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The Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) will host an open forum to discuss the regulation and licensing of advance deposit wagering (ADW) platforms in Ohio. The meeting will take place on March 27, 2017 at 1 pm in room 1960 of the Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, and is open to all pari-mutuel stakeholders, horsemen's associations and the public. "This first meeting will be to assess what all of the interested parties in Ohio racing think of ADWs and how they should be regulated here," said Robert Schmitz, OSRC Chairman. "We're looking for input from everyone." As well, the OSRC will hold an open forum at the Riffe Center on April 5 in room 1960 at 10 am to discuss out of competition testing. This meeting is also open to the public, interested parties, pari-mutuel stakeholders and horsemen's groups. "Both ADWs and out of competition testing are two areas that need to be studied and strategically developed in Ohio," Chairman Schmitz added. "These meetings are open to the world and we're hoping to generate ideas that will continue to elevate the Ohio racing program to even greater heights." The OSRC asks that anyone wishing to speak at either meeting to please send their comments in advance to OSRC Executive Director Bill Crawford. The OSRC's next two monthly meetings will be held on March 30 and April 24 respectively, in room 1960 at 10 am at the Riffe Center. Kimberly Rinker OSDF Administrator

The Ohio State Racing Commission's monthly meeting was held Feb. 22, 2017 at 10 am at the Riffe Center, Columbus, Ohio. The Commission discussed at length the three areas it intends to focus on in 2017: Advance Deposit Wagering (ADWs); medication policies and thresholds; and out of competition testing. The Commission has scheduled a public meeting for March 27, 2017 at the Riffe Center at 1 pm (meeting room to be determined) to discuss ADWs. The Commission would appreciate any persons wishing to speak that afternoon at the ADW meeting to please send a copy of your written testimony to Executive Director Bill Crawford. Currently, there is no statutory regulation regarding ADWs in Ohio, while surrounding states such as Kentucky and Pennsylvania have some type of ADW regulation in place. As well, meetings to discuss medication policies and out of competition testing will be held in April, with a date and time forthcoming. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Ohio State Racing Commission will be on March 30, 2017 at 10 am, in Room 1960 of the Riffe Center, 77 S. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Kimberly Rinker Ohio State Racing Commission

The Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) will focus on a trio of priorities in 2017, it was announced at the January 17 monthly harness racing meeting. Chairman Robert K. Schmitz announced that the OSRC plans to address the regulation of ADW (advance deposit wagering) platforms and review recommendations by RMTC (Racing Medication and Testing Consortium) and ARCI (Association of Racetrack Commissioners International). "ADWs are currently unregulated here and it's time the commission examined them to see how they're regulated in other jurisdictions and develop a plan to oversee them in Ohio," acknowledged Chairman Schmitz. Medication testing procedures are currently performed at Ohio's seven pari-mutuel racetracks and at county and independent fair horse racing meets. Chairman Schmitz says he hopes to implement regulations that would provide for out-of-competition medication testing at training centers, farms and county fair ovals when racing is not being conducted. The Commission's third area of focus will be to study RMTC and ARCI medication proposals. "We need to have industry input via meetings with both the thoroughbred and harness racing entities," Chairman Schmitz stated. "It's vital that we study the trends and issues that horsemen and permit holders face in order to uphold the integrity of racing in the state of Ohio." Kimberly Rinker OSDF Administrator Ohio State Racing Commission

The 2016 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) harness racing program revealed a healthy upswing in nominations, starters and divisions, with Ohio-sired trotters and pacers racing for $8.190 million this year compared with $5.8 million in 2015, an increase of 41%. Participation in OSS events increased 49% in 2016, with 1,339 Ohio-breds vying in the 2- and 3-year-old divisions, compared with 894 starters in 2015. In the OSS freshmen ranks, 802 neophyte trotters and pacers lined up behind the starting gate in 2016, a 35% increase when compared with 593 starters in 2015. Among the OSS 2-year-old contestants in 2016, the greatest increase (56%) was seen in the colt pacing division, which had 178 starters in 2015 compared with 277 in 2016. The freshman fillies saw an increase of 43% in 2016, up 215 starters from 151 in 2015. The 2-year-old trotting fillies jumped 29% in participation-from 125 starters in 2015 to 161 starters in 2016, while the freshman trotting colts saw just a 7% increase from 2015 (139 starters) to 2016 (149 starters). In the sophomore divisions, 2016 numbers increased by 78% over last year, with 537 starters this season, compared to 301 in 2015. The 3-year-old colt pacing division saw the greatest spike in starters-from 68 in 2015 to 141 in 2016, a 108% increase. Likewise, the sophomore pacing fillies increased to 151 starters in 2016, up 101% from 2015 with 75 contestants. The 3-year-old trotting colts had 63 starters in 2015 which increased by 105% to 129 in 2016; while the sophomore trotting fillies increased their numbers by 23%-up 116 starters in 2016 from 95 in 2015. OSS aged divisions-contested for the second time since 2009-were stagnant in 2016, with 25 programed starters, necessitating three divisions (trot, mare trot, and pace). The mare pace division did not race due to lack of entries. A total of 80 drivers and 194 trainers participated in OSS contests in 2016, with Chris Page at the top of the helm-besting 14 talented reinsmen who garnered $100,000 or more in OSS tests-and awarding him the 2016 Jerry Kaltenbach Memorial Trophy. It is the second crown for Page, who captured the title in 2014. The 33-year-old Page amassed $1,482,300 from 127 starts, with 40 wins, 14 seconds and 20 thirds in OSS action. As of Nov. 1, 2016, (via USTA stats) Page has amassed $5,421,648 from 499 winners, 330 second-place finishers and 324 third-place honorees, from 2,689 starts for a UDRS of 0.294, and currently sits in fifth place nationally in wins and 13th in earnings for the season. Josh Sutton took the bridesmaid role among OSS drivers with 18 wins, eight seconds and 12 thirds from 92 starts, steering earners of $986,800. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., who captured the 2015 Kaltenbach Trophy, finished third with stats of 21-22-16 from 130 OSS starters who earned $935,500. Peter Wrenn finished in fourth with $692,500 in earnings from 10 wins, 13 seconds and 10 thirds in 89 starts, while North America's leading driver-Aaron Merriman, finished fifth with a 15-13-17 record from 99 trips postward and $686,100 earned in OSS contests. In the training ranks, conditioner Jim "Bill" Dailey grabbed the Kaltenbach trophy for the fourth time in his career, amassing $908,300 in earnings from 71 starters, with 17 wins, 17 seconds and nine thirds in 2016 OSS action. Dailey nabbed the coveted award previously in 2008, 2009 and 2013. Trainer Brian Brown took second-place honors for the second straight year, with 25 winners and $833,500 in OSS earnings, while Chris Beaver snagged third for the second straight year as well with 16 triumphs and $667,400. Finishing fourth in the Kaltenbach standings was Ronnie Burke, who conditioned nine Ohio-breds to finish first in OSS competition, earning $355,200; while Jim Arledge, Jr., garnered fifth place with $312,900 from five OSS victories. Seventeen trainers conditioned Ohio-bred trotters and pacers to earn $100,000 or more in 2016 OSS tests, while nine horsemen saw their charges earn $200,000 or better, with five conditioners' horses earning $300,000 or more. In the 29 years the Kaltenbachs have been awarded, David Miller leads all drivers with seven trophies. In the training ranks, Virgil Morgan, Jr., has captured the title six times. Only two horsemen have won the Kaltenbachs in both the training and driving categories-Sam "Chip" Noble, III and Dave Rankin. The Jerry Kaltenbach Memorial Trophies were established in 1988-named in honor of one of the Ohio Sires Stakes founding fathers-and are awarded annually to the driver and trainer who have earned the most dollars competing in OSS events. Kaltenbach Memorial Award Winners 1988 -2016 The Jerry Kaltenbach Memorial Trophies were established in 1988—named in honor of one of the Ohio Sires Stakes founding fathers—and are awarded annually to the driver and trainer who have earned the most dollars competing in OSS events.    Kaltenbach Memorial Award Winners 1988 -2016           Driver Earnings Year Trainer Earnings               Chris Page $1,482,300 2016 Jim Dailey $908,300 Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. $858,350         2015       Martin Wollam      $490,500 Chris Page $743,650 2014 Ron Burke $428,750 Dan Noble 416,500 2013 Jim Dailey 319,850 Kayne Kauffman 204,268 2012 Martin Wollam 205,413 Ryan Stahl 300,532 2011 Martin Wollam 149,997 Ryan Stahl 219,647 2010 Jim Arledge Jr. 160,240 Dan Noble 238,173 2009 Jim Dailey 247,380 Sam Noble III 255,500 2008 Jim Dailey 205,400 Ryan Stahl 383,311 2007 Michael Medors 209,025 Brett Miller 584,800 2006 Virgil Morgan Jr. 332,700 Brett Miller 667,800 2005 Virgil Morgan Jr. 416,600 Brett Miller 629,140 2004 Virgil Morgan Jr. 310,255 David Hawk 399,011 2003 Virgil Morgan Jr. 318,167 Brett Miller 565,802 2002 Michael Medors 315,369 David Hawk 655,600 2001 Michael Medors 283,225 David Hawk 643,650 2000 Virgil Morgan Jr. 266,225 David Hawk 459,100 1999 Virgil Morgan Jr. 213,495 David Miller 543,869 1998 Sam Noble III 174,257 David Miller 463,002 1997 Jeff Cox 138,597 David Miller 401,277 1996 Jim Arledge Jr. 140,437 David Miller 466,335 1995 Tom Brinkerhoff 162,605 David Miller 537,739 1994 Ron Potter 132,431 David Miller 339,179 1993 Sam Noble III 164,139 David Miller 288,852 1992 Doug Hinklin 194,168 Ray Paver Jr. 293,334 1991 Debbie Paver 154,726 Dave Rankin 264,384 1990 Dave Rankin 172,972 Sam Noble III 223,955 1989 Steve Brannan 156,136 Joe Adamsky 185,303 1988 Beth Dailey 135,230   by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

There will be a meeting of the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 1 pm at the Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, Columbus, 31st Floor, Room South B&C. This meeting will be to discuss the plans and schedule for the 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes program. All horsemen and the public are invited to attend. Kimberly Rinker  

The top aged horses in a trio of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes didn't disappoint their backers as the 2016 season of the rich harness racing series for Ohio-sired horses drew to a close Saturday night, Oct. 15 at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway.   Favorites Final Breath, Dancin Yankee and Victory Is Coming all won their respective OSS divisions handily before a modest crowd at the five-eighths mile oval, on the mild October evening with temperatures in the high 60s.   Final Breath (5-2) and driver Josh Sutton took the OSS 4-year-old & up Trot for horses and geldings with a 1:55.2 score. Trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr. for breeder-owner Duane Lowe of Malta, Ohio, the 6-year-old son of Victory Sam lead at nearly lever post to notch his seventh win of the season by a neck over I Know My Chip (Chris Page), while Can'tcutthatchip (Dan Noble) got up for third.   The victory--the 27 of his career--pushed Final Breath's seasonal earnings to $86,375 and his career earnings to $425,453.   Even though he was pushed to a blistering :25.3 first quarter, it wasn't enough to stop 1-5 Dancin Yankee from taking the OSS test for aged pacing geldings for the third straight year, this time in 1:52.2. Driven by Aaron Merriman for trainer Josh Green, the 8-year-old Yankee Cruiser stallion prevailed at every post, snapping off fractions of :54 and 1:22.3 before pacing his final quarter in :29.4 with a 3½ length margin in front at the wire. Hanky L (Greg Grismore) was second at 12-1, while 15-1 Arringarosa (Josh Sutton) was third.   This win upped Dancin Yankee's career bankroll to $1,505,200 and his seasonal earnings to $127,329 for owners Richard Lombardo of Solon, Ohio and L&J Racing LLC of Horsham, PA. He was bred by Elizabeth Yontz of Georgetown, Kentucky.   Trainer Ammon Hershberger harnessed 3-5 Victory Is Coming to her sixth straight victory in the OSS test for aged trotting mares. The daughter of Victory Sam-Norse Comer picked up career win 67 and seasonal win seven and booster her lifetime bank account to $698,659 for owners Betty and "Red" Shaw of Mount Vernon, Ohio. Sitting patiently in the garden spot behind even money choice Like Old Times (Chris Page), Victory Is Coming waited until the final turn to make her move, drawing off by nearly five lengths at the wire in 1:55.3. Sandy's Victory (Kayne Kauffman) at 16-1, was six lengths back in third. The 9-year-old Victory Is Coming was bred by Success Acres.   By Kimberly Rinker

Betty Shaw says she still cries every time her mare Victory Is Coming wins a race. It's likely Betty will need some tissues this Saturday night (Oct. 15), when the 9-year-old Victory Sam mare goes postward in the $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for harness racing aged mares at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. Betty, along with her husband John "Red" Shaw of Mount Vernon, OH, have been in the harness racing game for longer than they can both remember, and both say they've never had a horse like Victory Is Coming. "You don't get one of these very often," Red noted. "She's a tough campaigner who never stops trying." The Shaws have a 40-acre farm where they have broodmares and babies, and where Victory Is Coming goes for a break from the racetrack on occasion. "She might be a little tough if she doesn't know you, but otherwise she's good in the barn," Betty added. "The racetrack is her life and she enjoys it. When we bring her home to the farm, she's happy for a day or two, but then she wants to go back to the track. That's what she knows and where she's the happiest." Betty purchased Victory Is Coming at the 2008 Ohio Selected Jug Sale for $13,500. "I just liked everything about her and I kept bidding and bidding on her and when the gavel fell, Red asked me who got her, and I said happily 'I did!'" Betty related. Victory Is Coming is the second of eight foals out of the Overcomer mare Norse Comer 3, 2:00h ($69,675) and has rewarded the Shaws by earning $673,659 to date. Over the years she's scored 66 wins, 27 seconds and 14 thirds from 154 starts-that a lot of Kleenex by anyone's standards. One of the keys to the mare's longevity at the races has been her trainer, Ammon Hershberger, Betty said. "He's a big reason she's been so good, so consistent, for so long," Betty said. "Ammon is a quiet, honest guy who never gets into a hurry with a horse. As a freshman, Victory Is Coming had ten starts, with five wins and a trio of thirds, earning $72,931. She took a 2-year-old mark of 2:01.3f at Raceway Park in an OSS test with Hershberger at the controls. The following year, at 3, she scored 16 wins, four seconds and a third in 23 starts, upping her bankroll by another $134,417 in earnings, and lowering her record to 1:56f with a score in an OSS at Scioto Downs on Sept. 6, 2010. Besides victories that season in multiple OSS contests, Victory Is Coming also won Ohio Breeders and Ohio Fair Stakes, as well as a Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Lightly raced in 2011 at age 4, Victory Is Coming scored one win, three seconds and a third in ten tries, earning $35,575 and lowering her mark to 1:55.1 via an Oct. 31 triumph at The Meadows in a $14,000 overnighter. "She can trot those miles week in and week out," Betty confirmed. "She has a serious attitude about racing and isn't the most overly friendly horse. She's a professional and all business once she gets on the racetrack." At age 5 Victory Is Coming packed on another $113,260 to her growing bankroll, winning six times in 21 starts and rarely missed hitting the tote board. On Oct. 5, 2012, she took a mark of 1:53.2 en route to winning the $22,500 Preferred Trot at The Meadows after winning multiple open trotters earlier in the season at Scioto Downs. In 2013, as a 6-year-old, Victory Is coming added another 13 wins to her resume from 22 starts and another $78,052 in earnings for her connections. She won nine races alone at Northfield Park and four at The Meadows, including a seasonal best of 1:53.4 on Nov. 13 in a $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap. That season she was named Ohio Aged Trotter of the Year. "It's tough for me to pick one of her races that I like best," Betty admitted. "But her mile at Scioto Downs was really a supreme effort." On Aug. 22, 2014, Victory Is Coming trotted to a 1:51 clocking with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines in a $30,000 Scioto Downs Open Trot. She wrapped up that season with another $130,540 from nine wins, five seconds and four thirds in 29 trips behind the starting gate. Last year, as an 8-year-old, Victory Is Coming racked up another ten triumphs and four thirds from 26 starts, consistently plying her wares in the opens at Northfield and Scioto Downs. Her bets effort came on July 3, in a $20,000 Northfield Open Trot when she was timed in 1:53.2h. This year, she's only missed two checks in the 13 starts but otherwise has been as steady as ever, visiting the winner's circle on six occasions and recording a 9-year-old mark of 1:55.4h at Northfield on April 25. She's currently riding a five-race win streak after competing over a quintet of Ohio county fair ovals heading into Saturday's OSS contest, where she'll square off against seven rivals. "She's one of a kind, that's for sure," Betty acknowledged. "We wouldn't trade her for anything in the world." Kimberly Rinker

Dancin Yankee, the seemingly-indefatigable $1.4 million winner, heads up the $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for aged harness racing pacers on Saturday night (Oct. 15) at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. He'll square off against seven rivals in the one mile test for 4-year-olds & up Ohio-breds. "He's the type of horse everyone wants to have in their barn," trainer Josh Green noted. "My father picked him out at the yearling sale. We like to buy an Ohio-bred every year and my dad has a good eye for yearlings. He thought this colt was very racy and athletic-looking. He doesn't like too many yearlings, but he called me up and said, 'We have to buy this colt!'" Purchased for a mere $17,000 at the 2009 Ohio Select Sale, Dancin Yankee has gone on to earn $1,480,200 for Richard Lombardo of Solon, OH and L&J Racing LLC of Horsham, PA. He will be trying for career victory 54 in the OSS Championship, and also has 31 seconds and 21 thirds from 158 lifetime starts. "Dan Ater broke him for us in Georgia and kept him for his 2-year-old season and for about half of his 3-year-old season," Green recalled. Dancin Yankee had nine starts during his freshman campaign in 2010, earning $60,406 from four wins and two thirds. One of his most solid efforts came in his maiden victory, when he scored his 2-year-old record of 1:53.2 on Aug. 21 at Scioto Downs in a $19,400 Ohio Sires Stake. Driven by Kyle Ater, the colt drew off by 4½ lengths with a :28 final brush. He then posted victories at Raceway Park (Sept. 12) in a wire-to-wire 1:56.3 effort in an OSS; at Delaware (Sept. 22) in a wire-to-wire 1:55 score in the $21,886 Ohio Breeders Championship; and at Northfield Park (Oct. 2) in an OSS in 1:57.1. "His best quality is that he takes great care of himself and has always been a very sound horse," Green stressed. "I just love him, and I love a horse that comes from off the pace and can get around a half-mile really well and this horse has both of those qualities." Dancin Yankee returned for his sophomore campaign in 2011, winning his second start out of the box, an OSS at Lebanon on May 7, 2011 in 1:57.1, over a nasty, wet racing surface. He went on to win seven more starts that season, including triumphs at Delaware in the $26,794 Ohio Breeders Championship in 1:53.2 on Sept. 22; OSS at Northfield and Lebanon; and a $40,000 Ohio State Fair Stake at Scioto in 1:52.3 on Aug. 6. He also competed at Chester (where he took his 3-year-old record of 1:50.2F), Pocono Downs and Dover Downs in the Open ranks with great success, adding another $123,331 to his bankroll at the season's end. In 2012, things just got better for the bay with the white star on his forehead. Dancin Yankee raced consistently week-after-week against some of the toughest pacers on the East Coast. He garnered strong checks in the Levy series at Yonkers, and scored victories in the Open and winners-over class at Pocono Downs, Yonkers, Saratoga and Harrington. At Pocono he scored a seasonal best mark of 1:49.4, en route to winning a $25,000 conditioned pace on May 26. His stats that year saw him add $231,225 to his bulging bank account from seven wins, six seconds and seven thirds in 28 trips postward, pushing his earnings to $414,962 at year's end. As a 5-year-old in 2013, Dancin Yankee went on to another record season, with five wins, seven seconds and a third from 27 starts, upping his earnings by $170,860 en route to being named Ohio Aged Pacer of the Year. He won a $50,000 Levy Leg (April 6) in 1:51.4 at Yonkers and also captured a one and 1/16 mile test in 1:59.2 at that same half-mile oval on July 20. His seasonal best came early in the year via a 1:50.1 record in a $35,000 Dover Downs Preferred Handicap on Jan. 17. In 2014 this gritty pacer paced to a lifetime best clocking of 1:47.2 at Pocono Downs on May 17 in rein to Brett Miller. However his best effort came when he exploded to win the $260,000 Joe Gerrity, Jr. Memorial on Aug. 16 at Saratoga in a new track record time of 1:48.4. What was most impressive is that he beat the likes of Heston Blue Chip and the mighty Foiled Again, among others, in the fastest mile in that track's history. "That was definitely his most impressive effort in my book," Green noted. Dancin Yankee also scored triumphs at Hoosier Park, Harrah's Chester, and Yonkers before winning an OSS leg and the $50,000 Championship in 1:52.1 at Dayton on Oct. 18 of that year. He was named the Ohio Aged Pacer of the Year for the second time. This venerable pacer, who Green describes as "having kind of a linebacker build," just kept on rolling in 2015, taking victories in the open ranks at Harrington and Pocono Downs. He won a division of the Ben Franklin and was second by a neck in the Gerrity, before returning to his home state to capture the OSS Championship for the second straight season with Danny Noble in the sulky. "He's just a good horse," Noble said after the race. "He's just a good feeling horse and he just overpowers a field." Dancin Yankee wrapped up 2015 by adding $282,909 to his bankroll from four wins, seven seconds and two thirds in 23 starts. He recorded a 7-year-old mark of 1:48.3f at Pocono Downs in early June, and was named Ohio's Aged Pacer of the Year for the third consecutive season. This year, Dancin Yankee has amassed a record of 7-7-3 from 25 trips postward with seasonal earnings of $102,329, missing only three checks all year. He's captured Opens at Northfield, Pocono and Harrington, and took a seasonal mark of 1:49.1 at Pocono on July 30. Green said he's ready for his OSS test at Dayton. "This horse just feels like a million bucks," Green acknowledged. "He gets turned out a lot and has his own stud paddock at the farm. However, it takes at least two and sometimes three people to paddock him. He's not mean, he's just very ornery and he's a bad biter. Again, it's not a meanness issue, I really think he's playing, but he's sent several people to the hospital so we have to be very careful around him. He has to wear this Hannibal Lector-looking muzzle in the paddock so he can't bite anyone." Green, a Cedarville, OH native, is based at Dovington Training Center in Felton, DE. "I just think at his core, Dancin Yankee is an over-achiever in everything he does," Green said. "He's very athletic, very consistent and has perfect confirmation." The decision to stand the rambunctious stallion has been discussed, Green admitted. "We've talked about it," he said. "We've had interest from some folks in Australia and other places. We had thought about breeding him and racing him at the same time, but since he's already super study, I think once we make that decision, they'll be no turning back for him. He's been a super study horse his whole career so once he starts breeding, he's not going to want to get back into the racing game. Once we do retire him to stand, that will be it." Dancin Yankee was bred by Elizabeth Yontz of Georgetown, KY and is the first foal out of his dam, the $40,922-winning Cambest mare Dancewiththebest. He has a full sister in Cruzin To The Dance p, 3, 1:53.4F ($107,572) and half-siblings in Dancin Caroll (by Sportswriter) p, 2, Q1:55.1f ($81,646); Dancin In the Nude (by Sportswriter) p, 3, 1:52.4s ($35,142); and Dancin Rebel (Big Bad John) p, 2, 1:53.2h ($54,222). by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator    

Three $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes events for harness racing older Buckeye-bred trotters and pacers will be contested Saturday night, Oct. 15 at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. The trio of stakes for 4-year-olds and up will feature one nine-horse field of male trotters; one eight-horse division for male pacers; and one eight-horse field of distaff trotters. Unfortunately, there were not enough entries to constitute a division for pacing mares. In the aged trotting division (Race 6) four of the nine contestants have earnings either over or close to the half a million dollar mark. Rompaway Galaxy is the clear standout, having earned $559,771 lifetime for breeder-owner the Rompaway Farm LLC of Battle Creek, MI. This 5-year-old son of Rompaway Wally has been battling the top trotters in the Midwest and elsewhere for the past three seasons, and to date has 22 wins, 12 seconds and four thirds in 72 career outings. He took a mark of 1:52 at The Meadowlands in 2016 as a 4-year-old, en route to a season that saw him add $111,932 into his bank account. Conditioned by Miles Wollam, Rompaway Galaxy is the fourth and most prolific foal out of the Mr Vic mare Rompaway Wynona 2, 2:00 ($63,665). Richard Lombardo and L&J Racing's Dancin Yankee headlines the OSS division for aged pacing horses and geldings (Race 7). Conditioned by Josh Green, this 8-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser has amassed over $1.4 million lifetime for these connections, consistently winning in the open and conditioned ranks at both East Coast and Midwestern ovals. This season, the bay stallion has garnered seven wins, seven seconds and a trio of thirds in 25 starts, rarely missing a purse check. His 2016 bankroll stands at a healthy $102,329. Bred by Elizabeth Yontz of Georgetown, KY, Dancin Yankee is the first foal out of the Cambest mare Dancewiththebest p, 4, 1:54.4f ($40,922) and was a $17,000 yearling purchase at the 2009 Ohio Select Sale. Victory Is Coming, the grande dame of the Ohio-bred distaff ranks, hails from post two in the OSS championship for trotting mares. Ammon Hershberger will bridle up this 9-year-old daughter of Victory Sam-Norse Comer-Overcomer, who has earned $673,659 for owners Betty & Red Shaw of Mount Vernon, OH. This uber-consistent mare has a five-race win streak coming into this OSS test, having battled over the county fair ovals for the past month and a half. Lifetime, Victory Is Coming has 66 wins, 27 seconds and 14 thirds to her credit in 154 trips postward and is the second foal out of Norse Comer, 3, 2:00h ($69,675). Bred by Success Acres Inc., of Berlin, OH, Victory Is Coming too her career mark of 1:51f as a 7-year-old at Scioto Downs. By Kimberly Rinker................................Administrator, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund  

The initial phase of the Cobalt Pilot Research Project, funded by the Ohio State Racing Commission and conducted at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has been completed. The goals of the study were to assess the physiologic, biochemical and endocrine effects of repeated doses of intravenous cobalt chloride in five Standardbred mares and to investigate the pharmacokinetics of cobalt over a three-month period. Each horse received one of five different doses of cobalt chloride (0.25, 0.5, 1, 2 and 4 mg/kg) weekly for five weeks. A research summary (Intravenous administration of cobalt chloride is associated with hemodynamic alterations in horses by Teresa Burns, Turi Aarnes, Jeffrey Lakritz, Ramiro Toribio) was presented at the 2016 American College of Internal Veterinary Medicine meeting on June 9 in Denver, Colorado. This research documents that cobalt chloride administered intravenously causes horses to become anxious and, at higher doses, to show muscular tremors, pawing and signs of abdominal discomfort. Cardiac arrhythmias, tachycardia, central and peripheral arterial hypertension and renal dysfunction were consistently noted. A transient increase in hematocrit and red blood cell count was noted, however, changes in erythropoietin concentrations or changes in erythropoiesis or red blood cell numbers were not seen during the study period. Baseline plasma cobalt levels in the subject horses were 3.6 ± 3.1 ppb (parts per billion). The plasma half-life of cobalt for all horses in this study was 12 ± 1.4 days and the time required for cobalt to be below 25 ppb ranged from 40 days (0.25 mg/kg dose) to 90 days (4 mg/kg dose). Laboratory and data analyses are ongoing, specifically: measurement of urine cobalt concentrations to further investigate pharmacokinetics of cobalt and measurement of endocrine variables and markers that may be linked to performance. Regardless of what further research may show regarding the effects of elevated levels of blood cobalt on performance, the initial findings of this research prove that cobalt chloride administered intravenously can be harmful to horse. Kimberly Rinker

Eight $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolations were contested on a sunny Monday afternoon, Sept. 5 at Scioto Downs for harness racing 2 and 3-year-old Buckeye-bred youngsters. The Ohio Sires Stakes utilizes a point system to determine the final standings, and this second tier of freshmen and sophomores of both gaits and genders were the runners-up in the final tally to those horses amassing the greatest number of point in the four-leg series.   In the 2-year-old filly pace--a race marred by multiple breakers--it was the Mike Micallef-trained and driven Full Body Shot who emerged victorious in 1:53.3. The daughter of Manhardt picked up her second career victory for owners Anita Micallef of Canonsburg, PA and breeder Libby Myers of Napoleon, MI. Ellesan (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was second, 2½ lengths back and then it was a gap of eight lengths to third-place finisher Big Bad Baby (Ken Holliday).   Full Body Shot upped her career earnings to $54,915 for her connections. This homebred filly is the fourth foal out of her Keystone Raider dam, Key To The Future, and is a full sister to Girllookatthatbody p, 4, 1:51.2f, a 26-race winning mare of $185,708.   Trainer Al Tomlinson harnessed the Dejarmbro filly Vandy's Magic to victory in the 2-year-old filly trot, clocked in a modest 1:58.1. Driver Peter Wrenn gave the freshman lass a near-perfect steer as the public's favorite to see her prevail by half a length over Emerald City Of Oz (Josh Sutton) and Renee Lu (Chris Page). The triumph pushed the filly's career earnings to $61,555 for owners Tomlinson of Mason, MI and Oliver Tatro of Davison, MI.   Vandy's Magic is the seventh foal out of the Self Possessed mare Traditional Lady and is a half-sister to Tough Mac (by Lockkeeper) 6, 1:52.3f (292,449) and Diamond Tough (by Angus Hall) 8, 1:57.4h ($138,669). She was a $10,000 yearling purchase at the 2015 Ohio Select Sale.   Peter Wrenn was back in the winner's circle again, this time with the 2-year-old colt trotter Goldfinger, a son of Big Rigs owned by the Ohio-based partnership of the Parent Racing Stable and G Peters. Wrenn used come-from-behind tactics to best Major Count (Dan Noble) by a length in 1:59. Bellhaven (Aaron Merriman) raced close up throughout the mile to notch third. The win--his second in nine starts--upped Goldfinger's career earnings to $46,511.   Goldfinger is the seventh foal out of the Mr Lavec mare Amrbo Espionage and is a half-brother to Armor Hanover (by SJ's Caviar) 7, 1:52f ($216,900). He brought a $32,000 tag at the 2015 Ohio Select Yearling Sale.   Super Lilly didn't disappoint her backers as she romped to a 3½ length victory in the 3-year-old filly trot consolation in 1:56.1. Chris Page was aboard the daughter of Neely Dunn for trainer Wes Hershberger who owns the filly in partnership with breeder Mrs. Robert Johns of Wooster, OH.   It was the 12th career victory for Super Lilly who now has $62,745 in her coffers. Marty's Lucky Chip (Dan Noble) was second, while Shut Up And Dance (Hugh Beatty) was third. Super Lilly is the third and most prolific foal out of the Jailhouse Jesse mare Super Jenny 5, 2:00.2h ($25,292).   The Ronnie Burke-conditioned Wiggler captured the 3-year-old filly pace consolation in a new lifetime mark of 1:53 with Chris Page at the lines. The daughter of Mr Wiggles is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Ferdericktown, PA and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Canonsburg, PA. NPR Nine (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was second with Hooray For Hazel (Josh Sutton) third.   Wiggler now has $80,945 in career earnings as she notched her fifth career triumph. She is the fourth foal out of the Keystone Raider mare Do Me Freedom and has half-siblings in Admiral Abbie (by Admiral's Galley) p, 3, 1:57.1h ($71,031) and Grinadier (by Grinfromeartoear) p, 3, 1:57.1h ($37,54). Bred by the Michigan-based Engle Equine, Wiggler was a $6,700 yearling purchase from the February 2014 Blooded Horse Sale.   Longshot ($26.80) McThriller squirmed through a wall of horses in the final seconds to capture the 2-year-old colt and gelding pace consolation in a new lifetime clocking of 1:53.4. Brian Brown conditions the altered son of McArdle for owners NR Holdings LLC, Boca Raton, FL; TLP Stable, Kearny, NJ and Howard Taylor, Philadelphia, PA.   It was the third lifetime win for McThriller, who boosted his lifetime earnings to $71,000. Bred by Ohio's Gbw Breeding Farms Inc., McThriller is the first foal out of the Jate Lobell mare You Thrill Me. He brought a $75,000 final bid at the 2015 Ohio Select Sale.   Another mild upsetter ($21.60) World Of Gaming gave trainer-driver Danny Noble a victory in the 3-year-old colt pace consolation, as he was clocked in a career best 1:50.3. The sophomore gelded son of World Of Rocknroll was given the perfect steer by the Buckeye reinsman, chasing the front-stepping Nothing Fancy (Josh Sutton) until deep stretch to get up for the win. Winna Winna (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) got up for second, while Nothing Fancy held on for third-place honors.   Owned by Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH, World Of Gaming pushed his lifetime bankroll to $129,764 with his 11th career victory. Bred by Mel Hagemeyer, World Of Gaming is the third foal out of the Nobleland Sam mare Theresastorytoit p, 4, 1:55.3 ($107,199) and was a $6,500 yearling purchase at the 2014 August Blooded Horse Sale.   After leading throughout most of the mile in the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot consolation, the gritty Need A Winner (Kayne Kauffman) give up a nose decision to Let's Go Bucks (Danny Noble), who came flying three-wide on the end of the mile. The 3-year-old altered son of And Away We Go was clocked in 1:56.4, a new lifetime mark. Roundtown Rocker (Peter Wrenn) finished third.   The gelding's eighth career victory pushed his earnings up to $98,130 for owners Jim Burnett of Wilmington, OH and Tim Homan of Maineville, OH. Bred by Benlee Troyer, Let's Go Bucks is the first foal out of the Credit Winner mare Feel This Way 3, Q2:04.4h ($2,652). He commanded a $5,000 tag a the 2014 August Blooded Horse Sale.   The Ohio Sires Stakes will wrap up the 2016 campaign with aged trotters and pacers of both genders going postward at Dayton Raceway on Oct. 15 in a quartet of $50,000 contests.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Driver Josh Sutton couldn't have picked a better night to be on fire, as the Buckeye native notched victories in four of the eight $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships at Northfield Park. The evening was a perfect 75 degrees with light winds and no humidity as the spotlight was on harness racing 2 and 3-year-old Ohio-breds vying for seasonal honors on the Cleveland half-miler.   Proving that post on the twice-around was not an issue, Josh, 34, prevailed from not just one, but two eight-hole assignments along with one six- and one three-hole post. He ultimately captured three of the four 2-year-old Championships.   In the $250,000 Championship for 2-year-old trotting fillies, Josh was behind the 3-2 favorite Let's Get Started, a homebred owned by Richard and Joyce McClelland of Zanesville, OH. The daughter of Dejarmbro had swept all four OSS legs and added the winner's share of $125,000 to her already hefty seasonal bankroll of $90,300. Her time of 1:57 tied her own Northfield Park track record despite being saddled with the eight-hole.   She also overcame a miniscule break at the half, which was uncharacteristic for the Bobby Brower trainee, and then survived a brief steward's inquiry to notch her fifth career win.   "She was running in a little bit and when I corrected her, she got mad and threw in a few steps," Josh explained. "It really wasn't like her though, and then when I saw the three-quarter time (1:25.4), I knew those other fillies were going to come back to us. She just trucked all the way home and never offered to make another bobble."   Let's Get Started finished half a length in front of 2-1 Amuse's (Peter Wrenn), while 70-1 Bamaslastchance (Kayne Kauffman) got up for third.   Josh then steered 9-1 Rose Run Spanky from post six to a 1:57 track record-tying triumph in the $250,000 Championship for 2-year-old trotting colts. Conditioned by Bill Dailey, Rose Run Spanky is owned by Kim Dailey of Mechanicsburg; D Snyder of South Charleston; and S G Hines of Jamestown, OH. The bay gelding took advantage of a costly break by 1-9 Buckeye Boss (Aaron Merriman) early on to score his fifth victory in his tenth lifetime start. Always A Good Time (Chris Page) was second at 16-1, half a length behind the winner, while 60-1 longshot Stormy Kromer (Peter Wrenn) was third.   "When Buckeye Boss broke, I knew we were in for a big effort," Josh said. "I thought my horse had a good shot going into the race, but when that happened, I was even more confident. Nothing's ever certain with these 2-year-olds anyway--they'll make you rack your brain to figure them out."   Rose Run Spanky's earnings now stand at $187,409 with the Championship victory. Josh was in the winner's circle in the very next event, the $250,000 Championship for 2-year-old pacing colts, with another Bill Dailey trainee, the 7-1 Scotch McEwan. The son of McArdle is owned by Carl Atley of Xenia, OH and picked up his fourth lifetime victory in his seventh start, clocked in 1:54 for the one mile test.   "Early on this horse was quite aggressive but he's learned a lot over the past few months and has kind of come into his own," Josh said "Now he's much more manageable and has learned how to race. It doesn't surprise me that he could get the job done from the eight-hole."   Scotch McEwan came flying on the outside at the end of the mile to prevail over 70-1 Corner Con Artist (Kayne Kauffman) and 5-2 Pace Car (Chris Page). This young pacing gelding upped his earnings to $195,800 for his connections.   A third Dailey-trained stablemate gave Josh his fourth Championship victory. My Tweed Heart, the public's even money choice, took first prize in the 3-year-old filly pace, timed in 1:53.1. Owned by Carl and Melanie Atley, Xenia, OH and Alan Keith, Pataskala, OH, the daughter of Manhardt scored her ninth win of the year and career victory 12.   "She felt great tonight," Josh remarked. "Bill (trainer Dailey) has done a tremendous job with her.   "I have no complaints about racing over the half here tonight," Josh continued. "Everything has fallen into place for me, and having a lot of outside posts hasn't made a difference. I hate losing more than I love winning and when you have a night like tonight, well, it's just a tremendous feeling."   In the $250,000 Championship for freshman pacing fillies Berazzled bested her seven rivals with a 1:55 triumph. Peter Wrenn was in the sulky behind the 2-1 Charley Barley daughter, who is conditioned by Danny Collins for Marion Beachy of Sugarcreek, OH.   "She has some issues early in the year but has gotten better with more experience," Collins explained. "Things would spook her and she'd lose her focus but now she's more mature and seems to have figured out what racing is all about."   Berazzled made a bold, three-wide move around the final turn to draw off from her rivals by 2½ lengths. Bourbon And Barley, a 40-1 longshot finished second for Ryan Stahl, while 5-1 Zoe Ellasen (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) finished third.   Berazzled now has $181,040 in career earnings.   "Consistent is the best word to describe her," said a smiling Chris Page after steering 3-2 Consolidator to victory in the $250,000 Championship for 3-year-old trotting fillies in 1:55.1.   The daughter of Triumphant Caviar, who is trained by Jim Arledge, Jr. for the Green Acquisition Corporation of Canfield, OH, picked up career win seven and made a clean sweep of the series to push her lifetime earnings to $295,303.   "She's feeling great and looks terrific," Page continued. "Jim (trainer Arledge) has kept her sharp all season long."   Consolidator led at every panel to finish three-quarters of a length in front of the hard-trying A TC Queenie (8-5, Dan Noble), while 5-2 Kestrel (Aaron Merriman) nabbed show honors.   Page returned to the Northfield winner's circle after guiding 3-1 Wegoferdaprize to win the $250,000 Championship for 3-year-old trotting colts in 1:56.2. The son of And Away We Go is trained by Jessica Millner for the Curran Racing Stable, LLC of Red Hook, NY and now has $199,025 in career earnings.   "This gelding just knows how to keep on winning," Chris stressed. "Everything has been winning tonight from off the pace and he really just took his time gaining on the leaders."   Wegofordaprize moved up steadily from the back of the pack to post a 1¾ length win over the 70-1 hard-knocking Lionbacker Kidd (Peter Wrenn), while 2-5 Kanthaka (Aaron Merriman) notched third.   Whataboy lived up to his name as he scored a 1:51.3 clocking in the $250,000 Championship for 3-year-old pacing colts at odds of 5-2.   "He's done nothing but race great for us,"said trainer Brian Brown. "The trip tonight couldn't have worked out more perfect."   Whataboy, a gelded son of Big Bad John, got up to best 8-5 Mr Wiggle Pants by a length in late stretch, with Canadia's Bakin (Aaron Merriman) third.   "There was a lot of early speed in this race (:25.3, :54.3, 1:23.2)," noted driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. "And the way horses were coming home, I knew we were in a good spot. Brian (trainer Brown) has done a great job with this horse all year long and he really stepped up to the plate tonight."   Whataboy's career earnings now stand at $261,554 for owners Carl Howard, Powell, OH; Gerrie Tucker, Quebec, CA; and RBH Ventures Inc., New York, NY.   Earlier in the evening Scott Rocks set a new Northfield Park track record by pacing in 1:49 with Aaron Merriman aboard in a $20,000 Open Handicap Pace. The 6-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover was parked out the entire mile and didn't clear to the front until well past the three-quarter mile marker.     by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator    

Harness racing trainer Brian Brown will send out nine horses during Northfield Park's "Super Night," Saturday, Sept. 3. Eight of those are Standardbreds Brown conditioned to vie in a $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship. Post time for the 15-race Super Night program is 6 pm, ET, with the first Ohio Sires Stakes Championship beginning with Race 4 and continuing through Race 11. Each OSS Championship features eight of the top point earners from the four-leg series returning to face off against one another. Brown, a native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, will celebrate his 52 birthday at the end of this month and taking home a blue ribbon in each of the Championships would certainly be a fitting birthday present for a trainer who works non-stop to keep his equine athletes in tip-top shape. "The Ohio Sires Stakes Championships are the top of the line for Ohio," Brian stressed. "I'm lucky enough to have eight horses racing in these events. I feel blessed, but more importantly, this is a great night for the owners who have invested in the Ohio program. As a trainer, obviously you want them to all have winners, but it's also about them having a great night of fun and excitement. It's definitely a privilege to be involved at this level of competition." Brian is no stranger to success, having conditioned 1,177 winners to $14,283,616 in lifetime earnings. One of the highlights of his career was when his Colors A Virgin captured the 2014 Jugette in 1:52.4 at his home track in Delaware, Ohio and then later triumphed in the Breeders Crown Mare Pace. Brian grew up attending the races with his father Robert H. Brown and uncle William Brown as they raced around the Buckeye State's county fair and pari-mutuel ovals. He began driving in 1981 at age 16 and won 251 races, but hung up the lines in the late 1990s to concentrate his efforts on training. Since then, he's become a solid force throughout the Midwest and on the Grand Circuit. Preparing for a Championship night takes planning, Brian admits. "You leave nothing to chance," he noted. "Every horse trained; they all got scoped; they all got their blood taken; and the vet went over each one of them. Anything can happen in horse racing, but you have to cover all your bases when you're preparing this many horses to compete on one evening." Brian recorded his first one-million-dollar season in 2013, when his charges earned $1,501,709, giving him an outstanding .385 UTRS. The following year (2014) his winners amassed $2,116,668 for a .345 UTRS, and last season (2015)--his best year ever--saw horses trained by Brian earn $3,430,241, for a .375 UTRS. This year thus far, he's conditioned 390 starters to 96 wins, 45 seconds and 52 thirds for $1,506,512 in seasonal monies with a solid .355 UTRS. His eight Ohio Sires Stakes contenders include the undefeated Type A Grey, a 2-year-old Art Official lass who has swept her OSS divisions and taken a mark of 1:54.3f, earning $97,900 for the Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, OH. She'll start from post two in Race 5. Brian will also harness Bye Bye Felicia from post five in this same division. The black daughter by Woodstock has $68,639 in career earnings and has a trio of OSS triumphs to her credit in six career starts. She recorded a mark of 1:54.2f for owners Jennifer Brown (Brian's wife), Ostrander, OH; Dean Davis, Wooster, OH; Joyce McClelland, Zanesville, OH; and Steve Mullet, Millersburg, OH. Brian has a trio of youngsters in the $250,000 Championship for 2year-old pacing colts (Race 7). Corner Con Artist, by Art Official, has racked up $37,656 in earnings for breeder/owner Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH with a record of 1:55.3f in a July 4 OSS triumph. Corner Con Artist starts from post five with stablemate Officially Creek right next door in post six. This $39,050-winning Art Official gelding is owned by Debbie Bird of Goes Landing, ON, and won Leg 4 of this series on Aug. 24 at Northfield in a career best 1:54. Last, but definitely not least, is the speedy Barnabas, a gelded son of McArdle who captured three OSS legs, including a 1:53.1h score at Northfield in his last OSS effort on Aug. 24. He's earned $79,200 for Country Club Acres of Findlay, OH; Joe Sbrocco, Brecksville, OH; Richard Lombardo, Solon, OH; and William Robinson of Findlay, OH, and will start from the seven-slot in this same event. In the $250,000 Championship (Race 9) for 3-year-old pacing fillies, Brian sends out She Gone from post eight. "I'm at the mercy of the race with some of the posts we've drawn," he said. "I've got two horses with a two and a four-hole, and the rest all drew the five-hole or further out. It just comes down to how the race folds out for us." She Gone is co-owned by Brian, Jennifer and Beau Brown, along with Cameron McCown of Ostrander, OH and Richard Lombardo of Solon, OH. This sophomore lass has seasonal earnings of $50,375 and career earnings of $69,285. She recorded a mark of 1:55.1 on May 6 of this year at Miami Valley Raceway. "The 3-year-old colt pace is the widest open of any of the championships," Brian assessed. "In my opinion, there are five colts in there that, given the right trip, any of them are capable of winning." Brian bridles up Whataboy from post five for Carl Howard of Powell, OH; Gerrie Tucker of Quebec, CA; and RBH Ventures, Inc., of New York, NY. The son of Big Bad John has $93,800 in his seasonal coffers for these connections and recorded a 1:51.3f score at Scioto on July 9. He won a pair of OSS legs this season and sports a career bankroll of $136,554. Starting from post six in this same event is Friskie Cruiser, a son of Feelin Friskie owned by breeder Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH. A winner of $191,796 lifetime, Friskie Cruiser has seasonal earnings of $51,175 with a mark of 1:54 taken in an OSS leg at Northfield on Aug.13. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Eight $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships for Buckeye-bred harness racing 2 and 3-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate for Super Night, Saturday night, Sept. 3.   A total of 64 of the highest point earners in the OSS four-leg series will partake in the grand finale for some of Ohio's finest colts and fillies. Four divisions of trotters and an equal number of pacing divisions are set to compete over the half-mile "Home of the Flying Turns," with a post time of 6 pm, ET. The OSS events will be raced consecutively, from races four through 11.   Ohio trotting stallions represented include Triumphant Caviar, with ten youngsters vying for first prize. Dejarmbro has five progeny competing, while Chip Chip Hooray has three. Break The Bank K, Full Count, And Away We Go and Lion Hunter all have two foals racing in the Championships; with Iron Duke, Victory Sam, Rompaway Wally, Pigrim's Taj and Lou's Legacy with one each.   In the pacing ranks, Ohio-based stallion and Little Brown Jug winner Big Bad John has six foals competing, with Art Official and McArdle both represented by four each. Charley Barley and Feelin Friskie both have three youngsters racing in an OSS Championship, while Foreclosure N, Mr Wiggles and I'm Gorgeous have two each. Canyon Wind, Manhardt, Woodstock, The Panderosa and World of Rocknroll each have one progeny going postward in an OSS Championship.   A solid number of trainers have multiple OSS youngsters racing Saturday, but Chris Beaver tops the list with nine going for the $250,000 pot, including Chim Swift, Bamaslastchance, Always A Good Time, Fraser Ridge, Buckeye Boss, Kestrel, Kerfuffle Cookie, Chips So Fast and Kanthaka. Beaver also is the top owner in regards to number of horses competing in OSS Championships, with a total of seven that he owns in partnership.   Conditioner Brian Brown has eight vying for first prize, including Type A Grey, Bye Bye Felicia, Corner Con Artist, Official Creek, Barnabas, She Gone, Whataboy and Friskie Cruiser.   Trainer Bill Dailey sends out six youngsters, including Maavelous, Rose Run Spanky, Drunk On Your Love, Scotch McEwan, My Tweed Heart and Gotmoneyinmypocket. A total of 134 owners have invested in these 64 youngsters, either as sole proprietors or in partnerships. Ohio residents have the highest number of investors, with 94, followed by Pennsylvania with 14, New York with five and Indiana, Florida, Delaware and Ontario with three each. Michigan, New Jersey and Kentucky all have two residents who have invested in the Ohio program, while one person each from Arizona, Quebec and Sweden owns a piece or all of an Ohio-bred. As the Ohio Sires Stakes program has expanded, so has the number of outside breeders who have begun to invest in Ohio-breds. Besides Ohio-based breeders, this season the OSS program has seen folks from Florida, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, New Jersey, Missouri, Iowa, Michigan, Delaware, Indiana and Ontario become involved. Ohio's Rose Run Farm and Midland Acres, as well as owner/breeder Wilbur Stoll Lang of Jamestown, OH have three youngsters each racing in Championship events Saturday.   The field of 2-year-old trotting fillies in the first OSS Championship (Race 4) features total foal earnings of $479,749 among the eight starters. Joyce and Richard McClelland's Let's Get Started is the richest and fastest of the freshmen distaffs, with $90,300 in earnings and a track record holder at both Scioto (1:56.3) and Northfield (1:57).   In the field of 2-year-old pacing fillies (Race 5), the total foal earnings stand at $475,446. Emerald Highland Farm's Type A Grey is the richest in the field with $97,900 amassed this year, while Sandra Burnett's Big Bad Jane is the fastest, with a mark of 1:53.2 she took at Scioto Downs on Aug. 23.   The Chris Beaver-conditioned Buckeye Boss is the richest and fastest youngster in the 2-year-old colt trotting Championship (Race 6), as he's racked up $104,750 with a 1:56.2 record taken at Scioto. This field of eight standouts has $444,721 in combined freshman earnings.   In the field of 2-year-old pacing colts (Race 7), Barnabas, who hails from the Brian Brown stable, is the richest among his peers with $79,200 in his coffers. Combined, this group of eight has $464,733 in total foal earnings. Carl Atley's Scotch McEwan is the fastest youngster of the group, with a mark of 1:52.3 he scored at Scioto on Aug. 16.   Trish Soulsby and Rich Schaut's A TC Queenie is the richest of all the 3-year-old trotting fillies in her division (Race 8), with $102,550 earned this season. Lang and Beaver's Kestrel is the richest in terms of lifetime earnings with $254,025. A TC Queenie and the Jim Arledge-trained Consolidator are both tied for being the fastest 3-year-old OSS contestant, with each having been clocked in 1:55.1 at Scioto Downs. This group of eight diagonally-gaited lasses has combined earnings of $485,227 in 2016 and $915,888 lifetime.   The field of 3-year-old pacing fillies (race 9) has combined 2016 earnings of $541,128 and lifetime earnings of $1,070,566. My Tweed Heart is both the richest in seasonal ($248,134) and lifetime ($115,882) and is also the fastest of the any of the sophomore fillies, with a 1:52.2 record she established on July 29 at Scioto Downs.   Breana Carsey's MJB Got Faith tops all his 3-year-old trotting rivals (Race 10) in terms of seasonal ($87,100) and lifetime ($279,600) earnings, while Lang and Beaver's Kanthaka is the fastest, with a 1:53.4 record he scored at The Meadows on June 14. This field has seasonal foal earnings of $555,066 and lifetime earnings of $1,143,268.   Trainer Ronnie Burke's Winwood Mac is the fastest among the 3-year-old OSS pacing colts, with a 1:50.2 Scioto Downs score from July 30, while the Jim Mulinix-conditioned Mr Wiggle Pants is the richest--both in seasonal ($123,800) and lifetime ($214,793). These eight sophomore side-wheelers have amassed $683,692 this year and $1,189,387 lifetime. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Northfield Park played host to eight $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old colts on Wednesday, August 24. Five divisions featuring 37 freshmen pacers and three divisions of 21 trotting youngsters prevailed over the evening's racing card. This was the fourth and final leg of the series and was the deciding factor for many youngsters seeking a starting berth in the $250,000 Championships, set for Sept. 3 at Northfield Park.   The Triumphant Caviar colt Fraser Ridge set a new track record clocking of 1:54 en route to winning the first OSS trotting division with Aaron Merriman at the lines. Trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver, Fraser Ridge took command from the gate and never looked back for partners Beaver, Robinson, Mondilo and RBH Ventures.   "He's got very high speed but isn't as handy as some in this age group," Merriman noted. "He was trotting so strong that he lost both front shoes tonight."   Bred by Steve Stewart of Kentucky, Fraser Ridge upped his career earnings to $75,050. Stormy Kromer (Peter Wrenn) at odds of 5-1 notched second-place honors 3¾ lengths behind the winner, while 35-1 Dejarover (Ryan Stahl) got up for third."   Beaver was back in the winner's circle after harnessing Buckeye Boss to win the second trotting division and lowering the track record further to 1:56.3. Bred by Marion Beachy, the son of Triumphant Caviar is owned in partnership by Beaver, Beachy and Synerco Ventures.   "He's a very nice horse and does it easily," Beaver admitted. "He's just fantastic and does everything we ask of him and is super versatile."   Buckeye Boss has now made a clean sweep of all four legs of the OSS series and has rewarded his partners to the tune of $104,750, with six wins in six lifetime starts. He finished a length in front of 12-1 Magic Vacation (Kayne Kauffman), with 7-1 Rose Run Spanky (Josh Sutton) getting up for third.   Beaver then bridled up Always A Good Time to win the third OSS division in 2:00. The Triumphant Caviar colt, who Beaver owns in partnership with Gallagher, Schwartz and Zeehandelar, led from start to finish en route to his second career victory in five tries, pushing his earnings to $60,000.   The towering, big-striding youngster was sent off as the 8-5 public's choice, finishing 2¼ lengths in front of 8-1 Cowboy Blue (Kurt Sugg) and 25-1 Bellhaven (Aaron Merriman).   Barnabas established a new pacing standard by capturing his OSS division in a front-stepping 1:53.1 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. in the sulky. Trainer Brian Brown gave the McArdle son a shoeing adjustment prior to this race and it made all the difference in the world to the brown gelding.   "He was game in his last race but was just awful gaited," Brown noted. "He wears a very heavy shoe behind but we had normal plates on him and we were finally able to get a set of the heavy shoes for this start. The half-round, half-swedge shoes that he needs are very hard to find because they're a much heavier version of a normal shoe. But we found three pairs of them and snapped them up. The heavier shoe really helps his gait since he's such a big animal. Plus, he's never been a good gaited horse."   Brown, who conditions Barnabas for the partnership of Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and William Robinson, said the youngster was a real challenge from the beginning of his training regime.   "He was just awful in Florida over the winter," Brian related. "It was March before we were able to start training him and he was always running or was very racky-gaited. So we got tough on him and started jogging him four miles a day and then he just turned around right before we qualified him."   Barnabas upped his career earnings to $79,200 for his connections after finishing a neck in front of 9-5 Barley Up (Peter Wrenn) and a head in front of 60-1 Starry Nite Teen (Kayne Kauffman).   Longshot (12-1) Big Bad Bruce proved he wasn't so bad as he lowered the track record for 2-year-old pacing colts to 1:53.1 in the second OSS division. The son of Big Bad John was steered by Chris Page for breeder/owner/trainer David Wornstaff, pushing his lifetime earnings to $29,176.   "He's a nice colt," Page noted. "I won with him at the Croton Fair a few weeks ago and knew he could come a very nice last quarter, like he had a the fair (:27.3), so I knew he had a big move in him." Big Bad Bruce returned $26.40 to his backers after being parked from the backstretch to the wire, besting rivals 1-5 Scotch McEwan (Josh Sutton) and 14-1 McGold (Mike Wilder) impressively. Big Bad Bruce lowered his lifetime mark by six and 1/5 seconds from his previous record with this triumph. Ron's Pro and driver Chris Page put forth a game effort to best Drunk On Your Love (Dan Noble) in the final strides to win the second pacing division in 1:55.4. It was the third win of the season in five starts for the son of The Panderosa. "This colt is just big and dumb and is still very immature," trainer Ronnie Burke explained. "He's definitely a horse that will be better next season, although he's not too bad right now!" The big-striding Ron's Pro was parked out through most of the mile to the front-stepping leader, Drunk On Your Love, who was second by a neck at the wire, while Happy Harvey (Aaron Merriman) got up for third. Ron's Pro now has $60,000 in his career coffers for owners Burke, Bruscemi and breeders Knox Services. The fourth OSS pacing division saw McLucky prevail in 1:54.2 for owners Michael Creps and trainer Jeff Miller. The son of McArdle was sent off at 9-5 and didn't disappoint his supporters with a wire-to-wire effort, upping his seasonal earnings to $69,398. Corner Con Artist (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), at 7-1 was second, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, while 60-1 McDreamy (Aaron Merriman) notched third. Officially Creek (6-5) and driver Chris Page captured the fifth and final pacing division in 1:54, using the front end to get the job done for trainer Brian Brown. The Art Official gelding upped his earnings to $29,050 with his second career win in five tries.   "He's not a bad horse now but he'll be even better next season," Brown noted. "He's another youngster who will get better as he matures."   Owner Debbie Bird, of Gores Landing, ON, bred the Officially Creek along with Barry Bird. Longshot (50-1) Shooter McGavin (Kayne Kauffman) was second by 2½ lengths, with Drawing Dragons (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) getting up for show honors.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Seven $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old fillies graced Scioto Down's oval on Tuesday afternoon, August 23, with 25 trotters and 35 pacers lining up behind the starting gate. It was the fourth and final leg of the harness racing series, which for some, determined their eligibility for a starting berth in the $250,000 OSS Championships, set for Sept. 3 at Northfield Park.   Marion Beachy's Berazzled dazzled the crowd in the first pacing division as she romped to a winning 1:53.3 mile for driver Peter Wrenn and trainer Danny Collins. The daughter of Charley Barley finished three-quarters of a length ahead of Bourbon And Barley (Ryan Stahl) and Bellasbrowneyegirl (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.).   "It wasn't the trip we wanted but it worked out," noted Collins. "We knew going into this race that we had to be on the board to make the final and she got the job done for us."   Bred by Lisa Ezzo of Ohio, Berazzled upped her earnings to $56,040 and now has three wins in six career starts. She won Leg 3 of this series on Aug. 15 at Northfield Park in 1:55 by an impressive 7¼ lengths.   Big Bad Jane was big and bad for trainer-driver Danny Noble, who put the daughter of Big Bad John on the front end and never looked back to win the second OSS pacing division in 1:53.2. It was the filly's first OSS victory and second of the season in seven starts for owner Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, Ohio, who co-bred Big Bad Jane along with Sam Noble III. Big Bad Jane now has $37,891 in her bankroll.   Rosa's Touch (Mike Wilder) finished two lengths behind the winner in second, while 9-5 favorite Bye Bye Felicia was third for Chris Page.   Brian Brown harnessed Type A Grey to her fifth consecutive victory in as many tries as she swept the fourth leg of her OSS series in 1:55.2 for driver Chris Page. The Art Official daughter, who was bred by New Jersey's White Birch Farm, pushed her earnings to $97,900 for the Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Ohio as she rattled off another front-end triumph.   "She's been razor sharp all year long," noted Page. "Track size doesn't matter to her at all and she's great gaited, so we'll just be hoping for a good post in the championship."   Ellasen (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was second by a game nose, while Da Vinci Artist (Kurt Sugg) was third by a head.   Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., gave Zoe Ellasen a perfect steer to capture the final pacing division in a new career mark of 1:54.4. It was the third lifetime victory and the second OSS triumph for the daughter of Santana Blue Chip, who is trained by Ron Potter for owner Clyde Perfect of Lawrenceburg, Indiana.   Using wire-to-wire tactics, Zoe Ellasen prevailed by half a length over Glorious Intent (Chris Page), while Libby's Idea (Aaron Merriman) got up for third-place honors. Zoe Ellasen now has $72,700 in her freshman bank account.   Let's Get Started was given a confident steer by Josh Sutton in the first of three trotting divisions to win in 1:57. This Dejarmbro lass won Leg 3 on Aug. 15 at Northfield in a track record time of 1:57 and Leg 2 on July 19 in a track record clocking of 1:56.3, after finishing second in Leg 1 at Northfield timed in 1:57.4.   "I really wasn't worried or concerned about her effort going into this race," Sutton quipped. "She's so dominate and solid gaited that I think she'll have no problem winning the final in similar style."   Bred and owned by Joyce and Richard McClelland of Zanesville, Ohio, Let's Get Started now has $90,300 in her coffers. She is trained by Bobby Brower.   Longshot Vatanna finished second for Randy Tharps, while the hard-trying I Like Purple got up for a well-deserved third place finish.   The public's 6-5 choice Ms Bank Robber used front-stepping tactics to win the second trotting division in a lifetime best clocking of 1:57.2 for driver Kyle Ater and trainer Steve Carter. The daughter of Break The Bank K now has $44,571 in lifetime earnings for Our Little Stable and Jake Mossbarger--both of Washington Court House, Ohio. Ms Bank Robber had made breaks in two of her previous OSS tests, but did stay flat for a second-place effort to Let's Get Started on July 19 at Scioto Downs.   Vandy's Magic (Peter Wrenn) notched second, while Pennys N Dimes (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) garnered third. Ms Bank Robber was bred by the George Sholty Stable.   Peter Wrenn had his hands full with the strong-headed Amuse's, but the daughter of Break The Bank K did not disappoint, trotting determinedly on the front end to win her division in 1:56.4. That time was a new lifetime mark for the Rich Gillock-trained Amuse's, who is owned and was bred by Robert Key of Leechburg, PA.   "She wanted to go, so we went," chuckled Wrenn in the winner's circle after the filly had drawn away from her rivals by nearly 4½ lengths.   Rose Run Sydney (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was second, with Fluxcapacitor Kidd (Kurt Sugg) getting up for third.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator    

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