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LEBANON, OH - A total of 89 sophomore Ohio-sired harness racing colts went postward in ten divisions of Buckeye Stallion Series action at Miami Valley on Friday (April 30). There were seven divisions for pacers and three for trotters, each carrying a purse of $17,500. King's Cruiser started things off with a 1:53.2 triumph in the first race of the day, which ended up being the quickest mile on the program. Tyler Smith was in the sulky for trainer Jeff Nisonger as the son of Yankee Cruiser returned a $4 win mutual. KING'S CRUISER REPLAY   Casecon captured the second split in 1:53.3, the first of four wins for driver Brett Miller in Buckeye Super Stakes action. Virgil Morgan Jr. conditions the son of Pet Rock who paid $13.80 to win. CASECON REPLAY   Other winning pacers were Smooth Racer (Ronnie Wrenn Jr., 1:56.3, Calvin Hollar, $13.80), Rockin Airway (Miller, 1:55.4, Ryan Miller, $2.80), Sleeping Single (Dan Noble, 1:54.3, Chris Beaver, $15.40), Odds On Shaggy (Miller, 1:54.3, Morgan Jr., $6.60 and Cyclone Union Jack (Miller, 1:53.3, Michael Prickett, ($23.20). Fastest of the trio of trots went to Dontforgetlittleman for Dan Noble and trainer Deb Swartz. His 1:58.1 mile as the favorite rewarded his backers with a $2.60 payoff. The other two winners were Ilikedecupcakes (trainer-driver Sandy Beatty, 1:59.1, $28.60) and Credit Ace (Chris Page, 1:59.3, Ron Burke, $4.80). The fillies will contest the first leg of their Buckeye Stallion Series on Saturday, in addition to a pair of Open Paces for region's best older pacers on the special Kentucky Derby Day program. Post time is 12:00 noon. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH - Harness racing driver Brett Miller reached another coveted career milestone on Saturday (April 24) at Miami Valley Raceway, capturing his 9,000th lifetime win in the tenth race. In the tightest of photo finishes, Miller guided Water Sports Teen to a short nose score over Red Power (Chris Page) in a conditioned event for non-winners of four races or $40,000. It was the third win on the day for the 47-year-old purple and white clad reinsman. WATER SPORTS TEEN REPLAY   Brett's career began in 1991 with a single drive. He recorded just one win in 1992 and four in 1993 before his career shifted into high gear. Since 2000, Miller has won over 200 races for 21 straight years with his highest win total 639 in 2004. He has earned over $1 million in purses each of those 21 years, including nine years with over $5 million. The affable Miller has driven some of the best horses in the sport over the past two decades for some of the sport's top trainers. He spent over a decade on the east coast before returning to his roots in Ohio in 2018, where he has won over 1,067 races in just over two years since. Miller has won a dash title at both Miami Valley and Hollywood Dayton Raceways since his return to Ohio. There's likely more of those in store as he moves toward the next plateau--10,000 wins! For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway        

LEBANON, OH - Miami Valley Raceway presented a pair of $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitationals for state-bred three-year-old harness racing fillies on Friday (April 23) and the results of the Ohio Sires Stakes preludes were impressive. Herculisa (Brett Miller) pinned a narrow defeat on Celebrate With Me (Chris Page) in the trot division, with Katie's Lucky Day (Trevor Smith) rallying to finish third. It was the sixth win in just seven lifetime tries for Herculisa, who entered the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship last September with an unblemished five-for-five scorecard before making an untimely break in the big dance. After two stellar qualifiers, the daughter of My MVP seems to have returned for her sophomore campaign as the one to beat in the Buckeye state. This 1:54.2 win established a new lifetime mark. HERCULISA REPLAY   Virgil Morgan Jr. trains Herculisa for the Jesmeral Stable. Her earnings soared to $105,812 with the triumph in her initial 2021 pari-mutuel event. Miller got her away third in the early going, then made a wicked brush to the lead during the third quarter which was the fastest (:27.2) split in the race by far. Celebrate With Me, a recent purchase by Burke Racing, Howard Taylor, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Knox Services, stalked the winner throughout but couldn't quite reach her in the stretch duel. Lady Arthur (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) was victorious in the Scarlet & Gray filly pace, holding off last year's O.S.S. champ Summer Tough (Chris Page) in a 1:52.3 mile, equaling the daughter of Arthur Blue Chip's best time. Also making her seasonal debut after a pair of impressive qualifiers, Lady Arthur now owns three wins and earnings of $85,931 after a freshman scorecard of 2-1-1 in ten starts. Wrenn's filly was headstrong at the start, but he was able to wrestle her briefly into the pocket before moving back to the front just past the quarter mile marker. Her only challenge came in the stretch when Summer Touch furiously closed ground before running out of room. Smothastenesewisky (Trevor Smith) rallied from far back to pick up the show money. LADY ARTHUR REPLAY   Dr. Ian Moore trains and co-owns Lady Arthur with partners R G McGroup Ltd. And Serge Savard. Pace Baby Pace (Page) continued her winning ways in the $24,000 Mares Open Pace. She beat I Choose You (Mitch Cushing) and Talkaboutaqueen (Miller) in 1:52.4 for her seventh success in a dozen 2021 starts, all in Open company. The five-year-old daughter of Sweet Lou races for Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Racing resumes on Saturday (April 24) when another pair of $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitationals for Ohio's best sophomore colts and geldings will go postward. Post time is 4:05 p.m. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH - Charlie May opened his sophomore harness racing season in style by winning an elimination heat of the James K. Hackett Memorial late closer in 1:51.4, despite a rain-soaked sloppy racing surface at Miami Valley Raceway Saturday. Brett Miller surged the defending Ohio Sires Stakes champion past Heart Of Chewbacca (Dan Noble) in the final strides in the highly anticipated early season showdown between the two best Ohio-sired two-year-olds in 2020. Official Bean (Trevor Smith) , who prepped with a pair of early season wins at Miami Valley, finished third. Charlie May (McArdle) had a freshman scorecard of 9-7-2-0, good for $329,627 in earnings. Heart Of Chewbacca was nearly as impressive in his rookie racing season, compiling a 7-5-2-0 stat line and pushing $195,598 into his owners coffers. Neither horse left the gate with alacrity, but both were moved into the outer flow before the :57.1 halfway point in the mile. Heart Of Chewbacca was first to reach the front after a :26.2 third panel before Charlie May finally collared him nearing the finish line. The same scenario played out in the $300,000 O.S.S. championship tilt at Eldorado Scioto Downs last September. CHARLIE MAY REPLAY   Steve Carter trains homebred Charlie May for owner Don Tiger. The other Hackett Memorial elimination heat went just 2/5ths of a second slower as Laughagain Hanover (Dan Noble), who finished third in the aforementioned Buckeye freshman final, easily defeated Just Playing (Josh Sutton) and Third Edition (Miller). It was the fifth lifetime triumph for Laughagain Hanover and raised his earnings to $120,584 for the partnership of Cimaglio, Richardson and Gilmartin. Noble's wife Christi trains the son of McArdle. LAUGHAGAIN REPLAY   Joining the first three finishers in the eliminations will be fourth place finishers Siri Said (Mitch Cushing) and JW's Chrome (Kayne Kauffman). There was a tie for the fastest fifth place finish with both Imagine It (Sutton) and Just Marvelous (Trevor Smith) posting identical 1:54.1 clockings. If all ten horses enter there will be a coin flip between the fifth place finishers to determine who makes the nine-horse field for the $40,000 final. In a $22,500 Open I Pace Gold Digger King notched his second straight Saturday feature race victory, topping The First Step (Chris Page) and Americanfirewater (Kauffman) in 1:52. Linda Van Camp owns and Scott Mogan trains the five-year-old son of Pet Rock who now sports 14 career wins and $280,387 in earnings. Omega Cat (Tyler Smith) nosed out Yacht Week (Kauffman) and Grantmeawish (Sutton) in the $20,000 Open II. When Smith reached the wire in 1:51.3 it gave him his 100th win of the year at Miami Valley, a day after he reached the $100,000 seasonal earnings plateau. Racing resumes with 2:05 14-race matinees on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at Miami Valley. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway        

Standardbred owner and breeder Don Tiger knows where Charlie May's 3-year-old harness racing season will begin. Where the pacer goes from there will be decided as his campaign unfolds, but the owner knows where he would like to see his horse. All around the Grand Circuit. Charlie May, who was voted Ohio's best 2-year-old male pacer in 2020, makes his seasonal debut Saturday in a $15,000 elimination of the James K. Hackett Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers at Miami Valley Raceway. Charlie May, trained by Steve Carter, will start from post seven in a seven-horse field with driver Brett Miller. Last year, Tiger's homebred gelding won seven of nine starts and finished second in both defeats. Charlie May earned $328,627 to rank sixth among all 2-year-old male pacers in North America and his best win time of 1:50.2, established in a track-record Ohio Sire Stakes championship performance at Scioto Downs, tied for fifth. Charlie May will be pointed toward events for Ohio-sired horses to begin the season, but Tiger has paid the horse into numerous open stakes for 3-year-old male pacers including the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, and Breeders Crown. He is not eligible to the Little Brown Jug but can be supplemented if he wins one of the following races: North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Messenger Stakes, or Cane Pace. "We've got four weeks here (in Ohio) to find out where we're at," Tiger said. "The goal is to get better each week, and then at the beginning of May we'll have decisions to make as far as where we're going. I paid the money for everywhere. He's staked until the end of November. I did my part. Now it's going to be up to the horse. "I'm real excited. You never know what is going to happen between (ages) 2 and 3, but I think the good thing for me is I've been playing with house money, so I'm calm and relaxed and excited and happy. I wouldn't trade places with anybody." Charlie May is by McArdle out of Stipple Hanover. He is the first horse Tiger ever bred. "I just took a leap of faith," Tiger said. "This is for the little guys. This isn't supposed to happen to Steve Carter and Don Tiger. It's a feel-good story. I own the horse, but he's not my horse. It's those guys at the barn -- Steve Carter and his staff. They've told me he's a one-in-a-million horse. "I'd love for those local guys to get the chance (on the Grand Circuit). It would be great for them and great for Ohio racing." Tiger plans to bring a realistic approach to determining Charlie May's stakes schedule. "I want to make a stamp on the national scene, but I'm not going to go through it just to do it," he said. "I'm not going to go to the Meadowlands Pace to be 30-1 and hope I'm fifth. If we're going to those kinds of races we're going to go because we're bringing a howitzer. We're not going with a squirt gun. "We'll see how it shakes out. I just want him to be healthy. If he's healthy and gets beat, I'm great with that. I just don't ever want to play the 'what if' game. If he's healthy, then it's just up to the racing gods and whatever is supposed to happen is going to happen." Charlie May's opening assignment will not be easy. Among his Hackett rivals is Heart Of Chewbacca, who handed Charlie May a setback in a preliminary round of the Ohio Sire Stakes last year and was second in the final. Heart Of Chewbacca, trained by Ron Burke and driven by Dan Noble, also is staked to numerous Grand Circuit races. He was one of last season's fastest 2-year-olds on both a five-eighths and half-mile track. "Ohio has gotten tougher," Burke said. "I think you'll see that maybe those colts can step and go with the other ones. They're breeding a lot of horses; they're breeding way more quality. Things are heading in the right direction there." Laughagain Hanover, who was third in the Ohio Sire Stakes championship, leads the first Hackett elimination. He is trained by Christi Noble and driven by Dan Noble. The first-four finishers from each elimination will advance to the $40,000 final April 17. They will be joined by the fifth-place horse with the fastest time. Racing begins at 4:05 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Miami Valley. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

LEBANON, OH - Heavily backed Kikimora (Brett Miller) did not disappoint in the $27,500 championship leg of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial trotting series at Miami Valley on Tuesday (March 30). The four-year-old Chris Beaver-trained daughter of Triumphant Caviar dominated her foes with a 1:54.1 tour of the five-eighths mile oval. Dude Included (John DeLong) drafted behind Kikimora as long as he could but could not mount a serious challenge while finishing as runnerup ahead of longshot Mr Charmbro (Tyler Smith) who grabbed the show spot. Beaver co-owns the winner with her breeder Sandra Burnett. It was the eighth career win for Kikimora, who has now banked $328,372. KIKIMORA REPLAY   The featured $20,000 Open I Trot was captured by Mission Accepted (Chris Page) who nosed out Lane Of Stone (Dan Noble) and It's A Herbie (LeWayne Miller) in a thrilling 1:52.2 battle royale. The winner sat third along the pylons for the first half of the race, then moved up to second on the outside at the three quarters marker before engaging Lane Of Stone in a side by side, stride for stride slugfest the length of the stretch. It was the 21st lifetime triumph for Mission Accepted, one less than Lane Of Stone's 22, as the two celebrated Ohio-sired horses added to their impressive earnings credentials. Six-year-old Mission Accepted has now banked $904,497, while five-year-old Lane Of Stone has earned $526,152. MISSION ACCEPTED REPLAY   Both horses are still owned, at least in part, by their breeders. Knox Services bred Mission Accepted and shares current ownership with Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. Harry Horowitz bred Lane Of Stone with his late wife Iris and maintains ownership while entrusting Mark Winters will his conditioning. An $18,000 Open II Trot was won by Jailhouse Sam (Miller) who topped Shake It Mary (Noble) and Black Mamba AS (Smith) in 1:54. Miller was subbing in the sulky for veteran trainer-driver Hugh 'Sandy' Beatty, who is currently recovering from a freak non-racing related injury. Casey Clemens, who also bred the seven-year-old son of Victory Sam, is still the owner of the $383,257 career money maker. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH - Favorites won both divisions of the final preliminary leg of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial trotting series at Miami Valley on Tuesday (March 23). In doing so, both took new lifetime best speed badges and established themselves as favorites for next week's $27,500 championship tilt. Howyadoinbub (Dan Noble) beat Mary Mag Delene (Chris Page) and Lights Down Low (John DeLong) in the first split, stopping the teletimer in 1:54.3. The four-year-old son of Dejarmbro skipped the first leg of the Farwick but secured his spot in the final with the triumph. Bobbie Jo Brewer trains Howyadoinbub, who has won five in seven tries under her tutelage, for owners Kevin Manley and Brian Georges. HOWYADOINBUB REPLAY   Heavily favored Kikimora (Brett Miller) dominated the second division, besting Dude Included (DeLong) and Shine All The Way (Noble) in 1:53.3. The four-year-old daughter of Triumphant Caviar, notorious for flagging her tail from start to finish, won both series tune ups for trainer Chris Beaver and his partner Sandra Burnett, who bred Kikimora. A lightly raced winner of over $300,000 lifetime, the victory was just her seventh in 24 lifetime starts. KIKIMORA REPLAY   In addition to Howyadoinbub and Kikimora the series finalists include Mr Charmbro, Mary Mag Delene, Shine All The Way, Dude Included, Bridge Works, Susie D and Lights Down Low. Bluebird Deacon would move in if any of the finalists fail to enter. A $22,000 Open Handicap Trot was captured by Lane Of Stone (Trevor Smith), who also lowered his win record with an impressive 1:53.1 mile. Smith pulled the mild upset by making a quarter move to the front with the five-year-old son of Wishing Stone and then holding off favored Mission Accepted (Page) and I Know My Chip (Brandon Bates). LANE OF STONE REPLAY   Lane Of Stone was a stalwart in the Ohio Sires Stakes while a juvenile and now has won two of five attempts versus Open company in 2021. Harry Horowitz owns the 22-time winner who is trained by Mark Winters. Racing will resume Friday and Saturday nights at Miami Valley with 4:05 p.m. post times for both programs. For full race results, click here.  From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH - Our Majordan A, who took a record of 1:47.3 at The Meadowlands in 2020, made an impressive 2021 haness racing debut at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday (March 20). The nine-year-old altered Australian bred son of Art Major, following three qualifying race tighteners for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr., topped a stellar field of Open pacers, as 8 of 10 in the field owned sub-1:50 records. Driver Brett Miller was confident that with three qualifiers under his girth the 35-time winner was fit enough to play catch-me-if-you-can in the featured $22,500 event. Despite an assigned outside post position, Miller set sail from the moment the gate opened but needed the entire :26.4 first quarter before finally securing the front. The race was likely won with a :29.2 second quarter breather before stablemate Turbo Hill (Dan Noble) took up chase and moved up to second at the 1:24 third timing station. With Turbo Hill fading in the stretch, a slew of other challengers fanned out down the lane in a futile effort to catch the leader. My Hero Ron (Josh Sutton) and Jet Rock (Trevor Smith) got perilously close to the winner at the wire. Unfortunately, Jet Rock made a late break in stride and was placed officially fifth as GD Western Joe (Chris Page) and General Dolan (Tyler Smith) were lapped on to the show finisher at the finish line. OUR MAJORDAN A REPLAY   Our Majordan A is owned by the Enviro Stable, Ned Hodkinson and Milton Leeman. He paid $5 to win. Trainer Virgil Morgan Jr., who was recently inducted into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall Of Fame, harnessed a total of four winners on the Saturday card. His other winners were Howmacsblackjack (Noble, 1:52.3, $6.40), Rock N Jo Z (Trace Tetrick, 1:51.4, $4.60) and The Great Buzz (Tetrick, 1:52, $6.80). Two first leg divisions of the Tom Tharps Memorial Series were also contested. Winners were Louie Louie (Page) in 1:52.1 over Thrasher (Cam McCown) and third place dead-heaters No Quarter (Mitch Cushing) and WF Eeyore (Noble), with Velocity Poprocks (Josh Sutton) topping Shvaiko (Miller) and Lou's A Pansy (John DeLong) in the second split. Drivers Dan Noble and Trace Tetrick each scored hat tricks on Saturday, while Chris Page and Josh Sutton managed driving doubles. Noble joined Tetrick during the night as the only $1 million purse winners in North America thus far in 2021. Racing will resume at Miami Valley on Sunday afternoon with a 2:05 p.m. post time. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH - It took a couple qualifiers and one tightener race, but Talkaboutaqueen-the Ohio Sires Stakes aged mare champion in 2020-roared back to the head of her distaff class in the $22,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday (Feb. 26). The six-year-old daughter of Oaks Enforcer won six times and hit the board in 14 of 24 starts last season, banking $89,626 for owner Rod Allums Jr. and trainer Jayme Laing. Driver Brett Miller was content to get away fourth from an inside post when Big Bad Jane (Dan Noble) and Checks On The Way (TraceTetrick) sped through a highly contested first quarter which was reached in :26.4. Before the :55 half Miller decided to join the front end fray and had moved up to third on the outside. With a huge third quarter, Talkaboutaqueen stuck her white blaze face in front of Checks On The Way when the timer flashed 1:22.4. With the early leaders backing through the field, favorites Bettor's Up (LeWayne Miller) and The Bethinator (Tyler Smith)-who were assigned outside posts in the field of nine-came calling in the stretch, but ended up finishing second and third, respectively, as Talkaboutaqueen held on for the 1:52.2 triumph.   Talkaboutaqueen paid $18 to her faithful. Coupled with Bettor's Up, the exacta returned a whopping $238.20; while the 50-cent trifecta including The Bethinator was worth $401.50. A trio of $12,250 first leg divisions of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series, for distaff pacers shy of four wins or $40,000 lifetime, produced wins by two odds-on favorites and a strong second choice in the betting. Real Rockin Ravi (Noble, $7.80) narrowly defeated favored Keystone Eureka (Tetrick) in the initial split, clocked in 1:53.2. Better Days Ahead (Mitchell Cushing) garnered the show payoff. Coconut Beach (Smith) beat Smoknthmnbluejeans (Miller) and Makeitagaingo (Jordan Ross) in an identical time of 1:53.2. Jeff Brewer owns and trains the winning four-year-old Art Major lass who paid $3.20 for the win. The final division went to heavily favored Anthem (Cushing, 1:54, $2.40) over Sara Jane (Jeremy Smith) and Harper (Tyler Smith). The Saturday (Feb. 26) card at Miami Valley will include a contentious 10-horse $22,500 Open Handicap Pace, as well as four first leg divisions of the George Williams Jr. Series for male pacers under four wins or $40,000 lifetime. Post time is 4:05 p.m. For full results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH - Fan Of Terror  with harness racing driver Brett Miller in the bike not only extended his win streak to four with a 1:51.2 score in the Saturday (Jan. 30) Open Pace at Miami Valley, but he scored his 50th lifetime win as well. The 9-year-old gelded son of Western Terror sports a bankroll of $530,234. Owner Therl Hensley's prize possession closes out the month of January with four wins in four tries, equaling his win total from 2021. All four victories came in gate to wire fashion as trainer Peter Redder has kept Fan Of Terror on the top of his game all month, banking $36,150 for his current month's efforts. Longshot Big Bad Mike (Tyler Smith) managed to nose out Shadyjake (Trace Tetrick) for second, with Tivo Hanover (Kayne Kauffman), Benson Boys N (Jason Brewer) and The Dark Shadow (Trevor Smith) also picking up paychecks in the ten-horse field. Fan Of Terror Fan Of Terror paid $14.60 to win. Coupled with Big Bad Mike the exacta kicked back $235.80. No one solved the Buckeye High 5 wager in the race resulting in a $1,687 carryover into the 12th race wager on Sunday, which has a first race 2:05 p.m. post time. Miami Valley has announced that post time has been moved up two hours next Sunday, Feb. 7 to allow patrons, horsemen and staff to enjoy the Super Bowl later in the day. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - A pair of ultra-consistent performers shared the harness racing spotlight at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (Dec. 12).   One was GD Western Joe who won the $18,400 Open Pace in 1:50.2.   The other was driver Brett Miller, who notched six victories on the card to increase his meet leading total to 113.   Driver Chris Page wrestled GD Western Joe into the two-hole behind Tellmeaboutit (Tyler Smith), last week's winner, in the early going. The 5-year-old son of Real Desire was on the iron as the field approached the :27.2 first quarter station, however, so Page opted to quarter move back to the front with the 6-5 favorite.   With the field content to race single file, Page and GD Western Joe cruised past the halfway beam in :55.2, then sped up when Tivo Hanover (Kayne Kauffman) mounted a charge down the backstretch prompting a :27 flat third panel. It took a :28 final quarter for GD Western Joe to hold off Tellmeaboutit, who had shadowed the winner throughout and mounted a mild stretch challenge.   With the triumph GD Western Joe raised his 2020 earnings to $108,849, surpassing the $107,615 he banked in 2019. His career bounty now stands at $549,800.   GD Western Joe   Brett Miller has widened his lead in the dash derby to 29 with just a dozen programs left in the meet. Jeremy Smith is second in the current meet standings with 84 victories, while Josh Sutton has scored 83 wins.   Miller triumphed on Saturday with the trotter Air Assault (1:57, $3.40), and pacers Fox Valley Hustler (1:52.3, $3), Major Nemesis (1:52.4, $18.20), Loutenant (1:52.1, $4.80), Outspoken Man (1:54.2, $8.40) and Classy Hill (1:54.2, $18.20).   At his current pace, Miller will surpass the $1 million purse earnings plateau by the end of the year.   Gregg Keidel        

DAYTON, OH - Sandy Sue (Brett Miller) made the most of a pocket ride in the $14,000 Mares Open at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (Oct. 30), downing heavily favored Big Bad Jane (Dan Noble) in 1:52.2.   Noble rushed Big Bad Jane from the outermost post in the compact field of six to the lead shortly before the :26.4 first quarter clocking. Miller was content to slip Sandy Sue into the two-hole and sat chilly in that spot until pulling into her own lane at the head of the stretch.   The Tyler George trainee got past the favorite with relative ease and cruised to the finish line with a length and a half advantage. Boogie Roll (Chris Presley) just nipped Rosemary Rose (Josh Sutton) in a tight battle for show.       It was Sandy Sue's first visit to Hollywood Dayton following a season at Harrah's Hoosier Park where she notched three wins and $40,805 in earnings. Career-wise, the 5-year-old daughter of Shark Gesture now sports 17 triumphs and $182,019 in purse winnings.   The Duck Creek Farm of Rockford, Ohio, own Sandy Sue, who was bred by prominent standardbred owner Joe Sbrocco.She paid $12.80 to win.   Racing resumes Halloween night (Oct. 31) at Hollywood Dayton with first race post at 6:15 p.m.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - Gold Digger King (Brett Miller) was crowned harness racing champion of the George Williams Memorial Series at Miami Valley on Saturday night (March 14), even though there was no one there to watch the $27,500 final live. Racing was conducted in front of an empty grandstand, due to a shutdown caused by the Coronavirus crisis, but was exciting nonetheless and enjoyed by numerous new off-track fans as evidenced by a higher-than-normal handle. Miller, the leading dash driver at the current Miami Valley meet, was intent on dictating the fractions as the 1-2 favorite in the Williams Memorial. It took Gold Digger King most of the intial :27 quarter to gain control, then the 4-year-old son of Pet Rock put up middle fractions of :55.1 and 1:23 over the rain dampened sloppy track. A final :29 split was enough to hold off Diesel Accelerator (Kyle Ater), who sat a pocket trip throughout, and the lengthy first-over bid of Dashing To Da Wire (Dan Noble). The 1:52 triumph was the seventh of the Scott Mogan trainee's young career and increased his career bounty to $171,097. Linda Van Camp owns Gold Digger King, who paid $3 to win. The exacta paid $11 and the 'chalky' 50-cent trifecta returned just $9.05. A contentious $24,000 Open Pace earlier on the card was captured by My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith), who was a head better than fast-closing Hallie's Comet (Jeremy Smith) and just a length better than Gerardo (Kayne Kauffman) who made all the pace in the race before tiring to a third place finish in the 1:52.3 mile. My Hero Ron is now just one win away from millionaire status as the victory lifted his overall bounty to $990,663. The 8-year-old Well Said gelding has amassed 36 wins from 167 starts and owns a 1:49.2 record taken five seasons ago. Dan Dubeansky trains 'Hero' for owner Brian Witt. Miami Valley will continue live racing, with no live fans, on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. Those wishing to watch and/or wager on the races can go to the website: where they can find links to either or advance deposit wagering platforms and also find a link to enable downloading of the program pages courtesy of the U.S.T.A. From Miami Valley Raceway    

LEBANON, OH. - Majestic Player A certainly has enjoyed his first month of American harness racing. After a 'head' defeat in his first U.S. start on February 4, the 6-year-old Australian bred gelding has reeled off three consecutive impressive triumphs in Miami Valley Raceway's weekly Open Handicap Trot. With his 1:53.4 score on Tuesday (Feb. 25) he increased his earnings for the month to $41,250 for his new import owners Jeffrey Fought, Brian Carsey and Casey Myers. The son of Majestic Son, who banked less than $100,000 in three years of racing Down Under, has earned a well-deserved one week vacation from the racing wars at Miami Valley due to his three consecutive Open Handicap victories. He has adapted well to American racing under the astute handling of trainer Walter Haynes Jr. In the latest romp, Majestic Player A and driver Brett Miller marched directly to the front of the field and had no anxious moments while cruising through fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:25.2 before sealing the deal with a :28.2 final panel. Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Trace Tetrick) got a desirous two-hole trip the entire way, but never could mount a serious threat to the winner. Northern Skyway (Tyler Smith) was best of the rest in the seven horse field of top squaregaiters. A pair of first leg divisions of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial Series for trotters who are non-winners of four races or $40,000 lifetime also went postward on Tuesday. The first split went to B Threeseven (Sandy Beatty), who topped Forget It Im Crazy (Kayne Kauffman) by four lengths in 1:56.2. Stonebridge Symba (Miller) finished third. Beatty also trains the 5-year-old son of Chapter Seven for owner Ben Robards. Feel Invincible AS (Chris Page) copped the other division with a 1:57.2 gate-to-wire tally over Serene Hall (Miller) and Wrapped In Rubies (Smith). The Paver Memorial score gave Page his third success on the matinee program. Anette Lorentzon trains the 4-year-old Broadway Hall mare for the ACI Stuteri Ab Stable of Kentucky and their partner Johansson of Sweden. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH - A jammed harness racing leader board atop the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series standings at Miami Valley Raceway makes for an interesting championship when the top nine money winners gather on Monday (Feb. 24) for the $20,000 final. The series commenced with 27 nominees who were all non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $20,000 lifetime. The final preliminary leg was contested in two $12,000 divisions on Monday (Feb. 17) afternoon with Friday Night Blues and Sunshine's Finest each getting their initial wins in the series and securing spots in next week's 'big dance.' Friday Night Blues (Cam McCown) scored as the favorite over longshot Fast Track (John DeLong) and Big Bank Hank (LeWayne Miller). The 4-year-old altered son of Ohio stallion Pet Rock won ten races in 2019, but all at county fairs. After an uneventful month to start the 2020 season at Woodbine Mohawk Raceway, he was returned to Ohio and the care of Jessica McCown for the Hiteman late closer. Sunshine's Finest (Brett Miller) pulled a mild upset in the second split, topping favored Fishin For Apples (DeLong) and Velocity Komodo (Mark Evers) in 1:53.2. Owned by Thestable Sunshinesfinest, the winning 4-year-old son of Sunshine Beach also started the current campaign at Woodbine Mohawk before being shipped south to the Virgil Morgan Jr. Stable for this series. The nine finalists for the Hiteman Memorial, based on series earnings, will be Fishin For Apples, Sunshine's Finest, Friday Night Blues, Captain Sunshine, American Trademark, Fast Track, E R Hotshot, Farmers Only and Spoiled Rockin. The popular Survivor Series for male $5000 claiming pacers staged its final elimination round on Monday as well. The series started with 76 horses in eight divisions, was whittled to 40 in four divisions in Round 2, and reduced to ten finalists from a pair of Round 3 elimination heats. Purses in the first three elimination rounds escalated from $5000 to $6000 to $7500, while the final next Monday (Feb. 24) will chase a $20,000 bounty. Longshot Bettor Win (LeWayne Miller, 1:56, $40.60) and favored Hit And Giggle A (Brett Miller, 1:55.2, $6.40) managed narrow decisions in the final preliminary heats. The remaining finalists hoping to be crowned the King of the Bottom Claimers will be Amasa Al, Pence Hanover, Latenite Trick, River's Crest, I Am Will, A J Corbelli, Khan Blue Chip and Creighton Hanover. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - Thrilling finishes and quick harness racing miles were prevalent on Saturday night (Feb. 15) at Miami Valley Raceway, highlighted by a $22,500 Open I Pace, a $20,000 Open II Pace, and the final two preliminary divisions of the second annual Bill Dailey Memorial Medley. I'm A Big Deal (Brett Miller) pulled a mild upset over Windsong Leo (Chris Page) in the Open I, managing a 'head' decision in 1:51.1. Windsong Leo, a winner in six of his last seven outings versus Open company, cut the mile with I'm A Big Deal sitting snug in the pocket throughout the contest. After fractions of :26.3, :56.1 and 1:23.3 the favorite was still able to close in :27.3, but the winner was a tick or two quicker to gain the slight advantage in the final two strides. My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) was forced to race first-over on the outside much of the mile and finished third. It was the first win in nine local starts since I'm A Big Deal was plucked from the Harrisburg sale last November by owner Bottom Line Racing of Boca Raton, Florida, and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. However the 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere has managed a win in a top condition pace and three runnerup finishes in the weekly features to earn about $40,000 in his first three months in Ohio. The Open II event was captured by Shagnwiththedragon (John DeLong) over Rose Run Uriah (Jeremy Smith) and The Dark Shadow (Sam Widger) in 1:51. Dropping out of the Open I after a month of fourth and fifth place finishes, the 6-year-old son of Dragon Again flashed a huge closing kick to secure his 20th lifetime triumph. J. D. Perrin trains the winner for his wife Tessa and her partner Eim Racing Stable. The Bill Dailey Memorial Medley started with 5/8ths mile dashes in three $12,500 divisions in the first leg, then followed up with two $17,500 divisions going a mile on Saturday. The top nine money winners from those first two legs will assemble next Saturday night for a $25,000 championship tilt at 1-1/4 miles. Royale Rose (Tyler Smith) was a 'nose' winner in 1:52.4 in the first split at one mile, edging Angelo J Fra (Page) with Manny (DeLong) finishing third. Daniel Stone conditions the 7-year-old Ashlees Big Guy gelding for S & S Racing Stable and Bert Turner. It was the 27th career tally for the lifetime winner of $333,932. Just N Ace (Widger) edged stablemate Uncmprmising Z Tam (Ricky Macomber Jr.) by a neck in the second division, clocked in 1:51.1. Champion Rock (Smith) grabbed the show dough and a ticket into the championship dance. Jamie Macomber trains the winning 5-year-old son United Ace for the Eleven Star Stables. The lineup for the $25,000 Bill Dailey Memorial Medley championship consists of Royale Rose, Just N Ace, American Dreamer, Dave And Dennis, Life On The Beach A, Uncmprmising Z Tam, Angela J Fra, Stormy West and Champion Rock. From Miami Valley Raceway    

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