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LEBANON, OH. - Away My Baby and Entranced punched tickets to the 'Big Dance' by winning $17,500 splits of the harness racing final preliminary leg of the Claim To Fame Series for $15,000 trotters at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday afternoon (Jan. 20). The championship leg next Monday, Jan. 27, features a $27,500 purse. Away My Baby (Tyler Smith) pulled a major upset in the first division, edging runnerup Kiwi Pres (Brett Miller) and heavily favored show finisher Insomniac (Trace Tetrick) in 1:56.1. Sent off at 30-1 odds the Sherif Cunmulaj trainee, a 6-year-old daughter of And Away We Go, paid $63.80 for taking full advantage of an opening up the inside in deep stretch. Coupled with Kiwi Pres, who managed a brief short lead in the lane, the exacta returned $109; while the 50-cent trifecta with the favored Insomniac, who gave up the lead in the shadow the wire, kicked back $114.65. Insomniac, who was claimed off trainer Brady Galliers in the first leg, was claimed back by Galliers for the final. Entranced (John DeLong) narrowly defeated Ray Hall (Brett Miller) and Ursis Des Caillons (Kayne Kauffman) to secure his spot in the lucrative championship tilt. The 9-year-old Kadabra gelding, owned and trained by Joe Cirasuola, paid $6.60 following his come-from-behind triumph. The top nine money earners in the series comprise the final field. In order of earnings, they are Entranced, Insomniac, Away My Baby, Kiwi Pres, Infrontandforgetit, Here's The Magic, Ray Hall, Its Chocolate Time and Ursis Des Caillons. Two final preliminary heats of the Claim To Fame Series for $8000 claiming mares were also contested. Upsetter My Caroline (Kyle Ater) took the first division in 1:54.3; while D Gs Shadowsbell (Jeremy Smith) copped the other in 1:54.4. Joining those two winners in the $17,500 final next week will be Foolish Heart, TCs Scandal, Skyway Royalty, Elm Grove Joanette, Big Chute, Melanies Filly and Analyze. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - The field is set for the richest event of the Miami Valley harness racing season, the $37,500 final of the Claim To Fame series for $30,000 horses and geldings on next Sunday (Jan. 26). A trio of $27,500 divisions of second round action were contested Sunday (Jan. 19) to determine the nine finalists. Winners were Lincolnjames (Brett Miller, 1:53.1, $3.00), Normandy Beach (Trace Tetrick, 1:53.3, $4.60) and The Dark Shadow (Chris Page, 1:52.4, $27.20). They will be joined by Southern Flight, Street Boy, The Book Of Life, Bestman Hanover, Sammy The Bull N and Dakota Roadster in the lucrative championship race. Normandy Beach, the only two time winner in the preliminary legs, was claimed for $39,000 by the partnership of Virgil Morgan Jr., Carl Howard and Dana Parham and will race out of the new barn in the final. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH. - Following an outstanding 2019 harness racing season in Pennsylvania and along the East Coast, Windsong Leo crossed the border into Ohio on Saturday night (Jan. 18) to take on the Midwest's best pacers in Miami Valley's $25,000 Open I Pace. The result was another win, the 8-year-old's fourth straight and 17th in his last 31 starts. Driver Chris Page was aboard the even money favorite, who was assigned an outside post off three straight stellar triumphs in the top class at The Meadows. Unhurried early in the mile, Windsong Leo steadily advanced throughout the 1:53.2 score by collaring pacesetting Lifewithjohn (Ricky Macomber Jr.) around the final bend and comfortably holding off the late rushes of Granite (Jeremy Smith) and Beyond Delight (Trace Tetrick) through the stretch. Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura own the winner, a son of Jereme's Jet who lifetime bankroll has swelled to $608,960. The feature race win was one of five on the program for Page. A $20,000 Open II Pace was captured by Shagnwiththedragon (John DeLong) over Gerardo (Kayne Kauffman) and I'm A Big Deal (Josh Sutton), also clocked in 1:53.2. J.D. Perrin trains the 6-year-old Dragon Again gelding who is owned by his wife Tessa Perrin and Eim Racing. He paid $17.20 to his backers. Three divisions of the second leg of the Claim To Fame series for $20,000 male pacers also went postward, each for a purse of $22,500. Winners were Pet Shark (Trevor Smith, 1:55.4, $5.60), Hereittiz (Trace Tetrick, 1:55, $9.20) and Ponderingjacksfame (Chris Page, 1:55, $3.00). The three winners will be joined by the next six highest money winners in next Saturday's $32,500 championship leg of the series. Those remaining finalists are Winna Winna, Persistent Threat A, Monte Cristo, Ram N Desire, Cool Like That and JD's Macca Lodge. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - Golden Paradise (Trace Tetrick) became the third harness racing mare in three weeks to win the Open Mares Pace at Miami Valley Raceway, topping Up Front Flor Ida (Kayne Kauffman) and Allbeastnobeauty (Aaron Merriman) in the $24,000 event on Friday night (Jan. 17). The winner, a 6-year-old daughter of Allthatgltrsisgold who won ten races and $133,175 in 2019, was forced to come first-up into pedestrian fractions that resulted in a 1:54 score. Making her first start since October, Golden Paradise was eased away in third from a two-hole start, but was flushed into the outer flow after a :27.1 opening panel. With the field double tiered from to back due to a :30 second quarter, Tetrick and his charge ground on the outside for the final 5/8ths of the mile before pulling away in the last sixteenth. Dispatched at 9-2 odds, Golden Paradise returned $11.80. Owned by Sam Schillaci, Wrenn Jr. Racing LLC and trainer Tyler George, she now has 29 wins in 85 starts on her lifetime resume good for $256,802 in earnings. Finalists were determined in a pair of Claim To Fame series on Friday night. Johns Baby Girl (Tyler Smith, 1:52.3, $3.60) and Danikova (Chris Page, 1:53.3, $7.00) both repeated in the $20,000 claiming mares division. They will be joined by Part-Time Hanover, Youlookhot, Shes Gorgeous Lady, Model, Velocity Lana, Sumthenforthegirlz and Atlantic Star if all nine leading money winners enter the $30,000 final leg. In the division for $12,500 pacing horses and geldings, the winners were Panoramic View (Sam Widger, 1:52.3, $8.00), Hal N Sammy (Brett Miller, 1:53, $8.40) and Hopetobefirst (Trace Tetrick, 1:53.3, $29.60). Rounding out the $25,000 final field, if all enter, will be Hell On Wheels, Boogie Nights, Moonwards Hanover, Rolling Thunder, Ahdoughnolum and Sedona Seelster-with a strict limit of no more than two horses for any owner or trainer. Racing resumes Saturday night at Miami Valley with a 6:05 p.m. post time. The card features a $25,000 Open I Pace, a $20,000 Open II Pace, and three $22,500 divisions of second round Claim To Fame action for $20,000 male pacers. From Miami Valley Raceway    

LEBANON, OH. - Walter White, one of the Midwest's most consistent check-getters in the Open trotting ranks, broke through at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 14) to capture the track's $22,500 feature for squaregaiters in 1:54.1. The 8-year-old winner of over a half million dollars topped Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Trace Tetrick) and Whata Swan (John DeLong) to shake a string of four straight place and show finishes at the top level. Driver Jeremy Smith left enough to slip into third during the first half mile, which featured quarter-mile clockings of :28.3 and :56.4. Shortly thereafter Jeremy and Walter White rushed up outside to challenge the favored pacesetter and eventual runnerup. Lapped on to the leader at the 1:25 station, the James Eaton trainee drew onto even terms by midstretch and surged ahead in the final strides. Walter White paid $25.40 to win and the exacta with the public choice Sweet Mr Pinetucky returned $89.20. The winning son of Cantab Hall is owned by Robert Silberberg. The final pair of Claim To Fame series out of the eight that are currently underway at Miami Valley kicked off with first leg action for $12,500 claiming mares and $8000 claiming horses and geldings. Dont Mach Mia (Trace Tetrick) and M E Radar Girl (Brett Miller) won the two mares splits in 1:54 and 1:54.1 respectively. Dont Mach Mia beat Crazy Bad K (Jeremy Smith) and Sweet Western (Brett Miller) to the wire as an odds-on favorite. The 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three was one of five entrants claimed out of the two 9-horse fields. She raced for owner Rene Allard and trainer Tyler George in the first leg, but will be part of the Larry Finn Stable in her next outing. M E Radar Girl made her first start from the Virgil Morgan Jr. Stable a winning one after a claim from a $10,000 event eleven days earlier during the first week of the Miami Valley meet. Co-owned by Carl Howard of Fazoli's Restaurants fame, the 7-year-old Radar Sign lass bested Galyns Gift (John DeLong) and Keystone Nikki (Trace Tetrick) in the first leg. Winners in the quartet of $8000 divisions for males were Colossal (Trace Tetrick, 1:54.1, $5.00), New Patrol (Chris Page, 1:53.3, $8.60), N Expense (Chris Page, 1:53.3, $9.00) and Putnams Attack (John DeLong, 1:53.2, $8.40). A total of nine horses including a lone winner (N Expense) were collared out of the four divisions via the claim box during first leg competition. From Miami Valley Raceway    

LEBANON, OH. - Initial legs of a couple more popular Claim To Fame series set sail on Monday afternoon (Jan. 13) at Miami Valley Raceway. $15,000 claiming trotters and $8000 claiming pacing mares contested their opening rounds in two harness racing divisions each. Insomniac (driver-trainer Brady Galliers) crushed the quickest split among trotters, besting Here's The Magic (John DeLong) and Taurus Du Parc (Tyler Smith) by a whopping 18 lengths in 1:53.4. The 8-year-old Crazed gelding took no prisoners, widening his advantage with practically every stride during the impressive mile. Insomniac, however, will be racing for new connections in his next start as he was collared for $15,000 via the claim box by Rene Allard and Bruce Soulsby for trainer Chris Short. Infrontandforgetit (Josh Sutton) won the other division in 1:57 and was also claimed. The 5-year-old Dontyouforgetit mare entered the race as part of the Ron Burke Brigade, but came out of it belonging to new owner William Hartt and trainer Mike Hitchcock. Kiwi Pres (Brett Miller) and Entranced (John DeLong) were next to cross the line in the contest. The trotters will chase enhanced $17,500 purses in the second leg next Monday carrying claiming tags enhanced by 30%. When they reach the final, the top earners in the series will race for a $27,500 bounty. T C Scandal (Brett Miller) and Foolish Heart (Trace Tetrick) were winners of the two $8000 splits for claiming mares. T C Scandal topped Skyway Royalty (John DeLong) and Analyze (Tyler Smith) in 1:53.2 for owners Kiara and Tre Morgan, the grown children of trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. Foolish Heart got the best of Melanie's Filly (Brett Miller) and Freedom Rolls (Jason Brewer) in 1:54.2. The winner was one of six mares taken via the claim box from the two divisions, however. A $22,500 Open Trot, four divisions of the opening round of Claim To Fame action for $8000 horses and geldings, and a pair of splits for $12,500 female pacers will highlight the Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 14) matinee at Miami Valley. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH. - The claim box at Miami Valley Raceway was flooded on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 12) as 18 $30,000 claims were submitted prior to the racing of the three harness racing divisions of the most lucrative annual Claim To Fame Series. After eliminating the duplicates by random draw, a total of eight horses changed hands for a total of $240,000, including a pair of first leg winners. Southern Flight (Brady Galliers) copped the first $25,000 split for the $30,000 claimers. The 1:53.1 upset winner ($26.00 win mutual) topped Best Man Hanover (Trevor Smith) and Class Six (Shawn Barker II) for owner Brian Witt and trainer Larry Finn. Favorites Rock Out and The Dark Shadow were both claimed from the race, but finished fifth and sixth in this first leg action. Heavily favored Street Boy (Trace Tetrick, $2.60) dominated the second division, besting The Book Of Life (Josh Sutton) and Noah Z Tam (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:52. The winner, entered by Allard Racing Inc. and trained locally by Tyler George, was plucked via claim from the race as was the runnerup. Tetrick also steered the winner of the final division, Normandy Beach ($5.60), who also clocked a 1:52 mile to beat Dakota Roadster (Trevor Smith) and Lincolnjames (Brady Galliers). Allard Racing also owned this winner with partners Bruce Soulsby, VIP Internet Stable and Chris Carson-although Normandy Beach will race for new connections in the second leg after being one of four horses snagged from this field. Others who shipped home in different trailers than they came were Lincolnjames, Get Around Town and Savage Seelster. Claiming prices escalate by 30% in the second leg of the series next Sunday (Jan. 19), with purses jumping to $27,500. The lucrative final in Week 3 will chase a purse of $37,500. Racing resumes at Miami Valley on Monday and Tuesday afternoons with the matinee programs beginning at 2:05 p.m.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Granite (Jeremy Smith) added to his impressive harness racing resume in the $24,000 Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (Jan. 11), topping Fan Of Terror (John DeLong) and My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) in 1:52.1 over a damp racing surface that stood up well despite weekend long rain showers. Jeremy Smith and Granite were content to sit fourth along the pylons while My Hero Ron parked favored Fan Of Terror around the first turn on the way to a :26.1 opening panel. My Hero Ron then lead the field through a pedestrian :30.2 second quarter as Granite commenced a grinding first-over attack shortly before the :56.3 beam. Moving up to second during the :27 third quarter (1:23.3) Granite was still forced to challenge on the rim before finally pulling away to victory in the last 100 yards. Owned by The Panhellenic Stable and trained by Ken Rucker, Granite has now captured 29 lifetime wins and earned $534,775. The 7-year-old son of Real Desire paid $9.40 to win. The Ken Rucker Stable also captured a $20,000 Open II Pace when Rose Run Uriah (Jeremy Smith) edged ahead of Beyond Delight (John DeLong) in the final strides. Tyd The Glyde (Trace Tetrick) picked up the show dough at the end of the 1:52 mile. A Claim To Fame series for $20,000 male claiming pacers also kicked off Saturday night, divided into four divisions racing for $20,000 purses. Pet Shark (Trevor Smith) captured the first split in 1:52.4 for owner-trainer Perry Smith, topping Make A Statement A (Tyler Smith) and Ville Valo (Brett Miller). The second first leg division went to Persistent Threat A (Josh Sutton) who topped Super Pac Hanover (Kayne Kauffman) and Nicol Shard N (John DeLong) in 1:54.1 at 20-1 odds. The Aussie-bred winner is co-owned by Jeffrey Koesters and trainer Phil Belanger. Winna Winna (Jeremy Smith), owned by Brian Witt and conditioned by Larry Finn, got the nod in the third division by beating J J Tanner (Tyler Smith) and Sonofa Sizzle (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:53. The fourth and final split went to Ponderingjacksfame (Chris Page), whose 1:53.2 clocking bested Ram N Desire (Tyler Smith) and Monte Cristo (Jeremy Smith) for owner No Recall Stable and trainer Ron Burke. Racing resumes on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 12) with a 14-race matinee beginning at 2:05 p.m. The southwest Ohio oval also presents matinee programs on Mondays and Tuesdays. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH. - Eliza Dushku N notched her second straight harness racing victory at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday (Jan. 10), moving successfully into Open Mares company for the first time. Driver LeWayne Miller had to be pleased when he saw the opening timer flash :26.2 while sitting fifth in the early going over a sloppy, but firm, racing strip. As the weekly feature for distaffers neared the half mile pole, Miller moved the winner into second-over position but still had four foes to pass. Advancing one spot to fourth on the outside at the 1:23.2 third stanza, Eliza Dushku N saved her best work for last. Swinging three-wide at the head of the lane the 7-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight wore down pacesetter Newsday (Tyler Smith) and fellow closer Colorful Sky (Sam Widger) to complete her 1:53.2 triumph. The John Ackley trainee, who races for the CT Stables LLC, paid $13.80 to win. Coupled with Colorful Sky, the exacta was worth $87.60, while the 50-cent trifecta including Newsday paid $180.20. The first leg of the Claim To Fame Series for $20,000 claiming mares split into two divisions and Ron Burke stablemates Danikova and Johns Baby Girl stole the show, with driver Chris Page sitting behind both winners. Danikova topped Model (Trevor Smith) and favored Atlantic Star (Aaron Merriman) in 1:55 in the first division. Johns Baby Girl bested Part Time Hanover (Jason Brewer) and Velocity Lana (Jeremy Smith) in 1:54.2 in the second split, but the winner will be racing for new trainer Michael Hitchcock in the second leg via the claim box. Four divisions of $12,500 horses and geldings also got their Claim To Fame series underway on Friday night. Six other Claim To Fame classes will get underway over the next four days of racing at Miami Valley. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - Harness racing driver Trace Tetrick completed a Grand Slam on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 7) at Miami Valley Raceway by guiding Sweet Mr Pinetucky to victory in the $30,000 Open Trot. Assuming the early lead in the dash standings with the four wins, Tetrick was aided by a pedestrian first half mile without pressure after assuming command easier than expected in a :28 opening quarter. The winning 6-year-old son of Pinetucky never got a serious challenge while cruising through the remaining timing stations in :57, 1:24.4 and sealing the deal with a :28.4 final panel for an open lengths 1:53.3 triumph. Trainer Lester Raber co-owns Sweet Mr Pinetucky with breeder Floyd Raber. It was the 20th career win and increased the winner's lifetime bounty to $213,106. Dispatched at 9-2 odds, he paid $11.40. Tetrick's other three winners on the matinee were Firstrockthenroll (1:57, $4.00) for trainer Pat Melloy Jr., General Dolan (1:53.1, $3.40) for conditioner Bob Phillips, and Cantescapemydesire (1:55.4, $2.40) from the Tyler George barn. A former Miami Valley meet dash champion, Tetrick has notched eleven scores through the first five days of the current 87-night session. Miami Valley presents 6:05 p.m. programs on Fridays and Saturdays in addition to 2:05 p.m. matinees every Sunday (except Super Bowl and Easter), Monday and Tuesday through May 3. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH. - Granite, the ultra-consistent 7-year-old son of Real Desire, paced the fastest mile of the meet thus far winning the $30,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday (Jan. 4) at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:52.4. The Ken Rucker-trainee won seven races and finished in the money on 24 of 35 occasions in 2019, banking $150,365 for The Panhellenic Stable. Lifetime, Granite now has 28 victories from 126 starts and $522,775 in bounty. Winning driver Jeremy Smith took full advantage of a pocket ride throughout the mile, following favored I'm A Big Deal (Brett Miller) through fractions of :26.4, :55.4 and 1:24.1. When first-over challenger Fan Of Terror (John DeLong)-who was assigned the outside post following two straight Open triumphs at Hollywood Dayton-faded slightly just after entering the stretch Granite pounced on the leader and then held off a furious late charge from runnerup Lifewithjohn (Ricky Macomber Jr.) to secure the victory. My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) also had late pace to finish third, while Fan Of Terror, I'm A Big Deal and Tyd Theglyde (Trace Tetrick) also picked up checks in the ten horse field. Granite paid $16.40 to win, the exacta returned $147.20 and the 50-cent trifecta kicked back a healthy $265.35. Jeremy Smith fashioned a Grand Slam on the first dozen races. In addition to his feature race win with Granite, his tallies came behind trotter Doctor Blizzard (1:58.2, $42.20) for trainer Mike Polhamus, A True Rock Star (1:55, $34.20) for trainer Aaron Hamilton and Monte Cristo (1:54.1, $7.00) for trainer Mike Arnold. Miami Valley will present the first of three consecutive matinee programs on Sunday (Jan. 5) afternoon. Post time on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday is 2:05 p.m. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - Miami Valley Raceway rang in the New Year with a stellar opening night harness racing card, a large and enthusiastic live crowd of racing fans and a best-ever opening night handle. The only thing that didn't cooperate was the weather as the 14 races were contested over a sloppy race track and through intermittent night-long rain showers. Highlight of the initial 2020 program was a $30,000 Mares Open Pace which produced a major upset when 40-1 Elysium Seelster (Josh Sutton) wore down Knockout Queen (Jeremy Smith) in the final strides of the 1:55.1 mile. Sutton got the winner away fourth from a two-hole start through the opening :26.4 panel, got shuffled to fifth at the :55 halfway juncture, then moved into second-over position on the outside before reaching the three quarter station in 1:24.1. When the favored pacesetter, My Tweed Heart (Brett Miller), began to shorten her stride around the final bend, Elysium Seelster was perfectly placed to battle stride-for-stride with first-over Knockout Queen all the way through the stretch. Mitchell Standardbreds Inc., Neil Goldstein and Terrance Smith plucked Elysium Seelster from an optional claiming race at Scioto Downs in August for $36,250 and entrusted the 5-year-old mare's future to trainer Zach Tackett. The daughter of Bettor's Delight now sports $181,964 in career earnings including 11 victories. She paid $82.80 in her first triumph in open company. Miami Valley resumes racing on Saturday night at 6:05 p.m. with another 14-race program featuring a $30,000 Open Pace for the best males currently competing in Southwest Ohio. Matinees will begin at 2:05 p.m. on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday afternoons. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - The seventh season of live harness racing at Miami Valley Raceway kicks off with five straight days of 14-race programs on Friday night, Jan. 3 at 6:05 p.m.   Opening weekend is chock full of nine and ten horse fields with a trio of enhanced $30,000 purse Open events highlighting the cards. With an estimated total purse account nearing $15 million for the 87-day meet, Miami Valley will race for some of the highest purses in North America over the next four months.   My Tweed Heart (Brett Miller) has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite in Friday's $30,000 Mares Open Handicap by handicapper Rick Stevens-Gleason, followed by Allbeastnobeauty (Tyler Smith, 7-2), Always Giggling (John DeLong, 4-1), Rosemary Rose (Chris Page, 9-2) and Newsday (Kayne Kauffman, 6-1).   The 7-year-old favorite My Tweed Heart, trained by Virgil Morgan Jr., is the richest mare in the field with $556,678 in career earnings. The daughter of Manhardt is owned by Winners Circle Stable LLC and Phil Harris of Columbus, Ohio.   I'm A Big Deal (Brett Miller) got the 5-2 nod over Fan Of Terror (John DeLong, 3-1) in Saturday's $30,000 Open Handicap for horses and geldings. The 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere won his first start at Hollywood Dayton after being plucked from the Harrisburg sale by owner Dana Parham and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. Since he has reeled off three straight runnerup finishes in the weekly Southwest Ohio feature, the last two to Fan Of Terror who is assigned outside this week.   Other stalwarts given a good chance are My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith, 4--1), Granite (Jeremy Smith, 5-1) and Tyd Theglyde (Trace Tetrick, 8-1).   The $30,000 Open Trot will be presented on Tuesday afternoon and is sure to include most of the Midwest's top squaregaiters.   Three of North America's winningest drivers will compete throughout the opening week at Miami Valley--Brett Miller, Trace Tetrick and Chris Page.   The regular schedule from Jan. 3 through May 3 will be Friday and Saturday evening programs followed by Sunday, Monday and Tuesday matinees.   "Track Superintendent Jimmy Shelton has done a great job getting the racing surface in the best possible shape," said Race Secretary Gregg Keidel. "With the abundant horse supply, outstanding purses and elite drivers colony here at Miami Valley, I expect our seventh season to showcase some of the best racing you'll find anywhere! Let the good times roll!!!"   From Miami Valley Raceway    

LEBANON, OH. - Miami Valley Raceway management and racing officials are busy preparing for the kickoff of their seventh harness racing season on January 3, 2020. Condition sheets for the first week of racing have already been posted to the U.S.T.A. website; and Late Closing Series nomination forms are available at the website: www.miamivalleygaming.com, then clicking on Racing in the scroll down menu followed by clicks on Horsemens Info and scrolling down to "Forms." In addition to nomination forms for the January Claim To Fame series, February events include the Bill Dailey Memorial, Howard Beissinger Memorial trot and Survivor Series. Late February through March will feature Lebanon Legends series for green pacers and trotters that are non-winners of two, four or six pari-mutuel races. The popular James K. Hackett Memorials for sophomore colts and fillies on both the pace and trot are also scheduled for April. The MVG website also provides ship-in application forms, waiver of liability forms, purse authorization forms and information on race office hours and phone numbers. "We anticipate slightly higher purses for the overall meet with an estimated purse account in excess of $14 million," stated Race Secretary Gregg Keidel. "Business remains brisk at Miami Valley, horse supply should be good again this year, and I see no reason we won't have our biggest and best season so far." A pre-meet qualifying races session is scheduled for Monday, December 30 at noon. Trainers are encourage to enter the qualifiers online, or can call the Miami Valley race office from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, December 28. Opening week will feature a trio of enhanced $30,000 Open events--one for male pacers, one for female pacers and one for trotters. Due to the New Years holiday, a double draw for Friday, January 3 and Saturday, January 4 will be conducted on Monday, December 30 following the initial qualifiers, with the box closing at 2 p.m. From Miami Valley Raceway

In a press release sent out Wednesday, Miami Valley Gaming and Racing is proposing a $100 million expansion project, including a new hotel, restaurant and parking garage. Located in Turtlecreek Township midway between Cincinnati and Dayton, the racino has proved popular since its opening in 2013. MVG says it experiences regular parking constraints and that its 1,900 gaming machines, up from 1,500 at opening, aren’t enough to meet demand. The proposal aims to fix those issues with a 1,000-car garage, 250 more gaming machines and an additional 10,000 sq.ft. of gaming floor space. It also includes a 194-room hotel. “It’s no secret that with our continued success we have been looking at the feasibility of a major expansion project for some time now,” President and GM of Miami Valley Gaming Domenic Mancini said. “We’re looking forward to working with our state and local leaders to turn the proposal into reality.” MVG has already expanded once since its opening. In 2017, the racino completed a $5 million expansion project that added 6,000 sq.ft. of gaming space and an outdoor gaming patio. MVG claims the current expansion will allow it to draw from cities farther away than Cincinnati and Dayton, including Columbus and Indianapolis. The racino, which is jointly owned by Delaware North and Churchill Downs Incorporated, says it has already retained an architecture firm, Thalden Boyd Emery, to design and develop the project. TBE designed the existing MVG facility. The existing facility, MVG says, has four restaurants, two bars, a 5/8-mile harness racetrack and a racing simulcast center. From Miami Valley Gaming & Racing

LEBANON, OH - Miami Valley Raceway completed its sixth and most successful season on Monday, May 6, crowning new winners in both the harness racing drivers and trainers dash derbies. Brett Miller, in his first meet back in Ohio after an extended stay on the east coast's biggest stages, copped the drivers title with 183 wins, good for $1,852,267 in purse earnings. His next closest rival during the 87-day meet was Dan Noble, who notched 156 victories, followed in the top five by Trace Tetrick (140), Chris Page (135) and Tyler Smith (93). Each of the top five reinsmen earned over $1.1 million in purses for the owners of the horses they drove. On the training side, Ron Burke captured his first-ever dash title in Ohio. His 63 triumphs topped Virgil Morgan Jr. (47), Tyler George (40), Dan Noble (32) and Kayne Kauffman (30). A total of $14.2 million in purses were awarded, an average of over $160,000 per program. Of the 1192 races (an average of 13.7 races per card), 86% featured full fields of 8 horses or more going postward. The No. 5 starting position produced the most winners, as it usually does on a five-eighths mile oval. The 229 winners from the 5-hole yielded a winning percentage of 19.2%, approximately 5% better than the four post positions closer to the pylons which all hovered around 14%. Overall, race time favorites during the meet succeeded at a 41.44% clip. Miami Valley management and staff would like to take this opportunity to thank every owner, trainer, driver and caretaker who participated during 2019. We wish everyone continued success throughout the 2019 season and look forward to welcoming you back in January 2020. Gregg Keidel

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