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LEBANON, OH. -Hello Peggy Sue! Good bye heart! The 5-year-old Donato Hanover lass, named after the 1957 Buddy Holly tune, won the hearts of her current faithful harness racing followers on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 4) at Miami Valley Raceway, winning the $24,000 Open Handicap Trot in 1:54.2 for driver-trainer Brady Galliers over a sloppy surface. She topped Majestic Player A (Walter Haynes Jr.), who was making his U. S. debut and Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Trace Tetrick), who has captured a pair of Open Trot victories already this season. Dispatched at 9-2 odds, Peggy Sue paid $11.60 to win. Coupled with the Down Under newcomer (Majestic Player A), the exacta returned $35.20; while the 50-cent trifecta including Sweet Mr Pinetucky paid $51.35. The 10-cent superfecta with last week's winner, Party At The Banks (Chris Page), grabbing the final spot was worth $18.41. Peggy Sue lowered her lifetime best clocking by one tick with her 12th career triumph, boosting her earnings to $166,570. She is owned by Galliers Racing LLC. Galliers and Peggy Sue left the gate with alacrity, allowing only Sweet Mr Pinetucky to settle in front of her as the leaders passed the first quarter timer in :27.4. After middle fractions of :57.1 and 1:26, the winner popped the pocket early in the stretch and closed in :28.2 to secure her first victory in open company. Three first leg divisions of the R. J. Brown Memorial Series for trotters that are non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $20,000 lifetime were also contested on the Tuesday program. Winners of the $10,000 contests were This Man Raps (1:58.1, Kayne Kauffman, $38.60), LaDolfina (1:59.3, Brett Miller, $3.60) and Ms Toni (1:59, Josh Sutton, $12.80). The second leg will chase $12,000 purses on Feb. 11, followed by a $20,000 championship tilt on Feb. 18. Four fields of $5000 fillies and mares claiming pacers went head-to-head in the first elimination round of their Survivor Series, with the top five finishers from each division advancing to Round 2 next week. The surviving ladies after that round will meet to crown a champion in a $15,000 final-also on Feb. 18. First Round winners were Nice Trip (1:54.4, Tyler Smith, $3.20), Lucky Seven Of Lodi (1:55.1, Jeremy Smith, $16.60), Kelseys On Cruze (1:56, Cameron McCown, $17.80) and Virginnaire (1:55, Kyle Ater, $8.80). From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH. - Initial legs of a couple more popular Claim To Fame series set sail on Monday afternoon (Jan. 13) at Miami Valley Raceway. $15,000 claiming trotters and $8000 claiming pacing mares contested their opening rounds in two harness racing divisions each. Insomniac (driver-trainer Brady Galliers) crushed the quickest split among trotters, besting Here's The Magic (John DeLong) and Taurus Du Parc (Tyler Smith) by a whopping 18 lengths in 1:53.4. The 8-year-old Crazed gelding took no prisoners, widening his advantage with practically every stride during the impressive mile. Insomniac, however, will be racing for new connections in his next start as he was collared for $15,000 via the claim box by Rene Allard and Bruce Soulsby for trainer Chris Short. Infrontandforgetit (Josh Sutton) won the other division in 1:57 and was also claimed. The 5-year-old Dontyouforgetit mare entered the race as part of the Ron Burke Brigade, but came out of it belonging to new owner William Hartt and trainer Mike Hitchcock. Kiwi Pres (Brett Miller) and Entranced (John DeLong) were next to cross the line in the contest. The trotters will chase enhanced $17,500 purses in the second leg next Monday carrying claiming tags enhanced by 30%. When they reach the final, the top earners in the series will race for a $27,500 bounty. T C Scandal (Brett Miller) and Foolish Heart (Trace Tetrick) were winners of the two $8000 splits for claiming mares. T C Scandal topped Skyway Royalty (John DeLong) and Analyze (Tyler Smith) in 1:53.2 for owners Kiara and Tre Morgan, the grown children of trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. Foolish Heart got the best of Melanie's Filly (Brett Miller) and Freedom Rolls (Jason Brewer) in 1:54.2. The winner was one of six mares taken via the claim box from the two divisions, however. A $22,500 Open Trot, four divisions of the opening round of Claim To Fame action for $8000 horses and geldings, and a pair of splits for $12,500 female pacers will highlight the Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 14) matinee at Miami Valley. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH. - Fan Of Terror is officially the 'King of the Hill' among $20,000 harness racing claimers at Miami Valley Raceway after capturing the $32,500 Claim To Fame final for that division on Saturday night (Feb. 2). For trainer Brady Galliers it was the second lucrative Claim To Fame final in as many weeks having copped the $12,500 split with RHP. In both cases, Galliers welcomed the winners into his stable just prior to the finals via the claim box. Galliers wisely chose red-hot Dan Noble to steer Fan Of Terror in the championship tilt. The result was a front-stepping 1:52.3 score for the son of Western Terror's seventh straight victory in southwest Ohio. The 4-5 favorite beat second choice Latest Desire (Trace Tetrick) and longshot Whiskey Friskie (Tyler Smith). New owners Brian and Ira Wallach recouped the majority of their purchase price for Fan Of Terror in just one week. Noble was right back in the winner's circle for the fifth time on the night-and ninth time on the weekend-following the $25,000 Open I Handicap Pace. Nuclear Dragon, making just his third start after a three-month vacation from the racing wars, pushed the starting gate out of the way at the start and pulled Noble around the five eighths Miami Valley oval on the front end in 1:51.2. The odds-on favorite topped longshots Whatchyastarinat (Kyle Ater) and Shagnwiththedragon (Mike Oosting) in the top weekly feature race. It was Nuclear Dragon's tenth triumph in the past year and pushed his earnings over the last 12 months over $200,000 for owner Richard Mishkin. A $20,000 Open II Pace on the Saturday card wasn't nearly as chalky. The longest shot in the race, 87-1 Mojoto Hanover (Elliott Deaton) made an ultra impressive three-wide rally around the final turn and through the lane to score the 1:53.3 tally and return $176.80 for a $2 bet. Cruise Patrol (Trace Tetrick) also made up a huge deficit to come from last at the half to second at the finish. Whataboy (Tyler Smith) nabbed the show dough. Mojoto Hanover is trained by Zachary Miller for owner Edward Dobrowolski. Two divisions of the second leg of the $30,000 Claim To Fame Series also went postward to determine the nine finalists for their $37,500 championship final on Sunday, Feb. 10. Tetrick guided both winners in an identical clocking of 1:53.1. In the first division, Swapportunity bested IYQ YQR (Chris Page) and Evergreen Elite (Kyle Ater). Claimed out of the first leg of the three-week series, Swapportunity was making his initial start for Lasalle Investments LLC and trainer Becky Zubkoff. Cyclone Kiwi N notched his second straight win in the second division, racing for new owner-trainer Adam Short who also plucked the winner from the leg one claim box. Indiana Cam (Todd Warren) raced huge from an outside post for his second consecutive runnerup finish, while Sammy The Bull N (Josh Sutton) proved best of the rest. Cyclone Kiwi N and Swapportunity will be joined in the lucrative final by JM Jet Set, Indiana Cam, Coal Hanover, Backstreet Lawyer, IYQ YQR, Prejudice and Sammy The Bull N. Miami Valley Raceway will be dark on Super Bowl Sunday. From the Miami Valley Media Department  

LEBANON, OH. - For the fifth consecutive week there was a new winner in the Friday (Feb. 24) night harness racing feature at Miami Valley Raceway, the $22,000 Mares Open Pace. Jackie's Rocket, the smallest in stature in the talented field but with one of the biggest hearts, worked hard to grab the lead at the :27.2 quarter and then cruised on top in middle fractions of :56.2 and 1:24, then hit the wire first in 1:52.2. 21-year-old Brady Galliers, who is enjoying a very solid meet, both trains and drives Jackie's Rocket and co-owns her with this parents as part of Galliers Racing LLC. It was the third win in her last four starts for the diminutive mare, the other two coming in distaff condition events. She has paced five straight miles in 1:52.2 or faster, all on the front end, with a pair of third place finishes to go with her trio of victories. In her first open class triumph, the 5-year-old American Ideal daughter beat the veteran standout American Girl (Trace Tetrick) and Aniston Seelster (Randy Tharps). She now sports 11 lifetime wins and has banked $77,855. A pair of final preliminary elimination heats in the "Survivor Series" for $10,000 male claiming pacers were also contested for $15,000 purses, with driver Trace Tetrick steering both winners. The top five finishers from each will face off next Friday night in a $25,000 championship tilt. Blueridge Doc (Trace Tetrick) was victorious in the first elimination, topping Ahdoughnolum (Tyler Smith) and Herlin (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:53.4. The other qualifiers were Sand Summerfield (Aaron Merriman) and Royal Cam Hall (Jason Beattie). John Jay (Trace Tetrick) captured the second split in the identical 1:53.4 clocking. Following him through the wire were Thisdeuceiswild (Jason Beattie), Status Quo (Tyler Smith), Finnish First (Dan Noble) and Pence Hanover (Aaron Merriman). Two of the ten finalists will race for new connections in the final as Carl Howard and Virgil Morgan Jr. claimed Blueridge Doc, while William Johnson collared Thisdeuceiswild. Racing at Miami Valley resumes Saturday (February 25) night when a $22,000 Open features Southwind Amazon making his local debut in search of his third straight Ohio win and fifth in his last six starts. All the previous 2017 starts came at Northfield Park. Post time is 6:05 p.m. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - For the second straight week, Insomniac was wide awake when starter Mike Woebkenberg called the "Trick or Treat" Open trotters to the gate at Hollywood Dayton Raceway during a Halloween harness racing matinee. The 4-year-old son of Crazed-Catch Some Zs' eyes were bulging through his bridle when trainer-driver Brady Galliers sent him quickly on his way from the word go. Outsprinting Atlas Peak (Sandy Beatty) to gain control an eighth of a mile into the race, Insomniac yielded to Rockn Stien (Josh Sutton) just past the opening :28 panel. Content to sit in the pocket around the second turn, with the half clocked in :56, the winner was aggressively move back out to challenge before the 1:24.4 three-quarters and cleared Rockn Stien with relative ease. With Atlas Peak angling out to challenge in the stretch and Rockn Stien trying to fight back inside, Insomniac cruised home in :29.2 to hold the challengers at bay by a length in 1:54.1. Rockn Stien and Atlas Peak couldn't be separated in a photo finish for second and thus shared the place and show dividends in the $15,000 race. Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - Insomniac, with 20-year-old Brady Galliers at the controls, upset a talented field of trotters on Monday afternoon at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, copping the weekly $15,000 featured Open harness racing event in 1:54.4. The 4-year-old son of Crazed left alertly and dropped into the two-hole behind Revenue Agent (Peter Wrenn) through early panels of :27 and :55.4. Eased out down the backstretch, Insomniac stuck a nose in front at the 1:24.3 three-quarters, then pulled away from his adversaries in deep stretch to garner his second local win in four tries. Dispatched at odds of 9-1, the winner returned $20.00 for a $2 ticket. Revenue Agent held for second at 11-1 odds and fellow 14-1 longshot Atlas Peak (Sandy Beatty) benefitted from a ground-saving trip to secure the show spot. Owned by Galliers Racing LLC, Insomniac eased past the $75,000 seasonal earnings plateau with the victory, and now sports a $216,729 career bankroll. Gregg Keidel  

American Girl (Trace Tetrick) ran her Miami Valley Raceway win streak to three by winning the $20,000 Mares Open pace on Friday (March 25) for the second consecutive week; while upstart Jackie’s Rocket (Brady Galliers) pulled a mild harness racing upset in the $20,000 championship leg of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial series. For the second straight week American Girl benefitted from a pocket ride behind Native Dream (John DeLong), collaring the pacesetter in the stretch to produce a repeat one-two finish from seven days ago with the exacta returning a surprisingly handsome $28.80.  Although A Little Starstruk and Igottafeelinfran each took a shot going first-up at the leaders during the midsection of the race,  the runnerup and eventual winner were charted first and second at each of the quarter mile substations, clocked in :27, :56 and 1:23.3 before American Girl stopped the clock in 1:52.1.  Owned by Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt, the seven-year-old daughter of Art’s Chip now has amassed 32 victories and $628,188 in earnings.  She has earned over $40,000 in eight seasonal starts at Miami Valley for conditioner Tyler George. The Herb Coven Jr. Memorial, one of nine series honoring ‘Lebanon Legends’ of years gone by, featured distaff pacers who were non-winners four pari-mutuel races or $30,000 at the time of nomination.  Jackie’s Rocket, a four-year-old American Ideal mare, pulled a mild upset with her usual impressive late-closing kick.  Twenty year old driver-trainer Brady Galliers, who also co-owns with his parents as Galliers Racing LLC, was content to sit seventh in the early going as Powered By Pink and favored Crystal Falls slugged it out up front through a :26.2 opening quarter.  Still seventh at the :55.2 half, Galliers waited until the three-quarters pole in 1:24 to swing three-wide for a sustained sprint to the wire in 1:53.4. The series finale featured a spirited stretch drive with six mares in contention.  Each of the first five finishers was one-half length apart at the wire with Jackie’s Rocket getting the nod over Do U Mind (Josh Sutton), Swinging Cami (Jeremy Smith), Gray Shadow (Kyle Ater) and Miss Princess Leah (Chris Page).  The $10,000 winner’s share was the largest purse Brady Galliers has captured in his young career and was particularly gratifying behind a horse he acquired as a “free” unraced throw-in in a three-horse acquisition two years ago. ·                            *                   *                        *                *                           * Miami Valley Raceway has announced a change in its starting time for the Wednesday, March 30 qualifying races to 12:00 noon.   This one-week only starting time change was necessary to allow time for necessary plumbing changes in all the paddock bath stalls to be completed without missing a race date. Gregg Keidel

When it comes to learning about harness racing, Brady Galliers looks to those with experience --- even when they are horses. Galliers, a 20-year-old driver and trainer from Ohio, fell in love with harness racing as a youngster at the county fairs. His family had no involvement in the sport at the time, but Galliers eventually convinced his parents, Mark and Jane, to buy a racehorse. In the ensuing years, Galliers got more deeply involved in harness racing as an active participant and now has a stable of 12 horses. In January, he received the Ohio chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association's Peter Haughton Memorial Award, which is given to an up-and-coming horseman in the Buckeye State. Last season, Galliers competed on Ohio's fair circuit in addition to racing at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway, Miami Valley Raceway, and Scioto Downs. He won 24 of 393 races as a driver and notched 15 wins in 161 starts as a trainer. Among the horses in Galliers' stable is past stakes-winner and millionaire Schoolkids. Galliers purchased the now 10-year-old gelded pacer for $10,000 at last November's Blooded Horse Fall Speed Sale at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Schoolkids, who races in Saturday's $20,000 Open at Miami Valley Raceway with Galliers in the sulky, has in a way graduated to teacher. "He definitely teaches me," Galliers said. "It helps out a ton. That goes for a couple other horses I've got too. They've been doing it for longer than I have, so I kind of let them do their thing for the most part. He goes out there and does what he does best. I've only had him for a few months, but he's been great to me. He's a great horse to be around. He has his moods, but who doesn't? "It's really cool to think that I have an Open horse right now," Galliers added. "He's not the best Open horse, but he's in there and I know he'll give it a shot. He's an old class horse, that's for sure. He'll give it his all. I would love to have a barn full of horses like him. It's an honor to have a horse like him and be racing in the top classes every weekend. He really makes it a joy." Galliers has found joy in harness racing since watching it at the fairs before he was even a teenager. He was active in a number of sports --- basketball being his favorite --- but gave up all those other pursuits by his junior year in high school so he could focus on racing. "When I would go to the county fairs, I loved the horses," Galliers said. "I just thought it was so cool what they did. I just wanted to learn more and more about the sport. My parents took me to the races and I'd wander off to the barns and learn from there. I went out to a farm and jogged my first horse and I knew this is what I want to do." Galliers started driving in 2013. He bought a horse named Windy City Ron, competed with the pacer in the fair circuit's Signature Series, and advanced to the series final on Little Brown Jug Day at the Delaware County Fair. Galliers and Windy City Ron finished third. For his career, Galliers has won 38 of 538 races as a driver. So far this year, he has two wins, four seconds and two thirds in 15 starts. "My parents have helped me tremendously, with supporting me and getting me horses," Galliers said. "They're my biggest owners. I wouldn't be where I am today without them. I started with one horse and now I'm up to 12. I want to be a driver, though. That's my biggest thing. But I know that being young I have to start slowly and get my name out there. I think the best way is getting my own horses." Training also is an opportunity to get more experience with horses. "It definitely benefits me," said Galliers, who has moved from his hometown of Defiance to Dayton so he could be nearer to most of the state's racetracks. "It's not just jumping on and off the horse. I want to be mainly a driver, but I don't mind having a stable of my own. Horsemanship-wise, it's taught me everything. I've got to take care of my horses. I have to get them healthy and ready. It's a whole different game. You always have to be ready for the next week. "I've had people help me tremendously but I've never really worked for anybody so I've kind of learned on my own. I'm still young and I don't know everything, obviously, and I'm always willing to learn. Every day I learn more, from training wise and driving wise. I think I've learned a lot in the last year." As for what he most enjoys about harness racing these days, Galliers responded with one word. "Winning," he said, laughing. "Who doesn't love to win? But what I love the most after that is being out there driving. It is what I love doing. It's something I want to turn into a profession. "I know I'm young and I know I don't really have a shot yet with some of the trainers. You go up against the best drivers every night, so it's very hard. I'm just trying to get my foot in the door. I take any drives I can and hopefully one of these days I'll find a trainer who will give me a shot." by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA        

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