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The $120,500 Courageous Lady goes postward this Saturday (October 12) at Northfield Park. The Grand Circuit race is an open event for North America's top 3-year-old filly pacers and has attracted a very competitive slate of harness racing foes vying to become this year's champion.   Here is a closer look at Saturday's Field: #1 She's Allright drew the rail in this year's Courageous Lady. This sophomore daughter of Sweet Lou is one of two fillies in this field for harness racing's leading trainer Ron Burke. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Michelle Yanek and Phillip Collura. She's Allright was a Jugette contender who has five career wins. Her lifetime mark is 1:52.1 (M1) with a career bankroll of $161,229. Northfield Park fan favorite Ronnie Wrenn Jr. will drive this 10-1 morning line longshot. #2 Skater Chick drew post 2 and has been instilled as the 9-2 third favorite. She is a relative newcomer to the Mark Harder barn and is one of two entries in this race from Harder. She attracts harness driving standout Corey Callahan, who will be making his first appearance on the Flying Turns. Skater Chick has not been worse than third in her last three starts. This six-time winner is owned by Donald Lindsey, Paul Kleinpaste and Barth Bechtel. She has a career-best 1:50.3 (Wbsb 7/8) and a $95,504 bankroll. #3 So Awesome is this field's 3-1 second choice and has drawn post three for trainer Scott Di Domenico and owner William Hartt. Harness racing's all-time winningest driver Dave Palone has been named to pilot. She enters this event off a runner-up performance in the $30,000 Simpson at Harrah's Philadelphia. So Awesome has won eight times and has been on the board in 18 of 23 career races, earning $446,113 and staking a 1:53.3 (Stga) mark. #4 Under The Hood did not win a race as a freshman, but has scored four times in 11 races this year for trainer Nick Surick and owners Engle Stable of IL, J L Benson Stables and Louis Willinger. Brady Galliers has been named to drive this 15-1 contender. Under The Hood stepped out to stakes competition last month at the historic Delaware County Fairgrounds and made it to the final heat of the Jugette. This filly has earned $51,760 with a 1:53 (PcD 5/8) mark. #5 JK American Beauty will start from post five and has been installed the 5-2 luke-warm favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting Dave Bianconi. This filly is trained by Nancy Johansson, the daughter of Harness Racing Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter. Her trainee was a major player in the New York Sires Stakes scene this year and has recently made her presence known in open stakes company along the East Coast. Brett Miller has been given the driving assignment. She is owned by 3 Brothers Stable and enters with four victories, $323,648 in earnings and a mark of 1:51 (M1). #6 Crazy Cute is one of two fillies in this field trained by Mark Harder, this one for owner Joseph Jannuzzelli. This daughter of Art Official has three wins to her credit. She has $100,623 in earnings and a 1:52.4 (Phl 5/8) record. North America's leading driver Aaron Merriman will be in the sulky. Merriman has won more races over the Flying Turns than any other driver in Northfield's history. Crazy Cute is a 12-1 longshot that enters this race off a runner-up finish in the $30,000 Simpson at Harrah's Philladelphia. #7 Rose Run Uptowngal starts from the outside and is 6-1. She is one of two fillies in this field trained by Ron Burke and is the only Ohio-bred in this year's Courageous Lady. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Chris Page has been listed to drive. This Dragon Again filly has five career victories, $206,989 in earning and a 1:51.3 (ScD 5/8) lifetime mark. This year's Courageous Lady has been slated as race nine on a 14-race program. A $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool has been added to the night. The guaranteed Pick-4 will begin with the Courageous Lady. The undercard will feature two $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes finals for 4-year-old-and-up Ohio-bred trotters and two divisions of "The Pace for the Cure" featuring all female drivers. Party At The Banks is the 7-5 favorite in the $75,000 OSS Final for 4-year-old-and-up trotting mares. She enter off a win in the $17,500 Open Trot at Dayton and has won 10 of 20 starts this year for trainer Ron Burke. Chris Page will be in her sulky. Sesame and Ronnie Wrenn Jr is the 7-2 second choice for trainer Chris Beaver, while Moolah Begonia and Aaron Merriman are third choice for trainer Jessica Roegner. Pass The Vape is the even money shot in the $75,000 Final for 4-year-old-and-up trotting horse and geldings. He has cored in seven of 25 starts this year for owner trainer Lionel Watiker. While Watiker has driven Pass The Vape in a majority of his starts this year, he calls upon Pennsylvania heavyweight Mike Wilder to pilot. Joggingtothebank and Kurt Sugg is the second choice for Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame trainer Marty Wollam. Jailhouse Sam and trainer/driver Hugh Beatty checks in as the third favorite. The "Pace for the Cure" is another exciting event on the evening. The event is for female drivers and is an effort to offer a novel event for horse racing spectators, as well as use harness racing's platform to raise funds and awareness to fight breast cancer. The event has been well received by horsemen and has grown to two divisions on the evening's program, with female drivers traveling to Cleveland to compete from New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Pennsylvania and all over Ohio. Horsemen will also show their support for the event by dressing their horses in pink harnesses, ribbons, sulkies, etc. The one-mile dashes will each carry a purse of $7,000 and will help raise money for the American Cancer Society. Fans can join in the drive to eliminate breast cancer by purchasing raffle tickets ($1 each or five for $3) and depositing their raffle tickets in to bags that correspond with their favorite "Pace for the Cure" driver. Tickets from the winning bags will be entered in a drawing for prizes. Raffle tickets can be purchased at Northfield's promotional table on the first level of the grandstand on Saturday, starting at 6PM and continuing until post time for the "The Pace." In addition, a silent auction will also take place from 6-9 pm. Items available in the auction are an MGM Northfield Park concert and dinner package, a YETI cooler filled with game time snacks, a Kitchen Aid Mixer and Ghirardelli baking package and a special dining package hosted by MGM Northfield Park's Executive Chef Chris Poplin. Among the participants this year's first division is Jazmin Arnold, perhaps the highest percentage driver among women this year, sporting a .492 average. She recently won a race over the Flying Turns on Sunday. Arnold was also victorious in this year's Ohio Lady Driver Series Championship at the Delaware County Fair. She will take on Renee Bouslaugh, Lauren Harmon, Rachel Kaneoka, Monica Banca, Mary Birkhold, Alisha Binkley and Sabrina Shaw. The second division clashes royal harness racing bloodlines as Devan Miller and Kiara Morgan, daughters of David Miller and Virgil Morgan Jr., square off. They will be facing Emily Hay, who won this event last year. Jayne Weller, the most accomplished driver among the two races is also in the second division. Weller has registered exactly 200 victories and is the daughter of June Weller, the only female to ever drive in harness racing's crown jewel, the Little Brown Jug. The evening's first race post time is 6:40 PM. The first 1,500 guests that arrive starting at 6PM on Saturday will receive a Northfield Park travel tumbler. Inside each tumbler there will be cash, match play, Northfield Park merchandise or Center Stage concert tickets. Fans can also participate in the Beer Slide on the outside patio from 7-8PM and the Pop-A-Shot contest from 8:30-9:30PM. Northfield Park's Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant is featuring a special $19.95 Courageous Lady buffet. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330.467.4101. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Columbus, OH - Driver Brett Miller had a spectacular Saturday night (Sept. 7) at Scioto Downs, capturing one $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for veteran harness racing pacing mares and three $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolations. Miller, 46, a resident of Blacklick, Ohio began his four-race win streak by steering 5-1 Homer Hall to victory in the $75,000 OSS 3-Year-Old Colt Consolation. Trained and co-owned by Steve Carter along with Jay Mossbarger & Cass Gallagher, the son of Broadway Hall was clocked in 1:54.3 for Miller. Bred by Midland Acres, Homer Hall bested 3-5 rival Morally Flexible (Danny Noble) by a length with 21-1 Workinitonbroadway (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) nailing down third-place honors. The victory, Homer Hall's tenth of the year and 17th lifetime in 26 starts, upped his lifetime bankroll to $193,742. Next, Miller guided Patti Roth and Alan Keith's Bad Sammie to a 1:53.1 clocking in the $75,000 OSS 3-Year-Old Filly Pace Consolation. The Big Bad John lass left the gate as the 3-5 favorite, besting 3-1 Twinsburg (Danny Noble) by half a length with 16-1 Lofty Beach (Yannick Gingras) third. Mike Roth trains Bad Sammie, who was bred by Midland Acres and now has $132,740 in career earnings from just four wins in 21 starts. Miller then reined 5-2 B Like Cruiser to a 1:51.4 triumph for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. and owners Michael Cimaglio and William Richardson in the $75,000 OSS 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace Consolation. The homebred gelded son of Yankee Cruiser finished a neck ahead of 18-1 Rose Run Ulysses (Tim Tetrick) at the wire, with 16-1 Ohio Vintage (Aaron Merriman) another short neck back. Unraced as a freshman, B Like Cruiser now has seven wins, two seconds and one third in 13 trips postward with $110,301 in his coffers. Finally, Miller used a three-wide move in the last turn to bring 7-1 Up Front Flor Ida home first in the $75,000 Veteran Mares Pacing Championship in 1:51.3. The 4-year-old daughter of Woodstock is owned by Kevin McKinney and Virginian McKoy, and is trained by Tim McKoy. She now has career earnings of $269,890 from 15 wins, eight seconds and ten thirds in 52 lifetime starts. Using a :28.4 final brush, she easily paced to the win ahead of 50-1 Berazzled (Aaron Merriman), with 60-1 McDazzle (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) getting up for third. Harold Bauder's Sectionline Bigry captured the $75,000 OSS Veteran Pacing Championship for horses and geldings impressively in 1:49.2 as the 1-5 favorite. Driven by Tyler Smith for trainer Steve Bauder, this 4-year-old homebred son of Pet Rock has been a strong contender in the Ohio open and invitational ranks all season. This latest victory--his 11th of the season and 18th lifetime--upped his career earnings to $365,027. Whataboy was second at 8-1 for Danny Noble, while 90-1 Barley Up was third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. Driver Aaron Merriman got the evening started by piloting 6-5 Chris Beaver-trainee Delovely Hall to a 1:58.1 triumph in the $75,000 OSS 2-Year-Old Filly Trot Consolation. Renee Bercury owns the Cash Hall lass who picked up a perfect time to score her second career victory. Danny Noble had no trouble bringing 1-5 Buxton home first in 1:57.2 for owner Carter Duer and trainer Bob Stewart in the $75,000 OSS 2-Year-Old Colt Trot Consolation. The homebred Dejarmbro colt picked up his second career win in six starts and now has $60,460 in his bankroll. Trainer Brian Brown then sent out the next two OSS winners--the first being PJ's Legacy, a 1-2 daughter of Big Bad John who stopped the clock in 1:53 in the $75,000 2-Year-Old Filly Pace Consolation for driver Ryan Stahl. Brown then harnessed 6-5 Stanford Court, with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., taking the youngster to a 1:52.4 victory in the $75,000 OSS 2-Year-Old Colt Pace Consolation. Chris Page brought Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva-Purnell&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi's 3-1 Buckeye Starlet into the Scioto winner's circle after the Uncle Peter filly took the $75,000 OSS 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Consolation in 1:56. The win was the fourth of the year and fifth lifetime for Buckeye Starlet, who now has $95,681 in career earnings. Hambletonian winner Atlanta had to work a bit to prove her dominance as she took the $220,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot in front-stepping fashion for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ronnie Burke in 1:51.4, holding off Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) by a head in the final yards. The daughter of Chapter Seven recorded her 19th career victory for Crawford Farms Racing, Brad Grant and Howard Taylor. In the $440,000 Jim Ewart Memorial, McWicked, with Brian Sears in the sulky, scored a nose victory over Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick) in 1:49. Casie Coleman conditions the 8-year-old son of McArdle for the New York-based SSG Stables. The win was McWicked's 28th of his career and his lifetime earnings now stand at well over $4.4 million. The Ohio Sires Stakes Championships for Veteran Trotters, 4-year-olds and up, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Northfield Park, with two $75,000 divisions scheduled for both genders. Those events will wrap up the 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes season. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

Veteran Ohio-bred harness racing pacers of both genders will line up behind the Scioto Downs starting gate on Saturday night, September 7, vying in a pair of $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship. The two Ohio Sires Stakes contests for pacers, 4-year-olds and older, complement a 16-race card featuring eight $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolations, along with the $440,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Pace and the $220,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot. First race post time is 6:30 pm, ET. Total purses for the night are $1,850,000, which includes three $50,000 Open events. The $75,000 OSS Veteran Championship for pacing mares is headlined by $535,519-winning Feelin Red Hot, a 2013 daughter by Feelin Friskie, out of the Red River Hanover mare Red Rapid Girl. This determined campaigner has amassed $315,04 just this season and recorded a mark of 1:50.1h as a 5-year-old at Northfield Park on May 5, 2018 in a $16,000 Filly & Mare Open. Trained by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, Feelin Red Hot has been competing primarily at Yonkers this season and has five wins in her last six starts in the distaff open ranks at that New York venue. Bred by Mary Stonack, Michael & John Palmeri of New Jersey, Feelin Red Hot is the third foal of her dam and is a half-sister to the 4-year-old gelding Rapid It Up Art (by Art Official) p, 1:54f ($45,966). Feelin Red Hot battles eight challenging rivals, leaving from post three with Yannick Gingras at the lines in Race 11. The Buckeye State's perennial iron horse, Dancin Yankee, will be looking to keep his OSS crown intact, having captured the OSS Veteran Championship in 2018 in 1:49.3 for driver Chris Page and trainer Ronnie Burke. That same driver-trainer combo starts in this year's championship, leaving from the rail in Race 12; facing off against seven tough rivals. The son of Yankee Cruiser and the first foal out of the Cambest mare Dancewiththebest, p, 4, 1:54.4f ($40,922), also captured the OSS Veteran Championship on Oct. 24, 2015 at Dayton Raceway in 1:51.3 for driver Danny Noble. This season Dancin Yankee has plied his wares between Northfield, The Meadows and Scioto Downs, racking up a respectable nine wins in 24 starts and $139,030 in seasonal earnings. Lifetime he's amassed 78 wins, 50 seconds and 34 thirds from 241 trips postward and is only a few thousand dollars shy of having $2 million in his bank account. Bred by Kentucky horsewoman Elizabeth C. Yontz, Dancin Yankee is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Melissa Patterson & Larry Karr. He is the first foal out of his dam and is a full brother to Cruzin To the Dance p, 4, 1:53.1f ($107,572) and has half-siblings in: Dancin Rebel (by Big Bad John p, 5, 1:52.2f ($124,607); Dancin Lou (by Sweet Lou) p, 3, 1:48.3 ($105,203); Dancin Doug (by Sportswriter) p, 2, 1:52.2s ($97,524); Dancin Caroll (by Sportswriter) p, 2, Q1:55.1f ($81,646); and Dancin In the Nude (by Sportswriter) p, 3, 1:52.4s ($36,942). by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund  

Northfield, OH — Sporadic rainfall throughout the evening didn’t put a damper on $2.4 million worth of Ohio Sires Stakes contests at Northfield Park on Sunday (Sept. 1). The highlight of the eight $300,000 finals for 2- and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies came in the final OSS event, the 3-year-old colt pace, as 6-5 favorite Bllack Hole endured an excruciating first-over journey to triumph in 1:49.4. Owned by L&L Stables and trained by Clarence Foulk, the son of Mr Apples-Feel The Thunder was steered by Tyler Smith to his sixth straight victory this season in as many tries. Yankee Boots (Dan Noble) was second at 8-5, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, while 14-1 Cross Country (Luke Ebersole) nabbed third place honors. Bllack Hole now has $213,298 in seasonal earnings and $228,099 in his career bankroll. Trainer Ron Burke teamed up with driver Chris Page to capture two OSS finals, beginning with Looksgoodinaromper in the 2-year-old filly pace. Owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, Looksgoodinaromper used wire-to-wire tactics to score a 1:52.4 clocking as the 1-2 favorite. Beautiful Beach was second for Aaron Merriman at 8-1 while Artful Dancer was third for Trace Tetrick at 11-1 odds. The Pet Rock lass had established a world record of 1:52.3 for 2-year-old pacing fillies on a half-mile track via her victory in a $50,000 OSS leg at Northfield on Aug. 9. Bred by Robert and Barbara Bongiorno, Looksgoodinaromper is the first foal out of the Village Connection mare Don’t Blame Her p,1:51.2s ($830,555). Her freshman earnings now stand at $241,300 from four wins, one second and a third in six starts. Burke and Page returned to the winner’s circle a few races later with 3-5 favorite Elver Hanover, a son of Yankee Cruiser-Edra Hanover who stormed to a four length 1:51.2 effort in the 2-year-old colt pace final. Owned by Burke Racing, Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, Elver Hanover got the best of 9-5 Ocean Rock (Dan Noble) who had led the field of eight until the head of the stretch. Mr D’s Rock (Aaron Merriman) was third at 39-1 odds. Elver Hanover is now six for six lifetime, with a career bankroll of $256,500. Driver Aaron Merriman scored the first of his two OSS final victories by piloting 3-1 Kikimora to a 1:57 triumph for trainer Chris Beaver in the 2-year-old filly trot final. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Nessa Rose posted her third win in seven tries for owner/breeder Sandra S. Burnett who owns the filly in partnership with her trainer. She now has $203,556 in career earnings. Even-money favorite Globetrotting was second for Anthony MacDonald with 7-2 Guinevere Hall (Peter Wrenn) third. Merriman next took the 3-year-old filly trot final with 1-9 Only Take Cash, last year’s 2-year-old winner, in 1:54.1. Owned by Robert McIntosh Stables, Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables, the daughter of Cash Hall-Armbro Affair was a front-stepping winner by three-quarters of a length over 13-1 Weslynn Quest (Tyler Smith) and 9-1 Aunt Rose (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.). Only Take Cash upped her career earnings to $570,561 with her 14th win in 17 starts. Action Uncle was a front end winner for driver Brett Miller and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. in 1:55.1 in the 2-year-old colt trot final. The homebred Uncle Peter-Action-broadway youngster is owned by Kenneth Sommer Trust and notched his second career victory at 5-2 odds. The winner finished just under two lengths in front of 8-1 Big Box Hanover (Simon Allard) with 8-1 Exhibit Class (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) third. Action Uncle now has $196,300 in earnings. Driver Tony Hall brought the tough Queen Of The Pride into the Northfield Park winner’s circle for owner Frank Chick in 1:51.3 in the 3-year-old filly pace final. The rangy McArdle-Lionness Hanover filly, who left the gate at 2-1 odds, was bred by Brad Wallace and bested 6-5 Giggles In Dreams (Shawn Barker II), with 82-1 Norman’s Madeline (Lewayne Miller) getting up for third. Queen Of The Pride pushed her lifetime bankroll to $660,479 with her 13th career win. Finally, 4-5 Lane Of Stone and Jeff Nisonger captured the 3-year-old colt trot final for trainer Mark Winters Sr. and owner/co-breeder Harry Horowitz. The son of Wishing Stone-Wisteria Lane was never headed throughout the one mile test, stopping the clock in 1:54.1 as he recorded career victory number 15 and added the $150,000 winner’s share to his lifetime bank account of $431,213. Voyage To Paris was second for Dan Noble at 6-1 with 37-1 longshot Yes third for Anthony MacDonald. Eight $75,000 OSS consolation races will be held Saturday (Sept. 7) at Scioto Downs, along with a pair of $75,000 veteran championships for pacers, ages 4 and up. by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

Northfield, OH — Ocean Rock paced to a new harness racing world record clocking of 1:51.1 in the first of three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) contests at Northfield Park Friday. The son of Rockin Amadeus established the new mark for 2-year-old gelding pacers on a half-mile track. Driven smartly by trainer Dan Noble, Ocean Rock grabbed the lead at the start of the mile test and never looked back, pacing easily through panels of :26.1, :54.1 and 1:22.2 before posting a :28.4 final panel to prevail by 5-1/2 lengths over 8-1 Rockntheafterparty (Kyle Ater) with 7-1 Isowantapetrock (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) nabbing third place honors. The win was the fifth in six tries for Ocean Rock who was bred and is owned by Sandra Burnett. This speedy youngster now has $78,167 in career earnings. He is the first foal out of the On The Attack mare Ocean Pearl, p, 5, 1:53.2f ($143,637). The second OSS division went to divisional leader Elver Hanover, the 8-5 choice and driver Chris Page, who was steering the youngster for trainer Ron Burke and partners B. Jacblonsky, J. Melillo and J&T Silva-Purnel-Libby. Elver Hanoer was timed in 1:53.2, completing his sweep of all four OSS legs, and placing him in the top spot in the OSS standings. The son of Yankee Cruiser-Edra Hanover and the 8-5 favorite, was slow getting into the mix initially but then pulled first over at the three-quarters before pacing home in a brisk :26.2, finishing half a length in front of 6-1 Standford Court (Wrenn Jr.). Can B Perfect (Tyler Smith) was third at 3-5 odds. Elver Hanover is now five for five lifetime and has $106,500 in his career bankroll for his connections. Finally, it was the 3-5 homebred Gray Dragon taking the third OSS division handily in 1:54 for driver Brett Miller and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. This gray colt, by Dragon Again-Rock For Glory-Rocknroll Hanover is owned and was bred by Emerald Highlands Farm. He raced for most of the mile parked on the outside of the leading 5-2 Opportune Hanover (Chris Page) and nudged by his rival in the late going to win by three-quarters of a length. Third place went to 9-1 One Rock (Greg Grismore). This was the second career victory for Gray Dragon, who now has $66,460 in career earnings from two wins and two seconds in five starts. The following eight 2-year-old pacing colts are now eligible to participate in the $300,000 finals set for Ohio Super Night, Sept. 1, at Northfield Park. They are: Elver Hanover (204 points); Gray Dragon (137 points); Rockntheafterparty (116 points); Opportune Hanover (109 points); Ocean Rock (103 points); Can Be Perfect (90 points); Rock Smart (84 points); and Mr Ds Rock (74 points). by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator

Three $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes went postward on a steamy Tuesday at Scioto Downs, with temperatures dropping from the low 90s to the low 70s after a harsh, mid-afternoon torrential downpour. That, coupled with a gait-breaking-ridden third division contested after the rainfall, didn't stop even-money favorite It's Academic and driver Chris Page from tying the track record for 2-year-old trotting colts in 1:56.3. The Uncle Peter colt, who is the first foal out of the Muscle Hill mare Annapolis 3, 1:55 ($49,549), trotted decisively to a 1¼ length triumph after sitting chilly on the heels of eventual second-place finisher Action Uncle (Brett Miller) throughout the mile. Doubleyellowline (Dan Noble) was third. The victory was the fifth in six starts for It's Academic--who has swept all four OSS legs for trainer Ronnie Burke--sitting the colt atop the OSS standings with 204 points and $80,000 in OSS earnings, and firmly securing him a starting berth in the $300,000 Championship slated for Sept. 1 at Northfield Park. A $50,000 purchase at the 2018 Ohio Select Sale, It's Academic's career earnings stand at $83,400 for Burke Racing Stable, Bill Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and the Hatfield Stables. He was bred by Gbw Breeding Farms Inc., of Ohio. Prior to the downpour, a pair of appropriately-named trotting youngsters battled through the stretch in the second OSS contest, with Carter Duer's Buxton (5-1) and driver Danny Noble holding off 9-1 Holton (Brett Miller) by a 1¼ lengths in 1:57.1. It was the first start in OSS competition for the Bob Stewart trainee and his first lifetime victory in four starts. Herecomescharlie B, the 1-5 choice, was third for Ryan Stahl. Bred by Peninsula Farm, Buxton brought a $15,000 tag at the 2018 Ohio Select Sale, and this maiden win in his first start over an Ohio oval upped his career earnings to $22,085. He is the fourth foal out of the Andover Hall mare Love U Overandover 4, 1:55.2s ($152,960) and is a half-brother to Love Crazy Love (by Crazed) 2, Q1:57.1s ($90,808). Finally, the first OSS division saw the diminutive but mighty Exhibit Class and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., take a new lifetime mark of 1:57 en route to their third OSS triumph. The son of Triumphant Caviar has won three OSS legs and was second in another, sitting him second in the standings with 179 points and $70,000 in OSS earnings, securing his eligibility for the $300,000 Championship. Exhibit Class left the gate at 3-1, besting 3-1 Jarmbalou (Brett Miller) by half a length in a near wire-to-wire effort, with 6-1 Expect The Sweep (Aaron Merriman) holding on for third. Exhibit Class now has $73,458 in career earnings from four wins and two seconds in six starts for trainer Sean Smithpeters and owner Marion Beachy. This homebred is the third and most prolific foal out of the Classic Photo mare Classic Blaze 5, 1:55.3 ($27, 185). The top eight point earners eligible the $300,000 Championship are as follows: It's Academic (204 points); Exhibit Class (179); Big Box Hanover (124); Attache' (109); Expect The Sweep (86); Doubleyellowline (80); Jarmbalou (79); and Action Uncle (65). Ohio Sires Stakes continue on Wednesday, August 21 with three $40,000 divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies. by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund    

Can B Perfect was just that--cruising to a new Scioto Downs harness racing track record clocking of 1:51.2 in the first of three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts on a balmy Aug. 17 evening. The son of Big Bad John stormed home free and clear of his rivals, finishing nearly six lengths ahead of 7-2 Opportune Hanover (Chris Page) while 6-5 Stanford Court (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) grabbed third-place money. "Tim (trainer Lane) changed his big around and it helped," winning driver Tyler Smith admitted. "There doesn't seem to be much end to this horse and I think he has a good shot in the Championship." Can Be Perfect, a homebred owned by James Stambaugh and trainer Tim Lane, was sent off at odds of 4-5 and now has $65,525 in career earnings from three wins and two seconds in five starts. He is the 14th foal out of the Beach Towel mare Perfect Gesture p, 5, 1:52.4f ($264,434) and is a half-brother to: Dave Panlone (by The Panderosa) p, 3, 1:49.2 ($831,874); Long Live Rock (by Rocknroll Hanover) p, 8, 1:50f ($617,085); Perfect Panderosa (by The Panderosa) p, 5, 1:49.4 ($243,827); Urban Renewal (by Cam's Card Shark) p, 5, 1:51.1 ($225,206); and Sweater Vest p, 5, 1:54f ($114, 218), among others. The second OSS division went to 6-5 Ocean Rock and driver/trainer Danny Noble, who steered the son of Rockin Amadeus to a 1:52.1 clocking for owner/breeder Sandra Burnett. This homebred youngster--the first foal out of the On The Attack mare Ocean Pearl p, 5, 1:53.2f ($143,637)-- was sixth in OSS Leg Two before scoring victories in his last two outings. "I took him to a fair and made some changes on him, and that day (at Washington Court House on July 21) was the first time he felt comfortable on the track," Noble offered. "This is the first colt that has hurt me in the barn; he's a handful but I think he's one of the top three horses in this division." Ocean Rock used front-stepping tactics to finish 1½ lengths in front of 5-2 Rockntheafterparty (Kyle Ater) with 11-1 One Rock notching third-place honors for driver Brett Miller. He now has $58,167 in career earnings from four wins and one second in six starts. Last but not least, trainer Ronnie Burke harnessed Elver Hanover to a 1:53.2 triumph for Burke Racing, B. Jablonsky, J. Melillo, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. Steered by Chris Page, the son of Yankee Cruiser was on the front end throughout most of the mile, finishing 1½ lengths in front of 3-1 Gray Dragon (Brett Miller) with 6-1 Mr Ds Rock (Aaron Merriman) getting up for third. The win marked the bay gelding's fourth in as many lifetime starts and upped his bankroll to an impressive $86,500. Another product of the mighty Hanover Shoe Farms empire, Elver Hanover is the seventh foal out of The Panderosa mare Edra Hanover p, 2, 1:51 ($171,753). A $50,000 yearling purchase at the Ohio Select Sale, he is a half-brother to Eddard Hanover (by Dragon Again) p, 5, 1:49.3 ($508,397) and East Side Hanover (by Somebeachsomewhere) p, 3, 1:51 ($63,801), among others. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

Heather Vansickle's Weslynn Quest set a new harness racing track standard of 1:53.3 in her $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes division on Friday night, August 16 at Scioto Downs. Reined by Tyler Smith for trainer Chris Beaver, the 16-1 longshot bested seven rivals in the second of two OSS events for 3-year-old trotting fillies. The daughter of Manofmanymissions had finished third, sixth and fifth in her previous OSS contests. Weslynn Quest, who was unraced as a freshman, picked up her fifth career victory in 12 starts and upped her lifetimei bankroll to $61,250 for her connections. "She's had some issues in the past and has been a little tough to manage at times," noted trainer Chris Beaver. "We switched her to an open bridle tonight and that seemed to help." Aunt Percilla, who had held off her rival until the final strides after taking command of the race just past the half, put in a game performance to be second by a neck at 4-1 for driver Danny Noble, while 7-2 Aunt Rose was third, another length back, for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. Weslynn Quest is the second foal out of the Windsong's Legacy mare Weslynn Legacy 4, 1:56.4s ($105,006) and is a half-sister to Weslynn Dancer (by Deweycheatumnhowe 5, Q1:53.2 ($398,898). In the first OSS division Only Take Cash, the 1-5 public's choice, was an easy winner for Aaron Merriman in 1:54.2, using wire-to-wire tactics to notch her fourth win of the season and 12th lifetime victory. The daughter of Cash Hall, who is trained by Bob McIntosh for Robert McINtosh Stables, Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables of Ontario, was last season's 2-year-old champion and now has $117,250 in seasonal earnings and $389,390 in her career coffers. "She's awesome," said an impressed Merriman after the win. "She's simply push-button and there's no end to her. Last year we raced her from behind a lot and I really didn't want to give her that much air tonight and would rather have had an easier trip but that was the way things worked out. She's solid and seemed to handle it well." Only Take Cash held off second-place finisher, 5-1 Refined (Brett Miller) by 1¼ lengths, with 45-1 longshot Buckeye Starlet notching show honors for Chris Page. The bay filly by Cash Hall is the fifth foal out of the Garland Lobell mare Armbro Affair 4, 1:53.4s ($430,997) and is a half-sister to Tough Affair (by Muscle Mass) 4, 1:59.2f ($69,968); A Fair Conchnito (by In Conchnito) 4, 1:58.2f ($33,866) and Fit Bit (by Muscle Mass) 2, 2:00.3f ($22,173). With the four legs of this series now complete, the top eight point and money earners of the 3-year-old trotting fillies are: Only Take Cash (141 points, $68,500); Pure Chance (109 points, $52,500); Aunt Rose (103 points, $49,500); Refined (78 points, $37,500); Weslynn Quest (71 points, $33,500); Back Splash (65 points, $31,000); Bella's Rose Power (54 points, $25,000); and Stone In Love (50 points, $25,000). Ohio Sires Stakes continue Saturday night, August 17 at Scioto Downs with three $40,000 divisions for 2-year-old pacing colts in races two, four and six. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio State Development Fund Administrator              

Five Ohio Sires Stakes featured several harness racing track records set and tied on a cool Saturday evening, August 10 at Northfield Park. In the first of a trio of $40,000 OSS events, 1-9 favorite Lane Of Stone cruised easily to a 1:54 new track record triumph in front-stepping fashion for driver Jeff Nisonger and trainer Mark Winters, Sr., who conditions the son of Wishing Stone for owner Harry Horowitz of Brooklyn, NY. "This is the kind of trotter everyone dreams about," Nisonger told interviewer and Northfield Racing Secretary Dave Bianconi. Lane Of Stone now has $279,393 in earnings from this latest victory, having previously won OSS legs one and three. In the second OSS test, a $50,000 race for 3-year-old pacing fillies, Queen Of the Pride sped to a front-end 1:51.4 clocking for driver Tony Hall, tying the Northfield Park track record for age and gait. Kevin Lare trains the McArdle lass for Frank Chick of Harrington, DE. "Kevin (trainer Lare) had to make some equipment changes and they were just enough to smooth her out," driver Hall related. "She was strong and solid tonight--just what we want to see going into the final." Queen Of The Pride pushed her career earnings to $510,579 with this latest win, the 12th of her career. Giggles And Dreams, the 6-5 choice, captured the second $50,000 OSS contest for 3-year-old pacing fillies for driver Shawn Barker II and trainers/owners Don and Mike Yeazel. "I named this filly after my son," Mike stated. "He used to dream and would giggle in his sleep." "I've waiting for 45 years to have a horse like this," Don added. Giggles And Dream grabbed the lead from the start and never looked back, pacing to a 1:51.2 triumph. The daughter of Nob Hill High upped her lifetime earnings to $168,695 with this, her seventh lifetime victory in 24 starts. Dylan The Great, with Chris Page at the lines, captured the second $40,000 OSS for 3-year-old trotting colts, coming from off the pace to nail the victory for trainer Ronnie Burke and owners Burke Racing, L. Karr, J&TSilva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. This gelded son by Break The Bank K stayed off the pace until the late going before drawing off by six lengths in 1:53.2. Serenity Cruise picked up the victory in the third OSS contest for 3-year-old trotting colts, stopping the timer in 1:54.2 with Tyler Smith in the sulky. The Uncle Peter gelding is trained and co-owned by Brent Davis along with the Hatfield Stables and Roy Davis, and sat behind the pace-setting Yes until late stretch before pulling and besting his rival by 2¼ lengths. Unraced at two, Serenity Cruise now has $68,000 earned this season from five wins in 11 starts. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi's Looksgoodinaromper established a new harness racing world record of 1:52.3 for 2-year-old pacing fillies on a half-mile track via her victory in one of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes at Northfield Park on Friday night, Aug. 9. Piloted by Chris Page for trainer Ronnie Burke, the freshman daughter of Pet Rock simply cruised in wire-to-wire fashion through panels of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:24.2 en route to her second career victory in four lifetime starts, upping her earnings to $66,300. Sent off at odds of 1-2, Lookslgoodinaromper was 8¼ lengths in front of 35-1 longshot Sara Jane (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) at the wire, while 14-1 PJ's Legacy (Kayne Kauffman) got up for third. Bred by Robert and Barbara Bongiorno, Looksgoodinaromper's record eclipsed the old mark set by Riley Roo of 1:53.2 in a 2018 Ohio Sires Stakes event. This speedy bay filly had finished third in OSS Leg One on July 3 at Northfield and second by a nose to Artful Dancer on July 19 at Scioto Downs, clocked in 1:52.2. Looksgoodinaromper is the first foal out of the Village Connection mare Don't Blame Her p, 10, 1:51.2s ($830,555). McMarkle Sparkle did not disappoint her connections, capturing the other OSS contested for 2-year-old pacing fillies handily in 1:53.3 for driver Brett Miller and trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. The McArdle lass, who now has $68,050 for owners Laura and Paul Baker of Galloway, Ohio, also used gate-to-wire tactics to nab her second OSS contest. This sturdy-build homebred had captured Leg One on July 5 at Northfield in 1:54.3 before finishing second in Leg Two on July 19 at Scioto Downs, timed in 1:53. McMarkle Sparkle, the even-money favorite, finished a full 7½ lengths ahead of 4-1 Rockmatic (Tony Hall) with 15-1 Shesrockingwichita (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) nabbing third-place honors. McMarkle Sparkle is the seventh foal out of the Towner's Big Guy broodmare T's Ladies Nite p, 3, 1:51s ($56,535) and is a half-sister to Alwaysagoodthing p, 4, 1:52.3f ($98,525) and It's a Deal p, 4, 1:57.2h ($21,429)--both by Metropolitan. Trainer Ronnie Burke also harnessed It's Academic to win the first of three $40,000 divisions for freshman trotting colts and geldings. The son of Uncle Peter trotted to a commanding 1:58 effort with Chris Page at the lines, finishing three-quarters of a length in front of favorite Action Uncle (Brett Miller) with 11-1 Dream Creation (Kurt Sugg) finishing third. It's Academic won Leg One in 1:58.4 and Leg Two in 1:57.3 for owners Burke Racing, Bill Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and Hatfield Stables. He has $68,400 in lifetime earnings from four wins in five lifetime starts is the first foal out of the Muscle Hill mare Annapolis 3, 1:55 ($49,594). Exhibit Class had taken the first OSS trotting division in a front-stepping 1:57.2 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines for trainer Sean Smithpeters and owner Marion Beachy. The son of Triumphant Caviar had won Leg One in 1:58.1 and now has $58,458 in career earnings. He finished six lengths in front of Breakout The Gold (Tyler Smith) with Doubleyellowline (Danny Noble) third. Exhibit Class is the third and most prolific foal out of the Classic Photo mare Classic Blaze 5, 1:55.3 ($27,185). Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., was back in the winner's circle for the final OSS contest for freshman trotting colts with 6-1 Attache', using a well-timed, inside move up the rail to prevail by a nose at the wire over 3-1 Hearcomescharlie B (Ryan Stahl) in 1:57.3. Big Box Hanover was third for driver Danny Noble. The son of Broadway Hall is owned by trainer Chris Beaver, Mary McLoughlin, Steve Carter and Steven Zeehandelar and is out of the American Winner mare Patti Page. Attache now has $41,250 in career earnings and is a half-brother to 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes winner Patti's Main Man (by Manofmanymission) 3, 1:55.1f ($119,511) and also to Get Chipped (by Chip Chip Hooray) 6, 1:54.3 ($415,424) and to Express Justice (by Justice Hall) 5, 1:54.3f ($282,311), etc. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

Bettor's Wish has been named the 5-2 morning line favorite by Northfield Park's Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi, in Saturday's $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. The top money-earner headlines an accomplished field of eight in Northfield Park's premier event. The Milstein is a 3-year-old Open by invitation only. The featured event is slated as race 10 on a 16-race program this Saturday (August 10) and carries a 6PM first-race post time, with the main event slated for approximately 9:30PM. Bettor's Wish is the winner of this year's $300,000 Art Rooney Memorial at Yonkers. He has won five of eight races this year. His three losses have been runner-up finishes in the $750,000 North America Cup, $682,650 Meadowlands Pace and the $285,362 Cane Pace. The Chris Ryder trainee has banked $624,544 in purses this year and drew post-3. Bettor's Wish is owned by the partnership of Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Form and Bettors Wish Partners. They will use Dexter Dunn, who hails from New Zeeland and has been a driving force since coming to the United States. Century Farroh drew post-2 and is the 7-2 second choice. He ventures south of the border for the first time in his career on the heels of a 4-race win streak. This top Ontario Sires Stakes performer has won eight of nine races this year, and has earned $241,959 for owner Ratchford Stable of Nova Scotia. Trainer Dr. Ian Moore listed Harness Racing Hall of Famer David Miller to drive. Workin Ona Mystery drew post five and is the 4-1 third choice. He is fresh off a 1:51.1 (last quarter :25.3) qualifier ay Hoosier Park. He has not missed the board this year and has three wins in six races, including third place finishes in the North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace. Brian Brown trains this colt at the historic Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio for owners Diamond Creek Racing, Stambaugh Leeman Stable (Wauseon, Ohio), Alan Keith (Johnstown, Ohio) and Wingfield Brothers LLC (Kenton, Ohio). Workin Ona Mystery has $248,489 in earnings this year and will be driven by racing superstar Tim Tetrick. The 2019 $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial field: Post Horse Driver Trainer M/L 1 Captain Victorious Yannick Gingras Ron Burke 8-1 2 Century Farroh David Miller Dr. Ian Moore 7-2 3 Bettor's Wish Chris Ryder Dexter Dunn 5-2 4 Yankee Boots Dan Noble Steve Carter 15-1 5 Workin Ona Mystery Tim Tetrick Brian Brown 4-1 6 Rockie Got Framed Ricky Macomber Jr. Jamie Macomber 20-1 7 American Mercury Tyler Buter Chris Oakes 12-1 8 Southwind Ozzi Brian Sears Bill Mac Kenzie 9-2 The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. The Milstein family operated Northfield Park until July, 2018 when MGM Growth Properties purchased the racetrack from Milstein Entertainment, LLC. In 1972, the senior Milstein, a Cleveland builder and real estate developer, headed a group of several partners, including George Steinbrenner, which purchased Northfield Park. They leased the facility to other operators through the early 1980s. The track lost significant amounts of money during that period before Milstein took full ownership and control. In late 1984 he successfully applied to the Ohio State Racing Commission for the necessary licenses and, beginning in January 1985, conducted permanent race meetings at Northfield of between 212 and 238 days every year. Milstein was the driving force behind a resurgence of the beleaguered track, which ascended to among harness racing's top tracks in attendance and handle. He was an innovator in promotions and advertising and successfully led the track into the era of simulcast racing. Exciting Undercard This year's Milstein Memorial program carries total purses in excess of $750,000. The 16-race program includes the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, a race for 4-year-old and up Ohio sired pacers (by invitation only), three $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old colt trotters, two $50,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers, as well as two $15,000 Open events. A $20,000 Pick 4 guaranteed pool started in race seven and consists of a $40,000 OSS, the Charna, the Open Pace and the Milstein. Another Pick 4 begins in race 11 and offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool. In addition to superior racing action, Milstein Night will also offer guests a sumptuous spread in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The dinner buffet, inspired by MGM Northfield Park Executive Chef Chris Poplin, is specially priced at $21.95. Limited clubhouse seating remains; call 330.467.4101 for reservations. Guests who want to be down close to all the racing action can gather on the grandstand apron and enjoy live music and food trucks from 6 to 9 PM. Register for the Charna/Milstein Handicapping Double Contest, play Plinko from 6:30 to 7:30PM and spin the Prize Wheel 8:30 to 9:30 PM. Admission and parking are always FREE at Northfield Park. by Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park

A pair of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes proved fortuitous for two mild longshots on a steamy and humid Saturday evening, July 27, before a cheerful and hefty harness racing Scioto Downs crowd. Bllack Hole, an altered son of Mr Apples, found his way through a wall of horses in the final yards of the first OSS division, blasting through to a 1:50.4 clocking with Tyler Smith at the lines. Trained by Clarence Foulk for his L&L Stables of Springfield, Ohio, this homebred black sophomore gelding left the gate at odds of 13-1 en route to recording his personal best by more than five full seconds. He was making his very first start in OSS competition. Native's Sweetlou was second for Danny Noble at 9-1, with 8-5 favorite Seattle Hanover garnering third-place honors with Chris Page in the sulky. "I bought the dam of this horse, Feel The Thunder, for $50,000 and she broke down before we ever got her to the races," explained Chad Foulk, son of the trainer. "And we bred her, so that's why I named the foal 'Bllack Hole,' because that's what she was to me after I paid that much for her and she wasn't able to race." The unusual spelling of the gelding's name--with two "L's" instead of one--is in reference to Chad's two children, and Clarence's grandchildren, Luke and Lilly. "That's also why we call the stable L&L Stables," Chad said. "This colt was decent at two, but he had to have some OCDs removed and then he needed throat surgery, so coming into this race, I really considered it to be his first start of the year, even though he had a fair win and a qualifier at Hoosier Park (on July 20)." "I thought he was a good colt, but I didn't know he was this good!" he exclaimed. Bllack Hole earned $14,801 as a 2-year-old with three wins and a second in just four starts. This latest triumph upped his lifetime earnings to $43,700. He had previously taken a mark of 1:55 last year over this same five-eighths mile oval. Yankee Boots, an 8-1 choice, captured the second OSS division in 1:52.3, after being parked the mile with Danny Noble at the lines. The overland route was obviously preferable to the gelded son of Yankee Cruiser, who is conditioned and co-owned by Steve Carter for Peggy Carter, Chuck Grubbs, and Joe Whitacre. Yankee Boots Rock Candy, the 1-9 favorite, who had lead throughout the mile, was second by neck with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines, with 28-1 longshot Gold Digger King (Kayne Kauffman) getting up for third. Yankee Boots, a homebred, had finished third in the second leg of OSS competition after bypassing leg one. He is the second and most prolific foal out of the Well Said mare Boots N Saddle p, 2, 1:57.1f ($15,404), and now sports a career bankroll of $191,420 with this fourth victory of the season and 14th win lifetime. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

A quarter of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes were contested on a pleasant Friday evening, July 26 at Scioto Downs, with temperatures in the low 70s, as 3-year-old trotting and pacing fillies vied in Leg 3 of the harness racing OSS series. Snobbytown (Chris Page), who was making her sophomore debut for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Jason Melillo, didn't disappoint as the 5-2 choice, holding off 1-2 Giggles In Dreams (Shawn Barker II) by a scant nose at the wire in 1:53. Owner Melillo was on hand to congratulate the Burke Brigade team and gave insight to this latest acquisition. "We were looking for a good 3-year-old," Melillo offered. "Ronnie (trainer Burke) told us about her and said the sire isn't flashy, but puts up a lot of numbers, and so we bought her privately." The Nob Hill High daughter had qualified twice over Springfield's one mile oval, pacing to a 1:54.4 second-place finish on July 9 and returning seven days later to score a 1:53.3 clocking in a wire-to-wire performance that saw her win by 19 lengths. In her OSS contest, Snobbytown had sat chilly in the two-hole throughout the mile behind Giggles In Dream through fractions of :26.2, :56 and 1:25, pulling out in the final strides to mow down her rival with a :27.4 final panel, while another Burke trainee, 6-1 Avaline hanover (Brett Hanover) got up for third. Melillo first began purchasing horses with Burke in 2012, campaining the good filly, Pink Camo, p, 2, 1:52.3F ($210,766). "I grew up going to the Meadowlands with my grandfather," Melillo, a native of Clifton, NJ, recalled. "And he said he always dreamed of being in the winner's circle some day. That's where my love of harness racing began." Later, after relocating to Ohio, Melillo attended The Ohio State University's medical school and now serves as Chief of Staff at Riverside Hospital as an obstetrician. "I'm kind of the black sheep in my family," Melillo laughed. "My father was a pediatrist and everyone else in the family is pediatrist but I wanted to do something different, and I fell in love with obstetrics." The win upped Snobbytown's career earnings to $66,830 from six wins, five seconds and two thirds in 14 starts. As a freshman, she split time racing on the Iowa fair circuit and was a solid third in the OSS consolation at Northfield Park. Bred by Ohio's Scott Hagemeyer, Snobbytown is the fourth foal out of the Towner's Big Guy mare Shantytown Girl p, 2, 1:59h ($5,980) and is a half-sister to: Paydaze On The Way (by Look Sharp) p, 4, 1:52.2f ($255,723) and Paydaze A Rockin (by World Of Rocknroll) p, 5, 1:53 ($69,711). Giggles In Dreams is also a daughter by Nob Hill High, while third-place finisher Avaline Hanover is by Dragon Again. Queen Of The Pride got a perfect steer by Tony Hall to win the first OSS pacing division in a new career clocking of 1:51.1--lowering her mark by a tick for owner Frank Chick of Harrington, DE. The McArdle lass, who was sent off as the 3-5 favorite, sat behind the leading 7-2 Rylee Roo (Aaron Merriman) through panels of :25.3, :55, and 1:22.2 before unleasing a :28.3 late brush to prevail easily over her rival by 2¼ lengths. Rose Run Uptowngal was third at 8-1 for Chris Page. "She raced in the Lismore Final on May 25 and made a break and injured a hoof," trainer Kevin Lare explained. "She really wasn't ready for that Ohio Sires Stakes (on June 14 when she made a break), but we the foot is all healed up now and she's back to normal." Queen Of The Pride won her OSS Leg one in 1:51.4 before finishing eighth in Leg two. The venerable filly now has $485,479 in career earnings with $131,525 amassed this season from six wins, a second and a third in ten starts. Lifetime, she has 11 wins, four seconds and four thirds in 24 starts. Queen Of The Pride was a $62,000 yearling purchase at the 2017 Ohio Select Sale. She was bred by Hickory Lane Farm's Brad Wallace and is the fourth foal out of the Western Ideal mare Lionness Hanover and is a half-sister to Roaring To Go (by Art Major) p, 2, 1:50.4 ($431,999); Well Excuuuse Me (by Well Said) p, 4, 1:53f ($76,035); and Well Let's See (by Well Said) p, 6, 1:54.2s ($98,702). Queen Of The Pride & Tony Hall Back Splash took the first of the trotting contests--setting a new track record of 1:54 in the process for driver Aaron Merriman and trainer Chris Beaver . Owned by Beaver, Don Robinson, Steve Zeehandelar and RBH Ventures, the Triumphant Caviar filly left no doubt she was much the best as she finished 1½ lengths in front of the hard-trying 3-5 choice and stablemate Pure Chance (Jason Thompson). Aunt Percilla was third at 9-1 with Danny Noble at the lines. Back Splash had finished seventh in her OSS leg one test at Miami Valley and was a much-improved third in leg two on June 8 at Northfield. From 16 career starts she now has four wins and four thirds with $86,492 in her bankroll. A $30,000 purchase from the 2017 Ohio Select Yearling Sale, Back Splash is the third foal out of the Yankee Glide mare Splashabout and is a half-sister to Sailaway Dream (by Daguet Rapide) 5, 1:56.2 ($142,069). Back Splash & Aaron Merriman Refined and driver Brett Miller collared the leading 1-2 favorite Only Take Cash (Aaron Merriman) at the wire to score a major upset in the second OSS division. The Uncle Peter daughter had left the gate at 33-1 and returned a whopping $69.80 on a two dollar ticket. Trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr., for the Winstar Farm of Hartly, DE, Refined used come from behind tactics to score the victory, tying the new track record mark set by Back Splash just a few races earlier in the evening. Aunt Rose was third at 7-2 for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. The victory was career win four for Refined, who also has a pair of seconds and two thirds in 14 lifetime starts, along with $59,880 in earnings. She was purchased for $15,000 at the 2017 Lexington Select Yealring Sale. Refined is the eighth foal out of the Malabar Man mare Reinvent 3, 1:56 ($386,007) and has half-siblings in: Do It For Annie (by Like A Prayer) 6, 1:56f ($224,008); Kumbaya De Vie (by Yankee Glide) 2, 2:00.3f ($59,088); Relevant (by Deweycheatumnhowe) 6, 1:58.3h ($44,901); Recreate (by Manofmanymission) 3, 1:58.3s ($22,118); and Fleur De Hill (by Muscle Hill) 1:56.3f ($24,310). Refined & Brett Miller Ohio Sires Stakes continue Saturday night (July 27) with a pair of $50,000 contests for 3-year-old pacing colts. For full results of tonight's program click on this link. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator  

Painesville, OH - Racing action wrapped up Wednesday for the 2019 Lake County Fair and the highlight was two divisions of the Jerome T. Osborne Memorial Signature Series pace. With the split, each heat carried a $2,000 purse. In the first division, Steve Schoeffel steered Cronos to victory for trainer Dan Walski and Walski Stables Llc. The six-year-old Art Colony stallion moved second-over at the five-eightss pole and made good use of the cover to iwn in 1:59.2. American Schnapps was second and Trillionaire finished third. The win pushed Cronos' career earnings over the $100,000 mark. The second split went Midnight Shark and Kurt Sugg. The pair led at every call to post a 1:58 win, finishing one length better than Royaltyhasarrived. Oneisalonelynumber finished third. Sugg trains the six-year-old Shadyshark Hanover gelding for Ashley Dunn of Polk, Ohio. Tye Loy took the richest race on the card, the $12,900 two-year-old colt trot, with Ataboy Star, a Dontyouforgetit gelding he owns and trains, The 2:05.4 tally was his second in four career starts as he bested Momm's My Dad and Be A Believer. by Keith Gisser, for the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association

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    

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