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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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