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Optimism abounded at the Blooded Horse Summer Sale August 25-26 that proved to be the best in its 58 year history.  There were 212 yearlings featured in the Monday session including 121 Ohio-breds, 46 Indiana-breds, 16 Pennsylvania-breds, 12-Ontario-breds, and 4 New York-breds. Spring Haven Farm sold two of the top three yearlings led by a beautiful Ohio-bred daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye out of an Artsplace mare that went to Dean Davis for $20,000.  They also consigned the striking black Major In Art colt Major Lee Fast purchased by Glenn Raia for $11,000.  Bidding was spirited for the Ohio-bred filly, Goldrush Katie, with Parent Stables getting the nod at $12,000.  The daughter of Trainforthefuture out of a half-sister to Yankee Glide was consigned by Pfeiffer Farms LLC. After the yearling session, it was all about racehorses!  Topping the sale at $54,000 was Hezatrain, an ultra-consistent five-year-old trotting gelding coming off a 1.54.4f eight length win at Scioto Downs. Consigned by Wengerd Racing, the son of Trainforthefuture was purchased by Michael Casalino of New Jersey.  C’mon Mr Brock that had just demolished a field at Northfield Park by 13 lengths was purchased by Bob Lasky, agent for $27,000. Michigan buyers were hot after good horses to race beyond their border. Shirley Halas signed the ticket for the competitive Meadowlands trotter JCs Jake for $23,000, Guy Cole picked up the trotting winner of $228,629 Over and Out for $21,000, and Michael Sova got the nod on the fast American Ideal daughter, Lady Ideal, for $20,000. The Blooded Horse Fall Sale is scheduled for November 17-20 and will feature a black type yearling session on the first day.  Visit for entry deadlines. by Dot Morgan, for the Blooded Horse Sale  

Last year around this time trainer Danny Gill plunked down $4000 and saved a trotter by the name of Rose Run Nash from a life of pulling an Amish buggy. Yesterday,( August 20) at Monticello Raceway Rose Run Nash defeated a field of $15,000 claimers in a time of 1:57.3 and scored his 16th victory of the season which makes him the trotter with the most wins in North America in 2014. As he usually does after one of his horses win a race, Gill- and his wife Brenna- come from the paddock to the winner's circle via a golf cart to take picture with his victorious pupil. Even before he got there (to the winners circle) he was waving and shouting, "That was his 16th win and now we are four in front" referring to having four more wins than the three runners-up. He and Brenna ran to congratulate driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr. and posed for the photograph. After he calmed down Gill was asked about Rose Run Nash, a 5-year-old altered son of Trainforthefuture. "I was racing a horse at Pocono (Downs) one night last year and someone there told me about a trotter that has some class but was heading to the Amish country," Gill related. "So I went to the farm where the horse was awaiting a trip to the Lancaster-area and I liked what I saw so we gave the 4-large they were asking for him. I'd like to buy 10 more just like him" Rose Run Nash breezed to a new lifetime mark of 1:57.3 when driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr. set sails from the pole position and the pair raced unchallenged the entire mile trotting through fractions of :28.2, :58.1, and 1:28 with his tail out straight and flying in the wind before finishing some three lengths ahead of Pacific Margaux and driver Johnny Plutino. "Being on the front-end made it easy for me because he's a big horse and with his tail in my face all the way I could hardly see where I was going half the time," Marohn said smiling with his inimitable tongue in cheek expression.. "Not really, Danny's got him (Rose Run Nash) in top form and he's real sharp right now" and then he walked back his previous statement when he added, "I had no problem seeing where I was going." It was Rose Run Nash's second consecutive victory and fourth in his last five starts.. Now the property of Gill's main patron, Edward Hall, Rose Run Nash paid $3.50 for win. by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway

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

Quietly, and without much fanfare, Rose Run Nash keeps winning. Yesterday (July 16) at Monticello Raceway the harness racing 5 year old Trainforthefuture gelding notched his 13th seasonal triumph and continues to lead all trotters in races won in North America. Driven, once again, by Jimmy Marohn, Jr. and carrying a $10,000 claiming tag, Rose Run Nash scored a neck victory in 2:00.1 when he came from sixth at the three quarters to collar both Famous Dude (Bruce Aldrich, Jr.) and Larissa (Mike Merton) who finished in a dead-heat for second. "This is the best race he (Rose Run Sam) went all season. He trotted his last quarter in :28.4 and had to come a long way to win it," trainer Danny Gill said after the mile. He then added "Now we're up two," meaning that Rose Run Nash has a two-win lead over four others each with 11 wins. When queried about the gelding's sire, Trainforthefuture, Gill replied quickly. "Oh, he's Ohio- bred and I've had him just about a year now. He's a sweetheart, just a pleasure to be around and Jimmy (Marohn, Jr.) says he's always on the trot (doesn't break stride) and real handy in a race," Gill was leading trainer here two years ago and was second to Lounsbury last season, This year, again, his pupils are winning plenty of races. Currently Gill is in a fight-not literally- with Bob Lounsbury and Gary Messenger for leading trainer honors. At days end, Messenger is in command with 79 winners, four more than Gill's 75, while Lounsbury is close with 73. John Manzi

Quietly, and without much fanfare, Rose Run Nash keeps winning. At Monticello Raceway on Wednesday afternoon (June 11) the 9-year-old altered son of Trainforthefuture Was victorious in 2:01 which was his 11th seasonal victory and it ties him for the lead in races won by a trotter this year in North America. With Jimmy Marohn, Jr. at the controls, he sent the big-gaited gelding to the lead from the four-hole but they didn't take command until they neared the quarter which was trotted in 30 seconds. From there Marohn kept the pedal to the metal and Rose Run Nash trotted by the half in 1:00.4 and when they passed the three quarters in 1:30.3 they had two lengths on the field. At this finish Marohn had his trotter well in hand and they scored a length victory over Hawaiian Sweetie (Greg Merton) over a track softened by intermittent rain. My Cool Breeze finished third for driver Jimmy Devaux, who by the way won the first three races on the eight-race card today. "Rose Run Nash been going under the radar here this year but finally they took notice of him today," said trainer Danny Gill. "Geez, he only missed the board once this year and he's been super consistent." In 19 seasonal starts Rose Run Nash also has five seconds and two thirds to go along with his 11 wins and has won over $25,500 in purse money "Although he's nine years old he only started racing when he was six," Gill added. "He's getting better with age." Rose Run Nash's victory today ties him for the lead in races won this year with Perfect Alliance. However,their yearly bankrolls differ. Owned by Edward Hall, the trotter paid $2.90 for win. by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway

Millstone Twp., NJ - The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) has several new breedings available for sale such as Conway Hall, Deweycheatumnhowe, Trainforthefuture, and others. The revenue generated  from the sale of donated breedings helps provide the care, boarding, feeding, veterinary, farrier, dental, worming, rehabilitation, and re-training for 190+ Standardbreds of which 114 are permanently retired to age and/or injury.  This is SRF's 25th year as the only organization solely dedicated to the Standardbred breed, the only one of its kind providing full care for horses when adoption is not possible, and following their welfare in every home diligently for life. SRF has served thousands of Standardbreds, and helped hundreds of children through its award winning programs. Breeding donations, and SRF's sale of such gifts make a substantial difference. To donate or purchase a breeding please contact Linda Petrenko at 732-446-4422 or email SRF is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization; gifts to SRF are tax-deductible.

She was sent off at odds of nearly even-money but the way that Hawaiian Sweetie kissed off her company in the eighth race at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon (May 5) she should have been a 1-9 shot. Bruce Aldrich, Jr. handled the driving chores for owner-trainer Lindsey Blackler and sent the 6-year-old Broadway Hall trotting mare to the lead in a :28.3 first stanza and they proceeded through fractions of :59.2; 1:29.1 before finishing some eight lengths ahead of runner-up Rose Run Nash and driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr. in a season's best 1:58.4 clocking. Last week Rose Run Nash reversed the order of finish when the 5 year old Trainforthefuture gelding led Hawaiian Sweetie to the wire for a 3/4-length victory in a time of 1:59.2. Nevertheless, for Hawaiian Sweetie, whose back from Saratoga Raceway--she raced here earlier in the season-- it marked her third victory in last four Mighty M starts and fifth overall this year thus far. "I drove her (Hawaiian Sweetie) for Lindsey in Saratoga and won a couple of races there with her. She raced good at Saratoga but she's even better now since coming back here," said Aldrich who won three other races on the eight-race card. "She went a real good mile today and although I kept taking her back she ran away from the others and won real easy." Hawaiian Sweetie returned a $3.90 win mutuel. Aldrich also won with Irwin Kaplan's trotter Rose Run Leroy ($6.10) in 2:00 and scored in 1:59.3 behind McDonna ($3.10), an 8 year old pacing mare co-owned by Linda Boyd and his dad, Bruce, Sr. Young Bruce's other victory on Monday came when he guided Cassie Russo's pacing mare, Terror Rising ($11.80) to a 1:59 triumph. Aldrich is coming off his best season ever in 2013 when he tied for second in races won in North America finishing the year with 645 driving victories. And again this year Bruce is again in the thick of things already with 171 wins which currently ranks him in eighth place on the North American leaderboard. by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway

TORONTO, April 14 - After failing to find the winner's circle in both preliminary legs, Reasonable Force found his best stride when it counted the most as he captured this year's edition of the $36,200 Youthful Series final Monday at Woodbine. In doing so, the Doug McNair-driven sophomore returned $33.00 to his backers. McNair and Reasonable Force were in no hurry off the gate as Account Rollover (Randy Waples) cleared to the lead past the opening station in :27.1. Account Rollover, who found the wire in the first leg of the series, continued to lead his nine rivals past the half in :56 and three-quarters in 1:24.4. McNair began the first-over attack around the final turn and was within striking distance of the tempo-setter turning for home. Down the stretch, McNair asked his charge for more pace and the three-time winner responded with a two length win. Post time favourite Andreios Kardia (Steve Byron) finished second, with Dragon Seelster (Paul Macdonell) finishing third. Trained by Tony Montini for owners Doug Dunbar and Steve LeBlanc, Reasonable Force lifted his career earnings to $44,840. The son of Shadow Play now has a 2-2-1 record from eight starts this season. Also on Monday's program, the second round of the Lifetime Dream series continued with two $18,000 divisions. Rose Run Oriana (Randy Waples) kicked-off the 10-race programme with a 1:54.2 score in the first division. The daughter of Trainforthefuture enjoyed a new career best in the debut for trainer Corey Johnson. Waples led gate-to-wire with the 15-time winner through panels of :28, :57 and 1:25.3, before fending off 3/5 favourite Rockin With Dewey (Mario Baillargeon) in deep stretch to win by one and a half lengths. Samira Hanover (Paul Macdonell) finished third. Owned by Rolling Hills Racing Stables, Rose Run Oriana will look for the series sweep next week as her bankroll increased to $134,717. She paid $4.90 to win. One race later, Her Name Is Lola (Phil Hudon) enjoyed her fifth career score at odds of 3-1. The daughter of Majestic Son laid parked on the outside at the quarter in :28.2, before clearing to the lead before the half in :57.2. From there, the trotting miss led her five rivals past in 1:26.1 before fending off a late challenge from Frisky Magic (Randy Waples) to win by a nose. Standing My Ground (Sylvain Filion) finished third. Trained by Russell Bax for Baxmar Holsteins Ltd, Her Name Is Lola increased her bankroll to $85,560. She paid $8.70 to win. by Greg Gangle, for WEG

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that three breedings are being offered via auction to benefit the MSOA's Scholarship Fund.   This year, the MSOA welcomes back a familiar face and a new partner to assist with the scholarship funding effort. For the second straight season, horse owner and MSOA member Ted Tomson of Brackenridge, PA has donated two breedings to trotting stallion Tom Ridge, on the roster at Nandi Farms in New Freedom, PA for a fee of $3,500.   Tom Ridge, a World Champion son of Muscles Yankee, has a mark of 1:50.2 and banked over $886,000 in his racing career.   The MSOA is pleased to welcome Hanover Shoe Farms to the team, as the nation's leading farm has donated a breeding to Crazed, valued at $4,000.   Crazed, a million-dollar winning son of Credit Winner, is no stranger to Pennsylvania racing, as a past winner of the Colonial Trot at Harrah's Philadelphia.   "We are pleased to have the Tomson family and Hanover Shoe Farms work with our program this year," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "We have had some great partners donate breedings in recent years, including Green Acquisition Corporation, owner of Trainforthefuture, and Fran Azur, owner of Hypnotic Blue Chip. The MSOA Scholarship Fund is lucky to have had the opportunity to work with these folks and their generosity has helped to benefit a lot of young men and women."   The breedings will be listed on the website The 14-day auction opens April 1 and ends at noon on April 15, 2014.   One Crazed breeding is available to the top bidder. Two Tom Ridge breedings are being offered. The underbidder will be contacted by the MSOA and offered the second breeding at the price of their bid as soon as the auction has closed. Terms are 10% down (non-refundable), remainder due upon live foal.   For more information, call 724-228-3644 or email,

Monday evening the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) presented its November Caretaker of the Month award to Mary Birkhold for her work as a harness racing caretaker, trainer and co-owner (with George Birkhold and Ohioan David Reiselt) of the improving trotter Rose Run Nolan. Birkhold and her brother George selected “Nolan” as a yearling from an Ohio public auction (consignment of Archie Yoder’s Rose Run Farm) and have developed him principally at Pompano Park under the patient driving guidance of Ohio native Tom Sells. The team liked “Nolan” so well that they passed on the “Gator” moniker for this one. Ms. Birkhold is enjoying her best season as trainer with nine wins, six with Rose Run Nolan (4h Trainforthefuture-Dancin Darvie-Darvie) who now sports a record of 1:57.1f and lifetime earnings of $46,712. Mary, born in Salem, Ohio, resides and trains the Birkhold stable at Sarasota, FL and ventures to Ohio in mid-summer to race at the fairs and in stakes events. That connection led to her interest in “Nolan” and for good reason. His dam, Dancin Darvie, is a 100% producer with two $100,000 plus performers and second dam Swiss Proxie produced 10 trotting winners from 15 foals, Dancin Darvie being her last and $208,000 winner Proxie’s Garland the first foal. Third dam Proxie produced 10 trotting winners from 14 foals including the $100,000 winners Count Me and Patty Tad. As the name might imply, the fourth dam is Proximity (a 1942 foal that earned $252,929 and a record of 1:59.3) that some believe was one of the greatest American trotting mares. Even ”Nolan’s” sire Darvie shows up from a pedigree perspective, he being a $96,000 plus winner and full brother to Nevele Typhoon ($393,201) and Nevele Thunder ($284,253). Mary Birkhold knows trotters and richly deserves the USHWA Florida Chapter’s recognition as caretaker of the month…and more! She received a plaque and a check for $100. Congratulations. By Thomas H. Hicks for the Florida USHWA Chapter   PHOTO by Thomas H. Hicks   (Left to right, Rosie Huff, Mary Birkhold and John Berry)

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  

In The Grippers and Chris Page started the Ohio State Fair races Thursday at Scioto Downs Racino when they won the opening race for 2-year-old trotting fillies in 1:58.4. Sitting the perfect pocket trip, Page fanned the daughter of Steven One wide coming out of the last turn and just got up to win over Turbochargedroxie and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. Owned by Herres Stables LLC of Bellbrook, In The Grippers now has three wins in three starts for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr and has earned $47,225. R Spunky Girl took the fastest split for the 2-year-old pacing fillies for trainer Jim Dailey and Scioto’s leading driver, Tony Hall. Winning by just a nose over race favorite Rosy Fire and Dan Noble in 1:56.4, the pair sat third for most of the mile and got up in the final stride after being parked for the last 3/8 of a mile. The daughter of Feelin Friskie is owned by Tracey Russell, Rosemary Young and Kimberly Dailey. The win broke the filly’s maiden after finishing third in her last two Sire Stakes outings. The other two State Fair races for 2-year-olds were won by Rose Run Princess (Chris Page) and Paydaze On The Way (Dan Noble). The trotting filly Rose Run Princess (Trainforthefuture - Cinder Char) won in 2:00.2 for trainer Devan Miller to now have a three race win streak while the pacer Paydaze On The Way (Look Sharp - Shantytown Girl) won her race in 1:57.4 for trainer Diana Riegle. Contessa Leigh continued her winning streak by crossing the line first over 10 others in the sole $60,000 division for 3-year-old trotting fillies when she and driver Chip Noble won by one length in 1:57. The filly by Full Count out of the Overcomer mare Howl is co-owned by her trainer Marty Wollam and G And B Racing (Bradley and George Berlin). Her competition didn’t make it easy for her when she was parked for nearly the first half of the mile by Mitey Pretty Win (Ray Paver) who took the field to the opening quarter of 28.1 and then Trainer Dunn (Tony Hall) before they hit the half in 57. Mitey Pretty Win was second while Miss Lulu Belle (Wrenn, Jr) finished third. Contessa Leigh now has 10 wins in 13 starts and the only time she finished out of the top three in her life is when she was beaten by one and a half lengths in a race over at The Meadows earlier this year. The lightly raced filly has earned $172,586, all of which was made in Ohio except for that one race at The Meadows. State Fair racing continues Friday at Scioto with two divisions of 2-year-old trotting colts going for $35,000 each in races one and two. Races four and nine will be races for 3-year-old trotting colts and pacing fillies respectively, and each race will carry a $60,000 purse with 11 horses in it. The morning-line favorite for 3-year-old trotting colts is Final Breath for trainer/driver Hugh “Sandy” Beatty. The Victory Sam colt has five wins in eight starts so far this year and has won all three of his Sire Stakes races this year, taking a season’s mark of 1:57.1 back in May at Scioto. Ohio’s First Lady Pace, for 3-year-old pacing fillies is headlined by Ron Burke’s Pink Camo. She has been racing most recently in the Opens at Scioto, pacing in 1:53 and change but also winning her last Sire Stakes race in 1:55. The daughter of Pine Valley last raced on July 19 and will have to face Two Friskie for the first time this year. Two Friskie will be driven by Kyle Ater for trainer Mark Winters, Sr. The filly has won her last three starts, all at county fairs, but pacing in 1:58.1, 2:02.2 and 2:02.1. Her last start at Scioto saw her finish third in her Sire Stakes division to Igottafeelinfran and Crosswind Colleen of which the latter will be racing against her in this Ohio State Fair race. Pink Camo has 3-1 morning line odds coming out of the outside nine post while Two Friskie has the six hole and Crosswind Colleen will leave out of the second tier from post 11. Post time for Friday’s 12-race card begins at 6:30 p.m. Scioto Downs Racino.  

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