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ANDERSON, Ind.-April 18, 2014 - Dismissed at odds of 8-1, No Respect turned in a gutsy harness racing performance to take home top honors in the $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday. Guided by Sam Widger, No Respect left early for position and was game in the stretch to score her fourth win of the season in 1:52.2. Leaving from post three, No Respect was sent from the gate as soon as the wings folded but found herself in an early battle for position with the heavily favored American Girl and Peter Wrenn. No Respect was able to grab the lead at the first quarter clocking in :27.2 but her lead would be short lived. Ritascape and Frank Davis were well placed in the pocket as Wrenn sent American Girl to the front from their spot along the rail in third. American Girl reached the top spot at the half mile mark in :56.2 and continued to call the shots approaching the final turn with a three-quarter clocking in 1:24.4. Blissful Romance and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to take aim at the leader with the Indiana Sire Stakes champion, Always About Katey and Tyler Smith in tow. As the field turned for home, it was a cavalry charge to the wire. The field began to fan out across the track and American Girl appeared to be up to the task as she fought off Blissful Romance. As the top pair battled on the front, Widger sat patiently along the rail in third but was desperately looking for racing room. Tipping three wide late in the lane, Widger asked No Respect for more and she responded gamely with a :27.2 final panel to grind out the victory. "She was really good last week and I knew I wanted to leave out of there to get position," Widger noted after the race. "Turning for home, I wasn't sure if she had enough to get the job done but as soon as I asked her for more she found another gear and paced all the way to the wire. I was really impressed with her tonight." As the public's fifth choice in the field of eight, No Respect returned $19.40 at the windows. Blissful Romance held on for second while Love This Place and Trace Tetrick rallied late for third. The 1:52.2 victory was No Respect's 17th career victory and just two ticks off her lifetime best. The daughter of Sportsmaster-Justalittlerespect notched her fourth win of the season from 10 outings while increasing her bankroll to $47,625 for the season. Trained by Nick Giberson, No Respect has now amassed $271,553 lifetime for her owner Mark Winship. By Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 12, 2014 - Veteran pacer Our Lucky Chip made his seasonal debut a winning one after he scored in 1:50.3 in the co-featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 12. Guided by regular driver Trace Tetrick, Our Lucky Chip's 1:50.3 performance marks the fastest mile of the season over Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval thus far. In a talented group of eight, Our Lucky Chip was hurried from the gate but settled along the rail in third. Jammin Joshua and Sam Widger also left alertly and were the first to get a call around the first quarter mark in :27.3. Tyber Tyke and Lewayne Miller protected their rail position and were nicely placed in second. Tetrick gave Our Lucky Chip the green light and the duo reached the front at the half mile mark in :55. Royal Outlook and Peter Wrenn were the first to commit to the outer flow and Ideal Choice and Tyler Smith quickly followed suit. With a three-quarter clocking in 1:23.1, Our Lucky Chip appeared to be up to the task. With a final quarter in :27.2, Our Lucky Chip easily paced on to the wire to win by three-lengths. Tyber Tyke rallied gamely for the second place finish while Jammin Joshua rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Our Lucky Chip returned $4.20 to his backers. Trained by Jason Miller, who also co-owns the horse with Bradley Roller, Our Lucky Chip has now increased his lifetime bankroll to $511,992. With the victory, the five-year-old son of Art's Chip-Lady Moira scored his 24th win from 45 lifetime outings. The victory also marked win number five for Hoosier Park's current leading driver, Trace Tetrick. Tetrick scored his first win of the night with Lieutenant Steve for trainer Sandra Rose and then went on to score with The Riddler for trainer Tom Harmer. Tetrick doubled up in the evening's ninth and tenth race after he scored with trainer Erin Elliot's Firstclassalthway and Mark Riever's Justa Cowboy, respectively. Tetrick currently leads all drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with 24 trips to the winner's circle. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 11, 2014 - On a night primarily ruled by upsets, Igottafeelinfran and Brad Hanners followed suit and pulled a slight upset in the featured event, a $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 11. In true gate-to-wire fashion, Igottafeelinfran secured the front as soon as the gate folded and never looked back, winning by three lengths in 1:54. In an abbreviated field of six, Hanners sent Igottafeelinfran to the front from post four and solidified the lead at the first quarter mark in :27.4. Ritascape and Frank Davis benefitted from a pocket trip while House of Pleasure and Andy Shetler followed intently in third. The heavily favored American Girl and Peter Wrenn opted for a trip off the pace and trailed the field in sixth. Igottafeelinfran went uncontested down the backside and dictated fractions of :57.4 and 1:27.1 while the rest of the field waited patiently in single-file order. Ross Leonard was the first to move to the outer flow as he sent Nutmegs Yankee on a long first-over bid. American Girl quickly grabbed the cover as the field began to tighten turning for home. Igottafeelinfran looked down a long Hoosier Park stretch and braced herself for the stretch battle as the rest of the field closed in. Hanners asked the four-year-old mare for more and she dug in gamely with a :26.4 final panel to best her rivals. Blissful Romance and Ricky Macomber Jr. staged a huge rally late in the lane to get up for the second place finish while Nutmegs Yankee held on for third. As the publics' second choice, Igottafeelinfran returned $8.00 to her backers. The win was the first of the season from two previous starts for the multiple-stakes winning mare. Owned by Jerry Zosel, Kathy Ratcliff, and Kimberly Dailey, Igottafeelinfran has now won 11 of 27 starts while amassing $268,401 lifetime. Trained by Jim Dailey, the daughter of Feelin Friskie-Fran Anna was an Ohio Sire Stakes champion for the three-year-old pacing fillies division last year. It was a driving triple on the night for driver Brad Hanners as he also scored with Always A Angel and Penn earlier on the card for trainer Bobby Brower. Live harness racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 12 with a 13-race card that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. Highlighting the evening will be a $22,000 Invitational pace and a $22,000 Invitational trot. For more information on the live racing season and the upcoming events at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park              

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 5, 2014 -  Royal Outlook, guided by Peter Wrenn, turned in a sharp, gate-to-wire performance to take home top honors in the featured event of the evening, The $22,000 Jarrod Duncan Memorial Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 5. With a final time of 1:52.3, Royal Outlook was able to control the tempo throughout the race to score his fifth win of the season. Leaving from post five, Wrenn left no room for error and sent Royal Outlook to the front as soon as the gate folded. The six-year-old gelded son of Royal Mattjesty-Fresh Outlook seemed to relax on the front and was able to dictate fractions of :56.1 and 1:24.4 before turning for home. Wilbur's Z Tam and Lewayne Miller tipped from the pocket as the field turned for home but were no match for top pair. As the rest of the field closed in, Royal Outlook found another gear and paced on to the wire with a :27.4 final quarter to win by a length. Lucky Jet and Jason Dillander staged a rally late in the lane to get up for the second place finish while Nitro and Ricky Macomber Jr. rounded out the trifecta. As the publics' second choice, Royal Outlook returned $7.40 for the victory. Trained by Terry Deters, Royal Outlook has now won five of seven starts in 2013 while earning $34,235. Royal Outlook pushed his career bankroll over the $300,000 mark for his owner, David Richard Hudson. The race was held in honor of the late Jarrod Duncan, who tragically passed away in March. Duncan began training in 2005 and had since garnered 254 victories and amassed over $1,238,111 in purse earnings. Duncan trained horses throughout the Midwest and was among the top trainers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the 2013 live racing season. Duncans' family and friends gathered on the race track to remember their special friend. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 4, 2014 - American Girl and driver Peter Wrenn found the winner's circle for the second consecutive time after turning in a sharp, front running effort to capture the featured event, a $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 4. In just her second start of the season, American Girl switched up her tactics from the previous week and was a decisive winner in 1:55.1 over a track rated good. Leaving from post seven, Wrenn made his mind up early and sent American Girl firing from the gate while the rest of the field battled for early position. Securing the top spot, American Girl dictated early fractions of :27 and :56.3.while Sectionline Yankee and Sam Widger benefitted from a pocket trip. The publics' second choice, Blissful Romance and Ricky Macomber Jr., made a costly break around the first turn and were unable to recover. American Girl went uncontested down the backside as the field remained in single file order. Igottafeelinfran and Brad Hanners were the first to commit to the outer flow as the field approached the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.4. Ross Leonard had Nutmegs Yankee well placed second over and the rest of the field began to tighten up turning for home. Igottafeelinfran appeared to be up to the task, but American Girl saved her best for last. Wrenn asked her for more and American Girl dug in gamely with a :28.2 final quarter to put a nose in front. Nutmegs Yankee rallied late in the stretch for the second place finish while Igottafeelinfran held on for third. As the odds-on favorite, American Girl returned $4.00 for the win. "She raced good last week," winning driver Peter Wrenn noted in the winner's circle, "But she was really on her game tonight." Trained by Ernie Gaskin, American Girl notched her 16th win from 57 career stars while amassing $392,658 in purse earnings. The five-year-old daughter of Art's Chip-L Dees Lourdes is owned by Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt. The victory was also a driving double for Peter Wrenn on the evening's eleven-race card as he scored with Good Sound Advice in 1:57.4 earlier in the evening. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

ANDERSON, Ind.-March 28, 2014- American Girl and Peter Wrenn made their seasonal debut a winning one at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as they captured the featured event, a $22,000 Invitational pace for fillies and mares, on Friday, March 28. After winning an epic stretch duel, the-five-year-old mare bested her rivals with a final time of 1:55.2 in front of a packed house that turned out for the opening night of the season. Leaving from post six, American Girl was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in fifth as the rest of the field fought for position. Ed Hensley and Pacific Date were the first to get a call and reached the first quarter mark in :28.4. Nutmegs Yankee and Ross Leonard opted for a pocket trip while No Respect and Tyler Smith followed intently in third. Pacific Date and Ed Hensley were left uncontested on the front and leisurely strolled to a :59.2 second panel. Feeling the pressure of the slow fractions, Tyler Smith tipped No Respect from the rail and began a powerful first-over bid with Blissful Romance and Ricky Macomber Jr. in tow. No Respect was able to clear to front through the three-quarter clocking in 1:27.2 but was quickly joined by Blissful Romance on the outside. As the field turned for home, Blissful Romance was able to put away No Respect but still had her work cut out for her as American Girl came charging from behind. Using a :27.3 final panel, American Girl turned in a gritty performance to get the victory. "What a race," winning driver Peter Wrenn noted in winner's circle. "I didn't know if we would be able to make up enough ground off the slow fractions, but she wanted to win tonight. She did all the work." As the heavy betting favorite, American Girl returned $3.60 to her backers for the win. Blissful Romance was a hard fought second while Igottafeelinfran and Brad Hanners rounded out the trifecta. Trained by Ernie Gaskin, American Girl notched her 15th win from 56 career stars while amassing $381,658 in purse earnings. The five-year-old daughter of Art's Chip-L Dees Lourdes is owned by Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt. Live harness racing will return to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, March 28 with a 13-race card that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. For more information on the live racing season and the upcoming events at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Gaskin

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- A nose, two heads and a neck. Sounds like a blanket finish but it's not. It's the margin of victory Beechwood Wayne has recorded in his past four starts. While Beechwood Wayne sure does like cutting it close it's proving to be a winning formula as the 7-year-old gelding is now a perfect 4-for-4 on the 2014 season with another narrow win in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (Feb. 15).   Beechwood Wayne ($4.90) won this week by the slimmest margin yet, a nose. While the margin of victory may be narrow, the results are still the same...a trip to the winner's circle.   Dont Say Goodby (Peter Wrenn) scooted out from the gate and put up fractions of 29, 58.3, 1:28.3 but had Beechwood Wayne breathing down his neck In The Pocket to the three-quarter pole.   Salazar (Kevin Cummings), meanwhile, cruised three-wide down the back stretch and had the lead entering the lane. But driver Ron Beback Jr. managed to slip Beechwood Wayne to the outside and collared Salazar at the wire in 1:58.1 over the good track. Every Girls Desire (Billy Dobson) skimmed the pylons for third.   Trained by JD Perin and owned by Tessa Roland and Mark Jakubik, Beechwood Wayne (Western Terror-Sanskrit Hanover) has now earned $18,500 this season and $178,596 lifetime. It was his 13th victory since the start of 2013 and 28th victory in his career for Beechwood Wayne.   The harness action returns on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with a 12-race program slated.   For more information including replays, race results, news and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Studio City needed every step of the mile to run down the front running Lutetium in the $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (Feb. 7).   Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) set the fractions with marks of 29.1, 1:00 and 1:31 and tried desperately to make every step a winning one. He was close but no cigar.   Studio City and Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Billy Dobson had other ideas. Starting a first over trip down the backstretch the final time, Studio City ($7.10) began a slow but methodical grind in chasing down Lutetium. Then in the shadow of the wire, he managed to poke a head in front to capture the win in 2:01.2 over the good track.   Cedarridgetag (Peter Wrenn) took the show position.   It was the first victory in four starts for Studio City this season. He has now earned $9,135 in 2014 and $133,868 lifetime. The 5-year-old gelding is owned by Scott Woogen and Lisa Denison and is trained by Lisa Lederhouse.   Racing will resume on Saturday night with a 12-race card scheduled to start at 6:40 p.m.   For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Charles Stewart and his stable were looking for a place to settle down for the winter months with Hoosier Park closed during that time. His choice? Buffalo Raceway. It's a selection that has proved to be the right and a profitable one thus far. "I looked around and I thought the horses I had would fit very well into the conditions at Buffalo Raceway," Stewart said. "Hoosier Park is a 7/8-mile track but I have some horses with experience on a half-mile track like Buffalo so I figured it would be a good place to go. The purses are equal too, if not better, than at home (in Indiana). Remember driver Shawn Gray when he arrived from Maine a few years back? It took several weeks before harness racing fans locally began to sit up and take notice of Gray, North America's leading UDRS driver in 2011. A relative unknown in Western New York at first but winning races will make make you dig into his past credentials. The same could said about the 27-year-old Stewart. He's got a trainer's title under his belt already in Indiana and posted 365 career wins and $2.57 million in earnings through Sunday. An unknown in Western New York but now one to look for. As far as winning a trainer's title, "I don't really look at the awards but it's nice to have on the resume." He arrived in Western New York at Batavia Downs in mid-November and showed the move was the right one. At Batavia Downs, he started 31 horses with nine wins, five second place finishes and four shows for a 29 percent win average, a UTRS of .323 and $31,232 in earnings. When the racing switched to Buffalo Raceway, Stewart is a win behind current leader JD Perrin by one victory. Stewart, a trainer since 2006, had sent out 35 horses this far with 13 winners, seven second place finishers and three who took the show spot. That's a gaudy .511 UDRS and a 37 percent win average and $56,189 in earnings. Stewart has been helped by having Peter Wrenn come in and drive many of his horses."He's been driving probably 90 percent of my horses for the last four or five years. Pete told me just about everyone of my horses would fit in well here." Wrenn is benefiting from Stewart's success as he sits in second place in the driver's standings with 19 victories, 11 behind runaway leader Billy Dobson who has 30. But Wrenn isn't staying around all season like Stewart is. "He has a small stable he'll go back to in Indiana and I'll probably use Drew Monti and Shawn McDonough when Pete does leave. Drew and Shawn drove for me at Batavia." Stewart added, "I love the Buffalo Raceway paddock. It's head and shoulders above most others. The heated paddock is huge and it's really user-friendly. You need probably just two people to paddock probably five horses. It's a big plus." Right now, Stewart has 21 stabled at Buffalo Raceway and is always on the lookout for more. "I did get a horse from a local owner and would be willing to take on more." In the near future, he'll be losing five out of the barn with two going back to Indiana and three going to the Delaware Sales. About his stable, Stewart said, "I am set up for claimers. I seem to make more money with them...you get the money while you can." The frigid weather has made things a bit more difficult for Stewart but one the's handled as things came along. "You just don't keep them on the track as long and you try to keep them as healthy as possible. I went into the barn and there was three-to-four inches of ice in the water buckets so that takes some extra time to change that. And I've been warned to keep the horses' shoes sharpened keep them really corked." He added of his training routine, "I just blow them out and let them gallop. I think it's easier on their joints and you are using less equipment. I usually do one trip two or three days before a race." Will we ever see Stewart in the sulky during a race? Probably now. "I may only drive if a need to fix a problem with a horse, but otherwise, no." He then added with a laugh, "I am in this to make money and if I was driving I probably wouldn't make much...I'm not very good at it." As for the rest of the year, Stewart plans to stay at Buffalo until the end of the meet, journey back to Indiana, then come back for the 2015 meet at Buffalo. "That's the plan right now," he said. And Stewart goes by the motto many in the horse racing industry go by..."People don't like you when you are doing well and you are well liked when you aren't going well." It's not in a mean-spirited way though. It's almost like a superstitious routine. "I love that so I keep hoping people don't like me because that means I am doing well," he added jokingly. But thus far, Stewart and driver Wrenn have brought in some good horses that have made many people take notice of them and of Buffalo Raceway itself. by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Ellisarro Hanover used a big brush down the backstretch to the three-quarter pole and took off from there to notch an impressive 6-3/4 length victory in the $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (Jan. 31)   Fiorentina (Aaron Byron) had laid down a 58.4 opening half mile over the fast track but Ellisarro Hanover (Peter Wrenn) went first over at that point and were out and moving as the field of seven went down the backstretch the final time.   After hitting the three-quarter marker in 1:28.2, Ellisarro Hanover ran away from the field, stopping the clock in 1:57.1, the fastest mile of 2014 for the trotters at Buffalo Raceway. He was also helped as RA's Shakenbake broke at the top of the stretch which crippled the hopes of anyone catching Ellisarro Hanover.   Studio City (Billy Dobson) took the place position while Lutetium (Jim McNeight) finished in third.   Owned by Robert Main and trained by Jason Robinson, the 7-year-old Ellisarro Hanover (PJ's Photo-Esmeralda Hanover) won for the first time in five starts this season but increased his bankroll to $12,040 and $318,930 lifetime.   The action will continue on Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway with an 11-race card slated for 6:40 p.m. The feature is the $10,500 Open Pace which is slated for the seventh race.   For more information including race results, replays, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 29, 2014 -- Despite jumping up two classes, Magic Wheel controlled the mile after an uncertain start and collected her Third Straight victory in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Magic Wheel appeared to be idling on the outside early before Mike Wilder clicked her into gear. She roared to the front and scored in 1:58.1 on a "slow" surface. Don't Blink shot the Lightning Lane but fell a neck short while Lady Crown was third. Daylon Miracle, the 1-9 favorite, faltered first over and finished fifth. Kris Hite trains Magic Wheel, a 6-year-old daughter of Kadabra-WS Balanced Wheel who extended her career bankroll to $497,795, for Tom Svrcek. Aaron Merriman and Peter Wrenn each drove three winners on the 14-race card. by Evan Pattak for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 27, 2014 -- Phone Terror followed the first-over cover of Certified Ideal, then brushed by her in the lane to capture Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Certified Ideal worked hard to wrest the lead from Foxy Lady, setting the stage for Phone Terror's rally. The 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Miss Lex scored in 1:56 on a "slow" track for Peter Wrenn and owner/trainer Robert Barnard. Certified Ideal was 3-3/4 lengths back in second while Ladystar found late racing room for show. Phone Terror now has banked $237,807 in her career. Dave Palone drove four winners and Mike Wilder three on the 15-race card while Tyler Stillings was a double threat -- three training wins and a driving victory. The Meadows has canceled Tuesday's live card due to anticipated frigid weather. Live racing is set to resume Wednesday, first post 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak for The Meadows

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Dont Say Goodby said 'hello' to the winner's circle once again after registering a three-quarters of a length victory over Stonebridge Rocket in the $10,500 Open Pace at a blustery Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (Jan. 25) in 1:59.1 over the good track.   The victory was the fourth straight in Open competition in Western New York for Dont Say Goodby ($3.30) since arriving from Indiana in late November.   The start was delayed by nearly 45 minutes after a power failure occurred during the stretch run of the seventh race. The wait didn't have any affect on Dont Say Goodby (Peter Wrenn) as he had plenty of energy in the passing lane to run down Stonebridge Rocket (Shawn McDonough).   Sand Summerfield (Dan Rawlings), who went on a brief break around the opening turn, regrouped and had the lead at one point, but had to settle for third place.   The win was the second in as many starts in 2014 for the 6-year-old Dont Say Goodby (Dontgetinmyway-Good By Albatross). It was his 15th career win and jacked his career earnings to $172,077.   Saturday night's card completed a stellar week in the handle department at Buffalo Raceway. The track took in well over $900,000 during the four-day race week.   Chief Operating Officer Jim Mango said, "We haven't seen a handle like this week in Western New York in over 10 years. There were three reasons for the big handles I believe. There were some cancellations during the week at other tracks, we have some good drivers here competing and we've had some well-balanced and wide open fields which leads to increased handles."   Buffalo Raceway will continue racing on Wednesday night with a 12-race program set to get underway at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, promotions, race replays and statistics, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

LEBANON, OH - Hall of Famer Dave Palone, the winningest driver in the storied history of North American harness racing and the reigning Harness Tracks of America 'Driver of the Year', has accepted an invitation to compete on the inaugural three racing programs at the brand new Miami Valley Raceway in southeast Ohio. He will join Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and Dan Noble, also recent national dash champions, and a host of other talented reinsmen during the gala Grand Opening Weekend February 7 through 9. Palone has won over 16,000 races and horses he has driven have earned over $116,000,000 in purses in his illustrious career. The 51-year-old driver has won over 500 races every year since 1992 and has won the driving title at The Meadows racetrack in Pennsylvania an astounding 24 consecutive years. He has won the national annual dash championship four times, including 2012 with 674 victories. Among his most notable accomplishments are winning The Little Brown Jug, The Adios, a Breeders Crown, The Jugette and the Kentucky Filly Futurity. He was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York in 2010. Wrenn, who has only been driving for six years, burst onto the national scene in 2013 by winning the national dash crown with 714 triumphs. The talented 27-year-old didn't start taking the sport seriously until 2011 when he won 150 races, followed by a 437 win season in 2012. A nephew of Peter Wrenn, who ranks 13th on the all-time wins list with over 9,000 trips to the winner's circle, Ronnie was Northfield Park's leading driver in 2013 and raced at over a dozen other venues on his way to the national laurels. He is currently recuperating from wrist surgery he had January 6 to fix an old football injury, but reports the cast has been removed and he will return to the racing wars before the calendar turns to February. Noble, the son of Ohio Harness Hall of Famer Sam "Chip" Noble III-who recently passed away after a battle with esophageal cancer, won the national dash championship in 2011 when he recorded 773 wins. He has followed that record-setting performance with 537 tallies in 2012 and 421 more in 2013. At age 30, Dan has already amassed better than 3,500 victories and has averaged over 300 annually over the last 11 years. Raised in nearby Xenia, Noble has fashioned a Universal Driver Rating System (UDRS) average over .320 in each of the last five years. Owners of the horses he has driven have been rewarded with over $14 million in purse money to date. The three most recent national dash champions will sign autographs for patrons at the new Miami Valley Raceway from 5:00 to 6:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday nights, February 8 and 9. Beginning February 7 racing will be conducted every Wednesday through Sunday night until May 4. The first race each night will be scheduled for 6:30 pm. Submitted by Miami Valley Racing  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Dont Say Goodby (Peter Wrenn) continued his winning ways in Western New York as he made it three straight locally by capturing the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (Jan. 18).   Since arriving from Indiana in November, Dont Say Goodby ($4.20) has been a perfect three-for-three, all coming in the Open paces.   The 6-year-old gelding won two Opens at Batavia Downs in November and found his new surroundings at Buffalo Raceway to his liking as well. He registered an impressive 5-1/4 length victory in 1:56 over the pace-setting Sand Summerfield (Dan Rawlings) while Sand Savage (Ray Fisher Jr.) placed third in the field of seven.   Sand Summerfield put down fractions of 27.4, 56.4 and 1:27 over the fast track. But by the time he had reached the three-quarter pole, Dont Say Goodby was winging it on the outside and used a 29-second last quarter to easily pace away from the field.   Dont Say Goodby (Dontgetinmyway-Good By Albratross) is owned by Derek Menchhofer and is trained by Charles Stewart. It was his 14th career victory and moved his earnings to $170,987 lifetime.   Buffalo Raceway moves to a four-day schedule this week with racing Wednesday and Thursday nights at 5 p.m. while Friday and Saturday nights will have action getting underway at 6:40 p.m. The $5,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 will be Wednesday night starting in the fifth race.   For more information including race replays, schedule, news and promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

We are visiting today with 20-year-old harness racing driver Tyler Smith.   Tyler Smith made harness racing history at Hoosier Park when he became the youngest driver ever to reach the 1,000-win mark at the age of 20. He earned his first driver title at Hoosier Park in 2013. Smith scored 262 wins and earned over $2.8 million in purses to secure the title. At the young age of 20 he went on to score 507 wins and $3,667,360 in money won for the year. He will turn 21 in just a week on January 23.   He has now drawn the attention of the harness world by driving week days at Northfield Park in Ohio and weekends at Cal Expo in California. He catches a plane every Friday to drive at Cal Expo for the weekend. He then flies back on Sunday to Ohio to drive Monday at Northfield Park   One-On-One is done exclusively for Harnesslink.com by Brian McEvoy   HLINK: Congratulations on a great year of racing. You were the leading driver at last year's Hoosier Park meet and recently became the youngest driver to reach the 1,000-win mark at the age of 20. How exciting was it to accomplish what no one in the history of harness racing has ever done before?   TS: It was unbelievable. It came down to the last night of the Hoosier Park meet. I think it was good for the sport and Hoosier Park. It is something I wanted to do when I first started driving at 17. It was remarkable that I was able to do it with 5 to 6 month left. I got to drive a lot of nice horses for a lot of good trainers at Hoosier and it worked out.   HLINK: You started driving at the age of 12 at the matinees and full time at 17. Tell us about how you started driving and those early years. Who were you influences and who helped you get started?   TS: They have matinees back in Ohio where they don't race for any money. I started driving at the county fairs in Ohio at 16. I drove on the fair circuit at 16 and 17. I got my pari-mutual license on my birthday at 17 and drove the next night at Northfield Park. My whole family has been involved in harness racing. My dad has been the biggest influence in my career, by far. My dad has about 40 horses right now. Ever since I was 2 years old I was hanging around the barn. When other kids were going to school and playing sports, I was always at the barn.   HLINK: Who helped you out in your progression of your driving career?   TS: I always looked up and admired John Campbell. He gave me my first set of collars when I was 3. When I was younger I would hang around him during Jug Week. He is a great guy and is still the best driver in the sport today.   HLINK: Hoosier Park has been one of the success stories in harness racing. Last year Hoosier Park's handle increased by 27%. What do you see that has contributed to their success?   TS: The people who are involved in horse racing and publicity are incredible. They want horse racing there! They try to bring people in not just for the casino, but for racing too. They bring people over to meet the drivers. Hoosier Park is a place all race tracks should take after. Hoosier Park is a place that wants horse racing. Other places with casinos will have only 10-12 people in the stands. I think that is what horse racing has got away from. The money we go for at Hoosier is great. We get $25 dollars a drive if we finish in the money or not. They are trying hard to bring the sport back.   HLINK: Your driving at Hoosier Park against some top notch drivers. Among the driving colony is Ricky Macomber, Peter Wrenn, Trace Tetrick, Marcus Miler, etc   TS: I think the driving colony at Hoosier is unbelievable. They are a great group of guys who all get along. They all go somewhere else in the winter and are successful. They all didn't win 18,000 races combined by accident.   HLINK: You are now doing something very unique in harness driving history. You are driving week-days at Northfield Park in Ohio. You are getting on a plane on Friday to get to Cal Expo in California to drive there on the wee-ends. How did this get started and how are you managing to do this?   TS: I was driving quite a bit for Bobby Johnson at Hoosier. He asked me about coming out one week to drive for him in California. I was driving 5 nights a week in the cold at Northfield. It was starting to get to me. I thought I needed a change of scenery. I thought it would be a chance for me to experience something different. I knew I would get some drives at Cal Expo. I was only going to come out for one week. I got to talking to Chris Schick, the general manger of Cal Expo, and he said it would be a good thing for Cal Expo. It is also a good thing for me. Chris has got me a good deal on a hotel here.   HLINK: Gary Siedel, the track announcer at Cal Expo, has told me a great story about how you guys met on a plane coming out to Cal Expo..   TS: Gary and I have been flying in on the same plane from Vegas. Gary stays at the same hotel on the weekends. We fly back and forth together. I was standing in line as the last one to get on the plane. There was an empty seat between Gary and a Marine. He had the program out explaining to the Marine what it was. I said you look familiar. I didn't know who he was at first. How many people fly from Vegas to California with a Cal Expo program? He drives me around as not being 21 yet, I can't rent a car.   HLINK: Are you going to drive the whole meet at Cal Expo?   TS: I am going to drive there to the middle of March. Their meet runs till May That is when Hoosier starts back up. I was just racing at Northfield on Mondays and Wednesdays. I just started back racing this week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at Northfield.   HLINK: You have stated " I prefer to drive over a mile track. On a half mile, post position can be a big handicap and you always have to be moving. I like to be patient and think a little more out there".   TS: I like a mile track a whole lot more. I think it is better for the betting public. As far as driving, it gives you more space. On a mile track you can a make a bad move and it will still work out. On a half you can't make too many mistakes.   HLINK: Have you mapped out your plans of where you will drive this year? Last year you drove at the following tracks; Buffalo Raceway, Hoosier Park, Northfield Park, the Red Mile, Scioto Downs, Raceway Park, and Lebanon Raceway. Did I forget any?   TS: I drove at Balmoral and at the Meadows, also. I am going to drive the whole meet at Hoosier. I am going to have to have an unbelievable year to top what I accomplished last year. There is no way I would ever leave Hoosier. Ohio is my home state. I am so glad the tracks got the slots. I love what Hoosier Park does for the drivers and getting the people in to watch the races. I love people coming to the track and watching the races. I wish other tracks would start to do that. After the Hoosier meet it will depend on how good I race as to where I go.   HLINK: Who were some of the better horses and trainers you got to drive for last year?   TS: I got to drive in the Hoosier Park Champions Night and also at the Red Mile in the 2 Million Kentucky Sire Stakes Championship Night. The best horse I drove was Betterluvnexttime. I got the first call for Virgil Morgan. Virgil has a live barn and a lot of horses. It was a big opportunity to get first call from him. Betterluvnexttime won 17 races last year. She won 7 invitational races in a row. I got to drive some nice trotters for Jonas Czernyson. I was very fortunate to drive some good horses for a lot of great trainers.   HLINK: How much better of a driver are you after driving full time for over 4 years?   TS: I look back at when I started driving and I am amazed I got this far. The more horses I sit behind the better I get. I make mistakes every night. I use to take the bad drives home with me. I have come to realize that you can't take back what happened. If I have a bad drive I will be the first to admit it. I never try to make excuses. I used to always take it home with me or to the next race. You just have to move on from the bad drives and learn from them.   HLINK: Where do you see yourself driving in 5 years? Do you see yourself driving in the northeast at the big tracks or staying in Indiana and Ohio?   TS: I hope to be at the big tracks in the east. You can make a really good living driving in Indiana. There are guys out there that would love that opportunity. I want to be the best. I want to be the one people look up to. I want to be driving the best horses and get the first call from the best trainers. I am only 21. It is difficult to get the top horses. To be successful, I am going to have to be able to get live horses there.   HLINK: What do you do for excitement and entertainment in your downtime? Are you going to take a break for a vacation? What's new on the girlfriend front?   TS: I was going to take a few days off and go to Vegas when I turned 21. I got a couple of days off since they canceled at Northfield on Monday and Tuesday. I have not raced in a week and it is killing me. I am not thinking of any vacation. I spend the days off with the family. I got a girlfriend and we been together for 3 months. I just love going to work and driving.   by Brian McEvoy for Harnesslink.com  

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