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LEBANON, OH - Defending Ohio Sires Stakes champion Wittyville has returned for his sophomore harness racing season in the same fine form he displayed in his rookie year when he banked $207,153. The 3-year-old Manofmanymissions colt completed a sweep of the $15,000 elimination and $40,000 championship round of the James K. Hackett Memorial for state-bred male trotters on Tuesday afternoon (April 16) at Miami Valley Raceway. Driver Chris Page was content to get away fourth during the initial quarter in :29, then moved into second-over position behind stablemate Dylan The Great (Dan Noble) as the field passed the half in :57.4. Nothing changed during the third quarter, although the leader Westfiftysecond (Anthony MacDonald) was forced to put the pedal to the metal during the entire :27.3 panel. Although the tempo slowed, the desire to win didn't as a cavalry charge to the wire developed through the length of the stretch. Wittyville angled three wide for the final drive and pushed a nose in front with 100 yards to go. Never Say Uncle (Brett Miller) never did say "uncle" and finished second by the narrowest of margins, while Otsego (Kayne Kauffman) and Yes (Josh Sutton) also closed well to secure automatic bids to the $50,000 Scarlet and Gray Invitational for Ohio-sired trotting colts on Saturday, April 27. The final clocking of 1:55.4 represents a new lifetime best for Wittyville, who is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services of Mt. Vernon, Ohio (also the breeder) and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Wittyville and winning connections                         --Conrad photo Driver Brett Miller, with ten wins over the past two days, has opened up a comfortable lead on Trace Tetrick in the 2019 Miami Valley dash derby. Through 72 programs of the 87 day meet, Miller has reached the winner's circle on 151 occasions, eleven more than Tetrick, who has returned to his home base at Harrah's Hoosier Park, but is still competing at Miami Valley on dark days in Indiana. Dan Noble and Chris Page have been winning at an impressive rate in recent weeks, as well, and are a strong third and fourth in the standings. All four reinsmen have exceeded $1.2 million in purse earnings at Miami Valley in 2019, topped by Miller at over $1.5 million.   Gregg Keidel

One lucky Northfield Park bettor in Canada solved the 20-cent Northfield Single Six with a single combination for a whopping $144,777.18 (Canadian) on Monday (April 15). The wager premiered on Oct. 13 and has become popular with punters chasing big scores. The unique combination Pick-6 offers a low 14 percent takeout rate and starts nightly in race nine. The 20-cent wager carries over 50 percent of its nightly pool until it is solved by a single combination. The 20-cent wager is doing exactly what it was designed to do -- offer handicappers large jackpots.   Ayers Ratliff

LEBANON, OH - No one was surprised that a Chris Beaver harness racing trainee captured the $40,000 championship final of the James K. Hackett Memorial for Ohio-sired three-year-old trotting fillies on Monday afternoon (April 15) at Miami Valley Raceway. Many, however, were shocked at which of the five Beaver fillies in the field prevailed. Pure Chance (Jason Thompson), off at 17-1 odds, left with alacrity and easily made the front before letting heavily-favored stablemate Bella's Rose Power (Aaron Merriman) rush to the lead just before tripping the first quarter beam in :28.4. Thompson and the daughter of Triumphant Caviar were quite content to sit in the pocket second for the next half mile, watching the teletimers flash :57.3 and 1:26, before finding room at the head of the stretch to squeeze out and power to a 1:55.1 score. Well I'm Fancy (Chris Page), a 59-1 longshot from the Ron Burke Stable, found a seam in deep stretch to rally for runnerup laurels while Aunt Rose (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.), another Beaver trainee, was third. With odds-on favorite Bella's Rose Power fading to fifth, mutuel payoffs soared. Pure Chance paid $37.20 to win, the exacta returned a whopping $1037.60, and a $2 trifecta ticket was worth $3082.00. Steve Zeehandelar is trainer Beaver's partner on Pure Chance, whose young career has now produced three wins in ten tries, good for $97,246 in earnings. The state-bred sophomore trotting colts will take center stage during the Tuesday (April 16) matinee at Miami Valley when the $40,000 Hackett Memorial final for that division will take place as Race 6. First race post time is 2:05 p.m.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Mission Accepted (Chris Page) won the $25,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley Raceway for the second straight time to start his 2019 harness racing campaign, overcoming the assigned outside post to top Pine Dream (LeWayne Miller) and No Whip Chip (Dan Noble) in 1:54.3. The 4-year-old son of Manofmanymissions made the front just after passing the :28.1 first stanza, then cruised through middle fractions of :56.2 and 1:25 before coasting to the wire in hand. With earnings nearing $400,000 the Ohio-sired trotter now sports 14 wins in 23 career starts. He is trained by Ron Burke for owners Knox Services Inc. and David Wills. Earlier on the program, Bugatti Beauty (Noble) extended her win streak to six at Miami Valley. Plucked from a $5000 claiming event on March 1 by In To Win Racing Inc. and trainer Zach Tackett, the 7-year-old Art Major daughter has since reeled off two triumphs at the $5000 level, one for a $6500 base tag, one for a $9000 tag and the last two carrying a $12,000 (plus allowances) price. Her latest gate-to-wire success was her 19th in a career which has netted $156,725 in purses. Racing resumes Monday afternoon at Miami Valley with a post time of 2:05 p.m. Featured on the card, in the third race, will be the first of four $40,000 James K. Hackett Memorial championship races for Ohio-sired three-year-olds over the next week. Bella's Rose Power, one of five Chris Beaver trainees in the race for sophomore filly trotters, is the 2-1 morning line favorite off an elimination win last Monday in 1:55. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - Trace Tetrick recorded the 5,000th win of his outstanding harness racing career in the fourth race at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday afternoon (April 14). The 32-year-old green and gold clad reinsman, the younger brother of renowned driver Tim Tetrick, worked out a pocket ride for favored Harry Carry for three quarters of a mile, then vacated the two-hole the final quarter to triumph in 1:57.1 during a brief but heavy downpour. The clocking represented a new lifetime mark for the winner in the non-winners of two races trotting event. Tami Hartman trains Harry Carry, a 6-year-old son of Hard Rock N Roll, for owner Kenneth Appleman. Tetrick began his career in 2003, winning eight races and $12,418 in purses during his initial campaign. Since 2007, Trace has won a minimum of 250 races and over $1.5 million in purses in each of the last 12 seasons. In addition to his 5000 wins, Tetrick has also earned over 4000 place finishes and 3500 show finishes. His best year to date was 2017 when he triumphed 569 times and his mounts made over $6.8 million. Trace Tetrick       -Conrad photo A seven time dash title winner at Harrah's Hoosier Park in Indiana, Tetrick also took the driving title at Miami Valley in 2017. Total purse earnings for his career recently surpassed $52 million.   Winners circle          --Conrad Photo                                                  --   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - A pair of elimination heats for next week's $40,000 James K. Hackett Memorial championship for Ohio-sired three-year-old pacing colts were contested on Saturday (April 13) at Miami Valley Raceway. Two of the biggest and most successful harness racing stables in the sport were well represented and each won a division. Brian Brown advanced all three of his entrants to the final with a win and two second place finishers. Ron Burke qualified just one of his four, but that one was an impressive winner. Driver Chris Page was in the sulky hitched to both winners, one for Brown and one for Burke. Dislocator copped the first split in 1:51.1, turning back High On Paydaze (Brett Miller), Yankee Boots (Dan Noble) and Dashing To Da Wire (Tyler Smith). In seven starts as a two-year-old, the son of Big Bad John produced a 2-2-2 scoreboard with earnings of $113,116. Both the winner and runnerup hail from the Brown barns at the Delaware (OH) county fair and were making their first starts after two qualifiers at Spring Garden Ranch in Florida, where they wintered. High On Paydaze won five of seven freshman starts including the $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship, a race in which Dislocator finished third last September. "Dislocator was a nice colt last year," said Page in the winner's circle, "and he seems to have grown a little and matured quite a bit over the winter. He seems to have it all together now." Seattle Hanover found a seem in the lane to triumph in the second Hackett division for the Burke Brigade. The Dragon Again gelding just nipped Smackitwithahammer (Cameron McCown) by a head in 1:51.3. Also advancing to the final next week were Ohio Vintage (Dan Noble), Bombay Hanover (Brett Miller) and See You In Tuscanny (Kyle Ater), who qualified for the nine-horse championship tilt as the fastest fifth place finisher. It was just the second career win for Seattle Hanover, although the colt has earned over $60,000 already. "When Ronnie puts a horse in to race, I know it is ready to rock," Page often says. "It's a pleasure to be in this situation, driving good horses for great trainers." Granite (Brett Miller) was a repeat winner in the weekly $25,000 Open I Pace, scoring in 1:50.2 over 28-1 longshot Sadiq Hanover (Kayne Kauffman) and Sectionline Bigry (Tyler Smith). It was the fourth seasonal victory for Granite in 13 tries and pushed his earnings to over $78,000 already this season and over $435,000 lifetime. The six-year-old altered son of Real Desire is owned by The Panhellenic Stable and trained by Ken Rucker.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - Queen Of The Pride made quite a 2019 harness racing debut at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (April 12). The three-year-old Ohio-sired daughter of McArdle, a winner of $353,954 at age two, paced the fastest mile in North America thus far this year by a sophomore filly-- 1:51.4. The stunning victory behind the defending Ohio Sires Stakes champion, was one of four on the program for driver Tony Hall, a southwest Ohio native who originally honed his craft at old Lebanon Raceway, but is now a regular at The Meadows in western Pennsylvania. Hall sent Queen Of The Pride directly to the front in the first of two $15,000 James K. Hackett Memorial eliminations to whittle the field down to nine for the $40,000 championship tilt next Friday. The classy lass cruised through fractions of :27.3, :56 and 1:23.2 before sealing the deal in 1:51.4. Rylee Roo (Aaron Merriman) sat a cozy pocket most of the mile and finished a strong second, while Final Offer (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.), Giggles In Dreams (Shawn Barker II) and Bad Sammie (Brett Miller) were next across the finish line to qualify for the final. Frank Chick owns Queen Of The Pride and entrusts the training duties to Kevin Lare. High Reward (Wrenn Jr.) was a 2-1/4 length winner of the second Hackett heat, topping Avaline Hanover (Chris Page), and trainer Brian Brown stablemate Carmen Ohio (Ryan Stahl) in 1:52.4. High Reward          - Brad Conrad photo Also joining the championship fray will be fourth place finisher Officially My Way (Jason Thompson). The winning daughter of Yankee Cruiser, owned by Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco and L&H Management Services, won just one race as a freshman but banked $129,897 in nine starts. Up Front Flor Ida (Brett Miller) was a repeat winner in the $20,000 Mares Open on the Friday night card. The razor sharp four-year-old daughter of Woodstock is now five for seven in the win column in 2019 and has earned over $50,000 already this season. The heavily-bet favorite was just a neck better than Rosemary Rose (Page) with Golden Paradise (Wrenn Jr.) nabbing the show spot. Tim McKoy conditions Up Front Flor Ida for owners Kevin McKinney and Virginia McKoy. Up Front Flor Ida      - Brad Conrad photo Besides the 1:51.4 national season's mark that Tony Hall hung on Queen Of The Pride, his other winners came behind Mr McDreamy (1:52.4) in a $12,500 claimer, Always About Farah (1:51.4) in a high condition class for mares, and Mikey Hanover (1:54.3) in an optional $15,000 claiming trot event.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - Trainer Chris Beaver advanced five of the six sophomore trotting fillies he entered into Miami Valley's James K. Hackett Memorial harness racing eliminations on Monday (April 8) to the $40,000 final next week. The trotting specialist won both $15,000 elims of this Hackett split, one of a series of four races featuring top Ohio-sired trotting and pacing colts and fillies prepping for the upcoming Ohio Sires Stakes season. Pure Chance, a winner of almost $70,000 at age two, took a new lifetime mark in the first elimination by coasting to a 1:57.2 score for driver Aaron Merriman. Well I'm Fancy (Chris Page), one of three Ron Burke-trained fillies who also advanced to the final, finished second with Stone In Love (Ron Wrenn Jr.) third across the finish line. Ms Carnoustie (Dan Noble) also qualified for the championship tilt with a fourth place finish. Bella's Rose Power (Merriman) was ultra impressive in the second split, trotting to a 1:55 triumph over Aunt Rose (Wrenn Jr.) and Back Splash (Brett Miller). All three of the top finishers are from the powerful Beaver barn. Buckeye Starlet (Trace Tetrick) qualified to advance as did So Romantic (Ken Holliday), the lone non-Beaver or Burke trainee who moved forward on the basis of being the fastest fifth place finisher. Bella’s Rose Power won the quickest of two James K. Hackett Memorial eliminations featuring top Ohio-sired fillies on Monday afternoon. (Conrad photo) Both Pure Chance and Bella's Rose Power are daughters of Triumphant Caviar, an Ohio stallion that Beaver has had considerable success with campaigning his sons and daughters. The final will be comprised of three daughters of Triumphant Caviar, two by Uncle Peter, two by Wishing Stone and one each by Manofmanymissions and My MVP. The Tuesday (April 9) matinee at Miami Valley will include the Hackett eliminations for trotting colts, while the pacing fillies and colts will go postward on Friday and Saturday nights, respectively.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - No Whip Chip upset a full field of Open harness racing Trotters at Miami Valley on Sunday afternoon (April 7), returning $53.20 for a $2 win bet. Dan Noble was in the sulky behind the 7-year-old Victory Sam gelding, who was bred by his late father Sam 'Chip' Noble, is owned by his mother Deborah Noble and trained by his sister Meredith Noble. Dan got away fourth in the ten-horse field, opted for a first-up trip on the outside before the half, then cleared to the front before the three-quarters, and sailed home an open lengths winner in 1:54. The clocking represents a new lifetime mark for No Whip Chip, who has now won 19 races in 99 career starts and banked $183,207 for the Noble family. Favored Mugshot Man (Trace Tetrick) finished second while Lets Go Bucks (Kyle Ater) grabbed the show laurels. The 3-4 exacta combination returned a healthy $143.20 and a winning 3-4-7 $2 trifecta ticket paid $1632. Racing resumes Monday and Tuesday afternoons at Miami Valley at 2:05 p.m. each day. Features will be a pair of $15,000 elimination heats of the James K. Hackett Memorial for 3-year-old Ohio-sired filly trotters on Monday; and another duo of Hackett eliminations for the Ohio-sired trotting colts on Tuesday. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH – Gerardo has become quite an acquisition for owner Mark Bogen and trainer-driver Kayne Kauffman, who plucked the 4-year-old son of Rockin Image out of a Blooded Horse Sale in Springfield, Ohio prior to the start of his 2019 harness racing season.  All he’s done is win four of his first six races for his new connections, all in late closer series action, including both the $25,000 final of the George Williams Memorial last month and now the  $27,500 final of the Tom Tharps Memorial on Saturday night (April 6).     Kauffman put Gerardo on the front end in the Tharps championship, then dueled with Rockin Speed (Travis Seekman) the entire last half of the mile clocked in 1:50—equaling the track record for 4 year olds.  The record was first established by Thisjetsabookin (Josh Sutton) in 2016 and was equaled by Gerries Sport (Trace Tetrick) in 2017.    The two favorites raced side by side through the stretch, with Rockin Speed sticking a nose in front midway down heartbreak lane before Gerardo dug deeper to fight back on the inside and gain the slight advantage at the wire. Gerardo winners circle       - Conrad photo Somebeachsomeday (Trevor Smith) was next best to nab the show dough.    A large throng of Tharps family and friends surrounded Gerardo and Kauffman in an emotional winner’s circle presentation.  Kauffman and the late Tom Tharps’ son Randy—the winningest black harness driver in history—are very close friends and Kauffman knows the matriarch of the family, Carol, and all Randy’s brothers, sisters and extended family extremely well.    A race later Granite broke an eight week dry spell by copping the $24,000 Open I Pace in 1:49.3, the quickest mile of the 2019 season thus far.  Driver Brett Miller took advantage of a serious speed duel between Angelo J Fra (Kyle Ater) and Cyclone Kiwi N (Dan Noble), who passed the first two timing beams in :25.1 and :52.3, then swung around the tiring pair as the field approached the three-quarter mark in 1:20.4.  Granite had GD Western Joe (Chris Page) in hot pursuit around the final bend, but Granite was able to hold on his short lead when GD Western Joe drifted considerable in the stretch.  My Buddy Ninkster (Josh Sutton) was best of the rest. Granite       -Conrad photo    A total of 11 of the 13 races on the Saturday program were won in times under 1:52, a testament to the outstanding job track superintendent Jimmy Shelton does at Miami Valley.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - Miami Valley Raceway was host for some stellar performances on a relatively warm Friday (April 5) evening in southwest Ohio. Among the highlights were an all-time track record for trotters (also a National Season's trotting mark on any size oval), the crowning of harness racing's newest millionaire, a thrilling stretch drive in the $27,500 final of the Dr. Don Mossbarger Memorial Series, and a new face capturing the weekly Mares Open Pace. Insomniac, a 7-year-old Crazed gelding racing for a $15,000 tag, went a jaw-dropping trip for trainer-driver Brady Galliers in the night's fourth race, a condition and optional claiming trot. After allowing Mikey Hanover (Brett Miller) to clear to the front at the :27.1 first quarter pole, Galliers insisted on retaking the lead which lead to a :54.4 half. Without throttling back, Insomniac sped to the three-quarter beam in 1:22.2, which had fellow horsemen and patrons gasping. But they hadn't seen the best yet as Galliers asked Insomniac for more throughout the lane...and got it! The final 1:51.4 clocking was the fastest trot in the six year history of Miami Valley, lowering the 1:52.1 standard set by Ladys Dude in 2016 and equaled by Kestrel in 2017. Insomniac is no stranger to winning races as the score was his 20th in a 105 race career that has yielded $289,777 in purses for a handful of owners over the past five seasons. He is currently owned by Galliers Racing LLC which is comprised of Galliers and his parents. As a result of a fifth place finish in the $22,500 Mares Open Pace 10-year-old American Girl became a millionaire having now banked $1,000,145. Aaron Merriman had the phenomenal daughter of Art's Chip on the lead through the first half of the race but reluctantly relented to four other exceptional mares during the taxing final half mile. Still American Girl was only 3-1/4 lengths back at the end of the 1:51 affair. Following the race, American Girl returned to the Miami Valley winner's circle where she and trainer Tyler George were presented with a commemorative blanket by her sire's owners Mark Evers and Sylvia Norris. It was the final race for American Girl, who is owned by Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt and is booked to the court of Downbytheseaside in the coming weeks. American Girl returned to the Miami Valley winner's circle    - Conrad photo The winner of American Girl's last dance was Up Front Flor Ida (Brett Miller), who topped Rosemary Rose (Chris Page), JD's Chancey Gal (Tyler Smith) and Big Bad Jane (Dan Noble). The 4-year-old Ohio-sired daughter of Woodstock won over $100,000 at age three and is now four for six in 2019, adding $42,000 to her coffers. Up Front Flor Ida      - Conrad photo Although this was her first try against open mares at the top level, trainer Tim McKoy is contemplating a start in the $100,000 Sam 'Chip' Noble Memorial Grand Circuit stake for older mares on Miami Valley's closing day-Monday, May 6. She is owned by Kevin McKinney and Virginia McKoy. Heart Of The Ocean (Chris Page) and Bad Girls Rule (Brett Miller) battled stride for stride the length of the stretch in the Mossbarger Memorial championship. Heart Of The Ocean prevailed by a neck in 1:52.3 to earn the lion's share of the lucrative purse. Heart Of The Ocean winning the stride for stride battle       -Conrad photo Kathleen Marotta conditions the 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight for Marotta Investments. The winner now sports seven wins and seven place finishes in just 19 lifetime starts. "I had to miss the first leg of this series," exclaimed a jubilant Marotta, "and was worried she might not be tight enough to tackle these nice mares this soon. But she has returned to the races at the top of her game after five months off. She's a sweetheart." Badlilvelocity (Kyle Ater) got up for the show dough. Heart Of The Ocean winners circle      -Conrad photo Racing resumes Saturday night at Miami Valley including a pair of Open Paces and the $27,500 championship of the Tom Tharps Memorial Series. Post time is 6:05 p.m.   Gregg Keidel

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

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