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Harness racing trainer Ron Burke and driver Chris Page have captured the 2020 Kaltenbach titles for the second consecutive season.  The Jerry Kaltenbach Memorial Trophies were established in 1988 and are awarded annually to the driver and trainer who have earned the most dollars competing in Ohio Sires Stakes events in a single season. Trainer Ron Burke captured his third Kaltenbach training title in 2020, sending 95 youngsters postward in the 2020 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) legs, Championships, and consolations. His total money earnings from these OSS events were $1,392,500, surpassing his 2019 totals of $1,121,50 in OSS earnings. Burke had captured the 2014 Kaltenbach crown with $428,750 in OSS earnings and was runner-up in 2018, before winning the 2019 title.  This year his impressive assortment of 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters scored 20 wins, 19 seconds and six third place finishes in OSS competition.  Finishing in the runner-up spot was conditioner Chris Beaver with $791,600 in OSS earnings with a 12-12-12 record from 79 starts, while trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr., had a 12-3-1 record in 29 starts, amassing $508,500 in OSS earnings. A total of 130 trainers participated in the 2020 OSS events, with eight earning between $100,000 and $300,000, and four conditioning the winners of $360,700 or more. A full 56 trained the winners of $10,000 to $100,000, while 34 trainers saw their charges earn between $2,000 and $9,999. Driver Chris Page captured the 2020 Kaltenbach title for the fifth time in seven years and for the second straight season. Page piloted 91 starters who scored 18 wins, 17 seconds and seven third to $1,179,300 in earnings.  Last year he had a 23-9-11 record from 94 starts and $1,085,100 in earnings. Brett Miller was second in command for the second straight season, with 16 wins, 14 seconds and eight thirds ($1,068,600), while Danny Noble garnered a 10-10-8 record ($764,900) from 55 OSS starts. Of the 54 drivers who participated in the 2020 OSS events, 44 garnered at least one purse check; 13 notched earnings of $100,000 or more; ten earned $200,000 or more; and six earned $400,000 or better. There were 17 drivers whose OSS purse checks totaled between $10,000 and $100,000, while 14 amassed $9,999 or less. In the 30 years the Kaltenbachs have been awarded, David Miller leads all drivers with seven trophies.  In the training ranks, Virgil Morgan, Jr., has captured the title six times.  Only two horsemen have won the Kaltenbachs in both the training and driving categories—Sam “Chip” Noble, III and Dave Rankin.  Kimberly Rinker Ohio Sires Stakes OSDF Administrator                                                            Chris Page                                                                                     Ron Burke   Kaltenbach Memorial Award Winners 1988 -2020           Driver Earnings Year Trainer Earnings Chris Page $1,178,300 2020 Ron Burke $1,392,500 Chris Page $1,085,100 2019 Ron Burke $1,121,850 Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.   $987,500 2018 Brian Brown $1,075,850 Chris Page       $849,100     2017 Chris Beaver $782,200 Chris Page $1,482,300 2016 Jim Dailey $908,300 Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.   $858,350         2015        Martin Wollam     $490,500 Chris Page $743,650 2014 Ron Burke $428,750 Dan Noble 416,500 2013 Jim Dailey 319,850 Kayne Kauffman 204,268 2012 Martin Wollam 205,413 Ryan Stahl 300,532 2011 Martin Wollam 149,997 Ryan Stahl 219,647 2010 Jim Arledge Jr. 160,240 Dan Noble 238,173 2009 Jim Dailey 247,380 Sam Noble III 255,500 2008 Jim Dailey 205,400 Ryan Stahl 383,311 2007 Michael Medors 209,025 Brett Miller 584,800 2006 Virgil Morgan Jr. 332,700 Brett Miller 667,800 2005 Virgil Morgan Jr. 416,600 Brett Miller 629,140 2004 Virgil Morgan Jr. 310,255 David Hawk 399,011 2003 Virgil Morgan Jr. 318,167 Brett Miller 565,802 2002 Michael Medors 315,369 David Hawk 655,600 2001 Michael Medors 283,225 David Hawk 643,650 2000 Virgil Morgan Jr. 266,225 David Hawk 459,100 1999 Virgil Morgan Jr. 213,495 David Miller 543,869 1998 Sam Noble III 174,257 David Miller 463,002 1997 Jeff Cox 138,597 David Miller 401,277 1996 Jim Arledge Jr. 140,437 David Miller 466,335 1995 Tom Brinkerhoff 162,605 David Miller 537,739 1994 Ron Potter 132,431 David Miller 339,179 1993 Sam Noble III 164,139 David Miller 288,852 1992 Doug Hinklin 194,168 Ray Paver Jr. 293,334 1991 Debbie Paver 154,726 Dave Rankin 264,384 1990 Dave Rankin 172,972 Sam Noble III 223,955 1989 Steve Brannan 156,136 Joe Adamsky 185,303 1988 Beth Dailey 135,230  

The deadline to renew Ohio-registered Standardbred stallions is November 30, 2020 for the 2021 Ohio harness racing breeding season. In 2020, a total of 125 stallions were registered in Ohio for the breeding season, which runs from January 15 through July 15 in the Buckeye State. According to the United States Trotting Association (USTA) statistics, 2,860 mares were bred in Ohio in 2020, the most of any state in America. Renewal forms can be downloaded from the Ohio State Racing Commission website under the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) tab at www.racingohio.net/OSDF.html. As well, the website also contains downloadable forms for new stallions. The renewal form must be postmarked by November 30, 2020 and include a check or money order for $25. Forms postmarked after that day will be returned and the stallion must be registered as a new stallion, with a $100 fee and a notary seal. For questions, contact Kimberly Rinker, OSDF administrator, at 614-779-0269. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

The 2020 Ohio Sires Stakes season came to a close on Saturday night, Oct. 17, as eight $75,000 Consolation divisions for 2- and 3-year-olds were contested at Northfield Park. Katie's Lucky Day, the 7-5 favorite, captured the 2-year-old filly trot easily in 1:56.2 for trainer-owner Bill Cottongim of Stockbridge, MI. The daughter of Uncle Peter-Europass-Andover Hall upped her career earnings to $74,479 with this triumph, the sixth of her career in 12 tries.   "She was kind of a slow starter but here toward the end of the year, she's really come into herself," said winning driver Trevor Smith. Margin Of Error captured the 2-year-old filly pace handily in 1:55 with David Miller driving for trainer Chris Beaver and owners Donald E. Robinson, Chris Beaver, D Meola and RBH Ventures. "I really didn't know anything about any of these horses I was down to drive tonight but this one worked out well," Miller, who made his first drive at Northfield this year a winning one, said. Margin Of Error is a daughter of Racing Hill-Margin Blue Chip-Artsplace who has amassed $60,150. She left the gate at 6-1 odds. This was her second career win in ten starts. Burrow, the 1-5 favorite, notched his fourth win of the year for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., and trainer Jim Arledge, Jr., in the 2-year-old colt and gelding trot, timed in 1:58.1. The Uncle Peter-Just Asking-Inquirer gelding now has $62,819 in career earnings for owners Jude Jacobs, M McLoughlin, B Roth and P Phillips. "He was a little immature earlier in the year but this crew has done a great job with him and his last couple of starts he's really come into himself," said Wrenn, Jr. Dontholdanythinbak captured the 2-year-old colt and gelding pace in a smart 1:52.3 for trainer Jim Arledge, Jr., and owners Laura and Paul Baker. The son of Domethatagain-It's Ladies Nite-Towner's Big Guy was piloted by Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., to his second career win in 11 starts. This bay colt, who left the gate as the 3-1 choice, now has $61,778 in career earnings. Thankful For You (9-2) took advantage of multiple front-end breakers in the lane to win the 3-year-old filly trot in an easy 1:55.3. Reined by Elliott Deaton for trainer Anette Lorentzon and owners Kentuckiana Racing Stable, the daughter by Manofmanymissions-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall notched her fifth win of the year in her 22nd start and now has $95,276 in her bank account. T Degengold (2-1) took the 3-year-old filly pace in a snappy 1:53.3 for trainer Jeff Nisonger and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. The daughter of Pet Rock-Goldies Cam-Camluck is owned by Johnny P. Kearns and with this latest triumph--the 16th of her career--she now has $125,789 in career earnings. This victory gave Nisonger a training double and Wrenn, Jr., a driving triple. Enforce The Law (2-5) gave David Miller his second OSS triumph as he captured the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot in 1:55.3. The son of Triumphant Caviar-Shez Jailbait-Jailhouse Jesse is owned by his trainer Joseph Kramp. This was his eighth lifetime win in 30 starts and upped his lifetime earnings to $120,528. Mr Ds Rock scored a commanding 1:51.3, a new lifetime mark, en route to winning the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace. Aaron Merriman was at the lines for trainer Brian Loney and owners Tammy Carter, Debra Carsey, Scp Stable and Peggy Carter. The son of Pet Rock-Cotton Candy-Sportsmaster picked up his tenth career win in 33 starts and pushed his bankroll to $186,110. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

Veteran Ohio-bred harness racing pacers and trotters of both genders proved fast and furious on a chilly October 16 evening at Dayton Raceway, sparing in a quartet of $85,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships. Weslynn Quest (5-1) held off 1-9 stablemate Pure Chance in the Mares Trot Championship, clocked in 1:54. Danny Noble drove the 4-year-old Manofmanymissions mare for trainer Chris Beaver and owner Derek Ivany of Toronto, Canada. Longshot (35-1) Heidi's Heart was third for Josh Sutton. The victory, the 11th of her career in 32 starts, pushed Weslynn Quest's career earnings to $245,341.   Talkaboutaqueen (5-2) used a bold move at the half to take command and never look back in the Mares Pace Championship for driver Brett Miller. The 5-year-old mare by Oaks Enforcer is trained by Jayme Laing for Rod Allums, Jr., and now has $165,203 in her career coffers. Checks On The Way (5-2) was second for Aaron Merriman, while 1-1 Big Bad Jane was third for Danny Noble. The winner was timed in a career-equalling 1:50.4 for her effort. Pass The Vape, the 2-1 choice, used a near wire-to-wire journey to take the Veteran Trot in 1:54 for driver Dan Noble and trainer Derek Watiker. The 5-year-old altered son of Dejarmbro upped his lifetime bankroll to $432,459 for owner Lionel Ray Watiker of Zanesville, Ohio as he made his 23rd trip into the winner's circle. Lane Of Stone (9-5) was second, a length and a half back for Jeff Nisonger, while 2-1 Jailhouse Sam was third for Sandy Beatty. Sectionline Bigry, the 1-1 favorite, held off his eight rivals with a commanding 1:50.1 performance in the Veteran Pace for driver Tyler Smith and trainer Steve Bauder. Owned by Harold Lee Bauder of Delaware, Ohio, the 5-year-old Pet Rock homebred collected career win 27 and now has $565,227 in lifetime earnings. Tivo Hanover (16-1) was second for Kayne Kauffman, while 2-1 Gold Digger King was third for Brett Miller. Ohio Sires Stakes action wraps up the 2020 season with consolations for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders tomorrow night (Oct. 17) at Northfield Park, with a first race post time of 6 pm. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

The Ohio Sires Stakes wraps up the 2020 season this weekend with a quartet of $85,000 events for older horses on Friday, Oct. 16 at Dayton Raceway and an octet of $75,000 consolation dashes featuring 2- and 3-year-olds of both gaits and genders on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Northfield Park. At Dayton, 14 veteran mares will line up behind the gate in a pair of seven-horse fields--one trot (Race 6) and one pace (Race 8). As well, 18 veteran horses and geldings will start in a pair of nine-horse splits: a trot (Race 10) and pace (Race 12). Post time at Dayton is 6:15 pm, ET. The two standouts in the OSS Veteran Mare Trot are Pure Chance and A TC Queenie. Both mares have earned more than $400,000 lifetime and both are sired by Triumphant Caviar. Pure Chance is conditioned and co-owned by Chris Beaver for Steve Zeehandelar, while Ron Steck trains A TC Queenie for Trish Soulsby and Rick Schaut. Two 6-year-old mares, Big Bad Jane and Rosemary Rose headline the OSS Veteran Mares Pace for trainers Christi Noble (the former) and Ronnie Burke (the latter). Big Bad Jane is a $406,184-earning daughter of Big Bad John who was bred by Sam Noble and owner Sandra Burnett, while Rosemary Rose is a daughter of Foreclosure N who was bred by Ron Salcedo and is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing, J Mellilo and Weaver Bruscemi. Both mares have consistently plied their wares in the open and high conditioned ranks. The OSS Veteran Trot features starters who have combined total earnings of $2,250,352, with the richest diagonally gaited equine being former OSS Champion Lane Of Stone. Trained by Mark Winters for breeder-owner Harry Horowitz, the 4-year-old son of the exported Wishing Stone has lifetime earnings of $471,182, making him the richest trotter in the field of nine. Harold Bauder's Sectionline Bigry heads up the OSS Veteran Pace. The 5-year-old homebred Pet Rock gelding has amassed $522,777 in his career for trainer Steve Bauder via 26 wins, 11 seconds and 10 thirds in 63 lifetime starts. He owns a record of 1:48.1 taken at Hoosier Park in that track's $35,000 Invitational on Sept. 25 of this year. Post time at Northfield Park for the OSS consolations is 6 pm, ET on Saturday evening. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

Merry Ann, the 8-5 favorite, captured the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for 2-year-old trotting fillies with a front-stepping 1:57 effort for harness racing driver Chris Page and trainer Ron Burke.   The daughter of Southwind Spirit-Witty Girl-SJ’s Photo held off the late charging 3-1 Celebrate With Me (Kurt Sugg), while 28-1 My Jazz (Anthony MacDonald) was third. Bred by Knox Services, Merry Ann is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi. Merry Ann now has $245,200 in career earnings.  Summer Touch, the 1-5 favorite, continued her win streak by taking her fifth straight triumph in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for 2-year-old pacing fillies in 1:52.3.  The homebred daughter of Well Said-Real Touch-Real Desire is trained by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing and Weaver Bruscemi and was driven by Chris Page. Rainy Day Chic (12-1) was second for Brett Miller with Leave Her Wild (11-1) was third with Mike Wilder driving. The victory uppsed Summer Touch’s lifetime bankroll to $255,000.  Driver Tyler Smith piloted 12-1 Penpaperpaige to an upset victory over 7-5 Artful Dancer (Danny Noble) in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for 3-year-old pacing fillies in a new career mark of 1:52.1.  The daughter of Pet Rock-Park Lane Paige-Art Major is owned and was bred by Shirley LeVin of Barrington Hills, IL and is conditioned by Jeff Smith.  Rockngo BB (George Brennan) was a strong third at 48-1 odds.  The win pushed Penpaperpaige’s career earning to $273,026.  Trainer Chris Beaver harnessed 6-1 Perron (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) to capture the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stake Championship for a 2-year-old colt trotters, as well as the third place finisher 74-1 Tango With Me (Peter Wrenn) and 14-1 fourth-place finisher 14-1 Panzano (Chris Page). Street Gossip was second at 9-1 for driver Brett Miller. Perron The winning time of 1:58 was a new career clocking for the brown homebred colt by My MVP-Long Island Tea-Credit Winner and pushed his lifetime earnings to $198,300 for owners Steve Stewart, D. Wright, G. Wilcoxen and K. Doherty.  Even money favorite Guinevere Hall kept her unblemished seasonal record intact by capturing the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for 3-year-old trotting fillies.  The daughter of Cash Hall-Garbo Hill-Lindy Lane stopped the clock in 1:53.1—just a tick off the track record for driver Peter Wrenn and trainer Melanie Wrenn.  Guinevere Hall—who was bred by Alan Leavitt and is owned by the M T Pockets Stables & David McDuffee—now has $415,081 in her career coffers.   Guinevere Hall She is seven for seven this year with ten wins in 17 starts lifetime.   A Fancy Face was second at 8-5 for Chris Page while 23-1 Robin Banks got up for third with Kurt Sugg driving.   Charlie May (Brett Miller), the 9-5 choice, bested 3-5 rival Heart Of Chewbacca (Danny Noble) in late stretch to prevail in the $300,0000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for 2-year-old pacing colts.  His time of 1:50.2 was a new track record and a national season’s record for freshmen pacing geldings on a five-eights mile track.  Trained by Steve Carter, the altered brown son of McArdle-Stipple Hanover-Western Hanover notched his fifth win in seven starts for breeder-owner Don Tiger of Cannonsburg, PA.   Laughagain Hanover was third for David Miller at 8-1 odds. Charlie May now has $295,181 in lifetime earnings and has five wins in seven career starts.  Brett Miller gave 1-5 Action Uncle a perfect steer to capture the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for 3-year-old colt trotters in 1:53.  Trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr., the son of Uncle Peter-Action-broadway-Broadway Hall picked up his seventh win of the year for Carl Howard, Joyce McClelland and Larry Wills.  Bred by Kenneth Sommer, Action Uncle upped his career earnings to $545,825, with his tenth lifetime victory in 14 starts. Wading Boots, at 14-1 was second for David Miller while 7-2 It’s Academic got up for third with Chris Page in the bike.  Sandra Burnett’s homebred Ocean Rock, the 1-5 favorite, demolished his rivals in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for 3-year-old colt pacers, stopping the timer in a blistering 1:49.4.  Danny Noble was in the sulky behind the gelded son of Rockin Amadeus-Ocean Pearl-On The Attack for trainer Christi Noble as he captured his tenth career start and his fifth seasonal effort.   Ocean Rock Elver Hanover (5-1) with Chris Page was second and 55-1 Gray Dragon was third for Brett Miller. Ocean Rock now has $495,677 in his career bank account. Ohio Sires Stakes Veteran Championships for 4-year-olds and up will be held on Friday, Oct. 16 at Dayton Raceway and Ohio Sires Stakes consolations for 2- & 3-year-olds will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Northfield Park.     by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

Eight $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships for 2- and 3-year-old harness racing pacers and trotters of both genders will be contested on Sunday night, Sept. 6 at Scioto Downs. Horses are eligible to the Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) if their sires are registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) during their year of conception. Breeders, as well as farm and stallion owners make a significant investment into the state via broodmare boarding and routine veterinary care and carry that forward as a youngster is conditioned by trainers to make their foray into the Ohio racing ranks. Among the 36 trotters that will compete in four OSS Championships, six have been sired by Uncle Peter and four each were sired by Cash Hall and My MVP. Stallions represented by three foals each include Coraggioso and Triumphant Caviar, while those represented by two foals each are Break The Bank K, Deep Chip, Manofmanymissions, Southwind Spirit and Wishing Stone. The stallions And Away We Go, Dejarmbro, Dontyouforgetit, Full Count, Knight Of Intrigue and Stormin Normand are each represented by one foal each. Four fields of pacers, consisting of 34 side-winding youngsters, find that Well Said, with five foals and Pet Rock, with four foals, are the most prolific Championship producing stallions this year. Racing Hill and Rockin Amadeus are represented by three foals each, while the stallions Big Bad John, Dragon Again, McArdle, and Yankee Cruiser have two foals each competing. Stallions with one foal in these Championships include Arthur Blue Chip, Bring On The Beach, Domethatagain, Manhart, Mr Apples, Mr Wiggles, Nob Hill High, The Panderosa, Western Vintage and Yankee Cruiser. Among the trainers, Ronnie Burke will be harnessing 13 youngsters in these OSS contests, while Chris Beaver will bridle up seven. Conditioners Brian Brown and Virgil Morgan, Jr., have four horses each competing. All four of these trainers have won the Kaltenbach Award--the leading trainer of OSS winners in a given season-- in the past. Among breeders of OSS Championship contenders, Hanover Shoe Farm is represented by seven foals, while Spring Haven Farm has four foals in these contests, with Gbw Breeding Farms, Inc and Midland Acres are both listed as the breeders on three foals each. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

Randy & Kim Haines are having the time of their lives. The husband and wife harness racing team are uber-psyched for the Ohio Sires Stakes Championships on Sunday night, Sept. 6 at Scioto Downs. The Haines, who own and operate Cool Winds Farm in Lima, Ohio, are giddy with anticipation as 12 of the starters in these OSS Championships are progeny of Ohio-registered stallions standing or who have stood at their farm. The Haines met while both were pursuing degrees in equine reproduction at The Ohio State University and married in 1993 after graduation. In 2002, the couple established Cool Winds Farm on 130 acres in Lima. Besides foaling, breeding and reproduction facilities, the picturesque facility includes more than 100 acres of prime Ohio pastureland. "We worked for Dr. Steiner at Steiner Stock Farm for ten years before we started our own farm," Kim explained. "It's taken a while and we don't always have the top stallions in the state, but we try to get the best quality of horse we can and take care of them well. I think our diligence and hard work paid off this year." Now 18 years later, they are witnessing the fruits of their labors. "We have foals in every Championship except for the 3-year-old filly pace and 3-year-old colt trot, "Kim added. "So that's pretty exciting." Seven, Ohio-registered stallions currently stand at Cool Winds Farm and three of those have foals who will go postward in the OSS Championships, including Bring On The Beach, Coraggioso and Rockin Amadeus. Two former Cool Winds stallions, Cash Hall (who died in 2019) and Arthur Blue Chip (exported to Canada) also have progeny in these events. Rockin Amadeus p,4,1:48.4f ($728,392) has produced 74 starters to date who have earned $1,532,777, with 21 foals clocked in 1:55 or faster. Now standing his sixth year, he is represented by 3-5 morning line favorite Ocean Rock p, 3, 1:48.4f ($345,677) in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 3-Year-Old Colt Pace Championship (Race 10). Ocean Rock is both Rockin Amadeus' fastest and highest-earning performer to date and will leave from post four with Danny Noble driving for trainer Christi Noble and owner-breeder Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, Ohio. Ocean Rock captured Leg 3 of the series in a blistering 1:48.4 world and track-record setting performance. Another Rockin Amadeus son, Worthabuck, starts in this same Championship for trainer-breeder Jason Elser of Montpelier, Ohio, who owns the bay gelding in partnership with Rodney Bingman of Fayette, Ohio. A winner of $43,328 lifetime, Worthabuck starts from the rail with Josh Sutton driving. He garnered two solid checks in OSS Legs 3 and 4. Rainy Day Chic, a daughter of Rockin Amadeus, starts from post six in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Fill Pace (Race 4) for breeder-owner Marjorie Polhamus of Ludlow Falls, Ohio. Trained by Dan O'Mara and driven by Brett Miller, this bay filly has career earnings of $58,900 from four wins, two seconds and a third in seven starts. Rainy Day Chic captured OSS Leg 2 in 1:54.1 and was second in Legs 3 and 4. "Both Rockin Amadeus and Bring On The Beach are both easy to collect, very fertile and well-mannered; everything you'd like to have in stallions as far as a breeder goes," Randy said. "I think a lot of people tend to forget that Bring On The Beach was the only horse to beat Captain Treacherous as a 2-year-old, when he won the Breeders Crown." Cool Winds Farm stallion Bring On The Beach p, 3, 1:53s ($12,001) is now standing his fourth year in Ohio, and has produced light foal crops with 19 starters who have earned $234,838, with four timed in 1:55 or better. This Ohio-registered stallion has a standout in the sophomore pacer Heart Of Chewbacca, who will start from post three in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Colt Pace Championship (Race 8) for driver Danny Noble, trainer Ronnie Burke and owners Dennis Owens of Hamilton, Ohio and Norman Rae Racing LLC, of Xenia, Ohio. This coal black youngster captured OSS Leg 3 in 1:51.1 and OSS Leg 4 in 1:51.2 for these connections and has four wins and a second in five career starts, with $89,375 in career earnings. Bred by Spring Haven Farm, Heart of Chewbacca been listed as the even-money (1-1) favorite in this event. Coraggioso 5, 1:52.4 ($677,398), standing his fourth year at Cool Winds Farm, is represented by three contenders on Ohio Sires Stakes Championship night. From 13 starters, with two timed in 2:00 or faster, his progeny have earned $288,285 to date. His fastest and richest performer, Lima Gold 2, 1:57h ($108,562) heads up the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Championship (Race 7) from the rail for trainer Chris Beaver, driver Danny Noble and the Spaaaartners, of Ballston Spa, New York. Lima Gold has two wins, four seconds, and a trio of thirds in 15 tries and has never missed a check in her OSS events. Panzano, a freshman son of Coraggioso, leaves from post five in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Colt Trot Championship (Race 6) with Chris Page driving for trainer Chris Beaver and Spaaaartners. Panzano is listed as 8-1 in the morning line, with his lone triumph in five starts coming in OSS Leg 3, timed in 1:58.3 at Northfield Park. This bay gelding, who was bred by Christopher Coyle of North Carolina, has career earnings of $48,520. The Coraggioso distaff Incomeorexpenses will leave from post two in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Filly Trot Championship (Race 3) with Tyler Smith driving for trainer Todd Luther and Black Magic Racing of New Albany, Ohio. Bred by Cool Winds Farm, this bay filly has two wins and three seconds in eight starts with $27,777 in her career coffers and was a solid second in OSS Leg 1 and OSS Leg 4. Arthur Blue Chip stood at Cool Winds Farm during the 2017 and 2018 seasons before being exported to Canada. This former Ohio-registered stallion is represented by Lady Arthur in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Filly Pace Championship (Race 4), leaving from post seven with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. driving. This homebred bay filly is owned and trained by Dr. Ian Moore for the R.G. McGroup LTD and Serge Savard of Canada and has career earnings of $56,188. Lady Arthur captured OSS Leg 1 in 1:53.2 and was third in Leg 2 and fourth in Leg 4. The ill-fated stallion Cash Hall, who stood at Cool Winds Farm, sadly died in 2019, but his legacy carries on in his foals, four of whom are competing in Sunday's OSS Championships. Before his passing, Cash Hall produced 344 starters, with 173 clocked in 2:00 or better and 52 timed in 1:55 or faster with $29,119,269 in foal earnings. Cash Hall is represented by the undefeated Guinevere Hall in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 3-year-Old Filly Trot Championship (Race 7). Despite being saddled with post eight, Guinevere Hall has been made the 1-1 morning line favorite in the field of nine. Bred by Alan Leavitt, this filly captured all four OSS Legs, in 1:55; 1:54.1, 1:53 and 1:53 for owners M T Pockets Stables and David McDuffee of Pompano and Delray Beach, Florida. Trained by Melanie Wrenn, Guinevere Hall has $265,081 in earnings from nine wins in 16 starts and will have Peter Wrenn in the sulky. Competing in this same Championship is another Chris Beaver-conditioned Cash Hall daughter, Delovely Hall, the 8-1 morning line choice from post four. Owned by Renee Bercury of Slippery Rock, PA, Delovely Hall picked up solid checks in her OSS contests and sports a bankroll of $118,223. She was bred by Walnut Hall, Henry Stable and DJ McCann. Ciao Baby Hall, another Cash Hall distaff, leaves from post four for driver Aaron Merriman in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Filly Trot Championship (Race 3). Bred by Alan Leavitt, the Robert McIntosh-trained lass has amassed $31,757 to date and seeks her first career triumph in this Championship. Owned by Robert McIntosh Stables, Dave Boyle, and Mardon Stables of Canada, Ciao Baby Hall has been installed at morning line odds of 6-1. Street Gossip is a son of Cash Hall who leaves from post eight for driver Brett Miller in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Colt Championship (Race 6) as the 7-2 choice. This bay gelding, who was bred by the Morrisville College, has career earnings of $69,714 from three wins, one second and two thirds in six starts for owners Carl Howard of Powell, Ohio and the Jesmeral Stable of Scarsdale, New York. Street Gossip is the OSS divisional leader with triumphs in Leg 2 (1:57) and Leg 4 (1:58.1) for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. "The best part of the Ohio program is the Ohio Sires Stakes, it's the tops," Randy stressed. "I honestly believe that Ohio is the best place to race in the country right now. We have three levels to race at, along with the county fairs. There's something for everyone in Ohio." by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

Joe Spadaro has come a long way from his Queens, New York childhood, working nearly his entire life in the harness racing industry, first as a trainer, then as a racing commission executive and now has an owner-breeder. "Growing up in New York, harness racing was big time," Spadaro, 78, recalled. "Later, when I lived in Hicksville, Long Island--about three miles from Roosevelt Raceway--I started training horses. It took me a long time to get established as a trainer--back then you had to earn your way into getting stalls at Roosevelt and Yonkers based on the quality of horses you had. I also bought and resold horses and did a lot of traveling along the East Coast and throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio." Spadaro trained Standardbreds from 1976 through 1989, competing mostly on the New York and New Jersey circuits. "When Roosevelt shut down in 1989, I decided to move into a different area of racing and got a job with the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund," Spadaro said. "I worked there until I retired in 2007--moving up from field inspector to the Deputy Director position." It was during those years that Spadaro became close friends with famed Thoroughbred announcer Tom Durkin and began purchasing horses as an owner-breeder. "We became good friends, and the name Spaaaartners actually came about because Tom was the announcer at Saratoga, which people refer to as 'The Spa, and he used to draw out the word 'spaaaaa' when he was announcing there,'" he explained. "We purchased the Lindy Lane mare Electra Hanover from Albert Adams, at his farm Winterwood Farm in Bellville, Ohio, and she was in foal at the time, so it was a package deal. We bred her to Conway Hall and the result was Coraggioso. It was Tom's job to name the foals we bred and as we both love Italy; he gave most of the foals Italian names." Coraggioso, the Italian word for courageous, was foaled at Winterwood in 2009 and raced four years, becoming a New York Sires Stakes champion and taking a record of 5, 1:52.4 with earnings of $677,398. "Coraggioso was a big horse and my goal was to show how, even though as big as he is, that he could get around a half mile track," Spadaro stressed. "Ohio was just breaking out and it was the perfect time for him to be showcased there, but that didn't happen as he pulled a suspensory. We waited a year to try to bring him back to the races, and did everything we could, but it just didn't happen." Since retirement, Coraggioso been standing in Ohio and has a trio of youngsters that are likely starters in three $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships. "He's been standing at Cool Winds Farm in Lima for four years," Spadaro noted. "He's had 13 starters, and last year Lima Gold was his first OSS contender to make the Championship." The now 3-year-old trotting filly Lima Gold, 2, 1:57h ($108,562) currently sits seventh in the OSS standings with two third-place finishes, a fifth and second place finish in the OSS Legs. As well, the 2-year-old trotting colt Panzano, 2, 1:58.3h ($48,520) is fifth in the OSS standings. He won OSS Leg 3 in 1:58.4 and was second, fifth and third in the other OSS Legs. Both youngsters are trained by Chris Beaver for the Spaaaartners. The 2-year-old trotting filly Incomeorexpenses, 2, 2:01.1h ($27,777) is the other OSS Championship hopeful. Owned by Black Magic Racing, she is trained by Todd Luther, and had a pair of second-place finishes in two of the four OSS legs. "We're thrilled to have Coraggioso standing in Ohio and even more so to have his babies racing in the Ohio Sires Stakes," Spadaro concluded. "Racing in Ohio validates why I want my stallion standing in Ohio. Being here is refreshing because it is what we experienced back in the 1960s and 1970s at Roosevelt and Yonkers, before The Meadowlands came into the picture. There was so much enthusiasm for the races back then and that same kind of enthusiasm is in Ohio now." by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

A battle royale between Stanford Court and Elver Hanover erupted in the $60,000 fourth leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old pacing colts on Saturday night, Aug. 22 at Northfield Park. In a dramatic photo finish, it was determined that Elver Hanover (Chris Page), the 5-2 choice, bested 1-5 favorite Stanford Court (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a whisker at the wire in a seasonal mark of 1:49.4. Trained by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing, B. Jablonsky, J. Milillo and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby, Elver Hanover had also captured OSS Leg Two in 1:51. The gelded son of Yankee Cruiser now has $455,200 in his career coffers from 11 wins in 15 starts. He recorded a top mark of 1:48.3 last season as a 2-year-old at Lexington's Red Mile. Can B Perfect was third at 13-1 for driver Tyler Smith, with 30-1 Worthabuck (Ryan Stahl) fourth and 70-1 Rock Smart (Greg Grismore) fifth. Elver Hanover The top nine point earners from each of the 2- and 3-year-old divisions are now eligible to compete in the $300,000 Championships on Super Night, Saturday, Sept. 5 at Scioto Downs. Kimberly Rinker Ohio Sires Stakes OSDF Administrator

Celebrate With Me captured the first of three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old trotting fillies in the final leg of the four-leg series, on Aug. 21 at Scioto Downs. The daughter of Full Count-Glisten Hanover-Andover Hall scored the victory in a career best 1:56.2 with Kurt Sugg driving for trainer and owner Marty Wollam and Toni Dean. The victory pushed Celebrate With Me's bankroll to $78,622. Bred by Marvin Raber, this coal black filly also took Leg Two in 1:56.4, and she was the 3-5 favorite in this fourth leg. Katies Lucky Day was second at 21-1 for Trevor Smith, while 7-1 Imalovelylady was third with Anthony MacDonald at the controls. Herculisa cruised to a new track record and lifetime mark of 1:55.1 in the second OSS contest for 2-year-old trotting fillies with Brett Miller at the lines in a front-stepping performance. Bred by Joe McLead, Billy Walters and Up Front Racing the My MVP-Herculotte Hanover-Andover Hall lass notched her fifth straight triumph in as many career starts as the 1-9 favorite and upped her earnings to $81,812 for the Jesmeral Stable of Scarsdale, NY. Ciao Baby Hall was brought up for second at 11-1 by Aaron Merriman while 21-1 Rose Run Whitney was third for Chris Page. Herculisa 1-9 Favorite Merry Ann picked up the final OSS contest easily with a front-end 1:58 victory. Steered by Chris Page for trainer Ronnie Burke and owners Burke Racing, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi, the daughter of Southwind Spirit-Witty Girl-SJ's Photo notched her fourth wins of the year in six starts and now has career earnings of $95,200. This homebred finished well in front of 48-1 longshot Incomeorexpenses (Tyler Smith) with 6-1 My Jazz (Anthony MacDonald) third. Winning Ticket captured his second OSS Leg (he won Leg Two in 1:57.1) by taking the first of two $50,000 divisions in a new lifetime and track record clocking of 1:55.3 for driver Aaron Merriman. The son of Triumphant Caviar-Lotto Winner-Credit Winner is trained by Chris Beaver for owners Beaver, Steve Zeehandelar, T. Homan and J. Burnett. This triumph was his third in five starts and pushed his career earnings to $65,000. Winning Ticket left the gate as the 1-2 favorite, followed by 9-2 Triple M Storm (Dan Noble) and 8-1 Panzano (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.). Winning Ticket Street Gossip captured the second OSS Leg for freshman trotting colts in 1:58.1 with Brett Miller at the lines. Virgil Morgan, Jr., conditions the son of Cash hall-The Young Princess-Yankee Glide for owners Carl Howard and the Jesmeral Stable. Street Gossip, who was bred by Morrisville College, now has $69,714 in career earnings from his three wins in six starts. This bay gelding left the gate as the even money favorite, and bested rivals 6-5 Replica Hanover (Tyler Smith) and 10-1 third-place finisher Rose Run Wilson (Mike Wilder). Street Gossip   Kimberly Rinker Ohio Sires Stakes OSDF Administrator

Ten 3-year-old pacing colts are set to wage war in a lone $60,000 Ohio Sires Stakes--leg 4 of the series--on Saturday night, August 22 at Northfield Park. First race post time is 6 pm, ET, with this featured event carded as the 13th race on the harness racing program. Ohio-registered stallions represented in this one mile event include three sired by Pet Rock and one each by Big Bad John, Bigrisk, Dragon Again, Mr Wiggles, Nob Hill High, Rockin Amadeus and Yankee Cruiser. Combatants in this final OSS leg of the season include divisional co-leader Stanford Court, who captured two OSS legs, recording marks of 1:50.3 in Leg Two and 1:50.1 in Leg Three for trainer Brian Brown and owners R. Mondillo, Richard Lombardo, Hen-Shaut Stable and Lightning 5 Racing Stable. The homebred bay son of Nob Hill High has amassed $214,210 in career earnings from five wins, five seconds and a trio of third-place finishes in 14 lifetime starts to date. Stanford Court leaves from post six with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in the sulky. Stanford Court Elver Hanover, who captured OSS Leg Two in 1:51 for trainer Ronnie Burke and owners Burke Racing, B. Jablonsky, J. Milillo and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby, leaves from the rail with Chris Page at the lines. This Hanover Shoe Farms-bred youngster, a gelded son of Yankee Cruiser, has a hefty bankroll of $425,200 from ten wins, a second and a third in 14 starts, and sports a top mark of 1:48.3 taken last year over Lexington's Red Mile. Elver Hanover currently sits third in the standings behind divisional co-leaders Stanford Court and Ocean Rock (winner of OSS Legs One and Three, in 1:50.2 and 1:48.4 who opted to sit out this final leg). Haggard, who captured OSS Leg One in 1:53, also opted to set out OSS Leg Four as he is fifth in the standings. The top nine point earners from each of the 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be eligible to compete in the $300,000 Championships on Super Night, Saturday, Sept. 5 at Scioto Downs. Kimberly Rinker Ohio Sires Stakes OSDF Administrator

Freshman trotting colts and fillies are set to wage war in five Ohio Sires Stakes harness racing divisions on Friday night, August 21 at Scioto Downs. First race post time is 6:30 pm, ET. Ohio-registered stallions represented in these five divisions include seven by Uncle Peter, six each by My MVP and Triumphant Caviar and four by Cash Hall. Break The Bank K, Coraggioso, Deep Chip and Southwind Spirit are each represented by two foals each while the stallions And Away We Go, Broadway Hall, Dontyouforgetit, Full Count, Southwind Spirit, Spring Goal, Stormin Normand, Winning Fireworks and Wishing Stone are all represented by one foal each. A total of 39 trotters will vie in OSS events; 23 trotting fillies and 16 trotting colts. The trio of $40,000 races for 2-year-old trotting fillies includes OSS divisional leader Herculisa, who captured all three previous OSS legs in 1:58.1, 1:56.2 and 1:56.1 for the Jesmeral Stable and trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. This undefeated, four-time winning daughter of My MVP with earnings of $61,812 leaves from post four in Race Two with Brett Miller at the lines. Merry Ann, a daughter of My MVP, leaves from post five in Race 11 for driver Chris Page and trainer Ronnie Burke. Merry Ann, who is second in the OSS standings, captured OSS Legs Two and Three in 1:57.4 and 1:56 for owners Burke Racing, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi. This homebred has $75,200 in earnings from three wins and two seconds in five starts. Third in the OSS standings, Swizzle Hanover, starts from post five in Race One for driver Mike Wilder and trainer-owner Randy Bendis and co-owner Reed Broadway. The daughter of Uncle Peter captured Legs One and Two in 1:57.1 and 1:57.4 and has career earnings of $51,575 from two wins and a second in four tries. Celebrate With Me, fourth in the standings, starts from post six in Race One with Kurt Sugg driving for trainer Marty Wollam and co-owner Toni Dean. The Full Count filly, who was bred by Marvin Raber, captured Leg Two in 1:56.4 and sports a bankroll of $58,622 from two wins, a second and two thirds in five starts. A Doll Face, fifth in the standings, starts from post seven in Race Two for driver-trainer Kayne Kauffman and owner Doug Millard. Bred by Spring haven Farm, the Dontyouforgetit distaff captured Leg One in 1:59.4 and has $33,704 in earnings from four starts, with a win and a second to her credit. Sitting sixth in the standings is My Jazz, who captured Leg Three in 1:57.1. for trainer Jason McGinnis and Thestable My Jazz Group. The bay daughter by My MVP has $50,300 in lifetime earnings from two wins and a third in five starts and leaves from post six in Race 11 for driver Anthony McDonald. More Spirit, eighth in the standings, has Danny Noble driving from post eight in Race 11 for trainer Charlie Myrick. Owned by the Second Chance Stable, More Spirit is a bay lass by Southwind Spirit who took Leg One in 1:59.3. Bred by Dublin Valley Farm, this filly has amassed $24,800 thus far in her career. In the two $50,000 OSS divisions for trotting colts, Fire Cross, second in the standings, vies from post six in Race Six for driver Chris Lems and trainer Ryan Miller. This gelded son of Triumphant Caviar captured Leg Three in 1:58.1 for owners Miller, Horseplay Racing, Hayes and Darmofal and has $43,480 in his coffers. Street Gossip, third in the standings, took Leg Two in 1:57 for Carl Howard and the Jesmeral Stable. Trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr., the Cash Hall gelding has posted two wins, a second and two thirds in five starts with $44,714 in earnings and leaves from post seven in Race Ten with Brett Miller at the controls. Panzano, fourth in the OSS standings, notched his OSS victory in Leg Three, timed in 1:58.3 for the Spaaartners and trainer Chris Beaver. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., drives the Coraggioso youngster from post seven in Race Six. Panzano has career earnings of $42,520. Trainer Chris Beaver harnesses Winning Ticket from post five in Race Six for owners Beaver, Zeehandelar, Homan and Burnett. This Triumphant Caviar colt captured Leg Two in 1:57.1 and has $43,000 in earnings from two wins in four starts. Aaron Merriman is slated to drive Winning Ticket, who is sixth in the OSS standings. Shouldaknownbetter, seventh in the standings, leaves from post eight in Race Six for driver Brett Miller and trainer Brett Davis. Owned by Shane Arsenault, the gelded son of Deep Chip took Leg One in 1:58.2 and has $26,398 in earnings from two wins and a second in six starts. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator

Four-Star Flash set a new Northfield Park track record for 2-year-old pacing colts of 1:51.4 en route to a harness racing victory in the fourth round of Ohio Sires Stakes on a breezy Monday night, Aug. 17 at Northfield Park. The bay colt smashed the previous record set by Lather Up of 1:52.2 in the first of two $50,000 contests. Just a few races later, 3-5 Heart Of Chewbacca broke that record by two ticks, scoring in 1:51.2 for Danny Noble. The black son of Bring On The Beach-Jt's Chewbacca-Four Starzzz Shark is trained by Ronnie Burke for Dennis Owens and Norman Rae Racing. It was the colt's second straight OSS victory, as he had won Leg Three on Aug. 8 in 1:51.1 at Scioto Downs. Bred by Spring Haven Farm, this speedy youngster now has $89,375 in his career bank account. Charlie May (8-5) was second for Brett Miller with 9-2 Hardt At Work notching show honors for trainer-driver Mike Micallef.   Four-Star Flash, a son of Western Vintage-Keladi Blue Chip-Bettor's Delight left the gate as the 4-5 favorite and was given a perfect steer by Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., for trainer Brian Brown and owners Hutchison Harness, D. Wozniak, D. Van Dusen and Acadia Farms. This was the youngster's first pari-mutuel victory in five tries and pushed his bankroll to $42,500. He was bred by Marion Beachy. Caviart Sargent (Ryan Stahl) was second at 4-1 with Dontholdanythinbak (Brett Miller) third at 6-1.   Summer Touch captured the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies with Chris Page at the lines. Trained by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, the freshmen daughter by Well Said-Real Touch-Real Desire covered the one mile in 1:52.2 as the 1-9 favorite. It was her fourth victory in five starts this season and pushed her career earnings to $105,000. Rainy Day Chic (Brett Miller) was second at 12-1 with Leave Her Wild (Mike Wilder) third at 30-1. Summer Touch had also won OSS Leg Two in 1:54.2 and Leg Three in 1:51.4.   She Knows It All responded to an excellent drive by Ryan Stahl as the 9-2 choice to capture the second OSS event for freshman side-winding distaffers. Jim Arledge, Jr., trains the bay daughter of Racing Hill-Cat Cora-Jenna's Beach Boy for Laura & Paul Baker, Z Tam Stables and Bill Sanders. It was She Knows It All's first career triumph in six starts and upper her coffers to $47,116. She was bred by Gbw Breeding Farm. Notwhatshesaid (Kurt Sugg) got up for second at 7-1 odds, while 4-5 favorite Pinknperfect (Chris Page) was third.   by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Sire Stakes

It was the Ron Burke and Chris Page harness racing show on Saturday night, Aug. 15 at MGM Northfield Park as the trainer-driver combo captured the first three Ohio Sires Stakes. It's Academic and driver Page captured the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore trotting colts handily in 1:55.1. The son of Uncle Peter-Annapolis-Muscle Hill was the 1-5 favorite, hailing from the barn of Ronnie Burke and upped his seasonal earnings to $150,572 and career earnings to $279,574 for owners Burke Racing, Bill Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and the Hatfield Stables. Danny Noble steered Doubleyellowline (3-1) to second place money with 18-1 Bold Strategy getting up for third with Kurt Sugg aboard.   Page returned to score another OSS triumph with the 3-year-old pacing filly Crowntimerockette in 1:51.3. The daughter of Pet Rock, out of the Feelin Friskie mare Crown Time Keeper sat in the pocket behind the leader and eventual second-place finisher 3-5 PJ's Legacy (Ryan Stahl) before unleashing a hefty late kick to win at odds of 3-1. McMarkle Sparkle got up for third at 7-2 for driver Brett Miller. Crowntimerockette notched her sixth seasonal victory in 15 starts and pushed her earnings to $72,060 and her career earnings to $82,305 for Burke Racing, A. Schmucker, Jr. Weaver Bruscemi and L. Karr.   The Paige-Burke winning combo continued in the second OSS division for 3-year-old pacing fillies as 18-1 Rockngo BB scored in 1:53. Owned by Burke Racing, Frank Baldachino, Weaver Bruscemi and L. Karr, the brown daughter of Pet Rock, out of the Art's Chip mare Gingo BB picked up her second seasonal win in three tries and now has $29,750 in career earnings for her connections. Favorite (3-5) Artful Dancer was second for Danny Noble and 8-5 Ellagator notched show honors with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. at the controls.   Action Uncle, the 1-9 favorite, took the second OSS contest for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings in 1:55 for driver Brett Miller and trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. The son of Uncle Peter-Action-Broadway, by Broadway Hall is now six for six on the season, with 2020 earnings of $166,500 for owners Carl Howard, Joyce McClelland and Larry Wills. Yanks Dougout (21-1) was second for Kurt Sugg with Buxton (99-1) third for Danny Noble.   by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

A quartet of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for freshman harness racing pacing colts and fillies will be contested on Monday night, Aug. 17 at Northfield Park, and will determine the starting fields for Super Night, scheduled for Sept. 5 at Scioto Downs. First race post time at Northfield is 6 pm, ET. A total of 14 pacing fillies are set to vie, along with 13 pacing colts in these OSS contests. Ohio-registered stallions represented include six by Well Said, four by Racing Hill and two each by Domethatagain, McArdle, Nob Hill High, The Panderosa and Western Vintage. Stallions represented by one foal each include Arthur Blue Chip, Art Official, Bring On The Beach, Manhardt, Rockin Amadeus and Yankee Cruiser. The first OSS pacing filly division (Race 1) is the most competitive, with four previous OSS winners set to battle, including the multiple leg-winning Summer Touch, who captured Leg Two in 1:54.2 and Leg Three in 1:51.4. She will be joined by Leg One winner Lady Arthur (1:53.2), Leg One winner Leave Her Wild (1:55.1) and Leg Two winner Rainy Day Chic (1:54.1). Summer Touch The second OSS pacing filly division (Race 5) pits Leg One winner Winella Hanover (1:54.4) against Sentimental, who captured Leg One in 1:56.1 and Leg Two in 1:53.2. The first OSS division for pacing colts appears to be a wide-open event with no returning OSS winners. Barnard Hanover, a Ronnie Burke-trainee, will be the likely favorite via his 2nd and 3rd place finishes in previous OSS contests. The second pacing colt divisions sees a trio of previous leg winners in Hardt At Work, a Leg One winner in 1:55.1 and Leg Three winner in 1:52.2. In addition, Heart Of Chewbacca, impressive in his only OSS start captured Leg Three in 1:51.1, while Charlie May captured Leg One in 1:54.2 and Leg Two in 1:53. It appears that Ronnie Burke will have the favorite in each of these four divisions and have additional starters in each race too. Summer Touch is the likely favorite in the first filly event, with stablemate Free Thinker joining her in her quest for first place money. In the second filly division Burke harnesses likely favorite Winella Hanover along with stablemate Pinknperfect. Burke will also tighten the girth on Barnard Hanover in the first colt division, as well as likely favorite Heart Of Chewbacca and stablemate Hill Yeah in the second. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

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