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Harness racing driver Danny Noble continues to be on a hot streak as he captured both $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes splits for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Friday night, July 14 at Scioto Downs.   The 34-year-old Xenia, Ohio native first scored with Gabbysloosechange in 1:58 and then with Vatanna in 1:55.4 in the third leg for sophomore diagonally-gaited distaffs.   The latter is conditioned by Jim Arledge, Jr., whom he owns in partnership with Dustin Arledge, Mt Sterling, OH; Jude Jacobs; and Mary McLoughlin, Lancaster, OH. The sophomore daughter by Dejarmbro is the ninth foal out of the Armbro Iliad world champion mare Dj Babe, 5, 1:55.2F ($395,746), who was also campaigned by Arledge, Jr., to numerous Ohio divisional titles. The 34-race winner was named Ohio 3-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year and Aged Trotter of the Year in 1998 and 2000.   Arledge, Jr. says Vatanna is an "extremely talented filly" who has been a bit slow to mature, and hores she'll continue to gain confidence in herself.   "She's kind of lacked confidence all along and is just coming into her own," he admitted. "She trained down well prior to this season, and as good as her mom was, I really believe that Vatanna is the best foal out of her, and that her best efforts are ahead of her."   Vatanna is a half-sister to the Mr Vic mare Pink Ribbons, the first foal out of Dj Babe, who won 13 races and earned $236,525 en route to scoring a 1:54.3s record as a 4-year-old. Vatanna also has half-siblings in Silly Dreams (by Pegasus Spur) 3, 2:01.3h ($27,215) and Stand Up Please (by Sand Vic) 2, 2:02h ($20,259).   This latest victory in her Ohio Sires Stakes event was certainly Vatanna's most impressive, in part to the deft steer she received from Noble, who moved her three-wide at the 1:27.1 three-quarter mile clocking. She continued to race wide in the stretch and literally mowed down the leading 6-5 Rose Run Sydney (Jason Brewer) to score her second career win in 16 tries by a nose over her rival. Chim Swift and Aaron Merriman notched show honors, six lengths behind.   Vatanna, sent off at 13-1 odds, returned $29.80 on a two-dollar win ticket and pushed her career earnings to $51,215. She had previously finished third in OSS-leg 2 on June 17 at Northfield Park, after a fifth place finish on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway in OSS-leg 1.   Vatanna     Gabbysloosechange, a Chris Beaver-trainee, was the 1-5 public's favorite in her OSS contest and did not disappoint her backers, going wire-to-wire with Noble sitting chilly in the sulky as his filly drew off by 2¾ lengths. The Marty Wollam-trained Purple Sona (7-1, Kurt Sugg) nabbed second, with 6-1 Away My Baby (Chris Page) getting up for third.   The Triumphant Caviar lass has yet to be bested in OSS competition this year as she won the first two legs of this series easily for Noble, in 1:57.2 (Leg 1) at Miami Valley Raceway on May 1 and in a career best clocking of 1:54.4 (Leg 2) on June 17 at Northfield Park.   Beaver owns Gabbysloosechange in partnership with breeder Johanna Beaver of Deleon Springs, FL. This solidly-gaited trotting lass pushed her lifetime earnings to $68,500 with this latest victory, the fifth of her career in seven starts. She was unraced as a 2-year-old.   Ohio Sires Stakes continue Monday, July 17 with five divisions of 2-year-old pacing fillies vying at Northfield Park in Leg 2 of the series.   Kimberly Rinker

Sixteen Ohio-bred trotting fillies will line up behind the Scioto Downs starting gate on Friday evening, July 14 in a pair of $40,000 harness racing Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS). Post time is 6:30 pm, ET. Featured as the second and third races on the program, these OSS events are the third round of action in the four-leg series for 3-year-old diagonally-gaited females. Leg one was held May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway, while Leg two was at Northfield Park on June 17. Leg Four is scheduled for Aug. 25 at Scioto Downs, with the $250,000 Championship set for Sept. 2 at this same oval. Ohio stallions represented in this pair of contests include Dejarmbo, with seven progeny; Triumphant Caviar with three; and Break The Bank K with two of his fillies competing. And Away We Go, Chip Chip Hooray, Iron Duke and Neely Dunn are represented by one filly each. As well, five of the 16 fillies are homebreds. Trainer Chris Beaver will harness two contestants in the first OSS (Race 2). Gabbysloosechange, who he owns in partnership with breeder Johanna Beaver of Deleon Springs, FL, captured the first two legs of this series easily with Danny Noble at the lines, in 1:57.2 (Leg 1) and 1:54.4 (Leg 2). The daughter of Triumphant Caviar-unraced at two-comes into this event with $48,500 in her coffers from four wins and a second in six starts. Beaver's other charge is Bamaslastchance, who was third and second respectively in the first two legs of this series. Bred by Vernon E. Miller, the Iron Duke filly has $100,861 in her bankroll and took a mark of 1:55.3 at Scioto on May 10. She's owned in partnership by Beaver, Radnor, OH; Synerco Ventures, ON; Steve Zeehandelar, Worthington, OH; and Mark Robinson, Lewis Center, OH, and starts from the seven-hole with Aaron Merriman in the sulky Hailing from the Marty Wollam stable is the hard-trying Purple Sona, a Dejarmbo filly who finished second and fifth in her previous OSS tests this year. A winner of $49,336 to date, Purple Sona was bred by the Double Spring Farm and is owned by Acadia Farms, Canfield, OH; Dale Sweet, Toledo, OH; and G&B Racing, New Wilmington, PA. She took a career mark of 1:56.3 at The Meadows earlier this season. Kurt Sugg drives from post four. Rose Run Sydney, undefeated in her last four starts-including both OSS legs-hails from post seven in the second OSS division (Race 3) with Jason Brewer at the controls. Trained by Steve Carter, the Triumphant Caviar lass has career earnings of $157,067 and will be trying for her 12 lifetime victory. Bred by the Rose Rune Farm, this brown filly-who sports a mark of 1:55.3 taken in OSS-Leg 2 at Northfield on June 17-is owned by Carter, Londonderry, OH; Adam Friedland, Brooklyn, NY; and Rbr Racing, Ashland, OH. Chim Swift, another Chris Beaver trainee, leaves from post six for driver Aaron Merriman. This homebred Triumphant Caviar filly won her first OSS leg in 1:57.3, and was second to stablemate Gabbyloosechange in the second OSS leg, clocked in 1:55. A winner of $143,970 lifetime for the partnership of Beaver and Wilbur Stoll Lang of Jamestown, OH, Chim Swift will be trying for career victory number five. Joyce McClelland's Let's Get Started has yet to regain the form that made her Ohio's 2016 Horse of the Year. After winning three OSS legs and the $250,000 OSS Championship, she won the $57,220 Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware and was retired for the season with earnings of $243,910 as a 2-year-old. Brought back carefully this year by Danny Collins, she's had two starts and a series of qualifiers at Scioto Downs and Hoosier Park in preparation for this OSS event. The homebred daughter by Dejarmbro will be driven by Chris Page from post eight. Kimberly Rinker

Six $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) divisions of harness racing freshman filly pacers were contested on a humid Wednesday evening at Scioto Downs. Prsntpretynperfect surprised both the fans and her trainer as she paced to a steady 1:55.4 mile in the first OSS contest with Chris Page at the lines. The daughter of Big Bad John is owned by Jennifer Brown and conditioned by her husband Brian. The brash filly had a pair of satisfactory qualifiers over Delaware's half-mile oval prior to her pari-mutuel debut at Scioto. "Jenny bought this filly at the Sunbury sale for $7,000," Brian offered. "She wasn't a real big filly and she still isn't that big of a horse, but she's been a good horse from day one. She wasn't the type that stood out but she did everything right--she trained down well, is easy to take care of and very professional on the racetrack." Bred by Carl Howard, Prsntpretynperfect was sent off at 19-1 odds, returning $40.60 on a two dollar win ticket, and finished three-quarters of a length ahead of 7-1 Tenwillgetutwenty (Jason Brewer), with 5-1 Tur Lura Lural notching third for driver Kayne Kauffman. "The great thing about this filly is there's simply no 'quit' in her," Brown added. Prsntpretynperfect is out of the Towner's Big Guy mare Wildfire Princess and is a full sister to Prince Giovanni p, 3, 1:54.4h ($60,954) and to Banderbear p, 3, 1:53.3f ($23,075). Ryan and Nichole Stahl's Lucille Amarone captured the second OSS division in 1:55.2. Kent Sherman trains the chestnut daughter by The Panderosa, who scored her first career victory in as many tries. Leaving the gate at 7-1 odds, Lucille Amarone bested 7-5 Tiffany Rock AS (Chris Page) by a length, with 5-1 Lily Grace third (Tyler Smith). "After we bought this filly last year, I didn't have anything to train her with, in terms of company, so I gave her to Kent (trainer Sherman) and he's done a great job of getting her to the races," Stahl, the filly's driver, explained. Lucille Amarone is the ninth foal out of the Pacific Rocket mare Pacific Bay p,4,1:53.3f ($179,035) and is a half-sister to Million Dollar Bay (Million Dollar Cam) p,4,1:55.1f ($218,236), Smithers (Sand Shooter) p,5,1:53.f ($92,088) and Ralph (Sand Shooter) p, 3, 1:54s ($32,583), etc. John Poppe's JP Silver stormed to a commanding 1:55.4, near five-length triumph in the third OSS event. Driven by Jeff Nisonger for trainer Chris Hope, the homebred grey McArdle lass upped her career earnings to $22,004 with her second lifetime victory in as many starts. Missplacedrock (Jason Brewer, 9-2) was second, while 7-5 Checks On The Way was third for Jeremy Smith. "She's been phenominal since day one," Poppe, a resident of Wapakoneta, OH, stated. "Jeff gave her a perfect trip and didn't abuse her. She was just cruising in the lane." JP Silver, the 3-1 choice, is the eighth foal out the Jet Laag mare Wings Of Silver p,3,1:57.3h ($20,513) and is a half-sister to Silver River (Red River Hanover) p,7,1:54.3f ($70,398) and to JP Oscar (Stand Forever) p,2,1:54.2s ($37,033). Kay Again rewarded her backers at 5-2 as she swept to victory for Chris Page and trainer Mike Roth. The homebred Dragon Again filly is owned and was bred by Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH and stopped the timer in 1:53.4 in her first triumph in two tries. Kay Again finished three-quarters of a length in front of 7-2 Believe In Waco (Art McIlmurray), who had led throughout most of the mile before being caught by the winner. Grimalkin, a 37-1 longshot, finished 8½ lengths back for Josh Sutton. As the fourth foal out of the Real Desire mare Warrawee Kay, Kay Again is a full sister to Kay's Dragon Lady p,3,1:54f ($187,215) and has half-siblings in: Kay's Delight (Bettor's Delight) p,2,1:54.4f ($51,392) and Challenge Accepted (Somebeachsomewhere) p,3,1:53.2f ($26,990). Danny Noble guided Bad Girls Rule to a 1:54, wire-to-wire clocking for the 3rd Floor Stables of Springboro, OH in the fifth OSS event. Trained by Jim Dailey, the daughter by World Of Rocknroll picked up her second straight victory as she had previously won a Scioto Downs overnight on June 21 in 1:57. Her career earnings now stand at $24,750. Bad Girls Rule, at 3-1 odds, finished 1½ lengths in front of 9-2 Shadows On Time (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), while 2-1 Thrill Seeker got up for third with Mike Wilder in the sulky. Bad Girls Rule is the second foal out of the unraced Allamerican Native mare Bad Girls Club and is a half-sister to Light One Up (Woodstock) p,3,Q1:58f ($22,688). Big Bad Goldie got a perfect trip to emerge victorious for Chris Page and trainer Tye Loy in 1:55.1 in the final OSS test, holding off 9-2 Shakewhatmamagaveu (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) gamely by a head. Merciless finished a solid third at odds of 6-1 for driver Tyler Smith. The 9-1 mild longshot, a Big Bad John filly bred by Midland Acres, is owned by the Ohio-trio of David Wills, Richard Coad and Doug Gregory. She is the third foal out of the tough Camluck mare, Goldies Cam p, 4, 1:54.1h ($155,915) and has half-sisters in Goldies Mach (Mach Three) p,3, 1:53.3s ($160,767) and Goldies Bad Girl (Badlands Hanover) p,5,1:55.1s ($58,309). Kimberly Rinker

There were plenty of fireworks among the 2-year-old colt pacers who competed in eight $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions on the July 4 Scioto Downs harness racing program. The Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) is a four-leg series contested at three of the Buckeye State's four harness ovals with a $250,000 Championship set for Sept. 2 at Scioto Downs.   In the first OSS contest Letsallrock, the 3-2 public favorite, established a new track record via his 1:52.2 victory. The Pet Rock youngster was steered by Tyler Smith for trainer Jeff Smith and Ohio owners JS Everhart, KJ Smith and C Young to a three-length triumph. It was the pari-mutuel debut for Letsallrock.   "I was pretty confident that he would pace that kind of mile--eventually," Cox acknowledged. "However, I didn't think he'd do it this soon."   Letsallrock is nearly 17 hands tall and is as robust and solidly-built as he is statuesque.   "His dam--Noseitall--was a very nice mare that got hurt in an accident at Indiana Downs a few years ago," Cox offered. "We bred her and her first foal died and this colt is her second foal. He's a big baby--super well-mannered and very easy to handle and work with."   Stark Hanover, a 6-1 shot driven by Dave Palone was second, while 9-5 Rockathon (Josh Sutton) finished third.   The talented conditioner Brenda Teague swept the next two OSS divisions with her charges--both sons of the stallion I'm Gorgeous and both steered by her nephew, Montrell Teague.   Unsupported by the public at 13-1, Sip And A Bite scooted around the final turn seven-wide for his young reinsman to best rivals 3-1 Long Train Running and driver Josh Sutton and 5-1 Gotarockinmypocket, who finished third for Kayne Kauffman. A homebred, compact brown colt, Sip And A Bite finished three-quarters of a length in front at the wire for owner George Teague, Jr. of Harrington, DE.   Lather Up, the 5-2 favorite in the third OSS contest, paced to a winning 1:52.2--equaling the track record set in the first divisions by Letsallrock. Owned and bred by Gary and Barbara Iles of Harrington, DE, the freshman pacer left the gate handily and never looked back as he easily paced away from 4-1 rival McThirsty (Ryan Stahl) to prevail by 4½ lengths with a :27.3 final brush. Panimal Kingdom (Dan Noble) a 37-1 longshot, finished third.   The Bauder family's Sectionline Bigry took the fourth OSS division for driver Aaron Merrmian as the 6-1 choice. Conditioned by Steve Bauder for his cousin Harold Lee and his uncle Harold L Bauder of Delaware, OH, the Pet Rock gelding grabbed the lead at the :57.4 half and paced to a winning 1:54.2 triumph in just his second lifetime start for his connections, besting 10-1 Rock Hard (Jeremy Smith) by 3½ lengths, with 1-5 Delaware Chrome (Montrell Teague) notching third-place honors.   The homebred pacer is out of the top Cambest mare Aquatic Yankee, whom Steve bought for $3,000 at the 1997 Kentucky Standardbred Sale and conditioned to win $751,230 as one of the top open pacing mares of her day. She went on to finish second to Eternal Camnation in the 2001 Breeders Crown Mare Pace under Steve's care.   Seeing Eye Single used a near wire-to-wire performance to score his first victory in as many starts for driver Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke. The 1-2 pubic choice freshman was the first foal by the ill-fated stallion Dragon Again to win an OSS event. Owned by the partnership of Burke Racing, Silva Purnel & Libby, Lawrence Karr and Weaver Bruscemi, Seeing Eye Single paced the mile in 1:53.1 with 9-1 Cinnamack (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) two lengths back in second and 23-1 McWiz (Peter Wrenn) 8½ lengths behind in third.   Born To Be Bad quickly grabbed the lead from the start for driver Josh Sutton and went on to win his OSS division in 1:55.1 in just his second lifetime start, earning his second consecutive victory. The 1-5 favorite, a son of Big Bad John, is conditioned by Ron Steck for breeders George Green and Marie Trombetta--both hailing from Clarksburg, NJ.   "This colt hasn't even scratched the surface of his talent pool," Sutton stated. "He's amazing."   Born To Be Bad won his career debut at Scioto Downs on June 27 in a $9,500 event, pacing in 1:54.3. In his OSS contest, he held off the hard-trying, 39-1 longshot Spectacular Rock (Jason Thompson), while 32-1 longshot Pacin To Paydaze was third with Kayne Kauffman at the lines.   Debbie Bird's Rock On Creek led at every call to win his first lifetime start in 1:55.1 for driver Chris Page in seventh OSS division. Conditioned by Brian Brown, the Pet Rock homebred left the gate at odds of 3-5, finishing 2¼ lengths in front of 5-2 rival Redwood Again (Anthony MacDonald), with 9-1 Coach Zuzek notching third-place honors for driver Mike Wilder.   Harambe Deo, a 20-1 longshot by Woodstock, out of the Camluck mare Tea Time, captured the final OSS test of the afternoon with Kayne Kauffman in the sulky. A full brother to Bye Bye Felicia, Harambe Deo was bred by Billy Walters and Joe McLead and is conditioned by Chris McGuire for the Deo Volente Farms of Flemington, NJ and Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA. The youngster used come-from-behind tactics to best 5-2 McKinnon (Anthony MacDonald) by four lengths, with 4-1 Slick Mick (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) finishing third.   Ohio Sires Stakes continue July 5 at Scioto Downs, with six divisions of 2-year-old Ohio-bred pacing fillies in the spotlight. Kimberly Rinker

James Beluscak and Bob Carson's Lord Of The Reigns creeped up the rail to win in a lifetime best 1:55.2 at odds of 14-1 in the first of two $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) on a blustery June 19 harness racing afternoon at Scioto Downs. Conversely, the 1-5 favorite, Fraser Ridge, did as expected by capturing the second division handily in 1:56. A total of 16 diagonally-gaited 3-year-old colts and geldings battled in round two of the four-leg series that culminates with a $250,000 Championship for 2- and 3-year-olds of both gaits and genders on Saturday, Sept. 2 at the central-Ohio five-eighths mile oval. Conditioned by Marty Wollam, Lord Of The Reigns, a 3-year-old son of Dejarmbro, had won OSS-Leg One on May 2 at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:57.3 in his first career triumph, but had not visited the winner's circle in three starts following that victory. However, this uber-consistent diagonally-gaited athlete was second once and third twice in his aforementioned outings after that first OSS score. The homebred sophomore now has two wins in five starts this year and upped his seasonal earnings to $55,380 and his career bankroll to $77,096. Lord Of The Reigns returned $31.00 on a two dollar win ticket, finishing three-quarters of a length in front of Star Buster (9-5, Ryan Stahl), with Always A Good Time (6-1, Chris Page) a length back in third. Full Surge, the 4-5 favorite, made a break behind the gate for driver Mike Wilder and never recovered, spotting the field of eight more than two dozen lengths and finishing last. Lord Of The Reigns is the first foal out of the Cantab Hall mare Mariko Hanover 3, 1:59F ($45,141). Fraser Ridge used come-from-behind tactics to emerge victorious for driver Chris Page, overtaking the determined 13-1 Magic Vacation (Kayne Kauffman) in the final strides. Speed Lane (8-1, Dan Noble) picked up show honors, 1¼ lengths back. The Chris Beaver trainee, a son of Triumphant Caviar, notched his third victory this season and sixth career win for the partnership of Donald Robinson, Cardington, OH; Robert Mondillo, Delaware, OH; Chris Beaver, Radnor, OH; and RBH Ventures of New York, NY. Bred by Steve Stewart of Paris, KY, Fraser Ridge now has $202,595 in his career bank account from six wins in 17 starts, with $64,564 in seasonal earnings. The third foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Classical Mary 3, 1:55.2M ($207,811) Fraser Ridge is a half-brother in Guy Fox (by Glidemaster) 4, 1:55.2f ($119,405). Ohio Sires Stakes action resumes July 1 as 3-year-old colt pacers (Leg Three) vie at Northfield Park; 2-year-old filly trotters (Leg One), July 3, Northfield; 2-year-old pacing colts (Leg One), July 4, Scioto Downs; and 2-year-old filly pacers (Leg One), July 5, Scioto Downs. Kimberly Rinker

Sixteen diagonally-gaited 3-year-old colts and geldings square off Monday afternoon in a pair of $40,000 Leg Two Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) at Scioto Downs. Ten geldings and six colts spar in races two and five over the lightening-fast five-eight's mile harness racing oval, with a matinee post time of 2 pm, ET. Returning for round two action are Leg One (Miami Valley Raceway, May 2) winners Full Surge, Fraser Ridge and Lord of the Reigns. Trainer Chris Beaver will harness four of the competitors-two in each division-while Jim Dailey has one contestant in each division. Ohio stallion Dejarmbro has six foals represented in Monday's OSS events, while Triumphant Caviar has three and Victory Sam, two. And Away We Go, Big Rigs, Break The Bank K, Deep Chip and Full Count all have one progeny each competing. Conditioner Marty Wollam harnesses Leg One winner Lord Of The Reigns in the first OSS division from post two. Bred and owned by James Beluscak, Broadview Heights, OH and Bob Carson, Strongsville, OH, this Dejarmbro colt scored his lone career victory by a neck over Jailhouse Sam in 1:57.3, and has amassed $62,342 for these connections. A model of consistency, Lord Of The Reigns hasn't finished off the board this season in four starts (1-1-2) and has only missed two checks in 15 lifetime starts. He is the first and most prolific foal out of the Cantab Hall mare Mariko Hanover 3, 1:59F ($45,141). Full Surge, a Full Count colt, races for Ohio-based quartet of trainer Miles Wollam and co-owners Ashley Fusco and Renna Wollam-all of Vienna, OH, and Rhett Roll of Ostrander, OH. The bay winner of $76,551 posted a neck victory in his first OSS triumph, stopping the timer in 1:57.1 for driver Mike Wilder. Mahlon A. Miller of Sugarcreek bred the bay sophomore, who has three wins in four starts this year. At two, he posted a solo victory in eight starts but did earn $43,502 last season. Full Surge is the fifth foal out of the unraced Muscles Yankee mare Super Katrina, and is a full brother to Countmymuscles 5, 1:56f ($118,585), with half-siblings in: Hoorayi'monmyway (by Chip Chip Hooray) 2, 2:09h ($36,246) and Jesse Hill (by Jailhouse Jesse) 3, 1:59 ($3,800). The Jeff Cox-trained Star Buster will leave from the rail in this same division, and while he finished third in OSS Leg One, he's riding an impressive three-race win streak that bodes well for owner Michael Soehnlen of Dalton, OH. The son of Deep Chip has shown he can get around any size racetrack, having won at Miami Valley on May 8 in 1:54.4 and at Northfield on May 22 (by nearly ten lengths in 1:56.2) and again at that same half-miler on June 3 (by nearly eight lengths in 1:54.3). Bred by Pius Soehnlen of Canton, OH, Star Buster has career earnings of $60,796 from 11 wins in 20 starts-with $45,950 earned this season from four wins in six starts. This speedy gelding is the second foal out of the unraced BJ's Mac mare Frances Maxine and is a half-brother to the gelding Drift Away (by Trojan Touch), a winner of 36 races and $348,878 with a mark of 7, 1:52.1. Chris Beaver trainee Fraser Ridge-who was a multiple OSS Leg Winner as a freshman-starts from post four in the second division. This son of Triumphant Caviar has $182,595 in his career coffers from five wins in 16 starts. Bred by Steve Stewart of Paris, KY, Fraser Ridge most recently won a $38,808 Currier and Ives division at The Meadows on June 3 by four lengths in 1:55.1. This talented sophomore is owned by Donald Robinson, Cardington, OH; Robert Mondillo, Delaware, OH; Chris Beaver, Radnor, OH; and RBH Ventures of New York, NY. Fraser Ridge is the third foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Classical Mary 3, 1:55.2M ($207,811) and has a half-brother in Guy Fox (by Glidemaster) 4, 1:55.2f ($119,405). Trying to avenge his nose loss to Fraser Ridge in their OSS contest on May 2 is the Scott Cox-trained Goldfinger, an altered bay son of Big Rigs owned by Parent Racing Stable of Whitehouse, OH and G Peters, Akron, OH. Bred by Up Front Racing of Scottsdale, AZ, Goldfinger has career earnings of $83,522 from four wins in 16 starts and seems uber-versatile, having won both on the front-end and from off the pace. As the sixth foal out of the unraced Mr Lavec mare Armbro Espionage, Goldfinger is a half-brother to Armor Hanover (by SJ's Caviar) 7, 1:52f ($248,955) and Jacksons Minion (by Explosive Matter) 3, 1:53.1f ($148,943), among others. Dekeyser, who finished a neck back to the winning Full Surge on May 2, won his first start of the year on April 26 at Northfield by 5¾ lengths and is still looking for his elusive second win of the season. Trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver for Synerco Ventures In., ON and Steven Zeehandelar, Worthington, OH, this Dejarmbro colt rarely misses a check and has $43,994 in lifetime earnings. Kevin Greenfield, Perrysburg, OH, bred the sophomore trotter, the fifth foal out of his Mr Vic mare Pink Ribbons 4, 1:54.3S ($236,525). Dekeyser is a half-brother to the Explosive Matter gelding Datsyuk 3, 1:53.1f ($472,528) and to the Pegasus Spur gelding Big Package 6, 1:56f ($111,063). Ohio Sires Stakes action resumes July 1 as 3-year-old colt pacers (Leg Three) vie at Northfield Park; 2-year-old filly trotters (Leg One), July 3, Northfield; 2-year-old pacing colts (Leg One), July 4, Scioto Downs; and 2-year-old filly pacers (Leg One), July 5, Scioto Downs. Kimberly Rinker

Columbus, OH --- On an absolutely picturesque evening at Eldorado Scioto Downs, Crazy Wow and harness racing driver Chris Page assumed command upon their departure from the gate and did not experience a truly tense moment en route to a powerful 1:52 track record score in the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial in front of a standing-room only crowd on Saturday (June 10). Defending older trotting champion Obrigado (Mark MacDonald) was second, with Canadian invader Musical Rhythm (Peter Wrenn) third. In fact, Page was still rather incredulous at how the race unfolded for his horse after he addressed his legions of young fans in the winner’s circle that were shouting his name and pleading for his whip or his sunglasses as a souvenir of his victory. “I can’t believe how it all worked out,” he said. “I intended to get him involved in the race early-on, but I wasn’t planning on going to the lead. When the wings were still unfolding off the gate I looked to my left and wondered where everybody else was. He just took me out there all on his own and from there on it was all him. I could not have asked for a better trip.” Commencing his journey from post position eight did not seem to hamper Crazy Wow’s need to display his speed. Conditioned by Ron Burke and owned by Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, J&T Silva Stables and Deo Volente Farms, the 5-year-old stallion, fresh off his first victory in nearly a year in the $150,000 Maxie Lee Invitational on May 28 at Harrah’s Philadelphia, laid down a very swift first split of :26.2 with Obrigado in hot pursuit in the field of nine with the scratch of Homicide Hunter. In essence it was reduced to eight competitors after 2015 Dan Patch Award winner and world champion JL Cruze broke strode going into the first turn. As Crazy Wow and Page went past the half-mile marker in :55.1, Obrigado was hemmed in and slightly shuffled back to third as Hemi Seelster (Brett Holland) moved aggressively, intent on not allowing his top two rivals to stray too far. After Crazy Wow passed the three-quarter marker in 1:23.1, the rest of the field began their bids to overtake him in their quest for the wire. Both Centurion ATM (Aaron Merriman) and Musical Rhythm made their moves from sixth and fifth, respectively, as Hemi Seelster tired from his earlier efforts to drop back to fourth entering the top of the stretch. This transition of positions provided Obrigado, who was making his 2017 debut, with a desperately needed seam and he and MacDonald pulled to the outside in an attempt to chase down Crazy Wow. Their efforts, however, were in vain, as Crazy Wow appeared to lengthen his stride with each hoof he placed upon the Columbus oval and he maintained a comfortable 1-3/4 length advantage right to the wire. Musical Rhythm spurted up the rail after Obrigado vacated that area to finish third. “I had driven him once before,” Page said. “It was a long time ago and I don’t remember anything specific about him from that race, other than I already knew he was a very good horse, but tonight he was something; he was much more than just very good. I know his connections have worked with him and it certainly has paid off.” Collecting his second consecutive triumph and propelling his 2017 record to 5-2-3-0, with his career resume now at 47-17-10-3, Crazy Wow has now earned more than $1.7 million. Sent off the as the second selection at 3-1, the stallion paid a generous $8.20 for his victory. Obrigado at 3-1 provided $5.00 to his supporters to place, with Musical Rhythm (14-1) offering $7.80 to show. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

A trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes--each clocked in 1:51.2--were contested on Saturday night, June 10 at Scioto Downs. This was Leg 2 of four in the lucrative harness racing series for Ohio-bred 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Crowd favorite (3-2) McThriller captured the first OSS division handily with Chris Page at the lines. Conditioned by Brian Brown, the altered son of McArdle led at every quarter mile marker to notch his first victory of 2017 in his third try. "I talked to Brian (trainer Brown) before the race and he said he thought this colt would be tough to beat off the front end," Page offered. Nr Holdings, LLC of Boca Raton, FL; TLP Stable, Kearny , NJ; and Howard Taylor, Philadelphia, PA own McThriller, who upped his career earnings to $155,522 with this latest triumph. Bred by Gbw Breeding Farms, Inc., McThriller finished a neck in front of the late-closing Lightning Onmyfeet (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), while Sugar Island (Mark Evers) was third, 6½ lengths back at odds of 36-1. McThriller Brown also harnessed Barnabas to win OSS division two. The brown McArdle gelding was steered by Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., to a near-perfect neck victory over rival Major Nemesis, who had lead throughout until the final yards for driver Tony Hall. Mr McDreamy (Aaron Merriman) picked up show honors. "This horse had a long ship up from Florida and just wasn't himself earlier this season," Wrenn, Jr. acknowledged. "But he was awesome in his last start and raced back tonight just as strong." A winner of six races in his career now and $108,314, Barnabas--who towers over his rivals at 17+ hands tall--was bred by Hickory Lane Farm's Kevin Greenfield and is owned by the Ohio quartet of Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and William Robinson. Barnabas Drunk On Your Love utilized come-from-behind tactics to triumph in the third OSS division with Dan Noble in the bike. The Foreclosure N gelding is conditioned by Jim Pollock, Jr. for Mark Ford, Campbell Hall, NY and Jason Settlemoir, Cream Ridge, NJ and now has seven career wins and $123,500 in his lifetime bank account. "This colt just keeps getting better with maturity," Noble offered. "He was a very good colt as a 2-year-old and has continued to mature into an even stronger 3-year-old." Drunk On Your Love was all alone at the wire, some 6¼ lengths in front of 14-1 Banderbear (John Campbell) and 7-5 McRaven (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.). Drunk On Your Love Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Saturday, June 17 at Northfield Park with 3-year-old filly trotters vying and 3-year-old colt trotters battling on Monday, June 19 at Scioto Downs. Kimberly Rinker

Speed was all the rage in a quartet of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Friday night, June 9 at Scioto Downs. It was the second of four legs in the harness racing series for Ohio-breds that offers a minimum purse of $40,000 per division. Lionel Watiker's Rose Run Skyler--who won her OSS Leg 1 on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:54.3--paced to a sizzling career best 1:53 victory as she nailed down her fourth consecutive triumph for her owner in her OSS division with Aaron Merriman in the sulky. She finished a healthy three lengths ahead of Rosa's Touch (Mike Wilder) with Type A Grey (Chris Page) third. Conditioned by Watiker's son Derek, the sophomore daughter by The Panderosa upped her career earnings to $79,375 as she notched career victory number five. Bred by the Rose Run Farm, Rose Run Skyler was purchased by Watiker at the Ohio Selected Sale. "We watched her video and thought she was extremely athletic looking," he noted. Watiker--who owns a heavy highway construction company in Zanesville, OH, has been immersed in the Standardbred industry since the late 1970s. "My father was involved as an owner back then and in the 1980s I trained a few horses for him but I'm enjoying it now with my sons being involved," he explained. Unraced at 2, Rose Run Skyler also captured the $50,000 Scarlet And Grey at Miami Valley Raceway on May 8 in 1:53 and a Scioto Downs overnight on May 25 in 1:54.1, both with Merriman at the controls. "Derek trained 'Skyler' down to 2:05 last year but we all felt it would be better to wait and race her as a 3-year-old," Watiker related. "We wanted to give her time to mature." In addition to his son Derek who also drives, Watiker utilizes the talents of his son Chase--a fourth year veterinarian student at The Ohio State University--to help with allergy issues affecting the sophomore pacing filly. "It's quite unusual, but 'Skyler' is allergic to things most horses have in their daily life without trouble," Watiker offered. "Certain types of grass and hay, apples, etc.--she's allergic to all of them. We have to constantly monitor and manage her diet very carefully and that's where Chase has been most helpful." Rose Run Skyler is also routinely nebulized and gets a little bit of time in the field, Watiker added. "We keep her turn-out time brief; no more than two-hours at a time because we don't want her to ingest too much grass and get sick," he stressed. "She definitely responds to it all very well though." Rose Run Skyler Favorite Pistol Packin Mama and driver Peter Wrenn demolished their rivals by five lengths, stopping the clock in a lifetime best 1:52.2 in their OSS division. The Panderosa lass took the lead going to the :55.3 half and steadily drew away from the rest of the field in just her fifth start of the season. "Last week at Hoosier, she was a good second to Glassine Hanover, who is a very, very nice filly," Wrenn stressed. "So I knew she was going to be sharp in here tonight." Owned by the Herres Stables of Bellbrook, OH, Pistol Packin Mama pushed her career bankroll to $71,250 with this OSS win. This filly won Leg 1 of the series on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway by 4½ lengths using similar tactics. Longshot (21-1) Glorious Intent (Chris Page) was second, while 13-1 Zoe Ellasen (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) finished third. Pistol Packin Mama Bye Bye Felicia (Chris Page) prevailed in her OSS division by a commanding 3¾ lengths to win in a new life mark of 1:52.2. The victory was the first of the year in six tries for the daughter of Woodstock, who is conditioned by Brian Brown for Ohio owners Jennifer Brown, Scott Davis, Steve Mullet and Joyce McClelland. Opie's Girl (Kayne Kauffman) finished second, while Official Kisser (Jason Brewer) was third). Bred by Billy Walters and Joe McLead, Bye Bye Felicia now has $130,809 in career earnings. Bye Bye Felicia Aaron Merriman picked up his second OSS victory of the night as he guided Ellasen to a new life record of 1:52.4 for trainer Ron Potter and owner Clyde A. Perfect of Lawrenceburg, IN. The daughter of Big Bad John battled 15-1 longshot rival Cams Little Bit (Kyle Ater) down the stretch to win by a length, with 60-1 The Lady Vanishes (Ryan Stahl) getting up for third. Bred by Tonya Keckler, Ellasen upped her career earnings to $83,203 via her third lifetime victory in 17 starts. Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Freehold, NJ --- Obrigado might have a little Alfred E. Neuman in him. One gets the feeling after talking with the 7-year-old trotter’s regular driver, Mark MacDonald, that an appropriate caption under the horse’s photo would be “What -- me worry?” just the same as the cartooned Neuman on the cover of MAD magazine. Going back to July 2014, Obrigado has won 18 races. Excluding one victory in which he was second-placed-first, the gelding has won 11 of the remaining 17 by a half-length or less. And the vast majority of those triumphs, nine to be exact, were by a neck or less. Those 17 wins, by the way, were worth nearly $1 million. “He never overdoes it,” MacDonald said with a laugh. “He takes care of himself. He makes you kind of sweat it out a little bit. Me, not so much now, because I know him and I’m confident he’s always going to give you that last little lunge at the end. But I’m sure for Paul and the other owners watching it probably makes them a little nervous.” Paul is trainer Paul Kelley, who owns Obrigado with Lennart Agren’s SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins, and the multi-partner Stable 45. The group is preparing for more edge-of-your-seat excitement as Obrigado makes his seasonal debut in Saturday’s $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot at Eldorado Scioto Downs in central Ohio. Hill was the founder of Scioto Downs and president of the track from 1959-1989. Obrigado, who received the 2016 Dan Patch Award for best older male trotter, is the 5-2 morning line favorite and will start from post one with MacDonald in the sulky. Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational winner Crazy Wow, starting from post eight with Chris Page at the lines for trainer Ron Burke, is the 4-1 second choice while 2015 Dan Patch Award honoree JL Cruze is 9-2 from post five with Ronnie Wrenn Jr. driving for Eric Ell. “That’s a pretty good group,” MacDonald said. “It should be a good race.” Last year, Obrigado won eight of 17 races and earned $873,300. He hit the board a total of 13 times and his victories included the Hill Memorial, TVG Free For All Series championship, Dayton Trotting Derby, Crawford Farms Trot, John Cashman Memorial, Cleveland Trotting Classic, and Maxie Lee Memorial. For MacDonald, the win in the Crawford Farms Trot exemplified Obrigado’s toughness and determination. Obrigado was in the outer flow in an opening quarter-mile of :26, cleared to the lead at the halfway point and then battled stride-for-stride with Resolve for nearly the final three-eighths of a mile before winning by a quarter-length in 1:51.2. “I think that was the best race last year, maybe the best race of his life since I’ve been driving him,” said MacDonald, who took over the driving duties behind Obrigado at the beginning of the horse’s 5-year-old season. “Man, that was a great race. They fought all the way down the stretch. Getting down by the wire Obi came back on and won. That was just a crazy mile. “He brings his lunch pail every night and goes to work. He’s tough. He’s got no quit in him. It’s kind of hard to give him a bad trip; I’ve been parked with him, I’ve been in bad spots with him, but he always gives 120 percent. He’s just a good horse. You look forward to his races. He’s always made a good account of himself.” MacDonald was happy to see Obrigado honored with a Dan Patch Award last year. Obrigado, who has won 42 of 79 career races and earned $1.62 million, was a star in Maine at ages 2 and 3 before being sold to the New York-based Kelley and partners in November 2013. “That was cool,” MacDonald said. “I was really happy for Paul and the owners. He was so good all year. I think maybe winning the TVG at the end of the year put him over the top, but to me he had such a great year. He won so many big races and he showed up to work every night. “You have to give Paul credit. I think he protected (Obrigado) a lot as a 4-year-old. He kept him out of the spotlight, away from the Grand Circuit horses. He kind of aimed for him to peak as an older horse and the patience paid off. He let him mature and grow into his own and he turned into a great aged racehorse.” Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. at Scioto Downs and the Hill Memorial is race eight, with an 8:50 p.m. estimated post time. Following is the field for the Hill Memorial. Post-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1 - Obrigado - Boy Band - Mark MacDonald-Paul Kelley-5/2  2 - Natural Herbie - Here Comes Herbie - Verlin Yoder-Verlin Yoder-8/1 3 - Musical Rhythm - Cantab Hall - Peter Wrenn-Benoit Baillargeon-15/1   4 - Hemi Seelster - Holiday Road - Brent Holland-Richard Banca-10/1   5 - JL Cruze - Crazed - Ronnie Wrenn Jr.-Eric Ell-9/2   6 - Centurion ATM - SJ's Caviar - Aaron Merriman-Ake Svanstedt-10/1   7 - Muscle Diamond - Muscle Hill - John Campbell-Brett Bittle-15/1   8 - Crazy Wow - Crazed - Chris Page-Ron Burke-4/1   9 - Homicide Hunter - Mr Cantab - Tyler Smith-Chris Oakes-12/1   10 - Major Athens - Andover Hall - Jody Jamieson-Jeffrey Gillis-6/1  Major Athens starts in the second tier. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Seven $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) divisions for harness racing 3-year-old fillies and colts will be contested this weekend at Scioto Downs, in Leg 2 of the series for Ohio-bred eligibles of this age and gait. Post time both Friday (June 9) and Saturday (June 10) is 6:30 pm, ET. Four divisions of fillies--with 31 entries--go postward in Races 1, 2, 3 and 10 on Friday night, while a trio of events for colts--with ten contestants each in Races 2, 3 and 5--are slated for Saturday night. Returning for round two action are Leg 1 distaff winners Official Kisser, Bourbon And Barley, Pistol Packin Mama and Rose Run Skyler, while Leg 1 victors Lightning Onmyfeet, Heracer, Drunk On Your Love and McRaven vie in the colt events. To be eligible for participation in the lucrative Ohio Sires Stakes program, a horse must be sired by an Ohio stallion standing in the Buckeye State who was registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission during the year the horse was foaled. The stallion Big Bad John is represented in this weekend's OSS events by 14 foals--nine colts and five fillies, while McArdle has nine of his progeny competing--eight colts and a lone filly. The stallion Art Official is represented by three colts and five fillies, with two sons and four daughters of the stallion The Panderosa sparing in OSS tests. Charley Barley has five OSS sophomores going postward--one colt and three fillies. Stallions Woodstock and Art's Chip each have two colts and one filly battling, while Manhardt and World of Rocknroll have two foals each in OSS competition. The stallions Cheyenne Rei, Feelin Friskie, I'm Gorgeous, No Pan Intended and Santana Blue Chip are all represented by one filly each. The 30 colts in their three OSS divisions on Saturday night have $1,790,892 in combined earnings; while the 31 fillies in their four OSS divisions on Friday night have a combined total of $1,777,579. Among the colts, Carl Atley's Scotch McEwan is the richest, with $221,437 in his lifetime bankroll, while McThriller has $135,522 and Drunk On Your Love, a son of Foreclosure N, has $103,500. The Charley Barley filly Berazzled is tops among the OSS fillies, with $203,465 in career earnings, with Bourbon And Barley owning $129,910. Other $100,000+ earners include: Type A Grey ($116,247); Zoe Ellasen ($116,083); and Bye Bye Felicia ($110,809). Among the conditioners of these OSS tests, Brian Brown will harness seven (three fillies and four colts), while Ron Burke sends out five (two fillies and three colts). Trainers who have two OSS contestants this weekend include: Kent Sherman, Tyler George, Ron Potter, Mike Roth, Virgil Morgan, Jr., Jim Dailey and Rich Gilloch. Breeders Liza Ezzo and Marion Beachy are represented by fillies Bourbon And Barley, Barley Hall, Barley Nation and Berazzled and the colt Barley Up. Spring Haven Farm has bred four of the OSS youngsters, while Knox Services is listed as the breeder on two. Kimberly Rinker

"The Lumberman" and his trusty steed are at it again. After a slow start this season Bob "Lumberman" Troyer and Heza Rube were once again in the harness racing winner's circle after they scored a 1:57.3 victory in the $5000 midwest region Billings Trot on Friday night (June 2) at Scioto Downs. It was both the horse's and driver's first win this year and despite being one of the toughest horses in their division last season Heza Rube was dismissed by the betting public and sent off at odds of over 9-1. After staring cautiously from the two-hole Troyer eased his trotter away from the gate and allowed Dave "Linemaster" Ehrenberg and TK's Jelly Belly to take command and lead the field by a :28.3 first quarter. No sooner had the field settled than Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford moved favored Ponda's Lexus to the front and they were in command before the :57.0 half. Meanwhile Troyer sat chilly and watched the race developing in front of him and when the field headed for the third stanza Troyer had Heza Rube out and going and they circled the leaders as the three quarter timer flashed 1:27.4. Once on top Troyer and Heza Rube opened up a three length lead as they rounded the final turn and they were well in command as the field headed for paydirt. Ponda's Lexus was still in second place at that point but he was overtaken for the place money by Catch Jessie (Gregg "Fast Greggy" Keidel). But nobody was catching Heza Rube as the Master Lavec gelding trotted on to a five length victory, the veteran 7-year-old's 25th of his stellar career. Owned by Troyer and trained by Marty Wollam, Heza Rube paid $21.00 for win and upped his lifetime earnings to nearly $224,000 And for Troyer it was his 83rd winning drive of his amateur career. Next Billings action will be on Friday, June 9th at The Meadowlands. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

Columbus, OH --- Josh Sutton, 35, drove the 4,000th winner of his harness racing career Thursday (May 25) when he steered Smiling Terror to a 1:54.1 victory in the eighth race at Scioto Downs. A native of Henderson, Kentucky, Sutton drove his first winner in 2000 at Colonial Downs behind HJ's Legend for trainer Brian Loney and in each of the last three seasons has driven more than 500 winners, led by a career best 584 in 2014. He has captured driving titles at nine tracks and has amassed $25.9 million in purse money. Just last year, Sutton steered Ohio champions Let's Get It Started, Rose Run Spanky, Scotch McEwan and My Tweed Heart in their respective Sire Stakes finals at Northfield Park. Another memorable moment for Sutton was his Cinderella victory over Chris Page to capture the 2016 Scioto driving title. Page led the meet with the most driving wins, being seven victories ahead of Sutton going into the final night of the meet. It was a head-to-head battle up until the last race of the season, where the two had tied for the most wins at 171 apiece. Sutton, however, clinched the victory over Page and received the 172 wins to become driving champion. Friday night - Kestrel Safe From Terror Somebody As Saturday features an Over the Hill Gang contest (fifth race) for aged pacers which includes an $18,000 purse and eight highly talented pacers. There will be horses ranging in age from 8-years-old to an 11-year-old in Sam Hill and the contestants have combined for 280 victories and $4,459,673 in purses. The morning line favorite (5-2, Chris Page) 8-year-old, Mykindachip, who is trained by Ron Burke, makes his first appearance at Scioto Downs this year. He has earned $704,007 and sports a lifetime best of 1:49.3 over this very same oval from 2015. Another horse to keep an eye on in the field is Sparky Mark, who is trained by Clarence Foulk and owned by Foulk Stables Inc., as he holds the highest earnings in this field ($1,125,766) in addition to the fastest lifetime mark (1:49). I’m Gorgeous  (Virgil Morgan Jr.), who has returned to racing from the breeding shed, comes off a second place finish against Fools Desire in last Saturday’s (May 20) card. He has sired 70 foals, which include the 2015 Ohio Sire Stakes Champion Miss Me Yet. As a reminder Scioto Downs will be racing on Memorial Day (May 29) with a 2 p.m. post time. The 14-card matinée will have a total of $129,000 in purses. Due to holiday racing, there will be no live racing on Tuesday (May 30). Live racing will continue on Wednesday (May 31) from Taylor Johnston, for Scioto Downs 

Columbus, OH --- As the season wrapped up on Saturday (Sept. 10) at Eldorado Scioto Downs, the harness racing action was never hotter. Scioto Downs saw track records, a world record, a leading driver’s battle and a wagering increase that will make the 2016 season go down as one of the most memorable. Drivers Chris Page and Josh Sutton gave horsemen, gamblers, and fans a driving showcase during the 2016 meet. Chris Page was on top of the leading drivers standing most of the year; however Josh Sutton had other plans leading into the last week of racing. While being seven victories behind, Sutton got to work reeling Page in night after night. Going into the final race of the year, Page and Sutton were tied at 171 victories apiece. When it was all said and done, Sutton guided Perma Grin while Strange Hanover and Chris Page settled for second. Sutton finished the 2016 meet with 172 victories in 933 starts and purse earnings of $1,778,884. For the 23rd consecutive year, Virgil Morgan Jr. led all trainers with 86 victories in 378 starts and purses of $825,054. The racing action was fast all year as nine track records fell, led by Always B Miki tying his own world record of 1:47 in the Jim Ewart Memorial. It was a race that the on-track fans will not soon forget as fan favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit and Always B Miki battled head to head for most of the mile. When track announcer Barry Vicroy said three-quarters in 1:19, the crowd erupted. The two champions battled all the way to the wire with Always B Miki getting the victory. Out of the 1,159 races at Scioto Downs this summer, 68 percent of them were full 10 horse fields and the betting public responded with a 6.9 percent increase in all source handle -- even with five less racing days compared to 2015. Scioto Downs finished the 2016 season with the percentage of favorites winning 37.74 percent of the time. Purses also grew in 2016 to a total of $15,900,588 over the course of 90 days. The average daily purse at Scioto Downs was $176,673 per day. Scioto Downs would like to thank the gamblers, fans, horsemen, owners and caretakers for their continued support in 2016 and we hope to see you back in 2017. Even though there is no live racing this winter, the penthouse will remain open all year for simulcasting needs. Eldorado Scioto Downs is also planning a grand opening for the new 118 room Hampton Inn Hotel slated for December. Eldorado Scioto Downs 

Columbus, OH --- When the horses placed their hooves on the track for the post parade of the $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial on Saturday (Sept. 10) at Eldorado Scioto Downs, the throng lining the fence let out a roar for defending Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. The stands were packed to catch a glimpse of an athlete that has captured the hearts and imaginations of legions of harness racing fans during his two-year career. When the horses crossed the finish line, however, all those in attendance had shifted their adulation to honor the effort of his winning rival, Always B Miki, for not only had they been privy to witness greatness, but they were present for a world record equaling performance of 1:47, that will surely become an integral component of the sport’s history. That time equaled the all-age mark for a pacer on a five-eighths-mile oval set by Sweet Lou in 2014 and equaled by Always B Miki in both the Ben Franklin elimination and final earlier this year. Those miles all came at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. “He’s a big horse alright,” said his pilot Brett Miller in the winner’s circle immediately after handing over the lines. “He has so much power. You just can’t let him get too into himself.” When the superb field of nine left the gate, Always B Miki, who commenced pacing from post six, was the 4-5 favorite but Wiggle It Jiggleit at 8-5 was also receiving his share of support at the windows. Shortly after the starter allowed the horses to begin the mile, Eric Goodell sent Luck Be Withyou to the lead from post position five. Wiggle It Jiggleit and his regular reinsman Montrell Teague were not content to allow that competitor to cut the mile and made their move to the front from post position eight. Miller and Always B Miki had their own designs on the lead. The crowd was gasping at the sheer speed displayed by the pacers as Luck Be Withyou had laid down a scorching :25.2 first quarter. Wiggle It Jiggleit brushed to the lead in front of the grandstand before Always B Miki procured the lead on the outside by the half-mile marker. The Jimmy Takter trainee appeared to pay the price for that effort when :53 flashed on the timer. As Wiggle It Jiggleit sat second, Always B Miki still maintained a head advantage after three-quarters in a sizzling 1:19. Wiggle It Jiggleit appeared poised to come through on the inside and overhaul Always B Miki down the lane, but the 5-year-old stallion would not be denied. After a nip and tuck battle between these two champions, Always B Miki prevailed. Several hundred feet from the wire, he repelled the bid of Wiggle It Jiggleit and hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front. Luck Be Withyou raced exceptionally well to be third, while Freaky Feet Pete, who had a very tough trip, finished fourth. Conditioned by Jimmy Takter and owned by Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter, the son of Always A Virgin paid $3.80 to win, with Wiggle It Jiggleit paying $3.00 to place and Luck Be Withyou $3.60 to show. The exacta was $8.00 and the trifecta $50.60. Normally not one to show much emotion, Takter posed with a picture with his charge absolutely beaming. When asked to discuss the heroic feat Always B Miki had just produced, he acknowledged how scintillating it was to be associated with a horse with this much ability. He also noted, however, for the stallion to consistently provide the sport with a number of 1:47 miles this season, it does require much more than natural talent. “It is not an easy thing to keep a horse at that kind of level for a long period of time,” he said. “This is a very special horse.” by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

Columbus, OH --- Although the surface was less than spectacular due to inclement weather, Homicide Hunter, who established a new world record three weeks ago at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, garnered another harness racing accolade for his already sterling resume with a 1:52.1 triumph in the $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial at Eldorado Scioto Downs on Saturday (Sept. 10). The final clocking is a new track record for 4-year-old trotting geldings. The altered son of  Mr Cantab and Evening Prayer was placed on the lead by his pilot, Eric Goodell, shortly after the field of seven was rounding the first turn at the Columbus oval. Once the Indiana champion placed race leader Muscle Up The Goal (Aaron Merriman) in his rearview mirror, the 4-5 favorite effortlessly clicked off fractions of :27.1, 55.3, 1:23.2 and hit the wire 4-1/4 lengths to the good of Muscle Up The Goal and third place finisher Wind Of The North (Chris Page), who closed very well in the stretch to finish behind the top two. Conditioned by Chris Oakes and owned by Crawford Farms, Homicide Hunter glided over a track that had been soaked by powerful early precipitation which had begun to taper off prior to the horses placing their noses on the gate. Goodell steered the horse with the greatest of confidence, and Homicide Hunter responded in kind. He never appeared under any serious pressure or any urging to produce his second record-breaking victory from his last three trips to the post. With his latest triumph, Homicide Hunter is now 41-23-4-6 lifetime and boosted his bank account to $715,263. Prior to his being sold privately last winter, Homicide Hunter resided in the barn of Curt Grummel, who had his doubts the gelding would ever develop into a high quality racehorse when he was a youngster because he had a tendency to not finish strongly to the wire. Homicide Hunter received top billing at Hoosier Park with hometown hero Freaky Feet Pete in Anderson, as he captured 16 consecutive races in 2015 before finishing second to Crazy Wow in the $270,000 Carl Erskine Memorial. Since joining Oakes’ barn, the gelding has compiled a record of 13-4-1-2, but appears to be rounding into prime form as summer transitions into fall. For those that supported him at the windows, Homicide Hunter paid $3.60, with Muscle Up The Goal offering $6.00 to place and Wind Of The North providing $5.20 to his backers. The exacta was $13.60 and the trifecta was $68.80. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

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