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The $120,000 Courageous Lady goes postward this Saturday (Oct. 17) at MGM Northfield Park. The Grand Circuit race is an open harness racing event for North America’s top 3-year-old filly pacers and has attracted a very competitive slate of foes vying to become this year’s champion. The race highlights an impressive card offering more than $780,000 in purses. Introducing this year’s field: Dance Club drew the rail in this year’s Courageous Lady.  This sophomore daughter of A Rocknroll Dance is one of two fillies in this field for harness racing’s leading trainer Ron Burke.  She is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services, D. Wills and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.  Dance Club enters the Courageous Lady off two straight wins at Harrah’s Philadelphia, including a 1:52 lifetime best in the $30,000 Liberty Bell on September 25.  Her career bankroll is $132,768.  Chris Page will drive this 7-2 second choice.     Keystone Eureka drew post 2 and has been instilled as a 6-1 shot.  She races out of the Ryan Miller stable and is trained at the Great Darke County Fairgrounds in Greenville, Ohio.  This Jugette contender attracts Aaron Merriman, the leading driver in North America.  Keystone Eureka just missed in her most recent race, pacing home in :26.3 at The Red Mile.  This daughter of Somebeachsomewhere is owned by Miller Racing Stable.  She has a career-best 1:52.4 (Mea 5/8) and a $114,375 bankroll.         Perfect Storm is this field’s 3-1 favorite and has drawn post three for trainer Robert McIntosh and owners Robert McIntosh Stables and Dave Boyle.  Driving superstar David Miller returns to his native Buckeye State to drive.  She enters this event off a runner-up performance in a $112,500 stake race at The Red Mile, pacing in 1:49 with a :26.2 final quarter.  Perfect Storm has a 1:51.1 (Wbsb 7/8) mark and $166,862 in earnings.      Ellagator is the lone Ohio-bred in this year’s edition.  Chris Mc Guire trains this daughter of Western Vintage for owner Howard Taylor.  At 20-1 she is the longest shot in the field and enters this race off a 1:53 lifetime best at Dayton Raceway.  Tony Hall travels to MGM Northfield Park to drive in this Grand Circuit event.  This filly has earned $163,512.  JK Finendandy will start from post five and has been installed as a 10-1 longshot.  This filly is trained by Jennifer Bongiorno.  JK Finendandy had a slow start to the 2020 season but has won three of her last four starts.  All three of those wins where stake races at Freehold Raceway.  Joe Bongiorno will drive for owners Mark Graber, Jason Graber, Loren Schmucker and Brookside Stables.  She enters with $160,496 in earnings and a mark of 1:54 (Fhld).      Pettycoat Business is the lone filly that supplemented to this race.  She is one of two fillies in this field trained by Brian Brown, this one for owners M. Robinson, R. Mondillo, RBH Ventures and Gilbilly Standardbreds.  This daughter of Art Major did not race last year and has won three of 11 starts this year, finishing nine times in the top-three.  She has $104,023 in earnings and a 1:50.3 (Lex 1) record.  Local fan favorite Ronnie Wrenn Jr. will be in the sulky.  Pettycoat Business a 6-1 l shot that enters this race off her lifetime best.  Blazin Grace starts from post seven and is 15-1.  She is one of two fillies in this field trained by Brian Brown at the historic Delaware County Fairgrounds.  Blazin Grace is owned by Country Club Acres, J. Sbrocco, Rich Lombardo and L&H Management Services.  Ryan Stahl has been listed to drive.  This Sweet Lou filly did not race as a freshman and has six victories this year, $72,487 in earnings and a 1:51.4 (Phl 5/8) lifetime mark. Drama Act drew the far outside in this year’s Courageous Lady.  This Well Said daughter is the second filly in this race for trainer Ron Burke.  She is owned by The OK Corral.  Drama Act has won seven of 14 lifetime starts.  She sports $165,482 in career earnings and a 1:50 (Mea 5/8) mark.  Matt Kakaley travels in to drive this 9-2 third favorite.  This year’s Courageous Lady has been slated as race 12 on a 16-race program. A $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 pool has been added to the night. The guaranteed Pick-4 will begin in race 11. The undercard will feature eight $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes consolations and Northfield’s annual Lady Drivers Challenge featuring all female drivers.   Ayers Ratliff

DAYTON, OH. - In just her 27th lifetime start, Sweet Heaven (Brett Miller) notched her tenth harness racing victory and first in featured open class company on Friday night (Oct. 9) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.    The 4-year-old daughter of Sweet Lou, dispatched as the 3-5 favorite following place and show finishes in her first two efforts at this level, bested Allbeastnobeauty (Josh Sutton) and Talkaboutaqueen (Jeremy Smith) in 1:51.   Miller, the leading driver at the current Hollywood Dayton meet, had inside post position advantage at the start, but allowed Up Front Flor Ida (Chris Page) and Allbeastnobeauty to speed ahead through a :26.3 opening panel. At that point he executed the popular give-and-go to reassume command early in the stretch the first time on the quick five-eighths mile oval.  Posting sensible middle fractions of :55 and 1:22.3, Sweet Heaven had no concerns until the runnerup came calling late in the stretch before falling a length short.   Brian Brown trains the winner, who increased her career earnings to $111,971 garnering half of the $14,000 purse.  She is owned by the partnership of Hutchison Harness, Joe Sbrocco, M. Kantrowitz and Country Club Acres. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway announces it is adding a new twist to its marquee harness racing night of the 2020 meet on Saturday, October 3. In addition to three Dayton Derbies ($200,000 est. Dayton Pacing Derby, $175,000 Dayton Distaff Derby and $175,000 Dayton Trotting Derby) the program will include eight $60,000 Buckeye Stallion Series championship races.  The $1,000,000-plus 14-race card will be completed with three brand new invitational races with potential purses of $75,000 each. “The response from nominators to our Dayton Derbies has been fantastic and we believe more than nine will enter each of them,” said Director of Racing Jason Bluhm. “Rather than returning nominating fees to those entrants that do not get spots in a Derby as one of the top nine 2020 money earners, we’re giving them the option of racing in a Derby Consolation (Invitational).  If six or more Derby-eligible horses agree to enter, the purses will be $75,000 each, with no additional starting fee.” Open non-Derby eligible horses are welcome to enter the new Invitationals to create full fields, but nominated Derby horses will receive preference.  If less than six Derby-eligible horses agree to race, their nomination fees will be returned and that particular race will revert to an Open event with an enhanced purse of $25,000. Dayton Derby entrants are asked to make online entries as soon as possible and indicate in the notes if they are interested in the $75,000 consolation if their earnings doesn’t qualify for the main event. Questions can be directed to Race Secretary Gregg Keidel at 937-235-7859 or Gregg.Keidel@pngaming.com. Updated earnings standings to determine Dayton Derby standings can be found at. https://www.hollywooddaytonraceway.com/racing/Horsemens-info    Gregg Keidel

Merry Ann, the 8-5 favorite, captured the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for 2-year-old trotting fillies with a front-stepping 1:57 effort for harness racing driver Chris Page and trainer Ron Burke.   The daughter of Southwind Spirit-Witty Girl-SJ’s Photo held off the late charging 3-1 Celebrate With Me (Kurt Sugg), while 28-1 My Jazz (Anthony MacDonald) was third. Bred by Knox Services, Merry Ann is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi. Merry Ann now has $245,200 in career earnings.  Summer Touch, the 1-5 favorite, continued her win streak by taking her fifth straight triumph in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for 2-year-old pacing fillies in 1:52.3.  The homebred daughter of Well Said-Real Touch-Real Desire is trained by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing and Weaver Bruscemi and was driven by Chris Page. Rainy Day Chic (12-1) was second for Brett Miller with Leave Her Wild (11-1) was third with Mike Wilder driving. The victory uppsed Summer Touch’s lifetime bankroll to $255,000.  Driver Tyler Smith piloted 12-1 Penpaperpaige to an upset victory over 7-5 Artful Dancer (Danny Noble) in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for 3-year-old pacing fillies in a new career mark of 1:52.1.  The daughter of Pet Rock-Park Lane Paige-Art Major is owned and was bred by Shirley LeVin of Barrington Hills, IL and is conditioned by Jeff Smith.  Rockngo BB (George Brennan) was a strong third at 48-1 odds.  The win pushed Penpaperpaige’s career earning to $273,026.  Trainer Chris Beaver harnessed 6-1 Perron (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) to capture the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stake Championship for a 2-year-old colt trotters, as well as the third place finisher 74-1 Tango With Me (Peter Wrenn) and 14-1 fourth-place finisher 14-1 Panzano (Chris Page). Street Gossip was second at 9-1 for driver Brett Miller. Perron The winning time of 1:58 was a new career clocking for the brown homebred colt by My MVP-Long Island Tea-Credit Winner and pushed his lifetime earnings to $198,300 for owners Steve Stewart, D. Wright, G. Wilcoxen and K. Doherty.  Even money favorite Guinevere Hall kept her unblemished seasonal record intact by capturing the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for 3-year-old trotting fillies.  The daughter of Cash Hall-Garbo Hill-Lindy Lane stopped the clock in 1:53.1—just a tick off the track record for driver Peter Wrenn and trainer Melanie Wrenn.  Guinevere Hall—who was bred by Alan Leavitt and is owned by the M T Pockets Stables & David McDuffee—now has $415,081 in her career coffers.   Guinevere Hall She is seven for seven this year with ten wins in 17 starts lifetime.   A Fancy Face was second at 8-5 for Chris Page while 23-1 Robin Banks got up for third with Kurt Sugg driving.   Charlie May (Brett Miller), the 9-5 choice, bested 3-5 rival Heart Of Chewbacca (Danny Noble) in late stretch to prevail in the $300,0000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for 2-year-old pacing colts.  His time of 1:50.2 was a new track record and a national season’s record for freshmen pacing geldings on a five-eights mile track.  Trained by Steve Carter, the altered brown son of McArdle-Stipple Hanover-Western Hanover notched his fifth win in seven starts for breeder-owner Don Tiger of Cannonsburg, PA.   Laughagain Hanover was third for David Miller at 8-1 odds. Charlie May now has $295,181 in lifetime earnings and has five wins in seven career starts.  Brett Miller gave 1-5 Action Uncle a perfect steer to capture the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for 3-year-old colt trotters in 1:53.  Trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr., the son of Uncle Peter-Action-broadway-Broadway Hall picked up his seventh win of the year for Carl Howard, Joyce McClelland and Larry Wills.  Bred by Kenneth Sommer, Action Uncle upped his career earnings to $545,825, with his tenth lifetime victory in 14 starts. Wading Boots, at 14-1 was second for David Miller while 7-2 It’s Academic got up for third with Chris Page in the bike.  Sandra Burnett’s homebred Ocean Rock, the 1-5 favorite, demolished his rivals in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for 3-year-old colt pacers, stopping the timer in a blistering 1:49.4.  Danny Noble was in the sulky behind the gelded son of Rockin Amadeus-Ocean Pearl-On The Attack for trainer Christi Noble as he captured his tenth career start and his fifth seasonal effort.   Ocean Rock Elver Hanover (5-1) with Chris Page was second and 55-1 Gray Dragon was third for Brett Miller. Ocean Rock now has $495,677 in his career bank account. Ohio Sires Stakes Veteran Championships for 4-year-olds and up will be held on Friday, Oct. 16 at Dayton Raceway and Ohio Sires Stakes consolations for 2- & 3-year-olds will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Northfield Park.     by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

Grove City, OH - Eldorado Scioto Downs hosted the fourth leg of the 3-year-old colt pacers in the Buckeye Stallion Series Saturday night.  The harness racing program featured four divisions, with a $17,500 purse in each.  Snowmoon picked up his third BSS win of the year, while Ubuntu scored for his second series win. Snowmoon, the Mr Wiggles out of Milky Way Hanover gelding, left from post five and went wire to wire to win by a length for Tyler Smith and owner-trainer Jessica Smith in 1:53.3.  Elite Machine with Brady Brown finished second while Mingo Joel driven by Jeremy Smith was third.  Snowmoon is now 7 of 12 this season. Ubuntu, with Dan Noble for Christi Noble, picked up his 2nd win of the series going right to the top from post one to win by a nose over the fast closing Wigglemejigglme and Chris Page.  Aim For Glory with Brett Miller finished third. Ubuntu, the gelded son of Pet Rock, is owned by Norman Rae Racing and picked up his sixth win in eleven starts this season. Epic Ace came home the fastest with a 1:51.4 effort with Chris Page for Mike Polhamus and owners Constance Polhamus, Matthew Newberry, and Pamela Horvath. The Western Vintage-Golden Ace gelding got his first win of the season winning by four lengths over Danearys Dream with Dan Noble, while Isowantapetrock handled by Dexter Dunn finished third. Page picked up his second winning drive of the night with Opportune Hanover.  Page guided the Ron Burke trained Dragon Again gelding to his first BSS win in 1:53.4.  Opportune Hanover is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. Bargain Shopper with Dan Noble was second and My Name Is Harry finished third for Austin Hanners. By Roger Huston

Columbus, OH — From a young age, Isaiah Shrake always had a passion for racehorses. Little did he know that at the age of 19 he would co-own and train a rising Ohio-bred harness racing star in the 3-year-old pacing filly Rockin Farrari. Shrake first started going to the races as an 11-year-old with Aunt Sherree Cox who raced at Northfield Park. “I would travel to watch her pacing mare Coupon Lady compete,” said Shrake. Along with watching his family race, fair time was fun time for the aspiring horseman, enjoying the sights and sounds of the horses on the track warming up before each race. A graduate of Canton McKinley High School, Shrake was heavily involved in not just the daily grind of high school athletics, but taking care of a 2-year-old trotting filly named Foolmegypsy, who was trained by his uncle, Jeff Cox. “I would start around six to get her jogging, and get the stall clean before heading to school,” said Shrake. “From there I would have a normal school day, then drive back to the fairgrounds to make sure my filly was good, then back to school for athletics.” Shrake began jogging horses when he was 15 and at the time was too young to get his trainer’s license. In 2019, his uncle Jeff suggested that he get his trainer’s license so he could start being listed on his own horses. “The entire family inspired me to go for it and accomplish my goal of becoming a trainer,” said Shrake. “They have all been great trainers to look up to and help me along the way.” Rockin Farrari (Rockin Amadeus-Look Close) would kick off the first of three straight victories for Shrake on May 29 at MGM Northfield Park against conditioned company. After getting being parked to the first quarter, driver Kurt Sugg took back into fourth allowing the fractions to settle upfront. Sugg tipped Rockin Farrari to the outside and took dead aim at the leaders after the half-mile pole. He would fight the remainder of the mile with Sugarpie Honey Bee, but through the stretch was able to get by the early leader, winning by a length. Rockin Farrari “My first win was unbelievable, I did not expect to win my first start either,” said a jubilant Shrake. “Things like this is what we work for; this feeling is the greatest feeling.” For Shrake, the win had even more meaning as he personally picked Rockin Farrari out before purchasing her for $5,700 at the 2018 Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale. Shrake would go on to win two more starts with Rockin Farrari, including a victory in a $17,500 Buckeye Stallion Series race at Eldorado Scioto Downs, before tasting defeat for the first time on Sunday (June 28) when finishing fifth at Northfield Park. A humble Shrake credits his uncle for helping him with Rockin Farrari and helping him get where he is today as a trainer. He also credits drivers Kurt Sugg and Brett Miller for always giving Rockin Farrari the best chance to win. “This feeling I will remember forever, having my first ever training start come out as a winner to also winning a leg in the Buckeye Stallion Series in the same year.” Shrake hopes to have his own stable one day to create a legacy that will make his family proud. “I started my first semester at Stark State and took three classes at the time, but I had to remember that I still had barn work to do,” said Shrake. “I am still just unsure about college at this point in my life past this semester.” He plans on getting his driver’s license in 2021, during some of the fair races, after gaining more experience and being more aware of his surroundings on the track. “I need more fast training miles in the bike before I can even think of entering a race,” he said. Shrake says he looks up to fellow driver Daren Harvey who has been a wealth of knowledge when it comes to learning to drive in a race. As for future accomplishments, Shrake says that he has already accomplished a few of his goals, but wants to take as much advice as he can from others and put that towards his horses to improve his own status as a trainer. “If you love what you do every day, it won’t even feel like work when you get into it. If you treat the horses right, then they will show you respect as a trainer,” said Shrake. by Michael Carter, USTA Social Media and Publicity Coordinator

MGM Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $20,000 Pick 5 total pool guarantee to its harness racing card on Tuesday (June 16). Beginning in the second race, the Pick 5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $5,749. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Tuesday's post time is 6 PM.   Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park will have a mandatory payout of the 20¢ Northfield Single 6 wager as the highlight of the harness racing program on Wednesday (June 3). Normally the Single 6 Jackpot can be won only by the holder of a unique winning combination that selects the winners of races 9 through 14, but the mandatory payout provision on June 3 will award all winning tickets with an equal share of the Single 6 pool, including all money in the carryover, which currently stands at over $20,000. The 20¢ Northfield Single 6 will continue to be offered every racing night through the mandatory payout on June 3. The wager will be discontinued after the June 3 card. A conventional (non-Jackpot) pick 6 wager will take its place on Northfield's wagering menu in the coming weeks. Northfield's live racing schedule in June will remain Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday nights, post time 6:00 (Eastern).   Ayers Ratliff

Edgerton, OH — Even though the Paulding County Fair in Paulding, Ohio, has been canceled for 2020, the fair still plans to sponsor harness racing with a revised program. Events 4, 8, and 12 on their original program have been canceled, and racing will only take place on Tuesday (June 16) and Wednesday (June 17) with a 4 p.m. post time each day. Their rain date will now be Thursday (June 18) at 4 p.m. The Tuesday card will be comprised of Event 1 (2-year-old filly pace), Event 2 (2-year-old colt trot), Event 3 (3-year-old colt pace), Event 7 (3-year-old colt trot), and Event 11 (Spring Haven Farm Ladies Driving Series Pace). The purse for Event 11 will be $650 plus the $30 entry fees to be added. There must be at least five entries in Event 11 or no race. If more than eight horses are entered in Event 11, the race will be divided with each division racing for an equal share of the purse with the entry fee following the horse. The Wednesday card will consist of Event 5 (2-year-old colt pace), Event 6 (2-year-old filly trot), Event 9 (3-year-old filly pace), Event 10 (3-year-old filly trot), and Event 13 (Paulding County Pace – Free For All Pace). The purse for Event 13 will be $2,500 plus the $50 entry fees to be added. Event 13 will be limited to eight entries with no trainer having more than one entry. If more than eight horses are entered, preferences will be as follows: (1) Ohio sired; (2) Ohio owned; (3) top money winners in 2020. No spectators will be allowed for these races. All horsemen and race officials must follow the current protocols established for harness racing in the state of Ohio (including the wearing of a face mask and social distancing). Horsemen should be prepared to race out of their trailers. All horses must have a current negative Coggins test. There will be a licensed veterinarian on the grounds to administer Lasix. Entries close on Saturday (June 13) at 10 a.m. for the Tuesday races. Entries close on Sunday (June 14) at 10 a.m. for the Wednesday races. Entries may be made online through the USTA or phoned to Bill Peters at 614.984.9515. For all of the latest news on the resumption of racing, visit the USTA COVID-19 Resource Center. by Bill Peters

Columbus, OH — In Tuesday (May 27) night’s 13th race at Northfield Park, four harness racing horses and drivers were involved in an accident at about the five-eighths pole. The four involved were Led Schneppelin (Tony Hall), Splendid Party (Hunter Myers), Boys Turn (Chris Lems) and JK Parlay (Ryan Stahl). According to a post by Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association’s Executive Director Renee Mancino on her Facebook page and shared on the OHHA’s page: “Heartfelt concern and prayers for continued healing for all horses and drivers involved in last night’s 13th race chain reaction accident at Northfield Park. The accident appeared to have occurred due to Ryan Stahl’s horse catching a shoe, hopple, or some other equipment failure and dropping to the track, trailing horses had no chance to avoid and went over him. Tony Hall, Hunter Myers, Ryan Stahl, Chris Lems were all involved. All horses are rumored to have walked off with road rash and minor contusions. All drivers involved are stable and alert or walked off. Chris Lems drove in the next race and won, Ryan Stahl walked off, but was later being encouraged to visit the hospital. Immediately trailing horses with Tony Hall and Hunter Myers took the brunt of it. Early reports show Tony was awake and alert, but admitted to Level One Trauma with spinal trauma and broken ribs. Hunter was also awake and alert with possible hip and facial injuries. God Bless them and their families as they recover. Thank God it wasn’t as bad as it looked.” Also on the OHHA Facebook, Amy Hollar, the MGM Northfield Park Track Representative for the organization, added this post: “Spoke with Hunter’s (Myers) sister, he has a fracture in his jaw. Tony’s (Hall) wife, Ashley, told me he has nine broken ribs and a crushed vertebrae. Both are still hospitalized……………all horses are OK from last night’s accident.” the USTA Communications Department

MGM Northfield Park is announcing a $64,684 20¢ Super High Five carryover in the 13th race on Wednesday (May 27) harness racing program. The evening's ninth race begins the 20¢ Northfield Single Six (a unique combination Pick-6) boasting a $16,557 carryover. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s, 20¢ Super High Five and 20¢ Northfield Single Six offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Wednesday's post time is 6 PM. FREE PP's are available on Northfield's website all week.

Northfield, OH — Free past performances, multiple guaranteed pools, full fields and million-dollar earners highlight a strong program of harness racing as MGM Northfield Park re-opens (without spectators) on Tuesday (May 26) with post time at 6 p.m. Prior to this break, Northfield had not been off for more than a week since the 1990s. The wagering menu on the 15-race card is highlighted by a $40,000 guaranteed pool in the 13th race (20-cent Super High Five), which includes a carryover pool of $8,134, left over from when no one selected the top five finishers in correct order when Northfield last raced on March 18. The Super High Five also has a low 14 percent takeout rate, as do all of Northfield’s Pick-3, Pick-4, Pick-5 and the Jackpot Single 6 wagers. The early and late Pick-4 wagers will also carry their normal $10,000 guarantees as a part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program. Top class horses will be in action on the track as Open Handicaps for both pacers and trotters headline the card. Southwind Amazon, winner of 92 career races and more than $1 million in purses, will not only face stout competition in the Open Pace from regular rivals Bully Pulpit and Carolina Beach, but a pair of invaders from Yonkers Raceway, Luis Alberto N and $991,927 lifetime earner Atta Boy Dan. Real Peace, Barley Up, The Wayfaring Man and Just Toyin With Ya will also be heard from in the full field of nine (race 10 on the card). Wind Of The North, a career earner of more than $1.1 million, will battle eight rivals in the co-featured Open Handicap Trot (race 12). Perlucky, winner of two straight before racing was halted, is assigned the outside post in the evenly matched group. While no spectators will be in attendance, Northfield’s full card can be watched live on northfieldpark.com (as it can be every live race night) and wagered on through all major ADW’s world-wide. Northfield will also race on Wednesday (May 27); Friday (May 29); and Saturday (May 30) to round out the month of May. Free past performances for all four of Northfield’s cards this week will be available at northfieldpark.com. For all of the latest news on the resumption of racing, visit the USTA COVID-19 Resource Center. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Columbus, OH — Eldorado Scioto Downs held a special Memorial Day harness racing card on Monday (May 25) with a 6:30 p.m. post. For this, the third racing day for the 2020 season, Scioto handled more than $1 million on the card. “Historically we’ve had an afternoon post time on holidays,” said race secretary Jason Roth. “However Joe (Morris, Senior Vice President of Racing for Eldorado Resorts), Gabe Prewitt and I were looking at the schedule and thought there would be less competition for an evening card.” The Friday night (May 22) 12-race opening card had $1.054 million wagered; Saturday night’s card, also with 12 races, handled $1.12 million while Monday’s 14-race card handled $1.195 million. “We’re pleased with how the opening weekend was received,” stated Morris. “Our staff worked diligently to host five straight days of qualifiers before this three-day opening weekend. Much of our staff is not back yet because the casino isn’t open yet.” Weekend racing highlights include a close finish in the $18,000 Fillies & Mares Open on Friday, with Rosemary Rose winning by a nose over Sally Fletcher A in 1:51.2. Rosemary Rose, a 6-year-old by Foreclosure N, was driven by Chris Page for trainer Ron Burke. The Saturday horses and geldings open went to My Hero Ron, pacing the mile in 1:50 for driver Aaron Merriman and trainer Danny Dubeansky. Monday’s card had four divisions of the non-winners of one for trotters, with the first division being the fastest in 1:55.3. Tootie won by a head over A Fancy Face for driver Brett Miller. The 3-year-old daughter of Uncle Peter is trained by Pamela Young for Big Dog Racing. Racing at Scioto Downs will continue this week Wednesday through Saturday with a 6:30 p.m. first post. The cards for Wednesday and Thursday have been drawn and there are 14 races carded for each evening. With the great response on the guaranteed wagers through the USTA’s Strategic Wagering Program for the first three cards, Scioto will have a guaranteed $15,000 pool for the Pick-5 on both the Wednesday and Thursday cards; the Pick-5 has a low 14 percent takeout. For free program pages for the guaranteed wagers, visit handicapping.ustrotting.com. For more information about live racing at Scioto Downs visit www.sciotodowns.com/racing. Eldorado Scioto Downs

Columbus, OH — Saturday (May 23) Eldorado Scioto Downs held the draw for participants in the Next Generation pace for harness racing 2-year-old Ohio-bred pacers. Nominations to the event, at $10,000 each, were due March 15. There was an over subscription for both the colt and filly divisions. Both have a maximum of nine starters, which resulted in Saturday’s draw. The draw was scheduled to be held on opening weekend, May 9, but with the delay of the start of the racing season, it was held the first Saturday of live racing. The winners of the 2-year-old filly draw are: Dana Parham, William Hartt, Frank Chick, Spring Haven Farm, Matt Rowe, Weaver Bruscemi, TheStable.ca, Alagna/Bell/Ruggles and Trish Foulk. The winners of the 2-year-old colt draw are: Daniel Hale, Dana Parham, Weaver Bruscemi, Bluestreak Boys Stable, Matt Rowe, TheStable.ca, LeVan Stable, Black Magic Racing and Trish Foulk. The races will be held on Saturday (July 4) with an estimated purse for each division of $150,000. Nominations to the event did not require the nominator to designate a horse in March; the horse is declared at the time of entry. Owners of the slot may trade, sell or give away entries after Saturday until the time of declaration for the event. Any entry that changes hands must be submitted in writing by both parties to Scioto Downs. Trainers, owners and stables are limited to one starter. For more information on the conditions for the Next Generation, visit horsemen.ustrotting.com. Scioto Downs hosts regular live harness racing, without spectators, Tuesday through Saturday each week through Sept. 5. First post on Tuesdays is 2 p.m.with a 6:30 p.m. post Wednesday-Saturday. Over Memorial Day weekend the Tuesday (May 26) card is swapped out for Monday (May 25) at 6:30 p.m. from Scioto Downs racing media

Columbus, OH — After a week of qualifiers, heavy rain, and anticipation Scioto Downs kicked off their 2020 live harness racing meet on Friday (May 22). “Six days after qualifiers, we were able to start racing thanks to our amazing team,” said Joe Morris, the Senior Vice President of Racing at Eldorado Resorts. Scioto started things off in a big way with just over $127,000 wagered in the first race. The guaranteed Pick-5 was a big hit with horseplayers, surpassing the guarantee with more than $22,000 wagered. Total handle on the 12-race program was $1,054,294.15, the second highest handle in history at Scioto Downs, a number that hasn’t been seen at the five-eighths-mile oval in more than 20 years. “I have to thank our team and the horsemen for helping put on the show,” said Morris. “The horsemen are rugged, it’s been a long week and I’m proud of everyone on a job well done.” Scioto wasted no time getting back to racing on Friday, following the Ohio State Racing Commission in conjunction with Governor Mike DeWine’s office coming up with protocols to race without fans safely. The Commission passed a resolution allowing racing to return at their May 14 meeting. “For three weeks in a row, I thought racing was going to get rolling,” said Morris. “We’re glad to have been given this opportunity by the Commission and Governor’s office to start racing.” The road to the start of racing kicked off on Saturday (May 16), as 16 qualifiers went to the track, followed by four more days in preparation for the opening night card. “Our Race Secretary, Jason Roth, had a great idea to write the condition sheet for qualifiers like he would a race card,” said Morris. “His great idea ensured that we would have the right horses to fill Friday’s card.” “It’s been a busy week with all of the qualifiers,” said Roth. “Everyone has been very receptive to the protocols that have been put into place.” The first program of the year featured a pair of Open races, one for Filly and Mare pacers (race six) and one for trotters (race eight). Rosemary Rose (inside) held off a hard charging Sally Fletcher A to win the $18,000 Filly and Mare Open. Conrad photo. A compact field of six went to the gate in the distaff Open and St Lads Gidget (Aaron Merriman) wasted no time leaving the gate, looking to control the fractions. After a strong first-quarter of :26.4, Merriman was able to ration out the speed with a :28.3 second panel, but he was forced to step on the gas dealing with pressure from Golden Paradise moving up the backstretch. Rosemary Rose (Chris Page) was patient through the mile, riding second over cover to three-quarters before firing down the stretch. After putting away St Lads Gidget she dealt with a late charge from Sally Fletcher A (Brett Miller), but was able to hold on by a nose in 1:51.2. For Rosemary Rose, it was her third victory of the year in 10 starts for owners Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo, and Weaver Bruscemi and trainer Ron Burke. The 6-year-old, who has shown no signs of slowing down, has bankrolled $567,207 in her career. Rosemary Rose was one of six victories on the card for driver Chris Page. The photo finish camera couldn’t separate the Open Trot competitors as Peggy Sue (Brady Galliers) and Eye Ofa Tiger AS (Elliott Deaton) hit the wire together in a strong stretch battle. The photo finish camera could not separate Peggy Sue (inside) and Eye Ofa Tiger AS (outside) in the co-featured $18,000 Open Trot. Conrad photo. There were fireworks early on as heavy favorite Workinitonbroadway (Page) made a costly miscue at the start allowing Wildfire Seelster (Tyler Smith) to get to the front through the first quarter in :28.1. Wildfire Seelster was able to get a breather in the second quarter (:58) before having to sprint up the backstretch. Eye Ofa Tiger AS pulled first up heading to the three-quarter pole, forcing the hand of Peggy Sue and Galliers to make a first-over grind. After hitting three-quarters in 1:26.3, Wildfire Seelster fought gamely through the stretch, but was collared late by Peggy Sue and a hard charging Eye Ofa Tiger AS in 1:55.1. Peggy Sue was able to lock up her third victory of the year, moving her earnings to $48,230 for owner Galliers Racing and trainer Brady Galliers. Eye Ofa Tiger AS scored his first victory of the season for trainer Anette Lorentzon and owners ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. His career earnings now stack up at $577,768. Live racing at Scioto Downs returns on Saturday night (May 23) with a 6:30 p.m. first post. The card features a $10,000 guaranteed Pick-5 in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program. Past performances provided by TrackMaster can be found by clicking here.    by Michael Carter, USTA Social Media and Publicity Coordinator

Grove City, OH - After an almost two-month layoff, harness racing returns tonight in the United States with a 12-race card at Eldorado Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio. To celebrate the return, the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will host a special two-hour Facebook Live event, with heavy hitters from the harness racing history. "The Voice" Roger Huston, OHHA Brand Ambassador and OHHA Outreach and Public Relations Coordinator Frank Fraas will be joined by DRF Harness Editor Derick Giwner and Meadowlands television host Dave Brower for the show. OHHA Executive Director Renée Mancino says "we are excited to be able to offer this much racing experience and knowledge to help us kick-off standardbred racing off in North America, this event is the first round for more formal productions that were already in the planning stages for Ohio's outreach program." Huston began his career in 1960 calling harness races at Ohio county fairs. He has called over 188,000 races throughout his career in a least 20 states and eight countries and has announced the Little Brown Jug for 52 years. Giwner is the editor of DRF Harness for the Daily Racing Form. He has worked for Sports/Eye since 1996 and has served as the editor of the paper since 2005. Giwner has worn many hats in the industry including owner, amateur driver track announcer and chart caller and is also an expert handicapper. Brower has been a big fan of harness racing since he was a teen. Currently the television host at the Meadowlands, he is also an ace handicapper, co-host of the national broadcast of The Hambletonian on CBS Sports Network and anchors the simulcast coverage of the Little Brown Jug. This all-star lineup will discuss the return of racing to North America, handicap some of the races at Eldorado Scioto Downs and entertain fans with stories. Tonight's event is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM on the OHHA Facebook page. Special thanks to the sponsors that have made this possible, Kim Hill Realty, Equine Equipment, Cool Winds Farm, The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, Hagemeyer Farms and Centerra Co-op. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote, and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. For more information: Frank Fraas, ffraas@ohha.com, 614-569-6404  

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