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Columbus, OH - Four divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes 3-year-olds battled Saturday night at Scioto Downs, each vying for a purse of $40,000 in the fourth leg of this series for Buckeye-bred colt and gelding trotters and pacers. Indian Spirit prevailed in the first pacing division over rival Gray Camo in 1:52.4. The Tyler's Big Mark gelding was guided by Kyle Ater for his father, trainer Dan Ater and owner Greg Forcum of Chillicothe, OH. "This is the best horse I've ever had," an excited Forcum said in the Scioto Downs winner's circle. "This horse has a ton of heart and just never gives up. He loves chasing horses." Bred by Bruce Lane, Indian Spirit pushed his seasonal earnings to $86,810 with the win, his sixth of the season in ten starts. Lifetime, he has $121,219 in his bank account. "I turned him over to Dan (trainer Ater) late last season," Forcum explained modestly. "I thought he was a little bit better horse than I needed to be fooling with and that it might be better to give him to Dan, who has a lot more experience with top horses than I do." After eventual third-place finisher Gray Camo (Chris Page) led the field through fractions of :27, :55.2 and 1:23.3, the younger Ater pulled his charge first over and the pacer responded with a solid burst of speed that put him two lengths in front at the wire. Rock N Randall (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third. Indian Spirit has now won the second, third and fourth leg of his OSS contests. The second OSS pacing division saw 4-5 favorite Imtoofastforyou and Josh Sutton emerge victorious with a 1:54 clocking. The son of Mantacular-Lady Camette-Artsplace hails from the powerful Virgil Morgan, Jr. Stable and notched career win two in his ninth try. Unraced at two, Imtoofastforyou--who was bred by Midland Acres--pushed his career earnings to $54,150. "He had some knees that were open and he just wasn't ready to race last season," noted Morgan, Jr. "And he was an orangutan to deal with as a youngster, so we gelded him, and that's helped his attitude tremendously. Unlike some of these colts, he didn't have a lot of time to prepare for this season either mentally or physically, and so he's really come a long way." Owned by Carl Howard, Powell, OH; Gerrie Tucker, Montreal, QC, CA; and Brian Kohen, Dayton; Imtoofastforyou maintained his cool despite a recall caused by Nobles Finesse. Once the wings sprang, the bay colt took the lead and never looked back, snapping off fractions of :28, :57.2, and 1:28.3 before posting a three-quarter victory over Nobles Finesse (Kurt Sugg) and Chief Talkalot (Aaron Merriman). I Know My Chip and Chris Page captured the first of two $40,000 OSS trotting divisions handily in 1:55. The gelded son of Deep Chip-Madeline's Crown-Pegasus Spur was bred by Ohio's Kim Dailey and is trained by Ronnie Burke. "This horse has just gotten better and better as the season goes on," Burke stressed. "He's turned out to be a much better horse than I originally thought." This was I Know My Chip's second win in OSS competition in 2015 and pushed his seasonal earnings to $132,875 and his career totals to $238,278 for owners Burke Racing Stable of Frerickestown, PA; Weaver Bruscemi, Cannonsburg, PA; and Paul Collura of Mountain Top, PA. He now has nine checks in all ten starts this season. The brown gelding, a 1-5 shot, took the lead away from the hard-trying Neely's Messenger (Mike Wilder) at the :58 half, and never looked back, posting a 3½ length triumph. The aforementioned rival held on for second, while Reel Deep Chip (Kayne Kauffman) was third, followed by Kick A Lot (Kurt Sugg) and Chips Starr (Hugh Beatty). It was an emotional, tear-feared winner's circle that welcomed No Whip Chip for a well-deserved photo after a gate to wire triumph in 1:57.1. The son of Victory Sam-Merediths Hope-Master Lavec notched his third win in eight starts for trainer-driver Dan Noble and his mother, owner Debbie Noble. "These are happy tears," Debbie Noble explained. "This horse belongs to a group of youngsters that Chip (the late Sam Noble III) bred and raised. He raced this horse's parents and to win with this colt is just even more emotional than it would be normally because I know he wanted so much to be here, to see what this colt has become. We feel so blessed to have this horse and we feel sure that Chip is watching over us." The victory pushed No Whip Chip's lifetime earnings to $60,440 as he nailed down his third lifetime win in eight starts. Unraced as a freshman, the bay gelding has missed only one check in his career. My Friend Jim (Jeremy Smith) was second, followed by Cooter Dunn (Louis Bauslaugh). Ohio Sires Stakes for freshmen colts and filly of both gaits continue next weekend (Sept. 4 & 5) at Scioto Downs, while the $225,000 Championships for all 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be contested on Saturday, Sept. 12 during Super Night festivities at the five-eighth's mile oval. By Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

Columbus, OH - Driver Dan Noble had a stellar night of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) action, piloting three of the four divisional winners at Scioto Downs on Aug. 28. The 32-year-old Kettering, Ohio native piloted both of the pacing and one of the 3-year-old trotting filly victresses for Buckeye-bred distaffs. Longshot E Ticket Ride was Noble's first score, as he guided the daughter of Feelin Friskie-Double E Hanover-Western Hanover to a 1:54.1 career best clocking for trainer David Elliott and owner Bret M. Schwartz of Washington Court House, OH. "This filly got a little bit of a rough start initially," Noble explained. "She didn't race as a 2-year-old and David (trainer Elliott) really took his time with her. She was pretty green this year and is just starting to come around into form at the right time." Bred by Midland Acres, the big, chocolate-brown filly pushed her career earnings to $52,820 with the victory, the second of her career in 12 trips postward. Returning $14.20 to her backers on a two dollar win ticket, E Ticket Ride bested favorite Karlee Sue (Kayne Kauffman) by half a length at the wire, while the gritty Hailstorm Gracie (Josh Sutton) got up for third. In the first of two OSS events for trotters (Race Three), Noble steered another longshot--Song Of The Valley-- to a career best 1:57.1 triumph for trainer Christ Hershberger. Owned and bred by Philip Baldauf of Akron, OH, the daughter of Pine Valley-Surf Song Yankee-Yankee Cruiser bested the highly regarded and multiple OSS distaff Dark Roast (Kurt Sugg) by 1¾ lengths. Chip Chip Page (Chris Page) was third with a well-steered, come-from-behind effort. "I never sat behind this filly before," Noble said. "But before the race Christ (trainer Herseberger) told me that if I was able to get her out of the gate okay, he thought she'd be super tough in here. She's a good, strong, back-half horse and the race couldn't have worked out any more perfectly for her." Song Of The Valley pushed her seasonal earnings to $33,319 with the victory, the second of the season. Lifetime she's amassed $53,827 from 17 starts, with a trio of wins, three seconds and three thirds. Noble then pulled of the perfect hat trick as he piloted 1-9 favorite Crosswinds Cupcake to a 1:55.1 clocking in the second OSS test for pacing fillies. The daughter of Stand Forever-Keystone Mulberry-Artsplace notched her fifth straight victory for Noble, pushing her 2015 earnings to $105,690. "She's much more mature and manageable this season," Noble stressed. "You can do whatever you want with her now as she's become a much more versatile filly." Bred and co-owned by Crosswinds Farm, Waynesville, OH and Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH, Crosswinds Cupcake was put on the front end early by Noble and was never challenged, finishing 1¼ lengths in front of rival Sectionlinefriskie (Greg Grismore) at the wire, while Friskie Lil Devil (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third. Her career earnings now stand at $146,362. In the second OSS trotting division, Like Old Times and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., came from off the pace to score in 1:56. The daughter of Chip Chip Hooray-Royal Two-Royal Troubadour was harnessed by Don McKirgan for owner-breeder Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, OH, pushing her career earnings to $192,617. "I was a little concerned because of the soft first half (:58.1)," Wrenn, Jr. admitted. "But this filly does her job and raced great tonight. She's versatile and can race anyway you want her to." After sitting through a first-quarter panel of :27.4 set by Honey B (Kyle Ater), Like Old Times made a bold power move, grabbing the lead just past the half to take the field through a 1:26.4 third panel before pacing a modest :29.1 final brush to nail down her tenth win of the year in 12 starts. Her career earnings now stand at $192,617. Expresso Joe (Dan Noble) finished second by 2¾ lengths, with Honey B held on for show honors. Ohio Sires Stakes action continues tonight with four divisions at Scioto Downs for 3-year-old pacing and trotting colts and geldings. Post time is 6:30 pm, ET. By Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

The fourth leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for harness racing 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts will be contested Saturday night at Scioto Downs. Post time is 6:30 pm, ET. Each of the four divisions will vie for a purse of $40,000. The $225,000 Championships for all divisions of 2- and 3-year-olds of both gaits will be contested at Scioto on Saturday, Sept. 12. Rivals Gray Camo and Indian Spirit will battle in the first $40,000 OSS pacing test, carded as Race One on the 13-race program. Gray Camo, an altered son of Pine Valley-Cg's Gem-Shady Character leaves from post two with Chris Page in the sulky. A winner of $129,229 in his career, the roan pacer is conditioned by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable of Frederickstown, PA; Weaver Bruscemi, Cannonsburg, PA; Richard Suda, Darien, IL and Jason Melillo, Powell, OH. Gray Camo was a $10,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Blooded Horse Sale and is a full brother to Pink Camo p,2,1:52.3 ($210,766) and Dibs p,3,1:53.2f ($218,698). A winner of four races as a freshman, Gray Camo's lone victory this year came in the first leg of OSS action on May 2 at Miami Valley Raceway when he scored a career best clocking of 1:53.3. He was bred by Charles Gajda of Volant, PA. Indian Spirit has five victories to his credit this season, with triumphs in a July 17 OSS in 1:56.1; on June 20 (1:53) and June 6 (1:54.3) in Ohio Breeders Stakes (OBS); and in both his elimination (1:55.2) and $30,000 final (1:54) of the Hackett on April 25 at Miami Valley Raceway. He'll be harnessed by trainer Dan Ater and driven by Kyle Ater, the conditioner's son. Owned by Gregory Forcum of Chillicothe, OH and bred by Bruce Lane of Frankfort, OH, Indian Spirit is a son of Tylers Big Mark-Bettacular-Mantacular who has $101,219 in career earnings from eight lifetime wins, four seconds and a pair of thirds in 21 trips behind the starting gate. In the second $40,000 OSS pacing division (Race Five) favorite Nobles Finesse hails from the rail with trainer Kurt Sugg at the lines. Owned by Dean Davis, Wooster, OH; Joyce McClelland, Zanesville, OH; and the Mullet Stables, Millersburg, OH, Nobles Finesse will be trying for his seventh victory of the season. A winner of $154,321 lifetime, the bay son of Feelin Friskie-Lady Lonesome-Nobleland Sam won an OSS leg on July 17 at Northfield Park in 1:55.4 and is a five-time Ohio Fair Stake (OHFS) winner in 2014. Bred by the late Ohio driving champion Chip Noble, Nobles Finesse has half-siblings in Lonesome Attack (by On The Attack) p,5, 1:50f ($386,929) and Lonesome Cruiser (by Yankee Cruiser) p,5,1:54h ($85,715), among others. Chief Talkalot hails from the powerful Brian Brown Stable and will have America's leading driver, Aaron Merriman, in the bike. This son of Feelin Friskie-Jardin Des Arts-Jeremy's Gambit has one lone win to his credit this season-but it came in an OSS on May 2 at Miami Valley Raceway when he was clocked in a lifetime best 1:55.2. The bay gelding is co-owned by breeder Steve Stewart, Paris, KY, along with Michael Robinson, Lewis Center, OH; Robert Mondillo, Delaware, OH and Steve Cheatham, Petersburg, TN. Chief Talkalot has amassed $83,642 in career earnings from a trio of wins, two seconds and one third in 11 career trips postward. A pair of OSS trotting divisions feature a field of five (Race Two) and six (Race Three) diagonally-gaited sophomores. In the first $40,000 test I Know My Chip, a son of Deep Chip-Madeline's Crown-Pegasus Spur battles Neely's Messenger, a Neely Dun-Fun Message-Carry The Message gelding. I Know My Chip is conditioned by Ron Burke, who co-owns the gelding along with Weaver Bruscemi, Cannonsburg, PA and Paul Collura, Mountain Top, PA. Bred by Ohioan Kimberly Dailey, this bay 3-year-old has missed only one check in all nine of his starts this season-and has finished no worse than second in the other eight, with victories in Ohio State Fair (OSF) and OSS events, with seasonal earnings of $112,875. Lifetime he's amassed $218,278 for these connections. He starts from post four with Chris Page driving. Neely's Messenger was a multiple OSS victor as a freshman, with earnings of $215,945 for owners Dale and Julie Ann Sweet of Toledo and Akron, OH. Conditioned by Marty Wollam, the altered son of Neely Dunn-Fun Message-Carry The Message won seven of eight starts in 2014 and this year has four wins, one second and one third in just seven trips postward. Bred by Ohio's Albert Yoder, Neely's Messenger has won a pair of OSS tests this year, along with OBS events and an OHFS in his last start on Aug. 23. No Whip Chip in the second OSS trotting division (Race Three) is a true family horse. The son of Victory Sam-Merediths Hope-Master Lavec is owned by Deborah Noble of Xenia, OH; was bred by the late Sam "Chip" Noble, and is trained and driven by the couple's son Danny Noble. He's been assigned post five in the field of six and will be trying for victory number three of the season. Unraced as a 2-year-old, No Whip Chip captured his OSS division on July 17 at Northfield Park, stopping the timer in a hasty 1:58.2, with an impressive :27.3 final brush. Cooter Dunn, a son of Neely Dunn-Sweet Edith-Stoneking-who starts outside of No Whip Chip-will be trying for his fifth win this year in 13 tires. Bred, owned and trained by Renee Bauslaugh and driven by Louis Bauslaugh, Cooter Dunn has $99,228 in career earnings from 10 lifetime victories in 26 starts. Kimberly Rinker

Four divisions of harness racing sophomore fillies are set to wage war on Friday night at Scioto Downs Racino, vying for $120,000 in combined Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) purses. A total of 15 pacing and 19 trotting Buckeye-bred distaffs will line up behind the starting gate, beginning with a first race post time of 6:30 pm, ET. Multiple OSS victress Karlee Sue headlines the first $40,000 division of OSS pacing fillies (Race One) for trainer and co-owner AL Tomlinson. The Novi, MI-based conditioner has harnessed the daughter of Feelin Friskie-Magical Jeanie-Magical Mike to $99,227 in career earnings for partners Dennis Stolz of Midland, MI and Daniel A. Mitchell of Novi, MI. Karlee Sue, a $20,000 yearling purchase from the 2013 Blooded Horse Sale, captured the third leg of this series on Aug. 14 at Northfield Park, stopping the timer in 1:55.1. She captured leg two on June 12 at Scioto Downs, timed in 1:54.2. Bred by Midland Acres, Karlee Sue will leave form post two in the eight horse field with Kayne Kauffman at the lines. Her seasonal earnings stand at $73,088. Rival Bell Flower will leave from post four in this same race for Chris Page and trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. This daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye-Our Lady Countess-Artsplace was an $8,000 yearling at the 2013 Blooded Horse Sale and has returned $198,501 to her investors. Owned by Bruce & Patricia Soulsby of Powell, OH, Dean Davis of Wooster, OH and Carl Howard of Powell, OH, Bell Flower is a multiple Ohio Fair Stake (OHFS) winner and captured the first leg of this OSS series on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:53.1 in wire-to-wire fashion. She has ten career wins, a second and one third in 16 trips postward. In the second $40,000 OSS pacing division (Race Five), Crosswinds Cupcake, a homebred daughter of Stand Forever leaves from post four with Danny Noble in the sulky. Conditioned by David Elliott for owner Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH and Crosswinds Stable Farm of Waynesville, OH, Crosswinds Cupcake has seasonal earnings of $85,690 to date. She won her OSS test on Aug. 14 at Northfield Park wire-to-wire in 1:54.1 and had won the second OSS leg on June 12 at Northfield in similar fashion, timed in 1:55. A winner of $126,362 lifetime, this venerable filly is out of the unraced Artsplace mare Keystone Mulberry, a multiple stakes producer. Friskie Lil Devil starts from post seven in this same event for trainer Brian Brown and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. The daughter of Feelin Friskie-Devils Desire-Cole Muffler won the $200,000 OSS Championship and one $40,000 leg of this series as a 2-year-old, amassing $177,266 during her freshman campaign. Bred by Midland Acres and owned by the Lil Devil Stables of Findlay, OH, Friskie Lil Devil was a $20,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. She won the $38,000 Hackett at Miami Valley Raceway on April 24 and has added an additional $52,924 to her coffers this season. Dark Roast, who has captured every leg of this OSS series to date for diagonally-gaited specialists, will start from post nine in this fourth $40,000 leg (Race Three). The daughter of Full Count-Edens Mardi Gras-Armbro Mesquite will be reined by Kurt Sugg for trainer Marty Wollam, and owners Acadia Farm of Canfield, OH and G&B Racing of New Wilmington, PA. Bred by Marvin Raber of Baltic, OH, Dark Roast has $118,288 in career earnings, with six wins, a trio of seconds and four thirds in 16 lifetime starts. She won leg one on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:58; the second leg on June 12 at Northfield Park in 1:57.3 and the third leg on Aug. 14 in 1:57.1, with wire-to-wire ease. To date this season she has $69,245 in earnings. Lisa Jane and driver Ryan Stahl will leave from post six for trainer Scott Cox. Owned by the Parent Racing Stable LLC, Holland, OH and G Peters of Akron, OH, Lisa Jane won her OSS test on June 12 at Northfield in 1:55.4, leading at every post. The daughter of Neely Dunn-Vanilla B-Donerail was bred by Henry Burkholder of Homesville, OH and was a $10,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. Lisa Jane also won an OBS on June 19 at Scioto Downs in 1:56.3 and has only missed one check all season. She last finished second to the aforementioned Dark Roast in that Northfield, Aug. 14 OSS outing, and has seven career victories to her credit in 18 starts. In the second, $40,000 OSS trotting division (Race Six) Like Old Times leaves form post four with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. aboard. Trained by Don McKirgan for breeder-owner Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, OH, the daughter of Chip Chip Hooray-Royal Two-Royal Troubadour has amassed $108,512 in seasonal earnings, and has captured two previous OSS series legs. Like Old Times won her last OSS test on Aug. 14 at Northfield, leading at every post, in 1:57. She captured the second leg of this series on June 12 at Northfield Park in 1:57 and won an Ohio Breeders Stake (OBS) on June 9 at Scioto Downs in 1:56.2. This 3-year-old lass has 12 career victories to her credit with $172,617 in lifetime earnings. From 12 starts this season, she's garnered nine wins and a trio of third-place finishes. Student Of Life hails from post ten, in the second tier, for driver Kurt Sugg and trainer Marty Wollam. The daughter of Full Count-Lynn's Slider-Andover Hall has earned $86,300 during her sophomore campaign, with five wins, three seconds and one third in ten tries. She last finished second to Like Old Times in that OSS test at Northfield on Aug. 14, but had previous won a $53,150 Ohio State Fair-Pride Of Ohio Stake on Aug. 7 at Scioto Downs in 1:57.3. She also won an OHFS in 1:57.1 at Northfield on Aug.1 and had won the first leg of this series on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:59.1. Bred by Marvin Raber of Baltic, Ohio, Student Of Life is owned by Acadia Farms of Canfield, OH and by G&B Racing of New Wilmington, PA. Kimberly Rinker

The Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) unanimously approved recommended fines and suspensions regarding "Use of the Whip" and other rules for Standardbred (harness) Racing at its monthly meeting at 77 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio on Aug. 25. The "Use of Whip" rule outlines specifies types of whips and the amount of force a driver can deliver when utilizing a whip in a race. "These fines and suspensions are a guide for judges," stressed Chairman Schmitz. "Judges, ultimately, have the final call and it's up to their discretion to issue penalties in regards to the severity of infractions." Listed below are the guidelines for fines and suspensions, reviewed & approved by the OSRC, on Aug. 25, 2015. 1) Cutting a horse with the whip or visibly injuring a horse (3768-17-17- (L)) a) $500 fine and a 3-day driving suspension for first offense in Ohio b) $1,000 fine, a 5-day suspension, and referral to OSRC for second offense with 365 days in Ohio 2) Excessive/Indiscriminate, abusive whipping, whipping after the finish, whipping out of contention, illegal whip (3769-17-17 (B), (C), (D), (E), (F), (G), (I), (J), (K), (L)) a) $300.00 fine for first offense in Ohio b) $300.00 fine, a 3-day driving suspension for second offense within 365 days in Ohio c) $500.00 fine, a 5-day driving suspension & referral to OSCR for third offense within 365 days in Ohio 3) Failure to keep a line in each hand (3769-17-17 (A)) a) $300.00 fine for first offense in Ohio b) $300.00 fine and a 3-day driving suspension for second offense within 365 days in Ohio c) $500.00 fine, a 5-day driving suspension and referral to OSRC for third offense within 365 days in Ohio 4) Kicking (3769-17-16 (C)) a) $300.00 fine for first offense in Ohio b) $300.00 fine & a 3-day suspension for second offense within 365 days in Ohio c) $500.00 fine, a 5-day driving suspension & referral to OSRC for third offense within 365 days in Ohio 5) Leaning back excessively in the sulky (3769-17-16 (D)) a) $200.00 fine for first offense in Ohio b) $300.00 fine for second offense within 365 days in Ohio c) $500.00 fine, a 3-day driving suspension and referral to OSRC for third offense within 365 days in Ohio. Kimberly Rinker

Three new track records were set at Northfield Park on Friday night, August 21 in Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) competition. Fifteen, $40,000 divisions featuring Buckeye-bred 2-year-old colts and fillies of both gaits were contested. Standout trotting colt Kanthaka made it five for five en route to a track record clocking for 2-year-old trotting colts of 1:57.1--lowering his own standard that he set on July 24 in the second leg of this series. Were Gone (Dan Noble) was second, with Fantasy League (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third. "He's a perfect horse to drive and has done everything right since day one," said winning driver Dave Palone. "It's nice to see the offspring of Triumphant Caviar doing so well here in Ohio." Trainer and co-owner Chris Beaver harnessed the Triumphant Caviar colt, who now has $85,250 in his career coffers for partner Wilbur Lang, who also bred the youngster. Kanthaka won his previous OSS tests on July 4 at Scioto Downs by nearly eight lengths in 1:58.3 and on July 24 at Northfield in 1:58 triumph.   Save My Tootsie, a daughter of Big Bad John-Save My Life-Life Sign, set a new track record of 1:54.4 for pacing fillies--besting the previous record of 1:55.2 set by CC Spice in 2002. Trained by Ron Potter for owner Clyde Perfect of Lawrenceburg, IN, Save My Tootsie was bred by Spring Haven Farm.   Driven by Aaron Merriman, the black filly pushed her lifetime earnings to $35,935 in her first career victory in five starts. John's Sunny Girl (Greg Grismore) finished second while Upfortydevensgirl (Brady Galliers) nailed down show honors.   Friskie Cruiser notched his third career triumph in a track record clocking of 1:54 for a freshman pacing gelding, with driver Ryan Stahl at the lines. This son of Feelin Friskie is owned and was bred by Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH and pushed his lifetime earnings to $64,398 with the win, the third of his career in four starts.   "This is an exceptionally nice colt," Stahl noted. "There doesn't seem to be an end to his speed."   Friskie Cruiser finished well within himself for trainer Brian Brown, besting rivals Gotmoneyinmypocket (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Mr Wiggle Patns (Kayne Kauffman). Kestrel and driver Aaron Merriman didn't disappoint their backers, going wire to wire I 1:58.2. Trained, co-owned by Chris Beaver for breeder and partner Wilbur Lang, the daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Blackrock-Credit Winner scored her fourth win in as many tries in easy fashion. "She's been amazing and has done everything we've asked of her," Merriman stressed. "She zipped home in :28, and there's no bottom to her. Chris (trainer Beaver) just has so many nice horses right now." Kestrel upped her career earnings to $90,000, with Oneeyedmomma (Kurt Sugg) second and A TC Queenie (Ken Holiday) in third. The trotting filly Consolidator made her third pari-mutuel start a winning one--stopping the clock in 1:58.3 for driver Chris Page. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Muscle Toy-Muscles Yankee was bred by Rose Run Farm and is owned by John Green of Canfield, OH. "She's definitely one of the best Ohio-breds I've ever owned," remarked Green. "I've been with Jim (trainer Arledge) now for nine years, and it's been a good deal, we've had a lot of success."   Green--who has been an owner for more than three decades--also owns Thoroughbred racehorses and steeplechasers as well. Consolidator now has $30,616 after beating rivals Count On Kami (Kurt Sugg) and Belle'svictoryring (John Konesky III) for the top prize money.   Breeder-owner Sandra Burnett was overjoyed when her 2-year-old trotting filly Evanora bested eight rivals handily in 1:59.2. Steered by Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., the daughter of Pilgrims Taj-Nessa Rose-Chip Chip Hooray nailed down career victory three in five starts for her 81-year-old, Wilmington, OH resident.   "This filly has been through a lot lately," Burnett said. "She was in a paddock and stepped on a hornet's nest which really messed her up for a while. She's had her share of troubles since then and this is the first time she's been back to her old self."   Trained by Chris Beaver, Evanora now has $41,550 I career earnings. Taj For All (Peter Wrenn) was second in this event, while Emotional Blast (Ammon Hershberger) got up for third. As expected, MJB Got Faith left little doubt to his dominance, as he scored his third career win in as many starts. Peter Wrenn drove the youngster to a 2:00 career best clocking for trainer Steve Carter. The Next Triumph (Ken Holiday) was second with Deep Question (Chris Page) finishing third. A winner of $60,000 lifetime, MJB Got Faith was bred by the GBW Breeding Farms, Inc., of Findlay, OH and is owned by Breana Carsey of Connersville, IN.   Miss Me Yet got up in the final strides to nail down career win two for driver Montrell Teague and trainer Brenda Teague. The daughter of I'm Gorgeous-Live Inspired-Western Hanover was timed in 1:56.2, besting Kacy's Coop (Josh Sutton) and It's Your Fantasy (Dan Noble).   Miss Me Yet is owned by George Teague, Jr. of Harrington, DE and was bred by George and partner Fanning Racing. She now has $48,800 in career earnings.   Lionbacker Kidd, a Lionhunter gelding, went wire-to-wire for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and trainer Joseph Kramp, timed in 2:00.3. Bred by John Miller of Wooster, OH, Lionbacker Kidds is owned by Jeffrey Kidd of Hartville, OH, and has $54,873 in career earnings. Chip OR Don (Tye Loy) was second while Emerald Chip (Josh Sutton) finished third.   Primo Giovanni and driver Chris Page made it five for five with a resounding, come-from-behind, 1:55.1 victory against eight pacing rivals. The son of Big Bad John-JK Reunited-Bettor's Delight was bred and is owned by Carl T. Howard of Powell, OH and hails from the powerful Virgil Morgan, Jr. stable. He now has $87,575 in career earnings. This was Primo Giovanni's third OSS win. He has back-to-back OSS wins--on July 24 at Northfield (12:55.2) and on July 4 at Scioto (1:56.2). Nothin Fancy (Kyle Ater) was second, with World Of Gaming (Dan Noble) third. My Tweed Heart, a daughter of Manhardt-Tweedle D-Towner's Big Guy won her OSS division easily in 1:55.1 for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. The bay filly was harnessed by Jim Daily for owners Carl Atley of Xenia, OH, My Tweed Heart was bred by Stanley Swango, III of Florida.   Mickey Moose prevailed easily in 1:57.3 with his trainer, Kurt Sugg in the sulky   This son of Triumphant Caviar-Chippedinstrawberry-Chip Chip Hooray nailed down career win four (from eight tries). Bred by Richard Mairs and Shari Starner,   Mickey Moose now has $37,554 in his career coffers. She is owned by Dean Davis of Wooster, OH and Ashley Dunn of Polk, OH. D Count (Greg Grismore) finished second with Another Breath (Hugh Beatty) in third.   Rocknroll Wildcats and Aaron Meriman bested a field of nine pacers to win in 1:54.1. The son of World Of Rocknroll was harnessed by George Anthrop for Toman Enterprises of Battle Creek, MI and was bred by Mark Marroletti of FL. Prince Giovanni (Josh Sutton) was second, while UF Whosurdarlinboy (Brady Galliers) finished third. He now has $31,475 in career earnings. Queen Ann M captured her division in 1:55.2 for driver Chris Page and trainer Mike Roth. This daughter of Big Bad John-Full Fledged-Grinfromeartoear pushed her career earnings to $71,125 with the win, the third of her career in four starts for Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH. Jay Mossbarger bred Queen Ann M, who bested Feelin Lilly (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and NPR Nine (Aaron Merriman). Longshot Whataboy and driver Chris Page won the final OSS division of the night, scoring in 1:54.3. The son of Big Bad John is trained by Virgil Morgan for Majs Ny Inc., Gerrie S Tucker and RBH Ventures, and pushed his career earnings to $37,113 en route to his first lifetime victory. Whataboy--who was bred by the Dm Stables LLC of Florida, saw Whiskey Friskie (Aaron Merriman) finish second, while Standing Proud (Kayen Kauffman) got up for third. Kimberly A. Rinker

Fifteen divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for 2-year-old colts and fillies of both gaits will be contested on Friday night, August 21 at Northfield Park.  Post time is 6 pm, ET. A total of 125 freshmen Standardbreds—58 trotters and 67 pacers—passed the Northfield Park entry box to vie for $40,000 each division.  Seven races of diagonally-gaited 2-year-olds (four colt and three filly heats) are set, while eight events were drawn for the side-wheelers (four colt and four filly heats). Pacing Colts Amongst the pacing colts, Primo Giovanni, Nothing Fancy, Mr Wiggle Pants, Trayvon, Big Bad Cam and Whiskey Friskie all appear poised for triumphs. Primo Giovanni will be trying for his fourth consecutive pari-mutuel victory in the first OSS division (Race 6) for driver Chris Page.  The son of Big Bad John-JK Reunited-Bettor’s Delight was bred and is owned by Carl T. Howard of Powell, OH and hails from the powerful Virgil Morgan, Jr. stable. Primo Giovanni won an $18,500 Ohio Breeders Stake (OBS) on Aug. 13 at Scioto Downs in a career best 1:54.2 and before that captured an Ohio Fair Stake (OFS) on Aug. 6 at Scioto, timed in 1:55.1. He has back-to-back victories in OSS competition—on July 24 at Northfield (12:55.2) and on July 4 at Scioto (1:56.2). Nothin Fancy is in this same division, with Kyle Ater driving for trainer Fred Huff, Jr, who owns the black gelding in partnership with John Fairchild of Portsmouth, OH.  Nothin Fancy has a quarter of victories to his credit in his last four starts as well, with wins coming in an Aug. 6 OFS at Scioto (1:53.3); in an OSS at Northfield on July 24 (1:55.1); in an Ohio Fair Stake (OHFS) on July 17 at Welston (2:05.1); and at Scioto Downs on July 4 in an OSS (1:56).  The son of Metropolitan-JL Cruise The Nite-Yankee Cruiser was bred by Reeves Barnhouse of Pennsylvania and has $60,009 in his bankroll.  Owner-breeder-trainer Brenda Teague’s Trayvon will also vie in this division, with her nephew Montrell Teague in the sulky. The son of I’m Gorgeous-Sheisaknockout-Badland’s Hanover has $39,162 in his career coffers and won his OSS division on July 24 at Northfield Park in near wire-to-wire fashion commandingly in 1:56. Mr Wiggle Pants looks formidable in the second division of pacing colts (Race 11).  Trained by Jim Mulinix and driven by Kayne Kauffman, this son of Mr Wiggles—Shani Pants—On The Attack has two wins and four seconds in six career starts, with earnings of $39,220. He has an OHFS victory to his credit from Aug. 1 at Northfield, when he posted a 1:57 clocking and finished a strong second to the aforementioned Nothin Fancy in that OSS on July 24 at Northfield. Big Bad Cam—the fastest of any Ohio-bred youngsters to date with a 1:53.2 clocking in his OSS and career debut on July 4, will be trying for a repeat performance in the third division (Race 13) of pacing youngsters.  Peter Wrenn will be in the sulky behind the bay gelding who is conditioned by his wife, trainer Melanie Wrenn, for Dorothy Miller of Delphos, OH.  Big Bad Cam was bred by Dan & Robert Kuhns of Kentucky and is by Big Bad John, out of the Aturo mare Camturo. The fourth and final pacing division (Race 15) for OSS youngsters features nine rivals going up against Whiskey Friskie, who will be looking for a repeat of his July 4, Scioto Downs score in 1:57.1.  The son of Feelin Friskie—a John Melsheimer trainee—has $29,080 in career earnings and will have Aaron Merriman in the sulky.  Midland Acres bred Whiskey Friskie, who is owned by Karen McGraw of Pickerington, OH. Pacing Fillies Four divisions of pacing fillies will vie, beginning with Race 2.  Miss Me Yet, another Brenda Teague trainee is looking for her second career victory.  The daughter of I’m Gorgeous-Live Inspired-Western Hanover hasn’t missed the board in three career starts, with earnings of $28,800 for owner George Teague of Harrington, DE.  This speedy filly captured her previous OSS test on July 25 at Scioto Downs in 1:53.4. John’s Sunny Girl, a daughter of Big Bad John-Sunshine State-Dragon Again hails from post six in the second OSS division (Race 4) for driver Greg Grismore.  Owned by the Parent Racing Stable of Holland, OH, John’s Sunny Girl has amassed $44,625 in her brief career via three triumphs.  She last won an OBS on Aug. 12 at Scioto Downs in a lifetime best 1:55, and had previous won the first leg of this series on July 3 at Scioto Downs in 1:55.4.  Doug Hinklin trains the filly, who was bred by Midland Acres. Awakening headlines the third division (Race 8) of OSS freshman fillies.  Trained by Mike Polhamus and owned and bred by Marjorie Polhamus of Fletcher, OH, this daughter of Feelin Friskie-Sidewalk Sleeper-Jate Lobell romped to a 1:57 wire-to-wire victory at Northfield on July 3 in the first leg of this series, and last won an OHFS on Aug. 11 at Urbana in 2:04.  She also has a pair of OFS victories on her resume, having won at Paulding on June 9 and at Ottawa on July 23. Kayne Kauffman will be in the sulky for this winner of $24,786 lifetime. My Tweed Heart, a winner of $42,250 also vies in this division, with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in the sulky. This daughter of Manhardt-Tweedle D-Towner’s Big Guy captured her first OSS leg handily in 1:59.1 at Northfield on July 3, and most recently won an OSF in 1:54 on Aug. 5 at Scioto Downs.  Owned by Carl Atley of Xenia, OH, My Tweed Heart was bred by Stanley Swango, III of Florida. Queen Ann M, who was bred by Jay Mossbarger of Bloomington, OH, starts from post one for driver Chris Page and trainer Mike Roth in the fourth pacing filly contest (Race 14).  This daughter of Big Bad John-Full Fledged-Grinfromeartoear stopped the clock in 1:56.4 in a come-from-behind effort with Page at the lines on July 3 at Northfield in OSS leg one.  Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH owns the speedy bay filly who has $51,125 in her coffers. Trotting Colts Thirty-one trotting colts and geldings will battle in four OSS divisions Friday night, including the standout colt Kanthaka in the fourth division (Race 12).  Trainer Chris Beaver harnesses the Triumphant Caviar colt, who will be steered by Dave Palone.  A winner of $65,250in his brief career, Kanthaka won his OSS test on July 4 at Scioto Downs by nearly eight lengths in 1:58.3,  and followed that up with a 1:58 triumph in his second OSS test on July 24 at Northfield.  His last win was in an Aug. 6 OSF at Scioto Downs, when he tripped the timer in 1:58.1. Nearly all of his four career wins in as many starts have come in wire-to-wire fashion.  He was bred by Wilbur Stoll of Jamestown, OH and is co-owned by Stoll and Beaver. MJB Got Faith will also be trying for his third career win in division one (Race 1).  Peter Wrenn drives for trainer Steve Carter, and won his OSS division in 2:00.4 at Scioto Downs on July 4, before taking his second OSS on July 24 at Northfield in 2:01.3.  A winner of $40,000 lifetime, MJB Got Faith was bred by the GBW Breeding Farms, Inc., of Findlay, OH and is owned by Breana Carsey of Connersville, IN. Lionbacker Kidd, a Lionhunter gelding, vies for trainer Joseph Kramp in the second division (Race 3).  This youngster finished second in the first leg of this series at Scioto Downs on July 4, timed in 2:00.1.  He was bred by John Miller of Wooster, OH, is owned by Jeffrey Kidd of Hartville, OH, and has $34,873 in career earnings. Mickey Moose will have trainer Kurt Sugg in the bike in the third division (Race 10).  This daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Chippedinstrawberry-Chip Chip Hooray is looking for her third straight victory.  Bred by Richard Mairs and Shari Starner, the winner of $17,544 lifetime captured an OHFS on Aug. 11 in 2:09.1, then posted a 1:58.2 clocking at Scioto Downs on Aug. 13 in a $14,700 OBS.  She is owned by Dean Davis of Wooster, OH and Ashley Dunn of Polk, OH. Trotting Fillies A trio of divisions for trotting fillies sees $70,900 winner Kestrel marching forward in Race 5.  The daughter of Triumphant Caviar—who was bred and is co-owned by Wilbur Stoll and trainer Chris Beaver—is three for three in her brief career.  Aaron Merriman drives this solidly-gaited distaff from post seven, who has won both of her previous OSS legs—with a lifetime best 1:57.3 clocking at Scioto Downs on July 25. Merriman and Beaver return with the fast but erratic Kerfuffle Cookie in the second division (Race 7).  A winner of $40,000 this daughter of Chip Chip Hooray-Minor Skirmish-Conway Hall won her OSS on July 25 in a lifetime best 1:58 after scoring in 2:00.1 in the first OSS leg on July 3, but has been plagued with breaking issues since.  Bred by Lmn Bred Stables Inc., Kerfuffle Cookie is owned the Toronto-based Synerco Ventures, Inc. Beaver will also harness Evanora in the final trotting division for fillies (Race 9).  This Pilgrim’s Taj lass has two wins in four career starts and $21,550 for owner –breeder Sandra Burnette of Wilmington, OH.  She has yet to show her previous winning form after capturing her OSS on July 3 at Northfield in 2:01. Kimberly A. Rinker

Like Old Times notched the first of four $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) divisions for harness racing 3-year-old fillies on Friday night, August 14 at Northfield Park. The Don McKirgan-trained daughter of Chip Chip Hooray bested seven trotting rivals to win in a front-stepping 1:57 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr, at the lines.   Owned and bred by Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, Ohio, Like Old Times pushed her seasonal earnings to $108,512 in her ninth triumph of the year in 12 starts. She won the second leg of this series on June 12 at this same venue. Student Of Life (Kurt Sugg) was second, while I'd Rather Walk (Aaron Merriman) grabbed third. Trainer Marty Wollam harnessed Dark Roast to a wire-to-wire 1:57.1 victory in the second OSS division for sophomore trotting fillies. Kurt Sugg was in the sulky behind the daughter of Full Count, who was bred by Marvin Raber. Dark Roast pushed her career earnings to $118,288 with the win, her third in OSS competition this season. Owned by Acadia Farms, Inc. and G&B Racing, the venerable filly won the first OSS leg on May 1 at Miami Valley in 1:58 and the second at Northfield on June 12 in 1:57.3. Lisa Jane (Ryan Stahl) finished second, while I'm Chiptastic was third for Aaron Merriman. Sophomore pacing filly Karlee Sue grabbed the lead at the quarter and never looked back, taking the OSS pacing division easily in 1:55.1. Reined by Tim Tetrick for trainer and co-owner Al Tomlinson for partners Daniel Mitchell, Novi MI and Dennis Stolz, Midland, MI, the daughter of Feelin Friskie pushed her career bankroll to $99,227 in her fourth win in 11 starts this year. Bred by Midland Acres, Karlee Sue won a second leg of this series on June 12 at Northfield in 1:54.2. E Ticket Ride (Aaron Merriman) finished second and Sectionlinefriskie (Chris Page) nabbed show honors.   Crosswinds Cupcake, a David Elliott trainee, captured the second OSS pacing division in a demanding, wire-to-wire effort in 1:54.1 with Dan Noble at the controls, besting her rivals by four lengths. Bred by and co-owned by Crosswinds Farm, Waynesville, OH and Stephen Sexton, Xenia, this daughter of Stand Forever-Keystone Mulberry-Artsplace notched her third consecutive victory and her eighth lifetime win, pushing her career earnings to $124,254. Feeling Outrageous (Ken Holiday) finished second, while Bell Flower (Chris Page) got up for third.   Leg four of Ohio Sires Stakes action for 3-year-old trotting and pacing fillies will be contested Friday, Aug. 28 at Scioto Downs, while the $225,000 Championships for all 2- and 3-year-old divisions of trotters and pacers, colts and fillies, will take place on Sept. 12 at Scioto Downs. Kimberly Rinker

It was typical Thursday evening at  the harness racing meeting at Hoosier Park with a series of Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations, but the crowd, horsemen and employees alike awaited the 11th race with bated breath for there was a particular black colt they had waited for nearly 10 months to see. He had not been in Anderson since his second place finish in the $220,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for his age, sex and gender last October, but Airman Batten swiftly dispelled the drama and resoundingly responded to any inquiries about his current form. Last year's state champion assumed command at the three-quarter pole and promptly returned to where he belongs: the winners' circle. "Obviously we were disappointed we could not start with him a little earlier in the year," said Erv Miller, the colt's conditioner. "Towards the end of last year he had a knee that was bothering him and then we found a suspensory problem behind." "It was not a tear, but he had some problems with the fibers." "We just gave him the time off and we took it really slow, but he came back great." "He's actually bigger and stronger than he was last year and we are looking forward to the rest of the year with him." A son of Swan For All and the Yankee Glide mare Ladylike Volo, Airman Batten is owned by Paymaq Racing, Harvey Eisman and Greg Gillis. At age two, he compiled a record of 14-10-2-2, earned $296,760 and trotted in 1:55.4s. Although he competed primarily at Hoosier Park, the colt did take his show on the road by competing in the Kindergarten series at The Red Mile and Vernon Downs, where he came home third in the $240,500 final. On Friday (August 14) Airman Batten is targeting his 16th career triumph and his second Indiana crown when he leaves from post position seven in his $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final. Despite the long lay-off, he is 7-2 second selection on the morning line behind only Homicide Hunter (3-5), who is a perfect nine for nine this year, and his regular driver, LeWayne Miller, will be in the bike. The race is the ninth on the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes card with the field scheduled to be sent from the gate at 8:25 p.m. "He has such a nice mind and excellent manners," (Erv) Miller said. "He's also beautifully gaited and has never been a problem since his first day in the barn." "The only thing we ever had to do with him is give him time, but good horses are always worth that kind of wait and with the season he had last year, he deserved anything we could do for him." So just how talented is this handsome young man? Well, he's pretty close to being undefeated as all four of his losses can be accounted for. His first loss was in his second pari-mutuel contest, coincidentally in a $75,000 Indiana Sires Stake Final, on July 5, 2014. He broke stride prior to the start and got away ninth. In a display of sheer ability, Airman Batten immediately recovered, steadfastly trotted home and finished a strong third after the miscue. He did not taste defeat again, as he won seven straight, before finishing an outstanding second to Whataworkout in $10,000 Kindergarten leg at The Red Mile on September 18, 2014. The winner paid a whopping $99.60 and the reason Airman Batten did not have his picture taken was due to interference from a breaking horse in the first quarter mile. The next occasion he failed to visit the winners' circle was on October 18, 2014, when he was a close second to Quiet Hall in the $220,000 Indiana Sire Stakes Final and his final loss, a third place finish, was in the aforementioned Kindergarten Final. "He was really running out hard on the left line that night in Indiana," Miller said. "After he raced at Vernon Downs is when we found out he was sore in that knee, so that's when we shut him down and pointed him towards this year." After Airman Batten competes in this upcoming engagement, he will likely remain in Anderson for the remainder of 2015, much to the chagrin of his respective rivals. "He is eligible to the Gault and several other local stakes in the Midwest," Miller said. "The money right here in Indiana is so good though, there really is no reason to take him anywhere else." " He can stay home and make a nice living." "We have confidence in him and although the late start was not ideal, we are excited to race him the rest of the year." Airman Batten's $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final will be part of the star studded card at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday that features the 2015 installment of the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes. The entire racing card will be part of a special weekend tagged as the "Dan Patch Festival Weekend" and will feature extreme entertainment, giveaways, and racing. The thrill-themed weekend will showcase some of the most notable names in harness racing alongside free fireworks, giveaways, and interactive family-friendly entertainment. First post is 5:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.hoosierpark.com.  Kimberly French

Four $40,000 divisions of sophomore fillies wage war in Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) contests at the harness racing meeting at Northfield Park Friday night. The events for trotting and pacing Buckeye-breds are part of the strong undercard alongside the featured $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. In the first of two trotting divisions (Race 2), Like Old Times hails from post five for trainer Don McKirgan. Bred and owned by Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, Ohio, the daughter of Chip Chip Hooray-Royal Two-Royal Troubadour has earned $88,512 this season from 11 starts with eight wins and three seconds. Her top efforts came with a 1:57 victory in the second leg of this series on June 12 at Northfield and in an Ohio Breeders Stake (OBS) on June 19 at Scioto Downs. A winner of $152,617 in her career, Like Old Times will be trying for her 12th lifetime triumph against seven rivals for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. She is a half-sister to the $236,257 earner and 19-race winner Cool Colby 6, 1:54.1f (by Jailhouse Jesse). Student Of Life, a Marty Wollam-trainee will leave from post two with Kurt Sugg aboard. The Full Count lass has five wins to her credit this season, including victories in her last two starts. She won a $9,900 Ohio Fair Stake (OFS) on Aug. 1 in 1:57.1 at Northfield and followed that up with a 1:57.3 score at Scioto in a $53,150 Ohio State Fair (OHSF) test. Bred by Marvin Raber, Student Of Life has $76,300 in season earnings and $141,406 in her career coffers from seven wins, six seconds and a trio of thirds in 18 trips postward. She is owned by Acadia Farms Inc, Canfield, OH and G&B Racing of New Wilmington, PA. Wollam and Sugg team up again in the second OSS division (Race 7) of diagonally-gaited specialists with another daughter of Full Count-Dark Roast, from post two This winner of $98,288 lifetime has only been off the board once all season in seven starts-in her last when she made an uncharacteristic break in an OFS test at Scioto Downs on Aug. 7. Both of Dark Roast's two wins this year have come in OSS competition-the first on May 1 at Miami Valley, when she was clocked in 1:58 and the second at Northfield on June 12, when she scored in 1:57.3. Owned by Acadia Farms, Inc. and G&B Racing, Dark Roast was bred by Marvin Raber. Lisa Jane, a Neely Dunn-Personal Trainer-Muscles Yankee daughter hails from post eight with Ryan Stahl at the lines for trainer Scott Cox. A winner of $45,205 this season from three wins in eight starts, Lisa Jane won an OSS at Northfield on June 12 in a career best 1:55.4, and one week later captured a $12,500 OBS at Scioto Downs in 1:56.3. Owned by the Parent Racing Stable, Holland, OH and G Peters, Akron, OH, Lisa Jane has $155,330 in career earnings. Lisa Jane was bred by Henry Burkholder and sold for $10,000 at the August 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. Karlee Sue, a winner of $79,227 in her career, headlines the first (Race 8) of two OSS pacing divisions from the rail. Trained by co-owner Al Tomlinson for partners Daniel Mitchell, Novi MI and Dennis Stolz, Midland, MI, Karlee Sue has a trio of wins this season in ten starts. Her last triumph came on June 12 at Northfield, when she paced in 1:54.2 en route to winning the second leg of this series. Bred by Midland Acres, Tim Tetrick will pilot the daughter of Feelin Friskie-Magical Jeanie-Magical Mike, who was a $20,000 yearling purchase at the Nov. 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. Siebert Steele's Tolatetoapologize will leave from post six with trainer Kayne Kauffman in the sulky. This daughter of Feelin' Friskie-Lord I Apologize-On The Attack has a trio of wins and $39,519 in seasonal earnings, including an Aug. 7 triumph in a $51,350 OSF at Scioto Downs, when she was clocked in a career best 1:54.2. Tolatetoapologize also captured a $4,049 OHFS on July 23 at Lebanon by 7½ lengths in 1:59. Bred by Timothy Lane, she was an $11,000 yearling purchase at the Aug. 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. Crosswinds Cupcake, a David Elliott trainee, hails from post two for driver Dan Noble in the second (Race 10) OSS pacing division against seven rival fillies. Bred by and co-owned by Crosswinds Farm, Waynesville, OH and Stephen Sexton, Xenia, this daughter of Stand Forever-Keystone Mulberry-Artsplace will be trying for her third consecutive win. Crosswinds Cupcake comes into this OSS fresh off a $51,350 OSF triumph on Aug. 7 at Scioto Downs, when she was timed in 1:51.4. One week earlier she had scored a 12-length victory at Sidney in a $7,994 OHFS, in 1:58. Crosswinds Cupcake has $104,254 in earnings from seven lifetime victories. Trainer Brian Brown will harness $228,190 winner Friskie Lil Devil from post four. America's leading reinsman, Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. will be in the sulky behind the daughter of Feelin Friskie-Devils Desire-Cole Muffler as she looks for her third seasonal win and fifth lifetime victory. Friskie Lil Devil captured a $7,413 OHFS at Marysville on July 25 for the Lil Devil Stable of Findlay, OH. Bred by Midland Acres, Friskie Lil Devil sold for $20,000 at the Nov. 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. Leg four of Ohio Sires Stakes action for 3-year-old trotting and pacing fillies will be contested Friday, Aug. 28 at Scioto Downs, while the $225,000 Championships for all 2- and 3-year-old divisions of trotters and pacers, colts and fillies, will take place on Sept. 12 at Scioto Downs. Kimberly A. Rinker

Zanesville's Richard and Joyce McClelland have owned harness racing horses for decades and can usually be found at one of the Buckeye State's county fair ovals, or in the Scioto Downs or Northfield Park winner's circle. On August 8 however, the McClellands saw their years of dedication and love for the Standardbred come to fruition when their 3-year-old trotter Pinkman stepped into the winner's circle at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ. The sophomore gelding had just won harness racing's greatest trotting event-the $1 million Hambletonian-with Brian Sears driving for renowned trainer Jimmy Takter. "We've been in the horse business for 35 years and we've never had anything like this," Joyce admitted. "We're just overwhelmed right now." While this is not the McClelland's first foray into the national spotlight-they owned two-time Breeders Crown champion Call For Rain 4, 1:49.3M ($1,065,919) and have a slice of the great trotting mare Maven 4, 1:51.4H ($1,756,996)-the Hambletonian is, in harness racing's circles, the trotting race everyone strives to win. "It hasn't really sunk in yet," acknowledged Richard, Chairman of the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund. "Winning the Hambletonian is great for Ohio people like us who don't have a big stable on a national level." Pinkman's Ohio connections run deep and his story actually began in the fall of 2011, when Midland Acres' Jake Mossbarger was looking for a few, well-bred trotting broodmares. A Capitol University graduate who had spent several years working at Woodland Run Equine Facility in Grove City, Ohio, Jake had a keen eye for horseflesh, and he liked what he saw in the Angus Hall mare Margie Seelster (6, 1:55.1s $247,483). "The fact that she was an Angus Hall meant that you could breed to any Valley Victory line; that was something we were looking for," said Midland's Jay Mossbarger, Jake's father. "There are good horses in her maternal line and she was a mare I thought we could make money with, so we contacted her breeder and bought her for $25,000, in foal, in November 2011." When the bay colt arrived into this world on March 20, 2012, he was the first foal out of his dam. His sire, the Cantab Hall stallion Explosive Matter, earned $1,510,542 with a 3-year-old record of 1:52.3 and had finished second in the 2009 edition of the Hambletonian, which curiously, was won by Muscle Hill with Brian Sears driving. Interestingly, Muscle Hill is by Muscles Yankee, who is also Explosive Matter's maternal grandsire. Pinkman-then known as "Traffic Jam," spent his early days romping through Midland's lush paddocks in Bloomingburg, Ohio. He was definitely a colt with a mind of his own, Jay recalled. "He was a sharp foal and turned into a much better horse as a yearling," Jay stated. "He had certain quirks-if you went to trim his foretop, for instance, he wanted no part of it, and he would rear up and strike at you. "He was a horse who always had his head up and had that look about him," Jay continued. "He could get aggressive, but basically was very laid back until you wanted him to do something he didn't want to do. He always took care of himself, and spent a lot of time relaxing in his stall. He'd lie down, get up to eat and then go lay down again." Ever crafty, Jay never underestimated the youngster's pedigree, which was certainly an indication of Pinkman's hidden talent. Fast forward to October 2, 2013, and the colt-now a sturdy yearling-is purchased by the McClellands and four partners for $77,000 at the famed Lexington Selected Sale in Kentucky, selling as hip number 207. "To sell for $77,000 as a yearling was a big surprise for us," Jay admitted. "I thought he'd bring around $45,000 or $50,000. Having Dick and Joyce McClelland owning part of this horse makes the Hambletonian all that more special." Renamed after a character in the hit TV program Breaking Bad-Pinkman was a bit cantankerous early in his training, but not in a mean way, Richard explained. He simply didn't seem that excited about training or racing. "Jimmy (trainer Takter) only called me twice with, shall we say-not so good-reports about the horse," Richard revealed. "The first time he called me was to tell me he thought it was best we geld him. With these well-bred colts it's not always what you really want to do, but he thought it best, so I said go ahead." Unfortunately for the young Pinkman, the gelding process hit a snag, resulting in an infection that caused him to lose both weight and his fitness level. "He became a horse that wasn't real high on Jimmy's list of those to continue with and he suggested we sell him," Richard noted. "But then he took him to Lexington for one last try, and he raced alright and was second." That was the beginning of a dramatic change in Pinkman's racing style. He went from trotting languid miles in 2:00 or slower to a determined 1:57 clocking in that Red Mile overnight on Sept. 11, 2014. And therein, began a journey for the McClellands and their partners that culminated in last Saturday's stunning victory in harness racing's biggest event. "After that Lexington performance, I asked Jimmy if he'd bring the horse to Delaware during Little Brown Jug week and he did," Richard offered. Pinkman rattled off another 1:57 performance, breaking his maiden in the $59,445 Standardbred Stake for freshman trotters over the Delaware half-miler. "Jimmy laughed after that win and said, 'let's step him up a bit now and race him in a Grand Circuit event at Lexington,'" McClelland recalled. "So we took him to the Red Mile and he won, and then we took him to Canada and he won there too." Pinkman captured a $77,120 International Stallion Stake division on Oct. 3, 2014 in a heart-stopping 1:53.3, then shipped to Woodbine Raceway where he captured the $463,690 Valley Victory Final in 1:55.4 on Oct. 24, 2014. He followed that up with a victory in the $500,000 Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Trot Final, timed in a stakes-record-equaling 1:53.2 at The Meadowlands. For his efforts, the durable gelding was honored with a Dan Patch Award as 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of 2014 after earning $566,960. "He's a very durable horse, easy to get along with and he doesn't win by much but he's always there," Richard said. Pinkman's sophomore campaign began in mid-May of this year, as he began a three-race win streak in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes competition. The only blemish on his otherwise spotless 3-year-old season came in a $25,000 Beal elimination on June 27 when he finished second by half a length to Wicker Hanover at Pocono Downs. "His blood count was a little low after that race," Richard explained. "It wasn't anything serious but enough to take the edge of him." Pinkman rebounded one week later to capture the $500,000 Beal Final in front-stepping style, timed in 1:51.3. He won the $157,250 Dancer Memorial at The Meadowlands in 1:52.2 on July 18, then stormed to a 1:52 triumph in the $370,000 Zweig Memorial at Vernon Downs on July 26. Then came August 8 at The Meadowlands and trotting's biggest event of the year. The McClellands, along with Pinkman partners Christina Takter of East Windsor, NJ, John & Jim Fielding of Toronto, ON, and Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL watched the Hambletonian eliminations with nervous excitement, never doubting their trainer's confidence in the young gelding. "We have the majority of our horses with Jimmy or his daughter Nancy," Richard acknowledged. "We've been with them nearly nine years and currently have 12 horses in training with them." The McClellands did have one previous Hambletonian contender-the Cantab Hall colt High Bridge-who finished third in his elimination but a disappointing seventh in the 2013 final to the Brian Sears-driven winner Royalty For Life. Saddled with post ten in his elimination, Pinkman, with Yannick Gingras in the sulky, left hard from the outside, took the lead and then settled into second position behind stablemate The Bank (Johnny Takter), following him through fractional splits of :26.2, :54.3 and 1:23.1 before posting a :28 final brush. The final time of 1:51.3 equaled the world record for a 3-year-old gelding on a mile oval. The second Hambletonian elimination saw Gingras pilot the Ron Burke-conditioned filly Mission Brief to victory in a front-stepping 1:51.3, besting her rivals by nearly five lengths, with apparent ease. That triumph put Gingras in an enviable, yet frustrating position of having to choose between his two elimination winners. When he chose to drive Mission Brief in the final, it opened the door for Brian Sears to climb aboard Pinkman. "I tried to tell Yannick he was making a great mistake," Takter said. "Pinkman is such a fighter. He's not impressive, but he gets the job done every time. And I thought the filly didn't look as strong finishing as my horse did." Takter knows horseflesh and he obviously knew what Pinkman was capable of that steamy afternoon in East Rutherford, as the gelding easily held off the hard-trying Mission Brief in the final by three-quarters of a length-preventing her from becoming the first distaff to win the Hambletonian since Continentalvictory accomplished that feat in 1996. Pinkman's time of 1:51 in the final was also the third fastest clocking in Hambletonian history. The win gave Takter his fourth Hambletonian victory and his second straight-he won this race last year as both the driver and trainer of Trixton. The Hambletonian victory pushed Pinkman's lifetime earnings to $1,737,925 and gave the gelding his eighth win of 2015. He now has 14 wins and two seconds in 17 career trips postward for his Ohio, New Jersey and Canadian connections. "We'll have to wait and see what's next on his plate," Richard said of Pinkman. "The fact that he's a gelding does allow us to contemplate a lot more years of racing than if he was a colt. Right now we're just enjoying the ride." By Kimberly Rinker

Seven $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) were contested Saturday night, July 25 at the harness racing meeting at Scioto Downs. This was the second in a four-leg series for Ohio-bred 2-year-old trotting and pacing distaffs. OSS Pacing Divisions In the first (Race 1) of four OSS pacing divisions, Montrell Teague steered Miss Me Yet to a lifetime best 1:53.3 clocking for his aunt, trainer Brenda Teague and his father, owner George Teague, Jr. of Harrington, DE. John's Jessi Bird (Ryan Stahl) was second with Gorgeous Road (Josh Sutton) third. The daughter of I'm Gorgeous, out of the Western Hanover mare Live Inspired, was bred by her owner and Fannin Racing, Inc. and now has $24,800 in career earnings. Miss Me Yet finished third in the first leg of OSS action on July 3 at Northfield Park, timed in 1:57.2, but had won her qualifying debut on June 23 at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:56.2 and again on July 14 in 1:57 at that same oval. Big Bad Ashley got a perfect steer from driver Dan Noble to prevail by 1¼ lengths over John's Sunny Girl (Greg Grismore) in the second OSS pacing division (Race 5) timed in a lifetime best 1:54.2. Jim Arledge, Jr., trains Big Bad Ashley, who was bred and is owned by Winchester Baye Acres, Inc., of Powell, OH. This daughter of Big Bad John-Cruise On Ashley-Yankee Cruiser won her OSS first leg at Northfield Park on July 3 in 1:56 and now has $41,657 in her career bankroll. Queen Ann M had to work a bit to nail down her triumph in the third OSS pacing division for driver Chris Page. Trained by Mike Roth, this daughter of Big Bad John-Full Fledged-Grinfromeartoear recorded her second OSS victory in a career best 1:55, finishing 2½ lengths in front of the hard-trying It's Your Fantasy (Dan Noble). Upfortydevensgirl (Aaron Merriman) notched third place money. Bred by Jay Mossbarger of Bloomington, OH, Queen Ann M had won the first leg of this series in 1:56.4 in a come-from-behind effort with Page at the lines on July 3 at Northfield for owner Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH.   Last, but not least, Give No Lip scored a front-stepping 1:54.3 triumph in the fourth (Race 11) OSS pacing division with Jeremy Smith at the lines. The daughter of Big Bad John-Loyal To My Heart-Cole Muffler picked up career victory number three in four starts for trainer Ron Steck, who owns the young lass in partnership with JA Breece of Pataskala, OH and BA & P Soulsby of Powell, OH. Give No Lip sat comfortably through fractions of :27.4, :58 and 1:26.3 before drawing off by 4¼ lengths over NPR Nine (Aaron Merriman). Harness The Hope (Kyle Ater) was third. "I wanted to be on the front with the filly tonight and not get into any trouble with her," Smith noted. "Ronnie (trainer Steck) has her figured out now and it makes it easy on the driver when she was as good as she was tonight." Bred by Greg & Holly Martin of Ohio, Give No Lip now has $23,195 in career earnings.   OSS Trotting Divisions Kestrel and driver Aaron Merriman took the first OSS trotting division (Race 2) handily in a career best, wire-to-wire 1:57.3, finishing 3½ lengths ahead of rival Count On Kami (Kurt Sugg) and third place finisher Angel Cindy (Brad Hanners).   The daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Blackrock-Credit Winner had won the first leg of this series at Northfield Park on July 3 in similar style, trotting in 1:59 for trainer Chris Beaver of Delaware, OH and co-owner and breeder Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH.   Merriman used similar driving tactics to capture the second OSS trotting division (Race 3) in a front-stepping 1:58 with favorite Kerfuffle Cookie, a brown daughter by Chip Chip Hooray, out of the Conway Hall mare Minor Skirmish. Trained by Chris Beaver, Kerfuffle Cookie pushed her career earnings to $40,000 in just her second lifetime start for the Synerco Ventures Inc., of Toronto, ON. Bred by Ohio's Lmn Bred Stables Inc., this speedy distaff had captured leg one of this series on July 3 at Northfield Park, clocked in 2:00.1 for the one mile test. Shut Up And Dance (Ryan Stahl) was second, with Buckeye Lady One (Chris Page) nabbing show honors. Belle'svictoryring led at every call to capture the third OSS trotting division (Race 9) in a career best 1:58.4, easily putting distance between herself and rival Eye Just Expect It (Kayne Kauffman) in late stretch. Oneeyedmomma (Kurt Sugg) notched third. Trainer John Konesky, III was in the sulky behind the daughter of Victory Sam-Belle Legrand-Striking Sahbra, who was bred by Midland Acres of Bloomingburg, OH. Konesky co-owns the filly in partnership with Patrick Konesky of Bowling Green, OH. "Her mile at Bellefontaine was a really big mile," Konesky noted, referring to Belle'svictoryring's 2:06 score at that county fair oval on July 14. "She's not a very big filly, but her heart is."   Belle'svictoryring pushed her career earnings to $25,901 with this latest triumph, her fourth of the season in five trips postward. She also has a trio of Ohio Fair Stakes (OFS) to her credit. Leg three of Ohio Sires Stakes action for 2-year-old trotting and pacing fillies and colts and geldings will commence on Aug. 21 at Northfield Park. Kimberly A. Rinker  

Sixty-eight 2-year-old Ohio-bred harness racing pacing and trotting fillies are set to wage war on Saturday night at Scioto Downs in the second leg of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) competition. Of the 68 distaffs that passed the entry box, 38 are of the pacing gait and 30 are diagonally-gaited Standardbreds, all of whom will vie for a $40,000 purse in each of the seven divisions. Post time is 6:30 pm, ET for the first race. Four OSS Pacing Divisions Miss Me Yet looks to be a definitive choice in the first (Race 1) of four OSS divisions for pacers. The daughter of I'm Gorgeous-Live Inspired-Western Hanover is an all-around family filly, as she was bred by Fannin Racing and George Teague, Jr., of Harrington, DE and is co-owned by Teague. George's sister Brenda trains the filly, and his son Montrell, drives her. Miss Me Yet finished third in the first leg of OSS action on July 3 at Northfield Park, when she was timed in 1:57.2. However, she won her qualifying debut on June 23 at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:56.2 and again in a qualifying test at this same venue on July 14 in 1:57. She leaves from post five against eight rivals. John's Jessi Bird brings a trio of solid Ohio Fair Stake (OFS) tries into her first OSS test for trainer Pierce Henry, who co-owns the filly with James Heiing of Ottawa, OH. The daughter of Big Bad John won her career debut at Paulding on June 9, was second at Ottawa on June 23 and was third at London in OFS competition on July 12. She hails from post two with Ryan Stahl at the lines. She was bred by Ada M Jacobs of Gambier, OH. The second OSS division (Race 5) of pacing fillies finds three daughters of Ohio stallion and Little Brown Jug winner Big Bad John squaring off. John's Sunny Girl, Big Bad Bretta and Big Bad Ashley all captured their respective OSS divisions on July 3 at Northfield Park. Doug Hinklin trains John's Sunny Girl, who won her OSS leg a blistering, gate-to-wire effort in 1:55.4 with Greg Grismore in the sulky for owners Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH. Bred by Midland Acres, John's Sunny Girl starts from post two with Grismore aboard. Also bred by Midland Acres, Big Bad Bretta, a Steve Carter trainee, won her OSS leg in 1:57 for Ohio owners CE Grubbs, RB Reid, SR Hummel and JM Beard. She'll start from post two with Chris Page up. Jim Arledge, Jr., harnesses Big Bad Ashley, who scored in 1:56 with Dan Noble in the sulky. Bred by Ohio's Winchester Baye Acres, Inc., won her OSS first leg in 1:56 after winning an OFS on June 21 at Circleville by 7½ lengths. Awakening headlines the third division (Race 7) of OSS freshman fillies. Trained by Mike Polhamus and owned and bred by Marjorie Polhamus of Fletcher, OH, this daughter of Feelin Friskie-Sidewalk Sleeper-Jate Lobell romped to a 1:57 wire-to-wire victory at Northfield on July 3 in the first leg of this series. Awakening also has a pair of OFS victories on her resume, having won at Paulding on June 9 and at Ottawa on July 23. Regular driver Kayne Kauffman will be in the sulky from post seven for this winner of $23,076 lifetime. Queen Ann M, who was bred by Jay Mossbarger of Bloomington, OH, starts from post nine for driver Chris Page and trainer Mike Roth. This daughter of Big Bad John-Full Fledged-Grinfromeartoear stopped the clock in 1:56.4 in a come-from-behind effort with Page at the lines on July 3 at Northfield in OSS leg one. Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH owns the speedy bay filly. The fourth and final division (Race 11) for pacing fillies will see first leg winner My Tweed Heart leave from the rail with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in the sulky for trainer Jim Dailey. This daughter of Manhardt-Tweedle D-Towner's Big Guy captured her first OSS leg handily in 1:59.1 at Northfield on July 3. Owned by Carl Atley of Xenia, OH, My Tweed Heart was bred by Stanley Swango, III of Florida. Challenger NPR Nine will have Aaron Merriman in the sulky from post three. This daughter of Big Bad John-Illegally Parked-Nobleland Sam was third to Big Bad Asheley in the first leg of this series, clocked in 1:56.3 for this same driver. She then scored a solid victory on July 16 in a Scioto Downs maiden, in 1:56.4. Ran Russo of Westerville, OH owns and bred NPR Nine, who has $8,800 in career earnings. Three OSS Trotting Divisions Trainer Chris Beaver sends out a formidable pair of fillies in the first division (Race 2) for OSS trotters. Both Kestrel (Triumphant Caviar-Blackrock-Credit Winner) and Evanora (Pilgrim's Taj-Nessa Rose-Chip Chip Hooray) come off solid victories in leg one of this series at Northfield Park on July 3. Kestrel scored a 1:59 front-stepping clocking with Aaron Merriman in the sulky to record her first career win, while Evanora used similar tactics for this same driver, timed in 2:01. Evanora, who is owned and was bred by Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH, has the rail and Ken Holiday in the sulky for this event, while Kestrel will get Merriman in the bike from post eight for breeder and co-owner Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH and Beaver, of Delaware, OH. Count On Kami, from post ten with Kurt Sugg up, will be trying for career victory number one. Harnessed by Marty Wollam, this daughter of Full Count-Joys Second Call-Call Toll Free was second in her OSS debut at Northfield on July 3, timed in 1:58.4. She was bred by David Vannatta of Mt. Vernon, OH and is co-owned by Vannatta and Wollam, of Vienna, OH and Acadia Farms Inc., of Canfield, OH. Kerfuffle Cookie, another Beaver trainee, looks to be the solid choice in the second division (Race 3) of OSS trotting fillies. This daughter of Chip Chip Hooray-Minor Skirmish-Conway Hall romped in a wire-to-wire triumph on July 3 at Northfield Park in 2:00.1 unchallenged for these same connections. Owned by the Synerco Ventures, Inc. of Toronto, Canada, Kerfuffle Cookie was bred by the LMN Bred Stables, Inc., of Ohio. Aaron Merriman will steer from post one against nine foes. If she can mind her manners, Shut Up And Dance will be Kerfuffle Cookie's main threat from post six. The Dirk Simpson-trainee posted a 1:58 solid, wire-to-wire effort in the first OSS leg at Northfield on July 3, drawing off by four lengths. However, she could not stay on gait in either of her previous or last efforts prior to that OSS win. Owned by James Bafia of Minooka, IL, the daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Passport To Love-Yankee Glide was bred by steve Stewart & Kemppi Stable of Kentucky. The third and final division (Race 9) of trotting distaffs features a slightly more open group of ten than the previous two groups. Still Sizzling, who is trained, driven and co-owned by Dale Decker, along with Douglas Vandergrift of Lambertsville, MI, is the only filly in the field to have captured the first leg of this OSS series at Northfield on July 3. The daughter of Trainforthefuture-Spotty Too Hotty-Lindy Lane romped led from every post to nail down her win in 1:59.4 as the public's choice. Bred by Florence J. Wallace of Ohio, Still Sizzling will have her trainer back in the sulky from post seven. Leavinonajettrain failed to nail a check in her OSS debut at Northfield on July 3, but since has posted a 2:03.2 clocking in a runaway effort in a Meadow's qualifier on July 16. Driven by Mike Wilder, the daughter of Trainforthefuture-Loire-Daguet Rapids won that effort by 18¼ lengths for trainer Ronnie Burke-who co-owns her along with partners Weaver Bruscemi of Cannonsburg, PA, Jason Melilo of Powell, OH and Phillip Collura of Mountain Township, PA. Chris Page will drive Leavinonajettrain-who was bred by Ohioans Steve Bateson and Jeff Shafer-from post three. The third leg of this Ohio Sires Stakes for freshman pacing and trotting fillies will commence on August 21 at Northfield Park. Kimberly A. Rinker

Eleven fields of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) freshman go postward Friday night, July 24 at Northfield Park, all vying for a purse of $40,000 in each division.  Post time for the harness racing action is approximately 6 pm at the “Home of the Flying Turns.” Six pacing and five trotting divisions will feature a host of Ohio-bred colts and geldings returning for the second leg of this four-leg series. A total of 86 youngsters have been entered, 37 trotters and 49 pacers—with 11 newcomers joining the series for the first time. Lionbacker Kidd, a Lionhunter gelding, looks to be the favorite in the first division (Race 1) of seven trotters for driver Aaron Merriman and trainer Joseph Kramp.  This youngster finished second in the first leg of this series at Scioto Downs on July 4, timed in 2:00.1.  He was bred by John Miller of Wooster, OH, is owned by Jeffrey Kidd of Hartville, OH, and will leave from post five. In the second division (Race 2) Lone Valley Sam hails from the rail for driver Chris Page and trainer Chris Beaver.  This son of Iron Duke will be trying for his second straight OSS triumph, against six rivals.  He confidently won his first career start in 2:00.1 on July 4 at Scioto Downs with Page at the lines.  Lone Valley Sam was bred by Eli Miller of Middlefield, OH and is owned by the Ohio-based partnership of trainer Beaver, Synerco Ventures, Inc., Steven Zeehandelar and David Lang. Two newcomers to this series, Moose Madness, a son of Neely Dunn and Laser Leo, a son of Lionhunter, also vie in this second division, starting from posts six and seven respectively. Chips So Fast will have Aaron Merriman in the sulky as he tries for career victory two in the third division (Race 5) against eight freshman trotters.  He scored his first win in OSS action on July 4 at Scioto Downs, when he triumphed in 1:59.1.  Harnessed by Ryan Angus, this son of Chip Chip Hooray will start from post four and was bred by Midland Acres, Shari & Russell Angelbeck and is owned by Mark Moger of New Hope, PA and Albert Delia, Jr., of Newtown, PA. MJB Got Faith will also be trying for his second career win in this same division.  He’s partnered with driver Peter Wrenn from post five for trainer Steve Carter, and won his OSS division in 2:00.4 at Scioto Downs on July 4.  He was bred by the GBW Breeding Farms, Inc., of Findlay, OH and is owned by Breana Carsey of Connersville, IN. Newcomers in this division include Mainstreet Party (post 3), a son of Rompaway Wally and Hot Cross Dunn (post 7), a son of And Away We Go. In the fourth division (Race 9) of diagonally-gaited youngsters Triumphant’s Chip, a son of Triumphant Caviar, will go postward from post two for Wrenn and trainer Steve Carter.  Owned by Adam Friedland of Brooklyn, NY and Cass Gallagher of South Haven, MI, Triumphant’s Chip finished third on July 4 at Scioto Downs in OSS action to Chips So Fast, timed in 1:59.2.  This will be the second career start for the trotter, who was bred by Ohio’s Leroy Miller. Chip Or Don, who leaves from post seven, will have Wrenn driving for trainer-owner Tye Loy.  This son of Chip Chip Hooray finished fifth in his OSS test on July 4 at Scioto Downs, but won a 2-year-old overnight at Northfield Park on July 15 handily in 1:59.2.  He was bred by Atlee D. Weaver of Ohio. Heza Home Run, from post eight and a son of And Away We Go, is the lone newcomer in this division. Kanthaka headlines the fifth and final division (Race 14) of seven freshmen trotters.  Trainer Chris Beaver will harness the Triumphant Caviar colt, who will be steered by Dave Palone from post seven.  A winner of $23,750 in his brief career, Kanthaka won his OSS test on July 4 at Scioto Downs by nearly eight lengths in 1:58.3, making him one of the fastest 2-year-olds in this series to date.  He was bred by Wilbur Stoll of Jamestown, OH and is co-owned by Stoll and Beaver. Rival One Hot Future, by Traintothefuture, finished second to Kanthaka in that same OSS event on July 4—timed in 2:00.1—and will be looking for revenge in here from post four.  Owned by Joseph Hess of New Milford, NJ, One Hot Future is trained by Dan O’Mara and will be steered by Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.  Ohio’s Florence Wallce bred the bay gelding. The lone newcomer in this division is the Chip Chip Hooray gelding Emerald Chip, who starts from post five. The pacing divisions begin with Race 3 on the 16-race card.  Brenda Teague, of Houston, DE, sends out Trayvon in the first field of eight colts.  The son of I’m Gorgeous leaves from post six with Montrell Teague in the sulky.  Montrell was up behind Meadowland’s Pace winner Wiggle It Jiggleit just one week prior at the Big M.  Trayvon finished second to Big Bad Cam in a solid effort on July 4 at Scioto Downs in OSS competition. Whataboy, a son of Big Bad John, will have Chris Page in the bike from post four for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr.  Bred by the DM Stable of Naples, FL, this bay colt was fourth in his lone OSS test on July 4 at Scioto Downs.  He is owned by Majs NY Inc., of Mamaroneck, NY; Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, QC; and RBH Ventures, Inc., of New York, NY. Newcomers Haydenssmoothmove, by Woodstock, and Oncoming Storm, by Stand Forever, will start from posts five and eight respectively. A field of eight will line up behind the gate in the second pacing division (Race 8).  Friskie Cruiser, a black gelded son of Feelin’ Friskie, hails from the powerful Brian Brown stable, and won his OSS test at Scioto Downs in a speedy 1:55.3 by 3¾ lengths on July 4. He is owned and was bred by Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH, and will leave from post eight with Chris Page in the bike. Rocky’s World, a son of World of Rocknroll, leaves from post three for driver-trainer Jeff Nisonger.  This bay gelding finished fifth in his July 4 OSS, but returned to win a 2-year-old overnight at Scioto Downs on July 14 in 1:56.2.  Owned by the Rocky’s World Stable, this youngster was bred by Alan and Joe Byler of Kentucky. Newcomers in this division include the World Of Rocknroll colt Kids Wanna Rock from the rail, and Littlbittybigjohn, a son of Big Bad John, from post four. Smoke Up Johnny will have Greg Grismore in the sulky from post six in division three (Race 11). Trained by Doug Hinklin, the son of Big Bad John won a first leg of OSS competition on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:56.  Bred by Conquest Acres of Indiana, Smoke Up Johnny is owned by the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH. Hailing from post seven is another son of Big Bad John, Mighty Touch. Ronnie Burke will harness the colt, who will be steered by Chris Page.  This youngster finished second, timed in 1:57.3 in his OSS at Scioto on July 4. Breeder Knox Services of Mt Vernon, OH, owns Mighty Touch in partnership with Burk and Weaver Bruscemi of Pennsylvania. Primo Giovanni, a winner of his first OSS test at Scioto on July 4 in 1:56.2, will have Chris Page in the sulky again from post five in the four pacing division (Race 12).  This son of Big Bad John is trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr., for owner-breeder Carl T. Howard of Powell, OH. Onefinejimmerjohn was second in his OSS division on July 4 at Scioto Downs, pacing in 1:56.2 for driver Danny Noble.  Ron Potter conditions the black son of Big Bad John, who will start from the outside slot in the field of eight. Trainer Tom Harmer will drive newcomer Still Friskie, a son of Feelin Friskie, from post four in this event. Big Bad Cam—the fastest of any Ohio-bred youngsters to date with a 1:53.2 clocking in his OSS and career debut on July 4, will have to leave from post eight in the fifth division of pacing colts and geldings.  Peter Wrenn will be up behind the bay gelding who is conditioned by his wife, trainer Melanie Wrenn, for Dorothy Miller of Delphos, OH.  Big Bad Cam was bred by Dan & Robert Kuhns of Kentucky. Nothin Fancy, from post nine, is another in here looking for his second OSS victory in as many tries.  The black gelded son of  Metropolitan scored a 1:56 triumph on July 4 at Scioto Downs in his maiden start for trainer and co-owner Fred Huff, Jr of Jackson, OH and partner John Fairchild of Portsmouth, OH. Dan Noble will be at the lines behind the gelding, who was bred by Reeves Barnhouse of Pennsylvania. Newcomer Stand Out At Dawn, a son of Stand Forever, will leave from post two in this division. The sixth and final pacing division (Race 15) for OSS youngsters features eight contestants, with Whiskey Friskie, from post five, looking for a repeat of his July 4, Scioto Downs score in 1:57.1.  The son of Feelin Friskie—a John Melsheimer trainee—has $21,340 in career earnings and will have Aaron Merriman in the sulky.  Midland Acres bred Whiskey Friskie, who is owned by Karen McGraw of Pickerington, OH. Dash Of Grace, with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. up from post three, will try for his second career victory.  This son of Feelin Friskie won a 2-year-old Northfield overnight on July 15 in 1:56.2 by nearly 11 lengths and appears poised for another solid effort.  Kurt Lepley owns, trains and bred the bay gelding. OSS action continues on Saturday, July 25 at Scioto Downs with seven divisions of 2-year-old pacing and trotting fillies. Kimberly A. Rinker

Four $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) divisions were contested at Northfield Park on Friday night, July 17; two for trotters and a pair for laterally-gaited pacers. This was the third contest of the four leg OSS series for 3-year-old Buckeye-bred harness racing colts and geldings.   Driver Chris Page steered both winners of the divisions for diagonally-gaited equines--winning the first division (Race 1) with 1-9 favorite I Know My Chip and the second division (Race 2) with l4-1 longshot No Whip Chip.   I Know My Chip hails from the powerful Ron Burke Stable. This son of Deep Chip, out of the Pegasus Spur mare Madeline's Crown (3, 2:00.4s $13,221) stopped the timer in 1:57.3 in a wire-to-wire effort that saw him draw off from his rivals by nearly eight lengths. He basically cruised through fractions of :29.1, 1:00 and 1:29.2 unchallenged before posting a :28.1 final brush.   Bred by Kimberly Dailey of Mechanicsburg, OH, I Know My Chip now has $167,528 in career earnings for the Pennsylvania-based partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. The bay gelding earned $105,403 as a freshman and pushed his seasonal earnings to $62,125, the tenth of his career in 19 starts.   The Jim Arledge, Jr.-trained Chips Star (Kayne Kauffman) was second, while Full Of Dawn (Don Irvine, Jr.) finished third. My Friend Jim was fourth, Cooter Dunn fifth, and BK's Magic Man sixth. In the second division for sophomore trotters longshot No Whip Chip prevailed in a career best 1:58.2 despite a grueling, first-over journey that saw him prevail by two lengths over the hard-trying Really Deep Chip (Kayne Kauffman). The son of Victory Sam-Meredith's Hope-Master Lavec followed the pace-setting Neely's Messenger (Marty Wollam) through splits of :29.1 and 1:00.3 before pulling three-wide at the 1:30.4 three-quarter marker. Once free of traffic, No Whip Chip trotted his final panel in :27.3 with Page at the controls, returning $31.80 on a two dollar win ticket. No Whip Chip was bred by the late Chip Noble, is trained by his son Dan and owned by his wife Deborah Noble. Unraced at two, the bay gelding now has two wins in six starts and $40,440 in career earnings. Neely's Messenger--the 2014 Ohio Horse of the Year--hung on for third, while Kick A Lot (Kurt Sugg) nabbed fourth-place money. Jo Jo's Journey was fifth, 9-5 favorite Upfront Chip Daddy was sixth after making a break at the half, while Super Sheff Frosty broke at the start and was never a factor, finishing seventh. Nobles Finesse captured the first division for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings with a game, first-over journey that saw him score his fifth career win and first this season in 1:55.4 with trainer Kurt Sugg at the lines. Owned by Dean Davis of Wooster, OH, Joyce McClelland of Zanesville, OH and the Mullet Stables of Millersburg, OH, this Feelin Friskie gelding pushed his career earnings to $128,529. As a freshman, Nobles Finesse--who was bred by the late Chip Noble--was a multiple OSS, Ohio Fair Stakes (OFS) and Ohio Breeders Stakes winner. After even-money favorite Rock N Randall took the field of seven through the :28 opening quarter, Nobles Finesse pulled from the rail to calmly challenge the leader through a :57.1 half and a 1:26 three-quarter marker. From there the bay gelding continued to grind out his path gamely, with a :29.3 final brush to win by three-quarters of a length over rival Roaddog Jess James (Kayne Kauffman), with Rock N Randall nailing down show honors. Dyno Mite Man (Del S Miller) was fourth, with Latenite Trick fifth, Imtoofastforyou sixth and Over Friskie seventh. Bred by Chip Noble, Nobles Finesse is the sixth foal out of the Nobleland Sam mare Lady Lonesome, and is a half-brother to Lonesome Attack (by On The Attack) p, 5, 1:50f ($386,929); Lonesome Cruiser (by Yankee Cruiser) p, 5, 1:54h ($85,715); Nancy's Stitches (by Dave Panlone) p, 3, 1:57f ($33,159); Dixie Lane (by Cam's Magic Trick) p, 3, 1:57.2 ($21,1663) and Lonesome Trick (by Cam's Magic Trick) p, 2, 2:02.3h ($16,352). Favorite (2-5) Indian Spirit did not disappoint his backers in the fourth and final OSS division for sophomore pacers. The Dan-Ater trained son of Tyler's Big Mark used wire-to-wire tactics for Kyle Ater to score his fifth victory of 2015 in 1:56.1. Owned by Gregory Forcum of Chillicothe, OH, Indian Spirit already has one OSS triumph to his credit this season, having captured the second leg of this series on June 6 at Scioto Downs. He took his career record of 1:53 in an OBS Stake at Scioto on June 20 with the younger Ater at the lines. The gutsy Gray Camo (Chris Page) was second by half a length, while Ohio's 2014 Freshman Pacing Colt of the Year Western Coby (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third. Cornerback (Ryan Stahl) grabbed fourth, with Nashville Bound fifth, Rocky Express sixth and Frisky Bob seventh. Bred by Bruce Lane of Frankfort, OH, Indian Spirit is the second foal out of the unraced Mantacular broodmare Bettacular. He now has $101,219 in career earnings.   By Kimberly A. Rinker   Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

Four divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for 3-year-old harness racing colts and geldings will be contested on Friday evening at Northfield Park. Post time is 6:00 pm, ET. Thirteen trotters and 14 pacers passed the entry box for the third leg of OSS 3-year-old contests, necessitating a pair of $40,000 splits for each gait of sophomores. The trotting divisions have been carded as races one and two, while the pacing pairs are set as the third and eighth event on the 16-race program. Six sophomores will vie in the first $40,000 division of trotters (Race 1), with Chips Starr looking for his second OSS victory this season for trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. The son of Chip Chip Hooray scored his lone victory in OSS action at Scioto Downs on June 6, timed in 1:57 with Hugh Beatty at the lines. Owned by Greg Buckley of Dublin, OH and Thomas York, Jr., of Newark, OH, Chips Starr was a $9,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. The fourth foal out of the Nearly Perfect mare Miss Starr Tripp (2, 2:01f $28,368), Chips Star has earned $56,841 lifetime. The Ron Burke-trainee I Know My Chip will by trying to nab his first OSS victory this season. A winner of $147,528 lifetime, the son of Deep Chip was a multiple OSS winner as a freshman for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Buscemi LLC and Phillip Collura-all hailing from Pennsylvania. I Know My Chip has been second in a pair of OSS to date this year-on May 2 at Miami Valley Raceway and again on June 6 at Scioto Downs. Both times he was bested by a scant whisker by rival Neely's Messenger, who wages war in the second division on this same card. Bred by Kimberly Dailey of Mechanicsburg, OH, this bay gelding earned $105,403 as a 2-year-old and is the first foal out of the Pegasus Spur mare Madeline's Crown (3, 2:00.4s $13,221). My Friend Jim, Cooter Dunn, BK's Magic Man and Full Of Dawn round out this field of six trotters. Seven diagonally-gaited specialists will line up behind the gate in the second $40,000 OSS division (Race 2) for trotters. Neely's Messenger, leaving from post four, continues to dominate this division. Last season's Ohio Horse of the Year and 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of 2014 scored a decisive 1:57.1 victory for driver Dan Noble in his seasonal debut on May 2 at Miami Valley Raceway. He followed that up with a 1:55.3 best effort at Scioto Downs on June 6, nosing out I Know My Chip at the wire. He also has a 1:56.3 Ohio Breeders Stake (OBS) triumph to his credit, scored on June 20 at Scioto Downs. Owned by Dale Sweet and Julie Ann Sweet, the son of Neely Dunn scored victories in OSS, OBS, Ohio Fair Stakes (OFS), and in the $200,000 OSS Championship as a freshman, for earnings of $215,945. Bred by Albert Yoder, Neely's Messenger was a $10,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. The fifth foal out of the Carry The Message broodmare Fun Message (5,1:57.3f $98,349), Neely's Messenger is a half-sister to Muggles (by Muscle Yankee) 1:59,4f ($34,516). Upfront Chip Daddy, unraced at two, has turned in a trio of winning performances this season, with one of them coming in a May 2 OSS at Miami Valley Raceway, when the son of Chip Chip Hooray scored a career best clocking of 1:57.3. Trained by Kelly O'Donnell for Up Front Racing LLC of Amherst, OH and Mark Ford of Campbell Hall, NY, Upfront Chip Daddy has $33,480 in earnings thus far to his credit. The fifth foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Celebrity Cream (3, 2:02.4f $5,987), Upfront Chip Daddy was bred by Spring Haven Farm and has half-siblings in: Creampuff Macdaddy (by Ken Warkentin) 4, 1:53.3f ($455,898); Chocolate Cream (by Broadway Hall) 5, 1:57.2s ($31,207); Coconut Cream (by Windsong Espoir) 3, 1:59.2f ($14,092). Kick A Lot, No Whip Chip, Really Deep Chip, Super Sheff Frosty and Jo Jo's Journey round out the field of contestants. Trainer Brian Brown will harness Rock N Randall from the rail in the first $40,000 OSS division (Race 3) of laterally gaited sophomores. This son of Dave Panlone-Appealing Sammi-Nobleland Sam earned $95,193 as a 2-year-old, recording a mark of 1:58.1 at Delaware on Sept. 17, 2014. To date he's still looking for his first OSS triumph, but has proven his capability with a host of second and third-place finishes in both OSS and Ohio Fair Stake (OFS) competition. Lifetime Rock N Randall has amassed $122,650 from 19 starts, with seven wins, seven seconds and three thirds for owner-breeder Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH. He recorded a career best 1:56 on June 30 in a $10,000 conditioned pace at Scioto Downs. This bay gelding is a half-brother to Angels N Demons (by Artiscape) p, 4, 1:53.4s ($51,492) and a half-brother to Back Mount (by Feelin Friskie) p, 3, Q1:56.4h ($11,394). Nobles Finesse hails from post four for trainer Kurt Sugg and owners Dean Davis of Wooster, OH, Joyce McClelland of Zanesville, OH and the Mullet Stables of Millersburg, OH. This Feelin Friskie gelding is looking for his first trip to the winner's circle in 2015, after earning $100,759 from four wins in nine starts as a 2-year-old, taking victories in OSS, OFS and OBS competition. Bred by Chip Noble, Nobles Finesse is the sixth foal out of the Nobleland Sam mare Lady Lonesome, and is a half-brother to Lonesome Attack (by On The Attack) p, 5, 1:50f ($386,929); Lonesome Cruiser (by Yankee Cruiser) p, 5, 1:54h ($85,715); Nancy's Stitches (by Dave Panlone) p, 3, 1:57f ($33,159); Dixie Lane (by Cam's Magic Trick) p, 3, 1:57.2 ($21,1663) and Lonesome Trick (by Cam's Magic Trick) p, 2, 2:02.3h ($16,352). Completing the field are Roaddog Jess James, Imtoofastforyou, Dyno Mite Man, Latenite Trick and Over Friskie. Indian Spirit headlines the second $40,000 OSS pacing division for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. Hailing from the Dan Ater barn for owner Gregory Forcum of Chillicothe, OH, the son of Tyler's Big Mark scored a victory in these same ranks on June 6 at Scioto Downs, stopping the timer in a swift 1:54.3 for driver Kyle Ater. He followed that up with a career best clocking of 1:53 at Scioto two weeks later, on June 20, in a $12,500 OBS. A winner of $34,409 as a freshman, Indian Spirit amassed three wins, four seconds and a third in 12 trips postward last season. This year, he has a quartet of wins under his belt in seven tries with earnings of $46,810 for these connections. Bred by Bruce Lane of Frankfort, OH, Indian Spirit is the second foal out of the unraced Mantacular broodmare Bettacular. Gray Camo, with $119,229 in his coffers, is another solid contender who hails from the Ron Burke stable. The roan son of Pine Valley-CG's Gem-Shady Character has five wins to his credit in 15 career starts and a mark of 1:53.3 taken in his OSS victory on May 2 of this year at Miami Valley Raceway. He is co-owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Richard Suda and Jason Melilo. A$10,000 yearling at the Blooded Horse Sale, Gray Camo has full siblings in: Dibs p, 3, 1:53.2f ($218,698) and Pink Camo p, 2, 1:52.3f ($210,766). Ohio's 2-year-old Pacing Colt of 2014, Western Coby, also vies in this same event. A winner of $156,677 in his career, the son of Western Spirit-Cole By A Knows-Cole Muffler will be looking for his first victory of 2015. Owned by Larry Acker, Dean Davis and trainer Ron Wagner-all of Wooster, OH-Western Coby was a multiple OSS and OFS winner as a freshman. A $6,500 yearling purchase at the 2013 Blooded Horse Sale, Western Coby was the first foal out of his dam and was bred by Andrew Coblenz, of Wooster, OH. Cornerback, Rocky Express, Frisky Bob and Nashville Bound will also compete in this field of laterally-gaited 3-year-olds. Kimberly A. Rinker

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