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Washington, PA - Veteran horse racing executive Mark Loewe has been named Vice President of Racing for the Meadows Casino, Racetrack and Hotel, subject to customary regulatory licensing requirements. Loewe has over forty years of experience in the horse racing industry, working both on the backstretch and in the boardroom at many varied locations. A New York City native and graduate of St. John's University, Loewe rose in the racing ranks from groom to successful trainer in the 1980s and 1990s and then made a seamless transition to the management side at Pompano Park in 1991 where he worked until 2014. Loewe joined Penn National Gaming, Inc. ("PNGI") in February 2008 as General Manager of the Sanford Orlando Kennel Club in Longwood, Florida and since then has assumed racing leadership roles at five other PNGI horse racing facilities (Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Beulah Park, Raceway Park, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway and Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course.) Loewe was actively involved in the development of the overall racing facilities at Dayton Raceway and Mahoning Valley Race Course and since late 2014 has served as Vice President of Ohio Racing Operations for PNGI. Loewe will retain his oversight of the Mahoning Valley Race Course racing operations as part of his new assignment. "I'm excited by the opportunity and challenges presented by the Meadows racing operation. I was already familiar with many of the employees and horsemen at the facility and I'm looking forward to positively impacting the racing operations," Loewe said. "I have the utmost confidence in Mark and his abilities and look forward to his active involvement in the Meadows racing program. He has a proven track record at multiple operations and we are excited to add the Meadows to our stable of 13 owned or managed pari-mutuel racetracks," added Chris McErlean, Vice President of Racing for PNGI. From the Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

DAYTON, OH. - The recently completed 75 program meet at Hollywood Gaming's Dayton Raceway was deemed a complete success by Mark Loewe, Penn National's Vice President of Racing for Ohio. "We had good competitive harness racing over a good race surface, resulting in track records on both the pace and trot," said Loewe. "We featured full fields of horses and deep, talented rosters of drivers and trainers...and our patrons responded. I'd like to thank everyone who played a part for their contribution to the success of our fifth meet."   The overall track records were lowered in Hollywood Dayton's signature Grand Circuit events. Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick) captured the $150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby in 1:47,4 while Ariana G (Brian Sears) lowered the trot standard to 1:52.1 in the Dayton Trotting Derby. Other new divisional records were established by 3-year-old trotting filly Black Mamba (1:55), 3-year old male trotter Pass The Vape (1:54.1), 4-year-old pacing mare Carol's Z Tam (1:51) and 4-year-old male trotter Optimist Blue Chip (1:53.2, tie with Il Sogno Dream).   Driver Jeremy Smith won his first Dayton meet dash title by establishing a new record of 154 wins in a meet. His mounts topped $1 million in purse earnings as well. Dan Noble and Chris Page tied for second on the list, followed by Josh Sutton, Kayne Kauffman, Tyler Smith, Jason Brewer, Aaron Merriman, Trevor Smith and Kyle Ater in the top ten.   On the training side, Virgil Morgan Jr. captured his third Dayton Raceway title with 45 winners and $335,000 in purse earnings for his stable. The top ten list also included Jeff Brewer, Dan Maier, Dan Noble, Kayne Kauffman, Ron Burke, Charles Stewart, Dan Ater, Phil Belanger and Larry Finn.   Total purses for the meet exceeded $8.2 million for an average of over $110,000 per program.   With plentiful horse supply, there were an average of 13.4 races per program with over 8.5 horses starting each contest. An average of 182 horses per day entered the box, with 88% of those entered online.   Post position 5 again produced the most winners during the season (16.3%), narrowly besting the No. 4 post (15.6%) and the No. 1 starting position (14.3%). Favorites won 39% of the time and finished on-the-board (top three) 68.5% of the time.   "Now that we've completed five successful seasons at Hollywood Dayton, we'll turn our attention to 2019," said Race Secretary Gregg Keidel. "The meet will open September 8 and end of December 28 next year, highlighted by the Dayton Pacing and Trotting Derbies on September 27, the Buckeye Stallion Series championships on a special Sunday, September 29 matinee and the Ohio Fair Finals on another added Sunday, October 13."   Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Jeremy Smith and Virgil Morgan Jr. were recognized as Top Driver and Top Trainer, respectively, on Saturday night (Dec. 29) at Hollywood Gaming At Dayton Raceway as the curtain fell on the track's fifth 75-program season of live harness racing. Smith set a new standard for wins during a Dayton meet with 154 victories, good for $1.1 million in purse earnings. It is Jeremy's first dash crown in the post-VLT era in Ohio as his only other title came at old Lebanon Raceway prior to the commencement of the impressive racing renaissance in the Buckeye state over the last five years. Previous dash champs at Dayton have been Josh Sutton (2014, 2015 and 2016) and Kayne Kauffman (2017). Morgan Jr. is no stranger to training titles as he is the perennial champ at Scioto Downs over the past two decades. This title marks his third award at Hollywood Dayton, having won previously in both 2014 and 2016. The only other training winner has been Jeff Brewer, who captured the crown in both 2015 and 2017. Morgan managed 45 wins during the 2018 campaign from 197 starts-earning over $325,000 in purses and sporting a .345 UDRS. On the track, the closing night Open Handicap Pace was won by My Hero Ron for the second straight week. Despite being assigned an outside post in a full field of nine, driver Tyler Smith managed to get away sixth along the pylons during the :26.4 opening panel. Shuffled further back on the way to the :55.2 half, Smith managed to squeeze My Hero Ron into second-over position in fifth by the time the leader and eventual runnerup Night Pro (Dale Decker) tripped the third quarter beam in 1:23. Smith was on a mission through the stretch and used a :27.3 closing kick to nail the leader in the final two strides. Despite his ultra-consistent 2018 scorecard, which read 33 7-11-7 $153,090 going into the race, My Hero Ron returned $10.60 to win. He is trained by Danny Dubeansky for owners Brian Witt and Cory Atley. The quick 1:51.2 clocking of the Open was one of six sub-1:52 races over the five-eighths mile oval on the card. Other amazing miles were turned in were by Full On Rocknroll (Jeremy Smith, 1:51.4), Fan Of Terror (Trace Tetrick, 1:51.4), Just Toyin With Ya (Josh Sutton, 1:51.2), Migrate Blue Chip (Tyler Smith, 1:51) and Evergreen Elite (Kyle Ater, 1:51.2). Hollywood Gaming wishes to thank every owner, trainer, driver, caretaker, official, employee as well as its racing patrons for making Dayton Raceway their home for harness racing over the past four months. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - The final $18,500 Open Trot of the Hollywood Dayton Raceway meet produced an upset harness racing winner, 18-1 Monopoly Blue Chip. The six-year-old son of Donato Hanover has been racing well during the meet, including two recent wins in top condition events, but had been no better than third in four previous Open level attempts. Driver Kayne Kauffman guided the winner to the pylons when the gate swung open, getting away fourth in the :26.4 opening quarter mile. Monopoly Blue Chip was eased off the pylons into the outer flow as the field passed the :56.3 halfway point, then found himself first-over in third as the third stanza timer was tripped in 1:24.4. The game gelding passed race favorites Pine Dream and Churita mid-stretch and then had to hold off the determined challenge of 7-1 All About Cowboys (Jeremy Smith) by a scant nose at the wire. Pridecrest (Mike Oosting) completed the trifecta at odds of 30-1. Monopoly Blue Chip paid $38.80 to win, the exacta returned $181.40 and a 50-cent trifecta was worth $334.20. Jeff Olsen trains Monopoly Blue Chip for owner Shayne May. On the season, the winner now sports five triumphs in 25 starts and seasonal earnings of $52,860. Two races later, Zoe Ellasen (Aaron Merriman) captured her third Mares Open Pace in her last five starts as the 9-5 second choice on the tote board. The four-year-old Santanna Blue Chip lass swept past runnerup Endeavors Fantasy (Trace Tetrick) and show finisher Gone Girl (Jeremy Smith) in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:52.3. The winner's share of the $18,000 purse pushed trainer Tyler George's pupil over the $100,000 seasonal earnings plateaul It was Zoe Ellasen's 18th career win in just 63 starts, pushing her lifetime bounty to $313,235. She is owned by Ronald Steck in partnership with the trainer. The curtain will fall on Hollywood Dayton's fifth season on Saturday night (Dec. 29). The power packed 14-race card will feature the track's final $18,500 Open Pace for male pacers, a full nine horse field with recent winners Granite and My Hero Ron assigned outside post positions. The track will also present their annual Top Driver and Top Trainer awards to Jeremy Smith, who won his first local dash derby, and Virgil Morgan Jr. who captured his third seasonal conditioner's title. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - The ultra-consistent My Hero Ron captured the $18,500 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (Dec. 22), his 25th on-the-board finish in 33 starts this year. Harness racing driver Tyler Smith ducked to the inside midstretch, just in time to sneak past longshots Hot Rod Dylan (Travis Seekman) and Night Pro (Dale Decker) in a thrilling photo finish. The 6-year-old son of Well Said's 1:53 triumph was his seventh of the season and increased his 2018 bankroll to $153,000. Career-wise the Danny Dubeansky trainee has amassed $770,000. My Hero Ron is owned by Brian Witt and Cory Atley. Smith got a pocket ride for My Hero Ron behind pacesetter Winwood Mac for the first 7/8ths of the mile. 10-1 Night Pro made a monstrous move down the backside that fell just short in the end. He was followed by 30-1 Hot Rod Dylan who actually stuck a nose in front in deep stretch. My Hero Ron paid $5.20 to win as the favorite, but the 4-10 exacta returned a healthy $96.40 and a 50 cent trifecta paid $215.15 to lucky ticket holders. Hollywood Dayton has just three programs left in its 75-day meet. Racing at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights (Dec. 27-29) will bring down the curtain on the new track's fifth and most successful season to date. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - JB's Shooting Star, the only filly in a field of Open mares, captured the $18,000 weekly feature for harness racing distaffers at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night. Driver Chris Page guided the upset winner confidently despite being dispatched at 14-1 odds. The Jace Sundeen-trained daughter of Straight Shooting got away fifth from an inside post during the quick :26.4 opening panel, then moved into secondl-over position while passing the :56.3 halfway point and 1:24.3 three-quarters station. At the head of the stretch she still had Rock Me Baby and Rockin Racer to pass, which she did in mid-stretch, and then muster the stamina to hold off fast-closing A Little Starstruk (Trevor Smith), the lapped-on runnerup in the race. Endeavors Star (Josh Sutton) also closed with resolve to garner the show dough. John Barnard owns JB's Shooting Star, who was competing in open company for the first time. The win was her fifth this year and eighth in her initial two seasons, and increased her juvenile bankroll to $115,008. For Page, who is headed off for a holiday vacation, it was his third win on his final program of 2018. Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - In a thrilling come-from-behind victory the Buckeyes topped the Hoosiers in the fourth annual harness racing "Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes Drivers Challenge" at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (Dec. 15) over a rain-soaked strip labeled good. The Ohio squad needed a minimum of a first, second and fourth place finish in the sixth and final leg to secure their third triumph in four years by a 359-335 margin. The winners erased a 26 point deficit and turned it into a 24 point score in their last ditch effort. Hoosiers captain Trace Tetrick tried valiantly to single-handedly capture team laurels for his fellow Indianans, winning four of the first five races in the competition, but the dominant Buckeyes performance in the final race overcame his early heroics. Winners, in order, were Townlinedaliscard (Trace Tetrick, 1:55.2, $56.40), trotter Kolbee's Star (Chris Page, 1:58.1, $11.00), Smiling Terror (Tetrick, 1:55, $5.20), Dateline Hanover (Tetrick, 1:54.4, $45.20), Whiskey Friskie (Tetrick, 1:53.4, $8.80) and the ironically named Indiana Cam (Jeremy Smith, 1:54.1, $17.40). With tongue in cheek, Buckeyes captain reiterated in the winner's circle that he guaranteed a victory and claimed the outcome "was never in doubt." It is doubtful anyone else in attendance felt that way until the final score was announced. Individual leaders were Tetrick with 145 points, Dan Noble with 96, Smith with 91, Brandon Bates 74 and Chris Page 65. Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway provided $2500 in prize money and the Ohio Harness Horsemens Association pitched in $500. For the fourth consecutive year, the drivers from both squads donated the entire prize pool to Dayton Firefighters Local 126, who provides ambulance and EMT service for each of the Dayton programs throughout the meet. The local firefighters use the funds to purchase new toys and insure that every need child in their district has a gift on Christmas mornings. Hundreds of other new toys and over $1000 cash was donated by owners, trainers, drivers, caretakers and employees of Dayton Raceway over the past several weeks in addition to the $3000 Drivers Challenge donation. Horsemens Bookkeeper Terri Mt. Pleasant and OHHA rep Brett Merkle again spearheaded the Dayton horse community's charitable Christmas efforts. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Team Hoosier will invade Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (Dec. 15) to battle Team Buckeyes in the 4th annual harness racing  "Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes Drivers Challenge". The six race competition starts right in the first race on the program, slated for 6:15 p.m. Trackmaster is providing free program pages for the solid Saturday night program by visiting here. The Hoosier squad is comprised of captain Trace Tetrick and teammates Ricky Macomber Jr., LeWayne Miller, Mike Oosting and Brandon Bates. Well known Hoosier Park handicapper Emily Gaskin will also be present to share on-air insight alongside Hollywood Dayton's Barry Vicroy. The Buckeyes squad includes the five dash leaders at the current meet: Jeremy Smith, Dan Noble, Chris Page, Josh Sutton and Kayne Kauffman. Captain Smith has guaranteed a Buckeye victory, stating "they have about as much chance of winning as Indiana would of beating Ohio State (in football)." Oddsmaker Myles Linderman rates the clash as a tossup. Each squad has three morning line favorites over the six races, but other finishes are important as well as the graduated scoring system rewards drivers additional points for every horse they beat. "After reviewing the races," said Race Secretary Gregg Keidel, "it looks like the Buckeyes need to get a solid early lead and then hope to hang on. I believe the luck of the draw favored the Ohioans in the early races and the Indianaites in the late ones." The Buckeyes won the inaugural Challenge in 2015 and held on for a narrow victory again in 2017. The Hoosiers were convincing winners in 2016, however, and would like nothing better than to even the series score Saturday night. On Friday night (Dec. 14) Hollywood Dayton presented its customary co-features-a $17,500 Open Mares Pace and an $18,500 Open Trot. Zoe Ellasen (Aaron Merriman) captured the distaff pace in 1:53, topping A Little Starstruk (Trevor Smith) and Doc's Ravenna (Charlie Conrad). The triumph was the 4-year-old daughter of Santanna Blue Chip's sixth of the year and 17th in her career. She surpassed $90,000 in seasonal earnings and $300,000 in lifetime bounty with the score. She is owned by trainer Tyler George in partnership with Ron Steck. Primed N Powerful (Tyler Smith) won the top trot for the first time, besting Pine Dream (Aaron Merriman) and Monopoly Blue Chip (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:54.3. The 5-year-old son of Psychic Spirit is nearing $200,000 in lifetime bankroll, over $73,000 of that sum this season. He is owned by trainer Robert Phillips and Sharry Boledovich. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - The battle lines are drawn and now only the result of the fourth annual harness racing "Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes Driver's Challenge" this Saturday night (Dec. 15) remains to be seen. Hoosier Park's top five available reinsmen will compete with Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway's five dash leaders in a six-race competition for bragging rights over the next 12 months. The Hoosier squad is captained by Trace Tetrick, the all-time leading driver at the Anderson, Indiana track, and also includes Ricky Macomber Jr., Lewayne Miller, Mike Oosting and Brandon Bates. Leading driver Jeremy Smith heads up Team Buckeyes and will be joined by Dan Noble, Chris Page, Josh Sutton and Kayne Kauffman. Myles Linderman, Dayton's morning line guru, has tabbed three Buckeyes and three Hoosiers as morning line favorites in the six contest legs carded as races 1,3,5,7,9 and 11 on the program slated to begin at 6:15 p.m. Each team will start from the odd numbered post positions in half the races and each of the ten drivers were pre-assigned post positions that added up to 33 over the half dozen races. Classic Comedy (Chris Page) is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the first leg, an $8000 fillies and mares claimer, based on three victories in her last four starts. There are five other recent winners in the field plus three more who own place finishes in recent weeks. He's Got Pizazz (Dan Noble) got a narrow 3-1 nod in the second leg despite drawing outside in the mid-range conditioned trot. The class dropper will face a full field of squaregaiters who have all fashioned top three finishes in their last five tries. Blueridge Doc (Jeremy Smith) will open as the 5-2 favorite in a contentious $10,000 claimer slated as leg three. Again, every one of the ten horses in this race has at least a top three finish in recent starts, including three who won their last time out. Waterside Champ (Lewayne Miller) will start from the second tier, but is listed 5-2 in the fourth leg, a $15,000 claiming event. In a recurring theme, every combatant shows an on-the-board finish on the program page, five with recent victories. Whiskey Friskie (Trace Tetrick) drew the coveted rail in the fifth leg, a condition/claiming event for non-winners of ten races, to gain 5-2 morning line favoritism. Five of the nine horses with on-the-board finishes have been winners since November 1. Blooming Genius (Ricky Macomber Jr.) will open as the 5-2 choice in leg 6, the finale featuring $20,000 claiming pacers. Oddly, he is one of just two horses without a recent top three finish, but is dropping in class from the $30,000 level. Each winning driver in the six races will earn 30 points for their team. A place finish is worth 24 points, show gets 18 and then 14-11-8-5-3-1 for fourth through ninth place. In the unfortunate event of a scratch, that driver will receive 10 points for his team. The Buckeyes won the inaugural Drivers Challenge in 2015 and held on for a thrilling 351-333 victory last year. Sandwiched in between was the Hoosiers only triumph in 2016. Hollywood Dayton Raceway provides $2500 in prize money for the contest and the Ohio Harness Horsemens Association throws in an additional $500. In the past, the drivers from both squads have graciously donated the entire $3000 pool to Dayton Firefighters Local 136, the unit that provides ambulance and EMT service to Dayton Raceway during each and every live racing program. The local firefighters and paramedics use the funds to purchase toys for needy children in their service area at Christmas time. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH - Despite 24 degree temperatures and never seeing the pylons Granite captured the $18,500 Open Handicap Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (Dec. 8) in 1:49.2. /The clocking was the fourth fastest in the five year history of harness racing's newest track, following only Donttellmeagain (1:47.4), State Treasurer (1:48.4) and Wiggle It Jiggleit (1:49.1)-all marks taken in editions of the Dayton Pacing Derby, a lucrative Grand Circuit event for older pacers in late September each season. Granite, driven by the meet's leading driver Jeremy Smith, left the gate with alacrity but had to settle for second-over position throughout the fray. Night Pro (Dale Decker) assumed his normal position on the front end through the first two fractions of :26.1 and 54.0 with Sadiq Hanover (Dan Noble) in the pocket and Winwood Mac (Chris Page), the winner of two of the last three weekly features, challenging the leaders on the rim. Granite, a son of Real Desire, was in tow in the outer flow until Winwood Mac cleared to the front off the final turn leaving the pair of 5-year-old stalwarts in a stretch-long duel to the wire. The winning Ken Rucker trainee surged ahead a couple strides from the finish to establish a new lifetime mark. Sadiq Hanover, claimed last week for $37,500, gave up little ground and raced gallantly to finish very close in the show position. The Panhellenic Stable owns Granite, who won for the 7th time this season, 19th time in his career, and boosted his lifetime bounty to $348,910. Next Saturday night (Dec. 15) Hollywood Dayton Raceway will present the fourth annual "Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes Drivers Challenge" with Hoosier Park's top five available reinsmen taking on Hollywood Dayton's current leading dash drivers in a six-race competition. The Hoosiers will be represented by Trace Tetrick, Ricky Macomber Jr., Lewayne Miller, Mike Oosting and Brandon Bates. The Buckeye squad will be comprised of Jeremy Smith, Dan Noble, Chris Page, Josh Sutton and Kayne Kauffman. From the Press Box at Dayton Raceway  

DAYTON, OH. - A pair of impressive harness racing mares prevailed in the co-featured $18,000 Mares Open Pace and the $18,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (Dec. 7). American Girl (Aaron Merriman) worked hard from an assigned outside post to gain command through the :26.2 opening panel, then coasted to a comfortable 5-3/4 length victory in the distaff pace. The final 1:50.3 time equaled the 9-year-old daughter of Art's Chip's lifetime best and pushed her closer to the $1 earnings plateau for owners Darla Gaskin and Stanley Rosenblatt. With the $9000 winners share, American Girl has now banked $977,110. She has won three straight weekly features at Dayton following a pair of runnerup finishes since returning to the races in mid-October following a three-month layoff. Tyler George is her trainer. Rosemary Rose (Chris Page), who was ever so slightly favored, was runnerup while A Little Starstruk (Trevor Smith) was the best of the rest. Most 4-year-olds who have banked $125,000 made the majority of their bounty in their juvenile seasons at two and three. That's not the case for Party At The Banks, however, as she crushed a field of male Open trotters in 1:53 for her tenth win in 22 starts in 2018. She has now banked over $106,000 of her $125,000 in lifetime earnings since turning age four. The talented daughter of Break The Bank K now possesses a string of six wins and two place finishes in her last eight starts. She is trained by Ron Burke for the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The odds-on favorite, driven by Chris Page, bested Primed N Powerful (Tyler Smith) by a length and a half with Monopoly Blue Chip (Kayne Kauffman) another two lengths in arrears. Although driver Dan Noble didn't get to visit the winner's circle following the co-featured races, he did pose for a picture after five other races on the card. He scored with Gold Record in 1:56.2 and subsequently triumphed with Rolling Thunder (1:54.3), J M Jet Set (1:51.2), Velocity Mattis (1:52.2) and Allbeastnobeauty (1:52.2). Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - The stage is set for the 4th annual "Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes Driving Challenge" to take place at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night, Dec. 15. The 'Buckeyes' prevailed in the first annual contest in 2015 and held on for a narrow 351-333 triumph in the third edition in 2017. The 'Hoosiers' captured the competition in its second year in 2016 and will look to even the score following this year's clash. The Hoosier squad will be captained by Trace Tetrick, the all-time leading driver at Hoosier Park as well as the winner of the second annual North American Drivers Challenge at Miami Valley Raceway last January. Tetrick once again topped the Hoosier Park dash standings in 2018 with 309 victories and a 19.1% win percentage. Tetrick's teammates will be Ricky Macomber Jr. (157 wins at Hoosier), LeWayne Miller (127), Mike Oosting (120) and Brandon Bates (112). Jeremy Smith has earned the right to captain the 'Buckeyes' squad as the leading driver at the current Hollywood Dayton Raceway meet. Through December 2, Smith had won 123 races as he seeks to score his first meet driver's title. The balance of the team will be comprised of the top five drivers in the Hollywood Dayton dash standings as of the completion of the Saturday, December 8 program. Currently that would be Dan Noble (83 wins), Chris Page (80), Josh Sutton (77) and Kayne Kauffman (51). Still in the hunt is Tyler Smith with 48 local scores. Three of the featured drivers rank in the Top 10 of the national dash standings. Noble is fifth on the year with 533 tallies, followed by Page in seventh with 480 wins and Tetrick in eighth with 475. The competition will be held over six races on the December 15 card with each squad getting even numbered post positions in half of the designated races. The scoring system used is 30 points for a win, then 24-18-14-11-8-5-3-1-0 for second through tenth place finishes. "I know the Hoosier drivers will be coming over here trying to even the score, but we've got other ideas about dominating this annual contest," said captain Jeremy Smith. "They've got about as much chance as Indiana would of beating Ohio State in football. I guarantee a victory!" Hollywood Gaming provides $2500 in prize money for the Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes contest and the Ohio Harness Horsemens Association chips in $500. In the first three annual contests, the drivers on both squads graciously donated the entire prize pool to Dayton Firefighters Local 136, who provides the ambulance and EMT service to Hollywood Dayton for each race card, and who use the funds to distribute toys to needy children throughout their Dayton service area every Christmas. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Winwood Mac (Chris Page) flew through the stretch to capture the Saturday (Dec. 1) harness racing Open I Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, passing pacesetter and place finisher Night Pro (Dale Decker) and show finisher My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) in the final strides. It was the sixth triumph in 2018 for the 6-year-old son of Canyon Wind, raising his seasonal earnings to $92,543 earning half of the $18,000 purse. The winner now sports 24 career wins and lifetime bounty of $334,421 for ownership partners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura. Page was content to get away third during the sporty :26.2 opening quarter, was shuffled to fourth at the :55 half and fifth when the 1:23.2 third panel was reached. Speedy Winwood Mac, who has now won three of his six 2018 wins in recent months at the Hollywood Dayton meet, tacked on a :27.2 last quarter to sweep past his adversaries in the weekly feature race. It was the third consecutive runnerup finish for 8-year-old Night Pro, who is approaching $1 million in earnings and is soon to commence a second career in the breeding shed. For My Hero Ron, it was his second straight show finish as the 6-year-old nears completion of his second straight $100,000-plus season. Racing resumes at Hollywood Dayton on Monday (Dec. 3) and Tuesday (Dec. 4) with a pair of 14-race matinee programs beginning at 2:05. Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - Despite being assigned the outside post position and being relegated to an almost journey long first-up attack on the outside, Endeavor (Trace Tetrick) made his initial harness racing visit at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway a winning one in the Saturday (Nov. 24) $18,500 Open I Pace. Tetrick left the gate hard enough to slip into the four-hole along the pylons briefly, but a sixteenth of a mile later launched his first-over assault that resulted in racing nearly side-by-side with Night Pro (Dale Decker) for well over a half mile. After healthy fractions of :26.1, :54.2 and 1:21.3 Endeavor was able to pass Night Pro in the final strides of the 1:50 mile. Pocket sitter My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) also was lapped on at the wire. Endeavor has amassed 14 wins during his five-year-old season, good for $166,910 in earnings. Dispatched at a surprisingly healthy 7-1 odds, he returned $XXXX for a $2 bet. Trainer Jeff Cullipher co-owns the son of American Ideal with partner Thomas Pollack. A co-featured $15,000 Open II Pace was captured by Missile J (Josh Sutton) in 1:51.3, topping Doctor Carter (Jason Beattie) and Fourboltmane (Tyler Smith). Walter 'Junior' Haynes trains the winner, another 5-year-old son of American Ideal, Missile J races for John McGill and Brian Carsey. His seven 2018 wins have contributed to a seasonal bankroll of $147,820. He paid a $7.20 mutuel. Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - Harness racing 'chalk' bettors enjoyed the $18,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night, while some others chasing longshots were rewarded in the co-featured $18,500 Mares Open Pace. Pine Dream was the repeat winner of the weekly top trot, scoring for driver Aaron Merriman in 1:53.3. The favorite paid $3.60 and gave Merriman his fourth victory on the night...and 993rd on the year as he seeks to become the first reinsman in harness history to record back-to-back 1,000 win seasons. The winning 6-year-old Kelly Chupp-trained gelding stopped the clock at every substation-the first in :27.2, then :55.4 and 1:23.4 before holding off runnerup All About Cowboys (Jason Brewer) and show finisher Primed N Powerful (Tyler Smith) in the stretch. Pine Dream now sports 25 career victories in 102 starts, good for $186,867 in earnings. He is owned by Chupp Racing Stable of Illinois. Endeavors Star, claimed a week ago for $29,000, stepped back into Open company and rewarded her new owner Jason Shumway of Ohio with an initial $9,250 return on his 7-day old investment. New trainer Daniel Jones had the 4-year-old daughter of Keystone Endeavor ready to roll and first-time driver Dan Noble gave her a confident trip at 9-1 odds. Initially fourth along the pylons during the :27.1 opening panel, Noble moved Endeavors Star into second over position before the half was reached in :56.2. The winner moved up to second on the outside by the third quarter in 1:24 and then outdueled pacesetter Rockin Racer (Jared Finn) through the stretch. The final task was holding off favored Rosemary Rose (Chris Page), who made a furious late three-wide charge but could do no better than second. Juslikeaqueen (Jeremy Smith) also closed well to gain a dead heat with Rockin Racer for third. It was the 12th win of the year for Endeavors Star and raised her seasonal earnings to $118,780. She owns a 1:50.1 speed badge taken at Scioto Downs this summer. Gregg Keidel    

DAYTON, OH. - Benefitting from some wicked early fractions, Winwood Mac (Chris Page) brushed to the lead at the three-quarter pole and then held off a hard-charging Night Pro (Dale Decker) in the stretch to capture Saturday night's $18,000 Open I Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Three horses sped three-wide to the quarter pole in :25.3, with Holdingallthecards (Jeremy Smith) ultimately prevailing and leading the field to the halfway mark of the race in an astonishing :53.2. Once Winwood Mac passed the tiring pacesetter at the 1:22 third quarter station, the only challengers were fellow closers Night Pro and Account Rollover (Trace Tetrick), who managed to garner the show dough. The 1:50.4 score was Winwood Mac's fifth of 2018 and increased his seasonal earnings to $83,081. Dispatched at 3-1 odds, the winner returned an $8 mutuel while the exacta was worth $62 and the 50 cent trifecta kicked back $97.10. The 5-year-old son of Canyon Wind is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura and trained by Ron Burke. In a co-featured $15,000 Open II Handicap Pace, the two outside gate horses closed strongest of all in the lane to produce a $41.80 exacta. Granite (Jason Brewer, $10.40) tripped the final beam in 1:51 to top Hot Rod Dylan (Mike Oosting) by a narrow margin. Longshot Prince Bayard (Randy Tharps) weaved through traffic in the stretch to complete a $123.30 50-cent trifecta. Ken Rucker trains Granite, a 5-year-old Real Desire gelding, for The Panhellenic Stable. The winner now sports six seasonal tallies and $62,899 in 2018 earnings. From the Dayton Raceway Media Department

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