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It was an exciting Saturday evening on June 22 nd when twenty charities participated in the 7 th annual Charity Night at the Races, held at Eldorado Gaming at Scioto Downs hosted by the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA).   The participants of each charity were invited to join OHHA trackside for a meal and enjoy an evening of racing.   Ohio horsemen and many OHHA Board members hosted each charity, explaining harness racing, sharing about the industry and guiding the participants through their evening events.   Following the meal, participants took turns touring the paddock where they had their photo taken with the horse they were paired with. USTA’s Wendy Ross interviewed each charity in the winner’s circle.   One participant from each group also had the opportunity to ride in the starting gate.   The charities that attended include: ALS- The ALS Association Central & Southern Ohio Chapter, Alzheimers Association Central Ohio Chapter, Canine Companions For Independence, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Crohn's, Colitis Foundation of Central Ohio, Girls on the Run of Central Ohio, Haven House of Pickaway County Inc., JDRF Central Ohio, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Ohio 4-H Youth Development, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Ohio FFA Foundation, Inc., Pacing For the Cure, PBJ Connections, Inc., Pickaway County Special Olympics, St. Vincent dePaul Society- St. Denis/Holy Family/Immaculate, St. Patrick School, American Red Cross, Tread Lightly and USO of Central and Southern Ohio.   This year the event was held under a tent which allowed the groups to be all together as well as giving them a full view of the track. A teller was also stationed in the tent, which was convenient for the participants to place wagers.   The charities were coupled with horses in either the 6 th or 8 th race. Depending on the placing the horse came in determined the amount each charity would take home. Two charities, Haven House of Pickaway County with Coal Hanover and Ohio 4-H with Wondrous Sport each took home a donation of $10,000 as their horses crossed the finish line first. The next big winners were St. Vincent DePaul Society with Indiana Cam and Ohio FFA with Bottom Deals, who each took home a donation of $5,000 from placing 2 nd . Alzheimer’s Association with Arch Hanover and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium with Shakerattlenrock each took the 3 rd place donation of $2,500. The charities that placed below 3 rd will each receive a $2,000 donation. A total of $63,000 was donated by Ohio horsemen.   For many who attended this was their first experience at a racetrack, while others have watched harness racing before or were veterans to this event, such as Tim McCarthy. He has attended with Big Brothers Big Sisters for many years. This year he is attended with Tread Lightly, a new charity to the event.   Debbie Adamdzak, the principal of St. Patrick School attended Charity Night in 2018. She commented,   “The St. Patrick staff and parents who attend this charitable event absolutely love every aspect: Visiting the paddock and seeing our horse, riding in the pace car, the wonderful table hosts and food and of course the exciting horse races. The proceeds we are given help our students give back to others with our service-learning projects”.   Allan Helber, Haven House of Pickaway County Board President shared about his evening experience.   “Thank you so much for allowing Haven House to participate in Charity Night at the Races.  My wife and I really enjoyed the evening.  The dinner, host, backstage tour and the race itself was all very well done.  Of course, we didn't mind winning the $10,000.  I can assure you it will make a huge impact on our shelter this year,” commented Helber.   The Columbus Zoo has been a part of the event for a few years now. Colby Falconer, the zoo’s Annual Giving Manager shared   “We were delighted to be a part of such an informative and educational evening with other organizations in Ohio. Not only did we learn about the great work other organizations do for our state, we were able to learn about OHHA and what they do in serving all things associated with harness racing. We hope to participate again next year – it has become a highlight of our philanthropic events!”   OHHA would like to thank the many horsemen and OHHA Board members who volunteered their time to help make the evening a success. Thank you to Eldorado Scioto Downs for their hospitality and service.   Due to the generosity of Ohio horsemen, this has become an annual event that the OHHA looks forward to offering. Any charity interested in participating next year, send an email to rmayhugh@ohha.com with your contact information or call the OHHA office at 614-221-3650.     By Regina Mayhugh

A pair of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes tests for harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies brought forth impressive performances despite unseasonably cool weather under clear skies at Scioto Down son Friday, June 14. In the first OSS division 3-1 Rose Run Uptowngal and driver Chris Page took advantage of a costly break made by 1-2 favorite Queen Of The Pride (Tony Hall) in the early going. The daughter of Dragon Again was second to her aforementioned foe in Leg One of this series on May 3 at Miami Valley and redeemed herself with a steady triumph in this second leg, easily holding off 10-1 Norman's Madeline (Brett Miller) by a length at the wire in 1:52.2. Final Offer (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was moved from fourth to third after Queen Of The Pride--who had gone under the wire third--was disqualified by the Scioto judges and placed eighth for interfering with 11-1 Carmen Ohio (Ryan Stahl). Trained by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing, P. Collura, J&T Silva-Purnell & Libby, Rose Run Uptowngal now has $122,960 in career earnings from five wins, three second and two thirds in 16 starts, with $52,510 of those monies amassed this season. "She can be a little temperamental before the race," Page explained in the Scioto winner's circle. "But once the race gets toing she's perfect to drive and really raced well tonight." Rose Run Uptowngal is the second and most prolific of four foals out of the Western Terror mare Victoria Gallery p, ($2,440). Steven Price's Rylee Roo went a huge mile in the second OSS division for driver Aaron Merriman, clocked in 1:52. After leaving from post seven, Merriman steered the Pet Rock lass three wide in the first turn to nab the lead and take the field to a :26.2 first panel. From there she snapped off fractions of :54.4 and 1:22.2 before posting a :29.3 final brush as the even-money favorite. Giggles In Dreams, a 22-1 longshot, was a tough second after going three-wide around the last turn and was beaten only a length for driver Shawn Barker II. In Love Again (Danny Noble) notched third-place honors at 12-1 odds. Rylee Roo Trained by Steve Carter, the homebred Rylee Roo upped her lifetime bankroll to $149,125 and has five wins, four second and one third in 12 starts. This bay lass is the second foal out of the Western Hanover mare Moonlite Delite p, 6, 1:51.3f ($278,548) and is a full sister to Tenwillgetutwenty p, 3, 1:55.1f ($35,334). Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Saturday night (June 15) at Northfield Park in Cleveland, as two $50,000 divisions of 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings go postward. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator    

Columbus, OH — The second leg of the 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing sophomores continues this weekend with 3-year-old pacing fillies featured Friday night (June 14) at Scioto Down and 3-year-old trotting colts in the limelight at Northfield Park on Saturday night (June 15). Seventeen fillies battle in two $50,000 OSS divisions at Scioto (races three and six) with a first race post time of 6:30 p.m. Stallions represented by pacing fillies include four by Dragon Again, three by McArdle, two each by Pet Rock and Yankee Cruiser, and one each by Beachtrea, Big Bad John, Nob Hill High, Rockin Amadeus, The Panderosa and Yankee Cruiser. Conditioners Brian Brown and Ron Burke dominate these two divisions, with both trainers having a total of four fillies competing, two in each division. In the first OSS division (race three) Queen Of The Pride will be trying for her second OSS triumph of the season against seven foes. Last year’s champion and a winner of $442,479 lifetime simply devastated her competition for driver Tony Hall with a 1:51.4 victory in leg one. The McArdle lass, who is owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare, left the gate and never looked back, drawing away from her five rivals in the final turn and sprinting to a 5-1/2 length win. Bred by Hickory Lane Farm’s Brad Wallace, Queen Of The Pride made an uncharacteristic break in the $109,234 Lismore final at Yonkers on May 25 after taking the $20,000 elimination on May 18 in 1:53.2. Hall drives from post three. Leg one winner Avaline Hanover heads up the second OSS division (race six) for driver Chris Page and trainer Ron Burke. The daughter of Dragon Again scored her first leg triumph handily in 1:52.1 on May 3 at Miami Valley, upping her seasonal earnings to $71,890. Owned by Burke, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, Avaline Hanover has amassed $84,930 lifetime from five wins, five seconds and a third in 13 career starts. She was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. Page drives Avaline Hanover from post four against eight rivals. Eighteen diagonally gaited colts and geldings will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate in a pair of $50,000 OSS contests Saturday (races four and eight) with a first race post time of 6 p.m. Ohio stallions represented by progeny in these two events include four each by Manofmanymissions and Uncle Peter; two each by Break The Bank K, Dejarmbro and Wishing Stone; and one each by Cash Hall, Dontyouforgetit, Ilooklikemymom and My MVP. Trainers dominating these two divisions are Ron Burke with three trotters and Chris Beaver and Jason McGinnis with two each competing. In the second $50,000 OSS division (race eight) leg one winners Wittyville and Lane Of Stone square off. Wittyville, a Manofmanymissions colt, was the 2-year-old championship winner in 2018, clocked in 1:57. Trained by Burke and owned by Burke Racing, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi, this homebred won his leg one OSS contest in 1:54.3 by nearly three lengths on May 5 at Miami Valley. From five starts this season he’s garnered three wins and $48,860, with $256,013 earned lifetime. Chris Page drives from post five. Lane Of Stone is conditioned by Mark Winters Sr., for owner/breeder Harry Horowitz. A winner of $189,893 lifetime, this Wishing Stone colt has eight wins and two seconds in 10 career starts and captured leg one in near wire-to-wire fashion in 1:53.1 by nearly four lengths. Jeff Nisonger will be in the sulky from post six in this nine-horse field. Leg one winner Patti’s Main Man heads up the first OSS division (race four) with Ronnie Wrenn Jr., driving for trainer/owner Mike Sowers from post three. The Manofmanymissions gelding captured that first OSS contest in 1:55.1 with Jeremy Smith at the lines. Bred by Midland Acres, Patti’s Main Man has career earnings of $93,815 from seven wins, two seconds and two thirds in 17 lifetime starts. That OSS victory was his lone triumph of the season in four tries. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

On June 22nd, the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) will host its 7th Charity Night at the Races. The event will be held at Eldorado Gaming at Scioto Downs. The participants of each charity are invited to join us trackside for a meal and to enjoy an evening of racing. OHHA Board members and other members of the racing community will host each charity, educating them about the industry and sharing the excitement of harness racing. For many of the charity representatives, this is their first time at a harness racetrack. Throughout the evening there are various activities they will be involved with. Each charity will be interviewed in the winner’s circle to share what their charity’s mission is, and many will have an informational table set up for racing fans to learn more. Participants will also have an opportunity to take a ride in the starting gate, visit the paddock and have a photo taken with their horse. Two races with 10-horse fields will be dedicated for the charity races. Horses and charities will be coupled by a random draw. Each charity will have a horse assigned to them and will be cheering on their horse. How the horses finish in each race will determine how much money the charity will win. The winnings per placings are 1st- $10,000  2nd-  $5,000  3rd- $2,500  4th-10th will receive $2,000 each. The total amount being donated to charities is $63,000. The charities participating include: ALS- The ALS Association Central & Southern Ohio Chapter Alzheimers Association Central Ohio Chapter Canine Companions For Independence Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of Central Ohio Girls on the Run of Central Ohio Haven House of Pickaway County Inc. JDRF Central Ohio Mid-Ohio Foodbank Ohio 4-H Youth Development Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Ohio FFA Foundation, Inc. Pacing For the Cure PBJ Connections, Inc. Pickaway County Special Olympics St. Vincent dePaul Society- St. Denis/Holy Family/Immaculate St. Patrick School American Red Cross Tread Lightly! USO of Central and Southern Ohio Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association is looking forward to a fun and exciting evening at Eldorado Scioto Downs on June 22nd. Regina Mayhugh Communications Director Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association

Columbus, Ohio--Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series, was on the move again Friday night (May 24) traveling to Columbus, Ohio for a trotting contest over the five-eighths mile oval at Scioto Downs. And when the judges posted the official sign after the race was contested Unbanji, driven by longtime Billings member Bob "the Lumberman" Troyer, emerged victorious . Sent off at odds of over 10-1 the 11-year-old French-bred gelding rallied in the deep-stretch to collar the betting favorite, Undercover Strike and driver Gregg "Fast Greggy" Keidel for a 1:571 victory, his second of the season. Troyer started from the five hole and settled in fourth as Alesha "the Hoosier Hotshot" Binkley grabbed the lead with Body Of Work and they showed the way past the first stanza in :28.3. With the field all settling in along the pylons Ms Binkey tapped the breaks and led the Indian-file trailers by the half in :58.2. At that point Troyer and Ubanji were third as Keidel and Undercover Strike were the first to take a shot at the leader and they were head-to-head with Body Of Work at the three quarters in 1:27.4, as the trailing horses began to move at the leaders. Undercover Strike gained command off the final turn and although the gelding appeared to be home free Troyer's trotter came with a rush in the final strides to collar Keidel's charge and get the final call. Despite a covered trip the entire mile Sterling Bodica, and driver Steve "You're Never Too"Oldford, had to settle for third place just a length behind the top two finishers. The race winner, Ubanji, is in America as a result of a international promotion last year by NAADA. Now owned by his driver and trained by John Wengerd the altered son of French sire, Jag De Bellouet, returned a $23.20 win mutuel. The Billings Series will move on to the Meadowlands on Saturday night then to Flamboro Downs on Sunday, and to Woodbine Mohawk on Monday.   by John Manzi for the Billings Series    

Hall of Fame Communicator Tom White, who kept harness racing in the headlines, and helped put fans in the stands for many years as publicist at The Red Mile, Scioto Downs and the Little Brown Jug/Delaware County Fair, died Monday morning (Feb. 4) at Sayre Christian Village in Lexington, Ky. He was 84. He had been in poor health since suffering a major stroke four years ago. Thomas Wayne White joined in death his sweetheart of 60 years, Frankie (Frances Thornbury White), where they are surely cheering the University of Kentucky Wildcats at center court or the 50-yard line. He will be missed dearly by his children, Scott White (Susan) and Marianne Mosley (Gary), and four grandchildren, Caroline and Nathanael White and Emily and Elizabeth Mosley. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Jon White and Mary (Bloxham) White.  A native of Plymouth, Ind., near South Bend, he grew up rooting for Notre Dame and the Chicago White Sox. However, following a Bear Bryant-led University of Kentucky Sugar Bowl championship in 1951, he traveled south to Lexington’s greener pastures and the University of Kentucky. To read the rest of the story, click here.

Columbus, OH --- On Saturday evening (Sept. 8) at Eldorado Scioto Downs, Split The House (Aaron Merriman) demonstrated why he is the defending Breeders Crown champion with a 1:49.1 triumph over Nuclear Dragon (Dan Noble) in the $250,000 Jim Ewart Memorial. Merriman and his charge stated their case when leaving with conviction from post position six. Nuclear Dragon, however, snatched the front to lead the field through a sharp :26.2 first quarter-mile.Filibuster Hanover (Tony Hall) was third, with Western Fame (Tyler Smith) and favored McWicked (David Miller) dead-heating for fourth on the sloppy track. Noble continued to sulky-sit as Nuclear Dragon paced his splits in :53.2 and 1:20.4. It appeared the 6-year-old gelding was on his way to his first Grand Circuit victory. That is until a resurgent Split The House rallied on the rail to win by a neck and collect his second victory of the season in nine starts and 14th in 39 career efforts. Owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Split The House is trained by Chris Oakes. He has now earned $306,846 in 2018 and $913,179 lifetime. He paid $12.20 to win, while Nuclear Dragon was $9.20 to place and Filibuster Hanover $17.40 to show. by Kim French, for the USTA

Trainers Ronnie Burke and Brian Brown both had a fantastic Super Night at Scioto Downs on Sept. 8, despite the chilly conditions and non-stop pouring rain. A healthy crowd was on hand to witness $2.2 million in purses awarded to eight victorious Ohio-breds. Burke took home three of the eight $275,000 Championships, beginning with Wittyville, a freshman Manofmanymissions colt, who is out of the SJ's Photo mare Witty Girl, in the 2-Year-Old Colt Trot. Owned by Burke Racing, breeder Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi, Wittyville picked up his second career win in six starts--upping his lifetime earnings to $176,010 with his 1:57 front-stepping victory. Leaving the gate at 10-1 odds, Wittyville and driver Chris Page bested second-place finisher 5-2 Lane of Stone (Jeff Nisonger) by 3½ lengths, with another Burke trainee, 6-1 Dylan The Great (Matt Kakaley) notching show honors. Burke next harnessed the Yankee Cruiser filly Baron Remy to capture the $275,000 Three-Year-Old Filly Pace Championship in a healthy 1:52 as the 5-2 choice. Chris Page was in the sulky behind Baron Remy, who is out of the Shady Character mare Riley Character, and who was also on the front end the entire mile for owners Burke Racing, Silva, Purnell & Libby, L. Karr and Weaver Bruscemi. Bred by Baron Racing Stable, Baron Remy was 2½ lengths ahead of 25-1 longshot Believe In Waco (Aaron Merriman) at the wire, with 16-1 Smiley Dragon (Trace Tetrick) getting up for third. Baron Remy's seasonal earnings now stand at $233,370 from three wins, five seconds and a third in 13 starts, while her career bankroll is a bulging $329,434 from six wins, five seconds and three thirds in 20 lifetime trips postward. Impinktoo gave Burke his third Championship crown when the Manofmanymissions-Margie Seelster-Angus Hall daughter cruised to a 1:55.4 clocking at 3-1 odds with Kayne Kauffman in the sulky. Owned by Billy Walters, Joe McLead and Rtk Racing, Impinktoo used come-from-behind tactics to get the job done, snaring her second win of the season and fifth lifetime victory after overtaking the leading 8-1 Spunky Bottom Girl (Tyler Smith), with 5-1 Sesame grabbing third with David Miller in the sulky. Bred by Jay Mossbarger, this latest triumph upped her career earnings to $276,185 and her 2018 account now stands at $209,145. Canadian-based trainer and co-owner Robert McIntosh couldn't have been happier when his Only Take Cash won the $275,000 Championship for 2-year-old trotting fillies in 1:57. This daughter by Cash Hall-Armbro Affair-Garland Lobell got a perfect steer by Aaron Merriman, taking the lead at the quarter and never looking back to grab lifetime win seven in eight tries as the public's favorite. Princess Of Pink (Tony Hall), a 36-1 longshot, was second, 5½ lengths back of the winner, while 17-1 Spirit Bell (Ryan Stahl) was third. Only Take Cash had won every Ohio Sires Stakes leg except for her first, when she finished a game second to Vivi D. This homebred's career earnings now stand at $240,190 for owners McIntosh Stables, Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables of Ontario, Canada. Frank Chick's travel to Ohio from Harrington, DE was well-worth the trip as his Queen Of The Pride captured the $275,000 2-Year-Old Filly Pace in 1:54.2 as the 2-1 choice. Steered by Tony Hall for trainer Kevin Lare, this bay daughter of McArdle-Lioness Hanover-Western Ideal made every pole a winning one--pushing her lifetime earnings to $225,522. She was bred by Brad Wallace of Hickory Lane Farm fame. Carmen Ohio came from near last for Ryan Stahl to grab second at 20-1 odds, while 7-1 High Reward (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third. Trainer Brian Brown trained both fillies, as well as fourth-place finisher, 21-1 choice Mi Nina Bonita (David Miller). High On Paydaze seems to have a penchant for the slop, and Super Night was no different, as the Nob Hill High youngster cruised to a 1:53.2 clocking in the $275,000 Championship for 2-year-old pacing colts. David Miller guided the 7-2 High On Paydaze, weaving his way through horses before prevailing at the end by a length over stablemate 7-5 Rock Candy (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) It was a clean sweep for Brian Brown, who trains the homebred winner for owners Scott Hagemeyer, Robert Mondillo and Donald Robinson, as well as Rocky Candy and third-place finisher, 13-1 Dislocator (Chris Page), fourth-place finisher 6-1 Smackitwithahammer (Trace Tetrick) and fifth-place finisher 75-1 Tony Too Tall (Ryan Stahl). The victory was High On Paydaze's fifth lifetime in six starts and pushed his earnings to $220,700. He had captured his first three Ohio Sires Stakes legs over similarly muddy surfaces but was third in Leg 4 over a dry track. The speedy bay colt is out of The Panderosa broodmare Myell. The stars aligned for a group of Indiana connections in the $275,000 3-Year-Old Colt Trot Championship when 2-5 Two O B Wonkenobi scored in 1:56.3 for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. Owned by the Hoosier State-based partnership of Shara Weaver and Madeline Roche, the Dejarmbro gelding is conditioned by Indiana-based trainer Ernie Gaskin and was bred by Indiana breeding farm Pond-A-Acres. Two O B Wonkenobi was never headed throughout the one-mile test, staving off a late challenge by 5-1 Pass The Vape (Derek Watiker) and third-place finisher 14-1 Uncle Buck (Aaron Merriman). His seasonal bankroll stands tall at $245,545, while lifetime he's amassed $275,565 from nine wins, six seconds and two thirds in 21 starts. Last, but definitely not least, Lather Up put the finishing touches on a star-studded program by pacing to a wire-to-wire triumph handily in a sizzling 1:49.3 under wraps for driver Montrell Teague and trainer Clyde Francis as the 1-9 favorite. Owned and bred by the Harrington, DE couple of Gary and Barbara Iles, the son of I'm Gorgeous grabbed season victory ten and lifetime win 14. Winner of the $1 million North America Cup earlier this season, Lather Up has $728,965 in his lifetime coffers. The hard-trying 13- Rockathon was second for David Miller, 5½ lengths behind the winner, while 12-1 Seeing Eye Single took home show money with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in the bike. From 14 starters--the most of any trainers in the Championships--trainer Brian Brown had nine horses finish in the money (one win, three seconds, two thirds, two fourths and one fifth), while conditioner Ronnie Burke had eight starters (three wins, two thirds and one fifth). Manofmanymissions was the only stallion with two winners in this year's Championships, while broodmare sire Garland Lobell also had two winners. The Ohio Sires Stakes continue with $60,000 Championships for veteran pacers and trotters, 4-year-olds and up on Oct. 6 at Northfield and $60,000 Consolations for 2- and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies on Oct. 13 at Northfield. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator  

In harness racing, the person most often overlooked in the hype and glory of the winner's circle is the caretaker--an apt name for the person who spends the most time tending to the needs of a Standardbred racehorse. One such person is Sheila Napier, a 37-year-old Cincinnati native who has four horses competing in several of the $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships on Saturday night, Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs. "I started working with the Delaware Equine Lab in 1995, when I was still in high school," Napier noted. "I was just a horse lover from day one and always went to the Delaware County Fair and the Little Brown Jug as a kid." Napier worked for trainer Ron Potter for ten years and was the caretaker for 2011 Jug winner Big Bad John. For the past three seasons she's been attending to horses in the Chris Beaver Stable, located in Radnor, Ohio, just a few miles north of Delaware, and has had a Super Night charge every year. "I'd like to say I always have great horses because I'm a very good groom," she laughed, then humbly added, "And that's partially true, but Chris' (trainer Beaver) operation is huge and it's total teamwork here at the farm. We all work together very well and everyone helps everyone else." Napier said there are 55 horses on the grounds at Beaver's facility, where she takes care of eight on a daily basis. "I don't have to clean stalls and that's a big plus, but I get the job done and get it done right," she affirmed. "On Saturday night, I'll be running around like a chicken with my head cut off." Napier has three horses in the same race--the second event on the Scioto program--the 2-year-old Filly Trot Championship. Her horses include Pure Chance, Back Splash and Aunt Rose, all winners of at least one Ohio Sires Stakes leg. "It's going to be a very nerve-wracking evening, as Chris (trainer Beaver) actually has four horses in that race, but I'll concentrate on getting my three ready," Napier explained. "One of our second trainers and another groom will come over to help get two to the track for me and help afterward with the bathing and putting away. I'll take care of Aunt Rose from start to finish, because she's pretty nasty at times. She's a biter and can really have her moments--every time I go into her stall I put my hands up and say, 'I'm here!' "For some reason, I seem to get along with the meanest and the toughest of horses," she added. Napier's other Ohio Sires Stakes contestant is Never Say Uncle, a 2-year-old gelding, slated to leave from post three in the fifth race, the $275,000 Freshman Trot Championship. "Another caretaker will get Never Say Uncle ready for me, and then I'll hand off Aunt Rose to them once she's finished, and I'll go get him out to the race," Napier said. "He's a sweetheart," Napier added regarding the son of Uncle Peter. "Overall, the Triumphant Caviars are all very sweet horses to be around. Pure Chance and Back Splash are both by Triumphant Caviars, but Aunt Rose is by Uncle Peter, so it's funny that Never Say Uncle would be so sweet and she'd be so nasty." And--get ready, Napier has yet another horse in a later race. "I have Buckeye Boss in the 13th race as well," she said. "So, I'll get a bit of a breather in between my last Sires Stakes and that race." "This is my dream job," Napier stressed. "The best part is going to the track and seeing your horses--that you've put your heart and soul into week after week--perform. No matter how long your days are, when you go to the track and see your horse trot and win in 1:52, it makes all of the hard work worth it."  by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator  

Seventy-two harness racing Standardbreds will line up behind the Scioto Downs starting gate on Saturday night, Sept. 8 in eight $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships, featuring the best 2- and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies in the Buckeye State. Post time for the 14-race card, which features combined purses of more than $2.5 million, is set at 6:30 pm, ET. Trotting stallions represented in the four, diagonally-gaited contests include Manofmanymissions, with five progeny scheduled to compete, along with Uncle Peter and My MVP, who are represented by four foals each. Ohio-based trotting sires (at time of conception) with three youngsters each racing include: Break The Bank K, Broadway Hall, Cash Hall, Stormin Normand, Triumphant Caviar and Wishing Stone. The stallions Dejarmbro and Full Count each have two foals racing, while Southwind Spirit has one. Pacing stallions who are represented in the four laterally-gaited divisions include Pet Rock, who has eight of his youngsters following the starting gate, along with Dragon Again and McArdle who have four foals each racing. The Ohio-registered pacing sires Big Bad John and Yankee Cruiser have three of their progeny in these events, while The Panderosa and Western Vintage both have two youngsters going postward. Believeinbruiser, I'm Gorgeous, Nob Hill High, Rockin Amadeus, Shark Gesture, We Will See, Woodstock and World Of Rocknroll are all Ohio stallions represented by one son or daughter in these Ohio Sires Stakes. Drivers who have participated in the Ohio Sires Stakes will also be competing in the Championships. To date Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., leads all drivers who have steered $607,850-winning youngsters in these events, with 18 wins, 13 seconds and eight third in 80 starts. Close on his heels in second are two of the state's leading reinsmen: Aaron Merrman, whose Ohio Sires Stakes mounts have garnered $569,900 from 15 wins, 13 seconds and 12 thirds in 81 trips postward; and Danny Noble, who also has 15 wins, along with four seconds and ten thirds in 58 drives, with $454,550 in Ohio Sires Stakes earnings. Chris Page isn't far behind, having amassed $434,100 in earnings from 75 starts, with nine wins, 15 seconds and nine thirds. Ryan Stahl's charges have earned $275,900 in Ohio Sires Stakes purses from seven wins, six seconds and seven thirds in 46 starts, while Tyler Smith has amassed $241,100 from five wins, five seconds and seven thirds in 50 Ohio Sires Stakes starts. Canadian reinsman Anthony Macdonald has garnered $179,600 in earnings from six Ohio Sires Stakes winners, four-second place and three third-place finishers in 18 starts, while Pennsylvania-based river Tony Hall has five wins, two seconds and two thirds from 40 starts and $173,700. Finally, driver Kayne Kauffman is the ninth driver to have Ohio Sires Stakes earnings over $100k, as from 35 starts he's posted two wins, seven seconds and a trio of thirds for $156,300. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

McWicked is back to defend his title in Saturday's $250,000 Jim Ewart Memorial for older pacers at Scioto Downs, where he will face the hottest horse at the central Ohio oval, Nuclear Dragon. Nuclear Dragon has won his two most recent starts at Scioto, both in the Open, by a total of 9-1/4 lengths for trainer-driver Dan Noble. His 1:48.2 win on Aug. 11 is tied for the fastest mile of the year on a five-eighths-mile track and he heads to the Ewart off a 1:48.3 victory on Sept. 1. Sandwiched between those races, the 6-year-old gelding won the Gene Riegle Memorial by 4-3/4 lengths at the Darke County Fair in Greenville, Ohio. The Ewart is Nuclear Dragon's first appearance in a Grand Circuit stakes. "I think the horse is in maybe the best form he's ever been in," said Noble, who is the leading driver at Scioto Downs and ranks fourth in the trainer standings. "He's definitely a very fast horse, and I think he's got some more in there. This was one way to find out, put him in this race to see kind of what he really is." Noble, who took over the training and driving of Nuclear Dragon in August, said the Ewart would be a gauge whether to supplement the horse to the Sept. 28 Dayton Pacing Derby. The cost to supplement is $15,000. "We've been pretty high on him," Noble said. "He's been a pleasure to be around. He's a nice little horse and does everything you ask of him. He's got a nice demeanor. You can tell when he's having a good day and a bad day. When he's having a bad day, he doesn't play as much in his stall. Lately, in the last two-and-a-half weeks, he's been doing a lot of playing and is happy every day when you go out." For his career, Nuclear Dragon has won 21 of 94 races and earned $271,648. He has won 16 of those races and $227,525 since owner Richard Mishkin bought the horse in September 2016. Nuclear Dragon will start the Ewart from post No. 10, which is in the second tier behind Western Joe in post one. Nuclear Dragon is 9-2 on the morning line, behind 3-1 favorite McWicked and 4-1 Western Joe. "I was disappointed when I saw the 10 hole," Noble said. "But the horse I'm trailing, he can get out of there very well. I feel that I should land in a good spot early in the race." McWicked enters the Ewart off a win in last week's Canadian Pacing Derby at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 7-year-old stallion has won seven of 11 races this season and is the sport's leading money-earner this year with $885,864. For his career, he has won 29 of 85 starts and $3.20 million for owner S S G Stables. The Canadian Pacing Derby was McWicked's first start following a three-week layoff to deal with a quarter crack in one of his hooves. "Everything is really good," trainer Casie Coleman said. "He had no issues after the last race. He's sound on it. He's been wearing a bar shoe, but I'll race him in a regular shoe. He trained in (the bar shoe) yesterday morning. He trained very good, I was really happy with him. He probably doesn't need to train with the bar shoe, but we're trying to be as cautious as can be because I don't want it to become an issue." McWicked's win in last year's Ewart came in his first appearance at the track. Saturday will be his second. "He's batting a thousand so far," Coleman said. "Hopefully he comes out of there batting a thousand." Saturday's card at Scioto also includes the Ohio Sire Stakes championships and a match race between harness racing's all-time richest horse Foiled Again and local favorite Lucky Lime. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT). Following is the field in post-position order for the Ewart Memorial. Introduced in 2013, the race honors the late Jim Ewart, who was the race secretary at Scioto Downs from 1976 through 2002. Ewart, who worked as a race secretary at 18 different tracks in North America, plus Australia and New Zealand, died in 2012. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Western Joe-Chris Page-Christopher Choate-4/1 2-McWicked-David Miller-Casie Coleman-3/1 3-Dr J Hanover-Ronnie Wrenn Jr.-Tony Alagna-10/1 4-All Bets Off-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-12/1 5-Western Fame-Tyler Smith-Jimmy Takter-8/1 6-Split The House-Aaron Merriman-Chris Oakes-6/1 7-Dealt A Winner-Trace Tetrick-Mark Silva-15/1 8-Beckhams Z Tam-Ricky Macomber Jr.-Jamie Macomber-10/1 9-Filibuster Hanover-Tony Hall-Ron Burke-8/1 10-Nuclear Dragon-Dan Noble-Dan Noble-9/2 NOTE: Nuclear Dragon starts from the second tier. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

The $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships for 2- and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies is set to be the richest night ever in Ohio racing history. Eight Ohio Sires Stakes Championships, totaling $2.2 million, will move postward on Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs. Post time is 6:30 pm, ET. The Ohio Sires Stakes help to promote the breeding and racing of Standardbreds in the Buckeye State through its rich four-leg series and hefty Championship purses. As well, the Ohio Sires Stakes features $60,000 Championships for veteran campaigners, 4-year-olds and up (Oct. 6 at Northfield Park); and $60,000 Consolation races for 2- and 3-year-olds (Oct. 13 at Northfield Park). Foals are deemed eligible to the series by virtue of their sires being registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission and standing stallion duty in Ohio during year of conception. This year, the stallion Pet Rock p, 4, 1:47 ($1,984,204) is tops in Ohio Sires Stakes money earned by 2-year-old pacers with $215,600. The son of Rocknroll Hanover-Casual Beauty-Artsplace is also second in the leading sires list of 3-year-old Ohio Sires Stakes earners with $194,800. Pet Rock, who stands at Midland Acres in Bloomingburg, OH, is also second among all Ohio sires of 2- and 3-year-old pacers in the 2018 Ohio Sires Stakes legs in number of wins, with his freshmen having recorded five triumphs and his sophomores having garnered four wins. Some of Pet Rock's standouts in the Ohio Sires Stakes include: Rylee Roo (Leg 2 winner in 1:53.3, Leg 4 winner in 1:53.2); Rock Candy (Leg 4 winner in 1:53); Rockathon (Leg 2 winner in 1:51.4, Leg 3 winner in 1:51.4); Rockn Motion (Leg 1 winner in 1:51.1); and Gold Digger King (Leg 1 winner in 1:52.4). Tops among sires of 3-year-old pacers in Ohio Sires Stakes by earnings-with $224,800-is the ill-fated Dragon Again, p, 5, 1:48.3s ($2,343,428) who stood at Sugar Valley Farm in Delaware, OH until his untimely death in 2017. This son of Dragon's Lair-Ever And Again-Towner's Big Guy was fourth in the standings among 2-year-old pacers' Ohio Sires Stakes earnings ($121,700), and first in the sire listing of 3-year-old pacers by wins (six) in Ohio Sires Stakes competition. Some of Dragon Again's top Ohio Sires Stakes contestants include: Bounding Dragon (Leg 1 winner in 1:53, Leg 3 winner in 1:51.1, Leg 4 winner in 1:51.1); Smiley Dragon (Leg 2 winner in 1:52.4, Leg 3 winner in 1:52.3); Kay Again (Leg 2 winner in 1:52.2); Western Vintage, p, 2, 1:49.4 ($402,478), a son of Western Ideal-Major Harmony-Art Major who stands at Abby Stables in Sugarcreek, OH is the leading sire of 2-year-old pacers in the Ohio Sires Stakes by number of wins, with six, including divisional leader Rose Run Ulysses (Leg 1 winner in 1:52.2, Leg 2 winner in 1:54.1, Leg 4 winner in 1:52); and Authentic Hanover (Leg 1 winner in 1:53.3, Leg 2 winner in 1:53.4). Western Vintage also sits second behind the leading Pet Rock among sires of 2-year-old pacers in Ohio Sires Stakes by earnings with $147,200. The top four sires of 2-year-old pacers in Ohio Sires Stakes 2018 earnings PET ROCK $215,600 WESTERN VINTAGE  $147,200 MCARDLE  $129,000 DRAGON AGAIN  $121,700 The top four sires of 2-year-old pacers in Ohio Sires Stakes 2018 wins WESTERN VINTAGE  6 PET ROCK  5  MCARDLE  4 NOB HILL HIGH  3 The top four sires of 3-year-old pacers in  Ohio Sires Stakes 2018 earnings DRAGON AGAIN  $224,800 PET ROCK  $194,800 MCARDLE  $127,000 BIG BAD JOHN  $71,300 The top four sires of 3-year-old pacers in Ohio Sires Stakes 2018 wins DRAGON AGAIN  6 PET ROCK  4 MCARDLE  4 BIG BAD JOHN & I'M GORGEOUS  (tie) 2 Among the Buckeye State's trotting sires, Uncle Peter 4, 1:50.3f ($1,290,660) leads all sires of 2-year-olds in Ohio Sires Stakes in earnings ($220,800) and he's also tied for first in wins (six) with the Conway Hall-B Cor Tamgo-A Go Go Lauxmont stallion Broadway Hall 2, 1:56.4 ($436,790). Uncle Peter, a son of Cantab Hall-Victory Treasure-Enjoy Lavec, stands at Hickory Lane Farm in Findlay, OH with his first offspring starting as freshman this season. Some of his top Ohio Sire Stakes winners include: Aunt Rose (Leg 1 winner in 1:59.1, Leg 2 winner in 1:59); Never Say Uncle (Leg 2 winner in 1:58.4); Oh So Pine (Leg 1 winner in 2:01.3); and Peter Trottintail (Leg 3 winner in 1:59.4). In the 3-year-old ranks, My MVP 3, 1:52 ($879,804) leads all sires in both Ohio Sires Stakes earnings ($188,550) and wins (six). This son of Cantab Hall-Exceed Expectation-Kadabra stands at Sugar Valley Farm, Delaware, OH and his top Ohio Sires Stakes performers include: Non Smoker (Leg 1 winner in 1:54, Leg 2 winner in 1:56.2, Leg 3 winner in 1:55.1); Spunky Bottom Girl (Leg 2 winner in 1:55.4, Leg 2 winner in 1:54.2); and Rising MVP (Leg 2 winner in 1:56.2). The top four sires of 2-year-old trotters in Ohio Sires Stakes 2018 earnings UNCLE PETER  $220,800 MANOFMANYMISSIONS  $180,400 WISHING STONE  $174,400 BROADWAY HALL  $169,600 The top four sires of 2-year-old trotters in Ohio Sires Stakes 2018 wins UNCLE PETER  6 BROADWAY HALL  6 WISHING STONE  5 MANOFMANYMISSIONS  4 The top four sires of 3-year-old trotters in Ohio Sires Stakes 2018 earnings MY MVP  $188,550 MANOFMANYMISSIONS  $171,500 DEJARMBRO  $123,400 STORMIN NORMAND  $118,550 The top four sires of 3-year-old trotters in Ohio Sires Stakes 2018 wins MY MVP  6 MANOFMANYMISSIONS  4 STORMIN NORMAND  3 DEJARMBRO, BREAK THE BANK K, CASH HALL .(tie) 2 by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator    

The richest night in Ohio harness racing history will commence September 8 when eight, $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships score behind the Scioto Downs starting gate. A total of $2.2 million will be on the line for 2- and 3-year-old Ohio-sired, trotting and pacing colts and fillies. First race post time is 6:30 pm, ET. The Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) spotlights youngsters and aged horses conceived in the Buckeye State by a stallion residing in the state and registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC). The resulting foals are made eligible to the OSS program via a one-time nomination payment by March 15 of their 2- or 3-year-old season and can then enter the four-leg series. Horses garner points in the series based on their finish in the legs, and the top point earners are thus given a starting berth in the rich championship. The top five money-earning trainers from the four legs of the Ohio Sires Stakes are Brian Brown, Chris Beaver, Ronnie Burke, Kimberly Dailey and Jason McGinnis. Brian Brown has conditioned 17 winners, 18 second-place finishers and seven third-place finishers to $644,100 in the OSS series, from 89 starters. The Delaware, Ohio-based Brown conditioned a trio of 3-year-old pacing fillies to two wins each in their division: Smiley Dragon (1:52.4, 1:52.3); McPansy (1:51.3, 1:52.3); and Prsntpretynperfect (1:52.4, 1:51.4). These three ladies sit first, third and fifth in the point earnings in their division. Brown also conditions OSS winner Cinnamack (1:50.4)-who sits fifth-and seventh-place point earner Slick Mick, in the 3-year-old colt pacing division. Brown has four of the top nine point earners in the 2-year-old pacing filly division, with Carmen Ohio (1:55.2) in second; Final Offer, a two-time OSS winner in third (1:55.2, 1:55); High Reward (1:53.1) in fifth and Mi Nina Bronca in the ninth slot. Brown's top shot to capture the 2-year-old colt pacing Championship is High On Paydaze, a three-time OSS winner (1:53.1, 1:54.2, 1:54.1), who is tied for the top spot along with the Kimberly Dailey-trained Rose Run Ulysses. Both youngsters have earned $64,800 in the OSS series. Brown's other contestants in this same division are third-place point earner Rock Candy (1:53); fourth-place point earner Dislocator (1:53.3); Smackitwithahammer (1:52.3), eighth in points earned; and Tony Too Tall, ninth. Buckeye trotting guru Chris Beaver's charges have earned $371,350 in OSS competition this season from nine wins, eight seconds and 11 thirds in 52 starts. Beaver has four of the top point earners in the 2-year-old filly trot division, with Aunt Rose (1:59.1, 1:59) third, followed by Stone In Love (1:59.2) fifth; Pure Chance (1:59.2) sixth and Back Splash (1:57.3) eighth. As well, Beaver's trainee Never Say Uncle, winner of his second OSS leg in 1:58.4, is fourth in the point standings in the 2-year-old colt trot division. In the 3-year-old filly trot division, Beaver has the fifth, sixth and seventh top point earners in Red Storm (1:55.4); California Love (1:56.2) and Sesame. Though he's garnered just three victories in OSS contests this season, North America's leading trainer Ronnie Burke has amassed $263,500 in OSS earnings from his 58 starters who have also notched 11 second-place finishes and eight third-place finishes. This New Jersey-based conditioner's Wittyville-who won leg three in 1:56.2-is the sixth-highest point earner in the 2-year-old colt trot division, while Rose Run Uptowngal is eighth in the 2-year-old filly pace class. Burke's charges Seeing Eye Single and Rockin Motion (1:51.1) are fourth and eighth respectively in points in the 3-year-old colt pace division, while Baron Remy (1:52) is fourth in points earned in the 3-year-old filly pace class and Impinktoo is fourth in the 3-year-old filly trot ranks. Urbana-based conditioner Kimberly Dailey harnessed 32 starters in OSS events this season, with seven wins, two seconds and six thirds, for $204,500 in earnings. Her top charge is the 2-year-old colt pacer Rose Run Ulysses, tied for first place in his division with Brown's High On Paydaze, and a winner of three OSS legs in 1:52.2, 1:54.1 and 1:52. As well, Dailey has second-place point earners Bad Girls Rule (1:54.1) in the 3-year-old filly division and two-time OSS winner Rockathon (1:51.1, 1:51.4) in the 3-year-old colt pace class. Last, but certainly not least is the Ontario-based conditioner Jason McGinnis, who began his foray into OSS competition this season with 20 starters, six winners, four second-place finishers and three third-place finishers earning $179,600. The McGinnis-trained Yes (1:59, 1:57) is the second highest point earner in the 2-year-old colt trot division, while stablemate Oh So Pine (2:01.3) is in the eighth spot. McGinnis' See You In Tuscany (1:53, 1:57.3) sits sixth in points earned in the 2-year-old colt pacing ranks, while Twinsburg (1:54.4) is the seventh highest point earner in the 2-year-old filly pacing ranks. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

The temperature wasn't the only thing sizzling on a scorching Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 28) at Scioto Downs as six $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions were contested for harness racing 2-year-old diagonally-gaited specialists. These tests were the final leg in the four-round series and the outcome of each determined which youngsters are eligible to enter the $275,000 Championships at Scioto Downs on Sept. 8. The trio of colt divisions featured 27 male trotters, with the Broadway Hall gelding Homer Hall capturing the first division in a career best 1:56.3 for driver Ryan Stahl. Conditioned by Steve Carter, Homer Hall won OSS leg one in 1:59.3, was third in leg two and fourth in leg three for Carter, Mossbarger and Gallagher. The youngster left the gate at odds of 5-2, besting 9-1 rival Never Say Uncle (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and 60-1 longshot Bank Box Treasure (Josh Sutton). Homer Hall upped his bankroll to $73, 506 and now has seven wins and a third in nine starts. Anthony MacDonald steered 5-2 Yes, a gelded son of Manofmanymissions to victory in the second OSS colt division for trainer Jason McGinnis. Owned by Thestable Yes Group, Yes was clocked in a new life mark off 1:57, with 6-5 Wittyville (Chris Page) second and 5-2 Cumberland Gap (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) third. Bred by Eddie Lohmeyer, Yes was third in OSS leg one to Homer Hall before winning leg two in 1:59.2, and was second in leg three. He has $64,075 in his coffers from two wins, two second and one third in six starts. Lane Of Stone, a brown son of Wishing Stone, captured the third OSS colt test in 1:59.1 for driver Jeff Nisonger. Trained by Mark Winters for owner/breeder Harry Horowitz, Lane Of Stone was the 2-1 choice, besting 5-2 Cassius Lane (Don Harmon), with 14-1 Gallivant (Aaron Merriman) notching show money. This homebred has $76,143 earned for these connections from six wins and a second in seven starts. Lane Of Stone won OSS leg one in 1:59.3 and leg two in 1:58.2 by nine lengths, and finished second in leg three to Wittyville. See Me Sparkle, a Broadway Hall filly, took the first distaff division handily in 1:57 as the 9-5 choice for driver Jim Pantaleano. Trained by J.L. Adams for M. A. Valentic, A. Bednarksi and K. L. Adams, See Me Sparkle won her OSS leg one in 2:00.3, was seventh in leg two and third in leg three to Only Take Cash. She's earned $59,575 lifetime from three wins, one second and one third in six starts. Danny Noble steered 14-1 Meadowbranch Vicki to a second-place finish, while 8-5 Spirit Bell (Ryan Stahl) got up for third. As expected, Only Take Cash notched her third win in this series by capturing the second filly division in a new Scioto Downs track record clocking of 1:56 for driver Aaron Merriman. This Cash Hall homebred lass, who is trained by Robert McIntosh for the Canadian trio of McIntosh Stables, Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables was second in leg one to Vivi D, then won leg two in 1:57.1 and leg three in 1:56.4. She turned the tables in this fourth leg on her rival, 6-1 second-place finisher Vivi D (Kyle Ater), with 70-1 longshot DJ Miracle (Crist Hershberger) grabbing show money. Only Take Cash is the richest freshman filly in these Ohio Sires Stakes, with $102,690 in earnings from six wins and one second in seven starts. Aunt Percilla stepped up in just her second start in this series to capture the third OSS filly division in 1:57.3. Danny Noble guided the Uncle Peter lass to her maiden victory as a 16-1 longshot for trainer Jim Eaton and owners Mystical Marker Farm and Robert Silberberg. Pure Chance was second at 7-5 for Aaron Merriman with Stone In Love third for Chris Page at 6-5. Aunt Percilla now has $22,000 earned with the win, her first on-the-board finish in five pari-mutuel tries. The top nine 2-year-old trotting colt point earners are as follows: Lane Of Stone (179); Yes (141); Homer Hall (124); Never Say Uncle (92); Bosley (91); Cumberland Gap (91); Wittyville (91); Oh So Pine (90); and Peter Trottintail (89). The top nine 2-year-old trotting filly point earners are: Only Take Cash (179); Vivi D (129); Aunt Rose (121); See Me Sparkle (116); Stone In Love (116); Pure Chance (116); Spirit Bell (83); Back Splash (81); and Princessofpink (66). by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator  

Trainer Brian Brown and driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr., teamed up to capture three Ohio Sires Stakes winners at Northfield Park on Monday night, Aug. 27, with several of Brown's 2-year-old pacing trainees finishing second and third as well. Final Offer, a Rockin Amadeus filly, didn't disappoint as the 4-5 favorite for owners Country Club Acres, Aws Stables and Joe Sbrocco, scoring as the 4-5 favorite in 1:55 in the first of two $50,000 divisions. The bay filly picked up her second consecutive victory in the OSS series, having won leg three on Aug. 10 in 1:55.2 at Scioto Downs. This latest victory pushed her earnings to $61,300 as she bested 35-1 longshot Bad Sammie (Tony Hall) and third-place finisher, 5-1 Snobbytown (Tyler Smith). Brown then bridled up Rock Candy, the 1-5 favorite in the first $40,000 colt division for Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo, as the Pet Rock gelding stormed to a 1:53 clocking. This winner of $68,400 lifetime bested stablemate, 3-1 Dislocator (Chris Page) and 5-1 Van Diesel (Trevor Smith). Rock Candy had finished second in all three previous OSS legs. Brown then sent out Smackitwithahammer, who prevailed in the late going over the hard-trying 4-1 choice Tony Too Tall (Ryan Stahl) in 1:52.3 in the third OSS colt contest. The McArdle gelding is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocoo and the W. J. Robinson Estate. It was the first victory in the OSS series for Smackitwithahammer, who left the gate at 6-5 odds, upping his career earnings to $39,000. Eastondowntheroad was a smart third for driver Trace Tetrick at 6-1. In the second $50,000 filly division, Rylee Roo claimed first-place honors with Aaron Merriman at the helm in a new track record time of 1:53.2. The 8-5 Pet Rock lass, who is conditioned by Steve Carter for Steven Price of Sandy Springs, GA, had captured leg two in a track record time of 1:53.3 on July 17. She easily bested 4-5 Rose Run Uptowngal (Chris Page), with 16-1 Carmen Ohio (Ryan Stahl) notching third-place honors. Rylee Roo now has $74,375 in her coffers from two wins and two seconds in five lifetime starts. In perhaps the most competitive race of the night, Rose Run Ulysses put forth an extraordinary effort, outpacing his rivals impressively in 1:52 as the 4-1 choice. Trace Tetrick was behind the greyhound-like chestnut son of Western Vintage, who gamely held off 6-1 Yankee Boots (Aaron Merriman) and 2-5 previously undefeated favorite High On Paydaze (Chris Page) at the wire. Trained and co-owned by Kimberly Daily and Carl & Melanie Atley of Xenia, Ohio, Rose Run Ulysses pushed his bankroll to $83,200 with his fourth victory in five lifetime starts. The following nine colts have qualified for the $275,000 Championship on Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs, via their points earned in the four legs of this OSS series: Rose Run Ulysses (166); High On Paydaze (166); Rock Candy (129); Dislocator (116); Authentic Hanover (112); See You In Tuscany (103); Gold Digger King (91); Smackitwithahammer (89); and Tony Too Tall (66). Here are the nine 2-year-old OSS-eligible pacing fillies who are eligible for the $275,000 Championship: Rylee Roo (129); Carmen Ohio (116); Final Offer (112); Queen Of The Pride (103); High Reward (95); Sugar And Spite (83); Twinsburg (78); Rose Run Uptowngal (78); and Mi Nina Bonita (64). The fourth and final leg of Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old trotting colts and fillies will be contested Aug. 28 at Scioto Downs, with a matinee post time of 2 pm, ET. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

The fourth and final leg of Ohio Sires Stakes action for 2-year-old trotting colts and fillies will take place Tuesday, Aug. 28 at Scioto Downs, as six $40,000 divisions move postward, with a first race post time of 2 pm, ET. Of the youngsters set to compete that afternoon, ten are by Ohio-registered stallion Uncle Peter (five colts and five fillies), while seven are sired by Triumphant Caviar (four fillies and three colts), with six each being progeny sired by Wishing Stone (three fillies and three colts) and Manofmanymissions (one filly and five colts). The stallions Broadway Hall and Dejarmbro are represented by three foals each, with Break The Bank K, Cash Hall, Full Count and My MVP all having two foals racing in OSS contests. Sires Cayenne Turbo, Dontyouforgetit, Ilooklikemymom, Jailhouse Jesse, Southwind Spirit and Winbak Yankee are all represented by one OSS starter each. Aunt Rose leaves from post four with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., driving for trainer Chris Beaver in the first OSS filly division (race two). This Uncle Peter lass won OSS leg one in 1:59.1 by seven lengths and leg two in 1:59 by 4¼ lengths, before finishing fourth in leg three to Only Take Cash. Owned in partnership by her trainer along with Michael Carter, Joe Sbrocco and Steven Zeehandelar, Aunt Rose has $45,370 in earnings from two wins in four lifetime starts. Only Take Cash--the richest of all OSS eligible freshmen fillies with $82,690 earned this season--is a Robert McIntosh trainee who'll start from post six in the second filly division (race ten) with Arron Merriman at the lines. This daughter of Cash Hall, who has five wins and a second in six career starts, was second in OSS leg one by a neck to Vivi D, then won leg two in 1:57.1, and leg three in 1:56.4, utilizing a :27.3 final brush to notch the victory. Only Take Cash is owned by the Ontario trio of Robert McIntosh Stables, Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables. Trainer Beaver will harness Stone In Love, a Wishing Stone lass, in the third filly division (race 12). Owned in partnership by Beaver along with Jim Burnett and Tim Homan, Stone In Love won leg one in 1:59.2, before finishing second to stablemate Pure Chance in leg two. She then finished second to Only Take Cash in leg three on Aug. 6 at Northfield. Chris Page will steer the winner of $50,850 lifetime from the two-hole. Stablemate Pure Chance, a brown Triumphant Caviar lass, starts from post five for Aaron Merriman in this same race. Owned by her trainer and Steven Zeehandelar, Pure Chance finished third in OSS leg one, then won leg two in 1:59.2, and was second in leg three to another Beaver trainee, Back Splash. Pure Chance has amassed $38,328 thus far in her brief career from one win, a second and a third in four starts. Among the colts, Dylan The Great stands out in the first OSS division (race one). This Ron Burke trainee, a gelded son of Break The Bank K, is the richest youngster in this division with $56,400 in earnings from three wins and a second in five starts. After finishing second in OSS leg one, Dylan The Great was fourth in leg two, then posted a winning 1:58 clocking in a game effort at Northfield on Aug. 6. Chris Page guides this venerable gelding from post seven. Burke will also bridle up Wittyville in the second OSS colt division (race five). This Manofmanymissions colt won leg three, drawing off by three lengths in 1:56.2 for Chris Page. He was third in leg two and sixth in leg one for owners Burke Racing, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi. The winner of $28,510 with a win and two thirds in four starts gets Page in the bike from post two. The Ontario-based duo of trainer Jason McGinnis and driver Anthony MacDonald team up with the Manofmanymissions gelding Yes in this same event from the rail. A winner of $44,075 from a win, two seconds and a third in four starts, Yes is owned by Thestable Yes Group of Guelph, Ontario. This bay gelding was second in leg three to Dylan The Great but won leg two in 1:59.2 at Scioto Downs on July 20 and was third in leg one to Homer Hall. Cumberland Gap is also sure to be a factor in this same contest from post three with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. doing the driving. This Wishing Stone colt won leg three in 1:57.4 at Northfield after having finished second in leg two. Owned by Chuck Stillings and trainer Renee Bauslaugh, Cumberland Gap has $56,187 in career earnings from five wins and a second in seven starts. The Mark Winters-trained Lane Of Stone leads the third OSS colt division (race seven) from post nine with Jeff Nisonger at the controls. This brown son of Wishing Stone won leg one in 1:59.3 at Northfield on July 2 and leg two at Scioto Downs on July 20 in 1:58.2 by a commanding nine lengths. He was second to Wittyville, timed in 1:57, in the third leg at Northfield on Aug. 6. This homebred is owned by Harry Horowitz of Brooklyn, NY and owns a bankroll of $56,143 from five wins and a second in six starts. After this fourth and final leg, the top nine point earners in each division will qualify for the $275,000 Championship at Scioto Downs on Sept. 8. Here are the top nine colts after the first three legs of OSS competition: Lane Of Stone (128 points); Yes (90); Bosley (90); Oh So Pine (90); Dylan The Great (86); Peter Trottintail (83); Cumberland Gap (78); Homer Hall (73) and Never Say Uncle (66). The following are the top nine fillies: Only Take Cash (128 points); Aunt Rose (115); Vivi D (103); Stone In Love (103); Pure Chance (90); Back Splash (73); Spirit Bell (70); Princessofpink (65) and See Me Sparkle (65). by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

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