Columbus, OH --- The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway are proud to announce the first annual Ohio Fairs Championship to be held October 1, 2015, at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. “We think this is a great opportunity to give the top fair harness racing horses exposure at the pari-mutuel level by offering these finals”, said Mark Loewe, Vice President of Racing Operations for Dayton Raceway. “In past years, many quality horses have come up through the ranks of the fair circuit and as we move forward we expect that trend to continue.” The Ohio Fairs Championship will feature some of the top 2 and 3-year-old Ohio Bred pacers and trotters that have competed in Ohio Fairs Fund Stakes throughout the summer. The top nine point earning horses per divison entered will compete for an estimated $100,000 in purses, $12,500 per divison. Horses need to be nominated to be eligble through Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association by March 15, 2015. The nomination fee will be $100.00 and a starting fee of $100.00 will be required for starting in the Ohio Fairs Championship. The complete list of conditions for the Ohio Fairs Championship can be found on the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association web page http://www.ohha.com. Questions can be directed to Steve Bateson or Regina Mayhugh. by Regina Mayhugh, for the OHHA
Honey B and Kyle Ater scored a convincing victory in the $74,625 Ohio Breeders Championship for freshman filly trotters in Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair. As the field of six was sent on their way, Honey B yielded to the fast leaving I'd Rather Walk (Kayne Kauffman). Ater retook the lead past the quarter in :29.3. Honey B was unchallenged at the half in 1:00.2 and three-quarters in 1:30.2. Josh Sutton sent Like Old Times to attack the leader by a late break in stride sealed his fate as Honey B cruised to a nine and three-quarter length victory in 2:00.2. The Victory Sam lass is conditioned by Dan Ater for Jim Burnett of Wilmington, Ohio, and Tim Homan of Maineville, Ohio. In the first $24,875 division Dark Roast and Marty Wollam battled Soaring Flight through the final three-eighths of the mile and scored a head victory in 2:01. The daughter of Full Count won for the third time in eight starts for her owners Arcadia Farms of Canfield, Ohio, and G & B Racing of New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. In the final division Sammy Star and Aaron Merriman won over Student Of Life (Marty Wollam) and I'm Chiptastic (John Ryan Melshaimer) in 2:00.3 Sammy Star is owned by Peggy Carter, Robert Reid, Shelia Hummel and Great Am Stable and trained by Steve Carter. The daughter of Victory Sam won for the seventh time in 15 starts. I Know My Chip & Neely's Messenger Take 2CT OBC I Know My Chip and Jason Brewer passed the pace setting Cooter Dun (Louis Bauslaugh) at the top of the stretch and scored a one length victory in the $65,534 (division ) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old trotting colts in a lifetime best 1:59.3. Jim Daily trains the Deep Chip colt for Kimberly Dailey of Mechanicsburg, Ohio. I Know My Chip has finished first or second in nine of 10 starts this season. In the second $32,767 division, Neely's Messenger and Marty Wollam won for the sixth straight time with this one in 2:00.3. When the field was set on their way, Kick A Lot (Kurt Sugg) protected his rail spot forcing Lantern's Chip (Greg Grismore) to race the long mile. Neely's Messenger patiently sat fourth on the rail until he was sent three wide as the field headed to the three-quarter pole. Kick A Lot didn't like the pressure and broke stride. Neely's Messenger won by one and three-quarter lengths over Lantern's Chip and Really Deep Chip (Jack Daily). Dale and Julie Ann Sweet own the son of Neely Dunn. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug
The two-year-old filly pacer Bell Flower remains perfect on the season as the daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye cruised to victory in the $66,734 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship in opening day action at the Delaware County Fair. When the wings of the gate folded Chris Page sent Bell Flower to the early lead, forcing Friskie Lil Devil into the second spot. Bell Flower controlled the fractions of :28.2, :58.4 and 1:28. As the leading pair headed past the three-quarter pole, Wrenn edged Friskie Lil Devil off the pylons to challenge the leader. Bell Flower responded and pulled away for a 2 Â¼ length victory in 1:56.4. Bell Flower, who is seven-for-seven this year, is conditioned by Jim Arledge, Jr. for owners Bruce and Patricia Soulsby of Powell, Ohio and Dean Davis of Wooster, Ohio. In the second $33,367 division Crosswinds Cupcake survived a late rush by Sectionlinefriskie (Josh Sutton) to score in 1:57.1. As the field of seven was sent on their way Friskie Til Dawn (Aaron Merriman) was the fastest into the first turn. The eventual winner was put on the lead before the quarter in :28.3. Noble and Crosswinds Cupcake controlled the field and fractions of :59 and 1:27.3. In the final turn Sectionlinefriskie came three-wide but the rally came up one length short. Crosswinds Cupcake is owned by Crosswinds Stable of Waynesville, Ohio and Stephen Young of Xenia, Ohio and trained by David Elliott. The daughter of Stand Forever has finished first or second in all six seasonal starts. Sixteen races are on tap for Tuesday at the Delaware County Fair with a post time of 12:00 noon. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug
The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, with unanimous approval from the Ohio State Racing Commission and Chairman Robert Schmitz, has allocated revenue from the horsemen's video lottery terminal proceeds to the Delaware County Fair for the eight Ohio Breeder's Championship races and The Little Brown Jug. A total of $240,000 will be divided equally among the eight divisions of the Ohio Breeder's Championships and should bring each OBC event to over $50,000. With the added money the 2014 Little Brown Jug presented by Fazolis purse is expected to be in excess of $650,000. The Delaware County Fair and the Little Brown Jug are an important part of the Ohio racing landscape and the board is pleased to support the Ohio Breeders Championship and the race meet at the Delaware County Fair, noted Jerry Knappenberger, general manager of the OHHA. We are very grateful to receive the support of the OHHA and the Ohio State Racing Commission, noted Phil Terry, director of marketing for the Little Brown Jug. We look forward to working with these groups to return Ohio as an industry leader. The OHHA and the OSRC need to be commended for their commitment to the future of Ohio harness racing, added Tom Wright, president of the Little Brown Jug Society. I appreciate that they see the importance of the Delaware County Fair and the Little Brown Jug, now and in the years to come. The Delaware County Fair will host harness racing on Sunday, September 14, Tuesday, September 16, Wednesday, September 17 (Jugette Day) and Thursday, September 18 (Little Brown Jug Day). For more information on the Delaware County Fair or the Little Brown Jug, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com. by Jay Wolf, for the Delaware County Fair
Soul Train Cruises In $56,576 Ohio Breeders Championship for 2 Year-Old Colt Trotters With a patient drive from Chris Page, Soul Train cruised to a 7 1/2 length victory in the opening division of the 2 year-old colt trot during Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair. As the Greg Coon starting gate released the field of six, Mark Headworth sent Happy Go Jamie out of post 2 and went after the early lead. The eventual winner was content to sit fourth through the opening half in 1:01 3/5. When Soul Train was given his orders he quickly took command down the backstretch and never looked back, stopping the timer in 2:00 3/5. Star Chip (Don McKirgan) was second and Fiftyshades Of Nay (David Miller) was third. Soul Train is owned by Parent Racing Stable, R. S. Crynick and J. E. Novak and trained by Scott Cox. In the second division Hooray For Willie went gate to wire to score in 1:58 3/5, a new lifetime mark. The freshman son of Master Lavec is owned by Winchester Baye Acres, Inc. of Ocala, FL and trained by the winning driver Kurt Sugg. Can'tcutthatchip (Dan Noble) and Mainstreet Willy (Chip Noble) rounded out the top three finishers. Millers Team Up To Win OBC 2FT Hall of Fame driver David Miller teamed up with his daughter trainer Devan Miller to score a victory with Rose Run Princess in the second division of Ohio Breeders Championship for 2 year-old filly trotters. The daughter of Trainforthefuture was sent after the early lead set the fractions of :29 4/5, 1:01 2/5 and 1:31 3/5 and cruised home to score a five length victory over Emilene's Future (Ray Paver) in 2:00 3/5. The winner is owned by James E. Keller of New Carlisle, OH and Jerry Allen Bell of Tipp City, OH. The heavily favored In The Grippers (Chris Page) broke at the start and was never a factor. In the first $25,388 division Hush Hush Chip (Chris Page) defeated Emery Jean (Chip Noble) in 2:02 4/5. The freshman daughter of Chip Chip Hooray won for the first time this season for trainer Danny Collins and the ownership team of Lewis, Taylor, Gold and Lombardo. Jay Wolf
Fayco Filly and Brad Hanners found enough daylight in the stretch and sprinted past the pacesetting Crown Time Keeper (Chris Page) to win the featured $42,176 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship for 2-year-old filly pacers on the opening day card at the Delaware County Fair. When the gates wings folded the field quickly sat in post-position order. Kyle Ater sent the heavily favored Shakin Friskie to challenge Crown Time Keeper past the half in 1:00 4/5 and three quarters in 1:30 1/5. The pocket sitting Fayco Filly found room and won by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:59 2/5. The daughter of Dave Panlone is conditioned by Virgil Morgan, Jr. for Martial Property LLC and Ackley Racing Stable, both of Washington Court House, Ohio. In the first $21,088 division of the freshman filly pace, Kyle Ater drove Rosy Fire to an open length victory in 1:58 4/5. The daughter of Feelin Friskie is owned by B. M. Schwartz, Lee Bean and S. R. Montemarano and trained by Mark Winters, Sr. In the Billings Amateur Trot, Bud Hatfield scored for the record breaking sixth time at the Delaware County Fair. Hatfield and Brother Gus took the early lead and he held off the late charge of Thomas Williams and D W's Perky Joe in 2:00 4/5. Hatfield owns Brother Gus who won for the third time in 2013. In the first Billings division, Larry Farley guided Rewrite The Rules to victory in 2:03 1/5. Farley owns the 10 year-old gelded son of Mr Lavec who won for the 37th time in 203 career starts. In the Tim Fouts Memorial Final for amateur drivers, Dillon Cox and Sharp Shuttle came from off the pace to score in 1:59. The race features the top drivers from various driving clubs from across the US. Cox represented the Mid-Western Amateur Drivers Association. The Delaware County Fair will race again on Tuesday, September 17 with a post time of 12:00 Noon. The 13-race card will feature a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 with a 15% takeout. The pick 4 will start with race 10 and past performance lines are available at www.littlebrownjug.com. by Jay Wolf for the Little Brown Jug
Sustaining payments for the harness racing Winbak Farm Pace (Aged Pace), the Ohio Breeder's Championships (Ohio Bred 2 and 3-year-olds) and the Delaware Open Series (2 and 3-year-olds) are due by April 15.
Sustaining payments for the sophomore pacing classics Little Brown Jug and Jugette are due February 15. These payments are for harness racing foals of 2010.
Igottafeelinfran won the $28,000 Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old filly pacers on the opening day of the Grand Circuit meeting at the Delaware County Fair.
Countess Leigh was the most dominant harness racing winner among the eight Ohio Sires Stakes finals contested as part of Ohio Super Night at Scioto Downs on Saturday. Eight $100,000 finals were contested.
Ohio Super Night on Saturday (Sept. 8) will be one of the richest nights of harness racing in more than a half-century at Scioto Downs. The card features 16 races, half of them being $100,000 Ohio Sires Stakes finals.
Members of the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Committee voted unanimously to set the purses for all eight Ohio Sires Stakes championships at $100,000. Ohio Sires Stakes are restricted to horses bred within the state. The races are scheduled on Saturday (Sept. 8) at Scioto Downs in Columbus. They will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Harness racing sustaining payments for the 67th Little Brown Jug and the 42nd Jugette are due February 15. These payments are for foals of 2009.
The two-year-old gelding trotter, Count Me In equaled the track record in winning the $20,822 Ohio Breeders Championship in Tuesday harness racing action at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.