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Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will host "Saturday Night at the Races" presented by the Galbreath Equine Center at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center on August 1, from Eldorado Scioto Downs on Facebook live. The event will begin at 6:30PM and feature coverage of the Ohio State Fair races. Hosted by OHHA Brand Ambassador Roger Huston and harness racing expert Allison Conte, Saturday Night at the Races will include live coverage of the Director of Agriculture Pace for 3-Year-old colts and the Governor's Cup Trot for 3-Year-Old colts. Saturday Night at the Races will include interviews with drivers, trainers, and owners as well as analysis of the races. OHHA Outreach and Public Relations Coordinator Frank Fraas says this is another event in the association's outreach program. "During the Covid-19 pandemic we are continuing to find ways to deliver our product to fans that might not feel comfortable attending the races in person. It also gives us the opportunity to present our sport to others that might not follow it on a regular basis." Saturday Night at the Races is sponsored by Midland Acres and Big Dee's Tack and Vet Supplies. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH - The Buckeye Stallion Series dominated the race program Thursday night at Eldorado Sciot Downs as eleven races for two-year-old pacers were contested. The six divisions for colts and five divisions of fillies each had a purse of $17,500. Three colts and one filly remained undefeated through the first two legs of the series. Twig (Mr Apples) driven by Aaron Merriman for trainer Mike Polhamus and owner Julie Farley collected his second win in the series, coming home the winner in 1:54.1. Merriman got away second from the first post and took the lead past the quarter pole, opened-up and won by 4-1/2 lengths. The heavy favorite paid $2.10 in defeating Rock N Republic with Ron Gillespie while Marrakesh Express and Chris Page finished 3rd. Twig for the season remains undefeated with three wins. Merriman was also in the bike with Imagine It for trainer Kent Wilcox and owner Richard Copp. The If I Can Dream gelding went wire to wire in 1:55 to win by three lengths. The $2.80 favorite defeated Illini Duke with Tyler Smith and Native's Filou driven by Dan Noble finished 3rd. The third repeat leg winner was KB Mac with Ryan Stahl and Dan Venier for owners Ken and John Saunders. The McArdle gelding got a two-hole trip before getting up at the wire by a half-length in 1:55.1. Rockinmyshoe for Chris Page finished 2nd and Weekend Pass held on to be 3rd for Dan Noble. The undefeated filly in the series is Smothastenesewisky (Nob Hill High) who scored in 1:54.4 which was the fastest filly race on the card. Smothastenesewisky raced fifth before powering up three-wide to win by a nose at the wire. She was driven by Chris Page and owned and trained by Brian Haynes. Lady Warrior got up for second with Ryan Stahl while the early leader Forever Missy hung on for 3rd with Kurt Sugg. In the other divisions for the colts, Rocks Fantasy (Pet Rock) with Brett Miller for Steve Carter rallied down the stretch to nose out the favorite, Brighter Days and Chris Page. Rocks Fantasy tripped the wire in 1:56.4 Heart Of Chewbacca (Bring On The Beach) for Dan Noble and Ron Burke had the fast time of the night for the colts. Heart of Chewbacca, the betting favorite, led the entire way to win by four lengths in 1:52.3. Pine Grove Racer and Kurt Sugg was second with Speak Well and Chris Page finishing third. Open My Eyes (Rocking Amadeus) with Tyler Smith and Dan O'Mara closed with a last quarter of 28.4 as he rallied down the stretch to edge to top Imma Be and Aaron Merriman in 1:53.1. Willzy with Brett Miller finished third. The other filly winners on the program included Sister Said (Well Said) for trainer-driver Derrick Flowers. Sister Said won by a neck in 1:55.3, beating Bearcreekhoney and Kurt Sugg and Finesse with Ryan Stahl. Well N Down (Well Said) with Anthony MacDonald for Jason McGinnis roared down the stretch rallying from sixth place to win by a head in 1:56.1. Clara Lou with Tyler Smith was second and the favorite Odds On Buckeyes with Chris Page was third. Merriman had a hat trick on the night in the Stallion Series as he guided the Brian Brown trained Lovely Munro to victory in 1:55.1. The daughter of McArdle sat second and got up at the wire for the victory, edging out the favorite Apple Soozy and Tyler Smith. Diamond Official and Josh Sutton finished third. Pompatuse Of Love (Mr Wiggles) gave Dan Noble his second win of the night in the BSS. Trained by Kim Dailey, Pompatuse of Love took the lead at the half and never looked back, winning in 1:55.1. Reachthruthesky AS and Tyler Smith was second. Merriman guided Sand Fantasy to a third-place finish. The third leg for the two-year-old colt and filly pacers is scheduled for Tuesday August 11 at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana, Ohio. by Roger Huston, for the OHHA

Grove City, OH - The traveling Buckeye Stallion Series stopped at MGM Northfield Park Monday July 20 for the third leg of the 3-year-old colt pace. Four divisions were contested with a purse $17,500 each. Trainer Christi Noble was the big winner on the night as she sent two winners to the post. Noble's first win came when Bargain Shopper (Big Bad John-One Stop Shopping) won his second leg of the series. Owned by Chuck Grubbs, Bargain Shopper with Ronnie Wrenn Jr. got away third before taking the lead at the half giving way to Brady Brown with Elite Machine past the half. The two battled in the stretch with Bargain Shopper getting up by a head in 1:54.4. My Name Is Hairy finished 3rd for Kurt Sugg.   Noble's second win came with Ubuntu who got his initial win in the Buckeye Stallion Series. The Pet Rock out of Provethemwrong gelding was driven by Chris Page and is owned by Norman Rae Racing. Page got away from post three but was hung on the outside before scoring by a half-length over Big Bad Whamo and Kurt Sugg while Tick's A Yankin and Chris Lems finished 3rd. The winner took a lifetime mark of 1:53.3. Ubuntu has hit the board in each of his 17 career starts.   Snowmoon won his second of the series with a lifetime best 1:51.2 for Tyler Smith and owner-trainer Jessica Smith. The Gelding by Mr Wiggles out of Milky Way Hanover went wire to wire from post four to score by ¾ lengths. One Last Laugh with Ronnie Wrenn Jr was second and Nvrpoptdaplugs finished third for Jason Thompson. The final BSS winner of the night was MC Cam, who also got his second win of the series, with a mile in 1:53.3 for Kurt Sugg and Kyle Ater. Russell Hundley owns the McArdle-Delightfully Cam colt who was a winner by a ¼ length holding off Western's Last Gun for Aaron Merriman while Cousin Louie and Tyler Smith finished 3rd. Freshman colt trotters return to the track Wednesday July 22 at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Bucyrus, Ohio for the second leg of 2-Year-Old Colt Trot. by Roger Huston, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH -Odds On Athens and Narina Hanover picked up their second harness racing wins of the Buckeye Stallion Series in the third leg of the 3-Year-Old Filly Pace held Friday July 17 at Eldorado Scioto Downs. Four divisions were contested with each division carrying a purse of $ 17,500. Odds On Athens made it back to back wins as she went 1:53.4 with Ronnie Wrenn Jr for Melanie Wrenn and owner Odds On Racing. The filly by Pet Rock out of Southern Magnolia got a pocket trip from post eight and was a winner by three parts a length. The winner paid $2.80 after defeating Corner Pocket and Dan Noble while Arya Again with Chris Page finishing third. Narina Hanover, a winner in the first leg of the BSS, went wire to wire from post three to score by 2-3/4 lengths in a lifetime best 1:52 with Tyler Smith for Clarence Foulk. The Yankee Cruiser-Natural Paradise filly is owned by the Foulk Stables and William Hartt. Narina Hanover paid $3.80 to win and defeated Hoochie Girl and Kayne Kauffman with McKella and Aaron Merriman finishing third. Violets Rainbow picked up her first BSS win of the year and her 2nd straight win taking a lifetime mark of 1:53.3 for driver Trevor Smith and trainer Mark Wagner. The Art Official-Angels N Demons filly is owned by Stephen Sexton and paid $4.60 to win. Violets Rainbow got away fifth but tipped out past the quarter and was hung to the finish with the win by a length. Cruisingatmidnight with Tyler Smith was second and Sara Jane and Chris Page finished third. Crowntimerockette scored her 4th win of the season for Kayne Kauffman and Priscilla Mooney in a lifetime best 1:51.4. Sired by Pet Rock out of Crown Time Keeper, got away from post 8 and never yielded the lead going wire to wire to win by ¾ length. The filly is owned by Ken James and paid $27.20 defeating Odds On Greenville with Ronnie Wrenn Jr while Dan Noble finished third with Bigrisk Cruiser. The fourth leg of the Buckeye Stallion Series 3-Year-Old Filly pace is scheduled for Tuesday August 18 at Eldorado Scioto Downs. by Roger Huston, for the OHHA

Grove City, OH - The Buckeye Stallion Series for two-year-old filly trotters made a stop at MGM Northfield Park Wednesday with two divisions, each racing for a purse of $17,500.  WF Fire, by Dejarmbro out of Capri Hall, got the maiden victory in 1:59.4 with Chris Lems for Herman Hagerman. Lems took the filly to the lead with an opening panel of 29 seconds and never looked back to win by 5-1/4 lengths at the wire. WF Fire was the second choice in the wagering and returned $10.60. Parabellum and Hunter Myers finished 2nd and Sewin Sue for Dan Rawlings finished 3rd. The winner who is 3-1-1-0 on the year is owned by Hagerman and Terrence Smith of Texas.   The second division went to the favorite Charming Nancy with Aaron Merriman for Chris Beaver in 2:00.4 and paid $2.60. Sired by Uncle Peter out of Caviar Forthe Lady, the filly got away 2nd and took the lead by the half to score by 1-1/2 lengths over Kaelli Mae with Chris Lems and Docs Dilemma for Dan Rawlings. The undefeated Charming Nancy (2-2) is owned by Beaver, Joe Sbrocco, Mary McLoughlin, and Michael Carter.   The third leg for the 2-Year-Old filly trotters is scheduled for Tuesday August 11 at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana, Ohio. by Roger Huston, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH - The popular Buckeye Stallion Series made a stop at Eldorado Scioto Downs on Tuesday night for the third leg of the 3-Year-Old Colt and Filly Trot. A total of 9 harness racing divisions went to the post, five division of colts and geldings and four divisions for fillies. It was a big night for owner Marion Beachy who had two wins with his gelding trotters. Enforce The Law, by Triumphant Caviar out of Shez Jailbait, was a winner with Ronnie Wrenn Jr for trainer Joseph Kramp in 1:56.2. The gelding got away second and was shuffled fourth only to come on and score by a neck.   The other winner was Exhibit Class, by Triumphant Caviar out of Classic Blaze. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. got the Sean Smithpeters trained gelding away fourth and powered up three wide in the final turn to win by a neck in 1:56.1. The mile was the co-fastest of the night for the colts, 1:56.1. The other fast mile was turned in by Breakout The Gold in 1:56.1 with Tyler Smith for Norm Parker. The Break The Bank K-Lady Sierra trotter is owned by Robert Key. Rose Run Valor found the winner's circle in 1:56.4 with Ryan Stahl for Eric Hamlet. The winner is sired by Uncle Peter out of Donven Promise. The gelding is owned by David Van Dusen and Michael Osborne. Luckey Stormin was placed the winner in 1:56.4 with owners and driver-trainer Josh Slater and Elpidio Bernardi Jr. when Gabby's Wild Child was disqualified for going inside pylons. The gelding is by Stormin Normand out of Fef Fef For Sure. The fillies were led by Susie D who had the fastest win in 1:55.3 with Jeremy Smith for Bryan Weaver. The Uncle Peter out of Minor Skirmish is owned by Donna Anderson was a winner by a head. Muskingum by Triumphant Caviar out of Abbey Craig, was a winner in 1:57.2 for trainer-driver Sandy Beatty. The filly was 8th at the half but circled the field to get the victory by 7 lengths. She is owned by Beatty along with Larry Riffe, William Johnson II and Ray Thacker Jr. Lights Down Low by Uncle Peter out of Swing Anna Cash was a winner for Tyler Smith and Trent Stohler in 1:57.2. She is owned by Trent Stohler Stable, Tim and Benjamin Graber. Lightning Belle was a winner in 1:58, in a wire to wire effort, with Ryan Stahl and Scott Cox. The daughter of Dejarmbro-Deborah Maroon is owned by G Peters. Sires Uncle Peter and Triumphant Caviar each had three winners on the card. The fourth leg for the 3-Year-Old filly trot is Wednesday August 19 at MGM Northfield Park. The fourth leg for the 3-year-old colt trot is Tuesday August 25 at Eldorado Scioto Downs. The next event in the Buckeye Stallion Series is the second leg of the 2-Year-Old filly trot at MGM Northfield Park tonight. by Roger Huston, for the OHHA

Grove City, OH - The first leg of the Buckeye Stallion Series for Two-Year-Old Colts and Fillies was held at MGM Northfield Park Monday night. A total of 117 Two-Year- Old harness racing pacers competed in seven colt divisions and six filly divisions. Each division carried a purse of $17,500. On the colt side of the ledger two youngsters remained undefeated. Twig, the gelded son of Mr Apples, collected his second win in as many starts as he took a lifetime mark of 1:53.3, the fastest of the night. The freshman was three-wide at the quarter before taking the lead and winning by 3½ lengths. Aaron Merriman drove for trainer Mike Polhamus and owner Julie Farley.   Polhamus picked up his second winner on the colt side when Brighter Days, driven by Kurt Sugg, went wire to wire in 1:55.2 by 3-3/4 lengths. The gelded son of Woodstock is also undefeated in two lifetime starts. Imagine It, by If I Can Dream, made it three straight wins in four lifetime starts. Driver Peter Wrenn got away fourth before taking the lead going to the half and drawing away by 2¾ lengths in a lifetime best 1:54.3. Kurt Wilcox trains for owner Richard Copp. Other colt winners include: Illini Duke, by Well Said, in 1:56.3 for Chris Page and owner-trainer Brian Roebuck. He's A Dickens, by Well Said, in 1:55.2 for Tyler Smith, Kris Hinchcliff and owner Elliot Misshula. KB Mac, by McArdle, in 1:55.3 for Ryan Stahl, Dan Venier and owners Ken and John Saunders. Weekend Pass, by Big Bad John, in 1:55.2 for Dan and Christi Noble for owners Brent Hopper, Kyle Gray and Jerry Scheve. The fillies were led by Apple Soozy with Andy Shetler for trainer Dan O'Mara and owner Marjorie Polhamus in 1:55.1. The Mr Apples filly is a perfect three for three after the two-hole trip before winning by 1-3/4 lengths. Another winner for the driver, trainer and owner combination was Rainy Day Chic, by Rockin Amadeus, in 1:55.3 going wire to wire winning by ¾ lengths. She is now two for three lifetime.   Smothastenesewisky is now two for two in lifetime starts with the win in 1:54.3 with Chris Page. Brian Haynes owns and trains the Nob Hill High daughter, who got away fifth and took command before the half, drawing away by 6¼ lengths. The fastest of the six divisions for the fillies was Heavenissofaraway who came home the winner in 1:54.1 with Chris Page for owner-trainer Anette Lorentzon. The daughter of Racing Hill went coast to coast winning by 2½ lengths. Other winners were Margin Of Error, by Racing Hill, in 1:57.4 with Ronnie Wrenn Jr for Chris Beaver. The owners are Donald Robinson, Chris Beaver, David Meola and RBH Ventures. Free Thinker, by Western Vintage, in 1:54.4 with Chris Page for Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. The second leg of the two-year-old pace for colts and fillies is scheduled for Thursday July 23 at Eldorado Scioto Downs. by Roger Huston, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH - The Buckeye Stallion Series for Two-Year-Old Colt and Filly Pacers highlight Monday night's 15 race program at MGM Northfield Park. Sixty-three freshmen pacers make up seven divisions while fifty-four filly pacers battle in six divisions. The colt and gelding entries are led by two Mike Polhamus trained pacers. Brighter Days, by Woodstock, was a winner at Eldorado Scioto Downs on July 6 in in 1:55. Polhamus also has Twig, the sone of Mr. Apples. Twig has a mark of 1:55.2 at Scioto Downs in his win on July 2. Two county fair winners are also entered in the seven divisions. Grey Phanton by Western Terror was a winner at Paulding in 2:01 and is trained by Elpidio Bernardi Jr. The other winner is Imagine It, by If I Can Dream, trained by Kent Wilcox. Imagine It's win was at Marion in 2:03. Another one to keep an eye on is Speak Well, a Next Generation participant at Scioto Downs, was a qualifying winner I 1:56.2Q at Scioto Downs for trainer Clarence Foulk. Several other colts and geldings have impressive qualifying wins. Pan's Pro was a qualifying winner at Scioto Downs in 1:58. Dive Bar, went 1:56.2 in winning a qualifier at Scioto Downs. The fillies are led by the undefeated Apple Soozy, for trainer Dan O'Mara. Apple Soozy, by Mr Apples, is 2 for 2 this season with the fastest at Hoosier Park in 1:55. Two county winners will also go on the filly side. Forever Missy, by McArdle, trained by Cory Deyermand and has a win at Cortland in 2:02.4 and Smothastenesewisky, the daughter of Nob Hill High and trained by Brian Haynes was a winner at the Circleville County Fair and has a qualifying win in 1:56.2Q at Scioto Downs Six others have qualifying wins on their records. Sheryl's She Shed, by Racing Hill, was a qualifying winner for trainer Brian Brown in 1:58.1. Grace Of Art has a win in a qualifier at Northfield. She was a winner in 1:58.4Q for trainer Jeff Cox. Deedee Didit was a qualifying winner at Scioto Downs in 1:58.1. She will be up against another qualifying winner in Dragon's Last. Dragon's Last has a qualifying win at Northfield going 1:59.4. Lady Warrior collected a qualifying win at Scioto Downs also, winning in 1:59.2. Western Rosie rounds out the list of winners in qualifiers. She was a winner at Scioto Downs in 1:57.3. Deyermand also has Bearcreekhoney entered on Monday night. Bearcreekhoney is coming off a 4th place finish in $150,000 The Next Generation at Scioto Downs. The races get underway Monday night at Northfield with a first race post of 6:00pm. By Roger Huston, for the OHHA  

The second leg of the Buckeye Stallion Series for 3-Year-Old harness racing colt pacers was held Wednesday night at Eldorado Scioto Downs. Four Divisions were contested, each carrying a purse of $17,500. The four winners each notched new life-time marks in their victories. The first division went to Medoland Bosa with his second BSS win and his fourth straight win of the year. The son of The Panderosa with Chris Presley in the bike for trainer Mike Medors got away fourth from the post four powered up to take the lead at the half in 55.1 and never was headed winning by a length and a half in lifetime best 1:52.1. Won Last Feeling was second for Kyle Ater and LL Mystra finished 3rd with Chris Page. The winner returned $5.80 to win. Breeder Tamara Hoovler co-owns Medoland Bosa with Hutchison Harness. On the year Medoland Bosa has won four of six starts and finished second the other two times has earned $24,618. The gelding has established all age track records this season at Circleville 1:57 and Marion 1:58.2. The second division saw Snowmoon with Tyler Smith go wire to wire with fractions of :26.2, :56, 1:24 with the mile in 1:52.1 for a lifetime best. Bargain Shopper and Dan Noble was 2nd, while Cousin Louie finished 3rd for Chris Page. Snowmoon paid $19.00 at the windows. Jessica Smith is the trainer-owner of the three-year-old gelding by Mr Wiggles, bred by Crawford Farms. Snowmoon has earned $15,652 this year. In the third division Elite Machine, driven by Brady Brown for owner-trainer Don Lark Jr, scored off fractions of :26.4, :56.1, 1:24.2 with the mile in 1:53.1 a lifetime best. The three-year-old gelding by Western Vintage was bred by Marion Beachy. Elite Machine got away second was shuffled third and came on to win by a length at the finish. The winner paid $8.00 while Ubuntu with Dan Noble was 2nd and Wigglemejiggleme and Chris Page finished 3rd. On the season Elite Machine has earned $13,428. The final division saw MC Cam and Shawn Barker go to the top from post 1 and never give it up with fractions of :27, :56, 1:24 and the mile a lifetime best 1:53.2. The winner paid $6.40 with Mingo Joel and Jeremy Smith 2nd and Final Coat Hanover 3rd for Chris Page. MC Cam, sired by McArdle, is trained by Kyle Ater, owned by Russell Hundley and Bred by Walnut Hall Stock Farm. With the win, MC Cam raised his yearly earnings to $11,425. The third leg of the Buckeye Stallion Series for 3-Year-Old Colt Pacers is scheduled for Monday, July 20 at MGM Northfield Park. By Roger Huston, for the OHHA

Grove City, Ohio - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association in partnership with WDLR Radio of Delaware, Ohio is creating a new half hour radio show focusing on harness racing in the Buckeye State. "Horsing Around" is scheduled to debut Saturday February 15th at 9:00 AM. Kelley Bell of the Little Brown Jug Radio Network will host the show with Michelle Gatchell. The show will feature interviews with breeders, trainers, owners and other involved in harness racing. Bell's guest for the inaugural show include Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Brand Ambassador Roger Huston and Joe McLead of Sugar Valley Farm in Delaware. Bell says, "if you like horses, harness racing or the Little Brown Jug, you will love this show." WDLR General Manager Mike Schnell says horsemen have been asking for a show like this. "As the home of the Little Brown Jug, Delaware is a major hub of activity for horsemen. It is only natural that we developed a show focusing on the equine industry and its value to the state of Ohio." The show will air Saturday mornings on WDLR-Delaware, Ohio (92.9 FM and 1550 AM) at 9:00AM. Listeners outside the stations signal will also be able to listen to the show. It will also be available on-line at and will be available via the Tune In app. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

In the latest edition of Top of Stretch, the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) Brand Ambassador Roger Huston catches up with the connections of 2019 Ohio Horse of the Year, Elver Hanover. Here is the link to podcast:        

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/Bet America would like to congratulate their 2019 harness racing award winners. The winners were announced on the Thursday (Jan. 16) program, which can be heard on the archive by visiting Ted Barcus Race Fan of the Year Winner: Albert Nash (41.57%) Runner-Up: Colton Hay (24.05%) Nash won the inaugural Post Time with Mike and Mike Race Fan of the Year in 2015 and again in 2018. He is the first three-time winner of the award, spending his time congratulating participants victories via Facebook. Nash also carries a positive attitude and helps promote the sport of Harness Racing. Sam McKee Race Call of the Year Winner: Roger Huston - 2019 Little Brown Jug (32.15%) Runner-Up: Ken Warkentin - 2019 Sam McKee Memorial (17.68%) Huston, who retired from The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in 2019, found a special bond with Little Brown Jug champion, Southwind Ozzi. Southwind Ozzi went undefeated with Huston calling his races, this was the second victory for Huston in the category. Horsewoman of the Year, presented by Southern Oaks Training Center Winner: Nancy Takter (31.42%) Runner-Up: Ashley Holliday (16.19%) Takter took over some of the training duties of her father, Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter in 2019. She sent out the most winners she has ever had in 2019, getting to the winners circle 72 times in 338 starts. She campaigned world-champion Captain Crunch to a powerful victory in the Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park in June, led Manchego to a world-record setting performance at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, then capped off her season with a powerful Breeders Crown performance by Manchego. Larry Rheinheimer Small Stable of the Year, presented by Harrah's Hoosier Park Winner: Galliers Racing (31.76%) Runner-Up: Altmeyer Wilder Racing Stable (19.65%) Galliers Racing Stable was started by young up and coming star Brady Galliers. Galliers was not born into racing like many horsemen, he has worked hard to become of the top stables in Ohio. He recent finished sixth in the training standings at Scioto Downs and has a strong social media presence promoting the sport of Harness Racing. Innovator of the Year, presented by the United States Trotting Association Winner: Wendy Ross (27.59%) Runner-Up: Rod Allums Jr. (25.89%) Ross began working for the USTA in May 2018, helping to spearhead some of harness racing's mainstream media. She helped to produce and put together the first harness racing Lip Sync battle and also helped put on a Harness Racing Carpool Karaoke. In 2018, she worked with Mark Weaver and Ron Burke to coordinate the Harness Racing FanZone Foiled Again Farewell tour. Upset of the Year, presented by Winners Circle Racing Stable Winner: Forbidden Trade winning the Hambletonian over Greenshoe (30.69%) Runner-Up: Caviart Ally defeating Shartin N in Lexington and the Breeders Crown (27.82%) Who could forget the dominant trio that trainer Marcus Melander had with Greenshoe, Gimpanzee, and Green Manalishi S produced in 2019, but it was Forbidden Trade who came out on top with a powerful victory in the Hambletonian Final. The win gave trainer Luc Blais and United States Harness Writers Association Rising Star Bob McClure their first victory in the $1 million event. Foiled Again Iron Horse of the Year Winner: T Red (31.57%) Runner-Up: Electric Lad (26.18%) T Red started his career at age two, with six victories in 19 starts making just over $7,000 in 2008. He is currently owned by trainer Henry Gulley and has hit the board in 18 of 42 starts in 2019 while winning seven races and making $25,427. T Red has raced all through Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana with just under $480,000 in career earnings. He set a lifetime mark of 1:51.1 at age five at Indiana Downs. His highest career earnings came in 2011 where he earned $63,300. Post Time with Mike and Mike thanks their listeners for taking time to nominate the contenders and for voting throughout the last few weeks. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website or on the archive at by Michael Carter, for Post Time  

Legendary Hall of Fame Harness racing announer, Roger Huston (THE VOICE), is our special guest on the Harness Racing Alumni Show this week.   Roger is the official Ambassador for the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, and he speaks with true warmth and class about his 61 year association with our great racing sport...!!! He shares his innovative thoughts and concepts on improving race track attendance and building more of a fan base through the family oriented county fair racing in Ohio and throughout America. In the words of Ed Sullivan "This is really really a big Show"   by Fred Hudson for the Alumni Show  

Grove City, Ohio – The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association unveiled the first in a new series of harness racing podcasts, Top of the Stretch.  Top of the Stretch will be hosted by “The Voice” Roger Huston, Brand Ambassador for the OHHA.    The podcasts will feature updates on the harness racing industry, focusing on Ohio.  There will also be features on drivers, trainers and others associated with harness racing.  The podcasts will also look at what is happening at Ohio’s four pari-mutual tracks and the summer county fair racing circuit.   Huston, who has been calling harness races since 1960, will bring his knowledge and passion of the sport to listeners in an entertaining and informative fashion.  “I think this is a great opportunity.  It is a chance to get to the people that are involved in racing and hopefully reach some new fans and increase the awareness of harness racing in the Buckeye state.”    In the inaugural podcast, Huston sits down with Renee Mancino, the Executive Director of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association to discuss harness racing in the Buckeye State.  The two discuss Mancino’s career, where harness racing stands as an industry in Ohio and where it is going.   All episodes of Top of the Stretch will be available for download on the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association website ( as well as Apple Podcast and Google Podcast.    The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State.  OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond.   by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

GUELPH, ON -- A record crowd of more than 300 people from eight states and provinces attended the Christmas Open House on December 15 hosted by, horse racing's fastest growing fractional ownership operation and the largest harness racing stable in Canada. Sixty-three yearlings driven by some of the country's best reinsmen were showcased in ten sets during a four-hour livestream broadcast of the third annual event staged at Tomiko Training Centre in Puslinch, ON. Broadcast commentators Anthony MacDonald (President of, Fred MacDonald and Bill O'Donnell were joined by special guest Roger Huston. This was the 146th venue at which Huston has called races. Over his 50-year career, The Voice has announced in excess of 188,000 races in 20 states and eight countries. Huston also met fans and signed copies of his recently released book. Erin Massender of Guelph, ON won the Open House contest which promised a one percent share of the winner's favourite yearling in with all expenses paid for one year. Massender selected Captains Maid, a Pennsylvania-bred pacing filly by Captaintreacherous. During each Christmas Open House, raises money for a local charity. This year the company collected 250 lbs and $250 in cash donations for the Guelph Food Bank. Santa stopped by for free photos with kids, arriving in his jog cart with freshman pacer Giddy Up Max. extends its gratitude to all attendees of the event, online broadcast viewers, drivers who participated in the sets, commentators and crew, and staff of The Spring Open House is the next major gathering on's event schedule. by Kelly Spencer, for TheStable  

GUELPH, ON -- The 64 yearlings at will receive a world-class race call months before they even make their first harness racing pari-mutuel start. Hall Of Fame race announcer Roger Huston is the special guest of's Christmas Open House on December 15. The Voice will join the commentary team for the livestream broadcast of the event which features yearlings from the fractional ownership stable training in sets. The broadcast kicks off at 10:00 a.m. EST. Viewers can watch and chat online at Huston, 77, recently resigned his position as the announcer and TV host at The Meadows Racetrack where he was the voice of racing since 1976. Prior to joining The Meadows team, he worked at Ohio fairs, Lebanon Raceway, the Red Mile, Pompano Park, and the Delaware, Ohio, County Fair, where he began calling the Little Brown Jug in 1968. He has called more than 188,000 races covering 145 tracks in 20 states and eight countries. He is now working as Brand Ambassador for the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and will continue to work some county fairs in Ohio, The Vincent Delaney Memorial in Dublin, Ireland and The Little Brown Jug. "I'm looking forward to announcing for at Tomiko Training Centre, as this will be my 146th venue to call races," said Huston. "Trips to Canada give me the opportunity to meet some of the greatest fans of our sport." Earlier this year, Huston released The Voice: The Unparalleled Life Of Roger Huston. Written by Victoria M. Howard, the book contains colourful stories of Huston's 60-year career as a race announcer and includes 80 original photos of harness racing's champion horses and top drivers, revisiting every Little Brown Jug and Adios. Huston will take two breaks from announcing the yearling sets on the livestream broadcast to greet fans and sign books from 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and again from 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Books will be available for sale (cash only) at the Open House for $40 CDN (hard cover) and $25 CDN (soft cover). The Open House at Tomiko Training Centre (210 Campbellville Rd., Hamilton) is free to attend and all ages are welcome. Guests are invited to drop-in any time from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is requested. Those who RSVP online are eligible to enter to win prizes, including copies of Huston's book, and a 1% share of their favourite horse with free bills for one year (conditions apply). During each Christmas Open House, raises money for a local charity; this year the company is collecting non-perishable food items to donate to the Guelph Food Bank. Supporters can also donate funds online directly to the food bank. The Open House will showcase many of the engaging features of, including its bi-weekly live streaming video broadcasts of the horses in training. Visitors can explore the barns and meet's 138 horses on their own or register for a guided tour. A catalogue will be emailed to all RSVP guests and made available on The website on December 13, detailing all horses for which fractions are available for purchase. The catalogue will include a schedule of when each horse will be showcased on the broadcast during the Open House. Onsite purchasing will be available for shares of horses and payment can be made with credit card, PayPal, cash, cheque and e-transfer. The facility offers a heated viewing area with limited seating. Hot and cold drinks will be available and lunch is also available to purchase from Hotdiggitydog. Santa will arrive via a trotter-drawn race bike at 11:30 a.m. for a free 90-minute photo session with youngsters. by Kelly Spencer, for

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