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DAYTON, OH - Sandy Sue (Brett Miller) made the most of a pocket ride in the $14,000 Mares Open at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (Oct. 30), downing heavily favored Big Bad Jane (Dan Noble) in 1:52.2.   Noble rushed Big Bad Jane from the outermost post in the compact field of six to the lead shortly before the :26.4 first quarter clocking. Miller was content to slip Sandy Sue into the two-hole and sat chilly in that spot until pulling into her own lane at the head of the stretch.   The Tyler George trainee got past the favorite with relative ease and cruised to the finish line with a length and a half advantage. Boogie Roll (Chris Presley) just nipped Rosemary Rose (Josh Sutton) in a tight battle for show.       It was Sandy Sue's first visit to Hollywood Dayton following a season at Harrah's Hoosier Park where she notched three wins and $40,805 in earnings. Career-wise, the 5-year-old daughter of Shark Gesture now sports 17 triumphs and $182,019 in purse winnings.   The Duck Creek Farm of Rockford, Ohio, own Sandy Sue, who was bred by prominent standardbred owner Joe Sbrocco.She paid $12.80 to win.   Racing resumes Halloween night (Oct. 31) at Hollywood Dayton with first race post at 6:15 p.m.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH - Fanatic (Josh Sutton) and Refined (Brett Miller), a pair of 4-year-old harness racing newcomers to the open trotting ranks at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, dominated a compact field of six on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 29).   Fanatic, who left the gate alertly and cut all the fractions, had a sizeable open lengths advantage at the head of the stretch, but just barely managed to hold off fast-closing Refined in 1:55.3 over a rain-soaked 'sloppy' track.   Sutton got Fanatic to the top in a relatively soft :28 opening panel, then advanced unchallenged through a pair of :29 middle quarters. With an approximate five length margin as the field turned for home it looked like the son of Cantab Hall had free sailing to the wire, but Refined had other ideas. With a furious closing rush the daughter of Uncle Peter made it interesting at the finish by falling just a nose short.       Cash Hit (Ricky Macomber Jr.) garnered the show dough.   Black Magic Racing LLC of Ohio owns Fanatic, who now sports ten career triumphs and $149,432 in earnings. Todd Luther trains the winner, who paid $7.40 to win. Coupled with Refined, the exacta returned $21.20.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

Grantville, PA  - Penn National Gaming, Inc., the largest operator of pari-mutuel racetracks in North America, is currently seeking applications for Director of Racing positions at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course in Austintown, Ohio and The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington, PA. "With the announced retirement of current Vice President of Racing Mark Loewe from our Mahoning Valley and Meadows operations we are now looking at Director of Racing positions at those individual properties, said Chris McErlean, Vice President of Racing for Penn National Gaming, Inc. "We are seeking individuals who can bring a strong racing background while combining exceptional leadership and business skills in overseeing the entire racing and wagering operations at those respective locations." "I do want to thank Mark for his outstanding contributions to the Penn Gaming racing team since coming on board in 2008 and being a leader at seven different racetracks during that time," added McErlean. Mahoning Valley Race Course is a thoroughbred racing facility offering 100 days of live racing, stabling for nearly 1,000 horses and conducts year-round simulcasting. The facility commenced operations in 2014 and has quickly established an enviable niche in the Ohio and regional racing circuit as well as the national simulcast marketplace. The Meadows is one of North America's premier harness racetracks with nearly 190 live harness race dates conducted year-round. The five-eighths mile track has a barn area for nearly 800 horses and is home to one of the top three-year-old pacing events in the sport, "The Adios," conducted each summer. The Meadows also offers year-round simulcast wagering. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply for these positions at the following links: Director of Racing Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course https://careers-pngaming.icims.com/jobs/76273/director-of-racing/job Director of Racing Meadows Racetrack and Casino https://careers-pngaming.icims.com/jobs/76397/director-of-racing/job From Penn National Gaming  

DAYTON, OH - Harness racing driver Dan Noble got off to an incredible start on the Saturday (Oct. 24) night program at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The former national dash champion captured the first six races on the 14-race card, the first time any driver has won six straight in over 20 years on the year around southern Ohio circuit (Miami Valley, Eldorado Scioto Downs and Hollywood Dayton).   Noble's incredible feat began in race one when Buckeye Starlet copped a conditioned trot in 1:54 as the even money favorite. Dan completed the initial daily double winning with $20,000 claimer Indiana Cam ($3) in 1:51.1.   Next came Hamsandwich ($6), who notched a 1:53.4 win for Noble in a non-winners of two races event. Rock To Glory ($6.40) followed with a 1:54.1 score in an $8000 claiming pace.   The red hot purple and white clad son of the late Ohio Hall Of Famer Sam 'Chip' Noble added his fifth straight triumph in the $14,000 Open Pace, guiding Our Majordan A ($4.60) to an impressive 1:50 tally in gate to wire fashion. It was the sixth 2020 win for the Australian import, an 8-year-old by Art Major. Our Majordan A is owned by Enviro Stables LTD, Ned Hodkinson and Milton Leeman who entrust the training to Virgil Morgan Jr. The feature race winner is approaching one-half million dollars in earnings.       It'sgoodtobedaking rounded out Noble's consecutive streak by capturing a $15,000 claiming pace in 1:51.4. In the seventh race, Noble's mount Scott Rocks was roughed up through the first quarter and faded to sixth in the stretch after a valiant effort to extend the win streak.   With a pair of additional victories, Noble established a Hollywood Dayton record as the first driver to win eight on a single card in the track's seven year history. He guided My Buddy Ninkster ($6.60) to a 1:52.4 win in the 11th; and Sammy The Bull (3.80) to a 1:52.1 triumph in the nightcap.   Noble, who only races on Friday and Saturday nights due to the large size of he and wife Christi's stable of horses at the Xenia fairgrounds, ranks fifth in the local dash standings behind Brett Miller, Josh Sutton, Jeremy Smith and Tyler Smith. His 25%-plus win percentage is easily the best among the talented drivers colony at Dayton Raceway   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH - Driver Josh Sutton enjoyed a six-pack on Thursday afternoon at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, guiding six horses to the winner's circle for six different trainers. Sutton's successes started in the third race when he scored with Dancin' Anna (1:54, $4.20) for trainer Daniel Shetler. His next triumph didn't occur until the eighth race, but the 38-year-old reinsman captured five of the final seven races. Scrappy Sam (1:53.1, $17.20) was victorious for Sutton and trainer Mike Sweeney, followed in quick succession by Machtu N (1:53, $10, trainer Sherif Cunmulaj), Hoosier Celebrity (1:53.1, $2.80, Ross Leonard), Fanatic (1:54.1, $12.80, Todd Luther) and Fancy Creek Elusiv (1:53.2, $2.60, Chris Short). Sutton is currently second in the dash standings at Dayton Raceway, trailing only Brett Miller. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH - Thirteen year old Cambassador, who has won at least one race in 10 of the last 11 years, won for the 50th time on Monday afternoon (Oct. 19) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   Current harness racing owner-trainer Parker Smith, the son of driver Jeremy Smith, has won seven of those 50 races with Cambassador and claims "he is my favorite horse ever. I've claimed him three times and hope I can keep him through his mandatory retirement next year. I think he has got a lot more wins in him."   Cambassador came along at the right time for Parker, who was getting by as a warm up driver and doing catch paddocks. Ready to make the leap to fledgling trainer, he plucked down $6000 hard-earned dollars to claim his prize possession with high hopes.       "He sorta put me on the map," explained Smith. "He tries so hard and shows up every time we race. To me, he's as special as they get. He may only be a bottom claimer at this point in his career, but he's still a warrior."   Cambassador has won at eight different tracks and had 16 trainers over his lengthy career. The highest purse he has ever raced for is $16,000 and he has faced the starting gate 332 times. His speed badge is 1:50.4 taken as a 6-year-old at The Meadowlands. The son of Cam's Card Shark has hit the board 152 times and earned $574,270 in purses.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway  

DAYTON, OH - It doesn't seem to make a bit of difference how the stars align in southwest Ohio, Stars Align A seems unbeatable in the weekly Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The Aussie import raced for brand new owner Joshua Graber, who purchased the 7-year old son of Art Major via a recent online auction for a reported $100,000 bid, on Saturday night (Oct. 17) with the same result--a stunning and dominating performance.   Despite being assigned the nine hole in an impressive ten horse field, regular driver Dan Noble set sail immediately with the 4-5 favorite and easily gained command before an eighth of a mile transpired. With the stud, who continues to be trained by Noble's wife Christi, acting a little headstrong, he was guided unchallenged through fractions of :26.1, :53.2 and 1:21 before finishing without urging in 1:49.2.       "He's probably the best horse we've ever trained in our stable," Noble exclaimed shortly after the feature race triumph. "In fact, he's one of the best I've ever driven. I really believe he could go in 1:47 over this track!"   My Hero Ron (Josh Sutton), a top condition class winner a week ago, gave chase throughout and finished a creditable second ahead of Americanprimetime (Jason Brewer), who was last week's Open winner.   Hollywood Dayton Raceway presents matinee programs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30; and Friday and Saturday night programs that begin at 6:15.   Stars Align A now has 32 career wins in 88 tries and has banked $418,198.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

Dayton, Ohio -- Members of the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association were on the move again this weekend with a trot at Dayton Raceway on Saturday evening and when the judges hung the official sign upon the completion of the $7,200 event Gregg "Fast Greggy" Keidel rallied Milford's Z Tam to a 1:56.4 triumph over seven harness racing competitors When the starter let the field go Daniel Jones gunned Don't Forget Muscle for the lead from the two-hole and they gained command before the first quarter timer flashed :28.1. Once on the lead Jones kept the pedal to the metal and zipped unchallenged by the halfway point although Alesha Binkley was tight on his back with Hititoutofthepark. Daryl Bontrager was the first to move with Conway Kellyanne and they charged alongside Jones and Don't Forget Muscle as the field trotted by the third stanza. At that point the field tightened but Jones' trotter was still in front and when they headed for paydirt Don't Forget Muscles stride began to shorten after trotting :28.3 third quarter. Although Keidel's attention was on the horses in front of him -he was fifth at the time-when Milford Z Tam rounded the final turn and headed for home he was full of trot and charged home in :28.3 for a solid one-length triumph over Hititoutofthepark in 1:56.4. Don't Forget Muscle garnered the show dough. The winner is owned by William Hartt and trained by Michael Hitchcock. He paid $6.20 for win. by John Manzi, for GLADA

Veteran Ohio-bred harness racing pacers and trotters of both genders proved fast and furious on a chilly October 16 evening at Dayton Raceway, sparing in a quartet of $85,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships. Weslynn Quest (5-1) held off 1-9 stablemate Pure Chance in the Mares Trot Championship, clocked in 1:54. Danny Noble drove the 4-year-old Manofmanymissions mare for trainer Chris Beaver and owner Derek Ivany of Toronto, Canada. Longshot (35-1) Heidi's Heart was third for Josh Sutton. The victory, the 11th of her career in 32 starts, pushed Weslynn Quest's career earnings to $245,341.   Talkaboutaqueen (5-2) used a bold move at the half to take command and never look back in the Mares Pace Championship for driver Brett Miller. The 5-year-old mare by Oaks Enforcer is trained by Jayme Laing for Rod Allums, Jr., and now has $165,203 in her career coffers. Checks On The Way (5-2) was second for Aaron Merriman, while 1-1 Big Bad Jane was third for Danny Noble. The winner was timed in a career-equalling 1:50.4 for her effort. Pass The Vape, the 2-1 choice, used a near wire-to-wire journey to take the Veteran Trot in 1:54 for driver Dan Noble and trainer Derek Watiker. The 5-year-old altered son of Dejarmbro upped his lifetime bankroll to $432,459 for owner Lionel Ray Watiker of Zanesville, Ohio as he made his 23rd trip into the winner's circle. Lane Of Stone (9-5) was second, a length and a half back for Jeff Nisonger, while 2-1 Jailhouse Sam was third for Sandy Beatty. Sectionline Bigry, the 1-1 favorite, held off his eight rivals with a commanding 1:50.1 performance in the Veteran Pace for driver Tyler Smith and trainer Steve Bauder. Owned by Harold Lee Bauder of Delaware, Ohio, the 5-year-old Pet Rock homebred collected career win 27 and now has $565,227 in lifetime earnings. Tivo Hanover (16-1) was second for Kayne Kauffman, while 2-1 Gold Digger King was third for Brett Miller. Ohio Sires Stakes action wraps up the 2020 season with consolations for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders tomorrow night (Oct. 17) at Northfield Park, with a first race post time of 6 pm. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

The Ohio Sires Stakes wraps up the 2020 season this weekend with a quartet of $85,000 events for older horses on Friday, Oct. 16 at Dayton Raceway and an octet of $75,000 consolation dashes featuring 2- and 3-year-olds of both gaits and genders on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Northfield Park. At Dayton, 14 veteran mares will line up behind the gate in a pair of seven-horse fields--one trot (Race 6) and one pace (Race 8). As well, 18 veteran horses and geldings will start in a pair of nine-horse splits: a trot (Race 10) and pace (Race 12). Post time at Dayton is 6:15 pm, ET. The two standouts in the OSS Veteran Mare Trot are Pure Chance and A TC Queenie. Both mares have earned more than $400,000 lifetime and both are sired by Triumphant Caviar. Pure Chance is conditioned and co-owned by Chris Beaver for Steve Zeehandelar, while Ron Steck trains A TC Queenie for Trish Soulsby and Rick Schaut. Two 6-year-old mares, Big Bad Jane and Rosemary Rose headline the OSS Veteran Mares Pace for trainers Christi Noble (the former) and Ronnie Burke (the latter). Big Bad Jane is a $406,184-earning daughter of Big Bad John who was bred by Sam Noble and owner Sandra Burnett, while Rosemary Rose is a daughter of Foreclosure N who was bred by Ron Salcedo and is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing, J Mellilo and Weaver Bruscemi. Both mares have consistently plied their wares in the open and high conditioned ranks. The OSS Veteran Trot features starters who have combined total earnings of $2,250,352, with the richest diagonally gaited equine being former OSS Champion Lane Of Stone. Trained by Mark Winters for breeder-owner Harry Horowitz, the 4-year-old son of the exported Wishing Stone has lifetime earnings of $471,182, making him the richest trotter in the field of nine. Harold Bauder's Sectionline Bigry heads up the OSS Veteran Pace. The 5-year-old homebred Pet Rock gelding has amassed $522,777 in his career for trainer Steve Bauder via 26 wins, 11 seconds and 10 thirds in 63 lifetime starts. He owns a record of 1:48.1 taken at Hoosier Park in that track's $35,000 Invitational on Sept. 25 of this year. Post time at Northfield Park for the OSS consolations is 6 pm, ET on Saturday evening. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

DAYTON, OH - Americanprimetime (Jeremy Smith) adapted favorably to the bright lights of the featured $16,000 Mares Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (Oct. 10). Despite a triple jump up in harness racing class following consecutive triumphs in a pair of condition races, the 8-year-old stallion by American Ideal went gate-to-wire in 1:49.3 to top nine other classy foes and claim the top prize at 8-1 odds.   Smith was resolute in his desire to dictate the pace from his inside post position and got every call through fractions of :26.1, :54, 1:21.1 and 1:49.3. Fellow longshot American Dreamer (Kayne Kauffman) followed the winner every step of the way, but had to settle for the runnerup finish at 18-1. GD Western Joe (Chris Page, 7-1) rallied late to grab the show dough.       American Primetime paid $18.60 to win, the correct exacta returned $132.20, and the 50-cent trifecta kicked back $647.25. The winner is owned by the Rock & Roll Stable of Chicago and trained by red hot trainer Ken Rucker.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway    

DAYTON, OH. - In just her 27th lifetime start, Sweet Heaven (Brett Miller) notched her tenth harness racing victory and first in featured open class company on Friday night (Oct. 9) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.    The 4-year-old daughter of Sweet Lou, dispatched as the 3-5 favorite following place and show finishes in her first two efforts at this level, bested Allbeastnobeauty (Josh Sutton) and Talkaboutaqueen (Jeremy Smith) in 1:51.   Miller, the leading driver at the current Hollywood Dayton meet, had inside post position advantage at the start, but allowed Up Front Flor Ida (Chris Page) and Allbeastnobeauty to speed ahead through a :26.3 opening panel. At that point he executed the popular give-and-go to reassume command early in the stretch the first time on the quick five-eighths mile oval.  Posting sensible middle fractions of :55 and 1:22.3, Sweet Heaven had no concerns until the runnerup came calling late in the stretch before falling a length short.   Brian Brown trains the winner, who increased her career earnings to $111,971 garnering half of the $14,000 purse.  She is owned by the partnership of Hutchison Harness, Joe Sbrocco, M. Kantrowitz and Country Club Acres. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway will host a quartet of Ohio Sires Stakes championships on Friday night, Oct. 16. The events, for Ohio-sired harness racing pacers and trotters four years old and up, will each carry an $85,000 purse.   Open to all Ohio-sired horses that have raced a minimum of five times in the state of Ohio in 2020, the fields will be limited to the top nine 2020 purse earners from starts within Ohio.   There was no nomination or sustaining payments, but there is a $500 starting fee. The entry box for these $85,000 veteran Ohio Sires Stakes championships will close at Hollywood Dayton on Monday (Oct. 12) at 10 a.m.   Owners and trainers are urged to enter their good Ohio-sired horses via the USTA online entry method or call the Dayton race office at 937-235-7860.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Every superlative has been uttered about Atlanta over her illustrious career, and she lived up to all of them on Saturday (Oct. 3) winning the $175,000 Dayton Trotting Derby at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   Dispatched at even money, the five-year-old daughter of Chapter Seven established a new Dayton Raceway track record of 1:51 by coming from behind for driver Yannick Gingras to wear down Manchego (Dexter Dunn) and then hold off runnerup Lindy The Great (Andy Miller) and show finisher Crystal Fashion (Jordan Stratton).   Lindy The Great left with alacrity to hit the first quarter beam in :27.3 before yielding to Manchego (Dexter Dunn) who coasted through middle fractions of :56 and 1:23.3 on the lead. Atlanta got away fourth, moved up to third on the outside at the half, second in the outer flow at the three quarters, then on even terms with Manchego around the final turn.   At the top of the lane, Manchego broke in stride, leaving little doubt about the outcome.       Ron Burke trains Atlanta for Crawford Farms, Bradley Grant and Howard Taylor. She has won half of her lifetime starts (24 out of 48) and banked $2,450,203.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - On a night when eight track records were either beaten or tied at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, Bettor's Wish (Dexter Dunn) edged an outstanding field of North America's top older pacers winning the seventh annual Dayton Pacing Derby in 1:49. Dancin Lou (Brian Sears) was lapped on the winner at the wire and Century Farroh (David Miller) was just beaten by a single length.   Bettor's Wish was content to settle in fifth during the opening :26 panel, moved into the outer flow at the :54.2 halfway point, advanced to fourth by the 1:21.1 third timing beam, then scooted powerfully through the lane to win it.   Ohio racing fans watched in amazement as a pair of Buckeye-bred superstars turned the field into the stretch just a nose apart on the lead. But alas the quick fractions took their toll and when a quintet of nationally ranked Derby hopefuls paced final quarters under :28 seconds Sectionline Bigry (Tyler Smith) and Ocean Rock (Dan Noble) couldn't fight them off.       Trainer Chris Ryder co-owns Bettor's Wish with partners Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm and Bettor's Wish Partners. The Derby triumph was just his third in eight 2020 starts, but boosted his bankroll to $2,213,033 with 21 victories in 39 races.   Handle for the Derby card was $594,093--the second highest of track history.   "Racing fans love to see great horses in full competitive fields," said Director Of Racing Jason Bluhm. "Our race office and our track crew did a tremendous job on our marquee event and adding the eight $60,000 Buckeye Stallion Series championships on the supporting card proved to be a recipe for a great night!"   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Trainer Nancy Takter thought long and hard about giving Kissin In The Sand a week off after a convincing 1:49 win in the Milton Stake at Woodbine Mohawk outside Toronto last Saturday. But a change in plans, possibly caused by a realization that Hatfield Stables of Ohio co-owns the magnificent mare with Marvin Katz of Toronto, resulted in an epic battle with Shartin N and another 1:49 score in the $175,000 Dayton Distaff Derby on Saturday night (Oct. 3).   The 1:49 triumph equaled the Hollywood Dayton track record for older pacing mares, set three races sooner by Miss You N in a $25,000 Mares Open. Dexter Dunn was in the sulky behind both winning mares.   Shartin N (Tim Tetrick) set sail from the get go and cut all the fractions (:26.3, :54.2 and 1:21.2) before getting snapped by Kissin In The Sand a few steps from the finish line. The winner was content to get away fourth and stayed in that spot until past the three-quarters marker, despite moving into the outer flow in second over position before the halfway juncture. Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) was third to cross the wire.       Kissin In The Sand was actually dispatched at odds of 4-5 over even money Shartin N and didn't disappoint. The five-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere now sports 23 wins in 54 lifetime starts and boosted her career bounty to $1,470,594.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

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