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Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has announced that it will be the title sponsor of Scott Alberg's monthly harness racing handicapping contest on Facebook. Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, whose also has numerous other handicapping titles, has been a Standardbred owner in the past, and has agreed to partner with USHWA as the contests new title sponsor. "I am looking so forward to having USHWA as our title sponsor," Alberg said. "I know that with the support of USHWA our monthly contests are going to become very popular with the harness racing community and I can bet you it will draw some new faces to our sport too!" The first contest will be held on the opening day/night of the first harness racing pari-mutuel track that begins racing in North America. That track will be Scioto Downs in Columbus, OH this Friday, May 22, 2020. One special race will be selected from the Scioto Downs Friday program (they draw on Tuesday) and contestants can enter free of charge. All you have to do is select the correct exacta (first two official finishers in the race, either by their starting post position number or by the name of the horse). There will be three prizes given away in each contest. If more than three correct answers are submitted, then a drawing will take place with all the correct winners and the first three names drawn will win a prize. Prizes will consist of Swag Bags; magazine subscriptions and other items being donated from racetracks and harness racing organizations throughout North America and will be different each month. The first contest prizes will be swag bags of items from the Hambletonian Society. To enter the contest, fans must go to Scott Alberg's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3, where the contest will be prominently displayed. Alberg, as he has done in the past, will run the contests. All contest winners will have their name posted after the event and the ranking they finished in from the prize drawings. "Being partnered with Scott Alberg is a great opportunity for USHWA," said Kim Rinker, USHWA President. "USHWA's social media team is committed to publicizing harness racing on numerous platforms to help bring new fans into our sport." USHWA will also be promoting the monthly contest not only on Facebook, but with press releases and via Twitter and Instagram. For more information check out Scott Alberg's Facebook Page, USHWA's Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts or the new USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA  

Many in harness racing will recall that BJ Scoot was the first Ohio-bred horse to capture the Little Brown Jug, a feat he accomplished in 1988. But prior to that, the son of Falcon Almahurst p, 3, TT1:52.2 ($400,776) had been an Ohio Sires Stakes Champion. Bred and owned by Jack Howell of Lancaster, Ohio BJ Scoot was foaled on May 10, 1985 at Hanover, PA and was trained during his freshman campaign by William Hartman. He won ten of 13 starts during his freshman season, including the $120,000 Championship for 2-year-old colt pacers on Sept. 7, 1987. The bay youngster paced to a winning time and freshman best record of 1:55.1 for driver William Fahy over Scioto Downs' five-eighths mile oval in the Championship and ended 1987 with $135,611 in his bankroll. On Feb. 26, 1988, BJ Scoot was sold to the Sybarite Stable of Islington, ON and transferred to the barn of trainer Tom Artandi. He would race 22 times during his 3-year-old season, with his most impressive effort coming at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Sept. 22 when he captured pacing's greatest jewel, the 43rd edition of the Little Brown Jug. A crowd of 47,218 was on hand that steamy fall afternoon as BJ Scoot won the first Jug elimination handily in 1:54 for driver Mike LaChance. The second jug elim went to Albert Albert (Chris Boring) in 1:53.4, with Camtastic (Bill O'Donnell) taking the third heat in 1:54.1. BJ Scoot returned to capture the final heat in a front-stepping performance that saw him cruise around the half-miler with fractions of :26.4; :53.4; 1:23 and finish up with a career best clocking of 1:52.3h. Albert Albert was no match for him that afternoon, as he was parked to the half, which was a Jug record at the time. Ultimately, BJ Scoot finished 1¼ lengths in front of Threefold (Bill Fahy) with third-place finisher Dare You To (John Campbell) another two lengths back. BJ Scoot collected $147,030 for his effort that day at Delaware and wrapped up his 3-year-old season with $671,398 in earnings from eight wins, seven seconds and two thirds. His trainer, Tom Artandi, would go on to win the Jug the following year with Goalie Jeff. BJ Scoot started only three times as a 4-year-old, earning $21,577 in a lone win of 1:57h at Lebanon on April 29,1989. He returned as a 5-year-old but lacked the former brilliance of his sophomore campaign. In 1990 he went postward 34 times with three wins, seven seconds and six thirds, earning $62,424, with a 1:54.4h clocking that came at Freehold Raceway on Aug.18, 1990. Retired to the breeding shed at age six, BJ Scoot had amassed $891,010 from 22 wins, 16 seconds and eight thirds in 72 starts. He stood in Ohio from 1991 through 1996 when he was leased to Pickwick Farms of Gates Mills, Ohio and then was sold to Canadians Nigel Holmes and Gerry Hudon, standing stud in British Columbia from 1997 through 1990 and then in Alberta from 2000 through 2002. While BJ Scoot did not replicate himself in the breeding shed, he certainly did have the pedigree credentials to become a decent sire, as he was the fourth of ten foals out of the prolific Melvin's Woe p, 3, 1:57 ($157,902) mare Terry's Woe p,4,1:55 ($325,162). He was a full brother to BJ's Boardwalk p, 4, 1:54 ($113,602) and a half-brother to BJ's Fifth Avenue (by Niatross) p,4,Q 1:56 ($105,985), among many others. As a sire, BJ Scoot produced 109 starters who earned $1,994,533, with 41 timed in 2:00 and four clocked in 1:55 or faster. Some of his better progeny include Peach Pie (out of Radiate) p,4,1:54f ($201,845); OK BJ (out of Whose To Care) p,5,1:54f ($193,584); Ace Freely (out of Dibby Dibby Girl) p,4,1:55.3f ($107,143); and Hescootshescores (out of That Will Be Me) p,4,1:54.4f ($88,554). by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator

Ohio trainer-driver and Hall of Famer Howard Beissinger was no stranger to the winner's circle and in 1983, he brought forth onto the Ohio Sires Stakes scene a harness racing colt with close ties to his heart, the youngster Cornstalk. Cornstalk was the son of a previous Beissinger trainee, Lindy's Pride, 3, 1:57.3 ($396,209) who Howard had driven to win trotting's top five stakes in 1969: The Yonkers Trot, Kentucky Futurity, Hambletonian, Dexter Cup and Colonial Stakes. Beissinger's connections to Cornstalk--who was leased by Scioto Down's owner Charlie Hill--ran deep. The colt was bred by Howard's wife Ann of Hamilton, OH and Faye Gillen of Waynesville, OH, and was foaled on February 12, 1981 in Cream Ridge, NJ. He was out of the Speedy Crown 3, 1:57.1 ($545,495) mare Crown Viva 2, 2:03.4 ($6,618). It was Beissinger who had piloted the great stallion Speedy Crown to a Hambletonian victory in 1971 and then repeated that feat with Speedy Crown's son, Speedy Somolli, in 1978, earning him the moniker of "Hambo Howard" after his third Hambo triumph. The Hamilton, OH horseman was known for his no-nonsense approach to training and driving and was an expert at shoeing and rigging young horses. Those qualities had given him international recognition and he enjoyed racing fame throughout North America and across Europe and Russia as well. So, it was with this same work ethic that Beissinger conditioned Cornstalk for his freshman campaign. The young bay stallion with the white star, strip and snip on his face, complemented a few splashes of chrome on three of his ankles, did nothing less than win eight races his freshman season, with one second and a third in 11 tries. His standout performance in 1983 was clearly his triumph in the $98,200 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Colt Trot at Northfield Park. Beissinger expertly steered the youngster to a 2:02.4h clocking on Aug. 29, a seasonal best. At the end of his 2-year-old season Cornstalk had racked up $113,407 for his connections. The gangly colt didn't stop his winning ways as a 3-year-old either and Beissinger thought so highly of his striking bay that he entered him, along with three stablemates, in the 1984 edition of the Hambletonian. However, not wanting to show favoritism to any owners, he opted out of driving Cornstalk and instead employed the services of Robert Roberts of Cedarville, OH. In his first Hambletonian heat Cornstalk finished fifth, clocked in 1:57.1 after sitting in the two-hole behind second-place finisher Historic Freight (Ben Webster). Delvin G. Hanover (Hakan Walner) captured that heat in 1:56.2 with an impressive come-from-behind performance. Gentle Stroke, with George Sholty driving, had won his heat in 1:57.4. Unfortunately, Cornstalk did not fare much better in his second heat, finishing sixth in 1:58, far behind the winning Historic Freight, who went on to win the final heat in 1:58 and earn the Hambletonian Crown. Cornstalk would get his revenge, however, and he would get it in a big way. Two weeks later, on Aug. 15, 1984, with Beissinger at the lines, Cornstalk trotted to a new world record clocking of 1:53.4 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, besting his sire Lindy's Crown's 1980 record by a full second. Cornstalk went on to add another $33,104 to his coffers that season, with five wins and two seconds in 12 starts. He retired after his 3-year-old season, with lifetime earnings of $146,511, and stood stud in Ohio from 1986 through 1989. During those years he sired 216 registered foals, with 152 starters who earned $2,889,075. Some of his top progeny include Teddy's Toy (out of OK's Mate) 4, 1:58.1f ($254,672); V-Annas Good Stock (out of V Anna Speedy) 4, 1:57.1h ($244,738); Starch Hill (out of Sweet And Tender) 7, 1:58.4f ($194,891); Letters From Hill (out of Letters From Home) 6, 2:00.3f ($144,431); McBernie (out of McPam) 5, 1:56.3 ($117,787); and Kernel (out of Ann Justin) 4, 1:58f ($120,566). by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

HARRISBURG, PA - Gordon Waterstone, a 42-year veteran of harness racing journalism who has worked at The Horseman and Fair World for over two decades and is a member of harness racing's Communications Hall of Fame, has been appointed to the Hall Of Fame Screening Committee of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) by Kim Rinker, president of the sport's leading media organization. The HOF Screening Committee considers the nominees submitted by the various chapters of USHWA, talks with a select group of present members of the Hall Of Fame, and then announces the candidates for the summer HOF ballot, on which a nominee requires 75% of the yes-no vote to receive the sport's highest honor, election to the Hall Of Fame. Waterstone started his career working in publicity at Detroit's Hazel Park, and also worked at other tracks at other points of the season, including helping with Breeders Crown publicity in that series' early days. In 1998 he joined the Horseman and Fair World as associate editor, and during his time with the Kentucky-based company he has received two John Hervey Writing Awards, one in the feature category and one in the news/commentary division, making him one of the few people to have been honored in both sections. His popular "Backstretch With Gordon" column during the prime of The Red Mile's racing season keeps him in close contact with many of the sport's leading horsepeople. A former national president of USHWA and a Life member of the organization, Waterstone is currently the president and secretary of the organization's Kentucky Chapter. He received the USHWA President's award in 2001. Waterstone has also been honored by the North American Harness Publicists Association, Harness Horsemen International, and the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association. The ultimate honor for a harness journalist, entrance into the Communicators Hall of Fame, came with his induction ceremony in 2017 at the Harness Racing Museum in Goshen NY. The first Sunday in July at Goshen, if the world is back in normal order, will find Waterstone discussing the merits of this year's candidates with his fellow committee members: committee chair Judy Davis-Wilson, Tim Bojarski, Bob Heyden, Jason Settlemoir, and Steve Wolf; president Rinker also serves on this committee as an ex officio voting member. From the U.S. Harness Writers Association  

The Ohio Standardbred Development Fund would like to remind all horsemen that the deadline to nominate 2- and 3-year-olds to the 2020 Ohio Sires Stakes is March 16, 2020. Horsemen wishing to nominate their youngsters to Ohio's richest program for state-breds must fill out a nomination form and include a payment of $500 per horse. It is advisable to witness the post office employee hand stamp your envelope to ensure it is postmarked by March 16, 2020 at the latest. For a foal to be eligible to the rich Ohio Sires Stakes, it must be sired by a stallion registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) and standing in the state of Ohio during the year of conception. The Ohio Sires Stakes for 2- and 3-year-olds includes four series legs with purses of $40,000 to $60,000 each and eight $300,000 divisional Championships, to be raced on September 5, 2020 at Scioto Downs. As well, eight $75,000 Consolations for 2- and 3-year-olds will be contested on Oct. 17 at Northfield Park. For a list of Ohio eligible stallions, nomination forms and the 2020 Ohio Sires Stakes schedule, go to www.racingohio.net or contact OSDF Administrator Kimberly Rinker at 614-779-0269 or at kim.rinker@racing.ohio.gov for further information. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

The Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) will hold a meeting in the north end of the Scioto Downs Clubhouse on January 16, 2020 at 10:00 am to discuss the OSDF administrator’s 2020 budget. If you have any questions, please direct them to William Crawford, Ohio State Racing Commission Executive Director at 614-466-2758 or a bill.crawford@racing.ohio.gov. ***************************************** The Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 10:30 am in Room 1948 of the Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. The OSRC monthly meeting was originally scheduled for January 22, 2020 at 10 am. The meeting is open to the public and all horsemen are encouraged to attend. For any questions or concerns, please contact OSRC Executive Director William Crawford at 614-466-2758 or at bill.crawford@racing.ohio.gov. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Sires Stakes OSDF Administrator  

Progeny of Ohio-based stallions who participated in the 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes earned a total of $7,100,000 in purses. Stallions must be registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) during the year of conception for their foals to be eligible to Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) events such as the Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS), Ohio Breeders Championship (OBC) and Ohio Fair Stakes (OFS), among others. Twenty-eight pacing stallions were represented by youngsters and older horses in this past season's OSS contests who earned a total of $3,450,000, with ten of those laterally gaited studs siring the winners of $103,000 or more. Pet Rock was the leading sire among those 28, with his OSS performers earning $612,800. Yankee Cruiser was the next most prolific stallion, with $542,850 in foal earnings, while Mcardle sired the winners of $457,650 in 2019 OSS races. The ill-fated Dragon Again saw his foals earn $391,400, while Nob Hill High had foal earnings of $252,800; Big Bad John $244,150; and Mr. Apples, $200,000. Eight pacing stallions standing in Ohio sired foals who earned between $15,500 and $79,500 in 2019 OSS events, while four had starters who earned between $3,750 and $6,000. Pet Rock, who stands at Midland Acres in Bloomingburg, OH, had 19 foals represented among the 2- and 3-year-olds in OSS contests, with 12 freshmen and seven sophomores. Dragon Again had 17 (eight freshmen & nine sophomores); Big Bad John had 16 (13 freshmen & three sophomores); and McArdle had 11 foals (five freshmen & six sophomores). Yankee Glide had nine (five freshmen & four sophomores) and Western Vintage had nine (three freshmen & six sophomores). A total of 29 trotting sires were represented by foals who participated in the 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes, with 22 of those stallions producing foals who garnered $3,650,000 in OSS earnings. Uncle Peter's foals grabbed the top spot among all trotting stallions, earning $1,014,550. Just half a million dollars behind in second was Triumphant Caviar, whose foals earned $554,800 in OSS races, while Manofmanymissions' foals earned $451,000. Cash Hall-who sadly passed away in 2019-produced the winners of $388,400 in OSS events, with the exported Wishing Stone's foals earning $298,700, while Dejamrbro sired the winners of $241,200 in OSS races in 2019. Break The Bank K's foals earned $179,950; Broadway Hall's foals earned $153,900; and Dontyouforgetit's foals earned $140,950 in 2019 OSS contests. Six stallions had progeny that earned between $10,000 and $69,200, while seven stallions had foals who earned between $2,000 and $9,600. A total of seven stallions had OSS starters who did not earn a purse check. The stallion Uncle Peter, who stands at Hickory Lane Farm in Findlay, OH, had 40 foals participating in this season's Ohio Sires Stakes: 13 freshman colts and 13 freshman fillies, with seven 3-year-old colts and seven 3-year-old fillies. Triumphant Caviar, who stands at Abby Stables in Sugarcreek, OH, had 16 OSS contestants including six freshmen colts and six freshmen fillies, and four 3-year-old fillies. The exported Manofmanymissions was represented by 15 foals in OSS competition: four 2-year-old colts; three 2-year-old fillies; six 3-year-old trotting colts and two 3-year-old trotting fillies. Wishing Stone and Dejarmbro-both of whom have been exported either to Europe (Wishing Stone) or to Illinois (Dejarmbro) were represented by 11 foals each in 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes competition. As well, Break The Bank K, who stands at Hagemeyer Farms in Clarksville, OH, produced 10 foals who participated in the 2019 OSS season. Overall, 16 horses earned $100,000 or more in OSS competition in 2019: eight pacers and eight trotters. Yankee Cruiser, who stands at Midland Acres in Bloomingburg, OH, produced two top pacing geldings that earned $361,000 in OSS this year. Elver Hanover, who captured the $300,000 OSS 2-Year-Old Championship at Northfield Park earned $230,000, while the 3-year-old Yankee Boots banked $131,000 in OSS earnings. Uncle Peter produced a pair of 2-year-old trotters who earned a combined $297,800: the colt Action Uncle ($174,800) and the gelding Big Box Hanover ($123,000). Triumphant Caviar had a pair of 2-year-old trotting foals whose earnings totaled $296,000: the filly Kikimora ($190,000) and the gelding Exhibit Class ($106,000). As well, the aforementioned trotting sire Manofmanymissions produced two youngsters who combined earned $236,700 in OSS competition: the 2-year-old filly Globetrotting ($128,200) and the 3-year-old filly Weslynn Quest ($108,500). by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Sires Stakes  

The Ohio State Racing Commission approved both the Standardbred and Thoroughbred 2020 stakes schedules at its Dec. 18, 2019 meeting at the Riffe Center, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH. The 2020 approved Standardbred (Ohio Sires Stakes) schedule is below: Date Day Track Age/Gender/Gait/Leg May 1 Friday Miami Valley 3-Year-Old Filly Trot & 3-Year-Old Filly Pace, Leg 1 May 3 Sunday Miami Valley 3-Year-Old Colt Trot & 3-Year-Old Colt Pace, Leg 1 June 6 Saturday Northfield Park 3-Year-Old Colt Pace & 3-Year-Old Filly Pace, Leg 2 June 13 Saturday Scioto Downs 3-Year-Old Colt Trot, Leg 2 June 19 Friday Scioto Downs 3-Year-Old Filly Trot, Leg 2 July 3 Friday Northfield Park 2-Year-Old Colt Trot & 2-year-Old Filly Trot, Leg 1 July 4 Saturday Scioto Downs 3-Year-Old Filly Pace, Leg 3 July 10 Friday Northfield Park 3-Year-Old Colt Trot & 3-Year-Old Filly Trot, Leg 3 July 11 Saturday Scioto Downs 2-Year-Old Colt Pace & 2-Year-Old Filly Pace, Leg 1 July 17 Friday Scioto Downs 2-Year-Old Colt Trot & 2-Year-Old Filly Trot, Leg 2 July 18 Saturday Scioto Downs 3-Year-Old Colt Pace, Leg 3 July 24 Friday Scioto Downs 2-Year-Old Filly Pace, Leg 2 July 25 Saturday Northfield Park 2-Year-Old Colt Pace, Leg 2 Aug 7 Friday Northfield Park 2-Year-Old Filly Trot & 2-Year-Old Filly Pace, Leg 3 Aug 8 Saturday Scioto Downs 2-year-Old Colt Pace, Leg 3 Aug 10 Monday Northfield Park 2-Year-Old Colt Trot, Leg 3 Aug 14 Friday Scioto Downs 3-Year-Old Filly Trot, Leg 4 Aug 15 Saturday Northfield Park 3-Year-Old Colt Trot & 3-Year-Old Filly Pace, Leg 4 Aug 17 Monday Northfield Park 2-Year-Old Colt Pace & 2-Year-Old Filly Pace, Leg 4 Aug 21 Friday Scioto Downs 2-Year-Old Colt Trot & 2-Year-Old Filly Trot, Leg 4 Aug 22 Saturday Northfield Park 3-Year-Old Colt Pace, Leg 4 Sept 5 Saturday Scioto Downs 2- & 3-Year-Olds Super Night $300,000 Championships Oct 16 Friday Dayton Raceway 4-Year-Olds & Up $85,000 Championships Oct 17 Saturday Northfield Park 2- & 3-Year-Olds $75,000 Consolations These 2020 schedules can be found at the OSRC website at www.racingohio.net. For information on the Standardbred (Ohio Sires Stakes) schedule, contact Kimberly Rinker at 614-779-0269 or at kim.rinker@racing.ohio.gov. For information on the Thoroughbred (Best of Ohio Series) schedule, contact Greg Veit at 614-779-0268 or at greg.veit@racing.ohio.gov. By Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator  

The Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) reminds Ohio harness racing horsemen that the new therapeutic medication resolution for regulatory thresholds takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020. The resolution and OSRC regulatory thresholds list can be found at the OSRC website (www.racingohio.net) under Licenses, Laws & Rules. OSRC Commissioner Beth Hansen, chair of the OSRC Medication Committee (OSRC-MC), presented the resolution at the Sept. 23, 2019 OSCR Meeting where it was unanimously approved. For questions, please contact William Crawford, OSRC Executive Director at 614-466-2758 or at bill.crawford@racing.ohio.gov. OHIO STATE RACING COMMISSION RESOLUTION 2019-07 WHEREAS, The Ohio State Racing Commission ("Commission") has the authority under Ohio Revised Code 3769.03 to prescribe rules and conditions under which horse racing may be conducted; WHEREAS, Ohio Administrative Code sections 3769-8-01 (A)(2) and 3769-18- 01 (A)(2) state the Commission may, by order, establish a system of classification of prohibited foreign substances, to include methods of detection and/or regulatory thresholds recommended penalties and disciplinary measures for the presence of said substances in test samples; WHEREAS, Ohio Administrative Code sections 3769-8-01 (A)(2) and 3769-18- 01 (A)(2) further state in determining the substances to be classified the Commission shall give due consideration to the uniform classification guidelines of foreign substances and recommended penalties and model rules revised by the association of racing commissioners international; WHEREAS, The Commission has established a medication committee which has reviewed industry therapeutic medication thresholds and the Commission's current list of Regulatory Thresholds for Prohibited Substances; WHEREAS, The medication committee received industry input regarding the misuse and/or abuse of these therapeutic medications and the detrimental effect on the equine athlete and to all of horse racing; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AND ORDERED, by the Commission that the following substances are approved as the Commission's Regulatory Thresholds for Prohibited Substances: Substance Threshold Matrix Acepromazine HEPS 10 ng/ml urine Albuterol 1 ng/ml urine Betamethasone 10 pg/ml blood Butorphanol 10 ng/ml urine   .   Cetirizine 6 ng/ml blood Cimetidine 400 ng/ml Blood     Clenbuterol   Dantrolene 25 pg/ml   5-OH dantrolene blood   blood   0.1 ng/ml   Detomidine 1 ng/ml blood Dexamethasone 5 pg/ml blood Diclofenac 5 ng/ml blood DMSO 10 ug/ml blood Firocoxib 20 ng/ml blood Flunixin 20 ng/ml blood Furosemide 100 ng/ml blood Glycopyrrolate 3 pg/ml blood Guaifenesin 12 ng/ml blood Isoflupredone 100 pg/ml blood Isoxuprine 1 ug/ml urine Ketoprofen 2 ng/ml blood Lidocaine 20 pg/ml of total 3-OH Lidocaine blood Mepivacaine 10 ng/ml of 3-OH Mepivacaine    urine Limit of Detection urine   blood Methocarbamol 1 ug/ml urine Methylprednisolone 100 pg/ml blood Omeprazole 10 ng/ml blood Omeprazole Sulfide   Phenylbutazone 2 ug/ml blood Prednisolone 1 ng/ml blood Procaine Penicillin 25 ng/ml blood Ranitidine 40 ng/ml blood Triamcinolone Acetonide 100 pg/ml blood Xylazine 200 pg/ml blood     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AND ORDERED, by the Commission that the following substances are removed from the Commission's Regulatory Thresholds for Prohibited Substances and are now prohibited substances: Substance Threshold Matrix Pentazocine 50 ng/ml urine Promazine 50 ng/ml urine 3-OH promazine Pyrilamine 100 pg/ml blood O-desmethylpyrilamine Stanozolol 1 ng/ml urine 16 B-hydroxystanozolol   NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AND ORDERED, by the Commission that the effective implementation date of the above Orders is January 1, 2020. Adopted: September 23, 2019 by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Sires Stakes  

Columbus, OH — The powerful one-two punch of trainer Ron Burke and driver Chris Page captured both Kaltenbach titles in 2019. The Jerry Kaltenbach Memorial trophies were established in 1988 and are awarded annually to the driver and trainer who have earned the most dollars competing in Ohio Sires Stakes events that season. Trainer Ron Burke captured his second Kaltenbach title in 2019, sending 98 youngsters postward in the 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes legs, championships and consolations. Burke’s impressive assortment of 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters earned $1,121,850 from 22 wins, 10 seconds and 12 third-place finishes. Burke had captured the 2014 Kaltenbach crown with $428,750 in OSS earnings and last year was runner-up to winning trainer Brian Brown with $953,150 earned from 78 starters with 11 wins, 13 seconds and 12 thirds in OSS competition. Chris Beaver, who was third in the OSS training standings in 2018 and captured the 2017 Kaltenbach title, finished second to Burke this season, with 79 starters who earned $899,550 from 15 wins, 12 seconds and 12 thirds. Steve Carter was third with a 6-9-5 record from 24 starters who earned $422,250, while Virgil Morgan Jr. and Jason McGinnis were tied in fourth with five winners each. Morgan’s charges earned $417,700 while McGinnis’ trainees earned $310,050. Of the 117 trainers who participated in OSS events in 2019, a full 18 scored earnings of $100,000 or higher, with 11 earning $200,000 or better and five who accumulated $300,000 or more in the series. Driver Chris Page (Conrad photo) Driver Chris Page captured the Kaltenbach title for the fourth time in six years. Page piloted 23 winners, nine second-place finishers and 11 third-place finishers to $1,085,100 in OSS earnings from 94 starters. North America’s leading reinsman, Aaron Merriman and Brett Miller, who returned to Ohio in 2019 after plying his wares on the East Coast for the past decade, tied for the bridesmaid role with 14 winners each among them. Merriman edged out Miller in earnings, with the 94 horses he drove amassing $1,019,050 while Miller’s 82 steeds earned $850,750. Last year’s Kaltenbach king, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., garnered 11 triumphs and $669,800 in earnings from 89 starters, while Danny Noble ($587,050) and Tyler Smith ($481,650) notched seven winners each. Of the 54 drivers who participated in the 2019 OSS events, 47 garnered at least one purse check; 15 notched earnings of $100,000 or more; nine earned $200,000 or more; and six earned $400,000 or better. There were 19 drivers whose OSS purse checks totaled between $10,000 and $100,000, while 13 amassed $10,000 or less. In the 30 years the Kaltenbachs have been awarded, David Miller leads all drivers with seven trophies. In the training ranks, Virgil Morgan Jr., has captured the title six times. Only two horsemen have won the Kaltenbachs in both the training and driving categories — Sam “Chip” Noble III and Dave Rankin. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

Columbus, OH - Driver Brett Miller had a spectacular Saturday night (Sept. 7) at Scioto Downs, capturing one $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for veteran harness racing pacing mares and three $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolations. Miller, 46, a resident of Blacklick, Ohio began his four-race win streak by steering 5-1 Homer Hall to victory in the $75,000 OSS 3-Year-Old Colt Consolation. Trained and co-owned by Steve Carter along with Jay Mossbarger & Cass Gallagher, the son of Broadway Hall was clocked in 1:54.3 for Miller. Bred by Midland Acres, Homer Hall bested 3-5 rival Morally Flexible (Danny Noble) by a length with 21-1 Workinitonbroadway (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) nailing down third-place honors. The victory, Homer Hall's tenth of the year and 17th lifetime in 26 starts, upped his lifetime bankroll to $193,742. Next, Miller guided Patti Roth and Alan Keith's Bad Sammie to a 1:53.1 clocking in the $75,000 OSS 3-Year-Old Filly Pace Consolation. The Big Bad John lass left the gate as the 3-5 favorite, besting 3-1 Twinsburg (Danny Noble) by half a length with 16-1 Lofty Beach (Yannick Gingras) third. Mike Roth trains Bad Sammie, who was bred by Midland Acres and now has $132,740 in career earnings from just four wins in 21 starts. Miller then reined 5-2 B Like Cruiser to a 1:51.4 triumph for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. and owners Michael Cimaglio and William Richardson in the $75,000 OSS 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace Consolation. The homebred gelded son of Yankee Cruiser finished a neck ahead of 18-1 Rose Run Ulysses (Tim Tetrick) at the wire, with 16-1 Ohio Vintage (Aaron Merriman) another short neck back. Unraced as a freshman, B Like Cruiser now has seven wins, two seconds and one third in 13 trips postward with $110,301 in his coffers. Finally, Miller used a three-wide move in the last turn to bring 7-1 Up Front Flor Ida home first in the $75,000 Veteran Mares Pacing Championship in 1:51.3. The 4-year-old daughter of Woodstock is owned by Kevin McKinney and Virginian McKoy, and is trained by Tim McKoy. She now has career earnings of $269,890 from 15 wins, eight seconds and ten thirds in 52 lifetime starts. Using a :28.4 final brush, she easily paced to the win ahead of 50-1 Berazzled (Aaron Merriman), with 60-1 McDazzle (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) getting up for third. Harold Bauder's Sectionline Bigry captured the $75,000 OSS Veteran Pacing Championship for horses and geldings impressively in 1:49.2 as the 1-5 favorite. Driven by Tyler Smith for trainer Steve Bauder, this 4-year-old homebred son of Pet Rock has been a strong contender in the Ohio open and invitational ranks all season. This latest victory--his 11th of the season and 18th lifetime--upped his career earnings to $365,027. Whataboy was second at 8-1 for Danny Noble, while 90-1 Barley Up was third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. Driver Aaron Merriman got the evening started by piloting 6-5 Chris Beaver-trainee Delovely Hall to a 1:58.1 triumph in the $75,000 OSS 2-Year-Old Filly Trot Consolation. Renee Bercury owns the Cash Hall lass who picked up a perfect time to score her second career victory. Danny Noble had no trouble bringing 1-5 Buxton home first in 1:57.2 for owner Carter Duer and trainer Bob Stewart in the $75,000 OSS 2-Year-Old Colt Trot Consolation. The homebred Dejarmbro colt picked up his second career win in six starts and now has $60,460 in his bankroll. Trainer Brian Brown then sent out the next two OSS winners--the first being PJ's Legacy, a 1-2 daughter of Big Bad John who stopped the clock in 1:53 in the $75,000 2-Year-Old Filly Pace Consolation for driver Ryan Stahl. Brown then harnessed 6-5 Stanford Court, with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., taking the youngster to a 1:52.4 victory in the $75,000 OSS 2-Year-Old Colt Pace Consolation. Chris Page brought Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva-Purnell&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi's 3-1 Buckeye Starlet into the Scioto winner's circle after the Uncle Peter filly took the $75,000 OSS 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Consolation in 1:56. The win was the fourth of the year and fifth lifetime for Buckeye Starlet, who now has $95,681 in career earnings. Hambletonian winner Atlanta had to work a bit to prove her dominance as she took the $220,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot in front-stepping fashion for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ronnie Burke in 1:51.4, holding off Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) by a head in the final yards. The daughter of Chapter Seven recorded her 19th career victory for Crawford Farms Racing, Brad Grant and Howard Taylor. In the $440,000 Jim Ewart Memorial, McWicked, with Brian Sears in the sulky, scored a nose victory over Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick) in 1:49. Casie Coleman conditions the 8-year-old son of McArdle for the New York-based SSG Stables. The win was McWicked's 28th of his career and his lifetime earnings now stand at well over $4.4 million. The Ohio Sires Stakes Championships for Veteran Trotters, 4-year-olds and up, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Northfield Park, with two $75,000 divisions scheduled for both genders. Those events will wrap up the 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes season. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

Veteran Ohio-bred harness racing pacers of both genders will line up behind the Scioto Downs starting gate on Saturday night, September 7, vying in a pair of $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship. The two Ohio Sires Stakes contests for pacers, 4-year-olds and older, complement a 16-race card featuring eight $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolations, along with the $440,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Pace and the $220,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot. First race post time is 6:30 pm, ET. Total purses for the night are $1,850,000, which includes three $50,000 Open events. The $75,000 OSS Veteran Championship for pacing mares is headlined by $535,519-winning Feelin Red Hot, a 2013 daughter by Feelin Friskie, out of the Red River Hanover mare Red Rapid Girl. This determined campaigner has amassed $315,04 just this season and recorded a mark of 1:50.1h as a 5-year-old at Northfield Park on May 5, 2018 in a $16,000 Filly & Mare Open. Trained by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, Feelin Red Hot has been competing primarily at Yonkers this season and has five wins in her last six starts in the distaff open ranks at that New York venue. Bred by Mary Stonack, Michael & John Palmeri of New Jersey, Feelin Red Hot is the third foal of her dam and is a half-sister to the 4-year-old gelding Rapid It Up Art (by Art Official) p, 1:54f ($45,966). Feelin Red Hot battles eight challenging rivals, leaving from post three with Yannick Gingras at the lines in Race 11. The Buckeye State's perennial iron horse, Dancin Yankee, will be looking to keep his OSS crown intact, having captured the OSS Veteran Championship in 2018 in 1:49.3 for driver Chris Page and trainer Ronnie Burke. That same driver-trainer combo starts in this year's championship, leaving from the rail in Race 12; facing off against seven tough rivals. The son of Yankee Cruiser and the first foal out of the Cambest mare Dancewiththebest, p, 4, 1:54.4f ($40,922), also captured the OSS Veteran Championship on Oct. 24, 2015 at Dayton Raceway in 1:51.3 for driver Danny Noble. This season Dancin Yankee has plied his wares between Northfield, The Meadows and Scioto Downs, racking up a respectable nine wins in 24 starts and $139,030 in seasonal earnings. Lifetime he's amassed 78 wins, 50 seconds and 34 thirds from 241 trips postward and is only a few thousand dollars shy of having $2 million in his bank account. Bred by Kentucky horsewoman Elizabeth C. Yontz, Dancin Yankee is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Melissa Patterson & Larry Karr. He is the first foal out of his dam and is a full brother to Cruzin To the Dance p, 4, 1:53.1f ($107,572) and has half-siblings in: Dancin Rebel (by Big Bad John p, 5, 1:52.2f ($124,607); Dancin Lou (by Sweet Lou) p, 3, 1:48.3 ($105,203); Dancin Doug (by Sportswriter) p, 2, 1:52.2s ($97,524); Dancin Caroll (by Sportswriter) p, 2, Q1:55.1f ($81,646); and Dancin In the Nude (by Sportswriter) p, 3, 1:52.4s ($36,942). by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund  

Northfield, OH — Sporadic rainfall throughout the evening didn’t put a damper on $2.4 million worth of Ohio Sires Stakes contests at Northfield Park on Sunday (Sept. 1). The highlight of the eight $300,000 finals for 2- and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies came in the final OSS event, the 3-year-old colt pace, as 6-5 favorite Bllack Hole endured an excruciating first-over journey to triumph in 1:49.4. Owned by L&L Stables and trained by Clarence Foulk, the son of Mr Apples-Feel The Thunder was steered by Tyler Smith to his sixth straight victory this season in as many tries. Yankee Boots (Dan Noble) was second at 8-5, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, while 14-1 Cross Country (Luke Ebersole) nabbed third place honors. Bllack Hole now has $213,298 in seasonal earnings and $228,099 in his career bankroll. Trainer Ron Burke teamed up with driver Chris Page to capture two OSS finals, beginning with Looksgoodinaromper in the 2-year-old filly pace. Owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, Looksgoodinaromper used wire-to-wire tactics to score a 1:52.4 clocking as the 1-2 favorite. Beautiful Beach was second for Aaron Merriman at 8-1 while Artful Dancer was third for Trace Tetrick at 11-1 odds. The Pet Rock lass had established a world record of 1:52.3 for 2-year-old pacing fillies on a half-mile track via her victory in a $50,000 OSS leg at Northfield on Aug. 9. Bred by Robert and Barbara Bongiorno, Looksgoodinaromper is the first foal out of the Village Connection mare Don’t Blame Her p,1:51.2s ($830,555). Her freshman earnings now stand at $241,300 from four wins, one second and a third in six starts. Burke and Page returned to the winner’s circle a few races later with 3-5 favorite Elver Hanover, a son of Yankee Cruiser-Edra Hanover who stormed to a four length 1:51.2 effort in the 2-year-old colt pace final. Owned by Burke Racing, Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, Elver Hanover got the best of 9-5 Ocean Rock (Dan Noble) who had led the field of eight until the head of the stretch. Mr D’s Rock (Aaron Merriman) was third at 39-1 odds. Elver Hanover is now six for six lifetime, with a career bankroll of $256,500. Driver Aaron Merriman scored the first of his two OSS final victories by piloting 3-1 Kikimora to a 1:57 triumph for trainer Chris Beaver in the 2-year-old filly trot final. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Nessa Rose posted her third win in seven tries for owner/breeder Sandra S. Burnett who owns the filly in partnership with her trainer. She now has $203,556 in career earnings. Even-money favorite Globetrotting was second for Anthony MacDonald with 7-2 Guinevere Hall (Peter Wrenn) third. Merriman next took the 3-year-old filly trot final with 1-9 Only Take Cash, last year’s 2-year-old winner, in 1:54.1. Owned by Robert McIntosh Stables, Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables, the daughter of Cash Hall-Armbro Affair was a front-stepping winner by three-quarters of a length over 13-1 Weslynn Quest (Tyler Smith) and 9-1 Aunt Rose (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.). Only Take Cash upped her career earnings to $570,561 with her 14th win in 17 starts. Action Uncle was a front end winner for driver Brett Miller and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. in 1:55.1 in the 2-year-old colt trot final. The homebred Uncle Peter-Action-broadway youngster is owned by Kenneth Sommer Trust and notched his second career victory at 5-2 odds. The winner finished just under two lengths in front of 8-1 Big Box Hanover (Simon Allard) with 8-1 Exhibit Class (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) third. Action Uncle now has $196,300 in earnings. Driver Tony Hall brought the tough Queen Of The Pride into the Northfield Park winner’s circle for owner Frank Chick in 1:51.3 in the 3-year-old filly pace final. The rangy McArdle-Lionness Hanover filly, who left the gate at 2-1 odds, was bred by Brad Wallace and bested 6-5 Giggles In Dreams (Shawn Barker II), with 82-1 Norman’s Madeline (Lewayne Miller) getting up for third. Queen Of The Pride pushed her lifetime bankroll to $660,479 with her 13th career win. Finally, 4-5 Lane Of Stone and Jeff Nisonger captured the 3-year-old colt trot final for trainer Mark Winters Sr. and owner/co-breeder Harry Horowitz. The son of Wishing Stone-Wisteria Lane was never headed throughout the one mile test, stopping the clock in 1:54.1 as he recorded career victory number 15 and added the $150,000 winner’s share to his lifetime bank account of $431,213. Voyage To Paris was second for Dan Noble at 6-1 with 37-1 longshot Yes third for Anthony MacDonald. Eight $75,000 OSS consolation races will be held Saturday (Sept. 7) at Scioto Downs, along with a pair of $75,000 veteran championships for pacers, ages 4 and up. by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

When Ocean Rock paced to a new world record clocking of 1:51.1 on Aug. 24 at Northfield Park in his $40,000 Ohio Sires Stake harness racing division, Lyndsay Hagemeyer had tears in her eyes. The son of Rockin Amadeus, who established a new mark for 2-year-old gelding pacers on a half-mile track, heads up a field of eight in the $300,000 Championship (Race 10) on Sept. 1 at Northfield Park.   Danny Noble trains and drives the youngster for long-time Standardbred owner Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, Ohio, from post six.  Hagemeyer, a third-year veterinarian student at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, was on the scene when Ocean Rock first entered this world at the Hagemeyer family farm in Clarksville, Ohio. This speedy youngster, the first foal out of the On The Attack mare Ocean Pearl, p, 5, 1:53.2f ($143,637) has $78,167 in career earnings coming into the Championship. “He was a ‘dummy’ foal,” Lyndsay recalled.  “He didn’t want to get up on his own and he didn’t appear responsive to his mother.  It was a normal delivery, and while we’re always on hand if a mare needs assistance, we didn’t have to intervene with his delivery.  But after he was out and getting cleaned off, we realized his situation quickly.” The term ‘dummy foal’ is a common moniker in the breeding business. The official term is “neonatal maladjustment syndrome.”  Dummy foals often appear confused, detached and unresponsive to their dams and many require 24/7 care and feeding by breeders. “The theories on what causes this condition varies,” Lyndsay stressed. “Some veterinarians think it could be a result of an overabundance of neuro-steroids in a foal’s bloodstream, which help to keep them quiet during the birthing process, or a slight lack of oxygen during delivery—nobody is really sure.  The average is about three out of every 30 foals will be dummy foals.” To assist the newborn Ocean Rock, Lyndsay, working in tandem with her parents, Scott and Cindy Hagemeyer, performed what is known as the “Madigan Foal Squeeze” procedure on the newborn. The foal is wrapped gently with soft ropes, in a kind of mini-harness, and light pressure is applied for a short period to mimic the time the foal is in the birthing canal.  “The purpose of squeezing is to pursue the foal’s brain to go from neuro-inhibition to neuro-activation,” Lyndsay explained.  “In other words, to make them wake-up from the womb.” After about 20 minutes, the ropes are removed and the foal gets up, suddenly alert and responsive and interesting in nursing. The technique is named for the University of California-Davis Veterinary Professor John Madigan, an expert in equine neonatal health. “We got him up every hour and then less frequently as he became more able to get around on his own,” Lyndsay related. “We also supplemented him with colostrum and a plasma infusion.  The main issue was making sure he got his colostrum as the mare had low levels of it.” Colostrum is fluid produced by a mare prior to her milk production and is loaded with antibodies necessary to boost a newborn foal’s immune system.  The mare produces colostrum no more than 24 hours prior to birth and is vital to a foal’s survival. It is imperative that a foal get colostrum from the mare within the first two hours of its birth to fight off infection—the main cause of death in newborn foals.  Often, breeders will supplement a foal when the mare’s colostrum levels are low, and many keep supplies of colostrum from donor mares on hand throughout the foaling season. “Sandra (owner Burnett) is a close family friend and brings her mares to us to foal out and we also wean them and breed them back for her,” Lyndsay said. “She’s the type of owner who does right by her horses.  She never sells a filly and has a ton of horses at her home. “There are days in the breeding business when you really question what you’re doing and think ‘why am I here?’” Lyndsay offered. “But then, when you see a horse like Ocean Rock go out and set a world record, you know all the hard work that it took to get him here was worth it.  It’s just so exciting to know where he came from and see where he is today.” by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund  

Northfield, OH — Ocean Rock paced to a new harness racing world record clocking of 1:51.1 in the first of three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) contests at Northfield Park Friday. The son of Rockin Amadeus established the new mark for 2-year-old gelding pacers on a half-mile track. Driven smartly by trainer Dan Noble, Ocean Rock grabbed the lead at the start of the mile test and never looked back, pacing easily through panels of :26.1, :54.1 and 1:22.2 before posting a :28.4 final panel to prevail by 5-1/2 lengths over 8-1 Rockntheafterparty (Kyle Ater) with 7-1 Isowantapetrock (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) nabbing third place honors. The win was the fifth in six tries for Ocean Rock who was bred and is owned by Sandra Burnett. This speedy youngster now has $78,167 in career earnings. He is the first foal out of the On The Attack mare Ocean Pearl, p, 5, 1:53.2f ($143,637). The second OSS division went to divisional leader Elver Hanover, the 8-5 choice and driver Chris Page, who was steering the youngster for trainer Ron Burke and partners B. Jacblonsky, J. Melillo and J&T Silva-Purnel-Libby. Elver Hanoer was timed in 1:53.2, completing his sweep of all four OSS legs, and placing him in the top spot in the OSS standings. The son of Yankee Cruiser-Edra Hanover and the 8-5 favorite, was slow getting into the mix initially but then pulled first over at the three-quarters before pacing home in a brisk :26.2, finishing half a length in front of 6-1 Standford Court (Wrenn Jr.). Can B Perfect (Tyler Smith) was third at 3-5 odds. Elver Hanover is now five for five lifetime and has $106,500 in his career bankroll for his connections. Finally, it was the 3-5 homebred Gray Dragon taking the third OSS division handily in 1:54 for driver Brett Miller and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. This gray colt, by Dragon Again-Rock For Glory-Rocknroll Hanover is owned and was bred by Emerald Highlands Farm. He raced for most of the mile parked on the outside of the leading 5-2 Opportune Hanover (Chris Page) and nudged by his rival in the late going to win by three-quarters of a length. Third place went to 9-1 One Rock (Greg Grismore). This was the second career victory for Gray Dragon, who now has $66,460 in career earnings from two wins and two seconds in five starts. The following eight 2-year-old pacing colts are now eligible to participate in the $300,000 finals set for Ohio Super Night, Sept. 1, at Northfield Park. They are: Elver Hanover (204 points); Gray Dragon (137 points); Rockntheafterparty (116 points); Opportune Hanover (109 points); Ocean Rock (103 points); Can Be Perfect (90 points); Rock Smart (84 points); and Mr Ds Rock (74 points). by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator

Three $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes went postward on a steamy Tuesday at Scioto Downs, with temperatures dropping from the low 90s to the low 70s after a harsh, mid-afternoon torrential downpour. That, coupled with a gait-breaking-ridden third division contested after the rainfall, didn't stop even-money favorite It's Academic and driver Chris Page from tying the track record for 2-year-old trotting colts in 1:56.3. The Uncle Peter colt, who is the first foal out of the Muscle Hill mare Annapolis 3, 1:55 ($49,549), trotted decisively to a 1¼ length triumph after sitting chilly on the heels of eventual second-place finisher Action Uncle (Brett Miller) throughout the mile. Doubleyellowline (Dan Noble) was third. The victory was the fifth in six starts for It's Academic--who has swept all four OSS legs for trainer Ronnie Burke--sitting the colt atop the OSS standings with 204 points and $80,000 in OSS earnings, and firmly securing him a starting berth in the $300,000 Championship slated for Sept. 1 at Northfield Park. A $50,000 purchase at the 2018 Ohio Select Sale, It's Academic's career earnings stand at $83,400 for Burke Racing Stable, Bill Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and the Hatfield Stables. He was bred by Gbw Breeding Farms Inc., of Ohio. Prior to the downpour, a pair of appropriately-named trotting youngsters battled through the stretch in the second OSS contest, with Carter Duer's Buxton (5-1) and driver Danny Noble holding off 9-1 Holton (Brett Miller) by a 1¼ lengths in 1:57.1. It was the first start in OSS competition for the Bob Stewart trainee and his first lifetime victory in four starts. Herecomescharlie B, the 1-5 choice, was third for Ryan Stahl. Bred by Peninsula Farm, Buxton brought a $15,000 tag at the 2018 Ohio Select Sale, and this maiden win in his first start over an Ohio oval upped his career earnings to $22,085. He is the fourth foal out of the Andover Hall mare Love U Overandover 4, 1:55.2s ($152,960) and is a half-brother to Love Crazy Love (by Crazed) 2, Q1:57.1s ($90,808). Finally, the first OSS division saw the diminutive but mighty Exhibit Class and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., take a new lifetime mark of 1:57 en route to their third OSS triumph. The son of Triumphant Caviar has won three OSS legs and was second in another, sitting him second in the standings with 179 points and $70,000 in OSS earnings, securing his eligibility for the $300,000 Championship. Exhibit Class left the gate at 3-1, besting 3-1 Jarmbalou (Brett Miller) by half a length in a near wire-to-wire effort, with 6-1 Expect The Sweep (Aaron Merriman) holding on for third. Exhibit Class now has $73,458 in career earnings from four wins and two seconds in six starts for trainer Sean Smithpeters and owner Marion Beachy. This homebred is the third and most prolific foal out of the Classic Photo mare Classic Blaze 5, 1:55.3 ($27, 185). The top eight point earners eligible the $300,000 Championship are as follows: It's Academic (204 points); Exhibit Class (179); Big Box Hanover (124); Attache' (109); Expect The Sweep (86); Doubleyellowline (80); Jarmbalou (79); and Action Uncle (65). Ohio Sires Stakes continue on Wednesday, August 21 with three $40,000 divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies. by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund    

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