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LEBANON, OH. - Poison Oak, a recent private purchase addition to the Virgil Morgan Jr. Stable, captured the $15,000 championship leg of the George Williams Memorial Series, one of nine series being contested at Miami Valley honoring the memory of 'Lebanon Legends' of days gone by. The four-year-old son of Always A Virgin topped E R Oliver (Tyler Smith) by a length with Awinkandagrin (Jeremy Smith) another three-quarters of a length back in third. Miami Valley's leading driver Josh Sutton sent Poison Oak charging out of the gate from the eight hole and steadily forged to the front just past the :27.2 opening panel. The winner posted middle fractions of :55.2 and 1:24.2 before finishing the job by stopping the clock in 1:53.4. The George Williams series featured male pacers who were shy of either four pari-mutuel wins or $30,000 in earnings when the nominations closed on March 1. It was the eighth career win for Poison Oak, owned in partnership with Morgan Jr. by Carl Howard, and increased his lifetime bankroll to $38,876. As the second choice on the tote board, Poison Oak paid $5.80 while the exacta kicked back $24.20. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Harness racing driver Josh Sutton is enjoying his own version of 'March Madness' at Miami Valley Raceway. The 32-year-old reinsman, ranked sixth in the national dash standings prior to winning a handful (5) of races on Friday night, has scored multiple victories on 12 of the 15 programs presented thus far this month and is averaging better than three wins per night in March. Sutton visited the winner's circle on six occasions the night of March 11 and owns two five win nights, three four win nights and four three win nights in the past three weeks. His total of 46 wins in the last 15 nights at Miami Valley has vaulted him into a comfortable lead in the driver's standings with a season total of 125 scores. Dan Noble is second with 94 tallies, followed by Kayne Kauffman with 71. Among Sutton's Friday night successes was a second straight Fillies and Mares Open victory with Betterluvnexttime. The lukewarm favorite held off Shine N Shimmer (Chris Page) in 1:53.3. The top pair are both seven-year-old American Ideal mares with impressive credentials. The winner now has 41 wins in 100 starts, good for $488,875 in earnings; while the runnerup has 19 wins and has earned $333,617. Virgil Morgan Jr. conditions Betterluvnexttime for owner Daniel Mitchell. Sutton's other winners Friday were Royal Sue (1:57.2), trotter War Cry Hall (1:58.3), Perfectly Royal (1:55) and Ubettorbeturlife (1:54.2). A pair of first round $5000 divisions of the Robert J. "Skeeter" Brown Memorial Series, featuring non-winners of two pari-mutuel races trotters, also went postward on Friday. Held In Balance (Jeff Nisonger) captured the first split in 1:59.1 over All B Over (Tyler Smith) and Fly Away Bumblebee (Kayne Kauffman). The second division went to E R Justiceforall (Ken Holliday) who bested Mojito As (Jason Brewer) and Hooray Wisconsin (Kyle Ater).    

LEBANON, OH. - Red-hot Josh Sutton, Miami Valley's leading driver and ranked seventh in the country in 2015 wins, racked up another most impressive night over the southwest Ohio five-eighths mile oval. The 32-year-old reinsman visited the winner's circle six times during the 14-race card to become the first Miami Valley driver to pass the 100 win plateau already this season and the seventh driver in North America to reach that level. Sutton started the evening with 95 wins at Miami Valley to go with a .312 UDRS and $536,833 in purses earned for owners of horses he has handled. Only two of Sutton's winners were favorites. His parade of winners started in the third with Sand Shark (1:55.3, $9.40 to win), followed by Gypsy Colors (1:54.2, $8.80), trotter Vacation Angel (1:59.2, $17.00), Settlement Request (1:56.2, $6.40), Sir Howie's Z Tam (1:54.4, $3.40), and trotter Claim Jumper (1:57.3, $41.00). Driver Chris Page scored a triple on the Wednesday program; while Randy Tharps doubled. Gregg Keidel          

LEBANON, OH. - Harness racing driver Dan Noble has climbed back into a virtual tie for leading dash driver at Miami Valley's second season.   The nearby Xenia, Ohio native won five times on a snowy, 10 degree special President's Day Monday matinee to end the day deadlocked with Josh Sutton, who had a driving double of his own.   The pair each have 63 victories through the first 32 programs of an 89-day meet. Defending champion Kayne Kauffman is third with 56 tallies.   Noble's triumphs were with Angels N Demons, who covered the snow-covered 'good' track in 1:59.2 and paid $2.80 to win, Make Your Move (1:59.3, $7.20), Picture Me (1:57.2, $6.80), Salutation Hanover (1:59.2, $5.60) and E R Prince Charmin (2:00.3, $10.80).   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - The first leg of the Rootbeer Slammer Series, named after one of the most durable and popular open class pacers in the storied history of old Lebanon Raceway, was contested in two divisions on Wednesday night at Miami Valley Raceway. Big Bear Bow pulled off a mild upset from the inside No. 1 post position in the first split; while Peck Blue Chip rewarded his backers, who made him the off-time favorite, with a win from the outside No. 8 post position in the second. Driver Jeff Nisonger elected to let Big Bear Bow race fourth until pulling second-over into the outer flow approaching the halfway point. The six-year-old gelding cleared Astronomer (Greg Grismore), who was the frontrunner, just past the three-quarter station and cruised to the finish in 1:56 over the "good" track dampened by a steady cold drizzle. Astronomer held for second with One Last Chance (Josh Sutton) finishing a creditable third. It was the 11th career tally for Big Bear Bow, who returned $10.20 to win, and pushed his earnings over $30,000 for trainer Eddie Poling and his partner James Martin. Reinsman Josh Sutton, who won five races on the program, set sail from the get-go with Peck Blue Chip, clearing to the front just past the quarter and holding all challengers at bay in 1:56.3. Navahoe (Andy Shetler) got the garden trip to finish second without seriously challenging the favored winner, who returned $5.40 for a two dollar ticket. Skyway Titan (Ken Holliday) completed the trifiecta ticket. Peck Blue Chip's lifetime statistics are now 16 wins and $147,823 banked. He is trained and owned by Tom Blankenship. Jeremy Smith scored his 999th career victory behind JD's First Lady in the eleventh race on the program. The 35-year-old Washington Court House, Ohio, native has eight drives on Thursday night's 12-race program at Miami Valley. Post time is 6:30 p.m. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Mykindachip made it three wins in four tries since the start of Miami Valley Raceway's second season by winning the $15,500 Open Pace in 1:54.3 on Saturday (February 7). In each of the three victories, driver Kayne Kauffman has left the wings of the gate alertly with the six-year-old son of Art's Chip, allowed a single adversary to clear to the front, then retakes the lead just past the quarter and successfully plays catch-me-if-you-can to the wire. Sent off as a prohibitive 2-5 favorite over a 'good' track, Mykindachip watched Cam B Zipper (Chris Page) sweep by just before the :27 opening quarter, then Kauffman retook command through fractions of :56.4 and 1:25.3 before a :29 final panel sealed the deal. Rockin Finish (Brent Holland) raced gamely first-up on the outside to finish a lapped-on second with Cam B Zipper holding firm for third. It was the 25th career triumph for Mykindachip and increased his lifetime bounty to $408,107. He is owned by Carl Atley and trained by Danny Dubeansky. Driver Josh Sutton enjoyed quite a night, winning six of the first 11 races to move into a strong third in the local dash standings after 25 nights of the 89-night meet. With three races remaining on the Saturday night program, defending champion Kayne Kauffman and former national dash champion Dan Noble were deadlocked for first place with 49 victories apiece. Sutton, who won the recent Dayton Raceway dash title, gained considerably with his stellar Saturday night. His win total was 44 at presstime. Racing resumes Sunday afternoon with a 3:00 PM post time. Gregg Keidel

Northfield Park recognized its 2014 harness racing leading driver and trainer on Monday (February 2). Northfield Park Vice President and General Manger, Brent Reitz and Assistant General Manager, Mike Colacarro were in the winner's circle to congratulate Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and Brian Loney. They presented them with plaques and each will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. again topped the 2014 local driving ranks, winning 659 races over the Flying Turns. His nearest competitor, Aaron Merriman, drove 475 winners. Josh Sutton (282), Kurt Sugg (191) and Jason Merriman (171) completed the top five reinsmen. Wrenn, 28, resides in Maumee, Ohio and now has three driving titles under his belt. Ronnie won the dash titles at Northfield Park and Northville Downs in 2013. Ronnie's 2014 total victory tally is 847, which was seven wins better than any other driver in North America. Aaron Merriman (840), George Napolitano Jr. (679), David Palone (640) and Bruce Aldrich Jr. (615) completed the top five drivers (by wins) in the continent. Wrenn began driving in 2008 and has won 2,221 races and purses of $9,006,331. Wrenn's richest win ever came in a $200,000 Ohio Sire Stake Final. His fastest win was aboard Rockin Finish in 1:50.0. Northfield Park's 2014 leading trainer Brian Loney won nine more races than any other Cleveland conditioner. He garnered 89 local victories throughout the year. Barry Langley finished second with 80 wins. Virgil Morgan Jr. (72), Jessica Millner (70) and Calvin Hollar (68) complete the top five Northfield Park trainers for 2014. Brian is originally from Hager Hill, Kentucky and has recently relocated to Northfield, Ohio. He has three children: 14 year-old son Gannun, 10 year-old son Payton and 5 year-old daughter Polly. Loney, 36, has 1,185 career victories and purse earnings of $2,549,704. However, 2014 marks his first dash title. Brian remembers his first training win was with the gelding pacer Stealth Fighter, at Fairmount Park. His favorite horse he has ever cared for is Moe Joe Rack It. Ayers Ratliff

LEBANON, OH. - War Cry Hall made it three in a row in O-Hi-O on Sunday afternoon at Miami Valley by capturing the $16,500 Open Trot. Harness racing driver Josh Sutton urged the winner past Mr Web Page (Chris Page) in the final strides despite a sloppy track caused by steady rainfall throughout the day. Can'tcutthatchip (Jack Dailey) was a fast-closing third in the feature race. Favored Rehab Mountain (Brad Hanners) cut fractions of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:29 before tiring in the late going. RBH Ventures Inc owns War Cry Hall, who earned $99,010 in 2014 before returning to Ohio at the beginning of the year. He has visited the Miami Valley winner's circle on three straight occasions, including two Opens. Leading trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. trains the six-year-old son of Cash Hall. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - The owners of A Piece Of The Action LLC got more than a piece of the action in a pair of lucrative harness racing "Claim To Fame" finals at Miami Valley on Thursday night...they got half of the action and a solid immediate return on investment. They claimed both Regil Tiger, the winner of the $15,900 championship division for $8000 claiming horses and geldings, and Carlina Hanover, the winner of the $19,600 split for distaff $12,500 claimers, just one week ago in the final preliminary leg of the respective series. Both winners were entrusted to new trainer Jeff Nisonger. Regil Tiger (Josh Sutton) fought off constant pressure over a sloppy track and still managed to pull away to a 1:56.2 score over Orse Power (Tyler Smith) and Bazinga (Randy Tharps). It was the 35th lifetime triumph for the nine-year-old son of Mach Three and increased his career bankroll to over $310,000. The win was one of five on the night for Josh Sutton, who captured the recent Hollywood Dayton Raceway driving title and currently ranks third at Miami Valley Raceway. Carlina Hanover (Kayne Kauffman) also employed gate-to-wire tactics to capture her championship, holding off Yankee's Lady (Kyle Ater) and Schmatie (Dan Noble) in 1:55.3. It was just the ninth lifetime win for the lightly raced daughter of Dragon Again and boosted her career bounty past $87,000. The "Claim To Fame" series concludes this weekend at Miami Valley when the finalists in the $5000 claiming trot compete for an $8200 purse on Friday night and the $12,500 male claiming pacer chase a $20,000 purse on Saturday. Sunday, February 1, is the deadline to enter another series of late closers, these for conditioned horses, to go postward over the next few weeks. Entry forms can be downloaded at: using the Racing and then Horsemens Info tabs. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - A shortened field of seven open trotters, reduced by two scratches, went postward over a track dampened by the season's first serious thaw in Sunday's featured $16,500 event. When the battle ended it was War Cry Hall, driven by Josh Sutton, owned by RBH Ventures, Inc. and trained by Virgil Morgan Jr., that prevailed in 1:59.3. The frontstepping winner outlasted a fast-closing Whit with Mischievous Jesse also finishing strong to garner the show dough. It was the second 2015 win for War Cry Hall who stepped into open company after capturing the top conditioned trot a week ago. Finalists were also determined on Sunday in two of the eight "Claim To Fame" series currently being conducted at Miami Valley. In the division for $20,000 claiming horses and geldings, the finalists-in order of earnings in the two preliminary legs-are Blue Fin and Dabestleaderever, who tied for first with a win and a place finish each; Littlebitaclass, Tomitta Bayama, Saulsbrook Astrobo, Rustys No Fool, Ideal Race, Volo and Vincent Vega. If any of the finalist fail to declare, first also-eligible is Big Time Rocks. With five different winners in the five preliminary races, the $25,000 championship next Sunday promises to be a hum-dinger. Finalists for the pacing claiming mares $5000 division will be Bittersweet Best, Dawn Of New Money, Debi's Sign, Luna Hanover, EE Bay, Miss HKB, Charolettes Maggie, She Can Attack and either LCB Sandy or Bonnie's Beach, who tied for the ninth and final spot. There were four different winners in the four preliminary races in this section too, so a competitive $10,000 championship race is also expected. From the Miami Valley Media Department  

LEBANON, OH. - There were no relapses for Rehab Mountain on Sunday as the six-year-old gelding raced "clean as a whistle" to win Miami Valley Raceway's $16,500 Open Trot for the second week in a row.   Driver Brad Hanners, who also trains the winner, settled into a snug pocket behind Celebrity Hercules (Dan Noble) through fractions of :28, :57.3 and 1:26 before angling out at the head of the stretch and passing the pacesetter in the final strides to win by a half-length in 1:55. Mr Web Page (Kayne Kauffman) finished third, Victory Is Coming (Ammon Hershberger) fourth and favored CI's Buckeye (Chris Page) fifth in the full nine-horse field.   The B6 Racing Stable owns Rehab Mountain who now boasts 27 wins and $245,687 in earnings in 99 lifetime starts.   A pair of "Claim To Fame" series opening legs were also contested on the late afternoon Sunday program, with two divisions for $5000 claiming mares and three splits for male $20,000 claimers.   In the mares heats, Debi's Sign (Josh Sutton) and EE Bay (Tyler Smith) came up with identical 1:56.2 triumphs in the $5000 races. The series promises to produce some exciting racing as just three lengths separated the nine mares at the wire in the first split, and all nine in the second split were within six lengths at the finish.   Debi's Sign, sent off at 34-1 odds, closed from seventh at the head of the stretch to nip Luna Hanover (Kayne Kauffman) and She Can Attack (Kyle Ater) and pay $70.40 to win. EE Bay went gate-to-wire as the 2-1 second choice in the betting, holding off Miss HKB (Jeremy Smith) and Bonnie's Beach (Charlie Neff).   Winners in the trio of $12,500 divisions for the $20,000 claimers were Tomitta Bayama (Jeff Nisonger) in 1:53.4, Saulsbrook Astrobo (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:53.3 and Littlebitaclass (Chris Page) in 1:52.3.   Both Tomitta Bayama and Saulsbrook Astrobo used frontstepping style; while Littlebitaclass employed a pocket ride strategy. Tomitta Bayama bested Blue Fin (Dan Noble) and Vincent Vega (Tyler Smith) by just a half-length.   Saulsbrook Astrobo was three-quarters of a length better than Volo (Randy Tharps) with Rusty's No Fool (Greg Grismore) another neck back in the show spot. Littlebitaclass proved a head better than pacesetter Dabestleaderever (Dan Noble), while Fudge (Shawn Barker II), who was claimed from the race, rallied for third.   Racing resumes Wednesday night at Miami Valley when the "Claim To Fame" focus shifts to five divisions of $5000 claiming races for male pacers, plus a pair of divisions for $8000 claiming pacing mares. Post time is 6:30 p.m.   From the Media Department Miami Valley    

LEBANON, OH. - The much-anticipated kickoff to Miami Valley Raceway's second season of harness racing took place Friday night with positive reviews of the many capital improvements to both the grandstand and paddock. The overflow crowd present to welcome back live racing were impressed by the new infield tote board, which features a high-tech video panel, and were overheard complimenting the improved sight lines accomplished by lowering the elevation of all the big screen TVs mounted throughout the grandstand. Horsemen seemed pleased that a number of promised improvements in the massive paddock were completed and made their racing experience more enjoyable. Included in the paddock improvements are gas heating units installed down both aisles, better drainage and more hot water in the bath stalls and installation of four additional TVs. On the track, $99,000 in purses were offered on the 14-race program. Buckeye Thea (Josh Sutton) captured the initial $13,500 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap pace, edging Stucklikeglue (Greg Grismore) and Ella V Horse (Jeff Nisonger) in 1:54.1. Sectionline Yankee prevailed following a frantic three-wide battle for the front during a :26.4 opening panel with Stucklikeglue eventually settling In The Pocket and Muy Caliente falling into third. The top three stayed in order during a relatively pedestrian :29.2 second quarter but longshot Ella V Horse was ranging up first-over with Buckeye Thea in tow in the outer flow. When Ella V Horse cleared prior to reaching the 1:24.4 third stanza it left Buckeye Thea to fend for herself on the outside in the stretch. Stucklikeglue found racing room along the inside in midstretch and the three of them fought tooth and nail to the wire. The winner, owned by Rich Paltani and trained by Steve Carter, paid $16.00. Drivers Tyler Smith and Kayne Kauffman grabbed the early lead in the Miami Valley driver's dash standings on the strength of four wins each on the opening night card. Smith, a 21-year-old native of nearby Washington Court House, visited the winner's circle with trotter P L Halle (1:59.1) in the second, Eloquent Velocity (1:56.2) in the eighth, Hoponit (1:54.4) in the ninth and Metro Shopping (1:54) in the eleventh. Kauffman successes came behind Miss York County (1:56.4) in the third, Over And Out in the seventh, All Terror (1:55.2) in the twelvth and CC's Munchkin (1:56) in the nightcap. Driver Josh Sutton scored a driving triple; while Jeremy Smith had double. Miami Valley races five times a week through May 3. Post time Wednesday through Saturday nights is 6:30 p.m. with a weekly Sunday matinee scheduled for 3:00 p.m. From the Miami Valley Media Department

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway brought the curtain down on its inaugural 57-night harness racing meet on Saturday, crowning Josh Sutton as its first-ever dash champion and Virgil Morgan Jr. as its leading trainer. Sutton captured five races on the closing night card to bring his meet-leading total to 103 triumphs. Dayton Raceway became the ninth different track at which the 32-year-old reinsman has won a dash title. Sutton has captured 2,784 victories in his career and his mounts have earned over $16 million. With 588 wins and a .319 UDRS he is a top ten driver in the 2014 national dash standings. Morgan is no stranger to meet training titles as he has captured twenty straight at Scioto Downs and captured the inaugural training title at nearby Miami Valley Raceway earlier in 2014. He managed 52 trips to the Dayton Raceway winner's circle. His powerful stable has produced 327 victories good for a .365 UTRS rating in 2014. Virgil was the first trainer in history to record 5,000 career training wins, a number which has since grown to 5,378. The stable has produced over $45 million in career earnings for its horse owners. Rockin Finish (Randy Tharps) captured the final $10,000 Open Pace of the Dayton meet, one of three winners from the Morgan Stable on closing night. The five-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover managed a 1:52.3 neck victory over the sloppy track, topping Valentino (Kayne Kauffman) with iron-tough Lucky Lime (Kyle Ater) picking up the show dough. Gerrie Tucker owns Rockin Finish, who increased his seasonal earnings to $80,000 and his lifetime earnings to nearly $335,000 with the impressive tally. The top trotters at Dayton also lined up for their final $10,000 test on Saturday with Mr Web Page (Jeff Nisonger) emerging as the victor by sticking his nose in front of Celebrity Hercules (Dan Noble) at the wire. Touchmymuscles (Jeremy Smith) closed strongly to garner the show payoff. Helping Hands Stable owns the winning six-year-old son of Muscles Yankee, whose seasonal earnings are now also nearing $80,000 and a career bankroll of $475,000. Jim Arledge Jr. conditions Mr Web Page, who finished his 2014 season with two wins and a second place finish in his last three starts-all in open company. Hollywood Dayton Raceway closed its first season with strong momentum for the future. Each of the final three programs produced record high handles, both on-track and via export simulcast, encouraging signs for harness racing's newest venue.

DAYTON, OH. - Just two days after taking the lead in the Hollywood Dayton Raceway dash standings, Josh Sutton scored triumphs in one-half of the new track's 14 Monday night races to put some distance between himself and his closest competitors, Chris Page and Dan Noble, who took the night off at Dayton. The 32-year-old Sutton, who ranks in the top ten in the national driver's standings, now has 76 wins on the first 41 programs of the inaugural meet. Page has 65 and Noble 61 trips to the Dayton winner's circle. Sutton's victories came with the trotter King Trut (1:59) in the second, Fear The Major (1:57.2) in the fourth, QB Killa (1:53.4) in the fifth, followed by a sweep of the final four races with KR's Cruiser (1:54.4), Mystic Desire (1:53.1), Wisher (1:55.2) and Second Chance (1:55.2). From the press box at Dayton Raceway  

DAYTON, OH. - Cantab Lindy has found the new Hollywood Dayton Raceway to his liking, winning the $10,000 Saturday night Open Trot for the second straight week following a third place finish in his initial local outing a week earlier. The six-year-old altered son of Cantab Hall is owned and trained by Brent Davis and has had red-hot Josh Sutton on his lines since arriving at Dayton. The feature race triumph was Sutton's tenth of the week and nudged him slightly ahead of Chris Page and Dan Noble for the first time in what promises to be a spirited three-way battle for the inaugural driver's dash title. Cantab Lindy defended his inside post position draw off the wings of the gate, yielding briefly to Brother Gus (Jason Brewer) before quickly retaking the lead at the :27.3 quarter mile marker. Sutton managed a :30.3 second quarter front-end breather for the 4-5 favorite before speeding through a :27.4 third panel when Mystical Dew (Tyler Smith) ranged up to challenge. A :29 second final quarter was enough to hold off Mystical Dew by 1-1/2 lengths, but the runnerup broke stride in deep stretch and was placed last for failure to lose ground following the miscue. Brother Gus and Ajuama (Greg Grismore) were next to cross the finish line and were elevated by the judges into the official place and show finishing positions. The 1:55 score was the 20th win in Cantab Lindy's career and lifted his lifetime bounty to almost a quarter million dollars. From the press box at Dayton Raceway

Honey B and Kyle Ater scored a convincing victory in the $74,625 Ohio Breeders Championship for freshman filly trotters in Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair. As the field of six was sent on their way, Honey B yielded to the fast leaving I'd Rather Walk (Kayne Kauffman). Ater retook the lead past the quarter in :29.3. Honey B was unchallenged at the half in 1:00.2 and three-quarters in 1:30.2. Josh Sutton sent Like Old Times to attack the leader by a late break in stride sealed his fate as Honey B cruised to a nine and three-quarter length victory in 2:00.2. The Victory Sam lass is conditioned by Dan Ater for Jim Burnett of Wilmington, Ohio, and Tim Homan of Maineville, Ohio. In the first $24,875 division Dark Roast and Marty Wollam battled Soaring Flight through the final three-eighths of the mile and scored a head victory in 2:01. The daughter of Full Count won for the third time in eight starts for her owners Arcadia Farms of Canfield, Ohio, and G & B Racing of New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. In the final division Sammy Star and Aaron Merriman won over Student Of Life (Marty Wollam) and I'm Chiptastic (John Ryan Melshaimer) in 2:00.3 Sammy Star is owned by Peggy Carter, Robert Reid, Shelia Hummel and Great Am Stable and trained by Steve Carter. The daughter of Victory Sam won for the seventh time in 15 starts. I Know My Chip & Neely's Messenger Take 2CT OBC I Know My Chip and Jason Brewer passed the pace setting Cooter Dun (Louis Bauslaugh) at the top of the stretch and scored a one length victory in the $65,534 (division ) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old trotting colts in a lifetime best 1:59.3. Jim Daily trains the Deep Chip colt for Kimberly Dailey of Mechanicsburg, Ohio. I Know My Chip has finished first or second in nine of 10 starts this season. In the second $32,767 division, Neely's Messenger and Marty Wollam won for the sixth straight time with this one in 2:00.3. When the field was set on their way, Kick A Lot (Kurt Sugg) protected his rail spot forcing Lantern's Chip (Greg Grismore) to race the long mile. Neely's Messenger patiently sat fourth on the rail until he was sent three wide as the field headed to the three-quarter pole. Kick A Lot didn't like the pressure and broke stride. Neely's Messenger won by one and three-quarter lengths over Lantern's Chip and Really Deep Chip (Jack Daily). Dale and Julie Ann Sweet own the son of Neely Dunn. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

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