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DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway closed the curtain on a successful second season on Wednesday night (December 30) with an overall average nightly handle increase of 20% over the inaugural 2014 harness racing session. Over $5.2 million in purses were paid out over the 75-night meet. Josh Sutton successfully defended his 2014 driver's dash title by winning 116 races (through the 8th race on closing night) and earning nearly $600,000 in purse money. At age 33, Sutton has won 3,288 races in his career and is nearing $20 million in purse earnings. He currently ranks seventh in the national dash standings, one of four Ohio-based drivers in the top ten. Kayne Kauffman also cracked the 100 wins barrier to finish second with Dan Noble, Chris Page and Jeremy Smith rounding out the top five. Trainer Jeff Brewer garnered his first Hollywood Dayton trainer's title, harnessing 46 winners with stable earnings of almost $200,000 for the meet. The 56-year-old Brewer has sent a total of 1,675 horses to the winner's circle in a productive career that also includes training titles at Hoosier Park, Indiana Downs, Lebanon Raceway and Thunder Ridge. Horses in his care have earned just under $8 million over the years. The remainder of the top five were Virgil Morgan Jr., Kayne Kauffman, Chris Short and Sam Coven. An astounding total of 440 trainers made at least one start during the 3-1/2 month Hollywood Dayton season. New track records were established on both the pace and trot. State Treasurer (David Miller) copped the $138,500 Dayton Pacing Derby in 1:48.4, the fastest mile ever at Dayton; while Penn (Josh Sutton) lowered the square-gait standard to 1:52.3 in a December open event. Hollywood Dayton Raceway put an exclamation point on its successful second season with another all-time record handle, $366,773, on the final program of the year--eclipsing the old record established a week earlier of $357,603. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Harness racing drivers Kayne Kauffman and Tyler Smith each scored hat tricks at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Monday night (November 9), while Jason Brewer notched a driving double.   Kauffman has now won eight races over the last two programs, as he visited the winner's circle five times on Saturday night, and has catapulted himself back to the top of the local dash standings.   Kauffman guided Real Infusion to a 1:54 score in a bottomed condition pace for trainer Chris Short, Jollyinjail to a 1:58.4 triumph in a bottom condition trot for trainer Larry Richardson, and Mr Why to a 1:53.2 tally for conditioner Mike Polhamus in a second level condition pace.   With his trio of Monday night wins Kayne now has 61 victories in the first 38 nights of the current meet, four better than Josh Sutton and Chris Page, who are deadlocked for second with 57 apiece.   Smith, who has been plying his trade primarily at Hoosier Park this Fall, but who likely will spend more nights at Hollywood Dayton once the Indiana oval closes for the season after this week, also made three different trainers happy on Monday. The Ohio native steered trainer Danny Collins' She B Jeebeez to a 1:54.4 score in a non-winners race for fillies and mares; trainer Tricia Shepard's Fox Valley Action to a 1:55.4 triumph in a mid-level condition pace; and finished his night with a 1:54.1 tally with Wounded Warrior in a $5000 claimer for trainer Aaron Hamilton.   Jason Brewer managed a driving double to reach 40 wins for the meet, which is currently in sixth place among local reinsmen.   Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Locally-based Artistic Fusion bested invaders Rev Me Up and American Girl to capture the $10,500 Mares Open pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (November 6). The four-year-old daughter of Artistic Fella, trained and driven to victory by Kayne Kauffman, controlled the throttle throughout splits of :27, :56 and 1:24.1 before scurrying home in :28.4 to complete her 1:53 triumph. It was the eleventh seasonal victory for Artistic Fusion, owned by Mike Foote, and increased her 2015 bounty to $85,000 in 26 starts. Sent off at odds of over 5-1, the winner returned $13.40. Combined with runnerup Rev Me Up, who benefitted from a pocket ride throughout, the $2 exacta returned $55; while those that tacked American Girl, who got a second-over journey, onto the end of their $2 trifecta tickets were rewarded with a $395.20 return. From the Media Department at Dayton Raceway

Friday, October 30, 2015, 10:08 PM DAYTON, OH. - Despite being the youngest horse in a full field of Open Mares at Dayton Raceway on Friday night (October 30), Somewhere Sweet also showed why she was the richest harness racing horse in the $12,000 feature race. The sophomore daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, who finished third in the Jugette five weeks ago, driver Chris Page and Somewhere Sweet sat chilly in mid-pack through brisk early fractions of :26.1, :54.1 and 1:22.4, then swept to the front on the final bend and held off Yankee's Lady (Kyle Ater) and Electric Dancemove (Jeff Nisonger) to win by open lengths in 1:52.2. Brian Brown trains the talented lass, owned by the Miller's Stable Inc. The winner's share of the purse pushed the winner's 2015 bounty over $200,000 after winning just one race and earning $11,634 at age two. Driver Jason Brewer scored a 'grand slam' on the program, triumphing with four horses all from his father Jeff Brewer's large stable. Medoland Lindeylou copped a $5000 conditioned pace for female pacers in 1:53.1, Forceful Gale captured a $6000 conditioned trot in 1:57.1, State Street Liz won a $5000 distaff pace in 1:53.4, and Flying Crystal won the mares $8000 to $10,000 claiming handicap in 1:53.3. Kayne Kauffman also enjoyed a successful evening by scoring his own four-bagger to strengthen his second place position in the current local driver's dash standings. Kauffman, who recently eclipsed $10 million in career purse earnings, won the opening two races with Winbak Jake for trainer Sherif Cunmulaj in 1:56.1, then steered trainer Vince Gomez's Chantal to a 1:53.2 tally in a $6500 claimer. He capped off his quarter of victories with Artistic Fusion from his own stable in a $7500 top conditioned event; and notching the nightcap with Virgin Girl for conditioner Katie Dircksen. Keep It Sweet (Chris Page) equalled the local track record for four-year-old trotting mares when she scored in 1:55.1 in a $6000 trot. Owned by John McGill and Brian Carsey and trained by Chris McGuire, Keep It Sweet topped Speed Hanover (Shawn Barker II) and Really Deep Chip (Kayne Kauffman). Racing resumes Saturday night (October 31) with a 12-race Halloween-themed program featuring a $12,000 Open Pace and an $11,500 Open Trot. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Harness racing driver Kayne Kauffman had the hot hand Friday night (September 25) as Hollywood Dayton Raceway resumed its second season of live racing after a brief five-day respite in deference to Little Brown Jug week at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds. With the four-bagger, Kauffman jumped into a tie for the top spot in the dash standings with Jeremy Smith and Chris Page, who called off on Friday. Each has nine triumphs in the first six nights of the 75-night meet. Greg Grismore and Randy Tharps are tied for the fourth spot with eight wins apiece. Kauffman's first win came in the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open pace when he guided Platinum Spirit to an upset win over Igottafeelinfran (Jack Dailey) and Lease Ness Monster (Jeremy Smith). Despite going off at 11-1 odds, Kauffman made an aggressive first-over move before the half and the gutsy four-year-old Tell All mare sustained her forward momentum all the way to the finish, clocked in 1:52.1. Brent Hopper, James Davis and Kyle Gray own the winner, who is trained by Ben Davis. Upfront Miss Major captured a $6500 claiming event to give the 37-year-old red-and-white clad driver his second score, this triumph in 1:53.4 over Blanca Raya (Greg Grismore) and Janinne (Shawn Barker II). Kayne's wife Natalie Kauffman co-owns the Art Major mare with Marty Wogoman. The win mutuel was a handsome $9.20 on the morning line favorite. Artistic Fusion gave Kauffman his third win, scoring in 1:52.2 over Gia Diamond (Randy Tharps) and Always Ya Baby (Jeremy Smith) in a $6000 distaff condition race. The reinsman also trains the Artistic Fella mare owned by Mike Foote, who returned $6.80 to win. Endeavors Dot Com accompanied Kauffman to the winner's circle next as she captured an $8000 claiming event in 1:52.2 over CC's Munchkin (Josh Sutton) and Rosetta Star (Shawn Barker II). Walter Haynes Jr. trains the daughter of Keystone Endeavor for Tracy Livingston and Samuel Samples. She returned $7.00 as the second choice on the tote board. Racing resumes Saturday night with a powerful 14-race program that starts at 6:35 p.m. Gregg Keidel

Mr Wiggle Pants cruised to a 1 ¼ length victory in the $121,384 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old pacers in a stakes record equaling 1:53 2/5 in Monday action at the harness racing meeting at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Driver Kayne Kaufman gunned Mr Wiggle Pants off the gates wings and forced the favorite Primo Giovanni (Chris Page) to take the second spot. Montrell Teague sent Trayvon first up to challenge the leader at the half mile station and briefly stuck a nose in front at the ¾ mile pole. Mr Wiggle Pants fought back gamely along the rail and turned back a late rally by Primo Giovanni. Trayvon held on for third. The ultra-consistent son of Mr Wiggles is owned by Denny Miller, William Rufenacht and trainer Jim Mulinix, finishing on the board in all ten seasonal starts. Winwood Mac and driver Chris Page scored an upset in the fourth and final division. The eventual winner sat towards the back of the field seven, but found enough racing room in the stretch to nail the pacesetting Nothin Fancy (Dan Noble) by a half-length in a lifetime best 1:54 2/5 at odds of 28-1. The gelded son of Canyon Wind is owned by Dawne Luce and trainer Daniel O’Mara. Owner Stephen Sexton took the first and third divisions with World Of Gaming and Friskie Cruiser. World Of Gaming was dominant with a gate-to-wire win in 1:56 3/5. The son of World Of Rocknroll was trained and reigned by Dan Noble. The win was one of four for Noble on the 14 race card. Friskie Cruiser and Ryan Stahl took the third division over Aloha John (Kurt Sugg) and Whataboy (Chris Page) by a length and a quarter in 1:54 4/5. Local trainer Brian Brown conditions the Feelin Friskie gelding. A pair of $39,395 divisions of the OBCs for three-year-old filly trotters were also carded. Ryan Stahl steered Lisa Jane to a first over victory in the first division over Soaring Flight (Greg Grismore) and Student Of Life (Kurt Sugg) in 1:58 1/5. Scott Cox trains the Neely Dunn filly for Parent Racing Stable and G. Peters. In the second divison Honey B and driver Kyle Ater scored a nose victory of the late closing Like Old Times (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in a stakes record 1:56 1/5. Dan Ater trains the winner for Jim Burnett and Tim Homan. Racing action continues on Tuesday with a 1:00 PM post time. Tuesday’s features are the $37,300 Standardbred (2 year-old filly trot) and $105,183 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship (2 year-old colt trot). A $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 will be held in races 12 through 15. Complementary past performance pages are available at   Photo: Dan Noble guides World Of Gaming to a 1:56 3/5 score in the OBC two-year-old colt pace. The win was one of four for Noble on the 14 race card. (Jay Wolf Photo)  

LEBANON, OH. - Harness racing reinsman Kayne Kauffman, who won the dash title the final meet at old Lebanon Raceway in 2013 and topped the inaugural driver's standings at Miami Valley in 2014, reached the coveted 2,000 career wins plateau at Miami Valley on Tuesday night (April 28). The 36-year-old Kauffman, who grew up in nearby Greenville and learned his early lessons from his grandfather Herman Baker, won back-to-back races with favored Two Hearts and longshot Chantal to accomplish the feat. With 112 wins in the first 84 nights of the current meet, Kauffman is having another solid season with almost $800,000 in purses won in the first four months of 2015. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Even-money favorite Garbo went wire-to-wire on Thursday (April 2) night at Miami Valley to sweep the George 'Red' Owens Memorial Series for fillies and mares and be crowned champion.   It was the second consecutive night that owner O.D.L. Robinson and trainer Diane Hartsook have accomplished the feat as stablemate Smokey Joe's Cafe captured the Omar Hiteman Memorial championship for horses and geldings on Wednesday.   Driver Kayne Kauffman took no prisoners in the $10,000 feature leading the field through fractions of :27.3, :57.4 and 1:25.4 before widening the margin to 3-3/4 lengths at the wire, reached in 1:54.2.   The five-year-old Sportsmaster mare never had an anxious moment as she completed the sweep of the three-week series for distaff pacers who were non-winners of two races or $15,000 lifetime through the March 1 nomination deadline.   Gregg Keidel          

LEBANON, OH. - Benefitting greatly from an early first quarter speed duel between the two favorites, All Terror paced strongest through the lane to upset the $14,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Friday night at Miami Valley Raceway. The five-year-old Western Terror mare, owned by Mike Foote, became the seventh different winner of the weekly distaff feature in the seven weeks the track has been open for its second season. Five of the seven combatants sprung alertly when the Woebkenberg starting gate opened its wings. While All Terror was one of them, driver Kayne Kauffman found himself sandwiched between horses going into the first turn and made the winning decision to back off first and settle in fifth at the pylons. With inside leavers My Hare Lady (Kyle Ater) and Rev Me Up (Chris Page) still sprinting, favorites Betterluvnexttime (Josh Sutton) and Igottafeelinfran (Dan Noble) found themselves three and four wide, respectively, through a wicked open eighth of a mile. Betterluvnexttime cleared to the lead just past the :26.4 opening quarter, but other than a few seconds of a breather inside Igottafeelinfran found herself first-over the remainder of the mile. After a pedestrian second quarter in :57 the pace quickened with the third quarter clocked in 1:24.3. It was then that Kauffman eased All Terror out to second-over position around the final turn before flipping three wide in the stretch and cruising to a three-quarter length triumph. Metro Shopping (Tyler Smith) and Hoponit (Jeremy Smith), who rode the pylons most of the mile, found room in deep stretch to garner the place and show positions. The winner now sports three wins and three seconds in seven starts at Miami Valley, but this was her first tally against open competition. With ten different drivers winning on the 12-race Friday card, the dash standings remain very tight at the top of the list. Josh Sutton has forged to the head of the class, but only by the slimmest of margins. His 56 victories through the first 27 nights of the meet is one better than Dan Noble, who has notched 55 wins, followed closely by defending champion Kayne Kauffman with 54. They are followed by Tyler Smith 30, Kyle Ater 28, Jeremy Smith 27, Randy Tharps and Chris Page with 21 each, Jeff Nisonger 13, Greg Grismore and Brad Hanners with 11 each. From the press box at Miami Valley

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

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. - Mykindachip stepped up to the open ranks for the first time at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night and stepped away with an impressive 1:52.1 win over six worthy rivals, all of whom finished within 1-1/2 lengths of each other at the wire.   The exciting finish should have come as no surprise as the seven horses had combined to win 163 races and well over $2 million in their noteworthy careers.   Dispatched as the odds-on favorite on the merits of a 1:53.2 tally in the top conditioned class last week, driver Kayne Kauffman was hellbent on putting Mykindachip on the front end when the starter's wings folded.   Firstclassallthway (Dan Noble) had similar aspirations, however, resulting in a speedy :26.2 opening panel duel. Once Mykindachip finally cleared he sailed through fractional clockings of :55 and 1:23.1 before holding off a cavalry charge in the stretch to secure the victory on another very cold night in southeast Ohio.   Rockin Finish (Randy Tharps) rallied from sixth at the head of the stretch to finish three-quarters of a length behind the winner while Firstclassallthway held on for third. Mykindachip is a six-year-old son of Art's Chip owned by Carl Atley, trained by Dan Dubeansky, and now sports career earnings just a shade under $400,000.   Two divisions of the first leg of the "Claim To Fame" series for $12,500 male pacers went postward Saturday as well. The winning time in each $10,000 split was an identical 1:53.   Jade Mountain (Kauffman) captured the first division in gate-to-wire fashion, besting Starven Darven (Greg Grismore) by three-quarters of a length with Ally-Con (Noble) garnering the show dough.   Tiza Mojo, shipping in from Chicago, copped the second division for driver Chris Page, holding off Bettor Win (Kauffman) by a half-length with DVCFlyingfrenchman (Brad Irvine) finishing third. Both winners were trained by Jeff Brewer, although Tiza Mojo will have a new conditioner next time out as he was one of four horses claimed out of the two races. The others were Starven Darven, Bettor Win and E R Pacman.   Racing resumes Sunday afternoon at Miami Valley with a 3:00 p.m. post time. Featured will be three $12,500 divisions of the first leg of the "Claim To Fame" series for $20,000 claimers. From Miami Valley Media Department  

LEBANON, OH. - Kayne Kauffman, the winner of the inaugural dash title at Miami Valley Raceway in 2014, is red-hot to begin the track's second season with ten wins in the first two nights. Following a four-bagger on opening night (Friday) the red and white clad 36-year-old reinsman notched six triumphs on the Saturday night program, including a tally in the $15,500 Open Pace. Kauffman guided Valentino to a gate-to-wire victory over Rockin Finish (Randy Tharps) and Firstclassallthway (Dan Noble) in the feature event. Rockstar Meadows owns the eight-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover, who likely has stud duty in his not-to-distant future as a 29 time winner with $810,000 in earnings and a record of 1:49.3. In his five recent starts in the Dayton, Ohio area, under the tutelage of Brian Brown, Valentino has three wins and two seconds in the top class. Miami Valley presents its first-ever matinee with a 3:00 p.m. post time on Sunday. From the Miami Valley Media Department  

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. - For the second time in three weeks Torrington captured the $12,000 Saturday night open pace at Dayton Raceway, this time in 1:52 despite a dip in temperature to 32 degrees by the race's post time. Driver Kayne Kauffman placed the six-year-old Art Major gelding upfront early and dictated fractions of :27, :55.1 and 1:23.3 before hustling home in :28.2 to seal the deal over Lucky Lime (Chris Page) and Lonesome Attack (Josh Sutton). Mike Evans trains Torrington for owners James Hefner, Mark Nolan and Nick Katterhenry. It was his fifth win of the year increasing his seasonal earnings to $52,120 and lifetime bounty to $142,545. From the press box at Dayton Raceway  

The $11,000 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night produced a harness racing  three-horse blanket finish.   Lucky Lime (No. 2 with driver Chris Page) nosed favored Meirs Hanover (Dan Noble) and last week's winner Torrington (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:51.1.   It was the fifth win on the season for the son of Rocknroll Hanover trained by K. Dean Glispie.   Gregg Keidel

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