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Edgerton, OH — Even though the Paulding County Fair in Paulding, Ohio, has been canceled for 2020, the fair still plans to sponsor harness racing with a revised program. Events 4, 8, and 12 on their original program have been canceled, and racing will only take place on Tuesday (June 16) and Wednesday (June 17) with a 4 p.m. post time each day. Their rain date will now be Thursday (June 18) at 4 p.m. The Tuesday card will be comprised of Event 1 (2-year-old filly pace), Event 2 (2-year-old colt trot), Event 3 (3-year-old colt pace), Event 7 (3-year-old colt trot), and Event 11 (Spring Haven Farm Ladies Driving Series Pace). The purse for Event 11 will be $650 plus the $30 entry fees to be added. There must be at least five entries in Event 11 or no race. If more than eight horses are entered in Event 11, the race will be divided with each division racing for an equal share of the purse with the entry fee following the horse. The Wednesday card will consist of Event 5 (2-year-old colt pace), Event 6 (2-year-old filly trot), Event 9 (3-year-old filly pace), Event 10 (3-year-old filly trot), and Event 13 (Paulding County Pace – Free For All Pace). The purse for Event 13 will be $2,500 plus the $50 entry fees to be added. Event 13 will be limited to eight entries with no trainer having more than one entry. If more than eight horses are entered, preferences will be as follows: (1) Ohio sired; (2) Ohio owned; (3) top money winners in 2020. No spectators will be allowed for these races. All horsemen and race officials must follow the current protocols established for harness racing in the state of Ohio (including the wearing of a face mask and social distancing). Horsemen should be prepared to race out of their trailers. All horses must have a current negative Coggins test. There will be a licensed veterinarian on the grounds to administer Lasix. Entries close on Saturday (June 13) at 10 a.m. for the Tuesday races. Entries close on Sunday (June 14) at 10 a.m. for the Wednesday races. Entries may be made online through the USTA or phoned to Bill Peters at 614.984.9515. For all of the latest news on the resumption of racing, visit the USTA COVID-19 Resource Center. by Bill Peters

Columbus, OH — In Tuesday (May 27) night’s 13th race at Northfield Park, four harness racing horses and drivers were involved in an accident at about the five-eighths pole. The four involved were Led Schneppelin (Tony Hall), Splendid Party (Hunter Myers), Boys Turn (Chris Lems) and JK Parlay (Ryan Stahl). According to a post by Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association’s Executive Director Renee Mancino on her Facebook page and shared on the OHHA’s page: “Heartfelt concern and prayers for continued healing for all horses and drivers involved in last night’s 13th race chain reaction accident at Northfield Park. The accident appeared to have occurred due to Ryan Stahl’s horse catching a shoe, hopple, or some other equipment failure and dropping to the track, trailing horses had no chance to avoid and went over him. Tony Hall, Hunter Myers, Ryan Stahl, Chris Lems were all involved. All horses are rumored to have walked off with road rash and minor contusions. All drivers involved are stable and alert or walked off. Chris Lems drove in the next race and won, Ryan Stahl walked off, but was later being encouraged to visit the hospital. Immediately trailing horses with Tony Hall and Hunter Myers took the brunt of it. Early reports show Tony was awake and alert, but admitted to Level One Trauma with spinal trauma and broken ribs. Hunter was also awake and alert with possible hip and facial injuries. God Bless them and their families as they recover. Thank God it wasn’t as bad as it looked.” Also on the OHHA Facebook, Amy Hollar, the MGM Northfield Park Track Representative for the organization, added this post: “Spoke with Hunter’s (Myers) sister, he has a fracture in his jaw. Tony’s (Hall) wife, Ashley, told me he has nine broken ribs and a crushed vertebrae. Both are still hospitalized……………all horses are OK from last night’s accident.” the USTA Communications Department

MGM Northfield Park is announcing a $64,684 20¢ Super High Five carryover in the 13th race on Wednesday (May 27) harness racing program. The evening's ninth race begins the 20¢ Northfield Single Six (a unique combination Pick-6) boasting a $16,557 carryover. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s, 20¢ Super High Five and 20¢ Northfield Single Six offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Wednesday's post time is 6 PM. FREE PP's are available on Northfield's website all week.

Northfield, OH — Free past performances, multiple guaranteed pools, full fields and million-dollar earners highlight a strong program of harness racing as MGM Northfield Park re-opens (without spectators) on Tuesday (May 26) with post time at 6 p.m. Prior to this break, Northfield had not been off for more than a week since the 1990s. The wagering menu on the 15-race card is highlighted by a $40,000 guaranteed pool in the 13th race (20-cent Super High Five), which includes a carryover pool of $8,134, left over from when no one selected the top five finishers in correct order when Northfield last raced on March 18. The Super High Five also has a low 14 percent takeout rate, as do all of Northfield’s Pick-3, Pick-4, Pick-5 and the Jackpot Single 6 wagers. The early and late Pick-4 wagers will also carry their normal $10,000 guarantees as a part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program. Top class horses will be in action on the track as Open Handicaps for both pacers and trotters headline the card. Southwind Amazon, winner of 92 career races and more than $1 million in purses, will not only face stout competition in the Open Pace from regular rivals Bully Pulpit and Carolina Beach, but a pair of invaders from Yonkers Raceway, Luis Alberto N and $991,927 lifetime earner Atta Boy Dan. Real Peace, Barley Up, The Wayfaring Man and Just Toyin With Ya will also be heard from in the full field of nine (race 10 on the card). Wind Of The North, a career earner of more than $1.1 million, will battle eight rivals in the co-featured Open Handicap Trot (race 12). Perlucky, winner of two straight before racing was halted, is assigned the outside post in the evenly matched group. While no spectators will be in attendance, Northfield’s full card can be watched live on northfieldpark.com (as it can be every live race night) and wagered on through all major ADW’s world-wide. Northfield will also race on Wednesday (May 27); Friday (May 29); and Saturday (May 30) to round out the month of May. Free past performances for all four of Northfield’s cards this week will be available at northfieldpark.com. For all of the latest news on the resumption of racing, visit the USTA COVID-19 Resource Center. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Columbus, OH — Eldorado Scioto Downs held a special Memorial Day harness racing card on Monday (May 25) with a 6:30 p.m. post. For this, the third racing day for the 2020 season, Scioto handled more than $1 million on the card. “Historically we’ve had an afternoon post time on holidays,” said race secretary Jason Roth. “However Joe (Morris, Senior Vice President of Racing for Eldorado Resorts), Gabe Prewitt and I were looking at the schedule and thought there would be less competition for an evening card.” The Friday night (May 22) 12-race opening card had $1.054 million wagered; Saturday night’s card, also with 12 races, handled $1.12 million while Monday’s 14-race card handled $1.195 million. “We’re pleased with how the opening weekend was received,” stated Morris. “Our staff worked diligently to host five straight days of qualifiers before this three-day opening weekend. Much of our staff is not back yet because the casino isn’t open yet.” Weekend racing highlights include a close finish in the $18,000 Fillies & Mares Open on Friday, with Rosemary Rose winning by a nose over Sally Fletcher A in 1:51.2. Rosemary Rose, a 6-year-old by Foreclosure N, was driven by Chris Page for trainer Ron Burke. The Saturday horses and geldings open went to My Hero Ron, pacing the mile in 1:50 for driver Aaron Merriman and trainer Danny Dubeansky. Monday’s card had four divisions of the non-winners of one for trotters, with the first division being the fastest in 1:55.3. Tootie won by a head over A Fancy Face for driver Brett Miller. The 3-year-old daughter of Uncle Peter is trained by Pamela Young for Big Dog Racing. Racing at Scioto Downs will continue this week Wednesday through Saturday with a 6:30 p.m. first post. The cards for Wednesday and Thursday have been drawn and there are 14 races carded for each evening. With the great response on the guaranteed wagers through the USTA’s Strategic Wagering Program for the first three cards, Scioto will have a guaranteed $15,000 pool for the Pick-5 on both the Wednesday and Thursday cards; the Pick-5 has a low 14 percent takeout. For free program pages for the guaranteed wagers, visit handicapping.ustrotting.com. For more information about live racing at Scioto Downs visit www.sciotodowns.com/racing. Eldorado Scioto Downs

Columbus, OH — Saturday (May 23) Eldorado Scioto Downs held the draw for participants in the Next Generation pace for harness racing 2-year-old Ohio-bred pacers. Nominations to the event, at $10,000 each, were due March 15. There was an over subscription for both the colt and filly divisions. Both have a maximum of nine starters, which resulted in Saturday’s draw. The draw was scheduled to be held on opening weekend, May 9, but with the delay of the start of the racing season, it was held the first Saturday of live racing. The winners of the 2-year-old filly draw are: Dana Parham, William Hartt, Frank Chick, Spring Haven Farm, Matt Rowe, Weaver Bruscemi, TheStable.ca, Alagna/Bell/Ruggles and Trish Foulk. The winners of the 2-year-old colt draw are: Daniel Hale, Dana Parham, Weaver Bruscemi, Bluestreak Boys Stable, Matt Rowe, TheStable.ca, LeVan Stable, Black Magic Racing and Trish Foulk. The races will be held on Saturday (July 4) with an estimated purse for each division of $150,000. Nominations to the event did not require the nominator to designate a horse in March; the horse is declared at the time of entry. Owners of the slot may trade, sell or give away entries after Saturday until the time of declaration for the event. Any entry that changes hands must be submitted in writing by both parties to Scioto Downs. Trainers, owners and stables are limited to one starter. For more information on the conditions for the Next Generation, visit horsemen.ustrotting.com. Scioto Downs hosts regular live harness racing, without spectators, Tuesday through Saturday each week through Sept. 5. First post on Tuesdays is 2 p.m.with a 6:30 p.m. post Wednesday-Saturday. Over Memorial Day weekend the Tuesday (May 26) card is swapped out for Monday (May 25) at 6:30 p.m. from Scioto Downs racing media

Columbus, OH — After a week of qualifiers, heavy rain, and anticipation Scioto Downs kicked off their 2020 live harness racing meet on Friday (May 22). “Six days after qualifiers, we were able to start racing thanks to our amazing team,” said Joe Morris, the Senior Vice President of Racing at Eldorado Resorts. Scioto started things off in a big way with just over $127,000 wagered in the first race. The guaranteed Pick-5 was a big hit with horseplayers, surpassing the guarantee with more than $22,000 wagered. Total handle on the 12-race program was $1,054,294.15, the second highest handle in history at Scioto Downs, a number that hasn’t been seen at the five-eighths-mile oval in more than 20 years. “I have to thank our team and the horsemen for helping put on the show,” said Morris. “The horsemen are rugged, it’s been a long week and I’m proud of everyone on a job well done.” Scioto wasted no time getting back to racing on Friday, following the Ohio State Racing Commission in conjunction with Governor Mike DeWine’s office coming up with protocols to race without fans safely. The Commission passed a resolution allowing racing to return at their May 14 meeting. “For three weeks in a row, I thought racing was going to get rolling,” said Morris. “We’re glad to have been given this opportunity by the Commission and Governor’s office to start racing.” The road to the start of racing kicked off on Saturday (May 16), as 16 qualifiers went to the track, followed by four more days in preparation for the opening night card. “Our Race Secretary, Jason Roth, had a great idea to write the condition sheet for qualifiers like he would a race card,” said Morris. “His great idea ensured that we would have the right horses to fill Friday’s card.” “It’s been a busy week with all of the qualifiers,” said Roth. “Everyone has been very receptive to the protocols that have been put into place.” The first program of the year featured a pair of Open races, one for Filly and Mare pacers (race six) and one for trotters (race eight). Rosemary Rose (inside) held off a hard charging Sally Fletcher A to win the $18,000 Filly and Mare Open. Conrad photo. A compact field of six went to the gate in the distaff Open and St Lads Gidget (Aaron Merriman) wasted no time leaving the gate, looking to control the fractions. After a strong first-quarter of :26.4, Merriman was able to ration out the speed with a :28.3 second panel, but he was forced to step on the gas dealing with pressure from Golden Paradise moving up the backstretch. Rosemary Rose (Chris Page) was patient through the mile, riding second over cover to three-quarters before firing down the stretch. After putting away St Lads Gidget she dealt with a late charge from Sally Fletcher A (Brett Miller), but was able to hold on by a nose in 1:51.2. For Rosemary Rose, it was her third victory of the year in 10 starts for owners Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo, and Weaver Bruscemi and trainer Ron Burke. The 6-year-old, who has shown no signs of slowing down, has bankrolled $567,207 in her career. Rosemary Rose was one of six victories on the card for driver Chris Page. The photo finish camera couldn’t separate the Open Trot competitors as Peggy Sue (Brady Galliers) and Eye Ofa Tiger AS (Elliott Deaton) hit the wire together in a strong stretch battle. The photo finish camera could not separate Peggy Sue (inside) and Eye Ofa Tiger AS (outside) in the co-featured $18,000 Open Trot. Conrad photo. There were fireworks early on as heavy favorite Workinitonbroadway (Page) made a costly miscue at the start allowing Wildfire Seelster (Tyler Smith) to get to the front through the first quarter in :28.1. Wildfire Seelster was able to get a breather in the second quarter (:58) before having to sprint up the backstretch. Eye Ofa Tiger AS pulled first up heading to the three-quarter pole, forcing the hand of Peggy Sue and Galliers to make a first-over grind. After hitting three-quarters in 1:26.3, Wildfire Seelster fought gamely through the stretch, but was collared late by Peggy Sue and a hard charging Eye Ofa Tiger AS in 1:55.1. Peggy Sue was able to lock up her third victory of the year, moving her earnings to $48,230 for owner Galliers Racing and trainer Brady Galliers. Eye Ofa Tiger AS scored his first victory of the season for trainer Anette Lorentzon and owners ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. His career earnings now stack up at $577,768. Live racing at Scioto Downs returns on Saturday night (May 23) with a 6:30 p.m. first post. The card features a $10,000 guaranteed Pick-5 in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Program. Past performances provided by TrackMaster can be found by clicking here.    by Michael Carter, USTA Social Media and Publicity Coordinator

Grove City, OH - After an almost two-month layoff, harness racing returns tonight in the United States with a 12-race card at Eldorado Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio. To celebrate the return, the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) will host a special two-hour Facebook Live event, with heavy hitters from the harness racing history. "The Voice" Roger Huston, OHHA Brand Ambassador and OHHA Outreach and Public Relations Coordinator Frank Fraas will be joined by DRF Harness Editor Derick Giwner and Meadowlands television host Dave Brower for the show. OHHA Executive Director Renée Mancino says "we are excited to be able to offer this much racing experience and knowledge to help us kick-off standardbred racing off in North America, this event is the first round for more formal productions that were already in the planning stages for Ohio's outreach program." Huston began his career in 1960 calling harness races at Ohio county fairs. He has called over 188,000 races throughout his career in a least 20 states and eight countries and has announced the Little Brown Jug for 52 years. Giwner is the editor of DRF Harness for the Daily Racing Form. He has worked for Sports/Eye since 1996 and has served as the editor of the paper since 2005. Giwner has worn many hats in the industry including owner, amateur driver track announcer and chart caller and is also an expert handicapper. Brower has been a big fan of harness racing since he was a teen. Currently the television host at the Meadowlands, he is also an ace handicapper, co-host of the national broadcast of The Hambletonian on CBS Sports Network and anchors the simulcast coverage of the Little Brown Jug. This all-star lineup will discuss the return of racing to North America, handicap some of the races at Eldorado Scioto Downs and entertain fans with stories. Tonight's event is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM on the OHHA Facebook page. Special thanks to the sponsors that have made this possible, Kim Hill Realty, Equine Equipment, Cool Winds Farm, The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, Hagemeyer Farms and Centerra Co-op. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is to preserve, protect, promote, and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. For more information: Frank Fraas, ffraas@ohha.com, 614-569-6404  

Columbus, OH — Eldorado Scioto Downs management is saddened to announce that the $400,000 Jim Ewart Memorial and the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial will be canceled for the upcoming harness racing season. Due to the current economic environment, it has been decided to keep overnight purses competitive to 2019 levels for Ohio horsemen. Therefore, Grand Circuit events have been canceled with the intentions of reintroducing the events in 2021. Nomination payments for the Hill and Ewart Memorial were to be due June 15. Any nomination payments received will be refunded. Eldorado Scioto Downs continues to work diligently at getting our 2020 racing season started. from Eldorado Scioto Downs

You are hereby directed:   1. Horse racing is cancelled at your facility through April 30, 2020;   2. If your backside (including dormitories) is open, it SHALL remain open and operational until further notice;   3. If your track is available for training, it SHALL remain open for reasonable equine exercise until further notice.   The intent of this directive:   1. Prevent horse abuse/abandonment;   2. Allow for consolidated feed operations;   3. Prevent homelessness for those who temporarily/seasonally reside on the backside;   4. Provide adequate exercise for horses on property needed to prevent injury potentially caused by confinement   It is incumbent on the horsemen organizations in the State of Ohio and the racing permit holders operating as Racinos in the State of Ohio to submit a 30-day and a 60-day plan to comply with this directive (including financials) to the Ohio State Racing Commission (Commission) not later than midnight April 2, 2020.   The Commission considers themselves a partner with the horsemen and permit holders in reaching a solution to the issues and stand ready to assist the parties in compromise.   You should take all reasonable measures possible to continue social distancing practices.   The Commission will continue to update you as pertinent information becomes available.   Thank you for your patience as we all deal with this unprecedented and very fluid situation.   If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 614-466-2758.   If you need further information on COVID-19, please visit, coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-427-5634.   Ohio State Racing Commission

LEBANON, OH. - Friday Night Blues (Cameron McCown), an Ohio county fair standout at age three, captured the championship leg of the $20,000 final of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series at soggy Miami Valley Raceway on Monday (Feb. 24). The 4-year-old harness racing son of Pet Rock won for the third time in six 2020 starts, lowering his lifetime best time to 1:53.1 despite a rain-soaked 'sloppy' track. McCown's wife, Jessica, trains both Friday Night Blues and the runnerup Captain Sunshine (Josh Sutton), who is a 4-year-old son of Captaintreacherous. The stablemates left the gate with alacrity as Captain Sunshine allowed Friday Night Blues to take a temporary lead, but rushed back to the front of the field as the initial timer flashed :28.1. Farmers Only (Trace Tetrick) moved up to challenge and put a head in front at the :57 halfway point, but never was able to clear to the front. Fishin For Apples (John DeLong) was next to take on the stablemates, but his three-wide move at the 1:24.2 three quarters marked stalled when the horses straightened out for the stretch drive. McCown popped the pocket in early stretch and wore down Captain Sunshine in the final furlong. Friday Night Blues won ten of 23 fair starts as a sophomore and has used the lessons learned to commence a successful commercial track campaign this season. He is owned by Kim Haver, the winner paid $10.80; combined with his barn companion the exacta was worth $30.80. Sunshine's Finest (Brett Miller) came from far back to grab the show position. Fishin For Apples and Spoiled Rockin (Kayne Kauffman) earned the remaining championship checks. Two races later, the ten finalists that emerged from a starting field of 76 $5000 claiming pacers chased a $20,000 championship purse in the Survivor Series. A J Corbelli (Kauffman), a 13-year-old career winner of $625,867, emerged as the King Of The Hill, scoring a 1:56.2 triumph in 1:56.2. Using front end tactics to full advantage, Kauffman guided the venerable veteran to victory over longshot Amasa Al (Shawn Barker II) and Hit And Giggle A (Miller). A J Corbelli scoring in 1:56.2                                            --Conrad photo "It's not often $5000 claimers get to race for $20,000," exclaimed Ricky Redder, brother of trainer Pete Redder. "Kayne did a great job of rating the mile and it certainly was a big reason for the old warrior's success today." A J Corbelli was claimed for $6500 in the second of the four Survivor Series rounds. Owner Therl Hensley has banked $10,900 in his first two starts with the prolific 57-time lifetime winner.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Harness racing co-favorites Crowntimerockette (Brett Miller) and Hilary Barry N (John DeLong) finished one-two in the $20,000 championship final of the George "Red" Owens Memorial Series for green pacing mares at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday (Feb. 23). Big Bad Mosa (Trace Tetrick) was next to cross the line in a 'chalky' finish to the three week series for non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime. Dispatched at 8-5 odds, Crowntimerockette returned $5.20. With fellow 8-5 shot Hilary Barry N second, the exacta was worth $14.20. Big Bad Mosa was a strong third in the betting resulting in a paltry 50-cent trifecta payoff of $9. After letting a pair of longshots battle up front through the opening :28.1 panel, Miller sent the winner to the front and stopped all three remaining quarter mile timers (:57, 1:23.1 and 1:53 flat). Sired by Ohio stallion Pet Rock, Crowntimerockette now boasts four wins and $34,505 in earnings following her two triumphs and a runnerup finish in the Owens Memorial Series. She is trained by Tom Blankenship for owner Jason Shumway. For Miller, the feature race score was one of five on the matinee program, increasing his meet total to 70. Tetrick managed a driving triple, giving him 74 victories after 37 programs to remain the meet leader--averaging a pair of wins per day. Next up for Miami Valley is a Monday matinee at 2:05 p.m., which will feature the $20,000 championship of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series and the $20,000 final of the month long Survivor Series for $5000 male claiming pacers.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - If either the Kansas City Chiefs or the San Francisco 49ers perform as well as harness racing star Windsong Leo has been lately at Miami Valley Raceway they should have no problem trouncing their adversary in the Super Bowl. Windsong Leo, who won 15 races in 30 starts in 2019, is undefeated in four 2020 starts-all in Open Handicap contests where he has been assigned an outside post. In his most recent triumph on Saturday night (Feb. 1) the 8-year-old Jereme's Jet gelding was again sent seeking the front end by pilot Chris Page. Stuck four wide midway through the first turn, Page backed the stellar winner off briefly to let the dust settle, but continued to the front as the leaders passed the quarter in :27 flat. As is his custom, Windsong Leo played catch me if you can from that point to the finish, and again nobody could. Despite a few tepid challenges along the way, Page patiently guided his overwhelming favorite through middle fractions of :56.1 and 1:23.4 before sealing the deal for the third consecutive week in 1:52.3. Longshots General Dolan (Sam Widger) and Lifewithjohn (Ricky Macomber Jr.) rallied for place and show finishes with My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith), Shagnwiththedragon (Brett Miller) and Beyond Delight (John DeLong) picking up the minor spoils in the full field of ten. Windsong Leo is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura. Miami Valley will not race on Sunday (Feb. 2) due to the Super Bowl, but will resume the normal five-days a week schedule on Monday afternoon at 2:15 p.m. Gregg Keidel

MGM Northfield Park has announced the addition of a $12,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee on Monday (January 27) for its harness racing meeting. Beginning in race two, the $12,500 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $3,128. This wager is being offered as part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. The evening's ninth race begins the 20¢ Northfield Single Six (a unique combination Pick 6) boasting a $5,940 carryover. Northfield's Pick-5, Pick-4s, Pick-3s, 20¢ Super High Five and 20¢ Northfield Single Six offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14%. Monday's post time is 6PM. Ayers Ratliff

 LEBANON, OH. – When you are good, you are good!  When you are hot, you are hot!!  A pair of five-year-old harness racing pacers, Hal N Sammy and Danikova, fit both clichés to a T on Friday night (Jan. 24) winning their respective lucrative championships in the first pair of finals in the popular Claim To Fame series’ currently underway at Miami Valley Raceway.  Both swept their series undefeated by winning a pair of preliminary legs leading up to the final as well. Hal N Sammy (Brett Miller) scored in 1:54.1 on the rain dampened oval over Hell On Wheels (Aaron Merriman) and Hopetobefirst (Trace Tetrick) in the horses and geldings division for $12,500 claimers.  The gelded son of Yankee Cruiser banked $26,250, including the winner’s share of the $25,000 final, in the three week span after winning just $22,673 in 29 starts last season.  Owner Gregory Gardner and trainer Brandon Piguet were racing the champion in $10,000 claiming events leading up to the start of the $12,500 series. The improving winner paid $7.00 after exploding from the pocket to collar pacesetting Hell On Wheels in midstretch. Danikova (Chris Page) was crowned queen of the division for $20,000 claiming mares when she also completed a sweep of her series with a nose decision over Velocity Lana (Aaron Merriman) and longshot Model (Trevor Smith).  The daughter of Bettor’s Delight overcame an overland journey from far back to nip the pacesetting runnerup in the final stride of the exciting 1:55 mile.  Danikova getting a nose decision in 1:55                           --Conrad photo The winner’s share of the $30,000 final boosted Danikova’s series earnings to $36,250 and her lifetime bankroll to $163,947.  She was bred and is still owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and the M1 Stable.  She returned $8.80 at the mutual windows. The $25,000 Mares Open also featured a repeat winner in Golden Paradise (Trace Tetrick).  Sitting the pocket trip throughout, the six-year-old mare wore down the frontrunners and then held off closers Sandy Sue (Chris Page) and Debt Motivated (Brett Miller) to cop the 1:53.4 victory.  Golden Paradise’s bankroll swelled to over a quarter million dollars with the triumph for trainer Tyler George and his partners Sam Schillaci and Wrenn Jr. Racing LLC. Golden Paradise winning the Mares Open                        --Conrad photo Racing resumes Saturday night (Jan. 25) with a 14-race card highlighted by a $25,000 Open Pace and the $32,500 final of the Claim To Fame Series for $20,000 male pacers.   Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Trace Tetrick) returned to the harness racing winner's circle for the second time in three weeks on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 21) at Miami Valley Raceway, winning the $25,000 Open Handicap Trot in 1:53.3 over Walter White (Jeremy Smith) and Trumpets (Ed Greeno Jr.). The quick clocking, on a frigid 27 degree afternoon, equaled the winner's lifetime best and raised the 6-year-old's lifetime earnings over $230,000. He is owned by trainer Lester Raber in partnership with his breeder Floyd Raber. Finalists were also determined in a pair of Claim To Fame series, each carrying $22,500 purses in their championship finals next Tuesday. M E Radar Girl swept both preliminary legs to emerge as the money earning leader among the $12,500 claiming mares group. The remaining top nine earners were Smash, Don't Mach Mia, Galyns Gift, Crazy Bad K, Grant Me This, Sweet Western, Keystone Nikki and Grimalkin. Blacklist Z Tam topped the earnings list among $8000 claiming horses and geldings, who competed in seven preliminary divisions to determine the final field. Others who secured spots are N Expense, Legal Transfer, Double Impact, Putnams Attack, Colossal, Totally Kissed, New Patrol and Beachboy Desire. Gregg Keidel

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