Day At The Track

Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. & Brian Brown take honors

03:18 AM 14 Dec 2018 NZDT
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Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., harness racing
Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. in action at Northfield Park
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Harness racing trainer Brian Brown captured his first Kaltenbach training title in 2018, sending 104 youngsters postward in the 2018 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) legs, finals and consolations.

Brown’s hefty assortment of 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters—which he conditions at Delaware, OH during the spring and summer months and in south Florida during the wintertime—earned $1,075,850 from 18 wins, 20 seconds and ten third-place finishes.  It was fitting for Brown, who was the runner-up to 2017 Kaltenbach winning trainer Chris Beaver.

This year, it was New Jersey-based trainer Ronnie Burke who finished second among all OSS conditioners, with $953,150 in earnings from 78 starters with 11 wins, 13 seconds and 12 thirds.  Chris Beaver was third in the OSS training standings, with 65 starters who finished first ten times, along with 9 second-place and 14 third-place finishers who earned $491,250.

Urbana, OH-based trainer Kimberly Daily finished fourth with $283,450 earned in OSS events from 38 starters, seven winners, three second-place finishers and seven third-place check getters.  Canadian conditioners Jason McGinnis and Robert McIntosh were fifth and six respectively in the OSS final trainers’ tally. McGinnis sent 25 horses postward with seven wins, four seconds and a trio of thirds for earnings of $259,100, while McIntosh had four wins and one second in five starts for earnings of $207,500.

Sixteen trainers had OSS contestants who posted earnings of $100,000 or more with six conditioners training winners who earned $200,000 or higher.

Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., captured the 2018 Kaltenbach Award for leading driving in OSS competition for the second time in his career, having earned the honor in 2015.  Wrenn, Jr., notched $987,500 in OSS earnings from steering 96 starters to 21 wins, 16 seconds and 12 third-place finishes. 

North America’s leading driver and record setter Aaron Merriman finished second with 19 wins, 15 seconds and 16 thirds in 99 starts with earnings of $963,900 for his efforts.  Last year’s Kaltenbach winner, Chris Page, finished third this year with 16 wins, 18 seconds and ten thirds from 93 starters who earned $937,100 in OSS events.

Danny Noble picked up fourth place honors in the OSS driver standings, with 15 wins, five seconds and 11 thirds form 67 starters who earned $523,750, while Tony Hall’s mounts earned $437,700 from six wins, three seconds and two thirds in 46 tries.   Ryan Stahl was the only other driver to pilot the winners of more than $400,00 with $433,950 earned from seven wins, eight seconds and eight thirds in 60 starts.

Of the 73 drivers who participated in the 2018 OSS events, 60 garnered at least one check with 17 driving the winners of $100,000 or more, while a full 12 drove horses who earned $200,000 or more.

In the 30 years the Kaltenbachs have been awarded, David Miller leads all drivers with seven trophies.  In the training ranks, Virgil Morgan, Jr., has captured the title six times.  Only two horsemen have won the Kaltenbachs in both the training and driving categories—Sam “Chip” Noble, III and Dave Rankin.

The Jerry Kaltenbach Memorial Trophies were established in 1988—named in honor of one of the Ohio Sires Stakes founding fathers—and are awarded annually to the driver and trainer who have earned the most dollars competing in OSS events. 

 

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              Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. in action                                             Brian Brown

 

Kaltenbach Memorial Award Winners 1988 -2018

 

 

 

 

 

Driver

Earnings

Year

Trainer

Earnings

Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.

 

 

$987,500

2018

Brian Brown

$1,075,850

 

Chris Page

    $849,100

      2017

Chris Beaver

$782,200

Chris Page

$1,482,300

2016

Jim Dailey

$908,300

Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.

$858,350   

     2015      

Martin Wollam

     $490,500

Chris Page

$743,650

2014

Ron Burke

$428,750

Dan Noble

416,500

2013

Jim Dailey

319,850

Kayne Kauffman

204,268

2012

Martin Wollam

205,413

Ryan Stahl

300,532

2011

Martin Wollam

149,997

Ryan Stahl

219,647

2010

Jim Arledge Jr.

160,240

Dan Noble

238,173

2009

Jim Dailey

247,380

Sam Noble III

255,500

2008

Jim Dailey

205,400

Ryan Stahl

383,311

2007

Michael Medors

209,025

Brett Miller

584,800

2006

Virgil Morgan Jr.

332,700

Brett Miller

667,800

2005

Virgil Morgan Jr.

416,600

Brett Miller

629,140

2004

Virgil Morgan Jr.

310,255

David Hawk

399,011

2003

Virgil Morgan Jr.

318,167

Brett Miller

565,802

2002

Michael Medors

315,369

David Hawk

655,600

2001

Michael Medors

283,225

David Hawk

643,650

2000

Virgil Morgan Jr.

266,225

David Hawk

459,100

1999

Virgil Morgan Jr.

213,495

David Miller

543,869

1998

Sam Noble III

174,257

David Miller

463,002

1997

Jeff Cox

138,597

David Miller

401,277

1996

Jim Arledge Jr.

140,437

David Miller

466,335

1995

Tom Brinkerhoff

162,605

David Miller

537,739

1994

Ron Potter

132,431

David Miller

339,179

1993

Sam Noble III

164,139

David Miller

288,852

1992

Doug Hinklin

194,168

Ray Paver Jr.

293,334

1991

Debbie Paver

154,726

Dave Rankin

264,384

1990

Dave Rankin

172,972

Sam Noble III

223,955

1989

Steve Brannan

156,136

Joe Adamsky

185,303

1988

Beth Dailey

135,230

 

Kimberly Rinker

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