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Four $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 3-year-old pacing and trotting colts went postward on a rainy afternoon at Miami Valley on May 3. Despite the gloomy weather, all the tail-sitting events offered excitement for harness racing fans. Winning Ticket began the afternoon by taking the first of two OSS trotting events with Aaron Merriman driving for trainer Chris Beaver. The son of Triumphant Caviar, out of the Credit Winner mare Lotto Winner now has four straight triumphs to his credit in 2021, with seasonal earnings of $77,500 and career earnings of $162,547. Bred by James Bender, Winning Ticket is owned by Beaver, Steve Zeehandelar, Tim Homan and Jim Burnett. The bay gelding used front-end tactics to score the win, snapping off fractions of :29, :58.4, 1:26.3 with a final panel in :29 to fly under the wire in 1:55.3. Peter's Royalty was second for Josh Sutton, nearly three lengths behind the winner, while Tango With Me (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was a distant third. WINNING TICKET REPLAY   The same driver-trainer combo of Aaron Merriman and Chris Beaver was back in the winner's circle for the second OSS trotting division as Spyder The Striker prevailed in 1:56.3 for owners Beaver, Beaver, Fleming and VIP Stable. The bay son of Uncle Peter - Elena-San Pellegrino hinted in his last start, losing a head decision in a Miami Valley overnight. This OSS victory was his fifth lifetime start as he bested rivals Perron (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Lockbox (Chris Page) by a nail-biting nose. Bred by Wilbur Lang, Spyder The Striker won two OSS events as a freshman in his only two start last year. He now has $68,125 in career earnings. SPYDER THE STRIKER REPLAY   The Brian Brown-trained Four-Star Flash kept his unblemished 2021-win streak intact by posting a 1:52 victory in the first of two $50,000 OSS events for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The son of Western Vintage, out of the Bettor's Delight mare Keladi Blue Chip is now four for four on the year for owners Hutchison Harness, D. Wozniak, D. Van Dusen and Acadia Farms. Bred by Marion Beachy, Four-Star Flash, with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines, now has $80,010 in his lifetime bank account and was three-quarters of length in front of I'm Sorry Man and Chris Page, followed by 48-1 longshot Sir Charles Of Sky and driver Trace Tetrick. FOUR-STAR FLASH REPLAY   Heart Of Chewbacca added another $25,000 to his already hefty $244,348 bank account by capturing the second OSS division for 3-year-old pacing colts in spry 1:51.2. Trained by Ron Burke for owners Dennis Owens and Norman Rae Racing, the son of Break On The Beach - Jt's Chewbacca-Four Starzzz Shark notched his eighth career triumph in 11 starts. HEART OF CHEWBACCA REPLAY   Bred by Spring Haven Farm, the black colt was driven by Danny Noble to his third straight victory this season in wire-to-wire fashion and finished 7¼ lengths ahead of Truly Noble (Greg Bateson), with Bare It Hill (Chris Page) nabbing show honors. For full race results, click here. by Kimberly Rinker,OSDF Administrator  

The 2021 Ohio Sires Stakes harness racing season got off to a sizzling start on a sunny and breezy Sunday afternoon, May at Miami Valley Raceway. In the first of two $50,000 divisions of 3-year-old pacing fillies, it was the favorite Lady Arthur who stole the show for trainer and co-owner Dr. Ian Moore. The homebred daughter by Arthur Blue Chip, out of the Mach Three mare April Three used front-stepping tactics to nail down her second triumph of the season in 1:53.3 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. at the lines. Owned in partnership by Moore and the RG McGroup and Serge Savard, she now has $110,00 in her career coffers. Lady Arthur finished two lengths in front of 11-1 rival She Knows It All (Brett Miller), with Bab's Jansen (Kayne Kauffman) half a length back in third.   LADY ARTHUR REPLAY   The lone $60,000 trotting division saw Wrenn, Jr. back in the winner's circle; this time with the Ron Burke-trained Celebrate With Me (4-1), who got the garden trip before scoring the victory in 1:54.2 by half a length over Katie's Lucky Day (Trevor Smith), while Aaron Merriman brought 16-1 longshot Ozma up for third-place honors. Bred by Marvin Raber, Celebrate With Me is a daughter of Full Count, out of the Andover Hall mare Glisten Hanover and now has $202,472 in lifetime earnings. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Howard Taylor, Weaver Bruscemi and Knox Services.   CELEBRATE WITH ME REPLAY   Burke harnessed the winner of the second pacing division, the even-money favorite Summer Touch, who paced to a winning time of 1:53.1 with Chris Page at the controls with a front-end effort. Last year's winner of the $300,000 Championship on Super Night, Summer Touch, is a daughter of Well Said, out of the Real Desire mare Real Touch and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. The homebred winner of $323,000 lifetime finished 2½ lengths ahead of Leave Her Wild (Mike Wilder), with Rainy Day Chic (Andy Shetler) nabbing third.   SUMMER TOUCH REPLAY   The Ohio Sires Stakes continue Monday, May 3 at Miami Valley Raceway, with four divisions of 3-year-old colts and geldings. Post time is 2:05 pm, ET. For full race results, click here. by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund  

The 2021 Ohio Sires Stakes season kicks off on Sunday, May 2 at Miami Valley Raceway, with three OSS divisions for sophomore fillies. As well, four divisions of sophomore colts will race at this same venue on Monday, May 3. Post time both days is 2:05 pm, ET. A total of 27 fillies will race in OSS events on Sunday, with one $60,000 division of nine trotters and a pair of $50,000 divisions of pacing fillies with nine contestants each. Likewise, on Sunday afternoon, two $50,000 divisions of trotting colts and two $50,000 divisions of pacing colts will line up behind the starting gate. This season the Ohio Sires Stakes nominations are significantly, with 1,071 foals nominated as opposed to 930 in 2020. Of those, 314 are 3-year-olds, up from 300 in 2020, while 757 are 2-year-olds, up from 630 nominees during the same time period. Last season's 2-year-old champion Merry Ann makes her seasonal debut on Sunday for trainer Ronnie Burke in the lone trotting division (Race 6). This daughter of Southwind Spirit, out of the SJ's Photo mare Witty Girl earned $245,200 last year from five wins and two seconds in eight starts and captured the $300,000 OSS Championship on Super Night at Scioto Downs in a wire-to-wire effort in 1:57. Her career mark of 1:56h came at Northfield in an $40,000 OSS contest on Aug. 7. Most recently, she qualified at The Meadows in front-stepping fashion in 2:01. Bred by Knox Services, she is owned by her breeder in partnership with Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Burke also sends out Summer Touch (race 9), who captured the 2020 OSS $300,000 Championship on Super Night, and who will be making her second seasonal start on Sunday. After earning $285,550 as a freshman and pacing to a mark of 1:51.4h at Northfield on Aug. 7, this daughter of Well Said - Real Touch-Real Desire finished second by a head to Lady Arthur on April 23 in the $50,000 Scarlet & Gray. This homebred speedster is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. The aforementioned Lady Arthur (Race 3) heads up the first pacing division for Canadian-based trainer Dr. Ian Moore. This homebred daughter by Arthur Blue Chip, out of the Mach Tree mare April Three is owned in partnership by Moore, RG McGroup and Serge Savard. She earned $60,931 last year at two and took a respectable mark of 1:53.2f at Scioto Downs on July 11 in a $40,000 OSS contest. This year she has amassed $25,000 from that lone start and victory in the Scarlet & Gray at Miami Valley. On Monday afternoon Perron leaves from post four in the second OSS trotting division (Race 4). This son of My MVP captured the $300,000 Championship on Super Night last season in 1:58f and is making just his second start this year. Trained by Chris Beaver for Steve Stewart, David Wright, Greg Wilcoxen and Kevin Doherty, Perron has amassed $206,204 lifetime for his connections. The Chris Beaver conditioned Winning Ticket has begun his 2021 campaign with a vengeance, rattling off three straight triumphs for owners Beaver, Steve Zeehandelar, Tim Homan and Jim Burnett. Bred by James Bender, the son of Triumphant Caviar, out of the Credit Winner mare Lotto Winner already has $52,500 on his card this season, after earning $95,047 at two. Most recently he captured the $50,000 Scarlet & Gray for Aaron Merriman on April 24 at Miami Valley in 1:54.1. Winning Ticket starts from post eight in the first OSS trotting division (Race 2). Seven colts move behind the starting gate in the first OSS division for pacers (Race 6), headed up by Charlie May, last season's winner of the $300,000 OSS Championship for freshmen pacers. This McArdle gelding, who is out of the Western Hanover mare Stipple Hanover, had a fat pocketbook last season, with $328,627 in earnings for owner-breeder Don Tiger of Canonsburg, PA and looks to pick up right where he left off. After two solid qualifiers at Miami Valley for trainer Steve Carter, Charlie May won his debut in a $15,000 Hackett elim on April 10 in an impressive 1:51.4. Heart of Chewbacca, a solid OSS contender last season, heads up the second pacing division (Race 8) for trainer Ronnie Burke from the rail slot. The son of Bring On The Beach earned $195,598 for owners Dennis Owens and Norman Race Racing last year and has added another $48,750 to his coffers this season via two wins and a second in three starts. He lowered his 2-year-old record of 1:51.1f by a tick at Miami Valley on April 24 via his triumph in a $50,000 Scarlet & Gray with Danny Noble at the lines. This hardy youngster was bred by Spring Haven Farm. by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Developement Fund           Kimberly Rinker   Ohio Sires Stakes   OSDF Administrator       Kim.rinker@racing.ohio.gov   614-779-0269   Ohio State Racing Commission   77 South High Sreet, 18th Floor   Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108   www.racingohio.net      

LEBANON, OH - The lineups are set for the first two $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitationals at Miami Valley on Friday (April 23). The best Ohio-sired three year old fillies will go postward, trotters in the ninth race and pacers in the eleventh. Their male counterparts will contest another pair of $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitationals on Saturday (April 24). The filly trot features three horses with over $100,000 in earnings and average bounty for the nine entrants over $81,000. The first four finishers in last week's $40,000 James K. Hackett Memorial championship earned automatic berths in the Scarlet & Gray, as well as an elimination winner who made an unfortunate break in the final. Newcomers joining this week's fray include the place and show finishers in last year's $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship, plus a filly that entered that race undefeated in five starts but made an untimely break in the final. The last starting berth was awarded to a filly that won seven of 13 races at two, including on the board finishes in both the Buckeye Stallion Series final and the Ohio Fairs final. Likely favorite is Swizzle Hanover (driver Mike Wilder), based on three wins in four starts already in 2021, including the Hackett championship. Sires Stakes leg winners Herculisa (Brett Miller), Celebrate With Me (Chris Page), My Jazz (Anthony MacDonald) and Katie's Lucky Day (Trevor Smith) are also likely to get support at the betting windows despite having less prep work thus far this season. Others in the field are Boujee Girl (Miller), Ozma (Aaron Merriman), Magic Credit Card (Miller) and I Am Winning (TBA). The filly pace field includes the top three finishers from last year's $300,000 OSS championship and the top three finishers from the recent Hackett final. There are a pair of $100,000-plus earners and the entire nine-horse field averages $94,000 in purse winnings early in their careers. A case could be made for almost every filly in the wide open race. From the rail out the contestants include Rainy Day Chic (Brett Miller), Lady Arthur (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.), Leave Her Wild (Mike Wilder), Rockin N Kissin (Tyler Smith), Babs Jansen (Kayne Kauffman), Summer Touch (Chris Page), Free Thinker (Page), Smothastenesewisky (TBA) and Pal O Mine (TBA). There are still a couple spots left in the colt divisions for Saturday. Trainers are invited to enter online by 11 a.m. Wednesday (April 21) or contact Race Secretary Gregg Keidel if interested in details. From Miami Valley Raceway    

Grove City, Ohio - Nominations hit record levels for Ohio sired stakes harness racing events scheduled in 2021. Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association Executive Director Renee Mancino thanked all racing horsemen for their show of support, "The outstanding opportunities provided by all the Ohio stakes series, and strong support for the program in the midst of the pandemic, are a testament to the spirit and optimism of our harness racing horsemen," said Mancino. Nominations for the top tiered Ohio Sires Stakes program increased by 15%. Nominations for the 2021 Buckeye Stallion Series hit a record number for 2021. One thousand six hundred horses have been nominated for the Ohio bred series in only its fifth year of existence. The increase represents an 18% jump over 2020. The largest increase was in the two-year-old class as the number of nominations topped 1,000 for the first time ever. The first leg of the Buckeye Stallion Series is scheduled for April 30 and May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway. Nominations for the Ohio Fair Championships also set an all-time high with over 1,100 horses nominated, representing a 16% increase from 2020. The largest percentage jump was in the Ohio Fair Racing Conference. The number of nominations increased by almost 25%. The number of three-year-old colt pacers nominated almost doubled from 2020 to 2021. Ohio's three other racing circuits, the Home Talent Colt Stakes, Ohio Colt Racing Association, and the Southern Valley Colt Circuit also saw increases. The Home Talent Colt Stakes had over 800 horses nominated an increase of 13% from last year, while the OCRA is up almost 6% with over 900 horses nominated. The Southern Valley Colt Circuit's nominations for 2021 are up about 2%. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA

Grove City, Ohio - There are several corrections to 2021 Ohio Stakes Guide. On page 3 in the Chronological Scheduled for the Ohio Sire Stakes, the correction location is Eldorado Scioto Downs. On page 44 on the Ohio Fair Colt Stakes Schedule Grid, the two-year-old filly pace and trot and the three-year-old filly pace and trot at Oak Harbor will be raced on July 19th. Also, the Knox County Fair at Mt. Vernon was omitted. The dates are July 24th for the two-year-old colt pace, the two-year-old filly pace, the three-year-old colt trot, and the three-year-old filly pace. On July 26th, the two-year-old colt trot, the two-year-old filly trot, the three-year-old colt pace, and the three-year-old fill trot will be contested. A corrected version of the 2021 Ohio Staking Guide is available on-line at OHHA.com by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Grove City, OH - The registration for mares bred in 2020 to be eligible for Ohio Breeder's Awards must be post marked by November 30th. Registrations received with post marks after November 30th will be charged a late fee. To be eligible for Breeder's Awards, mares must be bred to an Ohio Standardbred stallion, must foal in Ohio and remain in Ohio for 187 consecutive days in the year of foaling, all owners of the mare must be Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association members and new forms must be completed each year that the mare is bred. For more information and forms, visit the OHHA website at https://www.ohha.com/breedersawards.html. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA

The 2020 Ohio Sires Stakes season came to a close on Saturday night, Oct. 17, as eight $75,000 Consolation divisions for 2- and 3-year-olds were contested at Northfield Park. Katie's Lucky Day, the 7-5 favorite, captured the 2-year-old filly trot easily in 1:56.2 for trainer-owner Bill Cottongim of Stockbridge, MI. The daughter of Uncle Peter-Europass-Andover Hall upped her career earnings to $74,479 with this triumph, the sixth of her career in 12 tries.   "She was kind of a slow starter but here toward the end of the year, she's really come into herself," said winning driver Trevor Smith. Margin Of Error captured the 2-year-old filly pace handily in 1:55 with David Miller driving for trainer Chris Beaver and owners Donald E. Robinson, Chris Beaver, D Meola and RBH Ventures. "I really didn't know anything about any of these horses I was down to drive tonight but this one worked out well," Miller, who made his first drive at Northfield this year a winning one, said. Margin Of Error is a daughter of Racing Hill-Margin Blue Chip-Artsplace who has amassed $60,150. She left the gate at 6-1 odds. This was her second career win in ten starts. Burrow, the 1-5 favorite, notched his fourth win of the year for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., and trainer Jim Arledge, Jr., in the 2-year-old colt and gelding trot, timed in 1:58.1. The Uncle Peter-Just Asking-Inquirer gelding now has $62,819 in career earnings for owners Jude Jacobs, M McLoughlin, B Roth and P Phillips. "He was a little immature earlier in the year but this crew has done a great job with him and his last couple of starts he's really come into himself," said Wrenn, Jr. Dontholdanythinbak captured the 2-year-old colt and gelding pace in a smart 1:52.3 for trainer Jim Arledge, Jr., and owners Laura and Paul Baker. The son of Domethatagain-It's Ladies Nite-Towner's Big Guy was piloted by Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., to his second career win in 11 starts. This bay colt, who left the gate as the 3-1 choice, now has $61,778 in career earnings. Thankful For You (9-2) took advantage of multiple front-end breakers in the lane to win the 3-year-old filly trot in an easy 1:55.3. Reined by Elliott Deaton for trainer Anette Lorentzon and owners Kentuckiana Racing Stable, the daughter by Manofmanymissions-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall notched her fifth win of the year in her 22nd start and now has $95,276 in her bank account. T Degengold (2-1) took the 3-year-old filly pace in a snappy 1:53.3 for trainer Jeff Nisonger and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. The daughter of Pet Rock-Goldies Cam-Camluck is owned by Johnny P. Kearns and with this latest triumph--the 16th of her career--she now has $125,789 in career earnings. This victory gave Nisonger a training double and Wrenn, Jr., a driving triple. Enforce The Law (2-5) gave David Miller his second OSS triumph as he captured the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot in 1:55.3. The son of Triumphant Caviar-Shez Jailbait-Jailhouse Jesse is owned by his trainer Joseph Kramp. This was his eighth lifetime win in 30 starts and upped his lifetime earnings to $120,528. Mr Ds Rock scored a commanding 1:51.3, a new lifetime mark, en route to winning the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace. Aaron Merriman was at the lines for trainer Brian Loney and owners Tammy Carter, Debra Carsey, Scp Stable and Peggy Carter. The son of Pet Rock-Cotton Candy-Sportsmaster picked up his tenth career win in 33 starts and pushed his bankroll to $186,110. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

Veteran Ohio-bred harness racing pacers and trotters of both genders proved fast and furious on a chilly October 16 evening at Dayton Raceway, sparing in a quartet of $85,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships. Weslynn Quest (5-1) held off 1-9 stablemate Pure Chance in the Mares Trot Championship, clocked in 1:54. Danny Noble drove the 4-year-old Manofmanymissions mare for trainer Chris Beaver and owner Derek Ivany of Toronto, Canada. Longshot (35-1) Heidi's Heart was third for Josh Sutton. The victory, the 11th of her career in 32 starts, pushed Weslynn Quest's career earnings to $245,341.   Talkaboutaqueen (5-2) used a bold move at the half to take command and never look back in the Mares Pace Championship for driver Brett Miller. The 5-year-old mare by Oaks Enforcer is trained by Jayme Laing for Rod Allums, Jr., and now has $165,203 in her career coffers. Checks On The Way (5-2) was second for Aaron Merriman, while 1-1 Big Bad Jane was third for Danny Noble. The winner was timed in a career-equalling 1:50.4 for her effort. Pass The Vape, the 2-1 choice, used a near wire-to-wire journey to take the Veteran Trot in 1:54 for driver Dan Noble and trainer Derek Watiker. The 5-year-old altered son of Dejarmbro upped his lifetime bankroll to $432,459 for owner Lionel Ray Watiker of Zanesville, Ohio as he made his 23rd trip into the winner's circle. Lane Of Stone (9-5) was second, a length and a half back for Jeff Nisonger, while 2-1 Jailhouse Sam was third for Sandy Beatty. Sectionline Bigry, the 1-1 favorite, held off his eight rivals with a commanding 1:50.1 performance in the Veteran Pace for driver Tyler Smith and trainer Steve Bauder. Owned by Harold Lee Bauder of Delaware, Ohio, the 5-year-old Pet Rock homebred collected career win 27 and now has $565,227 in lifetime earnings. Tivo Hanover (16-1) was second for Kayne Kauffman, while 2-1 Gold Digger King was third for Brett Miller. Ohio Sires Stakes action wraps up the 2020 season with consolations for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders tomorrow night (Oct. 17) at Northfield Park, with a first race post time of 6 pm. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

The Ohio Sires Stakes wraps up the 2020 season this weekend with a quartet of $85,000 events for older horses on Friday, Oct. 16 at Dayton Raceway and an octet of $75,000 consolation dashes featuring 2- and 3-year-olds of both gaits and genders on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Northfield Park. At Dayton, 14 veteran mares will line up behind the gate in a pair of seven-horse fields--one trot (Race 6) and one pace (Race 8). As well, 18 veteran horses and geldings will start in a pair of nine-horse splits: a trot (Race 10) and pace (Race 12). Post time at Dayton is 6:15 pm, ET. The two standouts in the OSS Veteran Mare Trot are Pure Chance and A TC Queenie. Both mares have earned more than $400,000 lifetime and both are sired by Triumphant Caviar. Pure Chance is conditioned and co-owned by Chris Beaver for Steve Zeehandelar, while Ron Steck trains A TC Queenie for Trish Soulsby and Rick Schaut. Two 6-year-old mares, Big Bad Jane and Rosemary Rose headline the OSS Veteran Mares Pace for trainers Christi Noble (the former) and Ronnie Burke (the latter). Big Bad Jane is a $406,184-earning daughter of Big Bad John who was bred by Sam Noble and owner Sandra Burnett, while Rosemary Rose is a daughter of Foreclosure N who was bred by Ron Salcedo and is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing, J Mellilo and Weaver Bruscemi. Both mares have consistently plied their wares in the open and high conditioned ranks. The OSS Veteran Trot features starters who have combined total earnings of $2,250,352, with the richest diagonally gaited equine being former OSS Champion Lane Of Stone. Trained by Mark Winters for breeder-owner Harry Horowitz, the 4-year-old son of the exported Wishing Stone has lifetime earnings of $471,182, making him the richest trotter in the field of nine. Harold Bauder's Sectionline Bigry heads up the OSS Veteran Pace. The 5-year-old homebred Pet Rock gelding has amassed $522,777 in his career for trainer Steve Bauder via 26 wins, 11 seconds and 10 thirds in 63 lifetime starts. He owns a record of 1:48.1 taken at Hoosier Park in that track's $35,000 Invitational on Sept. 25 of this year. Post time at Northfield Park for the OSS consolations is 6 pm, ET on Saturday evening. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway will host a quartet of Ohio Sires Stakes championships on Friday night, Oct. 16. The events, for Ohio-sired harness racing pacers and trotters four years old and up, will each carry an $85,000 purse.   Open to all Ohio-sired horses that have raced a minimum of five times in the state of Ohio in 2020, the fields will be limited to the top nine 2020 purse earners from starts within Ohio.   There was no nomination or sustaining payments, but there is a $500 starting fee. The entry box for these $85,000 veteran Ohio Sires Stakes championships will close at Hollywood Dayton on Monday (Oct. 12) at 10 a.m.   Owners and trainers are urged to enter their good Ohio-sired horses via the USTA online entry method or call the Dayton race office at 937-235-7860.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

Eight $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships for 2- and 3-year-old harness racing pacers and trotters of both genders will be contested on Sunday night, Sept. 6 at Scioto Downs. Horses are eligible to the Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) if their sires are registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) during their year of conception. Breeders, as well as farm and stallion owners make a significant investment into the state via broodmare boarding and routine veterinary care and carry that forward as a youngster is conditioned by trainers to make their foray into the Ohio racing ranks. Among the 36 trotters that will compete in four OSS Championships, six have been sired by Uncle Peter and four each were sired by Cash Hall and My MVP. Stallions represented by three foals each include Coraggioso and Triumphant Caviar, while those represented by two foals each are Break The Bank K, Deep Chip, Manofmanymissions, Southwind Spirit and Wishing Stone. The stallions And Away We Go, Dejarmbro, Dontyouforgetit, Full Count, Knight Of Intrigue and Stormin Normand are each represented by one foal each. Four fields of pacers, consisting of 34 side-winding youngsters, find that Well Said, with five foals and Pet Rock, with four foals, are the most prolific Championship producing stallions this year. Racing Hill and Rockin Amadeus are represented by three foals each, while the stallions Big Bad John, Dragon Again, McArdle, and Yankee Cruiser have two foals each competing. Stallions with one foal in these Championships include Arthur Blue Chip, Bring On The Beach, Domethatagain, Manhart, Mr Apples, Mr Wiggles, Nob Hill High, The Panderosa, Western Vintage and Yankee Cruiser. Among the trainers, Ronnie Burke will be harnessing 13 youngsters in these OSS contests, while Chris Beaver will bridle up seven. Conditioners Brian Brown and Virgil Morgan, Jr., have four horses each competing. All four of these trainers have won the Kaltenbach Award--the leading trainer of OSS winners in a given season-- in the past. Among breeders of OSS Championship contenders, Hanover Shoe Farm is represented by seven foals, while Spring Haven Farm has four foals in these contests, with Gbw Breeding Farms, Inc and Midland Acres are both listed as the breeders on three foals each. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

Randy & Kim Haines are having the time of their lives. The husband and wife harness racing team are uber-psyched for the Ohio Sires Stakes Championships on Sunday night, Sept. 6 at Scioto Downs. The Haines, who own and operate Cool Winds Farm in Lima, Ohio, are giddy with anticipation as 12 of the starters in these OSS Championships are progeny of Ohio-registered stallions standing or who have stood at their farm. The Haines met while both were pursuing degrees in equine reproduction at The Ohio State University and married in 1993 after graduation. In 2002, the couple established Cool Winds Farm on 130 acres in Lima. Besides foaling, breeding and reproduction facilities, the picturesque facility includes more than 100 acres of prime Ohio pastureland. "We worked for Dr. Steiner at Steiner Stock Farm for ten years before we started our own farm," Kim explained. "It's taken a while and we don't always have the top stallions in the state, but we try to get the best quality of horse we can and take care of them well. I think our diligence and hard work paid off this year." Now 18 years later, they are witnessing the fruits of their labors. "We have foals in every Championship except for the 3-year-old filly pace and 3-year-old colt trot, "Kim added. "So that's pretty exciting." Seven, Ohio-registered stallions currently stand at Cool Winds Farm and three of those have foals who will go postward in the OSS Championships, including Bring On The Beach, Coraggioso and Rockin Amadeus. Two former Cool Winds stallions, Cash Hall (who died in 2019) and Arthur Blue Chip (exported to Canada) also have progeny in these events. Rockin Amadeus p,4,1:48.4f ($728,392) has produced 74 starters to date who have earned $1,532,777, with 21 foals clocked in 1:55 or faster. Now standing his sixth year, he is represented by 3-5 morning line favorite Ocean Rock p, 3, 1:48.4f ($345,677) in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 3-Year-Old Colt Pace Championship (Race 10). Ocean Rock is both Rockin Amadeus' fastest and highest-earning performer to date and will leave from post four with Danny Noble driving for trainer Christi Noble and owner-breeder Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, Ohio. Ocean Rock captured Leg 3 of the series in a blistering 1:48.4 world and track-record setting performance. Another Rockin Amadeus son, Worthabuck, starts in this same Championship for trainer-breeder Jason Elser of Montpelier, Ohio, who owns the bay gelding in partnership with Rodney Bingman of Fayette, Ohio. A winner of $43,328 lifetime, Worthabuck starts from the rail with Josh Sutton driving. He garnered two solid checks in OSS Legs 3 and 4. Rainy Day Chic, a daughter of Rockin Amadeus, starts from post six in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Fill Pace (Race 4) for breeder-owner Marjorie Polhamus of Ludlow Falls, Ohio. Trained by Dan O'Mara and driven by Brett Miller, this bay filly has career earnings of $58,900 from four wins, two seconds and a third in seven starts. Rainy Day Chic captured OSS Leg 2 in 1:54.1 and was second in Legs 3 and 4. "Both Rockin Amadeus and Bring On The Beach are both easy to collect, very fertile and well-mannered; everything you'd like to have in stallions as far as a breeder goes," Randy said. "I think a lot of people tend to forget that Bring On The Beach was the only horse to beat Captain Treacherous as a 2-year-old, when he won the Breeders Crown." Cool Winds Farm stallion Bring On The Beach p, 3, 1:53s ($12,001) is now standing his fourth year in Ohio, and has produced light foal crops with 19 starters who have earned $234,838, with four timed in 1:55 or better. This Ohio-registered stallion has a standout in the sophomore pacer Heart Of Chewbacca, who will start from post three in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Colt Pace Championship (Race 8) for driver Danny Noble, trainer Ronnie Burke and owners Dennis Owens of Hamilton, Ohio and Norman Rae Racing LLC, of Xenia, Ohio. This coal black youngster captured OSS Leg 3 in 1:51.1 and OSS Leg 4 in 1:51.2 for these connections and has four wins and a second in five career starts, with $89,375 in career earnings. Bred by Spring Haven Farm, Heart of Chewbacca been listed as the even-money (1-1) favorite in this event. Coraggioso 5, 1:52.4 ($677,398), standing his fourth year at Cool Winds Farm, is represented by three contenders on Ohio Sires Stakes Championship night. From 13 starters, with two timed in 2:00 or faster, his progeny have earned $288,285 to date. His fastest and richest performer, Lima Gold 2, 1:57h ($108,562) heads up the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Championship (Race 7) from the rail for trainer Chris Beaver, driver Danny Noble and the Spaaaartners, of Ballston Spa, New York. Lima Gold has two wins, four seconds, and a trio of thirds in 15 tries and has never missed a check in her OSS events. Panzano, a freshman son of Coraggioso, leaves from post five in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Colt Trot Championship (Race 6) with Chris Page driving for trainer Chris Beaver and Spaaaartners. Panzano is listed as 8-1 in the morning line, with his lone triumph in five starts coming in OSS Leg 3, timed in 1:58.3 at Northfield Park. This bay gelding, who was bred by Christopher Coyle of North Carolina, has career earnings of $48,520. The Coraggioso distaff Incomeorexpenses will leave from post two in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Filly Trot Championship (Race 3) with Tyler Smith driving for trainer Todd Luther and Black Magic Racing of New Albany, Ohio. Bred by Cool Winds Farm, this bay filly has two wins and three seconds in eight starts with $27,777 in her career coffers and was a solid second in OSS Leg 1 and OSS Leg 4. Arthur Blue Chip stood at Cool Winds Farm during the 2017 and 2018 seasons before being exported to Canada. This former Ohio-registered stallion is represented by Lady Arthur in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Filly Pace Championship (Race 4), leaving from post seven with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. driving. This homebred bay filly is owned and trained by Dr. Ian Moore for the R.G. McGroup LTD and Serge Savard of Canada and has career earnings of $56,188. Lady Arthur captured OSS Leg 1 in 1:53.2 and was third in Leg 2 and fourth in Leg 4. The ill-fated stallion Cash Hall, who stood at Cool Winds Farm, sadly died in 2019, but his legacy carries on in his foals, four of whom are competing in Sunday's OSS Championships. Before his passing, Cash Hall produced 344 starters, with 173 clocked in 2:00 or better and 52 timed in 1:55 or faster with $29,119,269 in foal earnings. Cash Hall is represented by the undefeated Guinevere Hall in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 3-year-Old Filly Trot Championship (Race 7). Despite being saddled with post eight, Guinevere Hall has been made the 1-1 morning line favorite in the field of nine. Bred by Alan Leavitt, this filly captured all four OSS Legs, in 1:55; 1:54.1, 1:53 and 1:53 for owners M T Pockets Stables and David McDuffee of Pompano and Delray Beach, Florida. Trained by Melanie Wrenn, Guinevere Hall has $265,081 in earnings from nine wins in 16 starts and will have Peter Wrenn in the sulky. Competing in this same Championship is another Chris Beaver-conditioned Cash Hall daughter, Delovely Hall, the 8-1 morning line choice from post four. Owned by Renee Bercury of Slippery Rock, PA, Delovely Hall picked up solid checks in her OSS contests and sports a bankroll of $118,223. She was bred by Walnut Hall, Henry Stable and DJ McCann. Ciao Baby Hall, another Cash Hall distaff, leaves from post four for driver Aaron Merriman in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Filly Trot Championship (Race 3). Bred by Alan Leavitt, the Robert McIntosh-trained lass has amassed $31,757 to date and seeks her first career triumph in this Championship. Owned by Robert McIntosh Stables, Dave Boyle, and Mardon Stables of Canada, Ciao Baby Hall has been installed at morning line odds of 6-1. Street Gossip is a son of Cash Hall who leaves from post eight for driver Brett Miller in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Colt Championship (Race 6) as the 7-2 choice. This bay gelding, who was bred by the Morrisville College, has career earnings of $69,714 from three wins, one second and two thirds in six starts for owners Carl Howard of Powell, Ohio and the Jesmeral Stable of Scarsdale, New York. Street Gossip is the OSS divisional leader with triumphs in Leg 2 (1:57) and Leg 4 (1:58.1) for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. "The best part of the Ohio program is the Ohio Sires Stakes, it's the tops," Randy stressed. "I honestly believe that Ohio is the best place to race in the country right now. We have three levels to race at, along with the county fairs. There's something for everyone in Ohio." by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will host "Super Sunday at Scioto" presented by the Galbreath Equine Center at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center on September 6, from Eldorado Scioto Downs on Facebook live. Post Time is at 6:00 p.m. and the livestream event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and includes harness racing  coverage of the Ohio Sire Stakes Finals and the #SendItIn Invitationals. Hosted by OHHA Brand Ambassador Roger Huston and harness racing expert Allison Conte, "Super Sunday at Scioto" will include live coverage of the eight divisions of the Ohio Sire Stakes Finals, two divisions of the #SendItIn Invitational and two open pacing events. The purses for the entire Sunday night card at Eldorado Scioto Downs will be $2,782,000. Super Sunday at Scioto Downs will include interviews with drivers, trainers, and owners as well as analysis of the races. Super Sunday at Scioto Downs is sponsored by Big Dee's Tack and Vet Supply, Cool Winds Farms, Kim Hill Real Estate and Midland Acres. As part of Super Sunday at Scioto, race fans can compete against Roger "The Voice" Huston and Pacey "The Wiz" Mindlin in picking the winners of the eight OSS races and the #SendItIn Invitationals. For more information, fans can visit the OHHA Facebook page for entry details. OHHA Outreach and Public Relations Coordinator Frank Fraas says this the third major racing Facebook live presentation by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. "This is another event that allows us to feature racing in Ohio. We are continuing to find ways to deliver our racing product to fans that might not feel comfortable attending races in person during the Covid-19 pandemic. Large events like this and our continued coverage of racing from the county fairs gives us the opportunity to highlight racing in the Buckeye state and reach new fans." by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

Joe Spadaro has come a long way from his Queens, New York childhood, working nearly his entire life in the harness racing industry, first as a trainer, then as a racing commission executive and now has an owner-breeder. "Growing up in New York, harness racing was big time," Spadaro, 78, recalled. "Later, when I lived in Hicksville, Long Island--about three miles from Roosevelt Raceway--I started training horses. It took me a long time to get established as a trainer--back then you had to earn your way into getting stalls at Roosevelt and Yonkers based on the quality of horses you had. I also bought and resold horses and did a lot of traveling along the East Coast and throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio." Spadaro trained Standardbreds from 1976 through 1989, competing mostly on the New York and New Jersey circuits. "When Roosevelt shut down in 1989, I decided to move into a different area of racing and got a job with the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund," Spadaro said. "I worked there until I retired in 2007--moving up from field inspector to the Deputy Director position." It was during those years that Spadaro became close friends with famed Thoroughbred announcer Tom Durkin and began purchasing horses as an owner-breeder. "We became good friends, and the name Spaaaartners actually came about because Tom was the announcer at Saratoga, which people refer to as 'The Spa, and he used to draw out the word 'spaaaaa' when he was announcing there,'" he explained. "We purchased the Lindy Lane mare Electra Hanover from Albert Adams, at his farm Winterwood Farm in Bellville, Ohio, and she was in foal at the time, so it was a package deal. We bred her to Conway Hall and the result was Coraggioso. It was Tom's job to name the foals we bred and as we both love Italy; he gave most of the foals Italian names." Coraggioso, the Italian word for courageous, was foaled at Winterwood in 2009 and raced four years, becoming a New York Sires Stakes champion and taking a record of 5, 1:52.4 with earnings of $677,398. "Coraggioso was a big horse and my goal was to show how, even though as big as he is, that he could get around a half mile track," Spadaro stressed. "Ohio was just breaking out and it was the perfect time for him to be showcased there, but that didn't happen as he pulled a suspensory. We waited a year to try to bring him back to the races, and did everything we could, but it just didn't happen." Since retirement, Coraggioso been standing in Ohio and has a trio of youngsters that are likely starters in three $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships. "He's been standing at Cool Winds Farm in Lima for four years," Spadaro noted. "He's had 13 starters, and last year Lima Gold was his first OSS contender to make the Championship." The now 3-year-old trotting filly Lima Gold, 2, 1:57h ($108,562) currently sits seventh in the OSS standings with two third-place finishes, a fifth and second place finish in the OSS Legs. As well, the 2-year-old trotting colt Panzano, 2, 1:58.3h ($48,520) is fifth in the OSS standings. He won OSS Leg 3 in 1:58.4 and was second, fifth and third in the other OSS Legs. Both youngsters are trained by Chris Beaver for the Spaaaartners. The 2-year-old trotting filly Incomeorexpenses, 2, 2:01.1h ($27,777) is the other OSS Championship hopeful. Owned by Black Magic Racing, she is trained by Todd Luther, and had a pair of second-place finishes in two of the four OSS legs. "We're thrilled to have Coraggioso standing in Ohio and even more so to have his babies racing in the Ohio Sires Stakes," Spadaro concluded. "Racing in Ohio validates why I want my stallion standing in Ohio. Being here is refreshing because it is what we experienced back in the 1960s and 1970s at Roosevelt and Yonkers, before The Meadowlands came into the picture. There was so much enthusiasm for the races back then and that same kind of enthusiasm is in Ohio now." by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

A battle royale between Stanford Court and Elver Hanover erupted in the $60,000 fourth leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old pacing colts on Saturday night, Aug. 22 at Northfield Park. In a dramatic photo finish, it was determined that Elver Hanover (Chris Page), the 5-2 choice, bested 1-5 favorite Stanford Court (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a whisker at the wire in a seasonal mark of 1:49.4. Trained by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing, B. Jablonsky, J. Milillo and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby, Elver Hanover had also captured OSS Leg Two in 1:51. The gelded son of Yankee Cruiser now has $455,200 in his career coffers from 11 wins in 15 starts. He recorded a top mark of 1:48.3 last season as a 2-year-old at Lexington's Red Mile. Can B Perfect was third at 13-1 for driver Tyler Smith, with 30-1 Worthabuck (Ryan Stahl) fourth and 70-1 Rock Smart (Greg Grismore) fifth. Elver Hanover The top nine point earners from each of the 2- and 3-year-old divisions are now eligible to compete in the $300,000 Championships on Super Night, Saturday, Sept. 5 at Scioto Downs. Kimberly Rinker Ohio Sires Stakes OSDF Administrator

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