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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 - Pace Baby Pace (Chris Page) won Miami Valley's Mares Open Pace for the fifth time in ten 2021 tries on Friday (April 2). In doing so, the Sweet Lou lass snapped the three race win streak of Big Bad Jane (Dan Noble), who won last week's Friday feature race. Although she has been favored on most recent occasions, Pace Baby Pace has not spent any time on the front end during the first three quarters of any mile. The notorious closer used the same strategy for this win. She settled in fourth until nearing the half when Page steered her to the outside and moved up to second. Still second by less than a length as the field reached the head of the stretch, Pace Baby Pace finally assumed command mid-way down the lane and cruised to a victory by just over a length in 1:52. Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC own the winner, who also won ten of her 21 starts last season. Her bankroll has swelled to $257,250 with $61,025 earned already this year. PACE BABY PACE REPLAY   For Page, the win was one of four during the first eight races on the card. His other triumphs came with Drama Act (1:51.4, $2.40), who won for the tenth time and will now need to test the waters in the Open, as well as Danikova (1:52.4, $17.20) and Baba O'Riley (1:54.4, $6). The Saturday (April 5) card at Miami Valley will begin at 4:05 p.m. and feature two Open Paces and the $30,000 championship final of the Tom Tharps Memorial Series. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway  

GD Western Joe continued his mastery of the open harness racing class at Miami Valley on Saturday (March 27), notching his fifth win in the top class in ten seasonal starts. The six-year-old Real Desire stud has also been second three times and third once. Driver Chris Page waited until just past the :27 initial quarter to take command. Once on top, Page throttled the winner to a :56.1 halfway juncture, then sped through a back half in an eye-popping :54.1 to secure the victory. My Hero Ron (Josh Sutton) gave futile chase in the stretch before setting for second, while Our Majordan A (Brett Miller) tried valiantly from an assigned outside post to catch GD Western Joe around the final bend, but ultimately faded to third.   GD WESTERN JOE REPLAY     Finalists for the $30,000 championship leg of the Tom Tharps Memorial Series were determined in a pair of final preliminary legs on the Saturday card. Two huge upsets make next Saturday's final look like a wide open affair. E Mode's Desire paced a new lifetime mark of 1:50.4 for owner-trainer-driver Mike Peterson to score at 15-1 odds over No Quarter (Mitch Cushing) and heavily favored Louie Louie (Chris Page). The five-year-old son of Real Desire, who made an uncharacteristic break in stride in the first prelim in the series, needed the impressive come-from-behind victory to advance to the lucrative final. It was the sixth pari-mutuel triumph in E Mode's Desire's career and boosted his earnings to over $90,000.   E MODE'S DESIRE REPLAY     Sunshine List (Cushing) was an even more shocking upset winner in the second Tharps Memorial split, returning a $50 win mutual for beating Shvaiko (Brett Mille) and Hamsandwich (Dan Noble). The 1:51.4 tally was the fifth of four-year-old Sunshine List's career and secured the son of Sunshine Beach's spot in the championship. Mike Hitchcock conditions the winner for owner William Hartt.   SUNSHINE LIST REPLAY     Series earnings determine the nine finalists who will battle in the $30,000 championship tilt next Saturday (April 3). In order, they are Louie Louie, Sunshine List, E Mode's Desire, Shvaiko, Velocity Poprocks, No Quarter, Thrasher, Lou's A Pansy and WF Eeyore. Hamsandwich would move in should any of the finalists fail to enter. Another highlight on Saturday was the first sub-1:50 winner of the meet. Opportune Hanover (Page) scorched the lightning quick five-eighths mile oval in 1:49.4, beating Townline All Good (Noble) and Lucky Lime (Kyle Ater) in a $14,400 conditioned event. Ron Burke trains the four-year-old son of Dragon Again who now sports $155,769 in lifetime earnings.   OPPORTUNE HANOVER REPLAY     Driver Brett Miller became the third reinsman at Miami Valley to surpass the $1 million purse earnings plateau in 2021, joining Trace Tetrick and Dan Noble in the top five on the national purse earnings list. Chris Page is on the brink of joining the seasonal $1 million earnings fraternity; while Tyler Smith isn't far off and likely will also join the club in the coming weeks. The winners of eight of the first ten races took new career speed badges as track superintendent Jimmy Shelton and his crew took full advantage of Friday's rain coupled with beautiful sunny, warm weather on Saturday to produce a perfectly manicured speedy surface. Racing resumes on Sunday at Miami Valley with the normal early week matinee post time of 2:05 p.m EDT. For full race results, click here. by Gregg Keidel, for Miami Valley

LEBANON, OH - Favored Keystone Eureka (Trace Tetrick) bested Anthem (Mitch Cushing) and Coconut Beach (Tyler Smith) to win the final of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series at Miami Valley on Friday (March 12). Her 1:52 clocking was a new lifetime best for the four-year-old Somebeachsomewhere mare owned by Miller Racing Stable and trained by Ryan Miller. Tetrick, Miami Valley's leading driver by a wide margin, got away third during the opening :27.2 panel, then moved first up on the outside prior to the :55.1 midway point. Still second at the 1:23 third quarter station, Keystone Eureka was able to collar pacesetting Anthem halfway down the stretch and secure the Coven championship. Anthem did hold second with Coconut Beach a fast-closing third. The Coven featured distaff pacers who were non-winners of four races or $40,000 at the series start. Next stop for Keystone Eureka is the Dr. Don Mossbarger Memorial for non-winners of six or $60,000, which starts next Friday.   The weekly $22,000 Mares Open was also featured and a familiar face found the winner's circle after a five-week absence. Pace Baby Pace (Chris Page) took full advantage of a pocket ride until coming out of the final turn and swept to a convincing triumph in 1:52.2. Mildrix (Josh Sutton) and Bettor's Up (LeWayne Miller) put in huge efforts to garner the place and show dollars. Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi own Pace Baby Pace, who sports a wide white blaze on her familiar face. She is named after notable Miami Valley handicapper Pacey Mindlin's signature slogan. The Saturday (March 13) card at Miami Valley features a $22,000 Open Pace as well as the $27,500 championship leg of the George Williams Memorial Series. Post time is 4:05 p.m. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH - After three legs, all at different harness racing distances, The First Step (Chris Page) won the $25,000 championship of the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley at Miami Valley on Saturday (Feb. 20). Making a move to the top just after the first quarter was reached in :28.4 proved to be the right decision as the winner was able to control the remaining fractions of :57.1, 1:26.2, 1:54.3 before tacking on a final :28.1 panel to triumph in 2:22.4. The clocking was three seconds off the world record (2:19.4) established by Boulder Creek on November 27, 2006 at Dover Downs, but was admirable considering it is mid-February and the temperature was 28 degrees. Shagnwiththedragon (Dan Noble) finished second and Snowball's Romeo third in the added-distance event.   The First Step, shipped in by the Burke Brigade to Miami Valley from Yonkers for the Dailey Series, was fourth in the initial 5/8ths mile dash, then followed up with a win in 1:51.3 at the traditional mile. The five-year-old Betterthancheddar gelding now has 13 wins and $161,719 in earnings. The medley annually honors the memory of Bill Dailey, one of the top trainer-drivers in Ohio harness history, who died way to soon at age 57 in 2018. Dailey produced six Ohio Triple Crown winners, was named Ohio Trainer of the Year on four occasions, and remarkably was able to win at least one Ohio Sires Stakes champion in seven of the eight divisions for two and three year olds. The weekly $22,000 Open Handicap pace was won by General Dolan in come-from-behind fashion with Brandon ("Big Ticket") Bates in tow. The 1:52.2 score resulted in a $34.80 mutuel. Favorites GD Western Joe (Page), Fan Of Terror (Brett Miller) and Voracity (Noble) were battling for the lead before General Dolan flew bye on the outside, but were next to cross the line. While General Dolan did take a 1:49.3 record at Miami Valley in 2020, he had been struggling to regain his form in high condition races until recently. It was the 19th career win in 101 starts and increased his earnings to $277,425. The six-year-old by Rockin Image is owned by John and Robert Esposito. Three races after scoring the upset in the Open, driver Bates was back in the winner's circle with Beach Pro, a $15,000 claimer the paid $25.80 for the winning 1:53.2 mile. Miami Valley will race the next four afternoons (Sunday through Wednesday) will 2:05 p.m. post times each day. For full results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH - Workinitonbroadway (Chris Page) won the $22,500 Open Trot on a special make up Wednesday program at Miami Valley Raceway. The five-year-old son of Broadway Hall got the best of Weslynn Quest (Cameron McCown), Another Breath (Dan Noble) and seven other harness racing rivals in 1:54.4. The victory was the 17th lifetime for the Burke Racing-Weaver Bruscemi LLC owned winner of just under $200,000.   Also featured on the program were championship legs of the R. J. Brown Memorial trotting series for non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime; as well as the $15,000 final of the popular Survivor Series for pacing mares. Howyadoinbub ran his win streak to three with an impressive 1:55.1 triumph from an outside post position. The four-year-old son of Dejarmbro has started 2021 with a bang after racing just once as a three-year-old. Trainer Bobbi Jo Brewer recently took over the training duties from co-owner Brian Georges, who became frustrated with the talented colt's quirks and idiosyncrasies. "When I give one to someone else to train, you know its one I don't get along with," quipped Georges. "I sure am glad Bobbi Jo doesn't have the same problems and they are getting along great!" Pick Me Upper (Brandon Bates) was runner up while Circle Of Life AS (Tyler Smith) got the show dough in the lucrative $20,000 race. Mary Catherine A (Trace Tetrick) dominated the distaff Survivor Series, winning both elimination heats and adding the final in 1:56.2. The nine-year-old Art Major mare is owned and trained by Tyler George and notched her 24th triumph in her 100th career start on Wednesday. Rockin Peggy (Josh Sutton) and Princess Oshie (Kayne Kauffman) were next to cross the line. Racing will resume on Friday at Miami Valley with the normal 4:05 p.m. weekend post time. For full results, click here.  From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH - The harness racing field for the $25,000 championship of the Howard Beissinger Memorial Medley Trot at Miami Valley Raceway is set, and it promises to be quite a contentious affair at the added distance of 1-1/4 miles. Beissinger, a Hall Of Fame trainer-driver, won three Hambletonians and maintained his base of operations in Hamilton, Ohio--less than ten miles from Miami Valley Raceway--throughout his illustrious career. Shake It Mary (Dan Noble) extended her win streak to four at Miami Valley with a 1:57 score in the first of two divisions on Friday (Feb 12) at one mile. The classy 5-year-old daughter of Dontyouforgetit, trained by Sherif Cunmulaj for the Rushcreek Stables, surpassed the $150,000 earnings plateau with her 20th career triumph. She beat favored Compelling (LeWayne Miller) and Lets Go Bucks (Jeremy Smith) by about a length. Majestic Brayden also advanced from this split to the final with a pair of fifth place finishes in preliminary legs.   The second division went considerably faster as Perfect Chapter AS (Chris Page) swept from sixth at the head of the stretch to a narrow 1:55 victory over three other contenders in the photo. Merci Monsieur AS (Kayne Kauffman), Say You Do (Brett Miller) and The Next Triumph (Trace Tetrick) were next across the finish, all earning the same clocking as the winner and all advancing to next week's lucrative championship tilt. Pink Tulip (Jason Brewer), based on a third place finish in the first leg, will complete the competitive field in the final.   Perfect Chapter AS is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The 7-year-old late-blooming son of Chapter Seven also is slightly over $200,000 in earnings. Racing resumes Saturday (Feb. 13) at Miami Valley with two divisions of the tendem Bill Dailey Memorial for pacers will be featured as well as a $22,000 Open Handicap Pace. Post time is 4:05 p.m. For full results, click here.  From Miami Valley Raceway        

LEBANON, OH - The Friday (Feb. 5) night harness racing feature at Miami Valley was the $22,500 Mares Open Pace, won by Pace Baby Pace (Chris Page) for the second straight week, but the most anticipated races were a pair of divisions going 5/8ths of a mile dashes in the first leg of the Howard Beissinger Memorial Medley. The second leg of the annual Beissinger Memorial will go a standard mile, then the third and final $25,000 championship leg will go 1-1/4 miles on Friday, Feb. 22. Nominated horses could not have raced for a purse over $15,000 in their last three overnight starts. Compelling (LeWayne Miller) won the most exciting split, racing in the back half of the pack throughout most of the one lap contest before charging from sixth to first in the stretch drive. The Next Triumph (Trace Tetrick) went nose-to-nose with Compelling most of the stretch, but settled for second in the end. Pink Tulip (Jason Brewer) got up to garner the show monies. Verlin Yoder owns Compelling, who he shipped back from Florida to the LeWayne Miller barn early in January. She has responded well to the cooler weather by hitting the board in all four of her starts to commence the new season. Shake It Mary (Dan Noble) copped the other division in 1:11, giving the distaff set a sweep of the Beissinger's first leg action. In this heat, the front end held up as Noble cut the fractions of :27.1 and :56 for the first half-mile, then tacked on a :15 final eighth to win it. Lets Go Bucks (Jeremy Smith) made a valiant late rush to secure a solid second place finish, while Perfect Chapter AS (Page) was next to cross the line. Sherif Cunmulaj conditions Shake It Mary for the Rushcreek Stable. After a productive 2020 campaign, the 5-year-old daughter of Dontyouforgetit has put together an impressive three race win streak of late. Racing resumes Saturday (Feb. 6) when the first leg of the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley for pacers will commence with a pair of 5/8ths mile dashes. From Miami Valley Raceway                

DAYTON, OH. - GD Western Joe (Chris Page) was a harness racing repeat winner in the Saturday (Dec. 19) $17,800 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   It was the eighth seasonal victory for the five-year-old son of Real Desire as well as the fourth triumph on the program for Page.   A race later, Page revisited the winner's circle to give him five wins In the first ten races.   Despite being handicapped to the outside of the field, GD Western Joe was able to dictate the race to his foes by stepping to the front just an eighth of a mile into the fray and never needing to look back. It is not often nowadays that you see a quicker back half than front half at Ohio's commercial tracks, but that was the case in this featured event.   Fractions were :27, :56, 1:23 and the mile was clocked in 1:51.   Braley Hanover (Brady Galliers) sat the pocket throughout and tried in vein to gain on the winner in the stretch, but to no avail.   Bro (John DeLong) rallied gallantly in the late going to grab the third place prize money.   GD Western Joe   Page's other winners were Drawing Dragons (1:51.1, $3.20), Major Nemesis (1:52.2, $5.60), Persistent Threat A (1:53.1, $5.40) and the trotter Another Breath (1:55.2, $5).   Gregg Keidel      

Harness racing trainer Ron Burke and driver Chris Page have captured the 2020 Kaltenbach titles for the second consecutive season.  The Jerry Kaltenbach Memorial Trophies were established in 1988 and are awarded annually to the driver and trainer who have earned the most dollars competing in Ohio Sires Stakes events in a single season. Trainer Ron Burke captured his third Kaltenbach training title in 2020, sending 95 youngsters postward in the 2020 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) legs, Championships, and consolations. His total money earnings from these OSS events were $1,392,500, surpassing his 2019 totals of $1,121,50 in OSS earnings. Burke had captured the 2014 Kaltenbach crown with $428,750 in OSS earnings and was runner-up in 2018, before winning the 2019 title.  This year his impressive assortment of 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters scored 20 wins, 19 seconds and six third place finishes in OSS competition.  Finishing in the runner-up spot was conditioner Chris Beaver with $791,600 in OSS earnings with a 12-12-12 record from 79 starts, while trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr., had a 12-3-1 record in 29 starts, amassing $508,500 in OSS earnings. A total of 130 trainers participated in the 2020 OSS events, with eight earning between $100,000 and $300,000, and four conditioning the winners of $360,700 or more. A full 56 trained the winners of $10,000 to $100,000, while 34 trainers saw their charges earn between $2,000 and $9,999. Driver Chris Page captured the 2020 Kaltenbach title for the fifth time in seven years and for the second straight season. Page piloted 91 starters who scored 18 wins, 17 seconds and seven third to $1,179,300 in earnings.  Last year he had a 23-9-11 record from 94 starts and $1,085,100 in earnings. Brett Miller was second in command for the second straight season, with 16 wins, 14 seconds and eight thirds ($1,068,600), while Danny Noble garnered a 10-10-8 record ($764,900) from 55 OSS starts. Of the 54 drivers who participated in the 2020 OSS events, 44 garnered at least one purse check; 13 notched earnings of $100,000 or more; ten earned $200,000 or more; and six earned $400,000 or better. There were 17 drivers whose OSS purse checks totaled between $10,000 and $100,000, while 14 amassed $9,999 or less. 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.  Kimberly Rinker Ohio Sires Stakes OSDF Administrator                                                            Chris Page                                                                                     Ron Burke   Kaltenbach Memorial Award Winners 1988 -2020           Driver Earnings Year Trainer Earnings Chris Page $1,178,300 2020 Ron Burke $1,392,500 Chris Page $1,085,100 2019 Ron Burke $1,121,850 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  

DAYTON, OH - GD Western Joe (Chris Page) used come-from-behind harness racing tactics on Saturday (Nov. 7) night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway to capture the $14,000 Open Pace in a snappy 1:49.4 clocking.   Odds on favorite Our Majordan A (Brett Miller) couldn't clear to the lead until well past the :26.4 opening panel, then faced a stern challenge from Grantmeawish (Josh Sutton) from the :54 halfway juncture to past the 1:21.4 three-quarters station and into the stretch. GD Western Joe moved into second over position in the compact field around the final bend then sprinted to the front halfway down the lane.       The winner, a member of the Burke Brigade, entered the Open off a fifth place finish in last week's special $100,000 claiming race at Harrah's Hoosier Park and looked worth every penny of that tag. He now sports six 2020 wins and $93,045 in seasonal earnings. Careerwide, the 5-year-old son of Real Desire has 33 wins in 91 tries and a $533,996 lifetime bounty.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

LEBANON, OH. - Just A Passenger (Chris Page) was crowned harness racing champion of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial Series on Tuesday (March 10) at Miami Valley Raceway, topping Quick N Balanced (Trace Tetrick) and Forget It Im Crazy (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:54.1. The winning 4-year-old son of Cayenne Turbo endured a first-over journey pressuring front stepper Feel Invincible AS (Dan Noble) through the middle half mile before finally clearing past the three-quarters and sailing to a comfortable three length victory. The triumph in the $25,000 event was the sixth of Just A Passenger's career, but fourth of 2020 for the Burke Brigade. A $25,000 Open Handicap Trot was also contested with Majestic Player A (Brett Miller) continuing his domination of the weekly feature. Following a week off, the recent Australian import extended his win streak to four despite starting from an assigned difficult No. 9 post position. Racing fourth most of the mile, the 3-5 favorite swung three-wide around the final bend and scored handily in 1:52.4. Party At The Banks (Page) followed the winning 6-year-old gelding throughout but couldn't collar him in the stretch. No Whip Chip (Noble) made a first-over bid during the third stanza but had to settle for third in the end. Junior Haynes trains Majestic Player A for Jeffrey Fought, Brian Carsey and Casey Myers. Fans were treated to an endurance test and a dash on Tuesday as well. In the 1-1/4 mile race for mid-range condition pacers it was Manny (Noble) getting up in the final 50 yards to beat Dont Say Goodby (Tetrick) and Anoche (Kauffman) in 2:25.3. Trainer Peter Redder and partner Wilfong Racing own the 7-year-old son of American Ideal who now has 22 wins in 140 career efforts. The 5/8ths mile dash for $8000 claimers produced a major upset when That's Some Plan (Kauffman) held off New Patrol (Shawn Barker II) and Khan Blue Chip (Page) in 1:09.4. The 9-year-old Somebeachsomewhere son paid $43.80 for his first win in five 2020 tries. Dennis Putnam trains the dash victor for the Paradise Racing Stable. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH - If there's a hotter harness racing horse than Windsong Leo in North America thus far this season he would be hard to find! He captured his sixth Open Handicap Pace victory of 2020 on Saturday night (March 7) at Miami Valley Raceway, all from assigned outside post positions. His latest coup undoubtedly will move him up from his eighth place slot among the sport's richest horses in the current year. In his latest score, driver Chris Page urged the Ron Burke trainee, Windsong Leo, right past an open two hole while parked out all the way around the first turn. Once the tandem reached the first quarter beam in :27, they kept rolling through middle fractions of :55.3 and 1:22.3 before sealing the deal in 1:50. General Dolan (Brett Miller), who owns the quickest mile of the season-a 1:49.3 tally in last week's Open, shadowed the winner throughout and made it interesting in the stretch before settling for second. Ultra-consistent My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) rallied to secure the show spot. Ana Afreet N (Trace Tetrick) and Lifewithjohn (Ricky Macomber Jr.) earned the final two checks in the $24,000 affair. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura own Windsong Leo, whose lifetime earnings now stand at $663,505 with 56 wins in 122 trips to post. A trio of final preliminary legs in the George Williams Memorial Series were also contested. Winners of the final $15,000 tune ups were E Mode's Desire (Mike Peterson, 1:51.3, $18.00), Gold Digger King (Miller, 1:53.3, $3.00) and Loutenant (Shawn Barker II, 1:53, $23.40). E Mode's Desire, benefitting from an extremely quick :25.3 opening split, rallied from near the back of the pack to catch Gunrneedabgrboat A (Macomber Jr.) and Colition (John DeLong) in the closing strides. Gold Digger King just nipped Diesel Accelerator (Kyle Ater) with Motor City Man (Page) a close up third. Loutenant upset Peter Dalt (Macomber Jr.) and heavily favored Dashing To Da Wire (Miller) in the final division. Championship finalists in all nine of the "Lebanon Legends" late closers during the annual Miami Valley meet are determined by series earnings. Those who will vie for the championship in the $27,500 final, in order of earnings, are Gold Digger King, Diesel Accelerator, Loutenant, Dashing To Da Wire, E Mode's Desire, Gunrneedabgrboat A, Peter Dalt, A Stud Named Sue and Unlikeanyother. Friday Night Blues would get into the final if any of the top nine earners fail to declare. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH - Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Trace Tetrick) returned to the top of the harness racing trotting ranks at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday (March 3) afternoon, winning the $24,000 Open in 1:54.4. It was the third win in the weekly feature from eight starts, increasing the son of Pinetucky's seasonal earnings to $55,550 in two months work. Chris Page had the hot hands among the drivers, scoring six victories. With Majestic Player absent from the field this week after three consecutive triumphs, the contest was wonton for a new winner. When Black Mamba AS made a break trying to leave from an outer post, the remainder of the contestants settled in program order early. Leaving from the rail, Tetrick and Sweet Mr Pinetucky took command and remained in charge throughout the mile. After coasting through fractions of :28.3, :57.4 and 1:26, the winning Lester Raber trainee had enough left in the tank to kick home in :28.4 and win comfortably. Peggy Sue (Brady Galliers) proved next best, while Northern Skyway (Tyler Smith) garnered the show dough. A pair of $15,000 second leg divisions in the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial trotting series were also contested to determine the finalists for next Tuesday's $25,000 championship tilt. Driver Chris Page swept both splits in identical 1:57.2 clockings. Feel Invincible AS captured the first division by topping Mary Mag Delene (Sandy Beatty) and Serene Hall (Tetrick). The 4-year-old daughter of Broadway Hall, trained by Anette Lorentzon, was the only nominee to win in both preliminary legs. Just A Passenger, who skipped the first leg, made the most of his series debut by handily downing Quick N Balanced (Tetrick) and B Threeseven (Beatty). The 4-year-old son of Cayenne Turbo is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The top ten money winners in the Paver Memorial preliminaries were Feel Invincible AS, B Threeseven, Just A Passenger, Serene Hall, Quick N Balanced, Mary Mag Delene, Forget It Im Crazy, The Rave, Stonebridge Symba and Wrapped In Rubies. For Chris Page, the Paver Memorial wins were just two of six visits to the winner's circle on the day, following a five-win night at Northfield Park on Monday. His other victories were with Midnight Gambol (1:56.3, $12.80), Ilooklikeanallstar (1:57.1, $10.80), Sports Lightning (1:55.1, $22.80) and Mykindachip (1:52.3, $21.60). The 36-year-old blue-and-white clad reinsman is a solid third in the Miami Valley dash derby with 57 wins, trailing only Brett Miller and Trace Tetrick who are waging a spirited back-and-forth battle for the No. 1 spot. From Miami Valley Raceway

LEBANON, OH. - Rosemary Rose (Chris Page) eeked out a narrow harness racing victory in the $25,000 Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday (Feb. 21), topping longshot Diamondtequilashot (Ricky Macomber Jr.) and favorite Checks On The Way (Trace Tetrick) in a photo finish. Colorful Sky (Sam Widger) was quickest off the starting car, but finally relinquished to Checks On The Way just past the :26.4 opening quarter mile. After a single file :29 second quarter breather, the best 'girls' in the region got serious and by the 1:24.1 third station were double tiered from front to back. Rosemary Rose was leading the charge on the outside with Diamondtequilashot in tow. When those two outer flow combatants fanned three wide at the top of the lane and fierce and exciting battle ensued all the way down the stretch. Rosemary Rose reached the wire first in 1:52.3 with the other pair lapped on and earning an identical clocking. The winner paid $7; the exacta returned a healthy $78.80; and the 500-cent trifecta was worth $252.69. The feature race triumph was one of three on the program for the Chris Page-Ron Burke driver-trainer tandem. They also scored with GD Western Joe (1:51.1, $2.60) in a $14,000 condition pace and Rockin Zoe (1:55, $11.40) in a non-winners of six races condition/claiming event. Page added a fourth tally with Sports Lightning (1:57.2, $29) in a $5000 claimer for Rob Zink Racing and Strike Point Racing LLC. Tetrick bettered Page's 'grand slam' by adding "one for the thumb." Trace's winners were Treacherous Beach (1:58, $16.20), Cantescapemydesire (1:54, $4.80), Scarlet V (1:55.2, $4.20), Tickle My Fancy (1:56, $9) and Debt Motivated (1:52.3, $4.20). With his handful of winners, Tetrick extended his meet leading total to 69 with a six win margin over current runnerup Brett Miller. Racing resumes Saturday night (Feb. 22) when the feature will be the $25,000 championship leg of the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley at a distance of 1-1/4 miles. From Miami Valley Raceway  

LEBANON, OH. - Party At The Banks (Chris Page) and Peggy Sue (Brady Galliers), a pair of classy mares sitting at the rear of a field of the Midwest's best geldings in Tuesday's (Jan. 28) $24,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley Raceway, got serious as they approached the :56.4 halfway juncture. They swept past their male counterparts in the second half-mile and finished one-two in the feature race, clocked in 1:55.2. Page was content to ease his winning mare off the gate, landing last as the leaders tripped the initial beam in :27.1. Party At The Banks was pulled to the outside just before front stepping Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Trace Tetrick) reached the midway point in :56.4. Making steady progress during the third stanza, the 6-year-old daughter of Break The Bank K moved up to fourth in second over position at the 1:25.3 three quarters station with Peggy Sue in tow. The pair of mares still had a half dozen lengths to make up as they swung off the final turn but with the leader's strides shortening late in the mile they were able to accomplish the feat with a few steps still to go. Party At The Banks, the 2019 aged Ohio Sires Stakes champion, was making her third start of the 2020 season. Racing for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, she now sports 27 wins in 62 lifetime tries and a bankroll of $326,548. The final pair of Claim To Fame Series championships were also contested on Tuesday. Smash (John DeLong) lead Galyns Gift (Galliers) and M E Radar Girl (Miller) past the wire in 1:55.4 to be crowned queen of the $12,500 claiming mares. Owner Wilfong Racing LLC got the winner's share of the $22,500 purse. Peter Redder trains Smash, who returned $17.40 to her faithful in a mild upset. Legal Transfer (Jeremy Smith) copped the split for $8000 male claiming pacers, topping Beachboydesire (Tetrick) by a head with Colossal (Josh Sutton) just a half length back at the end of the 1:54.4 mile. Trainer Adam Short also owns the 11-year-old winner who has banked over a quarter million dollars in his career. Legal Transfer paid $5.60 to win. From Miami Valley Raceway

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