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

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

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

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

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

Harness racing two-year-old colts and geldings went postward on Saturday afternoon, July 4 at Scioto Downs in ten divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS), each sporting a purse of $40,000. Six pacing divisions and four trotting vied over Scioto's five-eighths mile oval, with a total of 92 youngsters battling.   Big Bad Cam strode to victory in dominant fashion when he won the fifth OSS division (Race 14) by nearly eight lengths in 1:53.2 for driver Peter Wrenn. Harnessed by Melanie Wrenn for owner Dorothy Miller of Delphos, OH, the Big Bad John gelding notched his first career victory. The $26,000 yearling purchase is out of the Arturo mare Camturo, a winner of $190,615 in her career with a mark of p, 6, 1:52.2f.   "I wasn't really sure we were going that fast," said the winning driver. "This was really impressive and gives us something to look forward to."   Benda Teague's Trayvon (Randy Tharps) was second best with Love Tap Hanover (Dave Palone) getting up for third.   Friskie Cruiser paced to a gutsy, first over haul to draw off and win by nearly six lengths in the fifth $40,000 OSS division (Race 15) with Chris Page in the sulky. The Feelin Friskie-Corner Cruiser colt gave Page his fourth winning drive of the day and was the youngster's first career win.   "Brian Brown races all over the country and always has his horses ready," Page noted. "You have to give him and his crew all the credit for a performance like this."   Owned by Stephen Sexton of Xenia, Ohio, Friskie Cruiser bested Onefinejimmerjohn (Dan Noble) in the stretch, with Rocknroll Wildcats (Andy Shetler) holding on for third.   Carl Howard's Primo Giovani gave an impressive showing when he rallied to win the fourth (Race 12) OSS division in 1:56.2. Given a confident steer by Chris Page, the son of Big Bad John-Jk Reunited came three-wide around the final turn after sitting quiet through splits of :27.4, :58.1 and 1:27.1. He was harnessed by Ohio's leading conditioner Virgil Morgan, Jr.   "This colt started out very slow and immature and he's just progressively gotten better at the right time," Morgan, Jr. said. "He qualified really well and today from the eight-hole, he left well and Chris (driver Paige) got out at the right time. I'm very pleased with his effort."   Gotmoneyinmypocket (Randy Tharps) finished a strong second with Aloha John and Kurt Sugg prevailing over the rest of the field for third-place honors.   Smoke Up Johnny captured the first OSS division (Race 2) of pacing colts in 1:56 en rein to driver Greg Grismore. This son of Big Bad John-Leda's Twoeleven got the lead at the head of the stretch and posted a :28.4 final brush to nail down his first career victory for the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holand, OH. A Yankee Feeln (Aaron Merriman) finished second, 3¼ lengths behind the winner, while Forever Worth It (Ryan Stahl) was third.   Whiskey Friskie and Aaron Merriman captured the second $40,000 OSS division (Race 10) in 1:57.1 for owner Karen McGraw of Pickerington, OH. John Ryan Melsheimer conditions the son of Feelin Friskie-Be My Lucky Star, who picked up his second straight pari-mutuel victory in as many tries, pushing his career earnings to $21,200. Mighty Touch (Chris Page) finished second, while Formula Three (Josh Sutton) notched third place honors.   Dan Noble piloted the Fred Huff, Jr.-trainee Nothing Fancy to a whisker victory in 1:56, in the third OSS division (Race 11). The son of Metropolitan-Jl Cruise The Nile is owned by Huff and John Fairchild of Portsmouth, OH. It was the freshman pacer's first career victory. Mr Wiggle Pants (Kayne Kauffman), who had led for most of the mile until the final yards, was a hard-trying seconds, while Turn It On Friskie (Randy Tharps) was third.   In the four $40,000 trotting divisions of OSS youngsters, it was Kanthaka who scored the fastest mile (Race 3), turning in a 1:58.3 clocking for Dave Palone and trainer Chris Beaver. The son of Triumphant Caviar-Elena picked up his second straight career victory in as many tries for owner Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH and his trainer. One the gate folded Kanthaka left hard and never looked back, with his closest rival One Hot Future and driver Chris Page some eight lengths behind at the wire. Dusty Road (Kayne Kauffman) finished a hard-fought third.   Chips So Fast and Aaron Merriman won the third OSS division (Race 5) for colt trotters, using a perfect garden trip to score in 1:59.1. This son of Chip Chip Hooray-Stable Creek Barb is conditioned by Ryan Angus for Mark Moger of New Hope, PA and Albert Delia of Newtown, PA. Chips So Fast bested rival Deep Question (Chris Page) by three-quarters of a length, with Triumphant's Chip (Tyler Smith) holding on for third.   Chris Beaver harnessed Lone Valley Sam to capture the first OSS division (Race 1) in 2:00.1 with Chris Page in the sulky. The Iron Duke-Wallaby Wannabee colt is co-owned by his trainer along with Synerco Vent of ON and S. Zeehandelar of Worthington, OH and D. Lang of Hilliard, OH. Paige used a perfect trip behind the pacesetting Lionbacker Kidd (Aaron Merriman) to sweep by him at the wire. Fantasy League (Dan Noble) finished third.   MJB Got Faith scored a mile upset when he cruised to a photo victory in the final OSS trotting division (Race 13) in 2:00.4, over the hard-fighting Another Breath (Hugh Beatty). Overdressed and driver Kurt Sugg notched show honors. The son of Trainforthefuture-Imageofasweetgirl is trained by Steve Carter for Breana Carsey of Connersville, IN and picked up his first career victory with the Scioto Downs triumph. Kimberly A. Rinker

Ohio harness racing fans got their first glimpse of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) youngsters on Friday night, July 3 at Northfield Park, as 11, $40,000 divisions for freshman trotting and pacing fillies went postward at the half-mile oval.   The first three divisions featured 2-year-old diagonally-gaited distaffs, which could have been renamed the Aaron Merriman-Chris Beaver show, as this pair dominated all three races.   In the first group of seven fillies Merriman steered favorite Kerfuffle Cookie to victory in 2:00.1 in her first career start, for the Synerco Ventures, Inc., of Toronto, ON, winning by just over 21 lengths. The daughter of Chip Chip Hooray took the lead at the start and never looked back, while Haley Chip (Chris Page) notched second and Transit Authority (Jeremy Smith) got up for third.   "This filly was super tonight," Merriman stressed. "She has a very soft mouth and Chris (trainer Beaver) had her ready to go."   The second race, second OSS division saw Merriman use similar tactics to guide Evanora to victory in a career best 2:01 by 6¼ lengths. The chestnut daughter of Pilgrims Taj is owned by Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH, and this was her second straight triumph, pushing her career earnings to $21,550. Oneeyedmomma (Marty Wollam) finished second with Count On Anna (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) third.   Merriman and Beaver were in the winner's circle once more for Race 3, the third division of trotting fillies. This time Kestrel reeled through the double-turns, notching a 1:59 performance for Merriman in a top mark of 1:59, drawing off by five lengths. It was the filly's first career win for owners Beaver and Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH. Hoorah Hoorah (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was second while A TC Queenie (Ken Holiday) grabbed third-place honors.   Merriman then scored in the fourth OSS trotting division (Race 5), guiding the Dirk Simpson trained Shut Up And Dance to win in a new track record clocking of 1:58. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar is owned by James Bafia of Minooka, IL and earned her first paycheck in the one mile test, which she won by four lengths.   "We bought her at the Ohio Select Sale for $28,000," Bafia said. "I thought she had a great pedigree and she showed a lot of potential early but had an OCD that we removed. She was able to train down well in spite of that surgery, and has gotten up to speed very quickly."   Count On Kami (Kurt Sugg) was second to Shut Up And Dance, while favorited Soft Power (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) notched third.   The final OSS division for filly trotters (Race 14) saw Still Sizzling heat up the racetrack by going gate to wire for trainer-driver Dale Decker, winning by 2¼ lengths in 1:59.4. The Trainforthefuture lass pushed her career earnings to $21,516 for owners Decker and Douglas Vandergrift of Michigan. She Drives Me Wild (Aaron Merriman) finished second with Rose Run Rachel (Kurt Sugg) nabbing show honors.   Filly pacers took to the track beginning with the fourth race on the evening's 15-race program. Big Bad Ashley and driver Dan Noble left nothing to chance as they paced to a winning 1:56 effort in the first $40,000 OSS division. The daughter of Big Bad John is conditioned by Jim Arledge, Jr. for the Winchester Baye Acres, Inc. of Powell, OH and was three-quarters of a length in front of Hooray For Hazel (Chris Page) at the wire, while NPR Nine (Aaron Merriman) finished third.   Kayne Kauffman piloted Awakening to victory in the second OSS division (Race 6), clocked in 1:57 for the one mile test. Mike Polhamus harnessed the daughter of Feelin Friskie for owner Marjorie Polhamus of Fletcher, Oh. It was the filly's third career start and pushed her earnings to $23,076. Kacy's Coop (Aaron Merriman) was second, nearly two lengths behind the winner, while Feelin Lilly (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third.   John's Sunny Girl, a daughter of Big Bad John, captured the third OSS division (Race 7) for driver Greg Grismore in new lifetime clocking of 1:55.4. Doug Hinklin conditions the bay filly, who upped her career earnings to $24,400 for the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH.   "She's done everything we've asked of her to date and for the rest of the season it's just a matter of her staying healthy," Grismore acknowledged. Doug (trainer Hinklin) has done a great job of giving this filly the right education. I was just a passenger tonight."   Bred by Midland Acres, John's Sunny Girl bested rival Beauteous Girl (Kurt Sugg) by eight lengths, while Miss Me Yet (Montrell Teague) who had made a break early, recovered well to be third.   Owner-trainer-driver Tye Loy, of Columbia Station, OH, stole the show in the fourth OSS division (Race 9) as he guided his My Tweed Heart to a 1:59.1 triumph. This daughter of Manhardt finished 1¼ lengths in front of It's Your Fantasy (Dan Noble) and Big Bad Body (Josh Sutton) in her career debut.   Queen Ann M and driver Chris Page took the fifth OSS division in 1:56.4 by 2½ lengths for owner Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH. The Big Bad John lass used come-from-behind tactics to score her career debut over Northfield's flying turns, with Ufpfortydevensgirl (Aaron Merriman) finishing in the bridesmaid role and Friskie Zena (Tye Loy) nabbing third place money.   The sixth and final division (Race 15) of freshman pacing fillies saw Big Bad Bretta, another daughter of Big Bad John, finish under the wire first in 1:57 for driver Chris Page by nearly three lengths. Steve Carter conditions the filly for CE Grubbs, RB Reid, SR Hummel and JM Beard of Ohio. Big Bad Chickie (Dan Noble) grabbed place honors while Save My Tootsie (Aaron Merriman) was third.   Daylon Magician captured the $170,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic (Race 11) for trainer-driver Jack Moiseyev in a track-record-tying time of 1:53.2. The rugged, 7-year-old son of Kadabra pushed his career earnings up over the $2 million mark with this victory, the 31st of his career in 71 starts for the Daylon Farms LTD of Komoka, ON.   "He felt like a 3-year-old in here tonight," Moiseyev said. "He just felt great, and this is the first time I've been back to Northfield since 1991." Moiseyev had driven Precious Bunny to victory at Northfield that season in the Cleveland Classic.   Obrigado (Mark McDonald) was second by a whisker, while DW's NY Yank (Chris Page) got up for third and Rompaway Galaxy (Mike Micallef) was fourth.   Also, the gutsy mare Victory Is Coming, chugged out a rough, first-over journey to prevail at the wire in 1:53.2 for a new, all-age, track record in Northfield's $20,000 Open Trot (Race 10). The daughter of Victory Sam, who is conditioned by Ammon Hershberger for Betty and John Red Shaw of Mount Vernon, OH, pushed her career earnings to $609,935 with the win, the 55th of her career in 130 starts. Picture This (Don Irvine, Jr.) was second with Julians Caesar (Chris Page) third.   Kimberly A. Rinker

A total of 85 freshman Ohio-bred fillies passed the entry box at Northfield Park this week, resulting in 11 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) races to be contested Friday, July 3. Each division sports a $40,000 purse in this first leg for harness racing 2-year-old pacing and trotting fillies. Five divisions of 2-year-old fillies will line behind the starting gate in races 1, 2, 3, 5 and 14. Three, 7-horse fields and two, 8-horse fields comprise the lot of 37 diagonally-gaited distaffs. Six, 8-horse fields of side wheeling 2-year-old fillies are set in races 4, 6, 7, 9, 12 and 15. This group of 48 pacing lasses will be making their foray into the OSS ranks for the first time. In the first $40,000 OSS division of pacing fillies (Race 4), trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. will harness Big Bad Ashley for the Winchester Baye Acres, Inc. of Powell, OH. This daughter of Big Bad John comes into her OSS debut fresh off a solid 2:03 clocking in an Ohio Fair Stake at Circleville on June 21. Dan Noble drives. Awakening looks to be the solid favorite in the second $40,000 OSS division (Race 6) for owner-trainer Mike Polhamus. This daughter of Feelin Friskie has two strong wins to her credit thus far this season, with a 2:07 debut on June 9 at Paulding and a June 23, wire-to-wire victory in 2:05 at Ottawa. That latter start saw her brush home in an impressive: 27.3. John's Sunny Girl headlines the third, $40,000 OSS division (Race 7). Trained by Doug Hinklin for the Parent Racing Stable, LLC of Holland, OH, this daughter of Big Bad John won a Scioto overnight on June 25 in 1:56.2. Piloted by Greg Grismore, John's Sunny Girl left hard from the eight-hole and never looked back, pacing her final panel in a respectable: 28.2. A pair of Big Bad John daughters will face off in the fourth, $40,000 division (Race 9) of OSS pacing fillies. Amber John, who is conditioned by Scott Cox for the Parent Racing Stable, comes into this contest with a pair of solid, winning Northfield Park qualifiers under her belt. She paced in 2:03 on June 11 and followed that up with a 2:01 score on June 25. Challenging Amber John will be It's Your Fantasy, conditioned by Jim Arledge, Jr. for Winchester Baye Acres, LLC, who won an Ohio Fair Stake on June 21 at Circleville in 2:02.3, leading every step of the way. Queen Ann M comes into the fifth, $40,000 OSS division (Race 12) fresh off a 1:57.1 qualifying score at Hoosier Park on June 24 for trainer Mike Roth. This daughter of Big Bad John-who starts from post eight-will have to face Feelin Colossal, who has an inside advantage from post three. Trained by owner William Aldrich, this daughter of Feelin Friskie captured an Ohio Fair Stake on June 21 at Circleville in a modest 2:09 by six lengths. Ufpfortydevensgirl, a daughter of Up Front Charlie, also comes into this event fresh off a triumph, with a 2:00.3 mark recorded in a Scioto Downs qualifier on June 29 for trainer Terry Thompson, Jr. Angry Shelby also won her Scioto Downs qualifier on June 22, pacing in 1:59 with Greg Grismore in the bike for trainer Doug Hinklin. Harness The Hope looks like a solid choice from the rail in the sixth and final, $40,000 OSS test (Race 15). Trained by Timothy Lane, this daughter of Big Bad John finished third in her pari-mutuel debut at Scioto Downs on June 25, timed in 1:57.2. Big Cake, another Big Bad John progeny, scored a 1:59.3 qualifying effort on June 15 in a come-from-behind effort for trainer Brian Georges. The Jim Arledge, Jr.-trained Big Bad Chickie scored a similar victory on June 21 at Circleville, timed in 2:04.2. This Big Bad John lass is owned by the aforementioned Winchester Baye Acres. A field of seven trotting fillies go head-to-head in the first $40,000 OSS division (Race 1)-all making their pair-mutuel debuts. Two daughters of Chip Chip Hooray-Haley Chip and Kerfuffle Cookie-from post one and three respectively, may be en route to a first lifetime triumph. Evanora comes into the second $40,000 OSS division (Race 2) as a recent winner, having captured an Ohio Fair Stake on June 24 at Ottawa in a front-stepping 2:06.4. That triumph saw this daughter of Pilgrims Taj draw away from her rivals by ten lengths for trainer Chris Beaver, who conditions the filly for Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH. The Ron Burke-conditioned Leavinonajettrain scored a winning qualifier in 2:02 at The Meadows on June 25 and will leave from post four, while Rose Run Runaway won her Northfield qualifier on that same day, timed in 2:02.4 with trainer Ammon Hershberger in the sulky. The third $40,000 OSS division (Race 3) of 2-year-old trotters features a pair of speedy fillies in Hoorah Hoorah and Kestrel. Hoorah Hoorah, a daughter of Chip Chip Hooray conditioned by Kelly O'Donnell, recorded a 2:01.2 mark on June 25 in a Meadows qualifier, while the Triumphant Caviar lass Kestrel scored a winning Scioto Downs qualifier on June 22 in 2:01.1. Precious Love, from the rail, also poses a threat after her June 25 winning 2:03.4 qualifier at Northfield Park. Soft Power, in the fourth $40,000 OSS division (Race 5) appears consistent off just a pair of starts. The Triumphant Caviar daughter, who is trained by Chris Beaver, posted a 2:04.1 winning clocking in her June 10 Delaware qualifier, before finishing second on June 24 at Ottawa in an Ohio Fair Stake, where she was timed in 2:08.4 with her trainer at the lines. Trainer-driver Ammon Hershberger sends out Eye Just Expect It, a daughter of Trainforthefuture who posted a wire-to-wire, 2:02 victory on June 18 at Northfield, while Shut Up And Dance, who qualified in a winning 2:00.2 at The Meadows on June 11 before breaking in her pari-mutuel debut on June 24 at Northfield, will look to make amends from the rail for trainer Dirk Simpson. Finally, Still Sizzling appears to be doing just that as she comes into the fifth $40,000 OSS division (Race 14) with a pair of back-to-back victories to her credit. The daughter of Trainforthefuture first posted a 2:16.1 clocking on June 9 at Paulding in an Ohio Fair Stake before scoring a 2:03.4 winning qualifier at Northville, MI on June 17. She is trained, driven and co-owned by Dale Decker. Rose Run Rachel comes into this race with a pair of even qualifiers to her credit-both taken at Northfield-the first on June 11, timed in 2:05.1 and the second on June 25, clocked in 2:04. Rose Run Rachel is a daughter of Trainforthefuture who is conditioned and co-owned by Ray Crawford and Suanne Kochilla of North Royalton, OH. Freshman pacing and trotting fillies will mix it up again the second leg of OSS action for their respective divisions on July 25 at Scioto Downs. The third leg will be held on Aug. 21 at Northfield Park and the fourth leg will be raced on Sept. 4 at Scioto Downs. The $225,000 Championship events for all the 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, during Scioto Down's Super Night. Kimberly A. Rinker

The Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) held its monthly meeting on June 23, 2015 at 77 South High Street, 31st Floor, East B, Columbus, Ohio at 10 am. A quartet of requests by the Delaware County Agricultural Society was unanimously approved by the OSRC, including: conducting future win wagering on the 2015 Little Brown Jug program; simulcasting of all 2015 Little Brown Jug week races; requiring all horses entered in the Jug and Jugette to be on the grounds by 11 am two days prior to each race; and the implementation of the "preference rule" for all overnight races. "The future win wagering has been very popular at Delaware in the past," said Phil Terry, Delaware County Fair marketing manager. "It's not a huge wagering event, but it's a strong promotional tool. In other actions, the OSRC approved a request by Belterra Park to move their live Quarter Horse meeting from Aug. 8 to Oct. 11, 2015, and listened to negotiation updates between horsemen, Belterra Park and Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway regarding VLT percentages. HPBA Executive Director Dave Basler told the OSRC that thoroughbred horsemen would lose between "$20 to $25 million over the next ten years" in purse revenue if they agreed to numbers lower than what was agreed to contractually with ThistleDown and Mahoning Valley racetracks. "We are close to an agreement," Basler admitted. "We need to see what is included in the capital spend and get a rule in place. If we can get a good number in place, we will live with it." As well, the Ohio Harness Horsemen Association (OHHA) representatives informed the OSRC that the Standardbred horsemen have not yet come to an agreement with Dayton Raceway. "We are not in a stalemate over any particular issue but over a variety of issues," said Renee Mancino, OHHA Executive Director. "I think in the near future we will have a face-to-face meeting over these issues," said Mark Loewe, Vice President of Ohio Racing Operations for Penn National Gaming. "We don't need OSRC intervention but at this juncture, we will need legal representation to be present." William Crawford, OSRC Executive Director, presented the number of equine fatalities due to catastrophic breakdowns (training & racing), which occurred at Ohio racetracks in May and since the beginning of 2015 to the commission members. "We've had six Standardbred (three at Northfield, two at Miami Valley and one at Scioto Downs), and ten Thoroughbred (6 at Mahoning Valley, 2 at ThistleDown and 2 at Belterra) deaths since the beginning of the year," Crawford stated. "Those numbers also reflect six in May 2015-four Thoroughbreds and two Standardbreds." Dr. James Robertson, OSRC consulting veterinarian, presented an update on the joint Cobalt study with The Ohio State University. "We're in the final preparations for the pilot study which will determine the effects of IV Cobalt on equine athletes," Dr. Robertson said. "The proposal still has to be approved, but we hope this will be forthcoming and that we will be able to begin this study by early July." Via an invitation by the OSRC, Steve Bateson, OHHA Vice President and Renee Mancino, OHHA Executive Director both agreed to participate in educating Ohio harness drivers on the "Use of the Whip" rule (3769-17-17). This rule-which outlines where a whip may be used on a horses' body; types of whips; and the force a driver can deliver when utilizing a whip in a race-passed through the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) on June 22 and becomes effective July 19. Kimberly A. Rinker Administrator Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

The Ohio State Racing Commission's (OSRC) monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, June 23 at 10 am at 77 South High Street, 31st Floor, East B, Columbus, Ohio. Due to a scheduling conflict, the proposed agenda that included scientific presentations regarding medication thresholds has been postponed. This fourth leg in a series of OSRC meetings began earlier this year concerning the development of model medication rules based on scientific and fact-based analysis will be rescheduled for a later date. The February OSRC meeting featured comments by Edward J. Martin, President of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) and Dr. Dionne Benson, Executive Director for the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) on current research methodology and passage of model medication rules. At the March OSRC meeting, six Ohio personalities expounded on these same issues, including: Phil Langley and Mike Tanner, of the United States Trotting Association (USTA); Dave Basler, Executive Director of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) and Thoroughbred trainer William Cowans; along with Standardbred conditioner Virgil Morgan, Jr., and Renee Mancino, Ohio Harness Horseman's Association (OHHA) Executive Director. Five veterinarians presented their views at the April OSRC meeting, including: Dr. John Reichert, partner/practitioner at the Woodland Run Equine Clinic, Grove City; Dr. Dan Wilson, partner/practitioner at the Cleveland Equine Clinic; Dr. John Piehowicz, practitioner/owner at Cincinnati Equine, LLC; Dr. Brett Berthold, owner/practitioner at the Cleveland Equine Clinic; and Dr. Clara Fenger, a founding member of North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians and a practitioner in central Kentucky. Dr. James Robertson, the OSRC's consulting veterinarian, presented an update on the progress of the OSRC/The Ohio State University (OSU) and Ohio Department of Agriculture's Analytical Toxicology Laboratory (ATL)'s comprehensive cobalt research study at the May OSRC meeting. Dr. Beverly Byrum, Director of Laboratories for the Ohio Department of Agriculture's Analytical Toxicology Laboratory (ATL) the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) and the Consumer Protection Lab, spoke in detail about the ATL, the official OSRC equine drug testing lab, while fellow ATL Director Soobeng Tan submitted the 2014 ATL annual report to the OSRC, discussing testing procedures and results from 2014. All OSRC monthly meetings are open to the public and horsemen are encouraged to attend. Kimberly A. Rinker Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Ohio State Racing Commission

Two fields of 3-year-old pacing fillies vied for first money in a pair of harness racing $40,000 Ohio Sire Stakes (OSS) events on Friday night, June 12 at Northfield Park. Karlee Sue, a bay daughter by Feelin Friskie, took the first OSS division handily in 1:54.2 for Hall of Fame driver David Miller. After getting away at the back of the pack, Miller skillfully brought Karlee Sue up through splits of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:25.2, utilizing a modest :29 final brush to nail down the victory.   Friskie Tel Dawn (Aaron Merriman) finished second, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, with Friskie Lil Devil (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) getting up to nail show honors.   Bred by Midland Acres, Karlee Sue is conditioned by Al Tomlinson of Mason, Michigan, who owns the filly in partnership with Daniel Mitchell and Dennis Stolz of Michigan. The victory pushed the filly's career earnings to $65,765.   The second OSS split for sophomore pacing fillies was captured by the public's choice Crosswinds Cupcake and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in a lifetime best clocking of 1:55. Owned and bred by the Crosswinds Stable Farm of Waynesville, Ohio, this daughter of Stand Forever picked up her second victory of the year in six starts and now has $67,172 her lifetime bankroll.   After wrestling the lead away from Happy Jude at the :28 opening panel, Crosswinds Cupcake paced solidly through quarter fractions of :57.3 and 1:26 before brushing home in :29, drawing away from her rivals by 5¼ lengths. Corner Girl (Ryan Stahl) was second best while Happy Jude held ground to be third.   Third leg OSS action shifts to Northfield Park on July 17 for the colts of both gaits, while the fillies go postward on Aug. 14 at Northfield. Fourth road contests will take place at Scioto Downs on Aug. 28 for the fillies and Aug. 29 for the colts.   The $225,000 championship events for all the 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be held on Saturday (Sept. 12) during Scioto Downs' Super Night festivities. By Kimberly Rinker, Administrator, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund    

Five $40,000 Ohio Sire Stakes (OSS) divisions for Ohio-bred sophomore fillies will be contested June 12 at Northfield Park as the co-featured events alongside the prestigious $175,000 Battle of Lake Erie. Post time for the evening's card is 6 pm, ET. A total of 22 trotting fillies will go postward in races one, three and six, while 17 pacing fillies have been divided into two splits, carded as races two and eight on the program. Heading up the first OSS field of seven diagonally-gaited distaffs in race one is Dark Roast, a daughter of Full Count who captured an OSS division on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway in a career best 1:58. Marty Wollam conditions Dark Roast, who amassed $49,043 as a freshman with a 3-1-2 record from eight starts. In 2015 she's added one win, a second and a third in three starts for $24,560 in seasonal earnings, upping her career bankroll to $73,603 for Acadia Farms, Inc., of Canfield, OH and G And B Racing of New Wilmington, PA. Bred by Marvin Raber of Baltic, OH, Dark Roast is the third and most prolific foal out of the Balanced Image mare Edens Mardi Gras 4, 2:00.3f ($2,608). Like Old Times brings a three-race win streak into the second seven-horse OSS field. Trained by Don McKirgan for owner Keith Ross of Bellfontaine, OH, the daughter of Chip Chip Hooray-Royal Two has career earnings of $91,105 and captured a trio of Northfield overnights after finishing a game second to the aforementioned Dark Roast on May 1. From 15 career starts Like Old Times has stats of 7-3-2 and a mark of 1:56.1h that she scored on May 20 at Northfield Park. Her main competition will likely come from Sunrise Nibbles, who is still looking for her first win of the season after a successful 2-year-old campaign. A winner of $201,183 in her career, this daughter of Iron Duke is conditioned by co-owner Chris Beaver for Synerco Ventures, Inc., Toronto, ON Steven Zeehandelar of Worthington, OH and David Lang of Hilliard, OH. Bred by Vernon Miller of Garrettsville, OH, Sunrise Nibbles was a multiple OSS winner in 2014, with the highlight of her season being her stellar triumph in the $200,000 OSS Championship at Scioto Downs on Sept. 27 Trainer Marty Wollam will harness Student Of Life-already an OSS winner this season-from post seven in the third division of eight trotting fillies. This Full Count lass has $94,006 in career earnings, and $28,900 in seasonal earnings garnered from three wins in just four 2015 starts. Her most best triumph came on May 25 at Scioto Downs, when she scored a career clocking of 1:56.4f en route to winning a $12,000 Ohio-restricted event. She followed that up with an easy, wire-to-wire 1:59.4 victory in a Northfield overnight on June 3. Student Of Life was also bred by Marvin Raber of Baltic, OH and is owned by Acadia Farms, Inc., of Canfield, OH and G And B Racing of New Wilmington, PA. Lisa Jane-a $119,325 earner-and Little Casino look to be Student Of Life's main rivals. Lisa Jane, a daughter of Neely Dunn, was a multiple OSS and Ohio Fair Stake (OFS) winner in 2014 for owners Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH and G Peters of Akron, OH. Bred by Henry Burkholder of Holmesville, OH, Lisa Jane captured an Ohio-restricted race in 1:56.1f at Scioto Downs on May 25. Little Casino also has solid credentials coming into this race-with two wins and a second in three attempts this season. Conditioned and driven by Hugh Beatty, the Full Count lass has $42,421 in career earnings for Duane Lowe of Malta, OH and last won an OSS test on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway in a lifetime best 1:58.3. Bell Flower, whose lone 2015 start and victory came in OSS action on May 1 at Miami Valley, headlines the first, eight-horse field of pacing fillies. This daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye is trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr. Bell Flower earned $164,336 during a successful freshman campaign that saw her win seven starts and finish second once in eight trips postward. She took a 2-year-old mark of 1:54.4f in a Scioto Downs qualifier, then lowered that time to 1:53.1f in her solo triumph this season. Her career earnings now stand at $184,336 for owners Bruce & Patricia Soulsby of Powell, OH, Dean Davis of Wooster, OH and Carl Howard of Hilliard, OH. Bred by Ohio State ATI, Bell Flower is the ninth foal out of the Artsplace mare Our Lady Countess and was an $8,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale at Delaware. She is a half-sister to Wind River Cat (by Scallion Hanover) p, 1:52f ($102,159). Friskie Lil Devil will be harnessed by Brian Brown in this same event. A winner of $212,516 lifetime, this daughter of Feelin Friskie is owned by the Lil Devil Stable of Findlay, OH and has finished no worse than second in her four seasonal starts. Her lone win this year came in the $38,000 Hackett on April 24, when she was timed in 1:55.4. In the second and final OSS pacing division, Friskie Megan and Crosswinds Cupcake will likely vie for top honors. The former is a daughter of Feelin Friskie who lit up the board at Miami Valley on May 1 with a 1:55.3 clocking as a 99-1 longshot; and followed that up win a 1:55.1 career clocking in a Scioto Downs overnight on May 14. Co-owner Steve Bateson trains the $35,191-winning filly for Harold Moore of Rudolph, OH. Bred by Ada Jacobs of Gambier, OH, Friskie Megan is the fifth of seven foals out of the Nobleland Sam mare Sam's Clever Babe, and is a full sister to Friskie AJ p,4,1:53.4f ($37,273) and a half-sister to CJ's Cruiser Sam (by Yankee Cruiser) p,1:54.2f ($83,607). Crosswinds Cupcake is trained by David Elliott and will be trying for her second seasonal victory. The daughter of Stand Forever-Keystone Mulberry has career earnings of $47,172 and a mark of 3, 1:55.3f for owner-breeder Crosswinds Farm of Wayesville, OH. She was second by a nose in her last start at Scioto on June 5 and took her lone win this year on May 20 in a Scioto overnight. Third leg OSS action shifts to Northfield Park on July 17 for the colts of both gaits, while the fillies go postward on Aug. 14 at Northfield. Fourth road contests will take place at Scioto Downs on Aug. 28 for the fillies and Aug. 29 for the colts. The $225,000 Championship events for all the 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, during Scioto Down's Super Night festivities. Kimberly A. Rinker

A quartet of $40,000 Ohio Sire Stakes (OSS) for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters and pacers will be contested at Scioto Downs on Saturday night, June 6. A group of 17 pacers will vie in two divisions-races one and 11-of Ohio Sire Stakes, while 15 trotters will go postward in back-to-back events, slated as the second and third races on the program. Post time is 6:30 pm, ET. Trainer Ron Wagner will harness $152,877 winner Western Coby from post five in the first, 8-horse field (Race One) of OSS sophomore paces. The son of Western Spirit is looking for his first win of the season in just his fourth start this year, but did earn $142,397 as a freshman and took a career mark of 1:53.3 en route to winning the $200,000 OSS Freshman Pacing Championship last fall at Scioto Downs. The Wooster, Ohio-based partnership of Larry Acker, Dean Davis and Wagner own the bay gelding. Chief Talkalot, who won the first $40,000 OSS leg on May 2 in 1:55.2 by a nose over Western Coby, is conditioned by Brian Brown. That victory was the third career win for the Feelin Friskie gelding, who now has $83,643 for in his bankroll for owners Steve Stewart, Michael Dean Robinson, Robert Mondillo and Steve Cheatham. Gray Camo, a winner of $116,229 in his career with a mark of 1:53.3 via his victory in the $40,000 OSS test on May 2, heads up the second OSS division (Race 11) of nine pacers for trainer Ron Burke and driver Chris Page. Burke conditions the roan son of Pine Valley for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Richard Suda and Jason Melilo. The venerable gelding pushed his lifetime earnings to $116,229 with the victory, the fifth of his career in 11 starts. Seven trotters make up the first OSS division (race 2) for sophomores. All but the Jeff Cox-trained Kick A Lot will be looking for their first victory of 2015. The son of Deep Chip-Chip Mac's Dream-BJ's Mac scored his lone win this season on May 18 when he won a Northfield Park overnight in 1:57 with his trainer in the sulky. He'll be handled by Kurt Sugg on Saturday night and looks to add to his career bankroll of $153,001 from the rail. Ohio's Horse of the Year and 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of 2014, Neely's Messenger, heads up a competitive field of eight OSS trotting colts in Race Three. This powerhouse sophomore, who was bred by Albert Yoder, scored a decisive, 1:57.1 victory in his 2015 debut in his $40,000 OSS first leg on May 2 at Miami Valley Raceway. Dan Noble was in the sulky for trainer Al Mankee, and owners Dale Sweet and Julie Ann Sweet. Last year, the son of Neely Dunn scored victories in OSS, Ohio Fair Stakes (OFS) and Ohio Breeders Stakes (OBS) with a triumph in the $200,000 OSS Championship that earned him the aforementioned honors for 2014. I Know My Chip, a three-time winner this season, hails from the powerful Ron Burke Stable and will have Chris Page in the sulky in this same race. This gelded son of Deep Chip has won his last three starts, all over Scioto Down's five-eighth's mile oval, including a lifetime score of 1:55.4 on May 19 in an overnight event. I Know My Chip is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and P. Collura and has $134,403 in career earnings. Also featured on the 14-race program will be the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot, which honors one of Ohio's finest horsemen and racing enthusiasts. Charlie Hill was the pioneer behind many harness firsts in central Ohio, having bought 134 acres of the Hartman farm just south of Columbus, and building and opening Scioto Downs in the late fall of 1959, where he ran the show there for 48 years. He also owned and operated Hill Farms, one of the Buckeye State's top breeding facilities for many years, and where the mighty Falcon Almahurst stood at stud. The Charlie Hill Memorial Trot will feature some of the nation's finest diagonally-gaited specialists, including 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician, a winner of more than $2.9 million and 34 races in her career. Trained by Nifty Norman, the daughter of Kadabra is the lone female in the field of ten. Ohio Sire Stake action for 3-year-olds continues with the second of four legs for filly pacers and trotters on June 12 at Northfield Park, the same night the $180,000 Battle Of Lake Erie will be contested over the half-mile oval's "home of the flying turns." Third leg action shifts to Northfield Park on July 17 for the colts of both gaits, while the fillies go postward on Aug. 14 at Northfield. Fourth road contests will take place at Scioto Downs on Aug. 28 for the fillies and Aug. 29 for the colts. The $225,000 Championship events for all the 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, during Scioto Down's Super Night. Kimberly A. Rinker

At the May 19 Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) meeting, discussion continued regarding a new study concerning the effects of cobalt on Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses. Dr. James Robertson, consulting veterinarian, updated the OSRC on the progress of the OSRC/The Ohio State University (OSU) and Ohio Department of Agriculture's Analytical Toxicology Laboratory (ATL)'s comprehensive cobalt research study, which focuses on what cobalt does to a horse's system and its potential effect on racehorses. Dr. Robertson said the most recent meeting of the cobalt research committee was held May 12, 2015 at The Ohio State University to discuss the study parameters. Dr. Beverly Byrum, Director of Laboratories for ATL, the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) and the Consumer Protection Lab, spoke in detail about the ATL, the official equine drug testing lab for the Ohio State Racing Commission. Dr. Byrum said the ATL currently tests post-race samples of equine urine and blood from all seven of Ohio's pari-mutuel racetracks and the 65 county fairs that conduct pari-mutuel wagering on harness racing, and that the ATL's objective is to protect horses through the detection of prohibitive substances and report their findings in a timely manner to the OSRC. "ATL is one of the premiere equine drug testing labs in the United States and is a Racing Medication Testing Consortium (RMTC) accredited lab," she declared. "ATL has one of the highest standards of technical competency in the US, and is one of only five labs in the United States to be approved by the RMTC." In 2014, Dr. Byrum explained, ATL partnered with The Ohio State University and initiated a post-doctorate degree for students to gain experience in laboratory testing, and added that the ATL regularly does interval, double-blind studies that speak to the quality management of ATL. "ATL is one of the few laboratories in the United States that has the equipment which is able to detect cobalt in both the blood and urine of equines," Dr. Byrum acknowledged. Of 15 equine testing laboratories nationwide, only five have the ability to test for cobalt. Soobeng Tan, ATL Director, submitted the 2014 ATL annual report to the OSRC, discussing testing procedures and results from 2014. Last year, Tan said, 6,764 equine urine samples, 9,222 equine blood samples and 5,163 TCO2 tests were performed, for a total of 21,149 total tests. As a result of these tests, 112 positives, including those taken at Ohio's county fairs, resulted (52 Thoroughbreds & 60 Standardbreds). In addition, 62 human urine samples were submitted to the lab, of which ten (16.1%) were positive (the most common drug being marijuana). In the equine sector, 71% of the 112 positives were either flunixin (Banamine) or phenylbutazone (Bute), a trend that had continued from 2013 of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications being the most dominant pharmacological group of drugs detected, with a total of 79 positives. In 2014 TCO2 testing was re-initiated by the ATL, resulting in seven TCO2 positives from 5,163 blood samples drawn. From 2007 through December 2013, TCO2 testing had been performed at each of Ohio's seven tracks prior to each race. The next OSRC monthly meeting will take place on June 23 at 10 am, 77 South High Street, 31st floor, Columbus, Ohio. The meeting is open to the public and horsemen are encouraged to attend. Kimberly A. Rinker The following is from  http://www.horsemansnotebook.com/  Cobalt Use In Racehorses February 11, 2015 RACING Drugs, horse health, Horse Welfare, horseracing In the horseracing world trainers are always looking for the magic bullet; something to give their horses an edge over competitors.  Cobalt appears be an addition to a long list of pharmaceuticals and nutriceuticals being used on racehorses for the purpose of performance enhancement. Cobalt occurs naturally in horses in very minute amounts.  The dietary requirement for cobalt is less than 0.05 ppm.  Cobalt is a component of Vitamin B-12.  B-12 is produced in the horse’s cecum and colon by microorganisms.  The amount of cobalt required by horses is easily reached through typical horse feeds. There have been no known cases of a deficiency of cobalt in horses or a deficiency of vitamin B-12.  There shouldn’t be any need to supplement a horse with cobalt for reasons of preventing a deficiency. Horse trainers are supplementing their horses with cobalt thinking it will increase the production of red blood cells making it another form of blood doping.  Whether it works or not is not known although veterinarians studying cobalt use don’t think it’s effective.  One of the big concerns is the negative side effects of overdosing horses with the mineral.  Heavy metals like cobalt can’t be broken down by the body and can accumulate to toxic amounts over time.  In humans overdoses produced organ damage, impaired thyroid activity, goiter formation and death. Another concern should be that trainers giving horses cobalt with the intent to enhance their performance are acting criminally.  Even if it the cobalt doesn’t enhance performance, it tells me there are trainers who will put just about anything into their horse’s bodies if there’s a chance it will enhance performance even when they don’t know what negative effects there could be to the horse’s health. Countries worldwide are testing for cobalt use in racehorse.  It is said that supplementing racehorses with cobalt has been around for the past couple of years.  Australia has reported cobalt showing up in horses above the 200 microgram threshold set by the Australian Racing Board.  Some states in the United States have been testing for cobalt since last year but there has been a problem setting a threshold.  The Emirates Racing Authority says it has been testing for cobalt since January 2014 and doesn’t feel there is a problem in the United Arab Emirates. In the United States, the New York Gaming Commission recently passed an amendment to the Thoroughbred out-of-competition testing rules that adds cobalt to the list of blood doping agents they are testing for.  Under its rules for harness racing the Gaming Commission already has a heavy penalty for testing above the current 25 ppb threshold.  Indiana has a ruling that penalizes trainers with horses testing over 25 ppb with up to a one year suspension. Some horsemen are worried that the 25 ppb threshold may cause them to be penalized for giving basic supplements that contain cobalt.  Dr. Rick Arthur , Equine Medical Director for the California Racing Board, determined the 25 ppb threshold was reasonable after doing a study on California Thoroughbreds where the average cobalt level was 1.8 ppb and the highest was 8.2 ppb.  Around the same time Dr. Arthur was studying horses to get a baseline for cobalt, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) collected samples, to retest for cobalt, from racing jurisdictions all over the country and in every jurisdiction there were horses that tested above 50 ppb.  Dr. Arthur said you couldn’t get those results without giving horses high levels of cobalt. Dr. Mary Scollay, the Equine Medical Director for Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, in her research on cobalt, said high doses caused profuse sweating, muscle trembling, aimless circling, horses dropping to their knees or collapsing.  Also, she noted changes in the blood she collected from the horses.  The blood in the samples didn’t clot like it should.  Dr. Scollay said that the test she had done on Kentucky racehorses showed a normal range for cobalt to be between 1 and 7 ppb even when given supplements with trace levels of cobalt. The Unites States Trotting Association disagrees with the 25 ppb threshold after doing its own study and says it should be 70 ppb.  The RMTC’s Scientific Advisory Committee hasn’t been able come to a consensus on a threshold for cobalt as yet. It’s concerned about penalizing a training for giving routine supplements and vitamins that may contain cobalt.  It’s hoped the committee will meet in March and by that time maybe it will be able to make a decision. Dr. Scollay said Kentucky is waiting for the RMTC to come up with a threshold before the State announces penalties for horses testing beyond the threshold.  California requires that Standardbreds testing above the 25 ppb be put on the vet’s list until cobalt is cleared from the horse’s system.  This can take time because the half-life for cobalt is one week.  Dr. Arthur plans to recommend the same rule apply to Thoroughbreds. I certainly hope all racing jurisdictions will set a threshold for cobalt not to exceed 25 ppb.  From what I have read even 25 ppb seems high.  I don’t think anyone knows the effect, on a horse’s health, that long-term ingestion of large doses of cobalt would have.   Related Articles: Cobalt, the Latest in Performances Enhancers?; 10 Year Suspensions for Cobalt Violations; More on Cobalt Use in Racehorses

Five veterinarians presented their views on testing and medication issues at the Ohio State Racing Commission's (OSRC) monthly meeting on April 28 in Columbus. Early in 2015, the OSRC began listening to presentations from a wide variety of individuals concerning the development of model medication rules based upon scientific and fact-based analysis. Veterinarian Dr. John Piehowicz, who treats racehorses at his Cincinnati-based clinic said "the welfare of the horse must come first," mirroring the mindset of the other veterinarians in attendance. "I believe Ohio's policy is the most humane for treating horses," Dr. Piehowicz stated. "While uniformity is desirable, it is not practical. Currently I can help horses, but if we change to the RCI-RMTC rules, I can no longer effectively treat racehorses with safe, FDA-approved medications. We need a published curve based on real world information and rational decisions based on creditable research. The use of some medications, such as Clenbuterol, allow racehorses to live comfortably." "I commend the OSRC in the direction they are going regarding medication policies," stressed Dr. John Reichert, who practices on Standardbreds at Woodland Run clinic in Grove City, Ohio. "In Ohio we've had 122 positives from 12,000 tests in the past year, which is less than one percent. That says to me there are relatively few positive tests in Ohio and that the majority of people-vets and trainers-are playing by the rules. The hot issues with the RCI-RMTC are steroids and Clenbuterol, which we use primarily to treat inflammatory airway disease and joint issues." "In my practice, I'm addressing mainly soreness, lameness and breathing issues," Dr. Reichert continued. "Corticosteroids are used a lot in inflammatory airway disease and joint issues, and in the 25 years I've been a vet I have yet to see a catastrophic breakdown from the use of these steroids. Nobody wants a catastrophic breakdown-but unfortunately it is part of the athletic scene. We see more of these from backyard pleasure horses than we do in racehorses. "In regards to Clenbuterol, as vets, we have to be able to use Clenbuterol within reason," Dr. Reichert stressed. "My perspective as a vet is that I look at Clenbuterol as a therapeutic treatment of a racehorse. A five-day course of treatment is more of what is required for the Standardbred racehorse. Scientific research doesn't support performance-enhancement by the use of Clenbuterol." "It's difficult to obey the rules if you don't know what they are," explained Dr. Dan Wilson, a partner/practitioner at the Cleveland Equine Clinic. "We routinely test blood and urine, and the tests are sophisticated to the level of one grain of sand on a beach. There is nothing to suggest this level would enhance a horse's performance. Muscle and enzyme physiology is different for each breed: Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Quarter horses-they are all different. As proposed, the RCI & RMTC rules would alleviate all therapeutic medications for the use in Standardbreds. The loss of Clenbuterol and corticosteroids for treatment in Standardbred racing would compromise the industry and limit my ability to effectively treat horses." "We need uniform medication rules," agreed Dr. Brett Berthold, owner/practitioner at the Cleveland Equine Clinic. "Corticosteroids are used daily by my friends in the human medical field and we need the same tools as veterinarians. A uniform program needs to be in place for daily treatments, and there needs to be regulated medications we are allowed to use therapeutically. The question I have is in regards to dosage in surgical medications, that's an issue. Where is the safe zone? The emergence of newer therapeutic medications being adopted into the regulations is another main concern regarding the welfare of the horse." "There is not another commission in the country that has gone to the depths of what the OSRC is doing here." admitted Dr. Clara Fenger, a founding member of the North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians (NAARV) and Kentucky practitioner. "Eighteen of the 26 drugs in the RCI-RMTC report have no published data. The idea of thresholds is great and we're all about uniform rules, but let's get things right first. "In 2013 for instance, 24 hours out was the standard time for Banamine (to be administered prior to a race) and then in 2014 a new study came out and the RCI-RMTC said 'oops! we were wrong and Banamine can now only be used 32 hours out,'" Dr. Clara Fenger. "All kinds of people got positives as a result and purses had to be redistributed and horsemen were in danger of losing their livelihood. There was just vagueness in their limits. "We use medications because we need to," she stressed. "For instance, 27% of yearlings that go through the Keeneland Sale already have arthritis in their hocks-and that's not limited to Thoroughbreds. It's in all breeds-as these are living, breathing animals we're dealing with. We need education so that other practitioners can learn what works best in practical situations. Based on our preliminary data, most vets are using the appropriate amounts. Most Ohio rules we can live with and the RCI should be looking to Ohio instead of the other way around." The OSRC will listen to chemists and scientists present their views on these same medication and threshold levels in Standardbred and Thoroughbred racehorses at its June 23 meeting, schedule for 10 am, 31st Floor,East-B, 77 South High Street, Columbus. Kimberly A. Rinker

Nine $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sire Stakes (OSS) action were contested on May 1 and 2 at Miami Valley Raceway in the first of four legs for harness racing 3-year-old pacing and trotting colts and fillies. On Friday, May 1 sophomore pacing fillies took center stage, with Bell Flower taking the first division in a wire-to-wire, career best 1:53.1 for driver Chris Page and trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. The victory, her first in as many starts this season, pushed the daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye's lifetime earnings to $184,336. She now has eight wins in nine career starts for the quartet of Bruce and Patricia Soulsby, Dean Davis and Carl Howard. Friskie Lil Devil (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) finished second by 1¾ lengths, while Feeling Wild (Dan Noble) held on to be third. Bell Flower, was the Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year in 2014, was bred by Ohio State ATI. Longshot Friskie Megan came from last to win the second OSS pacing division for driver Hugh Beatty by just a head over E Ticket Ride (Dan Noble) and Karlee Sue (Jason Brewer) in 1:55.3. The daughter of Feelin Friskie is trained and co-owned by Steve Bateson and Harold Moore, and pushed her lifetime earnings to $28,751. The win was Friskie Megan's second in ten career starts and she returned a whopping $212.40 to win on a two dollar ticket. She was bred by Ada Jacobs of Gambier, Ohio. Little Casino captured the first OSS division for 3-year-old trotting fillies in a career best 1:58.3 with trainer Hugh Beatty at the lines for owner-breeder Duane M. Lowe of Malta, Ohio, upping her career earnings to $39,421. The daughter of Full Count came three-wide around the final turn, using a :29.4 final brush to negotiate the victory by a length over Mid Pack (Dan Noble) and Countthechip (Ken Holiday). Student Of Life, with Kurt Sugg in the sulky, won the second division in 1:59.1 by 2½ lengths for trainer Marty Wollam. Owned by Acadia Farms, Inc., and G&B Racing, this daughter of Full Count got a perfect trip to notch her third career victory and up her earnings to $85,106. Student Of Life was bred by Marvin Raber. Bettys Sam (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) finished second, while UF Cashnmy Chips (Aaron Merriam) grabbed third place honors. Trainer Marty Wollam and driver Kurt Sugg teamed up again to win the third OSS division with Dark Roast, a 3-year-old daughter of Full Count, who was clocked in 1:58 for Acadia Farms, Inc., and G&B Racing. Bred by Ohio State ATI, Dark Roast used come-from-behind tactics to notch her fourth career victory in nine trips postward. She now has $69,043 in her lifetime bankroll. On Saturday night, May 2, two divisions each of 3-year-old cold and gelding pacers and trotters lined up behind the gate for Ohio Sire Stake tests. In the first OSS pacing division, Gray Camo cruised to a wire-to-wire career best 1:53.3 clocking for driver Chris Page and trainer Ronnie Burke, who conditions the roan son of Pine Valley for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Richard Suda and Jason Melilo. The venerable gelding pushed his lifetime earnings to $116,229 with the victory, the fifth of his career in 11 starts. Bred by Charles Gadja, Gray Camo finished three-quarters of a length in front of the hard-trying Roaddog Jess James (Kayne Kauffman) and Rock N Randall (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.). Chief Talkalot and driver Jim Pantaleono used similar tactics in the second OSS pacing division to win handily in 1:55.2 by a nose over Western Coby (Wyatt Irvine) and by a neck over Rocky Express (Randy Tharps). Brian Brown trains the Feelin Friskie gelding, who picked up his third career win in nine starts and pushed his bankroll to $83,643 for owners Steve Stewart, Michael Dean Robinson, Robert Mondillo and Steve Cheatham. Steve Stewart bred Chief Talkalot. In the first OSS trotting division it was Neely's Messenger, Ohio's Horse of the Year and 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of 2014, who scored a decisive 1:57.1 victory for driver Dan Noble and trainer Al Mankee in his seasonal debut. Owned by Dale Sweet and Julie Ann Sweet, the son of Neely Dunn scored victories in OSS, Ohio Fair Stakes (OFS) and Ohio Breeders Stakes (OBS) with a triumph in the $200,000 OSS Championship that earned him the aforementioned honors for 2014. Neely's Messenger-who was bred by Albert Yoder-was never challenged as I Know My Chip (Chris Page) finished second, while Cooter Dunn (Louis Bauslaugh) finished third. Upfront Chip Daddy and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. overtook Kick A Lot (Kurt Sugg) in the final strides to capture the second OSS trotting division in 1:57.3. No Whip Chip (Dan Noble) notched third. Upfront Chip Daddy, a gelded brown son of Chip Chip Hooray is conditioned by Kelly O'Donnell and is owned by Up Front Racing, LLC., and Mark Ford. The victory was his third in seven tries, and pushed his lifetime earnings to $26,580. Unraced at two, Upfront Chip Daddy was bred by Ohio's Spring Haven Farm. Ohio Sire Stake action for 3-year-olds continues with the second of four legs scheduled June 6 at Scioto Downs for colt pacers and trotters, while the filly pacers and trotters will vie on June 12 at Northfield Park. Third leg action shifts to Northfield Park on July 17 for the colts of both gaits, while the fillies go postward on Aug. 14 at Northfield. Fourth road contests will take place at Scioto Downs on Aug. 28 for the fillies and Aug. 29 for the colts. The $225,000 Championship events for all the 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, during Scioto Down's Super Night. Kimberly A. Rinker

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