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Delaware, OH - The $121,000 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old filly pacers headlines the 17 race card on the opening day of harness racing Grand Circuit Week Sunday at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Looksgoodinaromper will become an Ohio Triple Crown winner if the Pet Rock filly can beat the field of five in the first $60,500 division. Looksgoodinaromper is coming off a 1:52 4/5 win in the $300,000 Ohio Sire Stake final on September 1 at MGM Northfield Park. She has earned $241,300 in just six career starts for owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Chris Page will get the driving assignment. The second division could come down to a duel between Beautiful Beach and McMarkle Sparkle. Beautiful Beach finished a close second to Looksgoodinaromper in the OSS final and has earned $129,500 this season. The We Will See lass is conditioned by Tyler George for Tom R. Lehmann. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. will drive Beautiful Beach, who will leave from the coveted rail position. McMarkle Sparkle has collected four wins in seven starts in 2019. Jim Arledge, Jr. trains the daughter of McArdle. Owned and bred by Laura L. and Paul R. Baker, McMarkle Sparkle will be piloted by Brett Miller. A trio of amateur driving events will also be contested. The Tim Fouts Memorial Driving Championship will feature drivers from various driving clubs from across the United States. A pair of Billings Amateur trots will also go postward. The Sunday card wagering menu features a $5,000 guaranteed pool Pick 4 (Races 10-13). Post time is 1:00 PM. For results, entries and program information, please visit by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi's Looksgoodinaromper established a new harness racing world record of 1:52.3 for 2-year-old pacing fillies on a half-mile track via her victory in one of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes at Northfield Park on Friday night, Aug. 9. Piloted by Chris Page for trainer Ronnie Burke, the freshman daughter of Pet Rock simply cruised in wire-to-wire fashion through panels of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:24.2 en route to her second career victory in four lifetime starts, upping her earnings to $66,300. Sent off at odds of 1-2, Lookslgoodinaromper was 8¼ lengths in front of 35-1 longshot Sara Jane (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) at the wire, while 14-1 PJ's Legacy (Kayne Kauffman) got up for third. Bred by Robert and Barbara Bongiorno, Looksgoodinaromper's record eclipsed the old mark set by Riley Roo of 1:53.2 in a 2018 Ohio Sires Stakes event. This speedy bay filly had finished third in OSS Leg One on July 3 at Northfield and second by a nose to Artful Dancer on July 19 at Scioto Downs, clocked in 1:52.2. Looksgoodinaromper is the first foal out of the Village Connection mare Don't Blame Her p, 10, 1:51.2s ($830,555). McMarkle Sparkle did not disappoint her connections, capturing the other OSS contested for 2-year-old pacing fillies handily in 1:53.3 for driver Brett Miller and trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. The McArdle lass, who now has $68,050 for owners Laura and Paul Baker of Galloway, Ohio, also used gate-to-wire tactics to nab her second OSS contest. This sturdy-build homebred had captured Leg One on July 5 at Northfield in 1:54.3 before finishing second in Leg Two on July 19 at Scioto Downs, timed in 1:53. McMarkle Sparkle, the even-money favorite, finished a full 7½ lengths ahead of 4-1 Rockmatic (Tony Hall) with 15-1 Shesrockingwichita (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) nabbing third-place honors. McMarkle Sparkle is the seventh foal out of the Towner's Big Guy broodmare T's Ladies Nite p, 3, 1:51s ($56,535) and is a half-sister to Alwaysagoodthing p, 4, 1:52.3f ($98,525) and It's a Deal p, 4, 1:57.2h ($21,429)--both by Metropolitan. Trainer Ronnie Burke also harnessed It's Academic to win the first of three $40,000 divisions for freshman trotting colts and geldings. The son of Uncle Peter trotted to a commanding 1:58 effort with Chris Page at the lines, finishing three-quarters of a length in front of favorite Action Uncle (Brett Miller) with 11-1 Dream Creation (Kurt Sugg) finishing third. It's Academic won Leg One in 1:58.4 and Leg Two in 1:57.3 for owners Burke Racing, Bill Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and Hatfield Stables. He has $68,400 in lifetime earnings from four wins in five lifetime starts is the first foal out of the Muscle Hill mare Annapolis 3, 1:55 ($49,594). Exhibit Class had taken the first OSS trotting division in a front-stepping 1:57.2 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines for trainer Sean Smithpeters and owner Marion Beachy. The son of Triumphant Caviar had won Leg One in 1:58.1 and now has $58,458 in career earnings. He finished six lengths in front of Breakout The Gold (Tyler Smith) with Doubleyellowline (Danny Noble) third. Exhibit Class is the third and most prolific foal out of the Classic Photo mare Classic Blaze 5, 1:55.3 ($27,185). Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., was back in the winner's circle for the final OSS contest for freshman trotting colts with 6-1 Attache', using a well-timed, inside move up the rail to prevail by a nose at the wire over 3-1 Hearcomescharlie B (Ryan Stahl) in 1:57.3. Big Box Hanover was third for driver Danny Noble. The son of Broadway Hall is owned by trainer Chris Beaver, Mary McLoughlin, Steve Carter and Steven Zeehandelar and is out of the American Winner mare Patti Page. Attache now has $41,250 in career earnings and is a half-brother to 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes winner Patti's Main Man (by Manofmanymission) 3, 1:55.1f ($119,511) and also to Get Chipped (by Chip Chip Hooray) 6, 1:54.3 ($415,424) and to Express Justice (by Justice Hall) 5, 1:54.3f ($282,311), etc. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

LEBANON, OH. - First there were 40, then 20 and now 10 $5000 claiming mares still hopeful of becoming "Queen of the Hill" in the popular annual Survivor Series at Miami Valley Raceway. The ten finalists, who have survived by finishing in the top five during both preliminary elimination rounds, will chase a $15,000 championship harness racing purse next Monday afternoon (Feb. 18). Likely favorite in the final will be Grimalkin, who has won in both preliminary elimination rounds. The 4-year-old daughter of Pet Rock won the quickest of the two second round elims in 1:55.3 for driver Trace Tetrick, narrowly topping Star Of The Show (Tyler Smith) with Rockin Zendaya (Brett Miller) finishing third. Also advancing from that heat were My Shiyen (Trevor Smith) and Fancy Jess (Josh Sutton). The top three finishers were all claimed in both elimination rounds, despite a 30% base claiming price increase in the second week of the series, and will race for new connections in the final. Mystical Thread (LeWayne Miller) upset the other Survivor Series field at 25-1 odds to move on to the lucrative championship. Others who earned the right to advance were Karlee Sue (Sutton), Real Diva (Tetrick), Woo's Princess (Dan Noble) and Friskie Teddy (Brett Miller). The tandem Survivor Series for minimum tag male pacers will go postward on the Tuesday (Feb. 12) matinee program when two divisions will be whittled down to one championship field for the following week. Post time is 2:05 p.m. From the Miami Valley Media Department

LEXINGTON, KY--The two-year-old pacing colts and geldings hit the spotlight at The Red Mile Saturday, Sept. 29 when they race in five divisions of the $367,000 Western Ideal Bluegrass Stakes. Sophomore pacing fillies also compete on the program in a single dash of the $126,000 American Ideal Bluegrass Stakes. Captain Trevor, a son of Captaintreacherous, leads the first frosh colt pace off a third-place finish in the $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) final after winning in every preliminary. Owned by Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant and Captain Trevor Racing, the Tony Alagna trainee has collected $76,500 in earnings and will start from post one with Andrew McCarthy aboard. Neighboring the morning-line favorite on the gate, Rock Candy, a Brian Brown-trained colt by Pet Rock, and Lyons Night Hawk, a Sweet Lou colt trained by Jeff Gillis, start from posts two and three respectively. Rock Candy, finishing second in the $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship, has earned $170,626 with three wins from seven starts. David Miller drives for owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo. Lyons Night Hawk enters off a fourth-place finish in the $685,300 Metro Pace. Winning one race from eight starts, he's earned nearly $100,000 for owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound and will have Tim Tetrick at the reins. Pennsylvania Sires Stakes champion Proof, by A Rocknroll Dance out of the Real Artist mare Ginger And Fred, heads the second split of the colt pace. Off a 1:52 victory in the $120,000 Elevation Pace at Hoosier Park, the Brian Brown trainee has five wins overall from seven starts and $272,591 in earnings for owner Diamond Creek Racing. Scott Zeron will steer from post two. Waterway moves into the third division off a 1:50.1 win in the $50,000 KYSS consolation. The Captaintreacherous colt has won two races from six starts total, earning $43,300 for owners Alagna & Bergley Stable, Santo Barbera, David Silverman and Joseph Barbera. Brett Miller will drive from post six for trainer Tony Alagna. Air Force Hanover competes against Waterway from post two for owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombard and William Donovan. The Brian Brown-trained colt by Somebeachsomewhere enters off a failed wire-to-wire effort in the $40,418 Standardbred Stakes at the Delaware County Fair, finishing second in a 1:50.3 mile after setting fast fractions on the front. He has two wins from eight outings and nearly $70,000 in earnings. David Miller will sit in the bike. KYSS runner-up Blood Money fronts the fourth colt pace and will start from post five for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter. The Sweet Lou colt, owned by Diamond Creek Racing, has hit the board in all of his seven starts, winning four, and has compiled $129,658 in earnings. Brian Brown-trainee Workin Ona Mystery competes in the same division and tries to maintain his unbeaten record. Winning all three of his starts, the Captaintreacherous colt enters off a 1:50.3 victory in the $40,418 Standardbred Stakes at the Delaware Country Fair. Tim Tetrick will sit in the bike for owners James Stambaugh, Alan Keith, Milton Leeman and Wingfield Brothers LLC. The Cancellieres send Love Me Some Lou in the final colt pace split from post two. The colt by Sweet Lou, winning three races from six starts, enters off a 1:53 victory in a $30,000 Liberty Bell division at Harrah's Philadelphia and also holds a mark of 1:50.4 at Harrah's. The colt, earning $65,797, will have Corey Callahan driving. Kissin In The Sand, starting from post eight with Scott Zeron driving, leads a field of 12 in the sole division of the three-year-old filly pace. With victories including in the James Lynch Memorial, the Mistletoe Shalee, the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship and, more recently, against older mares in a $23,100 Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the Nancy Johansson-trained daughter of Somebeachsomewhere is approaching $1 million in career earnings, currently having collected $841,795 for owners Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. She's finished no worse than second in 12 starts this season, winning eight, and won 15 races from 26 overall. The Western Ideal Bluegrass Stakes are sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms and Brittany Farms, and the American Ideal Bluegrass Stakes is sponsored by Brittany Stallion Management. Saturday's 10-race program will get underway with a first-race post time at 7:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Cooler temperatures and a lovely summer atmosphere at Northfield Park set the stage for a trio of $40,000 Leg two Ohio Sires Stakes for freshman pacing fillies. A total of 23 laterally-gaited distaffs lined up behind the Cleveland starting gate at the Home of the Flying Turns. Rylee Roo, a Pet Rock lass, set a new track record of 1:53.3 in the first OSS division, taking a tick off the previous mark of 1:53.4 set by Shakewhatmamagaveu in 2017. The 4-1 choice left the gate deftly for Aaron Merriman, stalking the leading 1-2 favorite Mi Nina Bonita (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) to the :56.4 half, before taking over the lead and sprinting home to prevail by 1½ lengths over her aforementioned rival. Jason Thompson guided 60-1 longshot Officially My Way up to notch third-place money. Bred and owned by Steven Price of Sandy Springs, GA, Rylee Roo has $20,000 in career earnings. The OSS victory was her first in two lifetime starts, as she was sixth in OSS Leg One on July 6 at Scioto Downs to Lofty Beach. Rylee Roo is the second foal out of the Western Hanover mare Moonlite Delight p, 6, 1:51.3f ($278,548) and is a full sister to Tenwillgetutwenty p 3, 1:55f ($20,125). Delaware owner Frank Chick's Queen Of The Pride didn't disappoint her backers after leaving the gate as the 1-9 overwhelming public favorite, scoring a wire-to-wire triumph in 1:54.3, making her a two-time OSS victress. The big, rangy filly, equipped with spreaders, appeared at times to struggle in the turns, but then seemed uber-confident in the straightaways for driver Tony Hall as she upped her career earnings to $46,500 in an unchallenged effort. Trained by Kevin Lare, Queen Of The Pride held off a determined 7-2 Carmen Ohio (Ryan Stahl) by 1½ lengths, with 50-1 longshot How About Murph (Jeff Nisonger) getting up for third. Bred by Brad Wallace, Queen Of The Pride is by McArdle, out of the Western Ideal mare Lionness Hanover p,2,1:53 ($21,280), making her a half-sister to: Roaring To Go (by Art Major) p, 2, 1:50.4 ($431,999); Well Lets See (by Well Said) p, 4, 1:54.4h ($89,382); and Well Excuuuse Me (by Well Said) p, 4, 1:53f ($76,035). The final OSS division of the evening proved to be the most exciting as a blanket finish saw 25-1 longshot Sugar And Spite (Tyler Smith) best 13-1 Twinsburg (Anthony MacDonald) by a neck in 1:55.2. Rose Run Uptowngal (Chris Page) was third at 5-2 odds, a quarter length back. Trained by Mary Birkhold for Tom Lehmann of Sarasota, FL, the Pet Rock filly sat mid-pack behind the leading Twinsburg before moving three-wide at the three-quarters to prevail with a gutsy :28 final brush. Sugar And Spite had finished third in OSS Leg One at Scioto Downs on July 6 and now has career earnings of $26,000. Bred by Midland Acres, she is the 12th foal out of the prolific Towner's Big Guy mare Tre Cress and has half-siblings in: Peenie (by Real Artist) p, 4, 1:50.4 ($710,021); Chotat Milk (by Jate Lobell) p, 3, 1:51 ($602,852); Tre Bien (by Nobleland Sam) p, 7, 1:52f ($383,181); The Big Beast (by Mister Big) p, 4, 1:52.1s ($57,712); Gucci Mane (by Art Official) p, 4, 1:55f ($37,350); Gaston (by Art Official) p, 3, Q1:54.3h ($25,937). Ohio Sires Stakes continue this coming Friday night at Scioto Downs, with nine $40,000 divisions for 2-year-old trotting colts and fillies. Post time is 6:30 pm, ET at Ohio's Showplace of Racing. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Thirty-eight Ohio-bred pacing fillies are set to line up behind the Scioto Down starting gate tonight in four $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes, with a first race post time of 6:30 pm, ET. Of the Ohio-registered stallions represented this evening, Pet Rock has the most foals in attendance with ten, while Dragon Again has five, McArdle four, and Big Bad John and Rockin Amadeus with three youngster each competing. Those stallions with two foals each in these events include: Beachtrea, The Panderosa, Western Vintage and Yankee Cruiser. Allamerican Native, Art Official, Charley Barley and Feelin Friskie all have one foal each in OSS competition. Of the 38 fillies going postward tonight, a full 16 are homebreds. Conditioner Brian Brown has the most distaffs vying with six, while Virgil Morgan has three in these events. Gypsy Merlot heads up the first OSS test (Race 1), for breeder/owner/trainer Al Tomison from post eight. This Feelin Friskie lass won a Hoosier Park baby race on June 30, clocked in a wire-to-wire 1:55.4. This speedy homebred is out of the Western Maverick mare Bronwen Seelster p,3, 1:56 ($31,279) and has half-siblings in: Dublin Rose (by Major In Art) p, 3, 1:52.2s ($279,486) and Annihilator (by Woodstock) p, 5, 1:52.1f ($81,002). Mi Nina Bonita, a Yankee Cruiser lass, leaves from post nine in this same event. Owned by R.D. Siegelman, R.I. Horowitz and J.P. Vasquez, Mi Nina Bonita hails from the Brian Brown stable. A $7,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg last fall, she won a Meadowlands baby race on June 23 in 1:56.4. Bred by Barry Rubenstein Farms, Mi Nana Bonita is out of the prolific Jate Lobell mare Cheyenne Adrienne p, 2, 1:53.1M ($128,614) and is a half-sister to Cheyenne Jeffrey (by Bettor's Delight) p, 9, 1:52.3h ($478,885); Yo Cheyenne Rocky (by Rocknroll Hanover) p, 4, 1:50f ($284,557); Boogiewoogiebrian (by Rocknroll Hanover) p, 7, 1:53.2h ($158,140), Yo Apollo Creed (By American Ideal) p, 3, 1:51 ($35,965). Blueaintmycolor starts from post five in this first OSS division for trainer Kent Sherman and owners Ryan Stahl and Robert Dubovec. An $18,000 yearling purchase from the Ohio Select Sale, this daughter by The Panderosa won a Northfield Park qualifier on June 28 in 1:58.2 by ten lengths for these connections. Bred by Spring Haven Farm, Blueaintmycolor is out of the unraced Jate Lobell mare Bolera Athena, and is a half-sister to the 52-race winner Keemosabe (by Squaw's Fella) p, 3, 1:51f ($310,336); Gleneagles (by Mysticism) p, 5, 1:54f ($128,832); Gold Star Smokin (by Life Sign) 3, 1:53.2f ($80,719); Faithful Friend (by Artistic Fella) 2, 1:55.2s ($62,558) and to Chiricahua (by Squaw's Fella) p,2,1:55.4f ($11,131), etc. Carmen Ohio heads up the second OSS test (Rae 3) from the eight-hole for trainer Brian Brown and owners Milton Leeman (also the breeder), along with S. Manning, B. Meizlish and W. Calvert. Sired by The Panderosa, out of the unraced Dragon Again mare Hufflepuff, Carmen Ohio won a Scioto Downs maiden on June 27 in a front-stepping effort in 1:57.1. She is a full sister to Slick Mick p,3,1:51.4f ($106,040) and has half-siblings in: Hannah Abbott (by Dave Panlone) p,3, 1:53s ($86,502); Buckeye Battle Cry (by Woodstock) 3, 1:56f ($23,297) and Olympe Maxime (by Real Desire) p,4,1:56f ($20,746). Officially My Way, an Art Official daughter, hails from post four in this same race for owner/trainer Ron Randall. This filly has won three starts in a row, including a pair of Ohio county fair stakes and a Scioto Downs qualifier on June 18 in 1:58.1. An $8,000 yearling purchase from the Blooded Horse Sale, Officially My Way was bred by Frank Dettore Horse Racing, and is the third foal out of the Dream Away mare Eagle Way p, 5, 1:52.3f ($601,973). Twinsburg certainly looks like the one to beat from post three in the third OSS test (Race 10). This McArdle lass, who is conditioned by Canadian-based trainer Jason Mcginnis, won a Woodbine qualifier on June 9 in 2:00.4 before finishing third in 1:54.4 in a $10,500 Woodbine baby race on June 25. Owned by Brock Obrien and bred by Steve Stewart and John Carver, Twinsburg was a $12,000 purchase at the Ohio Select Yearling Sale last fall. She is out of the Life Sign mare Fastidious Hanover p, 4, 1:54M ($24,286) and is a half-sister to Right Right (by Cole Muffler) p,3, 1:52.4 ($497,370); Sunken Treasure (by Somebeachsomewhere) p, 3, 1:52f ($121,330) and Someonesomewhere (by Somebeachsomewhere) p, 3, 1:56.4h ($11,538). My Hearts Rockin leaves from the nine-hole in this same race for owner/breeder James Joyner and trainer C. Brian Loney. This Rockin Amadeus lass has won a pair of Northfield Park qualifiers: on June 14 (in 2:00.3) and June 21 (in 2:01.1) by ten lengths in a gate to wire effort. My Hearts Rockin is the first foal out of the Nobleland Sam mare My Sweet Lorelei p, 4, 1:55.2H ($121,751). The fourth and final OSS division (Race 12) is perhaps the most competitive of this quartet. Rose Run Uptowngirl hails from the powerful Ron Burke Stable and is a Dragon Again lass, out of the Western Terror mare Victoria Gallery ($2,400). Owned by Burke Racing, P. Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, Rose Run Uptowngirl won a maiden race at The Meadows in wire-to-wire fashion on June 19 in 1:53.4, with a :27.3 final brush by 11¾ lengths. She starts from post three. Queen Of The Pride starts from post five for trainer Kevin Lare and owner Frank Chick. Bred by Ohio's Brad Wallace, this McArdle lass won a $13,000 baby race at Pocono Downs in 1:56 on June 26. She is the fourth foal out of the Western Ideal mare Lionness Hanover p, 2, 1:53M ($21,280), and is a half-sister to Roaring To Go (by Art Major) p, 2, 1:50.4 ($421,999); Well Lets See (by Well Said) p, 4, 1:54.4h ($88,782) and Well Excuuuse Me (by Well Said) p,4,1:53f ($76,035). Adorabella is another with a solid shot in this race, who starts from post seven for trainer/driver Danny Noble. This homebred daughter by Pet Rock, who is owned by Vincent Costa, Jr., has won three straight races thus far in her brief career: two Scioto Downs qualifiers (in 1:57.1 and 1:56.2) and an Ohio fair stake at Circleville, when she was clocked in 2:02.3. Adorabella is the second foal out of the Art Major mare Bella Marta p, 4, 1:53.2f ($122,499) and is a full sister to Rock Noble Artist p, 3, 1:53 ($40,303). Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Saturday night, July 7 at Northfield Park with 3-year-old colt pacers going postward. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Columbus, OH - Five $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions of freshman pacing colts provided plenty of fireworks on a swelteringly hot and humid, July 4 afternoon at Scioto Downs. Tops in the OSS quintet was the Kimberly Dailey-trained Rose Run Ulysses, a striking, chestnut son of Western Vintage, who paced to a winning 1:52.2--equaling the Scioto Downs track record for 2-year-old pacing colts--in the fourth and fastest of all OSS divisions. Danny Noble was in the sulky for Dailey, who co-owns the Rose Run Farm-bred gelding along with Carl & Melanie Atley of Xenia, Ohio. Rose Run Ulysses, sent off at 7-2, was given a perfect steer by Noble, who utilized a :27.3 final brush to prevail over 1-1 rival Rock Candy (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by three-quarters of a length. Cameron McCown piloted 5-2 Dislocator to a third-place effort. Rose Run Ulysses is the sixth foal out of Alcyon Semalu p, 3, 1:56.2 ($37,802) and is a half-brother to Style Semalu (by Million Dollar Cam) p, 5, 1:51s ($436,003) and to Sports Authority (by Sportswriter) p, 3, 1:51.2f ($60,302). Gold Digger King captured the first OSS division handily in 1:52.4 with Kayne Kauffman at the lines for trainer Scott Mogan and owner Linda Van Camp of Circleville, Ohio. The homebred Pet Rock gelding was the public's 5-2 choice in the field of nine 2-year-olds, pacing solidly to hold off 5-2 rival Valparaiso Hanover (Tyler Smith) by 1¾ lengths at the wire. Easeondowntheroad, a 21-1 longshot, finished third for Danny Noble. Gold Digger King is the first foal out of the Panspacificflight mare Hope For Pot Gold p, 3, 1:54S ($67,056). High On Paydaze and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., came flying up the stretch in the final yards to best the leading 4-1 Black Smile (Chris Page) by a whisker in a dramatic 1:53.1 finish in the second OSS division. Trained by Brian Brown for Ohio breeder Scott Hagemeyer and partners R. A. Mondillo & D. E. Robinson, the Nob Hill High colt was sent off at odds of 8-1 in his pari-mutuel debut. Tyler Smith guided 2-1 Tanner J to third-place honors. Nob Hill High is the fourth foal out of The Panderosa mare Myell p,4, 1:56.1h ($34,688), making him a half-brother to Myell's Rockstar (by World of Rocknroll) p,4, 1:52.1f ($129,326) and to Pacin To Paydaze p,2, 1:54.4h ($41,617). Driver Anthony MacDonald steered See You In Tuscany to a near-perfect, 1:53 winning clocking in the third OSS test. Trained by Jason McGinnis, this freshman son by We Will See finished 3¼ lengths ahead of 8-5 Bombay Hanover (Danny Noble) at odds of 2-1 at the wire, with 5-2 Odds On Columbus (Peter Wrenn) notching third-place money in a photo finish. See You In Tuscany--who races clean-legged except for a pair of knee boots--was bred by Mark Marroletti and is owned by Thestable Tuscany Group of Guelph, Ontario. A $10,000 yearling purchase at the Buckeye Classic Sale last fall, See You In Tuscany is out of the McArdle mare Mcdance Desire p, 2, 1:55 ($22,457) and has a half-brother in Dancin Dragon (by Dragon Again) p, 3, 1:54 f ($15,902). In the final OSS division, it was the Dustin Arledge-trained Authentic Hanover and driver Tyler Smith taking home first prize among ten combatants. The Western Vintage colt's pedigree prevailed as he stormed to a 1:53.3 clocking easily at odds of 2-1. Tony Too Tall, a 10-1 shot, was second for Chris Page, while 9-2 Seattle Hanover was third with Mike Wilder in the sulky. Hutchison Hms and M. J. Thompson own Authentic Hanover, the tenth foal out of the world champion Artsplace mare Armbro Amoretto p, 3, 1:50.1m ($1,285,744), making him a half-brother to: Bet You (by Bettor's Delight) p, 4, 1:50.3f ($391,452); Adams Hanover (by Western Hanover) p, 4, 1:50.4f ($202,374); Air Guitar Hanover (by Rocknroll Hanover) p, 6, 1:52.2f ($182,470); and Aldine Hanover (by A Rocknroll Dance) p, 2, 1:52.1s ($121,806). An $18,000 yearling purchase, Authentic Hanover was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Springfield, OH --- Unfortunately, Joe Bellino could not personally attend the second edition of the Buckeye Classic Sale conducted in Springfield, Ohio, on Tuesday (Sept. 27), but that did not impede him from purchasing the most sought-after harness racing yearling at the event for $90,000. “I was watching it on Facebook Live and I kept thinking, ‘When is the gavel going to drop?” he said. “It was like he said ‘$90,000’ for each $1,000 that was bid on him, but we were bringing him home no matter what the price was. My wife is very excited and so I am about this colt. His videos are fantastic and we cannot wait to get him to the farm and see him.” Raised and consigned by Cornerstone Stock Farm, Brangus is by Bellino’s world champion stallion Pet Rock and out of the Grinfromeartoear mare Can’t Quit Smiling. No other yearling that stepped through the ring commanded that type of attention or price tag, as the second-highest-priced individual was Bounding Dragon, a bay colt by Dragon Again out of Bound To Rock, consigned by Emerald Highlands Farm and purchased by Mike Roth of Anderson, Ind., for $50,000. Brangus is the fourth foal out of his dam and is a half-sibling to the Rockin Image filly Can’t Touch Her. She has collected $147,934 from her time on the track and was very competitive on the lucrative Indiana Sire Stakes circuit. His granddam, Day After, by No Nukes and out of Becky’s Love by Albatross produced Crisis Situation (Walton Hanover, $235,704), Keep Your Pans Off (Abercrombie, $298,411) and Lookinforasign (Life Sign, $159,849). “The people from Cornerstone starting sending me pictures and videos of him when he was very young,” Bellino said. “They said he was always the one that led the rest of the horses from the time he first left his mother. He was always the one to eat first and lead the rest of them. They also said he was very intelligent and one of the best horses they had raised. I have to give them credit because even in the sales ring with everything going on around him, nothing seemed to bother him. “He will go to Tony O’Sullivan; he won this Metro this year, and does a great job with 2-year-olds. He did not know about him at first and now that he saw his videos he is really excited as well. I’ve received numerous messages about this colt because people were so impressed with him. We all are really looking forward to his future.” This year’s sale posted an increase over last year’s results with yearling prices checking in 11.4 percent higher than in 2015. With 242 horses being sold versus 179 last year for an average of $7,055, those involved with the event were pleased with the results. “It was definitely a team effort from everyone that participated and their efforts are much appreciated,” said Steve Cross, sales manager. “This is an exceptional facility that is well laid out and with the Ohio program exploding in recent years, that addition, as well as the blend of horses from Indiana, Pennsylvania and Illinois, certainly made the sale very attractive for our buyers and consigners. “I would like to thank those buyers and consigners that made this sale such a success. The entire team is very happy with the quality of horses that were allowed to be sold and look forward to the future.” For more information on the Buckeye Classic Sale as well as comprehensive sale results please click here. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

DUNDAS, ONT - This Sunday night, Mother's Day at Flamboro Downs, is when Sydney "Pinky" Seelster's newborn foal, a filly, will be officially named after a month long contest held by Pinky's owner, 15-year-old Sydney Weaver of Acton, has narrowed the list of nearly 500 names submitted from around the world to just six finalists and after the eighth race on Sunday at Flamboro Downs, the official name will be announced. The top prize winner will receive a breeding to two-time world champion pacer, He's Watching, who stands at both Tara Hills Farm in Port Perry and at Alabar Bloodstock in New Zealand. He's Watching's stud fee for the 2016 season is at $5,000. The breeding was generously donated by Muscara Racing Trust, Menary Racing, Inc., Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero. There is also a second place prize of $500 in free wagers on That prize winner will also be announced after the eighth race. "This was so hard and also so much fun," said Sydney Weaver. "There were too many great names that people came up with. I feel sad that only one of the names will be used. "I want to thank everyone that took the time to enter a name," Weaver added, "and especially say thank you to my friend and editor, Steve Wolf at Harnesslink, who set up the whole contest. Now I just have to be patient until Sunday night and then my little filly will have a name." Of the names submitted, 44.7% came from Canada, 39.9% from the USA, 7.8% from Australia and New Zealand and the remaining 7.6% from Ireland, UK and Europe. After the eighth race Sunday, Flamboro Downs track announcer Gary Guy will be joined in the Grandstand by Sydney Weaver and her parents, Lisa and Don, for the special live and unique naming ceremony. "I also must say thank you again to Joe Bellino, who donated the breeding to Pet Rock for Pinky," Sydney Weaver said, "and to the owners of He's Watching for their generosity in offering the first place prize and to WatchandWager for the second place prize and to Flamboro Downs for allowing the naming to take place at the track on Sunday. Everyone has been so super throughout the contest." Sydney Weaver is 15 years old and resides in Acton, Canada. She has been involved with harness racing for years, grooms horses, jogs them on the track, owns the Standardbred Sydney "Pinky" Seelster, a Thoroughbred racehorse, has already won major youth writing awards and does public speaking. Sydney also has Cerebral Palsy and spends most of her time in a wheelchair, but has never let her disability hold her back from achieving her goals. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink    

Final weekend to enter Name “Pinky’s” Foal Contest


Acton, Ontario - In the wee hours of the early morning Monday, Sydney "Pinky" Seelster had a filly, and nobody in the harness racing industry could not be happier than their owner, Sydney Weaver. Her first Facebook post was at  3:42 am along with a photo of the newborn daughter of Pet Rock. The text from Sydney Weaver said, "Baby Joe has arrived! For all of you who read my story on Harnesslink about  The Anticipation of Waiting for a foal, Sydney Seelster had Baby Joe on a wintry night. We will be going to the Juggette instead of the Jug." Of course Sydney Weaver was on hand for the blessed event along with her parents, Lisa and Don Weaver. Not knowing if it was to be a filly or a colt, Sydney affectionately named the unborn foal, Baby Joe, after Pet Rock's owner, Joe Bellino, who donated the breeding to Sydney Seelster for Pet Rock. And what will the name be for this pretty little filly? That will be announced later this week in a special Harnesslink exclusive press release. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink  


Empire Stallions is pleased to announce that Triple World Champion PET ROCK 2,1:52.3; 3,1:50; 4,1:47 ($1,984,2014) will be joining our stallion roster and standing in Victoria for the upcoming 2015/16 harness racing breeding season.   A fierce competitor with extraordinary race credentials, PET ROCK started a total of 45 times with 16 wins and 18 placings while amassing over $1.9 million in earnings.PET ROCK has the distinction of being the fastest horse in history of any age winning on a half mile track in a world record 1:48.1. He is also the current World Champion and fastest 4YO ever on a five-eighths mile track winning in 1:47.2 at Scioto Downs.   PET ROCK was destined for greatness the moment he first stepped foot onto a racetrack. In his first 2YO trial at Scioto Downs in Ohio, PET ROCK caught the eye of trainer Virgil Morgan Jr when he won solidly in 1:58. Morgan discovered that the colt was for sale and after his second qualifying win, this time at The Meadowlands in 1:55.3, PET ROCK was purchased by Frank & Joe Bellino of New York with Morgan accepting training duties.   PET ROCK hit the board in all of his 5 starts at 2 with 2 wins and 3 seconds while winning a New Jersey Sire Stakes at The Meadowlands in 1:52.3 and the Hoosier Stake at Indianapolis. His three second place finishes were by a total of less than three-quarters of a length.   At 3, PET ROCK banked $934,500 with 8 wins including the $306,000 Art Rooney Memorial Final in a Stakes & Track Record over Yonkers half-mile oval in 1:51. He also won the $215,000 Windy City Pace Final at Maywood Park in 1:51.4, the $50,000 Confederation Cup elimination and placed in the $600,000 Meadowlands Pace Final, the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine Final, the $415,000 Messenger Stakes Final and the $312,000 Cane Pace Final.   PET ROCK’s four-year-old season would become one for the record books with 6 wins (5 of these between 1:47 and 1:48.2) for a further $972,820 in earnings while lowering his lifetime mark to 1:47 neat at The Meadowlands.   In early September 2013, PET ROCK took his first World Champion title in the $125,000 Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs to become the fastest 4YO ever on a 5/8ths mile track winning in a sizzling 1:47.2.   Just 12 days after his record setting performance at Scioto Downs, PET ROCK became the fastest pacer of any age or sex on a half-mile track with his impressive 1:48.1 victory in the Winbak Pace at Delaware, Ohio over A Rocknroll Dance. PET ROCK’s gutsy performance in the $184,000 Roll With Joe Final at Tioga Downs saw him set yet another 5/8ths track record in 1:48.1 while defeating a stellar field of seasoned performers including Foiled Again, A Rocknroll Dance, Sweet Lou and Betterthancheddar.   This World Champion season was punctuated with his win in the prestigious $471,000 William Haughton Memorial at The Meadowlands starting from post nine. PET ROCKlowered his lifetime mark to 1:47 (with a last quarter of :26.3) while establishing a new stakes record and once again dominated a star-studded field in Bolt The Duer, Sweet Lou, Golden Receiver and Foiled Again. He also scored wins in the $200,000 American National Stake in a great stretch duel over Foiled Again in 1:48.2 and the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby in 1:50.1. “PET ROCK’s records speak for themselves. He is a true champion, winning on all-sized tracks speaks to his versatility” said trainer Virgil Morgan Jr who has 5,529 race wins to his credit for $46.5 million in earnings. PET ROCK is by the prolific ROCKNROLL HANOVER, a World Champion himself who was the USA 3YO & Horse of the Year sweeping most of the sport’s classics including the Breeders Crown, Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup while earning over $2.7 million. Before his untimely death, ROCKNROLL also stood at Empire Stallions and is currently the leading 2YO sire in Australia from the first of his two crops resulting from the years he stood in Victoria. ROCKNROLL HANOVER is one of North America’s premier sires from just 6 crops of racing age banking an astonishing $77 million in earnings, 190 $100,000+ earners and 59 in 1:50. With his1:47 record, PET ROCK is ROCKNROLL HANOVER’s fastest performer ever.   PET ROCK is bred on the golden ROCKNROLL HANOVER - ARSTPLACE cross. His dam, CASUAL BEAUTY is by ARTSPLACE out of the CAM FELLA mareCASUAL BRILLIANCE. A 1:54 race winner herself at 3, CASUAL BEAUTY has left 9 foals for 9 winners – all in 2:00 or faster. His granddam CASUAL BRILLIANCE has had five winners in 1:57 with two in 1:55.   A handsome dark bay stallion standing 16 hands, PET ROCK is a kind horse with great conformation, a flawless gait and excellent fertility. “We are absolutely thrilled to add a stallion of PET ROCK’s caliber to our lineup” said Empire Stallion’s owner David James. “It was an honour to stand his sire and we look forward to carrying on this successful bloodline, particularly with ROCKNROLL HANOVER’s current down under success. We believe PET ROCK is ROCKNROLL HANOVER’s greatest son and with his World Champion race credentials and royal pedigree, PET ROCK will have a major influence on the future racing scene.”   PET ROCK has been fully booked to the maximum number of mares allowed in North America in both 2014 and 2015, his first 2 seasons at stud, at a fee of $6,000. PET ROCK was also fully booked in NSW last season which was his first in the Southern Hemisphere.    He will stand at Empire for a very competitive fee of $5,500 and discounts will apply. His progeny will be Vicbred eligible, as well as eligible to the Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and the NSW Breeders Challenge. World Record 1:48.1 on Half Mile Track Pet Rock defeats A Rocknroll Dance in world record time in the2013 Winbak Pace World Record 1:47.2 at Scioto Downs Pet Rock defeats Sweet Lou & A Rocknroll Dance in Jim Ewart Memorial

With the new season upon us, harness racing breeders have at least two reasons to be excited thanks to Global Stallion Management. The popular group has secured top prospects for Australasian breeders, which are destined to be well patronised. Thanks to the hard work and vision of Global’s Scott Robertson and Gary Donaldson, champion pacer Pet Rock and world champion trotter Dejarmbro are heading ‘Down Under’. A royally-bred son of Rocknroll Hanover, Pet Rock’s maternal line includes the likes of Artsplace, Cam Fella and Albatross. A relentless pacer, which earned the nickname of ‘The Crusher’, Pet Rock coupled blistering speed with a seemingly endless supply of stamina. Boasting a world record 1.47 on a 5/8-mile track, the stallion also registered a world record of 1.48.1 on a half-mile circuit. Often complimented for his “flawless gait”, Pet Rock will stand at the well-known Yirribee Stud in New South Wales, with interstate mares eligible for the lucrative NSW Breeders’ Challenge as well as their local futurities. In one of the best cropS of the modern era, Dejarmbro was a standout as he established several milestones, including a world record at three. From the Donerail mare Armbro Déjà Vu, Dejarmbro belongs to one America’s premier trotting families, which is littered with superstar performers and is closely-related to Monarchy, making him an attractive cross. A magnificent looking stallion, Dejarmbro was fully booked in America, with his ‘card’ – via frozen semen - expected to fill quickly in the Southern Hemisphere as well. Pet Rock and Dejarmbro will join Global Stallion Management’s established line-up consisting of Angus Hall, BG’s Folly, Julius Caesar, Lawman and Stonebridge Regal. Global can be contacted via Robertson on 0400 331 386, Donaldson 0427 004 662 or Greg Ryan 0419 791 434 PAUL COURTS

Kialla trainer-driver David Moran enjoyed a winning double with two of his in-form pacers last night at Tabcorp Park Melton. Both The Baggy Green (a four-year-old mare by Art Major out of Lady Waratah) and Our Santa Catalina (a three-year-old filly by Rocknroll Hanover out of San Sophia) carried their strong Breeders Crown form into last night's meeting and both recorded strong victories. The Baggy Green, who ran second to Frith in the four-year-old mares’ Breeders Crown Final last time out, found the back of early leader Earth Angel last night used the sprint lane at the finish to wind up for a 2.3-metre victory in the Alabar Pace, Race 1, over 1720 metres. Earth Angel led for Josh Aiken with Isabelle Delacour (Jason Lee) parking in the breeze after a failed attack for the front. Glenferrie EJ (Jodi Quinlan) ran second after a sustained run three-wide, while Earth Angel boxed on gamely for third. The Baggy Green started at $2.20, kicking the night off on a winning note for punters. Moran’s second winner came up in Race 4, the Harness Breeders Vic 3YO Classic over 1720 metres. He drove Our Santa Catalina, who scored an upset win over last-start Group 1 winner Just Cala (Amanda Turnbull) by 1.8 metres, with Madison Louise (Chris Alford) third. With 1200 metres to go Moran and Our Santa Catalina eased three-wide from the one-out-one-back spot and moved to the breeze outside race leader Dazzling Arden. At this stage Turnbull had the $1.40 favourite Just Cala in last position. Down the back, though, Turnbull started her move, taking the Dennis Picker trained filly around the field three-wide. But the leaders quickened up with middle sectionals of 29.9 and 28.4, Just Cala forced to work hard for the bulk of the final lap. Once the field straightened up for the run to the judge, Our Santa Catalina shook off Dazzling Arden and then hit the line in a 27.8 final quarter. Just Cala simply didn’t have the firepower at the finish as Our Santa Catalina – who ran third in a Breeders Crown semi-final at Ballarat two starts back – showed enormous grit in the run to the line. Our Santa Catalina has now won seven of 20 starts. Leading reinsman Nathan Jack was the other driver to pick up a winning double last night, piloting Bad Habbott to a 2.7-metre triumph in the Home Timber and Hardware Melton 3YO Trot for trainer Russell Commens before finishing the program aboard Shared Interest, the Russell Jack trained gelded son of Angus Hall obliterating his rivals by 18.1 metres in the Haley Toulmin 2YO Trot over 1720 metres. Other winners on the card were Action Kosmos for Geoff Webster and Emmett Brosnan in the Trot and Game We Play in the Empire Stallions 3YO Pace Final for trainer-driver Craig Turnbull, the son of Courage Under Fire too strong as the long odds-on favourite in the race Karkarooc who finished a well-beaten seventh. In-form mare Tandias Bromac won the Pet Rock Pace for trainer Amanda Grieve and driver Chris Alford while the Michael Stanley trained and driven Young Modern won the Woodlands Stud Pace over 1720 metres. Gumdrops won for trainer Steve Zammit and driver Rodney Petroff in the Breeders Crown Broodmare Noms Close 1 Sept Pace, and the Chris Lang trained and driven Lord Liam won the Aldebaran Park Trotters Handicap. The Victorian harness racing spotlight turns to Cranbourne tonight (Saturday) with the first of 11 races at 5.35pm. Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria

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