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COLUMBUS, OH - The trio of 3-year-old trotting colts who captured their respective $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes on Friday night, June 15 at Scioto Downs couldn't be more different. All three are by different Ohio-registered stallions; none were trained or driven by the same person; and all have ownership connections from three different states. Mission Accepted, who captured Leg 1 of this series on May 6 at Miami Valley in 1:53 by four lengths, put forth a similar effort in his OSS division at Scioto, this time winning by two lengths in a track, personal best and national season's record clocking of 1:52. The unaltered son by Manofmanymissions used similar, wire-to-wire tactics for driver Ryan Stahl to nail down his third win in as many tries this season, upping his 2018 earnings to $65,000 for the Ohio-based partnership of trainer Jeff Conger, breeders Knox Services and David Wills as the 1-2 favorite. Two OB Wonkenobi was second for driver Sam Widger at 9-2 odds, while 7-2 Get The Cash and driver Greg Grismore picked up third-place money. Mission Accepted, who captured the $250,000 OSS Championship for freshman trotters on Sept. 2, 2017 at Scioto Downs, now has seven wins and a third in ten career starts and $255,800 in his bankroll. The bay colt is the fifth foal out of the SJ's Photo mare Witty Girl and is a half-brother to March Awareness (by Ken Warkentin) 7, 1:53f ($398,059) and to Witty's Winner (by Jailhouse Jesse) 5, 1:54.4s ($95,757) and has a full brother in the 2-year-old Wittyville, who recently qualified in Q2:01.2f. In the second OSS division, 4-1 Uncle Buck took Aaron Merriman to a spirited 1:54.3 new lifetime mark victory, besting 10-1 longshot MVP Luke (Danny Noble) by 1¼ lengths, with 31-1 longer shot Secret Bro finishing third for Sandy Beatty. Trained by Steve Bauder for Mokena, IL-owner Wayne Temple, the bay gelded son by Stormin Normand grabbed the lead at the 1:25.2 three-quarter marker, and never looked back en route to his fourth victory of 2018. He now has five wins, six seconds and a trio of thirds in 19 career trips postward. Uncle Buck's seasonal earnings stand at $53,150, with $64,429 earned lifetime. Bred by Illinois' Orville Rursch, he is the third foal out of the Brilliant Victory broodmare Brilliant Linda and has half-siblings in Brilliant Winner (by Polar Winner) 2, 2:07.2h ($10,104) and Polar B (by Polar Winner) 2, 1:57.2h ($49,114). Pennsylvania-owned and trained invader Rising MVP, who was making his first start in the OSS series, captured the third and final division in 1:56.2 with Chris Page at the lines. Trained by William Daugherty, Jr. for his wife, owner Susan Daugherty of Mercer, PA, the altered son by My MVP left the gate at odds of 7-1, besting 22-1 longshot Manny L (Jeff Nisonger) by a neck with 1-5 favorite Sultan Of Cash (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) getting up for third, half a length back. Rising MVP returned $16.40 on a two-dollar ticket as he picked up his first win this year. His seasonal earnings stand at $24,048 with his lifetime bankroll at $89,268 from ten wins, two seconds and two thirds in 18 starts. Bred by Mahlon A. Miller of Sugarcreek, Ohio, Rising MVP is the third foal out of the unraced Credit Winner mare Nutmeg's Winner and is a half-brother to Rail Kat (by Muscle Native) 4, 1:56f ($137,454) and Rally In The Hall (by Amigo Hall) 3, 2:00f ($18,480). After the first two Ohio Sires Stakes legs in this division, the following horses are the top point earners: Mission Accepted (102), Sultan Of Cash (64), Uncle Buck (64), Northmedo Mission (52), MVP Luke (52), Two OB Wonkenobi (52) and Rising MVP (51). Leg 3 for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings will be contested on July 9 at Northfield Park and Leg 4 on Aug. 24 at Scioto Downs, with the $275,000 Championship set for Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs and the $60,000 Consolation Oct. 13 at Northfield Park. by Kim Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

A trio of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old diagonally-gaited colts and geldings will go postward on Friday night, June 15 at Scioto Downs, featuring 25 Ohio-breds racing for a purse of $40,000 in each division (Races 1, 2 & 5). First race post time is 6:30 pm, ET. All three OSS Leg 1 winners-Mission Accepted, Northmedo Mission and Sultan Of Cash-are set to return for round two action. Mission Accepted, an unaltered son by Manofmanymissions vies from post two in the first division (Race One), while Northmedo Mission, a Manofmanymissions gelding, starts from post three in this same event. Sultan Of Cash, a Cash Hall gelding, leaves from post two in the third division (Race Five). Five of these 25 trotting combatants are trying for their first victory as 3-year-olds: Dance Withsomebody, Dontforgetmaster, Rising MVP, Magic MVP and Cash Lane. Six of the youngsters did not start in Leg 1 of this series and are undertaking OSS action for the first time this season: Cordoba Hall, Last Mission, Vote For Pedro, Rising MVP, Ride The Rails & Manny L; and only two-Vote For Pedro & Secret Bro-did not race as freshmen in 2017. Eight of the 25 sophomores will utilize trotting hobbles; Mission Accepted, Two OB Wonkenobi, Doc Mossies Legacy, Cordoba Hall, Vote For Pedro, Rising MVP, Ride The Rails and Cash Lane. Of the 25 OSS entrants, 19 are geldings and six are colts, with two earning $100,000 or more: Mission Accepted ($235,800) and Sultan Of Cash ($173,965). For a colt to be eligible to the OSS program, they must have been sired by a stallion registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission standing in Ohio the year of conception. Stallions represented in these three OSS events include Dejarmbro (with six foals); Cash Hall (with five foals); Break The Bank K & Manofmanymissions (with four foals each); My MVP (with three foals); and Dontyouforgetit, Stormin Normand & Winning Fireworks with one foal each. As well, broodmare sires that are prominent among the 25 trotting colts and geldings include: Tom Ridge & Conway Hall (three foals each); Credit Winner, Donerail, Garland Lobell & Kadabra (two foals each). In the training ranks, Jim Arledge, Jr., and Rich Gillock will each send out a pair of competitors. Arledge, Jr., will harness Dontforgetmaster-who was fourth in Leg 1 at Miami Valley on May 6 to Sultan Of Cash-from post five in the second division (Race 2); and Last Mission, a newcomer to the series, from the rail in the third division (Race 5). Gillock bridles up Ride The Rails-also a newcomer-from post six in that same event, and Banker Twentyfive, who was fifth in Leg 1, from post six in the first division (Race 1). Of the 25 trotters, many are owned in partnerships or by a solo owner that includes 30 Ohioans; six Pennsylvanians; five Indiana owners; three owners each from New Jersey & Canada; two from Kentucky and one each from Michigan and Illinois. Breeder Walnut Hall is represented by three sophomores in two divisions: Sand Cash & Get The Cash in the first division (Race 1) and newcomer Cordoba Hall in the second division (Race 2). Owner/breeder Robert Key sends out two homebreds: Banker Twentyfive in the first division (Race 1) and Ride The Rails in the third division (Race 5). And speaking of homebreds, another six trotters were also bred by their owners: Mission Accepted (Race 1) was bred by co-owner Knox Services; Northmedo Mission (Race 1), bred by Northmedo Stable; Joggingtothebank (Race 2) was bred and is owned by Dale & Julie Sweet and trainer Marty Wollam; Pass The Vape (Race 2) was bred by owner Lionel Ray Waitker; Icingon De Cupcake (Race 5) was bred by partners William Jeff Johnson II and Douglas Millard; and Magic MVP (Race 5) was bred and is owned by Midnight Stables. by Kimberly RInker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

Columbus, OH - Despite a threatening night of thunder, lightning, high winds and showers, owner Bruce Trogdon couldn't have been happier June 9, when Cinnamack and Bounding Dragon finished first and second in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts at Scioto Downs.   "I was so happy to see both of them leading down the stretch," noted Trogdon. "Of course I was hoping my horse (Cinnamack) would get up for the win, but I was just so happy for both of them, as they are both out of two of my best mares."   Bounding Dragon had led throughout most of the mile for Josh Sutton, but in the late stretch Chris Page steered Cinnamack up the inside to nail down his fourth victory in five starts this year in 1:50.4 by a head over his rival--equaling his lifetime best score. The bay son by McArdle is out of the unraced Western Ideal mare Armbro Cinnamon, making him a half-brother to World Champion Fear The Dragon p,3, 1:48.4s ($1,578,547). To date he's earned $95,600 for Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Ohio.   "I raised both of these youngsters, so it's always a great feeling to see both of them perform so well," Trogdon stressed.   Conditioned by Brian Brown, Cinnamack left the gate at odds of 2-1, as did rival Bounding Dragon. Sectionline Biguy (6-1) notched show honors with Tyler Smith at the lines.   "I also have a super-looking yearling who is a full brother to Fear The Dragon," Trogdon offered. That youngster's name is Dragon Roars Again.   Cinnamack is the sixth of seven foals out of his dam, and has a full brother in McSinner Man p, 4, 1:52.3s ($54,466), and half-siblings in Cinamony (by Art Officials) p, 4, 1:49.3f ($532,404) and Cndiana Jones p, 7, 1:53.1f ($115,599).   In the second $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore side-wheelers, Kimberly Dailey harnessed 9-5 Rockathon to a 1:51.1 victory with Danny Noble at the lines. The altered son by Pet Rock, who is owned in partnership by Dailey and Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, Ohio, picked up his sixth lifetime win in 16 starts, upping his lifetime bankroll to $186,012.   Rockathon wrestled the lead away from 21-1 longshot Parklane Official just past the :27.2 opening panel, and went on to lead at every post, before brushing home in a brisk :27.4 to win by a 1¼ lengths over the hard-trying 1-2 Slick Mick (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), with 9-1 JoJo's Pet Rock (Simon Allard) another seven lengths back in third.   Rockathon is the seventh foal out of The Panderosa dam Pantathlon p, 2, 1:54.4F ($20,221) and is a half-brother to: Pan From Nantucket (by No Pan Intended) p,5, 1:51.3h ($570,801); Rosemary Rose (by Foreclosure N) p,4,1:51f ($293,382); Panstakingly (by No Pan Intended) p, 3, 1:54.2s ($64,490); Nip Pan Tuck (by No Pan Intended) p,2,1:54.4s ($50,899); and Holiday Romance p,3, 1:56.2f ($39,289).   Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Monday evening, June 11 at Northfield Park, when 3-year-old trotting fillies line up behind the starting gate in Leg 2 action.   by Kimberly A. Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund  

Sixteen sophomore pacing colts are set to line up behind the Scioto Downs starting gate in a pair of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests on Saturday night, June 9. First Race post time is 6:30 pm, ET, with the two OSS events scheduled as Race Five (7:50 pm) and Race Ten (9:30 pm) in round two of the four-leg series. OSS combatants include Leg 1 winners Bounding Dragon and Rockn Motion, who'll square off in the first division (Race 5). Hailing from the Mike Roth stable, Bounding Dragon prevailed impressively in 1:53 in his first OSS test on May 6 at Miami Valley. The Dragon Again colt-who is owned by the Ohio partnership of Alan Keith of Johnstown and Carl & Melanie Atley of Xenia, then sped to a 1:50.4 clocking in a Hoosier Park overnight on May 25-making him one of two of the fastest colts in this division (the other is Cinnamack, who was fourth in OSS Leg 1, but who also won in 1:50.4 in an identical event at that same Indiana raceway). Bounding Dragon, a winner of $116,159 lifetime and $44,750 this season, has drawn the rail and is reunited with his regular driver, Josh Sutton, in here. RocknMotion, a son of Pet Rock conditioned by Kimberly Dailey, won his first OSS test with an extraordinary three-wide move around the final turn to notch the victory by three-quarters of a length over $227,3355-earner Seeing Eye Single (also in this same division) in 1:51.4. Ron Mersky of Paris, KY, owns and bred the bay colt, who has $40,425 in career earnings from four wins and a second in nine lifetimes starts. He was unraced as a freshman. In the second division (Race 10), Slick Mick and Rockathon face off-both having finished third in Leg 1. Rockathon will be harnessed by Kimberly Dailey, who owns the gelded son of Pet Rock with Carl & Melanie Atley of Xenia. This winner of $161,012 lifetime recorded a mark of 1:51.3 in his Scarlet & Gray triumph on April 28 at Miami Valley and has $41,050 in his coffers this season. Slick Mick is conditioned by Brian Brown for Milton Leeman of Columbus, OH and has $22,500 thus far in earnings this season with a pair of wins in four starts. Lifetime, he's amassed $92,748, with a 1:51.4 record taken at Scioto Downs on May 24. He's drawn the rail for driver Ryan Stahl, while Rockathon gets Danny Noble in the sulky once more. Trotting fillies in OSS go on Monday Ohio Sires Stakes action continues on Monday evening, June 11 at Northfield Park, when 3-year-old trotting fillies line up behind the starting gate in Leg 2 action. Two, $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 3-year-old trotting fillies will be contested on Monday evening, June 11 at Northfield Park Racino, in the second of four legs of the rich series for Ohio-sired foals.  First race post time is 6 pm, ET. Leg 1 winners Red Storm and Non Smoker are set to battle in the second division (Race 5, post time 7:20 pm), and will be joined by Looking For Zelda, who captured a $24,455 Currier & Ives division at The Meadows in 1:54.1 on June 5. Red Storm, a Chris Beaver trainee owned by breeder Sandra Burnett of Wilmington, OH, won OSS Leg 1 decisively in a career best 1:55.4 on May 4 at Miami Valley Raceway.  The chestnut daughter by Stormin Normand earned $109,975 as a freshman, and has returned to her winning ways this season, with three triumphs and a second in four starts and $65,000 in seasonal earnings.  Aaron Merriman pilots Red Storm from the rail. Non Smoker was equally as decisive, with a 1:54 clocking in her OSS Leg 1 victory via a wire-to-wire performance, where she held off the hard-trying Risky Deal (also in this same division) by half a length at the wire.  The daughter by My MVP, who is owned by Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH and was bred by Stephanie Smith-Rothaug, has seasonal earnings of $37,300 and a career bankroll of $57,851 from four wins, one second and one third in 11 lifetime trips postward.  Danny Noble trains and drives. Robert Key’s Looking for Zelda is no stranger to the OSS program—having earned $228,675 at two for her owner/breeder during her freshman campaign.  Though she was third in her OSS Leg 1 division, she rebounded smartly to take the Currier & Ives earlier this week under the watchful eye of trainer Norm Parker.  From three starts this season she has two wins and $43,227 in the bank.  Tony Hall steers this rugged filly. In the first OSS division (Race 3, post time 6:40 pm) Impinktoo gets the benefit of the rail for the ownership troika of Billy Walters, Joe McLead and Rtk Racing.  Formerly trained by Jim & Kim Dailey and now starting for trainer Ronnie Burke for the first time, this Manofmanymissions filly banked $167,040 at 2 and most recently captured a Scioto overnight in 1:55.3 as the public’s choice on June 1.   Jay Mossbarger bred this diagonally-gaited distaff.  Kayne Kauffman gets the nod. by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio State Racing Commission  

Trainer Brian Brown was all smiles Saturday night in the Northfield Park winner's circle and with good reason. The 2017 Dan Patch Trainer of the Year did nothing less than harness every winner of the night's three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies. It was the second round of action in the four-leg series. "It's definitely a good night," Brown admitted. "It seems that lately we were winning all the smaller races and missing in the big ones, so it's definitely a good feeling to have a night like this." Brown's dominance began with the first OSS division, when Prsntpretynperfect (5-2) battled on the outside of undefeated stablemate Queen Me Again (5-2) to prevail in the final yards by a quarter length in a career best 1:52.4. Sweetnfamous (6-1) was third for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. The daughter of Big Bad John took the overland route to notch her seventh career win in nine starts for owners Jenny Brown, Richard Lombardo and Marlene Taylor. "She went a really big trip tonight and Brian (trainer Brown) told me he had a lot of confidence in her after her strong qualifier," said winning driver Jordan Stratton. Bred by Carl Howard, Prsntpretynperfect upped her career earnings to $145,166. In the second OSS division, 9-2 Smiley Dragon exploded down the backstretch, making a three-wide move for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., that saw her draw off impressively in 1:52.4, by 3½ lengths. Even-money favorite Bad Girls Rule (Dan Noble) was second, with 9-5 Pet Walker (Aaron Merriman) nabbing show honors. Smiley Dragon, a Dragon Again filly, was bred and is owned by Emerald Highland's Farm. Unraced at two, she notched her first win in four tries with the OSS triumph and now has $26,780 in her lifetime bank account. McPansy, a McArdle daughter, gave Brown his third victress in the final OSS division, stopping the timer in 1:52.3 for the one mile test. The 9-5 favorite was out from the half to the wire for driver Chris Page en route to her third win in four starts. Bred and owned by Emerald Highland's Farm, McPansy pushed her career earnings to $44,500. Believe In Waco, at 7-5, was second for Aaron Merriman, 1¾ lengths behind the winner, while 24-1 longshot Princess Rougarou was third with Ryan Stahl aboard. Second leg action of the Ohio Sires Stakes continue for 3-year-olds on June 9 at Scioto Downs and June 11 at Northfield Park by Kimberly A. Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

A trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies will complement the $200,000 Battle Of Lake Erie program on Saturday night, June 2 at Northfield Park. The three OSS events-carded as races 7, 10 and 12 of the 16 races offered at the "Home of the Flying Turns" -sees 2017 Dan Patch Trainer of the Year Brian Brown sending out a six-pack of sophomore distaffs, including OSS Leg 1 winners Queen Me Again and McPansy, who are both owned by Emerald Highlands Farm. The undefeated Queen Me Again, who is three for three lifetime, captured her first OSS test on May 4 at Miami Valley in come-from-behind fashion with Trace Tetrick at the lines in a career best 1:53. Unraced at two, Queen Me Again is a Dragon Again filly, out of the Western Hanover mare Queen Me p, 3, 1:54.2F ($110,663) and is a half-sister to the Sportswriter gelding King Of Sports p, 2, 1:55.2F ($39,849). From her three career triumphs, this homebred has earnings of $28,000. She'll leave from the rail with Matt Kakaley at the lines in the first OSS division (Race 7). Brown will also harness Prsntpretynperfect in this same division. The Big Bad John lass swept all four OSS legs at two, earning $125,166 for the partnership of Jenny Brown, Richard Lombardo and Marlene Taylor, en route to winning six of seven starts in 2017. Jordon Stratton drives from post three. McPansy got a perfect steer from Trace Tetrick in her first OSS test to score in 1:51.3, and has two wins and a second in three career starts, with $24,500 in earnings. Also unraced at two, this homebred daughter by McArdle, out of The Panderosa mare Pantidepressant has the fastest clocking of any filly in these three divisions. She's been assigned post seven in the third OSS division (Race 12). Brown also bridles up Grant Me This from post one with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., driving in this same division. The Pet Rock filly is owned by Jenny Brown, J.E. Ridder and Hutchison Hms LLC, and is looking for her first win of 2018 in four starts. Finally, in the second division (Race 10), two homebred fillies owned by Emerald Highlands Farms, Smiley Dragon and McVenus, will carry the Brown Stable colors postward from post four with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines. Smiley Dragon, who was third in her first OSS test at Miami Valley, is a daughter of Dragon Again, out of the unraced Rocknroll Hanover mare Smiley Rocks. She will be trying for her first career victory in Leg 2. McVenus, a McArdle lass out of the Run The Table mare Venus Killean P, 3, Q1:56.0S ($103,718) leaves from post six with Chris Page at the helm. A winner of two conditioned races at Hoosier Park earlier in the season, McVenus is a half-sister to Keystone Velocity (Western Hanover) p, 9, 1:47.3F ($1,644,413); Venus Delight (Bettor's Delight) p, 5, 1:49.4s ($1,146,981); Keystone Vanyla (Western Hanover) p, 7, 1:54.1 ($104,696); Keystone Kismet (Western Hanover) p, 4, 1:54.2F ($67,916); and Venus Rocks (Rocknroll Hanover) p, 3, 1:54s ($31,040). These two will have to contend with Leg 1 winners Bad Girls Rule (Dan Noble-Post 1) and Pet Walker (Aaron Merriman-Post 2). Bad Girls Rule is a World Of Rocknroll $210,406-earning filly owned by the 3rd Floor Stables and was last year's winner of the $250,000 OSS 2-Year-Old Filly Championship. She's amassed $210,406 lifetime with five triumphs in 14 starts for trainer Kimberly Dailey. Pet Walker scored a wire-to-wire 1:52 victory in Leg 1 of this series. The Pet Rock distaff was unraced at two and has two wins and a third in five starts, with $25,500 in career earnings. She's conditioned by Gregory Luther for Black Magic Racing. Other top contenders include the Ron Burke-trained Baron Remy (Chris Page-Post 7, Division 1), a Yankee Cruiser daughter who finished second to McPansy in Leg 1. Owned by Burke Racing, Silva, Purnel & Libby, L. Karr and Weaver Bruscemi, Baron Remy has $134,189 in her bank account from four wins, two seconds and two thirds in ten lifetime starts. As well, Big Bad Goldie-who was second in Leg 1 to Bad Girls Rule-looks poised for another solid effort in the second division (Matt Kakaley-Post 2). This Big Bad John daughter has earned $71,541 for David Wills, Richard Coad and Douglas Gregory with two wins, one second and four thirds in 15 tries. Post time at Northfield is 6 pm Saturday night, with the $200,000 Battle Of Lake Erie set as Race 11, headed by the Ron Burke-conditioned Rockin Ron (Matt Kakaley-Post 2) in the field of seven. by Kimbery Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Fund      

Six divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes harness racing sophomore trotting and pacing colts and geldings will line up behind the Miami Valley starting gate on Sunday afternoon, May 6. Twenty-two diagonally-gaited specialists and 29 sidewheelers passed the Miami Valley entry box, necessitating three divisions for each gait. First race post time is 2:05 pm, ET. Standouts returning from last season including $250,000 OSS 2-Year-Old Trot Championship winner Mission Accepted, a son of Manofmanymissions conditined and co-owned by Jeff Conger for Ohio partners Knox Services (also the breeder) and David Wills in the second division (Race 6). Mission Accepted owns a mark of 1:54.3 taken in his last start at Miami Valley, when he captured a $50,000 Scarlet & Gray division. His career earnings stand at a healthy $215,800. Sultan Of Cash-trained and owned by Roger Hughes, Jr.-was a multiple OSS winner in 2017, and has three second-place finishes in a trio of starts this year. The winner of $152,765 is by Cash Hall, out of the Conway Hall mare Anything But Love and starts from post two in the first division (Race 2). In the pacing ranks, Seeing Eye Single looks for another strong season, having captured the $250,000 OSS Championship for freshman pacing colts on Sept. 2, 2017 at Scioto Downs. The son of Dragon Again is conditioned by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing, Silva, Purnel & Libby, Karr and Weaver Bruscemi and has $209,355 in his coffers. He'll go postward in the first division (Race 4) from post eight. Trainer Brian Brown sends out five pacing contestants, including $100,148-winner Dragonology and $70,248-earner Slick Mick in the first division (Race 4); the McArdle colt Lots To Live For in the second division (Race 8); and Rockin Away and Cinnamack in the third division (Race 12). Conditioner Brenda Teague sends a formitable trio postward-one in each division. Delaware Chrome, a son of Mr Apples, leaves from post seven in the first division (Race 4), while the I'm Gorgeous colt Sip And A Bite gets the four-hole in the second division (Race 8), fresh off a 1:54 triumph at Harrah's Philadelphia. Lather Up, another son of I'm Gorgeous, leaves from post eight in the final division (Race 12). As in past years, each of the 2018 OSS divisions for 2- and 3-year-olds include four legs, a Championship to be contested at Scioto Downs on Sept. 8, and a Consolation at Northfied Park on Oct. 13. The Championship purse increased this season to hefty $275,000, while horses in the Consolation will race for a respectable $60,000. This season, however, the legs have a fluctuating purse based on the number of nominated horses who enter. If only one division is required for a leg, the purse will be $60,000; if two divisions are required, the purses will be $50,000 each; and if three or more divisions are required, then each will carry a $40,000 purse. As well, $60,000 Veteran Championships for horses and mares of both gaits, 4-year-olds and up, have been reinstated this season, and will be held at Northfield Park on Oct. 6. Leg Two of this series for sophomores will be as follows: June 2 at Northfield Park for 3-year-old pacing fillies; June 9 at Scioto Downs for 3-year-old pacing colts; June 11 at Northfield Park for 3-year-old trotting fillies; and June 15 at Scioto Downs for 3-year-old trotting colts. Kimberly Rinker

The 2018 Ohio Sires Stakes season commences this weekend with events for harness racing 3-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders at Miami Valley Raceway on May 4 & 6. Sophomore fillies are in the spotlight Friday night, with two $50,000 trotting and four $40,000 pacing divisons. Miami Valley Racing Secretary Gregg Keidel found 17 trotting and 32 pacing OSS eligibles in his entry box earlier this week for Leg One of the four-leg OSS series. Returning is last year's freshman standout Looking For Zelda, a multiple OSS winner in 2017, who comes into her division (Race 3) fresh off a 1:55.2 victory in the $50,000 Scarlet & Gray on April 27. The daughter by Break The Bank K, who was bred and is owned by Bob Key of Leechburg, PA, has been conditioned throughout her career by Norm Parker, and sports a hefty $253,675 bankroll. "Zelda had a good winter," confirmed Parker, from his training base at The Meadows. "She came back strong and is the kind of the same horse, just a little bit more mature. The (EHV-1) quarantine slowed us up a bit, but it actually helped, as it gave me a little more time to get her ready." Looking For Zelda is an eight-time winner in 12 career starts, and will start from post nine with regular pilot Tony Hall at the controls. Impinktoo, who captured the $250,000 OSS Championship for her division in 2017 in a mild upset in 1:57, returns to battle in the first OSS divisioin (Race 2). The Manofmanymissions distaff has earned $173,290 in her career, with a trio of wins in 12 starts for Ohio partners Joe McLead, Billy Walters and Rtk Racing, under the watchful eye of trainer Jim Dailey. Ohio's trotting guru Chris Beaver sends out three contestants in this first OSS leg, including Sandra Burnett's Red Storm in the first division (Race 2). This Storming Normand homebred captured both the $15,000 elim and $40,000 Hackett Final on April 9 & 16 respectively, upping her career earnings to $149,975, before finishing a close second to the aforementioned Looking For Zelda in the Scarlet & Gray. Beaver's other entrants include Californian Love (Race 2), who won a Northfield conditioned event on April 25 in 1:58.4 in a wire-to-wire effort, and Sesame (Race 3), a daughter of Triumphant Caviar with $87,797 in her lifetime bank account. In the four $40,000 divisions for 3-year-old Ohio-bred pacing fillies, last year's $250,000 OSS Championship victress Bad Girls Rule returns to vie from post eight in the fourth OSS division (Race 10). Conditioned by Jim Dailey for the 3rd Floor Stables of Springboro, OH, this daughter by World Of Rocknroll amassed $181,816 as a freshman, winning four of eight starts. Dailey also sends out $28,915-earner Mercilless in the first division (Race 4). The Tye Loy-trainee Big Bad Goldie also goes postward in the fourth division (Race 10). This Big Bad John daughter captured the 2017 OSS consolation for freshman pacing fillies in 1:54.3, and sports a lifetime bankroll of $60,701 for the Ohio trio of David Wills, Ricahrd Coad and Doug Gregory. Trainer Brian Brown-the 2017 Dan Patch Award Trainer of the Year & Good Guy award winner-sends seven fillies postward in the OSS pacing divisions, most notably, Prsntpretynperfect in division two (Race 6). The Big Bad John lass earned $125,166 for Jennifer Brown, Richard Lombardo and Marlene Taylor last season, sweeping all four $40,000 legs of her OSS contests, and the $43,333 Ohio Breeders Championship for 2-year-olds at Delaware. Baron Remy, a $124,189 winner for trainer Ronnie Burke, goes behind the gate in the third OSS divison (Race 8), vying against Believe In Waco, a $125,598 earner for trainer Steve Novak. The former is a daughter of Yankee Cruiser owned by Burke Racing, Silva, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, while the latter is a Believeinbruiser distaff owned by Gerald Mijal of Michigan. Believe In Waco was a smart second in last year's $250,000 OSS Championship for 2-year-old fillies, while Baron Remy captured her $43,333 Ohio Breeders Championship at Delaware and most recently took a $50,000 Scarley & Gray division at Miami Valley in a career best 1:52. Up Front Flor Ida, who won both her $15,000 Hackett elim and $40,000 Final (in 1:52.4), hails from post one in the first OSS division (Race 4). Trained by Tim McKoy for Kevin & Virginia McKinney, this bay Woodstock daughter has a bankroll of $55,824 and leaves from the coveted rail slot. Ohio Sires Stakes action continues on Sunday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway, with contests for 3-year-old pacing and trotting colts and geldings. Kimberly Rinker OSDF Administrator Ohio State Racing Commission

The Ohio Sires Stakes nominations for harness racing 2 and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies total 1,180 this year, up 3% from 2017. Horses sired by a stallion registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission and standing in the Buckeye State in 2018 are eligible to the rich Ohio Sires Stakes. A total of 141 stallions are currently standing at Ohio-based facilities for this year's breeding season. The 2018 figures have more than doubled since 2015, when a total of 778 youngsters were nominated to the four-leg program, which this season, features Championship purses of $275,000 (to be raced Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs) and $60,000 Consolations (to be raced Oct. 13 at Northfield Park) for each of the eight divisions. This year, 773 trotting and pacing youngsters of both genders (360 fillies & 413 colts) were nominated in the 2-year-old divisions, while the sophomore ranks had 407 (193 fillies & 214 colts) foals nominated. That's a modest 7% increase of 3-year-old nominees over last season's total of 379, while the freshman nominees were nearly identical, with 769 freshman nominees in 2017. Among freshman trotters, 207 colts were nominated this season, compared with 183 in 2017. In the 2-year-old trotting filly division, 166 nominations were received, an increase of five horses from 2017. In the freshman pacing divisions, 206 colts (an 11% decrease from 2017) and 194 fillies were nominated to the program for 2018. Among Ohio-sired 3-year-olds, 89 trotting colts (a 17% increase from 2017) and 86 trotting fillies (a 20% increase from 2017) are Ohio Sires Stakes eligible, while 125 pacing colts and 107 pacing fillies were nominated-figures similar to last season. While the overwhelming majority of nominations came from individuals and stables residing and training in the Buckeye State, nominations were also received from Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Tennesse and Mississippi. In addition, $60,000 Championships have been reinstated for 4-year-old & up horses-to be raced Oct. 6 at Northfield Park. Kimberly Rinker OSDF Administrator Ohio State Racing Commission

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

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 (   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 ( Post time for the Ohio Sires Stakes Championships is 6:30 pm. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

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