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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. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway, in conjunction with the Ohio Harness Horsemens Association, donated over 200 new and gently used coats to the St. Vincent De Paul Society of Dayton's annual Holiday Coat Drive on Monday afternoon (Nov. 2). It was the fourth consecutive year that the track's employees and horsemen have supported this worthwhile charitable effort just as temperatures begin to drop locally and winter approaches. Horsemen's Bookkeeper Terri Mt. Pleasant spearheads the coat drive with help from OHHA rep Brett Merkle. Over 100 employees and horsemen/women donated to the cause. Quentin Herman, who accepted the large donation on behalf of St. Vincent De Paul, expressed gratitude to the Hollywood Dayton horse community. "It is our mission to provide assistance, shelter and hope to local people who need it. Providing so many warm coats at this time of year will go a long way towards helping us filfill our goal. We can't thank Hollywood Gaming and the horsemen who race there enough for their generosity and goodwill." From Hollywood Dayton Raceway        

DAYTON, OH. - Live haness racing will resume at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday, November 27th with a few changes. First, as a way to help offset the financial losses horsemen have experienced while the track has been dark due to Covid-19 concerns, purses will be raised by15% immediately. Second, for at least the first two weeks, the Friday and Saturday programs will begin at 4 pm in order to comply with the new 10 pm Ohio curfew imposed by Governor Mike DeWine. A double draw for next Friday & Saturday will be conducted on Tuesday, November 24th. The entry box will close at 10 am and condition sheets are available online. From Jason Bluhm, Director of Racing

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, November 13, 2020 – As the result of a positive COVID-19 test on an employee in its racetrack operations department, and acting out of an abundance of caution, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway announced today it will suspend live harness racing, effective immediately. All other operations at Hollywood Gaming remain open, including gaming and dining options as well as simulcast racing.  No date has been announced for the resumption of harness racing. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway    

DAYTON, OH. - Owner John Barnhard asked trainer Luis Quevedo to ship Whata Swan across the Indiana-Ohio border to Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Thursday (Nov. 12), and the result was a 1:53.4 score in the $15,000 Open Trot.   When odds-on favorite Refined made a break in stride shortly after the starting car's wings folded, it was anyone's race. Whata Swan (Tyler Smith) elected to allow Pass The Vape (Trevor Smith) and Weslynn Quest (Cameron McCown) to clear to the pylons in front during the :28.1 opening panel.   Just past the :57 midway juncture, Whata Swan was sent first-up on the outside to challenge. After lapping in on the leader at the 1:24.3 third timing station, the 4-year-old son of Swan For All pressed to the front early in the stretch and coasted to the wire for his sixth seasonal victory.       Weslynn Quest found a seam in the lane to finish second, while Lane Of Stone (Jeff Nisonger) closed stoutly to garner the show dough.   Whata Swan paid $13.20 to win; coupled with Weslynn Quest the exacta kicked back $141.40; while the 50-cent trifecta with Lane Of Stone returned $324.50.   Racing resumes Friday night (Nov. 13) at 6:15 p.m. at Hollywood Dayton. The featured $14,500 Open Mares Pace will be race 10 on the 14 race program.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

DAYTON, OH - GD Western Joe (Chris Page) used come-from-behind harness racing tactics on Saturday (Nov. 7) night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway to capture the $14,000 Open Pace in a snappy 1:49.4 clocking.   Odds on favorite Our Majordan A (Brett Miller) couldn't clear to the lead until well past the :26.4 opening panel, then faced a stern challenge from Grantmeawish (Josh Sutton) from the :54 halfway juncture to past the 1:21.4 three-quarters station and into the stretch. GD Western Joe moved into second over position in the compact field around the final bend then sprinted to the front halfway down the lane.       The winner, a member of the Burke Brigade, entered the Open off a fifth place finish in last week's special $100,000 claiming race at Harrah's Hoosier Park and looked worth every penny of that tag. He now sports six 2020 wins and $93,045 in seasonal earnings. Careerwide, the 5-year-old son of Real Desire has 33 wins in 91 tries and a $533,996 lifetime bounty.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

DAYTON, OH - Refined, the lone mare in a field of eight talented Open trotters, withstood a challenging first-over trip and pulled away to a one length victory in Thursday (Nov. 5) afternoon's feature race at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   Driver Cameron McCown, sitting in for regular pilot Brett Miller, got away from the gate third behind Fanatic (Josh Sutton) and Pass The Vape (Trevor Smith) in a :26.4 first quarter. Before reaching the halfway point in :56, however, McCown had the 4-year-old daughter of Uncle Peter out and moving.   By the time the top trotters reached the three-quarter beam in 1:23.1 Refined was in front but being stalked by race favorite Lady's Dude (Chris Page).   The winner actually relinquished the lead momentarily at the head of the stretch, but Refined fought back gamely to reassume command from Lady's Dude and then fend off longshot Milford's Z Tam (Tyler Smith) who rallied sharply in the lane to secure second money. The mile was clocked in 1:52.3, a new lifetime best Refined, whose lifetime bankroll swelled to $181,310.       Carlo Poliseno owns the Ohio-sired winner and sent it to Virgil Morgan Jr., who was making his seventh start since Refined came into his barn. She has four wins, a second and a third in that span. Jeremy Smith won half of Hollywood Dayton's 14 races on tThursday, just one short of the track record of eight triumphs on a single program.  His seven wins pulled him into a tie with Brett Miller in the local dash standings, each with 63 over the first 35 days of the 74 day meet which runs through December 30.    Smith captured the first three races on the afternoon card.  Risky Million (1:55.3, $10.80) was his first tally, followed by Optimum Lux (1:57.1, $10.80) and Maching Me Zilly (1:54.1, $7.60).  His other successes came behind Sweet Mr Pinetucky (1:54.2, $9.80), Donttakeitpersonal (1:56.3, $8.00), Dashing To Da Wire (1:52.3, $8.80) and Cambassador (1:53.4, $9.00).    With the meet nearing its halfway juncture this Saturday night, Smith and Miller are two of 13 drivers who have double digit win totals.  A total of 14 reinsmen have guided their mounts to over $100,000 in current meet earnings.    Following Smith and Miller, Josh Sutton is just four wins behind with 59 winner's circle visits.  Tyler Smith (50) is next, followed by Dan Noble (39), Chris Page (33), Trevor Smith (31), Kayne Kauffman (30), Shawn Barker II (20), Chris Presley and Jason Brewer (19 each), Cameron McCown (13) and Brady Galliers (10).    Miller is the first driver to eclipse the $500,000 purse earnings plateau in 2020 with $514,537 credited to his mounts' accounts.  Noble sports the highest Universal Driver Rating System score with a nifty .341 average.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

Dayton, Ohio--The amateur drivers from the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association returned to Dayton Raceway on Saturday (Oct. 31) for a $7,700 harness racing trot and when the judges hung the official sign Steve Oldford emerged victorious after he guided A Royal Line to a 1:57 victory over six others. "Before the race I thought I had a decent chance to win it although Gregg (Keidel) had the odds on favorite," Oldford said. "But he had trouble at the start and his horse never really became a factor." When the gate folded Alesha Binkley gunned Try Try Again to the lead as Oldford settled in the two-hole behind her. They raced one-two all the way to the top of the lane before anyone seriously challenged the leaders. "I sat still and followed her (Alesha) even though there were a few horses trying to move up from the back of the pack," Oldford said. "And it worked out just right as she carried me all the way to the top of the stretch." When the field headed for paydirt there were three horses heads apart but Oldford slipped off the pylons in time to collar Binkley. Try Try Again held on for second money and a neck farther back in third was K' Love, in rein to Darrell Rideout.   A Royal Line, a 4-year-old altered son of Royalty For Life, is owned by Oldford Racing LLC, and trained by Terry Deters. Next week the series moves back to The Meadows by John Manzi, for GLADA

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

DAYTON, OH - Fanatic (Josh Sutton) and Refined (Brett Miller), a pair of 4-year-old harness racing newcomers to the open trotting ranks at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, dominated a compact field of six on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 29).   Fanatic, who left the gate alertly and cut all the fractions, had a sizeable open lengths advantage at the head of the stretch, but just barely managed to hold off fast-closing Refined in 1:55.3 over a rain-soaked 'sloppy' track.   Sutton got Fanatic to the top in a relatively soft :28 opening panel, then advanced unchallenged through a pair of :29 middle quarters. With an approximate five length margin as the field turned for home it looked like the son of Cantab Hall had free sailing to the wire, but Refined had other ideas. With a furious closing rush the daughter of Uncle Peter made it interesting at the finish by falling just a nose short.       Cash Hit (Ricky Macomber Jr.) garnered the show dough.   Black Magic Racing LLC of Ohio owns Fanatic, who now sports ten career triumphs and $149,432 in earnings. Todd Luther trains the winner, who paid $7.40 to win. Coupled with Refined, the exacta returned $21.20.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

Grantville, PA  - Penn National Gaming, Inc., the largest operator of pari-mutuel racetracks in North America, is currently seeking applications for Director of Racing positions at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course in Austintown, Ohio and The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington, PA. "With the announced retirement of current Vice President of Racing Mark Loewe from our Mahoning Valley and Meadows operations we are now looking at Director of Racing positions at those individual properties, said Chris McErlean, Vice President of Racing for Penn National Gaming, Inc. "We are seeking individuals who can bring a strong racing background while combining exceptional leadership and business skills in overseeing the entire racing and wagering operations at those respective locations." "I do want to thank Mark for his outstanding contributions to the Penn Gaming racing team since coming on board in 2008 and being a leader at seven different racetracks during that time," added McErlean. Mahoning Valley Race Course is a thoroughbred racing facility offering 100 days of live racing, stabling for nearly 1,000 horses and conducts year-round simulcasting. The facility commenced operations in 2014 and has quickly established an enviable niche in the Ohio and regional racing circuit as well as the national simulcast marketplace. The Meadows is one of North America's premier harness racetracks with nearly 190 live harness race dates conducted year-round. The five-eighths mile track has a barn area for nearly 800 horses and is home to one of the top three-year-old pacing events in the sport, "The Adios," conducted each summer. The Meadows also offers year-round simulcast wagering. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply for these positions at the following links: Director of Racing Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course Director of Racing Meadows Racetrack and Casino From Penn National Gaming  

DAYTON, OH - Harness racing driver Dan Noble got off to an incredible start on the Saturday (Oct. 24) night program at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The former national dash champion captured the first six races on the 14-race card, the first time any driver has won six straight in over 20 years on the year around southern Ohio circuit (Miami Valley, Eldorado Scioto Downs and Hollywood Dayton).   Noble's incredible feat began in race one when Buckeye Starlet copped a conditioned trot in 1:54 as the even money favorite. Dan completed the initial daily double winning with $20,000 claimer Indiana Cam ($3) in 1:51.1.   Next came Hamsandwich ($6), who notched a 1:53.4 win for Noble in a non-winners of two races event. Rock To Glory ($6.40) followed with a 1:54.1 score in an $8000 claiming pace.   The red hot purple and white clad son of the late Ohio Hall Of Famer Sam 'Chip' Noble added his fifth straight triumph in the $14,000 Open Pace, guiding Our Majordan A ($4.60) to an impressive 1:50 tally in gate to wire fashion. It was the sixth 2020 win for the Australian import, an 8-year-old by Art Major. Our Majordan A is owned by Enviro Stables LTD, Ned Hodkinson and Milton Leeman who entrust the training to Virgil Morgan Jr. The feature race winner is approaching one-half million dollars in earnings.       It'sgoodtobedaking rounded out Noble's consecutive streak by capturing a $15,000 claiming pace in 1:51.4. In the seventh race, Noble's mount Scott Rocks was roughed up through the first quarter and faded to sixth in the stretch after a valiant effort to extend the win streak.   With a pair of additional victories, Noble established a Hollywood Dayton record as the first driver to win eight on a single card in the track's seven year history. He guided My Buddy Ninkster ($6.60) to a 1:52.4 win in the 11th; and Sammy The Bull (3.80) to a 1:52.1 triumph in the nightcap.   Noble, who only races on Friday and Saturday nights due to the large size of he and wife Christi's stable of horses at the Xenia fairgrounds, ranks fifth in the local dash standings behind Brett Miller, Josh Sutton, Jeremy Smith and Tyler Smith. His 25%-plus win percentage is easily the best among the talented drivers colony at Dayton Raceway   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH - Driver Josh Sutton enjoyed a six-pack on Thursday afternoon at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, guiding six horses to the winner's circle for six different trainers. Sutton's successes started in the third race when he scored with Dancin' Anna (1:54, $4.20) for trainer Daniel Shetler. His next triumph didn't occur until the eighth race, but the 38-year-old reinsman captured five of the final seven races. Scrappy Sam (1:53.1, $17.20) was victorious for Sutton and trainer Mike Sweeney, followed in quick succession by Machtu N (1:53, $10, trainer Sherif Cunmulaj), Hoosier Celebrity (1:53.1, $2.80, Ross Leonard), Fanatic (1:54.1, $12.80, Todd Luther) and Fancy Creek Elusiv (1:53.2, $2.60, Chris Short). Sutton is currently second in the dash standings at Dayton Raceway, trailing only Brett Miller. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

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