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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

Trainers Ronnie Burke and Brian Brown both had a fantastic Super Night at Scioto Downs on Sept. 8, despite the chilly conditions and non-stop pouring rain. A healthy crowd was on hand to witness $2.2 million in purses awarded to eight victorious Ohio-breds. Burke took home three of the eight $275,000 Championships, beginning with Wittyville, a freshman Manofmanymissions colt, who is out of the SJ's Photo mare Witty Girl, in the 2-Year-Old Colt Trot. Owned by Burke Racing, breeder Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi, Wittyville picked up his second career win in six starts--upping his lifetime earnings to $176,010 with his 1:57 front-stepping victory. Leaving the gate at 10-1 odds, Wittyville and driver Chris Page bested second-place finisher 5-2 Lane of Stone (Jeff Nisonger) by 3½ lengths, with another Burke trainee, 6-1 Dylan The Great (Matt Kakaley) notching show honors. Burke next harnessed the Yankee Cruiser filly Baron Remy to capture the $275,000 Three-Year-Old Filly Pace Championship in a healthy 1:52 as the 5-2 choice. Chris Page was in the sulky behind Baron Remy, who is out of the Shady Character mare Riley Character, and who was also on the front end the entire mile for owners Burke Racing, Silva, Purnell & Libby, L. Karr and Weaver Bruscemi. Bred by Baron Racing Stable, Baron Remy was 2½ lengths ahead of 25-1 longshot Believe In Waco (Aaron Merriman) at the wire, with 16-1 Smiley Dragon (Trace Tetrick) getting up for third. Baron Remy's seasonal earnings now stand at $233,370 from three wins, five seconds and a third in 13 starts, while her career bankroll is a bulging $329,434 from six wins, five seconds and three thirds in 20 lifetime trips postward. Impinktoo gave Burke his third Championship crown when the Manofmanymissions-Margie Seelster-Angus Hall daughter cruised to a 1:55.4 clocking at 3-1 odds with Kayne Kauffman in the sulky. Owned by Billy Walters, Joe McLead and Rtk Racing, Impinktoo used come-from-behind tactics to get the job done, snaring her second win of the season and fifth lifetime victory after overtaking the leading 8-1 Spunky Bottom Girl (Tyler Smith), with 5-1 Sesame grabbing third with David Miller in the sulky. Bred by Jay Mossbarger, this latest triumph upped her career earnings to $276,185 and her 2018 account now stands at $209,145. Canadian-based trainer and co-owner Robert McIntosh couldn't have been happier when his Only Take Cash won the $275,000 Championship for 2-year-old trotting fillies in 1:57. This daughter by Cash Hall-Armbro Affair-Garland Lobell got a perfect steer by Aaron Merriman, taking the lead at the quarter and never looking back to grab lifetime win seven in eight tries as the public's favorite. Princess Of Pink (Tony Hall), a 36-1 longshot, was second, 5½ lengths back of the winner, while 17-1 Spirit Bell (Ryan Stahl) was third. Only Take Cash had won every Ohio Sires Stakes leg except for her first, when she finished a game second to Vivi D. This homebred's career earnings now stand at $240,190 for owners McIntosh Stables, Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables of Ontario, Canada. Frank Chick's travel to Ohio from Harrington, DE was well-worth the trip as his Queen Of The Pride captured the $275,000 2-Year-Old Filly Pace in 1:54.2 as the 2-1 choice. Steered by Tony Hall for trainer Kevin Lare, this bay daughter of McArdle-Lioness Hanover-Western Ideal made every pole a winning one--pushing her lifetime earnings to $225,522. She was bred by Brad Wallace of Hickory Lane Farm fame. Carmen Ohio came from near last for Ryan Stahl to grab second at 20-1 odds, while 7-1 High Reward (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third. Trainer Brian Brown trained both fillies, as well as fourth-place finisher, 21-1 choice Mi Nina Bonita (David Miller). High On Paydaze seems to have a penchant for the slop, and Super Night was no different, as the Nob Hill High youngster cruised to a 1:53.2 clocking in the $275,000 Championship for 2-year-old pacing colts. David Miller guided the 7-2 High On Paydaze, weaving his way through horses before prevailing at the end by a length over stablemate 7-5 Rock Candy (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) It was a clean sweep for Brian Brown, who trains the homebred winner for owners Scott Hagemeyer, Robert Mondillo and Donald Robinson, as well as Rocky Candy and third-place finisher, 13-1 Dislocator (Chris Page), fourth-place finisher 6-1 Smackitwithahammer (Trace Tetrick) and fifth-place finisher 75-1 Tony Too Tall (Ryan Stahl). The victory was High On Paydaze's fifth lifetime in six starts and pushed his earnings to $220,700. He had captured his first three Ohio Sires Stakes legs over similarly muddy surfaces but was third in Leg 4 over a dry track. The speedy bay colt is out of The Panderosa broodmare Myell. The stars aligned for a group of Indiana connections in the $275,000 3-Year-Old Colt Trot Championship when 2-5 Two O B Wonkenobi scored in 1:56.3 for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. Owned by the Hoosier State-based partnership of Shara Weaver and Madeline Roche, the Dejarmbro gelding is conditioned by Indiana-based trainer Ernie Gaskin and was bred by Indiana breeding farm Pond-A-Acres. Two O B Wonkenobi was never headed throughout the one-mile test, staving off a late challenge by 5-1 Pass The Vape (Derek Watiker) and third-place finisher 14-1 Uncle Buck (Aaron Merriman). His seasonal bankroll stands tall at $245,545, while lifetime he's amassed $275,565 from nine wins, six seconds and two thirds in 21 starts. Last, but definitely not least, Lather Up put the finishing touches on a star-studded program by pacing to a wire-to-wire triumph handily in a sizzling 1:49.3 under wraps for driver Montrell Teague and trainer Clyde Francis as the 1-9 favorite. Owned and bred by the Harrington, DE couple of Gary and Barbara Iles, the son of I'm Gorgeous grabbed season victory ten and lifetime win 14. Winner of the $1 million North America Cup earlier this season, Lather Up has $728,965 in his lifetime coffers. The hard-trying 13- Rockathon was second for David Miller, 5½ lengths behind the winner, while 12-1 Seeing Eye Single took home show money with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in the bike. From 14 starters--the most of any trainers in the Championships--trainer Brian Brown had nine horses finish in the money (one win, three seconds, two thirds, two fourths and one fifth), while conditioner Ronnie Burke had eight starters (three wins, two thirds and one fifth). Manofmanymissions was the only stallion with two winners in this year's Championships, while broodmare sire Garland Lobell also had two winners. The Ohio Sires Stakes continue with $60,000 Championships for veteran pacers and trotters, 4-year-olds and up on Oct. 6 at Northfield and $60,000 Consolations for 2- and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies on Oct. 13 at Northfield. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator  

In harness racing, the person most often overlooked in the hype and glory of the winner's circle is the caretaker--an apt name for the person who spends the most time tending to the needs of a Standardbred racehorse. One such person is Sheila Napier, a 37-year-old Cincinnati native who has four horses competing in several of the $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships on Saturday night, Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs. "I started working with the Delaware Equine Lab in 1995, when I was still in high school," Napier noted. "I was just a horse lover from day one and always went to the Delaware County Fair and the Little Brown Jug as a kid." Napier worked for trainer Ron Potter for ten years and was the caretaker for 2011 Jug winner Big Bad John. For the past three seasons she's been attending to horses in the Chris Beaver Stable, located in Radnor, Ohio, just a few miles north of Delaware, and has had a Super Night charge every year. "I'd like to say I always have great horses because I'm a very good groom," she laughed, then humbly added, "And that's partially true, but Chris' (trainer Beaver) operation is huge and it's total teamwork here at the farm. We all work together very well and everyone helps everyone else." Napier said there are 55 horses on the grounds at Beaver's facility, where she takes care of eight on a daily basis. "I don't have to clean stalls and that's a big plus, but I get the job done and get it done right," she affirmed. "On Saturday night, I'll be running around like a chicken with my head cut off." Napier has three horses in the same race--the second event on the Scioto program--the 2-year-old Filly Trot Championship. Her horses include Pure Chance, Back Splash and Aunt Rose, all winners of at least one Ohio Sires Stakes leg. "It's going to be a very nerve-wracking evening, as Chris (trainer Beaver) actually has four horses in that race, but I'll concentrate on getting my three ready," Napier explained. "One of our second trainers and another groom will come over to help get two to the track for me and help afterward with the bathing and putting away. I'll take care of Aunt Rose from start to finish, because she's pretty nasty at times. She's a biter and can really have her moments--every time I go into her stall I put my hands up and say, 'I'm here!' "For some reason, I seem to get along with the meanest and the toughest of horses," she added. Napier's other Ohio Sires Stakes contestant is Never Say Uncle, a 2-year-old gelding, slated to leave from post three in the fifth race, the $275,000 Freshman Trot Championship. "Another caretaker will get Never Say Uncle ready for me, and then I'll hand off Aunt Rose to them once she's finished, and I'll go get him out to the race," Napier said. "He's a sweetheart," Napier added regarding the son of Uncle Peter. "Overall, the Triumphant Caviars are all very sweet horses to be around. Pure Chance and Back Splash are both by Triumphant Caviars, but Aunt Rose is by Uncle Peter, so it's funny that Never Say Uncle would be so sweet and she'd be so nasty." And--get ready, Napier has yet another horse in a later race. "I have Buckeye Boss in the 13th race as well," she said. "So, I'll get a bit of a breather in between my last Sires Stakes and that race." "This is my dream job," Napier stressed. "The best part is going to the track and seeing your horses--that you've put your heart and soul into week after week--perform. No matter how long your days are, when you go to the track and see your horse trot and win in 1:52, it makes all of the hard work worth it."  by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator  

Seventy-two harness racing Standardbreds will line up behind the Scioto Downs starting gate on Saturday night, Sept. 8 in eight $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships, featuring the best 2- and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies in the Buckeye State. Post time for the 14-race card, which features combined purses of more than $2.5 million, is set at 6:30 pm, ET. Trotting stallions represented in the four, diagonally-gaited contests include Manofmanymissions, with five progeny scheduled to compete, along with Uncle Peter and My MVP, who are represented by four foals each. Ohio-based trotting sires (at time of conception) with three youngsters each racing include: Break The Bank K, Broadway Hall, Cash Hall, Stormin Normand, Triumphant Caviar and Wishing Stone. The stallions Dejarmbro and Full Count each have two foals racing, while Southwind Spirit has one. Pacing stallions who are represented in the four laterally-gaited divisions include Pet Rock, who has eight of his youngsters following the starting gate, along with Dragon Again and McArdle who have four foals each racing. The Ohio-registered pacing sires Big Bad John and Yankee Cruiser have three of their progeny in these events, while The Panderosa and Western Vintage both have two youngsters going postward. Believeinbruiser, I'm Gorgeous, Nob Hill High, Rockin Amadeus, Shark Gesture, We Will See, Woodstock and World Of Rocknroll are all Ohio stallions represented by one son or daughter in these Ohio Sires Stakes. Drivers who have participated in the Ohio Sires Stakes will also be competing in the Championships. To date Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., leads all drivers who have steered $607,850-winning youngsters in these events, with 18 wins, 13 seconds and eight third in 80 starts. Close on his heels in second are two of the state's leading reinsmen: Aaron Merrman, whose Ohio Sires Stakes mounts have garnered $569,900 from 15 wins, 13 seconds and 12 thirds in 81 trips postward; and Danny Noble, who also has 15 wins, along with four seconds and ten thirds in 58 drives, with $454,550 in Ohio Sires Stakes earnings. Chris Page isn't far behind, having amassed $434,100 in earnings from 75 starts, with nine wins, 15 seconds and nine thirds. Ryan Stahl's charges have earned $275,900 in Ohio Sires Stakes purses from seven wins, six seconds and seven thirds in 46 starts, while Tyler Smith has amassed $241,100 from five wins, five seconds and seven thirds in 50 Ohio Sires Stakes starts. Canadian reinsman Anthony Macdonald has garnered $179,600 in earnings from six Ohio Sires Stakes winners, four-second place and three third-place finishers in 18 starts, while Pennsylvania-based river Tony Hall has five wins, two seconds and two thirds from 40 starts and $173,700. Finally, driver Kayne Kauffman is the ninth driver to have Ohio Sires Stakes earnings over $100k, as from 35 starts he's posted two wins, seven seconds and a trio of thirds for $156,300. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

The $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships for 2- and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies is set to be the richest night ever in Ohio racing history. Eight Ohio Sires Stakes Championships, totaling $2.2 million, will move postward on Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs. Post time is 6:30 pm, ET. The Ohio Sires Stakes help to promote the breeding and racing of Standardbreds in the Buckeye State through its rich four-leg series and hefty Championship purses. As well, the Ohio Sires Stakes features $60,000 Championships for veteran campaigners, 4-year-olds and up (Oct. 6 at Northfield Park); and $60,000 Consolation races for 2- and 3-year-olds (Oct. 13 at Northfield Park). Foals are deemed eligible to the series by virtue of their sires being registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission and standing stallion duty in Ohio during year of conception. This year, the stallion Pet Rock p, 4, 1:47 ($1,984,204) is tops in Ohio Sires Stakes money earned by 2-year-old pacers with $215,600. The son of Rocknroll Hanover-Casual Beauty-Artsplace is also second in the leading sires list of 3-year-old Ohio Sires Stakes earners with $194,800. Pet Rock, who stands at Midland Acres in Bloomingburg, OH, is also second among all Ohio sires of 2- and 3-year-old pacers in the 2018 Ohio Sires Stakes legs in number of wins, with his freshmen having recorded five triumphs and his sophomores having garnered four wins. Some of Pet Rock's standouts in the Ohio Sires Stakes include: Rylee Roo (Leg 2 winner in 1:53.3, Leg 4 winner in 1:53.2); Rock Candy (Leg 4 winner in 1:53); Rockathon (Leg 2 winner in 1:51.4, Leg 3 winner in 1:51.4); Rockn Motion (Leg 1 winner in 1:51.1); and Gold Digger King (Leg 1 winner in 1:52.4). Tops among sires of 3-year-old pacers in Ohio Sires Stakes by earnings-with $224,800-is the ill-fated Dragon Again, p, 5, 1:48.3s ($2,343,428) who stood at Sugar Valley Farm in Delaware, OH until his untimely death in 2017. This son of Dragon's Lair-Ever And Again-Towner's Big Guy was fourth in the standings among 2-year-old pacers' Ohio Sires Stakes earnings ($121,700), and first in the sire listing of 3-year-old pacers by wins (six) in Ohio Sires Stakes competition. Some of Dragon Again's top Ohio Sires Stakes contestants include: Bounding Dragon (Leg 1 winner in 1:53, Leg 3 winner in 1:51.1, Leg 4 winner in 1:51.1); Smiley Dragon (Leg 2 winner in 1:52.4, Leg 3 winner in 1:52.3); Kay Again (Leg 2 winner in 1:52.2); Western Vintage, p, 2, 1:49.4 ($402,478), a son of Western Ideal-Major Harmony-Art Major who stands at Abby Stables in Sugarcreek, OH is the leading sire of 2-year-old pacers in the Ohio Sires Stakes by number of wins, with six, including divisional leader Rose Run Ulysses (Leg 1 winner in 1:52.2, Leg 2 winner in 1:54.1, Leg 4 winner in 1:52); and Authentic Hanover (Leg 1 winner in 1:53.3, Leg 2 winner in 1:53.4). Western Vintage also sits second behind the leading Pet Rock among sires of 2-year-old pacers in Ohio Sires Stakes by earnings with $147,200. The top four sires of 2-year-old pacers in Ohio Sires Stakes 2018 earnings PET ROCK $215,600 WESTERN VINTAGE  $147,200 MCARDLE  $129,000 DRAGON AGAIN  $121,700 The top four sires of 2-year-old pacers in Ohio Sires Stakes 2018 wins WESTERN VINTAGE  6 PET ROCK  5  MCARDLE  4 NOB HILL HIGH  3 The top four sires of 3-year-old pacers in  Ohio Sires Stakes 2018 earnings DRAGON AGAIN  $224,800 PET ROCK  $194,800 MCARDLE  $127,000 BIG BAD JOHN  $71,300 The top four sires of 3-year-old pacers in Ohio Sires Stakes 2018 wins DRAGON AGAIN  6 PET ROCK  4 MCARDLE  4 BIG BAD JOHN & I'M GORGEOUS  (tie) 2 Among the Buckeye State's trotting sires, Uncle Peter 4, 1:50.3f ($1,290,660) leads all sires of 2-year-olds in Ohio Sires Stakes in earnings ($220,800) and he's also tied for first in wins (six) with the Conway Hall-B Cor Tamgo-A Go Go Lauxmont stallion Broadway Hall 2, 1:56.4 ($436,790). Uncle Peter, a son of Cantab Hall-Victory Treasure-Enjoy Lavec, stands at Hickory Lane Farm in Findlay, OH with his first offspring starting as freshman this season. Some of his top Ohio Sire Stakes winners include: Aunt Rose (Leg 1 winner in 1:59.1, Leg 2 winner in 1:59); Never Say Uncle (Leg 2 winner in 1:58.4); Oh So Pine (Leg 1 winner in 2:01.3); and Peter Trottintail (Leg 3 winner in 1:59.4). In the 3-year-old ranks, My MVP 3, 1:52 ($879,804) leads all sires in both Ohio Sires Stakes earnings ($188,550) and wins (six). This son of Cantab Hall-Exceed Expectation-Kadabra stands at Sugar Valley Farm, Delaware, OH and his top Ohio Sires Stakes performers include: Non Smoker (Leg 1 winner in 1:54, Leg 2 winner in 1:56.2, Leg 3 winner in 1:55.1); Spunky Bottom Girl (Leg 2 winner in 1:55.4, Leg 2 winner in 1:54.2); and Rising MVP (Leg 2 winner in 1:56.2). The top four sires of 2-year-old trotters in Ohio Sires Stakes 2018 earnings UNCLE PETER  $220,800 MANOFMANYMISSIONS  $180,400 WISHING STONE  $174,400 BROADWAY HALL  $169,600 The top four sires of 2-year-old trotters in Ohio Sires Stakes 2018 wins UNCLE PETER  6 BROADWAY HALL  6 WISHING STONE  5 MANOFMANYMISSIONS  4 The top four sires of 3-year-old trotters in Ohio Sires Stakes 2018 earnings MY MVP  $188,550 MANOFMANYMISSIONS  $171,500 DEJARMBRO  $123,400 STORMIN NORMAND  $118,550 The top four sires of 3-year-old trotters in Ohio Sires Stakes 2018 wins MY MVP  6 MANOFMANYMISSIONS  4 STORMIN NORMAND  3 DEJARMBRO, BREAK THE BANK K, CASH HALL .(tie) 2 by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator    

The richest night in Ohio harness racing history will commence September 8 when eight, $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships score behind the Scioto Downs starting gate. A total of $2.2 million will be on the line for 2- and 3-year-old Ohio-sired, trotting and pacing colts and fillies. First race post time is 6:30 pm, ET. The Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) spotlights youngsters and aged horses conceived in the Buckeye State by a stallion residing in the state and registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC). The resulting foals are made eligible to the OSS program via a one-time nomination payment by March 15 of their 2- or 3-year-old season and can then enter the four-leg series. Horses garner points in the series based on their finish in the legs, and the top point earners are thus given a starting berth in the rich championship. The top five money-earning trainers from the four legs of the Ohio Sires Stakes are Brian Brown, Chris Beaver, Ronnie Burke, Kimberly Dailey and Jason McGinnis. Brian Brown has conditioned 17 winners, 18 second-place finishers and seven third-place finishers to $644,100 in the OSS series, from 89 starters. The Delaware, Ohio-based Brown conditioned a trio of 3-year-old pacing fillies to two wins each in their division: Smiley Dragon (1:52.4, 1:52.3); McPansy (1:51.3, 1:52.3); and Prsntpretynperfect (1:52.4, 1:51.4). These three ladies sit first, third and fifth in the point earnings in their division. Brown also conditions OSS winner Cinnamack (1:50.4)-who sits fifth-and seventh-place point earner Slick Mick, in the 3-year-old colt pacing division. Brown has four of the top nine point earners in the 2-year-old pacing filly division, with Carmen Ohio (1:55.2) in second; Final Offer, a two-time OSS winner in third (1:55.2, 1:55); High Reward (1:53.1) in fifth and Mi Nina Bronca in the ninth slot. Brown's top shot to capture the 2-year-old colt pacing Championship is High On Paydaze, a three-time OSS winner (1:53.1, 1:54.2, 1:54.1), who is tied for the top spot along with the Kimberly Dailey-trained Rose Run Ulysses. Both youngsters have earned $64,800 in the OSS series. Brown's other contestants in this same division are third-place point earner Rock Candy (1:53); fourth-place point earner Dislocator (1:53.3); Smackitwithahammer (1:52.3), eighth in points earned; and Tony Too Tall, ninth. Buckeye trotting guru Chris Beaver's charges have earned $371,350 in OSS competition this season from nine wins, eight seconds and 11 thirds in 52 starts. Beaver has four of the top point earners in the 2-year-old filly trot division, with Aunt Rose (1:59.1, 1:59) third, followed by Stone In Love (1:59.2) fifth; Pure Chance (1:59.2) sixth and Back Splash (1:57.3) eighth. As well, Beaver's trainee Never Say Uncle, winner of his second OSS leg in 1:58.4, is fourth in the point standings in the 2-year-old colt trot division. In the 3-year-old filly trot division, Beaver has the fifth, sixth and seventh top point earners in Red Storm (1:55.4); California Love (1:56.2) and Sesame. Though he's garnered just three victories in OSS contests this season, North America's leading trainer Ronnie Burke has amassed $263,500 in OSS earnings from his 58 starters who have also notched 11 second-place finishes and eight third-place finishes. This New Jersey-based conditioner's Wittyville-who won leg three in 1:56.2-is the sixth-highest point earner in the 2-year-old colt trot division, while Rose Run Uptowngal is eighth in the 2-year-old filly pace class. Burke's charges Seeing Eye Single and Rockin Motion (1:51.1) are fourth and eighth respectively in points in the 3-year-old colt pace division, while Baron Remy (1:52) is fourth in points earned in the 3-year-old filly pace class and Impinktoo is fourth in the 3-year-old filly trot ranks. Urbana-based conditioner Kimberly Dailey harnessed 32 starters in OSS events this season, with seven wins, two seconds and six thirds, for $204,500 in earnings. Her top charge is the 2-year-old colt pacer Rose Run Ulysses, tied for first place in his division with Brown's High On Paydaze, and a winner of three OSS legs in 1:52.2, 1:54.1 and 1:52. As well, Dailey has second-place point earners Bad Girls Rule (1:54.1) in the 3-year-old filly division and two-time OSS winner Rockathon (1:51.1, 1:51.4) in the 3-year-old colt pace class. Last, but certainly not least is the Ontario-based conditioner Jason McGinnis, who began his foray into OSS competition this season with 20 starters, six winners, four second-place finishers and three third-place finishers earning $179,600. The McGinnis-trained Yes (1:59, 1:57) is the second highest point earner in the 2-year-old colt trot division, while stablemate Oh So Pine (2:01.3) is in the eighth spot. McGinnis' See You In Tuscany (1:53, 1:57.3) sits sixth in points earned in the 2-year-old colt pacing ranks, while Twinsburg (1:54.4) is the seventh highest point earner in the 2-year-old filly pacing ranks. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

The temperature wasn't the only thing sizzling on a scorching Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 28) at Scioto Downs as six $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions were contested for harness racing 2-year-old diagonally-gaited specialists. These tests were the final leg in the four-round series and the outcome of each determined which youngsters are eligible to enter the $275,000 Championships at Scioto Downs on Sept. 8. The trio of colt divisions featured 27 male trotters, with the Broadway Hall gelding Homer Hall capturing the first division in a career best 1:56.3 for driver Ryan Stahl. Conditioned by Steve Carter, Homer Hall won OSS leg one in 1:59.3, was third in leg two and fourth in leg three for Carter, Mossbarger and Gallagher. The youngster left the gate at odds of 5-2, besting 9-1 rival Never Say Uncle (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and 60-1 longshot Bank Box Treasure (Josh Sutton). Homer Hall upped his bankroll to $73, 506 and now has seven wins and a third in nine starts. Anthony MacDonald steered 5-2 Yes, a gelded son of Manofmanymissions to victory in the second OSS colt division for trainer Jason McGinnis. Owned by Thestable Yes Group, Yes was clocked in a new life mark off 1:57, with 6-5 Wittyville (Chris Page) second and 5-2 Cumberland Gap (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) third. Bred by Eddie Lohmeyer, Yes was third in OSS leg one to Homer Hall before winning leg two in 1:59.2, and was second in leg three. He has $64,075 in his coffers from two wins, two second and one third in six starts. Lane Of Stone, a brown son of Wishing Stone, captured the third OSS colt test in 1:59.1 for driver Jeff Nisonger. Trained by Mark Winters for owner/breeder Harry Horowitz, Lane Of Stone was the 2-1 choice, besting 5-2 Cassius Lane (Don Harmon), with 14-1 Gallivant (Aaron Merriman) notching show money. This homebred has $76,143 earned for these connections from six wins and a second in seven starts. Lane Of Stone won OSS leg one in 1:59.3 and leg two in 1:58.2 by nine lengths, and finished second in leg three to Wittyville. See Me Sparkle, a Broadway Hall filly, took the first distaff division handily in 1:57 as the 9-5 choice for driver Jim Pantaleano. Trained by J.L. Adams for M. A. Valentic, A. Bednarksi and K. L. Adams, See Me Sparkle won her OSS leg one in 2:00.3, was seventh in leg two and third in leg three to Only Take Cash. She's earned $59,575 lifetime from three wins, one second and one third in six starts. Danny Noble steered 14-1 Meadowbranch Vicki to a second-place finish, while 8-5 Spirit Bell (Ryan Stahl) got up for third. As expected, Only Take Cash notched her third win in this series by capturing the second filly division in a new Scioto Downs track record clocking of 1:56 for driver Aaron Merriman. This Cash Hall homebred lass, who is trained by Robert McIntosh for the Canadian trio of McIntosh Stables, Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables was second in leg one to Vivi D, then won leg two in 1:57.1 and leg three in 1:56.4. She turned the tables in this fourth leg on her rival, 6-1 second-place finisher Vivi D (Kyle Ater), with 70-1 longshot DJ Miracle (Crist Hershberger) grabbing show money. Only Take Cash is the richest freshman filly in these Ohio Sires Stakes, with $102,690 in earnings from six wins and one second in seven starts. Aunt Percilla stepped up in just her second start in this series to capture the third OSS filly division in 1:57.3. Danny Noble guided the Uncle Peter lass to her maiden victory as a 16-1 longshot for trainer Jim Eaton and owners Mystical Marker Farm and Robert Silberberg. Pure Chance was second at 7-5 for Aaron Merriman with Stone In Love third for Chris Page at 6-5. Aunt Percilla now has $22,000 earned with the win, her first on-the-board finish in five pari-mutuel tries. The top nine 2-year-old trotting colt point earners are as follows: Lane Of Stone (179); Yes (141); Homer Hall (124); Never Say Uncle (92); Bosley (91); Cumberland Gap (91); Wittyville (91); Oh So Pine (90); and Peter Trottintail (89). The top nine 2-year-old trotting filly point earners are: Only Take Cash (179); Vivi D (129); Aunt Rose (121); See Me Sparkle (116); Stone In Love (116); Pure Chance (116); Spirit Bell (83); Back Splash (81); and Princessofpink (66). by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator  

Trainer Brian Brown and driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr., teamed up to capture three Ohio Sires Stakes winners at Northfield Park on Monday night, Aug. 27, with several of Brown's 2-year-old pacing trainees finishing second and third as well. Final Offer, a Rockin Amadeus filly, didn't disappoint as the 4-5 favorite for owners Country Club Acres, Aws Stables and Joe Sbrocco, scoring as the 4-5 favorite in 1:55 in the first of two $50,000 divisions. The bay filly picked up her second consecutive victory in the OSS series, having won leg three on Aug. 10 in 1:55.2 at Scioto Downs. This latest victory pushed her earnings to $61,300 as she bested 35-1 longshot Bad Sammie (Tony Hall) and third-place finisher, 5-1 Snobbytown (Tyler Smith). Brown then bridled up Rock Candy, the 1-5 favorite in the first $40,000 colt division for Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo, as the Pet Rock gelding stormed to a 1:53 clocking. This winner of $68,400 lifetime bested stablemate, 3-1 Dislocator (Chris Page) and 5-1 Van Diesel (Trevor Smith). Rock Candy had finished second in all three previous OSS legs. Brown then sent out Smackitwithahammer, who prevailed in the late going over the hard-trying 4-1 choice Tony Too Tall (Ryan Stahl) in 1:52.3 in the third OSS colt contest. The McArdle gelding is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocoo and the W. J. Robinson Estate. It was the first victory in the OSS series for Smackitwithahammer, who left the gate at 6-5 odds, upping his career earnings to $39,000. Eastondowntheroad was a smart third for driver Trace Tetrick at 6-1. In the second $50,000 filly division, Rylee Roo claimed first-place honors with Aaron Merriman at the helm in a new track record time of 1:53.2. The 8-5 Pet Rock lass, who is conditioned by Steve Carter for Steven Price of Sandy Springs, GA, had captured leg two in a track record time of 1:53.3 on July 17. She easily bested 4-5 Rose Run Uptowngal (Chris Page), with 16-1 Carmen Ohio (Ryan Stahl) notching third-place honors. Rylee Roo now has $74,375 in her coffers from two wins and two seconds in five lifetime starts. In perhaps the most competitive race of the night, Rose Run Ulysses put forth an extraordinary effort, outpacing his rivals impressively in 1:52 as the 4-1 choice. Trace Tetrick was behind the greyhound-like chestnut son of Western Vintage, who gamely held off 6-1 Yankee Boots (Aaron Merriman) and 2-5 previously undefeated favorite High On Paydaze (Chris Page) at the wire. Trained and co-owned by Kimberly Daily and Carl & Melanie Atley of Xenia, Ohio, Rose Run Ulysses pushed his bankroll to $83,200 with his fourth victory in five lifetime starts. The following nine colts have qualified for the $275,000 Championship on Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs, via their points earned in the four legs of this OSS series: Rose Run Ulysses (166); High On Paydaze (166); Rock Candy (129); Dislocator (116); Authentic Hanover (112); See You In Tuscany (103); Gold Digger King (91); Smackitwithahammer (89); and Tony Too Tall (66). Here are the nine 2-year-old OSS-eligible pacing fillies who are eligible for the $275,000 Championship: Rylee Roo (129); Carmen Ohio (116); Final Offer (112); Queen Of The Pride (103); High Reward (95); Sugar And Spite (83); Twinsburg (78); Rose Run Uptowngal (78); and Mi Nina Bonita (64). The fourth and final leg of Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old trotting colts and fillies will be contested Aug. 28 at Scioto Downs, with a matinee post time of 2 pm, ET. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

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