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LEBANON, OH. - Sandy's Victory, who was named the harness racing 2017 Aged Trotter of the Year in Ohio, shows no signs of letting up at age 7. The Dan Ater owned and trained daughter of Victory Same won for the 17th time from 51 starts over the last 13 months by capturing the $22,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 11. Ater's son Kyle put the favorite on the engine early and led four classy geldings through fractions of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:27.2 before sealing the deal by open lengths in 1:56.2 over the rain-soaked five-eighths mile oval. Walter White (John DeLong) rallied for second with MJB Got Faith (Kayne Kauffman) grabbing the show dough. On Saturday night, trainer Jimmy Byers notched his 100th training win when he sent out Herlin (Josh Sutton) and won a $6500 claimer in 1:55.4. DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR MIAMI VALLEY 'LEGENDS' LATE CLOSERS The nomination deadline is rapidly approaching for the first three out of nine total annual “Lebanon Legends” late closers to be raced at Miami Valley Raceway, primarily in March and early April.  Entry forms must be submitted to the race office or postmarked by Saturday, February 17.  All three series are for non-winners of four pari-mutuel races or $40,000 lifetime as of the entry deadline date.  The Herb Coven Jr. Memorial will feature pacing fillies and mares; the George Williams Memorial will showcase male pacers; and the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial is for trotters that meet the conditions criteria. “Due to the unfortunate current quarantine of almost 500 horses at the Warren Co. Fairgrounds and a nearby training center, we expect lower nomination numbers than usual for these popular series,” said Race Secretary Gregg Keidel.  “We still hope to get the required 18 available nominees to begin each series, however.  Additionally, owners of horses currently in quarantine are welcome to nominate and their checks will not be cashed if they are not released from quarantine in time to enter the first leg.” Deadline for entries into the other six “Legends” series, for either non-winners of 2 pari-mutuel races or $20,000 lifetime; or non-winners of 6 pari-mutuel races or $60,000 lifetime is March 3. Nomination forms can be found at, by using the Racing and then Horsemens Info tabs, or can be picked up in the Miami Valley Race Office. Gregg Keidel        

LEBANON, OH. – A harness racing rarity occurred at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (Feb. 3) when a pair of older geldings, both sired by Santanna Blue Chip, reached the wire simultaneously to win in 1:53.2. Sanattle Slew (Jason Brewer), out of a Cam Fella mare, and M G Kid (Kayne Kauffman), a son of a Camluck mare, couldn’t be separated by the photo finish camera in the event for $20,000 claimers. Nicole Stewart trains Sanattle Slew, a 7-year-old owned by Jana Cromer, who notched his 21st lifetime win and pushed his career bounty past $200,000 with the score. 8-year-old M G Kid was also conditioned by Kauffman for owner Larrywaderacingofohiollc.  He now sports 20 trips to the winner’s circle and over $250,000 in earnings.  He was claimed, however, for the $20,000 tag and will make his next start from the Perry Smith Stable. Despite the outside post position, Angelo J Fra (Chris Page) rallied from last in the early going to capture the weekly featured $24,000 Open Pace in 1:51.  The 6-year-old by The Panderosa bested Heza Thrill N (Josh Sutton) and Southwind Amazon (Jeremy Smith).  Night Pro (Dale Decker) posted all the early fractions upon returning from a six week layoff.  Following a blistering :25.4 opening split, he lead the field through middle fractions of :54.1 and 1:21.3 before losing steam halfway down the stretch and finishing fifth. Kris Hinchcliff trains Angelo J Fra for Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi.  It was his eighth win in the last year and 21st of his life, with earnings rapidly approaching $300,000. Miami Valley will not be racing on Super Bowl Sunday, but will present 2:05 p.m. matinees on Monday and Tuesday. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - It is not often a 10-year-old gelding who was racing in $8000 claimers two months ago finds himself in a $30,000 final of a harness racing  late-closing series. But that's exactly what happened for Del Rio Seelster at Miami Valley on Friday night (Feb. 2) and the son of Western Maverick took full advantage of the opportunity. Claimed in the final preliminary round of the Claim To Fame Series for $12,500 claimers a week ago, Del Rio Seelster was fortunate to draw the No. 1 post position and fortunate to secure the services of national dash champion Aaron Merriman in the sulky. The combination paid big dividends when they moved from fifth position to the head of the class during the third quarter of the race and sprinted through the lane to a 1:52 score. Cambassador (Trace Tetrick) tried valiantly to lead the field from start to finish from the outside post, but had to settle for runnerup honors. Ally-Con (Tyler Smith) finished third. Del Rio Seelster, now owned by Robert Bellamy and Chris Bulak and trained by Ryan Bellamy, has obviously had success throughout his career with 35 triumphs and $263,167 in earnings. In this case, he came very close to paying for himself in just one week. Due to a 25% claiming price premium in the second preliminary leg, he was plucked for $15,600, just $600 shy of what he earned by copping the lucrative championship. Gregg Keidel      

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of $22,500 Claim To Fame Series finals resulted in mild harness racing upsets on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 30) at Miami Valley Raceway. In the $8000 claiming geldings division, Anarchy Hanover (John DeLong) tipped three-wide around the final bend to best CC's Desire (Trevor Smith) and Star Guitar (Jeremy Smith) in 1:55.3 over a track rated good. Star Guitar cut all the fractions with CC's Desire snug in the pocket throughout the mile. Anarchy Hanover, before unleashing the winning attack, was content to idle in sixth position. Adam Short owns and trains the winner, a 5-year-old by Badlands Hanover. Although he had seven wins in 2017, Anarchy Hanover was winless in three previous 2018 tries, barely qualifying for the final with a second and fourth place finish. Payoffs, with a pair of 22-1 shots behind the 9-1 winner, were $21.60 to win, $227.20 for the exacta and $197.00 for the 50-cent trifecta. The $12,500 claiming mares contested their championship as well with Likeafireballshot (Jeremy Smith) eeking out a narrow victory over Marissa (Chris Page). Well Wishers (Josh Sutton) came from far back to grab third place. Likeafireballshot launched a successful first-over attack just before the half that ended up a head better than Marissa, who was well placed near the frontrunners from the rail, but came up just short once she found racing room. Thomas Phillips owns the winning 5-year-old Sportsmaster mare, who is conditioned by Tricia Shepard. Likeafireballshot paid $16.80, the exacta $56.40 and the 50-cent trifecta $76.45. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Party Rockin captured the $15,000 final of the harness racing Claim To Fame series for $8000 claiming mares at Miami Valley on Monday afternoon (Jan. 29), beating Virginnaire (Randy Tharps) and Big Tsunami (Trace Tetrick) in 1:54.4. The 6-year-old daughter of Ameripan Gigolo, a recent addition to the Dan Maier Stable for owner Antonia Storer, now has 15 lifetime wins and recently eclipsed the $100,000 earnings plateau. The winner paid $7.20, the exacta returned $34.80 and the 50-cent trifecta kicked back $32.10. Driver Kayne Kauffman enjoyed a fruitful matinee program, winning seven races, including six in a row. The 39-year-old's onslaught began in race 3 behind Merci Monsieur AS and continued consecutively with Art Degree, Mosh Pit, La Reata, Fancy Creek Elusiv and Hardhead'slilchris. Karefree Kara gave Kauffman his seventh score three races later. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Totally Kissed (Jason Brewer) topped Get Around Town (Kayne Kauffman) and Bet The Moon (John DeLong) to capture the $40,000 championship final of the harness racing 'Claim To Fame' series for $30,000 claimers at Miami Valley on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 28). Despite the fact that the enticement of winning the lucrative final generated nine claims during the two preliminary legs of the series, none of the top three finishers changed barns over the three week event. That trio of astute nominators turned their $600 entry fees into very rewarding paydays. Totally Kissed was shipped by Ontario owners Gary Lance and Patrick Dillon to Ohio-based trainer Jeff Brewer specifically to compete in the popular Claim To Fame Series. The 7-year-old Total Truth gelding was one of two finalists who had captured a pair of preliminary heats enroute to the final, scoring back-to-back 1:52.4 victories. In the final driver Jason Brewer, starting from the innermost post position, allowed eventual runnerup Get Around Town to take the early lead, but quarter-moved back to the front shortly after the :27.1 opening quarter. With an outer flow developing early in the 10-horse field, the winner posted middle splits of :56 and 1:25.2 before sprinting home in :28.3 for the 1:54 score. As the favorite, Totally Kissed returned $4.40. Coupled with Get Around Town, the exacta kicked back $51.80. With Bet The Moon completing the trifecta, a full $2 ticket was worth $566. A $24,000 Open Handicap Trot was also presented on the Sunday matinee with Sandys Victory returning to her winning ways for the father-son combo of owner-trainer Dan Ater and driver Kyle Ater. The classy 7-year-old Ohio-sired Victory Sam mare won 15 races in 2017, but had missed a winner's circle visit in her first two starts in 2018. Sandys Victory now sports $372,697 in lifetime earnings. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - R Gauwitz Hanover, deftly handled by harness racing driver Chris Page, upset a full field of ten $20,000 claimers to capture the $35,000 final of this division's Claim To Fame series at Miami Valley on Saturday night (Jan. 27). Page sat patiently in third position along the pylons (fourth overall) through fractions of :26.3, :56 and 1:24.3 before seizing an opening around the final bend to swing three wide for the stretch drive. The 8-1 shot, owned and trained by Clarence Foulk, was much the best in the lane and exploded to a three-length victory in 1:53.1. Favored Dovuto Hanover (Trace Tetrick) finished second with M G Kid (Kayne Kauffman) benefitting from a pocket ride to grab the show dough. The winner was one of seven of the finalists who had won a race in the eight preliminary heats leading up to the final. The only two-time preliminary winner was Prince Clyde, who finished fourth in the lucrative final for driver Jeremy Smith. It was the 39th career victory for R Gauwitz Hanover, a 9-year-old gelding sired by Modern Art. The winner's share of the purse ballooned his lifetime bounty to $395,033. Page also captured the next race, a co-featured $25,000 Open Handicap Pace clocked in 1:51.1. He guided pole sitter Angelo J Fra directly to the top in :26.2 over the sloppy track. With Feelnlikearockstar (John DeLong) unable to find a seat along the pylons and pressuring gallantly on the outside, the winner tripped the halfway beam in :54.3 and the three-quarter mile marker in 1:22.1. The 6-year-old The Panderosa gelding managed to tack on a closing :29 quarter to hold runnerup My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) and show finisher Manhattan Beach (Trace Tetrick) at bay. Kris Hinchcliff trains Angelo J Fra for the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLc. It was his 20th triumph in just 86 lifetime starts and raised his earnings to $282,794. The Sunday (Jan. 28) matinee at Miami Valley will feature a $24,000 Open Handicap Trot as well as the $40,000 championship final of the Claim To Fame series for $30,000 claimers. Post time is 2:05 p.m. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway is pleased to report a whopping 52% increase in total all-source wagering on its recently-concluded 2017 live harness racing meeting.   Because there were 76 days in the track's fourth annual meet, six more than in 2016, the average daily increase was 42% in a year-over-year comparison.   The numbers are particularly impressive in light of the recent industry report that total wagering on United States harness racing fell by 4.4% in 2017. That same report indicated that total purses across the country were up 2.35% last year.   Total purses at Hollywood Dayton's 2017 meet exceeded $8.5 million, for an average of $112,000 per program, an 18% increase over 2016.   Highlight of the meet were the Grand Circuit races in September, the $167,000 Dayton Trotting Derby and the $140,000 Dayton Pacing Derby.   Pasithea Face S (Tim Tetrick) set a new 1:53 track record for trotting mares when she bested males Crazy Wow and JL Cruze in the feature trot.   Rockin Ron (Matt Kakaley) bested Dealt A Winner and Missile J to cop the pace in 1:50.2.   Hollywood Dayton looks forward to the 2018 meet which opens on September 10, with both the Dayton Trotting and Pacing Derbies featured on Friday, September 28.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Many of the continent's most talented and prolific harness racing drivers will descend on Miami Valley Raceway in southwest Ohio from January 7-9 to determine the winner of the second annual North America Drivers Championship.   Doug McNair, one of six Canadians entered in the 2018 contest, will return to defend his title.   Eight of the contestants have recorded over 5,000 driving wins in their careers with another four who have surpassed 4,000 victories.   In total the drivers scheduled to compete have amassed approximately 110,000 career wins with almost 9000 of those coming in 2017.   Peter Wrenn tops the list in lifetime triumphs with 9938, slightly ahead of the reigning national dash champion Aaron Merriman with 9815.   Others with over 4,000 are Brett Miller (7632), Trevor Henry (6388), Mike Oosting (6298), Sam Widger (5922), Corey Callahan (5544), Randy Tharps (5269), Dan Noble (4906), Trace Tetrick (4347), Josh Sutton (4253), and Chris Page (4059).   The other drivers vying for the crown, in alphabetical order, will be Simon Allard, Kyle Ater, Pat Berry, Jason Brewer, Marc Campbell, John Cummings Jr., Billy Davis Jr., John DeLong, Kayne Kauffman, James MacDonald, Jim Marino, Marcus Miller, Drew Monti, Louie Phillipe Roy, Jeremy Smith and Tyler Smith.   Two spots remain open. Drivers interested in participating can contact the race secretary at:   Each driver will get four drives on both the Sunday, January 7 and Monday, January 8 matinee programs.   After two days, the ten leaders in the point standings will return on Tuesday, January 9 to vie for $25,000 in prize money and the championship trophy.   Post time for each of the three consecutive matinees at Miami Valley is 2:05 p.m.   Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Manhattan Beach won the $18,500 Open Pace; Kayne Kauffman and Jeff Brewer were crowned leading driver and leading trainer; and starter Mike Woebkenberg was presented with an appreciation blanket for his yeoman efforts promoting harness racing--all as the curtain dropped on Hollywood Dayton Raceway's fourth meet, its most successful to date. Driver Trace Tetrick got Manhattan Beach on the muscle early and was determined to make the balance of the full field play catch-me-if-you-can.  After posting a :27.1 first quarter despite single digit temperatures, Tetrick throttled the eventual winner to a :56 halfway point.  Forced to speed up by the first-over attack of Starlite Kid (Trevor Smith), Manhattan Beach tripped the three-quarters beam in 1:23.4 and then scooted home a clear winner in 1:52.3.  Heavy favorite Enoch (Chris Page) enjoyed a pocket ride throughout but could never really threaten, settling for runnerup honors.  Starlite Kid held for third. Manhattan Beach is a 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere owned by John McGill and Brian Carsey and trained by Walter Haynes Jr.  It was the sixth seasonal win from 24 2017 starts and left the winner less than $1000 shy of a $100,000 year. Kayne Kauffman won his first Hollywood Dayton dash title, although he has previously won meets at nearby Miami Valley Raceway and the old Lebanon Raceway.  The 39-year-old reinsman won 120 races during the 76 day meet, good for purse earnings of over $850,000.  Career-wise, Kauffman is nearing 3000 wins and eclipsed the $17 million earnings plateau on closing night. Jeff Brewer notched his second Hollywood Dayton training title by sending out 41 winners in 210 starts during the recently concluded meet.  Brewer is closing in rapidly on the $10 million earnings achievement and has accumulated 1,921 lifetime training wins.  2017 was his first million dollar season with $1,119,366 deposited into his stable owners' coffers. Starter Mike Woebkenberg was surprised with a handmade commemorative blanket to thank him for his tireless efforts to promote harness racing.  Fans Ann and Ray Lufkin presented the blanket with the aid of special guest Roger Huston, Deb Noble and members of the local drivers colony. Hollywood Dayton enjoyed competitive racing with full fields, excellent track conditions, several new track records and an impressive increase in average daily handle during 2017.  The management at Hollywood Dayton wants to thank all the owners, trainers, drivers and caretakers who participated in the racing program this season.  We look forward to September, 2018, when our fifth season of live racing gets underway. Gregg Keidel    

DAYTON, OH. - Juslikeaqueen continued her every-other-week winning tradition on Friday night (Dec. 29) during Hollywood Dayton Raceway's penultimate program of their 2017 harness racing  meet. The 3-year-old Palone Ranger-sired filly captured the $18,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace following an hour-long delay to grade snow off the racing surface. Jerseylicious (Tyler Smith), making her 100th career start with $775,540 banked, was first to spring off the gate taking the field to the first quarter in :27.1. Driver Jeremy Smith tucked Juslikeaqueen into the garden spot followed by Amazing Arya (Kayne Kauffman) and Safe From Terror (Chris Page), the diminutive mare trying for her 23rd win of the season which would have given her the distinction as the winningest horse in North America in 2017. Juslikeaqueen moved to the front before the :56.4 half and was able to remain there at the 1:25.2 third stanza and the 1:54.3 finish line. It was the winner's fourth victory in her last eight starts with the triumphs coming on alternating starts. Juslikeaqueen was claimed for $21,250 early in the Hollywood Dayton season, which commenced in September and has won seven starts for new owner Antonia Storer in 3-1/2 months. With her 11th seasonal score, Juslikeaqueen's bounty this season grew to $98,120 after a lackluster freshman season with just four starts, no wins and $4200 in earnings. She is trained by Daniel Maier. Jerseylicious held for second with Diamondtequilashot (John DeLong) garnering the show dough. The final program of the Hollywood Dayton race meet is Saturday night (Dec. 30) with a 6:15 post time. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Night Pro, one of the Midwest's most stellar harness racing open ranks performers over the past four years, reached the winner's circle again Saturday night (Dec. 23) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The 7-year-old Pro Bono Best stud captured the $18,500 Open Handicap Pace for his 12th seasonal win and 53rd from 107 starts in his career. He has raced his entire life for owner-trainer Dale Decker, who has now banked $834,647 due to Night Pro's efforts. Driver Chris Page took advantage of one of Night Pro's best recent post positions (3-hole) to sprint immediately to the front of the field. Finding no challengers in the early going, Page throttled the 3-5 favorite back through a pair of pedestrian fractions. Following :28 and :56.2 clockings, however, Page pushed the pedal to the metal and Night Pro responded with a :55 back half to stop the final timer in 1:51.2 on a 32-degree evening. Starlite Kid (Trevor Smith) benefitted from a second-over trip behind first up Boys Round Here (Kayne Kauffman) to rally for a runnerup finish, but never really threatened the winner. A fast-closing Manhattan Beach (Trace Tetrick) came from sixth at the half to garner the show dough. Driver Jason Brewer scored a "Grand Slam" on his final program for 2017. The red and black clad reinsman triumphed with four horses from his father Jeff's red-hot stable. The Brewer's winners were CC's Desire (1:53.2, $5.60 to win), Lyons Jimmydean (1:52.2, $7.00), Hezabluechipboy N (1:52.2, $10.60) and J J M Jet Set (1:53.3, $12.20). The Brewer clan will be closing out the year enjoying a well-deserved week vacation in Aruba. Hollywood Dayton's final week of the meet will feature a Tuesday matinee at 2:15 and 6:15 evening programs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Gregg Keidel    

DAYTON, OH. - Nine-year-old Cantab Lindy captured the $18,500 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Thursday night (Dec. 21), winning for the 41st time and inching closer to $500,000 in harness racing career earnings. What is unique about this story is that the son of Cantab Hall did not race at two, only made a handful of starts at three, and has never raced in a stakes race in his life. Additionally, he has made all 172 of his lifetime starts for owner-trainer Brent Davis of Zanesville, Ohio, who purchased him (with a bad ankle) after he failed to make it to the races as a freshman. "He's done it the hard way," exclaimed Davis. "I've never made a stakes payment on him because he was still a maiden until early in his 4-year-old season. He blossomed quickly from there, though, as he rose through the ranks from a maiden to an open trotter in a four-month span back in 2012. He's raced in opens or very high conditions most of the time since then." Davis, who is currently maintaining a five horse stable with the help of his dad Mac, has had other good horses through the years, but none quite this good. He trained an Amish reclamation project called Dino Trevor years back, a trotter who banked over $300,000. But Cantab Lindy now has earned $484,357 for Davis and is still going strong. In the latest victory, driver Tyler Smith left quickly from the 8-hole, relenting only to Another Breath (Randy Tharps) who tripped the first quarter mile beam in :28.1. After Another Breath reach the half of top in :57, Cantab Lindy was out and rolling to stick his head in front at the 1:25.1 three-quarter station. A :29.2 final panel was plenty good enough to hold off Mugshot Man (Kyle Ater) and Another Breath when he reached the wire in 1:54.3. Because he hadn't won in his previous five starts, the winner was dispatched at 12-1 odds and returned $27.60 to his faithful. Those that solved the exacta received $131.80 for $2, while 50-cent trifecta players got a healthy $436.70 return. Gregg Keidel

Lebanon, OH --- The Winter Harness Racing Festival at Miami Valley Raceway kicks off Friday (Jan. 5) with the largest purses in the track's brief five-year history. A 10-15 percent purse increase to condition races positions horsemen to race for an average daily overnight purse structure of approximately $150,000.  With close to $14 million in anticipated purses to pay out during its 87-day meet, Miami Valley is grateful to host one of the highest purse structures in all of harness racing. Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association President Kevin Greenfield remarks, "Miami Valley is a shining example of how Ohio horsemen understood the expansion of gaming to benefit harness racing. Amazing purses, increased earnings opportunity for our members and positive contributions to the community. The team at Miami Valley has brought the OHHA's vision of winter racing to life in Southern Ohio." OHHA Executive Director Renee Mancino said, "Three years ago we thought Miami Valley was a diamond in the rough, so it is no surprise to the Ohio horsemen that their "can-do" skilled management team, and Ohio-centric approach to the racing program has them pacing strong to the top of the class in the industry." Unprecedented purses are not the only reason to be excited about the harness racing tradition that continues in Lebanon, Ohio. The second annual $25,000 North America Drivers Championship ushers in Miami Valley's Winter Festival on Jan. 7 and 8, with finals on Jan. 9. Thirty of the continent's most accomplished drivers will go head-to-head for the title. A variety of enhanced lucrative series will surely appeal to harness racing fans at every level. January, February and March features will include nine Claim To Fame series, four Survivor Series and nine Legends Late Closers. Wagering opportunities include the early double, a Pick-3, Pick-4, 50-cent Lucky Pick-5 (with industry low 12 percent takeout) beginning on race 10, and a 10-cent Buckeye Hi-5 on Race 12 each program. Carryover provisions apply to the Lucky Pick-5 and Buckeye Hi-5 wagers until a winning ticket is hit. Stay tuned for Grand Circuit, Ohio Sires Stakes, Hackett Memorial and Scarlet & Gray Invitational action during Miami Valley's upcoming Spring Festival in April and early May. For the first time ever, trotting divisions have been added to the Hackett Memorials for 3-year-old Ohio-sired horses. Details on all of Miami Valley's special events for 2018 can be found at, using the Racing/Horsemens Info tabs. Condition sheets for opening week are now available on the USTA website. Plan now to be part of the action when Miami Valley goes postward beginning Friday (Jan. 5). Afternoon matinees will be presented every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with a 2:05 p.m. post time. Friday and Saturday evening cards will commence at 6:05 p.m.   Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Enoch made the most of his second start at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (Dec. 16), cruising to a harness racing victory in the $18,500 Open Handicap Pace in 1:51.1. Driver Chris Page fired the 4-year-old son of Panspacificflight from the gate and other than momentarily relenting to My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) nearing the :27 quarter mile mark controlled the pace the rest of the way. Posting subsequent fractions of :56.1 and 1:23.2 before tacking on the :27.4 final split, Enoch held My Hero Ron at bay while Starlite Kid (Trevor Smith) and Night Pro (Dale Decker) dead-heated for third in the weekly feature race. Dispatched at 8-5 odds, Enoch paid $5.20 to win with the exacta returning $41.80. Enoch now has 15 career wins and $166,590 in earnings. He is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, P Collura and Frank Baldachino. Page had three earlier winners on the Saturday program, including Burke stablemate Endeavors Pride who captured a $20,000 claimer in 1:52.2. His other trips to the winner's circle were with Rolling Going Gone for trainer Doug Hinklin and Vandy's Magic from the Steve Carter barn. Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - Colorful Sky gave Aaron Merriman, America's leading harness racing dash driver, his fourth win of the night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday (Dec. 15) capturing the $18,500 Mares Open Pace in 1:52.1. It was the seventh win on the season for the daughter of Skydancer Hanover, increasing her 2017 earnings to $69,262 for owner Grant Wilfong. Merriman took no chances in this race, putting Colorful Sky on the lead for the first time in her last eight starts. She seemed comfortable throughout posting fractions of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:23.3 before sealing the deal with a :28.3 final panel, holding off last week's feature winner Juslikeaqueen (Jeremy Smith), who raced first-over the entire second lap, and fast-closing Amazing Arya (Kayne Kauffman). Colorful Sky paid $7.20 to win with the exacta returning $36.80. Merriman swept the daily double to open the card, winning with trotter Mickey's House (1:57.4, $5.20) from the innermost post position and pacer Boots Off (1:56.2, $6.40) from the outermost post. His other victory came behind favored $20,000 claiming pacer P L Fighter (1:52.1, $4.20) a race before Colorful Sky's impressive triumph. Driver Jason Brewer notched a hat trick on the program, winning with a trio of horses from his father Jeff Brewer's stable. The Brew Crew scored with Lyons Jimmydean, owned by Chupp Racing, Pan Luis Obispo, owned by Jamie Cornett, and Kaitlyn Akeeper for the partnership of Chris Choros, Eleven Star Stables and Leander Schwartz. Gregg Keidel  

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