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Columbus, OH - Five $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions of freshman pacing colts provided plenty of fireworks on a swelteringly hot and humid, July 4 afternoon at Scioto Downs. Tops in the OSS quintet was the Kimberly Dailey-trained Rose Run Ulysses, a striking, chestnut son of Western Vintage, who paced to a winning 1:52.2--equaling the Scioto Downs track record for 2-year-old pacing colts--in the fourth and fastest of all OSS divisions. Danny Noble was in the sulky for Dailey, who co-owns the Rose Run Farm-bred gelding along with Carl & Melanie Atley of Xenia, Ohio. Rose Run Ulysses, sent off at 7-2, was given a perfect steer by Noble, who utilized a :27.3 final brush to prevail over 1-1 rival Rock Candy (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by three-quarters of a length. Cameron McCown piloted 5-2 Dislocator to a third-place effort. Rose Run Ulysses is the sixth foal out of Alcyon Semalu p, 3, 1:56.2 ($37,802) and is a half-brother to Style Semalu (by Million Dollar Cam) p, 5, 1:51s ($436,003) and to Sports Authority (by Sportswriter) p, 3, 1:51.2f ($60,302). Gold Digger King captured the first OSS division handily in 1:52.4 with Kayne Kauffman at the lines for trainer Scott Mogan and owner Linda Van Camp of Circleville, Ohio. The homebred Pet Rock gelding was the public's 5-2 choice in the field of nine 2-year-olds, pacing solidly to hold off 5-2 rival Valparaiso Hanover (Tyler Smith) by 1¾ lengths at the wire. Easeondowntheroad, a 21-1 longshot, finished third for Danny Noble. Gold Digger King is the first foal out of the Panspacificflight mare Hope For Pot Gold p, 3, 1:54S ($67,056). High On Paydaze and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., came flying up the stretch in the final yards to best the leading 4-1 Black Smile (Chris Page) by a whisker in a dramatic 1:53.1 finish in the second OSS division. Trained by Brian Brown for Ohio breeder Scott Hagemeyer and partners R. A. Mondillo & D. E. Robinson, the Nob Hill High colt was sent off at odds of 8-1 in his pari-mutuel debut. Tyler Smith guided 2-1 Tanner J to third-place honors. Nob Hill High is the fourth foal out of The Panderosa mare Myell p,4, 1:56.1h ($34,688), making him a half-brother to Myell's Rockstar (by World of Rocknroll) p,4, 1:52.1f ($129,326) and to Pacin To Paydaze p,2, 1:54.4h ($41,617). Driver Anthony MacDonald steered See You In Tuscany to a near-perfect, 1:53 winning clocking in the third OSS test. Trained by Jason McGinnis, this freshman son by We Will See finished 3¼ lengths ahead of 8-5 Bombay Hanover (Danny Noble) at odds of 2-1 at the wire, with 5-2 Odds On Columbus (Peter Wrenn) notching third-place money in a photo finish. See You In Tuscany--who races clean-legged except for a pair of knee boots--was bred by Mark Marroletti and is owned by Thestable Tuscany Group of Guelph, Ontario. A $10,000 yearling purchase at the Buckeye Classic Sale last fall, See You In Tuscany is out of the McArdle mare Mcdance Desire p, 2, 1:55 ($22,457) and has a half-brother in Dancin Dragon (by Dragon Again) p, 3, 1:54 f ($15,902). In the final OSS division, it was the Dustin Arledge-trained Authentic Hanover and driver Tyler Smith taking home first prize among ten combatants. The Western Vintage colt's pedigree prevailed as he stormed to a 1:53.3 clocking easily at odds of 2-1. Tony Too Tall, a 10-1 shot, was second for Chris Page, while 9-2 Seattle Hanover was third with Mike Wilder in the sulky. Hutchison Hms and M. J. Thompson own Authentic Hanover, the tenth foal out of the world champion Artsplace mare Armbro Amoretto p, 3, 1:50.1m ($1,285,744), making him a half-brother to: Bet You (by Bettor's Delight) p, 4, 1:50.3f ($391,452); Adams Hanover (by Western Hanover) p, 4, 1:50.4f ($202,374); Air Guitar Hanover (by Rocknroll Hanover) p, 6, 1:52.2f ($182,470); and Aldine Hanover (by A Rocknroll Dance) p, 2, 1:52.1s ($121,806). An $18,000 yearling purchase, Authentic Hanover was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

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

Columbus, OH - Scioto Downs plays host to five, $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts on July 4, in a matinee program with a 2 pm, ET post time. A total of 49 freshmen Ohio-breds passed the Scioto entry box for the first round of the 4-leg series, including 17 homebreds. Seventeen Ohio-registered stallions are represented in these five divisions, including Pet Rock (with 11); Western Vintage (with 9); McArdle (7); and Dragon Again & Yankee Cruiser with five each. Big Bad John, Mister Big and Rockin Amadeus are all represented by two foals each, with one youngster each from Believeinbruiser, Cheyenne Rei, Feelin Friskie, Nob Hill High, We Will See, and Woodstock. In the first OSS division (Race 1), Valparasio Hanover leaves from post three for trainer Tyler Bates and owners Suzanne Bate and Robyn McGhee. This colt is a son by Dragon Again, and is the fourth foal out of the Badlands Hanover mare Vasmajorty Hanover ($2,400), making him a half-brother to Viceroy Hanover (by Somebeachsomewhere) p, 3, 1:52.3f ($103,290). Valparasio Hanover finished second in his pari-mutuel debut on June 27, in a $10,000 Scioto maiden, pacing in 1:54.3 with Kayne Kauffman at the lines. Bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, Valparasio Hanover was a $10,000 yearling purchase at the Ohio Select Sale. Another sharp, first time starter is Easeondowntheroad, a Rockin Amadeus gelding conditioned by Kimberly Dailey for breeders/owners Down The Lane Stables. He scored a winning qualifier in wire-to-wire fashion in 1:58.2 for Dan Noble on June 18 at Scioto Downs. Easeondowntheroad is the fourth foal out of the Presidential Ball mare Best Of Ball p, 4, 1:52.2f ($273,135), and is a half-brother to Rockingtheniteaway (By Rocknroll Hanover) p, 3, 1:55.f ($54,810). He'll start from the eight-hole with Noble in the bike once more. Tap Tap Tap hails from post nine with Chris Page at the controls in this same event. Trained by Brian Brown, this McArdle colt is the first foal out of The Panderosa mare Bombilla Hanover p, 5, 1:51f ($204,303), and was a $65,000 yearling purchase at the Buckeye Classic Sale last fall by his breeder, S S G Stables. Tap Tap Tap scored a 1:55.4 winning qualifier on June 27 at Scioto, with a :28.1 final brush. High On Paydaze starts from post two in the second OSS division (Race 3) with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., driving for trainer Brian Brown. Owned by Scott Hagemeyer, R. Mondillo and D.E. Robinson, High On Paydaze scored a pair of qualifiers at Delaware, on June 14 (second in 1:59) and on June 20 (winning wire-to-wire in 1:58.4). This homebred son of Nob Hill High is the fourth foal out of The Panderosa mare Myell p,4, 1:56.1h ($34,688) and is a half-brother to Myell's Rockstar (by World of Rocknroll) p,4, 1:52.1f ($129,326) and to Pacin To Paydaze p,2, 1:54.4h ($41,617). Tanner J, in this same division, leaves from the eight-hole with Tyler Smith at the lines for trainer Steve Novak and owner-breeder Gerald Mijal. This bay Believeinbruiser gelding has a trio of winning efforts coming into his OSS test. He first won at Paulding in 2:06.4 by 10½ lengths on June 12, then scored a qualifying victory at Scioto on June 18 in 1:57.4 before winning at Ottawa on June 27 in 2:03.2 by 8¼ lengths. Tanner J is the fifth foal out of the Artistic mare How Is Carrie p,4, 1:55.3f ($28,066), and is a full brother to: Bugger Bruiser p,4, 1:49.3s ($442,855); Don'tbruisecarrie p,4, 1:52.2s ($96,090); Bugger Jerry p,4, 1:55.4h ($32,734) and Believeincarrie p, 2, 2:01.1h ($14,420). Melanie Wrenn will harness up Odds On Columbus, a brown Yankee Cruiser colt owned by Odds On Racing, from post eight with Peter Wrenn driving in the third OSS division (Race 5). This youngster qualified twice at Hoosier Park--on June 13 and 27--pacing to winning times of 1:55.2 and 1:57. Bred by Birnam Woods and Olive Branch Farm, Odds On Columbus was a $70,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Select Sale. He is the third foal out of Princess Character p, 7, 1:51.4f ($177,959), and is a half-brother to Queen Josephine (by Roll With Joe) p, 3, 1:54.4 ($169,015) and Rocknrollroyalty (by Rocknroll Heaven) p, 4, 1:52.2s ($72,978). In this same race See You In Tuscany starts from post two for trainer Jason McGinnis and driver Anthony MacDonald. The We Will See colt won his debut qualifier on June 9 at Woodbine in 1:55.4 by six lengths in wire-to-wire fashion, and followed that up with a second-place finish in 1:56.2 at that same Canadian raceway. Bred by Mark Marroletti, See You In Tuscany was a $10,000 yearling purchase at the Buckeye Classic Sale by Thestable Tuscany Group. He is out of the McArdle mare Mcdance Desire p, 2, 1:55 ($22,457) and is a half-brother to Dancin Dragon (by Dragon Again) p, 3, 1:54 f ($15,902). Bombay Hanover brings impressive credentials into this same race from post three, with Danny Noble driving for trainer Nancy Johansson. This New Jersey invader is a bay son by Western Vintage owned by Marvin Katz, Sam Goldband, AJ Libfeld and Perry Soderberg, who paced to a 1:56.3 fifth-place finish on June 16 and a second-place, 1:55 finish on June 23 in a pair of Meadowlands qualifiers. Bombay Hanover is the tenth foal out of the Cambest mare Best Not Tell p, 3, 1:53.2 ($32,211), making him a half-brother to: Best Man Hanover (by Western Ideal) p, 6, 1:58.4 ($488,385); Bestnotlie Hanover (by Western Hanover) p, 8, 1:50.2f ($456,365); Voltina (by Allamerican Native) p, 3, 1;52.4 f ($277,499); Scootie Best Lou (by Ponder) p, 5, 1:53.2f ($125,516); and Busboy Hanover (by Western Ideal) p, 3, 1:52.3 f ($81,550), etc. Bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, Bombay Hanover was a $30,000 yearling purchase at the Ohio Select Sale. Rock Candy heads up OSS division four (Race 7) for trainer Brian Brown and owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo from post eight. The Pet Rock colt won both of his Delaware qualifiers--on June 14 and 20, pacing in 1:57 and 1:57.3 respectively for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., who'll be back in the sulky once again. Bred by Mark Mjoger and Albert Delia, Jr., Rock Candy was purchased for $60,000 at the Ohio Select Sale and is the second foal out of the Sportsmaster mare Cotton Candy p, 3, 1:52.3 ($188,312), with half-siblings in Mr D's Dragon (by Dragon Again) p, 4, 1;50.1f ($206,198) and Anna D (by Ponder) p, 4, 1:54.1f ($37,300). In the final OSS division (Race 10), Authentic Hanover looks like the horse to beat. The son of Western Vintage is conditioned and co-owned by Dustin Arledge for partners Hutchison Hms, M. J. Thompson. This youngster qualified twice at Scioto Downs, finishing second in 1:58.1 and 1:57.4 on June 11 and 18--then romped to a 1:54, three-length, wire-to-wire triumph in his pari-mutuel debut a $10,000 Scioto maiden event on June 17. In each of his starts, Authentic Hanover posted consistent, :27 second final panels. This $18,000 yearling purchase was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms and is the tenth foal out of the Artsplace mare, world champion Armbro Amoretto p, 3, 1:50.1m ($1,285,744). Thus, Authentic Hanover is a half-brother to: Bet You (by Bettor's Delight) p, 4, 1:50.3f ($391,452); Adams Hanover (by Western Hanover) p, 4, 1:50.4f ($202,374); Air Guitar Hanover (by Rocknroll Hanover) p, 6, 1:52.2f ($182,470); and Aldine Hanover (by A Rocknroll Dance) p, 2, 1:52.1s ($121,806). Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Friday night, July 6 at Scioto Downs, with Leg 1 races for 2-year-old pacing fillies and on Saturday night, July 7 at Northfield Park with Leg 3 action for sophomore colt pacers. by Kimberly RInker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

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

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

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

COLUMBUS, OH - The trio of 3-year-old trotting colts who captured their respective $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes on Friday night, June 15 at Scioto Downs couldn't be more different. All three are by different Ohio-registered stallions; none were trained or driven by the same person; and all have ownership connections from three different states. Mission Accepted, who captured Leg 1 of this series on May 6 at Miami Valley in 1:53 by four lengths, put forth a similar effort in his OSS division at Scioto, this time winning by two lengths in a track, personal best and national season's record clocking of 1:52. The unaltered son by Manofmanymissions used similar, wire-to-wire tactics for driver Ryan Stahl to nail down his third win in as many tries this season, upping his 2018 earnings to $65,000 for the Ohio-based partnership of trainer Jeff Conger, breeders Knox Services and David Wills as the 1-2 favorite. Two OB Wonkenobi was second for driver Sam Widger at 9-2 odds, while 7-2 Get The Cash and driver Greg Grismore picked up third-place money. Mission Accepted, who captured the $250,000 OSS Championship for freshman trotters on Sept. 2, 2017 at Scioto Downs, now has seven wins and a third in ten career starts and $255,800 in his bankroll. The bay colt is the fifth foal out of the SJ's Photo mare Witty Girl and is a half-brother to March Awareness (by Ken Warkentin) 7, 1:53f ($398,059) and to Witty's Winner (by Jailhouse Jesse) 5, 1:54.4s ($95,757) and has a full brother in the 2-year-old Wittyville, who recently qualified in Q2:01.2f. In the second OSS division, 4-1 Uncle Buck took Aaron Merriman to a spirited 1:54.3 new lifetime mark victory, besting 10-1 longshot MVP Luke (Danny Noble) by 1¼ lengths, with 31-1 longer shot Secret Bro finishing third for Sandy Beatty. Trained by Steve Bauder for Mokena, IL-owner Wayne Temple, the bay gelded son by Stormin Normand grabbed the lead at the 1:25.2 three-quarter marker, and never looked back en route to his fourth victory of 2018. He now has five wins, six seconds and a trio of thirds in 19 career trips postward. Uncle Buck's seasonal earnings stand at $53,150, with $64,429 earned lifetime. Bred by Illinois' Orville Rursch, he is the third foal out of the Brilliant Victory broodmare Brilliant Linda and has half-siblings in Brilliant Winner (by Polar Winner) 2, 2:07.2h ($10,104) and Polar B (by Polar Winner) 2, 1:57.2h ($49,114). Pennsylvania-owned and trained invader Rising MVP, who was making his first start in the OSS series, captured the third and final division in 1:56.2 with Chris Page at the lines. Trained by William Daugherty, Jr. for his wife, owner Susan Daugherty of Mercer, PA, the altered son by My MVP left the gate at odds of 7-1, besting 22-1 longshot Manny L (Jeff Nisonger) by a neck with 1-5 favorite Sultan Of Cash (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) getting up for third, half a length back. Rising MVP returned $16.40 on a two-dollar ticket as he picked up his first win this year. His seasonal earnings stand at $24,048 with his lifetime bankroll at $89,268 from ten wins, two seconds and two thirds in 18 starts. Bred by Mahlon A. Miller of Sugarcreek, Ohio, Rising MVP is the third foal out of the unraced Credit Winner mare Nutmeg's Winner and is a half-brother to Rail Kat (by Muscle Native) 4, 1:56f ($137,454) and Rally In The Hall (by Amigo Hall) 3, 2:00f ($18,480). After the first two Ohio Sires Stakes legs in this division, the following horses are the top point earners: Mission Accepted (102), Sultan Of Cash (64), Uncle Buck (64), Northmedo Mission (52), MVP Luke (52), Two OB Wonkenobi (52) and Rising MVP (51). Leg 3 for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings will be contested on July 9 at Northfield Park and Leg 4 on Aug. 24 at Scioto Downs, with the $275,000 Championship set for Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs and the $60,000 Consolation Oct. 13 at Northfield Park. by Kim Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

A trio of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old diagonally-gaited colts and geldings will go postward on Friday night, June 15 at Scioto Downs, featuring 25 Ohio-breds racing for a purse of $40,000 in each division (Races 1, 2 & 5). First race post time is 6:30 pm, ET. All three OSS Leg 1 winners-Mission Accepted, Northmedo Mission and Sultan Of Cash-are set to return for round two action. Mission Accepted, an unaltered son by Manofmanymissions vies from post two in the first division (Race One), while Northmedo Mission, a Manofmanymissions gelding, starts from post three in this same event. Sultan Of Cash, a Cash Hall gelding, leaves from post two in the third division (Race Five). Five of these 25 trotting combatants are trying for their first victory as 3-year-olds: Dance Withsomebody, Dontforgetmaster, Rising MVP, Magic MVP and Cash Lane. Six of the youngsters did not start in Leg 1 of this series and are undertaking OSS action for the first time this season: Cordoba Hall, Last Mission, Vote For Pedro, Rising MVP, Ride The Rails & Manny L; and only two-Vote For Pedro & Secret Bro-did not race as freshmen in 2017. Eight of the 25 sophomores will utilize trotting hobbles; Mission Accepted, Two OB Wonkenobi, Doc Mossies Legacy, Cordoba Hall, Vote For Pedro, Rising MVP, Ride The Rails and Cash Lane. Of the 25 OSS entrants, 19 are geldings and six are colts, with two earning $100,000 or more: Mission Accepted ($235,800) and Sultan Of Cash ($173,965). For a colt to be eligible to the OSS program, they must have been sired by a stallion registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission standing in Ohio the year of conception. Stallions represented in these three OSS events include Dejarmbro (with six foals); Cash Hall (with five foals); Break The Bank K & Manofmanymissions (with four foals each); My MVP (with three foals); and Dontyouforgetit, Stormin Normand & Winning Fireworks with one foal each. As well, broodmare sires that are prominent among the 25 trotting colts and geldings include: Tom Ridge & Conway Hall (three foals each); Credit Winner, Donerail, Garland Lobell & Kadabra (two foals each). In the training ranks, Jim Arledge, Jr., and Rich Gillock will each send out a pair of competitors. Arledge, Jr., will harness Dontforgetmaster-who was fourth in Leg 1 at Miami Valley on May 6 to Sultan Of Cash-from post five in the second division (Race 2); and Last Mission, a newcomer to the series, from the rail in the third division (Race 5). Gillock bridles up Ride The Rails-also a newcomer-from post six in that same event, and Banker Twentyfive, who was fifth in Leg 1, from post six in the first division (Race 1). Of the 25 trotters, many are owned in partnerships or by a solo owner that includes 30 Ohioans; six Pennsylvanians; five Indiana owners; three owners each from New Jersey & Canada; two from Kentucky and one each from Michigan and Illinois. Breeder Walnut Hall is represented by three sophomores in two divisions: Sand Cash & Get The Cash in the first division (Race 1) and newcomer Cordoba Hall in the second division (Race 2). Owner/breeder Robert Key sends out two homebreds: Banker Twentyfive in the first division (Race 1) and Ride The Rails in the third division (Race 5). And speaking of homebreds, another six trotters were also bred by their owners: Mission Accepted (Race 1) was bred by co-owner Knox Services; Northmedo Mission (Race 1), bred by Northmedo Stable; Joggingtothebank (Race 2) was bred and is owned by Dale & Julie Sweet and trainer Marty Wollam; Pass The Vape (Race 2) was bred by owner Lionel Ray Waitker; Icingon De Cupcake (Race 5) was bred by partners William Jeff Johnson II and Douglas Millard; and Magic MVP (Race 5) was bred and is owned by Midnight Stables. by Kimberly RInker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

Columbus, OH - Despite a threatening night of thunder, lightning, high winds and showers, owner Bruce Trogdon couldn't have been happier June 9, when Cinnamack and Bounding Dragon finished first and second in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts at Scioto Downs.   "I was so happy to see both of them leading down the stretch," noted Trogdon. "Of course I was hoping my horse (Cinnamack) would get up for the win, but I was just so happy for both of them, as they are both out of two of my best mares."   Bounding Dragon had led throughout most of the mile for Josh Sutton, but in the late stretch Chris Page steered Cinnamack up the inside to nail down his fourth victory in five starts this year in 1:50.4 by a head over his rival--equaling his lifetime best score. The bay son by McArdle is out of the unraced Western Ideal mare Armbro Cinnamon, making him a half-brother to World Champion Fear The Dragon p,3, 1:48.4s ($1,578,547). To date he's earned $95,600 for Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Ohio.   "I raised both of these youngsters, so it's always a great feeling to see both of them perform so well," Trogdon stressed.   Conditioned by Brian Brown, Cinnamack left the gate at odds of 2-1, as did rival Bounding Dragon. Sectionline Biguy (6-1) notched show honors with Tyler Smith at the lines.   "I also have a super-looking yearling who is a full brother to Fear The Dragon," Trogdon offered. That youngster's name is Dragon Roars Again.   Cinnamack is the sixth of seven foals out of his dam, and has a full brother in McSinner Man p, 4, 1:52.3s ($54,466), and half-siblings in Cinamony (by Art Officials) p, 4, 1:49.3f ($532,404) and Cndiana Jones p, 7, 1:53.1f ($115,599).   In the second $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore side-wheelers, Kimberly Dailey harnessed 9-5 Rockathon to a 1:51.1 victory with Danny Noble at the lines. The altered son by Pet Rock, who is owned in partnership by Dailey and Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, Ohio, picked up his sixth lifetime win in 16 starts, upping his lifetime bankroll to $186,012.   Rockathon wrestled the lead away from 21-1 longshot Parklane Official just past the :27.2 opening panel, and went on to lead at every post, before brushing home in a brisk :27.4 to win by a 1¼ lengths over the hard-trying 1-2 Slick Mick (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), with 9-1 JoJo's Pet Rock (Simon Allard) another seven lengths back in third.   Rockathon is the seventh foal out of The Panderosa dam Pantathlon p, 2, 1:54.4F ($20,221) and is a half-brother to: Pan From Nantucket (by No Pan Intended) p,5, 1:51.3h ($570,801); Rosemary Rose (by Foreclosure N) p,4,1:51f ($293,382); Panstakingly (by No Pan Intended) p, 3, 1:54.2s ($64,490); Nip Pan Tuck (by No Pan Intended) p,2,1:54.4s ($50,899); and Holiday Romance p,3, 1:56.2f ($39,289).   Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Monday evening, June 11 at Northfield Park, when 3-year-old trotting fillies line up behind the starting gate in Leg 2 action.   by Kimberly A. Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund  

Sixteen sophomore pacing colts are set to line up behind the Scioto Downs starting gate in a pair of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests on Saturday night, June 9. First Race post time is 6:30 pm, ET, with the two OSS events scheduled as Race Five (7:50 pm) and Race Ten (9:30 pm) in round two of the four-leg series. OSS combatants include Leg 1 winners Bounding Dragon and Rockn Motion, who'll square off in the first division (Race 5). Hailing from the Mike Roth stable, Bounding Dragon prevailed impressively in 1:53 in his first OSS test on May 6 at Miami Valley. The Dragon Again colt-who is owned by the Ohio partnership of Alan Keith of Johnstown and Carl & Melanie Atley of Xenia, then sped to a 1:50.4 clocking in a Hoosier Park overnight on May 25-making him one of two of the fastest colts in this division (the other is Cinnamack, who was fourth in OSS Leg 1, but who also won in 1:50.4 in an identical event at that same Indiana raceway). Bounding Dragon, a winner of $116,159 lifetime and $44,750 this season, has drawn the rail and is reunited with his regular driver, Josh Sutton, in here. RocknMotion, a son of Pet Rock conditioned by Kimberly Dailey, won his first OSS test with an extraordinary three-wide move around the final turn to notch the victory by three-quarters of a length over $227,3355-earner Seeing Eye Single (also in this same division) in 1:51.4. Ron Mersky of Paris, KY, owns and bred the bay colt, who has $40,425 in career earnings from four wins and a second in nine lifetimes starts. He was unraced as a freshman. In the second division (Race 10), Slick Mick and Rockathon face off-both having finished third in Leg 1. Rockathon will be harnessed by Kimberly Dailey, who owns the gelded son of Pet Rock with Carl & Melanie Atley of Xenia. This winner of $161,012 lifetime recorded a mark of 1:51.3 in his Scarlet & Gray triumph on April 28 at Miami Valley and has $41,050 in his coffers this season. Slick Mick is conditioned by Brian Brown for Milton Leeman of Columbus, OH and has $22,500 thus far in earnings this season with a pair of wins in four starts. Lifetime, he's amassed $92,748, with a 1:51.4 record taken at Scioto Downs on May 24. He's drawn the rail for driver Ryan Stahl, while Rockathon gets Danny Noble in the sulky once more. Trotting fillies in OSS go on Monday Ohio Sires Stakes action continues on Monday evening, June 11 at Northfield Park, when 3-year-old trotting fillies line up behind the starting gate in Leg 2 action. Two, $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 3-year-old trotting fillies will be contested on Monday evening, June 11 at Northfield Park Racino, in the second of four legs of the rich series for Ohio-sired foals.  First race post time is 6 pm, ET. Leg 1 winners Red Storm and Non Smoker are set to battle in the second division (Race 5, post time 7:20 pm), and will be joined by Looking For Zelda, who captured a $24,455 Currier & Ives division at The Meadows in 1:54.1 on June 5. Red Storm, a Chris Beaver trainee owned by breeder Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH, won OSS Leg 1 decisively in a career best 1:55.4 on May 4 at Miami Valley Raceway.  The chestnut daughter by Stormin Normand earned $109,975 as a freshman, and has returned to her winning ways this season, with three triumphs and a second in four starts and $65,000 in seasonal earnings.  Aaron Merriman pilots Red Storm from the rail. Non Smoker was equally as decisive, with a 1:54 clocking in her OSS Leg 1 victory via a wire-to-wire performance, where she held off the hard-trying Risky Deal (also in this same division) by half a length at the wire.  The daughter by My MVP, who is owned by Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH and was bred by Stephanie Smith-Rothaug, has seasonal earnings of $37,300 and a career bankroll of $57,851 from four wins, one second and one third in 11 lifetime trips postward.  Danny Noble trains and drives. Robert Key’s Looking for Zelda is no stranger to the OSS program—having earned $228,675 at two for her owner/breeder during her freshman campaign.  Though she was third in her OSS Leg 1 division, she rebounded smartly to take the Currier & Ives earlier this week under the watchful eye of trainer Norm Parker.  From three starts this season she has two wins and $43,227 in the bank.  Tony Hall steers this rugged filly. In the first OSS division (Race 3, post time 6:40 pm) Impinktoo gets the benefit of the rail for the ownership troika of Billy Walters, Joe McLead and Rtk Racing.  Formerly trained by Jim & Kim Dailey and now starting for trainer Ronnie Burke for the first time, this Manofmanymissions filly banked $167,040 at 2 and most recently captured a Scioto overnight in 1:55.3 as the public’s choice on June 1.   Jay Mossbarger bred this diagonally-gaited distaff.  Kayne Kauffman gets the nod. by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio State Racing Commission  

Trainer Brian Brown was all smiles Saturday night in the Northfield Park winner's circle and with good reason. The 2017 Dan Patch Trainer of the Year did nothing less than harness every winner of the night's three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies. It was the second round of action in the four-leg series. "It's definitely a good night," Brown admitted. "It seems that lately we were winning all the smaller races and missing in the big ones, so it's definitely a good feeling to have a night like this." Brown's dominance began with the first OSS division, when Prsntpretynperfect (5-2) battled on the outside of undefeated stablemate Queen Me Again (5-2) to prevail in the final yards by a quarter length in a career best 1:52.4. Sweetnfamous (6-1) was third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. The daughter of Big Bad John took the overland route to notch her seventh career win in nine starts for owners Jenny Brown, Richard Lombardo and Marlene Taylor. "She went a really big trip tonight and Brian (trainer Brown) told me he had a lot of confidence in her after her strong qualifier," said winning driver Jordan Stratton. Bred by Carl Howard, Prsntpretynperfect upped her career earnings to $145,166. In the second OSS division, 9-2 Smiley Dragon exploded down the backstretch, making a three-wide move for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., that saw her draw off impressively in 1:52.4, by 3½ lengths. Even-money favorite Bad Girls Rule (Dan Noble) was second, with 9-5 Pet Walker (Aaron Merriman) nabbing show honors. Smiley Dragon, a Dragon Again filly, was bred and is owned by Emerald Highland's Farm. Unraced at two, she notched her first win in four tries with the OSS triumph and now has $26,780 in her lifetime bank account. McPansy, a McArdle daughter, gave Brown his third victress in the final OSS division, stopping the timer in 1:52.3 for the one mile test. The 9-5 favorite was out from the half to the wire for driver Chris Page en route to her third win in four starts. Bred and owned by Emerald Highland's Farm, McPansy pushed her career earnings to $44,500. Believe In Waco, at 7-5, was second for Aaron Merriman, 1¾ lengths behind the winner, while 24-1 longshot Princess Rougarou was third with Ryan Stahl aboard. Second leg action of the Ohio Sires Stakes continue for 3-year-olds on June 9 at Scioto Downs and June 11 at Northfield Park by Kimberly A. Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

A trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies will complement the $200,000 Battle Of Lake Erie program on Saturday night, June 2 at Northfield Park. The three OSS events-carded as races 7, 10 and 12 of the 16 races offered at the "Home of the Flying Turns" -sees 2017 Dan Patch Trainer of the Year Brian Brown sending out a six-pack of sophomore distaffs, including OSS Leg 1 winners Queen Me Again and McPansy, who are both owned by Emerald Highlands Farm. The undefeated Queen Me Again, who is three for three lifetime, captured her first OSS test on May 4 at Miami Valley in come-from-behind fashion with Trace Tetrick at the lines in a career best 1:53. Unraced at two, Queen Me Again is a Dragon Again filly, out of the Western Hanover mare Queen Me p, 3, 1:54.2F ($110,663) and is a half-sister to the Sportswriter gelding King Of Sports p, 2, 1:55.2F ($39,849). From her three career triumphs, this homebred has earnings of $28,000. She'll leave from the rail with Matt Kakaley at the lines in the first OSS division (Race 7). Brown will also harness Prsntpretynperfect in this same division. The Big Bad John lass swept all four OSS legs at two, earning $125,166 for the partnership of Jenny Brown, Richard Lombardo and Marlene Taylor, en route to winning six of seven starts in 2017. Jordon Stratton drives from post three. McPansy got a perfect steer from Trace Tetrick in her first OSS test to score in 1:51.3, and has two wins and a second in three career starts, with $24,500 in earnings. Also unraced at two, this homebred daughter by McArdle, out of The Panderosa mare Pantidepressant has the fastest clocking of any filly in these three divisions. She's been assigned post seven in the third OSS division (Race 12). Brown also bridles up Grant Me This from post one with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., driving in this same division. The Pet Rock filly is owned by Jenny Brown, J.E. Ridder and Hutchison Hms LLC, and is looking for her first win of 2018 in four starts. Finally, in the second division (Race 10), two homebred fillies owned by Emerald Highlands Farms, Smiley Dragon and McVenus, will carry the Brown Stable colors postward from post four with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines. Smiley Dragon, who was third in her first OSS test at Miami Valley, is a daughter of Dragon Again, out of the unraced Rocknroll Hanover mare Smiley Rocks. She will be trying for her first career victory in Leg 2. McVenus, a McArdle lass out of the Run The Table mare Venus Killean P, 3, Q1:56.0S ($103,718) leaves from post six with Chris Page at the helm. A winner of two conditioned races at Hoosier Park earlier in the season, McVenus is a half-sister to Keystone Velocity (Western Hanover) p, 9, 1:47.3F ($1,644,413); Venus Delight (Bettor's Delight) p, 5, 1:49.4s ($1,146,981); Keystone Vanyla (Western Hanover) p, 7, 1:54.1 ($104,696); Keystone Kismet (Western Hanover) p, 4, 1:54.2F ($67,916); and Venus Rocks (Rocknroll Hanover) p, 3, 1:54s ($31,040). These two will have to contend with Leg 1 winners Bad Girls Rule (Dan Noble-Post 1) and Pet Walker (Aaron Merriman-Post 2). Bad Girls Rule is a World Of Rocknroll $210,406-earning filly owned by the 3rd Floor Stables and was last year's winner of the $250,000 OSS 2-Year-Old Filly Championship. She's amassed $210,406 lifetime with five triumphs in 14 starts for trainer Kimberly Dailey. Pet Walker scored a wire-to-wire 1:52 victory in Leg 1 of this series. The Pet Rock distaff was unraced at two and has two wins and a third in five starts, with $25,500 in career earnings. She's conditioned by Gregory Luther for Black Magic Racing. Other top contenders include the Ron Burke-trained Baron Remy (Chris Page-Post 7, Division 1), a Yankee Cruiser daughter who finished second to McPansy in Leg 1. Owned by Burke Racing, Silva, Purnel & Libby, L. Karr and Weaver Bruscemi, Baron Remy has $134,189 in her bank account from four wins, two seconds and two thirds in ten lifetime starts. As well, Big Bad Goldie-who was second in Leg 1 to Bad Girls Rule-looks poised for another solid effort in the second division (Matt Kakaley-Post 2). This Big Bad John daughter has earned $71,541 for David Wills, Richard Coad and Douglas Gregory with two wins, one second and four thirds in 15 tries. Post time at Northfield is 6 pm Saturday night, with the $200,000 Battle Of Lake Erie set as Race 11, headed by the Ron Burke-conditioned Rockin Ron (Matt Kakaley-Post 2) in the field of seven. by Kimbery Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Fund      

Six divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes harness racing sophomore trotting and pacing colts and geldings will line up behind the Miami Valley starting gate on Sunday afternoon, May 6. Twenty-two diagonally-gaited specialists and 29 sidewheelers passed the Miami Valley entry box, necessitating three divisions for each gait. First race post time is 2:05 pm, ET. Standouts returning from last season including $250,000 OSS 2-Year-Old Trot Championship winner Mission Accepted, a son of Manofmanymissions conditined and co-owned by Jeff Conger for Ohio partners Knox Services (also the breeder) and David Wills in the second division (Race 6). Mission Accepted owns a mark of 1:54.3 taken in his last start at Miami Valley, when he captured a $50,000 Scarlet & Gray division. His career earnings stand at a healthy $215,800. Sultan Of Cash-trained and owned by Roger Hughes, Jr.-was a multiple OSS winner in 2017, and has three second-place finishes in a trio of starts this year. The winner of $152,765 is by Cash Hall, out of the Conway Hall mare Anything But Love and starts from post two in the first division (Race 2). In the pacing ranks, Seeing Eye Single looks for another strong season, having captured the $250,000 OSS Championship for freshman pacing colts on Sept. 2, 2017 at Scioto Downs. The son of Dragon Again is conditioned by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing, Silva, Purnel & Libby, Karr and Weaver Bruscemi and has $209,355 in his coffers. He'll go postward in the first division (Race 4) from post eight. Trainer Brian Brown sends out five pacing contestants, including $100,148-winner Dragonology and $70,248-earner Slick Mick in the first division (Race 4); the McArdle colt Lots To Live For in the second division (Race 8); and Rockin Away and Cinnamack in the third division (Race 12). Conditioner Brenda Teague sends a formitable trio postward-one in each division. Delaware Chrome, a son of Mr Apples, leaves from post seven in the first division (Race 4), while the I'm Gorgeous colt Sip And A Bite gets the four-hole in the second division (Race 8), fresh off a 1:54 triumph at Harrah's Philadelphia. Lather Up, another son of I'm Gorgeous, leaves from post eight in the final division (Race 12). As in past years, each of the 2018 OSS divisions for 2- and 3-year-olds include four legs, a Championship to be contested at Scioto Downs on Sept. 8, and a Consolation at Northfied Park on Oct. 13. The Championship purse increased this season to hefty $275,000, while horses in the Consolation will race for a respectable $60,000. This season, however, the legs have a fluctuating purse based on the number of nominated horses who enter. If only one division is required for a leg, the purse will be $60,000; if two divisions are required, the purses will be $50,000 each; and if three or more divisions are required, then each will carry a $40,000 purse. As well, $60,000 Veteran Championships for horses and mares of both gaits, 4-year-olds and up, have been reinstated this season, and will be held at Northfield Park on Oct. 6. Leg Two of this series for sophomores will be as follows: June 2 at Northfield Park for 3-year-old pacing fillies; June 9 at Scioto Downs for 3-year-old pacing colts; June 11 at Northfield Park for 3-year-old trotting fillies; and June 15 at Scioto Downs for 3-year-old trotting colts. Kimberly Rinker

The 2018 Ohio Sires Stakes season commences this weekend with events for harness racing 3-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders at Miami Valley Raceway on May 4 & 6. Sophomore fillies are in the spotlight Friday night, with two $50,000 trotting and four $40,000 pacing divisons. Miami Valley Racing Secretary Gregg Keidel found 17 trotting and 32 pacing OSS eligibles in his entry box earlier this week for Leg One of the four-leg OSS series. Returning is last year's freshman standout Looking For Zelda, a multiple OSS winner in 2017, who comes into her division (Race 3) fresh off a 1:55.2 victory in the $50,000 Scarlet & Gray on April 27. The daughter by Break The Bank K, who was bred and is owned by Bob Key of Leechburg, PA, has been conditioned throughout her career by Norm Parker, and sports a hefty $253,675 bankroll. "Zelda had a good winter," confirmed Parker, from his training base at The Meadows. "She came back strong and is the kind of the same horse, just a little bit more mature. The (EHV-1) quarantine slowed us up a bit, but it actually helped, as it gave me a little more time to get her ready." Looking For Zelda is an eight-time winner in 12 career starts, and will start from post nine with regular pilot Tony Hall at the controls. Impinktoo, who captured the $250,000 OSS Championship for her division in 2017 in a mild upset in 1:57, returns to battle in the first OSS divisioin (Race 2). The Manofmanymissions distaff has earned $173,290 in her career, with a trio of wins in 12 starts for Ohio partners Joe McLead, Billy Walters and Rtk Racing, under the watchful eye of trainer Jim Dailey. Ohio's trotting guru Chris Beaver sends out three contestants in this first OSS leg, including Sandra Burnett's Red Storm in the first division (Race 2). This Storming Normand homebred captured both the $15,000 elim and $40,000 Hackett Final on April 9 & 16 respectively, upping her career earnings to $149,975, before finishing a close second to the aforementioned Looking For Zelda in the Scarlet & Gray. Beaver's other entrants include Californian Love (Race 2), who won a Northfield conditioned event on April 25 in 1:58.4 in a wire-to-wire effort, and Sesame (Race 3), a daughter of Triumphant Caviar with $87,797 in her lifetime bank account. In the four $40,000 divisions for 3-year-old Ohio-bred pacing fillies, last year's $250,000 OSS Championship victress Bad Girls Rule returns to vie from post eight in the fourth OSS division (Race 10). Conditioned by Jim Dailey for the 3rd Floor Stables of Springboro, OH, this daughter by World Of Rocknroll amassed $181,816 as a freshman, winning four of eight starts. Dailey also sends out $28,915-earner Mercilless in the first division (Race 4). The Tye Loy-trainee Big Bad Goldie also goes postward in the fourth division (Race 10). This Big Bad John daughter captured the 2017 OSS consolation for freshman pacing fillies in 1:54.3, and sports a lifetime bankroll of $60,701 for the Ohio trio of David Wills, Ricahrd Coad and Doug Gregory. Trainer Brian Brown-the 2017 Dan Patch Award Trainer of the Year & Good Guy award winner-sends seven fillies postward in the OSS pacing divisions, most notably, Prsntpretynperfect in division two (Race 6). The Big Bad John lass earned $125,166 for Jennifer Brown, Richard Lombardo and Marlene Taylor last season, sweeping all four $40,000 legs of her OSS contests, and the $43,333 Ohio Breeders Championship for 2-year-olds at Delaware. Baron Remy, a $124,189 winner for trainer Ronnie Burke, goes behind the gate in the third OSS divison (Race 8), vying against Believe In Waco, a $125,598 earner for trainer Steve Novak. The former is a daughter of Yankee Cruiser owned by Burke Racing, Silva, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, while the latter is a Believeinbruiser distaff owned by Gerald Mijal of Michigan. Believe In Waco was a smart second in last year's $250,000 OSS Championship for 2-year-old fillies, while Baron Remy captured her $43,333 Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware and most recently took a $50,000 Scarley & Gray division at Miami Valley in a career best 1:52. Up Front Flor Ida, who won both her $15,000 Hackett elim and $40,000 Final (in 1:52.4), hails from post one in the first OSS division (Race 4). Trained by Tim McKoy for Kevin & Virginia McKinney, this bay Woodstock daughter has a bankroll of $55,824 and leaves from the coveted rail slot. Ohio Sires Stakes action continues on Sunday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway, with contests for 3-year-old pacing and trotting colts and geldings. Kimberly Rinker OSDF Administrator Ohio State Racing Commission

The Ohio Sires Stakes nominations for harness racing 2 and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies total 1,180 this year, up 3% from 2017. Horses sired by a stallion registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission and standing in the Buckeye State in 2018 are eligible to the rich Ohio Sires Stakes. A total of 141 stallions are currently standing at Ohio-based facilities for this year's breeding season. The 2018 figures have more than doubled since 2015, when a total of 778 youngsters were nominated to the four-leg program, which this season, features Championship purses of $275,000 (to be raced Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs) and $60,000 Consolations (to be raced Oct. 13 at Northfield Park) for each of the eight divisions. This year, 773 trotting and pacing youngsters of both genders (360 fillies & 413 colts) were nominated in the 2-year-old divisions, while the sophomore ranks had 407 (193 fillies & 214 colts) foals nominated. That's a modest 7% increase of 3-year-old nominees over last season's total of 379, while the freshman nominees were nearly identical, with 769 freshman nominees in 2017. Among freshman trotters, 207 colts were nominated this season, compared with 183 in 2017. In the 2-year-old trotting filly division, 166 nominations were received, an increase of five horses from 2017. In the freshman pacing divisions, 206 colts (an 11% decrease from 2017) and 194 fillies were nominated to the program for 2018. Among Ohio-sired 3-year-olds, 89 trotting colts (a 17% increase from 2017) and 86 trotting fillies (a 20% increase from 2017) are Ohio Sires Stakes eligible, while 125 pacing colts and 107 pacing fillies were nominated-figures similar to last season. While the overwhelming majority of nominations came from individuals and stables residing and training in the Buckeye State, nominations were also received from Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Tennesse and Mississippi. In addition, $60,000 Championships have been reinstated for 4-year-old & up horses-to be raced Oct. 6 at Northfield Park. Kimberly Rinker OSDF Administrator Ohio State Racing Commission

The 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) program continued to be the most lucrative program for state-bred trotters and pacers in 2017, providing $7 million in purses to harness racing participants via the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF). The total amount for state-funded programs for Ohio-breds was $13,430,210 in 2017, which, besides the OSS, includes the: Ohio Fair Conference ($1,832,727); Home Talent Stakes ($1,177,728); Ohio State Fair Stakes ($1,007,700); Ohio Colt Racing Association ($898,309); Western Ohio Colt Racing Association ($795,694); and Southern Valley Colt Circuit ($718,052). As well, another $2,497,238 was provided to horsemen via these non-state funded stake programs: Buckeye Stallion Series ($1,195,000); Ohio Breeders' Championships ($947,238); Ohio Fairs Championships ($200,000); and Hackett Memorials ($155,000). Overall, Buckeye-bred Standardbreds-including both state-funded and non-state-funded programs-raced for a total of $15,927,448 in 2017. OSS YEAR-BY-YEAR COMPARISIONS Ohio Sires Stakes participants raced for a total of $7 million in 2017, compared with $8.19 million in 2016 and $5.7 million in 2015. Obviously, the strengthening of the OSDF program contributed to the boost in both OSS-eligible horses and money raced for from 2015 to 2016, while the reduction in revenues paid to OSS-eligible horses in 2017 from 2016 was likewise due to the introduction of the Buckeye Stallion Series (BSS), which contributed to a slight decline in OSS starters and events. The number of OSS-eligible horses increased by 3.8% in 2017, with 1,148 compared with 1,106 in 2016. However, despite 42 more OSS-eligible horses in 2017, there was a 19.22% decrease in OSS starters in 2017, with 374 compared with 463 in 2016. Horses earning purse checks in OSS tests dropped 16% (50 horses) in 2017 to 265, from 315 in 2016. Likewise, a 16.56% decrease was seen in the number of OSS races contested in the 2- and 3-year-old divisions, with 131 in 2017, compared with 157 in 2016. Upon studying the OSS freshmen and sophomore divisions, variances over the past two seasons again reveal shifts in both eligible and starters. The 2-year-old colt trot division saw a 25.34% increase in OSS eligible horses from 2016 to 2017, with 183 this season compared with 146 in 2016. As well, there were 50 starters in 2016 and 53 in 2017; with 39 of those 2017 starters garnering a purse check, compared with 34 in 2016, a 14.71% increase. There were 19 races in this division in 2017, one more than in 2016, and boosted the purses in this division (by $40,000) from $940,000 in 2016 to $980,000 in 2017. The OSS 2-year-old filly trot division saw slight decreases across the board: eligibles 165 (2016) vs. 161 (2017); starters 53 (2016) vs. 44 (2017); purse earners 39 (2016) vs. 33 (2017); races 19 (2016) vs. 16 (2017). Purses paid in this division dropped from $980,000 in 2016 to $860,000 in 2017, a 12.24% decrease. Significant changes to the OSS program were seen in the 2-year-old pacing colt division in 2017, as purses paid ($1,180,000) decreased by 21.33%, compared with $1,500,000 paid in 2016. The number of eligible horses in this division was down four percent, from 242 in 2016 to 232 in 2017, while starters declined 31.19%, from 109 in 2016 to 75 in 2017. Likewise, 67 pacing colts nabbed a purse check in OSS contests in 2016, compared with 50 in 2017; with 24 races held in 2017 compared with 32 in this division in 2016, a 25% decrease. Slight declines were seen in the 2-year-old pacing filly division, with 211 eligibles in 2016 and 193 in 2017. The number of starters declined 22%, from 77 in 2016 to 60 in 2017, while the number of purse earners dropped from 55 in 2016 to 37 in 2017, a 32.73% decline. The number of OSS races in this division dropped from 24 ($1,200,000) in 2016 to 18 ($940,000) in 2017. Overall, the 2-year-old division saw slightly more OSS-eligibles in 2017, from 764 in 2016 to 769, with purses down from $4,640,000 in 2016 to $3,960,000 in 2017 due to less races (77) and starters (232) in 2017, compared with 2016 (94 races and 289 starters). A full 159 freshman nabbed purse checks in OSS events this year, compared with 195 in 2016. The numbers in the 3-year-old colt pacing division were nearly identical from 2016 to 2017, with $860,000 in purses paid out and 16 races contested each season. As well, 30 of the 48 starters from 121 OSS-eligibles (up 26%) in 2017 garnered purse checks, compared with 30 of 44 starters and 96 OSS-eligibles in 2016. Likewise, the 3-year-old pacing filly division saw only slight variances in numbers, with 110 eligibles (up 18.28%) and 42 starters (down 17.65%) in 2017, compared with 93 eligibles and 51 starters in 2016. A total of 33 sophomore distaffs nabbed purse checks in 16 races in 2017, compared with 36 who earned money in 18 races in 2016. Numbers were also close among the 3-year-old trotting fillies who battled in OSS competition, with 72 eligibles, 28 starters (a 30% decrease) and 23 check-getters in 11 races in 2017, compared with 71 eligibles, 40 starters, 24 money-earners in 13 races in 2016. Two less races in this division in 2017 constituted a drop in purses from $740,000 in 2016 to $660,000 in 2017. In the 3-year-old colt trotting division, the number of races (11 in 2017) declined 31.25%, from 16 in 2016, as the number of 2016 eligibles (82) and starters (39) decreased to 76 (an 8% decline) and 24 (a 38.46% decline) in 2017. As well, 20 diagonally-gaited sophomore colts nabbed checks in 2017, compared with 30 who did so in 2016, a 33.33% decrease. Purses paid in this division were $860,000 in 2016 and $660,000 in 2017. In conclusion, the 3-year-old trotting division saw an 11.14% spike with 379 eligibles in 2017 compared with 341 in 2016, however the number of OSS starters declined 18.39% in 2017 with 142, from 174 in 2016. A full 106 garnered purse checks in 2017, an 11.67% decrease, compared with 120 in 2016, while the number of races dropped from 63 in 2016 for this division to 54 in 2017, resulting in purses of $3,040,000 in 2017 compared with $3,400,000 for 2016. TRAINERS Conditioner Chris Beaver captured his first Kaltenbach training title in 2017, sending 78 youngsters postward who scored 17 triumphs, with 12 seconds and 13 thirds for earnings of $782,200. Those earnings bested runner-up conditioner Brian Brown-who harnessed 94 starters to stats of (17-15-12)-by $77,000. Last year's Kaltenbach winner, Jim Dailey, finished third in the rankings, with 59 starters garnering six wins and $561,100 in OSS earnings. Ronnie Burke, with nine winners and $479,400 was fourth in the standings, followed by Steve Carter in fifth, with six wins and $274,200. DRIVERS Chris Page captured the Kaltenbach crown for the third consecutive season and fourth time overall. The 34-year-old Page steered 20 winners, with 17 second-place and 14 third-place finishes from 114 starters, to $849,100 in OSS earnings. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. wasn't far behind, with his 15 winners, 18 second-place and 14 third-place finishers amassing $814,100 from 89 starters. Danny Noble had stats of 12-13-7 from 79 starters who earned $772,700 in OSS contests to finish third, while Aaron Merriman had 14 winners in 90 starts and $556,500, with Ryan Stahl nabbing fifth place honors from five wins in 69 starts and $506,500 in OSS earnings. In 2017 OSS competition, 17 drivers steered the winners of $102,300 or more, while 15 piloted horses that earned between $12,500 and $82,000. Another six drivers earned between $102,500 and $191,200 in purses, and six more earned between $201,300 and $471,600 in purses. The top five drivers in OSS competition in 2017 guided the winners of $506,600 or more. From the 67 drivers who competed in the OSS series in this past season, 50 earned at least one purse check, with 18 earning $9,800 or less. Two reinsmen who earned a combined $30,000 from two checks in just one OSS start each were John Campbell and Yannick Gingras. Hall of Famer John Campbell finished second with Banderbear, six-plus lengths behind the 1:51.2-winning Drunk On Your Love on June 10 in the second leg of the OSS 3-Year-Old Colt Pace at Scioto Downs. Yannick Gingras captured the third leg of the OSS 3-Year-Old Filly Pace on Aug. 12 at Northfield Park with the Nancy Johansson-trained Jaye's A Lady, clocked in 1:52 at the Cleveland twice-arounder in a wire-to-wire effort. In the 30 years the Kaltenbachs have been awarded, David Miller leads all drivers with seven trophies. In the training ranks, Virgil Morgan, Jr., has captured the title six times. Only two horsemen have won the Kaltenbachs in both the training and driving categories-Sam "Chip" Noble, III and Dave Rankin. The Jerry Kaltenbach Memorial Trophies were established in 1988—named in honor of one of the Ohio Sires Stakes founding fathers—and are awarded annually to the driver and trainer who have earned the most dollars competing in OSS events.  Kaltenbach Memorial Award Winners 1988 -2017           Driver Earnings Year Trainer Earnings               Chris Page     $849,100       2017 Chris Beaver $782,200 Chris Page $1,482,300 2016 Jim Dailey $908,300 Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. $858,350         2015       Martin Wollam      $490,500 Chris Page $743,650 2014 Ron Burke $428,750 Dan Noble 416,500 2013 Jim Dailey 319,850 Kayne Kauffman 204,268 2012 Martin Wollam 205,413 Ryan Stahl 300,532 2011 Martin Wollam 149,997 Ryan Stahl 219,647 2010 Jim Arledge Jr. 160,240 Dan Noble 238,173 2009 Jim Dailey 247,380 Sam Noble III 255,500 2008 Jim Dailey 205,400 Ryan Stahl 383,311 2007 Michael Medors 209,025 Brett Miller 584,800 2006 Virgil Morgan Jr. 332,700 Brett Miller 667,800 2005 Virgil Morgan Jr. 416,600 Brett Miller 629,140 2004 Virgil Morgan Jr. 310,255 David Hawk 399,011 2003 Virgil Morgan Jr. 318,167 Brett Miller 565,802 2002 Michael Medors 315,369 David Hawk 655,600 2001 Michael Medors 283,225 David Hawk 643,650 2000 Virgil Morgan Jr. 266,225 David Hawk 459,100 1999 Virgil Morgan Jr. 213,495 David Miller 543,869 1998 Sam Noble III 174,257 David Miller 463,002 1997 Jeff Cox 138,597 David Miller 401,277 1996 Jim Arledge Jr. 140,437 David Miller 466,335 1995 Tom Brinkerhoff 162,605 David Miller 537,739 1994 Ron Potter 132,431 David Miller 339,179 1993 Sam Noble III 164,139 David Miller 288,852 1992 Doug Hinklin 194,168 Ray Paver Jr. 293,334 1991 Debbie Paver 154,726 Dave Rankin 264,384 1990 Dave Rankin 172,972 Sam Noble III 223,955 1989 Steve Brannan 156,136 Joe Adamsky 185,303 1988 Beth Dailey 135,230   Kimberly Rinker OSDF Administrator Ohio State Racing Commission 77 South High Sreet, 18th Floor Columbus, Ohio 43215 614-779-0269

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