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Fire Cross notched his first career victory in a big way by taking the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old harness racing trotting colts on Monday night, August 10 at Northfield Park. The son of Triumphant Caviar scored his victory in a modest 1:58.1 with Chris Lems drivin for trainer Ryan Miller and owners Miller Racing Stable, Horseplace Racing Stable, M. Hayes and Darmofal Racing Enterprises. The brown gelding left the gate at odds of 15-1, with 5-2 Replica Hanover (Tyler Smith) holding on for second and 25-1 Tango With Me (Aaron Merriman) picking up third place money.   Bred by Steve Stewart, Fire Cross was third in OSS Leg One and second in Leg Two and pushed his career earnings to $43,480 with this maiden victory. The doggedly determined trotter is the fifth foal out of the Muscles Yankee Classical Mary 3, 1:55.2 ($207,811) and is a full brother to Frasier Ridge 4, 1:52.1f ($522,479) and has half-siblings in Guy Fox (by Glidemaster) 4, 1:55.2f ($143,656) and Willoughby (by Dejarmbro) 4,Q1:58.3f ($25,749). Panzano took the second OSS contest for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in 1:58.3, also making his first career win a stakes victory. The son of Coraggioso is trained by Chris Beaver for the Spaaaartners of Ballston Spa, NY. The bay gelding was the 11-1 choice, with 5-2 Street Gossip (Brett Miller) getting up for second and 16-1 Triple M Storm (Ryan Stahl) grabbing show honors.   Panzano now has $42,520 in career earnings from four starts, one win, a second and a third. He finished second in OSS Leg One and fifth in Leg Two. Bred by Christopher Coyle, he is the first foal out of the SJ's Caviar mare Grace N Charlie 8, 1:55.4f ($225,830). by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator  

Joggingtothebank rolled home to become the fastest 5-and-up gelded harness racing trotter in the history of MGM Northfield Park on Saturday (August 8) in the evening's third race. Joggingtothebank (Break The Bank K) - Jogging Home - Tom Ridge) fired off the gate from post four to lead his competition through quarter times of :27.1, :56.4, 1:24.1 and 1:52.4, winning by 4-1/2 lengths.   The previous 1:53 record was held by Outburst and Dan Charlino, set in 2018. Joggingtothebank now has three straight victories for trainer Marty Wollam, who owns the trotter with partners Julie Sweet and Dale Sweet. Kurt Sugg was aboard for the winning drive. The victory brings Joggingtothebank's career win tally to 15, and Saturday's victory increased his lifetime earnings to $178,000. Joggingtothebank returned $10.40 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park  

Five fields of fillies provided Northfield Park harness racing fans with sizzling miles, including a new track and world record clocking of 1:51.4 by Summer Touch, the 1-5 favorite in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies on a lovely August 7 evening. The Ronnie Burke-trained daughter of Well Said-Real Touch-Real Desire was given a perfect steer by Chris Page as she captured her second OSS contest, having captured Leg Two on July 24 at Scioto Downs in 1:54.2. This homebred is owned by Burke Racing, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. Rainy Day Chic, a 20-1 longshot was second for Brett Miller, followed by 45-1 longshot She Knows It All (Ryan Stahl) in third.   Ronnie Burke harnessed another filly--this one a trotter--to another track record performance and also equaled the world record for a 2-year-old trotting filly on a half-mile oval as Merry Ann trotted to a 1:56 clocking in the first of three $40,000 OSS events. The 1-9 favorite used a front-stepping performance with Chris Page in the sulky for owners Burke Racing, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi as she notched her third win in five tries. This homebred daughter by Southwind Spirit-Witty Girl-SJ's Photo also captured Leg Two in 1:57.4. I'malovelylady was second at 11-1 for Anthony MacDonald while 10-1 Ozma got up for third with Aaron Merriman doing the driving. Burke continued his dominance as his Pinknperfect captured the second $50,000 OSS for 2-year-old pacing fillies in 1:52.4, holding off a pair of determined rivals at the wire. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., steered the 7-1 daughter by Well Said-Pink Camo-Pine Valley for Burke Racing, S. Jefferis, J. Smith and Weaver Bruscemi as she captured her first OSS contest. Bred by Rtk Racing, Pinknperfect upped her career earnings to $37,500. Leave Her Wild was second for Mike Wilder at 3-1 while 9-5 Gucci was a close third for Aaron Merriman. My Jazz cruised to a front-end victory for driver Anthony MacDonald and trainer Jason McGinnis in 1:57.1, a new lifetime mark, in the second OSS division for 2-year-old trotting fillies. The daughter of My MVP, out of the Incredible Abe mare Loving Jazz left the gate at 3-1 odds, besting 45-1 rival I Am Winning (Brett Miller) easily and 10-1 Fiesty Pistol (Aaron Merriman) in late stretch. My Jazz, who was bred by Jake Wickey, Jr., had finished third in Leg One and fifth in Leg Two of this series. Herculisa captured the third OSS trotting test handily, looking much the best for driver Brett Miller as the 1-5 favorite and stopping the clock in 1:56.1. The daughter of My MVP, out of the Andover Hall mare Herculotte Hanover is owned by the Jesmeral Stable and trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr. She has won both previous OSS legs, in 1:58.1 and 1:56.2 and pushed her career earnings to $61,812 with this latest triumph. Herculisa was bred by Billy Walters, Joe McLead and Up Front Racing. Celebrate With Me (Kurt Sugg) was second best at 5-1 with 20-1 Ciao Baby Hall getting up for third with Aaron Merriman at the lines. by Kim Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator 

Five Ohio Sires Stakes divisions of freshmen fillies will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate on Friday night, August 7. Two $50,000 divisions of pacing fillies and three $40,000 divisions of trotting fillies are slated to go postward in round three of the four-leg series, with a first race post of 6 pm, ET. Sixteen OSS-eligible pacing fillies passed the Northfield Park entry box, with those events slated as races one and three. Ohio-registered stallions represented in these events include five by first crop sire Racing Hill, three by Well Said and two by Nob Hill High. The stallions Arthur Blue chip, Domethatagain, McArdle, Rockin Amadeus, The Panderosa and Western Vintage are represented by one foal each. In the first OSS pacing division, a trio of previous winners return to wage war, including the Ron Burke trained Summer Touch, who was second in Leg One to the winning Lady Arthur in 1:53.2, and then captured Leg Two in 1:53.4. Owned by Burke Racing, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, this homebred daugther of Well Said, out of the Real Desire mare Real Touch has amassed $55,000 thus far in her brief career. She starts from post five with Chris Page in the driver's seat. The aforementioned Lady Arthur drew the eight-hole for trainer Dr. Ian Moore and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. Owned by Moore in partnership with the RG McGroup and Serge Savard, this daughter of Arthur Blue Chip-April Three-Mach Three was third in Leg Two, beaten only a length, after winning Leg One in 1:53.2. The homebred lass has $52,188 in her coffers from two wins, a second and a third in four career starts. Leg Two winner (1:54.1) Rainy Day Chic starts from post four in this same division for driver Brett Miller, trainer Dan O'Mara and owner-breeder Marjorie Polhamus. A winner of $31,781 lifetime, Rainy Day Chic is by Rockin Amadeus, out of the Always A Virgin mare Fritzie Chic. Sentimental heads up the second pacing division despite drawing the eight-hole for driver Tyler Smith and trainer John Ackley. Bred by Marvin Raber, the daughter of The Panderosa is out of the Nobleland Sam mare Downwyn Kate, and is unbeaten thus far in the OSS series--with a 1:56.1 triumph in Leg One and a 1:53.2 victory in Leg Two. Owned by the CT Stables, LLC, Sentimental sports career earnings of $43,750. Fierce rival Winella Hanover drew the rail for driver Chris Page and trainer Ron Burke. This Racing Hill-Western Duel-Western Hanover lass won Leg One in 1:54.4, but was a disappointing sixth in Leg Two for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, J. Melillo and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. Bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, Winella Hanover has $97,800 in her bankroll. Sentimental is the current leader in the OSS 2-year-old pacing filly division through the first two legs with 102 points; followed by Summer Touch and Leave Her Wild--who are tied for second with 77 points each; followed by Lady Arthur with 65 points; Winella Hanover with 52 points and Rainy Day Chic with 51 points. Among the diagonally-gaited distaffs, the stallions My MVP, Triumphant Caviar and Uncle Peter are represented by four foals each, with Break The Bank K, Cash Hall, Full Count and Southwind Spirit all represented by two foals each. The stallions Coraggioso, Credit Fashion, Dontyouforgetit and Winning Fireworks each have one foal competiting in these OSS contests. The Ron Burke-trainee Merry Ann heads up the first of the three OSS contests for trotting fillies (Race 2) from post five with Chris Page driving. Owned by Burke Racing, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi, this daughter of Southwind Spirit-Witty Girl-SJ's Photo finished second in Leg One in 1:58.2 before winning Leg Two in a career best 1:57.4. The homebred Merry Ann now has two wins and a pair of second-place finishes with $55,200 in career earnings. A Doll Face, who leaves from post seven in this same division, won Leg One in 1:59.4 then finished second to Merry Ann in Leg Two for trainer-driver Kayne Kauffman and owner Doug Millard. Bred by Spring Haven Farm, A Doll Face is by Dontyouforgetit, out of the Muscle Massive mare Alliomi and has $33,704 in her bank account. Swizzle Hanover is the clear standout in the second OSS trotting division (Race 4), having won Leg One in 1:57.1 and Leg Two in 1:57.4. The daughter of Uncle Peter-Seducedbychocolate-Chocolatier was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms and is owned by trainer Randy Bendis and Reed Broadway. From three career starts Swizzle Hanover has two wins and a second and leaves from post two with Mike Wilder at the controls. Herculisa is an undefeated daughter by My MVP owned by the Jesemeral Stable and leaves from post five in the third OSS trotting test (Race 6). Out of the Andover Hall mare Herculotte, the bay filly won Leg One in 1:58.1 and Leg Two in 1:56.2. Bred by Joe McLead, Billy Walters and Up Front Racing, Herculisa has amassed earnings of $41,812 thus far. Trainer Marty Wollam harnesses Celebrate With Me in this same division from post eight. Kurt Sugg drives the coal black duaghter of Full Count-Glisten Hanover-Andover Hall for trainer Wollam, who ownes her in partnership with Toni Dean. Bred by Marvin Raber, Celebrate With Me has $48,622 in career earnings from two wins and two thirds in four starts. She was third in Leg One to Swizzle hanover and captured Leg Two in a lifetime mark of 1:56.4. Swizzle Hanover and Herculisa are tied for first place in the OSS 2-year-old filly division standings, with 102 points each, followed by A Doll Face and Merry Ann who are tied for second with 77 points each. Celebrate With Me has 64 points with Chip It In next with 57 points, followed by More Spirit and Magic Credit Card with 52 points each. by Kim Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund  

Northfield, OH--MGM Northfield Park's premier event on the harness racing calendar, the Carl Milstein Memorial, a by-invitation-only event for the sport's top three-year-old pacers, will be raced for a $250,000 purse on Saturday night, August 15. Uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of two of Northfield's earlier stakes events in 2020, the Battle of Lake Erie and the Cleveland Trotting Classic. "All of us at MGM Northfield Park are pleased that the Carl Milstein Memorial is a go on August 15," said Dave Bianconi, Northfield's Director of Racing Operations. "I have been in contact with the connections of many top three-year-olds across North America to assemble a great field for our top night of racing this year." The undercard for the Milstein will include the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, an Invitational for top Ohio-sired veteran pacers. Ohio Sires Stakes legs for both three-year-old filly pacers and three-year-old colt trotters will also be contested. Post time for Milstein night at Northfield is 6:00 (Eastern) on Saturday night, August 15. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park  

Charlie May, the 3-2 favorite, set a national season's mark in the second of three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old harness racing pacing colts on a balmy Saturday night, July 25 at Northfield Park. The youngster was clocked in 1:53 for driver Danny Noble and trainer Steve Carter. Owned by breeder Don R. Tiger, the son of McArdle has amassed $115,000 in his brief career and now has three wins in three starts. Hardt At Work was second at 4-5 odds for trainer-driver Mike Micallef with 12-1 Jackie Moon getting up for third with Chris Page driving. Charlie May, a chocolate brown colt, won OSS Leg One in 1:54.2 for these same connections with a similar, front-stepping effort.   Laughagain Hanover received a perfect steer by driver Peter Wrenn in the first OSS contest, timed in 1:55. The son of McArdle is trained by Laura Searway for owners Cimaglio, Richardson and Gilmartin and also captured Leg One of this series on July 11 at Scioto Downs, stopping the timer in a career best 1:54.3. Laughagain Hanover left the gate at 9-5 odds, finishing a length in front of 3-5 Home Team (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) with Dcrockinmoondancer (Kurt Sugg) third at 9-1 odds. Laughagain now has $40,248 in earnings and is three for three lifetime.   I'm Sorry Man, the 8-1 choice, overcame the leading 2-5 favorite Odds On Pick Six (Peter Wrenn) to capture the third OSS in 1:53.2. Driven by Kayne Kauffman for breeder-owner Matt Rowe, the Mr Apples gelding was third in OSS Leg One and this second round triumph was his first career victory, upping his career earnings to $42,800. Big Money Mike, at 9-1 in the wagering, was third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.   By Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator  

Grove City- Eldorado Scioto Downs will host the second leg of the Buckeye Stallion Series two-year-old colt and filly pacers Thursday, July 23. One hundred and one entries resulted in six harness racing divisions of colts and five divisions for the fillies. Each division will carry a purse of $17,500. The opening leg was held at MGM Northfield Park on July 13. Ten of the 13 winners return to action tonight. The previous winners are led by Brighter Days (Woodstock) and Twig (Mr Apples) who are both undefeated this season in two-lifetime starts. Illini Duke (Well Said) and Imagine It (If I Can Dream) have each won three of four starts this year. The other three winners He's A Dickens (Well Said), KB Mac (McArdle) and Weekend Pass (Big Bad John) will battle in the 7th race. On the filly side of the ledger only three of six opening leg winners return for leg two. Undefeated Apple Soozy (Mr Apples) and Smothastenesewisky (Nob Hill High) are back along with Margin Of Error (Racing Hill). Thursday's entries are sired by 28 different stallions with 18 by Racing Hill, 17 by Pet Rock, and 15 by Well Said. First race post time is 6:15pm. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions will feature 2-year-old pacing colts on Saturday night, July 25 at Northfield Park. These contests are these contests are the second round of action in the four-leg series. Post time is 6 pm, ET. A total of 22 youngsters passed the Northfield entry box for these OSS battles. Ohio-registered stallions represented include four by first crop sire Racing Hill, three by Well Said and two each by McArdle and Pet Rock. Other stallions represented include Art Official, Cheyenne Rei, Domethatagain, Manhardt, Mr Apples, The Panderosa, Rockin Amadeus, Western Vintage, Western Terror, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser. In the first OSS division (Race 1), seven freshmen sidewinders will line up behind the Northfield gate, including Leg 1 winner Laughagain Hanover, who captured his first OSS in 1:54.3 for driver Peter Wrenn and trainer Laura Searway. The son of McArdle is owned by Cimaglio, Richardson and Gilmartin and has $22,248 in earnings. OSS Leg 1 winner Hardt At Work and Charlie May face off in the second division (Race 4). Owned by Brett Boyd Racing and Anthony Fomosa, Hardt At Work is a son of Manhardt conditioned and driven by Mike Micallef. This youngster scored a 1:55.1 triumph at Scioto Downs on July 11 and has two wins in two career starts with $23,750 in earnings. Charlie May is a brown unaltered son by McArdle trained by Steve Carter for Don Tiger. This youngster won his Leg 1 event in 1:54.1 with Danny Noble at the lines in a wire-to-wire effort and sports a bankroll of $95,000 as he also captured the Next Generation Pace at Scioto in his first career start. Odds On Pick Six is the clear standout in the third OSS contest (Race 7), having won Leg 1 in 1:54.2 at Scioto on July 11. Trained by Melanie Wrenn for Odds On Racing, the son of Racing Hill has that win and a second place finish in the aforementioned Next Generation Pace and has accumulated $57,500 thus far in his brief career. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator  

Grove City, OH - The traveling Buckeye Stallion Series stopped at MGM Northfield Park Monday July 20 for the third leg of the 3-year-old colt pace. Four divisions were contested with a purse $17,500 each. Trainer Christi Noble was the big winner on the night as she sent two winners to the post. Noble's first win came when Bargain Shopper (Big Bad John-One Stop Shopping) won his second leg of the series. Owned by Chuck Grubbs, Bargain Shopper with Ronnie Wrenn Jr. got away third before taking the lead at the half giving way to Brady Brown with Elite Machine past the half. The two battled in the stretch with Bargain Shopper getting up by a head in 1:54.4. My Name Is Hairy finished 3rd for Kurt Sugg.   Noble's second win came with Ubuntu who got his initial win in the Buckeye Stallion Series. The Pet Rock out of Provethemwrong gelding was driven by Chris Page and is owned by Norman Rae Racing. Page got away from post three but was hung on the outside before scoring by a half-length over Big Bad Whamo and Kurt Sugg while Tick's A Yankin and Chris Lems finished 3rd. The winner took a lifetime mark of 1:53.3. Ubuntu has hit the board in each of his 17 career starts.   Snowmoon won his second of the series with a lifetime best 1:51.2 for Tyler Smith and owner-trainer Jessica Smith. The Gelding by Mr Wiggles out of Milky Way Hanover went wire to wire from post four to score by ¾ lengths. One Last Laugh with Ronnie Wrenn Jr was second and Nvrpoptdaplugs finished third for Jason Thompson. The final BSS winner of the night was MC Cam, who also got his second win of the series, with a mile in 1:53.3 for Kurt Sugg and Kyle Ater. Russell Hundley owns the McArdle-Delightfully Cam colt who was a winner by a ¼ length holding off Western's Last Gun for Aaron Merriman while Cousin Louie and Tyler Smith finished 3rd. Freshman colt trotters return to the track Wednesday July 22 at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Bucyrus, Ohio for the second leg of 2-Year-Old Colt Trot. by Roger Huston, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH - The Buckeye Stallion Series for two-year-old filly trotters made a stop at MGM Northfield Park Wednesday with two divisions, each racing for a purse of $17,500.  WF Fire, by Dejarmbro out of Capri Hall, got the maiden victory in 1:59.4 with Chris Lems for Herman Hagerman. Lems took the filly to the lead with an opening panel of 29 seconds and never looked back to win by 5-1/4 lengths at the wire. WF Fire was the second choice in the wagering and returned $10.60. Parabellum and Hunter Myers finished 2nd and Sewin Sue for Dan Rawlings finished 3rd. The winner who is 3-1-1-0 on the year is owned by Hagerman and Terrence Smith of Texas.   The second division went to the favorite Charming Nancy with Aaron Merriman for Chris Beaver in 2:00.4 and paid $2.60. Sired by Uncle Peter out of Caviar Forthe Lady, the filly got away 2nd and took the lead by the half to score by 1-1/2 lengths over Kaelli Mae with Chris Lems and Docs Dilemma for Dan Rawlings. The undefeated Charming Nancy (2-2) is owned by Beaver, Joe Sbrocco, Mary McLoughlin, and Michael Carter.   The third leg for the 2-Year-Old filly trotters is scheduled for Tuesday August 11 at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana, Ohio. by Roger Huston, for the OHHA  

Kent Sherman harnessed the 2,000th winner of his training career on Wednesday (July 15) at MGM Northfield Park, when Stanley K held off all challengers to win the evening's 11th race in 1:53.2.   Sherman began training in 1991. In addition to his 2,000 victories, he has earned purses approaching $15 million. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

Grove City, OH - The first leg of the Buckeye Stallion Series for Two-Year-Old Colts and Fillies was held at MGM Northfield Park Monday night. A total of 117 Two-Year- Old harness racing pacers competed in seven colt divisions and six filly divisions. Each division carried a purse of $17,500. On the colt side of the ledger two youngsters remained undefeated. Twig, the gelded son of Mr Apples, collected his second win in as many starts as he took a lifetime mark of 1:53.3, the fastest of the night. The freshman was three-wide at the quarter before taking the lead and winning by 3½ lengths. Aaron Merriman drove for trainer Mike Polhamus and owner Julie Farley.   Polhamus picked up his second winner on the colt side when Brighter Days, driven by Kurt Sugg, went wire to wire in 1:55.2 by 3-3/4 lengths. The gelded son of Woodstock is also undefeated in two lifetime starts. Imagine It, by If I Can Dream, made it three straight wins in four lifetime starts. Driver Peter Wrenn got away fourth before taking the lead going to the half and drawing away by 2¾ lengths in a lifetime best 1:54.3. Kurt Wilcox trains for owner Richard Copp. Other colt winners include: Illini Duke, by Well Said, in 1:56.3 for Chris Page and owner-trainer Brian Roebuck. He's A Dickens, by Well Said, in 1:55.2 for Tyler Smith, Kris Hinchcliff and owner Elliot Misshula. KB Mac, by McArdle, in 1:55.3 for Ryan Stahl, Dan Venier and owners Ken and John Saunders. Weekend Pass, by Big Bad John, in 1:55.2 for Dan and Christi Noble for owners Brent Hopper, Kyle Gray and Jerry Scheve. The fillies were led by Apple Soozy with Andy Shetler for trainer Dan O'Mara and owner Marjorie Polhamus in 1:55.1. The Mr Apples filly is a perfect three for three after the two-hole trip before winning by 1-3/4 lengths. Another winner for the driver, trainer and owner combination was Rainy Day Chic, by Rockin Amadeus, in 1:55.3 going wire to wire winning by ¾ lengths. She is now two for three lifetime.   Smothastenesewisky is now two for two in lifetime starts with the win in 1:54.3 with Chris Page. Brian Haynes owns and trains the Nob Hill High daughter, who got away fifth and took command before the half, drawing away by 6¼ lengths. The fastest of the six divisions for the fillies was Heavenissofaraway who came home the winner in 1:54.1 with Chris Page for owner-trainer Anette Lorentzon. The daughter of Racing Hill went coast to coast winning by 2½ lengths. Other winners were Margin Of Error, by Racing Hill, in 1:57.4 with Ronnie Wrenn Jr for Chris Beaver. The owners are Donald Robinson, Chris Beaver, David Meola and RBH Ventures. Free Thinker, by Western Vintage, in 1:54.4 with Chris Page for Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. The second leg of the two-year-old pace for colts and fillies is scheduled for Thursday July 23 at Eldorado Scioto Downs. by Roger Huston, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH - The Buckeye Stallion Series for Two-Year-Old Colt and Filly Pacers highlight Monday night's 15 race program at MGM Northfield Park. Sixty-three freshmen pacers make up seven divisions while fifty-four filly pacers battle in six divisions. The colt and gelding entries are led by two Mike Polhamus trained pacers. Brighter Days, by Woodstock, was a winner at Eldorado Scioto Downs on July 6 in in 1:55. Polhamus also has Twig, the sone of Mr. Apples. Twig has a mark of 1:55.2 at Scioto Downs in his win on July 2. Two county fair winners are also entered in the seven divisions. Grey Phanton by Western Terror was a winner at Paulding in 2:01 and is trained by Elpidio Bernardi Jr. The other winner is Imagine It, by If I Can Dream, trained by Kent Wilcox. Imagine It's win was at Marion in 2:03. Another one to keep an eye on is Speak Well, a Next Generation participant at Scioto Downs, was a qualifying winner I 1:56.2Q at Scioto Downs for trainer Clarence Foulk. Several other colts and geldings have impressive qualifying wins. Pan's Pro was a qualifying winner at Scioto Downs in 1:58. Dive Bar, went 1:56.2 in winning a qualifier at Scioto Downs. The fillies are led by the undefeated Apple Soozy, for trainer Dan O'Mara. Apple Soozy, by Mr Apples, is 2 for 2 this season with the fastest at Hoosier Park in 1:55. Two county winners will also go on the filly side. Forever Missy, by McArdle, trained by Cory Deyermand and has a win at Cortland in 2:02.4 and Smothastenesewisky, the daughter of Nob Hill High and trained by Brian Haynes was a winner at the Circleville County Fair and has a qualifying win in 1:56.2Q at Scioto Downs Six others have qualifying wins on their records. Sheryl's She Shed, by Racing Hill, was a qualifying winner for trainer Brian Brown in 1:58.1. Grace Of Art has a win in a qualifier at Northfield. She was a winner in 1:58.4Q for trainer Jeff Cox. Deedee Didit was a qualifying winner at Scioto Downs in 1:58.1. She will be up against another qualifying winner in Dragon's Last. Dragon's Last has a qualifying win at Northfield going 1:59.4. Lady Warrior collected a qualifying win at Scioto Downs also, winning in 1:59.2. Western Rosie rounds out the list of winners in qualifiers. She was a winner at Scioto Downs in 1:57.3. Deyermand also has Bearcreekhoney entered on Monday night. Bearcreekhoney is coming off a 4th place finish in $150,000 The Next Generation at Scioto Downs. The races get underway Monday night at Northfield with a first race post of 6:00pm. By Roger Huston, for the OHHA  

Guinevere Hall established a new world and track record of 1:53 in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old harness racing trotting fillies on Friday night, July 10 at Northfield Park. With a front-stepping performance for driver Peter Wrenn, Guinevere Hall erased the former world record for a 3-year-old filly on a half-mile track with a three length triumph, the last quarter mile in a speedy :27.4. The former world record was co-held by Frau Blucher (2013 Delaware County Fair) and Plunge Blue Chip (2018 Yonkers Raceway) at 1:53.1. The former track record of 1:54 was set in 2018 in an Ohio Sires Stakes by Looking For Zelda (Tony Hall).   Guinevere Hall, a daughter of Cash Hall is owned by the M T Pockets Stable and Dave McDuffey and has $199,181 in career earnings and $65,000 in seasonal earnings. She was bred by Alan j. Leavitt.Guinevere Hall, who left the gate as the 2-5 favorite, won her previous OSS legs and is the leader in this division for trainer Melanie Wrenn. Tootie, the 7-2 choice, was second for Brett Miller, while 35-1 longshot Delovely Hall got up late for driver Aaron Merriman. A Fancy Face stormed to the lead at the 1:26 three-quarters for driver Chris Page, capturing the second OSS division easily in 1:54.3. Trained by Ronnie Burke, the 9-1 sophomore duaghter by My MVP notched her first career victory in just her fourth lifetime start. Bred by Spring Haven Farm, A Fancy Face is owend by Burke Racing, Hatfield Stables, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Dream Change, a 50-1 longshot, was second for Greg Grismore, while 2-1 Kikimora was third for Aaron Merriman.   by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator  

Twelve divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes will be contested this weekend in the Buckeye State, with two $50,000 events for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Friday night (July 10) at Northfield Park. As well, four $40,000 OSS contests each for 2-year-old pacing colts and 2-year-old pacing filles and two $50,000 divisions of 3-year-old trotting colts vie at Scioto Downs on Saturday (July 11). Sixteen trotting fillies will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate in third-leg OSS action in races Two and Four on Friday. Guinevere Hall, the current OSS leader in her division, has won both of the previous legs handily with Peter Wrenn driving for trainer Melanie Wrenn. The daughter of Cash Hall is owned by the M T Pockets Stable and Dave McDuffey and has $174,181 in career earnings. Kikimora heads up the second OSS division for trainer and co-owner Chris Beaver and breeder/co-owner Sandra Burnett. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar has also won both of her previous OSS battles and sports a bankroll of $251,516 lifetime. The only concern here is the outside post but driver Aaron Merriman knows this talented filly well. On Saturday, 11 sophomore trotting colts battle in leg three action in races Four and Ten at Scioto Downs. Returning OSS winners include Yanks Dugout from post five in the first division for driver Kurt Sugg and owners Duke & Ivan Sugg, while the Virgil Morgan, Jr.,-trained Action Uncle and Ronnie Burke-conditioned Wading Boots spar in the second division. A total of 34 freshman pacing colts make their debut in OSS contests in races One, Six, 11 and 13. Ohio-registered stallions represented by progeny in these events incude eight by Pet Rock; four by Racing Hill; and three each by McArdle, Well Said and Yankee Cruiser. The stallions Art Official and The Panderosa each have two foals competiting, while Art Official, Cheyenne Rei, Domethatagain, Manhardt, Mr Apples, Rockin Amadeus, Western Terror, Western Vintage and Woodstock are all represented by one foal each. Likewise, 35 pacing fillies battle in their first OSS tests in races Three, Eight, 12 and 14. Ohio-based stallions represented by these female sidewinders include six each by Racing Hill and Well Said; four each by McArdle and Pet Rock; and three by Yankee Cruiser. The stallions Domethatagain and Nob Hill High both have two foals racing, while Arthur Blue Chip, Big Bad John, Manhardt, The Panderosa, Western Terror, Western Vintage and We Will See are all represented by one foal each. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator

Eight $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests for freshman trotters of both genders kicked off the holiday weekend at Northfield Park. Harness racing fans got their first glimsp of Ohio's future stars with five divsions for fillies and three divisions for colts and geldings. As expected, Randy Bendis' Swizzle Hanover captured the first division for fillies easily for Mike Wilder in 1:57.1. The daughter of Uncle Peter, out of the Chocolatier mare Seducedbychocolate, 3, 1:54.3M ($174,558) left the gate as the 5-2 choice and prevailed in the stretch over the determined 14-1 Incomeorexpenses (Tyler Smith) while 8-5 Celebrate With Me (Kurt Sugg) got up for third.   The victory was the first for Swizzle Hanover who previously scored two winning qualifiers at The Meadows on June 11 and 25. She is a half-sister to North Express (by Muscle Massive) 4, 1:54.1f ($61,573); Sweettooth Hanover (by Donato Hanover 2, 1:58.1f ($48,367); and Sweet Tart Hanover (by Donato Hanover) 4, 1:57f ($11,280). In the second OSS trotting filly division More Spirit (2-1) led from start to finish for driver Kurt Sugg and trainer Charlie Myrick. Bred by Dublin Valley Farm, the daughter of Southwind Spirit captured her first career start handily in 1:59.3, four lengths in front of 9-2 Magic Credit Card (Aaron Merriman), with Miss Meringue (Anthony MacDonald) third. Owned by the Second Chance Stable, More Spirit is the first foal out of the Credit Winner mare Amor Deo 5, 1:56.1f ($86,730).   Herculisa lived up to her name as she posted an impressive 1:58.1 clocking in the third OSS filly trotting division with Brett Miller at the controls. Trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr., the My MVP lass left the gate at 4-5 odds and once on top, never looked back. Owned by the Jesmeral Stable, Herculisa bested formidable rivals in 5-2 Merry Ann (Chris Page), who was second, and 2-1 Momma Knows Best (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) third. She is the second foal out of the Andover Hall mare Herculotte Hanover 3, 1:55.3 ($16,869) and is a full sister to MVP L 2, 2:05.2 ($19,770).   The heavily favored (3-5) Chip It In got up in the final strides for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., to best the hard trying 15-1 Trumpeter Swan (Brett Miller) to win the fourth OSS trotting filly division in 1:58.2. Chris Beaver trains the daughter of Break The Bank K for Beaver, Meola, Robinson and RBH Ventures. Beaver's other trainee, 6-1 Ozma (Aaron Merriman) was a determined third. Chip It In is the seventh foal out of the Malabar Man mare Chippiesbrownsugar and is a full sister to Ms Bank Robber 2, 1:57.2f ($72,223) and a half-sister to Justin On Broadway (by Broadway Hall) 4, 1:54 ($89,926); and Teresa Tresa (by Andover Hall) 4, 1:59.1f ($50,215).   A Doll Face looked every bit the part of her name as she cruised to a 1:59.4 victory in the final OSS division for 2-year-old trotting fillies. Trainer Kayne Kauffman was in the sulky behind the 8-5 daughter of Dontyouforgetit who is owned by Doug Millard. Irish Princess, at 17-1, closed sharply for Aaron Merriman, while 35-1 My Jazz (Anthony MacDonald) trotted solidly to be third. A Doll Face is the second foal out of the unraced Muscle Massive mare Alliomi and is a half-sister to A Fancy Face (by My MVP) 3, Q2:00f ($15,075).   In the first of the three OSS colt trotting divisions it was all Spyder The Striker (7-2) taking home first prize in 1:56.3 for driver Aaron Merriman. Trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver for C. Beaver, L. Fleming and Vip Internet, the son of Uncle Peter--Elana-San Pellegrino looked much the best after having scored two winning qualifiers--the first at Delaware and the second at Northfield prior to this test.   Admiral Allstar (9-2) was second for Kurt Sugg, while 5-1 Replica Hanover was third for Tyler Smith. Spyder The Striker was bred by Wilbur Stoll and is the ninth foal out of his dam and is a half-brother to Kanthaka (by Triumphant Caviar) 3, 1:53.4f ($417,242); High Blue (by Majestic Son) 9, 1:54.2 ($304,074); Alacrity (by Pilgrims Taj) 4, 1:55 ($232,573) and First Flower (by Angus Hall) 5, 1:58.1f ($123,360), among others. In the second OSS trotting division for males, it was 3-5 Shouldaknownbetter (Chris Page), a Deep Chip gelding owned and trained Shane Arsenault, who made his second career victory in as many tries look effortless. Tango With Me (7-1) was second for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., while 21-1 Street Gossip put forth an impressive effort for trainer-driver Roger Hughes, Jr., to nab third-place money. Shouldaknownbetter--who qualified at Woodbine on June 12 and then trotted to 1:57 in his pari-mutuel debut--now has $25,550 in career earnings.   This fine youngster was bred by the Gbw breeding farms and is the fourth foal out of the Amigo Hall mare Lexis Electra 5, 1:59h ($86,195), and is a half-brother to TT's D-Jay (by Dejarmbro) 6, 1:54.3 ($98,447) and Urs Ifu Want It (by Uncle Peter) 2,Q, 2:04.3s ($15,674). Perron proved to be much the best as the 6-5 favorite for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in the final OSS division for trotting colts and geldings, stopping the timer in 1:58.4. The son of My MVP is trained by Chris Beaver for Steve Stewart, Paul Kelly Racing, Black Creek Farm and V. Wagler and was making his pari-mutuel debut. Panzano got up to be second for Brett Miller with 5-2 Fire Cross third for Kayne Kauffman. Perron is the first foal out of the Credit Winner mare Long Island Tea 4, 1:54.3s ($112,714).   Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Saturday night, July 4 at Scioto Downs with one division for 3-year-old pacing fillies. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator  

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