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Earlier this year, the Ohio State Racing Commission began hearing presentations from a wide variety of individuals concerning the development of model medication rules based upon scientific and fact-based analysis. "The Ohio State Racing Commission values input from all parties within both the Ohio Thoroughbred and Ohio Standardbred racing communities in order to move forward into developing a sound medication policy," said Robert K. Schmitz, OSRC Chairman. At the February OSRC meeting, 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) expressed their opinions on the current research methodology and passage of model medication rules. Martin stressed his support for adoption of rules that would have all trainers in all jurisdictions racing under the same medication protocols. Martin is also in favor of out-of-competition testing of horses in order to detect possible future lameness or injuries due to racing. Dr. Benson enlightened the audience concerning the testing procedures at the RMTC-accredited Consumer Analytical Laboratory at the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture (Reynoldsburg), where all of Ohio's racehorses' blood and urine samples are tested. Six personalities from the Ohio racing industry expounded on these same issues at the OSRC March meeting. Phil Langley and Mike Tanner, representing 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 all expressed their views on the aforementioned subjects. "Published research should be the basis for any changes to medication threshold levels,'' Basler stressed. "Medication policies should be about protecting the welfare and safety of the horse based upon science not hype. Policies should be established via a completely transparent process with input from all interested parties. We applaud the OSRC for its measured approach on this issue." Langley and Tanner discussed the need for varying rules between the Standardbred and Thoroughbred breeds, based on the variances in training and race of those equine athletes. Morgan, Jr., one of Ohio's leading harness racing conditioners, discussed the differences in training regimes between the breeds, while Macino reiterated the need for uniform rules and testing applications. Cowans, one of the Buckeye State's top Thoroughbred trainers, expressed dissatisfaction with the RMTC's process, adding that "no medication in horses? That's like saying no medication in humans." At the April 28 OSRC meeting (10 am, 19th floor, Riffe Center, 77 South High St. Columbus), five veterinarians have been invited to speak and will present their views regarding medication protocols for both the Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing industries. They will also provide their insight into the Racing Commissioners International (RCI) and Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) controlled therapeutic medication proposals. The veterinarians scheduled to attend include: Dr. John Reichert, partner/practitioner at the Woodland Run Equine Clinic in Grove City. Dr. Dan Wilson, partner/practitioner at the Cleveland Equine Clinic specializing in racetrack Standardbreds, equine anesthesia, and racing medications and testing. Dr. John Piehowicz, practitioner/owner at Cincinnati Equine, LLC, whose client list includes Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup winning conditioners. Dr. Brett Berthold, owner/practitioner at the Cleveland Equine Clinic whose area of focus includes lameness evaluation, respiratory health and MRI. Dr. Clara Fenger, a founding member of North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians and a practitioner in central Kentucky.   Kimberly A. Rinker

Five veterinarians have been invited to speak at the Ohio State Racing Commission monthly meeting to discuss possible medication practices for Ohio horseracing. The meeting will be held on April 28, at 10 a.m., 19th floor of the Riffe Center, 77 South High St., Columbus. These veterinarians will present their views regarding medication protocols for both the Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing industries, and provide their insight into the Racing Commissioners International (RCI) and Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) controlled therapeutic medication proposals. The veterinarians scheduled to attend include: Dr. John Reichert, partner/practitioner at the Woodland Run Equine Clinic in Grove City. Dr. Dan Wilson, partner/practitioner at the Cleveland Equine Clinic specializing in racetrack Standardbreds, equine anesthesia, and racing medications and testing. Dr. John Piehowicz, practitioner/owner at Cincinnati Equine, LLC, whose client list includes Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup winning conditioners. Dr. Brett Berthold, owner/practitioner at the Cleveland Equine Clinic whose area of focus includes lameness evaluation, respiratory health and MRI. Dr. Clara Fenger, a founding member of North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians and a practitioner in central Kentucky. At the March OSRC meeting, the USTA's Phil Langley and Mike Tanner, along with the HBPA's Dave Basler and trainer William Cowans and the OHHA's Renee Mancino and trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr., offered their thoughts on medication and testing procedures. During February's OSRC meeting Edward Martin, RCI President and Dr. Dionne Benson, RMTC Executive Director provided input into these same subjects. The OSRC values input from all stakeholders within both the Thoroughbred and Standardbred Ohio racing communities and is moving forward into developing a sound medication policy. Kimberly A. Rinker Administrator Ohio Standardbred Development Fund                     Kimberly A. Rinker   Administrator   Ohio Standardbred Development Fund   kim.rinker@rc.state.oh.us   Ohio State Racing Commission   77 S. High Street, 18th Floor   Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108   Phone 614-779-0269   Fax 614-466-1900      

Governor John R. Kasich has reappointed Robert K. Schmitz as Chairman of the Ohio State Racing Commission for a second term beginning April 3, 2015 through March 31, 2019. As well, Gary G. Koch and T. Todd Book of Columbus have been reappointed as OSCR commissioners for terms beginning April 3, 2015 through March 31, 2019. Schmitz, of Bexley, will be serving his second term as Chairman of the OSRC and had previously served as the lobbyist for the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) and as a decade-long committee member of the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF). Commissioner Book, a Hilliard resident, is serving his second term on the OSRC, previously represented the 89th House District from 2002 through 2010. A Western Michigan University and College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law graduate, he currently serves as the legislative counsel for the Ohio Bar Association. Commissioner Koch, of Dublin, is serving his second term on the OSRC, after being appointed in June 2014. Koch has worked as a long-time lobbyist for the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, Ohio Petroleum Council, AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Rotzel and Andress Law Firm and was self-employed until his retirement at the end of 2014. Kimberly A. Rinker Administrator Ohio Standardbred Development Fund kim.rinker@rc.state.oh.us Ohio State Racing Commission   77 S. High Street, 18th Floor   Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108   Phone 614-779-0269   Fax 614-466-1900      

Columbus, OH --- The Ohio State Racing Commission announces the appointment of Kimberly A. Rinker as Administrator of the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund, effective immediately. Rinker, a Springfield, Ohio native, Ohio State University graduate (B.A. Journalism) and racing journalist and Standardbred trainer, will develop and implement policies and procedures for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund and the Ohio Sire Stakes programs. Rinker will also serve as a liaison between the media and the OSRC, and work to promote the agency and the state's racing programs in a positive and innovative fashion via an updated website and through social media platforms. She will assist in the licensing of participants at the Ohio County Fairs, and will be visiting and inspecting the state's Thoroughbred and Standardbred breeding farms. In addition, Rinker will assist the Thoroughbred Race Fund with marketing and promotion of the fund and its races. Rinker has a 35-year involvement in the sport of harness racing as a writer, publicist and author. She served on the publicity staffs of Sportsman's Park, Scioto Downs, Maywood Park, Balmoral Park, and The Meadowlands, and has written for some of racing's top periodicals including Hoof Beats, Sports Eye, The Daily Racing Form, Harness Edge, Illinois Racing News, Midwest Thoroughbredand The Horseman & Fair World. She is the author of eight books, including Chicago's Horse Racing Venues and An Adventure Guide to Switzerland. Rinker has also been involved as a trainer-driver, competing mostly on the Chicago circuit, and in 1995 represented the United States in the International Drivers Championship in Moscow, Russia as the lone female vying against 15 male rivals from various countries. She has covered the sport in Australia, New Zealand, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. by Marty Evans, for the Ohio State Racing Commission

Harness Horsemen International's Annual Meetings are set to begin this Sunday, March 1 at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, Florida.   Sunday's activities include registration beginning at 2 pm, and a welcome reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. HHI Board members will meet briefly beginning at 4:45 pm that afternoon as well.   Monday's (March 2) General Session begins promptly at 9 am, with opening statements from HHI President Tom Luchento and Jay Hickey, President of the American Horse Council (AHC). Topics to be reviewed that morning include HHI business and association reports, along with a panel discussion concerning current racing commission issues on whipping and kicking.   The General Session on Tuesday, March 3 begins at 9 am and features keynote speaker Dr. Mary Robinson of the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, Chester, PA who will articulate "Equine Drug Testing in the 21st Century." Later, HHI committees will convene to deliberate insurance, finance, legal, convention and foundation issues.   Wednesday's (March 4) General Session begins at 9 am with HHI elections and committee reports, followed by the annual HHI Awards Luncheon at 12:30 pm where racing's Gene Oldford, Jerry Knappenberger and Derick Giwner will be feted with HHI's prestigious honors for 2014.   Oldford, an HHI past president, is the 2014 Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year; Knappenberger, former GM of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, will accept the 2014 HHI Appreciation Award; and Giwner, the Daily Racing Form's harness racing editor and writer, is the 2014 Clyde Hirt Media Award winner.   HHI is comprised of horsemen's associations from the United States and Canada who collectively represents the agriculture based industry of harness racing in North America. HHI's governing body consists of representatives from its member associations.   Kimberly A. Rinker

Big Boy Dreams won the $180,000 Windy City Pace in wire-to-wire fashion for harness racing driver Tim Tetrick in 1:51. The Ron Burke-trainee and New York Sire Stake competitor notched his fourth win of the year in ten starts. "I got the front the way I wanted and my horse was big and strong and carried me all the way to the wire," Tetrick stressed. "I wanted to make the other horses have to catch me. He's been racing tough on the New York circuit." Big Boy Dreams took the field to a brutal :25.4 first quarter and a :54.1 half, with Let's Drink On It (Travis Seekman) challenging the leader going to the 1:22.2 three-quarters, but Big Boy Dreams just continued to draw away in the stretch to win by two and a half lengths. He now has $168,495 in seasonal earnings for owner Dominic Rosato of Utica, New York. "It's good to get back home," said Tetrick. "I cut my teeth there and it's always good to be here." Let's Drink On It finished second, while Three Of clubs (Doug McNair) was third and Kingofthejumgle (Brian Carpenter) got up for fourth. The son of If I Can Dream-Stefani Blue Chip-Art Major has $340,533 in career earnings from six wins in 11 starts for these connections. He was a $9,000 yearling purchase from the 2012 Morrisville, NY College Sale. By Kimberly Rinker, for Maywood Park Racetrack

Sayitall BB captured the first $37,600 Cinderella Stake division for 3-year-old pacing fillies handily in 1:52.2 with Tim Tetrick at the lines for harness racing trainer Ronnie Burke. "When she cleared and made the top, the rest was easy," Tetrick said. "She's a very nice mare with a lot of talent and she did everything right. I never even pulled the plugs either. She'll go with all of the better mares I'm sure, and if I'm not driving her in the future, I'll sure be watching out for her." Sayitall BB accomplished this latest triumph impressively in wire-to-wire fashion, through splits of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:24.4, with Mamas Fallen Angel (Doug McNair) second and Somethinincredible (Dave Magee) third. Sayitall BB is owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, and now has $186,660 in seasonal earnings from seven wins in 12 starts. She has $208,310 in career earnings from 12 wins in 17 lifetime trips postward. The daughter of Tell All is the 11th foal out of the Nobleland Sam mare Challo BB. Sayitall BB Lady Shadow (Gregg McNair) held on to win the second $37,600 Cinderella Division in 1:53.2 over rival Major Dancer (Brett Miller). McNair also conditions the daughter of Shadow Play-Lady Camella-Camluck for owners Lindsey & Connie L Rankin of Lexington, MI. Lady Shadow grabbed the lead easily and never looked back through a very soft opening first quarter and half in :27.3 and :57. "I knew there was another horse getting close to me at the wire and so did she," said McNair. "This is her last race of the season and she deserves a break now as she's raced tough all season." Lady Shadow continued to have an easy lead over her six rivals, clocked in 1:25.3 at the three-quarter marker with Kayla Grace (Todd Warren) and Rocknroll Meg (Tim Tetrick) both throwing late challenges at her, but to no avail. At the last moment, Major Dancer, who had been riding the rail in the two-hole, snuck up the rail and narrowly missed besting the winner. Rocknroll Meg held on for third, with Kayla Grace grabbing fourth. Lady Shadow now has $259,635 in seasonal earnings from six wins in 13 starts, and $449,527 in career earnings from 11 wins in 21 starts. She is the ninth foal out of her dam and was a $19,000 yearling purchase at the 2012 Forest City Sale. Lady Shadow By Kimberly Rinker, for Maywood Park

E L Titan captured the $92,300 Galt Stake for sophomore trotters in 1:56 with trainer Riina Rekila at the lines. It was the first time this stake has been won by a female driver. The son of Muscle Hill-Courtney Hill is owned by Erkki Laakonen of Nastola, Florida and added the winner's share of $46,150 to his bankroll of $295,201. It was colt's fifth lifetime win in 11 career starts. E L Titan grabbed the lead at the start and led the field through fractions of :28.4, :58.2 and 1:27.1. Rompaway Galaxay (Dave Magee) was the only challenger to take a try at E L Titan, and ended up being first over for the entire mile. "My plan was to go out of there as hard as I needed to, to get to the front," said Rekila. "He was way more aggressive than normal tonight. When the other horse challenged me, I knew that he was having a tough trip and my horse still felt good." E L Titan won by 1¼ lengths over the tenacious Rompaway Galaxy, with Dony Andreas (Tim Tetrick) getting up for third and Madewell Hanover (Chris Ryder) notching fourth place money. "I think this horse will be a very nice 4-year-old, and that's the reason for his limited number of starts," she added. "By skipping the Yonkers Trot, this will allow him to get into some other races." E L Titan is the fourth foal out of his Garland Lobell dam Courtney Hall and is half-brother to Appomattox (by Yankee Glide) 3, 1:52.2M ($424,448); E L Rock (by Yankee Glide) 4, 1:53.4f ($294,280) and E L Rocket (by Credit Winner) 3, 1:53.1s ($233,935). E L Titan Earndawg takes Abe Lincoln Stake Earndawg took advantage of a perfect steer to capture the $57,100 Abe Lincoln Stake in 1:55.1.   The son of Sportsmaster-Pacific Sister K-Western Hanover notched his sixth career victory against six rivals in the evening’s Fourth Race.   Roger Welch trains Earndawg for owners William C DeLong of Clinton, WI and Pat DeLong of South Beloit, IL and J Miller of Mount Horeb, WI.   Earndawg nabbed the lead easily, with Lucpark (Dave Magee) right on his heels and King Of The Swamp (Ridge Warren) sitting third.    “I didn’t think I was going to be able to cross over that easily, but I got the rail pretty well,”winning driver Todd Warren said.   Positions remained unchanged to the opening panel of :28.1 and to the :57.2 half, before Dupage’s Z Tam (Casey Leonard) moved  hard agains t the leader.  However, Earndawg had plenty left in the tank, sprinting to a 1:25.4 three-quarter clocking while the hard-trying Angelo J Fra (Tim Tetrick) went three-wide around the final turn.    “I didn’t want to get run down that much on the backside, but we were racing for good money, so that was okay. I think this horse races best from off the pace.  If I would have gotten torched a little more going to the half, they would have had a better shot to beat me.”   Earndawg still had plenty left in the tank as he brushed to a three-quarter length victory with Lucpark finishing second and Angelo J Fra nabbing third.   Earndawg’s stablemate, King Of The Swamp was fourth, followed by DuPage’s Z Tam, Shadow’s Image and JK Allnitelong.   Earndawg pushed his career earnings to $189,265.  He finished second at Balmoral last Saturday night to Roland N Rock in the $86,000 American National and has also won the $186,000 Orange & Blue at Balmoral and the $43,350 Cardinal at Maywood.   Earndawg, a $35,000 yearling purchase from the 2013 Walker Standardbred Sale, is out of the Western Hanover mare Pacific Sister K 4,1:54 ($107,550) and is a full brother to Mystical MJ p,1:51.1 ($275,219) and a half-brother to Doubleshotascotch p,4,1:51f ($692,491).   Earndawg   by Kimberly Rinker, for Maywood Park

Friday's $180,000 Windy City Pace, one of Maywood Park's pinnacle races, is a showcase event on an evening sprinkled with star-studded Standardbreds that have journeyed to Chicago's in-town, half-miler from throughout North America.   The pacer that's traveled the farthest to compete tonight is Kentucky Sire Stakes champion On Golden Ponder. Ontario-based Robert McIntosh, 62, will harness the son of Ponder for just his eighth start this season. The bay 3-year-old, who was foaled May 28, 2011 in Lucan, Ontario, has a trio of wins this year and $120,664 in seasonal earnings.   On Golden Ponder got a late start this season due to an injury sustained during the winter months, and the tenacious McIntosh gave his youngster plenty of time to recouperate. The colt earned $74,965 as a 2-year-old from nine starts with four wins and one second, and holds the record for the fastest 2-year-old ever on a half-mile track, having posted a winning 1:52.2 world-record clocking in the 2013 edition of the $52,544 Standardbred at Delaware, drawing off by 6½ lengths with Hall of Famer John Campbell at the lines.   On Golden Ponder has triumphed in a pair of $15,000 legs and the $175,000 Final of the Kentucky Sire Stakes at Lexington this year: on Aug. 10 (in 1:57.2); Aug. 24 (in 1:54.3); and Aug. 31 (in 1:59.2).   On Golden Ponder is owned by the McIntosh Stables, Inc., of LaSalle, ON; CSX Stables of Liberty Center, OH; and Michael Kohler of Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. He was bred by McIntosh and CSX Stables and is the third foal out of the Intrepid Seelster mare In Trepid Water p,3,1:51.3s ($410,748), with a pair of half-siblings: Great Waters p,2,1:55.1f ($33,281) and Cool Like That p,3, 1:52h ($106,844)--both by The Panderosa.   McIntosh has conditioned 3,299 winners to $81,854,034 in career earnings and was inducted into the Canadian Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2010. He also trained both of On Golden Ponder's parents. In Trepid Water was a top mare on the Ontario Sire Stake circuit as a 3-year-old and Ponder p, 5, 1:48.1m ($1,522, 936), when he retired, was the fastest and richest son of The Panderosa.   Also hailing from our neighbors to the north is Three Of Clubs, the Ontario Sire Stake champion who'll be harnessed by trainer Gregg McNair, who co-owns the Mach Three son with fellow Canadians Keith Waples and Tony Lawrence.   Three Of Clubs comes here tonight fresh off a career best 1:51.1 victory in the $225,500 OSS Final at Mohawk on Oct. 11. He has scored four OSS wins the past two seasons and also captured the $12,125 elim and the $138,720 Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway as a freshman.   Three Of Clubs was a $25,000 yearling purchase at the 2011 Forest City Sale and is the first foal out of his dam, the Precious Bunny mare CC Kloe p, 3, 1:57F ($24,076). Lifetime, he's amassed six wins, three seconds and five thirds from 23 starts, with a bankroll of $432,181.   The Jimmy Tatker trained Somewhere In LA, who has been a major player on the Pennsylvania Sire Stake circuit this season, is the richest contender ($516,643) in the field of eight. The son of Somebeachsomewhere finished second in last week's American National at Balmoral to JK Endofanera, and two weeks prior won the $41,700 Keystone Classic at The Meadows in 1:51.2. This Ontario-bred won a $50,000 Adios Elim, the $55,016 Diplomat Final (at Woodbine) and was second in the $400,000 Adios Final this season. He is owned by J&T Silva Stables, NY; Deo Volente Farms and TLP Stable of NJ.   Big Boy Dreams , trained by Ronnie Burke, has been racing in his home state of New York for most of the season, with wins at Saragota and Batavia. He also captured the American National consolation at Balmoral last Saturday in a wire-to-wire, career best 1:50.1 performance for Yannick Gingras.   Owned by Dominic Rosato of Utica, NY, Big Boy Dreams won multiple New York Sire Stake tests at two and to date has eight wins, three seconds and six thirds in 19 lifetime starts. A $9,000 yearling at the Morrisville, NY Sale, Big Boy Dreams is the third foal out of the unraced Art Major mare Stefani Blue Chip, and is a half-brother to Sebring Blue Chip (by Western Terror) p,3,1:55.3f ($40,891) and to Mo Molly Blue Chip (by Rock N Roll Heaven) p,2,1:58h ($34,569).   Neat is another New York-bred who comes into the Windy City fresh off four victories at Yonkers Raceway. Owned by Illinoisans Paymaq Racing and Tim Towne and trained by Erv Miller, the gelded son of Art Major has amassed $155,366 lifetime competing in the Empire State. He was $30,000 yearling purchase at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg and is the second foal out of his Island Fantasy dam Stonebridge Luau p, 3, 1:53S ($172,623). Neat is a full brother to Scirocco Billy p,3,1:56.1f ($34,653) and has a half-sibling in the 2-year-old gelding Surf Report p,2,Q1:58.4h, by Sportswriter.   By Kimberly Rinker, for Maywood Park    

Stablemates Earndawg and King Of The Swamp head up a field of seven freshman pacing colts and geldings in Friday's $57,100 Abe Lincoln Stake, and these two have a lot in common. Both are trained by Roger Welch and both are by top Illinois sire Sportsmaster. As well, both are owned by William C (Bo) Delong and William (Pat) Delong of Wisconsin and Illinois, with Earndawg also being co-owned by EJ Miller of Mount Horeb, WI. Both were purchased by Bo and Pat and taken to their Wisconsin farm to be broken and trained over the winter, before bringing them to Welch to prepare for their freshman summer contests. Both have started 13 times in 2014 and both have competed against one another in eight contests, with Earndawg finishing higher than Kind Of The Swamp on six occasions. And, Earndawg has clearly surpassed King Of The Swamp in regards to earnings ($160,715 vs $65,653) and wins (5 vs 3). Last week the both competed in the $86,000 American National 2-Year-Old Colt Pace, with Earndawg second and King Of The Swamp fifth. The week before they finished one-two (Earndawg-King Of The Swamp) in the $43,350 Cardinal Stake at Maywood. Earndawg captured the $186,000 Orange & Blue Colt Pace on Super Night in a career best 1:52.4, with King Of The Swamp fifth in that event. But despite their racing abilities, both of these youngsters are equally important in the eyes of their trainer, Roger Welch, and both have very different personalities. "Earndawg initially was very spooky--he was scared to death of everything and it took a lot of work to get him to go around the track and pace a flat mile," Roger said. Purchased for $35,000 at the 2013 Walker Sale, Earndawg wears a blind bridle with an elaborately-designed fly screen to help keep him calm. Welch jogged and trained the nervous gelding behind another horse every time he went to the track in the beginning, to get him used to sounds and dirt thrown up in his face. Earndawg is out of the Western Hanover mare Pacific Sister K 4, 1:54M ($107,550) and is a full brother to Mystical MJ p,1:51.1 ($275,219) and a half-brother to Doubleshotascotch p, 4, 1:51F ($692,491). King Of The Swamp, an $85,000 yearling from the 2013 Walker Sale, is out of the Broadway Express mare She's Redhot and won both his $10,000 Mini Me Elim and the $48,000 Final in 1:55 on July 26. "King is easy going in the barn and that's his attitude on the track, too," Roger stressed. "He's a very handy horse. He can leave like a rocket and then set in a hole with just two fingers." King Of The Swamp's dam, She's Redhot, finished on the board in Super Night Championships at both 2 and 3. His granddam, Fox Valley Redhot, won the 1989 Orange & Blue Filly Pace. His full brother, Hot N Sporty p, 2, 1:50.2, a 34-race winner of $519,769, won an Orange & Blue elim; his half-sister She's So Hot earned $238,501 with a 2-year-old mark of 1:51.1m, and was third in both her Orange & Blue elim and final. By Kimberly Rinker, for Maywood Park  

Rompaway Galaxy, the 2013 Ohio 2-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the Year and a winner of $376,132 lifetime, headlines a field of nine in Friday's $92,300 Galt Stake for sophomore trotting colts and geldings.   Carefully managed throughout his career by trainer Krista Harmon, the son of Rompaway Wally was bred and is owned by Tom Smith's Rompaway Farms, Inc. of Battle Creek, Michigan. Smith is the former racing secretary at Michigan's old Jackson Raceway.   "Tom sent Galaxy to us in the fall of 2012," Krista recalled. "He was kind of on the small side, but then his parents aren't real big horses. Rompaway Wally is an averaged-sized horse and Rompaway Wynona was about the same. Tom had purchased both of those horses' dams one year at the Delaware Sale."   Despite his Stature, Krista said that Rompaway Galaxy didn't act the part.   "He was a handful," she confirmed. "He was just so full of himself every day. He wasn't mean, he was just out to show how good he felt. But it didn't make for a productive training career, so we gelded him. Then, he went through a growth spurt, and matured physically.   "We came home the first of May and our intentions were to qualify him and go to a fair, but after his first qualifier he trotted home strong and indicated he was much better than we originally thought," Krista continued.   As a freshman, Rompaway Galaxy had eight starts, with seven wins and one second in 2013, earning $161,550.   "As immature as he was mentally early on, it was amazing how quickly he figured things out," Krista assessed. "It was like a switch was turned on in his head, and all of a sudden he was focused and on his game. He had an outstanding freshman campaign and won one at Hoosier and the rest were Ohio Sires and Breeders Stakes.   Krista and her husband Don winter train at Gilcrest Training Center in Bell, FL and took the colt there to mature between his 2- and 3-year-old seasons.   "He grew up a little bit and is still full of himself but isn't unruly," she acknowledged. "As a 2-year-old he would make u-turns from time to time. He still looks for things, just to play. He's got a lot of playful personality. This year he's a little more attuned to what's going on around him and when he gets on the track, he's ready to go and pays more attention to business."   This season Rompaway Galaxy has amassed $214,582 from 12 starts, with six wins, two seconds and three thirds. He recorded a career mark of 1:55.3f en route to a $22,800 Ohio Breeders Stake victory on Aug. 9 at Scioto Downs. Last Saturday he finished a strong third to Father Patrick in the $203,000 American National Sophomore Trot, timed in 1:53.4, at Balmoral.   "I was very happy with him and even with the outside post I thought he'd hold his own and would definitely get us a check," Krista said. "What really impresses me is he's shown a lot of versatility on different sized tracks.   "He's been healthy all year which has been a blessing and doesn't have any real lameness issues," she continued. "He's had to ship all year from our base at Hoosier Park, and we've been forced to qualify him a lot because of his schedule in order to keep him tight."   Krista said she's confident Rompaway Galaxy can handle Maywood's half-mile turns just fine.   "He gets around a half-mile really well--he's versatile, just like his father," she stressed. "After the Galt, he's got two more starts: the Circle City and the Erskin at Hoosier. We'll give him a break after that and then start him back up for next year."   Foaled on April 18, 2011, Rompaway Galaxy is the fourth of five foals out of the Mr Vic mare Rompaway Wynona 2, 2:00m ($63,665) and is a half-brother to the gelding Patches Five Six 4, 1:59.f ($42,298). His sire, Rompaway Wally 6, 1:53.4z ($291,351), is a hardy son of Conway Hall 3, 1:53.4m ($818,884).   By Kimberly Rinker, for Maywood Park

JK Endofanera paced confidently to victory in the $227,000 American National Stake for harness racing 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, stopping the timer in 1:49.1 against nine rivals.   The son of Art Major-Presidential Lady-Presidential Ball had Ron Pierce in the sulky for trainer Ronnie Burke and owners 3 Brothers Stable of New York, NY.   JK Endofanera took the lead at the start and never looked back, pacing through pedestrian panels of :27, :55 before stepping it up to 1:22 at the three-quarters and drawing off in the stretch. The victory gave Pierce a driving double on the night and Burke his fourth victory on the evening's program.   "It was no problem at all to make the top, we got around there easy," said Pierce. "We got a good breather the second quarter and he paced on in the third quarter and in the lane, I asked him to go a bit and never touched him with the whip, I just struck the wheel discs a few times. It was the first time I drove him and I was very impressed with him. I would think he's a candidate for divisional honors."   Somewhere in LA (Brett Miller) rallied for second, five lengths behind the winner, while Let's Drink On It (Travis Seekman) nailed show honors.   JK Endofanera now has $921,145 in seasonal earnings from nine wins, two seconds and one third in 14 starts. His career earnings now total $1,292,995 from 13 wins, five seconds and one third.   The seventh foal out of his dam, JK Endofanera is a full brother to the sensational 2-year-old filly Jk She'salady p,2,1:50.1s ($421,025) and to JK Fine Art p,4,1:50.2f ($374,102). He is a half-brother to JK Matchmaker (by Western Hanover) p,3,Q1:54.2 ($116,621); JK Rocketman (by Rocknroll Hanover) p,3,1:58.3f) ($20,401) and to JK Lady Like (by Artiscape) p,4,1:56.4 ($17,835) By Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park  

Thinking Out Loud scored a seasonal best 1:49.1 en route to capturing the $179,000 American National Aged Pace for driver John Campbell and trainer Robert McIntosh. "I never did see the fence but we got to be second over, following State Treasurer," said Campbell. "Foiled Again is a very hard horse to get by and I was pretty happy to be up close in the race. I knew I had a chance at the end and my horse was giving me his best and I knew we'd have to go right to the wire if we were going to beat Foiled Again. He really didn't race that great in Lexington, but he was back to himself tonight."   Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras), Bettor's Edge (Matt Kakaley) and Ultimately Beachboy (Ron Pierce) all scrambled to get the lead going to the :27.2 first quarter, with Foiled Again garnering the rail spot on top. State Treasurer (Tim Tetrick) came up to challenge Foiled Again around the final bend, but to no avail, with Thinking Out Loud and Campbell lurking just behind to the 1:21.2 three-quarters. The field fanned out as Foiled Again dug in gamely, but Thinking Out Loud paced hard in the stretch to nail down the win by a whisker over harness racing's richest equine athlete. Clear Vision (Brett Miller) got up for third.   Thinking Out Loud is owned by the Robert McIntosh Stables, CSX Stables, and Al McIntosh Holdings. The son of Ponder-Los Angeles-Camluck has $280,415 in seasonal earnings and $1,667,564 in career earnings. Lifetime, he has 15 wins, seven seconds and 10 thirds in 50 career trips postward.   Thinking Out Loud is the fourth foal out of his dam and is a half-brother to West Of LA (by Western Hanover) p,2,1:53.2 ($252,712) and to You See LA (by The Panderosa) p,3, 1:52s ($238,518).   By Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park

Creatine captured the $166,300 American National Aged Trot in a new track record time of 1:51.3 with harness racing driver Dan Noble at the lines. The previous time of 1:51.4 was set by Sand Vic in 2006. "Late in the stretch I went up in the inside and was able to get through," said Noble. "I was in the two-hole for nearly all of the mile and was in trouble late, I was lucky to get through."   Archangel (Yannick Gingras) took the lead quickly from post one, with Creatine taking advantage of post two and following closely on his heels to the :27 first quarter. Uncle Peter (David Miller) and Market Share (Tim Tetrick) were in close pursuit with positions unchanged though the :55.1 half. Market Share was the first to pull, making his way slowly up to challenge the leaders to the 1:23 three-quarter marker. In the lane, Creatine finally shook loose behind Archangel and charged through the inside. Wishing Stone (Matt Kakaley) came flying late on the outside to get up for second, while Archangel held on for third   When the numbers were posted, however, Creatine's began flashing and it was nearly a ten-minute wait before judged determined that the son of Andover Hall-Berry Nice Muscles-Muscles Yankee had only touched, but not gone inside the pylons.   "I saw the number flashing there and was worried, but still thought the horse raced great," said trainer Bob Stewart. "It was a similar trip as the one we got behind Spider Blue Chip last year when we finished second. It worked out better this year."   The 4-year-old stallion is owned by Diamond Creek Racing of Wellsville, PA and now has $322,571 in seasonal earnings from three wins, three seconds and one third in 13 starts. Lifetime, he's amassed 14 wins, nine seconds and three thirds in 37 trips postward, with $1,189,730.   Creatine is the second foal out of his dam and has half-siblings in Mister Anson (by Conway Hall) 2, 2:00.4h ($158,011) and Strawbery Wine (by Kadabra) 4, 1:56f ($101,285). By Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park

Shake It Cerry trotted to a new harness racing stakes and track record clocking of 1:52.2 in the $150,000 American National 3-year-Old Filly Trot Saturday night at Balmoral Park. The previous record was 1:54, set in 2010 by Springtime Volo and in 2000 by Armbro Temple. Reined by Ron Pierce for trainer Jimmy Takter and the Solveig's Racing Partners of East Windsor, NJ, the daughter of Donato Hanover notched her 20th career victory and pushed her career earnings to $1,631,205.   "She's incredibly fast off the gate," said the filly's caretaker Helen Engblom. "I know that Lifetime Pursuit is a really good racehorse so I was a little concerned with her being right on her back. She is a special filly. She's a real sweetheart to be around and easy to take care of."   Shake It Cerry left hard from post nine, with stablemate and 2013 Hambletonian Oaks winner Lifetime Pursuit (Yannick Gingras) right beside her until the former cleared at the :28.1 first quarter. Those two remained tightly bunched through the :57.3 half and the 1:25.3 three-quarters, with Broadway Socks (Dan Rawlings) and Cee Bee Yes (Scott Zeron) following.   Turning for home, Shake It Cerry began to open up on her rivals, being challenged only briefly by Lifetime Pursuit, but to no avail as the former brushed in :26.4 to keep her six-race win streak intact. Lifetime Pursuit picked notched runner-up honors, with the hard-trying Cee Bee Yes grabbing the show money.   Shake It Cerry should be a cince for divisional honors, especially off her victory in the the 49th edition of the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity just one week ago. This season Shake It Cerry has also won the $368,100 Elegant Image at Mohawk in 1:52.1; the $213,500 Miller Memorial at The Meadowlands in 1:53; the $150,000 Zweig at Vernon in 1:53.1; the $93,850 Currie & Ives Final in 1:55.3 at The Meadows; her $35,000 Hambletonian Oaks prep at The Meadowlands in 1:54.4; and the $99,997 PASS Final in 1:53.1 at The Meadows, among others.   Shake It Cerry is the fourth foal out of her dam and is full sister to Solvato 3, 1:53.2f ($300,931) and the 2-year-old Uncle Lasse 2, 1:54.1 ($203,279). She also has a half-brother in Dontyouforgetit 3, 1:52.1f ($598,049). By Kimberly Rinker

Only seven freshman pacers went postward in the $86,000 American National Pace for harness racing  2-year-old colts and geldings. Roland N Rock kept his unblemished record intact, upping his win total to 14 with his 1:52.2 triumph for driver John Delong and trainer Duane Roland.   "I was pretty confident," said DeLong. "I thought he had a real shot in here and he showed it. Actually, we really wanted to give this horse a trip tonight, but when Brett moved in front, this colt grabbed on pretty well, so I said let's go. He did it all very easy, he's just awesome. I saw Earndawg coming in the lane, but it was Roland N Rock's night."   The son of Rocknroll Hanover followed Buckle Up (Brett Miller) out of the gate to the :28 first quarter, before pulling and taking the lead. From there, he continued through splits of :56.3 and 1:23.4, before drawing off by five, with a late challenge by the hard-pacing Earndawg (Todd Warren). Sir Mammo (Tim Tetrick) got up for third.   Twelve of Roland N Rock's victories have come on the Iowa county fair circuit, with his other win coming in a $21,450 Review Stake at Springfield on Aug.13, when he was clocked in 1:51.2, winning by 13¼ lengths.   "He was on idle at Springfield," Delong offered. "He was super impressive there and could have gone faster."   Roland N Rock's career earnings now stand at $83,445. He is the fourth foal out of his unraced Cambest dam Hank's Chip and is a half-brother to Sir Globalop Z Tam (by American Ideal) p,4,1:51.2 ($153,138). By Kimberly Rinker  

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