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The 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) program continued to be the most lucrative program for state-bred trotters and pacers in 2017, providing $7 million in purses to harness racing participants via the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF). The total amount for state-funded programs for Ohio-breds was $13,430,210 in 2017, which, besides the OSS, includes the: Ohio Fair Conference ($1,832,727); Home Talent Stakes ($1,177,728); Ohio State Fair Stakes ($1,007,700); Ohio Colt Racing Association ($898,309); Western Ohio Colt Racing Association ($795,694); and Southern Valley Colt Circuit ($718,052). As well, another $2,497,238 was provided to horsemen via these non-state funded stake programs: Buckeye Stallion Series ($1,195,000); Ohio Breeders' Championships ($947,238); Ohio Fairs Championships ($200,000); and Hackett Memorials ($155,000). Overall, Buckeye-bred Standardbreds-including both state-funded and non-state-funded programs-raced for a total of $15,927,448 in 2017. OSS YEAR-BY-YEAR COMPARISIONS Ohio Sires Stakes participants raced for a total of $7 million in 2017, compared with $8.19 million in 2016 and $5.7 million in 2015. Obviously, the strengthening of the OSDF program contributed to the boost in both OSS-eligible horses and money raced for from 2015 to 2016, while the reduction in revenues paid to OSS-eligible horses in 2017 from 2016 was likewise due to the introduction of the Buckeye Stallion Series (BSS), which contributed to a slight decline in OSS starters and events. The number of OSS-eligible horses increased by 3.8% in 2017, with 1,148 compared with 1,106 in 2016. However, despite 42 more OSS-eligible horses in 2017, there was a 19.22% decrease in OSS starters in 2017, with 374 compared with 463 in 2016. Horses earning purse checks in OSS tests dropped 16% (50 horses) in 2017 to 265, from 315 in 2016. Likewise, a 16.56% decrease was seen in the number of OSS races contested in the 2- and 3-year-old divisions, with 131 in 2017, compared with 157 in 2016. Upon studying the OSS freshmen and sophomore divisions, variances over the past two seasons again reveal shifts in both eligible and starters. The 2-year-old colt trot division saw a 25.34% increase in OSS eligible horses from 2016 to 2017, with 183 this season compared with 146 in 2016. As well, there were 50 starters in 2016 and 53 in 2017; with 39 of those 2017 starters garnering a purse check, compared with 34 in 2016, a 14.71% increase. There were 19 races in this division in 2017, one more than in 2016, and boosted the purses in this division (by $40,000) from $940,000 in 2016 to $980,000 in 2017. The OSS 2-year-old filly trot division saw slight decreases across the board: eligibles 165 (2016) vs. 161 (2017); starters 53 (2016) vs. 44 (2017); purse earners 39 (2016) vs. 33 (2017); races 19 (2016) vs. 16 (2017). Purses paid in this division dropped from $980,000 in 2016 to $860,000 in 2017, a 12.24% decrease. Significant changes to the OSS program were seen in the 2-year-old pacing colt division in 2017, as purses paid ($1,180,000) decreased by 21.33%, compared with $1,500,000 paid in 2016. The number of eligible horses in this division was down four percent, from 242 in 2016 to 232 in 2017, while starters declined 31.19%, from 109 in 2016 to 75 in 2017. Likewise, 67 pacing colts nabbed a purse check in OSS contests in 2016, compared with 50 in 2017; with 24 races held in 2017 compared with 32 in this division in 2016, a 25% decrease. Slight declines were seen in the 2-year-old pacing filly division, with 211 eligibles in 2016 and 193 in 2017. The number of starters declined 22%, from 77 in 2016 to 60 in 2017, while the number of purse earners dropped from 55 in 2016 to 37 in 2017, a 32.73% decline. The number of OSS races in this division dropped from 24 ($1,200,000) in 2016 to 18 ($940,000) in 2017. Overall, the 2-year-old division saw slightly more OSS-eligibles in 2017, from 764 in 2016 to 769, with purses down from $4,640,000 in 2016 to $3,960,000 in 2017 due to less races (77) and starters (232) in 2017, compared with 2016 (94 races and 289 starters). A full 159 freshman nabbed purse checks in OSS events this year, compared with 195 in 2016. The numbers in the 3-year-old colt pacing division were nearly identical from 2016 to 2017, with $860,000 in purses paid out and 16 races contested each season. As well, 30 of the 48 starters from 121 OSS-eligibles (up 26%) in 2017 garnered purse checks, compared with 30 of 44 starters and 96 OSS-eligibles in 2016. Likewise, the 3-year-old pacing filly division saw only slight variances in numbers, with 110 eligibles (up 18.28%) and 42 starters (down 17.65%) in 2017, compared with 93 eligibles and 51 starters in 2016. A total of 33 sophomore distaffs nabbed purse checks in 16 races in 2017, compared with 36 who earned money in 18 races in 2016. Numbers were also close among the 3-year-old trotting fillies who battled in OSS competition, with 72 eligibles, 28 starters (a 30% decrease) and 23 check-getters in 11 races in 2017, compared with 71 eligibles, 40 starters, 24 money-earners in 13 races in 2016. Two less races in this division in 2017 constituted a drop in purses from $740,000 in 2016 to $660,000 in 2017. In the 3-year-old colt trotting division, the number of races (11 in 2017) declined 31.25%, from 16 in 2016, as the number of 2016 eligibles (82) and starters (39) decreased to 76 (an 8% decline) and 24 (a 38.46% decline) in 2017. As well, 20 diagonally-gaited sophomore colts nabbed checks in 2017, compared with 30 who did so in 2016, a 33.33% decrease. Purses paid in this division were $860,000 in 2016 and $660,000 in 2017. In conclusion, the 3-year-old trotting division saw an 11.14% spike with 379 eligibles in 2017 compared with 341 in 2016, however the number of OSS starters declined 18.39% in 2017 with 142, from 174 in 2016. A full 106 garnered purse checks in 2017, an 11.67% decrease, compared with 120 in 2016, while the number of races dropped from 63 in 2016 for this division to 54 in 2017, resulting in purses of $3,040,000 in 2017 compared with $3,400,000 for 2016. TRAINERS Conditioner Chris Beaver captured his first Kaltenbach training title in 2017, sending 78 youngsters postward who scored 17 triumphs, with 12 seconds and 13 thirds for earnings of $782,200. Those earnings bested runner-up conditioner Brian Brown-who harnessed 94 starters to stats of (17-15-12)-by $77,000. Last year's Kaltenbach winner, Jim Dailey, finished third in the rankings, with 59 starters garnering six wins and $561,100 in OSS earnings. Ronnie Burke, with nine winners and $479,400 was fourth in the standings, followed by Steve Carter in fifth, with six wins and $274,200. DRIVERS Chris Page captured the Kaltenbach crown for the third consecutive season and fourth time overall. The 34-year-old Page steered 20 winners, with 17 second-place and 14 third-place finishes from 114 starters, to $849,100 in OSS earnings. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. wasn't far behind, with his 15 winners, 18 second-place and 14 third-place finishers amassing $814,100 from 89 starters. Danny Noble had stats of 12-13-7 from 79 starters who earned $772,700 in OSS contests to finish third, while Aaron Merriman had 14 winners in 90 starts and $556,500, with Ryan Stahl nabbing fifth place honors from five wins in 69 starts and $506,500 in OSS earnings. In 2017 OSS competition, 17 drivers steered the winners of $102,300 or more, while 15 piloted horses that earned between $12,500 and $82,000. Another six drivers earned between $102,500 and $191,200 in purses, and six more earned between $201,300 and $471,600 in purses. The top five drivers in OSS competition in 2017 guided the winners of $506,600 or more. From the 67 drivers who competed in the OSS series in this past season, 50 earned at least one purse check, with 18 earning $9,800 or less. Two reinsmen who earned a combined $30,000 from two checks in just one OSS start each were John Campbell and Yannick Gingras. Hall of Famer John Campbell finished second with Banderbear, six-plus lengths behind the 1:51.2-winning Drunk On Your Love on June 10 in the second leg of the OSS 3-Year-Old Colt Pace at Scioto Downs. Yannick Gingras captured the third leg of the OSS 3-Year-Old Filly Pace on Aug. 12 at Northfield Park with the Nancy Johansson-trained Jaye's A Lady, clocked in 1:52 at the Cleveland twice-arounder in a wire-to-wire effort. In the 30 years the Kaltenbachs have been awarded, David Miller leads all drivers with seven trophies. In the training ranks, Virgil Morgan, Jr., has captured the title six times. Only two horsemen have won the Kaltenbachs in both the training and driving categories-Sam "Chip" Noble, III and Dave Rankin. The Jerry Kaltenbach Memorial Trophies were established in 1988—named in honor of one of the Ohio Sires Stakes founding fathers—and are awarded annually to the driver and trainer who have earned the most dollars competing in OSS events.  Kaltenbach Memorial Award Winners 1988 -2017           Driver Earnings Year Trainer Earnings               Chris Page     $849,100       2017 Chris Beaver $782,200 Chris Page $1,482,300 2016 Jim Dailey $908,300 Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. $858,350         2015       Martin Wollam      $490,500 Chris Page $743,650 2014 Ron Burke $428,750 Dan Noble 416,500 2013 Jim Dailey 319,850 Kayne Kauffman 204,268 2012 Martin Wollam 205,413 Ryan Stahl 300,532 2011 Martin Wollam 149,997 Ryan Stahl 219,647 2010 Jim Arledge Jr. 160,240 Dan Noble 238,173 2009 Jim Dailey 247,380 Sam Noble III 255,500 2008 Jim Dailey 205,400 Ryan Stahl 383,311 2007 Michael Medors 209,025 Brett Miller 584,800 2006 Virgil Morgan Jr. 332,700 Brett Miller 667,800 2005 Virgil Morgan Jr. 416,600 Brett Miller 629,140 2004 Virgil Morgan Jr. 310,255 David Hawk 399,011 2003 Virgil Morgan Jr. 318,167 Brett Miller 565,802 2002 Michael Medors 315,369 David Hawk 655,600 2001 Michael Medors 283,225 David Hawk 643,650 2000 Virgil Morgan Jr. 266,225 David Hawk 459,100 1999 Virgil Morgan Jr. 213,495 David Miller 543,869 1998 Sam Noble III 174,257 David Miller 463,002 1997 Jeff Cox 138,597 David Miller 401,277 1996 Jim Arledge Jr. 140,437 David Miller 466,335 1995 Tom Brinkerhoff 162,605 David Miller 537,739 1994 Ron Potter 132,431 David Miller 339,179 1993 Sam Noble III 164,139 David Miller 288,852 1992 Doug Hinklin 194,168 Ray Paver Jr. 293,334 1991 Debbie Paver 154,726 Dave Rankin 264,384 1990 Dave Rankin 172,972 Sam Noble III 223,955 1989 Steve Brannan 156,136 Joe Adamsky 185,303 1988 Beth Dailey 135,230   Kimberly Rinker OSDF Administrator Ohio State Racing Commission 77 South High Sreet, 18th Floor Columbus, Ohio 43215 614-779-0269

Eight $50,000 Ohio Sires Stake Consolations will be featured on Saturday night, Oct. 14 at Northfield Park, complementing the $120,000 Courageous Lady. A total of 64 harness racing freshmen and sophomore Ohio-bred pacers and trotters of both genders are set to vie in the last OSS events of the 2017 season. Risky Deal heads up the 2-year-old filly trotting division (Race 1), with Christ Hershberger harnessing the daughter of Break The Bank K for breeder-owner Deborah Kvernmo of Georgetown, PA. Risky Deal comes into her OSS consolation fresh off a 1:58.4 score at the Meadows on Oct. 4, and won her $56,700 Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware on Sept. 20 in 1:57. She has earnings of $56,837 to date from three wins, two seconds and one thirds in nine starts. Kurt Sugg drives from post six. As the seventh foal out of the SJ's Photo mare Photo Magic 3, 2:02f ($8,862), Risky Deal is a half-sister to the 29-race winning gelding Quick Deal (by Revenue S) 6, 1:51.4 ($392,936); Doubting Tom (by Tom Ridge) 6, 1:54.3f ($93,091); and Jetta Magic (by Lear Jetta) 3, 1:57f ($55,635). Trainer Chris Beaver will harness three young fillies in this same division, with his best coming in Bugs MVP, who won her $40,000 Buckeye Stallion Series Final on Sept. 30 at Northfield in 1:59.1. Sporting a bankroll of $48,524, the daughter of My MVP is also a multiple Ohio Fair Stakes victress, with seven wins in 11 starts. Aaron Merriman gets the nod from the four-hole. Bugs MVP is the fifth foal out of the American Winner mare Char Catie Becca 2, 1:59 ($37,815) and is a half-sister to Some Like It Hot (by Ken Warkentin) 5, 1:54.2 ($389,330); Sheguindah (by Angus Hall) 3, 1:55.3s ($75,736); Oneida (by Conway Hall) 4, Q1:55.4s ($45,086); and Youvegotwhatittakes (by Yankee Glide) 2, 1:57.1f ($40,138). Richard Finfrock's Cash Lane looks much the best among the 2-year-old trotting colts (Race 4), starting from post four with Kayne Kauffman driving for trainer Mike Polhamus. This altered son of Cash Hall has five wins and a third to his credit in eight career starts, with $74,083 in his bank account. Cash Lane won a $40,000 OSS on July 18 at Scioto Downs in a career best 1:56.2, and also scored victories at Urbana-where he drew off by a whopping 42 lengths; at Lexington's Red Mile; and in his $42,000 Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware on Sept. 19 in wire-to-wire fashion. Cash Lane is the sixth foal out of the unraced American Winner mare Winning Colors K, and is a half-brother to Autumn Escapade (by Victory Sam) 6, 1:52.3f ($895,492) and to Autumn Estelle (by Cayenne Turbo) 4, 1:58.3h ($104,789). Amuse's hasn't shown the consistency this season that she did as a freshman for breeder-owner Robert Key, of Leechburg, PA, but does come into the 3-year-old filly trotting division (Race 6) fresh off an impressive victory at the Meadows on Oct. 2, timed in 1:57. The daughter by Break The Bank K earned $128,493 in 2016, but has just $17,475 on her card this year with that lone win in 12 starts. Trained by Rich Gillock, Amuse's won a trio of OSS events as a 2-year-old. She is the third and most prolific foal out of the Varenne mare Sweet Mademoiselle 4, Q1:58.4f ($39,960). Aaron Merriman handles the lines from post three. Dekeyser was a monster over the Ohio fair ovals this summer and most recently captured both the $40,000 Buckeye Stallion Series Final at Northfield on Sept. 30 and the $25,000 Ohio Fair Championship at that same oval on Oct. 7. Heading up the 3-year-old colt trotting division (Race 9), this Dejarmbro sophomore has $122,789 in career earnings from 19 wins in 35 starts for trainer Chris Beaver, who owns him in partnership with Synerco Ventures, ON and Steven Zeehandelar, Worthington, Ohio. Dekeyser was bred by Kevin Greenfield and is the fifth foal out of the world champion Mr Vic mare Pink Ribbons 4, 1:54.3S ($236,525). He is a half-brother to Datsyuk (by Explosive Matter) 3, 1:53.1f ($472,528) and to Big Package (by Pegasus Spur) 6, 1:56f ($118,592). Trainer Ron Potter will bridle up Pearl Crush in the 2-year-old filly pacing division (Race 5) for owner Clyde Perfect, Lawrenceburg, IN. This Yankee Cruiser lass has a respectable $51,189 in her coffers with two wins, two seconds and two thirds from nine career starts, including a 1:55.3 score from a triumph in the $43,333 Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware on Sept. 20. Ryan Stahl drives Pearl Crush from post five. This young lass is the ninth foal out of the No Nukes mare Pearl Berley 2, Q1:57.2S ($24,032) and is a full sister to White Sportscoat p,3, 1:53.1s ($87,535) and White Liar p, 3, 1:50.2f ($50,909). She also has half-siblings in: Pearl Handlepistol (by Mach Three) p, 4, 1:51 ($282,416); Perfune N Pearls (by Mach Three) p, 3, 1:53.3s ($65,821); JK Earl The Pearl (by McArdle) p, 3, 1:55f ($43,744); and Pearl Necklace (by Cambest) p, 3, 1:57f ($38,916). In the 2-year-old pacing colt division (Race 7), rivals Rockin Away and Bounding Dragon are set to spar. Brian Brown conditions Rockin Away, a Pet Rock colt for Country Club Acres, Findlay, OH; Joe Sbrocco, Brecksville, OH; Aws Stables, Lima, OH; and Richard Lombardo, Solon, OH. Bounding Dragon, a son of the ill-fated Dragon Again, hails from the Mike Roth barn for owners Alan Keith, Pataskala, OH; and Carl and Melanie Atley, Xenia, OH. Rockin Away captured both OSS and Buckeye Stallion Series events before finishing third in an Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware and third in a $75,500 Bluegrass Stake at Lexington on Sept. 30. From seven career starts, Rockin Away has four wins and two thirds, with $49,990 in earnings. Bounding Dragon won a Hoosier Park freshman test in 1:55.1 on Sept. 7 and had taken a $38,750 Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto in a lifetime best 1:54.3 on July 29. His bankroll stands at $58,900 from two wins, three seconds and one third in seven starts. Rockin Away is the third and best foal out of the Camluck mare Higher Standards p, 4, 1:56.3h ($50,410), while Bounding Dragon is the second and only earning foal out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Bound To Rock p,2, 1:54.2s ($66,265). Chris Page handles the lines of Rockin Away from post two, while Brett Miller gets the call aboard Bounding Dragon from post three. Camwood comes into the 3-year-old pacing colt division (Race 8) riding a three-race win streak for owners Constance Polhamus, Columbus, OH and William Parsons, Troy, OH. The Woodstock gelding began the season in slow fashion but has recently morphed into a terror-scoring victories at Dayton on Sept. 14 (in 1:55.2); at Delaware on Sept. 14 in a $37,945 Ohio Breeders Championship (in 1:53.2); and again at Dayton on Oct. 5 (in a 1:52 lifetime mark). Trained by Mike Polhamus, Camwood has $75,201 in career earnings from five wins, three seconds and four thirds in 22 starts. All five of his victories have come this season, as have most of his earnings ($64,877). Camwood is the third foal out of the Cambest mare Clydes First Cam p,2, 1:54.4 ($50,918) and is a half-brother to Shaint To Shabby (by Art's Chip) p, 3, 1:56.1s ($13,230). Berazzled-the 2016 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Filly Champion-goes postward in the 3-year-old pacing filly division (Race 12), starting from the six-hole for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., and trainer Chris Beaver. This Charley Barley lass has $255,281 in her coffers from six career wins in 22 tries. Most recently she won a $53,543 Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware on Sept. 21, before finishing third in a $10,000 Filly & Mare Late Closer at Lexington on Oct. 6. Lisa Ezzo bred Berazzled, who is owned by Marion Beachy of Sugarcreek, OH. Berazzled is the ninth foal out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Razmataz Hanover p,2, Q2:02.3F ($375) and is a full sister to Albeit Lucifer p, 3, 1:54.3f ($40,574) and a half-sister to: Joey The Czar (by Art Major) p, 3, 1:51h ($303,096); Sissboombah (by American Ideal) p, 4, 1:53f ($42,014); Rob Roy Blue Chip (by The Panderosa) p, 4, 1:56 ($33,278); and Bono Lightning (by Pro Bono Best) p, 2, 1:57.2h ($10,655), etc. Ohio stallions represented in the eight, octet-horse consolations include a healthy mix in both the trotting and pacing divisions, with a few non-surprising standouts. In the trotting divisions, Dejarmbo is represented by ten contestants: three 2-year-olds and seven 3-year-olds; while Cash Hall has six of his foals competing: three freshmen and three sophomores. Manofmanymissions has four of his progeny racing-two in each age group, while Break The Bank K also has four-three 3-year-olds and one 2-year-old. And Away We Go has three foals racing in these events, while the stallion Dontyouforgetit has two. Break The Bank K, Chip Chip Hooray, Full Count, My MVP, Neely Dunn, Stormin Normand, Triumphant Caviar and Winning Fireworks have one foal each racing in a consolation. In the pacing ranks, Big Bad John is represented by eight performers, including six 3-year-olds and two freshmen, while Pet Rock has five 2-year-olds vying for first prize and Woodstock, three. Stallions with two foals racing include Art Official, Charley Barley, Dragon Again, McArdle, and Yankee Cruiser. Allamerican Winner, No Pan Intended, Shark Gesture, The Panderosa and World of Rocknroll are all represented by one foal each in a consolation. Kimberly Rinker

On Saturday, October 14 Northfield Park will host eight $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolation Races as part of the 15-race harness racing program. These eight races will feature some of the Buckeye State's best freshmen and sophomore pacers and trotters and will support the $120,000 Courageous Lady undercard. Freshman filly trotters will start Saturday's stake action in Race 1. Trainer Christopher Beaver sends a trio of starters as the 3-5 overwhelming favorite. (1) California Love (Stormin Normand-Frannie's Ridge-Tom Ridge) starts from the rail with driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. for the partnership of Beaver, Beachy, Zeehandelar and Synerco Ventures; (1A) Bugs MVP drew post-4 and will be driven by Aaron Merriman for owners Beaver, Carter, Sbrocco and Zehandelar; and (1B) Champagne Hall and driver Ryan Stahl has post-7 for Beaver, Sbrocco, Zeehandelar and Synerco Ventures. Also competing in the race will be Simplyamission, Next Woman Up, Ed's Chargin Lady, Risky Deal and Bang. Race 4 will be the $50,000 Consolation for freshman colt trotters. Trainer Alicia Hanners will start Dontforgetmaster (Dontyouforgetit-Pine Career-Pine Chip) as the 5-2 morning-line favorite despite drawing post-8. Dontforgetmaster enters this race off a maiden-breaking win, and has never missed the ticket in seven career efforts. He has earnings of $34,570 and sports a lifetime mark of 1:57.1 (Dtn 5/8). Josh Sutton is scheduled to drive for owners Mystical Marker Farms, VIP Internet Stable, Garland and Eisman. Mr Jubilant, Win Chaser, Haul N Dash, Cash Lane, Icingon De Cupcake, Dance Withsomebody and Sand Cash complete the line-up. Pacers take to the stage in Race 5 for the $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolation for freshman fillies. Pearl Crush (Yankee Cruiser-Pearl Berley-No Nukes) is the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite for owner Clyde Perfect of Lawrenceburg, Ohio. Ron Potter trains the filly, who won the $43,333 Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware just two races back in a 1:55.3 career best. She has earnings of $51,189, winning two of nine races. Driver Ryan Stahl will start the pacer from post-5 in a field that consists of Cams Candy Girl, Missplacedrock, Filou Fly Fast, Big Bad Goldie, Tiffany Rocks As, Lily Grace and Princess Rougarou. Trotters again compete in Race 6 for the $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolation for three year-old fillies. Amuse's (Break The Bank K-Sweet Mademoiselle-Varenne) starts from post-three and is the 3-2 morning-line favorite. She is owned by Robert Key of Leechburg, Pennsylvania. Trainer Rich Gillock has called upon Aaron Merriman to drive. This filly enters this race off a 1:57 career best win at The Meadows and has five wins in 22 lifetime starts with a bankroll of $145,958. Amuse's has a host of rivals consisting of Vandy's Magic, Emerald City Of Oz, Diva Dejarmbro, Full Of Pride, Monee Bank, I Like Purple and Beautiful. Race 7 will host the $50,000 Consolation for freshman colt pacers. Rockin Away (Pet Rock-Higher Standards-Camluck) is the 9-5 morning-line favorite for owners Country Club Acres, Sbrocco, AWS Stables and Lombardo. Brian Brown trains the colt and uses Chris Page to drive. This two year-old has four wins in seven starts and enters off a third place finish in the $75,500 Bluegress at Lexington's The Red Mile. He has earnings of $49,900 and mark of 1:53 (Lex 1). Rockin Away starts from post-2 in a field consisting of Spectacular Rock, Bounding Dragon, Dukes Cruiser, Sectionline Bigry, Lots To Live For, Gone Again and Harambe Deo. Race 8 is the $50,000 Consolation for three year-old colt pacers. Camwood (Woodstock-Clydes First Cam-Cambest) is the 9-5 morning-line favorite for owners Polhanus and Parsons. Mike Polhamus is the gelding's trainer and calls upon Kayne Kauffman to drive. Camwood has five wins in 19 starts this year and has earned $75,210. He drew the rail and will face Big Bad Arcster, Lifewithjohn, Trial By Fire, Mclucky, Mannys Too Special, Sunny's Bro and Heracer. Trotters return in the ninth race for the $50,000 OSS Consolation for three year-olds. Trainer Christopher Beaver sends out Dekeyser (Dejarmbro-Pink Ribbons-Mr Vic) as the 3-2 morning-line favorite. Dekeyser looks for his 15th win of the season and starts from post-2. He enters this race off two consecutive victories over the Flying Turns in the $40,000 Ohio Breeders Championship and the $25,000 Ohio Fairs Championship. He sports earnings of $122,789 and 1:56.2 mark at Northfield Park. Aaron Merriman is scheduled to drive for owners Beaver, Synerco Ventures and Zeehandelar. Sweet Honet, Feisty Jim, Dejarover, Cinnamon Dunn, Speed Lane and Winning Memories complete the ninth race line-up. Race 12 hosts Buckeye-bred sophomore filly pacers and is the night's final $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolation. Berazzled (Charley Barley-Razmataz Hanover-Cam's Card Shark) is the 9-5 morning-line favorite from the powerful Christopher Beaver Stable. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. will drive for owner Marion Beachy of Sugarcreek, Ohio. This filly has six wins in 22 starts, pacing in 1:52.1 (ScD 5/8) and earning $255,281. Berazzles starts from post-6 in a field that consists of Woo's Princess, Glorious Intent, Da Vinci Artist, Ellasen, Barley Nation, The Lady Vanishes and Big Bad Jane. The evening's featured race is the $120,000 Courageous Lady Pace, an open contest for North America's top three-year-old-filly pacers. The evening's also hosts Northfield's annual Pinktober Pace for Cure race of all female drivers to race money and awareness for breast cancer research. Collectively, in excess of $575,000 in purses will be distributed throughout the night's 15-race program. From 7:00 - 8:00 PM patrons can participate in the Northfield Park Beer Slide and a Leinenkugel Stein Hoist is set for 9:00 PM. Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant's buffet will be open. Reservations are encouraged and can be made for the $15.95 buffet by calling 330-467-4101. Admission and Parking are always FREE at Northfield Park. The evening carries 6:00 PM first race post time. Ayers Ratliff

The richest night in Ohio harness racing history was recorded Sept. 2 at Scioto Downs when that evening's Super Night program sported more than $2 million in purses, highlighted by eight $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests for Ohio-sired 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders. The Ohio Sires Stakes provides youngsters sired by a stallion standing in the Buckeye State, and registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC), an opportunity to race in the four-leg, $40,000-per-division series, culminating with $250,000 Championships. Drivers, trainers, owners and breeders of winning horses are all rewarded for their efforts via the prestigious OSS Championships, both directly and indirectly. Stallion Stats The pacing stallion McArdle-who stands at Hickory Lane Farm in Findlay, OH-had the most contestants in the pacing championships, with eight of his foals going postward. That number includes a pair of 2-year-olds and six 3-year-olds. The Panderosa-who stands at Marvin Raber's farm in Baltic, OH-was represented by five foals, including two freshman and three sophomore side-wheelers. As well, Big Bad John and Pet Rock (both standing at Midland Acres, Bloomingburg, OH) each had four of their progeny competing, while the ill-fated Dragon Again (who stood at Sugar Valley Farm, Delaware, OH until his death earlier this year) was represented by three 2-year-olds. Art Official (Midland Acres) and Manhardt (standing at Dublin Valley Farms, Fredericksberg, OH) each had one 2-year-old and one 3-year-old in OSS competition that night, while the exported Foreclosure N had a pair of freshmen pacers vying. Believeinbruiser, Charley Barley, Santana Blue Chip, Woodstock, World Of Rocknroll and Yankee Cruiser all had one foal each in an OSS event. World Champion trotting stallion Triumphant Caviar (standing at Abby Stables, Sugarcreek,OH) held his own in the trotting ranks, with seven of his foals battling in the OSS Championships-with one 2-year-old and six 3-year-olds. Dejarmbro (Hickory Lane Farm) had one freshman and four sophmore trotters sparing, with Manofmanymissions having six 2-year-olds racing. Three 2-year-olds and one 3-year-old foal by Break The Bank K (Midland Acres) went postward as well. The stallions Cash Hall, Full Count and Victory Sam were all represented by two foals each in the OSS Championships, while And Away We Go, Big Rigs, Deep Chip, Iron Duke, My MVP and Stormin Norman all had one foal each in competition. OSS Championship winners Impinktoo and Mission Accepted were both sired by Manofmanymissions, while Triumphant Caviar sired Champions Fraser Ridge and Rose Run Sydney. Dragon Again sired the winning Seeing Eye Single; Champion Bad Girls Rule was sired by World Of Rocknroll; the winning Pistol Packin Mama is by The Panderosa, and Champion Drunk On Your Love by Foreclosure N. Favorites Prevail Six winners of the OSS Championships were favorites: 2-Year-Old Colt Trotting Champion Mission Accepted and 3-Year-Old Colt Pacing Champion Drunk On Your Love were each 8-5; Seeing Eye Single, the 2-Year-Old Colt Pacing Champion, was 2-1; Rose Run Sydney, 3-Year-Old Filly Trotting Champion, was 4-5; Fraser Ridge, the 3-Year-Old Colt Trotting Champion, was 1-5; and Pistol Packin Mama, the 3-Year-Old Filly Pacing Champion, was 6-5. Impinktoo, the 2-Year-Old Filly Trotting Champion, had the longest odds of any of the Super Night Champions, leaving the gate at 14-1, while 2-Year-Old Filly Pacing Champion Bad Girls Rule was sent off at odds of 7-2. Trainers Conditioner Jim Dailey harnessed two OSS Champions-Impinktoo and Bad Girls Rule, as well as second-place finisher Rockathon and third-place finisher Scotch McEwan-from four starters. Trainer Chris Beaver tighened the girth on eight Super Night starters, including the winning Fraser Ridge, with Gabbyloosechange second; Red Storm and Buckeye Boss each fourth; and Sesame and Bamaslastchance each fifth. Trainer Ronnie Burke sent out four pacers, winning the 2-Year-Old Colt Championship with Seeing Eye Single, while Baron Remy was third in the 2-Year-Old Filly Pacing Championship, as was Rosa's Touch in the 3-Year-Old Filly Pacing Championship. Ten pacers went postward from the Brian Brown stable in OSS Championship, with 44-1 Dragonology finishing third; Rock On Creek fourth; and Slick Mick fifth in the 2-Year-Old Colt Pacing Championship. Barnabas was fourth and Lightning Onmyfeet fifth in the 3-Year-Old Colt Pacing Championship. Drivers Danny Noble won two Championship events; first with Bad Girls Rule in the 2-Year-Old Filly Pacing Championship in 1:54.3 and then in the 3-Year-Old Colt Pacing Championship with Drunk On Your Love, who was timed in 1:53. Second Isn't Bad Either Perhaps the most interesting horse of the night was Bourbon And Barley-who finished second at 48-1 odds in the 3-Year-Old Filly Pace Championship to the winning Pistol Packin Mama in 1:53. This daughter by Charley Barley had career earnings of $143,105 prior to Super Night, and has only one win lifetime from 18 starts-a victory in the first leg of the OSS at Miami Valley Raceway earlier this season on May 1 in 1:56. In seven starts at two she never visited the winner's circle and still earned $107,870 for owner Kenneth Kohut of Independence, OH. Her career earnings now stand at $205,605-a testament to the money-making opportunities for owners that invest in an Ohio-bred harness horse. As well, to those fans who invested in her abilties in the Championship, she returned a wopping $50.60 to place. Ohio Sires Stakes action wraps up on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Northfield Park, when eight $50,000 Consolations will be contested at the "Home of the Flying Turns." Kimberly Rinker OSDF Administrator Ohio State Racing Commission 77 South High Sreet, 18th Floor Columbus, Ohio 43215 614-779-0269 Kim.rinker@racing.ohio.gov

Chilly temperatures didn't put a damper on the richest night ever in Ohio harness racing, as $2 million were paid out in eight $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships contested on Sept. 2 at Scioto Downs. In all but one event, the favorites or near-favorites prevailed. The undefeated Seeing Eye Single, a Dragon Again gelding conditioned by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Purnel, Libby, Karr and Weaver Bruscemi, notched his fifth career win in as many tries, pacing in 1:53.3 in the $250,000 Championship for 2-year-old colt pacers. "This horse just doesn't want to lose," Burke stressed in the Scioto winner's circle. "We may shut him down now or may give him one more start at Lexington."   Driven by Josh Sutton, Seeing Eye Single pushed his career earnings to $205,000, besting 7-1 rival Rockathon (Dan Noble) by game head with 44-1 Dragonology (Ryan Stahl) another half-length back. He was bred by Shim Racing. Seeing Eye Single In the $250,000 Championship for freshman pacing fillies, 7-2 Bad Girls Rule used a front-stepping 1:54.3 effort to grab her fourth win in seven career starts with Dan Noble at the controls. Trained by Jim Dailey for the 3rd Floor Stables of Springboro, Ohio, the World Of Rocknroll lass upped her career earnings to $179,650. Bred by Spring Haven Farm, Bad Girls Rule finished three-quarters of a length in front of 18-1 Believe In Waco (Art McIlmurray), while 6-1 Baron Remy (Chris Page) was third. Bad Girls Rule Mission Accepted took home the $250,000 Championship crown for 2-year-old colt trotters with a 1:56.3 career best clocking for driver Ryan Stahl and trainer Jeff Conger. Bred and co-owned by Knox Services, Mt. Vernon, OH; Jeff Conger, Hudson, OH; and David Wills, Newark, OH; the Manofmanymissions colt now has $173,800 in his coffers from three wins and a third in six starts. The 8-5 youngster overtook the tiring, undefeated, even-money favorite Sultan Of Cash (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) late in the stretch to prevail by 2½ lengths over 5-1 Count On Cody (Jason Brewer), with 39-1 longshot Sugar Top (Peter Wrenn) grabbing show honors. Sultan Of Cash hung on for fourth. Mission Accepted Rose Run Sydney was back in the winner's circle for the seventh time this season in nine starts, guided by Jason Brewer to a 1:57.1 score in the $250,000 Championship for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Trained and co-owned by Steve Carter, Londonderry, OH; Adam Friedland, Brooklyn, NY; and Rbr Racing, Ashland, OH; the Triumphant Caviar lass, who was sent off at 4-5 odds, now has $337,892 in career earnings. Gabbysloosechange (Dan Noble) was second at 3-2 odds, while 7-1 Away My Baby (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was third. Rose Run Sydney Fraser Ridge cruised to an easy 1:55.2 victory in the $250,000 Championship for 3-year-old colt trotters with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. in the sulky. Trained by Chris Beaver, the Triumphant Caviar colt was the 1-5 favorite, besting the hard-trying 5-1 Full Surge (Mike Wilder) easily by 2½ lengths with 24-1 Magic Vacation (Kayne Kauffman) behind in third. Bred by Steve Stewart of Kentucky, Fraser Ridge was a $29,000 yearling purchase at the Ohio Select Sale and now has $370,457 in career earnings from eight wins, six seconds and a third in 21 starts. Fraser Ridge Pistol Packin Mama and driver Trace Tetrick used come-from-behind tactics to capture the $250,000 Championship for 3-year-old pacing fillies in 1:53. The bay daughter by The Panderosa, who was bred by Canada's Brian Doyle, is conditioned by Tyler George for the Herres Stable of Bellbrook, OH and sports a bankroll of $232,750 from eight wins and four seconds in 12 starts. The 4-5 favorite easily defeated 48-1 Bourbon And Barley (Ryan Stahl) by 3¼ lengths and 13-1 Rosa's Touch (Tony Hall) by four lengths. Pistol Packin Mama Drunk On Your Love (Dan Noble) prevailed in the $250,000 Championship for 3-year-old colts pacers after a dramatic, four-wide move around the final turn that saw him trip the timer in 1:53. Trained by Jim Pollock, Jr., for Mark Ford, Campbell Hall, NY and Jason Settlemoir, Cream Ridge, NJ, the Foreclosure N gelding bested 5-1 rival Big Bad Bruce (Chris Page) by 2½ lengths. Scotch McEwan, the 9-5 choice, was third for Josh Sutton. Sent off at 8-5 odds, Drunk On Your Love raised his bank account to $204,000 and now has ten wins and a second in 16 lifetime starts. Drunk On Your Love The only longshot to win a $250,000 Championship was the freshman trotting filly Impinktoo (14-1), who paid $31.00 to win. The Manofmanymissions lass is trained by Jim Dailey and was steered by Peter Wrenn to a 1:57 lifetime best clocking for owners Billy Walters, Joe McLead (both of Delaware) and Rtk Racing, Powell, OH.   Impinktoo--a half-sister to World Champion and Hambletonian winner Pinkman--was a $27,000 yearling purchase at the 2016 Lexington Select Sale who has earned $162,040 to date in six starts, with two wins, one second and one third to her credit. She overtook the 1-9 favorite Looking For Zelda (Tony Hall) late in the lane to win by half a length, with 29-1 To Russia third for Ryan Stahl. She was bred by Jay Mossbarger.   Impinktoo   An emotional Joe McLead--who owns and operates Sugar Valley Farm in Delaware along with his uncle Billy Walters--expounded on what the Ohio Sires Stakes mean as a breeder and owner of Standardbreds in the Buckeye State.   "My grandfather started our farm in 1968 in Delaware," McLead offered. "He had a few stallions and a busy veterinary practice, and my uncle was a successful driver-trainer. It was only about six years ago when we started to talk about possibly making the farm into a breeding operation, and about a year before the slots came to fruition, we thought we'd take a chance.   "We were fortunate to have folks like George Teague and David Heffering send us stallions. George sent us Mr Wiggles and I'm Gorgeous and David sent us Pilgrim's Taj and Woodstock and in 2012 we began our breeding operation. It was a huge leap of faith for us as back then when the Ohio Sires Stakes Championship had just $75,000 purses.   "So, for the legislators to rejuvenate our industry and at the same time to be part of something my grandfather started, well, it's a testament to the folks who stuck it out through the hard times and worked hard behind the scenes to get us where we are," McLead continued. "From where we were six years ago to where we are now with the Ohio Sires Stakes is amazing. The public needs to realize that these Championships are also a testament to the entire Ohio agricultural community who has supported racing.   "This includes the horse industry in general in Ohio, and not only the Ohio Standarbred Development Fund (OSDF) but also the Ohio Thoroughbred Race Fund (OTRF), which are both run by the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC). There are probably 16,000 to 18,000 jobs directly or indirectly related to what has happened through legislation. People that build fences, those that have green space, the grain farmers and the folks behind the scenes at the tracks and in the racing offices have all been positively affected. It's amazing how the horse industry has an endless effect on the entire state.   "If not for the decisions made, a lot of people would not be where they are today. Our business is not just one night, it's 365 days a year, but we get to have this one night of celebration. When horses go from the breeding shed to racing and winning the Ohio Sires Stakes Championships, it's a testament to the perseverance that horsemen have and to those who endured through the trying times. For most of us in this business, working with the horses isn't just a job, it's a lifestyle." by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Brian Brown is a traveling man, but doesn't let that stop him from preparing his horses for the richest night of harness racing in the Buckeye State.   No less than ten pacing youngsters from the Brown Stable will go postward in tonight's $2 million Ohio Sires Stakes Championships at Scioto Downs--with 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers of each gender racing for $250,000. Brown will be in another state, racing some of the nation's top performers, but that doesn't mean his heart won't be in Ohio.   "Some of my top horses drew bad in the Championships," he noted. "So that's a little bit of a damper, but overall, I'm hopeful and optimistic for tonight. The excitement is back in Ohio and now the horsemen here have a chance to win some decent money. Nobody's going to give it to you--you have to earn it--but at least we have a chance now."   Brown will get that chance in the first OSS Championship, Race 4, for 2-year-old pacing colts, where three of his youngsters vie for first prize.   Slick Mick is a striking black son of the The Panderosa who has draw post four, and will have Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., in the sulky for owner-breeder Milton Leeman of Columbus, OH. He scored a lone victory in OSS competition on July 22 at Northfield Park, tripping the timer in a career best 1:54.2.   The winner of $39,200 lifetime was third in Leg 1, second in Leg 2 and third in Leg 3 at Scioto just a few weeks ago.   "Slick Mick was in with Rock On Creek and Letsallrock in that last sires stakes and he was pacing the hardest down the stretch of any of them," Brown said. "He was three-wide in the last turn and was catching those two down by the wire and I think the world of both those horses. If he can catch a trip and get towed into the race, he might just surprise everyone. He raced his guts out that night. He's not a very bit colt, but he's super handy."   Slick Mick is the fifth foal out of the unraced Dragon Again mare Hufflepuff and is a half-brother to Hannah Abbot (by Dave Palone) p,3, 1:53.s ($86,502); Buckeye Battle Cry (by Woodstock) p,3, 1:56f ($23,297); and Olympe Maxime p,4, 1:56f ($20,756).   Dragonology hails from post five for driver Ryan Stahl and is a bay son of Dragon Again, who is the third foal out of the Riverboat King mare LaDiavla p,5, 1:51.4f ($416,730).   "I think he needs another year," Brown offered. "He's a tall, lean and growthy horse who I expect to be better this week in the championship. He can pace a bit, but is kind of a typical Dragon Again and you have to make him get on it. He has the ability, just not mindset yet, and I expect him to turn into a lot better horse next year."   Purchased for $25,000 out of the Ohio Select Sale, Dragonology won OSS Leg 2 on July 22 at Northfield in 1:53.2 for owners Country Club Acres, Findlay, OH; Joe Sbrocco, Brecksville, OH; and Aws Stable, Lima, OH. Bred by Kerry Feuker-Weed and Keneth Weed, Dragonology has $27,200 in his coffers.   Rock On Creek is Brown's final contestant in this division. This Pet Rock gelding is the first foal out of the Modern Art mare Pebble Creek p,6, 1:53.2h ($152,720), who won two legs of the OSS, was third in another and was second by a head to Letsallrock in 1:52.3 on Aug. 21 at Scioto Downs. He'll start from post eight with Chris Page at the controls.   "He got beat a head last week and then scoped terrible after that race," Brown stressed. "We've been working since kthen on getting him cleaned up. He had a lot of mucus. If he gets any kind of trip, he'll be right there in the Championship. Chris (driver Page) has protected him pretty well, but with this post he's got his work cut out for him. He has it all--speed, manners, desire, and is good-gaited. He really has no faults.   Rock On Creek was bred and is co-owned by Debbie Bird of Gores Landing, OH, along with Richard Lombardo, Solon, OH and Gosh Green, Milford, DE. He has $75,175 in career earnings from three wins, one second and a third in five lifetime starts.   In the 2-Year-Old Filly Pacing Championship (Race 5), Brown sends out Prsntpretynperfect and Shadows On Time. The former has swept all four OSS legs with aplomb and is five-for-five lifetime with $103,500 in earnings. Kayne Kauffman drives from post five.   "She's been a great surprise," Brown said. "We were initially just hoping she'd be good enough for the fairs and she turned out to be way more than that. She has more guts than a good many horses, and for a 2-year-old filly she has the greatest attitude on the track of any filly I've trained."   Purchased for $6,000 at the 2016 Ohio Select Yearling Sale, the daughter of Big Bad John is the third foal out of the Nihilator mare Wildfire Princess, p,4, 1:52.2z ($30,929) and is a full sister to Prince Giovanni p,3, 1:54.4h ($64,733) and to Banderbear p,3, 1:53.3f ($24,950). She was bred by Carl Howard and is owned by Jennifer Brown, Ostrander, OH; Richard Lombardo, Solon, OH; and Joshua Green, Milford, DE.   Shadows On Time is a tall, lanky daughter by The Panderosa, who is the 14th foal out of the Matt's Scooter mare Matt's Filly p,2, 1:55.3 ($64,606). She's a full sister to world champion Shadow Play p, 4, 1:47.4 ($1,549,881) and a host of other tough racehorses. Bred by Sam Stoltzfus, she is owned by J Craig Wood of Waterdown, ON.   "Shadows On Time can grind it out for quite a ways," Brown revealed. "Her last couple of training sessions have gone really well and she raced well in her last start. If she can get a good trip behind her stablemate, she could follow and be right there at the wire."   The coal black filly has one win and two seconds in five starts and $31,150 in earnings. She was second in the first two OSS legs, fourth in the third leg and fourth in leg 4. She sold at the 2016 Standardbred Sale at Harrisburg as a yearling for $25,000.   Bye Bye Felicia will carry the Brown stable colors postward in the 3-Year-Old Pacing Filly Championship (Race 8). Chris Page drives from post nine.   "Her last race was the best of the year and then she draws into the nine-hole," Brown stated. "She can take a lot of air and she can also leave some. She has a lot of guts and rarely puts forth a bad effort, but this is going to be a tough test for her from out there."   Bye Bye Felicia was a $7,000 yearling purchase at the 2015 Ohio Select Sale and was bred by Billy Walters and Joe McLead. A winner of $166,909 lifetime, she's owned by Jennifer Brown, Ostrander, OH; S Davis, Belle Valley, OH; Steve Mullet, Millersburg, OH and Joyce McClelland, Zanesville, OH.   "She raced really well early, then got a little sick and is now back to her old self," Brown noted.   This Woodstock lass is the second foal out of the unraced Camluck mare Tea Time and is a full sister to Harambe Deo p,2, 1:55f ($26,400). She was second by a neck in her last start, OSS Leg 4 at Northfield Park, timed in 1:52.4 on Aug. 26.   Four of Brown's charges--all sons of McArdle--vie in the 3-Year-Old Colt Pace Championship (Race 9).   Barnabas drew the best of the quartet, leaving from post five with Kayne Kauffman in the sulky. A $60,000 yearling purchase, he's the first foal out of the No Pan Intended mare Panagler p,4, 1:51.4s ($565,939) and is a full brother to the 2-year-old filly Merciless p,4,1:57.1f ($23,705). He finished sixth, first, second and third in his OSS tests this season and sports a bankroll of $143,614.   "He's the biggest, clumbsiest-looking horse on the track but when he paces fast he gets much better gaited," Brown explained. "He can leave fast and ultimately, this race comes down to the driver. This colt races best up near the front."   Barnabas was bred by Kevin Greenfield and is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocoo, Richard Lombardo and William Robinson.   McThriller starts from post seven with Tyler Smith at the lines. The bay gelding was a $75,000 yearling purchase at last season's Ohio Select Sale and was bred by Gbw Breeding Farms and is owned by Nr Holdings, Boca Raton, FL; TLP Stable, Kearny, NJ; and Howard Taylor, Philadelphia, PA. He's amassed $187,572 from six wins, four seconds and two thirds in 16 career starts.   "McThriller tries and he has guts and really wants to be a racehorse," Brown stressed. "But he's saddled with a bad post and we're hoping he can work out some kind of trip and get into the race. He's raced well every start from limited opportunities this season and now he's at the mercy of the draw and how the race sets up."   McThriller won two OSS legs, including a 1:51.2 score at Scioto on June 10, and was second in the other two. He is the first foal out of the Jate Lobell mare You Thrill Me p, 5, 1:51.1s ($255,452) and is a full brother to the 2-year-old Thrill Seeker p,2, Q1:57.1f ($19,600).   Starting from post eight with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., aboard is Lightning Onmyfeet, a $45,000 Ohio Select Yearling Sale purchase by D. Robinson, Cardington, OH; M. Robinson, Lewis Center, OH; Robert Mondillo, Delaware, OH; and Joyce McClelland, Zanesville, OH. This winner of $94,930 lifetime sports six wins, a second and three thirds in 15 starts.   "He's a really nice youngster who tries his heart out," Brown explained. "He's not a very big horse but he's one who gives a good performance in almost every start. I thought he might be the best of mine coming into the race but the draw didn't work out in his favor either. He's been good all summer but his last start just might have been at his best. Ronnie had him shut down coming down the stretch and he still kept coming."   That start saw Lightning Onmyfeet pace to a near wire-to-wire effort in OSS-Leg 4 at Scioto Downs on Aug. 25, when he stopped the timer in a hasty 1:51.3. He also won leg 1 this season and was second in leg 2 and third in leg 3. Bred by John Carver, he is the sixth foal out of the Western Hanover mare Western Top Cat p, 3, 1:54.4 ($29,682) and is a half-brother to Revenge Shark (by Cam's Card Shark) p,3, 1:50.2f ($425,107), etc.   Last, but not least is the $103,125-winning McRaven, a $27,000 yearling purchase owned by Country Club Acres and L&H Management Services--both of Findlay, OH. This brown gelding is the second foal out of the Real Desire mare Scooch ($1,124) who was bred by the Parent Racing Stable. Ryal Stahl will have the lines from post nine.   "I thought at the beginning of the year McRaven was my best horse, but we've been fighting ulcers all year," Brown said. "We do everything we can to help his stomach situation, and he gets a lot of turn-out time. He trained well this week, but again, the post isn't in his favor. All the McArdles have great attitudes and really want to be racehorses, and he fits the bill."   McRaven won his first OSS leg at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:54.2 and was third, second and fourth in the remaining three legs. He made just two starts as a freshman, winning both and has a 4-2-2 record from 12 career outings.   About the Ohio Sires Stakes: Ohio-breds are made eligible to the four-part series--featuring $40,000 purses per divisional leg--divided by age, gait and gender, by their owners with a March 15 payment. In 2017, the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) received 1,148 nominations of 2- and 3-year-old foals sired by Ohio-registered pacing and trotting stallions. The most lucrative of any series for Ohio-bred Standardbreds, the Ohio Sires Stakes saw a 6% gain in nominations from 2016 (1,091 nominees) and a 49% increase of 2015 nominations (774). Horses in the series are awarded points based on where they finish in each of the legs. Accumulated points are totaled after Leg 4, and Championships eligible-youngsters are posted on the Ohio State Racing Commission website (www.racingohio.net).   Post time for the Ohio Sires Stakes Championships is 6:30 pm.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Harness racing trainer Marty Wollam is no stranger to what works with young trotters. The 68-year-old talented trainer-driver--who is in his fifth decade of conditioning Standardbreds-- rarely misses having a few, and in this case, three talented individuals in the Ohio Sires Stakes Championships. Wollam will harness a pair of freshman trotting colts and one sophomore trotting filly in their respective $250,000 championships, set for Saturday, Sept.2 at Scioto Downs. Post time is 6:30 pm. Training at his home facility in Vienna, Ohio, this indefatigable, lifelong horseman has conditioned 1,811 winners, along with 1,800 runner-ups and 1,800 third-place finishers from 11,931 starters to $14,463,130 in career earnings. As a driver, he's amassed $5.676.668 from 1,148 winning steers. Joggingtothebank, a son of Break The Bank K notched his first career victory for Wollam on Aug. 24 in Leg 4 of the OSS series. Owned and bred in partnership by Wollam, along with Dale and Julie Ann Sweet of Toledo and Akron, OH, Joggingtothebank finished under wraps to driver Dan Noble, timed in 1:59.2 at Scioto Downs that evening. "He's got a lot of natural talent," Wollam said. "He's about as willing as can be and you can do anything you want with him. Plus, he has a strong finish in him. In that last start in the sires stakes, once he got his nose in front he hung on. "I raced his dam (Jogging Home, 4, 1:56.4f $182,392)," Wollam continued. "We bought her as a yearling at Harrisburg and she made $95,391 for us as a 2-year-old. This is her first baby." Joggingtothebank has $48,540 in his coffers for his connections thus far from five lifetime starts, and besides his lone victory in the OSS, also has two seconds and one third to his credit. He'll start from post seven in Race 3 with Danny Noble aboard again. Wollam's other charge in this same event is the Full Count colt Count On Cody, who has two wins, three seconds and a third in six career starts and $49,325 bankroll. He won his second leg of OSS action on July 18 at Scioto Downs in near wire-to-wire fashion for driver Jason Brewer, timed in a career best 1:57.1. "I think he hasn't come close to his potential," Wollam stressed. "He's still learning and hopefully he'll be better for Saturday night. He's a big growthy colt and kind of slow learner and the Full Counts tend to get a little anxious early. We've got his ears plugged to help with that, and it just might take him until next year to reach his full potential as a racehorse, but he's a really nice animal with a lot of desire." Bred and co-owned by Acadia Farms of Canfield, OH, along with G&B Racing of New Wilmington, PA, Count On Cody was a strong second to Sultan Of Cash in OSS round three at Northfield on Aug. 7 and third in the fourth leg to In My Dreams. "Both colts are pretty simple overall," Wollam stated. "Their best attributes are that they're both very natural trotters." The hard-headed Purple Sona carries the hopes of Acadia Farms, Dale Sweet and G&B Racing forward from post seven in the $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 3-year-old filly trot. "Her best asset is also her biggest fault," Wollam acknowledges. "She wants to go all the time and gives it everything she's got. She's strong at home and once she gets to the races. Kurt (driver Sugg) does a good job of keeping her relaxed in the post parade. She wears ear plugs to help keep her quiet, but once she gets near the gate and around the other horses she gets very excited." Purple Sona is a Dejarmbo lass, and is the first foal out of the unraced Donato Hanover mare Sonalona. She was a $30,000 yearling purchase at the 2016 Ohio Select Sale. "She's extremely good gaited and once she's off the gait she settles right down," Wollam said. "She was very solid in her last start in the sires stakes." Purple Sona has earned $125,898 lifetime, with $73,037 garnered this season from four wins and five seconds in 12 starts. She captured her OSS Leg 4 handily in a front-stepping 1:57.2 on Aug. 25 at Scioto Downs and gets Sugg in the sulky once again. Despite his many accomplishments, Wollam says he still gets butterflies for the Ohio Sires Stakes Championships. "I still get very nervous and excited and I think all three of these horses belong here," he admitted. "I'm also excited and happy for my son Miles, who has Full Surge in the 3-Year-Old Colt Championship. If you don't still get excited in these big races, you might as well get out." About the Ohio Sires Stakes: Ohio-breds are made eligible to the four-part series--featuring $40,000 purses per divisional leg--divided by age, gait and gender, by their owners with a March 15 payment. In 2017, the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) received 1,148 nominations of 2- and 3-year-old foals sired by Ohio-registered pacing and trotting stallions. The most lucrative of any series for Ohio-bred Standardbreds, the Ohio Sires Stakes saw a 6% gain in nominations from 2016 (1,091 nominees) and a 49% increase of 2015 nominations (774). Horses in the series are awarded points based on where they finish in each of the legs. Accumulated points are totaled after Leg 4, and Championships eligible-youngsters are posted on the Ohio State Racing Commission website (www.racingohio.net). Post time for the Ohio Sires Stakes Championships is 6:30 pm. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Harness racing trainer Norm Parker has a way with the ladies. At least the four-legged kind.   The 56-year-old conditioner has done nothing less than condition two of the top Ohio-bred freshman trotting fillies to a starting berth in the $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Filly Championship on Saturday, Sept. 2 at Scioto Downs.   Looking For Zelda and Sugar Break finished first and seventh respectively in the freshman trotting distaff division with the former sweeping all four legs of the series and the later winning leg 2 and finishing second in leg 3--the only two OSS events she started in. These young Standardbreds have drawn posts one and two in the Championship, slated as Race 2 on the 15-program. Both are by the stallion Break The Bank K, and both are owned and were bred by Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. "You always worry when you get into a big race about the draw," Parker said. "It's the first step in the process of a major race. For me, it's very exciting to be racing in Ohio as it's been awhile since I've been here, and we couldn't have asked for better post positions." Born and raised in Cincinnati, Parker spent his first decade traveling with his father throughout the Buckeye State, racing horses. "I have a lot of great memories about sitting on the Scioto backstretch, waiting for my dad to finish racing," Parker recalled. "We moved to Welston, Ohio, when I was about 11 and raced at Scioto during the summertime. So I have a very big place in my heart for Ohio and for being able to be part of the Championship program. This is what we--as trainers--work for every day. " Looking For Zelda is the undefeated, $101,000-winning homebred 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) 2, 1:58.3f ($24,007). Besides her sweep of the OSS legs, she also captured a $42,000 Ohio Fair Stake on July 27 in 1:57.1. Parker says she is nothing short of perfect. "She's handled everything perfectly that we've thrown at her," he confirmed. "She responded in the baby qualifiers just the way we had hoped, and hasn't stopped from there. She's very professional." Looking For Zelda began her career via a trio of qualifiers at The Meadows on June 2, 8 and 22, finishing fifth, third and winning the third one in 2:00.4 with Tony Hall at the lines. Her career debut came on July 3 at Northfield Park when she wired the field in the first of her four $40,000 OSS events, stopping the timer in 1:59.1. "It's nice to get a horse like her that does everything for you," Parker acknowledged. "It makes my job easy. She has the ability, which is the best part of training her. She's very simply rigged and shod and only wears trotting boots behind and has pretty much been a plain Jane or plain Zelda." Looking For Zelda's stablemate, Sugar Break, is not as easy to work with, despite being loaded with talent, Parker says. She is the first foal out of the Angus Hall mare Sugar Heart 3, 1:57.4f ($36,485) and owns a lone win scored in her OSS contest, along with a pair of second-place finishes, with $36,485 in her coffers. "She's been kind of a late developer so we raced her in the Stallion Series first and she was second in her first start at Northfield," Parker said. "Overall, we're pretty pleased with how she's developed, but she's a big, strong mare and tends to get anxious about racing so we've been trying to teach her how to race and keep her calm at the same time. We've kept an ear hood on her and that seems to help keep her more comfortable." Sugar Break won her July 19 OSS event at Scioto Downs in 1:57.4, before finishing fourth in a $42,000 Ohio Fair Stake there on July 27. She was a strong second in her third OSS leg on Aug. 4 but had to be scratched from Leg 4 when she came up sick. "In that last sires stakes race she started getting sick and then we weren't able to race her at Northfield," Parker lamented. "She came down with an ugly viral infection, and we think we have it pretty well cleared up for the championship. "We plan on racing both of these fillies at Delaware, too," he continued. "They're both staked heavily and their ability level will tell us where we go from there. Zelda is eligible to the Breeders Crown and a lot will depend upon what happens in the next two weeks with her." Parker says having an owner-breeder to train for is a bonus--as in this case when Key owns the stallion Break The Bank K. "Bob (Key) is so passionate about the sport--he wants to breed champions, and he's got his own broodmares and his own sires that he breeds too and it's just another way for him to enjoy the business," Parker stressed. Having a good partnership with a driver, who is cognizant of a horse's ability--never hurts either, Parker admitted. "I use Tony (Hall) as much as I can," Parker explained. "I like his driving style and I know he likes to go to Ohio to race and I picked him to drive Zelda originally because I thought he fit her well. He's a really good driver and understands what I like and what I expect in regards to what a horse needs from a driver. "It also really helps when a driver has affection for a horse," Parker continued. "When Tony first qualified Zelda, he told me she was a nice horse and that he'd like to stick with her. The third time he qualified her, he asked her to go a little bit in the stretch and she won easily. That time, when he bought her back, he looked at me, put his fingers to his lips and went 'shhhhhhhhhhh.' That's when I knew he thought a lot of her." About the Ohio Sires Stakes: Ohio-breds are made eligible to the four-part series--featuring $40,000 purses per divisional leg--divided by age, gait and gender, by their owners with a March 15 payment. In 2017, the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) received 1,148 nominations of 2- and 3-year-old foals sired by Ohio-registered pacing and trotting stallions. The most lucrative of any series for Ohio-bred Standardbreds, the Ohio Sires Stakes saw a 6% gain in nominations from 2016 (1,091 nominees) and a 49% increase of 2015 nominations (774). Horses in the series are awarded points based on where they finish in each of the legs. Accumulated points are totaled after Leg 4, and Championships eligible-youngsters are posted on the Ohio State Racing Commission website (www.racingohio.net). Post time for the Ohio Sires Stakes Championships is 6:30 pm.   by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator    

Harness racing trainer Ron Burke likes what he sees in Seeing Eye Single, but it is what he sees for the colt's future that is even better. Seeing Eye Single is 4-for-4 this year and the 3-1 morning-line favorite in Saturday's $250,000 Ohio Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male pacers at Scioto Downs. Seeing Eye Single will start from post No. 2 with Chris Page, the track's leading driver, listed in the sulky. "I think next year he is really going to be a good colt," Burke said about Seeing Eye Single. "He's just a little immature and has fought soundness issues a little bit. Obviously, every time he goes to the gate he figures out how to win, so that's a good sign. "We're not going to over-race him. I think when he figures it out, this is a good horse. I might race him at Delaware and I might race him one time at Lexington. That would be the most. And being honest, I could see me shutting him down after this race. At most he would have three more starts and very likely this could be it." Seeing Eye Single, a baseball term for a slow groundball that finds its way between infielders for a hit, reminds Burke of another late-blooming star --- one that has gone on to earn more money in purses than any horse in harness racing history. "We say it every once in a while, and it sounds stupid, but he reminds me a little of Foiled Again," Burke said. "I'm sure this is how Foiled was as a young horse. He wasn't quite mature and he hadn't quite figured it all out. That's the idea." Seeing Eye Single, like Foiled Again, is a son of stallion Dragon Again. He is the first foal out of mare Shabalabadingdong and was purchased for $25,000 at last year's Standardbred Horse Sale. He won his most recent race by a half-length, but the remaining three by a minimum of two lengths. Scioto Downs is hosting eight $250,000 Ohio Sire Stakes championship for 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters on Saturday, making it the richest day on the state's racing calendar. Burke also has contenders in 2-year-old female trotter Dashanay, 2-year-old female pacer Baron Remy, and 3-year-old female pacers Rosa's Touch and Rosemary Rose. Rosemary Rose started the year with five consecutive wins, but went off stride in her first Ohio Sire Stakes start and finished ninth. She was seventh in the next round of the sire stakes, but rebounded with a second-place finish in the next leg and a win in the final preliminary round to qualify for the championship. "I really thought she was our best chance to win a final, and then that we might not even make the final, so I was thrilled to make it," Burke said. "I've always felt she was the best filly in the state. All her bad miles have come in the sire stakes; other than that she's raced very good horses and beat them. She's a very good horse." Rosemary Rose, a daughter of stallion Foreclosure N out of Pantathlon, has won eight of 17 races this year and earned $114,277. She will start her sire stakes championship from post eight and is the 4-1 second choice behind Tyler George's Pistol Packin Mama, at 3-1. Rosa's Touch, a daughter of The Panderosa-Touch Of Bogart who has won five of 20 starts this year, is 9-2 from post one. "She is going to need a trip," Burke said. "If she gets a trip she can go with them." Dashanay, who is 8-1 on the morning line, will start from post seven in the sire stakes championship for 2-year-old filly trotters. She has one win in five races this season. Her victory, though, came at Scioto Downs, where she also has two second-place finishes to her credit. "She is probably only one of a few of mine that's overachieved this year," Burke said about the daughter of Manofmanymissions-Eastern Starlet. "She just gets better and better. I think she is sitting on a real good mile. It's at Scioto and she's been good there. I'm looking for her to be good again. "It would have been better to draw inside, but last year I learned one thing --- every race in Ohio was very competitive and very action-packed. You've usually got a shot. As long as you stay out and keep pulling the right line you'll get your chance." Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and the championships are races two through nine. For the complete card, click here. Ken Weingartner

The old adage 'Busy As A Beaver' certainly applies to one of Ohio's top trotting conditioners, as harness racing trainer Chris Beaver will harness no less than eight diagonally-gaited Standardbreds in a trio of $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships on Saturday night, Sept. 2 at Scioto Downs. Being involved in the Ohio Sires Stakes is nothing new to the 45-year-old Columbus, Ohio native, who has had multiple champions over the last decade, but this year for certain, Chris Beaver really is a busy guy. A resident of Radnor, Ohio, where he trains 40+ horses on his home farm, Beaver utilizes his half-mile track, paddocks and Equicisor-traveling to the nearby Delaware County Fairgrounds on occasion to put in some faster miles on his youngsters. "Our track is nice to get some good work in them, but a lot of times I'll go to Delaware to stretch them out a bit," Beaver explains. "For a mile faster than 2:05, I'll go to Delaware." A conditioner of 739 winners to date who've earned $14,448,112, Beaver is no slouch in the driving department either with stats of 88-80-83 from 670 starters and $509,429 in career earnings. Last year was his most fruitful ever, as he trained 102 winners, 92 second-place finishers and 44 third-place finishers from 436 starters to $2,204,454 in seasonal earnings. Yet, despite his success, Beaver is modest, affable and always determined. "Being in these big races never gets old," he offered. "It's something we all work toward in this business." As well, Beaver never strays far from the Ohio-based stallion Triumphant Caviar, 4, 1:51.4s ($796,794), a son of SJ's Caviar whom he conditioned to a new world record clocking of 1:54.2 in the $87,000 Old Oaken Bucket at the 2009 Delaware County Fair. The rugged stallion also won a $42,500 Kindergarten Stake that same fall at Lexington's Red Mile before finishing second to Muscle Hill in the $600,000 Breeders Crown Sophomore Trot at Woodbine on Oct. 24, 2009. To date, from three crops of racing age, Triumphant Caviar has produced 89 starters, with 31 timed in 2:00 or better and five clocked in 1:55 or better, with $4,255,645 in total foal earnings. Beaver trains two of the top fillies in the freshman trotting division-Red Storm and Sesame (pronounced Sesa-MAY) and says the latter is a fast filly who might be even better as a 3-year-old. "Sesame is good gaited and fast off the gait, and perhaps lacks just a bit of determination at this point to be a really good filly. However, I think she'll become more of a racehorse as she matures," Beaver said. "Red Storm is one of the best fillies in her division, but she drew really badly (post 9, race 2). She has a lot of assets-she's as easy to work with as any horse I've ever laid hands on. Everything has been easy with her-she's good mannered and slick gaited and quick. She doesn't have a lot of downfalls. Maybe there's one or two that can trot faster, but she's pretty close to them." Red Storm is the $75,800-winning daughter by Stormin Normin, out of the Chip Chip Hooray mare Ms. Pollyanna 3, 1:57.2f ($53,948). She is a half-sister to Moonlight Espoir (by Windsong Espoir) 1:56.1s ($52,209) and to Miss Lorelei (by Break The Bank K) 3, 2:01.2f ($47,983). She was third, then second in the first two legs of the series, then won the third and fourth legs in 1:57 and 1:58.2 respectively for breeder-owner Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH. "Sandra (Burnett) has a pair of mares that are sisters, and Red Storm is out of a sister to Evanora's dam, "Beaver noted. "Evanora (3, 1:56.3h $115,348) was very tough to deal with and Red Storm is exactly the opposite." Sesame won the first two OSS legs-in 1:59 and 1:58.4-then finished third and second in legs 3 and 4 for Beaver, who owns the Triumphant Caviar lass in partnership with Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, OH. Bred by Jonas Schlabach of Applecreek, OH, Sesame has two wins, two seconds and a third in six starts with a bankroll of $59,001. Beaver sends out Gabbysloosechange, Chim Swift and Bamaslastchance in the 3-year-old filly trot championship. Gabbysloosechange won the first three OSS legs in 1:57.2, 1:54.4 and 1:58, but finished a disappointing sixth in leg 4. "She faded a bit in her last start and I think that was due to the track condition," Beaver assessed. "She was wearing flip flops up front all summer and was winning in them up until her last start, so I took them off this week. The top of the track was sliding away a little and she needs a little bit more shoe to be able to get ahold of the track. I put a pair of full swedges on her and she trained well in them, so we'll leave them on for Saturday." Unraced as a freshman, Gabbysloosechange has earned $99,875 this season from ten starts, with seven wins and one second, recording a mark of 1:54.4h in a June 17 OSS contest at Northfield Park. "My parents raised and sold her at the Ohio Select Yearling Sale for $20,500," he continued. "She was the first foal out of the mare, and didn't make it to the races as a 2-year-old and my parents were able to get her back after she had been sent to the Amish, and we took her to Florida all winter. She was a little tough to get gaited-as some of the Triumphant Caviar's can be-and I think she just got hung up somewhere along the way as a 2-year-old until she figured things out this winter. She's never been the type to leave the field behind her but she has a strong desire to win." Beaver, his parents and grandparents owned and bred Gabbysloosechange's dam, Gabby's Creditcard, 4, 1:58.h ($135,694); her grand-dam Lotstoliveupto, 3, 1:56.4M ($147,038); and her great grand-dam, Lookslikenorma, 4, 1:57.3f ($219, 249) Chim Swift is another daughter by Triumphant Caviar, who won the first OSS leg in 1:57.3, before finishing second, third and seventh in the following legs. She has career earnings of $158,093 with a 2-year-old mark of 1:57.2f and is a full sister to Kestrel 4, 1:52.1f ($391,845), who was the 2015 Ohio 2-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year. Chim Swift is co-owned by Beaver and breeder Wilbur Lang. "She's been slightly disappointing lately and again, I think it comes down to racetrack surface," Beaver said. "I've added grab to her shoes this week. Initially, I had a backward shoe on her to help her roll over and have since changed to a forward shoe. Her last two starts she made breaks early in the mile, and I had to do something because she just hasn't raced to her potential. She's a lot like Seasme-fast off the gait and slick when she stays flat. For awhile, she and Gabbysloosechane were head-to-head as far as training. She's big and strong, and I'm hopeful that this shoeing adjustment will resolve her issues." Bamaslastchance was purchased by Beaver for $2,700 at the Blooded Horse Sale and has since earned $111,092 for her trainer, who owns the daughter of Iron Duke along with Synerco Ventures, Inc., of Toronto, ON; Steven Zeehandelar of Worthington, OH and Michael Robinson of Lewis Center, OH. She has yet to find the winner's circle in an OSS test this season but has a number of county fair victories on her card. "I've bought all three foals out of the Kadabra mare (Sweethomeourbama 3, Q2:04.1h $1,238), and they've all been nice horses. The dam crossed well with Iron Duke and her first foal, Sunrise Nibbles 3, 1:57.4h ($223,764), won her OSS Championship as a 2-year-old in 2014," Beaver offered. "Bamaslastchance is the last foal out of the mare. She's a very quick and consistent filly." In the 3-year-old colt trotting championship, Beaver has three outstanding sons of Triumphant Caviar, including Fraser Ridge, who is the top point-getter in his division-having won legs 1, 2, and 4, with a second-place finish in leg 3. This colt has $245,457 in earnings and sports a career mark of 3, 1:55.1f for Beaver and partners Donald Robinson of Cardington, OH; Robert Mondillo, Delaware, OH; and RBH Ventures, New York, NY. He was bred by Steve Stewart of Paris, KY. "He's very fast, he's good gaited and is a solid trotter," Beaver explained. "He actually trotted in 1:52.2 in 2016, when he was second to Walner (in the $56,000 International Stallion Stakes at Lexington on Oct. 6, 2016) and if he gets the right kind of trip he can trot very, very fast." Beaver said Fraser's Ridge's greatest asset-aggressive speed-and can also be difficult to manage at times. "We've had trouble with him," Beaver admitted. "He can be very aggressive and we've tried to race him most of the year off cover. All winter I trained him on a helmet (behind someone else) and we've tried to race him that way. Once he gets daylight he just wants to go, go, go. All the rigging I use on him is designed to try to relax him and keep control of him." Always A Good Time won a lone OSS leg (3) with a fifth, third and second-place finish in the other three rounds. Owned by Beaver, James Gallagher, Columbus, OH; Mark Schwartz, Westerville, OH; and Steven Zeehandelar, Worthington, OH; Always A Good Time has $189,137 in his career bankroll and recorded a mark of 3, 1:55.3f in an OSS event on June 19 at Scioto Downs. He was bred by John Carver of Rock Island, IL. "This horse is very consistent and nice to work around and will become a better racehorse overtime," Beaver noted. "He's a horse that no matter what, he puts out a good performance. He was second in the 2-year-old Championship last year. He's a grinder and is a bit faster than last season and is staked outside of Ohio and should trot some fast miles." Buckeye Boss also won a lone OSS test for his connections (leg 3), with a seventh, fourth and second-place finish in the other three legs. A winner of $196,610 lifetime for owners Beaver, breeder Marion Beachy, Sugarcreek, OH; and Synerco Ventures, New York, NY, Buckeye Boss took a mark of 1:55.1 at Scioto Downs in a $52,150 Ohio Fair Stake on Aug. 5. "I thought he'd be the best horse in my barn this year when I he was training down with Moonshine Hanover-who was second in the Breeders Crown last year," Beaver stated. "He was flawless over the winter and I staked him to the Canadian Trotting Classic and Kentucky Futurity and five top-level races after the OSS. He's just felt like the strongest horse to me last winter. When he got back to Ohio he started making breaks and I drove him to try to figure him out. We found he had a knee that was bothering him and have been working all summer at fixing that. I don't know if he's shown us his best yet because we've raced him sparingly to be ready for these big races. "I always thought he was my best 3-year-old of all of them, but now anyone of the three can do well, especially Fraser Ridge, who has seemed to have hit a new level recently," Beaver added. "All three of these colts are good enough to race well in some of the Grand Circuit races outside of Ohio, as long as they stay healthy and sound." About the Ohio Sires Stakes: Ohio-breds are made eligible to the four-part series-featuring $40,000 purses per divisional leg-divided by age, gait and gender, by their owners with a March 15 payment. In 2017, the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) received 1,148 nominations of 2- and 3-year-old foals sired by Ohio-registered pacing and trotting stallions. The most lucrative of any series for Ohio-bred Standardbreds, the Ohio Sires Stakes saw a 6% gain in nominations from 2016 (1,091 nominees) and a 49% increase of 2015 nominations (774). Horses in the series are awarded points based on where they finish in each of the legs. Accumulated points are totaled after Leg 4, and Championships eligible-youngsters are posted on the Ohio State Racing Commission website (www.racingohio.net). Post time for the Ohio Sires Stakes Championships is 6:30 pm. Kimberly Rinker

The richest night in Ohio harness racing will commence when eight $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships are contested on Saturday evening, Sept. 2 at Scioto Downs. Divisional crowns for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders at the five-eighths mile oval are the next-to-last piece of the 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes competition pie. Eight, $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Consolations will be featured at Northfield Park on Saturday, Oct. 14. Ohio-breds were made eligible to the four-part series-which featured $40,000 purses per divisional leg-divided by age, gait and gender, by their owners with a March 15 payment. In 2017, the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) received 1,148 nominations of 2- and 3-year-old foals sired by Ohio-registered pacing and trotting stallions. The most lucrative of any series for Ohio-bred Standardbreds, the Ohio Sires Stakes saw a 6% gain in nominations from 2016 (1,091 nominees) and a 49% increase of 2015 nominations (774). This season's figures are more than double 2014 nominations (457) and nearly triple 2013 figures (387). Horses in the series are awarded points based on where they finish in each of the legs and accumulated points are then totaled after the fourth leg, and Championships eligible-youngsters are posted on the Ohio State Racing Commission website (www.racingohio.net). Five undefeated youngsters in OSS events are eligible to their respective Championships, including four-for-four winner Seeing Eye Single, a 2-year-old pacing colt conditioned by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing, Karr, Libby, Purnel, Silva and Weaver Bruscemi. The son of Dragon Again, out of the Western Ideal mare Shabalabadingdong has swept the four-leg OSS series with winning times of 1:53.1; 1:53.4, 1:53 and 1:53.4 and $80,000 in career earnings for his connections. Prsntpretynperfect, a daughter of Big Bad John out of the Towner's Big Guy mare Wildfire Princess, swept the 2-year-old pacing filly ranks and also captured a $47,000 Ohio Fair Stake in late July. The five-for-five winner of $103,500 in her career is trained by Brian Brown and is owned by Jennifer Brown, Richard Lombardo & Josh Green. Looking For Zelda captured all four legs of the freshman trotting filly divisions for trainer Norm Parker and owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. The Break The Bank K lass sports a winning mark of 1:56.4 en route to earnings of $101,000. In addition to her four OSS victories, Looking For Zelda notched a $42,000 Ohio Fair Stake on July 27 at Scioto Downs. Sultan Of Cash is undefeated in six career starts in the freshman trotting ranks, including three in OSS competition-having won legs 1, 2, and 3. Owned and trained by Roger Hughes, Jr., the son of Cash Hall-Anything But Love-Conway Hall has $85,515 in career earnings, having also won an $83,400 Ohio Fair Stake, plus a pair of Ohio County Fair events earlier in the season. Pistol Packin Mama was also undefeated in her trio of OSS starts (legs 1, 2, & 3) in the sophomore pacing filly division for the Herres Stables of Bellbrook, Ohio. Trained by Tyler George, the daughter by The Panderosa has notched $60,000 in earnings from OSS contests and sports a career bankroll of $107,750. Master pacing conditioner Brian Brown has nine top youngsters eligible to OSS Championships, including: McThriller, Lightning Onmyfeet, McRaven and Barnabas-in the 3-year-old pacing colts division; Bye Bye Felicia in the 3-year-old pacing filly ranks; Prsntpretynperfect and Shadows On Time-2-year-old filly pacers; and Rock On Creek and Slick Mick in the 2-year-old pacing colts division. Ohio's trotting guru, Chris Beaver has eight trainees who are tops in their divisions, including: Fraser Ridge, Always A Good Time and Buckeye Boss-3-year-old colt trotters; Gabbysloosechange, Chim Swift and Bamaslastchance-3-year-old filly trotters; and Red Storm and Sesame-2-year-old filly trotters. Another trotting master, Marty Wollam, has four trotting Championship eligibles: Count On Cody and Joggingtothebank in the 2-year-old colt trot division; Purple Sona in the 3-year-old filly trot division; and Lord Of The Reigns in the 3-year-old colt trotting ranks. North America's leading trainer Ronnie Burke has four possible Championship starters, including: the aforementioned Seeing Eye Single-2-year-old colt pacer; Dashany-2-year-old filly trotter; and Rosa's Touch and Rosemary Rose-2-year-old filly pacers. Kimberly Rinker

Harness racing trainer Ronnie Burke and drivers Mike Wilder and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., each scored two victories out of the five $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contested Saturday evening, Aug. 26 at Northfield Park.   With unseasonably temperatures in the low 60s, the OSS action began with two divisions of 3-year-old trotting colts.   Fraser Ridge (2-1) notched the first division in 1:55.3 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines for trainer Chris Beaver, who also conditioned second-place finisher 4-5 Always A Good Time (Chris Page).   The son of Triumphant Caviar led at every call to score his fourth seasonal win and his seventh career victory in 20 starts. Bred by Steve Stewart of Kentucky, Fraser Ridge upped his bankroll to $245,457 for owners Donald Robinson, Cardington, OH; Robert Mondilo, Delaware, OH; RBH Ventures, New York, NY; and Chris Beaver. Fraser Ridge bested Always A Good Time by 1¼ lengths, with 50-1 Full Surge finishing third with Mike Wilder at the lines. Fraser Ridge had previously won OSS Leg 2 on June 19 at Scioto Downs in 1:56, and then was second in Leg 3 at Northfield on July 10 in 1:55.3. He also finished second in a $51,450 Ohio Fair Stake on August 5 at Scioto Downs. He is the third foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Classical Mary 3, 1:55.2 ($207,811) and is a half-brother to Guy Fox (by Glidemaster) 4, 1:55.2f ($119,405). In the second OSS division for diagonally-gaited sophomore colts, Jailhouse Sam took advantage of the rail slot in a front-stepping triumph that saw him timed in 1:55.1 for trainer-driver Sandy Beatty. Owned and bred by Casey Clemens of Malta, OH, the black gelded son of Victory Sam picked up his 11th career victory and pushed his lifetime earnings to $129,631. He held off the hard-trying 1-5 favorite Buckeye Boss (Aaron Merriman) by 1½ lengths with 9-1 Magic Vacation another several lengths back in third with driver Kayne Kauffman in the sulky. Jailhouse Sam is the third foal out of the unraced Jailhouse Jesse mare Jailhouse Broad. He is a half-brother to Another Breath (by Lou's Legacy) 4, 1:54.1f ($178,108) and to Little Casino (by Full Count) 4, 1:57.2 ($71,680). The stallion Triumphant Caviar was represented by four participants in these two trotting divisions, with Victory Sam having two progeny competing. And Away We Go, Break The Bank K, Big Rigs, Deep Chip, Dejarmbro, and Full Count all had one foal each in these events. In the first of three pacing divisions, driver Mike Wilder steered 6-1 Rosa's Touch to a 1:52.4 win for trainer Ronnie Burke, using the rail slot to his advantage as he paced solidly through fractions of :27.3; :55.4 and 1:24, holding off even-money favorite Bye Bye Felicia (Chris Page) by a neck. Da Vinci Artist (7-1) got through on the inside to be third for Kurt Sugg. Owned by Burke Racing, Fredericksburg, PA; Weaver Bruscemi, Canonsburg, PA; and breeder Knox Services, Mt. Vernon, OH, Rosa's Touch is a striking black daughter by The Panderosa with six wins, four seconds and four thirds in 27 starts. Her bankroll now stands at $114,400. Rosa's Touch is the ninth foal out of the Raque Bogart mare Touch Of Bogart p,3, 1:55.1f ($32,333) and is a half-sister to: Right Touch (by Always A Virgin) p,3, 1:50.1s ($489,660); Real Touch (by Real Desire) p,3, 1:51.1m ($150,251); Rockn Touch (by Rock N Roll Heaven) p,5,1:51.2f ($146,630); and Touchtownn (by Towner's Big Guy) p,3, 1:51.3h ($129,179), etc. This same driver-trainer combination returned for the second OSS pacing division, this time with Rosemary Rose, a Foreclosure N lass who picked up seasonal win eight and career triumph ten in 1:52.4. Wilder used the same wire-to-wire tactics with this winner of $154,277 lifetime. Owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Jason Melillo of Powell, OH, Rosemary Rose was sent off at 4-5 odds and won by 1½ lengths over 25-1 Berazzled (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), with 30-1 The Lady Vanishes (Ryan Stahl) getting up for third. Rosemary Rose is the sixth foal out of The Panderosa mare Pantathlon p,2, 1:54.4f ($20,221) and is a half-sister to: Pan From Nantucket (by No Pan Intended) p,5, 1:51.3h ($570,801); Panstakingly (by No Pan Intended) p, 3, 1:54.2s ($64,440); Nip Pan Tuck (by No Pan Intended) p, 2, 1:54.4s ($50,899); and the 2-year-old standout Rockathon (by Pet Rock) p,2, 1:52.2f ($57,462). Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., was back in the winner's circle for the third and final OSS pacing division, as he guided 2-5 favorite Zoe Ellasen to her eighth career victory in 1:53.2. Trained by Ron Potter for Clyde Perfect of Lawrenceburg, IN, the daughter of Santana Blue Chip upped her career earnings to $167,231. Zoe Ellasen came from behind to notch her second straight OSS triumph, besting 5-1 Libby's Idea (Aaron Merriman) by 1¾ lengths, with 5-1 Bourbon And Barley (Ryan Stahl) grabbing show money. She had won leg 3 on Aug.12 at Northfield in 1:52.1. Bred by Joe McLead and Billy Walters, this leggy bay filly is the first foal out of the unraced Bettor's Delight mare Spring Delight, and has a half-brother in Allgonowhoa (by Dragon Again) p,2,1:59h ($8,464). Ohio pacing stallion Charley Barley had four foals competing in these three OSS races, while Art Official and Big Bad John had three each. Art's Chip, Manhardt, The Padnerosa and Woodstock were all represented by two of their progeny, with Foreclosure N, I'm Gorgeous, McArdle, No Pan Intended and Santana Blue Chip all having one foal each racing in OSS competition. The 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes season culminates on Sept. 2 at Scioto Downs with eight $250,000 Championships for 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters of both genders.   Kimberly Rinker

Five $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions were contested at Scioto Downs on Friday night, Aug. 25--with a pair of splits for harness racing 3-year-old trotting fillies and a trio featuring 3-year-old colt pacers. These contests were the fourth leg in the series, which culminates on Super Night, Sept. 2 at Scioto, with $250,000 Championships for 2- and 3-year-olds of both genders and gaits. Lightning Onmyfeet captured the first OSS pacing division in 1:51.3 for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., as the 4-5 favorite, obliterating his rivals by more than seven lengths. Brian Brown trains the son of McArdle, who is owned by the Erv Miller Stable, PA; Donald Robinson, OH; J&T Silva, NY; and Stable 45, FL. Josh Sutton drove 8-1 Three Card to finish second, while 22-1 longshot Norm At Work was third for Kayne Kauffman. Lightning Onmyfeet was second in the second OSS leg on June 10 at Scioto and third in Leg 3 on July 1 at Northfield. Purchased for $45,000 at the Ohio Select Yearling Sale, Lightning Onmyfeet upped his career earnings to $94,930 from six wins, one second and third thirds in 15 starts. He is the sixth foal out of the Western Hanover mare Western Top Cat p,3, 1;54.4 ($29,687) and is a half-brother to: Revenge Shark (by Cam's Card Shark) p,3, 1:50.2 ($425,107); Doing Some Damage (by Cole Muffler) p,5, 1:54.1f ($155,932); Top Official (by Art Official) p,5,1:56.2f ($44,562); and Gotmyredressontnit (by Roll With Joe) p,2, 1:54.4h ($43.653). Driver Josh Sutton was in the sulky behind the next two pacing division winners. First, he drove Rose Run Sydney in a gate-to-wire effort to stop the timer in a new lifetime clocking of 1:52.2 for trainer Dustin Arledge and owner Mary J. Thompson of Orient, OH. The bay, Big Bad John gelding finished 1¾ lengths ahead of 3-2 rival Gotta Go B B (Danny Noble), with 7-1 Sunny's Bro (Greg Grismore) notching third. Bred by Joel J. Miller, Big Bad Arcster sold for $6,500 at the Ohio Selected Yearling sale last fall and upped his career earnings to $52,212 from seven wins, three seconds and five thirds in 27 starts. He is the second of three foals out of the Camluck mare Andromeda p, 4, 1:52.1s ($123,794). Next, Sutton piloted Scotch McEwan to a 1:51 lifetime best mark in the third OSS pacing division. The son of McArdle also enjoyed a front-stepping trip that saw him three-quarters ahead of stablemates 9-1 McThriller (Chris Page) and 4-1 Barnabas (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) at the wire. Both are conditioned by Brian Brown. The robust bay gelding was bred by Rebecca Ewing and sold for $30,000 at the Ohio Select Sale last fall to Carl Atley, of Xenia, OH. Scotch McEwan is the first foal out of the Stand Forever mare Forever Ivy, p,5,1:50.3f ($355,291). In the pacing divisions eight were by the stallion McArdle, while seven were sired by Big Bad John, three by Art Officials and two by Woodstock. The stallions Art's Chip, Charley Barley, Foreclosure N, The Panderosa and World Of Rocknroll were all represented by one progeny each. As well, in the first pacing division, the first two finishers were by McArdle and in the fourth pacing division the first three finishers were by McArdle, while in the third division the first three finishers were sired by Big Bad John. Rose Run Sydney trotted to victory for driver Jason Brewer and Steve Carter, timed in 1:56.2 in a come-from-behind effort. The brown daughter by Triumphant Caviar is co-owned by Carter in partnership with Adam Friedland of Brooklyn, NY and Rbr Racing of Ashland, OH. Kayne Kauffman drove 50-1 longshot Simona Dream up for second-place honors, while 48-1 Monee Bank was third for Randy Tharps. Rose Run Sydney won OSS Leg 1 on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:58.1, then captured Leg 2 on June 17 at Northfield in 1:55.3 and was second by a nose on July 14 at Scioto Downs. She rebounded a few weeks later to captured a $51,650 Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto in 1:56.4. Rose Run Sydney now has $212,892 in career earnings from 13 wins, five seconds and two thirds in 21 lifetime trips postward. Bred by the Roes Run Farm, she garnered a $10,000 price tag at the 2016 Ohio Select Yearling Sale. She is the fifth foal out of the Angus Hall mare Stonebridge Dancer 3, 1:57.3f ($34,902) and is a full sister to Rose Run Ida 2, 2:01f ($14,770) and a half-sister to Magic Dancing 3, 1:59.3f ($52,664); Magic Hat 4, Q, 1:57.3s ($38,951) and Whitegloves 4, 1:57s ($33,145)--all by Kadabra. Purple Sona trotted solidly for Kurt Sugg to notch her fourth win of the season and sixth win lifetime in a front-end 1:57.2 effort. Conditioned by Marty Wollam, the bay daughter of Dejarmbro took the lead at the start and never looked back, upping her career earnings to $125,898 for owners Acadia Farm, Canfield, OH; Dale Sweet, Toledo, OH: and G&B Racing, New Wilmington, PA. Vatanna was three-quarters of length back in second with Kayne Kauffman in the bike at 7-1 odds, while 3-5 Beautiful and Danny Noble were third. The big burly filly was bred by the Double Spring Farm and sold for $30,000 at the Ohio Select Yearling Sale last fall. She is the first and most prolific foal out of the unraced Donato Hanover mare Sonalona Hanover. In the two trotting divisions, the stallion Dejarmbro was represented by seven starters, while Triumphant Caviar had four of his youngsters competing. The sires Break The Bank K and And Away We Go each had two of their progeny racing in OSS events, while Iron Duke had one. Ohio Sires Stakes continue at Northfield Park on Saturday, Aug. 26 with 3-year-old trotting colts and 3-year-old pacing fillies in fourth round action. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Mission Accepted put forth a decisive 1:57 victory in the first of three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters on a cool Thursday evening, Aug. 24, at Scioto Downs. The freshman son by Manofmanymissions was steered by Ryan Stahl for trainer and co-owner Jeff Conger for partners Knox Services, Mt. Vernon, OH and David Wills of Newark, OH. The homebred youngster lowered his career mark by three ticks with his second career win. Mission Accepted finished third in the first OSS leg on July 7 at Northfield Park, then broke stride in Leg 2 and again went off gait in a $44,500 Ohio Fair Stake on July 29 at Scioto Downs. However, he rebounded on August 7 to win the third OSS leg at Northfield Park in 1:57.4. "Jeff (trainer Conger) changed his rigging around--specifically his bit--and it's made a world of difference," noted Stahl. Mission Accepted, the even-money favorite, bested 7-1 Dance Withsomebody (Robin Miller) by 3¼ lengths, with 5-2 Sugar Top notching third-place honors with Peter Wrenn at the lines. The bay colt now has two wins and one third in five starts with $44,800 in his coffers. He is the fifth of six foals 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, a 29-race winner with $346,534 in earnings; and to Witty's Winner (by Jailhouse Jesse) 5, 1:54.4s ($95,757). In My Dreams, the 8-5 choice in the second OSS division, lowered his career mark from 1:58 to 1:56.3 in his winning finish for trainer-driver Sandy Beatty. Owned by Brent Davis, Zanesville, OH and Hatfield Stables, Columbus, OH, the son of Winning Fireworks posted his third career victory in six tries. He also owns a pair of second-place finishes and one third with $68,515 in his coffers. In My Dreams bested 7-2 Dontforgetmaster (Josh Sutton) by three-quarters of a length and 3-1 Count On Cody (Jason Brewer) with his come-from-behind triumph. He was second in the second OSS leg on July 18 at Scioto Downs and then won Leg 3 on August 7 at Northfield Park in 1:58. He is the first foal out of the Kadabra mare Iam Spikes Wish 3, 2:04h ($10,746). Joggingtothebank picked the perfect time to break his maiden, trotting to a 1:59.2 win in the third OSS division for driver Danny Noble. Owned by Julie Ann Sweet, Akron, OH; Dale Sweet, Toledo, OH; and trainer Marty Wollam, Vienna, OH, the chestnut son of Break The Bank K was a half a length winner over 39-1 Sand Cash (Tyler Smith), with 43-1 Last Mission (Josh Sutton) nailing down third-place money. Joggingtothebank, who was sent off at 4-1 odds, upped his bankroll to $48,540 for his connections. "He hasn't had any soundness issues, he's just been slow to mature," offered owner Dale Sweet. "He's still a baby who needs to grow up." The lanky freshman was making his fifth lifetime start, having previously finished second in OSS leg 3 on August 7 at Northfield; second in Leg 2 on July 18 at Scioto; and fourth in the first leg at Northfield on July 8. Ohio Sires Stakes action continues at Scioto Downs on Friday night with 3-year-old trotting fillies and 3-year-old pacing colts in fourth round action. by Kimberly Rinker

Red Storm trotted to a whirlwind 1:58.2 clocking in the first of two $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old trotting fillies on Wednesday night, Aug. 23 at Northfield Park. The striking chestnut daughter by Stormin Normand was given a perfect steer by Aaron Merriman for trainer Chris Beaver and owner-breeder Sandra S. Burnett, of Wilmington, OH as the 2-5 favorite in the fourth leg of the series for Ohio-bred youngsters. "She's just such a nice, professional little horse to drive and really gives it her all," said Merriman. "Plus, she's a red-head like me!" Red Storm took the lead just past the :29.3 first quarter after leaving hard from post nine. From there she snapped off fractions of :59.1 and 1:28.4 before posting a :29.3 final panel brush to score her third career victory in five tries, upping her earnings to $75,800. Risky Deal, at 8-1, was driven by trainer Christ Hershberger to a second place finish, 2 and ¼ lengths behind the winner, while 10-1 California Love--also trained by Beaver--was third for Kurt Sugg. Red Storm had finished third in OSS leg one on July 3 at Northfield behind To Russia, then was second in OSS leg two on July 19 at Scioto Downs to Impinktoo. On July 27, she won a $42,000 Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto Downs in 1:57.2, then captured OSS leg three at Scioto in 1:57 on Aug. 10. Red Storm is the third of four foals out of the Chip Chip Hooray mare Ms Pollyanna 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 ($43,662)--all owned by Sandra Burnett. The solidly trotting Looking For Zelda left no doubt she was much the best as she cruised to a front-stepping 1:57.2 effort in the second OSS division as the 1-5 choice. Steered by Tony Hall for trainer Norm Parker and owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA, the daughter of Break The Bank K notched her fifth win in as many tries and pushed her career earnings to $101,000. Looking For Zelda appeared to be on auto-pilot as she drew off by nearly four lengths in deep stretch to prevail over 10-1 Sesame (Aaron Merriman) and 50-1 Champagne Hall (Kurt Sugg), who made a break in the first turn and recovered to finish a game third. "She'll get some light work this week before the championship," noted Parker. "We might train her just one light trip, but she really doesn't require a whole lot of work." Looking For Zelda won OSS leg one on July 3 at Northfield Park in 1:59.1, then returned to win OSS leg two on July 19 at Scioto in 1:56.4, before finishing first in a $42,000 Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto in 1:57.1 on July 27. Her most recent victory came in the OSS leg three on Aug. 10 at Scioto Downs, when she won by six lengths in 1:57.4. This homebred is out of the Conway Hall mare My Winning Way K and is a half-sister to Boyz N Guitars (by Muscle Massive) 2, 1:58.3f ($24,007). Ohio Sires Stakes action continues on Thursday evening, Aug. 24 at Scioto Downs with three divisions of 2-year-old trotting colts. Kimberly Rinker  

Prsntpretynperfect, the 2-5 favorite, didn't disappoint her harness racing fans as she stormed to a 1:56.2 winning effort in the first of two $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for freshman pacing fillies, on a dark and rainy evening, Aug. 22, at Northfield Park. Driven by Kayne Kauffman, the Big Bad John lass picked up her fifth career win in as many lifetime starts and boosted her bankroll to $103,500 for trainer Brian Brown and owners Jennifer Brown, Ostrander, OH; Richard Lombardo, Solon, OH; and Joshua Green, Milford, DE. Bred by Ohioan Carl Howard, Prsntpretynperfect has swept all four OSS legs and also won a $47,000 Ohio Fair Stake. She bested rivals Pearl Crush by 3¼ lengths, an 8-1 choice driven by Ryan Stahl and 30-1 Kay Again, who finished third with Josh Sutton at the lines. Believe In Waco survived a lengthy stewards inquiry to prevail in the second OSS division, clocked in 1:58 in a wire-to-wire performance. The daughter of Believeinbruiser, driven by Art McIlmurray for trainer Steve Novak, grabbed career victory number four from eight starts. Sent off at 9-2 odds, Believe In Waco finished a three-quarters of a length in front of 20-1 Tiffany Rocks As (Aaron Merriman) and 10-1 Merciless, driven by Danny Noble. This precocious filly now has $53,520 in career earnings for breeder-owner Gerald L. Mijal of Westland, MI. She was second twice and fourth once in her three previous OSS contests. Kimberly Rinker  

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