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DAYTON, OH. - Penn made it "two straight harness racing wins in the Buckeye state," to quote Hollywood Dayton Raceway announcer Barry Vicroy, closing impressively on Thursday night (Oct. 12) to cop the $18,500 Open Trot in back-to-back weeks. Utilizing a totally different strategy, driver Josh Sutton dropped in third in the early going after realizing a couple others were intent on the front end in a speedy :26.3 opening panel. Last week's gate-to-wire winner then sat patiently along the pylons as Cantab Lindy (Chris Page) sped to the half in :56 and the three-quarter marker in 1:24.2, with Another Breath (Randy Tharps) pressuring the leader on the outside and Banker Volo (Dan Noble) headstrong in the pocket. When second-over Dnieper (Brady Galliers) faded as the horses began rounding the final bend, Sutton got room to angle Penn out and swing three-wide midway through the turn. The 7-year-old Master Glide gelding trotted home in :28 and change to pick off the leaders one at a time before prevailing by half a length in 1:53.2. As co-favorite Penn returned $4.80 to win; coupled with runnerup Another Breath the exacta paid $37.20; and 25-1 longshot show finisher Angels Ransom (Ken Holliday) boosted the $2 trifecta payoff to $333.80. Gregg Keidel

Columbus, OH --- Josh Sutton, 35, drove the 4,000th winner of his harness racing career Thursday (May 25) when he steered Smiling Terror to a 1:54.1 victory in the eighth race at Scioto Downs. A native of Henderson, Kentucky, Sutton drove his first winner in 2000 at Colonial Downs behind HJ's Legend for trainer Brian Loney and in each of the last three seasons has driven more than 500 winners, led by a career best 584 in 2014. He has captured driving titles at nine tracks and has amassed $25.9 million in purse money. Just last year, Sutton steered Ohio champions Let's Get It Started, Rose Run Spanky, Scotch McEwan and My Tweed Heart in their respective Sire Stakes finals at Northfield Park. Another memorable moment for Sutton was his Cinderella victory over Chris Page to capture the 2016 Scioto driving title. Page led the meet with the most driving wins, being seven victories ahead of Sutton going into the final night of the meet. It was a head-to-head battle up until the last race of the season, where the two had tied for the most wins at 171 apiece. Sutton, however, clinched the victory over Page and received the 172 wins to become driving champion. Friday night - Kestrel Safe From Terror Somebody As Saturday features an Over the Hill Gang contest (fifth race) for aged pacers which includes an $18,000 purse and eight highly talented pacers. There will be horses ranging in age from 8-years-old to an 11-year-old in Sam Hill and the contestants have combined for 280 victories and $4,459,673 in purses. The morning line favorite (5-2, Chris Page) 8-year-old, Mykindachip, who is trained by Ron Burke, makes his first appearance at Scioto Downs this year. He has earned $704,007 and sports a lifetime best of 1:49.3 over this very same oval from 2015. Another horse to keep an eye on in the field is Sparky Mark, who is trained by Clarence Foulk and owned by Foulk Stables Inc., as he holds the highest earnings in this field ($1,125,766) in addition to the fastest lifetime mark (1:49). I’m Gorgeous  (Virgil Morgan Jr.), who has returned to racing from the breeding shed, comes off a second place finish against Fools Desire in last Saturday’s (May 20) card. He has sired 70 foals, which include the 2015 Ohio Sire Stakes Champion Miss Me Yet. As a reminder Scioto Downs will be racing on Memorial Day (May 29) with a 2 p.m. post time. The 14-card matinée will have a total of $129,000 in purses. Due to holiday racing, there will be no live racing on Tuesday (May 30). Live racing will continue on Wednesday (May 31) from Taylor Johnston, for Scioto Downs 

LEBANON, OH. - Youlookhot continued her red hot ways on Friday night (April 7) at Miami Valley Raceway by completing a harness racing sweep of the three-week Dr. Don Mossbarger Memorial late closing series for pacing mares without either six wins or $60,000 lifetime earnings. The favored 4-year-old daughter of Kilowatt cruised through fractions of :28, :56.3 and 1:24.4 before driver Josh Sutton urged her to a :28.2 final panel to hold off Kiss Me Onthebeach (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) by a half length and Gypsy Bellevue (Aaron Merriman), who was two lengths back in the 1:53.1 mile. Trainer Joseph Essig took over the conditioning of Youlookhot about a month ago and she certainly has responded to his program. Since moving to the Essig barn, she has earned $26,750 in four starts, including this $27,500 Mossbarger championship. Owned by Charles Stovall, Youlookhot now boasts 14 wins in 45 career trips to post and has earned $80,267. Earlier in the program, Rock The Look (Jason Brewer) scored a repeat triumph in the $20,000 Mares Open Pace, besting American Girl (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) and Stucklikeglue (Greg Grismore) by less than a length. The 1:53.2 come-from-behind victory was the 5-year-old Rockin Image mare's second of the season and 20th lifetime, boosting her bankroll to $352,500 for owners Suttons Bay Racing and co-owner/trainer Joe Putnam. Rock The Look Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - My Buddy Ninkster, a bridesmaid on four occasions against Open I company already this year, finally broke through and visited the winner's circle following an impressive 1:49.4 score in Saturday (April 1) night's $22,000 feature harness racing event at Miami Valley. It was the fastest of the 5-year-old son of Dali's 22 career wins, knocking one-fifth of a second off his fastest tally of 1:50 at nearby Dayton Raceway last season. Using the advantageous rail post position, driver Josh Sutton let even-money favorite Franzo (Greg Grismore) and eventual runnerup Feelnlikearockstar (Mike Oosting) clear to the front during an opening quarter in a quick :26.3. Content to sit through middle splits of :55.1 and 1:22.2, Sutton waited for the stretch to take on the leaders. Finding his best gear in the late-going, My Buddy Ninkster streaked to a closing :27 panel to pull away by a length and a half at the wire. Bob Phillips trains the winner for John and Mary Krasnican. My Buddy Ninkster A pair of second leg divisions were contested in the Tom Tharps Memorial series for male pacers that were non-winners of six pari-mutuel races or $60,000 lifetime on March 11. Control Tower (Jason Brewer), who skipped the initial leg, punched a ticket to next week's final with a one length win over Onefinejimmerjohn (Peter Wrenn) and Heisenberg Z Tam (Jeremy Smith) in 1:53.2. Dan Noble trains the 5-year-old son of Panspacificflight for Stephen Sexton. The second split went to Evergreen Elite, who now has back-to-back impressive scores in the series-this one in 1:51. Jason Brewer also guided this winner and likely will stay in his sulky for next Saturday's $27,500 championship tilt. They bested Hustling Charley (Josh Sutton) by two and a half lengths, with Sossy's King Kong (Chris Page) garnering the show dough. All six of the top three finishers in round two advanced to the final, where they will be joined by Rockin Panda, Nvestment Blue Chip and Cracker Cam if all who are qualified enter the race. Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - The ultra-consistent Rockn Stien ran his string of on-the-board harness racing finishes to seven on Monday afternoon (Dec. 5), capturing the $15,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in 1:54.3. Despite showing three wins, three seconds and one show finish in his last seven starts, the betting public let Rockn Stien get away at 7-1 odds, likely due to his eight hole starting spot behind the starting gate. Driver Josh Sutton left had the 4-year-old son of Valley Victor on the move early, briefly dropping into second along the pylongs but quickly making a "quarter move" to the front as he and early pacesetter Primed N Powerful (Randy Tharps) passed the :28 quarter-mile marker as a team. Setting subsequent middle fractions of :56.2 and 1:25.2, Rockn Stien never got a serious threat through the rest of the mile. Rockinthepines (Andy Shetler), who was last week's winner in the feature trot, closed best of the rest to garner the place payoff, while Becky's Law (Kyle Ater) took full advantage of an inside post position to finish third. Trainer Bobby Brower co-owns Rockn Stien with Debra Garland. Their talented homebred squaregaiter now has nine career triumphs with a bankroll of $145,865. Two races earlier, Sandys Victory established a new track record for aged trotting mares when she scorched the quick five-eighths mile oval in 1:54.1. The clocking shaved two-fifths of a second off the previous track standard of 1:54.3, which belonged to world champion Victory Is Coming. The track record performance was a gratifying family affair as owner-trainer Dan Ater just purchased the mare about a month ago and his son Kyle Ater was in the sulky. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Leading harness racing driver Josh Sutton is making a shambles of the Hollywood Dayton dash derby. The red, white and blue clad reinsman notched a six-pack on the Friday (November 25) program to bring his total to 130 through 51 nights of the 75-night meet. Runnerup Kayne Kauffman has 72 tallie, followed by Jeremy Smith with 70. Sutton won both halves of the early daily double with John's Sunny Girl (1:56.1, $4.60) and GW Watt Power (1:55.3, $10.20). He also scored with Forever Friskie (1:55.4, $7.80), American Girl (1:53, $3.00), Rompaway Galaxy (1:56.2, $8.60) and Sly Velocity (1:53, $3.20). Gregg Keidel      

DAYTON, OH. - Rockn Stien, still in the Halloween spirit, was frighteningly good on Monday afternoon (Nov. 21) as he bested eight harness racing rivals in the $15,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The 4-year-old son of Valley Victor, with driver Josh Sutton in tow, got looped out of the gate by Banker Volo (Kyle Ater) and Revenue Agent (Peter Wrenn), but didn't wait long before abandoning the pylons for an outer rim route that resulted in a convincing 1:55.2 first-over score. Trainer Bobby Brower co-owns the lightly-raced winner with partner Debra Garland. Rocknstien now has eight lifetime tallies from just 40 trips to post, but has banked an impressive $136,835 in his limited opportunities. Dispatched at 4-5 odds following a pair of runnerup finishes from outside posts in his most recent outings, Rocknstien bested Revenue Agent, who held for second after setting all the fractions, and longshot Run And Tell Pap (Kayne Kauffman), who rallied well in the stretch to grab the show dough. Hollywood Dayton enjoyed a healthy handle on the 14-race matinee program due to becoming a late addition to the TVG network following weather cancellations at several other venues. The program, featuring full competitive fields and a stellar driver's colony, received a warm reception from the national audience of television handicappers. Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - Rockn Stien, a homebred owned by harness racing trainer Bobby Brower and partner Debra Garland, trotted to a new lifetime mark of 1:54.1 to capture the $15,000 Open at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Monday afternoon (Oct. 17). Content to get away fifth in the early going, driver Josh Sutton pushed the accelerator before the field reached the midway point, moving up to third on the rim at the :56.4 half. By the time the third stanza was clocked in 1:24.3 Rockn Stien was stride for stride with Insomniac (Brady Galliers), who had dictated all the fractions. Revenue Agent (Peter Wrenn), who was last week's feature winner, joined the fray briefly by swinging three-wide approaching the head of the stretch, but shortly after the trio straightened out the winner demonstrated his dominance and pulled away to a relatively comfortable victory. Insomniac held for second, with Revenue Agent, Atlas Peak and Parkhill Lancelot picking up the remaining checks. Rockn Stien is a lightly raced 4-year-old Valley Victor gelding who now sports just seven wins in 36 career tries. The lion's share of the open purse increased his lifetime bounty to $122,540. Gregg Keidel

Driver Josh Sutton couldn't have picked a better night to be on fire, as the Buckeye native notched victories in four of the eight $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships at Northfield Park. The evening was a perfect 75 degrees with light winds and no humidity as the spotlight was on harness racing 2 and 3-year-old Ohio-breds vying for seasonal honors on the Cleveland half-miler.   Proving that post on the twice-around was not an issue, Josh, 34, prevailed from not just one, but two eight-hole assignments along with one six- and one three-hole post. He ultimately captured three of the four 2-year-old Championships.   In the $250,000 Championship for 2-year-old trotting fillies, Josh was behind the 3-2 favorite Let's Get Started, a homebred owned by Richard and Joyce McClelland of Zanesville, OH. The daughter of Dejarmbro had swept all four OSS legs and added the winner's share of $125,000 to her already hefty seasonal bankroll of $90,300. Her time of 1:57 tied her own Northfield Park track record despite being saddled with the eight-hole.   She also overcame a miniscule break at the half, which was uncharacteristic for the Bobby Brower trainee, and then survived a brief steward's inquiry to notch her fifth career win.   "She was running in a little bit and when I corrected her, she got mad and threw in a few steps," Josh explained. "It really wasn't like her though, and then when I saw the three-quarter time (1:25.4), I knew those other fillies were going to come back to us. She just trucked all the way home and never offered to make another bobble."   Let's Get Started finished half a length in front of 2-1 Amuse's (Peter Wrenn), while 70-1 Bamaslastchance (Kayne Kauffman) got up for third.   Josh then steered 9-1 Rose Run Spanky from post six to a 1:57 track record-tying triumph in the $250,000 Championship for 2-year-old trotting colts. Conditioned by Bill Dailey, Rose Run Spanky is owned by Kim Dailey of Mechanicsburg; D Snyder of South Charleston; and S G Hines of Jamestown, OH. The bay gelding took advantage of a costly break by 1-9 Buckeye Boss (Aaron Merriman) early on to score his fifth victory in his tenth lifetime start. Always A Good Time (Chris Page) was second at 16-1, half a length behind the winner, while 60-1 longshot Stormy Kromer (Peter Wrenn) was third.   "When Buckeye Boss broke, I knew we were in for a big effort," Josh said. "I thought my horse had a good shot going into the race, but when that happened, I was even more confident. Nothing's ever certain with these 2-year-olds anyway--they'll make you rack your brain to figure them out."   Rose Run Spanky's earnings now stand at $187,409 with the Championship victory. Josh was in the winner's circle in the very next event, the $250,000 Championship for 2-year-old pacing colts, with another Bill Dailey trainee, the 7-1 Scotch McEwan. The son of McArdle is owned by Carl Atley of Xenia, OH and picked up his fourth lifetime victory in his seventh start, clocked in 1:54 for the one mile test.   "Early on this horse was quite aggressive but he's learned a lot over the past few months and has kind of come into his own," Josh said "Now he's much more manageable and has learned how to race. It doesn't surprise me that he could get the job done from the eight-hole."   Scotch McEwan came flying on the outside at the end of the mile to prevail over 70-1 Corner Con Artist (Kayne Kauffman) and 5-2 Pace Car (Chris Page). This young pacing gelding upped his earnings to $195,800 for his connections.   A third Dailey-trained stablemate gave Josh his fourth Championship victory. My Tweed Heart, the public's even money choice, took first prize in the 3-year-old filly pace, timed in 1:53.1. Owned by Carl and Melanie Atley, Xenia, OH and Alan Keith, Pataskala, OH, the daughter of Manhardt scored her ninth win of the year and career victory 12.   "She felt great tonight," Josh remarked. "Bill (trainer Dailey) has done a tremendous job with her.   "I have no complaints about racing over the half here tonight," Josh continued. "Everything has fallen into place for me, and having a lot of outside posts hasn't made a difference. I hate losing more than I love winning and when you have a night like tonight, well, it's just a tremendous feeling."   In the $250,000 Championship for freshman pacing fillies Berazzled bested her seven rivals with a 1:55 triumph. Peter Wrenn was in the sulky behind the 2-1 Charley Barley daughter, who is conditioned by Danny Collins for Marion Beachy of Sugarcreek, OH.   "She has some issues early in the year but has gotten better with more experience," Collins explained. "Things would spook her and she'd lose her focus but now she's more mature and seems to have figured out what racing is all about."   Berazzled made a bold, three-wide move around the final turn to draw off from her rivals by 2½ lengths. Bourbon And Barley, a 40-1 longshot finished second for Ryan Stahl, while 5-1 Zoe Ellasen (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) finished third.   Berazzled now has $181,040 in career earnings.   "Consistent is the best word to describe her," said a smiling Chris Page after steering 3-2 Consolidator to victory in the $250,000 Championship for 3-year-old trotting fillies in 1:55.1.   The daughter of Triumphant Caviar, who is trained by Jim Arledge, Jr. for the Green Acquisition Corporation of Canfield, OH, picked up career win seven and made a clean sweep of the series to push her lifetime earnings to $295,303.   "She's feeling great and looks terrific," Page continued. "Jim (trainer Arledge) has kept her sharp all season long."   Consolidator led at every panel to finish three-quarters of a length in front of the hard-trying A TC Queenie (8-5, Dan Noble), while 5-2 Kestrel (Aaron Merriman) nabbed show honors.   Page returned to the Northfield winner's circle after guiding 3-1 Wegoferdaprize to win the $250,000 Championship for 3-year-old trotting colts in 1:56.2. The son of And Away We Go is trained by Jessica Millner for the Curran Racing Stable, LLC of Red Hook, NY and now has $199,025 in career earnings.   "This gelding just knows how to keep on winning," Chris stressed. "Everything has been winning tonight from off the pace and he really just took his time gaining on the leaders."   Wegofordaprize moved up steadily from the back of the pack to post a 1¾ length win over the 70-1 hard-knocking Lionbacker Kidd (Peter Wrenn), while 2-5 Kanthaka (Aaron Merriman) notched third.   Whataboy lived up to his name as he scored a 1:51.3 clocking in the $250,000 Championship for 3-year-old pacing colts at odds of 5-2.   "He's done nothing but race great for us,"said trainer Brian Brown. "The trip tonight couldn't have worked out more perfect."   Whataboy, a gelded son of Big Bad John, got up to best 8-5 Mr Wiggle Pants by a length in late stretch, with Canadia's Bakin (Aaron Merriman) third.   "There was a lot of early speed in this race (:25.3, :54.3, 1:23.2)," noted driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. "And the way horses were coming home, I knew we were in a good spot. Brian (trainer Brown) has done a great job with this horse all year long and he really stepped up to the plate tonight."   Whataboy's career earnings now stand at $261,554 for owners Carl Howard, Powell, OH; Gerrie Tucker, Quebec, CA; and RBH Ventures Inc., New York, NY.   Earlier in the evening Scott Rocks set a new Northfield Park track record by pacing in 1:49 with Aaron Merriman aboard in a $20,000 Open Handicap Pace. The 6-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover was parked out the entire mile and didn't clear to the front until well past the three-quarter mile marker.     by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator    

Scotch McEwan romped to victory in the third leg of the harness racing Ohio Sires Stakes action on August 16 for driver Josh Sutton and trainer Bill Dailey, pacing in 1:53.2, just slightly slower than the 1:52.3 track record he had set on July 28.   A total of nine $40,000 Ohio Sire Stakes divisions for 2-year-old trotting and pacing colts were contested at the five-eighth's mile oval on a rainy and steamy Tuesday afternoon.   The bay gelding's 1:52.3 clocking and this latest sizzler didn't come as a surprise to breeders Brad Wallace or Kevin Greenfield, who own and operate Hickory Lane Farm in Findlay, Ohio, where the colt was born and raised.   "Rebecca Ewing, who bred Scotch McEwan is the wife of Leonard Buckner, who owns Hickory Lane in partnership with us," Kevin explained. "We're not surprised at this colt as he just doesn't seem to know how fast he is yet. In his last start he was parked out the entire mile and staved off three challenges. Josh (driver Sutton) said the colt wasn't really even paying attention at the end of the mile, either, or he might have gone faster."   Brad agreed.   "When this colt was in the yearling sale, a lot of trainers passed him up, and didn't seem to like him for whatever reason," Brad admitted. "Kevin and I were both kind of surprised because we really felt he was something special from day one."   Scotch McEwan brought a final bid of $30,000 at the 2015 Ohio Select Yearling Sale.   "We raised and raced his dam, Forever Ivy," Brad noted. "She was a gutsy, tough race mare who took a mark of 1:50.3f as a 5-year-old and earned $355,291. So we're not really surprised that this youngster would be fast as well."   Scotch McEwan is the first foal out of Forever Ivy and is from the first Ohio crop by McArdle, who stands at Hickory Lane Farm. Forever Ivy is by Stand Forever and is out of the Ruffstuff Baker broodmare She's A Ruff One p, 4, 1:53f ($137,549).   Interestingly enough, Forever Ivy is also a half-sister the 2-year-old pacing filly Lorenna's Ruffian (also by McArdle), who captured a Leg 1 Ohio Sires Stakes on July 3 at Northfield Park in 1:56.2.   Scotch McEwan now has $60,800 in his career bankroll from three wins and one third in five starts. He had captured Leg 1 of this series on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:55.2 by nearly five lengths, then finished third in Leg 2 at Northfield Park on July 11, timed in 1:54.1, before winning that Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto on July 28.   The 2-year-old trotting colt Buckeye Boss and the freshman pacing youngster Drunk On Your Love both continued their sweep of the series by winning their third OSS legs Tuesday at Scioto.   Buckeye Boss, a Chris Beaver trainee, romped to a 1:58.2 victory for Aaron Merriman. The son of Triumphant Caviar had prevailed in Leg 1 on July 4 at Scioto in 1:59 and on July 12 in Leg 2 at Northfield in 1:57 by nearly seven lengths. He then won an Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto on July 28 in 1:56.2. The winner of $82,750 is owned by Beaver along with Ohio-based breeder Marion Beachy and Synerco Ventures of Ontario.   Drunk On Your Love is a Foreclosure N colt who notched career win three in 1:55. Trained by Bill Dailey for Richard Lombardo, Carl & Melanie Atley and Josh Green, Drunk On Your Love won OSS Leg 1 at Scioto on July 4 in 1:54.3 and Leg 2 at Northfield on July 11 in 1:56.1. All of this youngster's triumphs have come in front-stepping fashion.   Ohio Sires Stakes return to Scioto Downs on Friday night, August 19, featuring 3-year-old filly trotters vying in Leg 4 of this series.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Josh Sutton and Jeff Brewer won the dash titles for top driver and top trainer at the 2016 Miami Valley Raceway harness racing meet, which concluded Sunday (May 8). Sutton won 174 races over the 88-program meet and horses he drove earned $1,380,486. Brewer pupils captured 37 races and his stable earnings amounted to $311,255. Congratulating the pair on their successes were Race Secretary Gregg Keidel and Racing Operations Manager Helen Carlo. Gregg Keidel

Trainer Tyler George, who has had a fantastic 2016 harness racing meet at Miami Valley Raceway (winning at a 30% clip), swept both the Open I and Open II trotting features on the Sunday (May 1) afternoon matinee. Il Mago (Josh Sutton) needed the help of Southwind Pepino (Hugh Beatty Jr.), who actually finished a neck ahead in the $20,000 Open I but who made an unfortunate break just a step from the line, necessitating a judge's official placement to second. Cimeronken (Kyle Ater) was just a length and a half behind in third. Despite being assigned the outermost post position in the $15,000 Open II, Flight Of The Kiwi was able to wear down his competition to score a 1:55.2 triumph. The altered son of Ken Warkentin never saw the pylons, yet driver Josh Sutton swung the winner three-wide around the final turn and beat Third Pat (Ed Greeno Jr.) and Boytown (Peter Wrenn) to the wire. It was the first win of the season for Flight Of The Kiwi in his fourth start. CC Racing LLC of Illinois owns both Il Mago and Flight Of The Kiwi, who are both 7-year-olds. Miami Valley enters its final week of racing for the year with matinees on Monday and Tuesday, followed by stakes-laden programs on Friday and Saturday night plus Sunday afternoon. The Friday and Saturday evening cards will feature multiple $40,000 divisions of opening leg Ohio Sires Stakes action for sophomore pacers and trotters; while the Closing Day Sunday matinee will feature a pair of $100,000 Grand Circuit stakes for the best older pacing and trotting mares in North America. Gregg Keidel

Our Dragon King (Josh Sutton) lowered his own one week old harness racing all-age track record on Saturday (April 23) at Miami Valley Raceway, speeding to a 1:49.3 triumph. Sutton, celebrating his 34th birthday, settled the track record holder in third through a quick :26.1 opening panel, then moved the 6-year-old son of Dragon Again to the front prior to the :54.1 halfway station. The even money favorite tacked on a back half in :55.2 to complete the fastest mile ever at Miami Valley. A pair of other recent open class winners, Fancy Creek Elusiv (Chris Page) and Astreo's Love (Peter Wrenn) gave chase, but ended up almost two lengths behind at the wire. With the record-setting win in the $20,000 Craig Colston Memorial Open I Pace, Our Dragon King now has six wins in 13 2016 tries. The half-million dollar winner, owned by Majs NY, Inc., has a lifetime record of 149.1 taken at Balmoral Park as a 4-year-old. Ohio-sired 3-year-old colts and geldings went postward in a pair of $10,000 elimination heats for the $35,000 James K. Hackett Memorial pace to be staged next Saturday (April 30). The first split was captured by Winna Winna (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:53.3, upsetting other championship qualifiers Crosswinds Dodger (Chris Page), World Of Gaming (Dan Noble) and Myell's Rockstar (Jeremy Smith). The altered son of Feelin Friskie, trained by Bill Dailey, returned $25.60 for a $2 win ticket. The Kauffman-Dailey combination prevailed in the second division as well, when Gotmoneyinmypocket came within two-fifths of a second of the divisional track record with a 1:52.2 triumph. Also a son of Feelin Friskie, Gotmoneyinmypocket topped Whataboy (Chris Page), Friskie Cruiser (Ryan Stahl), Au Naturel (Josh Sutton) and Docdor Friskie (Peter Wrenn), who qualified for the final as the fastest fifth-place finisher (clocked in 1:53.2). Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Our Dragon King broke the all-age, all-time track record at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (April 16), scorching the five-eighths mile oval in 1:49.4-the first sub-1:50 mile in the track's three years of existence. Leading driver Josh Sutton very rarely chooses off a Virgil Morgan Jr.-trainee, but he must have known something about the current form of Our Dragon King as he opted to drive trainer Tyler George's outstanding 6-year-old in a $15,000 undercard conditioned event. Following a first-quarter tussle with Schoolkids (Brady Galliers), Our Dragon King cleared to the front just past the quarter mile station in :26.1. From there he stopped half and three-quarters teletimers in :54.1 and 1:21.2 before urging the new track record holder through a :28.2 closing split with a commanding six length lead. Freedomformysoul (Dan Noble) took full advantage of a break by favored K Ryan Bluechip and captured the $25,000 championship final of the Tom Tharps Memorial Series at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (April 16) in 1:52.1. Noble left aggressively with the 4-year-old son of If I Can Dream, dropped into the two-hole temporarily, then pointed his charge to the front of the field. Valiente Stride (driven by Tom Tharps' son Randy) got a pocket ride throughout from the rail and finished just three-quarters of a length short at the wire. SOS Justified (Kayne Kauffman) also raced gamely and grabbed the show spot. Rocco Ruffolo owns Freedomformysoul, who won for the seventh time and upped his earnings to $118,530. He is conditioned by Jim Ellison. Earlier on the card Rockin Ron (Chris Page) swept to his ninth consecutive victory and second straight at Miami Valley capturing the $20,000 Open Pace in 1:50.2. From the Miami Valley Media Department

LEBANON, OH. - Driver Chris Page equaled the harness racing record for victories on a single card Friday night (April 15) at Miami Valley Raceway by capturing seven of the first eleven races on the 14-race program. The 32-year-old Mt. Vernon, Ohio native now shares the mark with Josh Sutton, who managed the same feat on Saturday night, April 2, less than two weeks ago. Page guided odds-on favorite Safe From Terror to a 1:52.2 score over American Girl (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) and Addys Way (Dan Noble) in the $20,000 Mares Open Pace, her fourth win in seven tries against the best distaffers at the meet. The 4-year-old Western Terror daughter is being pointed towards the $100,000 (est.) Chip Noble Memorial Grand Circuit race scheduled for closing day, May 8, at Miami Valley. The 17 time winner, owned by Winchester Baye Acres and trained by Jim Arledge Jr, now boasts lifetime earnings of $541,262. Page's other triumphs came behind Made Of Jewels AS (1:54.4, $3.80), Duel Of Truth (1:54.1, $2.80), Ginger Spice N (1:52.4, $13.00), Edita Hanover (1:54.4, $38.20), Canttakeitwithyou (1:54.1, $21.40) and Miss Princess Leah (1:54.3, $4.00). When asked if he was having fun near the end of the night, Chris smiled and quietly said "Oh Yeah!" A fellow driver nearby was overheard chuckling "Oh yeah, he's a real ladies man!," a good-natured reference to the fact that six of Page's seven triumphs were with female pacers on his record-equaling night. The championship leg of the Dr. Don Mossbarger Memorial Series was also contested with Ginger Tree Alexis (Sutton) winning the $25,000 race in dominating fashion over Townlinedaliscard (Kayne Kauffman) and Swinging Cami (Jeremy Smith). Owner Howard Taylor sent the 4-year-old Dragon Again mare to trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. specifically for this series, which was limited to distaffers who had won less than six pari-mutuel races or $50,000 lifetime as of the series' start. From the Miami Valley Media Department

LEBANON, OH. - Penn did it again! For the fifth time in seven attempts, the 6-year-old son of Master Glide captured the $20,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday afternoon (April 10). The Bobby Brower-trainee was put through a demanding first quarter (:27) by driver Josh Sutton, but got a second quarter breather (:31.1 ), reaching the half in :58.1. With the field double-tiering front to back in the second half, Penn coasted to the 1:26 third quarter and then fought gamely in the final panel to hold off Tinder (Tyler Smith) by a length in 1:55.3. Southwind Pepino (Sandy Beatty) rallied for third in his seasonal debut. Barkley Counts owns the winner who now sports 33 wins in 70 career starts and a growing bankroll that is up to $264,994. A trio of first leg divisions of the Robert J. (Skeeter) Brown Memorial trotting series for non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $15,000 were also contested. Phat Stacks was the upset winner of the first split for owner-trainer-driver Tim Roach. The sophomore son of Lockkeeper topped The Next Triumph (Jeremy Smith) and Rompaway Hustler (Roy Wilson) in 1:59.2, returning $34.20 for a $2 win wager. Chip Or Don bested Master Class (Chris Page) and Judana (Jeremy Smith) in 2:01 in the middle division for owner-trainer-driver Tye Loy. The 3-year-old Chip Chip Hooray colt returned $11.40 to his backers. The final heat was won by Fantasy League (Kyle Ater) over Crowned With Glory (Ed Greeno Jr.) and Improper Elegance (Dan Noble) in a 1:59.2 mile. Mike Sowers owns and trains the winner, who paid $5.80. Miami Valley's Lucky Pick 5, covering races 8 through 12, went unsolved resulting in a $1408.97 carryover into the pool for the 50-cent wager when racing resumes on Monday (April 11) afternoon with a 2:05 post time. From the Miami Valley Media Department

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