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Darla Gaskin will be at a loss when the time comes for her American Girl to retire to motherhood, but at the rate the 10-year-old pacing mare continues to put up wins and bank money, that time might not come for quite a while yet. And that is perfectly fine with Gaskin. American Girl, the winner of four of her past five races dating back to mid-November, is on the verge of reaching $1 million in career earnings. The bay mare, purchased for $6,000 as a yearling, makes her first attempt for the million-dollar-mark in Friday's Fillies and Mares Open Handicap at Miami Valley Raceway. She will start from post nine and is 9-2 on the morning line, with Brady Galliers driving for trainer Tyler George. "She's been a good girl," said Gaskin, who owns American Girl with Stanley Rosenblatt. "Everyone asks when we're going to breed her. I tell them, she'll tell us when she's done. She seems as good as she has ever been. I admire her durability. She just keeps going; I guess she's a warhorse. "You have to be careful when they get to her age; do they still want to do it? She seems like she wants to do it. She tries hard; she loves her job. I think her desire to do it is her greatest attribute. We'll just keep going. As long as she's good we'll keep going and see where it takes us." American Girl, a daughter of Art's Chip out of L Dees Lourdes, has won 54 of 197 lifetime races and hit the board a total of 139 times. She has earned six figures in each of the past three seasons and has already put $15,500 into her coffer this year. "People enjoy following her," Gaskin said. "I get texts after her races, 'Wow what a girl; she's got the heart of a champion.' That's something you can't buy. You've got to find them." Gaskin and her husband Ernie found American Girl at the 2010 Hoosier Sale, where her quirkiness might have contributed to her price. "I loved her, but she would not go in and out of a stall," Gaskin recalled. "That turned a lot of people off because you didn't know if she was going to balk or whatever. But she had a kind eye and I told Ernie that I thought she was just scared. She had to step over a pipe to get in the stall and she kept looking at it. "She was hanging at $5,000 and Ernie looked at me and I told him I wanted her. We were lucky. You dream about getting a horse like that. We're just fortunate. That's what you're looking for. That's why we all do it. It's always like a dream to get one like that. It's once in a lifetime." American Girl was trained by Ernie until late in her 6-year-old season, when George, who is Gaskin's nephew, took over. She won the Circle City Stakes at age 3 and also enjoyed success on the Indiana Sire Stakes circuit at ages 2 and 3, but was unable to win a championship. She finally got an Indiana Sire Stakes title at the age of 5. "I cried in the winner's circle," Gaskin said. In recent years, American Girl's connections have favored racing the mare in the winter through spring and given her time off during the summer. The schedule seems to have contributed to American Girl's longevity, not to mention her win total. Since the start of 2016, she has posted 26 wins, with the majority coming in the winter in Ohio. "We are enjoying just having her race," said Gaskin, who also enjoys visiting American Girl on a regular basis and delivering her favorite snack, Pink Lady apples. "During the winter Ernie and I get to go to the tracks, watch her race, play the owner deal, and it's kind of fun. "I'll be sad when she goes to be a broodmare, so I'm just enjoying it while we can. She's a beautiful mare. She's dark, she's got a star, and she's got that beautiful, happy, smart-looking head. She doesn't look 10 years old. She's just a special horse. It's just been a joy." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

DAYTON, OH. - North American dash champion Aaron Merriman made the most of his two victories at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (Nov. 16) by winning both co-features-the $18,500 Open Trot and the $18,000 Mares Open Pace. In the trot, Merriman and Pine Dream turned the tables on Party At The Banks (Chris Page) by emerging from a cavalry charge to the finish line to get the nod by a scant 'head' margin. Optimist Blue Chip (Jeremy Smith), who cut the mile, was only beaten a 'neck' in third, while the remainder of the 10-horse field all finished within seven lengths of the winner. Merriman left enough from the 8-hole behind the gate to drop in fifth along the pylons in the early going. After reaching the quarter in :28 and the half in :56.3, Pine Dream was guided to the outer flow in second-over position. Merriman moved his mount to the third lane around the final bend and began his impressive assault on the leaders. With Party At The Banks-seeking her second straight open triumph and sixth overall--on his bumper the pair gradually passed Monopoly Blue Chip (Kayne Kauffman), Primed N Powerful (Tyler Smith) and Anna's Lucky Star (Mike Oosting) before emerging on the front end in the shadow of the wire. It was the 24th career win for Pine Dream in 101 starts and pushed the 6-year-old son of Pinetucky's lifetime bounty to $178,117. As the upset winner, Pine Dream paid $23.80 to win. Combined with Party At The Banks, the exacta returned a healthy $113.80. Kelly Chupp currently trains him for Chupp Racing Stable Inc. American Girl prevailed in the Open Pace for distaffers as a lukewarm 2-1 favorite, topping fast-closing favorite Rosemary Rose (Chris Page). Longshot E R Hilary (Lewayne Miller) went a game trip to garner the show money. Merriman made all the pace with American Girl, fronting the field through fractions of :26.4, :56.1 and 1:23.2 before sealing the deal in 1:51.3-the quickest of five winning miles this year for American Girl. The 9-year-old daughter of Art's Chip is narrowing in on the $1 million earnings plateau and lists 51 victories on her impressive resume. Tyler George has been training American Girl in recent years for the partnership of Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt. Racing resumes Saturday night (Nov. 17) at Hollywood Dayton with a strong card starting at 6:15 p.m. From Dayton Raceway Media Department    

Columbus, MN - The Sunday night (July 8) card at Running Aces was a fantastic program of action packed harness racing, and was headlined by the Eliminations for the 2018 Dan Patch FFA Pace, with both of those races producing absolute thrillers.   Each division of the elims went for $15,000, and the top 5 finishers advanced to the Dan Patch Preview (July 15) and The $50,000 Final (July 22).   Trashytonguetalker was the talk of the tote-board in his division, and he did not disappoint his backers, delivering a gutsy and stellar performance from post seven.   Driver Dean Magee fired the 6 year old Art's Chip progeny right off the wings of the gate, while Stevensville (Rick Magee) was away fast from post three for the pocket position, and Bestinthebusiness (Gerald Longo) was on the attack from post six. Bestinthebusiness tried with all his might to sweep past the leader, but the Bobcat would have no part of that, keeping Trashytonguetalker rolling, and delivering his rival a parking ticket.   The early battle resulted in blistering fractions of 26.1 and 53.4 before Bestinthebusiness began to retreat. Stevensville began to take closer order and take aim at the leader as they rounded for home, and passed the 3/4 pole in 1:22, but Trashytonguetalker remained game and would not relent, posting a solid 1/2 length tally and stopping the timer at 1:50.4 to equal the fastest mile ever recorded at Running Aces (Six Gun, Jason Ryan, 2013).   Stevensville was a strong second and To The Limit (Steve Wiseman) had saved ground throughout to be a clear third in the record mile. Trashytonguetalker ($3.60) is owned by Terry Lee Leonard and Christopher Schick, and locally trained by Brett ballinger. The remaining qualifiers in the field were Gold Star Mysti (4th) and I'm An Athlete (5th).   The other $15,000 Elimination division went to Nine Ways (Dean Magee), who turned in a dramatic stretch rally to sweep by all of his rivals in the lane for an impressive tally in 1:51.3.   The early pace was dramatic as well, with a 3-wide battle for the early lead as Firedrake (Nick Roland) charged away from the gate from post three, with Hawk's Red Chief (Rick Magee) immediately engaging from the rail position and Bettor's Promise (James Kennedy) joining the frey as they headed for the quarter.   They were still 3-high as they passed the marker in 26.1. Firedrake was able to wiggle his way into the pocket as Bettor's Promise remained parked and pressing on, with Nuclear Dragon (Kyle Husted) chiming in as they rounded for the half, they were still two and three wide in 54.1. Hawk's Red Chief was ultra game and continued to maintain his command down the backstretch and as they continued to assert strong pressure around the final turn.   They passed the 3/4 juncture in 1:22.3 and the 3-wide battle began to sizzle once again, as Nine Ways had thrown his hat into the ring on the outside. Nuclear Dragon was surging past the leader and Firedrake was finding room at the inside, but Nine Ways was fastest of all to the wire, drawing away by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:51.3 over Nuclear Dragon and Firedrake. Hawk's Red Chief was home 4th and Bettor's Promise secured 5th to advance to the final.   Nine Ways ($33.60) is a 4 year old gelded son of Delmarvalous, he is owned by Antonia Storer and trained by Denise Maier.   The $12,000 Open Handicap Trot also went to post on Sunday night, and was another thrilling contest. Banker Volo (Rick Magee) and Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) both left sharply from the two outside posts and Silverlode won the early battle, as they passed the quarter in 27.3.   Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) made a sweeping move to the front at the 3/8 pole, and Another Breath immediately launched a first-over attack on the new leader, as they traded blows past the half in :56. Pridecrest maintained the advantage dow the back lane, with Banker Volo tipping second-over as they headed into the final turn and hit the 3/4 mark in 1:25.2.   Rounding for home, the pressure was finally taking its toll on Pridecrest, as Another Breath took a slight advantage, but Banker Volo was trotting strong on the outside and would sweep by for a 1 1/4 length victory in 1:55 over Another Breath, and a fast closing Ideal Jesse (James Yoder).    Tonight's tally was win number four on the season and 35th career tally for Banker Volo ($10.20), who is owned by Jeralene Roland and trained by Jenni King.   Dean Magee turned in a very impressive night, with 5 victories on the card, including a sweep of the Dan Patch eliminations, and Rick Magee picked up a hat-trick of 3 winners as well.   The 20 cent Jackpot Pick-5 wager has a carryover of $4126.97 and the 50 cent Hi-5 has a carryover of $1,531.61 for Tuesday night (July 10), with first post at 7:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

DAYTON, OH. - Mykindachip has ruled the roost in both Ohio and Indiana this season, winning open paces will regularity. His 1:51.4 harness racing triumph at Hollywood Dayton on Saturday (Nov. 11) was his sixth score in his last nine starts at the highest levels, with three of the victories coming at Hoosier Park and three at Hollywood Dayton. His 2017 scorecard now reads 10-9-5 in 33 starts. Mykindachip's most recent tally, a wire-to-wire voyage for driver Chris Page, was his 50th career win and pushed his lifetime bounty past $800,000. The Ron Burke trainee, an 8-year-old Art's Chip gelding, is owned by Burke Racing, J & T Silva Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi and Larry Karr. While this talented pacer has proved over the past two years that he can win from either on or off the pace, Page elected to send the 4-5 favorite on his way early and crossed to the pylons in the lead before the field hit the first turn on the quick five-eighths mile oval at Dayton. Despite a freezing 32 degree temperature, Mykindachip had no problem leading the field through fractions of :27.1, :55.4 and 1:24 before confidently holding runnerup Dalhousie Dave (Kyle Ater) at bay in the stretch. It took a photo to separate show finisher Dont Say Goodby (Trevor Smith) and Let's Drink On It (Travis Seekman) in fourth. The win was Page's third on the night as he had previously guided Sparky Mark to his 59th career win in a high conditions pace and Mr. Coolie to his 46th career victory in a $15,000 claimer. The $10,000 Billings Amateur Trot Midwest Regional Final was also presented on Saturday with Mutinyonthebounty (Ned Hodkinson) topping Fairground Drama (Rodney Debeck) and Stemilt Touch (Kelly Walker) in 1:58.1. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - An extremely classy field of eight harness racing open pacers, five with speed badges of 1:49.3 or better, answered the starter's call for Hollywood Dayton's $18,500 feature on Saturday night (Oct. 14). When the dust settled, it was the indefatigable Mykindachip (Jason Brewer) topping Rock N' Roll World (John DeLong), Feelnlikearockstar (Greg Grismore), K Ryan Bluechip (Dan Noble) and Lucky Lime (Shawn Barker II) in 1:51.1 over the five-eighths mile oval. The winning 8-year-old son of Art's Chip left the gate on a mission, refusing to relinquish the lead until a stride short of the first quarter pole, reached in :26.3. At that point eventual runnerup Rock N' Roll World assumed command and lead the field through a pedestrian :55.3 half and a speedy :27.3 third panel. Utilizing his pocket ride to full advantage, Mykindachip pulled outside at the head of the stretch and the battle was on until Brewer was able to urge his charge to the front in deep stretch. It was the eighth seasonal triumph for Mykindachip, who hails from the powerful Ron Burke Stable, and increased his 2017 bounty to $142,690. This was the 48th victory in this stellar performers career and pushed his bankroll to $778,432. Driver Tyler Smith moved into fourth place in the local dash standings by winning 5 of the first 12 races to winning 7 on the night, or half of the 14 races carded on the program. The 24-year-old reinsman trails only Josh Sutton, Dan Noble and Kayne Kauffman after the first 22 days of the 76-day meet. Rounding out the top ten are Kyle Ater, Jason Brewer, Jeremy Smith, Randy Tharps, Chris Page and Brady Galliers. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Mykindachip exploded off the starting car a lot like his harness racing maternal grandpa (Precious Bunny) used to do and proceeded to speed through fractions of :26.2, :54.3, 1:22.3 and 1:50.3 to capture the $18,500 Open Handicap Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (Sept. 30). The 8-year-old gelded son of Art's Chip is enjoying another stellar season with seven wins and 20 on-the-board finishes in 29 tries. The Ron Burke trainee's 2017 bankroll has reached $132,940 and his career earnings now stand at $769,232. Driver Jason Brewer guided Mykindachip, who was sent off as the 5-2 second choice by the betting public, in his first Hollywood Dayton start of the year. Slightly-favored Secret Threat (Josh Sutton) provided mild first-over pressure from the half-mile marker to the head of the stretch, but ultimately had to settle for third as Doctor Carter (Mike Micallef) just got up for second-a length behind the winner--after benefitting from a ground-saving journey. In each of the first twelve programs of the current 76-day meet, Hollywood Dayton Raceway has exceeded the total handle of the comparative 2016 day. The Friday night (Sept. 29) handle, buoyed by the Grand Circuit Dayton Trotting and Dayton Pacing Derbies, established a new all-time record at the 4-year-old southwest Ohio track. Dayton races five times a week, featuring matinees on Mondays and Tuesdays at 2:15, and 6:15 evening programs on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Gregg Keidel

YONKERS, N.Y. - When harness racing trainer Tyler George planned to ship his filly Angelinmyway to Yonkers Raceway for the Petticoat Series, he knew he’d have room on the trailer for another horse. Rather than waste the opportunity, George nominated aged pacing mare American Girl to the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series and planned to ship her east for the first time.  “The races in Ohio are getting tougher all the time, so I thought, ‘well, since I’m coming, I’ll bring [American Girl] along and give her a shot in there,’ ” George explained. “If she can catch a break here and there, maybe we can make some good purse money with her because she’s tough and she has pretty good gate speed to get into position.” Although she’s never raced outside Indiana and Ohio and has never competed on the Grand Circuit, American Girl has the credentials to take on the sport’s best mares in the Matchmaker Series. The 8-year-old has won 39 of her 149 races and hit the board in another 70. The daughter of Art’s Chip out of the Dragon Again mare L Dees Lourdes has earned $765,388 and posted a mark of 1:50.3 last year at Hoosier Park. Early in her 2017 season, American Girl boasts one victory from seven starts and another six on-the-board finishes in Miami Valley Raceway’s Filly and Mare Open Pace. George credits American Girl’s remarkable consistency over the years to her mental and physical toughness. “She’s a very sound horse; she doesn’t take a lot of work and she’s just really smart,” he explained. “She loves her job every day. I’ve had her for almost a year-and-a-half now. I gave her a little rest over the summer, but she just doesn’t ever really seem to mind doing her work. She likes to race. She’s a real competitive animal.” Since shipping to Mark Ford’s Training Center in Middletown, New York, American Girl and her trainer have adapted well to the east coast. While American Girl will get her first taste of the Hilltop Oval in Friday’s $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace, George acclimated Monday night when Angelinmyway charged from a 13-length deficit to finish second beaten just 1 1/4 lengths in the first division of the opening leg of the Petticoat Series at odds of 12-1. “This is my first time here. It’s great. The ship to Yonkers wasn’t bad at all from here. It took me about an hour; it’s a piece of cake,” he said. “The track was good at Yonkers, the people were nice. So far so good.” American Girl drew post position five for her Yonkers debut and she’ll encounter a host of new challenges Friday night. She’s never shipped this far to race, she’s never raced on a half-mile track, and she’ll have a new driver in the sulky as Scott Zeron will take the lines for the first time. One by one however, her trainer dismissed them all. While the 30-year-old isn’t cocky, the confidence and admiration he holds for his mare is apparent. “She shipped out here well; she handled that good, she’s eating and all that stuff. She’ll take it all in stride like she has pretty much everything else in her life,” George began. “Before she started going to Ohio in 2015, she had never been on a five-eighths and she seems to handle that really well. She’s phenomenally gaited. She wears boots, but she doesn’t really need them, doesn’t seem to run in and out at all. I don’t think the half-mile track will be a problem at all,” he continued. “She’s easy to drive. If you pull her hard, she’ll come right back to you. She’s pure class. She’s made a lot of money in her life and she’s had a few different drivers, not a ton, but she’s easy,” he finished. While American Girl does her best work racing on or near the lead, she has shown versatility in Ohio. She’s won from the pocket and from first-over and races well from nearly any position in the Buckeye State, where the racing action can be intense. George thinks that versatility will be even more apparent on a half-mile track. “With her gate speed, if she draws right that would be beneficial for her because I think if they tend to race more conservatively here, she would be a lot more versatile than she will be in Ohio just because they race so much harder,” he explained. “I think she can be a little more versatile here if she has to race up into some slower fractions compared to first-up into 1:22.” American Girl is a 15-1 outsider on the morning line in Friday’s Filly and Mare Open Handicap, the final regular distaff feature before the Matchmaker Series commences next week (March 17). Regil Elektra, who drew the comfortable post position two, is the race’s 2-1 favorite and seeks her second victory of the season for trainer Keith Armer. Fifty-time winner and earner of $1.8 million Krispy Apple will make her first start of 2017 for Bamond Racing at odds of 5-2, but must negotiate post position eight. Change The Rulz N, Empress Deo, Sail To The Beach, Know It All, and Delightful Dragon complete the field. First post time is 7:10 p.m. by Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 30, 2017 -- Mykindachip worked out a comfortable first half on the lead, then dug in to hold off the late challenge of Kingofthejungle and capture Monday's harness racing $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dave Palone gave Mykindachip a 29.4 second-quarter breather, enabling him to easily thwart the first-over thrust of Dapper Dude. The bigger menace was the pocket-sitting Kingofthejungle, who shot the Lightning Lane and drew even. But Mykindachip was up to the challenge, defeating Kingofthejungle by a head in 1:52.4, with Gokudo Hanover third. Ron Burke trains Mykindachip, an 8-year-old Art's Chip-Figmental gelding who extended his career bankroll to $664,552, for Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva Stables, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Larry Karr. Mike Wilder piloted five winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Norm Parker, while Tony Hall enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

LEBANON, OH. - Mykindachip (Chris Page) returned to his winning ways copping the $22,000 Open I Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday (Jan. 21) night, speeding to a 1:50.4 harness racing victory over Meadowbrookthunder (Trace Tetrick) and Fancy Creek Elusiv (Mike Oosting). My Buddy Ninkster (Tyler Smith) was fourth, while Vague Traces (Andy Shetler) and E R Rudy (Sam Widger) dead-heated to split the fifth place payout. Page pushed the lukewarm favorite off the gate with alacrity, deciding just before the :26.1 to do the give-and-go with Fancy Creek Elusiv, who was pressing on the outside. Once back on top, Mykindachip raced comfortably through middle fractions of :54.4 and 1:22.2 before posting a :28.2 final panel to glide through the wire a relatively easy winner. Mykindachip is owned by Burke Racing, Silva Stables, Weaver Bruscemi and L. Karr. The 8-year-old son of Art's Chip has 41 lifetime wins and $654,552 in career earnings. Mykindachip The Burke-Bruscemi partnership also captured the $16,500 Open II pace with Angelo J Fra, clocked a couple ticks quicker in 1:50.2. Page made a strong backstretch brush with the 5-year-old son of The Panderosa, clearing the early pacesetters with ease from a spot near the rear in the early going. Fellow closers Splended Party (Mike Oosting) and Lucky Lime (Kyle Ater) followed the winner's maneuver and finished second and third respectively. Kris Hinchcliff conditions Angelo J Fra while he races in Ohio. Angelo J Fra won for the 15th time and increased his overall bankroll to $168,944. Four divisions of $20,000 claiming pacers chased $22,500 purses while vying for one of nine spots in next Saturday's $34,500 championship final. A pair of first leg winners made return trips to the winner's circle, while another pair used their second leg victories to qualify for the lucrative final. Repeat winners were Perrito Caliente (1:52.1, Sam Widger) and Hokuri Handrail N (1:53.1, Trace Tetrick). Both will enter the final for new connections as they were claimed for $25,000 (25% higher claiming prices in second leg). The finalists, in order of earnings during the two preliminary legs, are Perrito Caliente and Hokuri Handrail N, Savage Seelster, Frankandjoanne and Supreme Z Tam, Stamkos, Cinderella Guy, Southwind Indy and Mosee Terror. Startin Something is the first also-eligible if any of the finalists fails to enter. Gregg Keidel

Despite dueling through a very taxing :26.1 first quarter, harness racing favorites American Girl (Trace Tetrick) and Aniston Seelster (Josh Sutton) finished one-two in 1:54 in the $15,000 Mares Open pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (Dec. 16). Sutton, driving even money Aniston Seelster, who was last week's feature race winner, left the gate with the petal to the metal in an attempt to seat Tetrick and American Girl behind his charge. But Tetrick had other ideas and forged forward with 2-1 American Girl until Sutton finally decided he had to relinquish the lead and accept the pocket trip just before the initial timer beam was tripped. Following a :30.4 second quarter breather, the leader sped through subsequent closing quarters of :28.4 and :28.1 to seal the deal, with a widening length and a half victory at the finish. It was the tenth 2016 triumph for American Girl, raising her seasonal bounty to $142,180 and her career bankroll to $729,968. Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt own the ulta-consistent 7-year-old daughter of Art's Chip and entrust the conditioning to Tyler George, who is enjoying a banner meet at Hollywood Dayton with a .400-plus UTRS average. In fact, American Girl's open class score produced a natural hat trick for both George and Tetrick as the trainer-driver duo had scored in the two previous races with pacer Sly Velocity and trotter Sheatrottin Kid. Tetrick added another victory earlier on the card with MG's Summer Angel, giving him a grand slam overall. With just two weeks remaining in Hollywood Dayton's 75-night meet over $6 million in purses have already been doled out. Favorites have won 36.4 percent of the races with the No. 5 post position the most advantageous, winning at an 18.6 percent clip. Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - Mykindachip made it 3-in-a-row in O-hi-o on Saturday night (Nov. 5) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The 1:50.4 triumph was the 7-year-old Art's Chip gelding's second straight in open company since being purchased privately about a month ago and moving to the powerful harness racing Ron Burke stable. The $600,000-plus career earner won in 1:51.1 in his last start in the Jim Dailey barn on October 6. As the even money favorite, despite drawing the outermost post position, Mykindachip was hustled by driver Chris Page directly to the front when the wings swung open. Page allowed Sports Sinner (Dan Noble) to clear to the front briefly as they sped past the quarter in :27.1, but immediately retook command well prior to the :54.3 half. With Secret Threat (Kayne Kauffman) sitting third along the pylons, the order remained intact throughout the last five-eighths of the mile, save for a sustained first-over challenge from My Buddy Ninkster (Josh Sutton) that eventually fizzled in mid-stretch. The three-quarters teletimer flashed 1:22.2, with a :28.2 final panel completing the 1:50.4 clocking. Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, J & T Silva and L Karr now own Mykindachip, whose 2016 bankroll swelled to $98,725 with the winner's share of the $15,000 open purse. Gregg Keidel

Defending champion Mykindachip (Dan Noble) will face seven of the Midwest's toughest harness racing free-for-allers in the $35,000 Gene Riegle Memorial Friday evening at the Darke County Fair in Greenville, Ohio. The seven-year-old Art's Chip gelding is owned by Carl L. Atley and conditioned by Jim Dailey. His 1:52 4/5 victory in last year's Gene Riegle Memorial established a new track and stakes record. Mykindachip will have to overcome the outside post #8. Atta Boy Dan (Mike Wilder) should provide the defending champ his toughest challenge. Atta Boy Dan comes from the powerful Ron Burke Stable and has earned more than $130,000 in 2016 and $596,542 lifetime. The seven-year-old gelded son of Western Terror is campaigned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Atta Boy Dan will leave from post two. The fifth edition of the Gene Riegle Memorial has arguably its deepest and most talented field ever. The eight starters have earned a combined $3.1 million and have an average lifetime mark of 1:50 1/5. The complete field and announced drivers for the $35,000 Gene Riegle Memorial, in post-position order: 1. Hare Craft (Ron Wrenn, Jr.) - 2. Atta Boy Dan (Mike Wilder) - 3. My Buddy Ninkster (Shawn Barker II) - 4. Norma Jean (Kurt Sugg) - 5. Hanky L (TBA) - 6. Tyber Tyke (Walter Haynes, Jr.) - 7. Night Pro (Peter Wrenn) - 8. Mykindachip (Dan Noble). The Gene Riegle Memorial honors one of the greatest trainers in the history of the sport and native of Greenville, Ohio. Mr. Riegle was enshrined into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1992. On the Riegle Memorial undercard is the $22,900 (div) Parshall Futurity and the $15,000 Arnie Almahurst Trot. First post is 5:30 PM. Jay Wolf  

American Girl, guided by Trace Tetrick, turned in a gutsy performance to take home top honors in the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace for harness racing fillies and mares, on Friday, May 27 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Trained by Tyler George, American Girl proved she was much the best winning by four lengths and stopped the timer in 1:50.3 and equaled her lifetime best in the process. It was a good day at the office for both Tetrick and George who found the winner's circle four times on the evening throughout the 14-race card. Leaving from post five in a talented field of six, Tetrick took no chances as he sent the seven-year-old mare away from the gate firing. She reached the front through an opening panel in :27.3 while Wild Wanda and Ricky Macomber Jr. grabbed a pocket seat. American Girl went uncontested down the backside through splits of :55.1 and 1:22.1 while the rest of the field waited for the long Hoosier Park stretch to make a move. As the field turned for home, Wild Wanda looked primed to strike from the pocket but American Girl was strong on the front. Tetrick asked his mount for more nearing the wire and she dug in gamely using a :28.1 final panel to coast home a winner over Wild Wanda. White Metro and Jason Dillander rallied nicely in the stretch to round out the trifecta. As the publics' second choice, American Girl returned $6.40 to her backers at the betting windows. "I think she is racing as good now as she ever has," George noted after the victory. "She is as tough as they come and loves her job. Not only is she a pleasure to have in the barn but she's probably the best mare we've ever had." With the win, American Girl notched her seventh victory of the season and 35th win from 127 career starts while amassing $679,188 in purse earnings lifetime. The daughter of Art's Chip-L Dees Lourdes is an Indiana Sires Stakes champion and owned by Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt. The victory with American Girl was one of four winners on the card for driver Trace Tetrick and one of four training wins for the George stable. Tetrick and George also teamed up to get Rockalina home a winner in a new lifetime best of 1:53.2 in a conditioned pace and just one race later, Brookletssuprsonic scored her second consecutive victory. Ross Leonard guided Aw Naw home a winner in a split of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old pacing fillies for the George Stable. Scoring in 1:53.1, Aw Naw scored her fifth win from eight seasonal outings and established a new lifetime best in the process. Tetrick steered his fourth winner in the final division of the Indiana Sires stakes action as Au D Lox Bluegrass prevailed in a tight photo to get the win in 1:52.4 for trainer John Merkel. Live racing returns to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 28 with a 14-race card featuring three divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for the three-year-old pacing colts. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., the 160-day harness racing season at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. Emily Gaskin

LEBANON, OH. - American Girl recorded her fifth win in ten tries at the 2016 Miami Valley Raceway meet in Friday night's $20,000 Mares Open Pace. Driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. sent the seven-year-old Art's Chip mare winging from the get-go to score the one-length victory over favored Safe From Terror (Chris Page), who was last week's winner of the weekly Friday featujre race. Wrenn Jr. guided the winner through fractions of :27.4, :57, and 1:24.4 before tripping the teletimer in 1:54 over a damp track rated 'good'. Page backed the runnerup off the gate at the start, then worked out a second-over trip that fell just one tick short. Hidden Land (Peter Wrenn) got the ground-saving pocket ride and finished third. Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt own American Girl, who now boasts $55,400 in seasonal earnings and $643,188 in her fabulous career. She has 33 wins, 25 place and 29 show finishes in just 122 lifetime starts, an impressive 71% in-the-money scorecard. A pair of final preliminary round divisions of the Dr. Don Mossbarger Memorial Series were also contested for mares that were non-winners of six pari-mutuel races or $50,000 at the outset of the late-closer. Ginger Tree Alexis (Josh Sutton) copped the first split in 1:56.2 over Tucson Breeze (Dan Noble) and Dolly's Girl (Kayne Kauffman). Howard Taylor owns the four-year-old winning daughter of Dragon Again, who was shipped to the Virgil Morgan Jr. Stable for this event. Jackie's Rocket (Brady Galliers), already the winner this season of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series, pulled off a narrow 'nose' upset triumph in the second division, topping Townlinedaliscard (Kayne Kauffman) and Southwind Roulette (Chris Page) in 1:56. Those six mares will be joined by Cool Desire, Swinging Cami and Dandys Beauty when the $25,000 championship final goes postward next Friday. Miami Valley has been on a roll handle-wise with back-to-back betting records on Monday and Tuesday afternoons earlier this week. Following a handle of $395,433 on the Monday matinee, a total of $401,001 was wagered on the Tuesday program. From the Miami Valley Media Department

American Girl (Trace Tetrick) ran her Miami Valley Raceway win streak to three by winning the $20,000 Mares Open pace on Friday (March 25) for the second consecutive week; while upstart Jackie’s Rocket (Brady Galliers) pulled a mild harness racing upset in the $20,000 championship leg of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial series. For the second straight week American Girl benefitted from a pocket ride behind Native Dream (John DeLong), collaring the pacesetter in the stretch to produce a repeat one-two finish from seven days ago with the exacta returning a surprisingly handsome $28.80.  Although A Little Starstruk and Igottafeelinfran each took a shot going first-up at the leaders during the midsection of the race,  the runnerup and eventual winner were charted first and second at each of the quarter mile substations, clocked in :27, :56 and 1:23.3 before American Girl stopped the clock in 1:52.1.  Owned by Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt, the seven-year-old daughter of Art’s Chip now has amassed 32 victories and $628,188 in earnings.  She has earned over $40,000 in eight seasonal starts at Miami Valley for conditioner Tyler George. The Herb Coven Jr. Memorial, one of nine series honoring ‘Lebanon Legends’ of years gone by, featured distaff pacers who were non-winners four pari-mutuel races or $30,000 at the time of nomination.  Jackie’s Rocket, a four-year-old American Ideal mare, pulled a mild upset with her usual impressive late-closing kick.  Twenty year old driver-trainer Brady Galliers, who also co-owns with his parents as Galliers Racing LLC, was content to sit seventh in the early going as Powered By Pink and favored Crystal Falls slugged it out up front through a :26.2 opening quarter.  Still seventh at the :55.2 half, Galliers waited until the three-quarters pole in 1:24 to swing three-wide for a sustained sprint to the wire in 1:53.4. The series finale featured a spirited stretch drive with six mares in contention.  Each of the first five finishers was one-half length apart at the wire with Jackie’s Rocket getting the nod over Do U Mind (Josh Sutton), Swinging Cami (Jeremy Smith), Gray Shadow (Kyle Ater) and Miss Princess Leah (Chris Page).  The $10,000 winner’s share was the largest purse Brady Galliers has captured in his young career and was particularly gratifying behind a horse he acquired as a “free” unraced throw-in in a three-horse acquisition two years ago. ·                            *                   *                        *                *                           * Miami Valley Raceway has announced a change in its starting time for the Wednesday, March 30 qualifying races to 12:00 noon.   This one-week only starting time change was necessary to allow time for necessary plumbing changes in all the paddock bath stalls to be completed without missing a race date. Gregg Keidel

The Eash Racing Stable and harness racing driver LeWayne Miller teamed up for a night to remember on Saturday (March 12) at Miami Valley Raceway. Not only did Astreo's Love capture the $20,000 Open Pace for trainer Don Eash and Miller, but E R Rudy copped the $20,000 championship leg of a top conditioned late closing series, stable mate Undertaker triumphed in the $10,000 first leg of the George Williams Memorial late-closer for non-winners of four pari-mutuel races or $30,000 life, and E R Oliver capped off the 'Grand Slam' by winning a $10,000 conditioned race. Astreo's Love took full advantage of his first inside post position in six weeks and the scratch of his most serious threat (Mykindachip) to score in 1:50.4 over Nitro (Chris Page) and Fancy Creek Elusiv (Kayne Kauffman). It was the fourth win of the year for the six-year-old son of Make My Day, but the first since early February. As the 3-5 favorite, Astreo's Love returned $3.20 to his backers. The winner has now banked $46,680 in seven seasonal starts, all at Miami Valley. Although he didn't win a preliminary leg of the late-closer, E R Rudy was sent postward as the third choice in the betting and Miller gave his supporters a picture-perfect drive to pull the minor upset in 1:51.4. The five-year-old Art's Chip gelding sat chilly in the pocket throughout as second choice Major Blue Chip (Josh Sutton) cut the fractions and favorite Stonebridge Adam (Chris Page) pressured first-up on the outside. When a seam opened between the two preliminary leg winners, E R Rudy shot through for the impressive 7-2 score. Undertaker gave the Eash-Miller combo their third triumph when he bested Gunny Wilson (Tyler Smith) and Goodtime Matt (Trace Tetrick) in 1:53.1 to stamp himself as the early favorite in the George Williams Memorial series. The four-year-old Rockin Image gelding now has 22 victories, all but four at Indiana county fairs. Startin Something (John DeLong) was an upset winner in the other William division, paying $25.00 following his 1:54 tally. Brent Tartar owns the Johnson Hill Jr.-trainee, who topped Artistic Blue (Ken Holliday) and American Paradise (Chris Page). The icing on the Eash-Miller cake was E R Oliver's victory in a $10,000 conditioned race in 1:53. The five-year-old son of Total Truth surpassed the $100,000 career earnings plateau with the winner's share. With the four wins, Don Eash climbed from a tie for tenth in the trainer's standings to a tie for fifth place. Miller, who has had much success in his first foray into Ohio, is now tied for ninth in the driver's dash standings with 30 wins and over $300,000 in purse winnings. Gregg Keidel

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