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LEBANON, OH. - Four harness racing divisions of $30,000 male claiming pacers comprised the final preliminary round of their Claim To Fame series at Miami Valley on Sunday (Jan. 17) with ten of them earning spots in the $37,500 championship tilt next week. Winners in this leg were Voracity (Brett Miller, 1:51.3, $6), Ginger Tree Marty (Chris Page, 1:53.2, $3.20), So So Delightful (Trevor Smith, 1:53, $13.60) and Don't Judge A Book (William Mann, 1:51.4, $6). Voracity and So So Delightful were repeat winners in the series, but both will race for new connections in the final. Both were claimed by new owners for $39,000 (30% premium over base starting price) and will be among the favorites in the final. Due to a tie for ninth in the standings, ten qualified for the final. They are (in order of series earnings): Voracity and So So Delightful, Ginger Tree Marty, Secret Threat, Don't Judge A Book, Venom, Dashing To Da Wire, Never Say Never N, Revelry and Shane Adam. There were two divisions of Claim To Fame action for $10,000 claiming trotters. Air Assault (Kayne Kauffman, 1:57.3, $4.40) and Infrontandforgetit (Josh Sutton, 1:59.1, $6.20) were victorious and secured spots in their $22,500 final. There were no repeat winners in the series, so the championship should be a wide open affair. Air Assault had the highest earnings with a win and a third place finish, followed by: Master Of Excuses, Infrontandforgetit, Windsun Missile, Here's The Magic, PC Foreign Affair, Unforgetable, Jailhouse Buckaroo and Ozymandias.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Despite ducking to the back of the pack from an assigned outside post position, razor sharp GD Western Joe circled the entire harness racing field to win Miami Valley's $22,000 Open Pace on Saturday (Jan. 16), his fourth win at the head of the class to go with one runnerup finish in his last five starts. After leaving the gate for good early position in his last six starts, driver Chris Page implemented a different strategy in this outing. Starting a length off the gate, Page guided the six-year-old son of Real Desire to the pylons trailing all eight of his adversaries when the quarter was reached by favored Stars Align A (Dan Noble) in :26.2. Sensing a rapid pace, Page was content to keep his charge in arrears past the halfway juncture in :55.1. It wasn't until the field was nearing the 1:23.1 three quarter mark that GD Western Joe was moved into the outer flow. Moving wider and wider around the final turn, Page was five wide as the stretch drive got underway. When the early fractions took their toll on Stars Align N a cavalry charge to the wire ensued. GD Western Joe prevailed in 1:52, followed by Tivo Hanover (Kayne Kauffman) and The Dark Shadow (Trevor Smith). The winner, trained by Ron Burke, paid $8.40. A $2 exacta was worth $49.40, a 50-cent trifecta returned $97.10, and a correct 10-cent Buckeye High 5 ducat returned $1,263.43. Five $22,500 divisions of the final preliminary leg of the Claim To Fame series for $20,000 horses and geldings determined the finalists for next week's $32,500 championship tilt. Saturday winners were Ron's EOM (Trace Tetrick, 1:51.3, $9), Jet Rock (Tyler Smith, 1:52.2, $3.60), Cyclone Kiwi N (Tetrick, 1:52.4, $4.20), Polak A (Tetrick, 1:53, $10.20) and Townline Flight (Josh Sutton, 1:53.3, $6). Repeat winners Jet Rock and Townline Flight tied for the most series earnings and will be joined in the final by Dubious Claim, Polak A, Windsun Gotham, Ron's EOM, Absolut Rocks and Jeremes General.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. – Pace Baby Pace, named to mimic Miami Valley handicapper Pacey Mindlin’s signature sign-off slogan, won her first open company race in southwest Ohio on Friday night (Jan. 15).  Driver Chris Page was content to race midpack in the early going, then moved into the outer flow following The Bethinator (Tyler Smith) as the field approached the halfway point of the $22,500 Mares Open.  Swinging three wide for the stretch drive, Pace Baby Pace edged past The Bethinator and then collared frontrunner Miss You N (Jeremy Smith).  The 1:52.4 score was the 13th of the winner’s harness racing career and pushed the 5-year-old daughter of Sweet Lou’s earnings over the $200,000 plateau, much of it coming from wins versus top company at The Meadows. Pace Baby Pace is a homebred owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi.  Finalists were also determined during Friday action for the first two of nine Claim To Fame series currently underway at Miami Valley. Five divisions were necessary in the final preliminary leg for $12,500 claiming male pacers.  Quickest winner was Sprinter N, who won his second straight in the series, this time in 1:52.  Brett Miller drove the winner who paid $7.40.  Other winners were Franzo (Sam Widger, 1:52.3, $3.60), Commentariat (Miller, 1:54.1, $5.40), The Great Buzz N (Trace Tetrick, 1:53.2, $7.80) and Ohio Larry (Kayne Kauffman, 1:54, $32). The nine top money winners in the preliminary legs, who will compete for a $25,000 championship purse next Friday, are (in order of earnings): Sprinter N, Commentariat, Franzo, Ohio Larry, The Great Buzz N, Armabluechipboy N, J M Jet Set, Persistent Threat A and Panoramic View. Two splits for $20,000 claiming mares also went postward with repeat winners in both divisions.  American Cheer (Josh Sutton, 1:52.3, $3.40) and M E Radar Girl (Tetrick, 1:53.2, $10) established themselves as the favorites for the $30,000 final. The championship field will include: American Cheer, M E Radar Girl, Duck Duck Dragon, Malnificent, Part Time Hanover, Juslikeaqueen, American Empress N, D Gs Elsa and I Choose You.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Harness racing driver Josh Sutton reached the coveted 5,000 career victory plateau at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday (Jan. 11), guiding Wegottatruckyea to the wire first in the very first race. It wasn't long before Sutton commenced his trek for 10,000 wins as he also captured the second race with Astroffical, prompting a daily double that returned $20.60 to Sutton faithful. Sutton was born in Henderson, Kentucky, just a stone's throw from Audubon Raceway, in 1982. He began working for trainer Brian Loney when he was 14, mucking stalls and jogging horses. Hooked for life on harness racing, Sutton quit school at age 15 and hitched a ride to Los Alamitos in California where he found work on the backstretch for the winter meet. When that ended Josh returned to Lexington and he has been a mainstay in Midwest America racing circles ever since. After another year of grooming and jogging horses, Sutton get his qualifying license in 1999 and drove in 18 of those tests. As soon as he turned 18, Sutton was awarded his driver's license and Loney and trainer Clint Binkley gave the young reinsmen his first work. Sutton's career has progressed nicely since those early days. He has raced at Fairmount Park, where he won his first qualifier, Colonial Downs, where he won his first real race, and a plethora of other tracks throughout the Midwest over the past 20 years. He has raced at Maywood, Hawthorne and Balmoral in Chicago, Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs in Indiana, as well as stints at The Red Mile and Pompano Park. For the past seven years Sutton has been a mainstay on the southern Ohio circuit of Miami Valley, Hollywood Dayton and Scioto Downs. Sutton's mounts have earned almost $36 million and he has notched over 100 victories in 16 of the last 18 years. Josh's best year was 2016 when he triumphed 550 times, earned $5,060,722 and sported a .319 UDRS. One of many highlights of his career was winning four Ohio Sires Stakes championship races on a single night at Northfield Park in that season. Josh Sutton is congratulated on his 5000th career win by Race Secretary Gregg Keidel, his girlfriend Ashley Holliday, longtime friend Brett Schultz and Miami Valley Race Manager Larry Alexander.       Conrad photo When asked to name his favorite horse, Sutton quipped "The last one that I won with! I hate losing even more than I like winning." On his goals moving forward, "10,000! This is what I do and I plan on doing it as long as I'm able." Sutton and his girlfriend, outrider Ashley Holliday, purchased a horse farm several years ago that keeps them busy in their spare time. "I don't have a lot of hobbies, other than rooting for the Kentucky Wildcats in basketball, but there's always something to do at the farm."   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. – The first harness racing legs of another pair of Claim To Fame series highlighter the Sunday (Jan. 10) matinee at Miami Valley Raceway.  Four splits of $30,000 claiming pacers went postward as well as a pair of $10,000 claiming trot divisions. Quickest of the four winners among the high priced pacers was Voracity (Trace Tetrick, $2.80) who sped to a 1:51.3 triumph.  The eight-year-old son of Sportsmaster was one of five horses collared via the claim box by new owners, but the only one that was victorious in Leg 1.  Horses in the second leg will race for purses enhanced 30% to $39,000.  The finalists will race for a $37,500 purse on January 24. Other series winners were So So Delightful (Trevor Smith, 1:52, $XXXXX), Secret Threat (Tetrick, 1:52.3, $3.60) and Venom (Tyler Smith, 1:54, $13.80). Windsun Missile (Dan Noble, 1:57.2, $4) was quickest of the two $10,000 claiming trot winners.  The other split went to Master Of Excuses (Sam Widger, 1:58, $12). A total of six trotters were claimed, but the two divisional winners were not among them.  The square-gaiters will chase $13,000 purses next week, then battle for a $20,000 purse on January 24. Miami Valley races on a five days a week schedule with 2:05 p.m. matinees on Sunday through Tuesday; and 4:05 p.m. twilight cards on Fridaysand Saturday.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - G D Western Joe (Chris Page) pulled a mild harness racing upset over Stars Align N (Dan Noble) in Miami Valley's Saturday (Jan. 9) $22,500 Open Pace. The six-year-old son of Real Desire triumphed twice and was runnerup twice in his last four starts at Hollywood Dayton Raceway and continued his torrid pace of impressive performances in his first effort at Miami Valley. Page fired his charge from the 8-hole behind the starting gate, forcing his prime adversary, Stars Align N, who started from the nine slot, to round the first turn on the outside before letting him clear to the front nearing the :26.4 first quarter beam. A pocket ride from there to the head of the stretch bravened GD Western Joe for a final attempt to get by the favorite. GD Western Joe cooperated and surged to the lead just steps from the finish, clocked in 1:52.2. The victor is part of the Burke Brigade and has now scored 26 lifetime wins from 97 starts, with earnings over one-half million dollars. G D Western Joe Five divisions of Claim To Fame races for $20,000 male pacers also were featured on the Saturday program. Winners were Dubious Claim (Josh Sutton, 1:53.3, $61.60), Windsun Gotham (Jeremy Smith, 1:54.3, $18.20), Absolut Rocks (Dan Noble, 1:54.2, $5.80), Townline Flight (Sutton, 1:53, $25) and Jet Rock (Noble, 1:51.4, $11.20). A total of ten horses were claimed out of the five divisions, although none of the five winners were among them. Miami Valley races on Sunday afternoon's with a 2:05 p.m. post time. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - The Bethinator (Tyler Smith) is on quite the roll on the harness racing southwest Ohio circuit. The just turned four-year-old won for the fourth time in her last five tries, copping her third Mares Open in her last four tries on Friday (Jan. 8) in 1:52. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, dispatched as the second choice in the betting, returned $6.40 to win. Coupled with 12-1 longshot Summer Charm (Josh Sutton) the $2 exacta paid $42.80. Sugar Dance (Brett Miller) finished third creating a $43.15 payoff for a correct 50-cent trifecta ticket. Nelson Willis conditions The Bethinator for owner Megan Rogers Racing Stable. The popular Miami Valley "Claim To Fame" series lifted off on Friday night with $20,000 mare pacers competing in three divisions and $12,500 male pacers featured in six splits. Winning the trio of distaff claimers, going for $20,000 purses, were M E Radar Girl (Trace Tetrick, 1:55, $4), American Cheer (Josh Sutton, 1:53.2, $11.80) and Malnificent (Tetrick, 1:52, $17.40. A total of five mares were purchased via the claim box for a total of $120,000, although none of the winners was among them. In the "boys" six divisions chasing $12,500 purses the winners were Armabluechipboy N (Kayne Kauffman, 1:54, $69.60), J M Jet Set (Dan Noble, 1:53.1, $4.60), Giuseppe Mollusca (Noble, 1:55.1, $8.60), Panoramic View (Tetrick, 1:54.4, $5.80), Sprinter N (Chris Page, 1:54.3, $4.80) and Persistent Threat A (Page, 1:56, $3.20). Fourteen of the 54 hopefuls that went to post in the first leg will race for new owners, due to claims, for a 30% increase in their value in leg two. The Bethinator Chris Page topped all drivers on the program with five trips to the winners circle. Leading driver Trace Tetrick had a triple, while Dan Noble and Josh Sutton each fashioned driving doubles. Sutton is now just three tallies away from the 5,000 career wins plateau. Racing resumes at Miami Valley on Saturdqay (Jan. 9) with a 4:05 post time. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Workinitonbroadway (Chris Page) pulled a mild harness racing upset in the first $20,000 Open Trot of the 2021 Miami Valley meet on Tuesday (Jan. 5) afternoon. The five-year-old altered son of Broadway Hall moved to the top just past the :28.3 opening quarter and fronted the field the remainder of the way. Annas Lucky Star (Brett Miller) rallied in the stretch to finish second while Swan Chase (Trace Tetrick) rallied from far back to grab show honors. The winner is owned by Burke Racing and Weaver-Bruscemi and increased his earning to $179,562 with his 16th lifetime triumph. Driver Trace Tetrick had a hot hand again, scoring four more victories to give him the dash derby lead with eleven over the first three programs of the new meet. Chris Page scored a hat trick on the Tuesday program. Racing resumes at Miami Valley with a 14-race twilight program on Friday (Jan. 8) featuring six divisions of the "Claim To Fame" series for $12,500 male pacers and three splits for $20,000 claiming mares. Post time is 4:05 p.m. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Miami Valley Raceway will present its first open class event of its eighth annual harness racing season on Tuesday (Jan. 5) when a $20,000 Open Trot is part of the 14-race program. A recent winner of the final 2020 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton three weeks ago, Pass The Vape has been given the slight morning line edge at 5-2 in the quality seven horse field. Trevor Smith will steer the favored six-year-old son of Ohio stallion Dejarmbro who will face a pair of other recent open winners at Northfield Park and Hoosier Park, plus four winners of high conditioned classes at either Dayton or The Meadows in their last efforts. Workinitonbroadway (Chris Page, 9-2) won an open at Northfield in mid-December and Swan Chase (Trace Tetrick, 4-1) captured one at Hoosier in late November. Annas Lucky Star (Brett Miller, 3-1), Voyage To Paris (Kayne Kauffman, 8-1), Glidinthruparadise (Tyler Smith, 5-1) and Bank Guard (Mitchell Cushing, 10-1) are the remaining challengers. Post time for the Tuesday matinee program is 2:05 p.m. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of $30,000 claiming paces highlighted the first day (Sunday, Jan. 3) of the 2021 harness racing meet at Miami Valley Raceway with driver Trace Tetrick and trainer Tyler George winning both of the $15,750 purse events. Secret Threat copped the lidlifter in 1:52.4 over Never Say Never N (Josh Sutton) and Hal N Sammy (Tyler Smith) in what proved to be the quickest mile of the day. Trainer Tyler George co-owns the nine-year-old son of Palone Hanover, who won for the 35th time in his career boosting his lifetime earnings to over $340,000. In the 12th of 14 dashes on the day, Tetrick and George were back in the winner's circle with Voracity, an eight-year-old son of Sportsmaster. It was the 23rd tally for the winner and increased his total bounty to over $630,000. Brian and Ira Wallach own Voracity, who will join Secret Threat as one of the favorites when a $30,000 "Claim To Fame" series commences at Miami Valley next Sunday (Jan. 10). Tetrick lead all drivers on opening day with a Grand Slam. In addition to Secret Threat and Voracity, the 34-year-old green and gold clad reinsman won with Friskiesonaroll (1:56.4, $7.60) and Golden Paradise (1:55.3, $3). Dan Noble and Josh Sutton had driving doubles with Jeremy Smith, Sam Widger, Randy Tharps, Brett Miller, Sandy Beatty and LeWayne Miller all getting their initial victories on the year. The Miami Valley handle of $604,280 was its best opening day to begin its eighth season of live racing. Racing resumes at Miami Valley on Monday (Jan. 4) and Tuesday (Jan. 5) afternoons with 2:05 p.m. post times. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Miami Valley Raceway will commence its eighth season of live harness racing on Sunday (Jan. 3) with a 14 race program starting at 2:05 p.m..   The matinee is the first of 87 cards scheduled between now and May 3.   The southwest Ohio five-eighths mile oval will host 2:05 matinees on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays each week, and feature 4:05 twilight programs on Fridays and Saturdays.   The 2021 season will kick off with a $30,000 claiming pace for a $15,750 purse in the first race, one of two such events on the card.   Other highlights include a $13,500 conditioned claiming pace for non-winners of ten races carrying $40,000 claiming tags and a $12,600 conditioned trot for non-winners of $6000 in their last four starts.   Secret Threat (driver Trace Tetrick) has been installed the 2-1 morning line favorite in the initial race by oddsmaker Rick Stevens-Gleason, followed by Never Say Never N (Josh Sutton, 5-2) and Hal N Sammy (Tyler Smith, 5-1).   When the second division of $30,000 claimers step onto the track, Itsgoodtobedaking (Brett Miller, 3-1) will be morning line favorite, getting a slight nod over Voracity (Tetrick, 7-2) and Modern Rock AS (Jason Brewer, 9-2).   Loutenant (Dan Noble, 3-1) is the early favorite in the top condition/claimer, getting top billing over Upfront And Gone (Brandon Bates, 7-2) and World On Edge (Sam Widger, 9-2).   It's A Herbie (LeWayne Miller) will open the betting at 2-1 in the top trot of the day. Whether Or Not Fi (Tetrick, 3-1) will also get strong consideration, as will Muscular Babe (Kyle Wilfong, 9-2).   The month of January will feature nine separate "Claim To Fame" series for horses of varying values, ranging from $8,000 to $30,000, divided by sex (pacers) and gait. Nomination forms can be downloaded at: Home - Miami Valley Gaming then clicking Racing/Horsemens Information/Forms.   Deadline for receiving nominations is January 5.   Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - When JDS Chancey Design (Tyler Smith) won the 14th and final race at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Wednesday (Dec. 30) afternoon, the curtain dropped on a very successful seventh annual live harness racing meet.   Despite a reduction in race dates from 78 in 2019 to 64 in 2020, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, total all-source handle increased by almost $4 million.   The daily average leaped from $268,426 a year ago to $372,174 this campaign.   "I want to thank the entire racing staff and the entire Dayton Raceway horse community for putting on an outstanding show, despite a number of unusual out-of-the-ordinary obstacles that had to be overcome," said Director of Racing Jason Bluhm. "Everyone should take pride in what was accomplished and look forward optimistically to what else can be done in 2021."   Leading driver for the second straight year was Brett Miller, who notched 135 victories. Earnings for his mounts surpassed the $1 million plateau during the final week of the meet.   Rounding out the Top Ten in the driver's dash derby were Josh Sutton (110), Tyler Smith and Jeremy Smith (89 each), Chris Page (52), Trevor Smith (50), Trace Tetrick (45), Kayne Kauffman (43), Dan Noble (39) and Shawn Barker II (33).   Ron Burke narrowly edged Virgil Morgan Jr. by two victories to garner his first training title at Hollywood Dayton. Other Top Ten Trainers were Christi Noble, Peter Redder, Ken Rucker, Charles Stewart, J.D. Perrin, Michael Hitchcock, Jason Brewer and Tyler George.   The southern Ohio live harness racing circuit now shifts to Miami Valley Raceway with opening day slated for Sunday afternoon, January 3, 2021.   Gregg Keidel    

DAYTON, OH. - Harness racing driver Tyler Smith stole the show at Hollywood Dayton on Saturday (Dec. 26) by winning both co-feature events, the $18,400 Open Handicap for male pacers and the $17,800 sister event for the best distaff pacers in the region.   Despite a 41-day layoff, Smith hustled Stars Align A to an early lead in the 'boys' event before allowing GD Western Joe (Chris Page) to clear to the front just steps before the :26.3 first quarter.   The winning 7-year-old unaltered son of Art Major enjoyed a pocket ride through middle fractions of :55.1 and 1:22.4, then swung to the outside coming off the final bend. Despite a quick :27.4 closing quarter, Stars Align A managed to collar GD Western Joe in deep stretch for his tenth seasonal triumph and 34th lifetime from 91 races. Havefaithinme N (Trace Tetrick) finished a creditable third in the 1:50.3 mile.   Joshua Graber owns Stars Align A and entrusts the training to Christi Noble. He now has banked $465,398.   Stars Align A   The Bethinator, a filly by Somebeachsomewhere, held off a fast-closing Miss You N (Jeremy Smith) to capture the Mares Open Handicap in 1:52. Summer Charm (Trace Tetrick) got the first quarter call in :26.3, but Smith had The Bethinator in high gear to grab the lead shortly thereafter.   Following a breather to the :56.1 halfway marker, the winner was joined by Sugar Dance (Brett Miller) in a speed duel to the third timer in 1:23.4.   After racing side-by-side around the entire final turn, The Bethinator battled back inside and then barely held off Miss You N (Jeremy Smith) who made up about ten lengths in the last quarter before coming up just short in 1:52. Its Time For Fun (Kyle Wilfong) garnered the show dough.   Veteran Nelson Willis conditions the homebred winner for the Megan Rogers Racing Stable. She now sports a dozen victories over two years and has earned $119,154.   The Bethinator   The Bethinator held off Miss You N to win her second Mares Open in December at Hollywood Dayton.   Tyler Smith wasn't the only happy camper at Hollywood Dayton after the Saturday program.   An all-time all sources handle record of $726,775 was recorded to the delight of the entire racing management team, lead by Director of Racing Jason Bluhm. The old record of $664,945 was recorded on December 23, 2019.   There are just three cards left in the 2020 Hollywood Dayton season.   A trio of 14-race programs will be presented on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the coming week. Each will begin at 1:30 p.m.   Gregg Keidel        

DAYTON, OH. - GD Western Joe (Chris Page) was a harness racing repeat winner in the Saturday (Dec. 19) $17,800 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   It was the eighth seasonal victory for the five-year-old son of Real Desire as well as the fourth triumph on the program for Page.   A race later, Page revisited the winner's circle to give him five wins In the first ten races.   Despite being handicapped to the outside of the field, GD Western Joe was able to dictate the race to his foes by stepping to the front just an eighth of a mile into the fray and never needing to look back. It is not often nowadays that you see a quicker back half than front half at Ohio's commercial tracks, but that was the case in this featured event.   Fractions were :27, :56, 1:23 and the mile was clocked in 1:51.   Braley Hanover (Brady Galliers) sat the pocket throughout and tried in vein to gain on the winner in the stretch, but to no avail.   Bro (John DeLong) rallied gallantly in the late going to grab the third place prize money.   GD Western Joe   Page's other winners were Drawing Dragons (1:51.1, $3.20), Major Nemesis (1:52.2, $5.60), Persistent Threat A (1:53.1, $5.40) and the trotter Another Breath (1:55.2, $5).   Gregg Keidel      

DAYTON, OH. - In a thrilling race that wasn't decided until the final strides, Checks On The Way (Trace Tetrick) topped Sugar Dance (Brett Miller) in the featured harness racing $16,700 Open Mares Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday (Dec. 18).   The winning 5-year-old daughter of Believeinbruiser, who eclipsed the $100,000 seasonal earnings plateau, settled in third during the opening :27 quarter, then launched a first-over attack before the :55.3 midway point in the race.   Although Checks On The Way inched closer before the third quarter beam was tripped in 1:22.3, it wasn't until the stretch was reached that she stuck her head in front. Sugar Dance, foraying into Open company for the first time, dug down deep throughout the stretch duel and the outcome wasn't obvious until the final second of the 1:51.2 battle.   Scott and trainer Tyler George own the 28 time winner, who has raced 96 times in four years.   Checks On The Way   Gregg Keidel  

Lebanon, OH. - Miami Valley Raceway in southwest Ohio is anxiously awaiting opening day of its 8th harness racing season on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 3, 2021. It has been almost 9-1/2 months since the five-eighths mile oval has hosted harness races due to the premature 2020 shutdown due to the Covid pandemic, but the track is ready to resume where it left off. Miami Valley features one of the highest purse structures in the industry with an average of over $150,000 offered on each program. The regular five day schedule will include 2:05 matinees on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, and twilight cards starting at 4:05 on Fridays and Saturdays. "We have shifted to an earlier weekend post time on an experimental basis during January due to the 10 pm curfew currently imposed in Ohio, plus positive feedback from both patrons and horsemen to a similar experiment at Dayton Raceway recently," said Race Secretary Gregg Keidel.   Highlight of the first month of the meet will be nine late-closing Claim To Fame series ranging in base claiming value from $8000 to $30,000. Series are available for male and female pacers as well as trotters.   Entry blanks for the Claim To Fame series', as well as others later in the meet, are available online at:, then clicking on Racing/Horsemen Information/Forms.   Ship-in applications, Purse Request forms and other pertinent Racing information can be retrieved in the same manner.   There will be a double draw for both Sunday, Jan. 3 and Monday, Jan. 4 on Wednesday, Dec. 30 with the box closing at 10 am.   Condition sheets for the first week of the 2021 Miami Valley meet are now available on the USTA website.     Gregg Keidel

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