Friday, January 15, 2016 - Goshen, NY - The generosity and good will of Breana Carsey, the Indiana pre-teen featured on the CBS Evening News, as well as Michelle and Albert Crawford of Crawford Farms, NY, have earned them both the harness racing honor of a United States Harness Writers Association's President's Award. Not too many 5th grade students get the opportunity to talk about harness racing on the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. Nonetheless, Breana Carsey, an 11-year-old Standardbred owner from Connersville, Indiana, did exactly that last October when her homebred colt won the Ohio Sire Stakes Championship. The story of intense faith begins at a horse auction when Breana was just eight years old. At his daughter's urging Brian Carsey purchased a mare named Imageofasweetgirl, in-foal to Trainforthefuture for just $1,700. Fast-forward to the resultant colt's debut and, at the time, he seemed to be 'just an average horse' for his first three baby races. But then, when the money was on the line, he just kept on winning. MJB Got Faith captured four legs of the Ohio Sires and the $225,000 final, earning $192,500 in just five starts. Named for the three Carsey siblings, 'Mackenzie, Jordan & Breana' and her favorite saying, "got faith," the CBS news broadcast featuring Breana and her racehorse made the entire industry proud. Despite numerous offers to sell the gelding trotter for a profit, and to race for larger purses, Breana proclaimed that he would not be sold, "not even for a million dollars," and that the horse has "deserved a rest" having done enough racing last Autumn. Although Breana feels "amazing and very thankful for all the blessings" she has received, the diminutive powerhouse did not take a rest. She began giving away thousands of the horse's earnings to those in need. The Christian Harness Horsemen's, various horseman's memorial funds, St. Gabriel School (where she attends), American Heart Association, items for overseas military outfits, and local food pantries were just some of the 'pay-it-forward' recipients of Miss Carsey's generosity. For her efforts Breana received an official "Pen of the City Seal" from the Mayor of Connersville, Indiana for representing the city in a positive way and being a role model for both younger and older generations. In fact, there has been considerable interest by Hollywood to the rights of her "got faith" story...so stay tuned. Perhaps the other side of the spectrum is the dynamic duo of Michelle and Albert Crawford. The owners of Crawford Farms in upstate New York have done so much for the betterment of the industry, in a relatively short period of time, that it is impossible to overlook their efforts. Driven by a passion for the sport, and a desire to help harness racing prosper, the Crawford's have sponsored several seasons of the Meadowlands Pace, Kindergarten Classic, Crawford Farms Trot and the Red Mile Grand Circuit meet. The Crawford's operate one of New York's largest breeding facilities with over 75 mares, but are also racing enthusiasts who have several dozen horses in training. Michelle noted, "We really enjoy our daily involvement in this industry. Al and I love the sport of harness racing and strive to see it prosper. By reinvesting back into the sport, we hope to see it grow and become as visibly recognizable as our thoroughbred counterparts." But they don't stop at racing. The charitable couple continues to support and donate money to many of the important causes inside and outside of our industry, including the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, Amanda Harris Fundraiser, their own ThinkPink Fundraiser for Breast Cancer, Classy Lane, horse rescues, and many more. While social media savvy, it has become increasingly clear that any noteworthy concern that flies onto Michelle's radar is instantly transformed into a ‘cause célèbre.' "On the forefront we will be spearheading a new coalition for a pipeline to safety and aftercare programs for our STANDARDBREDS so they no longer need to fall into harm's way after their careers or racing opportunities are done," the Crawfords noted. Michelle added, "In the next 30 days, those in the sport that share our passion will be meeting to develop a plan and a solution that will assist owners and trainers. We intend to expand and support crucial alternatives to slaughter and kill pens. It is my 2016 goal to make a lot of noise and help our animals that make our sport what it is!" The President's Awards, along with the Dan Patch Horse of the Year and additional human award trophies will be presented on Sunday, March 6, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Tickets for this gala event, the Dan Patch Awards BanquetÂ--Night of Champions, are now available. All of this information and applicable ticket and advertising forms can be accessed via internet link: USHWA.org by Chris Tully, President, U.S. Harness Writers
The first leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing freshman pacing and trotting colts will be contested Saturday afternoon at Scioto Downs, with a first post scheduled for 2 pm, ET. A total of 92 youngsters passed through the entry box, necessitating five $40,000 pacing divisions and five $40,000 trotting divisions. All but a handful of these colts and geldings will be making their career debuts. Trotters vie early on the program, beginning with the first race. Lone Valley Sam and Lionbacker Kidd both appear ready for their respective connections. Lone Valley Sam, a bay son of Iron Duke, scored a pair of solid qualifiers-the first a winning 2:06 clocking at Delaware on June 10 and the second a second-place finish in 2:01.3 at Scioto on June 22. Trained and driven by Chris Page, Lone Valley Sam was a $2,000 yearling purchase at the 2014 Blooded Horse Sale. Rival Lionbacker Kidd's credentials include back-to-back winning qualifying efforts at Northfield Park-on June 11 (2:05.2) and on June 25 (2:03). This gelded son of Lionhunter will be harnessed by Joseph Kramp for owner Jeffrey Kidd of Hartville, OH. In the second OSS division (Race 2) Forever Worth It just might be, as he comes into this event with back-to-back winning Northfield qualifiers to his credit. The first, on June 18, saw him score in 2:00.1 and the second, on June 25, saw him pace in 1:58.1, with an impressive :28 final brush. Trained by Scot Cox, this son of Stand Forever is owned by Miracle Meadows LLC of Columbus, OH and Jason Ash of Delaware, OH. As well, Kathleen Prickett's Budman, a son of Manhardt, also has a pair of winning qualifiers to his name. On June 15 he tripped the timer in 1:58.1 and on June 22 he was clocked in 1:56.2 with his trainer Jeff Nisonger in the bike. In the third $40,000 OSS division (Race 3), two of the ten entrants will be looking for their second career victories. Kanthaka comes off a maiden victory in a Meadow's $7,500 overnight on June 23, when he paced in 1:58, besting his rivals by 3¼ lengths. The son of Triumphant Caviar is trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver and Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH. Also looking for his second straight triumph in this race is Esther Crownover's Nobletucky Joe, a son of Victory Sam who scored an impressive, 33Â¾ length victory in a $4,440 Ohio Fair Stake on June 21 at Circleville. This bay gelding is trained by Steve Carter. Chips So Fast headlines the fourth OSS division (Race 5) from post six for trainer Ryan Angus. This Chip Chip Hooray youngster brings a trio of Northfield Park qualifying efforts into this $40,000 test. Owned by Mark Moger of New Hope, PA and Albert Delta, Jr. of Newtown, PA, Chips So Fast has been clocked in 2:05.1, 2:02.3 and 2:01-finishing a strong second each time. This same event sees Triumphant's Chip trying for his second straight victory, having won a $4,440 Ohio Fair Stake at Circleville on June 21 in 2:07.2 for driver Tyler Smith and trainer Steve Carter. Conditioner Scott Cox will harness War College in the fifth $40,000 OSS division (Race 13) for the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH and G. Peters of Akron. This Trainforthefuture gelding has a trio of qualifiers to his credit-the last on June 25 in a respectable 2:02.2 clocking. Also impressive in his recent qualifiers was Another Breath, who paced to a pair of winning miles at Scioto Downs on June 15 (in 2:03) and June 22 (in 2:01.2). The five, $40,000 pacing divisions get started later on the card, beginning with Race 10. First time starter Beligerent, a son of Mantacular who is owned and trained by Fred Huff, Jr. of Jackson, OH, posted a 1:58.2 qualifier at Scioto Downs on June 15, the fastest winning clocking of any youngster in this nine-horse field. Karen McGraw's Whiskey Friskie, a son of Feelin Friskie, also posted a winning time of 2:05.1 en route to winning a $4,440 Ohio Fair Stake at Circleville on June 21, while Miller Racing Stable's Donald Doc won a similar stake at Ottawa on June 24, timed in 2:04.2 for the one mile test. Trainer John Oliverio sends out Feelin Lucky in rein to Josh Sutton in the second $40,000 OSS division (Race 11) for pacing colts from post five. This Feelin Friskie gelding scored a winning 1:56.3 score on June 25 at the Meadows. Whataboy, who hails from the Virgil Morgan, Jr. Stable, posted a 1:57.3 winning effort in a Scioto Downs qualifier on June 22. This son of Big Bad John will have Chris Page at the lines for his pari-mutuel debut. Morgan will then harness Primo Giovanni, another Big Bad John colt, in the third $40,000 OSS division (Race 12). Owned by Carl Howard of Hilliard, OH, Primo Giovanni will start from post eight and most recently was timed in 1:58.3 when finishing third in a Scioto qualifier on June 22. Prior to that effort, he had won his qualifying debut on June 15 in a sporty 2:02.3, with an impressive :27.4 final brush. Another son of Big Bad John, Aloha John won a Northfield qualifier on June 25 in 1:59 for trainer Eric Hamlet, who owns the gelding in partnership with Michael Osborne, of Mentor, OH. Three sons of Big Bad John have winning scores to their credit in the fourth $40,000 OSS division (Race 14). Big Bad Cam and Prince Giovanni both took marks in their qualifiers-the former at Hoosier Park in 1:58.2 on June 13 and the latter on June 15 at Scioto Downs in 2:00.3, while Au Naturel was timed in 1:58.4 in his qualifier at Scioto on June 8. World Of Gaming, a son of World of Rocknroll, brings a pair of solid tries into this race, with a victory on June 21 at Circleville in 2:04.1 and on June 29 in a Scioto qualifier when he paced in 1:58.3 after drawing away from his rivals by four lengths. The final $40,000 division for OSS pacing colts (Race 15) sees Dash Of Grace looking for his second straight pari-mutuel victory. The son of Feelin Friskie captured a Northfield Park $3,000 overnight on June 24 in 1:58, winning by four lengths in a near wire-to-wire triumph. Kurt Sugg drives for trainer-owner Kurt Lepley of Mt. Vernon, OH. Trainer Jeff Nisonger will be in the sulky behind his Rockys World, a son of World Of Rocknroll who scored a 1:58.2 qualifier on June 15 before posting a 1:57.2 score on June 22-both at Scioto Downs. Friskie Cruiser, who hails from the powerful Brian Brown Stable, will make his pari-mutuel debut against these from post two. This son of Feelin Friskie paced to a winning 1:59.4 in a Delaware qualifier on June 19. OSS action continues for 2-year-old trotting colts with the second leg of this series set for Northfield Park on July 24. Pacing colts will vie on July 25 at Scioto. Third leg action for both gaits will be raced Aug. 21 at Northfield Park, while fourth leg contests will be held Sept. 5 at Scioto Downs. The $225,000 Championship events for all the 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, during Scioto Down's Super Night. Kimberly A. Rinker Ohio State Racing Commission
He began the 2014 season at Monticello Raceway competing in $4000 claiming trots and yesterday Rose Run Nash extended his lead in races won over all trotters in North America when the 5-year-old altered son of Trainforthefuture notched his 19th seasonal victory. Once again trainer Danny Gill handed the lines to Jimmy Marohn, Jr. and the diminutive reinsmen responded with yet another victory, this time in 1:57.1 winning for the fifth time against $15,000 claimers and in the process equaling Rose Run Nash's lifetime best which was established earlier this year on September 4. "We were in a bit tough but we beat some nice trotters today and now we have a five-win lead," Danny Gill exclaimed, meaning that Rose Run Nash has five more seasonal wins than runners-up, Too Salty and Brother Gus. Sent off at odds of 5-1 from post four Marohn wasted no time in sending Rose Run Nash to the front and they gained command on the first turn and led the seven-horse field by the quarter in :28.2. From there, Marohn kept the pedal to the metal and the veteran trotter made every pole a winning one to score a three- length triumph over I'm Fabulous, a Gary Messenger pupil who was the betting favorite in the race. "He was super good today,"Marohn said after the victory. "He had been running out in his last few starts but recently Danny had the veterinarian work on him and today he was as straight as an arrow. He's a tough guy who gives his all every time." Although the Ohio-bred gelding took his lifetime record this year he was victorious in 1:59.3 as a 2-year-old and every year since Rose Run Nash won in 1:59.2 or better. To go along with his 19 wins this season Rose Run Nash also has seven seconds and two thirds in 34 starts and his seasonal bankroll in just short of $50,000. He's a nervous horse but he loves to race and he loves to win," Gill added. "You can see his head going from side to side like a pendulum when he's trotting and when he gets near the finish you can almost see him straining while giving all he's got." Owned by Gill's main patron, Ed Hall, Rose Run Nash paid $12.00 for win. John Manzi
Rose Run Nash scored his 18th victory of the season at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday afternoon when Jimmy Marohn Jr. drove him to s 1:57.4 triumph over On The Podium driven by Bruce Aldrich, Jr. Now the 5-year-old altered son of Trainforthefuture has moved four victories ahead of Too Salty and continues to lead North America in races won this year by a trotter. In fact Rose Run Nash trails Mighty M pacer Shortest Distance by just one triumph for most victories by any standardbred in 2014. Coming into the contest off a 1:57.4 victory last week Rose Run Nash repeated that performance with a gutsy victory today (September 10). The race began with Larry Stalbaum sending Mr. Invincible to the front and carrying Marohn's trotter to a :27.4 first quarter before they relinquished command. Once on top Marohn kept the pedal to the metal and had a two-length lead at the half as the timer tripped :58. Up the backside the betting favorite On The Podium, in from Saratoga Raceway, trotted by Mr Invincibe and was in second position behind the pace-setter as they trotted by the third stanza in 1:27.4. When the field headed for home Rose Run Nash had already held off a challenge from Typical Newyorker (Mike Merton) and still had a one length lead. However, by mid-stretch Rose Run Nash was visibly tired but he was dead game when On The Podium rallied along the pylons. Rose Run Nash was giving such a great effort that his head swung from side to side like a pendulum with each hard fought stride toward the finish line. So much so that the head swinging was visibly noticeable to the rail birds who got to see a determined veteran equine give his all to win a race, something that Rose Run Nash has done 17 times previously this year. "He was running out in the stretch and I let him do it so as not to interfere with his determination to win. And I wasn't jerking his head from side to side, he was doing it himself reaching down for something extra with each of his final strides," Marohn said in the winner's circle as trainer Danny Gill held his pupil's head and kept chipping "number 18-number 18" referring to Rose Run Nash's season win total. "I've driven a lot of horses but I don't think I ever felt the determination that Rose Run Nash showed in his victory today," Marohn added. "Maybe he is used to winning but he surely gave his all in victory today. And people will tell you they (horses) are dumb animals, but when you are around them you know better." Rose Run Nash is owned by Ed Hall. He paid $4.40 for win. by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway
Itrustyou stole the spotlight on Saturday night at Scioto Downs with his track record performance of 1:48.2 in the $25,000 Open Pace. The 6-year old gelded son by Third Straight out of Dynamic Lady broke the previous record of 1:48.4 set by Paco Labrook in 2013. He's trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and RTC Stables of Pennsylvania. Itrustyou was driven by Chris Page from post seven in the field of nine. Page fired out for command and definitely had to work for the top. After being parked to the quarter that was paced in :26.1, they finally cleared. The pair had instant pressure from a parked and pressing Ardyne Ace and Randy Tharps, pushing the pace to the half in :54. Torrington and Dan Noble had a great pocket seat to the dueling action and just waited for their chance. Itrustyou responded to the pressure and paced down to three quarters in 1:21.3 before kicking 8-lengths clear of his competition. Torrington held the second spot and Santa Fe Beachboy closed well to grab third. Big Bossman rebounded in the $40,000 first division of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year old pacing colts in 1:53.2. Big Bossman is a gelded son by Feelin Friskie out of Lovely American. He's trained by Doug Hinklin for Parent Racing Stable of Ohio. Regular driver, Greg Grismore had the lines and started from post three in the field of seven. Grismore left for early position and found it in the two hole behind long shot, Lawyer Up and Aaron Merriman. The pair quickly made a brush to retake before the half that was paced in :56.4. Big Bossman was well in hand the rest of the mile. They paced to three quarters in 1:25.3 and cruised home in :27.3. Big Bossman was victorious by 6-lengths over Upfront Clays Boy and a rallying Dibs for Josh Sutton. Soul Train gets a new career best, 1:57.1 in his division of Ohio Sires Stakes. The 3-year old gelded son of Trainforthefuture out of Dances On Air is conditioned by Scott Cox for Parent Racing Stable, Robert Crynick and John Novak. Master Mighty and Kayne Kauffman were determined to set the fractions in the short field of six and did so in :29.2, :58.4 and 1:28.1. He was almost home free, but Soul Train and Ryan Stahl were able to get up in time by a mere nose. Master Mighty made a break as they crossed the wire, placing him third behind Kurt Sugg's Bradymeister. I Know My Chip scores in his $40,000 division of Ohio Sires Stakes in a lifetime best, 2:00.2. Jim Dailey trains the 2-year old gelded son of Deep Chip out of Madeline's Crown for owner Kim Dailey. Jason Brewer had the assignment from post four in the field eight and was the better's choice at 3-5. Brewer let colt trot when the starter said go and grabbed the top before the quarter that was trotted in :29.4. They had company from an outside leaver, Chips A Million and Chris Page. They let the pair go before tripping by the half that was trotted in :59.4. Page and Brewer performed the "give and go" and I Know My Chip regained command before the three quarters that clicked in 1:30.4. I Know My Chip kicked 3 ½-lengths clear of a closing Ohio Chipster and Chips A Million held on for third. Western Coby lit up the tote board with his 1:56.2 performance in a division of the 2-year old colt pace. Western Coby is a gelded son by Western Spirit out of Cole By A Knows. He's trained by Ron Wagner who partially owns with Larry Acker and Dean Davis. Wyatt Irvine had the lines from post nine in field of nine and went off at odds of 55-1. Irvine was content to take back and watch the action from eighth while Cornerback and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.pressed out for command. Ollie Pop clocked the opening quarter in :28.1 before settling for a pocket trip behind Cornerback. Wrenn tripped the half timer in :57.3. It wasn't until the three quarters that was paced in 1:27 that Irvine gave Western Coby open road, three wide to pass them all in a final quarter he paced in :28.2. Indian Spirit and Kyle Ater also closed well for second and Ollie Pop completed the trifecta. Neely's Messenger extended his win streak to five with his $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes win in 1:59.2. Marty Wollam trains and drives the 2-year colt by Neely Dunn out of Fun Message for Dale and Julie Sweet. They started from post two in the field of eight and were the slight second choice behind Kick A Lot who set the fractions of :28.3, :59.3 and 1:29.3. Wollam sat back in third and watched the action before tipping his colt three wide in the stretch to win by a half length over Chips Starr and Super Sheff Frosty. Kick A Lot made a costly, quick break in stride causing him to go inside the pylons and to be disqualified and placed last. Diamondkeeper upsets in his division Ohio Sires Stakes in 1:53.2. The 3-year old gelded son of Pine Valley out of Almahurst Joy is conditioned by Ron Burke for the connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Lawrence Karr. The undefeated, heavy favorite, Friskie Adam pushed the gate away and was parked to the opening quarter in :26.3. Diamondkeeper and Greg Grismore were sitting sixth and it was until after the half that was paced in :55.2 that Grismore gave Diamondkeeper his command. Friskie Adam hit the three quarters in 1:23.4, but couldn't hold off the rally from Diamondkeeper. He scored by 3/4 -lengths over Feel The Heat and Friskie Adam held on for third. Lady's Dude prevails in a career best, 1:55 in his 3-year trot division of Ohio Sires Stakes. The 3-year old gelded son by Victory Sam out of Lady's Star went off at odds of 11-1 from post five in the field of six. Lady's Dude recently moved in to the Ron Burke Stable for owners, Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Johnny Yoder. Josh Sutton had the lines and pushed the gate away and cleared to the top before the quarter that was clocked in :28.1, Sutton never looked back. The heavy favorite, Rompaway Galaxy got away an early fourth and was content to watch the action as they hit the half in :57.3, but was underway by the three quarters that was stopped in 1:26.2. Micallef couldn't close the gap on Lady's Dude and had to settle for second and Can'tcutthatchip was third. Chief Talkalot pulls off a gutsy performance in the final division of Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year old colt pacers in 1:55. Chief Talkalot is a gelded son of Feelin Friskie out Jardin Des Arts. Brian Brown trains for Steve Stewart, Michael Robinson, Robert Mondillo and Steve Cheatham. Jim Pantaleano drove from post three in the full field of nine and got away an early fourth behind co-favorites, Nobles Finesse and Gray Camo. Nobles Finesse set the pace and fractions of :27.2 and :56.4 before Chief Talkalot started his first over bid with his stablemate, Rock N Randall in tow. Chief Talkalot and Nobles Finesse went toe to toe and stride for stride as they clocked the three quarters in 1:25.1, but Chief Talkalot won the battle by two lengths over Rock N Randall and Nobles Finesse completed the trifecta. Racing returns Tuesday (September 9) post time is 6:30 pm. From Scioto Downs Racino
With Jimmy Marohn, Jr. sidelined by a racing accident at Tioga Downs last weekend, Monticello Raceway based trainer Danny Gill, who uses Marohn almost exclusively, had to scramble to fill the gap behind his pupils this week. However, on Thursday (Sept. 4), when Gill had six horses in to go, he split the driving chores between three talented chauffeurs; Bruce Aldrich, Jr. Larry Stalbaum, and Johnny Desimone. And Gill finished with a good day with two wins and two seconds from the six starters. Most productive was Desimone who won two races for Gill, both trotting events. First, and foremost, Johnny D scored a 1:57.1 victory with Rose Run Nash ($5.30) which was the 6 year old Trainforthefuture gelding's 17th victory and is tops by a trotter on the continent this year. Now, Rose Run Nash is just one victory away from tying pacers Diamond Tiara and Shortest Distance, who co-lead North America with 18 wins. And strangely, all three horses are Mighty M regulars. Desimone also reined Gill's other trotter, Sir Siro ($9.50), to a gate to wire to victory in a time of 2:00. "Desimone is good with trotters that's why I used him today, "Gill offered. "He used to work with (Gary) Messenger who always has a lot of good trotters." Gill is also in a fight for leading trainer honors with Messenger and Bob Lounsbury. "We each won two races yesterday," Gill added. "But Messenger is still the leader." Messenger's 102 winners is currently tops while Lounsbury and Gill are in hot pursuit; Lounsbury with 95 wins and Gill with 94. On the driving side Bruce Aldrich Jr. continues to lead the local colony. On Thursday he added three more victories to his seasonal totals and currently leads runner-up Jimmy Devaux by 34 wins; 224 to 190. However, Aldrich is again among the leaders in North America in races won. Driving basically at two tracks, Monticello and Saratoga, many days simultaneously, his 393 winners ranks him sixth at this time. Last year Aldrich's 645 victories tied him for second place nationally with Dave Palone. Ronnie Wren Jr. copped the title last year with 714 wins. by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway
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 www.bloodedhorse.com 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 email@example.com. 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 www.ongait.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)