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DAYTON, OH. - Town Temptress won her fourth Hollywood Dayton Raceway Fillies and Mares Open pace on Friday (Nov. 18), topping Endeavors Fantasy by a neck with Mystical Nectar third by that same narrow margin. Eight of the nine harness racing mares in the talented field finished within 3-1/4 lengths of each other at the finish line. Endeavors Fantasy (Kayne Kauffman) flashed the quickest early speed, stopping the clock in :27.1 after the first quarter mile. Mystical Nectar (Chris Page) had yielded by was out to reassume command before the :57.2 halfway point. Just past the half, Town Temptress (Peter Wrenn) launched her successful first-over bid inching within a head of the pacesetter at the 1:25.2 three-quarters and then using every inch of the stretch to finally wear down her opponents in 1:53.4. Steve Bauder trains the 4-year-old daughter of Artiscape for Gail and Robert Sanders. With the four wins in the local weekly $15,000 Friday night feature from 17 seasonal starts, Town Temptress has banked just a shade under $50,000 on the year. Racing resumes Saturday night (Nov. 19) with a strong card including the $15,000 Open for male pacers. Post time is 6:15 p.m. Gregg Keidel

Motherhood might not be in Aqua Artist's immediate future, but winning races is again part of her present. A 9-year-old female pacer, Aqua Artist was away from the races for 19 months as her owners tried to get her in foal. The attempts were unsuccessful, so Aqua Artist returned to the track in October. And last Friday, she won the Fillies & Mares Open at Miami Valley Raceway --- nearly two years to the day from the date of her most recent triumph at that level of harness racing competition. Aqua Artist, bred and owned by Harold Lee Bauder, his father Harold L. Bauder, and friend Michael Dixon, has won 29 of 106 career races and earned $336,346. She won a Standardbred Stakes at age 2, but made only three starts as a 3-year-old because of an ankle injury. She bounced back to capture 19 of 76 starts over the next three years, with seven of the wins coming at the Invitational or Open levels. This year, Aqua Artist has won three of five races, with her first two victories of the season coming in conditioned races, and earned $22,500. She is racing again in the Fillies & Mares Open on Friday at Miami Valley. Trace Tetrick will drive for trainer Steve Bauder. "I think it took her some starts to get back tight and to her old form," said Harold Lee Bauder, who is Steve Bauder's cousin. "She sure has improved as the new year rolled around, that's for sure. We thought she would come back pretty good, but we didn't know how she would do competing against the open mares. The last race at Miami Valley, it was a really good group of mares that was in there. We were thinking maybe she would get a fourth or fifth, so it was a little bit of a surprise for us. "It looks like she's back to her old self. Maybe the two years off have helped her; she's a young 9. We're going to think about breeding her again, but she's racing pretty competitive so we're probably going to keep her on the track for now." The Bauders and Dixon raced Aqua Artist's mom, Aquatic Yankee. They purchased her for $3,000 at the Kentucky Standardbred Sale in 1997 and she went on to earn $751,230 as a stakes-winner and top-level Open competitor. Aquatic Yankee, a daughter of Cambest-Yankee Attraction, won Kentucky Sire Stakes races at ages 2 and 3 and finished second to Eternal Camnation in the 2001 Breeders Crown Mare Pace and second to French Panicure in the 2000 Lady Liberty. "I watched Cambest-(bred) fillies race in Lexington and I thought they were really good," Bauder said. "This was his second crop and (Aquatic Yankee) was the horse we picked out. I remember after we bought her, we went back to see her and the groom that took care of her at Yankeeland Farms said we got the steal of the sale; that this filly was really, really good. We won the sire stakes as a 2-year-old and the rest is history." The 57-year-old Bauder is from Delaware, Ohio, and got hooked on harness racing while showing livestock at the Delaware County Fair, which is home to pacing's prestigious Little Brown Jug. Bauder previously owned several Great Clips hair salons with friends and now is on the staff of the Delaware Area Career Center. Aquatic Yankee proved to be valuable beyond the racetrack for the Bauders and Dixon. In addition to Aqua Artist, her offspring include multiple-stakes winner Sectionline Yankee, who finished second in an elimination of the 2012 Jugette at the Delaware County Fair and was fifth in the final, Sectionline Aqua ($217,648 earned), Sectionlinefriskie ($144,818), and Fire On The Water (who the group sold as a yearling for $65,000 and has earned $410,982). Aqua Artist is a daughter of Artsplace, from the great sire's final crop. "I always wanted an Artsplace," Bauder said. "Fortunately, I got it just in time. "It's been a really good ride with (Aquatic Yankee) and a lot of fun with some of her horses that we kept," Bauder added. "It's just been a great family. I bought a farm here in Delaware and that family really helped pay for it. My dad is in his 80s now and they just enjoy watching them, and they enjoy this horse, Aqua Artist. It's just been great." Ken Weingartner A division of the U.S. Trotting Association  

Aqua Artist, the oldest mare in Friday night's $20,000 Open at Miami Valley Raceway at age nine, showed a group of talented and wealthy younger 'girls' that she can still get the job done. An aggressive drive by Trace Tetrick produced a 1:53 triumph for the harness racing daughter of Artsplace, her first tally in open company in almost two years. Owned her entire life by breeders Harold Lee Bauder, Michael Dixon and Harold L. Bauder, Aqua Artist now has 29 career victories in just 106 starts, good for $336,346 in earnings. Steve Bauder, who has managed the winner's entire career, raced her just ten times in 2015 with a single conditioned class win in 1:54.2 and earnings of just $7150. She has rebounded in 2016, however, with three wins in her first five starts good for $22,500 in seasonal bounty. Aqua Artist left alertly in her latest conquest, yielded to eventual runnerup Cast No Shadow (Tyler Smith) just past the quarter, then sat the pocket until shaking loose early in the stretch. Safe From Terror (Chris Page) raced first-over much of the way and held on for third in her first start after shipping north from Pompano Park and resting for a month. In total, the ten-horse field of open mares combined for 248 lifetime wins and over $2.8 million in earnings. While Aqua Artist was proving that age and experience can be important in harness racing, a driver two races sooner was displaying the value of youth on the other end of the spectrum. Hunter Myers turned 18 years old on February 16 and just ten days after becoming eligible to race at a pari-mutuel track he scored his first triumph, winning a claiming handicap race for $12,500 and $15,000 claiming mares in 1:55.4. In just his fifth commercial start, Myers guided Ride A Cowboy to a mild upset over A Little Starstruk (Tyler Smith) and E R Taylor (Jeremy Smith). The eight-year-old Bettor's Delight mare, owned by James Hess, now has 24 life tallies and surpassed the $200,000 earnings plateau with the win. While Hunter Myers couldn't race at Ohio's four commercial tracks until he turned 18, the native of Williamsport, Ohio, did get a heavy dose of seasoning on the Buckeye state's expansive county fairs circuit while ages 16 and 17. The promising reinsman visited 74 winner's circles at the fairs, from 382 starts, good for an impressive .355 UDRS. With statistics like those, before he barely needed to shave, its very likely there will be many more success stories to tell about Hunter during his promising future in racing. Gregg Keidel

Sectionline Yankee upsets in $25,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace at Scioto Downs with a track record equaling performance of 1:50.2. She now shares the track record with Betterluvnexttime. The 5-year old mare by Yankee Cruiser out of Aquatic Yankee is trained by Steve Bauder for owners, Harold Lee Bauder, Michael Dixon and Harold Bauder of Ohio. Sectionline Yankee was driven by Greg Grismore and started from post one in the field of eight and was 6-1 on the morning line. Continual Velocity and Chris Page left for command from post eight when the wings folded along with inside leavers, She's Shocking and Novascotia Hanover. Novascotia Hanover and Tony Hall cleared to the front before the quarter that was clocked in a hot :26.1. She's Shocking and Kayne Kaufmann took the pocket ride before being shuffled to third when the favorite, Continual Velocity and Chris Page made a quarter move. Sectionline Yankee was sitting fourth on the rail at the half that was paced in :54.1. Grismore decided to make his move, pulling first up down the backside with Eve Marie Seelster and Kyle Ater in tow. Grismore applied the heavy pressure to the three quarters clocked in 1:22.2. The battled continued down the stretch before Sectionline Yankee pulled 3/4 of a length clear of Continual Velocity and Eve Marie Seelster completed the trifecta. Sectionline Yankee returned $18.20 to her supporters while increasing her bankroll to just under $315,000. The co-feature for the Saturday night card didn't disappoint either. Kanaris and Aaron Merriman set a new track record of 1:48.3 for a 4-year old gelding on the 5/8 mile oval in the $25,000 Open Pace. The previous record of 1:49.4 was set this year by Full Code and Beach Memories. Kanaris is the son of Panspacificflight and Thermopylae. He's trained by Joe Seekman for Tripoli Stable of Illinois. This victory crushed his own career best of 1:51.2 and pushed his lifetime earnings over $200,000. Kanaris started from post seven in the field of eight, but that didn't deter Merriman from leaving. They cleared inside leaver, Beach Memsories and Josh Sutton before the first turn. The first quarter was paced in :26.1. Sutton wasn't content to take the two hole trip, he pulled at the quarter to take over command. They paced single file to the half, clocked in :54.1. Ardyne Ace and Randy Tharps started their rally, pulling first up from third spot and Big Risk, driven by Tony Hall followed suit. The fast pace didn't let up. Beach Memories flew by the three quarters in 1:21.1 with Kanaris in tow. Merriman popped the ear plugs and waited for the stretch to make his move. The two paced 5-lengths clear of their foes and Kanaris had the upper hand to win by a nose over Beach Memories. His stablemate, Santa Fe Beachboy paced home in :27.2 to grab the show spot. The final week of racing in the 2014 season resumes on Wednesday (September 24) post time 6:30 pm. From Scioto Downs Racino

The locally owned and homebred, Sectionline Aqua is looking for Jugette glory as she takes on a field of eight in the second of three eliminations for the $298,100 Jugette for three-year-old filly pacers at the Delaware County Fair. The Major In Art - Aquatic Yankee filly is owned by Harold Lee and Harold L Bauder of Delaware, Ohio, and Michael Dixon of Hilliard, Ohio. Steve Bauder, who recently moved back to his hometown of Delaware after residing in Chicago for a few years, trains the filly. Sectionline Aqua has finished on the board in each of her last five starts and has won 6 of 16 seasonal starts. In her last start, she raced in an Ontario Sire Stakes Gold event at Mohawk Raceway finishing second by a length and a quarter and was timed in 1:51. Native Central Ohioan Brett Miller will drive her in the Jugette. Steve Bauder emphasized the filly's easygoing nature and consistency in most of her races. "She's about as nice a horse to work with as you would ask," he noted. "Just really well-mannered and anybody could take of her. She's consistent and has been good all year." The trainer also expressed confidence in his driver, but added the intimidating factor of being in the outside post position. "It's pretty tough. She'll need a trip. It needs to work out for her in the eighth hole," he said, "Any horse--I don't care what it is--from the eighth hole on a half mile track will need a little bit of help. She's game though." Post time for the Jugette Day card will be at 10:50 a.m. at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. by Conor Golden, Little Brown Jug Publicity Intern

A field of 22 filly pacers will compete for the $298,100 Jugette on Wednesday, September 17 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. In the first elimination Lady Shadow (Doug McNair) has been named the 5-2 morning line favorite. The Shadow Play lass has won two straight races in Ontario Sire Stakes action and has bankrolled $236,861 this season for Lindsey and Connie Rankin of Lexington, MI.  Beach Gal (Tim Tetrick) was tapped the top choice in the $39,746 second elimination. The Somebeachsomewhere filly owns a 1:49.3 mark at Mohawk Raceway and has limetime earnings of 358,096. Beach Gal is trained by David Menary for Kenneth Ewen, Hewvilla Farms, Denis Breton and Larry Menary all of Ontario. The final elimination is shaping up to be a battle between Gettingreadytoroll (Yannick Gingras) and Sandbetweenurtoes (Brett Miller)  Gettingreadytoroll is coming into the Jugette off a 1:49.4 victory in the $191,074 Simcoe Stakes. Gettingreadytoroll is campaigned by John and Jim Fielding and the 2014 Lady Pace Honoree, Christina Takter. Jimmy Takter trains the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover. Sandbetweenurtoes has won eight of nine seasonal starts and has won nearly $250,000 this year. Larry Remmen trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere for Bradley Grant of Milton, Ontario.  44th Jugette -- Three-Year-Old Filly Pace PP Horse (Driver/Trainer) Odds 1st Elimination $39,746    1. Shell Bell (Kurt Sugg/Kurt Sugg)    12-1    2. Lady Shadow (Doug McNair/Gregg McNair)    5-2    3. Color’s A Virgin (Trace Tetrick/Brian Brown)    4-1    4. Southwind Silence (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke)      6-1    5. Ali Blue (Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter)   5-1    6. Beach Body (Ron Pierce/Chris Oakes) 10-1    7. Also Encouraging (David Miller/Casie Coleman)   7-2 2nd Elimination $39,746    1. Uffizi Hanover (David Miller/Jimmy Takter)      4-1    2. Allstar Rating (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke)      7-2    3. Somethinincredible (John Campbell/Robert McIntosh) 8-1    4. Beach Gal (Tim Tetrick/David Menary)      5-2    5. Fits Well (Scott Zeron/Brian Brown) 12-1    6. Gallie Bythe Beach (John Campbell/Jim Campbell) 10-1    7. A La Notte Hanover (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke)  8-1    8. Sectionline Aqua (TBA/Steve Bauder) 5-1 3rd Elimination $39,746    1. Cut A Deal (Brett Miller/Nick Surick)     12-1    2. Gettingreadytoroll (Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter) 5-2    3. Beautiful Lady (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke)      5-1    4. Someislandsomwhere (Brett Miller/Casie Coleman) 6-1    5. Candy’s A Virgin (Trace Tetrick/Brian Brown)    4-1    6. Sandbetweenurtoes (Brett Miller/Larry Remmen)   7-2    7. Beach Story (Yannick Gingras/Kelvin Harrison)   8-1 Top three finishers in each elimination will return for the $178,862 final. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Victory Is Coming and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.stole the spotlight with their world and new track record performance of 1:51 at Scioto Downs Friday. The previous world record of 1:51.4 for an aged trotting mare on a 5/8 mile track was set by Beatgoeson Hanover and In Your Room, both in 2013.  The previous track record of 1:52.2 was held by Unefoisdanmavie and Modern Family. The 7-year old mare by Victory Sam out of Norse Comer is trained by Ammon Hershberger for Betty and John Shaw. Victory Is Coming has now earned over $520,000 in her 107 starts and has made 47 trips the winners circle. The mare started from post five in the full field of 10 and went off at odds of 8-5. Wrenn got away an early fifth behind the battle of Its Complicated and Creatine. Clicking the opener quarter in a hot, :26.2. The pace didn't slow much when Lachance grabbed leather with Creatine to drop in third. They clocked the half mile in :54 and it was shortly after that Wrenn pulled the right line and made a quick brush to the front. Victory Is Coming quickly opened up 3-lengths on the field as she hit the three quarters in 1:22.2. Wrenn had the talented mare well in hand as the cruised to a 1-1/4 lengths victory over Southwind Pepino. The other lone mare in the field, Daylon Miracle was a closing third. Freshman fillies dominate in $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes at Scioto Downs on Friday night. Like Old Times and Josh Sutton set a new track record of 1:57.2 for 2-year trotting fillies at Scioto Downs. The previous record of 1:57.2 was held by Rose Run Keepsake. Like Old Times is a daughter of Chip Chip Hooray out of Royal Two. She's trained by Don McKirgan for Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, Ohio. She started from post four in the field of eight and was in good company. The 9-5 morning line favorite, Dark Roast started from post five. Dark Roast and Kurt Sugg left out for command and landed In The Pocket spot, but were out to take command just passed the 1/4 that was trotted in :28.3. Sutton and Like Old Times were parked the entire way and still were charging for command after the half that was trotted in :59. Dark Roast and Like Old Times went toe to toe and stride for stride down the three quarters that was clocked on 1:27.4. Sutton finally asked the filly for more and she responded by opening up on the field by 5-3/4 lengths. Sammy Star and Aaron Merriman came on late for second and Dark roast held on for third. Bettys Sam and trainer, driver Ammon Hershberger upset their division in 1:57.4. Bettys Sam is owned by John "Red" and Betty Shaw of Mt. Vernon, Ohio. She's by Victory Sam out of Norse Comer. She was out to prove that she wanted to be just like her sister, Victory Is Coming and her point was made. The filly started from the rail, but still had hard work ahead of her. The undefeated Sunrise Nibbles had post four in the field of eight. Page sent Sunrise Nibbles to her normal spot and clocked the opening quarter in :29. Ammon had Bettys Sam sitting third and after the :30 second quarter decided it was time to move. She started her first over grind and hit the three quarters in 1:28.2. Sunrise Nibbles and Bettys Sam battled down the stretch, a small neck separated the fillies. Bettys Sam earned the victory and paid $71.40 to win. Chip Girl and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.completed the trifecta. Lisa Jane takes the final division for trotting fillies in a career best, 1:57.2. Lisa Jane started from post five and Ryan Stahl had the lines for trainer, Scott Cox. She's a daughter of Neely Dunn out of Vanilla B and is owned by Parent Racing Stable LLC and G.Peters. Stahl wasted no time to gain control of the fractions. After the opening quarter was trotted in :28.4 by Tt'scaramelcream, Ryan made the move to the front. The trotted to the half in a moderate :59.1 and passed the three quarters in 1:28.2. Lisa Jane was well in hand and won by 3-1/2 lengths over Student Of Life and Dolly Dunn was third. Bell Flower and Chris Page dominate their $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes division in 1:55. Bell Flower never made her connections anxious as the heavy favorite. She started from post six in the field of eight. Page steered the perfect filly to the top and never looked back. She clocked fractions of :28.1,:57.1 and 1:25.4 before drawing clear by 7 lengths. Crosswinds Cupcake and Dan Noble rallied for second and Ut Oh Spakiddio grabbed the show spot. Sectionlinefriskie breaks her maiden with a win in her division of Ohio Sires Stakes in 1:56. Sectionlinefriskie is a daughter of Feelin Friskie out of Aquatic Yankee. She's trained by Steve Bauder for Harold Bauder, Michael Dixon and Harold Lee Bauder. Dan Noble had the assignment from post seven and was overlooked at 22-1. Noble ended up an early seventh in the field of eight. The heavy 1-5 choice, Friskie Lil Devil was the pace setter and cut fractions of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:27. Aaron Merriman and Zoey's Lemon Tart sat the pocket trip and waited to pounce in the stretch. Neither one could hold off the late charge from Sectionlinefriskie. She paced her final quarter in :28.3 Friskie Lil Devil settled for the place spot and Zoey's Lemon Tart was third. From Scioto Downs Racino

Sectionline Yankee steals the harness racing spotlight from freshman Ohio Breeders Stakes at Scioto Downs. Sectionline Yankee and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.equal the track record of 1:50.4 for aged pacing mares in a $15,000 conditioned event. Sectionline Yankee is a 5-year old mare by Yankee Cruiser out of Aquatic Yankee and now shares the track record with Betterluvnexttime and Camille. She's trained by Steve Bauder for Harold L Bauder, Michael Dixon and Harold Lee Bauder.The mare started from post 10 in the full field of 10 and got away an early fifth. Wrenn didn't sit for very long. They were out and pressing on before the half that was paced in :54.2. The pair eventually cleared in the stretch and paced 3 1/2 lengths clear from the rest of the field. My Hare Lady and Kyle Ater followed her first over bid to secure second and Ride A Cowboy had a late kick to grab third. The 2-year old pacing filly, Bell Flower draws off in her division of Ohio Breeders Stakes in 1:56. The perfect filly extended her winning streak to four after wiring her field of eight for the $26,200 bounty. The filly is by Fly Fly Buckeye out of Our Lady Countess. She's conditioned by Jim Arledge Jr for Bruce and Patricia Soulsby. Bell Flower was driven by leading driver, Chris Page and started from post three in the field of eight. Page wasted no time driving to front and after an easy second quarter of :30.4 the pair was home free. Bell Flower cruised to a 5 1/4 length victory. Friskie Devil and Ronnie Wrenn Jr.rallied for place and Zoey's Lemon Tart completed the trifecta. Dark Roast extended her winning streak to two in a career best effort of 1:59.1. The 2-year old filly by Full Count out of Edens Mardi Gras is trained by Ohio native,Marty Wollam for Acadia Farms Inc and G&B Racing. Kurt Sugg had the driving assignment from post one in the field of seven and was unhurried in the early going. The pair got away an early third and were content to sit to just passed the half that was trotted in :59.4. Sugg pulled the right line and the filly responded. Driving 5 3/4 clear of her foes to claim her share of the $16,600 prize. Soaring Flight for Dan Noble was second and Countthechip was third. Sunrise Nibbles remains untouched in her $16,600 division of Ohio Breeders Stakes in a career best,1:58.1. Sunrise Nibbles is a daughter of Iron Duke by Sweethomeourbama. She's trained by Chris Beaver for her connections. Regular driver, Chris Page had the lines starting from post five in the scratched down field of six. Page left hard for command before relinquishing the top spot to Bet On Chip and Kyle Ater. Bet On Chip tripped the half timer in :58.3 and Page couldn't wait any longer. He gave the filly her command before they hit the three quarters and it was all over but the picture. Page and Sunrise Nibbles drew clear by 7 1/2 lengths over Like Old Times and Student Of Life was third. Neely's Messenger and Marty Wollam steal the $26,800 Ohio Breeders Stakes for 2-year old trotting colts in 1:59. Neely's Messenger is a son of Neely Dunn out of Fun Message. He's trained by Marty Wollam for Dale and Julie Sweet. He started from post two in the scratched down field of eight. Wollam used the inside post to his advantage and never looked back. After catching a :31 second quarter breather it was their race to win or lose. They defeated their company by 2 1/4 lengths after trotting a final quarter in :28.2. I Know My Chip and Jason Brewer were second best and Chips Starr and Kayne Kauffman were a late closing third. Nobles Finesse and Dan Noble capped the night off with an easy 1:57 victory in his $26,400 division. Nobles Finesse is a 2-year son of Feelin Friske out of Lady Lonesome. He's recently moved in to the Kurt Sugg Stable for the connections of Dean Davis, Joyce McClelland, Deborah Noble and Dan Noble. Nobles Finesse started from post four in the field of six and Noble wasted no time getting the colt to the front. He paced the opening quarter in :28.4, but caught a :30.2 second quarter breather. Noble felt some first over pressure as they headed to the three quarters from Nashville Bound and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Nobles Finesse turned the challenge away and won by 1 1/2 lengths over Ollie Pop and RC Friskie and Randy Tharps were a closing third. Ohio Breeders Stakes action continues on Saturday (August 9) post time is 6:30 p.m. Scioto Downs Racino

Sectionline Aqua, a 3-year-old daughter of Major In Art out of Aquatic Yankee, will look to extend her winning streak to four on Friday, May 30 at Scioto Downs Racino. Sectionline Aqua was bred and is owned by Harold Lee Bauder, Michael Dixon and Harold Bauder of Ohio. She's trained by Steve Bauder of Illinois.   The filly's talent and ability is probably of no surprise to her owners. Her dam, Aquatic Yankee took a mark of 1.50.3 and made over $750,000. She has also produced a list of winners.   The filly has returned sharp in her sophomore year. With only six starts on her card, she has already tallied four wins, a second and a bank roll of $27,390.   Sectionline Aqua has been doing her work from off the pace this year. Her trainer, Steve said "she was a little hot." "She has more gait speed, but I wanted her to learn how to race. She is racing very well this way, no sense changing it."   Bauder took over the training duties for his uncle and cousin when the filly was coming back after her freshman year.   It looks like he's succeeding. Sectionline Aqua has set a new lifetime best of 1.54 and hasn't missed a purse check yet. Bauder adds," She's a great filly to work around and has a great attitude." "We are all very pleased!"   Sectionline Aqua will race on Friday, May (30) in race 2 and start from post one. She will be driven by 2013 Dash Title Winner, Ronnie Wrenn Jr.   Post time for the 13-race card is 6:30. The Friday night card will also feature a Filly and Mare Open Trot, Filly and Mare Open Pace and a Horses and Geldings Open Trot all with a purse of $20,000.   From Scioto Downs Racino

After opening his second season with two very impressive scores over "older open" company, Paula Smith and James Runyan's Fox Valley Deuce took his first crack at state-bred stakes company on Saturday night at Balmoral Park in the $10,000 Taurus Bomber Stake. The gelded son of Sportsmaster--Dodger Girl had no problem keeping his perfect slate intact as he cruised to an easy 4 ½ length score over five rivals in 1:56.1 for driver Casey Leonard. Hustled away from the outside post in the field of six, the Joel Smith trainee was parked through an opening quarter of 29.4. After grabbing command as the field straightened up onto the backstretch for Leonard, the issue was never really in doubt again as the good looking sophomore put up leisurely middle splits of 1:00.2 & 1:29.4.   Fit and fresh as he headed for the money Fox Valley Deuce finished off the mile in grand fashion, rattling off an eye opening 26.2 final split to make it three in a row in 2014. Orange & Blue winner Cotton Eyed Joe (Robert Smolin), who was making his sophomore debut, finished a fast closing second while Dune Dude (Dean Magee) turned in a solid try to rally for third.   With the win Fox Valley Deuce now boasts fives wins and a third in 18 lifetime starts with earnings of $28,147.   A trio of Newcomer Series finals were contested on Saturday night as well. The $7,800 Filly & Mare final was taken by Brett Wilfong's Chariots Afire (Jimmy Daniel) as she cruised to her second win in three starts this year. The home-bred daughter of Skydancer Hanover stopped the clock in 1:55.0. The $8,000 colt & gelding final was captured Nelson & Kay Willis's Shark Vision (Kyle Wilfong) as the royally-bred son of Cam's Cam Shark made it three in a row in 2014 while tripping the timer in 1:55.1.   On the trotting side of the docket, the Lester Banks owned, Steve Bauder trained Mary Queen (Dale Hiteman) was able to mind her manners again as she uncorked a big closing burst to knock off eight other diagonally gaited specialists in the $7,750 final of that series.The final time was a career best of 1:59.2.   There will be no live racing this Wednesday April 2, 2014 due to lack of entries.    By Tom Kelley, for Balmoral Park

LEBANON, OH. - Sisters Aqua Artist and Sectionline Yankee won back-to-back races Sunday night at Miami Valley, including the $10,000 Fillies and Mares Open pace. Trainer Steve Bauder had the siblings super sharp on this night and reinsman Chris Page used that to full advantage. Aqua Artist, at age seven, two years the senior of Sectionline Yankee, (both out of the Cambest mare Aquatic Yankee), beat the top distaffers with a front-stepping 1:55.1 effort. She bested Rev Me Up (Dan Noble) and Holiday Shopper (Jason Brewer) for her 25th career triumph, raising her lifetime bankroll to $306,696. Sectionline Yankee pushed her total earnings to $246,795 with her 14th win. Her 1:56.3 score over Babe's Chip (Tyler Smith) and Sonic Breeze (Jim Pantaleano) came in a $7000 conditioned event. Owners Harold Lee Bauder, Harold L. Bauder and Michael Dixon also bred both winners. By Gregg Keidel  

Aqua Artist and harness racing driver Trace Tetrick seized an opportunity in late stretch to score the upset in the featured $24,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 19.

Veteran harness racing reinsman Mike Oosting, who has become a fixture atop the driver standings on the Chicago circuit over the past 10 + years, joined a select group of the sport's top drivers on Friday, August 31st at Maywood Park as he posted his 5,000th career victory behind the Steve Bauder trained Sectionline Yankee in the night's fourth race.

Aqua Artist and harness racing driver Tyler Smith made it a gate to wire effort to win the featured $24,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Friday (Apr 13) at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The duo tripped the timer in 1:53.1 for the win.

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