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Meredith Noble had attended harness racing at the Greene County Fairgrounds in her hometown of Xenia, Ohio, for years, but can never recall a sound at the racetrack there like she heard on Aug. 5, 2015. It was the roar of the crowd. And it was loud. And it was for her. The 28-year-old Noble, driving in the third race of her newly-started career, was on her way to a 4-1/4 length win with Reckoning Day in an Ohio Ladies Pace Series event at the fairgrounds. The race was contested over a track named after her late father, Sam "Chip" Noble III, a member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame who had passed away in January 2014, and Meredith was wearing her father's helmet and colors. In addition, Reckoning Day was trained by her older brother, Dan, for local owner Christi Pokornowski. "When I'm on the track I'm so zoned into what I'm doing and what's going on in that moment I don't hear anybody else," Meredith said. "But when I came down that stretch and I got right before the grandstand, I could hear that entire crowd cheering. I've never heard a crowd cheer like that. I don't know if it was because it was a ladies race or if it was because it was my dad's home track and I was wearing his colors, but I can't even begin to describe how good of a feeling that was. It was just absolutely amazing. "That was also very emotional; definitely bittersweet. But it was a wonderful win. Coming here and being at my home track where I spent so much time, whether I was just watching dad or helping out, I can't explain how much that meant to me." Noble finished last year with four wins in eight drives, all in the Ohio Ladies Pace Series. She got her first career driving triumph three days prior to her win at Xenia, guiding April Roach's Monibags Bluegrass to victory at the Preble County Fair in Eaton. Then a week ago she added to her resume by getting her first win as a trainer, as brother Dan drove Addys Way to victory in the Fillies & Mares Open at Miami Valley Raceway. "I do it for the love of it, honestly," said Noble, who works as a dental assistant Mondays through Thursdays and spends much of her remaining free time working with her brother and a stable of 18 horses. "It's a little bit of a transition since dad only messed with 2- and 3-year-olds. Dan's given me the chance to mess with some of the older horses as well. I do like seeing the horses develop, and then once they're developed I like helping them reach their potential, make them the best they can be. Even with some of the older horses there are still things inside of them that you can bring out that maybe somebody else hasn't yet." Noble was always around harness racing growing up, helping out here and there, but her focus through her teenage years was on riding and show horses. About four years ago, she began helping her father more and more and soon she was helping train horses with her father and brother. "I did that before we found out dad had cancer," Noble said. "I had a lot of fun. I decided I wanted to give this a try. I always wanted to have a race with him and Dan, but we weren't fortunate enough for that. I did training miles with the two of them. I will always have that memory. I will always have the memory of just the smile on my dad's face of pure joy with the three of us being out there together on the track. I carry that with me." Following the passing of her father, Noble received encouraging words from Dan --- who himself has driven more than 4,200 winners and was the national dash champion in 2011 --- about continuing on a path to becoming a licensed driver and trainer. "Dan came to me and said I'd worked really hard and I needed to do this," Noble said. "He said that he saw it and dad saw it, that I had the talent to do this. He said he would keep working with me. "I've been working with him on my days off. He keeps reminding me of things. It's nice to have that relationship and we can reminisce and keep dad alive. He can teach me things that I didn't get to learn from dad that he got to learn. I'm just really glad that I have him. It's given us the opportunity to get closer as brother and sister." Noble has two horses racing Friday night at Miami Valley, Addys Way in the Fillies & Mares Open Handicap and E Ticket Ride in a condition/claimer. Dan Noble, who is fifth in wins at Miami Valley but only three victories behind co-leaders Trace Tetrick and Tyler Smith, will drive both horses and owns E Ticket Ride. Addys Way is owned by Perkins Racing Stable. Although Noble is fully enjoying her time with the horses, she is not ready to make training and driving a fulltime career. She plans to continue working as a dental assistant for the foreseeable future. "I work with some great people and for some great people," Noble said. "It's truly a team effort. I get to see something different every day. It's kind of like coming in and working with the horses. I definitely have a passion for both. "I'm pleased with how the horses are doing. I have no complaints. As long as they stay sound and everybody stays safe, I'm happy. I love the business, I love the horses, and I loved having that opportunity to learn from my dad." Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications A division of the U.S. Trotting Association

LEBANON, OH. - In front of a packed house on Opening Night of Miami Valley Raceway's 2016 harness racing meet, driver Dan Noble--one of southwest Ohio's favorite sons--reached the coveted $20 million career earnings plateau. His milestone score came in the fifth race when he guided Turbo Mach to an impressive 1:52.1 frontstepping nine-length romp. A five-year-old altered son of Mach Three, the winner cruised through early fractions of :27, :55.2 and 1:23.1 before securing his fifth lifetime win and a new lifetime mark. Turbo Mach paid a healthy $15.20 and was followed across the finish line by Play Guitar (Kyle Ater) and Friendsinhiplaces (Trace Tetrick). Marital Property LLC owns Turbo Mach, who is trained by Brian Georges. Noble, age 32, is a fourth generation Ohio horsemen. His great grandfather Sam O. Noble took up residence at the Xenia, Ohio fairgrounds decades ago. The stable torch was first passed to his son Sam Noble Jr., then to the late great Ohio Hall Of Famer Sam 'Chip' Noble, and now to Chip's son Dan, who is still stabled in the same barn as all his family predecessors in Xenia. With 4,235 wins and $20 million in purse earnings, Dan Noble has a long list of harness racing accomplishments. In 2011 he was the National Driving Champion on the merits of his industry-leading 773 wins. In 2014 he guided Creatine to a 1:51.3 triumph in a $166,300 American-National aged trot at Balmoral. In addition to several Ohio Sires Stakes championships, Dan steered Northern Miss Hall to back-to-back Kentucky Sires Stakes championships for juvenile trotting fillies in 2011 and 2012. The purple-and-white clad reinsman's biggest thrill, though, "was Pet Rock's world record 1:47.2 win in the inaugural $125,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational at Scioto Downs in 2013." A $20,000 Open Pace was the feature on opening night and Talk Strategy upset at 6-1 odds, giving driver Trace Tetrick his third success of the evening. Claimed four weeks ago for $20,000 by CC Racing LLC, the six-year-old Western Terror gelding worked out a second-over trip before swinging three wide off the final curve to score in 1:53.1. Favorites Fancy Creek Elusiv (Chris Page) and Jammin Joshua (Tyler Smith) mixed it up nose-to-nose during the middle splits, allowing Talk Strategy to pick up the pieces in the lane. It was the fifteenth lifetime victory for Talk Strategy, the first for new trainer Tyler George. Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - Sports Sinner captured the $11,500 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (November 21), his third tally in the weekly feature in his last four tries. Driver Dan Noble left alertly from the No. 1 post position, but yielded to notorious frontrunner Ice Scraper (Josh Sutton) before the first quarter beam was tripped in :26.4. Enjoying a pocket ride through middle splits reached in :54.4 and 1:23, Noble found a narrow opening at the three-quarter station and paced a final panel in :29.1 on a cold, windy night to complete the 1:52.1 triumph. Longshot Red Scooter (Lewayne Miller) rallied in the stretch to finish third. Sports Sinner is owned by Perkins Racing Stable and trained by Christi Pokornowski. The four-year-old Western Ideal gelding eclipsed the $50,000 seasonal earnings barrier with the victory and is rapidly approaching $100,000 in his career. The win was one of three on the night for Noble as he also scored with Allthatgltrsisgold (1:53.3) and JJ Shooter (1:55). Penn, a newcomer to Hollywood Dayton, beat the Open Trotters in 1:56.2 with Josh Sutton on his lines. The five-year-old Master Glide gelding's next check will push him over the $200,000 lifetime earnings plateau for owner Barkley Counts and trainer Bobby Brower. As the heavy favorite, Penn opened an eight length lead early in the stretch and coasted home ahead of a fast-closing Martz Time (Chris Page) and last week's winner Winwood Scout (Jeremy Smith). Sutton also fashioned a hat track with other wins behind Gear Box for trainer Derek Menchhofer and The Riddler for trainer Tom Harmer. From the press box at Dayton Hollywood Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - An $11,000 Open Handicap Trot and a $12,000 Open Pace shared the spotlight at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (November 14). Upset winner in the trot was Winwood Scout (Jeremy Smith) who upset favorites Rehab Mountain (Dan Noble) and Cantab Linday (Josh Sutton) in 1:55.1. In just his third local start for owner Howard Jacobs and trainer Sherif Cunmulaj, the five-year-old Keystone Nordic geldings sat chilly in the pocket behind frontstepping Rehab Mountain throughout fractions of :27, :56.4 and 1:25 before angling out in the lane for his tenth win on the season. The clocking was a new lifetime best for Winwood Scout even though he has won 21 races and $209,413 to date. The feature race victory was one of four on the program for Jeremy Smith, vaulting him into sixth place in the Dayton dash derby. Sports Sinner (Dan Noble) captured the week's top pace by also conserving energy early, then swinging four-wide off the final bend and picking off adversaries one by one to the wire, reached in 1:51.4. Perkins Racing Stable owns the four-year-old Western Ideal gelding who bested fellow closer Doctor Carter (Josh Sutton) and Ice Scraper (Jason Brewer), who dictated the fractions, for his his seventh 2015 score, second in open company. Christi Pokornowski conditions the winner, who now sports $45,000 in seasonal earnings. From the Dayton Raceway Press Box

DAYTON, OH. - Harness racing driver Dan Noble, the 2012 National Dash Champion, was red hot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Monday night scoring six wins on the 14-race program, with average $2 win mutual payoffs over $11.00.   Noble's successful evening started by copping both ends of the daily double with Medoland Kendolin ($20.60), who upset a field of maiden mares in 1:57; and Hobsons Choice ($13.00), who bested bottom-level condition trotters in 1:58.   For those that favored Noble and the innermost post position in the pair of early races, the daily double returned a generous $130.20 payoff.   Noble didn't reach the winner's circle again until the ninth race, but then reeled off four wins in the next five races. Mikes Hope ($7.60) captured a condition pace in 1:55, followed in quick succession by victories with Talk Back ($7.80, 1:53.2) in a $6500 claimer, A J Corbelli ($4.60, 1:52.2) in a top condition race, and Newspeak ($12.60, 1:52.4) in another $6500 claiming event.   With the half dozen wins, Noble moved into a tie with Jeremy Smith for fifth place in the competitive Hollywood Dayton drivers standings, despite missing 11 of the first 28 days of the meet.   The present leaders, in order, are Josh Sutton, Kayne Kauffman, Chris Page and Randy Tharps.   Gregg Keidel

Two favorites, each steered by their respective harness racing drivers for the very first time, captured two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) Championships for older horses and geldings Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   Driver Chris Page steered the public's choice Lady's Dude to an easy victory in the $50,000 OSS event for diagonally-gaited Standardbreds.   The altered bay 4-year-old son of Victory Sam notched his third win in a row for trainer Ron Burke, as Page guided the gelding to victory with a front-stepping 1:55.1 effort. Rival Rompaway Galaxy was second for Mike Wilder, while Cant Cutthat Chip was third for Jack Dailey.   "I knew that this horse could get a little aggressive, so I did my best to keep him calm in the post parade," Page stressed. "I knew I had the best horse so when the gate sprung I got him to the front as quickly as possible and it worked out great for us." Lady's Dude is trained by Ron Burke for the Burke Racing Stable LLC of Fredericktown, PA; Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Canonsburg, PA; and Johnny Yoder of Dundee, OH and upped his career earnings to $236,952 with the win, the 13th of his career. The bay gelding took his career mark of 1:53.2 last season at The Meadows. Lady's Dude is the fifth of eight foals out of the broodmare Lady's Star (by Hi Noon Star) p, 5, 1:56.2F ($181,884), and has half-siblings in: Little Moola p, 4, Q2:03.2 ($38,040); Luddite Bluegrass (by Rocky Balboa) 2, 2:00.3M ($30,000); and Lady's Starlet (by Master Lavec) 3, 2:03f ($11,290).   Driver Dan Noble was in the sulky behind the highly-favored Dancin Yankee--Ohio's Aged Pacer of 2014, 2013 & 2012--as the pair captured the $50,000 OSS Aged Pace Final in 1:51.3.   The 7-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser had captured this same event one year ago in 1:52.1 and pushed his career earnings to $1,372,871 for the Baron Racing Stable of Horsham, PA and Richard Lombardo of Solon, OH.   "This horse is just all class," Noble said. "He's got so much back class and is typical of any top horse that a driver is lucky enough to sit behind. He's the consummate professional and there's nothing bad you could ever say about him."   Dancin Yankee now has 46 career victories to his credit, and has grabbed purse checks in 113 of his 132 career starts, with 87 of those being either first, second or third place finishes.   Bred by Elizabeth Wagner, Dancin Yankee was a $17,000 yearling purchase at the 2009 Ohio Select Sale, and is the first foal out of his dam. He is a full brother to $107,572-winning mare Cruzin To The Dance p, 3, 1:53.1f, and also has half-sisters in Dancin Caroll p, 2, Q1:55.1f ($78,146) and Dancin In the Nude p, 2, 1:55.1s ($19,012)--both by Sportswriter. Kimberly Rinker

Columbus, OH - Four divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes 3-year-olds battled Saturday night at Scioto Downs, each vying for a purse of $40,000 in the fourth leg of this series for Buckeye-bred colt and gelding trotters and pacers. Indian Spirit prevailed in the first pacing division over rival Gray Camo in 1:52.4. The Tyler's Big Mark gelding was guided by Kyle Ater for his father, trainer Dan Ater and owner Greg Forcum of Chillicothe, OH. "This is the best horse I've ever had," an excited Forcum said in the Scioto Downs winner's circle. "This horse has a ton of heart and just never gives up. He loves chasing horses." Bred by Bruce Lane, Indian Spirit pushed his seasonal earnings to $86,810 with the win, his sixth of the season in ten starts. Lifetime, he has $121,219 in his bank account. "I turned him over to Dan (trainer Ater) late last season," Forcum explained modestly. "I thought he was a little bit better horse than I needed to be fooling with and that it might be better to give him to Dan, who has a lot more experience with top horses than I do." After eventual third-place finisher Gray Camo (Chris Page) led the field through fractions of :27, :55.2 and 1:23.3, the younger Ater pulled his charge first over and the pacer responded with a solid burst of speed that put him two lengths in front at the wire. Rock N Randall (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third. Indian Spirit has now won the second, third and fourth leg of his OSS contests. The second OSS pacing division saw 4-5 favorite Imtoofastforyou and Josh Sutton emerge victorious with a 1:54 clocking. The son of Mantacular-Lady Camette-Artsplace hails from the powerful Virgil Morgan, Jr. Stable and notched career win two in his ninth try. Unraced at two, Imtoofastforyou--who was bred by Midland Acres--pushed his career earnings to $54,150. "He had some knees that were open and he just wasn't ready to race last season," noted Morgan, Jr. "And he was an orangutan to deal with as a youngster, so we gelded him, and that's helped his attitude tremendously. Unlike some of these colts, he didn't have a lot of time to prepare for this season either mentally or physically, and so he's really come a long way." Owned by Carl Howard, Powell, OH; Gerrie Tucker, Montreal, QC, CA; and Brian Kohen, Dayton; Imtoofastforyou maintained his cool despite a recall caused by Nobles Finesse. Once the wings sprang, the bay colt took the lead and never looked back, snapping off fractions of :28, :57.2, and 1:28.3 before posting a three-quarter victory over Nobles Finesse (Kurt Sugg) and Chief Talkalot (Aaron Merriman). I Know My Chip and Chris Page captured the first of two $40,000 OSS trotting divisions handily in 1:55. The gelded son of Deep Chip-Madeline's Crown-Pegasus Spur was bred by Ohio's Kim Dailey and is trained by Ronnie Burke. "This horse has just gotten better and better as the season goes on," Burke stressed. "He's turned out to be a much better horse than I originally thought." This was I Know My Chip's second win in OSS competition in 2015 and pushed his seasonal earnings to $132,875 and his career totals to $238,278 for owners Burke Racing Stable of Frerickestown, PA; Weaver Bruscemi, Cannonsburg, PA; and Paul Collura of Mountain Top, PA. He now has nine checks in all ten starts this season. The brown gelding, a 1-5 shot, took the lead away from the hard-trying Neely's Messenger (Mike Wilder) at the :58 half, and never looked back, posting a 3½ length triumph. The aforementioned rival held on for second, while Reel Deep Chip (Kayne Kauffman) was third, followed by Kick A Lot (Kurt Sugg) and Chips Starr (Hugh Beatty). It was an emotional, tear-feared winner's circle that welcomed No Whip Chip for a well-deserved photo after a gate to wire triumph in 1:57.1. The son of Victory Sam-Merediths Hope-Master Lavec notched his third win in eight starts for trainer-driver Dan Noble and his mother, owner Debbie Noble. "These are happy tears," Debbie Noble explained. "This horse belongs to a group of youngsters that Chip (the late Sam Noble III) bred and raised. He raced this horse's parents and to win with this colt is just even more emotional than it would be normally because I know he wanted so much to be here, to see what this colt has become. We feel so blessed to have this horse and we feel sure that Chip is watching over us." The victory pushed No Whip Chip's lifetime earnings to $60,440 as he nailed down his third lifetime win in eight starts. Unraced as a freshman, the bay gelding has missed only one check in his career. My Friend Jim (Jeremy Smith) was second, followed by Cooter Dunn (Louis Bauslaugh). Ohio Sires Stakes for freshmen colts and filly of both gaits continue next weekend (Sept. 4 & 5) at Scioto Downs, while the $225,000 Championships for all 2- and 3-year-old divisions will be contested on Saturday, Sept. 12 during Super Night festivities at the five-eighth's mile oval. By Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

Columbus, OH - Driver Dan Noble had a stellar night of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) action, piloting three of the four divisional winners at Scioto Downs on Aug. 28. The 32-year-old Kettering, Ohio native piloted both of the pacing and one of the 3-year-old trotting filly victresses for Buckeye-bred distaffs. Longshot E Ticket Ride was Noble's first score, as he guided the daughter of Feelin Friskie-Double E Hanover-Western Hanover to a 1:54.1 career best clocking for trainer David Elliott and owner Bret M. Schwartz of Washington Court House, OH. "This filly got a little bit of a rough start initially," Noble explained. "She didn't race as a 2-year-old and David (trainer Elliott) really took his time with her. She was pretty green this year and is just starting to come around into form at the right time." Bred by Midland Acres, the big, chocolate-brown filly pushed her career earnings to $52,820 with the victory, the second of her career in 12 trips postward. Returning $14.20 to her backers on a two dollar win ticket, E Ticket Ride bested favorite Karlee Sue (Kayne Kauffman) by half a length at the wire, while the gritty Hailstorm Gracie (Josh Sutton) got up for third. In the first of two OSS events for trotters (Race Three), Noble steered another longshot--Song Of The Valley-- to a career best 1:57.1 triumph for trainer Christ Hershberger. Owned and bred by Philip Baldauf of Akron, OH, the daughter of Pine Valley-Surf Song Yankee-Yankee Cruiser bested the highly regarded and multiple OSS distaff Dark Roast (Kurt Sugg) by 1¾ lengths. Chip Chip Page (Chris Page) was third with a well-steered, come-from-behind effort. "I never sat behind this filly before," Noble said. "But before the race Christ (trainer Herseberger) told me that if I was able to get her out of the gate okay, he thought she'd be super tough in here. She's a good, strong, back-half horse and the race couldn't have worked out any more perfectly for her." Song Of The Valley pushed her seasonal earnings to $33,319 with the victory, the second of the season. Lifetime she's amassed $53,827 from 17 starts, with a trio of wins, three seconds and three thirds. Noble then pulled of the perfect hat trick as he piloted 1-9 favorite Crosswinds Cupcake to a 1:55.1 clocking in the second OSS test for pacing fillies. The daughter of Stand Forever-Keystone Mulberry-Artsplace notched her fifth straight victory for Noble, pushing her 2015 earnings to $105,690. "She's much more mature and manageable this season," Noble stressed. "You can do whatever you want with her now as she's become a much more versatile filly." Bred and co-owned by Crosswinds Farm, Waynesville, OH and Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH, Crosswinds Cupcake was put on the front end early by Noble and was never challenged, finishing 1¼ lengths in front of rival Sectionlinefriskie (Greg Grismore) at the wire, while Friskie Lil Devil (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third. Her career earnings now stand at $146,362. In the second OSS trotting division, Like Old Times and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., came from off the pace to score in 1:56. The daughter of Chip Chip Hooray-Royal Two-Royal Troubadour was harnessed by Don McKirgan for owner-breeder Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, OH, pushing her career earnings to $192,617. "I was a little concerned because of the soft first half (:58.1)," Wrenn, Jr. admitted. "But this filly does her job and raced great tonight. She's versatile and can race anyway you want her to." After sitting through a first-quarter panel of :27.4 set by Honey B (Kyle Ater), Like Old Times made a bold power move, grabbing the lead just past the half to take the field through a 1:26.4 third panel before pacing a modest :29.1 final brush to nail down her tenth win of the year in 12 starts. Her career earnings now stand at $192,617. Expresso Joe (Dan Noble) finished second by 2¾ lengths, with Honey B held on for show honors. Ohio Sires Stakes action continues tonight with four divisions at Scioto Downs for 3-year-old pacing and trotting colts and geldings. Post time is 6:30 pm, ET. By Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

Columbus, OH --- Harness racing driver Dan Noble posted his 4,000th driving victory on Tuesday (June 2) when he piloted Tyd Theglyde to a 1:53.2 victory in the ninth race at Scioto Downs. The 32-year-old Noble drove his first winner in 1999 and has won at least 100 races in each season since 2002. He reached the pinnacle of the sport in 2011 when his 773 victories topped all drivers in North America. Noble has 150 victories in 2015, which currently ranks him 18th among all drivers on the continent. He has 29 triumphs at Scioto Downs, which places him second in the local standings behind Josh Sutton. USTA Communications Department   

LEBANON, OH. - Indian Spirit proved his win in last week's James K. Hackett elimination was no fluke by capturing the $30,000 championship on Saturday night at Miami Valley Raceway in near identical fashion. Eased off the gate by driver Kyle Ater and settled into sixth at the quarter-mile station, Indian Spirit was content to move up a spot along the inside during the middle half before swinging wide at the head of the stretch and cruising to a convincing 2-3/4 length triumph in 1:54. Chief Talkalot (Jim Pantaleano) raced gamely on the outside the entire mile to finish second with Gray Camo (Chris Page) garnering the show dough. Indian Spirit by Tyler's Big Mark is owned by Gregory Forcum and trained by Dan Ater. His next start will be in the first leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes series for sophomore pacing colts at Miami Valley on May 2. Earlier on the program, Ardyne Ace (Dan Noble) pulled an upset over heavily-favored Night Pro (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) in the $18,150 Open Pace. The winning nine-year-old's clocking of 1:50.3 was the third fastest mile in the two-year history of Miami Valley. Jim Pollock Jr. conditions Ardyne Ace for owners David Ehrenberg and Daniel Fawcett, who saw the son of Aces N Sevens lifetime bounty exceed $400,000 with the victory at odds of 10-1. Night Pro, who was assigned outside and was parked through a first quarter in :26.4, held for second with longshot Mr Why (Ken Holliday) saving ground throughout to finish third. Gregg Keidel    

LEBANON, OH. - The Miami Valley Raceway track record for older pacing mares was tied twice on Friday (April 17) and the two shared another common denominator, driver Dan Noble. The first to equal the best-ever 1:52.1 clocking was Native Dream, a five-year-old daughter of Allamerican Native, in a $10,450 condition race. The Bill Dailey trainee, owned by Pacey Mindlin and Kenneth Cohen, bested Bettor Think Twice (Hugh Beatty Jr.) and Yankee's Lady (Josh Sutton) for her 15th lifetime triumph. An outstanding three-year-old, Native Dream had a bit of a down year in 2014, but looks to have regained her best form with two straight convincing wins at Miami Valley. Two races later, Kathy's Kitchen (also driven by Noble), copped a $12,100 race mixing top condition mares and $15,000 claimers, also equaling the track record of 1:52.1 for older mares. The five-year-old mare by Whosurboy has put together an impressive string of seven straight starts at Miami Valley with four wins, three place and one show finishes while working her way through the claiming ranks. Kathy's Kitchen's four victories came progressively carrying tags of $8000, $10,000 and $12,000 before the latest win with a $15,000 base tag. Thunder Flight (Ken Holliday) and A Sham Of Amber (Randy Tharps) got the place and show dough in her latest conquest. Owners Andrew and Christina Coblentz have banked $26,391 during the seven-race streak under the tutelage of trainer John G. Wengerd. Beat The Beat (Kyle Ater) scored an upset in the $17,050 Mares Open Pace, beating All Terror (Kayne Kauffman) and Ivory Collection (Jeremy Smith) in 1:53. In the ongoing Miami Valley version of musical chairs in the Friday night feature race, the five-year-old daughter of Art Major became the 11th different mare to cop a distaff open in the first 15 weeks of the current meet. Dan Ater trains Beat The Beat for owners Kirk Nichols and William Green. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Miami Valley Raceway possesses a deep and talented harness racing driver colony, but rarely do you see a night at a commercial track nowadays where a different driver wins every race. That was the case on Wednesday, however, as ten drivers each won one of the ten races on the program. Even more shocking, leading driver Josh Sutton-currently in fifth place in the national dash standings with 155 wins at Miami Valley-was not one of the winners. Those that did reach the winner's circle were Alex Hawk, Ken Holliday, Randy Tharps, Hugh Beatty Jr., Dan Noble, Chris Page, Adam Beatty, Jeff Nisonger, Jason Brewer and Jeremy Smith. Gregg Keidel          

LEBANON, OH. - Twilight Bonfire, who has rapidly become a fan favorite at Miami Valley Raceway, became harness racing's newest millionaire Saturday night capturing the $16,500 Open Handicap Pace after a thrilling stretch duel. Driver Dan Noble changed tactics in Twilight Bonfire's seventh local start by leaving the gate alertly and dictating all the fractions. A lukewarm favorite in a stellar field, the five-year-old stud horse by The Panderosa reached the quarter mile marker in :26.3, then throttled down to a :56.1 half before the challengers began to form an outer flow. Masters Champion (Kyle Ater) was first to lap on the pacesetter with Neat (Jeff Nisonger) and Mykindachip (Kayne Kauffman) swinging wider yet at the 1:23.4 three-quarter station. Atta Boy Dan (Chris Page), fresh off three straight Preferred company victories at The Meadows, swung four-wide at the head of the stretch and the cavalry charge was on to the wire. In the end, Twilight Bonfire held off all challengers in 1:52.1 despite the fact that two of his adversaries had stuck their heads in front of him midway through the final turn. Atta Boy Dan got up for second with Neat pacing strong between horses to finish a very tight third. Owned by Robert Key and trained by Danny Collins, Twilight Bonfire's winning bounty moved his career earnings to $1,003,070. The homebred has won 15 of his 66 lifetime starts and sports a three-year-old record of 1:50.1. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Igottafeelinfran got back on the winning track Friday night at Miami Valley Raceway winning the $16,500 harness racing Fillies and Mares Open pace. Sent off as the 6-5 favorite despite two straight disappointing finishes from outside post positions, the five-year-old daughter of Ohio sire Feelin Friskie went directly to the front for driver Dan Noble and went unpressured until the stretch. With no foe willing to challenge the pacesetter early, Noble coasted through fractions of :28, :58 and 1:27.1 before finishing in :28.1 for the 1:55.2 victory. Shine N Shimmer (Chris Page), last week's winner, left alertly from the outside post position and fell into the pocket where she stayed until a late seam in the stretch allowed her to finish a strong second with a good closing kick. Betterluvnexttime (Josh Sutton) also fell victim to the pedestrian fractions, but came on late to garner the show dough. The three classy mares that comprised the winning trifecta ticket have combined earnings of over $1 million. Igottafeelinfran has now won 19 times and banked over $390,000 in just 54 career starts. She is co-owned by trainer Jim Dailey's wife Kimberly with Jerry Zosel and Kathy Ratcliff. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Onemorelastchance, the only Ohio-sired horse in the race, captured the $14,000 championship leg of the harness racing 'Look Sharp Series' on Sunday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway. The nine-year-old gelded son of Towner's Big Guy beat a full field of younger combatants for owner Diane Stephenson, trainer Greg Horn and driver Dan Noble. It was the 26th career win for the homebred who has raced his entire career for the same connections and increased his lifetime earnings to $167,859. Noble gunned Onemorelastchance to the front early in the mile then held off favored Foreign Officer (Tyler Smith) and hard-charging Toledo Bend Gator (Chris Page) in 1:55. The series was named after Look Sharp, a son of Abercrombie, who stood stud at the nearby Hagemeyer Farm for many years and produced countless good race horses, many of whom seemed to getter better with age. The prolific southwest Ohio sired died in 2014 at the age of 30. A $16,500 Open Trot was also presented on the matinee program with March Awareness (Chris Page) making his first local appearance a winning one, beating Rehab Mountain (Brad Hanners) and Can'tcutthatchip (Jack Dailey) in 1:57. Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi LLC own the five-year-old altered son of Ken Warkentin who now sports 15 wins in just 48 career starts. In other news, the Saturday night (February 21) program produced a Miami Valley track record handle when $308,977 went through the mutuel windows. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Twilight Bonfire captured the $15,500 Open Handicap pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night, inching within $6000 of becoming a million dollar earner for owner-breeder Robert J. Key. The five-year-old stud horse by The Panderosa has made the most of his 64 career starts, winning 14 of them and banking $994,060. This score was the second in three tries in local open company with the first being a track-record equaling 1:51.1 effort the last day of January. Twilight Bonfire swept past a host of horses in the stretch for driver Dan Noble collaring runnerup Gareth Nourrir (Josh Sutton) and show finisher Speed Trap (Chris Page) in the final strides of the 1:53 mile. Danny Collins conditions the winner who will join the exclusive 'Millionaires Club' with his next victory. The second leg of the 'Sovereign Warrior' series for top conditioned pacers was contested in two $9000 divisions. Ideal Race (Chris Page) captured the first division in 1:52.4 besting ER Zach Attack (Tyler Smith) and Winchester's Punch (Randy Tharps). With a win and a second, the Ron Burke-trained winner is the likely morning line favorite for the $18,000 championship next Saturday night. Ohio-sired Feel N Funk E (Andy Shetler) copped the second division with a 1:53.1 triumph over Ally-Con (Greg Grismore) and Lady's Man (Josh Sutton). George Anthrop trains the winner who could become a $100,000 earner with a score in the series final. Through 35 nights of the current 89-night meet, Miami Valley's average daily handle is up a healthy 22% over the inaugural season's numbers. Gregg Keidel  

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