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DAYTON, OH - Miss You scored an impressive 1:50.3 triumph in her harness racing debut at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, coasting to an open lengths victory in a $14,000 Mares Open. Driver Jeremy Smith took no prisoners in the feature event blasting from mid pack behind the gate to the early lead in the first furlong. The outcome was never in serious doubt as the New Zealand-bred 6 year old daughter of Betterthancheddar showed her heels to the field throughout the quick mile. Sweet Heaven (Brett Miller) proved second best, while Talkaboutaqueen (Rod Allums Jr.) rallied to secure the show money.   Carl Howard and Bottom Line Racing LLC own the winner who is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. It was the 19th career win for Miss You, who increased her lifetime bounty to $222,560. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway announces it is adding a new twist to its marquee harness racing night of the 2020 meet on Saturday, October 3. In addition to three Dayton Derbies ($200,000 est. Dayton Pacing Derby, $175,000 Dayton Distaff Derby and $175,000 Dayton Trotting Derby) the program will include eight $60,000 Buckeye Stallion Series championship races.  The $1,000,000-plus 14-race card will be completed with three brand new invitational races with potential purses of $75,000 each. “The response from nominators to our Dayton Derbies has been fantastic and we believe more than nine will enter each of them,” said Director of Racing Jason Bluhm. “Rather than returning nominating fees to those entrants that do not get spots in a Derby as one of the top nine 2020 money earners, we’re giving them the option of racing in a Derby Consolation (Invitational).  If six or more Derby-eligible horses agree to enter, the purses will be $75,000 each, with no additional starting fee.” Open non-Derby eligible horses are welcome to enter the new Invitationals to create full fields, but nominated Derby horses will receive preference.  If less than six Derby-eligible horses agree to race, their nomination fees will be returned and that particular race will revert to an Open event with an enhanced purse of $25,000. Dayton Derby entrants are asked to make online entries as soon as possible and indicate in the notes if they are interested in the $75,000 consolation if their earnings doesn’t qualify for the main event. Questions can be directed to Race Secretary Gregg Keidel at 937-235-7859 or Updated earnings standings to determine Dayton Derby standings can be found at.    Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH - Harness racing driver Trevor Smith leaped into third place in the dash standings at the recently commenced Hollywood Dayton Raceway meet on Friday (Sept. 18).   The upstart reinsman scored four consecutive wins from the eighth through eleventh races, giving him nine through the first five days (including the Montgomery County Fair staged at Dayton) of the 75-day 2020 meet.   Brett Miller, the early dash derby leader, also notched four wins on the night, giving him fifteen thus far. Runnerup Jeremy Smith, nine wins to date, managed a hat trick on the program as the three early meet leaders dominated the Friday action.   Smith's consecutive triumphs started with The Dark Shadow (1:51.1, $2.80) followed by Canadia's Bacon (1:53, $22.60), Letme Fly Low (1:53.4, $5) and Rocking Zoe (1:53.2, $6). Trevor also steered four runnerup finishers on the card, including the two races immediately following his natural Grand Slam.   Racing continues on Saturday night (Sept. 19) with a 6:15 p.m. post time, then takes a hiatus in deference to Little Brown Jug Week at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds before resuming the regular five-times-a-week schedule on Friday, Sept. 25.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

DAYTON, OH. - Custom Cantab, a million dollar winner and the only harness racing mare in a field of talented male trotters, captured the first open class event of the recently started Hollywood Dayton meet on Thursday afternoon.   Sent off as the second choice in the $15,000 Open Trot, the five-year-old daughter of Mr Cantab was forwardly placed by driver Josh Sutton throughout the mile, which featured matching :57 halves. The Chris Beaver trainee cruised past the finish line in 1:54 to garner her first triumph in 2020 in just her fourth start back after a ten month layoff.       Workinitonbroadway (Brett Miller) finished second in the featured mile, while longshot Cool Clifford (Tyler Smith) raced admirably to garner the show dough. The winner paid $7.20, the exacta kicked back $41 and a correct 50-cent trifecta was worth $166.   Custom Cantab now sports 19 career victories and earnings of $1,024,943. She is owned by her trainer Chris Beaver in partnership with Donald Robinson and RBH Ventures Inc.   Racing resumes at Hollywood Dayton on Friday and Saturday nights with 6:15 post times.   From Dayton Hollywood Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - In order to begin racing from Hollywood Dayton Raceway's modern paddock, several assurances to state regulators were necessary. Beginning Sunday, September 13 with the Montgomery County Fair and throughout the 74-day regular meet, there will be strict restrictions on the number of people permitted in the 14-race paddock at any one time.   After unloading the horses into their proper stalls, people will be required to stay outside the paddock (with the exception of a quick Lasix administration window) until 1-1/2 hours prior to their race.   Only one person is permitted to attend to each horse and that person must also leave the paddock within 1/2 hour after the horse races.   All persons in the paddock MUST wear masks and practice social distancing. All owners, trainers, warm up drivers and others must stay on the outdoors apron, in the grandstand or in their vehicles. No more than a dozen drivers can occupy the drivers room at a time.   All horsemen are asked to comply fully with the Covid-19 protocols, which are outlined in further detail on fliers that will be available at check in. With full cooperation,   it is hoped Hollywood Dayton can continue to race its full meet from now until the end of December.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - While 98 outstanding older harness racing horses have already made nominating and sustaining payments totaling $3000 each, it is not too late to make a "Catch-up Nomination" ($10,000) to get eligible for one of three $175,000 guaranteed Dayton Derbies to be held on Saturday, October 3 at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   "Due to the Covid-19 issue this year, many horses may have gotten a late start or had their stakes nominations reduced or canceled," reasoned Race Secretary Gregg Keidel. "This supplemental nomination opportunity, which has been in the race conditions for two years, may be ideal for razor sharp horses peaking at the right time."   All three races: Dayton Trotting Derby (both sexes), Dayton Pacing Derby and Dayton Distaff Derby will be showcased on the same evening and feature the nine highest 2020 money earners that enter. In the event more than nine enter any event, those that fail to earn a berth due to the earnings condition will get a full refund of all paid in fees.   "This is the first year for the Distaff Derby and it is not often open mares get to race for $175,000. If you've missed the normal nomination process with a top notch pacing mare (or other horse), we invite you to 'catch up' via this unique supplemental nomination opportunity and come visit our beautiful facility in southwest Ohio on October 3," said Director Of Racing Jason Bluhm.   Supplemental nominations must be postmarked by August 15 and sent to the Hambletonian Society, 109 South Main St., Suite 18, Cranberry, N.J. 08512-3174.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - The curtain fell on the annual Hollywood Dayton Raceway meet on Saturday night (Dec. 28), its sixth consecutive year of handle growth.   "Our overall all sources handle was up over $2 million for the meet," exclaimed first year Director Of Racing Jason Bluhm, "resulting in a 14% increase in our daily average. I'm especially excited about the strong finish to the 2019 meet and the prospects for the future."   Leading driver and trainer awards were presented to Brett Miller, who drove 151 winners during the 78-day meet, and Virgil Morgan Jr., who harnessed 52 winners during the session. Miller, a winner of 8,450 races in his career, sported a .316 UDRS during the Dayton meet and banked over $1.2 million with his mounts.   Morgan Jr. won races at a 23% clip, flashing a .343 UTRS while his stable earned over $370,000 in purses.   Rounding out the Top Ten among reinsmen were Jeremy Smith, Tyler Smith, Josh Sutton, Dan Noble, Kayne Kauffman, Chris Page, Trevor Smith, Cameron McCown and Shawn Barker II.   Top Ten trainers, in addition to Morgan Jr., were Peter Redder, Dan Noble, Ron Burke, Charles Stewart, Kayne Kauffman, Jessica Smith, Tyler George, Jeff Brewer and Adam Short.   Hollywood Dayton Raceway would like to wish a happy and prosperous New Year to all the horsemen who raced over the acclaimed five-eighths mile oval in 2019.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Always Giggling (John DeLong) sat chilly near the back of the pack as Imajean Rocks (Brett Miller), seeking her fifth consecutive victory at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, set torrid fractions in the weekly Friday night feature--the $17,500 Mares Open Pace.   The strategy paid big dividends as the :27, :54.4 and 1:22.4 fractions resulted in a relatively slow :29.2 final panel in which Always Giggling was able to rally from seventh to grab a narrow victory in the last quarter.   The final clocking of 1:52.2 resulted in the five-year-old daughter of Always A Virgin garnering her fifth seasonal win, the 16th of her stellar career which has now produced $434,527 in purse earnings. She is owned by Jeffrey Fought and trained by Peter Redder.   Always Giggling, dispatched at 10-1 odds, paid $23.40. Coupled with morning line favorite Imajean Rocks the perfecta returned $98.80. Eliza Dushku N (Mike Oosting) got the show dough, while Newsday (Trevor Smith), Knockout Queen (Jeremy Smith) and Elysium Seelster (Tyler Smith) also earned checks in the ten horse field.     The curtain comes down on Hollywood Dayton Raceway's sixth season on Saturday night (Dec. 28) when a strong 14-race card commences at 6:15 p.m.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - The final $17,500 Open Trot of the Hollywood Dayton harness racing meet was captured by Workinitonbroadway on Thursday (Dec. 26).   It was the son of Broadway Hall's first win in open company at Dayton and tenth victory of his sophomore campaign, pushing him over the $100,000 earnings plateau for his three-year-old season.   Driver Josh Sutton was content to get away sixth in the full nine horse field, but after witnessing a pedestrian :28.1 opening quarter, pulled first-over on the outside. Ranging up to third as the field passed the :57.2 halfway point, Sutton continued to inch closer during the third panel and got on even terms with co-favorite Walter White (Jeremy Smith) at the 1:25.1 three-quarters beam.   Despite the taxing journey, Workitonbroadway persevered through a :29.2 final quarter to secure a one length victory in 1:54.3. The triumph was the colt's sixth in his last seven starts and fourth in a row, lowering his lifetime best mark by two-fifths of a second.   Ron Burke trains the winner for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   Workitonbroadway   Burke now sports 22 wins in 100 seasonal starts at Hollywood Dayton, good for fourth in the trainer standings behind only Virgil Morgan Jr., Dan Noble and Peter Redder. Kayne Kauffman and Charles Stewart are tied for fifth on the top conditioners list with 21 victories apiece.   The final two programs of Hollywood Dayton's 78-day meet are Friday (Dec. 27) and Saturday (Dec. 28) when 14-race cards will be presented starting at 6:15 p.m.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway    

DAYTON, OH. - Harness racing driver Brett Miller was not cold at all at Hollywood Dayton Raceway Monday afternoon, in fact he was red hot, scoring five straight wins.    Miller's hot streak started in Race 2 and extended through Race 6 as he relentlessly guided "chalky" horses to victories one race after another for five different trainers.   Paydaze A Rockin (trainer Roy Murphy Jr., 1:55.3, $5.80) started the win parade followed by trotter Serene Hall (Peter Redder, 1:58.4, $4.80), Creighton Hanover (Virgil Morgan Jr., 1:55.2, $2.80), Intoview (Art Gregory Jr., 1:54.1, $2.40) and trotter Here's The Magic (Brandon Piquet, 1:58.2, $5.40).   For Miller, it was his second five win card in the last three contested at Hollywood Dayton, as the purple and white clad reinsman also scored five triumphs on the Friday program. "Super Brett," as he is called by regular announcer Barry Vicroy, has a comfortable lead in the local dash standings with 146 wins to runnerup Jeremy Smith's 130 and just three programs (Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 26-28) remaining in the season.   Rounding out the top five in total wins by drivers are Tyler Smith, Dan Noble and Josh Sutton.   Driver Jason Brewer also enjoyed a fruitful day on Monday, notching three scores with two from his own stable and one for trainer Art Gregory Jr. Brewer's winning mounts were Desire's Lady (1:57.1, $5.00), Entranced (1:55.4, $7.00) and Just Bettor (1:56.2, $4.00).   As Hollywood Dayton begins to wrap up its sixth consecutive year of growth this week, first year Director of Racing Jason Bluhm and his staff were delighted with the new daily handle record of $664,945.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

DAYTON, OH. - Talk about incredible seasonal statistics!   Fan Of Terror captured his 18th harness racing victory of the 2019 season on Saturday (Dec. 21) winning Hollywood Dayton Raceway's $17,500 Open Pace in 1:50.2. As if 18 wins isn't impressive enough, the seven-year-old gelding's annual earnings swelled to $219,705 racing exclusively in top level claimers to start the year and top condition and Open events the rest of the way.   It is believed the $219,705 figure may be the highest yearly total ever for a horse racing exclusively in Ohio and Indiana overnights, without the benefit of a single penny in stakes money.   Driver John DeLong rocketed out of the gate to grab early command with Fan Of Terror, but wisely relinquished the lead to heavily favored I'm A Big Deal (Brett Miller) at the :26.3 first quarter beam. Sitting cozy in the pocket through middle half fractions of :55 and 1:22.4, DeLong was content to watch My Hero Ron (Mike Oosting) pressure the frontrunner while awaiting a chance to pounce on the leader.   That opportunity presented itself at the head of the home stretch when My Hero Ron, who finished a game third, tired and a battle royale ensued until the winner finally prevailed in the final strides over I'm A Big Deal.   Therl Hensley owns the winner and entrusts his stable stalwart's career to trainer Peter Redder.   Just one week remains in the Hollywood Dayton meet. Following a 2:15 matinee on Monday (Dec. 23), the southwest Ohio oval will close out the season with 6:15 programs on Thursday (Dec. 26), Friday (Dec. 27) and Saturday (Dec. 28).   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - After a six week absence, Allbeastnobeauty returned to the Hollywood Dayton Raceway win circle with a convincing 1:51 harness racing tally in the weekly $16,500 feature for female pacers on Friday (Dec. 20).   Aaron Merriman guided the four-year-old Sportsmaster mare to her seventh seasonal score and 23rd in her 65 race career, this one her second fastest ever...just one-fifth of a second off her record established in mid-September at Dayton.   Sent speeding off the wings of the gate, Allbeastnobeauty reached the quarter mile marker in :26.3, the half in :55.2 and the three quarter station in 1:22.3 before tacking on a final :28.2 panel to hold off the charge of even money favorite Mildrix (Brett Miller). Eliza Dushku N (Mike Oosting) closed well after over a month vacation from the races to grab the show dough.   Christi Noble conditions Allbeastnobeauty, who paid $5.60 to win, for the partnership of Tessa Roland and Eim Racing.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - It's not often a harness racing track record is obliterated on a December night when the temperature is hovering around the 32-degree freezing mark. But that is exactly what happened on Thursday (Dec. 19) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway when Whata Swan, the only three-year-old in the race, found another gear in the stretch and swept to a 1:53.2 score.   The old standard for sophomore colt trotters at Dayton was 1:54.1 taken in September by Lane Of Stone.   John DeLong drove the new track standard bearer, who had also won an Open at Dayton four weeks ago in his first trip over the track.   Taking advantage of his rail post position draw, DeLong was able to get away third behind quick gate leavers Walter White (Jeremy Smith) and Signal Hill (Shawn Barker II). Following a :27.3 initial panel, however, Whata Swan was out and moving first-over on the outside before the :57 half. A quick third quarter (:27.3) kept DeLong and his charge on the limb around the final bend, but the pair dug down deep in mid-stretch to tally the impressive victory over the aforementioned frontrunners, who held for second and third.   Whata Swan is a black son of Swan For All and now sports eight wins in 2019 and $134,909 in seasonal earnings. Lightly raced at two, the colt notched just two wins in nine starts and earned $22,418.   Owned by John Barnard of Miami, Florida, Whata Swan is trained by Luis Quevedo who visited the Dayton win circle for the first time in his 15th try.   Hollywood Dayton has just six cards left in its 78-day meet. Races will be presented Friday (Dec. 20) and Saturday (Dec. 21) at 6:15 p.m., Monday (Dec. 23) at 2:15, and close out the season with night programs on Thursday (Dec. 26), Friday (Dec. 27) and Saturday (Dec. 28).   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

DAYTON, OH. - For the sixth straight season, the Hollywood Dayton Raceway harness racing family made a major contribution to the Dayton Firefighters Toy Drive to insure every local child gets a gift for Christmas.   Over 100 new toys contributed by the horsemen and staff at Hollywood Dayton were loaded into an empty emergency vehicle on Tuesday during the matinee program. They will be distributed by the firemen to families in need during the days leading up to Christmas morning.    From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Both LeWayne Miller and Trevor Smith scored 'hat tricks' at Hollywood Dayton on Monday afternoon during the 14-race matinee, as did leading driver Brett Miller.   LeWayne Miller started the program off on the right foot sweeping both halves of the early daily double. In the first race, he guided Imacowboy Casanova to a startling upset, paying $60.20 for a $2 win ticket. The 33-year-old Indiana reinsman then followed that up with a solid favorite, Buff's Image, in the second race returning just $2.80. The daily double kicked back a healthy $172.20 payoff.   E R Betty allowed LeWayne his third trip to the winner's circle in the seventh race trot, returning a $7 mutuel to her faithful.   Trevor Smith matched Miller's back-to-back victories with scores of his own in the third and fourth races of the day. Pence Hanover ($8.20) was the first tally for Trevor, the 23-year-old younger brother of Tyler Smith. Next up was Mystical Charger, another longshot who rewarded backers with a $24.60 return.   Ufpfortydevensgirl completed Smith's hat trick when she upset a field of condition claiming mares from a second tier start. Her $69.20 mutuel payoff was the highest of the day.   Brett Miller notched victories with Ilooklikeanallstar ($11.20) in the fifth, Mountain High ($10.80) in the tenth, and Latenite Trick ($10.20) in the nightcap.   All three catch drivers with the hat tricks notched their wins for three different trainers.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Fan Of Terror has been on a tear throughout the 2019 harness racing season. The 7-year-old son of Western Terror won the $17,500 Billy Hamm Memorial Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (Dec. 14) for his 17th triumph of the year and 27th on-the-board finish in 37 trips to post.   Driver John DeLong, leaving from the rail, chose to let even money favorite I'm A Big Deal (Brett Miller) clear to the pylons in front as the field sped through a speedy :26.1 opening quarter. Getting a pocket ride the rest of the way, DeLong and Fan Of Terror were boxed in through the middle two quarters as third choice My Hero Ron (Mike Oosting) was parked out and pressing the leader at the :54.1 and 1:22 half-mile and three-quarter-mile stations.   Finding clearance midway down the stretch, Fan Of Terror ground down I'm A Big Deal in the final strides to notch a 'head' decision in 1:50.4. Dispatched at 5-2 odds upon his return to the Open ranks after winning two top level condition events, Fan Of Terror has now earned $210,955 on the year racing exclusively in overnight races in Ohio and Indiana.   Trained for the past seven months by the brother combo of Ricky and Peter Redder, following brief successful stops in numerous stables early in the year as a top level claimer, owner Therl Hensley could never have imagined the ride he was about to embark on when he plucked him out of a race at Miami Valley for $30,000 in April.   The race honored the memory of popular local horseman Billy Hamm, who passed away recently, following a lengthy career as a caretaker and second trainer for numerous stables at or near old Lebanon Raceway. Family and friends of Hamm gathered in the winner's circle to present the commemorative blanket to Fan Of Terror and his connections.   Fan Of Terror     From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

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