Eight $150,000 Ohio Sire Stakes championships were held at Scioto Downs Racino Saturday evening. Feelin Lika Winner lived up to his name when he won the coveted 3-year-old colt pacing championship in 1:52.2. The Scott Mogan trainee sat in the pocket most of the way behind race favorite, That Friske Feelin and Tony Hall, after parking the latter to an opening quarter of 26.3. "We wanted to follow Burke’s horse (That Friske Feelin), as close as we could get to him,” said driver Kayne Kauffman. “We got out of the gate good and I kind of pushed him through the first turn and tried to sting him a little bit.” That opening quarter didn’t take much out of the eventual winner as he powered home in 28.3 to win by four and three-quarter lengths. “That was a very tough call (to pull going around the last turn instead of waiting for the passing lane) but my horse felt strong,” continued Kauffman. “Tony’s plugs were out down the backside so we went ahead and made the move and it worked out.” Feelin Lika Winner is owned by Mogan, Diamond Chip Stables (Judy Weber), AWS Stables (Allen & Carol Marie Schmidthorst) and Charlie Guiler. The gelding by Feelin Friskie out of the Live Love Laugh mare Naughty Sunflower now has $212,235 in lifetime earnings and took a mark earlier this year of 1:51.4 here at Scioto. Other OSS winners on the evening included: 2yo Filly Trot - In the Grippers (Steven One - Over Baked) in 1:58 for driver Chris Page, trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr and owner Herres Stables LLC (Natilie Herres). 2yo Colt Trot - Rompaway Galaxy (Rompaway Wally - Rompaway Wynona) in 1:57.4 for driver Mike Micallef, trainer Krista Williams and owner Rompaway Farms LLC (Thomas Smith) 2yo Filly Pace - Shakin Friskie (Feelin Friskie - Shakeurcancancress) in 1:56.1 for driver Dan Noble, trainer Mark Winters, Sr and owners Bret Schwartz, William Bean and Stephen Montemarano. 2yo Colt Pace - Chance I MIght (Stand Forever - Nature’s Course) in 1:55.3 for driver Brad Hanners, trainer Jim Dailey and owner Rebecca Dwyer. 3yo Filly Trot - Contessa Leigh (Full Count - Howl) in 1:57.1 for driver Sam “Chip” Noble, trainer Marty Wollam and owners G And B Racing (Bradley & George Berlin) and Marty Wollam. 3yo Colt Trot - Final Breath (Victory Sam - First Breath) in 1:56.1 for trainer/driver Hugh “Sandy” Beatty and owner Duane Lowe. 3yo Filly Pace - Igottafeelinfran (Feelin Friskie - Fran Anna) in 1:53.3 for driver Dan Noble, trainer Jim Dailey and owners Jerry Zosel, Kathy Ratcliff and Kimberly Dailey. Racing will continue for one more week, Wednesday thru Saturday, with a post of 6:30 p.m. each day. Saturday (September 14) is closing night at Scioto for the 2013 racing season. Submitted by Scioto Downs Racino
Big Bossman wasn’t the boss of the Ohio bred 2-year-old pacing colts earlier this year but he’s finding the right time to hit his stride. “I went to warm him up that (first) night and as I turned him to go a mile, he made a right hand turn and almost hit two horses head on,” explained trainer Doug Hinklin. “When Grismore (driver Greg Grismore) took him behind the gate, he just lost his mind because of two recalls and when they let them go at the start, he paced down to the first turn and made a right hand turn and almost went through the fence.” That first mile out resulted in a DNF but Hinklin went ahead and entered the second leg of the Ohio Sire Stakes, which would be his second lifetime start. Unfortunately the result was basically the same. “He was just a head case,” said Hinklin. “I’ve been in this game 40 years and I’ve seen that before, so I just tried something that worked for me years ago and put telescope blinds on him with a fly screen over the top of the blinds and plugged his ears and it worked. He’s been fine ever since, except the night he drew the nine hole at Scioto and he kinda reverted back to his old ways there. He’s a super fast colt but he’s a head case.” Big Bossman won the Ohio State Fair on August 3, pacing in 1:54.4 with a last quarter of 27.1. He went on to win the last two legs of the Sire Stakes in 1:57.2 (at Raceway Park) and 1:54.4 (at Scioto) last week “When he’s concentrating on the game, he’s very very fast. I knew that when I got down training him in April. I got him down to about 2:15 and I started brushing him and I knew he was a super fast colt. “If he behaves, he’ll be a force to be reckoned with. If he behaves himself, they won’t beat him.” Big Bossman is by Feelin Friskie, out of the Matt’s Scooter mare Lovely America. His dam already has a couple $100,000 winners and Big Bossman is well on his way with $49,835 in earnings so far. Hinklin bought the gelding as a yearling for Parent Racing Stable LLC in November 2012 at the Blooded Horse Sale. No matter the outcome of the OSS Final Saturday at Scioto, this horse will be well on his way to becoming a great colt. Big Bossman could possibly start Hinklin on the road to his second back-to-back Sire Stakes victory seasons. Who knows what could happen when the head case of a colt starts behind the Mike Woebkenberg starting gate Saturday, but with the two hole, he shouldn’t be scared of that first turn. Scioto Downs Racino
Tom Brinkerhoff only has four horses in his barn on the backside of Scioto Downs Racino but two of them qualified for the Ohio Sire Stakes Final for 3-year-old colt pacers that will be held this Saturday (Sept 7). The horse he entered, Outdoor Fever, has had a rough go of late but his early season success warranted him a shot at the winner’s share of $150,000. Leaving from post two, the pair is set at 8-1 morning line odds, not the favorite, but definitely in contention. “He’s a nice horse, but he’s just about a second and a half away from being a good horse,” said Brinkerhoff. “He’s good and sound, a nice horse to drive and good mannered. We just gotta have some luck before we can get any money.” Mike Wilder will be the seventh driver of the season to sit behind the colt who was second placed first in his seasonal debut, the first leg of the OSS at Lebanon. He paced in 1:57 that day (May 4) and three weeks later in the second leg at Scioto he was third, pacing in 1:54.4. He skipped the third leg, but went to the fourth at Raceway Park on August 25 and finished seventh. “Well that was at Toledo and they got down to the half real slow, and he was sitting back ninth,” explained Brinkerhoff. “He paced his last half in 55.1 but he was just back too far and couldn’t reach. He raced good, it was just the circumstances.” The ages of the human connections of Outdoor Fever are the opposite end of the age spectrum from their equine counterpart. Brinkerhoff will turn 76 just five days after Super Night, while his groom, Lenny Slygh, is 61 and breeder/owner Leonard Buckner is 80. The Brinkerhoff/Slygh pair have been working together for six years now and have the relationship of two long time friends that are enjoying their “retirement years” with some frisky young colts. But Brinkerhoff’s relationship with Buckner has really stood the test of time “I’ve been training horses for him for 31 years,” said Brinkerhoff who first started training horses with his dad when he was nine years old. “And we’ve had about one argument in all those years. He doesn’t come to the races (because of health reasons) but he watches all the races at home.” Outdoor Fever is by Stand Forever out of the Ruffstuff Baker mare Bang The Door. Coincidentally, Brinkerhoff trained Ruffstuff Baker for Buckner and said he was one of the best horses he has ever trained in his 67 year training career. The other horse that was eligible to the OSS Finals this year, My Myster E, is also owned in part by Buckner and was in the dance for the finals as a 2-year old. Finishing third in that $100,000 final to Feelin Lika Winner, Brinkerhoff had high hopes for him this year but “he’s been the biggest disappointment for me in 10 years. “They (Outdoor Fever and My Myster E) were raised together and have been beside each other for two years now in training. They’ve always been together.” When you have a pair of nice colts, one can always make up for the shortcomings of the other. But both of them will now have faced Feelin Lika Winner in their shot in the finals. Feelin Lika Winner is trained by Scott Mogan and installed as the 5-2 second favorite (behind 6-5 favorite That Friske Feelin). "I trained with him (Feelin Lika Winner) the other day, and I couldn’t get by him,” said Brinkerhoff. “It will all depend on how the race goes, you gotta have some luck. I’m hoping they will drag race down to the three-quarters and then maybe we’ll be able to pick up some pieces on the end.” When one-quarter of your stable is going for the rich $150,000 finals and you take care of the quality horses in your barn, sometimes age and experience will overcome the odds. For one 75-year-old, he’s hoping he has this great chance to be in the winner’s circle. Scioto Downs Publicity Department
In just three days, Saturday, September 7, Scioto Downs Racino will host one of the most exciting race nights in recent history at the Columbus oval. The best 2 and 3-year-old horses in the state will duke it out for top honors in the Ohio Sire Stakes Finals and some of the best horses from across the country will make up the 134 horses vying for nearly $1.5-million in purses. The 16 race card has a first post time of 6:30 p.m. "Last year our Super Night card went for just over $900,000 after the VLT facility was open for three months," said Scioto’s General Manager of Racing Operations Stacy Cahill. "Now, another year later, we have been able to boost our purses, and help our horsemen, even more. We've had a great racing season so far and expect Saturday's card to be be another exciting event for our fans." There will be a couple different wagering opportunities that are not available on any other race night at Scioto. A $7,500 guaranteed Pick-8 bet for the eight OSS finals is available for a minimum 20-cent bet; those finals are set as races 4-11. There will also be a $5,000 guaranteed Pick-4 for races 9-12. The four races that are included for that bet are the last 3 OSS finals for 3-year-old pacing fillies, trotting colts and pacing colts, as well as the $125,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational Pace. Before the races, there will be beanie and trucker-style hat give-a-ways. After winner’s circle pictures are taken and interviews conducted with the winning connections, t-shirts will be thrown to the crowd. There will also be drawings for Jug tickets, Ohio State cornhole boards, wagering and food vouchers. As Ohio Super Night at Scioto Downs draws closer, stay tuned for more in depth previews for some of the night's feature races. For more information about live harness racing at Scioto Downs Racino, visit www.SciotoDowns.com/racing. Racing will be held Wed-Sat this week and next, with closing day for the 2013 season on Saturday, September 14. Scioto Downs Racino
The last leg of Ohio Sire Stakes action was held Saturday at Scioto Downs Racino. Two-year-old trotting and pacing colts took to the Columbus 5/8 mile oval to ensure they are eligible for the lucrative $150,000 finals next week Saturday (Sept. 7). Big Bossman and Feel the Heat were sitting fifth and sixth, respectively, in the OSS standings before their races on Saturday and boosted their point totals with wins. Big Bossman and Greg Grismore took one of the $30,000 splits when they won in 1:54.4. “This colt has got wicked speed, he’s just a little goofy in the head at times,” said Grismore. “I thought if I could get to the front, he’d be tough to beat. You just gotta keep his mind on his game all the time. He loses concentration a lot and he wants to dip and dive. But he’s fast, a very fast colt.” Big Bossman, a Feelin Friskie gelding, is owned by Parent Racing Stable LLC (Brent and Tiffany Parent) and trained by Doug Hinklin. He now has $49,835 lifetime earnings with four wins in seven starts. In the other division, Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. took Feel the Heat for trainer Steve Perkins straight to the top and won in a new lifetime best 1:56. Chance I Might (Tony Hall) got up for second, even after making a break at the start, while Hawks Cry Hoboken (Dan Noble) held on for third. Perkins Racing Stable LLC (Donald and Steven Perkins) own the Feelin Friskie colt. Two-year-old trotting colts also raced for the last time before the big dance next weekend. The consistent and reliable Rompaway Galaxy (Mike Micallef) won his sixth in race in seven starts, crossing the wire in 1:58 for trainer Krista Williams and owner Rompaway Farms LLC of Michigan. Soul Train and Chris Page took the other division for trotters when they won by one length in 1:57.2 for trainer Scott Cox. Parent Racing also owns this gelding by Trainforthefuture, along with Robert Crynick and John Novak. The mile tied the track record for 2-year-old trotting geldings, first set in 2001 by Hez Striking and Dave Hawk). Racing will continue at Scioto Monday (Labor Day) with a special 1:00 p.m. post time. Submitted by Scioto Downs Racino
The condition sheet for Ohio’s Super Night (Saturday, Sept 7) at Scioto Downs Racino is now available. All told, the purses on the card will total around $1.5-million and attract the best horses in the state as well as some phenomenal horses from across the country. Anchoring the card will be the eight divisional Ohio Sire Stakes Finals with purses of $150,000 each. Tied into these races will be a special $7,500 guaranteed Pick-8 bet where bettors can wager on who they think will win all eight of the OSS Finals for a minimum 20-cent bet. Highlighting the undercard is the $125,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational Pace. Being the largest overnight race purse in Scioto’s racing history, the race office is hoping to attract some of the country’s best older pacers. It will be tied into the late Pick-4 bet which will also include the last three OSS races. The race office has also carded the Heart of Ohio Trot and Capitol City Pace finals, with estimated purses of $50,000 each. The events for 4-year-old and up winners over $60,000 have separate divisions for trotters and pacers. The condition sheet is available on this page (http://www.sciotodowns.com/racing/condition-sheets/) of the Scioto Downs website as well as under the “Horsemen” tab of the USTA website. If anyone is interested in more information on entering the Jim Ewart Memorial Pace, contact the race office at (614) 295-4668. Before the races start on Super Night there will be a meet-n-greet with some of Scioto’s leading drivers as well as driver interviews and t-shirt tosses after each race. In cooperation with the Ohio Lottery, there will be a hat given away with the purchase of a live racing program. Submitted by Scioto Downs Racino
On Saturday, July 20 Northfield Park hosted three divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as highlights to the evening’s Battle of Lake Erie program. Three-year-old colt trotters competed in two divisions and colt pacers in one. On the trotting side of things, Final Breath was a 4 ½-length winner in the $30,000 first division. Final Breath’s 11 triumph in 17 lifetime starts. Hugh Beatty trains and piloted the gelding for owner Malta, Ohio owner Duane Lowe. Final Breath (Victory Sam-First Breath-Hold Your Breath) started from post two and was sitting third through an initial quarter of :29.3. Beatty tipped the trotter approaching the :59.1 half. He took the lead in the third quarter and posted final fraction of 1:28.2 and 1:58.3. Saturday’s win increased Final Breath’s bankroll to $88,197. Finishing behind Final Breath were Annie’s Rocketman, Chet N Spanky, Howdhedothat and Happy Go Manny. Final Breath was the overwhelming favorite, returning $2.10 to win. Heza Rube took the $30,000 second division for three-year old colt and gelding Ohio-breds for Northfield Park Wall of Fame trainer Marty Wollam. Heza Rube (Master Lavec-Rubicella-Awesome Goal) started from post four. He fired off the gate and never looked back, posting fractions of :28.4, :59.1, 1:28.2 and 1:57.4. He never experienced an anxious moment and won by 2 ¼-lengths. Kurt Sugg drove for Middlefield, Ohio owner Bob Troyer. It was the 15 career start and seventh win for the youngster, who now has earnings of $100,399. Completing the race were Buzzin Troubador, Trottin On Over, Masterdream Chaser, Neely Spring and Flash Cash. Heza Rube was the punter’s choice, paying $2.40 to win. On the pacing side, That Friske Feelin (Feelin Friskie-Marquee Event-Mark Johnathan) was impressive winning the $35,000 OSS for sophomore colt and gelding pacers. Tony Hall drove the gelding for trainer Ron Burke and owners Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Edwin Gold of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania and Richard Lombardo of Solon, Ohio. That Friske Feelin left the gate alertly from post three and never looked back. He posted fractions of :27.3, :56.2, 1:24.4 and 1:52.2. The clocking was a new lifetime mark for the That Friske Feelin and increased his career bankroll to $92,383. The win marked his seventh in 14 starts. Finishing in succession after the winner was Sassy Osborne, Phantom Flasher, Feelin Lika Winner, Forever Kissed, CC Big Boy Sam, Hanky L, Retrieve Forever, River Valley Pearl and Firetowers Stand. That Friske Feelin returned $3.40 to win.
Four races of harness racing 2-year-old colts hit the track for the second leg of $30,000 Ohio Sire Stakes at Scioto Downs Racino on Saturday. Three of the winners kept their Sire Stakes win record in tact, winning both legs so far, and all four set new lifetime marks.
Thousands of people headed out to Scioto Downs Racino for harness racing's "Back to the Track" on Saturday evening. Four Ohio Sire Stakes races, three opens and an invitational race highlighted the racing card, while other activities were going on throughout the racetrack.
On July 3 Northfield Park hosted five divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as part of the Wednesday 13-race program.
On Wednesday, July 3 Northfield Park offers guests the opportunity to start their holiday off right with stakes harness racing action.
Scioto Downs Racino was host to 3-year-old filly Ohio Sires Stakes races on Saturday (June 8). Mitey Pretty Win picked a good time to break her harness racing maiden when she took the first $30,000 division for trotters in 1:59.2.
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.
Harness racing driver Rob Dinning, 30, drove the 1,000th winner of his career on Wednesday (Sept. 12) when steered Mr I Am to a 1:57.4 victory at the Wayne County Fair in Wooster, Ohio.
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.