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Grove City, Ohio - Ohio horsemen are mourning the death of Dr. Albert Gabel. Gabel, a former president of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association passed away April 12 at the age of 91. Gabel graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1954. After a two-year stint in the Air Force, Gabel returned to Ohio State where he earned a master's degree in veterinary anesthesia. He served on the faculty at Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine for 33 years. He served as head of the Clinical Equine Section from 1971 until he retired in 1989. Dr. Gabel trained and drove Standardbred racehorses for 11 years and was named the United States Amateur Driver of the Year in 1995. He was elected president of the Ohio Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association in 1992 and was instrumental in initiating its merger with the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Dr. Gabel passed peacefully at his home with his beloved wife Lucille by his side. Funeral arrangements are pending. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is proud to welcome Ashley Dailey as the Public Relations, Outreach, and Marketing Assistant. Dailey will assist the OHHA's team of coordinators in the development and execution of the Association's public relations, publications, marketing, events, and outreach initiatives. "I am excited about the opportunity to join the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. I look forward to giving back to the industry that has been so important to my family" said Dailey. A graduate of Wilmington College, Dailey is the daughter trainer Kim Dailey and Ohio Hall of Fame trainer, the late Bill Dailey. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA

Grove City, Ohio - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will again be offering scholarship opportunities to OHHA members and their families. Completed applications are due July 1, 2021. Application and requirements are available on the OHHA website. https://www.ohha.com/assets/2021-ohha-scholarship-application.pdf The scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors and/or students enrolled in degree or certificate programs. Graduate students are not eligible unless they are enrolled in a harness racing-specific graduate or professional level program and provide complete details regarding the harness racing-specific graduate or professional level program in conjunction with their application. Scholarships will be awarded on academic merit and financial need and must be used towards the cost and expenses directly related to coursework and a degree being pursued at a college or university. The announcement of 2021 OHHA Scholarship recipients will be made in August 2021. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. For more information, contact Frank Fraas at ffraas@ohha.com or at 614-221-3650 From the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association  

Grove City, Ohio – There are several corrections to 2021 Ohio Stakes Guide.    On page 3 inthe Chronological Schedule for the Ohio Sire Stakes, the correct location for the 2nd leg of the three-year-old colt pace on June 19th is Eldorado Scioto Downs. On page 44 on the Ohio Fair Colt Stakes Schedule Grid, the two-year-old filly pace and trot and the three-year-old filly pace and trot at Oak Harbor will be raced on July 19th. Also, the Knox County Fair at Mt. Vernon was omitted.  The dates are July 24th for the two-year-old colt pace, the two-year-old filly pace, the three-year-old colt trot, and the three-year-old filly pace.  On July 26th, the two-year-old colt trot, the two-year-old filly trot, the three-year-old colt pace, and the three-year-old fill trot will be contested. A corrected version of the 2021 Ohio Staking Guide is available on-line at OHHA.com by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association has obtained ownership, intellectual property, and publication rights for the Huff's National Fair Directory. The 2021 guide will mark the 115th annual edition of the Ohio Harness Racing Guide. OHHA Executive Director Renee Mancino said, "the sudden loss of the Horseman Publishing Company and their 144-year-old industry publications is significant, we will do what we can to carry forward the legacy and goodwill that the Huff's Guide National Fair Directory represents to Ohio's Horsemen." In a Facebook post, publisher Lynne Myers thanked everyone at the fairs for their support and friendship. "It's been my pleasure working with you in producing Ohio's fair racing "Bible." The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will immediately begin production of the 2021 guide with an expected publishing date in March. Frank Fraas

Grove City, Ohio - Action Uncle, the Ohio harness racing 3-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year has been named the 2020 Ohio Horse of the Year. Action Uncle, the son of Uncle Peter out of Action Broadway, won nine out of ten races in 2020 earning $351,960 for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. and owners Carl Howard, Joyce McClelland, and Larry Wills. In 2020, Action Uncle set a world record, winning the Ohio Breeders Championship at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in 1:52.4. The victory completed the Ohio Triple Crown for Action Uncle as he won the Ohio Sires Stakes and the Ohio Fair Stake earlier in the year. Morgan said Action Uncle is a classy horse. "He just loves to do his work. I knew from an early point as a two-year-old that he had extreme talent. I knew he was something special, but I am a little biased because I trained his mother." Action Broadway, Action Uncle's dam, was a Dan Patch winner earning $1.2 million. The 2020 season ended in disappointment for Action Uncle. Morgan says the plan was to race Action Uncle in the Breeders Crown. "He raced at Hoosier Park the week before the Breeders Crown and came out of the race sore," said Morgan. X-rays showed a broken wing tip of the coffin bone forcing the change of plans. "We felt he deserved to race on the national scene and were very disappointed that we couldn't take an Ohio-bred to the Breeders Crown," said Morgan. Morgan said they are going to do the right thing and write off the 2021 season. "The injury will heal. He is doing extremely well," said Morgan. "We are going to give him more than enough time off. He will be back." In 16 career starts, Action Uncle has 12 wins, three second place finishes and one third place with earnings of $577,535. Action Uncle was honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association's virtual award show on January 16. Frank Fraas

Grove City, Ohio - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) 2020 Virtual Awards Show will air Saturday, January 16, beginning at 7PM. The show can be seen on the OHHA's YouTube Channel https://youtu.be/fvfl_HNH-d8. The awards show will feature Ohio's top equine athletes of 2020 including the announcement of the 2020 Horse of the Year. Other Ohio award winners honored will be the Terry Holton Youth Award, Maynard and Stella Hagemeyer Significant Contribution Award, Ohio Outstanding Groom Award, and the Special -Service to Harness Racing Award. In addition, the United States Harness Writers Association - Ohio Chapter annual awards will also be presented as will the Ohio State Racing Commission's Kaltenbach Awards. For more information:   Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

Grove City, Ohio - Street Gossip was a model of consistency in 2020, hitting the board in all eight of his starts earning him 2020 harness racing Ohio 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year honors. Street Gossip, the son of Cash Hall out of the Yankee Glide mare The Young Princess won four out of his eight races and collected a pair of second- and third-place finishes for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. and owner Carl Howard and the Jesmeral Stables, earning $171,761. Street Gossip was purchased in July by Howard and Jesmeral Stable after a third-place finish in a leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes. "I saw him racing in his first sire stakes race at Northfield Park. He was very competitive," Morgan said. "I was elated once we got him. To see how good gaited he was and that we really had something to work with." Morgan credits the horse's consistency as the reason he was named the 2-Year-Old trotting colt of the year. "He was a model of consistency. His body of work throughout the year was the difference. He was ultra-consistent." Street Gossip will be honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association's virtual award show on January 16, 2021. The awards show is scheduled to air on the OHHA YouTube channel at 7:00 PM. Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

Grove City, Ohio - For the second year in a row, Sectionline Bigry has been named the top aged harness racing pacer in the state of Ohio. Sectionline Bigry, the son of Pet Rock out of Aquatic Yankee, won eight of 19 races for owner Harold Lee Bauder and trainer Steve Bauder earning $181,000 in 2020. The highlights of the year were winning the Ohio Sires Stakes Aged Pacing Championship at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway and the Gene Riegle Memorial Open Pace at the Great Darke County Fair. Sectionline Bigry was bred by Bauder of Delaware, Ohio, Michael Dixon of Hilliard, Ohio, and Harold L. Bauder of Delaware, Ohio. "It's a privilege to win this award two years in a row," said Bauder. "It puts Bigry in the company of Dancin Yankee a three-time winner. He has big shoes to fill to try and win three in a row." Sectionline Bigry will be honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association's virtual award show on January 16, 2021.  The awards show is scheduled to air on the OHHA YouTube channel at 7:00 PM. Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

Grove City, Ohio – The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association has awarded Steve McCoy the Association’s Maynard and Stella Hagemeyer Significant Contribution Award for 2020.  McCoy, who lives in Upper Arlington, Ohio with his Wife Brenda, has been involved in harness racing since 1982.  He joined the OHHA Board of Directors in 1994 and served as the Association’s president for seven years, from 2009-2015.  During his tenure as President, McCoy gave selflessly of his legal talent and acumen.   Among his accomplishments, too numerous to detail, McCoy was instrumental in developing and passage of the legislation resulting in VLT’s at Ohio’s pari-mutuel racetracks.  McCoy also led the negotiations and brought to final agreement, the four pari-mutuel harness racetracks’ VLT Horsemen’s Agreements from 2012-2015. As a past president, McCoy serves on the Advisory Committee for the OHHA and is the Vice Chairman for the OHHA Breeders section.  McCoy is also a member of the United States Trotting Association Board of Directors serving for District 1, a position he has held since 2015. McCoy currently works as the General Counsel for the Showe Companies of Columbus, Ohio. The Maynard and Stella Hagemeyer Significant Contribution Award is awarded to an individual that has made a significant life-long contribution to Ohio harness racing.  The individual must possess a passion and advocacy for Ohio harness racing.  The award is based on the importance of educating and involving local and state legislators to the importance of the harness racing industry. McCoy will be honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association’s virtual award show on January 16, 2021.  The awards show is scheduled to air on the OHHA YouTube channel at 7:00 PM. For more information:   Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

Grove City, Ohio – After finishing second in her first two career starts, Merry Ann reeled off five straight harness racing wins on the way to being named the Ohio 2-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year.  Merry Ann, the daughter of Southwind Spirit out of Witty Girl, won three legs of the Ohio Sire Stakes for 2-Year-Old filly trotters as well as the $300,000 final.  She finished the season winning five of eight races with two second place finishes and earned $245,200. Merry Ann is trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi.  She was bred by Knox Services.  “She had a great year, she’s got that grit to her,” said Chris Page who was in the bike for all eight of Merry Ann’s races.  “What I really liked was her look.  She had the size and good gait.  She was definitely a little headstrong.”  Page said Merry Ann has the versatility to win from the front, first up, or from the back and she showed it all year long.  Merry Ann will be honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association’s virtual award show on January 16, 2021.  The awards show is scheduled to air on the OHHA YouTube channel at 7:00 PM.   Frank Fraas

Grove City, Ohio - Bidding is underway for the harness racing 2021 Ohio Stallion Service Auction to benefit the Political Action Committee for Equine Racing (P.A.C.E.R.). Twenty-two Ohio stallions, 11 Pacers and 11 Trotters, have been made available for a breeding to benefit P.A.C.E.R. On-line bidding is available until Saturday January 16th at 5:00 p.m. For information on how to bid visit https://hoofbid.com/OHHA. Bidders can create an account in the HoofBid app. Phone bidding will also be accepted on the final day of the auction beginning at 1:00 PM EST. The on-line bidding time for each stallion auto extend in one-minute increments, until the bidding activity stops for one full minute. All contracts are subject to P.A.C.E.R. and farm approval and are not transferable to another mare or individual without the consent of both. P.A.C.E.R. helps the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association to support legislative quests for expanding gaming and other issues that could positively impact Ohio harness racing. Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650 The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State.  

Grove City, Ohio - Guinevere Hall rolled off eight straight wins to start her 2020 harness racing campaign on the way to being named Ohio's 3-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year. Guinevere Hall, the daughter of Cash Hall out of Garbo Lane by Lindy Lane, finished the year with eight wins in 13 starts, earning $356,972 for owners M T Pocket Stables and David McDuffie. The filly was trained by Melanie Wrenn and bred by Alan Leavitt. For the second year in a row, a daughter of Cash Hall was named the top 3-Year-Old Filly Trotter in Ohio. The biggest win of 2020 for Guinevere Hall was the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes at Eldorado Scioto Downs, where she charged down the stretch to win by three lengths. "When she got to the races, she was game on," Wrenn said. "She doesn't like people in general and just assume bite you or kick you which was part of her grit that got her to the winner's circle." Guinevere Hall will be honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association's virtual award show on January 16, 2021. The awards show is scheduled to air on the OHHA YouTube channel at 7:00 PM. Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

Grove City, Ohio - Tessa Koran of Stow, Ohio has been named the 2020 Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Outstanding Groom for 2020. Koran works for trainer Kent Sherman and was nominated by Matt Watson, the owner of Sherman trainee Lucky King. Watson said Koran brings a positive energy to the track every day. "It doesn't matter if your horse is a $5,000 claimer or an Open horse, you can rest assured that when Tessa is taking care of it, it is in great hands and is being taken care of as if it was her own child." Koran's interest in horses began at an early age. Her grandfather owned horses with Sherman. "It's been a never-ending love affair with the horses. I started helping and learning everything about the horses when I was seven years old," Koran said. Koran also said she has had other career opportunities but loves working with the horses. "I left the business, but never totally left. I never dread going to work." She said the best part of her job is the one-on-one time with the horses. Due to Covid-19, the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will not host an annual banquet but instead will feature all award winners during a virtual awards show on Saturday, January 16, 2021. The virtual awards show will air on the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association's YouTube channel at 7:00 PM. Frank Fraas

Grove City, Ohio - Grove City, Ohio – Grove City, Ohio – Charlie May started his harness racing freshman year with a bang by winning his first career start in the $150,000 Next Generation at Eldorado Scioto Downs and capped the year being named the Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year For owner Don Tiger he wasn't sure what he had with homebred Charlie May. "I sent the horse to Steve Carter and the first day he called and told me he was pretty talented, but that was way early in the game. I was hoping and praying that we would just make the races," said Tiger. After winning the Next Generation, Charlie May, the son of McAardle out of Stipple Hanover by Western Hanover, won two legs of the Ohio Sires Stakes, before capturing the final at Scioto Downs. He also won the Ohio Breeder's Championship at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in September. For 2020, Charlie May won seven of nine races and earned $328,627. Tiger, a Pennsylvania native, says Charlie May has that steelworker mentality. "Every time he goes to the racetrack, he gives it 110%. He has a little bit of attitude. He's gentle and playful but knows that he's good at what he does." Charlie May will be honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association's virtual award show on January 16, 2021. The awards show is scheduled to air on the OHHA YouTube channel at 7:00 PM. Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

Grove City, Ohio - The 2021 Ohio Standardbred Stallion Directory and Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Membership Directory is now available electronically at the Ohio Harness Racing Horsemen's Association website, www.OHHA.com. The directory includes pedigree pages for 54 stallions currently standing in Ohio, 27 Pacers and 27 Trotters. In addition to the pedigree pages, the directory includes a list of 84 all stallions standing in Ohio, 2020 earning statistics for stallions and broodmares, and a listing of OHHA members. The directory is scheduled to be mailed on January 14th to all current OHHA members and associates. Hard copies are available as part of an OHHA Associate membership. For more information on being a member of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, call 614-221-3650. Frank Fraas The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote, and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond.  

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