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Columbus, OH — Eldorado Scioto Downs held a special Memorial Day harness racing card on Monday (May 25) with a 6:30 p.m. post. For this, the third racing day for the 2020 season, Scioto handled more than $1 million on the card. “Historically we’ve had an afternoon post time on holidays,” said race secretary Jason Roth. “However Joe (Morris, Senior Vice President of Racing for Eldorado Resorts), Gabe Prewitt and I were looking at the schedule and thought there would be less competition for an evening card.” The Friday night (May 22) 12-race opening card had $1.054 million wagered; Saturday night’s card, also with 12 races, handled $1.12 million while Monday’s 14-race card handled $1.195 million. “We’re pleased with how the opening weekend was received,” stated Morris. “Our staff worked diligently to host five straight days of qualifiers before this three-day opening weekend. Much of our staff is not back yet because the casino isn’t open yet.” Weekend racing highlights include a close finish in the $18,000 Fillies & Mares Open on Friday, with Rosemary Rose winning by a nose over Sally Fletcher A in 1:51.2. Rosemary Rose, a 6-year-old by Foreclosure N, was driven by Chris Page for trainer Ron Burke. The Saturday horses and geldings open went to My Hero Ron, pacing the mile in 1:50 for driver Aaron Merriman and trainer Danny Dubeansky. Monday’s card had four divisions of the non-winners of one for trotters, with the first division being the fastest in 1:55.3. Tootie won by a head over A Fancy Face for driver Brett Miller. The 3-year-old daughter of Uncle Peter is trained by Pamela Young for Big Dog Racing. Racing at Scioto Downs will continue this week Wednesday through Saturday with a 6:30 p.m. first post. The cards for Wednesday and Thursday have been drawn and there are 14 races carded for each evening. With the great response on the guaranteed wagers through the USTA’s Strategic Wagering Program for the first three cards, Scioto will have a guaranteed $15,000 pool for the Pick-5 on both the Wednesday and Thursday cards; the Pick-5 has a low 14 percent takeout. For free program pages for the guaranteed wagers, visit handicapping.ustrotting.com. For more information about live racing at Scioto Downs visit www.sciotodowns.com/racing. Eldorado Scioto Downs

Columbus, OH — Saturday (May 23) Eldorado Scioto Downs held the draw for participants in the Next Generation pace for harness racing 2-year-old Ohio-bred pacers. Nominations to the event, at $10,000 each, were due March 15. There was an over subscription for both the colt and filly divisions. Both have a maximum of nine starters, which resulted in Saturday’s draw. The draw was scheduled to be held on opening weekend, May 9, but with the delay of the start of the racing season, it was held the first Saturday of live racing. The winners of the 2-year-old filly draw are: Dana Parham, William Hartt, Frank Chick, Spring Haven Farm, Matt Rowe, Weaver Bruscemi, TheStable.ca, Alagna/Bell/Ruggles and Trish Foulk. The winners of the 2-year-old colt draw are: Daniel Hale, Dana Parham, Weaver Bruscemi, Bluestreak Boys Stable, Matt Rowe, TheStable.ca, LeVan Stable, Black Magic Racing and Trish Foulk. The races will be held on Saturday (July 4) with an estimated purse for each division of $150,000. Nominations to the event did not require the nominator to designate a horse in March; the horse is declared at the time of entry. Owners of the slot may trade, sell or give away entries after Saturday until the time of declaration for the event. Any entry that changes hands must be submitted in writing by both parties to Scioto Downs. Trainers, owners and stables are limited to one starter. For more information on the conditions for the Next Generation, visit horsemen.ustrotting.com. Scioto Downs hosts regular live harness racing, without spectators, Tuesday through Saturday each week through Sept. 5. First post on Tuesdays is 2 p.m.with a 6:30 p.m. post Wednesday-Saturday. Over Memorial Day weekend the Tuesday (May 26) card is swapped out for Monday (May 25) at 6:30 p.m. from Scioto Downs racing media

Columbus, OH — After a week of qualifiers, heavy rain, and anticipation Scioto Downs kicked off their 2020 live harness racing meet on Friday (May 22). “Six days after qualifiers, we were able to start racing thanks to our amazing team,” said Joe Morris, the Senior Vice President of Racing at Eldorado Resorts. Scioto started things off in a big way with just over $127,000 wagered in the first race. The guaranteed Pick-5 was a big hit with horseplayers, surpassing the guarantee with more than $22,000 wagered. Total handle on the 12-race program was $1,054,294.15, the second highest handle in history at Scioto Downs, a number that hasn’t been seen at the five-eighths-mile oval in more than 20 years. “I have to thank our team and the horsemen for helping put on the show,” said Morris. “The horsemen are rugged, it’s been a long week and I’m proud of everyone on a job well done.” Scioto wasted no time getting back to racing on Friday, following the Ohio State Racing Commission in conjunction with Governor Mike DeWine’s office coming up with protocols to race without fans safely. The Commission passed a resolution allowing racing to return at their May 14 meeting. “For three weeks in a row, I thought racing was going to get rolling,” said Morris. “We’re glad to have been given this opportunity by the Commission and Governor’s office to start racing.” The road to the start of racing kicked off on Saturday (May 16), as 16 qualifiers went to the track, followed by four more days in preparation for the opening night card. “Our Race Secretary, Jason Roth, had a great idea to write the condition sheet for qualifiers like he would a race card,” said Morris. “His great idea ensured that we would have the right horses to fill Friday’s card.” “It’s been a busy week with all of the qualifiers,” said Roth. “Everyone has been very receptive to the protocols that have been put into place.” The first program of the year featured a pair of Open races, one for Filly and Mare pacers (race six) and one for trotters (race eight). Rosemary Rose (inside) held off a hard charging Sally Fletcher A to win the $18,000 Filly and Mare Open. Conrad photo. A compact field of six went to the gate in the distaff Open and St Lads Gidget (Aaron Merriman) wasted no time leaving the gate, looking to control the fractions. After a strong first-quarter of :26.4, Merriman was able to ration out the speed with a :28.3 second panel, but he was forced to step on the gas dealing with pressure from Golden Paradise moving up the backstretch. Rosemary Rose (Chris Page) was patient through the mile, riding second over cover to three-quarters before firing down the stretch. After putting away St Lads Gidget she dealt with a late charge from Sally Fletcher A (Brett Miller), but was able to hold on by a nose in 1:51.2. For Rosemary Rose, it was her third victory of the year in 10 starts for owners Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo, and Weaver Bruscemi and trainer Ron Burke. The 6-year-old, who has shown no signs of slowing down, has bankrolled $567,207 in her career. Rosemary Rose was one of six victories on the card for driver Chris Page. The photo finish camera couldn’t separate the Open Trot competitors as Peggy Sue (Brady Galliers) and Eye Ofa Tiger AS (Elliott Deaton) hit the wire together in a strong stretch battle. The photo finish camera could not separate Peggy Sue (inside) and Eye Ofa Tiger AS (outside) in the co-featured $18,000 Open Trot. Conrad photo. There were fireworks early on as heavy favorite Workinitonbroadway (Page) made a costly miscue at the start allowing Wildfire Seelster (Tyler Smith) to get to the front through the first quarter in :28.1. Wildfire Seelster was able to get a breather in the second quarter (:58) before having to sprint up the backstretch. Eye Ofa Tiger AS pulled first up heading to the three-quarter pole, forcing the hand of Peggy Sue and Galliers to make a first-over grind. After hitting three-quarters in 1:26.3, Wildfire Seelster fought gamely through the stretch, but was collared late by Peggy Sue and a hard charging Eye Ofa Tiger AS in 1:55.1. Peggy Sue was able to lock up her third victory of the year, moving her earnings to $48,230 for owner Galliers Racing and trainer Brady Galliers. Eye Ofa Tiger AS scored his first victory of the season for trainer Anette Lorentzon and owners ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. His career earnings now stack up at $577,768. Live racing at Scioto Downs returns on Saturday night (May 23) with a 6:30 p.m. first post. The card features a $10,000 guaranteed Pick-5 in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program. Past performances provided by TrackMaster can be found by clicking here.    by Michael Carter, USTA Social Media and Publicity Coordinator

Grove City, OH - After an almost two-month layoff, harness racing returns tonight in the United States with a 12-race card at Eldorado Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio. To celebrate the return, the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will host a special two-hour Facebook Live event, with heavy hitters from the harness racing history. "The Voice" Roger Huston, OHHA Brand Ambassador and OHHA Outreach and Public Relations Coordinator Frank Fraas will be joined by DRF Harness Editor Derick Giwner and Meadowlands television host Dave Brower for the show. OHHA Executive Director Renée Mancino says "we are excited to be able to offer this much racing experience and knowledge to help us kick-off standardbred racing off in North America, this event is the first round for more formal productions that were already in the planning stages for Ohio's outreach program." Huston began his career in 1960 calling harness races at Ohio county fairs. He has called over 188,000 races throughout his career in a least 20 states and eight countries and has announced the Little Brown Jug for 52 years. Giwner is the editor of DRF Harness for the Daily Racing Form. He has worked for Sports/Eye since 1996 and has served as the editor of the paper since 2005. Giwner has worn many hats in the industry including owner, amateur driver track announcer and chart caller and is also an expert handicapper. Brower has been a big fan of harness racing since he was a teen. Currently the television host at the Meadowlands, he is also an ace handicapper, co-host of the national broadcast of The Hambletonian on CBS Sports Network and anchors the simulcast coverage of the Little Brown Jug. This all-star lineup will discuss the return of racing to North America, handicap some of the races at Eldorado Scioto Downs and entertain fans with stories. Tonight's event is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM on the OHHA Facebook page. Special thanks to the sponsors that have made this possible, Kim Hill Realty, Equine Equipment, Cool Winds Farm, The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, Hagemeyer Farms and Centerra Co-op. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote, and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. For more information: Frank Fraas, ffraas@ohha.com, 614-569-6404  

Columbus, OH — Friday (May 22) marks the re-opening of harness racing. Both Eldorado Scioto Downs and the Ohio horsemen are ready to provide the action, while safely following state and health department protocols. First post will be at 6:30 p.m. for both the Friday and Saturday evening 12-race cards. The Scioto team has worked diligently getting the racetrack and barns ready for horsemen, while also working behind the scenes to get racing to the public and improving wagering opportunities. “We have worked out a deal to have our races be on TVG,” explained Eldorado senior vice president of racing Joe Morris. “We also encourage fans and gamblers to check out our wagering platform RacelineBet.com since we are racing with no spectators.” Here is a list of ways to get in on the Scioto Downs action this weekend: – Racing will be on TVG starting at 8:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday – Free program pages available on the Scioto Downs website  – New wagering menu details – Full card analysis for the Friday, Saturday, and Monday night cards by DRF Harness – $10,000 guarantee on the Pick-5, with a low 14% takeout, for both Friday and Saturday through the USTA Strategic Wagering Program – While handicapping, watch replays of this past week’s qualifiers on the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Youtube channel In honor of a long-standing tradition, Scioto will race three days over this long Memorial Day weekend, Friday, Saturday and Monday, with one slight change – post time will be at 6:30 p.m. on Memorial Day, Monday (May 25). Historically an afternoon card, the post time change was made to better fit into the racing schedule. For more information on the Scioto Downs racing season, visit https://www.sciotodowns.com/racing. Eldorado Scioto Downs

Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has announced that it will be the title sponsor of Scott Alberg's monthly harness racing handicapping contest on Facebook. Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, whose also has numerous other handicapping titles, has been a Standardbred owner in the past, and has agreed to partner with USHWA as the contests new title sponsor. "I am looking so forward to having USHWA as our title sponsor," Alberg said. "I know that with the support of USHWA our monthly contests are going to become very popular with the harness racing community and I can bet you it will draw some new faces to our sport too!" The first contest will be held on the opening day/night of the first harness racing pari-mutuel track that begins racing in North America. That track will be Scioto Downs in Columbus, OH this Friday, May 22, 2020. One special race will be selected from the Scioto Downs Friday program (they draw on Tuesday) and contestants can enter free of charge. All you have to do is select the correct exacta (first two official finishers in the race, either by their starting post position number or by the name of the horse). There will be three prizes given away in each contest. If more than three correct answers are submitted, then a drawing will take place with all the correct winners and the first three names drawn will win a prize. Prizes will consist of Swag Bags; magazine subscriptions and other items being donated from racetracks and harness racing organizations throughout North America and will be different each month. The first contest prizes will be swag bags of items from the Hambletonian Society. To enter the contest, fans must go to Scott Alberg's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3, where the contest will be prominently displayed. Alberg, as he has done in the past, will run the contests. All contest winners will have their name posted after the event and the ranking they finished in from the prize drawings. "Being partnered with Scott Alberg is a great opportunity for USHWA," said Kim Rinker, USHWA President. "USHWA's social media team is committed to publicizing harness racing on numerous platforms to help bring new fans into our sport." USHWA will also be promoting the monthly contest not only on Facebook, but with press releases and via Twitter and Instagram. For more information check out Scott Alberg's Facebook Page, USHWA's Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts or the new USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA  

Columbus, Ohio...May 16, 2020...Things are getting mighty exciting around 6000 South High Street. Scioto Downs had their test run on Saturday in the form of 16 qualifying events in preparation for their pari-mutuel opening on May 22--their 62nd harness racing season. With Eldorado Resorts Senior Vice-President of Racing Joe Morris and Racing Secretary Jason Roth on hand to greet horsemen and women at the stable gate, the entry box was bursting with enthusiasm in the form of over 140 entries. Many of the "kingpins" in the sport, including leading trainer Ron Burke and top dash winner Aaron Merriman were on hand in competition and the appropriately named track superintendent Phillip Good had the famed five-eighths mile oval lightning fast in welcoming all back to Ohio. Stressing the quality of the horseflesh appearing this day, the first of the 16 qualifying events featured a million dollar field of trotters--actually a $2.2 million dollar field--which went to Workinitonbroadway, handled by Chris Page for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi in 1:54.3, equaling his lifetime best performance. The "feature" qualifying event of the day consisted of a field of nine with over $3 million in career bounty and many of the elite drivers in the sport and it was a 26 year-old "rookie," Devon Tharps, who stole the show with General Dolan, a five year-old altered son of Rockin Image trained by Robert Phillips for breeders-owners John and Robert Esposito. Young Tharps sent General Dolan to the front at the opening marker and went on the lead the rest of the journey to score in 1:52.3. Devon began his career in the sport in 2019 and is looking for his first lifetime pari-mutuel win after 14 career trips back of the starting gate. In summing up the day, Aaron Merriman remarked, "I thought the track was great. I don't think you could've asked for a better surface." He also lauded the efforts of Joe Morris, Jason Roth and Gabe Prewitt, who spent valuable time with the horsemen upon arrival and in the paddock. A live stream of the qualifiers was shown on the OHHA Facebook pace and replays will be available on "trotandpacemarketing.com." Post time time for the Friday night opener is 6:30 p.m. by John Berry for Scioto Downs    

Columbus, OH — Eldorado Scioto Downs management is saddened to announce that the $400,000 Jim Ewart Memorial and the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial will be canceled for the upcoming harness racing season. Due to the current economic environment, it has been decided to keep overnight purses competitive to 2019 levels for Ohio horsemen. Therefore, Grand Circuit events have been canceled with the intentions of reintroducing the events in 2021. Nomination payments for the Hill and Ewart Memorial were to be due June 15. Any nomination payments received will be refunded. Eldorado Scioto Downs continues to work diligently at getting our 2020 racing season started. from Eldorado Scioto Downs

Both McWicked and Atlanta showed different harness racing tactics that worked Saturday night at Scioto Downs as McWicked won the $440,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Pace and Atlanta won the $220,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot. And both races took the photo finish camera to declare the winner. The feature event was the Ewart Memorial and it was Filibuster Hanover (Chris Page) trading the early lead with This Is The Plan (Yannick Gingras) to the opening quarter mile in :25.3 with This Is The Plan on the lead. Western Fame and driver Dan Noble attacking first-over with Jimmy Freight (Scott Zeron) grabbing the second-over spot past the half mile in :52.4. They raced four-in, five-out down the backstretch to the three-quarters in 1:20 as horses began to fan out for the stretch drive to the finish. In the stretch, Western Fame starts to surge to the lead as a wall of horses came at him and it was driver Brian Sears and McWicked weaving their way through the field and getting up at the wire by a long nose in 1:49. Dontellmeagain (Tim Tetrick) and Western Fame finished in a dead-heat for second with Courtly Choice (James MacDonald) a neck back in fourth place. It was the first time that any horse has won the Jim Ewart Memorial twice. It was McWicked’s fourth win this year for the eight-year-old stallion by McArdle and 38th career win for trainer Casie Coleman and owner SSG Stable of North Boston, NY. He paid $6.20 to win. “I was still asking him for pace just keeping up,” winning driver Brian Sears said after the race. “He’s an amazing horse." Atlanta, with Yannick Gingras in the sulky, returned to her winning ways with a close call in the $220,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot. After taking the lead away from Mission Accepted (Chris Page) by the opening quarter mile in :27.1, Atlanta settled in on the lead as Guardian Angel AS (Tim Tetrick) started up first-over by the half in a mild :56. Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron) had grabbed the second-over trip. Down the backstretch, Atlanta held firmly to the lead as the pace picked up and Guardian Angel AS could not gain ground on the race leader past the three-quarters in 1:24. Then as they came down the stretch, Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svandsted) found room and came charging up the passing lane but Atlanta was a step ahead, winning by a long nose in 1:51.4. The lone two mares in the race finishing one-two. Mission Accepted was third. It was a track record mile for four-year-old trotting mares and made Atlanta only the second mare ever to win the Charlies Hill. The daughter of Chapter Seven posted her seventh win on the year in eleven starts for trainer Ron Burke. She is owned by Crawford Farms, Bradley Grant and Howard Taylor and paid $5.80 to win. Atlanta was a $10,000 supplement to the Charlie Hill Memorial. "Honestly I was kind of measuring a little bit late," Gingras said after the race. "Ake [Svanstedt and Plunge Blue Chip] was coming kind of fast. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Columbus, OH - Driver Brett Miller had a spectacular Saturday night (Sept. 7) at Scioto Downs, capturing one $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for veteran harness racing pacing mares and three $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolations. Miller, 46, a resident of Blacklick, Ohio began his four-race win streak by steering 5-1 Homer Hall to victory in the $75,000 OSS 3-Year-Old Colt Consolation. Trained and co-owned by Steve Carter along with Jay Mossbarger & Cass Gallagher, the son of Broadway Hall was clocked in 1:54.3 for Miller. Bred by Midland Acres, Homer Hall bested 3-5 rival Morally Flexible (Danny Noble) by a length with 21-1 Workinitonbroadway (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) nailing down third-place honors. The victory, Homer Hall's tenth of the year and 17th lifetime in 26 starts, upped his lifetime bankroll to $193,742. Next, Miller guided Patti Roth and Alan Keith's Bad Sammie to a 1:53.1 clocking in the $75,000 OSS 3-Year-Old Filly Pace Consolation. The Big Bad John lass left the gate as the 3-5 favorite, besting 3-1 Twinsburg (Danny Noble) by half a length with 16-1 Lofty Beach (Yannick Gingras) third. Mike Roth trains Bad Sammie, who was bred by Midland Acres and now has $132,740 in career earnings from just four wins in 21 starts. Miller then reined 5-2 B Like Cruiser to a 1:51.4 triumph for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. and owners Michael Cimaglio and William Richardson in the $75,000 OSS 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace Consolation. The homebred gelded son of Yankee Cruiser finished a neck ahead of 18-1 Rose Run Ulysses (Tim Tetrick) at the wire, with 16-1 Ohio Vintage (Aaron Merriman) another short neck back. Unraced as a freshman, B Like Cruiser now has seven wins, two seconds and one third in 13 trips postward with $110,301 in his coffers. Finally, Miller used a three-wide move in the last turn to bring 7-1 Up Front Flor Ida home first in the $75,000 Veteran Mares Pacing Championship in 1:51.3. The 4-year-old daughter of Woodstock is owned by Kevin McKinney and Virginian McKoy, and is trained by Tim McKoy. She now has career earnings of $269,890 from 15 wins, eight seconds and ten thirds in 52 lifetime starts. Using a :28.4 final brush, she easily paced to the win ahead of 50-1 Berazzled (Aaron Merriman), with 60-1 McDazzle (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) getting up for third. Harold Bauder's Sectionline Bigry captured the $75,000 OSS Veteran Pacing Championship for horses and geldings impressively in 1:49.2 as the 1-5 favorite. Driven by Tyler Smith for trainer Steve Bauder, this 4-year-old homebred son of Pet Rock has been a strong contender in the Ohio open and invitational ranks all season. This latest victory--his 11th of the season and 18th lifetime--upped his career earnings to $365,027. Whataboy was second at 8-1 for Danny Noble, while 90-1 Barley Up was third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. Driver Aaron Merriman got the evening started by piloting 6-5 Chris Beaver-trainee Delovely Hall to a 1:58.1 triumph in the $75,000 OSS 2-Year-Old Filly Trot Consolation. Renee Bercury owns the Cash Hall lass who picked up a perfect time to score her second career victory. Danny Noble had no trouble bringing 1-5 Buxton home first in 1:57.2 for owner Carter Duer and trainer Bob Stewart in the $75,000 OSS 2-Year-Old Colt Trot Consolation. The homebred Dejarmbro colt picked up his second career win in six starts and now has $60,460 in his bankroll. Trainer Brian Brown then sent out the next two OSS winners--the first being PJ's Legacy, a 1-2 daughter of Big Bad John who stopped the clock in 1:53 in the $75,000 2-Year-Old Filly Pace Consolation for driver Ryan Stahl. Brown then harnessed 6-5 Stanford Court, with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., taking the youngster to a 1:52.4 victory in the $75,000 OSS 2-Year-Old Colt Pace Consolation. Chris Page brought Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva-Purnell&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi's 3-1 Buckeye Starlet into the Scioto winner's circle after the Uncle Peter filly took the $75,000 OSS 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Consolation in 1:56. The win was the fourth of the year and fifth lifetime for Buckeye Starlet, who now has $95,681 in career earnings. Hambletonian winner Atlanta had to work a bit to prove her dominance as she took the $220,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot in front-stepping fashion for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ronnie Burke in 1:51.4, holding off Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) by a head in the final yards. The daughter of Chapter Seven recorded her 19th career victory for Crawford Farms Racing, Brad Grant and Howard Taylor. In the $440,000 Jim Ewart Memorial, McWicked, with Brian Sears in the sulky, scored a nose victory over Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick) in 1:49. Casie Coleman conditions the 8-year-old son of McArdle for the New York-based SSG Stables. The win was McWicked's 28th of his career and his lifetime earnings now stand at well over $4.4 million. The Ohio Sires Stakes Championships for Veteran Trotters, 4-year-olds and up, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Northfield Park, with two $75,000 divisions scheduled for both genders. Those events will wrap up the 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes season. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

Harnessracing.com reported this morning that World champion 4-year-old pacer Lather Up has been scratched from Saturday night’s $440,000 James Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs. Co-owner George Teague Jr. told harnessracing.com Saturday morning that he was being cautious and scratched Lather Up “sick.”   To read the rest of the article click here.   From Harnessracing.com  

Courtly Choice and Guardian Angel AS head to Scioto Downs off big wins this past weekend in Canada and both will see familiar faces when they line up behind the starting gate for their respective stakes events Saturday at the central Ohio racetrack. Courtly Choice won the Canadian Pacing Derby on Aug. 31 at Woodbine Mohawk Park and will meet six rivals from that race in Saturday's $440,000 Jim Ewart Memorial for older pacers. The group includes the horses that finished in positions two through six in the CPD - Lather Up, Western Fame, This Is The Plan, Jimmy Freight, and McWicked - as well as eighth-place Filibuster Hanover. Guardian Angel AS won the Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk and will see two foes from that event in Saturday's $220,000 Charlie Hill Memorial for older trotters, runner-up Atlanta and third-place finisher Marion Marauder. The Charlie Hill Memorial is the 13th race on Scioto's 16-race card, with an approximate post time of 10:30 p.m., and will be followed by the Ewart. Post time is 6:30 p.m. for the evening's first race. Courtly Choice is making his second trip to the Buckeye State and will look to make it as successful as the first. Last year, he won the Little Brown Jug at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, one of 10 victories he posted in 2018. Among his other triumphs was the Meadowlands Pace. This year, the 4-year-old son of Art Major-Lady Ashlee Ann has won four of 12 starts and earned $321,100, pushing his career total to $1.28 million. In addition to the Canadian Pacing Derby, he won the Commodore Barry Invitational on May 26 and a preliminary round of the Graduate Series on May 4. Following the Commodore Barry, Courtly Choice was winless in six races but has rebounded and won two of his last three starts. "During the summer, he was sort of fading coming for home and bearing out and not finishing his miles off as much as we would have liked," trainer Blake MacIntosh said. "Even (in the Commodore Barry) he wasn't as strong as I would have liked. He wasn't himself. I know he's had an OK year, but he just hasn't had the year we expected him to have." MacIntosh hopes two factors could help Courtly Choice enjoy success the remainder of the season. First, the horse battled a low white blood cell count earlier this summer, but it has returned to normal. Second, an equipment adjustment seems to have made the horse more comfortable on the racetrack and improved his ability to better finish races. His final quarter mile in the CPD was :25.3, which was the best in the race. "Hopefully he's peaking at the right time and we can get back in the running for aged horse of the year and go from there," MacIntosh said. "Lather Up has been massive all year. You've got McWicked, Jimmy (Freight), This Is The Plan; it's a tough year. It's a stellar bunch. I bet this is one of the toughest aged groups in a long time." Lather Up, who is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the Ewart Memorial, saw a four-race win streak ended by Courtly Choice's upset at odds of 34-1 in the Canadian Pacing Derby. The streak began with a victory in the Graduate Series championship in 1:46 to equal the fastest mile in history and continued with the William R. Haughton Memorial, Sam McKee Memorial, and Dan Patch Stakes. McWicked, the 2018 Horse of the Year, and 2017 Ewart winner, has two stakes victories this season and is the 9-2 second choice followed by Courtly Choice at 5-1. "You look at those horses (in the Ewart) and there's not one horse in that race that couldn't win it," MacIntosh said. "There are 10 horses and 10 could win it. It comes down to whoever gets the right trip and has the most horse on the end of it." In the Charlie Hill Memorial, Guardian Angel AS is the 8-5 morning-line favorite despite drawing post eight in the nine-horse field. Atlanta, who will start from post seven, is the 5-2 second choice. "It's a tough spot, but I've got a good horse," said Tim Tetrick, who drives Guardian Angel AS. "If I can get him close turning for home, I think I've got a good shot to win. He's so versatile. He can get off the (starting gate) really fast and he likes his work. "His gait is amazing. He's got so much athletic ability and covers so much ground. He feels as good as any trotter you'll ever sit behind. He's very pretty on the racetrack. When you watch from the side, he's definitely going to catch your eye. He's gorgeous." Guardian Angel AS, a 5-year-old son of Archangel-Provide AS, has won seven of 10 races this season and earned $619,434. In addition to the Maple Leaf Trot, the stallion has captured the Spirit of Massachusetts, Cleveland Trotting Classic, and Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational. For his career, Guardian Angel AS has won 23 of 50 races and earned $1.13 million for trainer Anette Lorentzon. "He's done everything we've asked him to do and he's having a great 5-year-old season, that's for sure," Tetrick said. "Anette and (her sister) Anna have done a great job with him. They haven't over-raced him and raced him where they needed to. They've given him every opportunity to come back at (ages) 5, 6, and 7 to be a great horse." Tetrick has driven Guardian Angel AS in nine of his 10 races this season and 19 times overall, sitting behind the horse at least once every year. "He's grown so much, it's amazing," Tetrick said. "At 2 and 3, he wouldn't always fight a horse. He had tons of ability, but if they got to his number he'd let them beat him. Now, if they get to him, he just takes off more. He's really grown that way. "He's gotten a lot tougher and more mentally stable. It's pretty cool to see a horse grow that much." The Charlie Hill Memorial includes three horses to have been named Trotter of the Year: Atlanta, who received the honor in 2018; Marion Marauder, in 2016; and Pinkman, in 2015. Following is the field for the Charlie Hill Memorial. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-M/L 1-Bridge To Jesse's-Trace Tetrick-Roger Welch-20/1 2-I Know My Chip-Ronnie Wrenn Jr.-Walter Haynes Jr.-25/1 3-Marion Marauder-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood-9/2 4-Plunge Blue Chip-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-6/1 5-Mission Accepted-Chris Page-Ron Burke-8/1 6-Pinkman-Brett Miller-Per Engblom-10/1 7-Atlanta-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-5/2 8-Guardian Angel AS-Tim Tetrick-Anette Lorentzon-8/5 9-Top Flight Angel-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-20/1 Following is the field for the Jim Ewart Memorial. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-M/L 1-Jimmy Freight-Scott Zeron-Andrew Harris-6/1 2-McWicked-Brian Sears-Casie Coleman-9/2 3-Donttellmeagain-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr.-15/1 4-Western Fame-Dan Noble-Dan Noble-8/1 5-This Is The Plan-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-6/1 6-Filibuster Hanover-Chris Page-Ron Burke-15/1 7-Courtly Choice-James MacDonald-Blake MacIntosh-5/1 8-Lather Up-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis-9/5 9-Always A Prince-David Miller-Tyler George-20/1 10-Hitman Hill-Aaron Merriman-Chris Oakes-20/1 Note: Hitman Hill starts from the second tier. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

Veteran Ohio-bred harness racing pacers of both genders will line up behind the Scioto Downs starting gate on Saturday night, September 7, vying in a pair of $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship. The two Ohio Sires Stakes contests for pacers, 4-year-olds and older, complement a 16-race card featuring eight $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolations, along with the $440,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Pace and the $220,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot. First race post time is 6:30 pm, ET. Total purses for the night are $1,850,000, which includes three $50,000 Open events. The $75,000 OSS Veteran Championship for pacing mares is headlined by $535,519-winning Feelin Red Hot, a 2013 daughter by Feelin Friskie, out of the Red River Hanover mare Red Rapid Girl. This determined campaigner has amassed $315,04 just this season and recorded a mark of 1:50.1h as a 5-year-old at Northfield Park on May 5, 2018 in a $16,000 Filly & Mare Open. Trained by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, Feelin Red Hot has been competing primarily at Yonkers this season and has five wins in her last six starts in the distaff open ranks at that New York venue. Bred by Mary Stonack, Michael & John Palmeri of New Jersey, Feelin Red Hot is the third foal of her dam and is a half-sister to the 4-year-old gelding Rapid It Up Art (by Art Official) p, 1:54f ($45,966). Feelin Red Hot battles eight challenging rivals, leaving from post three with Yannick Gingras at the lines in Race 11. The Buckeye State's perennial iron horse, Dancin Yankee, will be looking to keep his OSS crown intact, having captured the OSS Veteran Championship in 2018 in 1:49.3 for driver Chris Page and trainer Ronnie Burke. That same driver-trainer combo starts in this year's championship, leaving from the rail in Race 12; facing off against seven tough rivals. The son of Yankee Cruiser and the first foal out of the Cambest mare Dancewiththebest, p, 4, 1:54.4f ($40,922), also captured the OSS Veteran Championship on Oct. 24, 2015 at Dayton Raceway in 1:51.3 for driver Danny Noble. This season Dancin Yankee has plied his wares between Northfield, The Meadows and Scioto Downs, racking up a respectable nine wins in 24 starts and $139,030 in seasonal earnings. Lifetime he's amassed 78 wins, 50 seconds and 34 thirds from 241 trips postward and is only a few thousand dollars shy of having $2 million in his bank account. Bred by Kentucky horsewoman Elizabeth C. Yontz, Dancin Yankee is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Melissa Patterson & Larry Karr. He is the first foal out of his dam and is a full brother to Cruzin To the Dance p, 4, 1:53.1f ($107,572) and has half-siblings in: Dancin Rebel (by Big Bad John p, 5, 1:52.2f ($124,607); Dancin Lou (by Sweet Lou) p, 3, 1:48.3 ($105,203); Dancin Doug (by Sportswriter) p, 2, 1:52.2s ($97,524); Dancin Caroll (by Sportswriter) p, 2, Q1:55.1f ($81,646); and Dancin In the Nude (by Sportswriter) p, 3, 1:52.4s ($36,942). by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund  

Columbus, OH — Scioto Downs is closing in on the conclusion of its 90-day race meet on Saturday (Sept. 7) and is going out with a bang. Closing night harness racing features the Charlie Hill and Jim Ewart memorial races alongside the Ohio Sire Stakes consolation races. This season Scioto Downs has raced for $15 million in purses, set track records and gained memories for all involved. Part of the main event on Saturday is the $220,000 Charlie Hill Memorial race. The Charlie Hill will showcase some of the best trotters in the sport, with a field of nine very talented trotters taking the spotlight behind the gate. Scioto had two horses supplement into the race at $10,000 apiece. Wonder girl Atlanta supplemented into the Hill where she drew post seven with familiar hands at the lines, Yannick Gingras. Atlanta is coming off a huge second in the Maple Leaf Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park last week, getting beat by Guardian Angel As. These two will have another chance to battle it out down the stretch as Guardian Angel As takes post eight. Ake Svanstedt also supplemented Plunge Blue Chip, who drew post four. $220,000 Charlie Hill Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Bridge To Jesse’s-Trace Tetrick-Roger Welch-20/1 2. I Know My Chip-Ronnie Wrenn Jr.-Walter Haynes Jr.-25/1 3. Marion Marauder-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood-9/2 4. Plunge Blue Chip-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-6/1 5. Mission Accepted-Chris Page-Ron Burke-8/1 6. Pinkman-Brett Miller-Per Engblom-10/1 7. Atlanta-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-5/2 8. Guardian Angel As-Tim Tetrick-Anette Lorentzon-8/5 9. Top Flight Angel-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-20/1 The second main event of the evening is the 14th race, the Jim Ewart Memorial. The Ewart showcases the sport’s top pacers as we bring 10 of them together to battle it out for $440,000. With tons of talent between this group there will be plenty to keep your eye on. An Ohio-bred favorite, Lather Up, makes his way back to the Buckeye state. Lather Up supplemented for $20,000 to be a part of history. Last year, he was the 3-year-old Ohio Sire Stakes pacing champion, and has gone on to have a phenomenal 4-year-old season, equaling the all-age world record mile of 1:46 set by Always B Miki. Jimmy Freight for trainer Andrew Harris drew post position one. Jimmy Freight has put up some good miles this season and is hanging in there with the best. This post draw is definitely going to play into his favor as he has the gate speed to leave and stay on the front end where he likes to be. Courtly Choice is coming off a huge upset win in the Canadian Pacing Derby over Lather up and Western Fame and will have a rematch on the five-eighth-mile track. $440,000 Jim Ewart Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Jimmy Freight-Scott Zeron-Andrew Harris-6/1 2. McWicked-Brian Sears-Casie Coleman-9/2 3. Donttellmeagain-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr.-15/1 4. Western Fame-Dan Noble-Dan Noble-8/1 5. This Is The Plan-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-6/1 6. Filibuster Hanover-Chris Page-Ron Burke-15/1 7. Courtly Choice-James MacDonald-Blake MacIntosh-5/1 8. Lather Up-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis-9/5 9. Always A Prince-David Miller-Tyler George-20/1 10. Hitman Hill-Aaron Merriman-Chris Oakes-20/1 Each division of the OSS consolations will go for $75,000 which will showcase 2-year-old colt and filly trotters and pacers, as well as 3-year-old colt and filly trotters and pacers. The older Ohio sired mare and horse/gelding pacers will also get in on the action. Post time for closing night at Scioto Downs will be at 6:30 p.m. by Taylor Johnston, for Scioto Downs

Three $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes went postward on a steamy Tuesday at Scioto Downs, with temperatures dropping from the low 90s to the low 70s after a harsh, mid-afternoon torrential downpour. That, coupled with a gait-breaking-ridden third division contested after the rainfall, didn't stop even-money favorite It's Academic and driver Chris Page from tying the track record for 2-year-old trotting colts in 1:56.3. The Uncle Peter colt, who is the first foal out of the Muscle Hill mare Annapolis 3, 1:55 ($49,549), trotted decisively to a 1¼ length triumph after sitting chilly on the heels of eventual second-place finisher Action Uncle (Brett Miller) throughout the mile. Doubleyellowline (Dan Noble) was third. The victory was the fifth in six starts for It's Academic--who has swept all four OSS legs for trainer Ronnie Burke--sitting the colt atop the OSS standings with 204 points and $80,000 in OSS earnings, and firmly securing him a starting berth in the $300,000 Championship slated for Sept. 1 at Northfield Park. A $50,000 purchase at the 2018 Ohio Select Sale, It's Academic's career earnings stand at $83,400 for Burke Racing Stable, Bill Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and the Hatfield Stables. He was bred by Gbw Breeding Farms Inc., of Ohio. Prior to the downpour, a pair of appropriately-named trotting youngsters battled through the stretch in the second OSS contest, with Carter Duer's Buxton (5-1) and driver Danny Noble holding off 9-1 Holton (Brett Miller) by a 1¼ lengths in 1:57.1. It was the first start in OSS competition for the Bob Stewart trainee and his first lifetime victory in four starts. Herecomescharlie B, the 1-5 choice, was third for Ryan Stahl. Bred by Peninsula Farm, Buxton brought a $15,000 tag at the 2018 Ohio Select Sale, and this maiden win in his first start over an Ohio oval upped his career earnings to $22,085. He is the fourth foal out of the Andover Hall mare Love U Overandover 4, 1:55.2s ($152,960) and is a half-brother to Love Crazy Love (by Crazed) 2, Q1:57.1s ($90,808). Finally, the first OSS division saw the diminutive but mighty Exhibit Class and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., take a new lifetime mark of 1:57 en route to their third OSS triumph. The son of Triumphant Caviar has won three OSS legs and was second in another, sitting him second in the standings with 179 points and $70,000 in OSS earnings, securing his eligibility for the $300,000 Championship. Exhibit Class left the gate at 3-1, besting 3-1 Jarmbalou (Brett Miller) by half a length in a near wire-to-wire effort, with 6-1 Expect The Sweep (Aaron Merriman) holding on for third. Exhibit Class now has $73,458 in career earnings from four wins and two seconds in six starts for trainer Sean Smithpeters and owner Marion Beachy. This homebred is the third and most prolific foal out of the Classic Photo mare Classic Blaze 5, 1:55.3 ($27, 185). The top eight point earners eligible the $300,000 Championship are as follows: It's Academic (204 points); Exhibit Class (179); Big Box Hanover (124); Attache' (109); Expect The Sweep (86); Doubleyellowline (80); Jarmbalou (79); and Action Uncle (65). Ohio Sires Stakes continue on Wednesday, August 21 with three $40,000 divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies. by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund    

Can B Perfect was just that--cruising to a new Scioto Downs harness racing track record clocking of 1:51.2 in the first of three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts on a balmy Aug. 17 evening. The son of Big Bad John stormed home free and clear of his rivals, finishing nearly six lengths ahead of 7-2 Opportune Hanover (Chris Page) while 6-5 Stanford Court (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) grabbed third-place money. "Tim (trainer Lane) changed his big around and it helped," winning driver Tyler Smith admitted. "There doesn't seem to be much end to this horse and I think he has a good shot in the Championship." Can Be Perfect, a homebred owned by James Stambaugh and trainer Tim Lane, was sent off at odds of 4-5 and now has $65,525 in career earnings from three wins and two seconds in five starts. He is the 14th foal out of the Beach Towel mare Perfect Gesture p, 5, 1:52.4f ($264,434) and is a half-brother to: Dave Panlone (by The Panderosa) p, 3, 1:49.2 ($831,874); Long Live Rock (by Rocknroll Hanover) p, 8, 1:50f ($617,085); Perfect Panderosa (by The Panderosa) p, 5, 1:49.4 ($243,827); Urban Renewal (by Cam's Card Shark) p, 5, 1:51.1 ($225,206); and Sweater Vest p, 5, 1:54f ($114, 218), among others. The second OSS division went to 6-5 Ocean Rock and driver/trainer Danny Noble, who steered the son of Rockin Amadeus to a 1:52.1 clocking for owner/breeder Sandra Burnett. This homebred youngster--the first foal out of the On The Attack mare Ocean Pearl p, 5, 1:53.2f ($143,637)-- was sixth in OSS Leg Two before scoring victories in his last two outings. "I took him to a fair and made some changes on him, and that day (at Washington Court House on July 21) was the first time he felt comfortable on the track," Noble offered. "This is the first colt that has hurt me in the barn; he's a handful but I think he's one of the top three horses in this division." Ocean Rock used front-stepping tactics to finish 1½ lengths in front of 5-2 Rockntheafterparty (Kyle Ater) with 11-1 One Rock notching third-place honors for driver Brett Miller. He now has $58,167 in career earnings from four wins and one second in six starts. Last but not least, trainer Ronnie Burke harnessed Elver Hanover to a 1:53.2 triumph for Burke Racing, B. Jablonsky, J. Melillo, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. Steered by Chris Page, the son of Yankee Cruiser was on the front end throughout most of the mile, finishing 1½ lengths in front of 3-1 Gray Dragon (Brett Miller) with 6-1 Mr Ds Rock (Aaron Merriman) getting up for third. The win marked the bay gelding's fourth in as many lifetime starts and upped his bankroll to an impressive $86,500. Another product of the mighty Hanover Shoe Farms empire, Elver Hanover is the seventh foal out of The Panderosa mare Edra Hanover p, 2, 1:51 ($171,753). A $50,000 yearling purchase at the Ohio Select Sale, he is a half-brother to Eddard Hanover (by Dragon Again) p, 5, 1:49.3 ($508,397) and East Side Hanover (by Somebeachsomewhere) p, 3, 1:51 ($63,801), among others. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator  

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