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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

A quartet of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions are set to be contested Saturday night at Scioto Downs, featuring 32 side-wheeling sophomore fillies that were born and bred in the Buckeye State, vying in the third leg of this series. First race post time at the five-eighths mile oval is 6:30 pm, ET. Each Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) event features a field of eight fillies. She Gone and Johnsbadgirl square off in the first OSS division (Race2). Both of these Ohio-breds each captured an earlier leg of this series. She Gone, who hails from the Brian Brown Stable, won her first leg smartly in 1:55.1 at Miami Valley Raceway on May 6, while Johnsbadgirl won by a nose over Big Bad Ashley in 1:54 in a second leg battle at Scioto Downs on May 30. Trained by Mike Polhamus for owner/breeder Julie Farley of Bradford, OH, Johnsbadgirl is a daughter of Big Bad John-Remembered Promise-Cambest, who has career earnings of $46,730. She Gone, a daughter of Feelin Friskie bred by Midland Acres, is co-owned by her trainer and CL McCown of Ostrander, OH and R M Lombardo of Solon, OH. She's recorded seven wins in 18 starts and $41,775 in career earnings for her connections. The second $40,000 OSS division (Race 3) appears to be the most competitive, with legs one and two victress Clarebear heading up the group. The homebred World Of Rocknroll filly has done nothing less than sweep her OSS contests with ease, pacing to three wins and $46,450 this year in just seven starts. Conditioned and co-owned by AJ Carlo for the C2G Stable of Lebanon, OH, Clarebear's class should prevail, despite being saddled with the seven-hole. Queen Ann M--who won her OSS leg 2 on May 30 at Scioto Downs by a nose over Naked By Nine in 1:53.2, gets the advantage of the rail for trainer Mike Roth and owners Allan Keith of Pataskala, OH and Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, OH. A winner of $51,600 this season and $152,877 lifetime, the Big Bad John lass was bred by Midland Acres' Jay Mossbarger. Naked By Nine, a daughter of Manhardt, has finished second by a neck and a nose in both of her previous OSS tests this season. Trained by Mark Winters, Sr., for Dennis Shaner of Wapakoneta, OH, Naked By Nine is still looking for her elusive first win of 2016, but did turn in an impressive, 1:54.3 qualifying effort at Scioto Downs on June 27. OSS leg 2 winner It's Your Fantasy hails from the rail in the third OSS division (Race 10). The Jim Arledge, Jr., trainee stopped the timer in 1:55.1 in leg 1 on May 6 at Miami Valley and sports two wins in six tries this year, with seasonal earnings of $32,550 for Winchester Baye Acres of Powell, OH. The brown daughter by Big Bad John was bred by Greg & Holly Martin, and has a career bankroll of $66,755. Gorgeous Road is the second highest money earner in this third OSS division, and will start from post seven for driver Kurt Sugg, who owns the daughter of I'm Gorgeous in partnership with trainer Cory Deyermand of Dorset, OH and Patricia Nappi of Jefferson, OH. A winner of $53,401 lifetime, Gorgeous Road was fourth in leg 1 and a cool second in leg 2 of this series. She was bred by Spring Haven Farm and Doug Millard. Trainer Jim Dailey will tighten the girth on My Tweed Heart in the fourth and final OSS division (Race 11) Saturday night. The daughter of Manhardt-Tweedle D-Towner's Big Guy won leg 1 on May 6 at Miami Valley in a hasty 1:54.4, and then returned at the end of that month to just miss by a neck to rival Ohsowigglesspecial. Owned by Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, OH and Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH, My Tweed Heart has career earnings of $186,202. Bred by Stanley Swango III of Florida, the bay filly has four wins in 2016 and has not finished off the board in six tries. Ohsowigglesspecial will be trying to continue her sweep of the series as well. Co-owner Joe Paver will harness the daughter of Mr Wiggles from post five for regular pilot Dan Noble. Pearl Warren and Dennis Paver also co-own the brown filly, who won leg 1 on May 6 at Miami Valley, clocked in 1:54.4 and and in 1:55.1 in leg 2 on May 30 at Scioto Downs. This homebred lass now has 15 wins in 22 career starts and $85,110 in her lifetime bank account. Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Sunday night with 65 freshmen pacing and trotting fillies competing in 14 divisions (leg 1) at Northfield Park. On Monday, the action returns to Scioto Downs, as freshmen trotting and pacing colts wage war in OSS contests. by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Sire Stakes  

A trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for sophomore trotting fillies will be contested Friday night, July 1 at Scioto Downs. A total of 26 Ohio-bred, diagonally-gaited distaffs are set to battle in races 2, 3, and 11 on the 13-race harness racing program, with a first race post time of 6:30 pm, ET. In the first division (race 2) OSS leg one winner Kerfuffle Cookie goes head to head with rival and leg two winner A TC Queenie. The former-a Chris Beaver trainee-is looking for redemption against the latter, having finished second to A TC Queenie in the May 29 OSS contest at Northfield Park. A TC Queenie stopped the timer in 1:58.3 with Danny Noble driving for trainer Ron Steck that night, notching her fourth career start and upping her career earnings to $56,241 for owners Trish Soulsby of Powell, OH and Rick Schaut of Pompano Beach, FL. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar-American Queen-American Winner was bred by Danny Collins. Kerfuffle Cookie is co-owned by Beaver along with Synerco Ventures Inc., of Toronto, Canada and is a winner of four of five starts this season and $42,100 in earnings. Bred by Lmn Bred Stables, Inc., the daughter of Chip Chip Hooray-Minor Skirmish-Conway Hall earned $75,170 as a freshman, with three wins in eight starts last year. She won her 2016 debut on April 29 at Miami Valley Raceway, before capturing leg one of OSS competition in 1:58 at that same oval on May 6. These two fillies will face off against six rivals, including the Marty Wollam-trained Oneeyedmomma, a winner of $69,856 lifetime for owner-breeder Bob Troyer of Middlefield, OH, and Up Front Racing's Hoorah Hoorah, a daughter by Chip Chip Hooray who's amassed $43,773 lifetime. Count On Kami headlines OSS division two (Race 3) against eight rivals for the aforementioned conditioner Marty Wollam. Ohio's trotting maestro co-owns the homebred daughter of Full Count along with David Vannatta of Mount Vernon, OH and Acadia Farms of Canfield, OH. A winner of $195,541 in her career, Count On Kami will be trying for her fourth straight triumph in this OSS test, having plowed through the Northfield Park conditioned ranks as of late, taking a mark of 1:57.2 on June 22 handily. The robust filly and driver Kurt Sugg captured the 2-year-old Championship last season on Super Night at Scioto Downs for these same connections. If she can mind her manners, Shut Up And Dance could give Count On Kami a run for her money in this same race. Hugh Beatty trains and drives the temperamental daughter of Triumphant Caviar, who has earned $53,350 lifetime for Minooka, IL-owner Jim Bafia. In the third (Race 11) OSS division, Consolidator will be looking to continue her sweep of the series, having won the first two legs confidently for trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. and the Green Acquisition Corp., of Canfield, OH. Piloted in all of her starts by Chris Page, Consolidator was bred by the Rose Run Farm and is by Triumphant Caviar, out of the Muscles Yankee mare Muscle Toy. She won $77,616 as a freshman, capturing two of five starts last season. This year the statuesque filly is two for two and shows no signs of slowing down under the watchful eye of her trainer, pushing her career earnings to $117,616. She won OSS leg one on May 6 at Miami Valley in a wire-to-wire effort in 1:57.4, and won the second leg in similar style, stopping the Northfield clock in casual 1:58 with Page at the lines. Kestrel, though saddled with post eight, certainly has the credentials to test Consolidator. This Chris Beaver trainee captured her OSS leg at Northfield on May 29 by nearly nine lengths in 1:57 for driver Aaron Merriman. Bred and co-owned by Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH along with Beaver, this daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Blackrock-Credit Winner has career earnings of $216,650 and seasonal earnings of $25,000. She's a winner of seven of nine starts in her career and was Ohio's 2-Year-Old Filly Champion of 2015. Beaver will also harness Evanora for owner/breeder Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH, as she looks for the first victory of her 3-year-old campaign. A winner of $81,143 lifetime, the daughter of Pilgrims Taj has four wins in 14 career starts, and rarely misses a check. Ohio Sires Stakes continue throughout the Fourth Of July holiday weekend, with 3-year-old filly pacers battling Saturday night (July 2) at Scioto Downs; freshman trotting and pacing fillies dueling Sunday night (July 3) at Northfield Park; and freshman trotting and pacing colts vying on Monday afternoon (July 4) at Scioto Downs. Kimberly Rinker  

On a steamy Saturday (June 11) evening at Scioto Downs, Obrigado fended off the late charge of track record holder and harness racing world champion Natural Herbie to claim the trophy for the $210,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot. The 6-year-old gelding, piloted by regular reinsman Mark MacDonald, was the beneficiary of a perfect pocket trip, which the duo parlayed into a powerful 1:53.3 score. “He is just such a great horse,” said MacDonald. “You can do anything you want with him and all he wants to do is win. For some reason, I’m not sure why, we just get along. Tonight you could not have asked for a better position and then he did all the rest.” Leaving from post six, the gelded son of Boy Band and the Malabar Man mare Malimony, settled into second behind the leader and recent world champion Muscle Up The Goal. Content to allow the hometown favorite and the public’s selection at 4-5 to set the pace, Obrigado simply followed that rival around the Columbus oval behind fractions of :27.1, 57.3 and 1:25.3 before he was pulled out of the pocket at the top of the stretch to commence his drive to the wire with a :27.4 final panel. Obrigado glided by Muscle Up The Goal and completed his victorious journey to the wire seemingly well in hand. Natural Herbie placed pressure on the property of conditioner Paul Kelley, SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins, and Stable 45, however, his first over bid rendered him unable to match strides with the victor. Flanagan Memory, the 2013 O’Brien Award winner, closed from eighth to nab the show spot. Sent off at odds of 3-1, Obrigado paid his supporters $8.20. Natural Herbie, dismissed at 22-1, provided $14.40 to place and Flanagan Memory at 9-1 offered $7.40 to show. The exacta was $68 and the trifecta a generous $475.80. “I could not have asked for a trip around this track that was any better,” MacDonald said. “It was like a dream and honestly, I was shocked it worked out that well for us. I knew Natural Herbie was coming down on us and I respect him because he is such a nice horse, but my horse had the advantage off how this race set up. This was a very strong group of horses and it is a great win for us.” A Maine champion as a freshman and sophomore, Obrigado is the pride of Kelley’s stable and rightfully so, as the horse has now banked enough from his career record of 67-37-14-6, including this evening’s purse, to be roughly $4,000 shy of millionaire status. Purchased by Kelley, who was drawn to what an exemplary physical specimen he is, for $53,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Mixed Sale, Obrigado has been a winning machine before and after leaving the confines of his home state. Although Kelley shied away from top competition at age four, he placed the horse with the elite of his division last year as a 5-year-old and he has excelled. In 2015 he earned $405,535 with a record of 4-6-3 from 18 trips to the gate and knocked heads with all the best trotters currently competing in the sport. This year Obrigado has trotted five miles with three victories, one second and one third. Despite it being only June, the gelding has already collected just under $250,000 in purse money. The win in this Grand Circuit event is the second consecutive triumph for Obrigado in 2016 and comes immediately subsequent to his huge victory in the $200,000 Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah’s Philadelphia on May 29. “I think he is even better than last year,” MacDonald said. “It is like he is in a zone and in peak form. It was not like he was bad by any means last year. He is a very smart horse that does nothing wrong and I think this season is going to be very fun with him and might be his best yet. “Paul (Kelley) wanted me to drive him as a 4-year-old, but circumstances did not work out to enable me to. Paul protected him and kept him up at Saratoga that year so he did not have to face many of the best trotters. I think that strategy is working out now, as he is so sharp and I know I can count on him for many more appearances in big races this season. Paul has really done a tremendous job with this horse and the horse himself just has all the tools. There is no denying he is right there with the best racing right now and he continues to make me very happy.” by Kimberly French, USTA Internet News Editor

Four $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for harness racing sophomore pacing colts were contested on Saturday night, June 11 at Scioto Downs.   Whataboy captured the first OSS division, leading at every pole for driver Chris Page. The gelded son of Big Bad John romped to a new career clocking of 1:52.1 to score his second victory of the season in eight tries. Trained by Brian Brown, Whataboy floated unchallenged through fractions of :27.1, :54.4 and 1:224. In the lane, he was headed briefly by the pocket-sitting Docdor Friskie (Peter Wrenn), who went off stride trying to pass his rival. That left clear sailing for Whataboy, who was in front at the wire by 4¾ lengths.   "The horse was good tonight and we got a little break in the stretch," Page remarked. "This horse has matured a lot mentally this year but physically, he's still about the same size."   Bred by Dm Stables LLC, Whataboy now has $37,450 in seasonal earnings and $80,240 in his career coffers for owners Carl Howard, Gerrie Tucker and RBH Ventures, Inc.   Docdor Friskie survived a stewards inquiry to hold on to his second place finish, with Whiskey Frisky (Greg Grismore) nailing down third place honors.   Aaron Merriman gave Canadia's Bakin a clever steer to win the second OSS division in 1:52, a new career clocking for the son of Big Bad John.   Trained by Steve Carter for C Grubbs, R Reid, S Hummel & J Beard, Canadia's Bakin grabbed the lead and never looked back, flying through panels of :27, :55.4 and 1:24.1, before storming home with a :27.4 final quarter brush to prevail by a length over World Of Gaming (Dan Noble and Haydenssmoothmoove (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.).   "This colt is very handy out of the gate and I was able to make the front tonight really easily," said Merriman.   Canadia's Bakin now has $49,848 in seasonal earnings from four wins in eight starts and 17 triumphs in 27 career starts with $89,129 in his coffers. Bred by LMN Bred Stables, Canadia's Bakin won leg one of this series on May 7 at Miami Valley Raceway, timed in 1:54.2.   The sturdy-gaited Mr Wiggle Pants kept his winning streak intact in the third OSS division--making his triumph his fifth straight for his connections.   The son of Mr Wiggles prevailed by a length in 1:51.4, a career best, for driver Kayne Kauffman, finishing a length ahead of the hard-trying Winwood Mac (Darrell Wright). Trained and co-owned by Jim Mulinex and D. Miller, Bill Rufenacht and the Dm Stables, Mr Wiggle Pants took the lead and paced evenly through fractions of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:23.4.   "This colt is very game and is only getting stronger," Kaufmann noted. "Jim (trainer Mulinix) has done a super job with this colt."   Bred by Spring Haven Farm, Mr Wiggle Pants pushed his seasonal earnings to $57,500 and his career bankroll now stands at $148,493. He now has eight wins in 15 lifetime starts and won the first leg of this series at Miami Valley on May 7 in 1:53.4.   The fourth and final OSS division saw Smoke Up Johnny (Greg Grismore) sweep under the wire first for trainer Doug Hinklin and the Parent Racing Stable in 1:52.2. The son of Big Bad John recorded just his second victory of the season and his fifth win lifetime, pushing his career earnings to $101,327.   Smoke Up Johnny and Hustling Charley (Kyle Ater) got into an aggressive stretch duel down the lane, with the former prevailing by a head over the latter.   "My colt (Smoke Up Johnny) was pretty strong but when he saw that other horse (Hustling Charley) coming at him, he really dug in and started fighting him off," Grismore stressed.   Smoke Up Johnny upped his seasonal earnings to $28,975 and now has five wins in 14 career starts. He was bred by Conquest Acres of Indiana.   By Kimberly Rinker  

Harness Racing Trainer Chris Beaver was 23 when he bought the horse that changed his life. Her name was Raging Samantha and Beaver and his mother, Johanna, purchased the future stakes-winning trotter at a yearling auction in 1995 for $9,500. A graduate of Stetson University, Beaver had been thinking about heading to veterinary school, but he became fully immersed in racing thanks to Raging Samantha and her exploits. There have been numerous other successes since then and the Ohio native hopes to add to the list when he sends multiple-stakes-winner Il Sogno Dream and upstart Muscle Up The Goal into Saturday's $210,000 Charlie Hill Memorial for older trotters at Scioto Downs. Beaver had high hopes for Muscle Up The Goal when the trotter was a 2-year-old, but a tendon injury limited the horse to only three starts. Now at age 4, the stallion is putting together the kind of performances that Beaver envisioned all along. Maybe even better. Muscle Up The Goal has won all three of his races this season and heads to the Hill off a track-record 1:52 performance at The Meadows on June 1. He also trotted the fastest mile ever for a 4-year-old male trotter on a half-mile oval, winning in 1:52.3 on May 21 at Northfield Park. Aaron Merriman will drive Muscle Up The Goal on Saturday in the Hill Memorial. Muscle Up The Goal is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the 10-horse field. The Hill Memorial field also includes Maxie Lee winner Obrigado, 2015 John Cashman Memorial winner Flanagan Memory, and 2014 International Trot Preview champ Natural Herbie. The remainder of the group is Southwind Pepino, Homicide Hunter, Gural Hanover, DW's NY Yank, and Opening Night. Beaver, who posted million-dollar seasons in 2015 and 2014, recently took time to talk to Ken Weingartner of the USTA's Harness Racing Communications division about the Hill Memorial and his life in racing. KW: First of all, tell me about Muscle Up The Goal. CB: I think he was getting good toward the end of last year. We put him on Lasix and he was getting sounder. We sent him down to Florida and he grew up and looked real good when he came back. He's just been awesome since he started back. He's just come into real good form. KW: I saw he won a couple Ontario Sire Stakes races at 2 and then was out for the rest of the year. What happened? CB: I picked him out when he was a yearling (a son of Muscle Mass out of the mare Tags Goal, the horse sold for $30,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale) and I trained him down as a 2-year-old. He was a spectacular 2-year-old. He only raced three times, though, because he bowed a tendon. That cost him the rest of that year. He was hit or miss most of last year, but he's gotten good now. He's really fast. KW: Has he surprised you this year? CB: I'm a little surprised at what he's done this year, but I'd be surprised by any horse that's been able to do the kinds of things he's done so far. They tried to out-leave him at Northfield and he cleared them before he was out of the turn, from the (seven) hole. He's had the outside every time he's raced and he's just gone to the front like it's no problem at all. And at the end of the mile he's gone a pretty good quarter too. It looks like he should have a good year. KW: You supplemented him (for $10,000) to the Hill, is he staked to other races? CB: He's pretty well staked. He was eligible to the Hill Memorial but the owner (Synerco Ventures) was afraid he wouldn't get in on earnings, because it was all based on career earnings, so he made the supplement to assure he got in. KW: I guess you were happy with Il Sogno Dream's first start this year (a second-place finish in the Maxie Lee Memorial)? CB: Yeah he raced great. It looked like a lot of the horses were struggling on the racetrack, but I couldn't ask of more from him in his first start out. We had to qualify him three times because he couldn't get in to race anywhere out here. I sent him to Florida as well for the winter and he looks great. He's the same horse as when he left, and he was really in great form when he left last year. KW: How would you assess last year? CB: I was real happy. The last few years have been great for me. Things going well in Ohio (with slots) have made a lot of difference. The sire stakes have been great for me here. Being able to stay home, I do better from home. I spent a lot of years racing up in Canada and staying up there and it's just hard to do your best when you're not at home. I've been able to set up things the way I like here. KW: Do you still have a stable up in Canada? CB: No. I kind of winded down with it last year. I had some stakes horses up there last year. I had a few sent down here to get to the races, but I send them all up to Rob Fellows now. KW: Your family has been involved for such a long time, how big an influence was that for you growing up and how much of an influence is it still now to this day? CB: I was kind of pushed to try some other things because it's a hard business. I went to college and I was pre-vet and I was starting to get into applying to vet schools. That's when I got a real good horse (Raging Samantha) and after that I just stayed in (racing). KW: Once you got that bug it was too late. CB: It kind of jumped off into more horses and more horses. At that point, I just stayed with it. I think I was only half-hearted trying to find a way out of it. (Laughs.) So I found a reason to stay in the business. KW: How have you seen yourself change as a trainer and what are some of the most important things you've learned along the way? CB: I think the key for me was learning to pick out better horses and learning how to train better. The most important thing that I do is training young horses down, and I've gotten better at training young horses down without problems. We have a really high rate of 2-year-olds that get to the races and do well. I think that's what keeps me going and keeps my owners going. If they're not good, we move them along. We don't wait around. I do whatever I can to make more horses profitable for the owners and myself, because I own big parts of a lot of them. KW: What was your first big moment that really stands out in your mind? CB: I had it very early with Raging Samantha. She was a phenomenal 4-year-old. We sold her for a lot of money overseas. I've had a lot of ups and downs over the years, but I really felt that a great achievement was Triumphant Caviar. The way his horses have been doing in Ohio is very special to me because I had him all along. I've had so many of his colts in there and they've been doing really well. KW: With all the family involvement, who has been the biggest influence on you? CB: My dad (Charlie). I learned most of what I know from my dad. I still work with him and I still talk with him about things. KW: What's the most valuable thing you learned from him? CB: He was always willing to try just about anything as far as shoeing and rigging; he showed me there are a lot of different ways to fix a problem. And I'll also say my parents showed me how to work hard. They were harder workers than me; they were up earlier, they stayed later in the day. Everyone says I work hard, but they put me to shame. KW: What would you still like to most accomplish? CB: I haven't had a great horse. I've had very good horses, but I'd like to have one that could win the Hambletonian or Horse of the Year. I haven't had that kind of horse yet. That's what I've been looking for. KW: I know it's still early, but do you have any 2-year-olds you really like now? CB: I have a Triumphant Caviar that I'm really high on right now. He just qualified in 2:01, home in 28.2 (Wednesday). And I was being very careful with him. I didn't want to over-do it. They put him in with 3-year-olds, so I just kind of sat back and followed along and let him come on in the stretch a bit. His name is Fraser Ridge. He's my favorite 2-year-old right now. I have one Explosive Matter colt that might be just as good, but I haven't tested him yet. But he seems to have a lot of ability too. But with 26 horses, I'll probably be wrong and there will be another that's better than those two. KW: As long as there's something better, you can live with being wrong. CB: (Laughs.) That's right. Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications/USTA

Thirty-six Ohio-bred sophomore pacing colts will line up behind the Scioto Downs starting gate on Saturday night, June 11 to vie in four $40,000 divisions of the second leg of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) competition. Post time is 6 pm, ET, for the 15-race harness racing program. First leg winner Mr Wiggle Pants will be harnessed by trainer and co-owner Jim Mulinix from post two in the competitive third OSS division (Race 5). Slated to be driven by Kayne Kauffman for co-owners D. Miller, Archibold, OH, Bill Rufenacht, Archibold, OH and Dm Stables of Naples, FL, the son of Mr Wiggles will be trying for his fifth victory in a row. Since qualifying on April 29, Mr Wiggle Pants has graced the winner's circle four straight times, including an OSS victory in the first leg of the series on May 7 at Miami Valley Raceway, when he paced to a 1:53.4 clocking. He returned seven days later to post a career-tying 1:53.2 en route to victory in a Scioto Downs overnight and won again, this time in 1:54.3, at Scioto on May 21. Bred by Spring Haven Farm, the bay colt has $37,500 in seasonal earnings and $128,493 in career earnings. Interestingly enough, Kauffman was also in the sulky behind Gotmoneyinmypocket, who captured his OSS first leg division on May 7. The gelded son of Feelin Friskie is conditioned by Jim Dailey and owned by breeders Jerry Zosel of Columbus, OH and Kathy Ratcliff of Orient, OH. He won his last start, a Hoosier Park overnight on June 4 in 1:51.3, pushing his career earnings to $120,348. Trainer Danny Collins will harness OSS first leg winner Hustling Charley in the fourth division (Race 11) for himself and co-lessee Ryan Holton of Etna, Ohio. After winning just one start as a freshman, the son of Charley Barley already has three victories to his credit this season in four starts, including his OSS score at Miami Valley on May 7 in 1:53F with Kyle Ater at the controls. Bred by Lisa Ezzo, the bay colt has $32,400 in his 2016 coffers and earnings of $51,013 lifetime. Stephen Sexton's Friskie Cruiser-who finished second in his OSS test on May 7-has drawn post nine in this same division. The son of Feelin Friskie is conditioned by Brian Brown and is winless this year in five tries, but did have a substantial freshman campaign-winning four of 12 starts and earning $140,621 for owner/breeder Sexton, who hails from Xenia, Ohio. Canadia's Bakin was an OSS first leg winner on May 7 at Miami Valley for trainer Steve Carter and a quartert of owners that includes C Grubbs of Louisville, KY; R Reid, S Hummell and J Beard-all of Mansfield, Ohio. The son of Big Bad John-who heads up the second OSS division (Race 3) -was bred by the LMN Bred Stables Inc., and stopped the timer in 1:54.2 in his OSS test on May 7. He has since also prevailed in a Scioto overnight on May 21 in 1:53.4 as the public's choice. The bay gelding has $69,129 in his career bankroll, with 16 wins from 26 lifetime trips postward, and looks well-placed from post five. Danny Noble conditions the 3-year-old $78,054-winning World Of Rocknroll gelding, World Of Gaming for owner Stephen Sexton. Bred by Mel Hagemeyer, World Of Gaming had a lone win earlier this season at Miami Valley in 1:55.3 and was a hard-trying second in his OSS test on May 7. Uber-consistent, World Of Gaming leaves from post six with his trainer at the lines. The first OSS division (Race 1) for sophomore side-wheelers is the most wide-open of the four events. All nine pacers will be trying for their first victory in OSS competition this season. Docdor Friskie has drawn the coveted rail position for trainer Melanie Wrenn and driver Peter Wrenn. This Feelin Friskie ridgling was second in his OSS first leg and is still looking for an elusive first victory of 2016. Bred by Midland Acres, Docdor Friskie has $46,948 in career earnings. Brian Brown will tighten the girth on Whataboy, a winner of $80,204 in his career. The son of Big Bad John, who was bred by the Dm Stables, has two wins in 16 lifetime starts and was fourth in his OSS leg one test on May 7 at Miami Valley. Owned by Carl Howard of Powell, Ohio; Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, QC and RBH Ventures, Inc. of New York, NY, Whataboy owns a career mark of 1:54, and hails from the Brown Stable for the first time, having previously been conditioned by Virgil Morgan, Jr. Nothing Fancy, a black gelding by Metropolitan, is conditioned and co-owned by Walter Haynes, Jr for partners Brian Carsey of Connersville, IN and John McGill of Albion, IN. This youngster has five career victories to his credit in 14 tries, and $85,540 in his lifetime bankroll. Bred by Reeves Barnhouse of Pennsylvania, Nothing Fancy won a Scioto overnight on May 21 in 1:55.3, but took a qualifying mark of 1:53.1 at Hoosier Park earlier in the season. By Kimberly Rinker  

His participation in the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series has been diminished in recent years but when Bob "the Lumberman" Troyer jumps up behind a trotter he produces great results. Take, for instance, last night's Billings trot at Scioto Downs in the mid-west region harness racing action. Troyer once again guided Heza Rube to a come-from-behind victory this time in a 1:57.4 clocking. For the lumber broker it was his third winning drive in four seasonal starts and over the last three years Troyer has eight victories in just 14 trips to post. "I got away slowly and was sixth at the quarter and still sixth at the half. And when (Steve) Oldford moved Celtic Merchant out to challenge the leader up the backside I did the same and followed him and as we headed for home I wasn't sure my horse could beat the old guy," Troyer said referring to 13-year-old Celtic Merchant. It was close at the finish but (Heza) Rube got up in time to win it." Not disappointed, Oldford took the defeat in stride. "After Celtic made the front I heard a horse coming fast on the outside and I didn't need to look, I knew it was Troyer," Oldford said. "In the lane my old guy couldn't hold off Heza Rube but if he'd been four years younger the results would have been different." The swift early fractions set by Nordic Venture and driver Gary "Soups" Campbell set the stage for the closers in the race. And charge they did but at the finish Heza Rube was a neck better than Celtic Merchant. However, five other trotters in the rears raced side-by-side through the lane and it took photos to separate them at the wire. When the judges deciphered the pictures third place went to Speed Hanover, driven by "Lawbook Larry" Farley. Heza Rube, a 6-year-old Master Lavec gelding is owned by Debra Kvernmo and trained by Marty Wollam. Sent off as the odds-on favorite the winner paid $3.80 for win. Coincidently, the first three drivers under the wire ( Troyer, Oldford and Farley) had come down from Delaware (Ohio) where they were luncheon speakers at at the USTA Driving School. And with them came over 30 of their students and according to Oldford, some wagered on them in the trifecta and those who did were rewarded with an $81.40 payoff. Next Billings action is slated for Saturday, June 11th at Tioga Downs. by John Manzi for the Billings Series  

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