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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

Favorites prevailed in both $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contested at Scioto Downs on a beautiful Friday evening, Aug. 24 as 17 sophomore colt trotters battled in fourth leg action. Two O B Wonkenobi, the 3-5 choice with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. at the helm, chose the front-stepping route to notch his first OSS triumph of the season for Indiana owners Shara Weaver and Madeline (Mickey) Roche. The win, timed in 1:54.4, upped the Dejarmbro gelding's career earnings to $120,065 as he finished half a length in front of 3-1 Uncle Buck (Aaron Merriman) and 13-1 longshot MVP Luke (Danny Noble). Interestingly, the accomplishments thus far of Two O B Wonkenobi has been a bit of a shock to his owners. He also has two seconds and one sixth place finish in the previous three OSS legs. "We bought his dam in foal to Dejarmbro privately for $17,000," Roche offered. "Initially, we were going to sell the foal but then we decided to keep and race him. This is literally our first broodmare and our first racehorse we've owned together." Co-owner Weaver--who was in Paris on vacation--listened to the race via Roche's cell phone. "We both are so blessed and lucky and grateful for this horse, and no matter what happens with him the future, we're having a blast with him right now," Roche stressed. Bred by Pond-A-Acres, Two O B Wonkenobie--whose "O B" moniker stands for "old broads"--was slow to figure things out as a 2-year-old, Roche said. "He was distracted all the time until we gelded him, and then he became more focused and kind of figured things out," Roche noted about the imposing hefty-sized gelding. "He's such a big, rangy horse and I think he just needed a little more maturity." Trained by Indiana-based conditioner Ernie Gaskin, Two O B Wonkenobi has nine wins, six seconds and two thirds in 20 career starts for his owners, who also have a gelded Uncle Peter half-brother yearling named Two Cool Beans waiting in the wings. Two O B Wonkenobi is the fifth foal out of the Garland Lobell mare Shannon Hill 3, 1:54.1 ($108,787), and has half-siblings in: Massive Drama (by Credit Winner) 4, 1:57h ($204,802) and Maeap Verified (by Jailhouse Jesse) 3, 1:56.4s ($21,149). In the second OSS division 5-2 Pass The Vape didn't disappoint his backers, trotting to a 1:55.1 triumph with trainer Derek Watiker at the lines for owner/breeder Lionel Ray Watiker. This bay Dejarmbro gelding overtook the leading 4-5 Northemdo Mission (Aaron Merriman) to prevail by a head under the wire, with 36-1 longshot Dontforgetmaster (Josh Sutton) picking up third place money. Pass The Vape also scored his first OSS victory of the season, having finished second in two previous legs and eighth in the other. The winner's career earnings now stand at $133,404 with eight wins, four seconds and two thirds in 17 starts. He is the fifth of eight foals out of the Vaporize mare Vapor Rises, 3, 1:55.3 ($107,598), and is a half-brother to His Dream Girl (by SJ's Caviar) 4, 1:56f ($114,551) and to Deweyknowigotit (by Deweycheatumnhowe) 3, 1:57.2f ($17,515), etc. The following nine horses have qualified for the $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship, set for Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs. They are, with points included: Northmedo Mission (129 points); Uncle Buck (116); Two O B Woneknobi (104); Pass The Vape (104); Mission Accepted (103); Get The Cash (78); MVP Luke (74); Rising MVP (66); and Sultan Of Cash (64). by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Eighteen diagonally gaited sophomores are set to line up behind the Scioto Downs starting gate on Friday evening, Aug. 24, in two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes. First post is 6:30 pm, ET, with the OSS events carded as the second and fourth races on the ten-race card. Mission Accepted, the richest of the OSS-eligible 3-year-old trotting colts with $275,224 in career earnings, starts from post three with Ryan Stahl at the helm in the second division (race four). This Manofmanymissions colt is conditioned and co-owned by Jeff Conger for breeder/owner Knox Services and owner David Wills. Mission Accepted swept the first two OSS legs, with triumphs timed in 1:53 and 1:52-the fastest score of any horse in this division-and will be looking for his fifth win of the season in nine starts. He's earned $84,424 thus far in 2018, with $40,000 of those earnings coming from his two OSS victories and 103 in accumulated OSS points-good enough to tie for first place in OSS standings beside rival Northmedo Mission, who also has 103 OSS points to his credit. Trained by Mike Medors, Northmedo Mission won legs one (in 1:56.3) and three (in 1:55) for the Northmedo Stable of Painesville, OH. The homebred gelded son of Manofmanymissions has OSS earnings of $45,000, seasonal earnings of $81,550 and lifetime earnings of $92,778, with eight wins in 24 starts. Aaron Merriman drives from post four. In the first OSS division (race two), Get The Cash-who won leg three in 1:54.4 and is riding a three-race win streak-leaves from the rail with Greg Grismore driving for trainer Kelly O'Donnell. This Cash Hall gelding was bred by Walnut Hall Limited and is owned by Mark Maynard, Joe Palatas and K O Racing. Get The Cash has $34,600 earned in the OSS series, with $65,300 in seasonal earnings and $101,540 in his lifetime bank account from eight wins in 16 starts. Uncle Buck sits just outside of his aforementioned rival Get The Cash in the two-hole. Regular driver Aaron Merriman drives the altered son of Stormin Normand for owner Wayne Temple, looking for seasonal win five and his second in this series. He won leg two in a snappy 1:54.3 for these same connections and owns $37,300 in OSS money. Bred by Orville Rursch, Uncle Buck has $91,744 in his lifetime coffers and $80,495 in his seasonal pocketbook with five wins in 24 career starts, nine seconds and five thirds to his credit as well. Rising MVP has been saddled with post seven for driver Chris Page and trainer William Daughtery, Jr., who conditions the gelded son of My MVP for Susan Daughtery of Mercer, PA. This youngster comes into this fourth OSS test fresh off two consecutive victories, and won OSS leg two in 1:56.2. Bred by Mahlon Miller, Rising MVP has $22,500 in OSS earnings and $43,617 in seasonal earnings from four wins in 13 tries. Lifetime, he's amassed a bankroll of $108,8327 from 13 triumphs, three seconds and two thirds in 26 starts. The top ten headliners in this OSS division, based on points, are as follows: Northmedo Mission (103); Mission Accepted (103); Uncle Buck (90); Get The Cash (77); Sultan Of Cash (64); MVP Luke (61); Rising MVP (57); Pass The Vape (53); Two OB Wonkenobi (53); and Manny L (32). by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Columbus, OH - Lather Up and Bounding Dragon each captured a $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts on Saturday night, Aug. 18 in fourth round OSS action at Eldorado Scioto Downs.   By virtue of their victories, the third in the series for Bounding Dragon and the second for Lather Up, both have securing a starting berth in the $275,000 Championship, set for Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs.   Lather Up, a son of I'm Gorgeous trained by Clyde Francis for breeders/owners Gary & Barbara Iles of Harrington, DE, stormed to a 1:50.2 clocking in his division for driver Montrell Teague.   This dark bay colt sat third until just past the :27.1 first quarter, then pulled first and took control of the race on the front end, snapping off a :27 second quarter and a :28 third quarter, before posting a :28.1 final panel to finish 3 and ½ lengths ahead of gutsy 5-1 rival Sectionline Bigry (Aaron Merriman). Dragonology, a 38-1 longshot, finished third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.   Lather Up left the gate at 1-9 odds for his connections and upped his career earnings to $601,465. He had previously won leg one in 1:50 at Miami Valley and later captured the $1 million America Cup at Woodbine in a blistering 1:48.1. He also won a Hempt elim in 1:49 at The Poconos and an Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto on Aug. 4 in a heart-stopping 1:49.4.   Bounding Dragon, a son of Dragon Again, had already won legs one (in 1:53) and three (in 1:51.1) of this series, and added his 1:51.1 posting in this leg four triumph to his credentials as the 4-5 favorite. He also has a second-place finish in leg three for trainer Mike Roth and owners Alan Keith of Johnstown, OH and Carl & Melanie Atley of Xenia, OH.   Driver Danny Noble had Bounding Dragon on the front end from nearly start to finish, pacing through panels of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:22.3, before turning in a :28.3 last brush to hold off 8-1 rival Seeing Eye Single (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a scant head. Drew The Dragon and Aaron Merriman notched show honors at 5-1 odds.   Bounding Dragon, who has OSS earnings of $80,000 this season and career earnings of $201,509 is the leading point earner in the series, with 179.   Rockathon sits second in the standings with 121 points, while Lather Up is third with 102 and Seeing Eye Single is fourth with 87 points. Cinnamack sits fifth with 70 points, with Sectionline Bigry sixth (58 points) and Slick Mick and Rockn Motion are seventh and eighth with 53 points each. JoJo's Pet Rock is set in ninth with 41 points. The next highest point earners are Letsallrock, with 31 points and Sip And A Bite, with 26 points.   Ohio Sires Stakes action continues with two $50,000 Leg Four divisions for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Monday night, Aug. 20 at Northfield Park.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Columbus, Ohio-- Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, made a stop at Scioto Downs on Friday (Aug. 17) for a $7500 trotting contest in the Billings mid-west region and when the judges hung the official sign Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford and Kaffir Kemp emerged victorious in a hard-fought stretch duel when they turned back Better Call Saul and driver Michelle "The Belle" Ruvola in a time of 1:57.2. Sent off as the 3-2 betting favorite Oldford sent his charge to the lead from the five -hole and they led seven others by the first stanza in :28.1. When Oldford tapped the breaks as the field headed to the halfway point Michelle Ruvola angled Better Call Saul off the pylons and they traveled alongside Kaffir Kemp as the duo passed the halfway point in :58.1. The two trotters were eyeball to eyeball past the three quarters in 1:26.4 and were still side by side through the lane. In the deep stretch Oldford's trotter hung amazingly tough and wouldn't allow Ruvola's charge to get the lead and at the wire Kaffir Kemp was the winner, just a head better than Better Call Saul Stemilt Touch finished third for Kelly "Sky" Walker. Ten days ago at Northfield Park Better Call Saul powered to the lead in the homestretch but this week his overland trip caused him to be a bit short at the wire. Or maybe Kaffir Kemp was just too mjch for him. The race winner is a 9-year old altered son of Angus Hall owned by Oldford Racing LLC and trained by Terry Deters. It was the veteran trotter's 6th seasonal triumph and 26th of his illustrious career. For Oldford, it marked his 136th career driving victory. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series  

A pair of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 3-year-old pacing colts will be contested Saturday night, August 18 at Scioto Downs. First race post time is 6:30 pm, ET, with the two OSS divisions slated as races five and seven. Returning is Bounding Dragon, the top point getter (128) in this four-leg series in the first division (race five) from post five. The son of Dragon Again has already won legs one (in 1:53) and three (n 1:51.1), with a second-place finish in the second leg. Trained by Mike Roth for Alan Keith and Carl and Melanie Atley, Bounding Dragon has amassed $57,500 in OSS earnings, with a seasonal bankroll of $105,100 and a lifetime bank account of $176,509. The Atleys, who hail from Xenia, Ohio, also own Rockathon, who sits second in this division (115 points), along with trainer Kim Dailey. This Pet Rock gelding was third in leg one, then scored back-to-back wins in the next two OSS legs, pacing in 1:51.1 and 1:51.4 respectively. A winner of $54,800 in this series to date, Rockathon has $112,015 in seasonal earnings and $231,966 in his career coffers. He starts from post seven in the second OSS division (race seven). North America Cup winner and OSS leg one winner Lather Up will start from post two in Rockathon's division. The son of I'm Gorgeous captured leg one in 1:50, before posting a blistering 1:48.1 clocking in his North America Cup triumph at Woodbine. Trained by Clyde Francis for breeders/owners Gary and Barbara Iles. Lather Up also won a Hempt elim in 1:49 at The Poconos and an Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto on Aug. 4 in a heart-stopping 1:49.4 with regular driver Montrell Teague at the lines. He currently sits seventh in the OSS standings with 51 points to his credit and $20,000 in OSS earnings. Lifetime, Lather Up has garnered $576,465, with his seasonal earnings at $502,365. Leg two winner Cinnamack returns to battle in the second OSS division (race seven) for trainer Brian Brown and breeder/owner Emerald Highlands Farm from post six. This McArdle colt won leg two in 1:50.4 at Scioto Downs on June 9 and was fourth in leg two and sixth in leg three. A winner of $28,200 in this series, Cinnamack has $63,994 earned this season and $85,894 amassed lifetime. Of the 13 sophomore pacers, four each were sired by Ohio-based stallions Dragon Again and Pet Rock. As well, the stallions I'm Gorgeous, McArdle, Mr Apples, Pet Rock, The Panderosa and We Will See are represented by one foal each. Ohio Sires Stakes action continues with two $50,000 Leg Four divisions for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Monday night, Aug. 20 at Northfield Park. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Harness racing driver trainer Brian Brown harnessed four of five Ohio Sires Stakes winners for 2-year-old pacing colts and fillies on a balmy and rainy Friday night, Aug. 10, at Scioto Downs. Brown harnessed the winners of all three $40,000 OSS divisions for freshmen pacing colts, beginning with Disloator, who took a front-stepping journey to score his maiden victory in 1:53.3 with Chris Page at the lines. The son of Big Bad John, who was making just his fourth lifetime start, finished half a length in front of stablemate Smackitwithahammer (Ryan Stahl) a 19-1 longshot, while 3-1 Easeondowntheroad (Dan Noble) notched third-place honors. Bred by Midland Acres, Dislocator, who left the gait at odds of 5-1, now has $36,640 in earnings for owners Joelyn Ridder, Scott Davis, Sharron Sopronyi and VIP Stable. High On Paydaze continued his winning ways for Brown and company, with a near perfect, wire-to-wire route to win the second OSS colt division in a torrential downpour in 1:54.1 at odds of 2-1. Page steered this son of Nob Hill High to his fourth career victory in as many starts, holding off his hard-trying, 6-5 stablemate Rock Candy (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by half a length, with another Brown trainee, the 8-1 Tony Too Tall (Ryan Stahl) getting up for third. High On Paydaze has now swept the first three OSS legs for owners Scott Hagemeyer, Robert Mondillo and Donald Robinson, amassing $78,400 thus far for his connections. Brown then bridled up 9-5 Final Offer and 2-1 Carmen Ohio in the first $50,000 OSS division for fillies. The former prevailed by three-quarters of a length over the latter with Sugar And Spite (Tyler Smith), third at 7-1. The daughter of Rockin Amadeus followed the leading Carmen Ohio throughout most of the mile before besting her stablemate in the final yards in 1:55.2. It was the first career win for Final Offer, who is owned by Country Club Acres, Aws Stable and Joe Sbrocco. Bred by Michael Dixon and Harold & Harold Lee Bauder, Final Offer now has $31,300 in her coffers. Finally, Brown and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., teamed up to capture the second $50,000 OSS filly division with High Reward, a Yankee Cruiser lass owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and L&H Management Services. High Reward, the 7-1 choice, also enjoyed a front-end trip in her maiden victory, clocked in 1:53.1, after previously finishing second and fourth respectively in legs one and two. She finished nearly two lengths in front of 8-5 favorite Rylee Roo (Aaron Merriman), with Rose Run Uptowngal (Chris Page) third, some 2¼ lengths back. Bred by Steve Jones, High Reward upped her career earnings to $50,075. That triumph also gave driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., his fifth consecutive win on the program. The final OSS contest for pacing colts saw 6-1 Doo Wop West score in 1:53.2 in his first OSS venture. The Western Vintage gelding, who is trained by Dirk Simpson for Lawrence Crawford, was given a careful steer by Aaron Merriman to finish 2½ lengths in front of 23-1 Van Diesel (Trevor Smith) at the wire, with 2-5 favorite Rose Run Ulysses (Danny Noble) finishing third. Bred by White Birch Farm, Doo Wop West now has two wins in three career starts and $23,400 in earnings. Ohio Sires Stakes continue Saturday night, Aug. 11 at Northfield Park, with three $40,000 divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies. The $400,000 Milstein Memorial is also on the evening's program, featuring North America Cup and Ohio Sires Stakes winner Lather Up. Kimberly Rinker

Columbus, OH - Five divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts and fillies will take place Friday night, Aug. 10 at Scioto Downs with a first race post time of 6:30 pm, ET. A total of 27 pacing colts vying in three, $40,000 OSS divisions and 20 pacing fillies in two, $50,000 OSS divisions will line up behind the Scioto starting gate. Ohio-based stallions represented include Pet Rock and the ill-fated Dragon Again, with nine foals each competing in these OSS events, while McArdle has six and Western Vintage five. Ohio sire Big Bad John has four of his progeny going postward, while Rockin Amadeus and Yankee Cruiser have three each, and Nob Hill High has two. Stallions being represented by one foal each are Allamerican Native, Art Official, Beachtrea, Believeinbruiser, The Panderosa, and We Will See. Authentic Hanover heads up the first OSS test for colts (Race 1); having won both previous OSS legs-the first at Scioto on July 4 in 1:53.1, and the second on July 16 at Northfield Park in 1:53.4. Dustin Arledge trains and co-owns the son of Western Vintage for Hutchison Harness and M.J. Thompson. Bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, Authentic Hanover has $47,944 in his coffers from three wins in four starts. He'll start from post five with regular driver Tyler Smith in the sulky. Looking to continue his sweep of the series as well is the Brian Brown-trained High On Paydaze, a son of Nob Hill High owned by breeder Scott Hagemeyer and partners Robert Mondillo and D.E. Robinson. This bay colt cruised to a 1:53.1 clocking at Scioto on July 4 in OSS leg one, then paced to a 1:54.2 victory in OSS leg two on July 16 at Northfield Park. Now three for three with $58,400 earned, High On Paydaze starts from post two with Chris Page aboard for the first time in the second OSS division (Race 3). See You In Tuscany, also a winner of both previous OSS legs, battles in this same division. Conditioned by Jason McGinnis for Thestable Tuscany Group, the We Will See colt romped to a 1:53 effort at Scioto on July 4 and returned to score in 1:57.2 at Northfield On July 16 with Anthony MacDonald at the lines. Bred by Mark Marroletti, See You In Tuscany has lifetime earnings of $42,660 from two wins and a second in three starts, and gets the services of Dan Noble from the rail. Kimberly Dailey will harness the striking chestnut gelding Rose Run Ulysses from post two in the third OSS division for pacing colts (Race 11). This Western Vintage youngster, who has earned $58,400 thus far in his brief career with three wins in three starts, scored his first leg victory in 1:52.2 at Scioto on July 4 and then shipped to Northfield on July 16 to take the second leg in 1:54.4. Bred by the Rose Run Farm and owned by Dailey and Carl and Melanie Atley, Rose Run Ulysses also captured a $36,800 Ohio Fair Stake on July 28 at Scioto in 1:53.4. Dan Noble gets the nod once again. Leg one winner Gold Digger King starts from post seven in this same division for trainer Scott Mogan and driver Kayne Kauffman. This Pet Rock gelding, a homebred owned by Linda Van Camp, paced to a winning 1:52.4 effort in leg one at Scioto on July 4, and then finished second to High On Paydaze in leg two at Northfield on July 16. From three starts, Gold Digger King has one win and two seconds with $39,200 in his bankroll. Carmen Ohio, a Brian Brown trainee owned by the Ohio quartet of breeder Milton Leeman, S. Manning, B. Meizlish and W. Calvert, leaves from post five in the first OSS division (Race 4) for fillies. A daughter by The Panderosa, Carmen Ohio put forth a 1:55.2 wire-to-wire effort in leg one at Scioto on July 6 before finishing second in leg two to Queen Of The Pride. A winner of $35,000 from two wins and a second in four starts, Carmen Ohio will have Ryan Stahl at the helm. Leg two winner Sugar And Spite starts from the dreaded ten-hole in this same divisions for driver Tyler Smith and trainer Mary Birkhold. Bred by Midland Acres, this Pet Rock lass was third in leg one at Scioto on July 6 to Queen Of The Pride, then rebounded by scoring a 1:55.2 neck victory over rival Twinsburg on July 17 at Northfield Park. Owned by Tom Lehmann, Sugar And Spite has amassed $31,400 lifetime with that lone triumph and two thirds in four starts. The aforementioned Queen Of The Pride is two-for-two thus far in this series for owner Frank Chick, having won leg one at Scioto on July 6 in 1:54 and leg two at Northfield on July 17 in 1:54.3. Bred by Brad Wallace, this McArdle filly is a four-for-four winner lifetime, with $80,250 in career earnings. Trained by Kevin Lare, all of Queen Of The Pride's efforts have come in front-stepping fashion. She'll start from post ten with regular driver Tony Hall at the lines in the second OSS filly division (Race 10). Rylee Roo, who won leg two at Northfield in 1:53.3, battles from post two in this same race with Aaron Merriman driving for trainer Steve Carter. This Pet Rock lass was never a factor in leg one, but won leg two impressively for owner/breeder Steven Price. Rylee Roo has a win and a second in three starts and $36,875 earned lifetime. Leg one winner Lofty Beach starts from post seven with Ryan Stahl at the controls for trainer Scott McEneny. This black daughter by Beachtrea was timed in 1:55 in that effort for Canadian owner Bradley Grant. Bred by Spring Haven Farm, Lofty Beach has $22,625 in earnings from one win and one second in four career starts. Twinsburg won leg one in 1:54.4 for trainer Jason McGinnis and owner Brock Obrien, and then was second by a neck to Sugar And Spite in 1:55.2. Bred by Steve Stewart and John Carver, this daughter by McArdle has $31,260 in her bank account. She'll leave from the nine-hole in this same event with Danny Noble in the bike. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

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