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DAYTON, OH. - Pass The Vape (Trevor Smith) pulled a mild harness racing upset in Hollywood Dayton's $18,400 Open Trot on Thursday, dashing through the snowflakes for a 1:55 triumph over favored Lady's Dude (Josh Sutton), who finished a length behind.   Sutton rushed even-money favorite Lady's Dude to the lead quickly with strong second choice Pass The Vape finding the pocket.   The two heavyweight trotters remained one-two through the first half of the mile, clocked in a moderate :57.4.   It wasn't until near the third timing station that Pass The Vape was flushed from the pocket when an outer tier lead by It's A Herbie (LeWayne Miller) began to form.   The eventual winner was lapped on the frontrunner when the third beam was tripped in 1:26.3, then overtook his main adversary during the closing :28.2 panel.   Lionel Watiker owns the 25-time winning son of Dejarmbro, whose earnings have eclipsed $460,000.   Pass The Vape   The 5-year-old homebred is trained by Watiker's son Derek.   Racing at Dayton resumes Friday (Dec. 18) and Saturday (Dec. 19) with the new 4:00 post time in place due to Ohio's 10 p.m. curfew due to the Covid crisis.   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. - Miss You N (Jeremy Smith) was her normal impressive self in Hollywood Dayton Raceway's top race on Friday (Dec. 11), the harness racing $16,100 Mares Open Pace.   It was the 6-year-old daughter of Betterthancheddar's seventh visit to the winner's circle in her last eight starts.   The feature race was sandwiched by two other top condition events for distaff pacers and their results were even more eye-popping.   Miss You N assumed her usual spot in the front of the field during the :26.2 first quarter, then showed her heels to the field throughout the remainder of the 1:52.1 mile. The Bethinator (Tyler Smith), who ended Miss You N's win streak last week, closed from the back of the pack in the final quarter and finished second, with the aid of a placing against original runnerup Checks On The Way. It's Time For Fun (Kyle Wilfong) also benefitted from the placing to grab the show dough.   Carl Howard and Bottom Line Racing LLC are partners on Miss You N, who increased her seasonal earnings to $138,930 and her lifetime bounty to $308,410. She is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr.   Miss You N   A race earlier on the program, the gorgeous gray mare She'sgotitgoingon stepped to a 1:51.1 win in the $13,500 top condition dash for distaffers.   After suffering the misfortune of being declared a non-starter due to early interference last week, the 4-year-old daughter of Tellitlikeitis rebounded with authority this week for the owner-driver-trainer couple Don and Krista Harmon.   It was the eighth lifetime win for She'sgotitgoingon, and just two-fifths of a second off her lifetime mark. Western Sierra (Tyler Smith) was runnerup with Mildrix (Brett Miller) crossing the line third. She'sgotitgoingon   She'sgotitgoingon   In the race following the Open a real rarity occured, a track record in mid-December over Dayton's outstanding five-eighths mile oval.   Sugar Dance (Brett Miller) stopped the timer in 1:50.3, the fastest mile by a 4-year-old mare in the track's seven year history.   The previous mark (1:50.4) was shared by Cult Icon and Allbeastnobeauty, both earned in October outings in previous seasons.   Sugar Dance bested Rosemary Rose (Chris Page) and Danikova (Jeremy Smith) in the $10,350 clash for non-winners of $5750 in their last four starts.   The 4-year-old daughter of Ghee's House is trained and co-owned by Sandra Hennessey with partner Paula Sugars. Sugar Dance Sugar Dance   Miller, the dash leader at the current Hollywood Dayton meet, notched another triple win day.   Josh Sutton also won three races, bringing his total over the last two days to eight.   Brady Galliers, Jeremy Smith and Tyler Smith had driving doubles.   Racing resumes at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon with an outstanding 14-race card on tap.   Gregg Keidel      

DAYTON, OH. - There's absolutely no doubt that the trotting mare Refined is in fine form.    The daughter of Uncle Peter, despite being handicapped to the outside of a talented full field, swept to her third Open class harness racing victory in her last four starts in 1:52.4 on Thursday (Dec. 10) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   Sensing a torrid early pace, driver Brett Miller tucked Refined into the three-hole along the pylons halfway through the :26.1 opening panel.  After just 3/8ths of a mile, however, she was flushed back into the outer flow by Pass The Vape (Trevor Smith) and she responded by taking command just before the :56.1 halfway juncture.  Following a :28 third quarter, Miller and Refined tacked on a :28.3 closing quarter to easily hold off Pass The Vape and third place finisher Whata Swan (Tyler Smith) in the day's feature with a $17,800 purse.   With her 11th career triumph Refined is now just $600 short of the $200,000 earnings plateau for owner Carlo Poliseno.  The 4-year-old is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr., who is leading conditioner at the current Hollywood Dayton meet.   Racing resumes Friday (Dec. 11) with a 4:00 p.m. post time.     Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - It was an exciting Monday (Dec. 7) for 23-year-old provisional harness racing driver Kacey Burns as she scored her first ever pari-mutuel victory in the second race at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.    Although she started racing at Ohio county fairs when she was 16, and has 20 wins on the summer circuit, this 1:58.2 tally with Bad Secret was her first in limited attempts at a commercial track.   Bad Secret also notched his first pari-mutuel win narrowly defeating Fifty Flat (Jeremy Smith), Mic Patriot (Cameron McCown) and Friskieontherocks (Brett Miller).  The 4-year-old son of Big Bad John had been knocking on the door for Burns, finishing second last week and third in the start prior to that.  On this occasion, he put everything together and raced gamely for co-owner and trainer Roy Burns, who is Kacey's dad.  Kacey skimmed along the pylons with Bad Secret until just before the halfway point, then launched a first-over attack the remainder of the way.  Moved up to second at the three-quarter marker, Bad Secret finally stuck his neck in front coming off the final bend and held off three challengers through the stretch to win by a half-length.   "It was great!" exclaimed Burns.    "I don't really try to hit a horse very hard," said the diminutive driver, "and everyone behind us were yelling and cracking their whips on their shafts. There was alot of noise.  I pretty much just sat there and let Bad Secret do his thing.  I wasn't sure we would hold on, but I was thrilled when we reached the finish line and I realized that we had won."   Kacey Burns was all smiles in the Hollywood Dayton win circle after her first pari-mutuel triumph.  Conrad photo   While Kacey Burns has driven in 153 races since turning 16, she hasn't just been spending her time at her father's barn.   A graduate of Fairbanks High School in Milford Center, Ohio, Ms. Burns also owns an undergraduate degree in Agriculture from Wilmington College and is presently working on her Masters Degree in Agriculture at Ohio State University.    The energetic young lady also works full-time at the O.S.U. Extention in Wilmington as a Snap-Ed program assistant.     2020 has been a banner year for Kacey Burns.  She has now won 8 races in 24 starts and sports a near .400 Universal Driver Rating System average.   "My goal, once I get my Masters, is to get a good enough job that I can afford to own and race my own horses in my spare time," laughed Burns.     Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Harness racing driver Trace Tetrick had an enviable choice to make at scratch time for the Saturday (Dec. 5) program at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   He could drive last week's winner--Kiss Of Terror from an inside post (#2) again--or opt for a new Indiana invader named Tellmeaboutit, who had an outside post (#8).   Tetrick made the right choice by steering Tellmeaboutit, who scored in 1:50.3 for his sixth win of the year and 17th of his career.   The 4-year-old altered son of Tellitlikeitis is rapidly approaching a half million dollars in lifetime bounty for Twila Harts and co-owner and trainer Alvin Miller.   Kiss Of Terror, with John DeLong getting the sulky assignment, sped away from the gate in front stopping the first three quarter-mile beams in :26.4, :54.4 and 1:21.4. Tellmelikeitis got away fourth, pulled at the half and moved up to second on the outside by the three-quarters station. Assuming the lead coming off the final bend, the winner held off a late charge by runnerup GD Western Joe (Chris Page) while Yankee Boots (Brett Miller) secured the show spot. Braley Hanover, with newcomer Mitchell Cushing on his lines, and Kiss Of Terror rounded out the Hi-5 finishers.     All source handle has been surprisingly strong since Ohio Governor Mike DeWine instituted a statewide 10 p.m. curfew two weeks ago, prompting Hollywood Dayton to move its weekend post time up to 4 p.m.   Due to the success on the new twilight programs Dayton petitioned and has been granted permission by the Ohio State Racing Commission to continue the 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday night post times until the end of the meet on December 30.   By Gregg Keidel    

DAYTON, OH. - The Bethinator (Tyler Smith) stretched her win streak to three by stepping up into harness racing open company for the first time and snapping the six race win streak of Miss You N (Jeremy Smith).   The outcome of the Mares Open at Dayton on Friday (Dec, 4) wasn't decided until the wire was reached in 1:51.2 and the photo finish camera determined The Bethinator had won by a nose.   Both top fillies left the gate with alacrity. The Bethinator got to the top an eighth of a mile into the fray, with Miss You N in hot pursuit until finally grabbing the lead just before the :27 first quarter timer was tripped. The Bethanator was content to sit the pocket through middle fractions of :55.4 and 1:23.1 before angling out at the head of the stretch to engage Miss You N in a thrilling duel to the finish wire. It's Time For Fun, with Kyle Wilfong aboard, garnered the show dough in her initial voyage over Dayton's quick five-eighths mile oval.   The winner, a 3-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, won for the 11th time in her first two years of racing. The victory pushed her over the $100,000 earnings plateau.     Veteran trainer Nelson Willis took over the training duties for owner Megan Rogers Racing Stable two months ago and she has shown continual improvement under his tutelage.   Racing resumes on Saturday (Dec. 5) at Hollywood Dayton with the new weekend post time of 4 p.m.   Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Refined (Brett Miller) returned to the Hollywood Dayton harness racing winner's circle, where she last visited four weeks ago, following the $18,400 Open Trot on Thursday afternoon.    The 6-5 favorite cruised to an easy open lengths 1:55.1 triumph over nine rivals after posting frontstepping fractions of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:25.2.     Longshot Sweet Mr Pinetucky (LeWayne Miller)  bested the rest with Pass The Vape (Trevor Smith) grabbing the show dough.  The winner paid $4.40, the exacta returned a healthy $136.20 and the 50-cent trifecta kicked back $209.   Refined is a 4-year-old daughter of Uncle Peter who is owned by Carlo Poliseno.  She is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr.  The ten time winner has now banked $190,710.       Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - On a day (Tues., Dec. 1) when Hollywood Dayton Raceway introduced its new 20-cent Jackpot Pick-5, with a guaranteed $5000 payout for a unique single ticket winner, the surprising bigger news was a handle of $622,280--the second highest figure in the track's seven year history.    The only higher handle occurred on December 23, 2019 when $664,945 was pushed through the windows.   The Jackpot Pick-5 produced multiple winners on Day One of the new bet, who shared in the 50% consolation pool.  The $5000 guarantee for a single unique winning ticket will remain in place until the jackpot is won or it climbs past the guarantee.    The wager is offered on the final five races of each race card (normally races 10-14.)   "Things are picking up nicely as we enter the final month of our season," said Director of Racing Jason Bluhm.   "We're extremely pleased with the Tuesday matinee handle as well as the promising reception to our new Jackpot Pick-5."   Racing resumes Thursday afternoon at Hollywood Dayton with a 1:30 post time.  The Jackpot Pick-5 should get underway at approximately 4:30.       Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - Kiss Of Terror (Trace Tetrick) extended his harness racing win streak to seven by winning the $16,700 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (Nov. 28).   The streak started with three wins versus $30,000 claiming company at Scioto Downs and has been followed up with twin triumphs at both Oak Grove and Dayton.   Owner-trainer Adam Short's prize possession is nearing $100,000 in seasonal earnings and $400,000 in career bounty with the latest score.   Tetrick was content to sit third in the early going, watching favored GD Western Joe (Chris Page) on the lead and polesitter Braley Hanover (Brady Galliers) getting a pocket ride. After early fractions of :27 and :55.3, Tetrick decided to vacate the pylons and begin a long grueling journey in first-over position. Third after passing the 1:23.3 third station, the 8-year-old Western Terror gelding persevered the entire :27.2 closing quarter to just nip the pacesetters in 1:51.   Braley Hanover, who found room late, was just a head back at the wire; while GD Western Joe tired in the final strides and finished third a half-length behind.     Kiss Of Terror   Since moving his tack from Indiana to Ohio for the winter meet, where he has joined an already deep and talented driver's colony, Trace Tetrick has has visited the winner's circle seven times in two nights.   Brett Miller notched a hat trick on the Saturday program, bringing his meet leading total to 85.   Jeremy Smith and Josh Sutton recorded driving doubles.   Hollywood Dayton resumes racing on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday this coming week with 14-race matinee programs beginning at 1:30 p.m.   Gregg Keidel     

DAYTON, OH. - Racing a twilight harness racing card (4 p.m. post) for the first time in Hollywood Dayton Raceway's seven-year history, due to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine's recently implemented 10 p.m. statewide curfew, Miss You N (Jeremy Smith) swept to her sixth consecutive triumph in the featured $17,250 Mares Open.   More surprising was a 30% increase in handle over the average 2020 Friday night programs, despite the fact a Covid-19 scare had shuttered the track since November 12.   The handle exceeded the day after Thanksgiving's business numbers from 2019 by over $100,000.   Splitting her six race win streak evenly between Hollywood Dayton and Harrah's Hoosier Park, Miss You N was on a mission from the get-go in this outing.   Despite an outside post position assignment, the 6-year-old daughter of Betterthancheddar pressed onward until well past the :27.4 opening quarter, where eventual runnerup So Awesome (Brett Miller) was on top. After clearing to the lead before the :55.4 halfway point, Miss You N never had an anxious moment. The Virgil Morgan Jr.-trainee cruised past the third timing beam in 1:23.2 before tacking on a :28.1 final panel to score by a length while in hand. Gone Girl (Trevor Smith) rallied strongly along the pylons to finish third.     The partnership of Carl Howard and Bottom Line Racing LLC own the winner, whose lifetime bounty swelled to $296,185.   Remarkably, at least for North American horses, the New Zealand bred mare banked just $22,770 before turning the age of four. She has captured 21 of her 24 wins in her four and five year old seasons.   Racing resumes at Hollywood Dayton on Saturday (Nov. 28) with the new 4:00 p.m. weekend post time.   Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - Following a positive COVID-19 test emanating from racetrack operations and out of an abundance of caution, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway has suspended its live racing cards through at least Thursday, November 26, 2020.   Simulcast wagering and gaming operations remain open.     Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway is pleased to announce that it will resume live harness racing on Monday (Oct. 16) with a 1:30 p.m. post time.   Two nights of racing were cancelled over the weekend, due to a positive Covid 19 test on an employee who works in the pressbox level of the grandstand, which includes the judges stand, video production room, announcers booth and charter's area.  The affected employee was quickly isolated and is in quarantine.    All others who work on that level have either tested negative, or are awaiting results as temporary hire replacements work in their place.   Horsemen are reminded to continue to follow the Hollywood Dayton Covid Protocols: wear masks at all times, social distance, and only one person per horse admitted and only when necessary--generally four races prior to your race and two races afterwards.   Thank you for your cooperation!       Gregg Keidel

Dayton, Ohio -- Members of the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association were on the move again this weekend with a trot at Dayton Raceway on Saturday evening and when the judges hung the official sign upon the completion of the $7,200 event Gregg "Fast Greggy" Keidel rallied Milford's Z Tam to a 1:56.4 triumph over seven harness racing competitors When the starter let the field go Daniel Jones gunned Don't Forget Muscle for the lead from the two-hole and they gained command before the first quarter timer flashed :28.1. Once on the lead Jones kept the pedal to the metal and zipped unchallenged by the halfway point although Alesha Binkley was tight on his back with Hititoutofthepark. Daryl Bontrager was the first to move with Conway Kellyanne and they charged alongside Jones and Don't Forget Muscle as the field trotted by the third stanza. At that point the field tightened but Jones' trotter was still in front and when they headed for paydirt Don't Forget Muscles stride began to shorten after trotting :28.3 third quarter. Although Keidel's attention was on the horses in front of him -he was fifth at the time-when Milford Z Tam rounded the final turn and headed for home he was full of trot and charged home in :28.3 for a solid one-length triumph over Hititoutofthepark in 1:56.4. Don't Forget Muscle garnered the show dough. The winner is owned by William Hartt and trained by Michael Hitchcock. He paid $6.20 for win. by John Manzi, for GLADA

DAYTON, OH. - With the $200,000 (est.) Dayton Pacing Derby just two weeks away, Dorsoduro Hanover—fresh off an upset harness racing win in the Canadian Pacing Derby—dropped into town for a prep race and left with an impressive 1:50 triumph.    The 5 year old son of Somebeachsomewhere left the gate with alacrity, hitting the quarter mile marker in :26.3 before turning Hurricane Emporer (Mark MacDonald) loose for a pocket ride for the next half mile.    With Turbo Hill (Brett Miller) ranging up to challenge the leader down the backstretch, driver Chris Page elected to sit in with Dorsoduro Hanover before swinging three wide at the head of the stretch. From that point the winner of close to $1.9 million accelerated to a three quarter length triumph over Turbo Hill, with Shagnwiththedragon (Trevor Smith) a creditable third.    Ron Burke trains Dorsoduro Hanover for Burke Racing, J & T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi and the Wingfield Five. Through the first week of the 2020 meet at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, Brett Miller has raced out to a commanding lead in the Dash Derby. Jeremy Smith is a solid second, while Trevor Smith has opened the meet on fire, including a Grand Slam on Friday night, to be third.   Racing will not be on tap Monday through Thursday of this coming week, in deference to Little Brown Jug week, but will resume on Friday, Sept. 25.     Gregg Keidel

Columbus, Ohio--Outstanding rock and soul artist, James Brown, chirped in one of his top-ten charters "It's a man's world, but its nothing without a woman or a girl" and Gregg Keidel surely concurs after he guided Matteriel to an easy 1:55.4 victory in a leg of the Great Lakes Amateur Driving Association's at Scoto Downs on Friday evening, September 4 turning back five others of whom four were members of the gentle sex. Knowing he had the best in the race Keidel, sent his charge to the front but his competitors played hardball. Alisha Binkley, up behind the second choice, Cantab Lindy, did her best and kept Keidel's 1-5 shot on the limb as the fractional times flashed :27.4-56:4 and 1:25.3 as the two trotters raced head to head throughout and it wasn't until the six- horse field passed the third stanza that Matteriel took command, albeit by just a nose. Kiara Morgan chased the leaders with Atlas Peak and was within striking at the the head of the lane but the top prize in the $9000 contest was going to go to "Fast Greggy" and odds-on favorite, Matteriel as they crossed the finish line in 1:55.4, two lengths ahead of Cantab Lindy. Atlas Peak garnered the show dough. For Kiedel, who's done about everything in the sport, it was his first seasonal triumph and the l07th in his career. Matteriel, a 4-year-old Explosive Matter mare scored her 4th seasonal triumph. She's owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi and trained by Ron Burke. The next event in the Great Lakes Amateur Driving Series will be on Sunday (Sept 9) at Northfield Park by John Manzi, for the Great Lake Amateur Drivers Ass'n  

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