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Columbus, OH --- Bigtown Hero knocked off several of the sport's top older harness racing pacers to win the $200,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Pace on Saturday night (Sept. 27) at Scioto Downs. Bolt The Duer, with Mike Wilder in the bike, jumped right onto the lead after leaving the gate for the Ewart Memorial Pace, but swiftly yielded that position to Night Pro and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. around the first turn. Night Pro rattled off the first quarter in a torrid :25.3 and half in a swift :53.1 while being pressed by a first over Foiled Again with Matt Kakaley holding the lines. Those two went to the three-quarter pole in 1:20.4 with Kanaris and Bolt The Duer sitting right behind with Sweet Lou and Ron Pierce making their move on the far outside, shortly before going into the final turn for home. Dave Palone and Bigtown Hero were trailing Sweet Lou. The 6-year-old gelding, who just defeated Dancin Yankee on Sept. 20 in a $25,000 Preferred contest at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, rallied on the outside in the stretch run to hit the wire in 1:48.2, equaling the Scioto Downs track record. Kanaris (Aaron Merriman) paced a huge mile to finish second at 25-1 odds, with Night Pro gamely holding on for third at 11-1. Both Sweet Lou and Foiled Again faded in the stretch drive, with Sweet Lou finishing fifth, 3-1/2 lengths behind the winner, and Foiled Again fading to eighth and last. Conditioned by Ron Steck for Allard Racing and Yves Sarrazin, the son ofAmerican Ideal out of the Artsplace mare Art Account, was sent off in this event, the 13th race on the card, at odds of 6-1 with Sweet Lou and Foiled Again going off at 3-5 and 5-2, respectively. Purchased on August 4 from Trevor Stafford, Bigtown Hero has compiled a record of 6-4-1-0 since the barn switch and has now earned more than $200,000 this season when he previously banked roughly $50,000 from 46 starts in his three-year career. His resume now stands at 74-25-7-4 with this paycheck being by far the largest he has ever collected and it appeared he was prepared to pace another mile on his way to the winner’s circle. Although Dave Palone had not previously steered Bigtown Hero, he said he knew when he was around the final turn that the result of the race was never in doubt. “I only decided a few minutes before the race what I was going to do,” the sport's all-time winningest driver said. “I thought I would just follow Sweet Lou because he would be sure to put me in the position that I wanted to be in. So that’s what we did nearly all around the track and then when I pulled the plugs on him and saw Sweet Lou fading, I knew that was it. We had the race won.” by Kimberly French, for the USTA

So we had an OK last week of selections but nothing great to brag about. Now we are on to the Grand Circuit at Lexington’s Red Mile with tons of Bluegrass Stakes action today, Saturday and Sunday. Plus Saturday night is the Ohio Sire Stakes Championships at Scioto Downs and we will also venture to Freehold Raceway Saturday for the Lou Babic Memorial. Good Luck! $78,400 Trot Bluegrass Stake 2YO Colts Red Mile 3rd race FRIDAY – Considering that Centurion ATM has nearly three times the purse earnings of anyone else in the field, trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt should be able to take his colt to the front after the opening quarter mile and never look back. $207,000 winner is super good and takes another in here. Use Whataworkout and Mercury Fashion in exotic plays. $78,400 Trot Bluegrass Stake 2YO Colts Red Mile 5th race FRIDAY – Being undefeated in seven starts and owning a record of 1:55.2 in his last starts most certainly makes Billy Flynn the horse to beat in here. Super good trotter will be tested on one mile oval for first time but I think he is up to the task and watch the teletimer in this race. Use Muscle Diamond and Progression in exotic plays. $100,000 Pace Lou Babic Memorial Freehold Raceway 9th race SATURDAY – The afternoon delight of harness racing hosts 2yo NJ sired final and it will be an interesting battle between Dealt A Winner and Too Darn Hot. I am going with Dealt A Winner as he has been a winner, winning four of five lifetime starts including some Grand Circuit races. Gets tested on half mile track but shows too much speed to lose in here. Use Too Darn Hot and Rock N’ Roll World in exotic plays. $83,250 Pace Bluegrass Stake 2yo Colts Red Mile 7th race SATURDAY – Top rated colt in the nation gets to strut his stuff on the Red Mile’s clay oval. Artspeak puts his six-race win streak on the line but as long as he has returned from rest break in peak form he should be able to crush this field as he has been doing to others all season long. Use Blood Brother and Traceur Hanover in exotic plays. $92,600 Pace Bluegrass Stake 2yo Colt Pace Red Mile 8th race SATURDAY – This will be a great race with top colts going at it. Giving credit to Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach that he has found his niche and will continue his winning ways against tough competition. Use He’s Watching and Let’s Drink On It in exotic plays. $200,000 Trot OSS Final 3yo Fillies Scioto Downs 10th race SATURDAY – Super strong field of fillies for this final and half the field can be the winner. I am going with Turbochargedroxie as this filly has the front end speed needed to lead all the way as she has done in two of her last three starts, just getting nipped at the wire last week. Use Sandys Victory and Anniesbluejeanbaby in exotic plays. $200,000 Pace OSS Final 3yo Fillies Scioto Downs 11th race SATURDAY – While everyone will be watching Crown Time Keeper from post nine, I think that Paydaze On The Way is the horse to beat. She does not win all the time but is in perfect position to get a dream trip to score from. Burke/Kakaley combo has been super sharp and this one could pay a price. Use Crown The Keeper and Shakin Friskie in exotic plays. $200,000 Pace Jim Ewart Memorial Invite Scioto Downs 13th race SATURDAY – Very good field of top pacers from around the nation in this event. I think Sweet Lou needed some rest and should be able to come back to his winning ways and close out the 2014 season with no more losses. Certainly gets tested in here. Use Bigtown Hero and Foiled Again in exotic plays. $86,700 Trot Bluegrass Stakes 3yo Fillies Red Mile 5th race SUNDAY – Too tough to even consider going against Jimmy Takter’s Lifetime Pursuit in here. She is so awesome right now and in this short field she can bide her time to make her move to the front and not look back. Use Cooler Schooler and Bikini So Teeny in exotic plays. $94,100 Trot Bluegrass Stakes 3yo Colts Red Mile 8th race SUNDAY – With no Father Patrick in this division it becomes Nunzio’s race to win. He has been very good all season long and should be able to trot up a storm in here although you still have to watch out for Datsyuk as he looms a threat whenever he races. Use Datsyuk and Hillustrious in exotic plays. $94,100 Trot Bluegrass Stakes 3yo Colts Red Mile 10th race SUNDAY – With the weather forecast calling for sun and warm with no rain all weekend long, the Red Mile’s clay track should be perfect for Father Patrick to put on a trotting clinic in this division. If trainer Jimmy Takter allows Yannick Gingras to cut loose with this exceptional colt the teletimer could explode! Use Auspicious Hanover and Martiniwithmuscle in exotic plays. $86,700 Trot Bluegrass Stakes 3yo Fillies Red Mile 11th race SUNDAY – It won’t be a walk in the park for Shake It Cerry in here but she should still be able to have things her own way. Top filly has had a great season and can cap it off with a world record performance in here. Use Take The Money and Highest Peak in exotic plays.    

Harness racing's top pacer this year -- Sweet Lou -- and the sport's top money-winner of all time -- Foiled Again -- headline Saturday's $200,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational at Scioto Downs. Both horses are trained by Ron Burke, who recently topped $20 million in purses for the year. It is the second consecutive season Burke has eclipsed $20 million, following his record-setting $22.2 million campaign in 2013. Burke broke his own record of $19.6 million established in 2012. Sweet Lou, who is the 7-5 morning line favorite in the field of eight older male pacers, is returning to action for the first time since having his 10-race win streak snapped in the Canadian Pacing Derby on Aug. 30 at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. During his win streak, the 5-year-old Sweet Lou set a record with six consecutive victories in faster than 1:48. His triumphs this year include the Ben Franklin Pace, William R. Haughton Memorial, U.S. Pacing Championship, Dan Patch Invitational, and Roll With Joe. "Horses get beat," Burke said about Sweet Lou's setback in the Canadian Pacing Derby, where he finished sixth. "They went at it hard. They were 1:20.1 (to three-quarters) and every one of my horses was on his second or third move by the time we hit the top of the lane." Sweet Lou, who is the No. 2-ranked horse in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Top 10, behind only trotter Sebastian K, got to relax a bit following the CPD. He prepped for the Ewart with a 1:52.1 qualifier on Sept. 18 at The Meadows. "I just kind of let him mess around for two weeks and then we put him back on his normal schedule," Burke said. "He couldn't have been better. As always, the break does him wonders. He really seems sharp. I'm sure he's ready to go." Sweet Lou has won 10 of 14 races this year and 32 of 69 lifetime, good for $3.05 million in purses. He was the 2011 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer. Ron Pierce, who drove Sweet Lou in each of his previous 11 starts, will again be at the lines in the Ewart. Foiled Again, with lifetime earnings of $6.62 million, is still going strong at age 10. He has won back-to-back starts, including the Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway in Delaware. For the season, he has won six of 19 races and finished among the top three on 15 occasions. The three-time defending Dan Patch Award winner for best older male pacer, Foiled Again will start the Ewart from post No. 1 with driver Matt Kakaley and is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line. "Every time he gets beat, people are saying we should retire him," Burke said. "Then we should retire everybody he beats, too, and there would be about three horses a year left. "I can't be happier with him. He's as good as he's ever been in his career. He ran into Lou when Lou was on probably as good a streak as any horse had seen, in the last decade at least. There's no shame there. A lot of horses were having trouble with him." The remainder of the Ewart field is Kanaris, Night Pro, Bigtown Hero, Bolt The Duer, Beach Memories, and Domethatagain. Now that Burke has surpassed $20 million in purses again, he seems likely to soon break the earnings record he established last year. Burke's earnings have increased every season since taking over the stable fulltime from his father, Mickey, in 2009. "I really thought (breaking the earnings record) would be the hardest thing for us to do," Burke said. "But we got off to such a good strong start this year, better than even normal, and that made a lot of difference. "If everything keeps going like it's going we should be alright." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

The table has been set for the richest night in Ohio history, Ohio Super Night. On Saturday (September 27) a 16-race program will boast purses in the excess of $2 million at Scioto Downs Racino. The action packed race card will feature the best Ohio bred freshman and sophomore, colts and fillies along with some of racing's biggest stars. The stakes program will kick off with the eight divisions of the $200,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships including, 3- year old trotting superstar, Rompaway Galaxy. He will look to defend his title as the 2-year old colt champion in race four. Driver, Mike Micallef will have the assignment from post eight for trainer, Krista Harmon. The 2-year old pacing filly, Bell Flower will look to make it a clean sweep of the Ohio Sires Stakes in race five on the program. The daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye and Our Lady Countess, starts from post seven for trainer, Jim Arledge Jr and regular driver, Chris Page. A red hot, Neely's Messenger will look to complete the trotting Triple Crown for trainer and driver Marty Wollam from post five in race eight. Race 12 on the card is the $75,000 Sam "Chip" Noble III Memorial Trot. The full field of 10 includes a Kentucky Futurity winner, Creatine, a world record holder, Victory Is Coming and millionaire, Uncle Peter. The $200,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational Pace gathered a field of eight and their combined total earnings are over $13 million. The talented group includes harness racing richest horse, Foiled Again. The 10-year old phenomenon will start from post one and his stable mate, Sweet Lou drew post four. The field also features an Adios winner, Bolt The Duer, track record holder, Kanaris, Indiana Sires Stakes Champion, Night Pro and consistent east coast free for all pacers, Domethatagain and Bigtown Hero. The stellar card also has the $50,000 Ryder "Storm Boy" Steck Open Pace which drew a field of eight and a full field of nine for the $50,000 El Dorado Resort Filly and Mare Open Pace. For a complete list of Saturday's entries click here http://racing.ustrotting.com/chart.aspx Post time is 6:30 pm, but be sure to come early for the driver autograph session beginning at 5:30 pm in the grandstand breezeway. From Scioto Downs Racino

Sectionline Yankee upsets in $25,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace at Scioto Downs with a track record equaling performance of 1:50.2. She now shares the track record with Betterluvnexttime. The 5-year old mare by Yankee Cruiser out of Aquatic Yankee is trained by Steve Bauder for owners, Harold Lee Bauder, Michael Dixon and Harold Bauder of Ohio. Sectionline Yankee was driven by Greg Grismore and started from post one in the field of eight and was 6-1 on the morning line. Continual Velocity and Chris Page left for command from post eight when the wings folded along with inside leavers, She's Shocking and Novascotia Hanover. Novascotia Hanover and Tony Hall cleared to the front before the quarter that was clocked in a hot :26.1. She's Shocking and Kayne Kaufmann took the pocket ride before being shuffled to third when the favorite, Continual Velocity and Chris Page made a quarter move. Sectionline Yankee was sitting fourth on the rail at the half that was paced in :54.1. Grismore decided to make his move, pulling first up down the backside with Eve Marie Seelster and Kyle Ater in tow. Grismore applied the heavy pressure to the three quarters clocked in 1:22.2. The battled continued down the stretch before Sectionline Yankee pulled 3/4 of a length clear of Continual Velocity and Eve Marie Seelster completed the trifecta. Sectionline Yankee returned $18.20 to her supporters while increasing her bankroll to just under $315,000. The co-feature for the Saturday night card didn't disappoint either. Kanaris and Aaron Merriman set a new track record of 1:48.3 for a 4-year old gelding on the 5/8 mile oval in the $25,000 Open Pace. The previous record of 1:49.4 was set this year by Full Code and Beach Memories. Kanaris is the son of Panspacificflight and Thermopylae. He's trained by Joe Seekman for Tripoli Stable of Illinois. This victory crushed his own career best of 1:51.2 and pushed his lifetime earnings over $200,000. Kanaris started from post seven in the field of eight, but that didn't deter Merriman from leaving. They cleared inside leaver, Beach Memsories and Josh Sutton before the first turn. The first quarter was paced in :26.1. Sutton wasn't content to take the two hole trip, he pulled at the quarter to take over command. They paced single file to the half, clocked in :54.1. Ardyne Ace and Randy Tharps started their rally, pulling first up from third spot and Big Risk, driven by Tony Hall followed suit. The fast pace didn't let up. Beach Memories flew by the three quarters in 1:21.1 with Kanaris in tow. Merriman popped the ear plugs and waited for the stretch to make his move. The two paced 5-lengths clear of their foes and Kanaris had the upper hand to win by a nose over Beach Memories. His stablemate, Santa Fe Beachboy paced home in :27.2 to grab the show spot. The final week of racing in the 2014 season resumes on Wednesday (September 24) post time 6:30 pm. From Scioto Downs Racino

Trenton, NJ --- For most of her life, the extent of Shelley Johnson’s photography featured holiday and vacation photos, much like the rest of the world. About 10 years ago, her husband Jeff surprised Shelley with a point-and-shoot camera for Christmas, in hopes that nine months later she would be able to take sharp action photographs at the Little Brown Jug at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. “I’m not sure what Jeff was thinking,” said Johnson, who lives 35 miles east of Columbus, Ohio. “I had never taken action shots. I took it as a challenge.” Jeff must have known something no one else did, because the challenge has been well met. A decade later, most of the cover photos on Scioto Downs programs are taken by Shelley, who has developed an eye for action and just this week enjoyed shooting another Little Brown Jug. But her efforts in photography go beyond the racetrack. She also shoots photographs for the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, which has Standardbred facilities in Ohio and Michigan. “I find great joy shooting photos of Standardbred horses retiring from the track and moving on to other careers,” she said. “New Vocations retrains Standardbred racehorses for various occupations under saddle and places them in new, caring homes. Each month I photograph these great horses going up for adoption. This is my way of promoting harness racing and helping the Standardbred horse adoption program.” While Jeff is the big horseman in the family, he did provide Shelley with a birthday present when he bought her a horse for her birthday named Master Chip in 2005. But it wasn’t like she just had to unwrap the horse at the stable. “I had to do all of my own bidding at the (Ohio Selected Jug) sale,” she said. “I had never been to an auction, let alone bid on anything. It was quite stressful. He didn't do much on the track, but I sure loved him. He has a good home now and enjoys life.” The Johnsons have also partnered with other owners on trotting fillies She’s Not Red and ML Cupcake, who are both broodmares now. They still have ML Cupcake, who was Ohio’s 2-year-old filly Trotter of the Year in 2010. “I can't wait until next spring to see her baby,” Shelley said. They also have a 2-year-old filly trotter, Carolina Charm, who has won four of six starts this season. “The racing was always Jeff's thing,” Shelley noted. “He knows horses, stallions, etc. I only enjoyed watching the races if it was a horse I knew. That's when I started taking pictures. It gave me something to do, and he was able to stay for the entire card without me wanting to go home!” It has led to a long, steady climb for the Ohio retiree who is technically a professional photographer by virtue of her sales, but still considers it a hobby. After receiving that first camera, she experimented on her feathered friends before horses, taking photos of birds at the feeder outside the dining room window. When she and Jeff bought their first horse, Shelley would try to capture him in action at the track. When she shot the Jug, it became a bit tougher as horses trying to win races traveled a lot faster than those being jogged and trained. “I took pictures, but they didn’t really turn out,” she said. Johnson kept plugging away. She took online classes for nature photography and equine photography. Neither dealt with shooting actual race action, but did help in the process. “I learned a lot about headshots and conformation shots in the equine class,” she said. “Also the proper distance to avoid distortion in the photos.” She also put in countless hours practicing at the farm of her friend Doris, who jogged and trained her own horses and taught Shelley a lot about the animals. But all the practice and all the talent in the world can only get a photographer so far without the right equipment. As her interest increased, so too did the quality of Shelley’s cameras. The big turnaround in her photos came several years ago when Jeff bought his wife a professional grade lens. “That’s made a huge difference,” Johnson said. “He even said if he had known the lens would make that much difference, he would have gotten it for me sooner.” She knew she arrived as a photographer when Scioto Downs made her a cover girl two years ago. “At that point,” she said, “I guess I thought, hey, I got this!” The monumental first cover came on June 21, 2012, with a photo of the entire field of a race on the starting gate, and an Ohio Lottery billboard behind them proclaiming “Winners Are Everywhere.” “It felt amazing to see it,” Johnson said. Aside from the program covers, she has had several photos in magazines by virtue of New Vocations using them. A week ago, Johnson was thrilled to see that one of her photos was used on the Scioto Downs billboard out front. She has discovered that she gets her finest results when not focusing on anything in particular. “I do my best when I just shoot random, with no pressure,” she said. “If I get it, OK. If I don't, OK. I will try to focus on a certain horse in a race if someone wants me to get a picture of their horse. That's hard though. The horse isn't always in view.” And as good as she has become, Johnson still feels the biggest key to her success “is probably just good luck.” “Most of the time I single-shoot the pictures,” she explained. “My camera doesn't shoot enough frames per second to use continuous mode. If I try to shoot in continuous mode and the horse has its foot planted on the track, it usually ends up planted in all of the shots. I like to try for shots with all four off the ground.” As for attempting to choose her favorite photo, Shelley said it’s like trying to pick a favorite child. She notes that when so many photos do not come out, “whenever I get one that I think looks good, I’m happy.” Judging by her success in recent years, Shelley Johnson has had quite a bit of happiness lately. To view Shelly Johnson’s work, check out her website at www.sfjohnsonphotos.com by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent  Courtesy of the US Trotting Association Web Newsroom    

Scioto Downs is planning on capping off an awesome season of harness racing with an exhilarating night of racing, Ohio Super Night. After an impressive summer season with the enriched slot money from Ohio's long awaited vlt's. Saturday, September 27 will cap off the season with the richest night of racing in Ohio history. With purses totaling an excess of $2 million. The rich card will offer eight Sires Stakes for the best of the best freshman and sophomore pacing and trotting colts and fillies chasing a purse of $200,000 each. Scioto Downs will also feature the Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational Pace for a bounty of $200,000. Scioto Downs will honor two fellow horseman with The Chip Noble Memorial Trot racing for a purse of $75,000 and The Ryder "Storm Boy" Steck Memorial Pace going for $50,000. Scioto Downs didn't forget about the powerful ladies either. The best mares will go stride for stride in a $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. It's destined to be the perfect ending to a perfect season. Scioto Downs Racino hopes you'll join them for last live racing program for the 2014 season. From Scioto Downs Racino

Sweet Talkin Satin prevails in the Saturday night $25,000 Open Pace harness racing feature at Scioto Downs in 1:49.4. The 4-year old gelded son of Always A Virgin out of Silky Satin is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva Stables and Phil Collura. Sweet Talkin Satin was driven by Chris Page and started from post seven in the assigned field of seven. Page used the geldings great gate speed to his advantage to launch for early position when the starter said go. Landing in the third spot behind the inside leavers of Carol's Comet and J's Six Pak Attack. They clocked the opening quarter in a hot :26. Page wasn't content sitting third and pulled shortly after the quarter to take command before they hit the half mile that was paced in :53.4. Jeremy Smith and J's Six Pak Attack were the first to make their move, pulling first up. Josh Sutton and Kanaris followed suit to pick up the cover. Meanwhile, Ardyne Ace and Randy Tharps made a huge three wide move down the backside to drop in front of J's Six Pak Attack. Sweet Talkin Satin felt the pressure and paced down to the three quarters in 1:22.2. The field swarmed in on the leader in the stretch, but Sweet Talkin Satin dug in to win by a length over a closing Kanaris and Carol's Comet settled for third. This win was the 13th career victory for Sweet Talkin Satin in his 45th try and is closing in on $350,000 in career earnings. Scioto Downs Racino

Tall Cotton sets a new track record of 1:53.2 for a harness racing aged gelded trotter at Scioto Downs. The previous record of 1:54 was held by JJ Hall and War Cry Hall. The 8-year old son of Revenue S out of B Cor Peatra is trained by Ron Burke who also owns along with Weaver Bruscemi, Ed Gold and Howard Taylor. Tall Cotton started from post four in the field of eight condition trotters. Chris Page had the lines and chased after the $18,000 purse. Page left hard for command and trotted an opening quarter in :27.3. Dan Noble and Fusion Man followed suit and were able to drop in second. The quick pace continued on to the half clocked in :55.4. Boy Meets Girl K and Randy Tharps started their first up rally and pushed the pace down to three quarters in 1:24.4. Fusion Man sat the pocket until wheeling in mid stretch to give his bid, but would be just a head shy. Final Breath and Hugh Beatty were a closing third. She's Shocking sets a new career best of 1:51 in the $25,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. The 5-year old mare by Electric Yankee out of Notorious One is conditioned by Scott Mogan who partially owns with Diamond Chip Stable and Charles Guiler. Kayne Kauffman had the assignment from post six in the full field of nine, but that didn't deter him from leaving. She's Shocking left like a rocket along with heavy favorite, Betterluvnexttime who cleared to the opening quarter in :26.2 and provided a perfect pocket trip to She's Shocking. The pace didn't slow much as they paced to the half in :54.4. Sissy Bar and Dan Noble started their first over bid and gave cover to a second over Sweetheart Dance. Sissy Bar applied pressure as they paced down to three quarters in 1:22.3. This left Kauffman licking his chops as they battled until the top of stretch. She's Shocking waited for room from a tiring Sissy Bar to pull out and pace a head clear of Betterluvnexttime. Jim Pantaleano and Sweetheart Dance came on for third. Racing returns Saturday (September 13) post time 6:30 p.m. Scioto Downs Racino

Itrustyou stole the spotlight on Saturday night at Scioto Downs with his track record performance of 1:48.2 in the $25,000 Open Pace.   The 6-year old gelded son by Third Straight out of Dynamic Lady broke the previous record of 1:48.4 set by Paco Labrook in 2013.   He's trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and RTC Stables of Pennsylvania.   Itrustyou was driven by Chris Page from post seven in the field of nine. Page fired out for command and definitely had to work for the top. After being parked to the quarter that was paced in :26.1, they finally cleared. The pair had instant pressure from a parked and pressing Ardyne Ace and Randy Tharps, pushing the pace to the half in :54.   Torrington and Dan Noble had a great pocket seat to the dueling action and just waited for their chance. Itrustyou responded to the pressure and paced down to three quarters in 1:21.3 before kicking 8-lengths clear of his competition. Torrington held the second spot and Santa Fe Beachboy closed well to grab third.   Big Bossman rebounded in the $40,000 first division of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year old pacing colts in 1:53.2.   Big Bossman is a gelded son by Feelin Friskie out of Lovely American. He's trained by Doug Hinklin for Parent Racing Stable of Ohio. Regular driver, Greg Grismore had the lines and started from post three in the field of seven.   Grismore left for early position and found it in the two hole behind long shot, Lawyer Up and Aaron Merriman. The pair quickly made a brush to retake before the half that was paced in :56.4.   Big Bossman was well in hand the rest of the mile. They paced to three quarters in 1:25.3 and cruised home in :27.3. Big Bossman was victorious by 6-lengths over Upfront Clays Boy and a rallying Dibs for Josh Sutton.   Soul Train gets a new career best, 1:57.1 in his division of Ohio Sires Stakes. The 3-year old gelded son of Trainforthefuture out of Dances On Air is conditioned by Scott Cox for Parent Racing Stable, Robert Crynick and John Novak.   Master Mighty and Kayne Kauffman were determined to set the fractions in the short field of six and did so in :29.2, :58.4 and 1:28.1. He was almost home free, but Soul Train and Ryan Stahl were able to get up in time by a mere nose. Master Mighty made a break as they crossed the wire, placing him third behind Kurt Sugg's Bradymeister.   I Know My Chip scores in his $40,000 division of Ohio Sires Stakes in a lifetime best, 2:00.2. Jim Dailey trains the 2-year old gelded son of Deep Chip out of Madeline's Crown for owner Kim Dailey. Jason Brewer had the assignment from post four in the field eight and was the better's choice at 3-5.   Brewer let colt trot when the starter said go and grabbed the top before the quarter that was trotted in :29.4. They had company from an outside leaver, Chips A Million and Chris Page. They let the pair go before tripping by the half that was trotted in :59.4. Page and Brewer performed the "give and go" and I Know My Chip regained command before the three quarters that clicked in 1:30.4.   I Know My Chip kicked 3 ½-lengths clear of a closing Ohio Chipster and Chips A Million held on for third.   Western Coby lit up the tote board with his 1:56.2 performance in a division of the 2-year old colt pace.   Western Coby is a gelded son by Western Spirit out of Cole By A Knows. He's trained by Ron Wagner who partially owns with Larry Acker and Dean Davis. Wyatt Irvine had the lines from post nine in field of nine and went off at odds of 55-1.   Irvine was content to take back and watch the action from eighth while Cornerback and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.pressed out for command. Ollie Pop clocked the opening quarter in :28.1 before settling for a pocket trip behind Cornerback. Wrenn tripped the half timer in :57.3.   It wasn't until the three quarters that was paced in 1:27 that Irvine gave Western Coby open road, three wide to pass them all in a final quarter he paced in :28.2. Indian Spirit and Kyle Ater also closed well for second and Ollie Pop completed the trifecta. Neely's Messenger extended his win streak to five with his $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes win in 1:59.2.   Marty Wollam trains and drives the 2-year colt by Neely Dunn out of Fun Message for Dale and Julie Sweet. They started from post two in the field of eight and were the slight second choice behind Kick A Lot who set the fractions of :28.3, :59.3 and 1:29.3.   Wollam sat back in third and watched the action before tipping his colt three wide in the stretch to win by a half length over Chips Starr and Super Sheff Frosty. Kick A Lot made a costly, quick break in stride causing him to go inside the pylons and to be disqualified and placed last.   Diamondkeeper upsets in his division Ohio Sires Stakes in 1:53.2. The 3-year old gelded son of Pine Valley out of Almahurst Joy is conditioned by Ron Burke for the connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Lawrence Karr.   The undefeated, heavy favorite, Friskie Adam pushed the gate away and was parked to the opening quarter in :26.3. Diamondkeeper and Greg Grismore were sitting sixth and it was until after the half that was paced in :55.2 that Grismore gave Diamondkeeper his command.   Friskie Adam hit the three quarters in 1:23.4, but couldn't hold off the rally from Diamondkeeper. He scored by 3/4 -lengths over Feel The Heat and Friskie Adam held on for third.   Lady's Dude prevails in a career best, 1:55 in his 3-year trot division of Ohio Sires Stakes. The 3-year old gelded son by Victory Sam out of Lady's Star went off at odds of 11-1 from post five in the field of six.   Lady's Dude recently moved in to the Ron Burke Stable for owners, Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Johnny Yoder. Josh Sutton had the lines and pushed the gate away and cleared to the top before the quarter that was clocked in :28.1, Sutton never looked back.   The heavy favorite, Rompaway Galaxy got away an early fourth and was content to watch the action as they hit the half in :57.3, but was underway by the three quarters that was stopped in 1:26.2. Micallef couldn't close the gap on Lady's Dude and had to settle for second and Can'tcutthatchip was third.   Chief Talkalot pulls off a gutsy performance in the final division of Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year old colt pacers in 1:55. Chief Talkalot is a gelded son of Feelin Friskie out Jardin Des Arts. Brian Brown trains for Steve Stewart, Michael Robinson, Robert Mondillo and Steve Cheatham.   Jim Pantaleano drove from post three in the full field of nine and got away an early fourth behind co-favorites, Nobles Finesse and Gray Camo. Nobles Finesse set the pace and fractions of :27.2 and :56.4 before Chief Talkalot started his first over bid with his stablemate, Rock N Randall in tow. Chief Talkalot and Nobles Finesse went toe to toe and stride for stride as they clocked the three quarters in 1:25.1, but Chief Talkalot won the battle by two lengths over Rock N Randall and Nobles Finesse completed the trifecta. Racing returns Tuesday (September 9) post time is 6:30 pm.   From Scioto Downs Racino            

A season's best Super Hi 5 carryover up for grabs on Saturday (September 6) at Scioto Downs Racino. The carryover has reached $4,449.63. The Super Hi 5 wager is featured in the 9th race on the 14-race program. The Saturday night card will host Ohio Sires Stakes action for freshmen and sophomore colts and a $25,000 Open Pace. The 3-year pacing star, Friskie Adam will look to continue his perfect season in race 11 for trainer Dan Ater. The 3-5 morning line favorite will start from post six in the field of eight. The 2-year old trotting heavy weights, Neely's Messenger and Kick A Lot will battle it out in race 10. They are slated as the 8-5 and 9-5 favorites. Marty Wollam's, Neely Messenger drew post two and Jeff Cox's trainee, Kick A Lot starts from post five. Big Bossman will look to rebound from his last start in the first race for regular driver, Greg Grismore. Doug Hinklin trains this 3-year old gelded son of Feelin Friskie and is picked as the 4-5 morning line favorite from post three. The freshmen pacing headliners, Nobles Finesse and Gray Camo will square in race 13. Gray Camo starts from the rail from the Ron Burke Stable and Nobles Finesse drew post five for trainer, Kurt Sugg. First race post time on Saturday (September 6) is 6:30 p.m. From Scioto Downs Racino

Veteran amateur drivers, Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford, and Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff along with newcomer Robert "Big Bob" Kenney, each won their respective divisions in the Billings Harness Driving Series this past weekend. Oldford scored a 1:57 triumph with Bold Strike in Midwest Region action at Scioto Downs on August 29 while Hechkoff and Kenney were victorious in the east at Plainridge Racecourse on September 1; Hechkoff with Tagmaster in 1:56.1 and Kenney with Rev Up The Spice in 1:59.3. No stranger to the winners circle, Steve Oldford visited that revered ground again when he scored his seventh seasonal triumph with his newly purchased Bold Strike. "I bought him from June Du Russel, who over the years has generously supplied horses for the Billings Series. "This was the first time I sat behind him and I like him a lot," Oldford explained. "He's a pleasure to drive and (he) did everything I asked of him. " Oldford and Bold strike left from the four hole as "Lawbook Larry" Farley hustled Margarita Man to the lead and they had two lengths on the field as the timer flashed :27.4. At that point Oldford had allowed Dave "Linemaster" Ehrenberg II to fall in second position in front of him with TK's Karma. When the leaders passed the halfway point in :57.3 Oldford was out and going with Bold Strike and they were nose to nose with Margarita Man at the three quarters in 1:26.4. Even though Farley's mount regained command on the final turn it was short lived as Bold Strike rallied back to score a two-length triumph over Margarita man. TK's Karma took home the show dough. "Now we're ready for the Billings at Delaware, Ohio, "Oldford added delightedly. Bold Strike paid $7.40 for win which was Oldford's seventh of the season and 90th of his amateur driving career. Meanwhile on Labor Day afternoon at the five-eighths mile oval in southern Massachusetts "Big Bob" Kenney scored his first lifetime pari-mutuel victory when he sat the pocket with Rev Up The Spice and then they trotted by 1-2 favorite CSI What's My Name and driver Dave "Steady As" Yarock in mid-stretch for a solid one length triumph to win the first of two Billings trots that day. Third place went to Catalyst driven by Mark "Wafefern" Schullstrom. Needless to say Kenney, who has driven just 27 times since he joined the amateur ranks in 2000, was a happy man and his fellow competitors were among the first to congratulate him. Bob and Linda Kenny co-own Rev Up The Spice who's trained by John Di Stefano. Sent off at odds of over 6-1 the 6 year old Revenue S gelding paid $14.40 for win. A second Billings division at Plainridge Racecourse was a laugher for driver Bob Hechkoff when his Tagmaster romped to a 1:56.1 wire to wire five-length triumph over Permanent Joy, driven by Bob "Rapid Rail" Krivelin. Third place went to Coin Collector and driver Jimmy "It's all In The Family" Marshall IV. Tagmaster, owned by Hechkoff's T.B.H Ventures Inc. and trained by James Hardy paid $9.60 for win. It was Hechkoff's sixth seasonal triumph and 50 driving victory of his career. A two-time winner of the Harness Racing Museum's Amateur Driver of the Year Award his competitors will have to hurry to derail him from that honor again this season. This coming weekend the Battling Billings Boys will head to the Canadian Maritimes for races at Charlottetown on Saturday, (Sept. 6) and at Summerside Raceway on Sunday. by John Manzi, for the Billings Amateur Driver Series

Scioto Downs to host the 2014 Ohio Super Night on Saturday, September 27. The invigorating, full card will have purses in excess of $2 million.   Ohio Super Night will feature the eight Ohio Sires Stakes Finals with purses of $200,000 each. The rich card will also host The Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational Pace for a $200,000 bounty plus the Chip Noble Memorial Trot for a purse of $75,000, an Open Pace and a Filly and Mare Open Pace, both chasing a $50,000 prize.   If anyone is interested in the Super Night events, please contact the Scioto Downs race office at (614) 295-4668 or (614) 295-4669.   From Scioto Downs Racino    

Easy Again breaks his own harness racing track record at Scioto Downs Saturday with his win in the $30,000 Invitational Pace in 1:50.1. He's a 5-year-old ridgling son of Dragon Again out of Kuklapanandollie. He set a new track record of 1:50.2 just two starts ago at the 5/8 mile oval. Easy Again scored his third consecutive win for trainer, Ron Burke and his connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Panhellenic Stable. Chris Page had the assignment from post eight in the field of nine and was the post time favorite at 4/5. Page fired out for position and found it right on the front before the quarter that was paced in :26.2. I Found My Beach and Josh Sutton were content to take the pocket trip behind the heavy favorite. They paced down to the half in :54.4 and Page hit the gas as they headed to the three quarters. Easy Again paced his third quarter in a hot :26.4 and opened up on his foes by 3-1/2 lengths. Sutton and I Found My Beach tried to close the gap, but fell a 1/2-length short and Torrington rallied for the show spot at odds of 35-1. This was Easy Again's 65th career start and his 20th trip to the winners circle. His earnings have now exceeded $650,000. Racing continues on Monday (September 1) with a special holiday post time of 1:00 p.m. Scioto Downs will have an early driver autograph session on Monday starting at 12:15 p.m. From Scioto Downs Racino

Creatine sets new track record of 1:52.4 at Scioto Downs in the $25K Open Trot. Creatine shattered the previous harness racing record for a 4-year old horse of 1:54.1 set by Shark Kosmos in 2002. Creatine is a son of Andover Hall out of Berry Nice Muscles. He's conditioned by Bob Stewart for Diamond Creek Racing of Pennsylvania. Creatine started from assigned post five in the field of seven and Dan Noble had the controls. Slated as 9-5 favorite and going off at odds of 3-5, Noble said go when the gates folded. The pair had to work for the top from a stubborn Its Complicated and Josh Sutton. They cleared before the quarter that was trotted in a brisk :26.2. Noble was able to give Creatine a breather on their way to the half that was clocked in :56.1. Boy Meets Girl K and Randy Tharps started their first over bid to apply the pressure down the back side. Southwind Pepino and Sandy Beatty were right in their tow second over. Its Complicated started to tire giving Southwind Pepino a chance to sneak back to the rail. They clocked the three quarters in 1:24.4. Creatine held off the challenge from Boy Meets Girl K, but still had Southwind Pepino to fend off in the stretch. Creatine dug in to win by 1-1/4 lengths over Southwind Pepino and War Cry Hall and Greg Grismore rallied to complete the trifecta. This victory was Creatine's first of the season, but the 12th of his career. He's now banked over $938,000 in just 32 lifetime starts. Betterluvnexttime becomes the fastest mare in the history of Scioto Downs after winning the Filly and Mare Open Pace in 1:50.2. Betterluvnexttime broke her own track record set earlier this year of 1:50.4 and a mark of 1:50.3 set by her stable mate Top Brand. Betterluvnexttime is a 6-year old mare by American Ideal out of Darriwillian. She's trained by Scioto Downs leading trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr for Daniel Mitchell. Josh Sutton had the lines from post eight in the partially assigned field of nine. Betterluvnexttime was the 9-2 morning line third choice and went off at odds of 5-1. Sutton drove her like she was the one to beat. When the started said go, so did Josh. They pushed the gate away and drove for command. Sutton settled in an early third after the opening quarter that was paced in :26 by Sectionline Yankee. She's Shocking settled in the pocket spot for Kayne Kauffman, but they would have the pocket seat for long. Betterluvnexttime and Sutton were underway before the half that was paced in :54.1 and she was able to clear to the top on the backside. Betterluvnexttime had no time back down the pace. She had company from Continual Velocity and Chris Page. They battled to the three quarters in 1:21.3. The duel continued through the stretch and Sectionline Yankee was licking her chops behind the battling pair. The two outstanding mares battled it out and Betterluvnexttime had the winning stride. She beat a game Continual Velocity by a narrow neck and Sectionline Yankee settled for the show spot. This was Betterluvnexttime's fourth consecutive win and her 37th victory in 86 career starts. Racing continues on Saturday (August 31) post time is 6:30 pm. Scioto Downs will host an autograph session prior to post time, starting at 5:45 pm in the grandstand breezeway. Scioto Downs Racino

Victory Is Coming and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.stole the spotlight with their world and new track record performance of 1:51 at Scioto Downs Friday. The previous world record of 1:51.4 for an aged trotting mare on a 5/8 mile track was set by Beatgoeson Hanover and In Your Room, both in 2013.  The previous track record of 1:52.2 was held by Unefoisdanmavie and Modern Family. The 7-year old mare by Victory Sam out of Norse Comer is trained by Ammon Hershberger for Betty and John Shaw. Victory Is Coming has now earned over $520,000 in her 107 starts and has made 47 trips the winners circle. The mare started from post five in the full field of 10 and went off at odds of 8-5. Wrenn got away an early fifth behind the battle of Its Complicated and Creatine. Clicking the opener quarter in a hot, :26.2. The pace didn't slow much when Lachance grabbed leather with Creatine to drop in third. They clocked the half mile in :54 and it was shortly after that Wrenn pulled the right line and made a quick brush to the front. Victory Is Coming quickly opened up 3-lengths on the field as she hit the three quarters in 1:22.2. Wrenn had the talented mare well in hand as the cruised to a 1-1/4 lengths victory over Southwind Pepino. The other lone mare in the field, Daylon Miracle was a closing third. Freshman fillies dominate in $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes at Scioto Downs on Friday night. Like Old Times and Josh Sutton set a new track record of 1:57.2 for 2-year trotting fillies at Scioto Downs. The previous record of 1:57.2 was held by Rose Run Keepsake. Like Old Times is a daughter of Chip Chip Hooray out of Royal Two. She's trained by Don McKirgan for Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, Ohio. She started from post four in the field of eight and was in good company. The 9-5 morning line favorite, Dark Roast started from post five. Dark Roast and Kurt Sugg left out for command and landed In The Pocket spot, but were out to take command just passed the 1/4 that was trotted in :28.3. Sutton and Like Old Times were parked the entire way and still were charging for command after the half that was trotted in :59. Dark Roast and Like Old Times went toe to toe and stride for stride down the three quarters that was clocked on 1:27.4. Sutton finally asked the filly for more and she responded by opening up on the field by 5-3/4 lengths. Sammy Star and Aaron Merriman came on late for second and Dark roast held on for third. Bettys Sam and trainer, driver Ammon Hershberger upset their division in 1:57.4. Bettys Sam is owned by John "Red" and Betty Shaw of Mt. Vernon, Ohio. She's by Victory Sam out of Norse Comer. She was out to prove that she wanted to be just like her sister, Victory Is Coming and her point was made. The filly started from the rail, but still had hard work ahead of her. The undefeated Sunrise Nibbles had post four in the field of eight. Page sent Sunrise Nibbles to her normal spot and clocked the opening quarter in :29. Ammon had Bettys Sam sitting third and after the :30 second quarter decided it was time to move. She started her first over grind and hit the three quarters in 1:28.2. Sunrise Nibbles and Bettys Sam battled down the stretch, a small neck separated the fillies. Bettys Sam earned the victory and paid $71.40 to win. Chip Girl and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.completed the trifecta. Lisa Jane takes the final division for trotting fillies in a career best, 1:57.2. Lisa Jane started from post five and Ryan Stahl had the lines for trainer, Scott Cox. She's a daughter of Neely Dunn out of Vanilla B and is owned by Parent Racing Stable LLC and G.Peters. Stahl wasted no time to gain control of the fractions. After the opening quarter was trotted in :28.4 by Tt'scaramelcream, Ryan made the move to the front. The trotted to the half in a moderate :59.1 and passed the three quarters in 1:28.2. Lisa Jane was well in hand and won by 3-1/2 lengths over Student Of Life and Dolly Dunn was third. Bell Flower and Chris Page dominate their $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes division in 1:55. Bell Flower never made her connections anxious as the heavy favorite. She started from post six in the field of eight. Page steered the perfect filly to the top and never looked back. She clocked fractions of :28.1,:57.1 and 1:25.4 before drawing clear by 7 lengths. Crosswinds Cupcake and Dan Noble rallied for second and Ut Oh Spakiddio grabbed the show spot. Sectionlinefriskie breaks her maiden with a win in her division of Ohio Sires Stakes in 1:56. Sectionlinefriskie is a daughter of Feelin Friskie out of Aquatic Yankee. She's trained by Steve Bauder for Harold Bauder, Michael Dixon and Harold Lee Bauder. Dan Noble had the assignment from post seven and was overlooked at 22-1. Noble ended up an early seventh in the field of eight. The heavy 1-5 choice, Friskie Lil Devil was the pace setter and cut fractions of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:27. Aaron Merriman and Zoey's Lemon Tart sat the pocket trip and waited to pounce in the stretch. Neither one could hold off the late charge from Sectionlinefriskie. She paced her final quarter in :28.3 Friskie Lil Devil settled for the place spot and Zoey's Lemon Tart was third. From Scioto Downs Racino

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