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YONKERS, N.Y. – In some respects, Timon As is one of the most accomplished horses entering the first leg of the John Brennan Trotting Series, which begins Wednesday night (March 31) at Yonkers Raceway. His 19 wins, including six so far this year, make him the winningest of the 32 first leg entrants. However, the 5-year-old gelding by Lionhunter has only seen a half-mile track once in his career and it didn’t go well. Timon As started at Northfield Park July 20, 2019 and missed the gate by about 2 lengths. After taking back from post seven, Timon As went offstride around the first turn and was distanced from the field for the rest of the mile. “If he’s good and he gets around the track, he’s going to be a contender,” said trainer Melanie Wrenn. “If he doesn’t like the track, then we’re going to be out of luck.” Timon As has come a long way since that start at Northfield Park. He joined the Wrenn stable in the fall of 2019 and things started to click. Timon As won three straight overnights at Pompano Park by a combined margin of 9 lengths from Nov. 27, 2019 to Dec. 10, 2019. However, as Timon As moved up the class ladder following those wins, he lost confidence and started making breaks again. “Peter (Wrenn) has done a really nice job brining this horse along. He was pretty green when we got him. Racing him the way that he’s raced him, I think he’s helped make that horse who he is,” Melanie Wrenn said. “Mentally the horse was very immature. We were winning all these races and all the sudden, he had to step up in class. He was just like, no thank you. Peter was very patient with him. He does a pretty nice job putting him in the right spots.” The Wrenns campaigned Timon As primarily at Hoosier Park throughout 2020 and a result other than a win or a break in stride was a rarity. Timon As went 7-for-20 last year, but also broke in seven starts. However, after returning to Pompano Park this winter, things started to click again. Timon As has stayed flat and has seven wins in his last 13 starts dating to Dec. 21. The Wrenns raced Timon As in the $30,000 claiming handicaps at Pompano throughout the winter, and Timon As crossed the wire first in three straight tries at the level Feb. 8 thorugh Feb. 22 (although he was placed second in one start). Not wanting to lose him, Timon As stepped up to the $11,500 open trot and won in a lifetime best 1:53.1 March 2. After two off-the-board finishes from outside posts, Timon As will make his way to Yonkers for the series. “Honestly, it seems like he’s been overachieving. He got down (to Pompano) and he really seemed to like it. He’s just been racing really well,” Wrenn said. “His last start before the open, he went pretty big. Peter didn’t want to lose him. In the beginning, we thought if we got $30,000 for him, that’s pretty good. But after he won a couple nice starts, we thought we better not give this horse away,” she continued. “We tried the open and he went that really big start. Then, we drew bad. Peter took him off and he sort of lost interest. He deserves a shot to try a nice series with some nice horses out there and go for some good money.” Previously the SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series, the John Brennan Trotting Series was renamed to honor the longtime SOA of NY horsemen’s representative who passed away from complications of COVID-19 in March 2020. The series is for 3-year-olds and older who were non-winners of six pari-mutuel races or $100,000 through Feb. 1, 2021, with winners over $150,000 as of that date not eligible. The series features three preliminary legs March 31, April 7, and April 14 with a $50,000 added final and a consolation April 21. Wednesday’s first leg features four divisions, each with four entrants. Timon As is the 3-1 morning line favorite in the second division (race five) with Tyler Buter set to drive for the first time. “We race a couple horses here and there out at Yonkers. Why not give him a chance? Why not give him a shot and see how good of a horse he is. It’s pretty much trial by fire. Even at Sunshine Meadows, the inside track is a five-eighths. We really haven’t had him on a small track,” Wrenn said. “He likes going into the last turn and floating around there and zooming by everyone at the end. He won’t have quite as much room to get that done on a half. If it doesn’t work out, we’ll just bring him back to Hoosier. “I just hope he has some luck because his owner, Mike Guest, is a super nice guy. It would be fun for him to have a nice horse go out there and do some good,” Wrenn continued. “Over the years, we’ve usually had a couple for him. We’ve had quite a bit of luck. We had Perfect Chapter As with him and he won a lot of races. He keeps one or two with us, generally. This is the only one we have right now. Maybe he’s just a lucky guy, we’ll see.” Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday through Friday with a first post time of 7:15 p.m. For entries to the races, click here. By Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

ANDERSON, Ind.--September 12, 2019-- Heavy rains and a sloppy track would not deter freshman pacing colt Odds On Osiris who became Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's newest harness racing track record holder after an impressive, open length 1:50.3 score in the co-featured event of the evening, the $69,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. With Peter Wrenn in the bike, Odds On Osiris re-established the track record for two-year-old pacing geldings by a fifth of a second over a sloppy rated track and extended his win streak to four in the process. Leaving from post eight, Odds On Osiris left just enough to get a spot along the rail in fourth. Stellar BB and Ronnie Gillespie were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :26.3 before yielding the lead to Always And Again and Trace Tetrick just before the half in :55.1. When the field reached the three-quarters in 1:23.4, Odds On Osiris had ranged up and was ready to strike from first-over. Turning for home, Wrenn asked his mount for more and Odds On Osiris found another gear. Utilizing a :26.3 final panel, Odds On Osiris finished seven lengths to the good under a hand drive. Straight Up Cool and Mike Oosting along with Francis Underwood and Sam Widger rallied well late to get up for second and third, respectively. As the heavy 1-2 favorite, Odds On Osiris returned $3.00 at the betting windows. "To be honest, I haven't really figured him all the way out," Wrenn said in the winner's circle. "I don't know how he races best just yet. At this point, he's still very green. I don't think he knows how he likes to race best. He just never gets tired, let's hope he never figures out how to get tired." Trained by Melanie Wrenn, the gelded son of Rockin Image-Antigua Hanover recorded his fourth lifetime victory from six trips behind the starting gate. Odds On Osiris was a winner in the 2019 Fox Stake and has now bankrolled $123,395 for Odds On Racing. In the second division of the stakes action, Clever Character extended a win streak of his own to three after a 1:53 score. With regular pilot Dale Hiteman in the sulky, Clever Character utilized a second-over trip and a :26.3 closing kick to get the win by a head over Northern Cadilac and Trace Tetrick. Sawyer's Desire and Ricky Macomber Jr. also paced strong to the wire to round out the trifecta. As the 1-2 favorite, Clever Character returned $3.00 at the betting windows. Trained and owned by Timothy Smith, Clever Character has now won five of seven lifetime starts and has yet to finish worse than second in his young career. The gelded son of Tellitlikeitis-Ruby Delight now sports a lifetime bankroll of $129,375. Indiana Sires Stakes action continues at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 13 with two $49,500 divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The evening's 13-race card will also feature a $20,000 Open Pace and a $10,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-5 pool in the last race of the program. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

Delray Beach, FL - There were seven qualifying races held over the one mile oval at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Center on Friday before a strong crowd of horsemen and women and some racing fans. It was a sunny day with a strong breeze and temperatures in the low 70's with a one second allowance. The races were announced by Sunshine Meadows General Manager Brandon Mills with some assistance from trainer Tony Alagna. The fastest mile of the late morning program went to Shamma Lamma, a three-year-old colt pacer by McArdle from the Western Ideal mare Shabalabadingdong. Trained by Melanie Wrenn and driven by husband Peter, Shamma Lamma led from start to finish, blowing away from the field after the half mile and going on to win by 45 lengths in 1:55.2. The fastest trotting mile saw Say You Do, a four-year-old gelded son of Kadabra from the Balanced Image mare Sno Doubt About It, lead from start to finish by one length in 2:01.1 for trainer/driver Steve Oldford.  Peter Wrenn won two of first three races on the program to lead all drivers with a double. For the full race charts, click here.  by Steven Wolf, for Harnesslink

As driver Peter Wrenn walked to the Red Mile winner's circle alongside Chin Chin Hall after their victory in a division of last week's Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters, he wore a big smile while rubbing and patting the horse's side, followed by several fist pumps. Patience and faith had been rewarded. Making only his second career start, and first in more than two months, Chin Chin Hall got his first victory by defeating a field that included five trotters with Grand Circuit or state-restricted stakes triumphs to their credit. Chin Chin Hall, a three-quarter brother to award-winning Cantab Hall, won by 1-1/2 lengths over Hudson River in 1:55.4 over a surface labeled "good." The time was one-fifth of a second off the night's fastest trotting mile. "A few of those horses (in Chin Chin Hall's race) had been there and done it," Wrenn said. "As a group we decided to see where he was at and put him in there. We thought he could trot along there and not get embarrassed. "He wasn't even stressed afterward. He came out of the race great. That was exciting for everybody involved. To come out of the woods with a maiden trotter in September and win on the Grand Circuit, that's pretty fun." Chin Chin Hall is trained by Wrenn's wife, Melanie, and owned by David McDuffee and Gene Oldford Farms. The horse, a son of Cash Hall out of Canland Hall, was purchased for $50,000 at the Ohio Selected Jug Sale. In addition to Cantab Hall, who received the Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old male trotter in 2003, Chin Chin Hall is a half-brother to Ontario Sire Stakes winners Constance Hall and Campbell Hall. The family also includes Dan Patch Award winner Cameron Hall and Hall of Fame broodmare Amour Angus. "The last couple years we've been buying in Ohio," Wrenn said. "Mr. McDuffee wanted to feel the waters out a little bit in Ohio. Mr. Oldford has been a client of mine for a long time and he's always interested in buying a yearling or two at the sale. We combined those two guys and picked (Chin Chin Hall). "We liked that maternal family; that's a great family. We were looking for a sire stakes-type colt that may be competitive somewhere and we took a chance. If you get one that tries out of (that family) you've usually got a pretty good chance of doing something." Chin Chin Hall won two qualifiers before making his debut in a maiden race for 2-year-olds on July 14 at Hoosier Park. He went off stride in the stretch while second to eventual winner Woodside Charm. "He trained like a nice horse most of the winter," Wrenn said. "When he got up north, he kind of lost his gait for a while, but he got it back, just as babies will do. He wasn't quite ready to qualify early so we waited a bit. We qualified him twice and I put him in an overnight and he knuckled over in the stretch. He was a little weak behind and made a break. We gave him time and he's come back good ever since that little break." The goal was to have Chin Chin Hall ready for the Kentucky Sire Stakes, which began in mid-August, but the horse required more time to mature. "He's a growthy colt," Wrenn said. "He grew a lot over the winter and he's still growing. He's getting it together again. He needs to race. He needs some good confidence builders at race speed. He always could go enough. I qualified him a week before the (Bluegrass) and he qualified like a nice horse. It was a bad day here -- rain, deep mud -- and he qualified like the horse we were hoping. "We have patient owners. It worked out well. Sometimes good owners make good horses. They're both great guys. They've been in the game, they understand it, and that goes a long way." Next for Chin Chin Hall is Thursday's International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters at Red Mile, where he will compete in the first of three divisions. He is also eligible to the Breeders Crown and Valley Victory Stakes. "(The Breeders Crown) wasn't on the radar two months ago, but as of last Thursday it's been on the radar," Wrenn said. "We'll let him tell the story. You'd hate to have him spotlighted and disappoint everybody. I don't think he will because he usually puts in a good effort. That mile last week did him a wonder of good. We'll know a lot more Thursday evening, whether he's the real deal or what direction he might go. "But he's been a nice colt, a fun colt to be around. He's got his quirks, but he craves work, which I like, and he never misses a meal, which is another thing I like. He's got some good characteristics to him. The end of the mile seems to be his deal. We'll see where he's at. "It's a lot of fun. I've been here before, where you see it, you hope everything is good, and the next week you say, darn it, he's not as good as we thought. You hate to talk. But I'd take a whole barn like him, that's for sure." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Pompano Beach, FL...November 23, 2017...Rockn Stien, made his fall debut at Pompano Park a winning one by wiring a classy group of Open trotters for harness racing driver Peter Wrenn. The five year-old gelded son of Valley Victor, trained by Melanie Wren for Wrenn Racing and the M T Pockets Stables, pushed the wings of the Hummer Starting Gate out of the way at the start and proceeded through panels of :28, :57.4 and 1:25.2 before a :29.1 finale held the late charging Boli, driven by Wally Hennessey, by 1 1/4 lengths. Prairie Fortune, driven by Jim Meittinis, finished third, two lengths away while Railee Workable and My Revenuer earned the minor awards in the classy septet. Rockn Stien, who has a 1:53.1 mark set earlier this year over South Florida's five-eighths mile oval, had been making appearances at several midwestern tracks throughout the summer and early fall before traveling south to tackle the best here. At the outset, Rockn Stien, leaving from post six, and Boli, one notch farther out, got in a heated battle with Rockn Stien refusing to yield making take a seat in the garden spot with Railee Workable, My Revenuer, Born To Thrive and Prairie Fortune next--the only distant trainer being Sooo Handsome, who made a miscue leaving. Halfway through the mile, Born To Thrive was the first to pull with Prairie Fortune following second over and inching forward, as well. Around the final bend with Born To Thrive at the throat of Rockn Stien, the former went up in the air leaving Boli some room to roam and Prairie Fortune widest of all. But Rockn Stien was in no danger in the final yards and went on to a comfortable victory--his eighth of the year in 26 starts. After the race, driven Peter Wrenn, rapidly approaching 10,000 career wins, said, "I had no other choice but to leave out of there with him since I didn't think it was a good idea to spot Wally's horse (Boli) or Prairie Fortune too many lengths. "We are pretty equally matched here so, if I didn't take the opportunity to leave in a field that seemed to have a lot of closers, I'd be spotting them six-seven lengths--and "Rock" is not that much better than those. "He grabbed the bit early and was eager to go tonight and I didn't want to stifle him in any way. "On the backside, we got some pressure from Johnny Mac (MacDonald) but things got a lot better for me when his horse broke. He went a great mile after being off a week." Rockn Stien has earned $68,880 this semester and $214,745 on the strength of a 17-15-8 scorecard in 68 career starts. As the slight 9 to 5 favorite, Rockn Stien paid $5.80 to win. Racing continues on Sunday night with Pompano Park hosting Super Night featuring the top two and three year-old Florida breds shooting for a share of over $420,000 in purses. The 16 race card features five non-wagering events beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the 11 race pari-mutuel program beginning at 7:20 p.m. The Sunday night card also features a Super Hi-5 carryover of $21,578. by John Berry for Pompano Park              

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 16, 2016 - The Hoosier state's top three-year-old pacing colts were in the harness racing spotlight on Thursday, September 15 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the fifth and final round of the $75,000 preliminary Indiana Sires Stakes finals. The evening's 14-race program was primarily ruled by long shots but it was Granite, with Mike Peterson at the lines, who converted a pocket trip and a break by the heavy favorite to pull the biggest upset of the night in the featured event of the evening. At odds of 44-1, Granite stopped the timer in 1:50.4 to win by nearly two lengths and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Leaving from post one in the talented field of nine, Peterson sent Granite away from the gate firing to protect their early position but would eventually relinquish the lead to the heavy favorite Duel of Truth and John DeLong at the first quarter in :27.1. Bourbon Chase and Dan Shetler also left well to grab a spot along the rail in third while Matrix of Luck and Ricky Macomber Jr. were next in line third. Duel of Truth dictated middle fractions of :55.2 and 1:23.1 but was soon joined on the outside by Bourbon Chase with Matrix of Luck in tow. As the field turned for home, Duel of Truth and Bourbon Chase were matching strides and the stage was set for an epic battle to the wire. Duel of Truth appeared to be up to the task as he was able to put away Bourbon Chase half-way down the lane but Granite was looming large in the pocket. Just as Duel of Truth seemed to be pacing away from the rest of the field, he made a costly break and took himself out of the race. Granite inherited the lead and paced on to the wire to win by nearly two lengths and hold off a hard charging Uncmprmising Z Tam and LeWayne Miller. Bourbon Chase held on for third place honors. As the second longest shot on the board, Granite returned $90.60 to his loyal backers at the betting windows. The exacta including Granite and Uncmprmising Z Tam, at odds of 18-1, returned $836.80. "The trip worked out great, it actually couldn't have worked out any better for us," Peterson noted in the winner's circle. "I didn't know all that much about the hors because last week was the first time I had ever driven him but he raced really well last week too." "Coming around the last turn I knew he (Granite) had pace and I was just hoping to get a good check," he continued. "Every time I asked him though, he dug in a little more. He's a very nice colt." Trained by Melanie Wrenn, the son of Real Desire-Precious Stone notched his third win from 11 seasonal starts. Owned by Gene Oldford Farms LLC, Granite has now won seven of 20 lifetime outings while bankrolling $145,252 in purse earnings in his career. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 16 with a 13-race card that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. Friday's program will be highlighted by a $21,000 Invitational Pace and will also feature a $6,216.95 Pick-5 carryover beginning in Race 9 and a $3,896.24 Hoosier High 5 carryover in Race 13. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit . Emily Gaskin

Good Sound Advice and harness racing driver Peter Wrenn used a perfect, pocket trip to capture the co-featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Invitational trot, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 17. Slightly dismissed at the windows, Good Sound Advice was able to surge late in the lane to score in 1:53.4, a lifetime best performance. Leaving from post six, Wrenn sent Good Sound Advice away from the gate alertly but last week's winner Martz Time, driven by Trace Tetrick, left the quickest. Martz Time secured the lead around the first quarter mark in :27.3 while the rest of the field sorted out the early positions. Good Sound Advice was well placed in second while the heavily favored, Summer Indian was next in line in third. Martz Time continued to dictate fractions of :57 and 1:25.3 while the field remained in single file order approaching the final turn. Hugh Beatty was the first to commit to the outer flow and had Southwind Pepino aimed at the leader around the final turn with Go Tapaigh and Ray Paver in tow. Martz Time was able to hold off Southwind Pepino late in the lane, but Good Sound Advice loomed large in the pocket. Wrenn found late racing room in the stretch and when he asked Good Sound Advice for more, the five-year-old responded gamely with a :27.4 final panel to win by a head. Martz Time held on for the second place finish while Southwind Pepino rounded out the trifecta. Good Sound Advice returned $9.60 for the victory. "The race worked out perfect for us tonight," Wrenn noted after the victory. "This horse is much better when he gets a trip and I was able to leave just enough to get a good spot. He has been racing well but he was really on his game tonight." Trained by Melanie Wrenn, Good Sound Advice scored his fourth win from ten seasonal outings. The gelded son of Kadabra-Good As Your Word has now won ten of 66 lifetime outings while bankrolling $312,067 lifetime for his connections of Wrenn Racing, LLC and Oldford Farms. The victory was one of three wins on the evening for driver Peter Wrenn as he also scored in the opener with Joe Cirasuola's Big Bay Point and later with Malosi N for trainer Ed Hensley. On the pacing side of things, Our Lucky Chip and Trace Tetrick delivered as the heavy betting favorite in the $22,000 Invitational Pace with a final time in 1:50.2. Using his same off-the-pace tactics, Our Lucky Chip was able to wear down Jammin Joshua late in the lane to score his second consecutive win at Hoosier Park. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, May 20 with a daily post time of 5:15 p.m. With an extended stakes scheduled offered for the 2014 live racing season, the live racing season will be conducted through November 15, 2014. Emily Gaskin

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 19, 2014 - In near gate-to-wire fashion, Good Sound Advice and driver Peter Wrenn captured the co-featured harness race of the evening, a $22,000 Invitational trot, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 19. Slightly dismissed at the windows at 4-1, Good Sound Advice was able to hold off his rivals late in the lane to score in 1:55, just a tick off his career best. Leaving from post five in the eight horse field, Wrenn sent Good Sound Advice away from the gate alertly but Facing Justice, driven by Jason Dillander, left the quickest. Facing Justice secured the lead around the first quarter mark in :28 while the rest of the field sorted out the early positions. Opting out of a pocket-trip, Wrenn sent Good Sound Advice to the front and the top pair swapped spots going to the half. Good Sound Advice seemed to relax on the front and continued to dictate fractions of :58.2 and 1:26.4. As the field rounded the final turn, Good Sound Advice looked large on the front and began to trot away from the field. Final Breath and Hugh Beatty overcame a tough first-over trip to rally late in the lane but had too much ground to make up. Using a :28.1 final panel, Good Sound Advice coasted to the wire to win by a length and a half. Final Breath finished a game second while Martz Time and Lewayne Miller also rallied late to round out the trifecta. As the publics' third choice, Good Sound Advice returned $10.40 to his backers. "He is so much better with a trip and I was really hoping someone would come cover me up," winning driver Peter Wrenn noted. "But the way the race worked out, I was able to give him a breather down the backside and when he got away from them he felt really good. He was good tonight." Trained by Melanie Wrenn, Good Sound Advice scored his second win from six seasonal outings. The gelded son of Kadabra-Good As Your Word has now won eight of 62 lifetime outings while bankrolling $282,807 lifetime for his connections of Wrenn Racing, LLC and Oldford Farms. On the pacing side of things, Jammin Joshua and Sam Widger delivered as the heavy betting favorite in the $22,000 Invitational Pace with a final time in 1:51.1. Using a sharp, front-running effort, Jammin Joshua rattled off fractions of :26.0, :55.4, and 1:24.0 before holding off a late charge from Nitro and Ricky Macomber Jr. to score his second win of the season. As the even money favorite, Jammin Joshua returned $4.20 at the betting window for the win. Nitro got up for the second place finish while Rustle's Chip and Don Eash battled gamely to round out the trifecta. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

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

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