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LEBANON, OH. – Miami Valley Raceway ended its 87 card harness racing 2018 meet on Monday (May 7) with higher average daily handle for the fifth consecutive year and the highest purse distribution (over $14 million) in its brief history. Leading driver was Dan Noble with 176 wins, overcoming defending champion Trace Tetrick (149) in the final month.  Other top reinsmen during the meet were Chris Page (110), Jeremy Smith (99), Tyler Smith (96) and Kayne Kauffman (93).  All six leading drivers eclipsed $1 million in purse earnings by the horses they drove. On the training side, veteran Ohio Hall Of Fame conditioner Dan Ater garnered his first MVR title by a single victory, 39-38) over Nicole Stewart.  With a UTRS of .304, Ater’s barn earned $520,932 for the session.  Next in the standings were Tyler George, Bill Dailey, Jeff Brewer and Dan Noble.   A total of 13 trainer stables earned over $200,000 at Miami Valley in 2018, while an additional 23 surpassed the $100,000 earnings plateau. Miami Valley Raceway congratulates the winners and says thanks to all the 2018 participants that contributed so much to a very successful meet. Gregg Keidel

Hightstown, NJ --- Dan Ater has spent more than four decades in harness racing, winning nearly 1,500 races as a trainer and 1,700 as a driver on his way to a spot in the Ohio Hall of Fame, but he has never experienced anything like the ride he is enjoying as the owner of Sandys Victory. Ater purchased the 7-year-old female trotter for $8,200 at an auction in November 2016 and has watched the mare win 21 races and $257,435 in purses since then. Sandys Victory’s most recent triumph was March 18 in the Open Handicap at Miami Valley Raceway. For the year, she has won four of nine races, finished second twice, and earned $65,690, which ranks fourth among all trotters in North America. “I waited my lifetime to find this one, so I doubt I’ll find another one,” the 63-year-old Ater said with a chuckle. “I’m just thankful I got her. She’s been a life changer. We’ve had nice horses, but I’ve never had one that I own myself. She’s just helping things out. “It takes a good horse to get you over the hump. I hope every trainer or every owner has that kind of horse because I know how much hard work you put in to it.” Sandys Victory is no stranger to work, either. She has raced 59 times for Ater, making at least three starts a month for 12 consecutive months -- and 15 of the past 16 months overall. “She’s a frequent flyer, I’ll tell you that,” Ater said. “She’s just one of those that shows up and works every week. Those kind are hard to beat. We don’t do a lot of work with her, but she’s always ready to go do her job and she rarely throws in a bad race.” Ater’s son, Kyle, drives Sandys Victory, who has hit the board 39 times for Ater and earned a paycheck a total of 50. Ater does not train the mare often, and gives her plenty of time in the fields at his family farm, where she prefers to hang out with the boys rather than the girls. “If you put her with another mare they just want to squeal and fight,” Ater said. “We turn her out with old Lucky Lime, a gelding, and a couple other geldings and she’s out there running right with them.” Sandys Victory, a daughter of Victory Sam out of Amessageforsandy, enjoyed success on the Ohio Sire Stakes circuit for her previous connections, earning $124,491 as a 3-year-old. Ater purchased her with the hopes of getting a nice horse for claiming races, but she quickly moved up the ranks to the open level. “No doubt she wouldn’t have been this good if she hadn’t been taken care of when she was a young horse,” Ater said. “That’s the big thing. She was a nice 2- and 3-year-old. I could never figure out why she sold for so little (to me). I just got lucky.” Ater, who has been battling cancer for years, set career training highs with 150 wins and $1.53 million in purses in 2017. He plans to continue racing Sandys Victory on a regular basis with the occasional week off here and there. “I’m just going to keep her in that routine,” Ater said. “As long as she’s racing good I’m just going to let her be. She’s not thin; she looks good, she acts good. “She’s been good to me. She doesn’t owe me anything. I just hope she keeps on going because she’s sure one of those that’s fun to have around.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of older Victory Sam-sired mares from the powerful Dan Ater Stable won impressively on the Sunday (March 11) harness racing matinee program at Miami Valley. Sandys Victory, the reigning older Ohio Horse Of The Year, stuck her nose in front in the last stride to capture the $24,000 Open Trot in 1:54.3. Taking on eight male opponents, driver Kyle Ater (Dan's son) put the 7-year-old mare in the four-hole briefly off the gate, but quickly mounted a first-over challenge just past the :28.1 opening quarter. Sandys Victory had moved up to second on the outside following a pedestrian :29 second second quarter and maintained that position throughout the second half of the mile. Another Breath (Chris Page) raced gallantly on the front end, considering he had an outside starting position and hadn't raced in five weeks. The two outstanding trotters raced as a team the entire final panel before Sandys Victory surged just enough to earn the privilege of tripping the teletimer. Walter White (John DeLong) finished third. The elder Ater owns Sandys Victory, who now sports 30 lifetime wins and $410,000 in career bounty. Earlier on the program. Honey B from the Ater barn triumphed in a $16,000 high conditions trot, holding off Energy Bar (Tyler Smith) and Bo I See Time (Kyle Wilfong) in 1:54.4. A year younger than Sandys Victory, Honey B eclipsed the $300,000 earnings plateau with the winning effort. It was her 17th win for owners/breeders Jim Burnett and Tim Homan. Gregg Keidel

At least one thing is certain this week at Miami Valley Raceway: Kiss Of Terror will not get claimed. Already claimed five times this year, Kiss Of Terror is entered in Saturday's $22,000 Open Handicap at Miami Valley. Kiss Of Terror, a 5-year-old gelding pacer who has won six of nine races this season and earned $54,425, will start from post four with Kyle Ater at the lines for his father, trainer Dan Ater. Kiss Of Terror was claimed for $30,000 last week by Kirk Nichols and Seth Downing. Kiss Of Terror won that start by 10-1/4 lengths in 1:51. It was his sixth victory in his past seven races. "He's a real popular guy," Dan Ater said about Kiss Of Terror, who has won 18 of 71 career starts and earned $190,944. "I guess when any horse is winning they are popular. Hopefully we can keep him on that string. It'll be tough at that level, but we'll find out. "The owners wanted to move him up, which is what we usually do with claimers. We don't play the rent-a-horse game. We try to find something we like and hang on to him a little while. Sometimes that's good and sometimes that's bad, but that's our plan anyway. We'll see what happens." In January, Kiss Of Terror won a $27,100 Claim to Fame Series championship at Miami Valley. Kiss Of Terror's only setback in his past seven starts came in the Open Handicap on Feb. 25 at Miami Valley. He finished seventh, beaten by 3-1/2 lengths after a first-over trip. Kiss Of Terror is a son of stallion Western Terror out of the stakes-winning Kissed By A Fool. The dam is a half-sister to millionaire I Am A Fool and was one of nine foals out of I'm No Fool to earn at least $200,000 at the races. "He likes to win," Ater said. "I like his gameness. He's not a very big horse, but he seems like a nice horse. He just looks like a quality horse and quality horses are hard to find. We'll see how he does. It's all a gamble. You try to take care of them and do the best you can and hope for the best." Saturday's Open Handicap at Miami Valley also features Night Pro, who is 2-for-2 this year and will start from post nine with Sam Widger driving for trainer/owner Dale Decker. The remainder of the field is Account Rollover, Angelo J Fra, Feelnlikearockstar, My Buddy Ninkster, Swing City, Latest Desire, and My Hero Ron. "I hope he races good this week and I hope I can keep him racing good," Ater said about Kiss Of Terror. "We try to look for horses for a little longevity, but it's a big task. Nowadays it's a tough game. "Hopefully for us you don't see him in a $30,000 claimer next week." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

DAYTON, OH. - Don't tell this older grey mare that she ain't what she used to be! Brookletssuprsonic, a 6-year-old roan daughter of Personal Power, shocked the harness racing open distaff pacers at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (Oct. 14) capturing the $15,000 race in 1:52.4. Dispatched at odds of 15-1 and facing open company for the first time in her career, Brookletsuprsonic and driver Kyle Ater dropped into the two-hole early in the :27.2 opening quarter, then sat chilly in the pocket through middle panels of :56.3 and 1:24.2. First-over bids first by favored She's Shocking and then by last week's winner Town Temptress faltered around the final turn resulting in an opportunity for the eventual winner to pounce from the pocket at the head of the stretch . Pertty Music (Dan Noble), who was locked in behind Brookletssuprsonic throughout the mile, finally also found room to race in midstretch to garner runnerup laurels, while the pacesetter Albanian Era (Jeremy Smith) hung tough to complete the winning trifecta Although the winner now has $120,225 in lifetime earnings ($46,780 this season), she earned less than $100 per start in 19 2015 starts, failing to hit the board in any race last year. Owner Kirk Nichols plucked Brookletssuprsonic from a $10,000 claiming race at Scioto Downs in July and entrusted her to his longtime trainer Dan Ater. Following five consecutive second and third place finishes in $15,000 claimers and high condition races, she was "forced" into the open where she was relegated to longshot status. But the combination of being in razor sharp form and the heads-up steer by Ater resulted in this old grey mare being MORE than she used to be...at least on this night. Brookletssuprsonic paid $32.80 to win, while the exacta returned a robust $126.20. Successful 10-cent superfecta punters were rewarded with a $133.45 payoff. Gregg Keidel      

Dan Ater, one of the most respected horsemen in the state of Ohio, has been elected as the newest member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He was elected by a vote of the Ohio chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. During his 40+ year career, Ater amassed 1,695 driving wins, winning the driving titles at Lebanon Raceway, Scioto Downs, Northfield Park and Balmoral Park. As a conditioner, Ater has made 1,225 trips to the winners circle. He was the trainer of such top horses as Western Resolve, Firm Belief, Capital Request, Cruzin Inya Jammys, Mystique Cruiser and Dancin Yankee. A native of Clarksburg, Ohio, Ater is currently the manager of the Hawkinsville Training Center, and serves as a director for the United States Trotting Association and Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Ater will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association banquet in Dublin on Saturday, January 23, 2016. Tickets to the OHHA banquet are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling 800.353.6442. Jay Wolf

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. - Indian Spirit used a second-over journey to get in position to sprint past the pacesetters in the lane and garner an upset harness racing victory in the $8000 elimination heat leading up to the $30,000 final of the James K. Hackett Memorial next Saturday night at Miami Valley. Seven of the nine colts from last year's $200,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship race for two-year-olds dropped into the Hackett elimination including a trio that earned over $90,000 each as freshmen, thus getting the Ohio stakes season off to a rousing start. According to the morning line and the eventual actual betting board, the race shaped up as a battle between entries from the powerful Ron Burke and Brian Brown barns, two of the most successful in the business. No one told Indian Spirit or the driver-trainer team of Kyle Ater and his father Dan Ater, however, and the result was the impressive triumph in 1:55.2 and a $51.80 win mutuel payoff for their backers. Owner Gregory Forcum trained Indian Spirit himself throughout most of his inaugural season in which he earned $34,409 before being entrusted to the Aters for his sophomore campaign. Fellow longshot Chief Talkalot (Jim Pantaleano) raced bravely in first-over position until giving way just before the wire and finishing second. Roaddog Jess James (Kayne Kauffman) was a creditable third . Favorites Rock N Randall (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) and Gray Camo (Chris Page) picked up the fourth and fifth place checks and also advanced to the Hackett final. The winning exacta ticket paid $368.20. One race earlier the $18,150 Craig Colston Memorial Open Pace was won by Atta Boy Dan (Chris Page) in 1:50.2, just a fifth of a second off the all-age track record at Miami Valley. Racing fifth in the early going, Page moved Atta Boy Dan to the outer flow just past the half and moved up to third on the outside at the three-quarter station. Second at the head of the stretch the winner was able to collar pacesetter and eventual runnerup Special Forces (Dan Noble) midway down the lane and secure a one length victory. Carol's Comet (Aaron Merriman) went a game mile to finish third. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of $15,000 championship races were contested Wednesday night as 'finals week' of the popular harness racing "Claim To Fame" series continued at Miami Valley. The finales for $8000 claiming mares and for $5000 claiming geldings were on top and when the smoke cleared it was She's A Ball and Winchester that were crowned champions. Driver Kyle Ater steered both winners, but used completely different tactics in the two lucrative races. Ater sent She's A Ball alertly from her inside post position and cut all the fractions to best Brookletssugarland (Jeff Nisonger) and CC's Munchkin (Greg Grismore) in the mares clash. As the lukewarm 8-5 favorite She's A Ball cruised through fractions of :27, :55.4 and 1:24 before closing the deal in 1:53.3. The winner's championship victory capped quite a night for trainer Deborah Swartz, who had four steeds from her stable visit the winner's circle. She's A Ball was plucked from a $5000 claiming event in early December by owners Bradley Delaney and Scott Albaugh and has since won five of six races and banked an even $20,000. As second choice in the $5000 and horses and geldings championship, Winchester was wrestled off the starting gate by Ater and watched a :26.4 speed duel develop up front between AK's Livin Large and Corey Road. After a demanding half in :56.2, Winchester was moved into third-over position in the outer flow past the 1:25.1 clocking. The entire field was well bunched at the head of the stretch with Ater swinging three-wide with Winchester full of pace. He gobbled up the tiring frontrunners and was strongest at the finish clocked in 1:54.1. Winchester, who has spent time in the Ater Stable in the past, was claimed by Dan Ater, Kyle's father, for $5500 last week and returned immediate dividends winning the $15,000 final. Fortune's Jenna (Josh Sutton) finished second with longshot Momma's Jolt (Jeremy Smith) completing the trifecta ticket. Due to the fact that 50 $5000 claimers participated in this series, an $8000 Consolation Final was also carded. Jack Apple (Jason Brewer) bested Spirits Gone Wild (Randy Tharps) and Easton Bound (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:54. Brewer co-owns the winner with William Eltzroth. Driver Shawn Barker II scored a hat trick on the program, winning with Eagle Jacob, Sissboombah and Ricky Blue Eyes, all trained by Deborah Swartz. Racing resumes Thursday night at Miami Valley with a 6:30 PM post time. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Beat The Beat took a major leap in class Friday night at Miami Valley, tackling harness racing open mares for the first time in her career, and acted like she had been there all along. Following just her sixth lifetime win in a conditioned claiming event last week, the five-year-old Art Major mare was forced to graduate to the $16,500 Mares Open and responded with a 1:55.4 triumph at odds of 15-1. Driver Kyle Ater took advantage of Beat The Beat's inside post position to get away midpack as a front-end duel developed between Stucklikeglue and Rev Me Up, the winners of the weekly distaff feature the last two weeks. With the pacesetters racing wheel-to-wheel through early fractions of :27.1 and :55.4 an outer flow began to form down the backside. A Sham Of Amber and Buckeye Thea lined up behind Rev Me Up on the outside while Beat The Beat and the others waited for racing room following Stucklikeglue on the inside. Coming out of the final turn Ater angled the winner to the far outside as the rest of the field fanned out for the stretch duel. The longshot winner was freshest and strongest in the lane as a host of closers in the ten-horse field made their final bids. A Sham Of Amber raced gamely for a second place finish with Hoponit third, Muy Caliente fourth and Stucklikeglue holding on to collect the minor spoils. Beat The Beat is owned by Kirk Nichols and William Green. She is trained by Dan Ater, Kyle's father. Her seventh lifetime trip to the winner's circle boosted her career earnings to $85,870. Gregg Keidel  

Honey B and Kyle Ater scored a convincing victory in the $74,625 Ohio Breeders Championship for freshman filly trotters in Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair. As the field of six was sent on their way, Honey B yielded to the fast leaving I'd Rather Walk (Kayne Kauffman). Ater retook the lead past the quarter in :29.3. Honey B was unchallenged at the half in 1:00.2 and three-quarters in 1:30.2. Josh Sutton sent Like Old Times to attack the leader by a late break in stride sealed his fate as Honey B cruised to a nine and three-quarter length victory in 2:00.2. The Victory Sam lass is conditioned by Dan Ater for Jim Burnett of Wilmington, Ohio, and Tim Homan of Maineville, Ohio. In the first $24,875 division Dark Roast and Marty Wollam battled Soaring Flight through the final three-eighths of the mile and scored a head victory in 2:01. The daughter of Full Count won for the third time in eight starts for her owners Arcadia Farms of Canfield, Ohio, and G & B Racing of New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. In the final division Sammy Star and Aaron Merriman won over Student Of Life (Marty Wollam) and I'm Chiptastic (John Ryan Melshaimer) in 2:00.3 Sammy Star is owned by Peggy Carter, Robert Reid, Shelia Hummel and Great Am Stable and trained by Steve Carter. The daughter of Victory Sam won for the seventh time in 15 starts. I Know My Chip & Neely's Messenger Take 2CT OBC I Know My Chip and Jason Brewer passed the pace setting Cooter Dun (Louis Bauslaugh) at the top of the stretch and scored a one length victory in the $65,534 (division ) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old trotting colts in a lifetime best 1:59.3. Jim Daily trains the Deep Chip colt for Kimberly Dailey of Mechanicsburg, Ohio. I Know My Chip has finished first or second in nine of 10 starts this season. In the second $32,767 division, Neely's Messenger and Marty Wollam won for the sixth straight time with this one in 2:00.3. When the field was set on their way, Kick A Lot (Kurt Sugg) protected his rail spot forcing Lantern's Chip (Greg Grismore) to race the long mile. Neely's Messenger patiently sat fourth on the rail until he was sent three wide as the field headed to the three-quarter pole. Kick A Lot didn't like the pressure and broke stride. Neely's Messenger won by one and three-quarter lengths over Lantern's Chip and Really Deep Chip (Jack Daily). Dale and Julie Ann Sweet own the son of Neely Dunn. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

A season's best Super Hi 5 carryover up for grabs on Saturday (September 6) at Scioto Downs Racino. The carryover has reached $4,449.63. The Super Hi 5 wager is featured in the 9th race on the 14-race program. The Saturday night card will host Ohio Sires Stakes action for freshmen and sophomore colts and a $25,000 Open Pace. The 3-year pacing star, Friskie Adam will look to continue his perfect season in race 11 for trainer Dan Ater. The 3-5 morning line favorite will start from post six in the field of eight. The 2-year old trotting heavy weights, Neely's Messenger and Kick A Lot will battle it out in race 10. They are slated as the 8-5 and 9-5 favorites. Marty Wollam's, Neely Messenger drew post two and Jeff Cox's trainee, Kick A Lot starts from post five. Big Bossman will look to rebound from his last start in the first race for regular driver, Greg Grismore. Doug Hinklin trains this 3-year old gelded son of Feelin Friskie and is picked as the 4-5 morning line favorite from post three. The freshmen pacing headliners, Nobles Finesse and Gray Camo will square in race 13. Gray Camo starts from the rail from the Ron Burke Stable and Nobles Finesse drew post five for trainer, Kurt Sugg. First race post time on Saturday (September 6) is 6:30 p.m. From Scioto Downs Racino

Rompaway Galaxy prevails in the $22,800 Ohio Breeders Stakes with a new lifetime best, 1:55.3. Rompaway Galaxy is a gelded son of Rompaway Wally out of Rompaway Wynona. He's conditioned by Krista Harmon for harness racing owner and breeder Rompaway Farms. Driver, Mike Micallef had the asignment starting from post three in the field of eight. Micallef was in no hurry, getting away an early sixth. The opening quarter was trotted in :28 and he was 9 lengths off the lead of pacesetter, Bradymeister. The pair was underway before the hit the half that was trotted in :57.2. Rompaway Galaxy was sitting third in the cover flow and just waiting for his time to go. His time came when they hit the top of the stretch and Micallef tipped three wide to trot to a 2-1/4 lengths victory. Master Mighty and Kayne Kauffman were second and Can'tcutthatchip held on for third. Paydaze On The Way upsets her stakes division with a new lifetime best of 1:54.3. Paydaze On The Way is a three-year old daughter of Look Sharp out of Shantytown Girl. She's conditioned by national leading trainer, Ron Burke for Howard Taylor, Ed Gold,Richard Lombardo and Karen Rose. Top driver, Aaron Merriman picked up the drive and started from post one in the field of six. When the gates folded, Merriman was in no hurry and found himself a fifth spot seat. The pair was content to sit at the rail after the half was paced in :56.3. Still sitting fourth,but only 2 lengths off at the top of stretch, Merriman found the space to race in the super stretch. The filly closed quickly to beat Crown Time Keeper by a head and Shakin Friskie was a game third. Friskie Adam remains perfect after taking his $23,100 Ohio Breeders Stakes in 1:53. Friskie Adam is the son of Feelin Friskie and Lottery Fever. He's trained by Dan Ater for Dr Jerry Maloon Stable. Kyle Ater had the lines and started from post five in the field of nine. Ater pushed the gate away to gain control before the quarter that was paced in :27.4 and Big Bossman and Greg Grismore landed right behind him. After catching a :30.3 second quarter breather there was never an anxious moment. Big Bossman made an unfortunate mistake at the half and gave Friskie Adam a padded 3-length lead. The colt quickly paced away from his competition and won by 5-lengths over UF Fast Feelin and his stable mate, Friskie AJ were a closing third. Sandys Victory dominates her $22,700 Breeders Stakes in a career best,1:55.4. Sandys Victory is the daughter of Victory Sam out of Amessageforsandy. She's trained by Larry Tinch who partially ownes with John Reames. Josh Sutton had the lines and started from post four in the field of nine. When the starter said go, Sutton was content to take back and let the dust settle before making his move. Anniesbluejeanbaby and Greg Grismore were on a mission and clocked the opening quarter in :27.2 and passed the half in :57. In The Grippers set out on her first over bid and pushed the pace down to three quarters in 1:26. A well-played game plan paid dividends to her connections when Sandys Victory made her backside brush and trotted clear of her foes by 6-1/2 lengths. Turbochargedroxie and Dan Noble were a closing second and Hollys GG completed the trifecta. Easy Again takes the $25,000 Open Pace in a track record performance, 1:50.2. Easy Again set a new track record for aged horses at Scioto Downs. The previous record of 1:50.4 was held by Hoosier Favorite and Foreclosure N. Easy Again is ridgling son of Dragon Again out of Kuklapanandollie. Ron Burke trains for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Panhellenic Stable. Chris Page had the lines and started from post four in the field of six. Easy Again was making his first start after a two month lay off, but that didn't deter Page from going out for command. They set the fractions of :27, :55.2 and 1:22.3. Easy Again paced to a 1-3/4 length victory over Ardyne Ace with Randy Tharps and Lucky Lime had a late kick to be third. Racing continues on Wednesday (August 13) first race post time is 6:30 p.m. From Scioto Downs

Ohio Breeders Stakes for harness racing Freshmen and Sophomores kicks off at Scioto Downs.   The Ohio Breeders Stakes for colts and fillies on their respective gates will go post ward on Friday and Saturday night.   The trotting and pacing two-year olds will have their chance at the cash on Friday. Starting in race one on the 12-race card the two-year filly pacers will go for a purse of $26,200.   Bell Flower and Chris Page are slated as the 3-5 morning line favorite for trainer, Jim Arledge Jr. She's an impressive three for three and will look to continue her perfect record. She will start from post three in the eight horse field.   Race two and three are the split divisions of the two-year filly trotters. The fields of seven will race for a purse of $16,600.   Dark Roast for trainer Marty Wollam is one of the morning line favorites in race two. Rightfully so, she's coming off a notable Ohio State Fair Stakes win in 2:01.3. Standing in the filly's way will be her own stable mate, Influential Girl and Chip Girl from the Krista Harmon barn.   The flawless Sunrise Nibbles for trainer, Chris Beaver will try to extend her winning streak to four when she starts from post five in race three with driver, Chris Page.   The two-year old colt trotters are slated for race five and the full field of nine will battle it out for a share of the $26,800 purse.   Neely's Messenger for trainer and driver, Marty Wollam will start from post two as the 2-1 favorite. He dominated a similar group last week in the Ohio State Fair Stakes at Scioto Downs in a new lifetime best performance of 1:58.3 by a margin of 7 and ¾ lengths.   Race 11 is the final Ohio Breeders Stakes for 2-year colt pacers. A field of six will race for a bounty of $26,400.   The impressive Nobles Finesse for new trainer, Kurt Sugg will hope to appease his new connections win a victory, but Chief Talkalot from the Brian Brown Stable looks to stand in his way from post six. The sophomores will get in to action on Saturday (August 9).   The action will start in race two on the 14-race card with the three-colt trotters. A field of eight will race for a purse of $21,200.   Rompaway Galaxy will look to romp again for trainer Krista Harmon and regular driver, Mike Micallef. They will start from post three and are the 4-5 morning line favorite.   The filly pacers will compete for the $22,200 prize in race three. The competitive field of six leaves the race wide open and gives the chance for any one of these ladies to steal the spotlight.   A full field of nine three-year colt pacers will make up race five on the program for a purse of $23,100. It will be a showdown between the undefeated, Friskie Adam from the Dan Ater stable and Big Bossman trained by Doug Hinklin.   Big Bossman will start from post two for driver, Greg Grismore and Friskie Adam drew post five with Kyle Ater at the lines.   The Ohio Breeders Stakes concludes in race 10 with the trotting fillies. The field of nine will chase after the $22,700 prize.   The 8-5 favorite, Sandys Victory and Josh Sutton will look to continue their winning streak, starting from post four for trainer, Larry Tinch. In The Grippers is looking to rebound for her connections and she will start from post eight for trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr.and driver Chris Page.   Post time is 6:30p.m on Friday (August 8) and Saturday (August 9).<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office".   Scioto Downs Racino

  Ohio Sires Stakes and Opens highlight the Friday night card at Scioto Downs Friday. The two and three year old fillies in their respective divisions went post ward for their share of the $40,000 purse. There were nine total divisions for the trotting and pacing fillies and many favorites prevailed. The Sire Stake action kicked off in race one on the 14-race card with two-year old pacing fillies. A field of eight went behind the wings, including the 1-9 favorite, Bell Flower. Bell Flower showed her talent and dominated the field in 1:55.3. She's a daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye and Our Lady Countess. She's trained and partially owned by Fred Huff Jr and John Fairchild. Coming off her impressive qualifier of 1:54.4, she didn't disappoint her supporters. Chris Page had the lines and started from post two. The pair left for command and were the uncontested pace setters. Page clicked fractions of 27.1, 57, 1:26.1 and cruised to a four and three quarter length victory. Zoey's Lemon Tart and Aaron Merriman closed for second and Medoland Kendolin was third. The second race on the program featured a field of seven two-year old trotting fillies. Student Of Life for trainer and driver Marty Wollam prevailed in an impressive 1:58.3. Student Of Life is by Full Count out Lynn's Slider. She's owned by Acadia Farms Inc and G&B Racing of Ohio. The filly started from post three and that's were they got away. The heavy favorite, Bet On Chip and Chris Page for trainer, Devan Miller set the fractions of 29.2, 58.2 and 1:27.4. Giving Sammy Star and Aaron Merriman a perfect pocket trip, but it wasn't enough to fend off the late brush of Student Of Life. Bet On Chip was second and Sammy star was third. Only a neck separated these three fillies. The third race was a mild upset in the three year old trotting fillies first division. Sandys Victory and Josh Sutton rallied in 1:57.2. Sandys Victory is the daughter of Victory Sam and Amessageforsandy. She's conditioned by Larry Tinch who also owns with John E Reames. The filly started from post eight in the field of eight and was the post time second choice. In The Grippers was the 3-5 favorite and she started from post one. Page used the inside to his advantage and clocked favorable fractions of 28.3, 59 and 1:27.4 with In The Grippers. He had company going to the three quarters in the form of Sandys Victory. The filly wrestled the lead away in the stretch and trotted on to a one and a quarter length victory. Majesty Dream and Kayne Kauffman rallied for place and In The Grippers completed the trifecta. Three year old filly pacer Crown Time Keeper kept her stellar season going with a career best effort of 1:54. Crown Time Keeper and driver Chris Page were the post time favorite at 2-5 and rightfully so. The three year old filly by Feelin Friskie out of Crowntime Noreturn is trained by Steve Carter for owner and breeder, Esther Crownover. The filly didn't have her usually front end spot, but it didn't derail her. The fractions of 28 and 56.2 flushed her and she started her first over grind. Crown Time Keeper hit the three quarters in 1:24.1 and finally cleared the game, Lady Julie in the stretch and paced clear by two lengths. Lady Julie for trainer Jim Dailey was a solid second and God Only Knows was a closing third. Novascotia Hanover and Aaron Merriman collar the $25,000 Filly and Mare Open pace in 1:51.3. A full field of 10 went behind the gate. Novascotia Hanover started from post three and used her lucky draw to her advantage. The four year old mare by Somebeachsomewhere out of Northern Sky received a perfect pocket trip behind the heavy favorite, Continual Velocity. She set the fractions of 27, 54.2 and 1:22.3 with the steady pressure from a parked, Betterluvnexttime and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. Novascotia Hanover had some left in the tank when Merriman showed her racetrack and she responded by her one length victory over Continual Velocity and Better Think Twice for trainer Danny Collins who was a fast closing third. Karlee Sue and Josh Sutton took the second division of the two year old filly pace in 1:56. The daughter of Feelin Friskie is trained and partially owned by Al Tomlinson along with Dennis Stolz and Daniel Mitchell. Sutton and Karlee Sue stole the fractions of 28.3, 59.1 and 1:27 and fended off a strong rally by Friskie Lil Devil who was second and Hailstorm Grace for trainer Tom Blankenship was third. Its Complicated and Josh Sutton wired the field in the $25,000 Open Trot in 1:53.4. This win gives Its Complicated five wins in his last six starts. The four year old gelding by Sj's Caviar out of Before The Rain is trained by Brent Davis for breeder and owner Hatfield Stables. The upset minded Turbochargedroxie rallies in a division of the three year old filly trot in 2:00.4. The steady rain that continued to fall quickly turned the fast track into a sloppy one. The filly by Cayenne Turbo was driven by Danny Noble for trainer Danny Collins for owners, Joyce McClelland, DM Stables Llc, Dean Davis and William Rufenacht. She drew post nine in the field nine, but she had some luck and talent on her side. Getting away seventh in the full field as the heavy favorite, Anniesbluejeanbaby set the fractions of 29.3, 1:00.4 and 1:30.2.  Noble was unhurried in the early going and he finally started making his bid at the three quarters, but it was more than enough time. The filly caught Jim Lupton's, Dellou by a head and Anniesbluejeanbaby was a tiring third. Heavy favorite Paydaze On The Way and Josh Sutton got the job done in1:56 in her division of Sires Stakes. Paydaze On The Way is a three year old daughter by Look Sharp out of Shantytown Girl. She's trained by nation leading trainer Ron Burke for Howard Taylor,Edwin Gold,Richard Lombardo and Karen Rose Greg Grismore and A P P Panda was placed second and Shakin Friskie was second placed third for going inside the pylons in the last quarter. The final two divisions of the two year old filly trot rounded out the evening and the favorites prevailed. Lisa Jane for trainer Scott Cox and Driver Ryan Stahl took her division in 2:03.3. The filly by Neely Dunn is owned by Parent Racing Stable Llc and G.Peters of Ohio. After mild fractions of 30,1:02.1 and1:33, set by Talissa and Jonas Hershberger, Stahl angled the filly out and got her underway from the back. Lisa Jane swallowed up race track and beat Song Of The Valley by a neck. Bettys Sam was third. Sunrise Nibbles dominated her division for driver Chris Page and trainer, Chris Beaver. The two year old trotting filly by Iron Duke is owned by Chris Beaver, Synerco Ventures Inc, Steven Zeehandelar and David Lang. The perfect filly went to the front and never turned back. She drew clear by three and a half lengths from Dolly Dunn for trainer Brian Brown and Honey B for trainer Dan Ater took the show spot. From Scioto Downs Racino

On Saturday, July 19 Northfield Park will host nine $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as part of the 15-race program. These nine races will feature the Buckeye State's best freshmen and sophomore colt pacers and trotters and will support the $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie undercard. Freshman colt trotters will start Saturday's stake action in Race 1 for the $40,000 first division. Crowned With Glory (His Highness-Hey Kelsi-Humorous Harry) is the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite for Findlay, Ohio owners EG Trot, JB Arnold, MH Mallet and JE Paul. Ed Greeno Jr. is the filly's trainer and driver. Crowned With Glory makes her fourth lifetime start. She has two previous wins, at Scioto Downs and Ottawa Fair, and a place at Oak Harbor. Those finishes have yielded $23,705 and a lifetime mark of 2:03 (ScD 5/8). Crowned With Glory will start from post two. Also competing in the first division will be Ohio Chipster, Neely Dunn Super, Frisk The Town, Cooter Dunn and Marvelous Chip. Race 2 will be the $40,000 first division for three year-old colt Ohio-bred pacers. Trainer Doug Hinklin will start Big Bossman (Feelin Friskie-Lovely American-Matt's Scooter) as the 2-1 morning-line favorite. Big Bossman starts from post five and faces five rivals. Big Bossman has won six of 13 races. He has earnings of $93,193 and sports a lifetime mark of 1:53.1 (ScD 5/8). Greg Grismore is scheduled to drive for owner Parent Racing Stable LLC of Holland, Ohio. Feelin Speedy, Friskie AJ, Dibs, UF Fast Feelin and Lawyer Up complete the line-up. Trotters return to the stage in Race 3 for the $40,000 second division Ohio Sire Stakes for two year-old. I Know My Chip (Deep Chip-Madeline's Crown-Pegasus Spur) is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for owner Kimberly Dailey of Mechanicsburg, Ohio. Jim Dailey trains the undefeated colt. He has two wins in as many starts, earning $22,916 and earning a 2:02 (ScD 5/8) mark. Driver Jason Brewer will start the trotter from post-seven in a field that consists of My Friend Jim, Star Shef, Neely's Messenger, Lantern Chip, BK's Magic Man and Chips Starr. Freshman Trotters again compete in Race 5 for the $40,000 third division of the Ohio Sires Stakes. Kick A Lot (Deep Chip-Mac's Dream-BJ's Mac) starts from post-two and is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. He is owned by Pius Soehnlen of Canton, Ohio. Trainer, Jeff Cox has calls upon Kurt Sugg to drive. This gelding has a win and a second in two lifetime starts. He has earned $21,875 and a 2:01.2 (ScD 5/8) lifetime mark. Kick A Lot has a host of rivals consisting of Mischievous Chip, Super Sheff Frosty, Chips A Million, Really Deep Chip, Guns For Fun and Birthday Chip. Race six will host the $40,000 second division OSS for three year-old colt pacers. Friskie Adam (Feelin Friskie-Lottery Fever-Falcon Almahurst) is the heavy 7-5 morning-line favorite for owner Dr. Jerry Maloon Stable of Dublin, Ohio. Dan Ater trains the colt and uses Kyle Ater to drive. This sophomore is undefeated in five starts this year. He has career earnings of $122,971 and mark of 1:52.4 (ScD 5/8). Friskie Adam starts from the rail in a field consisting of Chance I Might, Diamondkeeper, Hawks Cry Hoboken, Feel The Heat, Player's King and Upfront Clays Boy. Race 7 is the $40,000 first division for freshman pacers. Cornerback (Feelin Friskie-Cornerstand-Stand Forever) is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for owner Stephen Sexton of Xenia, Ohio. Brian Brown is the gelding's trainer and calls upon Chris Page to drive. Cornerback has one start under his belt, a win at Scioto Downs in 1:56.4 in a $40,000 OSS event. Cornerback will start from post three. Also competing in the first division will be Indian Spirit, Latenight Trick, Fire Valley, Knight Stryker, Nobles Finesse, Warrior Spirit, Western Coby and All Aces Osborne. Freshman pacers return in the eighth race for the $40,000 second division OSS. Trainer Ron Burke sends out Gray Camo (Pine Valley-CG's Gem-Shady Character) as the heavy 7-5 morning-line favorite. Gray Camo starts from post five and faces five eight. He is undefeated in two starts, earning $23,750 and earning a 1:56.1 (ScD 5/8) career mark. Chris Page is scheduled to drive for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, R Suda and J Melillo. Born Villain, RC Friskie, Ranger Returns, Big Bang Cam, Lynyrd, Nashville Bound, Ollie Pop and UF Kellies Awinner complete the eighth race line-up. Buckeye-bred sophomore trotters take to the stage in the evening's ninth race for the $40,000 OSS first division. Soul Train (Trainforthefuture-Dances On Air-Muscles Yankee) is the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite for owners Parent Racing Stable of Holland, Ohio, RS Crynick of Strongsville, Ohio and JE Novak of Olmstead Township, Ohio. Scott Cox calls upon Chris Page to pilot this gelding who has six wins in 17 starts, trotting in 1:57.2 (ScD 5/8) and earning $121,787. Soul Train starts from post-8 in a field that consists of Noah Count, Stanley Begonia, Neely's Boy, Mainstreet Willy, Master Mighty, Star Chip and Happy Go Jamie. Race 11, the final OSS event of the evening, is the $40,000 second division for sophomore trotters. Rompaway Galaxy (Rompaway Wally-Rompaway Wynona-Mr Vic) starts from post-three and is the 8-5 morning-line favorite. He is owned by Rompaway Farms LLC of Battle Creek, Michigan. Trainer Krista Harmon has listed Mike Micallef to drive. This gelding has nine wins in 11 lifetime starts, earning $201,550 and posting a best 1:55.4 (ScD 5/8). Rompaway Galaxy has a host of rivals consisting of Miko Begonia, Lady's Dude, Ohwhatacount, Can'tcutthatchip, Hooray For Willie, Fridayscomin and Bradymeister. In addition to superior racing action, Battle night will also offer guests a sumptuous buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The special priced buffet is just $15.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. Guests who want to be down close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron to sample several of northeast Ohio's most popular food trucks. Live music by Unknown Reason will be part of the apron scene from 5-10 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

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