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Lansing, Mich. -- All eight Michigan Sire Stakes winners swept as champions of their respective divisions for the 2019 Michigan stakes season, as announced on Friday (Nov. 8) by the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association.   Breeder Libby Myers accounted for four of the divisional champions: 2-year-old pacing filly Vicious Circle, 2-year-old trotting gelding Suzygottanewheart, 3-year-old trotting filly You Go Girlygirl, and 3-year-old pacing filly Lady Medusa.   Vicious Circle, whom Myers co-owns with trainer Kelly Goodwin, won 10 of her 11 stakes assignments this season and took her mark of 1:58.2 in the $11,687 Michigan Breeders Futurity at Northville Downs. The daughter of Manhardt and Vivacious Raider earned $54,040 through the Michigan stakes season, the most of any 2- or 3-year-old in action on the Wolverine State circuit.   Suzygottanewheart won five of 10 starts to take top honors among juvenile male trotters for owner-trainer John Goodyear. Carl Putnam Jr. was the primary driver of the Colie's-Abs Super Hall gelding, and they teamed up for a 2:06.4 mark at Northville in the Great Lakes Stakes.   Putnam was also the primary driver of 3-year-old trotting filly You Go Girlygirl, who won four of nine Michigan stakes assignments and took a mark of 2:06.1 at Fowlerville for top seasonal honors in her division. Kent Hess trains the daughter of Colie's for Marjorie Deshetsky.   Lady Medusa rounds out the quartet of champions bred by Myers, having won three of her nine Michigan stakes starts this season and finishing second in three others. Her fastest Michigan mile was a 1:57.3 effort at Northville in the Breeders Futurity, but she since paced 1:54.3 in defeat at Harrah's Hoosier Park. When based in Michigan, Larry Lee Smith drove and Al Tomlinson trained the 3-year-old Manhardt filly for owner Trevor LaFountain.   Matty's Legacy, tops among 3-year-old male pacers, won half of his 10 Michigan starts, won the Michigan Sire Stakes at Northville in 1:58.4, and captured the Great Lakes Stakes by a resounding 45-length margin before being sold to connections in Massachusetts in October. Through the summer stakes campaign, Rick Dobson drove the Alicia Case-bred son of Keystone Rodeo for owner-trainer Monica Krist.   Gemini Eddie won seven of 11 stakes in Michigan this season to take the title among sophomore male trotters. Art McIlmurray was the primary driver of the son of Southwind Russet, who took a 2:00.2 mark in a Northville overnight on Nov. 1, for trainer Kevin St. Charles, owner ECS Racing LLC, and breeder Henry Detweiler.   Two-year-old trotting filly Come On Loretta (Crest-Sher To Be) and freshman pacing colt Gabe The Babe (Manhardt-Bad Noble) each won eight of 11 races during the Colt Stakes season to claim their respective divisional honors. Come On Loretta, who is owned by trainer-driver-breeder Tim Roach in partnership with Larry Elvin, took her 2:05.3 mark at Northville by way of a 33-1/2 length win in the Great Lakes Stakes. Oscar Sievert homebred Gabe The Babe's fastest win came in 1:59.3 in the Michigan Sire Stakes, and Chuck Taylor served as his primary driver for trainer Jeff Rowley.   The eight Michigan divisional champions and their connections will be recognized at the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association's annual banquet and awards ceremony, scheduled to take place on Jan. 25, 2020, at the Johnson Center on the campus of Cleary University in Howell, Mich.   From the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association

WASHINGTON, PA, June 21, 2018 -- He was unraced at 2 and enjoyed only modest success on the Ohio fairs circuit at 3. But Stride Of Pride has blossomed as an older harness racing horse. In fact, he'll be seeking his third straight victory in Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. The 5-year-old Manhardt-Apple B gelding leaves from post 6 in race 3 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., his pilot in both his recent victories. Saturday's card also features a pair of total-pool guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 9-13) -- as well as a $3,949.20 jackpot for the Super High 5 (race 13). In addition, Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred ever with more than $7.5 million in lifetime earnings, tries again for career victory 100 (race 11, post 9). First post is 1:05 PM. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and RTC Stables purchased Stride Of Pride privately last September a few months after observing him at Northfield Park. Recalls trainer Ron Burke: "We watched him get to the half in 53 and still hang on to win. You don't see that very often. We approached the owners, but they said they had no interest in selling. A couple months later they got back to us, named their price and we were more than glad to buy him. "He got sore, so we gave him a little break. He's been super since then. I don't know if he's racing any better now, but I think he's had more opportunities in better spots." Stride Of Pride won 11 races last year and took his mark of 1:49.3 two weeks go. But perhaps the most pleasant surprise about his development, Burke says, is his growing versatility. "That's the part I really like about him," Burke says. "I thought he might have been a 'full-speed' horse but didn't know if we could race him off the pace. Now that we can, it makes him a little more dangerous." He indicated Stride Of Pride will continue to race at The Meadows in the immediate future but may shift to Yonkers later in the year. Saturday's program offers a number of fan-centric activities. The "Rockin' on the Rail" series of Saturday live concerts continues with a performance by Tony Janflone, Jr. The music begins on the apron at the conclusion of the races. The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will host "Harness Racing Bingo" and offer paddock tours and starting gate rides. Fore more information or to participate, stop by the MSOA information table in the Racebook. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 16, 2018 -- Stride Of Pride busted out of jail at the top of the lane and went on to capture his second straight victory in Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Stride Of Pride was third into the final turn but in tight quarters along the cones. When Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. angled him wide off the pylons, the 5-year-old Manhardt-Apple B gelding brushed past Reggiano, who raced well first over, and downed him by a neck in 1:50.3. Rock The Nite shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Stride Of Pride, who extended his career bankroll to $146,627, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and RTC Stables. Mike Wilder and Wrenn each collected three wins on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

My Tweed Heart (Manhardt) scored her first win in the local harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Friday night. Making just her second start at the Spa, the Kyle Spagnola-trained four year old had to work hard every step of the way on Friday night as she was pressured throughout the mile. My Tweed Heart put up sizzling fractions of 27.1 and 55 in the first half while parking out last week's Open winner Little Santamonica. The race's favorite Her Own Land (Mark Beckwith) made a three-wide move and drew alongside My Tweed Heart before those two had a tug of war throughout the final quarter of the mile paced in 1:53.2. My Tweed Heart held on to win by a neck and returned $7.00 to win in the $13,000 Fillies and Mares Open. The exacta with the favorite second paid $15.20 while the triple with Albany Girl (Stephane Bouchard) third came back $46.80. My Tweed Heart was driven to victory by Frank Coppola Jr. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

When 25-1 longshot Wiggler captured her $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes division Saturday night (July 2) in a career best 1:53.2 at Scioto Downs, it made Terry Saffran a very happy man. Terry, a Toledo, OH resident, owns the daughter of Mr Wiggles-Do Me Freedom-Keystone Raider in partnership with Suzanne Bates of Gibsonburg, OH. "I had harness horses years ago--back in the early 1990s," Terry said. "But early last Spring I got the itch to get back into the business so I contacted Tyler (trainer Bates) and told him I was interested in getting a horse." In May 2015, Terry and Tyler went to the Spring Blooded Horse Sale at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. "I liked the looks of this filly and when I saw her breeding, I liked her even more," Terry recalled. "I felt like we stole her for what we paid for her." Thirty-seven hundred dollars later, Terry put his new filly on the trailer. "I'm a big fan of Mr Wiggles," Terry admitted. "To me, he's a stallion who has it all. In addition to being a top racehorse, he's got great breeding. So I was very excited to have a filly by him." Terry raced his filly last summer at the fairs, where she was winless all season, but thought enough of her to put her in the $35,811 Ohio Breeders 2-year-old Filly Championship at Delaware, where she finished a game third in 1:57. "She raced huge in there and that's when I thought she'd be a very good filly this year," Terry said. "Sometimes trainers throw out the horses they don't think are going to make it to the stakes early in their careers and a guy like me gets lucky later on." Terry has indeed been lucky with Wiggler, now a robust 3-year-old. After earning $11,174 last season, she's amassed an additional $37,920 this year with a 3-1-1 record in ten starts. With Jeff Nisonger at the lines in her OSS triumph, Wiggler rallied from the back of the pack to prevail impressively by a length over rivals Hooray For Hazel (Dan Noble) and Clarebear (Peter Wrenn). "When I saw the time at the half (:54.3) and then the three-quarters (1:23.2), I knew she was going to be flying home," Terry said. "She made a big move in that last turn." Wiggler brushed home in :28.4 with Nisonger sitting chilly in the sulky. "I give all the credit to Tyler (trainer Bates) for getting this filly to where she is today," Terry stressed. "This filly was just colt sore last season and Tyler is very patient. He gave her a lot of time off over the winter to mature and it's paid off. Her breeding has really shown through too." Brenda Teague was all smiles as well when her charge Miss Me Yet prevailed in a new lifetime clocking of 1:53.2 in the first $40,000 OSS division. Brenda, who harnessed the daughter of I'm Gorgeous for her brother George Teague, Jr., and the Teague Racing Partnership of Boynton Beach, FL, said the filly was just getting over a bout with sickness, but that "she raced her guts out tonight." Driven by Randy Tharps, Miss Me yet took advantage of a speed duel by Big Bad Ashley (Jeremy Smith) and She Gone (Chris Page), using a :28.4 final brush to win by a length. John's One Desire (Kayne Kauffman) got up for second, while She Gone held on for third. "That :26.4 third quarter took its toll on the other horses and Miss Me Yet benefitted from the second-over trip," Tharps noted. Miss Me Yet, who was bred by Fannin Racing and George Teague, Jr., pushed her seasonal earning to $33,360 and career earnings to $226,985 with the victory, the sixth of her career in 18 starts. Gorgeous Road, the 8-5 favorite in the third $40,000 OSS division, looked every bit a champion as she cruised to a front-stepping 1:54.4 triumph for co-owner/driver Kurt Sugg. Conditioned and co-owned by Cory Deyermand of Dorset, OH, along with Patricia Nappi of Jefferson, OH, the daughter of I'm Gorgeous picked up her fourth victory of the season, as she bested her rivals by 2¼ lengths. Gorgeous Road now has $51,568 in her 2016 coffers and $73,401 in her career bankroll. She was bred by Spring Haven Farm and Doug Millard Holdings USA. Given a perfect steer by Josh Sutton, My Tweed Heart captured the fourth and final $40,000 OSS test for sophomore pacing fillies. The daughter of Manhardt-Tweedle D was sent off as the public's 1-2 favorite and used a garden trip behind eventual second-place finisher Ohsowigglesspecial to notch her fifth victory of the season. Bred by Stanley Swango III of Florida, the Jim Dailey-trained lass is owned by Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, OH and Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH. My Tweed Heart upped her seasonal earnings to $73,950 with this latest win and lifetime she's amassed $206,202 from eight triumphs in 13 career starts. Ohio Sires Stakes continue this evening with 14 divisions of 2-year-old trotting and pacing fillies at Northfield Park, with a post time of 6 pm, ET. Another 16 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 2-year-old trotting and pacing colts will be contested Monday afternoon with a 2 pm, ET, post at Scioto Downs. by Kimberly A. Rinker, for the OSDF  

LEBANON, OH. - Despite the fact Safe From Terror had won three of the last five $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open paces at Miami Valley Raceway, all as an odds-on favorite, the faithful thought her assigned No. 9 post position might be insurmountable and dispatched the razor-sharp 4-year-old at odds of 7-2. Driver Chris Page, however, didn't believe the task was too daunting and worked out a trip that resulted in Safe From Terror emerging from a stretch cavalry charge to again reach the wire first-this time in 1:52.4. Aqua Artist (Kyle Ater), the longest shot in the 10-horse field at 61-1, raced gamely to finish second with favored Addy's Way (Dan Noble) the third to trip the beam. Safe From Terror was purchased at the Harrisburg sale last Fall by Winchester Baye Acres and has paid handsome early dividends. The daughter of Western Terror, who is being pointed towards the $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial Grand Circuit race at Miami Valley on closing day (May 8), has earned $67,640 already this year for her new owners and over $551,000 lifetime. A trio of James K. Hackett Memorial elimination divisions, featuring Ohio-sired sophomore pacing fillies, were also contested with the top three finishers from each $10,000 split advancing to next Friday night's $35,000 championship event. My Tweed Heart (Josh Sutton) captured the first elim in a track-record equaling time of 1:53.1 for sophomore fillies. The Carl Atley-owned daughter of Manhardt, who made $132,252 as a freshman, topped It's Your Fantasy (Dan Noble) and Clarebear (Kayne Kauffman). Jim Dailey conditions the winner, who now boasts five wins in her first eight career starts. JL Wonder Woman (Kayne Kauffman) picked a good time to break her maiden, winning the second division in 1:54 for trainer and part-owner Scott Mogan and his partners. The Feelin Friskie lass bested Feelin Lilly (Chris Page) and Big Bad Bertha (Dan Noble) to advance to the 'Big Dance' next week. The final elimination was garnered by She Gone (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) in 1:55.4, benefitting from soft early fractions and upsetting Queen Ann M (Chris Page) and Im Feelin Fine (Josh Sutton). Trainer Brian Brown also co-owns the winner, who is now two-for-two since returning from winter training in Florida recently. Driver Dan Noble had the hottest hand on Friday winning five heats. Noble's successes came behind Igotafeelinfran, Yankee's Lady, Lindysbathinbeauty, Edita Hanover and Herzon. From the Miami Valley Media Deaprtment

WILKES-BARRE PA - Iwillmakeyousaywow parlayed a pocket trip into a new lifetime mark of 1:51 in the fastest of three $15,000 divisions of the Bobby Weiss Series for male pacers Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, while in the distaff section, also with three cuts, Candy Corn Hanover proved most photogenic - barely -- to take her division and keep her Weiss and career records unblemished after three starts.   Last week Iwillmakeyousaywow, a first week Weiss winner, drew post eight against Midnight Lightning and saw that foe rush by late for a 1:51 decision and two straight Weiss wins. This week the Manhardt gelding Iwillmakeyousaywow, who had the 4-5* mutuel confidence of the wagerers, parlayed a draw inside of "Lightning" into a pocket trip behind that one, snapped out nearing headstretch, and gained into 55.1 - 27.2 back numbers to won by a half-length over a late-closing Maxdaddy Blue Chip, with Midnight Lightning holding for third.   Iwillmakeyousaywow, a four-year-old Todd Buter trainee, now has four wins in 2016 and 15 in a career which saw him the Michigan program's champion at two and three. Tyler Buter handled sulky duties behind the talented pacer, whom he co-owns with Gene Oldford Farms LLC, Lynette Buter, and James Marion.   The other two divisions carried the common themes of driver Scott Zeron, sire Bettor's Delight, and the winners rallying from the pocket as the second choice to take a new lifetime mark. First to fit that script was the four-year-old gelding Perfect Bet, who just caught pacesetting favored Sentencing Memo by the shortest possible margin in 1:51.2. Perfect Bet made his first Weiss start a winning one for trainer Jeffrey Smith and owner Aimee Scheid.   In the other cut, Options Are Adream entered the race perfect in eight career starts, the last two in Weiss competition, but the "Dream" was shattered early when the horse made a break before the start and was five lengths off the last horse at the word "go."   Zeron had sent the sophomore gelding Bettor Memories, a first leg Weiss winner, to the early lead, then let Options Are Adream complete a daring last-to-first second quarter move to sit the pocket behind a horse who had used a tremendous amount of energy. When tipped out of the two-hole nearing headstretch, Bettor Memories was full of pace and lowered his mark a tick to 1:51.4 for trainer Nifty Norman and owner Gus Dovi. Options Are Adream tired to fourth.   On the distaff side, Candy Corn Hanover made it 3-for-3, in both Weiss Series action and in her career, but the pocket rocket almost got defused by Southwind Tango, who set the pace and just missed beating the victorious Dragon Again filly by a nose in 1:53.4. Anthony Napolitano guided the 1-5 favorite "Candy Corn" to victory for trainer Travis Alexander and the Fiddler's Creek Stables. (For the other side of the Anthony Napolitano mutuel coin, read on.)   American Image had been third, then second in her first two Weiss starts, and carried the logical progession through to a new lifetime mark of 1:52.3 in taking her division, though not all of the bettors noticed the "logical progession" as she was dismissed at 14-1 odds. Sitting third on the rail most of the way, the Rockin Image filly got room in the famed Pocono Pike to register a neck tally for the father/son team of driver Marcus and trainer Erv Miller, and her owners: Paymaq Racing, George Golemes, Red Barn Stable, and Louis Willinger.   "Miller" and "longshot" were also the watchwords in the third female Weiss action; this time it was driver Brett Miller and 9-1 shot She Can Cruise circling from second-over to just catch pacesetting favorite Black Widow Baby in the shadow of the wire to take a maiden mark of 1:54.2. Chris Ryder conditions the Yankee Cruiser filly for owners Philip and Dana Steinberg.   In sum, the Weiss Series was quite a spectacle Sunday at Pocono - the winning margins in the six races were nose / nose / neck / 1¼ lengths / ½ length / head.   Majo Just Do It came from sixth at the stretch call in the second race this evening and just did it to the wire and the winners circle, taking a neck decision while paying the longest dividend for a $2 win bet here this year, $197.00. It's not often you get 97-1 odds on the second-leading driver at your track, but The Downs' scattered faithful received that return for backing Anthony Napolitano, second behind his brother George here and also second in wins at The Meadowlands.   Monday's action, starting at 6:30 p.m., will be highlighted by the second round preliminary of the Weiss Series for trotting males, with four $15,000 divisions set to go.   From the PHHA

Iwillmakeyousaywow lived up to his name, winning one of five $15,000 divisions of the first round of the Bobby Weiss Series for 3-4YO pacing males in 1:51.4 during the first Sunday harness racing card of the season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   How does a horse record his 14th career win on March 29 in a series whose entry condition is "non-winners of two pari-mutuel races life as of January 1"? You do it primarily by being a tough horse on the Michigan Fair Circuit at two and three, which Iwillmakeyousaywow was, winning his championship event both seasons without anybody cashing a winning ticket on him through his sophomore final. The son of Manhardt, now four, came east and showed a 1:54 tally at Yonkers, but Sunday he lowered his lifetime mark by over two seconds, rattling off splits of 26.1, 55, and 1:23.1 despite the temperature being one degree above freezing in winning by 8 1/2 lengths for driver Tyler Buter, trainer Todd Buter, and owner Kelly Goodwin and Libby Myers.   Options Are Adream visited the winner's circle for the seventh time in his life after a 1:52.1 mile in another cut, but the answer to "How'd he do that given the series conditions?" is easier - he was unraced at two, but this year at three he is making up for lost time. The altered son of If I Can Dream had won six in a row at Dover, but wasn't accorded favoritism upon coming to the Downs, going off as the 2-1 second choice to 7-5 chalk Rollaroundtheworld, who had won his only previous start in 1:52.3 at The Meadowlands. Something had to give in the battle of the two undefeated horses, and Options Are Adream used a 27.1 third quarter to brush to the lead and then fend off his main foe by a half-length for driver Corey Callahan, trainer Richard Lewis, and owners David Banks and Layfield Horses LLC.   In another highly-anticipated battle, the Bettor's Delight sophomore gelding Bettor Memories, coming off a 1:52 Meadowlands win, got the early jump on recent 1:52.4 Downs winner Settlemoir after leaving from a better post, and then kept him at bay in a 56.1 back half to win by 1¾ lengths in 1:52.4. Scott Zeron sulky sat for trainer Nifty Norman and owner Gus Dovi.   The Sportswriter four-year-old gelding Maxdaddy Blue Chip won a qualifier at Philadelphia on Tuesday, and that was a winning formula to have him ready for his seasonal bow five days later, as he brushed to the lead early then held off favored Sentencing Memo in 1:52.2 for driver Brett Miller, trainer Keith Armer, and the Fred Monteleone Stable LLC.   Midnight Lightning, coming off three checkgetting efforts in the Sagamore Hills Series at Yonkers, didn't let a first-over trip bother him as he won easily in the last cut for males in 1:52.2. Matt Kakaley handled driving duties behind the four-year-old Camluck gelding for trainer Shaun Vallee, who is also co-owner with D P V Racing Stable.   There were also four $15,000 first prelim events for the female Weiss counterparts, and driver David Miller came out of the box hot, winning the first two divisions - one with 24-1 shot, and the other a 2-5 favorite.   In the first race of the night, Miller posted the big upset with Some Fancy Filly, proving the strongest in the last eighth to take a maiden mark of 1:53.2 by a half length over the favored Mystery Writer. Speaking of mysteries, how a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of a two-year-old divisional champion (Fancy Filly), trained by the only conditioner to guide a baby pacing filly to Horse of the Year honors (Nancy Johansson with JK She'salady) could pay $50, even in her sophomore seasonal bow, is puzzling, but her backers are happy with their return, and the winner's owners, Courant A B, now have a filly pacing back to her pedigree.   Miller took the next cut in a more conventional manner, sending the Bettor's Delight filly Southwind Tango to the lead in the second quarter and rolling home with the chalk from there to take a race mark of 1:54.4. Trainer Chris Ryder saw his own filly make a satisfying 2016 debut.   A first-time starter also reported home in 1:53.2 in upset fashion in another Weiss female cut, as the Dragon Again filly Candy Corn Hanover proved a sweet treat to her scattered 15-1 backers, rallying to win by a nose over favored Albany Girl for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Travis Alexander, and the Fiddler's Creek Stables LLC.   The final female cut saw favored Winners Over get sire Bettor's Delight a third siring credit in Weiss competition Sunday, being the "last horse to the top" at the 3/8 and then fending off a good challenge by Pandaman Sea in the last 1/8 to lower her speed badge to 1:53.4. Mike Simons guided the victorious filly for trainer Michael Sinclair and owner Brianne Good, and hinted she may eventually wind up in the lofty class whose name she bears.   ***   On Tuesday the female trotters will take to the track for their first Weiss Series action, while six days later their male counterparts will race their first Weiss preliminary on the track's inaugural Monday card of the season.   Pocono / PHHA

Louisville, KY --- She arrived in Jim Dailey’s shedrow from a combination of luck, faith and hope. Although one never knows exactly what to expect in this sport and can easily be disappointed by a twist of fate, My Tweed Heart has not only satisfied her harness racing connections, she has thrilled them. “I cannot take any of the credit for making her into the horse she is,” said Dailey. “That all goes to Tye Loy. We are the same age and I’ve known him for years. He bought her as a baby and brought her along. She was ready when I got her because he is an excellent horseman and I completely trusted him.” The now 3-year-old daughter of Manhardt and the Towner’s Big Guy mare Tweedle D was a $2,500 yearling purchase on behalf of Loy. Her ownership was then transferred to Carl Atley when he signed a check for a much larger sum after the filly’s impressive debut victory in Ohio Sire Stakes company on July 3 at Northfield Park. In her first season of competition, My Tweed Heart banked $132,252, amassed a record of 6-3-2-1 and set her speed standard of 1:54 at Scioto Downs on Aug. 5. My Tweed Heart is the fifth foal out of her dam and to date is the only one of Tweedle’s D’s offspring to earn a check. That mare collected just under $300,000 during her racing career and was managed as a youngster by Jim Arledge. “I always liked the filly’s mother,” Dailey said. “Jim trained her and I helped him out with her. I actually had her for a little bit and enjoyed driving her. She is a big, strong mare and very nicely gaited. Whenever you are around a horse you like in that way, you always look forward to seeing what kind of babies they have. Before this filly she did not have anything that worked out, but when we heard there was a filly out of her for sale I was excited because I thought maybe she had produced something like herself. When I looked at this filly I was immediately pleased.” Unfortunately, Dailey had to scratch My Tweed Heart from her first engagement under his tutelage. The filly was sick and could not appear in her $40,000 Ohio Sire Stakes event on July 25. All the people associated with her were dismayed, but their emotions were soon bolstered after Kayne Kauffman steered her to victory in an Ohio State Fair race at Scioto Downs the following week. “I was definitely upset when we had to scratch her out of that race,” Dailey said. “But what can you do? Carl (Atley) and I went to high school together and have run around with each other ever since. We were very excited about racing her and when something like that happens you hope you don’t end up encountering other problems. Also, because of my relationship with Carl, I didn’t want him to be dissatisfied after he just got her. Thankfully, that is the only real bump in the road we have had with her. She is a very sound filly and we really thought we had an excellent chance to win the Sire Stakes final with her.” After capturing her first two trips for Dailey and Atley, My Tweed Heart was third in an OSS race at Scioto Downs on Sept. 4 in a blanket finish. Her next appearance was the following week in the $225,000 Sire Stakes final and the filly came up just shy of catching winner Miss Me Yet in the stretch. Her final performance of 2015 was in a $35,811 division of the Ohio Breeders Championship for her age, gait and gender. Once again she could not overhaul the same rival prior to the wire and finished second. “She flattened out in those two starts,” Dailey said. “She was a little sick for both of them and that race in (Columbus -- the third place finish on Sept. 4) took her edge off. That trip was hard on her and she did not bounce back for the final quite like we had hoped. We really liked our chances to win that race and the one at Delaware, but we were very proud of her to race as well as she did on both occasions. She certainly did not disgrace herself and in fact, put forth a very nice effort just to be second in that Delaware race. Nothing went right for her from the start and she made up so much ground just to finish where she did. Of course you always want to win, but when horses race like that you are always pleased with it.” With her winter vacation now officially over, My Tweed Heart is currently being prepared for her sophomore season. “She has not grown any taller, but she has filled out and physically matured,” Dailey said. “She always has an excellent attitude and she enjoys racing. Because she has been so good to us, we also took a chance on her younger sister Tweedledtweedledum. That filly is by Art Official. “I have not really developed an opinion on these Art Official horses yet, but like My Tweed Heart this filly has done everything right training down. She has the same mindset and she is very nicely gaited. We are really excited about both of them racing this year and are looking very much forward to participating with them in the Ohio program. It’s always a great feeling when you have horses like these that are competitive and have some quality. Especially when they are connected to people like Carl and Tye, who I have had relationships with for quite some time.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

The first leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing freshman pacing and trotting colts will be contested Saturday afternoon at Scioto Downs, with a first post scheduled for 2 pm, ET. A total of 92 youngsters passed through the entry box, necessitating five $40,000 pacing divisions and five $40,000 trotting divisions. All but a handful of these colts and geldings will be making their career debuts. Trotters vie early on the program, beginning with the first race. Lone Valley Sam and Lionbacker Kidd both appear ready for their respective connections. Lone Valley Sam, a bay son of Iron Duke, scored a pair of solid qualifiers-the first a winning 2:06 clocking at Delaware on June 10 and the second a second-place finish in 2:01.3 at Scioto on June 22. Trained and driven by Chris Page, Lone Valley Sam was a $2,000 yearling purchase at the 2014 Blooded Horse Sale. Rival Lionbacker Kidd's credentials include back-to-back winning qualifying efforts at Northfield Park-on June 11 (2:05.2) and on June 25 (2:03). This gelded son of Lionhunter will be harnessed by Joseph Kramp for owner Jeffrey Kidd of Hartville, OH. In the second OSS division (Race 2) Forever Worth It just might be, as he comes into this event with back-to-back winning Northfield qualifiers to his credit. The first, on June 18, saw him score in 2:00.1 and the second, on June 25, saw him pace in 1:58.1, with an impressive :28 final brush. Trained by Scot Cox, this son of Stand Forever is owned by Miracle Meadows LLC of Columbus, OH and Jason Ash of Delaware, OH. As well, Kathleen Prickett's Budman, a son of Manhardt, also has a pair of winning qualifiers to his name. On June 15 he tripped the timer in 1:58.1 and on June 22 he was clocked in 1:56.2 with his trainer Jeff Nisonger in the bike. In the third $40,000 OSS division (Race 3), two of the ten entrants will be looking for their second career victories. Kanthaka comes off a maiden victory in a Meadow's $7,500 overnight on June 23, when he paced in 1:58, besting his rivals by 3¼ lengths. The son of Triumphant Caviar is trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver and Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH. Also looking for his second straight triumph in this race is Esther Crownover's Nobletucky Joe, a son of Victory Sam who scored an impressive, 33¾ length victory in a $4,440 Ohio Fair Stake on June 21 at Circleville. This bay gelding is trained by Steve Carter. Chips So Fast headlines the fourth OSS division (Race 5) from post six for trainer Ryan Angus. This Chip Chip Hooray youngster brings a trio of Northfield Park qualifying efforts into this $40,000 test. Owned by Mark Moger of New Hope, PA and Albert Delta, Jr. of Newtown, PA, Chips So Fast has been clocked in 2:05.1, 2:02.3 and 2:01-finishing a strong second each time. This same event sees Triumphant's Chip trying for his second straight victory, having won a $4,440 Ohio Fair Stake at Circleville on June 21 in 2:07.2 for driver Tyler Smith and trainer Steve Carter. Conditioner Scott Cox will harness War College in the fifth $40,000 OSS division (Race 13) for the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH and G. Peters of Akron. This Trainforthefuture gelding has a trio of qualifiers to his credit-the last on June 25 in a respectable 2:02.2 clocking. Also impressive in his recent qualifiers was Another Breath, who paced to a pair of winning miles at Scioto Downs on June 15 (in 2:03) and June 22 (in 2:01.2). The five, $40,000 pacing divisions get started later on the card, beginning with Race 10. First time starter Beligerent, a son of Mantacular who is owned and trained by Fred Huff, Jr. of Jackson, OH, posted a 1:58.2 qualifier at Scioto Downs on June 15, the fastest winning clocking of any youngster in this nine-horse field. Karen McGraw's Whiskey Friskie, a son of Feelin Friskie, also posted a winning time of 2:05.1 en route to winning a $4,440 Ohio Fair Stake at Circleville on June 21, while Miller Racing Stable's Donald Doc won a similar stake at Ottawa on June 24, timed in 2:04.2 for the one mile test. Trainer John Oliverio sends out Feelin Lucky in rein to Josh Sutton in the second $40,000 OSS division (Race 11) for pacing colts from post five. This Feelin Friskie gelding scored a winning 1:56.3 score on June 25 at the Meadows. Whataboy, who hails from the Virgil Morgan, Jr. Stable, posted a 1:57.3 winning effort in a Scioto Downs qualifier on June 22. This son of Big Bad John will have Chris Page at the lines for his pari-mutuel debut. Morgan will then harness Primo Giovanni, another Big Bad John colt, in the third $40,000 OSS division (Race 12). Owned by Carl Howard of Hilliard, OH, Primo Giovanni will start from post eight and most recently was timed in 1:58.3 when finishing third in a Scioto qualifier on June 22. Prior to that effort, he had won his qualifying debut on June 15 in a sporty 2:02.3, with an impressive :27.4 final brush. Another son of Big Bad John, Aloha John won a Northfield qualifier on June 25 in 1:59 for trainer Eric Hamlet, who owns the gelding in partnership with Michael Osborne, of Mentor, OH. Three sons of Big Bad John have winning scores to their credit in the fourth $40,000 OSS division (Race 14). Big Bad Cam and Prince Giovanni both took marks in their qualifiers-the former at Hoosier Park in 1:58.2 on June 13 and the latter on June 15 at Scioto Downs in 2:00.3, while Au Naturel was timed in 1:58.4 in his qualifier at Scioto on June 8. World Of Gaming, a son of World of Rocknroll, brings a pair of solid tries into this race, with a victory on June 21 at Circleville in 2:04.1 and on June 29 in a Scioto qualifier when he paced in 1:58.3 after drawing away from his rivals by four lengths. The final $40,000 division for OSS pacing colts (Race 15) sees Dash Of Grace looking for his second straight pari-mutuel victory. The son of Feelin Friskie captured a Northfield Park $3,000 overnight on June 24 in 1:58, winning by four lengths in a near wire-to-wire triumph. Kurt Sugg drives for trainer-owner Kurt Lepley of Mt. Vernon, OH. Trainer Jeff Nisonger will be in the sulky behind his Rockys World, a son of World Of Rocknroll who scored a 1:58.2 qualifier on June 15 before posting a 1:57.2 score on June 22-both at Scioto Downs. Friskie Cruiser, who hails from the powerful Brian Brown Stable, will make his pari-mutuel debut against these from post two. This son of Feelin Friskie paced to a winning 1:59.4 in a Delaware qualifier on June 19. OSS action continues for 2-year-old trotting colts with the second leg of this series set for Northfield Park on July 24. Pacing colts will vie on July 25 at Scioto. Third leg action for both gaits will be raced Aug. 21 at Northfield Park, while fourth leg contests will be held Sept. 5 at Scioto Downs. The $225,000 Championship events for all the 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, during Scioto Down's Super Night. Kimberly A. Rinker Ohio State Racing Commission

The Harness Racing Museum is pleased to announce an exceptional roster of stallions for the 2015 breeding auction.   By state and gait Ohio's trotting sires are Cash Hall, Jurgen Hanover, Stormin Normand, Triumphant Caviar and Valley Victor. The pacing gait is represented by Big Bad John, Charlie Barley, Cheyenne Rei, Dragon Again, McArdle, Mister Big, Panspacificflight, Running Book, Shark Gesture, Western Vintage, We Will See, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser.   New York trotters available for service are Conway Court, Lucky Chucky and Manningly with pacers Heston Blue Chip and Lislea.   Pennsylvania provides trotter Winning Mister and pacer Tuffofthetoughest.   Ontario is represented by trotting sires Angus Hall, Glidemaster and Holiday Road and pacing stallions Betterthancheddar and Big Jim.   Maryland trotters available are Charlie De Vie, Four Starz Robro, Groton Hall and Holy Guacamolie, while The Fraternity Pan, Totally Western and Up Front Charlie are pacing stallions offered.   Indiana offers trotters Encore Encore and Guccio and pacers Always A Virgin and Proper Respect.   Delaware provides trotter Cr Commando and pacing sire Dream Away.   New Jersey offers pacing sire If I Can Dream.   Michigan is represented by trotter Colie's and pacing sire Manhardt.   Illinois provides pacing sire Yankee Skyscaper.   Income raised by the auction, about $607,000 over the past 16 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund and helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans!   For additional information on the auction, to donate breedings, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, development@harnessmuseum.com or visit www.harnessmuseum.com, where updates will also be posted. Bids must be postmarked by February 14, 2015.   The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. For additional information about the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs please call (845) 294-6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com.  

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