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On Saturday (October 10) MGM Northfield Park will host the Ohio Sire Stakes Fair Championships, a series of eight races, each with a $40,000 purse, that celebrates the Buckeye State's rich network of county fair racing. The evening carries a first race post time of 6PM. Highlighting the octuplet of Championships is the freshman filly trotting division where Designer Specs places her perfect 13-for-13 record on the line in the evening's seventh race. She has drawn post two and looks to face a significant challenge from Boujee Girl (#4), who has been victorious in seven of her 12 races. Designer Specs is the even money morning-live favorite and Boujee Girl is the 3-1 second choice. Ryan Stahl has been named to drive Designer Specs for trainer Jayne Weller and owners Louise and Jay Weller of Republic, Ohio. Three-year-old colt and gelding trotters start the series of Championships in Saturday's third race. The division point-leader Timestorm (#4) is the 5-2 morning-line second favorite. Timestorm won 12 of 14 races last year, including an MGM Northfield Park track record performance in 1:56.4. The Kent Hess trainee had a rocky start to this year's racing action, but quickly got on track and has scored in nine of his 14 races in 2020. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. will be driving Timestorm for owner Ted Boschma of South Lyon, Michigan. The race favorite is (#9) Big Box Hanover and driver Jeff Nisonger. They are 9-5 on the morning line. Big Box Hanover has won 9 of sixteen races this year and has banked about $20,000 more than Timestorm for trainer Dalton Walls, who co-owns the trotter with Bruce Soulsby of Powell, Ohio. The fourth race will crown the freshman filly pacing fair champion. Lovely Munro is the 9-5 favorite from post seven. She has posted 8 wins in 12 starts for trainer Brian Brown and owner Ameer Najor of West Bloomfield, Michigan. Ryan Stahl has been named to drive. Sister Said, the field's 9-2 third choice and earned the most points competing at the fairs this summer, scoring six times. Derrick Flowers pilots Sister Said from post three. Omyheart is the point leader and 4-5 overwhelming favorite of the freshman trotting colt division. Jason Hanna has named Cameron McCown to drive for Michigan owners Jason Hanna and Mr. Kim Haver. Omyheart has won eight of 11 races this year and starts from post 4. 20-1 longshot Sixby Hanover leads in points for the horses entered in the freshman colt pacing division, but drew the dreaded 8-hole. This horse has won five of 14 races this year for owner Bartley Traditions Racing of Pickerington, Ohio. Trainer Jimmy Lupton has named Mike Wilder to drive. The 5-2 race favorite is #3 Cyclone Union Jack and driver Arron Merriman. This freshman has also posted five wins this year. His wins have all come in his last six races, which also includes a loss by a nose at the Delaware County Fair. Next, bettors will be watching the sophomore pacing fillies square-off as point leader Tiny Bit Of Sky is a 12-1 morning-line longshot. She just finished second, beaten a nose, in a $17,500 Buckeye Stallion Series event at the Delaware County Fair. Tiny Bit Of Sky has won seven of 21 races this year for owners Tommy and Andrea Householder of Delaware, Ohio. Trainer Russell Early III has given the driving assignment to Aaron Merriman. Shehitthehighnote is the 3-1 luke-warm favorite. She was a dead heat winner at MGM Northfield Park in her most recent outing. Hunter Myers will drive for trainer Jeff Nisonger and owner Thomas Radominski of Dayton, Ohio. Sophomore trotting fillies take to stage in the evening's ninth race. Electric Ridge has drawn post-2. She is the point leader in this division and is the 9-5 prohibitive favorite. Electric Ridge has won six of 18 races this year for her trainer Chris Beaver, who owns the filly with partners J. Gallagher, Moger-Delia Racing and S. Zeehandeler. Aaron Merriman has been named to drive. Three year-old colt pacers compete in the final championship of the evening in the 10th race on the 16-race program. Point leader Sweet Oliver drew the rail but is a 25-1 morning-line longshot. Ed Hennessy with drive the colt for trainer Sandra Hennessy, who co-owns with Paula Sugars. Sweet Oliver has won eight of 13 races this year, including three of his last four starts. The 2-1 race favorite is #5 Mr Ds Rock, who has posted five victories in 19 tries this season. He is trained by Brian Loney for the owning partnership of T. Carter, D. Carsey, SCP Stables and P. Carter. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. will be his driver. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

Grove City, OH - Sweet Oliver was the top points earning during the 2020 Ohio Fair Racing Conference. The three-year-old colt pacer by Three Olives - Sugar Biscuit - Modern Art was a winner eight times at OFRC fairs earning 487 points. Sweet Oliver was followed by the three-year-old colt trotter Timestorm (Stormin Normand - Tymal Sonata - Majestic Son) was second with 453 points. Timestorm was also an eight-time winner on the circuit. The third eight-time winner in the OFRC was two-year-old trotting filly Designer Specs. Designer Specs (Full Count - Avalon Hall - Cantab Hall) is a perfect 13 for 13 overall this season. The Ohio Fair Racing Conference races at 21 county fairs across the state of Ohio. OFRC Coordinator Bill Peters says despite Covid-19, it was a great year of racing in the OFRC. "Several adjustments were made at the fairs in the Ohio Fair Racing Conference to abide by the pandemic protocols. Most of the horsemen and the race officials adapted well to the changes, and the season went relatively well." The top driver on the circuit this year was Cam McCown. McCown collected 27 wins this year, winning the title for the fourth straight year. The top trainer was Chris Beaver as he sent 21 horses to the winner's circle. Beaver also won the title in 2016, 2017 and 2018. 2020 Champions Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer Champion - Rock N Republic Runner-up - Rally Your Crew Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter Champion - Omyheart Runner-up - PC's Cruiser Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer Champion - Feverslastcruise Runner-up - Sister Said Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter Champion - Designer Specs Runner-up - Wishful Mar Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer Champion - Sweet Oliver Runner-up - Chris Will See Three-Year-Old Colt Trotter Champion - Timestorm* Runner-up - Trottin For Cash Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer Champion - Tiny Bit of Sky* Runner-up - Bad Ms Johnson Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter Champion - Electric Ridge Runner-up - Cell Service *Repeat Champion by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will host "Saturday Night at the Races" presented by the Galbreath Equine Center at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center on October 3, from Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Facebook live. First post time is 6:15 PM. Hosted by OHHA Brand Ambassador Roger Huston and OHHA Project Coordinator Susan Schroeder, the 14-race card will feature eight divisional finals of the Buckeye Stallion Series and three Grand Circuit Stakes events. Saturday Night at the Races is sponsored by Midland Acres and Big Dee's Tack and Vet Supplies. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will provide live coverage of the seven-race card from the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds in Dover, Ohio, on Sunday, September 27. Post time is 1:00 PM. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will continue coverage of live harness racing Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4, from the Coshocton County Fairgrounds in Coshocton, Ohio. Post time each day is 1:00 PM. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will be live streaming Ohio fair races throughout the summer. For a complete schedule go to OHHA.com. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will provide live harness racing coverage of the 13-race card from the Williams County Fairgrounds in Montpelier, Ohio, on Wednesday, September 16. Post time is 1:00 PM. The race program for Williams County is available on the OHHA website. The Ohio Horsemen's Association will continue coverage of live racing on Thursday, September 17 from the Wyandot County Fairgrounds in Upper Sandusky, Ohio with a 13-race program. Post time is 1:00 PM. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will be live streaming Ohio fair races throughout the summer. For a complete schedule go to OHHA.com. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will provide live coverage of the 12-race card from the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster, Ohio, on Tuesday, September 15. Post time is 12:00 PM. The race program for Wayne County is available on the OHHA website. The Ohio Horsemen's Association will continue coverage of live racing on Wednesday Saturday, September 16 from the Williams County Fairgrounds in Montpelier, Ohio with a 13-race program. Post time is 1:00 PM. On Thursday, September 17, the OHHA will stream the Wyandot County Fairgrounds in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Post time is scheduled for 1:00 PM. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will be live streaming Ohio fair races throughout the summer. For a complete schedule go to OHHA.com. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA    

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will provide live coverage of the harness racing from the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Wauseon, Ohio, on Tuesday, September 7. Post time for the nine-race card is 6:00 PM. Replays of the races will be available on the Trot and Pace Marketing website, trotandpacemarketing.com, following the completion of racing. The race program for Fulton County is available on the OHHA website. The Ohio Horsemen's Association will continue coverage of live racing on Thursday, September 10 from the Hardin County Fairgrounds in Kenton, Ohio with two race programs. The first program will be eight races with a 1:00PM post time. The second program will begin at 6:00PM and will also be eight races. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will be live streaming Ohio fair races throughout the summer. For a complete schedule go to OHHA.com. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will provide live coverage of harness racing from the Hancock County Fairgrounds in Findlay, Ohio, on Wednesday, September 2. Post time for the ten-race card is 1:00 PM. Replays of the races will be available on the Trot and Pace Marketing website, trotandpacemarketing.com, following the completion of racing. The race program for Hancock County is available on the OHHA website. The Ohio Horsemen's Association will continue coverage of live racing on Thursday, September 3 from the Stark County Fairgrounds in Canton, Ohio. Post time is 12:00 noon. On Saturday, September 5, the OHHA will stream from Burton, Ohio, and the Geauga County Fairgrounds. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will be live streaming Ohio fair races throughout the summer. For a complete schedule go to OHHA.com. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will provide live coverage of the two days of harness racing from the Henry County Fairgrounds in Napoleon, Ohio, Tuesday, August 18, and Wednesday, August 19. Post time for both days is 4:00 PM. Replays of the races will be available on the Trot and Pace Marketing website, trotandpacemarketing.com, following the completion of racing. The race program for Tuesday and Wednesday's action at the Henry County Fairgrounds is available on the OHHA website. The Ohio Horsemen's Association will continue its live fair racing coverage from Rock Springs, Ohio on Thursday, August 20 from the Meigs County Fairgrounds. Post Time is 1PM. On Friday, August 22, the OHHA will have coverage of the races from the Darke County Fairgrounds in Greenville, Ohio. Post time is 11:00 AM. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will be live streaming Ohio fair races throughout the summer. For a complete schedule go to OHHA.com. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will provide live harness racing coverage of the eight-race card from the Miami County Fairgrounds in Troy, Ohio on Monday, August 17. Post time is 5:00 PM. Replays of the races will be available on the Trot and Pace Marketing website, trotandpacemarketing.com, following the completion of racing. The race program for Monday's action at the Miami County Fairgrounds is available on the OHHA website. The Ohio Horsemen's Association will continue its live fair racing coverage Tuesday, August 18, and Wednesday, August 19, from Napoleon, Ohio, and the Henry County Fairgrounds. Post time both days is 4PM. Thursday, the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association heads to Meigs County and racing from Rocksprings, Ohio. Post time is 1PM. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will be live streaming Ohio fair races throughout the summer. For a complete schedule go to OHHA.com. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH - It was a rare harness racing afternoon for Crist Hershberger at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds in Jefferson, Ohio, Thursday, August 13. Hershberger was the trainer-driver for one of the two horses involved in a dead heat and trained the other winner in the Ohio Sire Stakes Fair. Hershberger had the reins for Sheza Witch while Kurt Sugg drove Rose Run Wassup in the two-year-old filly race. Hershberger took Sheza Witch to the lead and held the lead wire to wire. Sugg and Rose Run Wassup stalked her stablemate the entire race, getting up at the wire for the dead heat in 2:08.0. "I've never had a dead heat for a win," said Hershberger, who has been involved in dead heats for place and show. Hershberger was disappointed he didn't win the race outright, "I should have gotten a little more out of the one I was driving, and it wouldn't have been a dead heat." Unfortunately for Hershberger, he doesn't have a winner's circle picture to remember the race. "I thought Kurt got me at the wire and I had to head back to the barn to get ready for the next race, so I didn't go to the winner's circle." by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will provide live coverage of two days of racing from the Hartford Fair, The Biggest Little Fair in the World, in Croton, Ohio on Friday, August 13, and Saturday, August 14. Post time both days is at 1PM. Replays of the races will be available on the Trot and Pace Marketing website, trotandpacemarketing.com, following the completion of racing. The race programs for both days from the Hartford Fair is available on the OHHA website. The Ohio Horsemen's Association will continue its live fair racing coverage Sunday from Celina, Ohio for racing from the Mercer County Fairgrounds. Post time in Celina 12:00 PM. On Monday, coverage will be from the Miami County Fairgrounds in Troy, Ohio. Post time is 5:30 PM. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will be live streaming Ohio fair races throughout the summer. For a complete schedule go to OHHA.com. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH - The Champagne County Fair in Urbana hosted the Buckeye Stallion Series on Tuesday night with 14 races, each with a purse of $17,500. In the 2-year-old filly pace the harness racing track record was equaled twice. Heavenissofaraway with Dan Noble for owner-trainer Anette Lorentzon was a winner in 1:58.1. The Racing Hill filly is two for two in Buckeye Stallion Series action. Later in the card Rockin The Blues was also a winner in 1:58.1 for Noble and trainer Christi Noble. Dr Jerry Maloon owns the Pet Rock filly who was making her first appearance in BSS action. The track record was established by Maavelous and Josh Sutton in 2016. Smothastenesewisky with Chris Page made it three for three in the Buckeye Stallion Series winning in 1:58.4 for owner trainer Brian Haynes. Other winners were Apple Soozy 1:59.3, and Pompatuse Of Love 1:58.4. The 2-year-old colt pace had two winners with 1:56.1 performances. Imagine It with Ryan Stahl for Kent Wilcox made it 7 for 8 on the season in a wire to wire win by 4 lengths. The If I Can Dream gelding, is owned by Richard Copp and is a perfect three for three in BSS action. Twig by Mr Apples was a winner in a nearly wire to wire performance by 1 length. The gelding was driven by Chris Page for trainer Mike Polhamus and owner Julie Farley. Twig is also a perfect three for three in BSS action. Other winners were Feelin Western 1:57.4, Pine Grove Racer 1:58.4 and Rockinmyshoes 1:59. The 2-year-old filly trot was led by Elegant Gigi with Ryan Stahl and owner-trainer Rosy Weaver in 2:01.4. The Dejarmbro filly came home by seven lengths after being 5th at the half and moving first up. Charming Nancy with Josh Sutton continued her perfection in the Buckeye Stallion Series. The Uncle Peter filly has won all three legs, winning in 2:04 for trainer Chris Beaver. The filly is owned by Beaver, Joe Sbrocco, Mary McLoughlin, and Michael Carter. Other winners were Forceful Power 2:03 and Forget The Past 2:04.2. All of 2-year-old pacing races were sub 2:00 performances on the super Champagne County Fair track. The drivers were led by Chris Page with 4 wins while Dan Noble and Ryan Stahl had three each. The third leg of the 2-year-old colt trot will be held Wednesday, August 12, at MGM Northfield Park. by Roger Huston, for the OHHA

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will provide live coverage of two days of racing from the Attica Fair in Attica, Ohio on Tuesday, August 11, and Wednesday, August 12. Post time both days is at 1PM. Replays of the races will be available on the Trot and Pace Marketing website, trotandpacemarketing.com, following the completion of racing. The race programs for both days from the Attica Fair is available on the OHHA website. The Ohio Horsemen's Association will continue its live fair racing coverage Friday and Saturday from the Hartford Fair in Croton, Ohio. Post time for both days is 12 noon. Sunday, the OHAA will be in Celina, Ohio for racing from the Mercer County Fairgrounds. Post time is 12:30 PM. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will be live streaming Ohio fair races throughout the summer. For a complete schedule go to OHHA.com. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH - The Champaign County Fair in Urbana, Ohio, will host 14 races of The Buckeye Stallion Series, for two-year-olds, Tuesday night with a first race post of 6:30pm. The program will feature 95 harness racing horses split into five divisions of two-year-old pacing colts, five divisions of two-year-old pacing fillies and four divisions of two-year-old filly trotters. Horses in the BSS for pacing colts include 10 previous winners in the series. The fastest is Open My Eyes for Dan O'Mara who scored at Scioto Downs in 1:53.1. Imagine It, trained by Kent Wilcox, has won 6 of 7 this season which includes two series events with the fastest in 1:54.3. Twig trained by Mike Polhamus and K B Mac trained by Dan Venier have also won two legs this season. The fastest filly is Heavenissofaraway. She went in 1:54.1 at Northfield for trainer Anette Lorentzon. Smothastenesewisky is trained by Brian Haynes and has won three in a row with a 1:54.2 mark at Northfield. The filly Well N Down is a perfect two for two for trainer Jason McGinnis with a mark of 1:56.1 at Scioto Downs. Only two fillies on the trot side have wins in the BSS so far this year. The fastest is WF Fire in 1:59.4 for trainer Herman Hagerman. The filly is three of six this season. The other winner is Charming Nancy for Chris Beaver in 2:00.2 at Scioto and 2:00.4 at Northfield. The races will be streamed on the OHHA Facebook page and YouTube channel. by Roger Huston, for the OHHA

Grove City, OH - Ohio's four Fair Racing Circuits, the Ohio Fair Racing Conference, Home Talent Colt Stakes, Ohio Colt Racing Association, Southern Valley Colt Circuit, have agreed to a formula for distribution of nomination fees in the event of a complete cancellation of county fair racing in advance of the county fair's scheduled racing dates. In the event of a cancellation of live racing at an Ohio county fair prior to the fair's scheduled racing dates, across the board nomination fees will roll over to those fairs conducting live racing on future dates within that Circuit by Division. Single nominations will be refunded, with the refund going to the nominating party at the time of the nomination. In the event the cancellation occurs at a point in a Circuit's racing season that makes it impractical or impossible to roll nomination fees forward, then any remaining nomination fees will be refunded to the person that nominated the horse to the circuit. All refunds will occur upon the conclusion of the fair racing season for each Circuit. The stated policy enacted for 2020 will be in effect in the event any unavoidable cause or State of Emergency occurs, and a county or independent agricultural society cancels live racing in its entirety and prior to the fair's scheduled racing dates. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

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