race matinee.   Sutton started his strong day steering Rockaholic to a 1:55.4 score in a minimum claiming event for trainer A. J. Carlo, kicking back $5.60 to his mutuel backers. Next up was a 1:54.1 tally with Always A Fighter ($4.40) for owner-trainer Clint Binkley; followed by a winning 1:55.2 clocking with Overlord ($3.20) in a mid-range condition-claiming event for conditioner Jeff Cullipher.   Not content with a hat trick, Sutton surprised with a $36.60 winner in the 1:56.2 finale for bottom claimers. It was just the second seasonal triumph in 28 starts for Krusty The Clown, trained by Jeff Brewer.   Sutton was recently named to Team Hollywood Dayton, a quintet of local top drivers who will face off against Northfield Park's best on Friday, December 13 in the 'Buckeye Battle', an eight-race contest to benefit the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund and determine bragging rights for 2019 between northern Ohio and southern Ohio's best drivers.   The Ohio Harness Horsemens Association and Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway have put up $3000 in prize money for the contest, which all ten competitors from both sides have agreed to donate to the Relief Fund, which has been busy rebuilding neighborhoods following catastrophic tornados that ravished parts of Dayton in May; and aiding families affected by the horrific mass shooting in the Oregon District of the city in August.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway hosted the first odd-distance race in its six year harness racing history on Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 5), a five-eighths mile sprint dubbed the "Election Day Dash To The Polls." When the limestone dust settled, Snowball's Romeo (Josh Sutton) emerged victorious with a 1:10.3 triumph over Respectable Dream (Chris Page) and Waterside Champ (Jeremy Smith). Sutton left with alacrity from the six-hole behind the gate, but spent the first turn three wide before finally clearing over to the front just before a :27 opening panel. "When this horse is just right, he can get out of there quicker than that," said a smiling Sutton immediately following the race. "But he kept at it the whole lap and didn't cave in, so it was a lot of fun." Snowball's Romeo reached the half-mile mark in :55.2 and tacked on a :15.1 final eighth to secure the victory. It was just the third win from eight 2019 starts for the six-year-old son of McArdle, raising his lifetime bounty to just under $200,000. Trainer Phil Belanger co-owns him with partner Jeffrey Koesters. "I'm a big fan of odd-distance racing," chimed in leading driver Brett Miller, who guided Electric Lad to a fourth place finish in the dash. It's nice to change things up occasionally and require some different driving strategies. I've been in quite a few longer distance races with bigger than normal fields and I can tell you those races do present new challenges that drivers aren't used to." Race Secretary Gregg Keidel has written a 1-1/4 mile race for next Tuesday titled the "Horse For The Course Endurance Test." The $10,000 special event is limited to horses that started for a purse of $8000 or less in their last start. The entry box for Hollywood Dayton's Tuesday matinee will close Friday (Nov. 8) at 2 p.m. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - A perfect drive by Josh Sutton and a tiring leader, who opened a lane up the inside in the stretch, allowed Pine Dream to win the Thursday $17,500 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. It was the 7-year-olds ninth 2019 score and increased his harnes racing seasonal earnings to $140,000. Sutton urged Pine Dream to leave the gate alertly from his outermost post position. Elmo Blatch (Jason Beattie), the eventual runner up, also sped away from the starting car quickly forcing Pine Dream to squeeze into the two hole nearing the :28 first quarter station.   A pocket ride continued for the winner through :57.1 and 1:25.3 middle intervals as favored Voyage To Paris (Dan Noble) pressured the leader on the outside, before settling for third in the end.   When Elmo Blatch tired and drifted slightly in mid-stretch Sutton took full advantage guiding Pine Dream up the inside opening for a neck decision in 1:55.2.   Merv Chupp trains Pine Dream for the Chupp Racing Stable Inc. He returned $13.40 to win and topped a $134.80 exacta.   From the Dayton Raceway Media Department  

DAYTON, OH. - Despite an assigned outside post and an overland journey that never got the benefit of skimming a harness racing pylon, even money shot Party At The Banks captured the $17,500 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Thursday night (Sept. 26). With regular driver Chris Page taking a weekend off to get married, trainer Ron Burke handed the lines of the 6-year-old mare's lines to Josh Sutton and the talented daughter of Break The Bank K responded with a 1:54.3 triumph, her tenth of the season and 24th lifetime.   Getting away eighth in the bulky ten horse field, Sutton was content to travel fourth over through through fractions of :27.3, :56.2 and 1:24.4 before swinging three wide around the final turn and eventually collaring the pacesetting runnerup Pine Dream (Dan Noble) in the final two strides. Tugboat Tuffy (Brett Miller), a 3-year-old son of Break The Bank K got up for third.   Racing resumes Friday night (Sept.27) at Hollywood Dayton featuring the $171,250 Dayton Trotting Derby and the $151,750 Dayton Pacing Derby. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

LEBANON, OH – Champions were determined in two popular Lebanon Legends harness racing series on Tuesday afternoon (April 2) at Miami Valley.  Dealer’s Table (Josh Sutton) completed a sweep of the Omar Hiteman Memorial for pacers that were non-winners of two races or $20,000 when he edged Dashing To Da Wire (Tyler Smith) by a neck in a new lifetime mark of 1:51.1.  The American Ideal colt is still undefeated after his first four starts—victories in a N/W 1 race and all three legs of the Hiteman series, all at Miami Valley.  Sutton, who has been in Dealer’s Table’s sulky in all four wins, calls the winner “the real deal.  If this colt stays sound, the sky’s the limit for him.”  Josh was taking no chances in the $27,500 championship tilt by putting the favorite on the engine throughout the mile with quarter splits of :27, :56 and 1:23.1 on his way to the narrow 1:51.1 score.  Seattle Hanover (Chris Page) was just over a length back to grab the show dough. Dealer’s Table after scoring in the Omar Hiteman Memorial final at Miami Valley. (Conrad photo) Dealer’s Table is co-owned by his trainer Jeff Cullipher with partner Pollack Racing Stable LLC.  Red Rose Swan (driver-trainer LeWayne Miller) lived up to her heavy favoritism in the $27,500 final of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series for more experienced trotters.  Red Rose Swan equaled her 1:55 lifetime best capturing the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series final at Miami Valley on Tuesday. (Conrad photo) The 4-year-old daughter of Swan For All earned $153,260 as a sophomore and has already added $33,750 in 2019.  Miller piloted the winner through fractions of :27.3, :57.2 and 1:25 before sealing the deal in 1:55 to equal her lifetime best.  The outcome was in doubt in deep stretch as runnerup Broadway Mojo (Chris Page) kept inching closer despite a grueling extended first-over grind.  Peggy Sue (Brady Galliers) overcame an outside post draw to rally for third. Red Rose Swan equaled her 1:55 lifetime best capturing the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series final at Miami Valley on Tuesday. (Conrad photo) Brian and Jeremy Eash own Red Rose Swan.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Another pair of Claim To Fame Series champions were crowned Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 29) at frigid Miami Valley Raceway. Giovanni (Trace Tetrick) completed a clean sweep of the division for male $8000 claiming pacers, winning for the third straight week in the $22,500 final. Using the same come-from-behind tactics he employed in the two preliminary legs, Tetrick was content to ease away from the starting gate-falling in fifth along the pylons before the :26.4 quarter pole. The winner moved into the third-over position in the outer flow prior to the :55.2 midway point. Still in the same position at the 1:23.4 third teletimer, Tetrick moved Giovanni wider yet and swept easily to the lead in the stretch while clocking a 1:53.1 mile. Longshot Star Guitar (Kayne Kauffman) came up with a furious late rally to finish second ahead of show finisher Trixsen Gram (Dan Noble). Owner-trainer Tyler George claimed Giovanni just prior to the series and has earned $20,250 in the month of January with his new pupil. The fillies and mares $12,500 claiming champion Ginger Tree Alexis was claimed in each of the two preliminary legs and raced well for all three of her connections during the series. Following place and win finishes in the first two weeks, it was new owner-trainer Adam Short that got the biggest chunk of cheese by winning the $22,500 final. Driver Josh Sutton managed a perfect pocket trip for the 7-year-old winner, sitting snug behind pacesetter Golden Paradise (Tetrick) for most of the 1:55 mile. Always A Vision (Brett Miller) had the most pace in the stretch but fell just short as runnerup. Golden Paradise held on for the show dough. From the Miami Valley Media Department    

A pair of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes will see 16 pacing colts and gelding line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate this evening in round three action of the 4-leg series for 3-year-olds. First race post time is 6 pm, with the Ohio Sires Stakes scheduled as the eighth and 11th races. Bounding Dragon looks to be the one to beat in the first division (Race 8). This Dragon Again sophomore colt hails from the Mike Roth barn for owners Alan Keith and Carl & Melanie Atley. Bred by Emerald Highlands Farm and J&T Silva Stables, Bounding Dragon captured Leg 1 of this series at Miami Valley on May 6 in 1:53, then followed that up with a 1:50.4 clocking in a Hoosier Park overnight. Most recently, he scored a 1:52 triumph in a Scioto Downs overnight on June 23, after finishing second by a head in 1:50.4 to Cinnamack in the second OSS leg. Bounding Dragon has amassed $136,650 in career earnings and $65,250 in seasonal earnings with six wins, seven seconds and one third in 16 lifetime starts. He is the second and most prolific of four foals out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Bound To Rock p, 2, 1:54.2s ($66,265). Kimberly Dailey and Carl & Melanie Atley's Rockathon is the standout in the second OSS test (Race 11). This gelded son of Pet Rock was third to Lather Up in OSS Leg 1 at Miami Valley on May 6, then captured Leg 2 on June 9 at Scioto Downs in a career best of 1:51.1. Rockathon was bred by Ron Salcedo and sports a bankroll of $186,012 from six wins, four seconds and a trio of thirds in 16 lifetime starts. He is the seventh of eight foals out of the broodmare Pantathlon (by The Panderosa) p, 2, 1:54.4f ($20,221). His half-siblings include: Pan From Nantucket (by No Pan Intended) p, 5, 1:51.3h ($570,801); Rosemary Rose (by Foreclosure N) p, 4, 1:51f ($320,782); Panstakingly (by No Pan Intended) p, 3, 1:54.2s ($64,490); Nip Pan Tuck (by No Pan Intended) p, 2, 1:54.4s ($50,899); and Holiday Romance (by Artistic Fella) p, 3, 1:56.2f ($39,289). Cinnamack, a McArdle colt conditioned by Brian Brown for breeder/owner Emerald Highlands Farm, finished a solid fourth in his OSS Leg 1 division at Miami Valley on May 6, then won Leg 3 on June 9 at Scioto Downs in 1:50.4. This lightly-raced sophomore has five wins, a second and a third in 12 career starts and $72,600 in his coffers. This venerable pacer is the sixth foal out of the Western Ideal mare Armbro Cinnamon p, 3, 1:54.4h ($58,959), making him a half-brother to world champion Fear The Dragon (by Dragon Again) p, 3, 1:48.4s ($1,578,547). He also has half-siblings in Cinamony (by Art Official) p, 4, 1:49.3f ($532,404) and Cndiana Jones (by Art Major) p, 7, 1:53.1f ($115,559) and a full brother in McSinner Man p, 4, 1:52.3s ($54,466). Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

DAYTON, OH. - Penn made it "two straight harness racing wins in the Buckeye state," to quote Hollywood Dayton Raceway announcer Barry Vicroy, closing impressively on Thursday night (Oct. 12) to cop the $18,500 Open Trot in back-to-back weeks. Utilizing a totally different strategy, driver Josh Sutton dropped in third in the early going after realizing a couple others were intent on the front end in a speedy :26.3 opening panel. Last week's gate-to-wire winner then sat patiently along the pylons as Cantab Lindy (Chris Page) sped to the half in :56 and the three-quarter marker in 1:24.2, with Another Breath (Randy Tharps) pressuring the leader on the outside and Banker Volo (Dan Noble) headstrong in the pocket. When second-over Dnieper (Brady Galliers) faded as the horses began rounding the final bend, Sutton got room to angle Penn out and swing three-wide midway through the turn. The 7-year-old Master Glide gelding trotted home in :28 and change to pick off the leaders one at a time before prevailing by half a length in 1:53.2. As co-favorite Penn returned $4.80 to win; coupled with runnerup Another Breath the exacta paid $37.20; and 25-1 longshot show finisher Angels Ransom (Ken Holliday) boosted the $2 trifecta payoff to $333.80. Gregg Keidel

Columbus, OH --- Josh Sutton, 35, drove the 4,000th winner of his harness racing career Thursday (May 25) when he steered Smiling Terror to a 1:54.1 victory in the eighth race at Scioto Downs. A native of Henderson, Kentucky, Sutton drove his first winner in 2000 at Colonial Downs behind HJ's Legend for trainer Brian Loney and in each of the last three seasons has driven more than 500 winners, led by a career best 584 in 2014. He has captured driving titles at nine tracks and has amassed $25.9 million in purse money. Just last year, Sutton steered Ohio champions Let's Get It Started, Rose Run Spanky, Scotch McEwan and My Tweed Heart in their respective Sire Stakes finals at Northfield Park. Another memorable moment for Sutton was his Cinderella victory over Chris Page to capture the 2016 Scioto driving title. Page led the meet with the most driving wins, being seven victories ahead of Sutton going into the final night of the meet. It was a head-to-head battle up until the last race of the season, where the two had tied for the most wins at 171 apiece. Sutton, however, clinched the victory over Page and received the 172 wins to become driving champion. Friday night - Kestrel Safe From Terror Somebody As Saturday features an Over the Hill Gang contest (fifth race) for aged pacers which includes an $18,000 purse and eight highly talented pacers. There will be horses ranging in age from 8-years-old to an 11-year-old in Sam Hill and the contestants have combined for 280 victories and $4,459,673 in purses. The morning line favorite (5-2, Chris Page) 8-year-old, Mykindachip, who is trained by Ron Burke, makes his first appearance at Scioto Downs this year. He has earned $704,007 and sports a lifetime best of 1:49.3 over this very same oval from 2015. Another horse to keep an eye on in the field is Sparky Mark, who is trained by Clarence Foulk and owned by Foulk Stables Inc., as he holds the highest earnings in this field ($1,125,766) in addition to the fastest lifetime mark (1:49). I’m Gorgeous  (Virgil Morgan Jr.), who has returned to racing from the breeding shed, comes off a second place finish against Fools Desire in last Saturday’s (May 20) card. He has sired 70 foals, which include the 2015 Ohio Sire Stakes Champion Miss Me Yet. As a reminder Scioto Downs will be racing on Memorial Day (May 29) with a 2 p.m. post time. The 14-card matinée will have a total of $129,000 in purses. Due to holiday racing, there will be no live racing on Tuesday (May 30). Live racing will continue on Wednesday (May 31) from Taylor Johnston, for Scioto Downs 

LEBANON, OH. - Youlookhot continued her red hot ways on Friday night (April 7) at Miami Valley Raceway by completing a harness racing sweep of the three-week Dr. Don Mossbarger Memorial late closing series for pacing mares without either six wins or $60,000 lifetime earnings. The favored 4-year-old daughter of Kilowatt cruised through fractions of :28, :56.3 and 1:24.4 before driver Josh Sutton urged her to a :28.2 final panel to hold off Kiss Me Onthebeach (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) by a half length and Gypsy Bellevue (Aaron Merriman), who was two lengths back in the 1:53.1 mile. Trainer Joseph Essig took over the conditioning of Youlookhot about a month ago and she certainly has responded to his program. Since moving to the Essig barn, she has earned $26,750 in four starts, including this $27,500 Mossbarger championship. Owned by Charles Stovall, Youlookhot now boasts 14 wins in 45 career trips to post and has earned $80,267. Earlier in the program, Rock The Look (Jason Brewer) scored a repeat triumph in the $20,000 Mares Open Pace, besting American Girl (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) and Stucklikeglue (Greg Grismore) by less than a length. The 1:53.2 come-from-behind victory was the 5-year-old Rockin Image mare's second of the season and 20th lifetime, boosting her bankroll to $352,500 for owners Suttons Bay Racing and co-owner/trainer Joe Putnam. Rock The Look Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - My Buddy Ninkster, a bridesmaid on four occasions against Open I company already this year, finally broke through and visited the winner's circle following an impressive 1:49.4 score in Saturday (April 1) night's $22,000 feature harness racing event at Miami Valley. It was the fastest of the 5-year-old son of Dali's 22 career wins, knocking one-fifth of a second off his fastest tally of 1:50 at nearby Dayton Raceway last season. Using the advantageous rail post position, driver Josh Sutton let even-money favorite Franzo (Greg Grismore) and eventual runnerup Feelnlikearockstar (Mike Oosting) clear to the front during an opening quarter in a quick :26.3. Content to sit through middle splits of :55.1 and 1:22.2, Sutton waited for the stretch to take on the leaders. Finding his best gear in the late-going, My Buddy Ninkster streaked to a closing :27 panel to pull away by a length and a half at the wire. Bob Phillips trains the winner for John and Mary Krasnican. My Buddy Ninkster A pair of second leg divisions were contested in the Tom Tharps Memorial series for male pacers that were non-winners of six pari-mutuel races or $60,000 lifetime on March 11. Control Tower (Jason Brewer), who skipped the initial leg, punched a ticket to next week's final with a one length win over Onefinejimmerjohn (Peter Wrenn) and Heisenberg Z Tam (Jeremy Smith) in 1:53.2. Dan Noble trains the 5-year-old son of Panspacificflight for Stephen Sexton. The second split went to Evergreen Elite, who now has back-to-back impressive scores in the series-this one in 1:51. Jason Brewer also guided this winner and likely will stay in his sulky for next Saturday's $27,500 championship tilt. They bested Hustling Charley (Josh Sutton) by two and a half lengths, with Sossy's King Kong (Chris Page) garnering the show dough. All six of the top three finishers in round two advanced to the final, where they will be joined by Rockin Panda, Nvestment Blue Chip and Cracker Cam if all who are qualified enter the race. Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - The ultra-consistent Rockn Stien ran his string of on-the-board harness racing finishes to seven on Monday afternoon (Dec. 5), capturing the $15,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in 1:54.3. Despite showing three wins, three seconds and one show finish in his last seven starts, the betting public let Rockn Stien get away at 7-1 odds, likely due to his eight hole starting spot behind the starting gate. Driver Josh Sutton left had the 4-year-old son of Valley Victor on the move early, briefly dropping into second along the pylongs but quickly making a "quarter move" to the front as he and early pacesetter Primed N Powerful (Randy Tharps) passed the :28 quarter-mile marker as a team. Setting subsequent middle fractions of :56.2 and 1:25.2, Rockn Stien never got a serious threat through the rest of the mile. Rockinthepines (Andy Shetler), who was last week's winner in the feature trot, closed best of the rest to garner the place payoff, while Becky's Law (Kyle Ater) took full advantage of an inside post position to finish third. Trainer Bobby Brower co-owns Rockn Stien with Debra Garland. Their talented homebred squaregaiter now has nine career triumphs with a bankroll of $145,865. Two races earlier, Sandys Victory established a new track record for aged trotting mares when she scorched the quick five-eighths mile oval in 1:54.1. The clocking shaved two-fifths of a second off the previous track standard of 1:54.3, which belonged to world champion Victory Is Coming. The track record performance was a gratifying family affair as owner-trainer Dan Ater just purchased the mare about a month ago and his son Kyle Ater was in the sulky. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Leading harness racing driver Josh Sutton is making a shambles of the Hollywood Dayton dash derby. The red, white and blue clad reinsman notched a six-pack on the Friday (November 25) program to bring his total to 130 through 51 nights of the 75-night meet. Runnerup Kayne Kauffman has 72 tallie, followed by Jeremy Smith with 70. Sutton won both halves of the early daily double with John's Sunny Girl (1:56.1, $4.60) and GW Watt Power (1:55.3, $10.20). He also scored with Forever Friskie (1:55.4, $7.80), American Girl (1:53, $3.00), Rompaway Galaxy (1:56.2, $8.60) and Sly Velocity (1:53, $3.20). Gregg Keidel      

DAYTON, OH. - Rockn Stien, still in the Halloween spirit, was frighteningly good on Monday afternoon (Nov. 21) as he bested eight harness racing rivals in the $15,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The 4-year-old son of Valley Victor, with driver Josh Sutton in tow, got looped out of the gate by Banker Volo (Kyle Ater) and Revenue Agent (Peter Wrenn), but didn't wait long before abandoning the pylons for an outer rim route that resulted in a convincing 1:55.2 first-over score. Trainer Bobby Brower co-owns the lightly-raced winner with partner Debra Garland. Rocknstien now has eight lifetime tallies from just 40 trips to post, but has banked an impressive $136,835 in his limited opportunities. Dispatched at 4-5 odds following a pair of runnerup finishes from outside posts in his most recent outings, Rocknstien bested Revenue Agent, who held for second after setting all the fractions, and longshot Run And Tell Pap (Kayne Kauffman), who rallied well in the stretch to grab the show dough. Hollywood Dayton enjoyed a healthy handle on the 14-race matinee program due to becoming a late addition to the TVG network following weather cancellations at several other venues. The program, featuring full competitive fields and a stellar driver's colony, received a warm reception from the national audience of television handicappers. Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - Rockn Stien, a homebred owned by harness racing trainer Bobby Brower and partner Debra Garland, trotted to a new lifetime mark of 1:54.1 to capture the $15,000 Open at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Monday afternoon (Oct. 17). Content to get away fifth in the early going, driver Josh Sutton pushed the accelerator before the field reached the midway point, moving up to third on the rim at the :56.4 half. By the time the third stanza was clocked in 1:24.3 Rockn Stien was stride for stride with Insomniac (Brady Galliers), who had dictated all the fractions. Revenue Agent (Peter Wrenn), who was last week's feature winner, joined the fray briefly by swinging three-wide approaching the head of the stretch, but shortly after the trio straightened out the winner demonstrated his dominance and pulled away to a relatively comfortable victory. Insomniac held for second, with Revenue Agent, Atlas Peak and Parkhill Lancelot picking up the remaining checks. Rockn Stien is a lightly raced 4-year-old Valley Victor gelding who now sports just seven wins in 36 career tries. The lion's share of the open purse increased his lifetime bounty to $122,540. Gregg Keidel

Driver Josh Sutton couldn't have picked a better night to be on fire, as the Buckeye native notched victories in four of the eight $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships at Northfield Park. The evening was a perfect 75 degrees with light winds and no humidity as the spotlight was on harness racing 2 and 3-year-old Ohio-breds vying for seasonal honors on the Cleveland half-miler.   Proving that post on the twice-around was not an issue, Josh, 34, prevailed from not just one, but two eight-hole assignments along with one six- and one three-hole post. He ultimately captured three of the four 2-year-old Championships.   In the $250,000 Championship for 2-year-old trotting fillies, Josh was behind the 3-2 favorite Let's Get Started, a homebred owned by Richard and Joyce McClelland of Zanesville, OH. The daughter of Dejarmbro had swept all four OSS legs and added the winner's share of $125,000 to her already hefty seasonal bankroll of $90,300. Her time of 1:57 tied her own Northfield Park track record despite being saddled with the eight-hole.   She also overcame a miniscule break at the half, which was uncharacteristic for the Bobby Brower trainee, and then survived a brief steward's inquiry to notch her fifth career win.   "She was running in a little bit and when I corrected her, she got mad and threw in a few steps," Josh explained. "It really wasn't like her though, and then when I saw the three-quarter time (1:25.4), I knew those other fillies were going to come back to us. She just trucked all the way home and never offered to make another bobble."   Let's Get Started finished half a length in front of 2-1 Amuse's (Peter Wrenn), while 70-1 Bamaslastchance (Kayne Kauffman) got up for third.   Josh then steered 9-1 Rose Run Spanky from post six to a 1:57 track record-tying triumph in the $250,000 Championship for 2-year-old trotting colts. Conditioned by Bill Dailey, Rose Run Spanky is owned by Kim Dailey of Mechanicsburg; D Snyder of South Charleston; and S G Hines of Jamestown, OH. The bay gelding took advantage of a costly break by 1-9 Buckeye Boss (Aaron Merriman) early on to score his fifth victory in his tenth lifetime start. Always A Good Time (Chris Page) was second at 16-1, half a length behind the winner, while 60-1 longshot Stormy Kromer (Peter Wrenn) was third.   "When Buckeye Boss broke, I knew we were in for a big effort," Josh said. "I thought my horse had a good shot going into the race, but when that happened, I was even more confident. Nothing's ever certain with these 2-year-olds anyway--they'll make you rack your brain to figure them out."   Rose Run Spanky's earnings now stand at $187,409 with the Championship victory. Josh was in the winner's circle in the very next event, the $250,000 Championship for 2-year-old pacing colts, with another Bill Dailey trainee, the 7-1 Scotch McEwan. The son of McArdle is owned by Carl Atley of Xenia, OH and picked up his fourth lifetime victory in his seventh start, clocked in 1:54 for the one mile test.   "Early on this horse was quite aggressive but he's learned a lot over the past few months and has kind of come into his own," Josh said "Now he's much more manageable and has learned how to race. It doesn't surprise me that he could get the job done from the eight-hole."   Scotch McEwan came flying on the outside at the end of the mile to prevail over 70-1 Corner Con Artist (Kayne Kauffman) and 5-2 Pace Car (Chris Page). This young pacing gelding upped his earnings to $195,800 for his connections.   A third Dailey-trained stablemate gave Josh his fourth Championship victory. My Tweed Heart, the public's even money choice, took first prize in the 3-year-old filly pace, timed in 1:53.1. Owned by Carl and Melanie Atley, Xenia, OH and Alan Keith, Pataskala, OH, the daughter of Manhardt scored her ninth win of the year and career victory 12.   "She felt great tonight," Josh remarked. "Bill (trainer Dailey) has done a tremendous job with her.   "I have no complaints about racing over the half here tonight," Josh continued. "Everything has fallen into place for me, and having a lot of outside posts hasn't made a difference. I hate losing more than I love winning and when you have a night like tonight, well, it's just a tremendous feeling."   In the $250,000 Championship for freshman pacing fillies Berazzled bested her seven rivals with a 1:55 triumph. Peter Wrenn was in the sulky behind the 2-1 Charley Barley daughter, who is conditioned by Danny Collins for Marion Beachy of Sugarcreek, OH.   "She has some issues early in the year but has gotten better with more experience," Collins explained. "Things would spook her and she'd lose her focus but now she's more mature and seems to have figured out what racing is all about."   Berazzled made a bold, three-wide move around the final turn to draw off from her rivals by 2½ lengths. Bourbon And Barley, a 40-1 longshot finished second for Ryan Stahl, while 5-1 Zoe Ellasen (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) finished third.   Berazzled now has $181,040 in career earnings.   "Consistent is the best word to describe her," said a smiling Chris Page after steering 3-2 Consolidator to victory in the $250,000 Championship for 3-year-old trotting fillies in 1:55.1.   The daughter of Triumphant Caviar, who is trained by Jim Arledge, Jr. for the Green Acquisition Corporation of Canfield, OH, picked up career win seven and made a clean sweep of the series to push her lifetime earnings to $295,303.   "She's feeling great and looks terrific," Page continued. "Jim (trainer Arledge) has kept her sharp all season long."   Consolidator led at every panel to finish three-quarters of a length in front of the hard-trying A TC Queenie (8-5, Dan Noble), while 5-2 Kestrel (Aaron Merriman) nabbed show honors.   Page returned to the Northfield winner's circle after guiding 3-1 Wegoferdaprize to win the $250,000 Championship for 3-year-old trotting colts in 1:56.2. The son of And Away We Go is trained by Jessica Millner for the Curran Racing Stable, LLC of Red Hook, NY and now has $199,025 in career earnings.   "This gelding just knows how to keep on winning," Chris stressed. "Everything has been winning tonight from off the pace and he really just took his time gaining on the leaders."   Wegofordaprize moved up steadily from the back of the pack to post a 1¾ length win over the 70-1 hard-knocking Lionbacker Kidd (Peter Wrenn), while 2-5 Kanthaka (Aaron Merriman) notched third.   Whataboy lived up to his name as he scored a 1:51.3 clocking in the $250,000 Championship for 3-year-old pacing colts at odds of 5-2.   "He's done nothing but race great for us,"said trainer Brian Brown. "The trip tonight couldn't have worked out more perfect."   Whataboy, a gelded son of Big Bad John, got up to best 8-5 Mr Wiggle Pants by a length in late stretch, with Canadia's Bakin (Aaron Merriman) third.   "There was a lot of early speed in this race (:25.3, :54.3, 1:23.2)," noted driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. "And the way horses were coming home, I knew we were in a good spot. Brian (trainer Brown) has done a great job with this horse all year long and he really stepped up to the plate tonight."   Whataboy's career earnings now stand at $261,554 for owners Carl Howard, Powell, OH; Gerrie Tucker, Quebec, CA; and RBH Ventures Inc., New York, NY.   Earlier in the evening Scott Rocks set a new Northfield Park track record by pacing in 1:49 with Aaron Merriman aboard in a $20,000 Open Handicap Pace. The 6-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover was parked out the entire mile and didn't clear to the front until well past the three-quarter mile marker.     by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator    

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