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LEBANON, OH. - After near misses in four consecutive recent starts in Miami Valley's weekly Open Trot, harness racing driver John DeLong was on a mission Sunday afternoon (Feb. 16) with 6-year-old Walter White. After springing off the starting gate into an immediate lead, DeLong and Walter White played "catch me if you can" with seven talented foes, but none of them could. Coasting through fractions of :27.4, :58 and 1:25.4, the winner maintained a one to two length lead throughout, tacking on a :28.4 closing quarter to post a relatively easy 1:54.3 triumph. Cantab Lindy (Tyler Smith) parlayed a pocket ride into a runnerup finish, while Deep Question (Tony Hall) benefitted from an inside post and forward ground-saving position to grab the show dough. Sandys Victory (Kyle Ater), last week's gate-to-wire winner, was forced to try the overland route the final four furlongs and rallied to finish fourth. Jim Eaton trains Walter White, who now boasts 17 career wins and close to $400,000 in earnings for owner Robert Silberberg. Patrons who backed Walter White received $8.20 returns on their $2 win tickets. The exacta returned $27.20 and a correct 50-cent trifecta kicked back $91.05. Note to horsemen: In an effort to fill the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial late closer, the entry deadline has been extended to Wednesday morning (Feb. 21), the day of the draw for the first leg on Monday, Feb. 26. Series conditions have been altered slightly to read: Non-winners of 4 (Mares 5) pari-mutuel races or $40,000 lifetime. If enough nominations are still not received, the race will be contested as a single overnight event for a $12,000 purse. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Saturday night's $24,000 Open Handicap Pace at Miami Valley unfolded just as expected with Night Pro (Dale Decker) exploding to the front and polesitter Heza Thrill N (Trace Tetrick) settling snuggly into the pocket. Following a rather pedestrian :28.2 opening quarter mile (despite a sloppy track), Starlite Kid (Dan Noble) mounted a challenge on the outside and lapped in on the leader at the :56.4 midway station. Positions remained unchanged during a speedy :27.1 third split before Starlite Kid faded just enough to allow Heza Thrill N to angle from the pocket at the head of the stretch. Taking full advantage of the ground and energy saving trip, the 9-year-old New Zealand bred son of Christian Cullen easily zoomed by for an open lengths 1:52 tally, his first in four tries in 2018. Heza Thrill N is trained by Tyler George for owner Majs NY Inc. It was the 32nd victory in his career and pushed his lifetime earnings over the $300,000 plateau. Racing resumes at Miami Valley on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with 2:05 p.m. matinees on each afternoon. Gregg Keidel  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lebanon, OH --- Best known as the winningest harness racing driver in Hoosier Park history, 31-year-old Trace Tetrick is also making his presence well known in the neighboring Buckeye State. After winning his first Ohio meet dash crown at Miami Valley Raceway in 2017, Tetrick has taken the five-eighths mile oval by storm again early in 2018, as he captured seven contests on Saturday (Jan. 20) at that facility. After capturing the $10,000 first prize in the second annual North America Drivers Championship at Miami Valley on Jan. 9, by virtue of winning the last three races in the contest, the green and gold clad reinsman has streaked to a substantial lead in the local dash derby through the first dozen days. Tetrick entered the evening seeking his fourth consecutive five-win program. Attaining that lofty goal by guiding Manhattan Beach to his second straight Open Pace victory wasn’t enough, however, as Trace was right back in the winner’s circle the next two races with Caviart Midnight and Hezabluechipboy N—his sixth and seventh scores of the night and 22nd in the last five days. Through the first dozen days of the 87-day meet, Tetrick has now notched 39 victories. Despite a slightly sticky surface due to a day-long thaw, Manhattan Beach made overcoming his assigned outside post position look easy. Parked out the entire :26.2 opening quarter, the 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere played with the rest of the talented field once he got command shortly thereafter. Cruising through middle fractions of :54.4 and 1:22.4, the winner opened a couple lengths lead by the head of the stretch and widened the margin to the wire in 1:51.4. Rock Out (Shawn Barker II) raced gamely to finish second ahead of My Buddy Ninkster (Josh Sutton). Tetrick’s other winners came behind John Jay ($18.00), Hoosier Rikki ($4.80), Jackie Goldstein ($7.60) and Stamkos ($5.20). Finalists were also determined in the first of six varied Claim To Fame Series to complete the preliminary legs. Prince Clyde was the only multiple winner among the $20,000 male claiming pacers who competed in four divisions each of the last two Saturday nights. His $21,250 in series earnings lead the way and stamped him as the early favorite for the $35,000 championship next week. Others who qualified for the final were Cracker Pullet, Ideal Kiss, R Gauwitz Hanover, Mr Julian, Dovuto Hanover, Dalton Did It, MG Kid, Artistic Director and Chocolate Crackers. by Miami Valley Raceway 

Lebanon, OH --- It took Manhattan Beach two tries, but the son of Somebeachsomewhere got his initial harness racing victory of 2018 in the $25,000 Open Pace at Miami Valley on Saturday night (Jan. 13).  Driver Trace Tetrick benefitted from Manhattan Beach’s best post position in quite some time to control the race throughout. After easily getting the top from the three-hole, the winner cruised through quarter splits of :28, :56.3 and 1:24.1 before sprinting home by open lengths in 1:52.1. The 12-degree temperature didn’t seem to faze the Walter Haynes Jr. trainee as the 5-year-old gelding notched his 13th career victory and upped his lifetime bounty to almost $700,000. John McGill and Brian Carsey are partners on Manhattan Beach, who led My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) and Boys Round Here (Kayne Kauffman) across the finish line.  Four divisions of the first leg of the Claim To Fame late-closing series for male $20,000 claimers also went to post on Saturday, each carrying a $20,000 tag. A total of ten horses changed hands through the claim box, although 34 claims were entered. Most popular at the claim box was Just Bettor, an 8-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding, who had 14 hopeful new owners. Through luck of the random draw, Black Magic Racing is the new owner. Just Bettor finished fourth in the first leg. Tetrick, who was recently crowned champion of the North America Drivers Challenge at Miami Valley, won four of the first 12 races, including a trio of trips to the winner’s circle with horses from the Tyler George Stable. Miami Valley Raceway

Lebanon, OH---By winning the final three events of the harness racing contest, Hoosier Park’s leading driver Trace Tetrick just nipped Ohio’s Chris Page to win the $10,000 first prize in the North America Driving Championship Tuesday night (Jan. 9) at Miami Valley Raceway. Page, the only other multiple winner with a pair of triumphs on championship day, finished second after leading most of the afternoon. Tetrick ended the eight-race head-to-head competition with 124 points, while Page scored 114. The other finalists were Simon Allard 101, Peter Wrenn 90, Aaron Merriman 84, Doug McNair 77, Jason Brewer 67, Billy Davis Jr. 65, Louis-Philippe Roy 43 and Corey Callahan 35. Tetrick’s consecutive wins during the contest finale were with Twin B Honour ($10.80 to win), Flyin Orion ($19.80) and Dalianna ($4.20). Page’s winning mounts were Allthatjazz De Vie ($11.40) and J-S Livethedream ($6.40). The other winners were all longshots -- Real Revenge (Simon Allard, $216.40), Mcaartic Ocean (Peter Wrenn, $74.80) and Hoosier Rikki (Billy Davis Jr., $28.80). In addition to Tetrick’s three championship contest wins, he also scored with Feelnlikearockstar ($7.20) and Caviart Midnight ($6.80) in overnight events. Miami Valley offered its first Instant Guarantee $10,000 Pick-5 pool on the card with 10 lucky winners each collecting $1,353.10. Miami Valley Gaming and Raceway 

Lebanon, OH---The stage is set for the $25,000 North America Drivers Championship day on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 9). Ten finalists have emerged from a total of 30 talented harness racing reinsmen who were competing during the first two preliminary days. Heading the list is Simon Allard, who finished in first place after his eight drives over two days, with 144 points. He was followed by Peter Wrenn with 130, Corey Callahan and Chris Page with 117 each, Louis Phillipe Roy 116.5, defending champ Doug McNair 116, Billy Davis Jr. 114, national dash champion Aaron Merriman 111, Trace Tetrick 106 and Jason Brewer 102. Narrowly missing the cut were Pat Berry and Brady Galliers, each with 101. Post positions for the eight races to determine the champion were drawn randomly following the final preliminary race on Monday. In accordance with the published conditions, the scoring slate will be wiped clean to start the championship round. Scoring will be identical to the preliminary rounds, with 30 points for a win, 20 for second, then 14-11-9-7-5-3-1-0. A driver is awarded 8 points in the unfortunate event that a horse is scratched. All ten finalists will compete in all eight races. First prize is $10,000 for the winner. Monday’s contest winners were Big Bad Bobby (Callahan, $4.00), Screaman Seaman A (Berry, $17.20), Velocity Sonja (Allard, $4.60), Savage Seelster (Trevor Henry, $5.00), Mach It Paiden (Tetrick, $10.40), Dante Ivy (McNair, $28.40), Blake North (Davis Jr., $9.00), Jiggles The Clown (Page, $6.40), Amazing Chip (Wrenn, $10.80), Bettor Win (Wrenn, $8.40), After Alimony (Page, $6.40) and Milliondollar Art (Roy, $26.80). Miami Valley’s Pick 5 has a carryover of $5862.73 going into Tuesday, which has prompted a guaranteed $10,000 gross pool on the wager covering races 10 through 14. Miami Valley Gaming   

Lebanon, OH --- A pair of “Buckeye” harness racing drivers, national reigning dash champion Aaron Merriman and upstart Brady Galliers, each captured two races on the first day of two preliminary rounds to snare the top spots in the standings after the first day of the North America Drivers Championship at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday (Jan. 7). Round Two will be Monday afternoon (2:05 p.m. post time) with only the top 10 of the thirty drivers in the contest advancing to Championship Day on Tuesday. The Round One top 10 scorecard reads: Aaron Merriman 83, Brady Galliers 66, Peter Wrenn 61, Simon Allard 60, Billy Davis Jr. 56, Louis Phillipe Roy 54.5, James MacDonald 53, Chris Page 52, defending champion Doug McNair 50 and John Cummings Jr. 49. With each driver getting four more drives on Monday, and a scoring system heavily weighted for on-the-board finishes, no driver is out of contention for a berth on the deciding day of the tournament. First day winners were Tanzanite Love (Galliers, $8.60 to win), Burn Time Hanover (Merriman, $12.00), Upfrontoutthedoor (Trace Tetrick, $17.00), Idle Bones N (Allard, $17.40), Flashy Trick (John DeLong, $7.00), Onefinejimmerjohn (Roy, $11.00), Love To Roll (Cummings Jr., $8.60), Jessi’s Western (Merriman, $5.80), Delaware Heat (Galliers, $11.00), Another Breath (Chris Page, $6.00), Rockin Bikini (Davis Jr., $36.20) and Why Don’t U Stay (Tyler Smith, $48.40). Feature race on the first Sunday matinee of the season was the $27,500 Open Trot, won by Another Breath (Chris Page) is 1:54.1—equaling the 5-year-old’s lifetime mark. Jeff Johnson Jr. trains the winner for owner Richard Mishkin. As the co-favorite, Another Breath returned $6.00 and coupled with 46-1 longshot runnerup Marty De Vie (Peter Wrenn) the exacta returned a handsome $273.20. Miami Valley Raceway

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A field of top harness racing drivers will converge on Miami Valley in Ohio this weekend and Red Shores will team up Prince Edward Island's best to face off with the Continent's talent. Marc Campbell will compete in the second annual North America Drivers Championship at Miami Valley Raceway in Lebanon, Ohio, amongst the group of thirty drivers. The competition starts Sunday night (Jan. 7) with each driver having four drives on the Sunday and Monday (Jan. 8) programs. The top 10 from those eliminations will then move on to the championship final on Tuesday (Jan. 9) with Red Shores Charlottetown and Summerside simulcasting all the action. Campbell is fresh off a career year in the sulky as the 33-year-old Winsloe, P.E.I., resident recorded the most dash wins ever by a driver at Red Shores Charlottetown with 162 trips to the winner's circle in 2017. The number bested the former record, also held by Campbell, of 144 wins in 2016. Campbell also put together the top dash winning and earning training season in Atlantic Canadian racing history with 131 trainings wins and $376,223, as well as earning the most purse money ever by a driver in the Atlantic Provinces with $584,479 in seasonal earnings. Campbell also led Canada in driving and training averages in 2017 with a .450 UDRS and .526 UTRS, while sitting second in the nation for training wins and sixth for driving wins. "I was looking at the stats the other day and it is pretty crazy," Campbell said. "I didn't set out to break any records, I just wanted to have a good year. I thought with the stable of horses we had we could have a big year. Will it happen again? Probably not, but we're going to keep trying to make it happen again. I had good horses and support from great owners and support from my family. When you have that the sky is the limit." Lee Drake, Red Shores Manager of Marketing, Brands and Playwise, was excited by the opportunity to partner with Campbell and sponsor his journey to Ohio to race against some of harness racing's best. "Prince Edward Island has consistently shown it can produce horses and horse people that can compete at the highest levels of harness racing," Drake said. "Marc has been breaking record after record all season and now he gets to showcase the terrific talent and quality of the product we put on all year at our Red Shores properties. Adam (Adam Walsh, Red Shores Racing Manager) and I both felt it was a great opportunity to put the spotlight on P.E.I. and Atlantic Canadian harness racing. We will all be rooting for him." The Miami Valley competition features a deep field of talent including top Woodbine Entertainment Group Drivers Doug McNair, Trevor Henry and Louis Philippe-Roy, defending World Driving Champion and P.E.I. native James MacDonald, U.S. World Driving Championship representative Marcus Miller and reigning North American dash win champion Aaron Merriman. "If I get beat, I get beat," Campbell says of his opposition, while noting the horse talent each driver will be given is a deciding factor. "I've driven against some of them all ready so we'll give it a go. The year that we had I just figured why not go. I like meeting people and I figured it would be good exposure for Maritime racing and good for everyone. It's good experience. I'm at a point in my career that now I feel like I can so I figured I'd do it. I can see the race better than I did before. I see the way things are going to set up and I'm not as one minded as I might have been before. I'm still aggressive but more patiently aggressive." Nicknamed the 'King' of Island racing, Campbell is quick to credit the depth of his competition on a nightly basis while racing on P.E.I. "I think a lot of guys that drive here could go other places and fit in anywhere," Campbell said. "Am I going to win the championship? Probably not but I'm going to try. I just want to show everyone that we can go and drive anywhere." The Sunday, Monday and Tuesday programs from Miami Valley will start at 3:05 P.M. Atlantic Standard Time. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

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

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