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33 to 48 of 1992

Grove City, Ohio – After finishing second in her first two career starts, Merry Ann reeled off five straight harness racing wins on the way to being named the Ohio 2-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year.  Merry Ann, the daughter of Southwind Spirit out of Witty Girl, won three legs of the Ohio Sire Stakes for 2-Year-Old filly trotters as well as the $300,000 final.  She finished the season winning five of eight races with two second place finishes and earned $245,200. Merry Ann is trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi.  She was bred by Knox Services.  “She had a great year, she’s got that grit to her,” said Chris Page who was in the bike for all eight of Merry Ann’s races.  “What I really liked was her look.  She had the size and good gait.  She was definitely a little headstrong.”  Page said Merry Ann has the versatility to win from the front, first up, or from the back and she showed it all year long.  Merry Ann 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

Fourteen-year-old Terror Of Thetrack posted his 40th career harness racing win in his 499th start in the sixth race on Wednesday at MGM Northfield Park.  He went to post as the longest shot on the board at 44-1.  The classy veteran, who faces mandatory retirement on January 1, 2021, was the victor of the fifth leg of the evening’s Pick 5 where one lucky bettor cashed for a whopping $29,677.00.  The payoff was astronomical because the other four winners in the sequence carried odds of 4-5, 7-5, 4-5 and 7-2.   Terror Of The Track started from post three and let his competition carve out fractions of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:26.  He then looped from the back and scored by a head in 1:57.1 Keith Kash Jr trains and drives the pacer for his wife Melinda.  Keith and Melinda have raced Terror Of Thetrack for nearly a decade.  Terror Of Thetrack has not only been an active member of the Kash’s racing stock, but has also become a family pet.    “I have to admit, this win is pretty emotional for me,” admitted Keith Kash Jr.  “We have had this horse a long time.  I don’t just race horses, I truly love the animals.” Wednesday’s score increased Terror Of Thetrack’s career bankroll to $198,164.  The son of Western Terror is in-to-go in Northfield’s 15th race on Monday (December 21) from post-three.  Monday’s race will be Terror Of Thetrack’s 500th and final career race. After Monday’s race Terror Of Thetrack hopes to join the Summit County (Ohio) Mounted Sheriff Department to begin his next career.   Ayers Ratliff

Northfield, OH — MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a pair of guaranteed pools to its Tuesday (Dec. 15) harness racing program. Beginning in race 5, a $10,000 Pick-3 guaranteed total pool will be offered, featuring a carryover of $2,264.25. Beginning in race 7, a $35,000 Pick-4 guaranteed total pool will be offered, featuring a carryover of $9,049.34. 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-cent Super High Five offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14% Tuesday’s post time is 4:20.   Michael Carter

MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $12,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee for Saturday (December 12). Beginning in race two, the $12,500 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $3,191. 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%. Saturday's post time is 4:20PM.   Ayers Ratliff  

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. made his 6,000th trip to the harness racing winner’s circle after scoring with Naughty Maravu N in MGM Northfield Park’s seventh race on Monday (December 7). Naughty Maravu N won by a half-length over favored Mysical Wally (Aaron Merriman), returning $5.00 to win.  The 1:54 clocking was the 27th career win for the 10-year-old gelded pacer, who now has $231,025 in earnings. The 34-year-old Wrenn began driving in 2008.  His 6,000 wins have helped him garner more than $40.5 million in purse earnings.   Wrenn earned his first win behind Artful Power in a $1,400 Billings race at a Michigan fair in 2008.  His break-out year was 2012 and he has never looked back.  Wrenn is consistently among the top drivers in the country.  He won the 2013 and 2014 national dash driving titles, finished third in 2015 and 2016, fifth in 2017, second in 2018, fourth in 2019 and is currently fourth in the nation in 2020. Wrenn waited little time starting on his next milestone, scoring with Livin Lovin Prayin just two races later. Naughty Maravu N winning by a half-length   Ayers Ratliff

For the two $20,000 divisions of 3-year old fillies it was Déjà vu Monday as the hanrees racing winners from last week repeated this week. The first early non-wagering race went to Emmy’s Mayflower(Anders Bluestone-Stirling Charisma) for driver Russell Foster in 156.4. She is trained by Russell’s uncle, Eric Foster who is also the breeder and owner. Second was Harrington final winner, Stella A followed by Katies Blu Diamond. The second division went to Happy To Do It (Anders Bluestone-Little Miss Tagliabue) and driver Jonathan Roberts in 157.4. She is trained and owned by Bobby Glassmeyer. The breeders were Linda MacDonald and Susan Durham, owners of Merrie Medo Farm where Anders Bluestone stands. Second was Blue Carats and the show was Orabelle. The $100K final will be Thursday, December 17th to the highest point earners. Emmy’s Mayflower, Happy To Do It, Stella A, Dabigspooky Bootah, Katies Blu Diamond, Orabelle, Wolfcat. To those who didn’t make the final there will be a $15K consolation offered combined with the colts and geldings who didn’t earn their way to the final.     Judy Davis-Wilson Executive Director Delaware Standardbred Breeders' Fund

Northfield, Ohio—Having to start from the eight-hole, and then being parked-out until after the half didn't deter harness racing driver Marion Chupp from his mission to win the $6500 GLADA trot tonight (Dec.5) at Northfield Park. Chupp was up behind his own Curlys Son, an 8-year-old RC Royalty gelding, and together they rebuffed any and all challengers en route to a 1:58.2 victory. Sent off as the soft second choice (7-2) in the 9-horse field Chupp gunned his trotter for the lead but that didn't come easily as Curleys Son was being challenged by Alan, who was driven by Emanuel Miller and that duel went on until the latter made a break. Jimmy Lupton, who was traveling second-over, then took up the chase with The Next Triumph and both he and Curlys Son raced head-to-head by the three quarters and into the stretch before The Next Triumph faaded. And when he did Eddie Miller was right there with Star Chip but they couldn't get by the leader in the deep stretch and had to settle for second money. The Next Triumph held on for the show dough. Chupp also  owns and trains Curlys Son who paid $8.60 for win.   John Manzi for the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association

DAYTON, OH. - Refined (Brett Miller) returned to the Hollywood Dayton harness racing winner's circle, where she last visited four weeks ago, following the $18,400 Open Trot on Thursday afternoon.    The 6-5 favorite cruised to an easy open lengths 1:55.1 triumph over nine rivals after posting frontstepping fractions of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:25.2.     Longshot Sweet Mr Pinetucky (LeWayne Miller)  bested the rest with Pass The Vape (Trevor Smith) grabbing the show dough.  The winner paid $4.40, the exacta returned a healthy $136.20 and the 50-cent trifecta kicked back $209.   Refined is a 4-year-old daughter of Uncle Peter who is owned by Carlo Poliseno.  She is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr.  The ten time winner has now banked $190,710.       Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - On a day (Tues., Dec. 1) when Hollywood Dayton Raceway introduced its new 20-cent Jackpot Pick-5, with a guaranteed $5000 payout for a unique single ticket winner, the surprising bigger news was a handle of $622,280--the second highest figure in the track's seven year history.    The only higher handle occurred on December 23, 2019 when $664,945 was pushed through the windows.   The Jackpot Pick-5 produced multiple winners on Day One of the new bet, who shared in the 50% consolation pool.  The $5000 guarantee for a single unique winning ticket will remain in place until the jackpot is won or it climbs past the guarantee.    The wager is offered on the final five races of each race card (normally races 10-14.)   "Things are picking up nicely as we enter the final month of our season," said Director of Racing Jason Bluhm.   "We're extremely pleased with the Tuesday matinee handle as well as the promising reception to our new Jackpot Pick-5."   Racing resumes Thursday afternoon at Hollywood Dayton with a 1:30 post time.  The Jackpot Pick-5 should get underway at approximately 4:30.       Gregg Keidel  

This year's presidential election was predicted by nearly every pollster on the planet, however the Election Night Series harness racing Champion was a 25-1 longshot. Muscular Superstar shocked his rivals with a gate-to-wire victory, capturing the $18,000 Election Night Series Final on Tuesday (November 17) at MGM Northfield Park. The three-year-old trotter is owned by Twoforone Stable of Millersburg, Indiana. His conditioner Lonnie Grabber listed Hunter Myers for the winning drive. Muscular Superstar (Muscular-Garland Superstar-ABC Garland) started the race from post three and led at every call through fractions of :27.4, :58, 1:26.4 and 1:56.4. He was two-lengths in front at the wire. Finishing behind the winner (in order after placings) were Blazintothefront (Aaron Merriman), Soho Begonia (Kurt Sugg), Smoking Jet, Dont Front Me, Turbochargedpete, Big Box Hanover, Father Time and Gabby's Wild Child. Muscular Superstar now has three wins in 16 starts this year. Tuesday's victory bolstered his career bankroll to $31,660. He returned $52.20 to win.   Ayers Ratliff

DAYTON, OH. - Following a positive COVID-19 test emanating from racetrack operations and out of an abundance of caution, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway has suspended its live racing cards through at least Thursday, November 26, 2020.   Simulcast wagering and gaming operations remain open.     Gregg Keidel

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 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

Mr Ds Rock won his fifth consecutive race when he captured the $18,000 Gridiron Series Final on Sunday (November 15) at MGM Northfield Park.  The three-year-old harness racing pacer is owned by the partnership of Tammy Carter, Debra Carsey, SCP Stable and Peggy Carter.  Brian Loney, his trainer, called upon Chris Page for the winning drive.             Mr Ds Rock (Pet Rock-Cotton Candy-Sportsmaster) started the race from post three and remained third through the :26.4 opening quarter.  Page tipped the gelding first-over coming off the second turn and he remained there through times of :56.3 and 1:24.4.  Mr Ds Rock cleared to the lead entering the stretch and bested his competition by a full length, completing the mile in 1:54.1.  Finishing behind the winner were One Last Laugh (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.), Johnny Rockette (Tony Hall), Worthabuck, Two Oclock Johnny, Rockin Daddy O, Townline Flight and Panther Time.         Mr Ds Rock now has 10 wins in 25 starts this year.  Sunday’s victory represents his 14th career score and bolstered his bankroll to $206,360.  He returned $5.20 to win.   Ayers Ratliff

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway is pleased to announce that it will resume live harness racing on Monday (Oct. 16) with a 1:30 p.m. post time.   Two nights of racing were cancelled over the weekend, due to a positive Covid 19 test on an employee who works in the pressbox level of the grandstand, which includes the judges stand, video production room, announcers booth and charter's area.  The affected employee was quickly isolated and is in quarantine.    All others who work on that level have either tested negative, or are awaiting results as temporary hire replacements work in their place.   Horsemen are reminded to continue to follow the Hollywood Dayton Covid Protocols: wear masks at all times, social distance, and only one person per horse admitted and only when necessary--generally four races prior to your race and two races afterwards.   Thank you for your cooperation!       Gregg Keidel

Longshot players were celebrating after the harness racing horses crossed the finish of MGM Northfield Park’s sixth race on Tuesday (November 10) when #5 Beamer N Bud won at odds of nearly 54-1.        Charles and Christopher Krummick of Chicago, Illinois own the six-year-old pacing mare.  Steven Weiss trains Beamer N Bud and Kurt Sugg was aboard for the winning drive.  Tuesday’s triumph was the first win this year for the horse and marks her eighth lifetime score.           Beamer N Bud was followed across the wire by #8 Squirt (91-1), #2 Roberts New Life (42-1) and #6 Pictonian Dazzle (116-1).    Beamer N Bud returned $110.60 to win; the 5-8 Exacta paid $4,212.60; the 5-8-2 Trifecta returned $18,023.00; and the 5-8-2-6 20¢ Superfecta paid $5,614.76.   Ayers Ratliff

MGM Northfield Park has announced the dates of nine Progressive Claiming Series. These series offer opportunities for owners to place their horses in races with progressive claiming prices and purses. The newly-added late closers start from October 21 to October 24 with a base claiming price of either $7,000, $15,000 or $25,000 for distaff and male pacers. Trotters are also offered series with the same claiming tags. No pre-nomination is necessary, however there is a one-time entry fee of $100 for the $7,000 series, $200 for the $15,000 series and $300 for the $25,000 series. More information for the series can be found at or by calling the race office at 330.467.4101.   Ayers Ratliff

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