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Four-year-old harness racing gelding, On The Rantan N (by Bettor’s Delight-Funontherun-In The Pocket), remained undefeated in the United States this past Saturday night winning the $18,500 Open Handicap for horses and geldings at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. In a driving monsoon, On The Rantan N left the Woebkenberg starting car and settled into fifth behind an eye-opening first quarter in 26.4 set by leader Hickory Icon and driver Jeremy Smith. As they passed the grandstands for the first time, driver Dan Noble pulled his mount, Sports Sinner, first-up and driver Jason Brewer quickly pulled ‘Rantan’ out to follow the live cover. Hickory Icon clocked the half in :56 seconds as the field journeyed toward the rain-driven backstretch. Sports Sinner began to stall on the outside approaching three quarters and Brewer made the call to set sail three wide with On The Rantan N and the gelding responded in a big way, striding up and grabbing the lead and opening up two lengths at the three quarters, clocking in at 1:23.3 (27.3 third quarter). As they hit the stretch, the duo of Brewer and ‘Rantan’ drew off by three lengths before throttling down near the wire to win by 2 in a final time of 1:53.2 (29.1 final quarter). On The Rantan N’s win Saturday marked his sixth consecutive win, in as many starts, since arriving in the U.S. for owners Chris Choros of Calumet City, IL; Eleven Star Stables of Portland, IN; and Jason J Brewer of Moraine, OH. ‘Rantan’ has now accumulated current-year earnings totaling $37,606, of which $35,700 has been earned in the U.S. The gelding has 22 lifetime starts (including 6 domestic) with 10 wins and 1 third and currently has a lifetime mark which he set at The Meadows on August 18th of this year in 1:50.4. Ohio based Jason Brewer and his father, Jeffrey Brewer, have teamed up as the driver/trainer duo to condition On The Rantan N here in the States. After a few phone calls to an agent (who spoke to Rantan’s trainer) in New Zealand and after Jason spoke to his regular driver there, they narrowed their list of several horses down to just one. The Brewers and partners made the choice to bring ‘Rantan’ home. The gelding traveled from New Zealand by boat to Australia, then a plane to Beijing, China. From China, ‘Rantan’ traveled on another plane to Alaska and from there to New York. Following three days of quarantine in New York, he was shipped by truck and trailer to the Brewer Farm in Ohio. He journeyed along with 17 other horses of various breeds to a variety of destinations throughout the world. A groom traveled with ‘Rantan’ who tended to him and made sure nothing happened along the way. Jason said, “You couldn’t ask for a better horse to be around. He is well-mannered in the barn; an easy jogger and he knows when to put his game face on. Everyone we spoke with from New Zealand said they enjoyed being around him. After all of his world travels and experiences, the first thing he did was dive into his grain. He did not act one bit stressed.” On The Rantan N is the first New Zealand horse purchased for the Brew Crew stable. Jason added, “You’re always concerned with how a horse is going to react to something different, but he raced in New Zealand both ways of the track and he also raced from a stand still start, as well as varying distances, including 1 and 11/16s miles and 1 and 3/8s miles in his last few starts there in colt stakes races. He’s just a nice horse and we are grateful to have him in our stable. My dad (Jeff) has done a great job training him down and being patient with him. He has given him the time he needs to become the horse he is today. We are enjoying his success and are looking forward to seeing what he has in store.” The Brewers’ plan is simple, continue racing him and see what he can do. Based on his success so far, there is reason to believe we have not yet seen the best from this young gelding. Stay tuned! By Kenneth W. Terpenning, M.I.S. @HarnessRacingReplays811  

DAYTON, OH. - Mykindachip exploded off the starting car a lot like his harness racing maternal grandpa (Precious Bunny) used to do and proceeded to speed through fractions of :26.2, :54.3, 1:22.3 and 1:50.3 to capture the $18,500 Open Handicap Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (Sept. 30). The 8-year-old gelded son of Art's Chip is enjoying another stellar season with seven wins and 20 on-the-board finishes in 29 tries. The Ron Burke trainee's 2017 bankroll has reached $132,940 and his career earnings now stand at $769,232. Driver Jason Brewer guided Mykindachip, who was sent off as the 5-2 second choice by the betting public, in his first Hollywood Dayton start of the year. Slightly-favored Secret Threat (Josh Sutton) provided mild first-over pressure from the half-mile marker to the head of the stretch, but ultimately had to settle for third as Doctor Carter (Mike Micallef) just got up for second-a length behind the winner--after benefitting from a ground-saving journey. In each of the first twelve programs of the current 76-day meet, Hollywood Dayton Raceway has exceeded the total handle of the comparative 2016 day. The Friday night (Sept. 29) handle, buoyed by the Grand Circuit Dayton Trotting and Dayton Pacing Derbies, established a new all-time record at the 4-year-old southwest Ohio track. Dayton races five times a week, featuring matinees on Mondays and Tuesdays at 2:15, and 6:15 evening programs on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - RockThe Look, making a double jump up from conditioned ranks, surprised the open mares at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (March 31) capturing the $22,000 feature for harness racing open distaff pacers at odds of 16-1. A ten time winner in 2016, the victory was the 5-year-old Rockin Image daughter's initial 2017 triumph in her eighth try. Last in the early going, driver Jason Brewer put Rock The Look into the outer flow after a quarter in :27.2 and a half in :55.3, but was drafting fourth in the second lane as the field raced four in and four out to the 1:24.1 three quarter marker. Swinging five wide at the head of the stretch, Rock The Look was part of a cavalry charge to the wire, getting the best of the others in the final couple strides. Favored Jerseylicious (Trace Tetrick), made a game attempt to overcome an assigned outside post position, but fell just short. Art I Sweet (Ken Holliday) was next to cross the line in third in the field of eight, all of which finished within three lengths of the winner. Trainer Joe Putnam and Suttons Bay Racing own Rock The Look, who increased her lifetime bankroll to $342,500 with her 19th win. A pair of second round divisions of the Dr. Don Mossbarger Memorial late-closer for mares was also contested on Friday. Stirling Euphoria (Chris Page) topped Clarebear (Kayne Kauffman) and Ohsowigglesspecial (Aaron Merriman) in 1:53.3 to stamp her ticket into the $27,500 championship final next week. Youlookhot (Josh Sutton) withstood a judge's inquiry, due to being forced inside pylons at the first quarter mark due to a breaking horse directly in front of her, to cop her second straight series victory in 1:54.2, beating Twin B Honour (Trace Tetrick) and odds-on favorite Kiss Me Onthebeach (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.). Dispatched at odds of 9-1, Youlookhot figures to get more attention from the punters playing the final. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. – My Hare Lady lead a cavalry charge through the wire to capture the $15,000 championship final of a three-week harness racing “Survivor Series” for $5000 claiming mares on Monday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway.  The 8-year-old Jereme’s Jet lass held on by a nose over Certitude (Brady Galliers), with show finisher Endeavors Ladyluck (Jeremy Smith) and a host of others all within a couple lengths at the end of the 1:55.3 mile. The ‘Brew Crew’, trainer Jeff Brewer and his son driver Jason Brewer, condition the horse for owner Chris Choros.  After winning a division of the first eliminations, My Hare Lady was second by a length in the second round to advance to the lucrative final.  Sent off at 9/2 odds, the winner returned $11.60 for a $2 ducat in the final. In the program nightcap, longshots Absolute Purity (Kayne Kauffman) and Thunder Noise (Jeff McNabb) combined for a record exacta payoff.  With Absolute Purity going off at 64-1 and paying $131.80 to win, and runnerup Thunder Noise going off at 42-1, the exacta payoff of $7020.20 was the highest in the four-year history of Miami Valley. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - It hasn't taken long for Penn to return to his consistently sharp form. The open trotter is now two-for-two at Miami Valley Raceway. following a 3-1/2 month layoff. after copping the weekly $22,000 feature on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 21) over a rain-induced sloppy track. Driver Jason Brewer was content to get away fourth as Boffin (Chris Page) lead the classy field to the quarter-mile marker in :28.4 and then Don't Rush (Dan Noble) did rush to the lead prior to the :56.4 midway point. Penn launched a strong first-over bid during the third split and stuck his head in front at the 1:25.3 three-quarter station. A :29.2 closing panel was enough to hold off a fast-closing runnerup Walter White (John DeLong) with Don't Rush garnering the show dough. It was the 37th lifetime win in just 87 starts for the 7-year-old son of Master Glide, who is owned by Barkley Counts of Tennessee. Bobby Brower trains the career winner of $328,573, who returned $3.80 to win as the 4-5 favorite. A pair of penultimate third round elimination heats of a four week Survivor Series for $5000 claiming horse and gelding pacers were also presented on Tuesday, with the top five finishers from each slated to return for a lucrative $20,000 championship tilt on Feb. 28. In the first elimination, favored Mosh Pit (Kayne Kauffman) successfully employed the "quarter move" to clear to the front and then lead his adversaries the rest of the route to a 1:55.2 triumph. Owned and trained by Deborah Swartz, the 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding started the series with a place finish and has now reeled off two consecutive wins to establish himself as one of the favorites in next Tuesday's ultimate showdown. Others punching tickets into the final were Ricky Tidwell (Simon Allard), Munndutch (Jeremy Smith), Rock Of Luck (Andy Shetler) and Wilbur's Z Tam (Jason Beattie). Amasa Al (Randy Tharps) captured the second elim with a 1:55.1 triumph over Shakerattlenrock (Brady Galliers), Hay Goodlooking (Greg Grismore), Volo (Simon Allard) and Jagger Blue Chip (Kayne Kauffman). The 11-year-old gelding, who also scored a runnerup finish and two wins in the eliminations, will be racing for new connections as Chris Choros claimed Amasa Al for $7200 for the Jeff Brewer Stable. He has changed hands after each of the three preliminary weeks and was owned and trained by Robert Cook for this victory. From the Press Box at Miami Valley

DAYTON, OH. - Rock The Look dominated Hollywood Dayton Raceway's best harness racing mares again Friday night (Nov. 11) with a 1:53.4 score, her tenth of the season and second in a row. The 4-year-old daughter of Rockin Image has banked $125,510 in her 25 2016 starts, an average of $5000 every time she has stepped on the track for co-owner and trainer Joe Putnam and his partner Suttons Bay Racing. Driver Jason Brewer was content to float out from behind the gate, despite drawing the advantageous No. 1 post position. Once the dust had settled after a :27.3 opening panel, Brewer moved Rock The Look out of the third position on the pylons and quickly rushed to the front well ahead of the :55.2 half. Early pacesetter Brookletssuprsonic (Kyle Ater) was content to sit behind the favorite through the third stanza, reached in 1:24.2, as Cas Art Appeal (Dan Noble) launched a failed first-over bid. Bella Tricks (Josh Sutton) and Stucklikeglue (Greg Grismore) passed Cas Art Appeal while rounding the final bend and were positioned to challenge Rock The Look in the lane. Although it appeared they would pass the winner halfway down the stretch, Rock The Look dug deeper and surged to a length and a quarter triumph in the final strides. The victory was one of three early on the program for Brewer, who earlier had guided both Active Lady and Abbieville to wins for his father, trainer Jeff Brewer. Prior to the card, Breeders Crown 2-year-old pacing colt runnerup Downbytheseaside captured a qualifying race in 1:56.1 for trainer Brian Brown and driver Chris Page. "Because there were no eliminations for the Governors Cup at Woodbine next week, I needed to get a tightener in him," explained Brown. "He came home in :56.4, last quarter in :27.3 on this cool night, so we're pleased with his tune-up." With a scorecard of 7-3-2 in 12 starts, a record of 1:49 taken at The Red Mile, and $384,706 in earnings, Downbytheseaside will likely his head-to-head duel with Huntsville in the Governors Cup next Saturday. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Rock The Look ran her win streak to three capturing the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night. The 1:51.1 clocking lowered the track record for older pacing mares at Dayton, knocking a tick off Sectionline Aqua's previous 1:51.2 standard. The four-year-old Rockin Image mare's docket now includes five wins and a pair of runnerup finishes in her last seven starts for trainer Joe Putnam, who co-owns Rock The Look with the Suttons Bay Racing stable. Driver Jason Brewer was content to race last in the compact field of six through opening panels of :26.1 and :55. Just past the midway station the winner set sail and began steadily picking off opponents one at a time. By the 1:23 third split Rock The Look had moved up to fourth behind a first-up Watch N Be Watched (Josh Sutton) with Igottafeelinfran (Dan Noble) also in hot pursuit . At the top of the lane, those three mares fanned out for the stretch drive with Rock The Look besting runnerup Igottafeelinfran and Watch N Be Watched, who got the show dough. Sent off as the odds-on favorite based on her recent form, Rock The Look returned $3.00 to win, while the stone-cold exacta paid $11.00. Racing resumes Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton with a powerful 14-race program on tap. Excitement is building at the five-eighths mile oval as Friday, September 30 approaches. That's the night the Grand Circuit stops in Dayton featuring the $150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby and the $160,000 (est.) Dayton Trotting Derby. Many of the top-rated and richest horses in North America are expected to enter, including the No. 1 ranked Wiggle It Jiggleit. From the press box at Dayton Raceway

Friday, October 30, 2015, 10:08 PM DAYTON, OH. - Despite being the youngest horse in a full field of Open Mares at Dayton Raceway on Friday night (October 30), Somewhere Sweet also showed why she was the richest harness racing horse in the $12,000 feature race. The sophomore daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, who finished third in the Jugette five weeks ago, driver Chris Page and Somewhere Sweet sat chilly in mid-pack through brisk early fractions of :26.1, :54.1 and 1:22.4, then swept to the front on the final bend and held off Yankee's Lady (Kyle Ater) and Electric Dancemove (Jeff Nisonger) to win by open lengths in 1:52.2. Brian Brown trains the talented lass, owned by the Miller's Stable Inc. The winner's share of the purse pushed the winner's 2015 bounty over $200,000 after winning just one race and earning $11,634 at age two. Driver Jason Brewer scored a 'grand slam' on the program, triumphing with four horses all from his father Jeff Brewer's large stable. Medoland Lindeylou copped a $5000 conditioned pace for female pacers in 1:53.1, Forceful Gale captured a $6000 conditioned trot in 1:57.1, State Street Liz won a $5000 distaff pace in 1:53.4, and Flying Crystal won the mares $8000 to $10,000 claiming handicap in 1:53.3. Kayne Kauffman also enjoyed a successful evening by scoring his own four-bagger to strengthen his second place position in the current local driver's dash standings. Kauffman, who recently eclipsed $10 million in career purse earnings, won the opening two races with Winbak Jake for trainer Sherif Cunmulaj in 1:56.1, then steered trainer Vince Gomez's Chantal to a 1:53.2 tally in a $6500 claimer. He capped off his quarter of victories with Artistic Fusion from his own stable in a $7500 top conditioned event; and notching the nightcap with Virgin Girl for conditioner Katie Dircksen. Keep It Sweet (Chris Page) equalled the local track record for four-year-old trotting mares when she scored in 1:55.1 in a $6000 trot. Owned by John McGill and Brian Carsey and trained by Chris McGuire, Keep It Sweet topped Speed Hanover (Shawn Barker II) and Really Deep Chip (Kayne Kauffman). Racing resumes Saturday night (October 31) with a 12-race Halloween-themed program featuring a $12,000 Open Pace and an $11,500 Open Trot. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway opened for its second season of live racing on Monday night (September 14) with a large crowd on hand that handled approximately twenty percent more than the comparable night of the inaugural meet in 2014. Drivers Jason Brewer and Randy Tharps emerged as the opening night stars with each of the talented reinsmen scoring triples on the 12-race program.   Brewer's hat trick included bookend wins with Mass Destruction (1:55.3) in the first and Little Mans Magic (1:55) in the finale. Sandwiched between was an impressive tally with Jackets Required (1:54.2). Two of Jason's three winner's circle visits were with horses from his father Jeff Brewer's large stable; the other for conditioner Terry Deters.   Tharps' first triumph came with Venus Rocks (1:54.1) for trainer Tim Lane, followed by victories with Bye Bye Daddy (1:56.4) for trainer Dennis Putnam and Hanky L (1:53.2) from the Herb LeVan stable.   Jeremy Smith and Greg Grismore managed driving doubles on opening night as well.   Smith first scored with the trotter Baby Blaze (1:56) for trainer Sherif Cunmulaj. Jeremy then scorched the five-eighths mile oval with Bettorseeitmyway (1:53.1) in the fastest mile of the night for owner-trainer Mary Dawson, topping Tempster Hanover and Kyron by just over a length in the $5000 conditioned event.   Grismore's double paired wins with Doug Hinklin's A P P Panda (1:54.1) and Tom Horner Sr.'s Fifteen Four N (1:55.3). Dan Noble and Ken Holliday also got into the win column on opening night. Noble guided Best B Pacific to a 1:54.1 victory for trainer John Winner; while Holliday captured the penultimate race with TSM Gabby Warbucks (1:56.2) to give Terry Deters a training double on the evening.   Hollywood Dayton will race Wednesday through Saturday nights this week with the regular 6:35 p.m. post time, then take a five-day hiatus during Little Brown Jug week at the Delaware, Ohio county fairgrounds before resuming a standard five-nights-a-week schedule on Friday, September 25.   From the Press Box at Hollywood Dayton

LEBANON, OH. - Miami Valley Raceway possesses a deep and talented harness racing driver colony, but rarely do you see a night at a commercial track nowadays where a different driver wins every race. That was the case on Wednesday, however, as ten drivers each won one of the ten races on the program. Even more shocking, leading driver Josh Sutton-currently in fifth place in the national dash standings with 155 wins at Miami Valley-was not one of the winners. Those that did reach the winner's circle were Alex Hawk, Ken Holliday, Randy Tharps, Hugh Beatty Jr., Dan Noble, Chris Page, Adam Beatty, Jeff Nisonger, Jason Brewer and Jeremy Smith. Gregg Keidel          

LEBANON, OH. - Artie's Last Party became the tenth Fillies and Mares Open pace winner in the first fourteen weeks of the 2015 harness racing meet on Friday night (April 3) at Miami Valley. Driver Jeff Nisonger was content to skim the pylons near the rear of the field in the early going as favorites Shine N Shimmer and Betterluvnexttime duked it out through a sizzling :26.3 opening panel over a sloppy surface. Following a :55.4 half Nisonger eased the winning six-year-old Artiscape mare into the outer flow following Rev Me Up, last week's winner. When the three-quarter clock flashed 1:25.2 the field fanned out for the stretch duel with closers getting the best of it. Artie's Last Party prevailed in the $17,050 feature race over Betit To Getit (Jason Brewer) and Ivory Collection (Jeremy Smith) in 1:55.2.  Trainer Eddie Poling owns Artie's Last Party who has banked $30,000 in a dozen seasonal starts at Miami Valley. The $10,000 championship leg of the Robert J. Brown Memorial Series was also contested on Friday with Mojita As (Jason Brewer) upset the field of green trotters in 1:59.1. Anette Lorentzon trains and co-owns the four-year-old Muscle Mass mare with ACI Stuteri Ab. Following a pair of runnerup finishes in the preliminary legs, Mojito As tracked mid-pack as Fly Away Bumblebee and E R Justiceforall played hardball on the engine. After a casual :29.2 opening quarter, the frontstepping pair went at it wheel-to-wheel through a :27.4 second panel to reach the half in :57.1. It wasn't until past the 1:28.3 third station clocking that the others began to close in on the speedsters with Mojito As strongest in the stretch to beat Held In Balance (Jeff Nisonger) with Fly Away Bumblebee (Kayne Kauffman) holding on for third. The 'Skeeter' Brown series featured trotters who hadn't won two races or $15,000 lifetime as of the March 1 nomination date. Racing resumes Saturday night at Miami Valley with a strong $18,150 Open Pace and two $10,000 divisions of the second leg of the Tom Tharps Memorial Series on tap. Post time is 6:30 p.m. On Easter Sunday, the Budweiser Clydesdales will be presented at Miami Valley from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., just prior to a special matinee program. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of $15,000 championship races were contested Wednesday night as 'finals week' of the popular harness racing "Claim To Fame" series continued at Miami Valley. The finales for $8000 claiming mares and for $5000 claiming geldings were on top and when the smoke cleared it was She's A Ball and Winchester that were crowned champions. Driver Kyle Ater steered both winners, but used completely different tactics in the two lucrative races. Ater sent She's A Ball alertly from her inside post position and cut all the fractions to best Brookletssugarland (Jeff Nisonger) and CC's Munchkin (Greg Grismore) in the mares clash. As the lukewarm 8-5 favorite She's A Ball cruised through fractions of :27, :55.4 and 1:24 before closing the deal in 1:53.3. The winner's championship victory capped quite a night for trainer Deborah Swartz, who had four steeds from her stable visit the winner's circle. She's A Ball was plucked from a $5000 claiming event in early December by owners Bradley Delaney and Scott Albaugh and has since won five of six races and banked an even $20,000. As second choice in the $5000 and horses and geldings championship, Winchester was wrestled off the starting gate by Ater and watched a :26.4 speed duel develop up front between AK's Livin Large and Corey Road. After a demanding half in :56.2, Winchester was moved into third-over position in the outer flow past the 1:25.1 clocking. The entire field was well bunched at the head of the stretch with Ater swinging three-wide with Winchester full of pace. He gobbled up the tiring frontrunners and was strongest at the finish clocked in 1:54.1. Winchester, who has spent time in the Ater Stable in the past, was claimed by Dan Ater, Kyle's father, for $5500 last week and returned immediate dividends winning the $15,000 final. Fortune's Jenna (Josh Sutton) finished second with longshot Momma's Jolt (Jeremy Smith) completing the trifecta ticket. Due to the fact that 50 $5000 claimers participated in this series, an $8000 Consolation Final was also carded. Jack Apple (Jason Brewer) bested Spirits Gone Wild (Randy Tharps) and Easton Bound (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:54. Brewer co-owns the winner with William Eltzroth. Driver Shawn Barker II scored a hat trick on the program, winning with Eagle Jacob, Sissboombah and Ricky Blue Eyes, all trained by Deborah Swartz. Racing resumes Thursday night at Miami Valley with a 6:30 PM post time. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Betit To Getit captured the $10,000 Fillies and Mares Open pace on Friday night at Dayton Raceway, just as she did two weeks ago before taking a week off. Driver Jason Brewer made a quarter move to the front and then held off all challengers before stopping the teletimer in 1:52.4, just in front of Skyway Dusty (Tyler Smith) and So Jazzy (Greg Grismore). The victory pushed the four-year-old daughter of No Pan Intended's seasonal bounty to just under $50,000, following a sophomore season in which she banked over $100,000. Betit To Getit is owned by the Holland Racing Stable and trained by Jeff Brewer, father of Jason. Different drivers won each of the first nine races on the program, a testament to the talented and deep driving colony at Dayton Raceway. The first driving double on the card belonged to Josh Sutton, who won the second with the trotter Deck The Halls and returned to the winner's circle in the tenth with the pacer Shasham. From the press box at Dayton Raceway      

DAYTON, OH. - Driver Jason Brewer reached the coveted 3,000 wins plateau at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night, guiding Chipchompinchampin to an open lengths tally for owner-trainer Jim Dailey. The 1:54 victory over Suncapade (Greg Grismore) and St Lads Zoom Zoom (Randy Tharps) pushed the four-year-old son of Art's Chip's career earnings over $100,000 with the winner's share of the $8000 conditioned pace. Brewer, 36, has earned just a shade under $25 million for the owners of horses he has driven. He won his first race, one limited to amateur and matinee drivers, at Monticello Raceway at the age of just 14. The Xenia, Ohio resident has won well over 100 races in each of the last twelve years, including a high-water mark of 505 triumphs in 2007. The likeable reinsman counts a stakes win at Woodbine with St Lads Popcorn, going for a $300,000 purse, as his career highlight. Racing resumes at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Wednesday night with the normal 6:35 p.m. post time. From the Dayton Raceway press box

Dayton, OH --- Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, Ohio’s newest harness track, opened Friday evening (Oct. 3) with a packed house of horseplayers and curiosity seekers. Owned by Penn National Gaming Inc., Dayton Raceway came about when the company was permitted to move its Raceway Park license from Toledo about 150 miles south. Video lottery terminals began operating at Dayton in September. “We’re thrilled to be here,” Gary DeWitt, general manager of the facility, said during opening ceremonies. “It has been quite a journey. This is the beginning of another entertainment option in Dayton with live harness racing. We think it’s the nicest racing facility in the state of Ohio.” The racing side of the project was overseen by Mark Loewe, vice president of Ohio racing operations for PNGI. With the opening of Dayton, all four Ohio harness tracks now have VLTs and other amenities. “We’re really happy with it,” PNGI vice president of racing Chris McErlean said. “Being involved in this project from the ground up has been fun. Mark did a great job. It may be a little tight here tonight, but I think the facility is the right size for this market.” With at least 2,500 people on the racing side and regular traffic coming and going from the gaming floor, it was pretty tight on opening night. Lines were long at betting windows and concession stands. The first race at Dayton, which has a well-lit five-eighths-mile racing surface, was won by Ella V Horse, owned by Mitchell Standardbreds of Florida, trained by Travion Jones, and driven by Dan Noble, a native of the area. The 7-year-oldRoyal Mattjesty mare won a conditioned pace for fillies and mares in 1:54.3 for one mile on a fast track. Igottafeelinfran (Noble) captured the $12,000 Mares Open Pace with a strong last quarter brush to collar pacesetter Sectionline Yankee (Greg Grismore). Betit To Getit (Jason Brewer) finished third in the 1:55.3 mile. The winner is a 4-year-old Ohio-sired daughter of Feelin Friskie owned by Harold Lee and Harold Bauder in partnership with Michael Dixon. Jim Dailey trains the lifetime winner of $338,871. The ship-in paddock at Dayton has gotten high marks from horsemen and others, including Ohio State Racing Commission chairman Robert Schmitz, who was on hand for the opener. “Any racetrack I go to, the paddock is the first place I start out,” Schmitz said. “This paddock was built to a T. As for the rest of the facility, we’ll see how the sight lines are, but I think they did an excellent job. I’m excited about the Dayton area having a racetrack, and I think there is enough interest by folks around here to rekindle harness racing.” Schmitz said when Ohio Gov. John Kasich and the General Assembly approved racetrack VLTs, growth in the agriculture sector was a main driver. “It has come to fruition,” he said. The inaugural Dayton meet runs through Dec. 27, with racing five nights a week (Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays) for most of the meet. First post time is 6:35 p.m. By Tom LaMarra, for the USTA    

Honey B and Kyle Ater scored a convincing victory in the $74,625 Ohio Breeders Championship for freshman filly trotters in Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair. As the field of six was sent on their way, Honey B yielded to the fast leaving I'd Rather Walk (Kayne Kauffman). Ater retook the lead past the quarter in :29.3. Honey B was unchallenged at the half in 1:00.2 and three-quarters in 1:30.2. Josh Sutton sent Like Old Times to attack the leader by a late break in stride sealed his fate as Honey B cruised to a nine and three-quarter length victory in 2:00.2. The Victory Sam lass is conditioned by Dan Ater for Jim Burnett of Wilmington, Ohio, and Tim Homan of Maineville, Ohio. In the first $24,875 division Dark Roast and Marty Wollam battled Soaring Flight through the final three-eighths of the mile and scored a head victory in 2:01. The daughter of Full Count won for the third time in eight starts for her owners Arcadia Farms of Canfield, Ohio, and G & B Racing of New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. In the final division Sammy Star and Aaron Merriman won over Student Of Life (Marty Wollam) and I'm Chiptastic (John Ryan Melshaimer) in 2:00.3 Sammy Star is owned by Peggy Carter, Robert Reid, Shelia Hummel and Great Am Stable and trained by Steve Carter. The daughter of Victory Sam won for the seventh time in 15 starts. I Know My Chip & Neely's Messenger Take 2CT OBC I Know My Chip and Jason Brewer passed the pace setting Cooter Dun (Louis Bauslaugh) at the top of the stretch and scored a one length victory in the $65,534 (division ) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old trotting colts in a lifetime best 1:59.3. Jim Daily trains the Deep Chip colt for Kimberly Dailey of Mechanicsburg, Ohio. I Know My Chip has finished first or second in nine of 10 starts this season. In the second $32,767 division, Neely's Messenger and Marty Wollam won for the sixth straight time with this one in 2:00.3. When the field was set on their way, Kick A Lot (Kurt Sugg) protected his rail spot forcing Lantern's Chip (Greg Grismore) to race the long mile. Neely's Messenger patiently sat fourth on the rail until he was sent three wide as the field headed to the three-quarter pole. Kick A Lot didn't like the pressure and broke stride. Neely's Messenger won by one and three-quarter lengths over Lantern's Chip and Really Deep Chip (Jack Daily). Dale and Julie Ann Sweet own the son of Neely Dunn. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug  

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