Day At The Track
Search Results
81 to 96 of 360

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 

Ted Kluszewski once said, "I'm not sure what the hell charisma is, but I get the feeling it's Willie Mays." Kluszewski, a star for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1940s and '50s, never got to see Wiggle It Jiggleit, but one gets the feeling he could have uttered the aforementioned statement about harness racing's main attraction. Wiggle It Jiggleit, who races in Saturday's $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial for older pacers at Eldorado Scioto Downs in central Ohio, has become a fan favorite over the past two years as he's traveled North America and won 35 of 46 races along the way. He has finished worse than third only once in his career --- and that was a fourth-place finish. He was the Dan Patch Award Horse of the Year in 2015 and is the No. 1-ranked horse in the sport's current Top 10 poll. This season, the 4-year-old Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 12 of 19 races and earned $1.29 million. He has earned $3.48 million lifetime, good for seventh place among all North American pacers in history. None of the six pacers ahead of him have fewer than 85 career races. Social media posts regarding Wiggle It Jiggleit routinely generate two to three times more interaction than any other topics in harness racing. And fans delight in cheering him on, whether in person or from afar. They also enjoy his winner's circle antics, rearing up on his hind legs rather than standing patiently for a photo. "He's a lot of fun," said Montrell Teague, the 25-year-old son of co-owner George Teague Jr. and regular driver of Wiggle It Jiggleit. "I get to travel around with him and meet new people and every single time I talk to new people it's all positive about him. "Everybody loves him. They relate to him and follow him around. When he goes to the winner's circle, they always look for him to go up in the air. He's just got a lot of personality and the way he races, he always puts on a good show." If one race cemented Wiggle It Jiggleit's status among fans, it was last September's Little Brown Jug final at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio. Wiggle It Jiggleit, who raced on the outside for most of the mile, appeared to be beaten in the stretch only to rally with a final surge and win by a nose. "I had a guy come up to me a few days later at (Harrah's Philadelphia) and he said 'I've been watching harness racing for 50 years and I want to say thank you for giving me the thrill of my lifetime, to watch the best race I've ever seen.' I never would have expected that," Teague said. "The Jug, everyone always talks about that race, and pretty much every race after that. He's always making conversation." Wiggle It Jiggleit, who is based in Harrington, Del., with the popular Teague family and trainer Clyde Francis, will be making his first visit to Scioto Downs. It will be the 15th different track at which Wiggle It Jiggleit has raced lifetime and it will be his sixth consecutive start at a different racetrack, following races in New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Quebec, and Ontario. The gelding has won races at 12 different tracks during his career. "A lot of horses can't travel around like that and still race good," Teague said. "He's the exception. I've never seen it done. It hasn't bothered him yet. Harrington is his home, but we've only raced him there once. It seems like everywhere has been his home track. When people know he is racing at their track, they try to make it out there to see him live." Wiggle It Jiggleit, who is easy to spot on the racetrack because of his large white shadow roll, heads to the Ewart Memorial off a win in last weekend's Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack. Wiggle It Jiggleit won in gate-to-wire fashion, hitting the opening quarter-mile in :25.3 and turning back all challengers from there. He won by 1-3/4 lengths over Always B Miki in 1:49. "It was one of the strongest times I've seen him," Teague said. "When he came off the gate, I looked to see who was going to challenge and I didn't see anyone out there; I was leaving that fast. I didn't know I was going that fast. I thought I was going to go :27 to the quarter and I wound up going :25.3. It's just unbelievable how easily he does it, so swift and effortlessly." Wiggle It Jiggleit will start the Ewart Memorial from post eight and is the 8-5 morning line favorite. Always B Miki is the 9-5 second choice, leaving from post six with Brett Miller listed to drive for trainer Jimmy Takter. Saturday's card at Scioto Downs also includes the $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial for older trotters. Following is the field for the Ewart Memorial. $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Open pacers Race 9/Post 9:10 p.m. (EDT) PP–Horse–Sire-Driver–Trainer 1. Rockeyed Optimist - Rocknroll Hanover - Brett Miller - Steve Elliott  20/1 2. All Bets Off - Bettor's Delight - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke 8/1 3. Artistic Major - Art Major - Ronnie Wrenn Jr. - Steve Elliott  20/1 4. Dealt A Winner - Cams Card Shark - Andy Miller - Mark Silva 10/1 5. Luck Be Withyou - Western Ideal - Eric Goodell - Chris Oakes 15/1 6. Always B Miki - Always A Virgin - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 9/5 7. Americanprimetime - American Ideal - Josh Sutton - Rick Dane Jr. 20/1 8. Wiggle It Jiggleit - Mr Wiggles - Montrell Teague - Clyde Francis 8/5 9. Freaky Feet Pete - Rockin Image - Trace Tetrick - Larry Rheinheimer 9/2 Ken Weingartner

When a horse establishes track records, is a world champion and competes in the Elitlopp, naturally expectations are going to be sky high for his next year of competition. While Wind Of The North commenced his season in grand style, his performances this summer have not been as stellar as his harness racing connections anticipated. His conditioner, however, feels the 6-year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall is rounding into form and perfectly poised to return to the winner's circle for the second consecutive year in the $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial Trot at Eldorado Scioto Downs on Saturday (Sept. 10). "People were asking me at Pocono what was wrong with him after his last race there (fourth place finish on Aug. 28)," said trainer and co-owner Daryl Bier. "I was kind of disappointed with him too. He did not seem to be finishing his miles like I know he is capable of, but I worked on his feet and we got some confidence back in him with three wins from a bit of a class drop (before that Aug. 28 start). "He's already proved he likes the track at Scioto Downs and I really think he is coming into the race with a very good shot to defend his title. After all, he did win this race last year and I love his post position. It sets up perfectly for him as he has a lot of speed drawn to his inside." Also owned by Joann Dombeck, Wind Of The North will have the services of Chris Page when he leaves from post position four in the fifth race on the evening card. Although the gelding has amassed $555,708 in his career and won this contest in 2015, it does not appear he is meriting a serious shot to repeat from the morning line oddsmakers. Wind Of The North is the second longest shot on the board at 8-1 in the select field of seven and only Bourbon Bay at 10-1 is receiving less respect. While the rest of the contenders certainly possess their own credentials and include Wings Of Royalty (9-2, post one), Maestro Blue Chip (3-1, post two), Muscle Up The Goal (4-1, post five), Homicide Hunter (5-2, post six) and Crazy Wow (5-1, post seven), Wind Of The North most definitely belongs. "It is a strong, well-matched group, but he really is coming into his own and I think the Midwest tracks suit him," Bier said. "The tracks out East are a little harder, except for Pocono, and Dover also has some nice banking, but tracks like Scioto have some cushion to them. It really helps with keeping their feet in good shape. Plus, I have Chris Page in the bike. You can't ever go wrong when Chris is driving for you. I have great faith in him." Despite a 2016 record of 16-5-2-2 and $84,860 in the bank, Wind Of The North's campaign has definitely not been as successful as his connections had hoped, but Bier thinks an adjustment to his shoeing routine and cooler temperatures will improve his horse. "He does like when the temperatures start to go down and I added leather pads with silicone to his feet," he said. "That seemed to help him. Also, it could be my fault for starting him off too early. He was really good in the beginning of the year down in Florida, but after he set the track record at Pompano Park (1:52.2 on March 28) he did not seem to be quite the same. It's possible I should have managed him differently and it's not like he is making breaks, or not sound. He just has not been as strong to the wire as I know he is capable of. "With any horse, you always have to work on their feet and keep them in good shape, plus there is all different kinds of things you have to figure out. It could just be some little thing that they don't like and it might take you some time to put your finger on what it is. He is happy and healthy now, though, and we are looking forward to bringing him out to Ohio for this race." After Wind Of The North trots at Scioto Downs, Bier and Dombeck plan on keeping him in the Midwest during the fall. "He really likes it there," Bier said. "He showed us that last year and I still think he has plenty of trot in him. We are going to race at places like Hoosier and Dayton. Hopefully, will we not have to go up against the big boys every race, but he's capable of it. I think he will give a good account of himself and then we will prepare him for when Dover opens. We know he really likes it there as well. Right now though we are just getting him ready for Saturday night and are excited to see him race." $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial Open trotters Race 5/Post 7:50 p.m. (EDT) PP–Horse–Sire- Driver–Trainer- M/L 1. Wings Of Royalty - RC Royalty - Peter Wrenn - George Ducharme 9/2 2. Maestro Blue Chip - Credit Winner - Trace Tetrick - Jo Ann Looney-King 3/1 3. Bourbon Bay - Sand Vic - Aaron Merriman - Ake Svanstedt  10/1 4. Wind Of The North - Cantab Hall - Chris Page - Daryl Bier  8/1 5. Muscle Up The Goal - Muscle Mass - Aaron Merriman - Christopher Beaver 4/1 6. Homicide Hunter - Mr Cantab - Eric Goodell - Chris Oakes 5/2 7. Crazy Wow - Crazed - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke 5/1   by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor  

Columbus, OH --- Eldorado Scioto Downs will host the $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial for older pacers and the $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial for older trotters on Saturday (Sept. 10) as part of a busy Grand Circuit weekend. It will be the closing night of the 2016 live harness racing meet at Scioto. Four-year-old male pacer Wiggle It Jiggleit, the No. 1 ranked horse in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, heads to the Jim Ewart Memorial off his victory in the Canadian Pacing Derby last Saturday at Mohawk. The Clyde Francis trainee is 12-5-2 in 19 starts this season and boasts $3,481,582 in career earnings for owners George Teague Jr. Inc. and Teague Racing Partnership. He will start from post position eight with Montrell Teague in the bike. Wiggle It Jiggleit will face a field of nine that includes Always B Miki and Dealt A Winner, who were second and third, respectively, in the Canadian Pacing Derby. Below is the field: $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Open pacers Race 9/Post 9:10 p.m. (EDT) PP–Horse–Sire-Driver–Trainer 1. Rockeyed Optimist - Rocknroll Hanover - Brett Miller - Steve Elliott  2. All Bets Off - Bettor's Delight - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke  3. Artistic Major - Art Major - Ronnie Wrenn Jr. - Steve Elliott  4. Dealt A Winner - Cams Card Shark - Andy Miller - Mark Silva  5. Luck Be Withyou - Western Ideal - Eric Goodell - Chris Oakes  6. Always B Miki - Always A Virgin - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter  7. Americanprimetime - American Ideal - Josh Sutton - Rick Dane Jr.  8. Wiggle It Jiggleit - Mr Wiggles - Montrell Teague - Clyde Francis  9. Freaky Feet Pete - Rockin Image - Trace Tetrick - Larry Rheinheimer Seven open trotters will go behind the gate earlier in the evening in the $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial. Below is the field: $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial Open trotters Race 5/Post 7:50 p.m. (EDT) PP–Horse–Sire- Driver–Trainer 1. Wings Of Royalty - RC Royalty - Peter Wrenn - George Ducharme  2. Maestro Blue Chip - Credit Winner - Trace Tetrick - Jo Ann Looney-King  3. Bourbon Bay - Sand Vic - Aaron Merriman - Ake Svanstedt  4. Wind Of The North - Cantab Hall - Dave Palone - Daryl Bier  5. Muscle Up The Goal - Muscle Mass - Aaron Merriman - Christopher Beaver  6. Homicide Hunter - Mr Cantab - Eric Goodell - Chris Oakes  7. Crazy Wow - Crazed - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke Post time for the first race is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Fans of the racing action at Eldorado Scioto Downs are reminded that due to this being the final card of the 2016 live season, all wagers which normally have carryover provisions (Pick-3, Pick-4, Pick-5 and Super High Five) will all have mandatory payouts. Also, Dime Superfecta wagering will be offered on all 13 races on Closing Night. The best FFA pacers in North America invade Eldorado Scioto Downs on Saturday for the 2016 Jim Ewart Memorial. Leading the charge is 2015's Horse of the Year, and current number one ranked horse in harness racing, Wiggle It Jiggleit.   the USTA Communications Department   

Eight $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolations were contested on a sunny Monday afternoon, Sept. 5 at Scioto Downs for harness racing 2 and 3-year-old Buckeye-bred youngsters. The Ohio Sires Stakes utilizes a point system to determine the final standings, and this second tier of freshmen and sophomores of both gaits and genders were the runners-up in the final tally to those horses amassing the greatest number of point in the four-leg series.   In the 2-year-old filly pace--a race marred by multiple breakers--it was the Mike Micallef-trained and driven Full Body Shot who emerged victorious in 1:53.3. The daughter of Manhardt picked up her second career victory for owners Anita Micallef of Canonsburg, PA and breeder Libby Myers of Napoleon, MI. Ellesan (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was second, 2½ lengths back and then it was a gap of eight lengths to third-place finisher Big Bad Baby (Ken Holliday).   Full Body Shot upped her career earnings to $54,915 for her connections. This homebred filly is the fourth foal out of her Keystone Raider dam, Key To The Future, and is a full sister to Girllookatthatbody p, 4, 1:51.2f, a 26-race winning mare of $185,708.   Trainer Al Tomlinson harnessed the Dejarmbro filly Vandy's Magic to victory in the 2-year-old filly trot, clocked in a modest 1:58.1. Driver Peter Wrenn gave the freshman lass a near-perfect steer as the public's favorite to see her prevail by half a length over Emerald City Of Oz (Josh Sutton) and Renee Lu (Chris Page). The triumph pushed the filly's career earnings to $61,555 for owners Tomlinson of Mason, MI and Oliver Tatro of Davison, MI.   Vandy's Magic is the seventh foal out of the Self Possessed mare Traditional Lady and is a half-sister to Tough Mac (by Lockkeeper) 6, 1:52.3f (292,449) and Diamond Tough (by Angus Hall) 8, 1:57.4h ($138,669). She was a $10,000 yearling purchase at the 2015 Ohio Select Sale.   Peter Wrenn was back in the winner's circle again, this time with the 2-year-old colt trotter Goldfinger, a son of Big Rigs owned by the Ohio-based partnership of the Parent Racing Stable and G Peters. Wrenn used come-from-behind tactics to best Major Count (Dan Noble) by a length in 1:59. Bellhaven (Aaron Merriman) raced close up throughout the mile to notch third. The win--his second in nine starts--upped Goldfinger's career earnings to $46,511.   Goldfinger is the seventh foal out of the Mr Lavec mare Amrbo Espionage and is a half-brother to Armor Hanover (by SJ's Caviar) 7, 1:52f ($216,900). He brought a $32,000 tag at the 2015 Ohio Select Yearling Sale.   Super Lilly didn't disappoint her backers as she romped to a 3½ length victory in the 3-year-old filly trot consolation in 1:56.1. Chris Page was aboard the daughter of Neely Dunn for trainer Wes Hershberger who owns the filly in partnership with breeder Mrs. Robert Johns of Wooster, OH.   It was the 12th career victory for Super Lilly who now has $62,745 in her coffers. Marty's Lucky Chip (Dan Noble) was second, while Shut Up And Dance (Hugh Beatty) was third. Super Lilly is the third and most prolific foal out of the Jailhouse Jesse mare Super Jenny 5, 2:00.2h ($25,292).   The Ronnie Burke-conditioned Wiggler captured the 3-year-old filly pace consolation in a new lifetime mark of 1:53 with Chris Page at the lines. The daughter of Mr Wiggles is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Ferdericktown, PA and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Canonsburg, PA. NPR Nine (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was second with Hooray For Hazel (Josh Sutton) third.   Wiggler now has $80,945 in career earnings as she notched her fifth career triumph. She is the fourth foal out of the Keystone Raider mare Do Me Freedom and has half-siblings in Admiral Abbie (by Admiral's Galley) p, 3, 1:57.1h ($71,031) and Grinadier (by Grinfromeartoear) p, 3, 1:57.1h ($37,54). Bred by the Michigan-based Engle Equine, Wiggler was a $6,700 yearling purchase from the February 2014 Blooded Horse Sale.   Longshot ($26.80) McThriller squirmed through a wall of horses in the final seconds to capture the 2-year-old colt and gelding pace consolation in a new lifetime clocking of 1:53.4. Brian Brown conditions the altered son of McArdle for owners NR Holdings LLC, Boca Raton, FL; TLP Stable, Kearny, NJ and Howard Taylor, Philadelphia, PA.   It was the third lifetime win for McThriller, who boosted his lifetime earnings to $71,000. Bred by Ohio's Gbw Breeding Farms Inc., McThriller is the first foal out of the Jate Lobell mare You Thrill Me. He brought a $75,000 final bid at the 2015 Ohio Select Sale.   Another mild upsetter ($21.60) World Of Gaming gave trainer-driver Danny Noble a victory in the 3-year-old colt pace consolation, as he was clocked in a career best 1:50.3. The sophomore gelded son of World Of Rocknroll was given the perfect steer by the Buckeye reinsman, chasing the front-stepping Nothing Fancy (Josh Sutton) until deep stretch to get up for the win. Winna Winna (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) got up for second, while Nothing Fancy held on for third-place honors.   Owned by Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH, World Of Gaming pushed his lifetime bankroll to $129,764 with his 11th career victory. Bred by Mel Hagemeyer, World Of Gaming is the third foal out of the Nobleland Sam mare Theresastorytoit p, 4, 1:55.3 ($107,199) and was a $6,500 yearling purchase at the 2014 August Blooded Horse Sale.   After leading throughout most of the mile in the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot consolation, the gritty Need A Winner (Kayne Kauffman) give up a nose decision to Let's Go Bucks (Danny Noble), who came flying three-wide on the end of the mile. The 3-year-old altered son of And Away We Go was clocked in 1:56.4, a new lifetime mark. Roundtown Rocker (Peter Wrenn) finished third.   The gelding's eighth career victory pushed his earnings up to $98,130 for owners Jim Burnett of Wilmington, OH and Tim Homan of Maineville, OH. Bred by Benlee Troyer, Let's Go Bucks is the first foal out of the Credit Winner mare Feel This Way 3, Q2:04.4h ($2,652). He commanded a $5,000 tag a the 2014 August Blooded Horse Sale.   The Ohio Sires Stakes will wrap up the 2016 campaign with aged trotters and pacers of both genders going postward at Dayton Raceway on Oct. 15 in a quartet of $50,000 contests.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Seven $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old fillies graced Scioto Down's oval on Tuesday afternoon, August 23, with 25 trotters and 35 pacers lining up behind the starting gate. It was the fourth and final leg of the harness racing series, which for some, determined their eligibility for a starting berth in the $250,000 OSS Championships, set for Sept. 3 at Northfield Park.   Marion Beachy's Berazzled dazzled the crowd in the first pacing division as she romped to a winning 1:53.3 mile for driver Peter Wrenn and trainer Danny Collins. The daughter of Charley Barley finished three-quarters of a length ahead of Bourbon And Barley (Ryan Stahl) and Bellasbrowneyegirl (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.).   "It wasn't the trip we wanted but it worked out," noted Collins. "We knew going into this race that we had to be on the board to make the final and she got the job done for us."   Bred by Lisa Ezzo of Ohio, Berazzled upped her earnings to $56,040 and now has three wins in six career starts. She won Leg 3 of this series on Aug. 15 at Northfield Park in 1:55 by an impressive 7¼ lengths.   Big Bad Jane was big and bad for trainer-driver Danny Noble, who put the daughter of Big Bad John on the front end and never looked back to win the second OSS pacing division in 1:53.2. It was the filly's first OSS victory and second of the season in seven starts for owner Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, Ohio, who co-bred Big Bad Jane along with Sam Noble III. Big Bad Jane now has $37,891 in her bankroll.   Rosa's Touch (Mike Wilder) finished two lengths behind the winner in second, while 9-5 favorite Bye Bye Felicia was third for Chris Page.   Brian Brown harnessed Type A Grey to her fifth consecutive victory in as many tries as she swept the fourth leg of her OSS series in 1:55.2 for driver Chris Page. The Art Official daughter, who was bred by New Jersey's White Birch Farm, pushed her earnings to $97,900 for the Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Ohio as she rattled off another front-end triumph.   "She's been razor sharp all year long," noted Page. "Track size doesn't matter to her at all and she's great gaited, so we'll just be hoping for a good post in the championship."   Ellasen (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was second by a game nose, while Da Vinci Artist (Kurt Sugg) was third by a head.   Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., gave Zoe Ellasen a perfect steer to capture the final pacing division in a new career mark of 1:54.4. It was the third lifetime victory and the second OSS triumph for the daughter of Santana Blue Chip, who is trained by Ron Potter for owner Clyde Perfect of Lawrenceburg, Indiana.   Using wire-to-wire tactics, Zoe Ellasen prevailed by half a length over Glorious Intent (Chris Page), while Libby's Idea (Aaron Merriman) got up for third-place honors. Zoe Ellasen now has $72,700 in her freshman bank account.   Let's Get Started was given a confident steer by Josh Sutton in the first of three trotting divisions to win in 1:57. This Dejarmbro lass won Leg 3 on Aug. 15 at Northfield in a track record time of 1:57 and Leg 2 on July 19 in a track record clocking of 1:56.3, after finishing second in Leg 1 at Northfield timed in 1:57.4.   "I really wasn't worried or concerned about her effort going into this race," Sutton quipped. "She's so dominate and solid gaited that I think she'll have no problem winning the final in similar style."   Bred and owned by Joyce and Richard McClelland of Zanesville, Ohio, Let's Get Started now has $90,300 in her coffers. She is trained by Bobby Brower.   Longshot Vatanna finished second for Randy Tharps, while the hard-trying I Like Purple got up for a well-deserved third place finish.   The public's 6-5 choice Ms Bank Robber used front-stepping tactics to win the second trotting division in a lifetime best clocking of 1:57.2 for driver Kyle Ater and trainer Steve Carter. The daughter of Break The Bank K now has $44,571 in lifetime earnings for Our Little Stable and Jake Mossbarger--both of Washington Court House, Ohio. Ms Bank Robber had made breaks in two of her previous OSS tests, but did stay flat for a second-place effort to Let's Get Started on July 19 at Scioto Downs.   Vandy's Magic (Peter Wrenn) notched second, while Pennys N Dimes (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) garnered third. Ms Bank Robber was bred by the George Sholty Stable.   Peter Wrenn had his hands full with the strong-headed Amuse's, but the daughter of Break The Bank K did not disappoint, trotting determinedly on the front end to win her division in 1:56.4. That time was a new lifetime mark for the Rich Gillock-trained Amuse's, who is owned and was bred by Robert Key of Leechburg, PA.   "She wanted to go, so we went," chuckled Wrenn in the winner's circle after the filly had drawn away from her rivals by nearly 4½ lengths.   Rose Run Sydney (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was second, with Fluxcapacitor Kidd (Kurt Sugg) getting up for third.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator    

Harness racing freshman colts and fillies are set to vie Tuesday at Scioto Downs and Wednesday at Northfield Park in the fourth round action of Ohio Sires Stakes. Seven divisions of 2-year-old fillies will go postward on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 23 with a 2 pm, ET first race post, while eight divisions of 2-year-old colts will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate beginning at 6 pm, ET on Wednesday evening, Aug. 24. At Scioto, 35 pacing fillies in four divisions (Races 1, 10, 12 and 13) and 26 trotting fillies in three divisions (Races 2, 3, and 11) will battle. At Northfield, 37 colts battle in five divisions (races 2, 4, 9, 10 and 11), while 21 trotting youngsters will go postward in three divisions (races 1, 3 and 5). Going into this final leg of the four-leg series, Joyce & Richard McClelland's Let's Get Started heads up the 2-year-old filly trot standings, with 128 points. Trained by Bobby Brower, this Dejarmbo lass was second in her first leg contest, then rattled off a pair of victories (in 1:56.3 on July 19 at Scioto and in 1:57 on August 15 at Northfield). Bred by her owners, Let's Get Started has $70,300 in her coffers. Heading up the filly pacing division are a pair of Brian Brown trainees-Bye Bye Felicia and Type A Grey, with 153 points each-some 50 points ahead of their nearest rival in the standings. Both fillies have swept all three OSS legs to date. Bye Bye Felicia, a coal black daughter by Woodstock, won leg one at Northfield on July 3 in 1:56.1, before lowering that mark to 1:54.2 on July 19 at Scioto. Finally, she paced to a winning 1:55 mile on August 15 at Northfield in Leg 3 for Brown, who co-owns her in partnership with Dean Davis, Joyce McClelland and Scott Mullet. Type A Grey-owned by the Emerald Highlands Farm-is a grey daughter by Art Official who is four for four in her young career, with $77,900 in earnings. She captured her OSS legs handily in 1:57.2; 1:54.3 and 1:56.1-all in front-stepping fashion. In the 2-year-old colt trotting ranks, Buckeye Boss has the clear lead with 153 points, having captured all three legs of the series for trainer Chris Beaver, who owns the son of Triumphant Caviar in partnership with Marion Beachy and Synerco Ventures, Inc. Buckeye Boss won Leg 1 at Scioto Downs in 1:59 on July 4; Leg 2 at Northfield Park on July 12 in 1:57; and Leg 3 on August 16 at Scioto Downs in 1:58.1. He is five for five lifetime and has $84,750 in his freshman bankroll. Drunk On Your Love-the 2-year-old colt pacing standout, likewise, has 153 points to lead his division handily. The Bill Dailey-trained youngster by Foreclosure N has amassed $60,000 from his three OSS victories to date for owners Carl and Melanie Atley and Josh Green. Drunk On Your Love has won all three legs in wire-to-wire fashion: on July 4 at Scioto in 1:54.3; on July 11 at Northfield in 1:56.1; and on August 16 at Scioto Downs in 1:55. The Ohio Sires Stakes is based on a point system, with horses garnering the highest number of the points after the four legs becoming eligible to the $250,000 Championship. Eight of the eligible horses who enter the Championship will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate on Super Night, Sept. 3. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

For Ohio Sires Stakes victress ATC Queenie, it's all a matter of routine, according to her owner and full-time harness racing caretaker, Trish Soulsby.   "Queenie has a routine and I never break it," Trish noted. "She's giving me the time of my life in horse racing by winning these sires stakes."   ATC Queenie captured her third OSS leg on Friday night, August 19 at Scioto Downs, timed in 1:55.3 for Soulsby and co-owner Richard Schaut of Pompano Beach, FL. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar captured the first of two $40,000 OSS events for 3-year-old trotting fillies as the public's choice.   Giving a masterful steer by Chris Page, who was behind the low-headed filly with the big stride for the first time, ATC Queenie used her signature, come-from-behind move to prevail by three-quarters of a length over the hard-trying longshot Super Lily (Kurt Sugg). Another longshot, Marty's Lucky Chip, got up for third for trainer/driver Danny Noble.   "In between her races we never turn her, she just gets jogged," Trish admitted. "She also gets a lot of grass time and has her own paddock where she's turned out a good portion of each day. She also gets a lot of cookies and carrots, and for me, it's such a joy and labor of love that I get to be with her seven days a week. Love goes a long way with these horses."   Trained by Ron Steck, ATC Queenie finished third in the first leg of this series at Miami Valley Raceway, before winning the next two legs in 1:58.3 and 1:56.3. She also scored a 1:55.1 personal best in an Ohio State Fair stake at Scioto on July 29.   "When Rick (Trish's brother Schaut) sent her to me this Spring, he told me she was going to be very impressive this year," Trish recalled. "The best thing about Queenie is that she's very easy on herself and she wants to win. She just floats over the ground and she's the whole package--the complete horse. She doesn't do anything wrong and has the heart of a champion."   Trish purchased ATC Queenie for $7,500 at the 2014 Ohio Select Yearling Sale, and she has rewarded her owner by earning $128,366 to date. The filly is the sixth foal out of the unraced American Winner mare American Queen and is a half-sister to King Chip K (by Chip Chip Hooray) 4, 2:00.4f ($36,737).   In the second OSS division, it was Consolidator taking home first place money for driver Chris Page and trainer Jim Arledge, Jr., in a new career mark of 1:55.1. The Triumphant Caviar lass is the leading point earner in this series, having swept all four legs impressively for owners Green Acquisition Corp., of Canfield, Ohio.   "This was only her fifth start of the year so she's still relatively fresh," Page noted. "She's gets around a half-mile track alright, so in the Championship (on Sept. 3 at Northfield Park), it's all going to come down to the draw (for post position).   Consolidator won Leg 1 in 1:57.4; Leg 2 in 1:58; and Leg 3 in 1:55.3. In this fourth leg test, she opted to sit in the two-hole behind the pace-setting Kestrel (Aaron Merriman) until mid-stretch. The hefty rangy filly finished 1¾ lengths in front of Kestrel at the wire, with Count On Kami (Kurt Sugg) garnering show honors.   Bred by the Rose Run Farm, Consolidator pushed her seasonal earnings to $92,687 and her lifetime bankroll to $170,303. She is the sixth and most prolific foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Muscle Toy, 3, 1:55.3 ($107,723) and commanded a $25,000 tag at the 2014 Ohio Select Yearling Sale.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator    

Two divisions of 3-year-old Buckeye-bred trotting fillies highlight the Scioto Downs harness racing program on Friday night, August 19, as 20 diagonally-gaited distaffs square off in the fourth round of Ohio Sires Stakes. Post time is 6:30 pm, ET. Each division carries a purse of $40,000, as this final leg of OSS action will help determine who is eligible for the $250,000 Championship. The Ohio Sires Stakes is based on a point system, with horses garnering the highest number of the points after the four legs becoming eligible to the Championship. Eight of the eligible horses who enter the Championship will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate on Super Night, Sept. 3. Consolidator sits atop the standings with 153 points to her credit after winning the first three legs of the series for trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. The bay daughter by Triumphant Caviar won Leg 1 at Miami Valley on May 6 in 1:57.4; Leg 2 at Northfield Park on May 29 in 1:58; and Leg 3 at Scioto Downs on July 1 in a personal best of 1:55.3 for the Green Acquisition Corp., of Canfield, OH. Bred by the Rose Run Farm, Consolidator has been driven in all of her OSS starts by Chris Page, and has $72,687 in seasonal earnings and a lifetime bankroll of $150,303. She is the sixth and most prolific foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Muscle Toy, 3, 1:55.3 ($107,723) and was a $25,000 yearling purchase at the 2014 Ohio Select Sale. Consolidator starts from post four in the second OSS division (Race 3), and will face off against Kerfuffle Cookie, who is third in the standings with 103 points. This daughter of Chip Chip Hooray won the first leg of the series at Miami Valley on May 6 in 1:58 and has taken the bridesmaid role in Legs 2 and 3 for trainer Chris Beaver, who owns the filly in partnership with Synerco Ventures, Inc., of Toronto, ON. Kerfuffle Cookie was a $20,000 yearling at the Ohio Select Sale and has rewarded her owners with $135,639 in career earnings. Bred by the Lmn Bred Stables Inc., of Mount Sterling, OH, Kerfuffle Cookie is the third foal out of the Conway Hall mare Minor Skirmish and is a full sister to the 2-year-old filly Mybigbrowneyedgirl Q2:05.2h ($8,000); and a half-sister to Allie's Gift (by Holiday Road) 3, 1:57.1h ($62,648) and to Special Agent Man (by Federal Flex) 3, Q1:59.1s ($45,037). She's set to be driven by Ryal Stahl from post three. Beaver will also harness Kestrel for breeder Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH from post two in this same division. The brown daughter by Triumphant Caviar sits eighth in the standings (57 points), having skipped Leg 1, only to prevail in 1:57 in Leg 2 at Northfield on May 29, before finishing fifth in Leg 3 at Scioto Downs on July 1. A winner of $244,025 lifetime, Kestrel won her last start at Scioto Downs on July 29 in wire-to-wire fashion by six lengths, stopping the clock in a career best 1:55 for driver Aaron Merriman. Her seasonal coffers stand at $52,375 from just four starts. Kestrel is the homebred first foal out of the unraced Credit Winner mare Blackrock and has a full sister in Chim Swift 2, 1:57.2f ($49,000) who won an OSS leg on July 3 at Northfield Park in 1:57.4 for these same connections. The Kim Sigler-trained Kandy Krisp starts from the rail in this same OSS test, with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. driving. Owned by John Stafford, Warren, OH and Tucker Baumiller of Boardman, OH, the daughter of Rompaway Wally won the series first leg at Miami Valley on May 6 in 1:58.4 and currently sits fourth in the standings with 77 points. She followed that up with third-place finishes in legs two and three and has amassed $57,237 in seasonal earnings. Bred by Cindy Mays and Anna Watts of Michigan, Kandy Krisp was a $6,000 yearling purchase at the August 2014 Blooded Horse Sale. She is the fifth foal out of the Keystone Nordic mare Kandy's Lc, and is a half-sister to High Jacked (by Davanti) 5, 1:56.4f ($133,810) and Shezalock (by Lockkeeper) 4, 1:57.4f ($43,951). Contenders Hoorah Hoorah (post 9) and Brushy Rose (post 7) are tied in the standings with 58 points each, and will also be looking to up their status in this same division. ATC Queenie, who is second in the standings with 115 points, heads up the first division (Race 2) of ten contestants from post three with Chris Page. This daughter of Triumphant Caviar, who is trained by Ron Steck for Trish Soulsby of Powell, OH and Richard Schaut of Pompano Beach, FL won legs two and three of this series (in 1:58.3 and 1:56.3) after finishing third in the first leg at Miami Valley. She also scored a 1:55.1 personal best in a Ohio State Fair romp at Scioto Downs on July 29. Bred by Ohio's Danny Collins, ATC Queenie is the sixth foal out of the unraced American Winner mare American Queen and has a Chip Chip Hooray half-brother in King Chip K 4, 2:00.4f ($36,737). ATC Queenie was a $7,500 yearling purchase at the 2014 Ohio Select Sale. Rival Buckeye Lady One hails from post five in this same division for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., and trainer Josh Green, who conditions the daughter of Pilgrims Taj for the J&M Stable of Harrington, DE; Richard Lombardo of Solon, OH; and the Baron Racing Stable of Horsham, PA. A winner of $66,953 in her career, Buckeye Lady One sits fifth in the standings with 65 points and finished second in the first two OSS legs and third in the third leg. Bred by Eli Miller of Ohio, Buckeye Lady One is the third foal out of the unraced Striking Sahbra mare Sasha Hall and has half-siblings in: Jesse's Song (by Jailhouse Jesse) 4, 1:54.2f ($136,576); Charming Cadet (by Dejarmbro) 2, Q2:05.1h ($16,017); and Monster Luke (by Conway Hall) 3, Q2:01.3s ($13,624). Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Saturday night, August 20, at Northfield Park with three divisions of 3-year-old pacing fillies taking center stage in round four action. Post time is 6 pm, ET. Kimberly Rinker

Nine divisions of harness racing 2-year-old pacing and trotting colts will be featured at Scioto Downs on Tuesday afternoon, August 16, in the third round of Ohio Sires Stakes action. Each division carries a purse of $40,000 and begins with a first race post time of 2 pm, ET.   A total of 23 trotters--11 colts and 12 geldings--are set to vie in a trio of trotting divisions (Races 2, 3 & 5). Eleven of these youngsters are by Dejarmbro, with three each by Triumphant Caviar and Full Count and two each sired by Break The Bank K and Victory Sam. Big Rigs and And Away We Go are each represented by a single freshman.   The trotter Buckeye Boss has already captured the first two OSS legs, while Hope Ima Victory, Full Surge, Just Plain DJ, Fraser Ridge and Dejarover have all scored a victory in one leg of the series to date.   In the six pacing divisions (Races, 1, 4, 6, 7, 10 & 11), 18 colts and 36 geldings will battle. A full 14 of these laterally-gaited youngster call McArdle their sire, while Big Bad John has 13 progeny competing. Eight of the 2-year-old pacers are by Art Official, with four each sired by Foreclosure N and The Panderosa.   The Ohio stallions Art's Chip, Cheyenne Rei, Charley Barley, Feelin Friskie, I'm Gorgeous, Indian Fever, Manhardt, Santana Blue Chip, Stand Forever, Woodstock and World of Rock N Roll all have one son vying for first prize in this third OSS leg test.   Those youngsters looking to score another OSS leg victory in include Corner Con Artist, Scotch McEwan, McSpidey, Air Raid, Drunk On Your Love (a 2-time winner), Dancin Rebel, Stanley K, Barnabas, Ron's Pro, Ohio Larry, McThriller, Sunny's Bro and Pace Car.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator       Photo Cutline: Drunk On Your Love will be trying for his third win in his $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes test on Tuesday afternoon, August 16 at Scioto Downs. Photo by Brad Conrad         Kimberly A. Rinker 708-557-2790 @Trotrink  

81 to 96 of 360