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Grove City, Ohio - Nominations hit record levels for Ohio sired stakes harness racing events scheduled in 2021. Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Executive Director Renee Mancino thanked all racing horsemen for their show of support, "The outstanding opportunities provided by all the Ohio stakes series, and strong support for the program in the midst of the pandemic, are a testament to the spirit and optimism of our harness racing horsemen," said Mancino. Nominations for the top tiered Ohio Sires Stakes program increased by 15%. Nominations for the 2021 Buckeye Stallion Series hit a record number for 2021. One thousand six hundred horses have been nominated for the Ohio bred series in only its fifth year of existence. The increase represents an 18% jump over 2020. The largest increase was in the two-year-old class as the number of nominations topped 1,000 for the first time ever. The first leg of the Buckeye Stallion Series is scheduled for April 30 and May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway. Nominations for the Ohio Fair Championships also set an all-time high with over 1,100 horses nominated, representing a 16% increase from 2020. The largest percentage jump was in the Ohio Fair Racing Conference. The number of nominations increased by almost 25%. The number of three-year-old colt pacers nominated almost doubled from 2020 to 2021. Ohio's three other racing circuits, the Home Talent Colt Stakes, Ohio Colt Racing Association, and the Southern Valley Colt Circuit also saw increases. The Home Talent Colt Stakes had over 800 horses nominated an increase of 13% from last year, while the OCRA is up almost 6% with over 900 horses nominated. The Southern Valley Colt Circuit's nominations for 2021 are up about 2%. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA

Grove City, Ohio - Ohio horsemen are mourning the death of Dr. Albert Gabel. Gabel, a former president of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association passed away April 12 at the age of 91. Gabel graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1954. After a two-year stint in the Air Force, Gabel returned to Ohio State where he earned a master's degree in veterinary anesthesia. He served on the faculty at Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine for 33 years. He served as head of the Clinical Equine Section from 1971 until he retired in 1989. Dr. Gabel trained and drove Standardbred racehorses for 11 years and was named the United States Amateur Driver of the Year in 1995. He was elected president of the Ohio Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association in 1992 and was instrumental in initiating its merger with the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Dr. Gabel passed peacefully at his home with his beloved wife Lucille by his side. Funeral arrangements are pending. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is proud to welcome Ashley Dailey as the Public Relations, Outreach, and Marketing Assistant. Dailey will assist the OHHA's team of coordinators in the development and execution of the Association's public relations, publications, marketing, events, and outreach initiatives. "I am excited about the opportunity to join the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. I look forward to giving back to the industry that has been so important to my family" said Dailey. A graduate of Wilmington College, Dailey is the daughter trainer Kim Dailey and Ohio Hall of Fame trainer, the late Bill Dailey. 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. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA

Grove City, Ohio - There are several corrections to 2021 Ohio Stakes Guide. On page 3 in the Chronological Scheduled for the Ohio Sire Stakes, the correction location is Eldorado Scioto Downs. On page 44 on the Ohio Fair Colt Stakes Schedule Grid, the two-year-old filly pace and trot and the three-year-old filly pace and trot at Oak Harbor will be raced on July 19th. Also, the Knox County Fair at Mt. Vernon was omitted. The dates are July 24th for the two-year-old colt pace, the two-year-old filly pace, the three-year-old colt trot, and the three-year-old filly pace. On July 26th, the two-year-old colt trot, the two-year-old filly trot, the three-year-old colt pace, and the three-year-old fill trot will be contested. A corrected version of the 2021 Ohio Staking Guide is available on-line at OHHA.com by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio – There are several corrections to 2021 Ohio Stakes Guide.    On page 3 inthe Chronological Schedule for the Ohio Sire Stakes, the correct location for the 2nd leg of the three-year-old colt pace on June 19th is Eldorado Scioto Downs. On page 44 on the Ohio Fair Colt Stakes Schedule Grid, the two-year-old filly pace and trot and the three-year-old filly pace and trot at Oak Harbor will be raced on July 19th. Also, the Knox County Fair at Mt. Vernon was omitted.  The dates are July 24th for the two-year-old colt pace, the two-year-old filly pace, the three-year-old colt trot, and the three-year-old filly pace.  On July 26th, the two-year-old colt trot, the two-year-old filly trot, the three-year-old colt pace, and the three-year-old fill trot will be contested. A corrected version of the 2021 Ohio Staking Guide is available on-line at OHHA.com by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, Ohio - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association has obtained ownership, intellectual property, and publication rights for the Huff's National Fair Directory. The 2021 guide will mark the 115th annual edition of the Ohio Harness Racing Guide. OHHA Executive Director Renee Mancino said, "the sudden loss of the Horseman Publishing Company and their 144-year-old industry publications is significant, we will do what we can to carry forward the legacy and goodwill that the Huff's Guide National Fair Directory represents to Ohio's Horsemen." In a Facebook post, publisher Lynne Myers thanked everyone at the fairs for their support and friendship. "It's been my pleasure working with you in producing Ohio's fair racing "Bible." The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will immediately begin production of the 2021 guide with an expected publishing date in March. Frank Fraas

Grove City, Ohio - Action Uncle, the Ohio harness racing 3-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year has been named the 2020 Ohio Horse of the Year. Action Uncle, the son of Uncle Peter out of Action Broadway, won nine out of ten races in 2020 earning $351,960 for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. and owners Carl Howard, Joyce McClelland, and Larry Wills. In 2020, Action Uncle set a world record, winning the Ohio Breeders Championship at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in 1:52.4. The victory completed the Ohio Triple Crown for Action Uncle as he won the Ohio Sires Stakes and the Ohio Fair Stake earlier in the year. Morgan said Action Uncle is a classy horse. "He just loves to do his work. I knew from an early point as a two-year-old that he had extreme talent. I knew he was something special, but I am a little biased because I trained his mother." Action Broadway, Action Uncle's dam, was a Dan Patch winner earning $1.2 million. The 2020 season ended in disappointment for Action Uncle. Morgan says the plan was to race Action Uncle in the Breeders Crown. "He raced at Hoosier Park the week before the Breeders Crown and came out of the race sore," said Morgan. X-rays showed a broken wing tip of the coffin bone forcing the change of plans. "We felt he deserved to race on the national scene and were very disappointed that we couldn't take an Ohio-bred to the Breeders Crown," said Morgan. Morgan said they are going to do the right thing and write off the 2021 season. "The injury will heal. He is doing extremely well," said Morgan. "We are going to give him more than enough time off. He will be back." In 16 career starts, Action Uncle has 12 wins, three second place finishes and one third place with earnings of $577,535. Action Uncle was honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association's virtual award show on January 16. Frank Fraas

Grove City, Ohio - Pass The Vape hit the board in half of his starts, winning eight times, as he is named the 2020 Ohio Aged Trotter of the Year. Pass The Vape, son of Dejarmbro out of Vapor Rises, started 24 races for harness rascing trainer Derek Watiker and his father, the owner, Lionel Watiker. Pass The Vape earned $109,642 in 2020. Pass The Vape scored his biggest win of the year in the $85,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Aged Trotting Championship at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway. "It's nice having a homebred perform so well," said Derek Watiker. "He shows up every week and I'll take a full barn of racehorses that show up every week." Pass The Vape 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 - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) 2020 Virtual Awards Show will air Saturday, January 16, beginning at 7PM. The show can be seen on the OHHA's YouTube Channel https://youtu.be/fvfl_HNH-d8. The awards show will feature Ohio's top equine athletes of 2020 including the announcement of the 2020 Horse of the Year. Other Ohio award winners honored will be the Terry Holton Youth Award, Maynard and Stella Hagemeyer Significant Contribution Award, Ohio Outstanding Groom Award, and the Special -Service to Harness Racing Award. In addition, the United States Harness Writers Association - Ohio Chapter annual awards will also be presented as will the Ohio State Racing Commission's Kaltenbach Awards. For more information:   Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

Grove City, Ohio - Street Gossip was a model of consistency in 2020, hitting the board in all eight of his starts earning him 2020 harness racing Ohio 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year honors. Street Gossip, the son of Cash Hall out of the Yankee Glide mare The Young Princess won four out of his eight races and collected a pair of second- and third-place finishes for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. and owner Carl Howard and the Jesmeral Stables, earning $171,761. Street Gossip was purchased in July by Howard and Jesmeral Stable after a third-place finish in a leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes. "I saw him racing in his first sire stakes race at Northfield Park. He was very competitive," Morgan said. "I was elated once we got him. To see how good gaited he was and that we really had something to work with." Morgan credits the horse's consistency as the reason he was named the 2-Year-Old trotting colt of the year. "He was a model of consistency. His body of work throughout the year was the difference. He was ultra-consistent." Street Gossip 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 - For the second year in a row, Sectionline Bigry has been named the top aged harness racing pacer in the state of Ohio. Sectionline Bigry, the son of Pet Rock out of Aquatic Yankee, won eight of 19 races for owner Harold Lee Bauder and trainer Steve Bauder earning $181,000 in 2020. The highlights of the year were winning the Ohio Sires Stakes Aged Pacing Championship at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway and the Gene Riegle Memorial Open Pace at the Great Darke County Fair. Sectionline Bigry was bred by Bauder of Delaware, Ohio, Michael Dixon of Hilliard, Ohio, and Harold L. Bauder of Delaware, Ohio. "It's a privilege to win this award two years in a row," said Bauder. "It puts Bigry in the company of Dancin Yankee a three-time winner. He has big shoes to fill to try and win three in a row." Sectionline Bigry 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 – Penpaperpaige had a September to remember, winning the Ohio Sires Stakes Final and the Ohio Breeders Championship on her way to being named the 2020 Ohio 3-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year. Penpaperpaige, the daughter of Pet Rock out of Park Lane Paige won four of her 12 starts, hitting the board nine times winning $250,080 for trainer Jeff Smith and owner Shirley Le Vin.  As a two-year-old, Penpaperpaige won the Buckeye Stallion Series final.  In her three-year-old season, she jumped ranks to the Ohio Sire Stakes and was a champion again.  She won the $300,000 OSS Final at Eldorado Scioto Downs and then won the OBC at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Smith credits his son Tyler for much of the horse’s success.  “Tyler has done an excellent job driving her.  He deserves all the credit.  If it weren’t for him getting her around the track, she wouldn’t be where she is,” said Smith.  Penpaperpaige 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 – The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) has added three stallions to the Stallion Auction to benefit P.A.C.E.R. (Political Action Committee for Equine Racing).  Catch The Fire, Lather Up and Well Said join the list of 22 stallions up for bid.   The three additions stand at Sugar Valley Farm in Delaware, Ohio. P.A.C.E.R. helps the OHHA to support candidates and initiatives that impact Ohio harness racing. 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.   For more information: Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

Grove City, Ohio – The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association has awarded Steve McCoy the Association’s Maynard and Stella Hagemeyer Significant Contribution Award for 2020.  McCoy, who lives in Upper Arlington, Ohio with his Wife Brenda, has been involved in harness racing since 1982.  He joined the OHHA Board of Directors in 1994 and served as the Association’s president for seven years, from 2009-2015.  During his tenure as President, McCoy gave selflessly of his legal talent and acumen.   Among his accomplishments, too numerous to detail, McCoy was instrumental in developing and passage of the legislation resulting in VLT’s at Ohio’s pari-mutuel racetracks.  McCoy also led the negotiations and brought to final agreement, the four pari-mutuel harness racetracks’ VLT Horsemen’s Agreements from 2012-2015. As a past president, McCoy serves on the Advisory Committee for the OHHA and is the Vice Chairman for the OHHA Breeders section.  McCoy is also a member of the United States Trotting Association Board of Directors serving for District 1, a position he has held since 2015. McCoy currently works as the General Counsel for the Showe Companies of Columbus, Ohio. The Maynard and Stella Hagemeyer Significant Contribution Award is awarded to an individual that has made a significant life-long contribution to Ohio harness racing.  The individual must possess a passion and advocacy for Ohio harness racing.  The award is based on the importance of educating and involving local and state legislators to the importance of the harness racing industry. McCoy 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 – As a two-year-old, the connections of Ocean Rock knew he was special, but they did not realize how special until his first start as a three-year-old when he rallied down the stretch for his first harness racing win of the year on the way to being named Ohio 3-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year. Ocean Rock, the son of Rockin Amadeus out of Ocean Pearl hit the board nine times in ten starts, winning six and earning $363,360 for his owner and breeder Sandra Burnett.  Trained by Christi Noble, Ocean Rock won the $300,000 Ohio Sire Stake Final at Eldorado Scioto Downs and the Ohio Breeders Crown at Delaware, and the Ohio Fair Finals, earning the Ohio Triple Crown. “He’s kind of cocky, he has a presence about him.  He knows he is a good horse,” said Noble.  “He is very versatile.  He is quick off the gate, but he can also race from behind.” Ocean Rock 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 – 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

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