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LEBANON, OH – Champions were determined in two popular Lebanon Legends harness racing series on Tuesday afternoon (April 2) at Miami Valley.  Dealer’s Table (Josh Sutton) completed a sweep of the Omar Hiteman Memorial for pacers that were non-winners of two races or $20,000 when he edged Dashing To Da Wire (Tyler Smith) by a neck in a new lifetime mark of 1:51.1.  The American Ideal colt is still undefeated after his first four starts—victories in a N/W 1 race and all three legs of the Hiteman series, all at Miami Valley.  Sutton, who has been in Dealer’s Table’s sulky in all four wins, calls the winner “the real deal.  If this colt stays sound, the sky’s the limit for him.”  Josh was taking no chances in the $27,500 championship tilt by putting the favorite on the engine throughout the mile with quarter splits of :27, :56 and 1:23.1 on his way to the narrow 1:51.1 score.  Seattle Hanover (Chris Page) was just over a length back to grab the show dough. Dealer’s Table after scoring in the Omar Hiteman Memorial final at Miami Valley. (Conrad photo) Dealer’s Table is co-owned by his trainer Jeff Cullipher with partner Pollack Racing Stable LLC.  Red Rose Swan (driver-trainer LeWayne Miller) lived up to her heavy favoritism in the $27,500 final of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series for more experienced trotters.  Red Rose Swan equaled her 1:55 lifetime best capturing the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series final at Miami Valley on Tuesday. (Conrad photo) The 4-year-old daughter of Swan For All earned $153,260 as a sophomore and has already added $33,750 in 2019.  Miller piloted the winner through fractions of :27.3, :57.2 and 1:25 before sealing the deal in 1:55 to equal her lifetime best.  The outcome was in doubt in deep stretch as runnerup Broadway Mojo (Chris Page) kept inching closer despite a grueling extended first-over grind.  Peggy Sue (Brady Galliers) overcame an outside post draw to rally for third. Red Rose Swan equaled her 1:55 lifetime best capturing the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series final at Miami Valley on Tuesday. (Conrad photo) Brian and Jeremy Eash own Red Rose Swan.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - Driver Kayne Kauffman returned to the sulky on Monday afternoon (April 1) at Miami Valley Raceway, one week after a most unfortunate harness racing accident in which he injured his back and knee. "My leg feels OK, but my back is tightening up a little," he said after his second drive of the day-a win behind A Sham Of Amber, a pacing mare from his own barn. "I'll be fine," Kauffman explained, "but I might wait a couple more days before I drive any serious pullers." Three races later, Kayne steered Voyage To Paris to an upset triumph in the $20,000 championship final of the Robert J. "Skeeter" Brown Memorial series for green trotters. Although the winning sophomore son of Dontyouforgetit wore a choke plate under his chin and his connections are contemplating throat surgery, he apparently didn't 'pull' too hard as Kauffman sat chilly in the pocket throughout the mile until taking full advantage of a tired and drifting pacesetter to zoom past on the inside to victory. Kayne Kauffman, returning after a week off due to injury, is greeted in the winner’s circle by OHHA rep Brett Merkle, caretaker Mikayla Pollock, Racing Operations Manager Helen Carlo and Race Secretary Gregg Keidel. (Conrad photo) Monday Nite (Randy Tharps) finished just a neck behind following a similar ground-saving trip behind Voyage To Paris. Call Me Thefireman (Dan Noble) grabbed the show dough as the entire field finished within six lengths of each other at the wire. Voyage To Paris is owned by Stephen Richard and Lana Pollock and trained by Jim Pollock Jr. Following a two year old campaign when he earned $27,000, the winner has now won twice in 2019 and added over $18,000 to his coffer.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - Heavily favored Avaline Hanover, a Dragon Again filly making just her eighth lifetime harness racing start, won the $20,000 championship leg of the George 'Red' Owens Memorial Series in convincing fashion at Miami Valley on Sunday afternoon (March 31). Driver Chris Page used the rail post position to maximum advantage, parking longshot Dojea Rita to the quarter mile marker in :27.3, then coasting through subsequent quarters in :56.1, 1:25.3 and 1:54.2 to claim the late closer title. The 'Red' Owens series is one of nine that comprise the annual Lebanon Legends events for green pacers and trotters. At the start of the Owens, each filly was a non-winner of two races or $20,000 lifetime. Avaline Hanover towed Home Town Girl (Brett Miller) through the finish line as runnerup, while Ben's Jenna (Trace Tetrick) found enough racing room in the stretch to finish third. The winner is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Lawrence Karr, J & T Silva, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Her four wins, three seconds and one third in eight starts have earned $39,040 in addition to launching a promising career. A race later the Burke Brigade and driver Chris Page scored another feature race victory when Mission Accepted made her initial 2019 start a successful one in the $25,000 Open Trot. The 4-year-old son of Manofmanymissions was campaigned by trainer Jeff Conger at ages two and three-earning $370,454-before being moved to the Ron Burke barn. Mission Accepted made his first seasonal start a winning one by copping the $25,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley.  (Holton photo) After working hard to gain the front just after passing the :28.2 quarter mile beam, Page throttled the winner back to :56.1 and 1:25.4 clockings before finishing a three length winner in 1:55.1. Mugshot Man (Trace Tetrick) rallied from seventh early to claim the place position and Lets Go Bucks (Kyle Ater) grabbed the show dough. Page had a monster weekend at Miami Valley winning a dozen races over the past three days. Following three triumphs on Friday, the 35-year-old reinsman exploded with a handful (five) of wins on Saturday and four more on the Sunday matinee. Currently in fourth place in the local dash derby, Page has narrowed the gap on the three leaders-Trace Tetrick, Brett Miller and Dan Noble. The top ten is rounded out by Tyler Smith, Kayne Kauffman, Josh Sutton, Jason Brewer, Mike Oosting and Kyle Ater. 13-year-old Blueridge Doc (Tetrick) copped the Sunday matinee finale, visiting the winner's circle for the 50th time in a great career. The Mattnamaras Band gelding has earned $465,987 in his 366 lifetime starts. He is currently owned and trained by Tyler George.   Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH - Big Bad Jane (Dan Noble) won her second straight harness racing Mares Open Pace and third race in a row in O-hi-o on Friday night (March 29) at Miami Valley Raceway. The 5-year-old daughter of Big Bad John went gate to wire in the night's feature race, narrowly holding off Rosemary Rose (Chris Page) and fast-closing JD's Chancey Gal (Tyler Smith) in 1:53. Noble also trains the 18-time winner for owner Sandra Burnett, who bred Big Bad Jane in partnership with Noble's father Sam "Chip" Noble III. Her bankroll has now grown to $231,694. A pair of final preliminary legs of the Dr. Don Mossbarger Memorial series were also contested on the program. Bad Girls Rule (Brett Miller) cruised to a front-stepping triumph in 1:52.2 over Heart Of The Ocean (Chris Page) and Star Of Our Show (Dan Noble). All three advanced to the $27,500 championship of the series next Friday. Virgil Morgan Jr. trains the winner for the 3rd Floor Stable. It was the 4-year-old daughter of World Of Rocknroll's seventh career win, second straight in this series, and pushed her lifetime earnings over $300,000. Someangelsomewhere (Tyler Smith) copped the other division beating McPansy (Chris Page) and Badlilvelocity (Dan Noble) in 1:54. That trio also advanced to next week's final, in addition to first leg winner Tara Lura Lural, Sumthenforthegirlz and Scwartz Bros Beaty. Douglas Millard and Spring Haven Farm own the winning 4-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, who is trained by Tim Lane. She also currently sports seven lifetime victories. For full results of tonight's program click here. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH - Favorites prevailed in a trio of preliminary Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series trots at Miami Valley on Tuesday (March 26) afternoon, but the same couldn't be said about the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series paces as only one public choice prevailed. Quickest win in the Farwicks went to Red Rose Swan (LeWayne Miller driver-trainer), who topped The Lionking AS (Trace Tetrick) and Cruzen Cassi (Tyler Smith) in 1:55. The winning 4-year-old daughter of Swan For All lowered her lifetime best for owners Brian Dean and Jeremy Eash in the process. The other two Farwick splits, designed for non-winners of six races or $60,000, were won by Broadway Mojo (Chris Page) and Sesame (Brett Miller), both clocked in 1:56.3. Broadway Mojo, a 4-year-old by Broadway Hall, beat P C Foreign Affair (Jason Brewer) and Showboat (Brett Miller). Ron Burke trains the winner for the Watson Stable. Sesame bested Air Assault (Dan Noble) and Lion Safari AS (Elliott Deaton). Trainer Chris Beaver co-owns the 4-year-old daughter of Triumphant Caviar with Steven Zeehandelar. Next week the nine finalists in the Farwick Series, determined by earnings in the two prelims, will compete for a $27,500 championship purse. They are (in order): Red Rose Swan, Sesame, Air Assault, Broadway Mojo, Missprimetimemel, Vatanna, Peggy Sue, P C Foreign Affair and The Lion King AS. Heavily favored Dealer's Table (Josh Sutton) scored in 1:53 in the first Hiteman Memorial division, besting Parklane Knight (Tyler Smith) and Always A Fiji (LeWayne Miller). The 3-year-old American Ideal colt, dispatched at 1-9 odds, remained undefeated in three career trips to post. Trainer Jeff Cullipher co-owns with Pollack Racing LLC. Dashing To Da Wire (Tyler Smith, $19.20 win mutuel) sped to the fastest Hiteman triumph in the second split, beating Jack's Major (Trevor Smith) and favored Doctor Jimmy (Cam McCown) in 1:52.3. Larry Finn trains the 3-year-old Charley Barley colt for owner Brian Witt. Sweet Cruiser (Chris Page) produced an even bigger upset in the final division, topping DL's Big Elvis (Brett Miller) and Prince Sawyer (Josh Sutton) in 1:55. The Yankee Cruiser colt returned $26.20 for a $2 wager. It was just the second lifetime win for Sweet Cruiser, who hails from the powerful Ron Burke barn. Dashing To Da Wire won the quickest division of the final preliminary leg of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series at Miami Valley on Tuesday (Brad Conrad photo) The $20,000 Hiteman Memorial final, for horses that started the series as non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime, will be next Tuesday (April 2). Finalists are: Dealer's Table, DL's Big Elvis, Dashing To Da Wire, Sweet Cruiser, Doctor Jimmy, Jacks Major, Parklane Knight, Skyway Three Ball and Smilenmyles.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - Andy Ray (Elliott Deaton) returned to the winner's circle for the second time in four tries this month after winning the featured $25,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday afternoon (March 24). The 7-year-old son of Crazed nosed out last week's winner, All About Cowboys (Jason Brewer) in 1:54.1. Primed N Powerful (Tyler Smith) also raced well to finish third. Anette Lorentzon trains Andy Ray for owner Yinson Quezada. He sports 23 victories and has earned over $560,000 in his career. A pair of $12,000 second leg divisions of the George 'Red' Owens Memorial Series for green (N/W 2 PM races or $20,000 lifetime) fillies and mares were also presented on the Sunday matinee. Avaline Hanover (Chris Page) overcame the difficult 9-hole behind the wings to capture the first split in 1:54. The Dragon Again filly made her seventh lifetime start a triumphant one, besting Home Town Girl (Brett Miller) and Delight Kate (Tyler Smith) in front-stepping fashion. The promising filly, who made just four starts as a freshman, is part of the powerful Burke Brigade. Machs Dragon (Tyler Smith), another filly by Dragon Again, broke her maiden in the second Owens Memorial division, topping Ben's Jenna (Trace Tetrick) and Reraise (Chris Page) in 1:55.1. Michael Rardon owns and trains the winner who was making just her third career appearance. The $20,000 championship of the Owens series is slated for next Sunday (March 31). The top nine money winners in the two preliminary legs, thus qualifying for the final, are (in order of earnings): Ben's Jenna, Avaline Hanover, Machs Dragon, Delight Kate, Home Town Girl, Respect, Dojea Rita, Reraise and Sugar And Spite.   Gregg Keidel

Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $20,000 Super Hi-5 total pool guarantee to its harness racing card on Monday (March 25). The thirteenth race features the $20,000 20¢ Super Hi-5 guaranteed total pool, which includes a carryover of $6,780.58. Northfield's Pick 5, Pick 4's, Pick 3's and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. The evening's ninth race starts the 20¢ Northfield Single Six, which offers a $17,941.16 carryover. Monday's post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park has announced the dates of four Iron Maiden Late Closing Series. These series offer increased racing opportunities for younger horses to start their seasons. All of the late closers carry a condition of non-winners of one pari-mutuel race (Ohio breds n/w two) or non-winners of $7,500 lifetime (through 3/23/19). The series are divided into filly and mare pacers, colt and gelding pacers, filly and mare trotters, and colt and gelding trotters. However, the trotters will be combined if at least 12 horses do not pay into each event. A one-time $200 payment will be required of each entrant to be eligible. Payments are due by March 30. Each series consists of four $7,000 legs and a $20,000 final. Conditions for the series can be found at Ayers Ratliff

LEBANON, OH - The Tuesday (March 19) matinee at Miami Valley Raceway featured both trotters and pacers in "Lebanon Legends" late closing series harness racing action. Three divisions of the first leg of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial trot for non-winners of six races or $60,000 went postward, as did a trio of first leg divisions of the Omar Hiteman Memorial featuring non-winners of two or $20,000 male pacers. The quickest mile in the $15,000 Farwick splits came in the first division when Vatanna (Elliott Deaton) narrowly topped Red Rose Swan (LeWayne Miller) in 1:55.3. Best of the rest was Showboat (Brett Miller). The five geldings in the seven horse field were no match for the winner and runnerup, who were the only mares in the contest. Anna Lorentzon owns Vatanna, a 5-year-old by Dejarmbro, who has now notched three wins in six tries in 2019. Air Assault (Dan Noble) captured the second Farwick split in 1:56.1, besting Sesame (Brett Miller) and Starlight AS (Elliott Deaton). The 4-year-old son of Yankee Glide races for the partnership of Charles Kline and trainer Mike Hollenback. The clocking equaled the lifetime best for the ultra-consistent Air Assault. Another pair of 4-year-old mares showed their heels to the field in the final Farwick division. Missprimetimemel (LeWayne Miller) took full advantage of an early miscue by heavily-favored The Lionking AS to wire the field in 1:56.2. Peggy Sue (Brady Galliers) was a close second with Mr Quaker (Brett Miller) the show finisher. The winning daughter of Pilgrims Chuckie, also trained by LeWayne Miller for owners Nathan Yoder and Stephen Stoll, surpassed the $50,000 earnings plateau with the win. Missprimetimemel was a mild upset winner in the first leg of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial trot series at Miami Valley on Tuesday. - Conrad photo Dealer's Table (Josh Sutton), a 3-year-old by American Ideal making just his second lifetime start, sped to a 1:52.3 score in the fastest $10,000 Hiteman Memorial division. Injured and unraced at two, the winner made his first money start a winning one in 1:54.4 last week and followed up with a dominating effort in his second. "He's the real deal," quipped Sutton as he hung up the lines after beating Smilenmyles (Dale Hiteman) and Parklane Knight (Tyler Smith). Trainer Jeff Cullipher co-owns Dealer's Table, a New York bred, with partner Pollack Racing LLC. The other two victors in the Hiteman heats scored identical 1:54. Triumphs. DL's Big Elvis (Brett Miller) headed Jack's Major (Trevor Smith) and Star Of Oz (Dan Noble) across the finish line. The 3-year-old son of Mister Big earned just $5000 as a freshman, but has already doubled that amount in his first four starts of 2019. Charlie Stewart is training the winner for Rod Harness and breeder Dave Scott. Doctor Jimmy (Cam McCown) remained undefeated by winning his division over Skyway Three Ball (Trace Tetrick) and Seattle Hanover (Chris Page). Brian Brown trains the winning son of Well Said for the partnership of Country Club Acres, Milton Leeman and Richard Lombardo. The 3-year-old colt is now four-for-four to start his promising career.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - A sure sign that Spring is right around the corner is the commencement of the "Lebanon Legends" harness racing late closer series for green pacers and trotters at Miami Valley Raceway. On Monday afternoon (March 18) three divisions of the first leg of the Robert J. Brown Memorial Series for non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime trotters were contested. When the limestone dust settled, winners were Monday Nite (Randy Tharps), Voyage To Paris (Kayne Kauffman) and Crews Hilltopper (Trevor Smith). Tharps sent Monday Nite, a 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide, directly to the front of the field and reeled off comfortable fractions when no serious challenge developed during the 2:00.1 mile. A pair of Ohio-sired fillies, My Pure Honey (Brett Miller) and Bad Babysitter (Josh Sutton) completed the trifecta in the $10,000 contest. Zachary Miller owns Monday Nite, who is booked to the court of Indiana sire Swan For All at the conclusion of this series. Kauffman guided Voyage To Paris to an upset ($19.40 to win) victory in the second split, narrowly defeating Innisfallen (Brett Miller) and Oh My My My (LeWayne Miller) after a thrilling stretch drive. The 3-year-old gelding by Dontyouforgetit lowered his best-ever mark to 1:57.4 for owners Stephen Richard and Lana Pollock. Jim Pollock Jr. conditions the winner. Crews Hilltopper is a well-seasoned county fair standout who topped Call Me Thefireman (Chris Page) and B Fluffinover (Alex Hawk) in 1:59.1. Larry Tinch trains the 4-year-old son of Break The Bank K for owners John Foster and Ray Helton. It was his 11th overall triumph, but just his second at a commercial venue. Including county fair earnings Crews Hilltopper has banked $62,534 in his first 39 career starts. Racing resumes Tuesday afternoon (March 19) at 2:05 p.m. when the highlight will be a trio of first leg divisions of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series for green male pacers.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - All About Cowboys (Jason Brewer) dominated the $25,000 Open I Trot at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday afternoon (March 17), establishing a new lifetime mark in the process. The 6-year-old Ken Rucker-trainee grabbed the front end during a :27.1 first quarter, then proceeded to trip the subsequent timing beams in :56.1 and 1:25.2 before scooting home in :28.1 to record the 1:53.3 victory. The gelded son of Swan For All towed pocket sitter Primed N Powerful (Tyler Smith) through the finish line in second with Andy Ray (Elliott Deaton) rallying from fifth to third in the stretch. The triumph was the 16th in 91 career starts for All About Cowboys, who blew past the $200,000 earnings plateau with the win. Green Acres LLC and Mike Klimas of Illinois own the ultra-consistent winner who has banked $58,180 in eight 2019 starts at Miami Valley. A $20,000 Open II Trot was captured easily by Mugshot Man (Chris Page), who was open lengths better than Pass The Vape (Derek Watiker) and Impressive Chief (Brett Miller) in 1:54.4. It was just the second win in the last two seasons for the 6-year-old son of Jailhouse Jesse, but was the quickest of his ten lifetime victories. Fred Morgan Jr. trains Mugshot Man for owner John Holman. The Red Owens Memorial late-closer for green fillies and mares got underway on Sunday as well. Heavily-favored Ben's Jenna (Trace Tetrick) lived up to the public's expectations, but only narrowly. The Mach Three-sired sophomore won for the third time in just six lifetime starts in 1:56.3. Delight Kate (Tyler Smith) and Respect (Kyle Ater) were next best in a tightly bunched field at the finish. Tyler George conditions the winner for David Kryway and the Ontario LTD stable.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Tura Lura Lural (Kayne Kauffman) completed a clean sweep of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series, winning the $25,000 Championship leg on Friday night (March 15) at Miami Valley Raceway. The 4-year-old daughter of The Panderosa also captured a pair of preliminary legs before topping Avaline Hanover (Chris Page) and McPansy (Brett Miller) in the final. The Coven Memorial featured distaff pacers who lacked four wins or $40,000 in lifetime earnings at the series' commencement. Kauffman was intent on dictating the action, wrestling the lead away from McPansy just past the quarter mile mark of the race. Fending off a prolonged challenge by Scwartz Bros Beaty (Trace Tetrick), Tura Lura Lural then had to contend with Avaline Hanover for the length of the stretch before cruising under the wire a three-quarter length winner in 1:54.3. Kauffman's wife Natalie shares ownership of the winner with Douglas Millard and Sandra Burns of Ontario, Canada. She now sports five wins in just 25 lifetime starts and career earnings rapidly approaching $100,000.     -Conrad photo A $22,500 Mares Open Pace was won by Big Bad Jane, an Ohio-sired 5-year-old Big Bad John daughter making her initial start in open company for trainer-driver Dan Noble and owner Sandra Burnett. Content to sit next-to-last in the field of seven, Noble sent Big Bad Jane three wide at the halfway station, moved up to third with two furlongs to go, and cruised to a 2-1/4 length triumph over E R Hilary (LeWayne Miller) and fast-closing Rosemary Rose (Chris Page) in 1:53.4. Big Bad Jane has captured 17 of her 53 races to date and her bankroll has soared to $221,694. Big Bad Jane      - Conrad photo Racing resumes Saturday night (May 16) at Miami Valley with the $25,000 championship of the George Williams Memorial series on tap as well as a $25,000 Open I and a $20,000 Open II. Post time is 6:05 p.m.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - Using identical tactics, Pine Dream stormed from last to first down the harness racing backstretch and went on to capture his second straight $24,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley on Sunday afternoon. With leading driver Trace Tetrick on vacation this weekend, Chris Page got the nod behind the winning 7-year-old son of Pinetucky. Newcomer Andy Ray (Elliott Deaton), fresh in from Yonkers Raceway, closed well for second, while All About Cowboys (Jason Brewer) hung on for third after dictating the fractions. For Page, who resides in fourth place in the current Miami Valley dash standings, it was his third consecutive day with an Open class victory. After winning the $25,000 Mares Open Pace with Feelin Red Hot on Friday, Chris guided Mykindachip to an impressive $20,000 Open II triumph on Saturday. Pine Dream has cashed in all seven of his 2019 tries at Miami Valley, all in the weekly Open Trot features. With three wins, two seconds and two fourth place finishes the Chupp Racing Stable stalwart has now banked $52,495 in the first two months of the season. Despite snowy conditions and a sloppy track, Pine Dream trotted his most recent mile in 1:56.1 for trainer Kelly Chupp. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH - Proving once again that the race is never over at the draw, the two horses that drew the outermost posts for the harness racing $25,000 Open I Pace at Miami Valley on Saturday night (March 2) finished one-two at long odds. My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) soared past the $800,000 career earnings plateau with an upset 1:51.1 victory, followed across the line by Fan Of Terror (Sam Widger)-who has been a mainstay on the North American Top 10 seasonal earners list thus far in 2019 by dominating the $20,000 claiming ranks. Smith sat chilly towards the back of the field as My Buddy Ninkster (Todd Warren) sprinted to the front and fended off challenges by Granite (Brett Miller) first and then show finisher Nuclear Dragon (Dan Noble). My Hero Ron was third-over in the outer flow down the backside and had live enough cover to carry him to the head of the lane before swinging three wide for the stretch drive. The Danny Dubeansky trainee, owned by Brian Witt and Cory Atley, was dispatched at 14-1 odds and paid $30.60 to the faithful who believed the ultra-consistent 7-year-old son of Well Said could do it from an outside start. Fan Of Terror was sent off at 20-1 thus the hefty exacta payoff of $517.40. A $20,000 Open II was captured by Mykindachip (Chris Page), another super consistent old timer, who bested Feelnlikearockstar (Mike Oosting) and Cinnamack (Brett Miller) in 1:50.4. It was the 55th lifetime victory from exactly 200 starts for the 10-year-old son of Art's Chip and boosted his career bounty to $869,732. Page managed an ideal two-hole trip for the winner, who hails from the Ron Burke Stable. A pair of first leg George Williams Memorial Series divisions were contested earlier on the Saturday program. The late closer for non-winners of four races or $40,000 lifetime produced a pair of 4-year-old winners who each took impressive new lifetime marks. Gerardo (Kayne Kauffman), a recent $50,000 purchase at auction, sped to a 1:51.3 triumph over Noah Z Tam (Kyle Ater) and Velocity U Betcha (Brett Miller) in the first $12,500 split. Kauffman, who eclipsed the $20 million mark in purse earnings on Friday, also trains the son of Rockin Image for new owner Mark Bogen. Velocity Smoke (Dan Noble), trained by Mark Evers for his Velocity Standardbreds stable, scored in 1:52, besting Trial By Fire (Josh Sutton) and Reagan's Avenger (Chris Page). Racing resumes Sunday afternoon (March 3) with a 2:05 p.m. matinee. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Feelin Red Hot (Chris Page) got back on the winning track capturing the $25,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (March 1). Driver Kayne Kauffman also had a memorable evening scoring a hat trick with three horses, all from his own barn. Feelin Red Hot drew the best of the four outside posts grouping and took full advantage. Once Page wrestled the front away with the 6-year-old daughter of Feelin Friskie he opened a couple lengths on the field and maintained the margin through the wire reached in 1:52. Lease Ness Monster (Kyle Ater) and Gone Girl (Dan Noble) were the best of the rest in the feature race. Ron Burke trains the winner, who now has three triumphs in six tries at this level in 2019, for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Kayne Kauffman not only reached the winner's circle three times, but also eclipsed the lofty $20 million purse earnings plateau. His first win came behind Tura Lura Lural in the second division of the first leg of the Herb Cover Jr. Memorial Series for distaffers who are non-winners of four races or $40,000 lifetime. The 4-year-old daughter of The Panderosa pounced from the 2-hole at the head of the stretch and sailed to a 1:53.4 score over Scwartz Bros Beaty (Sam Widger) and Canadian Rocker (Mike Peterson). Kauffman's wife Natalie co-owns the winner with partners Douglas Millard and Sandra Burns. Kayne Kauffman eclipsed the $20 million purse earnings plateau with a hat trick on Friday at Miami Valley.  He is congratulated by Racing Operations Manager Helen Carlo and Senior Marketing Director Jerry Abner. - Conrad photo Dan D Dune (1:53) gave Kauffman his second tally beating Strong Playin King (Dan Noble) and Whata Twist (Josh Sutton) in a $12,500 claimer for pacing geldings. Mary Megerle owns the 6-year-old who won for the second time in eight seasonal starts at this level. Mary Megerle also owns Kayne's third victor of the night, Lerato N (1:53.2), a 6-year-old mare who topped the highest condition class for the female set. The upset winner paid $33.20 for topping Strong Opinion (Sutton) and Sandy Sue (Page). Kauffman began his career in 1994 with one win in four starts and purse earnings of $423. Since then the 40-year-old reinsman has accumulated 3066 wins in addition to 3382 place and 3363 show finishes. Kayne's first two $1 million seasons came in 2013 and 2014, followed by $2 million-plus seasons in 2015 and 2018. In 2016 and 2017 the red-and-white clad driver managed $3 million-plus campaigns. He owns 14 100-plus win seasons, including the last 11 years. He scored over 300 victories in three straight years from 2015-2017. In this age of catch drivers, Kauffman is also an accomplished trainer who manages a full stable. He has recorded 810 training wins and his horses have earned over $4.6 million.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - Trace Tetrick, the defending dash champion and leading driver at the current Miami Valley Raceway meet, won five of the first eight races on the Monday afternoon (Feb. 25) matinee including both divisions of the first leg of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial late-closer for trotters. The Paver Memorial, for non-winners of four pari-mutuel races or $40,000 lifetime, is the first of nine "Lebanon Legends" series that will be presented during March and the early days of April at Miami Valley. Air Assault captured the first $12,500 split in 1:56.2, besting P C Foreign Affair (Jason Brewer) and Missprimetimemel (LeWayne Miller). The favored 4-year-old son of Yankee Glide is trained by co-owner Mike Hollenback, whose partner is Charles Kline. The Lionking AS was victorious in the second division, downing MVP Luke (Dan Noble) and White Pants Forever (Walter Haynes Jr.) in 1:57.2. Tyler George recently assumed the conditioning duties on the 4-year-old Lionhunter gelding that is owned by ACI Stuteri AB. Both winners showed six victories prior to their first leg triumphs with three each coming at commercial tracks and three at county fairs. The second leg of the series next week will feature $15,000 divisions while the top nine combatants will chase a $25,000 championship purse on March 11. Tetrick's other tallies came behind Missplacedrock (1:57.4) in a bottom condition mares pace, Galyns Gift (1:56.1) in a $6500 mares claimer, and Insomniac (1:56.4) in a mid-range condition trot.   Gregg Keidel

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