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Five Ohio Sires Stakes proved as hot as the weather on Friday night, July 19 with impressive performances and a new track record in the books at Scioto Downs.   A trio of $40,000 contests for 2-year-old pacing fillies and two $50,000 trials for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings were held as temperatures continued to stagger in the low 90's.   The Steve Carter-trained Artful Dancer gave notice as she prevailed for Aaron Merriman in a new track record clocking of 1:52.2 in the second OSS division for freshmen filly pacers.   "This was the first time I'd driven her," Merriman admitted. "Steve (trainer Carter) had given me some insight into her personality, and she was easy to drive and just took off on her own when challenged by another horse."   Owned by Jay Mossbarger, Tammy Carter, Richard Lombardo and Josh Green, the daughter by Yankee Cruiser had won OSS Leg one in 1:55.2. In this leg, she took the lead as the 5-2 choice at the three-quarters and held off a hard trying 3-1 Looksgoodinaromper (Chris Page) by a nose at the wire, with 3-2 favorite McMarkle Sparkle (Brett Miller) third, three lengths back. Artful Dancer now has $41,200 in career earnings. Bred by Midland Acres and D & CC Drake, she is the first foal out of the Sportsmaster mare Dancin carol p, 2, Q1:55.1.f ($81,646). Aaron was back in the sulky behind Beautiful Beach in the third OSS contest for 2-year-old pacing fillies, steering the We Will See lass to a wire-to-wire 1:53.4 clocking for trainer Tyler George. Bred by Spring Haven Farm and Doug Millard and owned by Tom Lehmann, of Sarasota, Florida, it was the first career win for Beautiful Beach, who was the 1-5 favorite. Beautiful Beach This hardy pacing filly finished a length ahead of 7-1 Odds On Athens (Peter Wrenn), while 9-2 Hoochie Girl got up for third for driver Chris Lems. She is the fifth foal out of the Yankee Cruiser mare Beach Resort p, 3, 1:57.3F ($69,374) and is a half-sister to Big Bad Beach p, 4, 1:54.2 ($41,191) and Jimbobwayne p, 2, 1:54.1f ($38,577)--both sired by Big Bad John. Ellagator and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., took the first OSS division with a grueling, first-over journey in 1:55 as the 1-9 favorite, hanging on by a neck over 19-1 Corner Pocket (Danny Noble), nearly five lengths in front of third-place finisher 14-1 Arya Again (Ryan Stahl). The Western Vintage distaff is trained by Chris McGuire for owner Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA. "She's done everything we've asked her to do," McGuire said. "I was hoping she'd get to the front tonight a little easier than she did, but either way, she handles whatever you throw at her and is a pretty special horse." Ellagator Ellagator had won OSS Leg one in 1:54 at Northfield Park on July 5. She was a $24,000 yearling purchase at the 2018 Lexington Select Sale and is the first foal out of the unraced broodmare Dame Truth, by Total Truth and was bred by Nancy Johansson of New Jersey. In the first of the two $50,000 trotting divisions, Patti's Main Man went an absolutely huge mile for driver Jeremy Smith. Leaving the gate at odds of 26-1, the son of Manofmanymissions pulled first up before the half and simply ate up ground until he nabbed the lead in mid-stretch for his 1:56.3 triumph. Owned by trainer Michael D. Sowers of McArthur, Ohio, Patti's Main Man returned $54.80 on a two dollar win ticket, and was 1¼ lengths better than second-place finisher 2-1 Homer Hall (Brett Miller), while 7-1 Voyage To Paris (Kayne Kauffman) did well to be third. Patti's Main Man Bred by Midland Acres, Patti's Main Man is the 14th foal out of the American Winner mare Patti Page and is a half-brother to Get Chipped (by Chip Chip Hooray) 6, 1:54.3 ($415,424); Express Justice (by Justice Hall) 5, 1;54.3f ($282,311); and to the 2-year-old Attache' (by Broadway Hall) who has earned $20,000 from two second-place finishes in OSS legs one and two thus far this year. Lane Of Stone took the second OSS division, trotting commandingly to a 1:54 clocking with driver Jeff Nisonger at the lines. Sent off as the 1-5 favorite, the son of Wishing Stone--who was exported to Denmark earlier this season--used an impressive, front-stepping effort to score this latest triumph by 5½ lengths over 12-1 ELO Hanover (Brett Miller), with 70-1 Cash Hit (Chris Lems) trotting evenly to nab third-place money. Lane Of Stone Lane Of Stone captured his OSS Leg One easily in 1:53.1, but was a disappointing sixth in Leg Two. Mark Winters, Sr., conditions this hardy youngster for owner/breeder Harry Horowitz of Brooklyn, New York. This modestly-built trotter has a powerful stride and an engine that never seems to quit. This latest triumph upped his career earnings to $233,393. Lane Of Stone is the fourth foal out of the Lindy Lane mare Wisteria Lane 4, 1:57.3M ($18,559) and has half-siblings in: Why Argue (by SJ's Caviar) 2, 1:59s ($32,353) and Laney Hall (by Angus Hall) 2, 1:59f ($29,220).   by Kimberly Rinker Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

Ohio Sires Stakes 2-year-old trotting fillies took center stage on a balmy and humid Thursday event at Scioto Downs, with a quartet of $40,000 divisions featured in round two harness racing action.   Kikimora—whose name means “a witch who leaves wet footprints in the kitchen—scored the first OSS division triumph in 1:58.1 as the 8-5 choice with Aaron Merriman at the lines.  Trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver for partner Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, Ohio, this Triumphant Caviar distaff had finished second in Leg One to Globetrotting.   She bested 4-5 rival Spend That Money (James MacDonald) at the wire by 2½ lengths after sitting in the two hole throughout the mile behind the Jason McGinnis-trainee, with 9-1 Delaware Ave (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) coming from off the pace to grab third place honors.   Kikimora is the fourth foal out of the Chip Chip Hooray mare Nessa Rose , 3, 1:57.1S   ($38,829) and is a half-sister to OSS victress Evanora (by Pilgrim’s Taj) 3, 1:56.3h ($115,348); Ilianora (by Broadway Hall) 3, 1:56.2f ($56,522) and Theodora (by Stormin Normand) 2, 2:01.2h ($16,700). She now sports a bankroll of $33,100.   Trainer McGinnis sent out 1:59.4 Leg One winner Compass Rose DC in the second OSS division and the Uncle Peter lass and driver James MacDonald didn’t disappoint—using front-stepping tactics to score by 1½ lengths in a very modest 2:01.  Sent off at odds of 1-5, Compass Rose DC is owned by Thestable Compass Rose DC of Guelph, ON, Canada.  Two longshots finished second and third respectively:  34-1 Catwalk As (Elliott Deaton) got up for second, while 50-1 My Cousin Eileen was third for Peter Wrenn.     Bred by Steiner Stock Farm, Compass Rose DC was a $16,000 yearling purchase at the 2018 Ohio Select and has earned $40,000 in just two lifetime trips postward. She is the seventh foal out of the Andover Hall mare Pacific Legacy 2, Q2:02.3F ($13,727), with half-siblings in: Lima Playmate (by Credit Winner) 2, 1:57s ($265,755); Lima Pride (by Muscle Massive) 3, 1:56.4f ($105,746); Lima Playtime (by Credit Winner) 2, 1:59.4h ($44,390); Bosak 4, 2:00.2h ($43,038); and Pacific Pander (by Chapter Seven) 3, 1:59.4f ($13,375).   Mild 7-1 longshot Uncle Peter’s Love posted a 1:59.2 victory in the third OSS division for driver Peter Wrenn and owner/trainer Erv Miller.  A daughter of Uncle Peter, this robust filly was seventh in Leg One but redeemed herself with this effort, finishing 1¾ lengths in front of 9-5 favorite Globetrotting (Anthony MacDonald), who had gone off stride prior to the start and made up a ton of ground to finish second as the 9-5 favorite.  Miss Stunner was third for Chris Page as odds of 2-1.   Uncle Peter’s Love—who earned her first paycheck via this victory—is the fourth foal out of the unraced dam Love Me Two Times and is a full sister to Mystical Peter 3, 1:58.1s ($22,391) and a half-sister to Chapter Review 3, 1:54.4s ($34,537) and to Fast Love 3, 1:58h ($26,928)—both sired by Chapter Seven.    Finally, it was 9-2 Guinevere Hall who ended up in the winner’s circle in the fourth OSS division, stopping the timer in 1:59 with Peter Wrenn at the lines once again.  Trained by Melanie Wrenn for the M T Pockets Stables of Pompano Beach, FL and David McDuffeee of Delray Beach, FL, this Cash Hall lass upped her career earnings to $24,800—having finished a solid third in OSS Leg One.  She was able to hold off the hard-trying 11-1 Hometown Honey (Tyler Smith) who came flying late from the back of the pack, while 20-1 Evita was third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.     Guinevere Hall is the seventh foal out of the unraced Lindy Lane mare Garbo Hall and is a half-sister to the gelding Godspell Hall (by Conway Hall) 3, 1:55.4 ($33,700).   Ohio Sires Stakes continue tonight at Scioto Downs with three $40,000 divisions for 2-year-old pacing fillies and two $50,000 divisions for 3-year-old trotting colts.     by Kimberly Rinker Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

A trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for freshman pacing colts highlighted the 16-race harness racing card at Northfield Park on a comfortable Saturday evening, July 13. Big Bretta, who finished third but was disqualified and placed fifth in OSS leg one at Scioto Downs on July 4, redeemed himself with a 1:54 victorious clocking in this second leg. Steered by Chris Lems for trainer Bret Schwartz, the son of Big Bad John rocked to an easy front-end triumph, pacing through panels of :28, :56 and 1:25 before posting a modest :29 final quarter brush. Owned by Hired Gun Racing Stables, B.R. Larnick and A.M. Jacobs, 6-1 Big Bretta finished a nose ahead of 7-1 Can Be Perfect (Kurt Sugg) while 12-1 Fifty Flat (Jeff Nisonger) got up for third. Big Bretta now has $23,563 in career earnings from his two wins in three lifetime starts. As the 16th of 17 foals out of the Towners Big Guy mare CC Biggirl Bretta, Big Bretta is a full brother to Big Bad Bretta p, 4, 1:52.4h ($76,005) and a half-sibling to Psilvuheartbreaker (by Nobleland Sam) p, 5, 1:49.3f ($1,566,664); CC Make A Buck (by Nobleland Sam) p, 3, 1:53.f ($217,901); CC Big Boy Sam (by Nobleland Sam) p, 8, 1:51.3 ($247,886) and CC's Desire (by Real Desire) p, 6, 1:51.1f ($159,753), etc. Big Bretta Trainer Ronnie Burke harnessed OSS Leg One victor Elver Hanover to his second consecutive career triumph as the Yankee Cruiser gelding cruised to a wire-to-wire 1:53.3 clocking with Chris Page at the controls. Owned by Burke Racing, Bridgette Jablonsky and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby, Elver Hanover had scored that Scioto Downs career debut on July 4 in 1:53.4. Sent off at 3-5 odds, Elver Hanover finished 3¼ lengths in front of 7-5 second place finisher Mr Ds Rock (Aaron Merriman), with 30-1 Rockntheafterparty (Kyle Ater) third. The impressive side-wheeling youngster now has $40,000 in his coffers. Elver Hanover is the eighth of nine foals out of The Panderosa mare Edra Hanover p, 2, 1:51 ($171,753) and is a half-brother to: Eddard Hanover (by Dragon Again) p, 5, 1:49.3s ($521,397); East Side Hanover (by Somebeachsomewhere) p, 3, 1:51 ($62,801); Scirocco Sarah (by Somebeachsomewhere) p, 3, 1:54.2f ($35,603); Jagger Rocks (by Rockin Image) p, 3, 1:54f ($43,737); Everyone Hanover (by Sportswriter) p, 3, 1:54.4f ($35,179); and Cool Vicious (by Dragon Again) p, 3, 1:55.2s ($27,099), etc. In perhaps the most exciting OSS division of the evening, Gray Dragon battled hard and fought off multiple challenges by his rivals to hold on for driver Ryan Stahl at 30-1 odds, returning $63.20 on a two dollar ticket. The son of Dragon Again tripped the timer in a modest 1:55, staving off 5-1 Rock Smart (Aaron Merriman) by half a length, with 99-1 One Rock (Greg Grismore) nabbing third-place money. Gray Dragon Virgil Morgan, Jr., trains Gray Dragon, who was fourth in OSS Leg One to the winning Rock Smart. He now boasts a bankroll of $23,200 for owner/breeder Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Ohio. Gray Dragon is the fourth of five foals out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Rock For Glory p, 3, 1:52.2s ($137,598), making him a half-brother to Glorious Intent (by No Pan Intended) p, 3, 1:53.1s ($77,595) and Glorious Delight (by Bettor's Delight) p, 3, 1:54f ($61,232). by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator    

A quartet of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old trotting youngsters fired up the Northfield Park harness racing crowd on a lovely cool and mildly breezy Friday evening, July 12. Expect The Sweep, the 5-2 choice, took the first OSS division with a 1:57.2 front-stepping performance with Aaron Merriman steering the brown gelding. Owned by Beaver, Fleming, Yoder and Zeehandelar, the son of Triumphant Caviar was making just his second lifetime pari-mutuel start under the tutelage of trainer Chris Beaver. Expect The Sweep had finished a handy third in OSS Leg One and finished a length ahead of 6-5 Count On Barney (Kurt Sugg), with 18-1 Action Uncle (Brett Miller) nailing down third-place honors in this second leg. Expect The Sweep upped his career earnings to $24,800 with this first career triumph. As the son out of the Lockkeeper mare Locksweeper 2, 1:54.1z ($105,247), this trotter is a half-brother to Roseberg (by Manofmanymissions) 5, 1:57.4f ($83,965) and Red's Winner (by American Winner) 3, 1:59f ($57,610). Merriman, North America's leading reinsman, was back in the winner's circle for the second OSS contest, this time with another Triumphant Caviar freshman, the 3-5 favorite Exhibit Class. The bay homebred gelding trotted to a 1:58.1 clocking via come-from-behind tactics for trainer Sean Smithpeters and owner Marion Beachy. Exhibit Class had finished second in Leg One of the OSS series to the winning Wading Boots, and now has $30,000 in career earnings. Exhibit Class                                              --Jeff Zamaiko photo Attache' was second for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., just a length behind the winner at odds of 3-1, while 6-1 Larochelle Hanover was third for driver Hunter Myers. Exhibit Class is the third and most prolific foal out of the Classic Photo mare Classic Blaze 5, 1:55.3 ($27,185). Even-money favorite It's Academic benefited from a perfect steer by driver Chris Page to capture the third OSS division easily in 1:57.3. The Ronnie Burke-trained son of Uncle Peter had won his first OSS leg on July 4 at Scioto Downs and no problem scoring his third consecutive lifetime victory in as many tries for owners Burke Racing, Bill Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and the Hatfield Stables. It's Academic finished 1¼ lengths in front of the 2-1 hard-trying Doubleyellowline (Brett Miller), while 35-1 longshot Pete Stamas did well to finish third for Kayne Kauffman. The winner now sports a hefty bankroll of $43,400 for his connections. Bred by Gbw Breeding Farms of Ohio, It's Academic is the first foal out of the Muscle Hill mare Annapolis 3, 1:55 ($49,594). It's Academic                                              --Jeff Zamaiko photo Another Uncle Peter youngster, the 9-5 Big Box Hanover, also made his second trip to the winner's circle in OSS competition, having won leg one at Scioto Downs on July 4 in 1:57.4. For the second leg, the Dalton Walls-trained gelding was clocked in 1:59, finishing half a length in front of 19-1 Howyadoingub (Brett Miller) with 50-1 Greek Legend (Kayne Kauffman) notching third-place money. Big Box Hanover                                             --Jeff Zamaiko photo Big Box Hanover is owned by Bruce Soulsby and Dalton Walls and was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. He is the ninth foal out of the Donerail mare Box of Dreams 3, 1:58.1f ($86,100) and is a half-brother to Boadicea Hanover (by Andover Hall) 2, 2:01.4f ($113,287); Ballare Hanover (by Broadway Hall) 5, 1:55 ($98,552) and By Cance Hanover (Cantab Hall) 3, 1:59f ($34,811).   by Kimberly Rinker Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator  

Four $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes featuring 2-year-old pacing fillies were contested on a pleasant Friday evening, July 5 at Northfield Park. This was the first of four legs in the rich series for state-bred distaff side-wheelers. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., steered 7-1 Ellagator to a triumphant 1:54 victory by a quarter of a length after chasing down the leading 1-5 Rockmatic (Tony Hall) in the third OSS division. Looksgoodinaromper, a 25-1 longshot, was third for Chris Page. Owned by Howard Taylor and trained by Chris McGuire, the daughter of Western Vintage is the first foal out of the unraced Total Truth mare Dame Truth. Bred by Nancy Johansson, this was Ellagator's first career win in her pari-mutuel debut. Artful Dancer took the first division handily in a wire-to-wire 1:55.2 clocking for owners Jay Mossbarger and Steve Carter. It was the second lifetime start for the daughter of Yankee Cruiser, who is the first foal out of the Sportswriter mare Dancin Caroll p, 2, Q1:55.1f ($81,646). Trained by Steve Carter, Artful Dancer was bred by Midland Acres and D. & C.C. Drake. This precocious filly, who was the even money favorite, bested 3-1 Arya Again (Ryan Stahl) by half a length, with 7-1 Odds On Athens (Peter Wrenn) getting up for third. Artful Dancer The second OSS division saw Treasurethosechips (Greg Grismore) use similar tactics to win by a neck over 6-5 Sara Jane (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in 1:55.1. The Breeze (Chris Page) was a surprising third at 19-1. Trained by Jeff Nisonger for John Van Horn, the Art's Chip lass is the third foal out of the Jenna's Beach Boy mare Give Me Points p, 4, 1:57.3 ($10,650) and is a full sister to Always Take Points p, 3, 1:53.4f ($27,005). Treasurethosechips was second in an Ohio Fair Stake at Circleville on June 17 and now sports a bankroll of $20,701. She was bred by Ken Cohen and Pacey Mindlin. McMarkle Sparkle, the 1-9 favorite, did not disappoint her backers as the homebred McArdle lass paced to a respectable 1:54.3 victory--the fastest clocking of the four OSS contests. Trained by Jim Arledge, Jr., for Laura and Paul Baker of Galloway, Ohio, McMarkle Sparkle was a front-stepping winner for driver Brett Miller who prevailed by 1¼ lengths over 15-1 Hoochie Girl (Chris Lems) with 80-1 longshot Let Me Be Clear (Chris Page) grabbing third place money. McMarkle Sparkle is out of the Towner's Big Guy mare It's Ladies Nite p, 3, 1:51s ($56,535)--herself a former OSS victress. The filly has half-siblings in Alwaysagoodthing (by Metropolitan) p, 4, 1:52.3f ($98,525) and It's a Deal (by Metropolitan) p, 4, 1:57.2h ($21,429). McMarkle Sparkle by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator    

Temperatures weren't the only thing sizzling on July 4th, as the harness racing public got a look at some of the Buckeye State's finest 2-year-olds for the first time.   Eight $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old trotting and pacing colts went postward on a blistering hot afternoon at Scioto Downs in a special matinee program, beginning at 2 pm, ET.   Trainer Ronnie Burke harnessed four OSS winners (two trots and two paces), while driver Chris Page piloted five OSS victors, including four for team Burke, winning a total of three trotting events and two pacing events in OSS competition.   Five of the 2-year-old winners were first time starters at the pari-mutuel level, with three favorites taking home first prize and five longshots prevailing at the wire. Three of the OSS winners were homebred, while Hanover Shoe Farms was the breeder on three of the contestants. Stallions represented by OSS winners include two by Uncle Peter and one each by Dejarmbro and Wishing Stone (trotters), and one each by pacing stallions Dragon Again, Pet Rock, Rockin Amadeus and Yankee Cruiser.   Opportune Hanover posted a 1:52.3 clocking for Burke Racing, Chris Page, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi in the last of the four OSS pacing tests--just one fifth off the track record. The son of Dragon Again is the fifth foal out of the Artsplace mare Ozmopolitan p, 4, 1:53.2f ($185,025) and is a half-brother to Ostro Hanover (by Betterthancheddar) p, 3, 1:52.1f ($161,076) and Lyons Sands (by Somebeachsomewhere) p, 3, 1:52.2s ($60,786). Opportune Hanover--the even money favorite with Page in the sulky--was a $15,000 yearling purchase at the Ohio Select Sale last fall and this was his second start for his connections. Mr D's Rock was second for Aaron Merriman at 4-5, with Dancin Wayon L (Hank LeVan) third at 27-1.   Burke also harnessed Elver Hanover to a 1:53.4 triumph for Burke Racing, B. Jablonsky, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. Another Hanover Shoe Farms product, the son of Yankee Cruiser is the seventh foal out of The Panderosa mare Edra Hanover p, 2, 1:51 ($171,753) and was a $50,000 yearling purchase at the Ohio Select Sale. He is a half-brother to Eddard Hanover (by Dragon Again) p, 5, 1:49.3 ($508,397) and East Side Hanover (by Somebeachsomewhere) p, 3, 1:51 ($63,801), among others. Elver Hanover--the 9-1 choice, was steered by Chris Page, besting second place 9-2 finisher Stanford Court (Wrenn, Jr.), with 6-1 Hot Shot McJeffers (Kyle Ater) nailing down show honors.   Page was back in the sulky to steer the trotting-bred It's Academic to a 1:58.4 winning clocking for Burke Racing, Bill Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and the Hatfield Stables. The win was the son of Uncle Peter's second career victory. Bred by Gbw Breeding Farms, It's Academic is the first foal out of the Muscle Hill mare Annapolis p, 3, 1:55 ($49,594) and was a $50,000 yearling purchase at the Ohio Select Sale.     "We liked the look of this colt and so Bill (Donovan) and I bought him together initially," offered co-owner Sbrocco. "We sent him to Ronnie (Burke) to train and he thought so much of him he bought in and later the Hatfields became a partner as well."   It's Academic used wire-to-wire tactics to nail down the win, finishing 2½ lengths ahead of 22-1 Attache' (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) with 9-1 Howyadoingbub (Brett Miller) third.   Burke's other trotting victor was the 7-5 homebred favorite Wading Boots, who scored a 1:57.4 clocking with Page at the lines. The son of Wishing Stone, who is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr, and Phil Collura was making his pari-mutuel debut in his first career win. He is the third foal out of the SJ's Caviar mare Sequin Hanover and is a full brother to U Need Stones 4, 1:53 ($205,920) and Well I'm Fancy 2, Q1:59.3f ($34,355). Exhibit Class and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., were second at 7-2 while 6-1 Expect The Sweep was third for Aaron Merriman.   Rocknthatafterparty surprised everyone as he slid up the rail to win the first pacing division in 1:55, besting six rivals with a crafty drive by Kyle Ater. The son of Rockin Amadeus is trained by Dan Ater for Ivy Holdings and is out of the unraced Cambest mare Cameo And Lace, making him a half-brother to Commander Ruff (by Stand Forever) p, 4, 1:54.4s ($56,557).   "I owned his dam and turned her over to Hickory Lane Farm," said breeder Rebecca Ewing. "When he went through the sale, I thought he looked so good that I bought him for $10,000."   Rocknthatafterparty was a 27-1 longshot, returning $52.00 on a two-dollar ticket and finishing half a length in front of 4-5 favorite Nvrpopdaplugs (Ken Holiday), while 5-1 One Last Laugh (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) got up for third.   Garnering his first career victory was 13-1 Rock Smart, well-driven by Danny Noble in a come-from-behind effort to prevail by 1½ lengths in 1:54.3 over 8-5 favorite Big Bad Whamo (Ryan Stahl) with 9-1 One Rock (Greg Grismore) getting up for third. This Pet Rock youngster--who brought down the gavel for $30,000 at the Ohio Select Yearling Sale--is out of the Camluck mare Smartygirl and is a full brother to Smarty's Filly p, 3, 1:54.2f ($37,795). Rock Smart was bred by Dr. David Fisher and is trained by Bret Schwartz for Stephen Sexton of Xenia, Ohio.   Also winning his first career start was the trotting youngster Jarmbalou, who stopped the clock in 1:57.3 with Chris Page at the lines for trainer/owners/breeders Rick and Reginal Beinhauer. Sent off at 11-1, Jambalou bested 20-1 Stonefire US (Dewayne Minor), with 6-1 Willing Spirit (Kurt Sugg) third. Jambalou is out of the Chip Chip Hooray mare Chiptomylou, making him a half-brother to Imallthatmatters (by Explosive Matter) 2, 2:00f ($38,298).   Finally, it was Big Box Hanover who gave a fine effort in his first official start--posting a 1:57.4 clocking for driver Trevor Smith and trainer Dalton Walls, who owns the colt in partnership with Bruce Soulsby. Purchased for $13,000 at the Ohio Select Sale, Big Box Hanover bested 2-1 Doubleyellowline (Danny Noble) and third-place finisher 9-1 Upfront Stone (Aaron Merriman).     This well-named youngster is a son of Uncle Peter and the ninth foal out of the Donerail mare Box Of Dreams 3, 1:58.1f ($86,100), and is half-brother to Boadicea Hanover (by Andover Hall) 5, 1:53.1 ($113,287); Ballare Hanover (by Broadway Hall) 5, 1:55 ($98,552); and By Chance Hanover (by Cantab Hall) 3, 1:59f ($34,811).   Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Friday, July 5 with four, first-round divisions of 2-year-old pacing fillies going postward at Northfield Park at 6 pm, ET.   by Kimberly Rinker Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator

The Canadian-based partnership of trainer Jason McGinnis and harness racing drivers James and Anthony MacDonald teamed up to capture three of five $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests for 2-year-old freshman trotting fillies on a hot and steamy Wednesday evening at Northfield Park. Thirty-nine diagonally-gaited distaffs battled over the half-mile "Home of the Flying Turns," as temperatures hovered in the mid-80's, giving fans a first glimpse of future Ohio-bred champions, many of them making their first career starts. McGinnis and James MacDonald scored their first triumph with Spend That Money, the 1-5 favorite, who was first off the gate to prevail in a wire-to-wire effort in 1:58.3. The Uncle Peter lass was making just her second career start for Thestable Spend Thatmoney of Guelph, ON. Bred by Cornerstone Stock Farm of Indiana, Spend That Money is out of the Muscles Yankee mare Spend It In and now has $23,100 in career earnings. She had won her debut at Northfield on June 26 in similar style, timed in 2:01.1 for that first career outing. Spend That Money finished 3¾ lengths ahead of 15-1 Evita (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), with 60-1 longshot Pearls N Coins (Tony Hall) garnering show honors. The McGinnis-James MacDonald team returned to the winner's circle with 7-5 Compass Rose DC, another Uncle Peter filly making her career debut. Owned by Thestable Compass Rose Dc, she also used front-stepping tactics to secure a 1:59.4 victory. Bred by Ohio's Steiner Stock Farm, she is the fourth daughter of the Andover Hall mare Pacific Legacy 2, Q2:02.3F ($13,727) and is a half-sister to: Lima Playmate (by Credit Winner) 2, 1:57s ($265,755) and Lima Pride (by Muscle Massive 3, 1:56.4f ($105,746), among others. Electric Rose (Aaron Merriman) was also sent off at odds of 7-5 and was second best, while 4-1 Sabia Dream (Charlie Norris) survived an early break to garner a third-place check. The McGinnis-Anthony MacDonald team saved the best for last, however, as Globetrotting powered to a 1:57.3 victory. This Manofmanymissions lass was impressive not only in stride but had a knowing presence upon entering the Northfield winner's circle as the 7-2 choice. James MacDonald again his charge right to the top, winning by a comfortable length with a :28.1 final brush over 3-5 Kikimora (Aaron Merriman), while 7-2 Guinever Hall (Peter Wrenn) got up for third. Globetrotting was also bred by Steiner Stock Farm and is the fifth foal out of the Andover Hall mare Celebrity Deville, 3, 1:54.3s ($338,744). She now owns a bankroll of $24,700 for Thestable Globetrotting and has half-siblings in: Lima Cadillac (by Yankee Glide) 3, Q1:54.4f ($93,210); Lima Charisma (by Muscle Hill) 3, 1:55.1f ($75,960); Iwantmytwodollars (by Muscle Hill) 4, 1:57.1h ($47,456); and Cruella DeVille (by Yankee Glide) 2, 1:57.3f ($31,126). Trainer Chris Beaver captured the other two OSS divisions, with Lima Gold and Delovely Hall. Lima Gold, sent off at 5-2 with driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in the sulky, was making her pari-mutuel debut, trotting easily to a 1:58.3 effort. On the front end throughout the mile, Lima Gold held off 6-1 Jogging Ms Lucy who was given a perfect 2-hole trip by driver Kurt Sugg, as 6-5 favorite Miss Stunner (Chris Page) got up for third. Owned by Spaaaartners and bred by Willis Miller, Lima Gold is a daughter of Coraggioso, out of the Jailhouse Jesse mare Lima Halo 3, 1:59.3F ($16,268). North America's leading reinsman, Aaron Merriman, then steered Renee Bercury's Delovely Hall to a 1:57.3 triumph as the 4-5 favorite. The big filly overtook and bested 12-1 rival Alesund (Anthony MacDonald) in the final strides by three-quarters of a length, as 6-1 Champagne On Ice (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) finished third. Bred by Walnut Hall Limited, etc., Delovely Hall now has $21,550 in her career coffers. This hefty and long-striding daughter by the ill-fated Cash Hall is the fifth foal out of the Amigo Hall mare Daylon Mystique 4, 1:56.4f ($310,162) and is a half-sister to Dancer Hall (by Deweycheatumnhowe) 4, 1:52.2f ($313,650).   Kimberly A. Rinker Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator  

Harness racing trainer Chris Beaver captured both of the two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings on a blustery and rainy Saturday night, June 15 at Northfield Park. Beaver harnessed 5-2 Never Say Uncle from post nine to take the first division in 1:56.1 with Brett Miller at the controls over a sloppy track. The bay son of Uncle Peter used come-from-behind tactics to notch his third lifetime victory, pushing his career earnings to $95,610. Never Say Uncle was a full 4½ lengths ahead of 9-1 rival Dylan The Great (Kurt Sugg) at the wire, while 14-1 Voyage To Paris (Kayne Kauffman) did well to be third. Owned by Chris Beaver, Johanna Beaver, Michael Carter, and Mary McLoughlin, the homebred Never Say Uncle now has three wins, two seconds and three thirds in 13 career starts. He is the first foal out of the Glidemaster mare Travelin Dream 3, 1:55.3f ($40,745) and was scratched from Leg One of this series at Miami Valley on May 5. In the second division 10-1 longshot Otsego took advantage of a perfect steer by Aaron Merriman to prevail by a neck over 8-5 Yes (Ryan Stahl) in a career best 1:55.3. The Dejarmbro gelding picked up his third lifetime win in ten starts, upping his bankroll to $58,918 for owners Chris Beaver, Martin Yoder, Steven Zeehandelar and Vip Internet Stable. Chris Page guided 9-1 Wittyville to show honors. Bred by Jonas Schlabach, Otsego was fifth to Wittyville in Leg One of this series. He is the first foal out of the Conway Hall mare You And Me Baby. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator    

A pair of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes tests for harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies brought forth impressive performances despite unseasonably cool weather under clear skies at Scioto Down son Friday, June 14. In the first OSS division 3-1 Rose Run Uptowngal and driver Chris Page took advantage of a costly break made by 1-2 favorite Queen Of The Pride (Tony Hall) in the early going. The daughter of Dragon Again was second to her aforementioned foe in Leg One of this series on May 3 at Miami Valley and redeemed herself with a steady triumph in this second leg, easily holding off 10-1 Norman's Madeline (Brett Miller) by a length at the wire in 1:52.2. Final Offer (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was moved from fourth to third after Queen Of The Pride--who had gone under the wire third--was disqualified by the Scioto judges and placed eighth for interfering with 11-1 Carmen Ohio (Ryan Stahl). Trained by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing, P. Collura, J&T Silva-Purnell & Libby, Rose Run Uptowngal now has $122,960 in career earnings from five wins, three second and two thirds in 16 starts, with $52,510 of those monies amassed this season. "She can be a little temperamental before the race," Page explained in the Scioto winner's circle. "But once the race gets toing she's perfect to drive and really raced well tonight." Rose Run Uptowngal is the second and most prolific of four foals out of the Western Terror mare Victoria Gallery p, ($2,440). Steven Price's Rylee Roo went a huge mile in the second OSS division for driver Aaron Merriman, clocked in 1:52. After leaving from post seven, Merriman steered the Pet Rock lass three wide in the first turn to nab the lead and take the field to a :26.2 first panel. From there she snapped off fractions of :54.4 and 1:22.2 before posting a :29.3 final brush as the even-money favorite. Giggles In Dreams, a 22-1 longshot, was a tough second after going three-wide around the last turn and was beaten only a length for driver Shawn Barker II. In Love Again (Danny Noble) notched third-place honors at 12-1 odds. Rylee Roo Trained by Steve Carter, the homebred Rylee Roo upped her lifetime bankroll to $149,125 and has five wins, four second and one third in 12 starts. This bay lass is the second foal out of the Western Hanover mare Moonlite Delite p, 6, 1:51.3f ($278,548) and is a full sister to Tenwillgetutwenty p, 3, 1:55.1f ($35,334). Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Saturday night (June 15) at Northfield Park in Cleveland, as two $50,000 divisions of 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings go postward. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator    

Columbus, OH — The second leg of the 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing sophomores continues this weekend with 3-year-old pacing fillies featured Friday night (June 14) at Scioto Down and 3-year-old trotting colts in the limelight at Northfield Park on Saturday night (June 15). Seventeen fillies battle in two $50,000 OSS divisions at Scioto (races three and six) with a first race post time of 6:30 p.m. Stallions represented by pacing fillies include four by Dragon Again, three by McArdle, two each by Pet Rock and Yankee Cruiser, and one each by Beachtrea, Big Bad John, Nob Hill High, Rockin Amadeus, The Panderosa and Yankee Cruiser. Conditioners Brian Brown and Ron Burke dominate these two divisions, with both trainers having a total of four fillies competing, two in each division. In the first OSS division (race three) Queen Of The Pride will be trying for her second OSS triumph of the season against seven foes. Last year’s champion and a winner of $442,479 lifetime simply devastated her competition for driver Tony Hall with a 1:51.4 victory in leg one. The McArdle lass, who is owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare, left the gate and never looked back, drawing away from her five rivals in the final turn and sprinting to a 5-1/2 length win. Bred by Hickory Lane Farm’s Brad Wallace, Queen Of The Pride made an uncharacteristic break in the $109,234 Lismore final at Yonkers on May 25 after taking the $20,000 elimination on May 18 in 1:53.2. Hall drives from post three. Leg one winner Avaline Hanover heads up the second OSS division (race six) for driver Chris Page and trainer Ron Burke. The daughter of Dragon Again scored her first leg triumph handily in 1:52.1 on May 3 at Miami Valley, upping her seasonal earnings to $71,890. Owned by Burke, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, Avaline Hanover has amassed $84,930 lifetime from five wins, five seconds and a third in 13 career starts. She was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. Page drives Avaline Hanover from post four against eight rivals. Eighteen diagonally gaited colts and geldings will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate in a pair of $50,000 OSS contests Saturday (races four and eight) with a first race post time of 6 p.m. Ohio stallions represented by progeny in these two events include four each by Manofmanymissions and Uncle Peter; two each by Break The Bank K, Dejarmbro and Wishing Stone; and one each by Cash Hall, Dontyouforgetit, Ilooklikemymom and My MVP. Trainers dominating these two divisions are Ron Burke with three trotters and Chris Beaver and Jason McGinnis with two each competing. In the second $50,000 OSS division (race eight) leg one winners Wittyville and Lane Of Stone square off. Wittyville, a Manofmanymissions colt, was the 2-year-old championship winner in 2018, clocked in 1:57. Trained by Burke and owned by Burke Racing, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi, this homebred won his leg one OSS contest in 1:54.3 by nearly three lengths on May 5 at Miami Valley. From five starts this season he’s garnered three wins and $48,860, with $256,013 earned lifetime. Chris Page drives from post five. Lane Of Stone is conditioned by Mark Winters Sr., for owner/breeder Harry Horowitz. A winner of $189,893 lifetime, this Wishing Stone colt has eight wins and two seconds in 10 career starts and captured leg one in near wire-to-wire fashion in 1:53.1 by nearly four lengths. Jeff Nisonger will be in the sulky from post six in this nine-horse field. Leg one winner Patti’s Main Man heads up the first OSS division (race four) with Ronnie Wrenn Jr., driving for trainer/owner Mike Sowers from post three. The Manofmanymissions gelding captured that first OSS contest in 1:55.1 with Jeremy Smith at the lines. Bred by Midland Acres, Patti’s Main Man has career earnings of $93,815 from seven wins, two seconds and two thirds in 17 lifetime starts. That OSS victory was his lone triumph of the season in four tries. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

Only Take Cash and Pure Chance both captured their respective $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions on a tepid Saturday night at Northfield Park. Set early in the 16-race card, the two OSS contests for 3-year-old trotting distaffs were the preamble events to the $200,000 Battle Of Lake Erie. Only Take Cash, last year's 2-year-old Ohio Sires Stake champion, took her division handily in wire-to-wire fashion as the 6-5 favorite in a 1:54.1 with Aaron Merriman at the lines, holding off 7-2 rival Aunt Rose (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by half a length at the wire. Ryan Stahl guided 11-1 Wicked Sugar to a third-place finish. The daughter of Cash Hall is conditioned and co-owned by trainer Robert McIntosh and partners Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables, all of Ontario, Canada. She had finished third in the first leg of this series on May 3 at Miami Valley Raceway. Only Take Cash upped her career earnings to $328,140 lifetime and now has ten wins in 12 starts. The homebred is the fifth foal out of the Garland Lobell mare Armbro Affair 4, 1:53.4s ($430,997), with half-siblings in Tough Affair (by Muscle Mass) 4, 1:59.2f ($69,968); A Fair Conchnito (by In Conchnito) 4, 1:58.2 ($33,866). Pure Chance and driver Jason Thompson left nothing to chance as they captured the other OSS division with an easy, front-stepping 1:54.2 score. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar left the gate as the 7-1 choice and glided to a 3¾ length triumph for trainer Chris Beaver and co-owner Steven Zeehandelar. Princessofpink, who held up the race for several minutes after returning to the paddock for a shoe repair was a smart second for driver Tony Hall at 9-2 odds, while another Beaver trainee, 8-1 Back Splash, was third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. Pure Chance & Jason Thompson Photo by Jeff Zamaiko Pure Chance, who was bred by Jonas Schabach of Ohio, now has $134,745 in her career bankroll, and has earned $37,500 in OSS competition thus far this season. She is out of the Credit Winner mare Jewell Creek and is a full sister to OSS winner Sesame 3, 1:55.1f ($245,227) and Jewels N caviar 4, 1:59h ($31,392) and has a half-sibling in Explosive Ripple (by Explosive Matter) 4, 1:58f ($88,287). Ohio Sires Stakes, Leg Two action continues June 14 at Scioto Downs for 3-year-old pacing fillies (Leg Two) and June 15 at Northfield Park for 3-year-old trotting colts. Leg Three for sophomore trotting fillies is slated to commence July 26 at Scioto Downs. Kimberly Rinker  

Ohio Sires Stakes harness racing action sizzled on Sunday afternoon, May 5 at Miami Valley Gaming & Racing with five divisions of state-bred action for 3-year-old male trotters and pacers contested under sunny Buckeye skies.   Three $40,000 contests for trotters saw 2-5 Lane Of Stone notch the first division victory in a new life mark of 1:53.1 with Jeff Nisonger driving for trainer Mark Winters, Sr. The brown son of Wishing Stone's time was a national season's record for a 3-year-old trotting colt on a 5/8's mile oval and was his second straight triumph this season in as many starts.   Lane Of Stone prevailed by nearly four lengths over 12-1 ELO Hanover (Brett Miller), with 5-1 Westfiftysecond (Josh Sutton) grabbing show honors. Lane Of Stone owns a seasonal bankroll of $45,000 with lifetime earnings of $189,893. Owned by Harry Horowitz of Brooklyn, NY, the homebred colt was raised at Hagemeyer Farms and is the fourth foal out of the Lindy Lane mare Wisteria Lane, 4, 1:57.3 ($18,550) and is a half-brother to Laney Hall (by Angus Hall) 3, 1:59 ($29,220) and to Why Argue (by SJs Caviar) 3, 1:59s ($21,253).   Patti's Main Man                        Photos by Brad Conrad & Ben Holton Patti's Main Man trotted to a new career clocking of 1:55.1 for driver Jeremy Smith and owner-trainer Mike Sowers in the second OSS division. The 6-1 son of Manofmanymissions put in a game effort through the stretch, holding off the hard-trying, 3-5 Serenity Cruise (Chris Page) by half a length and completing his front-stepping triumph. Kayne Kauffman steered 24-1 longshot Ilooklikeanallstar to a third-place finish. Bred by Midland Acres, Patti's Main Man now has $20,000 earned in 2019 and $92,455 lifetime from seven wins, two seconds and two thirds in 15 career starts. He is the 14th foal out of the American Winner mare Patti Page and is a half-brother to: Get Chipped (by Chip Chip Hooray) 6, 1:54.3 ($415,424); Express Justice (by Justice Hall) 5, 1:54.3f ($282,311); Brewing Master (by Master Lavec) 5, 1:56.4f ($86,044); Chip Chip Page (by Chip Chip Hooray) 5, 1:58f ($69,485).   Wittyville & Chris Page                                 Photos by Brad Conrad & Ben Holton Wittyville captured the third OSS trotting division, taking a new career mark of 1:54.3 in the process for driver Chris Page. Trained by Ronnie Burke, the Manofmanymission's colt left the gate at odds of 5-2, quickly taking the lead past the opening panel and trotting to a 2¾ length victory--his fifth in 13 career starts and third this season in four starts. Shake N Bake (Ryan Stahl) was second at 3-1 odds, while 20-1 longshot Voyage To Paris (Kayne Kauffman) got up for third. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi, Wittyville now has $254,653 earned lifetime and $47,500 in his seasonal bank account. He is the sixth foal out of the SJ's Photo mare Witty Girl, 3, 1:58.2f ($32,602) and is a full brother to Mission Accepted 3, 1:52f ($420,454) and a half-brother to March Awareness (by Ken Warkentin) 7, 1:53f ($433,264) and to Witty's Winner (by Jailhouse Jesse) 5, 1:54.4s ($95,75).   Rock Candy                               Photos by Brad Conrad & Ben Holton In the first of two $50,000 OSS pacing divisions, 2-5 favorite Rock Candy stole the show with a dominating, wire-to-wire 1:50.3 score. The brown gelding couldn't have looked better for owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo as he captured his sixth lifetime win in 12 starts and his third victory this season in as many tries. Trained by Brian Brown, Rock Candy now has $260,826 in career earnings, with $56,250 earned this season. Cross Country was second at 9-2 for Luke Ebersole, while 24-1 Rose Run Ulysses was third with Aaron Merriman at the lines. Bred by Mark Moger and Albert Delia, Jr., Rock Candy is the third foal out of the Sportsmaster mare Cotton Candy p, 3, 1:52.3 ($188,312), making him a half-brother to Mr D's Dragon (by Dragon Again) p, 4, 1:50.1f ($250,158) and to Anna D (by Ponder) p, 4, 1:54.1f ($40,430).   Seattle Hanover & Chris Page                        Photos by Brad Conrad & Ben Holton The second OSS division saw Seattle Hanover score a new life clocking of 1:50.3 in rein to Chris Page. The Ron Burke-trainee was sent off as the 6-5 favorite and battled throughout the mile with 5-2 Dislocator (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) for first prize, holding off his rival by 1½ lengths at the wire. McMoe, the 5-1 choice, was third for driver Brett Miller. Lifetime, Seattle Hanover has amassed $103,682 from three wins, three seconds and four thirds in 16 starts and this year has a 2-1-3 record in seven tries with $54,000 in seasonal earnings for owners Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnell & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. Bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, Seattle Hanover is the seventh foal out of the Western Hanover mare Scarlet's Western and is a full brother to Scarboro Hanover p,4,1:54.4 ($54,809) and a half-brother to Sapient Hanover (by Yankee Cruiser) p, 2, 1:50.3 ($88,272); Red Hot Scarlett (by Artiscape) p, 3, 1:56.4h ($23,692); and Syndil Hanover (by Art Major) p, 3, 1:59 ($13,505). Kimberly Rinker Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator

Favorites did not disappoint at Miami Valley Gaming & Racing on a balmy Friday night, May 3 in a quartet of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old harness racing pacing and trotting fillies. Trainer Chris Beaver scored a pair of home runs as two of his trainees captured both ends of the trotting contests in leg one action of Ohio Sires Stakes, with multiple stablemates picking up second and third place checks. Favorite Aunt Rose, in rein to Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., equalled the track record with a 1:54 triumph for owners Chris Beaver, Mike Carter, Joe Sbrocco and Steven Zeehandelar in the second trotting division. The Uncle Peter lass upped her career earnings to $88,588 with the victory, the first of the season for the Spring Haven Farm and Doug Millard-bred filly. She now has three wins, one second and two thirds in 11 lifetime trips postward. Aunt Rose used come-from-behind tactics for the win, with a :28.2 final brush to prevail by 1½ lengths. Beaver conditioned the first three finishers of this event, with 11-1 Pure Chance (Jason Thompson) second and 5-1 Weslynn Quest (Brett Miller) third. Aunt Rose is out of the Yankee Glide mare Lightning Flower 3, 1:56.2 ($5,725) and is a half-sister to: Lightning Storm (by Donato Hanover) 4, 1:53.2f ($344,145); Wildflower (by Muscle Hill) 3, 1:55 ($267,487); Lightning Force (by Muscle Hill) 3, 1:53 ($169,906); and Flower Hour (by Dejarmbro) 3, 1:57.1f ($38,602), etc. In the first trotting division Beaver harnessed 5-2 Bella's Rose Power (Kayne Kauffman) to a wire-to-wire victory in 1:54.4, staving off a late challenge by 7-1 stablemate Stone In Love (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.). The win was the daughter of Triumphant Caviar's second of the season in four starts and upped her seasonal earnings to $47,000 and her career earnings to $127,135. Favorite (3-5) Only Take Cash was third for Aaron Merriman. Bella's Rose Power now has four wins, three seconds and two thirds in 13 career starts for Beaver, Jim Gallagner, Marion Beachy and Steven Zeehandelar. She is the second foal out of the unraced Angus Hall mare Rose Power and is a half-sister to Chasing The Storm (by Stormin Normand) 2, 2:02.1h ($15,539). Bella's Rose Power Photo by Brad Conrad The OSS pacing divisions also saw favorites prevail in easy fashion, with Avaline Hanover taking the first match in a new career clocking of 1:52.1 for driver Chris Page and trainer Ronnie Burke. The daughter by Dragon Again paced through middle panels of :56 and 1:25 before breezing home in :27.1 as the public's choice, finishing three-quarters of a length ahead of 6-5 Rylee Roo (Aaron Merriman), with 7-2 High Reward (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) notching third-place honors. Avaline Hanover, a winner of $83,490 lifetime and $70,450 this year has five wins, five seconds and a third from 12 lifetime starts for owners Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&TSilva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. She is out of the unraced Grinfromeartoear mare Aw Shucks Hanover and is a half-sister to: Astounding Hanover (by Allamerican Native) p, 4, 1:50f ($541,169); A Ok Hanover (by Yankee Cruiser) p, 2, 1:52.3f ($88,876); Feds Express (by The Panderosa) p, 4, 1:55 ($30,572); and Park Lane Western (by Western Ideal) p, 3, 1:54.4 ($19,625); and is a full sister to Arycca Hanover p, 3, 1:54f ($58,490). Avaline Hanover & Chris Page Photo by Brad Conrad Queen Of The Pride simply devestated her competition for driver Tony Hall with a 1:51.4 victory, her third of the season in four starts. The McArdle lass--who is owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare--left the gate and never looked back, drawing away from her five rivals in the final turn and sprinting to a 5½ length win, her eighth lifetime. Rose Run Uptowngal (Chris Page) was second at 10-1, while 11-1 Carmen Ohio was third for Ryan Stahl. Bred by Ohioan Brad Wallace, Queen Of The Pride now sports a healthy bankroll of $421,454, with $67,500 of that earned in 2019. She is out of the Western Ideal mare Lionness Hanover p, 2, 1:53 ($21,280) and has half-siblings in: Roaring To Go (by Art Major) p, 2, 1:50.4 ($421,999); Well Let's See (by Well Said) p, 4, 1:54.4h ($95,402); and Well Excuuuse Me (by Well Said) p, 4, 1:53f ($76,035). Queen Of The Pride & Tony Hall Photo by Brad Conrad This year the Ohio Sires Stakes offer $300,000 Championships at Northfield Park on Sept. 1, with $75,000 Consolations to be race on Sept. 7 at Scioto Downs. As well 4-year-olds and up will race for $75,000 Championships: pacers-Sept. 7 at Scioto Downs & trotters-Oct. 12 at Northfield Park. To be eligible to the rich Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS), horses nominated to the program must be sired by a stallion registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) and standing in the state of Ohio throughout the breeding season of the year of foaling. For information on the Ohio Sires Stakes, go to www.racingohio.net. Kimberly Rinker

Columbus, OH — The 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes season begins next week at Miami Valley Gaming & Racing, spotlighting harness racing 3-year-old filly pacers and trotters on May 3 (6:05 p.m. post), while the males in this same age group will be tested on May 5 (2:05 p.m. post). Last year’s 2-year-old championship and freshman consolation winners in their respective divisions have all been nominated as sophomores to this year’s rich program. For the first time, Ohio-breds will vie for a $300,000 championship purse, while the consolations sport a $75,000 purse. The four legs of the Ohio Sires Stakes feature a sliding scale again this season: $40,000 per division if three or more races are contested; $50,000 purse for two divisions; $60,000 for one division. Owners had to nominate their Ohio-eligible horses with a March 15 payment of $500 making them eligible to all four legs in the series. The starting fee per leg is $500. Returning champions include 2-year-old pacing colt champion High On Paydaze, a homebred son of Nob Hill High conditioned by Ohio’s top colt man, Brian Brown, and owned by Scott Hagemeyer, Robert Mondillo and Donald Robinson. High On Paydaze captured the $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship for 2-year-old pacing colts last fall at Scioto Downs in an engaging, come-from-behind 1:53.2 clocking for driver David Miller after sweeping the first three OSS legs handily and finishing third in the fourth leg. He wrapped up the season with $220,700 in freshman earnings. High On Paydze spent the winter months at Spring Garden Ranch, qualifying at that Florida training center twice in March before finishing second at Miami Valley Gaming & Racing in a $15,000 Hackett elimination. However, he was a disappointing seventh in the $40,000 Hackett final at Miami Valley on April 20 as a result of having a grade three pharengitis ailment, according to co-owner Hagemeyer. “We had him scoped right after the race and he was sick,” Hagemeyer confirmed. “He didn’t bleed, but that’s why we didn’t enter him in the Scarlet and Gray. He seems to be feeling better now and he’ll train back and we’ll scope him before we have to enter him in the Ohio Sires Stakes events. “Brian (trainer Brown) is going to switch up his equipment and change his overcheck a bit in order to help him out in the breathing department. In every other aspect, the colt is good and sound and we hope he’s ready for the Ohio Sires Stakes. We’d never want to race him sick.” Hagemeyer explained that High On Paydaze has remained as professional as ever, but that at times he still shows that he’s all boy. “He’s still a colt, and he’s started acting a little more study this year,” Hagemeyer admitted. “He’s matured a bit overall, and in the end, he’s still the ultimate professional. Brian seems to think that he’s on the right path and that he’ll do well this season, so we will just hope and pray that he’s in good shape for this first leg of the Sires Stakes next week.” High On Paydaze is the fourth of seven foals out of The Panderosa mare Myell p,4,1:56.1h ($34,688). He is a half-brother to the $155,491-winning gelding Myell’s Rockstar (by World Of Rocknroll) p,4,1:52.1f; Pacing To Paydaze (by World Of Rocknroll) p,4,Q1:54f ($62,332); and also has an unraced 2-year-old and Ohio Sires Stakes eligible full sister named Dr Lyndsay; a yearling half-sister named Gotta Luv Paydaze (by Allamerican Native); and a suckling half-sister christened Party On Paydaze (by Western Terror). by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

The Ohio Sires Stakes nominations for 2- and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies remain strong in 2019, with a healthy 1,016 nominations received in the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) office by the March 15 deadline.  Harness racing horses sired by a stallion registered with the OSRC and standing in the Buckeye State in 2019 are eligible to the rich Ohio Sires Stakes, which are funded by the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF). A total of 139 stallions are currently standing at Ohio-based facilities for this year’s breeding season. In 2019, the Ohio Sires Stakes will offer eight $300,000 Championships to be raced Sept. 1 at Northfield Park and eight $75,000 Consolations set for Sept. 7 at Scioto Downs. As well, eight $75,000 Championships will be contested at both Scioto Downs (Sept. 7) and at Northfield Park (Oct. 12) for trotters and pacers, 4-year-olds and up. A total of 620 trotting and pacing youngsters of both genders (293 fillies & 327 colts) were nominated in the 2-year-old divisions, while the sophomore ranks had 369 (156 fillies & 213 colts) foals nominated.  Among freshman trotters, 175 colts were nominated this season, while in the 2-year-old trotting filly division, 129 nominations were received.  In the freshman pacing divisions, 152 colts and 164 fillies were nominated to the 2019 program. Among Ohio-sired 3-year-olds, 117 trotting colts and 84 trotting fillies are Ohio Sires Stakes eligible, while 96 pacing colts and 72 pacing fillies were nominated. While the overwhelming majority of nominations came from individuals and stables residing and training in the Buckeye State, nominations were also received from Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Tennesse and Mississippi, as well as from Canada and Bermuda. Of the 24 Ohio stallions represented in the 2-year-old colt pacing division, 21 of the 152 youngsters nominated are sired by Big Bad John, 20 by Pet Rock, 19 by McArdle, 16 by Mr Wiggles, 14 by Dragon Again, 12 by Yankee Cruiser and ten by Rockin Amadeus. In the 2-year-old pacing filly ranks, the leading Ohio sires of those 164 nominees include Big Bad John with 25 nominees, followed by Dragon Again and McArdle with 19 each,  Pet Rock with 17, and Mr Wiggles with 15. Uncle Peter dominated the 2-year-old diagonally-gaited colt division, with 35 of his progeny nominated.  Manofmanymissions is represented by 20 nominees, while Dejarmbro has 17, Cash Hall and Triumphant Caviar 13 each, and Dontyouforgetit 12.   Both Full Count and Wishing stone are reprsented by 10 foals each in this same division. Among the 129 freshman trotting fillies, Uncle Peter produced 27 nominees, with Dejarmbo siring 15 and Triumphant Caviar 13. Likewise, in the 3-year-old filly trotting division of 84 nominees, Uncle Peter again reigns surpreme with 16 nominees.  Manofmanymissions and Dejarmbro each have eight nominees, with Break the Bank K and Wishing Stone having six foals each nominated to the program. From the 117 sophomore colt trotters nominated, 28 are by Uncle Peter, while Wishing Stone and Manofmanymissions have 13 progeny each nominated. OSRC-registered trotting sires Dontyouforgettit and Dejarmbro are represented by ten foals each in this division. Among the 96 side-wheeling 3-year-old male nominees, 18 are sired by Pet Rock, 14 by Western Vintage, and 13 each by Dragon Again and McArdle. Pet Rock also leads the sophmore pacing filly division, with 16 foals nominated to this year’s Ohio Sires Stakes, while Dragon Again has 11 nominees, with Big Bad John and McArdle having seven of their daughters in the 2019 program.  The first leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-olds is less than a month away, with 3-year-olds vying at Miami Valley Gaming & Racing on May 3 (trotting & pacing fillies) and May 5 (trotting & pacing colts).   By Kimberly Rinker OSDF Administrator

Harness racing trainer Brian Brown captured his first Kaltenbach training title in 2018, sending 104 youngsters postward in the 2018 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) legs, finals and consolations. Brown’s hefty assortment of 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters—which he conditions at Delaware, OH during the spring and summer months and in south Florida during the wintertime—earned $1,075,850 from 18 wins, 20 seconds and ten third-place finishes.  It was fitting for Brown, who was the runner-up to 2017 Kaltenbach winning trainer Chris Beaver. This year, it was New Jersey-based trainer Ronnie Burke who finished second among all OSS conditioners, with $953,150 in earnings from 78 starters with 11 wins, 13 seconds and 12 thirds.  Chris Beaver was third in the OSS training standings, with 65 starters who finished first ten times, along with 9 second-place and 14 third-place finishers who earned $491,250. Urbana, OH-based trainer Kimberly Daily finished fourth with $283,450 earned in OSS events from 38 starters, seven winners, three second-place finishers and seven third-place check getters.  Canadian conditioners Jason McGinnis and Robert McIntosh were fifth and six respectively in the OSS final trainers’ tally. McGinnis sent 25 horses postward with seven wins, four seconds and a trio of thirds for earnings of $259,100, while McIntosh had four wins and one second in five starts for earnings of $207,500. Sixteen trainers had OSS contestants who posted earnings of $100,000 or more with six conditioners training winners who earned $200,000 or higher. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., captured the 2018 Kaltenbach Award for leading driving in OSS competition for the second time in his career, having earned the honor in 2015.  Wrenn, Jr., notched $987,500 in OSS earnings from steering 96 starters to 21 wins, 16 seconds and 12 third-place finishes.  North America’s leading driver and record setter Aaron Merriman finished second with 19 wins, 15 seconds and 16 thirds in 99 starts with earnings of $963,900 for his efforts.  Last year’s Kaltenbach winner, Chris Page, finished third this year with 16 wins, 18 seconds and ten thirds from 93 starters who earned $937,100 in OSS events. Danny Noble picked up fourth place honors in the OSS driver standings, with 15 wins, five seconds and 11 thirds form 67 starters who earned $523,750, while Tony Hall’s mounts earned $437,700 from six wins, three seconds and two thirds in 46 tries.   Ryan Stahl was the only other driver to pilot the winners of more than $400,00 with $433,950 earned from seven wins, eight seconds and eight thirds in 60 starts. Of the 73 drivers who participated in the 2018 OSS events, 60 garnered at least one check with 17 driving the winners of $100,000 or more, while a full 12 drove horses who earned $200,000 or more. 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. The Jerry Kaltenbach Memorial Trophies were established in 1988—named in honor of one of the Ohio Sires Stakes founding fathers—and are awarded annually to the driver and trainer who have earned the most dollars competing in OSS events.                                       Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. in action                                             Brian Brown   Kaltenbach Memorial Award Winners 1988 -2018           Driver Earnings Year Trainer Earnings 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   Kimberly Rinker Ohio Sires Stakes

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