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Grove City, Ohio - As a preventative measure against the spread of the coronavirus, The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and Miami Valley Gaming will postpone the Big Screen Television giveaway scheduled for Friday March 13th. The OHHA will work with Miami Valley Gaming to reschedule this event when it is appropriate and prudent. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

LEBANON, OH. - Just A Passenger (Chris Page) was crowned harness racing champion of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial Series on Tuesday (March 10) at Miami Valley Raceway, topping Quick N Balanced (Trace Tetrick) and Forget It Im Crazy (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:54.1. The winning 4-year-old son of Cayenne Turbo endured a first-over journey pressuring front stepper Feel Invincible AS (Dan Noble) through the middle half mile before finally clearing past the three-quarters and sailing to a comfortable three length victory. The triumph in the $25,000 event was the sixth of Just A Passenger's career, but fourth of 2020 for the Burke Brigade. A $25,000 Open Handicap Trot was also contested with Majestic Player A (Brett Miller) continuing his domination of the weekly feature. Following a week off, the recent Australian import extended his win streak to four despite starting from an assigned difficult No. 9 post position. Racing fourth most of the mile, the 3-5 favorite swung three-wide around the final bend and scored handily in 1:52.4. Party At The Banks (Page) followed the winning 6-year-old gelding throughout but couldn't collar him in the stretch. No Whip Chip (Noble) made a first-over bid during the third stanza but had to settle for third in the end. Junior Haynes trains Majestic Player A for Jeffrey Fought, Brian Carsey and Casey Myers. Fans were treated to an endurance test and a dash on Tuesday as well. In the 1-1/4 mile race for mid-range condition pacers it was Manny (Noble) getting up in the final 50 yards to beat Dont Say Goodby (Tetrick) and Anoche (Kauffman) in 2:25.3. Trainer Peter Redder and partner Wilfong Racing own the 7-year-old son of American Ideal who now has 22 wins in 140 career efforts. The 5/8ths mile dash for $8000 claimers produced a major upset when That's Some Plan (Kauffman) held off New Patrol (Shawn Barker II) and Khan Blue Chip (Page) in 1:09.4. The 9-year-old Somebeachsomewhere son paid $43.80 for his first win in five 2020 tries. Dennis Putnam trains the dash victor for the Paradise Racing Stable. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH. - Dylan The Great (Josh Sutton) equaled the harness racing track record for 4-year-old gelding trotters at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday afternoon (March 9), winning a $16,000 top condition event in 1:54.1. The mark was originally established by Another Breath in April of 2017. Sutton was content to allow Insomniac (Brady Galliers), a notoriously fast front-end specialist, to cut the early fractions of :28, :56.3 and 1:24 before reeling him in through the lane for the impressive triumph. Steel Reserve (Tyler Smith) grabbed the show dough. Dylan The Great, a son of Ohio sire Break The Bank K, banked $101,462 as a sophomore and now has one win, one second and one third in three starts to commence his 2020 campaign. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J & T Silva-Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Racing resumes Tuesday (March 10) with a 2:05 p.m. matinee at Miami Valley. Features will be a $25,000 Open Trot, the $25,000 championship of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial Series, a mid-range $12,000 condition event raced at 1-1/4 miles, and a 5/8ths mile dash for $8000 claimers. From Miami Valley Raceway    

LEBANON, OH - If there's a hotter harness racing horse than Windsong Leo in North America thus far this season he would be hard to find! He captured his sixth Open Handicap Pace victory of 2020 on Saturday night (March 7) at Miami Valley Raceway, all from assigned outside post positions. His latest coup undoubtedly will move him up from his eighth place slot among the sport's richest horses in the current year. In his latest score, driver Chris Page urged the Ron Burke trainee, Windsong Leo, right past an open two hole while parked out all the way around the first turn. Once the tandem reached the first quarter beam in :27, they kept rolling through middle fractions of :55.3 and 1:22.3 before sealing the deal in 1:50. General Dolan (Brett Miller), who owns the quickest mile of the season-a 1:49.3 tally in last week's Open, shadowed the winner throughout and made it interesting in the stretch before settling for second. Ultra-consistent My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) rallied to secure the show spot. Ana Afreet N (Trace Tetrick) and Lifewithjohn (Ricky Macomber Jr.) earned the final two checks in the $24,000 affair. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura own Windsong Leo, whose lifetime earnings now stand at $663,505 with 56 wins in 122 trips to post. A trio of final preliminary legs in the George Williams Memorial Series were also contested. Winners of the final $15,000 tune ups were E Mode's Desire (Mike Peterson, 1:51.3, $18.00), Gold Digger King (Miller, 1:53.3, $3.00) and Loutenant (Shawn Barker II, 1:53, $23.40). E Mode's Desire, benefitting from an extremely quick :25.3 opening split, rallied from near the back of the pack to catch Gunrneedabgrboat A (Macomber Jr.) and Colition (John DeLong) in the closing strides. Gold Digger King just nipped Diesel Accelerator (Kyle Ater) with Motor City Man (Page) a close up third. Loutenant upset Peter Dalt (Macomber Jr.) and heavily favored Dashing To Da Wire (Miller) in the final division. Championship finalists in all nine of the "Lebanon Legends" late closers during the annual Miami Valley meet are determined by series earnings. Those who will vie for the championship in the $27,500 final, in order of earnings, are Gold Digger King, Diesel Accelerator, Loutenant, Dashing To Da Wire, E Mode's Desire, Gunrneedabgrboat A, Peter Dalt, A Stud Named Sue and Unlikeanyother. Friday Night Blues would get into the final if any of the top nine earners fail to declare. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - Allbeastnobeauty (Kayne Kauffman) collared heavily favored Checks On The Way (Trace Tetrick) in deep stretch Friday night (March 13) to capture the $25,000 Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway. Diamondtequilashot (Ricky Macomber Jr.) got a ground-saving trip to garner the show finish in the flashy ten horse feature field. Checks On The Way cut all the early fractions with Allbeastnobeauty, returning to the Open ranks after a triumph in the top condition class last week, sitting snug on her back until midstretch. Following fractions of :28.2, :56.3 and 1:24.2 the favorite faltered just slightly at the end of a :28 flat final quarter while Allbeastnobeauty pounced from the pocket full of pace in the final furlong. Despite her recent win and drawing the rail, the Erik Jaeck Jr. trainee paid a healthy $32.60 to her faithful. Coupled with the odds-on favorite, the exacta paid $83. The 50-cent trifecta was worth $106.55. Letme Fly Low (Brett Miller) finished fourth and Always Giggling (John DeLong) fifth, triggering a 10-cent Buckeye High 5 payoff of $534.20. A pair of final preliminary legs were contested in the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series for fillies and mares that were non-winners of four races or $40,000 on February 15. The first $15,000 split went to EyespywithmylileyeN (DeLong), a repeat winner for owner Trent Stohler and trainer Alesha Binkley. Her 1:54 clocking bettered Dragonfly (Tetrick) and Spee Dee Shark (Macomber Jr.) and set the 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three up as the likely favorite when the $25,000 final is held next Friday night. Pace Baby Pace (Josh Sutton) was the upset winner of the second division despite an outside post position. The 4-year-old Sweet Lou lass topped Hilary Barry N (DeLong) and Jazzie Babe (Trevor Smith) in 1:52.4. It was just the third career win for Pace Baby Pace, bred and still owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The name, of course, is a reference to Miami Valley ace handicapper Pacey (The Wizard) Mindlin's signature saying. The nine top money earners in the Coven Jr. Memorial qualified for the lucrative final. They are, in order of series earnings: EyespyonmylileyeN, Hilary Barry N, Pace Baby Pace, Dragonfly, Jazzie Babe, Atoritotell, Spee Dee Shark, Heerz Hoosierhunny and Sweet Sue. From Miami Valley Raceway        

LEBANON, OH - Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Trace Tetrick) returned to the top of the harness racing trotting ranks at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday (March 3) afternoon, winning the $24,000 Open in 1:54.4. It was the third win in the weekly feature from eight starts, increasing the son of Pinetucky's seasonal earnings to $55,550 in two months work. Chris Page had the hot hands among the drivers, scoring six victories. With Majestic Player absent from the field this week after three consecutive triumphs, the contest was wonton for a new winner. When Black Mamba AS made a break trying to leave from an outer post, the remainder of the contestants settled in program order early. Leaving from the rail, Tetrick and Sweet Mr Pinetucky took command and remained in charge throughout the mile. After coasting through fractions of :28.3, :57.4 and 1:26, the winning Lester Raber trainee had enough left in the tank to kick home in :28.4 and win comfortably. Peggy Sue (Brady Galliers) proved next best, while Northern Skyway (Tyler Smith) garnered the show dough. A pair of $15,000 second leg divisions in the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial trotting series were also contested to determine the finalists for next Tuesday's $25,000 championship tilt. Driver Chris Page swept both splits in identical 1:57.2 clockings. Feel Invincible AS captured the first division by topping Mary Mag Delene (Sandy Beatty) and Serene Hall (Tetrick). The 4-year-old daughter of Broadway Hall, trained by Anette Lorentzon, was the only nominee to win in both preliminary legs. Just A Passenger, who skipped the first leg, made the most of his series debut by handily downing Quick N Balanced (Tetrick) and B Threeseven (Beatty). The 4-year-old son of Cayenne Turbo is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The top ten money winners in the Paver Memorial preliminaries were Feel Invincible AS, B Threeseven, Just A Passenger, Serene Hall, Quick N Balanced, Mary Mag Delene, Forget It Im Crazy, The Rave, Stonebridge Symba and Wrapped In Rubies. For Chris Page, the Paver Memorial wins were just two of six visits to the winner's circle on the day, following a five-win night at Northfield Park on Monday. His other victories were with Midnight Gambol (1:56.3, $12.80), Ilooklikeanallstar (1:57.1, $10.80), Sports Lightning (1:55.1, $22.80) and Mykindachip (1:52.3, $21.60). The 36-year-old blue-and-white clad reinsman is a solid third in the Miami Valley dash derby with 57 wins, trailing only Brett Miller and Trace Tetrick who are waging a spirited back-and-forth battle for the No. 1 spot. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - An outstanding Saturday (Feb. 29) harness racing card at Miami Valley Raceway, featuring total purses in excess of $200,000, included a $25,000 Open I Pace, a $20,000 Open II Pace and three divisions of the first leg of the George Williams Memorial Series. But the biggest surprise came in an $18,000 high condition event when General Dolan (Sam Widger) shocked everyone with the first sub-1:50 mile before the calendar turns to March in the seven year history of the five-eighths mile track. After being nabbed at the wire in the same class last week, Widger and General Dolan were on a mission to avoid a repeat occurence. The pair sped to the early lead in :26.3, despite frigid 27 degree temperatures, and never backed off until reaching the wire an open lengths winner in 1:49.3! It was just the 11th lifetime win for General Dolan, a 5-year-old son of Rockin Image, and increased his career bankroll to $207,865. Owned and bred by John and Robert Esposito, the quick clocking also lowered the winner's best ever clocking of 1:50, taken at Harrah's Hoosier Park as a three year old. Hallie's Comet (Chris Page) displayed a late burst to finish second and favored Granite (Josh Sutton), who loomed first up on the outside much of the way, held for third. The featured Open I also produced a surprise result when longshot Big Bad Mike (Trevor Smith) scored in 1:50.3 at odds of 14-1. Part of a three-way drag race to the first quarter pole, Smith ultimately gave way to Shagnwiththedragon (Dan Noble) as the timer flashed :26. Shortly thereafter, Fan Of Terror (John DeLong) rushed up to challenge the leader through middle fractions of :54.2 and 1:21.4. When the leader finally faltered halfway down the lane, Big Bad Mike found a seam and became part of a cavalry charge to the wire. He collared game runnerup Fan Of Terror in the final strides and My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) closed sharply to grab the show spot. Deborah Swartz conditions Big Bad Mike, a 6-year-old gelding by Big Bad John, for owners Scott Albaugh and Bradley Delaney. The Open II was not quite as dramatic with heavily favored GD Western Joe (Page) topping Lifewithjohn (Ricky Macomber Jr.) and Royale Rose (Tyler Smith) in 1:51. No stranger to winning, the Ron Burke trainee now sports 19 lifetime wins and $459,121 in earnings. The son of Real Desire watched the first quarter as the leaders put up a pedestrian :28 panel, but rushed to the lead shortly thereafter and avoided any tense moments by tacking middle fractions of :56.2 and 1:23.2 on the board before speeding home in 1:51. The trio of winners in first leg George Williams Memorial action were Diesel Accelerator (Kyle Ater) in 1:53.2, Dashing To Da Wire (Brett Miller) in 1:52.3 and Gold Digger King (Miller) in 1:52.2. The Williams will definitely be a contentious three week long series as a host of other very nice four year olds are nominees. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Harness racing driver Dan Noble, making his first drives on Friday (Feb. 28) after a 3-1/2 month respite, guided Big Bad Jane to victory in the $25,000 Open Mares Pace at Miami Valley Raceway. The 6-year-old daughter of Ohio stallion Big Bad John narrowly defeated Diamondtequilashot (Ricky Macomber Jr.) in 1:52.4, with last week's winner Rosemary Rose (Chris Page) finishing third. Bet down to even money, Noble took no chances with Big Bad Jane by grabbing the early lead easily and then coasting comfortably through fractions of :28, :55.3 and 1:23.2 before finally getting a late challenge from Diamondtequilashot as the top distaffers strained to the wire in 1:52.4 over a snow dampened racing surface. Sandra Burnett owns the winner, who won eight heats and earned $126,200 last season. She was making just her second 2020 start under the tutelage of Noble's wife Christi. The initial leg of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series, featuring pacing fillies and mares that were non-winners of four races or $40,000 on February 15, went postward in a pair of $12,500 divisions. Hilary Barry N and Eyespywithmylileye N, both owned by the Trent Stohler Stable, trained by Alesha Binkley and driven by John DeLong, were impressive winners. The Down Under bred stablemates each paid exactly $3.60 to win. Hilary Barry N paced her mile in 1:55.3 to top Dragonfly (Trace Tetrick) and Pace Baby Pace (Chris Page). It was the third season score in seven tries, increasing her 2020 bounty to $33,550. EyespywithmylileyeN was slightly quicker, stopping the teletimer in 1:54.4. The recent import from New Zealand bettered Jazzie Babe (Trevor Smith) and Heerz Hoosierhunny (Page) to remain undefeated on American soil with two straight triumphs. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - Majestic Player A certainly has enjoyed his first month of American harness racing. After a 'head' defeat in his first U.S. start on February 4, the 6-year-old Australian bred gelding has reeled off three consecutive impressive triumphs in Miami Valley Raceway's weekly Open Handicap Trot. With his 1:53.4 score on Tuesday (Feb. 25) he increased his earnings for the month to $41,250 for his new import owners Jeffrey Fought, Brian Carsey and Casey Myers. The son of Majestic Son, who banked less than $100,000 in three years of racing Down Under, has earned a well-deserved one week vacation from the racing wars at Miami Valley due to his three consecutive Open Handicap victories. He has adapted well to American racing under the astute handling of trainer Walter Haynes Jr. In the latest romp, Majestic Player A and driver Brett Miller marched directly to the front of the field and had no anxious moments while cruising through fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:25.2 before sealing the deal with a :28.2 final panel. Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Trace Tetrick) got a desirous two-hole trip the entire way, but never could mount a serious threat to the winner. Northern Skyway (Tyler Smith) was best of the rest in the seven horse field of top squaregaiters. A pair of first leg divisions of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial Series for trotters who are non-winners of four races or $40,000 lifetime also went postward on Tuesday. The first split went to B Threeseven (Sandy Beatty), who topped Forget It Im Crazy (Kayne Kauffman) by four lengths in 1:56.2. Stonebridge Symba (Miller) finished third. Beatty also trains the 5-year-old son of Chapter Seven for owner Ben Robards. Feel Invincible AS (Chris Page) copped the other division with a 1:57.2 gate-to-wire tally over Serene Hall (Miller) and Wrapped In Rubies (Smith). The Paver Memorial score gave Page his third success on the matinee program. Anette Lorentzon trains the 4-year-old Broadway Hall mare for the ACI Stuteri Ab Stable of Kentucky and their partner Johansson of Sweden. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - Friday Night Blues (Cameron McCown), an Ohio county fair standout at age three, captured the championship leg of the $20,000 final of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series at soggy Miami Valley Raceway on Monday (Feb. 24). The 4-year-old harness racing son of Pet Rock won for the third time in six 2020 starts, lowering his lifetime best time to 1:53.1 despite a rain-soaked 'sloppy' track. McCown's wife, Jessica, trains both Friday Night Blues and the runnerup Captain Sunshine (Josh Sutton), who is a 4-year-old son of Captaintreacherous. The stablemates left the gate with alacrity as Captain Sunshine allowed Friday Night Blues to take a temporary lead, but rushed back to the front of the field as the initial timer flashed :28.1. Farmers Only (Trace Tetrick) moved up to challenge and put a head in front at the :57 halfway point, but never was able to clear to the front. Fishin For Apples (John DeLong) was next to take on the stablemates, but his three-wide move at the 1:24.2 three quarters marked stalled when the horses straightened out for the stretch drive. McCown popped the pocket in early stretch and wore down Captain Sunshine in the final furlong. Friday Night Blues won ten of 23 fair starts as a sophomore and has used the lessons learned to commence a successful commercial track campaign this season. He is owned by Kim Haver, the winner paid $10.80; combined with his barn companion the exacta was worth $30.80. Sunshine's Finest (Brett Miller) came from far back to grab the show position. Fishin For Apples and Spoiled Rockin (Kayne Kauffman) earned the remaining championship checks. Two races later, the ten finalists that emerged from a starting field of 76 $5000 claiming pacers chased a $20,000 championship purse in the Survivor Series. A J Corbelli (Kauffman), a 13-year-old career winner of $625,867, emerged as the King Of The Hill, scoring a 1:56.2 triumph in 1:56.2. Using front end tactics to full advantage, Kauffman guided the venerable veteran to victory over longshot Amasa Al (Shawn Barker II) and Hit And Giggle A (Miller). A J Corbelli scoring in 1:56.2                                            --Conrad photo "It's not often $5000 claimers get to race for $20,000," exclaimed Ricky Redder, brother of trainer Pete Redder. "Kayne did a great job of rating the mile and it certainly was a big reason for the old warrior's success today." A J Corbelli was claimed for $6500 in the second of the four Survivor Series rounds. Owner Therl Hensley has banked $10,900 in his first two starts with the prolific 57-time lifetime winner.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Harness racing co-favorites Crowntimerockette (Brett Miller) and Hilary Barry N (John DeLong) finished one-two in the $20,000 championship final of the George "Red" Owens Memorial Series for green pacing mares at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday (Feb. 23). Big Bad Mosa (Trace Tetrick) was next to cross the line in a 'chalky' finish to the three week series for non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime. Dispatched at 8-5 odds, Crowntimerockette returned $5.20. With fellow 8-5 shot Hilary Barry N second, the exacta was worth $14.20. Big Bad Mosa was a strong third in the betting resulting in a paltry 50-cent trifecta payoff of $9. After letting a pair of longshots battle up front through the opening :28.1 panel, Miller sent the winner to the front and stopped all three remaining quarter mile timers (:57, 1:23.1 and 1:53 flat). Sired by Ohio stallion Pet Rock, Crowntimerockette now boasts four wins and $34,505 in earnings following her two triumphs and a runnerup finish in the Owens Memorial Series. She is trained by Tom Blankenship for owner Jason Shumway. For Miller, the feature race score was one of five on the matinee program, increasing his meet total to 70. Tetrick managed a driving triple, giving him 74 victories after 37 programs to remain the meet leader--averaging a pair of wins per day. Next up for Miami Valley is a Monday matinee at 2:05 p.m., which will feature the $20,000 championship of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series and the $20,000 final of the month long Survivor Series for $5000 male claiming pacers.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Lifeonthebeach A, despite drawing the outermost post position, dominated the $25,000 championship leg of the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley on Saturday (Feb. 22) at Miami Valley Raceway. Contested over a mile and a quarter, the 7-5 favorite was sent on his way from the get-go by driver Chris Page and cruised through fractions of :28.3, :58, 1:27 and 1:55 before tacking on a :28.1 final panel to score handily in 2:23.1. Stablemates Champion Rock (Tyler Smith) and Royale Rose (Brett Miller) from the Dan Stone Stable finished second and third. The winner is a 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere now sports 18 career wins in 55 tries and increased his lifetime earnings to $129,652 with the triumph. He won the initial Dailey Memorial leg, which was a 5/8ths mile dash, in 1:08.3, then suffered an unfortunate incident in leg two at one mile when his crupper snapped and Page was forced to pull him out of the race. His confidence wasn't compromised, however, as he won for the fourth time in six 2020 seasonal starts as the 7-5 favorite. Lifeonthebeach A is owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Two races later, the weekly $25,000 Open I Pace was won by My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith), who topped Fan Of Terror (John DeLong) and Shagnwiththedragon (Sam Widger) in 1:50.3. It was the second win in 2020 for My Hero Ron, but the first in Open company. Danny Dubeansky trains the 8-year-old son of Well Said for owner Brian Witt. A $20,000 Open II Pace was captured by Street Boy (Brett Miller) over Big Bad Mike (Trevor Smith) and The Dark Shadow (Widger) in 1:51.3. Frederick Linz owns the 5-year-old son of American Ideal, who now has five victories in eight starts this meet, the others all coming in $30,000 claimers, and a 2020 bankroll of $56,825 already this year. Miami Valley will race three consecutive matinees at 2:05 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 23), Monday (Feb. 24) and Tuesday (Feb. 25). From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - Rosemary Rose (Chris Page) eeked out a narrow harness racing victory in the $25,000 Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday (Feb. 21), topping longshot Diamondtequilashot (Ricky Macomber Jr.) and favorite Checks On The Way (Trace Tetrick) in a photo finish. Colorful Sky (Sam Widger) was quickest off the starting car, but finally relinquished to Checks On The Way just past the :26.4 opening quarter mile. After a single file :29 second quarter breather, the best 'girls' in the region got serious and by the 1:24.1 third station were double tiered from front to back. Rosemary Rose was leading the charge on the outside with Diamondtequilashot in tow. When those two outer flow combatants fanned three wide at the top of the lane and fierce and exciting battle ensued all the way down the stretch. Rosemary Rose reached the wire first in 1:52.3 with the other pair lapped on and earning an identical clocking. The winner paid $7; the exacta returned a healthy $78.80; and the 500-cent trifecta was worth $252.69. The feature race triumph was one of three on the program for the Chris Page-Ron Burke driver-trainer tandem. They also scored with GD Western Joe (1:51.1, $2.60) in a $14,000 condition pace and Rockin Zoe (1:55, $11.40) in a non-winners of six races condition/claiming event. Page added a fourth tally with Sports Lightning (1:57.2, $29) in a $5000 claimer for Rob Zink Racing and Strike Point Racing LLC. Tetrick bettered Page's 'grand slam' by adding "one for the thumb." Trace's winners were Treacherous Beach (1:58, $16.20), Cantescapemydesire (1:54, $4.80), Scarlet V (1:55.2, $4.20), Tickle My Fancy (1:56, $9) and Debt Motivated (1:52.3, $4.20). With his handful of winners, Tetrick extended his meet leading total to 69 with a six win margin over current runnerup Brett Miller. Racing resumes Saturday night (Feb. 22) when the feature will be the $25,000 championship leg of the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley at a distance of 1-1/4 miles. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH. - Three races shared the  harness racing spotlight at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday (Feb. 18) afternoon as the five-eighths mile oval hosted a $24,000 Open Trot, the $20,000 championship leg of the Robert J. Brown Memorial trotting series and the $15,000 championship of the Survivor Series for $5000 claiming mares. Majestic Player A (Brett Miller), a recent import from Down Under, surged past Party At The Banks (Chris Page) midstretch and held for a narrow 1:54.2 victory. Peggy Sue (Brady Galliers) benefitted from a pocket ride and grabbed the show dough. Junior Haynes trains the 6-year-old winner for Jeffrey Fought, Brian Carsey and Casey Myers. Mary Mag Delene (Sandy Beatty) sat patiently in fifth in the early going of the Robert J. Brown Memorial final for non-winners of two or $20,000 trotters. After the halfway juncture was passed in :57.3 the 5-year-old daughter of Dejarmbro was angled to the outside. Moved up to second-over in fourth at the 1:27.1 three quarters, Beatty and Mary Mag Delene had the most trot in the lane, topping Stone Cold Blue (Tetrick) and stablemate B Threeseven (Brett Miller) in 1:57.4. "I thought the other half of my entry had a little better chance!" exclaimed an excited Beatty in the winner's circle, but this is a good looking mare who seems to be at the top of her game right now." Unfortunately, Beatty's other entrant (B Threeseven) made a break nearing the three quarters marker which eliminated his chances of winning although he recovered nicely to come back for third. Beatty co-owns Mary Mag Delene with Mazing Racing Stable. Her clocking was a new lifetime best. The ten mares who lined up for the Survivor Series final had survived two elimination heats to reduce the field from a group of 38 hopefuls. When the gate swung open it was Rock The Baby and driver Josh Sutton who sprinted to the front and then throttled back to a :28.3 opening panel. When favored Nice Trip (Tetrick) came calling early Sutton decided it was his mare's race to win or lose and pressed forward to a :56.4 halfway split. With Nice Trip still pressing on the outside, Rock The Baby still had the advantage as the pair sped past the three quarter station in 1:25.2. In the stretch the 5-year-old Rockin Image lass was able to pull away from the competition and triumphed handily in 1:54.4. Rock The Baby was claimed for $6000 from the first elimination heat of the Survivor Series by trainer Larry Finn and his partner Chad Stone. After a runnerup finish in the second elimination and the victory in the final, she has now produced a nifty $11,250 return on investment in two weeks . From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH - A jammed harness racing leader board atop the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series standings at Miami Valley Raceway makes for an interesting championship when the top nine money winners gather on Monday (Feb. 24) for the $20,000 final. The series commenced with 27 nominees who were all non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $20,000 lifetime. The final preliminary leg was contested in two $12,000 divisions on Monday (Feb. 17) afternoon with Friday Night Blues and Sunshine's Finest each getting their initial wins in the series and securing spots in next week's 'big dance.' Friday Night Blues (Cam McCown) scored as the favorite over longshot Fast Track (John DeLong) and Big Bank Hank (LeWayne Miller). The 4-year-old altered son of Ohio stallion Pet Rock won ten races in 2019, but all at county fairs. After an uneventful month to start the 2020 season at Woodbine Mohawk Raceway, he was returned to Ohio and the care of Jessica McCown for the Hiteman late closer. Sunshine's Finest (Brett Miller) pulled a mild upset in the second split, topping favored Fishin For Apples (DeLong) and Velocity Komodo (Mark Evers) in 1:53.2. Owned by Thestable Sunshinesfinest, the winning 4-year-old son of Sunshine Beach also started the current campaign at Woodbine Mohawk before being shipped south to the Virgil Morgan Jr. Stable for this series. The nine finalists for the Hiteman Memorial, based on series earnings, will be Fishin For Apples, Sunshine's Finest, Friday Night Blues, Captain Sunshine, American Trademark, Fast Track, E R Hotshot, Farmers Only and Spoiled Rockin. The popular Survivor Series for male $5000 claiming pacers staged its final elimination round on Monday as well. The series started with 76 horses in eight divisions, was whittled to 40 in four divisions in Round 2, and reduced to ten finalists from a pair of Round 3 elimination heats. Purses in the first three elimination rounds escalated from $5000 to $6000 to $7500, while the final next Monday (Feb. 24) will chase a $20,000 bounty. Longshot Bettor Win (LeWayne Miller, 1:56, $40.60) and favored Hit And Giggle A (Brett Miller, 1:55.2, $6.40) managed narrow decisions in the final preliminary heats. The remaining finalists hoping to be crowned the King of the Bottom Claimers will be Amasa Al, Pence Hanover, Latenite Trick, River's Crest, I Am Will, A J Corbelli, Khan Blue Chip and Creighton Hanover. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - Three divisions of second round action in the George 'Red' Owens Memorial late closing harness racing series were featured on the Sunday (Feb. 16) matinee at Miami Valley Raceway. The results of the trio of $12,000 splits determined the nine finalists for next Sunday's $20,000 championship tilt. The Owens Memorial is one of nine Lebanon Legends series that honor the memory of notable horsemen, now deceased, who were among the early heroes at nearby Lebanon Raceway which now serves as a training center for many Miami Valley participants. A total of 27 horses, all fillies or mares that were non-winners of two races or $20,000 at the start of the series, were nominated. Jazzie Babe (Trevor Smith) copped the first division in 1:54.4, edging Pray The Rosary (Luke Ebersole) and Valendougha (Sam Widger). It was the fifth win in 15 starts for the late-blooming 8-year-old daughter of Dontgetinmyway, who didn't commence her racing career until age seven. She is owned and trained by Perry Smith. Crowntimerockette (Brett Miller) was the quickest of the three winners, turning the tables from Leg 1 on runnerup Hilary Barry N (John DeLong) in 1:53.4. It was the third lifetime success for the 3-year-old daughter of Pet Rock, trained by Tom Blankenship for owner Jason Shumway, who lowered her career best time by over three seconds. Rockinattheryman (Trace Tetrick) closed well to secure the show finish. Big Bad Mosa (Tetrick) became the only two time winner in the series when he scored in 1:55 over Onspeed N (Tyler Smith) and Sweet Ginger (Josh Sutton). Ronnie Roberts trains the 3-year-old filly by Big Bad John for the Watson Stables. She, too, lowered her lifetime best clocking with her fourth triumph in just 13 trips behind a starting gate. The field for the championship finals in the Legends series is determined by money earnings in the two preliminary legs. The 'Red' Owens Memorial finalists, in order of earnings, will be Big Bad Mosa, Crowntimerockette, Jazzie Babe, Hilary Barry N, Pray The Rosary, Onspeed N, Rockinattheryman, Lookintomyeyes and Sweet Ginger. Racing resumes Monday afternoon at Miami Valley featuring two divisions of the second round of the Omar Hiteman Memorial series, as well as the final two elimination heats in the popular Survivor Series for $5000 male claiming pacers. Post time is 2:05 p.m. From Miami Valley Raceway        

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