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LEBANON, OH - A total of 89 sophomore Ohio-sired harness racing colts went postward in ten divisions of Buckeye Stallion Series action at Miami Valley on Friday (April 30). There were seven divisions for pacers and three for trotters, each carrying a purse of $17,500. King's Cruiser started things off with a 1:53.2 triumph in the first race of the day, which ended up being the quickest mile on the program. Tyler Smith was in the sulky for trainer Jeff Nisonger as the son of Yankee Cruiser returned a $4 win mutual. KING'S CRUISER REPLAY   Casecon captured the second split in 1:53.3, the first of four wins for driver Brett Miller in Buckeye Super Stakes action. Virgil Morgan Jr. conditions the son of Pet Rock who paid $13.80 to win. CASECON REPLAY   Other winning pacers were Smooth Racer (Ronnie Wrenn Jr., 1:56.3, Calvin Hollar, $13.80), Rockin Airway (Miller, 1:55.4, Ryan Miller, $2.80), Sleeping Single (Dan Noble, 1:54.3, Chris Beaver, $15.40), Odds On Shaggy (Miller, 1:54.3, Morgan Jr., $6.60 and Cyclone Union Jack (Miller, 1:53.3, Michael Prickett, ($23.20). Fastest of the trio of trots went to Dontforgetlittleman for Dan Noble and trainer Deb Swartz. His 1:58.1 mile as the favorite rewarded his backers with a $2.60 payoff. The other two winners were Ilikedecupcakes (trainer-driver Sandy Beatty, 1:59.1, $28.60) and Credit Ace (Chris Page, 1:59.3, Ron Burke, $4.80). The fillies will contest the first leg of their Buckeye Stallion Series on Saturday, in addition to a pair of Open Paces for region's best older pacers on the special Kentucky Derby Day program. Post time is 12:00 noon. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH - Making a strong bid to be named 2021 Horse Of The Year at Miami Valley, Pace Baby Pace (Chris Page) won the featured Friday night (April 9) $25,000 Mares Open Pace for the sixth time in eleven tries. Using the winner's usual come-from-behind tactic, Page managed to reach the lead at the head of the stretch and then held off a late charge by Checks On The Way (Brett Miller) in 1:52. Pansy's Image (Tyler Smith) was also flying at the finish while settling for the show spot. For Page, the win was his 100th at the current Miami Valley meet. For trainer Ron Burke, the win was number 36 at Miami Valley this year as he attempts to overcome Tyler George's meet leading 39 victories before the curtain comes down on May 3. PACE BABY PACE   A race earlier on the program, driver Tyler Smith became the fifth Miami Valley reinsman to crack the $1 million purse earnings plateau. Five of the top 13 money-earning drivers in North American have been Miami Valley regulars since early January. Trace Tetrick was the first to surpass $1 million and currently leads the sport in the category. Other southwest Ohio stalwarts are Dan Noble (2nd nationally), Brett Miller (6th), Chris Page (7th) and Smith (13th). Also on Friday, driver-trainer Bruce Sturgeon guided King Klueber to his first win in just his second lifetime start. The three-year-old son of Allamerican Native, owned by Sturgeon and Karen Heaberlin, was impressive triumphing in 1:52.4 over Sweet Oliver (Ed Hennessey) and Serious Miki (Kayne Kauffman). Although Sturgeon has won over 900 races and earned over $3 million in his sulky career, the victory was the first since 2017 for the 59-year-old driver. Racing resumes Saturday (April 10) at Miami Valley featuring a showdown between Charlie May and Heart Of Chewbacca in the second elimination division of the annual James K. Hackett Memorial late closer. The two colts finished one-two in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship for two-year-olds last season and both have announced intentions to venture outside Ohio to look for national acclaim when their scheduling allows this year. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH - Gold Digger King (Tyler Smith) pulled a mild harness racing upset over co-favorite GD Western Joe (Chris Page) and My Hero Ron (Josh Sutton) in Saturday's $23,000 Open I Handicap Pace at Miami Valley. The five-year-old son of Pet Rock, trained by Scott Mogan for owner Linda Van Camp, was making just his second start of 2021 after a stellar 2020 season when he won eight and was runnerup on five other occasions in just 18 starts. His 1:50.1 clocking established a new lifetime mark for the $269, 137 career winner. Smith negotiated a pocket ride throughout the tilt after forcing GD Western Joe to a :27 opening quarter before turning him loose. Page got a brief breather for his charge before reaching the :55.2 halfway point, but was forced to go :26.4 to repel first-up challenger Dojea Gizmo (Brett Miller) in the third quarter. When clearance appeared at the head of the lane Gold Digger sprinted past a stubborn GD Western Joe to secure the triumph. GOLD DIGGER KING REPLAY   The winner paid $10.60 and the exacta returned $35.20. The championship of the annual Tom Tharps Memorial series was also contested for a $30,000 purse. The top three finishers were noses apart as Velocity Poprocks (Sutton) threaded traffic to nip Hamsandwich (Dan Noble) and Thrasher (Kayne Kauffman) in the evenly-matched field of finalists. "I thought I was in great shape at the three quarters, in third over position after three straight :27 (and change) quarters," said a relieved Sutton immediately after the race. "Then he dove in a little coming off the final turn and I had to straighten him up. After that I had to get lucky to just barely get up at the wire!" Mark and Sylvia Evers' Velocity Standardbreds Stable own Velocity Poprocks, a six-year-old by Pet Rock who missed his entire five-year-old season. A 1:51.2 winner in the first preliminary leg of the Tharps series, 'Poprock' was roughed up a little in the second preliminary, but bounced back nicely for this 1:51.4 score. VELOCITY POPROCKS REPLAY   The winner paid $14.40 to his mutual faithful. The exacta kicked back $138 and a winning 50-cent trifecta ticket was worth $302.15. A $20,000 Open II Pace produced another stirring stretch duel between a pair of seven-year-old sons of American Ideal. American Dreamer (Page) prevailed over American Firewater (Kauffman) by a neck in 1:51.4. Miami Valley will be dark on Easter Sunday, but will present 2:05 matinees on Monday (April 5) and Tuesday (April 6). For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH - The combination of owner-breeder Emerald Highlands Farm, trainer Tim Lane and driver Tyler Smith teamed up for a harness racing hat trick on Friday (March 19) at Miami Valley Raceway, winning all three of the races they entered. For Smith, the trio of winning drives on Lane-trained mares were three of a total of five he notched on the night. Sweet Filly (1::52.2, $8.60 to win) started the string of successes by besting Keystone Eureka (Trace Tetrick) and Major Night Out (Chris Page) in a $15,000 distaff pace for non-winners of six races or $60,000. This triumph was the sixth for the four-year-old daughter of Sweet Lou and boosted her career bounty to $57,151. SWEET FILLY REPLAY   Candy On The Beach (1:52.4, $7) was next to visit the winner's circle for the red-hot connections. The four-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere topped Duck Duck Dragon (Page) and Hoochie Girl (Josh Sutton) in a $12,600 conditioned race for mares. She now sports six wins as well with lifetime earnings of $58,318. Fully A Virgin (1:53.1, $10.60) completed the Emerald Highlands-Lane-Smith trifecta in a $14,400 tilt for conditioned pacing mares. Her come-from-behind tally bettered Spee Dee Shark (Jeremy Smith) and Rocking Zoe (Dan Noble). It was the 12th career victory for the five-year-old Always A Virgin lass, and boosted her purse earnings to $363,945. The three winners are all Emerald Highlands Farm homebreds, a testament to the powerful broodmare band proprietor Bruce Trogdon has put together as well as his skill in pairing his fine mares with top stallions throughout the nation. Lane pupils have now captured 11 of the first 50 races he has entered at Miami Valley thus far in 2021. Smith's other winners were trotter Swan Fashion (1:56.2, $4) for owner John Barnard and trainer Luis Quevedo); and Sweet Style (1:53.4, $15.60) for owner-trainer Jessica Smith. Racing resumes at Miami Valley on Saturday (March 20) with a $22,500 Open Pace on tap plus a pair of first leg divisions of the Tom Tharps Memorial Series. The Saturday program will also feature a $2446 carryover in the 50-cent Pick 5 wager on races 10-14. Post time is 4:05 p.m. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH - At first there were 80...then 40...20...and 10. Now there's just one-Do Over Hanover-who reigns as King Of The Hill in the $5000 claiming harness racing ranks at Miami Valley Raceway. The eight-year-old son of Western Ideal survived all four legs of the popular annual Survivor Series to claim the crown and the winner's share of the $20,000 championship pot on Monday (Feb. 22) afternoon. Do Over Hanover was plucked for $5000 from the first leg by trainer Michelle Finn for the MM&D Racing Stable, when he finished second despite starting from the outside 9-hole behind the gate. Finn enlisted driver Tyler Smith to try and advance from Round Two, despite another outside draw. All the pair did was upset their second round combatants with a 1:53.3 front end score at 7-1 odds. Do Over established himself as one of two heavy favorites for the lucrative final by following up with another gate-to-wire victory in Round Three, this victory by over six lengths. Main Survivor Series rival Montana Pablo A (Trace Tetrick), a 14-year-old who won divisions of all three preliminary legs in the series and would have eclipsed $500,000 in earnings with a win, drew inside Do Over Hanover and thus was dispatched as the 3-5 favorite by the public when the championship field was sent on its way. Although Do Over Hanover is a noted quick leaver, his opening burst from another outer post in this race was exceptional-the first eighth of the mile clocked quicker than :13 seconds. After securing such an easy early lead, Smith throttled his charge through fractions of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:24.3. Montana Pablo A got away fifth and was forced to race outside with cover most of the way. Finally getting up on almost even terms with Do Over Hanover as the pair swung off the final bend, Montana Pablo A inched away at Do Over Hanover's precarious advantage , but couldn't quite manage before the finish was reached in 1:54.2. Jamaican A Bundle (Tyler Lough) was well placed early and was best of the rest in the end.   Do Over Hanover's resume now includes 32 wins in 116 starts, good for $343,046 in career bounty. He paid $6.40 for his Survivor Series triumph, and couple with Pablo Montana A the exacta returned $15. For full results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH - Kobe Bryant would have been proud! Black Mamba AS added the $25,000 championship leg of the Howard Beissinger Memorial Medley trot series at 1-1/4 miles to her impressive harness racing resume on Friday (Feb. 19), trotting gate to finish line in front in 2:25.2 at Miami Valley Raceway. "I knew she'd have a big shot," exclaimed driver Tyler Smith. "Anette (Lorentzon, the trainer) keeps all her horses fit and sharp and the added quarter mile didn't bother her or me a bit." A six-year-old daughter of Lionhunter, Black Mamba AS recorded her 16th lifetime victory and boosted her career bounty to $342,912 with the score. She has finished on the board in 42 of her 77 trips behind the starting gate. Merci Monsieur AS (Kayne Kauffman) made a valiant late surge to get within a length of the winner, with Compelling (LeWayne Miller), the even money favorite, finishing third. Say You Do (Brett Miller) and Perfect Chapter AS (Chris Page) picked up the minor spoils in the lucrative final. ACI Studeri AB of Paris, Kentucky, owns Black Mamba AS and were involved in the breeding and early lessons of Merci Monsieur AS and Perfect Chapter AS, although the latter two have changed hands in recent years.   Black Mamba AS paid $11.60 to win, coupled with Merci Monsieur AS the exacta returned $129.20, and a 50-cent trifecta was worth $79.63 with favored Compelling completing the ticket. The Howard Beissinger Memorial Medley, which featured preliminary legs at 5/8ths of a mile and the traditional mile, pays homage to the Hall Of Fame trainer-driver who was born and lived his entire life in Hamilton, Ohio, just a stone's throw from Miami Valley Raceway. Beissinger won three Hambletonians with Lindy's Pride, Speedy Crown and Speedy Somolli and maintained his base of operations in southwest Ohio throughout his career. A $20,000 Mares Open Pace was also showcased on the Friday program at Miami Valley. Bettor's Up (LeWayne Miller) pulled a mild 9-1 upset over Checks On The Way (Trace Tetrick) and Gone Girl (Tyler Smith). Using her inside post position to full advantage, the winner enjoyed a two-hole trip behind Checks On The Way through fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:24.2 before pulling on the leader and wearing her down in the final furlong. The 1:52.3 win was the 25th of Bettor's Up's career and boosted her bankroll to $981,752 as she seeks millionaire status in the coming weeks. The Platinum Stables of Indiana own the seven-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight. Racing resumes Saturday (Feb. 20) at Miami Valley with the $25,000 championship of the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley, at 1-1/4 miles, and a $22,000 Open Handicap Pace highlighting the program. Miami Valley has announced a make up card for Wednesday (Feb. 24) with the entry box closing at 1:00 on Saturday (Feb. 20) for the added card. The condition sheet for the added program is available on the USTA website. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway                

LEBANON, OH - Loutenant (Tyler Smith) barely held off GD Western Joe (Chris Page) to continue his remarkable harness racing ascent since being claimed for $37,500 during closing week at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in late December. The 5-year-old son of Sweet Lou now sports a three race win streak at Miami Valley including a top conditioned pace, an Open II and now a $22,000 Open I. Loutenant's earnings in just the last six weeks is $33,950, quite a nice immediate return on investment.  Loutenant got a three-hold trip throughout most of the mile behind favored Voracity (Dan Noble) and Drawing Dragons (Sam Widger). After launching a first-over attack just prior to the three-quarters station, Loutenant finally wore down the two front end speedsters about 100 yards from the finish and then had to stave off the relentless late charge of GD Western Joe. The winning time of 1:50.1 represents a lifetime mark for Loutenant, who went off at odds of 9-1 and paid $20.00 to win.   Bobbie Jo Brewer trains the winner for September Six, who thought enough of Loutenant to submit the largest claim at the Dayton meet. His resume now includes 13 wins and $194,144 in purse bounty. The second leg of the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley Series on Saturday (Feb. 13) at Miami Valley produced a couple of mild upsets, both engineered by driver Chris Page. With no repeat winners after the two preliminary legs-one a dash at 5/8ths of a mile and the other at the standard one mile distance-the conclusion of the series, a $25,000 championship leg at 1-1/4 miles, seems like a wide open affair. The first division was won by The First Step, who topped Crimson And Chrome (Trace Tetrick) and Goldinthebadlands (Brett Miller) in 1:51.3, returning $16.80 to his faithful. After a fourth place finish in the first leg 5/8ths mile dash, the 5-year-old son of Betterthancheddar showed his true form in the mile test, notching his 12th career victory and raising his lifetime bounty to almost $150,000. Trainer Ron Burke shipped The First Step in to Miami Valley for the Dailey Series from the east coast where he was also a winner at Yonkers and Philadelphia in recent months. Runnerup Crimson And Chrome, owned by Tim Tetrick, was also shipped west to Miami Valley and has responded with a win in the dash prior to this near miss. Goldinthebadlands raced primarily at Woodbine last season, but has also found the Dailey odd distance medley to his liking with a pair of show finishes to earn a berth in the lucrative final. Snowball's Romeo captured the second split in the identical 1:51.3 clocking, paying $17.80 to win. Coupled with his second place finish in the dash, the noted quick gate leaver topped the 18 original combatants in series earnings to gain the No. 1 seed toward the final. The resurgent 8-year-old son of McArdle, trained by Phil Belanger, has 17 wins, but just two in the last two seasons. Wild Bill, who was purchased by trainer Kris Hinchcliff and partners for the Dailey Series after a prolonged stint at Yonkers, disappointed in the dash but rebounded with a strong place finish at the traditional mile. Bold And Brassy's show finish coupled with a fourth in the initial dash was also enough to advance. Joining the top Leg 2 finishers in the $25,000 championship next week will be first leg winner Shagnwiththedragon, Shane Adams (who was scratched Saturday after a runnerup finish in Week 1) and Prince Bayard. Dave And Dennis will have the first option to move in if any of the top nine earners fail to declare. For full results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway        

DAYTON, OH. - Harness racing driver Tyler Smith stole the show at Hollywood Dayton on Saturday (Dec. 26) by winning both co-feature events, the $18,400 Open Handicap for male pacers and the $17,800 sister event for the best distaff pacers in the region.   Despite a 41-day layoff, Smith hustled Stars Align A to an early lead in the 'boys' event before allowing GD Western Joe (Chris Page) to clear to the front just steps before the :26.3 first quarter.   The winning 7-year-old unaltered son of Art Major enjoyed a pocket ride through middle fractions of :55.1 and 1:22.4, then swung to the outside coming off the final bend. Despite a quick :27.4 closing quarter, Stars Align A managed to collar GD Western Joe in deep stretch for his tenth seasonal triumph and 34th lifetime from 91 races. Havefaithinme N (Trace Tetrick) finished a creditable third in the 1:50.3 mile.   Joshua Graber owns Stars Align A and entrusts the training to Christi Noble. He now has banked $465,398.   Stars Align A   The Bethinator, a filly by Somebeachsomewhere, held off a fast-closing Miss You N (Jeremy Smith) to capture the Mares Open Handicap in 1:52. Summer Charm (Trace Tetrick) got the first quarter call in :26.3, but Smith had The Bethinator in high gear to grab the lead shortly thereafter.   Following a breather to the :56.1 halfway marker, the winner was joined by Sugar Dance (Brett Miller) in a speed duel to the third timer in 1:23.4.   After racing side-by-side around the entire final turn, The Bethinator battled back inside and then barely held off Miss You N (Jeremy Smith) who made up about ten lengths in the last quarter before coming up just short in 1:52. Its Time For Fun (Kyle Wilfong) garnered the show dough.   Veteran Nelson Willis conditions the homebred winner for the Megan Rogers Racing Stable. She now sports a dozen victories over two years and has earned $119,154.   The Bethinator   The Bethinator held off Miss You N to win her second Mares Open in December at Hollywood Dayton.   Tyler Smith wasn't the only happy camper at Hollywood Dayton after the Saturday program.   An all-time all sources handle record of $726,775 was recorded to the delight of the entire racing management team, lead by Director of Racing Jason Bluhm. The old record of $664,945 was recorded on December 23, 2019.   There are just three cards left in the 2020 Hollywood Dayton season.   A trio of 14-race programs will be presented on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the coming week. Each will begin at 1:30 p.m.   Gregg Keidel        

DAYTON, OH. - Owner John Barnhard asked trainer Luis Quevedo to ship Whata Swan across the Indiana-Ohio border to Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Thursday (Nov. 12), and the result was a 1:53.4 score in the $15,000 Open Trot.   When odds-on favorite Refined made a break in stride shortly after the starting car's wings folded, it was anyone's race. Whata Swan (Tyler Smith) elected to allow Pass The Vape (Trevor Smith) and Weslynn Quest (Cameron McCown) to clear to the pylons in front during the :28.1 opening panel.   Just past the :57 midway juncture, Whata Swan was sent first-up on the outside to challenge. After lapping in on the leader at the 1:24.3 third timing station, the 4-year-old son of Swan For All pressed to the front early in the stretch and coasted to the wire for his sixth seasonal victory.       Weslynn Quest found a seam in the lane to finish second, while Lane Of Stone (Jeff Nisonger) closed stoutly to garner the show dough.   Whata Swan paid $13.20 to win; coupled with Weslynn Quest the exacta kicked back $141.40; while the 50-cent trifecta with Lane Of Stone returned $324.50.   Racing resumes Friday night (Nov. 13) at 6:15 p.m. at Hollywood Dayton. The featured $14,500 Open Mares Pace will be race 10 on the 14 race program.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

LEBANON, OH. - Gold Digger King (Brett Miller) was crowned harness racing champion of the George Williams Memorial Series at Miami Valley on Saturday night (March 14), even though there was no one there to watch the $27,500 final live. Racing was conducted in front of an empty grandstand, due to a shutdown caused by the Coronavirus crisis, but was exciting nonetheless and enjoyed by numerous new off-track fans as evidenced by a higher-than-normal handle. Miller, the leading dash driver at the current Miami Valley meet, was intent on dictating the fractions as the 1-2 favorite in the Williams Memorial. It took Gold Digger King most of the intial :27 quarter to gain control, then the 4-year-old son of Pet Rock put up middle fractions of :55.1 and 1:23 over the rain dampened sloppy track. A final :29 split was enough to hold off Diesel Accelerator (Kyle Ater), who sat a pocket trip throughout, and the lengthy first-over bid of Dashing To Da Wire (Dan Noble). The 1:52 triumph was the seventh of the Scott Mogan trainee's young career and increased his career bounty to $171,097. Linda Van Camp owns Gold Digger King, who paid $3 to win. The exacta paid $11 and the 'chalky' 50-cent trifecta returned just $9.05. A contentious $24,000 Open Pace earlier on the card was captured by My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith), who was a head better than fast-closing Hallie's Comet (Jeremy Smith) and just a length better than Gerardo (Kayne Kauffman) who made all the pace in the race before tiring to a third place finish in the 1:52.3 mile. My Hero Ron is now just one win away from millionaire status as the victory lifted his overall bounty to $990,663. The 8-year-old Well Said gelding has amassed 36 wins from 167 starts and owns a 1:49.2 record taken five seasons ago. Dan Dubeansky trains 'Hero' for owner Brian Witt. Miami Valley will continue live racing, with no live fans, on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. Those wishing to watch and/or wager on the races can go to the website: https://miamivalleygaming.com/racing/ where they can find links to either TwinSpires.com or TVG.com advance deposit wagering platforms and also find a link to enable downloading of the program pages courtesy of the U.S.T.A. From Miami Valley Raceway    

Grove City, Ohio - A quick start to the year set the pace for Sectionline Bigry as he doubled his harness racing win totals from 2018 on the way to being named the 2019 Ohio Aged Pacer of the Year by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Sectionline Bigry, the son of Pet Rock - Aquatic Yankee by Cambest won 12 of 20 races for owner Harold Lee Bauder and trainer Steve Bauder earning $222,420 in 2019. The highlights of the year were winning the Ohio Sires Stakes Aged Pacing Championship at Scioto Downs and the Gene Riegle Memorial Open Pace at the Great Darke County Fair. Sectionline Bigry was bred by Bauder of Delaware, Ohio, Michael Dixon of Hilliard, Ohio and Harold L. Bauder of Delaware, Ohio. Driver Tyler Smith says Sectionline Bigry is an unbelievable horse, "He showed up for every big dance we had. He is such a handy horse that is so fast and has a will to win." Sectionline Bigry will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and United States Trotting Association's District 1 Annual Awards Banquet January 18, 2020 at the University Area Marriott in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and can be purchased by calling the OHHA office at 614-221-3650. Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at www.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. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

DAYTON, OH. - Dancin Yankee, one of the best Ohio-sired horses ever, triumphed for the 79th time in his illustrious career on Saturday (Oct. 5) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in a $12,000 top condition event. The 11-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser, now just $11,000 shy of $2 million in earnings, scored in 1:50.2 for driver Tyler Smith and trainer Ron Burke over Town Icon (Brett Miller) and Feelnlikearockstar (Trevor Smith). The win was won of four on the card for Tyler Smith. He also guided winners Starlight AS (1:56, $11.80), Letitrock (1:51, $6.80) and Jigtime Jones (1:51, $7.00) to impressive scores. Not to be outdone, drivers Kayne Kauffman and Jeremy Smith also notched "grand slams" on the 14 race program. Kauffman won three straight from races two through four with Prince Bayard (1:52, $20.60), Rainbow Design (1:55.1, $7.00) and Sesame (1:55, $17.20) then tacked on his fourth with 12-1 longshot True To Mach (1:52.4) in the thirteenth. Jeremy Smith captured a natural hat trick in races five through seven before adding another victory in the nightcap. His winners were Starting Something (1:52.1, $4.60), M G Kid (1:52.2, $3.00), Arch O Magic (1:53.1, $6.60) and Cambassador (1:54.1, $4.80). From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

Dayton, OH. - Harness racing driver Tyler Smith copped his 3,000th racing career win at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Tuesday afternoon. The 26 year old reinsman, who was the youngest driver in history to reach the 1000 and 2000 win milestones, captured three of the first six races in pursuit of his 3000th score. Smith is on track to record his best year yet with 237 wins and over $3.2 million in 2019 earnings. He has notched eight consecutive seasons with over 250 wins and banked over $3 million in purses the last seven consecutive years. Tyler's fondest racing experience to date has been winning an elimination and finishing second with Let's Drink On It in the 2014 Little Brown Jug. "He and Sectionline Bigry are the two best horses I've ever sat behind. I sure hope there is more like them in the future!" From Dayton Raceway Media Department  

LEBANON, OH - A brand new harness racing winner emerged from the $25,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Miami Valley on Friday night (March 8). JD's Chancey Gal, in just her second try at an Open I level, tracked down favored pacesetter Feelin Red Hot (Chris Page) and then held off longshot E R Hilary (LeWayne Miller) to score a 1:52.1 triumph for owner-trainer Pasko Vucinaj. Driver Tyler Smith used the advantageous pole post position to secure a pocket ride after Feelin Red Hot paced relentlessly to the front of the field during a :26.1 opening quarter. Sitting chilly through middle fractions of :55.2 and 1:23, Smith didn't move until finding racing room in the stretch. Zoe Ellasen (Trace Tetrick) garnered the show dough. The winner is a 5-year-old daughter of Panspacificflight. She was making just her second start of the 2019 season but now owns 14 victories in just 43 trips to post. The winner's share of the purse put JD's Chancey Gal's career earnings over $180,000. A pair of divisions comprising the second leg of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial late-closing series were also contested on the program. Tura Lura Lural (driver-trainer Kayne Kauffman) copped the first split with a gate-to-wire tally over Avaline Hanover (Chris Page) and McPansy (Brett Miller). Doug Millard, Sandra Burns and Natalie Kauffman own the 4-year-old The Panderosa lass who was notching her fourth lifetime win as the favorite. Kauffman also steered the second division winner, Love Over Gold, to a huge upset victory for owner Jessica Millner and trainer James Roach. The 4-year-old daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven benefitted from a two-hole trip behind pacesetter My Lady Peg (Brett Miller), who faded to third in the late going. Good Faith (Travis Seekman) enjoyed a close-up trip in third along the pylons and rallied late for a place finish. Love Over Gold paid $81.40 to win, the $2 exacta returned $1,527 and a 50-cent trifecta ticket was worth a whopping $2549.41. The nine finalists that qualified for the $25,000 championship final of the Coven Jr. Memorial series are Tura Lura Lural, Love Over Gold, Queen Me Again, McPansy, Avaline Hanover, Good Faith, Schwartz Bros Beaty, My Lady Peg and Canadian Rocker. Gregg Keidel

Pompano Beach, FL...April 23, 2018...Four Socks, driven by Tyler Smith, showed his four socks to his nine foes on Sunday night (April 22) in a wire-to-wire harness racing romp in 1:51.4 at Pompano Park. The eight year-old gelded son of I Scoot Hanover, leaving from the rail post position, changed his usual come-from-behind strategy and sawed off front end panels of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:24.2 before a :27.2 finale left him three lengths ahead of favored Doo Wop Hanover, with Tony Kerwood in his sulky. Team Captain, chasing the leader in the garden spot throughout the contest, finished third for Andy Santeramo while Spirit Shadow finished fourth. Kotare Yael picked up the nickel in the classy 10 horse field. After the race, trainer Mike Murphy related, "well, he'd got the ability, that's for sure. He likes racing off the pace better but, once in a while, we'll get him revved up for a mile like this. He gave a good performance last week to a couple of very good horses in finishing third, so I thought he'd be good tonight." Murphy went on, "You know, he has missed some time over the past couple of seasons with a torn suspensory and we nursed him back to health each time. Since then, I don't train him too much--maybe (2):22 or (2):23, but that's about it. "I didn't tell Tyler (driver Smith) anything. He gets along well with him but I did mention that he's feelin' real good and just do what he (Four Socks) wants to do.' Trained by Murphy for his wife, Barbara, and Geneva Stewart, Four Socks won for the second time this year in 11 starts to push his 2018 bounty to $13,898. Lifetime, he's banked $176,849 to go along with his Hoosier Park mark of 1:50.1. Off as fifth choice in the betting, Four Socks paid $39.80 to his faithful. In other action, Music Is Art, driven by Tony Kerwood won the Open III pace in a lifetime best 1:50.3. This four year-old son of Art Major made a sweeping backside brush from three lengths off the lead to take command heading into the final bend and, then, on to a handy win measuring 1 1/2 lengths over Rebellious, driven by Jim Meittinis--that latter pacing his final three-quarters in 1:22. Rockntouch, with Mickey McNichol in the sulky, finished third while Surge Seelster and Mittnage a Trois picked up the minors in the field of 10. Trained by Peter Blood, who co-owns with Rick Berks, Music Is Art kept his 2018 scorecard unblemished--now a 2-for-2-- with the win and lowered his previous best winning mile by 1 2/5 seconds. Music Is Art now has career earnings of $112,777. Sent off as the 9 t0 5 second choice, Music Is Art paid $5.80 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with a Pick-6 carryover of $2,414 and a Super Hi-5 carryover of $4,829. Post tim e is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park              

DAYTON, OH. - It was obvious the harness racing bettors thought Jerseylicious was the best in Hollywood Dayton's Mares Open Pace on Friday night (Nov.24) when they sent her off at prohibitive 1-9 odds. But no one except driver Tyler Smith, trainer Tim Lane and owner Bruce Trogdon (Emerald Highlands Farm) knew just how much the best! All the 7-year-old daughter of Western Ideal did was break the track record for pacing mares with a 1:49.3 romp, the first sub 1:50 mile by a female in the four year history of the five-eighths mile oval. Only State Treasurer (1:48.4) and Wiggle It Jiggleit (1:49.1), the last two winners of the Grand Circuit Dayton Pacing Derby, have ever traveled faster at Hollywood. "She's a very good horse," exclaimed a jubilant Tyler Smith in an obvious understatement.. After a brief give-and-go maneuver with Stirling Euphoria at the :26.4 quarter, Jerseylicious enjoyed a three to four length advantage over the field through middle fractions of :54.1 and 1:21.3 before cruising home without urging in :28 to establish the new track record. "When I saw the 1:21.3 I figured I'd give a :50 mile a shot," said Smith, "because I know Mr. Trogdon wanted that for breeding purposes. The nice part is she did it on her own, I never even considered pulling her earplugs." Trainer Tim Lane wasn't overly surprised either. "We always knew she had it in her. She has come close to breaking :50 a couple times and is likely headed to the first book of Fear The Dragon in the Spring. An offspring from the mating of these two prized Emerald Highlands possessions should be very, very special." Jerseylicious now sports 27 wins from 97 career starts and has earned $774,540, to go with her new 1:49.3 record. Gregg Keidel  

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