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War Cry Hall and harness racing driver Josh Sutton prevail in the $20,000 Open II Trot in his record time,1:54. War Cry Hall is a 5-year old gelded son of Cash Hall out of Winners Only. He's conditioned by Scioto Downs leading trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr.for RBH Ventures Inc of New York. War Cry Hall was assigned post six in the field eight and selected as the morning line favorite. Sutton was in no rush as the gates folded, getting away an early fifth. A pair of outside starters, Final Breath and Fusion Man left hard for command. Trotting the opening quarter in :27.3. Final Breath and Hugh "Sandy" Beatty cleared Run And Tell Pap just passed the quarter and parked Fusion Man, driven by Mike Micallef. Fusion Man pressed Final Breath to half mile point in :56.3, giving Run And Tell Pap and Chris Page a perfect pocket trip. Sutton and War Cry Hall followed the cover of Ajuama and Jeremy Smith to the three quarters clocked in 1:24.3. Sutton found room to duck back to the rail at the top of the stretch when Page pulled Run and Tell Pap for the stretch drive. War Cry Hall trotted a final quarter in :28.4 to catch Final Breath by a neck and Run And Tell Pap was third. Betterluvnexttime and Josh Sutton go wire to wire in the $25,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace in 1:52. Betterluvnexttime is a 6-year old mare by American Ideal out of Darriwillian Girl. She's trained by Virgil Morgan Jr.for Daniel Mitchell of Michigan. This was Betterluvnexttime's seventh win in just 15 starts in 2014. Sutton had the lines from assigned post eight in the field of eight and was the morning line favorite. Josh was on a mission when the starter said go, leaving hard for the top. Betterluvnexttime cleared Sectionline Yankee and Chris Page just passed the quarter that was paced in a sizzling :26.1. She earned a second quarter breather after getting to the half in :55.2. Page and Sectionline Yankee enjoyed their pocket ride when Up Front Kellie Jo and Kyle Bolon made their first over bid. They pushed the speed down to the three quarters in 1:23.3. Betterluvnexttime held off the late bid from Eve Marie Seelster and Kyle Ater who came up 3/4-length shy and Sectionline Yankee held third. From Scioto Downs Racino

On Thursday (August 14) 10 local charities participated in the 2nd Annual OHHA and Scioto Downs Harness Racing Charity Night at the races.   Scioto Downs and The OHHA invited 10 local charities to participate in a charity race where the charities would draw for horses in the 7th race on the program.   The 10 charities included the ALS Association, The Alzheimers Association, The American Cancer Society, The American Red Cross, The Arthritis Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Central Ohio Parkinson Society, The Ronald McDonald House, The 4-H Youth Development Organization and Children's Hunger Alliance.   Each charity had the opportunity to earn the purse distribution on the selected race. The winner would receive $5,000, second would receive $2,500, third would receive $1,200, fourth would receive $800.00, fifth place would receive $500.00 and the remaining sixth through tenth finishers receive $500.00.   Scioto Downs had a faux draw to assign the charities post positions and horses that would race for their charity. The post positions were as follows:   1. Darth Quaider- Central Ohio Parkinson Society   2. Pow Chicka Pow Pow- The Ronald McDonald House   3. Cyclops- The American Cancer Society   4. CC Big Boy Sam- The Arthritis Foundation   5. Milliron Pete- American Red Cross   6. Phantom Flasher- Big Brothers/Big Sisters   7. He's Got It- Children's Hunger Alliance   8. Giddy Up Binks- Alzheimers Association   9. Forever Kissed- 4-H Youth Development Organization   10. Raz Ma Taz- ALS Association   Forever Kissed and Kayne Kauffman crossed the wire first in a career best, 1:54 to earn $5,000 for the 4-H Youth Development Organization. CC Big Boy Sam was second, Cyclops and Greg Grismore rallied for third, Giddy Up Binks was fourth and He's Got It came on late for fifth.   All charities received a $500.00 bonus donation on behalf of Scioto Downs, giving each charity at least, a total donation of $1,000.00.   Racing resumes Friday (August 15) post time is 6:30 p.m. From Scioto Downs Racino  

Sectionline Yankee steals the harness racing spotlight from freshman Ohio Breeders Stakes at Scioto Downs. Sectionline Yankee and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.equal the track record of 1:50.4 for aged pacing mares in a $15,000 conditioned event. Sectionline Yankee is a 5-year old mare by Yankee Cruiser out of Aquatic Yankee and now shares the track record with Betterluvnexttime and Camille. She's trained by Steve Bauder for Harold L Bauder, Michael Dixon and Harold Lee Bauder.The mare started from post 10 in the full field of 10 and got away an early fifth. Wrenn didn't sit for very long. They were out and pressing on before the half that was paced in :54.2. The pair eventually cleared in the stretch and paced 3 1/2 lengths clear from the rest of the field. My Hare Lady and Kyle Ater followed her first over bid to secure second and Ride A Cowboy had a late kick to grab third. The 2-year old pacing filly, Bell Flower draws off in her division of Ohio Breeders Stakes in 1:56. The perfect filly extended her winning streak to four after wiring her field of eight for the $26,200 bounty. The filly is by Fly Fly Buckeye out of Our Lady Countess. She's conditioned by Jim Arledge Jr for Bruce and Patricia Soulsby. Bell Flower was driven by leading driver, Chris Page and started from post three in the field of eight. Page wasted no time driving to front and after an easy second quarter of :30.4 the pair was home free. Bell Flower cruised to a 5 1/4 length victory. Friskie Devil and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.rallied for place and Zoey's Lemon Tart completed the trifecta. Dark Roast extended her winning streak to two in a career best effort of 1:59.1. The 2-year old filly by Full Count out of Edens Mardi Gras is trained by Ohio native,Marty Wollam for Acadia Farms Inc and G&B Racing. Kurt Sugg had the driving assignment from post one in the field of seven and was unhurried in the early going. The pair got away an early third and were content to sit to just passed the half that was trotted in :59.4. Sugg pulled the right line and the filly responded. Driving 5 3/4 clear of her foes to claim her share of the $16,600 prize. Soaring Flight for Dan Noble was second and Countthechip was third. Sunrise Nibbles remains untouched in her $16,600 division of Ohio Breeders Stakes in a career best,1:58.1. Sunrise Nibbles is a daughter of Iron Duke by Sweethomeourbama. She's trained by Chris Beaver for her connections. Regular driver, Chris Page had the lines starting from post five in the scratched down field of six. Page left hard for command before relinquishing the top spot to Bet On Chip and Kyle Ater. Bet On Chip tripped the half timer in :58.3 and Page couldn't wait any longer. He gave the filly her command before they hit the three quarters and it was all over but the picture. Page and Sunrise Nibbles drew clear by 7 1/2 lengths over Like Old Times and Student Of Life was third. Neely's Messenger and Marty Wollam steal the $26,800 Ohio Breeders Stakes for 2-year old trotting colts in 1:59. Neely's Messenger is a son of Neely Dunn out of Fun Message. He's trained by Marty Wollam for Dale and Julie Sweet. He started from post two in the scratched down field of eight. Wollam used the inside post to his advantage and never looked back. After catching a :31 second quarter breather it was their race to win or lose. They defeated their company by 2 1/4 lengths after trotting a final quarter in :28.2. I Know My Chip and Jason Brewer were second best and Chips Starr and Kayne Kauffman were a late closing third. Nobles Finesse and Dan Noble capped the night off with an easy 1:57 victory in his $26,400 division. Nobles Finesse is a 2-year son of Feelin Friske out of Lady Lonesome. He's recently moved in to the Kurt Sugg Stable for the connections of Dean Davis, Joyce McClelland, Deborah Noble and Dan Noble. Nobles Finesse started from post four in the field of six and Noble wasted no time getting the colt to the front. He paced the opening quarter in :28.4, but caught a :30.2 second quarter breather. Noble felt some first over pressure as they headed to the three quarters from Nashville Bound and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Nobles Finesse turned the challenge away and won by 1 1/2 lengths over Ollie Pop and RC Friskie and Randy Tharps were a closing third. Ohio Breeders Stakes action continues on Saturday (August 9) post time is 6:30 p.m. Scioto Downs Racino

Ohio Breeders Stakes for harness racing Freshmen and Sophomores kicks off at Scioto Downs.   The Ohio Breeders Stakes for colts and fillies on their respective gates will go post ward on Friday and Saturday night.   The trotting and pacing two-year olds will have their chance at the cash on Friday. Starting in race one on the 12-race card the two-year filly pacers will go for a purse of $26,200.   Bell Flower and Chris Page are slated as the 3-5 morning line favorite for trainer, Jim Arledge Jr. She's an impressive three for three and will look to continue her perfect record. She will start from post three in the eight horse field.   Race two and three are the split divisions of the two-year filly trotters. The fields of seven will race for a purse of $16,600.   Dark Roast for trainer Marty Wollam is one of the morning line favorites in race two. Rightfully so, she's coming off a notable Ohio State Fair Stakes win in 2:01.3. Standing in the filly's way will be her own stable mate, Influential Girl and Chip Girl from the Krista Harmon barn.   The flawless Sunrise Nibbles for trainer, Chris Beaver will try to extend her winning streak to four when she starts from post five in race three with driver, Chris Page.   The two-year old colt trotters are slated for race five and the full field of nine will battle it out for a share of the $26,800 purse.   Neely's Messenger for trainer and driver, Marty Wollam will start from post two as the 2-1 favorite. He dominated a similar group last week in the Ohio State Fair Stakes at Scioto Downs in a new lifetime best performance of 1:58.3 by a margin of 7 and ¾ lengths.   Race 11 is the final Ohio Breeders Stakes for 2-year colt pacers. A field of six will race for a bounty of $26,400.   The impressive Nobles Finesse for new trainer, Kurt Sugg will hope to appease his new connections win a victory, but Chief Talkalot from the Brian Brown Stable looks to stand in his way from post six. The sophomores will get in to action on Saturday (August 9).   The action will start in race two on the 14-race card with the three-colt trotters. A field of eight will race for a purse of $21,200.   Rompaway Galaxy will look to romp again for trainer Krista Harmon and regular driver, Mike Micallef. They will start from post three and are the 4-5 morning line favorite.   The filly pacers will compete for the $22,200 prize in race three. The competitive field of six leaves the race wide open and gives the chance for any one of these ladies to steal the spotlight.   A full field of nine three-year colt pacers will make up race five on the program for a purse of $23,100. It will be a showdown between the undefeated, Friskie Adam from the Dan Ater stable and Big Bossman trained by Doug Hinklin.   Big Bossman will start from post two for driver, Greg Grismore and Friskie Adam drew post five with Kyle Ater at the lines.   The Ohio Breeders Stakes concludes in race 10 with the trotting fillies. The field of nine will chase after the $22,700 prize.   The 8-5 favorite, Sandys Victory and Josh Sutton will look to continue their winning streak, starting from post four for trainer, Larry Tinch. In The Grippers is looking to rebound for her connections and she will start from post eight for trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr.and driver Chris Page.   Post time is 6:30p.m on Friday (August 8) and Saturday (August 9).<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office".   Scioto Downs Racino

Scioto Downs hosted the last of the Ohio State Fair races on Saturday night and the series went out with style with divisions for three-year-old fillies and colts. Sandys Victory and Josh Sutton conquered the three-year old filly trot in 1:56.2. Sandys Victory is a daughter of Victory Sam out of Amessageforsandy. She's trained by Larry Tinch who partially owns with John Reames. She started from post six in the lone division of 11 for a purse of $87,000. Sutton let the filly trot out of there to ensure a good spot and that's exactly what they got. The pair landed in the two hole behind In The Grippers and Chris Page. The perfect pocket trip paid dividends for her connections when Sutton pulled on the right line at the top of the stretch. She trotted to a comfortable victory and held off the late charge from Anniesbluejeanbaby with Greg Grismore and In The Grippers was third.  Shakin Friskie set a new lifetime best of 1:54.2 at odds of 16-1. Shakin Friskie is the pacing daughter of Feelin Friskie and Shakeurcancancress. She's conditioned by Mark Winters and driven to victory by Dan Noble. Shakin Friskie pushed the gate away from her six hole spot and ended being parked and pressing on for a seat. Noble cleared just pass the quarter that was paced in :27.2. The pair sat patiently behind the battling duo of Paydaze On The Way and Crown Time Keeper.The wait paid off when Shakin Friskie got up by a head over Lady Julie and Hannah Forever rallied for the show spot. Rompaway Galaxy dominates in the three-year colt trot in 1:56. Rompaway Galaxy is a gelded son of Rompaway Wally out Rompaway Wynona. He's trained by Krista Harmon for his owner and breeder, Rompaway Farms. The gelding started from post eight in the $90,000 Govenor's Cup for three colt trotters.Getting away an early seventh, driver Mike Micallef had his work cut out for him. The pair was underway before the half and three wide by three quarters. He cruised to a 2 1/2 length win over Count Full Mac and Master Mighty completed the trifecta. Friskie Adam and Big Bossman continued their winning ways in their separate divisions.Friskie Adam didn't disappoint his backers as the heavy favorite.Kyle Ater pushed the colt to the front and never looked over his shoulder. They cruised to a 3 length win over Diamondkeeper and Lawyer Up with Ronnie Wrenn Jr were flying on the outside for third. Big Bossman and Greg Grismore conquered their field in 1:53.2. Grismore let the colt pace as the wings folded and quickly opened up a 3 lengths on the field. It was just a preview of the victorious outcome. Big Bossman scored by a 2 1/2 length margin over Feelin Speedy and Upfront Clays Boy was third. Racing resumes on Tuesday (August 5) post time is 6:30. This will be the last Tuesday of racing for the 2014 season. From Scioto Downs Racino

The Ohio State Fair Stakes for two-year old colts and fillies were showcased at Scioto Downs Friday night with an impressive nine divisions of competition racing for purses from $34,000 to $50,000 depending on their class.  The flawless filly, Sunrise Nibbles remained perfect after taking her division in a new lifetime best,1:59.4. The Iron Duke filly is trained by Chris Beaver who partially owns with Synerco Ventures, Steven Zeehandelar and Dave Lang. Sunrise Nibbles started from post one in the field of seven and leading Scioto Downs driver, Chris Page was in her sulky. The pair fired out for command and never looked back. She won by a margin of 1 3/4 lengths. Sammy Star was second best and Student Of Life was a late charging third. The two-year old colt trotters,Neely's Messenger and Kick A Lot dominated in their respective divisions. Kick A Lot is a gelded son of Deep Chip out of Mac's dream. Regular driver,Kurt Sugg had the lines for trainer, Jeff Cox for breeder and owner Pius Soehnlen. The pair wired the field in a new career best of 1:59.2 by 6 1/2 lengths. Chips Starr and Kayne Kauffman were second and Really Deep Chip for Greg Grismore were third. Neely's Messenger for trainer and driver, Marty Wollam cruised to a 7 3/4 victory in 1:58.3. He's a son of Neely Dunn out of Fun Message for owners Dale and Julie Sweet. Super Sheff Frosty grabbed the place money and Ohio Chipster completed the trifecta. The two-year pacing filly, Bell Flower continued her winning ways. Taking her division of Ohio State Fair Stakes in 1:55.2. She's a daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye out of Our Lady Countess. She recently has moved into the Jim Arledge Jr Stable for new owners, Bruce and Patricia Soulsby. The dominating filly started from post six in the field of eight for driver, Chris Page. They pushed the gate away and Page was determined to set the fractions with the 1-2 favorite. There was never an anxious moment. The filly cruised to a 1 1/2 length victory over a game Friskie Lil Devil and Ronnie Wrenn Jr and Zoey's Lemon Tart and Aaron Merriman were third. Gray Camo sets a new lifetime best of 1:54.4 in his division of State Fair Stakes. The perfect son of Pine Valley out of Cg's Gem is trained by Ron Burke and was driven by Chris Page. Page worked out a perfect pocket trip and was able to get up in time by a mere neck over Nobles Finesse and Ollie Pop rallied for the show spot. The three-year olds take center stage on Saturday (August 2) first race post time is 6:30 p.m. From Scioto Downs Racino

Ohio State Fair races for two and three-year olds in their respective divisions will be contested on Friday (August 1) and Saturday (August 2). First race post time is 6:30 p.m.   Friday's 13-race card will shine the spotlight on the Ohio bred two-year olds for each gait and sex. The skilled freshman will race for abundant purses in nine races on the program.   Highlighting their divisions will be undefeated two-year colt pacer, Gray Camo trained by Ron Burke, two-year filly trotter, Sunrise Nibbles for Christopher Beaver and two-year old filly pacer, Bell Flower for her new conditioner, Jim Arledge Jr.   Saturday's 14-race program will feature the talented three-year old filly and colt, trotters and pacers. The three-year olds make up six races on the card, including the one division of 11, three-year old colt trotters. The trotting superstar, Rompaway Galaxy will start from post eight with driver Mike Micallef and is the 6-5 morning line favorite. The full field will be chasing after a $90,000 purse.   The three-year filly trotters also had only one division for all the chips. They will race for a bounty of $87,000 and be a full field of 11.   Sandys Victory and Josh Sutton are the tepid 3-1 morning line favorite and will start from post six. This filly is coming off an impressive Sire Stakes victory in 1:57.2 for trainer and partial owner, Larry Tinch.   Along with the exciting racing action on Friday and Saturday, Scioto Downs will also have a Driver Autograph session on Friday. Drivers will be in the grandstands starting at 5:45 p.m. until 6:20 p.m.   Then on Saturday night, Scioto Downs will be giving away free cups with the purchase of your living racing program and have carnival games for the kids set-up on the grandstand apron. The proceeds will benefit The Mid-Ohio Food Bank.   From Scioto Downs Racino      

Royal Outlook was a mild upset winner Saturday at Scioto Downs in the $25,000 Open Pace in 1:52.1.   Driven by Jim Pantaleano for trainer Terry Deters, Royal Outlook started from post two in the field of seven at went off at odds of 6-1. A seven-year old gelded son of Royal Mattjesty out of Fresh Outlook, Royal Outlook is owned by David R Hudson of Dallas, Texas. Pantaleano was in no hurry when the gates folded, getting away an early fifth. They sat in just long enough for the dust to settle. Artist Night and Chris Page cleared to the front just pass the quarter paced in a hot :26.1. Pantaleano tipped Royal Outlook before the half to start their chase. Picking up cover from Full Code and Dan Noble. The half mile was paced in a brisk :54.4. Artist Night and Page with first over pressure of Full Code lead them on to the three quarters paced in 1:23. Concert Ticket and Jeremy Smith were getting the perfect pocket ride at odds of 14-1 and we're waiting for racing room. When the talented group hit the top of the stretch it was a blanket of horses coming from everywhere. In the end Royal Outlook got the nod by a neck over a late closing Roadside Delight and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.and Concert Ticket was third. A mere 3 and a 1/2 lengths covered the entire field. Royal Outlook returned $14.80 to win and contributed to an $85.00 exacta and a $496.60 trifecta. Driver, Josh Sutton tallied six wins on the Saturday Night 13-race card. Sutton started the night off on the right foot. He took race one with Riley Bow for trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr. He continued in race three with Real Future and followed up with Luv Struck in race four. Sutton took a little break, but he was far from done. He went gate to wire with JS Tango in race eight and came back in race ten with Sgt Grit for trainer, Travion Jones. He finished the night just the way it started with a win. Sutton guided A Bay Bay to a victory for trainer, Jim Arledge Jr. Racing returns Tuesday (July 29) First race post time is 6:30. From Scioto Downs Racino

Southwind Pepino ties the all time trotting track record of 1:52.2 on Friday night in the $25,000 Open Trot. He now shares this record with Modern Family and Unefoisdanmavie. Southwind Pepino is six-year-son of Chocolatier out of Southwind Pamona. He's trained, driven and partially owned by Hugh "Sandy" Beatty of Orient, Ohio and Robert Sharrits. He started from post four in the scratched down field of seven and was the 8-5 betting favorite. Somebody As had post seven with Jason Brewer at the lines and they wasted no time driving out for command. Its Complicated and Josh Sutton had post eight and was the 5-2 second choice. They tried to follow suit, but went off stride before the quarter that was trotted in 27 seconds. Southwind Pepino and Beatty settled in third behind Fusion Man and Dan Noble, but they didn't sit for very long. Beatty pulled the right line before the half way mark and started his first over bid. The half was trotted in a leisurely 56. The pace definitely quickened going down the backside when Somebody As and Southwind Pepino went toe to toe and stride for stride and clocked the three quarters in a hot 1:23.3. Fusion Man and Dan Noble were sitting right behind the action and were patiently waiting for the super stretch. Southwind Pepino had his game face on and got the best of Somebody As by one and a quarter lengths. Somebody As was second and Fusion Man was third. Track record holder, Unefoisdanmavie captured the $25,000 Filly and Mare Open trot in 1:54.1. Slated as the 6-5 morning line favorite and going off at odds of 3-5, she didn't disappoint her backers. She's a seven-year-old mare by Revenue S out of Peace To The World. She's conditioned by leading trainer, Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Jack Piatt III. Unefoisdanmavie was assigned post six in the field of six and leading Scioto Downs driver, Chris Page had the lines. Page gave the mare the green light as the wings folded and never looked back. They clocked fractions of 27, 56.4 and 1:25.4 giving Ronnie Wrenn Jr.and Miss Panthers a perfect pocket trip. Unefoisdanmavie kicked two and a quarter lengths clear from a rallying Ajuama for Dan Noble and Miss Panthers held on for third. Racing continues on Saturday (July 26) A 13-race program is on tap, featuring a $25,000 Open Pace. Post time is 6:30. From Scioto Downs Racino

It's Complicated and Josh Sutton will look to extend their winning streak to three when they take on a field of eight in the $25,000 Open Trot on Friday at Scioto Downs.   The four-year old gelded son of SJ's Caviar out of Before The Rain is trained by Brent Davis of Zanesville, Ohio for Hatfield Stables of Columbus, Ohio.   The winning combination of It's Complicated and Josh Sutton has paid dividends for his connections. He has been victorious in four of his last five outings including his seasons best time of 1:53.   It's Complicated will start from assigned post position eight. He's the 7-2 second choice behind Fusion Man for trainer, Jeff Smith. Fusion Man has been second best to Its Complicated in their last two outings and draws the five post with Dan Noble at the lines.   It;s Complicated has only 26 lifetime starts with a mark of 1:52.4 and has already banked $257,337.00 for his owner and breeder.   The impressive group of Open Trotters will go to the gate in Race five on the 11-race card on Friday (July 25). The rest of the field includes, Banco Solo for trainer Ron Burke, J J Hall from the Scott Mogan Stable, Southwind Pepino for trainer and driver, Hugh "Sandy" Beatty, War Cry Hall for Scioto Downs leading trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr.and Somebody As for Anette Lorentzon.   The co-feature on the Friday night program is the second race, the $25,000 Filly and Mare Open Trot. It's highlighted by the 6-5 favorite, Unefoisdansmavie, starting from post six for trainer, Ron Burke and leading driver, Chris Page.   The seven-year old mare by Revenue S out of Peace Of The World holds the aged trotting mare record of 1:52.2 and shares the all age track record of 1:52.2 with Modern Family. She has earned over $441,000 in her marvelous career and posted 28 tallies in her win column.   First race post time is 6:30 for the Friday (July 25) card and racing will continue on Saturday (July 26) From Scioto Downs Racino  

Ardyne Ace and Randy Tharps stole the Saturday Night Open Pace in 1:50.3 at Scioto Downs. Ardyne Ace is an eight-year-old gelded son of Aces N' Sevens out of Hertown Hanover. He's conditioned by Jim Pollock for David Ehrenberg II and Daniel Fawcett of Ohio. Ardyne Ace started from post four in the field of eight and was touted as the 4/5 favorite. Rightfully so, after competing in the Open Pace ranks in his last four outings and the veteran had been in the money every time. When the starter said go, Tharps put the throttle down and paced around the inside leaver, DJ Lance and Ryan Stahl. They clocked the opening quarter in a hot, 26.2. Tharps gave Ardyne Ace a 29 second quarter breather as they passed the half way mark in 55.2. Special Forces made the first over bid and pushed the pace down the backside and tripped the three quarters in 1:22.3. DJ Lance and Stahl waited patiently for the super stretch, but they still couldn't catch the strong, Ardyne Ace. DJ Lance was second for trainer, Nichole Gagnon and Special Forces was a valiant third. This was Ardyne Ace's 195th career start, 37th victory and adds to his bankroll of $336,741. From Scioto Downs Racino

  Ohio Sires Stakes and Opens highlight the Friday night card at Scioto Downs Friday. The two and three year old fillies in their respective divisions went post ward for their share of the $40,000 purse. There were nine total divisions for the trotting and pacing fillies and many favorites prevailed. The Sire Stake action kicked off in race one on the 14-race card with two-year old pacing fillies. A field of eight went behind the wings, including the 1-9 favorite, Bell Flower. Bell Flower showed her talent and dominated the field in 1:55.3. She's a daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye and Our Lady Countess. She's trained and partially owned by Fred Huff Jr and John Fairchild. Coming off her impressive qualifier of 1:54.4, she didn't disappoint her supporters. Chris Page had the lines and started from post two. The pair left for command and were the uncontested pace setters. Page clicked fractions of 27.1, 57, 1:26.1 and cruised to a four and three quarter length victory. Zoey's Lemon Tart and Aaron Merriman closed for second and Medoland Kendolin was third. The second race on the program featured a field of seven two-year old trotting fillies. Student Of Life for trainer and driver Marty Wollam prevailed in an impressive 1:58.3. Student Of Life is by Full Count out Lynn's Slider. She's owned by Acadia Farms Inc and G&B Racing of Ohio. The filly started from post three and that's were they got away. The heavy favorite, Bet On Chip and Chris Page for trainer, Devan Miller set the fractions of 29.2, 58.2 and 1:27.4. Giving Sammy Star and Aaron Merriman a perfect pocket trip, but it wasn't enough to fend off the late brush of Student Of Life. Bet On Chip was second and Sammy star was third. Only a neck separated these three fillies. The third race was a mild upset in the three year old trotting fillies first division. Sandys Victory and Josh Sutton rallied in 1:57.2. Sandys Victory is the daughter of Victory Sam and Amessageforsandy. She's conditioned by Larry Tinch who also owns with John E Reames. The filly started from post eight in the field of eight and was the post time second choice. In The Grippers was the 3-5 favorite and she started from post one. Page used the inside to his advantage and clocked favorable fractions of 28.3, 59 and 1:27.4 with In The Grippers. He had company going to the three quarters in the form of Sandys Victory. The filly wrestled the lead away in the stretch and trotted on to a one and a quarter length victory. Majesty Dream and Kayne Kauffman rallied for place and In The Grippers completed the trifecta. Three year old filly pacer Crown Time Keeper kept her stellar season going with a career best effort of 1:54. Crown Time Keeper and driver Chris Page were the post time favorite at 2-5 and rightfully so. The three year old filly by Feelin Friskie out of Crowntime Noreturn is trained by Steve Carter for owner and breeder, Esther Crownover. The filly didn't have her usually front end spot, but it didn't derail her. The fractions of 28 and 56.2 flushed her and she started her first over grind. Crown Time Keeper hit the three quarters in 1:24.1 and finally cleared the game, Lady Julie in the stretch and paced clear by two lengths. Lady Julie for trainer Jim Dailey was a solid second and God Only Knows was a closing third. Novascotia Hanover and Aaron Merriman collar the $25,000 Filly and Mare Open pace in 1:51.3. A full field of 10 went behind the gate. Novascotia Hanover started from post three and used her lucky draw to her advantage. The four year old mare by Somebeachsomewhere out of Northern Sky received a perfect pocket trip behind the heavy favorite, Continual Velocity. She set the fractions of 27, 54.2 and 1:22.3 with the steady pressure from a parked, Betterluvnexttime and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Novascotia Hanover had some left in the tank when Merriman showed her racetrack and she responded by her one length victory over Continual Velocity and Better Think Twice for trainer Danny Collins who was a fast closing third. Karlee Sue and Josh Sutton took the second division of the two year old filly pace in 1:56. The daughter of Feelin Friskie is trained and partially owned by Al Tomlinson along with Dennis Stolz and Daniel Mitchell. Sutton and Karlee Sue stole the fractions of 28.3, 59.1 and 1:27 and fended off a strong rally by Friskie Lil Devil who was second and Hailstorm Grace for trainer Tom Blankenship was third. Its Complicated and Josh Sutton wired the field in the $25,000 Open Trot in 1:53.4. This win gives Its Complicated five wins in his last six starts. The four year old gelding by Sj's Caviar out of Before The Rain is trained by Brent Davis for breeder and owner Hatfield Stables. The upset minded Turbochargedroxie rallies in a division of the three year old filly trot in 2:00.4. The steady rain that continued to fall quickly turned the fast track into a sloppy one. The filly by Cayenne Turbo was driven by Danny Noble for trainer Danny Collins for owners, Joyce McClelland, DM Stables Llc, Dean Davis and William Rufenacht. She drew post nine in the field nine, but she had some luck and talent on her side. Getting away seventh in the full field as the heavy favorite, Anniesbluejeanbaby set the fractions of 29.3, 1:00.4 and 1:30.2.  Noble was unhurried in the early going and he finally started making his bid at the three quarters, but it was more than enough time. The filly caught Jim Lupton's, Dellou by a head and Anniesbluejeanbaby was a tiring third. Heavy favorite Paydaze On The Way and Josh Sutton got the job done in1:56 in her division of Sires Stakes. Paydaze On The Way is a three year old daughter by Look Sharp out of Shantytown Girl. She's trained by nation leading trainer Ron Burke for Howard Taylor,Edwin Gold,Richard Lombardo and Karen Rose Greg Grismore and A P P Panda was placed second and Shakin Friskie was second placed third for going inside the pylons in the last quarter. The final two divisions of the two year old filly trot rounded out the evening and the favorites prevailed. Lisa Jane for trainer Scott Cox and Driver Ryan Stahl took her division in 2:03.3. The filly by Neely Dunn is owned by Parent Racing Stable Llc and G.Peters of Ohio. After mild fractions of 30,1:02.1 and1:33, set by Talissa and Jonas Hershberger, Stahl angled the filly out and got her underway from the back. Lisa Jane swallowed up race track and beat Song Of The Valley by a neck. Bettys Sam was third. Sunrise Nibbles dominated her division for driver Chris Page and trainer, Chris Beaver. The two year old trotting filly by Iron Duke is owned by Chris Beaver, Synerco Ventures Inc, Steven Zeehandelar and David Lang. The perfect filly went to the front and never turned back. She drew clear by three and a half lengths from Dolly Dunn for trainer Brian Brown and Honey B for trainer Dan Ater took the show spot. From Scioto Downs Racino

On Saturday, July 19 Northfield Park will host nine $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as part of the 15-race program. These nine races will feature the Buckeye State's best freshmen and sophomore colt pacers and trotters and will support the $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie undercard. Freshman colt trotters will start Saturday's stake action in Race 1 for the $40,000 first division. Crowned With Glory (His Highness-Hey Kelsi-Humorous Harry) is the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite for Findlay, Ohio owners EG Trot, JB Arnold, MH Mallet and JE Paul. Ed Greeno Jr. is the filly's trainer and driver. Crowned With Glory makes her fourth lifetime start. She has two previous wins, at Scioto Downs and Ottawa Fair, and a place at Oak Harbor. Those finishes have yielded $23,705 and a lifetime mark of 2:03 (ScD 5/8). Crowned With Glory will start from post two. Also competing in the first division will be Ohio Chipster, Neely Dunn Super, Frisk The Town, Cooter Dunn and Marvelous Chip. Race 2 will be the $40,000 first division for three year-old colt Ohio-bred pacers. Trainer Doug Hinklin will start Big Bossman (Feelin Friskie-Lovely American-Matt's Scooter) as the 2-1 morning-line favorite. Big Bossman starts from post five and faces five rivals. Big Bossman has won six of 13 races. He has earnings of $93,193 and sports a lifetime mark of 1:53.1 (ScD 5/8). Greg Grismore is scheduled to drive for owner Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, Ohio. Feelin Speedy, Friskie AJ, Dibs, UF Fast Feelin and Lawyer Up complete the line-up. Trotters return to the stage in Race 3 for the $40,000 second division Ohio Sire Stakes for two year-old. I Know My Chip (Deep Chip-Madeline's Crown-Pegasus Spur) is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for owner Kimberly Dailey of Mechanicsburg, Ohio. Jim Dailey trains the undefeated colt. He has two wins in as many starts, earning $22,916 and earning a 2:02 (ScD 5/8) mark. Driver Jason Brewer will start the trotter from post-seven in a field that consists of My Friend Jim, Star Shef, Neely's Messenger, Lantern Chip, BK's Magic Man and Chips Starr. Freshman Trotters again compete in Race 5 for the $40,000 third division of the Ohio Sires Stakes. Kick A Lot (Deep Chip-Mac's Dream-BJ's Mac) starts from post-two and is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. He is owned by Pius Soehnlen of Canton, Ohio. Trainer, Jeff Cox has calls upon Kurt Sugg to drive. This gelding has a win and a second in two lifetime starts. He has earned $21,875 and a 2:01.2 (ScD 5/8) lifetime mark. Kick A Lot has a host of rivals consisting of Mischievous Chip, Super Sheff Frosty, Chips A Million, Really Deep Chip, Guns For Fun and Birthday Chip. Race six will host the $40,000 second division OSS for three year-old colt pacers. Friskie Adam (Feelin Friskie-Lottery Fever-Falcon Almahurst) is the heavy 7-5 morning-line favorite for owner Dr. Jerry Maloon Stable of Dublin, Ohio. Dan Ater trains the colt and uses Kyle Ater to drive. This sophomore is undefeated in five starts this year. He has career earnings of $122,971 and mark of 1:52.4 (ScD 5/8). Friskie Adam starts from the rail in a field consisting of Chance I Might, Diamondkeeper, Hawks Cry Hoboken, Feel The Heat, Player's King and Upfront Clays Boy. Race 7 is the $40,000 first division for freshman pacers. Cornerback (Feelin Friskie-Cornerstand-Stand Forever) is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for owner Stephen Sexton of Xenia, Ohio. Brian Brown is the gelding's trainer and calls upon Chris Page to drive. Cornerback has one start under his belt, a win at Scioto Downs in 1:56.4 in a $40,000 OSS event. Cornerback will start from post three. Also competing in the first division will be Indian Spirit, Latenight Trick, Fire Valley, Knight Stryker, Nobles Finesse, Warrior Spirit, Western Coby and All Aces Osborne. Freshman pacers return in the eighth race for the $40,000 second division OSS. Trainer Ron Burke sends out Gray Camo (Pine Valley-CG's Gem-Shady Character) as the heavy 7-5 morning-line favorite. Gray Camo starts from post five and faces five eight. He is undefeated in two starts, earning $23,750 and earning a 1:56.1 (ScD 5/8) career mark. Chris Page is scheduled to drive for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, R Suda and J Melillo. Born Villain, RC Friskie, Ranger Returns, Big Bang Cam, Lynyrd, Nashville Bound, Ollie Pop and UF Kellies Awinner complete the eighth race line-up. Buckeye-bred sophomore trotters take to the stage in the evening's ninth race for the $40,000 OSS first division. Soul Train (Trainforthefuture-Dances On Air-Muscles Yankee) is the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite for owners Parent Racing Stable of Holland, Ohio, RS Crynick of Strongsville, Ohio and JE Novak of Olmstead Township, Ohio. Scott Cox calls upon Chris Page to pilot this gelding who has six wins in 17 starts, trotting in 1:57.2 (ScD 5/8) and earning $121,787. Soul Train starts from post-8 in a field that consists of Noah Count, Stanley Begonia, Neely's Boy, Mainstreet Willy, Master Mighty, Star Chip and Happy Go Jamie. Race 11, the final OSS event of the evening, is the $40,000 second division for sophomore trotters. Rompaway Galaxy (Rompaway Wally-Rompaway Wynona-Mr Vic) starts from post-three and is the 8-5 morning-line favorite. He is owned by Rompaway Farms LLC of Battle Creek, Michigan. Trainer Krista Harmon has listed Mike Micallef to drive. This gelding has nine wins in 11 lifetime starts, earning $201,550 and posting a best 1:55.4 (ScD 5/8). Rompaway Galaxy has a host of rivals consisting of Miko Begonia, Lady's Dude, Ohwhatacount, Can'tcutthatchip, Hooray For Willie, Fridayscomin and Bradymeister. In addition to superior racing action, Battle night will also offer guests a sumptuous buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The special priced buffet is just $15.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. Guests who want to be down close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron to sample several of northeast Ohio's most popular food trucks. Live music by Unknown Reason will be part of the apron scene from 5-10 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

The $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie has drawn an impressive field of eight horses [field summary below] and goes postward this Saturday evening, July 19 as Northfield Park's twelfth race. Approximate post time for this event is 11:00 p.m. The Battle is a contest for North America's top open pacers. Superfecta wagering has been added to Saturday's twelfth race, the Battle feature. Saturday's first race post time is 6:00 p.m. Since its inception in 1986, the Battle of Lake Erie has drawn the best veteran pacers the sport has to offer. Past Battle Champions include racing greats Falcon Seelster, Quite A Sensation, Jaguar Spur, Dorunrun Bluegrass, Cambest, Riyadh, Gallo Blue Chip and Maltese Artist. Foiled Again has drawn post 7 in Saturday's feature and has been named the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Foiled Again will appear in the Battle an unprecedented six times, and Saturday will reveal if he is successful in becoming the first horse in Northfield Park history to win this event three times. The 10 year-old son of Dragon Again (2000 Battle Champion) won in 2009 and 2011, joining Jaguar Spur (winner in 1988-89), Peruvian Hanover (winner in 2002-03) and Maltese Artist (winner in 2005 and 2007) as the only four horses to win the Battle of Lake Erie twice. Age does not seem to be slowing Foiled Again. He has paced his last four races in under 1:50. Foiled Again is trained by Ronald Burke and has garnered 80 career victories and sports earnings of $6,313,068. Those career earnings rank him as the richest pacer in the history of harness racing. The 2014 $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie Field: #1 - Night Pro enters this race with a six-race win streak, the last four all being paced sub-1:50, and earnings of $308,929. He is the son of Pro Bono Bests (Sire of Bono Bests, 2008 Battle of Lake Erie champion). His dam, Midnight Jewel was a standout race mare at Northfield Park and throughout the Midwest. This four year-old has won 21 of 28 career starts and is 9 of 11 this year. He makes his second local appearance. He won his career debut here in a $2,000 NW1 in 1:57.4 in March of last year. Dale Decker of Temperance, Michigan owns and trains this horse, who has been terrorizing his competition in Michigan and Indiana. He has a career best of 1:49 (HoP 7/8) and Peter Wrenn, who won the Battle with Dare You To in 1991, has been given the driving assignment with a morning line of 4-1. #2 - Beach Memories is one of two sons of Somebeachsomewhere in this year's edition of the Battle of Lake Erie. He has won 11 of 39 career races, taking a 1:48.3 (ScD 5/8) mark and bankrolling $450,214. This four year-old is owned by the partnership of Strollin Stables of Marion, Ohio, AWS Stables of Lima, Ohio, King McNamara of Naples, Florida and Country Club Acres of Findlay, Ohio. Beach Memories is the winner of last year's $260,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Final. He is conditioned in Delaware, Ohio by Brian Brown and was victorious in his most recent effort in the Buckeye State in a $20,000 Open at Scioto Downs in June. Brown has enlisted Northfield Park's leading driver, Josh Sutton, to drive this 15-1 morning line contender. #3 - Bolt The Duer sports career earnings of $1,770,095 and is one of three millionaires in this year's Battle of Lake Erie field. He has 54 lifetime starts and 20 career victories. He is a five year-old son of Ponder with a lifetime mark of 1:47.4 (Mea 5/8). Bolt The Duer is owned by All Star Racing, Inc. of Towaco, New Jersey and is trained by Peter Foley. This is the second local appearance for Bolt The Duer, who won the $130,000 Cleveland Classic here is 2012. His richest win came in the $500,000 Adios Final at The Meadows in 2012. He has been assigned a morning line of 7-2 and is scheduled to have the driving services of Canadian Mark Mac Donald. #4 - Clear Vision is one of two starters from the powerful barn of Ron Burke. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC of Fredericktown, Pennsylvania, Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and The Panhellenic Stable Corp. of Oyster Bay, New York. He has won 25 and has been on the board in 80 of 151 career races, taking a 1:48.2 (TgDn 5/8) mark and bankrolling $1,912,868. 2014 marks Clear Vision's second Battle of Lake Erie appearance, finishing third in last year's edition. His richest victory was in the $223,500 Bobby Quillen Memorial Harrington Raceway in 2013. Burke has named Ohio-native Brett Miller to drive this 9-2 morning line competitor. #5 - Fool Me Once will start for Canadian owners Mark Austin Stables of Fergus, Ontario and Daniel Smith of London, Ontario. He has 16 career victories in 32 lifetime starts. This four year-old son of Art Major has career earnings of $654,371 and enters this race off of two straight wins at Mohawk, where he took his 1:48.1 lifetime mark. Fool Me Once is last year's New York Sires Stake Champion, winning the $225,000 final at Yonkers Raceway. This 6-1 morning line selection is trained by Mark Austin and is scheduled to be driven by North American leading driver, Aaron Merriman. #6 - Twilight Bonfire is owned by Robert Key of Leechburg, Pennsylvania. This four year-old has 49 career starts, winning 10 races. He has earned a 1:50.1 (Mea 5/8) lifetime mark and has career earnings of $965,140. Twilight Bonfire makes his second local appearance. He started as the favorite, but ended as the runner-up in last year's $126,000 Cleveland Classic. This Richard Gillock trainee's biggest win was at Dover Downs in the $165,975 Matron Stakes in 2012. Buckeye-native Tony Hall has been called upon to drive this 12-1 morning line starter #7 - Foiled Again is attempting to become the first horse to win this even three times and makes his sixth Battle of Lake Erie appearance. He won this event in 2009 and 2011, finished third in the 2010 and was second in this event in 2012. Ron Burke trains foiled Again for owners Burke Racing Stable of Fredricktown, PA, Weaver Bruscemi of Canonsburg, PA and JJK Stables of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Foiled Again has garnered 80 career victories and has been in the money 161 times in 210 career starts, earning a mark of 1:48 (PcD 5/8) and earnings of $6,313,068. Those career earnings rank him as the richest pacer in history. Yannick Gingras is scheduled to pilot this 3-1 slight morning line favorite. #8 - Apprentice Hanover is the 2013 Cleveland Classic Champion and makes his second local appearance. The $126,000 Classic also represents his richest triumph. He has 43 lifetime starts and 17 career victories. He is a four year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere with a lifetime mark of 149.4 (Mea 5/8) and career earnings of $824,675. Apprentice Hanover is owned by Bradley Grant of Milton, Ontario, Canada and is trained by Benjamin Wallace. He has been assigned a morning line of 10-1 and is scheduled to have the driving services of Dan Noble. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Over the weekend both Dave "Linemaster" Ehrenberg II and Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff added points to their seasonal totals each winning their respective C.K.G. Billings trotting events; Ehrenberg with TK's Karma at Scioto Downs in the midwest region and Hechkoff with Get Packin at Tioga Downs in the east. In his Midwest region event at Scioto Downs on Friday (July 11) Ehrenberg took advantage of starting from post five with TK's Karma inside of the betting favorite Catching Kate, driven by "Marvelous Marv" Raber, had to leave from post eight. In doing so Ehrenberg hustled his trotter to the lead in a :27.4 first quarter while Raber settled Catching Kate down along the pylons but in eighth position. Ehrenberg kept TK's Karma moving right along on the front end while Raber had to begin to grind toward the leader as the field headed for the half. Catching Kate finally drew even with TK's Karma as the field approached the final turn but in the lane it was all TK's Karma as the 8 year old daughter of Victory Sam trotted away to a two length victory in a time of 1:57.2. Catching Kate held on for second while What Do You Want finished third for Larry "Overhand Serve" Steenbergen. TK's Karma, owned and trained by Terry Millhoan, paid $12.20 for win. And for Ehrenberg it was his 43rd amateur driving victory. Meanwhile the following day (July 12) at Tioga Downs in non-wagering eastern region action Bob Hechkoff and Get Packin made it two in a row in Billings competition when they survived a tight three-horse photo and garnered first money in a time of 1:59.4. Hechkoff had Get Packin on the lead and they rebuffed all challenges and especially the one rallied by Mr. Jim Dandy and Dave "Yes It's True" Offenberg who came from sixth at the top of the lane and passed everyone but the winner who was a head better at the wire. Just another nose farther back in third place was Dreamnwillie driven by "Mighty Matt" Zuccarello. Get Packin is trained by Brandon Simpson and owned by Hechkoff, who drove his fourth winner this season and his 48th of his amateur driving career. by John Manzi, for the CKG Bilings Amateur Drivers Series

A large crowd blanketed the apron for the activities and exciting race card on hand for the Back To The Track event. Carol's Comet and Aaron Merriman prevailed in the Saturday Night feature in 1:50.3. The John Pawlak $25,000 Open Pace was race seven on the eleven race card. John Pawlak is an Ohio native recently inducted in to the Harness Racing Hall Of Fame. He has worked at The USTA for many years in the communications department and has also been a track announcer. Scioto Downs held the race in his honor for his outstanding achievements and attributes to harness racing. Carol's Comet is a five-year-old gelding by Yankee Cruiser out of the mare, Modern Medicine. He's conditioned by Ron Potter for the connections, Whiskey Tango Stable, Martin Presser, Bill and Matthew Moore. He started from post eight in the field of nine, but that didn't stop Aaron Merriman from leaving for an up close spot. They pair found a nice spot, right on the front end and paced an opening quarter in 26.1. They had early company from Randy Tharps and Ardyne Ace, who cleared before the half in a quick 53.3. The pace didn't slow down much. A parked and pressing That'll Be The Rei applied the pressure to the three quarters and left Carol's Comet in a perfect pocket spot, again. The battling duo paced to the three quarters in 1:21.3 and Merriman waited patiently for the super stretch. Carol's Comet sprinted up the super stretch when given his command and just caught Ardyne Ace by a nose and a late rally from Special Forces and Greg Grismore rounded out the trifecta. Only three and a half lengths covered the entire field. From Scioto Downs Racino

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