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Dr. Don Doc Mossbarger, founder of Midland Acres of Bloomingburg, Ohio, has been selected as the 30th Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame Honoree by the Delaware County Fair. Midland Acres was originally established in the 1960s to supplement Dr. Mossbargers veterinary practice. Midland Acres has stood some of Ohio's best stallions; Speed In Action, Final Score, Nobleland Sam. Today, Midland Acres stands 12 stallions, including the 2011 LBJ champion Big Bad John. The United States Trotting Association credits Mossbarger and Midland Acres as breeding more than 1,584 standardbreds with earnings of more than $47.5 million. Dr. Mossbarger was a tireless supporter of the efforts to bring the Video Lottery Terminals (VTLs) to Ohio's racetracks. Mossbarger is a member of the Little Brown Jug Society and a past president and former board member of the Ohio Harness Horsemans Association. In 1994 Dr. Mossbarger was elected into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

On Sunday, August 10, Batavia Downs and Sunshine Horses will celebrate the careers and initiate the retirement of three outstanding equine athletes as they move on to a new vocation after harness racing. Arm and a Leg, Perfect Man and Golden Terror have all been solid campaigners at Batavia Downs over the years and although their racing days are over, they still have a lot to offer. These horses demonstrated their talent, drive, and character on the track and left a lasting impression on the Standardbred racing industry in this area. Arm and a Leg (Nobleland Sam-Kelly's Hat Trick) had 52 wins in 234 lifetime starts and earned $320,791.He had a lifetime mark of 1:54 and was owned by Mark Jakubik of West Seneca, New York. Perfect Man (Malabar Man-Perfectly Swift) scored 22 wins in 160 attempts and earned $225,460 for his efforts. His best clocking was 1:57 for owner Howard Ouriel of Webster, New York. Golden Terror (Western Terror-Bell Ami's Love) had 21 win out of 99 starts and contributed $158,405 to the account of his owners, Team Italia Racing Stable of Buffalo, New York. With all three horses now ready for their second career, theywill be in the Winner's Circleone more time with their former owners. And Golden Terror and Perfect Man will meet their new forever families there as well. Each horse will be presented with a commemorative cooler symbolizing their transition from their careers on the track to their new homes. The track will also remember many Western New York horses such as Michael Scores, Tuesdays with Mom and Hitwiththeladies. The day will also feature a visit from Sunshine mini mascot Zack and a silent auction in the paddock room featuring many beautiful items including a recliner, a 50 inch flat screen TV, an autographed Syracuse basketball poster and Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly autographed football helmet and football. First race post time is 1:15. Sunshine Horses would like to thank Howard Ouriel, Cathy Barzycki, Todd Haight, and Wanda Polisseni for their generous contributions to this event. Sunshine Horses is a non-profit re-homing and rescue facility for horses located in upstate and central New York. It was founded by Kate Starr in 2003 and has found homes for more than 150 horses to date. Their mission is to find a "forever home" where the horses can be taken care of for the rest of their lives. For more information on the organization and to find out how you can help, logon to Tim Bojarski

Columbus, OH --- Sam “Chip” Noble III, 60, one of the top driver/trainers in the harness racing sport and a member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame, died Jan. 13, 2014. Mr. Noble grew up in Xenia, Ohio, and learned about the sport from his father. Among the best horses he trained were Nobleland Sam, Concussion and Deal Direct. He was one of the top percentage drivers in the sport. He won North American UDR crowns in 1978, 1981 and 1983, and he was perennially among the leaders each season. Mr. Noble was chosen to represent the United States in the biennial World Driving Championship in both 2001 and 2003. He was the first two-time winner of the Jerry Kaltenbach Memorial Award as the top trainer on the Ohio Sire Stakes circuit, having achieved that honor in both 1993 and 1998. In 2003 he received the Buckeye State’s highest honor when he became the 30th inductee into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He was a director of the USTA and the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and a member of the Little Brown Jug Society. Mr. Noble is survived by his wife, Debbie; and children, Sam, Dan (North America’s top dash-winning driver in 2011) and Meredith. Arrangements will be posted when they are available. From the United States Trotting Association

North America's winningest horse is among three 14 year-olds racing their last race this Saturday at Northfield Park. As the calendar will soon be turning to 2014 Armbros Revenge A, Anvil Raider N and How Forever Feels will be forced into retirement per the rules of the United States Trotting Association. Armbros Revenge A (Armbro Operative-Family Revenge-JJ's Pennant) drew the rail in the sixth race on Saturday's 14-race program. He will be making the 279 start of his career. He enters Saturday's race with 50 wins to his credit and a career bankroll of $247,439. His richest and fastest win was for a purse of $8,100 when he topped a $10,000 claiming event at The Meadows in 1:53.2 at age 11. Armbros Revenge A is owned by Gerald Lee Jr. of Coal Center, Pennsylvania. His trainer, Rachel Kaneoka has plans to, "Get him a good home as a riding horse. He is already broke to ride and loved doing it." She stated that she will be very selective in Armbros Revenge A's future home and until an acceptable place is found, "He will hang out on a farm." Anvil Raider N (In The Pocket-Motu Sweet Lady-Great Mann) makes his career finale from post eight in the evening's tenth race and looks for his 23 win this year. His 2013 win tally ranks him as the winningest horse in North America this year. He has 94 career victories in 280 starts and has amassed a bankroll of $339,412. His richest and 1:51 lifetime mark was in 2007 at Mohawk Raceway for a purse of $15,040. Will Johnson of Monroe, Michigan owns and trains Anvil Raider N and looks to turn him out at his farm after Saturday's race for a life of leisure. How Forever Feels (Stand Forever-Highland Tranquil-Nobleland Sam) drew the second tier in race 12 for the 353 and final start of his career. He has won 50 times and has earned $368,972. His richest win came in 2005, winning a $15,000 Open at Freehold Raceway in 2005. His 1:52.2 lifetime mark was paced at age 11 at Vernon Downs. How Forever Feels is trained by Misty Carey for New York owners Speed to Burn Racing and Michael Kessler. "How Forever Feels is my boy, my kids and I love him," said Carey. "He will retire to my farm. He has been broke to ride and we will continue to work on that, but so far he doesn't seem to like it much. He may just end up being a lawn ornament." Ayers Ratliff  

East Rutherford, NJ - This holiday season, Frank Rende, Jr. is conjuring up every ounce of his faith, work ethic and positive energy to pull through a recent family disaster. On November 29, after celebrating Thanksgiving, the Rende family, Frank Rende, Jr., his wife Debbie, and their three children, Nicholas, 19, Vincent, 9, and Sofia, 8, were suddenly awakened just after 4:30 am and forced to flee their burning home in Ringwood, NJ. The Rende's youngest son, Vincent is credited with saving their lives by waking everybody up. Most of their possessions were destroyed and the house is uninhabitable due to the fire damage. Their insurance does not cover all of their needs, such as repairs, furniture, appliances and clothes. Donations as little as one dollar can be made anonymously at on the Rende Family Fire Fund page. "To see the house my dad built with his own two hands in 1959 with smoke coming out it was more than a shock," said Rende. "The origin guy discovered there was a tiny crack in the chimney. Over 60 years the clay tiles had disintegrated by water because there was no cap. It smoldered for hours without setting off the smoke alarms. Then, to hear the crackling from the flames was just devastating. "We're lucky to be alive, because if it wasn't for my boy we'd all be dead," Rende continued. "When I opened up the bedroom door and saw the smoke I knew we only had a few minutes left. My oldest son, Nicholas sleeps like a rock, and I was so sleepy after eating turkey. I was so out of it I fell down the stairs when I got up. I couldn't believe it. It was really a bad dream." However, Rende will be forever thankful for his heroic little boy. "It was a miracle!" he exclaimed. "Thank God my son Vincent is a light sleeper. You can just snap your fingers to wake him up. I used to think it was a negative when he was really younger and we had to tip toe around, but thankfully things are going in a positive direction for us now." "Right now, this situation takes up most of my time," Rende admits. "My wife works as a waitress. It's been so stressful, frustrating and inconvenient, but we're lucky to still be here. We're hanging in there, one day at a time, temporarily living in a one-room motel in Greenwood Lake, NY. I had to pull my kids out of Delaware schools. I've been driving my kids to school every day up here and the teachers have been great." Rende plans to repair his home in a few months and return to his first love of harness racing. "My immediate agenda is to clean out the house and try to save some of our possessions. We're going to rebuild and I'm going back to training horses. My sister, Debbie [same first name as Frank's wife] is stabled in Delaware, and I'm trying to help her as much as I can. I've been a horse person since I was born. I sat in a sulky when I was five. I started driving in races when I was 18. I always wanted to be the next John Campbell. I'm 50, but I feel like a young 50. "There aren't many hardcore harness horsemen like my father [Frank Rende] around anymore. He was born in Hawthorne, NJ in 1934. When we grew up we would train one horse all day to get him right. Now you just throw a harness on them because they're so well bred. The breeding has come so far now. "My grandparents were immigrants seeking a better life. They came from Italy, literally off the boat. My grandfather loved horses. He rode horses to his job as a telephone pole climber in the twenties and thirties. My parents rode horses on Route 208 in Bergen County when it was a dirt road. My dad started with ponies in the fifties, then got a couple of harness horses. We raced at Green Mountain Park in Vermont. He trucked a horse to Seminole Downs in Florida to get his 'A' license. He got lucky and bought a filly for $1,500. She made $200,000 in the early eighties because he could keep her trotting. He excelled because of his horsemanship." Frank Rende and his sister Debbie got on a roll at the Big M with a rags-to-riches pacer named Just Like Sam back in 2001. "We've only had one horse good enough to compete at the Big M. Just Like Sam actually won five or six races there. I had rescued a horse for $300, nursed him back for a year and he ended up with heart issues. The guy who had his brother called me, and he tried to sell him to me, a son of Spirited Style. I told him I preferred Nobleland Sam as a sire, so he sold me Just Like Sam for $7,000, and the horse made over $350,000 for us. "Having that horse was my second biggest thrill behind driving a trotting filly Hi Pocahontas to victory in the Maryland Sire Stake Final. I came first up falling into the two hole behind Eddie Davis and got up in the last fifty feet. I never raced with the whip. I coaxed her like a baby, saying 'C'mon honey, good girl!" all the way down the stretch, getting up at 60 to 1. The best part is my dad trained her, my sister jogged and groomed her, and my dream of catch driving was realized. "Unfortunately, my dad died in a race about a year later at Rosecroft. He just slumped over in the bike and expired. I couldn't believe it. I had just talked to him the night before. Thank goodness I didn't watch the race and I never want to see it. He was 66 and still very active. At least God gave us that time to pull together as a family and win a $50,000 stakes race with a $1,200 filly! I thank God everyday for that. Now my son, Vincent, Frank Rende, Sr.'s grandson, is our hero, and we're pulling together again." by Rachel Ryan for the Meadowlands    

Scioto Downs Racino starts hosting Ohio State Fair races Thursday, with the 2-year-old pacing fillies and the 2 and 3-year old trotting fillies. The only field of 3-year-old trotters will have 11 in it and will go for a $60,000 purse in race six. Even though she is leaving from post 11, Contessa Leigh and driver Chip Noble are going into the race as the 8-5 morning line favorite. The Marty Wollam trainee comes into the race having won her last three starts. Her lifetime best of 1:56.4 was taken on July 6 at Scioto, when she won the latest Sire Stakes by two lengths. Diplomats Mistress is the second favorite at 7-2, leaving from post two, for trainer Mike Sowers and David Myers. She most recently finished second at a fair in Piketon, after making a break before the start. Before that she won three races in a row - the other division of the Sire Stakes on July 6 and then two fair starts, Wellston and Washington Court House. Her regular driver, Myers, is only two wins away from 1,000 career driving victories. The 2-year-old trotting fillies will face off in two separate divisions, with the first having nine starters going for $34,450 in the race one and a second set of eight going for $33,750 in race three. Two divisions of seven 2-year-old pacing fillies will go for $30,000 each in races two and seven. Chris Page is set to drive three of the favorites in these four races.  In The Grippers will go off as the 2-1 trotting favorite in the first race for trainer leading trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. The filly by relatively unknown sire Steven One has won her first two career starts, both in Sire Stakes events, for owner Herres Stables LLC of Bellbrook. She won in 2:04 at Scioto on July 4th and again at Northfield 15 days later in 2:03.1.  The favorite in the second division of 2-year-old trotters is Rose Run Princess who, when she won just under a month ago, gave trainer Devan Miller her first training win in a Sire Stakes race. She won that race in 2:02.4 and then came back to win the second sire stakes event at Northfield in 2:02.2. Page is also down to drive the favorite in the first division for pacers when he sits behind Steve Carter’s Spiffy Sam (5-2). The 2-year-old filly by Nobleland Sam has seven starts this year with three wins, two seconds and a third. She took her 1:57.4 record at Northfield on July 28; she then won a fair race at Eaton four days ago in 2:07. The only 2-year-old favorite Page is not driving is Paydaze On The Way (2-1). Diana Riegle trains the filly with two starts and one win and one second. This filly is by the older sire, Look Sharp, who first stood stud in 1988 and is now 30 years old. The filly was second in her first Sire Stakes event, going in 1:57.3 and finishing just a neck behind winner Crown Time Keeper, who will race in the same division as Paydaze On The Way this week. Steve Carter has enlisted Chris Page to drive Crown Time Keeper whose morning line is set at 5-2. She then beat Crown Time Keeper in the next Sire Stakes event when she won by one and a quarter lengths in 1:56. Racing will continue Friday, with a post of 6:30 p.m., Saturday with an afternoon 1:00 p.m. and a special Sunday 5:00 p.m. card. Scioto Downs Racino  

On Saturday, July 20 Northfield Park will host three divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action and the annual George Verban Memorial.  These races will highlight the undercard for the $120,500 Battle of Lake Erie 14-race program. This will be the third leg of the Sires Stakes for the sophomore colts.  Ohio Sires Stake trotters will start Saturday’s show in Race 1 for the $30,000 first division.  Final Breath (Victory Sam-First Breath-Hold Your Breath) is the 3-5 heavy morning-line favorite for owner Duane Lowe of Malta, Ohio.  Hugh Beatty is the gelding’s trainer and driver.  Final Breath has won 10 of 16 lifetime starts, winning four of seven this year.  He has a bankroll of $73,197 and a lifetime mark of 1:57.1 trotted at Scioto Downs on May 27 the second leg of the OSS.  Final Breath will start from post two in the short five-horse field. Also competing in the first division will be Happy Go Manny, Chet N Spanky, Annie’s Rocketman and Howdhedothat.      Race 2 will be the $30,000 second division Ohio Sire Stakes.  Heza Rube (Master Lavec-Rubicella-Awsome Goal) is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for owner Bob Troyer of Middlefield, Ohio and Northfield Park Wall of Fame trainer Marty Wollam.  Heza Rube has six victories in 14 lifetime starts.  His 1:59.2 mark was taken earlier this year in the first leg of the OSS at Lebanon Raceway.  His career earnings are $85,415   Driver Kurt Sugg will start the trotter from post four in a field that consists of last year’s OSS champion Trottin On Over, Buzzen Troubador, Neely Spring, Flashy Cash and Masterdream Chaser.  The evening’s eighth race is the $6,000 George Verban Memorial Open Pace.  The annual race is dedicated to the long-time sports writer for the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.  Despite starting from the outside, Lonesome Attack (On The Attack-Lady Lonesome-Nobleland Sam) has been named the 5-2 morning-line favorite. He is owned by the partnership of Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Ciro Gentile of Boca Raton, Florida and Debbie Bird of Harwood, Ontario, Canada.  Trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. has called upon Dan Noble to drive. This five year-old gelding has 75 lifetime starts, winning 17 times and bankrolling $299,810, with a 1:51 mark taken this year at The Meadows.  Lonesome Attack’s rivals consist of Danny Noonan, Jumpin Jack J, Blueridge Camagot, Royal Morn, Bruisen N Cruisen, Moreland Flash and Lyons Josephjnr.      Sophomore Buckeye-bred pacers will take to the stage in Race 10 for the $35,000 third leg and final Sires Stakes event of the evening.  That Friske Feelin (Feelin Friskie-Marquee Event-Mark Johnathan) is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in a full field of 10.  That Friske Feelin is owned by the partnership of Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Edwin Gold of Phoenixville, PA and Richard Lombardo of Solon, Ohio.  North America’s leading trainer Ron Burke trains the gelding and has called upon Tony Hall to drive.  This three year-old has won six of 13 career races.  Despite three runner-up finishes this year, he is still searching for his first win in 2013.  His 1:53.4 (ScD 5/8) mark was taken last year, and he has a career bankroll of $77,383.  That Friske Feelin starts from post three in a talented field consisting of Feelin Lika Winner, Sassy Osborne, CC Big Boy Cam, Phantom Flasher, Hanky L, Firetowers Stand, River Valley Pearl, Retrieve Forever and Forever Kissed.  by Ayers Ratliff

Posey Patch took the $6,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace for harness racing owner Gregory Gardner of Sheridan, Michigan in the opening race on Friday (May 24) at Northfield Park.

The last two harness racing nights had Yonkers Raceway host eight series races--four each in Friday's Blue Chip Matchmaker and Saturday's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Of those eight winners, six were trained by Ron Burke.

Nobleland Sam, 30, one of the top sires in Ohio breeding history, died Tuesday morning (Feb. 26) in his stall at Midland Acres in Bloomingburg, Ohio, according to farm vice president Dr. John Mossbarger.

Posey Patch has done some solid work here at Cal Expo for harness racing owner Gregory Gardner and trainer Gretchen Smith since shipping in from Michigan, recording a pair of runner-up efforts before getting her picture taken last week with Luke Plano in a conditioned event.

Hypnotic Blue Chip (He has a $1.7 million career bankroll), and harness racing driver Brian Sears, rolled from second-over Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Pace.

My Last Chance was the smallest horse in the harness racing field of nine starters in the $20,000 Ohio Breeders Stakes on Saturday (August 25) at Scioto Downs, but he was standing tall in the winner's circle after the race.

Northfield Park hosted four divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes harness racing action as part of the 13-race program. Three-year-old colt and gelding trotters and pacers each competed in two divisions on Saturday (August 18).

A pair of amateur driving races highlighted the Sunday (June 10) matinee harness racing program at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

In his career harness racing driver Cedric Washington has reined 1807 winners and now having drawn the early line favorite, CC Make A Buck in Monticello Raceway's 12th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pace which is slated to go to post on Tuesday, January 17, his chances of adding to his lifetime win-total seem likely.

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