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LEBANON, OH. - Harness racing driver Dan Noble, making his first drives on Friday (Feb. 28) after a 3-1/2 month respite, guided Big Bad Jane to victory in the $25,000 Open Mares Pace at Miami Valley Raceway. The 6-year-old daughter of Ohio stallion Big Bad John narrowly defeated Diamondtequilashot (Ricky Macomber Jr.) in 1:52.4, with last week's winner Rosemary Rose (Chris Page) finishing third. Bet down to even money, Noble took no chances with Big Bad Jane by grabbing the early lead easily and then coasting comfortably through fractions of :28, :55.3 and 1:23.2 before finally getting a late challenge from Diamondtequilashot as the top distaffers strained to the wire in 1:52.4 over a snow dampened racing surface. Sandra Burnett owns the winner, who won eight heats and earned $126,200 last season. She was making just her second 2020 start under the tutelage of Noble's wife Christi. The initial leg of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series, featuring pacing fillies and mares that were non-winners of four races or $40,000 on February 15, went postward in a pair of $12,500 divisions. Hilary Barry N and Eyespywithmylileye N, both owned by the Trent Stohler Stable, trained by Alesha Binkley and driven by John DeLong, were impressive winners. The Down Under bred stablemates each paid exactly $3.60 to win. Hilary Barry N paced her mile in 1:55.3 to top Dragonfly (Trace Tetrick) and Pace Baby Pace (Chris Page). It was the third season score in seven tries, increasing her 2020 bounty to $33,550. EyespywithmylileyeN was slightly quicker, stopping the teletimer in 1:54.4. The recent import from New Zealand bettered Jazzie Babe (Trevor Smith) and Heerz Hoosierhunny (Page) to remain undefeated on American soil with two straight triumphs. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - Three divisions of second round action in the George 'Red' Owens Memorial late closing harness racing series were featured on the Sunday (Feb. 16) matinee at Miami Valley Raceway. The results of the trio of $12,000 splits determined the nine finalists for next Sunday's $20,000 championship tilt. The Owens Memorial is one of nine Lebanon Legends series that honor the memory of notable horsemen, now deceased, who were among the early heroes at nearby Lebanon Raceway which now serves as a training center for many Miami Valley participants. A total of 27 horses, all fillies or mares that were non-winners of two races or $20,000 at the start of the series, were nominated. Jazzie Babe (Trevor Smith) copped the first division in 1:54.4, edging Pray The Rosary (Luke Ebersole) and Valendougha (Sam Widger). It was the fifth win in 15 starts for the late-blooming 8-year-old daughter of Dontgetinmyway, who didn't commence her racing career until age seven. She is owned and trained by Perry Smith. Crowntimerockette (Brett Miller) was the quickest of the three winners, turning the tables from Leg 1 on runnerup Hilary Barry N (John DeLong) in 1:53.4. It was the third lifetime success for the 3-year-old daughter of Pet Rock, trained by Tom Blankenship for owner Jason Shumway, who lowered her career best time by over three seconds. Rockinattheryman (Trace Tetrick) closed well to secure the show finish. Big Bad Mosa (Tetrick) became the only two time winner in the series when he scored in 1:55 over Onspeed N (Tyler Smith) and Sweet Ginger (Josh Sutton). Ronnie Roberts trains the 3-year-old filly by Big Bad John for the Watson Stables. She, too, lowered her lifetime best clocking with her fourth triumph in just 13 trips behind a starting gate. The field for the championship finals in the Legends series is determined by money earnings in the two preliminary legs. The 'Red' Owens Memorial finalists, in order of earnings, will be Big Bad Mosa, Crowntimerockette, Jazzie Babe, Hilary Barry N, Pray The Rosary, Onspeed N, Rockinattheryman, Lookintomyeyes and Sweet Ginger. Racing resumes Monday afternoon at Miami Valley featuring two divisions of the second round of the Omar Hiteman Memorial series, as well as the final two elimination heats in the popular Survivor Series for $5000 male claiming pacers. Post time is 2:05 p.m. From Miami Valley Raceway        

LEBANON, OH. - Hilary Barry N (John DeLong) stamped herself as the harness racing favorite in the George "Red" Owens Memorial series for green pacing fillies and mares, winning the quickest of three first round divisions on Sunday (Feb. 9) at Miami Valley Raceway. The late closer is limited to non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $20,000 lifetime and attracted 27 nominations. Heavily favored Hilary Barry N, a 4-year-old New Zealand bred daughter of Bettor's Delight, glided over Miami Valley's damp five-eighths mile oval in 1:56.1 for DeLong to easily defeat Crowntimerockette (Brett Miller) and Vinecancruise (Chris Page) without an anxious moment. Trainer Trent Stohler also owns the winner who looked every bit the part of a 1-9 favorite, paying just $2.10 to win. Big Bad Mosa (Tetrick) captured a split of the Owens Memorial in 1:57.1 over Jazzie Babe (Trevor Smith) and Rockinattheryman (LeWayne Miller). Ronnie Roberts trains the winning sophomore filly by Ohio stallion Big Bad John for owner Watson Stable of Illinois. She paid $3.60 to her backers. Pray The Rosary (Luke Ebersole) was the other winner, besting Lookintomyeyes (Tyler Smith) and Model Number Five (Tetrick) in 1:59.1. Ebersole found a seam in deep stretch to gain the nose victory, the third in five lifetime tries for the 3-year-old daughter of Art Official. Robert Boggs owns the winner, who kicked back $6.80 to her backers at the betting windows. Racing resumes Monday afternoon (Feb. 10) at Miami Valley when four $6000 divisions of the second elimination round of the popular Survivor Series for $5000 male claiming pacers will go postward; plus three $10,000 first round divisions of the Omar Hiteman Memorial series for non-winners of two or $20,000 lifetime colt and gelding pacers. Tuesday's action at Miami Valley will feature a $24,000 Open Trot, second round eliminations in the Survivor Series for $5000 claiming mares, and three second round splits in the Robert J. Brown Memorial series for non-winners of two or $20,000 lifetime trotters. From Miami Valley Raceway    

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 2, 2019 -- The ancient Greeks considered Nemesis the goddess of retribution, and for trainer Bill Bercury, his horse Major Nemesis often seemed just that, racing himself into repeated trouble when it appeared his speed lay over the field. In recent weeks, however, the 5-year-old Big Bad John-Nassau Loop gelding ripped off an impressive winning streak at Northfield Park and is back at The Meadows to show off his new, mannerly look. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday following a week's post-Adios break, and Major Nemesis and Aaron Merriman have drawn post 4 in the $18,000 Open Handicap Pace, which goes as race 7. First post is 1:05 PM. Bercury purchased Major Nemesis for owner Renee Bercury toward the end of his sophomore campaign on the advice of one of the horse's drivers. Recalls Bill Bercury: "He said to me, 'This is the fastest horse I ever sat behind. If you get him, you'll figure him out.' I didn't think it would take me a year to figure him out, although he's more than paid for himself. He's a wonderful horse to work with. He doesn't have a mean bone in his body." Early on for the Bercurys, Major Nemesis proved fast but furious. Bercury implemented a makeover by treating the horse's feet and throwing away his equipment card. "We took off his shadow roll, his head pole, his Murphy blinds," Bercury reports. "We rigged him with expandable hopples that stretch three inches and give him much more support. Give Aaron credit for that -- it was his idea." The results have been palpable. His four straight victories at Northfield included a pair of sub-1:50 miles in which he was parked most of the way. In his return to The Meadows on Adios Day, he finished fourth off a similar demanding trip. A win Saturday would vault Major Nemesis over $200,000 in career earnings. One of the major impediments will be his stablemate, Carolina Beach, who'll leave from post 5 in the same race. Bercury is pointing Major Nemesis to a pair of stakes for Ohio eligibles later this year, and he's confident that the horse no longer is bent on retribution. ""I qualified him myself and found him to be not that difficult anymore," Bercury says. "I think he's growing up." On the wagering front, Saturday's card features a $6,563.80 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

LEBANON, OH - Miami Valley Raceway paid tribute to one of southwest Ohio's racing 'legends' on Friday night (March 17) when the $22,500 Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series championship was decided. Coven, one of nine deceased former great Lebanon Raceway horsemen remembered annually with the Legends Series, is best known as the trainer-driver of the outstanding pacing mare Norma Ruth Hanover, but also was a good friend or mentor to many of the drivers and trainers who continue to race at Miami Valley today. Crazy Bad K (Ken Holliday) captured the championship with a last-to-first journey in the evenly matched field of nine. Holliday opted to allow the others, all at odds between 5-2 and 18-1, to battle for early position while retreating to ninth from a six-hole start. Just before the first quarter was reached, however, he decided it was time to launch a long overland journey that allowed the 4-year-old mare to move up one notch by the half and forced her into moving three-wide at the three-quarters station. Second by the head of the stretch, the daughter of Big Bad John kept responding to Holliday's urging and forged to a three-quarter length triumph in 1:54.3 over a moist surface. Sun Belle Sadie (Aaron Merriman) also closed from far back early to be runnerup; while Glorious Delight (Trace Tetrick) grabbed the show payoff. Crazy Bad K returned $14.40 for a $2 win wager. She is owned by Black Magic Racing LLC of Ohio and trained by Sherri Holliday. A race earlier, Jackie's Rocket (Brady Galliers) zoomed to her second open victory of the season, topping favored Jerseylicious (Trace Tetrick) by a head in 1:53.2. Endeavors Fantasy (Mike Oosting) was next to trip the finish beam in the $20,000 race. Galliers, who also trains and co-owns the winner with his parents, departed from the 5-year-old American Ideal mare's customary tactics. After racing on the front end six consecutive weeks, Jackie's Rocket was wrestled back to last in the compact field of six at the start, but gradually moved up in the outer flow through fractions of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:24.2 before bursting home with the fastest final panel to earn the lion's share of the weekly feature's purse. She paid $8.00 to win. From the Press Box at Miami Valley

Delaware, OH --- It's been nearly five years since Big Bad John won the Little Brown Jug, but Dawn Potter still gets emotional when she thinks back to that magical harness racing day. Potter's husband, Ron, trained Big Bad John, who won the 2011 Little Brown Jug at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. Ron is stabled at the fairgrounds, where Dawn has worked around the barns for the past three years after leaving her job as a pharmacy technician. Recently, Dawn started jogging horses. And on Thursday, she took horses around the fairgrounds' oval as a participant in the 17th annual U.S. Trotting Association Driving School. "It's pretty special," Potter said about jogging horses on the same track where Big Bad John won the Little Brown Jug. "It's neat. "(Winning the Little Brown Jug) was unbelievable," she continued, with tears welling in her eyes. "I knew that's what Ron worked for his whole life and how much it meant to him. I just knew how big a dream it was for him." The USTA Driving School, which runs through Saturday, offers participants a mix of hands-on learning and classroom sessions culminating with the administration of the USTA trainer and/or driver exam. Thursday's schedule featured morning barn work and jogging horses followed by classroom sessions featuring drivers Ken Holliday, Aaron Merriman and Dan Noble, as well as trainers Brian Brown, Tim Lane and Ron Potter. There also were sessions on stable management with Jennifer Brown and horse ownership with Jim Gallagher and Steve Oldford. Dawn Potter received her Driving School experience as a Mother's Day gift. "In the past, I'd just done barn work but I never jogged or drove any," she said. "You watch people do it and you think it's not hard, but then you go out there and find out it's harder than what it looks. This has been fun, a lot of fun so far." Potter left her previous job so she could help take care of the stable's horses in Florida each winter. "I think it's a fair trade," she said with a laugh. Potter is not the only Driving School participant with connections to a Little Brown Jug winner. Adam Browning's great-uncle Jim Hackett won the 1967 Jug with Best Of All and his father-in-law Bob Wingfield is among the owners of 2014 Jug champion Limelight Beach. Browning, a 37-year-old costume shop owner from Kenton, Ohio, has attended the Little Brown Jug for the past 16 years and enjoyed Limelight Beach's victory with his wife Rebecca and children Will and Brooklyn. He is attending the Driving School to become more involved in harness racing. "We always went to the races when I was growing up, but I didn't have hands-on experience with racehorses," Browning said. "I would love to work with them, groom them, and maybe one day work up to driving. I want to be more involved at any level that I can. I thought this would be a good place to start. I'm excited to see where this will take me." On Thursday, Browning jogged a horse for the first time. He sat behind stakes-winner Mr Right Hanover, a male pacer from the stable of trainer Brian Brown who is eligible to this year's Little Brown Jug and is co-owned by Wingfield. "It was amazing," Browning said. "And being behind one of our horses that we've watched race gave it an extra special feel. I couldn't stop smiling. It was a great experience. I can't wait to do it again tomorrow." * * * * * Alan Jaworski last worked around a stable as a way to pay his way through college at Cleveland State. The now 58-year-old purchasing agent from Parma, Ohio, is looking to get back to working around a stable as part of his future retirement days. "It's the only job I looked forward to going to every morning," Jaworski said. "The camaraderie among barn people is so different from anything else. "I'm here to learn as much as possible about training, driving and owning harness racehorses. I'd liked to get involved with horses again when I retire, or maybe sooner if I can part time. At a minimum I'd like to get a groom's license." Jaworski also was among the 16 Driving School participants who jogged a horse for the first time Thursday. "I loved it," he said. "It was great. Don Irvine Jr. was my idol growing up and I always wanted to become a driver like him." * * * * * Bill Thomas first became interested in harness racing while growing up in Maple Heights, Ohio, near Northfield Park. Since then, the trucking company owner has visited approximately 100 different racetracks across the country. He's never had his own racehorse, but would like to buy one in the future. "I'm not a big gambler, but I love the atmosphere and being around the track and horsemen and horses," said Thomas, who now lives near Nashville, Tenn., and has land with a barn and paddock. "It's always been intriguing to me. I'd like to purchase a horse, maybe claim a horse. Just starting out, I don't think a yearling would be up my alley. It would be more of a hobby, but I'd love to own a couple." Thomas discovered the Driving School when searching about harness racing training on the Internet. "This is fantastic," Thomas said. "The people here are so nice and willing to give up their time and expertise. It's really fantastic. I don't think you can get a better education. It's just such a great opportunity." * * * * * Tom Radominski, a 55-year-old contractor from Dayton, Ohio, also is looking ahead to possibly training his own racehorses in the future. His uncle, Joe Latella, trained horses in upstate New York and Radominski got into owning horses thanks to his friend John Reames, a past USTA Driving School participant. "I've been an owner for a few years, so I know how that works," Radominski said. "I wanted to learn a little bit more about the horseman side of it. "My work right now doesn't really allow me to get into training, but in the years to come I'd like to get into training a little. Maybe do one or two of my own, nothing big. This is fantastic. It's a really nice program." Ken Weingartner

The Ohio stakes season kicked into high gear at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (April 29) as Queen Ann M (Chris Page) captured the $35,000 championship leg of the James K. Hackett Memorial for Buckeye-bred harness racing sophomore pacing fillies. The daughter of Big Bad John, who earned over $100,000 as a freshman, scored gate-to-wire in 1:54.1 for owner Alan Keith and trainer Mike Roth. In just her second seasonal start, Queen Ann M held off fast-closing She Gone (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) by a head, while favored My Tweed Heart (Josh Sutton) was a game third, beaten one-half length, following a first-over journey. Eight of the nine Hackett filly finalists finished within four lengths of each other, an indication that the summer-long Ohio Sires Stakes series in this division could be a donnybrook from start to finish. The first leg of the OSS for 3-year-old fillies, both pacers and trotters, will be hosted by Miami Valley next Friday (May 6) in multiple $40,000 divisions. Kerfuffle Cookie (Chris Page) established a new sophomore trotting filly track record when she blew past a field of older trotters to score a 1:57.1 victory in a $10,000 conditioned trot. The Chip Chip Hooray lass, co-owned by trainer Chris Beaver with Synerco Ventures Inc., will be among the favorites in the squaregaiter splits next Friday. A $20,000 Open Fillies & Mares Pace was also contested with a 1:52.1 photo finish as the result. Favored American Girl (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) notched her sixth win in 13 starts since the calendar turned to 2016. The 7-year-old Art's Chip mare proved a scant neck better than Igottafeelinfran (Kayne Kauffman) with Addy's Way (Dan Noble) not far behind in third. Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt share ownership of the winner, who is conditioned by Tyler George. The Saturday (April 30) card at Miami Valley features the $35,000 championship of the James K. Hackett Memorial for Ohio-sired 3-year-old colts and a $20,000 Open I Pace. Post time is 6:05 p.m. Gregg Keidel

The find of the stallion scene in North America this year has been the son of Western Hanover in Big Bad John. A high class two and three year old, Big Bad John is the leading first season sire in North America this year even though he stood in Ohio which put him at a disadvantage over his contemporaries. Every time Lemon Tree Stud proprietor Ross Gange checked the statistics this year the smile on his face grew wider and wider. That was due in no small part to Ross being able to look out the window at Lemon Tree Stud and see the dam of Big Bad John in Trulyawork Of Art in the paddock outside. Ross is over the moon with how it has all turned out. "I was having lunch back in mid 2012 with a dear friend of mine (the late Bruce Richards) & his daughter Belinda when  we began talking horses." "Bruce, well into his eighties,  had only recently retired from the farm he had all his life & was talking about the his use of draft horses & how the stallions used to travel the roads breeding mares for farmers in order to replace/increase farm harness working horses." "I got around to telling him about what I did & how I bought a lot of mares & stallions from the USA." "He became interested in what I had done in that area over the years & offered to lend me a considerable sum of money to buy a highly credentialed broodmare for myself." "I bought Trulyawork of Art in 2012 from the famous USA nursery 'Brittany Farms'. "I had previously bought the most famous Little Brown Jug winner of all time in Life Sign from Brittany Farms a few years before," Ross said. Ross have been very active in Southern Hemisphere breeding for 40 years, owning dozens of  top grade American stallions & mares. He has a long association with the Jug, having owned 3 Little Brown Jug winners ( Life Sign [1993]  Laverne Hanover [1969]  & Henry T Adios [1961] )  plus his ill fated stallion French Chef  that sired the 1990 Jug winner in Beach Towel. Ross and his wife were invited to the Jug by French Chefs previous owner Norman Woolworth (then owner of Stoner Creek & Meadow Skipper) & his trainer Stanley Dancer. Ross anticipated that Beach Towel would win the Jug so he had an Australian victory rug made for him & presented it at the Jug.   Years later he bought a Beach Towel daughter in Paige Nicole Q who had actually won the 3yo females Jugette. About 1997 he bought  Armbro Caprice that produced 2 world Champions incl a Senior Jug winner in Hi Ho Silverheels. Back to Trulyawork Of Art  who arrived in Australia in January 2013 and went straight to Lemon Tree Stud which has an AQIS approved facility to foal pregnant mares arriving in Australia. Trulyawork Of Art subsequently had a Rocknroll Hanover filly on April 30th, 2013. Since then Trulyawork Of Art has had a Bettors Delight colt that is Lot 112 at the Melbourne APG sale in 2016 but it has been far from smooth sailing since then. " She slipped her foal at 4 months in 2014 so  not wanting to miss having a foal from her in 2015  I bred her to Life Sign &  had a late embryo transfer done." "A surrogate mare now has an embryo transfer foal which is due in late Feb 2016." "Trulyawork Of Art is back in foal herself to a Little Brown Jug winner in Rock n Roll Heaven &  is due in late September 2016," Ross said. Ross has four other yearlings entered in the APG Melbourne sales and all have the stamp of quality about them. * Lot 164 - A Bettors Delight - Contapan colt who is a full brother to Border Control 1:50.6 ($515,435) and a half to Chasin Racin 1:51 ($763,977) * Lot 53 - A Art Major filly from Paige Nicole Q 2 1:53.8  3:1:52 ($712,801) who has left seven winners with two in 1:50 including Cue The Paige 2:1:54.2, 4:1:49.3 ($326,973) and Teenage Paige 1:50 ($379,,619) * Lot 72 - A Somebeachsomewhere filly half sister to Major Cruiser 1:56.2 ($56,970 from a half sister to It Is I - 1:56.4 ($208,575) and La Speranza 1:59 ($155,828) * Lot 123 - A Somebeachsomewhere filly from a full sister to All American Raquel 1:51.4 ($149,400) who is the dam of Honky Tonk Woman 1:50.2 ($560,138) and is a half sister to Island Fantasy 1:50.1 ($1,371,525) However at the end of the day all eyes will be on the Bettors Delight half brother to Big Bad John 1:49 ($1,000,559) when he enters the ring, none more so than those of his breeder Ross Gange. Harnesslink Media

Breeders worldwide always pay close attention to what is happening with the first season sires in North America each year as a kind of weather vane on trends in the siring ranks. At the start of the year, a lot was expected of a handful of well credentialed first season sires such as Roll With Joe and Big Jim but as the season wore on they were both upstaged by a stallion barely mentioned before the season started. We are referring to the Ohio based Big Bad John who just kept churning out the winners all season and as of today holds a lead of over $250,000 over Roll With Joe amongst the first season sires. A son of Western Hanover, Big Bad John is from the Artsplace mare Trulyawork Of Art 1:54.1 who apart from Big Bad John has also produced three $200,000 winners when covered with Western Hanover. Trulyawork Of Art is a half sister to Northern Luck 1:49.1 ($907,974), V P Finance 1:51.4 ($685,834), Bear Dance 1:51.1 ($498,802), Town Champion 1:48.2 ($410,354) and Bet The Town 1:50 ($ 359,583) so Big Bad John has a very strong maternal pedigree. On the track Big Bad John had nine starts at two for seven wins and two seconds for $222,750 but came back even better at three when he won his heat and the final of the Little Brown Jug as well as several other classics in a stellar three year old career in which he won $771,809 in stakes. When retired to stud, Big Bad John had won nineteen of his twenty seven starts along with four placings and earned a tad over a million dollars on the track. He had a best time at two of 1:50.4 which he lowered at three to 1:49. Big Bad John stood his first season at stud in Ohio in 2012 and covered a good book of 140 mares which resulted in 108 foals which raced as two year olds this season. To say he made a great start as a sire would be the understatement of the year. Everything was against him really when you compare him to a lot of the other first season sires this year. While Big Bad John had access to some lovely mares and a thriving Sires Stakes program, his competition in general had access to better mares and bigger Sires Stakes competitions. But that didn't stop Big Bad John from claiming the first seasons siring title. As of today, he has had 77 starters of which 41 have won a race. He has four $100,000 winners and twelve runners in 1:55 or better for stakes totaling $1,545,506 which currently places him sixth overall on the North American Two Year Old Sires List. Well known sires that have finished behind him include such standouts as Art Major, Sportswriter, Well Said, Shadow Play and Mach Three. His four $100,000 winners are split evenly between colts and fillies with two each and their seasons records are listed below; * Love Tap Hanover  (C)  1:53.4 -  8 starts  -  6 wins  -  1 second  -  0 thirds  -  Stakes $166,357 * Big Bad Ashley (F)  1:54.2   -  10 starts  -  5 wins  -  1 second  -  2 thirds  -  Stakes $123,082 * Primo Giovanni (C)  1:53.1  -  8 starts  -  6 wins  -  1 second  -  0 third  -  Stakes $115,161 * Queen Ann M (F)  1:55  -  7 starts  -  3 wins  -  2 seconds  -  0 thirds  -  Stakes $101,277 Another filly in John's Sunny Girl 1:53.2 is quickly closing in on the $100,000 mark with $92,530 in the bank todate. The second crop of Big Bad John numbers a healthy 101 foals so he gets a great chance next season to build on what he achieved in his first season as a sire. Harnesslink Media

Springfield, OH --- A son and daughter from the second crop of Big Bad John topped the first edition of the Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale, managed by the Hoosier Classic Sale Company, on Wednesday (Sept. 30) at the Champions Center Expo. The sale topper from the 190 head entered in the sale was Hip No. 175, a colt named Big Ron, who sold for $57,000 out of the Winterwood Farm consignment to Mark Evers of Lebanon, Ohio. Bred by Duane Miller and Gene Borkholder, the colt was the first foal out of Jamie Sue p, 3, 1:52.3f ($167,928), herself a sister to Mypanmar ($1,491,968), Pang Shui ($535,665), Road Bet ($380,315), Pandarin Duck ($190,004) and Sri Panka ($183,022). “I used to race Art’s Chip against Mypanmar,” said Evers, who bought the colt for his Velocity Standardbreds. “[Big Ron] looked a lot like him, but he was just a different color. It looked like a really good family and he looked the part.” The top filly was Hip No. 154, a Big Bad John filly named Girl Of Norway, who sold for $47,000 from the Winterwood consignment. Evers also signed the sales slip. Bred by Miller as well, Girl Of Norway is out of Fox Valley Monika, a sister to world champion Glass Pack p, 2, 1:50.4; 3, 1:50.2h; 1:49.4 ($976,602), Doubletrouble ($675,829), Our Dragon King ($427,746), Architect ($189,976) and Flowmaster ($132,788). “I just came for those two and I just bought those two,” said Evers. “I had about a half-dozen marked on paper, but when I saw [Big Ron and Girl Of Norway], they looked the part, too.” The top-selling trotter was hip No. 157, a colt named Dominic The Donkey, who sold for $32,000 out of the Winterwood consignment to Rene Allard, agent. Bred by Cornerstone Farm, Dominic The Donkey is by first-crop sire Dejarmbro out of Future Talent, who is a sister to Friendly Amigo ($557,965). “I wouldn’t have been a bit surprised if he would have brought $40,000 or $50,000,” said Albert Adams, who operates Winterwood Farm with his son, Mark. Overall, he said the sale was a success from his standpoint. “If you had something that people wanted, they didn’t mind paying for it,” he said. “If you don’t have what people come to the sale to buy, you’re going to suffer.” Foals by McArdle, who sends his first crop of Ohio-eligible foals to the sales the year, lit up the bid board early, with Hip No. 22, a filly named McTravisty, and Hip No. 55, a colt named McRaven, each selling for $27,000 out of the Winterwood consignment. Stephen Sexton and Brian Brown, respectively, signed the sales slips. While final numbers will not be in for several days, the gross was estimated at $1.2 million for an average estimate of around $7,000 per horse sold, according to sales manager Steve Cross. “It was a great building block for us,” he said. “We really appreciate the consignors that took the chance on a new sale. There’s always some apprehension there. I think our consignors really stepped up to the plate, brought us some nice colts, and I think we hit a home run.” Consignors were complimentary of the facility and the way the sale was run. “First sales can be total flops or they can be solid, and I think this one was solid,” said Adams. “It was set up to make people comfortable. I think Steve put a lot of thought into this and did a really good job.” Full sales results can be viewed here:   

With the $225,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) Championships just one week away, the action among the 2-year-old pacing and trotting colts is heated. On Saturday night, Sept. 5 at Scioto Downs, a total of 55 youngsters will line up behind the starting gate to vie in the fourth leg of OSS action. A total of 30 pacing and 25 trotting colts and geldings battle for $40,000 each dash. Post time for the evening's 15-race card is approximately 6:30 pm, ET.   OSS Pacing Divisions Carl Howard's Primo Giovanni has been assigned post ten in the first (Race One) of three OSS pacing divisions. The son of Big Bad John-JK Reunited is looking for his sixth career victory in as many tries and his fourth OSS victory. He won OSS leg one on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:56.2; his second OSS leg at Northfield on July 24 in 1:55.2; and his third OSS leg on Aug. 21 at Northfield in 1:55.1. Conditioned by Virgil Morgan, Jr., Primo Giovanni has $87,575 in his career coffers. Regular driver Chris Page will steer the speedy pacer, who was bred by his owner. In the second OSS pacing division (Race Four) Smoke Up Johnny hopes to regain the form that made him a winner in the first leg of this series. The son of Big Bad John-Leda's Twoeleven scored his first career victory on July 4 at Scioto Downs en route to that $40,000 OSS triumph, clocked in 1:56. Owned by the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH, Smoke Up Johnny is conditioned by Doug Hinklin and has seasonal earnings of $59,925. Greg Grismore drives the youngster, who was bred by Conquest Acres of Indiana, from post one. Rocknroll Wildcats, who won the third OSS leg on Aug. 21 at Northfield Park in a career best 1:54.1, will be right beside Smoke Up Johnny. Trained by George Anthrop and owned by Toman Enterprises LTD of Battle Creek, MI, the son of World of Rocknroll-Matter of Business-Matt's Scooter has been on the board in all six of his career starts. Bred by Mark Marroletti of Florida, Rocknroll Wildcats has $32,300 in his career bank account. Longshot Whataboy won his OSS division at Northfield on Aug. 21 in 1:54.3. The son of Big Bad John, who is trained by Virgil Morgan for Majs Ny Inc., Gerrie S Tucker and RBH Ventures, is looking for his second career win from post seven with Chris Page in the sulky. The winner of $37,113 was bred by the Dm Stables LLC of Florida. The Teague family's Trayvon is the clear standout in the third (Race Seven) OSS pacing division. This son of I'm Gorgeous-She'saknockout-Badlands Hanover has earned $42,362 this season for owner George Teague, Jr. of Harrington, DE-with his lone victory coming in OSS competition on July 24 at Northfield Park. The youngster was clocked in 1:56 for the one mile test with trainer-breeder Brenda Teague's nephew Montrell in the sulky. OSS Trotting Divisions The Chris Beaver-trained Lone Valley Sam and driver Chris Page will start from the rail in the first (Race Two) of a trio of OSS divisions for diagonally-gaited specialists. This youngster's lone victory came in his first OSS test on July 4 at Scioto Downs, when he trotted to a 2:00.1 victory with Page at the lines. The Iron Duke-Wallaby Wannabee colt is co-owned by his trainer along with Synerco Vent of ON and S. Zeehandelar of Worthington, OH and D. Lang of Hilliard, OH. Bred by Eli Miller, Lone Valley Sam has $35,166 in career purse earnings. MJB Got Faith-who has won all three of his OSS contests in as many lifetime starts, heads up the second OSS trotting division (Race Three). This son of Trainforthefuture-Imageofasweetgirl is trained by Steve Carter for Breana Carsey of Connersville, IN and notched his first career victory in OSS competition on July 4 at Scioto, when he was clocked in 2:00.4. He followed that up with a 2:01.3 triumph in his second OSS contest at Northfield on July 24 and then stormed to victory in 2:00 in the third OSS leg at Northfield on Aug. 21. A winner of $60,000, MJB Got Faith will have Peter Wrenn in the sulky from post six. The bay gelding was bred by Gbw Breeding Farms Inc. of Ohio. The mighty Kanthaka will be trying for career win six in as many starts in the last OSS trotting division (Race Nine). He's won all three of his OSS legs to date-in 1:58.3 at Scioto on July 4; in 1:58 at Northfield on July 24; and in a lifetime best clocking of 1:57.1 at Northfield on Aug. 21. Conditioned and co-owned by Chris Beaver and breeder Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH, the son of Triumphant Caviar-Elena-San Pellegrino now has $85,250 in earnings. Ryan Stahl will pilot Kanthanka from the rail. The Kurt Sugg-trained and driven Mickey Moose will try to become a five-time winner this season from post three in this same event. This son of Triumphant Caviar-Chippedinstrawberry-Chip Chip Hooray has a three-race win-streak to his credit, including his last at Northfield on Aug. 21, when he captured his OSS test by nine lengths in a lifetime record of 1:57.3. This bay gelding, who was bred by Richard Mairs and Shari Starner, now has $37,544 in his coffers. He is owned by Dean Davis of Wooster, OH and Ashley Dunn of Polk, OH. Ohio Sires Stakes competition for this and all 2 and 3-year-old divisions culminates in the $225,000 Championships on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Scioto Downs.hoto Cutlines:   Kimberly A. Rinker

Some of the new sires from the class of pacers born in 2008 have been experiencing early success in the various harness racing sire stakes programs in the US and Canada. Roll With Joe, who we looked at in a recent piece, is the top sire of two-year-old pacers in New York. Shadyshark Hanover is turning heads in Indiana. And Big Bad John and Big Jim are drawing attention to themselves in Ohio and Ontario, respectively.  Shadyshark Hanover was very fast; the full brother to Sharky Osborne, who brought $90,000 at Harrisburg, won the Holmes in a track record 1:47.3 over Hugadragon, Roll With Joe and Big Jim. That was the fastest race mile of the year for his class. However, this was his only open stakes win at three, and the Nassagaweya was his only open stakes win at two. Although he did set a track record for his class at Pocono in his freshman BC elimination. He won six time in 28 lifetime starts, primarily eliminations and consolations. One could compare him to his speedy paternal brother from the following crop, Hurrikane Kingcole, who, despite his vaunted speed, wears the Nassagaweya as his only open stakes win. The strapping son of Cam’s Card Shark stands for $3,000 in Indiana. His current class consists of 88 registered foals, a figure that will be cut in half next year. His top performer is the chestnut filly, Ginger Shark, who is four for four in the ISS, and crushed the field in Friday’s $75,000 final. Another Shadyshark filly, Shady Caroline, was second in that race. She has won twice and banked almost $40,000. The fillies are ahead of the colts right now. Shadyshark is tenth on the two-year-old earnings list, ahead of Dragon Again, Bettor’s Delight and Rock N Roll Heaven. And he ranks twelfth in average earnings per foal, ahead of Well Said and Rocknroll Hanover. With that crop reduction to 43 next year, let’s hope we don’t see the same break in momentum that has been evident this year with fellow Hoosier Always A Virgin.  Big Bad John, a smooth going $130,000 Lexington Selected purchase from the last crop of Western Hanover, won 7 of 9 relatively soft starts at two, including splits of the Bluegrass and ISS, and he took the Jug at three, when he won 11 times. He was no factor in division voting at two and got only six percent of the vote the following year. John raced in a $12,000 open at Pompano in January as a four-year-old in order to eclipse the million dollar mark in earnings. BBJ was higher on the pecking order than Shadyshark, but he was well below Roll With Joe, who earned $1.8 million and received 85% of the Dan Patch votes cast. Overall, Big Bad John, whose stud fee jumped $1,000 to $5,000 in 2015, ranks second only to SBSW on the earnings list, with 73 starters banking more than $500,000. He’s third in the average earnings per foal category, a testament to the regeneration of the Ohio program as well as his own promise as a stallion. Friday night Virgil Morgan’s colt, Primo Giovanni, won a $40,000 split of the OHSS at Northfield in 1:55.2. Saturday night the filly Big Bad Ashley engineered a very strong wire to wire win in 1:54.2 in another OHSS split at Scioto. And Queen Ann M made a three deep brush to the top into the last turn for Chris Page, after starting from the nine post, and won another split in 1:55 at odds of 3/5.  Big Jim scored more than 95% of the Dan Patch votes as a freshman after finishing up with dominating wins in the Breeders Crown and Governors Cup. He was viewed as a blossoming star as he entered his sophomore campaign. Unfortunately, this did not come to pass, as he earned more than $700,000 in an abbreviated ten race season, but had no open stakes wins.  Jim has been standing for $4,000 after opening at $5,000. He faces the same sort of momentum issues as his brethren: this crop consists of 73 foals, but next year there will only be 41. The median price for his yearlings was only $15,750: 40 averaged $24,000. The paternal brother of Rocknroll and American Ideal can obviously pump up those numbers over the next couple of months.  Monday night at Grand River his daughter Tempus Seelster won an elimination for the Battle Of The Belles in 1:56.1 as the second choice for Travis Henry. Another daughter, Bold Amoretto, from the millionaire Artsplace mare, Armbro Amoretto, was second in another split and made the final. And the black gelding Magnum J took a Battle Of Waterloo split. There will be two in the Belles final and one in the Waterloo.  A quick mention is also due another paternal brother of Big Jim, who is sending his first crop to the races in Ontario, Vintage Master. Tony Alagna’s filly, Thatsoveryverynice, set an OSS record when she crushed a field of her peers in 1:51.2 for Jody Jamieson recently at Mohawk. There are only 47 freshmen by double-millionaire Vintage Master, but they bear watching. Joe Fitzgerald

Seven $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) were contested Saturday night, July 25 at the harness racing meeting at Scioto Downs. This was the second in a four-leg series for Ohio-bred 2-year-old trotting and pacing distaffs. OSS Pacing Divisions In the first (Race 1) of four OSS pacing divisions, Montrell Teague steered Miss Me Yet to a lifetime best 1:53.3 clocking for his aunt, trainer Brenda Teague and his father, owner George Teague, Jr. of Harrington, DE. John's Jessi Bird (Ryan Stahl) was second with Gorgeous Road (Josh Sutton) third. The daughter of I'm Gorgeous, out of the Western Hanover mare Live Inspired, was bred by her owner and Fannin Racing, Inc. and now has $24,800 in career earnings. Miss Me Yet finished third in the first leg of OSS action on July 3 at Northfield Park, timed in 1:57.2, but had won her qualifying debut on June 23 at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:56.2 and again on July 14 in 1:57 at that same oval. Big Bad Ashley got a perfect steer from driver Dan Noble to prevail by 1¼ lengths over John's Sunny Girl (Greg Grismore) in the second OSS pacing division (Race 5) timed in a lifetime best 1:54.2. Jim Arledge, Jr., trains Big Bad Ashley, who was bred and is owned by Winchester Baye Acres, Inc., of Powell, OH. This daughter of Big Bad John-Cruise On Ashley-Yankee Cruiser won her OSS first leg at Northfield Park on July 3 in 1:56 and now has $41,657 in her career bankroll. Queen Ann M had to work a bit to nail down her triumph in the third OSS pacing division for driver Chris Page. Trained by Mike Roth, this daughter of Big Bad John-Full Fledged-Grinfromeartoear recorded her second OSS victory in a career best 1:55, finishing 2½ lengths in front of the hard-trying It's Your Fantasy (Dan Noble). Upfortydevensgirl (Aaron Merriman) notched third place money. Bred by Jay Mossbarger of Bloomington, OH, Queen Ann M had won the first leg of this series in 1:56.4 in a come-from-behind effort with Page at the lines on July 3 at Northfield for owner Alan Keith of Pataskala, OH.   Last, but not least, Give No Lip scored a front-stepping 1:54.3 triumph in the fourth (Race 11) OSS pacing division with Jeremy Smith at the lines. The daughter of Big Bad John-Loyal To My Heart-Cole Muffler picked up career victory number three in four starts for trainer Ron Steck, who owns the young lass in partnership with JA Breece of Pataskala, OH and BA & P Soulsby of Powell, OH. Give No Lip sat comfortably through fractions of :27.4, :58 and 1:26.3 before drawing off by 4¼ lengths over NPR Nine (Aaron Merriman). Harness The Hope (Kyle Ater) was third. "I wanted to be on the front with the filly tonight and not get into any trouble with her," Smith noted. "Ronnie (trainer Steck) has her figured out now and it makes it easy on the driver when she was as good as she was tonight." Bred by Greg & Holly Martin of Ohio, Give No Lip now has $23,195 in career earnings.   OSS Trotting Divisions Kestrel and driver Aaron Merriman took the first OSS trotting division (Race 2) handily in a career best, wire-to-wire 1:57.3, finishing 3½ lengths ahead of rival Count On Kami (Kurt Sugg) and third place finisher Angel Cindy (Brad Hanners).   The daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Blackrock-Credit Winner had won the first leg of this series at Northfield Park on July 3 in similar style, trotting in 1:59 for trainer Chris Beaver of Delaware, OH and co-owner and breeder Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH.   Merriman used similar driving tactics to capture the second OSS trotting division (Race 3) in a front-stepping 1:58 with favorite Kerfuffle Cookie, a brown daughter by Chip Chip Hooray, out of the Conway Hall mare Minor Skirmish. Trained by Chris Beaver, Kerfuffle Cookie pushed her career earnings to $40,000 in just her second lifetime start for the Synerco Ventures Inc., of Toronto, ON. Bred by Ohio's Lmn Bred Stables Inc., this speedy distaff had captured leg one of this series on July 3 at Northfield Park, clocked in 2:00.1 for the one mile test. Shut Up And Dance (Ryan Stahl) was second, with Buckeye Lady One (Chris Page) nabbing show honors. Belle'svictoryring led at every call to capture the third OSS trotting division (Race 9) in a career best 1:58.4, easily putting distance between herself and rival Eye Just Expect It (Kayne Kauffman) in late stretch. Oneeyedmomma (Kurt Sugg) notched third. Trainer John Konesky, III was in the sulky behind the daughter of Victory Sam-Belle Legrand-Striking Sahbra, who was bred by Midland Acres of Bloomingburg, OH. Konesky co-owns the filly in partnership with Patrick Konesky of Bowling Green, OH. "Her mile at Bellefontaine was a really big mile," Konesky noted, referring to Belle'svictoryring's 2:06 score at that county fair oval on July 14. "She's not a very big filly, but her heart is."   Belle'svictoryring pushed her career earnings to $25,901 with this latest triumph, her fourth of the season in five trips postward. She also has a trio of Ohio Fair Stakes (OFS) to her credit. Leg three of Ohio Sires Stakes action for 2-year-old trotting and pacing fillies and colts and geldings will commence on Aug. 21 at Northfield Park. Kimberly A. Rinker  

It is still very early days yet but Harnesslink always likes to have a look at this stage of the harness racing season in North America just to see how the first season sires are tracking. Several are putting their hand up early in the season and showing their potential and we thought we would review them. Shadyshark Hanover  A son of Cams Card Shark who was a really smart two and three year old without being a champion. One of his big pluses is that he is one of the best looking stallions you could ever lay eyes on. Stood his first season in Indiana and was late arriving so missed out on a few mares due to that. He has 87 two year olds in his first crop and 44 have made an appearance to date. The best of them without doubt is the very smart filly Ginger Shark 1:53 ($47,500). Her first two dams are non race winners and she only made $11,500 at last years Harrisburg Sale so Shadyshark Hanover  can take most of the credit for that one. His top four money winners at this early stage are all fillies Currently sits sixth on the national two year old sires list which is a great start and looks a stallion to keep an eye on for the rest of the season. Big Bad John A son of Western Hanover who was a smart two year old and a top three year old with a Little Brown Jug win in his resume. Like a lot of the Western Hanovers, Big Bad John is a very good looking stallion. Stood his first season in Ohio at Midland Acres and served a big book which resulted in 108 two year olds and 61 have made an appearance to date. No stars to date although Big Bad Cam was very impressive in winning his one and only start in 1:53.2 The dam of Big Bad Cam has three $100,000 winners from her first three foals so he can't take all the credit there. He has seven $20,000 winners at this early stage of the season so he has started like a top sire. Currently sits at the top of the national list which is a great way to announce your self to breeders throughout North America.  Another one to keep an eye on as the season progresses. Roll With Joe A nice enough two year old but nothing special who came out and was a sensational three year old. In many breeders eyes, being a full brother to a champion sire such as Bettor's Delight is a negative as a lot of breeders believe that lightning doesn't often strike in the same place twice when it comes to sires. Stood his first season in the ultra competitive state of New York which has resulted in 88 two year olds of whom 42 have made an appearance to date. Joe Larry N Curly 1:55.3 looked very smart in his only start to date and looks like a horse with a big future. The dam of Joe Larry N Curly has done an ok job at stud but Joe Larry N Curly only made $18,000 at Lexington last year so Roll With Joe must get a lot of the credit. Currently sits third on the national two year old sires list and as New York is only starting to really wind up now, that is a great start. Maybe lightning will strike twice in the same place. Harnesslink Media  

The first leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing freshman pacing and trotting colts will be contested Saturday afternoon at Scioto Downs, with a first post scheduled for 2 pm, ET. A total of 92 youngsters passed through the entry box, necessitating five $40,000 pacing divisions and five $40,000 trotting divisions. All but a handful of these colts and geldings will be making their career debuts. Trotters vie early on the program, beginning with the first race. Lone Valley Sam and Lionbacker Kidd both appear ready for their respective connections. Lone Valley Sam, a bay son of Iron Duke, scored a pair of solid qualifiers-the first a winning 2:06 clocking at Delaware on June 10 and the second a second-place finish in 2:01.3 at Scioto on June 22. Trained and driven by Chris Page, Lone Valley Sam was a $2,000 yearling purchase at the 2014 Blooded Horse Sale. Rival Lionbacker Kidd's credentials include back-to-back winning qualifying efforts at Northfield Park-on June 11 (2:05.2) and on June 25 (2:03). This gelded son of Lionhunter will be harnessed by Joseph Kramp for owner Jeffrey Kidd of Hartville, OH. In the second OSS division (Race 2) Forever Worth It just might be, as he comes into this event with back-to-back winning Northfield qualifiers to his credit. The first, on June 18, saw him score in 2:00.1 and the second, on June 25, saw him pace in 1:58.1, with an impressive :28 final brush. Trained by Scot Cox, this son of Stand Forever is owned by Miracle Meadows LLC of Columbus, OH and Jason Ash of Delaware, OH. As well, Kathleen Prickett's Budman, a son of Manhardt, also has a pair of winning qualifiers to his name. On June 15 he tripped the timer in 1:58.1 and on June 22 he was clocked in 1:56.2 with his trainer Jeff Nisonger in the bike. In the third $40,000 OSS division (Race 3), two of the ten entrants will be looking for their second career victories. Kanthaka comes off a maiden victory in a Meadow's $7,500 overnight on June 23, when he paced in 1:58, besting his rivals by 3¼ lengths. The son of Triumphant Caviar is trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver and Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH. Also looking for his second straight triumph in this race is Esther Crownover's Nobletucky Joe, a son of Victory Sam who scored an impressive, 33¾ length victory in a $4,440 Ohio Fair Stake on June 21 at Circleville. This bay gelding is trained by Steve Carter. Chips So Fast headlines the fourth OSS division (Race 5) from post six for trainer Ryan Angus. This Chip Chip Hooray youngster brings a trio of Northfield Park qualifying efforts into this $40,000 test. Owned by Mark Moger of New Hope, PA and Albert Delta, Jr. of Newtown, PA, Chips So Fast has been clocked in 2:05.1, 2:02.3 and 2:01-finishing a strong second each time. This same event sees Triumphant's Chip trying for his second straight victory, having won a $4,440 Ohio Fair Stake at Circleville on June 21 in 2:07.2 for driver Tyler Smith and trainer Steve Carter. Conditioner Scott Cox will harness War College in the fifth $40,000 OSS division (Race 13) for the Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, OH and G. Peters of Akron. This Trainforthefuture gelding has a trio of qualifiers to his credit-the last on June 25 in a respectable 2:02.2 clocking. Also impressive in his recent qualifiers was Another Breath, who paced to a pair of winning miles at Scioto Downs on June 15 (in 2:03) and June 22 (in 2:01.2). The five, $40,000 pacing divisions get started later on the card, beginning with Race 10. First time starter Beligerent, a son of Mantacular who is owned and trained by Fred Huff, Jr. of Jackson, OH, posted a 1:58.2 qualifier at Scioto Downs on June 15, the fastest winning clocking of any youngster in this nine-horse field. Karen McGraw's Whiskey Friskie, a son of Feelin Friskie, also posted a winning time of 2:05.1 en route to winning a $4,440 Ohio Fair Stake at Circleville on June 21, while Miller Racing Stable's Donald Doc won a similar stake at Ottawa on June 24, timed in 2:04.2 for the one mile test. Trainer John Oliverio sends out Feelin Lucky in rein to Josh Sutton in the second $40,000 OSS division (Race 11) for pacing colts from post five. This Feelin Friskie gelding scored a winning 1:56.3 score on June 25 at the Meadows. Whataboy, who hails from the Virgil Morgan, Jr. Stable, posted a 1:57.3 winning effort in a Scioto Downs qualifier on June 22. This son of Big Bad John will have Chris Page at the lines for his pari-mutuel debut. Morgan will then harness Primo Giovanni, another Big Bad John colt, in the third $40,000 OSS division (Race 12). Owned by Carl Howard of Hilliard, OH, Primo Giovanni will start from post eight and most recently was timed in 1:58.3 when finishing third in a Scioto qualifier on June 22. Prior to that effort, he had won his qualifying debut on June 15 in a sporty 2:02.3, with an impressive :27.4 final brush. Another son of Big Bad John, Aloha John won a Northfield qualifier on June 25 in 1:59 for trainer Eric Hamlet, who owns the gelding in partnership with Michael Osborne, of Mentor, OH. Three sons of Big Bad John have winning scores to their credit in the fourth $40,000 OSS division (Race 14). Big Bad Cam and Prince Giovanni both took marks in their qualifiers-the former at Hoosier Park in 1:58.2 on June 13 and the latter on June 15 at Scioto Downs in 2:00.3, while Au Naturel was timed in 1:58.4 in his qualifier at Scioto on June 8. World Of Gaming, a son of World of Rocknroll, brings a pair of solid tries into this race, with a victory on June 21 at Circleville in 2:04.1 and on June 29 in a Scioto qualifier when he paced in 1:58.3 after drawing away from his rivals by four lengths. The final $40,000 division for OSS pacing colts (Race 15) sees Dash Of Grace looking for his second straight pari-mutuel victory. The son of Feelin Friskie captured a Northfield Park $3,000 overnight on June 24 in 1:58, winning by four lengths in a near wire-to-wire triumph. Kurt Sugg drives for trainer-owner Kurt Lepley of Mt. Vernon, OH. Trainer Jeff Nisonger will be in the sulky behind his Rockys World, a son of World Of Rocknroll who scored a 1:58.2 qualifier on June 15 before posting a 1:57.2 score on June 22-both at Scioto Downs. Friskie Cruiser, who hails from the powerful Brian Brown Stable, will make his pari-mutuel debut against these from post two. This son of Feelin Friskie paced to a winning 1:59.4 in a Delaware qualifier on June 19. OSS action continues for 2-year-old trotting colts with the second leg of this series set for Northfield Park on July 24. Pacing colts will vie on July 25 at Scioto. Third leg action for both gaits will be raced Aug. 21 at Northfield Park, while fourth leg contests will be held Sept. 5 at Scioto Downs. The $225,000 Championship events for all the 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, during Scioto Down's Super Night. Kimberly A. Rinker Ohio State Racing Commission

The Harness Racing Museum is pleased to announce an exceptional roster of stallions for the 2015 breeding auction.   By state and gait Ohio's trotting sires are Cash Hall, Jurgen Hanover, Stormin Normand, Triumphant Caviar and Valley Victor. The pacing gait is represented by Big Bad John, Charlie Barley, Cheyenne Rei, Dragon Again, McArdle, Mister Big, Panspacificflight, Running Book, Shark Gesture, Western Vintage, We Will See, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser.   New York trotters available for service are Conway Court, Lucky Chucky and Manningly with pacers Heston Blue Chip and Lislea.   Pennsylvania provides trotter Winning Mister and pacer Tuffofthetoughest.   Ontario is represented by trotting sires Angus Hall, Glidemaster and Holiday Road and pacing stallions Betterthancheddar and Big Jim.   Maryland trotters available are Charlie De Vie, Four Starz Robro, Groton Hall and Holy Guacamolie, while The Fraternity Pan, Totally Western and Up Front Charlie are pacing stallions offered.   Indiana offers trotters Encore Encore and Guccio and pacers Always A Virgin and Proper Respect.   Delaware provides trotter Cr Commando and pacing sire Dream Away.   New Jersey offers pacing sire If I Can Dream.   Michigan is represented by trotter Colie's and pacing sire Manhardt.   Illinois provides pacing sire Yankee Skyscaper.   Income raised by the auction, about $607,000 over the past 16 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund and helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans!   For additional information on the auction, to donate breedings, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, development@harnessmuseum.com or visit www.harnessmuseum.com, where updates will also be posted. Bids must be postmarked by February 14, 2015.   The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. For additional information about the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs please call (845) 294-6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com.  

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