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Eleven $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for 2-year-old colts and geldings were contested on Friday evening at Northfield Park. This was the second of a four-part series for Ohio-bred harness racing pacing and trotting colts and gelding. Dave Palone, who set a track record of 1:58.1 with Cool Colby in 2009, broke his own record with Kanthaka in the fifth OSS division (Race 14), when he steered that colt to a 1:58 triumph.   Kanthaka--who is trained by Chris Beaver--is a son of Triumphant Caviar owned in partnership by Beaver and Jamestown, OH resident Wilbur Lang, who also bred the youngster.   After following We Love Caviar (Dan Noble) through a first quarter clocking of :29, Kanthaka took the lead and never looked back, trotting through panels of :59.1 and 1:28.3 before storming home for his third consecutive victory and his second in OSS contests. Wegoferdaprize (Aaron Merriman) was second, while Another Breath (Sandy Beatty) was third.   Trainer Scott Cox harnessed a formidable pair of trotters who won both the first and second divisions (Races 1 & 2), using the same racing tactics. War College, with Sam Schillaci in the sulky, used a pocket trip to win the first division easily in 2:00.4 The bay gelding followed the pace-setting Lionbacker Kidd (Aaron Merriman) through fractions of :30, 1:00.4 and 1:31.1 before assuming the lead to nail down his first career win in two tries. Lionbacker Kidd held on for second, while Caviar Cruiser nailed third. Owned by the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH and G Peters of Akron, OH, War College is a gelded son of Trainforthefuture-Secretary of State-Malabar Man and was bred by Steve Stewart of Kentucky.   In the second trotting division Were Gone, with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. in the sulky, sat behind the leading Lone Valley Sam (Chris Page) through opening splits of :29.2, 1:00 and 1:30 before pulling and garnering the victory in 2:00. The win was his first in three tries and pushed his career earnings to :23,680 for owner Larry Riffe of Alexandria, Ohio. Bill Troyer bred Were Gone, a son of And Away We Go-Panny Lane-Lindy Lane.   MJB Got Faith (Peter Wrenn) scored his second straight OSS victory in the third division (Race 5). The won of Trainerforthefuture-Imageofasweetgirl-Striking Sahbra posted a 2:01.3 clocking for trainer Steve Carter and owner Breana Carsey of Connersville, IN. The youngster won in wire-to-wire fashion for Wrenn and now has $40,000 in his career coffers. He was bred by the GBW Breeding Farms, Inc. of Ohio.   Mainstreet Party (Don Harmon) was second with Mickey Mouse (Kurt Sugg) third among the field of eight.   Overdressed and driver Kurt Sugg captured the fourth OSS trotting division (Race 9) in 2:00 for trainer Marty Wollam, who co-owns the youngster along with Dale Sweat and G&B Racing. The son of Full Count-Mardi Gras-Balanced Image led at every post, tripping the timer in :30, 1:01.3 and 1:31.4 before winning just his second career start. Overdressed now has $24,800 in his career bankroll. Triumphant's Chip (Peter Wrenn) was second and Hello Pilgrim (Kayne Kauffman) was third in the six horse field. Owner-breeder-trainer Brenda Teague's Trayvon got the pacing divisions started in a big way when he captured the first one (Race 3) handily in 1:56, leading at every post. The son of I'm Gorgeous-Sheisaknockout-Badland's Hanover now has $30,000 in his career coffers. Montrell Teague--Brenda's nephew was at the lines behind Trayvon, who bested seven rivals through panels of :29, :59.1 and 1:28.2. Standing Proud (Kayne Kauffman) got up for place honors. Friskie Cruiser took the second pacing division for driver Chris Page, stopping the clock in 1:57.1 for the one mile test. This son of Feelin Friskie-Corner Cruiser-Yankee Cruiser garnered his second straight OSS victory, the first taken at Scioto Downs on July 4 in 1:55.3. He was bred and is owned by Stephen Sexton of Xenia, Ohio. Winna Winna (Kyle Ater) was second with Rocky's World (Jeff Nisonger) third. Docdor Friskie and Peter Wrenn led from gate to wire to take the third pacing division (Race 11) in 1:54.3. The bay ridgling is a son of Feelin Friskie-Lady Shuffle-Cam's Card Shark and is owned by Dorothy Miller of Delphos, OH, and trained by Melanie Wrenn. Smoke Up Johnny (Greg Grismore) was second with Feelin Lucky (Aaron Merriman) third. Bred by Midland Acres, Docdor Friskie now has $23,200 in career earnings. Primo Giovanni got up in the final strides to win the fourth OSS pacing division in 1:55.2 with Chris Page in the sulky. The son of Big Bad John-JK Reunited-Bettor's Delight was bred and is owned by Carl T. Howard of Powell, OH and hails from the powerful Virgil Morgan, Jr. stable. The win was the second in OSS competition for the youngster, who now has $40,000 in career earnings. Primo Giovanni followed the pace-setting Gotmoneyinmypocket (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) through opening splits of :28.2, :59 and 1:27.4 before stealing the race with a game first over move in the stretch. Onefinejimmerjohn (Dan Noble) got up for third. Noble then steered Nothin Fancy to victory in the fifth OSS pacing division (Race 13) for trainer Fred Huff Jr., who owns the black gelding in partnership with John Fairchild of Portsmouth, OH. Nothin Fancy stopped the timer in 1:55.1, with Mr Wiggle Pants (Kayne Kauffman) second and Myell's Rockstar (Aaron Merriman) third.   The son of Metropolitan-JL Cruise The Nite-Yankee Cruiser was bred by Reeves Barnhouse of Pennsylvania and has $41,334 in his bankroll. He won his first leg of OSS competition on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:56 and an Ohio Fair Stake (OFS) on July 17 at Wellston, OH.   Noble was in the winner's circle for the final OSS division, (Race 15), this time with his own trainee, World Of Gaming. The World Of Rocknroll colt stopped the timer in 1:55.2, his third career victory, in wire-to-wire fashion. Owned by Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH, World Of Gaming was bred by Ohio's Mel Hagemeyer and now has $26,132 in career earnings. Love Tap Hanover (Dave Palone) was second, with Whiskey Friskie (Aaron Merriman) third. Kimberly A. Rinker

Eleven fields of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) freshman go postward Friday night, July 24 at Northfield Park, all vying for a purse of $40,000 in each division.  Post time for the harness racing action is approximately 6 pm at the “Home of the Flying Turns.” Six pacing and five trotting divisions will feature a host of Ohio-bred colts and geldings returning for the second leg of this four-leg series. A total of 86 youngsters have been entered, 37 trotters and 49 pacers—with 11 newcomers joining the series for the first time. Lionbacker Kidd, a Lionhunter gelding, looks to be the favorite in the first division (Race 1) of seven trotters for driver Aaron Merriman and trainer Joseph Kramp.  This youngster finished second in the first leg of this series at Scioto Downs on July 4, timed in 2:00.1.  He was bred by John Miller of Wooster, OH, is owned by Jeffrey Kidd of Hartville, OH, and will leave from post five. In the second division (Race 2) Lone Valley Sam hails from the rail for driver Chris Page and trainer Chris Beaver.  This son of Iron Duke will be trying for his second straight OSS triumph, against six rivals.  He confidently won his first career start in 2:00.1 on July 4 at Scioto Downs with Page at the lines.  Lone Valley Sam was bred by Eli Miller of Middlefield, OH and is owned by the Ohio-based partnership of trainer Beaver, Synerco Ventures, Inc., Steven Zeehandelar and David Lang. Two newcomers to this series, Moose Madness, a son of Neely Dunn and Laser Leo, a son of Lionhunter, also vie in this second division, starting from posts six and seven respectively. Chips So Fast will have Aaron Merriman in the sulky as he tries for career victory two in the third division (Race 5) against eight freshman trotters.  He scored his first win in OSS action on July 4 at Scioto Downs, when he triumphed in 1:59.1.  Harnessed by Ryan Angus, this son of Chip Chip Hooray will start from post four and was bred by Midland Acres, Shari & Russell Angelbeck and is owned by Mark Moger of New Hope, PA and Albert Delia, Jr., of Newtown, PA. MJB Got Faith will also be trying for his second career win in this same division.  He’s partnered with driver Peter Wrenn from post five for trainer Steve Carter, and won his OSS division in 2:00.4 at Scioto Downs on July 4.  He was bred by the GBW Breeding Farms, Inc., of Findlay, OH and is owned by Breana Carsey of Connersville, IN. Newcomers in this division include Mainstreet Party (post 3), a son of Rompaway Wally and Hot Cross Dunn (post 7), a son of And Away We Go. In the fourth division (Race 9) of diagonally-gaited youngsters Triumphant’s Chip, a son of Triumphant Caviar, will go postward from post two for Wrenn and trainer Steve Carter.  Owned by Adam Friedland of Brooklyn, NY and Cass Gallagher of South Haven, MI, Triumphant’s Chip finished third on July 4 at Scioto Downs in OSS action to Chips So Fast, timed in 1:59.2.  This will be the second career start for the trotter, who was bred by Ohio’s Leroy Miller. Chip Or Don, who leaves from post seven, will have Wrenn driving for trainer-owner Tye Loy.  This son of Chip Chip Hooray finished fifth in his OSS test on July 4 at Scioto Downs, but won a 2-year-old overnight at Northfield Park on July 15 handily in 1:59.2.  He was bred by Atlee D. Weaver of Ohio. Heza Home Run, from post eight and a son of And Away We Go, is the lone newcomer in this division. Kanthaka headlines the fifth and final division (Race 14) of seven freshmen trotters.  Trainer Chris Beaver will harness the Triumphant Caviar colt, who will be steered by Dave Palone from post seven.  A winner of $23,750 in his brief career, Kanthaka won his OSS test on July 4 at Scioto Downs by nearly eight lengths in 1:58.3, making him one of the fastest 2-year-olds in this series to date.  He was bred by Wilbur Stoll of Jamestown, OH and is co-owned by Stoll and Beaver. Rival One Hot Future, by Traintothefuture, finished second to Kanthaka in that same OSS event on July 4—timed in 2:00.1—and will be looking for revenge in here from post four.  Owned by Joseph Hess of New Milford, NJ, One Hot Future is trained by Dan O’Mara and will be steered by Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.  Ohio’s Florence Wallce bred the bay gelding. The lone newcomer in this division is the Chip Chip Hooray gelding Emerald Chip, who starts from post five. The pacing divisions begin with Race 3 on the 16-race card.  Brenda Teague, of Houston, DE, sends out Trayvon in the first field of eight colts.  The son of I’m Gorgeous leaves from post six with Montrell Teague in the sulky.  Montrell was up behind Meadowland’s Pace winner Wiggle It Jiggleit just one week prior at the Big M.  Trayvon finished second to Big Bad Cam in a solid effort on July 4 at Scioto Downs in OSS competition. Whataboy, a son of Big Bad John, will have Chris Page in the bike from post four for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr.  Bred by the DM Stable of Naples, FL, this bay colt was fourth in his lone OSS test on July 4 at Scioto Downs.  He is owned by Majs NY Inc., of Mamaroneck, NY; Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, QC; and RBH Ventures, Inc., of New York, NY. Newcomers Haydenssmoothmove, by Woodstock, and Oncoming Storm, by Stand Forever, will start from posts five and eight respectively. A field of eight will line up behind the gate in the second pacing division (Race 8).  Friskie Cruiser, a black gelded son of Feelin’ Friskie, hails from the powerful Brian Brown stable, and won his OSS test at Scioto Downs in a speedy 1:55.3 by 3¾ lengths on July 4. He is owned and was bred by Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH, and will leave from post eight with Chris Page in the bike. Rocky’s World, a son of World of Rocknroll, leaves from post three for driver-trainer Jeff Nisonger.  This bay gelding finished fifth in his July 4 OSS, but returned to win a 2-year-old overnight at Scioto Downs on July 14 in 1:56.2.  Owned by the Rocky’s World Stable, this youngster was bred by Alan and Joe Byler of Kentucky. Newcomers in this division include the World Of Rocknroll colt Kids Wanna Rock from the rail, and Littlbittybigjohn, a son of Big Bad John, from post four. Smoke Up Johnny will have Greg Grismore in the sulky from post six in division three (Race 11). Trained by Doug Hinklin, the son of Big Bad John won a first leg of OSS competition on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:56.  Bred by Conquest Acres of Indiana, Smoke Up Johnny is owned by the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH. Hailing from post seven is another son of Big Bad John, Mighty Touch. Ronnie Burke will harness the colt, who will be steered by Chris Page.  This youngster finished second, timed in 1:57.3 in his OSS at Scioto on July 4. Breeder Knox Services of Mt Vernon, OH, owns Mighty Touch in partnership with Burk and Weaver Bruscemi of Pennsylvania. Primo Giovanni, a winner of his first OSS test at Scioto on July 4 in 1:56.2, will have Chris Page in the sulky again from post five in the four pacing division (Race 12).  This son of Big Bad John is trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr., for owner-breeder Carl T. Howard of Powell, OH. Onefinejimmerjohn was second in his OSS division on July 4 at Scioto Downs, pacing in 1:56.2 for driver Danny Noble.  Ron Potter conditions the black son of Big Bad John, who will start from the outside slot in the field of eight. Trainer Tom Harmer will drive newcomer Still Friskie, a son of Feelin Friskie, from post four in this event. Big Bad Cam—the fastest of any Ohio-bred youngsters to date with a 1:53.2 clocking in his OSS and career debut on July 4, will have to leave from post eight in the fifth division of pacing colts and geldings.  Peter Wrenn will be up behind the bay gelding who is conditioned by his wife, trainer Melanie Wrenn, for Dorothy Miller of Delphos, OH.  Big Bad Cam was bred by Dan & Robert Kuhns of Kentucky. Nothin Fancy, from post nine, is another in here looking for his second OSS victory in as many tries.  The black gelded son of  Metropolitan scored a 1:56 triumph on July 4 at Scioto Downs in his maiden start for trainer and co-owner Fred Huff, Jr of Jackson, OH and partner John Fairchild of Portsmouth, OH. Dan Noble will be at the lines behind the gelding, who was bred by Reeves Barnhouse of Pennsylvania. Newcomer Stand Out At Dawn, a son of Stand Forever, will leave from post two in this division. The sixth and final pacing division (Race 15) for OSS youngsters features eight contestants, with Whiskey Friskie, from post five, looking for a repeat of his July 4, Scioto Downs score in 1:57.1.  The son of Feelin Friskie—a John Melsheimer trainee—has $21,340 in career earnings and will have Aaron Merriman in the sulky.  Midland Acres bred Whiskey Friskie, who is owned by Karen McGraw of Pickerington, OH. Dash Of Grace, with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. up from post three, will try for his second career victory.  This son of Feelin Friskie won a 2-year-old Northfield overnight on July 15 in 1:56.2 by nearly 11 lengths and appears poised for another solid effort.  Kurt Lepley owns, trains and bred the bay gelding. OSS action continues on Saturday, July 25 at Scioto Downs with seven divisions of 2-year-old pacing and trotting fillies. Kimberly A. Rinker

Credit Fashion crossed the finish line faster than any four-year-old trotting horse in the history of harness racing at Northfield Park when he won a $7,000 conditioned race in 1:53.3 on Monday (July 20). The clocking breaks the 1:56.3 former record by Patio Pete (Walter Case Jr.) in 2001. Martin Yoder of Kidron, Ohio owns Credit Fashion. Jeff Hochstetler is his trainer and Aaron Merriman was in the sulky for the winning drive. Credit Fashion (Credit Winner-Whata Softie-Self Possessed) started from post two. He led his competition through fractions of :28.1, :57, 1:25 and 1:53.3. There was never an anxious moment for the winner, who bested his competition by 11¼-lengths. Credit Fashion now has two wins in three starts this year. Monday's victory represents his sixth score in 14 career races and bolstered his bankroll to $304,137. He was the race favorite and returned $3.20 to win. Ayres Ratliff

Four $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) divisions were contested at Northfield Park on Friday night, July 17; two for trotters and a pair for laterally-gaited pacers. This was the third contest of the four leg OSS series for 3-year-old Buckeye-bred harness racing colts and geldings.   Driver Chris Page steered both winners of the divisions for diagonally-gaited equines--winning the first division (Race 1) with 1-9 favorite I Know My Chip and the second division (Race 2) with l4-1 longshot No Whip Chip.   I Know My Chip hails from the powerful Ron Burke Stable. This son of Deep Chip, out of the Pegasus Spur mare Madeline's Crown (3, 2:00.4s $13,221) stopped the timer in 1:57.3 in a wire-to-wire effort that saw him draw off from his rivals by nearly eight lengths. He basically cruised through fractions of :29.1, 1:00 and 1:29.2 unchallenged before posting a :28.1 final brush.   Bred by Kimberly Dailey of Mechanicsburg, OH, I Know My Chip now has $167,528 in career earnings for the Pennsylvania-based partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. The bay gelding earned $105,403 as a freshman and pushed his seasonal earnings to $62,125, the tenth of his career in 19 starts.   The Jim Arledge, Jr.-trained Chips Star (Kayne Kauffman) was second, while Full Of Dawn (Don Irvine, Jr.) finished third. My Friend Jim was fourth, Cooter Dunn fifth, and BK's Magic Man sixth. In the second division for sophomore trotters longshot No Whip Chip prevailed in a career best 1:58.2 despite a grueling, first-over journey that saw him prevail by two lengths over the hard-trying Really Deep Chip (Kayne Kauffman). The son of Victory Sam-Meredith's Hope-Master Lavec followed the pace-setting Neely's Messenger (Marty Wollam) through splits of :29.1 and 1:00.3 before pulling three-wide at the 1:30.4 three-quarter marker. Once free of traffic, No Whip Chip trotted his final panel in :27.3 with Page at the controls, returning $31.80 on a two dollar win ticket. No Whip Chip was bred by the late Chip Noble, is trained by his son Dan and owned by his wife Deborah Noble. Unraced at two, the bay gelding now has two wins in six starts and $40,440 in career earnings. Neely's Messenger--the 2014 Ohio Horse of the Year--hung on for third, while Kick A Lot (Kurt Sugg) nabbed fourth-place money. Jo Jo's Journey was fifth, 9-5 favorite Upfront Chip Daddy was sixth after making a break at the half, while Super Sheff Frosty broke at the start and was never a factor, finishing seventh. Nobles Finesse captured the first division for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings with a game, first-over journey that saw him score his fifth career win and first this season in 1:55.4 with trainer Kurt Sugg at the lines. Owned by Dean Davis of Wooster, OH, Joyce McClelland of Zanesville, OH and the Mullet Stables of Millersburg, OH, this Feelin Friskie gelding pushed his career earnings to $128,529. As a freshman, Nobles Finesse--who was bred by the late Chip Noble--was a multiple OSS, Ohio Fair Stakes (OFS) and Ohio Breeders Stakes winner. After even-money favorite Rock N Randall took the field of seven through the :28 opening quarter, Nobles Finesse pulled from the rail to calmly challenge the leader through a :57.1 half and a 1:26 three-quarter marker. From there the bay gelding continued to grind out his path gamely, with a :29.3 final brush to win by three-quarters of a length over rival Roaddog Jess James (Kayne Kauffman), with Rock N Randall nailing down show honors. Dyno Mite Man (Del S Miller) was fourth, with Latenite Trick fifth, Imtoofastforyou sixth and Over Friskie seventh. Bred by Chip Noble, Nobles Finesse is the sixth foal out of the Nobleland Sam mare Lady Lonesome, and is a half-brother to Lonesome Attack (by On The Attack) p, 5, 1:50f ($386,929); Lonesome Cruiser (by Yankee Cruiser) p, 5, 1:54h ($85,715); Nancy's Stitches (by Dave Panlone) p, 3, 1:57f ($33,159); Dixie Lane (by Cam's Magic Trick) p, 3, 1:57.2 ($21,1663) and Lonesome Trick (by Cam's Magic Trick) p, 2, 2:02.3h ($16,352). Favorite (2-5) Indian Spirit did not disappoint his backers in the fourth and final OSS division for sophomore pacers. The Dan-Ater trained son of Tyler's Big Mark used wire-to-wire tactics for Kyle Ater to score his fifth victory of 2015 in 1:56.1. Owned by Gregory Forcum of Chillicothe, OH, Indian Spirit already has one OSS triumph to his credit this season, having captured the second leg of this series on June 6 at Scioto Downs. He took his career record of 1:53 in an OBS Stake at Scioto on June 20 with the younger Ater at the lines. The gutsy Gray Camo (Chris Page) was second by half a length, while Ohio's 2014 Freshman Pacing Colt of the Year Western Coby (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third. Cornerback (Ryan Stahl) grabbed fourth, with Nashville Bound fifth, Rocky Express sixth and Frisky Bob seventh. Bred by Bruce Lane of Frankfort, OH, Indian Spirit is the second foal out of the unraced Mantacular broodmare Bettacular. He now has $101,219 in career earnings.   By Kimberly A. Rinker   Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

Four divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for 3-year-old harness racing colts and geldings will be contested on Friday evening at Northfield Park. Post time is 6:00 pm, ET. Thirteen trotters and 14 pacers passed the entry box for the third leg of OSS 3-year-old contests, necessitating a pair of $40,000 splits for each gait of sophomores. The trotting divisions have been carded as races one and two, while the pacing pairs are set as the third and eighth event on the 16-race program. Six sophomores will vie in the first $40,000 division of trotters (Race 1), with Chips Starr looking for his second OSS victory this season for trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. The son of Chip Chip Hooray scored his lone victory in OSS action at Scioto Downs on June 6, timed in 1:57 with Hugh Beatty at the lines. Owned by Greg Buckley of Dublin, OH and Thomas York, Jr., of Newark, OH, Chips Starr was a $9,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. The fourth foal out of the Nearly Perfect mare Miss Starr Tripp (2, 2:01f $28,368), Chips Star has earned $56,841 lifetime. The Ron Burke-trainee I Know My Chip will by trying to nab his first OSS victory this season. A winner of $147,528 lifetime, the son of Deep Chip was a multiple OSS winner as a freshman for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Buscemi LLC and Phillip Collura-all hailing from Pennsylvania. I Know My Chip has been second in a pair of OSS to date this year-on May 2 at Miami Valley Raceway and again on June 6 at Scioto Downs. Both times he was bested by a scant whisker by rival Neely's Messenger, who wages war in the second division on this same card. Bred by Kimberly Dailey of Mechanicsburg, OH, this bay gelding earned $105,403 as a 2-year-old and is the first foal out of the Pegasus Spur mare Madeline's Crown (3, 2:00.4s $13,221). My Friend Jim, Cooter Dunn, BK's Magic Man and Full Of Dawn round out this field of six trotters. Seven diagonally-gaited specialists will line up behind the gate in the second $40,000 OSS division (Race 2) for trotters. Neely's Messenger, leaving from post four, continues to dominate this division. Last season's Ohio Horse of the Year and 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of 2014 scored a decisive 1:57.1 victory for driver Dan Noble in his seasonal debut on May 2 at Miami Valley Raceway. He followed that up with a 1:55.3 best effort at Scioto Downs on June 6, nosing out I Know My Chip at the wire. He also has a 1:56.3 Ohio Breeders Stake (OBS) triumph to his credit, scored on June 20 at Scioto Downs. Owned by Dale Sweet and Julie Ann Sweet, the son of Neely Dunn scored victories in OSS, OBS, Ohio Fair Stakes (OFS), and in the $200,000 OSS Championship as a freshman, for earnings of $215,945. Bred by Albert Yoder, Neely's Messenger was a $10,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. The fifth foal out of the Carry The Message broodmare Fun Message (5,1:57.3f $98,349), Neely's Messenger is a half-sister to Muggles (by Muscle Yankee) 1:59,4f ($34,516). Upfront Chip Daddy, unraced at two, has turned in a trio of winning performances this season, with one of them coming in a May 2 OSS at Miami Valley Raceway, when the son of Chip Chip Hooray scored a career best clocking of 1:57.3. Trained by Kelly O'Donnell for Up Front Racing LLC of Amherst, OH and Mark Ford of Campbell Hall, NY, Upfront Chip Daddy has $33,480 in earnings thus far to his credit. The fifth foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Celebrity Cream (3, 2:02.4f $5,987), Upfront Chip Daddy was bred by Spring Haven Farm and has half-siblings in: Creampuff Macdaddy (by Ken Warkentin) 4, 1:53.3f ($455,898); Chocolate Cream (by Broadway Hall) 5, 1:57.2s ($31,207); Coconut Cream (by Windsong Espoir) 3, 1:59.2f ($14,092). Kick A Lot, No Whip Chip, Really Deep Chip, Super Sheff Frosty and Jo Jo's Journey round out the field of contestants. Trainer Brian Brown will harness Rock N Randall from the rail in the first $40,000 OSS division (Race 3) of laterally gaited sophomores. This son of Dave Panlone-Appealing Sammi-Nobleland Sam earned $95,193 as a 2-year-old, recording a mark of 1:58.1 at Delaware on Sept. 17, 2014. To date he's still looking for his first OSS triumph, but has proven his capability with a host of second and third-place finishes in both OSS and Ohio Fair Stake (OFS) competition. Lifetime Rock N Randall has amassed $122,650 from 19 starts, with seven wins, seven seconds and three thirds for owner-breeder Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH. He recorded a career best 1:56 on June 30 in a $10,000 conditioned pace at Scioto Downs. This bay gelding is a half-brother to Angels N Demons (by Artiscape) p, 4, 1:53.4s ($51,492) and a half-brother to Back Mount (by Feelin Friskie) p, 3, Q1:56.4h ($11,394). Nobles Finesse hails from post four for trainer Kurt Sugg and owners Dean Davis of Wooster, OH, Joyce McClelland of Zanesville, OH and the Mullet Stables of Millersburg, OH. This Feelin Friskie gelding is looking for his first trip to the winner's circle in 2015, after earning $100,759 from four wins in nine starts as a 2-year-old, taking victories in OSS, OFS and OBS competition. Bred by Chip Noble, Nobles Finesse is the sixth foal out of the Nobleland Sam mare Lady Lonesome, and is a half-brother to Lonesome Attack (by On The Attack) p, 5, 1:50f ($386,929); Lonesome Cruiser (by Yankee Cruiser) p, 5, 1:54h ($85,715); Nancy's Stitches (by Dave Panlone) p, 3, 1:57f ($33,159); Dixie Lane (by Cam's Magic Trick) p, 3, 1:57.2 ($21,1663) and Lonesome Trick (by Cam's Magic Trick) p, 2, 2:02.3h ($16,352). Completing the field are Roaddog Jess James, Imtoofastforyou, Dyno Mite Man, Latenite Trick and Over Friskie. Indian Spirit headlines the second $40,000 OSS pacing division for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. Hailing from the Dan Ater barn for owner Gregory Forcum of Chillicothe, OH, the son of Tyler's Big Mark scored a victory in these same ranks on June 6 at Scioto Downs, stopping the timer in a swift 1:54.3 for driver Kyle Ater. He followed that up with a career best clocking of 1:53 at Scioto two weeks later, on June 20, in a $12,500 OBS. A winner of $34,409 as a freshman, Indian Spirit amassed three wins, four seconds and a third in 12 trips postward last season. This year, he has a quartet of wins under his belt in seven tries with earnings of $46,810 for these connections. Bred by Bruce Lane of Frankfort, OH, Indian Spirit is the second foal out of the unraced Mantacular broodmare Bettacular. Gray Camo, with $119,229 in his coffers, is another solid contender who hails from the Ron Burke stable. The roan son of Pine Valley-CG's Gem-Shady Character has five wins to his credit in 15 career starts and a mark of 1:53.3 taken in his OSS victory on May 2 of this year at Miami Valley Raceway. He is co-owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Richard Suda and Jason Melilo. A$10,000 yearling at the Blooded Horse Sale, Gray Camo has full siblings in: Dibs p, 3, 1:53.2f ($218,698) and Pink Camo p, 2, 1:52.3f ($210,766). Ohio's 2-year-old Pacing Colt of 2014, Western Coby, also vies in this same event. A winner of $156,677 in his career, the son of Western Spirit-Cole By A Knows-Cole Muffler will be looking for his first victory of 2015. Owned by Larry Acker, Dean Davis and trainer Ron Wagner-all of Wooster, OH-Western Coby was a multiple OSS and OFS winner as a freshman. A $6,500 yearling purchase at the 2013 Blooded Horse Sale, Western Coby was the first foal out of his dam and was bred by Andrew Coblenz, of Wooster, OH. Cornerback, Rocky Express, Frisky Bob and Nashville Bound will also compete in this field of laterally-gaited 3-year-olds. Kimberly A. Rinker

"Marvelous Marvin" Raber notched his first amateur driving victory of the season when he guided Washingtonian to a stunning 1:56.4 victory in a Midwest region CKG Billings Series trot at Northfield Park on Friday evening, July 10. Sent off as the betting favorite in the race from the two-hole Raber quickly took command with the veteran Malabar Millennium gelding and led the eight-horse field by the first quarter in a swift :28 seconds. From there Raber played catch me if you can and nobody could as Washingtonian toured the speedy double oval in a time of 1:56.4 for a seven length triumph. "I was being hard pressed by Steve Oldford (with Bold Strike, the second choice in the wagering) but when his horse made a break going to the half I felt very confident in our chances to win it. My horse was still strong and he trotted away from the field and cruised to an easy victory," Raber explained. Speed Hanover and "Lawbook Larry" Farley finished second while YF Crasher and "Marlin the Magician" Smith took home the show dough. Washingtonian, owned and trained by Larry Clabaugh, notched his second seasonal triumph and returned a $4.40 win mutuel. It was only the fourth seasonal drive for Raber who now has 34 career driving victories. Now with eight venues in the books in the Billings Midwest regionals Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford continues to lead the with 53 points. Dave "Linemaster" Ehrenberg is second with 30 points and "Hurricane Hannah" Miller's, 27, is currently third best. Raber now with 23 points ranks fourth while Larry Farley, with 19 points is fifth. Rounding out the top ten are: "Michelle the Belle" Ruvola (18) "Bullet Bob" Davis (14.5), Bob "Lumberman" Troyer (14), "Chicago George" Bonomo (13) and Kelly "Sky" Walker (13). John Manzi

Ohio harness racing fans got their first glimpse of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) youngsters on Friday night, July 3 at Northfield Park, as 11, $40,000 divisions for freshman trotting and pacing fillies went postward at the half-mile oval.   The first three divisions featured 2-year-old diagonally-gaited distaffs, which could have been renamed the Aaron Merriman-Chris Beaver show, as this pair dominated all three races.   In the first group of seven fillies Merriman steered favorite Kerfuffle Cookie to victory in 2:00.1 in her first career start, for the Synerco Ventures, Inc., of Toronto, ON, winning by just over 21 lengths. The daughter of Chip Chip Hooray took the lead at the start and never looked back, while Haley Chip (Chris Page) notched second and Transit Authority (Jeremy Smith) got up for third.   "This filly was super tonight," Merriman stressed. "She has a very soft mouth and Chris (trainer Beaver) had her ready to go."   The second race, second OSS division saw Merriman use similar tactics to guide Evanora to victory in a career best 2:01 by 6¼ lengths. The chestnut daughter of Pilgrims Taj is owned by Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH, and this was her second straight triumph, pushing her career earnings to $21,550. Oneeyedmomma (Marty Wollam) finished second with Count On Anna (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) third.   Merriman and Beaver were in the winner's circle once more for Race 3, the third division of trotting fillies. This time Kestrel reeled through the double-turns, notching a 1:59 performance for Merriman in a top mark of 1:59, drawing off by five lengths. It was the filly's first career win for owners Beaver and Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH. Hoorah Hoorah (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was second while A TC Queenie (Ken Holiday) grabbed third-place honors.   Merriman then scored in the fourth OSS trotting division (Race 5), guiding the Dirk Simpson trained Shut Up And Dance to win in a new track record clocking of 1:58. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar is owned by James Bafia of Minooka, IL and earned her first paycheck in the one mile test, which she won by four lengths.   "We bought her at the Ohio Select Sale for $28,000," Bafia said. "I thought she had a great pedigree and she showed a lot of potential early but had an OCD that we removed. She was able to train down well in spite of that surgery, and has gotten up to speed very quickly."   Count On Kami (Kurt Sugg) was second to Shut Up And Dance, while favorited Soft Power (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) notched third.   The final OSS division for filly trotters (Race 14) saw Still Sizzling heat up the racetrack by going gate to wire for trainer-driver Dale Decker, winning by 2¼ lengths in 1:59.4. The Trainforthefuture lass pushed her career earnings to $21,516 for owners Decker and Douglas Vandergrift of Michigan. She Drives Me Wild (Aaron Merriman) finished second with Rose Run Rachel (Kurt Sugg) nabbing show honors.   Filly pacers took to the track beginning with the fourth race on the evening's 15-race program. Big Bad Ashley and driver Dan Noble left nothing to chance as they paced to a winning 1:56 effort in the first $40,000 OSS division. The daughter of Big Bad John is conditioned by Jim Arledge, Jr. for the Winchester Baye Acres, Inc. of Powell, OH and was three-quarters of a length in front of Hooray For Hazel (Chris Page) at the wire, while NPR Nine (Aaron Merriman) finished third.   Kayne Kauffman piloted Awakening to victory in the second OSS division (Race 6), clocked in 1:57 for the one mile test. Mike Polhamus harnessed the daughter of Feelin Friskie for owner Marjorie Polhamus of Fletcher, Oh. It was the filly's third career start and pushed her earnings to $23,076. Kacy's Coop (Aaron Merriman) was second, nearly two lengths behind the winner, while Feelin Lilly (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third.   John's Sunny Girl, a daughter of Big Bad John, captured the third OSS division (Race 7) for driver Greg Grismore in new lifetime clocking of 1:55.4. Doug Hinklin conditions the bay filly, who upped her career earnings to $24,400 for the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH.   "She's done everything we've asked of her to date and for the rest of the season it's just a matter of her staying healthy," Grismore acknowledged. Doug (trainer Hinklin) has done a great job of giving this filly the right education. I was just a passenger tonight."   Bred by Midland Acres, John's Sunny Girl bested rival Beauteous Girl (Kurt Sugg) by eight lengths, while Miss Me Yet (Montrell Teague) who had made a break early, recovered well to be third.   Owner-trainer-driver Tye Loy, of Columbia Station, OH, stole the show in the fourth OSS division (Race 9) as he guided his My Tweed Heart to a 1:59.1 triumph. This daughter of Manhardt finished 1¼ lengths in front of It's Your Fantasy (Dan Noble) and Big Bad Body (Josh Sutton) in her career debut.   Queen Ann M and driver Chris Page took the fifth OSS division in 1:56.4 by 2½ lengths for owner Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH. The Big Bad John lass used come-from-behind tactics to score her career debut over Northfield's flying turns, with Ufpfortydevensgirl (Aaron Merriman) finishing in the bridesmaid role and Friskie Zena (Tye Loy) nabbing third place money.   The sixth and final division (Race 15) of freshman pacing fillies saw Big Bad Bretta, another daughter of Big Bad John, finish under the wire first in 1:57 for driver Chris Page by nearly three lengths. Steve Carter conditions the filly for CE Grubbs, RB Reid, SR Hummel and JM Beard of Ohio. Big Bad Chickie (Dan Noble) grabbed place honors while Save My Tootsie (Aaron Merriman) was third.   Daylon Magician captured the $170,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic (Race 11) for trainer-driver Jack Moiseyev in a track-record-tying time of 1:53.2. The rugged, 7-year-old son of Kadabra pushed his career earnings up over the $2 million mark with this victory, the 31st of his career in 71 starts for the Daylon Farms LTD of Komoka, ON.   "He felt like a 3-year-old in here tonight," Moiseyev said. "He just felt great, and this is the first time I've been back to Northfield since 1991." Moiseyev had driven Precious Bunny to victory at Northfield that season in the Cleveland Classic.   Obrigado (Mark McDonald) was second by a whisker, while DW's NY Yank (Chris Page) got up for third and Rompaway Galaxy (Mike Micallef) was fourth.   Also, the gutsy mare Victory Is Coming, chugged out a rough, first-over journey to prevail at the wire in 1:53.2 for a new, all-age, track record in Northfield's $20,000 Open Trot (Race 10). The daughter of Victory Sam, who is conditioned by Ammon Hershberger for Betty and John Red Shaw of Mount Vernon, OH, pushed her career earnings to $609,935 with the win, the 55th of her career in 130 starts. Picture This (Don Irvine, Jr.) was second with Julians Caesar (Chris Page) third.   Kimberly A. Rinker

Bob "the Lumberman" Troyer came from far back with Heza Rube to win the harness racing Billings trot at Northfield Park in a time of 1:57 on July 2. Nine horses were drawn in the contest but when the field went behind the starting gate two late scratches whittled the it to seven. Heza Rube started from the five hole and got away in the back of the pack after "Marvelous Marvin" Raber set sails with Washingtonian and they led the field by the quarter in a stiff :27.3. At that point Huza Rube was some 13 lengths behind the leader. "They left hard so I took a seat," Troyer explained. Raber had the pedal to the medal and Washingtonian zipped by the half in :56.3 with the eventual winner 15 lengths in the rears. Four lengths in front of Hometowne Jeff and "Michelle the Belle" Ruvola as they passed the three quarters in 1:25.4 Washingtonian still had a huge lead on Heza Rube but on the final turn Troyer was coming and coming hard. He made up five quick lengths on the turn and when the field straightened for home Troyer had Heza Rube wide open and they rallied to a neck victory over Washingtonian. Third place went to Hometown Jeff and Michelle Ruvola. "I had owned him (Heza Rube) and sold him to Marty Wollam a few years ago so when he entered him in the Billings trot he asked me if I would like to drive him," Troyer explained. "Of course I said sure and I am glad I did. He's always been a nice horse but he really surprised me when we won tonight because we were so far back most of the mile." Now owned and trained by Marty Wollam, Heza Rube, a 5 year-old altered son of Master Lavec paid $4.80 for win. It was the trotter's second seasonal victory. For Troyer, who has been a longtime participant in Billings races, it was his first drive of the year. The victory was Troyer's 73rd of his amateur driving career. John Manzi

The Cleveland Trotting Classic, Northeast Ohio's newest premier race, will go to post Friday (July 3) at the harness racing meeting at Northfield Park. The Classic carries a $170,000 purse for its inaugural edition and has attracted some of the best veteran trotters in North America. The Grand Circuit race is the featured event of a stakes-laden program that offers total purses of $647,500. 1 - Count Me In Is one of two starters from the powerful barn of Ron Burke. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Michelle Yanek, he has won 30 and been on the board in 64 of 95 career races. His lifetime mark is 1:53.3 (Mea 5/8) with a career bankroll of $427,919. The six year-old has already posted four wins this year and has been racing against the best trotters at Scioto Downs. Burke has named Josh Sutton to drive this 9-2 morning-line competitor.   2 - Obrigado The 2-1 morning line favorite, has the highest win percentage of any starter in this inaugural edition. He has been victorious in 31 of 51 career races, including a 21 race win streak earlier in his career. He has earnings of $421,164 and a 1:51.3 (M 1) mark in his most recent race in the $50,000 TVG Free-for-All Trot. The five year-old is owned by Paul Kelley, Linwood Higgens, William Weaver III and Stable 45. He is conditioned by Paul Kelley. Canadian native Mark MacDonald has been named to steer.   3 - DW's NY Yank Sports career earnings of $855,914. He has 103 lifetime starts and 37 career victories. He is a six year-old son of Dilbert Hanover with a lifetime mark of 1:51.3 (PcD 5/8). DW's NY Yank, one of two entrants in this field by trainer Ron Burke, is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. He has won five of 13 starts this year and has been made the 7-2 second favorite. Chris Page has been given the driving assignment.   4 - Awesome Valley Will start for the Trust of Barbara Boese. With 27 career victories, he has been a model of consistency, finishing in the top three 62 of his 100 lifetime starts. He has already won four starts this year with three second and third place finishes in 16 starts. This six year-old son of Valley Victor has career earnings of $365,863 and sports a 1:53 (DD 5/8) lifetime mark. This 20-1 morning line selection is trained by Joseph Hundertpfund Jr. and will be driven by Montrell Teague.   5 - Datsyuk Enters this race for owners Leonard Buckner and Charlie Norris. He is also conditioned and usually driven by Norris, but Don Irvine, Jr. gets the reins for tonight's outing. The four year-old has garnered five career victories in 21 starts, earning a mark of 1:53.1 (TgDn 5/8) and $454,253 in earnings. The son of Explosive Matter was unraced as a freshman but had a stellar sophomore campaign last year, winning three legs of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and a Tompkins Geers Stake. He carries a 15-1 morning line.   6 - Rompaway Galaxy Is owned by Rompaway Farms and trained by Krista Harmon. The four year-old has raced over Northfield Park's Flying Turns three times, posting two wins and a third place finish. He has a total of 29 career starts with 14 triumphs. He earned a 1:52 (M 1) lifetime mark just two races ago and has career earnings of $423,981. He was the Ohio Sire Stakes Champion as a freshman and won the Ohio State Fair Stakes and Ohio Breeders' Championship as a sophomore. Mike Micallef has been named to drive this 12-1 morning-line starter.   7 - Daylon Magician The 6-1 shot is the richest horse in the inaugural Classic field with $1,849,527 in earnings. This son of Kadabra has five wins in eight starts this year and 30 lifetime scores to his credit, the richest being the $1,020,000 Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk Racetrack in 2011. Jack Moiseyev is the 7-year-old's trainer and driver for owner Daylon Farms LTD. Moiseyev posted a win at Northfield Park in the Cleveland Classic with 3 year-old pacing star Precious Bunny in 1991. Daylon Magician has a 1:51.1 mark at Mohawk Racetrack, trotted in 2013.   8 - Il Sogno Dream Odds of 8-1, even though he won just two weekends ago by open lengths in an impressive effort from post eight at Scioto Downs. He has a 1:52.2 (ScD 5/8) lifetime mark, trotted this year, and career earnings of $488,101. This son of Cantab Hall has won 10 of 33 career starts and is two for four so far this year. Christopher Beaver trains Il Sogno Dream for owners Bill Manes, Dan Manes, Leonard Christopher and Randy Christopher. Aaron Merriman has been given the driving assignment. Merriman, the current leading driver in North America, has won more local races than any other driver over the Flying Turns.   This year's Classic program undercard is highlighted by 11 $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes races featuring the best freshman filly pacers and trotters in the Buckeye State. There will be six divisions of filly pacers and five filly trot stakes races going to post. Superfecta wagering has been added to Friday's 11th race, the Classic feature. A $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 has also been added and covers races eight through 11. First race post time is 6 p.m. Guests who want to be close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron for a plethora of free fanfare activities. These attractions include a t-shirt toss from the winner's circle by the successful driver of each race, driver meet-and-greets and commemorative poster signings throughout the evening, Harness Racing Bingo offering more than $1,000 in cash and prizes, country band Six String Cowboy performing on the apron from 6-10 p.m., and spinning of the Northfield Park Prize Wheel for cash and prizes from 8-9:30 p.m. Ayers Ratliff  

A total of 85 freshman Ohio-bred fillies passed the entry box at Northfield Park this week, resulting in 11 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) races to be contested Friday, July 3. Each division sports a $40,000 purse in this first leg for harness racing 2-year-old pacing and trotting fillies. Five divisions of 2-year-old fillies will line behind the starting gate in races 1, 2, 3, 5 and 14. Three, 7-horse fields and two, 8-horse fields comprise the lot of 37 diagonally-gaited distaffs. Six, 8-horse fields of side wheeling 2-year-old fillies are set in races 4, 6, 7, 9, 12 and 15. This group of 48 pacing lasses will be making their foray into the OSS ranks for the first time. In the first $40,000 OSS division of pacing fillies (Race 4), trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. will harness Big Bad Ashley for the Winchester Baye Acres, Inc. of Powell, OH. This daughter of Big Bad John comes into her OSS debut fresh off a solid 2:03 clocking in an Ohio Fair Stake at Circleville on June 21. Dan Noble drives. Awakening looks to be the solid favorite in the second $40,000 OSS division (Race 6) for owner-trainer Mike Polhamus. This daughter of Feelin Friskie has two strong wins to her credit thus far this season, with a 2:07 debut on June 9 at Paulding and a June 23, wire-to-wire victory in 2:05 at Ottawa. That latter start saw her brush home in an impressive: 27.3. John's Sunny Girl headlines the third, $40,000 OSS division (Race 7). Trained by Doug Hinklin for the Parent Racing Stable, LLC of Holland, OH, this daughter of Big Bad John won a Scioto overnight on June 25 in 1:56.2. Piloted by Greg Grismore, John's Sunny Girl left hard from the eight-hole and never looked back, pacing her final panel in a respectable: 28.2. A pair of Big Bad John daughters will face off in the fourth, $40,000 division (Race 9) of OSS pacing fillies. Amber John, who is conditioned by Scott Cox for the Parent Racing Stable, comes into this contest with a pair of solid, winning Northfield Park qualifiers under her belt. She paced in 2:03 on June 11 and followed that up with a 2:01 score on June 25. Challenging Amber John will be It's Your Fantasy, conditioned by Jim Arledge, Jr. for Winchester Baye Acres, LLC, who won an Ohio Fair Stake on June 21 at Circleville in 2:02.3, leading every step of the way. Queen Ann M comes into the fifth, $40,000 OSS division (Race 12) fresh off a 1:57.1 qualifying score at Hoosier Park on June 24 for trainer Mike Roth. This daughter of Big Bad John-who starts from post eight-will have to face Feelin Colossal, who has an inside advantage from post three. Trained by owner William Aldrich, this daughter of Feelin Friskie captured an Ohio Fair Stake on June 21 at Circleville in a modest 2:09 by six lengths. Ufpfortydevensgirl, a daughter of Up Front Charlie, also comes into this event fresh off a triumph, with a 2:00.3 mark recorded in a Scioto Downs qualifier on June 29 for trainer Terry Thompson, Jr. Angry Shelby also won her Scioto Downs qualifier on June 22, pacing in 1:59 with Greg Grismore in the bike for trainer Doug Hinklin. Harness The Hope looks like a solid choice from the rail in the sixth and final, $40,000 OSS test (Race 15). Trained by Timothy Lane, this daughter of Big Bad John finished third in her pari-mutuel debut at Scioto Downs on June 25, timed in 1:57.2. Big Cake, another Big Bad John progeny, scored a 1:59.3 qualifying effort on June 15 in a come-from-behind effort for trainer Brian Georges. The Jim Arledge, Jr.-trained Big Bad Chickie scored a similar victory on June 21 at Circleville, timed in 2:04.2. This Big Bad John lass is owned by the aforementioned Winchester Baye Acres. A field of seven trotting fillies go head-to-head in the first $40,000 OSS division (Race 1)-all making their pair-mutuel debuts. Two daughters of Chip Chip Hooray-Haley Chip and Kerfuffle Cookie-from post one and three respectively, may be en route to a first lifetime triumph. Evanora comes into the second $40,000 OSS division (Race 2) as a recent winner, having captured an Ohio Fair Stake on June 24 at Ottawa in a front-stepping 2:06.4. That triumph saw this daughter of Pilgrims Taj draw away from her rivals by ten lengths for trainer Chris Beaver, who conditions the filly for Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH. The Ron Burke-conditioned Leavinonajettrain scored a winning qualifier in 2:02 at The Meadows on June 25 and will leave from post four, while Rose Run Runaway won her Northfield qualifier on that same day, timed in 2:02.4 with trainer Ammon Hershberger in the sulky. The third $40,000 OSS division (Race 3) of 2-year-old trotters features a pair of speedy fillies in Hoorah Hoorah and Kestrel. Hoorah Hoorah, a daughter of Chip Chip Hooray conditioned by Kelly O'Donnell, recorded a 2:01.2 mark on June 25 in a Meadows qualifier, while the Triumphant Caviar lass Kestrel scored a winning Scioto Downs qualifier on June 22 in 2:01.1. Precious Love, from the rail, also poses a threat after her June 25 winning 2:03.4 qualifier at Northfield Park. Soft Power, in the fourth $40,000 OSS division (Race 5) appears consistent off just a pair of starts. The Triumphant Caviar daughter, who is trained by Chris Beaver, posted a 2:04.1 winning clocking in her June 10 Delaware qualifier, before finishing second on June 24 at Ottawa in an Ohio Fair Stake, where she was timed in 2:08.4 with her trainer at the lines. Trainer-driver Ammon Hershberger sends out Eye Just Expect It, a daughter of Trainforthefuture who posted a wire-to-wire, 2:02 victory on June 18 at Northfield, while Shut Up And Dance, who qualified in a winning 2:00.2 at The Meadows on June 11 before breaking in her pari-mutuel debut on June 24 at Northfield, will look to make amends from the rail for trainer Dirk Simpson. Finally, Still Sizzling appears to be doing just that as she comes into the fifth $40,000 OSS division (Race 14) with a pair of back-to-back victories to her credit. The daughter of Trainforthefuture first posted a 2:16.1 clocking on June 9 at Paulding in an Ohio Fair Stake before scoring a 2:03.4 winning qualifier at Northville, MI on June 17. She is trained, driven and co-owned by Dale Decker. Rose Run Rachel comes into this race with a pair of even qualifiers to her credit-both taken at Northfield-the first on June 11, timed in 2:05.1 and the second on June 25, clocked in 2:04. Rose Run Rachel is a daughter of Trainforthefuture who is conditioned and co-owned by Ray Crawford and Suanne Kochilla of North Royalton, OH. Freshman pacing and trotting fillies will mix it up again the second leg of OSS action for their respective divisions on July 25 at Scioto Downs. The third leg will be held on Aug. 21 at Northfield Park and the fourth leg will be raced on Sept. 4 at Scioto Downs. The $225,000 Championship events for all the 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, during Scioto Down's Super Night. Kimberly A. Rinker

Northeast Ohio's newest premier race, the Cleveland Trotting Classic, will go to post Friday (July 3) at Northfield Park. The Classic carries a $170,000 purse for its inaugural edition and has attracted some of the best veteran trotters in North America. The Grand Circuit race is the featured event of a stakes-laden program. The Friday harness racing card offers total purses of $647,500. Obrigado drew post two and has been named the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the Classic field by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Entering Friday's race off a 1:51.3 lifetime mark in the $50,000 TVG Free for All at the Meadowlands, Canadian Mark MacDonald has been named to drive the 5 year-old Boy Band gelding. Obrigado sports 31wins, including 21 consecutive victories earlier in his career, and has lifetime earnings of $421,164. DW's NY Yank is the 3-1 second choice. He drew post three for powerhouse trainer Ron Burke. The six year-old has five wins this year and 37 career victories. DW's NY Yank is a hard-hitting Open trotter that has garnered career earnings of $855,914 with a 1:51.3 mark at Pocono Downs taken in 2013. Daylon Magician is the richest in the field with $1,849,527 in earnings. The son of Kadabra drew post seven and is 6-1. The seven year-old has five wins this year and 30 lifetime scores, the richest being the $1,020,000 Canadian Trot at Mohawk Racetrack in 2011. Jack Moiseyev is the seven year-old's trainer and driver. Daylon Magician has a 1:51.1 mark at Mohawk Racetrack, trotted in 2013. The 2015 Cleveland Trotting Classic field: Horse   Sire   Driver   Trainer   M/L 1 - Count Me In by Full Count - Aaron Merriman* Ron Burke 9-2 2 - Obrigado by Boy Band - Mark MacDonald Paul Kelley 2-1 3 - DW's NY by Dilbert Hanover -  Yank Chris Page Ron Burke 3-1 4 - Awesome Valley by  - Aaron Merriman* Joseph Hundertpfund Jr. 20-1 5 - Datsyuk by Explosive Matter - Charlie Norris Charlie Norris 15-1 6 - Rompaway Galaxy by Rompaway Wally - Aaron Merriman* Krista Harmon 12-1 7 - Daylon Magician by Kadabra - Jack Moiseyev Jack Moiseyev 6-1 8 - Il Sogno Dream by Cantab Hall - Aaron Merriman* Christopher Beaver 8-1 *Driver selections will be finalized by 9:00 p.m. Tuesday evening. Powerful Undercard This year's Classic program undercard highlights 11 $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes races featuring the best freshman filly pacers and trotters in the Buckeye State. There will be six divisions of filly pacers and five filly trot stake races going to post. Superfecta wagering has been added to Friday's 11th race, the Classic feature. A $10,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 has also been added and covers races eight through 11. First race post time is 6:00 p.m. In addition to superior racing action, Battle 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. Guests who want to be close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron for a plethora of FREE fanfare activities. These attractions include a t-shirt toss from the winner's circle by the successful driver of each race, driver meet-and-greets and commemorative poster signings throughout the evening, Harness Racing Bingo offering over $1,000 in cash and prizes, country band Six String Cowboy performing on the apron from 6:00 till 10:00 p.m., and spinning of the Northfield Park Prize Wheel for cash and prizes from 8:00 till 9:30 p.m. Ayers Ratliff

Greg Grismore won five races throughout Northfield's Park's 15-race harness racing program on Monday (June 29). Grismore's triumphs included Untold Legends ($3.60) in race two, Won Ton Hanover ($10.80) in race three, Mybrothergeorge ($2.80) in race four, Sombrero Hall ($19.60) in race eight and Boiler Brees ($8.80) in race 11. Grismore, 45, began driving in 1987 and has since garnered 6,520 career victories and more than $41M in total purse earnings. Ayers Ratliff  

Former harness racing National Amateur Driver of the Year, Steve "You're Never To Old" Oldford, notched his eighth seasonal driving victory behind Bold Strike while competing in a CKG Billings Midwest Regional trotting contest at Northfield Park on Friday night, June 19. In doing so Oldford worked out a picture-perfect journey falling into the two hole after the first turn and then stalking Dave "Linemaster" Ehrenberg II with the pacesetter King Tut. "I knew Dave was going to leave out of there and I wanted to be near him so I hustled my horse away from the gate, too," Oldford said. "Larry ("Lawbook Larry Farley) had the same idea with Good Friend and we were trotting at a pretty good clip around the first turn. I was lucky to find some room between Dave and Larry and fell in behind King Tut which gave my old warhorse cover and a good trip." Ehrenberg and King Tut showed the way by the first stanza in a swift :28. He was able to give his trotter a breather as they passed the halfway point in :59 with both Oldford and Farley in close pursuit. "I tipped out up the backside and we raced head to head from there and the race was on. My horse finally cleared King Tut halfway down the homestretch and went on to a one- length victory in (1):59.4" Oldford added. Good Friend rallied to be second while King Tut faded a bit and finished a close third. Having initially drawn post position eight Oldford was asked if the race would have had a different outcome had it not been for two late scratches. "I don't think so," Oldford replied "We were the best three horses in the race." Bold Strike, who had won a previous Billings Trot at Northfield Park in 1:59.2 earlier this year, was sent off as the even money favorite in the race and returned a $4.00 win mutuel. For Oldford is was the beginning of a busy weekend as he headed for Billings action at Tioga Downs on Saturday and then to Buffalo Raceway on Sunday. "I'll be in Monticello on Thursday (July 25 ) for two amateur races there in the afternoon and then on to Yonkers for a Billings trot in the evening. Amateur racing is getting bigger than ever and we amateurs help fill the betting cards at many tracks, now" Oldford explained. by John Manzi for the CKG Billings Series    

Harness racing's longest shining star, Foiled Again, became the first three-time champion of Northfield Park's Battle of Lake Erie when he crossed the wire a winner on Friday (June 12). Approaching the start the 11 year-old was already the richest Standardbred of all-time and became the first horse to earn in excess of $7 million with his triumph. Foiled Again (Dragon Again-In A Safe Place-Artsplace) is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable of Fredericktown, Pennsylvania, Weaver Bruscemi of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and JJK Stables LLC of Fort Lauterdale, Florida. He is trained by Ron Burke, who called upon Matt Kakaley to drive. Foiled Again started from post five and sat fourth through the :26 opening quarter. Kakaley pulled Foiled Again in the second panel and he remained first over through times of :53.4 and 1:21.3. Foiled again took advantage of his chance when Luck Be Withyou, who had led throughout, went off stride entering the final turn. Foiled Again inherited the lead and fought off his competition in the stretch to win by a neck, stopping the timer at 1:50.3. "I knew if I was close turning for home the he would out grit them," said Kakaley "He is the toughest horse ever in the history of harness racing, for sure." The win pushes Foiled Again's earnings to $7,012,531. Following Foiled Again were Clear Vision, Cammikey, Big Boy Dreams, State Treasurer, Duc Dorleans, Night Pro and Luck Be Withyou. Foiled Again started this year a bit sluggish and many people were calling for Ron Burke to retire the champion pacer. However, Burke discovered that the horse had an entrapped epiglottis and scheduled the minor surgery in early May. Friday's performance was Foiled Again's first start post-operation. "He is as good as ever and still has a lot of racing left in him," said Burke. "He is the horse that has built our barn. I cannot say enough good things about him. I love this horse." Ayers Ratliff

A trio of sophomore trotting fillies captured their respective Ohio Sire Stakes divisions Friday night, June 12 at Northfield Park. These harness racing contests--each sporting a purse of $40,000--are the second of a four leg series for Ohio-bred 3-year-old trotting lasses. In the first division (Race One), favorite Dark Roast and driver Kurt Sugg scored an easy 1:57.3 triumph over rivals Soaring Flight (Greg Grismore) and Bettys Sam (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) Conditioned by Marty Wollam, the daughter of Full Count picked up her second win of the year in four starts, pushing her career earnings to $93,603 for owners Arcadia Farms of Ohio and G And B Racing of Pennsylvania.   After a :29 opening panel, Dark Roast pulled first up behind the pace-setting Soaring Flight at the :59.2 half to take the lead. After trotting handily through a :28.4 third panel, she remained steady through a :29.2 final quarter to prevail by three-quarters of a length at the wire. Dark Roast, who was bred by Marvin Raber, won the first leg of this series on May 1 in 1:58 at Miami Valley.   Favorite Like Old Times used nearly the same tactics to garner her 1:57 victory in the second OSS division (Race Three). With Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. handling the driving duties for trainer Don McKirgan, the daughter by Chip Chip Hooray notched her fourth consecutive win and her fifth this season.   Like Old Times had finished second on May 1 in the first leg of this series to division one winner Dark Roast, and this latest triumph pushed her seasonal earnings to $47,000 and her career earnings to $111,105 for owner Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, Ohio. Sunrise Nibbles (Chris Page), second in the wagering, picked up place money, while mild longshot Expresso Jo (Dan Noble) grabbed show honors.   Lisa Jane and driver Ryan Stahl captured the third OSS division (Race Six) in a career best clocking of 1:55.4 as the public's choice. The daughter of Neely Dunn, who was harnessed to victory by conditioner Scot Cox for the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, Ohio and G. Peters of Akron, Ohio, grabbed her second victory of 2015 in just her third start of the year in wire-to-wire fashion.   Bred by Ohio's Henry Burkholder, Lisa Jane finished two lengths ahead of rival Student Of Life (Kurt Sugg), while Honey B (Kyle Ater) was third. The victory, the sixth of her career, upped Lisa Jane's career bankroll to $139,329. The fourth leg of this series for Ohio-bred trotting fillies will be held on Aug. 14 at Northfield and the fourth leg is set for Aug. 28 at Scioto Downs. The $225,000 championship events for all the 2- and 3-year-old divisions, divided by gender and gait, will be held on Sept. 12 during Scioto Downs' Super Night festivities. By Kimberly Rinker, Administrator, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

Two fields of 3-year-old pacing fillies vied for first money in a pair of harness racing $40,000 Ohio Sire Stakes (OSS) events on Friday night, June 12 at Northfield Park. Karlee Sue, a bay daughter by Feelin Friskie, took the first OSS division handily in 1:54.2 for Hall of Fame driver David Miller. After getting away at the back of the pack, Miller skillfully brought Karlee Sue up through splits of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:25.2, utilizing a modest :29 final brush to nail down the victory.   Friskie Tel Dawn (Aaron Merriman) finished second, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, with Friskie Lil Devil (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) getting up to nail show honors.   Bred by Midland Acres, Karlee Sue is conditioned by Al Tomlinson of Mason, Michigan, who owns the filly in partnership with Daniel Mitchell and Dennis Stolz of Michigan. The victory pushed the filly's career earnings to $65,765.   The second OSS split for sophomore pacing fillies was captured by the public's choice Crosswinds Cupcake and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in a lifetime best clocking of 1:55. Owned and bred by the Crosswinds Stable Farm of Waynesville, Ohio, this daughter of Stand Forever picked up her second victory of the year in six starts and now has $67,172 her lifetime bankroll.   After wrestling the lead away from Happy Jude at the :28 opening panel, Crosswinds Cupcake paced solidly through quarter fractions of :57.3 and 1:26 before brushing home in :29, drawing away from her rivals by 5¼ lengths. Corner Girl (Ryan Stahl) was second best while Happy Jude held ground to be third.   Third leg OSS action shifts to Northfield Park on July 17 for the colts of both gaits, while the fillies go postward on Aug. 14 at Northfield. Fourth road contests will take place at Scioto Downs on Aug. 28 for the fillies and Aug. 29 for the colts.   The $225,000 championship events for all the 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be held on Saturday (Sept. 12) during Scioto Downs' Super Night festivities. By Kimberly Rinker, Administrator, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund    

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