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George R. Berlin of Canfield, Ohio has been appointed by the Honorable Governor John Kasich to the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Committee. Berlin, as the newest member of the OSDF Committee, will serve a term of four years. "I'm quite honored to be appointed to the OSDF Committee," Berlin stated. "I've been in this business for a long time and harness racing has been in my blood through five generations. I'm looking forward to help make a difference in Ohio's racing future." Berlin has been active as an owner and breeder in northeastern Ohio for six decades, often racing under the nom de plume of G and B Racing (he and son Brad) or Acadia Farms Inc., (he and The Uncle Peter Syndicate). His host of Ohio champions include Ohio Sires Stakes and Triple Crown trotting winners Contessa Leigh 3, 1:56.4F ($300,442) and Full Count 4, 1:55.4F ($238,692), as well as this season's standouts Dark Roast 3, 1:57.1h ($162,533) and Student Of Life 3, 1:56.4f ($213,073)-both sons of Full Count, who he owns in partnership with Anthony Minute and Jeffery Polichena and who stands at Marvin Raber's Baltic, Ohio breeding farm. Berlin also owns and breeds mares in partnership with Dr. Steiner of Steiner Stock Farm in Lima, Ohio. His longtime Ohio-based trainer is this season's Kaltenbach winner Marty Wollam. Berlin also has Standardbreds in training with Grand Circuit conditioners Charlie Norris and Stephan Lind. An entrepreneur whose professional endeavors include a robotics company and highway construction firm, Berlin also served as the Speed Superintendent for the Canfield Fair for more than 25 years. Kimberly Rinker

The Ohio Standardbred Development Fund will meet at the Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, 31st Floor, South Room B & C on Wednesday, December 9 at 10 am. Actions to consider: ·        Approval of minutes from OSDF meeting on November 17, 2015 ·        Approval of Northfield Park hosting OSS Super Night on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 o   Schedule of 2016 OSS events, including aged races o   Nomination fee for OSS series $500 o   Starting fee for each leg is $500 o   Championship starting fee $1,000 ·         Eight, $50,000 consolations races at Scioto Downs on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 o   Consolation starting fee $500 ·        Drop the qualifying times by one second & give a second for the first leg of the series (so the first leg would be allowed two seconds) ·        All horses on the starting gate ·        Raising stallion registration fees (rule change) to $1,000 or higher ·        Approval of $100,000 contribution to OSU for research ·        Approval of $150,000 advertising & promotional budget ·        Discussion of 2016 Budget ·        Old Business ·        New Business Kimberly Rinker Administrator Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

Dr. James Robertson, the Ohio State Racing Commission's (OSRC) consulting veterinarian, announced at the OSRC monthly meeting on Nov. 18 that the first phase of the cobalt pilot study being conducted at The Ohio State University is complete. "A range of doses of intravenous cobalt chloride were administered to five healthy horses at weekly intervals," Dr. Robertson offered. "Blood and urine samples were taken for analysis and will continue to be taken in weeks to follow." The OSRC has partnered with veterinary clinicians and scientists from The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Veterinary Medicine and the Ohio Department of Agriculture Analytical Toxicology Laboratory (ATL) in a comprehensive research study, which focuses on what cobalt does to a horse's system and its effects on racehorses. "Intravenous cobalt chloride, especially at the higher dosage levels, produced a rapid onset of clinical signs and had detrimental effects on a number of body systems including the cardiovascular system (hypertension, arrhythmias and tachycardia) and the renal system (bloody urine)," Dr. Robertson revealed. "These effects appeared to be transient," he continued. "Sample analysis and data collation will take place over the next few months." Kimberly A. Rinker  

Members of the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) committee will meet on November 17, 2015 at 2 pm at the Delaware County Fairground's Log Cabin, 236 Pennsylvania Ave., Delaware, Ohio 43015. The meeting is open to the public and horsemen are encouraged to attend. For questions, please contact Kim Rinker, OSDF Administrator, Ohio State Racing Commission, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 or to kim.rinker@rc.state.oh.us. by Kim Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

Two favorites, each steered by their respective harness racing drivers for the very first time, captured two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) Championships for older horses and geldings Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   Driver Chris Page steered the public's choice Lady's Dude to an easy victory in the $50,000 OSS event for diagonally-gaited Standardbreds.   The altered bay 4-year-old son of Victory Sam notched his third win in a row for trainer Ron Burke, as Page guided the gelding to victory with a front-stepping 1:55.1 effort. Rival Rompaway Galaxy was second for Mike Wilder, while Cant Cutthat Chip was third for Jack Dailey.   "I knew that this horse could get a little aggressive, so I did my best to keep him calm in the post parade," Page stressed. "I knew I had the best horse so when the gate sprung I got him to the front as quickly as possible and it worked out great for us." Lady's Dude is trained by Ron Burke for the Burke Racing Stable LLC of Fredericktown, PA; Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Canonsburg, PA; and Johnny Yoder of Dundee, OH and upped his career earnings to $236,952 with the win, the 13th of his career. The bay gelding took his career mark of 1:53.2 last season at The Meadows. Lady's Dude is the fifth of eight foals out of the broodmare Lady's Star (by Hi Noon Star) p, 5, 1:56.2F ($181,884), and has half-siblings in: Little Moola p, 4, Q2:03.2 ($38,040); Luddite Bluegrass (by Rocky Balboa) 2, 2:00.3M ($30,000); and Lady's Starlet (by Master Lavec) 3, 2:03f ($11,290).   Driver Dan Noble was in the sulky behind the highly-favored Dancin Yankee--Ohio's Aged Pacer of 2014, 2013 & 2012--as the pair captured the $50,000 OSS Aged Pace Final in 1:51.3.   The 7-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser had captured this same event one year ago in 1:52.1 and pushed his career earnings to $1,372,871 for the Baron Racing Stable of Horsham, PA and Richard Lombardo of Solon, OH.   "This horse is just all class," Noble said. "He's got so much back class and is typical of any top horse that a driver is lucky enough to sit behind. He's the consummate professional and there's nothing bad you could ever say about him."   Dancin Yankee now has 46 career victories to his credit, and has grabbed purse checks in 113 of his 132 career starts, with 87 of those being either first, second or third place finishes.   Bred by Elizabeth Wagner, Dancin Yankee was a $17,000 yearling purchase at the 2009 Ohio Select Sale, and is the first foal out of his dam. He is a full brother to $107,572-winning mare Cruzin To The Dance p, 3, 1:53.1f, and also has half-sisters in Dancin Caroll p, 2, Q1:55.1f ($78,146) and Dancin In the Nude p, 2, 1:55.1s ($19,012)--both by Sportswriter. Kimberly Rinker

Harness racing driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., piloted the winners of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for pacing and trotting mares, 4-year-olds & up, Friday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The black and maroon-clad reinsman steered favorites Igotafeelinfran and Victory Is Coming to resounding wins in both divisions for aged distaffs.   Wrenn first guided Igotafeelinfran to victory over six rivals in the pacing division, clocked in 1:54.1.   Trained by Jim Daily, the 5-year-old daughter of Feelin Friskie used an easy, gate-to-wire steer to nail down her 25th career victory and eighth of the season, pushing her career totals to $461.520 for Ohio owners Jerry Zosel, Kathy Ratcliff and Kimberly Dailey.   "She's a Cadillac to drive," Wrenn, Jr., stressed. "Just a very classy mare. I felt confident that she was the best in there and could win as long as I avoided any road trouble."   Wrenn, Jr., did just that, sending Igotafeelinfran right to the top and snapping off fractions of :26.4, :56.3 and 1:24.3, before pacing home her final panel in a modest :29.3 and drawing off by 2½ lengths. Igotafeelinfran was a multiple OSS winner at ages two and three, and captured this same event last year as a 4-year-old in 1:55. Co-owner Jerry Zosel said he wasn't sure what was up next on the agenda for Igotafellinfran, but said he felt sure that trainer Jim Dailey would be giving the mare a well-deserved rest in the near future.   "He might wind her down in a few weeks and give her a little break during the winter," Zosel said. "It's not about the money at this point with her. She's been awfully good to us."   Igotafeelinfran's stablemate Lady Julie (Randy Tharps) finished second, while 40-1 longshot Shakin Friskie (Dan Noble) did well to be third.   Wrenn, Jr., next guided the diminutive but mighty Victory Is Coming, who scored her 60th career win en route to establishing a new track record for aged trotting mares over Dayton's five-eighths mile oval, clocked in 1:54.3 for the one mile test. Owned by Betty and Red Shaw and trained by Ammon Hershberger, the 8-year-old mare upped her career earnings to $656,952. "She has such a good, fluid way of trotting," said Wrenn, Jr., in the winner's circle. "She can race anyway you want her to--from on or off the pace, and she always give you her best effort. She just loves her job and I never chased her at all tonight. It was all her."   Wrenn, Jr. got away in the three-hole but moved Victory Is Coming quickly from the rail at the :27 first quarter, took the lead, and never looked back--leading the field of nine trotters through fractions of :56.3 and 1:25.3. She used a final brush of :29 to win by nearly nine lengths over rival, 24-1 longshot, Miss Lulu Belle (Don Irvine, Jr.), while Rose Run Nellie (Josh Sutton) got up for third. Kimberly Rinker

Two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) Championships for older horses and geldings will be contested Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Seven pacers and seven trotters will each vie in their respective divisions over Dayton's five-eighth's mile oval, slated as the ninth and tenth events on the evening's 14-race harness racing card. Rompaway Galaxy, the 2013 Ohio 2-Year-Old Trotter of the Year heads up the field of diagonally-gaited Standardbreds for trainer Marty Wollam and the Rompaway Farms, LLC of Battle Creek, MI from post one. A winner of $472,361 in his career, this 4-year-old son of Rompaway Wally has been competing in the Open and Preferred ranks throughout the Midwest, with a pair of victories and one second to his credit this season in 16 trips postward. Foaled April 18, 2011, this homebred gelding has amassed 15 career wins to date, and had outstanding 2- and 3-year-old seasons. As a freshman, Rompaway Galaxy captured OSS legs at Northfield, Scioto and Raceway Park, before triumphing in the $150,000 OSS Championship in a seasonal best 1:57.4. As a sophomore he was a multiple OSS winner at Miami Valley, Scioto and Northfield and was second by a whisker to Lady's Dude in the $200,000 OSS Championship, in addition to having won the Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware, and retired that year with $246,944 in his bank seasonal account. To date, Rompaway Galaxy has 15 wins, six seconds and a trio of thirds in 39 lifetime starts. He is the fourth of five foals out of the Mr Vic mare Rompaway Wynona 2, 2:00M ($63,655) and has a half- brother in the 12-race winning gelding Patches Five Six (by Lockkeeper) 4, 1:59f ($45,698) The aforementioned Lady's Dude looks to be Rompaway Galaxy's main threat. The altered bay 4-year-old son of Victory Sam has a two-race win streak coming into this OSS contest, timed in 1:54.3 and 1:54 at The Meadows. Conditioned by Ron Burke, Lady's Dude is owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC of Fredericktown, PA; Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Canonsburg, PA; and Johnny Yoder of Dundee, OH. A winner of $211,952 in his career, the bay gelding took his career mark of 1:53.2 last season at The Meadows. Lady's Dude is the fifth of eight foals out of the broodmare Lady's Star (by Hi Noon Star) p, 5, 1:56.2F ($181,884), and has half-siblings in: Little Moola p, 4, Q2:03.2 ($38,040); Luddite Bluegrass (by Rocky Balboa) 2, 2:00.3M ($30,000); and Lady's Starlet (by Master Lavec) 3, 2:03f ($11,290). Dancin Yankee, Ohio's Aged Pacer of 2014, 2013 & 2012, heads up the OSS Pacing Championship from post five for driver Dan Noble. The 7-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest-Cambest is the lone millionaire in this group of seven pacers, with $1,347,871 in lifetime earnings. Owned by the Baron Racing Stable of Horsham, PA and Richard Lombardo of Solon, OH, Dancin Yankee captured this same event one year ago, drawing off by nearly six lengths and pacing in 1:52.1. Foaled April 9, 2008 in Georgetown, KY, this rugged bay has a plethora of stakes triumphs to his credit, including victories in the $75,000 Franklin at Pocono Downs (2015); $260,000 Gerrity at Saratoga (2014); and a $50,000 Levy leg at Yonkers (2013, 2014); as well as six OSS victories at ages two and three and an Ohio Breeders Championship win as a freshman. However, many of his 45 victories have come in the Preferred (five wins), Invitational (two wins), Open (12 wins) and Winners-Over (eight wins) ranks throughout the seasons. In addition, Dancin Yankee has garnered purse checks in 112 of his 131 career starts, and 86 of those were first (45), second (23) or third-place (18) finishes. Just like fine wine, he's seems to get better with each passing year. In 2010, as a 2-year-old, Dancin Yankee earned $60,406 and took a record of 1:53.2 at Scioto Downs. The following year, at age three, he earned $123,331 en route to a 1:50.2f clocking at Harrah's Chester. In 2012 he posted earnings of $231,225 and scored a 1:49.4f record at Pocono Downs and in 2013, at age five, recorded a mark of 1:50.1f at Dover Downs while earning $170,860. As a 6-year-old in 2014 Dancin Yankee had his most success, earning $509,140 and lowering his career mark to 1:47.2f via a Pocono Downs triumph. This season he scored a 1:48.3f victory at Pocono Downs on June 6 and has earnings of $252,909 for the year coming into the OSS Championship at Dayton. Bred by Elizabeth Wagner, Dancin Yankee was a $17,000 yearling purchase at the 2009 Ohio Select Sale, and is the first foal out of his dam. He is a full brother to $107,572-winning mare Cruzin To The Dance p, 3, 1:53.1f, and also has half-sisters in Dancin Caroll p, 2, Q1:55.1f ($78,146) and Dancin In the Nude p, 2, 1:55.1s ($19,012)-both by Sportswriter. Other contenders looking to give Dancin Yankee a run for his money include Feelin Lika Winner, a winner of $269,221 lifetime who captured the OSS Championship as a 3-year-old. Trained by Scott Mogan, the 5-year-old son of Feelin Friskie has 11 lifetime wins to his credit. Man He Can Skoot hails from the powerful Ron Burke Stable. This 6-year-old Mantacular gelding has $288,436 in his coffers from 35 career wins and comes into the OSS Championship fresh off a strong, second-place finish in a Northfield Open. Race Nine-$50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 4-Year-Olds & Up Horses & Geldings Trotting Championship PP Horse/Driver/Trainer/MLOdds Rompaway Galaxy (Mike Wilder/Marty Wollam) 9-5 Lady's Dude (Chris Page/Ron Burke) 3-1 Cody Coy (Kyle Ater/Deborah Swartz) 10-1 Soul Train (Dan Noble/Jose Godinez) 6-1 JJ Hall (Kayne Kauffman/Scott Mogan) 4-1 Count Full Mac (Bud High/Bud High) 12-1 Can'tcutthatchip (Jack Daily/Jim Daily) 8-1 Race Ten-$50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 4-year-Olds & Up Horses & Geldings Pacing Championship PP/Horse/Driver/Trainer/MLOdds Outdoor Fever (Kayne Kauffman/Tom Brinkerhoff) 8-1 Feel The Heat (Josh Sutton/Daniel Gill) 10-1 J's Six Pak Attack (Jeremy Smith/Sherri Chasteen) 6-1 Feelin Lika Winner (Kayne Kauffman/Scott Mogan) 4-1 Dancin Yankee (Dan Noble/Scott Cox) 7-5 Chance I Might (Jason Brewer/Jim Dailey) 12-1 Man He Can Skoot (Chris Page/Ron Burke) 7-2 Kimberly Rinker  

Two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for harness racing pacing and trotting mares, 4-year-olds & up, will be contested Friday night at Hollywood at Dayton Racino.  Post time is approximately 6:35 pm, ET. Igotafeelingfran, a winner of $436,520 lifetime, headlines of field of seven pacing mares in race nine for trainer Jim Daily and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. from post three as the morning line, 4-5 favorite.  The 5-year-old daughter of Feelin Friskie is owned by a trio of Ohio owners, including Jerry Zosel, Kathy Ratcliff and Kimberly Dailey.  Competing in the open and high condition ranks throughout most of 2015, Igotafeelinfran has been no worse than second in her last six starts, with seasonal earnings of $66,649.  Lifetime she’s visited the winner’s circle a total of 24 times, with 15 seconds and 14 thirds in 76 career starts, and took her lifetime mark of 1:51.1 at Scioto Downs as a 4-year-old for these same connections. Igotafeelinfran was a multiple OSS winner at ages two and three, and captured this same event last year as a 4-year-old in 1:55 at Dayton with Dan Noble in the sulky.  She won the 3-Year-Old OSS Championship on Super Night in 1:53.3 in 2013, and finished a solid third in the OSS Championship for freshman fillies in 2012. This homebred mare is the first foal out of the lightly raced Expensive Scooter mare Fran Anna p, 3, 1:56.4s ($3,400). Igotafeelinfran’s siblings include her full brother, the 2-year-old gelding Gotmoneyinmypocket p, 2, 1:52.3f ($62,598) and a 3-year-old Panspacificflight gelding half-brother, Gottatigerinmytank p, 3, 1:54f ($12,560). Among Igottafeelinfran’s six rivals is her stablemate, Lady Julie (4-1, post two).  Owned by Ohioans Shane Hines and Kevin Snyder, this 4-year-old daughter of Feelin Friskie sports seasonal earnings of $30,726 and career earnings of $169,227. Bred by Elden Hall, Lady Julie was an Ohio Fair Stake (OFS) and OSS winner as a 3-year-old, and has been a solid contender in the high conditioned ranks this year. Lifetime she has seven wins, 14 seconds and nine thirds in 52 career trips postward.  Lady Julie is the first of three foals out of the unraced Jenna’s Beach Boy mare Jennas Lady. Betty and Red Shaw’s Victory Is Coming is the clear standout in the field of nine diagonally-gaited distaff specialists in the $50,000 OSS for older trotting mares.  This seemingly indefatigable 8-year-old comes into her OSS test with a trio of consecutive victories under her belt—the last two in Open company at Northfield Park.  A winner of $631,952 lifetime, Victory Is Coming will be steered by Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., from post five for trainer Ammon Hershberger in her 139th career start.  She took her lifetime record at Scioto Downs on Aug. 22, 2014, clocked in 1:51 over the five-eighths mile oval in a $30,000 Open. Bred by Success Acres, Victory is coming has 59 career wins, 26 seconds and 12 thirds to her credit, and has been uber-consistent throughout her career, earning $72,000 or more every year she’s competed, beginning with her 2-year-old season in 2009. A $13,500 yearling purchase from the 2008 Ohio Select Sale, Victory Is Coming is the second of eight foals out of the Overcomer mare Norse Comer 3, 2:00h ($69,675) and has full siblings in: Carson’s Victory 4, 1:59.2h ($60,475);  Bettys Sam  2, 1:57.4h ($53,903); Nordic Victory 2, 2:03.3f ($32,342), etc. Rival Jesse’s Messenger and former Ohio Horse of the Year will be looking to stop Victory Is Coming in her quest for another triumph from post seven with Ryan Stahl in the sulky.  Conditioned by Kent Sherman for his father Daryl Sherman, the 8-year-old Jailhouse Jesse lass has amassed $430,070 from 109 career starts, with 33 wins, nine seconds and 18 thirds. Bred by the Hatfeld Stables and foaled March 26, 2007, at Charm, Ohio, Jesse’s Messenger is the third of nine foals out of the Carry The Message mare Laser Message 4, 2:02.4h ($50,533), and is a full sister to Oh So So 3, 2:00.2h ($9,918) and a half-sister to the Master Lavec gelding Diesel Fuel 7, 1:57f, a 19-race winner of $124,447. The full fields for both Ohio Sires Stakes Championships for aged mares are listed below.   Championship events for aged pacing and trotting horses & geldings will be contested at Hollywood at Dayton Racino on Saturday, Oct. 24. $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 4-Year-Old & Up Pacing Mares Championship PP Horse/Driver/Trainer/MLOdds 1.       Let’sgoalltheway (Jeremy Smith/Delvin Criswell) 12-1 2.       Lady Julie (Randy Tharps/Jim Dailey) 4-1 3.       Igottafeelinfran (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr./Jim Dailey) 4-5 4.       Hannah Forever (Ryan Stahl/Calvin Hollar) 9-2 5.       Threefold Breanna (Kayne Kauffman/William Beckley) 6-1 6.       Two Friskie (Jeremy Smith/Mark Winters, Sr.) 8-1 7.       Shakin Friskie (Christi Pokornowski/Dan Noble) 10-1 $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 4-Year-Old & Up Trotting Mares Championship        PP Horse/Driver/Trainer/MLOdds 1.       Rose Run Nellie (Josh Sutton/Jeff Miller) 9-2 2.       Miss Lulu Belle (Don Irvine, Jr./Ben Miller) 6-1 3.       Emilene’s Future (Ray Paver/Rickie Williams) 8-1 4.       Beauty Chip (TBA/Bob Rowland) 4-1 5.       Victory Is Coming (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr./Ammon Hershberger) 4-5 6.       Turbochargedroxie (TBA/Lou Goans) 10-1 7.       Jesse’s Messenger (Ryan Stahl/Kent Sherman) 7-2 8.       Tesla (Kyle Ater/David Brumbaugh) 12-1 9.       Sandys Victory (Randy Tharps/Larry Tinch) 15-1 Kimberly Rinker

Members of the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) committee will meet on November 17, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Delaware County Fairground's Log Cabin, 236 Pennsylvania Ave., Delaware, OH 43015. Agenda items to be discussed include, but are not limited to: 2016 Ohio Sires Stakes race dates for 2- and 3-year-olds & aged horses 2016 budget for Ohio Sires Stakes races 2016 qualifying times for Ohio Sires Stakes 2016 advertising program for Ohio Sires Stakes Anyone wishing to speak to or wanting to submit a proposal to the OSDF committee must first submit their comment/question/idea in writing to the Ohio State Racing Commission by Nov. 10, 2015. Send all such written comments/questions/ideas by Nov. 10, 2015 to Kim Rinker, OSDF Administrator, Ohio State Racing Commission, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 or to kim.rinker@rc.state.oh.us. The meeting is open to the public and horsemen are encouraged to attend. Kimberly Rinker

Eight $225,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships (OSS) featured Ohio's top-bred 2- and 3-year-old pacing and trotting, colts and fillies, on Saturday night, Sept. 12 at Scioto Downs. An equal amount of harness racing longshots and even-money favorites gave the titanic crowd a great bank for their gambling buck.   2-Year-Old Filly Trot   Mild longshot (13-1) Count On Kami picked the perfect time to break her maiden as she bested favorite Kestrel by a whisker in the OSS Championship for 2-year-old trotting fillies. The daughter of Full County-Joys Second Call-Call Toll Free tripped the timer in 1:58.1 for the one mile test with driver Kurt Sugg at the lines for trainer Marty Wollam.   "After she raced in the first leg, I really thought I had the best horse in this series," Sugg noted. "But then she's just been finishing second all summer and I kind of thought it wasn't going to happen. Tonight, I got the perfect two-hole trip and I think Aaron's (Merriman, driving Kestrel) horse wasn't quite as sharp as she normally is."   Co-owned by Wollam, Vienna, OH; David Wayne Vannatta, Mt. Vernon, OH; and Acadia Farms Inc., Canfield, OH; Count On Kami pushed her career earnings to $167,591.   "I really thought all along this filly would be good and tonight she just put it all together," Sugg added.   "We raised this filly from a baby," said Charlotte Vannatta, "She's been with us since day one and we also have a half-sister to her. She's been one special filly for us and finishing second was okay but this just takes the cake!"   Kestrel (Aaron Merriman) was second for trainer Chris Beaver, while Consolidator (Chris Page) finished third for trainer Jim Arledge, Jr.   2-Year-Old Filly Pace   Brenda Teague harnessed Miss Me Yet to her third career victory in six tries for owner and co-breeder George Teague, Jr., of Harrington, DE in the OSS 2-year-Old Filly Pace Championship. Reined to a 1:54.3 clocking by George's son and Brenda's nephew Montrell Teague, the daughter of I'm Gorgeous-Live Inspired-Western Hanover was co-bred by Fannin Racing, LLC.   "This filly has been very good to us," Brenda noted. "She's tough as nails and always gives you 100% on the track."   An 8-1 mild longshot, Miss Me Yet held off My Tweed Heart (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by nearly a length, with Big Bad Ashley (Dan Noble) gobbling up show honors. The win upped her career bank account to $171,300. She had captured two previous legs of OSS action.   2-Year-Old Colt Trot   Heavy favorite MJB Got Faith did not disappoint her owner--11-year-old Breana Casey of Connersville, IN--in the OSS test for 2-year-old trotting colts. The daughter of Trainforthefuture-Imageofasweetgirl-Striking Sahbra got a perfect steer by driver Peter Wrenn to best the hard-trying Emerald Chip (Josh Sutton) by a neck in 1:58.3 Kanthaka (Dave Palone) finished third.   "He's always a strong horse finishing and tonight he really wanted to step out of there," Wrenn noted. "He's really wanted out of the pocket and when I finally turned him loose, he just exploded."   Trained by Steve Carter, MJB Got Faith was bred by the Gbw Breeding Farms Inc. His owner has donated 10% of the horse's earnings to the Brad Hanners Fund. Breana's dad Brian, said the idea to help Hanners was all Breana's idea.   "Breana believes in giving and in giving back to the community," stressed her father, Brian Carsey.   The filly has now earned her young owner $192,500, having won all four legs of the OSS series, in addition to the Championship.   2-Year-Old Colt Pace   Love Tap Hanover captured the OSS 2-Year-Old Colt Pace Championship in 1:54.2 with David Miller in the sulky. The son of Big Bad John-Love Lace Mindale-Jenna's Beach Boy used come-from-behind tactics to nab career win number three over Friskie Cruiser (Ryan Stahl) and Mr Wiggle Pants (Kayne Kauffman).   "He raced great here last week," noted Morgan, Jr. "Of course tonight the post and the trip didn't hurt him at all.   Virgil Morgan, Jr. conditions the freshman, who is owned by Rick Phillips, Tappan, NY; Peter Paul Venturini, Rockaway, NJ; and Mark Harder of Freehold, NJ. Bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, PA, Love Tap Hanover now has $166,457 in his career coffers. "I drove this horse quite a bit when he was out East," driver David Miller admitted. "I'm not surprised to see him do well in here. I always thought he'd make a nice youngster." For Morgan, Jr., the victory was bittersweet as his other entrant in this same division--Primo Giovanni--did not have his usual spunk after capturing all of his previous OSS tests, and finished eighth. 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Favorite Like Old Times and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., used a near wire-to-wire performance to capture the OSS 3-Year-Old Filly Championship for trotters in 1:57.2. The daughter of Chip Chip Hooray-Royal Two-Royal Troubadour grabbed the lead at the half and never looked back, drawing off by 3¼ lengths over rival Student Of Life (Mike Wilder), with the gutsy Dark Roast (Kurt Sugg) getting up for third.   "She's an absolute Cadillac to drive," Wrenn, Jr., admitted. "The rail isn't the best spot to get away from at Scioto and there's always a little bit of concern when you're racing for $225,000, but she really didn't require any urging from me at all tonight. She's just really on her game right now."   Bred and owned by Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, OH, Like Old Times is conditioned by Don McKirgan. This was her 14 career win and pushed her lifetime earnings to $315,117.   3-Year-Old Filly Pace   Even-money favorite Karlee Sue stepped up to the plate for trainer Al Tomlinson, capturing the OSS 3-Year-Old Filly Pace Championship in 1:54.3 with David Miller at the lines. "She had some ovary problems that we had a tough time getting regulated," said co-owner Tomlinson--who conditions the filly for Daniel Mitchell, Novi, MI and Dennis Stolz, Midland, MI. "But once we got those issues straightened out, she's seemed so much more comfortable." Bred by Midland Acres, the daughter of Feelin Friskie-Magical Jeanie-Magical Mike utilized a two-hole trip to nail down the win, the fifth of the season and the sixth of her career. Friskie Lil Devil (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) made up a ton of ground to finish second, just a length behind the winner, while Sectionlinefriskie (Greg Grismore) nabbed show honors. The victory pushed Karlee Sue's career earnings to $221,727 for her connections.   3-Year-Old Colt Trot Favorite I Know My Chip and driver Chris Page left hard from post nine and were never headed in the OSS 3-Year-Old Colt Trot Championship, besting Really Deep Chip (Kayne Kauffman) by two lengths at the wire. The gutsy Neely's Messenger (Mike Wilder) finished a hard-fought third. "He's really been getting stronger and stronger," Page noted. "I was a little worried because it is a cold night and the front end really wasn't holding up, but this horse is just spectacular right now." The son of Deep Chip-Madeline's Chip-Pegasus Spur posted a 1:56.3 clocking for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Frederickstown, PA; Weaver Bruscemi, Cannonsburg, PA; and Paul Collura, Mountain Top, PA. Bred by Kimberly Dailey, I Know My Chip pushed his career earnings to $350,778. The victory--the 13th of his career--was his fourth straight in OSS competition.   3-Year-Old Colt Pace   In an exciting stretch duel, 3-1 Rock N Randall (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) bested rivals Nobles Finesse (Kurt Sugg) and Imtoofastforyou (Josh Sutton) in 1:55. The son of Dave Panlone-Appealing Sammi-Nobleland Sam notched career victory number nine for trainer Brian Brown and owner-breeder Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH.   "This horse is very lazy," said Brown. "He really doesn't care if he wins or not and we do a lot to make the game interesting for him. For instance this week we trained him with side cheeks on, and then raced him in a different rigging. He's a good eater but really isn't all that interested in racing or training. Lucky for us that tonight, he seemed into racing. He'll go to Delaware next."   Rock N Randall upped his career earnings to $253,808 with the win, his fourth triumph of the season in 14 starts.   Coming Up: Ohio Sires Stakes action for aged trotting and pacing horses and mares continues with four $50,000 Championships on Oct. 24 at Hollywood at Dayton Raceway.   By Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund    

Scioto Downs plays hosts to the richest night in Ohio harness racing history on Saturday evening, Sept. 12 with $2,285,000 in purses dangling precariously on the finish line as Buckeye State's best Standardbreds battle for first-place prize money. The five-eight's mile oval will feature a 17-race card highlighted by eight $225,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) Championships for 2- and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies. In addition, the $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial, the $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial and the $40,000 Ryder Steck Memorial will also be contested. Post time is approximately 6:30 pm, ET. Chris Beaver and Wilbur Lang's Kestrel will be trying for a perfect five for five in the $225,000 OSS (Race 4) for freshman trotting fillies. This daughter of Triumphant Caviar has swept her division--winning each of her $40,000 OSS legs with aplomb--with her best effort coming at Scioto Downs one week ago, when she trotted to a 1:57.3, wire-to-wire victory. Bred by Wilbur Lang, Kestrel has $110,900 in career earnings. Beaver will also harness two other top 2-year-old fillies in this same event--Kerfuffle Cookie and Evanora. The former is a daughter of Chip Chip Hooray owned jointly by Beaver and Synerco Ventures of Toronto, ON who has won three OSS legs, while the latter is a daughter of Pilgrims Taj, bred and owned by Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH who captured two OSS legs. Alan Keith's Queen Ann M--who has triumphed in three OSS legs--carries the hopes of trainer Mike Roth into the $225,000 OSS Championship (Race 5) for freshman filly pacers. This daughter of Big Bad John gets the benefit of the rail slot in the nine-horse field and will have regular driver Chris Page at the controls. Bred by Jay Mossbarger, Queen Ann M has $74,325 in her seasonal coffers. Miss Me Yet, John's Sunny Girl, Big Bad Ashley and My Tweed Heart have each won two OSS legs for their connections in this same division.   Chris Beaver will also be adjusting the rigging on the 2-year-old colt Kanthaka, who starts from post eight in the $225,000 OSS Championship (Race 6) for freshman trotters. Owned jointly by Beaver and breeder Wilbur Lang, the son of Triumphant Caviar has $105,250 in career earnings and has swept all four OSS legs of this series. MJB Got Faith is another who has swept all four, $40,000 OSS legs for 11-year-old owner Breana Carsey of Connersville, IN. Bred by Gbw Breeding Farms Inc., the son of Trainforthefuture has amassed $80,000 with his clean sweep of this series for driver Peter Wrenn and trainer Steve Carter. Carl Howard's Primo Giovanni is six for six lifetime and that includes victories in all four OSS legs--including a 1:53.1 posting at Scioto in the fourth leg on Sept. 5, and headlines the $225,000 OSS Championship (Race 7) for freshman pacing colts and geldings. The son of Big Bad John--who was bred by his owner--has $107,575 in his career bank account, and is conditioned by Virgil Morgan, Jr. Stephen Sexton's Friskie Cruiser has won three OSS legs in this same division, amassing $69,198 in career earnings for trainer Brian Brown. The son of Feelin Friskie was bred by his owner and took a career record of 1:54 in his OSS test at Northfield Park on Aug. 21. Like Old Times and Dark Roast--both three-time winners in their respective OSS legs are set to wage war in the $225,000 OSS Championship (Race 8) for sophomore trotting fillies. Harnessed by trainer Don McKirgan, Keith Ross' Like Old Times has $70,000 in career earnings and a career mark of 1:56 taken in her OSS leg at Scioto on Aug. 28. The daughter of Chip Chip Hooray was also bred by her owner. Dark Roast--who was bred by Marvin Raber and is owned by Acadia Farms of Canfield, OH and G&B Racing of New Wilmington, PA, has $79,245 in her coffers. The daughter of Full Count is conditioned by Marty Wollam and recorded her top mark of 1:57.1 with Kurt Sugg at the lines in her OSS test on Aug. 14. Crosswinds Cupcake brings a five-race win-streak into the $225,000 OSS Championship for 3-year-old pacing fillies (Race 9). Conditioned by David Elliott for Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH and breeder Crosswinds Farm of Waynesville, OH, the daughter of Stand Forever has $105,690 in her seasonal coffers and $146,362 in lifetime earnings. She has a trio of OSS legs to her credit and will have Dan Noble in the sulky from post eight. Rival Karlee Sue has the benefit of the rail post in this same divisions, with Hall of Famer David Miller in the sulky for the first time. Trained by Al Tomlinson, the daughter of Feelin Friskie captured an OSS leg in 1:55.1 at Northfield Park on Aug. 14. A trio of 3-year-old diagonally-gaited specialists--who have each won two OSS legs--will butt heads in the $225,000 OSS Championship (Race 10) for sophomore trotters for the first time. I Know My Chip, Neely's Messenger and No Whip Chip are dual winners in this series--with each youngster hailing from a different sire. I Know My Chip, a son of Deep Chip, is conditioned by Ron Burke and co-owned by his trainer, Weaver Bruscemi and Paul Collura--all residents of Pennsylvania. This speedy sophomore has earned $$132,875 this season with six wins in 10 starts and was bred by Kimberly Dailey. Neely's Messenger is a gelded son of Neely Dunn and is the richest trotter in the field of nine with $287,545 in career earnings. Trained by Marty Wollam for Dale Sweet, Toledo, OH and Julie Sweet of Akron, OH, Neely's Messenger has 11 wins lifetime from 16 starts. No Whip Chip is conditioned by driver Dan Noble for his mother, Debbie Noble of Xenia, OH. Unraced at two, the Victory Sam gelding has three wins in eight lifetime starts and $60,400 in career earnings.   Indian Spirit--owned by Gregory Forcum of Chillicothe, OH--has captured three OSS legs for his trainer Dan Ater and starts from post six in the $225,000 OSS Championship for sophomore pacing colts and geldings (Race 11). Bred by Bruce Lane, the son of Tyler's Big Mark will have Kyle Ater in the sulky from post six--looking to add to his already hefty bankroll of $121,219. Nobles Finesse (Kurt Sugg-post 4); Gray Camo (Chris Page-post 9); Imtoofastforyou (Josh Sutton-post 7); Dyno Mite Man (David Miller-post 3) and Chief Talkalot (Aaron Merriman-post 2) are others in this same division with a single solid OSS leg triumph to their credit.     Kimberly A. Rinker  

Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) action continued Saturday night, Sept. 5 at Scioto Downs as six, $40,000 divisions of harness racing freshman pacing and trotting colts and gelding battled.   Carl Howard’s Primo Giovanni continued to dominate his division, notching his sixth career victory in as many tries with a 1:53.1 track record clocking in the first OSS pacing test with Chris Page at the lines.   “This colt has a great mouth and is just a Cadillac to drive,” Page noted.  “Virgil (trainer Morgan) has done a great job with him and he just does everything right.”   The son of Big Bad John-JK Reunited-Bettor’s Delight pushed his earnings to $107,575 with a perfect, come-from-behind steer by Page.  Primo Giovanni—who was bred by his owner—has now won all four legs of this series.  Aloha John (Kurt Sugg) was second, with Winna Winna (Kyle Ater) was third.   The second OSS pacing division saw the homebred, 5-1shot Gotmoneyinmypocket get up to win in a new track record time of 1:52.3 for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.  The son of Feelin Friskie gave trainer Jim Dailey his 1,000 career victory and was the colt’s lifetime win in his seventh start.  Owned by Jerry Zosel and Kathy Ratcliff, Gotmoneyinmypocket pushed his career earnings to $58,957.  Smoke Up Johnny (Greg Grismore) was second while Friskie Cruiser (Ryan Stahl) got up for third.   Love Tap Hanover nailed down his first triumph in OSS competition.  Having joined Virgil Morgan’s barn just a week ago, this son of Big Bad John prevailed in 1:53.4 for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.  The gutty Trayvon (Montrell Teague), who was parked for most of the mile held on for second, while Mr Wiggle Pants (Kayne Kauffman) got up for third.   “Mark Harder has had this colt and done an excellent job with him,” Morgan, Jr. explained. “He told me to just treat him like he was my own and that’s what we’ve done.  He’s a very nice youngster and is still a bit green.”   Love Tap Hanover now has $53,857 in earnings for owners Rick Phillips, Paul Venurini and Mark Harder of New York and New Jersey.  He was a $60,000 yearling purchase at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg.   In the first OSS for trotting youngsters, Emerald Chip and Josh Sutton emerged victorious for trainer bobby Brower in 1:59.2.  The $15,000 yearling purchase from the 2014 Ohio Select Sale—who is co-owned by Sutton—picked up career win two in just four lifetime starts for the VIP Internet Stable, NJ and Mystical Marker Farms, IN.   “This colt didn’t race in the first leg of the sires stakes,” Sutton explained. “He’s still very green and I’ve never really been able to race him hard until tonight.  He’s still learning.”   The son of Chip Chip Hooray used a perfect, two-hole trip to garner the victory and pushed his career earnings to $48,300.  He was bred by Doug Millard and Spring Haven Farm.  Lone Valley Sam (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was second and The Next Triumph (Ken Holiday) was third.   Favorite MJB Got Faith won his fourth OSS leg in 1:57.2 in come-from-behind fashion for driver Peter Wrenn—equaling the Scioto Downs track records en route to a new career mark.  The son of Trainforthefuture-Imageofasweetgirl-Striking Sahbra is owned by 11-year-old Breana Carsey of Connorsville, IN and conditioned by Steve Carter.   “This colt has a great attitude and that’s everything,” Wrenn stressed. “He doesn’t know he’s small in size.”   Bred by Gbw Breeding Farm, MJB Got Faith is now four for four lifetime with $80,000 in his coffers.  His young owner picked out the gelding’s dam when she was in foal and named him after herself and her siblings (MacKenzie, Jordan & Breana), using the first three letters of their names, along with the added mantra of “Got Faith.”  She also donates ten percent of the horse’s earnings to the Brad Hanners Fund.   The hardy Kanthaka changed tactics—coming from off the pace—to capture his sixth straight career win in as many starts for driver Ryan Stahl and trainer Chris Beaver in the third and final OSS test for 2-year-old trotters.    The son of Triumphant Caviar posted a new track record clocking of 1:57.1. for owners Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH and trainer Beaver, pushing his career earnings to $105,250.  Heza Home Run (Hugh Beatty) was second, while Hello Pilgrim (Kayne Kauffman) nailed down show honors.   The $225,000 OSS Championships for all divisions of 2- and 3-year-old pacing and trotting fillies and colts & geldings will be contested on Sept. 12 at Scioto Downs.   Kimberly Rinker

Harness racing trainers Chris Beaver and Doug Hinklin harnessed two freshman fillies each to victory in Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) contests at Scioto Downs on Friday, Sept. 4.   Beaver adjusted the bridle on a pair of OSS trotting fillies while Hinklin rigged two pacing distaffs--taking four of six $40,000 tests in the fourth leg of this series for 2-year-old Ohio-bred Standardbred females.   It was a fantastic night for the Parent Racing Stable, LLC of Holland, OH, as they collected a pair of OSS trophies via John's Sunny Girl and Angry Shelby--both conditioned by Hinklin and both steered by veteran reinsman Greg Grismore.   John's Sunny Girl paced to a winning 1:53.2 in wire-to-wire fashion--a career best for the daughter of Big Bad John-Sunshine State-Dragon Again. Miss Me Yet (Montrell Teague) was second, while Hooray For Hazel (Chris Page) nailed third place honors.   It was John's Sunny Girl's second victory in OSS competition, as she won leg one of this series on July 3 at Northfield Park in 1:55.4 by an impressive eight lengths. Bred by Midland Acres, the victory--the fourth of her career in seven starts--pushed the bay filly's earnings to $74,625.   John's Sunny Girl was a $32,000 yearling purchase at the 2014 Ohio Select Sale, and is the fourth foal out of her dam. She is a half-sister to Olde Time Hockey (by Art Major) p, 3, 1:50.3 ($213,147) and to Blue Chip Sunshine (by American Ideal) p, 4, 1:50.1s ($100,122).   Angry Shelby tied her lifetime mark with a 1:54.1 clocking in her OSS division. The Big Bad John-Tura Hanover-Dragon Again filly had made breaks in all three of her previous OSS tests, but put it all together in the fourth leg as she scored her third lifetime win in six starts. Her earnings now stand at $53,600. Big Bad Ashley (Dan Noble) was second, while My Tweed Heart (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third. Bred by Spring Haven Farm, Angry Shelby was also a $32,000 yearling purchase at the 2014 Ohio Select Sale and is the sixth foal from her dam. She is a half-sister to All Terrain (by Tell All) p, 4,1:52.2h ($101,733); Pick N Scoop (by Bettor's Delight) p, 5,1:55.1f ($60,686); and Town Temptress (by Artiscape) p, 2,1:53.1f ($58,201). The other OSS pacing division saw longshot Naked By Nine score impressively in a come-from-behind, 1:54.1 effort for driver Kayne Kauffman and trainer Mark Winters, Sr. The daughter of Manhardt-Innocent Sahbra-Expensive Scooter was bred and is owned by Dennis Shaner of Wapakoneta, OH. The brown filly pushed her career bankroll to $40,950 with the win--the fifth of her career--that saw her best rivals Big Bad Chickie (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Save My Tootsie (Aaron Merriman). The indomitable trotting filly Kestrel didn't disappoint her connections as she captured her fourth OSS leg in as many tries--prevailing in wire-to-wire fashion in 1:57.3 for Aaron Merriman and trainer Chris Beaver. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar has won every leg of this four-part series and is now five-for-five lifetime, as she also triumphed in a $61,800 Ohio Fair Stake (OFS) on Aug. 5 at Scioto by six lengths. Co-owned and bred by Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH and Beaver, Kestrel is the first foal out of the unraced Credit Winner mare Blackrose and has $110,900 in career earnings. Rivals Haley Chip (Josh Sutton) and stablemate Evanora (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) picked up place and show honors respectively. Beaver's other trainee--the Chip Chip Hooray filly Kerfuffle Cookie--kept her cool as she trotted to a front-stepping 1:58.2 victory with Aaron Merriman at the lines. Owned by her trainer and the Synerco Ventures of Toronto, ON, Kerfuffle Cookie notched her third career win and third OSS contest--having won the first two legs of this series previously, one each at Scioto and Northfield Park. Shut Up And Dance (Hugh Beatty) was second, while Buckeye Lady One (Chris Page) picked up third-place money. Bred by Lmn Bred Stables, the brown filly now has $60,000 in career earnings and is out of the unraced Conway Hall mare Minor Skirmish. A $20,000 yearling purchase at the 2014 Ohio Select Sale, Kerfuffle Cookie is a half-sister to Allie's Gift (by Holiday Road) p, 3, 1:57.1 ($46,810) and to Special Agent Man (by Federal Flex) p, 3, Q1:59.1s ($45,037). Finally, it was the late-blooming Consolidator who took the other trotting division for driver Chris Page and trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. in 1:58. Using gait to wire tactics, Page sent his charge right to the front and never looked back. It was the second straight win in OSS competition for the daughter of Triumphant Caviar, upping her earnings to $50,616. She now has two wins and a third in four career starts. Count On Kami (Kurt Sugg) was second and Hoorah Hoorah (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third. Consolidator is owned by the Green Acquisition Corp. of Canfield, OH and was bred by Rose Run Farm. She was a $25,000 yearling at the 2014 Ohio Select Sale and is the sixth foal out of the $107,728-winning Muscles Yankee broodmare Muscle Toy. Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Saturday night (Sept. 5) at Scioto Downs as freshman colts vie in six divisions, three each for pacers and trotters. The $225,000 OSS Championships for each of the 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be contested on Scioto Downs' Super Night, on Saturday, Sept. 12. By Kimberly Rinker, Administrator, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

With the $225,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) Championships just one week away, the action among the 2-year-old pacing and trotting colts is heated. On Saturday night, Sept. 5 at Scioto Downs, a total of 55 youngsters will line up behind the starting gate to vie in the fourth leg of OSS action. A total of 30 pacing and 25 trotting colts and geldings battle for $40,000 each dash. Post time for the evening's 15-race card is approximately 6:30 pm, ET.   OSS Pacing Divisions Carl Howard's Primo Giovanni has been assigned post ten in the first (Race One) of three OSS pacing divisions. The son of Big Bad John-JK Reunited is looking for his sixth career victory in as many tries and his fourth OSS victory. He won OSS leg one on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:56.2; his second OSS leg at Northfield on July 24 in 1:55.2; and his third OSS leg on Aug. 21 at Northfield in 1:55.1. Conditioned by Virgil Morgan, Jr., Primo Giovanni has $87,575 in his career coffers. Regular driver Chris Page will steer the speedy pacer, who was bred by his owner. In the second OSS pacing division (Race Four) Smoke Up Johnny hopes to regain the form that made him a winner in the first leg of this series. The son of Big Bad John-Leda's Twoeleven scored his first career victory on July 4 at Scioto Downs en route to that $40,000 OSS triumph, clocked in 1:56. Owned by the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH, Smoke Up Johnny is conditioned by Doug Hinklin and has seasonal earnings of $59,925. Greg Grismore drives the youngster, who was bred by Conquest Acres of Indiana, from post one. Rocknroll Wildcats, who won the third OSS leg on Aug. 21 at Northfield Park in a career best 1:54.1, will be right beside Smoke Up Johnny. Trained by George Anthrop and owned by Toman Enterprises LTD of Battle Creek, MI, the son of World of Rocknroll-Matter of Business-Matt's Scooter has been on the board in all six of his career starts. Bred by Mark Marroletti of Florida, Rocknroll Wildcats has $32,300 in his career bank account. Longshot Whataboy won his OSS division at Northfield on Aug. 21 in 1:54.3. The son of Big Bad John, who is trained by Virgil Morgan for Majs Ny Inc., Gerrie S Tucker and RBH Ventures, is looking for his second career win from post seven with Chris Page in the sulky. The winner of $37,113 was bred by the Dm Stables LLC of Florida. The Teague family's Trayvon is the clear standout in the third (Race Seven) OSS pacing division. This son of I'm Gorgeous-She'saknockout-Badlands Hanover has earned $42,362 this season for owner George Teague, Jr. of Harrington, DE-with his lone victory coming in OSS competition on July 24 at Northfield Park. The youngster was clocked in 1:56 for the one mile test with trainer-breeder Brenda Teague's nephew Montrell in the sulky. OSS Trotting Divisions The Chris Beaver-trained Lone Valley Sam and driver Chris Page will start from the rail in the first (Race Two) of a trio of OSS divisions for diagonally-gaited specialists. This youngster's lone victory came in his first OSS test on July 4 at Scioto Downs, when he trotted to a 2:00.1 victory with Page at the lines. 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. Bred by Eli Miller, Lone Valley Sam has $35,166 in career purse earnings. MJB Got Faith-who has won all three of his OSS contests in as many lifetime starts, heads up the second OSS trotting division (Race Three). This son of Trainforthefuture-Imageofasweetgirl is trained by Steve Carter for Breana Carsey of Connersville, IN and notched his first career victory in OSS competition on July 4 at Scioto, when he was clocked in 2:00.4. He followed that up with a 2:01.3 triumph in his second OSS contest at Northfield on July 24 and then stormed to victory in 2:00 in the third OSS leg at Northfield on Aug. 21. A winner of $60,000, MJB Got Faith will have Peter Wrenn in the sulky from post six. The bay gelding was bred by Gbw Breeding Farms Inc. of Ohio. The mighty Kanthaka will be trying for career win six in as many starts in the last OSS trotting division (Race Nine). He's won all three of his OSS legs to date-in 1:58.3 at Scioto on July 4; in 1:58 at Northfield on July 24; and in a lifetime best clocking of 1:57.1 at Northfield on Aug. 21. Conditioned and co-owned by Chris Beaver and breeder Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH, the son of Triumphant Caviar-Elena-San Pellegrino now has $85,250 in earnings. Ryan Stahl will pilot Kanthanka from the rail. The Kurt Sugg-trained and driven Mickey Moose will try to become a five-time winner this season from post three in this same event. This son of Triumphant Caviar-Chippedinstrawberry-Chip Chip Hooray has a three-race win-streak to his credit, including his last at Northfield on Aug. 21, when he captured his OSS test by nine lengths in a lifetime record of 1:57.3. This bay gelding, who was bred by Richard Mairs and Shari Starner, now has $37,544 in his coffers. He is owned by Dean Davis of Wooster, OH and Ashley Dunn of Polk, OH. Ohio Sires Stakes competition for this and all 2 and 3-year-old divisions culminates in the $225,000 Championships on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Scioto Downs.hoto Cutlines:   Kimberly A. Rinker

Six Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) contests for harness racing freshmen fillies are set for Friday night, Sept. 4 at Scioto Downs. A total of 48 fillies, 26 of the pacing gait and 22 of the trotting gait will vie for $40,000 in each one mile dash. Post time is set for approximately 6:30 p, ET. This is the fourth and final leg in the rich series for Ohio-bred 2-year-old trotting and pacing distaffs, which will culminate in $225,000 Championships on Sept. 12 at Scioto Downs. OSS Pacing Divisions In the first event for pacing fillies (Race One) Save My Tootsie will try for her second straight victory in OSS competition-having captured the third leg of this series on Aug. 21 at Northfield Park in 1:54.4. Aaron Merriman will pilot the daughter of Big Bad John-Save My Life-Life Sign once again for trainer Ron Potter and owner Clyde Perfect of Lawrenceburg, IN from the coveted rail slot. Save My Tootsie, who has $35,935 in career earnings, was bred by Spring Haven Farm. Give No Lip scored a front-stepping 1:54.3 triumph in the second leg of this series on July 25 for Jeremy Smith, who'll be aboard the daughter of Big Bad John-Loyal TO My Heart-Cole Muffler from post seven. Trainer Ron Steck owns the young lass in partnership with JA Breece of Pataskala, OH and BA & P Soulsby of Powell, OH. Bred by Greg and Holly Martin, Give No Lip has $33,526 in career earnings. Miss Me Yet heads up the second pacing division (Race 3) from post four for driver Montrell Teague, trainer Brenda Teague and owner George Teague, Jr. of Harrington, DE. 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 $48,800 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 then scored a lifetime best clocking of 1:53.4 in the second leg at Scioto Down son July 25, and followed that up with a 1:56.2 score in the third leg on Aug.21 at Northfield Park, drawing off by 4½ lengths for her connections. The Doug Hinklin-conditioned John's Sunny Girl, who won her July 3, OSS leg with a gate-to-wire effort in 1:55.4 for owners Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH, starts from post seven. Bred by Midland Acres, the daughter of Big Bad John-Sunshine State-Dragon Again has $54,625 in career earnings and last finished second in her OSS test on Aug. 21 at Northfield Park. Awakening will leave from post eight with Kayne Kauffman driving for trainer Mike Polhamus and owner-breeder Marjorie Polhamus of Fletcher, OH. The 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, and was a close second in the third leg on Aug. 21 at Northfield Park. She has amassed $34,786 in her brief career. The third (Race Five) of the trio of pacing divisions looks to be the most competitive. Queen Ann M, a daughter of Big Bad John-Full Fledged-Grinfromeartoear, starts from post five for trainer Mike Roth and driver Chris Page. Bred by Jay Mossbarger of Bloomington, OH, Queen Ann M won the first OSS leg in 1:56.4 in a come-from-behind effort with Page at the lines on July 3 at Northfield, before recording her second OSS victory in a career best 1:55 on July 25 at Scioto. She followed that up with a resounding 1:55.2 score on Aug. 21 at Northfield. Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH owns the speedy bay filly, who has $71,125 in career earnings from just four starts, with three wins and one second. Big Bad Ashley starts from post six for driver Dan Noble and trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. The 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 her second OSS leg on July 25 at Scioto Downs in 1:54.2. Big Bad Ashley was bred and is owned by Winchester Baye Acres, Inc., of Powell, OH, and has $68,177 in her career bankroll. My Tweed Heart leaves from post nine 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 and her second OSS leg on Aug. 21 at Northfield in 1:55.1. Bred by Stanley Swango, III of Florida, My Tweed Heart has $62,250 in career earnings for owner Carl Atley of Xenia. OSS Trotting Divisions The first division (Race Two) of trotting fillies will likely be one of the best events on the 13-race card, as it pits rivals and stablemates Evanora and Kestrel in another Chris Beaver-conditioned slug-fest. Evanora, who's been assigned post one, will have Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. up, and is trying for her third OSS triumph. The Pilgrim's Taj-Nessa Rose-Chip Chip Hooray lass scored OSS wins on Aug. 21 at Northfield in a lifetime best clocking of 1:59.2 and on July 3 at the "home of the flying turns" in 2:01. Evanora, who is owned and was bred by Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH, has $41,550 from five starts and three wins in her career. Kestrel, a daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Blackrock-Credit Winner scored a 1:59 front-stepping clocking with Aaron Merriman in the sulky to record her first career win on July 3 at Northfield Park and is now four for four lifetime. Co-owned (along with Beaver) and bred by Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH and Beaver, of Delaware, OH. Kestrel also scored a 1:57.3 triumph on July 25 at Scioto, then captured an Ohio Fair Stake (OSF) on Aug. 5 at Scioto, before posting a 1:58.3 victory at Northfield Park in the third OSS leg on Aug. 21. Belle'svictoryring has drawn the rail in the second division (Race 11) for co-owner, trainer and driver John Konesky, III. This daughter of Victory Sam-Belle Legrand-Striking Sahbra, who was bred by Midland Acres led at every call to capture her OSS test on July 25 at Scioto in a career best 1:58.4. Konesky co-owns the filly-a winner of $46,151 lifetime-in partnership with Patrick Konesky of Bowling Green, OH. Count On Kami will start from post four with Kurt Sugg driving for trainer Marty Wollam. This daughter of Full Count-Joys Second Call-Call Toll Free keeps hinting in all of her OSS tests, and has been second five times and third once in six starts. 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 and has $45,091 in seasonal earnings. Consolidator, with just three starts lifetime, leaves from post six for driver Chris Page. Conditioned by Ron Potter, this daughter of Southfork-Special Move-Moving Forward captured her last start, the third OSS leg, on Aug. 21 at Northfield impressively in 1:58.3. Trained by Jim Arledge, Jr. for owner Green Acquisition Corp. of Canfield, OH, Consolidator has $30,616 in earnings, and was bred by Rose Run Farm. Kerfuffle Cookie, another Chris Beaver trainee, looks to be the solid choice in the third OSS division (Race 12). 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 five against six foes. 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 and captured her second OSS test on July 25 at Scioto Downs, timed in a lifetime best 1:58. She's been plagued by breaking problems since, but if she minds her manners, could be on target add the winner's share to her bankroll of $40,000. Another erratic but speedy filly is Shut Up And Dance, who hails from the Hugh Beatty stable for the first time. Her trainer drives from post one for owner James Bafia of Minooka, IL. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Passport To Love-Yankee Glide scored a 1:58 wire-to-wire victory in the first OSS leg at Northfield on July 3, and was second on July 25 at Scioto, before winning an Ohio Breeders Stake (OBS) there on Aug. 12. She was not able to stay on gait, however, in the third leg of this series on Aug. 21 at Northfield and failed to garner a check. Bred by Steve Stewart & Kemppi Stable of Kentucky, Shut Up And Dance has $43,350 in her coffers. Ohio Sires Stakes competition for this and all 2 and 3-year-old divisions culminates in the $225,000 Championships on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Scioto Downs. Kimberly Rinker

The Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) heard an update on the status of the cobalt study being conducted by the OSCR, The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Ohio Department of Agriculture's (ODA) Analytical Toxicology Laboratory (ATL), at its monthly meeting at 77 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio on Aug. 25. Dr. James Robertson, OSRC consulting veterinarian, offered comments and insight on the OSRC-funded Cobalt research. "The Ohio State University has acquired five Standardbred horses for the pilot study and they are currently in a routine quarantine," Dr. Robertson explained. "Once that is completed, the study will begin and take about eight weeks to complete." Dr. Robertson stated that the goals for this pilot study are as follows: one, to investigate the pharmacology of different doses of IV cobalt chloride on healthy horses; two, to associate cobalt doses with blood and urinary cobalt concentrations over time; and three, to determine how cobalt chloride affects various body systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular and hematopoietic) When OSRC Chairman Robert K. Schmitz asked about the recently announced United States Trotting Association (USTA)-funded cobalt study, Dr. Robertson first responded that it was regrettable that the research data of the previous USTA-funded Cobalt study in 2014 was never published or made available for peer review. "Based on the dose-response data collected from the pilot study, we intend to do a series of larger studies to examine all aspects of the effects of cobalt in the horse, including its effects on performance," said Dr. Robertson. "The OSRC, OSU and ATL have the financial, physical and intellectual resources to plan and execute the most comprehensive series of cobalt studies to date. The USTA announcement that they will fund a study to evaluate the effects of cobalt in an exercise physiology model will not change our research plans." Kimberly Rinker

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