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LEBANON, OH. - Four harness racing divisions of $30,000 male claiming pacers comprised the final preliminary round of their Claim To Fame series at Miami Valley on Sunday (Jan. 17) with ten of them earning spots in the $37,500 championship tilt next week. Winners in this leg were Voracity (Brett Miller, 1:51.3, $6), Ginger Tree Marty (Chris Page, 1:53.2, $3.20), So So Delightful (Trevor Smith, 1:53, $13.60) and Don't Judge A Book (William Mann, 1:51.4, $6). Voracity and So So Delightful were repeat winners in the series, but both will race for new connections in the final. Both were claimed by new owners for $39,000 (30% premium over base starting price) and will be among the favorites in the final. Due to a tie for ninth in the standings, ten qualified for the final. They are (in order of series earnings): Voracity and So So Delightful, Ginger Tree Marty, Secret Threat, Don't Judge A Book, Venom, Dashing To Da Wire, Never Say Never N, Revelry and Shane Adam. There were two divisions of Claim To Fame action for $10,000 claiming trotters. Air Assault (Kayne Kauffman, 1:57.3, $4.40) and Infrontandforgetit (Josh Sutton, 1:59.1, $6.20) were victorious and secured spots in their $22,500 final. There were no repeat winners in the series, so the championship should be a wide open affair. Air Assault had the highest earnings with a win and a third place finish, followed by: Master Of Excuses, Infrontandforgetit, Windsun Missile, Here's The Magic, PC Foreign Affair, Unforgetable, Jailhouse Buckaroo and Ozymandias.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Despite ducking to the back of the pack from an assigned outside post position, razor sharp GD Western Joe circled the entire harness racing field to win Miami Valley's $22,000 Open Pace on Saturday (Jan. 16), his fourth win at the head of the class to go with one runnerup finish in his last five starts. After leaving the gate for good early position in his last six starts, driver Chris Page implemented a different strategy in this outing. Starting a length off the gate, Page guided the six-year-old son of Real Desire to the pylons trailing all eight of his adversaries when the quarter was reached by favored Stars Align A (Dan Noble) in :26.2. Sensing a rapid pace, Page was content to keep his charge in arrears past the halfway juncture in :55.1. It wasn't until the field was nearing the 1:23.1 three quarter mark that GD Western Joe was moved into the outer flow. Moving wider and wider around the final turn, Page was five wide as the stretch drive got underway. When the early fractions took their toll on Stars Align N a cavalry charge to the wire ensued. GD Western Joe prevailed in 1:52, followed by Tivo Hanover (Kayne Kauffman) and The Dark Shadow (Trevor Smith). The winner, trained by Ron Burke, paid $8.40. A $2 exacta was worth $49.40, a 50-cent trifecta returned $97.10, and a correct 10-cent Buckeye High 5 ducat returned $1,263.43. Five $22,500 divisions of the final preliminary leg of the Claim To Fame series for $20,000 horses and geldings determined the finalists for next week's $32,500 championship tilt. Saturday winners were Ron's EOM (Trace Tetrick, 1:51.3, $9), Jet Rock (Tyler Smith, 1:52.2, $3.60), Cyclone Kiwi N (Tetrick, 1:52.4, $4.20), Polak A (Tetrick, 1:53, $10.20) and Townline Flight (Josh Sutton, 1:53.3, $6). Repeat winners Jet Rock and Townline Flight tied for the most series earnings and will be joined in the final by Dubious Claim, Polak A, Windsun Gotham, Ron's EOM, Absolut Rocks and Jeremes General.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. – Pace Baby Pace, named to mimic Miami Valley handicapper Pacey Mindlin’s signature sign-off slogan, won her first open company race in southwest Ohio on Friday night (Jan. 15).  Driver Chris Page was content to race midpack in the early going, then moved into the outer flow following The Bethinator (Tyler Smith) as the field approached the halfway point of the $22,500 Mares Open.  Swinging three wide for the stretch drive, Pace Baby Pace edged past The Bethinator and then collared frontrunner Miss You N (Jeremy Smith).  The 1:52.4 score was the 13th of the winner’s harness racing career and pushed the 5-year-old daughter of Sweet Lou’s earnings over the $200,000 plateau, much of it coming from wins versus top company at The Meadows. Pace Baby Pace is a homebred owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi.  Finalists were also determined during Friday action for the first two of nine Claim To Fame series currently underway at Miami Valley. Five divisions were necessary in the final preliminary leg for $12,500 claiming male pacers.  Quickest winner was Sprinter N, who won his second straight in the series, this time in 1:52.  Brett Miller drove the winner who paid $7.40.  Other winners were Franzo (Sam Widger, 1:52.3, $3.60), Commentariat (Miller, 1:54.1, $5.40), The Great Buzz N (Trace Tetrick, 1:53.2, $7.80) and Ohio Larry (Kayne Kauffman, 1:54, $32). The nine top money winners in the preliminary legs, who will compete for a $25,000 championship purse next Friday, are (in order of earnings): Sprinter N, Commentariat, Franzo, Ohio Larry, The Great Buzz N, Armabluechipboy N, J M Jet Set, Persistent Threat A and Panoramic View. Two splits for $20,000 claiming mares also went postward with repeat winners in both divisions.  American Cheer (Josh Sutton, 1:52.3, $3.40) and M E Radar Girl (Tetrick, 1:53.2, $10) established themselves as the favorites for the $30,000 final. The championship field will include: American Cheer, M E Radar Girl, Duck Duck Dragon, Malnificent, Part Time Hanover, Juslikeaqueen, American Empress N, D Gs Elsa and I Choose You.   Gregg Keidel

It’s Time For Fun has brought plenty of pleasure to the Wilfong family over the years and trainer Brett Wilfong hopes the 6-year-old female pacer will add to the enjoyment in 2021. Lynn Wilfong, Brett’s dad, bred and owns It’s Time For Fun, who was an Indiana Sire Stakes champion at age 3. She has earned $312,395 during her harness racing career, winning 17 of 71 races and cashing a paycheck 55 times. After a brief bout with sickness, It’s Time For Fun makes her seasonal debut in Friday’s $22,500 open for fillies-and-mares at Miami Valley Raceway. Kyle Wilfong, Brett’s son, will be in the sulky, leaving from post five in a field of nine. It’s Time For Fun is 8-1 on the morning line. Miss You N is the 3-1 favorite. “I think if she stays healthy, she could have her best year this year,” Brett Wilfong said. “She’s going to have to battle the open mares or the class below that all year, but if we can keep her healthy, she can have a good year. She tries hard that last quarter, and that’s worth a lot. She has a real good closing kick. “She’s pretty competitive in that top class. If you can go for $15,000 to $25,000 every week, you can have a pretty good year.” It’s Time For Fun closed last season with five consecutive on-the-board finishes, including one victory. Earlier in the campaign, she finished second in the Indiana Sire Stakes championship for older female pacers. In 2018, It’s Time For Fun won the Indiana Sire Stakes championship at odds of 11-1 with Kyle Wilfong at the lines at Hoosier Park. “That sure was a nice evening,” Brett said. “There are a lot of good memories.” It’s Time For Fun is a daughter of Skydancer Hanover out of Irwin’s Character. She was limited to six starts at age 2 because of a foot infection, but Brett liked the horse all along. “We thought she had a lot of potential,” Brett said. “She was a beautiful animal. She could pace free-legged, didn’t really need the hobbles too much. She just had an effortless gait. Once she got over her foot infection, she had a lot more opportunity to show what she really was.” The Wilfongs owned It’s Time For Fun’s sire and dam. The family, which has farms in Indiana and Illinois, has bred hundreds of horses over the years. “It’s very family oriented,” Brett said about the Wilfongs’ involvement in harness racing. “Everyone is active, everyone enjoys the races, enjoys the horses. My mom (Barbara) and dad enjoy watching the races and they raise the yearlings and take care of some of the broodmares. Dad needs to be occupied. When you’ve been a self-employed horseperson your whole life it’s hard to sit down and not do anything.” Lynn Wilfong was inducted into the Indiana Standardbred Hall of Fame last year. In addition to breeding and racing, he helped lobby for pari-mutuel racing in Indiana and spent a dozen years as president of the Indiana Trotting & Pacing Association. In 1993, he received the very first Breeders Award given by the Standardbred Owners and Breeders of Indiana, now known as the Indiana Standardbred Association. “It’s a night we won’t forget,” Brett said. “My dad and uncle Ralph were part of the grassroots effort in Indiana to get pari-mutuel betting passed in the state legislature. My dad has a lot of ties other than owning a lot of horses over the years. I know my dad was very proud of it. It was pretty special for our whole family. “We have a lot of good memories.” With It’s Time For Fun aiming to create more.   by Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

LEBANON, OH. – Swan Chase (Trace Tetrick) narrowly defeated Pass The Vape (Trevor Smith) and Lane Of Stone (Dan Noble) in the Tuesday (Jan. 12) featured $22,500 Open Trot at Miami Valley.  The 1:53.4 clocking was the quickest of the eight day old 2021 harness racing meet thus far. The winner was on top at the quarter mile marker, but yielded to last week’s winner Workinitonbroadway (Chris Page) shortly thereafter.  A first-over bid by Pass The Vape had Swan Chase pinned in the pocket when the full ten horse field reached the three quarter beam, but Tetrick found room coming off the final bend and assumed command early in the stretch.  From there it was up to the 7-year-old son of Swan For All to hold off the persistent Pass The Vape, which he accomplished,  The victory was the 30th of Swan For All’s career and pushed his earnings to $547,517.  Luis Quevedo trains the victor for owner John Barnard. Four divisions of first leg action in an $8000 Claim To Fame series for male pacers also went postward, as did a pair of divisions for $12,500 mares in a similar series. Believeinthespirit (Dan Noble) won the quickest split for the $8000 hopefuls by stopping the clock in 1:53.4 and returning $5.60 to win.  Other winners were Gallery Opening (Noble, 1:54, $10), Tyber Tyke (Tetrick, 1:54.2, $6.20) and Cool Like That (Page, 1:55, $10.60).  A total of nine of the 40 combatants were claimed from the initial leg, including Believeinthespirit and Gallery Opening. Bellini Seelster (Josh Sutton) captured the fastest division of $12,500 ‘girls’ races in 1:54.2, returning $2.60 as the heavy favorite.  Glenfame Bronte N (William Mann, 1:55.1, $20) copped the other division.  Bellini Seelster, a winner of eight of her last nine races was the only mare collared via the claim box among the distaffers. Racing resumes at Miami Valley on Friday afternoon with a 4:05 p.m. post time.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Harness racing driver Josh Sutton reached the coveted 5,000 career victory plateau at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday (Jan. 11), guiding Wegottatruckyea to the wire first in the very first race. It wasn't long before Sutton commenced his trek for 10,000 wins as he also captured the second race with Astroffical, prompting a daily double that returned $20.60 to Sutton faithful. Sutton was born in Henderson, Kentucky, just a stone's throw from Audubon Raceway, in 1982. He began working for trainer Brian Loney when he was 14, mucking stalls and jogging horses. Hooked for life on harness racing, Sutton quit school at age 15 and hitched a ride to Los Alamitos in California where he found work on the backstretch for the winter meet. When that ended Josh returned to Lexington and he has been a mainstay in Midwest America racing circles ever since. After another year of grooming and jogging horses, Sutton get his qualifying license in 1999 and drove in 18 of those tests. As soon as he turned 18, Sutton was awarded his driver's license and Loney and trainer Clint Binkley gave the young reinsmen his first work. Sutton's career has progressed nicely since those early days. He has raced at Fairmount Park, where he won his first qualifier, Colonial Downs, where he won his first real race, and a plethora of other tracks throughout the Midwest over the past 20 years. He has raced at Maywood, Hawthorne and Balmoral in Chicago, Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs in Indiana, as well as stints at The Red Mile and Pompano Park. For the past seven years Sutton has been a mainstay on the southern Ohio circuit of Miami Valley, Hollywood Dayton and Scioto Downs. Sutton's mounts have earned almost $36 million and he has notched over 100 victories in 16 of the last 18 years. Josh's best year was 2016 when he triumphed 550 times, earned $5,060,722 and sported a .319 UDRS. One of many highlights of his career was winning four Ohio Sires Stakes championship races on a single night at Northfield Park in that season. Josh Sutton is congratulated on his 5000th career win by Race Secretary Gregg Keidel, his girlfriend Ashley Holliday, longtime friend Brett Schultz and Miami Valley Race Manager Larry Alexander.       Conrad photo When asked to name his favorite horse, Sutton quipped "The last one that I won with! I hate losing even more than I like winning." On his goals moving forward, "10,000! This is what I do and I plan on doing it as long as I'm able." Sutton and his girlfriend, outrider Ashley Holliday, purchased a horse farm several years ago that keeps them busy in their spare time. "I don't have a lot of hobbies, other than rooting for the Kentucky Wildcats in basketball, but there's always something to do at the farm."   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. – The first harness racing legs of another pair of Claim To Fame series highlighter the Sunday (Jan. 10) matinee at Miami Valley Raceway.  Four splits of $30,000 claiming pacers went postward as well as a pair of $10,000 claiming trot divisions. Quickest of the four winners among the high priced pacers was Voracity (Trace Tetrick, $2.80) who sped to a 1:51.3 triumph.  The eight-year-old son of Sportsmaster was one of five horses collared via the claim box by new owners, but the only one that was victorious in Leg 1.  Horses in the second leg will race for purses enhanced 30% to $39,000.  The finalists will race for a $37,500 purse on January 24. Other series winners were So So Delightful (Trevor Smith, 1:52, $XXXXX), Secret Threat (Tetrick, 1:52.3, $3.60) and Venom (Tyler Smith, 1:54, $13.80). Windsun Missile (Dan Noble, 1:57.2, $4) was quickest of the two $10,000 claiming trot winners.  The other split went to Master Of Excuses (Sam Widger, 1:58, $12). A total of six trotters were claimed, but the two divisional winners were not among them.  The square-gaiters will chase $13,000 purses next week, then battle for a $20,000 purse on January 24. Miami Valley races on a five days a week schedule with 2:05 p.m. matinees on Sunday through Tuesday; and 4:05 p.m. twilight cards on Fridaysand Saturday.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - G D Western Joe (Chris Page) pulled a mild harness racing upset over Stars Align N (Dan Noble) in Miami Valley's Saturday (Jan. 9) $22,500 Open Pace. The six-year-old son of Real Desire triumphed twice and was runnerup twice in his last four starts at Hollywood Dayton Raceway and continued his torrid pace of impressive performances in his first effort at Miami Valley. Page fired his charge from the 8-hole behind the starting gate, forcing his prime adversary, Stars Align N, who started from the nine slot, to round the first turn on the outside before letting him clear to the front nearing the :26.4 first quarter beam. A pocket ride from there to the head of the stretch bravened GD Western Joe for a final attempt to get by the favorite. GD Western Joe cooperated and surged to the lead just steps from the finish, clocked in 1:52.2. The victor is part of the Burke Brigade and has now scored 26 lifetime wins from 97 starts, with earnings over one-half million dollars. G D Western Joe Five divisions of Claim To Fame races for $20,000 male pacers also were featured on the Saturday program. Winners were Dubious Claim (Josh Sutton, 1:53.3, $61.60), Windsun Gotham (Jeremy Smith, 1:54.3, $18.20), Absolut Rocks (Dan Noble, 1:54.2, $5.80), Townline Flight (Sutton, 1:53, $25) and Jet Rock (Noble, 1:51.4, $11.20). A total of ten horses were claimed out of the five divisions, although none of the five winners were among them. Miami Valley races on Sunday afternoon's with a 2:05 p.m. post time. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - The Bethinator (Tyler Smith) is on quite the roll on the harness racing southwest Ohio circuit. The just turned four-year-old won for the fourth time in her last five tries, copping her third Mares Open in her last four tries on Friday (Jan. 8) in 1:52. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, dispatched as the second choice in the betting, returned $6.40 to win. Coupled with 12-1 longshot Summer Charm (Josh Sutton) the $2 exacta paid $42.80. Sugar Dance (Brett Miller) finished third creating a $43.15 payoff for a correct 50-cent trifecta ticket. Nelson Willis conditions The Bethinator for owner Megan Rogers Racing Stable. The popular Miami Valley "Claim To Fame" series lifted off on Friday night with $20,000 mare pacers competing in three divisions and $12,500 male pacers featured in six splits. Winning the trio of distaff claimers, going for $20,000 purses, were M E Radar Girl (Trace Tetrick, 1:55, $4), American Cheer (Josh Sutton, 1:53.2, $11.80) and Malnificent (Tetrick, 1:52, $17.40. A total of five mares were purchased via the claim box for a total of $120,000, although none of the winners was among them. In the "boys" six divisions chasing $12,500 purses the winners were Armabluechipboy N (Kayne Kauffman, 1:54, $69.60), J M Jet Set (Dan Noble, 1:53.1, $4.60), Giuseppe Mollusca (Noble, 1:55.1, $8.60), Panoramic View (Tetrick, 1:54.4, $5.80), Sprinter N (Chris Page, 1:54.3, $4.80) and Persistent Threat A (Page, 1:56, $3.20). Fourteen of the 54 hopefuls that went to post in the first leg will race for new owners, due to claims, for a 30% increase in their value in leg two. The Bethinator Chris Page topped all drivers on the program with five trips to the winners circle. Leading driver Trace Tetrick had a triple, while Dan Noble and Josh Sutton each fashioned driving doubles. Sutton is now just three tallies away from the 5,000 career wins plateau. Racing resumes at Miami Valley on Saturdqay (Jan. 9) with a 4:05 post time. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Workinitonbroadway (Chris Page) pulled a mild harness racing upset in the first $20,000 Open Trot of the 2021 Miami Valley meet on Tuesday (Jan. 5) afternoon. The five-year-old altered son of Broadway Hall moved to the top just past the :28.3 opening quarter and fronted the field the remainder of the way. Annas Lucky Star (Brett Miller) rallied in the stretch to finish second while Swan Chase (Trace Tetrick) rallied from far back to grab show honors. The winner is owned by Burke Racing and Weaver-Bruscemi and increased his earning to $179,562 with his 16th lifetime triumph. Driver Trace Tetrick had a hot hand again, scoring four more victories to give him the dash derby lead with eleven over the first three programs of the new meet. Chris Page scored a hat trick on the Tuesday program. Racing resumes at Miami Valley with a 14-race twilight program on Friday (Jan. 8) featuring six divisions of the "Claim To Fame" series for $12,500 male pacers and three splits for $20,000 claiming mares. Post time is 4:05 p.m. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Miami Valley Raceway will present its first open class event of its eighth annual harness racing season on Tuesday (Jan. 5) when a $20,000 Open Trot is part of the 14-race program. A recent winner of the final 2020 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton three weeks ago, Pass The Vape has been given the slight morning line edge at 5-2 in the quality seven horse field. Trevor Smith will steer the favored six-year-old son of Ohio stallion Dejarmbro who will face a pair of other recent open winners at Northfield Park and Hoosier Park, plus four winners of high conditioned classes at either Dayton or The Meadows in their last efforts. Workinitonbroadway (Chris Page, 9-2) won an open at Northfield in mid-December and Swan Chase (Trace Tetrick, 4-1) captured one at Hoosier in late November. Annas Lucky Star (Brett Miller, 3-1), Voyage To Paris (Kayne Kauffman, 8-1), Glidinthruparadise (Tyler Smith, 5-1) and Bank Guard (Mitchell Cushing, 10-1) are the remaining challengers. Post time for the Tuesday matinee program is 2:05 p.m. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of $30,000 claiming paces highlighted the first day (Sunday, Jan. 3) of the 2021 harness racing meet at Miami Valley Raceway with driver Trace Tetrick and trainer Tyler George winning both of the $15,750 purse events. Secret Threat copped the lidlifter in 1:52.4 over Never Say Never N (Josh Sutton) and Hal N Sammy (Tyler Smith) in what proved to be the quickest mile of the day. Trainer Tyler George co-owns the nine-year-old son of Palone Hanover, who won for the 35th time in his career boosting his lifetime earnings to over $340,000. In the 12th of 14 dashes on the day, Tetrick and George were back in the winner's circle with Voracity, an eight-year-old son of Sportsmaster. It was the 23rd tally for the winner and increased his total bounty to over $630,000. Brian and Ira Wallach own Voracity, who will join Secret Threat as one of the favorites when a $30,000 "Claim To Fame" series commences at Miami Valley next Sunday (Jan. 10). Tetrick lead all drivers on opening day with a Grand Slam. In addition to Secret Threat and Voracity, the 34-year-old green and gold clad reinsman won with Friskiesonaroll (1:56.4, $7.60) and Golden Paradise (1:55.3, $3). Dan Noble and Josh Sutton had driving doubles with Jeremy Smith, Sam Widger, Randy Tharps, Brett Miller, Sandy Beatty and LeWayne Miller all getting their initial victories on the year. The Miami Valley handle of $604,280 was its best opening day to begin its eighth season of live racing. Racing resumes at Miami Valley on Monday (Jan. 4) and Tuesday (Jan. 5) afternoons with 2:05 p.m. post times. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Miami Valley Raceway will commence its eighth season of live harness racing on Sunday (Jan. 3) with a 14 race program starting at 2:05 p.m..   The matinee is the first of 87 cards scheduled between now and May 3.   The southwest Ohio five-eighths mile oval will host 2:05 matinees on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays each week, and feature 4:05 twilight programs on Fridays and Saturdays.   The 2021 season will kick off with a $30,000 claiming pace for a $15,750 purse in the first race, one of two such events on the card.   Other highlights include a $13,500 conditioned claiming pace for non-winners of ten races carrying $40,000 claiming tags and a $12,600 conditioned trot for non-winners of $6000 in their last four starts.   Secret Threat (driver Trace Tetrick) has been installed the 2-1 morning line favorite in the initial race by oddsmaker Rick Stevens-Gleason, followed by Never Say Never N (Josh Sutton, 5-2) and Hal N Sammy (Tyler Smith, 5-1).   When the second division of $30,000 claimers step onto the track, Itsgoodtobedaking (Brett Miller, 3-1) will be morning line favorite, getting a slight nod over Voracity (Tetrick, 7-2) and Modern Rock AS (Jason Brewer, 9-2).   Loutenant (Dan Noble, 3-1) is the early favorite in the top condition/claimer, getting top billing over Upfront And Gone (Brandon Bates, 7-2) and World On Edge (Sam Widger, 9-2).   It's A Herbie (LeWayne Miller) will open the betting at 2-1 in the top trot of the day. Whether Or Not Fi (Tetrick, 3-1) will also get strong consideration, as will Muscular Babe (Kyle Wilfong, 9-2).   The month of January will feature nine separate "Claim To Fame" series for horses of varying values, ranging from $8,000 to $30,000, divided by sex (pacers) and gait. Nomination forms can be downloaded at: Home - Miami Valley Gaming then clicking Racing/Horsemens Information/Forms.   Deadline for receiving nominations is January 5.   Gregg Keidel

Lebanon, OH. - Miami Valley Raceway in southwest Ohio is anxiously awaiting opening day of its 8th harness racing season on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 3, 2021. It has been almost 9-1/2 months since the five-eighths mile oval has hosted harness races due to the premature 2020 shutdown due to the Covid pandemic, but the track is ready to resume where it left off. Miami Valley features one of the highest purse structures in the industry with an average of over $150,000 offered on each program. The regular five day schedule will include 2:05 matinees on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, and twilight cards starting at 4:05 on Fridays and Saturdays. "We have shifted to an earlier weekend post time on an experimental basis during January due to the 10 pm curfew currently imposed in Ohio, plus positive feedback from both patrons and horsemen to a similar experiment at Dayton Raceway recently," said Race Secretary Gregg Keidel.   Highlight of the first month of the meet will be nine late-closing Claim To Fame series ranging in base claiming value from $8000 to $30,000. Series are available for male and female pacers as well as trotters.   Entry blanks for the Claim To Fame series', as well as others later in the meet, are available online at: http://www.miamivalleygaming.com, then clicking on Racing/Horsemen Information/Forms.   Ship-in applications, Purse Request forms and other pertinent Racing information can be retrieved in the same manner.   There will be a double draw for both Sunday, Jan. 3 and Monday, Jan. 4 on Wednesday, Dec. 30 with the box closing at 10 am.   Condition sheets for the first week of the 2021 Miami Valley meet are now available on the USTA website.     Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - K'Love (Kyle Ater) and Cassius Lane (Kayne Kauffman) captured $15,000 divisions of the first leg of the harness racing Dr. Dan Farwick DVM Memorial Trotting Series at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (March 17). The Farwick Memorial is one of nine annual "Lebanon Legends" series honoring the memory of former fixtures at old Lebanon Raceway and throughout harness racing circles in southwest Ohio. K'Love is a seasoned Ohio county fair standout who now sports 19 wins, but who had less than six at commercial pari-mutual tracks at nomination time. The 6-year-old gelded son of Triumphant Caviar won for the third straight time with his 1:55.1 performance, taking command just past the quarter for Ater and cruising all the way to the finish line with a two length advantage. Back Door Man (Jeremy Smith) and Aunt Percilla (Trace Tetrick) were next to trip the beam. He is owned and trained by Charles Ringger. K'Love Cassius Lane used similar tactics for Kauffman, grabbing the lead just past the first quarter and frontstepping from there to the wire in 1:55.3. Cash Hit (Brett Miller) ended up a length behind and ER Kim (LeWayne Miller) nabbed the show dough. Trainer Ken Rucker co-owns the winner with The Panhellenic Stable. Cassius Lane paid $18.40 for winning his initial start of the 2020 season. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Gold Digger King (Brett Miller) was crowned harness racing champion of the George Williams Memorial Series at Miami Valley on Saturday night (March 14), even though there was no one there to watch the $27,500 final live. Racing was conducted in front of an empty grandstand, due to a shutdown caused by the Coronavirus crisis, but was exciting nonetheless and enjoyed by numerous new off-track fans as evidenced by a higher-than-normal handle. Miller, the leading dash driver at the current Miami Valley meet, was intent on dictating the fractions as the 1-2 favorite in the Williams Memorial. It took Gold Digger King most of the intial :27 quarter to gain control, then the 4-year-old son of Pet Rock put up middle fractions of :55.1 and 1:23 over the rain dampened sloppy track. A final :29 split was enough to hold off Diesel Accelerator (Kyle Ater), who sat a pocket trip throughout, and the lengthy first-over bid of Dashing To Da Wire (Dan Noble). The 1:52 triumph was the seventh of the Scott Mogan trainee's young career and increased his career bounty to $171,097. Linda Van Camp owns Gold Digger King, who paid $3 to win. The exacta paid $11 and the 'chalky' 50-cent trifecta returned just $9.05. A contentious $24,000 Open Pace earlier on the card was captured by My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith), who was a head better than fast-closing Hallie's Comet (Jeremy Smith) and just a length better than Gerardo (Kayne Kauffman) who made all the pace in the race before tiring to a third place finish in the 1:52.3 mile. My Hero Ron is now just one win away from millionaire status as the victory lifted his overall bounty to $990,663. The 8-year-old Well Said gelding has amassed 36 wins from 167 starts and owns a 1:49.2 record taken five seasons ago. Dan Dubeansky trains 'Hero' for owner Brian Witt. Miami Valley will continue live racing, with no live fans, on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. Those wishing to watch and/or wager on the races can go to the website: https://miamivalleygaming.com/racing/ where they can find links to either TwinSpires.com or TVG.com advance deposit wagering platforms and also find a link to enable downloading of the program pages courtesy of the U.S.T.A. From Miami Valley Raceway    

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