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LEBANON, OH - No Whip Chip upset a full field of Open harness racing Trotters at Miami Valley on Sunday afternoon (April 7), returning $53.20 for a $2 win bet. Dan Noble was in the sulky behind the 7-year-old Victory Sam gelding, who was bred by his late father Sam 'Chip' Noble, is owned by his mother Deborah Noble and trained by his sister Meredith Noble. Dan got away fourth in the ten-horse field, opted for a first-up trip on the outside before the half, then cleared to the front before the three-quarters, and sailed home an open lengths winner in 1:54. The clocking represents a new lifetime mark for No Whip Chip, who has now won 19 races in 99 career starts and banked $183,207 for the Noble family. Favored Mugshot Man (Trace Tetrick) finished second while Lets Go Bucks (Kyle Ater) grabbed the show laurels. The 3-4 exacta combination returned a healthy $143.20 and a winning 3-4-7 $2 trifecta ticket paid $1632. Racing resumes Monday and Tuesday afternoons at Miami Valley at 2:05 p.m. each day. Features will be a pair of $15,000 elimination heats of the James K. Hackett Memorial for 3-year-old Ohio-sired filly trotters on Monday; and another duo of Hackett eliminations for the Ohio-sired trotting colts on Tuesday. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH - The Tuesday (March 19) matinee at Miami Valley Raceway featured both trotters and pacers in "Lebanon Legends" late closing series harness racing action. Three divisions of the first leg of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial trot for non-winners of six races or $60,000 went postward, as did a trio of first leg divisions of the Omar Hiteman Memorial featuring non-winners of two or $20,000 male pacers. The quickest mile in the $15,000 Farwick splits came in the first division when Vatanna (Elliott Deaton) narrowly topped Red Rose Swan (LeWayne Miller) in 1:55.3. Best of the rest was Showboat (Brett Miller). The five geldings in the seven horse field were no match for the winner and runnerup, who were the only mares in the contest. Anna Lorentzon owns Vatanna, a 5-year-old by Dejarmbro, who has now notched three wins in six tries in 2019. Air Assault (Dan Noble) captured the second Farwick split in 1:56.1, besting Sesame (Brett Miller) and Starlight AS (Elliott Deaton). The 4-year-old son of Yankee Glide races for the partnership of Charles Kline and trainer Mike Hollenback. The clocking equaled the lifetime best for the ultra-consistent Air Assault. Another pair of 4-year-old mares showed their heels to the field in the final Farwick division. Missprimetimemel (LeWayne Miller) took full advantage of an early miscue by heavily-favored The Lionking AS to wire the field in 1:56.2. Peggy Sue (Brady Galliers) was a close second with Mr Quaker (Brett Miller) the show finisher. The winning daughter of Pilgrims Chuckie, also trained by LeWayne Miller for owners Nathan Yoder and Stephen Stoll, surpassed the $50,000 earnings plateau with the win. Missprimetimemel was a mild upset winner in the first leg of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial trot series at Miami Valley on Tuesday. - Conrad photo Dealer's Table (Josh Sutton), a 3-year-old by American Ideal making just his second lifetime start, sped to a 1:52.3 score in the fastest $10,000 Hiteman Memorial division. Injured and unraced at two, the winner made his first money start a winning one in 1:54.4 last week and followed up with a dominating effort in his second. "He's the real deal," quipped Sutton as he hung up the lines after beating Smilenmyles (Dale Hiteman) and Parklane Knight (Tyler Smith). Trainer Jeff Cullipher co-owns Dealer's Table, a New York bred, with partner Pollack Racing LLC. The other two victors in the Hiteman heats scored identical 1:54. Triumphs. DL's Big Elvis (Brett Miller) headed Jack's Major (Trevor Smith) and Star Of Oz (Dan Noble) across the finish line. The 3-year-old son of Mister Big earned just $5000 as a freshman, but has already doubled that amount in his first four starts of 2019. Charlie Stewart is training the winner for Rod Harness and breeder Dave Scott. Doctor Jimmy (Cam McCown) remained undefeated by winning his division over Skyway Three Ball (Trace Tetrick) and Seattle Hanover (Chris Page). Brian Brown trains the winning son of Well Said for the partnership of Country Club Acres, Milton Leeman and Richard Lombardo. The 3-year-old colt is now four-for-four to start his promising career.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Real Diva lived up to her name Monday afternoon (Feb. 18) at Miami Valley Raceway. The 6-year-old Real Desire mare was crowned champion when she captured the $15,000 Survivor Series final for $5000 claiming mares. The harness racing series started with 40 minimum claiming mares in four divisions two weeks ago, was narrowed to the top twenty for the second go-around last week, and then ten finalists squared off to compete for the crown and the lucrative purse on Monday. Sent off as an 8-5 co-favorite from the rail, driver Dan Noble was content to get away third in the first quarter. Real Diva was shuffled to fourth at both the half and the three-quarter stations as first Fancy Jess (Kayne Kauffman) and then Grimalkin (Trace Tetrick) pressured the pacesetter Star Of Our Show (Brett Miller). Noble was able to angle the winner three-wide at the head of the stretch and propel down the middle of the lane to secure the 1:55.4 score. Trainer Noah Garrett, who sports an outstanding .512 UTRS during the current meet, also owns Real Diva who he purchased from out East around the turn of the calendar year to 2019. She won her first start in Ohio in January, then managed a pair of show finishes in the Survivor Series eliminations. Grimalkin garnered the place money and Star Of The Show hung on for third. The Tuesday (Feb. 19) matinee at Miami Valley will feature the tandem $15,000 championship Survivor Series showdown for the male $5000 claimers. First race post is 2:05 p.m. and the Survivor Series championship should head postward approximately 5 p.m. From the Miami Valley Media Department  

LEBANON, OH. - The richest race of the season thus far at Miami Valley Raceway, the $37,500 championship of the Claim To Fame series for $30,000 claimers, produced unexpected results when three longshots with outside post positions completed the trifecta and lit up the toteboard. J M Jet Set (Dan Noble) went gate-to-wire in 1:51.4 at 22-1 odds followed at the finish by 20-1 Swapportunity (Mike Oosting) and 38-1 IYQ YQR (Chris Page). The win mutuel was $46.80, the $2 exacta paid $917.60 and the 50-cent trifecta returned a whopping $3,964.30. Despite drawing the 7-hole, Noble was intent of controlling the championship tilt-zooming off the gate and crossing over to the pylons early in the mile. Following a :26.2 opening panel, J M Jet Set was throttled back to a :55 halfway clocking before tripping the third beam in 1:23. The 9-year-old Jereme's Jet gelding coasted home an open lengths winner for his 35th career triumph, missing his lifetime best time by just two-fifths of a second. Noble also trains J M Jet Set for owners Rodney Lorenzo and Brian Running. A pair of Open trots were co-featured on the Sunday (Feb. 10) matinee. In the $24,000 Open I Monopoly Blue Chip (Kayne Kauffman) scored a thrilling upset victory in a race where all eight stellar trotters were within three lengths at the wire. The no-nonsense closer, who is owned by Shayne May and trained by Jeff Olsen, won the cavalry charge to the finish line over All About Cowboys (Jason Brewer) and Another Breath (Noble) in 1:55.1. Although the winning son of Donato Hanover has been highly competitive in the top trotting class over the past four months, he was sent off at 15-1 by the public. The $20,000 Open II was captured by Hominy Hill, trained by Sandy Tetrick and driven by her husband Trace. The 7-year-old black gelding bested Classic Venture (Noble) and Impressive Chief (Brett Miller). From the Miami Valley Media Department

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

LEBANON, OH. - Former North American dash champion Dan Noble, who won that harness racing title in 2011 with 773 victories, accumulated 112 points over his eight drives on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 8) to capture the 2019 edition of Miami Valley Raceway's annual $25,000 North America Drivers Championship. He follows in the footsteps of Doug McNair and Trace Tetrick, who won the $10,000 first prize in the initial two competitions. Noble trailed Brett Miller by eight points with just one race remaining. The 36-year-old native of nearby Xenia, Ohio, managed a second place finish with Rockin Hot Lady to earn 20 valuable points. Miller, unfortunately, finished last in the final event and finished with 100 points-good for second place in the final standings and $5000 in prize money. Drew Monti, the leading driver on the Buffalo/Batavia circuit, finished a strong third (95 points) to win a $3000 bonus payday. Travis Henry (87) from Ontario won $2000 for his fourth place finish, followed by Randy Tharps (86, $1500), 2015 World Drivers Championship winner Dexter Dunn (85, $1250), Jeremy Smith (76, $1000), Joe Bonjiorno (67, $750), Aaron Merriman (53, $500) and Anthony Napolitano (39). Noble is the first local reinsman to win the NADC at Miami Valley. The son of the late, great Ohio Hall Of Famer Chip Noble grew up about 25 miles from Miami Valley and is the fourth generation Noble to occupy the same barn at the Xenia Fairgrounds over the years. A winner of 5,465 races, Noble lists a 1:47.4 career fastest mile behind Pet Rock, winning the prestigious Kaltenbach Award as the leading Ohio Sires Stakes driver of the year, and his national dash championship as his most memorable highlights. "Winning this championship, especially so close to home, ranks right up there with those other highlight moments though," exclaimed a jubilant Noble on his way back from the winner's circle presentation to the paddock. Noble's 112 points came on the strength of one win, one place finish, two show finishes, two fourths, a sixth and a seventh place finish over the eight races with ten-horse fields. The eight winners during the Championship Round were: The Optimist (Brett Miller, $6.20), Desires Lady (Dan Noble, $18.40), Twin B Honour (Joe Bonjiorno, $3.60), Cool Like That (Drew Monti, $14.80), One Sweet Woman (Randy Tharps, $12.80), E R Hilary (Travis Henry, $10.40), Colonys Best (Dexter Dunn, $28.80) and Northernflightlady (Tharps, $11.00). The ten finalists in today’s NADC Championship Following the winner's circle presentation, Noble was rushed back to the paddock where he had to literally run inside to get a whip and run to jump on the sulky as the horses entered the track for his final mount of the day in a $4000 overnight event. In typical Noble fashion, he won again with Crombie A, returning $6.80 to his faithful at the windows. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Nuclear Dragon returned to Ohio with his usual flare on Saturday (Oct. 27), winning the $18,500 Open Handicap Pace from an assigned outside post position in 1:51.2. Since his last start at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, he was shipped to metropolitan New York for a try in the $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational at Yonkers, which didn't go well as the 6-year-old son of Nuclear Breeze faded to a last place finish after speeding to the lead early against the likes of McWicked, Bit Of A Legend and others. Now back in the barn of trainer-driver Dan Noble, Nuclear Dragon again left with alacrity, stopping the first quarter mile beam in :27.2 as he crossed over to the front of the field. After coasting through middle fractions of :55.3 and 1:22.3, the winner tacked on a :28.4 final panel over a rain-soaked racing strip to hold off a determined Hot Rod Dylan (Juan Franco) and late-charging Nine Ways (Jeremy Smith) for his ninth seasonal victory. Hot Rod Dylan made an uncharacteristic break in stride before the gate swung open and spotted the field nearly ten lengths before catching the field and launching a first-over attack throughout the entire final lap. The triumph put owner Richard Mishkin's prize possession over the $354,000 earnings plateau. He paid $5.60 to his mutual supporters, while the exacta was worth $23.40. Racing resumes with matinee programs on both Monday and Tuesday at Hollywood Dayton. First race post time is 2:15 p.m. From Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH.- Safe From Terror and Another Breath shared the Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway spotlight on Friday (Oct. 19) by copping the co-featured open events. Heavily-favored Safe From Terror (Aaron Merriman, $3.20), a 6-year-old daughter of Western Terror who became a millionairess in July, outdueled a stubborn pacesetting American Girl (Dan Noble) by a nose in a 1:53.2 mile over a damp track. Gone Girl (Kayne Kauffman) used a ground-saving trip and a nice closing kick to finish a close-up third in the $16,500 Mares Open. American Girl cut out fractions of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:24.4 before closing in :28.3-only to be caught in the final stride by Safe From Terror, who raced first-up on the outside the entire final lap. Owned by Big Bad DT Racing Stable and trained by Mike Conklin, Safe From Terror now sports 56 wins in 136 trips to the post, good for earnings of $1,030,401. Another Breath (Dan Noble) charged out of the seven slot behind the starting car to gain command early and play catch-me-if-you-can with the full field in the $18,500 Open Trot. After posting fractional times of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:25.1, Another Breath had just enough left in the tank to hold off Pine Dream (Kayne Kauffman) and Optimist Blue Chip (Jeremy Smith) in 1:55.2. The winning 5-year-old gelded son of Lou's Legacy, who paid $12 to win, has now captured 16 of his 82 career starts and produced a bankroll of $337,890. It was the fourth win on the evening for driver Dan Noble, who also trains Another Breath for owner Richaard Mishkin. Racing resumes at Hollywood Dayton on Saturday night with a 6:15 p.m. post time. From the Dayon Raceway Media Department    

DAYTON, OH. - Drivers Dan Noble and Jeremy Smith are waging a heated back-and-forth battle for early supremacy in the Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway dash derby. Smith managed a five wins to four advantage over Noble on Opening Day on September 10, a program during which Jeremy also captured his 2,000th career victory. Noble, however, assumed the lead with a second consecutive four-bagger on Day Two-a lead he has maintained through the first 13 cards of the meet. Dan won five times on Saturday night (Sept.29) to put some distance between himself and Smith. With six triumphs on the Monday afternoon (Oct. 1) slate, however, Smith has narrowed Noble's lead back down to 32-27. Smith's six-pack of winners were Mikes Hope (1:52.3, $4.80), Artistic Fusion (1:52.2, $5.60), Winna Winna (1:52.4, $4.20), Cenalta Power (1:53.2, $13.60), Genuine Desire (1:54.4, $5.00) and Stonebridge Cowboy (1:55.1, $7.00). Josh Sutton, Chris Page and Tyler Smith round out the top five in the current standings. Racing resumes Tuesday afternoon at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway with a 2:15 p.m. post time. From the Dayton Raceway Media Department  

Nuclear Dragon (7) regained his winning ways at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway on Saturday (Sept. 29), holding off Snowball's Romeo (2) and Bettor Spirits (3) in the featured $18,500 Open Pace. Dan Noble trains and drove the winning 6-year-old son of Nuclear Breeze, who is owned by Richard Mishkin. Nuclear Dragon clocked a mile in 1:50.2 for his 8th win of the year, increasing his seasonal bankroll to $176,000.  From the Dayton Raceway Media Department  

Columbus, OH - Lather Up and Bounding Dragon each captured a $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts on Saturday night, Aug. 18 in fourth round OSS action at Eldorado Scioto Downs.   By virtue of their victories, the third in the series for Bounding Dragon and the second for Lather Up, both have securing a starting berth in the $275,000 Championship, set for Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs.   Lather Up, a son of I'm Gorgeous trained by Clyde Francis for breeders/owners Gary & Barbara Iles of Harrington, DE, stormed to a 1:50.2 clocking in his division for driver Montrell Teague.   This dark bay colt sat third until just past the :27.1 first quarter, then pulled first and took control of the race on the front end, snapping off a :27 second quarter and a :28 third quarter, before posting a :28.1 final panel to finish 3 and ½ lengths ahead of gutsy 5-1 rival Sectionline Bigry (Aaron Merriman). Dragonology, a 38-1 longshot, finished third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.   Lather Up left the gate at 1-9 odds for his connections and upped his career earnings to $601,465. He had previously won leg one in 1:50 at Miami Valley and later captured the $1 million America Cup at Woodbine in a blistering 1:48.1. He also won a Hempt elim in 1:49 at The Poconos and an Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto on Aug. 4 in a heart-stopping 1:49.4.   Bounding Dragon, a son of Dragon Again, had already won legs one (in 1:53) and three (in 1:51.1) of this series, and added his 1:51.1 posting in this leg four triumph to his credentials as the 4-5 favorite. He also has a second-place finish in leg three for trainer Mike Roth and owners Alan Keith of Johnstown, OH and Carl & Melanie Atley of Xenia, OH.   Driver Danny Noble had Bounding Dragon on the front end from nearly start to finish, pacing through panels of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:22.3, before turning in a :28.3 last brush to hold off 8-1 rival Seeing Eye Single (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a scant head. Drew The Dragon and Aaron Merriman notched show honors at 5-1 odds.   Bounding Dragon, who has OSS earnings of $80,000 this season and career earnings of $201,509 is the leading point earner in the series, with 179.   Rockathon sits second in the standings with 121 points, while Lather Up is third with 102 and Seeing Eye Single is fourth with 87 points. Cinnamack sits fifth with 70 points, with Sectionline Bigry sixth (58 points) and Slick Mick and Rockn Motion are seventh and eighth with 53 points each. JoJo's Pet Rock is set in ninth with 41 points. The next highest point earners are Letsallrock, with 31 points and Sip And A Bite, with 26 points.   Ohio Sires Stakes action continues with two $50,000 Leg Four divisions for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Monday night, Aug. 20 at Northfield Park.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Friday the 13th proved to be lucky for Looking For Zelda as she romped to a near six-length triumph in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies on a perfect summer evening at Scioto Downs, timed in a new track record clocking of 1:54.1. Conditioned by The Meadows-based Norm Parker for breeder-owner Robert Key of Leechburg, PA, the leggy sophomore daughter by Break The Bank K grabbed the lead early and was never headed throughout. In fact, Looking For Zelda was already on top by a full three lengths in the final turn--after flying by three-quarter mile marker in a hasty 1:24.3 in rein to Tony Hall. The victory was Looking For Zelda's third of the year in five starts and her tenth lifetime in 16 tries. She now has $295,902 in her coffers. She was sent off at as the 1-5 favorite, with 6-1 Sesame (Aaron Merriman) second by 5¾ lengths and 50-1 Infrontandforgetit (Kayne Kauffman) getting up for third, 7½ lengths back. To no one's surprise, Non Smoker captured the second OSS division in 1:55.1 as the 9-5 favorite, besting the late-rushing 5-2 Impinktoo (Kayne Kauffman) by a scant neck. The My MVP lass trotted solidly for trainer-driver Danny Noble in front-stepping fashion the entire mile, before nabbing her third consecutive victory in this OSS series. Mild 12-1 longshot California Love (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third, three-quarters of a length behind the winner. Bred by Stephanie Smith-Rothaug of West Jefferson, Ohio, Non Smoker has earned $102,161 lifetime for Norman Rae Racing of Xenia, Ohio from six wins in 14 career starts. The fourth and final leg of this OSS series will be contested on Aug. 20 at Northfield Park, with Non Smoker the clear leader in this series with 153 points, while Impinktoo sits second with 78 points and Looking For Zelda and California Love tied for third with 73 points each. Red Storm has 70 points; Spunky Bottom Girl (53); Sesame (45); Risky Deal (28); To Russia (24); and Count On Rosey (18). Points will be tallied after the fourth OSS leg to determine which of these fillies will be eligible to the $275,000 Final which will be contested on Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs. Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

In late February the initial Pro-Am Competition was staged at Pompano Park and today (Tuesday, June 19) at Scioto Downs, the second edition of the challenge where the amateur drivers competed in races with and against some of the industry's top reinsmen was showcased. The competitions are the brainchild of Stacy Cahill, the director of racing at both Pompano and Scioto Downs. And from the participants at each venue monies were raised for the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and for New Vocations. Participating professionals included Tim and Trace Tetrick, Dan Noble and Aaron Merriman while the remainder of drivers in each event were all amateurs. And to the surprise of no one, every one of the four contest races was won by a professional. The first contest race was won by Dan Noble with amateur driver, Steve Oldford second and Tim Tetrick third. Noble came back to win the second Pro-Am event as amateur driver Joey Putnam finished second. And Tim Tetrick was again third. Then in the third Pro-Am event Trace Tetrick turned back Aaron Merriman for the victory. Amateur driver Michelle Ruvola took home the show dough. And in the final Pro-Am event Trace Tetrick again emerged victorious with Aaron Merriman second and Michelle Ruvola third. But the amateur drivers had their day in the sun with a race strictly for Billings members late on the card. NED HODKINSON WINS THE BILLINGS TROT  Ned "the Insurance Man" Hodkinson and his trusty steed, Mutinyonthebounty, remain a perfect two-for-two this year after they out-footed nine others to score an impressive victory in a 1:58.1 clocking. After racing on the front-end relatively unchallenged the wire came just in time as a host of trotters were closing in on Mutinyonthebounty. But the veteran Mutineer gelding refused to lose and kept Winbak Charles M and driver "Lawbook Larry" Farley at bay for a head victory.. Better Call Saul was a neck farther back in third for "Michelle The Belle" Ruvola. Sent off the favorite in the race Mutinyonthebounty paid $5.90 for win. Hodkinson, who owns and trains the winner, notched his 61st lifetime driving victory. by John Manzi, for the Billing Series     

Columbus, OH - Despite a threatening night of thunder, lightning, high winds and showers, owner Bruce Trogdon couldn't have been happier June 9, when Cinnamack and Bounding Dragon finished first and second in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts at Scioto Downs.   "I was so happy to see both of them leading down the stretch," noted Trogdon. "Of course I was hoping my horse (Cinnamack) would get up for the win, but I was just so happy for both of them, as they are both out of two of my best mares."   Bounding Dragon had led throughout most of the mile for Josh Sutton, but in the late stretch Chris Page steered Cinnamack up the inside to nail down his fourth victory in five starts this year in 1:50.4 by a head over his rival--equaling his lifetime best score. The bay son by McArdle is out of the unraced Western Ideal mare Armbro Cinnamon, making him a half-brother to World Champion Fear The Dragon p,3, 1:48.4s ($1,578,547). To date he's earned $95,600 for Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Ohio.   "I raised both of these youngsters, so it's always a great feeling to see both of them perform so well," Trogdon stressed.   Conditioned by Brian Brown, Cinnamack left the gate at odds of 2-1, as did rival Bounding Dragon. Sectionline Biguy (6-1) notched show honors with Tyler Smith at the lines.   "I also have a super-looking yearling who is a full brother to Fear The Dragon," Trogdon offered. That youngster's name is Dragon Roars Again.   Cinnamack is the sixth of seven foals out of his dam, and has a full brother in McSinner Man p, 4, 1:52.3s ($54,466), and half-siblings in Cinamony (by Art Officials) p, 4, 1:49.3f ($532,404) and Cndiana Jones p, 7, 1:53.1f ($115,599).   In the second $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore side-wheelers, Kimberly Dailey harnessed 9-5 Rockathon to a 1:51.1 victory with Danny Noble at the lines. The altered son by Pet Rock, who is owned in partnership by Dailey and Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, Ohio, picked up his sixth lifetime win in 16 starts, upping his lifetime bankroll to $186,012.   Rockathon wrestled the lead away from 21-1 longshot Parklane Official just past the :27.2 opening panel, and went on to lead at every post, before brushing home in a brisk :27.4 to win by a 1¼ lengths over the hard-trying 1-2 Slick Mick (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), with 9-1 JoJo's Pet Rock (Simon Allard) another seven lengths back in third.   Rockathon is the seventh foal out of The Panderosa dam Pantathlon p, 2, 1:54.4F ($20,221) and is a half-brother to: Pan From Nantucket (by No Pan Intended) p,5, 1:51.3h ($570,801); Rosemary Rose (by Foreclosure N) p,4,1:51f ($293,382); Panstakingly (by No Pan Intended) p, 3, 1:54.2s ($64,490); Nip Pan Tuck (by No Pan Intended) p,2,1:54.4s ($50,899); and Holiday Romance p,3, 1:56.2f ($39,289).   Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Monday evening, June 11 at Northfield Park, when 3-year-old trotting fillies line up behind the starting gate in Leg 2 action.   by Kimberly A. Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund  

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

LEBANON, OH. – A pair of $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitationals for the finest harness racing 3-year-old pacers and trotters in Ohio were supposed to share the spotlight at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (April 28).  While neither race disappointed, with two of the Buckeye state’s best sophomores displaying awesome speed, an all time-all age track record 1:49 performance in the $23,000 Open I Pace shared the limelight. It wasn’t just the horses putting on a tremendous show, either, as leading driver Dan Noble visited the winner’s circle seven times on the special Saturday program. Defending Ohio Sires Stakes freshman colt trotting champion Mission Accepted, who captured four of seven races including the final at two, broke the track record for the division in his first outing of 2018.  His 1:54.3 clocking is also the fastest in North America for a 3-year-old trotting colt thus far this year. Trainer Jeff Conger used two qualifiers at his home base of Northfield Park to prep his outstanding son of Manofmanymissions for the Scarlet & Gray. Despite a few anxious moments early, when eventual runnerup Sultan Of Cash (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) didn’t relinquish the front end until past the :29.2 opening quarter, driver Ryan Stahl guided Mission Accepted through subsequent splits of :58 and 1:26.2 before sealing the deal with a :28.1 closing panel. The 3-1/4 length victory pushed the winner’s lifetime earnings to $215,800 in just eight trips to post. Sultan Of Cash held for second with longshot MVP Luke (Dan Noble) rallying for show. Veteran trainer Jeff Conger, particularly adept at developing young trotters, shares ownership of Mission Accepted with Knox Services Inc. and David Wills. Rockathon (Dan Noble) pulled a mild upset in the Scarlet & Gray colt pacing division, triumphing in 1:51.3 for a new personal best. Dragonology (Chris Page) was second and Hackett Memorial winner Sectionline Bigry (Tyler Smith) third after the three heavyweights slugged it out through the stretch. Rockathon moved to the front just past the :27.4 first quarter, then controlled the throttle through middle fractions of :55 and 1:24.1.  The son of Pet Rock is owned by Carl and Melanie Atley in partnership with trainer Bill Dailey’s wife Kimberly.  His bounty in his young career surpassed $155,000 with five wins in his first 13 starts. A packed grandstand at Miami Valley was buzzing as the fractions in the Open I were being posted for Nuclear Dragon, getting louder at each impressive split as announcer Barry Vicroy spit them out: 25.4, :53.1 and 1:20.2. The buzz turned into a roar as the 1:49 track record flashed up on the toteboard. In addition to being the fastest mile ever at Miami Valley, the clocking is currently the quickest over a five-eighths mile oval thus far in 2018. Nuclear Dragon, a 6-year-old Nuclear Breeze gelding with red-hot Dan Noble in the sulky, was taking no prisoners on this occasion. With favored My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) leaving alertly from the rail, the pair sped past the first quarter station before Noble gained front-end clearance. From that point on the winner inched further and further ahead before sailing to the wire three lengths ahead. My Hero Ron raced gamely to hold second with Savage Seelster (Jason Brewer) rallying from sixth at the three-quarters to earn a third place finish. Nuclear Dragon is trained by Jeff Johnson Jr. for owner Richard Mishkin. With the win, he eclipsed the $200,000 earnings plateau. Earlier in the evening, Bettor Than You (Josh Sutton) copped the $20,000 Open II Pace in 1:52.3, topping E Z Noah (Kayne Kauffman) and Lyons Jimmydean (Tyler Smith).  Trainer Steve Carter owns the 8-year-old Bettor’s Delight gelding with partners Peggy Carter, Sheila Hummel and J. Beard. Gregg Keidel

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