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James Beluscak and Bob Carson's Lord Of The Reigns creeped up the rail to win in a lifetime best 1:55.2 at odds of 14-1 in the first of two $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) on a blustery June 19 harness racing afternoon at Scioto Downs. Conversely, the 1-5 favorite, Fraser Ridge, did as expected by capturing the second division handily in 1:56. A total of 16 diagonally-gaited 3-year-old colts and geldings battled in round two of the four-leg series that culminates with a $250,000 Championship for 2- and 3-year-olds of both gaits and genders on Saturday, Sept. 2 at the central-Ohio five-eighths mile oval. Conditioned by Marty Wollam, Lord Of The Reigns, a 3-year-old son of Dejarmbro, had won OSS-Leg One on May 2 at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:57.3 in his first career triumph, but had not visited the winner's circle in three starts following that victory. However, this uber-consistent diagonally-gaited athlete was second once and third twice in his aforementioned outings after that first OSS score. The homebred sophomore now has two wins in five starts this year and upped his seasonal earnings to $55,380 and his career bankroll to $77,096. Lord Of The Reigns returned $31.00 on a two dollar win ticket, finishing three-quarters of a length in front of Star Buster (9-5, Ryan Stahl), with Always A Good Time (6-1, Chris Page) a length back in third. Full Surge, the 4-5 favorite, made a break behind the gate for driver Mike Wilder and never recovered, spotting the field of eight more than two dozen lengths and finishing last. Lord Of The Reigns is the first foal out of the Cantab Hall mare Mariko Hanover 3, 1:59F ($45,141). Fraser Ridge used come-from-behind tactics to emerge victorious for driver Chris Page, overtaking the determined 13-1 Magic Vacation (Kayne Kauffman) in the final strides. Speed Lane (8-1, Dan Noble) picked up show honors, 1¼ lengths back. The Chris Beaver trainee, a son of Triumphant Caviar, notched his third victory this season and sixth career win for the partnership of Donald Robinson, Cardington, OH; Robert Mondillo, Delaware, OH; Chris Beaver, Radnor, OH; and RBH Ventures of New York, NY. Bred by Steve Stewart of Paris, KY, Fraser Ridge now has $202,595 in his career bank account from six wins in 17 starts, with $64,564 in seasonal earnings. The third foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Classical Mary 3, 1:55.2M ($207,811) Fraser Ridge is a half-brother in Guy Fox (by Glidemaster) 4, 1:55.2f ($119,405). Ohio Sires Stakes action resumes July 1 as 3-year-old colt pacers (Leg Three) vie at Northfield Park; 2-year-old filly trotters (Leg One), July 3, Northfield; 2-year-old pacing colts (Leg One), July 4, Scioto Downs; and 2-year-old filly pacers (Leg One), July 5, Scioto Downs. Kimberly Rinker

Filly favorites Rose Run Sydney and Gabbysloosechange each captured their respective $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests on Saturday night, June 17 at Northfield Park in round two of the four-leg harness racing series for Buckeye-bred sophomores.   Rose Run Sydney, a daughter of Triumphant Caviar out of the Angus Hall mare Stonebridge Dancer, scored a near wire-to-wire performance in the first OSS division with Jason Brewer at the lines as the 3-5 public's choice.   Conditioned by co-owner Steve Carter for Adam Friedland, Brooklyn, NY and Rbr Racing LLC, Ashland, OH, Rose Run Sydney grabbed the lead going to the :56.4 half-mile marker and never looked back, rolling to victory in a lifetime best 1:55.3 clocking. She finished a comfortable four lengths in front of 4-1 Bamaslastchance (Aaron Merriman), with 17-1 Away My Baby (Jason Thompson) notching show honors. The victory gave the filly--who was bred by the Rose Run Farm of Sugarcreek, OH--a perfect two-for-two in OSS competition, as she had captured Leg One on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:58.1. Rose Run Sydney upped her career earnings to $157,067 lifetime from 11 wins, four seconds and two thirds in 18 career starts. Trainer Chris Beaver and co-owner Johanna Beaver's Gabbysloosechange won her OSS division in similar style to the aforementioned Rose Run Sydney, taking control of the race at the :57.1 half, and scoring her fourth lifetime win in 1:54.4 for driver Jason Thompson. The 2-1 homebred Credit Winner lass--who was unraced as a freshman--finished 1¼ lengths in front of her hard-trying, 1-2 stablemate, Chim Swift (Aaron Merriman), with 25-1 Vatanna (Jason Brewer) getting up for third. Gabbysloosechance now has four wins and $48,500 in career earnings from just six lifetime starts. She won her Leg One OSS division at Miami Valley in 1:57.2 on May 1. Ohio Sires Stakes continue on Monday, June 19 with 3-year-old trotting colts in the spotlight in a Scioto Downs matinee program. Post time is 2 pm, ET. Kimberly Rinker

Sixteen diagonally-gaited 3-year-old colts and geldings square off Monday afternoon in a pair of $40,000 Leg Two Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) at Scioto Downs. Ten geldings and six colts spar in races two and five over the lightening-fast five-eight's mile harness racing oval, with a matinee post time of 2 pm, ET. Returning for round two action are Leg One (Miami Valley Raceway, May 2) winners Full Surge, Fraser Ridge and Lord of the Reigns. Trainer Chris Beaver will harness four of the competitors-two in each division-while Jim Dailey has one contestant in each division. Ohio stallion Dejarmbro has six foals represented in Monday's OSS events, while Triumphant Caviar has three and Victory Sam, two. And Away We Go, Big Rigs, Break The Bank K, Deep Chip and Full Count all have one progeny each competing. Conditioner Marty Wollam harnesses Leg One winner Lord Of The Reigns in the first OSS division from post two. Bred and owned by James Beluscak, Broadview Heights, OH and Bob Carson, Strongsville, OH, this Dejarmbro colt scored his lone career victory by a neck over Jailhouse Sam in 1:57.3, and has amassed $62,342 for these connections. A model of consistency, Lord Of The Reigns hasn't finished off the board this season in four starts (1-1-2) and has only missed two checks in 15 lifetime starts. He is the first and most prolific foal out of the Cantab Hall mare Mariko Hanover 3, 1:59F ($45,141). Full Surge, a Full Count colt, races for Ohio-based quartet of trainer Miles Wollam and co-owners Ashley Fusco and Renna Wollam-all of Vienna, OH, and Rhett Roll of Ostrander, OH. The bay winner of $76,551 posted a neck victory in his first OSS triumph, stopping the timer in 1:57.1 for driver Mike Wilder. Mahlon A. Miller of Sugarcreek bred the bay sophomore, who has three wins in four starts this year. At two, he posted a solo victory in eight starts but did earn $43,502 last season. Full Surge is the fifth foal out of the unraced Muscles Yankee mare Super Katrina, and is a full brother to Countmymuscles 5, 1:56f ($118,585), with half-siblings in: Hoorayi'monmyway (by Chip Chip Hooray) 2, 2:09h ($36,246) and Jesse Hill (by Jailhouse Jesse) 3, 1:59 ($3,800). The Jeff Cox-trained Star Buster will leave from the rail in this same division, and while he finished third in OSS Leg One, he's riding an impressive three-race win streak that bodes well for owner Michael Soehnlen of Dalton, OH. The son of Deep Chip has shown he can get around any size racetrack, having won at Miami Valley on May 8 in 1:54.4 and at Northfield on May 22 (by nearly ten lengths in 1:56.2) and again at that same half-miler on June 3 (by nearly eight lengths in 1:54.3). Bred by Pius Soehnlen of Canton, OH, Star Buster has career earnings of $60,796 from 11 wins in 20 starts-with $45,950 earned this season from four wins in six starts. This speedy gelding is the second foal out of the unraced BJ's Mac mare Frances Maxine and is a half-brother to the gelding Drift Away (by Trojan Touch), a winner of 36 races and $348,878 with a mark of 7, 1:52.1. Chris Beaver trainee Fraser Ridge-who was a multiple OSS Leg Winner as a freshman-starts from post four in the second division. This son of Triumphant Caviar has $182,595 in his career coffers from five wins in 16 starts. Bred by Steve Stewart of Paris, KY, Fraser Ridge most recently won a $38,808 Currier and Ives division at The Meadows on June 3 by four lengths in 1:55.1. This talented sophomore is owned by Donald Robinson, Cardington, OH; Robert Mondillo, Delaware, OH; Chris Beaver, Radnor, OH; and RBH Ventures of New York, NY. Fraser Ridge is the third foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Classical Mary 3, 1:55.2M ($207,811) and has a half-brother in Guy Fox (by Glidemaster) 4, 1:55.2f ($119,405). Trying to avenge his nose loss to Fraser Ridge in their OSS contest on May 2 is the Scott Cox-trained Goldfinger, an altered bay son of Big Rigs owned by Parent Racing Stable of Whitehouse, OH and G Peters, Akron, OH. Bred by Up Front Racing of Scottsdale, AZ, Goldfinger has career earnings of $83,522 from four wins in 16 starts and seems uber-versatile, having won both on the front-end and from off the pace. As the sixth foal out of the unraced Mr Lavec mare Armbro Espionage, Goldfinger is a half-brother to Armor Hanover (by SJ's Caviar) 7, 1:52f ($248,955) and Jacksons Minion (by Explosive Matter) 3, 1:53.1f ($148,943), among others. Dekeyser, who finished a neck back to the winning Full Surge on May 2, won his first start of the year on April 26 at Northfield by 5¾ lengths and is still looking for his elusive second win of the season. Trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver for Synerco Ventures In., ON and Steven Zeehandelar, Worthington, OH, this Dejarmbro colt rarely misses a check and has $43,994 in lifetime earnings. Kevin Greenfield, Perrysburg, OH, bred the sophomore trotter, the fifth foal out of his Mr Vic mare Pink Ribbons 4, 1:54.3S ($236,525). Dekeyser is a half-brother to the Explosive Matter gelding Datsyuk 3, 1:53.1f ($472,528) and to the Pegasus Spur gelding Big Package 6, 1:56f ($111,063). Ohio Sires Stakes action resumes July 1 as 3-year-old colt pacers (Leg Three) vie at Northfield Park; 2-year-old filly trotters (Leg One), July 3, Northfield; 2-year-old pacing colts (Leg One), July 4, Scioto Downs; and 2-year-old filly pacers (Leg One), July 5, Scioto Downs. Kimberly Rinker

A pair of $40,000 Leg Two Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) divisions will be featured Saturday night, June 17 at Northfield Park. A total of 16 sophomore trotting fillies will line up behind the Cleveland half-miler starting gate for the two harness racing events-set as races three and seven-with a post time of 6 pm, ET. Of those 16 diagonally-gaited distaffs, only three will be making their first start in OSS competition this season, while the remaining 13 all vied in first-leg contests. Looking for their second straight victories in the four-leg series are Leg One winners Chim Swift, Gabbysloosechange and Rose Run Sydney. Ohio sires Triumphant Caviar and Dejarmbro are represented by four daughters each, while stallion Break The Bank K has three of his progeny competing. Ohio-based stallions And Away We Go, Chip Chip Hooray, Full Count, Iron Duke and Neely Dunn all have one foal each looking for a victory Saturday night. Owner/breeder Robert J. Key of Leechburg, PA owns three of the OSS-eligible sophomore trotting lasses: Amuse's and Pennys N Dimes in the first division (Race 3) and Monee Bank in the second division (Race 7). Trainer Chris Beaver will harness three of the fillies: Bamaslastchance in the first division and OSS Leg One winners Gabbysloosechange and Chim Swift in division two. Conditioners Marty Wollam and Norm Parker will tighten the girth on two of the OSS starters: Wollam has Purple Sona in the first division and Full Of Pride in the second division, while Parker has Pennys N Dimes in the first and Monee Bank in the second. Rose Run Sydney is the clear standout in division one (Race 3) for owners Steve Carter, Londonderry, OH; Adam Friedland, Brooklyn, NY and Rbr Racing LLC, Ashland, OH. Carter trains the Triumphant Caviar lass, who has a trio of victories under her belt coming into this OSS event. She captured OSS Leg One on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:58.1 with a come-from-behind effort for driver Jason Brewer, who drives again from post two. Bred by the Rose Run Farm of Sugarcreek, OH, Rose Run Sydney has amassed $137,067 lifetime from ten wins, four seconds and two thirds in 17 career starts. She is the fifth of seven foals out of the Angus Hall mare Stonebridge Dancer 3, 1:57.3F ($34,902) and is a half-sister to a trio of Kadabra siblings: Magic Dancing 3, 1:59.3f ($52,664); Magic Hat 4, Q, 1:57.3s ($38,951); and Whitegloves 4, 1:57s ($33,145). Purple Sona, a daughter by Dejarmbro who hails from the Marty Wollam Stable, will vie against Rose Run Sydney from post six with Kurt Sugg aboard. She was a smart second to rival Gabbysloosechange in Leg One of this series on May 1 at Miami Valley. This winner of $75,362 lifetime has two overnight wins-one each at The Meadows and Northfield-as she goes postward for Acadia Farms, Inc., Canfield, OH; Dale Sweet, Toledo, OH; and G&B Racing, New Wilmington, PA. A winner of four races and a trio of second-place finishes in 12 starts, Puple Sona is the first foal out of the unraced Donato Hanover mare Sonalona Hanover. She was bred by the Double Spring Farm of Dundee, OH. Bamaslastchance and driver Aaron Merriman leave from post five in this same division for trainer Chris Beaver. This Iron Duke filly was third to Rose Run Sydney in OSS Leg One at Miami Valley before scoring a neck victory in a Scioto Downs overnight on May 10 in a career best 1:55.3. Owned by Beaver; Synerco Vent, ON; Steve Zeehandelar, Worthington, OH and Michael Robinson, Lewis Center, OH, Bamaslastchance has career earnings of $90,861 from two wins in 11 starts. Bred by Vernon E. Miller of Garrettsville, OH, Bamaslastchance is the third foal out of the Kadabra mare Sweethomeourbama 3, Q2:04.1H ($1,238) and is a full sister to the 2014 OSS Champion (she won all four OSS leg and the championship) Sunrise Nibbles 3, 1:57.4h ($223,764) and to the gelding SR Radar 3, 1:56.3 ($57,246). Beaver will then harness OSS Leg One winners Chim Swift (Post 1-Aaron Merriman) and Gabbysloosechange (Post 5-Jason Thompson) in the second OSS division. Chim Swift, owned by Beaver and breeder Wilbur Stoll Lange, Jamestown, OH, is a daughter of Triumphant Caviar who tripped the timer in a seasonal best 1:57.2 at Miami Valley on May 1, holding off the game Saw Mill Road by a neck. A winner of $133,870 in her career, Chim Swift won an Ohio Sires Stakes leg, an Ohio Fair Stake and the $57,220 Ohio Breeders Championship last season as a freshman. Chim Swift is the second foal out of the unraced Credit Winner mare Blackrock and is a full sister to the speedy and prolific Kestrel 4, 1:52.1f ($384,998), who won OSS legs at ages two and three. Gabbysloosechange is co-owned by Beaver and breeder Johanna Beaver of Deleon Springs, FL. The first foal of the Credit Winner mare Gabby's Creditcard 4, 1:58h ($135,694), this filly was unraced at two and has five seasonal starts to date with three wins and a second and $28,500 in 2017 earnings. She won her OSS-Leg One division at Miami Valley on May 1 in 1:57.2 (the fastest division) and captured an overnight at Hoosier Park in 1:57.2 in commanding fashion on May 24. Ohio Sires Stakes continue on Monday, June 19 with 3-year-old trotting colts in the spotlight in a Scioto Downs matinee program. Post time is 2 pm, ET. Kimberly Rinker OSDF Administrator

A trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes--each clocked in 1:51.2--were contested on Saturday night, June 10 at Scioto Downs. This was Leg 2 of four in the lucrative harness racing series for Ohio-bred 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Crowd favorite (3-2) McThriller captured the first OSS division handily with Chris Page at the lines. Conditioned by Brian Brown, the altered son of McArdle led at every quarter mile marker to notch his first victory of 2017 in his third try. "I talked to Brian (trainer Brown) before the race and he said he thought this colt would be tough to beat off the front end," Page offered. Nr Holdings, LLC of Boca Raton, FL; TLP Stable, Kearny , NJ; and Howard Taylor, Philadelphia, PA own McThriller, who upped his career earnings to $155,522 with this latest triumph. Bred by Gbw Breeding Farms, Inc., McThriller finished a neck in front of the late-closing Lightning Onmyfeet (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), while Sugar Island (Mark Evers) was third, 6½ lengths back at odds of 36-1. McThriller Brown also harnessed Barnabas to win OSS division two. The brown McArdle gelding was steered by Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., to a near-perfect neck victory over rival Major Nemesis, who had lead throughout until the final yards for driver Tony Hall. Mr McDreamy (Aaron Merriman) picked up show honors. "This horse had a long ship up from Florida and just wasn't himself earlier this season," Wrenn, Jr. acknowledged. "But he was awesome in his last start and raced back tonight just as strong." A winner of six races in his career now and $108,314, Barnabas--who towers over his rivals at 17+ hands tall--was bred by Hickory Lane Farm's Kevin Greenfield and is owned by the Ohio quartet of Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and William Robinson. Barnabas Drunk On Your Love utilized come-from-behind tactics to triumph in the third OSS division with Dan Noble in the bike. The Foreclosure N gelding is conditioned by Jim Pollock, Jr. for Mark Ford, Campbell Hall, NY and Jason Settlemoir, Cream Ridge, NJ and now has seven career wins and $123,500 in his lifetime bank account. "This colt just keeps getting better with maturity," Noble offered. "He was a very good colt as a 2-year-old and has continued to mature into an even stronger 3-year-old." Drunk On Your Love was all alone at the wire, some 6¼ lengths in front of 14-1 Banderbear (John Campbell) and 7-5 McRaven (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.). Drunk On Your Love Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Saturday, June 17 at Northfield Park with 3-year-old filly trotters vying and 3-year-old colt trotters battling on Monday, June 19 at Scioto Downs. Kimberly Rinker

Speed was all the rage in a quartet of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Friday night, June 9 at Scioto Downs. It was the second of four legs in the harness racing series for Ohio-breds that offers a minimum purse of $40,000 per division. Lionel Watiker's Rose Run Skyler--who won her OSS Leg 1 on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:54.3--paced to a sizzling career best 1:53 victory as she nailed down her fourth consecutive triumph for her owner in her OSS division with Aaron Merriman in the sulky. She finished a healthy three lengths ahead of Rosa's Touch (Mike Wilder) with Type A Grey (Chris Page) third. Conditioned by Watiker's son Derek, the sophomore daughter by The Panderosa upped her career earnings to $79,375 as she notched career victory number five. Bred by the Rose Run Farm, Rose Run Skyler was purchased by Watiker at the Ohio Selected Sale. "We watched her video and thought she was extremely athletic looking," he noted. Watiker--who owns a heavy highway construction company in Zanesville, OH, has been immersed in the Standardbred industry since the late 1970s. "My father was involved as an owner back then and in the 1980s I trained a few horses for him but I'm enjoying it now with my sons being involved," he explained. Unraced at 2, Rose Run Skyler also captured the $50,000 Scarlet And Grey at Miami Valley Raceway on May 8 in 1:53 and a Scioto Downs overnight on May 25 in 1:54.1, both with Merriman at the controls. "Derek trained 'Skyler' down to 2:05 last year but we all felt it would be better to wait and race her as a 3-year-old," Watiker related. "We wanted to give her time to mature." In addition to his son Derek who also drives, Watiker utilizes the talents of his son Chase--a fourth year veterinarian student at The Ohio State University--to help with allergy issues affecting the sophomore pacing filly. "It's quite unusual, but 'Skyler' is allergic to things most horses have in their daily life without trouble," Watiker offered. "Certain types of grass and hay, apples, etc.--she's allergic to all of them. We have to constantly monitor and manage her diet very carefully and that's where Chase has been most helpful." Rose Run Skyler is also routinely nebulized and gets a little bit of time in the field, Watiker added. "We keep her turn-out time brief; no more than two-hours at a time because we don't want her to ingest too much grass and get sick," he stressed. "She definitely responds to it all very well though." Rose Run Skyler Favorite Pistol Packin Mama and driver Peter Wrenn demolished their rivals by five lengths, stopping the clock in a lifetime best 1:52.2 in their OSS division. The Panderosa lass took the lead going to the :55.3 half and steadily drew away from the rest of the field in just her fifth start of the season. "Last week at Hoosier, she was a good second to Glassine Hanover, who is a very, very nice filly," Wrenn stressed. "So I knew she was going to be sharp in here tonight." Owned by the Herres Stables of Bellbrook, OH, Pistol Packin Mama pushed her career bankroll to $71,250 with this OSS win. This filly won Leg 1 of the series on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway by 4½ lengths using similar tactics. Longshot (21-1) Glorious Intent (Chris Page) was second, while 13-1 Zoe Ellasen (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) finished third. Pistol Packin Mama Bye Bye Felicia (Chris Page) prevailed in her OSS division by a commanding 3¾ lengths to win in a new life mark of 1:52.2. The victory was the first of the year in six tries for the daughter of Woodstock, who is conditioned by Brian Brown for Ohio owners Jennifer Brown, Scott Davis, Steve Mullet and Joyce McClelland. Opie's Girl (Kayne Kauffman) finished second, while Official Kisser (Jason Brewer) was third). Bred by Billy Walters and Joe McLead, Bye Bye Felicia now has $130,809 in career earnings. Bye Bye Felicia Aaron Merriman picked up his second OSS victory of the night as he guided Ellasen to a new life record of 1:52.4 for trainer Ron Potter and owner Clyde A. Perfect of Lawrenceburg, IN. The daughter of Big Bad John battled 15-1 longshot rival Cams Little Bit (Kyle Ater) down the stretch to win by a length, with 60-1 The Lady Vanishes (Ryan Stahl) getting up for third. Bred by Tonya Keckler, Ellasen upped her career earnings to $83,203 via her third lifetime victory in 17 starts. Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Seven $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) divisions for harness racing 3-year-old fillies and colts will be contested this weekend at Scioto Downs, in Leg 2 of the series for Ohio-bred eligibles of this age and gait. Post time both Friday (June 9) and Saturday (June 10) is 6:30 pm, ET. Four divisions of fillies--with 31 entries--go postward in Races 1, 2, 3 and 10 on Friday night, while a trio of events for colts--with ten contestants each in Races 2, 3 and 5--are slated for Saturday night. Returning for round two action are Leg 1 distaff winners Official Kisser, Bourbon And Barley, Pistol Packin Mama and Rose Run Skyler, while Leg 1 victors Lightning Onmyfeet, Heracer, Drunk On Your Love and McRaven vie in the colt events. To be eligible for participation in the lucrative Ohio Sires Stakes program, a horse must be sired by an Ohio stallion standing in the Buckeye State who was registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission during the year the horse was foaled. The stallion Big Bad John is represented in this weekend's OSS events by 14 foals--nine colts and five fillies, while McArdle has nine of his progeny competing--eight colts and a lone filly. The stallion Art Official is represented by three colts and five fillies, with two sons and four daughters of the stallion The Panderosa sparing in OSS tests. Charley Barley has five OSS sophomores going postward--one colt and three fillies. Stallions Woodstock and Art's Chip each have two colts and one filly battling, while Manhardt and World of Rocknroll have two foals each in OSS competition. The stallions Cheyenne Rei, Feelin Friskie, I'm Gorgeous, No Pan Intended and Santana Blue Chip are all represented by one filly each. The 30 colts in their three OSS divisions on Saturday night have $1,790,892 in combined earnings; while the 31 fillies in their four OSS divisions on Friday night have a combined total of $1,777,579. Among the colts, Carl Atley's Scotch McEwan is the richest, with $221,437 in his lifetime bankroll, while McThriller has $135,522 and Drunk On Your Love, a son of Foreclosure N, has $103,500. The Charley Barley filly Berazzled is tops among the OSS fillies, with $203,465 in career earnings, with Bourbon And Barley owning $129,910. Other $100,000+ earners include: Type A Grey ($116,247); Zoe Ellasen ($116,083); and Bye Bye Felicia ($110,809). Among the conditioners of these OSS tests, Brian Brown will harness seven (three fillies and four colts), while Ron Burke sends out five (two fillies and three colts). Trainers who have two OSS contestants this weekend include: Kent Sherman, Tyler George, Ron Potter, Mike Roth, Virgil Morgan, Jr., Jim Dailey and Rich Gilloch. Breeders Liza Ezzo and Marion Beachy are represented by fillies Bourbon And Barley, Barley Hall, Barley Nation and Berazzled and the colt Barley Up. Spring Haven Farm has bred four of the OSS youngsters, while Knox Services is listed as the breeder on two. Kimberly Rinker

Members of the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) committee will meet on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 1 pm in Room 1960 of the Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. The meeting is open to the public and horsemen and stakeholders are encouraged to attend. For questions contact Kim Rinker, OSDF Administrator, Ohio State Racing Commission, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, 614-779-0269 or kim.rinker@racing.ohio.gov. Kimberly Rinker

Lightning Onmyfeet was just that on Tuesday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway, as he scored the fastest of seven $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings, pacing to victory in 1:53.1 for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. The McArdle colt is conditioned by Brian Brown for owners Erv Miller Stable, D. Robinson, J&T Silva Stables and Stable 45 and was bred by Iowa's John Carver. "This colt sustained an injury as a 2-year-old," said Brown. "But he's got a world of talent and just continues to get stronger with each start." Lightning Onmyfeet, a compact dark bay with a huge stride, upped his career earnings to $29,450 for his connections in his third lifetime victory from five starts. Parked out briefly to the :56.2 half, Lightning Onmyfeet then drew off from his rivals before sweeping under the wire a length and a half in front of McLucky (Aaron Merriman), while Big Bad Bruce (Chris Page) was 7¼ lengths back in third. Brown also harnessed Hackett winner McRaven, another son of McArdle, to win the first OSS pacing division in 1:54.2 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. driving. Owned by Country Club Acres and L&H Management Services of Findlay, OH, it was the second straight victory for McRaven and the fourth of his career in five starts. Bred by the Parent Racing Stable, McRaven pushed his lifetime earnings to $81,500 as he defeated stablemate White Jet (Chris Page) by half a length, and third-place finisher Pace Car (Wilder) by three-quarters of a length with his wire-to-wire score. Trainer Chris Beaver had a pair of OSS winners as well; the trotting colt Fraser Ridge and the pacing gelding Heracer. Fraser Ridge, a son of Triumphant Caviar, won the first OSS test for trotters with a gutsy whisker victory over Goldfinger (Ryan Stahl) in 1:56.2. Bred by Steve Stewart and owned by the Ohio trio of D. Robinson, R. Mondillo, Beaver and RBH Ventures of New York, NY, the leggy sophomore now has career earnings of $138,031 after winning his 2017 debut with Aaron Merriman in the sulky. Merriman then steered the winning Art Official gelding Heracer to capture the fourth $40,000 OSS division for pacers in 1:54.1. Owned by Beaver, Synerco Ventures, Ontario; J. S. Burnett, OH; and T. S. Homan, OH, Heracer held off McThriller (Chris Page) in the stretch, prevailing by a head at the wire, with longshot Sunny's Bro (Greg Grismore) getting up for third. Bred by Michael Parisi, Heracer now has $46,589 in career earnings. The Wollam family and driver Mike Wilder dominated the second and third OSS trotting divisions, with Miles Wollam conditioning Full Surge to win in 1:57.1 and Marty Wollam harnessing Lord Of The Reigns to his first career triumph in 1:57.3. Full Surge is a bay son of Full Count, making his ninth lifetime start for the Ohio quartet of trainer Wollam, AN Fusco, RR Wollam, and RR Roll. A mild 13-1 longshot, Full Surge won by a neck over Dekeyser (Aaron Merriman) with Stormy Kromer (Peter Wrenn) nearly four lengths back in third. Bred by Mahlon Miller, Full Surge upped his career bankroll to $63,501. Lord Of The Reigns, a 23-1 longshot, used a :30.4 late stretch brush to nab Jailhouse Sam (Sandy Beatty) at the wire. It was the homebred trotter's first career victory in his seasonal debut for Ohio-based owners James Beluscake and Bob Carson. The son of Dejarmbro--Mariko Hanover--Cantab Hall now has $41,716 in his career coffers.   Mark Ford's Drunk On Your Love paced to a sobering 1:54 in the third OSS division for driver Danny Noble and trainer Jim Pollock, Jr. The Foreclosure N gelding--who was bred by the Bauder family of Ohio--picked up his fifth career win in eight starts and added the winner's share of $20,000 to his bankroll of $76,250. The speedy bay gelding made a three-wide move down the backside to draw off impressively from his nine rivals, with Gotta Go B B (Josh Sutton) finishing second, 4½ lengths back, while Mr McDreamy was nearly eight lengths back in third. Kimberly Rinker

Ohio-bred harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings will go postward in seven $40,000 Ohio Sire Stakes (OSS) Leg One divisions on Tuesday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway. Post time is 2:05, with the first OSS event scheduled as Race 2.   Three divisions of sophomore trotters (races 2,4,6) and four divisions of pacers (races 3,6,10 & 12) will be contested, featuring many of last season's top performers in the OSS competition. Trainer Brian Brown will harness seven contestants in five OSS events, six pacers and one trotter.   "We have 84 horses in training right now at the Delaware County Fairgrounds," Brown explained. "Of those 84, two are trotters, one 2-year-old and one 3-year-old. We train in Florida over the winter months--leaving here in late November and return the first of April."   Brown's lone trotter in Tuesday's OSS races is Robert H, a son of Dejarmbro--Keystone Twilight, that made one start as a freshman, albeit a winning effort at the Madison County Fair. Robert H starts in the first division (Race 2) fresh off a front-stepping 1:58.1 triumph at Miami Valley on April 24, facing seven rivals for Ohio owners Jennifer & Brian Brown, Richard Lombardo and Chris McCown.   "This horse is a little close to my heart, as he's named after my father," Brown related. "He's a skinny, long-legged horse and he's showed us he's got some talent, so I think he fits well in this first sires stake."   Hackett winner McRaven--who won that contest on April 22 in 1:51.4--starts from post one in Race 3 for Brown. This gelded son of McArdle won a pair of OSS events in mid-season for Country Club Acres and L&H Management Services of Findlay, OH.   "He had a foot that was bothering him earlier and was bearing out a bit in his last start, and we've been working on trying to correct that issue," Brown said. "But we've got a good post and he should be good on Tuesday."   White Jet--another lightly-raced Brown pupil--starts from post three in this same race for the Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, OH. The grey son of The Panderosa won his first start of 2017 in an impressive 1:53.2 at Hoosier Park.   "White Jet is a really nice colt and has been a pleasant surprise," Brown noted. "He didn't have a good 2-year-old season and has really matured into a nice individual."   The appropriately-named Lightning Onmyfeet is Brown's seventh race contestant. This speedy son of McArdle paced to a winning 1:52.4 on April 25 in a Miami Valley overnight for owners Erv Miller Stable, D. Robinson, J&T Silva Stables and Stable 45. The bay colt has had just four starts in his career with two wins. He faces the 2016 OSS Championship winner Scotch McEwan, another son of McArdle owned by Xenia's Carl Atley and trained by Bill Dailey, who is making his seasonal debut in this OSS division.   "Lightning Onmyfeet cracked a P-1 last year," Brown explained. "(Trainer) Erv (Miller) was really high on him until that happened. He's got a world of talent and I expect he'll be even stronger than he was in his last start." Officially Creek, an Art Official gelding owned by Debbie Bird of Ontario, makes his 3-year-old debut for Brown in race ten. A winner of $53,315 last year, the bay gelding won an OSS leg at Northfield on Aug. 24. "This colt just got here from Canada a few days ago and is a brother to Bolder Creek," Brown said. "I don't think he's quite as tight as he needs to be and it might take him a few starts to get up to the speed of the rest of these in his division. He's a great big horse--very tall and long-legged and just towers over everybody else in the barn." Brown's last two contestants--Barnabas and McThriller--vie from posts eight and nine in Race 12. These two McArdle geldings are both making their seasonal debuts--coming into OSS action fresh off impressive qualifying efforts. Barnabas, a winner of $84,064 lifetime, paced to a 1:55.2 winning effort on April 26 with Tyler Smith in the sulky, while McThriller, who earned $113,022 last season, paced in 1:55.1 on the same date. "Both of these colts drew poorly (posts 8 & 9)," Brown acknowledged. "That makes their job tough. Barnabas had an open bridle in the Hackett as we wanted to calm him down a bit and he got too calm. He wasn't focused at all, so we put the blinds back on him and he qualified much better and was much more willing to go forward." Barnabas is owned by the Ohio quartet of Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombado and William Robinson. "McThriller is a very nice colt who got good late in his 2-year-old season," Brown said. "He's a great horse to have the barn--he loves everyone and is just a big pet." NR Holdings, TLP Stable and Howard Taylor are the trio of McThriller owners who hail from Boca Raton, FL, Kearny, NJ and Philadelphia, PA, respectively. Kimberly Rinker

Seven, $40,000 divisions of harness racing 3-year-old fillies vie in the first leg of the 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) on Monday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway. Post time is 2:05 pm, ET. Four divisions (races 4,8,10 & 12) of pacing fillies and three contests (races 2,6, & 9) for trotting fillies will be held on the matinee card; featuring returning OSS 2016 Champions Let's Get Started and Berazzled-both hailing from the Danny Collins Stable. Collins-who trains a stable of 15-is headquartered at Scioto Downs. A 59-year-old West Virginia native, Collins has conditioned 350 winners to $5,219,929 in career earnings. "Both fillies came into our barn around the tenth of April," Collins explained. "Let's Get Started had been trained down to 2:05 in Indiana and Berazzled had already qualified in 1:58.4 in Canada." Let's Get Started, the 2016 Ohio Horse of the Year, leaves from post four in Race 6 with Josh Sutton aboard in her sophomore debut. A winner of $243,910 for owner-breeder Joyce McClelland of Zanesville, OH, the daughter of Dejarmbro-Tori Ann-SJ's Photo was nearly unstoppable during her freshman campaign, racking up six wins in seven starts. She won three OSS legs and the $250,000 Championship at Northfield Park-despite making an uncharacteristic break midway through the race before recovering to win by a head in 1:57. Her freshman mark of 1:56.3 came in an OSS event on July 19 at Scioto Downs. Berazzled, a daughter of Charley Barley, out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Razmataz Hanover, earned $196,265 during her 2-year-old season. Owned by Marion Beachy of Sugarcreek, OH and bred by Lisa Ezzo, Berazzled won four of eight starts last year, including two OSS legs and the $250,000 Championship at Northfield on Sept. 3. She paced to a freshman record of 1:53.3 in an OSS leg on Aug. 23 at Scioto with regular pilot Peter Wrenn in the sulky. Berazzled makes her seasonal debut with Wrenn driving from post seven in Race 10. Both fillies qualified for Collins on April 19 and again on April 26 at Miami Valley-with Let's Get Started putting in a 1:57.3 winning effort and Berazzled pacing in 1:54 in their last tries. "We've been making small adjustments in regards to equipment and shoeing over the past few weeks," Collins noted. "Just tweaking little things here and there on them." Collins said he's "thrilled" to have both 3-year-olds in his care, but like a lot of fillies, they have their quirks. "Both fillies can be tough to hook, especially Let's Get Started," he said. "She's got a little 'prance and dance' to her and is antsy heading to the track. It takes her a couple of laps to get settled down. In the barn, however, she's very laid back and easy to work with. "Berazzled is kind of the same way, except that she's pretty hyper in the barn too," Collins added. "But I was really happy with her qualifier on the 29th. She was much more controllable and paced right through the wire very strong. In fact, both fillies finished with a lot left in their tanks, and with their ear plugs in place." During her training sessions, Let's Get Started was hanging on one line, and upon examining her mouth, Collins discovered the filly had a broken wolf tooth. Like any attentive parent, Collins made sure she saw the dentist, and the filly responded with a better mindset and gait. "Since she saw the dentist, she's been a lot better," Collins related. "That wolf tooth was really bothering her. Her attitude is much better now and she's a lot straighter too." Let's Get Started wears only a headpole and murphy blind on the left and a pair of trotting boots behind. Both fillies are shod with full swedges all the way around. "I'm not a big fan of a head poles, a lot of extra equipment or fancy shoeing," Collins stressed. "And I like to have my horses as simply shod as possible. "I would have liked to have had both fillies in the barn for an extra month, but off their last qualifiers, I'm pretty happy with the way both of them are set up going into Monday's races." Ohio Sires Stakes continue on Tuesday, May 2 at Miami Valley, with contests for 3-year-old pacing and trotting colts and geldings. Kimberly Rinker OSDF Administrator

Gregory H. Simpson is the newest appointee to the Ohio State Racing Commission by Governor John R. Kasich. The 66-year-old Milford, Ohio resident's term is from April 14 through March 31, 2021. Commissioner Thomas R. Winters of Columbus was reappointed by Governor Kasich to serve another term for the same time period. Simpson owns and operates Key Transportation Services, a business he began in Clermont County more than four decades ago. Simpson brings a background of both business and agricultural expertise to the OSRC, and is no stranger to the horse racing community. "I grew up on a 640-acre crop farm in the Cincinnati area," Simpson related. "I've always loved the farming community and horses in particular. My father raced harness horses back in the 1950s." Besides Standardbreds, Simpson is also a big fan of Thoroughbred racing, having "attended the Kentucky Derby on quite a few occasions as well as the Little Brown Jug." Simpson attended Moeller High School and served in the Army in Vietnam from 1969-1970 before graduating from Wilmington College with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in 1974. "I'm a big horse horseracing fan," he noted. "I love horse racing and the draft horse industry, and horses in general. I'm looking forward to my first OSRC meeting next Monday." Simpson is a member of the Clermont County Agricultural Society Fair Board, the Clermont Farm Bureau, is a Clermont County 4-H Advisor and serves as the President of the Clermont County Port Authority. As well, he has served as a member of the Ohio Expositions Commission (State Fair Board) since 2013 and currently represents the dairy farmers on that board. "There's nothing better than the county fair atmosphere," Simpson stressed. Simpson is also the Past Commander of the VFW Post 4369 (Sharonville, OH), and a former President of the both the Clermont Mercy Hospital Guild and Warren County School Board (1979-1991). In his spare time Simpson enjoys spending time with his wife Nancy, his son Greg and their four grandchildren. Golf and traveling are among his passions as well as "attending the races whenever possible." Kimberly Rinker

The Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC)'s open forum on out of competition testing will be held April 24 OSRC at 10 am, at the Riffe Center, 77 S. High Street, Room 1960. The meeting is open to all pari-mutuel stakeholders, horsemen's associations and the public, and will take place immediately after the OSRC's monthly meeting agenda has been transacted. "We're looking for input from everyone," said Robert Schmitz, OSRC Chairman. "We hope to create an atmosphere in which ideas are generated that will continue to elevate Ohio's racing program to even greater heights." The OSRC hosted an open meeting to discuss Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) licensing and regulation in Ohio on March 27, 2017, with representatives from horsemen's organizations and Ohio's seven racetracks attending. "Out of competition testing needs to be studied and strategically developed in Ohio," Chairman Schmitz stressed. The OSRC asks that anyone wishing to speak at the April 24 meeting to send their comments in advance to OSRC Executive Director Bill Crawford. Kimberly Rinker OSDF Administrator Ohio State Racing Commission

The Ohio Standardbred Development Fund has received 1,148 nominations of harness racing 2 and 3-year-old foals sired by Ohio-registered pacing and trotting stallions for the 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS). The OSS series-the most lucrative of any for Ohio-bred Standardbreds-saw a 6% gain from 2016, which had 1,091 nominees in these same categories and a 49% increase of 2015 nominations (774). The OSS series features four $40,000 legs per division-divided by age, gait and gender-and eight $250,000 Championships, along with eight $50,000 consolation events. The 2017 figures are more than double 2014 nominations (457) and nearly triple 2013 figures (387). Of the 1,148 nominees, 767 were 2-year-olds and 381 were 3-year-olds. In the freshman pacing ranks, 229 colts and 193 fillies have been nominated. In those divisions, the stallion Pet Rock dominated-having sired 50 of the colts and 29 of the fillies. Dragon Again sired 34 colt and 25 filly nominees, while McArdle sired 28 colt and 21 filly nominees. The stallions Art Official, Big Bad John and Yankee Cruiser each sired 15 of the 2-year-old pacing colts nominated, while Big Bad John was represented by 18 freshman side-wheeling fillies; Art Official by 13 and We Will See by 12. Among the 2-year-old trotting youngsters, 235 colts (up 63% from 2016) and 110 fillies were nominated. Dejarmbro sired the majority of nominees with 52 colts and 17 fillies, with the stallion Manofmanymissions parenting 31 colts and 12 fillies. Break The Bank K sired 28 of the nominated trotting colts, with My MVP responsible for 18 and Cash Hall for 17. The sire Triumphant Caviar is represented by 13 colts and ten fillies nominated in this division. In the 3-year-old pacing ranks, 233 nominations were received, with 123 colts (a 30% increase from 2016) and 110 fillies (up 21% from 2016). Little Brown Jug victor Big Bad John held the top stallion spot among both genders-with 28 colts and 19 fillies nominated; while McArdle had 27 colts and 18 fillies made eligible to the OSS program. As well, the stallion Art Official had 19 of his colts nominated and 16 of his fillies, while The Panderosa is represented by seven colts and nine fillies. In the sophomore trotting ranks, 75 colts and 73 fillies (up 4% from 2016) were nominated, with Dejarmbro leading both genders with 27 colts and 24 fillies. Break The Bank K (nine colts & six fillies); Triumphant Caviar (eight colts & ten fillies); Full Count (seven colts); and Chip Chip Hooray (seven fillies) were all stallions with heavy representation among the 3-year-old trotting nominations received. While the majority of OSS nominations came from Ohio residents, a healthy number of those meeting the March 15, 2017 deadline came from stables, owners and trainers residing in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Delaware, Florida and Canada. Nominations also were received from folks in Tennessee, Idaho, New Hampshire, Iowa, Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Missouri and Mississippi. Ohio continues to lead the nation in number of broodmares bred (2,950 in 2016) to the Buckeye State's 141 stallions (as of this writing) registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission in 2017. The first OSS event is less than a month away, with sophomore trotters and pacers vying in the first $40,000 leg on May 1 (fillies) and May 2 (colts) at Miami Valley Raceway. Kimberly Rinker

The Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC)'s open forum on out of competition testing has been rescheduled from April 5 to April 24 at 10 am, at the Riffe Center, 77 S. High Street, Room 1960. The meeting is open to all pari-mutuel stakeholders, horsemen's associations and the public, and will take place immediately after the OSRC's monthly meeting agenda has been transacted. "Out of competition testing needs to be studied and strategically developed in Ohio, and we're looking for input from everyone," said Robert Schmitz, OSRC Chairman. On March 27, the OSRC hosted an open meeting to discuss Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) licensing and regulation in Ohio, with representatives from horsemen's organizations and Ohio's seven racetracks attending. "We hope to generate ideas that will continue to elevate Ohio's racing program to even greater heights," Chairman Schmitz added. The OSRC asks that anyone wishing to speak at the April 24 meeting to send their comments in advance to OSRC Executive Director Bill Crawford. Kimberly Rinker

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

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