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Pistol Packin Mama rocked to a 1:52.1 new lifetime mark in the first of three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes-Leg 3 contests on Saturday night, Aug. 12 before a jam-packed Northfield Park harness racing crowd. The Tyler George trainee, a daughter of The Panderosa, out of the Artiscape mare Art Debut, was the 1-5 public's favorite handled by Trace Tetrick. "She's a very classy filly who just continues to improve," Tetrick--one of Hoosier Park's leading reinsmen--noted. Owned by the Herres Stable of Bellbrook, OH, Pistol Packin Mama upped her career earnings to $107,750 and now has seven wins and four seconds in 11 lifetime trips postward. She was bred by Ontario's Brian Doyle. Libby's Idea, a 30-1 longshot, was second for Aaron Merrian, while 25-1 shot The Lady Vanishes was third with Ryan Stahl I the sulky. It's rare that Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., drives a 30-1 longshot--especially at Northfield Park--but he did just that, getting Zoe Ellasen home under the wire first in the second OSS division (Race 8) in 1:52.1. Wrenn, Jr., says the sophomore pacing filly is improving with each start. "She really hasn't raced up to what we thought was her potential this season prior to tonight," said Wrenn, Jr. "But I think Ron (Trainer Potter) has her figured out now as she just was super gutsy tonight." Zoe Ellasen is a daughter of Santanna Blue Chip, out of the unraced Bettor's Delight mare Spring Delight. She bested 2-5 Rosemary Rose (Mike Wilder) and Gorgeous Halie, a 16-1 choice driven by Tim Tetrick. Owned by Clyde Perfect of Lawrenceburg, IN, Zoe Ellasen has seven wins, a second and six thirds in 21 career starts and $147,231 in earnings. Last but not least, it was Jaye's A Lady who stole the show from the other OSS distaffs, pacing to a track-record equaling mile of 1:52 in the third OSS (Race 9) division for Yannick Gingras. The McArdle lass, sent off at 5-2 odds upped her earnings to 118,134 with this latest victory. The hard-trying Type A Grey was third for Chris Page at odds of 6-1, while 15-longshot Da Vinci Artist was third with Kurt Sugg at the lines. Jaye's A Lady now has five wins, three seconds and two thirds in 20 career starts for the Caviart Farms of Vienna, VA, who also bred the Nancy Johansson-conditioned sophomore. She is the second and most prolific foal out of the Artspalce mare Lunar Tide. Also on the Northfield Park card, harness racing richest competitor ($7 million+), the 13-year-old Foiled Again, captured the $14,000 Open Handicap Pace for trainer Ronnie Burke and Yannick Gingras in 1:52. The son of Dragon Again posted a :27.2 final panel clocking in impressive front-stepping fashion. In the $50,000 Myron Charna President's Pace, it was Dancin Yankee and driver Brian Sears who prevailed with a front end effort in 1:50.3. The 9-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser is trained by Josh Green for Ohioan Richard Lombardo and L&J Racing of Pennsylvania. Downbytheseaside and Brian Sears defeated stablemate Fear The Dragon (David Miller) with a game, first-over journey that saw him sweep under the wire first in a new track record clocking of 1:49.3 in the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. Both 3-year-olds are conditioned by Ohio-based trainer Brian Brown and both have well over $1 million each in earnings. Downbytheseaside is a son of Somebeachsomewhere, while Fear The Dragon is a son of the ill-fated stallion Dragon Again. Kimberly Rinker

Twenty-five sophomore pacing fillies will battle this evening in a trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes in round three of the four-leg harness racing series for Buckeye-bred side-wheelers at Northfield Park.   Ohio-based stallions represented include Art Official, Big Bad John and The Panderosa with four foals each competing in OSS events, while Charley Barley, Manhardt and McArdle have two 3-year-olds each in these races. Ohio sires with one filly each competing include: Art's Chip, Feelin Friskie, Foreclosure N, I'm Gorgeous, No Pan Intended, Santana Blue Chip and Woodstock.   Trainer Tyler George will harness Pistol Packin Mama in the first OSS contest (Race 7) for the Herres Stable of Bellbrook, OH. The daughter of The Panderosa won Leg 2 on June 9 at Scioto Downs in 1:52.2 with a near wire-to-wire effort, drawing off by five lengths in the stretch. Her connections then gave her more than a month off and she returned with aplomb--scoring a 1:52.2 triumph in a Hoosier Park overnight on July 29. She was then second to Big Bad Jane in a $41,000 Ohio Fair Stake on Aug. 4 at Scioto Downs, and has $87,750 in career earnings from ten starts, with six wins and four seconds.   Bred by Brian Doyle of Ontario, this bay filly is the seventh foal out of the Artiscape mare Art Debut p,3, 1:54.2s ($49, 109) and is a half-sister to Artful Way (by Artistic Fella) p,5, 1:50.1h ($299, 745); Artful Impulse (by Artistic Fella) p,3, 1:52.2s ($220, 983); Im A Debutant (by No Pan Intended) p,7, 1:57.2h ($44,597); and Isitfridayyet (by No Pan Intended) p,3, 1:55.1f ($25,125). Trace Tetrick drives from post five.   Also vying in this same division is Bye Bye Felicia, who leaves from post seven for driver Chris Page and trainer Brian Brown. This striking black daughter of Woodstock won a $41,000 Ohio Fair Stake on Aug. 4 in 1:55 at Scioto Downs after winning in 1:58 at Marysville on July 22 by nearly 17 lengths with Brown's son Beau at the lines. Bye Bye Felicia's career mark came when she won her OSS-Leg 2 test on June 9 at Scioto Downs, stopping the timer impressively in 1:52.2.   A winner of $154,909 lifetime, Bye Bye Felicia has seven wins, three seconds and one third in 18 career starts for owners Jennifer Brown, Scott Davis, Steve Mullet and Joyce McClelland. Bred by Billy Walters and Joe McLead, she is the second foal out of the unraced Camluck mare Tea Time and is full sister to the 2-year-old Ohio Sires Stakes winner Harambe Deo p,2, 1:55f ($23,200).   The second division (Race 8) features a wide-open field of contestants who have come close but have yet to reach the winner's circle this season in an OSS test. Glorious Intent, a grey daughter by No Pan Intended finished second in Leg 2 on June 9 at Scioto Downs, timed in 1:53.2; while Big Bad Jane, a bay daughter by Big Bad John, was third in Leg 1, timed in 1:55.1 on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway.   Rose Run Skyler, a two-time OSS winner this year, heads up the third division (Race 9) for trainer Derek Watiker. The bay daughter by The Panderosa won Leg 1 on May 1 at Miami Valley with a 1:54.4 clocking, then captured a $50,000 Scarlet & Grey contest in 1:53 at Miami Valley on May 8. She posted a 1:54.1 clocking in a Scioto overnight on May 25, before winning OSS-Leg 2 on June 9 at Scioto Downs in 1:53. She was given nearly two months off before returning to win a $41,000 Ohio Fair Stake in a career best 1:52.3 on Aug. 4 at Scioto.   Bred by the Rose Run Farm, Rose Run Skyler has $99,875 in career earnings for owner Lionel Ray Watiker of Zanesville, OH. Aaron Merriman drives from post nine. Rose Run Skyler is the second foal out of the unraced Allamerican Native mare A And G's Finest, and is a half-sister to Rose Run Ranger (by Major In Art) p, 3, 1:56f ($36,566) and Rose Run Toni (by Jereme's Jet) p, 2, 2:01.4h ($11,130).   OSS Leg 2 winner Ellasen starts from post eight in this same division for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. The Big Bad John filly is owned by Clyde Perfect of Lawrenceburg, IN and is conditioned by Ron Potter. She captured an OSS-Leg 2 on July 9 at Scioto Downs in 1:52.3 and has a trio of wins and $41,750 in seasonal earnings, and $92,578 in her career coffers.   Kimberly Rinker

Each winner of Friday night’s (Aug.11) three Ohio Sires Stakes was an overwhelming favorite of the Scioto Downs harness racing crowd.  The trio of $40,000 OSS-leg 3 divisions were contested at the five-eighths mile oval on an evening plagued by rain and balmy temperatures.   In the first OSS division, 4-5 Prsntpretynperfect kept her unblemished record intact, as she and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., cruiser to an easy four-length victory in a new lifetime mark of 1:54.  The Big Bad John lass now has four wins in four tries and $83,500 in her coffers for owners Jennifer Brown, Richard Lombardo and Josh Green.    Brian Brown trains the speedy distaff, who simply out-paced rivals 7-1 Ask Me Ifi Care (Mike Micallef) and third-place finisher, 70-1 longshot Pearl Crush (Tyler Smith).   Bred by Carl Howard, Prsntpretynperfect was purchased by Jennifer Brown for just $6,000 at the 2016 Ohio Selected Yearling Sale. She is the third of five foals out of the Towner’s Big Guy mare Wildfire Princess p,4, 1:52.2z ($30,929) and is a full sister to: Prince Giovanni p,3,1:54.4h ($62,618) and to Banderbear p,3, 1:53.3f ($24,950).   In the second OSS contest, driver Chris Page, steering 6-5 Baron Remy for trainer Ronnie Burke, paced under the wire just a nose behind first-place finisher 4-1 Believe In Waco, and after lodging a claim of foul against the latter’s driver, Art McIlmuray, was moved up a notch for the win by the Scioto judges. Lily Grace, a 17-1 longshot, was third, 1¼ lengths back, for driver Kayne Kauffman.   The brown filly by Yankee Cruiser is now two for two, with $26,250 in career earnings. The winning time of 1:54.4 was a new life mark for Baron Remy, who is owned by Burke Racing; Silva, Purnel & Libby; L. Karr; and Weaver Bruscemi.  Bred by Baron Racing Stable, she was a $6,500 yearling purchase out of the Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg last fall, and began her career with a 20-length, 1:56.1 winning qualifier at The Meadows on July 28. Her pari-mutuel debut came one week later, with a 1:56.1 triumph at Northfield Park in a $12,500 Buckeye Stallion Series division.   Baron Remy is the third foal out of the Shady Character mare Riley Character p, 5, 1:51.4f ($149,550) and is a half-sister to Gerard N Mo (by Rock N Roll Heaven) p, 3, 1:53.1f ($19,395).   Shakewhatmamagaveu, the 4-5 public’s choice, stormed her rivals with a 1:55.2 gate to wire winning steer by Randy Tharps in the third OSS contest. The Art Official lass, who is trained by Ron Steck for Don and Marcia Brake of Marysville, OH, notched career victory number two and upped her bankroll to $61,750.  Cam’s Candy Girl was second at 7-1 for Jeremy Smith, while 7-2 Thrill Seeker (Chris Page) was third.   The brown filly had finished second in Leg 1 on July 5 at Scioto Downs, then returned on July 17 to post a 1:53.4 clocking, drawing away from her rivals by nearly seven lengths in Leg 2.  She then finished a smart second to Bad Girls Rule in a $47,000 Ohio Fair Stakes at Scioto Downs on July 27.   Shakewhatmamagaveu is the eighth foal out of the unraced Cam’s Card Shark mare Sexy Susan, and is a full sister to Where’s The Boss p, 3, 1:54.4f ($77,510) and to Smokey’s Lady p, 3, 1:56.4f ($16,967).  She also has half-siblings in: Backtobattle p,4, 1:52 ($55,923) and You’ll Like It p,2, 1:57.4h ($36,670)—both by the stallion Grinfromeartoear.   Ohio Sires Stakes continue Saturday, Aug. 12, with three divisions of 3-year-old pacing fillies vying at Northfield Park in races 7, 8, and 9, just prior to the $300,000 Milstein.   by Kimberly Rinker

Three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes spotlight harness racing 2-year-old pacing fillies in Leg 3 of this series, this evening at Scioto Downs. First race post time is 6:30 pm, ET. Eight previous leg winners in this four-bout series for Ohio-bred youngsters are returning for their various connections. Stallion McArdle and Pet Rock each have four foals competing, while Big Bad John and The Panderosa are represented by three each, with Art Official, Dragon Again, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser each having two of their progeny racing in OSS events. As well, Allamerican Native, Believeinbruiser, Feelin Friskie, Manhardt, Shark Gesture, We Will See and World of Rocknroll are all represented by one filly each. In the first OSS division (Race 5), five previous winners slug it out for the win. Prsntpretynperfect, a Big Bad John lass conditioned by Brian Brown, leaves from the coveted rail slot with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. at the lines. This brown filly is three for three thus far in her brief career, having swept both OSS legs and a $47,000 Ohio Fair Stake on July 27 at Scioto Downs. Bred by Carl Howard, Prsntpretynperfect has $63,500 in earnings for Jennifer Brown, Richard Lombardo and Josh Green. JP Silver, owned and bred by John Poppe of Wapakoneta, OH, has blazed through both OSS legs and leaves from post four with Jeff Nisonger in the sulky. Chris Hope trains this McArdle lass, who has three wins in four starts and $42,004 in career earnings. Her mark of 1:54.3 came via her victory in Leg 2 on July 17 at Northfield. Bad Girls Rule, a daughter of World Of Rocknroll, is the speediest member of this division, owning a mark of 1:54 that she scored via her triumph in Leg 1 at Scioto Downs on July 5. A winner of $51,450 in her career, Bad Girls Rule also captured a $47,000 Ohio Fair Stake on July 27 at Scioto Downs for the 3rd Floor Stable of Springboro, OH. This speedster was bred by Spring Haven Farm and leaves from post two with Kyle Ater in the bike. Timothy Russell's Dirty Blonde won her OSS-Leg 2 on July 17 at Northfield Park in 1:55.4 in wire-to-wire fashion and was third to Bad Girls Rule in last week's Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto. Trained by DeShawn Minor, this Woodstock lass has amassed $30,900 from two wins and a third in four career starts. She was bred by Billy Walters, C.S. Ross and Joe McLead, and leaves from the three-hole with Josh Sutton aboard. Big Bad Goldie has finished first (in a career best 1:55.1) and third in her OSS legs and owns a bankroll of $25,275 for owners David Wills, Richard Coad and Doug Gregory. Tye Loy conditions the Big Bad John lass, who was bred by Midland Acres. Jason Brewer drives from post five. In the second division (Race 5), Filou Fly Fast will be trying for her sixth career victory from the rail with Tyler Smith driving for trainer Steve Carter. This Allamerican Native daughter won Leg 2 in 1:56.1 at Northfield Park on July 17 after being scratched sick from Leg 1. Bred by Thomas Cave, this winner of $29,052 is leased by Chuck Grubbs of Louisville, KY. Alan Keith's Kay Again won Leg 1 on July 5 at Scioto Downs in a blistering 1:53.4 and was fifth in Leg 2, before rebounding to finish a close second in an Ohio Fair Stake on July 27 at Scioto Downs. Mike Roth trains the $34,890-winning homebred daughter of the ill-fated sire Dragon Again. Josh Sutton gets the nod once more aboard Kay Again from post ten. Shakewhatmamagaveu heads up the third OSS contest (Race 9) with Randy Tharps driving from post ten for trainer Ron Steck. This Art Official filly was second by a head to Big Bad Goldie in Leg 1 on July 5 at Scioto, timed in 1:55.1, then captured Leg 2 on July 17 in 1:53.4 at Northfield Park. She was a strong second to Bad Girls Rule in last week's $47,000 Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto Downs. Bred by the Tar Heel Stable, Shakewhatmamagaveu is owned by Don and Marcia Brake of Marysville, OH and sports a $41,750 career bankroll. Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Saturday night, Aug. 12 at Northfield Park with three divisions of sophomore pacing fillies, along with the $300,000 Milstein featuring national standouts Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside--both conditioned by Ohio's Brian Brown. Kimberly Rinker

A trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes featured 2-year-old trotting fillies in round three harness racing action on a cool and comfortable Thursday night, Aug. 10 at Scioto Downs. In the first OSS division, Red Storm trotted to an impressive 1:57 clocking, a new lifetime mark for the homebred daughter of Stormin Normand, who is owned by Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH. Aaron Merriman was in the sulky for trainer Chris Beaver as Red Storm upped her career earnings to $55,800 with her second victory in four lifetime starts. "I've had several others out of this mare (Ms Pollyanna)," noted Beaver. "But all of them were clunky-gaited and needed the trotting hobbles. This filly isn't like them. She's been smooth as silk since day one and is a very handy little filly. We were kind of surprised that she didn't win the other legs, but she sure came through tonight for us." Red Storm took the lead away from 23-1 This Year's Best (Jason Brewer) at the :58.4 half, and then trotted easily all the way home through a three-quarter clocking of 1:27, before besting the 18-1 grey filly Non Smoker (Sandy Beatty) by nearly three lengths, with 8-5 Destarofnight (Chris Page) finishing third. Standing just barely over 14 hands tall, Red Storm is a beautiful sleek chestnut who has trotted solidly in all her starts. She finished third in Leg 1 of this series on July 3 at Northfield Park, beaten four lengths by the winning To Russia and clocked in 1:59.1, then was a smart second to Impinktoo by three-quarters of a length on July 19 at Scioto. Last week, she trotted to a winning 1:57.2 in a $42,000 Ohio Fair Stake over this same five-eighths-mile oval. Red Storm is the third foal out of the Chip Chip Hooray mare Ms Pollyanna T, 3, 1:57.3F ($53,948) and is a half-sister to Moonlight Espoir (by Windsong Espoir) 3, 1:56.1s ($52,209) and to Miss Lorelei (by Break The Bank K) 3, 2:01.2f ($40,849). Looking For Zelda left no doubt she was much the best, scoring a wire-to-wire 1:57.4 triumph in the second OSS division for owner-breeder Robert Key. Tony Hall was at the lines for trainer Norm Parker as the daughter of Break The Bank K swept to her fourth straight victory and third in OSS competition. She also won a $42,000 Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto in 1:57.1 on July 27. "She's just the consummate professional," noted Parker, who is based at The Meadows. "She just does everything we ask of her." Looking For Zelda took the lead as soon as the wings of the gate folded, snapping off fractions of :28.3; :58.4; and 1:28.2 before posting a :29.2 final brush as the 2-5 public's choice. To Russia, at 9-1, finished sixth lengths behind the winner in second for Ryan Stahl, while 6-1 Sesame (Aaron Merriman) was third. Looking For Zelda now has $81,000 in career earnings. She is the second foal out of the Conway Hall mare My Winning Way K 3, 1:59.4f ($77,488) and is a half-sister to Boyz N Guitars (by Muscle Massive) 1:58.3f ($24,007). Dashanay and driver Chris Page snuck up the rail in the final yards to steal a victory away from 7-5 favorite Sugar Break (Tony Hall). The latter had looked like a sure winner, leading throughout the mile before the former surprised her at the end of the mile, clocked in 1:59.1. Alana's Ways, at 9-2, was third for Josh Sutton. "This filly has made a big improvement since the first sires stakes leg," Page noted afterward. "The draw (in the $250,000 Championship on Sept.2) will be important as there are a lot of nice horses in this division." Trained by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing Stable LLC of Fredericktown, PA, the large, rangy daughter of Manofmanymissions was sixth in Leg 1 on July 3 at Northfield Park, but then was second to Looking For Zelda in Leg 2 on July 19 at Scioto Downs, and second again to that same rival on July 27 in a $42,000 Ohio Fair Stake. Bred by New Jersey's Michael Parisi, Dashanay is the third and most prolific foal out of the unraced SJ's Caviar mare Eastern Starlet and is a half-sister to Star's Edge (by Cantab Hall) $16,621. Burke Racing purchased the filly for $20,000 at the Standarbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg last fall. Kimberly Rinker

A trio of Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old trotting fillies are set to be contested at Scioto Downs on Thursday evening, Aug. 10. Each division (Races 2, 3 & 5) sports a purse of $40,000 for the Ohio-bred harness racing diagonally-gaited distaffs. Ohio-based sire Manofmanymissions is represented by six fillies in these OSS events, while Dejarmbro and Break The Bank K each have four foals competing. The stallion My MVP has three of his progeny searching for the winner's circle in these races, while Stormin Normand and Cash Hall have two each. Dontyouforgetit, Triumphant Caviar and Winning Fireworks are represented by one foal each. Returning OSS champs include Sesame, a winner of the two previous legs of this series. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar is conditioned and co-owned by Chris Beaver and Wilbur Lang, and has already pocketed $43,360 in her brief career, and leads this division by virtue of her 1:59 triumph on July 3 at Northfield and her 1:58.4 score on July 19 at Scioto. Bred by Jonas Schlabach, Sesame starts from the rail with Aaron Merriman in the sulky in the second division (Race 3). Robert Key's Looking For Zelda also has a pair of OSS victories on her resume-albeit the leg 2 victory was due to a rival's disqualification. Norm Parker will harness the homebred Break The Bank K lass, who captured leg 1 on July 3 at Northfield in 1:59.1 with a wire-to-wire effort. Regular driver Tony Hall will pilot the $61,000-winning Looking For Zelda from post six in this same division (Race 3). To Russia also starts in this division, leaving from post seven for driver Ryan Stahl and trainer Scott Cox. The daughter by Manofmanymissions won leg 1 at Northfield in 1:58.2 on July 3, but was fourth on July 19 at Scioto to the winning Sugar Break. Owned by the Parent Racing Stable of Whitehouse, OH, and bred by Switzerland's Kjell Magne Andersen, To Russia has $33,700 in her career bankroll. Impinktoo, a half-sister to world champion Pinkman, carries the colors of owners Joe McLead and Rtk Racing postward in the first division (Race 2). The Manofmanymissions lass is conditioned by Bill Dailey and was a smart second in Leg 1 at Northfield on July 3, then rallied to win Leg 2 at Scioto on July 19 in a lifetime best 1:57.4. Bred by Jay Mossbarger, Impinktoo has $35,040 in her coffers. Peter Wrenn will steer the bay filly from post three. Rivals Alana's Ways and Sugar Break will battle in the third OSS contest (Race 5) from posts 1 and 2 respectively. The former is a daughter by Dejarmbro who is conditioned by Alicia Hanners for the Mystical Marker Farm, VIP Internet Stable, Harry Eisman and D. Garland. The bay filly won Leg 1 at Northfield in 1:58.3 but failed to garner a check in Leg 2. Bred by Ohio's Howard Millhime, the winner of $23,360 will have Josh Sutton at the controls once again. Sugar Break is another Robert Key homebred conditioned by Norm Parker, who won Leg 2 by a nose over Risky Deal in a career best 1:57.4 at Scioto Downs on July 19. This Break The Bank K lass has amassed $26,485 in her brief career and has one win and a second in three career starts for her owner-breeder. Tony Hall-who steered her to her lone triumph-gets the nod again. Ohio Sires Stakes action continue on Friday night at Scioto Downs, with three divisions of 2-year-old pacing fillies. Saturday night at Northfield Park, a trio of Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore pacing fillies will be contested, just prior to the $300,000 Milstein. Kimberly Rinker

Harness racing driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. made his 4,000th trip to the winner's circle after winning with Sultan Of Cash in Northfield Park's 5th race on Monday (August 7th) in the 3rd leg, 3rd division $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Freshman Colt Trotters. Wrenn led at every call with Sultan Of Cash, eventually besting his competition by 1-1/4 lengths. The 1:59.4 clocking was the 6th career score in as many starts for the undefeated 2-year-old trotter, who returned $2.80 to win. The 30-year-old Wrenn began driving in 2008. His 4,000 wins have helped him garner almost $22 million in purse earnings. He won the 2013 and 2014 national dash driving titles; the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Northfield Park driving titles; and the 2013 driving title at Northville Downs. Wrenn is a 2005 graduate of Hartland High School in Hartland, Michigan. He played center field for and graduated from Mott Community College in Flint. Although Wrenn comes from a racing family, he did not take an interest and become involved with horses at an early age. "I was 19 or 20 when I jogged my first horse. I was always really busy with sports and stuff," said Wrenn. "I didn't really have time for it." However, after weighing his options and slowly becoming more interested with the family business, Ronnie decided on a career in racing. "I was just sitting at the table working on homework on my computer one night and looked up and told my dad I wanted to be a driver. He looked at me like I was crazy. But I was old enough that he really didn't have a lot of say, and so far it has all worked out pretty well." Wrenn earned his first win behind Artful Power in a $1,400 Billings race at a Michigan fair. "It was hard breaking in at first. I guess I got lucky to be put on some good horses and things just took off," offered Wrenn. "My parents and grandparents really helped me a lot as well as countless other people." Wrenn's richest win ever came in the last year's $250,000 sophomore pacing Ohio Sires Stakes Championship at Northfield Park with Whataboy. His fastest victory was in 1:49.2 with Doo Wip Hanover in the 2015 Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs. Wrenn rates some of the best horses he has ever driven as Arch Madness, Betterluvnexttime, Doo Wop Hanover, Luck Be Withyou, Night Pro and Victory Is Coming. "There are many owners and trainers that have given me opportunities and I will be forever grateful to them," offered Wrenn. "To win races, a driver has to drive fast horses for talented trainers with good owners." Wrenn was married in June of this year and resides in Stow, Ohio with his wife Briana. Ayers Ratliff

Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., steered his 4,000th career-winning drive en route to capturing one of nine $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for harness racing 2-year-old male pacers and trotters on Monday night, Aug. 7 at Northfield Park.   Wrenn, Jr.'s winning drive came aboard the Roger Hughes, Jr.-trained and owned Sultan Of Cash, the 2-5 favorite in the third OSS division (Race 5).   "It's pretty special to get a win with this colt, who's six for six now," Wrenn, Jr., acknowledged. "I would have won with Brian's (trainer Brown) horse (5-2 Slick Mick, second in Race 4 to Gone Again) but he pulled himself up in the last turn, unexpectedly."   Sultan Of Cash, a freshman altered son of Cash Hall, out of the Conway Hall mare Anything But Love, has now swept the first three legs of the OSS series, and owns a bankroll of $85,515 with this latest victory. The youngster got away with easy fractions of :31.2, 1:02.1 and 1:31.1, before gliding under the wire in 1:59.4 to nail his sixth straight triumph in as many career starts. Count On Cody was second for Jason Brewer at 3-1, while 9-1 Win Chaser got up for third with Anthony MacDonald in the sulky.   In My Dreams won the first of four OSS trotting divisions in a career best 1:58 with trainer Sandy Beatty in the sulky for owners Brad Davis and the Hatfield Stables. The 7-5 son of Wining Fireworks is the first foal out of Iam Spikes Wish 3, 2:04h ($10,746), and was second in Leg 1 to Count On Cody, timed in 1:57.2. He has $48,515 in earnings from five starts, with two wins, two seconds and a third.   Manny L (Kayne Kauffman) was second at 8-1, with 2-1 Sugar Top moved up to third from fourth and 17-1 third-place finisher Dance Withsomebody (Robin Miller) moved from fourth to third for making a break at the wire.   Longshot (22-1) Mission Accepted took his OSS contest in 1:57.4 with Ryan Stahl at the lines. The son of Manofmanymissions picked up his first career victory in his fourth lifetime start for trainer and co-owner Jeff Conger, upping his earnings to $24,800 for owners Knox Services and David Wills. Joggingtothebank (Kurt Sugg) was second, while Dontforgetmaster (Josh Sutton) was third--both at 5-2 odds. Mission Accepted is the fifth foal out of the SJ's Photo mare Witty Girl 3, 1:58.2f ($32,602) and is a half-brother to: March Awareness (by Ken Warkentin) 4, 1;54 ($346,534) and to Witty's Winner (by Jailhouse Jesse) 5, 1:54.4s ($95,757).   Zeppelin Bi, an altered son of Manofmanymissions, out of the Angus Hall mare Palm Beach Bi 3, 2:01.1f ($21,596), picked up his first career win by capturing the fourth OSS division for trotters in 1:58.3. Trainer Anthony MacDonald steered Zeppelin Bi, who is owned by Thestable Zeppelin Bi Group of Ontario and pushed his career earnings to $41,300. The 7-2 winner bested 6-1 Haul N Dash (Kurt Sugg), while 12-1 Sand Cash (Tyler Smith) got up for third. Zeppelin Bi is a full brother to Vesuvio 2, 1:57f ($14,595).   In the first of five OSS pacing divisions for freshmen, Chris Page guided 1-9 favorite Rock On Creek to a 1:53.3 victory. Brian Brown conditions the son of Pet Rock for breeder Debbie Bird, Richard Lombardo and Josh Green, who picked up his third win in four starts. Rock On Creek, who is the first foal out of the Modern Art mare Pebble Creek 6, 1:53.2h ($152,720), now has $64,175 in his coffers. Jo Jo's Pet Rock (Danny Noble) was second at 9-1, while 25-1 longshot Dukes Cruiser (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third.   Tyler Smith steered 14-1 Gone Again to a 1:54.2 triumph in the second OSS pacing division for trainer Tim Lane and Ohio owners William Bailosky, Ernie Malas and Michael Crawford. It was the son of Dragon Again's second win in five starts and pushed his earnings to $26,750. Slick Mick (5-2) was second for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., while 25-1 Cass Delight Rock (Chris Page) was third (and paid $152.20 to show). Gone Again is the third foal out of the unraced Western Hanover mare Campus Flirt and is a half-brother to Moot Court (by Mach Three) 4, 1:54f ($27,715) and Campus Beauty (by Camluck) 4, 2:02h ($17,967).   Smith returned to the Northfield winner's circle in the third pacing division with Letsallrock, the 6-5 favorite, for trainer Jeff Smith and owners J.S. Everhart, K.J. Smith and C. Young. The son of Pet Rock was timed in 1:52.2, and now has $49,512 in career earnings. Coach Zuzek was second for Chris Page at 12-1 odds, while Josh Sutton was behind 2-1 Born To Be Bad, who notched show honors. Letsallrock is the first foal out of the Jennas Beach Boy mare Noseitall, 2, 1:57.1 ($7,605).   McThirsty shocked the Northfield fans as he stormed to a 1:53.4 clocking at 30-1 odds for driver Greg Grismore and trainer Scott Cox. The McArdle gelding picked the perfect time to score his first career victory for owners Parent Racing Stable, J. Ash and Scott Cox, besting 3-1 Rockathon (Danny Noble) and 4-5 favorite Lather Up (Montrell Teague). A winner of $35,475 in his career, McThirsty is the eighth foal out of the Artsplace mare Diamond Dejavu 3, 1:56 ($3,680) and is a half-brother to: Rhombus (by The Panderosa) p,4,1:50.2f ($204,200); Girls Luv Diamonds (by The Panderosa) p,8, 1:56h ($114,715); and In The Dark (by Cambest) p,2, 1:53.4 ($105,525).   In the final pacing division 2-5 Seeing Eye Single (Chris Page) prevailed over 9-1 Bounding Dragon (Josh Sutton) and 7-1 Hora Star (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in a new life mark of 1:53. Ronnie Burke conditions the son of Dragon Again for Burke Racing Stable; Silva, Purnel & Libby; L. Karr; and Weaver Bruscemi. All three of the $60,000-winning Seeing Eye Single's career triumphs have come in OSS legs.   Ohio Sires Stakes continue Thursday, Aug. 10 with 2-year-old trotting fillies at Scioto Downs in Leg 3 of the series.   Kimberly Rinker

Nine Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for freshman colts and geldings will be in the harness racing spotlight Monday night, August 7, as 66 pacers and trotters line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate, with a scheduled post time of 6 pm, ET. Each division carries a purse of $40,000 in Leg 3 of this four-leg series for Ohio-bred harness horses.   A total of 28 trotting youngsters vie in four OSS divisions, with five freshmen each sired by Ohio stallions Dejarmbro and Manofmanymissions. Sires Break The Bank K and Cash Hall are represented by four progeny each, while Dontyouforgetit and Triumphant Caviar have three 2-year-olds each in competition. Stallions with one foal each in these OSS contests include And Away We Go, Full Count, Keystone Savage and Winning Fireworks. A trio of previous OSS leg winners will battle in the first division (Race 1), including Sugar Top, a son of Manofmanymissions conditioned by Melanie Wrenn. This youngster won Leg 2 on July 18 at Scioto Downs in 1:57 for driver Peter Wrenn and sports a bankroll of $27,340. Icingon De Cupcake, a son of Dejarmbro trained by Scott Mogan for owners-breeders Jeff Johnson and Doug Millard, won Leg 1 on July 8 at Northfield in 2:00.4 but broke strike in Leg 2 at Scioto Downs on July 18. He's one for three with $23,560 in career earnings. The Herb LeVan-trained and owned Manny L has five wins in nine career starts and $34,726 in his bankroll. The son of Manofmanymissions won Leg 1 at Northfield Park in wire-to-wire fashion in 1:59.2 and also scored victories at Marysville (by 16½ lengths) in 2:03.2 on July 23 and at Wapakoneta (by 15¼ lengths) in 2:08.3 on Aug. 1. The second OSS division (Race 3) features Get The Cash, a Cash Hall gelding who won Leg 1 at Northfield Park in 1:57.3 for trainer and co-owner Kelly O'Donnell. A winner of two races in his career in four starts, Get The Cash has $28,940 in earnings thus far. Rod Hughes, Jr.'s Sultan Of Cash will be trying for his sixth career victory in as many tries as he goes postward in the third OSS test (Race 5) for diagonally-gaited specialists. The bay Cash Hall gelding won his first OSS test at Northfield in 1:59.3; Leg 2 at Scioto Downs in 1:57.1; and won a $43,800 Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto in 1:57.2, among others. Owned and trained by Hughes, Jr., Sultan Of Cash is five-for-five lifetime with $65,515 in career earnings. The Marty Wollam conditioned Count On Cody will also be competing in this third division. A winner of Leg 2 in 1:57.1 on July 18 at Scioto Downs, the son of Full Count was second in Leg 1 on July 8 at Northfield Park in 1:59.4. Count On Cody has $44,575 in career earnings from two wins and two seconds in four lifetime starts. In the five side-wheeling divisions (Race 2, 4, 7, 9, 11), a full 38 colts and geldings passed the Northfield Park entry box. Eleven sons of Pet Rock, nine from Dragon Again and five from McArdle will spar, with two sons each representing their sires Big Bad John, I'm Gorgeous and We Will See. The Ohio sires Charley Barley, Mr Apples, No Pan Intended, The Panderosa, Three Olives, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser each have one foal going postward in OSS competition Monday evening. A host of previous OSS leg winners will be returning in hopes of garnering another trip to the winner's circle, including track and world record holder Drew The Dragon, who posted a 1:51.4 triumph at Northfield on July 22. With Danny Noble at the lines, the Dragon Again gelding shattered the previous Northfield Park track record of 1:53.1, set by Barnabas (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in 2016 , and also established a new world record for 2-year-old geldings on a half-mile track. Drew The Dragon is conditioned by Jim Dailey and has $24,750 in earnings by virtue of two wins in four starts. The Ronnie Burke-trained Seeing Eye Single seeks his third consecutive victory in this series, having won Leg 1 at Scioto Downs on July 4 in 1:53.1 and Leg 2 at Northfield on July 22 in 1:53.4--each time by a comfortable two lengths. The $40,000-winning gelding leaves from post three in Race 11. Trainer Brenda Teague will harness two outstanding youngsters, including track record holder Lather Up, who established that effort via his victory in OSS Leg 2 on July 27, when he paced to a winning 1:52.2 clocking, besting his rivals by five lengths. The son of I'm Gorgeous also won Leg 1 at Scioto Downs on July 4 in 1:52.2 by 4½ lengths. Breeders Gary and Barbara Iles of Harrington, DE own this talented youngster who owns a bankroll of $41,500. Teague's other charge, Sip And A Bite, won Leg 1 at Scioto Downs in 1:54 on July 4, but when off-stride in Leg 2 at Northfield and finished out of the money. Teague trains this $20,000-winning son of I'm Gorgeous for her brother George. Montrell Teague will steer both of these youngsters. Three powerhouse pacers from the Brian Brown stable will go behind the gate Monday, including Rock On Creek, a son of Pet Rock who won Leg 1 in 1:55.1 and was third in Leg 2 to Drew The Dragon. This colt has $44,175 in earnings from two wins and a second in three lifetime starts. The striking black son of The Panderosa, Slick Mick, won Leg 2 in 1:54.2 at Northfield on July 22, after finishing third in Leg 1 at Scioto Downs on July 4 for owner-breeder Milton J. Leeman of Columbus, OH. Brown's third entrant is the Dragon Again youngster Dragonology, who won Leg 2 at Northfield in an impressive 1:53.2 after finishing second to Lather Up in Leg 1 at Scioto Downs on July 4. Other returning winners include Harambe Deo, a bay Woodstock colt conditioned by Chris McGuire, who won Leg 1 in 1:55 at Scioto Downs before finishing fourth in Leg 2 at Northfield. Trainer Jeff Smith harnesses Letsallrock in search of his second OSS victory. This $29,512-winning altered son of Pet Rock won Leg 1 in 1:52.2 at Scioto Downs, but had broken equipment in Leg 2 at Northfield. Born To Be Bad won Leg 1 in wire-to-wire fashion, timed in 1:55.1 at Scioto Downs and was second on July 22 at Northfield to Drew The Dragon. Ron Steck trains the bay son of Big Bad John who has $46,937 in his career coffers. Last but not least, is Sectionline Bigry, a homebred son of Pet Rock conditioned by Steve Bauder for Harold Lee and Harold L. Bauder of Delaware, OH. This bay gelding won Leg 1 at Scioto Downs in 1:54.2 by 3 and ½ lengths on July 4, and then finished a solid fifth in Leg 2 from the eight-hole on July 22 at Northfield. Kimberly Rinker

Speed was all the rage in five $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) divisions for harness racing 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday night, July 22 at Northfield Park, beginning with the first division, when Drew The Dragon stormed to a blistering 1:51.4 triumph. With Danny Noble at the lines, the Dragon Again gelding shattered the previous Northfield Park track record of 1:53.1, set by Barnabas (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in 2016. That time also established a new world record for a 2-year-old gelding on a half-mile track that was previously held by Littlebitoflife (Ryan Anderson), set at now-defunct Maywood Park in 2007.   Trained by Jim Dailey for the Ohio trio of Kim Dailey, K.D. Snyder and S.G. Haines, Drew The Dragon paced through splits of :26.4, :55 and 1:23.1 before posting a :28.3 final brush to prevail over his rivals by 3¼ lengths. It was his second career win in three starts and upped his earnings to $24,750.   Drew The Dragon     Born To Be Bad, the 2-5 favorite was second for Josh Sutton, while 7-1 Rock On Creek finished third for Chris Page. Mary Yoder bred Drew The Dragon, who was sent off at odds of 5-1 in this second leg of OSS action. The youngster had made an uncharacteristic break in OSS Leg 1 on July 4 at Scioto Downs and finished ninth, but kept it all together for his Leg 2 triumph.   Drew The Dragon is the seventh of eight foals out of Plan On It p,3,1:52.3 ($32,746) and is a half-brother to: E Street Plan (by Rocknroll Hanover) p,5, 1:49.4f ($301,903); Rockavellian (by Rocknroll Hanover) p,7, 1:50.4f ($222,746); and Ideal Plan (by Western Ideal) p,3, 1:52.4f ($82,277).   Trainer Brenda Teague harnessed Lather Up to a 1:52.2 clocking--a new track record for 2-year-old colt pacers in OSS division five. The son of I'm Gorgeous had won OSS Leg 1 in 1:52.2 at Scioto Downs on July 4 and this victory was his second straight in three career starts. Driven by Montrell Teague, the 9-5 favorite upped his career earnings to $41,500 for owners/breeders Gary and Barbara Iles of Harrington, DE.   Spectacular Rock (Dan Noble) finished second at 2-1 odds, while 30-1 longshot Gonnarockyourworld was a solid third for Travis Seekman.   Trainer Brian Brown then sent out stablemates Slick Mick and Dragonology to win the next two OSS divisions.   Slick Mick scored in 1:54.2 for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. It was his first career win in two tries for striking black son of The Panderosa. Owned by breeder Milton Leeman of Columbus, OH, Slick Mick now has $24,800 in career earnings, and had finished third in OSS Leg 1, timed in 1:55.4. The 5-2 colt used a :27.3 final panel to best 9-5 favorite Rockathon (Josh Sutton) and 7-1 shot Lots To Live For (Chris Page) in this second round of OSS action.   Slick Mick is the fifth foal out of the unraced Dragon Again mare Hufflepuff and is a half-brother to Hannah Abbott (by Dave Panlone) p,3, 1:53.s ($86,502) and to Buckeye Battle Cry (by Woodstock) p,3, 1:56f ($23,297), etc.   Dragonology (Chris Page), at 11-1 odds, prevailed with a 1:53.2 clocking in the third OSS division. Owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and the Aws Stables, the son of Dragon Again boosted his earnings to $22,000 in just his second lifetime start. The youngster made a bold move going to the half and never looked back, besting 5-1 rival Hura Star (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and 9-1 Panimal Kingdom (Josh Sutton). Bred by Kerry Feuker-Weed and Kenneth Weed, Dragonology is the third foal out of the Riverboat King mare La Diavla p,5,1:51.4f ($416,730).   Trainer Ronnie Burke and driver Dave Palone teamed up to score a victory in the fourth OSS division with 1-5 Seeing Eye Single, who had also captured OSS Leg 1 earlier this month. The son of Dragon Again used nearly identical tactics in both starts, grabbing the lead going to the half and pacing to an easy victory, both times in 1:53.1. Owned by Burke Racing; Silva, Pumel & Libby; L Karr and Weaver Bruscemi, Seeing Eye Single bested 13-1 Jo Jo's Pet Rock (Danny Noble) and 9-2 Cinnamack (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) easily. Seeing Eye Single is the first foal out of the Western Ideal mare Shabalabadingdong p,3, 1:52.2s ($181,197). Kimberly Rinker

Forty-two harness racing 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings will battle in five Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) contests Saturday night, July 22 at Northfield Park. Each division--races four, six, eight, ten and 12--for these Buckeye-fathered freshmen sports a purse of $40,000. First race post time is 6 pm, ET. Each of the eight Leg 1 winners are returning for this second round of action in the four-bout series, which culminates with a $250,000 Championship Final on Sept. 2 at Scioto Downs. To be eligible to Ohio's most lucrative series for state-bred 2- and 3-year-olds, owners nominate their youngsters by March 15, who must be sired by an Ohio-based stallion registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission. Stallions represented by progeny participating in Saturday's OSS tests include Pet Rock, with 13 foals; Dragon Again with 10; McArdle with six and Big Bad John with three. The stallions I'm Gorgeous and We Will See each have a pair of freshman competing, while those with one foal each in Leg 2 action include Charley Barley, Mr Apples, No Pan Intended, The Panderosa, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser. Leg One winners Born To Be Bad and Rock On Creek will square off in the first division (Race 4). Born To Be Bad, a son of Big Bad John, hails from the Ron Steck Stable and scored a wire-to-wire triumph in 1:55.1 at Scioto Downs on July 4. Josh Sutton is back in the bike from post three behind the winner of $27,250, who has two wins and a second in three starts. Rock On Creek's lone victory in as many starts saw him pace in 1:55.1 for trainer Brian Brown in that first OSS leg at Scioto on July 4. The son of Pet Rock also used wire-to-wire tactics to get the job done with Chris Page in the sulky. He'll start from post eight in Leg 2. The third OSS division (Race 8) features a trio of Leg 1 winners set to wage war. Trainer Brenda Teague's Sip And A Bite will be looking for a repeat of his 1:54 score on July 4 at Scioto Downs. The unaltered son of I'm Gorgeous hails from post two with Brenda's nephew Montrell Teague driving for his father/owner George Teague, Jr. Trainer Chris McGuire will harness Harambe Deo from post one in this same division. The bay son of Woodstock won his July 4 debut at Scioto by four lengths in 1:55 for driver Kayne Kauffman, who gets the nod again Saturday from the rail. Sectionline Bigry has been saddled with the eight-slot in this division for trainer Steve Bauder and driver Aaron Merriman, who steered the Pet Rock gelding to a 1:54.2 clocking in round one on July 4 at Scioto Downs. The homebred is owned by Harold Lee and Harold L Bauder of Delaware, OH. The Ron Burke-trained Seeing Eye Single is the lone Leg 1 winner going postward in the fourth OSS division (Race 10) on Saturday evening. The gelded son by the ill-fated Dragon Again won a pair of Meadows qualifiers before storming to a 1:53.1 triumph at Scioto on July 4. Dave Palone has been behind Seeing Eye Single in all three contests and Saturday will be no exception as the duo leave from post two. In OSS division five (Race 12), two of the fastest Leg 1 winners spar, from post seven and eight respectively. The aunt and nephew combo of Brenda and Montrell Teague send out Lather Up, who blazed to a 1:52.2 clocking in Leg 1 on July 4 at Scioto. The son of I'm Gorgeous is a homebred owned by Harrington, DE breeders Gary and Barbara Iles. Letsallrock also paced to a 1:52.2 victory that same afternoon at Scioto, for the partnership of trainer Jeff Smith and driver Tyler Smith. The Pet Rock gelding was bred by Kathy Smith and is co-owned by Smith and J S. Everhart and C. Young of Greenfield, OH. Kimberly Rinker

Trainer Norm Parker had a banner night at Scioto Downs on July 19, winning a pair of four $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contested for harness rcing 2-year-old trotting fillies. Parker, 56, made the trek to Scioto Downs from his home base of The Meadows in Pennsylvania and his rookie fillies--who are each owned and bred by Robert J. Key of Leechburg, PA--more than paid their way. First, Parker harnessed 2-1 Looking For Zelda to victory, who finished second but was placed first when 3-1 Tickle My Fancy (Josh Sutton) made several choppy breaks in the late stretch.   The Break The Bank K lass had won OSS Leg 1 at Northfield in 1:59.1 for driver Tony Hall, who was back in the sulky for this second triumph.   "Paul Reed trained both of these fillies down in Florida all winter for (owner) Bob (Key) and we got them the first part of May," Parker offered. "We just put the finishing touches on their training. 'Zelda' has been perfect throughout, and we've been careful to keep her quiet, as the Break The Bank Ks can tend to get a little hot.   "Tony (driver Hall) certainly wanted to win with 'Zelda' but he wanted to do it the right way and that's why he sat in with her tonight," Parker explained. "He told me that he wants to teach her to race correctly so that she can control her speed as she progresses."   Tickle My Fancy was placed third and that moved third-place finisher, 28-1 longshot Dashanay (Chris Page) up to second. The victory--Looking For Zelda's second in as many starts--upped her career earnings to $40,000. Time for the mile was 1:56.3, which equaled the Scioto track record for 2-year-old trotting fillies.   Looking For Zelda is the second foal out of the Conway Hall mare My Winning Way K 3, 1:59.4f ($77,488) and is a half-sister to the Muscle Massive colt Boyz N Guitars 2, 1:58.3f ($24,007), who is also owned by Key.   Parker then tightened the girth on 9-5 Sugar Break, another Break The Bank K lass who was clocked in 1:57.4 in her first career victory with Hall in the sulky.   "She's been a bit more slow to mature, but is a nice big filly, who is getting there," Parker said. "She's getting the hang of things, just a bit more slowly than the other filly."   Hall moved Sugar Break three-wide around the final turn and the solidly-gaited filly got up just in time to best 65-1 longshot Risky Deal (Crist Hershberger) by a head at the wire. Champagne Hall finished third, two lengths back, at odds of 5-2 for driver Aaron Merriman. Sugar Break now has $23,125 in her bank account for owner-breeder Key. She is the first foal out of the Angus Hall mare Sugar Heart 3, 2:02.2f ($7,199).   Impinktoo, a Jim Dailey-trainee, posted a 1:57.4 clocking via her OSS victory. Peter Wrenn was in the sulky behind the 4-1 choice, who is owned by Billy Walters and Joe McLead of Delaware, OH and Rtk Racing of Powell, OH. The Manofmanymissions lass used come-from-behind tactics to score the win, the first of her career in two starts. Red Storm was second at 6-1 for Aaron Merriman, while 14-1 Simplyamission was third with Tyler Smith at the controls.   Impinktoo had previously finished second in Leg 1 at Northfield Park on July 3 to the aforementioned Looking For Zelda and now has $30,000 in lifetime earnings. Bred by Jay Mossbarger, Impinktoo is a half-sister to world champion Pinkman 3, 1:51 ($2.5+ million) and is the third foal out of the Angus Hall mare Margie Seelster 6, 1:55.1s ($247,483). Co-owner McLead purchased the filly for $27,000 at the 2016 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale.   Sesame was given a perfect steer by Aaron Merriman to win her OSS division in 1:58.4. The Triumphant Caviar daughter was sent off as the even-money choice and prevailed by a neck over the hard-driving, 14-1 longshot Ed's Chargin lady (Tyler Smith), while Storm Beach O'Kidd was third with Peter Wrenn at the lines.   Conditioned and co-owned by Chris Beaver in partnership with Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH, Sesame had won her OSS-leg 1 event at Northfield Park on July 3 in 1:59. Bred by Ohio's Jonas L. Schlabach, she is now two-for-two, with $40,000 in her seasonal coffers. Sesame is the fifth of six foals out of the Credit Winner mare Jewell Creek and is a half-sister to Explosive Ripple (by Explosive Matter) 4, 1:58.f ($84,089).   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Harness racing trainer Roger Hughes Jr. has been waiting a lifetime for Sultan Of Cash, and the 2-year-old trotting colt is delivering for Hughes and his family in a big way.   The son of Cash Hall trotted to a lifetime best 1:57.1 en route to winning his $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes-Leg 2 test handily on a blisteringly-hot and steamy Tuesday (July 18) at Scioto Downs. It was one of a quartet of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for freshman trotting colts held that afternoon.   It was the fourth consecutive victory for Sultan Of Cash in as many lifetime starts, and pushed his career earnings to $43,615. Driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., was in the sulky behind the youngster, whom Hughes says has been perfect in every way.   "My grandfather had horses and that's how I got into the business," said Hughes, Jr., who works full time as a manager for an automotive manufacturing company, and trains at the Wilmington, Ohio county fairgrounds in his spare time. "I bought this colt last year at November Blooded Horse Sale after his pedigree caught my eye. I wasn't actually even at the sale; I was at work, but I called a buddy and said if this colt is available, I want him. I really didn't think I'd be able to touch him, but I got very lucky."   When the gavel fell for the last time, Hughes, Jr., had purchased the yearling trotter for $4,000.   "I was just looking through the sale book and saw that he had three full brothers who had taken marks of 1:56 or faster and that really appealed to me," Hughes Jr., admitted. "He's been a dream come true for my family. My sister and mother are involved with the horses too and having a horse in the sires stakes at this level is just anything beyond our wildest dreams."   Sultan Of Cash is the seventh foal out of the unraced Conway Hall mare Anything But Love and is a full brother to Catch The Dream 7, 1:52s ($548,463); My Future Ex 6, 1:55.4s ($100,990); and Moneydontbuyulove 3, 1:56.4f ($10,860).   Sent off as the 1-1 favorite, Sultan Of Cash was content to sit behind the leading Manny L (Kayne Kaufmann) through a :28 first quarter and :58 second quarter clocking before taking over the lead. Once on top, he trotted comfortably through a 1:27.1 third panel with a :30 final quarter brush to finish one length in front of 3-1 Countthebenjamins (Chris Page) with 11-1 Mr Jubilant (Aaron Merriman) nabbing show honors.   Count On Cody (Jason Brewer) captured his OSS test in 1:57.1 for trainer Marty Wollam and owners-breeders Acadia Farms, Canfield, OH and G&B Racing, New Wilmington, PA. The son of Full Count was on the front end for nearly the whole mile and now has $33,400 in earnings after finishing second in Leg 1 of this series on July 8 at Northfield Park. In My Dreams was second at 5-1 for trainer Hugh Beatty, while 10-1 Dontforgetmaster (Josh Sutton) was third.   Sugar Top (Peter Wrenn) and Joggintothebank (Dan Noble) gave the Scioto fans a healthy duel as they battled down the stretch in the third OSS division with the former prevailing by a head over the latter in 1:57. Woof, a 12-1 shot, was third for Dave Palone. Sugar Top, a son of Manofmanymissions, out of the Sir Taurus mare Sugar, was fifth in Leg 1 of the series at Northfield Park on July 8. Conditioned by Melanie Wrenn, Sugar Top is owned by Gene Oldford, St. Clair, MI and Wrenn Racing of Carmel, IN and now has $22,000 in career earnings.   Driver Kayne Kauffman piloted 12-1 Cash Lane to a wire-to-wire victory in the final OSS division, with the son of Cash Hall stopping the timer in 1:56.2. Owned by Richard Finfrock of New Carlisle, OH, Cash Lane upped his career earnings to $23,200 with the win. Trained by Mike Polhamus, Cash Lane had finished a modest fourth in Leg 1 at Northfield. Win Chaser was second, two lengths behind the winner, at 5-2 for trainer Anthony MacDonald, while 43-1 longshot Banker Twentyfive was third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.   Kimberly Rinker  

Owner Jennifer Brown has garnered a sweet surprise with her standout harness racing two-year-old pacing filly Prsntpretynperfect, who captured a $40,000 leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) on Monday night, July 17 at Northfield Park. The Big Bad John lass did nothing less than pace in a career best 1:54.2 in her OSS contest at Northfield, after winning Leg 1 at Scioto Downs on July 5 in 1:55.4. She is now two-for-two lifetime.   "I liked her right away as she was small and was the third foal out of her dam, who had already had a pair of colts," Brown explained. "When I go to buy something for myself, I always like to get a foal out of a mare who has already had two foals of the same gender, and then buy the opposite. In other words, a mare who has had two colts and then a filly, or vice versa, appeals to me."   That's how Brown acquired Prsntpretynperfect, who was the third foal out of the Towner's Big Guy mare Wild Princess p,4, 1:52.2z ($30,929). The filly--who cost Brown just $7,000 at last year's Ohio Select Yearling Sale--is a full sister to Prince Giovanni p 3,1:54.4h ($60,954) and to Banderbear p,3,1:53.3f ($24,575).   "I don't like really big fillies as I think they tend to be clumsy at two," Brown continued. "This filly fit the bill and she was something for the boys (her son Beau Brown and her son-in-law Cameron McCown) to drive at the fairs. She trained down well in Florida with our other top fillies all winter, and when it came time to qualify her, we realized she was a little better than a county fair horse."   Brown, who's married to trainer Brian Brown, spends the winter helping her husband with their 88-horse stable at Spring Garden Ranch.   "She had really quick speed from day one," Brown acknowledged. "And she's had a pretty good attitude overall but she does get a little grumpy when she doesn't get her turn out time. Believe it or not, all of our horses got turned out for at least two hours a day while we were in Florida and when we come back up here, it's a little more difficult to get all of them turned out like that on a daily basis."   Brown says the filly has overcome a few physical issues and hasn't been affected in the long term. First, she popped a splint on her left front leg in early March while the Browns were still in Florida. "We were able to freeze it and she continued on training well," she said. "Then just after her first qualifier at Scioto Downs in mid-June, she popped a splint on her right front, and we froze that." Two days prior to her start in the first leg of the OSS, the filly came up lame. "She popped a gravel on the inside of a foot, right at the top," Brown noted. "My daughter soaked the foot and put a poultice-treatment on it and worked on it day and night. We pulled the shoe and she was much better, and after we had her reshod the morning of the sires stakes, she was perfect." Prsntpretynperfect was just that in her pari-mutuel and OSS debut, with a come-from-behind charge for driver Chris Page. In Leg 2 at Northfield, Page opted for the 7-5 favorite Kay Again, who ultimately finished fifth, 3½ lengths back of the winner, giving the win to a patient Kayne Kauffman, who steered the filly to a 2½ length triumph. She now sports a bankroll of $40,000 for Brown. "She's been a great surprise and so much fun," Brown said. "I'm looking forward to her next sires stakes."   Shadows On Time (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was second at 2-1, while 21-1 longshot Big Bad Goldie (Peter Wrenn) got up for third to Brown's winning filly.   In the fourth OSS division (Race 7) Shakewhatmamagaveu zoomed to a new track record clocking of 1:53.4 for driver Peter Wrenn. Trained by Ron Steck, the 4-5 favorite, an Art Official lass, paced under the Northfield wire nearly seven lengths in front of 9-2 Ask me Ifi Care (Mike Micallef) and 50-1 Pearl Crush (Ryan Stahl). Bred by The Tar Heel Stable, Shakewhatmamagaveu upped her lifetime earnings to$30,000 for owners Ron and Marcia Break of Marysville, Ohio. Shakewhatmamagaveu is the eighth foal out of the unraced Cam's Card Shark mare Sexy Susan and is a full sister to: Where's The Boss p,3,1:54.4 ($70,510) and Smokey's Lady p,3,1:56.4f ($16,967); and has half-siblings in: Backtobattle p,4,1:52 ($55,923) and You'll Like It p,2, 1:57.4h ($36,670)--both sired by Grinfromeartoear. John Poppe's JP Silver smoked her competition with a bold move around the final turn to win in a career best 1:54.3 in the first OSS division (Race 1). Jeff Nisonger piloted the grey daughter by McArdle to her third career triumph in as many starts. The homebred winner of $42,004 left the gate at odds of 7-1 and finished 1½ lengths in front of 5-2 favorite Lucille Amarone (Ryan Stahl), with 7-1 Cams Candy Girl (Travis Seekman) nabbing third-place honors.   JP Silver is the eighth foal out of the Jet Laag mare Wings Of Silver p,3, 1:57.3h ($20,513) and is a half-sister to JP Oscar (by Stand Forever) p,2, 1:54.2s ($37,995); Silver Sting (by I Scoot Hanover) p,4,2:02.1f ($28,101); and Silver River (by Red River Hanover) p,7, 1:54.3f ($70,398).   Josh Sutton piloted 3-1 Dirty Blonde to a wire-to-wire triumph in her OSS division (Race 3), stopping the clock in 1:55.3 for trainer DeShawn Minor and owner Timothy Russell of California, KY. The Woodstock lass, who is the first foal out of the Yankee Cruiser mare Peeeeyouuuuuuuuu p,5, 1:53.1f (73,273) bested 2-1 favorite Thrill Seeker (Peter Wrenn), who endured a first-up trip to finish second by three-quarters of a length. Ultra Violet was third at 10-1 odds for Aaron Merriman. Dirty Blond now has $24,750 in earnings from two wins in three starts.   Filou Fly Fast did just that with a gate-to-wire 1:56.1 triumph in the final OSS event (Race 12). Driven by Tyler Smith, the 6-5 favorite, conditioned by Steve Carter, held off 5-1 Princess Rougarou (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a length, while 2-1 Merciless (Aaron Merriman) was third. A daughter of Allamerican Native, Filou Fly Fast notched her fourth career victory in as many tries and now has $27,500 in lifetime earnings. She is the first foal out of the Asteros mare Windsong Filou p, 4, 1:51.3S ($345,725). by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Monday night (July 17) at Northfield Park kicks off three days of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) action featuring harness racing 2-year-olds in round two of the four-leg series for Buckeye-bred youngsters. Each division carries a purse of $40,000.   Five divisions of freshman filly pacers will line up behind the Northfield starting gate Monday evening, with a first race post of 6 pm, ET.   Tuesday, the action shifts to Scioto Downs as four fields of rookie trotting colts battle in a special matinee program, beginning at 2 pm, ET.   On Wednesday, neophyte trotting distaffs battle in a quartet of OSS divisions over the Scioto limestone, with a 6:30 pm, ET first race post time.   At Northfield on Monday, a total of 42 fillies will vie, representing their sires Pet Rock (8); Big Bad John, Dragon Again & McArdle (5 each); The Panderosa (4); and Art Official (3). The stallions I'm Gorgeous, Shark Gesture and Woodstock each have two fillies competing; while Allamerican Native, Believeinbrusier, Manhardt, World Of Rocknroll and Yankee Cruiser each have one distaff going postward in an OSS contest.   First leg winners Lucille Amarone, owned by Ryan and Nichole Stahl; along with John Poppe's JP Silver, slug it out in the first OSS division (Race 1).   Prsntpretynperfect, owned by Jennifer Brown; Alan Keith's Kay Again; the Tye Loy-trained Big Bad Goldie; and the Jim Dailey-conditioned Bad Girls Rule--all first leg winners--battle in the third division (Race 5).   Shakewhatmamagaveu, who was second by a head in 1:55.1 to Big Bad Goldie in leg one, starts form the rail for driver Peter Wrenn in the fourth division (Race 7).   A total of 38 trotting colts will battle at Scioto Downs on Tuesday afternoon in four OSS divisions. Leg one winners Countthebenjamins, a Dejarmbro colt trained by Steve Carter; Sultan Of Cash, a Cash Hall gelding trained and owned by Roger Hughes, Jr.; and Herb LeVan's Manny L, all square off in the second division (Race 3).   Jeff Johnson and Doug Millard's Icingon De Cupcake, a first leg winner in 2:00.4 starts from post nine in division three (Race 5), as does Get The Cash, a son of Cash Hall conditioned by Kelly O'Donnell and driven by Dave Palone in the fourth division (Race 7). Get The Cash won his first leg in a speedy 1:57.3. for these same connections.   Ohio Stallions represented Tuesday afternoon by these trotting colts include Dejarmbro with eight of his progeny set to compete; Cash Hall (7); and Triumphant Caviar and Manofmanymissions with five each. Break the Bank K has four youngsters going postward in OSS tests, while Dontyouforgetit, My MVP and Winning Fireworks each have two young trotters in the fray. And Away We Go, Full Count and Stormin Normand each have one youngster competing.   Wednesday evening at Scioto Downs 35 rookie trotting fillies wage war in a quartet of OSS divisions. The Ohio stallion Manofmanymissions is represented by seven of his progeny in these events, while My MVP is represented by five distaffs. Break The Bank K, Dejarmbro and Stormin Normand each have four young fillies competing, while Cash Hall, Dontyouforgetit, and Winning Fireworks have two each. Stallions with one young female trotter going postward are Amigo Hall, Big Rigs, Full Count, Trainforthefuture and Triumphant Caviar.   In the first division (Race 1) Joyce McClelland's This Year's Best will try for her second straight lifetime win after capturing her Leg One OSS at Northfield Park in 2:01.2. Trying to stop her will be Wilbur Lang and Chris Beaver's Sesame, a 1:59 winner in her first OSS leg test.   Looking For Zelda, a Break The Bank K lass owned and bred by Robert Key won her first OSS leg in 1:59.1 in a wire-to-wire effort from the rail, but gets the seven-hole in OSS division two (Race 2) Wednesday night.   Alana's Ways also gets the seven-slot in Wednesday's third OSS division (Race 3) after winning her first OSS leg with a perfect trip via driver Josh Sutton. The Dejarmbro lass covered the one mile test in 1:58.3.   The Parent Racing Stable's To Russia won her OSS first leg from post seven in 1:58.2 and now has been saddled with the eight-hole in this second leg, fourth division (Race 5). The Manofmanymissions daughter is conditioned by Scott Cox.   Kimberly Rinker

Harness racing driver Danny Noble continues to be on a hot streak as he captured both $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes splits for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Friday night, July 14 at Scioto Downs.   The 34-year-old Xenia, Ohio native first scored with Gabbysloosechange in 1:58 and then with Vatanna in 1:55.4 in the third leg for sophomore diagonally-gaited distaffs.   The latter is conditioned by Jim Arledge, Jr., whom he owns in partnership with Dustin Arledge, Mt Sterling, OH; Jude Jacobs; and Mary McLoughlin, Lancaster, OH. The sophomore daughter by Dejarmbro is the ninth foal out of the Armbro Iliad world champion mare Dj Babe, 5, 1:55.2F ($395,746), who was also campaigned by Arledge, Jr., to numerous Ohio divisional titles. The 34-race winner was named Ohio 3-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year and Aged Trotter of the Year in 1998 and 2000.   Arledge, Jr. says Vatanna is an "extremely talented filly" who has been a bit slow to mature, and hores she'll continue to gain confidence in herself.   "She's kind of lacked confidence all along and is just coming into her own," he admitted. "She trained down well prior to this season, and as good as her mom was, I really believe that Vatanna is the best foal out of her, and that her best efforts are ahead of her."   Vatanna is a half-sister to the Mr Vic mare Pink Ribbons, the first foal out of Dj Babe, who won 13 races and earned $236,525 en route to scoring a 1:54.3s record as a 4-year-old. Vatanna also has half-siblings in Silly Dreams (by Pegasus Spur) 3, 2:01.3h ($27,215) and Stand Up Please (by Sand Vic) 2, 2:02h ($20,259).   This latest victory in her Ohio Sires Stakes event was certainly Vatanna's most impressive, in part to the deft steer she received from Noble, who moved her three-wide at the 1:27.1 three-quarter mile clocking. She continued to race wide in the stretch and literally mowed down the leading 6-5 Rose Run Sydney (Jason Brewer) to score her second career win in 16 tries by a nose over her rival. Chim Swift and Aaron Merriman notched show honors, six lengths behind.   Vatanna, sent off at 13-1 odds, returned $29.80 on a two-dollar win ticket and pushed her career earnings to $51,215. She had previously finished third in OSS-leg 2 on June 17 at Northfield Park, after a fifth place finish on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway in OSS-leg 1.   Vatanna     Gabbysloosechange, a Chris Beaver-trainee, was the 1-5 public's favorite in her OSS contest and did not disappoint her backers, going wire-to-wire with Noble sitting chilly in the sulky as his filly drew off by 2¾ lengths. The Marty Wollam-trained Purple Sona (7-1, Kurt Sugg) nabbed second, with 6-1 Away My Baby (Chris Page) getting up for third.   The Triumphant Caviar lass has yet to be bested in OSS competition this year as she won the first two legs of this series easily for Noble, in 1:57.2 (Leg 1) at Miami Valley Raceway on May 1 and in a career best clocking of 1:54.4 (Leg 2) on June 17 at Northfield Park.   Beaver owns Gabbysloosechange in partnership with breeder Johanna Beaver of Deleon Springs, FL. This solidly-gaited trotting lass pushed her lifetime earnings to $68,500 with this latest victory, the fifth of her career in seven starts. She was unraced as a 2-year-old.   Ohio Sires Stakes continue Monday, July 17 with five divisions of 2-year-old pacing fillies vying at Northfield Park in Leg 2 of the series.   Kimberly Rinker

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