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LEBANON, OH. - Harness racing driver Trace Tetrick completed a Grand Slam on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 7) at Miami Valley Raceway by guiding Sweet Mr Pinetucky to victory in the $30,000 Open Trot. Assuming the early lead in the dash standings with the four wins, Tetrick was aided by a pedestrian first half mile without pressure after assuming command easier than expected in a :28 opening quarter. The winning 6-year-old son of Pinetucky never got a serious challenge while cruising through the remaining timing stations in :57, 1:24.4 and sealing the deal with a :28.4 final panel for an open lengths 1:53.3 triumph. Trainer Lester Raber co-owns Sweet Mr Pinetucky with breeder Floyd Raber. It was the 20th career win and increased the winner's lifetime bounty to $213,106. Dispatched at 9-2 odds, he paid $11.40. Tetrick's other three winners on the matinee were Firstrockthenroll (1:57, $4.00) for trainer Pat Melloy Jr., General Dolan (1:53.1, $3.40) for conditioner Bob Phillips, and Cantescapemydesire (1:55.4, $2.40) from the Tyler George barn. A former Miami Valley meet dash champion, Tetrick has notched eleven scores through the first five days of the current 87-night session. Miami Valley presents 6:05 p.m. programs on Fridays and Saturdays in addition to 2:05 p.m. matinees every Sunday (except Super Bowl and Easter), Monday and Tuesday through May 3. From Miami Valley Raceway  

DAYTON, OH. - A pair of longshots, both invading from Indiana following the completion of the Harrah's Hoosier Park meet, flashed the most final quarter mile trot in Hollywood Dayton's weekly $17,500 Open Trot, lighting up the harness racing toteboard with boxcar payoffs. Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Chris Page) swept three wide around the final turn after getting away near the rear of the full field and kept his momentum going strong through the lane, reaching the wire in front in 1:54.2 at 25-1 odds. Tugboat Tuffy (Josh Sutton) raced closer to the leaders throughout before finding a late seam to finish second at 19-1. Favored Two O B Wonkenobi (Brett Miller) was used hard in the opening panel but raced gallantly on the point until fading to third in the stretch. Resultant payoffs were $57.20 to win; $773.20 for a correct 3-2 exacta; and $1,209.65 for a successful 50-cent trifecta. Sweet Mr Pinetucky raced seventh along the pylons before launching his winning bid down the backstretch. The son of Pinetucky looped all but one foe before reaching the three quarter mile marker, assumed command mid-stretch and held off all challenges from there. The five-year-old gelding is owned by trainer Lester Raber in partnership with Floyd Raber. It was the fourth seasonal triumph and raised his 2019 earnings to $63,920. Sweet Mr Pinetucky sports 18 victories in 99 lifetime tries and career earnings over $185,000. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway          

DAYTON, OH. - Pine Dream (Dan Noble) benefitted from a 'dream' trip in Thursday night's $16,500 Open Handicap harness racing feature trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, resulting in a mild upset victory over I Know My Chip (Jeremy Smith). Noble kept Pine Chip nose-to-helmet behind the 4-5 favorite through modest :28.1, :58 and 1:26.1 fractions before angling off the pylons an eighth of a mile from the finish line and collaring I Know My Chip with less than 100 yards to go. Northmedo Mission (Aaron Merriman) hugged the pylons throughout the mile as well and finished third. The winner, a 7-year-old son of Pinetucky, paid $10.20 on the occasion of his eighth seasonal win, raising his year to date earnings to over $130,000. Merv Chupp conditions the 33-time career winner for Chupp Racing Stable Inc., which includes his wife Kelly who was celebrating a birthday. For full results and entries click here. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - North American dash champion Aaron Merriman made the most of his two victories at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (Nov. 16) by winning both co-features-the $18,500 Open Trot and the $18,000 Mares Open Pace. In the trot, Merriman and Pine Dream turned the tables on Party At The Banks (Chris Page) by emerging from a cavalry charge to the finish line to get the nod by a scant 'head' margin. Optimist Blue Chip (Jeremy Smith), who cut the mile, was only beaten a 'neck' in third, while the remainder of the 10-horse field all finished within seven lengths of the winner. Merriman left enough from the 8-hole behind the gate to drop in fifth along the pylons in the early going. After reaching the quarter in :28 and the half in :56.3, Pine Dream was guided to the outer flow in second-over position. Merriman moved his mount to the third lane around the final bend and began his impressive assault on the leaders. With Party At The Banks-seeking her second straight open triumph and sixth overall--on his bumper the pair gradually passed Monopoly Blue Chip (Kayne Kauffman), Primed N Powerful (Tyler Smith) and Anna's Lucky Star (Mike Oosting) before emerging on the front end in the shadow of the wire. It was the 24th career win for Pine Dream in 101 starts and pushed the 6-year-old son of Pinetucky's lifetime bounty to $178,117. As the upset winner, Pine Dream paid $23.80 to win. Combined with Party At The Banks, the exacta returned a healthy $113.80. Kelly Chupp currently trains him for Chupp Racing Stable Inc. American Girl prevailed in the Open Pace for distaffers as a lukewarm 2-1 favorite, topping fast-closing favorite Rosemary Rose (Chris Page). Longshot E R Hilary (Lewayne Miller) went a game trip to garner the show money. Merriman made all the pace with American Girl, fronting the field through fractions of :26.4, :56.1 and 1:23.2 before sealing the deal in 1:51.3-the quickest of five winning miles this year for American Girl. The 9-year-old daughter of Art's Chip is narrowing in on the $1 million earnings plateau and lists 51 victories on her impressive resume. Tyler George has been training American Girl in recent years for the partnership of Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt. Racing resumes Saturday night (Nov. 17) at Hollywood Dayton with a strong card starting at 6:15 p.m. From Dayton Raceway Media Department    

Bumblebzbuzz might become a honey of a trotter if he learns to mind his manners. That being said, the $5,200 yearling purchase has already exceeded the expectations of harness racing co-owner/trainer Tom T. Tetrick. A 3-year-old son of stallion Pinetucky out of the mare Bumblebzannie, Bumblebzbuzz has won two of 11 career races and earned $74,650 for Tetrick and Ervin Wickey. Last year, the gelding captured a $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old male trotters at Hoosier Park, rallying from seventh-place at the half to win in 1:58. "He was very aggressive last year," Tetrick said about Bumblebzbuzz. "His manners left a lot to be desired and they're starting to come together now. I'd like to believe it's a matter of maturity. I spent a lot of time with him over the winter working on manners. He's getting better. Nothing is perfect yet, but maybe we're getting closer. It'll be a long summer and it will still be a test all summer for him." On Wednesday, Bumblebzbuzz is the 9-2 third choice on the morning line in the $18,000 Expresson Series final at Hoosier. Bumblebzbuzz and Hoosier's leading driver Trace Tetrick, one of Tom's younger brothers, will start from post three after back-to-back third-place finishes in the preliminary rounds of the series. Sebiskit Bluegrass, who starts from post 10 in the second tier, is the 7-2 favorite. He has won three of four races this season and will have John DeLong in the sulky for trainer John Merkel. "If (Bumblebzbuzz) puts it all together he's got a shot to win some races," Tetrick said. "But you've also got some pretty nice colts in the state. It's a tough program. However you're going to race it, you've got eight, nine, 10 colts that can trot (1):55 with a quarter in :27 every week." The Tetrick family had enjoyed success with a Pinetucky-bred filly named Huntingforpennies several years ago, and when Tom saw Bumblebzbuzz, he decided to take a shot on the horse. From the beginning, he knew it was going to be a bit of an adventure as Bumblebzbuzz acted as much as a little kid as he did a racehorse. "He's into a little bit of everything every day," Tetrick said. "He plays a lot, messes around. It took a long time to get his mind on his business. But when he would trot, I always thought he had a big turn of speed. If I could ever get everything to go right I think he could trot with whatever is in the state. He's a work in progress." When Bumblebzbuzz won his Indiana Sire Stakes final last August, he displayed the type of potential and talent that Tetrick thought the horse possessed. "He raced phenomenal that night," said Tetrick, who trains about two dozen horses with his father, Tom D. Tetrick. "It seemed like everything came together. He trotted the turns the way he's supposed to." Tetrick enjoyed career highs for training wins (61) and purses ($426,242) last year. He is currently tied for eighth place in the trainer standings at Hoosier Park, with eight wins, and has a 15.1 percent win rate. Jamie Macomber leads the standings with 16 victories. For his career, 38-year-old Tetrick has 461 wins as a trainer and 393 victories as a driver. While Tetrick might not have Grand Circuit plans for Bumblebzbuzz, he is looking forward to watching the horse's continued development on the Indiana Sire Stakes circuit. "It'll be a tough enough summer for him," Tetrick said. "I don't think he's a Grand Circuit contender; I think he's just a nice solid racehorse. I just hope I can compete on a high level in Indiana with him. "But whatever he does, he's exceeded expectations. It was a good year for him last year, he made $72,000. We're along for the ride. Hopefully it all works out for us." Racing at Hoosier Park begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Expresson Series final is race No. 9, with an estimated 8:54 p.m. post time. For the complete card, click here. Ken Weingartner

WASHINGTON, PA, April 18, 2017 -- Dismissed at a juicy 33-1, Fancytucky followed live cover, then roared through the lane to pull off a harness racing shocker in Tuesday's $22,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Fancytucky was fifth down the backside when Dan Rawlings moved her off the cones to follow the first-over Goodtogo Hanover. The 5-year-old daughter of Pinetucky-Beaucoup Amour nailed Goodtogo Hanover by a neck at the wire, prevailing in a career-best 1:54.4. Early leader Bags For All finished third. Troy McDougal trains Fancytucky and owns with James Steuernagel. Elsewhere on the 14-race card, Muay Hanover scored in 1:56.2, fastest this year by a 3-year-old colt trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. Mike Wilder drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jim Pantaleano and trainer Christen Pantaleano teamed for a pair of victories, as did Brian Zendt and trainer Todd Rooney with the half-siblings Swell Chap and Casey T. Rawlings and Wilder each checked in with a double.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

LEBANON, OH. - Pine Dream (Trace Tetrick) became the seventh different Open Trot winner on Tuesday afternoon (March 14), out of nine contested so far at the 2017 Miami Valley Raceway harness racing meet. Only Tag Up And Go and Walter White, each with two triumphs, have been able to repeat in the weekly squaregait feature. Stepping into open company for the first time, Pine Dream and Tetrick were content to get away fourth in the compact field of seven, watching Mikey Hanover (Josh Sutton) carve all the early fractions in :27.4, :56.3 and 1:27.3. The winner, a 5-year-old son of Pinetucky, moved into second over position behind eventual runnerup Don't Rush (Dan Noble) down the backside, then swung three-wide at the three-quarter pole before coasting to a three length 1:57.4 victory in the stretch. Elin (Kayne Kauffman) closed well to finish third. Pine Dream is owned by Marvin Raber of Indiana and is trained by Chris McGuire. He now sports a dozen career victories and a lifetime bankroll of $75,196. Gregg Keidel

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 3, 2016 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted the Wednesday, August 3 card with two $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the freshman colt and filly trotters and it was Hoosier Park's leading driver, Trace Tetrick, who made a clean sweep of both divisions. It was one of three wins on the evening's 14-race harness racing card for Tetrick and back to back upset victories in each of the stake races. In the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies, Tetrick utilized a patient drive to guide Foxy Swan to the winner's circle in 1:57. It was the second consecutive victory for Foxy Swan after she was victorious in her elimination at Hoosier Park last week and the 1:57 mark was a new lifetime best. Leaving from the coveted rail position, Tetrick eased Foxy Swan off the gate to find a pocket seat while a host of others battled for early position. Satin Dancer and John DeLong were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :28 but their lead would be short-lived as Doug Rideout would have the even money favorite, Ajessia, pointed to the front. Ajessia dictated middle fractions of :57.4 and 1:28 before Robert Taylor and Donnas Dream were applying pressure first-over on the outside. Donnas Dream was able to put away Ajessia but Foxy Swan loomed large in the background. Tetrick tipped Foxy Swan to the outside and she utilized a :28 final quarter to trot on to the wire nearly two lengths in front of Satin Dancer. Donnas Dream held on to round out the trifecta. Pulling the slight upset, Foxy Swan returned $7.40 to her backers at the betting windows. "She's a nice filly," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "She seems to be getting better with every start and is getting good at the right time." Trained by Erv Miller, Foxy Swan has now won three of five lifetime starts while bankrolling $67,050. The daughter of Swan For All-Fox Valley Click is owned by The Ervin Miller Stable and Anthony Lombardi. In the very next race on the card, Tetrick used the same patient tactics utilizing the long Hoosier Park stretch to guide Bumblebzbuzz to victory in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Scoring in a new lifetime best of 1:58, Bumblebzbuzz staged a big rally late in the lane to pull the 8-1 upset for trainer Tom T. Tetrick. Tetrick eased Bumblebzbuzz off the gate to settle along the rail in seventh while the battle was on for early position as soon as the wings of the gate folded. Ultimate Encore and Rick Farrington left alertly to get a call through the opening panel in :28 but Jason Dillander and Time To Travel also wanted the front. Jesse V and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the next to take command as they called the shots through middle fractions of :58.3 and 1:29.0. As the field turned for home, it appeared to be a wide open race. With the horses on the front beginning to fade, Tetrick tipped Bumblebzbuzz around the tiring cover and the three-year-old gelding coasted to the wire with a :27.4 final quarter. My Uncle Cuz and Don Harmon rallied nicely for second place honors while Swan Chase and Rick Plano finished third. Bumblebzbuzz returned $18.60 to his backers at the betting windows. "I always thought he was a nice colt training down," trainer Tom T. Tetrick, who also co-owns the gelding with Ervin Wickey, noted in the winner's circle. "He's had some issues and we've had to work through them but he is a nice colt. I wasn't sure how tonight would work out but we got lucky that the trip worked out for us and the horse raced really well." It was the second consecutive Hoosier Park victory and second career victory from five starts for the son of Pinetucky-Bumblebzannie. Bumblebzbuzz has now earned $52,500 lifetime for his connections. Live racing will resume at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, August 4 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Photos: 1) Foxy Swan and Trace Tetrick capture the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies at Hoosier Park. 2) Bumblebzbuzz and Trace Tetrick pull the 8-1 upset in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings at Hoosier Park. Photos courtesy of Linscott Photography. Emily Gaskin

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