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.
On Friday, July 19 Northfield Park hosted five divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as part of the a 14-race program. Two-year-old filly trotters competed in three divisions and filly pacers in two. Chris Page was the stakes driving star of the night with three OSS victories. Dan Noble and Tony Hall also piloted a stakes win. The trotters took to the stage in Race 1 and Rose Run Princess (Trainforthefuture-Cinder Char-Striking Sahbra) bested her competition by a nose in the final stride to win the $30,000 first division. The race was Rose Run Princess’ second win in three lifetime starts. Northfield Park leading driver Chris Page piloted the filly for trainer Devan Miller and owners James Keller of New Carlisle, Ohio and Jerry Allen of Tipp City, Ohio. Rose Run Princess started from post six and sat third through an opening quarter of :30. Page tipped the freshman first-over and she remained there though middle factions of 1:02.2 and 1:32.3. Rose Run Princess overcame the tough trip to win by a nose in 2:02.2. Finishing behind Rose Run Princess were Maes Perfect Storm, Cookie N Ice Cream, Dellou, Emilene’s Future and Hush Hush Chip. Rose Run Princess was the favorite and returned $3.60 to win. Paydaze On The Way (Look Sharp-Shantytown Girl-Towner’s Big Guy) took the $30,000 first division for two-year old filly Ohio-bred pacers for trainer Mike Conklin in the evening’s second race. Paydaze On The Way started from post three and was fourth through an initial fraction of :28.2. Driver Dan Noble pulled the filly first-up through times of :58.4 and 1:27.2. Paydaze On The Way drafted in the pocket through the final turn before taking the lead in the stretch and finishing 1 ¼-lenths ahead of the competition, stopping the timer in 1:56. This race marked the filly’s second career start and first win. She was the runner-up in her career debut. Completing the race were Crown Time Keeper, R Spunky Girl, Fayco Filly, Ataway Samantha and Friskie’s Angel. Paydaze On The Way was heavily favored and paid $3.00 to win. The trotters were scheduled next and Anniesbluejeanbaby was an impressive winner in Race 3, capturing the $30,000 second division. Tony Hall drove the filly for trainer Wes Hershberger and Chagrin Falls, Ohio owner Walter Callam. Anniesbluejeanbaby (Full Count-Sunland Annabell-Armbro Laser) started from post four. Hall sent the filly straight to the lead and never looked back. She posted fractions of :30.2, 1:01.2, 1:32.2 and 2:01.4. She was an easy 5 5/4-length winner. The race was the first win in two lifetime starts for Anniesbluejeanbaby. Finishing in succession after the winner were OIM Bad, Emery Jean, Iron Princess, Rockin H Marsha K and Hurricane Honey. Anniesbluejeanbaby was the punter’s choice and returned $3.60 to win. Trotters returned in Race 5 for the $30,000 third division. In The Grippers (Steven One-Over Baked-Overcomer) led every step through well-rated fractions of :31.1, 1:02.3, 1:33 and 2:03.1. The filly is owned by Herres Stable LLC of Bellbrook, Ohio. Virgil Morgan Jr. called upon Chris Page to drive. In The Grippers, never challenged, was a 2 ¾-length winner. In The Grippers remains undefeated, now with two career victories in as many starts. She was followed home by Greased, Mclean, MJs Victory Jody, Surebecoolifudid and Dohooray. Turbochargedroxie did not finish. In The Grippers was the people’s pick and paid $3.00 to win. The final Ohio Sires Stake race of the evening was Race 6, the $30,000 second division for two year-old filly pacers. Spiffy Sam left from post five and held off all competition through fractional times of :28.3, :58.3, 1:27.3 and 1:57.4. Driver Chris Page asked Spiffy Sam (Nobleland Sam-Spiffy Cruiser-Yankee Cruiser) for more in the stretch and she dug in gamely, holding off the favorite by ¼-length. She is owned by Sheila Hummel of Mansfield, Ohio, Mark Williams of Pickerington, Ohio, along with Steven Carter of Londonderry, Ohio, who also trains. This marked her third win in six starts this year. Following Spiffy Sam were Rosy Fire, Nancy’s Stitches, Baby Slider, Pretty Dreamboat, Friskie Six and APP Panda. Spiffy Sam was a mild upset winner, returning $15.40 to win. by Ayers Ratliff
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce its 2013 MSOA college scholarship winners. The awards will be formally presented in the winner’s circle on Adios Day (July 27) at The Meadows. “We are pleased to be offer these scholarships along with our additional sponsors,” said MSOA President Rich Gillock. “Our scholarship program has continued to build every year, and this year we are pleased to give $11,500 in scholarship money to these deserving young people.” A $5,000 MSOA Scholarship has been awarded to Shannon Teed, who will be entering West Liberty State this fall as a freshman. She will be majoring in Biology. Ashley Conger has been awarded the $2,500 MSOA/CSC Insurance Scholarship. Also a freshman this fall, Ashley will be studying Pharmacy at the University of Findlay. Ryan Zidek has been named the winner of the $2,000 MSOA/Trainforthefuture Scholarship. He will be a freshman this fall at Saint Vincent College, majoring in Communication. The $1,000 MSOA/LCM Nutraceuticals Dr. Barry C. Betts Memorial Scholarship will be split this year between two recipients, Michael Fahy and Nick Walski. Fahy will be a junior double major at Marietta College this fall, studying Political Science and Asian Studies. Walski is a student at Edinboro University. A new $1,000 scholarship this year, the MSOA/Nuclear Breeze Scholarship, will be split between Alexandra Indof and Alyssa Cummings. Indof will be a freshman at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, studying Nursing. Cummings will be a freshman at CCAC-North, also studying Nursing. The MSOA Board of Directors would like to not only congratulate the winners, but also to thank our co-sponsors: Tom Svrcek and CSC Insurance, John Green and Trainforthefuture, Tom Cooke and Nuclear Breeze, and Dr. Larry and Mary Smith of LCM Nutraceuticals. Jeff Zidek
On Friday, July 19 Northfield Park will host five divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as part of the 14-race program. This will be the second leg of the Sires Stakes for the freshman fillies. Freshman filly trotters will start Friday’s stake action in Race 1 for the $30,000 first division. Rose Run Princess (Trainforthefuture-Cinder Char-Striking Sahbra) is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for owner Jennifer Keller of New Carlisle, Ohio and Jerry Bell of Tipp City, Ohio. Devan Miller is the filly’s trainer and has enlisted the services of Northfield Park’s leading driver, Chris Page. Rose Run Princess makes her third lifetime start, finishing fourth at the Pickaway County Fair and posting a 2:02.4 victory in Ohio Sires Stakes action on July 4 at Scioto Downs. Rose Run Princess will start from post six. Also competing in the first division will be Maes Perfect Storm, Dellou, Emilene’s Future, Hush Hush Chip and Cookie N Ice Cream. Race 2 will be the $30,000 first division for two-year old filly Ohio-bred pacers. Trainer Mike Conklin will start Paydaze On The Way (Look Sharp- Shantytown Girl-Towner’s Big Guy) as the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite. Paydaze On The Way starts from post three and faces five rivals. Paydaze On The Way shows one race-line, a runner-up effort on July 4 in the Ohio Sires Stakes at Scioto Downs. She was closing well in the stretch, missing the win by a neck and pacing in 1:57.3. Dan Noble is scheduled to drive for owner Karen Rose of Leesburg, Ohio. R Spunky Girl, Ataway Samantha, Fayco Filly, Crown Time Keeper and Friskie’s Angel complete the line-up. Trotters return to the stage in Race 3 for the $30,000 second division Ohio Sire Stakes. Iron Princess (Iron Duke-Kiwi Song-Super Ben Joe) is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for owner/trainer Ron Randall of Berlin Center, Ohio. Iron Princess has two previous races, posting wins at the Putnam County Fair and a 2:04.3 effort at Scioto Downs in Ohio Sires Stakes action. Driver Greg Grismore will start the trotter from post-four in a field that consists of Hurricane Honey, Emery Jean, Rockin H Marsha K, Anniesbluejeanbaby and O I M Bad. Trotters again compete in Race 5 for the $30,000 third division of the Ohio Sires Stakes. In The Grippers (Steven One-Over Baked-Overcomer) starts from the rail and is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. She is owned by Herres Stables, LLC of Bellbrook, Ohio and is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. Morgan has called upon Chris Page to drive. This filly has one lifetime start, winning in 2:04 in the Ohio Sires Stakes at Scioto Downs. In The Grippers’ rivals consist of MJs Victory Jody, Greased, Turbochargedroxie, Dohooray, Mclean and Surebecoolifudid. Race 6 will host the final Ohio Sires Stake race of the evening with the $30,000 second division for two year-old filly pacers. Friskie Six (Feelin Friskie-KJ Six-Electric Yankee) is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for owner Larry Six of Washington Court House, Ohio. Travis Redden trains the filly and uses Tony Hall to drive. This freshman has raced two times, finishing second at the Pickaway County Fair and again finishing second in a $30,000 Ohio Sires Stake race at Scioto Downs. Friskie Six starts from post-four in a talented field consisting of Pretty Dreamboat, Nancy’s Stitches, A P P Panda, Spiffy Sam, Rosy Fire and Baby Slider. by Ayers Ratliff
One lucky bettor had to be smiling when the horses crossed the finish line in Friday's (January 18) harness racing's 15th race at Northfield Park. My Sweet Lorelei (38-1) won, Sweetie Sue Cam (48-1) finished second and Its A Sham (90-1) showed. The 4-7-8 combination returned $14,583.60 for the $1.00 Trifecta wager.
Its Jesse Time and Master's Fly Trap captured harness racing divisions of Wednesday's (September 19) $36,300 Ohio Breeders Championship 2-Year-Old Filly Trot at the Delaware County Faiir.
Pink Camo rolled to her fourth straight win in setting a 1:52.4 track mark at Scioto for harness racing freshman pacing fillies on Friday (August 24). Her victory came for driver Tony Hall in the $20,000 Ohio Breeders Stakes.
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2012 MSOA Collegiate Scholarships, for the 2012-13 academic year. The harness racing scholarships are worth a total of $10,500, the highest amount since the program's inception.
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce the donation of two breedings to the harness racing stallion Trainforthefuture, to benefit the MSOA collegiate scholarship fund.
Trainforthefuture (Donerail-Colette Lobell-Joie DeVie) 3,1:55.3 ($235,944) has returned to Ohio and to Hickory Lane Farm to stand for the 2012 harness racing breeding season and beyond.