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Harness racing trainer Marty Wollam is no stranger to what works with young trotters. The 68-year-old talented trainer-driver--who is in his fifth decade of conditioning Standardbreds-- rarely misses having a few, and in this case, three talented individuals in the Ohio Sires Stakes Championships. Wollam will harness a pair of freshman trotting colts and one sophomore trotting filly in their respective $250,000 championships, set for Saturday, Sept.2 at Scioto Downs. Post time is 6:30 pm. Training at his home facility in Vienna, Ohio, this indefatigable, lifelong horseman has conditioned 1,811 winners, along with 1,800 runner-ups and 1,800 third-place finishers from 11,931 starters to $14,463,130 in career earnings. As a driver, he's amassed $5.676.668 from 1,148 winning steers. Joggingtothebank, a son of Break The Bank K notched his first career victory for Wollam on Aug. 24 in Leg 4 of the OSS series. Owned and bred in partnership by Wollam, along with Dale and Julie Ann Sweet of Toledo and Akron, OH, Joggingtothebank finished under wraps to driver Dan Noble, timed in 1:59.2 at Scioto Downs that evening. "He's got a lot of natural talent," Wollam said. "He's about as willing as can be and you can do anything you want with him. Plus, he has a strong finish in him. In that last start in the sires stakes, once he got his nose in front he hung on. "I raced his dam (Jogging Home, 4, 1:56.4f $182,392)," Wollam continued. "We bought her as a yearling at Harrisburg and she made $95,391 for us as a 2-year-old. This is her first baby." Joggingtothebank has $48,540 in his coffers for his connections thus far from five lifetime starts, and besides his lone victory in the OSS, also has two seconds and one third to his credit. He'll start from post seven in Race 3 with Danny Noble aboard again. Wollam's other charge in this same event is the Full Count colt Count On Cody, who has two wins, three seconds and a third in six career starts and $49,325 bankroll. He won his second leg of OSS action on July 18 at Scioto Downs in near wire-to-wire fashion for driver Jason Brewer, timed in a career best 1:57.1. "I think he hasn't come close to his potential," Wollam stressed. "He's still learning and hopefully he'll be better for Saturday night. He's a big growthy colt and kind of slow learner and the Full Counts tend to get a little anxious early. We've got his ears plugged to help with that, and it just might take him until next year to reach his full potential as a racehorse, but he's a really nice animal with a lot of desire." Bred and co-owned by Acadia Farms of Canfield, OH, along with G&B Racing of New Wilmington, PA, Count On Cody was a strong second to Sultan Of Cash in OSS round three at Northfield on Aug. 7 and third in the fourth leg to In My Dreams. "Both colts are pretty simple overall," Wollam stated. "Their best attributes are that they're both very natural trotters." The hard-headed Purple Sona carries the hopes of Acadia Farms, Dale Sweet and G&B Racing forward from post seven in the $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 3-year-old filly trot. "Her best asset is also her biggest fault," Wollam acknowledges. "She wants to go all the time and gives it everything she's got. She's strong at home and once she gets to the races. Kurt (driver Sugg) does a good job of keeping her relaxed in the post parade. She wears ear plugs to help keep her quiet, but once she gets near the gate and around the other horses she gets very excited." Purple Sona is a Dejarmbo lass, and is the first foal out of the unraced Donato Hanover mare Sonalona. She was a $30,000 yearling purchase at the 2016 Ohio Select Sale. "She's extremely good gaited and once she's off the gait she settles right down," Wollam said. "She was very solid in her last start in the sires stakes." Purple Sona has earned $125,898 lifetime, with $73,037 garnered this season from four wins and five seconds in 12 starts. She captured her OSS Leg 4 handily in a front-stepping 1:57.2 on Aug. 25 at Scioto Downs and gets Sugg in the sulky once again. Despite his many accomplishments, Wollam says he still gets butterflies for the Ohio Sires Stakes Championships. "I still get very nervous and excited and I think all three of these horses belong here," he admitted. "I'm also excited and happy for my son Miles, who has Full Surge in the 3-Year-Old Colt Championship. If you don't still get excited in these big races, you might as well get out." About the Ohio Sires Stakes: Ohio-breds are made eligible to the four-part series--featuring $40,000 purses per divisional leg--divided by age, gait and gender, by their owners with a March 15 payment. In 2017, the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) received 1,148 nominations of 2- and 3-year-old foals sired by Ohio-registered pacing and trotting stallions. The most lucrative of any series for Ohio-bred Standardbreds, the Ohio Sires Stakes saw a 6% gain in nominations from 2016 (1,091 nominees) and a 49% increase of 2015 nominations (774). Horses in the series are awarded points based on where they finish in each of the legs. Accumulated points are totaled after Leg 4, and Championships eligible-youngsters are posted on the Ohio State Racing Commission website (www.racingohio.net). Post time for the Ohio Sires Stakes Championships is 6:30 pm. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Martin "Marty" Wollam, one of the top trainers in the state of Ohio, has been elected as the newest member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He was elected by a vote of the Ohio chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Wollam, 67, has amassed 1,783 training wins, winning 12 Ohio Sire Stakes Championships with such standouts as Full Count, Count Me In, Doink N Doni, Contessa Leigh and Neely's Messenger. He also campaigned Striking Sahbra, the 2008 inductee into the Ohio Horse Hall of Fame, and Caviar Forthe Lady, a Pennsylvania Sire Stake champion and winner of $567,306. As a driver, Wollam made 1,139 trips to the winner's circle. A resident of Vienna, Ohio, Wollam was selected as a 2011 Wall of Fame honoree by his home track, Northfield Park. Wollam will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association banquet in Worthington, Ohio, on Saturday, January 21. For more information on the OHHA banquet please visit ohha.com or call 800.353.6442.  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 25, 2015 -- Rompaway Galaxy moved powerfully first over, collared the leader in mid-stretch and captured Wednesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Rompaway Galaxy was sitting third for Mike Wilder when he set sail after the leader, Lady's Dude, who was seeking his third straight victory. The 4-year-old Rompaway Wally-Rompaway Wynona gelding put away Lady's Dude and held off the Lightning Lane charge of Tall Cotton to down him by a length in 1:54.1. Lady's Dude saved show. Marty Wollam trains Rompaway Galaxy, who now boasts $509,486 in career earnings, for Rompaway Farms. Aaron Merriman, Jim Pantaleano and Wilder each collected three wins on the 15-race card. Live racing resumes Monday at The Meadows following a Thanksgiving break. First post Monday is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 30, 2015 -- Rompaway Galaxy followed cover into the far turn, then brushed wide through the stretch to capture Friday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows as the track kicked off its Fall/Winter harness racing meeting. Rompaway Galaxy was racing at the fifth track in his last seven races, but the 4-year-old Rompaway Wally-Rompaway Wynona gelding showed no signs of road weariness. He shed the faltering cover of Monte Cristo Spur and gobbled up the leader, Lady's Dude, downing him by a neck in 1:55.2. The ground-saving Classicality earned show. Mike Wilder drove for trainer Marty Wollam and owner Rompaway Farms. Wilder piloted four winners on the 15-race card while Dave Palone fashioned a triple. Saturday's 15-race program at The Meadows begins at 11:25 AM to complement the track's simulcast of the Thoroughbred Breeders' Cup. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Showing she's all the way back from a freakish injury, Manhattan Miss blazed home in a stake-record 1:54.4 in Friday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event for 3-year-old filly trotters at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows The stake was conducted over five divisions, with Lilu Hanover, Shewontkissandtell, Love Me Madly and Speak To Me taking the other splits. Dave Palone and trainer Jimmy Takter teamed for a pair of stake victories with Lilu Hanover and Speak To Me. Co-owners Acadia Farms and trainer Marty Wollam consigned Manhattan Miss to the Delaware sale as a yearling but withdrew her when a nasty scar from a leg gash suffered as a weanling appeared to diminish her sale value. The daughter of Broadway Hall-Sneaky Speed raced for the partners at 2, showing talent but breaking problems. They soon discovered the cause of the breaks. Late in her sophomore campaign, her leg disgorged a sizable wood chip left over from the earlier injury. "It took that long for the wood to work itself out," Wollam said. "Since then, she's been good." On Friday, she quarter-poled to the lead for Mike Wilder and downed Alpha Alpha by 3-3/4 lengths, with Murderers Row third. Her time erased the mark of 1:55.2 set last year by Broadway Socks. "We'll race next here in an overnight. Then we may try her in a sires stake," Wollam said. "I wanted to, but my partner didn't. He was right. It worked out well." Lilu Hanover withstood a serious backside challenge from Big Barb and scored in 1:55.4, 1-1/2 lengths better than Global Ice. Big Barb saved show. "She actually welcomed the horse when the horse came to her," Palone said. "She picked me up. I drove her last year and liked her, and she's only become bigger and stronger. She should have a great season." Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld campaign the daughter of Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover, who pushed her career bankroll to $133,455. Shewontkissandtell produced the stake's tote board fireworks when, trailing by 4-1/2 lengths at the top of the stretch and seemingly blocked by a pair of horses, she poured through a gift opening in the Lightning Lane and prevailed in 1:59.2, at 14-1, for Brian Zendt. KB's Big Gainer was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, while Sand C-Four earned show. "Someone ran in the last turn, and I thought I would get some room," Zendt said. "Then two horses moved outside, and I thought I was better off just staying left. Man, I didn't have to worry about her having enough trot. A little luck helps." Lisa Dunn-Adams conditions the homebred daughter of Glidemaster-Caviar And Kisses for Dunn Stable. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, the always-tough Do Me Honor was at it again, coming first over to triumph for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury in 1:52.4. Bad Glamour Girl split horses late for second, 1/2 length behind, while Miss Pinky Pie completed the ticket. The 7-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei-Do Me Right now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $584.198. Saturday's special Preakness Day card at The Meadows features four divisions of The Stenographer, a $193,264 PA Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly trotters. First post is 11:25 AM. Evan Pattak    

LEBANON, OH. - 2015 Ohio Sires Stakes harness racing action kicked off on a warm 71 degree night at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday (May 1) with three $40,000 divisions for three-year-old trotting fillies and two $40,000 divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies. Little Casino (Hugh Beatty Jr.) got things off to a rousing start with a divisional track record 1:58.3 win in the first trotting split. As the betting favorite, Beatty was content to sit fifth in the early going before joining the outer flow just before the half then swinging three-wide at the three-quarter pole and finishing with the best late kick to top Mid Pack (Dan Noble) and Countthechip (Ken Holliday). The winning daughter of Full Count broke her maiden in her only other start this season, but looks poised to make some noise in the division in her sophomore campaign. Owner Duane Lowe conditioned Little Casino as a two-year-old, going winless in a dozen starts but earning $17,221 at Ohio county fairs. She more than doubled her lifetime earnings with the $20,000 win check. The second of the three splits for squaregaiters went to another daughter of Full Count. Student of Life (Kurt Sugg), third choice with the betting public, went gate-to-wire in 1:59.1 to beat Bettys Sam (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) and Uf Cashnmychips (Aaron Merriman). A winner of $65,106 at age two, this Marty Wollam-trainee was making her first start of the year off two qualifiers. She is owned by Acadia Farms and G & B Racing. Little Casino's track record was short-lived as Dark Roast (Kurt Sugg) lowered the standard to 1:58 flat in the third and final O.S.S. split for distaff trotters. The victory solidified a clean sweep of the first leg of the filly trot as Dark Roast is also a daughter of Full Count. She, too, is trained by Marty Wollam and owned by Acadia Farms and G & B Racing. Also entering off a pair of tune-up qualifiers, the $49,043 earner topped Like Old Times (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) and Honey B (Kyle Ater) in the record mile. Bell Flower (Chris Page), after three mediocre qualifiers, returned to her familiar form of 2014, flashing early front-end speed and playing catch-me-if-you-can-which no one could-through a 1:53.1 clocking in the first pacing fillies split. A winner of seven out of eight starts and $164,336 at age two, the daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye was purchased during the off season by Bruce Soulsby, Dean Davis and Carl Howard and entrusted to trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. Favored Friskie Lil Devil (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.), the impressive winner of the James K. Hackett Memorial a week ago, sat the pocket throughout but could not close on Bell Flower in a quick :27.4 closing panel. Feeling Wild (Dan Noble) was best of the rest. Friskie Megan gave driver Hugh Beatty Jr. his second sires stakes victory of the night in the second pacing division, but made mutuel backers even happier with the highest win ticket return in Miami Valley's two-year history. Friskie Megan swung four-wide at the head of the stretch and just nipped E Ticket Ride (Dan Noble) and Karlee Sue (Jason Brewer) in the final strides of a 1:55.3 mile. Trainer Steve Bateson co-owns the Feelin Friskie filly with partner Harold Moore. Campaigned strictly at the fairs in 2014, she made her commercial track debut a whopping success, returning $212.40 for a $2 win ticket. The $19,650 Fillies and Mares Open Pace also produced an upset when 12-1 Betit To Getit (Jason Brewer) triumphed over Skippin By (Josh Sutton) and All Terror (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:52.2, just one-fifth of a second off the track mark for older mares. The season at Miami Valley concludes with programs on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Highlighting the Saturday card, which will begin at 7 p.m. due to the 6:35 Kentucky Derby post time, will be two divisions each of Ohio Sires Stakes action for sophomore colts and a $17,050 Open Pace. The Grand Circuit comes to town on Sunday with older pacing mares competing in the $75,000 Chip Noble Memorial; and older trotters going postward in the $86,500 Miami Valley Distaff. Gregg Keidel

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and Dan Noble will be recognized for their National Dash Driving Championships as part of the Wall of Fame ceremonies at Northfield Park on Sunday, August 10, 2014. The banquet will begin at 5:00 p.m. Wrenn topped the North American driving ranks in 2013 with 714 victories. Dave Palone (645), Bruce Aldrich, Jr. (645), Corey Callahan (619) and Tim Tetrick (582) completed the top five drivers by wins. Despite being a regular at Northfield Park, where he picked up 55% of his 2013 total wins, Wrenn split his time among several different venues last year. In addition to being a regular at Northfield, he drove at Batavia Downs, Buffalo Raceway, Colonial Downs, Monticello Raceway, Northville Downs, Raceway Park, Scioto Downs and several county fairs. Wrenn garnered 388 wins over the Flying Turns in 2013, placing him atop Northfield's leader board. His nearest competitor, Aaron Merriman, drove 234 winners. Keith Kash, Jr. (213), Jason Thompson (196) and Chris Page (193) rounded out the top five local reinsmen. "The dash title is really nice to have been able to accomplish. I have been very lucky and blessed to have driven well-conditioned horses for some great trainers," commented Wrenn. "It means a lot that my Dad was able to see me win the title. That definitely made it more special." Wrenn's father, Ron Sr., passed away in May, 2014. Dan Noble was North America's Dash Champion in 2011. Noble scored 773 victories in 2011, finishing ahead of George Brennan, who had 754 wins. Tim Tetrick (746), Dave Palone (698) and George Napolitano, Jr. (540) followed. Noble scored 56% of his yearly win tally at Northfield, topping the local driver standings by an authoritative margin. With 436 victories, his nearest competitor was Ryan Stahl, who drove 283 winners. Kurt Sugg (252), Wyatt Irvine (223) and Aaron Merriman (196) completed the top five. Winning Northfield's title was not Noble's only accomplishment in 2011. He also claimed the dash titles at Scioto Downs, The Red Mile and Lebanon Raceway's spring meet. Noble's busy 2011 season meant a lot of travel. "It was a long year to pursue the dash title, but I'm really glad I did it," Noble commented. Dan's father, Sam (Chip) Noble III, who was the national UDRS driving champion in 1978, 1981 and 1983, had the joy of witnessing his son's feat before his death from cancer in January of this year. Northfield Park's Wall of Fame Banquet is a triennial event. Candidates are nominated and considered by the Wall of Fame Trustees: Tom Aldrich, Vice-Chairman of Milstein Entertainment; Jerry Knappenberger, General Manager of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association; Ayers Ratliff, Northfield Park Director of Racing Communications and Assistant Director of Racing. Once a consensus is reached among the trustees, additional input and final approval is sought from the Wall of Fame Advisory Committee consisting of Scott Cox, Northfield Park OHHA Track Director; Amy Hollar, Northfield Park OHHA Track Representative; Tye Loy, 2010 Wall of Fame Inductee; Kent Sherman, Trainer/Driver At Large OHHA Board Member; Clair Unholtz, 2004 Wall of Fame Inductee; Martin Wollam, 2010 Wall of Fame Inductee; Dave Bianconi, Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting; and Mike Colacarro, Northfield Park Assistant General Manager. Other presentations at the August 10th event will be made to the Class of 2013 Wall of Fame Inductees, the Distinguished Owner, and the winners of the John Lee Good Fellowship, Willie C. Banks Ideal Employee, and Outstanding Caretaker Awards. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Thousands of people headed out to Scioto Downs Racino for harness racing's "Back to the Track" on Saturday evening. Four Ohio Sire Stakes races, three opens and an invitational race highlighted the racing card, while other activities were going on throughout the racetrack.

Contessa Leigh and MJs Victory Wish, both winners in Ohio Sires Stakes trotting action in early May, square off on Saturday night (June 8) at Scioto Downs as four divisions of state-bred races highlight the 14-race harness racing card. There will be two divisions of trotting and pacing sophomore fillies in action.

Contessa Leigh turned her first start of the 2013 harness racing season into an exhibition mile as she won the opening division of the Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore trotting fillies by 19-3/4 lengths at Lebanon Raceway on Friday night (May 3).

Contessa Leigh is practically a member of the family for Marty Wollam. The 63-year-old Ohio harness racing horseman trained and raced both her sire Full Count and her grandsire Striking Sahbra as well as her dam Howl. He also trained her older brother Count Me In, a top Ohio Sires Stakes performer in recent years.

One lucky bettor had to be smiling when the horses crossed the finish line in Friday's (January 18) harness racing's 15th race at Northfield Park. My Sweet Lorelei (38-1) won, Sweetie Sue Cam (48-1) finished second and Its A Sham (90-1) showed. The 4-7-8 combination returned $14,583.60 for the $1.00 Trifecta wager.

A pair of Ohio harness racing homebreds captured the two Ohio Breeders Championships Tuesday afternoon (September 18) at the Delaware County Fair. Frozen Troubador won the $25,700 2YO Colt Trot and Contessa Leigh captured the $30,650 2-YO Filly Trot.

Countess Leigh was the most dominant harness racing winner among the eight Ohio Sires Stakes finals contested as part of Ohio Super Night at Scioto Downs on Saturday. Eight $100,000 finals were contested.

Ohio Sires Stakes harness racing highlighted Northfield Park's Friday (August 31) program where two-year-old filly pacers and trotters squared off. The fillies raced in their final leg of the 2012 juvenile match-ups, presenting their last chance to earn points for the Ohio Sires Stakes Championships. The championships will be held at Scioto Downs in Columbus on Saturday, September 8.

Ohio Sires Stakes harness racing action will top Northfield Park's Saturday (September 1) program, when two-year-old colt and gelding pacers and trotters are featured. They race in the fourth and last preliminary leg of the 2012 Ohio Sires Stakes, their last chance to earn points to be eligible to the OSS Finals. Those championships will be held at Scioto Downs in Columbus on Saturday, September 8, 2012.

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