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LEBANON, OH. - Allbeastnobeauty (Kayne Kauffman) collared heavily favored Checks On The Way (Trace Tetrick) in deep stretch Friday night (March 13) to capture the $25,000 Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway. Diamondtequilashot (Ricky Macomber Jr.) got a ground-saving trip to garner the show finish in the flashy ten horse feature field. Checks On The Way cut all the early fractions with Allbeastnobeauty, returning to the Open ranks after a triumph in the top condition class last week, sitting snug on her back until midstretch. Following fractions of :28.2, :56.3 and 1:24.2 the favorite faltered just slightly at the end of a :28 flat final quarter while Allbeastnobeauty pounced from the pocket full of pace in the final furlong. Despite her recent win and drawing the rail, the Erik Jaeck Jr. trainee paid a healthy $32.60 to her faithful. Coupled with the odds-on favorite, the exacta paid $83. The 50-cent trifecta was worth $106.55. Letme Fly Low (Brett Miller) finished fourth and Always Giggling (John DeLong) fifth, triggering a 10-cent Buckeye High 5 payoff of $534.20. A pair of final preliminary legs were contested in the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series for fillies and mares that were non-winners of four races or $40,000 on February 15. The first $15,000 split went to EyespywithmylileyeN (DeLong), a repeat winner for owner Trent Stohler and trainer Alesha Binkley. Her 1:54 clocking bettered Dragonfly (Tetrick) and Spee Dee Shark (Macomber Jr.) and set the 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three up as the likely favorite when the $25,000 final is held next Friday night. Pace Baby Pace (Josh Sutton) was the upset winner of the second division despite an outside post position. The 4-year-old Sweet Lou lass topped Hilary Barry N (DeLong) and Jazzie Babe (Trevor Smith) in 1:52.4. It was just the third career win for Pace Baby Pace, bred and still owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The name, of course, is a reference to Miami Valley ace handicapper Pacey (The Wizard) Mindlin's signature saying. The nine top money earners in the Coven Jr. Memorial qualified for the lucrative final. They are, in order of series earnings: EyespyonmylileyeN, Hilary Barry N, Pace Baby Pace, Dragonfly, Jazzie Babe, Atoritotell, Spee Dee Shark, Heerz Hoosierhunny and Sweet Sue. From Miami Valley Raceway        

DAYTON, OH - Up Front Flor Ida, the current Ohio Sires Stakes older harness racing pacing mares champion, turned in another gritty performance at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday (Oct. 25) winning the featured $17,500 Open Mares Pace. Driver Kayne Kauffman, who has guided the 4-year-old daughter of Woodstock to a majority of her ten seasonal victories, took no prisoners on this occasion. Despite firing to the front in :26.4, Kauffman asked Up Front Flor Ida to repel constant challenges throughout the remainder of the 1:52.3 mile. After leaving longshot Youlookhot on the limb through middle fractions of :54.4 and 1:23.3, eventual runner up and show finishers Rosemary Rose (Josh Sutton) and Allbeastnobeauty (Dan Noble) came charging through the stretch. But Up Front Flor Ida dug down deep and prevailed by a neck over the two betting favorites. She paid $11.80 as the public's third choice. Tim McKoy trains the winner for Kevin McKinney and Virginia McKoy. Her bankroll has grown to $170,800 in 2019 and almost $300,000 in her career. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

LEBANON, OH – Gerardo has become quite an acquisition for owner Mark Bogen and trainer-driver Kayne Kauffman, who plucked the 4-year-old son of Rockin Image out of a Blooded Horse Sale in Springfield, Ohio prior to the start of his 2019 harness racing season.  All he’s done is win four of his first six races for his new connections, all in late closer series action, including both the $25,000 final of the George Williams Memorial last month and now the  $27,500 final of the Tom Tharps Memorial on Saturday night (April 6).     Kauffman put Gerardo on the front end in the Tharps championship, then dueled with Rockin Speed (Travis Seekman) the entire last half of the mile clocked in 1:50—equaling the track record for 4 year olds.  The record was first established by Thisjetsabookin (Josh Sutton) in 2016 and was equaled by Gerries Sport (Trace Tetrick) in 2017.    The two favorites raced side by side through the stretch, with Rockin Speed sticking a nose in front midway down heartbreak lane before Gerardo dug deeper to fight back on the inside and gain the slight advantage at the wire. Gerardo winners circle       - Conrad photo Somebeachsomeday (Trevor Smith) was next best to nab the show dough.    A large throng of Tharps family and friends surrounded Gerardo and Kauffman in an emotional winner’s circle presentation.  Kauffman and the late Tom Tharps’ son Randy—the winningest black harness driver in history—are very close friends and Kauffman knows the matriarch of the family, Carol, and all Randy’s brothers, sisters and extended family extremely well.    A race later Granite broke an eight week dry spell by copping the $24,000 Open I Pace in 1:49.3, the quickest mile of the 2019 season thus far.  Driver Brett Miller took advantage of a serious speed duel between Angelo J Fra (Kyle Ater) and Cyclone Kiwi N (Dan Noble), who passed the first two timing beams in :25.1 and :52.3, then swung around the tiring pair as the field approached the three-quarter mark in 1:20.4.  Granite had GD Western Joe (Chris Page) in hot pursuit around the final bend, but Granite was able to hold on his short lead when GD Western Joe drifted considerable in the stretch.  My Buddy Ninkster (Josh Sutton) was best of the rest. Granite       -Conrad photo    A total of 11 of the 13 races on the Saturday program were won in times under 1:52, a testament to the outstanding job track superintendent Jimmy Shelton does at Miami Valley.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - Driver Kayne Kauffman returned to the sulky on Monday afternoon (April 1) at Miami Valley Raceway, one week after a most unfortunate harness racing accident in which he injured his back and knee. "My leg feels OK, but my back is tightening up a little," he said after his second drive of the day-a win behind A Sham Of Amber, a pacing mare from his own barn. "I'll be fine," Kauffman explained, "but I might wait a couple more days before I drive any serious pullers." Three races later, Kayne steered Voyage To Paris to an upset triumph in the $20,000 championship final of the Robert J. "Skeeter" Brown Memorial series for green trotters. Although the winning sophomore son of Dontyouforgetit wore a choke plate under his chin and his connections are contemplating throat surgery, he apparently didn't 'pull' too hard as Kauffman sat chilly in the pocket throughout the mile until taking full advantage of a tired and drifting pacesetter to zoom past on the inside to victory. Kayne Kauffman, returning after a week off due to injury, is greeted in the winner’s circle by OHHA rep Brett Merkle, caretaker Mikayla Pollock, Racing Operations Manager Helen Carlo and Race Secretary Gregg Keidel. (Conrad photo) Monday Nite (Randy Tharps) finished just a neck behind following a similar ground-saving trip behind Voyage To Paris. Call Me Thefireman (Dan Noble) grabbed the show dough as the entire field finished within six lengths of each other at the wire. Voyage To Paris is owned by Stephen Richard and Lana Pollock and trained by Jim Pollock Jr. Following a two year old campaign when he earned $27,000, the winner has now won twice in 2019 and added over $18,000 to his coffer.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - A sure sign that Spring is right around the corner is the commencement of the "Lebanon Legends" harness racing late closer series for green pacers and trotters at Miami Valley Raceway. On Monday afternoon (March 18) three divisions of the first leg of the Robert J. Brown Memorial Series for non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime trotters were contested. When the limestone dust settled, winners were Monday Nite (Randy Tharps), Voyage To Paris (Kayne Kauffman) and Crews Hilltopper (Trevor Smith). Tharps sent Monday Nite, a 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide, directly to the front of the field and reeled off comfortable fractions when no serious challenge developed during the 2:00.1 mile. A pair of Ohio-sired fillies, My Pure Honey (Brett Miller) and Bad Babysitter (Josh Sutton) completed the trifecta in the $10,000 contest. Zachary Miller owns Monday Nite, who is booked to the court of Indiana sire Swan For All at the conclusion of this series. Kauffman guided Voyage To Paris to an upset ($19.40 to win) victory in the second split, narrowly defeating Innisfallen (Brett Miller) and Oh My My My (LeWayne Miller) after a thrilling stretch drive. The 3-year-old gelding by Dontyouforgetit lowered his best-ever mark to 1:57.4 for owners Stephen Richard and Lana Pollock. Jim Pollock Jr. conditions the winner. Crews Hilltopper is a well-seasoned county fair standout who topped Call Me Thefireman (Chris Page) and B Fluffinover (Alex Hawk) in 1:59.1. Larry Tinch trains the 4-year-old son of Break The Bank K for owners John Foster and Ray Helton. It was his 11th overall triumph, but just his second at a commercial venue. Including county fair earnings Crews Hilltopper has banked $62,534 in his first 39 career starts. Racing resumes Tuesday afternoon (March 19) at 2:05 p.m. when the highlight will be a trio of first leg divisions of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series for green male pacers.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - Saint Patrick's weekend has certainly been a time of celebration for the Kayne Kauffman harness racing Stable! After winning the $25,000 championship of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series for mares with Tura Lura Lural on Friday night, Kauffman returned to the Miami Valley winner's circle on Saturday night by winning the $25,000 championship leg of the George Williams Memorial Series for male pacers. Gerardo, a 4-year-old son of Rockin Image, took a new lifetime mark of 1:51.2 while topping Reagan's Avenger (Chris Page) and Velocity Smoke (Dan Noble). Despite drawing outside his main contenders, Kauffman sent Gerardo on a mission when the gate swung open, pacing three-wide around the first bend before clearing to the front just past the :26.3 opening panel. With an outer tier developing quickly thereafter, Kauffman kept the pedal to the metal through middle fractions of :54.1 and 1:22 before bravely pacing a :29.2 final quarter to seal the deal. Reagan's Avenger finally got to the winner's wheel at the head of the stretch, but Gerardo dug down deeper and widened to a 2-1/2 length margin at the wire. Gerardo's 1:51.2 clocking represented a new speed badge for owner Mark Bogen's newest acquisition, purchased at auction in February. Gerardo now has five career triumphs and $127,030 in purse earnings. Two races later, Fan Of Terror (Sam Widger) pulled a mild upset in the weekly feature, the $25,000 Open I Pace, also establishing a new lifetime mark of 1:50.4. The former claimer, a 7-year-old Western Terror gelding, also went gate to wire, holding off a determined Granite (Brett Miller) and fast-closing Dancin Yankee (Chris Page) with a gritty performance. Latest owner Therl Hensley has almost recouped the $30,000 he plucked down to claim Fan Of Terror a month ago. In three starts he has earned $28,750 with two wins and a second-all in Open class company. Peter Redder is now training the winner of 30 career races, including six victories in eight tries already this season. Fan Of Terror Angelo J Fra (Brett Miller) copped the $20,000 Open II, finding room along the pylons in the stretch to sneak through for a 1:51 score. Fox Valley Reggie (Tyler Smith) was runnerup and Evergreen Elite (Kyle Ater) picked up the show dough. Kris Hinchcliff has trained the winner, who surpassed $400,000 in earnings, for Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi LLC for the past several years. Driver Chris Page topped the driver's colony on Saturday night with a Grand Slam. His first of four wins came behind the trotter No Whip Chip, who paid $4.60 for his 1:56.1 score. His other triumphs were with The Optimist (1:53.1, $6.60), A True Rock Star (1:51.4, $9.20) and GD Western Joe (1:50.4, $8.00). Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Tura Lura Lural (Kayne Kauffman) completed a clean sweep of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series, winning the $25,000 Championship leg on Friday night (March 15) at Miami Valley Raceway. The 4-year-old daughter of The Panderosa also captured a pair of preliminary legs before topping Avaline Hanover (Chris Page) and McPansy (Brett Miller) in the final. The Coven Memorial featured distaff pacers who lacked four wins or $40,000 in lifetime earnings at the series' commencement. Kauffman was intent on dictating the action, wrestling the lead away from McPansy just past the quarter mile mark of the race. Fending off a prolonged challenge by Scwartz Bros Beaty (Trace Tetrick), Tura Lura Lural then had to contend with Avaline Hanover for the length of the stretch before cruising under the wire a three-quarter length winner in 1:54.3. Kauffman's wife Natalie shares ownership of the winner with Douglas Millard and Sandra Burns of Ontario, Canada. She now sports five wins in just 25 lifetime starts and career earnings rapidly approaching $100,000.     -Conrad photo A $22,500 Mares Open Pace was won by Big Bad Jane, an Ohio-sired 5-year-old Big Bad John daughter making her initial start in open company for trainer-driver Dan Noble and owner Sandra Burnett. Content to sit next-to-last in the field of seven, Noble sent Big Bad Jane three wide at the halfway station, moved up to third with two furlongs to go, and cruised to a 2-1/4 length triumph over E R Hilary (LeWayne Miller) and fast-closing Rosemary Rose (Chris Page) in 1:53.4. Big Bad Jane has captured 17 of her 53 races to date and her bankroll has soared to $221,694. Big Bad Jane      - Conrad photo Racing resumes Saturday night (May 16) at Miami Valley with the $25,000 championship of the George Williams Memorial series on tap as well as a $25,000 Open I and a $20,000 Open II. Post time is 6:05 p.m.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Feelin Red Hot (Chris Page) got back on the winning track capturing the $25,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (March 1). Driver Kayne Kauffman also had a memorable evening scoring a hat trick with three horses, all from his own barn. Feelin Red Hot drew the best of the four outside posts grouping and took full advantage. Once Page wrestled the front away with the 6-year-old daughter of Feelin Friskie he opened a couple lengths on the field and maintained the margin through the wire reached in 1:52. Lease Ness Monster (Kyle Ater) and Gone Girl (Dan Noble) were the best of the rest in the feature race. Ron Burke trains the winner, who now has three triumphs in six tries at this level in 2019, for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Kayne Kauffman not only reached the winner's circle three times, but also eclipsed the lofty $20 million purse earnings plateau. His first win came behind Tura Lura Lural in the second division of the first leg of the Herb Cover Jr. Memorial Series for distaffers who are non-winners of four races or $40,000 lifetime. The 4-year-old daughter of The Panderosa pounced from the 2-hole at the head of the stretch and sailed to a 1:53.4 score over Scwartz Bros Beaty (Sam Widger) and Canadian Rocker (Mike Peterson). Kauffman's wife Natalie co-owns the winner with partners Douglas Millard and Sandra Burns. Kayne Kauffman eclipsed the $20 million purse earnings plateau with a hat trick on Friday at Miami Valley.  He is congratulated by Racing Operations Manager Helen Carlo and Senior Marketing Director Jerry Abner. - Conrad photo Dan D Dune (1:53) gave Kauffman his second tally beating Strong Playin King (Dan Noble) and Whata Twist (Josh Sutton) in a $12,500 claimer for pacing geldings. Mary Megerle owns the 6-year-old who won for the second time in eight seasonal starts at this level. Mary Megerle also owns Kayne's third victor of the night, Lerato N (1:53.2), a 6-year-old mare who topped the highest condition class for the female set. The upset winner paid $33.20 for topping Strong Opinion (Sutton) and Sandy Sue (Page). Kauffman began his career in 1994 with one win in four starts and purse earnings of $423. Since then the 40-year-old reinsman has accumulated 3066 wins in addition to 3382 place and 3363 show finishes. Kayne's first two $1 million seasons came in 2013 and 2014, followed by $2 million-plus seasons in 2015 and 2018. In 2016 and 2017 the red-and-white clad driver managed $3 million-plus campaigns. He owns 14 100-plus win seasons, including the last 11 years. He scored over 300 victories in three straight years from 2015-2017. In this age of catch drivers, Kauffman is also an accomplished trainer who manages a full stable. He has recorded 810 training wins and his horses have earned over $4.6 million.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of harness racing longshots that did not win preliminary legs of their respective Claim To Fame Series did capture championship finals at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday afternoon (Feb. 4) over a sloppy strip dulled by warming temperatures followed by a persistent chilly rain. Winwood Scout (LeWayne Miller) proved best in the $15,000 trotting split, besting favorites Undercover Strike (Kayne Kauffman) and Mikey Hanover (Brett Miller) in 1:56.3. Miller got away fourth with the 9-year-old son of Keystone Nordic before moving into the outer flow just prior to the halfway juncture. Still third at the three quarters station, Winwood Scout was steered wide at the head of the stretch to engage and ultimately wear down the more highly regarded frontrunners. Although the series finalists staggered home following taxing fractions over the sticky track, Winwood Scout showed the most resolve in the final strides. Jana Cromer claimed the winner of the $27,500 final just a week ago and entrusted him to Charles Stewart to prep for the series championship. Winwood Scout returned an $18.40 mutuel, despite the fact he was dispatched as the betting favorite in both of the preliminary legs. A purse of $17,500 was on the line when the $8000 claiming mares championship went postward. The race resulted in the largest win payoff of the day when driver Josh Sutton steered Turnitdownforwatt to a 1:55.1 victory despite the disadvantage of starting from post nine. The 5-year-old Shadyshark Hanover mare was ducked when the gate swung open, but moved early into the outer flow. With live cover, Sutton moved the ultimate champion up to fourth at the :56.2 half and third at the 1:25.2 third timer. With good momentum, Turnitdownforwatt collared even-money favorite Dolly's Girl (Trace Tetrick) in mid-stretch. Fellow longshot Endeavors Ladyluck (Trevor Smith) closed with resolve to grab the sizeable show dough. Turnitdownforwatt paid a whopping $80.40 to win while the exacta with Dolly's Girl returned a handsome $263.20 return. Larry Finn trains the winner for owner Joseph Baron. A $25,000 Open Trot was also presented with All About Cowboys (Jason Brewer) returning to his winning ways for the first time in two months. The 6-year-old Swan For All gelding bested Pine Dream (Trace Tetrick) and Primed N Powerful (Tyler Smith) in 1:55.3 for his fourteenth career victory, increasing his earnings to over $168,000 for owners Green Acres LLC and Mike Klimas. The 5-2 second choice of the betting public is trained by Ken Rucker. Four $6000 divisions of the first elimination round of a Survivor Series for bottom level $5000 claiming mares resulted in the field being reduced in half. The top five finishers in each of the four races advanced to round two next week when the purses jump to $7500. The top five from those eliminations will compete in a $15,000 championship a week later. Winners in Week One were Grimalkin (Brett Miller), Bugatti Beauty (Dan Noble), Friskie Teddy (Noble) and Star Of Our Show (Travis Seekman). The 50-cent Lucky Pick 5 at Miami Valley, contested over races ten through fourteen, went unsolved on Monday afternoon and now features a $4793 carryover into Tuesday (Feb. 5) afternoon's program. In conjunction with the USTA Strategic Wagering program, the Pick 5 pool will feature a $10,000 guarantee. Post time for the tenth race is usually around 5 p.m. on a matinee at Miami Valley. From the Miami Valley Media Department

DAYTON, OH - On the occasion of his 3,000th lifetime win in the 5th race at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway on Monday afternoon (Oct. 22), driver Kayne Kauffman took a few moments to reflect on his career. "Things are going much smoother for me now than they did in my first drive-when I just turned 16. I drove Riverview Romance at my hometown Greenville Fair and I won...sorta...I finished first but was disqualified for interfering with Tom Hope (now an Associate Judge at Hollywood Dayton). Four days later I drove the same horse at Greenville again and won. They couldn't take me down after that one, though, because I was about five wide to make sure I didn't hit anyone!" laughed the now 40-year-old reinsman. "That day I made my first 'unforgettable' drive was the day my grandded Herman Baker, who was in his 80's, made his last drive. We planned it that way." Kauffman toiled mainly at the Ohio county fairs for his first five years, managing a total of 20 victories before deciding to move to Lebanon Raceway and start his own stable in the 1999-2000 season at age 20. In the 20 seasons since Kayne has reached the 3,000 driving wins plateau and is narrowing in on $20 million in purse earnings. Winning the Battle Of Lake Erie with A Rocknroll Dance in 1:49.1 in 2013 remains Kauffman's most memorable moment in the sulky. He also counts his three Ohio Sires Stakes championship wins as thrills he'll never forget, while hoping more are still in store. Kayne has won 785 times as a trainer. "I really like driving," he says, "but I enjoy training even better. I hope I can remain a competent driver for another solid decade, but you can always keep training horses well beyond that." Win 3,000 came behind Vanessa Valentine, a 3-year-old trotting filly who notched her first-ever pari-mutuel victory in 1:57.4 from the outermost post position nine. The daughter of Dejarmbro, owned by Jason Shumway and trained by Daniel Jones, paid $9.80 for her six-length score. It was the third victory in the first five races for Kauffman. He captured the second race with Lunetta (1:59.2, $4.80) in another non-winners trot for trainer Scott Mogan and owners Carol Cramer, Terrax Inc. and Frances Schloss; and the fourth with Tobins Future (1:55.4, $10.80) for owner-trainer Jim Pollock Jr. It didn't take Kayne long to start working on his 4,000th win-triumphing in the sixth race with Dragon Lady Art (1:55, $9.40) for owner Robert Key and trainer Tye Loy. From the Dayton Raceway Media Department  

Monday's harness racing action at the Delaware County Fair featured the $101,700 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship for three-year-old filly trotters. In the second $50,850 division, Impinktoo and Kayne Kauffman took the lead before the ¼ mile pole and cruised to a 2 1/2 length win in 1:55 4/5. Sesame (Ryan Stahl) and Non Smoker (Dan Noble) rounded off the top three. The daughter of Manofmanymissions has earned $401,610 in her career for William Walters, Joe McLead and RTK Racing. Impinktoo is trained by Ron Burke. Risky Deal with trainer Crist Hershberger in the bike edged California Love (Aaron Merriman) by a neck in the first division. The Break The Bank K lass scored for the fifth time this season in a lifetime best 1:56. To Russia (Ryan Stahl) rounded out the trifecta. Risky Deal owned by Deborah Kvernmo of Georgetown, Kentucky. The Monday undercard featured six divisions of the Buckeye Stallion Series for three-year-old colt and filly pacers. Dancin Dragon (Dan Noble) took the fastest of the three $15,000 colt divisions with his 1:53 win over Mcwiz (Kayne Kauffman) and Rock On Creek (Ryan Stahl). The Dragon Again gelding is owned by trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. and breeder Mark Marroletti. The other sophomore colt paces went to Long Train Runnin (Chris Page) in 1:53 2/5, Bambino Joe (Aaron Merriman) in 1:53 2/5 and Medoland Brutus (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:55 1/5. The two filly divisions were won by Our Miss Reese (Hugh Beatty) in 1:56 2/5 and Bringhomethemail (Dan Noble) in 1:57 1/5. Tuesday's 13 race card will start at 1:00 PM. The simulcast show will begin at 12:30 PM. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Trainers Ronnie Burke and Brian Brown both had a fantastic Super Night at Scioto Downs on Sept. 8, despite the chilly conditions and non-stop pouring rain. A healthy crowd was on hand to witness $2.2 million in purses awarded to eight victorious Ohio-breds. Burke took home three of the eight $275,000 Championships, beginning with Wittyville, a freshman Manofmanymissions colt, who is out of the SJ's Photo mare Witty Girl, in the 2-Year-Old Colt Trot. Owned by Burke Racing, breeder Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi, Wittyville picked up his second career win in six starts--upping his lifetime earnings to $176,010 with his 1:57 front-stepping victory. Leaving the gate at 10-1 odds, Wittyville and driver Chris Page bested second-place finisher 5-2 Lane of Stone (Jeff Nisonger) by 3½ lengths, with another Burke trainee, 6-1 Dylan The Great (Matt Kakaley) notching show honors. Burke next harnessed the Yankee Cruiser filly Baron Remy to capture the $275,000 Three-Year-Old Filly Pace Championship in a healthy 1:52 as the 5-2 choice. Chris Page was in the sulky behind Baron Remy, who is out of the Shady Character mare Riley Character, and who was also on the front end the entire mile for owners Burke Racing, Silva, Purnell & Libby, L. Karr and Weaver Bruscemi. Bred by Baron Racing Stable, Baron Remy was 2½ lengths ahead of 25-1 longshot Believe In Waco (Aaron Merriman) at the wire, with 16-1 Smiley Dragon (Trace Tetrick) getting up for third. Baron Remy's seasonal earnings now stand at $233,370 from three wins, five seconds and a third in 13 starts, while her career bankroll is a bulging $329,434 from six wins, five seconds and three thirds in 20 lifetime trips postward. Impinktoo gave Burke his third Championship crown when the Manofmanymissions-Margie Seelster-Angus Hall daughter cruised to a 1:55.4 clocking at 3-1 odds with Kayne Kauffman in the sulky. Owned by Billy Walters, Joe McLead and Rtk Racing, Impinktoo used come-from-behind tactics to get the job done, snaring her second win of the season and fifth lifetime victory after overtaking the leading 8-1 Spunky Bottom Girl (Tyler Smith), with 5-1 Sesame grabbing third with David Miller in the sulky. Bred by Jay Mossbarger, this latest triumph upped her career earnings to $276,185 and her 2018 account now stands at $209,145. Canadian-based trainer and co-owner Robert McIntosh couldn't have been happier when his Only Take Cash won the $275,000 Championship for 2-year-old trotting fillies in 1:57. This daughter by Cash Hall-Armbro Affair-Garland Lobell got a perfect steer by Aaron Merriman, taking the lead at the quarter and never looking back to grab lifetime win seven in eight tries as the public's favorite. Princess Of Pink (Tony Hall), a 36-1 longshot, was second, 5½ lengths back of the winner, while 17-1 Spirit Bell (Ryan Stahl) was third. Only Take Cash had won every Ohio Sires Stakes leg except for her first, when she finished a game second to Vivi D. This homebred's career earnings now stand at $240,190 for owners McIntosh Stables, Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables of Ontario, Canada. Frank Chick's travel to Ohio from Harrington, DE was well-worth the trip as his Queen Of The Pride captured the $275,000 2-Year-Old Filly Pace in 1:54.2 as the 2-1 choice. Steered by Tony Hall for trainer Kevin Lare, this bay daughter of McArdle-Lioness Hanover-Western Ideal made every pole a winning one--pushing her lifetime earnings to $225,522. She was bred by Brad Wallace of Hickory Lane Farm fame. Carmen Ohio came from near last for Ryan Stahl to grab second at 20-1 odds, while 7-1 High Reward (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third. Trainer Brian Brown trained both fillies, as well as fourth-place finisher, 21-1 choice Mi Nina Bonita (David Miller). High On Paydaze seems to have a penchant for the slop, and Super Night was no different, as the Nob Hill High youngster cruised to a 1:53.2 clocking in the $275,000 Championship for 2-year-old pacing colts. David Miller guided the 7-2 High On Paydaze, weaving his way through horses before prevailing at the end by a length over stablemate 7-5 Rock Candy (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) It was a clean sweep for Brian Brown, who trains the homebred winner for owners Scott Hagemeyer, Robert Mondillo and Donald Robinson, as well as Rocky Candy and third-place finisher, 13-1 Dislocator (Chris Page), fourth-place finisher 6-1 Smackitwithahammer (Trace Tetrick) and fifth-place finisher 75-1 Tony Too Tall (Ryan Stahl). The victory was High On Paydaze's fifth lifetime in six starts and pushed his earnings to $220,700. He had captured his first three Ohio Sires Stakes legs over similarly muddy surfaces but was third in Leg 4 over a dry track. The speedy bay colt is out of The Panderosa broodmare Myell. The stars aligned for a group of Indiana connections in the $275,000 3-Year-Old Colt Trot Championship when 2-5 Two O B Wonkenobi scored in 1:56.3 for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. Owned by the Hoosier State-based partnership of Shara Weaver and Madeline Roche, the Dejarmbro gelding is conditioned by Indiana-based trainer Ernie Gaskin and was bred by Indiana breeding farm Pond-A-Acres. Two O B Wonkenobi was never headed throughout the one-mile test, staving off a late challenge by 5-1 Pass The Vape (Derek Watiker) and third-place finisher 14-1 Uncle Buck (Aaron Merriman). His seasonal bankroll stands tall at $245,545, while lifetime he's amassed $275,565 from nine wins, six seconds and two thirds in 21 starts. Last, but definitely not least, Lather Up put the finishing touches on a star-studded program by pacing to a wire-to-wire triumph handily in a sizzling 1:49.3 under wraps for driver Montrell Teague and trainer Clyde Francis as the 1-9 favorite. Owned and bred by the Harrington, DE couple of Gary and Barbara Iles, the son of I'm Gorgeous grabbed season victory ten and lifetime win 14. Winner of the $1 million North America Cup earlier this season, Lather Up has $728,965 in his lifetime coffers. The hard-trying 13- Rockathon was second for David Miller, 5½ lengths behind the winner, while 12-1 Seeing Eye Single took home show money with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in the bike. From 14 starters--the most of any trainers in the Championships--trainer Brian Brown had nine horses finish in the money (one win, three seconds, two thirds, two fourths and one fifth), while conditioner Ronnie Burke had eight starters (three wins, two thirds and one fifth). Manofmanymissions was the only stallion with two winners in this year's Championships, while broodmare sire Garland Lobell also had two winners. The Ohio Sires Stakes continue with $60,000 Championships for veteran pacers and trotters, 4-year-olds and up on Oct. 6 at Northfield and $60,000 Consolations for 2- and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies on Oct. 13 at Northfield. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator  

Six divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes 3-year-old trotting and pacing fillies highlighted the Miami Valley Raceway program on Friday night, May 4, before a healthy crowd that packed the grandstand and outside apron, witnessing new tracks and a seasonal standard.   Red Storm and Non Smoker each captured a $50,000 OSS contest for sophomore filly trotters. Red Storm, a striking chestnut daughter by Stormin Normand, prevailed at 7-5 odds by a whisker in a brutal stretch drive over 2-1 rival Impinktoo (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:55.4. Aaron Merriman steered the speedy winner.   Owned and bred by Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH, and trained by Chris Beaver, Red Storm has amassed $174,975 in her career from 11 starts, with six wins, three seconds and a third. Alana's Ways, a 14-1 longshot, was third for Josh Sutton. Red Storm         - Brad Conrad Photo   Non Smoker, a gorgeous and diminutive My MVP lass, prevailed in a gutsy wire-to-wire effort in 1:54, a new Miami Valley track record with trainer Danny Noble in the sulky. Leaving the gate at 4-1, the grey filly held off the hard-trying 19-1 Risky Deal (Kurt Sugg) by half a length at the wire, with 3-5 favorite Looking For Zelda (Tony Hall) notching show honors.   Steve Sexton of Xenia, OH owns the winner of $57,851 lifetime, who now has four wins, one second and one third in 10 career starts. Non Smoker was bred by Stephanie Smith-Rothaug.   McPansy established a new track record and new national season's mark for 3-year-old pacing fillies on a five-eighths mile track by pacing to victory in 1:51.3 in the third of four $40,000 OSS divisions for sidewheeling distaffs. Trace Tetrick was in the sulky behind the 5-1 Brian Brown-conditioned daughter by McArdle, who is owned and was bred by the Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, OH. McPansy now has two wins in three career starts and $24,500 in her coffers, after going unraced as a freshman. One to nine favorite Baron Remy (Chris Page) was second with 28-1 longshot Believe In Waco (Aaron Merriman) third. McPansy         - Brad Conrad Photo   Earlier in the evening Brown, Tetrick and Emerald Highlands combined to score with 7-2 Queen Me Again in the first $40,000 OSS pacing division, as the Dragon Again filly paced to a winning 1:53 effort. Tetrick used come-from-behind tactics with Queen Me Again, as the filly nabbed her third straight victory after also being unraced at two. Even money favorite Up Front Flor Ida (Kayne Kauffman) was second, while Merciless (Tyler Smith) was third at 13-1. The victory upped Queen Me Again's earnings to $28,000. Queen Me Again        - Brad Conrad Photo   Pet Walker had equaled the Miami Vallely track record with a 1:52 clocking in the second $40,000 OSS contest, as the public's third choice. Dan Noble steered the Gregory Luther trainee for owner/breeder Black Magic Racing of Reynoldsburg, OH, as the Pet Rock filly finished three lengths ahead of 5-1 rival Auntmilly'sMartini (Tyler Smith) and third-place finisher, 9-5 favorite, Smiley Dragon (Trace Tetrick). Unraced as a 2-year-old, Pet Walker now has two wins in three starts and $23,720 in her coffers. Pet Walker       - Brad Conrad Photo   In the final $40,000 OSS pacing division, last year's 2-year-old filly pacing champion, Bad Girls Rule, didn't let being saddled with the eight-hole stop her, as she paced to a winning 1:54.1 with Dan Noble at the lines. Owned by the 3rd Floor Stables of Springboro, OH, the World Of Rocknroll lass upped her lifetime bankroll to $206,566 with the fifth triumph of her career in 12 starts. Jim Dailey conditions Bad Girls Rule, who was bred by Spring Haven Farm of Utica, OH. Bad Girls Rule     - Brad Conrad Photo   Noble used wire-to-wire tactics with the sizeable bay filly, who left the gate at 2-1 and finished nearly two lengths ahead of 5-1 Big Bad Goldie (Aaron Merriman), with 12-1 Missplacedrock (Chris Page) nabbing show honors.   Leg Two of this series for sophomores will be as follows: June 2 at Northfield Park for 3-year-old pacing fillies; June 9 at Scioto Downs for 3-year-old pacing colts; June 11 at Northfield Park for 3-year-old trotting fillies; and June 15 at Scioto Downs for 3-year-old trotting colts.     Kimberly A. Rinker    

LEBANON, OH. - Miami Valley Raceway's Friday (April 20) night co-features did not disappoint. Up Front Flor Ida (Kayne Kauffman) set a new track record for 3-year-old pacing fillies in the $40,000 James K. Hackett Memorial final; and Zoe Ellasen (Tyler Smith) established a new lifetime mark winning the $25,000 Mares Open Pace. As the winner of one of the two Hackett eliminations a week ago, Up Front Flor Ida entered the championship tilt full of confidence. Rather than coming from way back like she did in the elim, Kauffman sent her sailing from the outset with the big money on the line. Despite heavy pressure from Just Zip It (Keith Crawford) for the first five-eighths of the mile and then runnerup Kay Again (Chris Page) the rest of the way, the winner was able to rebuff all challenges enroute to a 1:52.4 score. It established a new track standard, lowering the previous 1:53 clockings by both Rose Run Skyler and Rosemary Rose in 2017. Up Front Flor Ida has now notched four wins in her first ten lifetime starts, banking $75,901 for owners Kevin McKinney and Virginia McKoy. With the triumph, trainer Tim McKoy's standout filly earned an instant invitation to next Friday night's $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitational for sophomore fillies. Runnerup Kay Again and show finisher Big Bad Goldie (Mike Wilder) also earned automatic bids to the next big dance.   Zoe Ellasen, who competed in last September's Jugette at the Delaware (OH) county fairgrounds where her trainer Ron Potter is stabled, won her first open class race in 1:52, a personal best. Although Zoe Ellasen has 14 career victories and $268,605 in earnings, it came largely in juvenile stakes competition. The 4-year-old daughter of Santanna Blue Chip has consistently been in-the-money since joining the older open ranks, but hadn't won until now. Smith, realizing that front-end speed was holding up well on this evening, put Zoe Ellasen on the point from the get-go and showed her heels to the field at every pole, reaching them in :27, :54.2 and 1:22.3 before reaching the wire in 1:52. Zoe Ellasen topped Cas Art Apparel and Juslikeaqueen in the $25,000 Mares Open Pace Conrad photo Clyde Perfect owns the winner, who bested longshot Cas Art Apparel (Josh Sutton) and Juslikeaqueen (Jeremy Smith). Zoe Ellasen paid $8.00 to win. When Donna's Dream won Miami Valley's 4th race on Friday night it gave veteran trainer Bob Phillips his 1000th win since the USTA began keeping records in 1996. Phillips was training long before 1996, and actually recorded 480 driving wins in the five year span from 1977-81.  Bob Phillips gets his his 1000th win                    -Brad Conrad photo   Gregg Keidel    

DAYTON, OH. - Manhattan Beach won the $18,500 Open Pace; Kayne Kauffman and Jeff Brewer were crowned leading driver and leading trainer; and starter Mike Woebkenberg was presented with an appreciation blanket for his yeoman efforts promoting harness racing--all as the curtain dropped on Hollywood Dayton Raceway's fourth meet, its most successful to date. Driver Trace Tetrick got Manhattan Beach on the muscle early and was determined to make the balance of the full field play catch-me-if-you-can.  After posting a :27.1 first quarter despite single digit temperatures, Tetrick throttled the eventual winner to a :56 halfway point.  Forced to speed up by the first-over attack of Starlite Kid (Trevor Smith), Manhattan Beach tripped the three-quarters beam in 1:23.4 and then scooted home a clear winner in 1:52.3.  Heavy favorite Enoch (Chris Page) enjoyed a pocket ride throughout but could never really threaten, settling for runnerup honors.  Starlite Kid held for third. Manhattan Beach is a 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere owned by John McGill and Brian Carsey and trained by Walter Haynes Jr.  It was the sixth seasonal win from 24 2017 starts and left the winner less than $1000 shy of a $100,000 year. Kayne Kauffman won his first Hollywood Dayton dash title, although he has previously won meets at nearby Miami Valley Raceway and the old Lebanon Raceway.  The 39-year-old reinsman won 120 races during the 76 day meet, good for purse earnings of over $850,000.  Career-wise, Kauffman is nearing 3000 wins and eclipsed the $17 million earnings plateau on closing night. Jeff Brewer notched his second Hollywood Dayton training title by sending out 41 winners in 210 starts during the recently concluded meet.  Brewer is closing in rapidly on the $10 million earnings achievement and has accumulated 1,921 lifetime training wins.  2017 was his first million dollar season with $1,119,366 deposited into his stable owners' coffers. Starter Mike Woebkenberg was surprised with a handmade commemorative blanket to thank him for his tireless efforts to promote harness racing.  Fans Ann and Ray Lufkin presented the blanket with the aid of special guest Roger Huston, Deb Noble and members of the local drivers colony. Hollywood Dayton enjoyed competitive racing with full fields, excellent track conditions, several new track records and an impressive increase in average daily handle during 2017.  The management at Hollywood Dayton wants to thank all the owners, trainers, drivers and caretakers who participated in the racing program this season.  We look forward to September, 2018, when our fifth season of live racing gets underway. Gregg Keidel    

LEBANON — The call came a little after 5:30 on a cold, dark December morning. Fellow Lebanon harness racing trainer Sam Coven was on the line and he was frantic: “Kayne, it’s going!” “What’s going?” said Kayne Kauffman, still half-asleep. “Your barn!….Your barn is on fire!” A couple mornings ago, Kauffman quietly and with some hesitance recalled that numbing conversation from 2009: “At that moment I was in awe. I didn’t know what to do. I woke my wife right away and we got dressed and got there as quickly as we could.” Kauffman and his wife Natalie lived about seven minutes from Lebanon Raceway and Barn 16, where he had stabled the horses he owned and those he trained for other people. When he and his wife got there, they were devastated. The entire place was in flames. “It was almost all gone,” he said. “The roof had caved in. I knew it was bad.” Two grooms – 55-year-old Ronnie Williams and 48-year-old Turtle Edwards, both of whom had been sleeping in the tack room where the fire started – died in the blaze. So did 45 horses, including 10 of Kauffman’s, five of which had just won the night before. Kauffman lost most of his racing equipment in the fire as well as all of his sense of well-being. His heart was shattered. He didn’t know if he had the means – or the will – to continue in the business he first had learned as a little boy riding in the lap of his grandfather as they sat in a sulky behind a snorting harness horse going around the Darke County Fairgrounds track in Greenville. Natalie was just as crushed. She had grown up around racing – her dad Carl Bray had horses – and she had worked in the barn alongside Kayne in their early days together. And to this day, in fact, she finds it difficult to come back into the barn and fuss over the horses as she once did. She doesn’t want to revive that attachment and the love of the animals that she had so painfully lost eight years ago. And Kayne said he was hesitant, too: “After the barn fire I pondered not training horses – and just driving – but I didn’t know what to do with myself. All I’d ever known was getting up in the morning and going to the barn each day.” He realized something else then, as well: “Everybody always says harness racing is like a family business and that proved to be true. I couldn’t believe the outpouring of support from horsemen across the country and in Canada.” + Kayne Kauffman is on the verge of becoming the 2017 driving champion at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.  People sent equipment. Veteran horseman Dick Macomber and his owners donated a couple of horses to Kauffman, who just had two left, both of which had been turned out to pasture the night of the deadly fire. But the best thing he got was other peoples’ belief in him: “A couple of horsemen told me, ‘We know you lost pretty much everything, but we have enough confidence in you – in the drive you’ve had in your life and in your love of the business – that we’re sure you’re going to get through this. You’ll come back better and stronger than before.’” Kauffman quieted as he gathered his welling emotions and then finally said: “And I really believe that has happened.” More proof of that comes Saturday night when the four-month meet at Hollywood Dayton Raceway ends and Kauffman almost certainly will be crowned the 2017 driving champion. It would be his first title in Dayton. Going into Thursday night’s racing program – with just Friday and Saturday night’s cards left after that – Kauffman had won 114 of the 754 races he started at Dayton this year. He’s earned $842,735 in purse money. Josh Sutton was second with 110 wins, but he has been suspended for the rest of the meet. Xenia’s Dan Noble was third with 103 victories. After the fire, Kauffman said he won a couple of driving titles at Lebanon Raceway before it closed. He then won the inaugural crown at Miami Valley Raceway in 2014. He also won the $120,500 Battle of Lake Erie behind A Rocknroll Dance, who he guided to a word record 1:49.1 for four-year-old pacers on a half mile track. Heading into Thursday night’s competition at Dayton, the 39-year-old Kauffman had won 2,835 races in 23,794 starts in his career and had earned over $16.95 million in purses. Off the track he has been just as impressive. By Tom Archdeacon  Reprinted with permission of The Dayton Daily News

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