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DAYTON, OH - Harness racing driver Trevor Smith leaped into third place in the dash standings at the recently commenced Hollywood Dayton Raceway meet on Friday (Sept. 18).   The upstart reinsman scored four consecutive wins from the eighth through eleventh races, giving him nine through the first five days (including the Montgomery County Fair staged at Dayton) of the 75-day 2020 meet.   Brett Miller, the early dash derby leader, also notched four wins on the night, giving him fifteen thus far. Runnerup Jeremy Smith, nine wins to date, managed a hat trick on the program as the three early meet leaders dominated the Friday action.   Smith's consecutive triumphs started with The Dark Shadow (1:51.1, $2.80) followed by Canadia's Bacon (1:53, $22.60), Letme Fly Low (1:53.4, $5) and Rocking Zoe (1:53.2, $6). Trevor also steered four runnerup finishers on the card, including the two races immediately following his natural Grand Slam.   Racing continues on Saturday night (Sept. 19) with a 6:15 p.m. post time, then takes a hiatus in deference to Little Brown Jug Week at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds before resuming the regular five-times-a-week schedule on Friday, Sept. 25.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

DAYTON, OH. - Both LeWayne Miller and Trevor Smith scored 'hat tricks' at Hollywood Dayton on Monday afternoon during the 14-race matinee, as did leading driver Brett Miller.   LeWayne Miller started the program off on the right foot sweeping both halves of the early daily double. In the first race, he guided Imacowboy Casanova to a startling upset, paying $60.20 for a $2 win ticket. The 33-year-old Indiana reinsman then followed that up with a solid favorite, Buff's Image, in the second race returning just $2.80. The daily double kicked back a healthy $172.20 payoff.   E R Betty allowed LeWayne his third trip to the winner's circle in the seventh race trot, returning a $7 mutuel to her faithful.   Trevor Smith matched Miller's back-to-back victories with scores of his own in the third and fourth races of the day. Pence Hanover ($8.20) was the first tally for Trevor, the 23-year-old younger brother of Tyler Smith. Next up was Mystical Charger, another longshot who rewarded backers with a $24.60 return.   Ufpfortydevensgirl completed Smith's hat trick when she upset a field of condition claiming mares from a second tier start. Her $69.20 mutuel payoff was the highest of the day.   Brett Miller notched victories with Ilooklikeanallstar ($11.20) in the fifth, Mountain High ($10.80) in the tenth, and Latenite Trick ($10.20) in the nightcap.   All three catch drivers with the hat tricks notched their wins for three different trainers.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway paid homage to the memory of longtime area harness racing horseman Tom Horner Sr. on Saturday (Oct. 26) by naming the weekly Open Pace in his honor. Fittingly, the longest shot in the race came flying at the end to nail the victory. Feelinlikearockstar (Trevor Smith) was still sixth and last at the three quarter station, but ready to swing three wide around the final bend.   The 12-1 shot advanced to fifth by the head of the stretch but still had three lengths to make up on the pacesetters.   Storming down the lane with a furious closing kick, Feelinlikearockstar collared Sports Sinner (Jeremy Smith) by a head and held off Hez A Dude A (Dan Noble) by a length in 1:52.2 over a rain-soaked surface.   Perry Smith owns and trains the 7-year-old winner who now sports 25 career triumphs and $353,019 in earnings.   Driver Dan Noble had the hottest hands on Saturday, winning five of the first 11 races--two of the victors from his own barn to pull into a tie with Virgil Morgan Jr. for leading trainer at the meet.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Diversity was the name of the harness racing game at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Monday (Oct. 21) afternoon as twelve different drivers visited the winner's circle on the 14 race matinee program. In addition to the plethora of winning drivers, there was a full range of mutuel payoffs as patrons had a difficult time determining which horses and which drivers would do well over the damp track due to intermittent showers. The only multiple winning reinsman was Trevor Smith who captured three of the last four races with One Of The Few (1:56.4, $63.80 to win), John Mac (1:53.4, $9.20) and Time To Casper (1:56.1, $3.60). The other winners were Sausalito Hanover (1:56.1, $18.60, Brady Galliers), Prince Of Art (1:55.2, $31.20, Jack Franklin), Rev It Up Man (1:56.3, $8.40, Ammon Hershberger), Friday Meeting (1:57.1,$3.00, Beau Brown), Fixthedeficit (1:55.2, $18.20, Alex Hawk), Rock N Jo Z (1:55.2,$8.20, Tyler Smith), Spoileronthebeach (1:53.3, $4.80, Brett Miller), Chips Cash (1:58.4, $47.60, Kayne Kauffman), Desireforthewin (1:54.3, $20.20, Chad Clark), E R Vincent (1:54.4, $6.40, Jeremy Smith) and Smash (1:54, $57.00, Jason Beattie). From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway kicked off its 78-day 2019 season on Monday (Sept. 9) with a 14 race matinee featuring full harness racing fields and competitive racing over a newly resurfaced race track that drew praise from the drivers colony.   A pair of reinsmen scored hat tricks on the opening day program while another trio notched driving doubles. Defending Dayton dash champion Jeremy Smith captured three races with Princess Rockette ($6.40), Nyquist ($18.40) and Dragonfly ($3.40). Trevor Smith (no relation although both Jeremy and Trevor are lifelong Washington Court House, Ohio residents) matched the feat by visiting the winner's circle with Crown Isle ($15.40), Parklane Glamorous ($30.40) and Rocking Zoe ($7.20).   Dan Noble, Brett Miller and Josh Sutton each won a pair of races. Shawn Barker II and Jason Beattie each got their initial driving wins of the 2019 Dayton season as well.   Quickest mile on opening day was recorded by Beach Ogre in 1:52 for Sutton and owner-trainer Noah Garrett. The six-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere pushed his career earnings over the $250,000 plateau with the impressive front end tally.   "The track is really fast for the first day of the meet," exclaimed Sutton when asked about the newly reconditioned five-eighths mile oval. "And it can only get faster as more horses go over it. We may not lose any days to bad weather and poor track conditions this year. It seems much better than the last couple years."   Another fourteen races and 125 horses are slated to appear on day two (Tuesday, Sept. 10) with a 2:15 p.m. post time.   From the Dayton Raceway Media Department

LEBANON, OH - The aptly named Crews Hilltopper will enter next Monday's (April 1) harness racing matinee as the likely favorite in the $20,000 championship leg of the Robert J. "Skeeter" Brown Memorial trotting series at Miami Valley Raceway. The 4-year-old son of Break The Bank K became the only back-to-back winner in the series when he won the final $12,000 preliminary leg on Monday (March 25) in 1:57.2. Capturing their first series victories and also qualifying for the final were Sweet Swan Of All in 1:58.3 and Triple Seven Seven in 1:59.2. Trevor Smith guided Crews Hilltopper to his second straight success, besting Well I'm Fancy (Trace Tetrick) and Monday Nite (Randy Tharps) in an exciting stretch battle. Larry Tinch trains the winner, an Ohio county fair stalwart in 2018, for owners John Foster and Ray Helton.The 1:57.2 clocking established a new lifetime mark for Crews Hilltopper despite a wet track dulled by persistent rain. Sweet Swan Of All is another who got valuable seasoning at county fairs last year, although his starts were at Indiana fair venues. The 4-year-old Swan For All gelding notched his first win of 2019 by holding off Jimmy Dean (Mike Oosting) and Innisfallen (Brett Miller). Miami Valley's leading driver Trace Tetrick gave Sweet Swan Of All his commands for trainer Lester Raber, who co-owns the winner with Floyd Raber. Triple Seven Seven, a 3-year-old filly by Tom Cango, copped the other split with a 1:59.2 victory over My Pure Honey (Brett Miller) and Bad Babysitter (Josh Sutton). Pasko Vucinaj owns and trains the lass whose previous fastest win was a 2:11 triumph as a 2-year-old at the Greenville, Ohio fair. Mike Oosting was in her sulky. Finalists in each of the nine Miami Valley's Lebanon Legends Series are determined by purse earnings in two preliminary legs. The top nine, in order, in the R. J. Brown Memorial, are: Crews Hilltopper, Sweet Swan For All, Triple Seven Seven, Monday Nite, Voyage To Paris, My Pure Honey, Innisfallen, Jimmy Dean and Call Me The Fireman. Final preliminary legs to determine the finalists in both the Omar Hiteman and Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series will be contested on the Tuesday (March 26) matinee. Post time is 2:05 p.m.   Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - Both horse and driver earned their first open class harness racing victories Saturday night (Oct. 28) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway when Dont Say Goodby scored an upset victory for driver Trevor Smith. The 35-1 winner swept from sixth at the head of the stretch to edge 3-1 Secret Threat (Josh Sutton) in the final stride while fellow 30-1 longshot Dalhousie Dave (Shawn Barker II) survived a parked out trip to garner the show dough. No winning 20-cent High 5 tickets were sold resulting in a $1,080 carryover into the 7th race wager on the next program, a Monday afternoon matinee. Smith, the younger brother of Tyler, is still classified as a provisional driver, but the 21-year-old son of trainer Jeff Smith is likely to advance to his 'A' license soon. Dont Say Goodby's 1:52 triumph in the $18,500 feature race was Trevor's 9th win of the Dayton meet and his 27th on-the-board finish in 93 drives. Charlie Stewart trains the winner for owner Derek Menchhofer. The 9-year-old Dontgetinmyway gelding surpassed the $300,00 career earnings plateau with the unexpected score. Driver Dan Noble captured five of the first nine races on the program to solidify his second place slot behind Josh Sutton in the current local driver's dash derby. The 34-year-old former national dash champion scored with Herlin (1:53, $6.00 mutuel), Sand Summerfield (1:52.4, $9.00), Dreamfair Mesa (1:52.1, $3.40), Pumped Up Kicks (1:53, $5.20) and Communicator (1:52, $40.40). Gregg Keidel    

Twenty year old harnerss racing driver Trevor Smith won his first-ever race on Tuesday afternoon (April 5) at Miami Valley Raceway...and did it in style, scoring in 1:53.2 at 31-1 odds. Smith worked out a covered-up trip for Alwysbreakinhearts in the $8000 condition race, found room in the lane and collared favored Ideal Race (Peter Wrenn) in the final few strides of his personal maiden-breaking voyage. Trevor, who just started driving a year ago and who now has 32 lifetime starts, is the son of Jeff and Kathy Smith of Washington Court House, Ohio, and the younger brother of phenom Tyler Smith. Jeff Smith, who hasn't driven since mid-2015 but has 978 wins of his own, trains Alwysbreakinhearts for owner James Behrendt. Tyler Smith made harness racing history when he became the youngest reinsman ever to reach 1000 wins, and he is now on the verge of becoming the youngest driver ever to win 2000 races. Tyler, now 23, needs just eight more victories in the next four months to unseat Scott Zeron, who currently is the youngest driver to reach 2000 wins at age 23 years, nine months and 23 days. Tyler is currently racing at both Hoosier Park, where he finished second in the dash standings in 2015, and Miami Valley, where he currently ranks fifth, so his milestone 2000th triumph is likely to happen in the near future. While Tyler has garnered the lion's share of the family headlines to date, Trevor can always remind him (good naturedly of course) that when he won his first race his older brother was several lengths behind, finishing fourth with Ilikeitrealhot. Gregg Keidel

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