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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    

Harness racing freshman colts and fillies are set to vie Tuesday at Scioto Downs and Wednesday at Northfield Park in the fourth round action of Ohio Sires Stakes. Seven divisions of 2-year-old fillies will go postward on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 23 with a 2 pm, ET first race post, while eight divisions of 2-year-old colts will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate beginning at 6 pm, ET on Wednesday evening, Aug. 24. At Scioto, 35 pacing fillies in four divisions (Races 1, 10, 12 and 13) and 26 trotting fillies in three divisions (Races 2, 3, and 11) will battle. At Northfield, 37 colts battle in five divisions (races 2, 4, 9, 10 and 11), while 21 trotting youngsters will go postward in three divisions (races 1, 3 and 5). Going into this final leg of the four-leg series, Joyce & Richard McClelland's Let's Get Started heads up the 2-year-old filly trot standings, with 128 points. Trained by Bobby Brower, this Dejarmbo lass was second in her first leg contest, then rattled off a pair of victories (in 1:56.3 on July 19 at Scioto and in 1:57 on August 15 at Northfield). Bred by her owners, Let's Get Started has $70,300 in her coffers. Heading up the filly pacing division are a pair of Brian Brown trainees-Bye Bye Felicia and Type A Grey, with 153 points each-some 50 points ahead of their nearest rival in the standings. Both fillies have swept all three OSS legs to date. Bye Bye Felicia, a coal black daughter by Woodstock, won leg one at Northfield on July 3 in 1:56.1, before lowering that mark to 1:54.2 on July 19 at Scioto. Finally, she paced to a winning 1:55 mile on August 15 at Northfield in Leg 3 for Brown, who co-owns her in partnership with Dean Davis, Joyce McClelland and Scott Mullet. Type A Grey-owned by the Emerald Highlands Farm-is a grey daughter by Art Official who is four for four in her young career, with $77,900 in earnings. She captured her OSS legs handily in 1:57.2; 1:54.3 and 1:56.1-all in front-stepping fashion. In the 2-year-old colt trotting ranks, Buckeye Boss has the clear lead with 153 points, having captured all three legs of the series for trainer Chris Beaver, who owns the son of Triumphant Caviar in partnership with Marion Beachy and Synerco Ventures, Inc. Buckeye Boss won Leg 1 at Scioto Downs in 1:59 on July 4; Leg 2 at Northfield Park on July 12 in 1:57; and Leg 3 on August 16 at Scioto Downs in 1:58.1. He is five for five lifetime and has $84,750 in his freshman bankroll. Drunk On Your Love-the 2-year-old colt pacing standout, likewise, has 153 points to lead his division handily. The Bill Dailey-trained youngster by Foreclosure N has amassed $60,000 from his three OSS victories to date for owners Carl and Melanie Atley and Josh Green. Drunk On Your Love has won all three legs in wire-to-wire fashion: on July 4 at Scioto in 1:54.3; on July 11 at Northfield in 1:56.1; and on August 16 at Scioto Downs in 1:55. The Ohio Sires Stakes is based on a point system, with horses garnering the highest number of the points after the four legs becoming eligible to the $250,000 Championship. Eight of the eligible horses who enter the Championship will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate on Super Night, Sept. 3. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

A trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for sophomore pacing fillies were contested Saturday, August 20 at Northfield Park, with each of the three miles clocked in 1:54.3. Despite the balmy night, which was pitted with intermittent, light rain showers, a generous harness racing crowd was on hand to see some of the Buckeye State's finest distaffs compete.   That winning time of 1:54.3 was the one common denominator between the three victorious fillies, each of whom is vying for a starting berth in the $250,000 Championship, set for September 3 at Ohio's "home of the flying turns." This was the fourth leg of the series prior to eight Super Night Championships for 2- and 3-year-old colts and fillies of both the trotting and pacing gaits.   Trainer Brenda Teague's Miss Me Yet rebounded at just the right time off several sub-par efforts to take the first OSS division handily, besting her rivals by 2¼ lengths. The daughter of I'm Gorgeous used a :28.1 final brush to post her third win of the season for driver Randy Tharps at odds of 6-1. Favorite Clarebear finished second (Peter Wrenn) while Johnsbadgirl (Aaron Merriman) got up for third. The victory pushed Miss Me Yet's career earnings to $246,985 for owners George Teague of Harrington, DE and the Teague Racing Partnership of Boyton Beach, FL. This filly had also won her previous OSS test on July 2 at Scioto Downs in a lifetime best 1:53.2.   Favorite NPR Nine picked up her first OSS victory in the second division with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. at the lines for trainer Ron Potter and owner/breeder Dan Russo of Westerville, OH. This daughter of Big Bad John paced her final quarter in :29.1 to best rival Jakes Chance (Jason Merriman) by 1¾ lengths with favorite Queen Ann M notching third for Chris Page. The win--NPR Nine's second of the year in 13 starts, upped her seasonal earnings to $48,415 and her career bankroll to $81,239.   My Tweed Heart didn't disappoint her backers, capturing the third OSS division easily for driver Josh Sutton with a :28.4 final brush. The Manhardt lass is trained by Bill Dailey for Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, OH and Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH and upped her career earnings to $248,134 with her eighth win of the season in 11 starts. Save My Tootsie (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) held on for second after leading throughout most of the mile while Feeling Red Hot (Kayne Kauffman) got up for third. My Tweed Heart now sits atop this division with 178 and will be the likely favorite in the Championship.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator    

For Ohio Sires Stakes victress ATC Queenie, it's all a matter of routine, according to her owner and full-time harness racing caretaker, Trish Soulsby.   "Queenie has a routine and I never break it," Trish noted. "She's giving me the time of my life in horse racing by winning these sires stakes."   ATC Queenie captured her third OSS leg on Friday night, August 19 at Scioto Downs, timed in 1:55.3 for Soulsby and co-owner Richard Schaut of Pompano Beach, FL. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar captured the first of two $40,000 OSS events for 3-year-old trotting fillies as the public's choice.   Giving a masterful steer by Chris Page, who was behind the low-headed filly with the big stride for the first time, ATC Queenie used her signature, come-from-behind move to prevail by three-quarters of a length over the hard-trying longshot Super Lily (Kurt Sugg). Another longshot, Marty's Lucky Chip, got up for third for trainer/driver Danny Noble.   "In between her races we never turn her, she just gets jogged," Trish admitted. "She also gets a lot of grass time and has her own paddock where she's turned out a good portion of each day. She also gets a lot of cookies and carrots, and for me, it's such a joy and labor of love that I get to be with her seven days a week. Love goes a long way with these horses."   Trained by Ron Steck, ATC Queenie finished third in the first leg of this series at Miami Valley Raceway, before winning the next two legs in 1:58.3 and 1:56.3. She also scored a 1:55.1 personal best in an Ohio State Fair stake at Scioto on July 29.   "When Rick (Trish's brother Schaut) sent her to me this Spring, he told me she was going to be very impressive this year," Trish recalled. "The best thing about Queenie is that she's very easy on herself and she wants to win. She just floats over the ground and she's the whole package--the complete horse. She doesn't do anything wrong and has the heart of a champion."   Trish purchased ATC Queenie for $7,500 at the 2014 Ohio Select Yearling Sale, and she has rewarded her owner by earning $128,366 to date. The filly is the sixth foal out of the unraced American Winner mare American Queen and is a half-sister to King Chip K (by Chip Chip Hooray) 4, 2:00.4f ($36,737).   In the second OSS division, it was Consolidator taking home first place money for driver Chris Page and trainer Jim Arledge, Jr., in a new career mark of 1:55.1. The Triumphant Caviar lass is the leading point earner in this series, having swept all four legs impressively for owners Green Acquisition Corp., of Canfield, Ohio.   "This was only her fifth start of the year so she's still relatively fresh," Page noted. "She's gets around a half-mile track alright, so in the Championship (on Sept. 3 at Northfield Park), it's all going to come down to the draw (for post position).   Consolidator won Leg 1 in 1:57.4; Leg 2 in 1:58; and Leg 3 in 1:55.3. In this fourth leg test, she opted to sit in the two-hole behind the pace-setting Kestrel (Aaron Merriman) until mid-stretch. The hefty rangy filly finished 1¾ lengths in front of Kestrel at the wire, with Count On Kami (Kurt Sugg) garnering show honors.   Bred by the Rose Run Farm, Consolidator pushed her seasonal earnings to $92,687 and her lifetime bankroll to $170,303. She is the sixth and most prolific foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Muscle Toy, 3, 1:55.3 ($107,723) and commanded a $25,000 tag at the 2014 Ohio Select Yearling Sale.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator    

A trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies highlight Northfield Park's Saturday night (August 20) harness racing card. Twenty-six sophomore distaffs will line up behind the starting gate to vie in round four of this series. Post time is 6 pm, ET. Divisional leader My Tweed Heart-with 128 points in the series-leaves from post six with Josh Sutton aboard in the third division (Race 10). This daughter of Manhardt is conditioned by Bill Dailey for Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, OH and Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH. My Tweed Heart captured Leg 1 at Miami Valley on May 6 in 1:54.4; was second in Leg 2 by a nose to Ohsowigglespecial at Scioto Downs on May 30 in 1:55.1; and captured Leg 3 at Scioto on July 2 in 1:54.1. Incidentally, Ohsowigglespecial is tied in the standings with My Tweed Heart with 128 points, but did not enter this fourth leg. My Tweed Heart has seasonal earnings of $95,882 and career earnings of $228,134 from ten wins, three seconds and two thirds in 16 lifetime starts. Bred by Stanley Swango of Florida, My Tweed Heart is out of the Towner's Big Guy mare Tweedle D p, 6, 1:52.1s ($294,280) and was a $2,500 yearling purchase at the 2014 Ohio Select Sale. The Carlo family's Clarebear vies from post three in division one (Race 5) with regular driver Peter Wrenn at the lines. The daughter of World Of Rocknroll won Leg 1 at Miami Valley on May 6 in 1:54.3 and Leg 2 on May 30 at Scioto Downs in a career best 1:54, before finishing third in Leg 3 at Scioto on July 2. She's amassed $64,218 in 11 starts this season, as she was unraced as a freshman. AJ Carlo conditions the homebred Clarebear, who is second in the standings with 115 points. She Gone, who is fourth in the standings with 77 points, hails from the rail in this same division for trainer Brian Brown and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. This Feelin Friskie lass won her OSS first leg test in 1:55.1-a career best-at Miami Valley on May 6 before finishing third in the next two legs. Owned by the Ohio-partnership of Brown, McCown and Lombardo, She Gone has career earnings of $66,085 from seven wins, two seconds and three thirds in 22 starts. Bred by Midland Acres, she is the fifth foal out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Semaj Hanover and is a half-sister to Semaj Sam (by Nobleland Sam) p, 4, 1:53.2f ($46,410). She Gone was a $20,000 yearling purchase the 2014 Ohio Select Sale. Trainer Jim Arledge, Jr., will bridle up It's Your Fantasy in this same division for driver Josh Sutton from the seven-hole. The daughter of Big Bad John is owned by the Winchester Bay Acres of Powell, OH and won her first OSS leg in 1:55.1. Thereafter, she was third in the second leg and failed to garner a check in the third leg. Bred by Ohio's Greg and Holly Martin, this gregarious filly has career earnings of $66,755 from four wins in 21 starts and currently sits fifth in this division with 65 points. The first foal out of the Camluck mare Favorite Fantasy p, 2, 1:58.2f ($36,490), It's Your Fantasy was a $45,000 yearling purchase at the 2014 Ohio Select Sale. Johnsbadgirl will start from post four against these rivals for driver Aaron Merriman. The winner of $70,738 lifetime is currently tied for sixth in the standings (along with JL Wonder Woman) with 58 points. Conditioned by Mike Polhamus for breeder/owner Julie Farley of Bradford, OH, Johnsbadgirl was fifth in her first OSS leg, then won the second leg on May 30 at Scioto Downs in 1:54, before finishing out of the money in Leg 3. Johnsbadgirl is the second foal out of the unraced Cambest mare Remembered Promise and has a half-brother in Knob Hill Shooter (by Sand Shooter) p, 3, 1:54.4f ($18,683). Queen Ann M heads up the second OSS division (Race 8) from post three with Chris Page at the lines. This daughter of Big Bad John is tied for third in the standings (along with Gorgeous Road) with 86 points, having been second in Leg 1 and then winning Leg 2 at Scioto Downs on May 30 in a career best 1:53.2. Mike Roth conditions Queen Ann M, who has $175,227 in earnings for Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH and Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, OH. Jay Mossbardger bred the bay filly, who commanded a $27,000 purchase price at the 2014 Ohio Select Sale. She is the third foal out of the Grinfromeartoear mare Full Fledged and is a half-sister to Full Desire (by Real Desire) p, 3, 1:56.4 ($15,685). The aforementioned Gorgeous Road starts from post two for driver Kurt Sugg and trainer Cory Deyermand, who both own the I'm Gorgeous daughter in partnership with Patricia Nappi of Jefferson, OH. This winner of $84,501 lifetime has steadily gotten better as the season progresses; having been fourth in Leg 1 of this series at Miami Valley on May 6; then second in Leg 2 at Scioto Downs on May 30; and finally winning Leg 3 at Scioto Downs on July 2 in 1:54.4. Four of her last five starts have been victories and all have come in front-stepping fashion for these connections. Gorgeous Road was bred by Spring Haven Farm and Doug Millard Holdings USA Inc., and is the fourth foal out of the Western Hanover mare Da Vinci Road. She was a $5,000 yearling at the 2014 Ohio Select Sale and is a half-sister to the 2016 freshman Da Vinci Artist (by Art Official) p, 2, 1:56.1f ($40,918) and Da Mona Lisa (by Lis Mara) p, 2, Q1:57.4s ($25,093). JL Wonder Woman has been assigned the eight-hole in this division and will have Kayne Kauffman in the sulky for trainer Scott Mogan. A winner of $59,949 lifetime, the Feelin Friskie lass is tied for sixth in the standings with Johnsbadgirl with 58 points. She's finished second, fifth and second in the first three legs of this series for the partnership of Ohioans Mogan, Thacker, Miller and Davis. Bred by JL Hall of Ohio, JL Wonder Woman is the sixth of eight foals out of the Towner's Big Guy mare One Wild Woman p, 3, 1:54.2f ($88,763). Her siblings include Feeling Wild (by Feelin Friskie) p, 4, 1:58.3 ($67,782); Another Wild Woman (by Village Jolt) p, 4, 1:51.4f ($125,164); Kenna Lyn (by Western Hanover) p, 4, 1:52.4f ($88,395); One Naughty Lady (by Stand Forever) p, 4, 1:58.3 ($67,782); and Not Again Woman (by Dragon Again) p, 5, 1:57.2h ($15,724). Two other contenders who have each won an OSS leg but missed a series leg are Wiggler (Race 5, Post 5) and Miss Me Yet (Race 5, Post 8). Each filly has a chance to improve their standings with a solid effort and garner themselves a spot in the $250,000 Championship, on Sept. 3. About the Ohio Sires Stakes: Each of the four Ohio Sires Stakes legs for 2- and 3-year-olds (divided by colts & fillies, pacers & trotters), carries a purse of $40,000. The Ohio Sires Stakes series is based on a point system, with horses garnering the highest number of the points after the four legs becoming eligible to the $250,000 Championship. Points are awarded in each of the first four legs of the series as follows: Win-50; Second-25; Third-12; Fourth-8; Fifth-5; and all starters receive one point each. Eight of the eligible horses (those with the highest number of points) who enter the Championship will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate on Super Night, Sept. 3. Kimberly Rinker

Two divisions of 3-year-old Buckeye-bred trotting fillies highlight the Scioto Downs harness racing program on Friday night, August 19, as 20 diagonally-gaited distaffs square off in the fourth round of Ohio Sires Stakes. Post time is 6:30 pm, ET. Each division carries a purse of $40,000, as this final leg of OSS action will help determine who is eligible for the $250,000 Championship. The Ohio Sires Stakes is based on a point system, with horses garnering the highest number of the points after the four legs becoming eligible to the Championship. Eight of the eligible horses who enter the Championship will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate on Super Night, Sept. 3. Consolidator sits atop the standings with 153 points to her credit after winning the first three legs of the series for trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. The bay daughter by Triumphant Caviar won Leg 1 at Miami Valley on May 6 in 1:57.4; Leg 2 at Northfield Park on May 29 in 1:58; and Leg 3 at Scioto Downs on July 1 in a personal best of 1:55.3 for the Green Acquisition Corp., of Canfield, OH. Bred by the Rose Run Farm, Consolidator has been driven in all of her OSS starts by Chris Page, and has $72,687 in seasonal earnings and a lifetime bankroll of $150,303. She is the sixth and most prolific foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Muscle Toy, 3, 1:55.3 ($107,723) and was a $25,000 yearling purchase at the 2014 Ohio Select Sale. Consolidator starts from post four in the second OSS division (Race 3), and will face off against Kerfuffle Cookie, who is third in the standings with 103 points. This daughter of Chip Chip Hooray won the first leg of the series at Miami Valley on May 6 in 1:58 and has taken the bridesmaid role in Legs 2 and 3 for trainer Chris Beaver, who owns the filly in partnership with Synerco Ventures, Inc., of Toronto, ON. Kerfuffle Cookie was a $20,000 yearling at the Ohio Select Sale and has rewarded her owners with $135,639 in career earnings. Bred by the Lmn Bred Stables Inc., of Mount Sterling, OH, Kerfuffle Cookie is the third foal out of the Conway Hall mare Minor Skirmish and is a full sister to the 2-year-old filly Mybigbrowneyedgirl Q2:05.2h ($8,000); and a half-sister to Allie's Gift (by Holiday Road) 3, 1:57.1h ($62,648) and to Special Agent Man (by Federal Flex) 3, Q1:59.1s ($45,037). She's set to be driven by Ryal Stahl from post three. Beaver will also harness Kestrel for breeder Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH from post two in this same division. The brown daughter by Triumphant Caviar sits eighth in the standings (57 points), having skipped Leg 1, only to prevail in 1:57 in Leg 2 at Northfield on May 29, before finishing fifth in Leg 3 at Scioto Downs on July 1. A winner of $244,025 lifetime, Kestrel won her last start at Scioto Downs on July 29 in wire-to-wire fashion by six lengths, stopping the clock in a career best 1:55 for driver Aaron Merriman. Her seasonal coffers stand at $52,375 from just four starts. Kestrel is the homebred first foal out of the unraced Credit Winner mare Blackrock and has a full sister in Chim Swift 2, 1:57.2f ($49,000) who won an OSS leg on July 3 at Northfield Park in 1:57.4 for these same connections. The Kim Sigler-trained Kandy Krisp starts from the rail in this same OSS test, with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. driving. Owned by John Stafford, Warren, OH and Tucker Baumiller of Boardman, OH, the daughter of Rompaway Wally won the series first leg at Miami Valley on May 6 in 1:58.4 and currently sits fourth in the standings with 77 points. She followed that up with third-place finishes in legs two and three and has amassed $57,237 in seasonal earnings. Bred by Cindy Mays and Anna Watts of Michigan, Kandy Krisp was a $6,000 yearling purchase at the August 2014 Blooded Horse Sale. She is the fifth foal out of the Keystone Nordic mare Kandy's Lc, and is a half-sister to High Jacked (by Davanti) 5, 1:56.4f ($133,810) and Shezalock (by Lockkeeper) 4, 1:57.4f ($43,951). Contenders Hoorah Hoorah (post 9) and Brushy Rose (post 7) are tied in the standings with 58 points each, and will also be looking to up their status in this same division. ATC Queenie, who is second in the standings with 115 points, heads up the first division (Race 2) of ten contestants from post three with Chris Page. This daughter of Triumphant Caviar, who is trained by Ron Steck for Trish Soulsby of Powell, OH and Richard Schaut of Pompano Beach, FL won legs two and three of this series (in 1:58.3 and 1:56.3) after finishing third in the first leg at Miami Valley. She also scored a 1:55.1 personal best in a Ohio State Fair romp at Scioto Downs on July 29. Bred by Ohio's Danny Collins, ATC Queenie is the sixth foal out of the unraced American Winner mare American Queen and has a Chip Chip Hooray half-brother in King Chip K 4, 2:00.4f ($36,737). ATC Queenie was a $7,500 yearling purchase at the 2014 Ohio Select Sale. Rival Buckeye Lady One hails from post five in this same division for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., and trainer Josh Green, who conditions the daughter of Pilgrims Taj for the J&M Stable of Harrington, DE; Richard Lombardo of Solon, OH; and the Baron Racing Stable of Horsham, PA. A winner of $66,953 in her career, Buckeye Lady One sits fifth in the standings with 65 points and finished second in the first two OSS legs and third in the third leg. Bred by Eli Miller of Ohio, Buckeye Lady One is the third foal out of the unraced Striking Sahbra mare Sasha Hall and has half-siblings in: Jesse's Song (by Jailhouse Jesse) 4, 1:54.2f ($136,576); Charming Cadet (by Dejarmbro) 2, Q2:05.1h ($16,017); and Monster Luke (by Conway Hall) 3, Q2:01.3s ($13,624). Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Saturday night, August 20, at Northfield Park with three divisions of 3-year-old pacing fillies taking center stage in round four action. Post time is 6 pm, ET. Kimberly Rinker

Scotch McEwan romped to victory in the third leg of the harness racing Ohio Sires Stakes action on August 16 for driver Josh Sutton and trainer Bill Dailey, pacing in 1:53.2, just slightly slower than the 1:52.3 track record he had set on July 28.   A total of nine $40,000 Ohio Sire Stakes divisions for 2-year-old trotting and pacing colts were contested at the five-eighth's mile oval on a rainy and steamy Tuesday afternoon.   The bay gelding's 1:52.3 clocking and this latest sizzler didn't come as a surprise to breeders Brad Wallace or Kevin Greenfield, who own and operate Hickory Lane Farm in Findlay, Ohio, where the colt was born and raised.   "Rebecca Ewing, who bred Scotch McEwan is the wife of Leonard Buckner, who owns Hickory Lane in partnership with us," Kevin explained. "We're not surprised at this colt as he just doesn't seem to know how fast he is yet. In his last start he was parked out the entire mile and staved off three challenges. Josh (driver Sutton) said the colt wasn't really even paying attention at the end of the mile, either, or he might have gone faster."   Brad agreed.   "When this colt was in the yearling sale, a lot of trainers passed him up, and didn't seem to like him for whatever reason," Brad admitted. "Kevin and I were both kind of surprised because we really felt he was something special from day one."   Scotch McEwan brought a final bid of $30,000 at the 2015 Ohio Select Yearling Sale.   "We raised and raced his dam, Forever Ivy," Brad noted. "She was a gutsy, tough race mare who took a mark of 1:50.3f as a 5-year-old and earned $355,291. So we're not really surprised that this youngster would be fast as well."   Scotch McEwan is the first foal out of Forever Ivy and is from the first Ohio crop by McArdle, who stands at Hickory Lane Farm. Forever Ivy is by Stand Forever and is out of the Ruffstuff Baker broodmare She's A Ruff One p, 4, 1:53f ($137,549).   Interestingly enough, Forever Ivy is also a half-sister the 2-year-old pacing filly Lorenna's Ruffian (also by McArdle), who captured a Leg 1 Ohio Sires Stakes on July 3 at Northfield Park in 1:56.2.   Scotch McEwan now has $60,800 in his career bankroll from three wins and one third in five starts. He had captured Leg 1 of this series on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:55.2 by nearly five lengths, then finished third in Leg 2 at Northfield Park on July 11, timed in 1:54.1, before winning that Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto on July 28.   The 2-year-old trotting colt Buckeye Boss and the freshman pacing youngster Drunk On Your Love both continued their sweep of the series by winning their third OSS legs Tuesday at Scioto.   Buckeye Boss, a Chris Beaver trainee, romped to a 1:58.2 victory for Aaron Merriman. The son of Triumphant Caviar had prevailed in Leg 1 on July 4 at Scioto in 1:59 and on July 12 in Leg 2 at Northfield in 1:57 by nearly seven lengths. He then won an Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto on July 28 in 1:56.2. The winner of $82,750 is owned by Beaver along with Ohio-based breeder Marion Beachy and Synerco Ventures of Ontario.   Drunk On Your Love is a Foreclosure N colt who notched career win three in 1:55. Trained by Bill Dailey for Richard Lombardo, Carl & Melanie Atley and Josh Green, Drunk On Your Love won OSS Leg 1 at Scioto on July 4 in 1:54.3 and Leg 2 at Northfield on July 11 in 1:56.1. All of this youngster's triumphs have come in front-stepping fashion.   Ohio Sires Stakes return to Scioto Downs on Friday night, August 19, featuring 3-year-old filly trotters vying in Leg 4 of this series.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

When Let's Get Started won her $40,000 Ohio Sires Stake on Monday night, August 15 at Northfield Park, breeder Richard McClelland, who owns the harness racing daughter of Dejarmbro in partnership with his wife Joyce couldn't have been happier.   The filly not only set a new track record of 1:57 in the process but her name also honors Richard's mother, a native of Ireland who lived to be 94.   The McClellands, who hail from Zanesville, Ohio, are best known as the co-owners of last year's Hambletonian winner Pinkman. However, they are also heavily invested in the Ohio Sires Stakes program, having owned Standardbreds for four decades.   Trained by Bobby Brower, 9-5 Let's Get Started sat third through fractions of :29.1 and 57.4 before challenging the leading Chim Swift (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and taking over the lead at the 1:27.3 three-quarter mile marker. The solidly-trotting filly then used a :29.2 final brush to sweep under the wire first.   The victory--Let's Get Started's third in four lifetime starts--pushed the filly's bankroll to a hefty $70,300. She was second in the first leg of this series and captured Leg 2 in 1:56.3--setting a new track record at Scioto Downs on July 19 for her gender, gait and age.   "It's great to have a 2-year-old that has established new track records at both Scioto and Northfield," Richard admitted.   Let's Get Started is the seventh of eight foals out of her dam, the SJ's Photo mare Tori Ann--who the McClellands campaigned to $104,741 in earnings.   "Dick Rankin raced Tori Ann for us," Richard explained. "She was a Pennsylvania-bred filly that I named after my granddaughter."   Tori Ann took a mark of 1:57.2f and when she retired to the breeding shed in 2007, the McClellands decided to name every foal out of her after something to do with Richard's mother.   "Tori Ann's second foal (a daughter of Muscles Yankee) was named Shanty Irish," Richard noted. "That was because my mother grew up in an area in Ireland where most of the people were quite poor and lived in shanties."   Shanty Irish took a 5-year-old mark of 1:55f en route to winning 11 races and $125,739. The McClellands then named her 2012 foal She Wore Red (by Yankee Glide) 4, 1:53.2f ($156,575), since Richard's mother always dressed in red clothing.   Tori Ann's 2013 foal--christened Milligan's School 3, 1:53.2f ($490,226)--is a half-sister to Let's Get Started.   "My mother went to school for eight years in Ireland in a one-room school house," Richard remembered. "And the school was named Milligan, so that's how this colt got his name."   And Let's Get Started?   "When my mother was 82, my wife Joyce gave her a diary, and the first thing my mother wrote in there was 'I'm 82-years-old, let's get started,'" Richard said.   A new Northfield Park track record for 2-year-old pacing fillies was established that same evening when the Brian Brown-conditioned Glorious Intent scored a 1:54 clocking in the final OSS division. Owned and bred by the Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Ohio, the daughter of No Pan Intended stopped the clock in 1:54 for driver Chris Page.   Ohio Sires Stakes continue Tuesday, August 16 at Scioto Downs, with nine $40,000 divisions for 2-year-old pacing and trotting colts and geldings. Post time is 2 pm, ET.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Nine divisions of harness racing 2-year-old pacing and trotting colts will be featured at Scioto Downs on Tuesday afternoon, August 16, in the third round of Ohio Sires Stakes action. Each division carries a purse of $40,000 and begins with a first race post time of 2 pm, ET.   A total of 23 trotters--11 colts and 12 geldings--are set to vie in a trio of trotting divisions (Races 2, 3 & 5). Eleven of these youngsters are by Dejarmbro, with three each by Triumphant Caviar and Full Count and two each sired by Break The Bank K and Victory Sam. Big Rigs and And Away We Go are each represented by a single freshman.   The trotter Buckeye Boss has already captured the first two OSS legs, while Hope Ima Victory, Full Surge, Just Plain DJ, Fraser Ridge and Dejarover have all scored a victory in one leg of the series to date.   In the six pacing divisions (Races, 1, 4, 6, 7, 10 & 11), 18 colts and 36 geldings will battle. A full 14 of these laterally-gaited youngster call McArdle their sire, while Big Bad John has 13 progeny competing. Eight of the 2-year-old pacers are by Art Official, with four each sired by Foreclosure N and The Panderosa.   The Ohio stallions Art's Chip, Cheyenne Rei, Charley Barley, Feelin Friskie, I'm Gorgeous, Indian Fever, Manhardt, Santana Blue Chip, Stand Forever, Woodstock and World of Rock N Roll all have one son vying for first prize in this third OSS leg test.   Those youngsters looking to score another OSS leg victory in include Corner Con Artist, Scotch McEwan, McSpidey, Air Raid, Drunk On Your Love (a 2-time winner), Dancin Rebel, Stanley K, Barnabas, Ron's Pro, Ohio Larry, McThriller, Sunny's Bro and Pace Car.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator       Photo Cutline: Drunk On Your Love will be trying for his third win in his $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes test on Tuesday afternoon, August 16 at Scioto Downs. Photo by Brad Conrad         Kimberly A. Rinker 708-557-2790 www.kimberlyrinker.com @Trotrink  

Three $40,000 divisions Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings were contested Saturday night (August 13) over a sloppy track at Northfield Park, with harness racing trainer Brian Brown harnessing two of the victors.   A total of 21 laterally-gaited equines went postward in the fourth leg of the series for Buckeye-sired sophomores, with Brown tightening the girth on division one winner Whataboy and third division winner Friskie Cruiser.   Even-money favorite Whataboy used a three-wide move down the Northfield backstretch to charge ahead of Rocknroll Wildcats (Brett Miller) and World Of Gaming (Danny Noble), who had been dueling through fractions of :27.3, :57.1 and 1:24.2.   Driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., urged the son of Big Bad John who took command to sweep under the wire first in 1:53. The win pushed his seasonal earnings to $93,880 and his career earnings to $136,554. Whataboy now has four wins this year in 13 starts and five lifetime victories in 22 trips postward.   Canadia's Bakin finished second, while Little Woody got up for third.   Whataboy was bred by the Dm Stables of Florida and is owned by Carl Howard of Powell, OH; Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, QC, CA; and RBH Ventures Inc., of New York, NY.   Friskie Cruisier and driver Kayne Kauffman held off multiple challenges throughout their division to win in 1:54 under wraps. The son of Feelin Friskie paced strong through panels of :27.1, :56.2, and 1:24.3 to notch career win five in his 17th lifetime start.   Gotmoneyinmypocket notched second, while Smoke Up Johnny garnered show honors.   Owned by breeder Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH, Friskie Cruiser now has $189,121 in his career bank account and$48,500 earned this year.   Trainer Ron Burke sent 1-9 favorite Winwood Mac postward in the second OSS division and the Canyon Wind gelding responded with a front-stepping 1:51.3 victory. Winwood Mac paced briskly through fractions of :27.2, :56 and 1:23.4 without incident for driver Chris Page.   Winna Winna finished second, with Hustling Charley getting up for third.   It was Winwood Mac's fourth win of the season in 14 starts and pushed his 2016 earnings to $99,065 for owners Burke Racing Stable of Frederickstown, PA; Weaver Bruscemi, Cannonsburg, PA; and Phillip Collura of Mountain Township, PA. He was bred by the Michigan-based Winwood Farm and now has $137,548 in his career coffers.   by Kimberly Rinker

Three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old trotting colts were contested Friday night, August 12 at Scioto Downs, and each race was a carbon copy of the others. Each division of fourth leg action for diagonally-gaited sophomores was captured by the favorite, and all three victories were garnered in front-stepping fashion.   In the first OSS division the Chris Beaver trained Kanthaka (3-5) scored for driver Chris Page easily in 1:55.3. Beaver owns the son of Triumphant Caviar with breeder Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, Ohio, who upped his earnings to $224,564 with the victory, the tenth of his career in 17 starts. Kanthaka has finished off the board in only one start this season with four wins and three seconds in eight starts.   Another Breath picked up second-place honors, two lengths behind the winner, at 3-1 for Sandy Beatty, while Lets Go Bucks (7-1) came home third for Danny Noble.   MJB Got Faith (1-2) picked up seasonal win five for driver Kayne Kauffman, owner Breana Carsey of Connorsville, IN and trainer Walter Haynes, Jr., stopping the timer in 1:56. The Trainforthefuture gelding now has $279,600 in his lifetime bank account and has ten career triumphs in 16 starts. He was the 2015 Ohio 2-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the Year.   Need A Winner (11-1) was one and ½ lengths back in second with Sandy Beatty at the lines, while Andi's Unreal (8-1) was third for Chris Page.   Driver Chris Page returned to the winner's circle in the third OSS division with Wegoferdaprize (6-5), who was clocked in 1:57. Jessica Millner harnessed the son of And Away We Go for Curran Racing LLC of Red Hook, NY. Bred by Ohio's Bill Troyer, Wegoferdaprize pushed his career earnings to $69,525 and his seasonal earnings to $58,420 via his sixth win of 2016 in 11 starts.   Lionbacker Kidd (17-1) was second for Peter Wrenn, finishing two lengths behind Wegoferdaprize, while Deep Question (19-1) got up for third with Danny Noble at the controls.   Ohio Sires Stakes continues Saturday (August 13) at Northfield Park, with three $40,000 divisions for 3-year-old pacing colts. Post time is 6 pm, ET.   by Kimberly Rinker  

Nine $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old pacing and trotting fillies are set to be contested on Monday night, August 15 at Northfield Park.   Seventy-six freshman distaffs passed the entry box at the Cleveland twice-arounder, with 43 pacers vying in five divisions and 33 trotters battling in four OSS tests in Leg 3 of this series.   Ohio stallions represented with progeny include Art Official (8); McArdle (6); Big Bad John (6); Charley Barley (6); Manhardt (3); The Panderosa (3); and Woodstock (2). Stallions with one foal each are Art's Chip, Foreclosure N, No Pan Intended, Oaks Enforcer, Santana Blue Chip, Trick Man and World Of Rocknroll.   Lisa Ezzo of Delaware, Ohio has bred two of the filly pacers, including Barley's Angel and Berazzled, and three in partnership with Marion Beachy of Sugarcreek, Ohio: Barley Nation, Bourbon And Barley and Mrs Charlesparkley. Beachy is also the breeder of Banger L.   Billy Walters and Joe McLead of Delaware, Ohio-based Sugar Valley Farm are the breeders of Zoe Ellasen and By Bye Felicia; while Senena Esty's Spring Haven Farm is represented by Official Kisser and Da Vinci Artist (in partnership with Doug Millard Holdings). Touch Of Trick and Rosa's Touch were both bred by Knox Services.   The freshman filly pacing divisions could be renamed the "Brian Brown" club as the Ohio-based conditioner has one contestant in each OSS event. Brown will harness Bye Bye Felicia (Race 1), Bellasbrowneyegirl (Race 4), Strike A Chord (Race 6), Type A Grey (Race 9) and Glorious Intent (Race 12). Trainers Ronnie Burke, Bill Dailey, Herb LeVan, Joe Seekman and Ron Potter all have two ipsilaterally-gaited fillies going postward Monday evening.   Ohio-bred pacing fillies looking to pick up their third consecutive win in this series after capturing the first two legs include Bye Bye Felicia and Type A Grey.   Bye Bye Felicia (Race 1, #5) is a daughter of Woodstock who won her first OSS test on July 3 at Northfield in 1:56.1 and the second leg on July 19 at Scioto Downs in 1:54.2. Type A Grey, an Art Official lass, starts from post four (Race 9) after winning Leg 1 at Northfield in 1:57.2 and Leg 2 at Scioto in 1:54.3.   Seven fillies will be trying to pick up a victory after winning one leg of the series. Nikki Bella (Race 1, #4) won Leg 2 at Scioto on July 19 in 1:55.1, while Loreenas Ruffian (Race 4, #4) won Leg 1 at Northfield on July 3 in 1:56.2. Strike A Chord (race 6, #7) also won Leg 1 on July 3 at Northfield, clocked in 1:56.3. Da Vinci Artist (Race 9, #6) won Leg 2 at Scioto in 1:56.1, while Big Bad Baby (Race 9, #5) won Leg 1 at Northfield in 1:58.4. Classy But Sassy (Race 12, #3) won Leg 2 at Scioto in 1:55 and rival Zoe Ellasen (Race 12, #5) won Leg 1 at Northfield in 1:55.2.   In the four trotting divisions, the Ohio stallion Dejarmbo has 14 fillies represented, while Triumphant Caviar has six and Break The Bank K has three. Chip Chip Hooray, And Away We Go and Neely Dunn each have two daughters in these OSS ranks, while Amigo Hall, Full Count, His Highness and Iron Duke all have one contestant each.   The Double Spring Farm of Dundee, Ohio is the breeder of the fillies I Like Purple, Lady In Purple and Purple Sona. Homesville, Ohio's Andy Burkholder bred Renne Lu and Erika's Luann, while Richard and Joyce McClelland of Zanesville, Ohio are the breeders of Let's Get Started and Henpecked. Pennys And Dines and Amuse's were both bred by Robert Key of Leechburg, PA.   In the trotting ranks, trainer Chris Beaver has a filly in every OSS Leg 3 division. Beaver will send out Mov Adalyn (Race 2, #8), Chim Swift (Race 3, #4), Bamaslastchance (Race 5, #3) and Mybigbrowneyedgirl (Race 7, #1). Trainers Bobby Brower, Jim Arledge, Jr., Miles Wollam, Scott Mogan and Steve Carter all have two fillies each scattered throughout these events.   Three trotting lasses will vie for their third OSS victory in Leg 3, including Amuse's (Race 3, #6), trained by Rich Gillock for Bob Key of Leechburg, PA. This royally-bred daughter of Break The Bank K-Sweet Mademoiselle-Varenne won Leg 1 on July 3 at Northfield in 2:00 and Leg 2 on July 19 at Scioto in 1:58.2.   Madeira As (Race 3, #8), the richest filly in the four trotting divisions with $60,650 in her coffers, won Leg 1 in 1:59 and Leg 2 in 1:58.2 for trainer Anette Lorentzon. Likewise, the Miles Wollam-trained Purple Sona (Race 7, #8) won Leg 1 at Northfield on July 3 in 2:00.4 and Leg 2 at Scioto on July 19 in 1:58.2.   Winners of one OSS leg in this series include Let's Get Started (Race 3, #3), a Bobby Brower-trainee who won Leg 2 at Scioto on July 19 in 1:56.3. Chim Swift (Race 3, #4) won Leg 1 at Northfield on July 3 in 1:57.4 for trainer Chris Beaver, while Bamaslastchance (Race 5, #3) and Emerald City Of Oz (Race 5, #8) both won their respective Leg 1 contests at Northfield on July 3 in 2:01.2.   Ohio Sires Stakes continue Tuesday, August 16 with nine divisions of 2-year-old trotting and pacing colts and geldings battling in Leg 3 competitions.   by Kimberly Rinker

Twenty-two harness racing 3-year-old pacing colts and gelding will vie in three $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes on Saturday night, August 13 at Northfield Park. First race post time is 6 pm, ET. The 22 laterally-gaited sophomores are competing in Leg 4 of the series, which culminates with the $250,000 Super Night Championship, set for Saturday, Sept. 3 at this same half-mile oval. The series finale championships on Super Night are divided by age, gender and gait and feature Ohio's top Buckeye-bred performers. From Saturday's entries in OSS action, a full 19 are geldings while three colts are set to vie. The stallion Big Bad John is represented in these events by five combatants, while Feelin' Friskie has four progeny competing, and World Of Rocknroll and I'm Gorgeous have three each. Woodstock has two sophomores going postward, with Canyon Wind, Charley Barley, Metropolitan and Pine Valley each having one son in the fray. Brian Brown will harness the Big Bad John gelding Whataboy from post seven in the first OSS division (Race 3) for owners Carl Howard of Powell, OH; Gerrie Tucker, Montreal, QC, CA and RBH Ventures Inc., New York, NY. Whataboy captured Leg 2 on June 11 at Scioto Downs in wire-to-wire fashion in 1:52, drawing off from his rivals by nearly five lengths. He then finished second by a head to Winwood Mac on July 16 at Scioto in Leg 3, clocked in 1:52.1. A winner of $116,554 lifetime, Whataboy was bred by Florida-based Dm Stables LLC. Canadia's Bakin starts from the rail in this same division for trainer Steve Carter and owners Chuck Grubbs of Louisville, KY; Robert Reid, Sheila Hummel and Jacob Beard-all from Mansfield, OH. The son of Big Bad John is riding a three-race win streak coming into this contest-having scored resounding triumphs at Xenia, Piketon and Lebanon in Ohio Fair Stakes competition. A winner of $96,832 in his career, Canadia's Bakin won the first two legs of this series handily, in 1:54.2 on May 7 at Miami Valley Raceway and in 1:52 at Scioto on June 11. He was bred by the Ohio-based Lmn Bred Stables. Winwood Mac, a Ronnie Burke trainee, has been first, second and third in his OSS legs this season, and heads up the second OSS division (Race 5) from post two. The son of Canyon Wind is owned by Burke in partnership with Weaver Bruscemi of Cannonsburg, PA and Philip Collura of Mountain Township, PA and has $79,065 in seasonal earnings, after amassing $38,483 during his freshman campaign. His career mark of 1:50.2 came in his last start, a $55,000 Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto on July 30. He was bred by the Winwood Farm of Michigan. Danny Collins will bridle up Hustling Charley in this same event from post six. Collins leases the Charley Barley colt along with Ryan Holton of Etna, OH. Hustling Charley has four wins this season in nine starts, including a 1:51.3 career best score in OSS Leg 3 at Scioto on July 16, when he prevailed by 3½ lengths over his rivals. A winner of $99,562 lifetime, Hustling Charley was bred by Ohio's Lisa Ezzo. The Bill Dailey trained Gotmoneyinmypocket appears to be well poised for another triumph from post three in the third OSS division (Race 12). The homebred son of Feelin Friskie has earned $145,098 lifetime for Jerry Zosel of Columbus, OH and Kathy Ratcliff of Orient, OH. Gotmoneyinmypocket's last victory came at Scioto on July 16 in Leg 3, when he tripped the timer in a hasty 1:50.3. He also won Leg 1 of this series on May 7 at Miami Valley in 1:53.3. Smoke Up Johnny was fourth in Legs 3 and 1 of this series, but captured Leg 2 on June 11 in 1:52.2. Trained by Doug Hinklin for the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH, the son of Big Bad John starts from post six in this same division. Smoke Up Johnny was bred by Indiana-based Conquest Acres and has $111,327 in his career coffers, with five wins and two seconds in 18 starts. Ohio Sires Stakes returns to Northfield Park on Monday, August 15 with 2-year-old fillies in the spotlight. Five divisions of pacing fillies and four divisions of trotting fillies will vie in Leg 3 of the series for these young distaffs, with a 6 pm, ET post. On Tuesday, August 16, 2-year-old pacing and trotting colts will go postward at Scioto Downs with a matinee post of 2 pm, ET. by Kimberly Rinker

A trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes, Leg 4, will be contested Friday night, August 12 at Scioto Downs for harness racing 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Twenty-three diagonally-gaited equine athletes will wage war over the fight-eighths mile oval, with a first race post time set for 6:30 pm, ET. These fourth leg contests are the last events before the $250,000 Championships on Super Night, divided by age, gender and gait that are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3 at Northfield Park. The second OSS division (Race 3) is clearly the most competitive, with last year's 2-year-old champion MJB Got Faith leaving from the three-hole for Kayne Kauffman and trainer Walter Haynes, Jr against seven rivals. The altered son of Trainforthefuture has amassed $67,100 this season for his young owner Breana Carsey of Connersville, IN, after earning $192,500 as a freshman. MJB Got Faith won his third OSS leg on July 15 at Scioto Downs in 1:55.3 and his second OSS leg on June 4 at Northfield Park by five lengths in 1:57.2. Both were dominating, front-stepping efforts for this diminutive bay gelding. MJB Got Faith was bred by Gbw Breeding Farms Inc., of Ohio and has nine wins and a pair of third-place finishes in 15 career starts. OSS Leg 1 winner Chips So Fast will challenge MJB Got Faith from post five. Conditioned by Chris Beaver, this brown son of Chip Chip Hooray has career earnings of $93,664 for Mark Moger of New Hope, PA and Albert Delia, Jr. of Newtown, PA. This sophomore has four wins, five seconds and a third in 21 lifetime starts and captured Leg 1 at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:57.1 on May 7. Chips So Fast was bred by S & R Angelbeck and Midland Acres. Trainer Ron Steck sends out The Next Triumph from post two in this same division. The Triumphant Caviar gelding has been a solid force in this series both this year and last. A winner of $131,259 lifetime, he recorded a mark of 1:56.1 en route to winning OSS Leg 2 on June 4 at Northfield Park for co-owners Steck, Robert Smoiko of Solon, OH and Rene Allard of Matamoras, PA. Bred by Ohio's Second Chance Stable, The Next Triumph was also a strong second to Overdressed in OSS Leg 3 on July 15 at Scioto Downs. The first OSS division (Race 1) features seven sophomore trotters, including second leg winner Roundtown Rocker, who scored a 1:58.3 victory on June 4 at Scioto Downs. The brown gelding is trained by Melanie Wrenn for Dana Parham of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and will start from post seven with Peter Wrenn in the sulky. Bred by William Hartman of Ohio, the son of Hard Rock N Roll has $56,215 in career earnings and ten wins in 18 tries. The Chris Beaver conditioned Kanthaka has finished second in the first three legs of this series and vies from post six in this same divison. The Triumphant Caviar son is owned by Beaver and breeder Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH and has $204,564 in his career coffers. Kanthaka has nine wins, three seconds and a third in 16 starts and will trying for seasonal victory number four in this fourth leg. Miles Wollam will harness Overdressed from post eight in the third OSS division (Race 5) for G&B Racing of New Wilmington, PA and Dale Sweet of Toledo, OH. The winner of $120,579 lifetime has won all three OSS legs and is looking to make a clean sweep of this series for his connections. Driven by Kurt Sugg in all of his triumphs this year, the gelded son of Full Count took his career mark of 1:56.2 in OSS Leg 3 on July 15 at Scioto Downs. Bred by Marvin Raber of Baltic, OH, Overdressed will be trying for career win number six in this fourth leg test. Lionbacker Kidd carries the hopes of trainer Joesph Kramp and owner Jeffrey Kidd of Harville, OH postward from the four-hole. The Lionhunter gelding was bred by John E. Miller and has earned $105,190 for his connections thus far, and will be trying for career win seven in this division. He won the first leg of this series on May 7 at Miami Valley, clocked in 2:00.2. Wegoferdaprize gets the coveted rail slot for Kayne Kauffman and trainer Jessica Millner. This altered son of And Away We Go will be looking for a repeat of his previous start, when he captured OSS Leg 3 on July 15 at Scioto Downs in a 1:55.2 come-from-behind effort. A winner of $49,525 in his career, Wegoferdaprize was bred by Bill Troyer and is owned by Curran Racing LLC of Red Hook, NY. He has five wins this season in ten tries, and will be trying for his fifth consecutive victory in this one mile contest. Of the 23 sophomore trotters competing in this fourth leg of OSS action, there are 20 geldings and three colts. Ohio stallions represented includes four youngsters each sired by And Away We Go and Triumphant Caviar; with two each from Chip Chip Hooray, Deep Chip, Lionhunter and Neely Dunn. The stallions Full Count, Hard Rock N Roll, His Highness, Iron Duke, Lou's Legacy, Pilgrim's Taj and Trainforthefuture each have one progeny in Friday night's OSS contests. Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Saturday night, with a trio of events for 3-year-old Ohio-bred pacing colts and geldings scheduled at Northfield Park. Kimberly Rinker

Ten $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 2-year-old Buckeye-bred fillies will be contested on Tuesday, July 19 at Scioto Downs, with a special harness racing matinee post time of 2 pm, ET.   Thirty-nine trotting fillies in four OSS divisions and 56 pacing fillies in six OSS divisions will go postward over the five-eighths mile oval.   First leg pacing winners--from July 3 at Northfield Park--include Gorgeous Hallie (1:57.3), Loreena's Ruffian (1:56.1), Bye Bye Felicia (1:56.1), Big Bad Baby (1:58.4), Rosemary Rose (1:56.4), Zoe Ellasen (1:55.2), Strike A Chord (1:56.3) and Type A Grey (1:57.2).   First leg trotting winners--from that same date & track--Chim Swift (1:57.4), Maderia AS (1:59), Emerald City Of Oz (2:01.2), Bamaslastchance (2:01.2), Purple Sona (2:00.4), Amuse's (2:01.1).   Ohio trotting stallions represented in these Ohio Sires Stakes contests include: Dejarmbro (15); Triumphant Caviar (7); Break The Bank K (4); Chip Chip Hooray & Neely Dunn (3 each); And Away We Go (2); Full Count, Big Rigs, Iron Duke, His Highness & Homestretch (1 each).   Ohio stallions represented in the six Ohio Sires Stakes pacing events include: Big Bad John (12); McArdle (9); Art Official (8); Charley Barley (6); Santana Blue Chip, Feelin Friskie, The Panderosa & Manhardt (3 each); Woodstock, Arts Chip & Foreclosure (2 each); I'm Gorgeous, World of Rocknroll & Oaks Enforcer (1 each).   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator    

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