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The Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) will hold a meeting in the north end of the Scioto Downs Clubhouse on January 16, 2020 at 10:00 am to discuss the OSDF administrator’s 2020 budget. If you have any questions, please direct them to William Crawford, Ohio State Racing Commission Executive Director at 614-466-2758 or a bill.crawford@racing.ohio.gov. ***************************************** The Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 10:30 am in Room 1948 of the Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. The OSRC monthly meeting was originally scheduled for January 22, 2020 at 10 am. The meeting is open to the public and all horsemen are encouraged to attend. For any questions or concerns, please contact OSRC Executive Director William Crawford at 614-466-2758 or at bill.crawford@racing.ohio.gov. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Sires Stakes OSDF Administrator  

Progeny of Ohio-based stallions who participated in the 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes earned a total of $7,100,000 in purses. Stallions must be registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) during the year of conception for their foals to be eligible to Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) events such as the Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS), Ohio Breeders Championship (OBC) and Ohio Fair Stakes (OFS), among others. Twenty-eight pacing stallions were represented by youngsters and older horses in this past season's OSS contests who earned a total of $3,450,000, with ten of those laterally gaited studs siring the winners of $103,000 or more. Pet Rock was the leading sire among those 28, with his OSS performers earning $612,800. Yankee Cruiser was the next most prolific stallion, with $542,850 in foal earnings, while Mcardle sired the winners of $457,650 in 2019 OSS races. The ill-fated Dragon Again saw his foals earn $391,400, while Nob Hill High had foal earnings of $252,800; Big Bad John $244,150; and Mr. Apples, $200,000. Eight pacing stallions standing in Ohio sired foals who earned between $15,500 and $79,500 in 2019 OSS events, while four had starters who earned between $3,750 and $6,000. Pet Rock, who stands at Midland Acres in Bloomingburg, OH, had 19 foals represented among the 2- and 3-year-olds in OSS contests, with 12 freshmen and seven sophomores. Dragon Again had 17 (eight freshmen & nine sophomores); Big Bad John had 16 (13 freshmen & three sophomores); and McArdle had 11 foals (five freshmen & six sophomores). Yankee Glide had nine (five freshmen & four sophomores) and Western Vintage had nine (three freshmen & six sophomores). A total of 29 trotting sires were represented by foals who participated in the 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes, with 22 of those stallions producing foals who garnered $3,650,000 in OSS earnings. Uncle Peter's foals grabbed the top spot among all trotting stallions, earning $1,014,550. Just half a million dollars behind in second was Triumphant Caviar, whose foals earned $554,800 in OSS races, while Manofmanymissions' foals earned $451,000. Cash Hall-who sadly passed away in 2019-produced the winners of $388,400 in OSS events, with the exported Wishing Stone's foals earning $298,700, while Dejamrbro sired the winners of $241,200 in OSS races in 2019. Break The Bank K's foals earned $179,950; Broadway Hall's foals earned $153,900; and Dontyouforgetit's foals earned $140,950 in 2019 OSS contests. Six stallions had progeny that earned between $10,000 and $69,200, while seven stallions had foals who earned between $2,000 and $9,600. A total of seven stallions had OSS starters who did not earn a purse check. The stallion Uncle Peter, who stands at Hickory Lane Farm in Findlay, OH, had 40 foals participating in this season's Ohio Sires Stakes: 13 freshman colts and 13 freshman fillies, with seven 3-year-old colts and seven 3-year-old fillies. Triumphant Caviar, who stands at Abby Stables in Sugarcreek, OH, had 16 OSS contestants including six freshmen colts and six freshmen fillies, and four 3-year-old fillies. The exported Manofmanymissions was represented by 15 foals in OSS competition: four 2-year-old colts; three 2-year-old fillies; six 3-year-old trotting colts and two 3-year-old trotting fillies. Wishing Stone and Dejarmbro-both of whom have been exported either to Europe (Wishing Stone) or to Illinois (Dejarmbro) were represented by 11 foals each in 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes competition. As well, Break The Bank K, who stands at Hagemeyer Farms in Clarksville, OH, produced 10 foals who participated in the 2019 OSS season. Overall, 16 horses earned $100,000 or more in OSS competition in 2019: eight pacers and eight trotters. Yankee Cruiser, who stands at Midland Acres in Bloomingburg, OH, produced two top pacing geldings that earned $361,000 in OSS this year. Elver Hanover, who captured the $300,000 OSS 2-Year-Old Championship at Northfield Park earned $230,000, while the 3-year-old Yankee Boots banked $131,000 in OSS earnings. Uncle Peter produced a pair of 2-year-old trotters who earned a combined $297,800: the colt Action Uncle ($174,800) and the gelding Big Box Hanover ($123,000). Triumphant Caviar had a pair of 2-year-old trotting foals whose earnings totaled $296,000: the filly Kikimora ($190,000) and the gelding Exhibit Class ($106,000). As well, the aforementioned trotting sire Manofmanymissions produced two youngsters who combined earned $236,700 in OSS competition: the 2-year-old filly Globetrotting ($128,200) and the 3-year-old filly Weslynn Quest ($108,500). by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Sires Stakes  

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    

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

Favorites prevailed in both $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contested at Scioto Downs on a beautiful Friday evening, Aug. 24 as 17 sophomore colt trotters battled in fourth leg action. Two O B Wonkenobi, the 3-5 choice with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. at the helm, chose the front-stepping route to notch his first OSS triumph of the season for Indiana owners Shara Weaver and Madeline (Mickey) Roche. The win, timed in 1:54.4, upped the Dejarmbro gelding's career earnings to $120,065 as he finished half a length in front of 3-1 Uncle Buck (Aaron Merriman) and 13-1 longshot MVP Luke (Danny Noble). Interestingly, the accomplishments thus far of Two O B Wonkenobi has been a bit of a shock to his owners. He also has two seconds and one sixth place finish in the previous three OSS legs. "We bought his dam in foal to Dejarmbro privately for $17,000," Roche offered. "Initially, we were going to sell the foal but then we decided to keep and race him. This is literally our first broodmare and our first racehorse we've owned together." Co-owner Weaver--who was in Paris on vacation--listened to the race via Roche's cell phone. "We both are so blessed and lucky and grateful for this horse, and no matter what happens with him the future, we're having a blast with him right now," Roche stressed. Bred by Pond-A-Acres, Two O B Wonkenobie--whose "O B" moniker stands for "old broads"--was slow to figure things out as a 2-year-old, Roche said. "He was distracted all the time until we gelded him, and then he became more focused and kind of figured things out," Roche noted about the imposing hefty-sized gelding. "He's such a big, rangy horse and I think he just needed a little more maturity." Trained by Indiana-based conditioner Ernie Gaskin, Two O B Wonkenobi has nine wins, six seconds and two thirds in 20 career starts for his owners, who also have a gelded Uncle Peter half-brother yearling named Two Cool Beans waiting in the wings. Two O B Wonkenobi is the fifth foal out of the Garland Lobell mare Shannon Hill 3, 1:54.1 ($108,787), and has half-siblings in: Massive Drama (by Credit Winner) 4, 1:57h ($204,802) and Maeap Verified (by Jailhouse Jesse) 3, 1:56.4s ($21,149). In the second OSS division 5-2 Pass The Vape didn't disappoint his backers, trotting to a 1:55.1 triumph with trainer Derek Watiker at the lines for owner/breeder Lionel Ray Watiker. This bay Dejarmbro gelding overtook the leading 4-5 Northemdo Mission (Aaron Merriman) to prevail by a head under the wire, with 36-1 longshot Dontforgetmaster (Josh Sutton) picking up third place money. Pass The Vape also scored his first OSS victory of the season, having finished second in two previous legs and eighth in the other. The winner's career earnings now stand at $133,404 with eight wins, four seconds and two thirds in 17 starts. He is the fifth of eight foals out of the Vaporize mare Vapor Rises, 3, 1:55.3 ($107,598), and is a half-brother to His Dream Girl (by SJ's Caviar) 4, 1:56f ($114,551) and to Deweyknowigotit (by Deweycheatumnhowe) 3, 1:57.2f ($17,515), etc. The following nine horses have qualified for the $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship, set for Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs. They are, with points included: Northmedo Mission (129 points); Uncle Buck (116); Two O B Woneknobi (104); Pass The Vape (104); Mission Accepted (103); Get The Cash (78); MVP Luke (74); Rising MVP (66); and Sultan Of Cash (64). by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Trainer Brian Brown was all smiles Saturday night in the Northfield Park winner's circle and with good reason. The 2017 Dan Patch Trainer of the Year did nothing less than harness every winner of the night's three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies. It was the second round of action in the four-leg series. "It's definitely a good night," Brown admitted. "It seems that lately we were winning all the smaller races and missing in the big ones, so it's definitely a good feeling to have a night like this." Brown's dominance began with the first OSS division, when Prsntpretynperfect (5-2) battled on the outside of undefeated stablemate Queen Me Again (5-2) to prevail in the final yards by a quarter length in a career best 1:52.4. Sweetnfamous (6-1) was third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. The daughter of Big Bad John took the overland route to notch her seventh career win in nine starts for owners Jenny Brown, Richard Lombardo and Marlene Taylor. "She went a really big trip tonight and Brian (trainer Brown) told me he had a lot of confidence in her after her strong qualifier," said winning driver Jordan Stratton. Bred by Carl Howard, Prsntpretynperfect upped her career earnings to $145,166. In the second OSS division, 9-2 Smiley Dragon exploded down the backstretch, making a three-wide move for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., that saw her draw off impressively in 1:52.4, by 3½ lengths. Even-money favorite Bad Girls Rule (Dan Noble) was second, with 9-5 Pet Walker (Aaron Merriman) nabbing show honors. Smiley Dragon, a Dragon Again filly, was bred and is owned by Emerald Highland's Farm. Unraced at two, she notched her first win in four tries with the OSS triumph and now has $26,780 in her lifetime bank account. McPansy, a McArdle daughter, gave Brown his third victress in the final OSS division, stopping the timer in 1:52.3 for the one mile test. The 9-5 favorite was out from the half to the wire for driver Chris Page en route to her third win in four starts. Bred and owned by Emerald Highland's Farm, McPansy pushed her career earnings to $44,500. Believe In Waco, at 7-5, was second for Aaron Merriman, 1¾ lengths behind the winner, while 24-1 longshot Princess Rougarou was third with Ryan Stahl aboard. Second leg action of the Ohio Sires Stakes continue for 3-year-olds on June 9 at Scioto Downs and June 11 at Northfield Park by Kimberly A. Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

A trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies will complement the $200,000 Battle Of Lake Erie program on Saturday night, June 2 at Northfield Park. The three OSS events-carded as races 7, 10 and 12 of the 16 races offered at the "Home of the Flying Turns" -sees 2017 Dan Patch Trainer of the Year Brian Brown sending out a six-pack of sophomore distaffs, including OSS Leg 1 winners Queen Me Again and McPansy, who are both owned by Emerald Highlands Farm. The undefeated Queen Me Again, who is three for three lifetime, captured her first OSS test on May 4 at Miami Valley in come-from-behind fashion with Trace Tetrick at the lines in a career best 1:53. Unraced at two, Queen Me Again is a Dragon Again filly, out of the Western Hanover mare Queen Me p, 3, 1:54.2F ($110,663) and is a half-sister to the Sportswriter gelding King Of Sports p, 2, 1:55.2F ($39,849). From her three career triumphs, this homebred has earnings of $28,000. She'll leave from the rail with Matt Kakaley at the lines in the first OSS division (Race 7). Brown will also harness Prsntpretynperfect in this same division. The Big Bad John lass swept all four OSS legs at two, earning $125,166 for the partnership of Jenny Brown, Richard Lombardo and Marlene Taylor, en route to winning six of seven starts in 2017. Jordon Stratton drives from post three. McPansy got a perfect steer from Trace Tetrick in her first OSS test to score in 1:51.3, and has two wins and a second in three career starts, with $24,500 in earnings. Also unraced at two, this homebred daughter by McArdle, out of The Panderosa mare Pantidepressant has the fastest clocking of any filly in these three divisions. She's been assigned post seven in the third OSS division (Race 12). Brown also bridles up Grant Me This from post one with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., driving in this same division. The Pet Rock filly is owned by Jenny Brown, J.E. Ridder and Hutchison Hms LLC, and is looking for her first win of 2018 in four starts. Finally, in the second division (Race 10), two homebred fillies owned by Emerald Highlands Farms, Smiley Dragon and McVenus, will carry the Brown Stable colors postward from post four with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines. Smiley Dragon, who was third in her first OSS test at Miami Valley, is a daughter of Dragon Again, out of the unraced Rocknroll Hanover mare Smiley Rocks. She will be trying for her first career victory in Leg 2. McVenus, a McArdle lass out of the Run The Table mare Venus Killean P, 3, Q1:56.0S ($103,718) leaves from post six with Chris Page at the helm. A winner of two conditioned races at Hoosier Park earlier in the season, McVenus is a half-sister to Keystone Velocity (Western Hanover) p, 9, 1:47.3F ($1,644,413); Venus Delight (Bettor's Delight) p, 5, 1:49.4s ($1,146,981); Keystone Vanyla (Western Hanover) p, 7, 1:54.1 ($104,696); Keystone Kismet (Western Hanover) p, 4, 1:54.2F ($67,916); and Venus Rocks (Rocknroll Hanover) p, 3, 1:54s ($31,040). These two will have to contend with Leg 1 winners Bad Girls Rule (Dan Noble-Post 1) and Pet Walker (Aaron Merriman-Post 2). Bad Girls Rule is a World Of Rocknroll $210,406-earning filly owned by the 3rd Floor Stables and was last year's winner of the $250,000 OSS 2-Year-Old Filly Championship. She's amassed $210,406 lifetime with five triumphs in 14 starts for trainer Kimberly Dailey. Pet Walker scored a wire-to-wire 1:52 victory in Leg 1 of this series. The Pet Rock distaff was unraced at two and has two wins and a third in five starts, with $25,500 in career earnings. She's conditioned by Gregory Luther for Black Magic Racing. Other top contenders include the Ron Burke-trained Baron Remy (Chris Page-Post 7, Division 1), a Yankee Cruiser daughter who finished second to McPansy in Leg 1. Owned by Burke Racing, Silva, Purnel & Libby, L. Karr and Weaver Bruscemi, Baron Remy has $134,189 in her bank account from four wins, two seconds and two thirds in ten lifetime starts. As well, Big Bad Goldie-who was second in Leg 1 to Bad Girls Rule-looks poised for another solid effort in the second division (Matt Kakaley-Post 2). This Big Bad John daughter has earned $71,541 for David Wills, Richard Coad and Douglas Gregory with two wins, one second and four thirds in 15 tries. Post time at Northfield is 6 pm Saturday night, with the $200,000 Battle Of Lake Erie set as Race 11, headed by the Ron Burke-conditioned Rockin Ron (Matt Kakaley-Post 2) in the field of seven. by Kimbery Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Fund      

The Ohio Standardbred Development Fund will meet on December 12 at 1 pm in Room 1948 of the Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. The meeting is open to the public and harness racing horsemen are encouraged to attend. Kimberly Rinker OSDF Administrator

The 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) program continued to be the most lucrative program for state-bred trotters and pacers in 2017, providing $7 million in purses to harness racing participants via the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF). The total amount for state-funded programs for Ohio-breds was $13,430,210 in 2017, which, besides the OSS, includes the: Ohio Fair Conference ($1,832,727); Home Talent Stakes ($1,177,728); Ohio State Fair Stakes ($1,007,700); Ohio Colt Racing Association ($898,309); Western Ohio Colt Racing Association ($795,694); and Southern Valley Colt Circuit ($718,052). As well, another $2,497,238 was provided to horsemen via these non-state funded stake programs: Buckeye Stallion Series ($1,195,000); Ohio Breeders' Championships ($947,238); Ohio Fairs Championships ($200,000); and Hackett Memorials ($155,000). Overall, Buckeye-bred Standardbreds-including both state-funded and non-state-funded programs-raced for a total of $15,927,448 in 2017. OSS YEAR-BY-YEAR COMPARISIONS Ohio Sires Stakes participants raced for a total of $7 million in 2017, compared with $8.19 million in 2016 and $5.7 million in 2015. Obviously, the strengthening of the OSDF program contributed to the boost in both OSS-eligible horses and money raced for from 2015 to 2016, while the reduction in revenues paid to OSS-eligible horses in 2017 from 2016 was likewise due to the introduction of the Buckeye Stallion Series (BSS), which contributed to a slight decline in OSS starters and events. The number of OSS-eligible horses increased by 3.8% in 2017, with 1,148 compared with 1,106 in 2016. However, despite 42 more OSS-eligible horses in 2017, there was a 19.22% decrease in OSS starters in 2017, with 374 compared with 463 in 2016. Horses earning purse checks in OSS tests dropped 16% (50 horses) in 2017 to 265, from 315 in 2016. Likewise, a 16.56% decrease was seen in the number of OSS races contested in the 2- and 3-year-old divisions, with 131 in 2017, compared with 157 in 2016. Upon studying the OSS freshmen and sophomore divisions, variances over the past two seasons again reveal shifts in both eligible and starters. The 2-year-old colt trot division saw a 25.34% increase in OSS eligible horses from 2016 to 2017, with 183 this season compared with 146 in 2016. As well, there were 50 starters in 2016 and 53 in 2017; with 39 of those 2017 starters garnering a purse check, compared with 34 in 2016, a 14.71% increase. There were 19 races in this division in 2017, one more than in 2016, and boosted the purses in this division (by $40,000) from $940,000 in 2016 to $980,000 in 2017. The OSS 2-year-old filly trot division saw slight decreases across the board: eligibles 165 (2016) vs. 161 (2017); starters 53 (2016) vs. 44 (2017); purse earners 39 (2016) vs. 33 (2017); races 19 (2016) vs. 16 (2017). Purses paid in this division dropped from $980,000 in 2016 to $860,000 in 2017, a 12.24% decrease. Significant changes to the OSS program were seen in the 2-year-old pacing colt division in 2017, as purses paid ($1,180,000) decreased by 21.33%, compared with $1,500,000 paid in 2016. The number of eligible horses in this division was down four percent, from 242 in 2016 to 232 in 2017, while starters declined 31.19%, from 109 in 2016 to 75 in 2017. Likewise, 67 pacing colts nabbed a purse check in OSS contests in 2016, compared with 50 in 2017; with 24 races held in 2017 compared with 32 in this division in 2016, a 25% decrease. Slight declines were seen in the 2-year-old pacing filly division, with 211 eligibles in 2016 and 193 in 2017. The number of starters declined 22%, from 77 in 2016 to 60 in 2017, while the number of purse earners dropped from 55 in 2016 to 37 in 2017, a 32.73% decline. The number of OSS races in this division dropped from 24 ($1,200,000) in 2016 to 18 ($940,000) in 2017. Overall, the 2-year-old division saw slightly more OSS-eligibles in 2017, from 764 in 2016 to 769, with purses down from $4,640,000 in 2016 to $3,960,000 in 2017 due to less races (77) and starters (232) in 2017, compared with 2016 (94 races and 289 starters). A full 159 freshman nabbed purse checks in OSS events this year, compared with 195 in 2016. The numbers in the 3-year-old colt pacing division were nearly identical from 2016 to 2017, with $860,000 in purses paid out and 16 races contested each season. As well, 30 of the 48 starters from 121 OSS-eligibles (up 26%) in 2017 garnered purse checks, compared with 30 of 44 starters and 96 OSS-eligibles in 2016. Likewise, the 3-year-old pacing filly division saw only slight variances in numbers, with 110 eligibles (up 18.28%) and 42 starters (down 17.65%) in 2017, compared with 93 eligibles and 51 starters in 2016. A total of 33 sophomore distaffs nabbed purse checks in 16 races in 2017, compared with 36 who earned money in 18 races in 2016. Numbers were also close among the 3-year-old trotting fillies who battled in OSS competition, with 72 eligibles, 28 starters (a 30% decrease) and 23 check-getters in 11 races in 2017, compared with 71 eligibles, 40 starters, 24 money-earners in 13 races in 2016. Two less races in this division in 2017 constituted a drop in purses from $740,000 in 2016 to $660,000 in 2017. In the 3-year-old colt trotting division, the number of races (11 in 2017) declined 31.25%, from 16 in 2016, as the number of 2016 eligibles (82) and starters (39) decreased to 76 (an 8% decline) and 24 (a 38.46% decline) in 2017. As well, 20 diagonally-gaited sophomore colts nabbed checks in 2017, compared with 30 who did so in 2016, a 33.33% decrease. Purses paid in this division were $860,000 in 2016 and $660,000 in 2017. In conclusion, the 3-year-old trotting division saw an 11.14% spike with 379 eligibles in 2017 compared with 341 in 2016, however the number of OSS starters declined 18.39% in 2017 with 142, from 174 in 2016. A full 106 garnered purse checks in 2017, an 11.67% decrease, compared with 120 in 2016, while the number of races dropped from 63 in 2016 for this division to 54 in 2017, resulting in purses of $3,040,000 in 2017 compared with $3,400,000 for 2016. TRAINERS Conditioner Chris Beaver captured his first Kaltenbach training title in 2017, sending 78 youngsters postward who scored 17 triumphs, with 12 seconds and 13 thirds for earnings of $782,200. Those earnings bested runner-up conditioner Brian Brown-who harnessed 94 starters to stats of (17-15-12)-by $77,000. Last year's Kaltenbach winner, Jim Dailey, finished third in the rankings, with 59 starters garnering six wins and $561,100 in OSS earnings. Ronnie Burke, with nine winners and $479,400 was fourth in the standings, followed by Steve Carter in fifth, with six wins and $274,200. DRIVERS Chris Page captured the Kaltenbach crown for the third consecutive season and fourth time overall. The 34-year-old Page steered 20 winners, with 17 second-place and 14 third-place finishes from 114 starters, to $849,100 in OSS earnings. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. wasn't far behind, with his 15 winners, 18 second-place and 14 third-place finishers amassing $814,100 from 89 starters. Danny Noble had stats of 12-13-7 from 79 starters who earned $772,700 in OSS contests to finish third, while Aaron Merriman had 14 winners in 90 starts and $556,500, with Ryan Stahl nabbing fifth place honors from five wins in 69 starts and $506,500 in OSS earnings. In 2017 OSS competition, 17 drivers steered the winners of $102,300 or more, while 15 piloted horses that earned between $12,500 and $82,000. Another six drivers earned between $102,500 and $191,200 in purses, and six more earned between $201,300 and $471,600 in purses. The top five drivers in OSS competition in 2017 guided the winners of $506,600 or more. From the 67 drivers who competed in the OSS series in this past season, 50 earned at least one purse check, with 18 earning $9,800 or less. Two reinsmen who earned a combined $30,000 from two checks in just one OSS start each were John Campbell and Yannick Gingras. Hall of Famer John Campbell finished second with Banderbear, six-plus lengths behind the 1:51.2-winning Drunk On Your Love on June 10 in the second leg of the OSS 3-Year-Old Colt Pace at Scioto Downs. Yannick Gingras captured the third leg of the OSS 3-Year-Old Filly Pace on Aug. 12 at Northfield Park with the Nancy Johansson-trained Jaye's A Lady, clocked in 1:52 at the Cleveland twice-arounder in a wire-to-wire effort. 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.  Kaltenbach Memorial Award Winners 1988 -2017           Driver Earnings Year Trainer Earnings               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 OSDF Administrator Ohio State Racing Commission 77 South High Sreet, 18th Floor Columbus, Ohio 43215 614-779-0269

The Ohio Standardbred Development Fund has been rescheduled and will now meet at the Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, Room 1960, on December 12 at 10 am. The meeting is open to the public and horsemen are encouraged to attend. Actions to consider: ·       Approval of December 8, 2016 OSDF Meeting Minutes ·       Approval of Northfield Park hosting 2018 OSS Super Night o   2018 OSS Schedule o   OSS Nomination fee $500 o   OSS Starting fee per leg $500 o   Championship starting fee $1,000 ·        Eight, $50,000 consolations races at Scioto Downs o   Consolation starting fee $500 ·       Stallion registration fees o   Fine for late registrations for mares ($100 each) ·       Approval of $100,000 contribution to OSU for research ·       Approval of $150,000 advertising & promotional budget ·       Discussion of 2018 Budget ·       Old Business ·       New Business The Ohio Standardbred Development Fund has been rescheduled and will now meet at the Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, Room 1948, on December 12 at 1 pm. The meeting is open to the public and horsemen are encouraged to attend. Kimberly Rinker OSDF Administrator Ohio State Racing Commission 77 South High Sreet, 18th Floor Columbus, Ohio 43215

Members of the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) committee will meet on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 1 pm in Room 1960 of the Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. The meeting is open to the public and horsemen and stakeholders are encouraged to attend. For questions contact Kim Rinker, OSDF Administrator, Ohio State Racing Commission, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, 614-779-0269 or kim.rinker@racing.ohio.gov. Kimberly Rinker

The Ohio Standardbred Development Fund has received 1,148 nominations of harness racing 2 and 3-year-old foals sired by Ohio-registered pacing and trotting stallions for the 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS). The OSS series-the most lucrative of any for Ohio-bred Standardbreds-saw a 6% gain from 2016, which had 1,091 nominees in these same categories and a 49% increase of 2015 nominations (774). The OSS series features four $40,000 legs per division-divided by age, gait and gender-and eight $250,000 Championships, along with eight $50,000 consolation events. The 2017 figures are more than double 2014 nominations (457) and nearly triple 2013 figures (387). Of the 1,148 nominees, 767 were 2-year-olds and 381 were 3-year-olds. In the freshman pacing ranks, 229 colts and 193 fillies have been nominated. In those divisions, the stallion Pet Rock dominated-having sired 50 of the colts and 29 of the fillies. Dragon Again sired 34 colt and 25 filly nominees, while McArdle sired 28 colt and 21 filly nominees. The stallions Art Official, Big Bad John and Yankee Cruiser each sired 15 of the 2-year-old pacing colts nominated, while Big Bad John was represented by 18 freshman side-wheeling fillies; Art Official by 13 and We Will See by 12. Among the 2-year-old trotting youngsters, 235 colts (up 63% from 2016) and 110 fillies were nominated. Dejarmbro sired the majority of nominees with 52 colts and 17 fillies, with the stallion Manofmanymissions parenting 31 colts and 12 fillies. Break The Bank K sired 28 of the nominated trotting colts, with My MVP responsible for 18 and Cash Hall for 17. The sire Triumphant Caviar is represented by 13 colts and ten fillies nominated in this division. In the 3-year-old pacing ranks, 233 nominations were received, with 123 colts (a 30% increase from 2016) and 110 fillies (up 21% from 2016). Little Brown Jug victor Big Bad John held the top stallion spot among both genders-with 28 colts and 19 fillies nominated; while McArdle had 27 colts and 18 fillies made eligible to the OSS program. As well, the stallion Art Official had 19 of his colts nominated and 16 of his fillies, while The Panderosa is represented by seven colts and nine fillies. In the sophomore trotting ranks, 75 colts and 73 fillies (up 4% from 2016) were nominated, with Dejarmbro leading both genders with 27 colts and 24 fillies. Break The Bank K (nine colts & six fillies); Triumphant Caviar (eight colts & ten fillies); Full Count (seven colts); and Chip Chip Hooray (seven fillies) were all stallions with heavy representation among the 3-year-old trotting nominations received. While the majority of OSS nominations came from Ohio residents, a healthy number of those meeting the March 15, 2017 deadline came from stables, owners and trainers residing in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Delaware, Florida and Canada. Nominations also were received from folks in Tennessee, Idaho, New Hampshire, Iowa, Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Missouri and Mississippi. Ohio continues to lead the nation in number of broodmares bred (2,950 in 2016) to the Buckeye State's 141 stallions (as of this writing) registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission in 2017. The first OSS event is less than a month away, with sophomore trotters and pacers vying in the first $40,000 leg on May 1 (fillies) and May 2 (colts) at Miami Valley Raceway. Kimberly Rinker

There will be a meeting of the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 1 pm at the Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, 31st floor, South Room B&C. An Agenda for the meeting; OSDF Meeting Agenda & Actions to Consider 77 South High Street, 31st Floor, South Room B & C December 8, 2016 at 1 pm Actions to consider: Approval of minutes from OSDF meeting on October 27, 2016 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes Schedule 2- & 3-year-olds 4-year-olds & up 2017 Promotions Stallion Registration Fees Old Business New Business

There will be a meeting of the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 1 pm at the Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, Columbus, 31st Floor, Room South B&C. This meeting will be to discuss the plans and schedule for the 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes program. All horsemen and the public are invited to attend. Kimberly Rinker  

When 3-1 Winwood Mac captured his $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes division on Saturday night (July 16) at Scioto Downs, it came as no surprise to his driver, Chris Page. The Canyon Wind gelding tripped the timer in 1:52.1 in the last of three divisions of OSS contests for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, in Leg Three of this series for Ohio-breds. "Anytime you drive a horse for (trainer) Ronnie Burke, you have a shot to win," Chris noted. "I drove this horse as a 2-year-old and he tends to run in a bit, but he can pace like heck in the straightaways." Which is exactly what Winwood Mac did, using game, come-from-behind tactics to score his second victory of the season and his first in OSS competition in 2016. Bred by the Winwood Farm of Michigan, the bay pacer is co-owned by the Pennsylvania-based partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura. The winning time was a new lifetime record for Winwood Mac, who pushed his seasonal earnings to $51,565 and his career earnings to $90,048. What A Boy (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr), at 6-5 was just a head behind the winner to finish second, while 9-5 Mr Wiggle Pants (Kayne Kauffman) notched show honors. In the first OSS division Gotmoneyinmypocket bested eight rivals in an all-gelding field to pick up his sixth win of the year in 11 tries. Conditioned by Bill Dailey for Ohio breeders/owners Jerry Zosel and Kathy Ratcliff, the bay son of Feelin Friskie paced to a new lifetime clocking of 1:50.3 for driver Randy Tharps. Little Woody (Chris Page) was second and Nothin Fancy (Josh Sutton) was third. "The race set up perfectly for this horse tonight," Randy noted. "The fractions were fast but he was on cruise control." Gotmoneyinmypocket pushed his seasonal earnings to $79,750 and upped his career bankroll to $142,348. He is the third foal out of the Expensive Scooter mare Fran Ann p,3, 1:56.4s ($3,400) and is a full brother to Igottafeelinfran p,4, 1:51.1f, a 26-race winner of $521,665. He also has a half-brother in Gottatigerinmytank (by Panspacificflight) p,3, 1:54f ($36,250). The second OSS division saw Hustling Charley prevail with a new lifetime mark of 1:51.3 for driver Kyle Ater and trainer Danny Collins. The son of Charley Barley, who interestingly was the only colt in the field of nine (the rest were geldings), went three-wide around the last turn, chasing Canadia's Bakin (Kayne Kauffman), who had led the field through fractions of :26.1, :54.3 and 1:23. Hustling Charley then bested his rival by nearly four lengths to score seasonal victory four and lifetime win number five. The bay colt, who is co-leased by Collins and Ryan Holton, was bred by Ohio's Lisa Ezzo. Hustling Charley had won leg one of this series at Miami Valley Raceway on May 7 by six lengths in 1:53.4, and then finished second by a head in leg two to Smoke Up Johnny in 1:52.2 on June 11 at Scioto Downs. He now has $85,813 earned lifetime, and $67,200 amassed in 2016 for his connections. by Kimberly Rinker, for the OSDF

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