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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

The 45-year-old Radnor, Ohio resident did nothing less than harness both winners of Monday night's (July 10) Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) contests for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings at Northfield Park, which included one setting a track record and another finishing in the runner-up slot to his stablemate.   "It's pretty special having three horses of this caliber in the sires stakes," Beaver admitted. "Especially so in that all three of them are out of my stallion Triumphant Caviar. Buckeye Boss is the best of them, but really all three are basically within a second of each other, speed-wise."   Buckeye Boss captured the first $40,000 OSS event in a new track record clocking of 1:55.3 for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. That time eclipsed the old record of 1:56.4 set by Hand Glider and driver Duke Sugg in 2002. Buckeye Boss also holds the Northfield Park for 2-year-old colt trotters of 1:56.3, which he set last season.   "Buckeye Boss trained fantastic all winter, but once he came back up here he sored up pretty good in his knees," Beaver offered. "We really have concentrated on those issues to get the colt as sound as possible. One thing I did was to change his front shoes to flip flops and that's really seemed to help."   Owned in partnership by Beaver, breeder Marion Beachy and Synerco Ventures, 9-2 Buckeye Boss held off his stablemate, 1-2 Fraser Ridge (Chris Page) by a neck, with 4-1 Rose Run Spanky (Josh Sutton) third, nearly nine lengths behind the two Beaver-trainees.   Buckeye Boss earned $137,335 as a freshman, winning all four OSS legs; the $37,547 Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware in 1:56.2; and was a smart second in 1:55.3 in the $55,250 Bluegrass Stakes at Lexington's Red Mile. His career earnings now stand at $160,535 from eight wins and one second in 12 lifetime starts.   The good-looking, well-built sophomore is the fourth of six foals out of the Tom Ridge mare Fannie's Ridge and is a half-brother to Dunvegan Don 4, 1:55.2s ($160,954) and Kate Smith 3, 1:55.2s ($107,298)--both by the stallion Cornaro Dasolo.   Beaver then tightened the girth on Always A Good Time, the 3-2 favorite, who gave driver Chris Page a wire-to-wire effort timed in 1:55.4--just a tick off his stablemate's track record effort a few races earlier. The bay colt trotted his final panel in :28.4, finishing six lengths ahead of 17-1 Hope Ima Victory (Dan Noble), with 25-1 Jailhouse Sam (Sandy Beatty) 10¼ lengths back.   Always A Good Time was second in the $250,000 OSS Championship last fall to Rose Run Spanky after winning two OSS legs for 2-year-old trotting colts. As the second of three foals out of the unraced Yankee Glide mare Smarty Mouth, the bay colt is a half-brother to Coherent (by Donato Hanover) 3, 2:02.4h ($10,118).   Owned by Beaver, James Gallagher, Mark Schwartz and Steve Zeehandelar, Always A Good Time has $172,879 in his career coffers from four wins, three seconds and three thirds in 13 trips postward. He was bred by John Carver.   Ohio Sires Stakes continue Friday, July 14 with 3-year-old trotting fillies at Scioto Downs in Leg 3 of the series.   Kimberly Rinker

The six Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for freshman trotting colts provided the generous Northfield Park crowd with thrills, unexpected triumphs and bitter disappointments on an unseasonably cool Saturday evening, July 8. Each OSS contest carried a purse of $40,000 in the first of four legs for 2-year-old trotters. The first division was a raced marred by numerous breaking youngsters, including 1-5 favorite and New Jersey invader, Wolfgang, who broke at the start and again in the third turn. Taking advantage of all his rivals' miscues was the Steve Carter-trained Countthebenjamins. Sent off at odds of 8-1, the son of Dejarmbro returned $18.40 to win as he scored his first career victory, timed in 1:59 with Chris Page at the lines. Bred by Darwin and Ann Shaver, Countthebenjamins was awarded the victory when the 24-1 longshot Lottafightleftinme (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) ran at the wire after leading throughout most of the mile. QB Kemp (Peter Wrenn) notched show honors at 11-1. Countthebenjamins is the tenth foal out of the Veeba Rova mare Benn's Riverdance, 4, 1;57.f ($455,145) and is a full brother to: Stormy Kromer 3, 1:56.4s ($101,603) and a half-brother to: Dancehall Mistress (by Angus Hall) 4, 1:52.3s ($445,020); Blazing Benny (by Angus Hall) 7, 1:55.2h ($312,004); Party On The River (by Kadabra) 4, 1:56.3 ($134,291); and Little River Dance (by Angus Hall) 4, 1:56.1m ($83,421). Lima Son made an impressive showing in his first start in the United States by storming to a 2¾ length victory in the second OSS division for driver-trainer Anthony MacDonald. The bay son of My MVP used a three-wide move around the final turn to wear down the leading Dance Withsomebody (Robin Miller) at the wire. Twilight Twist (Ryan Stahl) was third, 7½ lengths behind, in a mile timed in 1:59.1. Bred by Ohio's Steiner Stock farm, Lima Son is owned by Thestable Lima Son Group of Guelph, ON. He is the fifth foal out of the Angus Hall mare Spirit Of The Law, and is a half-brother to Lima Skye (by Cantab Hall) 2, 1:59.1f ($33,119). Trainer Herb LeVan harnessed Manny L to capture the third OSS test in 1:59.2 with Kayne Kauffman at the lines in a wire-to-wire performance. The son of Manofmanymission captured his third event in five starts and pushed his career earnings to $24,590 for owners LeVan Stables and Louis LeVan of Woodstock, OH. Rival Haul N Dash (Kurt Sugg) was second, while Sand Cash (Ryan Stahl) was third. Manny L, who was sent off at 9-2 odds, returned $11.20 to win. He is the first foal out of the Kadabra mare Eagle Canada 2, 1:57.3s ($341,138) and was bred by the Dettore Farms of Ohio. The fourth OSS division was one of the most exciting races of the evening, as it took a photo finish to determine the winner in a nail-biting finish. The Scott Mogan-trained Icingon De Cupcake (9-5)was named the winner in his career debut, timed in 2:00.4 for driver Chris Page. Owned by Jeff Johnson of Newark, OH and Doug Millard of Woodstock, OH, the son of Dejarmbro scored a neck decision over 18-1 Zeppelin BI (Anthony MacDonald), with 2-1 Mission Accepted (Ryan Stahl) grabbing third. Icingon De Cupcake is the first foal out of the ML Cupcake, who was Ohio's 2-year-old Trotting Filly of the Year in 2010 for these same connections. Owner Jeff Johnson, a marketing manager for AT&T, said he and his wife Shelley, a professional photographer, have been involved in the harness business as owners for the past 13 years. "We're so excited for this colt as this was his first start and his first win and he's 'Cupcake's' first foal," he explained. "This colt has some chips in his ankles earlier and we had those removed, gave him some time off, and he trained down super. He never missed a beat." Icingon De Cupcake's dam, ML Cupcake, took a mark of 5, 1:56.f and earned $179,896. The daughter of Master Lavec is out of the Pine Chip mare CC Cupcake 2, Q2:04.2s, who, interestingly enough, is the dam of CC Bank, a colt who raced in the second OSS division won by Lima Son. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., gave Sultan Of Cash a perfect drive to win the fifth OSS test in 1:59.3. The son of Cash Hall--Anything But Love--Conway Hall is owned and trained by Roger Hughes, Jr., of Jamestown, OH and was a 3-1 choice on the board. He finished a length in front of the hard-trying Count On Cody (Dan Noble) with 6-5 favorite Mr Jubilant (Chris Page) close behind in third. Sultan Of Cash is the seventh foal out of his unraced dam and is a full brother to Catch The Dream, a winner of 34 races with a mark of 7, 1:52s and $545,240; My Future Ex 6, 1:55.4s ($100,990); and Moneydontbuyulove 3, 1:56.4f ($10,200). Favorite (1-5) Get The Cash didn't disappoint his backers as he trotted impressively for Dave Palone to a 1:57.3 clocking. The son of Cash Hall, who is trained by Kelly O'Donnell, easily bested 25-1 rival Win Chaser (Anthony MacDonald) and 8-1 Dontforgetmaster (Josh Sutton). It was the youngster's second career victory in as many tries and upped his earnings to $24,750 for Mark Maynard, Fairview Park, OH; Joe Palatas, Hudson, OH; and K O Racing Stables, Sagamore Heights, OH. Get The Cash is the fifth and only foal to race out of the unraced Tom Ridge mare Chatterly Hall. Ohio Sires Stakes return to Northfield Park on July 10, with 3-year-old trotting colts slugging it out. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator  

Diagonally-gaited Standardbreds vying in eight Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) highlight a weekend of harness racing at Northfield Park. Six $40,000 OSS divisions for 2-year-old trotters are on tap for Saturday night, July 8 at the "Home of the Flying Turns," while two OSS will be contested on Monday night, July 10 at the Cleveland half-miler. A total of 46 freshman trotters passed the Northfield Park entry box for Leg One of the four-leg series. Continuing his dominance of the trotting ranks is the stallion Dejarmbro, who is represented by 12 foals in Saturday's OSS contests. Both Cash Hall and Manofmanymissions have seven foals each competing, while Break The Bank K has five and stallions Dontyouforgetit and My MVP are each represented by four of their progeny. Triumphant Caviar has three of his youngsters going postward, with And Away We Go, Full Count, Neely Dunn and Winning Fireworks each having a single foal in this first round of action for neophyte trotters. As evidence of the enhanced Ohio program for state-bred harness horses, New Jersey-based trotting guru Jimmy Takter ventures into the Midwest with Wolfgang, a son of My MVP, who has scored a pair of impressive qualifiers prior to his Northfield Park visit. Bred by Fair Island Farm, this bay colt trotted to a 1:58.4 clocking at The Meadowlands on June 17, then rocked to a 1:56.1 winning effort on July 1 at The Big M with his trainer in the sulky. He trotted his final panels in :27.3 and :27.1 respectively and gets North America's leading reinsman Aaron Merriman in the sulky for his Northfield debut. Owned by Brixton Medical, NJ; G Falk, NJ; Hatfield Stables, OH; and Fair Island Farm, KY., Wolfgang is the fastest starter thus far of any colts in the 2-year-old trotting ranks, and leaves from post five in the first division (Race 1). Another youngster with impressive credentials is the Cash Hall gelding Get The Cash, who starts from post two in the sixth division (Race 10). Trained by Kelly O'Donnell for Mark Maynard, Fairview Park, OH; Joe Palatas, Hudson, OH; and KO Racing Stables, Sagamore Heights, OH, Get The Cash had a pair of winning qualifiers: first at The Meadows on June 8 in 2:03.1 and then at Northfield on June 15 in 2:02, before posting a 1:57.2 clocking by four lengths in a Scioto Downs overnighter on June 29. Dave Palone gets the nod on Cash Hall, who was bred by Walnut Hall Limited. Fourteen trotters in two OSS divisions will line up behind the gate on Monday night, July 10 in Leg Three of this series for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Leg One winners Fraser Ridge and Full Surge square off in the first division (Race 1) from posts three and four. Fraser Ridge captured both of his OSS legs-on May 2 at Miami Valley in 1:56.2 and on June 19 at Scioto Downs in 1:56. The son of Triumphant Caviar is conditioned and co-owned by Chris Beaver and has $202,595 in career earnings for partners D. Robinson, Cardington, OH; R Mondillo, Delaware, OH, and RBH Ventures of New York, NY. Chris Page handles the driving assignment. Full Surge won OSS leg one on May 2 at Miami Valley in 1:57.1 but made an uncharacteristic break in leg two and failed to garner a check. Trained by Miles Wollam, the son of Full Count has amassed career earnings of $76,551 for ME Wollam, Vienna, OH; AN Fusco, Vienna, OH; RR Wollam, Vienna, OH; and RR Roll, Ostrander, OH. Marty Wollam will be in the sulky behind Full Surge. Star Buster, who has finished first in his last five starts, head ups the second OSS division (Race 3). The son of Deep Chip was second in leg two of this series on June 19 at Scioto Downs, when he was runner-up to the winning Lord Of The Reigns in 1:55.3. Trained by Jeff Cox for Michael Soehnlen of Dalton, OH, the homebred Star Buster has $74,696 in his career coffers and will have Ryan Stahl in the sulky from post three. Kimberly Rinker

The ever-traveling CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series was on the move again on Wednesday night (June 5) where harness racing members of the mid-west region convened in greater Cleveland, Ohio for a trotting contest at Northfield Park. The well contested event turned out to be a barn-burner with three horses battling head-to-head down the stretch for supremacy and when the judges hung the official sign, Song In My Heart and driver "Tiny Tim," Miller emerged victorious by a neck, over Heza Rube and Bob "the Lumberman" Troyer in a 1:59.2 clocking. It was the second time this season that Tim Miller and the 6-year-old altered son of Cantab Hall combined for a victory. Their first triumph together was on May 24th also at Northfield Park when they vanquished an eight-horse field in a 2:01.1 clocking and strangely Heza Rube was second to the winner that night, too. Last night Song In My Heart was hustled away from the starting gate and fell into the two-hole behind Patricia "the Write Stuff" Miller who gunned Keep The Cash to the lead from the pole position. They raced one-two past the quarter in :29.4 and by the half in 1:00.2. As they approached the third stanza Troyer and Heza Rube charged at the leaders as the timer flashed 1:29.4. And when they rounded the final turn the real battle for paydirt ensued as Song In My Heart ,Heza Rube and Keep the Cash battled all the way to the wire. But the pace-setter emerged victorious over Heza Rube with Keep The Cash right there in the three-horse photo. Owned by Bert Hershberger and trained by J D Wengerd Song In My Heart was sent off sent off as the betting favorite and returned $4.20 for win. For "Tiny Tim" Miller it was his second seasonal winning drive in as many starts and now the Wilmot, Ohio resident has 41 career driving victories. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

A quintet of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for 2-year-old trotting fillies was contested on a cool Monday evening, July 3 at Northfield Park. For many in this division, it was their first pari-mutuel battle under the lights at the harness racing half-mile "Home of the Flying Turns." Chris Beaver and Wilbur Lang's Sesame (Aaron Merriman) made her career debut a winning one as she held off the late-charging Storm Beach O'Kidd (Peter Wrenn) to prevail by a neck in 1:59 in division one. The 9-5 Triumphant Caviar lass held the lead throughout the mile from the gate onward, snapping off fractions of: 30.2, 1:00.2 and 1:30 before posting a :29 final brush. Bred by Jonas Schlabach, Sesame is the fifth foal out of the Credit Winner mare Jewell Creek and is a half-sister to Explosive Ripple (Explosive Matter) 4, 1:58f ($82,464). Bang, a 24-1 longshot, finished third for Kayne Kauffman, beaten 8¼ lengths. Trainer Norm Parker harnessed Looking For Zelda to a 1:59.1 triumph in the second OSS division with Tony Hal at the lines at odds of 2-1. The daughter of Break The Bank K gave a wire-to-wire performance as she notched her first lifetime win for owner-breeder Robert J. Key of Leechburg, PA. Looking For Zelda is the second foal out of My Winning Way K and is a half-sister to Boyz N Guitars (Muscle Massive) 2, 1:58.3f ($24,007). Impinktoo, a 9-1 full sister to world champion Pinkman, finished second for Peter Wrenn, while 9-1 Oh My My My (Joe Essig, Jr.) was third, 2½ lengths back. The biggest upset of the night came when To Russia scored a 1:59.1 winning debut in the third OSS division for driver Ryan Stahl, returning $92.80 on a two dollar win ticket. The daughter of Manofmanymissions is trained by Scot Cox for the Parents' Racing Stable, and prevailed in the final lengths with a :28.4 final panel over Ed's Chargin Lady (Chris Page) and favorite Red Storm (Aaron Merriman), who had lead the field through the first three-quarters of the one mile test before tiring in the stretch. To Russia was bred by Switzerland's Kjell Anderson and is the sixth foal out of Oaklea Odessa 3, 1:55.3s ($410,744) and is a half-sister to Muscle Babe (Muscle Mass) 3, 1:53.3s ($250,630); Explosive Muscles (Muscle Mass) 7, 1:54f ($184,589); and The Odessa Man (Angus Hall) 3, 1;58.3s ($45,560). John Sutton gave 8-1 Alana's Ways a perfect steer to grab the fourth OSS division in 1:58.3. The Dejarmbro lass bested 7-1 D'Dream (Tyler Smith) and 4-1 Katy Did (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by half a length at the wire for trainer Alicia Hanners and a quartet of Indiana, Michigan and New Jersey owners. Alana's Ways is the second foal out of the Cantab Hall mare Lady Bella and is a half-sister to She Drives Me Wild (by Pilgrim's Taj) 3, 1:59.3f ($23,921). Trainer Danny Collins had This Year's Best ready for a debut victory and she didn't disappoint owner Joyce McClelland, trotting to a 2:01.2 triumph in the final OSS division. Driven by Dan Noble, the 5-2 homebred daughter by My MVP-Under My Thumb-Malabar Man stayed solidly-gaited in a race marred by multiple breakers. Now Helen was second for Ryah Stahl at 11-1, while 18-1 longshot Bugs MVP was third with Peter Wrenn driving. Ohio Sires Stakes continue on July 4, with 2-year-old pacing colts vying in a special matinee program at Scioto Downs. Kimberly Rinker

Drunk On Your Love kept his harness racing winning streak alive as he captured the third leg of his Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) division on Saturday night, July 1 at Northfield Park. Four $40,000 divisions for Ohio-bred 3-year-old pacing colts were contested on the clear, balmy summer evening at the Cleveland half-miler. Owned by Mark Ford and Jason Settlemoir, Drunk On Your Love had won his first two OSS legs--on May 1 at Miami Valley in 1:54 and on June 10 at Scioto Downs in 1:51.2. This latest victory had him pacing the winning mile in 1:52.3, besting rivals McRaven (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. ) and McLucky (Kayne Kauffman) easily for trainer Jim Pollock, Jr. Drunk On Your Love, a son of Foreclosure N, out of the Western Hanover mare Western Show who was bred by Harold Lee and Harold L. Bauder, pushed his career earnings to $143,500 with this latest victory. Trainer Brian Brown harnessed McThriller to a wire-to-wire triumph in the second OSS division. Chris Page steered the son of McArdle-You Thrill Me-Jate Lobell to a 1:52.1 clocking for owners Nr Holdings, TLP Stable and Howard Taylor. McThriller had finished second in leg one of this series and won his second OSS leg handily in 1:51.2 on June 10 at Scioto Downs. Bred by Gbw Breeding Farms, McThriller finished 1½ lengths in front of Camwood (Kayne Kauffman), while Sunny's Bro (Greg Grismore) got up for third. McThriller now has $62,500 in seasonal earnings and $175,522 in career earnings. David Wornstaff's Big Bad Bruce rebounded from a fourth place finish in his OSS start on June 10 at Scioto Downs to capture this third OSS leg in a gate-to-wire career best 1:51. The son of Big Bad John was steered by Chris Page to his eighth career victory for Wornstaff, who also trains and bred the bay colt. Big Bad Bruce finished three-quarters of a length in front of the fast-closing Lifewithjohn (Aaron Merriman), while Lightning Onmyfeet (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) notched third-place honors. Big Bad Bruce now has $85,460 in his career coffers. Mr McDreamy (Aaron Merriman) spoiled Barnabas' (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) plans to win his second straight OSS leg, by overtaking his rival in the stretch and drawing off by 3¼ lengths to win the fourth division in 1:53.3. Mannys Too Special (Dan Noble) finished third. Trained by Herman Wheeler for Casey Williams of Hattiesburg, MS, Mr McDreamy picked up his third career victory in 12 starts and upped his earnings to $49,713. The son of McArdle-Mystical Dreamer-Western Hanover, who was bred by Country Club Acres and Hylight Stable, was third in each of his two previous OSS starts. Kimberly Rinker

Northfield, OH --- Northeast Ohio's newest premier race, the Cleveland Trotting Classic, will go to post Saturday (July 1) at Northfield Park. The harness racing Classic carries a $185,000 purse and has attracted some of the best veteran trotters in North America. The Grand Circuit race is the featured event on a program that includes four $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers. Resolve drew post one and has been named the 8-5 morning line favorite in the Classic field by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting Dave Bianconi. Resolve enters Saturday's race off a 1:54.3 mile against open company at Yonkers. The race was his first start in the United States since returning from Sweden where he competed in the prestigious Elitlopp at Solvalla Racetrack. In 2016, Resolve won the $1,000,000 Yonkers International Trot, a race that was renewed after a 20-year hiatus. Resolve sports 16 wins, lifetime earnings of $2,327,254, and a mark of 1:50.1. Crazy Wow is the 3-1 second choice. He drew post two for powerhouse trainer Ron Burke. The 5-year-old has two wins this year including a track record-setting win at Scioto Downs in the Charlie Hill Memorial Trot on June 10 and an impressive victory in the Maxie Lee Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia. He has garnered career earnings of $1,772,564 and took a mark of 1:51.1 at Vernon Downs in 2014. The 2016 winner of the Cleveland Trotting Classic, Obrigado, will return to Northeast Ohio to defend his crown. Obrigado comes off two strong efforts, including a second to Crazy Wow in the Charlie Hill. Mark MacDonald will be looking for back-to-back Cleveland Trotting Classic wins as he is scheduled to drive the talented 7-year-old gelding. Obrigado has a mark of 1:50.3 at the Meadowlands and has made $1,684,749. Bianconi said about the Classic: "This is the strongest field of trotters we have hosted in my 26 years at Northfield." The 2017 Cleveland Trotting Classic field: Horse-Driver-Trainer-M/L 1-Resolve-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-8-5 2-Crazy Wow-Chris Page-Ron Burke-3-1 3-Il Sogno Dream-Aaron Merriman-Christopher Beaver-10-1 4-Obrigado-Mark MacDonald-Paul Kelley-9-2 5-Fly Jesse Fly-Peter Wrenn-Ron Otto-20-1 6-Maestro Blue Chip-Ronnie Wrenn Jr.-Scott Di Domenico-12-1 7-Homicide Hunter-Aaron Merriman-Chris Oakes-8-1 8-Will Take Charge-TBA-John Bax-15-1 Driver selections will be finalized by 9 p.m. Tuesday evening. This year's Classic program undercard is highlighted by four $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes races featuring the best sophomore colt and gelding pacers in the Buckeye State. Superfecta wagering has been added to Saturday's 11th race, the Classic feature, and will carry a guaranteed pool of $15,000. A $7,500 guaranteed Pick-4 has also been added and covers races eight through 11. First race post time is 6 p.m. In addition to superior racing action, the night will also offer guests a buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The buffet is just $19.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330.467.4101. The first 1,000 racing fans (18 and older) will receive a FREE limited edition 60th anniversary t-shirt from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. or while supplies last. In addition, from 6-10 p.m. stop by the outdoor apron to listen to country band, Tony Rio and Relentless perform between races, or stop by and try the delicious offerings of Smash Time food truck and Crooked Kettle Popcorn Stand, or try your luck at the beer slide from 7-8 p.m. for cash and prizes. Cleveland Trotting Classic night attendees will receive a bonus entry for the 60th Anniversary Car Giveaway making them eligible to win a 2017 Buick Cascada or a 2017 Honda CR-V. One lucky winner will be drawn randomly on Carl Milstein Memorial Night on Aug. 12. Every summer has a story...start yours at Northfield Park! By Michael Carter, for Northfield Park Assistant Director of Mutuels 330-467-4101, ext. 2240

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $30,000 harness racing Pick-5 total pool guarantee on Monday (June 26). Beginning in Race 3, the $30,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $8,712.26.   Northfield Park is also announcing a $20,000 Guaranteed 20¢ Super High Five pool on Monday. Offered in Race 13, the $20,000 20¢ Super High Five guaranteed pool includes a carryover of $3,418.64.   Northfield's Pick 5, Pick 4, Pick 3's and Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.   Monday's post time is 6:00 p.m.   Michael Carter  

Filly favorites Rose Run Sydney and Gabbysloosechange each captured their respective $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests on Saturday night, June 17 at Northfield Park in round two of the four-leg harness racing series for Buckeye-bred sophomores.   Rose Run Sydney, a daughter of Triumphant Caviar out of the Angus Hall mare Stonebridge Dancer, scored a near wire-to-wire performance in the first OSS division with Jason Brewer at the lines as the 3-5 public's choice.   Conditioned by co-owner Steve Carter for Adam Friedland, Brooklyn, NY and Rbr Racing LLC, Ashland, OH, Rose Run Sydney grabbed the lead going to the :56.4 half-mile marker and never looked back, rolling to victory in a lifetime best 1:55.3 clocking. She finished a comfortable four lengths in front of 4-1 Bamaslastchance (Aaron Merriman), with 17-1 Away My Baby (Jason Thompson) notching show honors. The victory gave the filly--who was bred by the Rose Run Farm of Sugarcreek, OH--a perfect two-for-two in OSS competition, as she had captured Leg One on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:58.1. Rose Run Sydney upped her career earnings to $157,067 lifetime from 11 wins, four seconds and two thirds in 18 career starts. Trainer Chris Beaver and co-owner Johanna Beaver's Gabbysloosechange won her OSS division in similar style to the aforementioned Rose Run Sydney, taking control of the race at the :57.1 half, and scoring her fourth lifetime win in 1:54.4 for driver Jason Thompson. The 2-1 homebred Credit Winner lass--who was unraced as a freshman--finished 1¼ lengths in front of her hard-trying, 1-2 stablemate, Chim Swift (Aaron Merriman), with 25-1 Vatanna (Jason Brewer) getting up for third. Gabbysloosechance now has four wins and $48,500 in career earnings from just six lifetime starts. She won her Leg One OSS division at Miami Valley in 1:57.2 on May 1. Ohio Sires Stakes continue on Monday, June 19 with 3-year-old trotting colts in the spotlight in a Scioto Downs matinee program. Post time is 2 pm, ET. Kimberly Rinker

The U.S. Trotting Association announced Friday (June 16) that it has suspended the membership of Northfield Park due to an alleged violation of USTA Rule 20.09 on financial responsibility. Northfield Park was notified of the suspension on Thursday (June 15). Rule 20.09 Financial Responsibility -- states that, “Any participant who shall demonstrate financial irresponsibility by accumulating unpaid obligations, defaulting in obligations … may be denied membership in the USTA or may be suspended on order of the Executive Vice-President.” This action by the USTA is a result of a dispute over payment for eTrack and related services provided to Northfield Park and, as a consequence of Northfield Park’s suspension, also means that the track’s director, Dave Bianconi, has lost his qualifications to continue his service on the USTA Board of Directors. "It's an unfortunate situation that has been ongoing for some time, but track members must be held to the same level of accountability as individual members,” said USTA Executive Vice President and CEO Mike Tanner. “We hoped to achieve resolution with Northfield, but have been unsuccessful." The ruling for the Northfield Park suspension will appear in the USTA Current Fines & Suspensions Bulletin that will be posted on the USTA website on Friday (June 16). USTA Communications Department 

A pair of $40,000 Leg Two Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) divisions will be featured Saturday night, June 17 at Northfield Park. A total of 16 sophomore trotting fillies will line up behind the Cleveland half-miler starting gate for the two harness racing events-set as races three and seven-with a post time of 6 pm, ET. Of those 16 diagonally-gaited distaffs, only three will be making their first start in OSS competition this season, while the remaining 13 all vied in first-leg contests. Looking for their second straight victories in the four-leg series are Leg One winners Chim Swift, Gabbysloosechange and Rose Run Sydney. Ohio sires Triumphant Caviar and Dejarmbro are represented by four daughters each, while stallion Break The Bank K has three of his progeny competing. Ohio-based stallions And Away We Go, Chip Chip Hooray, Full Count, Iron Duke and Neely Dunn all have one foal each looking for a victory Saturday night. Owner/breeder Robert J. Key of Leechburg, PA owns three of the OSS-eligible sophomore trotting lasses: Amuse's and Pennys N Dimes in the first division (Race 3) and Monee Bank in the second division (Race 7). Trainer Chris Beaver will harness three of the fillies: Bamaslastchance in the first division and OSS Leg One winners Gabbysloosechange and Chim Swift in division two. Conditioners Marty Wollam and Norm Parker will tighten the girth on two of the OSS starters: Wollam has Purple Sona in the first division and Full Of Pride in the second division, while Parker has Pennys N Dimes in the first and Monee Bank in the second. Rose Run Sydney is the clear standout in division one (Race 3) for owners Steve Carter, Londonderry, OH; Adam Friedland, Brooklyn, NY and Rbr Racing LLC, Ashland, OH. Carter trains the Triumphant Caviar lass, who has a trio of victories under her belt coming into this OSS event. She captured OSS Leg One on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:58.1 with a come-from-behind effort for driver Jason Brewer, who drives again from post two. Bred by the Rose Run Farm of Sugarcreek, OH, Rose Run Sydney has amassed $137,067 lifetime from ten wins, four seconds and two thirds in 17 career starts. She is the fifth of seven foals out of the Angus Hall mare Stonebridge Dancer 3, 1:57.3F ($34,902) and is a half-sister to a trio of Kadabra siblings: Magic Dancing 3, 1:59.3f ($52,664); Magic Hat 4, Q, 1:57.3s ($38,951); and Whitegloves 4, 1:57s ($33,145). Purple Sona, a daughter by Dejarmbro who hails from the Marty Wollam Stable, will vie against Rose Run Sydney from post six with Kurt Sugg aboard. She was a smart second to rival Gabbysloosechange in Leg One of this series on May 1 at Miami Valley. This winner of $75,362 lifetime has two overnight wins-one each at The Meadows and Northfield-as she goes postward for Acadia Farms, Inc., Canfield, OH; Dale Sweet, Toledo, OH; and G&B Racing, New Wilmington, PA. A winner of four races and a trio of second-place finishes in 12 starts, Puple Sona is the first foal out of the unraced Donato Hanover mare Sonalona Hanover. She was bred by the Double Spring Farm of Dundee, OH. Bamaslastchance and driver Aaron Merriman leave from post five in this same division for trainer Chris Beaver. This Iron Duke filly was third to Rose Run Sydney in OSS Leg One at Miami Valley before scoring a neck victory in a Scioto Downs overnight on May 10 in a career best 1:55.3. Owned by Beaver; Synerco Vent, ON; Steve Zeehandelar, Worthington, OH and Michael Robinson, Lewis Center, OH, Bamaslastchance has career earnings of $90,861 from two wins in 11 starts. Bred by Vernon E. Miller of Garrettsville, OH, Bamaslastchance is the third foal out of the Kadabra mare Sweethomeourbama 3, Q2:04.1H ($1,238) and is a full sister to the 2014 OSS Champion (she won all four OSS leg and the championship) Sunrise Nibbles 3, 1:57.4h ($223,764) and to the gelding SR Radar 3, 1:56.3 ($57,246). Beaver will then harness OSS Leg One winners Chim Swift (Post 1-Aaron Merriman) and Gabbysloosechange (Post 5-Jason Thompson) in the second OSS division. Chim Swift, owned by Beaver and breeder Wilbur Stoll Lange, Jamestown, OH, is a daughter of Triumphant Caviar who tripped the timer in a seasonal best 1:57.2 at Miami Valley on May 1, holding off the game Saw Mill Road by a neck. A winner of $133,870 in her career, Chim Swift won an Ohio Sires Stakes leg, an Ohio Fair Stake and the $57,220 Ohio Breeders Championship last season as a freshman. Chim Swift is the second foal out of the unraced Credit Winner mare Blackrock and is a full sister to the speedy and prolific Kestrel 4, 1:52.1f ($384,998), who won OSS legs at ages two and three. Gabbysloosechange is co-owned by Beaver and breeder Johanna Beaver of Deleon Springs, FL. The first foal of the Credit Winner mare Gabby's Creditcard 4, 1:58h ($135,694), this filly was unraced at two and has five seasonal starts to date with three wins and a second and $28,500 in 2017 earnings. She won her OSS-Leg One division at Miami Valley on May 1 in 1:57.2 (the fastest division) and captured an overnight at Hoosier Park in 1:57.2 in commanding fashion on May 24. Ohio Sires Stakes continue on Monday, June 19 with 3-year-old trotting colts in the spotlight in a Scioto Downs matinee program. Post time is 2 pm, ET. Kimberly Rinker OSDF Administrator

Due to a heavy storm that forced the cancellation of live harness racing at Northfield Park on Wednesday, June 14, date changes are being announced to the trotting divisions of the Iron Maiden Series.  The scheduled opening legs of the series for both filly & mare and colt & gelding trotters were also washed away as part of the June 14 program.  All three legs and the Finals for both of the Iron Maiden Series' for trotters will be pushed back one week.  The revamped schedule is now: 1st Leg - Wednesday, June 21 2nd Leg - Wednesday, June 28 3rd Leg - Wednesday, July 5 Final - Wednesday, July 12 Northfield will make every effort to contact the trainers of each nominated horse.  Due to possible stakes conflicts that the date changes could cause, the connections of each nominated trotter will be given the option of withdrawing from the series and getting back their $200 entry fee.  Please notify Northfield's race office (330-467-4101) by 9 AM on Friday, June 16 (the time entries are due for what will now be Leg 1 of the series'), if you wish to withdraw your nomination. These changes to the trotting series will have no effect on the Iron Maiden Series for pacers, which will continue as previously scheduled.  Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $40,000 Pick-4 total pool guarantee on Tuesday's harness racing card (June 13). Beginning in Race 8, the $40,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $9,253.05. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3's offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. Tuesday's post time is 6:00 p.m.    

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