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Ryan Stahl scored the 5,000th win of his harness racing driving career aboard Crowntime Pet in MGM Northfield Park's opening race on Tuesday (March 3) despite being parked the entire mile. Crowntime Pet posted a ½-length advantage over his closest rival in 1:56.2. That margin was sufficient to return $51.20 to win.   Stahl's richest win came in a $250,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final with Mission Accepted. It was the largest of the seven Sire Stakes Champions Stahl has driven. The native of Republic, Ohio rates the best horse he has ever driven as being Hypnotic Blue Chip, in the 2011 Battle of Lake Erie. The 41-year-old Stahl won his first race in 1994 aboard a trotting filly named Lojos Sharp Baby, at the Oak Harbor (Ohio) Fairgrounds. Ryan Stahl currently holds the track record over the Flying Turns for freshman trotting geldings with Yes in 1:53.1. Stahl started driving at the age of 14 and appreciates the success he has had so far; accomplishing the 5,000-win milestone and having driven the winners of over $24 million. Ryan's career was heavily shaped by his father Lee. "It is only fitting that I won this milestone on what would be Dad's birthday," said Stahl. Ryan Stahl also credits Gerald Bookmyer, who was recently inducted into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame, as being a big influence and a great friend throughout his career. "There are so many people to thank for the success I have had," explained Stahl. "My Mom, my wife, Kent Sherman and many, many other trainers." Stahl has been married for almost five years to Nichole. The couple has two children, a son Owen, and daughter Sonny. The Stahl family resides on an 80-acre farm in Seneca County, Ohio. by Ayers Ratliff, for MGM Northfield Park

A pair of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old diagonally-gaited colts and geldings will be contested this evening at Northfield Park, with a first race post time of 6 pm, ET. Seventeen diagonally-gaited sophomores will line up behind the starting gate for these $50,000 events, scheduled as races three and 11. Stallions represented by foals in these two OSS events including Dejarmbro (4 foals); Cash Hall, Manofmanymissions & My MVP (with 3 foals each); Break The Bank K (2 foals); Dontyouforgetit & Stormin Normand (one foal each). Seven of tonight's contestants are homebreds, including: Pass The Vape (Race 3) was bred by owner Lionel Ray Waitker; Northmedo Mission (Race 3), bred by Northmedo Stable; Icingon De Cupcake (Race 3) was bred by partners William Jeff Johnson II and Douglas Millard; Banker Twentyfive (Race 3) was bred by owner Robert J. Key; Ride The Rails (Race 11) was bred by owner Robert J. Key; Magic MVP (Race 11) was bred and is owned by Midnight Stables; and Mission Accepted (Race 11) was bred by co-owner Knox Services. Looking to continue his sweep of the OSS series is Mission Accepted, a Manofmanymissions colt trained and co-owned by Jeff Conger, along with partners Knox Services and David B. Wills. He'll start from post seven for driver Ryan Stahl in the second OSS division (Race 11). This sophomore won Leg 1 at Miami Valley on May 6 in 1:53 and Leg 2 on June 15 at Scioto Downs in a career best 1:52. He also won a $25,000 Beal Elim at Pocono Downs in 1:53.2 and was sixth in the final, beaten only 3¼ lengths. From 12 career starts Mission Accepted has racked up eight wins and a third with $268,300. He is the fifth foal out of the SJ's Photo mare Witty Girl 3,1:58.2f ($32,602) and is a half-brother to March Awareness (by Ken Warkentin) 7, 1:53 ($400,899) and to Witty's Winner (by Jailhouse Jesse) 5, 1:54.4s ($95,757). The first OSS division (Race 3) is a wide-open event with no clear standout. Two O B Wonkenobi gets Sammy Widger in the sulky for trainer Earnie Gaskin from post five. This brown altered son by Dejarmbo is owned by Indiana partners Shara Weaver and Madeline Roche. Two O B Wonkenobi finished second in the first two legs of this series and has four wins in nine starts this season and a 6-6-1 record from 15 lifetime starts, and $59,395 in career earnings. He is the fifth of six foals out of the Garland Lobell mare Shannon Hall 3, 1:54.1m ($108,787) and is a half-brother to Massive Drama (by Credit Winner) 4, 1:57h ($204,802). by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator  

Five $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions spotlighted 49 Buckeye-bred, freshman trotting fillies at Northfield Park on another balmy summer night, July 3. Daryl Sherman's and Melissa Patterson's Spirit Bell, a daughter by Southwind Spirit, turned in the speediest performance of the evening among Ohio Sires Stakes contestants, with a 1:58 clocking in the second OSS division. Reined by Ryan Stahl for trainer Kent Sherman, Spirit Bell was sent off as the 4-5 choice and responded with a wire-to-wire performance, finishing 1½ lengths ahead of 8-1 second-place finisher So Romantic (Ken Holiday), with 9-5 Back Splash (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) nailing down third-place monies. Bred by Dublin Valley Farm, Spirit Bell collected the $20,000 winner's share of the OSS purse for her connections in her pari-mutuel debut. She is the first foal out of the Majestic Son mare Keystone Isabella 3, 1:57.2h ($42,456). Aunt Rose, the 4-5 favorite, also put in a front-stepping performance to capture the first OSS division for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., and trainer Chris Beaver, who owns the bay daughter by Uncle Peter along with Joe Sbrocco and Steven Zeehandelar. Timed in 1:59.1, Aunt Rose trotted confidently throughout the mile, easily defeating 2-1 And Up We Go (Greg Grismore) by seven lengths, with 7-2 Bad Babysitter finishing third for Danny Noble. Bred by Spring Haven Farm and Doug Millard, Aunt Rose is the eighth foal out of the Yankee Glide mare Lightning Flower 3, 1:56.2m ($5,725) and is a half-sister to Lightning Storm (by Donato Hanover) 4, 1:53.2f ($341,917); Wildflower (by Muscle Hill) 3, 1:55m ($265,437); and Lightning Force (by Muscle Hill) 3, 1:53 ($169,906). See Me Sparkle did just that in the third OSS division. Trained by J L Adams and driven by Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., the daughter by Broadway Hall notched her first career victory in 2:00.3 with a dramatic, come-from-behind victory that saw her brush her final panel in a snappy :28.3. Sent off at odds of 4-1, See Me Sparkle bested 12-1 longshot One Last Howl (Mike Wilder) by a length, with 8-1 Aunt Marilynn (Aaron Merriman) third. Bred by Midland Acres, See Me Sparkle is owned by the Pennsylvania-based trio of partners M A Valentic, J R Bednarksi & K L Adams. This cute little brown filly is the fifth foal out of the Master Lavec mare Queen Of Lavec 2, Q1:59.4f ($32,258) and has half-siblings in: Queen Of Justice (by Justice Hall) 3, 1:56.3s ($79,273); Jailhouse King (by Jailhouse Jess) 4, 1:56f ($76,766); and Little King Cole (by Jailhouse Jesse) 4, 1:57f ($51,662). Dan Ater's and Kirk Nichol's Vivi D posted a 1:59.2 winning clocking in the fourth OSS division, with Ater's son Kyle in the sulky. The Broadway Hall lass zipped through panels of :29.3; 1:00.4; and 1:30 at odds of 5-1 for her connections in her pari-mutuel debut, holding on in the late going to finish a neck in front of the hard-trying 4-5 favorite Only Take Cash (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.). Pure Chance, at 9-5, was third for driver Aaron Merriman. Bred by D & M Robinson and R. Mondillo, Vivi D is the third foal out of the unraced Cantab Hall mare Fortheloveoflindy. Trainer Chris Beaver returned to the Northfield Park winner's circle in the final OSS division, this time with the even-money favorite, Stone In Love, who he owns in partnership with Jim Burnette and Tim Homan. This Wishing Stone daughter prevailed in 1;59.2 for driver Aaron Merriman, besting 2-1 Box Cars (Ryan Stahl) by a length and a quarter at the wire. Princessofpink, at 10-1, was third for Tony Hall. Stone In Love is the third foal out of the Cantab Hall mare PFront Bye Bye 3, 1:56.3f ($77,820), and has half-sisters in Chelsees A Winner 4, 1:55.4f ($81,982) and Party Upfront 3, 2:00.4h ($27,312)--both sired by Big Rigs. She was bred by Mark Ford and Ed Mullinax. Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Wednesday afternoon at Scioto Downs, with five $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 2-year-old pacing colts.  by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

WILKES-BARRE PA – A “Who’s Who” of the free-for-all pacers, three-year-old trotters, and three-year-old pacers both male and female were gathered together at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night, trying to perform well in harness racing elimination races and qualify for next Saturday’s $2,000,000 Sun Stakes Saturday Championships race card. There was a frontstretch headwind. FRANKLIN PACE (FFA p) Heaven Rocks A proved best in a cavalry charge to the wire, sweeping off cover to reduce his Stateside mark to 1:49.3 in the first $30,000 Franklin elim. Check Six moved to the lead after the 26.1 opener, got to the midpoint in 54.1, then was challenged by first-over Western Fame to the 1:22 ¾ pole. Heaven Rocks A tipped three-wide midturn, was (as has been his norm) a bit hard to keep on a maximum course late on the turn, but then showed determination to withstand late-charging Donttellmeagain by a neck, with Western Fame holding stoutly for third and a Franklin final spot. Ross Croghan trains the winner of $414,145, and driver David Miller co-owns him with the Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Dana Parham. McWicked made winning look McEasy despite a first-over journey, winning handily for driver Brian Sears in 1:48.3. Mach It So set the early pace of 26 and 54.2, then had to contend with the inexorable McGrind of the winner. McWicked took the lead shortly after the 1:21.2 ¾, then finished out in 27.1, 2¾ lengths   ahead of Rockin Ron, who split horses late to just get second over longshot Mac’s Jackpot, who photoed Mach It So for advancement to next week’s Championship. Casie Coleman conditions the veteran son of McArdle, who now is at $2,394,362 in career earnings, for S S G Stables. BEAL TROT (3YO Open trot) Ohio champion Mission Accepted proved he was the real deal against Grand Circuit stock by taking the first of the $25,000 Beal eliminations in 1:53.2. Those who had backed the Manofmanymissions colt to 4-5 had a few anxious moments down the back as their choice significantly gapped the cover of Patent Leather, who went his third split in 26.4 to clear pacesetter Whats The Word. But driver Ryan Stahl got more out of Mission Accepted and gained on the turn, then dove down into an open Pocono Pike, trotting away late for a 1¼ length tally over Patent Leather, with Lawmaker, forwardly-placed throughout, taking third. The winner, perfect in four starts this year and the OhSS Final victor at two, now has a bankroll of $268,300 for trainer Jeff Conger, who is also the co-owner with  Knox Services Inc. and David Wills. Six Pack started from post six in his Beal elim, then recorded all “1”s across his charted line, withstanding a late Pocono Pike rush from Evaluate by ¾ of a length to win in 1:53.3. Trainer-driver Åke Svanstedt put the New York star right on the lead, and after a 29.3 second quarter breather the son of Muscle Mass flew home in 56 – 27.4. Evaluate (at .90 odds to Six Pack’s .80*), in the pocket, raced strongly in the lane to maintain second, with Fashionwoodchopper showing grit to hold on for third and advancement after having to go first-over. Six Pack now shows earnings of $345,055 for Åke Svanstedt Inc., Little E LLC, and Stall Kalmar FF. HEMPT PACE (3YO c/g pace) Dorsoduro Hanover made a swift move to the lead before the 5/8 in the first of the $25,000 Hempt elims, then held on gamely over the late charge of Springsteen by a neck, with forwardly-placed This Is The Plan, looped for the lead down the back, came back to be another neck off the 1:49.4 winner to complete the trio to advance. The victorious Somebeachsomewhere gelding took a new lifetime mark and set a season’s record, running his 2018 record to 4-for-5 this season while taking his earnings to $172,668. Matt Kakaley handled sulky duties for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stables LLC; Silva, Purnel & Libby; Weaver Bruscemi LLC; and the Wingfield Five. LYNCH PACE (3YO filly pace) Youaremycandygirl, looking more like her 2017 championship self, took the first $20,000 Lynch elimination on the engine in 1:51.3. Yannick Gingras was out to the 27.1 quarter to make the lead behind the daughter of American Ideal, then tripped the timer at the half in 56.2 before Alexa’s Power moved up to challenge. The 6-5 second choice pacesetter (the first non-favorite to win in the eliminations after five straight chalk) and the 1-2* first-over battled to and past the 1:23.2 3/4s, with Alexa’s Power dropping in the pocket at headstretch and second-over Double A Mint coming quickly in the lane. The “Candygirl” (named after a line in a song by the “group” The Archies) held off Double A Mint by a neck, with Alexa’s Power and Hypnotic Tale next in line. Ron Burke conditions the winner of $925,915, 2-for-4 this year and 11-for-15 lifetime, for owner W. J. Donovan. Kissin In The Sand left to the early lead, let Sidewalk Dancer go by at the half, then surged in the Pocono Pike midstretch to catch that rival in 1:51.1 in the other Lynch elim. Sidewalk Dancer was out the whole way in the 26.4 quarter and almost to the half in 55 before clearing the winning favorite, went to the ¾ in 1:23.1, but succumbed to the pocket rocket late, with I’m Trigger Happy, Sansovina Hanover, and Serene Stride (the faster 5th-place finisher) going on to the Championship. Kissin In The Sand was driven by Scott Zeron for trainer Nancy Johansson, and the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere has earnings of $345,545 for owners Marvin Katz and the Hatfield Stables. GREAT NORTHEAST OPEN SERIES (top older pacers) Why did he include a $30,000 race, the Great Northeast event, in this wrapup? How about because the winner, Bettor’s Edge, equaled the fastest mile of the year on a 5/8-mile track in North America by winning in 1:48.2? How about because the fractions were 25.1, 53.3, and 1:20, and the nine-year-old winner set most of the pace? Rodeo Romeo got past Bettor’s Edge after the astounding quarter, but then the winner of $2,133,382 was out and retaking for Scott Zeron in front of the stands and “got a rest” to the half. Then Highalator came first-over and got a small advantage late backstretch through the smoking 3/4s, but the winner held him off, then withstood the Pocono Pike late move of Rodeo Romeo to tally by a ½ length for trainer Jennifer Lappe, also the co-owner with Robert Santagata; Highalator was only a neck further back in third. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

COLUMBUS, OH - The trio of 3-year-old trotting colts who captured their respective $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes on Friday night, June 15 at Scioto Downs couldn't be more different. All three are by different Ohio-registered stallions; none were trained or driven by the same person; and all have ownership connections from three different states. Mission Accepted, who captured Leg 1 of this series on May 6 at Miami Valley in 1:53 by four lengths, put forth a similar effort in his OSS division at Scioto, this time winning by two lengths in a track, personal best and national season's record clocking of 1:52. The unaltered son by Manofmanymissions used similar, wire-to-wire tactics for driver Ryan Stahl to nail down his third win in as many tries this season, upping his 2018 earnings to $65,000 for the Ohio-based partnership of trainer Jeff Conger, breeders Knox Services and David Wills as the 1-2 favorite. Two OB Wonkenobi was second for driver Sam Widger at 9-2 odds, while 7-2 Get The Cash and driver Greg Grismore picked up third-place money. Mission Accepted, who captured the $250,000 OSS Championship for freshman trotters on Sept. 2, 2017 at Scioto Downs, now has seven wins and a third in ten career starts and $255,800 in his bankroll. The bay colt is the fifth foal out of the SJ's Photo mare Witty Girl and is a half-brother to March Awareness (by Ken Warkentin) 7, 1:53f ($398,059) and to Witty's Winner (by Jailhouse Jesse) 5, 1:54.4s ($95,757) and has a full brother in the 2-year-old Wittyville, who recently qualified in Q2:01.2f. In the second OSS division, 4-1 Uncle Buck took Aaron Merriman to a spirited 1:54.3 new lifetime mark victory, besting 10-1 longshot MVP Luke (Danny Noble) by 1¼ lengths, with 31-1 longer shot Secret Bro finishing third for Sandy Beatty. Trained by Steve Bauder for Mokena, IL-owner Wayne Temple, the bay gelded son by Stormin Normand grabbed the lead at the 1:25.2 three-quarter marker, and never looked back en route to his fourth victory of 2018. He now has five wins, six seconds and a trio of thirds in 19 career trips postward. Uncle Buck's seasonal earnings stand at $53,150, with $64,429 earned lifetime. Bred by Illinois' Orville Rursch, he is the third foal out of the Brilliant Victory broodmare Brilliant Linda and has half-siblings in Brilliant Winner (by Polar Winner) 2, 2:07.2h ($10,104) and Polar B (by Polar Winner) 2, 1:57.2h ($49,114). Pennsylvania-owned and trained invader Rising MVP, who was making his first start in the OSS series, captured the third and final division in 1:56.2 with Chris Page at the lines. Trained by William Daugherty, Jr. for his wife, owner Susan Daugherty of Mercer, PA, the altered son by My MVP left the gate at odds of 7-1, besting 22-1 longshot Manny L (Jeff Nisonger) by a neck with 1-5 favorite Sultan Of Cash (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) getting up for third, half a length back. Rising MVP returned $16.40 on a two-dollar ticket as he picked up his first win this year. His seasonal earnings stand at $24,048 with his lifetime bankroll at $89,268 from ten wins, two seconds and two thirds in 18 starts. Bred by Mahlon A. Miller of Sugarcreek, Ohio, Rising MVP is the third foal out of the unraced Credit Winner mare Nutmeg's Winner and is a half-brother to Rail Kat (by Muscle Native) 4, 1:56f ($137,454) and Rally In The Hall (by Amigo Hall) 3, 2:00f ($18,480). After the first two Ohio Sires Stakes legs in this division, the following horses are the top point earners: Mission Accepted (102), Sultan Of Cash (64), Uncle Buck (64), Northmedo Mission (52), MVP Luke (52), Two OB Wonkenobi (52) and Rising MVP (51). Leg 3 for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings will be contested on July 9 at Northfield Park and Leg 4 on Aug. 24 at Scioto Downs, with the $275,000 Championship set for Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs and the $60,000 Consolation Oct. 13 at Northfield Park. by Kim Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

Harness racing driver Ryan Stahl scored the 4,000th win of his career aboard This Baby Rocks in Northfield Park's sixth race on Monday (March 20) by firing off the gate and fending off all challengers. This Baby Rocks maintained a nose advantage over his closest rival at the wire, successfully pacing his mile in 1:54.2. Stahl's richest win came in a $100,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final and he has won six Sire Stakes Finals. The native of Republic, Ohio rates the most exciting horse he has ever driven as being Hypnotic Blue Chip, in the 2011 Battle of Lake Erie. "It was an honor to drive a world-class horse like him," said Stahl. The 39-year-old Stahl remembers his first win as being aboard a trotting filly named Lojos Sharp Baby, at the Oak Harbor (Ohio) Fairgrounds. "That win came about a week after I got my license," Stahl recalled. With 4,000 to choose from, Stahl says that his most memorable win came aboard Podges Lady, in the 2012 edition of the Courageous Lady. "It is a signature race here at Northfield and it really meant a lot," offered Stahl. Ryan started driving at the age of 14 and appreciates his success so far; accomplishing the 4,000-win milestone and having driven the winners of nearly $15.5 million. Stahl has been married for almost two years to Nichole. The couple has two children, a son Owen, and daughter Sonny. The family resides on an 80-acre farm in Republic, Ohio and trains a stable of 12 horses. "Nichole is simply the best and does so much to keep our family, horses and farm going," explained Stahl. "I am only able to come to the track and drive on a nightly basis because of what she does to manage everything with our stable and family."   $9,381.52 Carryover Sparks $40,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Total Pool Tuesday at Northfield Park Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $40,000 Pick-4 total pool guarantee on Tuesday (March 21st).  Beginning in Race 8, the $40,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $9,381.52.  This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.    Tuesday’s post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratliff  

Ryan Stahl had a stellar night on Saturday (September 10) at Northfield Park by posting six wins on the 15-race harness racing program. Stahl's triumphs were with Tech Trade ($2.60) in race four, Mikeleh ($4.40) in race seven, Fountain Pen ($3.60) in race nine, Pop The Tags ($4.00) in race 11, Bestest Hanover ($3.80) in race 12 and Naked At The Beach ($7.20) in race 15. Stahl won his first race in 1994, a $3,127 stake event in 2:11, at his hometown fair in Tiffin, Ohio aboard Lojo's Sharp Baby. Since breaking his maiden, Ryan has scored 3,813 more times with purse earnings in excess of $14.2 million. Ayers Ratlif

Northfield Park's Friday Night Lights Series concludes with a $15,000 final on Friday (November 7). The race is slated as the evening's ninth race. Friday's Post time is 6:00 p.m. Threefold Breanna has drawn post two and has been named the 5-2 morning line favorite in the race. Second and third favorites are (5) Tarport Belle and (6) Work Week. Threefold Brianna enters the race for owner/trainer William Beckley of Delaware, Ohio. Ryan Stahl is listed to drive. Threefold Brianna has four wins this year in 15 starts and is evidently sharp as three of those wins have been paced in her last five outings. She has a lifetime mark of 1:53.4, which was garnered over the Flying Turns, and has a bankroll of $16,385. Tarport Belle, the 7-2 second choice, enters this race off of two consecutive victories for trainer Jeff Hochstetler and driver Jason Thompson. She has been finding success on the front, but may have trouble in her quest for the lead with ample early speed to her inside. Work Week has been named the 4-1 third favorite for her trainer Johnny Yoder and driver JD Wengerd. She has been the runner-up in both of her most recent efforts and will attempt to turn the tables on her competition. The $15,000 Friday Night Lights Series Final Field: PP HORSE               DRIVER                         M/L 1 Littlewhitekiddie Jason Merriman         6-1 2 Threefold Breanna Ryan Stahl             5-2 3 Can't Best My Art Ronnie Wrenn Jr.     8-1 4 DVC Kahlua Breeze Kevin Cross       12-1 5 Tarport Belle Jason Thompson           7-2 6 Work Week JD Wengerd                       4-1 7 Lotsa Juice Kurt Sugg                        15-1 8 Sand Sonya Aaron Merriman            9-2 9 Basic Survival Keith Kash Jr.           10-1 Feel The Heat Wins Halloween Series Final  Feel The Heat cruised to victory in the $15,000 Halloween Series Final on Thursday (November 6) at Northfield Park.  He is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. for Hilliard, Ohio owner Perkins Racing Stable, LLC.  Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was in the sulky. Feel The Heat (Feelin Friskie-Young’s Tower-Water Tower) started from post five.  He had to work in the first quarter to make the lead, but never experienced an anxious moment once he struck the front.  Feel The Heat led his competition over a sloppy surface through fractions of :26.4, :57.2, 1:26.4 and 1:55, besting his competition by six lengths.  Completing the race were Billy The Colt, Hanky L, Oil Slicker, Ubetterubetterubet, Jollyroger Hanover, Clayton Morris, Luckey Rei and Igottaguyforthat.  Thursday’s win was the sixth victory this year in 19 starts.  It bolstered his career win tally to nine and his lifetime earnings to $140,582.  He was heavily favored and returned $3.60 to win. Ayers Ratliff

Victory Is Coming and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.stole the spotlight with their world and new track record performance of 1:51 at Scioto Downs Friday. The previous world record of 1:51.4 for an aged trotting mare on a 5/8 mile track was set by Beatgoeson Hanover and In Your Room, both in 2013.  The previous track record of 1:52.2 was held by Unefoisdanmavie and Modern Family. The 7-year old mare by Victory Sam out of Norse Comer is trained by Ammon Hershberger for Betty and John Shaw. Victory Is Coming has now earned over $520,000 in her 107 starts and has made 47 trips the winners circle. The mare started from post five in the full field of 10 and went off at odds of 8-5. Wrenn got away an early fifth behind the battle of Its Complicated and Creatine. Clicking the opener quarter in a hot, :26.2. The pace didn't slow much when Lachance grabbed leather with Creatine to drop in third. They clocked the half mile in :54 and it was shortly after that Wrenn pulled the right line and made a quick brush to the front. Victory Is Coming quickly opened up 3-lengths on the field as she hit the three quarters in 1:22.2. Wrenn had the talented mare well in hand as the cruised to a 1-1/4 lengths victory over Southwind Pepino. The other lone mare in the field, Daylon Miracle was a closing third. Freshman fillies dominate in $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes at Scioto Downs on Friday night. Like Old Times and Josh Sutton set a new track record of 1:57.2 for 2-year trotting fillies at Scioto Downs. The previous record of 1:57.2 was held by Rose Run Keepsake. Like Old Times is a daughter of Chip Chip Hooray out of Royal Two. She's trained by Don McKirgan for Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, Ohio. She started from post four in the field of eight and was in good company. The 9-5 morning line favorite, Dark Roast started from post five. Dark Roast and Kurt Sugg left out for command and landed In The Pocket spot, but were out to take command just passed the 1/4 that was trotted in :28.3. Sutton and Like Old Times were parked the entire way and still were charging for command after the half that was trotted in :59. Dark Roast and Like Old Times went toe to toe and stride for stride down the three quarters that was clocked on 1:27.4. Sutton finally asked the filly for more and she responded by opening up on the field by 5-3/4 lengths. Sammy Star and Aaron Merriman came on late for second and Dark roast held on for third. Bettys Sam and trainer, driver Ammon Hershberger upset their division in 1:57.4. Bettys Sam is owned by John "Red" and Betty Shaw of Mt. Vernon, Ohio. She's by Victory Sam out of Norse Comer. She was out to prove that she wanted to be just like her sister, Victory Is Coming and her point was made. The filly started from the rail, but still had hard work ahead of her. The undefeated Sunrise Nibbles had post four in the field of eight. Page sent Sunrise Nibbles to her normal spot and clocked the opening quarter in :29. Ammon had Bettys Sam sitting third and after the :30 second quarter decided it was time to move. She started her first over grind and hit the three quarters in 1:28.2. Sunrise Nibbles and Bettys Sam battled down the stretch, a small neck separated the fillies. Bettys Sam earned the victory and paid $71.40 to win. Chip Girl and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.completed the trifecta. Lisa Jane takes the final division for trotting fillies in a career best, 1:57.2. Lisa Jane started from post five and Ryan Stahl had the lines for trainer, Scott Cox. She's a daughter of Neely Dunn out of Vanilla B and is owned by Parent Racing Stable LLC and G.Peters. Stahl wasted no time to gain control of the fractions. After the opening quarter was trotted in :28.4 by Tt'scaramelcream, Ryan made the move to the front. The trotted to the half in a moderate :59.1 and passed the three quarters in 1:28.2. Lisa Jane was well in hand and won by 3-1/2 lengths over Student Of Life and Dolly Dunn was third. Bell Flower and Chris Page dominate their $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes division in 1:55. Bell Flower never made her connections anxious as the heavy favorite. She started from post six in the field of eight. Page steered the perfect filly to the top and never looked back. She clocked fractions of :28.1,:57.1 and 1:25.4 before drawing clear by 7 lengths. Crosswinds Cupcake and Dan Noble rallied for second and Ut Oh Spakiddio grabbed the show spot. Sectionlinefriskie breaks her maiden with a win in her division of Ohio Sires Stakes in 1:56. Sectionlinefriskie is a daughter of Feelin Friskie out of Aquatic Yankee. She's trained by Steve Bauder for Harold Bauder, Michael Dixon and Harold Lee Bauder. Dan Noble had the assignment from post seven and was overlooked at 22-1. Noble ended up an early seventh in the field of eight. The heavy 1-5 choice, Friskie Lil Devil was the pace setter and cut fractions of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:27. Aaron Merriman and Zoey's Lemon Tart sat the pocket trip and waited to pounce in the stretch. Neither one could hold off the late charge from Sectionlinefriskie. She paced her final quarter in :28.3 Friskie Lil Devil settled for the place spot and Zoey's Lemon Tart was third. From Scioto Downs Racino

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and Dan Noble will be recognized for their National Dash Driving Championships as part of the Wall of Fame ceremonies at Northfield Park on Sunday, August 10, 2014. The banquet will begin at 5:00 p.m. Wrenn topped the North American driving ranks in 2013 with 714 victories. Dave Palone (645), Bruce Aldrich, Jr. (645), Corey Callahan (619) and Tim Tetrick (582) completed the top five drivers by wins. Despite being a regular at Northfield Park, where he picked up 55% of his 2013 total wins, Wrenn split his time among several different venues last year. In addition to being a regular at Northfield, he drove at Batavia Downs, Buffalo Raceway, Colonial Downs, Monticello Raceway, Northville Downs, Raceway Park, Scioto Downs and several county fairs. Wrenn garnered 388 wins over the Flying Turns in 2013, placing him atop Northfield's leader board. His nearest competitor, Aaron Merriman, drove 234 winners. Keith Kash, Jr. (213), Jason Thompson (196) and Chris Page (193) rounded out the top five local reinsmen. "The dash title is really nice to have been able to accomplish. I have been very lucky and blessed to have driven well-conditioned horses for some great trainers," commented Wrenn. "It means a lot that my Dad was able to see me win the title. That definitely made it more special." Wrenn's father, Ron Sr., passed away in May, 2014. Dan Noble was North America's Dash Champion in 2011. Noble scored 773 victories in 2011, finishing ahead of George Brennan, who had 754 wins. Tim Tetrick (746), Dave Palone (698) and George Napolitano, Jr. (540) followed. Noble scored 56% of his yearly win tally at Northfield, topping the local driver standings by an authoritative margin. With 436 victories, his nearest competitor was Ryan Stahl, who drove 283 winners. Kurt Sugg (252), Wyatt Irvine (223) and Aaron Merriman (196) completed the top five. Winning Northfield's title was not Noble's only accomplishment in 2011. He also claimed the dash titles at Scioto Downs, The Red Mile and Lebanon Raceway's spring meet. Noble's busy 2011 season meant a lot of travel. "It was a long year to pursue the dash title, but I'm really glad I did it," Noble commented. Dan's father, Sam (Chip) Noble III, who was the national UDRS driving champion in 1978, 1981 and 1983, had the joy of witnessing his son's feat before his death from cancer in January of this year. Northfield Park's Wall of Fame Banquet is a triennial event. Candidates are nominated and considered by the Wall of Fame Trustees: Tom Aldrich, Vice-Chairman of Milstein Entertainment; Jerry Knappenberger, General Manager of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association; Ayers Ratliff, Northfield Park Director of Racing Communications and Assistant Director of Racing. Once a consensus is reached among the trustees, additional input and final approval is sought from the Wall of Fame Advisory Committee consisting of Scott Cox, Northfield Park OHHA Track Director; Amy Hollar, Northfield Park OHHA Track Representative; Tye Loy, 2010 Wall of Fame Inductee; Kent Sherman, Trainer/Driver At Large OHHA Board Member; Clair Unholtz, 2004 Wall of Fame Inductee; Martin Wollam, 2010 Wall of Fame Inductee; Dave Bianconi, Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting; and Mike Colacarro, Northfield Park Assistant General Manager. Other presentations at the August 10th event will be made to the Class of 2013 Wall of Fame Inductees, the Distinguished Owner, and the winners of the John Lee Good Fellowship, Willie C. Banks Ideal Employee, and Outstanding Caretaker Awards. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Ardyne Ace and Randy Tharps stole the Saturday Night Open Pace in 1:50.3 at Scioto Downs. Ardyne Ace is an eight-year-old gelded son of Aces N' Sevens out of Hertown Hanover. He's conditioned by Jim Pollock for David Ehrenberg II and Daniel Fawcett of Ohio. Ardyne Ace started from post four in the field of eight and was touted as the 4/5 favorite. Rightfully so, after competing in the Open Pace ranks in his last four outings and the veteran had been in the money every time. When the starter said go, Tharps put the throttle down and paced around the inside leaver, DJ Lance and Ryan Stahl. They clocked the opening quarter in a hot, 26.2. Tharps gave Ardyne Ace a 29 second quarter breather as they passed the half way mark in 55.2. Special Forces made the first over bid and pushed the pace down the backside and tripped the three quarters in 1:22.3. DJ Lance and Stahl waited patiently for the super stretch, but they still couldn't catch the strong, Ardyne Ace. DJ Lance was second for trainer, Nichole Gagnon and Special Forces was a valiant third. This was Ardyne Ace's 195th career start, 37th victory and adds to his bankroll of $336,741. From Scioto Downs Racino

  Ohio Sires Stakes and Opens highlight the Friday night card at Scioto Downs Friday. The two and three year old fillies in their respective divisions went post ward for their share of the $40,000 purse. There were nine total divisions for the trotting and pacing fillies and many favorites prevailed. The Sire Stake action kicked off in race one on the 14-race card with two-year old pacing fillies. A field of eight went behind the wings, including the 1-9 favorite, Bell Flower. Bell Flower showed her talent and dominated the field in 1:55.3. She's a daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye and Our Lady Countess. She's trained and partially owned by Fred Huff Jr and John Fairchild. Coming off her impressive qualifier of 1:54.4, she didn't disappoint her supporters. Chris Page had the lines and started from post two. The pair left for command and were the uncontested pace setters. Page clicked fractions of 27.1, 57, 1:26.1 and cruised to a four and three quarter length victory. Zoey's Lemon Tart and Aaron Merriman closed for second and Medoland Kendolin was third. The second race on the program featured a field of seven two-year old trotting fillies. Student Of Life for trainer and driver Marty Wollam prevailed in an impressive 1:58.3. Student Of Life is by Full Count out Lynn's Slider. She's owned by Acadia Farms Inc and G&B Racing of Ohio. The filly started from post three and that's were they got away. The heavy favorite, Bet On Chip and Chris Page for trainer, Devan Miller set the fractions of 29.2, 58.2 and 1:27.4. Giving Sammy Star and Aaron Merriman a perfect pocket trip, but it wasn't enough to fend off the late brush of Student Of Life. Bet On Chip was second and Sammy star was third. Only a neck separated these three fillies. The third race was a mild upset in the three year old trotting fillies first division. Sandys Victory and Josh Sutton rallied in 1:57.2. Sandys Victory is the daughter of Victory Sam and Amessageforsandy. She's conditioned by Larry Tinch who also owns with John E Reames. The filly started from post eight in the field of eight and was the post time second choice. In The Grippers was the 3-5 favorite and she started from post one. Page used the inside to his advantage and clocked favorable fractions of 28.3, 59 and 1:27.4 with In The Grippers. He had company going to the three quarters in the form of Sandys Victory. The filly wrestled the lead away in the stretch and trotted on to a one and a quarter length victory. Majesty Dream and Kayne Kauffman rallied for place and In The Grippers completed the trifecta. Three year old filly pacer Crown Time Keeper kept her stellar season going with a career best effort of 1:54. Crown Time Keeper and driver Chris Page were the post time favorite at 2-5 and rightfully so. The three year old filly by Feelin Friskie out of Crowntime Noreturn is trained by Steve Carter for owner and breeder, Esther Crownover. The filly didn't have her usually front end spot, but it didn't derail her. The fractions of 28 and 56.2 flushed her and she started her first over grind. Crown Time Keeper hit the three quarters in 1:24.1 and finally cleared the game, Lady Julie in the stretch and paced clear by two lengths. Lady Julie for trainer Jim Dailey was a solid second and God Only Knows was a closing third. Novascotia Hanover and Aaron Merriman collar the $25,000 Filly and Mare Open pace in 1:51.3. A full field of 10 went behind the gate. Novascotia Hanover started from post three and used her lucky draw to her advantage. The four year old mare by Somebeachsomewhere out of Northern Sky received a perfect pocket trip behind the heavy favorite, Continual Velocity. She set the fractions of 27, 54.2 and 1:22.3 with the steady pressure from a parked, Betterluvnexttime and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Novascotia Hanover had some left in the tank when Merriman showed her racetrack and she responded by her one length victory over Continual Velocity and Better Think Twice for trainer Danny Collins who was a fast closing third. Karlee Sue and Josh Sutton took the second division of the two year old filly pace in 1:56. The daughter of Feelin Friskie is trained and partially owned by Al Tomlinson along with Dennis Stolz and Daniel Mitchell. Sutton and Karlee Sue stole the fractions of 28.3, 59.1 and 1:27 and fended off a strong rally by Friskie Lil Devil who was second and Hailstorm Grace for trainer Tom Blankenship was third. Its Complicated and Josh Sutton wired the field in the $25,000 Open Trot in 1:53.4. This win gives Its Complicated five wins in his last six starts. The four year old gelding by Sj's Caviar out of Before The Rain is trained by Brent Davis for breeder and owner Hatfield Stables. The upset minded Turbochargedroxie rallies in a division of the three year old filly trot in 2:00.4. The steady rain that continued to fall quickly turned the fast track into a sloppy one. The filly by Cayenne Turbo was driven by Danny Noble for trainer Danny Collins for owners, Joyce McClelland, DM Stables Llc, Dean Davis and William Rufenacht. She drew post nine in the field nine, but she had some luck and talent on her side. Getting away seventh in the full field as the heavy favorite, Anniesbluejeanbaby set the fractions of 29.3, 1:00.4 and 1:30.2.  Noble was unhurried in the early going and he finally started making his bid at the three quarters, but it was more than enough time. The filly caught Jim Lupton's, Dellou by a head and Anniesbluejeanbaby was a tiring third. Heavy favorite Paydaze On The Way and Josh Sutton got the job done in1:56 in her division of Sires Stakes. Paydaze On The Way is a three year old daughter by Look Sharp out of Shantytown Girl. She's trained by nation leading trainer Ron Burke for Howard Taylor,Edwin Gold,Richard Lombardo and Karen Rose Greg Grismore and A P P Panda was placed second and Shakin Friskie was second placed third for going inside the pylons in the last quarter. The final two divisions of the two year old filly trot rounded out the evening and the favorites prevailed. Lisa Jane for trainer Scott Cox and Driver Ryan Stahl took her division in 2:03.3. The filly by Neely Dunn is owned by Parent Racing Stable Llc and G.Peters of Ohio. After mild fractions of 30,1:02.1 and1:33, set by Talissa and Jonas Hershberger, Stahl angled the filly out and got her underway from the back. Lisa Jane swallowed up race track and beat Song Of The Valley by a neck. Bettys Sam was third. Sunrise Nibbles dominated her division for driver Chris Page and trainer, Chris Beaver. The two year old trotting filly by Iron Duke is owned by Chris Beaver, Synerco Ventures Inc, Steven Zeehandelar and David Lang. The perfect filly went to the front and never turned back. She drew clear by three and a half lengths from Dolly Dunn for trainer Brian Brown and Honey B for trainer Dan Ater took the show spot. From Scioto Downs Racino

So Long My Love paced to her third consecutive victory, capturing the $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Thursday (May 8) in Northfield Park's eleventh race. She is owned and trained by Scott Cox of Streetsboro, Ohio. Ryan Stahl was aboard for the winning drive. So Long My Love (American Ideal-Letmedowneasy-Camluck) started from post six. She flashed moderate speed off the gate but found that no hole was available and was parked the entire mile, through fractions of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:25.3. She cleared to the lead in the final quarter and bested her competition by 1 ¼-lengths, posting a final time of 1:54.4. Completing the race were Power Everywhere, Wygant Belle, Blows Me Away, Cams Van Go, Tame The Dame, It Must Be Magic and Deliciouslynaughty. Thursday's win was the sixth victory this year, and tenth career score for So Long My Love and it bolstered her lifetime earnings to $60,253. She returned $13.40 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park  

Fiyonce and driver Josh Sutton pulled off a huge upset at odds of 23-1 in capturing the $110,000 Courageous Lady Pace for three-year-old fillies Friday at Northfield Park. It was the first harness racing Grand Circuit event of the year for fillies. The race favorite at 3-5, Kayla Grace,  undefeated and going for her 16th straight career win and had her owners pay $10,000 to supplement her to the race, finished dead last. It was Kayla Grace and driver Brad Kramer leaving from post three and taking early command from Shell Bell (Aaron Merriman) as the field raced to the opening quarter mile in :27. As they raced into the second turn, Sister Stroll and driver Ryan Stahl came first-over and that gave cover on the outside to A La Notte Hanover (Chris Page) as they raced to the half mile in :56.1. Entering the backstretch the second time, Sister Stroll started to gain ground on Kayla Grace as Brad Kramer pulled the ear plugs and had to urge his filly on to maintain the lead to the three-quarters in 1:25.1. Also on the move at that time was Mike Wilder, who took That Woman Hanover three-wide in an attempt to loop the field. And all the while there was Fiyonce and Josh Sutton keeping close to the action in last place. As they started down the stretch the final time, Kayla Grace began to tire as Sister Stroll collared her and started to pass her by. Then That Woman Hanover came charging by in mid stretch along with the late flying Fiyonce the fastest off all to score the victory by a head in 1:55.1. That Woman Hanover was second in the photo with Sister Stroll third. “For sure it feels good,” said Josh Sutton after the victory. “My horse was running out pretty good. I really couldn’t get her in gear at first. Mike (Wilder) got in front of me and then they all sorta pulled out and everything worked out great.” It was the second start this year and only second career win for Fiyonce. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover from the Pandersoa mare, Fionavar Hanover, paid $48.60 to win for trainer Ron Burke and the Burke Racing Stable of Fredericktown, Pa. and co-owners Weaver Bruscemi of Canonsburg, Pa. The victory was one of four wins on the night for Josh Sutton, who had never driven the filly before. “Just absolutely thrilled,” said Mickey Burke “Josh did a great job with her and the mare responded well to him. I liked that she was able to track some good horses down. We are really happy with her. She is New Jersey sired so I think she will ship back East for their Sire Stakes.” By Steven Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

The $110,000 Courageous Lady has drawn an impressive field of six and goes postward this Friday evening, April 25 as Northfield Park's eleventh race. Approximate post time for this Grant Circuit event is 10:40 p.m. The race is an open contest for North America's top three-year-old-filly pacers and is the first national stake of 2013. Undefeated Kayla Grace has paid $10,000 to supplement to the race and has been named the 3-1 morning line favorite. She will face five rivals, including two fillies trained by North American leading trainer, Ron Burke. Burke is no stranger to winning major stake events over Northfield Park's Flying Turns. The 2014 $110,000 Courageous Lady Field: #1 - Shell Bell prepared for this race by qualifying twice and racing once at Hoosier Park. She won her second qualifier in 1:56.2 and was beaten just two lengths in her sophomore debut, pacing in 1:55.1. She is a daughter of Always A Virgin and was a winner in three of sixteen starts last year, taking a mark of 1:56.2 at Hoosier Park and earning $47,254. Shell Bell is Buckeye-owned by Dean Davis of Wooster and is trained by Steve Carter. She was assigned a morning line of 6-1 and is scheduled to have the driving services of the leading reinsman in North America, Aaron Merriman. #2 - Sister Stroll is a daughter of Art Official and won five of eleven races last year, taking a 1:54.1 mark at Harrah's Philadelphia. She is the richest filly in the race, bankrolling $102,617. She is owned by the partnership of Jennifer Brown, Strollin Stable, both of Ohio, and King McNamara of Florida. She is trained at the Delaware County Fairgrounds by Brian Brown. Sister Stroll shows two qualifiers this season at The Meadows, pacing in 1:58.3 and 1:54.3 respectively. She carries a 9-2 morning line. Ryan Stahl has been named to drive. #3 - Kayla Grace is undefeated and paid the $10,000 supplement to compete in this event. Owned by ECS Racing and Kevin St. Charles and trained by Marie St. Charles, Kayla Grace has been campaigned solely in Michigan. This daughter of He's All That has a fifteen for fifteen unblemished record and has garnered $69,227. Her 1:55.1 career best was paced at Hazel Park. Despite this being the first time she crosses the Michigan state line and faces open competition, she was named the 3-1 morning line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Brad Kramer will be in her sulky. #4 - A La Notte Hanover, owned by Burke racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and Lawrence Karr, is one of two fillies in this race trained by Ron Burke. She has one start this year, finishing second and pacing in 1:52.2 at Meadowlands Racetrack. This daughter of Art Major has earnings of $76,584 and has won one of eight career starts, a 1:56.1 victory at Saratoga Raceway. Chris Page picks up the driving assignment aboard this 7-2 second favorite. #5 - Fiyonce is the other Burke-trained filly in this year's field and is owned by Burke Racing LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She made her only start of 2014 at The Meadows, pacing in 1:53.4. Her two-year-old season consisted of nine starts, of which she won one and finished on the board five times. This daughter of Rocknroll Hanover has earnings of $61,549 and boasts the fastest lifetime mark in the field, a 1:52.4 record at Meadowlands Racetrack. Northfield Park leading driver, Josh Sutton, is listed to drive this 10-1 morning line starter. #6 - That Woman Hanover was a five-time winner last year in ten starts. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere has qualified twice at The Meadows in preparation for this race, most recently winning in 1:54.2. She took her lifetime mark at Pocono Downs in 1:54 and has earned $56,719. She is trained by Daniel Altmeyer, who also co-owns with Richard Kelson, Jack Piatt II and Jeffrey Altmeyer. Pennsylvania regular, Mike Wilder, has been named to drive this filly, who carries a 4-1 morning line. Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $7,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Friday’s (April 25) program. Beginning in Race 3, the $7,500 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $2,016.72. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

After watching That Woman Hanover recover from a mid-season slump and finish 2013 with three consecutive wins, trainer Dan Altmeyer is looking forward to the filly's 3-year-old campaign. That campaign begins Friday when That Woman Hanover faces five foes in the $110,000 Courageous Lady Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers at Northfield Park in Ohio. That Woman Hanover, driven by Altmeyer's son-in-law, Mike Wilder, drew post No. 6 and is 4-1 on the morning line. Kayla Grace, a filly from Michigan who has won all 15 of her lifetime starts, supplemented to the Courageous Lady for $10,000 and is the 3-1 favorite from post three. Last year, That Woman Hanover won her first two races, including a $30,000 division of the Pennsylvania All Stars, before hitting a five-race skid during which she finished no better than fifth. Altmeyer said the slump was the result of equipment issues, not any physical ailments, and That Woman Hanover rebounded to win her final three starts. She capped the season with a victory in a $30,200 division of the Keystone Classic. "She started out great and then she hit some bumps in the road and it took us a while to get it figured out," said Altmeyer, who owns That Woman Hanover with Richard Kelson, Jack Piatt II, and Jeffrey Altmeyer. "It was frustrating, but as long as we don't hit those bumps again, we'll be OK. "I was kind of excited to train her back this year and so far so good. She trained great in Florida (at Reveille Farms) before coming north. Mike thinks she's the real deal. We'll see if she can step up." That Woman Hanover prepped for the Courageous Lady with two qualifiers, winning the second in 1:54.2 at The Meadows. Courageous Lady contender Sister Stroll, from the stable of trainer Brian Brown, was second in the qualifier and stakes-winner Allstar Rating finished third. "It was her second go-round and we wanted to test her a little bit and make sure she was tight for the Courageous Lady," Altmeyer said. "It would have been nice to draw inside on the half-mile track (at Northfield). This is her first time on a half, but she's handled all the tracks so far and the turns where we train in Florida are a little tight, so I don't think she will have a problem." That Woman Hanover, purchased for $40,000 at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale, is a daughter of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Sub Rosa Hanover. Altmeyer trained Sub Rosa Hanover, who won divisions of the Reynolds Stakes at ages 2 and 3 and was a two-time runner-up in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championships. The family also includes stakes-winners Historic, Digger Almahurst, Tyler's Mark, and Texas Shootout. That Woman Hanover's stakes schedule this year includes the James Lynch Memorial, the Adioo Volo, and a number of events for Pennsylvania-bred fillies. "Her mother was a very good racehorse and I think this one has a little more talent," Altmeyer said. "She's a great horse to be around. I've had several Somebeachsomewhere (offspring) and they all have had great attitudes. She does also." Courageous Lady favorite Kayla Grace was 12-for-12 last season, with wins that included the Michigan Sire Stakes and Great Lakes championships for 2-year-old filly pacers. A La Notte Hanover, who is 7-2 on the morning line and one of two horses from the stable of trainer Ron Burke, won a division of the New York Sire Stakes last season. Sister Stroll, trained by Brian Brown, was a multiple stakes winner last year and is 9-2 on the Courageous Lady morning line. The field for the Courageous Lady, with listed drivers, trainers and morning line odds: 1. Shell Bell, Aaron Merriman, Steve Carter, 6-1; 2. Sister Stroll, Ryan Stahl, Brian Brown, 9-2; 3. Kayla Grace, Brad Kramer, Marie St. Charles, 3-1; 4. A La Notte Hanover, Chris Page, Ron Burke, 7-2; 5. Fiyonce, Josh Sutton, Ron Burke, 10-1; 6. That Woman Hanover, Mike Wilder, Dan Altmeyer, 4-1. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

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