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Louisville, KY --- When Tyler Smith conferred with Steve Brannon prior to guiding Freddyscooter over the Hollywood Dayton oval the day after Christmas, he confided in the horse’s owner/trainer/breeder he had brought something with him that might provide an extra large dose of good luck.  “Tyler said he had Brad’s (Hanners) sulky with him and he wanted to hook Freddy up to it for the race,” said Brannon. “Trace (Tetrick) has done really well with the horse and Tyler is doing terrific with him now that he has been driving him, but Brad was the one that made this horse. He was always one of his favorites and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know if Freddy ever would have accomplished what he has. He taught him how to be a racehorse. You can never say if the sulky did provide some good fortune, but it certainly fit the situation. What made it perfect is he won and it was like everything came full circle.” A son of the ill-fated world champion I Scoot Hanover and the tremendous Artsplace broodmare Precious Sarah, Freddyscooter is a newly turned 11-year-old gelding co-owned by Brannan and Frederick Shiery. He is a dual Indiana Sire Stakes champion, the highest earning offspring for his sire and dam, became one of only seven horses to pace in under 1:50 at Hoosier Park in 2009 and has amassed $894,895 during his career. His resume stands at 180-49-33-33 and he established his lifetime mark of 1:49.2 at age nine. Since leaving the friendly confines of Hoosier Park, a place he knows and loves well, Freddyscooter has collected two triumphs in two trips at Hollywood Dayton, the last in the Open Handicap ranks. “When he won his last race I didn’t even realize it was his 49th win,” Brannan said. “I don’t really keep track of that with him. He was supposed to race in between those two races, but I scratched him after one of his hoofs had a bit of a scratch. If he is not more than 100 percent he does not race. “I was also telling Tyler, who really fits this horse well and deserves a lot of credit, I’ll have to give him a break here soon. I normally do all my racing at Hoosier and that is where he will go back, but he was doing well so we thought we could give him a shot out here. Tyler couldn’t believe I would give him some time off when he is doing so well, but he’s 11 now. I’ve never pushed him his entire career and I don’t plan on starting now.” Although Precious Sarah only collected just over $1,000 during her racing days, she has been worth her weight in gold to Brannan. She has also produced Rebelman (Electric Yankee, $459,975), Three Sparkles (Threefold, $167,810) and Funny Deacon (Full Of Fun, $431,616). Only one of her 13 registered foals of racing age failed to hit the winner’s circle and that horse, Mr Bond (Real Desire, $1,932) just turned three. He has only made three trips to the gate. Brannan also has a 2016 2-year-old daughter out of that mare by Rockin Image that he is high on. “This is her last foal and even training her down early on I can tell she has talent,” he said. “Her name is Rockin Sarah. She (Precious Sarah) slipped under cover to Hypnotic Blue Chip and she has done more than anyone could ever have imagined for us. I decided just a couple weeks ago it was time to retire her and turn her out in the fields. To say she has earned it is an understatement. All her foals could go. Every single one of them. How often can you say that?” Brannan and his wife Nanci have raised Precious Sarah’s offspring themselves, while campaigning what will be eight of them in their own name. “Fred (Shiery) has bought half of nearly all of her foals and the ones he owned by himself I’ve trained,” Brannan said. “Freddy is definitely the best and he is so much more than a racehorse to us. He actually is one of the most spoiled horses you will ever meet and is a complete pet. My wife loves him as much as I do and she works with him all the time. She also deserves a lot of credit for everything she does with him to keep him in such good shape.” Although Freddyscooter definitely enjoys competing, there are certainly other aspects of life that please him. “He knows where the wire is and he likes getting there first,” Brannan said. “But let me tell you, he is one hard son of a gun to hold when it comes to getting him in the winner’s circle. That is where he behaves the worst. It’s a good thing they don’t have to hand out trophies when he is there because he will not stand for that long. It’s the only time he misbehaves at all. “In fact, it’s surprising he acts that way because I’ve never seen a horse that likes attention this much. He just soaks it up like a sponge, from anyone that will give it to him. We always were part of the barn tours at Hoosier Park and he just loves the people coming by to see him. We still have Rebel (Rebelman) his brother too and he likes people as well, but this one wants all the attention all the time. We give him anything he wants. Rebel too.” Obviously the gelding is approaching the end of his time on the track and has already accomplished a multitude of feats that have made the Brannans exceptionally proud of him, but there is one more thing his connections hope to witness prior to his retirement. “He is easy on himself and like I said, I have never pushed him,” Brannan said. “I never will. I know he has lost a step and can’t go with the very best horses like he used to. I’ll never beat him up trying to keep him in those classes, but as long as he is healthy and still happy out there we will continue to race him. “I really would like to have a million dollars on his card before he retires. He deserves to be a millionaire with all he has done. It is a goal, but if he can’t make it, that’s it. He has a forever home here with us and already provided more than we could ever dream of.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

Batavia, NY--- Batavia Downs race track held a fundraiser Wednesday night (Sept. 30) to help support the family of harness racing driver Brad Hanners. The event was overseen by Jami Rae Chatt, whose enthusiasm and passion to help others definitely rubbed off on the owners, trainers, drivers and even the fans of the Downs, as they all pitched in together to raise $9,200 for the Hanners family. Brad's Aunt, Ann Coe, was on hand Wednesday and was truly moved by the outpouring of support that everyone at the races that night provided. She spoke with many on hand near the silent auction area and was greeted by all in a winner's circle presentation after the tenth race. Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing at Batavia Downs said "Batavia Downs would like to thank everyone for their generosity in making this fundraiser a huge success. It was truly a touching and remarkable night. I would also like to thank Jami Rae Chatt for once again leading the way with this effort and making it a winner for Brad's family." By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

Batavia, NY---The harness racing community has once again come together at Batavia Downs to help out the family of one of their own. Wednesday night (Sept. 30) is the "Helping the family of Brad Hanners Fundraiser" night. There are many facets to this endeavor but one singular goal as horsemen are donating purses and donated items will generate revenue through a silent auction. Drivers who will be donating their entire 5% income for the Wednesday night card include Drew Monti, Shawn McDonough, Dave McNeight III and Jack Rice. Trainers who have also agreed to donate their entire 5% are Dave McNeight Jr., Maria Rice, Mike Carrubba and Bob Gruber. Drivers and trainers who will be making a general donation include, Ron Beback Jr., Russell Bratt, Denny Bucceri, Mike Caprio, Kevin Cummings, James Clouser Jr., Lee Dahn, Alex Giuliani, Brad Jackson, Lisa Lederhouse, Jim McNeight, Darrin Monti, Jim Mulcahy, John Mungillo, Angelo Nappo, Jerry Nugent Jr, Courtney Ohol, JD Perrin, Don Rothfuss, Rose Russo, Ron Van Wagoner and Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. Owners who have agreed to donation a portion of their Wednesday earnings include Steve Andzel, Dave Bratt, Louis Frascella, Mike Torcello and Howard Ouriel. Organizations who will be donating funds include the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) and the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association. Those attending the races live can also make cash donations or bid on any of the silent auction items that will be available. The auction will be held in the Paddock Room and bids will be accepted from 6:15 p.m. until five minutes after the tenth race. Auction items include: - A set of bobbleheads consisting of Jim Marohn Jr., Wendy Ross, Tim Tetrick, Drew Monti and Jody Jamieson - An autographed whip from William O' Donnell, David Miller and Jody Jamieson and a Sweet Lou cup - A Future Hall of Famer, Yannick Gingras, autographed jacket and driving gloves - A Hall of Famer, Ron Pierce, autographed driving jacket - An autographed full set of driving colors from Hall of Famer, Ron Pierce - A Breyer Foiled Again horse signed by Yannick Gingras Jami Rae Chatt is the driving force behind the fundraiser and is well qualified to do it. Chatt also organized the Anthony Coletta fundraiser that raised $12,835 in 2013; an effort that garnered her the Unsung Hero Award from USHWA last year. "Because we did so well for Anthony Coletta, we wanted to help the Hanners family any way we could. When everyone is on the racetrack, it's all business. But other than that, we're all one big family and I have seen how generous the Western New York racing community can be on many occasions. I'm just glad to be a part of it" said Chatt. Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing said "Jami is an amazing young lady. When she came to me asking if the track would help put this on we were more than happy to help anyway we could. Jami is a very caring individual and her efforts for Anthony Coletta proved that. I only hope we can be as successful for this family as they go through this very bad time." Robert J. Kane Pace entries close Wednesday Batavia, NY---Horsemen are advised that Batavia Downs will be accepting entries for the $50,000 Robert J. Kane Memorial Pace through Wednesday morning (Sept. 30) at 9 a.m. The race will be held Saturday (Oct. 3) on one of the richest cards ever offered at the oldest lighted harness track in America. Known as the Downs signature event, The Robert J. Kane Memorial is named for the former Chairman of the Board of the Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation, owner of Batavia Downs. The race has had three millionaires win it, including Foiled Again ($7.1M), who won it twice; Bolt The Duer ($1.8M) and Aracache Hanover ($1.7M) who set the all-time track of 1:51.1 in 2011. Other premium racing opportunities that night include the $12,500 Brian Schroeder Memorial Trot and a $10,000 Open pace. Also scheduled are two $50,000 New York Sire Stakes 2-year-old consolation races. Entries or inquiries can be made by calling the race office at 585-344-6161. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Racing Media Relations

When Marty Megatron steps onto the track at The Meadows on Tuesday afternoon (September 22) he will, as always, be carrying the hopes of his owner Don Tiger.   However, Tiger's desire for the horse to win takes on a different meaning this week, as he will be donating the horse's purse earnings to the family of horseman Brad Hanners, who passed away earlier in the week.   "I decided that 100% of Marty's net earnings that day will go to Brad's wife and their kids," said Tiger.   He was inspired by what he saw at Scioto Downs last weekend on their sire stake championship night, as horsemen gathered to support the Hanners family.   Rather than just make a cash donation, Tiger decided to let his horse determine things. "Racing is what we love. If it was me, I know I would want a horse to go to the gate for me."   There's no guarantee that Marty Megatron, who races for trainer Tim Twaddle, will get a check in the $6,200 race.   Tiger, however, has made a guarantee, vowing a minimum of $250 will be sent to the family if the horse finishes out of the money.   Marty Megatron is the 3-1 morning line favorite on Tuesday, when he will compete in the 12th race on the afternoon card.   Caretaker Michelle Miller from the Twaddle Stable will be wearing a "Hanners Strong" T-shirt that was given away at Scioto over the weekend, and Tiger hopes that the horse and Miller will be making an appearance in the winners circle.   "If the horse does win, I'll send a win picture along with the check," says Tiger, who adds, "I never knew Brad. I met his grandmother once in the grandstand at The Meadows years ago. I just think that horsemen top to bottom need to help out other horsemen."   Tiger and Marty Megatron will certainly be doing that on Tuesday.   The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association will accept donations for the Hanners Family at the MSOA office located on the backstretch at The Meadows. Checks can be made payable to the Hanners Fund. Also on Tuesday, drivers and trainers will walk from the paddock to the Winners Circle for a moment of silence in Hanners' honor.   Jeff Zidek

DAYTON, OH. - In most fitting fashion, Rehab Mountain captured the Brad Hanners Memorial Tribute Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (September 19). The race was intended to honor the memory of  harness racing horseman Brad Hanners, one of Ohio's most distinguished driver-trainers over the past two decades, who passed away at age 43 on Tuesday, a victim of renal cell carcinoma cancer.  Rehab Mountain has been the star of the Hanners Stable over the past two years and was driven to victory in an Open Trot at Scioto Downs by Hanners as late as July 24.  The eight-year-old gelding has now won 17 races and just under $200,000 in the last two seasons. On this occasion, driver Dan Noble took full advantage of his inside rail draw and took no prisoners as the 5-2 second choice.  Posting early fractions of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:25.3 Rehab Mountain trotted home in :28.4 to complete his mission over Southwind Pepino (Sandy Beatty) and Il Sogno Dream (Kayne Kauffman).  Although Travis Redden was listed as trainer and sent the winner to post, it would be hard to convince any of Brad Hanners dozens of fellow drivers, trainers and friends who gathered to pay tribute to their pal with a moment of silence following the race that Brad's presence wasn't felt in the winner's circle. Hanners was a star all-sports athlete at nearby Miami Trace High School before launching his successful harness career, which ended with 4,888 driving victories and 358 training triumphs.  He is survived by his wife Alicia and four children whom Brad loved to watch play a variety of sports.  The children, in turn, shared Brad's passion for the horse business as well as The Ohio State Buckeyes. The best male pacers at the meet also went postward Saturday with Dedi's Dragon (Chris Page) capturing the $12,000 Open over Mykindachip (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) and One Lucky Dragon (Kyle Ater) in 1:52.2. Gregg Keidel

Chester, PA - Horsemen and women paid their respects to Brad Hanners at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday in a moment of silence before the races. Hanners, a well known driver and trainer from Ohio, passed away after a bout with cancer. On a bittersweet afternoon, driver George Napolitano Jr. had six wins on the program, and ten total on the day (4 wins at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Wednesday night). Napolitano continues to lead the driver's standings at Harrah's Philly by more than 70 wins over Tim Tetrick and Corey Callahan, who are in a virtual tie for second. Also, driver Brett Miller moved closer to a personal milestone. With his driving win in race seven, he is now two wins away from 7,000. He has nine drives on today's program (Thursday, Sept. 17) at Harrah's Philadelphia. by Michael Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

The harness racing industry has recently rallied to raise funds to assist the family of Brad Hanners. Hanners, a well known harness racing driver throughout the Midwest, was diagnosed with cancer and has drawn the support of thousands in Indiana and across the entire nation. One of the latest gestures of support comes via the Hoosier Park driving colony. Drivers Peter Wrenn and Tyler Smith announced that they will be donating their percentage of purse earnings won at Hoosier Park Tuesday, September 8 through Saturday, September 12, to the Hanners Family. Both Wrenn and Smith are among Hoosier Park’s top-ten leading drivers for the 2015 harness racing season. Smith is the nephew of Hanners and credits much of his early racing success to his uncle. Hanners, an Ohio native who currently lives in Ohio with his wife Alicia and children JorDan, Austin, Luke and Mia, has posted 4,888 wins as a driver and 357 victories as a trainer throughout his career. Hanners also earned a spot in the Hoosier Park history books after he was victorious in the 2009 edition of Hoosier Park’s signature harness racing event, The Dan Patch, behind Mister Big. “All of us at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino are deeply saddened with the news of Brad’s illness,” said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing. “The amount of support we’ve seen for Brad and his family has been great and we really appreciate what the drivers and horse racing community have done and are planning to do. The need is overwhelming and it is up to each of us to do our utmost to help Brad and his entire family during this time of need.” Family and friends of Hanners will also host a benefit on Saturday, September 12 at Scioto Downs beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event will include a silent auction featuring numerous items donated throughout the harness racing community and a raffle for a brand new racebike. All proceeds from the silent auction and raffle will go to help the family through this difficult time. Along with other charitable donations to the family, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will contribute a VIP basket to be auctioned off at the benefit and has set-up a fund in the paddock to accept donations from the horse racing community for the family. A Facebook “Hanners Strong Benefit” page, which has added more than 600 attendees since its creation last week. In addition to the benefit, a Go-Fund Me account has been set-up to help offset the medical costs for the family. Emily Gaskin

A fundraiser will be held Saturday at Scioto Downs to benefit harness racing driver Brad Hanners, who in July was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, a type of kidney cancer. Hanners is at The Ohio State University's James Cancer Hospital, preparing to begin treatment. The 43-year-old Hanners, an Ohio native who lives 50 miles southwest of Columbus with his wife Alicia and children JorDan, Austin, Luke and Mia, has posted 4,888 wins as a driver and 357 victories as a trainer during his career. He enjoyed some of his greatest successes at Harrington Raceway in Delaware, where he captured three consecutive driving titles from 2003-05. He also was a driving champion at Dover Downs. Hanners set career highs with 478 wins and $4.74 million in purses in 2005. His top triumphs include the 2009 Dan Patch Invitational with Mister Big. The fundraiser will include a raffle for a race bike and harness plus a silent auction featuring a variety of items from equipment to harness racing memorabilia and sporting event tickets. Also, "Hanners Strong" T-shirts will be available for purchase. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in an area between the Scioto Downs clubhouse and grandstand. Scioto Downs is hosting Super Night on Saturday, with a full slate of Ohio Sire Stakes championships plus the Jim Ewart Memorial Pace and the Chip Noble Memorial Trot. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to help offset medical and travel expenses for Hanners and his family. In addition to Saturday's fundraiser, a GoFundMe account has been set up for donations. The account can be found here. "Brad never really had any symptoms of being sick other than back pain, and what driver doesn't have back pain," said Brandi Sykes, who is helping to coordinate the event. "We'd just like everybody to pray for him and help him get through this." Ken Weingartner

LEBANON, OH. - Eight-year-old Rehab Mountain established a new lifetime mark winning the Sunday afternoon $15,950 harness racing Open Trot at Miami Valley Raceway. The veteran altered son of Duke Of York has been on a meet-long roll at Miami Valley, winning seven races with three place and one show finishes in 13 trips behind the Woebkenberg starting gate. Trainer-driver Brad Hanners has guided his stable star to $66,376 in earnings over the past four months, the most of any horse at the meet. First off the wings as usual, Rehab Mountain lead the strong seven-horse field to the quarter-mile marker in :28.1 until allowing odds-on favorite Southwind Pepino (Sandy Beatty) to quarter-move to the front and lead the group through middle fractions of :56.3 and 1:25.2. At the three-quarter pole Southwind Pepino made an uncharacteristic break in stride allowing Rehab Mountain to inherit the front end once again. With a :28.4 closing panel the winner held off J J Hall (Kayne Kauffman) and Run And Tell Pap (Chris Page) in 1:54.1, a tick better than his previous lifetime best. The B6 Racing Stable owns Rehab Mountain, who is rapidly approaching $300,000 in career earnings. Miami Valley Raceway anticipates a fantastic closing weekend May 1st to May 3rd when the 89-day meet concludes. First leg Ohio Sires Stakes action for sophomore fillies will share the spotlight with open pacing mares on Friday night. The state's best three-year-old colts will descend on Miami Valley for initial O.S.S. action on Saturday night, which will also include the weekly open pace. On Sunday a pair of lucrative Grand Circuit stakes are expected to attract the best older mare pacers and trotters in North America to southwest Ohio. Nominees to the $75,000 (est.) Chip Noble Memorial pace include Color's A Virgin, Carolsideal, Fancy Desire, Rocklamation and Yagonnakissmeornot. The $85,000 (est.) Miami Valley Distaff trot could pit nominees Bee A Magician, Classic Martine, Daylon Miracle and Shake It Cerry against one another in the same race for the first time. The track is also trying to fill a five-eighths mile dash and a one-and-a-quarter mile race on the Sunday card, each with a goal of establishing a new world's record. Each sports a $10,000 purse with a $3000 bonus offered to the driver-trainer-owner connection that does establish a new standard for the sport. Interested trainers are asked to express their interest in participating in the special events to Race Secretary Gregg Keidel (513-934-7792) by Tuesday night. At this writing, a couple spots on the starting gate are still available for each race. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Astreo's Love raced creditably in his first eight starts at Miami Valley Raceway this winter, earning almost $16,000, but could only garner a pair of fifth place finishes when elevated to open company. That changed Saturday night as driver Brad Hanners tactfully guided the five-year-old gelding to an 18-1 upset in the $18,150 feature race. Sensing hot fractions on the front end, Hanners settled the winner into sixth along the pylons as the leaders reached the quarter in :25.4 and the halfway marker in :53.3. Ice Scraper (Ken Holliday) tripped the first beam while favorite A Sweet Ride (Josh Sutton) tripped the second one. Twilight Bonfire (Chris Page) was first to move to the outside just past the half with Orion's Belt (Greg Grismore) assuming the second-over position and Astreo's Love following him. Twilight Bonfire, who recently surpassed the $1 million earnings plateau with three open class victories at Miami Valley in recent weeks, failed to fire on this night leaving Orion's Belt and Astreo's Love no choice but to swing three-wide around the final turn. Both advanced steadily as the field passed the 1:22.2 third stanza, but it was Hanners who had his charge pacing fastest down the middle of the stretch to gain the victory. Owned by Eash Racing Stable, winning punters got $38.20 back on their two dollar tickets on Astreo's Love. With Ice Scraper holding on for second the exacta returned $170.60. Another longshot, Kyron (Kayne Kauffman) rallied for the show dough. There were seven successful claims on the Saturday night program bringing the total to almost 200 after just 61 nights of racing-tangible evidence that owners, both old and new, and trainers continue to be excited about the recent resurgence in the Ohio racing program. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Less than a full day after Virgil established a new track record for older male pacers, Rehab Mountain lowered the standard for older trotters at Miami Valley. A model of consistency this season, Rehab Mountain employed his customary front-stepping style to win for the sixth time in nine 2015 starts with a pair of place finishes as well. Brad Hanners trains and drives the eight-year-old Duke Of York gelding who beat Can'tcutthatchip (Jack Dailey) and Cantab Lindy (Shawn Barker II) in 1:54.3. The B6 Racing Stable owns the winner, who increased his seasonal earnings to over $50,000. The only trotter to ever go a faster trotting mile than Rehab Mountain at Miami Valley was millionairess Maven, who won a Grand Circuit Stake on closing night of the inaugural meet last May. Finalists for the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series championship were also determined on the Sunday matinee program following a pair of final preliminary round divisions. Princess Of Rock (Jason Brewer) stamped her ticket into the final with a convincing win over Jetting Around (Dan Noble) and My Beach Baby (Kayne Kauffman) in the first split. The winning four-year-old Rocknroll Hanover mare is trained by Jeff Brewer and owned by William Eltzroth and Charles Blackwell. The other division was captured by Seconds Later (Josh Sutton) who topped Angel Face (Kayne Kauffman) and Lady Julie (Jack Dailey). Brandon Piquet conditions the daughter of Quik Pulse Mindale for Adam Friedland. The Coven Memorial series features fillies and mares who haven't won four pari-mutuel races or $30,000 prior to the nomination date. The final should be highly competitive as four different mares won each of the four preliminary heats. The top three finishers from each division on Sunday will be joined by Go For Sand, Paige Moon Dancer and Pepstepn Penelope in the $15,000 championship. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - There were no relapses for Rehab Mountain on Sunday as the six-year-old gelding raced "clean as a whistle" to win Miami Valley Raceway's $16,500 Open Trot for the second week in a row.   Driver Brad Hanners, who also trains the winner, settled into a snug pocket behind Celebrity Hercules (Dan Noble) through fractions of :28, :57.3 and 1:26 before angling out at the head of the stretch and passing the pacesetter in the final strides to win by a half-length in 1:55. Mr Web Page (Kayne Kauffman) finished third, Victory Is Coming (Ammon Hershberger) fourth and favored CI's Buckeye (Chris Page) fifth in the full nine-horse field.   The B6 Racing Stable owns Rehab Mountain who now boasts 27 wins and $245,687 in earnings in 99 lifetime starts.   A pair of "Claim To Fame" series opening legs were also contested on the late afternoon Sunday program, with two divisions for $5000 claiming mares and three splits for male $20,000 claimers.   In the mares heats, Debi's Sign (Josh Sutton) and EE Bay (Tyler Smith) came up with identical 1:56.2 triumphs in the $5000 races. The series promises to produce some exciting racing as just three lengths separated the nine mares at the wire in the first split, and all nine in the second split were within six lengths at the finish.   Debi's Sign, sent off at 34-1 odds, closed from seventh at the head of the stretch to nip Luna Hanover (Kayne Kauffman) and She Can Attack (Kyle Ater) and pay $70.40 to win. EE Bay went gate-to-wire as the 2-1 second choice in the betting, holding off Miss HKB (Jeremy Smith) and Bonnie's Beach (Charlie Neff).   Winners in the trio of $12,500 divisions for the $20,000 claimers were Tomitta Bayama (Jeff Nisonger) in 1:53.4, Saulsbrook Astrobo (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:53.3 and Littlebitaclass (Chris Page) in 1:52.3.   Both Tomitta Bayama and Saulsbrook Astrobo used frontstepping style; while Littlebitaclass employed a pocket ride strategy. Tomitta Bayama bested Blue Fin (Dan Noble) and Vincent Vega (Tyler Smith) by just a half-length.   Saulsbrook Astrobo was three-quarters of a length better than Volo (Randy Tharps) with Rusty's No Fool (Greg Grismore) another neck back in the show spot. Littlebitaclass proved a head better than pacesetter Dabestleaderever (Dan Noble), while Fudge (Shawn Barker II), who was claimed from the race, rallied for third.   Racing resumes Wednesday night at Miami Valley when the "Claim To Fame" focus shifts to five divisions of $5000 claiming races for male pacers, plus a pair of divisions for $8000 claiming pacing mares. Post time is 6:30 p.m.   From the Media Department Miami Valley    

DAYTON, OH. - Rehab Mountain (Brad Hanners) captured the $10,000 Open trot and Lucky Lime (Shawn Barker II) edged an even field of classy pacers in the $10,000 Open pace to highlight the Saturday night program at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. It was the initial triumph at Dayton for Rehab Mountain, who had finished second and third in his only other starts at the new track. The seven-year-old gelding equaled his lifetime mark of 1:54.2 to turn the tables on last week's winner Touchmymuscles (Dan Noble) with newcomer Cantab Lindy (Josh Sutton) finishing third. Trainer-driver Brad Hanners set sail from the outset and posted all the fractions of :27.3, :56.4and 1:25.2 enroute to the 2-3/4 lengths tally. It was the 25th career victory for Rehab Mountain and increased his life bankroll to $225,000 for the B6 Racing Stable. With the temperature dropping rapidly, the pacers covered the mile just two races later in the same speed as the trotters. Eventual show finisher Rockin Finish (Randy Tharps) set the tempo through quarter stations in :27, :56.3 and 1:25 before the entire field bunched up and the head of the stretch and sprinted towards the finish wire.  Suncapade (Greg Grismore) grabbed the lead temporarily in mid-stretch before being nailed in the final strides by Lucky Lime. The top three were within a neck of each other at the end while the majority of the field were within three lengths of the winner. It was the third open company win for Lucky Lime at Dayton Raceway. The five-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover is owned by Kirk Nichols and trained by Dean Glispie. Randy Tharps scored a driving triple on the card while Jeremy Smith, Brad Hanners and Shawn Barker II had driving doubles. From the press box at Dayton Raceway  

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 27, 2014 - The second and final round of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's 2014 Champion Driver Series highlighted the 14-race card on Saturday, September 27 and it was Lewayne Miller who stole the show. After taking home top honors in the opening round of Hoosier Park's inaugural Champion Driver Series earlier in the season, Lewayne Miller accumulated a total of 83 points in the final round to win the grand prize, a one-year lease of a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. In its' inaugural edition, the 2014 Champion Driver Series pitted the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another, not once, but twice in a five-race challenge throughout the season. Miller, a 27-year-old Indiana native, accumulated a total of 47 points after the five races and was crowned the winner, walking away with the $5,000 prize of the first challenge. With the points from round one carrying over to round two, Miller led the group of ten drivers into the final round and earned one win, one second, one third, and two ninth place finishes in the five races of the challenge to take make a clean sweep of both rounds in the Champion Driver Series. "I was nervous all day," Miller, seemingly still in shock, noted in the winner's circle. "I tried to forget about it and keep my nerves down. I felt good about my horses coming into tonight so I knew if I had a little luck I had a good shot but I tried not to think about it. I showed up tonight and just tried to do the best I could." After a ninth and a third place finish in the first two races of the challenge respectively, Miller found the winner's circle in the third race of the challenge and scored 15 points with Starven Darven at 7-1. Using the long Hoosier Park stretch to his advantage, Miller found late racing room and Starven Darven used a :27.2 final quarter to coast home a winner in 1:52.4. With a ninth place finish behind The Flight Rose in the fourth race of the challenge, Miller accumulated two more points but still held the lead by a narrow margin with 74 points heading into the final race. Ross Leonard was a close second with 67 points and Sam Widger just behind him in third with 62 points. Heading into the final race of the challenge, it appeared to be anyone's game. Miller secured the keys to the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with a second place finish in the final race, earning nine more points, behind VC Scooter for trainer Grant Wilfong. Dismissed at odds of 10-1, VC Scooter rallied late in the lane to get up for second place honors behind Rocknroll Special and Ricky Macomber Jr. "That is definitely the happiest I've ever been to finish second," Miller noted after the race. "After talking with the trainer before the race, I knew he (VC Scooter) would be good, I didn't want to get buried or locked in so I made sure I had him out when we turned for home." After the dust settled, Miller led all drivers with 83 points, Leonard finished second with 73 while Sam Widger and Brad Hanners tied for third place with 65 points. "This is a really big deal," Miller continued. "A few years ago I was just a fan watching all these guys drive. To win this challenge against this group of drivers and here at Hoosier Park is a really big deal for me. This was my first driver's challenge I've ever been in and to win a car like this, it's a really big deal." As the youngest driver in the group of ten, Miller is now a proud new owner of a one-year lease of a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. In just his second full season as a driver, Miller has recorded 335 career victories and is on track to record his best season to date in the bike in 2014. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, September 30 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:15 p.m., live racing will be conducted through November 15. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 26, 2014 - After taking home top honors in the opening round of Hoosier Park's inaugural Champion Driver Series earlier in the season, Lewayne Miller is set to defend his title on Saturday, September 27 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino during the second and final round of the 2014 Champion Driver Series. Miller, a 27-year-old Indiana native, accumulated a total of 47 points after the five races of the opening challenge and was crowned the winner, walking away with the $5,000 prize. Now, he will lead the talented group of ten drivers into Saturday night's card and has his sights set on the grand prize. The first of its kind, the 2014 Champion Driver Series will pit the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge with the champion driver cruising away in the grand prize, a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. "I feel good about my chances going into it," Miller said modestly. "Like always, I am going to need some luck and my horses to race well but I am looking forward to it. It's going to be a lot of fun. Winning the first round was awesome, but winning the second round and the car would really be something." With their points from the first challenge round carrying over to the final challenge round, Lewayne Miller will lead the top eight finishers from round one into round two followed closely by Sam Widger and Andy Shetler. Peter Wrenn and Ricky Macomber Jr. rounded out the final two positions as determined by the official Hoosier Park standings at the conclusion of the live racing card that was held on Saturday, September 20. The drivers, listed by position in the standings of the challenge, are as follows: Lewayne Miller (47 points), Sam Widger (38), Andy Shetler (37.5), Brad Hanners (34), Ross Leonard (33), Trace Tetrick (26.5), Mike Peterson (25), Ed Hensley (24) Ricky Macomber Jr. (22) and Peter Wrenn (0). The challenge races will be five consecutive races (races 6-10) and compliment the 14-race card slated for Saturday, September 27. After the dust settles and the points have been tallied from each of the five races, one driver will be driving away in the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. "It would be great, I've never driven something that nice," Miller said with a smile. "It's a convertible too so if I do win it, I will definitely be taking a trip to Florida." As an added bonus, racing fans will also have an opportunity to win big as part of the 2014 Champion Driver Series with $10,000 up for grabs. Guests can enter at any rewards kiosk at Hoosier Park from 10 a.m. to 9:59 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 to enter the contest. At approximately 10:15 p.m., one winner will take home $5,000 cash and five lucky guests will win $1,000 each. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 24, 2014 - Ten of the top drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will take center stage on Saturday, September 27 as they compete in a five-race challenge for the ultimate prize, a one year lease of a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, in the inaugural 2014 Champion Driver Series. The first of its kind, the 2014 Champion Driver Series will pit the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge with the champion driver driving away in a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Eight of the ten coveted spots in the second round of the series were based upon points earned in the first round of the challenge that was held at Hoosier Park on Saturday, July 19. With a total of 47 points, Lewayne Miller was crowned the winner and walked away with his share of the $5,000 prize after the first round. With their points from the first challenge round carrying over to the final challenge round, Lewayne Miller will lead the top eight finishers from round one into round two followed closely by Sam Widger and Andy Shetler. Peter Wrenn and Ricky Macomber Jr. will round out the final two positions as determined by the official Hoosier Park standings at the conclusion of the live racing card that was held on Saturday, September 20. The drivers, listed by position in the standings of the challenge, are as follows: Lewayne Miller (47 points), Sam Widger (38), Andy Shetler (37.5), Brad Hanners (34), Ross Leonard (33), Trace Tetrick (26.5), Mike Peterson (25), Ed Hensley (24) Ricky Macomber Jr. (22) and Peter Wrenn (0). As in round one, the drivers will be picking the horses they will drive via a draft system for all five of the races in the challenge at a community luncheon to be held at Hoosier Park on Thursday, September 25. In the first race of the challenge, the top rated driver based upon wins at Hoosier Park, Trace Tetrick, will get first pick of the horse he wants to drive. Next the No. 2 ranked driver, Peter Wrenn, will pick and then continue through all 10 drivers. For the second race of the challenge, the selection order will be reversed and the No. 10 driver, Mike Peterson, will pick first. This alternating selection process will continue through all five races of the challenge. Points will be awarded in each of the five races ranging from 15 points for the winners down to 1 point for the 10th-place finisher. The challenge races will be five consecutive races (races 6-10) and compliment the 14-race card slated for Saturday, September 27. After the dust settles and the points have been tallied from each of the five races, one driver will be driving away in the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. As an added bonus, racing fans will also have an opportunity to win big as part of the 2014 Champion Driver Series with $10,000 up for grabs. Guests can enter at any rewards kiosk at Hoosier Park from 10 a.m. to 9:59 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 to enter the contest. At approximately 10:15 p.m., one winner will take home $5,000 cash and five lucky guests will win $1,000 each. The 14-race card slated for Saturday, September 27 will begin at its' regularly scheduled post time of 5:15 p.m. Hoosier Park's 'Family Fun Days' return this Saturday and will continue each weekend throughout the entirety of the Standardbred meet. Activities will include a bounce house, face painting, live entertainment, games and winner's circle giveaways. For more information on the 2014 Champion Driver Series, please visit Hoosier Park's website or click here. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

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