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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 www.kimberlyrinker.com @Trotrink  

Three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old trotting colts were contested Friday night, August 12 at Scioto Downs, and each race was a carbon copy of the others. Each division of fourth leg action for diagonally-gaited sophomores was captured by the favorite, and all three victories were garnered in front-stepping fashion.   In the first OSS division the Chris Beaver trained Kanthaka (3-5) scored for driver Chris Page easily in 1:55.3. Beaver owns the son of Triumphant Caviar with breeder Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, Ohio, who upped his earnings to $224,564 with the victory, the tenth of his career in 17 starts. Kanthaka has finished off the board in only one start this season with four wins and three seconds in eight starts.   Another Breath picked up second-place honors, two lengths behind the winner, at 3-1 for Sandy Beatty, while Lets Go Bucks (7-1) came home third for Danny Noble.   MJB Got Faith (1-2) picked up seasonal win five for driver Kayne Kauffman, owner Breana Carsey of Connorsville, IN and trainer Walter Haynes, Jr., stopping the timer in 1:56. The Trainforthefuture gelding now has $279,600 in his lifetime bank account and has ten career triumphs in 16 starts. He was the 2015 Ohio 2-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the Year.   Need A Winner (11-1) was one and ½ lengths back in second with Sandy Beatty at the lines, while Andi's Unreal (8-1) was third for Chris Page.   Driver Chris Page returned to the winner's circle in the third OSS division with Wegoferdaprize (6-5), who was clocked in 1:57. Jessica Millner harnessed the son of And Away We Go for Curran Racing LLC of Red Hook, NY. Bred by Ohio's Bill Troyer, Wegoferdaprize pushed his career earnings to $69,525 and his seasonal earnings to $58,420 via his sixth win of 2016 in 11 starts.   Lionbacker Kidd (17-1) was second for Peter Wrenn, finishing two lengths behind Wegoferdaprize, while Deep Question (19-1) got up for third with Danny Noble at the controls.   Ohio Sires Stakes continues Saturday (August 13) at Northfield Park, with three $40,000 divisions for 3-year-old pacing colts. Post time is 6 pm, ET.   by Kimberly Rinker  

A trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes, Leg 4, will be contested Friday night, August 12 at Scioto Downs for harness racing 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Twenty-three diagonally-gaited equine athletes will wage war over the fight-eighths mile oval, with a first race post time set for 6:30 pm, ET. These fourth leg contests are the last events before the $250,000 Championships on Super Night, divided by age, gender and gait that are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3 at Northfield Park. The second OSS division (Race 3) is clearly the most competitive, with last year's 2-year-old champion MJB Got Faith leaving from the three-hole for Kayne Kauffman and trainer Walter Haynes, Jr against seven rivals. The altered son of Trainforthefuture has amassed $67,100 this season for his young owner Breana Carsey of Connersville, IN, after earning $192,500 as a freshman. MJB Got Faith won his third OSS leg on July 15 at Scioto Downs in 1:55.3 and his second OSS leg on June 4 at Northfield Park by five lengths in 1:57.2. Both were dominating, front-stepping efforts for this diminutive bay gelding. MJB Got Faith was bred by Gbw Breeding Farms Inc., of Ohio and has nine wins and a pair of third-place finishes in 15 career starts. OSS Leg 1 winner Chips So Fast will challenge MJB Got Faith from post five. Conditioned by Chris Beaver, this brown son of Chip Chip Hooray has career earnings of $93,664 for Mark Moger of New Hope, PA and Albert Delia, Jr. of Newtown, PA. This sophomore has four wins, five seconds and a third in 21 lifetime starts and captured Leg 1 at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:57.1 on May 7. Chips So Fast was bred by S & R Angelbeck and Midland Acres. Trainer Ron Steck sends out The Next Triumph from post two in this same division. The Triumphant Caviar gelding has been a solid force in this series both this year and last. A winner of $131,259 lifetime, he recorded a mark of 1:56.1 en route to winning OSS Leg 2 on June 4 at Northfield Park for co-owners Steck, Robert Smoiko of Solon, OH and Rene Allard of Matamoras, PA. Bred by Ohio's Second Chance Stable, The Next Triumph was also a strong second to Overdressed in OSS Leg 3 on July 15 at Scioto Downs. The first OSS division (Race 1) features seven sophomore trotters, including second leg winner Roundtown Rocker, who scored a 1:58.3 victory on June 4 at Scioto Downs. The brown gelding is trained by Melanie Wrenn for Dana Parham of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and will start from post seven with Peter Wrenn in the sulky. Bred by William Hartman of Ohio, the son of Hard Rock N Roll has $56,215 in career earnings and ten wins in 18 tries. The Chris Beaver conditioned Kanthaka has finished second in the first three legs of this series and vies from post six in this same divison. The Triumphant Caviar son is owned by Beaver and breeder Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH and has $204,564 in his career coffers. Kanthaka has nine wins, three seconds and a third in 16 starts and will trying for seasonal victory number four in this fourth leg. Miles Wollam will harness Overdressed from post eight in the third OSS division (Race 5) for G&B Racing of New Wilmington, PA and Dale Sweet of Toledo, OH. The winner of $120,579 lifetime has won all three OSS legs and is looking to make a clean sweep of this series for his connections. Driven by Kurt Sugg in all of his triumphs this year, the gelded son of Full Count took his career mark of 1:56.2 in OSS Leg 3 on July 15 at Scioto Downs. Bred by Marvin Raber of Baltic, OH, Overdressed will be trying for career win number six in this fourth leg test. Lionbacker Kidd carries the hopes of trainer Joesph Kramp and owner Jeffrey Kidd of Harville, OH postward from the four-hole. The Lionhunter gelding was bred by John E. Miller and has earned $105,190 for his connections thus far, and will be trying for career win seven in this division. He won the first leg of this series on May 7 at Miami Valley, clocked in 2:00.2. Wegoferdaprize gets the coveted rail slot for Kayne Kauffman and trainer Jessica Millner. This altered son of And Away We Go will be looking for a repeat of his previous start, when he captured OSS Leg 3 on July 15 at Scioto Downs in a 1:55.2 come-from-behind effort. A winner of $49,525 in his career, Wegoferdaprize was bred by Bill Troyer and is owned by Curran Racing LLC of Red Hook, NY. He has five wins this season in ten tries, and will be trying for his fifth consecutive victory in this one mile contest. Of the 23 sophomore trotters competing in this fourth leg of OSS action, there are 20 geldings and three colts. Ohio stallions represented includes four youngsters each sired by And Away We Go and Triumphant Caviar; with two each from Chip Chip Hooray, Deep Chip, Lionhunter and Neely Dunn. The stallions Full Count, Hard Rock N Roll, His Highness, Iron Duke, Lou's Legacy, Pilgrim's Taj and Trainforthefuture each have one progeny in Friday night's OSS contests. Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Saturday night, with a trio of events for 3-year-old Ohio-bred pacing colts and geldings scheduled at Northfield Park. Kimberly Rinker

Ten $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing freshman trotting and pacing fillies were contested Tuesday afternoon (July 19) at Scioto Downs. Of those ten divisions, four fillies were first time winners in the four-leg series, while six have now swept both of the first two legs. One filly who won OSS leg one on July 3 at Northfield Park in 1:56.1 and then returned to lower her career record to 1:54.2 at Scioto on Tuesday is Bye Bye Felicia, who Brian Brown conditioned to those front stepping victories for driver Chris Page. This robust filly is by Ohio sire Woodstock, a foal of 2007 who earned $173,176 and took a 3-year-old record of Q1:50.3m. He is a son of World Champion Rocknroll Hanover, out of the Abercrombie mare Gothic Lady. Bye Bye Felicia's breeder, Joe McLead, is a big fan of Woodstock's pedigree and said keeping alert for a well-bred broodmare is a high priority for any breeder. "Breeding is what we do for a living, so the serious breeder is always looking for the right pedigree to bring into their broodmare band," Joe stressed. "I study every broodmare's bloodline in every sale. It's just good business." As many in racing know, good business, coupled with a few sprinkles of luck, often yield big rewards for breeders and owners alike. Such is the case with Bye Bye Felicia. When Joe studied the February 2013 Blooded Horse Sale catalogue, he spied an unraced daughter out of the Matt's Scooter mare Armbro Tea, p, 3, 1:53.2s ($91,457), named Tea Time. "Tea Time is a Camluck half-sister to Dali, a son of Real Artist," Joe noted. "Dali took a mark of 1:48.2f at three and earned nearly $1.5 million. Woodstock is a good outcross to the Cam Fella line, as his dam is a half-sister to Artsplace." It just so happened that Tea Time was a supplemental entry in the catalogue and was selling at the end of the sale, on the final day of the four-day mixed auction. "When I got there that afternoon, it was practically deserted," Joe recalled. "I was the only bidder on Tea Time, and my bid was $250." The result of the Woodstock-Tea Time coupling produced Bye Bye Felicia, who Joe says was a standout as a foal. "This filly's confirmation was spot-on perfect," he said. "And she always had a bit of an attitude." Bye Bye Felicia sold for $7,000 at the 2015 Ohio Selected Yearling Sale and has earned $40,975 for owners Jennifer Brown, Dean Davis, Joyce McClelland and Steve Mullet. "It just shows what you can do in this business if you buy into the right bloodlines," Joe confirmed. Of the four OSS trotting contests held on Tuesday, three of the winning fillies were by Dejarmbro, while one was represented by Break The Bank K. In the six pacing divisions, Art Official had two winning freshmen, while Woodstock, The Panderosa, Art's Chip and Foreclosure N each had one winning filly. Fillies who were winning an OSS leg for the first time included the Bobby Brower-trained Let's Get Started, who established a new track record of 1:56.3 for 2-year-old trotting fillies. She was driven by Josh Sutton for breeders/owners Dick and Joyce McClelland. Classy But Sassy was another first time OSS winner, clocked in 1:55 for trainer/owner/breeder Charlies Neff and driver Sandy Beatty. Da Vinci Artist prevailed in her first OSS triumph in 1:56.1 with trainer Kurt Sugg driving for owner Robert Corbin and breeder Spring Haven Farm and Doug Millard. Nikki Bella was another first time OSS winner for owner Don Tiger, trainer Tim Twaddle and breeder Velocity Standardbreds. Mike Wilder was in the sulky for the filly's 1:55.1 clocking. Besides Bye Bye Felicia, those fillies notching their second OSS score after winning leg one on July 3 at Northfield Park included Maderia As, who won in 1:59 at Northfield and captured leg two at Scioto in 1:58.2 for owners/breeder Acl Stuteri Ab, and Kjell Johansson. Anette Lorentzon trains the daughter of Dejarmbro. Purple Sona won leg one at Northfield in 2:00.4 and scored in 1:58.2 in leg two at Scioto for driver Kurt Sugg, trainer Miles Wollam and owners Acadia Farm, Dale Sweet and G&B Racing. Double Spring Farm bred the Dejarmbro filly. Amuse's prevailed strongly in 2:00 in leg two at Scioto after winning leg one at Northfield in 2:01.1 for driver Tony Hall, trainer Richard Gillock and breeder/owner Robert Key. The Ron Burke-trained filly Rosemary Rose stopped the clock in 1:54.4 for Mike Wilder in leg two at Scioto, after having won in 1:56.4 by ten lengths at Northfield in leg one of the OSS series. Burke Racing, JV Mellito and Weaver Bruscemi own the daughter of Foreclosure N. Finally, Type A Grey won her second straight in OSS competition, lowering her record of 1:57.2 taken at Northfield in leg one to 1:54.4 in leg two at Scioto for the Emerald Highlands Farm. Brian Brown harnessed the Art Official lass for driver Chris Page. by Kimberly Rinker

Ten $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 2-year-old Buckeye-bred fillies will be contested on Tuesday, July 19 at Scioto Downs, with a special harness racing matinee post time of 2 pm, ET.   Thirty-nine trotting fillies in four OSS divisions and 56 pacing fillies in six OSS divisions will go postward over the five-eighths mile oval.   First leg pacing winners--from July 3 at Northfield Park--include Gorgeous Hallie (1:57.3), Loreena's Ruffian (1:56.1), Bye Bye Felicia (1:56.1), Big Bad Baby (1:58.4), Rosemary Rose (1:56.4), Zoe Ellasen (1:55.2), Strike A Chord (1:56.3) and Type A Grey (1:57.2).   First leg trotting winners--from that same date & track--Chim Swift (1:57.4), Maderia AS (1:59), Emerald City Of Oz (2:01.2), Bamaslastchance (2:01.2), Purple Sona (2:00.4), Amuse's (2:01.1).   Ohio trotting stallions represented in these Ohio Sires Stakes contests include: Dejarmbro (15); Triumphant Caviar (7); Break The Bank K (4); Chip Chip Hooray & Neely Dunn (3 each); And Away We Go (2); Full Count, Big Rigs, Iron Duke, His Highness & Homestretch (1 each).   Ohio stallions represented in the six Ohio Sires Stakes pacing events include: Big Bad John (12); McArdle (9); Art Official (8); Charley Barley (6); Santana Blue Chip, Feelin Friskie, The Panderosa & Manhardt (3 each); Woodstock, Arts Chip & Foreclosure (2 each); I'm Gorgeous, World of Rocknroll & Oaks Enforcer (1 each).   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator    

When 3-1 Winwood Mac captured his $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes division on Saturday night (July 16) at Scioto Downs, it came as no surprise to his driver, Chris Page. The Canyon Wind gelding tripped the timer in 1:52.1 in the last of three divisions of OSS contests for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, in Leg Three of this series for Ohio-breds. "Anytime you drive a horse for (trainer) Ronnie Burke, you have a shot to win," Chris noted. "I drove this horse as a 2-year-old and he tends to run in a bit, but he can pace like heck in the straightaways." Which is exactly what Winwood Mac did, using game, come-from-behind tactics to score his second victory of the season and his first in OSS competition in 2016. Bred by the Winwood Farm of Michigan, the bay pacer is co-owned by the Pennsylvania-based partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura. The winning time was a new lifetime record for Winwood Mac, who pushed his seasonal earnings to $51,565 and his career earnings to $90,048. What A Boy (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr), at 6-5 was just a head behind the winner to finish second, while 9-5 Mr Wiggle Pants (Kayne Kauffman) notched show honors. In the first OSS division Gotmoneyinmypocket bested eight rivals in an all-gelding field to pick up his sixth win of the year in 11 tries. Conditioned by Bill Dailey for Ohio breeders/owners Jerry Zosel and Kathy Ratcliff, the bay son of Feelin Friskie paced to a new lifetime clocking of 1:50.3 for driver Randy Tharps. Little Woody (Chris Page) was second and Nothin Fancy (Josh Sutton) was third. "The race set up perfectly for this horse tonight," Randy noted. "The fractions were fast but he was on cruise control." Gotmoneyinmypocket pushed his seasonal earnings to $79,750 and upped his career bankroll to $142,348. He is the third foal out of the Expensive Scooter mare Fran Ann p,3, 1:56.4s ($3,400) and is a full brother to Igottafeelinfran p,4, 1:51.1f, a 26-race winner of $521,665. He also has a half-brother in Gottatigerinmytank (by Panspacificflight) p,3, 1:54f ($36,250). The second OSS division saw Hustling Charley prevail with a new lifetime mark of 1:51.3 for driver Kyle Ater and trainer Danny Collins. The son of Charley Barley, who interestingly was the only colt in the field of nine (the rest were geldings), went three-wide around the last turn, chasing Canadia's Bakin (Kayne Kauffman), who had led the field through fractions of :26.1, :54.3 and 1:23. Hustling Charley then bested his rival by nearly four lengths to score seasonal victory four and lifetime win number five. The bay colt, who is co-leased by Collins and Ryan Holton, was bred by Ohio's Lisa Ezzo. Hustling Charley had won leg one of this series at Miami Valley Raceway on May 7 by six lengths in 1:53.4, and then finished second by a head in leg two to Smoke Up Johnny in 1:52.2 on June 11 at Scioto Downs. He now has $85,813 earned lifetime, and $67,200 amassed in 2016 for his connections. by Kimberly Rinker, for the OSDF

Dale Sweet has been a harness racing owner for more than four decades, with a penchant for the trotting gait.   The 70-year-old Toledo, Ohio resident was in the Scioto Downs winner's circle on July 15 to celebrate his Ohio Sires Stakes third-leg winner Overdressed, who bested nine rivals in 1:56.3. Three $40,000 OSS contests for sophomore trotting colts were featured on a mild and pleasant Friday evening at the five-eighths mile, central Ohio oval.   The win was the Full Count gelding's second in OSS competition this season. Conditioned by Miles Wollam for Sweet and co-owners G&B Racing of New Wilmington, PA, Overdressed had won the first leg of this series on June 4 at Northfield Park in 1:57.3 with Kurt Sugg in the bike.   Dale, who retired from the furniture upholstery manufacturing industry at age 50, has spent 20 years utilizing the talents of Ohio's trotting magician Marty Wollam, and for the past several years has also had horses in training with Miles, Marty's son.   "I try to keep things in the family," Dale laughed, before turning serious. "Miles certainly comes from good stock and is a terrific horseman in his own right. The Wollams run a strong, organized operation and their horses come first. They're easy on their babies and always have the horse's best interests at heart."   Kurt was back in the bike behind the gigantic trotter Friday for Overdressed's fourth victory of 2016 in seven starts. The brown gelding upped his seasonal earnings to $68,762 and his career earnings to $120,579 en route to his fifth lifetime triumph.   "Miles (trainer Wollam) put ear plugs in (the horse) tonight," Kurt revealed. "The other horse (The Next Triumph) had a pretty surmountable lead at one point, but my horse really dug in to catch him."   Kurt wasn't joking.   The Next Triumph (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) had moved first up via urging from his driver near the :57 half and quickly took the lead from Laser Leo (Kayne Kauffman). The Triumphant Caviar colt then drew away from his rivals by four lengths and appeared poised for his sixth victory of the year at the 1:25.2 three-quarter marker. Overdressed, the 2-1 favorite, then exploded out of the turn to overtake his rival and prevail by a length at the wire. Chips So Fast (Chris Page) and SR Rader (Ryan Stahl) finished in a dead-heat for third-place honors.   Marvin Raber of Baltic, Ohio bred Overdressed, who is a full brother to OSS winner Dark Roast.   MJB Got Faith, the even-money favorite, did not disappoint his backers as he won the first OSS division easily in 1:55.3 for driver Kayne Kauffman.   "This colt is very versatile--he can leave or you can sit with him and he pretty much does anything you ask him to do," Kayne noted.   The son of Trainforthefuture was under wraps as he trotted confidently through panels of :28, :57.2 and 1:26.3 to score his fourth win of 2016 and the ninth of his career. Emerald Chip (Josh Sutton) was second best, while Andi's Unreal (Chris Page) picked up show honors.   Owned by Breana Carsey of Connersville, IN, and bred by Gbw Breeding Farms of Ohio, MJB Got Faith has $239,600 in his career coffers.   The final OSS test saw Kayne Kauffman back in the winner's circle, this time with 5-1 upsetter Wegoferdaprize, a son of And Away We Go who is conditioned by Jessica Millner for the Curran Racing Stable of Red Hook, NY.   "The only instructions I got was to win the race," Kayne laughed. "This was the first time I had sat behind this colt, so I really didn't know him, but I was impressed that he was able to trot as fast and as well as he did."   Kanthanka (Aaron Merriman), the 4-5 favorite, had led the field of ten through splits of :27.4, :57.4 and 1:25.3 and looked like a sure winner before Wegoferdaprize used a :29.3 final brush to prevail over his rival by a whisker. Another Breath (Sandy Beatty) finished third. Bill Troyer of Ohio bred Wegoferdaprize, who upped his seasonal earnings to $38,420 and his career purse account to $49,525. He was a $6,500 yearling purchase at the August 2014 Blooded Horse Sale. by Kimberly Rinker

Six $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for sophomore trotting and pacing colts are on tap this weekend at Scioto Downs. Three divisions of 3-year-old trotting colts will be featured on Friday, July 15 and a trio of pacing divisions are in the harness racing spotlight Saturday, July 16. First race post both evenings is 6:30 pm, ET. Last season's 2-year-old Ohio trotting champion MJB Got Faith will leave from post eight in the first OSS division (Race 2) Friday. The diminutive son of Trainforthefuture earned $192,500 as a freshman, winning five of five starts--including the $225,000 OSS Championship--for Breana Carsey of Connersville, IN. Conditioned by Walter Haynes, Jr., MJB Got Faith has three wins and a pair of thirds to his credit in 2016, with $47,100 in his seasonal coffers. He captured the second leg of this series on June 4 at Northfield Park in rein to Ronnie Wrenn, Jr, clocked in 1:57.2 in near wire-to-wire fashion. Bred by Gbw Breeding Farms Inc. of Ohio, MJB Got Faith is the fifth and most prolific foal out of the Striking Sahbra mare Imageofasweetgirl 3, 1:58.2h ($123,280). Chris Beaver will tighten the harness on Poppin Tags, who makes his foray into OSS competition for the first time in this same division. Unraced at 2, the Triumphant Caviar gelding has three Northfield Park triumphs to his credit this season in four starts, with a mark of 1:58.1. Owned by Heidi Woodruff of Sugarcreek, OH and his trainer, Poppin Tags appears to have the speed and talent to compete with these. Bred by Danny Collins, the bay gelding is the seventh foal out of the Speedy Crown mare Top Bait 3, Q2:00.4f ($92,160) and is a half-brother to Copper John (By Yankee Glide) 5, 1:57.3f ($85,368); Fishing Frenzy (by Malabar Man) 5, 1:59.3h ($67,629) and Madison River (by Self Possessed) 4, 1:57f ($53,198). OSS leg one winners Chips So Fast, Overdressed and The Next Triumph will spar in the second OSS division for diagonally-gaited specialists. Chips So Fast has drawn the rail for trainer Chris Beaver and the Pennsylvania-based partnership of Mark Moger and Albert Delia Jr. The son of Chip Chip Hooray has amassed $43,668 from three wins this season, pushing his career earnings to $80,664. He captured his OSS leg one in 1:57.1 for driver Chris Page on May 7 at Miami Valley. Bred by Shari & Russell Angelbeck of Dublin, OH and Midland Acres Inc of Bloomingburg, OH, the brown colt is the second foal out of the Humorous Harry mare Stable Creek Barb 3, 1:59.2h ($136,236) and is a full brother to Chips A Million 2, Q2:03f ($22,283). Trainer Miles Wollam will tighten the girth around the Full Count gelding Overdressed. Owned by G&B Racing of New Wilmington, PA and Dale Sweet of Toledo, OH, Overdressed won his first start of the year--the first leg of this series--on May 7 at Miami Valley in 2:00 with Kurt Sugg in the bike. He then captured the second leg in 1:57.3 on June 4 at Northfield Park. Overdressed now has $48,762 in seasonal earnings and $100,579 in his career bankroll. Bred by Marvin Raber of Baltic, Ohio, this impressive brown sophomore was a $25,000 purchase at the 2014 Ohio Selected Yearling Sale and is the fourth foal out of the Balanced Image mare Eden's Mardi Gras 4, 2:00.3f ($2,608). He is a full brother to the multiple Ohio Sires Stakes-winning Dark Roast 3, 1:57.1h ($169,470). The Next Triumph starts from post ten for trainer Ron Steck of Marengo, OH, who owns the gelding in partnership with Robert Smolko of Solon, OH and Rene Allard of Matamoras, PA. The son of Triumphant Caviar captured leg one of the OSS series at Miami Valley on May 7 in 1:57.2 for driver Jeremy Smith and followed that up with a 1:56.1 score at Northfield in leg two on June 4. Bred by the Second Chance Stable of Ohio, The Next Triumph has $55,950 in seasonal earnings and $109,756 lifetime. The son of the Overcomer mare We Got Next was an $11,000 yearling purchase at the 2014 Ohio Select Sale and is the sixth of seven foals out of his dam. His siblings include: Bail Jumper (by Jailhouse Jesse) 5,1:55 ($136,402); Parris Island (by Semper Fi Hall) 5, 1:55.3f ($119,569); Maximum Security (by Jailhouse Jesse) 4, 1:55.1s ($59,115) and The Next Cell (by Jailhouse Jesse) 5, 2:04.3h ($11,115). Kanthaka--a multiple OSS and Ohio Fair Stake winner last year at 2--heads up the final OSS division (Race 10) on Friday night. This son of Triumphant Caviar trotted to freshman earnings of $140,814 in 2015 for breeder Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH and trainer Chris Beaver of Delaware, OH. This season he's collected a pair of overnight wins--one at The Meadows and one at Scioto Downs, adding $35,750 to his career bank account. This well-bred sophomore is the sixth foal out of the San Pellegrino mare Elena, 2, 1:57.1s ($338,071) and is a full brother to Mythology 2, 2:01.2h ($20,000)--who recently won his OSS test this past Tuesday night at Northfield Park with trainer Beaver at the lines. Kanthaka's half-siblings include: Alacrity (by Pilgrims Taj) 4, 1:55s ($149,860); First Flower (by Angus Hall) 5, 1:58.1f ($123,369); High Blue (by Majestic Son ) 5, 1:54.4f ($77,355); and High Jingo (by Angus Hall) 4, 1:59.3h ($77,273). Mr Wiggle Pants will try for his seventh consecutive triumph in as many starts this season for trainer Jim Mulinix in the third OSS division (Race 8), which looks to be the most competitive of Saturday's contests for Ohio-breds. Regular driver Kayne Kauffman will be behind the pacer from the eight-slot. Mulinix owns the son of Mr Wiggles in partnership with Denny Miller and William Rufenacht of Archbold, OH and with the DM Stables, LLC of Naples, FL. A winner of $67,500 this year, Mr Wiggle Pants has posted victories in both of his previous OSS legs. First, he captured OSS leg one on May 7 at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:53.4 and later scored a 1:51.4 front-stepping repeat on June 11 at Scioto Downs. Bred by Spring Haven Farm, Mr Wiggle Pants has $158,493 in his career coffers. He's the fourth foal out of the On The Attack mare Shani Pants p, ($323) and was a $15,000 purchase at the 2014 Ohio Selected Yearling Sale. He has Feelin Friskie half-siblings in Sassy Osborne, p, 4, 1:52.1h, a 25-race winner of $127,930; and Friskie Pants p, 3, 1:57.3h ($12,488). Whataboy gets the benefit of the rail in this same division for trainer Brian Brown and driver Chris Page. The son of Big Bad John has earned $50,050 this year in ten starts with three wins, a second and a trio of thirds, including an impressive, wire-to-wire 1:52 score on July 11 at Scioto Downs in the second leg of this series. Bred by the Dm Stables LLC of Florida, Whataboy was a $25,000 yearling at the 2015 Ohio Selected Sale, and is the fifth of seven foals out of the Noble Ability mare Arapanalia p, 3, 1:57.2h ($130,319). Owned by Carl Howard of Powell, OH, Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, QC and RBH Ventures, Inc of New York, NY, Whataboy has amassed $92,804 lifetime and has half-siblings in: Panongahela (by No Pan Intended) p,3,1:51.2s ($278,526); Little Miss Artist (by Artistic Fella) p,3,1:53.1h ($55.286); Par Intended (by No Pan Intended) p,5,1:56.1h ($44,140); and Occupant (by The Panderosa) p,3,1:56.3f ($19,870). He also has a 2-year-old Artist's View half-brother named Panoramic View, who recently scored a qualifying mark of 1:59.3s. Canadia's Bakin will start from post three in the second OSS division (Race 3) Saturday night for trainer Steve Carter and driver Aaron Merriman. The Big Bad John gelding, who is out of the Camluck mare Canadia, posted a victory in leg two of this series on July 11 at Scioto Downs, posting a speedy 1:52 mile in wire-to-wire style. Canadia's Bakin is owned by the partnership of Chuck Grubbs of Lousville, KY, and three Mansfield, OH-residents: Robert Reid, Sheila Hummel and Jacob Beard. This sophomore side-wheeler has 17 wins, three seconds and a third in 29 starts and $89,804 in career earnings. Bred by Lmn Bred Stables, Canadia's Bakin is the sixth foal out of the Camluck mare Canadia, and sold for $15,000 at the 2014 Ohio Selected Yearling Sale. He is a half-brother to: Can Repeat (by Real Desire) p, 7, 1:53.4h, a 27-race winner of $100,861; Nadia Can Go (Major In Art) p,4,1:55.1f ($49,102); Pte's Desire (by Real Desire) p, 2, 1:54 and Candy Sweetapple (by Major In Art) p,2,1:58f. Hustling Charlie also appears poised for a strong effort in this same division. The son of Charley Barley is conditioned and co-leased by Danny Collins and Ryan Holton of Etna, OH. This bay colt won leg one of this series on May 7 at Miami Valley Raceway in a blistering 1:53.4, drawing off from his rivals by six lengths with Kyle Ater at the lines. He has $47,200 in his seasonal coffers and $65,813 in lifetime earnings. Bred by Lisa Ezzo, Hustling Charlie was a $13,000 purchase at the November 2015 Blooded Horse Sale, and is the first foal out of his dam, the Art Major mare Heartangel p, 2, 1:56.1s ($72,879). The first OSS pacing division (Race 2) sees Smoke Up Johnny looking for his second victory in this series, and will leave from post seven. The Big Bad John gelding, who is conditioned by Doug Hinklin for the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH, has racked up $31,375 in seasonal earnings and won his OSS test on June 11 at Scioto Downs in 1:52.2 with Greg Grismore at the controls. Bred by Indian's Conquest Acres, Smoke Up Johnny was a $20,000 purchase at the 2014 Ohio Selected Yearling Sale. He is the third and most prolific foal out of the Bettor's Delight mare Leda's Twoeleven p, 2, Q1:58.1 ($22,029). Xenia,OH-resident Stephen Sexton's homebred Friskie Cruiser will be trying for his first victory in this series and for the season, leaving from the rail for trainer Brian Brown. The coal black Feelin Friskie gelding won three OSS legs as a freshman, garnering $140,621 in earnings as a 2-year-old, and finishing second to Love Tap Hanover in the $225,000 Championship on Super Night. This year Friskie Cruiser has yet to visit the winner's circle but has hinted at times, with his best effort coming in leg one of this series on May 7 at Miami Valley when he finished second to Mr Wiggle Pants. by Kimberly A. Rinker  

Harness racing breeder Senena Esty beamed with pride after the 2-year-old pacing colt Air Raid--who she bred and raised--captured his Ohio Sires Stakes, leg one division on Monday, July 4 at Scioto Downs. Senena was almost speechless in the Scioto winner's circle, but was quick to give the gigantic son of The Panderosa a well-deserved pat for his 1:57 victorious effort. The bay colt had triumphed in the fourth of 16 OSS divisions for freshman pacing and trotting colts and geldings on a balmy and oft-times drizzling afternoon. Each division carried a purse of $40,000. Owned by Alan Keith of Pataskala, Ohio and Joe Sbrocco of Brecksville, Ohio, Air Raid moved boldly from the back to the front of the field of nine youngsters in late stretch to score his first career win for driver Chris Page and trainer Mike Roth. "This colt showed a ton of class from day one and he was always my baby," Senena explained. "His family is just so strong and there was something special about him from the time he was a foal. "When he was a yearling and the trainers would come to our farm (Spring Haven Farm, Utica, OH) to look at the babies, he was one that I always brought out for them to see. He was always very friendly and very smart, and Mike (trainer Roth) obviously saw the potential in him that I did.   "He also had one of the best yearling videos that I ever saw," Senena continued. "He had a great, sweeping stride and when I saw the video and the way his hooves peaked and the length of his stride, I just didn't see any way that he wasn't going to be a top individual. If you saw him moving through the field you just couldn't take your eyes off of him.   Senena's Spring Haven Farm sold Air Raid for $39,000 at the 2015 Ohio Selected Yearling Sale. The speedy youngster is the ninth of ten foals out of the Artiscape mare Aromatic and has half-siblings in: Jet Airway (by Jereme's Jet) p,2, 1:50.2m; p,3, 1:50.4s (a 12-race winner of $399,470); the mare Angel Scent (by Western Ideal) p,2, 1:51.2s; p,3,1:50.4s (a five-race winner of $208,343); and the mare Sixth Sense (by Four Starzzz Shark) p,3, 1:55.1f (a 29-race winner of $94,478).   Another sensational performance was turned in by the Foreclosure N colt Drunk On Your Love, who paced to a 1:54.3 victory in his pari-mutuel debut for trainer Bill Dailey. The precocious bay colt had been purchased by his current quartet of owners on June 6 of this year. Richard Lombardo of Solon, OH; Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, OH; and Josh Green of Milford, DE ponied up $70,000 for Drunk On Your Love from Pennsylvania-based trainer Tony Dinges.   "Tony (Dinges) and I are friends and I trust what he tells me about a horse," said co-owner Josh Green. "Bill Dailey had called me and asked me to take a look at the colt to see what I thought of him, so I did and I really liked him. Tony praised this colt highly but he races mainly out east and didn't want to do all the shipping back and forth to race him in the Ohio Sires Stakes, which is the only series he's eligible to race in this year in Ohio. But Tony thought so much of him and I liked him immediately, so we bought him right after his first qualifier at Tioga Downs on June 3. It looks like he's really something special."   After that 1:58.2 winning qualifier Drunk On Your Love shipped to Bill Dailey's barn at the Urbana, OH fairgrounds. The colt then scored a winning 1:58.2 qualifier at Scioto on June 13 and followed that up with June 27 qualifying victory in an impressive 1:55.4 for his new connections. The colt, who was reined by Danny Noble in his pari-mutuel debut, led at every pole, timed in :28, :58.2, and 1:26.4, with a :27.4 final panel brush.   The stallion McArdle, who stands at Kevin Greenfield and Brad Wallace's Hickory Lane Farm in Findlay, Ohio, sired seven of the 11 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-year-old pacing winners, from his first crop of Ohio-bred youngsters, including: Ohio Larry (1:55.1); Barnabas (1:56); My Superman (1:55.3); Mcthriller (1:55.2); Stanley K (1:56.1); Mcraven (1:53.2); and Scotch Mcewan (1:55.2).   As well, the stallions Dejarmbro and Triumphant Caviar each had a pair of first leg Ohio Sires Stakes freshman winners on Monday, while the stallion Full Count had a single winner (Full Surge, 1:59.4).   Dejarmbro's victorious progeny included Just Plain DJ (2:01.1) and Speed Lane (1:59.1), while Triumphant Caviar was represented by winners Fraser Ridge (1:59) and Buckeye Boss (1:59).   by Kimberly Rinker

When 25-1 longshot Wiggler captured her $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes division Saturday night (July 2) in a career best 1:53.2 at Scioto Downs, it made Terry Saffran a very happy man. Terry, a Toledo, OH resident, owns the daughter of Mr Wiggles-Do Me Freedom-Keystone Raider in partnership with Suzanne Bates of Gibsonburg, OH. "I had harness horses years ago--back in the early 1990s," Terry said. "But early last Spring I got the itch to get back into the business so I contacted Tyler (trainer Bates) and told him I was interested in getting a horse." In May 2015, Terry and Tyler went to the Spring Blooded Horse Sale at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. "I liked the looks of this filly and when I saw her breeding, I liked her even more," Terry recalled. "I felt like we stole her for what we paid for her." Thirty-seven hundred dollars later, Terry put his new filly on the trailer. "I'm a big fan of Mr Wiggles," Terry admitted. "To me, he's a stallion who has it all. In addition to being a top racehorse, he's got great breeding. So I was very excited to have a filly by him." Terry raced his filly last summer at the fairs, where she was winless all season, but thought enough of her to put her in the $35,811 Ohio Breeders 2-year-old Filly Championship at Delaware, where she finished a game third in 1:57. "She raced huge in there and that's when I thought she'd be a very good filly this year," Terry said. "Sometimes trainers throw out the horses they don't think are going to make it to the stakes early in their careers and a guy like me gets lucky later on." Terry has indeed been lucky with Wiggler, now a robust 3-year-old. After earning $11,174 last season, she's amassed an additional $37,920 this year with a 3-1-1 record in ten starts. With Jeff Nisonger at the lines in her OSS triumph, Wiggler rallied from the back of the pack to prevail impressively by a length over rivals Hooray For Hazel (Dan Noble) and Clarebear (Peter Wrenn). "When I saw the time at the half (:54.3) and then the three-quarters (1:23.2), I knew she was going to be flying home," Terry said. "She made a big move in that last turn." Wiggler brushed home in :28.4 with Nisonger sitting chilly in the sulky. "I give all the credit to Tyler (trainer Bates) for getting this filly to where she is today," Terry stressed. "This filly was just colt sore last season and Tyler is very patient. He gave her a lot of time off over the winter to mature and it's paid off. Her breeding has really shown through too." Brenda Teague was all smiles as well when her charge Miss Me Yet prevailed in a new lifetime clocking of 1:53.2 in the first $40,000 OSS division. Brenda, who harnessed the daughter of I'm Gorgeous for her brother George Teague, Jr., and the Teague Racing Partnership of Boynton Beach, FL, said the filly was just getting over a bout with sickness, but that "she raced her guts out tonight." Driven by Randy Tharps, Miss Me yet took advantage of a speed duel by Big Bad Ashley (Jeremy Smith) and She Gone (Chris Page), using a :28.4 final brush to win by a length. John's One Desire (Kayne Kauffman) got up for second, while She Gone held on for third. "That :26.4 third quarter took its toll on the other horses and Miss Me Yet benefitted from the second-over trip," Tharps noted. Miss Me Yet, who was bred by Fannin Racing and George Teague, Jr., pushed her seasonal earning to $33,360 and career earnings to $226,985 with the victory, the sixth of her career in 18 starts. Gorgeous Road, the 8-5 favorite in the third $40,000 OSS division, looked every bit a champion as she cruised to a front-stepping 1:54.4 triumph for co-owner/driver Kurt Sugg. Conditioned and co-owned by Cory Deyermand of Dorset, OH, along with Patricia Nappi of Jefferson, OH, the daughter of I'm Gorgeous picked up her fourth victory of the season, as she bested her rivals by 2¼ lengths. Gorgeous Road now has $51,568 in her 2016 coffers and $73,401 in her career bankroll. She was bred by Spring Haven Farm and Doug Millard Holdings USA. Given a perfect steer by Josh Sutton, My Tweed Heart captured the fourth and final $40,000 OSS test for sophomore pacing fillies. The daughter of Manhardt-Tweedle D was sent off as the public's 1-2 favorite and used a garden trip behind eventual second-place finisher Ohsowigglesspecial to notch her fifth victory of the season. Bred by Stanley Swango III of Florida, the Jim Dailey-trained lass is owned by Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, OH and Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH. My Tweed Heart upped her seasonal earnings to $73,950 with this latest win and lifetime she's amassed $206,202 from eight triumphs in 13 career starts. Ohio Sires Stakes continue this evening with 14 divisions of 2-year-old trotting and pacing fillies at Northfield Park, with a post time of 6 pm, ET. Another 16 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 2-year-old trotting and pacing colts will be contested Monday afternoon with a 2 pm, ET, post at Scioto Downs. by Kimberly A. Rinker, for the OSDF  

Trish Soulsby is having the time of her life in the Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) program. The longtime harness racing owner was overcome with emotion on Friday night (July 1) in the Scioto Downs winner's circle after her 3-year-old filly, A TC Queenie captured the first of three $40,000 OSS divisions.   "It's a dream come true to have a fill like this," Trish said of the sophomore daughter by Triumphant Caviar. "I had a feeling about her since day one and just knew she was going to be something special."   A TC Queenie has indeed turned into something special for Trish and her brother and co-owner Rick Schaut of Pompano Beach, FL. The bay filly, who is out of the American Winner broodmare American Queen, notched her second straight OSS triumph, clocked in a career best 1:56.3 over the five-eighths mile Columbus oval. Given a perfect steer by Danny Noble for trainer Ron Steck, A TC Queenie prevailed by a neck over favored Kerfuffle Cookie (Chris Page), who had led from the start. Buckeye Lady One (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) finished third.   Trish and Rick purchased the filly at the 2014 Ohio Selected Yearling Sale.   "We actually went to the sale to bid on another horse," Trish recalled. "We didn't get that horse but when this filly came into the ring Rick said he wanted to go take a look at her. He liked what he saw, so I said 'let's go for it!'"   When the gavel fell for the last time, Trish and Rick were the winning bidders at $7,500.   "Rick took her to Florida to break and train," Trish explained. "She had a few issues last year and I really thought she'd be better than she was. When Rick got hurt in a training accident, we turned her over to Ron (trainer Steck). "We made a few adjustments with her between her 2- and 3-year-old seasons," Trish continued. "One thing we did was to adjust her 'viewing-related' issues in regards to what she can and can't see. We also put a rolling bar under her crupper to stop her from goosing herself."   Those tricks of the horsemen's trade seemed to have done the job for A TC Queenie, who pushed her seasonal earnings to $50,425 with this latest win, the third of the year in seven starts. Lifetime she's amassed $76,241 for her efforts.   "I'm with this filly every day, seven days a week," Trish said. "A few years ago I became certified in equine massage therapy, so this filly gets a lot of Epsom salts soaks and a good share of rub downs."   Bred by Danny Collins of Ohio, A TC Queenie is the sixth foal out of her dam and is a half-sister to King Chip K (by Chip Chip Hooray) 4, 2:00.4f ($36,737).   When 2-5 favorite Count On Kami (Kurt Sugg) made a break early in the mile of the second OSS division, it gave her competitors an unexpected opportunity. In fact, it allowed one maiden filly to score her first ever victory.   Brushy Rose, with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. in the sulky, took the lead away from Soft Power (Chris Page) at the half-mile marker and drew off to prevail by 3¼ lengths in 1:58.2. The win was the first for the daughter of Lionhunter in ten career starts. Caring Gracee (Kyle Ater) had appeared poised to finish second, but made a break late in the lane, resulting in her being disqualified by the stewards and placed fifth for violation of the breaking rule. That moved Shut Up And Dance to second and Dj Baby Belle to third.   Trained by Brian Brown, Brushy Rose is owned by Millstream Stables, Joe Sbrocco and Don Latore. The winner of $29,625 lifetime was bred by Robert Slowery.   Consolidator continued her sweep of her OSS series, by capturing the third division handily for driver Chris Page. Owned by the Green Acquisition Corporation of Canfield, OH, the 3-year-old daughter of Triumphant Caviar led from start to finish through factions of :27.3, :57 and 1:25.4, before storming home to a 1:55.3 lifetime best clocking. Marty's Luck Chip (Dan Noble) was second, with Kandy Krisp (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) getting up for third place honors.   "She's definitely the best Ohio horse I've ever had," said winning owner John Green. "I do prefer having trotters and she really stood out at the 2014 Ohio Selected Yearling Sale. She looked more like a colt than a filly and was nice and sturdy-built. She had a real presence about her which was difficult to ignore."   Green, who has owned Standardbreds for more than three decades and owns and operates an airline leasing company, purchased Consolidator for $25,000. Trained by Jim Arledge, Jr., the filly has amassed $137,816 in career earnings and this season has three wins in as many tries. While not always easy to handle in the barn or in the winner's circle, she's definitely a force to be reckoned with on the racetrack. Consolidator was bred by the Rose Run Farm of Ohio.   Ohio Sires Stakes action continues July 2 at Scioto Downs (post time 6:30 pm, ET) with four divisions of 3-year-old pacing fillies.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator              

The Scioto Downs entry box was jammed Thursday morning with 143 entries, necessitating 16 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for 2-year-old Buckeye-bred colt trotters and pacers in a special harness racing matinee program on Monday, July 4.   A full 99 pacing colts are set to vie in 11 races, while 44 trotting youngsters will go postward in five events. This is the first leg of the series for freshman Ohi-breds, many of whom are making their career debuts, with each OSS division carrying a purse of $40,000. Post time is 2 pm, ET.   The Ohio Sires Stakes program continues to grow, with a strong presence of both trotting and pacing stallions in 2016. From the 44 trotting colts entered into Monday's events, 16 were by Dejarmbro, while eight were by Triumphant Caviar and four by Full Count.   One of the fastest youngsters on the program is Buckeye Boss, a Chris Beaver trainee and son of Triumphant Caviar. After finishing second in a Scioto Downs qualifier on June 8, timed in 2:03.1, the colt won a Scioto overnight on June 21 in 1:59.4. He'll start in the third OSS trotting division (Race 5) from the six-hole.   Beaver has two other Triumphant Caviar youngsters who come into their debuts off strong qualifiers: Fraser Ridge won a Scioto qualifier on June 21 in 2:00.2 in rein to his trainer and has the five-hole in the second OSS trotting division (Race 3). Always A Good Time leaves from post eight in the fourth OSS trotting division (Race 7). This colt won two qualifiers in wire-to-wire fashion; the first at Delaware on June 8 in 2:03 and the second at Scioto Downs on June 22 in 2:01.1.   Melanie Wrenn will tighten the girth on the Dejarmbro youngster Stormy Kromer in the first OSS division (Race 2). This brown colt won a Scioto qualifier on June 27 in 2:01.1 and will leave from post six in his pari-mutuel debut.   Another son of Dejarmbro, the Jim Dailey-trained Speed Lane, will leave from the rail in the fourth OSS division (Race 7). Speed Lane won his Scioto qualifier on June 13 in 2:02.1 before finishing second at the five-eighths mile oval on June 21, timed in 2:00.1.   Other top trotting contenders include Full Surge, a Marty Wollam-conditioned son of Full Count who scored a winning 2:00.3 qualifier on June 17 at Scioto Downs. Full Surge leaves from post seven in the fifth OSS division (Race 12).   Star Buster, a son of Deep Chip, hails from the Jeff Cox stable in the third OSS division (Race 5), from post eight. Star Buster qualified at Northfield Park on June 9 in 2:03.3, drawing off by 8¼ lengths. He followed that performance up with a 1:59 triumph in his pari-mutuel debut on June 25 at the "home of the flying turns," this time scoring by 9¼ lengths in an overnight test, and trotting his final panel in a respectable :28.4.   From the 99 pacing colts set to vie, 22 are by McArdle, 18 by Big Bad John and 13 by Art Official.   Standouts in this division include Cammander Ruff, a Jim Arledge, Jr.--conditioned son of Stand Forever who goes postward in the second OSS division (Race 4) from the two-hole. Cammander Ruff won a Scioto qualifier on June 27 in a speedy 1:55.2.   Drunk On Your Love, a son of Foreclosure N, hails from the Jim Dailey stable in the third OSS division (Race 7) from post seven. This 2-year-old has a trio of front-stepping, winning qualifiers to his credit. He scored his first at Tioga Downs on June 3 in 1:58.2 before posting an identical time at Scioto on June 13. Finally, he paced to a winning 1:55.4 on June 27 at Scioto Downs.   Trainer Brian Brown harnesses Corner Con Artist for his career debut in the fifth OSS division (Race 9) from post two. The son of Art Official captured his Scioto qualifier on June 22 handily in 1:56. Brown also sends out Mcraven in the tenth OSS division (Race 15) from the eight-hole. A son of McArdle, Mcraven posted three winning qualifiers prior to this debut. He won at Delaware on June 8 in 1:59.4 and again on June 14 at the same county fair oval in 1:59.3. Finally, he posted a 1:56.4 winning effort at Scioto Down son June 27.   Always Take Points, a son of Arts Chip, qualified at Scioto Downs on June 23 in 1:56.2 in a wire-to-wire effort, brushing home in :28.4. Trained by Jon Holman, Jr., Always Takes Points will start from post six in the ninth OSS division (Race 14).   Lightning Onmyfeet, an Erv Miller-trainee, leaves from post nine in OSS division ten (Race 15). This son of McArdle qualified impressively at Pocono Downs on June 22, stopping the timer in 1:56.3, with a :27.4 final panel brush, besting his rivals by 3¼ lengths.   by Kimberly Rinker

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