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Five $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions spotlighted 49 Buckeye-bred, freshman trotting fillies at Northfield Park on another balmy summer night, July 3. Daryl Sherman's and Melissa Patterson's Spirit Bell, a daughter by Southwind Spirit, turned in the speediest performance of the evening among Ohio Sires Stakes contestants, with a 1:58 clocking in the second OSS division. Reined by Ryan Stahl for trainer Kent Sherman, Spirit Bell was sent off as the 4-5 choice and responded with a wire-to-wire performance, finishing 1½ lengths ahead of 8-1 second-place finisher So Romantic (Ken Holiday), with 9-5 Back Splash (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) nailing down third-place monies. Bred by Dublin Valley Farm, Spirit Bell collected the $20,000 winner's share of the OSS purse for her connections in her pari-mutuel debut. She is the first foal out of the Majestic Son mare Keystone Isabella 3, 1:57.2h ($42,456). Aunt Rose, the 4-5 favorite, also put in a front-stepping performance to capture the first OSS division for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., and trainer Chris Beaver, who owns the bay daughter by Uncle Peter along with Joe Sbrocco and Steven Zeehandelar. Timed in 1:59.1, Aunt Rose trotted confidently throughout the mile, easily defeating 2-1 And Up We Go (Greg Grismore) by seven lengths, with 7-2 Bad Babysitter finishing third for Danny Noble. Bred by Spring Haven Farm and Doug Millard, Aunt Rose is the eighth foal out of the Yankee Glide mare Lightning Flower 3, 1:56.2m ($5,725) and is a half-sister to Lightning Storm (by Donato Hanover) 4, 1:53.2f ($341,917); Wildflower (by Muscle Hill) 3, 1:55m ($265,437); and Lightning Force (by Muscle Hill) 3, 1:53 ($169,906). See Me Sparkle did just that in the third OSS division. Trained by J L Adams and driven by Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., the daughter by Broadway Hall notched her first career victory in 2:00.3 with a dramatic, come-from-behind victory that saw her brush her final panel in a snappy :28.3. Sent off at odds of 4-1, See Me Sparkle bested 12-1 longshot One Last Howl (Mike Wilder) by a length, with 8-1 Aunt Marilynn (Aaron Merriman) third. Bred by Midland Acres, See Me Sparkle is owned by the Pennsylvania-based trio of partners M A Valentic, J R Bednarksi & K L Adams. This cute little brown filly is the fifth foal out of the Master Lavec mare Queen Of Lavec 2, Q1:59.4f ($32,258) and has half-siblings in: Queen Of Justice (by Justice Hall) 3, 1:56.3s ($79,273); Jailhouse King (by Jailhouse Jess) 4, 1:56f ($76,766); and Little King Cole (by Jailhouse Jesse) 4, 1:57f ($51,662). Dan Ater's and Kirk Nichol's Vivi D posted a 1:59.2 winning clocking in the fourth OSS division, with Ater's son Kyle in the sulky. The Broadway Hall lass zipped through panels of :29.3; 1:00.4; and 1:30 at odds of 5-1 for her connections in her pari-mutuel debut, holding on in the late going to finish a neck in front of the hard-trying 4-5 favorite Only Take Cash (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.). Pure Chance, at 9-5, was third for driver Aaron Merriman. Bred by D & M Robinson and R. Mondillo, Vivi D is the third foal out of the unraced Cantab Hall mare Fortheloveoflindy. Trainer Chris Beaver returned to the Northfield Park winner's circle in the final OSS division, this time with the even-money favorite, Stone In Love, who he owns in partnership with Jim Burnette and Tim Homan. This Wishing Stone daughter prevailed in 1;59.2 for driver Aaron Merriman, besting 2-1 Box Cars (Ryan Stahl) by a length and a quarter at the wire. Princessofpink, at 10-1, was third for Tony Hall. Stone In Love is the third foal out of the Cantab Hall mare PFront Bye Bye 3, 1:56.3f ($77,820), and has half-sisters in Chelsees A Winner 4, 1:55.4f ($81,982) and Party Upfront 3, 2:00.4h ($27,312)--both sired by Big Rigs. She was bred by Mark Ford and Ed Mullinax. Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Wednesday afternoon at Scioto Downs, with five $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 2-year-old pacing colts.  by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Cams Valentino crossed the finish line faster than any other four year-old pacing gelding on a half-mile track in the history of harness racing when he won the $14,500 Open II in 1:49 on Monday (June 11). The clocking also tied the all-age track on Northfield Park's half-mile oval. The former four year-old gelding world record was held by Wiggle It Jiggleit (2016, Nfld, Montrell Teague) and the Northfield record was solely held by Scott Rocks (6, 1:49, Aaron Merriman). Arold, Drury, Kohut LLC owns Cams Valentino. Kent Sherman is his conditioner and Aaron Merriman was in the sulky for the winning drive. Cams Valentino (Art Official-Cam's Valentine-Cam Fella) started from post one. He left from the gate and led the entire mile through times of :27, :54.2, 1:21.2 and 1:49, dominating his competition by 11 ½-lengths. Cams Valentino now has five wins in 16 starts this year. Monday's victory represents his 12th career score and bolstered his bankroll to $88,634. He was heavily favored and returned $2.20 to win. by Ayres Ratliff, for Northfield Park $50,000 Ohio Sire Stake at Northfield When Tyler Smith steered Spunky Bottom Girl to victory in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore trotting fillies on Monday night, June 11 at Northfield Park, it brought to fruition a long history of genetic luck for owner/breeder Ed Teefey.   “I bought the granddam of this filly, Princess Pan, 2, 2:01.1M  ($14,205) some ten years ago at the Meadowlands Sale,” said Teffey, a retired banker, harness announcer and auctioneer from Mount Sterling, IL.    “She was a daughter of Supergill who was in foal to Classic Photo. I was standing next to trainer Tony Alagna, who told me he had bid on her yearling the year before for $70,000.  I was just standing there and made one bid of $5,700 and she, and her unborn foal, were mine.”   The following year, Teefey christened Princess Pan’s eleventh foal, a filly, Princess Addie, named after his first granddaughter.  Princess Addie is a full sister to the $384,105-winning mare Firstclassprincess 6, 1:53; and a half-sister to the gelding Peaceful Prince (by Lindy Lane) 7, 1:56.2f ($228,909), among others.   “She really didn’t have a lot of talent and then she broke a sesamoid at three,” Teefey recalled. “But she comes from the family of Illinois champion Lady Ann Reed, who was a prolific mare some four decades ago. So, on the advice of Tony (Alagna) and Myron (Bell), I bred her to My MVP, who stands here in Ohio (at Sugar Valley Farm) in Delaware.”   The resulting foal was Spunky Bottom Girl, who, Teefey noted, is named after a bluegrass band in Teefey’s hometown.   “We raced her ten times last year as a 2-year-old in Illinois,” Teefey explained. “She did okay for us (earning $15,225).  Trainer Mike Brink had her then and I kind of thought she’d step up a bit this year and mature, and so we decided to race her mainly in Ohio.  Two friends—Dean Beachy and Carl Becker—suggested I leave her with (trainer) Brent Davis in Zanesville, so that’s what we did.”   Spunky Bottom Girl left the gate at 7-1 odds and sat quietly mid-pack, while 3-2 Sesame (Aaron Merriman) and 20-1 Alana’s Ways (Josh Sutton) slugged it out, taking the field of seven to a :28 first panel clocking. Around the final turn Spunky Bottom Girl moved three-wide, with 4-5 favorite Impinktoo (Kayne Kauffman) four-wide, with the former drawing off to win by two lengths in a career best 1:55.4.  Impinktoo held on for second, while Sesame nailed down show honors.   The win upped Spunky Bottom Girl’s career earnings to $57,215 and was her first win of her 3-year-old career. She now has four wins in 17 career starts, along with four second-place finishes.   In the second $50,000 OSS division, rivals California Love (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and Non Smoker (Danny Noble) hit the finish line together, in a 1:56.2 dead-heat for the win.    Californian Love, a 17-1 shot trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver and Steve Zeehandelar, Marion Beachy and Moger-Delia Racing, is a Storming Norman lass bred by Beachy who has eight wins to her credit in 20 starts, with $96,752 in career earnings.  She was a solid fourth to Red Storm in Leg 1 of this series at Miami Valley on May 4.   Non Smoker captured her OSS Leg 1 division at Miami Valley on May 4 in 1:54 for owner Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH.  Trained by Noble, the grey daughter by My MVP has a career bankroll of $76,601 from five wins in 12 starts.    Leaving the gate at 7-2, Non Smoker repelled challenges by 1-2 Looking For Zelda (Tony Hall) and 9-2 Red Storm (Aaron Merriman), before getting caught by California Love at the wire.  Red Storm held on for third, three-quarters of a length behind the two victresses.   by Kim RInker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

Wind Surfer trotted home for his 50th career victory, winning the 10th race at Northfield Park on Wednesday (April 5). The 12 year-old harness racing veteran, with 277 career starts, also has 44 seconds and 40 third place finishes. Wind Surfer (Muscles Yankee-Windsurfing VC-Balanced Image) has career earnings of $946,612 with a lifetime mark of 1:53.4 at The Meadows at age four. The trotter's richest win was in a $52,000 Open Trot at Yonkers Raceway in 2011. Wind Surfer is a well-traveled campaigner -- his 50 wins have been spread across six different racing surfaces in four states. Wind Surfer started from the post-5. He was content near the back while his competition posted fractions of :28.3, :57.4 and 1:27.3, before rallying in the stretch to best his nearest competitor by 1½-lenths in 1:58. He returned $7.00 to win. Kent Sherman trains Wind Surfer for owner Betty Sherman of Elmore, Ohio. Ryan Stahl was aboard for the winning drive.   $4,894.80 Carryover Sparks $15,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 Total Pool Saturday at Northfield Park Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $15,000 Pick-5 total pool guarantee on Saturday (April 8th). Beginning in Race 3, the $15,000 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $4,894.80. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.    Saturday’s post time is 6:00 p.m. Ayers Ratliff  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 3, 2014 -- Visible Gold pulled the pocket around the final turn and brushed through the stretch to capture Friday's $20,000 Winners Over $10.000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Visible Gold stalked the leader, Shock It To 'Em, for most of the mile before Dave Palone asked him for pace in the lane. The 6-year-old Bettor's Delight-Gabrielle gelding responded by opening up and prevailing in 1:51.4 over a sloppy surface. The first-over Bigrisk was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Camcruiser Hanover rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Visible Gold, who has won 23 races over the past two seasons and $333,444 in his career, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. On the 15-race card, Palone drove six winners, each for a different trainer: Burke, Roy Mac Davis, Chris Oakes, Mike Palone, Jimmie Ritter, Jr., Kent Sherman. Live racing continues Saturday when The Meadows offers a special card featuring eight Pennsylvania Fairs championships, each with a purse of $25,000. First post is 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and Dan Noble will be recognized for their National Dash Driving Championships as part of the Wall of Fame ceremonies at Northfield Park on Sunday, August 10, 2014. The banquet will begin at 5:00 p.m. Wrenn topped the North American driving ranks in 2013 with 714 victories. Dave Palone (645), Bruce Aldrich, Jr. (645), Corey Callahan (619) and Tim Tetrick (582) completed the top five drivers by wins. Despite being a regular at Northfield Park, where he picked up 55% of his 2013 total wins, Wrenn split his time among several different venues last year. In addition to being a regular at Northfield, he drove at Batavia Downs, Buffalo Raceway, Colonial Downs, Monticello Raceway, Northville Downs, Raceway Park, Scioto Downs and several county fairs. Wrenn garnered 388 wins over the Flying Turns in 2013, placing him atop Northfield's leader board. His nearest competitor, Aaron Merriman, drove 234 winners. Keith Kash, Jr. (213), Jason Thompson (196) and Chris Page (193) rounded out the top five local reinsmen. "The dash title is really nice to have been able to accomplish. I have been very lucky and blessed to have driven well-conditioned horses for some great trainers," commented Wrenn. "It means a lot that my Dad was able to see me win the title. That definitely made it more special." Wrenn's father, Ron Sr., passed away in May, 2014. Dan Noble was North America's Dash Champion in 2011. Noble scored 773 victories in 2011, finishing ahead of George Brennan, who had 754 wins. Tim Tetrick (746), Dave Palone (698) and George Napolitano, Jr. (540) followed. Noble scored 56% of his yearly win tally at Northfield, topping the local driver standings by an authoritative margin. With 436 victories, his nearest competitor was Ryan Stahl, who drove 283 winners. Kurt Sugg (252), Wyatt Irvine (223) and Aaron Merriman (196) completed the top five. Winning Northfield's title was not Noble's only accomplishment in 2011. He also claimed the dash titles at Scioto Downs, The Red Mile and Lebanon Raceway's spring meet. Noble's busy 2011 season meant a lot of travel. "It was a long year to pursue the dash title, but I'm really glad I did it," Noble commented. Dan's father, Sam (Chip) Noble III, who was the national UDRS driving champion in 1978, 1981 and 1983, had the joy of witnessing his son's feat before his death from cancer in January of this year. Northfield Park's Wall of Fame Banquet is a triennial event. Candidates are nominated and considered by the Wall of Fame Trustees: Tom Aldrich, Vice-Chairman of Milstein Entertainment; Jerry Knappenberger, General Manager of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association; Ayers Ratliff, Northfield Park Director of Racing Communications and Assistant Director of Racing. Once a consensus is reached among the trustees, additional input and final approval is sought from the Wall of Fame Advisory Committee consisting of Scott Cox, Northfield Park OHHA Track Director; Amy Hollar, Northfield Park OHHA Track Representative; Tye Loy, 2010 Wall of Fame Inductee; Kent Sherman, Trainer/Driver At Large OHHA Board Member; Clair Unholtz, 2004 Wall of Fame Inductee; Martin Wollam, 2010 Wall of Fame Inductee; Dave Bianconi, Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting; and Mike Colacarro, Northfield Park Assistant General Manager. Other presentations at the August 10th event will be made to the Class of 2013 Wall of Fame Inductees, the Distinguished Owner, and the winners of the John Lee Good Fellowship, Willie C. Banks Ideal Employee, and Outstanding Caretaker Awards. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Sweetheart Dance was successful, despite being parked the entire mile, in the $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap on Thursday (June 12) in Northfield Park's 10th race. She is trained by Kent Sherman for Pittsburgh, PA owner Keith Kippi. Dan Rawlings was aboard for the winning drive. Sweetheart Dance (Yankee Cruiser-Somkindasweetypie-Life Sign) started from the outside and was parked every step of the way, through fraction of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:24.4. Sweetheart Dance struck the lead at the top of the stretch and bested her competition by ¾-length in 1:53.4. Completing the race were Ride A Cowboy, Eradikate, Ashtoreth Hanover, Viewish, Stacked Deck, African Violet, So Long My Love and Haley Louise. Thursday's win was the fifth victory this year in 13 starts. It bolstered her career win tally to 17 and her lifetime earnings to $193,491. She returned $20.80 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Harness racing longshot players could not have been happier than they were in the 12th race at Northfield Park on Thursday (May 22), when (1) Attackatooforu received a perfect trip and closed up the passing lane to win at odds of 57-1. David Lake drove the pacer for owner/trainer, Jim Kiesel, of Litchfield, Ohio. It was the first win this year in four starts and represents Attackatooforu's ninth lifetime score. (1) Attackatooforu (57-1) was followed across the wire by (4) Southern Susie (7-1) and (6) Minor Wisdom (1-1). Attackatooforu returned $116.80 to win; the 1-4 Exacta paid $1,029.60; and the 1-4-6 Trifecta returned $4,715.20. Earlier on the night, Sweetheart Dance paced to her third consecutive victory, capturing the $11,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace in the fifth race. She is trained by Kent Sherman for Pittsburgh, PA owner Keith Pippi. Northfield Park leading driver, Josh Sutton, was aboard for the winning drive. Sweetheart Dance (Yankee Cruiser-Somekindasweetiepie-Life Sign) started from post seven. She left hard at the start and was hung three wide through the opening :27.2 quarter. She made the lead in the second turn and never looked back. She continued to post impressive fractions of :56.1, 1:24.3 and 1:53.4. The mile clocking bested her competition by 1 ¼-lengths. Completing the race were Power Everywhere, Eradikate, Ashtoreth Hanover, Deliciouslynaughty, Bubbler and Tame The Dame. Thursday's win was the fourth victory this year and 16th career score for Sweetheart Dance. It bolstered her lifetime earnings to $184,741. She was heavily favored and returned $2.80 to win. Ayers Ratliff

Sixteen Mikes and Ray Hall completed sweeps of the preliminary legs of the Bobby Weiss series to highlight action on Sunday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were three divisions held of the third leg of the Weiss Series for three and four-year-old colts, stallions, and geldings on the trot, each of which carried a purse of $15,000. Sixteen Mikes (American Mike-Sweetsixteenkarets), driven by Mike Simons and trained by Gail Wrubel, pounced from the pocket in his split to move to three-for-three in the series with a win in a career-best 1:55:1. Ray Hall (Justice Hall-Comebyrail), with Tim Tetrick in the bike for trainer Mark Harder, completed his sweep with a big move on the last turn to set his career mark of 1:54. In the final division, Mustodian (Muscles Yankee-Madison County), driven by Matt Kakaley and trained by Kent Sherman, rallied in the final strides to score in a career-best 1:55:3. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs

Overcoming a bad draw, Wind Surfer used speed early and the Lightning Lane late to capture Monday's (June 27) $22,500 Preferred Trot at The Meadows. Leaving from post 8, Wind Surfer hustled to the front for harness racing driver Eric Ledford and was pocketed by the quarter-pole move of Rembrandt Spur.

Summer arrived with authority last week in Northeastern Pennsylvania, bringing hot temperatures usually associated with the middle of July. That hot weather also meant some scorching harness racing action at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, including a Saturday night program that was one for the ages.

Hammered down to 1-5 in the wagering, Diamond Tiara rewarded her many backers with a facile front-end victory in a division of Friday's Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Debaucheee Hanover scored an 8-1 upset in the other $15,000 second-leg split of the series for 3- and 4-year-old harness racing fillies and mares.

Artsbred Camotion kicked off the 2011 harness racing season at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with a frontrunning victory in a claiming pace on Tuesday night at the Northeastern Pennsylvania track. The race was one of 14 held on Pocono's Opening Night.

Omen Hanover's success could mean a promising future for young trainer Nick Surick. The open class mare has earned $250,000 since entering the 22-year-old conditioner's barn last April.

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