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Bob Lippiatt, 73, died Thursday night, June 18, of heart failure after a brief hospital stay. The likeable trainer-driver followed his father Ike into the harness racing business over 50 years ago after graduating from Salem High School. He remained continuously active with Standardbreds until two weeks before his death, except for a stint in the Army when he served during the Vietnam war. During his career he amassed 1,122 wins as a driver, earning $3,262,919 and 338 as a trainer.  Among his stable favorites were Ohio Sires Stakes trotting champions Heather Road, Take Another Puff and Fistfull Of Dollars. Lippiatt and his wife Sherry of 51 years have maintained dual residences in Beloit, Ohio and Pompano Beach, Florida for the past 13 years. Bob raced horses at Northfield Park and many Ohio county fairs during the summer; and worked on the track crew at Pompano Park during the winters. The Lippiatts have two daughters, Theresa and Bobbi Jo, as well as six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Bob has three living brothers and a fourth that died in a horse accident at an early age. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Deans Funeral Home in Salem. They will be posted as soon as available. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - K'Love (Kyle Ater) and Cassius Lane (Kayne Kauffman) captured $15,000 divisions of the first leg of the harness racing Dr. Dan Farwick DVM Memorial Trotting Series at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (March 17). The Farwick Memorial is one of nine annual "Lebanon Legends" series honoring the memory of former fixtures at old Lebanon Raceway and throughout harness racing circles in southwest Ohio. K'Love is a seasoned Ohio county fair standout who now sports 19 wins, but who had less than six at commercial pari-mutual tracks at nomination time. The 6-year-old gelded son of Triumphant Caviar won for the third straight time with his 1:55.1 performance, taking command just past the quarter for Ater and cruising all the way to the finish line with a two length advantage. Back Door Man (Jeremy Smith) and Aunt Percilla (Trace Tetrick) were next to trip the beam. He is owned and trained by Charles Ringger. K'Love Cassius Lane used similar tactics for Kauffman, grabbing the lead just past the first quarter and frontstepping from there to the wire in 1:55.3. Cash Hit (Brett Miller) ended up a length behind and ER Kim (LeWayne Miller) nabbed the show dough. Trainer Ken Rucker co-owns the winner with The Panhellenic Stable. Cassius Lane paid $18.40 for winning his initial start of the 2020 season. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - An outstanding Saturday (Feb. 29) harness racing card at Miami Valley Raceway, featuring total purses in excess of $200,000, included a $25,000 Open I Pace, a $20,000 Open II Pace and three divisions of the first leg of the George Williams Memorial Series. But the biggest surprise came in an $18,000 high condition event when General Dolan (Sam Widger) shocked everyone with the first sub-1:50 mile before the calendar turns to March in the seven year history of the five-eighths mile track. After being nabbed at the wire in the same class last week, Widger and General Dolan were on a mission to avoid a repeat occurence. The pair sped to the early lead in :26.3, despite frigid 27 degree temperatures, and never backed off until reaching the wire an open lengths winner in 1:49.3! It was just the 11th lifetime win for General Dolan, a 5-year-old son of Rockin Image, and increased his career bankroll to $207,865. Owned and bred by John and Robert Esposito, the quick clocking also lowered the winner's best ever clocking of 1:50, taken at Harrah's Hoosier Park as a three year old. Hallie's Comet (Chris Page) displayed a late burst to finish second and favored Granite (Josh Sutton), who loomed first up on the outside much of the way, held for third. The featured Open I also produced a surprise result when longshot Big Bad Mike (Trevor Smith) scored in 1:50.3 at odds of 14-1. Part of a three-way drag race to the first quarter pole, Smith ultimately gave way to Shagnwiththedragon (Dan Noble) as the timer flashed :26. Shortly thereafter, Fan Of Terror (John DeLong) rushed up to challenge the leader through middle fractions of :54.2 and 1:21.4. When the leader finally faltered halfway down the lane, Big Bad Mike found a seam and became part of a cavalry charge to the wire. He collared game runnerup Fan Of Terror in the final strides and My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) closed sharply to grab the show spot. Deborah Swartz conditions Big Bad Mike, a 6-year-old gelding by Big Bad John, for owners Scott Albaugh and Bradley Delaney. The Open II was not quite as dramatic with heavily favored GD Western Joe (Page) topping Lifewithjohn (Ricky Macomber Jr.) and Royale Rose (Tyler Smith) in 1:51. No stranger to winning, the Ron Burke trainee now sports 19 lifetime wins and $459,121 in earnings. The son of Real Desire watched the first quarter as the leaders put up a pedestrian :28 panel, but rushed to the lead shortly thereafter and avoided any tense moments by tacking middle fractions of :56.2 and 1:23.2 on the board before speeding home in 1:51. The trio of winners in first leg George Williams Memorial action were Diesel Accelerator (Kyle Ater) in 1:53.2, Dashing To Da Wire (Brett Miller) in 1:52.3 and Gold Digger King (Miller) in 1:52.2. The Williams will definitely be a contentious three week long series as a host of other very nice four year olds are nominees. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Friday Night Blues (Cameron McCown), an Ohio county fair standout at age three, captured the championship leg of the $20,000 final of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series at soggy Miami Valley Raceway on Monday (Feb. 24). The 4-year-old harness racing son of Pet Rock won for the third time in six 2020 starts, lowering his lifetime best time to 1:53.1 despite a rain-soaked 'sloppy' track. McCown's wife, Jessica, trains both Friday Night Blues and the runnerup Captain Sunshine (Josh Sutton), who is a 4-year-old son of Captaintreacherous. The stablemates left the gate with alacrity as Captain Sunshine allowed Friday Night Blues to take a temporary lead, but rushed back to the front of the field as the initial timer flashed :28.1. Farmers Only (Trace Tetrick) moved up to challenge and put a head in front at the :57 halfway point, but never was able to clear to the front. Fishin For Apples (John DeLong) was next to take on the stablemates, but his three-wide move at the 1:24.2 three quarters marked stalled when the horses straightened out for the stretch drive. McCown popped the pocket in early stretch and wore down Captain Sunshine in the final furlong. Friday Night Blues won ten of 23 fair starts as a sophomore and has used the lessons learned to commence a successful commercial track campaign this season. He is owned by Kim Haver, the winner paid $10.80; combined with his barn companion the exacta was worth $30.80. Sunshine's Finest (Brett Miller) came from far back to grab the show position. Fishin For Apples and Spoiled Rockin (Kayne Kauffman) earned the remaining championship checks. Two races later, the ten finalists that emerged from a starting field of 76 $5000 claiming pacers chased a $20,000 championship purse in the Survivor Series. A J Corbelli (Kauffman), a 13-year-old career winner of $625,867, emerged as the King Of The Hill, scoring a 1:56.2 triumph in 1:56.2. Using front end tactics to full advantage, Kauffman guided the venerable veteran to victory over longshot Amasa Al (Shawn Barker II) and Hit And Giggle A (Miller). A J Corbelli scoring in 1:56.2                                            --Conrad photo "It's not often $5000 claimers get to race for $20,000," exclaimed Ricky Redder, brother of trainer Pete Redder. "Kayne did a great job of rating the mile and it certainly was a big reason for the old warrior's success today." A J Corbelli was claimed for $6500 in the second of the four Survivor Series rounds. Owner Therl Hensley has banked $10,900 in his first two starts with the prolific 57-time lifetime winner.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Harness racing co-favorites Crowntimerockette (Brett Miller) and Hilary Barry N (John DeLong) finished one-two in the $20,000 championship final of the George "Red" Owens Memorial Series for green pacing mares at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday (Feb. 23). Big Bad Mosa (Trace Tetrick) was next to cross the line in a 'chalky' finish to the three week series for non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime. Dispatched at 8-5 odds, Crowntimerockette returned $5.20. With fellow 8-5 shot Hilary Barry N second, the exacta was worth $14.20. Big Bad Mosa was a strong third in the betting resulting in a paltry 50-cent trifecta payoff of $9. After letting a pair of longshots battle up front through the opening :28.1 panel, Miller sent the winner to the front and stopped all three remaining quarter mile timers (:57, 1:23.1 and 1:53 flat). Sired by Ohio stallion Pet Rock, Crowntimerockette now boasts four wins and $34,505 in earnings following her two triumphs and a runnerup finish in the Owens Memorial Series. She is trained by Tom Blankenship for owner Jason Shumway. For Miller, the feature race score was one of five on the matinee program, increasing his meet total to 70. Tetrick managed a driving triple, giving him 74 victories after 37 programs to remain the meet leader--averaging a pair of wins per day. Next up for Miami Valley is a Monday matinee at 2:05 p.m., which will feature the $20,000 championship of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series and the $20,000 final of the month long Survivor Series for $5000 male claiming pacers.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - After a winless month of January, Fan Of Terror (John DeLong) returned to his winning ways on Saturday night (Feb. 8) at Miami Valley Raceway. The 8-year-old Western Terror gelding, whose 18 victories in 2019 fell just one short of being the most in the country, captured the $25,000 Open Pace in 1:52 despite being saddled with a second tier start in the full field of ten of the Midwest's finest older harness racing horses. DeLong got Fan Of Terror away fifth during the :26.4 first quarter and remained there until the halfway point in the mile was reached in :55. Swinging three wide down the backside and around the final turn, the winner was able to move up to third when the three quarters timer flashed 1:23.1. Fan Of Terror proved strongest during the stretch drive when a cavalry of closers came calling from near the rear of the field. 18-1 longshot Beyond Delight (Chris Page) came closest to catching the winner while 5-2 I'm A Big Deal (Brett Miller) got the show dough. Fan Of Terror, owned by Therl Hensley and trained by Peter Redder, paid $13.40 to win. Coupled with Beyond Delight, the exacta payoff was a hefty $254.60. The 50-cent trifecta return was $476.45. Fan Of Terror holds off Beyond Delight to capture Miami Valley’s $25,000 Open on Saturday Three divisions of the first leg of the Bill Dailey Memorial Medley late closer were also contested on the program. The series began with the contestants squaring off in a trio of $12,500 five-eighths mile dashes. Week two next Saturday will feature one mile races for $17,500 purses; while the $25,000 championship will be decided over a mile and a quarter distance. First leg winners were American Dreamer (Kayne Kauffman, 1:09.1, $4.80), Lifeonthebeach A (Chris Page, 1:08.3, $2.40) and Dave And Dennis (Sam Widger, 1:09.2, $7.00). The Dailey Memorial Medley honors the memory of James "Bill" Dailey, one of the finest conditioners of young horses in Ohio's storied harness racing history. Dailey won seven of the eight divisional Ohio Sires Stakes championships offered for two and three year old Buckeye breds during his career and had a prime contender for the only one missing on his impressive resume at the time of his sudden and unexpected passing in 2018. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - If either the Kansas City Chiefs or the San Francisco 49ers perform as well as harness racing star Windsong Leo has been lately at Miami Valley Raceway they should have no problem trouncing their adversary in the Super Bowl. Windsong Leo, who won 15 races in 30 starts in 2019, is undefeated in four 2020 starts-all in Open Handicap contests where he has been assigned an outside post. In his most recent triumph on Saturday night (Feb. 1) the 8-year-old Jereme's Jet gelding was again sent seeking the front end by pilot Chris Page. Stuck four wide midway through the first turn, Page backed the stellar winner off briefly to let the dust settle, but continued to the front as the leaders passed the quarter in :27 flat. As is his custom, Windsong Leo played catch me if you can from that point to the finish, and again nobody could. Despite a few tepid challenges along the way, Page patiently guided his overwhelming favorite through middle fractions of :56.1 and 1:23.4 before sealing the deal for the third consecutive week in 1:52.3. Longshots General Dolan (Sam Widger) and Lifewithjohn (Ricky Macomber Jr.) rallied for place and show finishes with My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith), Shagnwiththedragon (Brett Miller) and Beyond Delight (John DeLong) picking up the minor spoils in the full field of ten. Windsong Leo is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura. Miami Valley will not race on Sunday (Feb. 2) due to the Super Bowl, but will resume the normal five-days a week schedule on Monday afternoon at 2:15 p.m. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Insomniac and Foolish Heart were crowned harness racing champions of their respective Claim To Fame Series on Monday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway. Each captured a preliminary leg enroute to the lucrative finals and each utilized the popular "give and go" strategy early in their triumphant championship miles. Insomniac proved best in the $15,000 claiming trot division, contested for a $27,500 purse, scoring a 1:58.1 triumph over a sloppy track besting Away My Baby (Tyler Smith) and Ray Hall (Ricky Macomber Jr.). Taking full advantage of an inside post draw, driver-trainer Brady Galliers allowed a single adversary to manage a temporary lead but retook control as the field passed the quarter mile marker. From there, the margin of victory was about the only thing in doubt as the 8-year-old gelded son of Crazed easily lived up to his 6-5 favoritism and cruised to an open lengths victory. A noted early speed trotter, Insomniac has been on the lead at the halfway point in each of his last five starts, resulting in three wins in addition to a second a third place finish. The 29-time winner has now amassed $350,517 in earnings. He is owned by Galliers Racing LLC. Insomniac Trace Tetrick guided Foolish Heart to victory in the $17,500 final of the Claim To Fame division for $8000 claiming mare pacers. The 6-year-old daughter of Foreclosure N reclaimed the lead from stablemate T C Scandal (Brett Miller) early in the trip then showed her heels to the field until reaching the wire in 1:56.2. Skyway Royalty (John DeLong) and My Caroline (Kyle Ater) did make a race of it in the stretch, but Foolish Heart held them off and returned $3.80 to her faithful. Partners Carl Howard, Dana Parham and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. claimed the winner out of the first preliminary leg in the series for $9600 and were rewarded with a $8,750 return in their first start with the new stable addition. The eight division Claim To Fame Series at Miami Valley will come to a close on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 28) when the $8000 claiming "boys" and $12,500 claiming "girls" will each decide their championships while chasing $22,500 purses. Post time is 2:05 p.m. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - The Dark Shadow pulled a major harness racing upset in the $37,500 championship leg of Miami Valley's Claim To Fame series for $30,000 male pacers on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 26). Driver Sam Widger, perhaps buoyed by winning the $20,000 Claim To Fame division with Pet Shark as a longshot from an outside post position on Saturday, exploded his charge from the 8-hole behind the Woebkenberg starting gate. After reaching the quarter mile marker on top in :26.1, the 6-year-old Shadow Play gelding continued to keep the pedal to the metal tripping the middle clocking stations in :54.2 and 1:22.2. Facing pressure from eventual runnerup Street Boy (Jeremy Smith) throughout the final panel and then show finisher Southern Flight (Brady Galliers) up the inside in the lane, The Dark Shadow held off both challengers to score in 1:52.1 and take down the lion's share of the meet's largest purse to date. The winner, dispatched at 15-1 odds, paid $32.60. Coupled with Street Boy the exacta returned $239.60; while the 50-cent trifecta with Southern Flight kicked back $308.75. Owner-trainer Adam Short collared The Dark Shadow via the claim box for $30,000 from the first leg of the series. His wise investment has already returned $32,500 by winning the second leg and final. With his 16th win from 81 career starts, The Dark Shadow surpassed the quarter million dollar earnings plateau. There will be racing programs on Monday and Tuesday afternoons at Miami Valley Raceway followed by evening cards on Friday and Saturday. There will be no racing on Sunday, Feb. 2 in deference to the Super Bowl. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. – A pair of ultra-impressive harness racing performances, both by horses starting from the outermost No. 9 post position, highlighted the Saturday (Jan. 25) night action at Miami Valley Raceway. Windsong Leo (Chris Page) ran his win streak to five capturing the $25,000 Open Pace in 1:52 over a sloppy track.  The outstanding 8-year-old son of Jereme’s Jet has won three straight at the top level at The Meadows and now two straight at Miami Valley following a third place finish in the Preferred at The Meadowlands to end 2019. Page rushed his odds-on favorite, trained by Ron Burke, off the gate and controlled all the fractions (:27.1, :56 and 1:23.3) enroute to the victory.  Windsong Leo, a 53 time winner in 117 career starts, towed Gerardo (Kayne Kauffman), My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith), Shagnwiththedragon (John DeLong) and General Dolan (Trace Tetrick) across the wire. Pet Shark (Sam Widger) copped the $32,500 championship final of the Claim To Fame Series for $20,000 male pacers. After leaving with alacrity from his outside post, Widger and Pet Shark pestered favored Ponderingjacksfame (Page) through fractions of :27.4, :55.4 and 1:24.1. Despite being dispatched at odds of 17-1 and never seeing a pylon in the race, the winning 7-year-old Shadyshark Hanover gelding mustered a gutsy :29.2 final panel to hold off the late charges of Ram N Desire (Smith) and Cool Like That (Brett Miller). Owners Ryan Bellamy and Chris Bulak claimed Pet Shark for $26,000 a week ago in the final preliminary leg of the series and got $16,250 of that investment back in the final.  The winner now sports 19 triumphs in his 114 lifetime starts. Pet Shark was an upset winner in the $32,500 championship leg of Miami Valley’s Claim To Fame Series for $20,000 claimers. Racing resumes Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. at Miami Valley when the feature will be the $37,500 championship final of the Claim To Fame Series for $30,000 male pacers.  Gregg Keidel

 LEBANON, OH. – When you are good, you are good!  When you are hot, you are hot!!  A pair of five-year-old harness racing pacers, Hal N Sammy and Danikova, fit both clichés to a T on Friday night (Jan. 24) winning their respective lucrative championships in the first pair of finals in the popular Claim To Fame series’ currently underway at Miami Valley Raceway.  Both swept their series undefeated by winning a pair of preliminary legs leading up to the final as well. Hal N Sammy (Brett Miller) scored in 1:54.1 on the rain dampened oval over Hell On Wheels (Aaron Merriman) and Hopetobefirst (Trace Tetrick) in the horses and geldings division for $12,500 claimers.  The gelded son of Yankee Cruiser banked $26,250, including the winner’s share of the $25,000 final, in the three week span after winning just $22,673 in 29 starts last season.  Owner Gregory Gardner and trainer Brandon Piguet were racing the champion in $10,000 claiming events leading up to the start of the $12,500 series. The improving winner paid $7.00 after exploding from the pocket to collar pacesetting Hell On Wheels in midstretch. Danikova (Chris Page) was crowned queen of the division for $20,000 claiming mares when she also completed a sweep of her series with a nose decision over Velocity Lana (Aaron Merriman) and longshot Model (Trevor Smith).  The daughter of Bettor’s Delight overcame an overland journey from far back to nip the pacesetting runnerup in the final stride of the exciting 1:55 mile.  Danikova getting a nose decision in 1:55                           --Conrad photo The winner’s share of the $30,000 final boosted Danikova’s series earnings to $36,250 and her lifetime bankroll to $163,947.  She was bred and is still owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and the M1 Stable.  She returned $8.80 at the mutual windows. The $25,000 Mares Open also featured a repeat winner in Golden Paradise (Trace Tetrick).  Sitting the pocket trip throughout, the six-year-old mare wore down the frontrunners and then held off closers Sandy Sue (Chris Page) and Debt Motivated (Brett Miller) to cop the 1:53.4 victory.  Golden Paradise’s bankroll swelled to over a quarter million dollars with the triumph for trainer Tyler George and his partners Sam Schillaci and Wrenn Jr. Racing LLC. Golden Paradise winning the Mares Open                        --Conrad photo Racing resumes Saturday night (Jan. 25) with a 14-race card highlighted by a $25,000 Open Pace and the $32,500 final of the Claim To Fame Series for $20,000 male pacers.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Trace Tetrick) returned to the harness racing winner's circle for the second time in three weeks on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 21) at Miami Valley Raceway, winning the $25,000 Open Handicap Trot in 1:53.3 over Walter White (Jeremy Smith) and Trumpets (Ed Greeno Jr.). The quick clocking, on a frigid 27 degree afternoon, equaled the winner's lifetime best and raised the 6-year-old's lifetime earnings over $230,000. He is owned by trainer Lester Raber in partnership with his breeder Floyd Raber. Finalists were also determined in a pair of Claim To Fame series, each carrying $22,500 purses in their championship finals next Tuesday. M E Radar Girl swept both preliminary legs to emerge as the money earning leader among the $12,500 claiming mares group. The remaining top nine earners were Smash, Don't Mach Mia, Galyns Gift, Crazy Bad K, Grant Me This, Sweet Western, Keystone Nikki and Grimalkin. Blacklist Z Tam topped the earnings list among $8000 claiming horses and geldings, who competed in seven preliminary divisions to determine the final field. Others who secured spots are N Expense, Legal Transfer, Double Impact, Putnams Attack, Colossal, Totally Kissed, New Patrol and Beachboy Desire. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Away My Baby and Entranced punched tickets to the 'Big Dance' by winning $17,500 splits of the harness racing final preliminary leg of the Claim To Fame Series for $15,000 trotters at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday afternoon (Jan. 20). The championship leg next Monday, Jan. 27, features a $27,500 purse. Away My Baby (Tyler Smith) pulled a major upset in the first division, edging runnerup Kiwi Pres (Brett Miller) and heavily favored show finisher Insomniac (Trace Tetrick) in 1:56.1. Sent off at 30-1 odds the Sherif Cunmulaj trainee, a 6-year-old daughter of And Away We Go, paid $63.80 for taking full advantage of an opening up the inside in deep stretch. Coupled with Kiwi Pres, who managed a brief short lead in the lane, the exacta returned $109; while the 50-cent trifecta with the favored Insomniac, who gave up the lead in the shadow the wire, kicked back $114.65. Insomniac, who was claimed off trainer Brady Galliers in the first leg, was claimed back by Galliers for the final. Entranced (John DeLong) narrowly defeated Ray Hall (Brett Miller) and Ursis Des Caillons (Kayne Kauffman) to secure his spot in the lucrative championship tilt. The 9-year-old Kadabra gelding, owned and trained by Joe Cirasuola, paid $6.60 following his come-from-behind triumph. The top nine money earners in the series comprise the final field. In order of earnings, they are Entranced, Insomniac, Away My Baby, Kiwi Pres, Infrontandforgetit, Here's The Magic, Ray Hall, Its Chocolate Time and Ursis Des Caillons. Two final preliminary heats of the Claim To Fame Series for $8000 claiming mares were also contested. Upsetter My Caroline (Kyle Ater) took the first division in 1:54.3; while D Gs Shadowsbell (Jeremy Smith) copped the other in 1:54.4. Joining those two winners in the $17,500 final next week will be Foolish Heart, TCs Scandal, Skyway Royalty, Elm Grove Joanette, Big Chute, Melanies Filly and Analyze. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - The claim box at Miami Valley Raceway was flooded on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 12) as 18 $30,000 claims were submitted prior to the racing of the three harness racing divisions of the most lucrative annual Claim To Fame Series. After eliminating the duplicates by random draw, a total of eight horses changed hands for a total of $240,000, including a pair of first leg winners. Southern Flight (Brady Galliers) copped the first $25,000 split for the $30,000 claimers. The 1:53.1 upset winner ($26.00 win mutual) topped Best Man Hanover (Trevor Smith) and Class Six (Shawn Barker II) for owner Brian Witt and trainer Larry Finn. Favorites Rock Out and The Dark Shadow were both claimed from the race, but finished fifth and sixth in this first leg action. Heavily favored Street Boy (Trace Tetrick, $2.60) dominated the second division, besting The Book Of Life (Josh Sutton) and Noah Z Tam (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:52. The winner, entered by Allard Racing Inc. and trained locally by Tyler George, was plucked via claim from the race as was the runnerup. Tetrick also steered the winner of the final division, Normandy Beach ($5.60), who also clocked a 1:52 mile to beat Dakota Roadster (Trevor Smith) and Lincolnjames (Brady Galliers). Allard Racing also owned this winner with partners Bruce Soulsby, VIP Internet Stable and Chris Carson-although Normandy Beach will race for new connections in the second leg after being one of four horses snagged from this field. Others who shipped home in different trailers than they came were Lincolnjames, Get Around Town and Savage Seelster. Claiming prices escalate by 30% in the second leg of the series next Sunday (Jan. 19), with purses jumping to $27,500. The lucrative final in Week 3 will chase a purse of $37,500. Racing resumes at Miami Valley on Monday and Tuesday afternoons with the matinee programs beginning at 2:05 p.m.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - The seventh season of live harness racing at Miami Valley Raceway kicks off with five straight days of 14-race programs on Friday night, Jan. 3 at 6:05 p.m.   Opening weekend is chock full of nine and ten horse fields with a trio of enhanced $30,000 purse Open events highlighting the cards. With an estimated total purse account nearing $15 million for the 87-day meet, Miami Valley will race for some of the highest purses in North America over the next four months.   My Tweed Heart (Brett Miller) has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite in Friday's $30,000 Mares Open Handicap by handicapper Rick Stevens-Gleason, followed by Allbeastnobeauty (Tyler Smith, 7-2), Always Giggling (John DeLong, 4-1), Rosemary Rose (Chris Page, 9-2) and Newsday (Kayne Kauffman, 6-1).   The 7-year-old favorite My Tweed Heart, trained by Virgil Morgan Jr., is the richest mare in the field with $556,678 in career earnings. The daughter of Manhardt is owned by Winners Circle Stable LLC and Phil Harris of Columbus, Ohio.   I'm A Big Deal (Brett Miller) got the 5-2 nod over Fan Of Terror (John DeLong, 3-1) in Saturday's $30,000 Open Handicap for horses and geldings. The 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere won his first start at Hollywood Dayton after being plucked from the Harrisburg sale by owner Dana Parham and trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. Since he has reeled off three straight runnerup finishes in the weekly Southwest Ohio feature, the last two to Fan Of Terror who is assigned outside this week.   Other stalwarts given a good chance are My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith, 4--1), Granite (Jeremy Smith, 5-1) and Tyd Theglyde (Trace Tetrick, 8-1).   The $30,000 Open Trot will be presented on Tuesday afternoon and is sure to include most of the Midwest's top squaregaiters.   Three of North America's winningest drivers will compete throughout the opening week at Miami Valley--Brett Miller, Trace Tetrick and Chris Page.   The regular schedule from Jan. 3 through May 3 will be Friday and Saturday evening programs followed by Sunday, Monday and Tuesday matinees.   "Track Superintendent Jimmy Shelton has done a great job getting the racing surface in the best possible shape," said Race Secretary Gregg Keidel. "With the abundant horse supply, outstanding purses and elite drivers colony here at Miami Valley, I expect our seventh season to showcase some of the best racing you'll find anywhere! Let the good times roll!!!"   From Miami Valley Raceway    

DAYTON, OH. - Team Northfield Park harness racing drivers Kurt Sugg and Greg Grismore both scored driving doubles to lead their squad to a convincing 507-445 triumph in the initial "Buckeye Battle" at Hollywood Dayton--benefitting the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund.   Sugg captured the sixth and seventh legs of the eight-race contest, while Grismore won leg two and the eighth and final leg to secure the victory for the Northern Ohio quintet. Aaron Merriman also won a leg to give Team Northfield a 5-3 advantage over Team Hollywood Dayton in the win column.   Tyler Smith, Jeremy Smith and Josh Sutton won "Buckeye Battle" races for the home team, who had a narrow 364-350 lead after six of the eight races.   Overall point leader was Kurt Sugg who accumulated 130 points. Greg Grismore was a close second with 119, followed by Jeremy Smith 112, Tyler Smith 96, David Lake 95, Aaron Merriman 94-1/2, Josh Sutton 84, Brett Miller 83, Kayne Kauffman 70 and Chris Lems 68-1/2.   Winning horses were Fancy Footwork (Tyler Smith, 1:54, $9.00), Colonys Best (Greg Grismore, 1:54.1, $8.00), Parkin In Heaven (Aaron Merriman, 1:53.3, $3.00), Vegas Again (Jeremy Smith, 1:53.2, $8.00), Imajean Rocks (Josh Sutton, 1:52.2, $5.80), Risk N (Kurt Sugg, 1:53.2, $16.60), Sportsmuffler (Kurt Sugg, 1:53.2, $10.00) and Arrival (Greg Grismore, 1:52.3, $28.40). $3000 was donated to the Disaster Relief Fund, which is being used to repair buildings as well as families following a horrific tornado that swept through Dayton last Memorial Day.   "It is just wonderful that people who weren't effected by the devastation keep coming together to help those that were," said the Dayton Foundation's Carrie Dalrymple. "We can't thank the horsemen enough for chosing to make a positive difference in total strangers lives tonight. Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway and the Ohio Harness Horsemens Association are to be commended for creating this fun event to raise awareness that this is a long term relief project that will take years to finish and more help is still needed."   Although Josh Sutton had the misfortune of having two horses scratched during the Buckeye Battle, he still lead all drivers on the overall 14-race program with a Grand Slam--four trips to the winner's circle on the night.   by Gregg Keidel, for the Buckeye Battle

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