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The Sunday harness racing card at Hawthorne Racecourse opened with a field of six for the second leg of the Peter Galassi for filly and mare pacers. The 3-5 favorite was Leg one winner Lakeside Ms Queen at 3-5 and driven by Dale Hiteman. The filly by Rockin Image broke prior to the start and spotted the field seven lengths. Dali Delight took advantage and set the fractions through a comfortable :29.4 quarter and :58.4 half. On the turn, Dali Delight maintained her advantage as Lakeside Ms Queen picked up the chase while three wide. After three quarters in 1:28.1, Lakeside Ms Queen came to challenge Dali Delight. At the wire, Lakeside Ms Queen overcame the break at the start and won by a neck in 1:56.3. Dali Delight was second while Rear View finished third. Lakeside Ms Queen is owned by Jace Sundeen and Denise Jarka and trained by Jace Sundeen. Race five on Sunday was an open handicap for filly and mare pacers as OK Heavenly looked for her second consecutive victory at this level. Leaving for the lead was Seeyouatthefinish for Kyle Husted as she covered the quarter in :28.2. Moving to take over on the backstretch was Fox Valley Charm, through a half in :57.1. On the turn, Fox Valley Charm maintained her lead through three quarters in 1:24.4. In the lane, they lined up six across as favored Sportswriter mare OK Heavenly and driver Casey Leonard rolled by, winning in 1:53.4. Owned by Dandy Farms, Inc. and Mark Winship, OK Heavenly is trained by Angela Coleman. Multi-Win Evenings Drivers - Casey Leonard (3 Wins), Dale Hiteman (2 Wins) Trainers - Angela Coleman (2 Wins) Race Winners Race 1 - Lakeside Ms Queen (1:56.3) Race 2 - Schwarber (2:00.3) Race 3 - Real Sheila (1:56.3) Race 4 - Louscipher (1:58.3) Race 5 - OK Heavenly (1:53.4) Race 6 - Quantum Uptown Boy (1:57.4) Race 7 - San Antonio Rose (1:55.2) Race 8 - M T Ur Pockets (1:57.2) Race 9 - Pretty Image (1:54.4) Race 10 - PJ Boy (1:59.2) Race 11 - Bucklegirl Bobette (1:55.0) Jim Miller

ANDERSON, Ind.--May 20, 2017 -- Topville Cadillac found the winner's circle for the second consecutive week at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as she pulled the slight upset to capture the featured harness racing event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace for fillies and mares, on Saturday, May 20. Topville Cadillac responded to a bump in class to score in 1:50.2 to establish a new lifetime best after scoring last week in the Open pace. In an abbreviated field of six, Topville Cadillac left alertly from post three to grab a pocket seat behind the betting favorite, American Girl and Trace Tetrick. Can't Touch This and John DeLong were next in line third while Wild Wanda and Ricky Macomber Jr. were following intently in fourth. American Girl carved out fractions of :26.1 and :54.4 while the field remained in straight alignment down the backside. DeLong tipped Can't Touch This to the outside to make her bid at the leader and Sam Widger and Aux D Lox Bluegrass quickly grabbed the cover at the three-quarter clocking in 1:22.4. American Girl was able to hold off Can't Touch This but her biggest threat was still in the pocket. Wrenn utilized the Hoosier Park passing lane and Topville Cadillac used a :27.1 quarter to win in a tight, three-horse photo. American Girl held on gamely for second place honors while Can't Touch This rounded out the trifecta. Slightly dismissed at the betting windows, Topville Cadillac returned $18.80 at the betting windows. Trained by Alvin Miller, the four-year-old daughter of Rockin Image-Topville Cyberwave recorded her third win from six seasonal outings. A former Indiana Sires Stakes Champion, Topville Cadillac has now amassed $230,659 in lifetime purse earnings for owners Ted Comerford, Twila Harts and Alvin Miller. Topville Cadillac Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, May 23 with a 14-race card featuring the first round of Indiana Sires Stakes action for three-year-old trotting fillies. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. I Know My Chip Open Trot   For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin Race Marketing Manager, Commentator & Publicist    

LEBANON, OH. - RockThe Look, making a double jump up from conditioned ranks, surprised the open mares at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (March 31) capturing the $22,000 feature for harness racing open distaff pacers at odds of 16-1. A ten time winner in 2016, the victory was the 5-year-old Rockin Image daughter's initial 2017 triumph in her eighth try. Last in the early going, driver Jason Brewer put Rock The Look into the outer flow after a quarter in :27.2 and a half in :55.3, but was drafting fourth in the second lane as the field raced four in and four out to the 1:24.1 three quarter marker. Swinging five wide at the head of the stretch, Rock The Look was part of a cavalry charge to the wire, getting the best of the others in the final couple strides. Favored Jerseylicious (Trace Tetrick), made a game attempt to overcome an assigned outside post position, but fell just short. Art I Sweet (Ken Holliday) was next to cross the line in third in the field of eight, all of which finished within three lengths of the winner. Trainer Joe Putnam and Suttons Bay Racing own Rock The Look, who increased her lifetime bankroll to $342,500 with her 19th win. A pair of second round divisions of the Dr. Don Mossbarger Memorial late-closer for mares was also contested on Friday. Stirling Euphoria (Chris Page) topped Clarebear (Kayne Kauffman) and Ohsowigglesspecial (Aaron Merriman) in 1:53.3 to stamp her ticket into the $27,500 championship final next week. Youlookhot (Josh Sutton) withstood a judge's inquiry, due to being forced inside pylons at the first quarter mark due to a breaking horse directly in front of her, to cop her second straight series victory in 1:54.2, beating Twin B Honour (Trace Tetrick) and odds-on favorite Kiss Me Onthebeach (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.). Dispatched at odds of 9-1, Youlookhot figures to get more attention from the punters playing the final. Gregg Keidel

Columbus, OH --- As Hoosier Park commences what very well may be its most scintillating harness racing season on Saturday (April 1), there will be one individual, who was not only a stalwart presence at the facility but a cornerstone of the Indiana racing community, that will not be physically present to witness the track’s hosting of the Breeders Crown or the horse that meant more than any words can adequately portray compete in that event. It is certain, however, that Larry Rheinheimer will be in attendance, not only for that contest, but for every other occasion Freaky Feet Pete places a hoof over any racing surface, for the bond that remains between the 5-year-old stallion and his late breeder/trainer is real. Therefore, it transcends circumstances such as mere mortality or the fact Freaky Feet Pete has his own challenge to overcome in a significant injury, which prematurely ended his 2016 campaign, shortly after Rheinheimer’s still surreal and sudden death on Sept. 24. It appears as if the world champion is up to the task, as Freaky Feet Pete has goals Rheinheimer clearly established for him to fulfill and is currently working towards accomplishing exactly that. “He broke a splint bone in his right front leg and pieces entered his suspensory,” said Rheinheimer’s son, Marty, who is now responsible for conditioning the Breeders Crown and Indiana champion he co-owns with his mother, Mary Jo. “He essentially finished his last race (the Dayton Pacing Derby on Sept. 30) and still was third behind those two horses (Wiggle It Jiggleit and Always B Miki). We think the injury actually began the night of the Dan Patch (Aug. 12) when he raced so poorly for him (finishing sixth). “All the vets told us to not perform surgery and to allow the bone to heal, then the suspensory. We just ultra-sounded him last week and the bone has healed up great, the suspensory looks great as well. He’s been jogging every day and he is staked to everything. The plan is to qualify him at Hoosier in the coming weeks and if he’s ready, the Ben Franklin (eliminations June 24 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono). “That is not necessarily the spot where he will go though. We are not rushing him, because there are some other races we are focusing on later in the year.” The younger Rheinheimer is referring to the Dan Patch on Aug. 11, an appearance during the fall at the Red Mile and of course, an attempt for a second Breeders Crown title on Oct. 28. “Obviously the Breeders Crown being here at Hoosier Park makes it mean even more to us,” Rheinheimer said. “But dad always wanted to win the Dan Patch and he really wanted Pete to race at Lexington, so those three races are what we are primarily pointing for.” After the injury was diagnosed, the son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori not only had to adjust to the absence of the person he spent nearly all his time with, but to an extended period of stall rest, which he did not appreciate. “He did not like spending all that time in his stall one bit,” Rheinheimer said. “Pete really enjoys his work and likes to be out and active. It was tough on him having to stay still for so long and when it was time for him to start moving again, he was more than ready. He just is such an intelligent horse with good manners that he is never a problem. Not even when we have mares around him. He is professional and just wants to go out there to do his work.” Before returning to the jog cart, Freaky Feet Pete, who has banked more than $1.5 million, compiled an outstanding resume of 42-30-5-2 and amassed a throng of devoted fans rivaling his colleague Wiggle It Jiggleit, was exercised on the underwater treadmill and is continuously scrutinized for even the tiniest sign of discomfort or swelling. “With Pete it’s just so hard to tell when something is bothering him because he is such a relaxed horse,” Rheinheimer said. “He doesn’t let you know and with him being that way, it makes it more difficult to know when something is bothering him or when he is hurt. “In his last race, he still paced like that with that kind of injury. He just has so much heart and will give it more than 100 percent in any situation.” While Rheinheimer and his mother are eagerly anticipating Freaky Feet Pete’s upcoming year, he also acknowledges the emotional struggles he is enduring with the loss of his father, who left this earth just hours before the stallion finished second to Always B Miki in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. “It was a night that I will never, ever forget and is burned into my memory,” he said. “But I know if he had to pick a way to go out, that would be what he would have wanted. Pete was his pride and joy, his horse of a lifetime and when he went, it was with Pete. “He is the product of all those decades of dad’s hard work in the business and he never dreamed he would have a horse like this. Everyone would ask him about Pete wherever he went and he would just love talking about him. He did everything himself with the horse and for all we know, there were many hours we wouldn’t see him and he could have very well been sleeping in there with Pete. He was with him all the time. “The plan was always for me to take over the stable from dad, but I never expected it to happen like this and then with Pete being hurt, it’s been a real big transition for me. “Also, I have a lot of pressure on me because I do have a horse like Pete and I know exactly how dad felt about him. There are a lot of expectations when you have any horse like this; it’s a lot different than a stable of five or six racehorses. We know what dad wanted for him, like taking him to Lexington, for him to win the Dan Patch and to win the Breeders Crown again here at home. I have to live up to that and the simple fact that he’s not here, but we plan on carrying out all his wishes for this horse. It’s up to me now.” by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

LEBANON, OH. - A pair of first leg divisions of the George 'Red' Owens Memorial Series highlighted the Sunday (March 19) afternoon matinee at Miami Valley Raceway. Melodies That Rock (Trace Tetrick) and Lyons Moonlight (Dan Noble) emerged victorious in the event restricted to fillies and mares that are non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $15,000 lifetime. Owens is one of nine deceased former greats remembered annually at Miami Valley with a "Lebanon Legends" series named in his honor. Melodies That Rock controlled her own destiny from start to finish in the first split as Tetrick took the lead early and cruised through fractions of :28, :57.2 and 1:25.1 before finishing just over a length better than Rockin Peggy (Tyler Smith). Hot Cakes (Mike Oosting) earned the show dough in the $8000 race. Jim Ellison conditions the winner for Anna Ellison. The 4-year-old daughter of Rockin Image paid $5.40 as the lukewarm favorite. Lyons Moonlight got away fourth in the second heat until Noble pulled her after the first quarter was reached in :27.4. Racing first-over through middle fractions of :57.1 and 1:26.2, the 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere lass finally took control nearing the head of the stretch and proceeded to a two-length victory in 1:55.3. The Jim Arledge Jr. trainee, who paid $7.80 to win, races for owner Pond-A-Acres. OHHA presents Outstanding Groom Award The Ohio Harness Horsemens Association presented its first Outstanding Groom Award on Sunday to Dawn Cunmulaj, wife of Sherif Cunmulaj. The couple relocated to Ohio over three years ago and have single-handedly raced a stable of six to ten horses year around ever since. The OHHA is presenting deserving caretakers with $200 gift cards twice during each meet at each Ohio commercial track. Trainers are encouraged to nominate their full-time helpers with the winner being chosen randomly by draw from among the nominations. 24 grooms were nominated for this award, with a second one to be awarded near the current meet's end. The $200 award isn't enough to head to Disneyland, "but it sure will be nice to have on my next trip to the outlet mall across the street" laughed an appreciative Dawn Cunmulaj. From the Miami Valley Press Box

LEBANON, OH. - Franzo, the former claimer, sped to his third straight harness racing Open victory at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (March 11), the last two in sub 1:50 miles. On the heels of his all-age 1:49.1 track record performance a week ago, Franzo shot to the front from his assigned outside post position this week and never looked back. Driver Dan Noble guided the 5-year-old Rockin Image gelding through fractions of :26.4, :55.2 and 1:22.2 before tripping the final beam in 1:49.4. The Adam Short owned and trained winner was plucked from a $30,000 claimer six weeks ago and has since increased his 2017 bankroll to $61,535 on the basis of six wins in nine seasonal starts. My Buddy Ninkster (Tyler Smith) won a tight photo finish with Angelo J Fra (Chris Page) to claim runnerup honors. As the even money favorite, Franzo returned $4 to his legion of backers. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Franzo not only won his second straight $22,000 Open I Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (March 4), but established a harness racing all-time, all-age track record of 1:49.1 in the process.   The 5-year-old Rockin Image gelding was claimed for $20,000 five weeks ago by trainer Adam Short, who raced him in $30,000 claimers for three weeks--finishing third, first and second--before moving up to the open ranks for his latest two successes.   After last week's 1:51.4 'neck' victory from a second tier start, driver Dan Noble must have sensed that Franzo was in fine form. With a start position in the middle of the gate this week, Noble and Franzo set sail from the onset and refused to let anyone go, including Southwind Amazon, who has won four opens at Northfield already in 2017.   The speed duel between the two stalwarts resulted in fractions of :26, :54.4, and 1:22.3 before the new track record holder drew off with a final quarter in :26.3.   Franzo's seasonal earnings now stand at $50,535 with five wins in nine starts. Career-wise, Franzo has 14 wins and $145,507 in earnings.   Two divisions of first leg action in the George Williams Memorial late-closer also took place for male non-winners of four races or $35,000 lifetime.   Dan Noble also steered the winners of both heats, scoring an upset with California Sun, who returned a $25.00 win mutual, and winning as expected with heavy favorite Control Tower ($2.40). Both victories were clocked in 1:53.4.   California Sun beat Snowball's Romeo (Ken Holliday) and My Three Sons (Trace Tetrick). The 4-year-old son of Bettor's Delight is owned by James Miller of Dayton and trained by Bill Miller II.   Noble also trains Control Tower, a 5-year-old by Panspacificflight, who is owned by Stephen Sexton of nearby Xenia.   Gregg Keidel

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 27, 2017 -- An unruly Rockin Rum Springa was wide in the turns -- and not much more manageable in the straighaways -- but still was much the best in Monday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 conditioned pace for fillies and mares. Rockin Rum Springa nearly blew the first turn while trying for the lead before Dave Palone was able to wrestle her back to the cones. The 4-year-old daughter of Rockin Image-Deferred Comp finally settled down at the three-quarters and scored in 1:54 over a "good" surface. Classic Carpet was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Seeyouatthefinish third. Ron Burke trains Rockin Rum Springa, who notched her second straight victory and extended her career bankroll to $176.611, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jim Pantaleano piloted four winners on the 12-race card, lifting his career total to 6,995. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

LEBANON, OH. - Franzo, moving into open company after three straight solid efforts in $30,000 claimers, was the upset winner of the weekly $22,000 Saturday (Feb. 25) night harness racing feature at Miami Valley Raceway. Owner-trainer Adam Short entrusted the reins to Dan Noble, and the purple-and-white clad 34-year-old teamster responded with his fifth win on the program from a second tier start in the full ten-horse field. Franzo's frantic finish started in sixth place at the head of the stretch and resulted in a last-stride 1:51.4 victory. The 5-year-old Rockin Image gelding nipped My Buddy Ninkster (Tyler Smith) and Angelo J Fra (Chris Page) at odds of 9-1, returning $20.40 to his $2 supporters. The winning 10-2 exacta paid a healthy $207.20 dividend, while a successful 10-2-1 $2 trifecta was worth $670.20. Hickory Icon (John DeLong) was a close-up fourth at the wire, while favored Southwind Amazon (Simon Allard) tried gallantly to overcome his assigned outside post position, but faltered to fifth in the lane due to a parked-out :27 first quarter to get to the lead. The Open Pace was carded as the 12th race which features the daily 10-cent Super Hi Five wager. No one could solve the pentafecta bet, resulting in a $1,946.37 carryover and a $5000 guaranteed total pool on the Sunday (Feb. 26) matinee 12th race. Post time on Sunday afternoons at Miami Valley is 2:05 p.m. Noble began his hot night with the trotter River Thames, who lit up the toteboard with a $111.20 win mutuel, stopping the clock in 1:56. His other successes came behind pacers Whoyoucallingafool (1:54, $8.60), Our Dragon King (1:54, $4.40) and Perrito Caliente (1:53.4, $4.40). Due to a carryover just shy of $2000, Miami Valley Raceway and the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering platform have joined forces to guarantee a minimum $5000 total pool when the 10-cent Super Hi-5 (pentafecta) wager is offered again on the 12th race Sunday afternoon (Feb. 26).  First race post time is 2:05 p.m., with the Super Hi-5 race slated for approximately 5:30.   The 12th race at Miami Valley on Sunday is a full field of ten $12,500 claimers chasing a purse of $11,000. Gregg Keidel  

LEBANON, OH. - Repeat feature race winners have become the order of the day at Miami Valley Raceway this weekend. Meadowbrookthunder copped his second straight $22,000 Open Pace victory on Saturday night (Jan. 14), following the lead of Noone To Depend On, who captured the $22,000 Miami Valley Distaff Open on Friday. Both were recent acquisitions by their respective stables and have stepped up their game for their new harness racing connections. Driver Trace Tetrick opted to allow a pair of other impressive opponents, Mykindachip and Fancy Creek Elusiv to lead the field to the quarter, despite starting from the coveted No. 1 post position. Following a relatively pedestrian :28.2 opening panel, the 4-year-old son of Rockin Image was launched first-over-a position he maintained until wearing down the aforementioned pacesetters in mid-stretch. Trainer Steve Carter co-owns the winner in partnership with Peggy Carter. For Trace Tetrick, the feature race triumph was his fourth on the night as the 30-year-old Hoosier Park driving champion solidified his third place standing in the early stages of the Miami Valley dash derby. Four divisions of $20,000 claimers also went postward in the first leg of their divisional "Claim To Fame" late-closing series. Although there were ten horses claimed during the evening, only one of the winners will have new connections if entered in the second leg. Perrito Caliente (Sam Widger), a 1:53.4 winner that returned a $6.20 win mutuel, entered the Joe Paver Stable via the claim box. The other first-leg series winners were Frankandjoanne (1:53.1, $7.80), longshot Supreme Z Tam (1:54.2, $91.80) and Hokuri Handrail N (1:52.3, $5.60). Claiming prices increase by 25% in the second preliminary leg as the 40 nominees battle for a spot in the $32,500 (est.) championship final. A "Claim To Fame" series for $30,000 claimers will highlight the Sunday (Jan. 15) afternoon matinee at Miami Valley. Thirty hopefuls will start in a trio of divisions each racing for $25,000 purses. Post time is 2:05 p.m. Gregg Keidel

LEBANON, OH. - Meadowbrookthunder thundered down the lane at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night to cop the initial $22,000 Open I Pace of the harness racing season on Saturday night (Jan. 7). Stepping up to the top level following an impressive 1:51.1 score in a condition / $30,000 claiming event the final week at Dayton Raceway, Meadowbrookthunder got away sixth in a field of seven, but was out and moving for driver Trace Tetrick before the first quarter timer flashed :26.1. Tilted three-wide prior to the :54 halfway point, the 4-year-old son of Rockin Image was fourth about four lengths off the leader. Just a length away from the leader at the 1:23 three quarters, the winner passed pacesetting Hickory Icon coming off the final bend and then held off fellow closers Vague Traces (Andy Shetler) and JD's Macca Lodge (Kayne Kauffman) for a 1:53 upset score. Overlooked at 6-1, Meadowbrookthunder coupled with Vague Traces (34-1) and JD's Macca Lodge (8-1) to produce a $562.40 $2 trifecta. He is owned by Steve and Peggy Carter. The $25,000 North American Driver's Challenge kicks off Sunday afternoon (2:05 post time), the first of three consecutive matinees to determine the inaugural champion, who will be awarded $10,000 of the $25,000 pot. A total of 30 of the winningest reinsmen on the continent will have four drives each on each of the first two programs, when the field will be whittled to the ten top point-getters who will race head-to-head in eight races on Tuesday. In a last minute development, Canadian Guy Gagnon had a border customs problem (no visa) and has been replaced by Andy Shetler, who won 108 dashes in 2016 and has notched 1,612 lifetime wins. Gregg Keidel

DAYTON, OH. - Rock The Look dominated Hollywood Dayton Raceway's best harness racing mares again Friday night (Nov. 11) with a 1:53.4 score, her tenth of the season and second in a row. The 4-year-old daughter of Rockin Image has banked $125,510 in her 25 2016 starts, an average of $5000 every time she has stepped on the track for co-owner and trainer Joe Putnam and his partner Suttons Bay Racing. Driver Jason Brewer was content to float out from behind the gate, despite drawing the advantageous No. 1 post position. Once the dust had settled after a :27.3 opening panel, Brewer moved Rock The Look out of the third position on the pylons and quickly rushed to the front well ahead of the :55.2 half. Early pacesetter Brookletssuprsonic (Kyle Ater) was content to sit behind the favorite through the third stanza, reached in 1:24.2, as Cas Art Appeal (Dan Noble) launched a failed first-over bid. Bella Tricks (Josh Sutton) and Stucklikeglue (Greg Grismore) passed Cas Art Appeal while rounding the final bend and were positioned to challenge Rock The Look in the lane. Although it appeared they would pass the winner halfway down the stretch, Rock The Look dug deeper and surged to a length and a quarter triumph in the final strides. The victory was one of three early on the program for Brewer, who earlier had guided both Active Lady and Abbieville to wins for his father, trainer Jeff Brewer. Prior to the card, Breeders Crown 2-year-old pacing colt runnerup Downbytheseaside captured a qualifying race in 1:56.1 for trainer Brian Brown and driver Chris Page. "Because there were no eliminations for the Governors Cup at Woodbine next week, I needed to get a tightener in him," explained Brown. "He came home in :56.4, last quarter in :27.3 on this cool night, so we're pleased with his tune-up." With a scorecard of 7-3-2 in 12 starts, a record of 1:49 taken at The Red Mile, and $384,706 in earnings, Downbytheseaside will likely his head-to-head duel with Huntsville in the Governors Cup next Saturday. Gregg Keidel

Columbus, OH --- When she most recently was engaged in conversation with harness racing trainer Larry Rheinheimer regarding his beloved world champion Freaky Feet Pete, Jamie Macomber certainly never imagined and would have immediately banished the thought this would be the final occasion she would ever chat with the man she had grown to esteem and adore. Yet within 48 hours of his sudden and tragic passing on Saturday (Sept. 24), Macomber, although understandably engulfed in grief, may just very well have had a glimmer of a smile cross her face when Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway released the entrants for this Friday evening's (Sept. 30) card. “The very last time I talked to Larry about Pete, he told me, `Pete just needs to draw the rail and Wiggle It (Jiggleit) the outside at Dayton,’” said Macomber. “And sure enough, doesn’t the draw come out on Monday and Pete is on the rail with Wiggle It Jiggleit in post five. Now isn’t that something?” What Macomber was referring to was Freaky Feet Pete’s upcoming appearance this Friday evening in the $150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby. The 4-year-old stallion will retain the services of regular pilot Trace Tetrick and will once again compete against his fellow world champion rivals Always B Miki (post position two, David Miller) and Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague). Joining that trio in this event will be Always At My Place, (post three, Chris Page), Luck Be Withyou (post four, Eric Goodell), All Bets Off (post six, Matt Kakaley) and Shamballa (post seven, Scott Zeron). Always B Miki, installed as the morning line favorite at 6-5, enters this race after defeating Freaky Fete Pete within hours of Rheinheimer’s passing at Hoosier Park and after tying the world record at Eldorado Scioto Downs in the Jim Ewart Memorial after one of the most scintillating miles in recent memory while keeping Wiggle It Jiggleit at bay. Wiggle It Jiggleit is the second choice at 8-5, while Freaky Feet Pete is the third selection on the morning line at 4-1. Macomber is listed as the trainer of record. “This is a one-time thing,” she said. “I don’t want the family to have to worry about a thing this week and they are just trying to follow Larry’s wishes. He wanted Pete to race at Dayton and that is what we will do to honor what he would like. “The Rheinheimer family knows how much this horse has captured so many hearts and Larry knew it too. Not only was Larry so proud of Pete, he absolutely loved him and Larry captured people’s hearts as well with his own infectious smile. I will do whatever they need me to do during this time, but this is not a permanent situation. I assume Marty (Rheinheimer) will take over training him when he is ready to do so.” While Macomber, who as an assistant trainer for Ron Burke was responsible for bringing female trotting phenomenon Hannelore Hanover along last year, is in the midst of a career year with $252,766 in purse money and a Universal Trainer Rating of .439, this is a unique situation for her or anyone to be placed in, but she is simply grateful for the opportunity to aid the family in their time of need. “When they decided they were going to race him (last Saturday in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby), of course I offered to help as it only makes sense since I have Wanda (Wild Wanda, who is also owned by the Rheinheimer family),” Macomber said. “But there were so many people that stepped up to help get Pete ready that night and there was not much to do. Trace (Tetrick) warmed him and he went out there and raced. He is amazing horse and he raced very, very well (in finishing second to Always B Miki). “This week it is not about being a trainer with making adjustments or improving him. Larry already prepared Pete and he has already beaten these horses. There is nothing to do except ship him to Dayton, race him and bring him home. We just want to put Mary Jo’s and Marty’s (Freaky Feet Pete’s co-owners and Rheinheimer’s wife and son) minds at ease. They should not have to worry about a thing right now. “Not only did I think the world of Larry, but I think the world of the entire family and all I want to do is help. Even after this race, if they need help with shipping, anything, you name it, we will be more than happy to do whatever they need.” Although Freaky Feet Pete has amassed $404,057 from a 2016 slate of 14-6-3-1, established his own world record of 1:47.1 on June 25 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and defeated Wiggle It Jiggleit in 2015, the son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has yet to best the mighty Always B Miki, who has been simply superb in his most recent trips to the post. The stallion, however, has not been blessed with an abundance of racing luck or quality posts when tackling his formidable opposition this year, which is the primary reason his trainer’s final wishes were fatefully granted. The entire Hoosier Park contingent and Freaky Feet Pete’s tremendously large fan base will certainly be rooting for the stallion to defeat not only Always B Miki, but the five other members of the field. Not only would it be the most exceptional tribute to one of the most beloved horsemen in Indiana, who enjoyed every second and appreciated every moment with the horse of a lifetime, it would be a soothing balm to all the grieving souls that remain stunned, astounded and deeply saddened by Rheinheimer’s death. “Pete has a huge heart,” Macomber said. “One of the hugest hearts I have ever seen in a horse. The only people he really knows are Larry, Mary Jo and Marty because they spent all their time with him. Naturally I have been experiencing a variety of emotions. There are times I get excited for about 30 seconds until I remind myself there is no reason at all for me to be excited. There are other times I just want to cry at any given moment and I think that will not be going away anytime soon. “Friday night will definitely be very emotional for me, but I think Pete has a very good shot to win this race and of course that is exactly what I want. Not only for Larry, but the entire Rheinheimer family and for Pete.” Race 11 - $150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Freaky Feet Pete-Trace Tetrick-Jamie Macomber-4/1 2. Always B Miki-David Miller-Jimmy Takter-6/5 3. Always At My Place-Chris Page-Ron Burke-12/1 4. Luck Be Withyou-Eric Goodell-Chris Oakes-6/1 5. Wiggle It Jiggleit-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis-8/5 6. All Bets Off-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-10/1 7. Shamballa-Scott Zeron-Rick Zeron-8/1   by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

DAYTON, OH. - Rock The Look ran her win streak to three capturing the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night. The 1:51.1 clocking lowered the track record for older pacing mares at Dayton, knocking a tick off Sectionline Aqua's previous 1:51.2 standard. The four-year-old Rockin Image mare's docket now includes five wins and a pair of runnerup finishes in her last seven starts for trainer Joe Putnam, who co-owns Rock The Look with the Suttons Bay Racing stable. Driver Jason Brewer was content to race last in the compact field of six through opening panels of :26.1 and :55. Just past the midway station the winner set sail and began steadily picking off opponents one at a time. By the 1:23 third split Rock The Look had moved up to fourth behind a first-up Watch N Be Watched (Josh Sutton) with Igottafeelinfran (Dan Noble) also in hot pursuit . At the top of the lane, those three mares fanned out for the stretch drive with Rock The Look besting runnerup Igottafeelinfran and Watch N Be Watched, who got the show dough. Sent off as the odds-on favorite based on her recent form, Rock The Look returned $3.00 to win, while the stone-cold exacta paid $11.00. Racing resumes Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton with a powerful 14-race program on tap. Excitement is building at the five-eighths mile oval as Friday, September 30 approaches. That's the night the Grand Circuit stops in Dayton featuring the $150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby and the $160,000 (est.) Dayton Trotting Derby. Many of the top-rated and richest horses in North America are expected to enter, including the No. 1 ranked Wiggle It Jiggleit. From the press box at Dayton Raceway

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 10, 2016 - Limited Edition and Sam Widger pulled a stunning 11-1 upset in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 10. Stopping the timer in 1:52.2., Limited Edition found late racing room to score his maiden breaking victory and give driver Sam Widger one of his four wins on the program. Leaving from post four, Widger sent Limited Edition away from the gate firing and he grabbed the early lead through an opening panel in a snappy :26.3. On The Virg and Ronnie Wrenn Jr., the heavy post time favorites, grabbed a pocket seat while Meadowbrook Tiger and Ross Leonard were next in line, third. On The Virg made his move to the lead down the backside and took command just past the half in :56. As the field reached the third station in 1:24.3, On The Virg continued to call the shots but Meadowbrook Tiger was applying pressure first-over with Rock N Tony and Ricky Macomber Jr. in tow. On The Virg was able to hold off Meadowbrook Tiger but his biggest threat was patiently waiting to strike from the pocket. Widger moved Limited Edition to the passing lane and he exploded past the leaders with a :27.2 final quarter to get the win by two lengths. Rock N Tony rallied for second while On The Virg held on for third place honors. Limited Edition returned $25.60 to his backers at the betting windows. "He's always been a nice colt," Widger noted after the victory. "We've just had some tough racing luck here and there. Tonight, the trip worked out perfect for us and he (Limited Edition) raced awesome." Trained and owned by Perry Smith, the son of Rockin Image-Modern Way notched his first victory from seven seasonal outings. Establishing a new lifetime mark with the win, Limited Edition has now amassed $56,550 lifetime. The victory was also one of four wins for driver Sam Widger on the evening's 13-race card. Widger pulled a 7-1 upset with Double A Cash Hall for trainer Scott Galloway in the $21,000 Invitational Trot earlier on the card. Widger's other two victories came in the 5th and 6th race behind The Right Move for trainer Tim Wilson Jr. and J-S Maple for trainer Jack Meyers, respectively. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, September 13 with a 14-race card highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin

One of the most Impressive performances on the Tuesday night harness racing card at Running Aces was Sgt Papa Daddy, a 2 year old gelding by Rockin Image who was making his pari-mutuel debut this evening for Owner/Trainer Merlin Van Otterloo and driver Steve Wiseman. Wiseman sent his charge quickly off the gate to secure the pocket early from post two and sat through the 28.3 opening quarter then swept quickly to the lead before the half and led from there, posting 57.3 and 1:26.1, and drawing away from the field to win handily in 1:55.2 with a 29.1 final quarter. Sgt Papa Daddy was favored in the contest, and paid $5.20 for every $2.00 ticket. Mint To Cruise (Nick Roland) was 7 lengths back in 2nd, and Just Blitzed (Luke Plano) checked in third. The winner was also bred by Merlin Van Otterloo, of Rock Valley Iowa, with the Dam of Sgt Papa Daddy (Little Tootsie) being a mare that has been in the Van Otterloo Family, including during her racing campaign, in fact she took a mark of 1:53 here at Running Aces at age four and won 13 lifetime races from 61 starts, and $95,076. Sgt Papa Daddy is eligible to Indiana-Sired races and may very well be a star on that stage in the future. In the $9,000 Minnesota-Sired 2 year old geldings pace it was DeweyDidDoneGood who continues to to very good things here at Running Aces, posting his 4th win in a row, and pacing in 1:57.2 this evening with Driver Dean Magee in tow, for Owner Richard Davelaar and Trainer David Flynn, he paid $2.20 tonight as the very heavy betting choice. In the $9,000 Minnesota-Sired filly pace it was WhatitdoBabyBoo who strutted her stuff once again, posting her 2nd win in the last 3 starts and pacing to a new life’s mark of 1:59.3 with Steve Wiseman in the bike for David Flynn and The Van Otterloo Stables. Track record holder Silver Spir found his way back to the Aces winner’s circle tonight, posting a sharp gate-to-wire win in a conditioned event in 1:55.2 with Trainer/Driver Tim Maier for Owner Robin Clements, it was the 6th win of the year for Silver Spir. Steve Wiseman had another big night, picking up a Grand Slam on the card with 4 wins, and Dean Magee posted a driving double in the ($4.80) early double. The $5,000 Guaranteed late Pick Four paid $515.20 for every .50 cent ticket with multiple winners connecting in the sequence of 6-2-2-4 with 39-1, 3-1, 3-5 and 6-1 odds. The Jackpot Pick Six was also hit tonight, with a single winner cashing $1,525.50 for their .50 cent combination. The next card of Live Harness racing action goes to post tomorrow, Wednesday, July 27 at 6:00 pm CDT. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

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