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Grove City, Ohio – Named after a female house spirit in Slavic mythology, Kikimora is the Ohio 2-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Kikimora, the daughter of Triumphant Caviar – Nessa Rose by Chip Chip Hooray won three of her nine starts and finished second in three other races for owner-trainer Chris Beaver and co-owner Sandra Burnett.  Kikimora earned $210,196 in 2019.  Kikimora won the Ohio Sire Stakes Finals at Northfield Park to highlight the year.  In addition to co-owning Kikimora. Burnett of Wilmington, Ohio is also the breeder. Owner-Trainer Chris Beaver says Kikimora is very professional, “She is a very tough filly.  If she has a hard trip, she will hang in there.” Beaver says Kikimora is not big but shows a lot of heart, especially when she won the Ohio Sires Stakes, “I thought we were done on the backside.  She looked like she was done, but she kept coming.” Kikimora will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and United States Trotting Association’s District 1 Annual Awards Banquet January 18, 2020 at the University Area Marriott in Columbus, Ohio.  Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and can be purchased by calling the OHHA office at 614-221-3650.  Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at www.ohha.com.  The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. For more information, click here. From the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association              

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 18, 2019- Coming off the heels of the Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals night, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino hosted another round of harness racing Grand Circuit action on Friday, October 18. The Pegasus Stakes for three-year-olds were the featured events of the evening, with two divisions for each sex and gait. With the exception of an upset by Yes, favorites prevailed with wins from Rockin Nola, Pure Chance, Highlandbeachlover, Thunder, Grand Swan, Jk American Beauty and Hickfromfrenchlick. Rockin Nola and Grand Swan defended their home turf with wins in their respective divisions and six of the eight stakes races saw at least one Indiana sired horse on the board. It was also another big night for Harrah's Hoosier Park's leading driver Trace Tetrick who scored five wins on the evening. The night kicked off with the 2019 Indiana Sires Stakes three-year-old pacing filly champion, Rockin Nola scoring her second consecutive victory for driver Joey Putnam. Using her customary late rallying style, Rockin Nola found a spot mid-pack in sixth and waited patiently through fractions of :26:4, :56:2 and 1:24:1, eventually moving to the outer flow to make her bid. Once the wire was in sight, Rockin Nola dug in with a final quarter of :27:0 and grabbed the win, a length to the good. She stopped the clock in 1:51:2, followed by Fully A Virgin with Michael Oosting. Rockin Nola paid $3.80 at the betting windows. Rockin Nola is the daughter of Rockin Image-Gottogetoutmore and was bred by Mahlon Lambright. With tonight's win, the Joe Putnam trainee has won 11 of 25 lifetime starts and sports a lifetime bankroll of $415,672 for owners Joe Putnam, Suttons Bay Racing and Novi Trot. After winning the early double, Trace Tetrick would return to the winner's circle with three-year-old trotting filly Pure Chance who turned in an impressive effort in 1:53:0. Tetrick eased the filly off the gate and she settled along the rail in fourth but it didn't take long for Pure Chance to move to the lead. At the half in :56:3, Tetrick guided the filly to the front, clocking fractions of :56:3 and 1:25:1. Turning for home, Pure Chance bolstered her lead on the field, eventually crossing the wire two lengths ahead of her competition, leaving Sensibility with Ronnie Wrenn Jr. to settle for second. Pure Chance paid $4.40 to win. Pure Chance, the daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Jewell Creek, has won nine of 22 lifetime starts and established a new lifetime best with the win. Trained by Christopher Beaver, the filly sports a lifetime bankroll of $269,488 for owners Christopher Beaver and Steven Zeehandelar. Pure Chance was bred by Jonas Schlabach. Stakes action for the pacing colts began with a victory from Highlandbeachlover and Brett Miller. The Ernest Gaskin trainee grabbed a pocket seat from the start and held it through the first split in :27:0. Miller gave Highlandbeachlover the green light down the backside and he moved to the outside, passing his competition through fractions of :54:3 and 1:21:4. The heavily favored Dealer's Table and Sam Widger made a strong bid at the leader but Highlandbeachlover dug in gamely to get the win over a fast-closing Rose Run Ulysses and Trace Tetrick in 1:50. Highlandbeachlover paid $6.80 for his backers at the betting windows. Highlandbeachlover is the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Rockn Highland and has won eight of 25 lifetime starts and established a new lifetime mark with the victory. Owned by Desyllas Racing, Elmore's Race Horses and William Beck, the gelding now sports a lifetime bankroll of $144,314. Highlandbeachlover was bred by High Thoroughbred Farm. In the very next race, Tetrick continued his winning ways, this time with the John Butenschoen trainee, trotting colt Thunder. Thunder spent the first quarter of the race trading positions with Mass Fortune K and Brett Miller, the latter leading at the opening split in :27:1. Thunder grabbed the lead soon after, clocking fractions of :56:3 and 1:26:1. Digging in with a final quarter of :27:3, Thunder finished just a head in front of Smooth Acceleration and John De Long in 1:54:1, paying $3.40 to win. Thunder, the son of Conway Hall-Cr Oh Suzanna, scored his first win of the season and now sports a lifetime bankroll of $255,171 for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Day Dream Racing and VIP Internet Stables. He has now won six of 16 lifetime starts. Indiana Sires Stakes champion Grand Swan found the winner's circle for the third consecutive time for trainer, driver LeWayne Miller. Uninvolved through the early stages of the race, Grand Swan sat fifth through opening fractions of :28:1 and :56:3. When the field reached the third quarter in 1:25:1, Grand Swan began to make her move and was closing in fast on the leaders. With a final quarter of :28:2, Grand Swan tracked the leaders down and coasted to the wire two lengths to the good with a final time of 1:53:4 paying $2.80 to win. She was followed by American Kronos with Trace Tetrick. The recently crowned 2019 Indiana Sires Stakes three-year-old trotting filly champion, Grand Swan is the daughter of Swan For All-Queen Mum and was bred by Larry Miller. She has won 17 of 24 lifetime starts and now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $559,750 for owners Grand Swan Racing, Go Fast Stable and Never 2 Late Stable. Just when it seemed a favorites trend was forming, a price finally scored when Michael Oosting guided Erv Miller trainee Yes to the winner's circle, lighting up the tote board and paying $70.20 to win in their split of the stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts. Yes grabbed a pocket seat and held it through and opening fraction of :27:3. Oosting waited patiently for much of the mile and found late racing room and Yes responded. Charging home with a final quarter of :26:4, Yes crossed the wire almost two lengths to the good, besting the field in 1:53:3. He was followed by Indiana Sires Stakes champion and post time favorite, Swandre The Giant with Ronnie Wrenn Jr. "It worked out better than I thought," driver Michael Oosting had to say about the upset. "I wanted to get out close and make sure we didn't have any trouble. Once we found late racing room, he was full of trot." Yes, the son of Manofmanymissions-Fantasy Yankee has now won six of 24 lifetime starts and brought his lifetime to $208,903 with tonight's win. He was bred by Edward Lohmeyer and has international connections being owned by Thestable Yes Group out of Ontario, Canada. The second pacing filly to take home a win was the Nancy Johansson trainee Jk American Beauty who delivered as the heavy betting favorite in her split of the stakes action. Driven by Brett Miller, JK American Beauty made her move to the front down the backside and was able to hold off all challengers to stop the timer in 1:52.1. Summer Charm and Drew Monti surged late in the lane but were forced to settle for second place honors. Jk American Beauty paid $5.40 to win for her betting backers. Jk American Beauty is the homebred daughter of American Ideal-Jk Black Beauty and is owned by 3 Brothers Stables. With the win, Jk American Beauty has won 5 of 28 lifetime starts and holds a lifetime bankroll of $370,523. New York Sires Stakes Champion, pacing colt Hickfromfrenchlick made his Hoosier Park debut a winning one and extended his win streak to seven in impressive fashion in the final leg of stakes action. With Trace Tetrick in the bike, Hickfromfrenchlick reached command just past the half and never looked back. Finishing under a hand drive from Tetrick, Hickfromfrenchlick was an open length winner and stopped the timer in 1:49.4, the fastest stakes time of the night. Hickfromfrenchlick paid $2.80 to win. "He's a great horse and he's so tough," trainer Ryan Miller noted in the winner's circle. "He's been well traveled this season and he can race on any size track. He's got a few races left here at Hoosier Park this season, like the Monument Circle." Hickfromfrenchlick is the son of So Surreal-My Girl's A Star and was bred by Steve Jones. He has now won 14 of 20 starts and sports a lifetime bankroll of $561,927 for owners Ray Schnittker, Nolamaura Racing and Thomas Spatorico. Grand Circuit racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will continue on Friday, October 25 with the Circle City Stakes, followed by the Madison County Stakes for the two-year-olds on Saturday, October 26. Grand Circuit racing will wrap up at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, November 1 with The $200,000 Monument Circle, The $200,000 Carl Erskine, The $100,000 USS Memorial and The Crossroads of America. Live racing will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Saturday, October 19 at an adjusted post time of 4:30 pm. The 2019 live racing season at Harrah's Hoosier Park will be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park  

CHESTER, PA - Of the four winners Hall of Famer David Miller drove on the Wednesday afternoon card at Harrah's Philadelphia, three of them were victorious in $30,000 divisions of the John Simpson Memorial for three-year-olds. Two of them came on the trot, both of them daughters of Triumphant Caviar trained by Chris Beaver. First up was Back Splash, who rallied from the pocket to go by pacesetting Stella Jane by a length while equaling her lifetime best of 1:54 for the ownership of Beaver, Donald Robinson, Steven Zeehandelar, and R.B.H. Ventures Inc. Beaver and Zeehandelar are also the owners of Pure Chance, who followed up on a win at Delaware OH by taking a new mark of 1:54.1 in another Simpson cut. She had the largest margin of victory in a stakes all day, crossing the wire 2¾ lengths ahead of American Kronos after tailing that one from the pocket most of the way. Both of the Beaver trainees achieved earnings milestones: Back Splash went over $100,000 for her career bankroll, while Pure Chance has now surpassed $250,000 in earnings. The third Simpson trot winner was Sweet Chapter, a starter in the Hambletonian Oaks final, who was sent to the lead in front of the stands by driver George Brennan and had a 1¼ length advantage over Hanovers Best at the end of a mile in 1:54.2, which gave the daughter of Chapter Seven a new speed badge. Blake MacIntosh trains the winner, now a winner of over $200,000, and co-owns her with Hutt Racing Stable and Mortgage Boys Stable. The other stakes winner for driver David Miller was the pacer Trillions Hanover, who has now won four stakes starts in a row after coming from well back, not the easiest route to victory at Philly, to defeat Philly Hanover by a half-length in 1:52. Tom Fanning is the trainer of the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, who has ten career wins and $246,905 in earnings for VIP Internet Stable LLC, Falcon Racing LLC, and Paul Lang. Somebeachsomewhere was also the sire of the lone stakes-winning filly who was not the crowd favorite, Another Beach Day, who came a long way uncovered and still was able to go past pacesetting So Awesome by 1½ lengths while posting her fastest win time ever, 1:52.3. Yannick Gingras guided the Ron Burke trainee for owners Michael Hall, CTC Stable, Howard Taylor, and Let It Ride Stables Inc. The stakes day opened with the A Rocknroll Dance filly Rockn Philly being on top of her game, making an early move to command and withstanding the inside rallier JK American Beauty late to win by a neck in 1:52.1. Victor Kirby drove the winner of $282,004 for trainer Jim King Jr. and the ownership of Tim Tetrick LLC and Jo Ann Looney-King. For full results and entries click here. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Delaware, OH - Trainer and co-owner Chris Beaver and co-owner Steven Zeehandler swept the $102,368 Ohio Breeders Championship for three-year-old harness racing filly trotters in Monday action at the Delaware County Fair. In the second $51,184 divison, the field of six raced in post position order through the first three-eighths of a mile until driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. eased Aunt Rose off the rail and sprinted clear to score an open length victory. Twentyfour K Magic (Aaron Merriman) and Princessofpink (Ryan Stahl) completed the trifecta. The winning time of 1:54 established a new stakes record. Aunt Rose now has $198,255 in career earnings. Beaver and Zeehandler share the ownership in the Uncle Peter filly with Michael Carter and Joe Sbrocco. Pure Chance and Jason Thompson took control of the field of six before the quarter pole and never looked back in the first division. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar edged her stablemate and the fast closing Weslyn Quest (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a scant nose in 1:54 3/5. The winner scored for the sixth time in 12 seasonal starts and is owned by Beaver and Zeehandelar. Driver Brett Miller won four races during the 15 race card. Tuesday's racing will feature 13 races, including a $5,000 guaranteed pool Pick 4. Post time is 1:00 PM. For results, entries and program information, please visit littlebrownjug.com. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, July 29, 2018-Lass Rose Run Sydney (Brian Sears, $6.10) beat the boys (and one other girl), then made 'em cry Sunday afternoon (July 29th), winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $44,000 Open Handicap Trot. The weekly trotting feature was a flat-mile event, contested a handful of races after the day's four, mile-and-a-quarter, bigger-field 'French' forays. Away fourth from assigned post position No. 5, Rose Run Sydney saw eight-baller In Secret (George Brennan) eschew a three-hole. That one made the lead around 17-10 favorite Mostinterestingman (Jordan Stratton) after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. It was a :56.4 intermission before 'Sydney' was and out and moving in the third turn. She engaged In Secret in an out of the 1:25.1 three-quarters, disposing of that one soon thereafter. The lass opened a 2½-length lead in the lane, then whipped a pocket-extricating Mostinterestingman by three-quarters of a length in 1:54.2...a tick off her season and life-best effort. In Secret was a stubborn third, with Madhatter Bluechip (Brent Holland) and the other lady, Weslynn Dancer (Jason Bartlett), coming away with the remainder. It was one of Sears' four wins during the dozen-race card. For second choice Rose Run Sydney, a 4-year-old daughter of Triumphant Caviar co-owned by Steve Carter, Adam Friedland and RBR Racing and trained by Scott DiDomenico, it was his fourth win in 13 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17.40, the triple returned $70 and the superfecta paid $168. Sunday's go-round of the 'New York, New York Double' featured a winning combination of 7-Glossy (Saratoga's 3rd race) and 4-Casa Palmera (Yonkers' 5th race), returning $7.60 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $4,970. The next Sunday matinee is Aug. 5th (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, January 7, 2018 — Yonkers Raceway took the bow off its 2018 harness racing season Sunday (Jan. 7th), with lone lass Consolidator (catch-driver Jim Marohn Jr., $16.60) winning a chilly $50,000 Open Handicap Trot. Originally drawn with nine entrants, the field was pared to seven after the eight-hole (Melady’s Monet, sick) and nine-hole (Tight Lines, weather) assignees were scratched. Consolidator, from post position No. 4, worked out a third-over trip.  She set it up after Mostinterestingman  (Brent Holland) stuffed Money Maven (Yannick Gingras) into the pocket before eventually yielding to  9-10 choice Cash Me Out (Eric Goodell). All this took place through early intervals of :29.4, 1:00 and 1:30.2. Money Maven then made his second move, going right at Cash Me Out at the 1:59.3 milepost. A second-up Luminosity (George Brennan) wasn’t the  problem, but Consolidator was. She closed fastest, picking off Money Maven by a head while getting the mile-and-a-quarter in 2:29. Cash Me Out faded to third, with Home’n Dry (Matt Kakaley) and Luminosity settling for the remainder. A casualty of the demise of the passing lane was Mostinterestingman, pocketed behind a tiring leader and ending up sixth (sidebar story a bit later). For fourth choice Consolidator, a now-5-year-old daughter of Triumphant Caviar co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby, Laura Baker and Alan Weisenberg, the winning ’18 debut pushed her career earnings over $488,000. The exacta paid $79.50, with triple returned $256.50. Frank Drucker

The 45-year-old Radnor, Ohio resident did nothing less than harness both winners of Monday night's (July 10) Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) contests for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings at Northfield Park, which included one setting a track record and another finishing in the runner-up slot to his stablemate.   "It's pretty special having three horses of this caliber in the sires stakes," Beaver admitted. "Especially so in that all three of them are out of my stallion Triumphant Caviar. Buckeye Boss is the best of them, but really all three are basically within a second of each other, speed-wise."   Buckeye Boss captured the first $40,000 OSS event in a new track record clocking of 1:55.3 for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. That time eclipsed the old record of 1:56.4 set by Hand Glider and driver Duke Sugg in 2002. Buckeye Boss also holds the Northfield Park for 2-year-old colt trotters of 1:56.3, which he set last season.   "Buckeye Boss trained fantastic all winter, but once he came back up here he sored up pretty good in his knees," Beaver offered. "We really have concentrated on those issues to get the colt as sound as possible. One thing I did was to change his front shoes to flip flops and that's really seemed to help."   Owned in partnership by Beaver, breeder Marion Beachy and Synerco Ventures, 9-2 Buckeye Boss held off his stablemate, 1-2 Fraser Ridge (Chris Page) by a neck, with 4-1 Rose Run Spanky (Josh Sutton) third, nearly nine lengths behind the two Beaver-trainees.   Buckeye Boss earned $137,335 as a freshman, winning all four OSS legs; the $37,547 Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware in 1:56.2; and was a smart second in 1:55.3 in the $55,250 Bluegrass Stakes at Lexington's Red Mile. His career earnings now stand at $160,535 from eight wins and one second in 12 lifetime starts.   The good-looking, well-built sophomore is the fourth of six foals out of the Tom Ridge mare Fannie's Ridge and is a half-brother to Dunvegan Don 4, 1:55.2s ($160,954) and Kate Smith 3, 1:55.2s ($107,298)--both by the stallion Cornaro Dasolo.   Beaver then tightened the girth on Always A Good Time, the 3-2 favorite, who gave driver Chris Page a wire-to-wire effort timed in 1:55.4--just a tick off his stablemate's track record effort a few races earlier. The bay colt trotted his final panel in :28.4, finishing six lengths ahead of 17-1 Hope Ima Victory (Dan Noble), with 25-1 Jailhouse Sam (Sandy Beatty) 10¼ lengths back.   Always A Good Time was second in the $250,000 OSS Championship last fall to Rose Run Spanky after winning two OSS legs for 2-year-old trotting colts. As the second of three foals out of the unraced Yankee Glide mare Smarty Mouth, the bay colt is a half-brother to Coherent (by Donato Hanover) 3, 2:02.4h ($10,118).   Owned by Beaver, James Gallagher, Mark Schwartz and Steve Zeehandelar, Always A Good Time has $172,879 in his career coffers from four wins, three seconds and three thirds in 13 trips postward. He was bred by John Carver.   Ohio Sires Stakes continue Friday, July 14 with 3-year-old trotting fillies at Scioto Downs in Leg 3 of the series.   Kimberly Rinker

LEBANON, OH. – Four $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitationals, for Ohio’s best harness racing 3-year-olds, shared the spotlight with the Sam ‘Chip’ Noble Memorial Grand Circuit stake for the continent’s best older pacer mares on closing day Monday (May 8) at Miami Valley Raceway.  The successful 87-day 2017 meet, the fourth since the southwest Ohio oval began racing operations in 2014, ended with record purses paid, record overall handle and a multitude of new track records. The inaugural Scarlet & Gray Invitational, for sophomore Buckeye-bred trotting fillies, produced one of those track records when Rose Run Sydney (Jason Brewer) exploded three wide at the three-quarter mile station and topped Chim Swift (Aaron Merriman) and Let’s Get Started (Josh Sutton) in 1:56.2.  Trainer Steve Carter co-owns the daughter of Triumphant Caviar with Adam Friedland and RBR Racing LLC.  It was Rose Run Sydney’s ninth career victory and boosted her bankroll to $130,817. Ohio’s best pacing fillies were next and another Rose Run Farm-bred named Rose Run Skyler (Aaron Merriman) wired the field in 1:53 to establish another Miami Valley speed standard for her age and sex.  The daughter of The Panderose, owned by Lionel Watiker and trained by Derek Watiker, bested Pistol Packin Mama (Trace Tetrick) and Official Kisser (Jason Brewer) for her third win in five career starts. Trotting colts competed for the next $50,000 Scarlet & Gray purse and David Miller, Hall of Famer and Driver Of The Year, guided Star Buster to a 1:54 upset over Lord Of The Reigns (Kayne Kauffman) and Goldfinger (Ryan Stahl), kicking back $28.40 for a $2 win ticket.  Trainer Jeff Cox, who accompanied Miller and gave him his first mounts when the pair relocated to The Meadowlands years ago, conditions Star Buster for owner Michael Soehnlen.  Althouigh it was the son of Deep Chip’s ninth lifetime win—mostly at Ohio county fairs as a 2-year-old—this triumph more than doubled his career bounty to $47,546. David Miller produced another upset, although slightly milder ($16.20 to win) in the final $50,000 Scarlet & Gray split for pacing colts.  ‘Purple Jesus,’ as Miler is affectionately known in Ohio, guided Brian Brown’s White Jet to a come-from-behind score in 1:52.1, topping stablemate McThriller (Chris Page) by a length and a quarter.  Heracer (Aaron Merriman) and Sunny’s Bro (Greg Grismore) dead-heated for show.  It was the second win in ten starts for White Jet, a son of The Panderosa, for the Emerald Highlands Farm. Gregg Keidel

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 15, 2016 -- Kestrel, a 3-year-old filly taking on a field of accomplished harness racing mares, socked it to her elders with a powerful uncovered move that carried her to victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Kestrel was fifth down the backside when Jim Pantaleano sent her after the leader, Cowgirl Hall. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Blackrock seized the lead at the three-quarters and scored in a career-best 1:54.3, 3/4 lengths better than Whata Donato. Barn Girl rallied for show. Chris Beaver trains Kestrel, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $350,400, and owns with the filly's breeder, Wilbur Stoll Lang. It was one of three wins for Pantaleano on the 13-race card. Pick 4 triples The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has tripled — to $15,000 — the total-pool guarantee for its Wednesday, Nov. 16 Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative.  While $5,000 Pick 4 guarantees are offered each card, The Meadows upped the ante when Tuesday’s Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,799.70. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post Wednesday is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

A Tc Queenie was one of the state of Ohio's best sophomore filly trotters and she showed it by going gate-to wire in a stakes record to win the $90,800 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship in Monday's harness racing action at the Delaware County Fair. When the gate's wings folded A Tc Queenie (Dan Noble) grabbed the track and control of the field and dictated the fractions of :28 2/5, :57 4/5 & 1:26. Kerfuffle Cookie (Peter Wrenn) tried to mount a challenge down the backstretch but couldn't get within a length and a half of the eventual winner. A Tc Queenie cruised home in :28 2/5 to score a 4¾ length victory in 1:54 2/5. The Triumphant Caviar filly is owned by Trish Soulsby and Richard Schaut and conditioned by Ron Steck. In the second $45,400 division, Consolidator used a patient drive by Chris Page to score in 1:56 3/5. Kestrel (Aaron Merriman) overcame post #7 and took the lead past the ¼ pole in :27 4/5. Page ducked the eventual winner into the two-hole and let Kestrel pass the half in :57. As the pair reached the three-quarter mile station in 1:26, Page eased Consolidator off the rail and cruised home in :30 2/5 to score a 3¼ length victory over Kestrel. Count On Cami (ken Holliday) was another half-length back in third. Consolidator, winner of the $252,000 Ohio Sire Stakes Final her last time out, has won three races in a row and six of seven this season. She is trained by Jim Arledge, Jr. for the Green Acquisition Corp. Driver Ken Holliday and trainer Chris Beaver took two of the three divisions of the $10,800 Ohio Fair Racing Conference for three-year-old trotting fillies with Soft Power (2:00 2/5) and Evanora (1:56 3/5). Belle'svictoryring took the third division for driver/trainer John Konesky III in 2:00 2/5. Three divisions of the $12,450 (div.) Ohio Fair Racing Conference for two-year-old filly trotters were also held. Pricey Cupcakes (J. Duke Sugg), Lady Robin (Kayne Kauffman) and Away My Baby (Chris Page) found their way to the winner's circle. The 15 race Tuesday card will have a 1:00 p.m. post time and with feature a $10,000 guaranteed pool Pick 4 (races 9 - 12). Jay Wolf Photo: A Tc Qeenie and Dan Noble cruise to a new stakes record in the OBC 3FT (Brad Conrad Photo)  

For Ohio Sires Stakes victress ATC Queenie, it's all a matter of routine, according to her owner and full-time harness racing caretaker, Trish Soulsby.   "Queenie has a routine and I never break it," Trish noted. "She's giving me the time of my life in horse racing by winning these sires stakes."   ATC Queenie captured her third OSS leg on Friday night, August 19 at Scioto Downs, timed in 1:55.3 for Soulsby and co-owner Richard Schaut of Pompano Beach, FL. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar captured the first of two $40,000 OSS events for 3-year-old trotting fillies as the public's choice.   Giving a masterful steer by Chris Page, who was behind the low-headed filly with the big stride for the first time, ATC Queenie used her signature, come-from-behind move to prevail by three-quarters of a length over the hard-trying longshot Super Lily (Kurt Sugg). Another longshot, Marty's Lucky Chip, got up for third for trainer/driver Danny Noble.   "In between her races we never turn her, she just gets jogged," Trish admitted. "She also gets a lot of grass time and has her own paddock where she's turned out a good portion of each day. She also gets a lot of cookies and carrots, and for me, it's such a joy and labor of love that I get to be with her seven days a week. Love goes a long way with these horses."   Trained by Ron Steck, ATC Queenie finished third in the first leg of this series at Miami Valley Raceway, before winning the next two legs in 1:58.3 and 1:56.3. She also scored a 1:55.1 personal best in an Ohio State Fair stake at Scioto on July 29.   "When Rick (Trish's brother Schaut) sent her to me this Spring, he told me she was going to be very impressive this year," Trish recalled. "The best thing about Queenie is that she's very easy on herself and she wants to win. She just floats over the ground and she's the whole package--the complete horse. She doesn't do anything wrong and has the heart of a champion."   Trish purchased ATC Queenie for $7,500 at the 2014 Ohio Select Yearling Sale, and she has rewarded her owner by earning $128,366 to date. The filly is the sixth foal out of the unraced American Winner mare American Queen and is a half-sister to King Chip K (by Chip Chip Hooray) 4, 2:00.4f ($36,737).   In the second OSS division, it was Consolidator taking home first place money for driver Chris Page and trainer Jim Arledge, Jr., in a new career mark of 1:55.1. The Triumphant Caviar lass is the leading point earner in this series, having swept all four legs impressively for owners Green Acquisition Corp., of Canfield, Ohio.   "This was only her fifth start of the year so she's still relatively fresh," Page noted. "She's gets around a half-mile track alright, so in the Championship (on Sept. 3 at Northfield Park), it's all going to come down to the draw (for post position).   Consolidator won Leg 1 in 1:57.4; Leg 2 in 1:58; and Leg 3 in 1:55.3. In this fourth leg test, she opted to sit in the two-hole behind the pace-setting Kestrel (Aaron Merriman) until mid-stretch. The hefty rangy filly finished 1¾ lengths in front of Kestrel at the wire, with Count On Kami (Kurt Sugg) garnering show honors.   Bred by the Rose Run Farm, Consolidator pushed her seasonal earnings to $92,687 and her lifetime bankroll to $170,303. She is the sixth and most prolific foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Muscle Toy, 3, 1:55.3 ($107,723) and commanded a $25,000 tag at the 2014 Ohio Select Yearling Sale.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator    

Trainer Chris Beaver harnessed three of the five Ohio Sires Stakes-winning 2-year-old trotting colts on Tuesday night, July 12, at Northfield Park. The Delaware, Ohio-based conditioner also steered a 30-1 longshot to victory in the second leg of the OSS series for freshman diagonally-gaited Standardbreds.   Beaver's first victory of the night in OSS tests came with the sturdy-built son of Triumphant Caviar, Buckeye Boss. The huge, muscle-rippled youngster trotted swiftly and confidently through panels of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:29, before trotting a final panel in :28 to prevail in a new track record clocking of 1:57 with Aaron Merriman at the lines. Curiously, the new record established by Buckeye Boss broke the previous record of 1:57.1 set by another Beaver trainee in 2015, Kanthaka.   Owned by breeder Marion Beachy, Beaver and Synerco Ventures, Buckeye Boss garnered his second triumph in OSS competition. The colt had won leg one of this series on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:59, after winning his pari-mutuel debut on June 21 in 1:59.4.   "He was just on cruise control tonight," Merriman revealed. "He's like driving an aged horse."   Buckeye Boss looks like an aged horse--big and round in stature--and his demeanor suggests the same as he stood calm and collected in the Northfield Park winner's circle.   The youngster, who has $44,250 in earnings, is the fourth foal out of the Tom Ridge mare Frannie's Ridge, and is a half-brother to Kate Smith 3, 1:55.2 ($107,898) and to Dunvegen 2, 1:56.3 ($103,498)--both by the stallion Cornaro Dasolo.   Beaver then harnessed Always A Good Time to a 1:58.4 triumph later in the evening. This son of Triumphant Caviar notched his first OSS victory, pushing his career earnings to $30,000 for the Ohio partnership of Beaver, J Gallagher, M Schwartz and S Zeehandelar.   "This colt wasn't always the fastest training down, but he was one of the grittiest we had," Beaver stated. "He's tough as nails."   John Carver of Iowa bred Always A Good Time, who used a perfect pocket-sitting trip to pull of the victory. Better Believe (Mike Wilder) was second by a neck. Always A Good Time was a $12,000 yearling at the 2015 Ohio Selected Sale.   Beaver then steered the cantankerous Mythology to a 2:01.2, front-stepping victory at odds of 30-1 in his OSS contest that saw six of the nine trotters break stride.   "He's a tough horse to drive," Beaver said. "He can be a real handful at times and I almost lost him through the turns. He's a tough horse to keep on stride, but he does have ability."   Beaver towered over the diminutive but powerfully-built son of Triumphant Caviar in the Northfield winner's circle. The brown colt picked up his first paycheck for Beaver and co-owner and breeder Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, Ohio. Bellhaven (Aaron Merriman) and Cowboy Blue (Kurt Sugg) finished second and third--the only other two horses to trot a flat mile in this race.   The youngster Hope Ima Victory got a wire-to-wire steer by Danny Noble to pick up his first OSS win for owner Stephen Sexton of Xenia, Ohio. The son of Victory Sam is trained by Tony O'Sullivan and added the $20,000 winner's share to his coffers, pushing his career earnings to $24,730 with his 1:58.2 triumph.   Hope Ima Victory is a full brother to the sensational Victory Sam (a 61-race winner of $667,187) as he's the eighth foal out of the Overcomer mare Norse Comer. The well-built youngster nabbed his first career victory for these connections racing barefooted up-front over the Northfield half-miler. Bred by Betty and Red Shaw, Hope Ima Victory was a $15,000 yearling purchase at the 2015 Blooded Horse Sale.   In the final OSS battle that was marred by breakers, Dejarover (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was declared the victor after Winning Memories (Peter Wrenn) jumped it off at the wire in 2:00. The Dejarmbro colt got a near-perfect trip to notch the win, the first of his career for trainer Kelly O'Donnell and the Purple Haze Stable of Fairport, New York.   "He's getting better all the time," Wrenn, Jr., noted. "He's a very steady colt."   Winning Memories was placed third, while Goldfinger (Greg Grismore) was moved up to second. Bred by Michael Wilt of Missouri, Dejarover upped his career earnings to $23,200.   by Kimberly Rinker, for the OSDF

The powerful Consolidator stormed to victory in the first of three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies on a balmy Sunday night at Northfield Park. Confidently driven by Chris Page, the daughter of Triumphant Caviar took the lead just past the 29 first quarter and never looked back, trotting through panels of :58.3 and 1:28.2, before stopping the timer in a strong 1:58.3. Owned by the Green Acquisition Corporation, Consolidator is conditioned by Jim Arledge, Jr. The boisterous filly upped her seasonal earnings to $40,000 and her career earnings to $117,616 after finishing a solid three lengths in front of the hard-trying Hoorah Hoorah (Aaron Merriman) and third-place finisher Wegotthechips (Peter Wrenn). "Consolidator has so much go," acknowledged Arledge, Jr. "So much so, that she can get pretty rambuncious at times. She just has no stop in her." Always a handful in the winner's circle for her patient caretaker, Consolidator won leg one of this series on May 6 at Miami Valley Raceway. Bred by Rose Run Farm, Consolidator sold for $25,000 as a yearling at the 2014 Ohio Selected Jug Sale. Kestrel used the rail to her advantage in the second $40,000 OSS division, leading at every post for driver Aaron Merriman en route to notching her seventh career victory in a lifetime best mark of 1:57. Trained by Chris Beaver and owned in partnership by Beaver with breeder Wilbur Lang, the daughter of Triumphant Caviar was the public's 1-5 choice. Kestrel left hard from the gate, floating through panels of :28.1, :58.2 and 1:27.4, striding confidently ahead of second place finisher Buckeye Lady One (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), while Belle'svictoryring (Ryan Stahl) got up for third. Kestrel added the winner's share of $20,000 to her already buldging bankroll of $191,650 in her seasonal debut for these connections. After finishing third in leg one of this series, A TC Queenie put in a strong performance to capture the third $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for trainer Ron Steck and driver Danny Noble. After stalking the leader, 3-5 favorite Kerfuffle Cookie (Chris Page) through opening panels of :28.4 and :59.3, the daughter of Triumphant Caviar assumed the front end and held on gamely to the 1:29 three-quarter marker and was first to the wire in 1:58.3. Owned by Trish Soulsby of Ohio and Richard Schaut of Florida, A TC Queenie pushed her seasonal earnings to $27,300 and her career earnings to $53,116, with the win, the fourth of her career. This well-put-together bay filly was bred by Danny Collins and was making just the fifth start of her 3-year-old season. by Kimberly RInker, for the Ohio Sire Stakes      

Louisville, KY --- Wilbur Lang and Chris Beaver are happy with the performances of the filly Kestrel and the colt Kanthaka, who earned $191,650 and $140,814, respectively, during their recently concluded freshman campaigns. Both are from the first crop of trotting stallion Triumphant Caviar. Although his name may not immediately leap to mind when discussing Ohio trotting stallions, world champion Triumphant Caviar is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the Buckeye State. From his first crop, 31 of 41 registered foals have started and collected $827,706. He ranks 11th in earnings amongst all North American stallions as a sire of 2-year-old trotters and ranks fifth on the list of average earnings per foal in 2015 ($20,102) for the same age group. “We are very, very pleased with how he has performed as a stud,” said Lang, a member of the stallion’s syndication group. “He has more than exceeded our expectations and he really seems to improve his mares. I bred all four of mine to him and all four of the foals were very nice.” Triumphant Caviar, the third wealthiest son of SJ’s Caviar, earned $796,794 from 16 triumphs on the racetrack. He is out of the Tagliabue mare ENS Tag Session, which makes him a half-brother to Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Prayer Session (Like A Prayer) 3,1:53.2 ($678,401) and Theatrical Session (Broadway Hall) 3,1:55.3f ($160,879). He is a full brother to world champion Centurion ATM 2,1:53.2 ($437,462). The stallion, who stands at Abby Stables, was a $13,000 yearling purchase at the 2007 Standardbred Horse Sale for Kerry Beaver, James Gallagher, Luc Ouellette and Paul Bernard. Conditioned by Chris Beaver, Triumphant Caviar was fourth in the Breeders Crown at age two and amassed more than $127,000. As a 3-year-old he was second to Muscle Hill in his Hambletonian elimination, captured the Old Oaken Bucket in a world record of 1:54.2 and was second in the Breeders Crown final to Muscle Hill. Racing as a 4- and 5-year-old, Triumphant Caviar banked more than $300,000 and lowered his mark to 1:51.4s. He didn’t exactly knock his trainer off his feet when he first began to train down, but Triumphant Caviar showed his trainer he had high speed. “He was rough gaited when we first started working with him,” Beaver said. “Once we got him down to a certain speed though he became very nicely gaited, had another gear and really cleaned everything up. His career statistics are a bit deceiving because he had some minor issues when the big money was on the line as a 2- and 3-year-old. At 2 it was foot abscesses in the summer and fall, while at 3, he was very good for the Hambletonian. After the elimination we think he was bitten by a bug and had an allergic reaction while he was in New Jersey. He was no good for the final and it took him some time to overcome it. That is when he bounced back at Delaware with his world record and he was second in the Breeders Crown. There were times he simply could not show his best.” It appears Triumphant Caviar may now have the opportunity to shine in his second career. His two top progeny so far are Kestrel and Kanthaka. Kestrel was a nose away from being a perfect 7-for-7, while Kanthaka established a new track record for his age, gender and gait at Northfield Park (1:58) on July 24. He then lowered it to 1:57.1 on August 21. The colt continued to exhibit his talent when he set another track record of 1:57.1 at Scioto Downs on Sept. 5 in Ohio Sire Stakes competition. Both 2-year-olds are co-owned by Lang and Beaver with the latter in charge of training duties. “As I said I bred all four of my mares to Triumphant Caviar to show my support of him,” Lang said. “We sold one of them and kept three, Kestrel, Kanthaka and Soft Power. Elena, Kanthaka’s dam and Honey Thorn, Soft Power’s dam, both raced for us. They were and are very nice mares. Blackrock (Kestrel's dam) did not race (for us) and was purchased by us, but she is a nice mare also. Kestrel was her first foal. “We liked all of them right from the beginning. Kestrel was actually a demon to break, while Kanthaka and Soft Power were both good right from the start.” Despite Kestrel’s juvenile attitude when it came to being harnessed, she turned into a push button filly when it was time to compete. It required a picture perfect drive by Kurt Sugg with Count On Kami to nip her at the wire in the $225,000 Ohio Sire Stakes final. She rebounded with a decisive win in a division of the Ohio Breeders Championship on Jugette Day. “She has been a dream to drive all season,” Aaron Merriman, her regular pilot, said that day. “She is a pleasure and does everything we ever ask of her.” Beaver concurs with his assessment, but also acknowledges Kestrel remains tough to handle in the barn. “She doesn’t really like people and she doesn’t really like anything done to her,” he said. “It took us a long time of working with her every day to get her broken. Even then she got so irritated with us she kicked the stall door down and nearly took my wife’s head off. I think she is so good when she’s on the race track because no one is bothering her. She is all by herself and can do her own thing.” Kanthaka, despite six consecutive victories and three track records to begin his career, did not finish his season as strongly as his connections hoped. He was third in the Sire Stakes final, fourth in his division of the Ohio Breeders Championship and fourth in his division of the Bluegrass Stakes in Lexington. “We had a little problem with a testicle that was twisting on him, but we got that straightened out,” Beaver said. “It just seemed after he set that track record at Scioto he didn’t come back the same horse. He was very, very far off the pace when he had never been in that position before, so it was a huge effort for him to come and win that race. Especially for a 2-year-old.” Both horses are turned out with Lang but will resume training at Beaver’s Delaware base after their third birthdays. “Kanthaka has come back to himself with the time off,” Lang said. “Kestrel is doing fine as well. We are going to try them in some Grand Circuit Stakes next year. The story here is not really with either horse though. It is all about Triumphant Caviar. It is not only what these two horses have done, but his entire first crop. It is impossible not to be impressed by those statistics. They speak for themselves.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

The $289,000 Bluegrass stakes for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters at the harness racing meeting at The Red Mile, going on Thursday, Oct. 1, was split into four divisions when 25 horses dropped into the box. The first of three $72,000 divisions goes as the third race on the program. Julie Miller-trained Milligan's School headlines the six-horse field off a 1:57.2 qualifier at Harrah's Philadelphia. Owned by Stroy Inc., the son of Yankee Glide has three wins to his credit, including an elimination of the Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands and a division of the Tompkins-Geers at Tioga Downs. Jimmy Takter's Earn And Burn is also a major contender, with his resume consisting of $65,551 in earnings, a second in a Peter Haughton Memorial elimination, and a third in the Peter Haughton final. Earn And Burn is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Brixton Medical Ab. Kindergarten series star Hollywood Highway leads the second split, entering off of wins in both prelims of the series held at Lexington. Trained by Staffan Lind, the Muscle Massive colt has hit the board in three of four starts, with $14,000 banked. Jimmy Takter sends a Kindergarten contender in Honor Above All, who has hit the board in the Kindergarten preliminaries but is still seeking his maiden win. He's owned by Order By Stables. Winner of the $351,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, Jimmy Takter's Lagerfeld highlights the third division, owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman. He has entered the winners' circle twice this season in seven starts, with the other occasion being in a $36,030 sires stakes division. Another state-bred star will line up on the gate with Kanthaka. Third in the $225,000 Ohio Sires Stakes, the Triumphant Caviar colt won six legs of the Ohio Sires Stakes leading into the final, accumulating $135,054 this season. He was more recently fourth in a $35,061 division of the Ohio Breeders Championship. He's owned by trainer Christopher Beaver in partnership with Wilbur Stoll Lang. The final round goes for $73,000 and features a septet of trotters. It also features the return of Jimmy Takter-trainee Bar Hopping, who enters off a 1:57 qualifier at The Red Mile. Owned by Christina Takter, Hattfield Stables, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld, he has one win this season, coming in a preliminary of the New Jersey Sires Stakes at the Meadowlands. He makes his first pari-mutuel start since scratching sick from a division of the Reynolds in late August. He was fourth in the Peter Haughton Memorial after finishing second in an elimination for the Peter Haughton and in the $100,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes final. He'll be competing against improving trotters Celebrity Pilatus, who enters off a fourth in a $50,000 division of the Standardbred at Delaware, Ohio, and Ake Svanstedt's Dupree, who finished third in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final. The quartet of Bluegrass stakes holds the spotlight for Thursday's program, which consists of 10 races and kicks off at 7:00pm. Ray Cotolo

Mickey Moose and Kurt Sugg captured the third and final division of the $105,183 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old trotting colts in Tuesday action at the harness racing meeting at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. As the gates wings folded, Sugg hurried the gelded son of Triumphant Caviar after the early lead and controlled the fractions. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. sent Fantasy League first up to challenge the leader, but could never stick a nose in front. Mickey Moose rebuffed the challenge and won by 1¼ lengths over a closing Chips So Fast (Yannick Gingras) in 1:59 1/5. Fantasy League held on for third and the heavy favorite Kanthaka (Dave Palone) rallied for fourth after a break in stride at the start. The first division was won by The Next Triumph and Yannick Gingras going gate-to-wire in a lifetime best 1:59 1/5. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar scored by 3 1/2 lengths over Speedy Translation (Kurt Sugg) and Dusty Road (Kayne Kauffman). Ron Steck owns and trains the filly with Robert Smolko and Rene Allard. The second $35,061 division as won by Heza Home Run (Hugh Beatty) over Emerald Chip (Josh Sutton) in 1:59 1/5. Heza Home Run is conditioned by Danny Collins for owners Michael Lewis, Joe Sbrocco and Mary McLoughlin. Just Jess and driver/trainer Doug Rideout got up in the shadow of the finish line to edge the pacesetting Serena’s Serenade (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a neck in the $37,200 Standardbred trot for two-year-old fillies. The heavy favorite Miss Tezla (Yannick Gingras) broke stride at the onset but rebounded to finish in the show spot. Just Jess has won $134,443 for her owners Alan White and Julie Rideout. Post time for Wednesday’s Jugette card will start at 12:00 noon.   Jay Wolf     

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