Two weeks ago Bob "the Lumberman" Troyer and Heza Rube coupled-up to score Billings victory at Miami Valley Raceway and Saturday night (May 11) they returned to the winners circle, this time at Northfield Park, with another harness racing victory under their belts. But it took a gutsy trip by the 6-year-old Master Lavec gelding to get the job done in the 1:59.3 trotted mile.. When the gate sprung three trotters went for the lead but Patient ID and "Lawbook Larry" Farley, starting from the pylon position, parked all comers. Unlimited Winner with "Northfield Nadine" Habke were three-deep on the first turn but they gained command as the field passed the first stanza in :29.4. Troyer and Heza Rube were looking for a hole along the inside but it didn't materialize and they were stuck on the limb. Still first-over as the field trotted by the half in :59.4 "the Lumberman" had little choice other than pursue the front and his charge responded as Heza Rube took command when the field neared the three quarters. In the lane Heza Rube was dead-game and still full of trot and went on to a length triumph over Patient ID even though the latter had enjoyed a two-hole trip after relinquishing the lead early on. Third place went to Fort Commander who had the services of "Slick Rick" Braun. Not particularly proud of their journey still Bob Troyer was pleased with the results of the race. "I certainly was in a position I didn't want to be in after the start," Troyer related. "He (Heza Rube) normally doesn't leave well and I usually can find a hole and come late but that didn't work out. "Now Rube normally doesn't handle a lot of air but tonight he didn't care and he just wanted to trot so I guess tonight was his night. It was ugly, but a win is a win, and I was proud of him." Owned by Deborah Kvernmo and trained by Marty Wollam, Heza Rube paid $3.20 for win. Next Billing action will be in the east region on Friday night May 13, at The Meadowlands. by John Manzi for the CKG Billings Series
Chipoffthewall won his sixth straight over an unbeaten 2016 start to dominate his second straight prelim win scoring a 1:57.2 harness racing victory in his $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 2nd leg 3-year-old male trot division on Monday, April 4 at Dover Downs. In the second division, Mondello notched a 1:58.2 triumph. Tony Morgan took the alter son of Master Lavec-Off The Wall, Chipoffthewall, right to the lead and the prohibitive favorite led the rest of the mile for his eighth career victory in 13 wstarts lifting his lifetime earnings to $121,440 for trainer-leessee Syl King. Overnight Shipper (George Dennis) finished second with Popcorn Machine (Jim Morand) third. Art Stafford Jr. sat second with Mondello behind leader Seafood Scrappy (Ross Wolfenden) before moving out and into the lead in deep stretch for a 1:58.2 win in his $20,000 DSBFprelim. Daryl Glazer trains the Taladega-St. Patty's Paige colt for breeder-owner Chis Yochim. Samuel J (Vic Kirby) was third. DSBF 2nd leg events are set for the rest of this week, featuring filly pacers on Tuesday, filly trotters, Wednesday and male pacers this Thursday. The top 8 point-getters in each division return for $100,000 finals next week of the meet, April 7-14. On the strong regular program, Atta Boy Dan and pilot Andrew McCarthy recorded his third consecutive $36,000 Open Preferred pace victory in 1:51.1 as the track condition changed to good for the feature race. Atta Boy Dan left to get the lead from Bushwacker (Corey Callahan) early and proved the best from there with Smart Rokker (Morgan) coming out at the three quarters to challenge and remain second. Bushwacker was third. Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing own to Western Terror-Dropllikeitshot gelding who won for the fourth time in nine races this year banking $$90,600 for the 41-time career winner. Frank Chick's New Patrol took the lead and maintained command for a 1:52.1 score in an $18,500 4&5-Year- Old Male pace. The Armbro Deuce-Triple Flip Kevin Lare-trainee won for the second straight time and fourth in his last six. A 99-1 shot Skyway Gladiator (Mile Rossi) closed along the passing lane to nip Go Collect N (Callahan), who had won four-in-a-row, for second. In another $18,500 division, a Kevin Lare trained for Frank Chick contender won the first of two for the pair as George Dennis guided Warp Factor Three, an altered son of Mach Three-A And G's Dream, to a 1:52.1 success. Suchasenseofhumor (Morgan) and Baby Kitty (Callahan) were second and third respectively. Apple Bottom Jeans leads the DSBF $20,000 2nd leg prelims on the Tuesday card which also features a $24,000 Mares Open pace. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Closing day is April 14. Watch live races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Harness Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad
Jasmine K and Epic Smash won their opening week Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 1st leg filly pace preliminaries at Dover Downs on Wednesday, March 30. A 381- shot, Tymal Signature, scored the harness racing upset of the year in the $18,500 trot. The sophomore filly pacers were front-and-center as the DSBF 1st leg kick-off week of stakes continues. Jasmine K, owned and trained by Kevin Switzer, was in control from the start in the first $20,000 prelim. Montrell Teague guided the Master Lavec-Visioness K filly to a lifetime mark of 1:58.3 from post 7. Miss Baltimore (Tony Morgan) was runner-up with Press Corp (Art Stafford Jr.) coming up to finish third. In the second $20,000 division, Pat Berry got Epic Smash quickly to take the lead and withstood a challenge from Cicada's Song (Carlo Poliseno), who was parked-out the entire mile, to win by three-quarters in 1:58.1, also a personal record. The win was the fourth of her career in 11 starts for the Political Briefing-Giant Smashofspring who now has won $105,208 lifetime. Cicada's Song was an impressive second in front of Triple Bottom Line (Jeff Fout). The 2nd and final preliminary DSBF leg is set for next Wednesday with the top 8 point-getters returning on April 13 for the $100,000 final. In the regular card feature, an $18,500 4&5-Year-Old trot, Inner Peace (Sean Bier) led turning for home but a major assault began in the stretch where Tymal Signature and Jonathan Roberts passed them all in deep stretch for a 1:56.3 victory. After three straight starts from post 8, the Deweycheatumnhowe-Blossom Seelster black four-year-old mare owned and trained by Bobby Glassmeyer was followed by Royual Status (Jim Morand) and My Way The Highway (Vic Kirby) in the tight finish. Inner Peace was fourth. One race earlier, a $14,500 trot, Mike Casalino's veteran Tough Mac made it back to the winner's circle for the first time since January as Corey Callahan drove a 1:53.2 triumph. Tough Mac scored for the 23 time in his career earning $$288,889 lifetime. Venerable contender Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) finished second for the fifth time this year. Brew Master (George Dennis) was the third finisher. Pat Berry picked up his second win guiding Windsun Cobra home in 1:55 to win another 14,500 trot for young horses. Jonatan Nikomski conditions the Kadabra-Imageofaclearnight gelding for Mike and Roberta Nikodemski. Race favorite By And By Hanover (Stafford Jr) was next with Political Cash (Davis) the third horse. On The Sly, trained by Kevin Lare, gave George Dennis his second winning drive notching an 8-1 win with Frank Chick's On The Sly, also in a $14,500 trot. It was the third win-in-a-row for the Broadway Hall-Sly Fox gelding. Lou Man (Tim Tetrick) led until turning for home when On The Sly came on. Ashes Cash (Kirby) was third. On Thursday, in the DSBF twin features, three-year-old male pacers race in 1st leg $20,000 events. Corey Callahan won three races, Pat Berry and George Dennis had driving doubles. Trainers Eddie Dennis and Kevin Lare haltered two winners each while E&K Racing Stable had two-owner wins. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Dover Downs is dark on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Watch live races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Harness Racing Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. - Marv Bachrad
Dover, DE - Chipoffthewall swept to victory in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Male Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Tim Tetrick drove three winners. With North America's second-leading driver, Tony Morgan, at the controls, the altered black son of Master Lavec-Off the Wall again dominated the DSBF freshman ranks while setting a new track record for age, gender and gait of 1:58.4 posting his fifth win in his last six outings. The only mar on his recent record is in the $100,000 DSBF Final at Harrington where after reaching the finish line with 9 ½ lengths to spare, but was taken down and placed last for an early race interference. Veteran horseman Syl King leases and trains Chipoffthewall, who now has earned $101,440 this campaign. Longshot Seafood Scrappy (Ross Wolfenden) finished second. Boston Malibu (Allan Davis) took show money. On the regular program in a $15,500 3,4&5-Year-OldFilly and Mare pace, Bob Bailey's sharp Duneside Chella, trained by Ryan Bailey, made it two wins-in-a-row winning the stretch battle in 1:52.4 giving Tony Morgan his second win of the day. American Truth (Tim Tetrick) nosed out Sweet Bobbie by a nose for second place. Elliesjet N remains undefeated after five starts in the U.S. as Art Stafford Jr. piloted the Jereme's Jet-Elle Mary Rose six-year-old black mare to a 1:52.4 triumph in a $14,000 distaff pace for young females. Art Stafford Jr. steered the winner for trainer Josh Parker, Evans, Spedden and Nanticoke Race own the New Zealand import. Playcardswithroddy (George Dennis) was runner-up. Lady Beth (Wolfenden) was third. Bay Pond Racing's Hearts N Flowers got up in 1:52.3 to win the $14,000 mares Winners Over pace with Allan Davis driving for trainer Wayne Givens. Tyra (Tetrick) was second with Handsoffmycookie (Morgan) third. It was the eighth win this year in 36 starts for the Artiscape-Hasty Dewar six-year-old. Tim Tetrick went off at 21-1 driving Powerful Honey in a Delaware $5,000 Mares pace. Tetrick rallied the six-year-old Powerful Toy-Honeycakes distaff from seventh after the half, to loop the field on the way to a 1:56.1 victory for trainer Willard Reynolds and owners Howard and Linda Dege. Coupled with Smile Cam (George Dennis) the 6-2 exacta returned $466.30 and with Quick Pulse Daisy (Vic Kirby), third, the 6-28 trifecta paid $2,173. The fourth and final 2015 $100,000 DSBF two-year-old title event spotlights the filly pacers in the Wednesday feature race. There is no live racing on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark live racing days at Dover Downs. A $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool is featured daily. The Winner's Circle Buffet is back for those watching races and dinning in the Winner's Circle Restaurant. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600 At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs
Bob "the Lumberman" Troyer came from far back with Heza Rube to win the harness racing Billings trot at Northfield Park in a time of 1:57 on July 2. Nine horses were drawn in the contest but when the field went behind the starting gate two late scratches whittled the it to seven. Heza Rube started from the five hole and got away in the back of the pack after "Marvelous Marvin" Raber set sails with Washingtonian and they led the field by the quarter in a stiff :27.3. At that point Huza Rube was some 13 lengths behind the leader. "They left hard so I took a seat," Troyer explained. Raber had the pedal to the medal and Washingtonian zipped by the half in :56.3 with the eventual winner 15 lengths in the rears. Four lengths in front of Hometowne Jeff and "Michelle the Belle" Ruvola as they passed the three quarters in 1:25.4 Washingtonian still had a huge lead on Heza Rube but on the final turn Troyer was coming and coming hard. He made up five quick lengths on the turn and when the field straightened for home Troyer had Heza Rube wide open and they rallied to a neck victory over Washingtonian. Third place went to Hometown Jeff and Michelle Ruvola. "I had owned him (Heza Rube) and sold him to Marty Wollam a few years ago so when he entered him in the Billings trot he asked me if I would like to drive him," Troyer explained. "Of course I said sure and I am glad I did. He's always been a nice horse but he really surprised me when we won tonight because we were so far back most of the mile." Now owned and trained by Marty Wollam, Heza Rube, a 5 year-old altered son of Master Lavec paid $4.80 for win. It was the trotter's second seasonal victory. For Troyer, who has been a longtime participant in Billings races, it was his first drive of the year. The victory was Troyer's 73rd of his amateur driving career. John Manzi
Murderers Row is ready to step to the plate. Or, perhaps more accurately for a harness racing horse, step to the gate. Murderers Row is one of nine 3-year-old female trotters entered in Friday's $39,816 John Simpson Memorial Stakes at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The filly - whose name is a reference to the moniker bestowed upon the famed New York Yankees lineup in the late 1920s - will start from post one with John Campbell driving for trainer Brett Bittle. The race also includes stakes-winners Allerage Star, Model Behavior, and Shaqline. It will be the first start of the season for Murderers Row, who last year struggled at the beginning of the campaign but closed out 2014 by winning three of her final four races. "We know she's not top of the hill, but we're hoping she's in the middle somewhere," said Steve Jones, who is among the group that bred and owns Murderers Row. "It took a little while for her to figure it out, but now she seems like she has (figured it out) hopefully. Time will tell." Murderers Row's father is Donato Hanover, who was Horse of the Year in 2007, and her mother is million-dollar-earner Housethatruthbuilt, who received the 2004 Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old female trotter. Murderers Row is a full sister to stakes-winner Real Babe and her family also includes 1999 Dan Patch Award winner Master Lavec. Last year, Murderers Row finished second in a division of the Reynolds Memorial Stakes in her second career start, but was winless in her first five races - going off stride in two. She got her first victory in 1:56.1 in a late-closer at Lexington's Red Mile and followed up with back-to-back triumphs in the preliminary rounds of a series for 2-year-old female trotters at The Meadows. Unfortunately for her connections, the filly returned to her breaking ways and went off stride and finished eighth in the $31,500 final. "The last race of the year she was 1-2 (odds) and made a break for really no reason," said Jones, who named Murderers Row and owns the filly with Mary Kinsey and Ted Gewertz. "She did that a few times last year. It wasn't a soundness issue, it was more maturity; more between the ears and being immature. "John Campbell said he thought her gait is better now. We're hoping she gets off on the right foot. Every time she goes to the gate you wonder about the breaking part, but she didn't break in her qualifiers." Chuck Sylvester trained Murderers Row for much of last year. Jones said Bittle is racing the filly to start this season because Sylvester is still in Florida. He joked that Bittle was an appropriate choice because his grandfather, Charlie Keller Jr., was a star for the Yankees in the 1940s and later founded harness racing's Yankeeland Farms. "I am very close with Charlie Keller (III)," Jones said. "Brett and Charlie's background is pretty much all Yankees." Yankeeland Farms bred 1998 Hambletonian winner Muscles Yankee, who is the father of Murderers Row's dam Housethatruthbuilt. Yankee Stadium is known as "The House that Ruth Built." The Yankees' legendary 1927 Murderers' Row included Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, and Earle Combs. Jones hopes his version can knock out a few victories this year. Murderers Row is not eligible to the Hambletonian Oaks, but does have the Currier & Ives Stakes, Landmark, Reynolds, Arden Downs, Tompkins-Geers, and Hudson Filly Trot on her schedule. "She's a well-bred filly, out of a very nice mother, and we're hoping she's going to be OK this year as a 3-year-old," Jones said. "She looks like she's going to be a decent horse." Friday's Meadowlands card also includes the $43,106 Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. The field includes stakes-winners Bettor Be Steppin, Divine Caroline, and Happiness as well as She's A Great Lady runner-up Bedroomconfessions and New York Sire Stakes championship runner-up Bossers Joy. Weeper, last season's Matron Stakes winner, makes her 4-year-old debut in the $27,500 Open for female pacers. The race also includes Breeders Crown champion Sayitall BB plus stakes-winners Gallie Bythe Beach and Fancy Desire. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA
Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford scored his second consecutive victory in the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series when he won the Billings Trot at Northfield Park on Thursday evening, June 18. He scored neck victory with Annie's Master in a very creditable 1:58.4 clocking and that victory came on the heels of the one Oldford had at Buffalo Raceway last Saturday. In the Northfield contest Oldford scooted to the lead from the four-hole with Annie's Master and they led the field by the first stanza in a swift :27.3. On the engine Oldford's trotter passed by the halfway point in :57.1 and they still with a two length lead as they trotted by the third quarter. However, that lead slowly diminished in the lane but the 5 year old Master Lavec mare had enough left in the tank to hold off her challengers to prevail in a three-horse photo. Betting favorite Nordic Venture, driven by Gary "Zoots" Campbell, had a good two-hole journey and rallied late but couldn't catch the winner although they did keep TK's Karma and Dave "Linemaster" Ehrenberg II from getting second money. Oldford naturally felt good about his victory especially since Annie's Master was basically entered to help fill the Billings trot that night. "I can't thank trainer Don Pfister and owner Harold Dick enough for allowing me to drive their mare tonight," Oldford said. "This was the first time I ever sat behind her and though she was a bit fractious at times but we got her all together and once we set sails she trotted like a champ and really hung tough in the deep stretch." It was the first win for Annie's Master since March 24th and her third this year. She paid $14.00, $6.20 and $7.20 across the board. Oldford, last year's National Amateur Driver of the Year, will be leaving for Finland soon to represent the United States in the prestigious World Cup of Amateur Racing which will get underway on July 7th. "I'm really looking forward to competing," Oldford said. "This will be the first time that I have the honor of representing the United States in the World Cup although I have driven abroad in the past in Italy and New Zealand. "My wife Gale is going with me and we may even stop in Sweden before we go to Helsinki. I plan on driving in the preliminaries there prior to the World Cup getting underway and look forward to having a grand time." notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are considered privileged and confidential and may not be used by either party in any pending or future legal proceedings. by John Manzi, for the Billings Amateur Driving Championship
Veteran open class trotter Master Pine (10g Master Lavec-Pine Career-Pine Chip) with Helene Gregory aboard won today’s $16,000 Monte/RUS special over a rain-dulled Red Mile surface in 1:58.4. The winner is trained by Julie Miller for owners Mark Moger and Albert Delia Jr. and was bred in Ohio by Double Springs Farm. Gregory used a backstretch brush to pass early contenders Chinese Cuisine (5g Revenue-Missymandarine-Malabar Man) with Tina Duer up, for owner Peninsula Farm Inc., and the Balanced Image son Harlequin handled by Riina Rekila. Master Pine opened a five length advantage around the final turn and maintained a steady stretch pace closing in :30.3 for a head advantage on the line to win over fast finishing A Penny Earned (4h Conway Hall-Penny Dream-Dream Vacation ), with Heather Reese aboard. Chinese Cuisine was third. A Penny Earned was 17 lengths back at the half and closed impressively for trainer George Ducharme and owners Ross, Fontaine, Ducharme and Oliva that includes Royalty For Life’s Hambletonian winning connections. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com
Soul Train Cruises In $56,576 Ohio Breeders Championship for 2 Year-Old Colt Trotters With a patient drive from Chris Page, Soul Train cruised to a 7 1/2 length victory in the opening division of the 2 year-old colt trot during Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair. As the Greg Coon starting gate released the field of six, Mark Headworth sent Happy Go Jamie out of post 2 and went after the early lead. The eventual winner was content to sit fourth through the opening half in 1:01 3/5. When Soul Train was given his orders he quickly took command down the backstretch and never looked back, stopping the timer in 2:00 3/5. Star Chip (Don McKirgan) was second and Fiftyshades Of Nay (David Miller) was third. Soul Train is owned by Parent Racing Stable, R. S. Crynick and J. E. Novak and trained by Scott Cox. In the second division Hooray For Willie went gate to wire to score in 1:58 3/5, a new lifetime mark. The freshman son of Master Lavec is owned by Winchester Baye Acres, Inc. of Ocala, FL and trained by the winning driver Kurt Sugg. Can'tcutthatchip (Dan Noble) and Mainstreet Willy (Chip Noble) rounded out the top three finishers. Millers Team Up To Win OBC 2FT Hall of Fame driver David Miller teamed up with his daughter trainer Devan Miller to score a victory with Rose Run Princess in the second division of Ohio Breeders Championship for 2 year-old filly trotters. The daughter of Trainforthefuture was sent after the early lead set the fractions of :29 4/5, 1:01 2/5 and 1:31 3/5 and cruised home to score a five length victory over Emilene's Future (Ray Paver) in 2:00 3/5. The winner is owned by James E. Keller of New Carlisle, OH and Jerry Allen Bell of Tipp City, OH. The heavily favored In The Grippers (Chris Page) broke at the start and was never a factor. In the first $25,388 division Hush Hush Chip (Chris Page) defeated Emery Jean (Chip Noble) in 2:02 4/5. The freshman daughter of Chip Chip Hooray won for the first time this season for trainer Danny Collins and the ownership team of Lewis, Taylor, Gold and Lombardo. Jay Wolf
Aaron Merriman drove the winner in both features at Northfield Park on Monday (August 26). Merriman scored with PL Dragon the $6,000 Open Pace in race two and again with Norma’s Rose in the $6,000 Open Trot in the evening’s eighth event. PL Dragon was a repeat winner in Northfield’s weekly top-pacing event. Steven Price owns the six year-old pacer. Trainer Ryan Angus again called upon Aaron Merriman, who won with the horse last week. PL Dragon (Dragon Again-Go Wilma Go) started from post seven and was fourth through an opening fraction of :27.1. Merriman brushed to the lead in the second quarter and continued to lead though times of :56, 1:24.1 and 1:53. PL Dragon easily handled his competition and was 6-lengths in front at the wire. Completing the race were Beans And Weenies, Mybrothergeorge, A Bay Bay, Coach Ken, Terror Of Thetrack and Ramember. Monday’s triumph increased PL Dragon’s lifetime win tally to 22 and his career earnings to $204,322. He was heavily favored and returned $2.80 to win. Merriman also piloted Norma’s Rose, who captured the $6,000 Open Trot in the evening’s eighth race for owner/trainer Lee Blodgett of Warren, Ohio. Norma’s Rose (Master Lavec-Lilyad-Armbro Iliad) started from post five and was sent right to the front. She made every pole a winning one, posting fraction of :27.4, :56.2, 1:25.2 and 1:55.2, winning by ¾-length. Completing the race were Victory Is Coming, Saintfrancis, Senator Sam, Buckeye Patty, Yankee Manny, Lady Rev, Tymal Recap and Arianna Hall. Norma’s Rose now has 38 career victories and 10 wins in 2013. This race pushed her bankroll to $283,237. She paid $9.60 to win. by Ayers Ratliff
Tyber Tyke scored in the $6,000 Open Pace in the opening race at Northfield Park on Monday (August 12). Melanie Wrenn trains the four year-old gelding for Delphos, Ohio owner Dorothy Miller. Peter Wrenn was in town Monday and was listed to pilot. Tyber Tyke (Panspacificflight-Artbeat-Artsplace) started from post five and led the field from start to finish. He never experienced an anxious moment and posted fractions of :27.3, :56, 1:24.4 and 1:54.1. He was three-lengths in front and still had his earplug in when he crossed the wire. Completing the race were Lite Me Up, Heza Star Cruiser, Rounding Third and Kiasma. Grandkids Attack was scratched. Tyber Tyke now has seven wins in 2013 and 12 career successes. Monday’s victory pushed his career bankroll to $111,592. She was the overwhelming favorite and returned $2.80 to win. Norma’s Rose captured the $6,000 Open Trot in the evening’s ninth race for owner/trainer Lee Blodgett of Warren, Ohio and driver Aaron Merriman. Norma’s Rose (Master Lavec-Lilyad-Armbro Iliad) started from the second tier was fourth through an opening quarter of :28.2. Merriman brushed her to the front in the second quarter and she never looked back. She set fractions of :57.2, 1:26.2 and 1:56.3, winning by a full length. Completing the race were Calling A Victory, Lookslikefire, Senator Sam, Arianna Hall, Lady Rev, Buckeye Patty, Hello Carlo and Makin Green Lavec. Norma’s Rose now has 37 career victories and nine wins in 2013. This race pushed her bankroll to $279,517. She paid $6.60 to win. Ayers Ratliff
On Saturday, July 20 Northfield Park hosted three divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as highlights to the evening’s Battle of Lake Erie program. Three-year-old colt trotters competed in two divisions and colt pacers in one. On the trotting side of things, Final Breath was a 4 ½-length winner in the $30,000 first division. Final Breath’s 11 triumph in 17 lifetime starts. Hugh Beatty trains and piloted the gelding for owner Malta, Ohio owner Duane Lowe. Final Breath (Victory Sam-First Breath-Hold Your Breath) started from post two and was sitting third through an initial quarter of :29.3. Beatty tipped the trotter approaching the :59.1 half. He took the lead in the third quarter and posted final fraction of 1:28.2 and 1:58.3. Saturday’s win increased Final Breath’s bankroll to $88,197. Finishing behind Final Breath were Annie’s Rocketman, Chet N Spanky, Howdhedothat and Happy Go Manny. Final Breath was the overwhelming favorite, returning $2.10 to win. Heza Rube took the $30,000 second division for three-year old colt and gelding Ohio-breds for Northfield Park Wall of Fame trainer Marty Wollam. Heza Rube (Master Lavec-Rubicella-Awesome Goal) started from post four. He fired off the gate and never looked back, posting fractions of :28.4, :59.1, 1:28.2 and 1:57.4. He never experienced an anxious moment and won by 2 ¼-lengths. Kurt Sugg drove for Middlefield, Ohio owner Bob Troyer. It was the 15 career start and seventh win for the youngster, who now has earnings of $100,399. Completing the race were Buzzin Troubador, Trottin On Over, Masterdream Chaser, Neely Spring and Flash Cash. Heza Rube was the punter’s choice, paying $2.40 to win. On the pacing side, That Friske Feelin (Feelin Friskie-Marquee Event-Mark Johnathan) was impressive winning the $35,000 OSS for sophomore colt and gelding pacers. Tony Hall drove the gelding for trainer Ron Burke and owners Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Edwin Gold of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania and Richard Lombardo of Solon, Ohio. That Friske Feelin left the gate alertly from post three and never looked back. He posted fractions of :27.3, :56.2, 1:24.4 and 1:52.2. The clocking was a new lifetime mark for the That Friske Feelin and increased his career bankroll to $92,383. The win marked his seventh in 14 starts. Finishing in succession after the winner was Sassy Osborne, Phantom Flasher, Feelin Lika Winner, Forever Kissed, CC Big Boy Sam, Hanky L, Retrieve Forever, River Valley Pearl and Firetowers Stand. That Friske Feelin returned $3.40 to win.
On Saturday, July 20 Northfield Park will host three divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action and the annual George Verban Memorial. These races will highlight the undercard for the $120,500 Battle of Lake Erie 14-race program. This will be the third leg of the Sires Stakes for the sophomore colts. Ohio Sires Stake trotters will start Saturday’s show in Race 1 for the $30,000 first division. Final Breath (Victory Sam-First Breath-Hold Your Breath) is the 3-5 heavy morning-line favorite for owner Duane Lowe of Malta, Ohio. Hugh Beatty is the gelding’s trainer and driver. Final Breath has won 10 of 16 lifetime starts, winning four of seven this year. He has a bankroll of $73,197 and a lifetime mark of 1:57.1 trotted at Scioto Downs on May 27 the second leg of the OSS. Final Breath will start from post two in the short five-horse field. Also competing in the first division will be Happy Go Manny, Chet N Spanky, Annie’s Rocketman and Howdhedothat. Race 2 will be the $30,000 second division Ohio Sire Stakes. Heza Rube (Master Lavec-Rubicella-Awsome Goal) is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for owner Bob Troyer of Middlefield, Ohio and Northfield Park Wall of Fame trainer Marty Wollam. Heza Rube has six victories in 14 lifetime starts. His 1:59.2 mark was taken earlier this year in the first leg of the OSS at Lebanon Raceway. His career earnings are $85,415 Driver Kurt Sugg will start the trotter from post four in a field that consists of last year’s OSS champion Trottin On Over, Buzzen Troubador, Neely Spring, Flashy Cash and Masterdream Chaser. The evening’s eighth race is the $6,000 George Verban Memorial Open Pace. The annual race is dedicated to the long-time sports writer for the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. Despite starting from the outside, Lonesome Attack (On The Attack-Lady Lonesome-Nobleland Sam) has been named the 5-2 morning-line favorite. He is owned by the partnership of Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Ciro Gentile of Boca Raton, Florida and Debbie Bird of Harwood, Ontario, Canada. Trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. has called upon Dan Noble to drive. This five year-old gelding has 75 lifetime starts, winning 17 times and bankrolling $299,810, with a 1:51 mark taken this year at The Meadows. Lonesome Attack’s rivals consist of Danny Noonan, Jumpin Jack J, Blueridge Camagot, Royal Morn, Bruisen N Cruisen, Moreland Flash and Lyons Josephjnr. Sophomore Buckeye-bred pacers will take to the stage in Race 10 for the $35,000 third leg and final Sires Stakes event of the evening. That Friske Feelin (Feelin Friskie-Marquee Event-Mark Johnathan) is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in a full field of 10. That Friske Feelin is owned by the partnership of Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Edwin Gold of Phoenixville, PA and Richard Lombardo of Solon, Ohio. North America’s leading trainer Ron Burke trains the gelding and has called upon Tony Hall to drive. This three year-old has won six of 13 career races. Despite three runner-up finishes this year, he is still searching for his first win in 2013. His 1:53.4 (ScD 5/8) mark was taken last year, and he has a career bankroll of $77,383. That Friske Feelin starts from post three in a talented field consisting of Feelin Lika Winner, Sassy Osborne, CC Big Boy Cam, Phantom Flasher, Hanky L, Firetowers Stand, River Valley Pearl, Retrieve Forever and Forever Kissed. by Ayers Ratliff
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.
On Wednesday, July 3 Northfield Park offers guests the opportunity to start their holiday off right with stakes harness racing action.
Harness racing trainer Scott Mogan had a night to remember getting three wins - with three different drivers - Friday at Scioto Downs Racino.