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Grove City, Ohio – Summer Touch made sure there was no doubt who the top 2-Year-Old pacing filly in Ohio was, as she set a harness racing world record and won the Ohio Triple Crown on the way to being named the 2020 Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year. Summer Touch, the daughter of Well Said out of Real Touch finished second in her first start and then won her next six races for trainer Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, earning $285,550. Summer Touch is an Ohio Triple Crown Winner, winning the $300,000 Ohio Sire Stakes final, the Ohio Fair Stakes, and the Ohio Breeders Championship.  She set a world record at MGM Northfield Park in the fourth leg of the Ohio Sire Stakes, covering the half mile track in 1:51.4.    “She’s a pleasure to work with,” said driver Chris Page.  “Summer Touch isn’t the biggest filly, but she is very slick gaited and gets over the track easily.”  Summer Touch will be honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association’s virtual award show on January 16, 2021.  The awards show is scheduled to air on the OHHA YouTube channel at 7:00 PM.   For more information: Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

Grove City, Ohio – Noah Kenneth Newman of Streetsboro, Ohio has been named the recipient of the 2020 Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Terry Holton Youth Award.  Newman, a sophomore at Streetsboro High School, has taken advantage of his opportunity to work with his family’s horses in 2020.  When Covid-19 shut down schools and high school athletics, Newman began helping at the barn. “He would wake up at 5:30 and begin work at the barn,” said his grandmother Melinda Bailey.  “His dad thought he would waver, but during the year he only became more determined.” Newman has been jogging horses since he was ten and he is enjoying the experience of working with his dad and grandfather.  “I enjoy being out of the house and working with the horses,” said Newman.  “I like training horses and getting more experience.”  Newman said he is not sure about his future but knows horses will be a part of it.  “I know I would like to drive at some point in the future.” In addition to working with the horses, Newman is active in other sports including baseball, football, and golf.  The award, in its 20th year, is named for Terry Holton, a 2005 inductee into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame.  Holton of Newark, Ohio, was the winner of over 1,700 races in his career.  He overcame many obstacles in his life, the biggest may have been overcoming pancreatic cancer. The Terry Holton Youth Award is awarded to a youth between the ages of 13 and 19 who has actively participated in harness racing during 2020 as a driver, trainer, groom, breeder, race office/publicity assistant, track maintenance crew or has provided outstanding service to harness racing.   For more information: Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

Grove City, Ohio – After finishing second in her first two career starts, Merry Ann reeled off five straight harness racing wins on the way to being named the Ohio 2-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year.  Merry Ann, the daughter of Southwind Spirit out of Witty Girl, won three legs of the Ohio Sire Stakes for 2-Year-Old filly trotters as well as the $300,000 final.  She finished the season winning five of eight races with two second place finishes and earned $245,200. Merry Ann is trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi.  She was bred by Knox Services.  “She had a great year, she’s got that grit to her,” said Chris Page who was in the bike for all eight of Merry Ann’s races.  “What I really liked was her look.  She had the size and good gait.  She was definitely a little headstrong.”  Page said Merry Ann has the versatility to win from the front, first up, or from the back and she showed it all year long.  Merry Ann will be honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association’s virtual award show on January 16, 2021.  The awards show is scheduled to air on the OHHA YouTube channel at 7:00 PM.   Frank Fraas

Grove City, Ohio - Bidding is underway for the harness racing 2021 Ohio Stallion Service Auction to benefit the Political Action Committee for Equine Racing (P.A.C.E.R.). Twenty-two Ohio stallions, 11 Pacers and 11 Trotters, have been made available for a breeding to benefit P.A.C.E.R. On-line bidding is available until Saturday January 16th at 5:00 p.m. For information on how to bid visit https://hoofbid.com/OHHA. Bidders can create an account in the HoofBid app. Phone bidding will also be accepted on the final day of the auction beginning at 1:00 PM EST. The on-line bidding time for each stallion auto extend in one-minute increments, until the bidding activity stops for one full minute. All contracts are subject to P.A.C.E.R. and farm approval and are not transferable to another mare or individual without the consent of both. P.A.C.E.R. helps the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association to support legislative quests for expanding gaming and other issues that could positively impact Ohio harness racing. Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650 The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State.  

Grove City, Ohio - Guinevere Hall rolled off eight straight wins to start her 2020 harness racing campaign on the way to being named Ohio's 3-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year. Guinevere Hall, the daughter of Cash Hall out of Garbo Lane by Lindy Lane, finished the year with eight wins in 13 starts, earning $356,972 for owners M T Pocket Stables and David McDuffie. The filly was trained by Melanie Wrenn and bred by Alan Leavitt. For the second year in a row, a daughter of Cash Hall was named the top 3-Year-Old Filly Trotter in Ohio. The biggest win of 2020 for Guinevere Hall was the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes at Eldorado Scioto Downs, where she charged down the stretch to win by three lengths. "When she got to the races, she was game on," Wrenn said. "She doesn't like people in general and just assume bite you or kick you which was part of her grit that got her to the winner's circle." Guinevere Hall will be honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association's virtual award show on January 16, 2021. The awards show is scheduled to air on the OHHA YouTube channel at 7:00 PM. Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

Grove City, Ohio - Tessa Koran of Stow, Ohio has been named the 2020 Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Outstanding Groom for 2020. Koran works for trainer Kent Sherman and was nominated by Matt Watson, the owner of Sherman trainee Lucky King. Watson said Koran brings a positive energy to the track every day. "It doesn't matter if your horse is a $5,000 claimer or an Open horse, you can rest assured that when Tessa is taking care of it, it is in great hands and is being taken care of as if it was her own child." Koran's interest in horses began at an early age. Her grandfather owned horses with Sherman. "It's been a never-ending love affair with the horses. I started helping and learning everything about the horses when I was seven years old," Koran said. Koran also said she has had other career opportunities but loves working with the horses. "I left the business, but never totally left. I never dread going to work." She said the best part of her job is the one-on-one time with the horses. Due to Covid-19, the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will not host an annual banquet but instead will feature all award winners during a virtual awards show on Saturday, January 16, 2021. The virtual awards show will air on the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association's YouTube channel at 7:00 PM. Frank Fraas

Grove City, Ohio - Grove City, Ohio – Grove City, Ohio – Charlie May started his harness racing freshman year with a bang by winning his first career start in the $150,000 Next Generation at Eldorado Scioto Downs and capped the year being named the Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year For owner Don Tiger he wasn't sure what he had with homebred Charlie May. "I sent the horse to Steve Carter and the first day he called and told me he was pretty talented, but that was way early in the game. I was hoping and praying that we would just make the races," said Tiger. After winning the Next Generation, Charlie May, the son of McAardle out of Stipple Hanover by Western Hanover, won two legs of the Ohio Sires Stakes, before capturing the final at Scioto Downs. He also won the Ohio Breeder's Championship at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in September. For 2020, Charlie May won seven of nine races and earned $328,627. Tiger, a Pennsylvania native, says Charlie May has that steelworker mentality. "Every time he goes to the racetrack, he gives it 110%. He has a little bit of attitude. He's gentle and playful but knows that he's good at what he does." Charlie May will be honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association's virtual award show on January 16, 2021. The awards show is scheduled to air on the OHHA YouTube channel at 7:00 PM. Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

Grove City, Ohio - The 2021 Ohio Standardbred Stallion Directory and Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Membership Directory is now available electronically at the Ohio Harness Racing Horsemen's Association website, www.OHHA.com. The directory includes pedigree pages for 54 stallions currently standing in Ohio, 27 Pacers and 27 Trotters. In addition to the pedigree pages, the directory includes a list of 84 all stallions standing in Ohio, 2020 earning statistics for stallions and broodmares, and a listing of OHHA members. The directory is scheduled to be mailed on January 14th to all current OHHA members and associates. Hard copies are available as part of an OHHA Associate membership. For more information on being a member of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, call 614-221-3650. Frank Fraas The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote, and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond.  

Grove City, Ohio - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) Stallion Auction to benefit P.A.C.E.R. (Political Action Committee for Equine Racing) will be conducted via on-line bidding through HoofBid.com beginning January 9th. The harness racing auction will run through January 16. P.A.C.E.R. helps the OHHA to support candidates and initiatives that impact Ohio harness racing. The services of 22 stallions are being offered in the auction. To view the preliminary list of stallions in the auction, visit https://hoofbid.com/OHHA. Bidders can create an account in the HoofBid app. Phone bidding will also be accepted on the final day of the auction beginning at 1:00 PM EST. The on-line bidding time for each stallion auto extend in one-minute increments, until the bidding activity stops for one full minute. Any owners wishing to offer their stallion to the P.A.C.E.R. Auction can contact the OHHA office at 614-221-3650. For more information contact: Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650 The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. Frank Fraas Outreach and PR Coordinator Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association 614-569-6404

Grove City, Ohio - Dayton area harness racing horsemen are hoping to make the holiday's a little happier for some less fortunate children. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, Dayton Firefighters Local 136 and Dayton Raceway have teamed up for their annual toy drive to benefit children in the Dayton area. "This has been a difficult year with Covid-19, but our horsemen have stepped up again with donations of toys and over $1,100 in cash. This will help many children in the Dayton area have a very merry Christmas," said Brett Merkle the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Track Representative. Boxes of toys were loaded into a Dayton Fire Department ambulance at Dayton Raceway Thursday afternoon to be distributed to the children. Paramedic and Director of Special Events for Dayton Firefighters Local 136 Krista Tabor says they have been doing the toy drive for over 10 years. "We appreciate the generosity of the horsemen at Dayton Raceway. It gives us the opportunity to help families across the city of Dayton that are less fortunate and allows them to have a merry Christmas." Frank Fraas

Grove City, OH - This is the final call for all Ohio stallion owners to reserve their spot in the 2021 harness racing Ohio Standardbred Stallion Directory and Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Member Directory. Businesses also wanting to advertise in the 2021 directory need to reserve their ad space. For more information call Frank Fraas at 614-569-6404 or e-mail the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association at publications@ohha.com. ............................................. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote, and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. Frank Fraas

Grove City, OH - Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Ohio Fair Racing Conference will not hold an annual banquet but will instead present its 2020 awards via a virtual awards show. The show is scheduled to premiere on the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association YouTube Channel Saturday November 21st at 7:00PM.   OFRC Coordinator Bill Peters says despite Covid-19, it was a great year of racing in the OFRC. "Several adjustments were made at the fairs in the Ohio Fair Racing Conference to abide by the pandemic protocols. Most of the horsemen and the race officials adapted well to the changes, and the season went relatively well." Peters says for the safety of the horsemen it was decided to cancel the 7th annual banquet and produce a virtual awards show. "I want to thank the staff of the OHHA, Trot and Pace Marketing and our sponsors for making this possible." To view this year's Ohio Fair Racing Conference Awards Show, visit the OHHA's YouTube channel or go to: https://youtu.be/60Jr_p7KLtk by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is seeking a qualified individual to serve as Accountant for the Association. The duties of this full-time position will include responsibility for the association's financial transactions and creating financial reports from that information. The accountant also reconciles accounts to ensure their accuracy. Is accountable for the administrative, financial, and risk management operations of the company, to include the development of a financial and operational strategy, budgets, forecasting, metrics tied to that strategy, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results. Candidates must have a 4-year degree in Accounting, Finance or in related field, or equivalent work experience. Candidates with an MBA in Finance or the Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant designations preferred. Five plus years of progressively responsible experience for a major company or non-profit corporation. Candidates must also have excellent verbal and written communication skills, experience working with a Board and executive team. Gaming, Racino, or Racing experience is also preferred. A full description of the position is available on our website at https://www.ohha.com/assets/11.2.20-ohha-accountant.pdf. Please send resume, including salary requirements to, rmancino@ohha.com incomplete resumes or resumes submitted without salary requirements will be discarded and not considered. Resumes will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., December 4, 2020. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will host "Saturday Night at the Races" presented by the Galbreath Equine Center at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center on October 10, from MGM Northfield Park on Facebook live. OHHA coverage will include the eight fair finals which are races three through ten on the 16-race harness racing card. Coverage will begin at 6:15 PM. The 2020 Ohio Fair Finals will be contested for two- and three-year-old trotters and pacers. The eight finals will be contested for total purses of $320,000 with each division going for $40,000. This season the Ohio Colt Racing Association, Ohio Fair Racing Conference Home Talent Colt Stakes, and Southern Valley Colt Circuit held races at 65 County Fairs in the Buckeye State. The various races were contested by 712 standardbreds (400 pacers-312 trotters) at the fairs. The group saw 412 two-year-olds and 300 three-year-olds go to the post. The finals have a field of eight for the two-year-old events and nine in the 3-year-old races. The trotters are led on the filly side by two-year-old Designer Specs who is a perfect 13 for 13 on the year with a mark of 1:58.3 and earnings of $36,664. The daughter of Full Count out of Avalon Hall will be driven by Ryan Stahl for trainer Jayne Weller. The colt division is led by Ohmyheart with Cameron McCown for Jason Hanna. The Dontyouforgetit out of Peg O My Heart has eight wins in 11 starts and has earnings of $34,531. The two-year-old filly pacers are led by Forever Missy, who has won seven times this year in 13 starts and has earned $22,170. The filly by McArdle out of Forever Cam will be driven by Kurt Sugg for trainer Cory Deyermand. In the colt division, the leader is Atta Boy Chris. The son of Big Bad John out of Chicascape has eight wins in 14 starts and has earned $21,173. Ken Holliday will drive for trainer Darrell Hooser. In the three-year-old division, the filly trotters are led by Flaming Andie with Kurt Sugg and trainer Jessica Millner. Flaming Andie is looking for her sixth win of the year. The And Away We Go filly out of Short Vacation has earned $23,911 in 2020. The top spot in the colt division is Blazintothefront by Full Count out of Lynn's Slider. Blazintothefront has seven wins in 24 starts and has earned $34,210. The driver will be Chris Page for trainer Vernon Beachy. In the pacing ranks, the top filly is Bad Ms Johnson by Big Bad John out of Jenava. She has won 13 times in 23 starts, earning $46,030. Bad Ms Johnson will be handled by trainer-driver Hank Le Van. The top colt is Cody Hanover. Trainer Derek Watiker has tabbed Mike Wilder to drive the son of Dragon Again out of Calgary Hanover. Cody Hanover has won 11 of 17 starts and has earned $47,516. Saturday Night at the Races is sponsored by Big Dee's Tack and Supply, Centerra Co-op, Cool Winds Farm, DAC Vitamins and Minerals, Eldorado Scioto Downs and Midland Acres. Frank Fraas

Grove City, OH - Sweet Oliver was the top points earning during the 2020 Ohio Fair Racing Conference. The three-year-old colt pacer by Three Olives - Sugar Biscuit - Modern Art was a winner eight times at OFRC fairs earning 487 points. Sweet Oliver was followed by the three-year-old colt trotter Timestorm (Stormin Normand - Tymal Sonata - Majestic Son) was second with 453 points. Timestorm was also an eight-time winner on the circuit. The third eight-time winner in the OFRC was two-year-old trotting filly Designer Specs. Designer Specs (Full Count - Avalon Hall - Cantab Hall) is a perfect 13 for 13 overall this season. The Ohio Fair Racing Conference races at 21 county fairs across the state of Ohio. OFRC Coordinator Bill Peters says despite Covid-19, it was a great year of racing in the OFRC. "Several adjustments were made at the fairs in the Ohio Fair Racing Conference to abide by the pandemic protocols. Most of the horsemen and the race officials adapted well to the changes, and the season went relatively well." The top driver on the circuit this year was Cam McCown. McCown collected 27 wins this year, winning the title for the fourth straight year. The top trainer was Chris Beaver as he sent 21 horses to the winner's circle. Beaver also won the title in 2016, 2017 and 2018. 2020 Champions Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer Champion - Rock N Republic Runner-up - Rally Your Crew Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter Champion - Omyheart Runner-up - PC's Cruiser Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer Champion - Feverslastcruise Runner-up - Sister Said Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter Champion - Designer Specs Runner-up - Wishful Mar Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer Champion - Sweet Oliver Runner-up - Chris Will See Three-Year-Old Colt Trotter Champion - Timestorm* Runner-up - Trottin For Cash Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer Champion - Tiny Bit of Sky* Runner-up - Bad Ms Johnson Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter Champion - Electric Ridge Runner-up - Cell Service *Repeat Champion by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will host "Saturday Night at the Races" presented by the Galbreath Equine Center at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center on October 3, from Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Facebook live. First post time is 6:15 PM. Hosted by OHHA Brand Ambassador Roger Huston and OHHA Project Coordinator Susan Schroeder, the 14-race card will feature eight divisional finals of the Buckeye Stallion Series and three Grand Circuit Stakes events. Saturday Night at the Races is sponsored by Midland Acres and Big Dee's Tack and Vet Supplies. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

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