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LEBANON, OH - Proving once again that the race is never over at the draw, the two horses that drew the outermost posts for the harness racing $25,000 Open I Pace at Miami Valley on Saturday night (March 2) finished one-two at long odds. My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) soared past the $800,000 career earnings plateau with an upset 1:51.1 victory, followed across the line by Fan Of Terror (Sam Widger)-who has been a mainstay on the North American Top 10 seasonal earners list thus far in 2019 by dominating the $20,000 claiming ranks. Smith sat chilly towards the back of the field as My Buddy Ninkster (Todd Warren) sprinted to the front and fended off challenges by Granite (Brett Miller) first and then show finisher Nuclear Dragon (Dan Noble). My Hero Ron was third-over in the outer flow down the backside and had live enough cover to carry him to the head of the lane before swinging three wide for the stretch drive. The Danny Dubeansky trainee, owned by Brian Witt and Cory Atley, was dispatched at 14-1 odds and paid $30.60 to the faithful who believed the ultra-consistent 7-year-old son of Well Said could do it from an outside start. Fan Of Terror was sent off at 20-1 thus the hefty exacta payoff of $517.40. A $20,000 Open II was captured by Mykindachip (Chris Page), another super consistent old timer, who bested Feelnlikearockstar (Mike Oosting) and Cinnamack (Brett Miller) in 1:50.4. It was the 55th lifetime victory from exactly 200 starts for the 10-year-old son of Art's Chip and boosted his career bounty to $869,732. Page managed an ideal two-hole trip for the winner, who hails from the Ron Burke Stable. A pair of first leg George Williams Memorial Series divisions were contested earlier on the Saturday program. The late closer for non-winners of four races or $40,000 lifetime produced a pair of 4-year-old winners who each took impressive new lifetime marks. Gerardo (Kayne Kauffman), a recent $50,000 purchase at auction, sped to a 1:51.3 triumph over Noah Z Tam (Kyle Ater) and Velocity U Betcha (Brett Miller) in the first $12,500 split. Kauffman, who eclipsed the $20 million mark in purse earnings on Friday, also trains the son of Rockin Image for new owner Mark Bogen. Velocity Smoke (Dan Noble), trained by Mark Evers for his Velocity Standardbreds stable, scored in 1:52, besting Trial By Fire (Josh Sutton) and Reagan's Avenger (Chris Page). Racing resumes Sunday afternoon (March 3) with a 2:05 p.m. matinee. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Feelin Red Hot (Chris Page) got back on the winning track capturing the $25,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (March 1). Driver Kayne Kauffman also had a memorable evening scoring a hat trick with three horses, all from his own barn. Feelin Red Hot drew the best of the four outside posts grouping and took full advantage. Once Page wrestled the front away with the 6-year-old daughter of Feelin Friskie he opened a couple lengths on the field and maintained the margin through the wire reached in 1:52. Lease Ness Monster (Kyle Ater) and Gone Girl (Dan Noble) were the best of the rest in the feature race. Ron Burke trains the winner, who now has three triumphs in six tries at this level in 2019, for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Kayne Kauffman not only reached the winner's circle three times, but also eclipsed the lofty $20 million purse earnings plateau. His first win came behind Tura Lura Lural in the second division of the first leg of the Herb Cover Jr. Memorial Series for distaffers who are non-winners of four races or $40,000 lifetime. The 4-year-old daughter of The Panderosa pounced from the 2-hole at the head of the stretch and sailed to a 1:53.4 score over Scwartz Bros Beaty (Sam Widger) and Canadian Rocker (Mike Peterson). Kauffman's wife Natalie co-owns the winner with partners Douglas Millard and Sandra Burns. Kayne Kauffman eclipsed the $20 million purse earnings plateau with a hat trick on Friday at Miami Valley.  He is congratulated by Racing Operations Manager Helen Carlo and Senior Marketing Director Jerry Abner. - Conrad photo Dan D Dune (1:53) gave Kauffman his second tally beating Strong Playin King (Dan Noble) and Whata Twist (Josh Sutton) in a $12,500 claimer for pacing geldings. Mary Megerle owns the 6-year-old who won for the second time in eight seasonal starts at this level. Mary Megerle also owns Kayne's third victor of the night, Lerato N (1:53.2), a 6-year-old mare who topped the highest condition class for the female set. The upset winner paid $33.20 for topping Strong Opinion (Sutton) and Sandy Sue (Page). Kauffman began his career in 1994 with one win in four starts and purse earnings of $423. Since then the 40-year-old reinsman has accumulated 3066 wins in addition to 3382 place and 3363 show finishes. Kayne's first two $1 million seasons came in 2013 and 2014, followed by $2 million-plus seasons in 2015 and 2018. In 2016 and 2017 the red-and-white clad driver managed $3 million-plus campaigns. He owns 14 100-plus win seasons, including the last 11 years. He scored over 300 victories in three straight years from 2015-2017. In this age of catch drivers, Kauffman is also an accomplished trainer who manages a full stable. He has recorded 810 training wins and his horses have earned over $4.6 million.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - Trace Tetrick, the defending dash champion and leading driver at the current Miami Valley Raceway meet, won five of the first eight races on the Monday afternoon (Feb. 25) matinee including both divisions of the first leg of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial late-closer for trotters. The Paver Memorial, for non-winners of four pari-mutuel races or $40,000 lifetime, is the first of nine "Lebanon Legends" series that will be presented during March and the early days of April at Miami Valley. Air Assault captured the first $12,500 split in 1:56.2, besting P C Foreign Affair (Jason Brewer) and Missprimetimemel (LeWayne Miller). The favored 4-year-old son of Yankee Glide is trained by co-owner Mike Hollenback, whose partner is Charles Kline. The Lionking AS was victorious in the second division, downing MVP Luke (Dan Noble) and White Pants Forever (Walter Haynes Jr.) in 1:57.2. Tyler George recently assumed the conditioning duties on the 4-year-old Lionhunter gelding that is owned by ACI Stuteri AB. Both winners showed six victories prior to their first leg triumphs with three each coming at commercial tracks and three at county fairs. The second leg of the series next week will feature $15,000 divisions while the top nine combatants will chase a $25,000 championship purse on March 11. Tetrick's other tallies came behind Missplacedrock (1:57.4) in a bottom condition mares pace, Galyns Gift (1:56.1) in a $6500 mares claimer, and Insomniac (1:56.4) in a mid-range condition trot.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - Pine Dream evened the recent score with All About Cowboys in the Sunday (Feb. 24) $24,000 Open I Handicap Trot at Miami Valley Raceway. Over the last five weeks, the two top trotters have dominated the local squaregaiters, each winning a pair and each with two runnerup finishes. Both have earned just over $40,000 during the initial two months of the season. The two trotting titans got away last and second last in the scratch-shortened seven-horse field until well past the :57 halfway point, but when they decided it was time to go they blew by their five adversaries in short order. Three-wide at the three quarter station, driver Trace Tetrick flew to the top and opened up a commanding lead. Jason Brewer and All About Cowboys tried gallantly to keep up, but could do no better than to tow along in Pine Dream's wake through the stretch. Pine Dream stopped the timer on an extremely windy day in 1:55.2 and paid $5.80 to win, while the exacta with All About Cowboys returned $36.40. Chupp Racing Stable Inc. plucked Pine Dream from the Blooded Horse Sale last August and needed a little good fortune to get him. "Merv went to the sale with his eye on a pacer, but his price went too high," related trainer Kelly Chupp. "When he called a little later and said 'I bought a trotter' I said oh no, just what we don't need. It has turned out great though and now I just love that little horse!" Primed N Powerful (Tyler Smith) took full advantage of his drop into the $20,000 Open II Trot, beating Merci Monsieur AS (Kayne Kauffman) and Fomor (Josh Sutton) in 1:57. It was the winner's first triumph in five tries in 2019 for trainer Bob Phillips and owners Ronald Phillips and Sharry Boledovich. The six-year-old gelding paid $7.20 to win.   Gregg Keidel  

Dancin Yankee, one of the most prolific Ohio-sired horses ever, cruised to a 1:51.3 harness racing triumph in Miami Valley’s Saturday night Open Pace. Randy and Jessica Smith and family, the owner-trainers of Manny, are greeted following the final of the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley championship by Dailey’s wife Kim and daughter Ashley. Manny is greeted by a horde of family and friends following the victory by Manny in the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley final. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - 'Super' Brett Miller picked a great time to win his 8000th career harness racing victory at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (Feb. 22). The 45-year-old purple and white clad reinsman captured the $25,000 championship final of the inaugural Howard Beissinger Memorial Medley in the track's first-ever added distance 1-1/4 mile race. Miller guided Double A Goldrush to the 2:27.4 triumph in gate-to-wire fashion over fast-closing No Whip Chip (Chris Page) and Nothinbutanallstar (LeWayne Miller). Fractions for the first mile of the endurance test were :29.1, 1:00, 1:29.3 and 1:58.l. The winner swept through all three legs of the Beissinger Medley, notching a 1:11.1 score in the first leg-a 5/8th mile dash; returning with a 1:54.2 tally at the conventional mile distance in the second leg; then tacking on the lucrative added distance championship. Ross Leonard trains the 5-year-old son of Elegant Man for Michael and Laura Lee and their partner Terry Leonard. The victory was Double A Goldrush's 16th from just 64 lifetime starts and pushed him past the $200,000 earnings plateau. "I didn't know exactly how to train him for these different distances," laughed Leonard, "so I didn't do anything much different than his usual routine. It worked out pretty well! We'll probably give him a week off and then race him at Miami Valley until the end of the meet." "He thought about pulling up for a moment just past the mile mark," Miller chimed in. "I guess he thought he'd done enough work for the night, but he got right back to business when I chirped to him." Miller, the son of Del S. Miller and cousin of Hall Of Famer David Miller, began his racing career in Ohio at age 19 in 1992 - winning one race in 31 tries good for $3258 in earnings. It wasn't long afterwards that he hooked up with the late trainer John Lee at Northfield Park and the duo began winning races at an alarming rate. For a period of seven years before Miller left for The Meadowlands in 2007 Brett averaged over 500 wins a year with purse earnings over $2 million in each of them. His lifetime purse earnings are approaching $85,000,000. "John Lee gave me my first big break," said Brett. " I might not be here today if not for the trust he placed in me. I think about John and the good times we had at Northfield often. He was a great guy and great trainer. I miss him." While his annual purse earnings more than doubled during his decade on the east coast, Miller kept an eye on his Buckeye roots and the renaissance taking place in terms of increased purses. Yearning to return "home," Brett decided the timing was right when the calendar turned to 2019 and he couldn't be happier with that decision. "I'm happy to be home and winning races at this clip again (65 already in 2019, good for almost $700,000 in purses). A co-featured $25,000 Open Mares Pace produced a mild upset when Pistol Packin Mama (Josh Sutton) topped Gone Girl (Dan Noble) and American Girl (Trace Tetrick) in 1:53.3. Sutton sat chilly in sixth position through the first three quarters, then split rivals in the stretch for the impressive score in the winner's second start of the season. Jeff Cullipher trains the 17-time winner for himself and partner Pollack Racing LLC. American Girl was attempting to join the ranks of horses that have earned $1 million, but fell just short. The 10-year-old daughter of Art's Chip now sports a bankroll of $996,860. Racing resumes Saturday night (Feb. 23) when co-features will be a $25,000 Open Pace and the 1-1/4 mile championship final of the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley for pacers. Post time is 6:05 p.m. From the Miami Valley Media Department  

LEBANON, OH. - John Jay reigns as "King of the Hill" after capturing the Tuesday (Feb. 19) $15,000 final of the Survivor Series for $5000 male harness racing pacers at Miami Valley Raceway. The 6-year-old altered son of Dali was claimed from the first elimination leg where he finished third, then copped both a division of the second elimination leg and the lucrative final for new owner Lases Racing of Sheridan, Michigan. Driver Brett Miller and John Jay didn't have an easy time of it in the championship tilt. After getting away fourth in the early going, Miller was forced to swing his charge first-up into the outer flow well before the half. Sandwiched between rivals vying for the lead at the three-quarters, Miller was able to keep John Jay's mind on the task at hand and eventually cleared to the front in midstretch and waltzed to the wire. Despite an off track, John Jay paced the mile in 1:54.2 to his 25th career triumph. Swift Shark (Dan Noble) finished second for the second straight week after a win in first week of Survival Series action. Lady's Man (Brady Galliers) got the show dough on the merits of his third consecutive show finish in the tournament-style series. From the Miami Valley Media Department

LEBANON, OH. - Real Diva lived up to her name Monday afternoon (Feb. 18) at Miami Valley Raceway. The 6-year-old Real Desire mare was crowned champion when she captured the $15,000 Survivor Series final for $5000 claiming mares. The harness racing series started with 40 minimum claiming mares in four divisions two weeks ago, was narrowed to the top twenty for the second go-around last week, and then ten finalists squared off to compete for the crown and the lucrative purse on Monday. Sent off as an 8-5 co-favorite from the rail, driver Dan Noble was content to get away third in the first quarter. Real Diva was shuffled to fourth at both the half and the three-quarter stations as first Fancy Jess (Kayne Kauffman) and then Grimalkin (Trace Tetrick) pressured the pacesetter Star Of Our Show (Brett Miller). Noble was able to angle the winner three-wide at the head of the stretch and propel down the middle of the lane to secure the 1:55.4 score. Trainer Noah Garrett, who sports an outstanding .512 UTRS during the current meet, also owns Real Diva who he purchased from out East around the turn of the calendar year to 2019. She won her first start in Ohio in January, then managed a pair of show finishes in the Survivor Series eliminations. Grimalkin garnered the place money and Star Of The Show hung on for third. The Tuesday (Feb. 19) matinee at Miami Valley will feature the tandem $15,000 championship Survivor Series showdown for the male $5000 claimers. First race post is 2:05 p.m. and the Survivor Series championship should head postward approximately 5 p.m. From the Miami Valley Media Department  

LEBANON, OH. - All About Cowboys was all about business on Sunday (Feb. 17) afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway, winning the $22,500 Open I Trot in a front-stepping 1:55 effort. The 6-year-old black son of Swan For All has now put together a streak of four weeks with two wins and two place finishes in the weekly harness racing top trot. Driver Jason Brewer guided the winner through a well-rated mile that included checking in at the early stations in :27.3, :56.4 and 1:25.4. Sent off at 3-1, All About Cowboys had to hold off a furious late rally by Pine Dream (Chris Page) to notch the narrow victory. Monopoly Blue Chip (Kayne Kauffman) was best of the rest, while Another Breath (Dan Noble) and Trotting Grace (Brett Miller) picked up the remaining paychecks. Ken Rucker trains All About Cowboys for owners Green Acres LLC and Mike Klimas. The victory was his 15th in 88 career starts and raised his lifetime earnings to $186,000. Mystical Power (Chris Page), moving up from the $20,000 claiming level, garnered to honors in a $20,000 Open II Trot. The 6-year-old Yankee Glide mare bested Impressive Chief (Miller) and Primed N Powerful (Tyler Smith) in 1:55.4. It was the winner's tenth win overall and fourth in her last five starts, but the first in open company. Clarence Foulk conditions Mystical Power for L & L Stables. Racing resumes Monday afternoon (Feb. 18) at 2:05 p.m. at Miami Valley. Featured will be the $15,000 Survival Series championship leg for $5000 claiming mares, slated as Race 10 on the program.   From the Miami Valley Media Department

LEBANON, OH. - Just when the question was being raised: Has age finally caught up with Dancin Yankee?...the answer came back a resounding "No," when the 11-year-old $1.85 million harness racing earner captured Miami Valley's $24,000 Open I Pace on Saturday (Feb. 16) night. Following three uncharacteristic off-the-board finishes to open his 2019 season, the Ron Burke trainee scored his first seasonal victory in 1:50.4 for driver Chris Page. Dancin Yankee was fired off the gate and attained the lead prior to the :27.3 quarter-mile clocking. Maintaining a comfortable pace to the :55.3 halfway point, Page was forced to ask his winning charge for more throughout the second half. Challenged first by Cruise Patrol (Brett Miller) at the 1:23 third quarter junction and then Granite (Trace Tetrick) through the stretch, Dancin Yankee held tough right to the wire, winning by a head. Its rare to see any horse post a :55.1 back half after a :55.3 first half, but that is exactly what Page and Dancin Yankee did despite sub-freezing temperatures. Granite and Whatchyastartinat (Kyle Ater) finished in a dead-heat for second, just a head back of the winner. My Buddy Ninkster (Todd Warren) and My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) earned the final two paychecks in the classy field of eight. Page also captured the $20,000 Open II earlier in the card. He guided Swapportunity to a 1:52 triumph over Statement Made A (Tetrick) and Sammy The Bull N (Josh Sutton). Swapportunity was claimed from Miami Valley's Claim To Fame Series for $30,000 horses three weeks ago and finished second in the $37,500 series final last week before stepping into open company. The 7-year-old son of Mach Three is now owned by LaSalle Investments LLC and is a resident of the Becky Zubkoff Stable. Finalists for the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley late-closer were also determined on the Saturday card. Manny (Tetrick) topped The Dark Shadow (Page) and Rising To The Top (Mike Oosting) in the first $17,500 division timed in 1:52.2. Randy Smith trains the winner for his wife Jessica, who owns the 6-year-old son of American Ideal. Dakota Roadster (Oosting) copped the second split in 1:52, besting Account Rollover (Miller) and Angelo J Fra (Page). Perry Smith owns and trains the 7-year-old son of Duneside Perch. The nine horses with the highest combined earnings in the first two preliminary legs will gather again next Saturday (Feb. 23) to determine a champion in a 1-1/4 mile test for a $25,000 purse. In order of earnings, the hopefuls are The Dark Shadow, Manny, Dakota Roadster, Hunchie, Account Rollover, Duel Of Truth, Angelo J Fra, Southern Flight and Rising To The Top. From the Miami Valley Media Department

LEBANON, OH. - 'Super' Brett Miller has "owned" the inaugural Howard Beissinger Memorial Medley trotting series, winning all four preliminary heats over the first two weeks at Miami Valley Raceway. His toughest decision in the series thus far has to be what horse to drive in the $25,000 championship final next Friday at a distance of 1-1/4 miles. He won with both Deweyknowigotit and Double A Goldrush in the first leg, a pair of ¾ mile dashes for $12,500 purses to kick the new series off. Miller followed that up by winning both $17,500 divisions with the same two trotters on Friday (Feb. 15) at the conventional distance of one mile. Deweyknowigotit and Double A Goldrush ended up tied for the lead in series money earnings, the yardstick used to determine the nine finalists. The remainder of the field will be comprised of Rompaway Galaxy, Lets Go Bucks, Nothinbutanallstar, No Whip Chip, Rockinthepines, Cruzen Cassi and He's Got Pizazz-if they all enter. Both winners went gate-to-wire as favorites in the second leg. Deweyknowigotit topped Nothinbutanallstar (LeWayne Miller) and Rompaway Galaxy (Jason Thompson) in 1:56. The Derek Watiker-trainee, owned by his father Lionel Watiker, paid $3.20. The son of Deweycheatumnhowe is now 5 for 7 in 2019, good for almost $40,000 in earnings, following a forgettable 2018 season when he went 0 for 11 and earned just $3960. Double A Goldrush took a new lifetime mark of 1:54.2 in his split, beating Lets Go Bucks (Dan Noble) and No Whip Chip (Chris Page) who dead-heated for second. Ross Leonard trains the winner, who is approaching $200,000 in career earnings. The 5-year-old gelding by Elegant Man is owned by Michael and Laura Lee in partnership with Terry Leonard. A $25,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace was captured by Zoe Ellasen (Trace Tetrick) in 1:53. Feelin Red Hot (Page), the winner the previous two weeks, finished second after cutting the entire mile from an assigned outside post. Always About Farah (Sam Widger), making her initial start in the open ranks, was a creditable third. Zoe Ellasen sat fourth through the opening :28 panel, then attacked first-over through middle fractions of :56.2 and 1:24. It was the first win of this season for the 5-year-old Santanna Blue Chip lass, but the 19th triumph in an outstanding career that has already netted $340,000 in earnings. She is owned by Ron Steck in partnership with her trainer Tyler George. Leading driver Trace Tetrick and second place Brett Miller each fashioned "Grand Slams" on the Friday program, reaching the winner's circle four times each. Racing resumes Saturday night (Feb. 16) when a $24,000 Open I Pace and two divisions of the second leg of the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley for pacers will be featured. Post time is 6:05 p.m. From Miami Valley Media Department  

LEBANON, OH. - Krusty The Clown and John Jay won final preliminary divisions of the Survivor Series for male $5000 claimers at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, setting themselves up as formidable hopefuls when ten championship harness racing finalists chase a $15,000 purse next week. Driver Cameron McCown, who claimed Krusty The Clown from the first elimination round of the Survivor Series, urged his new possession to a narrow 1:57.1 score over Swift Shark (Brett Miller) and Old Man River (Kyle Ater), who at 11 years of age just keeps on rollin'. Also advancing to the final were Ultra Shok N (Chris Page) and Don't Tell Rusty (Josh Sutton). John Jay (Ater) captured the second split in 1:57, despite starting from the outermost No. 9 post. The 6-year-old $150,000 career winner, racing for the first time for new owner Lases Racing and new trainer Alicia Hanners, topped Winds Of Terror (Sutton) and Lady's Man (Brady Galliers). Rounding out the championship field next week will be the remaining two check-getters, Royal Cam Hall (Page) and Total Sin (Dan Noble). From the Miami Valley Media Department  

LEBANON, OH. - First there were 40, then 20 and now 10 $5000 claiming mares still hopeful of becoming "Queen of the Hill" in the popular annual Survivor Series at Miami Valley Raceway. The ten finalists, who have survived by finishing in the top five during both preliminary elimination rounds, will chase a $15,000 championship harness racing purse next Monday afternoon (Feb. 18). Likely favorite in the final will be Grimalkin, who has won in both preliminary elimination rounds. The 4-year-old daughter of Pet Rock won the quickest of the two second round elims in 1:55.3 for driver Trace Tetrick, narrowly topping Star Of The Show (Tyler Smith) with Rockin Zendaya (Brett Miller) finishing third. Also advancing from that heat were My Shiyen (Trevor Smith) and Fancy Jess (Josh Sutton). The top three finishers were all claimed in both elimination rounds, despite a 30% base claiming price increase in the second week of the series, and will race for new connections in the final. Mystical Thread (LeWayne Miller) upset the other Survivor Series field at 25-1 odds to move on to the lucrative championship. Others who earned the right to advance were Karlee Sue (Sutton), Real Diva (Tetrick), Woo's Princess (Dan Noble) and Friskie Teddy (Brett Miller). The tandem Survivor Series for minimum tag male pacers will go postward on the Tuesday (Feb. 12) matinee program when two divisions will be whittled down to one championship field for the following week. Post time is 2:05 p.m. From the Miami Valley Media Department

LEBANON, OH. - The richest race of the season thus far at Miami Valley Raceway, the $37,500 championship of the Claim To Fame series for $30,000 claimers, produced unexpected results when three longshots with outside post positions completed the trifecta and lit up the toteboard. J M Jet Set (Dan Noble) went gate-to-wire in 1:51.4 at 22-1 odds followed at the finish by 20-1 Swapportunity (Mike Oosting) and 38-1 IYQ YQR (Chris Page). The win mutuel was $46.80, the $2 exacta paid $917.60 and the 50-cent trifecta returned a whopping $3,964.30. Despite drawing the 7-hole, Noble was intent of controlling the championship tilt-zooming off the gate and crossing over to the pylons early in the mile. Following a :26.2 opening panel, J M Jet Set was throttled back to a :55 halfway clocking before tripping the third beam in 1:23. The 9-year-old Jereme's Jet gelding coasted home an open lengths winner for his 35th career triumph, missing his lifetime best time by just two-fifths of a second. Noble also trains J M Jet Set for owners Rodney Lorenzo and Brian Running. A pair of Open trots were co-featured on the Sunday (Feb. 10) matinee. In the $24,000 Open I Monopoly Blue Chip (Kayne Kauffman) scored a thrilling upset victory in a race where all eight stellar trotters were within three lengths at the wire. The no-nonsense closer, who is owned by Shayne May and trained by Jeff Olsen, won the cavalry charge to the finish line over All About Cowboys (Jason Brewer) and Another Breath (Noble) in 1:55.1. Although the winning son of Donato Hanover has been highly competitive in the top trotting class over the past four months, he was sent off at 15-1 by the public. The $20,000 Open II was captured by Hominy Hill, trained by Sandy Tetrick and driven by her husband Trace. The 7-year-old black gelding bested Classic Venture (Noble) and Impressive Chief (Brett Miller). From the Miami Valley Media Department

LEBANON, OH. - My Buddy Ninkster pulled another mild upset, as he often does, in the $24,000 Open I Handicap at Miami Valley on Saturday night (Feb. 9). Rarely dispatched as a favorite, this 1:51.1 victory was My Buddy Ninkster's tenth in the past 13 months against the best pacers in central and southwest Ohio. Todd Warren guided the 7-year-old son of Dali to the narrow come-from-behind score over open class heavyweights Nuclear Dragon (Dan Noble) and Granite (Brett Miller), who were lapped on at the wire. The winner paid $10.80. John Jr. and Mary Krasnican bred and have owned My Buddy Ninkster his whole life and he has rewarded them with $476,740 in career earnings. He is conditioned by veteran trainer Bob Phillips. A co-featured $20,000 Open II was captured in front-stepping fashion by Cruise Patrol (Brett Miller) in 1:50.4. The favored 6-year-old son of Bettor's Delight topped Doctor Carter (Chris Page) and Whataboy (Tyler Smith) to earn his initial victory of 2019, raising his lifetime bounty to $251,056 by doing so. Chris Short has been training the impressive winner for owner Coleen Dowdall. Two divisions of the brand new Bill Dailey Memorial Medley series also were presented on the Saturday program. The initial leg of this late-closer featured 5/8th mile dashes for $12,500 purses. Next week the same horses will compete at the standard one mile distance for $17,500 bounties; and the $25,000 championship leg on February 23 will be contested at 1-1/4 miles. Both dashes were clocked in 1:08, just four-fifths of a second off the North American record for one lap around a 5/8ths oval. The Dark Shadow (Chris Page) pressed to the front just past the first quarter and held off runnerup Duel Of Truth (Kyle Ater) and show finisher Royale Rose (Mike Oosting) in the stretch. The heavily favored 5-year-old son of Shadow Play, owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, returned $4.00. The second split went to Hunchie (Cameron McCown), who used the coveted No. 1 post position to full advantage. The Vince Hanna-trainee lead Southern Flight (Jason Brewer) and Angelo J Fra (Page) through the final teletimer beam in his first start of the year. Frederick Reed IV owns the 9-year-old by No Pan Intended who returned a healthy $21.00 to his mutuel backers. The 2:05 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 10) matinee at Miami Valley will feature a $24,000 Open I Trot, a $20,000 Open II Trot, and the $37,500 championship final of the Claim To Fame series for $30,000 claimers. From the Miami Valley Media Department

LEBANON, OH. - Feelin Red Hot (Chris Page) nosed out American Girl (Trace Tetrick) in Miami Valley's $25,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace on Friday night (Feb. 8), giving the 6-year-old harness racing daughter of Feelin Friskie her second straight weekly feature and postponing the christening of American Girl as a millionaire for at least another week. Page left enough to drop in fifth during the :27.1 opening panel, but was out and moving in the outer flow shortly thereafter. Positioned third-over and still in fifth past the halfway point in :56.1, Feelin Red Hot moved three-wide and was fourth after the 1:24.1 third stanza. As American Girl, who was setting the pace after clearing to the front just past the first quarter, began to tire on this chilly and windy night, Page and Feelin Red Hot showed the most resolve in the stretch by just barely wearing down her main adversary in 1:54. A win by American Girl would have pushed her career earnings to a few dollars more than $1 million, but now she'll have to wait in hopes of at least a second place finish in her next attempt. Ron Burke trains Feelin Red Hot for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She now sports 21 wins in 78 trips to the post, good for earnings of $238,479. Earlier on the card, two divisions of the first leg of the inaugural Howard Beissinger Memorial Medley for trotters were contested. The pair of first leg races were 5/8th mile dashes over Miami Valley's 5/8 mile oval. The second leg will be raced at the standard one mile distance; while the championship leg will be contested over 1-1/4 miles-or two laps. Brett Miller drove the winners of both $12,500 first leg dashes, Deweykknowigotit (1:11.2, $7.00 to win) and Double A Goldrush (1:11.1, $44.80). The North American record for the distance and track size is 1:10.3. Deweyknowigotit has now won four of his five starts at Miami Valley since the meet opened in early January. Lionel Watiker owns the 5-year-old gelded son of Deweycheatumnhowe and his son Derek Watiker does the conditioning. Rockinthepines (Dan Noble) was a hard-charging second with Cruzen Cassi (Tetrick) grabbing the show dough. Double A Goldrush rallied from off the pace to beat Rompaway Galaxy (Jason Thompson) and Lets Go Bucks (Kyle Ater). Ross Leonard trains the 5-year-old altered son of Elegant Man for owners Michael and Laura Lee and Terry Leonard. With 14 victories in 62 lifetime starts the winner is closing in on $200,000 in earnings. Racing resumes Saturday night (Feb. 9) at Miami Valley with a $24,000 Open Handicap Pace and two divisions of the new Bill Dailey Memorial Medley on tap. Post time is 6:05 p.m. From the Miami Valley Media Department

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