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Northfield, Ohio-- On a night that the participating amateur drivers probably would rather have sat it out because of the inclement weather still eight harness racing veterans from the Midwest region of the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series ventured to Northfield Park for a trotting contest on Wednesday evening (Sept. 6) which saw Ned "Insurance Man" Hodkinson take no prisoners and make every pole a winning one en route to a 2:00.1 victory with his own Mutinyonthebounty. After a day inundated with rain Mutinyonthebounty, second choice in the wagering, found the wet going to his liking and after starting from the pole position in the eight-horse field Hodkinson zipped him to the lead and they had command early passing the first stanza in :29.2. Despite Oneeyedmomma (Bob "Lumberman" Troyer) and Rush N Supreme (Kelly "Sky" Walker) stuck on the limb Hodkinsons charge was undeterred and trotted by the halfway point in 1:00.2 with the betting favorite, Song In My Heart and "Tiny Tim" Miller, getting a two-hole journey. As the field headed for the three quarters and parked horses faded, Miller moved Song In My Heart out to challenge for the lead but Mutinyonthebounty was able to rebuff him and then open some daylight as they rounded the final turn and headed for paydirt. In the lane it was all Mutinyonthebounty and he reported home a 1-1/2 length winner over Song In My Heart. Third place went to Upfront Chip Daddy driven by Michelle "the Belle" Ruvola. It was the second victory of the season for Mutinyonthebounty who returned a $7.20 mutuel. And for Hodkinson, who doubles as the horse's owner and trainer , it was his 56th career driving victory. by John Manzi for the Billings Amateur Driving Series

Harness racing trainer Ronnie Burke and drivers Mike Wilder and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., each scored two victories out of the five $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contested Saturday evening, Aug. 26 at Northfield Park.   With unseasonably temperatures in the low 60s, the OSS action began with two divisions of 3-year-old trotting colts.   Fraser Ridge (2-1) notched the first division in 1:55.3 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines for trainer Chris Beaver, who also conditioned second-place finisher 4-5 Always A Good Time (Chris Page).   The son of Triumphant Caviar led at every call to score his fourth seasonal win and his seventh career victory in 20 starts. Bred by Steve Stewart of Kentucky, Fraser Ridge upped his bankroll to $245,457 for owners Donald Robinson, Cardington, OH; Robert Mondilo, Delaware, OH; RBH Ventures, New York, NY; and Chris Beaver. Fraser Ridge bested Always A Good Time by 1¼ lengths, with 50-1 Full Surge finishing third with Mike Wilder at the lines. Fraser Ridge had previously won OSS Leg 2 on June 19 at Scioto Downs in 1:56, and then was second in Leg 3 at Northfield on July 10 in 1:55.3. He also finished second in a $51,450 Ohio Fair Stake on August 5 at Scioto Downs. He is the third foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Classical Mary 3, 1:55.2 ($207,811) and is a half-brother to Guy Fox (by Glidemaster) 4, 1:55.2f ($119,405). In the second OSS division for diagonally-gaited sophomore colts, Jailhouse Sam took advantage of the rail slot in a front-stepping triumph that saw him timed in 1:55.1 for trainer-driver Sandy Beatty. Owned and bred by Casey Clemens of Malta, OH, the black gelded son of Victory Sam picked up his 11th career victory and pushed his lifetime earnings to $129,631. He held off the hard-trying 1-5 favorite Buckeye Boss (Aaron Merriman) by 1½ lengths with 9-1 Magic Vacation another several lengths back in third with driver Kayne Kauffman in the sulky. Jailhouse Sam is the third foal out of the unraced Jailhouse Jesse mare Jailhouse Broad. He is a half-brother to Another Breath (by Lou's Legacy) 4, 1:54.1f ($178,108) and to Little Casino (by Full Count) 4, 1:57.2 ($71,680). The stallion Triumphant Caviar was represented by four participants in these two trotting divisions, with Victory Sam having two progeny competing. And Away We Go, Break The Bank K, Big Rigs, Deep Chip, Dejarmbro, and Full Count all had one foal each in these events. In the first of three pacing divisions, driver Mike Wilder steered 6-1 Rosa's Touch to a 1:52.4 win for trainer Ronnie Burke, using the rail slot to his advantage as he paced solidly through fractions of :27.3; :55.4 and 1:24, holding off even-money favorite Bye Bye Felicia (Chris Page) by a neck. Da Vinci Artist (7-1) got through on the inside to be third for Kurt Sugg. Owned by Burke Racing, Fredericksburg, PA; Weaver Bruscemi, Canonsburg, PA; and breeder Knox Services, Mt. Vernon, OH, Rosa's Touch is a striking black daughter by The Panderosa with six wins, four seconds and four thirds in 27 starts. Her bankroll now stands at $114,400. Rosa's Touch is the ninth foal out of the Raque Bogart mare Touch Of Bogart p,3, 1:55.1f ($32,333) and is a half-sister to: Right Touch (by Always A Virgin) p,3, 1:50.1s ($489,660); Real Touch (by Real Desire) p,3, 1:51.1m ($150,251); Rockn Touch (by Rock N Roll Heaven) p,5,1:51.2f ($146,630); and Touchtownn (by Towner's Big Guy) p,3, 1:51.3h ($129,179), etc. This same driver-trainer combination returned for the second OSS pacing division, this time with Rosemary Rose, a Foreclosure N lass who picked up seasonal win eight and career triumph ten in 1:52.4. Wilder used the same wire-to-wire tactics with this winner of $154,277 lifetime. Owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Jason Melillo of Powell, OH, Rosemary Rose was sent off at 4-5 odds and won by 1½ lengths over 25-1 Berazzled (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), with 30-1 The Lady Vanishes (Ryan Stahl) getting up for third. Rosemary Rose is the sixth foal out of The Panderosa mare Pantathlon p,2, 1:54.4f ($20,221) and is a half-sister to: Pan From Nantucket (by No Pan Intended) p,5, 1:51.3h ($570,801); Panstakingly (by No Pan Intended) p, 3, 1:54.2s ($64,440); Nip Pan Tuck (by No Pan Intended) p, 2, 1:54.4s ($50,899); and the 2-year-old standout Rockathon (by Pet Rock) p,2, 1:52.2f ($57,462). Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., was back in the winner's circle for the third and final OSS pacing division, as he guided 2-5 favorite Zoe Ellasen to her eighth career victory in 1:53.2. Trained by Ron Potter for Clyde Perfect of Lawrenceburg, IN, the daughter of Santana Blue Chip upped her career earnings to $167,231. Zoe Ellasen came from behind to notch her second straight OSS triumph, besting 5-1 Libby's Idea (Aaron Merriman) by 1¾ lengths, with 5-1 Bourbon And Barley (Ryan Stahl) grabbing show money. She had won leg 3 on Aug.12 at Northfield in 1:52.1. Bred by Joe McLead and Billy Walters, this leggy bay filly is the first foal out of the unraced Bettor's Delight mare Spring Delight, and has a half-brother in Allgonowhoa (by Dragon Again) p,2,1:59h ($8,464). Ohio pacing stallion Charley Barley had four foals competing in these three OSS races, while Art Official and Big Bad John had three each. Art's Chip, Manhardt, The Padnerosa and Woodstock were all represented by two of their progeny, with Foreclosure N, I'm Gorgeous, McArdle, No Pan Intended and Santana Blue Chip all having one foal each racing in OSS competition. The 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes season culminates on Sept. 2 at Scioto Downs with eight $250,000 Championships for 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters of both genders.   Kimberly Rinker

Red Storm trotted to a whirlwind 1:58.2 clocking in the first of two $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old trotting fillies on Wednesday night, Aug. 23 at Northfield Park. The striking chestnut daughter by Stormin Normand was given a perfect steer by Aaron Merriman for trainer Chris Beaver and owner-breeder Sandra S. Burnett, of Wilmington, OH as the 2-5 favorite in the fourth leg of the series for Ohio-bred youngsters. "She's just such a nice, professional little horse to drive and really gives it her all," said Merriman. "Plus, she's a red-head like me!" Red Storm took the lead just past the :29.3 first quarter after leaving hard from post nine. From there she snapped off fractions of :59.1 and 1:28.4 before posting a :29.3 final panel brush to score her third career victory in five tries, upping her earnings to $75,800. Risky Deal, at 8-1, was driven by trainer Christ Hershberger to a second place finish, 2 and ¼ lengths behind the winner, while 10-1 California Love--also trained by Beaver--was third for Kurt Sugg. Red Storm had finished third in OSS leg one on July 3 at Northfield behind To Russia, then was second in OSS leg two on July 19 at Scioto Downs to Impinktoo. On July 27, she won a $42,000 Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto Downs in 1:57.2, then captured OSS leg three at Scioto in 1:57 on Aug. 10. Red Storm is the third of four foals out of the Chip Chip Hooray mare Ms Pollyanna 3, 1:57.3f ($53,948) and is a half-sister to: Moonlight Espoir (by Windsong Espoir) 3, 1:56.1s ($52,209) and to Miss Lorelei (by Break The Bank K) 3, 2:01.2f ($43,662)--all owned by Sandra Burnett. The solidly trotting Looking For Zelda left no doubt she was much the best as she cruised to a front-stepping 1:57.2 effort in the second OSS division as the 1-5 choice. Steered by Tony Hall for trainer Norm Parker and owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA, the daughter of Break The Bank K notched her fifth win in as many tries and pushed her career earnings to $101,000. Looking For Zelda appeared to be on auto-pilot as she drew off by nearly four lengths in deep stretch to prevail over 10-1 Sesame (Aaron Merriman) and 50-1 Champagne Hall (Kurt Sugg), who made a break in the first turn and recovered to finish a game third. "She'll get some light work this week before the championship," noted Parker. "We might train her just one light trip, but she really doesn't require a whole lot of work." Looking For Zelda won OSS leg one on July 3 at Northfield Park in 1:59.1, then returned to win OSS leg two on July 19 at Scioto in 1:56.4, before finishing first in a $42,000 Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto in 1:57.1 on July 27. Her most recent victory came in the OSS leg three on Aug. 10 at Scioto Downs, when she won by six lengths in 1:57.4. This homebred is out of the Conway Hall mare My Winning Way K and is a half-sister to Boyz N Guitars (by Muscle Massive) 2, 1:58.3f ($24,007). Ohio Sires Stakes action continues on Thursday evening, Aug. 24 at Scioto Downs with three divisions of 2-year-old trotting colts. Kimberly Rinker  

Prsntpretynperfect, the 2-5 favorite, didn't disappoint her harness racing fans as she stormed to a 1:56.2 winning effort in the first of two $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for freshman pacing fillies, on a dark and rainy evening, Aug. 22, at Northfield Park. Driven by Kayne Kauffman, the Big Bad John lass picked up her fifth career win in as many lifetime starts and boosted her bankroll to $103,500 for trainer Brian Brown and owners Jennifer Brown, Ostrander, OH; Richard Lombardo, Solon, OH; and Joshua Green, Milford, DE. Bred by Ohioan Carl Howard, Prsntpretynperfect has swept all four OSS legs and also won a $47,000 Ohio Fair Stake. She bested rivals Pearl Crush by 3¼ lengths, an 8-1 choice driven by Ryan Stahl and 30-1 Kay Again, who finished third with Josh Sutton at the lines. Believe In Waco survived a lengthy stewards inquiry to prevail in the second OSS division, clocked in 1:58 in a wire-to-wire performance. The daughter of Believeinbruiser, driven by Art McIlmurray for trainer Steve Novak, grabbed career victory number four from eight starts. Sent off at 9-2 odds, Believe In Waco finished a three-quarters of a length in front of 20-1 Tiffany Rocks As (Aaron Merriman) and 10-1 Merciless, driven by Danny Noble. This precocious filly now has $53,520 in career earnings for breeder-owner Gerald L. Mijal of Westland, MI. She was second twice and fourth once in her three previous OSS contests. Kimberly Rinker  

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $20,000 Super High Five total pool guarantee to its harness racing card on Wednesday (August 23). Offered in Race 13, the $20,000 Super High Five guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $5,353.21. Wednesday's post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratliff  

Fear The Dragon entered Saturday's $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park as harness racing's top-ranked horse. Everything looked to be going his way. He drew the rail, was the overwhelming favorite and posted soft fractions. However, Downbytheseaside paced home in :26.4 despite a tough first-over trip to best Fear The Dragon by a full length. Downbytheseaside started from post-7 and sat fifth through the opening :27.1 quarter. Driver Brian Sears pulled Downbytheseaside and grinded first-up through fractions of :56 and 1:22.4. The 1:49.3 final time was a new track record for sophomore colt pacers. "I knew he was going to have a lot left with those soft fractions," stated Sears. "I didn't want to have a speed duel." The duel came in the final quarter when Downbytheseaside drew alongside Fear The Dragon, eventually wearing him down in the stretch, returning $11.60 to win. "He put in a great effort and every time I called on him he gave more," said Sears. Brian Brown trains both colts at the historic Delaware County Fairgrounds. "I am thrilled this horse raced the way that he did and got there," said Brown. "It wasn't like Fear The Dragon raced bad." Downbytheseaside Finishing behind Downbytheseaside were Fear The Dragon, Classic Pro, Blood Line, Drunk On Your Love, Rock N Tony, R J P and Bags To Riches. Saturday's stablemate duel was intense and trainer Brian Brown indicated that the colts will meet again in September in the Little Brown Jug. Ayers Ratliff

Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras & Foiled Again battle Ronnie Wrenn Jr. & Ruffy's Desire going to the 1/4 in last nights $14,000 Open Pace at Northfield Park. Foiled Again would go on to win making it his 95th lifetime victory and taking his career earnings to $ 7,529,128 Raymond K. Lance

Pistol Packin Mama rocked to a 1:52.1 new lifetime mark in the first of three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes-Leg 3 contests on Saturday night, Aug. 12 before a jam-packed Northfield Park harness racing crowd. The Tyler George trainee, a daughter of The Panderosa, out of the Artiscape mare Art Debut, was the 1-5 public's favorite handled by Trace Tetrick. "She's a very classy filly who just continues to improve," Tetrick--one of Hoosier Park's leading reinsmen--noted. Owned by the Herres Stable of Bellbrook, OH, Pistol Packin Mama upped her career earnings to $107,750 and now has seven wins and four seconds in 11 lifetime trips postward. She was bred by Ontario's Brian Doyle. Libby's Idea, a 30-1 longshot, was second for Aaron Merrian, while 25-1 shot The Lady Vanishes was third with Ryan Stahl I the sulky. It's rare that Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., drives a 30-1 longshot--especially at Northfield Park--but he did just that, getting Zoe Ellasen home under the wire first in the second OSS division (Race 8) in 1:52.1. Wrenn, Jr., says the sophomore pacing filly is improving with each start. "She really hasn't raced up to what we thought was her potential this season prior to tonight," said Wrenn, Jr. "But I think Ron (Trainer Potter) has her figured out now as she just was super gutsy tonight." Zoe Ellasen is a daughter of Santanna Blue Chip, out of the unraced Bettor's Delight mare Spring Delight. She bested 2-5 Rosemary Rose (Mike Wilder) and Gorgeous Halie, a 16-1 choice driven by Tim Tetrick. Owned by Clyde Perfect of Lawrenceburg, IN, Zoe Ellasen has seven wins, a second and six thirds in 21 career starts and $147,231 in earnings. Last but not least, it was Jaye's A Lady who stole the show from the other OSS distaffs, pacing to a track-record equaling mile of 1:52 in the third OSS (Race 9) division for Yannick Gingras. The McArdle lass, sent off at 5-2 odds upped her earnings to 118,134 with this latest victory. The hard-trying Type A Grey was third for Chris Page at odds of 6-1, while 15-longshot Da Vinci Artist was third with Kurt Sugg at the lines. Jaye's A Lady now has five wins, three seconds and two thirds in 20 career starts for the Caviart Farms of Vienna, VA, who also bred the Nancy Johansson-conditioned sophomore. She is the second and most prolific foal out of the Artspalce mare Lunar Tide. Also on the Northfield Park card, harness racing richest competitor ($7 million+), the 13-year-old Foiled Again, captured the $14,000 Open Handicap Pace for trainer Ronnie Burke and Yannick Gingras in 1:52. The son of Dragon Again posted a :27.2 final panel clocking in impressive front-stepping fashion. In the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, it was Dancin Yankee and driver Brian Sears who prevailed with a front end effort in 1:50.3. The 9-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser is trained by Josh Green for Ohioan Richard Lombardo and L&J Racing of Pennsylvania. Downbytheseaside and Brian Sears defeated stablemate Fear The Dragon (David Miller) with a game, first-over journey that saw him sweep under the wire first in a new track record clocking of 1:49.3 in the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. Both 3-year-olds are conditioned by Ohio-based trainer Brian Brown and both have well over $1 million each in earnings. Downbytheseaside is a son of Somebeachsomewhere, while Fear The Dragon is a son of the ill-fated stallion Dragon Again. Kimberly Rinker

Twenty-five sophomore pacing fillies will battle this evening in a trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes in round three of the four-leg harness racing series for Buckeye-bred side-wheelers at Northfield Park.   Ohio-based stallions represented include Art Official, Big Bad John and The Panderosa with four foals each competing in OSS events, while Charley Barley, Manhardt and McArdle have two 3-year-olds each in these races. Ohio sires with one filly each competing include: Art's Chip, Feelin Friskie, Foreclosure N, I'm Gorgeous, No Pan Intended, Santana Blue Chip and Woodstock.   Trainer Tyler George will harness Pistol Packin Mama in the first OSS contest (Race 7) for the Herres Stable of Bellbrook, OH. The daughter of The Panderosa won Leg 2 on June 9 at Scioto Downs in 1:52.2 with a near wire-to-wire effort, drawing off by five lengths in the stretch. Her connections then gave her more than a month off and she returned with aplomb--scoring a 1:52.2 triumph in a Hoosier Park overnight on July 29. She was then second to Big Bad Jane in a $41,000 Ohio Fair Stake on Aug. 4 at Scioto Downs, and has $87,750 in career earnings from ten starts, with six wins and four seconds.   Bred by Brian Doyle of Ontario, this bay filly is the seventh foal out of the Artiscape mare Art Debut p,3, 1:54.2s ($49, 109) and is a half-sister to Artful Way (by Artistic Fella) p,5, 1:50.1h ($299, 745); Artful Impulse (by Artistic Fella) p,3, 1:52.2s ($220, 983); Im A Debutant (by No Pan Intended) p,7, 1:57.2h ($44,597); and Isitfridayyet (by No Pan Intended) p,3, 1:55.1f ($25,125). Trace Tetrick drives from post five.   Also vying in this same division is Bye Bye Felicia, who leaves from post seven for driver Chris Page and trainer Brian Brown. This striking black daughter of Woodstock won a $41,000 Ohio Fair Stake on Aug. 4 in 1:55 at Scioto Downs after winning in 1:58 at Marysville on July 22 by nearly 17 lengths with Brown's son Beau at the lines. Bye Bye Felicia's career mark came when she won her OSS-Leg 2 test on June 9 at Scioto Downs, stopping the timer impressively in 1:52.2.   A winner of $154,909 lifetime, Bye Bye Felicia has seven wins, three seconds and one third in 18 career starts for owners Jennifer Brown, Scott Davis, Steve Mullet and Joyce McClelland. Bred by Billy Walters and Joe McLead, she is the second foal out of the unraced Camluck mare Tea Time and is full sister to the 2-year-old Ohio Sires Stakes winner Harambe Deo p,2, 1:55f ($23,200).   The second division (Race 8) features a wide-open field of contestants who have come close but have yet to reach the winner's circle this season in an OSS test. Glorious Intent, a grey daughter by No Pan Intended finished second in Leg 2 on June 9 at Scioto Downs, timed in 1:53.2; while Big Bad Jane, a bay daughter by Big Bad John, was third in Leg 1, timed in 1:55.1 on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway.   Rose Run Skyler, a two-time OSS winner this year, heads up the third division (Race 9) for trainer Derek Watiker. The bay daughter by The Panderosa won Leg 1 on May 1 at Miami Valley with a 1:54.4 clocking, then captured a $50,000 Scarlet & Grey contest in 1:53 at Miami Valley on May 8. She posted a 1:54.1 clocking in a Scioto overnight on May 25, before winning OSS-Leg 2 on June 9 at Scioto Downs in 1:53. She was given nearly two months off before returning to win a $41,000 Ohio Fair Stake in a career best 1:52.3 on Aug. 4 at Scioto.   Bred by the Rose Run Farm, Rose Run Skyler has $99,875 in career earnings for owner Lionel Ray Watiker of Zanesville, OH. Aaron Merriman drives from post nine. Rose Run Skyler is the second foal out of the unraced Allamerican Native mare A And G's Finest, and is a half-sister to Rose Run Ranger (by Major In Art) p, 3, 1:56f ($36,566) and Rose Run Toni (by Jereme's Jet) p, 2, 2:01.4h ($11,130).   OSS Leg 2 winner Ellasen starts from post eight in this same division for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. The Big Bad John filly is owned by Clyde Perfect of Lawrenceburg, IN and is conditioned by Ron Potter. She captured an OSS-Leg 2 on July 9 at Scioto Downs in 1:52.3 and has a trio of wins and $41,750 in seasonal earnings, and $92,578 in her career coffers.   Kimberly Rinker

Harness racing driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. made his 4,000th trip to the winner's circle after winning with Sultan Of Cash in Northfield Park's 5th race on Monday (August 7th) in the 3rd leg, 3rd division $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Freshman Colt Trotters. Wrenn led at every call with Sultan Of Cash, eventually besting his competition by 1-1/4 lengths. The 1:59.4 clocking was the 6th career score in as many starts for the undefeated 2-year-old trotter, who returned $2.80 to win. The 30-year-old Wrenn began driving in 2008. His 4,000 wins have helped him garner almost $22 million in purse earnings. He won the 2013 and 2014 national dash driving titles; the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Northfield Park driving titles; and the 2013 driving title at Northville Downs. Wrenn is a 2005 graduate of Hartland High School in Hartland, Michigan. He played center field for and graduated from Mott Community College in Flint. Although Wrenn comes from a racing family, he did not take an interest and become involved with horses at an early age. "I was 19 or 20 when I jogged my first horse. I was always really busy with sports and stuff," said Wrenn. "I didn't really have time for it." However, after weighing his options and slowly becoming more interested with the family business, Ronnie decided on a career in racing. "I was just sitting at the table working on homework on my computer one night and looked up and told my dad I wanted to be a driver. He looked at me like I was crazy. But I was old enough that he really didn't have a lot of say, and so far it has all worked out pretty well." Wrenn earned his first win behind Artful Power in a $1,400 Billings race at a Michigan fair. "It was hard breaking in at first. I guess I got lucky to be put on some good horses and things just took off," offered Wrenn. "My parents and grandparents really helped me a lot as well as countless other people." Wrenn's richest win ever came in the last year's $250,000 sophomore pacing Ohio Sires Stakes Championship at Northfield Park with Whataboy. His fastest victory was in 1:49.2 with Doo Wip Hanover in the 2015 Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs. Wrenn rates some of the best horses he has ever driven as Arch Madness, Betterluvnexttime, Doo Wop Hanover, Luck Be Withyou, Night Pro and Victory Is Coming. "There are many owners and trainers that have given me opportunities and I will be forever grateful to them," offered Wrenn. "To win races, a driver has to drive fast horses for talented trainers with good owners." Wrenn was married in June of this year and resides in Stow, Ohio with his wife Briana. Ayers Ratliff

Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., steered his 4,000th career-winning drive en route to capturing one of nine $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for harness racing 2-year-old male pacers and trotters on Monday night, Aug. 7 at Northfield Park.   Wrenn, Jr.'s winning drive came aboard the Roger Hughes, Jr.-trained and owned Sultan Of Cash, the 2-5 favorite in the third OSS division (Race 5).   "It's pretty special to get a win with this colt, who's six for six now," Wrenn, Jr., acknowledged. "I would have won with Brian's (trainer Brown) horse (5-2 Slick Mick, second in Race 4 to Gone Again) but he pulled himself up in the last turn, unexpectedly."   Sultan Of Cash, a freshman altered son of Cash Hall, out of the Conway Hall mare Anything But Love, has now swept the first three legs of the OSS series, and owns a bankroll of $85,515 with this latest victory. The youngster got away with easy fractions of :31.2, 1:02.1 and 1:31.1, before gliding under the wire in 1:59.4 to nail his sixth straight triumph in as many career starts. Count On Cody was second for Jason Brewer at 3-1, while 9-1 Win Chaser got up for third with Anthony MacDonald in the sulky.   In My Dreams won the first of four OSS trotting divisions in a career best 1:58 with trainer Sandy Beatty in the sulky for owners Brad Davis and the Hatfield Stables. The 7-5 son of Wining Fireworks is the first foal out of Iam Spikes Wish 3, 2:04h ($10,746), and was second in Leg 1 to Count On Cody, timed in 1:57.2. He has $48,515 in earnings from five starts, with two wins, two seconds and a third.   Manny L (Kayne Kauffman) was second at 8-1, with 2-1 Sugar Top moved up to third from fourth and 17-1 third-place finisher Dance Withsomebody (Robin Miller) moved from fourth to third for making a break at the wire.   Longshot (22-1) Mission Accepted took his OSS contest in 1:57.4 with Ryan Stahl at the lines. The son of Manofmanymissions picked up his first career victory in his fourth lifetime start for trainer and co-owner Jeff Conger, upping his earnings to $24,800 for owners Knox Services and David Wills. Joggingtothebank (Kurt Sugg) was second, while Dontforgetmaster (Josh Sutton) was third--both at 5-2 odds. Mission Accepted 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) 4, 1;54 ($346,534) and to Witty's Winner (by Jailhouse Jesse) 5, 1:54.4s ($95,757).   Zeppelin Bi, an altered son of Manofmanymissions, out of the Angus Hall mare Palm Beach Bi 3, 2:01.1f ($21,596), picked up his first career win by capturing the fourth OSS division for trotters in 1:58.3. Trainer Anthony MacDonald steered Zeppelin Bi, who is owned by Thestable Zeppelin Bi Group of Ontario and pushed his career earnings to $41,300. The 7-2 winner bested 6-1 Haul N Dash (Kurt Sugg), while 12-1 Sand Cash (Tyler Smith) got up for third. Zeppelin Bi is a full brother to Vesuvio 2, 1:57f ($14,595).   In the first of five OSS pacing divisions for freshmen, Chris Page guided 1-9 favorite Rock On Creek to a 1:53.3 victory. Brian Brown conditions the son of Pet Rock for breeder Debbie Bird, Richard Lombardo and Josh Green, who picked up his third win in four starts. Rock On Creek, who is the first foal out of the Modern Art mare Pebble Creek 6, 1:53.2h ($152,720), now has $64,175 in his coffers. Jo Jo's Pet Rock (Danny Noble) was second at 9-1, while 25-1 longshot Dukes Cruiser (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third.   Tyler Smith steered 14-1 Gone Again to a 1:54.2 triumph in the second OSS pacing division for trainer Tim Lane and Ohio owners William Bailosky, Ernie Malas and Michael Crawford. It was the son of Dragon Again's second win in five starts and pushed his earnings to $26,750. Slick Mick (5-2) was second for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., while 25-1 Cass Delight Rock (Chris Page) was third (and paid $152.20 to show). Gone Again is the third foal out of the unraced Western Hanover mare Campus Flirt and is a half-brother to Moot Court (by Mach Three) 4, 1:54f ($27,715) and Campus Beauty (by Camluck) 4, 2:02h ($17,967).   Smith returned to the Northfield winner's circle in the third pacing division with Letsallrock, the 6-5 favorite, for trainer Jeff Smith and owners J.S. Everhart, K.J. Smith and C. Young. The son of Pet Rock was timed in 1:52.2, and now has $49,512 in career earnings. Coach Zuzek was second for Chris Page at 12-1 odds, while Josh Sutton was behind 2-1 Born To Be Bad, who notched show honors. Letsallrock is the first foal out of the Jennas Beach Boy mare Noseitall, 2, 1:57.1 ($7,605).   McThirsty shocked the Northfield fans as he stormed to a 1:53.4 clocking at 30-1 odds for driver Greg Grismore and trainer Scott Cox. The McArdle gelding picked the perfect time to score his first career victory for owners Parent Racing Stable, J. Ash and Scott Cox, besting 3-1 Rockathon (Danny Noble) and 4-5 favorite Lather Up (Montrell Teague). A winner of $35,475 in his career, McThirsty is the eighth foal out of the Artsplace mare Diamond Dejavu 3, 1:56 ($3,680) and is a half-brother to: Rhombus (by The Panderosa) p,4,1:50.2f ($204,200); Girls Luv Diamonds (by The Panderosa) p,8, 1:56h ($114,715); and In The Dark (by Cambest) p,2, 1:53.4 ($105,525).   In the final pacing division 2-5 Seeing Eye Single (Chris Page) prevailed over 9-1 Bounding Dragon (Josh Sutton) and 7-1 Hora Star (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in a new life mark of 1:53. Ronnie Burke conditions the son of Dragon Again for Burke Racing Stable; Silva, Purnel & Libby; L. Karr; and Weaver Bruscemi. All three of the $60,000-winning Seeing Eye Single's career triumphs have come in OSS legs.   Ohio Sires Stakes continue Thursday, Aug. 10 with 2-year-old trotting fillies at Scioto Downs in Leg 3 of the series.   Kimberly Rinker

It's been a long time between pots for Gregg "Fast Greggy" Keidel but tonight (July 29) at the Summit Fair at Northfield Park he turned the tables on his harness racing competition and drove impressively when he went down the road with Star Chip and turned back seven others in a 1:58.2 trotted mile. Although the harness racing executive has had only three driving victories since 2009 he was among the top drivers in the Billings Amateur Driving Series where he had won over 100 races prior to devoting the majority of his time to the racing departments at various racetracks in the Midwest. However, to be fair, Keidel hasn't driven many times in recent years (only 32 since 2009) and only does when he can get away from the racing office. Tonight in greater Cleveland, he was a perfect fit behind the Kurt Sugg-trainee and Keidel wasted no time sending his charge to the lead when the gate sprung. And despite nearly half the field stuck on the limb in the early going Keidel got Star Chip by the first panel in a relatively soft 30.1. The 'limbed' horses didn't keep the pressure on Star Chip and Keidel was able to get away with another :30.2 quarter. However, from there it was Katey bar the door as Keidel stepped on the gas and Star Chip trotted away with a :28.4 third panel and then added another .29.1 quarter to coast home a three-length winner over Upfront Chip Daddy and driver "Michelle the Belle" Ruvola which gave the offspring of the veteran stallion Chip Chip Hooray first and second money in the contest. Third place went to Strong Hope ,driven by "Lawbook Larry" Farley. Owned by Rebecca Sugg ,Star Chip won for the fifth time this year and paid $6.20 for win. For "Fast Greggy" it was his 103rd driving victory. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series

Speed was all the rage in five $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) divisions for harness racing 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday night, July 22 at Northfield Park, beginning with the first division, when Drew The Dragon stormed to a blistering 1:51.4 triumph. With Danny Noble at the lines, the Dragon Again gelding shattered the previous Northfield Park track record of 1:53.1, set by Barnabas (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in 2016. That time also established a new world record for a 2-year-old gelding on a half-mile track that was previously held by Littlebitoflife (Ryan Anderson), set at now-defunct Maywood Park in 2007.   Trained by Jim Dailey for the Ohio trio of Kim Dailey, K.D. Snyder and S.G. Haines, Drew The Dragon paced through splits of :26.4, :55 and 1:23.1 before posting a :28.3 final brush to prevail over his rivals by 3¼ lengths. It was his second career win in three starts and upped his earnings to $24,750.   Drew The Dragon     Born To Be Bad, the 2-5 favorite was second for Josh Sutton, while 7-1 Rock On Creek finished third for Chris Page. Mary Yoder bred Drew The Dragon, who was sent off at odds of 5-1 in this second leg of OSS action. The youngster had made an uncharacteristic break in OSS Leg 1 on July 4 at Scioto Downs and finished ninth, but kept it all together for his Leg 2 triumph.   Drew The Dragon is the seventh of eight foals out of Plan On It p,3,1:52.3 ($32,746) and is a half-brother to: E Street Plan (by Rocknroll Hanover) p,5, 1:49.4f ($301,903); Rockavellian (by Rocknroll Hanover) p,7, 1:50.4f ($222,746); and Ideal Plan (by Western Ideal) p,3, 1:52.4f ($82,277).   Trainer Brenda Teague harnessed Lather Up to a 1:52.2 clocking--a new track record for 2-year-old colt pacers in OSS division five. The son of I'm Gorgeous had won OSS Leg 1 in 1:52.2 at Scioto Downs on July 4 and this victory was his second straight in three career starts. Driven by Montrell Teague, the 9-5 favorite upped his career earnings to $41,500 for owners/breeders Gary and Barbara Iles of Harrington, DE.   Spectacular Rock (Dan Noble) finished second at 2-1 odds, while 30-1 longshot Gonnarockyourworld was a solid third for Travis Seekman.   Trainer Brian Brown then sent out stablemates Slick Mick and Dragonology to win the next two OSS divisions.   Slick Mick scored in 1:54.2 for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. It was his first career win in two tries for striking black son of The Panderosa. Owned by breeder Milton Leeman of Columbus, OH, Slick Mick now has $24,800 in career earnings, and had finished third in OSS Leg 1, timed in 1:55.4. The 5-2 colt used a :27.3 final panel to best 9-5 favorite Rockathon (Josh Sutton) and 7-1 shot Lots To Live For (Chris Page) in this second round of OSS action.   Slick Mick is the fifth foal out of the unraced Dragon Again mare Hufflepuff and is a half-brother to Hannah Abbott (by Dave Panlone) p,3, 1:53.s ($86,502) and to Buckeye Battle Cry (by Woodstock) p,3, 1:56f ($23,297), etc.   Dragonology (Chris Page), at 11-1 odds, prevailed with a 1:53.2 clocking in the third OSS division. Owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and the Aws Stables, the son of Dragon Again boosted his earnings to $22,000 in just his second lifetime start. The youngster made a bold move going to the half and never looked back, besting 5-1 rival Hura Star (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and 9-1 Panimal Kingdom (Josh Sutton). Bred by Kerry Feuker-Weed and Kenneth Weed, Dragonology is the third foal out of the Riverboat King mare La Diavla p,5,1:51.4f ($416,730).   Trainer Ronnie Burke and driver Dave Palone teamed up to score a victory in the fourth OSS division with 1-5 Seeing Eye Single, who had also captured OSS Leg 1 earlier this month. The son of Dragon Again used nearly identical tactics in both starts, grabbing the lead going to the half and pacing to an easy victory, both times in 1:53.1. Owned by Burke Racing; Silva, Pumel & Libby; L Karr and Weaver Bruscemi, Seeing Eye Single bested 13-1 Jo Jo's Pet Rock (Danny Noble) and 9-2 Cinnamack (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) easily. Seeing Eye Single is the first foal out of the Western Ideal mare Shabalabadingdong p,3, 1:52.2s ($181,197). Kimberly Rinker

Forty-two harness racing 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings will battle in five Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) contests Saturday night, July 22 at Northfield Park. Each division--races four, six, eight, ten and 12--for these Buckeye-fathered freshmen sports a purse of $40,000. First race post time is 6 pm, ET. Each of the eight Leg 1 winners are returning for this second round of action in the four-bout series, which culminates with a $250,000 Championship Final on Sept. 2 at Scioto Downs. To be eligible to Ohio's most lucrative series for state-bred 2- and 3-year-olds, owners nominate their youngsters by March 15, who must be sired by an Ohio-based stallion registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission. Stallions represented by progeny participating in Saturday's OSS tests include Pet Rock, with 13 foals; Dragon Again with 10; McArdle with six and Big Bad John with three. The stallions I'm Gorgeous and We Will See each have a pair of freshman competing, while those with one foal each in Leg 2 action include Charley Barley, Mr Apples, No Pan Intended, The Panderosa, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser. Leg One winners Born To Be Bad and Rock On Creek will square off in the first division (Race 4). Born To Be Bad, a son of Big Bad John, hails from the Ron Steck Stable and scored a wire-to-wire triumph in 1:55.1 at Scioto Downs on July 4. Josh Sutton is back in the bike from post three behind the winner of $27,250, who has two wins and a second in three starts. Rock On Creek's lone victory in as many starts saw him pace in 1:55.1 for trainer Brian Brown in that first OSS leg at Scioto on July 4. The son of Pet Rock also used wire-to-wire tactics to get the job done with Chris Page in the sulky. He'll start from post eight in Leg 2. The third OSS division (Race 8) features a trio of Leg 1 winners set to wage war. Trainer Brenda Teague's Sip And A Bite will be looking for a repeat of his 1:54 score on July 4 at Scioto Downs. The unaltered son of I'm Gorgeous hails from post two with Brenda's nephew Montrell Teague driving for his father/owner George Teague, Jr. Trainer Chris McGuire will harness Harambe Deo from post one in this same division. The bay son of Woodstock won his July 4 debut at Scioto by four lengths in 1:55 for driver Kayne Kauffman, who gets the nod again Saturday from the rail. Sectionline Bigry has been saddled with the eight-slot in this division for trainer Steve Bauder and driver Aaron Merriman, who steered the Pet Rock gelding to a 1:54.2 clocking in round one on July 4 at Scioto Downs. The homebred is owned by Harold Lee and Harold L Bauder of Delaware, OH. The Ron Burke-trained Seeing Eye Single is the lone Leg 1 winner going postward in the fourth OSS division (Race 10) on Saturday evening. The gelded son by the ill-fated Dragon Again won a pair of Meadows qualifiers before storming to a 1:53.1 triumph at Scioto on July 4. Dave Palone has been behind Seeing Eye Single in all three contests and Saturday will be no exception as the duo leave from post two. In OSS division five (Race 12), two of the fastest Leg 1 winners spar, from post seven and eight respectively. The aunt and nephew combo of Brenda and Montrell Teague send out Lather Up, who blazed to a 1:52.2 clocking in Leg 1 on July 4 at Scioto. The son of I'm Gorgeous is a homebred owned by Harrington, DE breeders Gary and Barbara Iles. Letsallrock also paced to a 1:52.2 victory that same afternoon at Scioto, for the partnership of trainer Jeff Smith and driver Tyler Smith. The Pet Rock gelding was bred by Kathy Smith and is co-owned by Smith and J S. Everhart and C. Young of Greenfield, OH. Kimberly Rinker

Like Old Times crossed the finish as the fastest 5-year-old and up trotting mare on a half-mile track in the history of harness racing when she won Monday's $14,000 Open Trot at Northfield Park in 1:53. The record was formerly held in a three-way tie by Mystical Sunshine (Daniel Dube, 2007, Delaware Co. Fair), Autumn Escapade (David Miller, 2010, Delaware Co. Fair) and Victory Is Coming (Ronnie Wrenn Jr., 2015, Northfield Park) in 1:53.2. Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, Ohio owns Like Old Times. Northfield Park Wall of Famer, Don Mc Kirgan, is her conditioner and Peter Wrenn was in the sulky for the winning drive. Like Old Times (Chip Chip Hooray-Royal Two-Royal Troubador) started from post four. She left from the gate and sat the pocket through fractions of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:24.1. Wrenn moved Like Old Times in the final turn and she took the lead in the stretch, besting her competition by two lengths. Like Old Times now has 26 career victories and a bankroll of $458,180. She returned $8.40 to win. Earlier in the evening Peter Wrenn broke another record when he won with Shakewhatmamagaveu in 1:53.4 in the $40,000 2nd leg, 4th div Ohio Sires Stakes for freshman filly pacers. This clocking broke the track record of 1:54 formerly held by Glorious Intent (Chris Page, 2016). The record performance came in Shakewhatmamagaveu's second lifetime start. Ron Steck trains this promising filly for Don and Marcia Brake of Marysville, Ohio. Ayers Ratliff

Monday night (July 17) at Northfield Park kicks off three days of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) action featuring harness racing 2-year-olds in round two of the four-leg series for Buckeye-bred youngsters. Each division carries a purse of $40,000.   Five divisions of freshman filly pacers will line up behind the Northfield starting gate Monday evening, with a first race post of 6 pm, ET.   Tuesday, the action shifts to Scioto Downs as four fields of rookie trotting colts battle in a special matinee program, beginning at 2 pm, ET.   On Wednesday, neophyte trotting distaffs battle in a quartet of OSS divisions over the Scioto limestone, with a 6:30 pm, ET first race post time.   At Northfield on Monday, a total of 42 fillies will vie, representing their sires Pet Rock (8); Big Bad John, Dragon Again & McArdle (5 each); The Panderosa (4); and Art Official (3). The stallions I'm Gorgeous, Shark Gesture and Woodstock each have two fillies competing; while Allamerican Native, Believeinbrusier, Manhardt, World Of Rocknroll and Yankee Cruiser each have one distaff going postward in an OSS contest.   First leg winners Lucille Amarone, owned by Ryan and Nichole Stahl; along with John Poppe's JP Silver, slug it out in the first OSS division (Race 1).   Prsntpretynperfect, owned by Jennifer Brown; Alan Keith's Kay Again; the Tye Loy-trained Big Bad Goldie; and the Jim Dailey-conditioned Bad Girls Rule--all first leg winners--battle in the third division (Race 5).   Shakewhatmamagaveu, who was second by a head in 1:55.1 to Big Bad Goldie in leg one, starts form the rail for driver Peter Wrenn in the fourth division (Race 7).   A total of 38 trotting colts will battle at Scioto Downs on Tuesday afternoon in four OSS divisions. Leg one winners Countthebenjamins, a Dejarmbro colt trained by Steve Carter; Sultan Of Cash, a Cash Hall gelding trained and owned by Roger Hughes, Jr.; and Herb LeVan's Manny L, all square off in the second division (Race 3).   Jeff Johnson and Doug Millard's Icingon De Cupcake, a first leg winner in 2:00.4 starts from post nine in division three (Race 5), as does Get The Cash, a son of Cash Hall conditioned by Kelly O'Donnell and driven by Dave Palone in the fourth division (Race 7). Get The Cash won his first leg in a speedy 1:57.3. for these same connections.   Ohio Stallions represented Tuesday afternoon by these trotting colts include Dejarmbro with eight of his progeny set to compete; Cash Hall (7); and Triumphant Caviar and Manofmanymissions with five each. Break the Bank K has four youngsters going postward in OSS tests, while Dontyouforgetit, My MVP and Winning Fireworks each have two young trotters in the fray. And Away We Go, Full Count and Stormin Normand each have one youngster competing.   Wednesday evening at Scioto Downs 35 rookie trotting fillies wage war in a quartet of OSS divisions. The Ohio stallion Manofmanymissions is represented by seven of his progeny in these events, while My MVP is represented by five distaffs. Break The Bank K, Dejarmbro and Stormin Normand each have four young fillies competing, while Cash Hall, Dontyouforgetit, and Winning Fireworks have two each. Stallions with one young female trotter going postward are Amigo Hall, Big Rigs, Full Count, Trainforthefuture and Triumphant Caviar.   In the first division (Race 1) Joyce McClelland's This Year's Best will try for her second straight lifetime win after capturing her Leg One OSS at Northfield Park in 2:01.2. Trying to stop her will be Wilbur Lang and Chris Beaver's Sesame, a 1:59 winner in her first OSS leg test.   Looking For Zelda, a Break The Bank K lass owned and bred by Robert Key won her first OSS leg in 1:59.1 in a wire-to-wire effort from the rail, but gets the seven-hole in OSS division two (Race 2) Wednesday night.   Alana's Ways also gets the seven-slot in Wednesday's third OSS division (Race 3) after winning her first OSS leg with a perfect trip via driver Josh Sutton. The Dejarmbro lass covered the one mile test in 1:58.3.   The Parent Racing Stable's To Russia won her OSS first leg from post seven in 1:58.2 and now has been saddled with the eight-hole in this second leg, fourth division (Race 5). The Manofmanymissions daughter is conditioned by Scott Cox.   Kimberly Rinker

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