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Nine $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions, featuring 78 diagonally-gaited freshmen, are set to be contested Friday evening, July 20 at Scioto Downs. Going postward in the second round of the four-leg series are 42 colts and geldings in five OSS divisions, with 36 fillies battling in four divisions. For foals to be eligible to the Ohio Sires Stakes program, a stallion must be registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission and reside in the state during the year of conception. Of the 78 youngsters lining up behind the gate in these events, 19 (12 colts and seven fillies) are by first crop Cantab Hall sire Uncle Peter 4, 1:50.3 ($1,290,660), who stands at Hickory Lane Farm in Findlay, OH. Eleven (seven colts and four fillies) are by the now-exported Yankee Glide stallion, Manofmanymissions, 3, 1:52.1 ($1,215,000), who stood at Midland Acres in Bloomingburg, OH, before being sold to stand on the continent in 2017. The Hickory Lane farm-based stallion Dejarmbro 3, 1:52.2f ($1,137,285), a son of Credit Winner, has seven foals total participating in these OSS events, five of which are colts and two which are fillies. Ohio-based stallions represented by six foals each include: Broadway Hall, Triumphant Caviar and Wishing Stone; while Cash Hall, Full Count and My MVP each have three youngsters competing. And Away We Go, Break The Bank K, and Dontyouforgetit have two foals each in a OSS test, while those stallions represented by one foal each are: Cayenne Turbo, Ilooklikemymom, Neely Dunn, So Striking, Stormin Normand, Southwind Spirit, Victory Sam and Winbak Yankee. The OSS-eligible colts will be starting in races one, five, seven, ten and 12; while the fillies have been scheduled as races two, three, 11 and 13. All OSS-Leg One winners have returned to vie in this second leg: the colts battled on July 2 and the fillies on July 3 at Northfield Park. Among the male trotters, Homer Hall carries the hopes of trainer Steve Carter and co-owners Jay Mossbarger and C.P. Gallagher postward in the first division (Race One). This Broadway Hall youngster scored his leg one victory in wire-to-wire fashion with Ryan Stahl at the lines in 1:59.3. Homer Hall is now three for three lifetime and gets Stahl in the bike again from post seven. Oh So Pine won his Leg One division in 2:01.3 with Anthony MacDonald driving for Jason McGinnis and Thestable Oh So Pine Group. The Uncle Peter gelding has collected $25,250 thus far in just two lifetime starts. Bred by Gbw Breeding Farm, Oh So Pine starts from post three in the fourth OSS division (Race 10) for these same connections. The Parent Racing Stable's Bosley was clocked in 1:59.2 in his front-stepping Leg One triumph for driver Ryan Stahl and trainer Scott Cox. Bred by Darwin and Ann Shaver, the Manofmanymissions gelding is one for two this season, and leaves from post eight with Stahl at the helm once again in the fourth OSS division (Race 10). TC's Best led from gate to wire in Leg One, stopping the timer in 1:59 for Aaron Merriman in his first lifetime start. The Triumphant Caviar colt, who is trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver, along with J. Gallagher, Moger-Delia Racing and Steven Zeehandelar, will start from the rail with Merriman in the sulky in the fifth OSS division (Race 12). TC's Best was bred by Barbara Murdock and Murdock Racing Stable. Starting alongside TC's Best in post two in this same division (Race 12) is Lane Of Stone, a brown son by Wishing Stone who is owned by Harry & Iris Horowitz. Piloted by Jeff Nisonger, Lane Of Stone went wire-to-wire in Leg One, timed in 2:07.4 over a track listed as good. The homebred is conditioned by Mark Winters, Sr. Among the fillies, Leg One winners See Me Sparkle (post two-Jeff Pantaleano) and Vivi D (post seven-Trace Tetrick), both daughters of Broadway Hall, square off in the first OSS contest (Race Two) for 2-year-old distaffs. The former is trained by J. L. Adams for the Pennsylvania-based partnership of M. Valentic, J.R. Bednarksi and K.L. Adams and scored a 2:00.3 triumph in a come-from-behind effort. Dan Ater trains and co-owns the latter, along with Kirk Nichols, and harnessed Vivi D to a 1:59.2 clocking in a near wire-to-wire effort. Both fillies will be trying for their second career victories in as many starts. See Me Sparkle was bred by Midland Acres, while Vivi Di was bred by D & M Robinson and Robert Mondillo. Aunt Rose is an Uncle Peter lass who was never headed in Leg One, winning by seven lengths in 1:59.1 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines. Bred by Spring Haven Farm and Doug Millard, Aunt Rose is co-owned by trainer Chris Beaver along with Michael Carter, Joe Sbrocco and Steven Zeehandelar. She'll start from post nine with Wrenn, Jr., aboard in the second OSS filly division (Race Three). Stone In Love notched her first career victory in Leg One, timed in 1:59.2 with Aaron Merriman driving for trainer Chris Beaver. The Wishing Stone lass leaves from post two in the third division (Race 11), with Chris Page driving for owners Beaver, Jim Burnett and Tim Homan. This youngster was bred by Mark Ford and Ed Mullinax. The decisive Spirit Bell heads up the fourth OSS division (Race 13) for fillies, and despite being saddled with post nine, appears to be the one to beat in here. Ryan Stahl steered her to a 1:58 clocking in Leg One and returns again for trainer Kent Sherman and owners Melissa Patterson and Daryl Sherman. Spirit Bell, a daughter of Southwind Spirit, was bred by Dublin Valley Farm. Leg three of the Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old trotting colts and fillies will take place on Monday, August 6 at Northfield Park. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator  

Cooler temperatures and a lovely summer atmosphere at Northfield Park set the stage for a trio of $40,000 Leg two Ohio Sires Stakes for freshman pacing fillies. A total of 23 laterally-gaited distaffs lined up behind the Cleveland starting gate at the Home of the Flying Turns. Rylee Roo, a Pet Rock lass, set a new track record of 1:53.3 in the first OSS division, taking a tick off the previous mark of 1:53.4 set by Shakewhatmamagaveu in 2017. The 4-1 choice left the gate deftly for Aaron Merriman, stalking the leading 1-2 favorite Mi Nina Bonita (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) to the :56.4 half, before taking over the lead and sprinting home to prevail by 1½ lengths over her aforementioned rival. Jason Thompson guided 60-1 longshot Officially My Way up to notch third-place money. Bred and owned by Steven Price of Sandy Springs, GA, Rylee Roo has $20,000 in career earnings. The OSS victory was her first in two lifetime starts, as she was sixth in OSS Leg One on July 6 at Scioto Downs to Lofty Beach. Rylee Roo is the second foal out of the Western Hanover mare Moonlite Delight p, 6, 1:51.3f ($278,548) and is a full sister to Tenwillgetutwenty p 3, 1:55f ($20,125). Delaware owner Frank Chick's Queen Of The Pride didn't disappoint her backers after leaving the gate as the 1-9 overwhelming public favorite, scoring a wire-to-wire triumph in 1:54.3, making her a two-time OSS victress. The big, rangy filly, equipped with spreaders, appeared at times to struggle in the turns, but then seemed uber-confident in the straightaways for driver Tony Hall as she upped her career earnings to $46,500 in an unchallenged effort. Trained by Kevin Lare, Queen Of The Pride held off a determined 7-2 Carmen Ohio (Ryan Stahl) by 1½ lengths, with 50-1 longshot How About Murph (Jeff Nisonger) getting up for third. Bred by Brad Wallace, Queen Of The Pride is by McArdle, out of the Western Ideal mare Lionness Hanover p,2,1:53 ($21,280), making her a half-sister to: Roaring To Go (by Art Major) p, 2, 1:50.4 ($431,999); Well Lets See (by Well Said) p, 4, 1:54.4h ($89,382); and Well Excuuuse Me (by Well Said) p, 4, 1:53f ($76,035). The final OSS division of the evening proved to be the most exciting as a blanket finish saw 25-1 longshot Sugar And Spite (Tyler Smith) best 13-1 Twinsburg (Anthony MacDonald) by a neck in 1:55.2. Rose Run Uptowngal (Chris Page) was third at 5-2 odds, a quarter length back. Trained by Mary Birkhold for Tom Lehmann of Sarasota, FL, the Pet Rock filly sat mid-pack behind the leading Twinsburg before moving three-wide at the three-quarters to prevail with a gutsy :28 final brush. Sugar And Spite had finished third in OSS Leg One at Scioto Downs on July 6 and now has career earnings of $26,000. Bred by Midland Acres, she is the 12th foal out of the prolific Towner's Big Guy mare Tre Cress and has half-siblings in: Peenie (by Real Artist) p, 4, 1:50.4 ($710,021); Chotat Milk (by Jate Lobell) p, 3, 1:51 ($602,852); Tre Bien (by Nobleland Sam) p, 7, 1:52f ($383,181); The Big Beast (by Mister Big) p, 4, 1:52.1s ($57,712); Gucci Mane (by Art Official) p, 4, 1:55f ($37,350); Gaston (by Art Official) p, 3, Q1:54.3h ($25,937). Ohio Sires Stakes continue this coming Friday night at Scioto Downs, with nine $40,000 divisions for 2-year-old trotting colts and fillies. Post time is 6:30 pm, ET at Ohio's Showplace of Racing. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

This year's 2-year-old pacing colt division is shaping up to be one of the most exciting, with Leg One victors visiting the winner's circle in four, $40,000 Leg Two divisions on July 16 at Northfield Park. Rose Run Ulysses, a striking chestnut son by Western Vintage captured the first OSS division as the 4-5 favorite in 1:54.4 with Danny Noble at the controls, besting 7-2 rival Black Smile (Chris Page) by three-quarters of a length, with 90-1 longshot Big Pocket Teen (Josh Sutton) garnering third-place honors, nearly eight lengths back. Trained and co-owned by Kimberly Dailey, along with partners Carl & Melanie Atley, Rose Run Ulysses had won Leg One on June 4 at Scioto Downs in a snappy 1:52.2. Bred by the Rose Run Farm, the gelding's career earnings now stand at $20,000. Authentic Hanover picked up where he left off at Scioto Downs on June 4, when he captured Leg One in 1:53.3, this time scoring his Leg Two triumph in 1:53.4 for driver Tyler Smith as the 4-5 favorite, besting 8-5 Dislocator (Chris Page) by 5¼ lengths. Petacular Rock, a 70-1 longshot, got up for third with Jack Dailey driving. The Western Vintage colt, who was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, is owned by Hutchison Harness, M.J. Thompson and trainer Dustin Arledge and sports a $45,000 bankroll. By the time the third OSS division went postward, the heavens opened, unveiling a harsh downpour that lasted long enough for Leg One winner High On Paydaze to roll to a 1:54.2 victory with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. in the sulky. The even-money homebred son of Nob Hill High finished 4¼ lengths ahead of 5-2 Gold Digger King (Kayne Kauffman)--who had also won his Leg One division on June 4 at Scioto Downs. Rock N Randy V, who finished eighth in Leg One, was a solid third at odds of 19-1 for Aaron Merriman. Owned by Scott Hagemeyer, R. A. Mondillo and D.E. Robinson, High On Paydaze upped his career earnings to $40,000. See You In Tuscany made every pole a winning one, finishing first over a sloppy track in 1:57.3 to nail down his second consecutive victory in OSS competition. Driven by Anthony MacDonald for trainer Jason McGinnis, the son of We Will See was never headed throughout the mile, and held off the hard-trying, 2-5 Rock Candy (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a neck at the wire. Mike Wilder steered 40-1 longshot Touch Of Dragon to third place honors. See You In Tuscany, who was bred by Mark Maroletti, has $42,660 in career earnings for the Canadian-based Thestable Tuscany Group. After the first two legs of the Ohio Sires Stakes for this division, Authentic Hanover, High On Paydaze Rose Run Ulysses and See You In Tuscany are the top point-getters. Horses in this series accumulate points based on where they finish in each leg, with the top nine point-earners after the four legs have been completed garnering automatic starting berths into the $275,000 Championship, set for Sept.8 at Scioto Downs. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Back-to-back nights of Ohio Sires Stakes action is slated to commence on July 16 & 17 at Northfield Park. Leg two of the four-round series continues for Ohio-bred 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings (July 16) and 2-year-old pacing fillies (July 17) at the Cleveland half-miler. All the freshman Leg 1 winners of this series are returning to wage war among their laterally-gaited constituents. A total of 34 pacing colts and geldings will line up behind the Northfield Park gate in four divisions on Monday night, July 16, while 25 fillies will battle in three divisions on Tuesday night, July 17. Post time each evening is 6 pm, ET. Of the male youngsters, eight are sired by Pet Rock, with five each by Dragon Again and Western Vintage. McArdle has sire four of the competitors; Big Bad John three; and Yankee Cruiser, two. The stallions Believeinbruiser, Cheyenne Rei, Mister Big, Nob Hill High, Pine Valley, Rockin Amadeus and We Will See are represented by one foal each among the colts and geldings. The stallions McArdle and Dragon Again each sired four of the filly combatants; Big Bad John and Pet Rock sired three each, and The Panderosa and Yankee Cruiser sired two distaffs each. Allamerican Native, Art Official, Beachtrea, Feelin Friskie, Rockin Amadeus, Western Vintage and Woodstock are represented by one foal each in the filly divisions. The pacing colts went postward in OSS Leg one at Scioto Downs on July 4. Returning to try for his second career victory in as many tries is the Kim Dailey-trained Rose Run Ulysses, a chestnut altered son by Western Vintage, who won his first OSS leg in 1:52.2 for Danny Noble. Owned by Dailey in partnership with Carl & Melanie Atley, Rose Run Ulysses was bred by the Rose Run Farm and will start from post six in the first division (Race 5) with Noble in the bike. Authentic Hanover won his first OSS leg in 1:53.3 with Tyler Smith driving for trainer Dustin Arledge, who owns the bay Western Vintage colt with Hutchinson Hms and MJ Thompson. Bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, Authentic Hanover starts from post four in the second OSS division (Race 7). High On Paydaze won OSS Leg one in 1:53.1 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines for trainer Brian Brown, and that same combination will go postward from post two in the third OSS division (Race 9). This bay colt by Nob Hill High is owned by breeder Scott Hagemeyer, R. A. Mondillo and D. E. Robinson. Gold Digger King will try to best High On Paydaze in this same event (Race 9), leaving from post six with Kayne Kauffman in the sulky. This altered Pet Rock youngster is trained by Scott Mogan for breeder-owner Linda Van Camp and won his OSS Leg one in a snappy 1:52.4 with Kauffman piloting. See You In Tuscany hails from the powerful Canadian team of trainer Jason McGinnis and driver Anthony MacDonald, who won their first OSS leg in 1:53. This bay colt by We Will See was bred by Mark Maroletti and is owned by Thestable Tuscany Group. He'll start from the rail in the fourth and final OSS division for freshman pacing colts (Race 11). In the distaff division, each of the OSS Leg one winners plied their wares on July 6 at Scioto Downs. Queen Of The Pride hopes to make another trip to the winner's circle from post one in the second OSS division (Race 6) on Tuesday night (July 17). Trained by Kevin Lare for owner Frank Chick, this bay McArdle lass--who was bred by Ohioan Brad Wallace--posted a 1:54 clocking with Tony Hall at the lines that steamy evening at Scioto Downs. Carmen Ohio won her Leg one division in 1:55.2 for driver Ryan Stahl and trainer Brian Brown. This daughter by The Panderosa is owned by breeder M. Leeman, along with partners S. Manning, B. Meizlish and W. Calvert. She's just outside of Queen Of The Pride, starting from post three in the second division (Race 6) with Stahl at the lines. Lofty Beach posted a 1:55 clocking in Leg one for driver Aaron Merriman, who returns to drive the black daughter of Beachtrea from post position four in the third OSS division (Race 9). Scott McEney conditions Lofty Beach--who was bred by Spring Haven Farm--for Canadian owner Bradley Grant. Twinsburg, a winner of her Leg one division in 1:54.4, will have to try to best Lofty Beach from post seven in this same third division (Race 9). The Canadian duo of trainer Jason McGinnis and driver Anthony McDonald will look to visit the winner's circle a second time with this bay daughter of McArdle, who was bred by Steve Stewart and is owned by Brock O'Brien. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

On a perfect summer night for racing that saw Aaron Merriman win nine races, the 2017 Driver of the Year guided 4-1 Northmedo Mission to victory in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Trained by Mike Medors for the Northmedo Stable of Painesville, Ohio, the Manofmanymissions gelding was timed in 1:55 for the one mile contest. The homebred gelding had sat patiently through fractions of :27.3, :57 and 1:25.4 behind the pace-setting Pass The Vape before bursting from the pack of trotters to prevail with a :29 late brush. Northmedo Mission finished confidently 2 and ½ lengths ahead of 3-5 Pass The Vape (Derek Watiker) with 25-1 longshot Dontforgetmaster (Danny Noble) third, four lengths back. Northmedo Mission pushed his seasonal earnings to $62,800 and his career earnings to $74,028, and now has eight wins, two seconds and a pair of thirds in 21 lifetime starts. The second OSS division saw 2-1 Get The Cash and driver Greg Grismore score in 1:54.4 by a 5½ length margin over 9-2 rival Uncle Buck (Aaron Merriman), after 1-2 favorite Mission Accepted make an uncharacteristic break behind the Northfield starting gate. Trained and co-owned by Kelly O'Donnell for Mark Maynard of Fairview Park, OH and Joe Palatas of Hudson, OH, the son of Cash Hall grabbed the lead away from Uncle Buck after a :28.3 first panel, trotting through fractions of :58 and 1:26 before unleashing a :28.2 late kick to notch his fifth victory of 2018 in seven starts. Longshot (40-1) Dance Withsomebody and driver Robin Miller finished third. Get The Cash upped his seasonal earnings to $62,100 and career earnings to $98,340. Lifetime, he's amassed seven wins in 15 career starts. Bred by Walnut Hall, Get The Cash is the fifth of seven foals out of the unraced Tom Ridge mare Chatterly Hall. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

A pair of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old diagonally-gaited colts and geldings will be contested this evening at Northfield Park, with a first race post time of 6 pm, ET. Seventeen diagonally-gaited sophomores will line up behind the starting gate for these $50,000 events, scheduled as races three and 11. Stallions represented by foals in these two OSS events including Dejarmbro (4 foals); Cash Hall, Manofmanymissions & My MVP (with 3 foals each); Break The Bank K (2 foals); Dontyouforgetit & Stormin Normand (one foal each). Seven of tonight's contestants are homebreds, including: Pass The Vape (Race 3) was bred by owner Lionel Ray Waitker; Northmedo Mission (Race 3), bred by Northmedo Stable; Icingon De Cupcake (Race 3) was bred by partners William Jeff Johnson II and Douglas Millard; Banker Twentyfive (Race 3) was bred by owner Robert J. Key; Ride The Rails (Race 11) was bred by owner Robert J. Key; Magic MVP (Race 11) was bred and is owned by Midnight Stables; and Mission Accepted (Race 11) was bred by co-owner Knox Services. Looking to continue his sweep of the OSS series is Mission Accepted, a Manofmanymissions colt trained and co-owned by Jeff Conger, along with partners Knox Services and David B. Wills. He'll start from post seven for driver Ryan Stahl in the second OSS division (Race 11). This sophomore won Leg 1 at Miami Valley on May 6 in 1:53 and Leg 2 on June 15 at Scioto Downs in a career best 1:52. He also won a $25,000 Beal Elim at Pocono Downs in 1:53.2 and was sixth in the final, beaten only 3¼ lengths. From 12 career starts Mission Accepted has racked up eight wins and a third with $268,300. He is the fifth foal out of the SJ's Photo mare Witty Girl 3,1:58.2f ($32,602) and is a half-brother to March Awareness (by Ken Warkentin) 7, 1:53 ($400,899) and to Witty's Winner (by Jailhouse Jesse) 5, 1:54.4s ($95,757). The first OSS division (Race 3) is a wide-open event with no clear standout. Two O B Wonkenobi gets Sammy Widger in the sulky for trainer Earnie Gaskin from post five. This brown altered son by Dejarmbo is owned by Indiana partners Shara Weaver and Madeline Roche. Two O B Wonkenobi finished second in the first two legs of this series and has four wins in nine starts this season and a 6-6-1 record from 15 lifetime starts, and $59,395 in career earnings. He is the fifth of six foals out of the Garland Lobell mare Shannon Hall 3, 1:54.1m ($108,787) and is a half-brother to Massive Drama (by Credit Winner) 4, 1:57h ($204,802). by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator  

A pair of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes will see 16 pacing colts and gelding line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate this evening in round three action of the 4-leg series for 3-year-olds. First race post time is 6 pm, with the Ohio Sires Stakes scheduled as the eighth and 11th races. Bounding Dragon looks to be the one to beat in the first division (Race 8). This Dragon Again sophomore colt hails from the Mike Roth barn for owners Alan Keith and Carl & Melanie Atley. Bred by Emerald Highlands Farm and J&T Silva Stables, Bounding Dragon captured Leg 1 of this series at Miami Valley on May 6 in 1:53, then followed that up with a 1:50.4 clocking in a Hoosier Park overnight. Most recently, he scored a 1:52 triumph in a Scioto Downs overnight on June 23, after finishing second by a head in 1:50.4 to Cinnamack in the second OSS leg. Bounding Dragon has amassed $136,650 in career earnings and $65,250 in seasonal earnings with six wins, seven seconds and one third in 16 lifetime starts. He is the second and most prolific of four foals out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Bound To Rock p, 2, 1:54.2s ($66,265). Kimberly Dailey and Carl & Melanie Atley's Rockathon is the standout in the second OSS test (Race 11). This gelded son of Pet Rock was third to Lather Up in OSS Leg 1 at Miami Valley on May 6, then captured Leg 2 on June 9 at Scioto Downs in a career best of 1:51.1. Rockathon was bred by Ron Salcedo and sports a bankroll of $186,012 from six wins, four seconds and a trio of thirds in 16 lifetime starts. He is the seventh of eight foals out of the broodmare Pantathlon (by The Panderosa) p, 2, 1:54.4f ($20,221). His half-siblings include: Pan From Nantucket (by No Pan Intended) p, 5, 1:51.3h ($570,801); Rosemary Rose (by Foreclosure N) p, 4, 1:51f ($320,782); Panstakingly (by No Pan Intended) p, 3, 1:54.2s ($64,490); Nip Pan Tuck (by No Pan Intended) p, 2, 1:54.4s ($50,899); and Holiday Romance (by Artistic Fella) p, 3, 1:56.2f ($39,289). Cinnamack, a McArdle colt conditioned by Brian Brown for breeder/owner Emerald Highlands Farm, finished a solid fourth in his OSS Leg 1 division at Miami Valley on May 6, then won Leg 3 on June 9 at Scioto Downs in 1:50.4. This lightly-raced sophomore has five wins, a second and a third in 12 career starts and $72,600 in his coffers. This venerable pacer is the sixth foal out of the Western Ideal mare Armbro Cinnamon p, 3, 1:54.4h ($58,959), making him a half-brother to world champion Fear The Dragon (by Dragon Again) p, 3, 1:48.4s ($1,578,547). He also has half-siblings in Cinamony (by Art Official) p, 4, 1:49.3f ($532,404) and Cndiana Jones (by Art Major) p, 7, 1:53.1f ($115,559) and a full brother in McSinner Man p, 4, 1:52.3s ($54,466). Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Five $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions spotlighted 49 Buckeye-bred, freshman trotting fillies at Northfield Park on another balmy summer night, July 3. Daryl Sherman's and Melissa Patterson's Spirit Bell, a daughter by Southwind Spirit, turned in the speediest performance of the evening among Ohio Sires Stakes contestants, with a 1:58 clocking in the second OSS division. Reined by Ryan Stahl for trainer Kent Sherman, Spirit Bell was sent off as the 4-5 choice and responded with a wire-to-wire performance, finishing 1½ lengths ahead of 8-1 second-place finisher So Romantic (Ken Holiday), with 9-5 Back Splash (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) nailing down third-place monies. Bred by Dublin Valley Farm, Spirit Bell collected the $20,000 winner's share of the OSS purse for her connections in her pari-mutuel debut. She is the first foal out of the Majestic Son mare Keystone Isabella 3, 1:57.2h ($42,456). Aunt Rose, the 4-5 favorite, also put in a front-stepping performance to capture the first OSS division for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., and trainer Chris Beaver, who owns the bay daughter by Uncle Peter along with Joe Sbrocco and Steven Zeehandelar. Timed in 1:59.1, Aunt Rose trotted confidently throughout the mile, easily defeating 2-1 And Up We Go (Greg Grismore) by seven lengths, with 7-2 Bad Babysitter finishing third for Danny Noble. Bred by Spring Haven Farm and Doug Millard, Aunt Rose is the eighth foal out of the Yankee Glide mare Lightning Flower 3, 1:56.2m ($5,725) and is a half-sister to Lightning Storm (by Donato Hanover) 4, 1:53.2f ($341,917); Wildflower (by Muscle Hill) 3, 1:55m ($265,437); and Lightning Force (by Muscle Hill) 3, 1:53 ($169,906). See Me Sparkle did just that in the third OSS division. Trained by J L Adams and driven by Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., the daughter by Broadway Hall notched her first career victory in 2:00.3 with a dramatic, come-from-behind victory that saw her brush her final panel in a snappy :28.3. Sent off at odds of 4-1, See Me Sparkle bested 12-1 longshot One Last Howl (Mike Wilder) by a length, with 8-1 Aunt Marilynn (Aaron Merriman) third. Bred by Midland Acres, See Me Sparkle is owned by the Pennsylvania-based trio of partners M A Valentic, J R Bednarksi & K L Adams. This cute little brown filly is the fifth foal out of the Master Lavec mare Queen Of Lavec 2, Q1:59.4f ($32,258) and has half-siblings in: Queen Of Justice (by Justice Hall) 3, 1:56.3s ($79,273); Jailhouse King (by Jailhouse Jess) 4, 1:56f ($76,766); and Little King Cole (by Jailhouse Jesse) 4, 1:57f ($51,662). Dan Ater's and Kirk Nichol's Vivi D posted a 1:59.2 winning clocking in the fourth OSS division, with Ater's son Kyle in the sulky. The Broadway Hall lass zipped through panels of :29.3; 1:00.4; and 1:30 at odds of 5-1 for her connections in her pari-mutuel debut, holding on in the late going to finish a neck in front of the hard-trying 4-5 favorite Only Take Cash (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.). Pure Chance, at 9-5, was third for driver Aaron Merriman. Bred by D & M Robinson and R. Mondillo, Vivi D is the third foal out of the unraced Cantab Hall mare Fortheloveoflindy. Trainer Chris Beaver returned to the Northfield Park winner's circle in the final OSS division, this time with the even-money favorite, Stone In Love, who he owns in partnership with Jim Burnette and Tim Homan. This Wishing Stone daughter prevailed in 1;59.2 for driver Aaron Merriman, besting 2-1 Box Cars (Ryan Stahl) by a length and a quarter at the wire. Princessofpink, at 10-1, was third for Tony Hall. Stone In Love is the third foal out of the Cantab Hall mare PFront Bye Bye 3, 1:56.3f ($77,820), and has half-sisters in Chelsees A Winner 4, 1:55.4f ($81,982) and Party Upfront 3, 2:00.4h ($27,312)--both sired by Big Rigs. She was bred by Mark Ford and Ed Mullinax. Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Wednesday afternoon at Scioto Downs, with five $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 2-year-old pacing colts.  by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Five different Ohio-registered stallions were represented by the quintet of Ohio Sires Stakes winners on Monday, July 2, as 42 freshmen trotting colts and geldings lined up behind the Northfield Park starting gate.   Each division in Leg 1 of this OSS series carried a purse of $40,000 on a balmy summer evening at the Cleveland half-miler where rumbling clouds threatened but did not deliver.   In the first OSS division Homer Hall, a gelded son by Broadway Hall, took a solid, front-end journey with Ryan Stahl at the lines to nail down his third consecutive victory. A surprising 15-1 shot, Homer Hall was clocked in a career best 1:59.3, besting 15-1 rival Here Comes Moony (Tyler Smith) and 13-1 Yes (Anthony MacDonald) who got up for third.   Bred by Midland Acres, Homer Hall is conditioned and co-owned by Steve Carter, along with Jay Mossbarger and C P Gallagher. Previously, this youngster had scored triumphs at the Circleville and Ottawa county fairs, and his bankroll now stands at $23,559.   Homer Hall is the 11th foal out of the Armbro Iliad mare Cynthia Iliad 3, Q1:58.f ($219,824), and is a half-sibling to: Allthatnabagofchip (by Chip Chip Hooray) 6, 1:53.3 ($364,286); Hoorah Hoorah (by Chip Chip Hooray) 5, 1:56.3f ($74,605); and Jailbird Jesse (by Jailhouse Jesse) 3, 1:58.1f ($55,946), etc.   Driver Ryan Stahl was back in the winner's circle in the second OSS division, this time with Bosley, an altered son by Manofmanymissions, who was clocked in a snappy, front-stepping 1:59.2. Trained by Scott Cox for the Parent Racing Stable and G Peters, Bosley was sent off at 11-1, besting 9-5 favorite Cravin For Cash (Greg Grismore) by a length, with 2-1 Pattis Main Man (Kyle Ater) third.   Bred by Darwin and Ann E. Shaver, Bosley's financials now stand at $20,325. He is the first foal out of the unraced Chocolatier mare Nettie.   To no one's surprise, Oh So Pine captured the third OSS division impressively in 2:01.3 as the public's 1-2 favorite. Reined by Anthony MacDonald for Jason McGinnis, the brown son by Uncle Peter got a come-from-behind steer to notch his second career victory for Thestable Oh So Pine Group.   Sweet Dynamite got up the perfect trip behind the winner, finishing three-quarters of a length behind Oh So Pine, with Kenny Kidd in the sulky at odds of 30-1, with 7-2 Gallivant (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) third.   Bred by Gbw Breeding Farms, Oh So Pine is out of Pine Potion, an unraced daughter of world champion Pine Chip, and is a half-brother to: Bullet (by Windsong's Legacy) 5, 1:53.1s ($303,500) and At My Request (by Dejarmbro) 4, 1:56.1h ($68,316), among others.   TC's Best captured the fourth OSS division as the 3-5 choice with Aaron Merriman at the helm, timed in confident 1:59. This Triumphant Caviar colt looked every bit the determined combatant for trainer and co-owner Chris Beaver, and partners J. Gallagher, Moger-Delia Racing and Steven Zeehandelar, as he held off the 6-1 challenging Dylan The Great (Chris Page) by 1¾ lengths. Just A Passenger, an 80-1 longshot, nailed down show honors for driver Jeremy Indof.   TC's Best is the first foal out of the Andover Hall mare Curvature Hanover 3, 1:57.1f ($67,599).   In the final OSS division, it was a son of Wishing Stone who took home first place honors. Lane Of Stone, a 9-1 shot, stopped the clock in 1:59.3 for breeders/owners Harry & Iris Horowitz.   Jeff Nisonger was in the sulky behind the Mark Winters-trained youngster, who overtook the 60-1 leading Friggun Biggun (Anthony MacDonald) in the stretch to nail down his second career victory. Peter Trottintail (Tony Hall), a 25-1 longshot, was second, a quarter of a length behind the winner, while Friggun Biggun held on for third.   Lane Of Stone is the fourth foal out of the Lindy Lane mare Wisteria Lane 4, 1:57.3 ($18,559) and is a half-brother to Why Argue (by SJ's Caviar) 2, 1:59s ($21,255).   Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Tuesday night, July 3 at Northfield Park, with events for 2-year-old trotting fillies, and Wednesday afternoon, July 4 at Scioto Downs, with 2-year-old pacing colt races.   by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

Marion Marauder trotted home a winner in Saturday's $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic, dethroning last year's champion Crazy Wow, and continues his march through the national trotting ranks. He trotted the one mile race in 1:52.4. The 2015 trotting Triple Crown Champion, Marion Marauder entered the Classic off a 1:55.1 victory in a $44,000 Open Handicap at Yonkers Raceway despite being parked the entire mile. He again had to take a considerable amount of air to grind out a first-over victory in the Classic's Grand Circuit event. The Trotting Classic was scratched down to a field of six, with #7 Homicide Hunter and #8 Will Take Charge withdrawing from the race due to illness. Marion Marauder ($2.20) was heavily favored by the betting public and started from post two. He sat third through the: 27.4 opening quarter. Driver Jordan Stratton pulled Marion Marauder first-over in the second turn and remained parked the remainder of the mile despite the leader, Crazy Wow, going off stride at the half. "I'm not sure what happened to Crazy Wow. That sure was an uncharacteristic break," said Stratton. "But it sure worked out for me." In Secret, who sat the pocket through the opening quarter battled with Marion Marauder through fractions of: 56.2 and 1:23.4 before weakening at the top of the stretch. "I was a little worried about In Secret. I have seen him race several times and know he is a tough horse," commented Stratton. "But Marion Marauder just trotted through and overcame tonight." He took the lead at the top of the stretch and bested his competition by 1 ¾ lengths. Saturday marked the second time Jordan Stratton traveled to his native state of Ohio this month. On June 2, he piloted Bit Of A Legend to victory in Northfield's $200,000 Battle Of Lake Erie. Saturday's win is Marion Marauder's third win this year and 17th lifetime score, increasing his bankroll to $2,705,200 for owners Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling, and trainer Paula Wellwood. Completing the Classic field were I Know My Chip, In Secret, Dia Monde, Another Breath and Crazy Wow. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Five, $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions are set to be contested on Tuesday evening, July 3 at Northfield Park, featuring 43 diagonally-gaited distaffs going postward in races three, four, five, seven & 12. First race post time at the Cleveland half-miler is 6 pm, ET. Ohio stallions represented in these OSS races include Uncle Peter, with eight foals; Manofmanymissions (five); Wishing Stone & Triumphant Caviar (four each); with And Away We Go, Broadway Hall, Dejarmbro, and Dontyouforgetit all having three youngsters each competing. The Ohio-based sires Full Count, My MVP and Neely Dunn are each represented by two foals, while Cash Hall, Southwind Spirit, Stormin Normand, and Victory Sam have one each. In the first OSS division (Race 3), Bad Babysitter looks solid in her debut, having qualified at Scioto Downs on June 25 in 2:00.4 with Dan Noble driving for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. Owned by Carl Howard and Carl Atley, this Manofmanymissions lass is the seventh foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare My Baby's Momma, and is a half-sister to Wild And Crazy Guy (by Crazed) 6, 1:52.2s ($389,980); Barn Babe (by Cash Hall) 3, 1:54.2f ($350,463); and Dreadpirateroberts (by Cantab Hall) 4, 1:57.4f ($28,540), etc. Noble steers the filly-bred by Midland Acres and Steven Katz-from post four. Scoring an impressive 2:01.2 winning qualifier on June 21 was Spirit Bell, a Southwind Spirit daughter conditioned by Kent Sherman, who starts from post four with Ryan Stahl in the second OSS division (Race 4). Spirit Bell trotted commandingly from the gate and was never headed, winning by 6¾ lengths with a :29.3 final brush. Bred by Dublin Valley Farm, Spirit Bell is the first foal out of the Majestic Son mare Keystone Isabella 3, 1:57.2h ($42,546). RV Marcie makes her career debut in the third OSS division (Race 5) fresh off a pair of Northfield wire-to-wire winning qualifiers on June 14 & 21, when she trotted in 2:04.2 and 2:02.3 respectively. The daughter by And Away We Go is trained and co-owned by Rosy Weaver and Justin Irvine and will be driven by Don Irvine, Jr. from post eight. Bred by Ohioan Bill Troyer, RV Marcie is the second foal out of the Victory Sam mare Marcie 6, 1:56.1F ($99,923). Another in this same event who has two winning qualifiers under her belt is Ms Toni, a My MVP lass conditioned by Ron Potter for Last Laugh LLC and Dawn Potter. This brown filly trotted to a four-length, 2:02.2 triumph on June 14 at Delaware, then scored a 1¾ length win in 2:01 at Scioto Downs on June 25. Ms Toni is out of the Crazed mare Unfazed 4, 1:58s ($21,011). Aunt Marilynn, in this same division (Race 5), has impressive genetics in her favor as the daughter of Uncle Peter, out of the Andover Hall mare Poster Pin Up 3, 1:55.4F ($439,454), who has foaled Lookslikeachpndale 5, 1:51.1 ($497,953) and Jake 4, Q1:54.1s ($215,936)-both by Muscle Hill. Owned and bred by Joyce and Dick McClelland, Aunt Marilynn is conditioned by Chris Beaver and will have Aaron Merriman driving from the two-hole. Canadian-based conditioner Robert McIntosh sends out Only Take Cash from post seven in OSS division four (Race 7). This Cash Hall lass qualified alertly in 1:59 on June 21 at Woodbine, but what was most impressive was her final panel clocking of :27.4. Owned and bred by McIntosh along with the CSX Stables and Dave Boyle, Only Take Cash is out of the Garland Lobell mare Armbro Affair 4, 1:53.4S ($430,997) and is a half-sister to Tough Affair (by Muscle Mass) 4, 1:59.2f ($69,968) and A Fair Conchnito (by In Conchnito) 4, 1:58.2f ($33,866). Trainer and co-owner Chris Beaver will harness Pure Chance from the nine-hole in this same event for partner Steve Zeehandelar. This Triumphant Caviar daughter, out of the Credit Winner mare Jewell Creek 3, Q2:01.0S ($6,036) is a full sister to 3-year-old OSS combatant Sesame 2, 1:58.4f ($102,177) and Jewells N Caviar 4, 1:59h ($28,850). Bred by Jonas Schlabach, Pure Chance has a half-sister in Explosive Ripple (by Explosive Matter) 4, 1:58f ($88,287). Pure Chance makes her career debut in this OSS test, coming on the heels of a pair of winning qualifiers-the first at Delaware on June 14 in 2:01, and the second at Northfield on June 21, when she was clocked in 2:02.4. Aaron Merriman drives. Beaver will also bridle up Ilianora, a homebred Broadway Hall distaff owned by Sandra Burnett. Ilianora scored an impressive, front-stepping qualifier at Delaware on June 20, trotting to a 7¼ victory in 2:03.1. She is the third foal out of the Chip Chip Hooray mare Nessa Rose 3, 1:57.1s ($38,829) and half-sister to: OSS winner Evanora (by Pilgrims Taj) 3, 1:56.3h ($115,348) and Theodora (by Stormin Normand) 2, 2:01.2h ($16,700). Fingerinthefrostin will have trainer Danny Noble in the sulky in the fifth OSS division (Race 12) for Norman Rae Racing from post seven. This Stormin Normand-Action On Lavec-Mr Lavec filly posted a strong, winning Scioto Downs qualifier on June 25 in 2:00.2, on the front end the entire mile. Fingerinthefrostin was bred by Ohioan Martin Miller. Bella's Rose Power also won her qualifier, on June 20 at Delaware, in 2:01.3 with her trainer Chris Beaver at the lines. Owned by Beaver in partnership with J. Gallagher, Marion Beachy (breeder) and Steve Zeehandelar, Bella's Rose Power is by Triumphant Caviar and is the second foal out of the unraced Angus Hall mare Rose Power. Trainer Scott Cox sends out Box Cars from post nine in this same OSS division for the Parent Racing Stable and G. Peters. This Manofmanymissions lass won her June 21 qualifier at Northfield Park in 2:00.2, by 4½ lengths with Ryan Stahl in the sulky. Bred by Atlantic Trot and Steve Stewart, Box Cars is the first foal out of the Tom Ridge mare Prettysydney Ridge 3, 1:57.4F ($58,493). Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Wednesday, July 4, with 2-year-old pacing colts vying at Scioto Downs in a matinee program beginning at 2 pm, ET. by Kim Rinker for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

Forty-two freshman trotting colts passed the Northfield Park entry box this week, necessitating five, $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes action at the "Home of the Flying Turns" on Monday, July 2. Races one, three, four, five and seven have been programed as the OSS events, with a first race post time of 6 pm, ET. For a horse to be eligible to the Ohio Sires Stakes, the foal must have been sired by a stallion registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) during the year of conception. Stallions with foals represented in these five OSS events include first crop sire Uncle Peter, with eight; Manofmanymissions with seven; Dejarmbro with five; Wishing Stone with four; and Cash Hall with three. Break The Bank K, Broadway Hall, Dontyouforgetit and Triumphant Caviar are all represented by two foals each, while Amigo Hall, Cayenne Turbo, Ilooklikemymom, My MVP, Neely Dunn, Southwind Spirit and Winbak Yankee each have one foal competing in these events. Standouts in the first division (Race 1) include Wittyville, a bay son by Manofmanymissions, out of the SJ's Photo mare Witty Girl 3, 1:58.2F ($32,602), a modest race mare herself, but one who has proven to be prolific in the breeding shed, having produced March Awareness (by Ken Warkentin 7, 1:53 ($399,739); Witty's Winner (by Jailhouse Jesse) 5, 1:54.4s ($95,757); and Wittyville's full brother, the 3-year-old standout Mission Accepted 3, 1:52, F ($268,300). Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services (breeder) and Weaver Bruscemi, Wittyville qualified twice at The Meadows-on June 14 & 21, trotting his first in a winning 2:01.2 by nearly eight lengths over his rivals, and narrowly missing another win in his second, clocked in 1:59.4 and beaten just a neck. Trained by Ronnie Burke, he'll have Mike Wilder in the sulky from the rail. Cravin For Cash heads up the second OSS division (Race 3). Trained and co-owned by Jeff Cox along with Michael Soehnlen, the gelded Dontyouforgetit youngster won a Northfield qualifier on June 7 by two lengths in 2:02.3, and followed that up by taking a $6,500 Northfield baby race on June 20 in 2:01.3. Greg Grismore was at the lines behind the youngster, who is out of the unraced Kadabra mare Cast A Spell, and returns to drive Cravin For Cash from post six. The bay gelding was bred by Ohio's Urie Byler. Canadian invaders, trainer Jason McGinnis and driver Anthony MacDonald, have paired up to bring a number of youngsters into the Ohio Sires Stakes program this year, including third division (Race 4) standout Oh So Pine, an Uncle Peter colt owned by Thestable Oh So Pine Group of Guelph, Ontario. This youngster qualified at Woodbine in 1:59 with a second-place finish on June 15, then scored an impressive 1:58.1 victory in a $10,500 Woodbine baby race on June 26, drawing away by nearly three lengths as the public's favorite. Oh So Pine's dam is the prolific Pine Potion, an unraced daughter of world champion Pine Chip, who has produced Oh So Pine's half-siblings Bullet (by Windsong's Legacy) 5, 1:53.1s ($303,500) and At My Request (by Dejarmbro) 4, 1:56.1h ($68,316), among others. Cassius Lane, a bay son of Cash Hall conditioned by Ken Rucker, who owns the youngster in partnership with The Panhellenic Group, brings impressive genetic credentials into the fourth OSS division (Race 5). His dam is the unraced American Winner lass Winning Colors K, who has already produced Autumn Escapade (by Victory Sam) 3, 1:55.1m ($895,492); Autumn Estelle (by Cayenne Turbo) 4, 1:58.3 ($113,229); and Cash Lane (by Cash Hall) 2, 1:56.2F ($74,083). Cassius Lane began his career with a third-place finish in a Hoosier Park qualifier on June 6, the stormed to a wire-to-wire, near ten-length, 1:59.3 triumph at that Indiana raceway on June 13. Trace Tetrick gets the nod once again, from post four. Not to be overlooked in this same division (Race 5) is Dylan The Great, a Ronnie Burke-trainee who qualified impressively on June 14 at The Meadows, going gate to wire in 2:00.2 and besting his rivals by 13¼ lengths with Dave Palone at the lines. Bred by Midland Acres and owned by Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, Dylan The Great is a son by Break The Bank K, out of the Conway Hall mare Montauk Point, and is a full brother to the 3-year-old Doc Mossies Legacy 3, 1:57F ($28,859); with half-siblings in: Summit City Flo (by Jailhouse Jessie) 3, 1:55.2 ($225,258); Certain Potential (by Jailhouse Jesse) 7, 1:55.1s ($119,270); and Master Montauk (by Master Lavec 6, 1:58F ($42,853), etc. Ilooklikeanallstar has been saddled with the eight-hole in the fifth and final OSS division (Race 7) for driver Danny Noble and trainer Kimberly Dailey. Owned by Virginia Powell and bred by Andrew Kauffman, this bay altered son by Ilooklikemymom qualified impressively at Scioto Downs on June 18, clocked in 1:59.4 with a wire-to-wire, ten-length triumph with Noble in the bike. Ilooklikeanallstar is the second of three foals out of the Tagliabue mare Chanteuse 3, 1:59.2h ($32,332), and is half-brother to the Yankee Glide gelding Getitwithoutagun 2, 2:00.1F ($28,817). Cumberland Gap in this same division (Race 7) bears watching as well. The bay son of Wishing Stone won handily in 2:01.1 in a $6,500 Northfield baby race on June 27, after a pair of even qualifying efforts at Delaware on June 14 and 20. Owned and bred by Charles Stillings and conditioned by Rene Bauslaugh, Cumberland Gap is the fourth foal out of the Dream Vacation broodmare Battle Axe 2, 2:00m ($13,169) and is a half-brother to Battle Mage (by Kadabra) 3, 1:54.4m ($204,839) and to Body Of Work (by ABC Garland) 4, 1:54.4 ($121,542). Call Me Thefireman is another son of Wishing Stone who qualified impressively-with a 2:00.3, four-length score at The Meadows on June 21 in rein to Chris Page. Conditioned by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby, the bay colt appears well-poised for a solid debut. Bred by Stephanie Smith-Rothaug, Call Me Thefireman is a half-brother to 2018 OSS winner Non Smoker (by My MVP) 3, 1:54 F ($76,601). Out of the Donerail mare Maple Grove Smoky 2, 1:56.3 ($116,487), Call Me Thefireman also has half-siblings in: Maple Grove Family (by Vaporize) 7, 1:58.3s ($92,892); Goneinapuffofsmoke (by Psychic Spirit) 3, 1:57.3h ($72,609) and Maple Grove Karen (by Psychic Spirit) 5, 1:58.3F ($31,801). Page drives again from post nine. Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Tuesday night, July 3 at Northfield Park, with events for 2-year-old trotting fillies, and Wednesday afternoon, July 4 at Scioto Downs, with 2-year-old pacing colt races. by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

Northfield, OH— The 2016 Trotting Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic on Saturday night, June 30, at Northfield Park. Co-owned by Ontario residents Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling, and trained by Ontario-based Paula Wellwood, Marion Marauder will start from post position two in the accomplished field of eight harness racing veteran trotters.  Ohio native Jordan Stratton will travel home from his current base of New York state to drive the winner of over $2.6-million.  A five-year-old son of Muscle Hill, Marion Marauder rose to prominence during his three-year-old campaign in 2016 by sweeping trotting’s Triple Crown – the $1,000,000 Hambletonian at The Meadowlands (NJ), the $500,000 Yonkers Trot at Yonkers Raceway (NY) and the $431,000 Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile.  Marion Marauder is the only Hambletonian champion to race at Northfield Park in the past quarter century. Main competition in Saturday’s feature event may come from 2017 Cleveland Trotting Classic champion Crazy Wow.  The Ron Burke trainee, $2.2-million career earner, tied the all-age Northfield trotting track record of 1:52.3 while winning last year’s event.  Millionaire Homicide Hunter, and multiple stakes winners In Secret and Will Take Charge, will also see heavy support at the betting windows. The Cleveland Trotting Classic is the featured event on a 16-race card Saturday night with a first race post time of 6:00 PM (Eastern).  It will be race 11, with an approximate post time of 9:55 PM.  Top events on the undercard will be four $25,000 Finals of the Spring Late Closing Series.   A $7,500 Guaranteed Pick 4 pool beginning in race 8, and ending with the Cleveland Trotting Classic, tops the wagering menu.  Live music by The One Hit Wonders and multiple prize giveaways will keep the grandstand busy, while culinary offerings include the Melted Fusion Food Truck on the track apron, a $19.95 Cleveland Trotting Classic buffet in Lady Luck’s clubhouse and concession stand specials.  Call 330-467-4101 for clubhouse reservations. The $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic – Race 11 – Approximate Post Time 9:55 PM (Eastern)                Horse                                   Driver                             Trainer              Morning Line Odds In Secret                              Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.            Ron Burke                           7-2 Marion Marauder            Jordan Stratton                 Paula Wellwood                       2-1 Another Breath                 TBA                                        Jeff Johnson, Jr.              15-1 I Know My Chip                 Greg Grismore                  Walter Haynes, Jr.               12-1 Dia Monde                         Mike Wilder                        Thomas Durand                  20-1 Crazy Wow                         Chris Page                           Ron Burke                         8-1 Homicide Hunter              Aaron Merriman               Chris Oakes                            4-1 Will Take Charge              Jim Morrill, Jr.                    Jeff Gillis                                6-1                          Contact Dave Bianconi ( 330-467-4101 ext. 2207 for more information. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park 

Northfield Park's leading driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., continued his winning ways on Saturday (June 16) winning eight times on the 16-race program. Ronnie's triumphs were with World Of Gaming ($3.00) in race two, Lady Gallipolis ($5.20) in race three, Blues Queen ($2.60) in race four, Southwind Lea ($3.80) in race six, Stirling Euphoria ($4.20) in race 10, Feelin Red Hot ($7.60) in race 11, Stucklikeglue ($2.20) in race 12 and Derek Delight ($3.00) in race 14. Wrenn won his first race in 2008, a $2,800 Billings event at the Hillsdale Fair in Michigan, aboard Artful Power. Since breaking his maiden, Ronnie has scored over 4,500 more times with purse earnings approaching $27 million. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Cams Valentino crossed the finish line faster than any other four year-old pacing gelding on a half-mile track in the history of harness racing when he won the $14,500 Open II in 1:49 on Monday (June 11). The clocking also tied the all-age track on Northfield Park's half-mile oval. The former four year-old gelding world record was held by Wiggle It Jiggleit (2016, Nfld, Montrell Teague) and the Northfield record was solely held by Scott Rocks (6, 1:49, Aaron Merriman). Arold, Drury, Kohut LLC owns Cams Valentino. Kent Sherman is his conditioner and Aaron Merriman was in the sulky for the winning drive. Cams Valentino (Art Official-Cam's Valentine-Cam Fella) started from post one. He left from the gate and led the entire mile through times of :27, :54.2, 1:21.2 and 1:49, dominating his competition by 11 ½-lengths. Cams Valentino now has five wins in 16 starts this year. Monday's victory represents his 12th career score and bolstered his bankroll to $88,634. He was heavily favored and returned $2.20 to win. by Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park $50,000 Ohio Sire Stake at Northfield When Tyler Smith steered Spunky Bottom Girl to victory in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore trotting fillies on Monday night, June 11 at Northfield Park, it brought to fruition a long history of genetic luck for owner/breeder Ed Teefey.   “I bought the granddam of this filly, Princess Pan, 2, 2:01.1M  ($14,205) some ten years ago at the Meadowlands Sale,” said Teffey, a retired banker, harness announcer and auctioneer from Mount Sterling, IL.    “She was a daughter of Supergill who was in foal to Classic Photo. I was standing next to trainer Tony Alagna, who told me he had bid on her yearling the year before for $70,000.  I was just standing there and made one bid of $5,700 and she, and her unborn foal, were mine.”   The following year, Teefey christened Princess Pan’s eleventh foal, a filly, Princess Addie, named after his first granddaughter.  Princess Addie is a full sister to the $384,105-winning mare Firstclassprincess 6, 1:53; and a half-sister to the gelding Peaceful Prince (by Lindy Lane) 7, 1:56.2f ($228,909), among others.   “She really didn’t have a lot of talent and then she broke a sesamoid at three,” Teefey recalled. “But she comes from the family of Illinois champion Lady Ann Reed, who was a prolific mare some four decades ago. So, on the advice of Tony (Alagna) and Myron (Bell), I bred her to My MVP, who stands here in Ohio (at Sugar Valley Farm) in Delaware.”   The resulting foal was Spunky Bottom Girl, who, Teefey noted, is named after a bluegrass band in Teefey’s hometown.   “We raced her ten times last year as a 2-year-old in Illinois,” Teefey explained. “She did okay for us (earning $15,225).  Trainer Mike Brink had her then and I kind of thought she’d step up a bit this year and mature, and so we decided to race her mainly in Ohio.  Two friends—Dean Beachy and Carl Becker—suggested I leave her with (trainer) Brent Davis in Zanesville, so that’s what we did.”   Spunky Bottom Girl left the gate at 7-1 odds and sat quietly mid-pack, while 3-2 Sesame (Aaron Merriman) and 20-1 Alana’s Ways (Josh Sutton) slugged it out, taking the field of seven to a :28 first panel clocking. Around the final turn Spunky Bottom Girl moved three-wide, with 4-5 favorite Impinktoo (Kayne Kauffman) four-wide, with the former drawing off to win by two lengths in a career best 1:55.4.  Impinktoo held on for second, while Sesame nailed down show honors.   The win upped Spunky Bottom Girl’s career earnings to $57,215 and was her first win of her 3-year-old career. She now has four wins in 17 career starts, along with four second-place finishes.   In the second $50,000 OSS division, rivals California Love (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Non Smoker (Danny Noble) hit the finish line together, in a 1:56.2 dead-heat for the win.    Californian Love, a 17-1 shot trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver and Steve Zeehandelar, Marion Beachy and Moger-Delia Racing, is a Storming Norman lass bred by Beachy who has eight wins to her credit in 20 starts, with $96,752 in career earnings.  She was a solid fourth to Red Storm in Leg 1 of this series at Miami Valley on May 4.   Non Smoker captured her OSS Leg 1 division at Miami Valley on May 4 in 1:54 for owner Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH.  Trained by Noble, the grey daughter by My MVP has a career bankroll of $76,601 from five wins in 12 starts.    Leaving the gate at 7-2, Non Smoker repelled challenges by 1-2 Looking For Zelda (Tony Hall) and 9-2 Red Storm (Aaron Merriman), before getting caught by California Love at the wire.  Red Storm held on for third, three-quarters of a length behind the two victresses.   by Kim RInker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

This Saturday at Northfield Park you can watch and wager on the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes. Does Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify have what it takes to become the 13th winner of Thoroughbred Racing's Triple Crown? Doors open at 10:30 AM with the first race on the Belmont undercard scheduled for 11:35 AM. Advance wagering on the Belmont will be available, and simulcast signals from over 40 other tracks will be offered for wagering. Upon entering, guests (18 and older) will receive a FREE Malley's Chocolate Bar beginning at 10:30 am (while supplies last)! Each bar contains a delicious Malley's Chocolate bar and a ticket redeemable for cash or match play. Every bar is a winner and prizes range from $2- 1,000. Enjoy a donut and coffee for just $1 while you handicap the day's big races. The donut and coffee special will be available beginning at 10:30 AM while supplies last. Join Bob "Railbird" Roberts and Track Announcer Ayers Ratliff at 11:30 AM for a FREE handicapping seminar outside on the grandstand apron. Bob and Ayers will give their picks and analysis on the entire Belmont card. Seminar attendees will be eligible to win a host of great door prizes. Visit some of Northeast Ohio's gourmet food trucks on the outdoor apron from 1-7 PM including Crooked Kettle Popcorn, Slyman's, Smash Time and Super Hero Food Truck. Plus, enjoy live music by Victory Highway from 2-5 PM and Unknown Reason from 6-10 PM. Guests can enter the $2,000 Belmont Handicapping Contest beginning with race four; top prize is $1,000 cash! In addition, Northfield Park will offer prize drawings throughout the afternoon. Fans will fill out an entry blank to deposit in the contest bin located in the center of the grandstand. Names will be drawn randomly throughout the day to pick a card to reveal their prize! Fans can win cash, gift cards, $100 Win Wagers on the Belmont Stakes, sporting event tickets and more including the grand prize of $2,500 cash! After the Belmont Party, stick around for a night of live racing with a first race post time of 6 PM while enjoying the great view and buffet from our Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant. The buffet price is $19.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. FREE admission and FREE parking every day at Northfield Park. by Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park

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