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

DAYTON, OH. - Youlookhot took full advantage of some quick early fractions in Hollywood Dayton's $18,500 Mares Open Pace on Friday night to score a 1:52.4 harness racing triumph, her seventh of the year. The four-year-old Kilowatt mare pounced from a rail ride in third over the first seven-eighths of the mile to real in the frontsteppers . Driver Randy Tharps sat patiently behind pacesetter Stirling Euphoria (Dan Noble) and pocket sitter My Tweed Heart (Josh Sutton) threw splits of :26.2, :54.3 and 1:23 before angling out in early stretch to blow by the leaders. The homebred mare, owned by Charles Stovall of Lebanon, Ohio, returned $7.20 to win, $16 coupled with My Tweed Heart in the exacta, and $28.10 for a 50-cent trifecta ticket with Stirling Euphoria in the show spot. Youlookhot, who is trained by Joseph Essig, eclipsed the $90,000 seasonal earnings plateau with the victory, her most productive year to date. Driver Kyle Ater enjoyed a tremendous initial 2017 program at Hollywood Dayton, returning from a short vacation to post five wins, each producing a handsome mutuel payoffs. His successes came behind the trotter Caring Gracee (1:58.2, $14.40), and pacers Legal Brief (1:54.2, $21.60), Capt Serious (1:56.1, $10.00), Shocking Image (1:52.2, $11.00) and Incredible Joey (1:54.3, $7.60).  

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of final preliminary round $12,500 divisions of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series were contested at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (April 19). Both Tricky Nick and Honey B were repeat winners, setting up a showdown in next week's $25,000 final, although the betting public dispatched both winners at handsome odds. Tricky Nick, a 4-year-old Band's Gold Chip gelding, was sent from The Meadows to Miami Valley and placed in the Randy Tharps Stable specifically for this series, limited to non-winners of six pari-mutuel races or $50,000. Although he was even-money in his inaugural series start a week ago and won by 4-3/4 lengths, Tricky Nick returned $9.00 to his backers who enjoyed his 1:55.2 triumph over ER Ben (Peter Wrenn) and Up Front Corbin (Sandy Beatty). The winner is owned by Megan Rogers Racing and Derek Jacobus of Illinois. Honey B, a 4-year-old Victory Sam mare, continued her impressive 2016 campaign with a winning 1:54.1 performance, lowering the track record for mares her age by two seconds. This was the fourth track record at Miami Valley Racetrack in the psat week. Already the winner of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial trotting series earlier this month, Honey B will be trying to add a second 'Legends' Series late-closer championship to her growing resume next week. Kyle Ater drove the Dan Ater-trained mare to the score over favored Infinity AS (Chris Page) and Numbers Game (Hunter Myers). She is owned by Jim Burnett and Tim Homan of Ohio. The top three finishers from each of Tuesday's races will be joined by other top series earners Rose Run Quasar, Cherryhill Chip and Without Me AS when the nine finalists line up for the $25,000 championship tilt April 26. From the Miami Valley Media Department

Miami Valley harness racing fans waited a month for an inevitable showdown between top trotters Penn and Il Mago on Sunday (February 28) afternoon, but a taxing :26.3 speed duel between the two star squaregaiters ended any dreams for an ensuing memorable stretch drive in the weekly $20,000 Open. Both trotting titans sped from behind the gate with intentions of dictating the tempo, but three other contenders also left alertly in hopes of finding good early seats. When the dust settled, Il Mago (Trace Tetrick) did finally secure the front end as the teletimer flashed the extremely quick first quarter fraction, but Penn (Josh Sutton) was hopelessly parked as the others fell in line at the pylons. Driver Randy Tharps secured the pocket ride for Blackwolf Run, who had been knocking on the door with a pair of place finishes in four recent open starts. Tharps, who recently was the 103rd driver in harness history to join the elite 5,000 career wins club, parlayed the two-hole trip into an upset 1:55.3 victory when Il Mago tired in the stretch and drifted just enough for Blackwolf Run to sneak through and narrowly defeat fellow closers Martz Time (John DeLong) and Dancing Dynamite (LeWayne Miller). Penn, who was riding a five-race win streak, paid the price for his brutal first quarter when he was four and five wide on the bend early, and faded to ninth. Matthew Bencic and Jodi Schillaci own the winner, a six-year-old son of Credit Winner who now sports 14 lifetime wins and is nearing $300,000 in earnings. Sam Schillaci conditions Blackwolf Run, who has now banked $22,000 in five 2016 starts, all at Miami Valley. A $12,000 top condition trot was also contested Sunday with Nordic Venture (Kyle Ater) notching an upset win over Boytown (LeWayne Miller) and Atlas Peak (Sandy Beatty) in a thrilling three-horse photo finish. Gary Campbell trains the 11-year-old gelding, who now sports 57 life wins, for Tony Maione. The 1:58.1 triumph was Nordic Venture's third already this year, with the other two coming at Northfield Park. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Randy Tharps became the 103rd harness racing driver in North American history to reach 5,000 career victories on Friday night (February 5) at Miami Valley Raceway. The winningest African-American driver in history, by a wide margin, 52-year-old Tharps scored a hat trick to reach the coveted plateau. Jessie's Field got Randy's string of successes going with a 1:57.4 score in a $10,000 conditioned trot. Alibi Seelster captured a $12,000 mares condition pace in 1:54.3 to put Tharps one win away; and then Boy Meets Girl K trotted to a 1:55.4 tally in the very next race, another $10,000 condition trot. Randy Tharps hails from a harness racing family with deep roots in Lebanon, Ohio. His father Thomas, who passed away three years ago, and mother Carol began racing harness horses shortly after moving to Lebanon from Tennessee and Tom was introduced to the sport by friends Omar Hiteman and George Williams. Tom was a leading driver at both Lebanon and Latonia in the 1960's and 70's, competing with the likes of Herb Coven Jr. and Ray Paver Sr. The Tharps's raised five sons and two daughters with all five boys taking an active interest in racing. Since there have been a number of grandchildren who have followed in the family hoofprints as well, including five of Randy's nephews who are currently active as provisional drivers or second trainers. Randy is undoubtedly the family standardbearer in terms of accomplishments and statistical achievements. Cleaning the family's stalls since he was old enough to pick up a pitchfork, and jogging their horses since big enough to sit upright in the cart, Randy always had his sights set on being a top driver. After graduating from Lebanon High School, where he studied in the Career Center to become an electrician, Tharps began devoting full-time to the horses and his illustrious career took off before he ever made a nickel with his electrical knowledge. His dad always had 20-30 horses in his stable, but Randy eventually accepted work in the Chet Dewbre Stable and began picking up drives slowly but surely. "Back then I let it be known I would drive ANY horse for anybody, anytime and anywhere," laughed Randy. "I wasn't exactly an overnight success, but I did see a promising future and I have no regrets. Racing has provided a good life. But I'm not done...Good Lord willing I plan to do this as long as I possible can!" Tharps won just four races in his inaugural 1982 season, but did sport a .444 UDRS. He spent another three years toiling at the fairs and picking up occasional commercial track mounts at Lebanon or Latonia. In 1986 things began to click and by 1990 he was ready to move his tack to Northfield Park in Cleveland. Following a successful stint there, he relocated to The Meadows to begin a very satisfying decade-long run. From 1989 to 2008, Tharps had over 100 wins in 19 out of 20 seasons, including three 300-plus wins campaigns. When VLT legislation passed in Ohio, Randy returned to his roots in Lebanon, Ohio, where he continues to compete on the highest level. Randy credits Western Ace for giving him his biggest thrill, winning the Jug Preview at Scioto Downs in 1:50.2 for trainer George Teague Jr. in 2006. "As far as a favorite horse?," Tharps quickly answers, "Marty's Charm at The Meadows. I won races every year from 2008 to 2013 with (trainer) Paul Corey's great horse. He had to have time off occasionally, but when he could race, he was fantastic." A check of the records reinforces Tharps' enthusiasm for Marty's Charm. He won 27 races with Tharps in the sulky during that span, 21 of them in Preferred company. Although Tharps never purposely fashioned himself after any other driver, some have said he reminds them of the late, great Lew Williams the way he sits in the sulky. Williams is believed to be the second winningest African-American driver of all time with 2,023 wins, followed by Cedric Washington with 1,832. Tharps has three children and two granddaughters (a third grandchild on the way). A son Ryan works for local trainer Kayne Kauffman, his daughter Randi ("Peaches") has been an outstanding caretaker since graduating from Trinity High School in Pennsylvania, and daughter Amanda also lives nearby, although she isn't actively interested in horses. Matriarch Carol Tharps joined Randy in the jubilant winner's circle following her son's 5000th win. Gregg Keidel                                                                                                                

LEBANON, OH. - The fillies and mares $5000 claiming "Survivor Series" started with 60 mares in seven elimination divisions in mid-January and narrowed down to one nine-horse championship field, chasing a purse of $17,500, on the Tuesday (February 2) matinee at Miami Valley Raceway. With bragging rights on the line, Cinderosa was crowned 'Queen' by slicing through traffic in deep stretch to triumph in 1:56.1 over a sloppy track dampened by a thirty minute rainshower just prior to post-time for the harness racing co-feature. Four mares were lapped-on to each other at the wire, with another four just a length or two in arrears. Driver Randy Tharps, just four wins away from his 5,000th career win, shot out quickly with Outback Alice when the gate opened, taking command before a taxing :26.4 first quarter. The longshot got a second quarter breather when the teletimer popped up :57.1, but favored Easter Surprize (Brady Galliers) was moving up rapidly on the outside and poked her nose in front moments later. Cinderose was sitting the pocket for driver Tyler Smith and Seaside Gal (Jeremy Smith) had taken up residence in the advantageous second-over position. With Outback Alice and Easter Surprize still racing stride-for-stride at the 1:26.2 third station, Seaside Gal swung three-wide and Make Way (Kyle Ater) angled out a lane further to take her best shot at championship glory. Midway down the stretch at least seven mares were still in serious contention until driver Tyler Smith found a seam for Cinderosa and pushed her nose in front in the final strides. Make Way's strong stretch effort netted the runnerup spot, while Seaside Gal garnered the show dough. VIP Internet Stable owns the winning eight-year-old The Panderosa mare, who hails from the Chris Short stable barn. Cinderosa now sports 19 lifetime wins and her earnings now exceed $240,000. Two races earlier on the program, just as the rain began to fall, a $12,800 championship tilt for $8000 claiming trotters went postward. Favored Without A Clue (Trace Tetrick) swung three-wide around tiring horses at the head of the stretch and swept to victory in 1:59.1. CDs Eldorado (Andy Shetler) and Pacific Wave K (Josh Sutton) both left aggressively from their outside posts and pressured pacesetting Cup Day Spur N (Kayne Kauffman) through fractions of :27.3, :57.4 and 1:27.2 before giving way to Without A Clue in mid-stretch. The trio of early leaders raced very creditably, though, as CDs Eldorado, Pacific Wave K and Cup Day Spur N held on for second, third and fourth place finishes, respectively. Without A Clue is owned by Anna Lorentzon and trained by Anette Lorentzon. The seven-year-old son of Donato Hanover made just seven starts in 2015 after promising three and four year old campaigns, but seems back on track with two wins and a third place finish in three 2016 tries. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Drivers Josh Sutton and Randy Tharps each got "one for the thumb" late on the Saturday night (September 26) harness racing program at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, scoring five victories apiece. Based on Sutton's pari-mutuel payoffs, the defending driving champion's hot evening wasn't all that unexpected. Patrons who bet $2 on each of Sutton's five winners profited by $15; while Tharps' $2 backers reaped a $66 profit for their $10 in $2 win wagers. Sutton started his evening off with a bang, winning the first race with Killean Cut Kid (1:51.4, $4.80). He followed that up with victories in the third behind Hobbys Hobbit (1:54, $4.40), fifth with Avalance Hanover (1:51.1, $6.80), eighth with Fudge (1:52.3) and eleventh with Dress The Part (1:51.3, $4.20). Tharps' big night didn't warm up until the fourth when R O I (1:52, $24.00) got his first win. Friskies Cheapsuit (1:53, $12.40) captured the sixth, Kaffir Kemp (1:56, $19.40) trotted home a winner for Tharps in the ninth, Harnessnitencanada (1:53.3, $7.60 copped the tenth, and Rocknroll Special (1:53.4, $12.60) capped Tharps' big night in the thirteenth. Randy Tharps is the winningest African-American harness driver in history with 4,942 triumphs good for over $22 million in purse earnings. Neither Sutton or Tharps sped the fastest mile of the night, however. That honor belonged to driver Chris Page who captured the $12,000 Open Pace in 1:50.4 with Dedi's Dragon. It was the second straight open class victory for the five-year-old son of Dragon Again, who is owned by J. E. McGill, B. K. Carsey and J. L. Benson and trained by Walter Haynes Jr. Hollywood Dayton Raceway reminds trainers of nominees to the $135,000 Dayton Pacing Derby and the $135,000 Dayton Trotting Derby, to be raced this coming Friday night, October 2, that the entry box closes at 2:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon for Friday, including these two lucrative Grand Circuit Stakes. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway opened for its second season of live racing on Monday night (September 14) with a large crowd on hand that handled approximately twenty percent more than the comparable night of the inaugural meet in 2014. Drivers Jason Brewer and Randy Tharps emerged as the opening night stars with each of the talented reinsmen scoring triples on the 12-race program.   Brewer's hat trick included bookend wins with Mass Destruction (1:55.3) in the first and Little Mans Magic (1:55) in the finale. Sandwiched between was an impressive tally with Jackets Required (1:54.2). Two of Jason's three winner's circle visits were with horses from his father Jeff Brewer's large stable; the other for conditioner Terry Deters.   Tharps' first triumph came with Venus Rocks (1:54.1) for trainer Tim Lane, followed by victories with Bye Bye Daddy (1:56.4) for trainer Dennis Putnam and Hanky L (1:53.2) from the Herb LeVan stable.   Jeremy Smith and Greg Grismore managed driving doubles on opening night as well.   Smith first scored with the trotter Baby Blaze (1:56) for trainer Sherif Cunmulaj. Jeremy then scorched the five-eighths mile oval with Bettorseeitmyway (1:53.1) in the fastest mile of the night for owner-trainer Mary Dawson, topping Tempster Hanover and Kyron by just over a length in the $5000 conditioned event.   Grismore's double paired wins with Doug Hinklin's A P P Panda (1:54.1) and Tom Horner Sr.'s Fifteen Four N (1:55.3). Dan Noble and Ken Holliday also got into the win column on opening night. Noble guided Best B Pacific to a 1:54.1 victory for trainer John Winner; while Holliday captured the penultimate race with TSM Gabby Warbucks (1:56.2) to give Terry Deters a training double on the evening.   Hollywood Dayton will race Wednesday through Saturday nights this week with the regular 6:35 p.m. post time, then take a five-day hiatus during Little Brown Jug week at the Delaware, Ohio county fairgrounds before resuming a standard five-nights-a-week schedule on Friday, September 25.   From the Press Box at Hollywood Dayton

LEBANON, OH. - Miami Valley Raceway possesses a deep and talented harness racing driver colony, but rarely do you see a night at a commercial track nowadays where a different driver wins every race. That was the case on Wednesday, however, as ten drivers each won one of the ten races on the program. Even more shocking, leading driver Josh Sutton-currently in fifth place in the national dash standings with 155 wins at Miami Valley-was not one of the winners. Those that did reach the winner's circle were Alex Hawk, Ken Holliday, Randy Tharps, Hugh Beatty Jr., Dan Noble, Chris Page, Adam Beatty, Jeff Nisonger, Jason Brewer and Jeremy Smith. Gregg Keidel          

LEBANON, OH. - Rev Me Up, at age eight the oldest harness racing mare in the field, found room up the pylons just in time to zoom by pacesetter Shine N Shimmer and capture the $17,050 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap pace at Miami Valley on Friday (March 27). Driver Randy Tharps left alertly with the winning daughter of Park Place before turning Shine N Shimmer (Chris Page) loose and accepting the pocket just prior to the first quarter beam, tripped in :27.1. The field raced single file through a pedestrian :29.4 second panel until Beat The Beat (Kyle Ater) pulled from fifth and launched an outside attack just past the :57 midway clocking. With Arties Last Party (Jeff Nisonger) and Multiple Sources (Greg Grismore) in tow in the outer flow the classy mares cut through a 25 mile per hour wind and freezing temperatures to the 1:26.2 three quarters station. Double tiered around the final turn and well bunched and fanned four wide at the head of the stretch the field tried valiantly to gain ground through the final sixteenth of a mile, but only Rev Me Up could get by Shine N Shimmer for the 1:55.2 score. Beat The Beat never faltered and held for the show spot. Merl P'pool leases Rev Me Up who notched her sixth win in a dozen 2015 starts for trainer Kathy Millman. Her $41,421 in seasonal earnings brings her lifetime bounty to $575,497. Off at 9-2 odds, Rev Me Up paid $11.80 to her faithful. MIAMI VALLEY & OHHA TO HOST HORSEMENS GOLF OUTING Miami Valley Raceway and the Ohio Harness Horsemens Association have announced plans to host a golf outing on Monday, April 27 at Majestic Springs Golf Club in Wilmington, Ohio.  The free outing, open to all harness horsepersons with current Ohio Racing Commission licenses, will include 18 holes of golf with power carts and dinner afterwards.  All owners, trainers, drivers, caretakers, veterinarians, licensed suppliers and track racing department employees are invited to form four-person teams for the ‘Scramble’ format round of golf or to sign up individually.   The golf will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a ‘shotgun’ start.  Those that cannot golf are welcome to sign up and join the group for the dinner at approximately 5 p.m. Interested parties should make a reservation for the free event by contacting OHHA track rep Brett Merkle (614-354-1601)before Sunday, April 19.  Eighteen (18) hole sponsorships are also available at the nominal cost of $50.  The sponsorship money will be used to provide golf skill prizes as well as door prizes. Majestic Springs is located just minutes off I-71 at exit 45 (S.R. 73). Gregg Keidel        

LEBANON, OH. - The first of nine "Lebanon Legends" series, honoring the memory of revered former successful Lebanon Raceway horsemen, kicked off at Miami Valley Raceway on Thursday night (March 12) with two divisions of the George Williams Memorial Series. Alwaysfoolnaround and E R Oliver captured their respective splits in impressive style. Randy Tharps guided Alwaysfoolnaround to a 1:53.4 triumph over Alwaysagoodthing (Dan Noble) and Tassies Little Art (Chris Page) in the first $7500 division. It was the first seasonal win in six tries for the Michael Goldberg-owned son of Always A Virgin, who recently was shipped to trainer Chris Short after a relatively unproductive stint at The Meadowlands. The winner returned $7.40 to win with the exacta returning $64.40. Tyler Smith swung E R Oliver four-wide at the head of the stretch and swept past the pacesetters to win in 1:53.1, a new lifetime best, over No Excuses Please (Dan Noble) and Awinkandagrin (Jeremy Smith). Heavily favored Poison Oak, who cut all the early fractions, faded to fourth. It was the second win of 2015 in five tries for E R Oliver, who is owned and trained by Don Eash. As the second choice of the betting public, the winner returned $11.00 and combined with the 65-1 runnerup to produce a $406.40 exacta. The George Williams Memorial Series is for male pacers who are non-winners of four pari-mutuel races or $30,000 lifetime at time of nomination. Other Lebanon 'Legends' being honored with Memorial Series in the coming weeks are Red Owens, Omar Hiteman, Skeeter Brown, Herb Coven Jr., Ray Paver Sr., Tom Tharps and veterinarians Dr. Don Mossbarger and Dr. Dan Farwick. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Rev Me Up, the pride and joy of the Kathy Millman Stable, captured the $16,500 Fillies & Mares Open pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday, returning $19.60 to her mutuel harness racing fans. Despite being the richest mare in the full field with over a half million dollars in career earnings, the eight-year-old was dispatched at 8-1 odds in search of her 37th lifetime win. Driver Randy Tharps abandoned his seat third along the pylons just past the :27 first quarter and raced side-by-side with pacesetting Shine N Shimmer (Chris Page) the rest of the way. Following a pedestrian middle half where the teletimers were tripped in :57 and 1:26, the pace quickened the final panel with Rev Me Up gaining a slight advantage in the final strides. Shine N Shimmer held on for second with Multiple Sources (Greg Grismore) storming in the stretch to complete the trifecta. By Park Place, Rev Me Up, joined Shine N Shimmer and Igotafeelinfran as the only two-time distaff open winners during the first ten weeks of Miami Valley's second season. Buckeye Thea, Stucklikeglue, Beat The Beat and All Terror have also garnered top honors in the weekly female feature in 2015. Racing resumes Saturday night (March 7) at Miami Valley when the track will be the feature attraction in the series of free satellite tournaments to win seats in the World Harness Handicapping Contest at the Meadowlands later this year. To enter handicappers can visit for rules and details. $120,000 in purses will be up for grabs over the course of the strong 13-race program. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Driver Jason Brewer reached the coveted 3,000 wins plateau at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night, guiding Chipchompinchampin to an open lengths tally for owner-trainer Jim Dailey. The 1:54 victory over Suncapade (Greg Grismore) and St Lads Zoom Zoom (Randy Tharps) pushed the four-year-old son of Art's Chip's career earnings over $100,000 with the winner's share of the $8000 conditioned pace. Brewer, 36, has earned just a shade under $25 million for the owners of horses he has driven. He won his first race, one limited to amateur and matinee drivers, at Monticello Raceway at the age of just 14. The Xenia, Ohio resident has won well over 100 races in each of the last twelve years, including a high-water mark of 505 triumphs in 2007. The likeable reinsman counts a stakes win at Woodbine with St Lads Popcorn, going for a $300,000 purse, as his career highlight. Racing resumes at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Wednesday night with the normal 6:35 p.m. post time. From the Dayton Raceway press box

Sectionline Yankee upsets in $25,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace at Scioto Downs with a track record equaling performance of 1:50.2. She now shares the track record with Betterluvnexttime. The 5-year old mare by Yankee Cruiser out of Aquatic Yankee is trained by Steve Bauder for owners, Harold Lee Bauder, Michael Dixon and Harold Bauder of Ohio. Sectionline Yankee was driven by Greg Grismore and started from post one in the field of eight and was 6-1 on the morning line. Continual Velocity and Chris Page left for command from post eight when the wings folded along with inside leavers, She's Shocking and Novascotia Hanover. Novascotia Hanover and Tony Hall cleared to the front before the quarter that was clocked in a hot :26.1. She's Shocking and Kayne Kaufmann took the pocket ride before being shuffled to third when the favorite, Continual Velocity and Chris Page made a quarter move. Sectionline Yankee was sitting fourth on the rail at the half that was paced in :54.1. Grismore decided to make his move, pulling first up down the backside with Eve Marie Seelster and Kyle Ater in tow. Grismore applied the heavy pressure to the three quarters clocked in 1:22.2. The battled continued down the stretch before Sectionline Yankee pulled 3/4 of a length clear of Continual Velocity and Eve Marie Seelster completed the trifecta. Sectionline Yankee returned $18.20 to her supporters while increasing her bankroll to just under $315,000. The co-feature for the Saturday night card didn't disappoint either. Kanaris and Aaron Merriman set a new track record of 1:48.3 for a 4-year old gelding on the 5/8 mile oval in the $25,000 Open Pace. The previous record of 1:49.4 was set this year by Full Code and Beach Memories. Kanaris is the son of Panspacificflight and Thermopylae. He's trained by Joe Seekman for Tripoli Stable of Illinois. This victory crushed his own career best of 1:51.2 and pushed his lifetime earnings over $200,000. Kanaris started from post seven in the field of eight, but that didn't deter Merriman from leaving. They cleared inside leaver, Beach Memsories and Josh Sutton before the first turn. The first quarter was paced in :26.1. Sutton wasn't content to take the two hole trip, he pulled at the quarter to take over command. They paced single file to the half, clocked in :54.1. Ardyne Ace and Randy Tharps started their rally, pulling first up from third spot and Big Risk, driven by Tony Hall followed suit. The fast pace didn't let up. Beach Memories flew by the three quarters in 1:21.1 with Kanaris in tow. Merriman popped the ear plugs and waited for the stretch to make his move. The two paced 5-lengths clear of their foes and Kanaris had the upper hand to win by a nose over Beach Memories. His stablemate, Santa Fe Beachboy paced home in :27.2 to grab the show spot. The final week of racing in the 2014 season resumes on Wednesday (September 24) post time 6:30 pm. From Scioto Downs Racino

Sweet Talkin Satin prevails in the Saturday night $25,000 Open Pace harness racing feature at Scioto Downs in 1:49.4. The 4-year old gelded son of Always A Virgin out of Silky Satin is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva Stables and Phil Collura. Sweet Talkin Satin was driven by Chris Page and started from post seven in the assigned field of seven. Page used the geldings great gate speed to his advantage to launch for early position when the starter said go. Landing in the third spot behind the inside leavers of Carol's Comet and J's Six Pak Attack. They clocked the opening quarter in a hot :26. Page wasn't content sitting third and pulled shortly after the quarter to take command before they hit the half mile that was paced in :53.4. Jeremy Smith and J's Six Pak Attack were the first to make their move, pulling first up. Josh Sutton and Kanaris followed suit to pick up the cover. Meanwhile, Ardyne Ace and Randy Tharps made a huge three wide move down the backside to drop in front of J's Six Pak Attack. Sweet Talkin Satin felt the pressure and paced down to the three quarters in 1:22.2. The field swarmed in on the leader in the stretch, but Sweet Talkin Satin dug in to win by a length over a closing Kanaris and Carol's Comet settled for third. This win was the 13th career victory for Sweet Talkin Satin in his 45th try and is closing in on $350,000 in career earnings. Scioto Downs Racino

Tall Cotton sets a new track record of 1:53.2 for a harness racing aged gelded trotter at Scioto Downs. The previous record of 1:54 was held by JJ Hall and War Cry Hall. The 8-year old son of Revenue S out of B Cor Peatra is trained by Ron Burke who also owns along with Weaver Bruscemi, Ed Gold and Howard Taylor. Tall Cotton started from post four in the field of eight condition trotters. Chris Page had the lines and chased after the $18,000 purse. Page left hard for command and trotted an opening quarter in :27.3. Dan Noble and Fusion Man followed suit and were able to drop in second. The quick pace continued on to the half clocked in :55.4. Boy Meets Girl K and Randy Tharps started their first up rally and pushed the pace down to three quarters in 1:24.4. Fusion Man sat the pocket until wheeling in mid stretch to give his bid, but would be just a head shy. Final Breath and Hugh Beatty were a closing third. She's Shocking sets a new career best of 1:51 in the $25,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. The 5-year old mare by Electric Yankee out of Notorious One is conditioned by Scott Mogan who partially owns with Diamond Chip Stable and Charles Guiler. Kayne Kauffman had the assignment from post six in the full field of nine, but that didn't deter him from leaving. She's Shocking left like a rocket along with heavy favorite, Betterluvnexttime who cleared to the opening quarter in :26.2 and provided a perfect pocket trip to She's Shocking. The pace didn't slow much as they paced to the half in :54.4. Sissy Bar and Dan Noble started their first over bid and gave cover to a second over Sweetheart Dance. Sissy Bar applied pressure as they paced down to three quarters in 1:22.3. This left Kauffman licking his chops as they battled until the top of stretch. She's Shocking waited for room from a tiring Sissy Bar to pull out and pace a head clear of Betterluvnexttime. Jim Pantaleano and Sweetheart Dance came on for third. Racing returns Saturday (September 13) post time 6:30 p.m. Scioto Downs Racino

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