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A trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for freshman pacing colts highlighted the 16-race harness racing card at Northfield Park on a comfortable Saturday evening, July 13. Big Bretta, who finished third but was disqualified and placed fifth in OSS leg one at Scioto Downs on July 4, redeemed himself with a 1:54 victorious clocking in this second leg. Steered by Chris Lems for trainer Bret Schwartz, the son of Big Bad John rocked to an easy front-end triumph, pacing through panels of :28, :56 and 1:25 before posting a modest :29 final quarter brush. Owned by Hired Gun Racing Stables, B.R. Larnick and A.M. Jacobs, 6-1 Big Bretta finished a nose ahead of 7-1 Can Be Perfect (Kurt Sugg) while 12-1 Fifty Flat (Jeff Nisonger) got up for third. Big Bretta now has $23,563 in career earnings from his two wins in three lifetime starts. As the 16th of 17 foals out of the Towners Big Guy mare CC Biggirl Bretta, Big Bretta is a full brother to Big Bad Bretta p, 4, 1:52.4h ($76,005) and a half-sibling to Psilvuheartbreaker (by Nobleland Sam) p, 5, 1:49.3f ($1,566,664); CC Make A Buck (by Nobleland Sam) p, 3, 1:53.f ($217,901); CC Big Boy Sam (by Nobleland Sam) p, 8, 1:51.3 ($247,886) and CC's Desire (by Real Desire) p, 6, 1:51.1f ($159,753), etc. Big Bretta Trainer Ronnie Burke harnessed OSS Leg One victor Elver Hanover to his second consecutive career triumph as the Yankee Cruiser gelding cruised to a wire-to-wire 1:53.3 clocking with Chris Page at the controls. Owned by Burke Racing, Bridgette Jablonsky and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby, Elver Hanover had scored that Scioto Downs career debut on July 4 in 1:53.4. Sent off at 3-5 odds, Elver Hanover finished 3¼ lengths in front of 7-5 second place finisher Mr Ds Rock (Aaron Merriman), with 30-1 Rockntheafterparty (Kyle Ater) third. The impressive side-wheeling youngster now has $40,000 in his coffers. Elver Hanover is the eighth of nine foals out of The Panderosa mare Edra Hanover p, 2, 1:51 ($171,753) and is a half-brother to: Eddard Hanover (by Dragon Again) p, 5, 1:49.3s ($521,397); East Side Hanover (by Somebeachsomewhere) p, 3, 1:51 ($62,801); Scirocco Sarah (by Somebeachsomewhere) p, 3, 1:54.2f ($35,603); Jagger Rocks (by Rockin Image) p, 3, 1:54f ($43,737); Everyone Hanover (by Sportswriter) p, 3, 1:54.4f ($35,179); and Cool Vicious (by Dragon Again) p, 3, 1:55.2s ($27,099), etc. In perhaps the most exciting OSS division of the evening, Gray Dragon battled hard and fought off multiple challenges by his rivals to hold on for driver Ryan Stahl at 30-1 odds, returning $63.20 on a two dollar ticket. The son of Dragon Again tripped the timer in a modest 1:55, staving off 5-1 Rock Smart (Aaron Merriman) by half a length, with 99-1 One Rock (Greg Grismore) nabbing third-place money. Gray Dragon Virgil Morgan, Jr., trains Gray Dragon, who was fourth in OSS Leg One to the winning Rock Smart. He now boasts a bankroll of $23,200 for owner/breeder Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Ohio. Gray Dragon is the fourth of five foals out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Rock For Glory p, 3, 1:52.2s ($137,598), making him a half-brother to Glorious Intent (by No Pan Intended) p, 3, 1:53.1s ($77,595) and Glorious Delight (by Bettor's Delight) p, 3, 1:54f ($61,232). by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator    

Four $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes featuring 2-year-old pacing fillies were contested on a pleasant Friday evening, July 5 at Northfield Park. This was the first of four legs in the rich series for state-bred distaff side-wheelers. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., steered 7-1 Ellagator to a triumphant 1:54 victory by a quarter of a length after chasing down the leading 1-5 Rockmatic (Tony Hall) in the third OSS division. Looksgoodinaromper, a 25-1 longshot, was third for Chris Page. Owned by Howard Taylor and trained by Chris McGuire, the daughter of Western Vintage is the first foal out of the unraced Total Truth mare Dame Truth. Bred by Nancy Johansson, this was Ellagator's first career win in her pari-mutuel debut. Artful Dancer took the first division handily in a wire-to-wire 1:55.2 clocking for owners Jay Mossbarger and Steve Carter. It was the second lifetime start for the daughter of Yankee Cruiser, who is the first foal out of the Sportswriter mare Dancin Caroll p, 2, Q1:55.1f ($81,646). Trained by Steve Carter, Artful Dancer was bred by Midland Acres and D. & C.C. Drake. This precocious filly, who was the even money favorite, bested 3-1 Arya Again (Ryan Stahl) by half a length, with 7-1 Odds On Athens (Peter Wrenn) getting up for third. Artful Dancer The second OSS division saw Treasurethosechips (Greg Grismore) use similar tactics to win by a neck over 6-5 Sara Jane (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in 1:55.1. The Breeze (Chris Page) was a surprising third at 19-1. Trained by Jeff Nisonger for John Van Horn, the Art's Chip lass is the third foal out of the Jenna's Beach Boy mare Give Me Points p, 4, 1:57.3 ($10,650) and is a full sister to Always Take Points p, 3, 1:53.4f ($27,005). Treasurethosechips was second in an Ohio Fair Stake at Circleville on June 17 and now sports a bankroll of $20,701. She was bred by Ken Cohen and Pacey Mindlin. McMarkle Sparkle, the 1-9 favorite, did not disappoint her backers as the homebred McArdle lass paced to a respectable 1:54.3 victory--the fastest clocking of the four OSS contests. Trained by Jim Arledge, Jr., for Laura and Paul Baker of Galloway, Ohio, McMarkle Sparkle was a front-stepping winner for driver Brett Miller who prevailed by 1¼ lengths over 15-1 Hoochie Girl (Chris Lems) with 80-1 longshot Let Me Be Clear (Chris Page) grabbing third place money. McMarkle Sparkle is out of the Towner's Big Guy mare It's Ladies Nite p, 3, 1:51s ($56,535)--herself a former OSS victress. The filly has half-siblings in Alwaysagoodthing (by Metropolitan) p, 4, 1:52.3f ($98,525) and It's a Deal (by Metropolitan) p, 4, 1:57.2h ($21,429). McMarkle Sparkle by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator    

June 29, 2019 - A pair of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes began the Cleveland Trotting Classic evening at Northfield Park on Saturday night, June 29, with sizzling harness racing performances put forth by a pair of notable Buckeye-bred sophomore side-wheelers. This was the second round of the four-leg series.   In the first OSS division, 9-2 Cross Country and driver Luke Ebersole stole the show with a 1:50.4 lifetime best clocking for owners Luke C. & Logan C. Ebersole of Chesterville, OH and Cody Sipe of Mt. Gilead, OH. Shamma Lamma, the 4-5 choice, survived a stewards inquiry to nab place honors with Peter Wrenn in the sulky, 1¼ lengths behind the winner, while 3-1 Ohio Vintage (Aaron Merriman) got up for third.   "He's been a good horse all along," related Ebersole in the Northfield winner's circle. "I knew once I landed in the two-hole that he was going to be tough to beat tonight."   The victory was Cross Country's fifth of his career in 12 starts and upped the homebred son of Palone Ranger's earnings to $60,246.   In the second OSS division Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., steered 1-9 Rock Candy to a front-stepping, 1:50.4 triumph for the Ohio-based partnership of Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo. The son of Pet Rock--who was bred by mark Moger and Albert Delia, Jr.,--easily took command of the one mile test and never looked back, finishing 2¾ lengths ahead of 19-1 longshot Black Smile (Brett Miller), while 6-1 Yankee Boots (Aaron Merriman) nailed down show honors.   Rock Candy   The win was Rock Candy's sixth in a row for trainer Brian Brown and upped the gelding's career bankroll to a hefty $305,626. He now has nine wins and six seconds in 15 lifetime starts.   by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator

Harness racing trainer Chris Beaver captured both of the two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings on a blustery and rainy Saturday night, June 15 at Northfield Park. Beaver harnessed 5-2 Never Say Uncle from post nine to take the first division in 1:56.1 with Brett Miller at the controls over a sloppy track. The bay son of Uncle Peter used come-from-behind tactics to notch his third lifetime victory, pushing his career earnings to $95,610. Never Say Uncle was a full 4½ lengths ahead of 9-1 rival Dylan The Great (Kurt Sugg) at the wire, while 14-1 Voyage To Paris (Kayne Kauffman) did well to be third. Owned by Chris Beaver, Johanna Beaver, Michael Carter, and Mary McLoughlin, the homebred Never Say Uncle now has three wins, two seconds and three thirds in 13 career starts. He is the first foal out of the Glidemaster mare Travelin Dream 3, 1:55.3f ($40,745) and was scratched from Leg One of this series at Miami Valley on May 5. In the second division 10-1 longshot Otsego took advantage of a perfect steer by Aaron Merriman to prevail by a neck over 8-5 Yes (Ryan Stahl) in a career best 1:55.3. The Dejarmbro gelding picked up his third lifetime win in ten starts, upping his bankroll to $58,918 for owners Chris Beaver, Martin Yoder, Steven Zeehandelar and Vip Internet Stable. Chris Page guided 9-1 Wittyville to show honors. Bred by Jonas Schlabach, Otsego was fifth to Wittyville in Leg One of this series. He is the first foal out of the Conway Hall mare You And Me Baby. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator    

A pair of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes tests for harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies brought forth impressive performances despite unseasonably cool weather under clear skies at Scioto Down son Friday, June 14. In the first OSS division 3-1 Rose Run Uptowngal and driver Chris Page took advantage of a costly break made by 1-2 favorite Queen Of The Pride (Tony Hall) in the early going. The daughter of Dragon Again was second to her aforementioned foe in Leg One of this series on May 3 at Miami Valley and redeemed herself with a steady triumph in this second leg, easily holding off 10-1 Norman's Madeline (Brett Miller) by a length at the wire in 1:52.2. Final Offer (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was moved from fourth to third after Queen Of The Pride--who had gone under the wire third--was disqualified by the Scioto judges and placed eighth for interfering with 11-1 Carmen Ohio (Ryan Stahl). Trained by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing, P. Collura, J&T Silva-Purnell & Libby, Rose Run Uptowngal now has $122,960 in career earnings from five wins, three second and two thirds in 16 starts, with $52,510 of those monies amassed this season. "She can be a little temperamental before the race," Page explained in the Scioto winner's circle. "But once the race gets toing she's perfect to drive and really raced well tonight." Rose Run Uptowngal is the second and most prolific of four foals out of the Western Terror mare Victoria Gallery p, ($2,440). Steven Price's Rylee Roo went a huge mile in the second OSS division for driver Aaron Merriman, clocked in 1:52. After leaving from post seven, Merriman steered the Pet Rock lass three wide in the first turn to nab the lead and take the field to a :26.2 first panel. From there she snapped off fractions of :54.4 and 1:22.2 before posting a :29.3 final brush as the even-money favorite. Giggles In Dreams, a 22-1 longshot, was a tough second after going three-wide around the last turn and was beaten only a length for driver Shawn Barker II. In Love Again (Danny Noble) notched third-place honors at 12-1 odds. Rylee Roo Trained by Steve Carter, the homebred Rylee Roo upped her lifetime bankroll to $149,125 and has five wins, four second and one third in 12 starts. This bay lass is the second foal out of the Western Hanover mare Moonlite Delite p, 6, 1:51.3f ($278,548) and is a full sister to Tenwillgetutwenty p, 3, 1:55.1f ($35,334). Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Saturday night (June 15) at Northfield Park in Cleveland, as two $50,000 divisions of 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings go postward. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator    

Columbus, OH — The second leg of the 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing sophomores continues this weekend with 3-year-old pacing fillies featured Friday night (June 14) at Scioto Down and 3-year-old trotting colts in the limelight at Northfield Park on Saturday night (June 15). Seventeen fillies battle in two $50,000 OSS divisions at Scioto (races three and six) with a first race post time of 6:30 p.m. Stallions represented by pacing fillies include four by Dragon Again, three by McArdle, two each by Pet Rock and Yankee Cruiser, and one each by Beachtrea, Big Bad John, Nob Hill High, Rockin Amadeus, The Panderosa and Yankee Cruiser. Conditioners Brian Brown and Ron Burke dominate these two divisions, with both trainers having a total of four fillies competing, two in each division. In the first OSS division (race three) Queen Of The Pride will be trying for her second OSS triumph of the season against seven foes. Last year’s champion and a winner of $442,479 lifetime simply devastated her competition for driver Tony Hall with a 1:51.4 victory in leg one. The McArdle lass, who is owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare, left the gate and never looked back, drawing away from her five rivals in the final turn and sprinting to a 5-1/2 length win. Bred by Hickory Lane Farm’s Brad Wallace, Queen Of The Pride made an uncharacteristic break in the $109,234 Lismore final at Yonkers on May 25 after taking the $20,000 elimination on May 18 in 1:53.2. Hall drives from post three. Leg one winner Avaline Hanover heads up the second OSS division (race six) for driver Chris Page and trainer Ron Burke. The daughter of Dragon Again scored her first leg triumph handily in 1:52.1 on May 3 at Miami Valley, upping her seasonal earnings to $71,890. Owned by Burke, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, Avaline Hanover has amassed $84,930 lifetime from five wins, five seconds and a third in 13 career starts. She was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. Page drives Avaline Hanover from post four against eight rivals. Eighteen diagonally gaited colts and geldings will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate in a pair of $50,000 OSS contests Saturday (races four and eight) with a first race post time of 6 p.m. Ohio stallions represented by progeny in these two events include four each by Manofmanymissions and Uncle Peter; two each by Break The Bank K, Dejarmbro and Wishing Stone; and one each by Cash Hall, Dontyouforgetit, Ilooklikemymom and My MVP. Trainers dominating these two divisions are Ron Burke with three trotters and Chris Beaver and Jason McGinnis with two each competing. In the second $50,000 OSS division (race eight) leg one winners Wittyville and Lane Of Stone square off. Wittyville, a Manofmanymissions colt, was the 2-year-old championship winner in 2018, clocked in 1:57. Trained by Burke and owned by Burke Racing, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi, this homebred won his leg one OSS contest in 1:54.3 by nearly three lengths on May 5 at Miami Valley. From five starts this season he’s garnered three wins and $48,860, with $256,013 earned lifetime. Chris Page drives from post five. Lane Of Stone is conditioned by Mark Winters Sr., for owner/breeder Harry Horowitz. A winner of $189,893 lifetime, this Wishing Stone colt has eight wins and two seconds in 10 career starts and captured leg one in near wire-to-wire fashion in 1:53.1 by nearly four lengths. Jeff Nisonger will be in the sulky from post six in this nine-horse field. Leg one winner Patti’s Main Man heads up the first OSS division (race four) with Ronnie Wrenn Jr., driving for trainer/owner Mike Sowers from post three. The Manofmanymissions gelding captured that first OSS contest in 1:55.1 with Jeremy Smith at the lines. Bred by Midland Acres, Patti’s Main Man has career earnings of $93,815 from seven wins, two seconds and two thirds in 17 lifetime starts. That OSS victory was his lone triumph of the season in four tries. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

Only Take Cash and Pure Chance both captured their respective $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions on a tepid Saturday night at Northfield Park. Set early in the 16-race card, the two OSS contests for 3-year-old trotting distaffs were the preamble events to the $200,000 Battle Of Lake Erie. Only Take Cash, last year's 2-year-old Ohio Sires Stake champion, took her division handily in wire-to-wire fashion as the 6-5 favorite in a 1:54.1 with Aaron Merriman at the lines, holding off 7-2 rival Aunt Rose (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by half a length at the wire. Ryan Stahl guided 11-1 Wicked Sugar to a third-place finish. The daughter of Cash Hall is conditioned and co-owned by trainer Robert McIntosh and partners Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables, all of Ontario, Canada. She had finished third in the first leg of this series on May 3 at Miami Valley Raceway. Only Take Cash upped her career earnings to $328,140 lifetime and now has ten wins in 12 starts. The homebred is the fifth foal out of the Garland Lobell mare Armbro Affair 4, 1:53.4s ($430,997), with half-siblings in Tough Affair (by Muscle Mass) 4, 1:59.2f ($69,968); A Fair Conchnito (by In Conchnito) 4, 1:58.2 ($33,866). Pure Chance and driver Jason Thompson left nothing to chance as they captured the other OSS division with an easy, front-stepping 1:54.2 score. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar left the gate as the 7-1 choice and glided to a 3¾ length triumph for trainer Chris Beaver and co-owner Steven Zeehandelar. Princessofpink, who held up the race for several minutes after returning to the paddock for a shoe repair was a smart second for driver Tony Hall at 9-2 odds, while another Beaver trainee, 8-1 Back Splash, was third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. Pure Chance & Jason Thompson Photo by Jeff Zamaiko Pure Chance, who was bred by Jonas Schabach of Ohio, now has $134,745 in her career bankroll, and has earned $37,500 in OSS competition thus far this season. She is out of the Credit Winner mare Jewell Creek and is a full sister to OSS winner Sesame 3, 1:55.1f ($245,227) and Jewels N caviar 4, 1:59h ($31,392) and has a half-sibling in Explosive Ripple (by Explosive Matter) 4, 1:58f ($88,287). Ohio Sires Stakes, Leg Two action continues June 14 at Scioto Downs for 3-year-old pacing fillies (Leg Two) and June 15 at Northfield Park for 3-year-old trotting colts. Leg Three for sophomore trotting fillies is slated to commence July 26 at Scioto Downs. Kimberly Rinker  

Favorites did not disappoint at Miami Valley Gaming & Racing on a balmy Friday night, May 3 in a quartet of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old harness racing pacing and trotting fillies. Trainer Chris Beaver scored a pair of home runs as two of his trainees captured both ends of the trotting contests in leg one action of Ohio Sires Stakes, with multiple stablemates picking up second and third place checks. Favorite Aunt Rose, in rein to Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., equalled the track record with a 1:54 triumph for owners Chris Beaver, Mike Carter, Joe Sbrocco and Steven Zeehandelar in the second trotting division. The Uncle Peter lass upped her career earnings to $88,588 with the victory, the first of the season for the Spring Haven Farm and Doug Millard-bred filly. She now has three wins, one second and two thirds in 11 lifetime trips postward. Aunt Rose used come-from-behind tactics for the win, with a :28.2 final brush to prevail by 1½ lengths. Beaver conditioned the first three finishers of this event, with 11-1 Pure Chance (Jason Thompson) second and 5-1 Weslynn Quest (Brett Miller) third. Aunt Rose is out of the Yankee Glide mare Lightning Flower 3, 1:56.2 ($5,725) and is a half-sister to: Lightning Storm (by Donato Hanover) 4, 1:53.2f ($344,145); Wildflower (by Muscle Hill) 3, 1:55 ($267,487); Lightning Force (by Muscle Hill) 3, 1:53 ($169,906); and Flower Hour (by Dejarmbro) 3, 1:57.1f ($38,602), etc. In the first trotting division Beaver harnessed 5-2 Bella's Rose Power (Kayne Kauffman) to a wire-to-wire victory in 1:54.4, staving off a late challenge by 7-1 stablemate Stone In Love (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.). The win was the daughter of Triumphant Caviar's second of the season in four starts and upped her seasonal earnings to $47,000 and her career earnings to $127,135. Favorite (3-5) Only Take Cash was third for Aaron Merriman. Bella's Rose Power now has four wins, three seconds and two thirds in 13 career starts for Beaver, Jim Gallagner, Marion Beachy and Steven Zeehandelar. She is the second foal out of the unraced Angus Hall mare Rose Power and is a half-sister to Chasing The Storm (by Stormin Normand) 2, 2:02.1h ($15,539). Bella's Rose Power Photo by Brad Conrad The OSS pacing divisions also saw favorites prevail in easy fashion, with Avaline Hanover taking the first match in a new career clocking of 1:52.1 for driver Chris Page and trainer Ronnie Burke. The daughter by Dragon Again paced through middle panels of :56 and 1:25 before breezing home in :27.1 as the public's choice, finishing three-quarters of a length ahead of 6-5 Rylee Roo (Aaron Merriman), with 7-2 High Reward (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) notching third-place honors. Avaline Hanover, a winner of $83,490 lifetime and $70,450 this year has five wins, five seconds and a third from 12 lifetime starts for owners Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&TSilva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. She is out of the unraced Grinfromeartoear mare Aw Shucks Hanover and is a half-sister to: Astounding Hanover (by Allamerican Native) p, 4, 1:50f ($541,169); A Ok Hanover (by Yankee Cruiser) p, 2, 1:52.3f ($88,876); Feds Express (by The Panderosa) p, 4, 1:55 ($30,572); and Park Lane Western (by Western Ideal) p, 3, 1:54.4 ($19,625); and is a full sister to Arycca Hanover p, 3, 1:54f ($58,490). Avaline Hanover & Chris Page Photo by Brad Conrad Queen Of The Pride simply devestated her competition for driver Tony Hall with a 1:51.4 victory, her third of the season in four starts. The McArdle lass--who is owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare--left the gate and never looked back, drawing away from her five rivals in the final turn and sprinting to a 5½ length win, her eighth lifetime. Rose Run Uptowngal (Chris Page) was second at 10-1, while 11-1 Carmen Ohio was third for Ryan Stahl. Bred by Ohioan Brad Wallace, Queen Of The Pride now sports a healthy bankroll of $421,454, with $67,500 of that earned in 2019. She is out of the Western Ideal mare Lionness Hanover p, 2, 1:53 ($21,280) and has half-siblings in: Roaring To Go (by Art Major) p, 2, 1:50.4 ($421,999); Well Let's See (by Well Said) p, 4, 1:54.4h ($95,402); and Well Excuuuse Me (by Well Said) p, 4, 1:53f ($76,035). Queen Of The Pride & Tony Hall Photo by Brad Conrad This year the Ohio Sires Stakes offer $300,000 Championships at Northfield Park on Sept. 1, with $75,000 Consolations to be race on Sept. 7 at Scioto Downs. As well 4-year-olds and up will race for $75,000 Championships: pacers-Sept. 7 at Scioto Downs & trotters-Oct. 12 at Northfield Park. To be eligible to the rich Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS), horses nominated to the program must be sired by a stallion registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) and standing in the state of Ohio throughout the breeding season of the year of foaling. For information on the Ohio Sires Stakes, go to www.racingohio.net. Kimberly Rinker

Columbus, OH — The 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes season begins next week at Miami Valley Gaming & Racing, spotlighting harness racing 3-year-old filly pacers and trotters on May 3 (6:05 p.m. post), while the males in this same age group will be tested on May 5 (2:05 p.m. post). Last year’s 2-year-old championship and freshman consolation winners in their respective divisions have all been nominated as sophomores to this year’s rich program. For the first time, Ohio-breds will vie for a $300,000 championship purse, while the consolations sport a $75,000 purse. The four legs of the Ohio Sires Stakes feature a sliding scale again this season: $40,000 per division if three or more races are contested; $50,000 purse for two divisions; $60,000 for one division. Owners had to nominate their Ohio-eligible horses with a March 15 payment of $500 making them eligible to all four legs in the series. The starting fee per leg is $500. Returning champions include 2-year-old pacing colt champion High On Paydaze, a homebred son of Nob Hill High conditioned by Ohio’s top colt man, Brian Brown, and owned by Scott Hagemeyer, Robert Mondillo and Donald Robinson. High On Paydaze captured the $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship for 2-year-old pacing colts last fall at Scioto Downs in an engaging, come-from-behind 1:53.2 clocking for driver David Miller after sweeping the first three OSS legs handily and finishing third in the fourth leg. He wrapped up the season with $220,700 in freshman earnings. High On Paydze spent the winter months at Spring Garden Ranch, qualifying at that Florida training center twice in March before finishing second at Miami Valley Gaming & Racing in a $15,000 Hackett elimination. However, he was a disappointing seventh in the $40,000 Hackett final at Miami Valley on April 20 as a result of having a grade three pharengitis ailment, according to co-owner Hagemeyer. “We had him scoped right after the race and he was sick,” Hagemeyer confirmed. “He didn’t bleed, but that’s why we didn’t enter him in the Scarlet and Gray. He seems to be feeling better now and he’ll train back and we’ll scope him before we have to enter him in the Ohio Sires Stakes events. “Brian (trainer Brown) is going to switch up his equipment and change his overcheck a bit in order to help him out in the breathing department. In every other aspect, the colt is good and sound and we hope he’s ready for the Ohio Sires Stakes. We’d never want to race him sick.” Hagemeyer explained that High On Paydaze has remained as professional as ever, but that at times he still shows that he’s all boy. “He’s still a colt, and he’s started acting a little more study this year,” Hagemeyer admitted. “He’s matured a bit overall, and in the end, he’s still the ultimate professional. Brian seems to think that he’s on the right path and that he’ll do well this season, so we will just hope and pray that he’s in good shape for this first leg of the Sires Stakes next week.” High On Paydaze is the fourth of seven foals out of The Panderosa mare Myell p,4,1:56.1h ($34,688). He is a half-brother to the $155,491-winning gelding Myell’s Rockstar (by World Of Rocknroll) p,4,1:52.1f; Pacing To Paydaze (by World Of Rocknroll) p,4,Q1:54f ($62,332); and also has an unraced 2-year-old and Ohio Sires Stakes eligible full sister named Dr Lyndsay; a yearling half-sister named Gotta Luv Paydaze (by Allamerican Native); and a suckling half-sister christened Party On Paydaze (by Western Terror). by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

The Ohio Sires Stakes nominations for 2- and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies remain strong in 2019, with a healthy 1,016 nominations received in the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) office by the March 15 deadline.  Harness racing horses sired by a stallion registered with the OSRC and standing in the Buckeye State in 2019 are eligible to the rich Ohio Sires Stakes, which are funded by the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF). A total of 139 stallions are currently standing at Ohio-based facilities for this year’s breeding season. In 2019, the Ohio Sires Stakes will offer eight $300,000 Championships to be raced Sept. 1 at Northfield Park and eight $75,000 Consolations set for Sept. 7 at Scioto Downs. As well, eight $75,000 Championships will be contested at both Scioto Downs (Sept. 7) and at Northfield Park (Oct. 12) for trotters and pacers, 4-year-olds and up. A total of 620 trotting and pacing youngsters of both genders (293 fillies & 327 colts) were nominated in the 2-year-old divisions, while the sophomore ranks had 369 (156 fillies & 213 colts) foals nominated.  Among freshman trotters, 175 colts were nominated this season, while in the 2-year-old trotting filly division, 129 nominations were received.  In the freshman pacing divisions, 152 colts and 164 fillies were nominated to the 2019 program. Among Ohio-sired 3-year-olds, 117 trotting colts and 84 trotting fillies are Ohio Sires Stakes eligible, while 96 pacing colts and 72 pacing fillies were nominated. 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, as well as from Canada and Bermuda. Of the 24 Ohio stallions represented in the 2-year-old colt pacing division, 21 of the 152 youngsters nominated are sired by Big Bad John, 20 by Pet Rock, 19 by McArdle, 16 by Mr Wiggles, 14 by Dragon Again, 12 by Yankee Cruiser and ten by Rockin Amadeus. In the 2-year-old pacing filly ranks, the leading Ohio sires of those 164 nominees include Big Bad John with 25 nominees, followed by Dragon Again and McArdle with 19 each,  Pet Rock with 17, and Mr Wiggles with 15. Uncle Peter dominated the 2-year-old diagonally-gaited colt division, with 35 of his progeny nominated.  Manofmanymissions is represented by 20 nominees, while Dejarmbro has 17, Cash Hall and Triumphant Caviar 13 each, and Dontyouforgetit 12.   Both Full Count and Wishing stone are reprsented by 10 foals each in this same division. Among the 129 freshman trotting fillies, Uncle Peter produced 27 nominees, with Dejarmbo siring 15 and Triumphant Caviar 13. Likewise, in the 3-year-old filly trotting division of 84 nominees, Uncle Peter again reigns surpreme with 16 nominees.  Manofmanymissions and Dejarmbro each have eight nominees, with Break the Bank K and Wishing Stone having six foals each nominated to the program. From the 117 sophomore colt trotters nominated, 28 are by Uncle Peter, while Wishing Stone and Manofmanymissions have 13 progeny each nominated. OSRC-registered trotting sires Dontyouforgettit and Dejarmbro are represented by ten foals each in this division. Among the 96 side-wheeling 3-year-old male nominees, 18 are sired by Pet Rock, 14 by Western Vintage, and 13 each by Dragon Again and McArdle. Pet Rock also leads the sophmore pacing filly division, with 16 foals nominated to this year’s Ohio Sires Stakes, while Dragon Again has 11 nominees, with Big Bad John and McArdle having seven of their daughters in the 2019 program.  The first leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-olds is less than a month away, with 3-year-olds vying at Miami Valley Gaming & Racing on May 3 (trotting & pacing fillies) and May 5 (trotting & pacing colts).   By Kimberly Rinker OSDF Administrator

Harness racing trainer Brian Brown captured his first Kaltenbach training title in 2018, sending 104 youngsters postward in the 2018 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) legs, finals and consolations. Brown’s hefty assortment of 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters—which he conditions at Delaware, OH during the spring and summer months and in south Florida during the wintertime—earned $1,075,850 from 18 wins, 20 seconds and ten third-place finishes.  It was fitting for Brown, who was the runner-up to 2017 Kaltenbach winning trainer Chris Beaver. This year, it was New Jersey-based trainer Ronnie Burke who finished second among all OSS conditioners, with $953,150 in earnings from 78 starters with 11 wins, 13 seconds and 12 thirds.  Chris Beaver was third in the OSS training standings, with 65 starters who finished first ten times, along with 9 second-place and 14 third-place finishers who earned $491,250. Urbana, OH-based trainer Kimberly Daily finished fourth with $283,450 earned in OSS events from 38 starters, seven winners, three second-place finishers and seven third-place check getters.  Canadian conditioners Jason McGinnis and Robert McIntosh were fifth and six respectively in the OSS final trainers’ tally. McGinnis sent 25 horses postward with seven wins, four seconds and a trio of thirds for earnings of $259,100, while McIntosh had four wins and one second in five starts for earnings of $207,500. Sixteen trainers had OSS contestants who posted earnings of $100,000 or more with six conditioners training winners who earned $200,000 or higher. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., captured the 2018 Kaltenbach Award for leading driving in OSS competition for the second time in his career, having earned the honor in 2015.  Wrenn, Jr., notched $987,500 in OSS earnings from steering 96 starters to 21 wins, 16 seconds and 12 third-place finishes.  North America’s leading driver and record setter Aaron Merriman finished second with 19 wins, 15 seconds and 16 thirds in 99 starts with earnings of $963,900 for his efforts.  Last year’s Kaltenbach winner, Chris Page, finished third this year with 16 wins, 18 seconds and ten thirds from 93 starters who earned $937,100 in OSS events. Danny Noble picked up fourth place honors in the OSS driver standings, with 15 wins, five seconds and 11 thirds form 67 starters who earned $523,750, while Tony Hall’s mounts earned $437,700 from six wins, three seconds and two thirds in 46 tries.   Ryan Stahl was the only other driver to pilot the winners of more than $400,00 with $433,950 earned from seven wins, eight seconds and eight thirds in 60 starts. Of the 73 drivers who participated in the 2018 OSS events, 60 garnered at least one check with 17 driving the winners of $100,000 or more, while a full 12 drove horses who earned $200,000 or more. 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.                                       Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. in action                                             Brian Brown   Kaltenbach Memorial Award Winners 1988 -2018           Driver Earnings Year Trainer Earnings Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.     $987,500 2018 Brian Brown $1,075,850   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 Ohio Sires Stakes

Northfield Park hosts both the Ohio Fair Championships and its annual Pinktober "Pace for the Cure" to raise awareness for breast cancer as part of a 16-race program this Saturday (October 20). The eight $25,000 Ohio Fair Championships feature the top harness racing earners from Ohio's numerous county fairs throughout the summer. The "Pace for the Cure" is part of "Pinktober," a month-long effort to raise funds to fight breast cancer, at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. The race features nine female drivers and is the evening's eighth race. Among the participants are 2016 Pinktober winner Tabitha Canaar and last year's champion Jayne Weller. Jayne is the daughter of June Weller, the first female to ever drive in harness racing's crown jewel, the Little Brown Jug. The race's other participants include: Renee Bauslaugh, Mary Birkhold, Christina Evans, Sierra Graham, Emily Hay, Laurie Stark and Rosy Weaver. Added to the normal wagering on the "Pace for the Cure" the purchase of raffle tickets are encouraged. These tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5. Tickets are placed into bags that correspond with each female driver. All tickets from the winning bag will be entered into a drawing for a host of prizes. A silent auction will also be conducted with proceeds supporting breast cancer research. In addition to exciting racing action, the evening will also offer guests a $14.95 buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room from 6-9 p.m. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330.467.4101. Guests who want to be down close to all of the racing action to dine can stop by the grandstand apron to visit Barrio's Food Truck, which will be sitting trackside from 6-9 p.m. Other action trackside includes FREE-to-play Bingo with a $500 top-prize, T-Shirt tosses throughout the evening, Kid Zone (face painting, balloon artist and prize wheel) from 6 - 8 p.m., Corn Hole from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Driver Autograph Table from 6 - 9 p.m., and Putt-Putt Challenge 8 - 9 p.m. First race post time is 6 p.m. Admission and parking are always FREE at Northfield Park. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

The Ohio Sires Stakes Consolations for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders will be contested this Saturday evening, Oct. 13, at Northfield Park. First race post time is 6 pm, ET. The day features a full realm of Buckeye State racing, with Thoroughbreds spotlighted at nearby Jack Thistledown, as they break from the Cleveland gait in five $150,000 stakes for Ohio-bred runners. Freshmen and sophomore Standardbreds not eligible to the $275,000 OSS Championships on Sept. 7 at Scioto Downs, have a chance to redeem themselves via these eight $60,000 OSS Consolations. These youngsters may have captured an OSS leg during the past season but failed to garner enough points to enter the rich Championships. Thus, by virtue of their points earned, the remaining top eight horses will now vie in the final OSS contests of the 2018 season. Bella's Rose Power is one such filly. This Chris Beaver trainee garnered checks in three of her four OSS legs for owners Beaer, Gallagher, Beachy and Zeehandelar. The Triumphant Caviar lass comes into the 2-year-old filly trot (Race 1) with $50,135 in her coffers and a mark of 1:58 taken in an overnight score at Scioto Downs on Sept. 5. TC's Best and Ilooklikeanallstar both won an OSS leg early in the season. These two are the standouts in the 2-year-old colt trot (Race 3). TC's Best won his first leg for trainer and co-owner Chris Beaver, but was less successful the remainder of the season, earning $29,043. Ilooklikeanallstar, won his OSS second leg in 1:58.1 at Scioto in his only check-earning effort of the series for trainer Kim Dailey and owner Virginia Powell. This son of Ilooklikemymom has earnings of $34,286 from two wins in nine starts. Dragonfly, a Dragon Again filly, was fourth and fifth in the first two OSS legs in her division, then didn't start in the last two legs. Trained by Chris McGuire, Dragonfly comes into the 2-year-old filly pace (Race 4) with a five-race win streak intact and $38,535 in her coffers. Likewise, Officially My Way is riding a four-race win streak as she paces into this consolation for trainer/owner Ron Randall. This Art Official distaff has $43,263 in earnings from 10 wins in 16 starts, and although she failed to win an OSS leg, did garner third, fourth and fifth-place checks in the three legs in which she participated. Yankee Boots finished a solid second in the fourth OSS leg for 2-year-old pacing colts, then promptly won his last three events, including the $40,000 Buckeye Stallion Series Final (BSS) one week ago. This Yankee Cruiser gelding starts from post three (Race 6) for trainer Steve Carter. He has nine wins in 14 starts and $93,010 for owners Carter, Grubbs, Carter and Whitacre. To Russia notched checks in all four of her OSS starts for trainer Scott Cox, and just missed getting into the Championship. However, she did win a series of Ohio Fair Stakes, earning $66,302 this year to date. The daughter of Manofmanymissions heads up the 3-year-old filly consolation (Race 5). Infrontandforgetit finished third in her lone OSS start, and since captured a $15,000 BSS division and the $40,000 BSS Final at Northfield last week for trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. This winner of $65,726 lifetime starts from the rail in this same event. The 3-year-old colt and gelding trot (Race 7) appears to be a wide-open race, with the Hugh Beatty-trained and driven Secret Bro garnering the slight nod. This Dejarmbro gelding was unraced as a freshman and was fourth and third in his first two OSS legs before opting out of the last two contests. He scored in a $15,000 BSS leg and was third in the BSS Final. Secret Bro is owned by Stephen Sexton and has $38,855 in his bankroll from three wins, two seconds and four thirds in 16 starts this year. Sweetnfamous hails from post two for trainer Virgil Morgan in the 3-year-old filly pace (Race 8). This Yankee Cruiser sophomore skipped her first OSS leg, then was third, fourth and second in the remaining legs for the Let It Ride Stables of Boca Raton, Fl. Though she's had only four wins in 17 starts this season, Sweetnfamous sports a healthy bankroll of $87,651 for her connections. Trainer Ronnie Burke sends out a one-two punch in the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace (Race 9) with Super Pac Hanover and Dragonology. The former gets the benefit of the rail, while the latter has drawn the six-hole. Super Pac Hanover is a $42,550-earning gelding, while Dragonology has $128,167 earned lifetime-both by the ill-fated Dragon Again. Another son of Dragon Again, the Kimberly Dailey-conditioned Drew The Dragon, also is worth watching in here. The winner of $70,338 comes into this race fresh off a win in a Dayton overnight on Oct. 4 in 1:52.2. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator             Kimberly Rinker   OSDF Administrator   Ohio State Racing Commission   77 South High Sreet, 18th Floor   Columbus, Ohio 43215   614-779-0269   Kim.rinker@racing.ohio.gov      

Harness racing trainer Ron Burke & driver Chris Page teamed up to sweep all four $60,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Veteran Championships for 4-year-old and up trotters and pacers of both genders on Saturday night, Oct. 6 at Northfield Park. Rosemary Rose prevailed in 1:50.4 in the $60,000 OSS contest for pacing mares after a perfect two-hole trip. The 4-year-old daughter by Foreclosure N left the gate as the 9-5 favorite, sitting in the garden spot until mid-stretch, when she unleashed a :27.4 kick to notch career victory 19. Owned by Burke Racing, Jason Melilo and Weaver Bruscemi, Rosemary Rose finished 3½ lengths in front of 8-5 Pistol Packin Mam (Aaron Merriman), with 9-5 Feelin Red Hot (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) fading to third. The triumph upped Rosemary Rose's career earnings to $370,262. Page next steered 3-1 Lady's Pride to a 1:53.2 clocking in the $60,000 Trot, equaling the Northfield Park track record and finishing half a length in front of 4-5 I Know My Chip (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.). Another Break did well to finishing third at 18-1 for Danny Noble. The 7-year-old Victory Sam gelding is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Johnny Yoder, with 45 wins from 119 starts and earnings of $793,848 lifetime. In line to become the next Foiled Again, the seemingly indefatigable Dancin Yankee captured the $60,000 Pacing Championship for the fourth time. Timed in 1:49.3, the 10-year-old Yankee Cruiser stallion grabbed the lead at the 1:21.3 three-quarters and never looked back, drawing off by 3¼ lengths at 1-5 in front of 20-1 Uncle Remus (Jason Merriman). Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., piloted 22-1 Stride Of Pride to a third-place finish. Owned by Burke Racing, the victory pushed Dancin Yankee's career earnings to $1,836,957 and was his 69th lifetime win in his 217th start. Finally, Page guided 3-5 Party At The Banks to a 1:55.3 clocking in the $60,000 Mare Trotting Championship. The 4-year-old daughter by Break The Bank K battled the leading 6-1 A TC Queenie (Dan Noble) throughout the mile before getting the better of her rival in the lane, prevailing by 2¼ lengths, with 10-1 Joyfulntriumphant (Aaron Merriman) notching show honors. The win was the fifth of the season for Party At The Banks and her ninth lifetime. Her career coffers now contain $79,973 for owners Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. Coming Up: Eight $60,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolations for 2- and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies are set to spar at Northfield Park on October 13, wrapping up the 2018 OSS season. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator  

On Saturday (October 6) Northfield Park hosted eight $40,000 divisions of Buckeye Stallion Series Championships and four $60,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) Championships for harness racing 4-year-olds and up. The stakes racing action led to a track record being set for freshman gelding pacers and a tied mark for Five-and-Up Trotting Geldings. Yankee Boots won the evening's fourth race, the $40,000 Buckeye Stallion Series Championship 2 CP. His 1:51.3 clocking made him the fastest 2 year-old pacing gelding in the track's history. The mark was previous broke in 2017 by Drew The Dragon (Dan Noble) in 1:51.4. Steve Carter of Londonderry, Ohio trains and co-owns the pacer with Peggy Carter, Chuck Grubbs and J Whitacre. Aaron Merriman was in the sulky for the winning drive. Yankee Boots (Yankee Cruiser-Scootin Mercedes-Expensive Scooter) started from post four. He left from the gate and led every call through fractions of :26.3, :55.2, 1:23 and 1:51.3, besting his competition by two lengths. Yankee Boots now has nine wins in 14 starts. Saturday's victory bolstered his bankroll to $93,010. He was heavily favored and returned $2.80 to win. Race 10, the $60,000 OSS Championship for four-and-up trotting horses and geldings, saw Lady's Dude equal the 1:53.2 record for five-and-up trotting geldings. This is the fourth time this record has been set and is a tie with Obrigado (Mark MacDonald) in 2016, Cimeronken (Aaron Merriman) in 2018, and Fly Jesse Fly (Chris Lems) in 2018. Ron Burke trains the trotter for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JE Yoder. Chris Page was in the sulky. Lady's Dude (Victory Sam-Lady's Star-Hi Noon Star) started from the rail and sat the pocket through times of :27.1, :55.3 and 1:24.2. Page pulled approaching top of the stretch and won by ½-length in 1:53.2. Lady's Dude now has 11 wins in 23 starts this year. This victory represents his 45th career score and pushed his earnings $793,848. He paid $8.80 to win. Ayers Ratliff

Four $60,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships for veteran pacers and trotters, 4-year-olds and up, will be contested Saturday night, Oct. 6 at Northfield Park. The four OSS events, carded as races nine through 12 on the 16-race program, feature full, eight-horse fields. First race post time is 6 pm, ET. Trainer Ronnie Burke sends out a formidable pair in the $60,000 OSS Mare Pacing Championship (Race 9), $340,262-earner Rosemary Rose and Feelin Red Hot, who sports a bankroll of $213,279. Owned by Burke Racing, J.V. Melilo and Weaver Bruscemi, Rosemary Rose is a 4-year-old daughter by Foreclosure N, out of The Panderosa mare Pantathlon. A winner of 18 of 44 career starts, Rosemary Rose won a $18,500 Filly & Mare Open Handicap at Dayton on Sept. 14 in 1:52.1. Bred by Ron Salcedo, Rosemary Rose starts from the rail with Chris Page aboard. Stablemate Feelin Red Hot leaves from post four with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in the sulky. This 5-year-old Feelin Friskie lass won a $19,000 Northfield Park Filly & Mare Open on Sept. 15 in wire-to-wire fashion in 1:51.1. Owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, Feelin Red Hot has won 19 of her 74 trips postward for these connections. The $60,000 OSS Trotting Championship (Race 10) features a hardy field of eight diagonally-gaited specialists, who collectively, have earned more than $3.26 million. Buckeye Boss looks like the one to beat from post three. Aaron Merriman steers the 4-year-old Triumphant Caviar gelding for trainer Chris Beaver, who co-owns Buckeye Boss along with breeder Marion Beachy and Synerco Ventures. A winner of $331,874 from 15 wins, three seconds and three thirds in 34 career starts, Buckeye Boss has five triumphs to his credit this season, including a 1:54.3 score at Scioto Downs on Sept. 8 in a $30,000 Open. I Know My Chip is another with a solid shot in this event, hailing from conditioner Walter Haynes, Jr.'s stable. A winner of $846,006 lifetime, the 6-year-old son of Deep Chip has battled against some of North America's best trotters this season, with his most impressive effort coming in the $186,000 Crawford at Tioga Downs on Aug. 12, when he was second to Will Take Charge in 1:52.1. The 7-year-old Victory Sam gelding Lady's Dude has earned $763,848 from 44 wins, 16 seconds and 17 thirds in 118 career trips postward. Bred by Ohioan Duane Lowe and trained by Ronnie Burke, Lady's Dude has been super consistent in the Ohio opens for his connections this year, with seasonal earnings of $128,750. Millionaire Dancin Yankee is the clear standout in Race 11, the $60,000 OSS Pacing Championship. Ronnie Burke will harness the 10-year-old Yankee Cruiser stallion from post three with Chris Page driving for the Burke Racing Stable of Fredericktown, PA. With $1,806,957 earned, Dancin Yankee has been one of the most consistent Ohio-bred performers throughout his career, with 68 wins, 48 seconds and 30 thirds from 216 lifetime starts. This season he's scored nine triumphs-including a heart-stopping 1:48.4 victory in a Scioto Downs open. As well, Dancin Yankee captured this same event in 2014 (in 1:52.1); in 2015 (in 1:51.3); and in 2016 (in 1:52.2), the last time it as contested. The $60,000 OSS Mare Trotting Championship (Race 12) sees $320,471-earner A TC Queenie as the one to beat. Trained by Ron Steck for Trish Sousby and Rick Schaut, this 5-year-old daughter by Triumphant Caviar-American Queen-American Winner lost a nose decision in the Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware on Sept. 19 but had previously won six of 21 starts this season. Lifetime, she's visited the winner's circle 20 times, with ten seconds and seven thirds from 66 career outings. As well, another Burke trainee has a formidable chance in this same event. Party At The Banks, a 4-year-old Break The Bank K lass, prevailed impressively in the Ohio Breeders Aged Championship at Delaware on Sept. 19 in 1:53.4 before finishing second in a conditioned trot at Dayton on Sept. 28. Owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, Party At The Banks has amassed $49,973 from eight wins, eight seconds and a third in 28 career starts. Dan Noble drives from post three. Rose Run Sydney has been saddled with the dreaded eight-hole for trainer Steve Carter, who owns the 4-year-old Triumphant Caviar filly in partnership with Adam Friedland and Rbr Racing. A winner of $522,283 in her career from 22 wins in 50 starts, Rose Run Sydney captured the $250,000 OSS 3-Year-Old Championship last season. Ryan Stahl is slated to be in the bike from the outside slot. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

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