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Recently announced Nappanee, Indiana, Citizen Of The Year, Ola Yoder stunned the harness racing world with a significant investment buying five sensational broodmares for $690,000 at the recent White Birch Farm dispersal sale held at Harrisburg in November. Ola Yoder turned to standardbreds recently when he took a shot buying Enterprise, a Chapter Seven stallion who won an elimination of the Hambletonian in 2017 and shipped to Sweden for racing the year after. Enterprise since has served well over 100 mares in 2019 at Dublin Valley Farms in Ohio. "I'm retiring from my business a Cabinet Company called Kountry Wood Products" Ola says in an interview on Harness Racing Update. Yoder has a simple game plan investing in standardbreds to sell high-priced, well-bred yearlings in the future feature sales, Lexington and Harrisburg. That is what Ola Yoder wants to achieve. The mares from the White Birch Farm dispersal that Ola bought were; Dragon's Tale - Dam of Workin Ona Mystery and in foal to Captaintreacherous Please Beehave  a Muscle Hill sister to Bee A Magician and in foal to Chapter Seven Belclare  dam of Captain Victorious and in foal to Captaintreacherous World Of Rock a sister to Worldly Beauty and in foal to Captaintreacherous Western Silk (Open) has a 1:49 record with over $1.6m in earnings. Since purchasing these mares in November, Ola Yoder again invested when the opportunity came, just announced last week, this time privately buying the Breeders Crown three-year-old Trotting Champion filly of 2019, Winndevie. Winndevie seen here winning The 2019 Breeders Crown (New Image Media Photo) Winndevie was one of North America’s leading three-year-old filly trotters in 2019 (by Credit Winner), whose late-charging success in the $655,000 Breeders Crown in a lifetime best 1:53 at Mohawk, was her crowning achievement in a glittering career.  To read the recent article on the impact of Ola Yoder and his purchase of Winndevie click on this link. Ola Yoder is our "Rookie Of The Year" in harness racing by making a significant investment in the future of the State of Ohio's standardbred breeding Industry. ...................................................................... Here is some background about Ola Yoder and his Company found on Buzz File; Kountry Wood Products is located in Nappanee, Indiana. This organization primarily operates in the Wood Kitchen Cabinets business / industry within the Lumber and Wood Products, Except Furniture sector. This organization has been operating for approximately 21 years and employs approximately 210 people at this headquarters location and 425 total employees across all locations producing some 1.4 million Cabinets annually. This organization is engaged in manufacturing activities at this facility. Harnesslink Media ...................................................... Below is truly an inspiring story about Ola Yoder, his life and his Faith The visitation room at the correctional facility looked like an elementary school cafeteria that hadn’t been updated since 1974. The walls were taupe but for two bold roller-rink stripes of maroon and blue. The tiled floor was patterned to make the room feel busier than it already was. Vinyl furniture was arranged around the room, creating faux privacy for families and loved ones. If not for the heavyset guards at the north end of the room and the steel-reinforced, bullet-proof Plexiglas, you might feel like you were at a support group meeting in a church basement as much as a prison visitation room Ola Yoder sat in the middle of the room and stood out. Crisp white short-sleeve button-down shirt tucked into black flat-front dress pants. Work-scuffed black dress shoes with black suspenders. This was Ola’s uniform. Work, leisure, meetings, Sunday church, family gatherings, prison visits. A uniform style of dress that discourages physical appearance as a source of pride, Ola and his religious community had learned that simplicity reflects universal values of humility and modesty. His Shenandoah beard and solemn gaze gave away his faith. But Ola never concerned himself much with what others think of him. He sat across from Eli Weaver with an open mind and a full heart. As he had done countless times before, Ola sought to comfort Eli and to understand what he had done. This was Ola’s fourth visit of the year. For Ola, you reach out to someone in trouble in your community and help them…and when you can’t help, you try to understand. You see, in 2009, a life had been taken — the life of a member of the community, a woman who was the mother of 5, and the wife of Eli Weaver. Hundreds of miles from Ola’s home, family, and business, the murder shook him. What would cause someone who grew up learning the ways of pacifism and peace to turn to violence and murder his wife? It just didn’t make sense. How could someone be so troubled as to murder an innocent woman, in their house, with their children present, seated in the middle of an Ohio Amish community? Hundreds of miles west, back in Nappanee, Indiana, an empire continues to grow. Dozens of semi-trailers litter the area behind locked gates. Hidden inside each, packed perfectly, are dozens of kitchen cabinets made by a company whose reputation is highly regarded by customers and vendors alike. Kountry Wood is a huge part of Ola’s legacy, though he’d never say it himself. His children, his faith, his works, his community — they would all be mentioned first, as well they should. But one cannot tell the story of Ola Yoder without understanding the beauty of his products. The company was started just 20 years ago in Ola’s barn. Today, it spans well over 250,000 square feet of factory floor, and it’s growing yearly. The company turns out over 1.4 million kitchen cabinets each year, with under 500 hard-working employees. The factory floor is clean A short tour around Kountry Wood would leave anyone blown away. The factory floor is clean — not clean like a standard factory floor, but immaculately clean like a hospital and biochemical lab. Skilled craftspeople delicately sand and stain at their respective stations. Between those stations runs a factory line that looks more like something that should be producing Tesla Model Xs than Nappanee’s favorite cabinetry. Laser precision guides nearly every step of the process, all the way through custom corrugated cardboard packaging built for each product. A red digital counter hangs from the middle of the ceiling reminding everyone of the day’s goals and current production numbers. Today, like most days, the factory has run so efficiently that by 3:00 p.m. the workers have surpassed production goals and only a few folks remain at work. The employees look happy to be involved. Ola doesn’t allow employees to use drugs of any sort in the workplace; in fact, he doesn’t even allow them to curse on the premises. Despite the dual monitors at every cubicle; despite the computer-guided factory floor; despite the beautiful efficiency…Kountry Wood, like everything lucky enough to be touched by Ola, is steeped to the core in his faith, and it shows. That faith, while understated by nature, is crucial. Ola Yoder is many things. A business mogul by any measure. A researcher tasked with understanding human behavior of the worst kind. A humanitarian. A human, endlessly proud of his wife and family. That faith is a common thread that can weave together all sides of the man. It’s the same faith that guided him to help those five orphans stay afloat after their mother was murdered and their father was imprisoned. It’s the same faith that comforts the man who put his children in that position — who stole their foundation and, if not for Ola’s kindness, almost stole their livelihood. One of several Awards that Ola Yoder has received for helping young people in his community There’s an Amish proverb that provides a thesis for Ola’s life: “The most important things in your home are people.” Ola, like many of his peers, believes that home goes well beyond four walls, a farm, or even a factory. That is the power of Ola’s faith. And now that faith is taking acts to a new level. Ola pulls a black, oversized handle. Hand-formed wrought iron has its own story to tell. A story of a craftsman like Ola, firing and hammering away — removing excess and shaping the remains until he finds perfection. It’s symbolic of Ola’s empire: the pull is simple, understated, without frills or excess, but it forms something beautiful. He and his longtime advisor, Brian Hoffer, walk through the oversized oaken doors. Inside is an amazing space that would drop the jaws of the most seasoned architects. Ola's new event center donated to the Nappanee Community Suited and put together, a lawyer focusing on finance and estate planning, Brian lets a smile break through. Who could help it? After working together since the beginning, Brian feels emotionally tied to Ola’s great work too, and he should. There is simply no reining in Ola’s philanthropic spirit. But, like the few cut from his same cloth in this world, Ola has a hard time approaching philanthropy in the same way he does business. So Brian’s recent guidance has been important in taking some big strides forward. Together with Brian’s guidance and the professionals at the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, Ola has recently opened a donor-advised fund to help him and his wife, Vera make the most of their charity. The fund allows the Yoder’s to help guide funds into the charitable projects that are most important to them, while still benefiting from the expert fund management being performed by the Foundation. Ola paces across the beautiful wood floors and takes in the status of another big project an example of his generous outreach: an event space befitting his community and reminiscent of his spirit. Enormous wooden beams span the ceiling several stories overhead. Like a barn-home made for giants, the new space is open, expansive, and natural and says everything about Ola’s heritage and craftsmanship. He called in a specialized Amish engineering team to ensure the building’s floor was free of supports in an enormous center section. The space is a work of art and will provide a center for activities of thousands in and around the community. While the event space will be used by the community for festivals, events, and fundraisers, it isn’t the only project Ola has his eyes on. He has an unwavering passion for the next generation. And when Ola heard from Foundation president Pete McCown about the good work being done at CAPS (Child and Parent Services), he knew he had to help. As quickly as Ola learns about a new project aimed to do good, he gets himself involved. His new fund is just another tool at his disposal. As Ola walks out of Grafton Correctional, he hears the invasive buzz of gates and barred doors. The low thud of a heavy steel door separates him again from Eli. Faint clangs and muffled yells create a harsh mixture of background noise that echoes through the walls of the sterile prison. Ola knows Eli will spend the next 15 years locked in that institution. He knows much or all of his life may well be spent inside those cold walls. He also knows that his own simple visits warm the days that surround them for Eli,and that Eli has grown in the time he has spent incarcerated. He knows that no soul is defined — and certainly not lost — in its worst moment. He believes firmly in the transformative power of love…a love he expresses to his family and to his community. The most important things in your home are people. For Ola, he calls home his humble farm; his ever-growing factory; his new event center — Sammlung Platz (translated — “The Gathering Place”). He calls home Nappanee, Indiana, and the Amish community. He calls home the whole of Elkhart County, where his fund will impact the lives of thousands. He calls home the many nonprofits offering love and forgiveness. He calls home Grafton, and Eli struggling to live with the heinous things he’s done. For Ola, home extends far beyond the property line. And the most important things in his home are the people. Reprinted with permission of The Community Foundation of Elkhart County  

Longtime Ohio horseman Calvin "Buck" Hollar reached a harness racing career milestone on Saturday (November 23), harnessing his 1,000th training victory. The achievement was realized when Ronnie Wrenn Jr. drove Pinkpolosocks to a 1:54 victory to win the evening's fifth race. Hollar's father, Billy, sold cars for a living and happen to sell a truck to Michigan horseman Ron Bateson. That transaction sparked an interest in the Hollar family attending the races at the former Raceway Park in Toledo, Ohio. While in the grandstand Buck formed a friendship with Bateson's sons Greg and Scott. Buck's interest for the horses grew and eventually he found himself working for Ronald Bateson, then Terry Buter, Bob Coberly, Dan Venier, Leonard Milburn and Brian Brown. He worked as a second trainer, while conditioning a budding stable of his own. In 2001 Hollar stepped fully out on his own and moved his stable to Northfield Park. Embryo, a F&M Open pacer, sparked Hollar's solo training career. Buck's 1,000th training win was the result of 8,718 starts that also saw him finish second 1,044 times and third another 1,064. All told his earnings have amounted to just under $4.2 million.                                                                                          --Jeffrey J. Zamaiko photo "It's feels good to reach this milestone. But a trainer cannot win races without great owners supplying them fast horses that receive good drives on the racetrack," explained Hollar. "Also, I have had some of the best employees in the business and have received more family support than anyone could imagine, especially from my mother, who always rooted for Hollar Racing."   Ayers Ratliff

DAYTON, OH. - Dancin Yankee, arguably the best Ohio-sired harness racing horse of all time, burst through the $2 million earnings plateau winning the $17,000 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (Nov. 9) in 1:51.   The 11-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser was the oldest horse in the stellar field of eight and was saddled with the outside post, yet raced gamely as ever to score his 11th victory of 2019 and 80th of his lengthy and storied career. With the win, Dancin Yankee's lifetime bounty now stands at $2,003,907.   "He's the best blue collar horse I've ever driven," exclaimed driver Chris Page.   "He shows up every single week and gives you everything he's got every time out!"   This milestone triumph was a perfect example of Page's sentiments. Parked three wide for much of the first quarter, Dancin Yankee didn't clear to the front until after passing the first quarter in :26.3. While fronting the field, he sped past the :54.4 halfway point and the 1:22.1 third timing station while being heavily pressured by Fools Desire (Dan Noble), who ultimately finished fourth. With a :28.4 final quarter on a cool 38-degree evening, Dancin Yankee held off Granite (Jeremy Smith) and Tookadiveoffdipper (Brett Miller), both of whom came calling in the stretch before falling a half-length short.                                                                                             --Conrad photo   Dancin Yankee has been owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Melissa Patterson and Larry Karr in recent years. Ron Burke manages the $2 million winner, second trainer Jason Irwin often harnesses him when racing in Ohio, and longtime caretaker Carlee Comer is particularly proud of her prize pupil's accomplishments.   Echoing the sentiments of many of Dancin Yankee's Ohio race fans, announcer Barry Vicroy had this to say during the winner's circle presentation: "Its been an honor and a privilege to call many of his wins here in Ohio. Its not often a horse this great comes along and stays this sharp for this long. I'm a BIG Dancin Yankee fan!"     Gregg Keidel  

DAYTON, OH. - Ten of Ohio's best harness racing reinsmen will compete head-to-head on Friday night, December 13, in a team contest to determine- -for one night at least- -whether Northfield Park or Hollywood Dayton Raceway has the strongest drivers colony.   The real winner, however, will be the Dayton Disaster Relief Fund which was created by the Dayton Foundation to aid in rebuilding infrastructure and families following two horrific local events earlier this year--a devastating tornado on Memorial Day and the Oregon District mass shootings in early August.   Hollywood Dayton Raceway, in conjunction with the Ohio Harness Horsemens Association, is pleased to earmark $3000 in prize money for the "Battle of the Buckeyes," and the members of both the north and south squads have agreed to donate the entire prize money pool to the Disaster Relief Fund. The winning team will donate $2500 and the losers, although there are no losers in an event like this, will chip in their $500 in proceeds.   Team Northfield will be captained by their dash leader, Aaron Merriman, who is also the reigning National Dash Champion. Each team will be comprised of the top five in the track's dash standings. If the contest were today, Northfield would be represented by Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Kurt Sugg, Chris Lems and Ryan Stahl in addition to Merriman.   Team Hollywood Dayton will be headed by Brett Miller, who currently holds a 20 race advantage in the host track's standings. Barring a huge rally by another driver in the next month, the local squad would also include Tyler Smith, Jeremy Smith, Dan Noble and Kayne Kauffman.   Team Hollywood Dayton captain Brett Miller                                          --Conrad photo   The Buckeye Battle will feature eight races on the December 13 program, with each team getting an equal amount of even and odd numbered post positions and each individual driver getting approximately even post positions over the course of the contest. Once the driver's post positions have been pre-decided, the horses will be drawn randomly into the races to determine their pilots.   Points will be awarded 30-20-15-13-11-9-7-5-3-1 for first through tenth place finishes in each race. At the conclusion of the competition, either Team Northfield Park or Team Hollywood Dayton will be deemed the Buckeye's Best for 2019, with the outlook good for this becoming an annual event.   Gregg Keidel

NORTHFIELD, Ohio--Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, moved again on Sunday night, (Oct. 27) to Northfield Park in greater Cleveland,, Ohio for two Midwest region divisions over the speedy double-oval there and when the judges hung the official signs, Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford and Bob " the Lumberman" Troyer each emerged victorious in their respective $6000 splits. Oldford guided Utopia to a 1:58 victory in their division while Troyer scored with Ubanji in 1;59 in the other, perhaps making it the first time that the winning horses' name in each division began with the letter "U". When the starter said "go"in Utopia's race Oldford found himself parked from the four-hole which helped him decide that he'd be better off to go for the lead which proved to be the winning move. "I surely didn't want to be parked so I thought the front-end was the best place to go," Oldford acknowledged, "So I urged Utopia and he responded and we had command after we passed the first quarter in :29. From there the old guy knew just what to do and we were never in trouble and we coasted home an easy 1-1/4 length winner." Although Gregg "Fast Greggy" Keidel had the betting favorite Crime Fighter, within striking distance after the three quarters, Utopia refused to lose. Crime Fighter finished second while Alesha "the Lethal Lady" Binkley got Hititoutofthepark up for the show dough after making a break in the early going. Sent off at odds of over 7-2, Utopia paid $9.40 for win. He is owned by Oldford Racing trained by Terry Deters. With his victory Oldford raised his seasonal UDR to .401 on the strength of 15 wins. nine seconds, and 11 thirds in 59 starts which strengthened his pursuit of the National Amateur Driver of Year Award, an honor he won a few years ago. After starting from the two-hole Troyer ducked Ubanji to the pylons and was third at the quarter in a swift :28.2 having parked out Better Call Saul (Michelle the Belle" Ruvola) and Smart Flight (Steve Oldford). Troyer and Ubanji continued in charge and kept the aforementioned challengers on the limb. With a covered trip Gregg Keidel had Norman Skidd Marks close at the top of the lane but Keidel's charge couldn't catch Troyer's and Ubanji finished a 1-1/2 length winner over his challenger. And after never seeing the pylons, Better Call Saul still held on for third money Ubanji is owned by his driver and trained by John Wengerd. He paid $15.40 for win. For Troyer is was his 85th winning drive.   by John Manzi for the Billings Series

Skater Chick prevailed against Grand Circuit harness racing stock in Saturday's (October 12) $120,500 Courageous Lady at MGM Northfield Park. Driven by Corey Callahan, Skater Chick sat third through the :27.4 opening quarter before mounting a successful first-over bid through fractions of :57, 1:25.1 and 1:53.1, besting her competition by two and ¾-lengths. "She is a little rough in the turns so I kind of just held on to her through the last turn," stated Callahan. "Once we straightened up for home it was all over. I had plenty of go, so it was awesome!" Mark Harder conditions Skater Chick for owners Donald Lindsey, Paul Kleinpaste and Garth Bechtel. Saturday marks Callahan's first trip to Northfield Park. Callahan tweeted that he was "Just waiting on the right horse." Completing the field were JK American Beauty, Rose Run Uptowngal, Crazy Cute, Under The Hood, She's Allright and So Awesome. Skater Chick (Sweet Lou - Ram Rocker - Rocknroll Hanover) now has seven wins in 26 lifetime starts. Saturday's victory increased her career bankroll to $155,754. She returned $6.00 to win. In the preceding events, Mary Birkhold and Jayne Weller won divisions of the "Pace for the Cure," an event for lady drivers racing to raise awareness and money for breast cancer awareness. All monies raised by the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society.   Ayers Ratliff

DAYTON, OH. - Voyage To Paris (Dan Noble) turned the tables on Lane Of Stone (Jeff Nisonger) in the Thursday (Oct. 10) featured harness racing trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Six weeks ago the pair of 3-year-old colts finished one-two in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship tilt at Northfield Park with Lane Of Stone getting a three-quarter length nod at the wire. Voyage To Paris extracted revenge in the rematch, however, holding off his main adversary in gate to wire fashion by a half length in 1:54.3. Signal Hill (Aaron Merriman), who left alertly from an outside post position, utilized a pocket trip to finish a close up third.   In fact, the top seven finishers in the $13,000 conditioned trot were bunched with 2-1/4 lengths at the end of the contentious affair.   The top two finishers have banked just under $500,000 this year racing exclusively in Ohio, an indication of just how lucrative the Buckeye state stakes program has become.   Voyage To Paris is a son of Dontyouforgetit owned by Stephen Richard and Lana Pollock. He is managed by longtime Ohio trainer Jim Pollock Jr.   Hollywood Dayton will race back to back matinees this coming weekend with programs starting at 2:15 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.   The Sunday card will feature an eight pack of highly competitive $40,000 Ohio Fair Finals, pitting the top nine point winners from races at over 60 Ohio county fairs throughout the summer.     Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Rosemary Rose has returned to her winning ways after a two month dry spell. The half million dollar winning 5-year-old Ohio-sired mare captured her second straight harness racing victory on Friday (Oct. 4) winning the featured $13,000 top distaff condition event at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in 1:52.   Leading driver Brett Miller was content to get away sixth during the :27.1 opening quarter, despite an inside post position with the 2-5 favorite. Just past the :54.4 halfway point, he moved Rosemary Rose into a second over seat in the outer flow. Moved up to third at the three-quarter station, Miller swung three wide to challenge and eventually collar pacesetting Tiffany Rock AS (Dan Noble), who held for second. Race With Grace (Aaron Merriman) garnered the show dough.   Rosemary Rose now has 27 career triumphs, seven this season, and increased her lifetime bounty to $520,000 with this victory. She is owned by Burke Racing, Jason Milillo and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   The win was one of five on the program for Miller. He also was victorious with Certitude (1:54.2, $24.60), trotter United Bi (1:56.1, $5.40), Creighton Hanover (1:55, $5.60) and Townline All Good (1:50.4, $7.20).     Gregg Keidel

A reminder to all harness racing trainers of good veteran Ohio-sired trotters -- the draw for the $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for four-year-old-and-up Horse & Gelding trotters and the $75,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for four-year-old-and-up Mare trotters is Monday morning, October 7 (enter by 9 AM). Both events will be raced at Northfield on Saturday night, October 12. All Ohio-sired veteran trotters that have made five or more starts in Ohio in 2019 through October 6 are eligible to enter. The top 8 qualified horses entered in each division, based on Ohio purse earnings in at least five starts in 2019, will compete for the championships. Entry fee is $500 for those drawn into the race. The $120,000 (est.) Courageous Lady, a Grand Circuit event for three-year-old filly pacers, will also be drawn on Monday, October 7 and raced on Saturday night, October 12, at Northfield.   Ayers Ratliff

Northfield Park will host its annual Pace for the Cure lady driving event on Saturday, October 12, 2019 as part of the harness racing Courageous Lady Night undercard. The annual event has become popular with both fans and horsemen and is designed to raise awareness and money for breast cancer prevention. Most of the spots are filled, however there remain a limited number of spots available for lady drivers. All lady drivers must have an "A" or "P" license to be able to compete. The condition for the race will be pacers that are non-winners of $4,000 in last four starts. AE: NW $30,000 in 2019 and carry a purse of $7,000. Horses are encouraged to be dressed in as much pink as possible! Please contact Ayers Ratliff at 330-467-4101 ext 2259 if you would like to drive in the event or enter your horse in this race. Again, there are only a few spots left and the race is limited to horses and drivers that have been pre-approved to enter. Ayers Ratliff

DAYTON, OH. - Western Fame tuned up for the Friday (Sept. 27) $150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby with a stellar winning 1:48.1 harness racing performance in Saturday's $17,500 Open Handicap Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The clocking was the second fastest in the six year history of the southwest Ohio five-eighths mile oval. Trainer-driver Dan Noble gunned the 6 year old son of Western Ideal towards the lead as soon as the starting car folded the wings, but it took a determined :25.3 second effort to finally clear upset minded Fan Of Terror (Brett Miller) and My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith). The winner then cruised through subsequent timing stations in :53.1 and 1:20.2 before tacking on a final :28 panel to subdue a mild late challenge from Fan Of Terror. The victory was No. 23 for Western Fame from 64 starts, and added to his $1.7 million career bounty. He is owned by Go Fast Stable of Ohio, S. Klunowski of Ontario, B&I Stables LLC of New Jersey and Gil Short of Virginia. In the rapidly approaching Dayton Pacing Derby, Western Fame will square off against Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick), who owns the 1:47.4 quickest clocking in Dayton Raceway history taken in the track's signature event in 2018. Among the stellar notable Grand Circuit pacing stars that are also eligible to the stakes event are This Is The Plan, McWicked, Courtly Choice, Endeavor, Miso Fast and others. This coming Friday's card will also include the $170,000 Dayton Trotting Derby whose list of eligible nominees reads like a Who's Who of the active older squaregaiter set. Entries are due Monday morning for the Dayton Derbies as well as the strongest undercard of the season.   Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Gone Girl has had an outstanding 2019 harness racing season, earning just under $100,000, but never seems to get much respect at the betting windows.   Although she has won seven times on the year in 27 tries, the 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again is usually dispatched at double digit odds and Friday night (Sept. 20) was no exception. At odds of 21-1, Gone Girl upset her peers in the $16,500 Open Mares Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   Driver Tyler Smith sat second behind pacesetting Allbeastnobeauty (Dan Noble) through fractions of :27, :55 and 1:22.3 before pouncing on the leader and overtaking her in mid-stretch. Gone Girl paced the mile in 1:51, her seventh sub-1:52 effort in her last eight starts for owner-trainer Mark Gillenwater.   Favored Up Front Flor Ida (Brett Miller) rallied from far back to capture the show bounty.   Racing resumes Saturday night (Sept. 21) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway with a 6:15 p.m. post time.     Gregg Keidel

Delaware, OH - Two-year-old filly trotter Hannah and harness racing driver Andy Miller cruised to a 3½ length victory in the $46,000 Standardbred trot in Wednesday (September 18) action at the Delaware County Fair. When the field of six was sent on their way, Miller sent the eventual winner right to the front and was able to control the fractions of :28 4/5, :58 1/5 and 1:27 1/5. Hannah used a :28 4/5 last quarter to defeat Skyway Tinacious (Peter Wrenn) and Mizzy Brenda K (Mike Wilder) in 1:56, a new lifetime mark. The Muscle Hill lass is trained by Julie Miller for the Andy Miller Stable, Dumain Haven Farm and Little E LLC. Much like the filly trot, Keystone Eureka (Tim Tetrick) used a late brush to collar the pacesetters in the deep stretch to take the $46,800 Standardbred two-year-old filly pace. Don't Speak (Brett Miller) received the first call, but relinquished the lead to Dance Club (Matt Kakaley). As the field turned for home, Don't Speak looked to be the winner but Keystone Eureka timed her last rush perfectly to win by ¾ of a length over another fast closer, Coral Reef Hanover (Mike Wilder). Don't Speak and Dance Club rounded out the top four. Ryan Miller trains the son of Somebeachsomewhere for the Miller Racing Stable. Sophia Lia Takes Buckette Sophia Lia (Tim Tetrick) and French Cafe (Andy Miller) traded the lead in the first quarter of a mile, but Sophia Lia passed French Cafe in the final eighth of a mile to take the $76,125 Buckette for three-year-old trotting fillies. The final time of 1:54 3/5 established a new lifetime mark for the Guccio filly. Sophia Lia is trained and co-owned by Chris Beaver, Donald Robinson, RBH Ventures and William Rufenacht. Sophia Lia Ohio Breeders Championship Action Two-Year-Old Filly Trot Guinevere Hall (Peter Wrenn, Jr.) sat back and watched Delovely Hall (Aaron Merriman) and Lights Down Low (Yannick Gingras) battle through the majority of the race and swooped past the tiring leaders to capture the first division in 1:56 4/5. Lights Down Low held on for second, Can't Break Rosie (Chris Page) rallied for third and Delovely Hall completed the superfecta. Guinevere Hall is conditioned by Melanie Wrenn for M T Pockets Stable and David McDuffee. Alan Leavitt bred the Cash Hall filly. The $55,850 second division was greatly affected by breaking trotters. The 3-5 bettor's choice, Globetrotting (Anthony MacDonald) broke at the start, giving the lead to the 3-2 second choice, Uncle Peter's Uncle (Brett Miller). Uncle Peter's Uncle led the field into the final turn until she took a bad step and went off-stride. Aqua Lillies (Yannick Gingras) pounced on the opportunity and sprinted past Lima Gold (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in 1:58 3/5. Norm Parker trained the Break The Bank K filly for breeder/owner Robert J. Key. Aged Trot The $14,600 event was decided in the first sixteenth of a mile as A Tc Queenie grabbed the lead from post position five and never looked back to defeat the field of 10 in a stakes record 1:53 2/5. The six-year-old Triumphant Caviar mare is owned by Trish Soulsby and Richard Schaut and trained by Ron Steck. A Tc Queenie is just a few dollars short of $400,000 in career earnings. She became a three-time OBC champion with the win. Three-Year-Old Colt Trot Voyage To Paris (Dan Noble) survived a long battle with Lane Of Stone (Jeff Nisonger) through sizzling opening fractions and held of late rally from Bully Boy (Aaron Merriman) to win in a track and stakes record 1:53 2/5. Voyage To Paris scored for the seventh time in 2019 for Stephen Richard and Lana Jo Pollock. Jim Pollock, Jr. trains the Dontyouforgetit gelding. New Zealand reinsman Dexter Dunn guided Homer Hall to a then stakes record victory in the opening division of the three-year-old colt trot in 1:53 4/5. Homer Hall has 11 seasonal wins in 20 starts and has earned $223,667 during his career. The Cash Hall gelding is owned by Tammy Carter, Jay Mossbarger, Cass Gallagher and Breana Carsey and is trained by Steve Carter. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Looksgoodinaromper established a new stakes record in winning the first division of the Ohio Breeders Championship for harness racing two-year-filly pacers in Sunday action at the Delaware County Fair. The Pet Rock filly yielded the early lead to Corner Pocket (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), but Looksgoodinaromper retook the lead before the quarter in :29. Driver Chris Page was able to set a comfortable pace through the half in :58 2/5 and three-quarters in 1:26. Artful Dancer (Brett Miller) was the first to challenge, but the eventual winner used a :27 3/5 last quarter to sprint clear in 1:53 3/5. Corner Pocket held on for second, Artful Dancer was third. Looksgoodinaromper, who completed the "Ohio Triple Crown" with her win the Ohio State Fair and Ohio Sire Stake Final, is owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. In the second $64,700 division, PJ's Legacy (Ryan Stahl) edged the pacesetting Beautiful Beach (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a scant nose in 1:54 3/5. PJ's Legacy won for the fourth time in seven seasonal starts for Jennifer Brown, Hutchison Harness, Joelyn Ridder and Mark Kantrowitz. The Big Bad John filly, who was a $37,000 yearling purchase, is conditioned by Brian Brown. PJ’s Legacy (#4) and Ryan Stahl get up in the final strides to edge Beautiful Beach (#1) in the Ohio Breeders Championship for freshman filly pacers. (Brad Conway Photo) In the $12,900 OBC for aged pacers, a pair of Nick Surick trained geldings battled down the lane, but Dragonology (Brett Miller) edged stablemate Born To Be Bad (Chris Page) in a stakes record equaling 1:51 4/5. Dynasty Racing is the owner of the Dragon Again four-year-old. Dragonology and Brett Miller equal the stakes record in the OBC Aged Pace. (Brad Conway Photo) On the card were a trio of amateur driver events. Blasco (Stephen Oldford) and Inukchuk Chuck (Hannah Miller) took the Billings Trot divisions and Anthony Ciuffetelli took the Tim Fouts Memorial Driving Championship with Mcport In The Storm. Ciuffetelli represented the Yonkers Harness Drivers Club. Driver Chris Page won six races on the 17 race card. Monday's 15 race card will feature the $102,368 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship for sophomore filly trotters. The Sunday card wagering menu features a $5,000 guaranteed pool Pick 4 (Races 10-13). Post time is 3:00 PM. For today's results click on this link. For results, entries and program information, please visit littlebrownjug.com. Jay Wolf

Delaware, Ohio--Many years ago as many as seven amateur races in the Billings Series were hosted at the home of the Little Brown Jug but with the proliferation of local organizations hosting races for recreational harness racing drivers the amount of races on the betting cards at Delaware,Ohio has consistently decreased. Still this season there were two Billings trots and the Fouts Memorial, for the top drivers from national local clubs. Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford got the day started by guiding Blasco to a come-from-behind triumph in 2:00.2. After starting from post five Oldford zipped away from the gate and settled in the two-hole and received perfect cover from Better Call Saul and driver"Chicago George" Bonomo who left Italian guest Gian Luca Di Venti and Smart Flight out in the fresh air. The three raced at the front of the field until the homestretch where Oldford moved out and hustled his trotter to a neck victory over Better Call Saul. Despite the overland trip Smart Flight was beaten just a length while finishing third, Owned by Oldford Racing LLC, Blasco, the second choice in the wagering, paid $6.00 After the second Billings trot was completed "Hurricane Hannah" Miller showed why she is a two-time National Amateur Driver of the Year when she sat chilly with Inukchuk Chuk and stalked United Bi and driver Alesha "the Lethal Lady" Binkley to the head of the lane and then rallied to a 1:58.4 victory. In that one Ms Binkley took command on the first turn with Ms Miller in hot pursuit tight on her back and they raced one-two until the top of the lane where Hannah rallied Inukchuk Chuck to a ¾-length triumph over her lady challenger. Guest amateur Daniele Orsini took home the show dough with Mego Moss. The winner, a 6-year-old Muscles Yankee gelding owned by Clifford Grundy and trained by Nick Surick, paid $3.00 for win. In the Fouts Memorial, Anthony "Shifty"Ciuffetelli made every pole a winning one with Mcport In A Storm en route to a 1:57.2 victory while parking the betting favorite Mcpansy and driver Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford the entire mile. H-and-N Dho Hailey finished third for Bob "the Lumberman" Troyer. The winner is owned by Ida Hardman and trained by Frenchy Fuller. Sent off at odds of over 10-1 Mcport In A Storm returned a $10.40 mutuel   by John Manzi for the Billings Series  

Hall of Fame publicist Tom White and former Ohio Harness Horseman's Association general manager Jerry Knappenberger will be honored as the 2019 Joseph Neville Memorial Award recipients by the Delaware County Fair. White was a harness racing reporter for the Lexington (KY) Herald, Hoof Beats magazine and the Horseman and Fair World. He served as the publicity director for Scioto Downs and the Red Mile and was the Little Brown Jug's top PR man from 1996 until 2012. In 2005, White was inducted into the Communicators Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. White passed away in February at the age of 84. Knappenberger began his 50-year harness racing career as a second trainer for Terry Holton. He was hired as the assistant general manager of the OHHA in 1990 and was general manager from 1998 until 2015. Knappenberger worked tirelessly for the introduction of Video Lottery Terminals in the state of Ohio. The VTLs allowed the Standardbred industry in Ohio to return to its place of prominence with increased purses. In 2015, he was elected into the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame by a vote of the Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Knappenberger died at the age of 76 in June 2019.   Jay Wolf

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