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COLUMBUS, OH - The trio of 3-year-old trotting colts who captured their respective $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes on Friday night, June 15 at Scioto Downs couldn't be more different. All three are by different Ohio-registered stallions; none were trained or driven by the same person; and all have ownership connections from three different states. Mission Accepted, who captured Leg 1 of this series on May 6 at Miami Valley in 1:53 by four lengths, put forth a similar effort in his OSS division at Scioto, this time winning by two lengths in a track, personal best and national season's record clocking of 1:52. The unaltered son by Manofmanymissions used similar, wire-to-wire tactics for driver Ryan Stahl to nail down his third win in as many tries this season, upping his 2018 earnings to $65,000 for the Ohio-based partnership of trainer Jeff Conger, breeders Knox Services and David Wills as the 1-2 favorite. Two OB Wonkenobi was second for driver Sam Widger at 9-2 odds, while 7-2 Get The Cash and driver Greg Grismore picked up third-place money. Mission Accepted, who captured the $250,000 OSS Championship for freshman trotters on Sept. 2, 2017 at Scioto Downs, now has seven wins and a third in ten career starts and $255,800 in his bankroll. The bay colt is the fifth foal out of the SJ's Photo mare Witty Girl and is a half-brother to March Awareness (by Ken Warkentin) 7, 1:53f ($398,059) and to Witty's Winner (by Jailhouse Jesse) 5, 1:54.4s ($95,757) and has a full brother in the 2-year-old Wittyville, who recently qualified in Q2:01.2f. In the second OSS division, 4-1 Uncle Buck took Aaron Merriman to a spirited 1:54.3 new lifetime mark victory, besting 10-1 longshot MVP Luke (Danny Noble) by 1¼ lengths, with 31-1 longer shot Secret Bro finishing third for Sandy Beatty. Trained by Steve Bauder for Mokena, IL-owner Wayne Temple, the bay gelded son by Stormin Normand grabbed the lead at the 1:25.2 three-quarter marker, and never looked back en route to his fourth victory of 2018. He now has five wins, six seconds and a trio of thirds in 19 career trips postward. Uncle Buck's seasonal earnings stand at $53,150, with $64,429 earned lifetime. Bred by Illinois' Orville Rursch, he is the third foal out of the Brilliant Victory broodmare Brilliant Linda and has half-siblings in Brilliant Winner (by Polar Winner) 2, 2:07.2h ($10,104) and Polar B (by Polar Winner) 2, 1:57.2h ($49,114). Pennsylvania-owned and trained invader Rising MVP, who was making his first start in the OSS series, captured the third and final division in 1:56.2 with Chris Page at the lines. Trained by William Daugherty, Jr. for his wife, owner Susan Daugherty of Mercer, PA, the altered son by My MVP left the gate at odds of 7-1, besting 22-1 longshot Manny L (Jeff Nisonger) by a neck with 1-5 favorite Sultan Of Cash (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) getting up for third, half a length back. Rising MVP returned $16.40 on a two-dollar ticket as he picked up his first win this year. His seasonal earnings stand at $24,048 with his lifetime bankroll at $89,268 from ten wins, two seconds and two thirds in 18 starts. Bred by Mahlon A. Miller of Sugarcreek, Ohio, Rising MVP is the third foal out of the unraced Credit Winner mare Nutmeg's Winner and is a half-brother to Rail Kat (by Muscle Native) 4, 1:56f ($137,454) and Rally In The Hall (by Amigo Hall) 3, 2:00f ($18,480). After the first two Ohio Sires Stakes legs in this division, the following horses are the top point earners: Mission Accepted (102), Sultan Of Cash (64), Uncle Buck (64), Northmedo Mission (52), MVP Luke (52), Two OB Wonkenobi (52) and Rising MVP (51). Leg 3 for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings will be contested on July 9 at Northfield Park and Leg 4 on Aug. 24 at Scioto Downs, with the $275,000 Championship set for Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs and the $60,000 Consolation Oct. 13 at Northfield Park. by Kim Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

A trio of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old diagonally-gaited colts and geldings will go postward on Friday night, June 15 at Scioto Downs, featuring 25 Ohio-breds racing for a purse of $40,000 in each division (Races 1, 2 & 5). First race post time is 6:30 pm, ET. All three OSS Leg 1 winners-Mission Accepted, Northmedo Mission and Sultan Of Cash-are set to return for round two action. Mission Accepted, an unaltered son by Manofmanymissions vies from post two in the first division (Race One), while Northmedo Mission, a Manofmanymissions gelding, starts from post three in this same event. Sultan Of Cash, a Cash Hall gelding, leaves from post two in the third division (Race Five). Five of these 25 trotting combatants are trying for their first victory as 3-year-olds: Dance Withsomebody, Dontforgetmaster, Rising MVP, Magic MVP and Cash Lane. Six of the youngsters did not start in Leg 1 of this series and are undertaking OSS action for the first time this season: Cordoba Hall, Last Mission, Vote For Pedro, Rising MVP, Ride The Rails & Manny L; and only two-Vote For Pedro & Secret Bro-did not race as freshmen in 2017. Eight of the 25 sophomores will utilize trotting hobbles; Mission Accepted, Two OB Wonkenobi, Doc Mossies Legacy, Cordoba Hall, Vote For Pedro, Rising MVP, Ride The Rails and Cash Lane. Of the 25 OSS entrants, 19 are geldings and six are colts, with two earning $100,000 or more: Mission Accepted ($235,800) and Sultan Of Cash ($173,965). For a colt to be eligible to the OSS program, they must have been sired by a stallion registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission standing in Ohio the year of conception. Stallions represented in these three OSS events include Dejarmbro (with six foals); Cash Hall (with five foals); Break The Bank K & Manofmanymissions (with four foals each); My MVP (with three foals); and Dontyouforgetit, Stormin Normand & Winning Fireworks with one foal each. As well, broodmare sires that are prominent among the 25 trotting colts and geldings include: Tom Ridge & Conway Hall (three foals each); Credit Winner, Donerail, Garland Lobell & Kadabra (two foals each). In the training ranks, Jim Arledge, Jr., and Rich Gillock will each send out a pair of competitors. Arledge, Jr., will harness Dontforgetmaster-who was fourth in Leg 1 at Miami Valley on May 6 to Sultan Of Cash-from post five in the second division (Race 2); and Last Mission, a newcomer to the series, from the rail in the third division (Race 5). Gillock bridles up Ride The Rails-also a newcomer-from post six in that same event, and Banker Twentyfive, who was fifth in Leg 1, from post six in the first division (Race 1). Of the 25 trotters, many are owned in partnerships or by a solo owner that includes 30 Ohioans; six Pennsylvanians; five Indiana owners; three owners each from New Jersey & Canada; two from Kentucky and one each from Michigan and Illinois. Breeder Walnut Hall is represented by three sophomores in two divisions: Sand Cash & Get The Cash in the first division (Race 1) and newcomer Cordoba Hall in the second division (Race 2). Owner/breeder Robert Key sends out two homebreds: Banker Twentyfive in the first division (Race 1) and Ride The Rails in the third division (Race 5). And speaking of homebreds, another six trotters were also bred by their owners: Mission Accepted (Race 1) was bred by co-owner Knox Services; Northmedo Mission (Race 1), bred by Northmedo Stable; Joggingtothebank (Race 2) was bred and is owned by Dale & Julie Sweet and trainer Marty Wollam; Pass The Vape (Race 2) was bred by owner Lionel Ray Waitker; Icingon De Cupcake (Race 5) was bred by partners William Jeff Johnson II and Douglas Millard; and Magic MVP (Race 5) was bred and is owned by Midnight Stables. by Kimberly RInker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

Columbus, OH - Despite a threatening night of thunder, lightning, high winds and showers, owner Bruce Trogdon couldn't have been happier June 9, when Cinnamack and Bounding Dragon finished first and second in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts at Scioto Downs.   "I was so happy to see both of them leading down the stretch," noted Trogdon. "Of course I was hoping my horse (Cinnamack) would get up for the win, but I was just so happy for both of them, as they are both out of two of my best mares."   Bounding Dragon had led throughout most of the mile for Josh Sutton, but in the late stretch Chris Page steered Cinnamack up the inside to nail down his fourth victory in five starts this year in 1:50.4 by a head over his rival--equaling his lifetime best score. The bay son by McArdle is out of the unraced Western Ideal mare Armbro Cinnamon, making him a half-brother to World Champion Fear The Dragon p,3, 1:48.4s ($1,578,547). To date he's earned $95,600 for Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Ohio.   "I raised both of these youngsters, so it's always a great feeling to see both of them perform so well," Trogdon stressed.   Conditioned by Brian Brown, Cinnamack left the gate at odds of 2-1, as did rival Bounding Dragon. Sectionline Biguy (6-1) notched show honors with Tyler Smith at the lines.   "I also have a super-looking yearling who is a full brother to Fear The Dragon," Trogdon offered. That youngster's name is Dragon Roars Again.   Cinnamack is the sixth of seven foals out of his dam, and has a full brother in McSinner Man p, 4, 1:52.3s ($54,466), and half-siblings in Cinamony (by Art Officials) p, 4, 1:49.3f ($532,404) and Cndiana Jones p, 7, 1:53.1f ($115,599).   In the second $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore side-wheelers, Kimberly Dailey harnessed 9-5 Rockathon to a 1:51.1 victory with Danny Noble at the lines. The altered son by Pet Rock, who is owned in partnership by Dailey and Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, Ohio, picked up his sixth lifetime win in 16 starts, upping his lifetime bankroll to $186,012.   Rockathon wrestled the lead away from 21-1 longshot Parklane Official just past the :27.2 opening panel, and went on to lead at every post, before brushing home in a brisk :27.4 to win by a 1¼ lengths over the hard-trying 1-2 Slick Mick (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), with 9-1 JoJo's Pet Rock (Simon Allard) another seven lengths back in third.   Rockathon is the seventh foal out of The Panderosa dam Pantathlon p, 2, 1:54.4F ($20,221) and is a half-brother to: Pan From Nantucket (by No Pan Intended) p,5, 1:51.3h ($570,801); Rosemary Rose (by Foreclosure N) p,4,1:51f ($293,382); Panstakingly (by No Pan Intended) p, 3, 1:54.2s ($64,490); Nip Pan Tuck (by No Pan Intended) p,2,1:54.4s ($50,899); and Holiday Romance p,3, 1:56.2f ($39,289).   Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Monday evening, June 11 at Northfield Park, when 3-year-old trotting fillies line up behind the starting gate in Leg 2 action.   by Kimberly A. Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund  

Columbus, OH --- Homicide Hunter and driver Aaron Merriman moved to the lead following the halfway point of Saturday’s (June 9) Charlie Hill Memorial and never looked back, winning the $200,000 event for older trotters by 4-1/2 lengths over In Secret in 1:50.3 on a track labeled good at Eldorado Scioto Downs. Charmed Life finished third. Defending champion Crazy Wow and two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Marion Marauder were scratched sick, reducing the field to seven horses. Race favorite Will Take Charge went off stride at the start and finished sixth.The winning time equaled the world record for an older gelding trotter on a five-eighths-mile track and was a stakes and track record. I Know My Chip took the early lead in a :26.3 opening quarter-mile before seeing Smalltownthrowdown get the top spot prior to the half-mile point. Driver Sam Widger moved I Know My Chip back to the lead at the half, reached in :54.2, but faced pressure from Homicide Hunter, who was in front by the time he reached three-quarters in 1:22. Homicide Hunter is a 6-year-old gelding by Mr Cantab out of Evening Prayer. He is owned by Crawford Farms Racing of New York and trained by Chris Oakes. The horse was bred by Patrick Graham. For the year, Homicide Hunter has won two of three races and earned $116,500. For his career, he has won 32 of 65 starts and banked $1.22 million. The Charlie Hill Memorial honors Hall of Famer Charles Hill, who was the founder and former president and chairman of the board of Scioto Downs. Homicide Hunter went off at odds of 3-1 and paid $8.60 to win. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Sixteen sophomore pacing colts are set to line up behind the Scioto Downs starting gate in a pair of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests on Saturday night, June 9. First Race post time is 6:30 pm, ET, with the two OSS events scheduled as Race Five (7:50 pm) and Race Ten (9:30 pm) in round two of the four-leg series. OSS combatants include Leg 1 winners Bounding Dragon and Rockn Motion, who'll square off in the first division (Race 5). Hailing from the Mike Roth stable, Bounding Dragon prevailed impressively in 1:53 in his first OSS test on May 6 at Miami Valley. The Dragon Again colt-who is owned by the Ohio partnership of Alan Keith of Johnstown and Carl & Melanie Atley of Xenia, then sped to a 1:50.4 clocking in a Hoosier Park overnight on May 25-making him one of two of the fastest colts in this division (the other is Cinnamack, who was fourth in OSS Leg 1, but who also won in 1:50.4 in an identical event at that same Indiana raceway). Bounding Dragon, a winner of $116,159 lifetime and $44,750 this season, has drawn the rail and is reunited with his regular driver, Josh Sutton, in here. RocknMotion, a son of Pet Rock conditioned by Kimberly Dailey, won his first OSS test with an extraordinary three-wide move around the final turn to notch the victory by three-quarters of a length over $227,3355-earner Seeing Eye Single (also in this same division) in 1:51.4. Ron Mersky of Paris, KY, owns and bred the bay colt, who has $40,425 in career earnings from four wins and a second in nine lifetimes starts. He was unraced as a freshman. In the second division (Race 10), Slick Mick and Rockathon face off-both having finished third in Leg 1. Rockathon will be harnessed by Kimberly Dailey, who owns the gelded son of Pet Rock with Carl & Melanie Atley of Xenia. This winner of $161,012 lifetime recorded a mark of 1:51.3 in his Scarlet & Gray triumph on April 28 at Miami Valley and has $41,050 in his coffers this season. Slick Mick is conditioned by Brian Brown for Milton Leeman of Columbus, OH and has $22,500 thus far in earnings this season with a pair of wins in four starts. Lifetime, he's amassed $92,748, with a 1:51.4 record taken at Scioto Downs on May 24. He's drawn the rail for driver Ryan Stahl, while Rockathon gets Danny Noble in the sulky once more. Trotting fillies in OSS go on Monday Ohio Sires Stakes action continues on Monday evening, June 11 at Northfield Park, when 3-year-old trotting fillies line up behind the starting gate in Leg 2 action. Two, $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 3-year-old trotting fillies will be contested on Monday evening, June 11 at Northfield Park Racino, in the second of four legs of the rich series for Ohio-sired foals.  First race post time is 6 pm, ET. Leg 1 winners Red Storm and Non Smoker are set to battle in the second division (Race 5, post time 7:20 pm), and will be joined by Looking For Zelda, who captured a $24,455 Currier & Ives division at The Meadows in 1:54.1 on June 5. Red Storm, a Chris Beaver trainee owned by breeder Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH, won OSS Leg 1 decisively in a career best 1:55.4 on May 4 at Miami Valley Raceway.  The chestnut daughter by Stormin Normand earned $109,975 as a freshman, and has returned to her winning ways this season, with three triumphs and a second in four starts and $65,000 in seasonal earnings.  Aaron Merriman pilots Red Storm from the rail. Non Smoker was equally as decisive, with a 1:54 clocking in her OSS Leg 1 victory via a wire-to-wire performance, where she held off the hard-trying Risky Deal (also in this same division) by half a length at the wire.  The daughter by My MVP, who is owned by Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH and was bred by Stephanie Smith-Rothaug, has seasonal earnings of $37,300 and a career bankroll of $57,851 from four wins, one second and one third in 11 lifetime trips postward.  Danny Noble trains and drives. Robert Key’s Looking for Zelda is no stranger to the OSS program—having earned $228,675 at two for her owner/breeder during her freshman campaign.  Though she was third in her OSS Leg 1 division, she rebounded smartly to take the Currier & Ives earlier this week under the watchful eye of trainer Norm Parker.  From three starts this season she has two wins and $43,227 in the bank.  Tony Hall steers this rugged filly. In the first OSS division (Race 3, post time 6:40 pm) Impinktoo gets the benefit of the rail for the ownership troika of Billy Walters, Joe McLead and Rtk Racing.  Formerly trained by Jim & Kim Dailey and now starting for trainer Ronnie Burke for the first time, this Manofmanymissions filly banked $167,040 at 2 and most recently captured a Scioto overnight in 1:55.3 as the public’s choice on June 1.   Jay Mossbarger bred this diagonally-gaited distaff.  Kayne Kauffman gets the nod. by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio State Racing Commission  

Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series, was on the move again on Friday, May 18 with a trot in the series mid-west region at Scioto Downs and when it was completed Ned "the Insurance Man" Hodkinson emerged victorious with his old warhorse, Mutinyonthebounty after they turned back seven others in the 2:00.1 trotted mile. Hodkinson, a longtime member of the Billings Series notched his 60th driving victory. Up behind his 9-year-old Mutineer gelding Hodkinson made the trotter's seasonal debut a winning one. After starting from the two-hole as the race's betting favorite, Hodkinson sent his charge to the front when the wings of the mobile gate folded and took command before the first stanza, which was clocked in 29 seconds. From there it was catch me if you can as Hodkinson kept the pedal to the metal as they showed the way past the half in 1:00.3. And when they went by the third quarter in 1:30 Mutinyonthebounty was still safely in command. As the field headed for home Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford came charging from the middle of the pack with Smoother Ride and as the two trotters approached the finish line they were heads apart. But Mutinyonthebounty was up for the challenge and staved off his competitor for a neck victory. Big Bro finished third for "Tiny Tim" Miller. "He was real sharp in his seasonal debut," Hodkingson said of Mutinyonthebounty who came into this race off a 1:58 qualifier. "We gained command rather easily and were coasting along on the lead until Michelle (Ruvolo, with Upfront Chip Daddy) challenged us up the backstretch. After we put her away my horse had a three length lead and in mid-stretch, without any horses around, he got lazy but still he had enough in the tank to hold off Steve's horse and get the win." Hodkinson also trains Mutinyonthebounty who paid $3.40 for win. Next up in the Billings Series is a trot in the eastern region at Freehold Raceway tomorrow (May 19). The next Midwest region action is slated for May 26 at Hoosier Park. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series  

The richest night in Ohio harness racing history was recorded Sept. 2 at Scioto Downs when that evening's Super Night program sported more than $2 million in purses, highlighted by eight $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests for Ohio-sired 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders. The Ohio Sires Stakes provides youngsters sired by a stallion standing in the Buckeye State, and registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC), an opportunity to race in the four-leg, $40,000-per-division series, culminating with $250,000 Championships. Drivers, trainers, owners and breeders of winning horses are all rewarded for their efforts via the prestigious OSS Championships, both directly and indirectly. Stallion Stats The pacing stallion McArdle-who stands at Hickory Lane Farm in Findlay, OH-had the most contestants in the pacing championships, with eight of his foals going postward. That number includes a pair of 2-year-olds and six 3-year-olds. The Panderosa-who stands at Marvin Raber's farm in Baltic, OH-was represented by five foals, including two freshman and three sophomore side-wheelers. As well, Big Bad John and Pet Rock (both standing at Midland Acres, Bloomingburg, OH) each had four of their progeny competing, while the ill-fated Dragon Again (who stood at Sugar Valley Farm, Delaware, OH until his death earlier this year) was represented by three 2-year-olds. Art Official (Midland Acres) and Manhardt (standing at Dublin Valley Farms, Fredericksberg, OH) each had one 2-year-old and one 3-year-old in OSS competition that night, while the exported Foreclosure N had a pair of freshmen pacers vying. Believeinbruiser, Charley Barley, Santana Blue Chip, Woodstock, World Of Rocknroll and Yankee Cruiser all had one foal each in an OSS event. World Champion trotting stallion Triumphant Caviar (standing at Abby Stables, Sugarcreek,OH) held his own in the trotting ranks, with seven of his foals battling in the OSS Championships-with one 2-year-old and six 3-year-olds. Dejarmbro (Hickory Lane Farm) had one freshman and four sophmore trotters sparing, with Manofmanymissions having six 2-year-olds racing. Three 2-year-olds and one 3-year-old foal by Break The Bank K (Midland Acres) went postward as well. The stallions Cash Hall, Full Count and Victory Sam were all represented by two foals each in the OSS Championships, while And Away We Go, Big Rigs, Deep Chip, Iron Duke, My MVP and Stormin Norman all had one foal each in competition. OSS Championship winners Impinktoo and Mission Accepted were both sired by Manofmanymissions, while Triumphant Caviar sired Champions Fraser Ridge and Rose Run Sydney. Dragon Again sired the winning Seeing Eye Single; Champion Bad Girls Rule was sired by World Of Rocknroll; the winning Pistol Packin Mama is by The Panderosa, and Champion Drunk On Your Love by Foreclosure N. Favorites Prevail Six winners of the OSS Championships were favorites: 2-Year-Old Colt Trotting Champion Mission Accepted and 3-Year-Old Colt Pacing Champion Drunk On Your Love were each 8-5; Seeing Eye Single, the 2-Year-Old Colt Pacing Champion, was 2-1; Rose Run Sydney, 3-Year-Old Filly Trotting Champion, was 4-5; Fraser Ridge, the 3-Year-Old Colt Trotting Champion, was 1-5; and Pistol Packin Mama, the 3-Year-Old Filly Pacing Champion, was 6-5. Impinktoo, the 2-Year-Old Filly Trotting Champion, had the longest odds of any of the Super Night Champions, leaving the gate at 14-1, while 2-Year-Old Filly Pacing Champion Bad Girls Rule was sent off at odds of 7-2. Trainers Conditioner Jim Dailey harnessed two OSS Champions-Impinktoo and Bad Girls Rule, as well as second-place finisher Rockathon and third-place finisher Scotch McEwan-from four starters. Trainer Chris Beaver tighened the girth on eight Super Night starters, including the winning Fraser Ridge, with Gabbyloosechange second; Red Storm and Buckeye Boss each fourth; and Sesame and Bamaslastchance each fifth. Trainer Ronnie Burke sent out four pacers, winning the 2-Year-Old Colt Championship with Seeing Eye Single, while Baron Remy was third in the 2-Year-Old Filly Pacing Championship, as was Rosa's Touch in the 3-Year-Old Filly Pacing Championship. Ten pacers went postward from the Brian Brown stable in OSS Championship, with 44-1 Dragonology finishing third; Rock On Creek fourth; and Slick Mick fifth in the 2-Year-Old Colt Pacing Championship. Barnabas was fourth and Lightning Onmyfeet fifth in the 3-Year-Old Colt Pacing Championship. Drivers Danny Noble won two Championship events; first with Bad Girls Rule in the 2-Year-Old Filly Pacing Championship in 1:54.3 and then in the 3-Year-Old Colt Pacing Championship with Drunk On Your Love, who was timed in 1:53. Second Isn't Bad Either Perhaps the most interesting horse of the night was Bourbon And Barley-who finished second at 48-1 odds in the 3-Year-Old Filly Pace Championship to the winning Pistol Packin Mama in 1:53. This daughter by Charley Barley had career earnings of $143,105 prior to Super Night, and has only one win lifetime from 18 starts-a victory in the first leg of the OSS at Miami Valley Raceway earlier this season on May 1 in 1:56. In seven starts at two she never visited the winner's circle and still earned $107,870 for owner Kenneth Kohut of Independence, OH. Her career earnings now stand at $205,605-a testament to the money-making opportunities for owners that invest in an Ohio-bred harness horse. As well, to those fans who invested in her abilties in the Championship, she returned a wopping $50.60 to place. Ohio Sires Stakes action wraps up on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Northfield Park, when eight $50,000 Consolations will be contested at the "Home of the Flying Turns." Kimberly Rinker OSDF Administrator Ohio State Racing Commission 77 South High Sreet, 18th Floor Columbus, Ohio 43215 614-779-0269 Kim.rinker@racing.ohio.gov

Columbus, OH --- After Rockin Ron (Matt Kakaley) blew by Mel Mara (Dave Palone) like the 2-1 public selection was standing still it appeared the harness racing  trophy for the $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial would clearly belong to his connections. McWicked, however, had other plans as he and Brian Sears unleashed a scintillating rally through the passing lane to score by a neck in 1:49.3 on Saturday (Sept. 9) at Eldorado Scioto Downs. “I won the 3-year-old Breeders Crown championship with this horse,” said Sears. “You have to ask him a little more than you used to when he was younger but he still has that speed.” As expected speedster Luck Be Withyou (post five, Aaron Merriman) immediately left the gate to take command. After leading the field of 10 swift older pacers through an opening quarter-mile in :26.1, Palone gave Mel Mara his cue and the stallion responded with a first-over move to take the lead through a half-mile in :54.2. The world champion’s stint on top would be short lived as Rockin Ron was loaded with pace and overhauled Mel Mara from fourth in a flash shortly before 1:21.3 for the three-quarters was posted on the board. In a moment Rockin Ron (9-2) not only passed Mel Mara but left him completely in his wake by several lengths. As the field strode toward the final turn, it seemed Rockin Ron was going to collect an emphatic victory, as Check Six (Chris Page), Boston Red Rocks (Josh Sutton) and McWicked all had plenty of work to do from sixth, third and fourth, respectively. As Rockin Ron disposed of Check Six and Boston Red Rocks, McWicked was winding up along the inside and gaining on the leader with every inch. As Sears urged him on, the 6-year-old stallion edged past Rockin Ron with a :27.2 final panel to annex the race. Rockin Ron held for second while Boston Red Rocks and Check Six dead-heated for third place. Owned by Ed James and conditioned by Casie Coleman, 2014 Dan Patch Award winner McWicked boosted his career bankroll past the $2 million mark and collected the 22nd win of his 68-race career. The stallion suffered from breathing problems as a 4-year-old which caused him to miss nearly all of the 2015 season and abbreviated his campaign last year. In 2017, McWicked has compiled a record of 21-7-3-2 after those issues were rectified. “Casie has trained him on and off throughout his career and she has really done a great job with him,” Sears, who also won the Jug Preview with Downbytheseaside earlier on the card, said. “I’m just very happy I received the opportunity to drive him tonight and that I was able to win with him again.” Introduced in 2013, the race honors the late Jim Ewart, who was the race secretary at Scioto Downs from 1976 through 2002. Ewart, who worked as a race secretary at 18 different tracks in North America, plus Australia and New Zealand, died in 2012. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

Columbus, OH --- Sent off the prohibitive 1-9 favorite in the field of seven after the scratch of Henry The Dragon, harness racing world champion and Messenger Stakes victor Downbytheseaside, with Brian Sears at the lines, captured the $125,000 Jug Preview at Eldorado Scioto Downs in 1:51 on Saturday (Sept. 9). “We will take it easy with him next week (to prepare for the Little Brown Jug) and then start training him a little harder as the week goes on,” said Brian Brown, the colt’s conditioner after the race. Owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and Diamond Creek Racing, the 3-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Sprig Hanover left a step slower than his colleagues from post position one. Ohio Sire Stakes champion Drunk On Your Love (Dan Noble) took advantage of the leisurely beginning and shot to the lead from post position eight with Downbytheseaside right on his back. Drunk On Your Love led the field through a first quarter in :28.2 and that is when Sears decided to wait no longer to send his horse to the top. The duo came to the outside and cleared that rival by the three-eighths pole on the way to a :56.2 half-mile. Although Downbytheseaside remained in control, he did not place much separation between his rivals and himself through three-quarters in 1:24.1. As the horses commenced their drive into the final turn, Drunk On Your Love made his move from the pocket seat, while Sports Column (Andrew McCarthy) came with a brush to make his bid with Filibuster Hanover (Matt Kakaley) taking full advantage of that cover. As the field entered the stretch and continued down the lane, Drunk On Your Love paced through the passing lane while Filibuster Hanover and a very game Sports Column gave chase. Their efforts were in vain as Downbytheseaside held all his challengers at bay by a measured 1-1/2 lengths. Filibuster Hanover (6-1) was second with Sports Column (18-1) finishing third. Drunk On Your Love (13-1) rounded out the superfecta. Brown stated on several occasions this season that the colt’s feet had been problematic at times and after his workman–like triumph in the Messenger Stakes final on Sept. 2 he explained yet again Downbytheseaside was not at his best due to this recurring issue. Brown, however, has made some adjustments he feels could very well have remedied the situation. “We thought we might have to scratch (from the Messenger elimination) because his feet were sore,” he said. “Earlier in the spring he popped a gravel and it came out, but with this it never ever did. They were just bothering him, so we changed his shoes. I have to give all the credit to my blacksmith because he put the new flip-flops on him and he went right out and was much better. “We changed his shoes back to aluminum for the final and then changed them back to the flip-flops tonight. He came home in :26.4 tonight but the fractions were slow early. I’ll need to talk to Brian (Sears) and see what he thinks about how he is. Brian is a man of few words but when he talks I better listen.” With this victory, Downbytheseaside improved his lifetime record to 26-17-4-4 and has amassed nearly $1.6 million. His next engagement will be on Thursday (Sept. 21) in the Little Brown Jug. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

If harness racing trainer David Menary has any problem with Sintra, it's that there aren't enough days to enjoy the horse. "He's the kind of horse I wish I could race eight days a week," Menary said. "You don't have too many bad days when you get to take him to the track." Sintra, fresh off his win in last week's Canadian Pacing Derby, leads a group of 10 horses to Saturday's $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial for older pacers at central Ohio's Scioto Downs. The 4-year-old gelding will start from post No. 8 with Andrew McCarthy sitting in for regular driver Jody Jamieson, who will be racing at Mohawk. The field, assembled based on career earnings, also includes millionaires McWicked, Check Six, Luck Be Withyou, Boston Red Rocks, and Keystone Velocity. Rounding out the group are Mel Mara, Let's Drink On It, Rockin Ron, and Night Pro. Introduced in 2013, the race honors the late Jim Ewart, who was the race secretary at Scioto Downs from 1976 through 2002. Ewart, who worked as a race secretary at 18 different tracks in North America, plus Australia and New Zealand, died in 2012. Last year's edition of the Ewart was won by Always B Miki in a track-record 1:47, which also equaled the world record for pacing on a five-eighths-mile oval. Sintra, a son of Mach Three out of the mare Dancin Barefoot, has won eight of 13 races this year and earned $487,607. Jamieson has driven Sintra in every start but one this season. Brett Miller guided Sintra to a six-length win in a preliminary round of the Graduate Series at the Meadowlands in May. "The horse made a great impression on Brett and I loved the result that night," Menary said. "I think he will (make a good impression on McCarthy). I wish Andy wasn't handicapped with a poor starting spot, but hopefully we finish better than where we start." Menary owns Sintra with Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero. Gray and Denise Guerriero own Pedro Hanover, who McCarthy drove to victory in Monday's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male pacers. "It's cool," McCarthy said about being asked to drive Sintra. "I got lucky to pick him up. I've watched him race and he's got a heck of a lot of ability. He got a bad spot with the eight hole, but it looks like there's going to be a lot of action. We're just going to have to see how the cards fall and see where we end up." The 31-year-old McCarthy set career highs last year with 277 wins and $4.51 million in purses. This year he won the $242,500 Spirit of Massachusetts Stakes with JL Cruze, giving McCarthy the most lucrative open stakes victory of his career so far. He won two Pennsylvania Sire Stakes titles, with 3-year-old female pacer Caviart Ally joining Pedro Hanover, and had two second-place finishes in PaSS finals. "It's been a very good year," said McCarthy, a native of Australia who started driving in the U.S. in 2007. "It feels like it's starting to all fall into place a little bit." Just as it has for Sintra, who gave an indication of his talent last year when he won eight of 16 starts and earned $229,346. Five of the races he lost were won by Betting Line, who was Canada's Horse of the Year. "I don't think you can aim stupid crazy with any 4-year-old, but I've always had a lot of confidence in the horse," Menary said. "I think last year he came closer to beating Betting Line than any other 3-year-old did. He was lightly raced and I put him away in good shape. I was super excited about this year and we're living the dream right now. "He makes us all look good. He knows when it's game time. He's not the flashiest when training, but when he goes to the gate he's ready to play. I have great partners on the horse and we've had a lot of fun. Hopefully he's got lots of good days ahead of him." The Ewart is race 10, with a 9:30 p.m. estimated post time. The card also includes the $125,000 Jug Preview, race 7, which features multiple-stakes-winner Downbytheseaside in a field of nine. Downbytheseaside, trained by Ohio's Brian Brown, won last week's Messenger Stakes and has earned nearly $1 million this year. Following is the field for the Jim Ewart Memorial in post order with named drivers and trainers. PP-Sire-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Mel Mara by Lis Mara-Corey Callahan-Dylan Davis 2. Boston Red Rocks by Rocknroll Hanover-Ronnie Wrenn Jr.-Steve Elliott 3. McWicked by McArdle-David Miller-Casie Coleman 4. Let's Drink On It by Art Official-Travis Seekman-Joe Seekman 5. Luck Be Withyou by Western Ideal-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes 6. Check Six by Somebeachsomewhere-Chris Page-Ron Burke 7. Rockin Ron by Real Desire-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 8. Sintra by Mach Three-Andrew McCarthy-David Menary 9. Keystone Velocity by Western Hanover-Simon Allard-Rene Allard *10. Night Pro by Pro Bono Best-Ronnie Wrenn Jr.-Dale Decker *Night Pro starts in the second tier. Following is the field for the Jug Preview in post order with named drivers and trainers. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Downbytheseaside by Somebeachsomewhere-Brian Sears-Brian Brown 2. Sports Column by Sportswriter-Brett Miller-Blake MacIntosh 3. Bettor's Pick by Bettor's Delight-Kayne Kauffman-Ben Davis 4. Filibuster Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 5. Henry The Dragon by Dragon Again-Randy Tharps-Brenda Teague 6. Major Moe by Art Major-Trace Tetrick-Brian Brown 7. Scotch McEwan by McArdle-Josh Sutton-Jim Dailey 8. Drunk On Your Love by Foreclosure N-Dan Noble-Jim Pollock Jr. 9. Thrdthrsdaynsptmbr by Rock N Roll Heaven-Ken Holliday-Sherri Holliday Ken Weingartner

Brian Brown is a traveling man, but doesn't let that stop him from preparing his horses for the richest night of harness racing in the Buckeye State.   No less than ten pacing youngsters from the Brown Stable will go postward in tonight's $2 million Ohio Sires Stakes Championships at Scioto Downs--with 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers of each gender racing for $250,000. Brown will be in another state, racing some of the nation's top performers, but that doesn't mean his heart won't be in Ohio.   "Some of my top horses drew bad in the Championships," he noted. "So that's a little bit of a damper, but overall, I'm hopeful and optimistic for tonight. The excitement is back in Ohio and now the horsemen here have a chance to win some decent money. Nobody's going to give it to you--you have to earn it--but at least we have a chance now."   Brown will get that chance in the first OSS Championship, Race 4, for 2-year-old pacing colts, where three of his youngsters vie for first prize.   Slick Mick is a striking black son of the The Panderosa who has draw post four, and will have Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in the sulky for owner-breeder Milton Leeman of Columbus, OH. He scored a lone victory in OSS competition on July 22 at Northfield Park, tripping the timer in a career best 1:54.2.   The winner of $39,200 lifetime was third in Leg 1, second in Leg 2 and third in Leg 3 at Scioto just a few weeks ago.   "Slick Mick was in with Rock On Creek and Letsallrock in that last sires stakes and he was pacing the hardest down the stretch of any of them," Brown said. "He was three-wide in the last turn and was catching those two down by the wire and I think the world of both those horses. If he can catch a trip and get towed into the race, he might just surprise everyone. He raced his guts out that night. He's not a very bit colt, but he's super handy."   Slick Mick is the fifth foal out of the unraced Dragon Again mare Hufflepuff and is a half-brother to Hannah Abbot (by Dave Palone) p,3, 1:53.s ($86,502); Buckeye Battle Cry (by Woodstock) p,3, 1:56f ($23,297); and Olympe Maxime p,4, 1:56f ($20,756).   Dragonology hails from post five for driver Ryan Stahl and is a bay son of Dragon Again, who is the third foal out of the Riverboat King mare LaDiavla p,5, 1:51.4f ($416,730).   "I think he needs another year," Brown offered. "He's a tall, lean and growthy horse who I expect to be better this week in the championship. He can pace a bit, but is kind of a typical Dragon Again and you have to make him get on it. He has the ability, just not mindset yet, and I expect him to turn into a lot better horse next year."   Purchased for $25,000 out of the Ohio Select Sale, Dragonology won OSS Leg 2 on July 22 at Northfield in 1:53.2 for owners Country Club Acres, Findlay, OH; Joe Sbrocco, Brecksville, OH; and Aws Stable, Lima, OH. Bred by Kerry Feuker-Weed and Keneth Weed, Dragonology has $27,200 in his coffers.   Rock On Creek is Brown's final contestant in this division. This Pet Rock gelding is the first foal out of the Modern Art mare Pebble Creek p,6, 1:53.2h ($152,720), who won two legs of the OSS, was third in another and was second by a head to Letsallrock in 1:52.3 on Aug. 21 at Scioto Downs. He'll start from post eight with Chris Page at the controls.   "He got beat a head last week and then scoped terrible after that race," Brown stressed. "We've been working since kthen on getting him cleaned up. He had a lot of mucus. If he gets any kind of trip, he'll be right there in the Championship. Chris (driver Page) has protected him pretty well, but with this post he's got his work cut out for him. He has it all--speed, manners, desire, and is good-gaited. He really has no faults.   Rock On Creek was bred and is co-owned by Debbie Bird of Gores Landing, OH, along with Richard Lombardo, Solon, OH and Gosh Green, Milford, DE. He has $75,175 in career earnings from three wins, one second and a third in five lifetime starts.   In the 2-Year-Old Filly Pacing Championship (Race 5), Brown sends out Prsntpretynperfect and Shadows On Time. The former has swept all four OSS legs with aplomb and is five-for-five lifetime with $103,500 in earnings. Kayne Kauffman drives from post five.   "She's been a great surprise," Brown said. "We were initially just hoping she'd be good enough for the fairs and she turned out to be way more than that. She has more guts than a good many horses, and for a 2-year-old filly she has the greatest attitude on the track of any filly I've trained."   Purchased for $6,000 at the 2016 Ohio Select Yearling Sale, the daughter of Big Bad John is the third foal out of the Nihilator mare Wildfire Princess, p,4, 1:52.2z ($30,929) and is a full sister to Prince Giovanni p,3, 1:54.4h ($64,733) and to Banderbear p,3, 1:53.3f ($24,950). She was bred by Carl Howard and is owned by Jennifer Brown, Ostrander, OH; Richard Lombardo, Solon, OH; and Joshua Green, Milford, DE.   Shadows On Time is a tall, lanky daughter by The Panderosa, who is the 14th foal out of the Matt's Scooter mare Matt's Filly p,2, 1:55.3 ($64,606). She's a full sister to world champion Shadow Play p, 4, 1:47.4 ($1,549,881) and a host of other tough racehorses. Bred by Sam Stoltzfus, she is owned by J Craig Wood of Waterdown, ON.   "Shadows On Time can grind it out for quite a ways," Brown revealed. "Her last couple of training sessions have gone really well and she raced well in her last start. If she can get a good trip behind her stablemate, she could follow and be right there at the wire."   The coal black filly has one win and two seconds in five starts and $31,150 in earnings. She was second in the first two OSS legs, fourth in the third leg and fourth in leg 4. She sold at the 2016 Standardbred Sale at Harrisburg as a yearling for $25,000.   Bye Bye Felicia will carry the Brown stable colors postward in the 3-Year-Old Pacing Filly Championship (Race 8). Chris Page drives from post nine.   "Her last race was the best of the year and then she draws into the nine-hole," Brown stated. "She can take a lot of air and she can also leave some. She has a lot of guts and rarely puts forth a bad effort, but this is going to be a tough test for her from out there."   Bye Bye Felicia was a $7,000 yearling purchase at the 2015 Ohio Select Sale and was bred by Billy Walters and Joe McLead. A winner of $166,909 lifetime, she's owned by Jennifer Brown, Ostrander, OH; S Davis, Belle Valley, OH; Steve Mullet, Millersburg, OH and Joyce McClelland, Zanesville, OH.   "She raced really well early, then got a little sick and is now back to her old self," Brown noted.   This Woodstock lass is the second foal out of the unraced Camluck mare Tea Time and is a full sister to Harambe Deo p,2, 1:55f ($26,400). She was second by a neck in her last start, OSS Leg 4 at Northfield Park, timed in 1:52.4 on Aug. 26.   Four of Brown's charges--all sons of McArdle--vie in the 3-Year-Old Colt Pace Championship (Race 9).   Barnabas drew the best of the quartet, leaving from post five with Kayne Kauffman in the sulky. A $60,000 yearling purchase, he's the first foal out of the No Pan Intended mare Panagler p,4, 1:51.4s ($565,939) and is a full brother to the 2-year-old filly Merciless p,4,1:57.1f ($23,705). He finished sixth, first, second and third in his OSS tests this season and sports a bankroll of $143,614.   "He's the biggest, clumbsiest-looking horse on the track but when he paces fast he gets much better gaited," Brown explained. "He can leave fast and ultimately, this race comes down to the driver. This colt races best up near the front."   Barnabas was bred by Kevin Greenfield and is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocoo, Richard Lombardo and William Robinson.   McThriller starts from post seven with Tyler Smith at the lines. The bay gelding was a $75,000 yearling purchase at last season's Ohio Select Sale and was bred by Gbw Breeding Farms and is owned by Nr Holdings, Boca Raton, FL; TLP Stable, Kearny, NJ; and Howard Taylor, Philadelphia, PA. He's amassed $187,572 from six wins, four seconds and two thirds in 16 career starts.   "McThriller tries and he has guts and really wants to be a racehorse," Brown stressed. "But he's saddled with a bad post and we're hoping he can work out some kind of trip and get into the race. He's raced well every start from limited opportunities this season and now he's at the mercy of the draw and how the race sets up."   McThriller won two OSS legs, including a 1:51.2 score at Scioto on June 10, and was second in the other two. He is the first foal out of the Jate Lobell mare You Thrill Me p, 5, 1:51.1s ($255,452) and is a full brother to the 2-year-old Thrill Seeker p,2, Q1:57.1f ($19,600).   Starting from post eight with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., aboard is Lightning Onmyfeet, a $45,000 Ohio Select Yearling Sale purchase by D. Robinson, Cardington, OH; M. Robinson, Lewis Center, OH; Robert Mondillo, Delaware, OH; and Joyce McClelland, Zanesville, OH. This winner of $94,930 lifetime sports six wins, a second and three thirds in 15 starts.   "He's a really nice youngster who tries his heart out," Brown explained. "He's not a very big horse but he's one who gives a good performance in almost every start. I thought he might be the best of mine coming into the race but the draw didn't work out in his favor either. He's been good all summer but his last start just might have been at his best. Ronnie had him shut down coming down the stretch and he still kept coming."   That start saw Lightning Onmyfeet pace to a near wire-to-wire effort in OSS-Leg 4 at Scioto Downs on Aug. 25, when he stopped the timer in a hasty 1:51.3. He also won leg 1 this season and was second in leg 2 and third in leg 3. Bred by John Carver, he is the sixth foal out of the Western Hanover mare Western Top Cat p, 3, 1:54.4 ($29,682) and is a half-brother to Revenge Shark (by Cam's Card Shark) p,3, 1:50.2f ($425,107), etc.   Last, but not least is the $103,125-winning McRaven, a $27,000 yearling purchase owned by Country Club Acres and L&H Management Services--both of Findlay, OH. This brown gelding is the second foal out of the Real Desire mare Scooch ($1,124) who was bred by the Parent Racing Stable. Ryal Stahl will have the lines from post nine.   "I thought at the beginning of the year McRaven was my best horse, but we've been fighting ulcers all year," Brown said. "We do everything we can to help his stomach situation, and he gets a lot of turn-out time. He trained well this week, but again, the post isn't in his favor. All the McArdles have great attitudes and really want to be racehorses, and he fits the bill."   McRaven won his first OSS leg at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:54.2 and was third, second and fourth in the remaining three legs. He made just two starts as a freshman, winning both and has a 4-2-2 record from 12 career outings.   About the Ohio Sires Stakes: Ohio-breds are made eligible to the four-part series--featuring $40,000 purses per divisional leg--divided by age, gait and gender, by their owners with a March 15 payment. In 2017, the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) received 1,148 nominations of 2- and 3-year-old foals sired by Ohio-registered pacing and trotting stallions. The most lucrative of any series for Ohio-bred Standardbreds, the Ohio Sires Stakes saw a 6% gain in nominations from 2016 (1,091 nominees) and a 49% increase of 2015 nominations (774). Horses in the series are awarded points based on where they finish in each of the legs. Accumulated points are totaled after Leg 4, and Championships eligible-youngsters are posted on the Ohio State Racing Commission website (www.racingohio.net).   Post time for the Ohio Sires Stakes Championships is 6:30 pm.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Harness racing trainer Marty Wollam is no stranger to what works with young trotters. The 68-year-old talented trainer-driver--who is in his fifth decade of conditioning Standardbreds-- rarely misses having a few, and in this case, three talented individuals in the Ohio Sires Stakes Championships. Wollam will harness a pair of freshman trotting colts and one sophomore trotting filly in their respective $250,000 championships, set for Saturday, Sept.2 at Scioto Downs. Post time is 6:30 pm. Training at his home facility in Vienna, Ohio, this indefatigable, lifelong horseman has conditioned 1,811 winners, along with 1,800 runner-ups and 1,800 third-place finishers from 11,931 starters to $14,463,130 in career earnings. As a driver, he's amassed $5.676.668 from 1,148 winning steers. Joggingtothebank, a son of Break The Bank K notched his first career victory for Wollam on Aug. 24 in Leg 4 of the OSS series. Owned and bred in partnership by Wollam, along with Dale and Julie Ann Sweet of Toledo and Akron, OH, Joggingtothebank finished under wraps to driver Dan Noble, timed in 1:59.2 at Scioto Downs that evening. "He's got a lot of natural talent," Wollam said. "He's about as willing as can be and you can do anything you want with him. Plus, he has a strong finish in him. In that last start in the sires stakes, once he got his nose in front he hung on. "I raced his dam (Jogging Home, 4, 1:56.4f $182,392)," Wollam continued. "We bought her as a yearling at Harrisburg and she made $95,391 for us as a 2-year-old. This is her first baby." Joggingtothebank has $48,540 in his coffers for his connections thus far from five lifetime starts, and besides his lone victory in the OSS, also has two seconds and one third to his credit. He'll start from post seven in Race 3 with Danny Noble aboard again. Wollam's other charge in this same event is the Full Count colt Count On Cody, who has two wins, three seconds and a third in six career starts and $49,325 bankroll. He won his second leg of OSS action on July 18 at Scioto Downs in near wire-to-wire fashion for driver Jason Brewer, timed in a career best 1:57.1. "I think he hasn't come close to his potential," Wollam stressed. "He's still learning and hopefully he'll be better for Saturday night. He's a big growthy colt and kind of slow learner and the Full Counts tend to get a little anxious early. We've got his ears plugged to help with that, and it just might take him until next year to reach his full potential as a racehorse, but he's a really nice animal with a lot of desire." Bred and co-owned by Acadia Farms of Canfield, OH, along with G&B Racing of New Wilmington, PA, Count On Cody was a strong second to Sultan Of Cash in OSS round three at Northfield on Aug. 7 and third in the fourth leg to In My Dreams. "Both colts are pretty simple overall," Wollam stated. "Their best attributes are that they're both very natural trotters." The hard-headed Purple Sona carries the hopes of Acadia Farms, Dale Sweet and G&B Racing forward from post seven in the $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 3-year-old filly trot. "Her best asset is also her biggest fault," Wollam acknowledges. "She wants to go all the time and gives it everything she's got. She's strong at home and once she gets to the races. Kurt (driver Sugg) does a good job of keeping her relaxed in the post parade. She wears ear plugs to help keep her quiet, but once she gets near the gate and around the other horses she gets very excited." Purple Sona is a Dejarmbo lass, and is the first foal out of the unraced Donato Hanover mare Sonalona. She was a $30,000 yearling purchase at the 2016 Ohio Select Sale. "She's extremely good gaited and once she's off the gait she settles right down," Wollam said. "She was very solid in her last start in the sires stakes." Purple Sona has earned $125,898 lifetime, with $73,037 garnered this season from four wins and five seconds in 12 starts. She captured her OSS Leg 4 handily in a front-stepping 1:57.2 on Aug. 25 at Scioto Downs and gets Sugg in the sulky once again. Despite his many accomplishments, Wollam says he still gets butterflies for the Ohio Sires Stakes Championships. "I still get very nervous and excited and I think all three of these horses belong here," he admitted. "I'm also excited and happy for my son Miles, who has Full Surge in the 3-Year-Old Colt Championship. If you don't still get excited in these big races, you might as well get out." About the Ohio Sires Stakes: Ohio-breds are made eligible to the four-part series--featuring $40,000 purses per divisional leg--divided by age, gait and gender, by their owners with a March 15 payment. In 2017, the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) received 1,148 nominations of 2- and 3-year-old foals sired by Ohio-registered pacing and trotting stallions. The most lucrative of any series for Ohio-bred Standardbreds, the Ohio Sires Stakes saw a 6% gain in nominations from 2016 (1,091 nominees) and a 49% increase of 2015 nominations (774). Horses in the series are awarded points based on where they finish in each of the legs. Accumulated points are totaled after Leg 4, and Championships eligible-youngsters are posted on the Ohio State Racing Commission website (www.racingohio.net). Post time for the Ohio Sires Stakes Championships is 6:30 pm. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Harness racing trainer Ron Burke likes what he sees in Seeing Eye Single, but it is what he sees for the colt's future that is even better. Seeing Eye Single is 4-for-4 this year and the 3-1 morning-line favorite in Saturday's $250,000 Ohio Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male pacers at Scioto Downs. Seeing Eye Single will start from post No. 2 with Chris Page, the track's leading driver, listed in the sulky. "I think next year he is really going to be a good colt," Burke said about Seeing Eye Single. "He's just a little immature and has fought soundness issues a little bit. Obviously, every time he goes to the gate he figures out how to win, so that's a good sign. "We're not going to over-race him. I think when he figures it out, this is a good horse. I might race him at Delaware and I might race him one time at Lexington. That would be the most. And being honest, I could see me shutting him down after this race. At most he would have three more starts and very likely this could be it." Seeing Eye Single, a baseball term for a slow groundball that finds its way between infielders for a hit, reminds Burke of another late-blooming star --- one that has gone on to earn more money in purses than any horse in harness racing history. "We say it every once in a while, and it sounds stupid, but he reminds me a little of Foiled Again," Burke said. "I'm sure this is how Foiled was as a young horse. He wasn't quite mature and he hadn't quite figured it all out. That's the idea." Seeing Eye Single, like Foiled Again, is a son of stallion Dragon Again. He is the first foal out of mare Shabalabadingdong and was purchased for $25,000 at last year's Standardbred Horse Sale. He won his most recent race by a half-length, but the remaining three by a minimum of two lengths. Scioto Downs is hosting eight $250,000 Ohio Sire Stakes championship for 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters on Saturday, making it the richest day on the state's racing calendar. Burke also has contenders in 2-year-old female trotter Dashanay, 2-year-old female pacer Baron Remy, and 3-year-old female pacers Rosa's Touch and Rosemary Rose. Rosemary Rose started the year with five consecutive wins, but went off stride in her first Ohio Sire Stakes start and finished ninth. She was seventh in the next round of the sire stakes, but rebounded with a second-place finish in the next leg and a win in the final preliminary round to qualify for the championship. "I really thought she was our best chance to win a final, and then that we might not even make the final, so I was thrilled to make it," Burke said. "I've always felt she was the best filly in the state. All her bad miles have come in the sire stakes; other than that she's raced very good horses and beat them. She's a very good horse." Rosemary Rose, a daughter of stallion Foreclosure N out of Pantathlon, has won eight of 17 races this year and earned $114,277. She will start her sire stakes championship from post eight and is the 4-1 second choice behind Tyler George's Pistol Packin Mama, at 3-1. Rosa's Touch, a daughter of The Panderosa-Touch Of Bogart who has won five of 20 starts this year, is 9-2 from post one. "She is going to need a trip," Burke said. "If she gets a trip she can go with them." Dashanay, who is 8-1 on the morning line, will start from post seven in the sire stakes championship for 2-year-old filly trotters. She has one win in five races this season. Her victory, though, came at Scioto Downs, where she also has two second-place finishes to her credit. "She is probably only one of a few of mine that's overachieved this year," Burke said about the daughter of Manofmanymissions-Eastern Starlet. "She just gets better and better. I think she is sitting on a real good mile. It's at Scioto and she's been good there. I'm looking for her to be good again. "It would have been better to draw inside, but last year I learned one thing --- every race in Ohio was very competitive and very action-packed. You've usually got a shot. As long as you stay out and keep pulling the right line you'll get your chance." Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and the championships are races two through nine. For the complete card, click here. Ken Weingartner

The old adage 'Busy As A Beaver' certainly applies to one of Ohio's top trotting conditioners, as harness racing trainer Chris Beaver will harness no less than eight diagonally-gaited Standardbreds in a trio of $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships on Saturday night, Sept. 2 at Scioto Downs. Being involved in the Ohio Sires Stakes is nothing new to the 45-year-old Columbus, Ohio native, who has had multiple champions over the last decade, but this year for certain, Chris Beaver really is a busy guy. A resident of Radnor, Ohio, where he trains 40+ horses on his home farm, Beaver utilizes his half-mile track, paddocks and Equicisor-traveling to the nearby Delaware County Fairgrounds on occasion to put in some faster miles on his youngsters. "Our track is nice to get some good work in them, but a lot of times I'll go to Delaware to stretch them out a bit," Beaver explains. "For a mile faster than 2:05, I'll go to Delaware." A conditioner of 739 winners to date who've earned $14,448,112, Beaver is no slouch in the driving department either with stats of 88-80-83 from 670 starters and $509,429 in career earnings. Last year was his most fruitful ever, as he trained 102 winners, 92 second-place finishers and 44 third-place finishers from 436 starters to $2,204,454 in seasonal earnings. Yet, despite his success, Beaver is modest, affable and always determined. "Being in these big races never gets old," he offered. "It's something we all work toward in this business." As well, Beaver never strays far from the Ohio-based stallion Triumphant Caviar, 4, 1:51.4s ($796,794), a son of SJ's Caviar whom he conditioned to a new world record clocking of 1:54.2 in the $87,000 Old Oaken Bucket at the 2009 Delaware County Fair. The rugged stallion also won a $42,500 Kindergarten Stake that same fall at Lexington's Red Mile before finishing second to Muscle Hill in the $600,000 Breeders Crown Sophomore Trot at Woodbine on Oct. 24, 2009. To date, from three crops of racing age, Triumphant Caviar has produced 89 starters, with 31 timed in 2:00 or better and five clocked in 1:55 or better, with $4,255,645 in total foal earnings. Beaver trains two of the top fillies in the freshman trotting division-Red Storm and Sesame (pronounced Sesa-MAY) and says the latter is a fast filly who might be even better as a 3-year-old. "Sesame is good gaited and fast off the gait, and perhaps lacks just a bit of determination at this point to be a really good filly. However, I think she'll become more of a racehorse as she matures," Beaver said. "Red Storm is one of the best fillies in her division, but she drew really badly (post 9, race 2). She has a lot of assets-she's as easy to work with as any horse I've ever laid hands on. Everything has been easy with her-she's good mannered and slick gaited and quick. She doesn't have a lot of downfalls. Maybe there's one or two that can trot faster, but she's pretty close to them." Red Storm is the $75,800-winning daughter by Stormin Normin, out of the Chip Chip Hooray mare Ms. Pollyanna 3, 1:57.2f ($53,948). She is a half-sister to Moonlight Espoir (by Windsong Espoir) 1:56.1s ($52,209) and to Miss Lorelei (by Break The Bank K) 3, 2:01.2f ($47,983). She was third, then second in the first two legs of the series, then won the third and fourth legs in 1:57 and 1:58.2 respectively for breeder-owner Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH. "Sandra (Burnett) has a pair of mares that are sisters, and Red Storm is out of a sister to Evanora's dam, "Beaver noted. "Evanora (3, 1:56.3h $115,348) was very tough to deal with and Red Storm is exactly the opposite." Sesame won the first two OSS legs-in 1:59 and 1:58.4-then finished third and second in legs 3 and 4 for Beaver, who owns the Triumphant Caviar lass in partnership with Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH. Bred by Jonas Schlabach of Applecreek, OH, Sesame has two wins, two seconds and a third in six starts with a bankroll of $59,001. Beaver sends out Gabbysloosechange, Chim Swift and Bamaslastchance in the 3-year-old filly trot championship. Gabbysloosechange won the first three OSS legs in 1:57.2, 1:54.4 and 1:58, but finished a disappointing sixth in leg 4. "She faded a bit in her last start and I think that was due to the track condition," Beaver assessed. "She was wearing flip flops up front all summer and was winning in them up until her last start, so I took them off this week. The top of the track was sliding away a little and she needs a little bit more shoe to be able to get ahold of the track. I put a pair of full swedges on her and she trained well in them, so we'll leave them on for Saturday." Unraced as a freshman, Gabbysloosechange has earned $99,875 this season from ten starts, with seven wins and one second, recording a mark of 1:54.4h in a June 17 OSS contest at Northfield Park. "My parents raised and sold her at the Ohio Select Yearling Sale for $20,500," he continued. "She was the first foal out of the mare, and didn't make it to the races as a 2-year-old and my parents were able to get her back after she had been sent to the Amish, and we took her to Florida all winter. She was a little tough to get gaited-as some of the Triumphant Caviar's can be-and I think she just got hung up somewhere along the way as a 2-year-old until she figured things out this winter. She's never been the type to leave the field behind her but she has a strong desire to win." Beaver, his parents and grandparents owned and bred Gabbysloosechange's dam, Gabby's Creditcard, 4, 1:58.h ($135,694); her grand-dam Lotstoliveupto, 3, 1:56.4M ($147,038); and her great grand-dam, Lookslikenorma, 4, 1:57.3f ($219, 249) Chim Swift is another daughter by Triumphant Caviar, who won the first OSS leg in 1:57.3, before finishing second, third and seventh in the following legs. She has career earnings of $158,093 with a 2-year-old mark of 1:57.2f and is a full sister to Kestrel 4, 1:52.1f ($391,845), who was the 2015 Ohio 2-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year. Chim Swift is co-owned by Beaver and breeder Wilbur Lang. "She's been slightly disappointing lately and again, I think it comes down to racetrack surface," Beaver said. "I've added grab to her shoes this week. Initially, I had a backward shoe on her to help her roll over and have since changed to a forward shoe. Her last two starts she made breaks early in the mile, and I had to do something because she just hasn't raced to her potential. She's a lot like Seasme-fast off the gait and slick when she stays flat. For awhile, she and Gabbysloosechane were head-to-head as far as training. She's big and strong, and I'm hopeful that this shoeing adjustment will resolve her issues." Bamaslastchance was purchased by Beaver for $2,700 at the Blooded Horse Sale and has since earned $111,092 for her trainer, who owns the daughter of Iron Duke along with Synerco Ventures, Inc., of Toronto, ON; Steven Zeehandelar of Worthington, OH and Michael Robinson of Lewis Center, OH. She has yet to find the winner's circle in an OSS test this season but has a number of county fair victories on her card. "I've bought all three foals out of the Kadabra mare (Sweethomeourbama 3, Q2:04.1h $1,238), and they've all been nice horses. The dam crossed well with Iron Duke and her first foal, Sunrise Nibbles 3, 1:57.4h ($223,764), won her OSS Championship as a 2-year-old in 2014," Beaver offered. "Bamaslastchance is the last foal out of the mare. She's a very quick and consistent filly." In the 3-year-old colt trotting championship, Beaver has three outstanding sons of Triumphant Caviar, including Fraser Ridge, who is the top point-getter in his division-having won legs 1, 2, and 4, with a second-place finish in leg 3. This colt has $245,457 in earnings and sports a career mark of 3, 1:55.1f for Beaver and partners Donald Robinson of Cardington, OH; Robert Mondillo, Delaware, OH; and RBH Ventures, New York, NY. He was bred by Steve Stewart of Paris, KY. "He's very fast, he's good gaited and is a solid trotter," Beaver explained. "He actually trotted in 1:52.2 in 2016, when he was second to Walner (in the $56,000 International Stallion Stakes at Lexington on Oct. 6, 2016) and if he gets the right kind of trip he can trot very, very fast." Beaver said Fraser's Ridge's greatest asset-aggressive speed-and can also be difficult to manage at times. "We've had trouble with him," Beaver admitted. "He can be very aggressive and we've tried to race him most of the year off cover. All winter I trained him on a helmet (behind someone else) and we've tried to race him that way. Once he gets daylight he just wants to go, go, go. All the rigging I use on him is designed to try to relax him and keep control of him." Always A Good Time won a lone OSS leg (3) with a fifth, third and second-place finish in the other three rounds. Owned by Beaver, James Gallagher, Columbus, OH; Mark Schwartz, Westerville, OH; and Steven Zeehandelar, Worthington, OH; Always A Good Time has $189,137 in his career bankroll and recorded a mark of 3, 1:55.3f in an OSS event on June 19 at Scioto Downs. He was bred by John Carver of Rock Island, IL. "This horse is very consistent and nice to work around and will become a better racehorse overtime," Beaver noted. "He's a horse that no matter what, he puts out a good performance. He was second in the 2-year-old Championship last year. He's a grinder and is a bit faster than last season and is staked outside of Ohio and should trot some fast miles." Buckeye Boss also won a lone OSS test for his connections (leg 3), with a seventh, fourth and second-place finish in the other three legs. A winner of $196,610 lifetime for owners Beaver, breeder Marion Beachy, Sugarcreek, OH; and Synerco Ventures, New York, NY, Buckeye Boss took a mark of 1:55.1 at Scioto Downs in a $52,150 Ohio Fair Stake on Aug. 5. "I thought he'd be the best horse in my barn this year when I he was training down with Moonshine Hanover-who was second in the Breeders Crown last year," Beaver stated. "He was flawless over the winter and I staked him to the Canadian Trotting Classic and Kentucky Futurity and five top-level races after the OSS. He's just felt like the strongest horse to me last winter. When he got back to Ohio he started making breaks and I drove him to try to figure him out. We found he had a knee that was bothering him and have been working all summer at fixing that. I don't know if he's shown us his best yet because we've raced him sparingly to be ready for these big races. "I always thought he was my best 3-year-old of all of them, but now anyone of the three can do well, especially Fraser Ridge, who has seemed to have hit a new level recently," Beaver added. "All three of these colts are good enough to race well in some of the Grand Circuit races outside of Ohio, as long as they stay healthy and sound." About the Ohio Sires Stakes: Ohio-breds are made eligible to the four-part series-featuring $40,000 purses per divisional leg-divided by age, gait and gender, by their owners with a March 15 payment. In 2017, the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) received 1,148 nominations of 2- and 3-year-old foals sired by Ohio-registered pacing and trotting stallions. The most lucrative of any series for Ohio-bred Standardbreds, the Ohio Sires Stakes saw a 6% gain in nominations from 2016 (1,091 nominees) and a 49% increase of 2015 nominations (774). Horses in the series are awarded points based on where they finish in each of the legs. Accumulated points are totaled after Leg 4, and Championships eligible-youngsters are posted on the Ohio State Racing Commission website (www.racingohio.net). Post time for the Ohio Sires Stakes Championships is 6:30 pm. Kimberly Rinker

The richest night in Ohio harness racing will commence when eight $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships are contested on Saturday evening, Sept. 2 at Scioto Downs. Divisional crowns for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders at the five-eighths mile oval are the next-to-last piece of the 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes competition pie. Eight, $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolations will be featured at Northfield Park on Saturday, Oct. 14. Ohio-breds were made eligible to the four-part series-which featured $40,000 purses per divisional leg-divided by age, gait and gender, by their owners with a March 15 payment. In 2017, the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) received 1,148 nominations of 2- and 3-year-old foals sired by Ohio-registered pacing and trotting stallions. The most lucrative of any series for Ohio-bred Standardbreds, the Ohio Sires Stakes saw a 6% gain in nominations from 2016 (1,091 nominees) and a 49% increase of 2015 nominations (774). This season's figures are more than double 2014 nominations (457) and nearly triple 2013 figures (387). Horses in the series are awarded points based on where they finish in each of the legs and accumulated points are then totaled after the fourth leg, and Championships eligible-youngsters are posted on the Ohio State Racing Commission website (www.racingohio.net). Five undefeated youngsters in OSS events are eligible to their respective Championships, including four-for-four winner Seeing Eye Single, a 2-year-old pacing colt conditioned by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing, Karr, Libby, Purnel, Silva and Weaver Bruscemi. The son of Dragon Again, out of the Western Ideal mare Shabalabadingdong has swept the four-leg OSS series with winning times of 1:53.1; 1:53.4, 1:53 and 1:53.4 and $80,000 in career earnings for his connections. Prsntpretynperfect, a daughter of Big Bad John out of the Towner's Big Guy mare Wildfire Princess, swept the 2-year-old pacing filly ranks and also captured a $47,000 Ohio Fair Stake in late July. The five-for-five winner of $103,500 in her career is trained by Brian Brown and is owned by Jennifer Brown, Richard Lombardo & Josh Green. Looking For Zelda captured all four legs of the freshman trotting filly divisions for trainer Norm Parker and owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. The Break The Bank K lass sports a winning mark of 1:56.4 en route to earnings of $101,000. In addition to her four OSS victories, Looking For Zelda notched a $42,000 Ohio Fair Stake on July 27 at Scioto Downs. Sultan Of Cash is undefeated in six career starts in the freshman trotting ranks, including three in OSS competition-having won legs 1, 2, and 3. Owned and trained by Roger Hughes, Jr., the son of Cash Hall-Anything But Love-Conway Hall has $85,515 in career earnings, having also won an $83,400 Ohio Fair Stake, plus a pair of Ohio County Fair events earlier in the season. Pistol Packin Mama was also undefeated in her trio of OSS starts (legs 1, 2, & 3) in the sophomore pacing filly division for the Herres Stables of Bellbrook, Ohio. Trained by Tyler George, the daughter by The Panderosa has notched $60,000 in earnings from OSS contests and sports a career bankroll of $107,750. Master pacing conditioner Brian Brown has nine top youngsters eligible to OSS Championships, including: McThriller, Lightning Onmyfeet, McRaven and Barnabas-in the 3-year-old pacing colts division; Bye Bye Felicia in the 3-year-old pacing filly ranks; Prsntpretynperfect and Shadows On Time-2-year-old filly pacers; and Rock On Creek and Slick Mick in the 2-year-old pacing colts division. Ohio's trotting guru, Chris Beaver has eight trainees who are tops in their divisions, including: Fraser Ridge, Always A Good Time and Buckeye Boss-3-year-old colt trotters; Gabbysloosechange, Chim Swift and Bamaslastchance-3-year-old filly trotters; and Red Storm and Sesame-2-year-old filly trotters. Another trotting master, Marty Wollam, has four trotting Championship eligibles: Count On Cody and Joggingtothebank in the 2-year-old colt trot division; Purple Sona in the 3-year-old filly trot division; and Lord Of The Reigns in the 3-year-old colt trotting ranks. North America's leading trainer Ronnie Burke has four possible Championship starters, including: the aforementioned Seeing Eye Single-2-year-old colt pacer; Dashany-2-year-old filly trotter; and Rosa's Touch and Rosemary Rose-2-year-old filly pacers. Kimberly Rinker

Five $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions were contested at Scioto Downs on Friday night, Aug. 25--with a pair of splits for harness racing 3-year-old trotting fillies and a trio featuring 3-year-old colt pacers. These contests were the fourth leg in the series, which culminates on Super Night, Sept. 2 at Scioto, with $250,000 Championships for 2- and 3-year-olds of both genders and gaits. Lightning Onmyfeet captured the first OSS pacing division in 1:51.3 for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., as the 4-5 favorite, obliterating his rivals by more than seven lengths. Brian Brown trains the son of McArdle, who is owned by the Erv Miller Stable, PA; Donald Robinson, OH; J&T Silva, NY; and Stable 45, FL. Josh Sutton drove 8-1 Three Card to finish second, while 22-1 longshot Norm At Work was third for Kayne Kauffman. Lightning Onmyfeet was second in the second OSS leg on June 10 at Scioto and third in Leg 3 on July 1 at Northfield. Purchased for $45,000 at the Ohio Select Yearling Sale, Lightning Onmyfeet upped his career earnings to $94,930 from six wins, one second and third thirds in 15 starts. He is the sixth foal out of the Western Hanover mare Western Top Cat p,3, 1;54.4 ($29,687) and is a half-brother to: Revenge Shark (by Cam's Card Shark) p,3, 1:50.2 ($425,107); Doing Some Damage (by Cole Muffler) p,5, 1:54.1f ($155,932); Top Official (by Art Official) p,5,1:56.2f ($44,562); and Gotmyredressontnit (by Roll With Joe) p,2, 1:54.4h ($43.653). Driver Josh Sutton was in the sulky behind the next two pacing division winners. First, he drove Rose Run Sydney in a gate-to-wire effort to stop the timer in a new lifetime clocking of 1:52.2 for trainer Dustin Arledge and owner Mary J. Thompson of Orient, OH. The bay, Big Bad John gelding finished 1¾ lengths ahead of 3-2 rival Gotta Go B B (Danny Noble), with 7-1 Sunny's Bro (Greg Grismore) notching third. Bred by Joel J. Miller, Big Bad Arcster sold for $6,500 at the Ohio Selected Yearling sale last fall and upped his career earnings to $52,212 from seven wins, three seconds and five thirds in 27 starts. He is the second of three foals out of the Camluck mare Andromeda p, 4, 1:52.1s ($123,794). Next, Sutton piloted Scotch McEwan to a 1:51 lifetime best mark in the third OSS pacing division. The son of McArdle also enjoyed a front-stepping trip that saw him three-quarters ahead of stablemates 9-1 McThriller (Chris Page) and 4-1 Barnabas (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) at the wire. Both are conditioned by Brian Brown. The robust bay gelding was bred by Rebecca Ewing and sold for $30,000 at the Ohio Select Sale last fall to Carl Atley, of Xenia, OH. Scotch McEwan is the first foal out of the Stand Forever mare Forever Ivy, p,5,1:50.3f ($355,291). In the pacing divisions eight were by the stallion McArdle, while seven were sired by Big Bad John, three by Art Officials and two by Woodstock. The stallions Art's Chip, Charley Barley, Foreclosure N, The Panderosa and World Of Rocknroll were all represented by one progeny each. As well, in the first pacing division, the first two finishers were by McArdle and in the fourth pacing division the first three finishers were by McArdle, while in the third division the first three finishers were sired by Big Bad John. Rose Run Sydney trotted to victory for driver Jason Brewer and Steve Carter, timed in 1:56.2 in a come-from-behind effort. The brown daughter by Triumphant Caviar is co-owned by Carter in partnership with Adam Friedland of Brooklyn, NY and Rbr Racing of Ashland, OH. Kayne Kauffman drove 50-1 longshot Simona Dream up for second-place honors, while 48-1 Monee Bank was third for Randy Tharps. Rose Run Sydney won OSS Leg 1 on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:58.1, then captured Leg 2 on June 17 at Northfield in 1:55.3 and was second by a nose on July 14 at Scioto Downs. She rebounded a few weeks later to captured a $51,650 Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto in 1:56.4. Rose Run Sydney now has $212,892 in career earnings from 13 wins, five seconds and two thirds in 21 lifetime trips postward. Bred by the Roes Run Farm, she garnered a $10,000 price tag at the 2016 Ohio Select Yearling Sale. She is the fifth foal out of the Angus Hall mare Stonebridge Dancer 3, 1:57.3f ($34,902) and is a full sister to Rose Run Ida 2, 2:01f ($14,770) and a half-sister to Magic Dancing 3, 1:59.3f ($52,664); Magic Hat 4, Q, 1:57.3s ($38,951) and Whitegloves 4, 1:57s ($33,145)--all by Kadabra. Purple Sona trotted solidly for Kurt Sugg to notch her fourth win of the season and sixth win lifetime in a front-end 1:57.2 effort. Conditioned by Marty Wollam, the bay daughter of Dejarmbro took the lead at the start and never looked back, upping her career earnings to $125,898 for owners Acadia Farm, Canfield, OH; Dale Sweet, Toledo, OH: and G&B Racing, New Wilmington, PA. Vatanna was three-quarters of length back in second with Kayne Kauffman in the bike at 7-1 odds, while 3-5 Beautiful and Danny Noble were third. The big burly filly was bred by the Double Spring Farm and sold for $30,000 at the Ohio Select Yearling Sale last fall. She is the first and most prolific foal out of the unraced Donato Hanover mare Sonalona Hanover. In the two trotting divisions, the stallion Dejarmbro was represented by seven starters, while Triumphant Caviar had four of his youngsters competing. The sires Break The Bank K and And Away We Go each had two of their progeny racing in OSS events, while Iron Duke had one. Ohio Sires Stakes continue at Northfield Park on Saturday, Aug. 26 with 3-year-old trotting colts and 3-year-old pacing fillies in fourth round action. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

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