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LEBANON, OH. - A rain-drenched sloppy race track didn't prevent a pair of Open paces at Miami Valley from producing quick miles on Saturday night (Feb. 24). Night Pro captured the $22,000 Open I in 1:51.2 in gate-to-wire fashion for owner-trainer-driver Dale Decker. It was the 54th career win for the 8-year-old son of Pro Bono Best and the outstanding former race mare Midnight Jewel. As is his custom recently, Night Pro blasted from behind the wings to a :26.2 opening quarter. Following a relative breather to the :54.4 halfway point, Decker pushed the pedal to the metal through a 1:23.1 third stanza before completing the mission with a :28.1 final split to hold off Stuckey Dote (Kyle Ater) and Feelnlikearockstar (Tony Hall). The $20,000 Open II pace produced an equally impressive win for Lucky Lime, who tripped the final teletimer in 1:51 for driver Kyle Ater. Following a give-and-go at the quarter pole, Lucky Lime cut the remainder of the mile before fronting Caviart Midnight (Trace Tetrick) and Doctor Carter (Josh Sutton) through the finish line. It was the 40th lifetime victory for the 9-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover, owned by Kirk Nichols and trained by Ohio Hall Of Famer Dan Ater. Miami Valley will feature 2:05 p.m. matinees on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 25-27.   Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Youlookhot took full advantage of some quick early fractions in Hollywood Dayton's $18,500 Mares Open Pace on Friday night to score a 1:52.4 harness racing triumph, her seventh of the year. The four-year-old Kilowatt mare pounced from a rail ride in third over the first seven-eighths of the mile to real in the frontsteppers . Driver Randy Tharps sat patiently behind pacesetter Stirling Euphoria (Dan Noble) and pocket sitter My Tweed Heart (Josh Sutton) threw splits of :26.2, :54.3 and 1:23 before angling out in early stretch to blow by the leaders. The homebred mare, owned by Charles Stovall of Lebanon, Ohio, returned $7.20 to win, $16 coupled with My Tweed Heart in the exacta, and $28.10 for a 50-cent trifecta ticket with Stirling Euphoria in the show spot. Youlookhot, who is trained by Joseph Essig, eclipsed the $90,000 seasonal earnings plateau with the victory, her most productive year to date. Driver Kyle Ater enjoyed a tremendous initial 2017 program at Hollywood Dayton, returning from a short vacation to post five wins, each producing a handsome mutuel payoffs. His successes came behind the trotter Caring Gracee (1:58.2, $14.40), and pacers Legal Brief (1:54.2, $21.60), Capt Serious (1:56.1, $10.00), Shocking Image (1:52.2, $11.00) and Incredible Joey (1:54.3, $7.60).  

LEBANON, OH. - Cams Little Bit (Kyle Ater) overcame the dreaded nine-hole to capture the $17,500 championship final of the George 'Red' Owens Memorial harness racing late-closer at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday afternoon (April 2). Coming from far back early to close strongest of all, the 3-year-old daughter of Feelin Friskie bested Rock N Roll Rosie (Jason Brewer) and Anna D (Chris Page) in 1:54.4. Favored Melodies That Rock (Trace Tetrick), who has swept a pair of preliminary legs in convincing front-end fashion, cut all the fractions (:28, :57.4 and 1:25.4) once again, but faded to fifth place through the lane. Cams Little Bit was a maiden until March 14, but now has three wins in her last four starts her owner Forcum Enterprises, Inc. Ohio Hall-of-Famer Dan Ater (Kyle's father) conditions the winner, who doubled her career bankroll with the lion's share of the $17,500 purse. The Red Owens Memorial was restricted to fillies and mares without two pari-mutuel wins or $15,000 in lifetime earnings prior to the start of the three-week event. The championship race was carded as the 12th race, which features $.10 Buckeye High 5 (pentafecta) wagering on each card at Miami Valley. With Cams Little Bit, who went off at 14-1 odds, combined with Rock N Roll Rosie (4-1), Anna D (6-1), Velocity Kelli (24-1) and Melodies That Rock (4-5) no one solved the bet completely and a $2,647.54 carryover was the result. When racing resumes at 2:05 p.m. on Monday (April 3) afternoon, Miami Valley officials predict that the total pool on the 12th race 10-cent Buckeye High 5 will likely exceed $5000. The 12th race on Monday is an $8000 condition race with a competitive full field of ten pacing mares. Gregg Keidel

At least one thing is certain this week at Miami Valley Raceway: Kiss Of Terror will not get claimed. Already claimed five times this year, Kiss Of Terror is entered in Saturday's $22,000 Open Handicap at Miami Valley. Kiss Of Terror, a 5-year-old gelding pacer who has won six of nine races this season and earned $54,425, will start from post four with Kyle Ater at the lines for his father, trainer Dan Ater. Kiss Of Terror was claimed for $30,000 last week by Kirk Nichols and Seth Downing. Kiss Of Terror won that start by 10-1/4 lengths in 1:51. It was his sixth victory in his past seven races. "He's a real popular guy," Dan Ater said about Kiss Of Terror, who has won 18 of 71 career starts and earned $190,944. "I guess when any horse is winning they are popular. Hopefully we can keep him on that string. It'll be tough at that level, but we'll find out. "The owners wanted to move him up, which is what we usually do with claimers. We don't play the rent-a-horse game. We try to find something we like and hang on to him a little while. Sometimes that's good and sometimes that's bad, but that's our plan anyway. We'll see what happens." In January, Kiss Of Terror won a $27,100 Claim to Fame Series championship at Miami Valley. Kiss Of Terror's only setback in his past seven starts came in the Open Handicap on Feb. 25 at Miami Valley. He finished seventh, beaten by 3-1/2 lengths after a first-over trip. Kiss Of Terror is a son of stallion Western Terror out of the stakes-winning Kissed By A Fool. The dam is a half-sister to millionaire I Am A Fool and was one of nine foals out of I'm No Fool to earn at least $200,000 at the races. "He likes to win," Ater said. "I like his gameness. He's not a very big horse, but he seems like a nice horse. He just looks like a quality horse and quality horses are hard to find. We'll see how he does. It's all a gamble. You try to take care of them and do the best you can and hope for the best." Saturday's Open Handicap at Miami Valley also features Night Pro, who is 2-for-2 this year and will start from post nine with Sam Widger driving for trainer/owner Dale Decker. The remainder of the field is Account Rollover, Angelo J Fra, Feelnlikearockstar, My Buddy Ninkster, Swing City, Latest Desire, and My Hero Ron. "I hope he races good this week and I hope I can keep him racing good," Ater said about Kiss Of Terror. "We try to look for horses for a little longevity, but it's a big task. Nowadays it's a tough game. "Hopefully for us you don't see him in a $30,000 claimer next week." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

DAYTON, OH. - Princeofrocknroll produced the highest harness racing $2 win mutual in the three year history of Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Thursday night (Oct. 27). Despite winning six races and over $26,000 at Ohio county fairs this summer, the 3-year-old son of World Of Rocknroll was dispatched at odds of over 99-1 and returned $211.20 to his backers following his come-from-behind 1:55.2 triumph. Starting from the 8-hole in a condition labeled "Non-winners of two pari-mutuel races at extended commercial meets," driver Kyle Ater, sitting behind Princeofrocknroll for the first time, was content to settle last in the nine horse field through the first half-mile. By the three-quarters Ater had moved his charge up to seventh in the outer flow, then fanned three-wide in fifth position for the stretch drive. To the astonishment of most handicappers, the handsome bay colt breezed past all adversaries in the final sixteenth to finish 3-1/2 lengths to the good. Princeofrocknroll's upset score was the 35th career win for trainer Kirk Sparks of Richwood. The 44-year-old conditioner notched six training wins in a short first stint in the business from 2002-2005. Married and with two children, Sparks opted for the security of a full-time job in a steel factory for the next decade before returning to training in early 2015. Following a semi-successful initial season with seven wins from his small stable, Kirk has blossomed into a high percentage trainer from his 2016 three-horse stable in 2016. The most recent longshot victory was the 22nd of the year for the Sparks Stable that currently sports a UTRS average around .500. Carol Johnston owns Princeofrocknroll, whose juvenile bankroll has grown to $35,000. Gregg Keidel    

DAYTON, OH. - Don't tell this older grey mare that she ain't what she used to be! Brookletssuprsonic, a 6-year-old roan daughter of Personal Power, shocked the harness racing open distaff pacers at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (Oct. 14) capturing the $15,000 race in 1:52.4. Dispatched at odds of 15-1 and facing open company for the first time in her career, Brookletsuprsonic and driver Kyle Ater dropped into the two-hole early in the :27.2 opening quarter, then sat chilly in the pocket through middle panels of :56.3 and 1:24.2. First-over bids first by favored She's Shocking and then by last week's winner Town Temptress faltered around the final turn resulting in an opportunity for the eventual winner to pounce from the pocket at the head of the stretch . Pertty Music (Dan Noble), who was locked in behind Brookletssuprsonic throughout the mile, finally also found room to race in midstretch to garner runnerup laurels, while the pacesetter Albanian Era (Jeremy Smith) hung tough to complete the winning trifecta Although the winner now has $120,225 in lifetime earnings ($46,780 this season), she earned less than $100 per start in 19 2015 starts, failing to hit the board in any race last year. Owner Kirk Nichols plucked Brookletssuprsonic from a $10,000 claiming race at Scioto Downs in July and entrusted her to his longtime trainer Dan Ater. Following five consecutive second and third place finishes in $15,000 claimers and high condition races, she was "forced" into the open where she was relegated to longshot status. But the combination of being in razor sharp form and the heads-up steer by Ater resulted in this old grey mare being MORE than she used to be...at least on this night. Brookletssuprsonic paid $32.80 to win, while the exacta returned a robust $126.20. Successful 10-cent superfecta punters were rewarded with a $133.45 payoff. Gregg Keidel      

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of final preliminary round $12,500 divisions of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series were contested at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (April 19). Both Tricky Nick and Honey B were repeat winners, setting up a showdown in next week's $25,000 final, although the betting public dispatched both winners at handsome odds. Tricky Nick, a 4-year-old Band's Gold Chip gelding, was sent from The Meadows to Miami Valley and placed in the Randy Tharps Stable specifically for this series, limited to non-winners of six pari-mutuel races or $50,000. Although he was even-money in his inaugural series start a week ago and won by 4-3/4 lengths, Tricky Nick returned $9.00 to his backers who enjoyed his 1:55.2 triumph over ER Ben (Peter Wrenn) and Up Front Corbin (Sandy Beatty). The winner is owned by Megan Rogers Racing and Derek Jacobus of Illinois. Honey B, a 4-year-old Victory Sam mare, continued her impressive 2016 campaign with a winning 1:54.1 performance, lowering the track record for mares her age by two seconds. This was the fourth track record at Miami Valley Racetrack in the psat week. Already the winner of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial trotting series earlier this month, Honey B will be trying to add a second 'Legends' Series late-closer championship to her growing resume next week. Kyle Ater drove the Dan Ater-trained mare to the score over favored Infinity AS (Chris Page) and Numbers Game (Hunter Myers). She is owned by Jim Burnett and Tim Homan of Ohio. The top three finishers from each of Tuesday's races will be joined by other top series earners Rose Run Quasar, Cherryhill Chip and Without Me AS when the nine finalists line up for the $25,000 championship tilt April 26. From the Miami Valley Media Department

Columbus, OH - Four divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes 3-year-olds battled Saturday night at Scioto Downs, each vying for a purse of $40,000 in the fourth leg of this series for Buckeye-bred colt and gelding trotters and pacers. Indian Spirit prevailed in the first pacing division over rival Gray Camo in 1:52.4. The Tyler's Big Mark gelding was guided by Kyle Ater for his father, trainer Dan Ater and owner Greg Forcum of Chillicothe, OH. "This is the best horse I've ever had," an excited Forcum said in the Scioto Downs winner's circle. "This horse has a ton of heart and just never gives up. He loves chasing horses." Bred by Bruce Lane, Indian Spirit pushed his seasonal earnings to $86,810 with the win, his sixth of the season in ten starts. Lifetime, he has $121,219 in his bank account. "I turned him over to Dan (trainer Ater) late last season," Forcum explained modestly. "I thought he was a little bit better horse than I needed to be fooling with and that it might be better to give him to Dan, who has a lot more experience with top horses than I do." After eventual third-place finisher Gray Camo (Chris Page) led the field through fractions of :27, :55.2 and 1:23.3, the younger Ater pulled his charge first over and the pacer responded with a solid burst of speed that put him two lengths in front at the wire. Rock N Randall (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third. Indian Spirit has now won the second, third and fourth leg of his OSS contests. The second OSS pacing division saw 4-5 favorite Imtoofastforyou and Josh Sutton emerge victorious with a 1:54 clocking. The son of Mantacular-Lady Camette-Artsplace hails from the powerful Virgil Morgan, Jr. Stable and notched career win two in his ninth try. Unraced at two, Imtoofastforyou--who was bred by Midland Acres--pushed his career earnings to $54,150. "He had some knees that were open and he just wasn't ready to race last season," noted Morgan, Jr. "And he was an orangutan to deal with as a youngster, so we gelded him, and that's helped his attitude tremendously. Unlike some of these colts, he didn't have a lot of time to prepare for this season either mentally or physically, and so he's really come a long way." Owned by Carl Howard, Powell, OH; Gerrie Tucker, Montreal, QC, CA; and Brian Kohen, Dayton; Imtoofastforyou maintained his cool despite a recall caused by Nobles Finesse. Once the wings sprang, the bay colt took the lead and never looked back, snapping off fractions of :28, :57.2, and 1:28.3 before posting a three-quarter victory over Nobles Finesse (Kurt Sugg) and Chief Talkalot (Aaron Merriman). I Know My Chip and Chris Page captured the first of two $40,000 OSS trotting divisions handily in 1:55. The gelded son of Deep Chip-Madeline's Crown-Pegasus Spur was bred by Ohio's Kim Dailey and is trained by Ronnie Burke. "This horse has just gotten better and better as the season goes on," Burke stressed. "He's turned out to be a much better horse than I originally thought." This was I Know My Chip's second win in OSS competition in 2015 and pushed his seasonal earnings to $132,875 and his career totals to $238,278 for owners Burke Racing Stable of Frerickestown, PA; Weaver Bruscemi, Cannonsburg, PA; and Paul Collura of Mountain Top, PA. He now has nine checks in all ten starts this season. The brown gelding, a 1-5 shot, took the lead away from the hard-trying Neely's Messenger (Mike Wilder) at the :58 half, and never looked back, posting a 3½ length triumph. The aforementioned rival held on for second, while Reel Deep Chip (Kayne Kauffman) was third, followed by Kick A Lot (Kurt Sugg) and Chips Starr (Hugh Beatty). It was an emotional, tear-feared winner's circle that welcomed No Whip Chip for a well-deserved photo after a gate to wire triumph in 1:57.1. The son of Victory Sam-Merediths Hope-Master Lavec notched his third win in eight starts for trainer-driver Dan Noble and his mother, owner Debbie Noble. "These are happy tears," Debbie Noble explained. "This horse belongs to a group of youngsters that Chip (the late Sam Noble III) bred and raised. He raced this horse's parents and to win with this colt is just even more emotional than it would be normally because I know he wanted so much to be here, to see what this colt has become. We feel so blessed to have this horse and we feel sure that Chip is watching over us." The victory pushed No Whip Chip's lifetime earnings to $60,440 as he nailed down his third lifetime win in eight starts. Unraced as a freshman, the bay gelding has missed only one check in his career. My Friend Jim (Jeremy Smith) was second, followed by Cooter Dunn (Louis Bauslaugh). Ohio Sires Stakes for freshmen colts and filly of both gaits continue next weekend (Sept. 4 & 5) at Scioto Downs, while the $225,000 Championships for all 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be contested on Saturday, Sept. 12 during Super Night festivities at the five-eighth's mile oval. By Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

LEBANON, OH. - Indian Spirit proved his win in last week's James K. Hackett elimination was no fluke by capturing the $30,000 championship on Saturday night at Miami Valley Raceway in near identical fashion. Eased off the gate by driver Kyle Ater and settled into sixth at the quarter-mile station, Indian Spirit was content to move up a spot along the inside during the middle half before swinging wide at the head of the stretch and cruising to a convincing 2-3/4 length triumph in 1:54. Chief Talkalot (Jim Pantaleano) raced gamely on the outside the entire mile to finish second with Gray Camo (Chris Page) garnering the show dough. Indian Spirit by Tyler's Big Mark is owned by Gregory Forcum and trained by Dan Ater. His next start will be in the first leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes series for sophomore pacing colts at Miami Valley on May 2. Earlier on the program, Ardyne Ace (Dan Noble) pulled an upset over heavily-favored Night Pro (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) in the $18,150 Open Pace. The winning nine-year-old's clocking of 1:50.3 was the third fastest mile in the two-year history of Miami Valley. Jim Pollock Jr. conditions Ardyne Ace for owners David Ehrenberg and Daniel Fawcett, who saw the son of Aces N Sevens lifetime bounty exceed $400,000 with the victory at odds of 10-1. Night Pro, who was assigned outside and was parked through a first quarter in :26.4, held for second with longshot Mr Why (Ken Holliday) saving ground throughout to finish third. Gregg Keidel    

LEBANON, OH. - Indian Spirit used a second-over journey to get in position to sprint past the pacesetters in the lane and garner an upset harness racing victory in the $8000 elimination heat leading up to the $30,000 final of the James K. Hackett Memorial next Saturday night at Miami Valley. Seven of the nine colts from last year's $200,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship race for two-year-olds dropped into the Hackett elimination including a trio that earned over $90,000 each as freshmen, thus getting the Ohio stakes season off to a rousing start. According to the morning line and the eventual actual betting board, the race shaped up as a battle between entries from the powerful Ron Burke and Brian Brown barns, two of the most successful in the business. No one told Indian Spirit or the driver-trainer team of Kyle Ater and his father Dan Ater, however, and the result was the impressive triumph in 1:55.2 and a $51.80 win mutuel payoff for their backers. Owner Gregory Forcum trained Indian Spirit himself throughout most of his inaugural season in which he earned $34,409 before being entrusted to the Aters for his sophomore campaign. Fellow longshot Chief Talkalot (Jim Pantaleano) raced bravely in first-over position until giving way just before the wire and finishing second. Roaddog Jess James (Kayne Kauffman) was a creditable third . Favorites Rock N Randall (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) and Gray Camo (Chris Page) picked up the fourth and fifth place checks and also advanced to the Hackett final. The winning exacta ticket paid $368.20. One race earlier the $18,150 Craig Colston Memorial Open Pace was won by Atta Boy Dan (Chris Page) in 1:50.2, just a fifth of a second off the all-age track record at Miami Valley. Racing fifth in the early going, Page moved Atta Boy Dan to the outer flow just past the half and moved up to third on the outside at the three-quarter station. Second at the head of the stretch the winner was able to collar pacesetter and eventual runnerup Special Forces (Dan Noble) midway down the lane and secure a one length victory. Carol's Comet (Aaron Merriman) went a game mile to finish third. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Lucky Lime, nicknamed 'The Grinder' in keeping with his racing style, wore down all his harness racing adversaries for driver Kyle Ater in the $15,500 Open Pace at Miami Valley on Saturday night--despite a grueling first-over journey (the kind he appears to like!). Speed Trap (Chris Page) allowed Gareth Nourrir (Tyler Smith) to briefly clear to the front before retaking control as the quickest leavers passed the quarter mile marker in :27. By the halfway station in :55.3 Lucky Lime was out and moving with Virgil (Josh Sutton) in tow and the eight-horse field double-tiered from front to back. Lacking a huge burst of speed, but with abundant determination, Lucky Lime inched closer with every stride until finally clearing to the front just past the 1:23.2 three-quarter station. Special Forces (Dan Noble) closed furiously through the stretch to finish second with Virgil garnering the show dough in the 1:52.3 mile. Midway down the lane seven of the combatants still had a shot to win it, but it was Lucky Lime who displayed the most grit. The top seven finishers were all within two lengths at the wire. Dean Glispie trains Lucky Lime, who has now won over $100,000 racing exclusively in Ohio over the past 13 months, for owner Kirk Nichols. The six-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover sports a career bankroll of $231,517. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Foreign Officer (Tyler Smith) and Fantaddy (Kyle Ater) were sharpest in first leg action of the "Look Sharp" series for harness racing conditioned pacers at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday. Foreign Officer scored a 1:54.4 triumph over Rucker Place (Josh Sutton) and Mr I Am (Jeremy Smith) in the first $7000 division of the series named after the successful southwest Ohio stallion Look Sharp, who stood many years at nearby Hagemeyer Farms. Jim Pollock Jr. trains Foreign Officer while racing in Ohio for owner Mark Ford. Fantaddy won the other split with a 1:5x tally over Onemorelastchance (Dan Noble) and Toledo Bend Gator (Chris Page) and seven other rivals. It was just the second win in two seasons for the seven-year-old son of Bettor's Delight, but increased his career bounty to $236,364. Dan Ater conditions the winner for owner Kirk Nichols. Second leg action in the Look Sharp series will take place on Sunday, February 15 with a $14,000 championship slated for February 22. The weekly $16,500 Open Trot was also presented on the Sunday matinee card. For the third time in his last four tries, Rehab Mountain (Brad Hanners) was victorious, this time in 1:56.1. The win pushed the eight-year-old gelding's earnings over $250,000 lifetime, including $23,750 in just four 2015 starts at Miami Valley. The B6 Racing Stable owns Rehab Mountain, who bested Becky's Law (Kyle Ater) and War Cry Hall (Josh Sutton) in gate-to-wire fashion. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Shine N Shimmer slid into town Friday night and captured the $16,500 Mares Open pace at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:52.3, just two-fifths of a second off the harness racing track record for aged pacing mares despite 26 degree temperatures and gusting winds. Driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr., the 2014 national dash champion, pushed the seven-year-old American Ideal mare right to the front when the wings folded and was able to maintain the lead through fractions of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:24.1. The winner, shipping in from the east coast where she earned $95,413 with eight wins in 2014, beat Igottafeelinfran (Dan Noble)-the winner of last year's Ohio Sires Stakes championship for older mares, making her first seasonal start-and Metro Shopping (Tyler Smith), who got the show dough. Jim Ellison trains now trains Shine N Shimmer for the partnership of Dandy Farms and Howard Taylor. She paid $8.80 to win. Earlier on the program the $8200 championship final of the "Claim To Fame" series for $5000 claiming trotters was contested. Upset winner was JW's Jasmine (Kyle Ater), who topped King Trut (Josh Sutton) and Pacific Wave K (Ken Holliday) at odds of 14-1. The winner got away third as Beauregret carved wicked trotting fractions of :27.2 and :56.1 to the half. Ater came first up headed to the three-quarters where his nine-year-old mare stuck a head in front in 1:25.4. Her :30.3 final panel was enough to garner the championship for the pride of the Baron Racing Stable and trainer George Anthrop. The Saturday night card at Miami Valley will feature a $14,500 Open Pace as well as the $20,000 championship leg of the "Claim To Fame" series for $12,500 horses and geldings. Miami Valley will also provide the only live harness racing action in the United States on Super Bowl Sunday with a 3:00 p.m. post time. The matinee program should wrap-up about a half hour before kickoff of the Patriots-Seahawks clash, which will be shown throughout the Miami Valley casino and bars on dozens of large-screen television monitors. Gregg Keidel

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