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LEBANON, OH. - The race office at Miami Valley Raceway will open for the first time on Thursday morning (Jan. 30) from 8 a.m. until noon and again Friday morning from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. The first order of business will be accepting entries for the first-ever qualifying races over the brand new five-eighths mile oval of Saturday (Feb. 1) starting at noon. Phone numbers for the race office are 513-934-7336, 513-934-7337 BS 513-934-7339, "We know that the prolonged arctic weather in southeast Ohio over the past month has been the worst in a quarter century," said Race Secretary Gregg Keidel. "Trainers are having a very difficult time maintaining the schedules they laid out in anticipation of our opening. Accordingly, we've relaxed the qualifying standards temporarily to get as many horses back to the races as we can as soon as possible." Opening Weekend is slated for Friday through Sunday, February 7-9 with a 6:30 p.m. post time each night. Trainers within shipping distance of Miami Valley are urged to check out the condition sheets for the first three nights, available at both www.ustrotting.com under the Horsemen tab and at www.miamivalleygaming.com under the Racing tab. Horses will be required to show a good clean charted line within 45 days of their anticipated race. "We may be able to direct trainers who want to race horses two or three nights on Opening Weekend and are shipping from longer distances to affordable nearby overnight stabling. We are talking to the county fairgrounds in both Lebanon and Dayton about offering overnight rates to trainers who pre-pay with a deposit," Keidel reports. Hall of Famer Dave Palone, the winningest driver in harness racing history with over 16,000 victories, has accepted an invitation to race Opening Weekend at Miami Valley Raceway. Over a dozen other drivers with over 1,000 wins have announced their intentions to compete regularly. In order of lifetime triumphs they are Jim Pantaleano 6251, Greg Grismore 6181, Randy Tharps 4618, Tony Hall 4013, Dan Noble 3511, Pat Berry 3024, Jack Dailey 2679, Jeff Nisonger 2644, Josh Sutton 2220, Kayne Kauffman 1653, Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 1325, J.D. Wengerd 1318, Tyler Smith 1227 and Mark Winters Jr. 1056. Submitted by Miami Valley Raceway  

Hard-luck Carol’s Comet won the last $20,000 Open Pace at Scioto Downs Racino in 2013 by a nose, in 1:50.2.  The hard luck gelding finished second the last three starts at the track but this week driver Aaron Merriman had a different strategy to make the outcome different, and make his way to the winner’s circle. “I thought I was in the position last week to get the trip and they told me he really didn’t like the passing lane,” said Merriman.  “I opted to go to the outside so I think I cost myself the race with the drive.  Today, up in the passing lane the horse really appreciated it, the shorter trip around the track.”  Sitting the pocket Merriman waited patiently during the first three quarters that went in 26.3, 55.2 and 1:22. “He’s very nice, a Cadillac to race,” Merriman continued.  “He really wants to go so that really makes it nice.  He’s very good gated and good behind the gate.” Audrey’s Dream (Tony Hall) got up for second while Special Forces (Chris Page) held on for third after cutting the mile. Previous to the evening’s races, Carol’s Comet had made 16 starts and had three wins with eight seconds and one third making $77,275 just this year racing exclusively at Scioto for Delaware, Ohio based trainer Ron Potter. The striking 4-year-old gelding son of Yankee Cruiser out of the Jenna’s Beach Boy mare Modern Medicine is owned by Martin Presser, Bill Moore, Matthew Moore and Whiskey Tango Stable (Dawn Hornsby, Dawn Potter and Kimberly Rowe). The evening’s race card also held two divisions of the “Best of the Rest” which was open to horses paid into the Sire Stakes but were not eligible for the $150,000 last week.  Majesty Dream (Chip Chip Hooray-Donna L’s Hope) and Kayne Kauffman took the 2-year-old trotting filly division in 2:00.4.  Trained by Jim Arledge, Jr. for owners Up Front Racing LLC (Ed Mullinax) and Thomas York Jr.  She is now set to race in the Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware on Sept. 17. The 3-year-old colt pace was the only other division to fill and was won by Dusto and Kauffman in 1:55.1.  The time was a new lifetime mark for the Stand Forever-Doctor Cindy colt who now has $82,540 in career earnings for owner/trainer William Hartman and co-owner Saundra Andre’. Even though the live racing season is over at Scioto, the racetrack will still be open for simulcasting from noon-midnight.  Racing will resume in May 2014, dependent on approval from the Ohio State Racing Commission. Scioto Downs Racino

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

Jim Mulinix has seen months of work go by in less than 108 seconds, but he doesn't mind. That's what he's been working for. Mulinix's A Rocknroll Dance last weekend became the first pacer in harness racing history to win three consecutive races in less than 1:48 when he captured the Canadian Pacing Derby by a nose over Clear Vision in 1:47.2 at Mohawk. The time set the stakes record and equaled the track and Canadian records. In his two previous starts, A Rocknroll Dance won his Canadian Pacing Derby elimination in 1:47.3 and won an invitational at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in 1:47.4. The time at Pocono equaled the fastest mile in history on a five-eighths-mile oval. On Saturday, A Rocknroll Dance is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the $125,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational for older pacers at Scioto Downs in Mulinix's home state of Ohio. Counting the multiple-stakes-winning A Rocknroll Dance, the nine-horse field includes five millionaires, with Fred And Ginger, Pet Rock, Sweet Lou and Up The Credit completing that group. Kayne Kauffman will drive A Rocknroll Dance in the Ewart. The two teamed to win the Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park, near Cleveland, in July. "This horse takes every bit of our attention," said Mulinix, who works with his wife, Ellen, in training and caring for A Rocknroll Dance. Mulinix owns the horse with Diamond Creek Farm, Denny Miller, J&T Silva Stables and the Muscara Racing Trust in a group called the A Rocknroll Dance Stable. "I'm not trying to sound arrogant, but it was no secret last year that (1):48 isn't enough to do it against this group. We knew we had to go (1):47 and nine months ago we started planning to be able to do that. It's not just one thing, either. It's working extra trips, the shoeing, the equipment, the driver - even giving him more room in the trailer and more cushion for when he ships. "He's a big, strong horse so I'm able to work him between races and that helps keep him sharp. It's hard to keep that sharp every week, but I'm lucky that he's sound enough to do it. People don't realize how much effort it takes. I've got 40 years in the business and I'm putting every ounce of it into this horse." A Rocknroll Dance was bothered by a sore mouth early in the season, but since having the issue resolved has won five of eight races, including his last three in a row. For his career, the 4-year-old horse has won 16 of 45 starts and earned $2.38 million. Tim Tetrick drove A Rocknroll Dance in his five starts since winning the Battle of Lake Erie. After finishing third in his elimination of the U.S. Pacing Championship and seventh in the final, A Rocknroll Dance has been doing the quick step. "It was amazing Tim was available and he's been a good fit," Mulinix said. "I just had to get Tim to have some confidence in the horse. I told him not to worry about trying to set up a trip, this horse can rough it a bit. Once he did, (Tim) got a little more confident in the horse and in me." Mulinix, who is based in Wauseon, west of Toledo, is happy to be racing in Ohio for the next several weeks. After the Ewart Memorial at Scioto, A Rocknroll Dance's next dance will be Sept. 19 in the Winbak Farm Pace at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Little Brown Jug Day. "When we get to Scioto, he'll think it's just the first stop for water," Mulinix joked about the much-traveled A Rocknroll Dance. "It's nice to race at home. So many people follow this horse (from the region) that it will be nice to race there." Following is the field for the Ewart Memorial with driver, trainer (and morning line): 1. Ideal Champ, Chris Page, Joe Holloway (8-1); 2. Up The Credit, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Carl Jamieson (8-1); 3. Pet Rock, Dan Noble, Virgil Morgan Jr. (7-2); 4. Fred And Ginger, Mike Wilder, Ron Burke (6-1); 5. A Rocknroll Dance, Kayne Kauffman, Jim Mulinix (5-2); 6. Our Lucky Chip, Greg Grismore, Jason Miller (10-1); 7. Sweet Lou, Tony Hall, Burke (9-2); 8. Rockin Finish, Brad Hanners, Morgan Jr. (15-1); 9. Hurrikane Kingcole, Randy Tharps, John McDermott (10-1). by Ken Weingartner  

The leading trainer in the country and the leading trainer at Scioto Downs Racino have their go-to drivers for their horses when they race at the Columbus, Ohio 5/8 mile track. Friday evening each trainer took a different $20,000 Open race to keep securing their foothold as the top trainers in the top class races.  In the Open Trot, Ronnie Wrenn Jr drove Virgil Morgan Jr.s Undercover Strike to victory in 1:55. Parked the last half mile, the 5-year-old gelded son of Striking Sahbra won handily for owner Frank Bellino. Trotslikethewind (Kayne Kauffman) was second and Chilitodayhotamale (Tony Hall) held on for third after cutting the mile. Undercover Strike raced earlier this year at The Meadowlands and Mohawk, where he took his fastest mark of 1:52.3 in 2012. The win Friday marked his second in a row in the Open Trot at Scioto and he has now earned $313,994 lifetime. Tony Hall turned the tables on Wrenn when he took the Fillies & Mares Open Pace with Darena Hanover for Ron Burke in 1:51.3. Leaving from assigned post position nine, the 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Cruiser sat back in the five hole while Wrenn sent Princess Cruiser to the front in 26.1. The pair lead all the way to the top of the stretch and finished three-quarters of a length behind Darena Hanover. She’s Shocking (Ray Paver) posted a 27.1 last quarter to get third. Darena Hanover, owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, has now surpassed $620,000 in lifetime earnings. In 2012 she won both the Jugette and Matron finals and took a mark of 1:50.2 at Pocono Downs. Racing continues Saturday at Scioto with a first post of 6:30 p.m. Scioto Downs Racino  

Scioto Downs Racino hosted the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association first Charity Race Night Thursday and by all accounts it was an instant success. Three of the 10 charities were interviewed at a time in between races so each one could promote their mission and goals.  Then after the sixth race, the draw was conducted to partner a charity up with a horse in the seventh race; how the horse finished determined how much money the charity would receive, based on the percentages purses are distributed. When it was all said and done, Standing Danette and Tony Hall crossed the line first for the Arthritis Foundation of Central Ohio in 1:54.  The win got the Foundation a $5,000 donation to their charity and bragging rights as the winner. “We would like to thank the OHHA and Standing Danette for her wonderful $5,000 donation to the Arthritis Foundation,” said Susan Davis, their Regional Vice-President.  “The OHHA has been awesome this evening, and Scioto Downs was great - they were very helpful and supportive of us.  The food was wonderful and it’s been an amazing evening.  We at the Arthritis Foundation are just very excited and proud to be here at the inaugural event.” Finishing second was Grace Seelster (Greg Grismore) who was partnered with the National Parkinson’s Foundation and earned $2,500 for the charity.  Kay Low (Jeremy Smith) and R E O Speeddragon (Kayne Kauffman) finished third and fourth respectively to earn $1,200 for ALS Association and $800 for 4-H Youth Development.  The charities whose horses finished 5-10 got $500. Scioto also donated $500 per charity, so no one left the track with less than $1,000. Racing resumes Friday and Saturday with a 6:30 p.m. post time. Jessica Schroeder

Feelin Lika Winner sure did when he won the Director of Agriculture Pace for 3-year-old colt pacers at Scioto Downs Racino on Saturday in an eye-opening 1:51.4.  Part of the week’s State Fair races, two divisions of sophomore colts went to the gate for $30,000 each. Taking back from the five hole to last in a six horse field while the lead horses battled it out up front to a 26.4 opening quarter, Feelin Lika Winner made a move before the half  to come first up and challenge pacesetter Outdoor Fever and Greg Grismore.  Taking the lead by the time they hit the three-quarter pole, Feelin Lika Winner and Kayne Kauffman came home in 28.2 to win by three-quarters of a length. Owned by trainer Scott Mogan, Diamond Chip Stable (Judy Weber), AWS Stables (Allen and Carol Schmidthorst) and Charlie Guiler, the gelding by Feelin Friskie now has six wins in 16 starts and $126,985 in career earnings.  The mile on Saturday set a new lifetime record for Feelin Lika Winner. The winner in the other 3-year-old colt division was race favorite That Friske Feelin and Tony Hall for trainer Ron Burke.  Also a Feelin Friskie gelding, that Friske Feelin won in 1:53.3 over Hanky L (Jack Dailey).  He is owned by Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Richard Lombardo and has now earned over $100,000 lifetime. Feelin Friskie colts dominated the Ohio State Fair races on Saturday when two of his freshmen won their $34,000 divisions as well.  Big Bossman (Greg Grismore) won by a head over Friskie Adam (Chip Noble) in 1:54.4.  The gelding used a 27.1 last quarter to win for trainer Doug Hinklin and owner Parent Racing Stable LLC (Brent & Tiffany Parent).  Hawks Cry Hoboken (Dan Noble) won for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. and owners Carl Howard, Herres Stables LLC (Steve & Natalie Herres) and Gerrie Tucker. Saturday’s races concluded the State Fair weekend of racing, but just like the Ohio State Fair, there is one more day to be had.  Sunday (Aug 4) will be a special race card to make up for one of the days of racing lost back in June.  A special post of 5:00 p.m. will start off the 11 race card. by Jessica Schroeder

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

A Rocknroll Dance broke the world record for four year-old horses on a half-mile track, posting a 1:49.1 win on Saturday (July 20). The 4-length world record victory came in the 28 edition of Northfield Park’s $120,500 Battle of Lake Erie. A Rocknroll Dance (Rocknroll Hanover-Wichita Hanover-Cam’s Card Shark) is buckeye owned by A Rocknroll Dance Stable of Wauseon, Ohio and trained by Jim Mulinix. Mulinix called upon Kayne Kauffman to drive. “I told Kayne, ‘we’ve come here to race, so let’s race,’” said Mulinix. A Rocknroll Dace started from post five and left alertly, finding the perfect trip behind dueling pacers Aracache Hanover and State Treasurer. He sat the pocket through torrid fractions of :26.1, :53 and :1:21. “At the 5/8 I was just hoping to get out,” said Kauffman. A Rocknroll Dance found the room to pull and drew away in the stretch posting the final world record time 1:49.1. The win pushes A Rocknroll Dance’s earnings to $2,021,154. Following A Rocknroll Dance were Rockin Finish, Clear Vision, Aracache Hanover, Thinking Out Loud, Foiled Again, Versado and State Treasurer. Ayers Ratliff  

Freehold, NJ --- Jim Mulinix believes A Rocknroll Dance still will make noise in the older male pacer division this season. He hopes the sweet music begins in Saturday’s $120,500 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park in Ohio. The 4-year-old A Rocknroll Dance entered this season with 11 wins in 33 starts and $1.93 million in purses. He struggled to begin 2013, but last weekend picked up his first victory in six races when he captured a $26,400 winners-over event at Hoosier Park. A Rocknroll Dance won by 3-1/4 lengths over Time To Roll in 1:48.2. A Rocknroll Dance and driver Kayne Kauffman will start the Battle of Lake Erie from post No. 5 and are 4-1 on the morning line. Foiled Again, the all-time money-winning pacer in harness racing history with $5.17 million, is the 2-1 favorite from post two with Tony Hall in the sulky for trainer Ron Burke. Foiled Again won the Battle of Lake Erie in 2009 and 2011. He was second in 2012 and third in 2010. “I think before the year is over he’ll do some good things,” said Mulinix, who owns A Rocknroll Dance with Diamond Creek Farm, Denny Miller, J&T Silva Stables and the Muscara Racing Trust under the A RockNRoll Dance Stable banner. “I think he’s been pretty good this year, he just hasn’t had any luck. It seems wherever he drew he always ended up in a bad place.” During the early part of his campaign, A Rocknroll Dance also was bothered by a sore mouth that affected him getting on the bit. Mulinix had the issue resolved prior to the William R. Haughton Memorial eliminations on July 6 and his horse responded with a 1:47.4 mile -- which was only good enough for seventh place (he missed advancing to the final by a half-length), but gave Mulinix an improved outlook for the future. “He seems much happier with his mouth and hasn’t been fussing with his head and is driving good,” Mulinix said. “Before he was throwing his head going to the gate and turning his head and I think it might have affected his breathing too. He seems much better now.” A Rocknroll Dance’s career wins include the 2011 Governor’s Cup and 2012 Meadowlands Pace, Hempt Memorial and Battle of the Brandywine. He was second in the 2011 Breeders Crown and Metro Pace. In his win at Hoosier Park last weekend with Trace Tetrick driving, A Rocknroll Dance battled for the lead in the opening quarter-mile and got the top spot prior to the halfway point, which was reached in :53.3. He paced the last two quarters in :27.2 each. “That was really no indication because it was like a training mile,” Mulinix said. “He got to the front and no one could really come at him.” Still, with his mouth issues in the past and a win under his belt, the future appears brighter for A Rocknroll Dance. “This group is so tough, but he seems as good as ever,” Mulinix said. “But who knows if as good as ever is good enough with this bunch of horses. You have to get better. I’ve been working him a little harder, trying to pick up a step here or there. I think he will be OK. We’re just going to take it one week at a time.” Following is the Battle of Lake Erie field with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Aracache Hanover, Greg Grismore, Gregg McNair; 2. Foiled Again, Tony Hall, Ron Burke; 3. Rockin Finish, Wyatt Irvine, Virgil Morgan, Jr.; 4. Thinking Out Loud, Dan Noble, Robert McIntosh; 5. A Rocknroll Dance, Kayne Kauffman, Jim Mulinix; 6. Clear Vision, Chris Page, Ron Burke; 7. State Treasurer, Aaron Merriman, Dr. Ian Moore; 8. Versado, Ryan Stahl, Nick Surick. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications Courtesy of the United States Trotting Association Web Newsroom

Scioto Downs Racino was host to 3-year-old filly Ohio Sires Stakes races on Saturday (June 8). Mitey Pretty Win picked a good time to break her harness racing maiden when she took the first $30,000 division for trotters in 1:59.2.

Saturday concludes consecutive days of Ohio Sires Stakes harness racing at Northfield Park. Following sophomore filly pacers and trotters on Friday (August 17), both three-year old colt and gelding pacers and trotters will compete on Saturday.

Pacers were in the spotlight as the Ohio State Fair stakes wrapped at Scioto Downs on Saturday night. A huge crowd came out to watch the harness racing action on a humid summer evening.

Harness racing driver Kayne Kauffman's patience paid off in Saturday's featured Ohio Lottery Pace at Scioto Downs. His horse, Lis Deo, was the beneficiary of a duel that left him the freshest horse in the homestretch. Lis Deo paced past the leaders to win in 1:55.3, by 2-1/4 lengths.

ML Cupcake was dead game in wearing down pacesetting Fire In The Cell to win the $53,100 Pride Of Ohio Trot for harness racing sophomore trotting fillies on Friday night (August 5) at Scioto Downs.

Harness racing driver Kayne Kauffman swung Crossthreaded three-wide with a quarter-mile remaining in the $16,500 Ohio Breeders Stakes and the filly paced on to a hard-won 1:53.4 victory at Scioto Downs on Sunday afternoon (July 31). It was her second win in eight starts this season and the time was a new lifetime mark for the daughter of Towner's Big Guy.

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