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DAYTON, OH. - A perfect drive by Josh Sutton and a tiring leader, who opened a lane up the inside in the stretch, allowed Pine Dream to win the Thursday $17,500 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. It was the 7-year-olds ninth 2019 score and increased his harnes racing seasonal earnings to $140,000. Sutton urged Pine Dream to leave the gate alertly from his outermost post position. Elmo Blatch (Jason Beattie), the eventual runner up, also sped away from the starting car quickly forcing Pine Dream to squeeze into the two hole nearing the :28 first quarter station.   A pocket ride continued for the winner through :57.1 and 1:25.3 middle intervals as favored Voyage To Paris (Dan Noble) pressured the leader on the outside, before settling for third in the end.   When Elmo Blatch tired and drifted slightly in mid-stretch Sutton took full advantage guiding Pine Dream up the inside opening for a neck decision in 1:55.2.   Merv Chupp trains Pine Dream for the Chupp Racing Stable Inc. He returned $13.40 to win and topped a $134.80 exacta.   From the Dayton Raceway Media Department  

DAYTON, OH. - Pine Dream (Dan Noble) benefitted from a 'dream' trip in Thursday night's $16,500 Open Handicap harness racing feature trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, resulting in a mild upset victory over I Know My Chip (Jeremy Smith). Noble kept Pine Chip nose-to-helmet behind the 4-5 favorite through modest :28.1, :58 and 1:26.1 fractions before angling off the pylons an eighth of a mile from the finish line and collaring I Know My Chip with less than 100 yards to go. Northmedo Mission (Aaron Merriman) hugged the pylons throughout the mile as well and finished third. The winner, a 7-year-old son of Pinetucky, paid $10.20 on the occasion of his eighth seasonal win, raising his year to date earnings to over $130,000. Merv Chupp conditions the 33-time career winner for Chupp Racing Stable Inc., which includes his wife Kelly who was celebrating a birthday. For full results and entries click here. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - Heavy favorites had won the first two weekly $10,000 Open paces at Miami Valley's inaugural harness racing meet, establishing track records in each, but that certainly was not the case Saturday night as Master Of Desire pulled a giant upset and rewarded $2 backers with a $72.80 mutuel return.   The seven-year-old Illinois invader, racing for the Chupp Racing Stable of trainer Merv Chupp, sat fifth at the :27.1 quarter mile marker and :55.1 halfway point, then was guided by reinsman Josh Sutton into the outer flow. Still fourth at the 1:23.2 three-quarters and double-wide the son of Real Desire exploded with a final panel of :28 to stop the clock in 1:52, just one-fifth of a second off the track standard. I'm Feelin Good (Tony Hall) and Carmens Best (Pat Berry) were seven lengths back at the wire but earned the place and show checks.   Earlier on the card a $7000 conditioned pace produced a 1:53.2 winner as Fly Away (Berry) topped Justa Cowboy (Robert Smolin) and Spill The Beans (Kayne Kauffman). Sherif Cunmulaj trains the five-year-old son of All American Native for the Baron Racing Stable.   Racing resumes Sunday night at Miami Valley with a 6:30 p.m. post time. On Saturday, February 22, 2014 10:03 PM, Brad Conrad <> wrote: attached is the photo from the open pace on Saturday night.    

In about two months it’ll be the 16th anniversary of the closing of Sportsman’s Park to harness racing. The old Cicero, Illinois track’s final Standardbred program was Friday, October 10, 1997 and attached is that night’s front page of its program. As you can see by the top headline Dave Magee was the leading driver in the Sportsman’s Park final meet while Joe Anderson took the trainer’s title for a sixth consecutive year. After finishing second to Tony Morgan in the Sportsman’s driver race the previous two years (1995 and 1996), Magee reclaimed the driving crown in 1997 for an unprecedented 11th time. Earlier Magee won the Sportsman’s Park driving titles in 1981 through 1983, in 1987, 1989, 1991 through 1994 and in 1997. The final stake race was the $20,000 Rambling Willie for ICF pacers 3 and up. There were 12 horses battling on the seven-eighth’s track, The 35-1 longshot Oliver G Slim, trained and driven by Merv Chupp was the $73.60 upset winner of that stake, coming from 10th with a :26.1 final quarter in 1:53 flat. Oliver G Slim that night beat the likes of Broadway Preview, Hot Chilli Pepper, Bingo Johnnie and Jeffrey’s Pet. The last harness race contested before the demise of Sportsman’s Park was an $8,000 ICF claiming event with a $5,000 purse on the 10-race card. It went to Rose and George Bonomo’s Lake Hills Doc, driven by Andy Miller. The Top 10 drivers on the 1997 and last Sportsman’s Park meeting were Dave Magee, Tony Morgan, Andy Miller, Dale Hiteman, Joe Anderson, Lavern Hostetler, Dean Magee, Dan Knox and Jim Curran. A year earlier (1996) Joe Anderson became the first trainer in Sportsman’s Park history to win over 100 races and $1.2 million in purses and he did it again in 1997. From second through 20th the final trainer’s race it was Brian Pinske, Doug Larsen, Jim Eaton, Dave McCaffrey, Gerry Hansen, Julie Miller, Jim Meade, Ken Rucker, Merv Chupp, Andrew Patterson, Roger Welch, Mitch McKenzie, Perry Smith, Mark Fransen, John Butenschoen, Ronnie Roberts, Homer Hochstetler, Lloyd Daulton and Neil Coleman, in that order. Mike Paradise The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association  

Heading into March the hottest driver on the local Illinois harness racing circuit has been Casey Leonard. Both he and Mike Oosting finished the first two months with 62 winners each but Casey had 34 less drives.

Sometimes a trainer can go to a horse sale and get lucky and end-up with a productive racehorse for what turns out to be a bargain price. Veteran harness racing trainer Merv Chupp will be the first to tell you he got 'really lucky' when he bought the horse Really Lucky last November for a mere $1,700.

Real Mean Art and harness racing driver Dave Magee made it a real exciting finish in the $24,000 Invitational Pace Wednesday, April 20 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The duo rallied late to win their first start back after a two month layoff in a time of 1:53.0.

He figures in the top 10 of the Canadian money earners list for 2011 with $257,016 in stakes, but American-born harness racing trainer, Merv Chupp is heading home. In fact the Indiana native has already sent 13 of his team back to Chicago and the remaining eight were put on the truck after last Saturday's (April 2) meeting at Woodbine.

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