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Seven $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) were contested Saturday night, July 25 at the harness racing meeting at Scioto Downs. This was the second in a four-leg series for Ohio-bred 2-year-old trotting and pacing distaffs. OSS Pacing Divisions In the first (Race 1) of four OSS pacing divisions, Montrell Teague steered Miss Me Yet to a lifetime best 1:53.3 clocking for his aunt, trainer Brenda Teague and his father, owner George Teague, Jr. of Harrington, DE. John's Jessi Bird (Ryan Stahl) was second with Gorgeous Road (Josh Sutton) third. The daughter of I'm Gorgeous, out of the Western Hanover mare Live Inspired, was bred by her owner and Fannin Racing, Inc. and now has $24,800 in career earnings. Miss Me Yet finished third in the first leg of OSS action on July 3 at Northfield Park, timed in 1:57.2, but had won her qualifying debut on June 23 at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:56.2 and again on July 14 in 1:57 at that same oval. Big Bad Ashley got a perfect steer from driver Dan Noble to prevail by 1¼ lengths over John's Sunny Girl (Greg Grismore) in the second OSS pacing division (Race 5) timed in a lifetime best 1:54.2. Jim Arledge, Jr., trains Big Bad Ashley, who was bred and is owned by Winchester Baye Acres, Inc., of Powell, OH. This daughter of Big Bad John-Cruise On Ashley-Yankee Cruiser won her OSS first leg at Northfield Park on July 3 in 1:56 and now has $41,657 in her career bankroll. Queen Ann M had to work a bit to nail down her triumph in the third OSS pacing division for driver Chris Page. Trained by Mike Roth, this daughter of Big Bad John-Full Fledged-Grinfromeartoear recorded her second OSS victory in a career best 1:55, finishing 2½ lengths in front of the hard-trying It's Your Fantasy (Dan Noble). Upfortydevensgirl (Aaron Merriman) notched third place money. Bred by Jay Mossbarger of Bloomington, OH, Queen Ann M had won the first leg of this series in 1:56.4 in a come-from-behind effort with Page at the lines on July 3 at Northfield for owner Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH.   Last, but not least, Give No Lip scored a front-stepping 1:54.3 triumph in the fourth (Race 11) OSS pacing division with Jeremy Smith at the lines. The daughter of Big Bad John-Loyal To My Heart-Cole Muffler picked up career victory number three in four starts for trainer Ron Steck, who owns the young lass in partnership with JA Breece of Pataskala, OH and BA & P Soulsby of Powell, OH. Give No Lip sat comfortably through fractions of :27.4, :58 and 1:26.3 before drawing off by 4¼ lengths over NPR Nine (Aaron Merriman). Harness The Hope (Kyle Ater) was third. "I wanted to be on the front with the filly tonight and not get into any trouble with her," Smith noted. "Ronnie (trainer Steck) has her figured out now and it makes it easy on the driver when she was as good as she was tonight." Bred by Greg & Holly Martin of Ohio, Give No Lip now has $23,195 in career earnings.   OSS Trotting Divisions Kestrel and driver Aaron Merriman took the first OSS trotting division (Race 2) handily in a career best, wire-to-wire 1:57.3, finishing 3½ lengths ahead of rival Count On Kami (Kurt Sugg) and third place finisher Angel Cindy (Brad Hanners).   The daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Blackrock-Credit Winner had won the first leg of this series at Northfield Park on July 3 in similar style, trotting in 1:59 for trainer Chris Beaver of Delaware, OH and co-owner and breeder Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH.   Merriman used similar driving tactics to capture the second OSS trotting division (Race 3) in a front-stepping 1:58 with favorite Kerfuffle Cookie, a brown daughter by Chip Chip Hooray, out of the Conway Hall mare Minor Skirmish. Trained by Chris Beaver, Kerfuffle Cookie pushed her career earnings to $40,000 in just her second lifetime start for the Synerco Ventures Inc., of Toronto, ON. Bred by Ohio's Lmn Bred Stables Inc., this speedy distaff had captured leg one of this series on July 3 at Northfield Park, clocked in 2:00.1 for the one mile test. Shut Up And Dance (Ryan Stahl) was second, with Buckeye Lady One (Chris Page) nabbing show honors. Belle'svictoryring led at every call to capture the third OSS trotting division (Race 9) in a career best 1:58.4, easily putting distance between herself and rival Eye Just Expect It (Kayne Kauffman) in late stretch. Oneeyedmomma (Kurt Sugg) notched third. Trainer John Konesky, III was in the sulky behind the daughter of Victory Sam-Belle Legrand-Striking Sahbra, who was bred by Midland Acres of Bloomingburg, OH. Konesky co-owns the filly in partnership with Patrick Konesky of Bowling Green, OH. "Her mile at Bellefontaine was a really big mile," Konesky noted, referring to Belle'svictoryring's 2:06 score at that county fair oval on July 14. "She's not a very big filly, but her heart is."   Belle'svictoryring pushed her career earnings to $25,901 with this latest triumph, her fourth of the season in five trips postward. She also has a trio of Ohio Fair Stakes (OFS) to her credit. Leg three of Ohio Sires Stakes action for 2-year-old trotting and pacing fillies and colts and geldings will commence on Aug. 21 at Northfield Park. Kimberly A. Rinker  

Sixty-eight 2-year-old Ohio-bred harness racing pacing and trotting fillies are set to wage war on Saturday night at Scioto Downs in the second leg of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) competition. Of the 68 distaffs that passed the entry box, 38 are of the pacing gait and 30 are diagonally-gaited Standardbreds, all of whom will vie for a $40,000 purse in each of the seven divisions. Post time is 6:30 pm, ET for the first race. Four OSS Pacing Divisions Miss Me Yet looks to be a definitive choice in the first (Race 1) of four OSS divisions for pacers. The daughter of I'm Gorgeous-Live Inspired-Western Hanover is an all-around family filly, as she was bred by Fannin Racing and George Teague, Jr., of Harrington, DE and is co-owned by Teague. George's sister Brenda trains the filly, and his son Montrell, drives her. Miss Me Yet finished third in the first leg of OSS action on July 3 at Northfield Park, when she was timed in 1:57.2. However, she won her qualifying debut on June 23 at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:56.2 and again in a qualifying test at this same venue on July 14 in 1:57. She leaves from post five against eight rivals. John's Jessi Bird brings a trio of solid Ohio Fair Stake (OFS) tries into her first OSS test for trainer Pierce Henry, who co-owns the filly with James Heiing of Ottawa, OH. The daughter of Big Bad John won her career debut at Paulding on June 9, was second at Ottawa on June 23 and was third at London in OFS competition on July 12. She hails from post two with Ryan Stahl at the lines. She was bred by Ada M Jacobs of Gambier, OH. The second OSS division (Race 5) of pacing fillies finds three daughters of Ohio stallion and Little Brown Jug winner Big Bad John squaring off. John's Sunny Girl, Big Bad Bretta and Big Bad Ashley all captured their respective OSS divisions on July 3 at Northfield Park. Doug Hinklin trains John's Sunny Girl, who won her OSS leg a blistering, gate-to-wire effort in 1:55.4 with Greg Grismore in the sulky for owners Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH. Bred by Midland Acres, John's Sunny Girl starts from post two with Grismore aboard. Also bred by Midland Acres, Big Bad Bretta, a Steve Carter trainee, won her OSS leg in 1:57 for Ohio owners CE Grubbs, RB Reid, SR Hummel and JM Beard. She'll start from post two with Chris Page up. Jim Arledge, Jr., harnesses Big Bad Ashley, who scored in 1:56 with Dan Noble in the sulky. Bred by Ohio's Winchester Baye Acres, Inc., won her OSS first leg in 1:56 after winning an OFS on June 21 at Circleville by 7½ lengths. Awakening headlines the third division (Race 7) of OSS freshman fillies. Trained by Mike Polhamus and owned and bred by Marjorie Polhamus of Fletcher, OH, this daughter of Feelin Friskie-Sidewalk Sleeper-Jate Lobell romped to a 1:57 wire-to-wire victory at Northfield on July 3 in the first leg of this series. Awakening also has a pair of OFS victories on her resume, having won at Paulding on June 9 and at Ottawa on July 23. Regular driver Kayne Kauffman will be in the sulky from post seven for this winner of $23,076 lifetime. Queen Ann M, who was bred by Jay Mossbarger of Bloomington, OH, starts from post nine for driver Chris Page and trainer Mike Roth. This daughter of Big Bad John-Full Fledged-Grinfromeartoear stopped the clock in 1:56.4 in a come-from-behind effort with Page at the lines on July 3 at Northfield in OSS leg one. Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH owns the speedy bay filly. The fourth and final division (Race 11) for pacing fillies will see first leg winner My Tweed Heart leave from the rail with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in the sulky for trainer Jim Dailey. This daughter of Manhardt-Tweedle D-Towner's Big Guy captured her first OSS leg handily in 1:59.1 at Northfield on July 3. Owned by Carl Atley of Xenia, OH, My Tweed Heart was bred by Stanley Swango, III of Florida. Challenger NPR Nine will have Aaron Merriman in the sulky from post three. This daughter of Big Bad John-Illegally Parked-Nobleland Sam was third to Big Bad Asheley in the first leg of this series, clocked in 1:56.3 for this same driver. She then scored a solid victory on July 16 in a Scioto Downs maiden, in 1:56.4. Ran Russo of Westerville, OH owns and bred NPR Nine, who has $8,800 in career earnings. Three OSS Trotting Divisions Trainer Chris Beaver sends out a formidable pair of fillies in the first division (Race 2) for OSS trotters. Both Kestrel (Triumphant Caviar-Blackrock-Credit Winner) and Evanora (Pilgrim's Taj-Nessa Rose-Chip Chip Hooray) come off solid victories in leg one of this series at Northfield Park on July 3. Kestrel scored a 1:59 front-stepping clocking with Aaron Merriman in the sulky to record her first career win, while Evanora used similar tactics for this same driver, timed in 2:01. Evanora, who is owned and was bred by Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH, has the rail and Ken Holiday in the sulky for this event, while Kestrel will get Merriman in the bike from post eight for breeder and co-owner Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH and Beaver, of Delaware, OH. Count On Kami, from post ten with Kurt Sugg up, will be trying for career victory number one. Harnessed by Marty Wollam, this daughter of Full Count-Joys Second Call-Call Toll Free was second in her OSS debut at Northfield on July 3, timed in 1:58.4. She was bred by David Vannatta of Mt. Vernon, OH and is co-owned by Vannatta and Wollam, of Vienna, OH and Acadia Farms Inc., of Canfield, OH. Kerfuffle Cookie, another Beaver trainee, looks to be the solid choice in the second division (Race 3) of OSS trotting fillies. This daughter of Chip Chip Hooray-Minor Skirmish-Conway Hall romped in a wire-to-wire triumph on July 3 at Northfield Park in 2:00.1 unchallenged for these same connections. Owned by the Synerco Ventures, Inc. of Toronto, Canada, Kerfuffle Cookie was bred by the LMN Bred Stables, Inc., of Ohio. Aaron Merriman will steer from post one against nine foes. If she can mind her manners, Shut Up And Dance will be Kerfuffle Cookie's main threat from post six. The Dirk Simpson-trainee posted a 1:58 solid, wire-to-wire effort in the first OSS leg at Northfield on July 3, drawing off by four lengths. However, she could not stay on gait in either of her previous or last efforts prior to that OSS win. Owned by James Bafia of Minooka, IL, the daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Passport To Love-Yankee Glide was bred by steve Stewart & Kemppi Stable of Kentucky. The third and final division (Race 9) of trotting distaffs features a slightly more open group of ten than the previous two groups. Still Sizzling, who is trained, driven and co-owned by Dale Decker, along with Douglas Vandergrift of Lambertsville, MI, is the only filly in the field to have captured the first leg of this OSS series at Northfield on July 3. The daughter of Trainforthefuture-Spotty Too Hotty-Lindy Lane romped led from every post to nail down her win in 1:59.4 as the public's choice. Bred by Florence J. Wallace of Ohio, Still Sizzling will have her trainer back in the sulky from post seven. Leavinonajettrain failed to nail a check in her OSS debut at Northfield on July 3, but since has posted a 2:03.2 clocking in a runaway effort in a Meadow's qualifier on July 16. Driven by Mike Wilder, the daughter of Trainforthefuture-Loire-Daguet Rapids won that effort by 18¼ lengths for trainer Ronnie Burke-who co-owns her along with partners Weaver Bruscemi of Cannonsburg, PA, Jason Melilo of Powell, OH and Phillip Collura of Mountain Township, PA. Chris Page will drive Leavinonajettrain-who was bred by Ohioans Steve Bateson and Jeff Shafer-from post three. The third leg of this Ohio Sires Stakes for freshman pacing and trotting fillies will commence on August 21 at Northfield Park. Kimberly A. Rinker

Harness racing two-year-old colts and geldings went postward on Saturday afternoon, July 4 at Scioto Downs in ten divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS), each sporting a purse of $40,000. Six pacing divisions and four trotting vied over Scioto's five-eighths mile oval, with a total of 92 youngsters battling.   Big Bad Cam strode to victory in dominant fashion when he won the fifth OSS division (Race 14) by nearly eight lengths in 1:53.2 for driver Peter Wrenn. Harnessed by Melanie Wrenn for owner Dorothy Miller of Delphos, OH, the Big Bad John gelding notched his first career victory. The $26,000 yearling purchase is out of the Arturo mare Camturo, a winner of $190,615 in her career with a mark of p, 6, 1:52.2f.   "I wasn't really sure we were going that fast," said the winning driver. "This was really impressive and gives us something to look forward to."   Benda Teague's Trayvon (Randy Tharps) was second best with Love Tap Hanover (Dave Palone) getting up for third.   Friskie Cruiser paced to a gutsy, first over haul to draw off and win by nearly six lengths in the fifth $40,000 OSS division (Race 15) with Chris Page in the sulky. The Feelin Friskie-Corner Cruiser colt gave Page his fourth winning drive of the day and was the youngster's first career win.   "Brian Brown races all over the country and always has his horses ready," Page noted. "You have to give him and his crew all the credit for a performance like this."   Owned by Stephen Sexton of Xenia, Ohio, Friskie Cruiser bested Onefinejimmerjohn (Dan Noble) in the stretch, with Rocknroll Wildcats (Andy Shetler) holding on for third.   Carl Howard's Primo Giovani gave an impressive showing when he rallied to win the fourth (Race 12) OSS division in 1:56.2. Given a confident steer by Chris Page, the son of Big Bad John-Jk Reunited came three-wide around the final turn after sitting quiet through splits of :27.4, :58.1 and 1:27.1. He was harnessed by Ohio's leading conditioner Virgil Morgan, Jr.   "This colt started out very slow and immature and he's just progressively gotten better at the right time," Morgan, Jr. said. "He qualified really well and today from the eight-hole, he left well and Chris (driver Paige) got out at the right time. I'm very pleased with his effort."   Gotmoneyinmypocket (Randy Tharps) finished a strong second with Aloha John and Kurt Sugg prevailing over the rest of the field for third-place honors.   Smoke Up Johnny captured the first OSS division (Race 2) of pacing colts in 1:56 en rein to driver Greg Grismore. This son of Big Bad John-Leda's Twoeleven got the lead at the head of the stretch and posted a :28.4 final brush to nail down his first career victory for the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holand, OH. A Yankee Feeln (Aaron Merriman) finished second, 3¼ lengths behind the winner, while Forever Worth It (Ryan Stahl) was third.   Whiskey Friskie and Aaron Merriman captured the second $40,000 OSS division (Race 10) in 1:57.1 for owner Karen McGraw of Pickerington, OH. John Ryan Melsheimer conditions the son of Feelin Friskie-Be My Lucky Star, who picked up his second straight pari-mutuel victory in as many tries, pushing his career earnings to $21,200. Mighty Touch (Chris Page) finished second, while Formula Three (Josh Sutton) notched third place honors.   Dan Noble piloted the Fred Huff, Jr.-trainee Nothing Fancy to a whisker victory in 1:56, in the third OSS division (Race 11). The son of Metropolitan-Jl Cruise The Nile is owned by Huff and John Fairchild of Portsmouth, OH. It was the freshman pacer's first career victory. Mr Wiggle Pants (Kayne Kauffman), who had led for most of the mile until the final yards, was a hard-trying seconds, while Turn It On Friskie (Randy Tharps) was third.   In the four $40,000 trotting divisions of OSS youngsters, it was Kanthaka who scored the fastest mile (Race 3), turning in a 1:58.3 clocking for Dave Palone and trainer Chris Beaver. The son of Triumphant Caviar-Elena picked up his second straight career victory in as many tries for owner Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH and his trainer. One the gate folded Kanthaka left hard and never looked back, with his closest rival One Hot Future and driver Chris Page some eight lengths behind at the wire. Dusty Road (Kayne Kauffman) finished a hard-fought third.   Chips So Fast and Aaron Merriman won the third OSS division (Race 5) for colt trotters, using a perfect garden trip to score in 1:59.1. This son of Chip Chip Hooray-Stable Creek Barb is conditioned by Ryan Angus for Mark Moger of New Hope, PA and Albert Delia of Newtown, PA. Chips So Fast bested rival Deep Question (Chris Page) by three-quarters of a length, with Triumphant's Chip (Tyler Smith) holding on for third.   Chris Beaver harnessed Lone Valley Sam to capture the first OSS division (Race 1) in 2:00.1 with Chris Page in the sulky. The Iron Duke-Wallaby Wannabee colt is co-owned by his trainer along with Synerco Vent of ON and S. Zeehandelar of Worthington, OH and D. Lang of Hilliard, OH. Paige used a perfect trip behind the pacesetting Lionbacker Kidd (Aaron Merriman) to sweep by him at the wire. Fantasy League (Dan Noble) finished third.   MJB Got Faith scored a mile upset when he cruised to a photo victory in the final OSS trotting division (Race 13) in 2:00.4, over the hard-fighting Another Breath (Hugh Beatty). Overdressed and driver Kurt Sugg notched show honors. The son of Trainforthefuture-Imageofasweetgirl is trained by Steve Carter for Breana Carsey of Connersville, IN and picked up his first career victory with the Scioto Downs triumph. Kimberly A. Rinker

The first leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing freshman pacing and trotting colts will be contested Saturday afternoon at Scioto Downs, with a first post scheduled for 2 pm, ET. A total of 92 youngsters passed through the entry box, necessitating five $40,000 pacing divisions and five $40,000 trotting divisions. All but a handful of these colts and geldings will be making their career debuts. Trotters vie early on the program, beginning with the first race. Lone Valley Sam and Lionbacker Kidd both appear ready for their respective connections. Lone Valley Sam, a bay son of Iron Duke, scored a pair of solid qualifiers-the first a winning 2:06 clocking at Delaware on June 10 and the second a second-place finish in 2:01.3 at Scioto on June 22. Trained and driven by Chris Page, Lone Valley Sam was a $2,000 yearling purchase at the 2014 Blooded Horse Sale. Rival Lionbacker Kidd's credentials include back-to-back winning qualifying efforts at Northfield Park-on June 11 (2:05.2) and on June 25 (2:03). This gelded son of Lionhunter will be harnessed by Joseph Kramp for owner Jeffrey Kidd of Hartville, OH. In the second OSS division (Race 2) Forever Worth It just might be, as he comes into this event with back-to-back winning Northfield qualifiers to his credit. The first, on June 18, saw him score in 2:00.1 and the second, on June 25, saw him pace in 1:58.1, with an impressive :28 final brush. Trained by Scot Cox, this son of Stand Forever is owned by Miracle Meadows LLC of Columbus, OH and Jason Ash of Delaware, OH. As well, Kathleen Prickett's Budman, a son of Manhardt, also has a pair of winning qualifiers to his name. On June 15 he tripped the timer in 1:58.1 and on June 22 he was clocked in 1:56.2 with his trainer Jeff Nisonger in the bike. In the third $40,000 OSS division (Race 3), two of the ten entrants will be looking for their second career victories. Kanthaka comes off a maiden victory in a Meadow's $7,500 overnight on June 23, when he paced in 1:58, besting his rivals by 3¼ lengths. The son of Triumphant Caviar is trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver and Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH. Also looking for his second straight triumph in this race is Esther Crownover's Nobletucky Joe, a son of Victory Sam who scored an impressive, 33¾ length victory in a $4,440 Ohio Fair Stake on June 21 at Circleville. This bay gelding is trained by Steve Carter. Chips So Fast headlines the fourth OSS division (Race 5) from post six for trainer Ryan Angus. This Chip Chip Hooray youngster brings a trio of Northfield Park qualifying efforts into this $40,000 test. Owned by Mark Moger of New Hope, PA and Albert Delta, Jr. of Newtown, PA, Chips So Fast has been clocked in 2:05.1, 2:02.3 and 2:01-finishing a strong second each time. This same event sees Triumphant's Chip trying for his second straight victory, having won a $4,440 Ohio Fair Stake at Circleville on June 21 in 2:07.2 for driver Tyler Smith and trainer Steve Carter. Conditioner Scott Cox will harness War College in the fifth $40,000 OSS division (Race 13) for the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH and G. Peters of Akron. This Trainforthefuture gelding has a trio of qualifiers to his credit-the last on June 25 in a respectable 2:02.2 clocking. Also impressive in his recent qualifiers was Another Breath, who paced to a pair of winning miles at Scioto Downs on June 15 (in 2:03) and June 22 (in 2:01.2). The five, $40,000 pacing divisions get started later on the card, beginning with Race 10. First time starter Beligerent, a son of Mantacular who is owned and trained by Fred Huff, Jr. of Jackson, OH, posted a 1:58.2 qualifier at Scioto Downs on June 15, the fastest winning clocking of any youngster in this nine-horse field. Karen McGraw's Whiskey Friskie, a son of Feelin Friskie, also posted a winning time of 2:05.1 en route to winning a $4,440 Ohio Fair Stake at Circleville on June 21, while Miller Racing Stable's Donald Doc won a similar stake at Ottawa on June 24, timed in 2:04.2 for the one mile test. Trainer John Oliverio sends out Feelin Lucky in rein to Josh Sutton in the second $40,000 OSS division (Race 11) for pacing colts from post five. This Feelin Friskie gelding scored a winning 1:56.3 score on June 25 at the Meadows. Whataboy, who hails from the Virgil Morgan, Jr. Stable, posted a 1:57.3 winning effort in a Scioto Downs qualifier on June 22. This son of Big Bad John will have Chris Page at the lines for his pari-mutuel debut. Morgan will then harness Primo Giovanni, another Big Bad John colt, in the third $40,000 OSS division (Race 12). Owned by Carl Howard of Hilliard, OH, Primo Giovanni will start from post eight and most recently was timed in 1:58.3 when finishing third in a Scioto qualifier on June 22. Prior to that effort, he had won his qualifying debut on June 15 in a sporty 2:02.3, with an impressive :27.4 final brush. Another son of Big Bad John, Aloha John won a Northfield qualifier on June 25 in 1:59 for trainer Eric Hamlet, who owns the gelding in partnership with Michael Osborne, of Mentor, OH. Three sons of Big Bad John have winning scores to their credit in the fourth $40,000 OSS division (Race 14). Big Bad Cam and Prince Giovanni both took marks in their qualifiers-the former at Hoosier Park in 1:58.2 on June 13 and the latter on June 15 at Scioto Downs in 2:00.3, while Au Naturel was timed in 1:58.4 in his qualifier at Scioto on June 8. World Of Gaming, a son of World of Rocknroll, brings a pair of solid tries into this race, with a victory on June 21 at Circleville in 2:04.1 and on June 29 in a Scioto qualifier when he paced in 1:58.3 after drawing away from his rivals by four lengths. The final $40,000 division for OSS pacing colts (Race 15) sees Dash Of Grace looking for his second straight pari-mutuel victory. The son of Feelin Friskie captured a Northfield Park $3,000 overnight on June 24 in 1:58, winning by four lengths in a near wire-to-wire triumph. Kurt Sugg drives for trainer-owner Kurt Lepley of Mt. Vernon, OH. Trainer Jeff Nisonger will be in the sulky behind his Rockys World, a son of World Of Rocknroll who scored a 1:58.2 qualifier on June 15 before posting a 1:57.2 score on June 22-both at Scioto Downs. Friskie Cruiser, who hails from the powerful Brian Brown Stable, will make his pari-mutuel debut against these from post two. This son of Feelin Friskie paced to a winning 1:59.4 in a Delaware qualifier on June 19. OSS action continues for 2-year-old trotting colts with the second leg of this series set for Northfield Park on July 24. Pacing colts will vie on July 25 at Scioto. Third leg action for both gaits will be raced Aug. 21 at Northfield Park, while fourth leg contests will be held Sept. 5 at Scioto Downs. The $225,000 Championship events for all the 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, during Scioto Down's Super Night. Kimberly A. Rinker Ohio State Racing Commission

Dave "Linemaster" Ehrenberg II took no prisoners and made every pole a winning one en route to a 1:59.3 harness racing victory with King Trut in a Billings trot at Scioto Downs on Friday night, June 26. But in doing so King Trut had to rebuff a strong late challenge from YF Crasher and driver "Marlin the Magician" Smith. "The complexion of the race changed dramatically when Steve Oldford's trotter (Bold Strike) made a break before the start which allowed my horse get away with soft early fractions," Ehrenberg explained. Bold Strike, the 1-2 betting favorite- was riding a two race win streak where he was victorious on the front end both times. However with him a non-factor King Trut and Ehrenberg were able to dictate their own fractions. They passed the quarter in :29 and by the half in 1:00 flat. However Smith had YF Crasher on Ehrenberg's back from the get go and when the two leaders rounded the final turn and headed for paydirt Smith had his trotter neck and neck with King Trut. They came down the stretch like a team hooked -to-pole but YF Crasher couldn't pass the pace-setter and King Trut valiantly fought off his challenger to score a neck decision. In third place three lengths further back was Hometown Jeff driven by Michelle "the Belle" Ruvola. King Trut, a 10 year old Self Possessed gelding owned by Aimee Ranger and trained by Chris Short returned a $19.80 win mutuel. It was King Trut's sixth seasonal triumph and Ehrenberg's 47 career driving victory. With his victory Ehrenberg, now with 24 points, moves into second place on the CKG Billings mid-west region leaderboard behind Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford's 45. In third placewith 17 points is "Lawbook Larry" Farley followed by "Hurricane Hannah" Miller's 16. "Bullet Bob" Davis and Kelly "Sky" Walker are tied for fifth, each with 13 points. John Manzi

A quartet of $40,000 Ohio Sire Stakes (OSS) for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters and pacers will be contested at Scioto Downs on Saturday night, June 6. A group of 17 pacers will vie in two divisions-races one and 11-of Ohio Sire Stakes, while 15 trotters will go postward in back-to-back events, slated as the second and third races on the program. Post time is 6:30 pm, ET. Trainer Ron Wagner will harness $152,877 winner Western Coby from post five in the first, 8-horse field (Race One) of OSS sophomore paces. The son of Western Spirit is looking for his first win of the season in just his fourth start this year, but did earn $142,397 as a freshman and took a career mark of 1:53.3 en route to winning the $200,000 OSS Freshman Pacing Championship last fall at Scioto Downs. The Wooster, Ohio-based partnership of Larry Acker, Dean Davis and Wagner own the bay gelding. Chief Talkalot, who won the first $40,000 OSS leg on May 2 in 1:55.2 by a nose over Western Coby, is conditioned by Brian Brown. That victory was the third career win for the Feelin Friskie gelding, who now has $83,643 for in his bankroll for owners Steve Stewart, Michael Dean Robinson, Robert Mondillo and Steve Cheatham. Gray Camo, a winner of $116,229 in his career with a mark of 1:53.3 via his victory in the $40,000 OSS test on May 2, heads up the second OSS division (Race 11) of nine pacers for trainer Ron Burke and driver Chris Page. Burke conditions the roan son of Pine Valley for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Richard Suda and Jason Melilo. The venerable gelding pushed his lifetime earnings to $116,229 with the victory, the fifth of his career in 11 starts. Seven trotters make up the first OSS division (race 2) for sophomores. All but the Jeff Cox-trained Kick A Lot will be looking for their first victory of 2015. The son of Deep Chip-Chip Mac's Dream-BJ's Mac scored his lone win this season on May 18 when he won a Northfield Park overnight in 1:57 with his trainer in the sulky. He'll be handled by Kurt Sugg on Saturday night and looks to add to his career bankroll of $153,001 from the rail. Ohio's Horse of the Year and 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of 2014, Neely's Messenger, heads up a competitive field of eight OSS trotting colts in Race Three. This powerhouse sophomore, who was bred by Albert Yoder, scored a decisive, 1:57.1 victory in his 2015 debut in his $40,000 OSS first leg on May 2 at Miami Valley Raceway. Dan Noble was in the sulky for trainer Al Mankee, and owners Dale Sweet and Julie Ann Sweet. Last year, the son of Neely Dunn scored victories in OSS, Ohio Fair Stakes (OFS) and Ohio Breeders Stakes (OBS) with a triumph in the $200,000 OSS Championship that earned him the aforementioned honors for 2014. I Know My Chip, a three-time winner this season, hails from the powerful Ron Burke Stable and will have Chris Page in the sulky in this same race. This gelded son of Deep Chip has won his last three starts, all over Scioto Down's five-eighth's mile oval, including a lifetime score of 1:55.4 on May 19 in an overnight event. I Know My Chip is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and P. Collura and has $134,403 in career earnings. Also featured on the 14-race program will be the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot, which honors one of Ohio's finest horsemen and racing enthusiasts. Charlie Hill was the pioneer behind many harness firsts in central Ohio, having bought 134 acres of the Hartman farm just south of Columbus, and building and opening Scioto Downs in the late fall of 1959, where he ran the show there for 48 years. He also owned and operated Hill Farms, one of the Buckeye State's top breeding facilities for many years, and where the mighty Falcon Almahurst stood at stud. The Charlie Hill Memorial Trot will feature some of the nation's finest diagonally-gaited specialists, including 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician, a winner of more than $2.9 million and 34 races in her career. Trained by Nifty Norman, the daughter of Kadabra is the lone female in the field of ten. Ohio Sire Stake action for 3-year-olds continues with the second of four legs for filly pacers and trotters on June 12 at Northfield Park, the same night the $180,000 Battle Of Lake Erie will be contested over the half-mile oval's "home of the flying turns." Third leg action shifts to Northfield Park on July 17 for the colts of both gaits, while the fillies go postward on Aug. 14 at Northfield. Fourth road contests will take place at Scioto Downs on Aug. 28 for the fillies and Aug. 29 for the colts. The $225,000 Championship events for all the 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, during Scioto Down's Super Night. Kimberly A. Rinker

A multiple-stakes winner in 2014, the harness racing 4-year-old Il Sogno Dream is among 10 horses entered in Saturday's $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial for older trotters at Scioto Downs Racino. The field also includes Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, and stakes-winner Natural Herbie. Il Sogno Dream will start from post No. 2 with driver Aaron Merriman. Bee A Magician, with Brian Sears listed to drive, drew post four and Natural Herbie, with owner-trainer-driver Verlin Yoder at the lines, got post eight. Modern Family won last year's inaugural Charlie Hill Memorial in a then-track-record-equaling 1:52.2. Interestingly, Il Sogno Dream won his seasonal debut on May 22 at Scioto Downs in a career-best 1:52.2. "I can't say I expected him to go (1):52 in his first start, but he was ready I guess," Beaver said with a laugh. "He's come back better than he was. Last year, he would kind of lay into the turns a bit. He's straighter this year; I could probably race him without hobbles, but I don't like to change in case they ever need them on. "He's filled out a bit. I wouldn't say he's any taller, but there's more weight on him. And it seems like he's gotten a little faster over the winter. I think (the improvement in the turns) is a part of it, but I think his stamina is better than it was last year." Il Sogno Dream won five of 18 races last year and earned $323,952 for owners Bill Manes, Dan Manes, Leonard Christopher and Randy Christopher. He captured divisions of the Currier & Ives and Circle City Trot and finished second in the Goodtimes Stakes. He also had third-place finishes in the Kentucky Futurity and Carl Erskine Trot and was fourth in the Hambletonian Stakes. For his career, the son of Cantab Hall-Le Reve has won nine of 31 starts and earned $451,601. Il Sogno Dream has raced twice this year and heads to the Charlie Hill Memorial off a second-place finish to Final Breath in the May 29 Open at Scioto Downs. Il Sogno Dream lost by a head despite starting from post eight and racing on the outside for the entire mile. "I'm really happy with the condition of the horse going into this race," said the 43-year-old Beaver, who established a career high with $1.27 million in purse earnings last season. "I think he's got a good chance to get a top-three finish in (the Charlie Hill Memorial). "I'm not sure he's not up to being able to race against the top horses, I think he can race with them; I don't think they're going to overshadow him. Is he ready to beat that kind? I don't know. He hasn't faced anything like them so far this year. But I feel pretty good about him in there." Il Sogno Dream has a limited stakes schedule this year. Among the races to which he is eligible are the Hambletonian Maturity, Maple Leaf Trot, Chip Noble Memorial Trot, Centaur Trotting Classic, and Dayton Trotting Derby. "I didn't over-stake him this year," said Beaver, who is based in central Ohio and also has 10 horses with a second trainer in Ontario. "I figured he'd be racing a few more years at least. I'm hoping he can be really good around here and compete on the Grand Circuit locally. I hope he develops into a horse that could race everywhere. I think he's well on his way." Bee A Magician has won three of four races this year and is coming off a second-place finish to Father Patrick in the Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational on May 24 at Harrah's Philadelphia. The 5-year-old mare, who has raced exclusively against the boys so far this year, has won 34 of 51 career races and earned $2.90 million. Natural Herbie is winless in five starts this season, but last year won the International Trot Preview, Chip Noble Memorial and Vincennes Invitational. He has won 24 of 51 lifetime starts and $763,491. Following is the field in post order for the Charlie Hill Memorial with listed drivers and trainers: 1  Final Breath, Dan Noble, Hugh Beatty 2. Il Sogno Dream, Aaron Merriman, Chris Beaver 3. Fusion Man, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Jeff Smith 4. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, R. Nifty Norman 5. DW's NY Yank, Chris Page, Ron Burke 6. Obrigado, Mark MacDonald, Paul Kelley 7. Southwind Pepino, Hugh Beatty, Hugh Beatty 8. Natural Herbie, Verlin Yoder, Verlin Yoder 9. Lindy's Tru Grit, Andy Miller, Julie Miller 10. Count Me In, Mike Wilder, Ron Burke Note: DW's NY Yank and Count Me In will race as an entry. Note: Count Me In starts from the trailing position. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

Columbus, OH --- On Saturday (June 6), Scioto Downs Racino will play host to plenty of harness racing stakes action featuring the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot. Ten of the country’s top trotters will go to the gate, including 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician. Bee A Magician will ship to Scioto Downs off a second place finish in the Maxie Lee to Father Patrick. With regular pilot Brian Sears listed to drive, Bee A Magician will try to gain a victory and push her lifetime earnings to more than $3 million. The race will also see DW’s NY Yank, Lindy’s Tru Grit and Obrigado ship in from the east to stake their claim to the $200,000 purse. Verlin Yoder will be bringing Indiana bred Natural Herbie to the High Street oval to tackle the country’s best once again after earning more than $300,000 in 2014. The stellar field will also consist of Count Me In, Final Breath, Fusion Man, Il Sogno Dream and Southwind Pepino, who have been battling week in and week out in some of Scioto Downs' finest trot races. Ohio’s top 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers and trotters will also slug it out in the second leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes with two divisions for each gait. The pacers will include Gray Camo and Chief Talkalot, who were winners in the first round at Miami Valley Raceway. Neely’s Messenger, last year’s 2-year-old trot Sires Stakes champion, will continue his quest to be Ohio’s best trotter for trainer Al Manke III. I Know My Chip will try to push his winning streak to four for trainer Ron Burke. Be sure to make it to the racetrack early as American Pharoah attempts to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed accomplished the task in 1978. American Pharoah will go postward at approximately 6:35 p.m. in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, with jockey Victor Espinoza aboard. Racing continues at Scioto Downs through Sept. 12, Super Night. Post time is 2 p.m. for Tuesdays and holiday race days and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays-Saturdays. by Myles Linderman, for Scioto Downs 

Columbus, OH --- Harness racing driver Dan Noble posted his 4,000th driving victory on Tuesday (June 2) when he piloted Tyd Theglyde to a 1:53.2 victory in the ninth race at Scioto Downs. The 32-year-old Noble drove his first winner in 1999 and has won at least 100 races in each season since 2002. He reached the pinnacle of the sport in 2011 when his 773 victories topped all drivers in North America. Noble has 150 victories in 2015, which currently ranks him 18th among all drivers on the continent. He has 29 triumphs at Scioto Downs, which places him second in the local standings behind Josh Sutton. USTA Communications Department   

Harness racing this week: Currier & Ives, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; Graduate Series leg, The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, N.J.; Somebeachsomewhere, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; and Charlie Hill Memorial, Scioto Downs, Columbus, Ohio. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit will take place at four locations this week. Action begins on Friday (June 5) at The Meadows with three divisions in the $94,000 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old filly trotters. The Saturday card at The Meadows will feature a lone $119,565 division in the Currier & Ives for 3-year-old male trotters. The Saturday night card at The Meadowlands has a pair of $56,250 second leg divisions in the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and trotters. The 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry takes on the boys in one of the trotting splits, while two-time Dan Patch Award winner Father Patrick leads the other event. Mohawk Racetrack will also host Grand Circuit racing on Saturday with two C$78,767 divisions in the Somebeachsomewhere for 3-year-old pacing colts. Scioto Downs will offer its first Grand Circuit stake of the season on Saturday, with the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial for open trotters. Complete entries for the Meadows, The Meadowlands and Scioto Downs races can be found by clicking on this link. Mohawk entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by the Molson Pace for older pacers at The Raceway at Western Fair District and the Art Rooney for 3-year-olds at Yonkers Raceway. State Treasurer became the first three-peat winner of the signature race at The Raceway at Western Fair District, the $120,000 Molson Pace, and became the sport's latest millionaire, in front of a huge crowd on Friday night (May 29) at the London half-mile oval. Favorite All Bets Off, fresh off his Confederation Cup victory, was the most fleet of foot early to lead the talented field by the :26.2 opening marker for Matt Kakaley. Just past that point, Chris Christoforou pulled the right line on reigning champ State Treasurer and he was at the leader's wheel at the :55.3 half and was neck and neck with All Bets Off through the three-quarters in 1:23.1. Down the lane it became a three horse battle with Evenin Of Pleasure and Sylvain Filion added to the mix but at the wire, reached in 1:51, it was State Treasurer with the narrow victory over All Bets Off and Evenin Of Pleasure. P H Supercam and Let's Drink On It collected the final two checks. The winner's share of the purse puts State Treasurer over the one million dollar mark in life earnings for owners Sally MacDonald and Paul MacDonald. Dr. Ian Moore trains the 6-year-old son of Real Desire who was a mere $6,500 purchase as a yearling. "It's fantastic, I was lucky enough to sit behind him for two of those (Molson Pace victories)," said Christoforou. "He just proved how great a horse he is. The trip he went, first up like that, to go to war with that horse (All Best Off), it was unbelievable, it was spectacular." In The Arsenal diverted ever so slightly from the shortest distance to the finish line, but held on in the final strides to win the $300,000 Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-old pacing colts on Saturday (May 30) at Yonkers Raceway in 1:51.2 by a head. Entry-mate Betting Exchange (David Miller) was second and Rock N' Roll World (Daniel Dube) was third. Rock N' Roll World and Dube were first to the lead at the :27.2 first quarter, but were soon overtaken by Betting Exchange, who worked hard for the lead by about the three-eighths-mile mark and held it coming around the second turn. In The Arsenal and Brian Sears came up on the outside to take the lead before the :56 half. Those two held that spot to the 1:24 three-quarters, with Arque Hanover pressing on the outside and Betting Exchange behind in third. As the field turned for home, Betting Exchange got free to move up on the inside and In The Arsenal drifted to the right, but just did hold off a late rush by Betting Exchange to win by a head. Rock N' Roll World was third behind those two and Arque Hanover (Jason Bartlett) was fourth. In The Arsenal is trained by Kelvin Harrison and owned by White Birch Farm and In The Arsenal Racing. He is a perfect three-for-three in 2015; his lifetime earnings are now $581,843. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Daniel Dube - 157; 2t. Brian Sears - 148; 2t. Yannick Gingras - 148; 4. Jason Bartlett - 123; 5. Tim Tetrick - 112. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 252; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 186; 3. Rene Allard - 130; 4. Jimmy Takter - 60; 5. Mark Silva - 55. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 164.5; 2. Burke Racing - 67.25; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 59.05; 4. Allard Racing - 41.6; 5. Jeff Snyder - 40. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place at Northfield Park and Mohawk next weekend. Northfield will host the Battle of Lake Erie for older pacers on Friday (June 12), while Mohawk will host five stakes eliminations, led by the North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers on Saturday (June 13). Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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