Victory Is Coming and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.stole the spotlight with their world and new track record performance of 1:51 at Scioto Downs Friday. The previous world record of 1:51.4 for an aged trotting mare on a 5/8 mile track was set by Beatgoeson Hanover and In Your Room, both in 2013. The previous track record of 1:52.2 was held by Unefoisdanmavie and Modern Family. The 7-year old mare by Victory Sam out of Norse Comer is trained by Ammon Hershberger for Betty and John Shaw. Victory Is Coming has now earned over $520,000 in her 107 starts and has made 47 trips the winners circle. The mare started from post five in the full field of 10 and went off at odds of 8-5. Wrenn got away an early fifth behind the battle of Its Complicated and Creatine. Clicking the opener quarter in a hot, :26.2. The pace didn't slow much when Lachance grabbed leather with Creatine to drop in third. They clocked the half mile in :54 and it was shortly after that Wrenn pulled the right line and made a quick brush to the front. Victory Is Coming quickly opened up 3-lengths on the field as she hit the three quarters in 1:22.2. Wrenn had the talented mare well in hand as the cruised to a 1-1/4 lengths victory over Southwind Pepino. The other lone mare in the field, Daylon Miracle was a closing third. Freshman fillies dominate in $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes at Scioto Downs on Friday night. Like Old Times and Josh Sutton set a new track record of 1:57.2 for 2-year trotting fillies at Scioto Downs. The previous record of 1:57.2 was held by Rose Run Keepsake. Like Old Times is a daughter of Chip Chip Hooray out of Royal Two. She's trained by Don McKirgan for Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, Ohio. She started from post four in the field of eight and was in good company. The 9-5 morning line favorite, Dark Roast started from post five. Dark Roast and Kurt Sugg left out for command and landed In The Pocket spot, but were out to take command just passed the 1/4 that was trotted in :28.3. Sutton and Like Old Times were parked the entire way and still were charging for command after the half that was trotted in :59. Dark Roast and Like Old Times went toe to toe and stride for stride down the three quarters that was clocked on 1:27.4. Sutton finally asked the filly for more and she responded by opening up on the field by 5-3/4 lengths. Sammy Star and Aaron Merriman came on late for second and Dark roast held on for third. Bettys Sam and trainer, driver Ammon Hershberger upset their division in 1:57.4. Bettys Sam is owned by John "Red" and Betty Shaw of Mt. Vernon, Ohio. She's by Victory Sam out of Norse Comer. She was out to prove that she wanted to be just like her sister, Victory Is Coming and her point was made. The filly started from the rail, but still had hard work ahead of her. The undefeated Sunrise Nibbles had post four in the field of eight. Page sent Sunrise Nibbles to her normal spot and clocked the opening quarter in :29. Ammon had Bettys Sam sitting third and after the :30 second quarter decided it was time to move. She started her first over grind and hit the three quarters in 1:28.2. Sunrise Nibbles and Bettys Sam battled down the stretch, a small neck separated the fillies. Bettys Sam earned the victory and paid $71.40 to win. Chip Girl and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.completed the trifecta. Lisa Jane takes the final division for trotting fillies in a career best, 1:57.2. Lisa Jane started from post five and Ryan Stahl had the lines for trainer, Scott Cox. She's a daughter of Neely Dunn out of Vanilla B and is owned by Parent Racing Stable LLC and G.Peters. Stahl wasted no time to gain control of the fractions. After the opening quarter was trotted in :28.4 by Tt'scaramelcream, Ryan made the move to the front. The trotted to the half in a moderate :59.1 and passed the three quarters in 1:28.2. Lisa Jane was well in hand and won by 3-1/2 lengths over Student Of Life and Dolly Dunn was third. Bell Flower and Chris Page dominate their $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes division in 1:55. Bell Flower never made her connections anxious as the heavy favorite. She started from post six in the field of eight. Page steered the perfect filly to the top and never looked back. She clocked fractions of :28.1,:57.1 and 1:25.4 before drawing clear by 7 lengths. Crosswinds Cupcake and Dan Noble rallied for second and Ut Oh Spakiddio grabbed the show spot. Sectionlinefriskie breaks her maiden with a win in her division of Ohio Sires Stakes in 1:56. Sectionlinefriskie is a daughter of Feelin Friskie out of Aquatic Yankee. She's trained by Steve Bauder for Harold Bauder, Michael Dixon and Harold Lee Bauder. Dan Noble had the assignment from post seven and was overlooked at 22-1. Noble ended up an early seventh in the field of eight. The heavy 1-5 choice, Friskie Lil Devil was the pace setter and cut fractions of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:27. Aaron Merriman and Zoey's Lemon Tart sat the pocket trip and waited to pounce in the stretch. Neither one could hold off the late charge from Sectionlinefriskie. She paced her final quarter in :28.3 Friskie Lil Devil settled for the place spot and Zoey's Lemon Tart was third. From Scioto Downs Racino
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and Dan Noble will be recognized for their National Dash Driving Championships as part of the Wall of Fame ceremonies at Northfield Park on Sunday, August 10, 2014. The banquet will begin at 5:00 p.m. Wrenn topped the North American driving ranks in 2013 with 714 victories. Dave Palone (645), Bruce Aldrich, Jr. (645), Corey Callahan (619) and Tim Tetrick (582) completed the top five drivers by wins. Despite being a regular at Northfield Park, where he picked up 55% of his 2013 total wins, Wrenn split his time among several different venues last year. In addition to being a regular at Northfield, he drove at Batavia Downs, Buffalo Raceway, Colonial Downs, Monticello Raceway, Northville Downs, Raceway Park, Scioto Downs and several county fairs. Wrenn garnered 388 wins over the Flying Turns in 2013, placing him atop Northfield's leader board. His nearest competitor, Aaron Merriman, drove 234 winners. Keith Kash, Jr. (213), Jason Thompson (196) and Chris Page (193) rounded out the top five local reinsmen. "The dash title is really nice to have been able to accomplish. I have been very lucky and blessed to have driven well-conditioned horses for some great trainers," commented Wrenn. "It means a lot that my Dad was able to see me win the title. That definitely made it more special." Wrenn's father, Ron Sr., passed away in May, 2014. Dan Noble was North America's Dash Champion in 2011. Noble scored 773 victories in 2011, finishing ahead of George Brennan, who had 754 wins. Tim Tetrick (746), Dave Palone (698) and George Napolitano, Jr. (540) followed. Noble scored 56% of his yearly win tally at Northfield, topping the local driver standings by an authoritative margin. With 436 victories, his nearest competitor was Ryan Stahl, who drove 283 winners. Kurt Sugg (252), Wyatt Irvine (223) and Aaron Merriman (196) completed the top five. Winning Northfield's title was not Noble's only accomplishment in 2011. He also claimed the dash titles at Scioto Downs, The Red Mile and Lebanon Raceway's spring meet. Noble's busy 2011 season meant a lot of travel. "It was a long year to pursue the dash title, but I'm really glad I did it," Noble commented. Dan's father, Sam (Chip) Noble III, who was the national UDRS driving champion in 1978, 1981 and 1983, had the joy of witnessing his son's feat before his death from cancer in January of this year. Northfield Park's Wall of Fame Banquet is a triennial event. Candidates are nominated and considered by the Wall of Fame Trustees: Tom Aldrich, Vice-Chairman of Milstein Entertainment; Jerry Knappenberger, General Manager of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association; Ayers Ratliff, Northfield Park Director of Racing Communications and Assistant Director of Racing. Once a consensus is reached among the trustees, additional input and final approval is sought from the Wall of Fame Advisory Committee consisting of Scott Cox, Northfield Park OHHA Track Director; Amy Hollar, Northfield Park OHHA Track Representative; Tye Loy, 2010 Wall of Fame Inductee; Kent Sherman, Trainer/Driver At Large OHHA Board Member; Clair Unholtz, 2004 Wall of Fame Inductee; Martin Wollam, 2010 Wall of Fame Inductee; Dave Bianconi, Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting; and Mike Colacarro, Northfield Park Assistant General Manager. Other presentations at the August 10th event will be made to the Class of 2013 Wall of Fame Inductees, the Distinguished Owner, and the winners of the John Lee Good Fellowship, Willie C. Banks Ideal Employee, and Outstanding Caretaker Awards. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park
Ohio Sires Stakes and Opens highlight the Friday night card at Scioto Downs Friday. The two and three year old fillies in their respective divisions went post ward for their share of the $40,000 purse. There were nine total divisions for the trotting and pacing fillies and many favorites prevailed. The Sire Stake action kicked off in race one on the 14-race card with two-year old pacing fillies. A field of eight went behind the wings, including the 1-9 favorite, Bell Flower. Bell Flower showed her talent and dominated the field in 1:55.3. She's a daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye and Our Lady Countess. She's trained and partially owned by Fred Huff Jr and John Fairchild. Coming off her impressive qualifier of 1:54.4, she didn't disappoint her supporters. Chris Page had the lines and started from post two. The pair left for command and were the uncontested pace setters. Page clicked fractions of 27.1, 57, 1:26.1 and cruised to a four and three quarter length victory. Zoey's Lemon Tart and Aaron Merriman closed for second and Medoland Kendolin was third. The second race on the program featured a field of seven two-year old trotting fillies. Student Of Life for trainer and driver Marty Wollam prevailed in an impressive 1:58.3. Student Of Life is by Full Count out Lynn's Slider. She's owned by Acadia Farms Inc and G&B Racing of Ohio. The filly started from post three and that's were they got away. The heavy favorite, Bet On Chip and Chris Page for trainer, Devan Miller set the fractions of 29.2, 58.2 and 1:27.4. Giving Sammy Star and Aaron Merriman a perfect pocket trip, but it wasn't enough to fend off the late brush of Student Of Life. Bet On Chip was second and Sammy star was third. Only a neck separated these three fillies. The third race was a mild upset in the three year old trotting fillies first division. Sandys Victory and Josh Sutton rallied in 1:57.2. Sandys Victory is the daughter of Victory Sam and Amessageforsandy. She's conditioned by Larry Tinch who also owns with John E Reames. The filly started from post eight in the field of eight and was the post time second choice. In The Grippers was the 3-5 favorite and she started from post one. Page used the inside to his advantage and clocked favorable fractions of 28.3, 59 and 1:27.4 with In The Grippers. He had company going to the three quarters in the form of Sandys Victory. The filly wrestled the lead away in the stretch and trotted on to a one and a quarter length victory. Majesty Dream and Kayne Kauffman rallied for place and In The Grippers completed the trifecta. Three year old filly pacer Crown Time Keeper kept her stellar season going with a career best effort of 1:54. Crown Time Keeper and driver Chris Page were the post time favorite at 2-5 and rightfully so. The three year old filly by Feelin Friskie out of Crowntime Noreturn is trained by Steve Carter for owner and breeder, Esther Crownover. The filly didn't have her usually front end spot, but it didn't derail her. The fractions of 28 and 56.2 flushed her and she started her first over grind. Crown Time Keeper hit the three quarters in 1:24.1 and finally cleared the game, Lady Julie in the stretch and paced clear by two lengths. Lady Julie for trainer Jim Dailey was a solid second and God Only Knows was a closing third. Novascotia Hanover and Aaron Merriman collar the $25,000 Filly and Mare Open pace in 1:51.3. A full field of 10 went behind the gate. Novascotia Hanover started from post three and used her lucky draw to her advantage. The four year old mare by Somebeachsomewhere out of Northern Sky received a perfect pocket trip behind the heavy favorite, Continual Velocity. She set the fractions of 27, 54.2 and 1:22.3 with the steady pressure from a parked, Betterluvnexttime and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Novascotia Hanover had some left in the tank when Merriman showed her racetrack and she responded by her one length victory over Continual Velocity and Better Think Twice for trainer Danny Collins who was a fast closing third. Karlee Sue and Josh Sutton took the second division of the two year old filly pace in 1:56. The daughter of Feelin Friskie is trained and partially owned by Al Tomlinson along with Dennis Stolz and Daniel Mitchell. Sutton and Karlee Sue stole the fractions of 28.3, 59.1 and 1:27 and fended off a strong rally by Friskie Lil Devil who was second and Hailstorm Grace for trainer Tom Blankenship was third. Its Complicated and Josh Sutton wired the field in the $25,000 Open Trot in 1:53.4. This win gives Its Complicated five wins in his last six starts. The four year old gelding by Sj's Caviar out of Before The Rain is trained by Brent Davis for breeder and owner Hatfield Stables. The upset minded Turbochargedroxie rallies in a division of the three year old filly trot in 2:00.4. The steady rain that continued to fall quickly turned the fast track into a sloppy one. The filly by Cayenne Turbo was driven by Danny Noble for trainer Danny Collins for owners, Joyce McClelland, DM Stables Llc, Dean Davis and William Rufenacht. She drew post nine in the field nine, but she had some luck and talent on her side. Getting away seventh in the full field as the heavy favorite, Anniesbluejeanbaby set the fractions of 29.3, 1:00.4 and 1:30.2. Noble was unhurried in the early going and he finally started making his bid at the three quarters, but it was more than enough time. The filly caught Jim Lupton's, Dellou by a head and Anniesbluejeanbaby was a tiring third. Heavy favorite Paydaze On The Way and Josh Sutton got the job done in1:56 in her division of Sires Stakes. Paydaze On The Way is a three year old daughter by Look Sharp out of Shantytown Girl. She's trained by nation leading trainer Ron Burke for Howard Taylor,Edwin Gold,Richard Lombardo and Karen Rose Greg Grismore and A P P Panda was placed second and Shakin Friskie was second placed third for going inside the pylons in the last quarter. The final two divisions of the two year old filly trot rounded out the evening and the favorites prevailed. Lisa Jane for trainer Scott Cox and Driver Ryan Stahl took her division in 2:03.3. The filly by Neely Dunn is owned by Parent Racing Stable Llc and G.Peters of Ohio. After mild fractions of 30,1:02.1 and1:33, set by Talissa and Jonas Hershberger, Stahl angled the filly out and got her underway from the back. Lisa Jane swallowed up race track and beat Song Of The Valley by a neck. Bettys Sam was third. Sunrise Nibbles dominated her division for driver Chris Page and trainer, Chris Beaver. The two year old trotting filly by Iron Duke is owned by Chris Beaver, Synerco Ventures Inc, Steven Zeehandelar and David Lang. The perfect filly went to the front and never turned back. She drew clear by three and a half lengths from Dolly Dunn for trainer Brian Brown and Honey B for trainer Dan Ater took the show spot. From Scioto Downs Racino
On Saturday, July 19 Northfield Park will host nine $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as part of the 15-race program. These nine races will feature the Buckeye State's best freshmen and sophomore colt pacers and trotters and will support the $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie undercard. Freshman colt trotters will start Saturday's stake action in Race 1 for the $40,000 first division. Crowned With Glory (His Highness-Hey Kelsi-Humorous Harry) is the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite for Findlay, Ohio owners EG Trot, JB Arnold, MH Mallet and JE Paul. Ed Greeno Jr. is the filly's trainer and driver. Crowned With Glory makes her fourth lifetime start. She has two previous wins, at Scioto Downs and Ottawa Fair, and a place at Oak Harbor. Those finishes have yielded $23,705 and a lifetime mark of 2:03 (ScD 5/8). Crowned With Glory will start from post two. Also competing in the first division will be Ohio Chipster, Neely Dunn Super, Frisk The Town, Cooter Dunn and Marvelous Chip. Race 2 will be the $40,000 first division for three year-old colt Ohio-bred pacers. Trainer Doug Hinklin will start Big Bossman (Feelin Friskie-Lovely American-Matt's Scooter) as the 2-1 morning-line favorite. Big Bossman starts from post five and faces five rivals. Big Bossman has won six of 13 races. He has earnings of $93,193 and sports a lifetime mark of 1:53.1 (ScD 5/8). Greg Grismore is scheduled to drive for owner Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, Ohio. Feelin Speedy, Friskie AJ, Dibs, UF Fast Feelin and Lawyer Up complete the line-up. Trotters return to the stage in Race 3 for the $40,000 second division Ohio Sire Stakes for two year-old. I Know My Chip (Deep Chip-Madeline's Crown-Pegasus Spur) is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for owner Kimberly Dailey of Mechanicsburg, Ohio. Jim Dailey trains the undefeated colt. He has two wins in as many starts, earning $22,916 and earning a 2:02 (ScD 5/8) mark. Driver Jason Brewer will start the trotter from post-seven in a field that consists of My Friend Jim, Star Shef, Neely's Messenger, Lantern Chip, BK's Magic Man and Chips Starr. Freshman Trotters again compete in Race 5 for the $40,000 third division of the Ohio Sires Stakes. Kick A Lot (Deep Chip-Mac's Dream-BJ's Mac) starts from post-two and is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. He is owned by Pius Soehnlen of Canton, Ohio. Trainer, Jeff Cox has calls upon Kurt Sugg to drive. This gelding has a win and a second in two lifetime starts. He has earned $21,875 and a 2:01.2 (ScD 5/8) lifetime mark. Kick A Lot has a host of rivals consisting of Mischievous Chip, Super Sheff Frosty, Chips A Million, Really Deep Chip, Guns For Fun and Birthday Chip. Race six will host the $40,000 second division OSS for three year-old colt pacers. Friskie Adam (Feelin Friskie-Lottery Fever-Falcon Almahurst) is the heavy 7-5 morning-line favorite for owner Dr. Jerry Maloon Stable of Dublin, Ohio. Dan Ater trains the colt and uses Kyle Ater to drive. This sophomore is undefeated in five starts this year. He has career earnings of $122,971 and mark of 1:52.4 (ScD 5/8). Friskie Adam starts from the rail in a field consisting of Chance I Might, Diamondkeeper, Hawks Cry Hoboken, Feel The Heat, Player's King and Upfront Clays Boy. Race 7 is the $40,000 first division for freshman pacers. Cornerback (Feelin Friskie-Cornerstand-Stand Forever) is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for owner Stephen Sexton of Xenia, Ohio. Brian Brown is the gelding's trainer and calls upon Chris Page to drive. Cornerback has one start under his belt, a win at Scioto Downs in 1:56.4 in a $40,000 OSS event. Cornerback will start from post three. Also competing in the first division will be Indian Spirit, Latenight Trick, Fire Valley, Knight Stryker, Nobles Finesse, Warrior Spirit, Western Coby and All Aces Osborne. Freshman pacers return in the eighth race for the $40,000 second division OSS. Trainer Ron Burke sends out Gray Camo (Pine Valley-CG's Gem-Shady Character) as the heavy 7-5 morning-line favorite. Gray Camo starts from post five and faces five eight. He is undefeated in two starts, earning $23,750 and earning a 1:56.1 (ScD 5/8) career mark. Chris Page is scheduled to drive for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, R Suda and J Melillo. Born Villain, RC Friskie, Ranger Returns, Big Bang Cam, Lynyrd, Nashville Bound, Ollie Pop and UF Kellies Awinner complete the eighth race line-up. Buckeye-bred sophomore trotters take to the stage in the evening's ninth race for the $40,000 OSS first division. Soul Train (Trainforthefuture-Dances On Air-Muscles Yankee) is the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite for owners Parent Racing Stable of Holland, Ohio, RS Crynick of Strongsville, Ohio and JE Novak of Olmstead Township, Ohio. Scott Cox calls upon Chris Page to pilot this gelding who has six wins in 17 starts, trotting in 1:57.2 (ScD 5/8) and earning $121,787. Soul Train starts from post-8 in a field that consists of Noah Count, Stanley Begonia, Neely's Boy, Mainstreet Willy, Master Mighty, Star Chip and Happy Go Jamie. Race 11, the final OSS event of the evening, is the $40,000 second division for sophomore trotters. Rompaway Galaxy (Rompaway Wally-Rompaway Wynona-Mr Vic) starts from post-three and is the 8-5 morning-line favorite. He is owned by Rompaway Farms LLC of Battle Creek, Michigan. Trainer Krista Harmon has listed Mike Micallef to drive. This gelding has nine wins in 11 lifetime starts, earning $201,550 and posting a best 1:55.4 (ScD 5/8). Rompaway Galaxy has a host of rivals consisting of Miko Begonia, Lady's Dude, Ohwhatacount, Can'tcutthatchip, Hooray For Willie, Fridayscomin and Bradymeister. In addition to superior racing action, Battle night will also offer guests a sumptuous buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The special priced buffet is just $15.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. Guests who want to be down close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron to sample several of northeast Ohio's most popular food trucks. Live music by Unknown Reason will be part of the apron scene from 5-10 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park
So Long My Love paced across the wire ahead of her foes in the $11,000 Fillies and Mares Open on Thursday (May 29) in Northfield Park's second race. She is owned and trained by Scott Cox of Streetsboro, Ohio. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was in the bike for the winning drive. So Long My Love (American Ideal-Letmedowneasy-Camluck) started from post seven. She was fifth through the blistering :26.3 opening panel. Wrenn moved So Long My Love in the second turn and she remained first over for the remainder of the mile, through fractions of :55, 1:24 and 1:54.1. She was a neck in front of the competition at the finish. Completing the race were So Long My Love, Power Everywhere, Eradikate, Ashtoreth Hanover and Common Creed. Riverdancer was scratched. Thursday's win was the seventh victory this year and 11th career score for So Long My Love. It boosted her lifetime earnings to $68,253. She returned $8.60 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park
So Long My Love paced to her third consecutive victory, capturing the $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Thursday (May 8) in Northfield Park's eleventh race. She is owned and trained by Scott Cox of Streetsboro, Ohio. Ryan Stahl was aboard for the winning drive. So Long My Love (American Ideal-Letmedowneasy-Camluck) started from post six. She flashed moderate speed off the gate but found that no hole was available and was parked the entire mile, through fractions of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:25.3. She cleared to the lead in the final quarter and bested her competition by 1 Â¼-lengths, posting a final time of 1:54.4. Completing the race were Power Everywhere, Wygant Belle, Blows Me Away, Cams Van Go, Tame The Dame, It Must Be Magic and Deliciouslynaughty. Thursday's win was the sixth victory this year, and tenth career score for So Long My Love and it bolstered her lifetime earnings to $60,253. She returned $13.40 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park
So Long My Love captured the $11,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Thursday (May 1) in Northfield Park's third race. She is owned and trained by Scott Cox of Streetsboro, Ohio. Greg Grismore was aboard for the winning drive. So Long My Love (American Ideal-Letmedowneasy-Camluck) started from post four and led at every call, posting fractions of :27, :56.1, 1:25 and 1:53.3. She was a neck in front at the wire and the mile clocking represents a new lifetime mark. Completing the race were Up Front Kellie Jo, Sweetheart Dance, Power Everywhere, Riverdancer and Jolting Kate. Thursday's win was the fifth victory this year, and ninth career score for So Long My Love and it bolstered her lifetime earnings to $54,253. She was an upset winner, returning $27.00 to win. $30,000 Pick 5 on Monday Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $30,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Monday’s (May 5) program. Beginning in Race 3, the $30,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $5,786.88. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. Monday also debuts a new wagering opportunity with the 20-cent Super High 5. A perfect winning ticket requires a bettor to select the first five finishers in order in Northfield’s 13th race. The wager offers an attractive reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent and large carryovers of 75 percent of pools when the correct sequence is not selected. To kick-off the Super High 5, Northfield Park Players Club members will receive a combination package of five FREE Super High 5 wagers and a FREE live program from 5 – 7 p.m. Monday’s post time is 6:00 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park
Soul Train Cruises In $56,576 Ohio Breeders Championship for 2 Year-Old Colt Trotters With a patient drive from Chris Page, Soul Train cruised to a 7 1/2 length victory in the opening division of the 2 year-old colt trot during Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair. As the Greg Coon starting gate released the field of six, Mark Headworth sent Happy Go Jamie out of post 2 and went after the early lead. The eventual winner was content to sit fourth through the opening half in 1:01 3/5. When Soul Train was given his orders he quickly took command down the backstretch and never looked back, stopping the timer in 2:00 3/5. Star Chip (Don McKirgan) was second and Fiftyshades Of Nay (David Miller) was third. Soul Train is owned by Parent Racing Stable, R. S. Crynick and J. E. Novak and trained by Scott Cox. In the second division Hooray For Willie went gate to wire to score in 1:58 3/5, a new lifetime mark. The freshman son of Master Lavec is owned by Winchester Baye Acres, Inc. of Ocala, FL and trained by the winning driver Kurt Sugg. Can'tcutthatchip (Dan Noble) and Mainstreet Willy (Chip Noble) rounded out the top three finishers. Millers Team Up To Win OBC 2FT Hall of Fame driver David Miller teamed up with his daughter trainer Devan Miller to score a victory with Rose Run Princess in the second division of Ohio Breeders Championship for 2 year-old filly trotters. The daughter of Trainforthefuture was sent after the early lead set the fractions of :29 4/5, 1:01 2/5 and 1:31 3/5 and cruised home to score a five length victory over Emilene's Future (Ray Paver) in 2:00 3/5. The winner is owned by James E. Keller of New Carlisle, OH and Jerry Allen Bell of Tipp City, OH. The heavily favored In The Grippers (Chris Page) broke at the start and was never a factor. In the first $25,388 division Hush Hush Chip (Chris Page) defeated Emery Jean (Chip Noble) in 2:02 4/5. The freshman daughter of Chip Chip Hooray won for the first time this season for trainer Danny Collins and the ownership team of Lewis, Taylor, Gold and Lombardo. Jay Wolf
The last leg of Ohio Sire Stakes action was held Saturday at Scioto Downs Racino. Two-year-old trotting and pacing colts took to the Columbus 5/8 mile oval to ensure they are eligible for the lucrative $150,000 finals next week Saturday (Sept. 7). Big Bossman and Feel the Heat were sitting fifth and sixth, respectively, in the OSS standings before their races on Saturday and boosted their point totals with wins. Big Bossman and Greg Grismore took one of the $30,000 splits when they won in 1:54.4. “This colt has got wicked speed, he’s just a little goofy in the head at times,” said Grismore. “I thought if I could get to the front, he’d be tough to beat. You just gotta keep his mind on his game all the time. He loses concentration a lot and he wants to dip and dive. But he’s fast, a very fast colt.” Big Bossman, a Feelin Friskie gelding, is owned by Parent Racing Stable LLC (Brent and Tiffany Parent) and trained by Doug Hinklin. He now has $49,835 lifetime earnings with four wins in seven starts. In the other division, Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. took Feel the Heat for trainer Steve Perkins straight to the top and won in a new lifetime best 1:56. Chance I Might (Tony Hall) got up for second, even after making a break at the start, while Hawks Cry Hoboken (Dan Noble) held on for third. Perkins Racing Stable LLC (Donald and Steven Perkins) own the Feelin Friskie colt. Two-year-old trotting colts also raced for the last time before the big dance next weekend. The consistent and reliable Rompaway Galaxy (Mike Micallef) won his sixth in race in seven starts, crossing the wire in 1:58 for trainer Krista Williams and owner Rompaway Farms LLC of Michigan. Soul Train and Chris Page took the other division for trotters when they won by one length in 1:57.2 for trainer Scott Cox. Parent Racing also owns this gelding by Trainforthefuture, along with Robert Crynick and John Novak. The mile tied the track record for 2-year-old trotting geldings, first set in 2001 by Hez Striking and Dave Hawk). Racing will continue at Scioto Monday (Labor Day) with a special 1:00 p.m. post time. Submitted by Scioto Downs Racino
On Sunday (August 18) Raceway Park hosted eight divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as part of the 12-race program. Freshman Colt and filly trotters and pacers all competed for Ohio Sires Stakes’ third-leg honors. Filly trotters started the show off right in the opening race of the evening with a track record performance. Turbochargedroxie (Cayenne Turbo-Raffinee Baby-Lucky Almahurst) broke the track record for two year-old filly trotters when she won by 2 ¼-lengths, stopping the clock at 2:00. The old 2:00.2 record stood for 20 years and was trotted in 1993 by Sayyourprayers and driver Thomas Jackson. Turbochargedroxie started from post five in the $30,000 first division and was fourth through an opening quarter of :30. She rushed first-over in the second quarter, took the lead and never looked back. She posted the final three fractional times of 1:01.4, 1:31.1 and 2:00. The race was Turbochargedroxie’s fourth lifetime start and second victory. This race represents a new lifetime mark for the winner and increased her bankroll to $25,492. Dan Noble piloted the filly for co-owner/trainer David G. Morgan of Zanesville, Ohio and Deborah Rush of Mount Gilead, Ohio. Finishing behind Turbochargedroxie were Rose Run Princess, Anniesbluejeanbaby, OIM Bad, Emilene’s Future and Mclean. Iron Princess was scratched. Turbochargedroxie returned $4.00 for the win. Rompaway Galaxy (Rompaway Wally-Rompaway Wynona-Mr Vic) took the $30,000 first division for two-year old colt Ohio-bred trotters for trainer Krista Williams in the evening’s second race. Rompaway Galaxy began from post one and was third though a :30 opening quarter. He moved to the lead after the quarter and never looked back. He posted times of 1:01.2, 1:31.3 and 2:00.3, easily besting his competition by 6 ¾-lengths. Mike Micallef drove for owner Rompaway Farms LLC of Battle Creek, Michigan. It was the fifth career win for Rompaway Galaxy in six starts and pushed his earnings to $71,550. Completing the race were Hooray For Willie, Fiftyshades Of Nay, Manstreet Willy, Inquiring Andy and Can’tcutthatchip. Rompaway Galaxy was heavily favored and paid $2.40 to win. Pacers were scheduled next and Paydaze On The Way was the winner in Race 4, capturing $30,000 first division for freshman filly pacers. Dan Noble drove the filly for trainer Diana Riegle and owners Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Edwin Gold of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, Richard Lombardo of Solon, Ohio and Karen Rose of Leesburg, Ohio. Paydaze On The Way (Look Sharp-Shantytown Girl-Towner’s Big Guy) left from post four and never looked back. She posted fractions of :30, 1:01.3, 1:31 and 1:59.3, winning by one length. The race was the fifth career start for Paydaze On The Way and was her four victory. Finishing in succession after the winner were Lady Julie, Crown Time Keeper, APP Panda, Ataway Samantha and Shakin Friskie. Paydaze On The Way returned $2.20 to win. Pacers were back in action in the fifth race for the $30,000 first division for colt pacers. Big Bossman (Feelin Friskie-Lovely American-Matt’s Scooter) led every step through times of :30.2, :59, 1:27.2 and 1:57.2. The gelding is owned by Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, Ohio. Trainer Doug Hinklin called upon Greg Grismore to drive. The race was the third win in six starts for Big Bossman, who now has $34,835 in earnings. Big Bossman was a ½-length winner and was followed home by Dibs, Chance I Might, Led Schneppelin, Upfront Clays Boy and Hawks Cry Hoboken. Big Bossman paid $7.60 to win. Filly trotters returned for the sixth race. Maes Perfect Storm (Neely Dunn-Salient-Ilooklikemymom) went gate to wire to win the $30,000 second division. The race was Maes Perfect Storm’s seventh lifetime start and second score, bringing her earnings tally to $37,312. Dan Noble piloted the filly for Chagrin Falls, Ohio owner Charles Branthoover and trainer Robert Lippiatt. Noble steered Maes Perfect Storm through fractional times of :30.4, 1:01.3, 131.2 and 2:01.3. Finishing behind Maes Perfect Storm were In The Grippers, Emery Jean, Greased, Sandy’s Wish, Cookie N Ice Cream, Hush Hush Chip and MJ’s Victory Jody. Maes Perfect Storm was and upset winner and returned $24.40 for the win. Soul Train (Trainforthefuture-Dances On Air-Muscles Yankee) took the $30,000 second division for two-year old colt Ohio-bred trotters for trainer Scott Cox in the evening’s seventh race. Soul Train started from post five and sat fourth through fractional times of :30.4, 1:02.1 and 1:32.4. He made his move in the fourth quarter and drew off by 2 ¾-lenthgs in 2:03. Chris Page drove for owners Parent Racing Stables LL of Holland, Ohio, Robert Crynick of Strongsville, Ohio and John Novak of Olmstead Township, Ohio. It was the fourth career win in eight starts for Soul Train, who now has earnings of $44,008. Completing the race were Noah Count, Happy Go Jamie, Happy Dance, Zippy Sam and Bradymeister. Soul Train was heavily favored and paid $3.00 to win. Pacers were scheduled next and Rosy Fire was victorious in the ninth race, capturing $30,000 second division for freshman filly pacers. Kyle Ater drove the filly for trainer Mark Winters Sr. and owners Bret Schwartz of Washington Court House, Ohio, William Bean of Sabina, Ohio and Stephen Montemarano of Sunbury, Ohio. Rosy Fire (Feelin Friskie-Justin Rose Jet-Jet Laag) appeared to be a victim of soft fractions of :29 and 1:00.1. However, Ater tipped the filly and took the lead approaching the 1:28.4 three-quarters, than maintained a 1 ¼-length win in 1:58.2. The race was the eighth career start and third win for Rosy Fire, who now has earnings of $35,457. Finishing in succession after the winner were Lucky L, R Spunky Girl, Friskie Six, Friskie’s Angel, Spiffy Sam and Baby Slider. Rosy Fire returned $7.80 to win. The final Ohio Sires Stake race of the evening was the tenth race, the $30,000 second division for two year-old colt pacers. Rocket Beau started from post seven and led at virtually every call through fractions of :27.3, :57.4, 1:26.4 and 1:56.4, besting his competition by a neck. Driver Chris Page was victorious with Rocket Beau (Pine Valley-Sunny Sally-Falcon Almahurst) for owners Jennifer and Beau Brown of Upper Sandusky, Ohio and Solon, Ohio owner Richard Lombardo. Brian Brown is the gelding’s trainer. Following Rocket Beau were Friskie Adam, Player’s King, UF Fast Feelin, Two Will Forever, Friskie Shadow and Feel Like Autumn. Rocket Beau returned $6.60 to win.
On Sunday, August 18 Raceway Park will host eight divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action on their 12-race program. These races will be the third leg of the Sires Stakes for the freshmen and account for the majority on the nearly $250,000 in purses for the evening. Ohio Sires Stake filly trotters will start Sunday’s show in Race one for the $30,000 first division. Rose Run Princess (Trainforthefuture-Cinder Char-Striking Sahbra) is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for owners James Keller of New Carlisle, Ohio and Jerry Bell of Tipp City, Ohio. Devan Miller is the filly’s trainer and has listed Ronnie Wrenn Jr. to drive. Rose Run Princess has won three of five lifetime starts. She has a bankroll of $52,798 and a lifetime mark of 2:00.2 at Scioto Downs on August 1. Rose Run Princess will start from post two in a field of seven. Also competing in the first division will be Anniesbluejeanbaby, OIM Bad, Iron Princess, Turbochargedroxie, Mclean and Emilene’s Future. Race two will be the $30,000 first division OSS for freshman colt trotters. Rompaway Galaxy (Rompaway Wally-Rompaway Wynona-Mr Vic) is the heavy 8-5 morning-line favorite for owner Rompaway Farms LLC of Battle creek, Michigan. His trainer, Krista Williams will hand the lines to Mike Micallef, who has driven the trotter in all of his career starts. Rompaway Galaxy has four wins and a second in five lifetime starts. His 1:58.4 mark was trotted on July 13 at Scioto Downs. His earnings are $56,550. Micallef will start the trotter from post one in a field that consists of Can’tcutthatchip, Hooray For Willie, Mainstreet Willy, Inquiring Andy and Fiftyshades Of Nay. The evening’s fourth race is the $30,000 OSS first division for two year-old-filly pacers. Paydaze On The Way (Look Sharp-Shantytown Girl-Towner’s Big Guy) has been made the 6-5 heavy morning-line favorite. She is owned by the partnership of Pennsylvania owners H. Taylor and E. Gold as well as Buckeye owners R. Lombardo and K. Rose. Trainer Diana Riegal has called upon Dan Noble to drive. This filly has four lifetime starts, winning three times and finishing second once. She has bankrolled $47,500, with a 1:56 mark taken at Northfield Park on July 19. Paydaze On the Way’s rivals consist of APP Panda, Shakin Friskie, Crown Time Keeper, Lady Julie, Ataway Samantha and Fayco Filly. Race five is the $30,000 OSS first division for colt pacers. Dibs (Pine Valley-CG’s Gem-Shady Character) is the 8-5 morning-line favorite for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, J. Melillo and R. Suada. North America’s leading trainer, Ron Burke, is the gelding’s trainer and has named Tony Hall to drive. Dibs has won three of five lifetime starts. He has a bankroll of $39,620 and a lifetime mark of 1:54.4 at Scioto Downs on August 10. Dibs will start from post four in a short field of six. Also competing will be Led Schneppelin, Big Bossman, Upfront Clays Boy, Hawks Cry Hoboken and Chance I Might. Race six will be the $30,000 second division OSS for freshman filly trotters. Undefeated In The Grippers (Steven One-Over Baked-Overcomer) is the overwhelming 4-5 morning-line favorite. She is owned by Herres Stables LLC of Bellbrook, Ohio and is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. Chris Page has driven the trotter in all of her career starts and is listed to pilot her again. In The Grippers has four starts and has as many wins, earning $58,725. Her 1:58.4 mark was trotted on August 1 at Scioto Downs. Page will start the trotter from post three and will face Hush Hush Chip, MJs Victory Jody, Emery Jean, Greased, Sandys Victory, Maes Perfect Storm and Cookie N Ice Cream. The evening’s seventh race is the $30,000 OSS second division for two year-old-colt trotters. Soul Train (Trainforthefuture-Dances On Air-Muscles Yankee) is the 5-2 slight morning-line favorite. He is owned by the partnership of Parent Racing Stable, R.S. Crynick and J.E. Novak. Trainer Scott Cox has named Chris Page to drive. This gelding has seven lifetime starts, winning three times and finishing second twice. He has bankrolled $29,008 and has a 1:59.3 mark at Scioto Downs on August 9. Soul Train will face five rivals consisting of Zippy Sam, Happy Dance, Happy Go Jamie, Bradymeister, and Noah Count. Race nine is the $30,000 second division for freshman filly pacers. Lucky L (Memphis Flash-Beach Sandals-Jenna’s Beach Boy) is the 5-2 slight morning-line favorite for Woodstock, Ohio owner Melissa Levan. Herb Levan is the filly’s trainer and has named Jack Dailey to drive. Lucky L has 14 starts, winning four times and finishing second and third five and four times respectively. She has a bankroll of $21,330 and a lifetime mark of 2:04 at the Mercer County Fair on August 11. Lucky L will face Spiffy Sam, Friskie’s Angel, Friskie Six, Rosy Fire, R Spunky Girl and Baby Slider. Freshman Buckeye-bred pacers will take to the stage in race 10 for the $30,000 second division, the final Sires Stakes event of the evening. Friskie Adam (Feelin Friskie-Lottery Fever-Falcon Almahurst) is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Friskie Adam is owned by Dr, Jerry Maloon Stable of Dublin, Ohio. Chip Noble is the colt’s trainer and driver. Friskie Adam has won two of five races, finishing second twice and third one. His 1:55.1 mark was paced at Scioto Downs on July 13 and he has bankrolled $35,494. Friskie Adam starts from post six in a talented field consisting of Friskie Shadow, UF Fast Feelin, Feel Like Autumn, Player’s King and Rocket Beau. Post time at Raceway Park is 6:00 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff
Through two nights of Ohio Breeders Stakes action taking place at Scioto Downs Racino Thursday and Friday, divisional dominators continued to sweep the state bred races. Friday’s OBS racing had 2 and 3-year-old colt trotters in the first two races of the night and both winners set new lifetime marks. Final Breath (Victory Sam-First Breath) took the 3-year-old division in 1:55.3 for trainer/driver Hugh “Sandy” Beatty and owner Duane Lowe. Sitting third when Heza Rube (Kurt Sugg) took the field to an opening quarter of 27.2, Final Breath went to the outside at the 3/4 pole and finished strong to win his seventh race in 10 starts this season. Soul Train (Trainforthefuture-Dances on Air) and Chris Page took the 2-year-old division in 1:59.3. Trained by Scott Cox for Parent Racing Stable LLC, Robert Crynick and John Novak, the gelding now has three wins in seven starts. Hooray for Willie (Sugg) lead most of the way with race favorite Rompaway Galaxy (Mike Micallef) sitting the pocket. Rompaway Galaxy took to the passing lane and Page sent Soul Train to the outside and just nipped the former at the wire by a head. Thursday there were three divisions of the OBS raced over a sloppy track following an afternoon of thunder showers. Contessa Leigh (Full Count-Howl) and Sam “Chip” Noble have now won six of their seven 2013 starts when they won the 3-year-old trotting filly division in 1:57. In The Grippers (Steven One-Overbaked) and Chris Page won their fourth race in a row when they took the 2-year-old trotting filly division in 1:59.2. And in the last division, for 2-year-old pacing fillies, Paydaze On The Way (Look Sharp-Shantytown Girl) and Dan Noble made it three wins in a row when they won in 1:57.2. Saturday’s racing at Scioto will include the 2-year-old colt pace division of the OBS. There will also be he Heart of Ohio Trot and Capitol City Pace which brings in 4-year-old and older stallions and geldings that are winners over $60,000 lifetime. Southwind Pepino finished fourth last week in the John Cashman, Jr. Memorial (prev. Nat Ray) and is installed as the 4-5 morning line favorite. His 1:51.3 mile at The Meadowlands has him favorited over the Ron Burke trained entry of Run and Tell Pap and Summer Indian. Racing continues Saturday with a first post of 6:30 p.m. Sunday’s 5:00 p.m. card is the second of two special cards to make up for the two lost racing days back in June. by Scioto Downs Racino
One lucky bettor had to be smiling when the horses crossed the finish line in Friday's (January 18) harness racing's 15th race at Northfield Park. My Sweet Lorelei (38-1) won, Sweetie Sue Cam (48-1) finished second and Its A Sham (90-1) showed. The 4-7-8 combination returned $14,583.60 for the $1.00 Trifecta wager.
MOUNT VERNON - It may have already been a hot day, but Ammon Hershberger managed to set the racetrack on fire. The area harness racing driver, who lives just outside of Mount Vernon, was a three-time winner in the Home Talent Colt Stakes at the Knox County Fairgrounds on Sunday afternoon.