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Delaware, Ohio--Many years ago as many as seven amateur races in the Billings Series were hosted at the home of the Little Brown Jug but with the proliferation of local organizations hosting races for recreational harness racing drivers the amount of races on the betting cards at Delaware,Ohio has consistently decreased. Still this season there were two Billings trots and the Fouts Memorial, for the top drivers from national local clubs. Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford got the day started by guiding Blasco to a come-from-behind triumph in 2:00.2. After starting from post five Oldford zipped away from the gate and settled in the two-hole and received perfect cover from Better Call Saul and driver"Chicago George" Bonomo who left Italian guest Gian Luca Di Venti and Smart Flight out in the fresh air. The three raced at the front of the field until the homestretch where Oldford moved out and hustled his trotter to a neck victory over Better Call Saul. Despite the overland trip Smart Flight was beaten just a length while finishing third, Owned by Oldford Racing LLC, Blasco, the second choice in the wagering, paid $6.00 After the second Billings trot was completed "Hurricane Hannah" Miller showed why she is a two-time National Amateur Driver of the Year when she sat chilly with Inukchuk Chuk and stalked United Bi and driver Alesha "the Lethal Lady" Binkley to the head of the lane and then rallied to a 1:58.4 victory. In that one Ms Binkley took command on the first turn with Ms Miller in hot pursuit tight on her back and they raced one-two until the top of the lane where Hannah rallied Inukchuk Chuck to a ¾-length triumph over her lady challenger. Guest amateur Daniele Orsini took home the show dough with Mego Moss. The winner, a 6-year-old Muscles Yankee gelding owned by Clifford Grundy and trained by Nick Surick, paid $3.00 for win. In the Fouts Memorial, Anthony "Shifty"Ciuffetelli made every pole a winning one with Mcport In A Storm en route to a 1:57.2 victory while parking the betting favorite Mcpansy and driver Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford the entire mile. H-and-N Dho Hailey finished third for Bob "the Lumberman" Troyer. The winner is owned by Ida Hardman and trained by Frenchy Fuller. Sent off at odds of over 10-1 Mcport In A Storm returned a $10.40 mutuel   by John Manzi for the Billings Series  

Hall of Fame publicist Tom White and former Ohio Harness Horseman's Association general manager Jerry Knappenberger will be honored as the 2019 Joseph Neville Memorial Award recipients by the Delaware County Fair. White was a harness racing reporter for the Lexington (KY) Herald, Hoof Beats magazine and the Horseman and Fair World. He served as the publicity director for Scioto Downs and the Red Mile and was the Little Brown Jug's top PR man from 1996 until 2012. In 2005, White was inducted into the Communicators Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. White passed away in February at the age of 84. Knappenberger began his 50-year harness racing career as a second trainer for Terry Holton. He was hired as the assistant general manager of the OHHA in 1990 and was general manager from 1998 until 2015. Knappenberger worked tirelessly for the introduction of Video Lottery Terminals in the state of Ohio. The VTLs allowed the Standardbred industry in Ohio to return to its place of prominence with increased purses. In 2015, he was elected into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame by a vote of the Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Knappenberger died at the age of 76 in June 2019.   Jay Wolf

DAYTON PA - The Western Ideal sophomore pacing filly More More More liked the Dayton (PA) fairgrounds oval very much on Thursday afternoon, breaking her harness racing division's track record with a 1:58.4 mile while also notching the section's fastest clocking on the Keystone State's fair circuit this season. More More More eclipsed the 1:59.3 track record set by Keystone Nikki two years ago. Her only other purse victory came in her last start at Honesdale, though she had bettered her Dayton clocking in qualifiers at both two and three at Pocono. The husband/wife ownership team of driver Tony and trainer Linda Schadel both tied for most wins in their categories during the Dayton meet - Tony guiding four sulky successes, and Linda harnessing three victorious charges. A second 2:00 mile came in the other "A" division of the Fair Sire Stakes, as Sure R Lookin Good, the 2018 Fair Championship winner in her group, won in exactly 2:00 flat. The daughter of Well Said now has a fair record of 7-4-3-0 for driver Eric Neal, trainer Bob Krenitsky Jr., and owner Julie Krenitsky. In the single division of the PaFSS colt pace, the Well Said colt Motive Hanover prevented his Todd Schadel stablemate Way To Close from becoming the first six-time winner on the circuit this year when he won in 2:01.4, last quarter :28.2. While Way To Close has the fastest mile at the twicearounds this year at 1:57.4, Motive Hanover is the only double 2:00 winner so far, and here he took his second "A" win after three in the "B" ranks, with Todd's brother Tony doing the driving; Todd and son Cody co-own the winner. On the three-year-old trotting side, the Andover Hall gelding Andovers Asset continued his dominance for Team Tony and Linda Schadel, posting the meet's fastest time on the gait, 2:04.1, while boosting his fair record to 6-5-1-0. During Wednesday's two-year-old action, the Captaintreacheorus pacing filly Silly But Serious became the first freshman to get to five fair triumphs, all of them in a row since her fair bow, going the fastest mile of the day, 2:05.2, with a victory for driver Shawn Johnston and trainer/father Gary Johnston, the latter co-owner with Joyce Benkart. In this class's other "A" cut, the Well Said miss Search Light made it four straight while winning in 2:06.1 for trainer/driver Todd Schadel and owner Dr. John Egloff. Tony Schadel, Shawn Johnston, and Wayne Long all drove four winners for top honors at Dayton; Long and Linda Schadel each trained three winners to head their group. Action on the PA fair circuit next comes to the Crawford County Fair in Meadville PA, where the legendary Boots Dunn will be honored with an FFA trot and pace in his name. Two-year-olds will go on Sunday, three-year-olds on Monday, both days at noon.   Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, and Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association partnership

Auction items and table sponsors are needed for the annual Pre-Jug Party and Charity Auction held Wednesday September 18, at the Delaware County Fair.   The proceeds go to rehab, retrain and rehome retired Standardbreds and the Delaware County Fair. This gala event is held in the Hospitality Pavilion in the first turn following the Jugette card.   Attendees will enjoy gourmet hor d’oheurves, an open bar, live music and shopping the charity auction which is also held online.   “We’re asking owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, racetracks and those that benefit from racing, to please support this important fundraiser,” said New Vocations Executive Director Dot Morgan.   “Vacations, experiences, equine services, entertainment tickets, jewelry, memorabilia and tack, as well as home and barn accessories, are being sought to help make this event a success.”   Table Sponsors are also needed and a good option in lieu of merchandise or services. Show your support by sponsoring a table in your name, your stable, your farm, or the name of a favorite horse.   Seating is Open but signs on the tables recognize the sponsors.   Sponsor a table for $400 and receive tickets for six people; co- sponsors for $200 receive two tickets.   “New Vocations is totally dependent on donations to rehabilitate, retrain, and rehome hundreds of retired racehorses each year,” said Executive Director Dot Morgan.   “Participating in this event is a fun and easy way to give back to the horses we all love.”   For more details contact Dot Morgan at (937) 947-4020, dot@horseadoption.com or Winnie Nemeth at (734) 320-7918, winnie@horseadoption.com.   Register to bid and purchase table sponsorships at http://one.bidpal.net/prejugparty     Dot Morgan Executive Director New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program

An online PDF sale catalog for the upcoming annual Ohio Selected Jug Sale is now available on the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders website. The link: https://ohioharnesshorsebreeders.com/SaleCatalog2019 which will access the full sale catalog, can be downloaded for quick viewing. The sale is set for Friday, September 13, 2019 at the Brave Horse Equestrian Center in Johnstown, Ohio with the first horse in the ring at 11 a.m. In addition, the annual preview Show Day will be held on Thursday, September 12 with food and drink served from 4 to 6 p.m. This year's sale will feature 248 yearlings featuring 36 by Racing Hill and Uncle Peter, 26 by Pet Rock, 16 by Well Said, 15 by Triumphant Caviar, 13 by McArdle, 11 by My MVP and others by Rockin Amadeus, Cash Hall, Western Vintage, Big Bad John and many more. Ohio Breeders president Randy Haines noted, "There is definitely something for everyone at the Ohio Selected Jug Sale. We have brothers and sisters to some of the top performers in the Buckeye State, as well as a host of individuals by all the popular and some first crop sires!" For decades, the Ohio Select sale has been the first stop for owners and trainers to acquire top State-bred harness racing performers. This year will be no exception as the Ohio Select sale has sold several million dollar earners and hundreds of Ohio Sire Stakes winners and dozens of Super Night Champions. Current standouts include, but are not limited to: QUEEN OF THE PRIDE p,2,1:52.4f, 3,1:51.1f--'19 ($510,479); ROSEMARY ROSE p,1:50.3f--'19 ($505,117); ROSE RUN SYDNEY 4,1:54.1h ($564,233); FRASER RIDGE 4,1:52.1f ($522,479); World Champion ROCK CANDY p,3,1:50.2f--'19 ($318,126); PURE CHANCE p,3,1:54.2h--'19 ($185,146) as well as two-year-old standouts ARTFUL DANCER p,2,1:52.2f--'19 ($71,700); ELVER HANOVER p,2,1:52.1f--'19 ($66,500), and IT'S ACADEMIC 2,1:57.3f-'19 ($63,400), etc. A social media, facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OhioHHBreeders/ is also up and running, which will feature current and former Ohio Sire Stakes winners and performers, as well as news, links and updates from farms and consignors. The Ohio Harness Horse Breeders Association is a cooperative of Buckeye State equine nurseries dedicated to the promotion and growth of Ohio Standardbreds, and include: Abby Stables, LTD., Cool Winds Farm, Dublin Valley Farms, Hickory Lane Horse Farm, LMN Bred Stables, Inc., Midland Acres, Inc., Rose Run Farm, Spring Haven Farm, Steiner Stock Farm, Sugar Valley Farm and Winterwood Farm. For additional information, contact Randy Haines at 2060 S Cool Rd., Lima, OH 45806 (419) 227-2665 or Laura Nault at 17605 Clarks Run Rd., Mount Sterling, OH 43143. Email: LJNault@gmail.com.     Chris Tully   for the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders Assoc

The harness racing 20¢ Northfield Single Six was taken down by a lone combination for a whopping $42,522.68 return on Saturday (July 27). The massive payoff was hit by a patron wagering through the Portland, Oregon hub and watching the action on the Flying Turns via simulcast. The Single Six wager premiered on October 13, 2018 and has become popular with punters chasing colossal returns. The unique combination Pick-6 offers a low 14% takeout rate and starts nightly in race nine. The 20¢ wager carries over 50% of its nightly pool until it is solved by a single combination. Saturday's payoff is evidence that the 20¢ wager is doing exactly what it was designed to do -- offer handicappers monstrous jackpots. Ayers Ratliff

Painesville, OH- Harness racing action kicked off at the Lake County Fair in Painesville, Ohio Tuesday with nine races, five of which were won by driver Kurt Sugg. His wins included the $3,500 Forest "Pappy" Cone Memorial, a Signature Series Trot, and the richest event of the day, the $10,100 three-year-old filly trot. Earlier this month, Sugg went over the 4,000 career win mark. In the Cone Memorial, Sugg steered his trainee Star Chip, owned by Rebecca Sugg, to an easy 2:02 win, her eighth of the year. The eight-year-old gelded son of Chip Chip Hooray- Star Sneakers has now banked just under $340,000 in his career. It was his second Signature Series win of the year. Riverdancing Diva was second and Rockinthepines finished third. In the sophomore filly trot, trainer Marty Wollam called on Sugg to drive Ladycallstheshots, a daughter of Uncle Peter from the SJ's Caviar mare Caviar For The Lady. She cruised to a 2:04.2 win, her first this year. She is owned and was bred by Acadia Farms of Canfield, Ohio. D J Miracle finished second, with And Up We Go taking home show money. Sugg also easily took the opener for two-year-old pacing fillies with Pat Holden's Miss Tressa, who was an impressive 2:01.3 winner for trainer Wollam. He also won the second division of the freshman filly pace, this time piloting Don Hoovler, Jeery Sommers and Mike Medors' Yankee Cruiser filly Medoland Carmen to a 2:04.3 win. To wrap things up, in the nightcap, Sugg won the maiden trot in 2:07with two-year-old trotting gelding K J Chuck. Scott Woogen owns the winner who is trained by Steve Cross.   Keith Gisser for the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association

Northfield, OH -- Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $50,000 20¢ Super High Five total pool guarantee to its harness racing card on Wednesday (July 24). Offered in race 13, the $50,000 Super High Five guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $14,916. The evening's ninth race begins the 20¢ Northfield Single Six (a unique combination Pick 6) with a carryover that has grown to $31,168. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s, 20¢ Super High Five and 20¢ Northfield Single Six offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. Wednesday's post time is 6 p.m.   Ayers Ratliff

Five Ohio Sires Stakes proved as hot as the weather on Friday night, July 19 with impressive performances and a new track record in the books at Scioto Downs.   A trio of $40,000 contests for 2-year-old pacing fillies and two $50,000 trials for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings were held as temperatures continued to stagger in the low 90's.   The Steve Carter-trained Artful Dancer gave notice as she prevailed for Aaron Merriman in a new track record clocking of 1:52.2 in the second OSS division for freshmen filly pacers.   "This was the first time I'd driven her," Merriman admitted. "Steve (trainer Carter) had given me some insight into her personality, and she was easy to drive and just took off on her own when challenged by another horse."   Owned by Jay Mossbarger, Tammy Carter, Richard Lombardo and Josh Green, the daughter by Yankee Cruiser had won OSS Leg one in 1:55.2. In this leg, she took the lead as the 5-2 choice at the three-quarters and held off a hard trying 3-1 Looksgoodinaromper (Chris Page) by a nose at the wire, with 3-2 favorite McMarkle Sparkle (Brett Miller) third, three lengths back. Artful Dancer now has $41,200 in career earnings. Bred by Midland Acres and D & CC Drake, she is the first foal out of the Sportsmaster mare Dancin carol p, 2, Q1:55.1.f ($81,646). Aaron was back in the sulky behind Beautiful Beach in the third OSS contest for 2-year-old pacing fillies, steering the We Will See lass to a wire-to-wire 1:53.4 clocking for trainer Tyler George. Bred by Spring Haven Farm and Doug Millard and owned by Tom Lehmann, of Sarasota, Florida, it was the first career win for Beautiful Beach, who was the 1-5 favorite. Beautiful Beach This hardy pacing filly finished a length ahead of 7-1 Odds On Athens (Peter Wrenn), while 9-2 Hoochie Girl got up for third for driver Chris Lems. She is the fifth foal out of the Yankee Cruiser mare Beach Resort p, 3, 1:57.3F ($69,374) and is a half-sister to Big Bad Beach p, 4, 1:54.2 ($41,191) and Jimbobwayne p, 2, 1:54.1f ($38,577)--both sired by Big Bad John. Ellagator and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., took the first OSS division with a grueling, first-over journey in 1:55 as the 1-9 favorite, hanging on by a neck over 19-1 Corner Pocket (Danny Noble), nearly five lengths in front of third-place finisher 14-1 Arya Again (Ryan Stahl). The Western Vintage distaff is trained by Chris McGuire for owner Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA. "She's done everything we've asked her to do," McGuire said. "I was hoping she'd get to the front tonight a little easier than she did, but either way, she handles whatever you throw at her and is a pretty special horse." Ellagator Ellagator had won OSS Leg one in 1:54 at Northfield Park on July 5. She was a $24,000 yearling purchase at the 2018 Lexington Select Sale and is the first foal out of the unraced broodmare Dame Truth, by Total Truth and was bred by Nancy Johansson of New Jersey. In the first of the two $50,000 trotting divisions, Patti's Main Man went an absolutely huge mile for driver Jeremy Smith. Leaving the gate at odds of 26-1, the son of Manofmanymissions pulled first up before the half and simply ate up ground until he nabbed the lead in mid-stretch for his 1:56.3 triumph. Owned by trainer Michael D. Sowers of McArthur, Ohio, Patti's Main Man returned $54.80 on a two dollar win ticket, and was 1¼ lengths better than second-place finisher 2-1 Homer Hall (Brett Miller), while 7-1 Voyage To Paris (Kayne Kauffman) did well to be third. Patti's Main Man Bred by Midland Acres, Patti's Main Man is the 14th foal out of the American Winner mare Patti Page and is a half-brother to Get Chipped (by Chip Chip Hooray) 6, 1:54.3 ($415,424); Express Justice (by Justice Hall) 5, 1;54.3f ($282,311); and to the 2-year-old Attache' (by Broadway Hall) who has earned $20,000 from two second-place finishes in OSS legs one and two thus far this year. Lane Of Stone took the second OSS division, trotting commandingly to a 1:54 clocking with driver Jeff Nisonger at the lines. Sent off as the 1-5 favorite, the son of Wishing Stone--who was exported to Denmark earlier this season--used an impressive, front-stepping effort to score this latest triumph by 5½ lengths over 12-1 ELO Hanover (Brett Miller), with 70-1 Cash Hit (Chris Lems) trotting evenly to nab third-place money. Lane Of Stone Lane Of Stone captured his OSS Leg One easily in 1:53.1, but was a disappointing sixth in Leg Two. Mark Winters, Sr., conditions this hardy youngster for owner/breeder Harry Horowitz of Brooklyn, New York. This modestly-built trotter has a powerful stride and an engine that never seems to quit. This latest triumph upped his career earnings to $233,393. Lane Of Stone is the fourth foal out of the Lindy Lane mare Wisteria Lane 4, 1:57.3M ($18,559) and has half-siblings in: Why Argue (by SJ's Caviar) 2, 1:59s ($32,353) and Laney Hall (by Angus Hall) 2, 1:59f ($29,220).   by Kimberly Rinker Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

Baron Remy excelled in Friday's (July 19) sweltering heat to score in 1:50.3, equaling the harness racing track and world record for 4-year-old pacing mares in Northfield Park's ninth race. The Ron Burke trainee bested six rivals in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open to match the record set by both Lakeisha Hall (Matt Kakaley, 2017) and Bye Bye Felicia (Aaron Merriman, 2018). Baron Remy and driver Kurt Sugg started from post six and got away sixth through a brisk :26.3 opening quarter. Sugg tipped Baron Remy to the outside just past the quarter-pole and brushed to the lead, posting a :55.1 half. The tempo picked up in the third quarter as Sugg urged on Baron Remy, who tripped the beam in 1:22.4. Baron Remy completed her mile with a :27.4 final quarter, opening up by 4-3/4 lengths over stablemate Libby's Idea (Jason Thompson). My Tweed Heart (Keith Kash, Jr.) finished third. The track and world record-equaling performance gives Baron Remy three victories in seven starts this season. The partnership of Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Lawrence Karr, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC own Baron Remy, who is now an 11-time winner in her career, earning $547,232. She was favored in the race and returned $4.40 to win.   Ayers Ratliff

Ohio Sires Stakes 2-year-old trotting fillies took center stage on a balmy and humid Thursday event at Scioto Downs, with a quartet of $40,000 divisions featured in round two harness racing action.   Kikimora—whose name means “a witch who leaves wet footprints in the kitchen—scored the first OSS division triumph in 1:58.1 as the 8-5 choice with Aaron Merriman at the lines.  Trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver for partner Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, Ohio, this Triumphant Caviar distaff had finished second in Leg One to Globetrotting.   She bested 4-5 rival Spend That Money (James MacDonald) at the wire by 2½ lengths after sitting in the two hole throughout the mile behind the Jason McGinnis-trainee, with 9-1 Delaware Ave (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) coming from off the pace to grab third place honors.   Kikimora is the fourth foal out of the Chip Chip Hooray mare Nessa Rose , 3, 1:57.1S   ($38,829) and is a half-sister to OSS victress Evanora (by Pilgrim’s Taj) 3, 1:56.3h ($115,348); Ilianora (by Broadway Hall) 3, 1:56.2f ($56,522) and Theodora (by Stormin Normand) 2, 2:01.2h ($16,700). She now sports a bankroll of $33,100.   Trainer McGinnis sent out 1:59.4 Leg One winner Compass Rose DC in the second OSS division and the Uncle Peter lass and driver James MacDonald didn’t disappoint—using front-stepping tactics to score by 1½ lengths in a very modest 2:01.  Sent off at odds of 1-5, Compass Rose DC is owned by Thestable Compass Rose DC of Guelph, ON, Canada.  Two longshots finished second and third respectively:  34-1 Catwalk As (Elliott Deaton) got up for second, while 50-1 My Cousin Eileen was third for Peter Wrenn.     Bred by Steiner Stock Farm, Compass Rose DC was a $16,000 yearling purchase at the 2018 Ohio Select and has earned $40,000 in just two lifetime trips postward. She is the seventh foal out of the Andover Hall mare Pacific Legacy 2, Q2:02.3F ($13,727), with half-siblings in: Lima Playmate (by Credit Winner) 2, 1:57s ($265,755); Lima Pride (by Muscle Massive) 3, 1:56.4f ($105,746); Lima Playtime (by Credit Winner) 2, 1:59.4h ($44,390); Bosak 4, 2:00.2h ($43,038); and Pacific Pander (by Chapter Seven) 3, 1:59.4f ($13,375).   Mild 7-1 longshot Uncle Peter’s Love posted a 1:59.2 victory in the third OSS division for driver Peter Wrenn and owner/trainer Erv Miller.  A daughter of Uncle Peter, this robust filly was seventh in Leg One but redeemed herself with this effort, finishing 1¾ lengths in front of 9-5 favorite Globetrotting (Anthony MacDonald), who had gone off stride prior to the start and made up a ton of ground to finish second as the 9-5 favorite.  Miss Stunner was third for Chris Page as odds of 2-1.   Uncle Peter’s Love—who earned her first paycheck via this victory—is the fourth foal out of the unraced dam Love Me Two Times and is a full sister to Mystical Peter 3, 1:58.1s ($22,391) and a half-sister to Chapter Review 3, 1:54.4s ($34,537) and to Fast Love 3, 1:58h ($26,928)—both sired by Chapter Seven.    Finally, it was 9-2 Guinevere Hall who ended up in the winner’s circle in the fourth OSS division, stopping the timer in 1:59 with Peter Wrenn at the lines once again.  Trained by Melanie Wrenn for the M T Pockets Stables of Pompano Beach, FL and David McDuffeee of Delray Beach, FL, this Cash Hall lass upped her career earnings to $24,800—having finished a solid third in OSS Leg One.  She was able to hold off the hard-trying 11-1 Hometown Honey (Tyler Smith) who came flying late from the back of the pack, while 20-1 Evita was third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.     Guinevere Hall is the seventh foal out of the unraced Lindy Lane mare Garbo Hall and is a half-sister to the gelding Godspell Hall (by Conway Hall) 3, 1:55.4 ($33,700).   Ohio Sires Stakes continue tonight at Scioto Downs with three $40,000 divisions for 2-year-old pacing fillies and two $50,000 divisions for 3-year-old trotting colts.     by Kimberly Rinker Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

A quartet of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old trotting youngsters fired up the Northfield Park harness racing crowd on a lovely cool and mildly breezy Friday evening, July 12. Expect The Sweep, the 5-2 choice, took the first OSS division with a 1:57.2 front-stepping performance with Aaron Merriman steering the brown gelding. Owned by Beaver, Fleming, Yoder and Zeehandelar, the son of Triumphant Caviar was making just his second lifetime pari-mutuel start under the tutelage of trainer Chris Beaver. Expect The Sweep had finished a handy third in OSS Leg One and finished a length ahead of 6-5 Count On Barney (Kurt Sugg), with 18-1 Action Uncle (Brett Miller) nailing down third-place honors in this second leg. Expect The Sweep upped his career earnings to $24,800 with this first career triumph. As the son out of the Lockkeeper mare Locksweeper 2, 1:54.1z ($105,247), this trotter is a half-brother to Roseberg (by Manofmanymissions) 5, 1:57.4f ($83,965) and Red's Winner (by American Winner) 3, 1:59f ($57,610). Merriman, North America's leading reinsman, was back in the winner's circle for the second OSS contest, this time with another Triumphant Caviar freshman, the 3-5 favorite Exhibit Class. The bay homebred gelding trotted to a 1:58.1 clocking via come-from-behind tactics for trainer Sean Smithpeters and owner Marion Beachy. Exhibit Class had finished second in Leg One of the OSS series to the winning Wading Boots, and now has $30,000 in career earnings. Exhibit Class                                              --Jeff Zamaiko photo Attache' was second for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., just a length behind the winner at odds of 3-1, while 6-1 Larochelle Hanover was third for driver Hunter Myers. Exhibit Class is the third and most prolific foal out of the Classic Photo mare Classic Blaze 5, 1:55.3 ($27,185). Even-money favorite It's Academic benefited from a perfect steer by driver Chris Page to capture the third OSS division easily in 1:57.3. The Ronnie Burke-trained son of Uncle Peter had won his first OSS leg on July 4 at Scioto Downs and no problem scoring his third consecutive lifetime victory in as many tries for owners Burke Racing, Bill Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and the Hatfield Stables. It's Academic finished 1¼ lengths in front of the 2-1 hard-trying Doubleyellowline (Brett Miller), while 35-1 longshot Pete Stamas did well to finish third for Kayne Kauffman. The winner now sports a hefty bankroll of $43,400 for his connections. Bred by Gbw Breeding Farms of Ohio, It's Academic is the first foal out of the Muscle Hill mare Annapolis 3, 1:55 ($49,594). It's Academic                                              --Jeff Zamaiko photo Another Uncle Peter youngster, the 9-5 Big Box Hanover, also made his second trip to the winner's circle in OSS competition, having won leg one at Scioto Downs on July 4 in 1:57.4. For the second leg, the Dalton Walls-trained gelding was clocked in 1:59, finishing half a length in front of 19-1 Howyadoingub (Brett Miller) with 50-1 Greek Legend (Kayne Kauffman) notching third-place money. Big Box Hanover                                             --Jeff Zamaiko photo Big Box Hanover is owned by Bruce Soulsby and Dalton Walls and was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. He is the ninth foal out of the Donerail mare Box of Dreams 3, 1:58.1f ($86,100) and is a half-brother to Boadicea Hanover (by Andover Hall) 2, 2:01.4f ($113,287); Ballare Hanover (by Broadway Hall) 5, 1:55 ($98,552) and By Cance Hanover (Cantab Hall) 3, 1:59f ($34,811).   by Kimberly Rinker Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator  

The Buckeye Stallion harness racing series continued this week at MGM Northfield Park when the 2-year-old colt trotters raced at MGM Northfield Park.   Two of the colts are now Leg 1 and Leg 2 winners. Timestorm (Stormin Normand - Tymal Sonata) won Leg 1 at Eldorado Scioto Downs on July 2nd and won Leg 2 July 10 th at MGM Northfield Park.   He was in Race 7, driven by Charles Taylor with a new lifetime mark of 1:58.2. He is trained by Kent Hess and owned by Ted Boschma (MI). Herecomescharlie B (Full Count - Jetterbug) also won in both Leg 1 and 2. He was the winner of Race 9 making his lifetime mark of 1:57.2 with driver Ryan Stahl.   He is trained and owned by Dan Venier (Pemberville, OH). Both colts have won all three starts they have raced so far this year. Kurt Sugg drove three Buckeye Stallion Series winners in races 2, 4 and 11. Bold Strategy (Break The Bank - CC Cupcake) was the Race 2 winner, finishing in 2:00.3. He is trained by Kurt Sugg and owned by Rebecca Sugg (Polk, OH), Watson Harness Racing (Tiffin, OH) and Kendall Stucky (Tiffin, OH). Race 4 was won by Willing Spirit (Southwind Spirit - Mac’s Dream) in 1:58.3.   He is trained by Jeff Cox for owner Michael Soehnlen (Dalton, OH). The final Buckeye Stallion Series winner of the evening was Klubot (Full Count - Callmepinkalicious) in the eleventh race. Marty Wollam (Vienna, OH) trains and co-owns the colt with Dr. Scott Leaf (VA).   The next Leg for the 2-year-old colts will be at the Champaign County Fair (Urbana, OH) on August 6th.   The Buckeye Stallion Series continues July 16 th at Eldorado Scioto Downs with the 2-year-old colt pacers.     By Regina Mayhugh OHHA Communications Director

What a hot day. The track was fast, and the temperature was 86+ degrees last night (July 7) with 12 races and 76 harness racing horses going to the gate at the Logan County Fair in Bellefontaine, Ohio! The first race was 3-year-old filly pacers with six of them going to the post. Rose Run Ultimate cut the mile out from start to finish and had a very fast blistering last quarter time in 27 ⅗ for trainer driver Ken Holiday and owners Black Magic Racing. There was a large crowd braving the sun as it beat down on them for most of the card. The OHHA came to the rescue with a great give away, fold up fans! They were a hit, and everyone wanted one. Throughout the night fans played text trivia. You can tell the fans were experienced with this game as many had Thom Pye’s number saved and fans was texting Thom my answers versus myself even though I had my number posted and the announcer gave it out all night long. Our very own OHHA Past President John Konesky III won tonight in 2:07 4⁄5 with a 2-year-old trotting filly named Cell Service. Congratulations, John! The fan race was very fun tonight too, with a field of 7 in the 7th race, a wide open 2-year-old filly pace race. The lady that won has been all over the country and overseas to tracks but had never been to the winner circle until tonight.  What an exciting evening! By David Staats, OHHA Ambassador

Temperatures weren't the only thing sizzling on July 4th, as the harness racing public got a look at some of the Buckeye State's finest 2-year-olds for the first time.   Eight $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old trotting and pacing colts went postward on a blistering hot afternoon at Scioto Downs in a special matinee program, beginning at 2 pm, ET.   Trainer Ronnie Burke harnessed four OSS winners (two trots and two paces), while driver Chris Page piloted five OSS victors, including four for team Burke, winning a total of three trotting events and two pacing events in OSS competition.   Five of the 2-year-old winners were first time starters at the pari-mutuel level, with three favorites taking home first prize and five longshots prevailing at the wire. Three of the OSS winners were homebred, while Hanover Shoe Farms was the breeder on three of the contestants. Stallions represented by OSS winners include two by Uncle Peter and one each by Dejarmbro and Wishing Stone (trotters), and one each by pacing stallions Dragon Again, Pet Rock, Rockin Amadeus and Yankee Cruiser.   Opportune Hanover posted a 1:52.3 clocking for Burke Racing, Chris Page, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi in the last of the four OSS pacing tests--just one fifth off the track record. The son of Dragon Again is the fifth foal out of the Artsplace mare Ozmopolitan p, 4, 1:53.2f ($185,025) and is a half-brother to Ostro Hanover (by Betterthancheddar) p, 3, 1:52.1f ($161,076) and Lyons Sands (by Somebeachsomewhere) p, 3, 1:52.2s ($60,786). Opportune Hanover--the even money favorite with Page in the sulky--was a $15,000 yearling purchase at the Ohio Select Sale last fall and this was his second start for his connections. Mr D's Rock was second for Aaron Merriman at 4-5, with Dancin Wayon L (Hank LeVan) third at 27-1.   Burke also harnessed Elver Hanover to a 1:53.4 triumph for Burke Racing, B. Jablonsky, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. Another Hanover Shoe Farms product, the son of Yankee Cruiser is the seventh foal out of The Panderosa mare Edra Hanover p, 2, 1:51 ($171,753) and was 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. Elver Hanover--the 9-1 choice, was steered by Chris Page, besting second place 9-2 finisher Stanford Court (Wrenn, Jr.), with 6-1 Hot Shot McJeffers (Kyle Ater) nailing down show honors.   Page was back in the sulky to steer the trotting-bred It's Academic to a 1:58.4 winning clocking for Burke Racing, Bill Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and the Hatfield Stables. The win was the son of Uncle Peter's second career victory. Bred by Gbw Breeding Farms, It's Academic is the first foal out of the Muscle Hill mare Annapolis p, 3, 1:55 ($49,594) and was a $50,000 yearling purchase at the Ohio Select Sale.     "We liked the look of this colt and so Bill (Donovan) and I bought him together initially," offered co-owner Sbrocco. "We sent him to Ronnie (Burke) to train and he thought so much of him he bought in and later the Hatfields became a partner as well."   It's Academic used wire-to-wire tactics to nail down the win, finishing 2½ lengths ahead of 22-1 Attache' (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) with 9-1 Howyadoingbub (Brett Miller) third.   Burke's other trotting victor was the 7-5 homebred favorite Wading Boots, who scored a 1:57.4 clocking with Page at the lines. The son of Wishing Stone, who is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr, and Phil Collura was making his pari-mutuel debut in his first career win. He is the third foal out of the SJ's Caviar mare Sequin Hanover and is a full brother to U Need Stones 4, 1:53 ($205,920) and Well I'm Fancy 2, Q1:59.3f ($34,355). Exhibit Class and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., were second at 7-2 while 6-1 Expect The Sweep was third for Aaron Merriman.   Rocknthatafterparty surprised everyone as he slid up the rail to win the first pacing division in 1:55, besting six rivals with a crafty drive by Kyle Ater. The son of Rockin Amadeus is trained by Dan Ater for Ivy Holdings and is out of the unraced Cambest mare Cameo And Lace, making him a half-brother to Commander Ruff (by Stand Forever) p, 4, 1:54.4s ($56,557).   "I owned his dam and turned her over to Hickory Lane Farm," said breeder Rebecca Ewing. "When he went through the sale, I thought he looked so good that I bought him for $10,000."   Rocknthatafterparty was a 27-1 longshot, returning $52.00 on a two-dollar ticket and finishing half a length in front of 4-5 favorite Nvrpopdaplugs (Ken Holiday), while 5-1 One Last Laugh (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) got up for third.   Garnering his first career victory was 13-1 Rock Smart, well-driven by Danny Noble in a come-from-behind effort to prevail by 1½ lengths in 1:54.3 over 8-5 favorite Big Bad Whamo (Ryan Stahl) with 9-1 One Rock (Greg Grismore) getting up for third. This Pet Rock youngster--who brought down the gavel for $30,000 at the Ohio Select Yearling Sale--is out of the Camluck mare Smartygirl and is a full brother to Smarty's Filly p, 3, 1:54.2f ($37,795). Rock Smart was bred by Dr. David Fisher and is trained by Bret Schwartz for Stephen Sexton of Xenia, Ohio.   Also winning his first career start was the trotting youngster Jarmbalou, who stopped the clock in 1:57.3 with Chris Page at the lines for trainer/owners/breeders Rick and Reginal Beinhauer. Sent off at 11-1, Jambalou bested 20-1 Stonefire US (Dewayne Minor), with 6-1 Willing Spirit (Kurt Sugg) third. Jambalou is out of the Chip Chip Hooray mare Chiptomylou, making him a half-brother to Imallthatmatters (by Explosive Matter) 2, 2:00f ($38,298).   Finally, it was Big Box Hanover who gave a fine effort in his first official start--posting a 1:57.4 clocking for driver Trevor Smith and trainer Dalton Walls, who owns the colt in partnership with Bruce Soulsby. Purchased for $13,000 at the Ohio Select Sale, Big Box Hanover bested 2-1 Doubleyellowline (Danny Noble) and third-place finisher 9-1 Upfront Stone (Aaron Merriman).     This well-named youngster is a son of Uncle Peter and the ninth foal out of the Donerail mare Box Of Dreams 3, 1:58.1f ($86,100), and is half-brother to Boadicea Hanover (by Andover Hall) 5, 1:53.1 ($113,287); Ballare Hanover (by Broadway Hall) 5, 1:55 ($98,552); and By Chance Hanover (by Cantab Hall) 3, 1:59f ($34,811).   Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Friday, July 5 with four, first-round divisions of 2-year-old pacing fillies going postward at Northfield Park at 6 pm, ET.   by Kimberly Rinker Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator

GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca, horse racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable, added a harness racing training triple to its impressive start to the 2019 stakes season. Jason McGinnis conditions the Ohio freshmen and sophomores for TheStable.ca. On July 3, he sent four two-year-olds postward in four $40,000 divisions of the Ohio Sires Stakes at Northfield Park. Spend That Money wired the field to win her second race in as many outings in 1:58.3. James MacDonald drove the Uncle Peter filly. She was an $11,500 yearling purchase for TheStable.ca at the Ohio Select Sale and is currently owned by 24 clients of the fractional ownership operation. McGinnis missed a fourth win by less than a length in division three when 12-1 Alesund cut the mile and fought to hold on for the win but succumbed to Delovely Hall and finished second. The 1:57.3 mile in that division set a new North America season's record for a half-mile track, but TheStable.ca's Manofmanymissions daughter Globetrotting quickly matched the mark in division five. Anthony MacDonald drove the trotter to a one-length score, her second win in as many starts. She was a $21,000 yearling purchase for clients of TheStable.ca at the Ohio Select Sale and is currently owned by 18 clients. Compass Rose DC is owned by 15 clients of TheStable.ca and was a $16,000 yearling purchase. She won her first outing by nearly three lengths in 1:59.4 with James MacDonald. Earlier in the day, TheStable.ca won a division of the PA Stallion Series at The Meadows. Ill Play It Alone hung on to win by a nose with Anthony MacDonald for trainer Tim Twaddle in the $20,000 dash. The 1:54.4 score was the pacer's first win in two ties for 32 clients who own the Somebeachsomewhere gelding which was purchased for $14,000 as a yearling in Harrisburg. In the past week, TheStable.ca has campaigned 46 starters (including 33 freshmen) at 11 tracks throughout Canada and the U.S., recording nine wins and 24 top-three finishes while tying a world record and setting or equaling a trio of season's records for its 680 clients located in 11 countries wordwide.   Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development

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