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Guinevere Hall established a new world and track record of 1:53 in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old harness racing trotting fillies on Friday night, July 10 at Northfield Park. With a front-stepping performance for driver Peter Wrenn, Guinevere Hall erased the former world record for a 3-year-old filly on a half-mile track with a three length triumph, the last quarter mile in a speedy :27.4. The former world record was co-held by Frau Blucher (2013 Delaware County Fair) and Plunge Blue Chip (2018 Yonkers Raceway) at 1:53.1. The former track record of 1:54 was set in 2018 in an Ohio Sires Stakes by Looking For Zelda (Tony Hall).   Guinevere Hall, a daughter of Cash Hall is owned by the M T Pockets Stable and Dave McDuffey and has $199,181 in career earnings and $65,000 in seasonal earnings. She was bred by Alan j. Leavitt.Guinevere Hall, who left the gate as the 2-5 favorite, won her previous OSS legs and is the leader in this division for trainer Melanie Wrenn. Tootie, the 7-2 choice, was second for Brett Miller, while 35-1 longshot Delovely Hall got up late for driver Aaron Merriman. A Fancy Face stormed to the lead at the 1:26 three-quarters for driver Chris Page, capturing the second OSS division easily in 1:54.3. Trained by Ronnie Burke, the 9-1 sophomore duaghter by My MVP notched her first career victory in just her fourth lifetime start. Bred by Spring Haven Farm, A Fancy Face is owend by Burke Racing, Hatfield Stables, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Dream Change, a 50-1 longshot, was second for Greg Grismore, while 2-1 Kikimora was third for Aaron Merriman.   by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator  

Twelve divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes will be contested this weekend in the Buckeye State, with two $50,000 events for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Friday night (July 10) at Northfield Park. As well, four $40,000 OSS contests each for 2-year-old pacing colts and 2-year-old pacing filles and two $50,000 divisions of 3-year-old trotting colts vie at Scioto Downs on Saturday (July 11). Sixteen trotting fillies will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate in third-leg OSS action in races Two and Four on Friday. Guinevere Hall, the current OSS leader in her division, has won both of the previous legs handily with Peter Wrenn driving for trainer Melanie Wrenn. The daughter of Cash Hall is owned by the M T Pockets Stable and Dave McDuffey and has $174,181 in career earnings. Kikimora heads up the second OSS division for trainer and co-owner Chris Beaver and breeder/co-owner Sandra Burnett. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar has also won both of her previous OSS battles and sports a bankroll of $251,516 lifetime. The only concern here is the outside post but driver Aaron Merriman knows this talented filly well. On Saturday, 11 sophomore trotting colts battle in leg three action in races Four and Ten at Scioto Downs. Returning OSS winners include Yanks Dugout from post five in the first division for driver Kurt Sugg and owners Duke & Ivan Sugg, while the Virgil Morgan, Jr.,-trained Action Uncle and Ronnie Burke-conditioned Wading Boots spar in the second division. A total of 34 freshman pacing colts make their debut in OSS contests in races One, Six, 11 and 13. Ohio-registered stallions represented by progeny in these events incude eight by Pet Rock; four by Racing Hill; and three each by McArdle, Well Said and Yankee Cruiser. The stallions Art Official and The Panderosa each have two foals competiting, while Art Official, Cheyenne Rei, Domethatagain, Manhardt, Mr Apples, Rockin Amadeus, Western Terror, Western Vintage and Woodstock are all represented by one foal each. Likewise, 35 pacing fillies battle in their first OSS tests in races Three, Eight, 12 and 14. Ohio-based stallions represented by these female sidewinders include six each by Racing Hill and Well Said; four each by McArdle and Pet Rock; and three by Yankee Cruiser. The stallions Domethatagain and Nob Hill High both have two foals racing, while Arthur Blue Chip, Big Bad John, Manhardt, The Panderosa, Western Terror, Western Vintage and We Will See are all represented by one foal each. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator

Artful Dancer scored a lane-scortching victory in the lone $60,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contest for 3-year-old pacing fillies on a steamy Saturday afternoon, July 4, at Scioto Downs. The daughter of Yankee Cruiser, driven by Dan Noble and trained by Steve Carter, sat patiently through fractions of :27.2; :54.3; and 1:22.3 before unleashing a powerful late kick to draw off by 4¼ lenghts in 1:52. Getting up for second was a determined 11-1 Penpaperpage (Tyler Smith), with super longshot (81-1) Real Rockin Ravi (Josh Sutton) grabbing third-place money. Bred by Midland Acres and D & CC Drake, Artful Dancer is owned by Tammy Carter, Jay Mossbarger, Richard Lombardo and Josh Green and pushed her career earnings to $171,284. Her seasonal earnings now stand at $49,810 from this first victory of 2020 in five tries. She is the first foal out of the Sportswriter mare Dancin Caroll p, 2, Q1:55.1F ($81,646). by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator    

Eight $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests for freshman trotters of both genders kicked off the holiday weekend at Northfield Park. Harness racing fans got their first glimsp of Ohio's future stars with five divsions for fillies and three divisions for colts and geldings. As expected, Randy Bendis' Swizzle Hanover captured the first division for fillies easily for Mike Wilder in 1:57.1. The daughter of Uncle Peter, out of the Chocolatier mare Seducedbychocolate, 3, 1:54.3M ($174,558) left the gate as the 5-2 choice and prevailed in the stretch over the determined 14-1 Incomeorexpenses (Tyler Smith) while 8-5 Celebrate With Me (Kurt Sugg) got up for third.   The victory was the first for Swizzle Hanover who previously scored two winning qualifiers at The Meadows on June 11 and 25. She is a half-sister to North Express (by Muscle Massive) 4, 1:54.1f ($61,573); Sweettooth Hanover (by Donato Hanover 2, 1:58.1f ($48,367); and Sweet Tart Hanover (by Donato Hanover) 4, 1:57f ($11,280). In the second OSS trotting filly division More Spirit (2-1) led from start to finish for driver Kurt Sugg and trainer Charlie Myrick. Bred by Dublin Valley Farm, the daughter of Southwind Spirit captured her first career start handily in 1:59.3, four lengths in front of 9-2 Magic Credit Card (Aaron Merriman), with Miss Meringue (Anthony MacDonald) third. Owned by the Second Chance Stable, More Spirit is the first foal out of the Credit Winner mare Amor Deo 5, 1:56.1f ($86,730).   Herculisa lived up to her name as she posted an impressive 1:58.1 clocking in the third OSS filly trotting division with Brett Miller at the controls. Trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr., the My MVP lass left the gate at 4-5 odds and once on top, never looked back. Owned by the Jesmeral Stable, Herculisa bested formidable rivals in 5-2 Merry Ann (Chris Page), who was second, and 2-1 Momma Knows Best (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) third. She is the second foal out of the Andover Hall mare Herculotte Hanover 3, 1:55.3 ($16,869) and is a full sister to MVP L 2, 2:05.2 ($19,770).   The heavily favored (3-5) Chip It In got up in the final strides for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., to best the hard trying 15-1 Trumpeter Swan (Brett Miller) to win the fourth OSS trotting filly division in 1:58.2. Chris Beaver trains the daughter of Break The Bank K for Beaver, Meola, Robinson and RBH Ventures. Beaver's other trainee, 6-1 Ozma (Aaron Merriman) was a determined third. Chip It In is the seventh foal out of the Malabar Man mare Chippiesbrownsugar and is a full sister to Ms Bank Robber 2, 1:57.2f ($72,223) and a half-sister to Justin On Broadway (by Broadway Hall) 4, 1:54 ($89,926); and Teresa Tresa (by Andover Hall) 4, 1:59.1f ($50,215).   A Doll Face looked every bit the part of her name as she cruised to a 1:59.4 victory in the final OSS division for 2-year-old trotting fillies. Trainer Kayne Kauffman was in the sulky behind the 8-5 daughter of Dontyouforgetit who is owned by Doug Millard. Irish Princess, at 17-1, closed sharply for Aaron Merriman, while 35-1 My Jazz (Anthony MacDonald) trotted solidly to be third. A Doll Face is the second foal out of the unraced Muscle Massive mare Alliomi and is a half-sister to A Fancy Face (by My MVP) 3, Q2:00f ($15,075).   In the first of the three OSS colt trotting divisions it was all Spyder The Striker (7-2) taking home first prize in 1:56.3 for driver Aaron Merriman. Trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver for C. Beaver, L. Fleming and Vip Internet, the son of Uncle Peter--Elana-San Pellegrino looked much the best after having scored two winning qualifiers--the first at Delaware and the second at Northfield prior to this test.   Admiral Allstar (9-2) was second for Kurt Sugg, while 5-1 Replica Hanover was third for Tyler Smith. Spyder The Striker was bred by Wilbur Stoll and is the ninth foal out of his dam and is a half-brother to Kanthaka (by Triumphant Caviar) 3, 1:53.4f ($417,242); High Blue (by Majestic Son) 9, 1:54.2 ($304,074); Alacrity (by Pilgrims Taj) 4, 1:55 ($232,573) and First Flower (by Angus Hall) 5, 1:58.1f ($123,360), among others. In the second OSS trotting division for males, it was 3-5 Shouldaknownbetter (Chris Page), a Deep Chip gelding owned and trained Shane Arsenault, who made his second career victory in as many tries look effortless. Tango With Me (7-1) was second for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., while 21-1 Street Gossip put forth an impressive effort for trainer-driver Roger Hughes, Jr., to nab third-place money. Shouldaknownbetter--who qualified at Woodbine on June 12 and then trotted to 1:57 in his pari-mutuel debut--now has $25,550 in career earnings.   This fine youngster was bred by the Gbw breeding farms and is the fourth foal out of the Amigo Hall mare Lexis Electra 5, 1:59h ($86,195), and is a half-brother to TT's D-Jay (by Dejarmbro) 6, 1:54.3 ($98,447) and Urs Ifu Want It (by Uncle Peter) 2,Q, 2:04.3s ($15,674). Perron proved to be much the best as the 6-5 favorite for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in the final OSS division for trotting colts and geldings, stopping the timer in 1:58.4. The son of My MVP is trained by Chris Beaver for Steve Stewart, Paul Kelly Racing, Black Creek Farm and V. Wagler and was making his pari-mutuel debut. Panzano got up to be second for Brett Miller with 5-2 Fire Cross third for Kayne Kauffman. Perron is the first foal out of the Credit Winner mare Long Island Tea 4, 1:54.3s ($112,714).   Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Saturday night, July 4 at Scioto Downs with one division for 3-year-old pacing fillies. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator  

Harness racing fans will get their first look at the next generation of champions when eight $40,000 divisions of 2-year-old Ohio Sires Stakes trotters go postward in the first leg of the four-round series on Friday night, July 3 at Northfield Park. The Cleveland half-miler will play host to three divisions of diagonally gaited Buckeye-bred colts and geldings and five divisions for fillies, with a first race post time of 6 pm, ET. Ohio-registered stallions represented in these OSS events include 19 sired by Uncle Peter; 11 by Triumphant Caviar; six by My MVP; four each by Break The Bank K and Full Count; three each by Dontyouforgetit and Southwind Spirit; two each by Cash Hall, Coraggioso, Dejarmbro and Deep Chip; and one each by Big Rigs, Credit Fashion, Jitterbug, Winning Fireworks, Wishing Stone and Victory Sam. Swizzle Hanover in the first OSS filly division (Race 1) deems watching. The daughter of Uncle Peter, out of the Chocolatier mare Seducedbychocolate, 3, 1:54.3M ($174,558) has the pedigree credentials to be a good filly. Co-owned and trained by Randy Bendis for Reed Broadway, Swizzle Hanover scored a pair of winning qualifiers at The Meadows on June 11 and 25 with Mike Wilder at the lines, clocked in 2:03 and 2:00.1 respectively. She is a half-sister to North Express (by Muscle Massive) 4, 1:54.1f ($61,573); Sweettooth Hanover (by Donato Hanover 2, 1:58.1f ($48,367); and Sweet Tart Hanover (by Donato Hanover) 4, 1:57f ($11,280). The second OSS filly division (Race 5) is a bit more wide open, however the Cash Hall filly She Loves To Jiggle bares a look after having scored an impressive, front-end winning qualifier in 2:02 at Hawthorne on June 21 under the watchful eye of trainer Jim Eaton. She Loves To Jiggle is out of the Conway Hall mare Jiggles ($4,657) and is owned by her trainer, Robert Silberberg, J. Schwartz, and the estate of Phil Langley. Mama Knows Best hails from the powerful Canadian-based stable of trainer Jason McGinnis and heads up the third filly division (Race 7) for owner Thestable Mamaknowsbest. This daughter of Uncle Peter finished third in a Woodbine qualifier on June 11 before winning her debut on June 23 at Northfield in 1:58.2 as the favorite with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. at the controls. She draws the rail in this OSS contest with Wrenn, Jr. in the bike again and will be the one to beat. Mama Knows Best is the eighth foal out of the Andover Hall mare Europass 3, Q1:58.2F ($6,050) and is a full sister to Uncle Amos 3, 1:59.1 ($26,127) and a half-sister to Passing Jetta (by Lear Jetta) 3, 1:55.4f ($144,199); Money Crazed (by Crazed) 3, 1:57.3f ($30,738). Owner-breeder Sandra Burnett's Ozma looks serious in the fourth OSS filly division (Race 9). Trained by Chris Beaver, this Triumphant Caviar Lass is the second foal out of the former OSS winner Evanora 3, 1:56.3h ($115,348), herself a daughter of Pilgrim's Taj. Ozma scored a winning qualifier at Delaware on June 11 in 2:02 before posting a 2:02.4 clocking in a third-place finish in a Northfield qualifier on June 25. She benefits from the rail in this eight-horse field and will have Aaron Merriman in the sulky. Rose Run Whitney is the most experienced freshman filly that will line up behind the Northfield gate on Friday in the final OSS filly contest (Race 11), having scored two impressive qualifiers at The Meadows for trainer Ronnie Burke before winning a conditioned event at Northfield on June 28 in 2:01.2. The daughter of Uncle Peter will be steered by Kayne Kauffman from post three. Rose Run Whitney is the ninth foal out of the Angus Hall mare Stonebridge Dancer 3, 1:57.3F ($34,902) and is a half-sister to: Rose Run Sydney (by Triumphant Caviar) 4, 1:54.1 ($597,703); Magic Dancing (by Kadabra) 3, 1:59.3f ($52,664); Rose Run Ida (by Triumphant Caviar) 3, 2:00.1h ($53,736); Rose Run Urban (by Triumphant Caviar) 3, 1:57f ($43,709); Magic Hat (by Kadabra) 4,Q1:57.3s ($38,951); and Whitegloves (by Kadabra) 4, 1:57s ($33,145). In the first of the three OSS colt trotting divisions (Race 3), Admiral Allstar starts from post three for trainer Edward Miller. This son of My MVP is the only youngster in this contest with pari-mutuel raceway experience, having finished in a dead-heat for third on June 17 in a Northfield overnight for driver Kurt Sugg after having won his Northfield qualifier on May 28 in 2:03.2. Bred by the Lmn Bred Stables, Admiral Allstar was clocked in 1:59.2 in that start for owners Beccy Sugg, Watson Harness Racing and Mary Stucky. This gelding is the seventh foal out of the unraced Conway Hall mare Minor Skirmish and has half-siblings in: Kerfuffle Cookie (by Chip Chip Hooray) 3, 1:56.1h ($153,840); Allie's Gift (by Holiday Road) 5, 1:54.4f ($138,842); Susie D (by Uncle Peter) 3, 1:55.4h ($57,741); Special Agent Man (by Federal Flex) 3, Q1:59.1s ($45,037); Bofracas (by Dejarmbro) 2, 2:05.4h ($14,384); and Mybigbrowneyedgirl (by Chip Chip Hooray) 2, Q2:05.2h ($11,914). Shouldaknownbetter, a gelded son of Deep Chip bred by the Gbw breeding farms and owned by Canadian trainer Shane Arsenault, is the clear standout in the second OSS trotting division (Race 6) for colts and geldings. This youngster qualified at Woodbine on June 12 and followed that up with his pari-mutuel debut at that same oval, where he trotted to 1:57 triumph, drawing off by four lengths over his nearest rivals. Shoudaknownbetter is the fourth foal out of the Amigo Hall mare Lexis Electra 5, 1:59h ($86,195), and is a half-brother to TT's D-Jay (by Dejarmbro) 6, 1:54.3 ($98,447) and Urs Ifu Want It (by Uncle Peter) 2,Q, 2:04.3s ($15,674). Finally, in a near wide-open third OSS colt division (Race 12), both Phineas and Fire Cross appear to be well-placed to earn their first career triumphs. Phineas, who is owned by breeder Ray Hephner, scored a pair of impressive qualifiers at Northfield, winning his last one on June 18 in 2:03. Sired by Uncle Peter, he is the second foal out of the Sierra Kosmos mare Baba S, 7, 1:59.4h ($57,914) and is a half-brother to Erie (by Chip Chip Hooray) 5, 1:58.1h ($18,645). Fire Cross had back-to-back qualifying victories at Scioto Downs, clocked in 2:01.4 and 2:02.1. He was bred by Steve Stewart and is owned by Miller Racing Stable, Horseplay Racing Stable, M. Hayes and Darmofal Racing Ent. Fire Cross is a son of Triumphant Caviar and the fifth foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Classical Mary, 3, 1:55.2 ($207,811) and is a full brother to Fraser Ridge 4, 1:52.1f ($522,479) and a half-brother to Guy Fox (by Glidemaster) 4, 1:55.2f ($143,656) and to Willoughby (by Dejarmbro) 3, Q 1:59.1f ($25,749). by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator

Guinevere Hall kicked off an evening chock full of Leg 2 Ohio Sires Stakes action by winning her $40,000 division for harness racing 3-year-old trotting fillies in a new lifetime clocking of 1:54.1. The daughter of Cash Hall had captured her first OSS leg in 1:55 for trainer Melanie Wrenn, driver Peter Wrenn and owners M T Pockets Stable and Dave McDuffee. Guinever Hall was bred by Alan J. Leavitt of Kentucky and pushed her career earnings to $174,181 with this latest victory, the fifth of her career in 12 starts. Robin Banks (Kurt Sugg) was a strong second at 5-1 with 1-2 Lima Gold (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) third. Guinevere Hall left the gate as the 4-5 favorite. Guinever Hall Kikimora made every post a winning one for driver Aaron Merriman and trainer Chris Beaver in the second OSS division for trotting fillies. The 1-5 favorite, a duaghter of Triumphant Caviar who was bred and is owned by Sandra Burnett and her trainer, tripped the final timer in 1:54.2. Kikimora had captured OSS leg one at Scioto Downs two weeks ago in 1:54.1 and now has $41,320 in her seasonal bankroll and $251,516 in her career account. Tootie, with Brett Miller driving, was second at 14-1 odds after sitting in the two-hole througout while 25-1 Delovely Hall (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) raced well to get up for third-place honors. Kikimora Uncle Peter's Love got the benefit of the rail to capture her OSS trotting division easily in 1:54.2. It was her first win in the series, as she was second to Gunivere Hall in Leg 1 at Scioto Downs. Owned by Carl Howard and Joyce McClelland, the daughter of Uncle Peter now has $34,681 in seasonal earnings and $114,825 in career earnings. Randy and Michael Bennette bred the filly, who is trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr. Longshot (50-1) Team L was second for driver Hank LeVan, while 19-1 longshot Aqua Lillies was third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. Uncle Peter's Love PJ's Legacy, a daughter of Big Bad John-Walstan's Legacy-Jenna's Beach Boy, captured her $50,000 OSS pacing division in a new life mark of 1:51.3 for driver Ryan Stahl at 4-5 odds. The filly, who was bred by Walter Fister of Lexington, Kentucky, had won her first OSS contest handily in a wire-to-wire effort in 1:52 as well. Owned by Brown, Hutchison, Ridder and Kantrowitz, PJ's Legacy is conditioned by Brian Brown and has $168,170 in career earnings. Ellagator (1-1) was second for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., while 10-1 Princess Rockette with Aaron Merriman aboard. PJ's Legacy In the final $50,000 OSS contest for 3-year-old pacing fillies it was 10-1 longshot Penpaperpaige (Tyler Smith) who wore down the 1-5 favorite McMarkle Sparkle (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) to emerge victorious in 1:52.3. The homebred Pet Rock lass upped her earnings to $98,476 via her eighth career win for trainer Jeff Smith and owner Shirley LeVin. Artful Dancer (7-2) was third for Chris Page. Penpaperpaige Leg three of the Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies is scheduled for July 4 at Scioto Downs, while 3-year-old trotting fillies will go postward in OSS leg three on July 10 at Northfield Park. Kimberly Rinker Ohio Sires Stakes OSDF Administrator

A quartet of harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings of both gaits battled in $50,000 round two divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes Friday night June 26 at Scioto Downs. A total of 13 trotters passed the entry box while 17 pacers were entered into these OSS divisions. Among the Ohio-registered trotting stallions represented four are by Uncle Peter, three by Triumphant Caviar, two by the exported Wishing Stone and one each by Broadway Hall, Dejarmbro, Fully Count and Knight of Intrigue. Ohio-registered pacing sires represented include three each by Big Bad John, Dragon Again and Rockin Amadeus; while Pet Rock has two foals competing; with Bigrisk, Gunthatwonthewest, Mr Wigglies, Nob Hill High, Western Vintage and Yankee Cruiser all had one foal each racing in an OSS contest. In the first of the two $50,000 OSS divisions for trotters (Race 2), Wading Boots and driver Chris Page used come-from-behind tactics to score an easy victory in a new career clocking of 1:55 for trainer Ronnie Burke and co-owners Weaver Bruscemi Larry Karr, and Paul Collura. Facing off against five rivals, the homebred Wishing Stone gelding was content to sit tight through fractions of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:25.1 before stepping up his game in the homestretch as the 1-2 favorite. The victory, Wading Boots' second of his career and first of 2020, upped his career earnings to $58,380 for his connections. Stonefire US (Dewayne Minor) was second at 10-1, while 17-1 Uncle Andy (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third. Wading Boots is the third foal out of the SJ's Caviar mare Sequin Hanover, 4, 1:53M ($55,835) and is a full brother to U Need Stones 4, 1:53 ($241,075) and Well I'm Fancy 2, Q1:59.3f ($34,355). Stanford Court (1-5) took command early in the first OSS pacing division (Race 6) for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., and held off a late charge by 2-1 Ocean Rock (Danny Noble) to score his second triumph of the season in 1:50.3. Doin The Most (Kurt Sugg) raced well to be third as the 5-1 choice. Trained by Brian Brown, Stanford Court, a homebred son of Nob Hill High, is owned by Robert Mondillo, Richard Lombardo, Hen-Shaut Stable and Lightning 5 Racing Stable and now has $136,710 in career earnings from three wins in 10 starts. This large bay colt is the second foal out of the Western Ideal mare Odds On Hemera, p, 3, 1:56.4 ($43,145) and is a half-brother to Pure Paradise (by McArdle) p, 2, 1:53 ($102,743). Stanford Court  Elver Hanover kept his unblemished record intact, taking the second OSS pacing division (Race 10) easily in 1:51 for driver Chris Page and trainer Ronnie Burke. The 3-year-old gelding, by Yankee Cruiser, out of The Panderosa mare Edr Hanover, notched career victory number ten as the 2-5 favorite. Bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, this youngster now sports a career bankroll of $388,450. Can Be Perfect (6-1) was second for Tyler Smith, while 3-1 Dragon Roars Again got up for third for driver Brett Miller. Elver Hanover Action Uncle easily took the second OSS for diagonally-gaited specialists with a new lifetime mark of 1:53 for driver Brett Miller. Virgil Morgan, Jr., trains the son of Uncle Peter who notched his second straight OSS triumph and third seasonal victory in as many tries for owners Carl Howard, Joyce McClelland and Larry Wills. Bred by Kenneth Sommer, Action Uncle, who left the gate as the 1-9 favorite, now has $281,075 in career earnings. It's Academic (5-1) was second for Chris Page, with 59-1 longshot Doubleyellowline a healthy third for Danny Noble. Action Uncle Kimberly Rinker Ohio Sires Stakes OSDF Administrator

Five Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) divisions for harness racing sophomore fillies will go postward Saturday night, June 27 at Northfield Park, with a first race post time of 6 pm, ET. This is the second leg of the four round series. Two $50,000 divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies have been carded as races seven and 11, while a trio of $40,000 contests for 3-year-old trotting fillies are set as races one, three and five on the program. Returning to battle in the pacing divisions are leg one winners PJ's Legacy (Race 7, Post 4) and McMarkle Sparkle (Race 11, Post 4). PJ's Legacy, a daughter of Big Bad John-Walstan's Legacy-Jenna's Beach Boy, captured her first OSS contest handily in a wire-to-wire effort in 1:52 for driver Ryan Stahl. Owned by Brown, Hutchison, Ridder and Kantrowitz, PJ's Legacy is conditioned by Brian Brown and has $153,170 in career earnings. She was bred by Walter Fister of Lexington, KY. Laura and Paul Baker's McMarkle Sparkle captured her OSS division in a blistering 1:50.1 for driver Brett Miller and trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. The homebred brown filly by McArdle-It's Ladies Nite-Towners Big Guy used come-from-behind tactics to score her first triumph of the season by nearly five lengths. McMarkle Sparkle owns a bankroll of $138,826 lifetime. From the 12 pacing fillies entered in these OSS divisions, four were sired by Ohio-based stallion Pet Rock, with two each sired by Big Bad John and Yankee Cruiser. The following stallions were represented by one foal each in these events: Dragon Again, Major Stone, McArdle and Western Vintage. In the three trotting divisions, which feature fields of seven diagonally-gaited specialists each, OSS leg one winners--Globetrotting, Guinevere Hall and Kikimora--have all returned. Globetrotting took her round one division in 1:55.1 for trainer Jason McGinnis and Thestable Globetrotting of Guelph, ON. Bred by Steiner Stock Farms, the daughter by Manofmanymissions-Celebrity Deville-Andover Hall has procured career earnings of $171,582 thus far. She'll leave from post six in race three. Kikimora, a daughter by Triumphant Caviar-Nessa Rose-Chip Chip Hooray, battles in this same division from post three. Trained by co-owner Chris Beaver for breeder and co-owner Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, Ohio, Kikimora captured her first OSS leg in a career best 1:54.1 with Aaron Merriman at the lines. The winner of $231,516 lifetime has four wins, three seconds and a third from 11 career starts. Guinevere Hall, a winner of $154,181 lifetime, heads up the first OSS division (Race 1) from post three for driver Peter Wrenn and trainer Melanie Wrenn. The daughter of Cash Hall-Garbo Hall-Lindy Lane won her first OSS leg with a front-stepping 1:55 performance. Bred by Alan J. Leavitt of Kentucky, Guinevere Hall will be trying for her second consecutive triumph in as many starts this season. Among the 21 trotting fillies set to battle in these OSS events, Uncle Peter has sired seven of them, with three sired by Manofmanymissions and two each sired by Break The Bank K, Cash Hall, Team Six and Triumphant Caviar. Stallions represented by one foal each include Coraggioso, Dejarmbro and My MVP. Leg three of the Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies is scheduled for July 4 at Scioto Downs, while 3-year-old trotting fillies will go postward in OSS leg three on July 10 at Northfield Park. Kimberly Rinker Ohio Sires Stakes OSDF Administrator

Yanks Dugout took a front-end journey to capture the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for  harness racing 3-year-old trotting sires on Saturday evening, June 13 at Northfield Park. Driven by Kurt Sugg, the dark brown gelded son of Triumphant Caviar was much the best as the 6-5 choice and recorded a new life mark of 1:54.1 with his seventh career victories in as many tries this year. Trained by Edward Miller, Yanks Dugout upped his career earnings to $46,333 for owners Ivan & Duke Sugg of Dreshler, Ohio, who also bred the gelding. Wading Boots (Chris Page) was second best at 7-5, one and a quarter lengths behind the winner, with 5-1 Expect The Sweep third for Aaron Merriman. Yanks Dougout is the fourth foal out of the prolific Muscles Yankee mare Yansky 3, 1:57f ($122,127) and has half-siblings in Yanks Ball Girl (by Majestic Son) 4, 1:57f ($60,722); Fashion Can Do It (by Cantab Hall) 3, 1:58.1f ($30,030); and Yanks DJ (by Dejarmbro) 2,Q2:04.3f ($5,509). Yanks Dugout In the second $50,000 OSS division for trotters Action Uncle set a new Northfield Park track record for 3-year-old trotters of 1:53.2 with a perfect steer from driver Brett Miller. Trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr., the son of Uncle Peter left the gate at 1-2 odds and upped his career earnings to $256,075 for owners Carl Howard, Joyce McClelland and Larry Wills. Action Uncle finished well ahead of second-place finisher 9-5 It's Academic (Chris Page) with Buxton (Danny Noble) putting in a game performance to be third. Bred by Kenneth Sommer, Action Uncle is the first foal out of the Broadway Hall mare Action-Broadway 4, 1:52.3 ($1,102,073). Action Uncle Action Uncle Haggard got up in the final strides for driver Ryan Stahl and trainer Scott Cox to capture the first $50,000 OSS test for 3-year-old pacers in a new career clocking of 1:53. The large black gelding by Big Bad John was bred by Spring Haven Farm and is owned by Parent Racing Stable of Whitehouse, OH. Haggard, who finished half a length in front of 2-1 Mr Wiggle It (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), left the gate at 5-1 odds, while 16-1 longshot Epic Ace (Danny Noble) got up for third. Haggard now has $36,475 in his coffers from four wins in six career starts. He is the eighth foal out of the unraced Dragon Again mare Tura Hanover and is a full brother to Angry Shelby p, 3, 1:54.1f ($62,530) and a half-brother to: Town Temptress (by Artiscape) p, 5, 1:51.3 ($305,008); All Turain (by Tell All) p, 4, 1:52.2h ($127,138); and Tural Lural Lural (by The Panderosa) p,4, 1:53.1f ($124,259), etc. Haggard Haggard Sandra Burnett's homebred bay gelding Ocean Rock demolished his competition in 1:50.2 in the second $50,000 OSS contest for sophomore sidewinders. Driven by Danny Noble for trainer Christi Noble, the son of Rockin Amadeus crusied to victory after leading at every pole as the 1-2 choice. Standford Court (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was second at 7-2 with 4-1 Can Be Perfect (Tyler Smith) getting up for third. Ocean Rock now sports a bankroll of $187,377 lifetime. He is the first foal out of the On The Attack mare Ocean Pearl p,5,1:53.2f ($143,637). Three-year-old colts return to battle in OSS Leg 2 on June 26 at Scioto Downs. Ocean Rock Ocean Rock   Kimberly Rinker Ohio Sires Stakes OSDF Administrator

The Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) started off with a bang Friday night, June 12 as McMarkle Sparkle and harness racing driver Brett Miller cruised to a new Scioto Downs track record clocking of 1:50.1 for 3-year-old pacing fillies in the first of two $50,000 contests for state-bred sophomore pacing fillies. Leaving the gate at odds of 7-5 McMarkle Sparkle overtook the leading 3-2 Beautiful Beach (Aaron Merriman), who began tiring quickly at the 1:22.4 three-quarter marker, leaving 15-1 rival Artful Dancer (Danny Noble) in a cloud of dust as she scored her first victory of the seaon. Penpaperpaige (Tyler Smith) got up for third as the 4-1 choice. Trained by Jim Arledge, Jr. for owners-breeders Laura L. and Paul R. Baker, the brown McArdle filly now has $138,826 in career earnings. PJ's Legacy, who captured the $75,000 Consolation for 2-year-old pacing fillies in 2019, swept to a 1:52 front-stepping triumph in the second OSS pacing dvision for driver Ryan Stahl as the 2-5 choice. Trained by Brian Brown for Brown, Hutchinson, Ridder and Kantrowitz, the bay daughter by Big Bad John bested a fast-closing 2-1 Ellagator (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a head, with 10-1 longshot Hoochie Girl (Kayne Kauffman) getting up for third. Bred by Kentuckian Walter Fister, PJ's Legacy now has $153,170 in her bankroll. PJ's Legacy Kikimora, the 8-5 favorite, continued her winning ways by taking the first of three $40,000 OSS trotting events in 1:54.1, scoring for driver Aaron Merriman by three-quarters of a length over 3-5 A Fancy Face (Chris Page). Trained by co-owner Chris Beaver for co-owner/breeder Sandra Burnett, the daughter of Triumphant Caviar, out of the Chip Chip Hooray mare Nessa Rose, captured the $300,000 Championship for 2-year-old filly trotters last season and now has $231,516 in her career coffers. Lima Gold (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) picked up third-place money at odds of 9-1. Kikimora Guinevere Hall was much the best, capturing the second trotting division in 1:55 and racing on the front end nearly every step of the way with Peter Wrenn driving for his wife, trainer Melanie Wrenn. The daughter of Cash Hall, who was bred by Alan J. Leavitt of Kentucky, picked up her fourth career win in her 2020 debut as the 6-5 choice. Uncle Peters Love (Brett Miller) was second at 2-1, with 14-1 Compass Rose DC third for Trace Tetrick. Guinevere Hall now has $151,181 in her lifetime bankroll. Guinevere Hall Globetrotting, who was making her seasonal debut for trainer Jason McGinnis and Thestableglobetrotting, did not disappoint her backers as the 4-5 favorite, using front-end tactics to emerge triumphant in 1:55.1. Trace Tetrick was in the sulky behind the big brown duaghter of Manofmanymissions, who was bred by Steiner Stock Farm, as she picked up her fifth career victory and upped her career earnings to $171,582. Tootie (Brett Miller) was second at 3-1 with 5-1 Hometown Honey (Tyler Smith) notching third-place honors. Globetrotting Three-year-old fillies will battle in OSS Leg 2 on June 27 at Northfield Park. Foals are eligible to the rich Ohio Sires Stakes program based on their breeding, as their sire must be registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) during year of conception. Kimberly Rinker Ohio Sires Stakes OSDF Administrator

The Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) revised 2020 schedule begins this evening at Scioto Downs and continues Saturday night, June 12 at Northfield Park with first round action for harness racing 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies. A pair of $50,000 contests for 3-year-old filly pacers and a trio of $40,000 bouts for 3-year-old female trotters kick off the OSS action at Scioto. Fifteen pacers and 26 trotters will go postward over the five-eigtht's mile oval with a first race post time of 6:30 pm, ET. In the trotting ranks, Uncle Peter has eight foals competing, while Manofmanymissions and Triumphant Caviar are represented by three foals each. Stallions represented by two foals each include Break The Bank K, Cash Hall, My MVP and Team Six and those Ohio-registered sires with one foal each in these OSS contests are And Away We Go, Coraggioso, Deep Chip and Dejarmbro. Kikimora, who captured her $300,000 Championship as a freshman last season, returns to battle in the first OSS trotting test (Race 6) this evening for trainer and co-owner Chris Beaver and co-owner/breeder Sandra Burnett. A winner of $210,196 in 2019, Kikimora finished third in her first start this year, a Scioto overnight on May 27. Aaron Merriman gets the nod from the two-hole. Also going postward and making her seasonal debut in the second trotting division (Race 11) for trainer Jason McGinnis is Globetrotting. This brown filly, who was bred by Steiner Stock Farm, was second to Kikimore in last year's OSS Championship and earned $151,582 for Thestable Globetrotting. Trace Tetrick drives from post nine. Stallions Big Bad John and Pet Rock are represented by three foals each in the pacing divisions, while two have been sired by McArdle. Dragon Again, Feelin Friskie, Major Stone, Mister Big, Western Vintage, We Will See and Yankee Cruiser each have one foal racing in these events. Beautiful Beach, who finished second in the freshman OSS Championship last year, starts from post two in the first pacing division (Race 2). Trained by Tyler George for owners Tom Lehmann and Hollie Hiser, Beautiful Beach earned $145,675 last season and took a 2-year-old mark of 1:53.2 at Scioto en route to an Ohio State Fair Stakes triumph. At Northfield on Saturday, four $50,000 OSS divisions spotlight colts and geldings of both gaits, with a first race post time of 6 pm, ET. A total of 13 trotters and 18 pacers passed the Northfield entry box this week. Ohio-registered sire Uncle Peter is represented by four foals, with Wishing Stone and Triumphant Caviar sporting two foals each. Other diagonally-gaited sires with one foal each competing include Break The Bank K, Broadway Hall, Dejarmbro, Manofmanymissions and Knight Of Intrigue. Action Uncle, who captured his $300,000 OSS 2-Year-Old Championship over the Northfield dirt last season, carries the hopes of owners Carl Howard, Joyce McClelland and Larry Wills postward. Trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr., this Uncle Peter colt has earned $231,075 to date and will have regular pilot Brent Miller in the sulky from post three in Race 3. Bred by Kenneth Sommer, Action Uncle took a winning mark of 1:53.4 in his lone start this season at Scioto Downs on May 27. Among pacing stallions, both Big Bad John and Pet Rock have four foals competing, while Dragon Again is respresented by three contestants and Rockin Amadeus by two. Other side-winding sires represented by one foal each are Bigrisk, Gunthatwonthewest, Mr Wiggles, Nob Hill High and Western Vintage. Sandra Burnett's Ocean Rock is the clear standout among these sophomore pacing colts. Trained by Christi Noble, this bay homebred gelding earned $156,377 last season and finished second in the $300,000 OSS Championship. In his seasonal debut, he captured a Scioto overnight on May 30 in 1:52.3. Danny Noble drives from post six in Race 11. Three-year-olds will return to battle in OSS Leg 2 the weekend of June 26-27 at these same venues. Foals are eligible to the rich Ohio Sires Stakes program based on their breeding, as their sire must be registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) during year of conception. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator  

The Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Commission (OSDFC) has approved revisions to the 3-year-old harness racing divisions of the 2020 Ohio Sires Stakes schedule.   The first legs of the OSS series for 3-year-olds--originally scheduled to take place on May 1 and 3 at Miami Valley Raceway--were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.                 The revised schedule is as follows: June 12            3-Year-Old Pacing & Trotting Fillies Leg 1     Scioto Downs June 13            3-Year-Old Pacing & Trotting Colts Leg 1      Northfield Park June 26            3-Year-Old Pacing & Trotting Colts Leg 2      Scioto Downs June 27            3-Year-Old Pacing & Trotting Fillies Leg 2     Northfield Park July 11             3-Year-Old Trotting Colts Leg 3                      Scioto Downs The reminder of the original schedule for sophomores remained unchanged: July 4               3-Year-Old Pacing Fillies Leg 3                    Scioto Downs July 10             3-Year-Old Trotting Fillies Leg 3                    Northfield Park July 18             3-year-Old Pacing Colts Leg 3                      Scioto Downs   For more information on the Ohio Sires Stakes or to download a copy of the revised schedule, please visit http://www.racingohio.net/OSDF.html. May 20, 2010 by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator

Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has announced that it will be the title sponsor of Scott Alberg's monthly harness racing handicapping contest on Facebook. Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, whose also has numerous other handicapping titles, has been a Standardbred owner in the past, and has agreed to partner with USHWA as the contests new title sponsor. "I am looking so forward to having USHWA as our title sponsor," Alberg said. "I know that with the support of USHWA our monthly contests are going to become very popular with the harness racing community and I can bet you it will draw some new faces to our sport too!" The first contest will be held on the opening day/night of the first harness racing pari-mutuel track that begins racing in North America. That track will be Scioto Downs in Columbus, OH this Friday, May 22, 2020. One special race will be selected from the Scioto Downs Friday program (they draw on Tuesday) and contestants can enter free of charge. All you have to do is select the correct exacta (first two official finishers in the race, either by their starting post position number or by the name of the horse). There will be three prizes given away in each contest. If more than three correct answers are submitted, then a drawing will take place with all the correct winners and the first three names drawn will win a prize. Prizes will consist of Swag Bags; magazine subscriptions and other items being donated from racetracks and harness racing organizations throughout North America and will be different each month. The first contest prizes will be swag bags of items from the Hambletonian Society. To enter the contest, fans must go to Scott Alberg's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3, where the contest will be prominently displayed. Alberg, as he has done in the past, will run the contests. All contest winners will have their name posted after the event and the ranking they finished in from the prize drawings. "Being partnered with Scott Alberg is a great opportunity for USHWA," said Kim Rinker, USHWA President. "USHWA's social media team is committed to publicizing harness racing on numerous platforms to help bring new fans into our sport." USHWA will also be promoting the monthly contest not only on Facebook, but with press releases and via Twitter and Instagram. For more information check out Scott Alberg's Facebook Page, USHWA's Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts or the new USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA  

Many in harness racing will recall that BJ Scoot was the first Ohio-bred horse to capture the Little Brown Jug, a feat he accomplished in 1988. But prior to that, the son of Falcon Almahurst p, 3, TT1:52.2 ($400,776) had been an Ohio Sires Stakes Champion. Bred and owned by Jack Howell of Lancaster, Ohio BJ Scoot was foaled on May 10, 1985 at Hanover, PA and was trained during his freshman campaign by William Hartman. He won ten of 13 starts during his freshman season, including the $120,000 Championship for 2-year-old colt pacers on Sept. 7, 1987. The bay youngster paced to a winning time and freshman best record of 1:55.1 for driver William Fahy over Scioto Downs' five-eighths mile oval in the Championship and ended 1987 with $135,611 in his bankroll. On Feb. 26, 1988, BJ Scoot was sold to the Sybarite Stable of Islington, ON and transferred to the barn of trainer Tom Artandi. He would race 22 times during his 3-year-old season, with his most impressive effort coming at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Sept. 22 when he captured pacing's greatest jewel, the 43rd edition of the Little Brown Jug. A crowd of 47,218 was on hand that steamy fall afternoon as BJ Scoot won the first Jug elimination handily in 1:54 for driver Mike LaChance. The second jug elim went to Albert Albert (Chris Boring) in 1:53.4, with Camtastic (Bill O'Donnell) taking the third heat in 1:54.1. BJ Scoot returned to capture the final heat in a front-stepping performance that saw him cruise around the half-miler with fractions of :26.4; :53.4; 1:23 and finish up with a career best clocking of 1:52.3h. Albert Albert was no match for him that afternoon, as he was parked to the half, which was a Jug record at the time. Ultimately, BJ Scoot finished 1¼ lengths in front of Threefold (Bill Fahy) with third-place finisher Dare You To (John Campbell) another two lengths back. BJ Scoot collected $147,030 for his effort that day at Delaware and wrapped up his 3-year-old season with $671,398 in earnings from eight wins, seven seconds and two thirds. His trainer, Tom Artandi, would go on to win the Jug the following year with Goalie Jeff. BJ Scoot started only three times as a 4-year-old, earning $21,577 in a lone win of 1:57h at Lebanon on April 29,1989. He returned as a 5-year-old but lacked the former brilliance of his sophomore campaign. In 1990 he went postward 34 times with three wins, seven seconds and six thirds, earning $62,424, with a 1:54.4h clocking that came at Freehold Raceway on Aug.18, 1990. Retired to the breeding shed at age six, BJ Scoot had amassed $891,010 from 22 wins, 16 seconds and eight thirds in 72 starts. He stood in Ohio from 1991 through 1996 when he was leased to Pickwick Farms of Gates Mills, Ohio and then was sold to Canadians Nigel Holmes and Gerry Hudon, standing stud in British Columbia from 1997 through 1990 and then in Alberta from 2000 through 2002. While BJ Scoot did not replicate himself in the breeding shed, he certainly did have the pedigree credentials to become a decent sire, as he was the fourth of ten foals out of the prolific Melvin's Woe p, 3, 1:57 ($157,902) mare Terry's Woe p,4,1:55 ($325,162). He was a full brother to BJ's Boardwalk p, 4, 1:54 ($113,602) and a half-brother to BJ's Fifth Avenue (by Niatross) p,4,Q 1:56 ($105,985), among many others. As a sire, BJ Scoot produced 109 starters who earned $1,994,533, with 41 timed in 2:00 and four clocked in 1:55 or faster. Some of his better progeny include Peach Pie (out of Radiate) p,4,1:54f ($201,845); OK BJ (out of Whose To Care) p,5,1:54f ($193,584); Ace Freely (out of Dibby Dibby Girl) p,4,1:55.3f ($107,143); and Hescootshescores (out of That Will Be Me) p,4,1:54.4f ($88,554). by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator

Ohio trainer-driver and Hall of Famer Howard Beissinger was no stranger to the winner's circle and in 1983, he brought forth onto the Ohio Sires Stakes scene a harness racing colt with close ties to his heart, the youngster Cornstalk. Cornstalk was the son of a previous Beissinger trainee, Lindy's Pride, 3, 1:57.3 ($396,209) who Howard had driven to win trotting's top five stakes in 1969: The Yonkers Trot, Kentucky Futurity, Hambletonian, Dexter Cup and Colonial Stakes. Beissinger's connections to Cornstalk--who was leased by Scioto Down's owner Charlie Hill--ran deep. The colt was bred by Howard's wife Ann of Hamilton, OH and Faye Gillen of Waynesville, OH, and was foaled on February 12, 1981 in Cream Ridge, NJ. He was out of the Speedy Crown 3, 1:57.1 ($545,495) mare Crown Viva 2, 2:03.4 ($6,618). It was Beissinger who had piloted the great stallion Speedy Crown to a Hambletonian victory in 1971 and then repeated that feat with Speedy Crown's son, Speedy Somolli, in 1978, earning him the moniker of "Hambo Howard" after his third Hambo triumph. The Hamilton, OH horseman was known for his no-nonsense approach to training and driving and was an expert at shoeing and rigging young horses. Those qualities had given him international recognition and he enjoyed racing fame throughout North America and across Europe and Russia as well. So, it was with this same work ethic that Beissinger conditioned Cornstalk for his freshman campaign. The young bay stallion with the white star, strip and snip on his face, complemented a few splashes of chrome on three of his ankles, did nothing less than win eight races his freshman season, with one second and a third in 11 tries. His standout performance in 1983 was clearly his triumph in the $98,200 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Colt Trot at Northfield Park. Beissinger expertly steered the youngster to a 2:02.4h clocking on Aug. 29, a seasonal best. At the end of his 2-year-old season Cornstalk had racked up $113,407 for his connections. The gangly colt didn't stop his winning ways as a 3-year-old either and Beissinger thought so highly of his striking bay that he entered him, along with three stablemates, in the 1984 edition of the Hambletonian. However, not wanting to show favoritism to any owners, he opted out of driving Cornstalk and instead employed the services of Robert Roberts of Cedarville, OH. In his first Hambletonian heat Cornstalk finished fifth, clocked in 1:57.1 after sitting in the two-hole behind second-place finisher Historic Freight (Ben Webster). Delvin G. Hanover (Hakan Walner) captured that heat in 1:56.2 with an impressive come-from-behind performance. Gentle Stroke, with George Sholty driving, had won his heat in 1:57.4. Unfortunately, Cornstalk did not fare much better in his second heat, finishing sixth in 1:58, far behind the winning Historic Freight, who went on to win the final heat in 1:58 and earn the Hambletonian Crown. Cornstalk would get his revenge, however, and he would get it in a big way. Two weeks later, on Aug. 15, 1984, with Beissinger at the lines, Cornstalk trotted to a new world record clocking of 1:53.4 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, besting his sire Lindy's Crown's 1980 record by a full second. Cornstalk went on to add another $33,104 to his coffers that season, with five wins and two seconds in 12 starts. He retired after his 3-year-old season, with lifetime earnings of $146,511, and stood stud in Ohio from 1986 through 1989. During those years he sired 216 registered foals, with 152 starters who earned $2,889,075. Some of his top progeny include Teddy's Toy (out of OK's Mate) 4, 1:58.1f ($254,672); V-Annas Good Stock (out of V Anna Speedy) 4, 1:57.1h ($244,738); Starch Hill (out of Sweet And Tender) 7, 1:58.4f ($194,891); Letters From Hill (out of Letters From Home) 6, 2:00.3f ($144,431); McBernie (out of McPam) 5, 1:56.3 ($117,787); and Kernel (out of Ann Justin) 4, 1:58f ($120,566). by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

HARRISBURG, PA - Gordon Waterstone, a 42-year veteran of harness racing journalism who has worked at The Horseman and Fair World for over two decades and is a member of harness racing's Communications Hall of Fame, has been appointed to the Hall Of Fame Screening Committee of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) by Kim Rinker, president of the sport's leading media organization. The HOF Screening Committee considers the nominees submitted by the various chapters of USHWA, talks with a select group of present members of the Hall Of Fame, and then announces the candidates for the summer HOF ballot, on which a nominee requires 75% of the yes-no vote to receive the sport's highest honor, election to the Hall Of Fame. Waterstone started his career working in publicity at Detroit's Hazel Park, and also worked at other tracks at other points of the season, including helping with Breeders Crown publicity in that series' early days. In 1998 he joined the Horseman and Fair World as associate editor, and during his time with the Kentucky-based company he has received two John Hervey Writing Awards, one in the feature category and one in the news/commentary division, making him one of the few people to have been honored in both sections. His popular "Backstretch With Gordon" column during the prime of The Red Mile's racing season keeps him in close contact with many of the sport's leading horsepeople. A former national president of USHWA and a Life member of the organization, Waterstone is currently the president and secretary of the organization's Kentucky Chapter. He received the USHWA President's award in 2001. Waterstone has also been honored by the North American Harness Publicists Association, Harness Horsemen International, and the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association. The ultimate honor for a harness journalist, entrance into the Communicators Hall of Fame, came with his induction ceremony in 2017 at the Harness Racing Museum in Goshen NY. The first Sunday in July at Goshen, if the world is back in normal order, will find Waterstone discussing the merits of this year's candidates with his fellow committee members: committee chair Judy Davis-Wilson, Tim Bojarski, Bob Heyden, Jason Settlemoir, and Steve Wolf; president Rinker also serves on this committee as an ex officio voting member. From the U.S. Harness Writers Association  

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