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Grove City, Ohio - Guinevere Hall rolled off eight straight wins to start her 2020 harness racing campaign on the way to being named Ohio's 3-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year. Guinevere Hall, the daughter of Cash Hall out of Garbo Lane by Lindy Lane, finished the year with eight wins in 13 starts, earning $356,972 for owners M T Pocket Stables and David McDuffie. The filly was trained by Melanie Wrenn and bred by Alan Leavitt. For the second year in a row, a daughter of Cash Hall was named the top 3-Year-Old Filly Trotter in Ohio. The biggest win of 2020 for Guinevere Hall was the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes at Eldorado Scioto Downs, where she charged down the stretch to win by three lengths. "When she got to the races, she was game on," Wrenn said. "She doesn't like people in general and just assume bite you or kick you which was part of her grit that got her to the winner's circle." Guinevere Hall will be honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association's virtual award show on January 16, 2021. The awards show is scheduled to air on the OHHA YouTube channel at 7:00 PM. Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

Grove City, Ohio - Tessa Koran of Stow, Ohio has been named the 2020 Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Outstanding Groom for 2020. Koran works for trainer Kent Sherman and was nominated by Matt Watson, the owner of Sherman trainee Lucky King. Watson said Koran brings a positive energy to the track every day. "It doesn't matter if your horse is a $5,000 claimer or an Open horse, you can rest assured that when Tessa is taking care of it, it is in great hands and is being taken care of as if it was her own child." Koran's interest in horses began at an early age. Her grandfather owned horses with Sherman. "It's been a never-ending love affair with the horses. I started helping and learning everything about the horses when I was seven years old," Koran said. Koran also said she has had other career opportunities but loves working with the horses. "I left the business, but never totally left. I never dread going to work." She said the best part of her job is the one-on-one time with the horses. Due to Covid-19, the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will not host an annual banquet but instead will feature all award winners during a virtual awards show on Saturday, January 16, 2021. The virtual awards show will air on the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association's YouTube channel at 7:00 PM. Frank Fraas

Grove City, Ohio - Grove City, Ohio – Grove City, Ohio – Charlie May started his harness racing freshman year with a bang by winning his first career start in the $150,000 Next Generation at Eldorado Scioto Downs and capped the year being named the Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year For owner Don Tiger he wasn't sure what he had with homebred Charlie May. "I sent the horse to Steve Carter and the first day he called and told me he was pretty talented, but that was way early in the game. I was hoping and praying that we would just make the races," said Tiger. After winning the Next Generation, Charlie May, the son of McAardle out of Stipple Hanover by Western Hanover, won two legs of the Ohio Sires Stakes, before capturing the final at Scioto Downs. He also won the Ohio Breeder's Championship at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in September. For 2020, Charlie May won seven of nine races and earned $328,627. Tiger, a Pennsylvania native, says Charlie May has that steelworker mentality. "Every time he goes to the racetrack, he gives it 110%. He has a little bit of attitude. He's gentle and playful but knows that he's good at what he does." Charlie May will be honored during the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association's virtual award show on January 16, 2021. The awards show is scheduled to air on the OHHA YouTube channel at 7:00 PM. Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

Grove City, Ohio - The 2021 Ohio Standardbred Stallion Directory and Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Membership Directory is now available electronically at the Ohio Harness Racing Horsemen's Association website, www.OHHA.com. The directory includes pedigree pages for 54 stallions currently standing in Ohio, 27 Pacers and 27 Trotters. In addition to the pedigree pages, the directory includes a list of 84 all stallions standing in Ohio, 2020 earning statistics for stallions and broodmares, and a listing of OHHA members. The directory is scheduled to be mailed on January 14th to all current OHHA members and associates. Hard copies are available as part of an OHHA Associate membership. For more information on being a member of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, call 614-221-3650. Frank Fraas 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.  

Grove City, Ohio –Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) will not hold its annual awards banquet and membership meeting but will instead present a virtual awards show on the OHHA YouTube channel on January 16th at 7:00 PM. The awards show will feature Ohio’s top equine athletes of 2020.  Other Ohio award winners honored will be the Terry Holton Youth Award, Maynard and Stella Hagemeyer Significant Contribution Award, Ohio Outstanding Groom Award and the Special -Service to Harness Racing Award.  In addition, the United States Harness Writers Association – Ohio Chapter annual awards will also be presented as will the Ohio State Racing Commission’s Kaltenbach Awards.  “Unfortunately, due to pandemic infection numbers and health mandates on social gatherings, the OHHA Board decided the best course of action would be to honor the 2020 award winners with a virtual banquet,” said OHHA Executive Director Renée Mancino. The stallion auction to benefit P.A.C.E.R. (Political Action Committee for Equine Racing) will take place on-line and will include phone bidding on the final day.  Bidding for the services of 22 stallions will go live on January 9th.  To view the preliminary list of stallions, visit https://hoofbid.com/OHHA. For more information: Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650

Madi Kregel has an interview with the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association President Steve Bateson, and Randy & Kim Haines of Cool Winds Farms in Lima, Ohio. She talks to them about the harness racing industry and the impact COVID-19 had on it.  Matt, Kolt, and Dusty host today with special guest, Amy Milam. She is the director of Legal Education and Member Education with Ohio Farm Bureau and talks a little bit about new legislation for drainage. Interviews this week include Matts talk with Garry Shick of Hardin County; Garry was named the Ohio No-Till Farmer of the Year.    

Grove City, Ohio - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) Stallion Auction to benefit P.A.C.E.R. (Political Action Committee for Equine Racing) will be conducted via on-line bidding through HoofBid.com beginning January 9th. The harness racing auction will run through January 16. P.A.C.E.R. helps the OHHA to support candidates and initiatives that impact Ohio harness racing. The services of 22 stallions are being offered in the auction. To view the preliminary list of stallions in the auction, visit https://hoofbid.com/OHHA. Bidders can create an account in the HoofBid app. Phone bidding will also be accepted on the final day of the auction beginning at 1:00 PM EST. The on-line bidding time for each stallion auto extend in one-minute increments, until the bidding activity stops for one full minute. Any owners wishing to offer their stallion to the P.A.C.E.R. Auction can contact the OHHA office at 614-221-3650. For more information contact: Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650 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. Frank Fraas Outreach and PR Coordinator Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association 614-569-6404

Grove City, Ohio - Dayton area harness racing horsemen are hoping to make the holiday's a little happier for some less fortunate children. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, Dayton Firefighters Local 136 and Dayton Raceway have teamed up for their annual toy drive to benefit children in the Dayton area. "This has been a difficult year with Covid-19, but our horsemen have stepped up again with donations of toys and over $1,100 in cash. This will help many children in the Dayton area have a very merry Christmas," said Brett Merkle the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Track Representative. Boxes of toys were loaded into a Dayton Fire Department ambulance at Dayton Raceway Thursday afternoon to be distributed to the children. Paramedic and Director of Special Events for Dayton Firefighters Local 136 Krista Tabor says they have been doing the toy drive for over 10 years. "We appreciate the generosity of the horsemen at Dayton Raceway. It gives us the opportunity to help families across the city of Dayton that are less fortunate and allows them to have a merry Christmas." Frank Fraas

Grove City, OH - This is the final call for all Ohio stallion owners to reserve their spot in the 2021 harness racing Ohio Standardbred Stallion Directory and Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Member Directory. Businesses also wanting to advertise in the 2021 directory need to reserve their ad space. For more information call Frank Fraas at 614-569-6404 or e-mail the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association at publications@ohha.com. ............................................. 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. Frank Fraas

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway, in conjunction with the Ohio Harness Horsemens Association, donated over 200 new and gently used coats to the St. Vincent De Paul Society of Dayton's annual Holiday Coat Drive on Monday afternoon (Nov. 2). It was the fourth consecutive year that the track's employees and horsemen have supported this worthwhile charitable effort just as temperatures begin to drop locally and winter approaches. Horsemen's Bookkeeper Terri Mt. Pleasant spearheads the coat drive with help from OHHA rep Brett Merkle. Over 100 employees and horsemen/women donated to the cause. Quentin Herman, who accepted the large donation on behalf of St. Vincent De Paul, expressed gratitude to the Hollywood Dayton horse community. "It is our mission to provide assistance, shelter and hope to local people who need it. Providing so many warm coats at this time of year will go a long way towards helping us filfill our goal. We can't thank Hollywood Gaming and the horsemen who race there enough for their generosity and goodwill." From Hollywood Dayton Raceway        

Grove City, OH - Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Ohio Fair Racing Conference will not hold an annual banquet but will instead present its 2020 awards via a virtual awards show. The show is scheduled to premiere on the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association YouTube Channel Saturday November 21st at 7:00PM.   OFRC Coordinator Bill Peters says despite Covid-19, it was a great year of racing in the OFRC. "Several adjustments were made at the fairs in the Ohio Fair Racing Conference to abide by the pandemic protocols. Most of the horsemen and the race officials adapted well to the changes, and the season went relatively well." Peters says for the safety of the horsemen it was decided to cancel the 7th annual banquet and produce a virtual awards show. "I want to thank the staff of the OHHA, Trot and Pace Marketing and our sponsors for making this possible." To view this year's Ohio Fair Racing Conference Awards Show, visit the OHHA's YouTube channel or go to: https://youtu.be/60Jr_p7KLtk by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH – The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association scheduled Charity Night for 2020 was cancelled due to Covid-19, but that did not stop the OHHA from assisting 20 charities in Central Ohio with donations totaling over $31,000. In the past, charities were grouped with OHHA representatives who served as their hosts for a night at the races.  The charities learned about harness racing and were given the opportunity to educate race fans about their charities.  As part of the evening, each charity was coupled with a horse and driver.  Based on the results of the races, the OHHA awarded the charities with a cash donation. Covid-19, 2020 cancelled the in-person Charity Night event.  Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Executive Director Renee Mancino said it was important to continue to support other organizations. “The Pandemic has hit the horsemen and non-profit sector hard, overburdening many community-area resources, however it was very important to Ohio horsemen in this difficult year to contribute to other non-profit sectors that have partnered with us in prior years with the live Charity Night event, despite the cancellation.” The charities that received donation were: ALS Association Central and Southern Ohio Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio,  Canine Companions For Independence, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of Central Ohio, Girls on the Run of Central Ohio, Haven House of Pickaway County, JDRF Diabetes Foundation of Central Ohio, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, The Ohio 4-H Youth Development, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Ohio FFA Foundation, Pacing for the Cure, PBJ Connections, Pickaway County Special Olympics, St. Denis Holy Family Immaculate Conception, St. Patrick School, American Red Cross, Tread Lightly, USO of Central and Southern Ohio. Jessica Boyd the Development Manager of JDRF Diabetes Foundation of Central Ohio says they are looking forward to the 2021 Charity Night, “We love participating in the event every year and are so thankful for the continued support from the OHHA.  It was a welcome surprise.” For Principal Debbie Adamczack of the St. Patrick School in London, Ohio, the donation will be used to keep student’s safe during the pandemic.  “We cannot thank the OHHA enough.  The donation will be used to purchase plexiglass barriers that we will use in our classrooms.” For more information: Frank Fraas ffraas@ohha.com 614-221-3650 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.   Frank Fraas Outreach and PR Coordinator Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is seeking a qualified individual to serve as Accountant for the Association. The duties of this full-time position will include responsibility for the association's financial transactions and creating financial reports from that information. The accountant also reconciles accounts to ensure their accuracy. Is accountable for the administrative, financial, and risk management operations of the company, to include the development of a financial and operational strategy, budgets, forecasting, metrics tied to that strategy, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results. Candidates must have a 4-year degree in Accounting, Finance or in related field, or equivalent work experience. Candidates with an MBA in Finance or the Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant designations preferred. Five plus years of progressively responsible experience for a major company or non-profit corporation. Candidates must also have excellent verbal and written communication skills, experience working with a Board and executive team. Gaming, Racino, or Racing experience is also preferred. A full description of the position is available on our website at https://www.ohha.com/assets/11.2.20-ohha-accountant.pdf. Please send resume, including salary requirements to, rmancino@ohha.com incomplete resumes or resumes submitted without salary requirements will be discarded and not considered. Resumes will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., December 4, 2020. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will host "Saturday Night at the Races" presented by the Galbreath Equine Center at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center on October 10, from MGM Northfield Park on Facebook live. OHHA coverage will include the eight fair finals which are races three through ten on the 16-race harness racing card. Coverage will begin at 6:15 PM. The 2020 Ohio Fair Finals will be contested for two- and three-year-old trotters and pacers. The eight finals will be contested for total purses of $320,000 with each division going for $40,000. This season the Ohio Colt Racing Association, Ohio Fair Racing Conference Home Talent Colt Stakes, and Southern Valley Colt Circuit held races at 65 County Fairs in the Buckeye State. The various races were contested by 712 standardbreds (400 pacers-312 trotters) at the fairs. The group saw 412 two-year-olds and 300 three-year-olds go to the post. The finals have a field of eight for the two-year-old events and nine in the 3-year-old races. The trotters are led on the filly side by two-year-old Designer Specs who is a perfect 13 for 13 on the year with a mark of 1:58.3 and earnings of $36,664. The daughter of Full Count out of Avalon Hall will be driven by Ryan Stahl for trainer Jayne Weller. The colt division is led by Ohmyheart with Cameron McCown for Jason Hanna. The Dontyouforgetit out of Peg O My Heart has eight wins in 11 starts and has earnings of $34,531. The two-year-old filly pacers are led by Forever Missy, who has won seven times this year in 13 starts and has earned $22,170. The filly by McArdle out of Forever Cam will be driven by Kurt Sugg for trainer Cory Deyermand. In the colt division, the leader is Atta Boy Chris. The son of Big Bad John out of Chicascape has eight wins in 14 starts and has earned $21,173. Ken Holliday will drive for trainer Darrell Hooser. In the three-year-old division, the filly trotters are led by Flaming Andie with Kurt Sugg and trainer Jessica Millner. Flaming Andie is looking for her sixth win of the year. The And Away We Go filly out of Short Vacation has earned $23,911 in 2020. The top spot in the colt division is Blazintothefront by Full Count out of Lynn's Slider. Blazintothefront has seven wins in 24 starts and has earned $34,210. The driver will be Chris Page for trainer Vernon Beachy. In the pacing ranks, the top filly is Bad Ms Johnson by Big Bad John out of Jenava. She has won 13 times in 23 starts, earning $46,030. Bad Ms Johnson will be handled by trainer-driver Hank Le Van. The top colt is Cody Hanover. Trainer Derek Watiker has tabbed Mike Wilder to drive the son of Dragon Again out of Calgary Hanover. Cody Hanover has won 11 of 17 starts and has earned $47,516. Saturday Night at the Races is sponsored by Big Dee's Tack and Supply, Centerra Co-op, Cool Winds Farm, DAC Vitamins and Minerals, Eldorado Scioto Downs and Midland Acres. Frank Fraas

Grove City, OH - Sweet Oliver was the top points earning during the 2020 Ohio Fair Racing Conference. The three-year-old colt pacer by Three Olives - Sugar Biscuit - Modern Art was a winner eight times at OFRC fairs earning 487 points. Sweet Oliver was followed by the three-year-old colt trotter Timestorm (Stormin Normand - Tymal Sonata - Majestic Son) was second with 453 points. Timestorm was also an eight-time winner on the circuit. The third eight-time winner in the OFRC was two-year-old trotting filly Designer Specs. Designer Specs (Full Count - Avalon Hall - Cantab Hall) is a perfect 13 for 13 overall this season. The Ohio Fair Racing Conference races at 21 county fairs across the state of Ohio. OFRC Coordinator Bill Peters says despite Covid-19, it was a great year of racing in the OFRC. "Several adjustments were made at the fairs in the Ohio Fair Racing Conference to abide by the pandemic protocols. Most of the horsemen and the race officials adapted well to the changes, and the season went relatively well." The top driver on the circuit this year was Cam McCown. McCown collected 27 wins this year, winning the title for the fourth straight year. The top trainer was Chris Beaver as he sent 21 horses to the winner's circle. Beaver also won the title in 2016, 2017 and 2018. 2020 Champions Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer Champion - Rock N Republic Runner-up - Rally Your Crew Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter Champion - Omyheart Runner-up - PC's Cruiser Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer Champion - Feverslastcruise Runner-up - Sister Said Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter Champion - Designer Specs Runner-up - Wishful Mar Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer Champion - Sweet Oliver Runner-up - Chris Will See Three-Year-Old Colt Trotter Champion - Timestorm* Runner-up - Trottin For Cash Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer Champion - Tiny Bit of Sky* Runner-up - Bad Ms Johnson Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter Champion - Electric Ridge Runner-up - Cell Service *Repeat Champion by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will host "Saturday Night at the Races" presented by the Galbreath Equine Center at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center on October 3, from Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Facebook live. First post time is 6:15 PM. Hosted by OHHA Brand Ambassador Roger Huston and OHHA Project Coordinator Susan Schroeder, the 14-race card will feature eight divisional finals of the Buckeye Stallion Series and three Grand Circuit Stakes events. Saturday Night at the Races is sponsored by Midland Acres and Big Dee's Tack and Vet Supplies. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

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